CENG students take on schoolwide Hour of Code

In the first week of December, thousands of schools across the country participated in the Hour of Code, a coding initiative designed to expose students to computer science.

Egan trip changes perspective of Yosemite

I used to think Yosemite was overrated.

The first time I went there was in fifth grade with my family. After hearing comments about how “breathtaking” and “absolutely wonderful” Yosemite was, we were looking forward to a great trip. But due to the weather (winter was just turning to spring), we didn’t get to enjoy the outdoors as much as we had hoped.

Thoughts on the local election

In my six years living in Los Altos, no other election has caused as much of a fuss in the community as last month’s did.

Between city council candidates and Measure C, one thing is certain: Our city ironically resembles the division seen in national politics. And I don’t mean right along party lines. Residents are overwhelmingly liberal, but when it comes to deciding on downtown growth and citywide development, there is no clear majority.

Kids, parents take the spirit out of Halloween

I sat behind a Rubbermaid table in front of an old Palo Alto residence, holding a chocolate bar the size of my face.

The arm of an elementary-school-aged boy dressed as a dinosaur extended above his head to where I could see his hand, his palm facing up toward the night sky. He waited as I handed him the chocolate bar. Like a soldier, he marched to the next house. His parents trailed behind him.

Student becomes teacher at CENG

Courtesy of Alice Lee
Isabella Borkovic, kneeling at right, smiles with a fellow teacher and students in CENG Summer Academy’s coding class for first- through third-graders.

I’ve always wondered why anyone would ever choose to become a teacher. The endless paperwork, pushy parents and unruly children all made me think of teaching as an extremely unappealing job.

But after I had the opportunity to teach at the Computer Engineers of the Next Generation (CENG) Summer Academy, my mindset toward teaching changed dramatically.

Racial profiling happens in the liberal Bay Area, too

I’d like to believe that everyone treats me the same as everyone else in this town, and that’s the case in most situations. People are usually friendly, generous and – most of all – respectful of who I am: a first-generation, Ethiopian-Eritrean, African-American.

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