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Cheerleading: What It’s Like to Perform in Super Bowl 50

Sky Maeso, Graphic Artist
February 8, 2016
Filed under Features, Web Exclusive

The feeling of utter bliss set in when I was applying false lashes. When I am really excited for something, I go into hamster mode; that day, I wanted to jump around and run in place and just scrunch myself into a ball and squeal with anticipation. I set my alarms for 6:45, 6:50, 6:55 and 7:00 a.m, to...

He’s Got Cat-itude: Local Cat Brings Happiness to Los Altos Community

He’s Got Cat-itude: Local Cat Brings Happiness to Los Altos Community

Kevin Yen, Senior Writer
February 2, 2016
Filed under Features, Showcase, Web Exclusive

In a way, Willy, the orange and white feline known for repeatedly trespassing on houses in the Almond community, takes after his namesake, Willy Wonka. He’s affable, adventurous and sometimes downright weird. Willy came to Los Altos when the Chmyz family adopted him eight years ago, when he was a...

‘Please Help Save Mountain View’: radical speech on Rengstorff

‘Please Help Save Mountain View’: radical speech on Rengstorff

Eli Colbert, Staff Writer
February 1, 2016
Filed under Features, Showcase, Web Exclusive

“Rengstorff was just a dirt road when I was a kid,” Don Letcher said. “It was orchards, mostly. Next door to me, where the bar is, was a pig farm, and in back of us were almond orchards almost all the way up to Central Expressway.” Letcher’s notorious relationship with the City of Mountain Vie...

SOPUDEP Provides Assistance to Haitians in Need

SOPUDEP Provides Assistance to Haitians in Need

Chris Dadok and Savita Govind
December 17, 2015
Filed under Features, Issue-4

The Society of Province United for Economic Development of Petion Ville, better known as SOPUDEP, is an organization founded in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. SOPUDEP’s principle focus is to provide education for poor children, and create programs to help economically grow the community. The leader of SOPUDEP...

SET Club Promotes Fun, Relaxed Science

SET Club Promotes Fun, Relaxed Science

Jessica King, Entertainment Editor
December 17, 2015
Filed under Features, Issue-4

“It’s a serious club, but it’s insanely fun,” senior Science and Engineering Team public relations officer Aditya Vohra said. The Science and Engineering Team (SET) is planning an upcoming venture that just may top their list of “most dangerous projects.” By mixing kitty litter and sugar,...

New Class Combines Fitness and Leadership

New Class Combines Fitness and Leadership

Tino Tugwete, Staff Writer
December 17, 2015
Filed under Features, Issue-4

The word leadership is often associated with power, control and radiant confidence. It can be difficult for some students to identify with this model, and sometimes they don’t know how they can become a strong leader themselves. To help bridge the gap between a student’s ideas of leadership and reality,...

‘Things That Go Up and Down’: An Environmental Art Exhibit

‘Things That Go Up and Down’: An Environmental Art Exhibit

Akhil Jakatdar and Michael Sieffert
December 15, 2015
Filed under Features, Issue-4, Showcase

In a small room on the eighth floor of a bustling San Francisco business district building, quirky moving models with bright colors perch on podiums in the gallery. Soft music plays in the room bubbling with excitement. The high spirits of the students summarize the essence of the event. Throughout...

Poetry, Music, Writing: Artists of LAHS

Poetry, Music, Writing: Artists of LAHS

Booker Martin and Emily Terada
December 11, 2015
Filed under Features, Issue-4

Introduction During the day, the library serves as a vivacious study spot. But on a chilly night in early November, it turned into a stage where students could share their work while sipping on in-house coffee. For the first time, the school hosted Open Mic Night — an opportunity for students to ...

Senior Pursues Passion for Medicine

Senior Pursues Passion for Medicine

Alexis Malgesini, Staff Writer
November 18, 2015
Filed under Features, Issue-3

After completing a couple of medical emergency classes at Foothill College, volunteer experience in the field and CPR and Basic Life Support certifications, senior Marshall Scott is on his way to becoming an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and working toward his passion: helping others. Marsh...

Health Van Brings Needed Services

Health Van Brings Needed Services

Avi Varghese and Anisha Desai
November 18, 2015
Filed under Features, Issue-3

The Teen Health Van that visits Los Altos one Thursday each month can often be a daunting proposition for a new patient. The enormous, deep-blue van sits in the student parking lot from 10 to 4 o’clock and provides free healthcare to a variety of patients between the ages of 10 and 25 around the Bay...

Stories From Silicon Valley Startups

Stories From Silicon Valley Startups

Chris Dadok, Senior Writer
November 18, 2015
Filed under Features, Issue-3

Silicon Valley is known around the world for its startups and its ability to create new and inspirational ideas. Many startups do not make it off the ground, and those that succeed are often snapped up by larger companies such as Apple, Google and Facebook. Many of the people employed by these...

Community Welcomes New School Resource Officer

Community Welcomes New School Resource Officer

Michael Sieffert, Staff Writer
November 18, 2015
Filed under Features, Issue-3

For many students, it is not too uncommon to see a police officer walking throughout the campus, nor is it too uncommon to wonder why we even have law enforcement personnel at our school. But rest easy — the officers at our school aren’t here because of some unknown security threat. Rather, they...

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