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Palo Alto students direct, perform ‘Constellations’

February 24, 2017

Written by Shannon Yang When senior Nick Borbolla heard about the 2015 Broadway play “Constellations” by Nick Payne starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Ruth Wilson, he ordered it on Amazon, read it and immediately fell in love. I have to do this play, Borbolla thought. Now, his dream has become a reality, and Borbolla is directing his first [...]

Gunn sophomores attend Los Altos hackathon, take first place

February 22, 2017

Written by Joy Huang Sophomores John Guibas, Peter Li, Tejpal Virdi and Yinghui Sun won first place in the Los Altos Hackathon for creating SMS Maps, a chatbox service that provides navigation through Short Message Service (SMS) without using data. The hackathon took place at the Evernote Headquarters from Feb. 4 to Feb. 5 and gathered [...]

Teachers share embarrassing, awkward dating stories: Jordan Wells

February 3, 2017

Written By Aleks Tycz Dating is a game of chance, and once in awhile a date won’t go as planned. For English teacher Jordan Wells, a friendly night out with a co-worker became a date she had not intended to go on. “I didn’t really realize it was a date,” Wells said. “I thought we were just going to the movies as friends.” The date was [...]

Q&A with senior Tim Chau, Instagram business owner

February 3, 2017

Compiled by Anyi Cheng The Oracle: How did your meme account begin? Tim Chau: I didn’t just start with my account 3.14 (pi). I first created a meme account for the doge meme. I would spam other meme accounts with comments that imitated the doge language. After I reached 50,000 followers on that account, the doge meme started to die out, so I set [...]

Senior Priya Thomas becomes a National YoungArts Finalist

February 3, 2017

Written by Liza Kolbasov Senior Priya Thomas joined the ranks of 167 finalists of the National YoungArts competition, making it into the top 8.67 percent of applicants receiving one of the nation’s highest honors for writing. She became one of over 20,000 alumni who have gotten this honor in the past and is now eligible for special workshops, [...]