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Seth Donnelly: The Art of Protesting

Seth Donnelly: The Art of Protesting

Jaclyn Saik, Staff Writer

January 17, 2017


Filed under Features, Issue-4

Social studies teacher Seth Donnelly knows how to protest. You might find him picketing in front of Citibank against the Dakota Access Pipeline, reading an open letter to California congresswomen or walking among throngs of LAHS students in the November 14 “walk-out” protesting the election results....

Filippo Salvati: Thinking Italian, Speaking English

Filippo Salvati: Thinking Italian,  Speaking  English

Julia Santos and Savita Govind

January 17, 2017


Filed under Features, Issue-4

“They’ve given me a bedroom and a house to stay in for free just because they’re really kind,” Filippo said. “We’re not that close but we just know each other. They were pretty brave to host me without knowing me better as well as maybe my family would know me.” In Italy, high school...

Alexis Rodriguez: an Avid Leader Tells Her Story

Alexis Rodriguez: an Avid Leader Tells Her Story

Yalda Khodadad, Staff Writer

January 17, 2017


Filed under Features, Issue-4

High school students recognize junior year as one of the most, if not the most, important years of your high school career. For junior Alexis Rodriguez, AVID has not only helped her in this pivotal year, but has been an important part of her life since freshman year. After coming to Los Altos from Mountain...

Senior Uses Science for a Cause

Senior Uses Science for a Cause

Ross Avery, Staff Writer

December 4, 2016


Filed under Features, Showcase, Web Exclusive

Undertaking scientific research begins with a vision. For senior David Lisbonne, the inspiration for his Advanced Scientific Investigation class project came out of the desire to help someone in need using technology. Henry Evans, who lives in Palo Alto, is the victim of a stroke-like attack that...

The Balancing Act of Art and STEM

The Balancing Act of Art and STEM

Emma Van Geuns, Staff Writer

November 27, 2016


Filed under Features, Issue-3

In the tight knit community of the Silicon Valley, billion dollar companies like Google and Apple reign, forging the STEM industry as we see it in our modern world, pushing us toward a revolutionary future. There are few careers outside of the STEM umbrella that schools and families around the Bay Area...

Jordan Rosenberg: from actress to playwright

Jordan Rosenberg: from actress to playwright

Danny Vesurai, Staff Writer

November 27, 2016


Filed under Features, Issue-3, Showcase

Since the age of eight, theater has played a significant role in the life of senior Jordan Rosenberg. After focusing on acting for eight years, Jordan began to explore her interest in playwriting when she got the idea to write a play using her previous experiences as an actor. “I thought a lot about...

NYU Abu Dhabi: Shaping Future World Leaders

NYU Abu Dhabi: Shaping Future World Leaders

Anisha Desai and Emma Kwan

November 27, 2016


Filed under Features, Issue-3

Situated in the United Arab Emirates on Saadiyat Island, NYU Abu Dhabi is in the midst of a burgeoning cosmopolitan city as its curriculum and programs emphasize the idea of a globalized culture. Students who value being around others who share their passion for becoming global leaders should consider...

Column: Trump’s America Stretches Empathy to its Limits

Sana Khader, Staff Writer

November 9, 2016


Filed under Features, Issue-3, Opinions

I’m in shock. This isn’t the America I believed in growing up as a Muslim woman of color. My dad’s immigration story from India was one of triumph. He taught me about an America that let him work hard and move up the social ladder, an America where it didn’t matter what you believed in or if your...

Column: How to Navigate Social Media during this Shaky Time

Jaclyn Saik, Staff Writer

November 9, 2016


Filed under Columns, Features, Issue-3, Opinions

These are shaky times. I’m not going to go into election results analysis or personal political views or ideologies right now, but I can tell just by walking through campus the morning of November 9 that an odd fog of mixed emotions and realized opinions has settled upon Los Altos. According t...

STEM speaker Jill Tarter Hunts Aliens

STEM speaker Jill Tarter Hunts Aliens

Miranda Li, In-Depth Editor

October 29, 2016


Filed under Features, Issue-2

Jill Tarter is, to be extremely colloquial, an alien hunter. She is also one of Time Magazine’s Top 25 Most Influential People in Space, recipient of two public service medals from NASA (among an impressive array of other honors) and a retired astrobiologist who has devoted her career to the search...

STEM Speaker Roger Stoller Molds his Career

STEM Speaker Roger Stoller Molds his Career

Justin Yu, Staff Writer

October 29, 2016


Filed under Features, Issue-2, Showcase

Roger Stoller has always been fascinated by the principles that shape the natural world. When Stoller was younger, he would often picks up crab shells on the beach, observing their physical qualities and how they were created. Starting out as an industrial designer in the early ’80s, Stoller is now...

STEM Speaker Sara Knox Explores Biometeorology

STEM Speaker Sara Knox Explores Biometeorology

Priya Dixit, Staff Writer

October 29, 2016


Filed under Features, Issue-2

Even when Sara Knox was in high school, she knew she was interested in several areas in science and that she was drawn to the world outdoors. Her career journey reflects both of these interests, dynamically combining several science fields into a profession that melds data collection and interpretation...

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