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Kristin Castillo: Finding a Balance

Kristin Castillo: Finding a Balance

Javin Pombra, Staff Writer

September 20, 2016


Filed under Features, Showcase, Web Exclusive

A new addition to Los Altos, Kristin Castillo serves a different type of administrative role: Student Services Coordinator. Instead of focusing her attention on discipline or operations, Castillo’s main mission is to promote student health and wellness. “I’m just another adult on campus who’...

Soulforce Revolutionizes Summer Break

Soulforce Revolutionizes Summer Break

Haley Ecker, Sana Khader, and Emma Kwan

August 19, 2016


Filed under Features, Issue 0

The directors and mentors at Soulforce provide an in-depth experience for fellows to connect with others of different races, socioeconomic classes and gender identities. Through several weeks of workshops, presentations and meetings with other fellows, Soulforce aims to transform the high school students...

Gorman Completes Year as College and Career Center Coordinator

Gorman Completes Year as College and Career Center Coordinator

Sana Khader, Staff Writer

August 19, 2016


Filed under Features, Issue 0

During College and Career Center Coordinator Andrea Gorman’s first year, the college and career center was a lunchtime hub packed with students waiting to talk to Gorman about everything from summer jobs to the SAT. Gorman, with her constant cheer and wealth of experience, has proven herself to be...

Vol. 6: The Last One

Eli Colbert, Staff Writer

June 3, 2016


Filed under Columns, Features, Issue-8

War Stories | By Eli Colbert Her pearl earrings are the only holy thing in the driveway. Add decadence to the new wounds he said, before bolting Onto the interstate. The last warning is a vase inside of a trunk, In a flatbed truck, in a storage locker in Fresno. He can talk About man’s pity for...

Eduardo D. Cuellar: a Hidden Rockstar

Eduardo D. Cuellar: a Hidden Rockstar

Sofia Guo, Editor-in-Chief

June 3, 2016


Filed under Features, Issue-8

With his calm demeanor and quiet personality, senior Eduardo D. Cuellar is one of the last people one expects to fit the stereotype of a rock enthusiast. But for the past eight years, Eduardo has self-built all the musical skills and expertise needed to produce one-of-a-kind instrumental covers, such...

Bob Fonda Leaves Behind Cherished Legacy

Bob Fonda Leaves Behind Cherished Legacy

Josh Kirshenbaum, Sports Editor

May 23, 2016


Filed under Features, Issue-8

Robert “Bob” Fonda wasn’t a coach, an administrator or even a full-time teacher at LAHS. He was a substitute at Los Altos and Mountain View High School as well as at the elementary and middle schools in the Los Altos School District. He touched the lives of thousands of students and coworkers. When...

Catch ‘Em All: Inside the World of Nationally Competitive Pokemon

Catch ‘Em All: Inside the World of Nationally Competitive Pokemon

Claire Bai, Copy/Content Editor

May 19, 2016


Filed under Features, Showcase, Web Exclusive

There are basketball pros, and there are fantasy football pros. But then there are also Pokémon pros. Welcome to the world of a favorite 2000s childhood video game, where people in real life play trading cards to “catch ‘em all.” Sisters senior Claire Cheng and freshman Emily Cheng have been ...

Senior Pulls Off “Kay-sick” Promposal

Senior Pulls Off “Kay-sick” Promposal

Katherine Yen, Print Managing Editor

May 18, 2016


Filed under Features, Web Exclusive

Among her peers and teachers, senior Julia Khan is well-known for her passion for politics and her active presence on social media. It came as no surprise to many then, when two weeks ago, Julia posted a selfie video on Twitter of former Republican presidential candidate John Kasich (who was still in t...

Girl Scout Connects Cancer-affected Families for Project

Girl Scout Connects Cancer-affected Families for Project

Olivia Jerram, In-Depth Editor

May 13, 2016


Filed under Features, Web Exclusive

Cancer is something that junior Hannah Klaassen knows a lot about. Hannah is using her Gold Award Girl Scouts project, the project Girl Scout members complete before they receive the award for leadership and community projects, to connect families affected by cancer. She’s teamed up with Bay Area Cancer ...

Flashback to the ’50s: Life as a Los Altos Teenager

Flashback to the ’50s: Life as a Los Altos Teenager

Anisha Desai, Staff Writer

April 29, 2016


Filed under Features, Issue-7

Centered in the heart of Silicon Valley, Los Altos combines the elements of small-town living, via its quaint downtown and countryside landscapes, with an innovative and technology-based atmosphere, making this town a unique place — but it hasn’t always been this way. Sixty years ago, aspects of...

Students for Haiti Solidarity Travel to Make Change

Students for Haiti Solidarity Travel to Make Change

Tino Tugwete, Staff Writer

April 29, 2016


Filed under Features, Issue-7

Haiti has faced many challenges in the past few years, with the largest being the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that shook the country in 2010. This earthquake destroyed the country’s infrastructure, and the continued political interference from the U.S. only exacerbated the issue. To this day, the country...

Vickie Christensen’s Musical History

Vickie Christensen’s Musical History

Francesca Fallow, Staff Writer

April 27, 2016


Filed under Features, Issue-7

Music is the passion that feeds health teacher Vickie Christensen’s soul. It is simply a part of who she is. Christensen has conquered the world of music throughout her career: She has learned to play over 20 musical instruments (her favorite being the bassoon), worked with multiple genres and played...

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