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.

Student Voices: 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.

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