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Harp Lends a Helping Hand

Photograph by Yalda Khodadad

By Yalda Khodadad, Features Editor

August 21, 2017

When imagining a harp, often times, we picture a Greek goddess, or maybe an angel, easily plucking the instrument while eating grapes and wearing fine robes. However, in the case of junior Brooke Bettinger, her journey toward playing this instrument has been less than graceful. From childhood, Brooke ...

Wonder Woman Fails Feminists

Wonder Woman Fails Feminists

By Mayu Alten, Staff Writer

August 16, 2017

Since her comic series debut in 1941, Wonder Woman has been the most well known female superhero in America and a necessary voice for women today. With highly anticipated movie release of “Wonder Woman” on June 2, Marvel broke box office records by reeling in a whopping $103.1 million on openin...

Football Tackles De Anza League

Football Tackles De Anza League

By Ian Tseng, Staff Writer

August 15, 2017

Last year, the Eagles’ playoff hopes fell short due to a loss in the first round of CCS against the Homestead Mustangs, despite their overall record of 8-3. Even so, their performance last season was enough to promote them from the El Camino League to the tougher De Anza League, setting the stage for...

Girls Tennis Serves Up New Season

Girls Tennis Serves Up New Season

By Kristen Fan, Staff Writer

August 15, 2017

After a successful season last year, finishing with an overall record of 17-4, coming second in leagues, and making it to CCS for the first time in four years, the varsity team is ready to continue their success this season. Despite adjusting to the loss of senior captains Sydney Sukhdeo, ‘17 and Tessa...

Zero waste with Zanny Zellers

Jasmine Shen

By Javin Pombra and Jocelyn Maeyama

August 15, 2017

Standing waist deep in a dumpster long after sunset may seem like a night gone wrong, but for senior Zanny Zellers, it’s exactly where she wants to be. After hearing the news two weeks ago that the recreation center where she works would be demolished, Zanny spent her days at work watching her c...

Mountain View’s Home for the Homeless

Arjin Unlu

By Danny Vesurai and Noelle Hanson

August 15, 2017

Come this November, 50 people, mostly families and single women, will find a respite from the winter at a cold weather homeless shelter at Trinity United Methodist Church in Mountain View. The church, which lies on the corner of Hope and Mercy Street, has long served the community. Hope’s Corner ...

High School to Higher Education

Emily Aronovitz

By Emily Aronovitz, Photographer

August 15, 2017

Meet Los Altos’ New Staff Members

Teachers prepare to head to talks at the district-wide staff kickoff on Wednesday, August 9. Nicholas Borda.

By Avi Varghese, Emma van Geuns, Yolanda Spura, and Zooey Nguyen

August 14, 2017

This year, Los Altos High School welcomed 21 new staff members. Read on to learn more about some of them and their summer experiences.  

Fixing MVLA’s Summer School System: Administrators Should Focus on Progress, Not Passing

Fixing MVLA's Summer School System: Administrators Should Focus on Progress, Not Passing

August 14, 2017

  Editor's Note: A previous version of this article mischaracterized summer school’s drop rates by implying that the 213 students who dropped summer school in 2016 were urged to drop out by summer school administration. In reality, the majority of those students signed up for summer school in anticipatio...

Keep the Break in Summer Break

Keep the Break in Summer Break

By Alex Luna, Sports Editor

August 14, 2017

With summer now coming to a close, it’s time to return to school and work hard for the next nine months. It’s common to start thinking about next summer and what your plans will be. However, as the race for college continues those calendar days might be filled up with SAT prep courses, summer jobs, ...

Students on the Job: Summer Internships at Los Altos

Students on the Job: Summer Internships at Los Altos

August 14, 2017

Los Altos students have done it all: researching malaria in Ghana, designing biotech applications for a world-renowned university and working with the Mountain View Chamber of Commerce to help high schoolers. Through summer internships as varied as the students themselves, students have grown not only th...

Is this the swan song for music radio?

Is this the swan song for music radio?

By Cameron Avery, Staff Writer

August 24, 2016

For years, the radio — that is, old-fashioned, AM/FM radio — has been on a steady decline. Though the number of Americans who tune in to the radio each week (93 percent in 2016, according to Nielsen Ratings) has remained steady over the past decade, that statistic belies a different story: radio...

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