The Talon

First Generation: Senior Shanzeh Shunaid

Elaine Lee

April 20, 2015

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...

First Generation: Sophomores Yesenia Gutierrez and Magaly Kuliger

Amelia Baum

April 20, 2015

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...

First Generation: Sophomore Julian Carbajal

Emily Terada

April 20, 2015

[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...

First Generation: Sophomore Sana Khader

Hanna Khosravi

April 20, 2015

[dropcap]S[/dropcap]ophomore Sana Khader was raised with values that signify an acute respect for the ability to grow up in this country. For as long as she can remember, her parents have been amplifying the ideal that they must...

First Generation: Junior Daughty Arora

Olivia Jerram

April 20, 2015

[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...

First Generation: Senior Federica Cerruti

Elaine Lee

April 20, 2015

[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....

First Generation: Junior Aldo Montes Sanchez

Maya Varghese

April 20, 2015

[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...

First Generation: Senior Akemi Yoshida

Sitara Sriram

April 20, 2015

[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...

First Generation: Sophomore Sean Adibi

Hanna Khosravi

April 20, 2015

[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,...

First Generation: Junior Paola Campos

Olivia Jerram

April 20, 2015

[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...

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

Sitara Sriram

April 19, 2015

[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,...

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