Student Voices: As kids explore social media, sex traffickers lurk online

A week after school shut down for the COVID-19 shelter-in-place, my younger sister told me that her friend’s Instagram page had a comment from an older person her friend was not following. The comment said that she was very pretty and was followed up with a dozen heart emojis. My little cousin recently posted a YouTube video of herself baking brownies. The third comment for her video was from an unknown older person asking her to be their friend.

Student Voices: A view from the trenches of online learning

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Local students are completing classes online after schools closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

As a junior at Los Altos High School, the news last week that we would not be returning to campus for the rest of the school year was bittersweet. Distance learning has already had its ups and downs, leaving me confused about whether I love being able to create my own study schedule or hate the responsibility of ensuring I study with the same efficiency as I did during regular school.

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.

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