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


Courtesy of Chris Bradshaw
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.

MV High choir trip to Iceland proves to be amazing experience


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The Mountain View High School A Capella Choir performed at a church in Reykjavik, Iceland, last month.

My recent trip to Iceland with the Mountain View High School A Cappella Choir was an incredible whirlwind of a trip.

Over six days in February, we performed four times, took in all of the major sites in the southwest portion of the small country and became better global citizens. We made friends with local students and learned all about the Icelandic culture.


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