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Morning Practice

Morning Practice

Julia Santos, Sports Editor

October 27, 2016


Filed under Columns, Issue-1, Sports

Here’s a quick introduction to me: I’m a junior, the Sports Editor of The Talon and I play water polo. That’s practically all you need to know because that’s all I really do. At 6:15 a.m. when the moon is still up and the sky is still dark, I line up at the edge of the pool, ready to dive in...

Leadership Class Promotes Wellness

Leadership Class Promotes Wellness

Maddie Chu, Staff Writer

October 16, 2016


Filed under Features, Issue-1

As one of the nation’s top-performing high schools, Los Altos is home to hundreds of talented, diverse individuals. As a result, the increasingly broad spectrum of students promotes an inherent sense of pressure and stress from environmental catalysts, such as parents and peers. Students often feel...

Nicolas Betancur’s Journey to Psychology

Nicolas Betancur’s Journey to Psychology

Savita Govind and Javin Pombra

October 16, 2016


Filed under Features, Issue-1

As mental health continues to pose a problem for millions of teenagers across the nation, school psychologist Nicolas Betancur hopes to help students at Los Altos during his first year by reaching out to as many people as possible. “I think my goal this year as someone who is new to the school is...

Breaking the Mold: Clubs on Campus (Yoga)

Breaking the Mold: Clubs on Campus (Yoga)

Anisha Desai, Senior Writer

October 16, 2016


Filed under Features, Issue-1

It’s no secret: yoga, an ancient discipline dating back to the 5th Century, is seeing a resurgence. Yoga studios are plentiful, with multiple in Los Altos alone. But to experience its myriad benefits, you’ll likely have to pay for the privilege. To give students access to yoga without the costs usually...

Breaking the Mold: Clubs on Campus (Outdoor Exploration)

Breaking the Mold: Clubs on Campus (Outdoor Exploration)

Ross Avery, Staff Writer

October 16, 2016


Filed under Features, Issue-1

When seniors Angela Chen and Megana Bobba started the Outdoor Exploration Club, they had one main goal in mind: to provide a relaxing, laid-back atmosphere for its members. “We want it to be a fun and kind of low-key club that just gave people the outlet and the opportunity to take that time out...

Follow the Fun — Or the Money

Follow the Fun — Or the Money

Booker Martin and Brian Huebner

October 16, 2016


Filed under Arts & Culture, Issue-1

Expensive Advertising, Cheap Product Reaching a worldwide revenue of nearly $100 billion, the games market continues to rise; it’s obvious why developers and publishers alike want a piece of the action. This desire to dominate the industry motivates companies to make the most impressive product p...

How Shane Koyczan is Expanding Slam Poetry

How Shane Koyczan is Expanding Slam Poetry

Madison Woo, Staff Writer

October 16, 2016


Filed under Arts & Culture, Issue-1

The room is filled with fragile silence. The stage is dim and bare while the audience waits in hushed anticipation. In an instant, the lights flash, shining on a single performer. He shifts to center himself in front of the microphone, takes a deep breath and pierces the air with his words. Shane Koycz...

No New Friends, Some New Trends

No New Friends, Some New Trends

Miranda Li, Emma Kwan, and Emma Van Geuns

October 16, 2016


Filed under Arts & Culture, Issue-1

The ax has swung. The rug has been pulled out. The changing nature of the music industry is forcing artists bred by old philosophies to adapt to new realities. As the streaming model grows, the way in which artists create, market and sell their work is changing rapidly to keep pace with the Internet ...

Emma’s Dilemma: #AcademicAutopsy

Emma Kwan, Staff Writer

October 16, 2016


Filed under Arts & Culture, Issue-1

It’s been about two months since we started school — okay, more like one and a half months —  and for some reason I decided that this would be the perfect time to do what I’ve decided to call a #TwoMonthAcademicAutopsy. Yes, that’s a very long hashtag that I just made up, but it’s fittin...

Breaking the Mold: Clubs on Campus (TeenzTalk)

Breaking the Mold: Clubs on Campus (TeenzTalk)

Anisha Desai, Senior Writer

October 14, 2016


Filed under Features, Issue-1

As one of Los Altos’ most diverse clubs, TeenzTalk works to connect teenagers from around the world with one goal in mind: “create a global teen community where we share our experiences, inspire each other to chase our unique ambitions, and embrace the valuable growth that comes from failures.” Club...

New Math Teacher Stephen Stefanini : Community in Class

New Math Teacher Stephen Stefanini : Community in Class

Haley Ecker, Staff Writer

October 12, 2016


Filed under Features, Issue-1

Some people know what they want to do at an early age. But in the case of new math teacher Stephen Stefanini, his interests have led him down a slightly varied career path. As one of the newest additions to the Los Altos math department, Stefanini is already helping improve his students’ abilities...

Editorial: New Structure of Homecoming Court is a Change for the Better

Editorial: New Structure of Homecoming Court is a Change for the Better

Editorial Board

October 7, 2016


Filed under Editorial, Issue-1

At The Talon, we’ve long believed that it’s time for Homecoming Court to change, and this year, it looks like it will get a much-needed makeover. Instead of picking 20 students paired into 10 male-female “couples,” ASB and the administration have made the welcome decision to pair students into...

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