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

The best stories being published on the SNO Sites network

Best of SNO

Stories from Los Altos High School
Rachel Chang: Ultimate frisbee assassin
Sports

Noor Khan | September 19, 2022

Think of that one kid you knew during the ultimate frisbee unit in P.E. class: jumping over people, tossing the frisbee inhumanly far, intercepting passes with grace and ease.

Yeah — they weren’t…

Read Story
“Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness”: a Marvel fan’s guide to unhealthy coping
Arts & Entertainment

Audrey Tsai | May 27, 2022

Rule one of multiversal travel: You don’t know anything.

The rule certainly rings true after a series of electrifying multiversal jumps that leaves the superheroes dazed, confused and in Stephen Strange’s…

Read Story
“Fantastic Beasts: Secrets of Dumbledore” is a thoughtfully created, cinematic beauty
Arts & Entertainment

Audrey Tsai | May 20, 2022

A massive scorpion-like monster, a popular fascist leader (with an inexplicably good-looking love interest), election rigging and Newt Scamander’s iconic dancing come together in the Warner Brothers…

Read Story
Ani Yordanova: Dancing into Nationals
Sports

Noor Khan | May 5, 2022

Making hard work look effortless is, well, hard work. And when a dancer takes the stage, that is exactly what they need to do — make spinning pirouettes, landing an aerial or dropping into the splits…

Read Story
‘driving home 2 u’ reviewed: A perfect pairing for Olivia Rodrigo
Arts & Entertainment

Matthew Kim | April 5, 2022

“driving home 2 u” opens by turning back the clock: the film’s subject, singer and actress Olivia Rodrigo, escaping from her sudden stardom to take a road trip down memory lane from Salt Lake City,…

Read Story
‘The Princess Switch 3’: A festive flop
Arts & Entertainment

Nathaniel Joffe | December 16, 2021

Move over, Frosty the Snowman. Watching three different Vanessa Hudgenses simultaneously kiss three different love interests is the new cinematic Christmas tradition.
Although I’ve never watched the…

Read Story
“Burn calories, take the stairs” sign causes controversy
News

Audrey Zhu | December 7, 2021

Content warning: mentions of eating disorders

Three signs that read “Burn Calories, not Electricity. Take the Stairs!” were posted by Los Altos High School’s construction company next to the stairs…

Read Story
‘Home Sweet Home Alone’: Better stick to the original
Arts & Entertainment

Audrey Zhu | November 30, 2021

As someone who pretty much memorized “Home Alone” in Christmas pajamas while sipping hot cocoa, I had high expectations for the Disney+ remake “Home Sweet Home Alone.” However, despite a few good…

Read Story
Linden Tree thrives through the pandemic with community support
Features

Audrey Tsai | November 17, 2021

Plastic gold stars and red curtains adorn the open store window of Linden Tree Books. Children and parents are scattered across the colorful chairs and couches outside the store, enraptured by the storytelling…

Read Story
‘The Book of Unknown Americans’ replaces ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ from English curriculum
News

Allan Feldman | September 22, 2021

“The Book of Unknown Americans” (“TBUA”), written by Cristina Henríquez, replaced “To Kill a Mockingbird” (“TKAM”) as the freshman Survey of Composition and Literature course reading and…

Read Story
Cancel culture isn’t real — just look at Matt Damon
Opinions

Natalie Wei | September 21, 2021

Let’s set things straight: When a celebrity loses fans for problematic opinions, they aren’t being canceled. When someone loses their job for harassment, they aren’t being canceled. Since it entered…

Read Story
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…

Read Story
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…

Read Story
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…

Read Story
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….

Read Story
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…

Read Story
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…

Read Story
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…

Read Story
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…

Read Story
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…

Read Story
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…

Read Story
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. 

Read Story
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…

Read Story
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…

Read Story
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…

Read Story
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…

Read Story
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…

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

Elana Eisenberg | January 25, 2021

Note: For a better viewing experience, please access this photo essay on web (not mobile).

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

Read Story
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…

Read Story
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,…

Read Story
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…

Read Story
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…

Read Story
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…

Read Story
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…

Read Story
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…

Read Story
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…

Read Story
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…

Read Story
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…

Read Story
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…

Read Story
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…

Read Story
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…

Read Story
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…

Read Story
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,…

Read Story
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…

Read Story
‘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”…

Read Story
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,…

Read Story
‘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…

Read Story
An overview of the first presidential debate
Opinions

Nina Crofts | October 1, 2020

.column_box {width: 88%}@media screen and (max-width: 805px){.column_box {width: 100%}}
THE SUPREME COURT
Trump and Biden started off by discussing whether the sitting president has the right to nominate…

Read Story
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…

Read Story
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…

Read Story