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The best stories being published on the SNO Sites network

Best of SNO

The best stories being published on the SNO Sites network

Best of SNO

Stories from Los Altos High School
Protesters march on anniversary of George Floyd’s death
News

Olivia Hewang | June 1, 2021

Familiar chants of “I can’t breathe” and “Say his name” rang through the streets of Los Altos on Tuesday afternoon as activists marched from Los Altos High School to the intersection of San Antonio…

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Kulture à la Kaavya: Notes of a native Asian American
Opinions

Kaavya Butaney | May 14, 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…

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Taylor Swift suffers under the patriarchy — and also benefits from it. Here’s why.
Arts & Entertainment

Kaley Kwan | May 12, 2021

Anyone who knows me will tell you: I am the biggest Swiftie there is. But Taylor Swift, pop icon and lyrical genius though she may be, is still human and has room for growth like everyone else. People…

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Kulture à la Kaavya: Respect pronouns
Opinions

Kaavya Butaney | May 10, 2021

To be perfectly honest, I thought pronouns were the simplest part of learning English grammar. Why focus on when to use she or he when I can be worried by my semicolon usage? But, of course, I was wrong….

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Protesters unite against growing acts of hate across the nation
News

Mira Sundar | May 4, 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 by…

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MVLA seniors unite peers one college rejection at a time
Features

Emily McNally | May 3, 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…

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High schoolers navigate the pandemic-era stock market
Features

Rose Liu | April 28, 2021

The content in this article is written from a student perspective and should not be taken as endorsed financial advice.

As high school students, most of us bear little to no serious consequences for…

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Protest against anti-AAPI racism held in Mountain View
News

Rose Liu | April 27, 2021

Prompted by the recent hate crime against 75-year-old Chinese man Pak Ho and by the history of racism against the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community, hundreds of protesters joined the…

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Student environmentalists stay green in quarantine
Features

Marie Godderis | March 30, 2021

After a full year of quarantine, many may think the lack of social and economic activity during the pandemic has finally curbed carbon emissions, but student environmentalists can assure you that the fight…

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Underneath this love
Sports

Allison Bricca | March 29, 2021

Trigger warning: Discussion of sexual assault.

I love gymnastics. 

I never thought that sentence would be difficult for me to say. But the face of the sport continues to let me down. 

I walk…

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U.S. History: We need an honest education
Opinions

Emilie Enser | March 17, 2021

In all honesty, history has consistently been my least favorite subject. My lack of interest paired with the class being right after lunch led to me falling asleep way more than I’d like to admit. 

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Netflix actor Sophie Kim sets the stage for youths with disabilities
Arts & Entertainment

Allison Bricca | March 8, 2021

If you were asked to make a list of actors who use a wheelchair, how long would that list be? For most of us, it’s a struggle to get a single name out.

The underrepresentation of wheelchair users…

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Baby steps toward child development in a pandemic
Features

Parisa Larson | February 11, 2021

For many children, playing with friends in the local park’s sandbox and perfecting pirouettes in their dance class has been replaced with countless hours spent staring into a screen. COVID-19 has…

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Racism: Living on the dance floor
Opinions

Anika Sikka | January 28, 2021

Recently I’ve seen my TikTok feed filled with videos of people reenacting the notorious scene between dance mom Kelly Hyland and dance teacher Abby Lee Miller, where Hyland nearly bit Miller’s finger…

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Biden’s inauguration is a sign of hope for an administration that supports disabled people
Opinions

Kathrina Welborn | January 26, 2021

The most impactful and emotional part of the inauguration ceremony for me wasn’t Lady Gaga’s rendition of the National Anthem, nor was it Vice President Kamala Harris swearing in or even President…

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Upcoming author Lauren Peterson’s space law odyssey
Features

Kaavya Butaney | January 26, 2021

Space law, the final frontier. This is the voyage of space lawyer and upcoming author Lauren Peterson, LAHS ’11.

