Chelsea Clinton visits Blach students

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Blach Intermediate School students and staff welcome author and former first daughter Chelsea Clinton, right, to their campus last week.

Blach Intermediate School greeted former first daughter Chelsea Clinton last week with a packed auditorium, applause and a brief attempt to start “the wave” in the audience.

Clinton, on tour publicizing her book “It’s Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going!” spoke to students April 18 about the value of becoming civically engaged at an early age and urged them to advocate for the causes they believe in.

Student supports Pinewood at games

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Pinewood School senior Alex Banning, center, revs up the crowd at a girls basketball game.

Many Pinewood School students know senior Alex Banning as an almost larger-than-life figure on the Los Altos Hills campus. He founded Pinewood’s cheer squad and leads school assemblies as student body president.

But when Banning is not in the spotlight, he’s often working behind the scenes to support Pinewood. He handles sound design for the theater department, website design for the school newspaper and does some IT work for teachers and students. Oh, and he has a side business as well.

MVHS robotics team advances to nationals

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The Mountain View High School Spartan Robotics team placed second at the FIRST Robotics San Francisco Regional last month.

Mountain View High School’s robotics team is on a roll.

Spartan Robotics placed second at the FIRST Robotics San Francisco Regional last month and received two awards at the Silicon Valley Regional earlier this month. The team, which has grown to 50 students this year, is headed to Houston this week for the world championships.

Mountain View High science squad works from underdog to top spot

Courtesy of Anita Wood
Mountain View High students participate in late-night study sessions for the Science Olympiad tournament.

Mountain View High School’s Science Olympiad team finished second in this month’s state championship, earning medals in 15 out of 22 events, including first-place medals in Ecology, Hydrogeology and Electric Vehicle events.

Just three years ago, according to head coach Anita Wood, the Science Olympiad club’s haphazard meeting schedule had the team regularly placing last or next-to-last. They had never won a medal, nor qualified for state.

From composition to concert: MVHS students create new music in 24 hours

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Mountain View High student Zakriya Bashir-Hill works on his original musical composition for the 24-Hour Composers Concert.

It was as if a trance had fallen over the Mountain View High School band room.

All was calm, still: no sound but typing as a group of six instrumental music students worked furiously on original compositions, knowing the music they were writing would be performed for an audience in less than two days.

LAHS robotics team wins regionals, advances

Photos by Vadim Kutsyy/Special to the Town Crier
Members of Team 114 Eagle Strike from Los Altos High, above, celebrate after winning last month’s Ventura Regional FIRST robotics competition. The team, below, wheels its student-built robot into the competition area.

Los Altos High School’s robotics team, Team 114 Eagle Strike, celebrated a first-place finish at the Ventura Regional FIRST robotics competition last month and will advance to the national championships in Houston, scheduled April 19-22.

The Los Altos High competitors pitted their student-built robot against 42 other high school teams from across the globe in the steampunk-themed challenge. The nearly 120-pound robot, which took them six weeks to build, program and test, crossed obstacles, climbed a rope and catapulted balls across the competition pit to win.

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