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Michael Smith

Michael Smith

Noah Tesfaye, Staff Writer

February 16, 2018


Filed under Features, Issue-5

The summer following his graduation from UCLA in June of 2001, English teacher Michael Smith got a bizarre phone call. “I got a call early in the morning and it said ‘There's a teaching job up here [at Los Altos]. You may want to take a look into it,’ and the person hung up the phone,” Smith...

Los Altos’ SoundCloud Rappers

Nathan Godderis, Madison Woo, and Max Weirauch

February 16, 2018


Filed under Features, Issue-5

First Notes Musicians have to get their start somewhere, and for all three rappers, childhood experience was a foundation to their current work. Born into a musically talented family, Ben Shell grew up listening to his father’s favorite classic rock, his sisters singing, his mother playing piano an...

A Tale of Two Librarians

A Tale of Two Librarians

Anisha Desai and Julia Santos

February 15, 2018


Filed under Features, Issue-5

Bustling with activity and chatter, walls plastered with vibrant artwork and hi-tech equipment made available for student use, the Los Altos library defies our typical expectations of what a library is. Instead of pin-drop silence and a serious atmosphere, librarians Gordon Jack and Christine Bridges...

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...

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