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Marching to the Beat of their own Drum (Corps)

Courtesy Everett Henrie

Kristen Fan and Cathy Wang

December 12, 2017

For most, marching band isn’t something to get excited about. As teen movies and Taylor Swift’s “You Belong With Me” would put it, they’re the “kids on the bleachers” in their funny uniforms blowing into funny little instruments. But inside it, living it, the experience is something wildly...

Gaining Traction at the Day Worker Center

Emily Aronovitz

Jocelyn Maeyama, Staff Writer

December 12, 2017

Nestled in the corner of Escuela Avenue, lush vines and shrubs frame the Day Worker Center of Mountain View. Inside, the building is a hub of activity. During the day, employers come and go and are matched by staff in the center to workers who complete jobs from landscaping to childcare to envelope stuffing....

Editorial: Solving Los Altos’ Tutorial Problem

The data above was collected through a survey of 22 Tutorial Center tutors out of 35, where tutors estimated the frequency of their tutoring and picked between options to indicate why they chose to tutor at the Tutorial Center. The Talon extrapolated tutors’ total tutoring hours based on their self-reported frequencies, and compared that data to the total hours they were assigned to tutor. All figures in this article are therefore approximate, because the Tutorial Center could not provide more accurate data.

December 12, 2017

Sophomore Alex Siesel is your ideal tutor. He has regulars who visit him once a week, sometimes every day. He’s the first to snag new students, and he tutors three days a week at the Tutorial Center with a level of responsibility rivaled by few others. “I enjoy it,” Alex said. “If there's...

Boys soccer bound for successful season

Boys soccer bound for successful season

Nathan Godderis, Senior Writer

December 11, 2017

In the past two seasons, varsity boys soccer has been able to qualify for  CCS. In both seasons, the team  failed to advance past the first round. This season however, the team looks more promising than ever, Coach Vava Marques announced the final roster on Wednesday November 29th after a long, dif...

Girls basketball dribbles into new season

Girls basketball dribbles into new season

Yolanda Spura, Copy/content editor

December 11, 2017

Despite winning the first quarter, the girls basketball team fell 49-30 in their preseason game against Cupertino on November 28. The loss, however, was bittersweet; the Eagles, who moved down to the El Camino League two years ago, were facing a team from the higher De Anza League. To Head Coach Jacl...

Yuu Ishikawa: Serving and acing matches

Yuu Ishikawa: Serving and acing matches

Mayu Alten, Staff Writer

December 11, 2017

Freshman Yuu Ishikawa sets and launches the tennis ball away to her opponent. As it returns to her, she quickly calculates her next move, sprinting to position herself for another hit. Though most opponents wouldn’t expect someone with Yuu’s small frame to deliver strong returns, she uses speed ...

Josue Martinez’s artistic spin on parkour

Josue Martinez's artistic spin on parkour

Isabella Borkovic and Daphne Ih

December 11, 2017

Senior Josue Martinez stands and gazes ahead at his next course, surveying each ledge and wall carefully. He then proceeds to leap, flip and twist to get to his destination. When most people talk about overcoming obstacles, they’re usually referring to severe sports injuries or fears like nervousn...

Language Learning

December 11, 2017

Karina Halevy

Justin Yu, Senior Writer

December 11, 2017

For junior Karina Halevy, language is quantifiable. As the founder of LingHacks, Karina recently hosted the Bay’s first-ever computational linguistics conference for high schoolers, where she taught other students to combine language, computer science and math to make sense of the messy and dynamic...

Audrey Leong

Emma Kwan and Tino Tugwete

December 11, 2017

Audrey Leong’s family communicates in four different languages: French, Cantonese, English and German. When her mom walks into the room, Audrey begins to speak French, switching just as quickly to Cantonese when her dad comes in and mixing French and English to speak to her brothers. The multilingual...

The Path to Pageantry with K’ronna Harmon

Courtesy K'ronna Harmon

Jocelyn Maeyama, Staff Writer

December 1, 2017

Senior K’ronna Harmon will take her talents to the Miss California Teen USA pageant stage for the first time tomorrow, Saturday, December 2. While this is her first time competing, her leadership experience and her innate compassion have already helped her connect with people involved in the pageant....

Evergreen State College: Breaking from Tradition

Photo from Wikimedia Commons User Brylie Oxley.

Cameron Avery, Staff Writer

January 17, 2017

If you’re a student looking for a relatively normal college experience, you probably shouldn’t go to Evergreen State. The school, founded in 1967 and located in Olympia, Washington, seems to take a sort of perverse glee in flouting convention, tradition and generally a lot of things that regular...

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