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A Look Inside the Winter Guard Community

A Look Inside the Winter Guard Community

Paola Campos, Staff Writer
March 10
Filed under Features, Issue-6

Take a second and imagine a plastic tarp large enough to nearly cover the entire floor of the large gym. Now take a second and consider how long it might take you to fold up the tarp and return it to its smallest size. It might take you about a half an hour to complete this task. At the November spirit...

Pétanque Club Brings a Taste of France to Los Altos

Pétanque Club Brings a Taste of France to Los Altos

Keith Bohrer, Staff Writer
March 10
Filed under Features, Issue-6

Just a few months ago, senior Bianca Champenois was one of the few people at the school who even knew what pétanque (pay-TAHNK’) was. She fondly remembers learning the game from her grandmother at an early age and playing it with her siblings on her grandmother’s lawn. In particular, Bianca cherishes...

AVID and Skills Classes Form Tutoring Partnership

AVID and Skills Classes Form Tutoring Partnership

Hanna Khosravi and Ben Zaeske
March 10
Filed under Features, Issue-6

Long known for their effective peer tutoring system, the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) classes have recently branched out, effectively expanding their roles and becoming tutors for students in English 10. AVID is a college preparatory program for students who are typically underr...

Annual Freshman Poetry Slam Concludes

Annual Freshman Poetry Slam Concludes

Rachel Lu, Staff Writer
March 2
Filed under Features, Web Exclusive

Among multiple Los Altos High traditions, one of the most recently developed and beloved is the annual Freshman Poetry Slam held in the Eagle theater. This year was the school’s fourth annual freshman poetry battle that took place last Friday, February 26. The first place winner went to Makeda...

Growing Up With Gangs

Sofia Guo and Alex Wong
February 12
Filed under Features, Issue-5

Written in collaboration with students in Elizabeth Tompkins’ English 10 class. - - - The crisp January air clouds with puffs of breath as one student* recounts his experiences growing up with local gang activity. “One time I got jumped by a couple of gangsters, [or] gangbangers, like a l...

Cheerleading: What It’s Like to Perform in Super Bowl 50

Sky Maeso, Graphic Artist
February 8
Filed under Features, Web Exclusive

The feeling of utter bliss set in when I was applying false lashes. When I am really excited for something, I go into hamster mode; that day, I wanted to jump around and run in place and just scrunch myself into a ball and squeal with anticipation. I set my alarms for 6:45, 6:50, 6:55 and 7:00 a.m, to...

He’s Got Cat-itude: Local Cat Brings Happiness to Los Altos Community

He’s Got Cat-itude: Local Cat Brings Happiness to Los Altos Community

Kevin Yen, Senior Writer
February 2
Filed under Features, Showcase, Web Exclusive

In a way, Willy, the orange and white feline known for repeatedly trespassing on houses in the Almond community, takes after his namesake, Willy Wonka. He’s affable, adventurous and sometimes downright weird. Willy came to Los Altos when the Chmyz family adopted him eight years ago, when he was a...

‘Please Help Save Mountain View’: radical speech on Rengstorff

‘Please Help Save Mountain View’: radical speech on Rengstorff

Eli Colbert, Staff Writer
February 1
Filed under Features, Showcase, Web Exclusive

“Rengstorff was just a dirt road when I was a kid,” Don Letcher said. “It was orchards, mostly. Next door to me, where the bar is, was a pig farm, and in back of us were almond orchards almost all the way up to Central Expressway.” Letcher’s notorious relationship with the City of Mountain Vie...

SOPUDEP Provides Assistance to Haitians in Need

SOPUDEP Provides Assistance to Haitians in Need

Chris Dadok and Savita Govind
December 17
Filed under Features, Issue-4

The Society of Province United for Economic Development of Petion Ville, better known as SOPUDEP, is an organization founded in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. SOPUDEP’s principle focus is to provide education for poor children, and create programs to help economically grow the community. The leader of SOPUDEP...

SET Club Promotes Fun, Relaxed Science

SET Club Promotes Fun, Relaxed Science

Jessica King, Entertainment Editor
December 17
Filed under Features, Issue-4

“It’s a serious club, but it’s insanely fun,” senior Science and Engineering Team public relations officer Aditya Vohra said. The Science and Engineering Team (SET) is planning an upcoming venture that just may top their list of “most dangerous projects.” By mixing kitty litter and sugar,...

New Class Combines Fitness and Leadership

New Class Combines Fitness and Leadership

Tino Tugwete, Staff Writer
December 17
Filed under Features, Issue-4

The word leadership is often associated with power, control and radiant confidence. It can be difficult for some students to identify with this model, and sometimes they don’t know how they can become a strong leader themselves. To help bridge the gap between a student’s ideas of leadership and reality,...

‘Things That Go Up and Down’: An Environmental Art Exhibit

‘Things That Go Up and Down’: An Environmental Art Exhibit

Akhil Jakatdar and Michael Sieffert
December 15
Filed under Features, Issue-4, Showcase

In a small room on the eighth floor of a bustling San Francisco business district building, quirky moving models with bright colors perch on podiums in the gallery. Soft music plays in the room bubbling with excitement. The high spirits of the students summarize the essence of the event. Throughout...

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