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Local student competes against six for top science honors

Courtesy of Manan Shah
Manan Shah, Los Altos resident and senior at The Harker School, discusses his research at a Bay Area conference.

Los Altos resident Manan Shah, a senior at The Harker School, is scheduled to compete against six other students with individual science research projects for scholarship money from $10,000 to $100,000 this weekend.

Shah recently earned top individual honors in the Siemens Competition for the region, taking home a $3,000 scholarship for developing a computational model aimed at helping pathologists more rapidly and accurately assess the severity of breast cancer tumor growth and spread. He advanced to the national competition at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Student seeks donations to save elephants

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Gardner Bullis School fifth-grader Uma Chirotarrab, above with a donation last year, is setting up shop downtown today to raise money for the Tusk Foundation to help preserve her favorite animal.

Uma Chirotarrab, a fifth-grader at Gardner Bullis School in Los Altos Hills, has loved elephants her entire life.

Her passion goes beyond collecting stuffed animals – Uma wants to protect and preserve the majestic creatures.

LA student shares expertise with autism to inspire others

Courtesy of Savannah Kazemipour
Savannah Kazemipour founded the organization How 2 Works to train fellow teens to work with children with autism.

Los Altos resident Savannah Kazemipour, a senior at Sacred Heart Preparatory, has spent a large part of her life around children with autism.

Her mother owns the Creative Learning Center in Los Altos, a school for children with autism, so Kazemipour devoted free time to the center.

LAHS junior publishes book of poetry

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Los Altos High School junior Jia Seow recently self-published a book of her poems, titled “return.”

After being inspired by the poetry she discovered online, Los Altos High School junior Jia Seow published a book of her own poetry earlier this year.

The book, titled “return,” covers topics such as nostalgia, unrequited love, regrets and moving on.

Best-selling author visits Blach students

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Author Scott Westerfeld signs copies of his books for students at Blach Intermediate School.

New York Times best-selling author Scott Westerfeld visited with Blach Intermediate School students last month to share about life as an author.

“Writing a book is inherently kind of lonely,” Westerfeld said, explaining why he chose to write the latest book in his trilogy with two co-authors, Deborah Biancotti and Margo Lanagan. “You spend maybe eight to 10 hours a day just with your computer.”

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