So, you may ask, what’s a space lawyer? You’re probably imagining an astronaut…

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COVID-19 cohorts: The evolution of sports practices in a time of uncertainty
Sports

Elana Eisenberg | January 25, 2021

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Pyramids of cheerleaders have become masked groups doing planks in the quad, and football players who once…

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Trump and sports: A partnership now divided
Sports

Barrett Wong | January 25, 2021

Historically, it has been an honor for the president to attend sports competitions: It was representative of the proud patriotic values Americans hold dear. However, after the Capitol Hill riots that happened…

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Opinion: The Capitol attack was preventable
Opinions

Matthew Kim | January 14, 2021

Wednesday, January 6, 2021 will go down as one of the worst days ever for American democracy — the day that the president of the United States, Donald Trump, incited a mob to breach the Capitol building,…

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AOC: Not your streamer best friend
Opinions

Naomi Ichiriu | January 13, 2021

The definition of irony: a sweatshirt reading “tax the rich” while costing a hefty $58. Recently, Congress Member Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, known more often as AOC, came under fire as she released…

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Senior Charlie Atkins finds purpose in philosophy
Features

Allan Feldman | January 7, 2021

When sixth-grade students pick their own topics for a research project, most don’t resort to complicated, obscure subjects like ancient Greek philosophy. Despite knowing hardly anything of the subject…

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Senior Cathryn Krajewski takes on the COVID-19 vaccine one dose at a time
Features

Kaley Kwan | December 17, 2020

The Talon collaborated with New Media Lit Co-Editor-in-Chief senior Cathryn Krajewski to document her experiences as a participant of the local Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine trial for minors.

After months…

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LAHS graduate Daniel Lim begins service in Singapore Army
Features

Nathaniel Joffe | December 7, 2020

While his former classmates attended virtual classes from the comfort of their homes, Daniel Lim, LAHS ’20, was running through the muddy jungle floor of Singapore in the middle of a thunderstorm with…

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Why I couldn’t be friends with a Trump supporter
Opinions

Elana Eisenberg | November 23, 2020

 I’m sure many of you can relate when I say that my Instagram and Twitter feeds are flooded with passionate messages from all parts of the political spectrum. But even in this seemingly endless sea…

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You’re the impostor — water polo edition
Sports

Anika Sikka | November 19, 2020

Red lights flashed across my face as my hands clammed up, my body almost paralyzed out of terror. I was surrounded by what can be described best as absolute chaos, and the only figures I saw were different-colored…

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Features

Anika Sikka | November 18, 2020

The Talon interviewed five high school students from across the world on their experiences with the pandemic over the past few months. Click on the map above to explore the different ways in which countries…

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Post-grad plans during a pandemic
Features

Natalie Wei | November 11, 2020

Ben Rubinstein

Fifty years ago, astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first person to set foot on the moon, but since then, space exploration has halted. Mars has only been explored by unmanned…

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A look into the Los Altos Police Task Force
News

Mira Sundar | November 9, 2020

In September, the Los Altos City Council put together a police task force to provide recommendations regarding the presence of school resource officers (SROs) at Los Altos High School and improve the process…

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The media needs to do better in portraying female politicians
Opinions

Anika Sikka | November 3, 2020

I was in fifth grade when the 2016 presidential election took place. My class was talking about the first presidential debate when my teacher told us that the only reason Hillary Clinton would win the…

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English Dept. set to remove ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ from curriculum
News

Allan Feldman | October 20, 2020

The English Department is set to replace the freshman course reading “To Kill a Mockingbird” (“TKAM”) next school year. Working with the Mountain View–Los Altos School District, the department…

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Free kicks and free throws: Students spearhead sports clinics
Sports

Cameron Cox | October 16, 2020

Among the many summer plans derailed due to COVID-19 were youth sports camps — long days of sweaty scrimmages, sack lunches and water gun fights seemed completely out of the question. However, four LAHS…

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Opinion: TikTok exacerbates the issue of eating disorders
Opinions

Emilie Enser | October 15, 2020

Trigger warning: Discussion of eating disorders and body image.

Struggling with body image issues is nothing new for a lot of people. In a world where appearance influences every aspect of our lives,…

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It’s time to cancel ‘cancel culture’
Opinions

Allan Feldman | October 14, 2020

The phrase “cancel culture” has boomed all over the world, gaining fame and followers faster than a fly can steal Mike Pence’s spotlight. But the modern cancel culture movement has really become…

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‘Tickets To My Downfall’: Machine Gun Kelly’s successful pop-punk debut
Arts & Entertainment

Kathrina Welborn | October 7, 2020

Most people know Machine Gun Kelly (MGK) as a rapper. Some may recognize him as an actor, but few would call him a pop-punk singer — that is, until the release of his latest album “Tickets To My Downfall”…

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The farm, pilot and suit: A definitive guide to the Foothills Park controversy
Features

Tomoki Chien | October 5, 2020

Palo Alto’s Foothills Park — where, by law, non-Palo Altans can be cited with a misdemeanor for entering the park — has been embroiled in a divisive debate over its non-resident ban for years.

