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Meditation and Self-Exploration at Maharishi University

Meditation and Self-Exploration at Maharishi University

Javin Pombra, In-Depth Editor

December 12, 2017


Filed under Features, Issue-4

The Maharishi University of Management and other schools of management have one stark difference: the former is about managing yourself and the latter about managing others. Founded in 1973, Maharshi certainly doesn’t follow the typical mold: opting to have classes last for a month instead of year-long...

Living by the Numbers: Mathletes on Campus

Living by the Numbers: Mathletes on Campus

Danny Vesurai and Justin Yu

December 12, 2017


Filed under Features, Issue-4

Los Altos mathletes live and breathe in numbers. For these students, math extends beyond just the skills learned in class: they challenge themselves to apply their problem solving skills in math competitions. Student compete in two primary types of competitions — ones that are purely mathematical...

Marching to the Beat of their own Drum (Corps)

Marching to the Beat of their own Drum (Corps)

Kristen Fan and Cathy Wang

December 12, 2017


Filed under Features, Issue-4

For most, marching band isn’t something to get excited about. As teen movies and Taylor Swift’s “You Belong With Me” would put it, they’re the “kids on the bleachers” in their funny uniforms blowing into funny little instruments. But inside it, living it, the experience is something wildly...

Gaining Traction at the Day Worker Center

Gaining Traction at the Day Worker Center

Jocelyn Maeyama, Staff Writer

December 12, 2017


Filed under Features, Issue-4

Nestled in the corner of Escuela Avenue, lush vines and shrubs frame the Day Worker Center of Mountain View. Inside, the building is a hub of activity. During the day, employers come and go and are matched by staff in the center to workers who complete jobs from landscaping to childcare to envelope stuffing....

Language Learning

December 11, 2017


Filed under Features, Issue-4

The Path to Pageantry with K’ronna Harmon

The Path to Pageantry with K’ronna Harmon

Jocelyn Maeyama, Staff Writer

December 1, 2017


Filed under Features, Issue-4, Web Exclusive

Senior K’ronna Harmon will take her talents to the Miss California Teen USA pageant stage for the first time tomorrow, Saturday, December 2. While this is her first time competing, her leadership experience and her innate compassion have already helped her connect with people involved in the pageant....

Questbridge

Maddie Chu, Opinions Editor

November 15, 2017


Filed under Features, Issue-3

In the following interviews, edited for clarity, The Talon features three Questbridge National College Match Finalists and their experiences. Questbridge’s National College Match allows students from low-income families to gain a full scholarship from a choice of 39 different colleges. The process...

Fishy business with the Hofmann brothers

Fishy business with the Hofmann brothers

Mia Scher, Staff Writer

November 15, 2017


Filed under Features, Issue-3

At 4 a.m. on a summer day in Los Altos, you can see dark houses and hear crickets. But if you drive up to the Hofmann household, you would be able to see three brothers, senior Hayden, sophomore Baylor and freshman Grady Hofmann, packing their fishing rods, hats and lunches in their car as they head...

The eco-friendly scene at University of Idaho

The eco-friendly scene at University of Idaho

Evelin Diego, Staff Writer

November 15, 2017


Filed under Features, Issue-3

The University of Idaho has a program Los Altos’ Green Team would be envious of: the Green Certification program. The program works to create a sustainable environment through small steps in students’ day-to-day lives, and rewards them for maintaining a green footprint. One of the many activities...

Composing a future with Michael Wang

Composing a future with Michael Wang

Nathan Godderis, Senior Writer

November 15, 2017


Filed under Features, Issue-3

Senior Michael Wang has chosen to pursue a career path not often taken in Silicon Valley: music. This year, Michael was accepted as a drummer into the San Francisco Jazz High School All-Stars program, one of the most prestigious and selective music programs in the Bay Area. With 20 to 25 of the best...

Meet Bandalou Baby’s Director of Operations

Meet Bandalou Baby’s Director of Operations

Alex Luna, Sports Editor

November 14, 2017


Filed under Features, Issue-3

When he’s not running cross country and participating in ASB, you might catch sophomore Alex Siesel wearing a shirt with a baby panda on it and the company name “Bandalou Baby” written on the back. Alex’s devotion to the company, which he helped create with his mom, is fueled by his passion for...

Stephen Palumbi: Saving the seas with STEM

Stephen Palumbi: Saving the seas with STEM

Kristen Fan, Staff Writer

October 27, 2017


Filed under Features, Issue-2

Growing up near the Atlantic coast in Maryland, Stephen Palumbi always wanted to work close to the ocean. As a child, Palumbi went to the beach every week with his family where he discovered his dream to study the fascinating creatures in the sea. Now, as a Stanford marine biology professor, he hopes to ...

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