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AAUW supports local students at STEM Tech Trek camp

Traci Newell/Town Crier
Tech Trek campers study the contents of a baby albatross’ stomach to understand the effect plastic can have on the marine ecosystem. The American Association of University Women provided scholarships that enabled seven local middle-school girls to attend the camp at Stanford University.

Seven local girls had the chance to meet female scientists, build rockets and discover the amount of vitamin C in energy drinks at the American Association of University Women’s Tech Trek camp at Stanford University earlier this month.

Tech Trek, a weeklong, live-in science and math camp, is designed to develop interest, excitement and self-confidence in girls set to enter eighth grade. The camp features hands-on activities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

Los Altos native earns Fulbright, heads to Germany

Courtesy of Boston College
Graham Beck, a Los Altos native who attends Boston College, heads to Germany in September to teach with the Fulbright Program.

Los Altos native Graham Beck recently received a Fulbright award to serve as an English teaching assistant in Saxony, Germany.

Beck is one of 20 Fulbright Program awardees selected for the diversity program, geared to expose German students to American culture. He is scheduled to leave for Germany Sept. 9.

Foothill hosts free SOAR enrollment workshops for new students

Foothill College is hosting its one-stop student orientation, assessment and registration (SOAR) event for first-time college students Aug. 30, at the campus in Los Altos Hills. Two SOAR sessions are scheduled from 3-5:30 p.m. and 4:30-7 p.m. Students need only attend one session. Admission is free; advance sign-up is required.

“Foothill College presents convenient SOAR enrollment workshops so that new students can complete required assessment, orientation and education plan development well before fall classes get under way,” said Denise Swett, Foothill College Vice President of Student Services. “The thoughtful planning that you do now will ensure that your Foothill experience is streamlined and successful.”

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.


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