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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....

A Look Inside the Winter Guard Community

A Look Inside the Winter Guard Community

Paola Campos, Staff Writer
March 10, 2016
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, 2016
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, 2016
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, 2016
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, 2016
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, 2016
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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, 2016
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, 2016
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“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...

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