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Hofmann boys reel in customers with their new fishing business

Courtesy of Amy Hofmann
The Hofmann brothers – Grady, from left, Hayden and Baylor – fish three to five mornings a week from their family’s boat, “Party of Five,” docked in the Santa Cruz Harbor.

Three to five times per week, the Hofmann boys get up much earlier than most teens do in the summer. The three Los Altos brothers rise at 4:30 a.m. to start work as fishermen.

They own the Point Fish Co., headquartered at Pleasure Point in Santa Cruz. The Hofmanns – Hayden, 16, Baylor, 14, and Grady, 13 – launched their company last spring.

Here I come, college visits: Tips for trouble-free trips

Ananya Panchal/Town Crier Intern
Students grab lunch and head back to Columbia University’s campus, located in Manhattan.

After 11 long years of preparation, I have come to the point in my school life where the daunting thought of going to college is nearing reality: my junior year. Along with standardized tests, AP classes and college applications comes the exciting task of visiting schools I am interested in attending.

My best friend and I last month spent five days exploring the “Big Apple” and two of its prestigious colleges in Manhattan – New York University and Columbia University.

Foothill opens fall registration

Foothill College opens registration for its fall courses today.

Foothill offers specialized career certificates and associate degrees as well as classes for professional development and personal growth. The community college also offers general-education course requirements needed to transfer to four-year universities. Most Foothill courses are transferable to California State University and University of California campuses, as well as private colleges and universities.

Should high schoolers play football?

Suhail Kumar is a rising sophomore at Mountain View High School. He wanted to play football for his school, but his parents were concerned for his safety. His research into the topic prompted the following column.


El Camino YMCA aims to bridge educational summer gap

Courtesy of El Camino YMCA
YMCA camper Suriah Torres, 7, watches as her summer camp leader Henry Terlep shows her how to attach a wheel during a LEGO lesson last month. The El Camino YMCA runs two summer camps for underserved children.

While the YMCA has promoted physical fitness for years, its less-heralded educational programs support underserved students during the summer.

Through two programs – Challenger Camp and the Summer Learning Program – the El Camino YMCA aims to close the academic achievement gap for local low-income students.

LASD selects Teachers of the Year

Courtesy of Marlene Revelo
The Los Altos School District honored its Teachers of the Year at a ceremony in May. Teachers recognized include, from left, Vicki Lombardi, Kathy Panec, Mary Ann Darby, Ami Lutz, Beth Leach, Sheena Vaidyanathan, Katie Campodonico, Ricky Hu, Laurel McNeil and Vanessa Jordan.

The Los Altos School District honored its Teachers of the Year at a ceremony at the conclusion of the school year.

This is the third year the district has recognized the contributions of a teacher from each campus and designated one as the overall recipient of Teacher of the Year. Teachers at each school in the district nominate and vote for their peers. The district previously recognized only one teacher each year, who would then be honored by the Santa Clara County Board of Education.

Foothill College honors more than 1,000 graduates

Courtesy of Foothill College
More than 1,000 students marched in the Foothill College graduation ceremony June 24,.

More than 1,000 students graduated from Foothill College last week.

The 56th annual commencement ceremony was held in the Library Quad of the Los Altos Hills campus June 24.

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