Scouting News

Ashwin Vaidyanahan, left, and Michael Wu

Los Altos Troop 37 recognizes Eagle Scouts

Boy Scout Troop 37 of Los Altos recognized two Scouts who earned the rank of Eagle at a Court of Honor ceremony in August.

For his Eagle project, Ashwin Vaidyanathan, a senior at Los Altos High School, led a team of Scouts in constructing a greenhouse at Egan Junior High School.



Medical school student earns UC scholarship

Los Altos resident Kristen Lavelle, a graduate of Mountain View High School, received the UC Riverside Medical School Founders’ Scholarship at the school’s White Coat Ceremony Aug. 8. The ceremony recognizes students’ entry into the medical profession as each slips into the profession’s traditional white coat. Lavelle is a member of the UC Riverside Class of 2018.

Lavelle graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in psychology from UC Berkeley. Her parents – Caroline Lavelle of Los Altos and Joe Lavelle of Saratoga – attended the ceremony.



Courtesy of Martha Bowden
Los Altos Hills resident Bill Stark, second from right, receives the Silver Buffalo. He is flanked by, from left, son William III, daughter-in-law Meghan, wife Ann and daughter Kathleen Stark.

LAH resident receives Scouting’s highest honor

Longtime Los Altos Hills resident William Stark Jr. recently received the Boy Scouts of America’s highest honor, the Silver Buffalo Award.

Each year, the Boy Scouts honor several individuals nationwide who have demonstrated a lifetime of extraordinary service to youth either through direct service to a youth agency or through actions affecting youth. In the 88-year history of the Silver Buffalo Award, only 741 have been bestowed. Recipients include 14 U.S. presidents, former First Lady Nancy Reagan, baseball legend Yogi Berra, Bill Gates and Gen. Colin Powell.




Los Altos Hills resident Apoorva Rangan won first place in the High School Flute Soloist competition during the National Flute Association’s annual convention, held Aug. 7-10 in Chicago.

Rangan performs with the San Francisco Symphony’s Youth Orchestra program and has held principal flute positions with the California Youth Symphony and the San Jose Youth Symphony.


Service News

Cpl. Corey Dabney/Special to the Town Crier
Maj. Benjamin Closs, back turned to the camera, leads a Marine Corps training exercise Aug. 3.

Los Altos native Maj. Benjamin Closs is currently serving as the intelligence deputy with the I Marine Expeditionary Brigade.

Closs led participants Aug. 3 in a large-scale exercise at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms. The exercise involved strengthening relationships with allies while ensuring that the Marine brigade could rapidly respond to crises around the globe.


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