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Slideshow: Media Arts ribbon-cutting highlights annual school picnic

Published August 23, 2014

The Palo Alto High School Parent Teacher Student Association hosted the annual Welcome-Back-to-School dinner on Thursday evening, featuring the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Media Arts Center, student performances and food trucks.

Principal Kim Diorio, Paly journalism advisers Paul Kandell and Esther Wojcicki, former California State Senator Joe Simitian and Palo Alto Unified School District Board of Education President Barb Mitchell spoke during the ceremony.

Each thanked the numerous people involved in the MAC project, including past Principal Jacqueline McEvoy, the boosters, previous advisers Ellen Austin and Mike McNulty, the Facilities Steering Committee, the school Board, Paly administration, the architects and various donors.

According to Wojcicki, there will also be a three day-long grand opening of the MAC starting Oct 16.

Arianna Huffington, founder of The Huffington Post, will attend the event on Oct. 16, and Paly alumnus James Franco will be there on Oct. 18, according to Wojcicki.

Global Voices, which “curate[s], verif[ies] and translate[s] trending news and stories you might be missing on the Internet, from blogs, independent press and social media in 167 countries,” according to its website, will be there for a week and will be featured on Oct. 17.

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    Paly's Symphonic and Concert bands performed during the dinner. Photo by Lizzie Chun.
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    The Dance team also performed at the Welcome-Back-to-School dinner. Photo by Lizzie Chun.
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    Paly's Cheer team ends its performance with a lift. Photo by Lizzie Chun.
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    Paly students, families and staff enjoy the food trucks on the Quad. This year was the first time the PTSA brought in food trucks. Photo by Lizzie Chun.
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    Senior Will Kast introduced the Theatre program's plays for the year: "The Stinky Cheese Man," "The Drowsy Chaperone" and "Server of Two Masters." Photo by Lizzie Chun.
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    improv troupe Photo by Lizzie Chun.
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    The cutting of the ribbon ended the ceremony. Photo by Amy Leung.
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    Palo Alto Partners in Education set up an information booth on the Quad. Photo by George Lu.
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    California State Senator Joe Simitian and past School Board President Dana Tom attended the ceremony. Photo by George Lu.
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    editors in chief of campy, voice, verde, viking and infocus (from left to right) Photo by George Lu.
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    Senior Rowan McEvoy leads a tour of the new Media Arts Center. Photo by Lizzie Chun.
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    Paly community members eat and watch student performances on the Quad. Photo by George Lu.
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    Palo Alto High School Principal Kim Diorio was first to speak at the ribbon cutting ceremony and welcomed the event's speakers. Photo by George Lu.
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    Wojcicki embraces Kandell after passing off the mic. According to Wojcicki, the person to thank the most for the MAC project is Kandell, who "worried about this building from every little detail." Photo by George Lu.
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    Paul Kandell, adviser of The Paly Voice and Verde Magazine, had a large part to play in the planning and designing of the MAC. "Thank you for shepherding the vision of your colleagues," PAUSD Board of Education President Barb Mitchell said to Kandell at the ceremony. Photo by Lizzie Chun.
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    Sport's Boosters Paly Spirit Wear sold Vikings merchandise at the dinner. Photo by Lizzie Chun.
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    Mitchell thanked a number of people for working on the MAC, including Wojcicki, Kandell and PAUSD bond program manager Bob Golton. Photo by George Lu.
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    Esther Wojcicki, adviser of The Campanile, started the journalism program at Paly with 19 students. The media arts program now consists of over 500 students. Photo by George Lu.
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    The Welcome-Back-to-School dinner began with the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Media Arts Center. Photo by George Lu.

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