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Manresa Bread: Side Project Turned Bakery

Manresa Bread: Side Project Turned Bakery

Alex Luna, Staff Writer

October 29, 2016


Filed under Features, Issue-2, Showcase

When you enter Manresa Bread, you will immediately smell the sweet aroma of pastries and coffee offered by this small town store while being greeted by the employees. Manresa Bread, located in Los Altos downtown, offers a variety of different pastries, breads and coffee. Before the small town store became...

Leadership Class Promotes Wellness

Leadership Class Promotes Wellness

Maddie Chu, Staff Writer

October 16, 2016


Filed under Features, Issue-1

As one of the nation’s top-performing high schools, Los Altos is home to hundreds of talented, diverse individuals. As a result, the increasingly broad spectrum of students promotes an inherent sense of pressure and stress from environmental catalysts, such as parents and peers. Students often feel...

Nicolas Betancur’s Journey to Psychology

Nicolas Betancur’s Journey to Psychology

Savita Govind and Javin Pombra

October 16, 2016


Filed under Features, Issue-1

As mental health continues to pose a problem for millions of teenagers across the nation, school psychologist Nicolas Betancur hopes to help students at Los Altos during his first year by reaching out to as many people as possible. “I think my goal this year as someone who is new to the school is...

Breaking the Mold: Clubs on Campus (Yoga)

Breaking the Mold: Clubs on Campus (Yoga)

Anisha Desai, Senior Writer

October 16, 2016


Filed under Features, Issue-1

It’s no secret: yoga, an ancient discipline dating back to the 5th Century, is seeing a resurgence. Yoga studios are plentiful, with multiple in Los Altos alone. But to experience its myriad benefits, you’ll likely have to pay for the privilege. To give students access to yoga without the costs usually...

Breaking the Mold: Clubs on Campus (Outdoor Exploration)

Breaking the Mold: Clubs on Campus (Outdoor Exploration)

Ross Avery, Staff Writer

October 16, 2016


Filed under Features, Issue-1

When seniors Angela Chen and Megana Bobba started the Outdoor Exploration Club, they had one main goal in mind: to provide a relaxing, laid-back atmosphere for its members. “We want it to be a fun and kind of low-key club that just gave people the outlet and the opportunity to take that time out...

Breaking the Mold: Clubs on Campus (TeenzTalk)

Breaking the Mold: Clubs on Campus (TeenzTalk)

Anisha Desai, Senior Writer

October 14, 2016


Filed under Features, Issue-1

As one of Los Altos’ most diverse clubs, TeenzTalk works to connect teenagers from around the world with one goal in mind: “create a global teen community where we share our experiences, inspire each other to chase our unique ambitions, and embrace the valuable growth that comes from failures.” Club...

New Math Teacher Stephen Stefanini : Community in Class

New Math Teacher Stephen Stefanini : Community in Class

Haley Ecker, Staff Writer

October 12, 2016


Filed under Features, Issue-1

Some people know what they want to do at an early age. But in the case of new math teacher Stephen Stefanini, his interests have led him down a slightly varied career path. As one of the newest additions to the Los Altos math department, Stefanini is already helping improve his students’ abilities...

Stanford Student Walks a Fine Line

Stanford Student Walks a Fine Line

Avery Luke, Staff Writer

October 10, 2016


Filed under Features, Web Exclusive

Though most college students stay grounded through competitive sports or socializing amidst intense studying, for Stanford student Lucas Güniat, most of his free time is spent approximately 50 cm off of the ground. As a new student from Switzerland, Lucas has been practicing slacklining for the pas...

Anna Garverick: A Leader with Purpose

Anna Garverick: A Leader with Purpose

Alex Luna, Staff Writer

October 5, 2016


Filed under Features, Web Exclusive

What does it mean to be a student leader? If you really want to know what it takes, look no further than Los Altos’ very own Senior Class President, Anna Garverick. Anna was recently voted student of the month by her peers in ASB in order to highlight her contributions. Along with being Senior Class P...

Chris Yip: Science Savant

Chris Yip: Science Savant

Julia Santos, Sports Editor

October 5, 2016


Filed under Features, Showcase, Web Exclusive

In one of his first ever Instagram posts, junior Chris Yip shares a picture of a No. 11 blade scalpel with the caption, “Monday Medical Trivia - What type of scalpel blade is this? What is it used for?” Most students wouldn’t know that the blade is used for stab incisions, and most students wo...

Behind the Scenes of Marching Band

Behind the Scenes of Marching Band

Haley Ecker, Staff Writer

October 4, 2016


Filed under Features, Showcase, Web Exclusive

During the fall, it’s not uncommon to hear the sonorous rhythms and fanfare provided by the Los Altos Marching Band and Color Guard early in the morning. This group of 80 students perform at several athletic events, pep rallies, competitions and community parades throughout the first semester. This season...

Stellina Sweets: Counselor Operates Baking Blog

Stellina Sweets: Counselor Operates Baking Blog

Priya Dixit, Staff Writer

September 29, 2016


Filed under Features, Showcase, Web Exclusive

A sumptuous array of baked treats, in all of their chocolatey, gooey and powdered-sugar glory, glimmer enticingly from a computer screen. Images are accompanied by blurbs describing the featured treats. This is the elegant homepage of Stellina Sweets, a blog run by Los Altos counselor Dafna Adler. Ev...

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