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Students share adventures moving: Sophomore Anna Lorenzon

December 8, 2017

Written By: Paulo Frank As she walked from class to class on her first day at Gunn, sophomore Anna Lorenzon was bewildered by the school’s foreign layout. “Gunn is outdoors, which is really different,” Lorenzon said. “My other school was an H-shaped, three-story building.” Lorenzon will stay at Gunn for one year while her parents are on [...]

Senior Ali Havaei’s Journey from Iran

December 8, 2017

Written by Joanna Huang On top of balancing coursework, extracurriculars and free time, international students must learn to rapidly adjust to a new country. Senior Ali Havaei, who has been attending Gunn since the start of his sophomore year, moved from Iran without speaking English. Havaei grew up in Isfahan, a city in central Iran home to 1.9 [...]

Students and staff share love of spirit: sophomore Josh Mei

December 8, 2017

By Katie Zhang For Sophomore Class President Josh Mei, homecoming week is the happiest and most spirited week in the entire school year because of all the activities and dress-up days. Mei has more than a strong sense of leadership—he also holds a deep passion for spirit. To Mei, the best part of homecoming week is all of the excitement. [...]

LARP community draws students

December 8, 2017

Written by Caroline Ro Whether it be  through traveling, literature or art, there is something undeniably compelling about being able to see the world through someone else’s eyes. Through live action role-playing (LARP), participants are able to live out alternate lives as characters in fantastical universes, running into battle and saving [...]

Junior Austin Ho: Singapore International Science Challenge

December 8, 2017

By Julia Cheunkarndee This summer, junior Austin Ho was selected by former Superintendent Max McGee to participate in the Singapore International Science Challenge (SISC) as a PAUSD representative. The program is an international event that is hosted every other year by the National Junior College of Singapore. The program brings the top STEM [...]

Students share adventures moving: Audrey Lamis

December 8, 2017

Written by Katie Zhang On her first day in California, junior Audrey Lamis was taken aback by the comparatively small houses but also pleasantly surprised by the beautiful weather and diverse culture. At the age of 11, Lamis moved from Austin, Texas to Palo Alto, California. Lamis moved to California due to the long distance between her father and [...]

Q&A with Work Experience Coordinator Meri Gyves

November 9, 2017

Compiled by Amanda Lee The Oracle: What kind of laws protect student workers? Meri Gyves: We have labor laws for minors and children under the age of 18. They were established in the 1930s. California has very strict laws to protect children from working too many hours. You must have a break, and you must be paid minimum wage. For meal breaks, you [...]

Learn your worker rights

November 9, 2017

Compiled by Amanda Lee In California, minors (anyone under 18) must give their employers a work permit before starting work. Employers can get fined if the State finds out they hired a minor without a work permit. You cannot be fired or punished for making a complaint with the state labor commissioner, making a claim for workers’ compensation [...]