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Elizabeth Barnett: singing her way to honor choir

Elizabeth Barnett: singing her way to honor choir

By Cathy Wang, Senior Writer | January 3, 2020

Imagine doing nothing but singing for eight or more hours a day for three days in a row; burying yourself in the sheet music, focusing on the smallest of details, trying to find places to sneak in...

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Surviving senior year 101

By Julie Vargas, Senior Year | December 20, 2019

Senior writer Julie Vargas shares her tips for getting through senior year.  When I got through junior year, I thought the worst of high school was behind me. SAT and ACT exams were over! The most...

Jon Keeling: kickin' it back old school

Jon Keeling: kickin’ it back old school

By Ethan Ruyack, Senior Writer | December 17, 2019

Although you might be intimidated by a barrage of yelling when you first walk into Jon Keeling’s Shotokan Karate studio in Palo Alto, you will be pleasantly surprised. Practicing on the mats is a...

Elena Houghlin (Naomi Scott), Jane Kano (Ella Balinski) and Sabrina
Wilson (Kristen Stewart) play three impressively feminist characters in
the newest version of this franchise.

“Charlie’s Angels” modernizes an outdated movie franchise

By Kaavya Butaney and Vaishu Sirkay | December 17, 2019

“Charlie’s Angels” is the controversial franchise that keeps on being remade and remade. The original TV show, airing in the 70s, came under fire for being “Jiggle TV” that sexualized their female...

Anna, Elsa, Sven, Kristoff, and Olaf pause at the edge of the Enchanted Forest.

“Frozen II”: It’s got plenty of ice but no dice

By Cedric Chan and Vaishu Sirkay | December 17, 2019

“Frozen”: You either love it or you hate it, but it’s impossible not to have an opinion about it. In 2013, “Frozen” fever swept the globe, immortalizing the movie as a cultural phenomenon. After...

Trump's impeachment explained

Trump’s impeachment explained

By Kate Stadler and Rachel Rudyak | December 16, 2019

UPDATE: The House of Representatives voted to impeach President Donald Trump for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress on Wednesday, December 18. The Senate is expected to hold a trial on the charges...

Kayleen Gowers: On the road to Princeton

Kayleen Gowers: On the road to Princeton

By Elli Lahdesmaki | December 16, 2019

When senior Kayleen Gowers first stepped foot on Princeton’s campus two years ago, she immediately felt at home. With its ideal balance of challenging academics and an outstanding soccer program,...

Column: Great egg-spectations

Column: Great egg-spectations

By Mia Scher, Senior Writer | December 16, 2019

It was about halfway through sophomore year when I received a package that would change my life: the Magic Bullet Blender, Small, Silver, 11 Piece Set. Flipping through the blender’s brochure, I landed...

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MVLA school district hires first-ever Wellness Coordinator

By Kate Stadler and Vaishu Sirkay | December 15, 2019

Mountain View High School Assistant Principal William Blair will become the Mountain View-Los Altos (MVLA) district’s first Wellness Coordinator starting January 2020. The position was created by the...

Breaking bubbles requires obliterating the idea of identity politics. That means we cannot continue to differentiate ourselves from others instead of connecting. 

The trouble with political bubbles

By Kaavya Butaney, Staff Writer | December 14, 2019

This summer, my family and I discussed socialism, as one does in any casual conversation. My mother argued that socialism could provide a more equal world, and my brother mentioned Sweden as an example....

Shining a light on the Opioid Crisis

Shining a light on the Opioid Crisis

By Vivek Chudasama, Guest Writer | December 14, 2019

When Jeremy Traylor hurt his back playing high school football, he didn’t think that it would be the beginning of his life’s downward spiral. The Louisiana native was an intelligent student, a...

LAHS Debationships

LAHS Debationships

By Kaavya Butaney, Kylie Akiyama, Katrina Arsky, and Suzanne Guo | December 14, 2019

Debate is one of the most important parts of these people’s lives, and the relationships they have with their teams and partners make it all the better. As the team takes a break for the holidays, The...

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