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Students attend Seniors Under the Stars, held on the football field.

LAHS holds Seniors Under the Stars in place of traditional prom

By Rohan Vaswani | May 15, 2021

Seniors gathered on the Los Altos High School football field tonight for their pandemic-era prom, Seniors Under the Stars, complete with masks, social distancing and — contrary to generations of...

Senior Ethan Lowe prepares to return an incoming serve. In their most recent rematch against MVHS, the varsity boys tennis team won 6–1.

Boys tennis beats Mountain View to remain undefeated

By Barrett Wong | May 13, 2021

With their heads held high and spirit surging behind every swing, the varsity boys tennis team took to the courts on Tuesday, May 11 to face their rivals, the Mountain View High School Spartans. Fueled...

Los Altos varsity boys race in the 100-meter dash to mark the beginning of the pentathlon. Throughout the pentathlon, athletes competed in a 100-meter dash, shot-put, long jump, high jump and a 400-meter race, with senior Jimmy Dessouki winning for the boys and sophomore Megan MacKenzie winning for the girls.

Eagles win both pentathlon divisions in unconventional track meet

By Mira Sundar | May 11, 2021

Under the scorching heat and a clear blue sky, the Los Altos High School and Monta Vista High School track teams met at Monta Vista on Saturday, May 8 to participate in an unconventional, but exciting,...

Headed by Associate Superintendent of Business Services Mike Mathiesen, on-campus construction has been split into two phases. Phase one, which includes new classroom buildings for culinary and engineering classes, an auxiliary gym, multipurpose spaces and new 700-wing stairs, is close to completion this coming summer of 2021.

Phase one construction for campus expansion set to finish in summer 2021

By Lauren Morimoto and Parisa Larson | May 10, 2021

When students return to school, they will notice two, nearly complete buildings intending to enrich students’ academics and extracurriculars.  Headed by Associate Superintendent of Business Services...

The Asian American identity is a constant crisis for many and reconciling the relative privilege of one's experience with the discrimination that is faced is a critical part of acceptance of oneself and identity.

Kulture à la Kaavya: Notes of a native Asian American

By Kaavya Butaney | May 9, 2021

What does it mean to be Asian American? I got the technical aspect down cold (an American of Asian descent), but I’ve spent 16 years struggling with the details. Must I be a straight-A student or speak...

The competition of college applications is harmful, but we can shift our mindset to mitigate it.

Application expectations: Does the stress even lead to so-called “success”?

By Emilie Enser | May 9, 2021

I could not be more excited to wrap up my high school career. But as a junior preparing for college applications, my stress outweighs that enthusiasm. While I know I’ve worked hard to prepare for this...

Junior Diya Gupta reaches to catch the ball ahead of a Palo Alto High School defender. The Eagles lost to Paly 17–0 but went on to win their next game against Wilcox High School 14–5.

Three seniors, one goal — the start to a comeback season

By Emilie Enser | May 7, 2021

This year, the varsity girls lacrosse team faces an unprecedented season, but not just because of COVID-19. With parents as coaches and only three seniors out of the team’s 19 players, the Eagles have...

The Michigan-based duo Same Eyes utilizes punchy drums, house music-inspired beats and plenty of synthesizers to make music of a bygone era in 2021. Their debut album found success early in the year in online music forums, and the pair have since released two singles, “Mass Infatuation” and “Goodbye.”

Same Eyes brings the 1980s back to life with their 2021 album “Parties To End”

By Kathrina Welborn | May 5, 2021

At first listen, Same Eyes could be mistaken for a classic 1980s synthpop band. Its debut album, “Parties To End” — released in January of this year — found early success in synthpop Facebook groups...

A Protester holds a sign while marching through downtown Mountain View.

Protesters unite against growing acts of hate across the nation

By Mira Sundar | May 2, 2021

Protesters took to the streets of Downtown Mountain View yesterday at 1 p.m. under the scorching heat to unite against the rising acts of hate crimes across the nation. This protest — organized...

With seniors committing to colleges today for National Decision Day, The Talon looked into a college season tradition expanded by a few MVLA seniors this year. In an effort to place a positive light on often painful rejection letters, a handful of students ran college rejection Instagram pages filled with dozens of entries from their peers.

MVLA seniors unite peers one college rejection at a time

By Emily McNally, Senior Writer | May 1, 2021

Spring is in full swing with birds chirping and flowers blooming. It’s also the season most seniors receive a surge of life-changing college decision letters — rejections, acceptances and everything...

Cedric Smith jumps for the football to make the catch. Cedric committed to play football at the University of Guelph — after playing the sport for over 10 years, he is excited to start the next chapter in his journey.

Heading back home: Cedric Smith commits to play football at the University of Guelph

By Mira Sundar | May 1, 2021

Senior Cedric Smith grew up surrounded by football. His dad played professionally for the Calagary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League, and Cedric remembers the constant lull of the television at...

Los Altos High School’s annual Diversity Week will take place Monday, April 26, to Friday, April 30, with daily activities modified to allow for both in-person and virtual student participation.

Diversity Week to be commemorated in person and virtually

By Emilie Enser | April 25, 2021

Los Altos High School’s annual Diversity Week will take place Monday, April 26, to Friday, April 30, with daily activities modified to allow for both in-person and virtual student participation. Diversity...

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