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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 ...

Berea College: Education without a cost

Berea College: Education without a cost

Yolanda Spura and Rachel Lu

October 24, 2017


Filed under Features, Issue-2

Affording college is difficult — the average undergraduate student faces $30,100 in loans when they graduate. By not charging tuition, Berea College offers a solution to this issue. All students receive the Tuition Promise Scholarship, which amounts to nearly $100,000 over the course of four years. ...

Emily Macway’s path to teaching

Emily Macway’s path to teaching

Alex Luna and Emma Kwan

October 24, 2017


Filed under Features, Issue-2

Emily Macway would start her mornings at Los Altos and finish her nights at Santa Clara University every school day last year. Her schedule, from teaching Algebra 2 at 8 a.m. to taking classes until 10 p.m., is common for a student teacher. The experience, while tiring, taught Macway essential skills ...

Little Mozart: Providing music to those in need

Little Mozart: Providing music to those in need

Madison Woo, Senior Writer

October 24, 2017


Filed under Features, Issue-2

Students sang “Mary Had a Little Lamb” at the top of their lungs while clapping in unison to the rhythm of the song. Joined by their student teachers, seniors Rose and Ray William, the kids then transitioned from singing to theory lessons, tossing around a rubber ball to the tune of Strauss...

For the Miyaharas, school is a family experience

For the Miyaharas, school is a family experience

Noelle Hanson and Zooey Nguyen

October 24, 2017


Filed under Features, Issue-2

For many students, the most interaction their parents have with Los Altos High is dropping their children off on campus and attending counselor and teacher meetings. For the Miyahara family, seeing each other on campus is a more frequent occurrence:  sophomore Lauren and senior Ryan Miyahara’s pa...

Andrew Rathjen: Drones, Ethics and Academics

Andrew Rathjen: Drones, Ethics and Academics

Julia Santos, Mayu Alten, and Jocelyn Maeyama

September 26, 2017


Filed under Features, Issue-1, Showcase

Stepping into the Beale Air Force Base, Andrew Rathjen navigates through multiple security checkpoints to enter the debrief room. He receives a mission set, and he delves into the events that occurred in the past 24 hours. Once finished, he enters a new room. Here, following the illumination of hu...

Shilpa Rao is Picking Up STEAM

Shilpa Rao is Picking Up STEAM

Cathy Wang and Isabella Borkovic

September 26, 2017


Filed under Features, Issue-1

Sophomore Shilpa Rao and three other students left Los Altos early on a sunny Thursday afternoon, leaving behind their roles as students to become teachers: in Shilpa’s case, a teacher and founder. They traveled to Scott Lane Elementary School in Santa Clara, where the four students turned teachers t...

Grace Lilygren is the New Leslie Knope

Grace Lilygren is the New Leslie Knope

Danny Vesurai, News Editor

September 26, 2017


Filed under Features, Issue-1

The only student working on creating a dog park in the city of Los Altos is junior Grace Lilygren. As a recently appointed commissioner for the city’s Parks and Recreation Commission, Grace is believed to be the first teenager to ever serve the city in such a role. After getting a spot in the City of Los Alto...

Jenny Delgado’s path to communication

Jenny Delgado’s path to communication

Emily Meza-Perez, Senior Writer

September 26, 2017


Filed under Features, Issue-1

You’ll usually find senior Jenny Delgado with her fingers stained with various shades of paint — she finds it easiest to communicate ideas through art. The love for art comes from Jenny’s childhood, when she discovered art after having difficulty communicating in English. “I am first gene...

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