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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...

Mr. & Mrs. Water Polo

Mr. & Mrs. Water Polo

Haley Ecker, Staff Writer
March 25, 2017
Filed under Issue-5, Showcase, Sports

On and off the pool deck, Katie Buzzetta and Seth Tasman have created a close-knit family with boys and girls of all grade levels at Los Altos. Their upcoming marriage this May serves not only as a celebration of their commitment to each other but also to the family they have built as the head coaches ...

Annual Summit Supports Latino Community

Annual Summit Supports Latino Community

Emily Meza-Perez, Staff Writer
March 17, 2017
Filed under Issue-6, News, Showcase

The annual Latino Summit, which occurred last Saturday, March 4, presented a synthesis of information about college and social services available around Los Altos. The event opened for all community members and aimed to provide resources and a platform for Latino families to ask questions and be informe...

Minimum Wage Hikes Meet Mixed Responses

Minimum Wage Hikes Meet Mixed Responses

Akhil Jakatdar, Avi Varghese, and Michael Sieffert
March 17, 2017
Filed under Issue-6, News, Showcase

In recent months, “Help Wanted” signs have cropped up in the windows of Mountain View restaurants. Businesses have been hit hard by a shortage of low-wage workers, which, according to Mountain View Mayor Ken Rosenberg, stems from increases in housing prices. To help alleviate this issue, Mountain ...

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