The Talon

A Tale of Two Librarians

A Tale of Two Librarians

Anisha Desai and Julia Santos

February 15, 2018


Filed under Features, Issue-5

Bustling with activity and chatter, walls plastered with vibrant artwork and hi-tech equipment made available for student use, the Los Altos library defies our typical expectations of what a library is. Instead of pin-drop silence and a serious atmosphere, librarians Gordon Jack and Christine Bridges...

Investigating the STEM Gender Gap

Investigating the STEM Gender Gap

Kristen Fan and Cathy Wang

February 13, 2018


Filed under Issue-5, News, Showcase

Only 10 out of this year’s AP Physics C’s 57 students are girls. In AP Biology, meanwhile, 75 out of 122 students are girls. These statistics are emblematic of larger trends, where girls are pushed toward softer sciences like biology and away from subjects like advanced physics, computer science and c...

Intersession Receives Mixed Reactions

Intersession Receives Mixed Reactions

Daphne Ih, Jocelyn Maeyama, and Ashley Cai

February 13, 2018


Filed under Issue-5, News

The pilot Intersession was met with both high praise and sharp criticism from students and staff, and many voiced suggestions for improvements. Of students surveyed by Los Altos’ Leadership Team, 38 percent said they want to have Intersession next year, 39 percent said they might and 23 percent said ...

The Hidden Issue of Teacher Stress

The Hidden Issue of Teacher Stress

Priya Dixit and Emma Kwan

February 13, 2018


Filed under Issue-5, News, Showcase

In 2009, chemistry teacher Trina Mattson started talking to doctors about sharp pains she felt and a loss of sensation in the left side of her face. “It got to the point where I couldn’t function at all,” Mattson said. “I couldn’t eat, I couldn’t open my mouth more than an inch.” Fo...

Let’s Talk Oscars

Let’s Talk Oscars

Danny Vesurai, Mia Scher, Cathy Wang, and Zach Murphy

February 12, 2018


Filed under Arts & Culture, Issue-5

'Lady Bird' Epitomizes the Coming-of-Age An exquisite love letter to the woes of adolescence and the “Midwest of California,” “Lady Bird” is relatable, hilarious and unexpectedly hard-hitting. Featuring an outstanding cast — with powerhouse performances by two-time nominated Saoirse Ronan as the high ...

Females on Feminism

Females on Feminism

Mayu Alten, Daniela Gloster, Daphne Ih, and Kylie Akiyama

February 12, 2018


Filed under Arts & Culture, Issue-5, Showcase

The perception of a feminist, whether it’s a bra-burning extremist or a passionate activist, is a generational view. The Talon talked to women from various age-groups to hear their opinions on the feminist movement given the recent #metoo and Time’s Up campaigns. All responses have been edited f...

Goodwill Hunting

Goodwill Hunting

Yalda Khodadad and Evelin Diego

February 12, 2018


Filed under Arts & Culture, Issue-5, Videos

Colorful blouses, the light screech of hangers being dragged across a closet rod and jean legs sticking out the side of a shopping cart best summarize the atmosphere of Goodwill, one of the most common thrift stores in the Bay Area. The store is full of people, including seniors Syyah Brown and Hannah...

In the footsteps of former Head Coach Randy Jimenez, wrestling continues to fight

In the footsteps of former Head Coach Randy Jimenez, wrestling continues to fight

Brian Huebner and Isabella Borkovic

February 12, 2018


Filed under Issue-5, Showcase, Sports

Tucked away in a corner of the large gym is a small, innocuous room, easy to miss if you walk past. Two years ago, this room was where former wrestling Coach Randy Jimenez would train his wrestlers, often to the point of collapse. Now with their third coach in three years, the team looks to reclaim the s...

Boys and Girls Basketball continue to fly

Boys and Girls Basketball continue to fly

Kristen Fan and Ian Tseng

February 12, 2018


Filed under Issue-5, Sports

Girls Basketball  Girls basketball has bounced back this season and qualified for CCS with a 5-3 record. Bouncing back seems to be one of the themes of their season this year; after losing their first league game 47-42 to Lynbrook in overtime, the team fought back to win their next two games. ...

Looking back: Diversifying water polo

Looking back: Diversifying water polo

Julia Santos, Business Manager

February 12, 2018


Filed under Issue-5, Sports

If you ever stared at my computer screen in class last year, you’d watch me scroll through the rosters of the many women’s college water polo teams that I could only ever dream of playing for. You’d catch me organizing the players not by last name or grade, but by height — shortest to tallest ...

Drag: Out Loud and Proud

Drag: Out Loud and Proud

Jocelyn Maeyama, Staff Writer

February 11, 2018


Filed under Arts & Culture, Issue-5

Seeing Violet Chachki for the first time in an Instagram picture —  cinched waist and perfectly arched, symmetrical lips — led me to watch Season 7 of RuPaul's Drag Race. I thought I would just be able to see more pretty faces, but instead I found an art form that channels pure nerve (and charis...

The student news site of Los Altos High School in Los Altos, California
Issue-5