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UDPS and beyond: poetry at Los Altos

UDPS and beyond: poetry at Los Altos

Tinomuda Tugwete, Madison Woo, and Emily Aronovitz

July 6, 2017


Filed under Features, Issue-8

In the following interviews, edited for clarity, The Talon features two poets on the Los Altos Slam Team and their experiences and journeys with poetry. The team took home second place at the Youth Speaks Unified District Poetry Slam (UDPS) finals on April 26, an amazing feat after competing against...

Inside MVLA’s championship debate team

Inside MVLA’s championship debate team

Emily Aoki, Editor-In-Chief

July 5, 2017


Filed under Features, Issue-8

Ten years ago, the Mountain View-Los Altos (MVLA) Parliamentary Debate team didn’t exist. This year, the team is almost 30 strong and didn’t just send one-sixth of its team to the national Tournament of Champions (TOC) — they “closed it out,” meaning the two teams in the final round of the...

Margarita Navarro tackles inequality in schools

Margarita Navarro tackles inequality in schools

Danny Vesurai, Staff Writer

July 5, 2017


Filed under Features, Issue-8

From spearheading programs like AVID to teaching her peers in high school and college as a tutor and teacher’s aide, new Associate Superintendent Margarita Navarro has searched for ways to assist others throughout her life. Navarro’s dreams of becoming a teacher began when she was a 9-year-old in th...

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...

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...

CSU Channel Islands: Diverse and Accessible

CSU Channel Islands: Diverse and Accessible

Alex Luna, Staff Writer

March 29, 2017


Filed under Features, Issue-6

When thinking of colleges in California, the big names usually come to mind: Stanford, UCLA, Cal and other well-known UCs and CSUs. When making the big decision on which college to attend, the lesser-known CSU Channel Islands presents an interesting option for a wide selection of students. For those...

Zimbabwe Run Brings the Joy of Africa to Los Altos

Zimbabwe Run Brings the Joy of Africa to Los Altos

Emma Kwan, Staff Writer

March 29, 2017


Filed under Features, Issue-6

Inspired by a 1997 trip to see her son’s volunteer work in Africa, Los Altos resident Ellen Clark began the Zimbabwe Run in 2000 to support AIDS orphans in Zimbabwe. Three years later, Clark also created the Sustainable Living Foundation, a nonprofit focused on organizing the Zimbabwe Run and other...

Mahita Bobba: Turning Poetry into Action

Mahita Bobba: Turning Poetry into Action

Priya Dixit and Yolanda Spura

March 29, 2017


Filed under Features, Issue-5, Issue-6

“Worth” — something freshman Mahita Bobba has struggled to feel throughout her life, and the name of the slam poem that she performed at the Freshman Poetry Slam in February, in which she won first place. “The basis of my poem was feminism ,” Mahita said. “[A woman] doesn’t need a male...

Artist Spread: Max Drummond

Artist Spread: Max Drummond

Adrienne Mitchel, Staff Writer

March 29, 2017


Filed under Features, Issue-5

Senior Max Drummond is a master showman — from singing in Main Street, to acting in Broken Box, to participating in musical theater, he thrives on the stage. While he has many talents, his one true passion is acting. “[Acting] is the one thing that for me really clicks,” Max said. “I really...

Artist Feature: Jerilyn Lee

Artist Feature: Jerilyn Lee

Adrienne Mitchel, Staff Writer

March 29, 2017


Filed under Features, Issue-5

Though sophomore Jerilyn Lee seeks to inspire others with her art, the work she produces tends to be dark. “I just want to create art that makes me happy and makes other people happy, even though most of my art is very dark,” Jerilyn said. “I don’t know why most of my art is dark. I’m just...

Artist Feature: Talia Gloster

Artist Feature: Talia Gloster

Adrienne Mitchel, Staff Writer

March 29, 2017


Filed under Features, Issue-5

Born, in New York, so close to Broadway, it’s no surprise that senior Talia Gloster found her spark on stage as the fiery young lead in the well-known musical “Annie.” Talia’s love for musical theater came to life and continued to grow when she moved to California and joined the Peninsula Youth...

Artist Feature: Anna Gerchanovsky

Artist Feature: Anna Gerchanovsky

Ross Avery, Staff Writer

March 29, 2017


Filed under Features, Issue-5

When sophomore Anna Gerchanovsky was creating her piece to submit for an art competition sponsored by The Museums of Los Gatos, she embraced the chosen topic of “Choice” in a unique way: She drew a picture of the judges, then wrote the words “Put this in your art show” on top in large red letters. “The...

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