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Senior Pulls Off “Kay-sick” Promposal

Senior Pulls Off “Kay-sick” Promposal

Katherine Yen, Print Managing Editor
May 18, 2016
Filed under Features, Web Exclusive

Among her peers and teachers, senior Julia Khan is well-known for her passion for politics and her active presence on social media. It came as no surprise to many then, when two weeks ago, Julia posted a selfie video on Twitter of former Republican presidential candidate John Kasich (who was still in t...

Girl Scout Connects Cancer-affected Families for Project

Girl Scout Connects Cancer-affected Families for Project

Olivia Jerram, In-Depth Editor
May 13, 2016
Filed under Features, Web Exclusive

Cancer is something that junior Hannah Klaassen knows a lot about. Hannah is using her Gold Award Girl Scouts project, the project Girl Scout members complete before they receive the award for leadership and community projects, to connect families affected by cancer. She’s teamed up with Bay Area Cancer ...

Flashback to the ’50s: Life as a Los Altos Teenager

Flashback to the ’50s: Life as a Los Altos Teenager

Anisha Desai, Staff Writer
April 29, 2016
Filed under Features, Issue-7

Centered in the heart of Silicon Valley, Los Altos combines the elements of small-town living, via its quaint downtown and countryside landscapes, with an innovative and technology-based atmosphere, making this town a unique place — but it hasn’t always been this way. Sixty years ago, aspects of...

Students for Haiti Solidarity Travel to Make Change

Students for Haiti Solidarity Travel to Make Change

Tino Tugwete, Staff Writer
April 29, 2016
Filed under Features, Issue-7

Haiti has faced many challenges in the past few years, with the largest being the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that shook the country in 2010. This earthquake destroyed the country’s infrastructure, and the continued political interference from the U.S. only exacerbated the issue. To this day, the country...

Vickie Christensen’s Musical History

Vickie Christensen’s Musical History

Francesca Fallow, Staff Writer
April 27, 2016
Filed under Features, Issue-7

Music is the passion that feeds health teacher Vickie Christensen’s soul. It is simply a part of who she is. Christensen has conquered the world of music throughout her career: She has learned to play over 20 musical instruments (her favorite being the bassoon), worked with multiple genres and played...

Douglas Curtis: New ASB President

Douglas Curtis: New ASB President

Hanna Khosravi, Opinions Editor
April 27, 2016
Filed under Features, Issue-7

When speaking with junior Douglas Curtis, one eminent factor is consistently and undeniably evident: his unwavering ambition. Douglas is known on campus for his wide array of interests: he dances, is fluent in Spanish, spent his summer studying human anatomy while working at a morgue and is extremely...

Student Pursues Nursing Through Adult Ed

Student Pursues Nursing Through Adult Ed

Paola Campos, Staff Writer
April 27, 2016
Filed under Features, Issue-7

On the corner of Mountain View’s Moffett Street is the Adult Education Center, which has been home to numerous Los Altos students and alumni throughout its existence. The center is a gateway for many students hoping to continue, advance and complete their educational careers in the wide range of courses...

Bookstore Owner Shares Unconventional Past

Bookstore Owner Shares Unconventional Past

Katherine Yen and Michael Sieffert
April 27, 2016
Filed under Features, Issue-7, Showcase

Book Buyers owner Hotranatha Ajaya is 73 years old and still spends 15 hours a day working in his used bookstore. He loves chatting with customers and radiates a quiet, gentle presence wherever he goes. But before he became the owner of a used bookstore, Ajaya led (and still leads) a most unconventional...

Students Take Innovative Steps to Pursue Their Dreams

Rachel Lu, Staff Writer
April 1, 2016
Filed under Features, Web Exclusive

Sam Veytser “It pretty much becomes me and when I meet [new] people, it’s what I say, ‘I’m a ballroom dancer.’” Sophomore Sam Veytser has been ballroom dancing for as long as he can remember. Although he was pushed into the activity as a child, Sam has grown to love the hobby over the ye...

The Quirks of a Cat-Loving, Teva-Wearing, Environmentalist

The Quirks of a Cat-Loving, Teva-Wearing, Environmentalist

Alexis Malgesini, Staff Writer
April 1, 2016
Filed under Features, Web Exclusive

Senior Bianca Champenois, who can be seen at school rocking Teva sandals and cringing at people who throw away what should be recycled, is the president of three clubs, most notably the Green Team. Bianca is a trilingual, ambitious student who stands out of the crowd because of her many interests and quirk...

Support Through Special Education

Support Through Special Education

Tino Tugwete and Avi Varghese
March 13, 2016
Filed under Features, Issue-6

Every student who passes through special education classes is taught the essential skill of self-advocacy: communicating with teachers, administration and people in general in order to ensure that a student can stay on track in classes and in daily life while making sure that their own needs are fulfilled....

Teresa Dunlap: a Die-hard Broncos Fan

Teresa Dunlap: a Die-hard Broncos Fan

Akhil Jakatdar, Staff Writer
March 13, 2016
Filed under Features, Issue-6

“What is it about humans that make them passionate, one way or another, about a sports team?” It’s the question that geometry and engineering teacher Teresa Dunlap often wonders about. And even though Dunlap was raised a football fan ever since she could remember, the answer still evades her....

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