Egan students share their passions at Viking Showcase

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Adult volunteers, above at right and below, at Egan Junior High School Thursday bear witness to the eighth-graders’ showcase of their accomplishments. More than 175 community members stepped up to interview students. At the Viking Showcase, Egan students presented on their personal passions, ranging from traditional academics to surfing.

Egan Junior High School students strutted their stuff Thursday at the annual Viking Showcase, a massive joint undertaking that gives eighth-graders the opportunity to reflect on their time at Egan while sharing what they’ve learned with members of the community.

Personal passion drives the showcase, leading to presentations on everything from traditional academic subjects to the joy of surfing.

Alta Vista High School Class of 2017

Faith Brown-Route

Aaron Canaan

Class of 2017 celebrates connection and compassion, path-forging and perseverance

Draped in leis and tossing elaborately decorated caps in the air, local students joined their families to honor their accomplishments at graduation ceremonies across Los Altos and Mountain View last week, marking the occasion with laughter, tears and more than a few selfies.

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Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier 

A Mountain View High student accepts leis from enthusiastic audience members during his school’s June 2 graduation ceremony.

The Town Crier spoke with students named by their teachers and principals as reflections of the spirit of the Class of 2017. In private conversations and commencement speeches, these students form a portrait of a graduating class that has surmounted tremendous obstacles; values kindness, compassion and connection; praises the virtues of radical vulnerability; and isn’t afraid to go its own way.

Schools Briefs

LASD approves 5 percent raise for employees

Los Altos School District salaries will see a boost after the board of trustees voted to approve a slate of increases for teachers and other staff.

Trustees authorized collective bargaining agreements with the California School Employees Association and the Los Altos Teachers Association in late April and early May. At a May 22 meeting, the board approved a comparable raise for staff not represented by the prior two agreements.

Mountain View High School Class of 2017


Robert Abousamra

Michelle Adema

Local student wins Fulbright to teach in Brazil

After receiving a Fulbright award this spring, Los Altos Hills native Morgan Healy will be off to Brazil next year to continue her teaching and research.

Healy, who graduated from Boston College this year with a bachelor’s degree in education, will work as an English teaching assistant in Brazil. Upon her return to the U.S., she plans to attend Harvard University for a master’s in education.

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