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The Invisible Students

Paola Campos, Staff Writer
September 29
Filed under In-Depth, Issue-1

Perhaps the most invisible individuals of the socioeconomic gap are the students who deal with economic stress but are able to pursue success in school just as well as their more privileged peers. Senior Aldo Montes-Sanchez and sophomore Emily Meza-Perez are two such students who are doing all they can to r...

A Day in the Life of Sophomore Ananya Subramanian

Savita Govind, Staff Writer
September 29
Filed under In-Depth, Issue-1

Sophomore Ananya Subramanian is one of many on the other end of our school’s economic gap. With both her parents maintaining well-paying jobs, she experiences stress in a different way, but is aware of the benefits and opportunities her family’s economic situation brings her. 6:30 a.m. Ana...

Q&A with Sophomore Briana Armenta

Tino Tugwete, Staff Writer
September 29
Filed under In-Depth, Issue-1

Sophomore Briana Armenta is enrolled in seven classes. Her mother, who is single and working, drops her at school early every day and picks her up later in the evening. Briana is currently not working, but has held several jobs throughout the past couple years. At home, she spends an average of three ...

What Is Needed For Change?

Emily Terada, Senior Writer
September 29
Filed under In-Depth, Issue-1

Financial aid is available for almost every major academic and social milestone; students can apply for fee waivers for Advanced Placement tests, senior graduation night, prom and school trips, and the MVLA foundation covers costs for every sophomore and junior to take the Preliminary SAT (PSAT). ...

First Generation: Sasha Kozhevnikova

Hanna Khosravi
May 3
Filed under In-Depth, Issue-6, Web Exclusive

Sophomore Sasha Kozhevnikova distinctly remembers her first few days of pre-school in the United States after moving to California from Moscow, Russia. With little to no skill for the English language, Sasha put forth her best effort to communicate with her teachers and find her mother. While over a...

First Generation: Sophomore Simge Yildiz

Amelia Baum
April 26
Filed under In-Depth, Issue-6, Web Exclusive

At first glance, sophomore Simge Yildiz may not appear to be anything more than an American high school student. But Simge is in reality a first-generation American. Having moved to America in the middle of sixth grade, Simge is an immigrant who constantly balances influences from both her old life in...

First Generation: Junior Keana Khodadad

Amelia Baum
April 20
Filed under In-Depth, Issue-6, Web Exclusive

Junior Keana Khodadad was born in Los Altos, but her parents immigrated from Iran over 20 years ago. While she does not feel out of place in the Bay Area of California, Keana realizes that the opportunities and comfortable atmosphere she enjoys here are mainly due to the resulting diversity of the many...

First Generation: Senior Shanzeh Shunaid

Elaine Lee
April 20
Filed under In-Depth, Issue-6, Web Exclusive

Three years ago, senior Shanzeh Shunaid moved to the United States from Pakistan with her twin brother Shahzeb Shunaid, to live with their aunt in Los Altos. Though she had been to America numerous times before, permanently moving from a private British school in Karachi to Los Altos High School offered...

First Generation: Sophomores Yesenia Gutierrez and Magaly Kuliger

Amelia Baum
April 20
Filed under In-Depth, Issue-6, Web Exclusive

For many, high school is a normal teenage experience, something that every person goes through, albeit a bit foreign and intimidating. For sophomores Yesenia Gutierrez and Magaly Kuliger, however, high school is much more than that. They cannot ask their parents or older siblings for reassurance that...

Defining First Generation

Defining First Generation

Amelia Baum
April 20
Filed under In-Depth, Issue-6, Web Exclusive

[dropcap]F[/dropcap]or some, it is a mindset. For others, a cultural identity. For still more, it is a daily challenge. With a variety of definitions and identifications, the term ‘first generation American’ can be hard to pin down. Though there are many interpretations, all who identify as as fi...

First Generation: Sophomore Julian Carbajal

Emily Terada
April 20
Filed under In-Depth, Issue-6, Web Exclusive

[dropcap]I[/dropcap]n his house, Spanish is the only language spoken. But at school, sophomore Julian Carbajal, can be heard speaking many languages, including French and Spanish. As a way to keep their heritage intact, speaking Spanish is a large and integral aspect for Julian’s family. “When...

First Generation: Junior Daughty Arora

Olivia Jerram
April 20
Filed under In-Depth, Issue-6, Web Exclusive

[dropcap]J[/dropcap]unior Daughty Arora grew up in India with her grandparents. She met her parents for the first time she remembers when she was five. She will be the first in her family to grow up in America. “It means a lot [to be first generation],” Daughty said. “There’s a lot of pressure...

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