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Douglas Curtis: New ASB President

Douglas Curtis: New ASB President

Hanna Khosravi, Opinions Editor

April 27, 2016


Filed under Features, Issue-7

When speaking with junior Douglas Curtis, one eminent factor is consistently and undeniably evident: his unwavering ambition. Douglas is known on campus for his wide array of interests: he dances, is fluent in Spanish, spent his summer studying human anatomy while working at a morgue and is extremely...

Student Pursues Nursing Through Adult Ed

Student Pursues Nursing Through Adult Ed

Paola Campos, Staff Writer

April 27, 2016


Filed under Features, Issue-7

On the corner of Mountain View’s Moffett Street is the Adult Education Center, which has been home to numerous Los Altos students and alumni throughout its existence. The center is a gateway for many students hoping to continue, advance and complete their educational careers in the wide range of courses...

Bookstore Owner Shares Unconventional Past

Bookstore Owner Shares Unconventional Past

Katherine Yen and Michael Sieffert

April 27, 2016


Filed under Features, Issue-7, Showcase

Book Buyers owner Hotranatha Ajaya is 73 years old and still spends 15 hours a day working in his used bookstore. He loves chatting with customers and radiates a quiet, gentle presence wherever he goes. But before he became the owner of a used bookstore, Ajaya led (and still leads) a most unconventional...

Students Take Innovative Steps to Pursue Their Dreams

Rachel Lu, Staff Writer

April 1, 2016


Filed under Features, Web Exclusive

Sam Veytser “It pretty much becomes me and when I meet [new] people, it’s what I say, ‘I’m a ballroom dancer.’” Sophomore Sam Veytser has been ballroom dancing for as long as he can remember. Although he was pushed into the activity as a child, Sam has grown to love the hobby over the ye...

The Quirks of a Cat-Loving, Teva-Wearing, Environmentalist

The Quirks of a Cat-Loving, Teva-Wearing, Environmentalist

Alexis Malgesini, Staff Writer

April 1, 2016


Filed under Features, Web Exclusive

Senior Bianca Champenois, who can be seen at school rocking Teva sandals and cringing at people who throw away what should be recycled, is the president of three clubs, most notably the Green Team. Bianca is a trilingual, ambitious student who stands out of the crowd because of her many interests and quirk...

Support Through Special Education

Support Through Special Education

Tino Tugwete and Avi Varghese

March 13, 2016


Filed under Features, Issue-6

Every student who passes through special education classes is taught the essential skill of self-advocacy: communicating with teachers, administration and people in general in order to ensure that a student can stay on track in classes and in daily life while making sure that their own needs are fulfilled....

Teresa Dunlap: a Die-hard Broncos Fan

Teresa Dunlap: a Die-hard Broncos Fan

Akhil Jakatdar, Staff Writer

March 13, 2016


Filed under Features, Issue-6

“What is it about humans that make them passionate, one way or another, about a sports team?” It’s the question that geometry and engineering teacher Teresa Dunlap often wonders about. And even though Dunlap was raised a football fan ever since she could remember, the answer still evades her....

A Look Inside the Winter Guard Community

A Look Inside the Winter Guard Community

Paola Campos, Staff Writer

March 10, 2016


Filed under Features, Issue-6

Take a second and imagine a plastic tarp large enough to nearly cover the entire floor of the large gym. Now take a second and consider how long it might take you to fold up the tarp and return it to its smallest size. It might take you about a half an hour to complete this task. At the November spirit...

Pétanque Club Brings a Taste of France to Los Altos

Pétanque Club Brings a Taste of France to Los Altos

Keith Bohrer, Staff Writer

March 10, 2016


Filed under Features, Issue-6

Just a few months ago, senior Bianca Champenois was one of the few people at the school who even knew what pétanque (pay-TAHNK’) was. She fondly remembers learning the game from her grandmother at an early age and playing it with her siblings on her grandmother’s lawn. In particular, Bianca cherishes...

AVID and Skills Classes Form Tutoring Partnership

AVID and Skills Classes Form Tutoring Partnership

Hanna Khosravi and Ben Zaeske

March 10, 2016


Filed under Features, Issue-6

Long known for their effective peer tutoring system, the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) classes have recently branched out, effectively expanding their roles and becoming tutors for students in English 10. AVID is a college preparatory program for students who are typically underr...

Annual Freshman Poetry Slam Concludes

Annual Freshman Poetry Slam Concludes

Rachel Lu, Staff Writer

March 2, 2016


Filed under Features, Web Exclusive

Among multiple Los Altos High traditions, one of the most recently developed and beloved is the annual Freshman Poetry Slam held in the Eagle theater. This year was the school’s fourth annual freshman poetry battle that took place last Friday, February 26. The first place winner went to Makeda...

Growing Up With Gangs

Sofia Guo and Alex Wong

February 12, 2016


Filed under Features, Issue-5

Written in collaboration with students in Elizabeth Tompkins’ English 10 class. - - - The crisp January air clouds with puffs of breath as one student* recounts his experiences growing up with local gang activity. “One time I got jumped by a couple of gangsters, [or] gangbangers, like a l...

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