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Thank You Ms. Evans; We’ll Miss You

Thank You Ms. Evans; We’ll Miss You

Javin Pombra and Rachel Lu

April 24, 2018


Filed under Issue-7, News, Showcase

Carol Evans believes in you. That’s the main thing students remember — it’s why they cite being in her classroom as a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Stepping in her classroom forces them to become the best versions of themselves, not because her classes are so difficult, but because she only accepts ho...

Mental Health, Wellness Resources On Campus Expand

Mental Health, Wellness Resources On Campus Expand

Madison Woo and Jocelyn Maeyama

April 24, 2018


Filed under Issue-7, News

In the past two years, the number of referrals of students to the counseling department has increased from 425 students in 2014-2015 to 810 students in 2016-2017. The MVLA clinical services team believes it’s due to an increase in student population and a decrease in the stigma surrounding mental h...

Math Modeling Team Advances to New York City

Math Modeling Team Advances to New York City

Rachel Lu and Kristen Fan

April 24, 2018


Filed under Issue-7, News

Over 14 consecutive hours, a team of five seniors used a combination of statistics and creative thinking to solve a three-part math modeling problem, placing among the top six teams nationwide and winning an all-expense paid trip to New York City to present their solution. Over 900 teams across the nation competed in...

Robotics Reaches Semifinals Despite Building Delays

Robotics Reaches Semifinals Despite Building Delays

Justin Yu and Kristen Fan

April 24, 2018


Filed under Issue-7, News

Although hamstrung by mechanical issues and a delayed build season, the Los Altos Robotics Team placed in semifinals at the Ventura Regional tournament, which took place from Thursday to Saturday, March 29 to March 31. This was the team’s second time competing at Ventura after winning first place last ...

AP Success Expands Research, Readies AVID Summer Program

AP Success Expands Research, Readies AVID Summer Program

Evelin Diego, Staff Writer

April 24, 2018


Filed under Issue-7, News

AP Success this school year has continued to explore new ways to create an inclusive classroom environment for underrepresented students in AP classes, primarily in three ways: teaming up with College Board to experiment with pre-AP courses planning a weeklong AVID summer program to ease AVID ...

Former badminton coach’s history of misconduct

Former badminton coach’s history of misconduct

Yalda Khodadad, Priya Dixit, and Nathan Godderis

April 24, 2018


Filed under Issue-7, Sports

Former badminton coach Eric Liu, who left Los Altos last year, offered to buy students alcohol at a team dinner two years ago and broke school policy on multiple occasions by driving students to league games in his own car. Students said they heard him make the offer to purchase alcohol, and witnessed...

Gymnastics: Reaching for the high bar together

Gymnastics: Reaching for the high bar together

Danny Vesurai and Jocelyn Maeyama

April 24, 2018


Filed under Issue-7, Sports

Club gymnastics is cutthroat. Gymnasts spend upward of 20 hours a week at the gym, honing their skills to excel in competition — there’s little time to socialize. And this rigidity is necessary; competition is fierce, and coaches and gymnasts alike want to see each gymnast improve and compete at ...

Column: I’m 18 and Death is Coming

Column: I’m 18 and Death is Coming

Miranda Li, Print Managing Editor

April 24, 2018


Filed under Issue-7, Opinions

My senior project was about death. And literature, but most notably, death. I skimmed Ernest Becker’s “The Denial of Death” and learned about the psychoanalytic basis for fear of mortality; I read some Russian stories in which people died having lived unfulfilling lives. I also spent an entire b...

‘Make or Be Made:’ The Growth of New Media Lit

‘Make or Be Made:’ The Growth of New Media Lit

Rachel Lu, Senior Writer

April 24, 2018


Filed under Features, Issue-7

In all caps, “PARKLAND FLORIDA SHOOTING,” is written in black marker and boxed in the dead center of the whiteboard. From it spouts a blue web of intersecting lines, boxed words — an exchange of ideas, a classroom brimming with energy, hands stretched to the ceiling. By the end of the discussion,...

Meet ASB’s New Executive Board

Meet ASB’s New Executive Board

Mia Scher, Staff Writer

April 24, 2018


Filed under Features, Issue-7, Showcase

Staff writer Mia Scher talks to ASB’s new board on their plans for the coming year.

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