The Talon

First Generation: Senior Shanzeh Shunaid

Elaine Lee

April 20, 2015


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Three years ago, senior Shanzeh Shunaid moved to the United States from Pakistan with her twin brother Shahzeb Shunaid, to live with their aunt in Los Altos. Though she had been to America numerous times before, permanently moving from a private British school in Karachi to Los Altos High School offered...

First Generation: Sophomores Yesenia Gutierrez and Magaly Kuliger

Amelia Baum

April 20, 2015


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For many, high school is a normal teenage experience, something that every person goes through, albeit a bit foreign and intimidating. For sophomores Yesenia Gutierrez and Magaly Kuliger, however, high school is much more than that. They cannot ask their parents or older siblings for reassurance that...

Defining First Generation

Defining First Generation

Amelia Baum

April 20, 2015


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[dropcap]F[/dropcap]or some, it is a mindset. For others, a cultural identity. For still more, it is a daily challenge. With a variety of definitions and identifications, the term ‘first generation American’ can be hard to pin down. Though there are many interpretations, all who identify as as fi...

First Generation: Sophomore Julian Carbajal

Emily Terada

April 20, 2015


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[dropcap]I[/dropcap]n his house, Spanish is the only language spoken. But at school, sophomore Julian Carbajal, can be heard speaking many languages, including French and Spanish. As a way to keep their heritage intact, speaking Spanish is a large and integral aspect for Julian’s family. “When...

First Generation: Junior Daughty Arora

Olivia Jerram

April 20, 2015


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[dropcap]J[/dropcap]unior Daughty Arora grew up in India with her grandparents. She met her parents for the first time she remembers when she was five. She will be the first in her family to grow up in America. “It means a lot [to be first generation],” Daughty said. “There’s a lot of pressure...

First Generation: Senior Federica Cerruti

Elaine Lee

April 20, 2015


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[dropcap]A[/dropcap]merican fashion, social cues and standardized testing: these are some among many cultural differences that senior Federica Cerruti learned to adjust to when she moved to Los Altos three years ago as a sophomore. Ethnically Italian, she was born and raised in France for seven years...

First Generation: Junior Aldo Montes Sanchez

Maya Varghese

April 20, 2015


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[dropcap]F[/dropcap]or Junior Aldo Montes Sanchez, the inspiration to strive to be the first person in his family to go to college comes from his mother, who never had the opportunity to go to college as she wasn’t able to finish high school. “My mother had come to the US in 8th grade and she believ...

First Generation: Senior Akemi Yoshida

Sitara Sriram

April 20, 2015


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[dropcap]W[/dropcap]hat’s for dinner: Black beans and rice or sushi and stir-fry? Senior Akemi Yoshida comes from very different cultures: her mother is Honduran, her father was Japanese and she has spent her whole life in California. Despite having to juggle many different ways of life, Akemi has...

First Generation: Sophomore Sean Adibi

Hanna Khosravi

April 20, 2015


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[dropcap]F[/dropcap]or as long as he could remember, sophomore Sean Adibi has held his cultural heritage first and foremost in his life. Being a first-generation American from Iran, his primary interests, both social and academic, have merged with his passion regarding his Iranian roots and have led...

First Generation: Junior Paola Campos

Olivia Jerram

April 20, 2015


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[dropcap]J[/dropcap]unior Paola Campos was born and raised in the United States. She plays soccer after school, takes AP English and stresses about college applications. The entire college process and experience is especially important to Paola as she will be the first in her family to attend. “C...

The Tenure Debates: What teacher job security means for the public school student

Sitara Sriram

April 19, 2015


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[dropcap]O[/dropcap]One of the most common topics assigned for persuasive essays, school debates and classroom discussions is the issue of teacher tenure. It is one of the most contentious topics in education, and all students, no matter where they come from, can relate to it. Teacher tenure provides...

Rights, Rules and Regulations: Maintaining student’s rights and school authority is a balancing act

Alexandra Milkey

April 19, 2015


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[dropcap]T[/dropcap]The California constitution guarantees the fundamental right to a public education. But this guarantee is only the first in a long line of significant constitutional rights that public school students in California have. Several Supreme Court cases have extended many of those constitutional...

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