High school students launch free coding classes


Courtesy of Ananya Venkatraman
Students participate in the first day of Code Silicon Valley’s summer coding classes.

Sidd Iyer and his friends are so devoted to making coding more accessible to students that they’re not only teaching free classes this summer, they’re covering the expenses. Their program, Code Silicon Valley, launched last week at Los Altos High School.

The team of teen teachers and their families are paying all the costs, which include renting classrooms, according to Ananya Venkatraman, who handles public relations for the venture. In addition, they are providing computers for students unable to bring their own, she said.

Local teen receives Princeton Prize in Race Relations


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Sho Sho Leigh Ho speaks at Princeton, where she accepted an award for her work in race relations.

Los Altos Hills resident Sho Sho Leigh Ho is among the 28 recipients of the 2018 Princeton Prize in Race Relations. The rising senior at Castilleja School was recognized in the spring for contributing to her school and community in the field of race relations.

“I think the prize is really important because it is giving youth a much-needed affirmation that, ‘Yes, what you’re doing has a positive impact on the world,’” said Ho, a former Town Crier intern.

MVHS Wellness Week program focuses on year-round health


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Mountain View High student Rachel Blockhus, left, cuddles with a rabbit, and students play ball, above, during the Spartans PAUSE Wellness Week before the finals.

The Spartans PAUSE program at Mountain View High School aims to help students relax during the week before their finals.

Spartans PAUSE, whose motto is “PAUSE and Take Time for Yourself,” features a week of wellness activities designed to help students de-stress before taking their final exams. The program is funded by the PTSA and run by parent volunteers.

Egan students shine at Viking Showcase


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Egan Junior High School eighth-graders – from left, Tanish Chettiar, Shelli Lewis, Bryn Kenehan and Jack Hitching – take turns highlighting their achievements during the Viking Showcase May 31.

Egan Junior High School student Tanish Chettiar compared the school to a tree and each student to a leaf striving for excellence during his presentation May 31 at the school’s annual Viking Showcase, an event designed for graduating eighth-graders to highlight their achievements from their two years at Egan.

Students participating in the showcase were divided into small groups and assigned to one or two adult volunteers, who gave feedback after each student’s speech.

Local high schools face off in Bike to the Future competition

Local schools were well represented at the Bike to the Future competition, with Los Altos, Mountain View and Alta Vista high schools among the seven teams vying to build the best electric bicycle.

Mountain View came away with second place, Los Altos finished fourth and Alta Vista took fifth at the inaugural event, held May 5 at Gilroy Gardens.

Student Film Festival at Los Altos High School showcases emerging talent

From stop-motion animation to drama and comedy, films made by Los Altos High School students will premiere at the school’s annual Student Film Festival, scheduled 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the school’s Eagle Theater, 201 Almond Ave.

The film festival has run for the past six years under the guidance of veteran film teacher Susana Herrera.


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