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Alex and her Custom Cakes Sweeten Up Los Altos

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Adrienne Mitchel, Staff Writer

January 17, 2017

Sophomore Alex Warren will finish creating her own baking business, Alex’s Baked Goods, next semester. This decision was not a spur-of-the moment plan, but rather a gradual progression of events that inspired her to start an official baking business this coming year. “My mom taught me how to cook...

Seth Donnelly: The Art of Protesting

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Jaclyn Saik, Staff Writer

January 17, 2017

Social studies teacher Seth Donnelly knows how to protest. You might find him picketing in front of Citibank against the Dakota Access Pipeline, reading an open letter to California congresswomen or walking among throngs of LAHS students in the November 14 “walk-out” protesting the election results....

Filippo Salvati: Thinking Italian, Speaking English

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Julia Santos and Savita Govind

January 17, 2017

“They’ve given me a bedroom and a house to stay in for free just because they’re really kind,” Filippo said. “We’re not that close but we just know each other. They were pretty brave to host me without knowing me better as well as maybe my family would know me.” In Italy, high school...

Alexis Rodriguez: an Avid Leader Tells Her Story

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Yalda Khodadad, Staff Writer

January 17, 2017

High school students recognize junior year as one of the most, if not the most, important years of your high school career. For junior Alexis Rodriguez, AVID has not only helped her in this pivotal year, but has been an important part of her life since freshman year. After coming to Los Altos from Mountain...

Julia Santos: the real (SCVAL All-League) MVP

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Alex Luna, Staff Writer

December 29, 2016

Junior Julia Santos is passionate about water polo. From an early age, she has built her life around it. She was recently awarded the All-League Most Valuable Player for the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League (SCVAL). The journey toward recognition was not an easy one. Julia has worked hard since fi...

The Woes of Winter Polo

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Julia Santos, Staff Writer

December 29, 2016

Imagine this: underneath your warm, zipped-up parka, you’re wearing one of your 20 water polo related sweatshirts along with your fuzzy Gryffindor pajama pants. There are socks on your feet, your hood is sufficiently covering your ears and your hands are in the pockets of your parka — one gripping ...

Learning to Stay Afloat with Hana Brett

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Javin Pombra, Staff Writer

December 29, 2016

Hana Brett’s greatest accomplishment this year would likely be either being recruited by Cornell for Division 1 swimming or being able to sleep at 9 p.m. on a regular basis. For most high schoolers, much less a student athlete, finding a way to get enough sleep and balance everyday life can be a tough ve...

For Christopher Grey, Faith comes First

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Avery Luke and Cameron Avery

December 29, 2016

“If I really strive to become a better person and live the way that Christ has entitled me to do so,” senior Christopher Grey says, “I’ll achieve my goals and He’ll help me regardless of the circumstances.” Christopher has  been going to church with his family since he was young, and it...

Owen MacKenzie Races to States

Owen MacKenzie Races to States

Danny Vesurai and Priya Dixit

December 29, 2016

With his grandfather winning a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in steeplechasing and his mother running at McGill University, sophomore Owen MacKenzie was born into a running family. Owen started running in New Zealand with his family’s running club when he was 8 years old. The sport kindled ...

Flipping Supreme

Flipping Supreme

Tino Tugwete and Emily Meza-Perez

December 24, 2016

At just 15 years old, reseller Nathan Virrueta sells some items for 1000 percent of their original price. Capitalizing on the popularity of brands like Supreme and Jordans’ limited nature, he uses pop culture’s obsession with these limited items to make profit and fuel his own love for designer ...

Dancing “The Nutcracker”


Yalda Khodadad and Adrienne Mitchel

December 24, 2016

Noelle Hanson Grade: Sophomore Roles: Spanish and Mirliton School: Western Ballet Years of ballet: 8 Approx. hours of ballet per week: 19 Background: Gymnastics and soccer Dream Role: Sugar Plum Fairy “Ballet is a way to express myself because I’m not very good with word...

A Tribute to Leonard Cohen

A Tribute to Leonard Cohen

Akhil Jakatdar, Opinions Editor

December 24, 2016

On November 7, 2016, acclaimed singer and songwriter Leonard Cohen, most famous for his song “Hallelujah,” died in his sleep from cancer in his home in Los Angeles, California. He was 82 years old. Though he came from money, Cohen truly desired to live a Bohemian lifestyle. His desire to find n...

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