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City’s Public Arts Committee Develops Master Plan For New Works

City’s Public Arts Committee Develops Master Plan For New Works

Yalda Khodadad, Features Editor
July 26, 2017
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The Los Altos Public Arts Committee (LAPAC) started drafting a Public Arts Master Plan this spring to add art to the city in hopes that it might draw potential investors and homeowners. The plan aims to develop a community-wide vision to add unique works that resonate with the city and its citizen...

Math Teacher Judy Strauss Retires

Jocelyn Maeyama and Javin Pombra
July 13, 2017
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Math teacher Judy Strauss retired after teaching for 27 years at the end of 2016-2017 school year. Once retired, she hopes to dedicate her time to pursuing a variety of other interests, including swimming, literature, music and epidemiology. Strauss first considered retirement after she was diagnosed with and surgically tre...

Offensive Quizlet Live Usernames Prompt Investigation

Offensive Quizlet Live Usernames Prompt Investigation

Brian Huebner and Justin Yu
June 23, 2017
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On Friday, May 5, two racist usernames were entered by a stranger in a Quizlet Live game after a student shared the class code as a part of an internet trend. The usernames, one of which was antisemitic, prompted an investigation by the administration. Quizlet Live, an online platform for educatio...

Ukelele Club Performs At Art In The Park

Ukelele Club Performs At Art In The Park

Emma Kwan, Staff Writer
June 5, 2017
Filed under Arts & Culture, Web Exclusive

On Saturday, May 20, Ukulele Club performed at Art in the Park, a community event hosted by Los Altos Rotary Club. Members played songs such as “Riptide” by Vance Joy and “Lava” from the eponymous Pixar short. The performance is the club’s second this year, following their debut at the Diversi...

Main Street Singers Take European Tour

Adrienne Mitchel, Staff Writer
June 2, 2017
Filed under Features, Web Exclusive

In a picturesque German town, a group of American high schoolers mill around in an outdoor market before their director ushers them into formation for an impromptu choir performance. A small group of Germans, toting their shopping bags, stop to listen to their songs. As the students continue, a massiv...

School Hosts Annual Spring Sports Awards

Jaclyn Saik, Staff Writer
May 31, 2017
Filed under Sports, Web Exclusive

On Tuesday, May 23, Los Altos athletes were recognized for their accomplishments in spring sports as well as over the course of the year at the annual Spring Sports Awards. Among the variety of honors awarded, student-athletes who maintained 4.0 averages were awarded “Scholar Athlete” awards, and a variet...

Los Altos Falls to Westmont in CCS Final

Los Altos Falls to Westmont in CCS Final

Julia Santos, Sports Editor
May 29, 2017
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Los Altos and Westmont stood on opposite ends of the spectrum going into Saturday’s baseball Division I CSS championship. The 1st-seeded Westmont Warriors arrived at San Jose’s Municipal Stadium with three shutouts under their belt; the 7th-seeded Eagles, meanwhile, were recovering from three incr...

Podcast: The Tuareg Rock Revolution

Podcast: The Tuareg Rock Revolution

May 27, 2017
Filed under Arts & Culture, Web Exclusive

Celebrate the launch of The Talon's SoundCloud page with Michael Sieffert's look at the evolution of the Tuareg nomads' unique brand of rock music. Transcript: At night in the small Malian town of Tessalit, the desert is anything but silent. Women wearing long robes and men in indigo dyed tagelmust headcoverings dance and clap to music. The music has a long and complex history, that stems from ...

Baseball Defeats Wilcox, Advances to CCS Finals

Baseball Defeats Wilcox, Advances to CCS Finals

Ian Tseng, Staff Writer
May 26, 2017
Filed under Sports, Web Exclusive

After soaring through the first two rounds of CCS, the 7th-seeded Eagles found themselves in a close matchup against the 11th-seeded Wilcox Chargers on Thursday, May 25. In what became a nail-biting display of highly competitive baseball, Los Altos narrowly snatched away the victory from Wilcox during an...

Preview: Senior Films

Haley Ecker and Brian Huebner
May 24, 2017
Filed under Arts & Culture, Web Exclusive

Seniors in Ms. Herrera's Film Analysis class will present their final products on Thursday, May 25, from 6:30 to 8:00 pm in the Eagle Theater. The Talon interviewed the directors of three films to learn more. Evan Marshall and Nathan Mesel “Hush” Seniors Evan Marshall and Nathan Mesel’s film, “Hush,” is a p...

Swimming and Diving Places High at States

Swimming and Diving Places High at States

Maddie Chu, Staff Writer
May 24, 2017
Filed under Sports, Web Exclusive

On Friday, May 19, and Saturday, May 20, six members of the varsity boys and girls swimming and diving teams attended the California Interscholastic Federation States meet. Of the six members, juniors Gabrielle Anderson, Trevor Labuda and Evan Labuda made especially notable finishes. Junior Gabrielle ...

Shouting Really Loud: Media Under Trump

Shouting Really Loud: Media Under Trump

Spencer Dembner, Web Managing Editor
May 24, 2017
Filed under Opinions, Web Exclusive

Donald Trump may hate the media, but he’s also its biggest consumer. Per The Atlantic, he watches over five hours of television a day, and tweets about it in real time. In February, networks hiked their ad rates in the DC area, hoping to cash in on their powerful audience of one. Fittingly, cable TV ...

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