Recently,…

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‘Cuties’: Not so cute after all
Arts & Entertainment

Anika Sikka | October 2, 2020

Generally speaking, teenage girls’ coming-of-age movies are pretty cringe-worthy. Often centered around a lifelong crush or a fashion reset, these movies feed into society’s misconceptions about women…

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An overview of the first presidential debate
Opinions

Nina Crofts | October 1, 2020

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Trump and Biden started off by discussing whether the sitting president has the right to nominate…

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Menlo Park protesters march in reaction to Breonna Taylor indictment
News

Anika Sikka | September 28, 2020

Protesters took to the streets of Menlo Park yesterday at 6 p.m. in reaction to the grand jury indictment in Breonna Taylor’s case.

On Wednesday, September 23, Brett Hankison, one of the officers…

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SROs and ethnic studies — a closer look
News

Mira Sundar | September 15, 2020

A handful of Mountain View and Los Altos community members presented a petition to the district board asking to eliminate the presence of student resource officers (SROs) on campus and adopt a mandatory…

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“Live like kings and queens”: Kenan Moos empowers communities of color
Features

Navya Singhai | September 9, 2020

The Moos family just bought a new Brother laser printer. Why? Because for the past month, Los Altos High School graduate Kenan Moos, ’16, has been printing thousands of leaflets and flyers nonstop…

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The confusing intersectionality of the queer Asian identity
Opinions

Kay Patel | September 8, 2020

Note: Rose Liu is the graphic artist for this article.

Colleges want to know one thing about me: who I am. They’re asking for a lot of things, but I don’t know how to explain who I am; I don’t…

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Rhythm In Place makes virtuosos virtually
Features

Cedric Chan | September 4, 2020

As the humdrum months of quarantine have drawn on, many have found themselves trying a bit of everything to stay busy. Music has taken a place of solace for many, but with shelter-in-place orders, not…

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Bay Area teens fundraise for medical equipment
Coronavirus

Kaavya Butaney | April 28, 2020

In the era of a global pandemic, it’s easy to feel powerless, especially if you’re just a high schooler. Often, it can seem as though there is very little we can do.

But that’s not what a group…

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Staying fit while staying home
Coronavirus

Elana Eisenberg | April 14, 2020

Eric Carlson

Some of senior Eric Carlson’s friends have been disregarding the quarantine guidelines, but he can’t afford to do the same. Eric’s dad has a compromised immune system as a result…

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A decade later, Marie Lu closes Legend saga with “Rebel”
Arts & Entertainment

Cedric Chan | February 3, 2020

 

“He is a Legend. She is a Prodigy. Who will be Champion?” We, alongside countless other elementary and middle schoolers, read those words on the backside of Marie Lu’s beloved “Champion,”…

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Ezra Tock: dancing through the battlefield
Features

Cedric Chan | December 13, 2019

“Weak. Feminine. Gay.” These are just a couple of the adjectives that plague male ballet dancers. It’s something that makes dancing for boys both difficult and rare. Despite being one of the few…

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“Hobbs and Shaw” takes on Polynesia
Arts & Entertainment

Meleseini Loto'aniu | November 26, 2019

“Moana” and “Lilo & Stitch” have always been cute, cuddly films and two of my favorite Disney movies. But they weren’t just fun films to watch with my family. They were the only times we…

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“Blinded by the Light” lights the way for South Asian characters to come
Arts & Entertainment

Vaishu Sirkay | November 25, 2019

Apu Nahasapeemapetilon from “The Simpsons,” Raj Koothrappali from “The Big Bang Theory,” Kelly Kapoor from “The Office.”

The ranks of South Asian characters in Hollywood are limited, but…

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Rediscovering childhood in “Dora and the Lost City of Gold”
Arts & Entertainment

Cedric Chan | November 22, 2019

“Come on, vámanos, everybody let’s go!” shouts Dora.

This familiar song, alongside dozens of others, is more than some children’s introduction to Spanish; it’s a treasured part of many childhood…

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Beyond Queer Eye: Karamo Brown’s new picture book inspires readers of all ages
Arts & Entertainment

Elana Eisenberg | November 21, 2019

I know I’m not special when I say that I’m a huge fan of Netflix’s Emmy-winning series, Queer Eye. The show is known worldwide for its heartwarming lifestyle makeovers from the iconic group of men…

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