Young pianist to perform at Carnegie Hall

It was a bustling Friday morning at Ventana School in Los Altos, but students en route to their classes, and the parents dropping them off, stopped to listen.

The flowing tones of a Mozart piano sonata filled the echoing parish hall, drifting through the open doors and throughout Ventana’s small campus, drawing listeners.


Local students earn college honors

Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, recently recognized two Los Altos students for their academic accomplishments. Mary Albright, a biology and computer science major, received the James Malcolm Moulton Prize in Biology. David Reichert, who is majoring in computer science, received the Allen B. Tucker Computer Science Research Prize.

Meghan Perna of Los Altos made the spring dean’s list at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn. To receive the honor, she earned at least a 3.5 grade-point average.

Schools Briefs

EqOpTech, founded by Los Altos High School junior Terence Lee, seeks donations of functioning laptops (Windows or Mac) with appropriate power adapters for students in need.

Collection drives are ongoing at Blach Intermediate School and Monta Loma Elementary School.

Los Altos Kiwanis Club names 2017 scholarship winners

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The Kiwanis Club of Los Altos awarded scholarships to six graduating seniors in the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District. Pictured, from left, are Superintendent Jeff Harding, Yu Zhu, Judy Tutuvanu, Mike Hernandez-Martinez, Tiana Bolin, Kiwanis Club Scholarship Chairman Howard Bischoff, Valeria Castro-Chavez, Vanness Leung and Foothill President Thuy Thi Nguyen.

The Kiwanis Club of Los Altos recently awarded scholarships to six graduating seniors from the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District.

At a celebratory luncheon last week, Kiwanis Club officials presented scholarships to Judy Tutuvanu and Mike Hernandez-Martinez of Alta Vista High School, Vanness Leung and Valeria Castro-Chavez of Los Altos High and Tiana Bolin and Yu Zhu of Mountain View High.

LAHS students decode the mysteries of biodiversity

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Los Altos High student Devon Tompane, above, delicately transfers extracted DNA to an agarose gel for her class’s International Barcode for Life project.

From oak woodlands to lush riverbanks and dry chaparral shrublands, the Santa Clara Valley’s natural environment is home to a diverse array of flora and fauna – for now.

For scientists who study biodiversity, the effects of climate change and habitat destruction present an urgent problem, according to Los Altos High School science teacher Meghan Strazicich. Only a fraction of plant and animal species have been discovered, identified and scientifically classified. If only a handful of experts are doing this identification work, the rate of species extinction may outpace that of scientific discovery.

Covington fair celebrates diverse cultures

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The Covington School choir colorfully costumed for its Multicultural Fair, treats listeners to an arrangement of a Justin Timberlake tune at the May 5 event.

Covington School students and their families snacked on samosas, collected stamps in specially made passports, learned about other cultures and watched a colorful array of musical and dance performances May 5 at the school’s bustling Multicultural Fair.

Flags fluttered above parent-manned booths representing countries from Indonesia to Moldova, and bright, multisensory displays helped students learn about other parts of the world.

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