Pinewood student writes book about living with autism

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Pinewood School senior Georgia Lyon wrote and illustrated “How to Be Human: Diary of an Autistic Girl” in 2013.

Although first published under a pseudonym, Pinewood School student Georgia Lyon is stepping out to reveal herself as the author of a book that spotlights living with autism.

Lyon authored “How to be Human: Diary of an Autistic Girl” (Creston Books, 2013) under the pseudonym Florida Frenz, while just starting high school at Pinewood. The book features drawings from Lyon’s childhood, specifically artwork she created with her therapist to work through some of her difficulties living with autism.


Junior Manners Cotillion teaches etiquette to youth

Courtesy of Janine Gerzanics
The Junior Manners Cotillion offers classes that promote proper manners and social skills. The program hosts activities like the Spring Ball, above.

Sunday evening is a time to rest, prepare for the upcoming week and spend time with friends and family. For 30 local teens enrolled in the Junior Manners Cotillion classes, however, it is also a time to practice their social skills and dining manners at Ristorante Don Giovanni in Mountain View.

The Burlingame-based Junior Manners Cotillion offers classes in etiquette and social skills for youth in third to ninth grades, and a College Readiness class for high-schoolers. Janine Gerzanics, a full-time college professor and business owner, acquired the company when she saw how her own children struggled in balancing new technologies with more traditional social skills.


Oak students showcase creativity in Destination Imagination competitions

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The Sharp Cheddars, a team of Oak Avenue School sixth-graders, perform at the Destination Imagination state competition Saturday in Riverside.

A team of seven Oak Avenue School sixth-graders traveled to Riverside last weekend to compete in the state Destination Imagination competition.

Destination Imagination, a creative problem-solving competition, encourages students to select one of several types of challenges in areas ranging from science and engineering to fine arts and improvisation. Oak is the first school in the district to participate.


Los Altos High hosts 30th Writers Week

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Author Jack Andraka shares his story with fellow high school seniors during Los Altos High School’s Writers Week last week.

Los Altos High School students learned firsthand last week how professionals turn a love for writing into a career during the school’s 30th annual Writers Week.

Writers Week is the only high school program in the country that annually invites more than 30 authors to speak to students in every English class. Writers from all genres – fiction, nonfiction, graphic novels, short stories, songs and blogs – brought diversity in themes as they revealed their stories, their paths to becoming writers and the techniques of their writing processes.


LAHS electron microscope opens new visual world for students

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Los Altos High Biology Honors instructor Meghan Straz assists student Zosia Stafford with the school’s new electron microscope last week.

Students at Los Altos High School can now examine objects in a completely new way with the addition of an electron microscope to the school’s science department.

The electron microscope is capable of much higher magnification compared with the typical science classroom’s light microscope. The new device can magnify an object 20,000 times, while the light microscope can only increase it 400 times.


Santa Rita students put on Kranky Kids Radio Show

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Neighborhood volunteer Lishka DeVoss, center, introduces members of Santa Rita School’s Kranky Kids Radio Club to their interviewee last week. The students star in the Kranky Kids Radio Show, which airs Fridays on KZSU.

Few radio shows are geared toward children, but a group of Santa Rita School students is on a mission to change that.

Each week, students in the Kranky Kids Radio Club – with guidance from neighborhood volunteer and program producer Lishka DeVoss – host the Kranky Kids Radio Show on KZSU, Stanford University’s radio station.


Local high school students to perform on NPR

Krishna and Stroud

Local high school students Ashwin Krishna and Alexander Stroud are scheduled to appear as part of a classical guitar quartet on NPR’s “From the Top” radio show next week.

The four teens, ranging in age from 13 to 18, will perform “Von der Jugend” from Gustav Mahler’s “Das Lied von der Erde,” arranged for guitar by Stephen Goss. The broadcast is slated to air locally 7 p.m. Monday on KDFC 104.9.


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