Best-selling author Choo tells her story at Los Altos High School's Writers Week


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Yangsze Choo spoke at Los Altos High’s Writers Week about her 2019 novel “The Night Tiger.”

Without the push from her husband, Yangsze Choo may not have become the successful author she is today.

“My husband is actually the reason why my books are in the public,” Choo told an English class during Los Altos High School’s Writers Week in March. “He sent my novel out to a couple of friends without me even knowing, and I was sent messages to publish my story. I was very surprised. I did not expect so many people to connect with my novel.”

Model students: LAHS team wins national math competition


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Karina Halevy, from left, Maxwell Liu, Josh Hejna, Rushil Arora and Shawn Huang won the Modeling the Future Challenge.

There may be no sure-fire way to predict the future, but mathematical modeling can paint a good picture of what may lie ahead.

For Los Altos High School junior Maxwell Liu, that’s part of the appeal of competing in mathematical modeling competitions.

Foothill college radio station plays more than 100 straight hours of vinyl

Liz Clark
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DJ Liz Clark, known as “Maybelline” on-air, lists the songs she just played for KFJC 89.7 FM listeners Thursday.

When Jennifer Waits first heard about Vinylthon, an annual event that challenges college radio stations nationwide to play only vinyl records, she thought Foothill College’s radio station might be able to go for 24 hours straight.

Mtn. View High club collects books to create school libraries in Africa


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Two students in Kenya read books provided by the Africa Library Project. The Bay Area-based project began in 2006.

Mountain View High School’s Leo Club is keeping a 13-year tradition alive of sharing books from the Bay Area with African schoolchildren.

It started in 2006 when Chris Bradshaw – founder of the African Library Project – visited the school to share about her nonprofit organization, which donates books to create libraries throughout Africa.

Hills teen exhibits art by inmates on death row


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Inmate Daniel Cervantes’ “Rose Encaged” is among the works Maddy Wenig displayed at last month’s exhibition.

What started out as a school essay on prison reform has turned into so much more for Los Altos Hills resident Maddy Wenig. The Gunn High School junior created a looking glass into the lives of death-row inmates by organizing an exhibition of their art and poetry.

“San Quentin Artists,” which closed Sunday at Menlo School’s Creative Arts Dance Center, featured the work of 18 inmates at the state prison who have been sentenced to death.

Humane Society sponsors writing contest for seventh- and eighth-grade students

In a time and place where students are seemingly offered STEM opportunities at every turn, it may be harder for those interested in writing to find outlets to share their talents.

The Palo Alto Humane Society (PAHS) is providing such an opportunity, however, with its first story writing competition for seventh- and eighth-graders.


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