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The Talon

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

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Teacher hopes to create science team

Chemistry teacher Carl Babb is looking to create a school Science Bowl team this year.

Although the school used to have a team, it disbanded at the end of last year due to a lack of student enthusiasm.

“The team in general has to be real strong and it has to be aggressive,” Babb said. “In the past we tried it, but people seemed like they were either divided with too many teams that they were doing, Mock Trial, a thousand things in general or their science background just wasn’t strong enough.…I am thinking about starting it again, but I’m not really sure…whether or not the commitment is there.”

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Science Bowl is an academic panel for science and math enthusiasts who train for a trivia contest. They compete in February in an environment similar to that of a game show.

Those interested can find Babb in room 710.

Senior Class makes first prom deposit

The Senior Class has made its first deposit for a prom location, booking a ballroom in the San Jose Fairmont hotel.

Dinner will consist of a buffet, and the cost of tickets purchased by individual students will depend on the size of the final’ deposit. This in turn is decided by the scope of the seniors’ fundraising campaign.

“We’re going to do our See’s candy fundraiser, which is coming up in November,” Senior Class president Mo McBirney said. “We’ll do a dinner night, and we are probably going to do a senior breakfast sometime in the next month. [The seniors] want to raise a lot of money now, because the more money we pay [the hotel] the less that each person will have [to pay for tickets].”

The choices of theme and activities will be decided on in a future Senior Class meeting.

Orchestras take part in Exchange Concert

The school’s Orchestra and Chamber Ensemble participated in the annual Fall Exchange Concert on Saturday, November 1.

Schools converged at the McAfee Performing Arts and Lecture Center at Saratoga High School. About 240 students from Los Altos, Saratoga and Lynbrook High Schools participated in 2 performances; 1 was at the “intermediate” level, and another was at the “advanced” level.

Band and orchestra director Ted Ferrucci believes this event is a great opportunity for inter-school bonding.

“It allows them to get together with their peers from other schools and collaborate,” Ferrucci said. “It allows us to make music on a higher level together and really challenges… and inspires the students.”

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