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November 23, 2020
Volume XXXVII | Issue VIII

Are you ready to “gobble gobble” up this week’s newsletter? We have a lot to be thankful for even during a year of loss and grief, and our supporters are at the top of The Talon’s list. We’re also grateful for the technology that allows us to share our stories, like our update on LAHS’s sports cohorts and our story on recruited athletes who aren’t letting COVID-19 stop them from pursuing their passions. Although he isn't an athlete, Daniel Lim, LAHS ’20, is doing grueling physical activity 8,000 miles from home as a member of the Singapore Army. We wish you a happy and safe Thanksgiving!

Opinion: Why I couldn’t be friends with a Trump supporter

By Elana Eisenberg
Olivia Hewang
What’s the difference between racism and pizza toppings? One is a major dealbreaker, and the other isn’t. In such a politically polarized nation, it’s easy to see why people are urging everyone to come together and love their neighbors regardless of political opinions. However, when basic human rights are at stake, it’s not that simple. Click here to read Sports Editor Elana Eisenberg’s take on why she couldn’t be friends with a Trump supporter.

Y2K timemachine

By Elli Lahdesmaki

“Wish we could turn back time to the good old days?”                                                                                Twenty One Pilots

This playlist of throwback songs goes well with reminiscing of the days when we could gather with friends and family for the holidays, which seems like a decade ago #TBT.

News

MVLA to continue HAERT program despite majority negative feedback

By Marie Godderis and Gil Rubinstein

Tomoki Chien

Despite negative feedback, the Mountain View–Los Altos School District is set to continue its social and emotional curriculum, HAERT, through the rest of the year. 

When asked about their “overall feeling” toward the program in a recent attendance survey, 79.9 percent of MVLA students indicated a three or below out of five, one being the worst and five being the best. In an informal Talon survey on Instagram, 96 percent of over 350 respondents said they did not like the HAERT program. Click here to read the full story.

Sports

COVID-19 cohorts: The evolution of sports practices in a time of uncertainty

By Tomoki Chien, Marie Godderis, Rohan Vaswani and Barrett Wong
Rohan Vaswani
Pyramids of cheerleaders have become masked groups doing planks in the quad, and football players who once huddled tightly together now warm up 6 feet away from each other. During the pandemic, season one sports have been able to continue practicing while following strict rules and protocol, such as wearing masks before and after practice and social distancing from other athletes. Click here to explore an interactive photo essay illustrating the stark differences between pre-COVID-19 sports and the current environment.

Pandemic plans: College sports with the class of 2020

By Allan Feldman
Graphic by Elana Eisenberg; Photos courtesy Evelyn Baher-Murphy, 
Annabel Flint, Lindsay Halden, Caris Kim, Portia Pliam and Adam Sage 
From practicing on college campuses to taking gap years in Montana and Germany, recruited athletes from the class of 2020 have taken a wide variety of paths in their first post-graduate year. Amid a global pandemic, college sports look a little different, but these athletes are persevering and making the best of an unexpected situation. Click here to catch up with all that they’ve been doing since June.

Features

LAHS graduate Daniel Lim begins service in Singapore Army

By Nathaniel Joffe
Courtesy Daniel Lim
As a male citizen of Singapore, Daniel Lim, LAHS ’20, is required to perform two years of National Service with the country’s military. Isolated from his friends and family while participating in grueling physical challenges, he has been adapting to an unfamiliar lifestyle and learning how to fight in the jungle along the way. Click here to read more about Lim’s experience in the Singapore Army.

Opinions

iPhone 12: The trailblazer for a new era of smartphones

By Barrett Wong
Rose Liu
With the recent release of the iPhone 12, Apple brings a variety of new technological innovations, such as impressive 5G technology and a new A14 bionic processor to the table, making it one of the best smartphones currently available on the market. Click here to read senior writer Barrett Wong’s review of Apple’s latest release.
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