JustREAD helps local English learner students

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JustREAD volunteer Elenora Nelson works with a sixth-grader at Crittenden Middle School.

JustREAD seeks to broaden its impact on local students’ lives by adding to its volunteer pool.

The 12-year-old nonprofit organization provides academic support for middle and high school students in the Mountain View Whisman and Mountain View Los Altos Union High school districts, including one-on-one tutoring for students struggling in math and English. The program serves students at Crittenden and Graham Middle schools and Mountain View High.

Local student competes against six for top science honors

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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

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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.

LAHS hosts 11th Science & Tech Week

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Cheri Markt, assistant professor of engineering at Cañada College, helps a Los Altos High School student set up a water rocket during the school’s Science & Technology Week.

From learning the mechanics behind vacuum technology to discovering the mysteries of bioluminescence in the deep seas, Los Altos High School students were exposed to varied science and technology careers last week.

The school hosted its 11th annual Science & Technology Week, inviting speakers from more than 30 industries and academia to discuss their career paths with students. Speakers covered such topics as public health research, oceanography, plant reproduction, machine intelligence, computer science and socially minded innovation.

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