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Los Altos Robotics Sees Mixed Results at FIRST Championship

Los Altos Robotics Sees Mixed Results at FIRST Championship

Justin Yu, Staff Writer
May 11, 2017
Filed under News, Showcase, Web Exclusive

Advancing to the world stage from their first ever win at the Ventura regional, the Los Altos Robotics Team competed in the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) world championship, which took place Tuesday to Sunday, April 18 to 23. Los Altos joined more than 400 other tea...

Recap: Dodgeball’s Final Day

Recap: Dodgeball’s Final Day

Akhil Jakatdar, Julia Santos, Nathan Godderis, and Danny Vesurai
April 30, 2017
Filed under Showcase, Sports, Web Exclusive

Last Friday, the school held the championship round of the dodgeball tournament. Now, all the real fans have to look forward to is the next tournament a year from now — and The Talon’s off-season coverage. Scroll down for game reports, scores and words from the players....

New Fitness Center Nears Completion

New Fitness Center Nears Completion

Emma van Geuns, Staff Writer
April 30, 2017
Filed under News, Showcase, Web Exclusive

After months of setbacks, construction for the new fitness center next to the basketball courts in the back of the school will finish on Monday, May 1. The room hosts new equipment and more space for teams and P.E. classes to use weight and cardio machines. Improved machines, as well as a new rowing m...

Los Altos Pilots Challenge Day Program for Freshmen

Los Altos Pilots Challenge Day Program for Freshmen

Javin Pombra and Yolanda Spura
April 5, 2017
Filed under News, Showcase, Web Exclusive

“[Challenge Day] started off with us playing silly games, and there was nothing deep or emotional about it," a Challenge Day parent volunteer said at a PTSA meeting on Tuesday, March 7. "[A few hours later],we were all huddled in small groups listening to [students] talk. By the end of that, I use...

Regionals Win Catapults Robotics to New Level

Regionals Win Catapults Robotics to New Level

Danny Vesurai and Justin Yu
April 5, 2017
Filed under News, Showcase, Web Exclusive

For the first time since its inception in 1997, the Los Altos Robotics Team won a regional competition. By winning, they qualified to the international level. From Thursday to Saturday, March 16 to 18, the team took first place at a regional competition in Ventura. The For Inspiration and Recognit...

Los Altos to offer new engineering class next year

Los Altos to offer new engineering class next year

Haley Ecker, Staff Writer
April 1, 2017
Filed under News, Showcase, Web Exclusive

Starting next school year, Los Altos will pilot a new engineering course called Three Dimensional Design and Prototyping. The class, developed by math teacher Adam Anderson and physics teacher Stephen Hine, will teach students to use machinery to work together and design structures, buildings and other...

Review: Sunnywich Cafe succeeds with the basics

Review: Sunnywich Cafe succeeds with the basics

Adrienne Mitchel, Staff Writer
March 30, 2017
Filed under Arts & Culture, Issue-6, Showcase

Walking into Sunnywich Cafe, a newly opened sandwich and boba tea shop on Maude Avenue in Sunnyvale, you’re welcomed by a slightly cluttered, homey feeling. The interior decorating is sparse, with charming watercolors of Pokémon and a Maneki Neko, or Japanese waving cat, adorning the top of the pa...

WiSTEM Raises Funds to Send Girls to Science Camp

WiSTEM Raises Funds to Send Girls to Science Camp

Priya Dixit, Staff Writer
March 29, 2017
Filed under News, Showcase, Web Exclusive

This school year, the Los Altos Women in STEM (WiSTEM) club began raising funds to send four girls from Palo Alto to Camp Galileo, a local science camp for elementary and junior high schoolers, this summer. The girls will be elementary school aged and live in a subsidized housing network called Palo Alt...

Iranian Student Union’s Mission: Cultural Understanding

Iranian Student Union’s Mission: Cultural Understanding

Jaclyn Saik, Staff Writer
March 29, 2017
Filed under Features, Issue-6, Showcase

On Sunday, February 12, students from ISU joined over 150 marchers from across the Bay Area in front of Sunnyvale City Hall. Organized predominantly by Sean and Homestead High School senior Yasaman Hakami, the protest was focused on cultivating an environment of cultural understanding among the diverse...

Boys Swimming Dives Without Gwo

Boys Swimming Dives Without Gwo

Emma van Geuns, Staff Writer
March 28, 2017
Filed under Issue-6, Showcase, Sports

The atmosphere for the boys swim team has dramatically changed this season, with many new players and strategies for the year. The loss of past key teammates have been replaced by an influx of underclassmen to fill in the spots of their predecessors. For the four years swimmer Albert Gwo ‘16 attended Los Altos, ...

Sledding Down Memory Lane

Sledding Down Memory Lane

Madison Woo and Brian Huebner
March 27, 2017
Filed under Issue-6, Opinions, Showcase

Intro On Thursday, March 29, an iceberg will sink, a dance studio will close and a lighthouse will no longer shine as the online world of Club Penguin will close. The termination of this virtual world has struck sadness among many adolescents who grew up playing this game. Madison's Story It would ...

Triple Threats on the Field, Court and Track

Triple Threats on the Field, Court and Track

Justin Yu, Staff Writer
March 25, 2017
Filed under Issue-6, Showcase, Sports

Junior Jamie Kesten’s year is a triathlon in itself; she spikes the volleyball to her opponents in the fall, dribbles across the basketball court in winter and ends the year throwing in track and field. While Jamie has been a three-sport athlete since freshman year, her passion for sports stems fr...

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