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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 a breath. To some, this may seem daunting or even ridiculous. But to junior Elizabeth Barnett, it’s ...

Surviving senior year 101

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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 important year of high school was over! All the pain and stress was over! BUT in the first semester of s...

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 diverse group of students, from children to working adults. In 1998, Jon Keeling founded his studio to...

“Charlie’s Angels” modernizes an outdated movie franchise

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.

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 cast in order to cater to their male viewers. While 2000’s “Charlie’s Angels” and 2003’s “Charl...

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

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

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 six years, “Frozen II” has finally arrived, catering to all ages, whether it be the elementary...

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 next month.  President Donald Trump may face impeachment charges for allegedly pressuring the Ukr...

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, Kayleen knew that Princeton would be the best place for her. This led to her ultimate decision to commit to Princeton...

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 on eggs. Woah! This blender can make scrambled eggs?! For five minutes, my dad watched his culinarily clueless daugh...

MVLA school district hires first-ever Wellness Coordinator

Courtesy William Blair

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 MVLA School Board to address worrying mental health trends among students by managing the two schools’ ...

The trouble with political bubbles

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

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. My father contested, arguing that Sweden has a small population, allowing for a more controlled distribut...

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 star athlete, and the kind of person that anyone could talk to.  After his injury, Jeremy was prescr...

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 Talon takes a moment to recognize some of this year’s most impressive partnerships.

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