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March 1, 2021
Volume XXXVII | Issue XIII
Good morning, Los Altos! As we “March” through 2021 together, let’s learn about all that has changed this year. From our school’s new course offerings full of ingenuity to our beloved sports teams’ returns, there’s a lot to be excited about. This week, writers from all over the world are gracing us with their presence at Los Altos High School’s 36th Writer’s Week, and our staff writers published a hilarious satirical take on vacationing during the pandemic. Enjoy scrolling, and we hope your March is off to a great start!

Opinion: The long-awaited hybrid learning plan is a solid bridge to returning to classrooms

By Kathrina Welborn
Rohan Vaswani
The District’s pilot hybrid program, announced on Monday, February 8, outlines plans for groups of students to take Zoom classes from campus. Though they leave much to be desired, the plans will provide a quiet learning environment, allow for in-person interaction and give students a sense of routine that has been lost for nearly a year. Click here for staff writer Kathrina Welborn’s take on why the hybrid plan isn’t all bad.

Zoom into the writing process with Writers Week 2021

By Kaavya Butaney, Emily McNally, Emilie Enser, Nathaniel Joffe and Naomi Schulze
 Courtesy Ken Pontac, Gregory Brown, Zoe Morgan, Jasmine Guillery, Vanessa Hua
Local writers have long hailed to LAHS to share their unconventional artistic journeys with students for Writers Week. During the pandemic, journalists, screenwriters and renowned authors from around the world are Zooming into English classes to discuss their latest works. Throughout the week of Monday, March 1, to Friday, March 5, expect to hear fascinating insights into the true life of a writer and their advice for interested students. Click here to acquaint yourself with a handful of writers including Ken Pontac, Zoe Morgan, Vanessa Hua, Jasmine Guillery and Gregory Brown.

BHM

By Elli Lahdesmaki
“Soul is about authenticity. Soul is about finding the things in your life that are real and pure”                                                               
John Legend

As Black History Month comes to an end, we wanted to highlight some of our favorite songs created or produced by black artists in this playlist. Enjoy listening!

ATTENTION LAHS STUDENTS:
Seniors might not have had the year they expected this year, so Talon is presenting the Instagram account @lahspostgradplans21 detailing LAHS seniors’ plans after graduation. Seniors: Be sure to DM us about your post-grad plans, whether it's heading to college, taking a gap year, joining the military, entering the workforce or anything else!
Administration has posed a new hybrid plan and schedule. The Talon is interested in your thoughts on the hybrid option, so fill out this form to voice your opinion!

News

LAHS introduces new classes for 2021–22 school year

By Allan Feldman and Emily McNally

Elyssa Kennedy

This year, several new classes were introduced during the course selection window, including Agroecology and Exploring Music. Agroecology will teach environment-related topics including sustainable agriculture and botany through hands-on learning in the campus garden and classroom lab. Exploring Music aims to make music classes more accessible to students, with an emphasis on a wide range of music genres. Click here for more information about these new course offerings.

Sports

Sports are back: Varsity girls tennis and golf return to competitions

By Barrett Wong and Emilie Enser
Barrett Wong
After more than a year without the thrill of school sports competitions, both the varsity girls tennis team and the varsity girls golf team had their first matches of the season on Thursday, February 18, welcoming the Eagle spirit we’ve all missed. The varsity girls tennis team played Lynbrook High School at home and won 5–2, while the girls golf team barely lost to Homestead High School in an incredibly close match with a final score of 200–201. Click here to read more about the eventful first day back to school sports.

Cross country kicks off long-awaited season on campus

By Allan Feldman
Marie Godderis
On Saturday, February 20, the cross country team went head-to-head with Mountain View High School in the first Santa Clara Valley Athletic League (SCVAL) meet of the season, following several delays from the County. The LAHS girls won the meet overall with 62 points, and the LAHS boys placed fourth with 125 points. Click here to read more about the first cross country meet after more than a year without competition. Click here for photographic coverage of the meet.

Features

Option A or Option B? Meet two students who made the switch!

By Nathaniel Joffe
Courtesy Maya Amit and Sarah Su
When MVLA students were offered another opportunity to choose between the two remote learning models, Options A and B, for the second semester of the school year, all but 45 students chose to stay put in their current option. Students who switched faced abrupt changes to their schedules and lifestyles, and the decision did not come easy for many. Click here to read about why senior Maya Amit and sophomore Sarah Su decided to change options and their reflections on the educational formats.

Opinions

Kulture à la Kaavya: Debate is heartless

Column by Kaavya Butaney
Olivia Hewang
I’ll start this with a precursor: I have been a Public Forum debater all three years of high school and I love it. I love debating, my team and the community we have. But debate teaches you to consider the world like a problem to be solved, rather than people to be helped. Click here for copy editor Kaavya Butaney’s opinion on the glaring issues with debate.

Skiing down the slopes and throwing the school year down the drain

By Marie Godderis and Anika Sikka
Elyssa Kennedy
Because of the inundating deaths due to the COVID-19 pandemic, John Jones and his group of 10 friends took a well-deserved trip to a resort in Lake Tahoe. The tantalizing fragrance of muddy snow and the appealing vibe of Tahoe came before the pandemic for John and his friends. ⁠Click here to read about their life-changing experience.
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