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November 9, 2020
Volume XXXVII | Issue VII
Hooray! Not only are elections over, but the cold is finally here. As you reflect on some unhealthy ways to cope with election stress, try “chilling” with our “Cold Days” Spotify playlist. The freezing Pacific waves don’t stop senior writer Allison Bricca from going surfing, but for those staying warm indoors, shifting realities from your bedroom is pretty cool … or not. Another quarantine pastime has been the popular game “Among Us,” but what happens when you’re an impostor, or feel like one in real life? Read about a staff writer’s experience with imposter syndrome, the story of a COVID-19 survivor and more. These are stressful times, so try to take a deep breath of fresh, crispy air.

A peppy cheerleader, a band geek and a pretentious journalist walk into high school...

By Emilie Enser
Rose Liu
High school cliques are no longer reserved for on-screen amusement; they seem to have become a reality. The teenage tendency to label others before properly meeting them is keeping students from discovering new interests and genuinely clicking with others, which is the entire point of high school. Read staff writer Emilie Enser’s take on the damaging effects of the single-minded clique mentality here.

You’re a muggle, Harry!

By Anika Sikka
 Cedric Chan
Draco Malfoy smells like the inside of a chocolate frog — sweet, decadent and just a little spicy. How do I know? I spend about two months a day in a separate reality where I truly belong: Hogwarts. Click here to learn the nuances of shifting realities from staff writer and manifestation connoisseur Anika Sikka. 
ATTENTION LAHS STUDENTS:

The City of Los Altos is conducting a student survey to get feedback from current Los Altos High School students on the Student Resource Officer (SRO) Program at LAHS. Please fill out this survey, also found on The Talon’s website and social media.                   
                                                                                  – Los Altos Police Department

Cold Days

By Elli Lahdesmaki


“It's too cold for you here and now, so let me hold both your hands in the holes of my sweater.”                                                                   The Neighbourhood


The impossible has happened: California is finally getting colder. Here is a playlist to match the weather!

Sports

Split leaps and surfboards: Flipping the tables on perfectionism
By Allison Bricca

 Olivia Hewang
Senior writer Allison Bricca has spent most of her gymnastics career — over eight years — chasing the elusive “Perfect 10” score. But surfing, an unexpected new passion, taught her to go with the flow. Click here to learn how Allison left behind her focus on perfection and found a renewed sense of joy and purpose in the gym. 

You’re the impostor: Water polo edition
By Anika Sikka

Natalie Wei
Mysterious figures. Clammy hands. Red flashing lights and pure terror. This could easily be a description of an intense game of Among Us, but it’s actually the story of a different kind of impostor. Click here to read about staff writer Anika Sikka’s battle with imposter syndrome in the splashing world of water polo.

Features

Surviving COVID-19 from behind the mask 
By Kaley Kwan

Courtesy Lucas Popp
When Los Altos High School graduate Lucas Popp, ’17, became infected with COVID-19 in March, misinformation spread rapidly. With misinterpreted test results and the loss of his sense of smell, Popp’s journey to recovery will be one to remember. Click here to learn more about how Popp overcame COVID-19, and how this battle affected those around him.

This article is part of an ongoing spread sharing the stories of local COVID-19 survivors as the pandemic rages on.


AVID’s PEAK program helps students reach peak potential

By Lauren Morimoto
Graphic by Rachel Rudyak, Photos courtesy PEAK
Los Altos High School’s career development program, PEAK, has been a little known part of the AVID curriculum for over three years, exposing students to different industries and career paths in preparation for life after college. Click here to learn about the inner workings of the program and its recent introduction to the entrepreneurial industry through the Young Entrepreneurz Solutions Business Plan Challenge.

Opinions

Kulture à la Kaavya: Say hello to unhealthy coping mechanisms!

Column by Kaavya Butaney
Emily Zhu
This election was days of drawn-out counting and states turning blue for the first time in over 20 years, all to determine whether or not the United States would survive the repeated bashing of its ideals. It definitely had an effect on people, forcing them to cope in sometimes unhealthy ways. Click here to learn about the ways people drown out their political sorrows, and how there may be a better way.

Arts & Culture

Past meets present in ‘The Trial of the Chicago 7’

By Emily McNally
Via Netflix
Netflix’s “Trial of the Chicago 7” is based on the trial of seven defendants in 1969 charged for inciting riots in the midst of the counterculture protests. But were they rightfully charged? The film includes numerous themes such as racism and police brutality that may have happened in the past, but have yet to be addressed in today’s world. Click here to read staff writer Emily McNally’s take on “The Trial of the Chicago 7.”
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