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.

A SLOB comes clean on community service

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Seventh grade members of the Service League of Boys volunteer at Sacred Heart Community Service, an organization that aims to provide resources for those in poverty.

In seventh grade, I became a SLOB – not literally, but by joining the Service League of Boys, an organization that enables boys at local schools to serve and help improve the communities of Mountain View and Los Altos.

Student Voices: Recalling a once-in-a-lifetime performance at Carnegie Hall

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Homestead High School student Melody Chen performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City with her school’s symphony orchestra.

When I pass by the school office, it’s hard to miss the huge photo of the Homestead High School Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall four years ago. Despite it being proof of what high school music ensembles could do, the concert hall seemed out of reach to me.

Yet there I was last month in New York City performing in one of the most prestigious concert halls in the world. I joined other members of the Homestead High School Symphony Orchestra, which teamed with the Cupertino High School String Orchestra to participate in the World Projects’ New York “Sounds of Summer” festival at Carnegie Hall.

Student Voices: What I'm looking for in a candidate

As someone who has worked with campaigns since 2017 and followed presidential races since I started reading in 2007, the upcoming election season is set to be one of the most confusing ones yet. Why? Because in a field of more than 20 opposition candidates who generally have similar policy positions, the case for which particular candidate will have the best chance at beating Donald Trump is truly unknown.

Student Voices: Single-use plastics harm Los Altos community, environment

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Although single-use grocery bags are not as common as they used to be – they were banned locally a few years ago – many other single-use plastics are still prominent and can pose environmental hazards.

California emitted approximately 340 million metric tons of carbon dioxide in 2016. This is essentially our carbon footprint. Our carbon footprint reflects both the strengths and weaknesses of our country and local community. One of the weaknesses contributing to climate change in Los Altos is plastic usage.

Plastic in our community is significantly affecting our environment. Single-use plastics can take up to 1,000 years (depending on the type of plastic) to decompose in a typical landfill. However, plastic is produced faster than it can decompose naturally, with 300 million tons of plastic produced each year. Approximately 8 million metric tons of plastic ends up in our oceans annually.

Student Voices: LAHS students refurbish laptops to help students in need access tech

Courtesy of Lucy Lee
EqOpTech held a laptop refurbishing workshop at the Bay Club. Pictured, from left, are Eric Che, Kevin Gao, Daniel Lim, Nate Latif, Trevor Smith and Cedric Chan.

I’ve always wondered how people live without technology. How could I do my homework or study or organize events with my friends? In my life, technology is a necessity.

In fifth grade, I met a classmate who did not have access to a computer. He was assigned to our group to work on a Prezi presentation. My group would have daily Skype meetings at 7 p.m. to discuss the project and fine-tune the details, but he never joined us. He missed a big part of the discussion and couldn’t complete the project because he didn’t have a computer.

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