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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.

Best-selling author visits Blach students

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Author Scott Westerfeld signs copies of his books for students at Blach Intermediate School.

New York Times best-selling author Scott Westerfeld visited with Blach Intermediate School students last month to share about life as an author.

“Writing a book is inherently kind of lonely,” Westerfeld said, explaining why he chose to write the latest book in his trilogy with two co-authors, Deborah Biancotti and Margo Lanagan. “You spend maybe eight to 10 hours a day just with your computer.”

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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