Student Voices: Local robotics teams compete at Los Altos VEX IQ tournament

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The Los Altos VEX IQ tournament, an annual robotics competition hosted by Los Altos Robotics, drew 22 teams.

On a typical day at Blach Intermediate School, teachers are helping students accomplish tasks. But on a Sunday last December, it was the students who gave commands to robots they made themselves.

Student Voices: MVLA ought excuse absences for student activists

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Mountain View and Los Altos high school students take part in a September global student climate strike. Los Altos High graduate Eric Warmoth argues students should be able to receive excused absences for participating in such protests.

While attending Los Altos High School, I never considered getting involved with politics. I went to class, played water polo and did my homework. I figured I was too busy to worry about issues like climate change.

Student Voices: Trip to South Africa reveals spirit and plight of people

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Los Altos High School student Mayu Alten plays with young children during a visit to South Africa.

Sunlight isn’t supposed to be tangible, but in South Africa, it is.

Student Voices: What do we want? Climate justice!

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Julia Zeitlin speaks at a September climate strike in Palo Alto.

I participated in the worldwide climate strike event Sept. 20. Protests were held all across the globe. I was at one in front of Palo Alto City Hall, run by the Peninsula Peace and Justice Center.

Student Voices: The pros and cons of standardized testing

Should standardized testing be considered in admissions decisions? This hot-button issue has become a point of discussion in many educational circles, and is certainly on my mind because I will be taking the SAT or ACT in the next year or two.

Student Voices: LAHS students raise money for victims of domestic violence

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Beth Williams, from left, Next Door Solutions director of development, receives support from Los Altos High’s Medical Outreach Volunteers for Everyone club vice president Abhishek Subandh, president Shay Adams and treasurer Richard Zhao.

Domestic violence exists all over the world, but I was shocked to hear that in the United States, 24 people per minute are victims of rape, physical violence or stalking by an intimate partner – more than 12 million women and men over the course of a year.

People are often surprised to hear that domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women – more common than car accidents, muggings and rapes combined. These sobering statistics are from the National Domestic Violence Hotline. There is a societal cost as well, because domestic violence victims often miss work while recovering.

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