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The Paly Voice

The Student News Site of Palo Alto High School

The Paly Voice

The Palo Alto Fire Department arrives on scene due to fire alarms going off in the Palo Alto High School Performing Arts Center at 4:45 this afternoon. Eric Holm, Palo Alto Unified School District facilities director, said that the issue was due to smoke in the basement. A motor on a pump was smoking, and we are still investigating the cause of that, Holm said.
Smoke delays choir concert, fire department arrives
Ava Knapp, News Editor • May 21, 2024

The Palo Alto Fire Department addressed a smoking motor that caused the fire alarm to go off at the Palo Alto High School Performing Arts Center,...

Biology teacher and event organizer Elizabeth Brimhall walks behind a participant in last year’s Mind Matters 5k, an event intended to raise mental health awareness. According to Brimhall, she was motivated to create the event after seeing the positive reaction to the Palo Alto Educators’ Association’s overnight walk many years prior. “I had this idea many years ago during the time of the suicide cluster, Brimhall said. A group of us from the Palo Alto Educators Association did something for the overnight walk for suicide prevention. After that walk happened, I went, ‘We should be doing something like this in our community.’ Finally, last year we were able to try to do something in a small way similar to that that tries to raise awareness.”
Mind Matters 5K to raise mental health awareness
Anna Feng and Sophia Yang May 18, 2024

With colorful posters and interactive activities, the Palo Alto community will have the chance to raise mental health awareness through a community...

Palo Alto High School Dance Team members rehearse their new contemporary routine for the Spring Dance Show. The annual show will take place 7 p.m. on Friday in the Performing Arts Center. According to senior captain Rachel Ho, she was able to choreograph her own dance to finish off her time on the team. “I have my own piece that Im doing so Im really excited,” Ho said. “Its gonna be my last piece that I’m choreographing for this team, so Im sad because it’s going to be the end of an era, but it’s also going to be really fun.”
Preview: Spring dance show to close out the year
Sophia Yang and Anna Feng May 16, 2024

Featuring a wide range of student-created pieces — from hip-hop and jazz to contemporary and lyrical — the Palo Alto High School Dance Team...

Student encampments protesting for the divestment of funds at the University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley). The banner spread across the building calls for a Free Palestine Encampment until UC Divests. Glory to the Martyrs, Victory to the Resistance! The second banner hung below outlines the protest demands: 1. End the Silence, 2. Financial Divestment, 3. Academic Boycott, and 4. Stop the Repression.
College protests, encampments through the eyes of Paly alumni
Celina Lee, Editor-in-Chief • May 10, 2024

Editor’s Note: Names and faces have been redacted and blurred as per request to preserve anonymity. College campuses nationwide are...

Police prepare for the arrival of President Joe Biden with tents and barricades around former Google and Yahoo executive Marissa Mayers house. According to Palo Alto High School Principal Brent Kline, students will be barred from leaving campus to go to lunch at Town and Country Village shopping center because of protestors marching in response to how Biden is addressing the Israel and Gaza conflict.
Protests over Biden visit, campus closed for lunch
Ava Knapp, News Editor • May 10, 2024

Palo Alto High School anticipates a protest at Town and Country Village shopping center starting at noon today in connection with to the arrival...

Senior actor Lucianna Peralta serves dinner during a rehearsal of Dinners and Sinners, directed by seniors Eloise Dumas and Abigail Friedland. The play is one of six One Acts, student-only led productions that will be performed Thursday through Saturday at 7 p.m. According to actor Lily Jeffrey, a junior, the best part about “One Acts” is that she gets to work with her friends. I have always loved my [current] directors as actors and as friends, so it is super fun to work with them,” Jeffrey said. “They are really great at directing and are super flexible, so overall my experience has been that they are great to work with.
Preview: “One Acts” returns for student-led theater
Ketan Altekar-Okazaki, Senior Staff Writer • May 8, 2024

Theater students will perform and direct their own plays in the “One Acts” performance put together by Paly Theatre at 7 p.m. from Thursday...

Junior William Hickey throws his fastball in a regular season game. According to Hickey, the excitment going into todays game is something he hasnt felt before. Its kind of a nervous feeling, Hickey said. But in the best way possible.
Preview: Varsity Baseball to Play in CCS Semifinal
Shreyas Shashi, Reporter • May 22, 2024
Golf star commits to UC Berkeley
Golf star commits to UC Berkeley
Ketan Altekar-Okazaki and Maxwell Zhang May 22, 2024
Paly football fans cheer during the Central Coast Section football championship on Nov. 25, 2023. Paly beat Mountain View 34-33. (Photo: Tyler Wong)
Preview: Paly Athletics and Paly Quarterback Club to host golf fundraiser
Joseph Kessler, Reporter • May 20, 2024


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The Churchill parking lot is often full during the school day. Student drivers who park in the Churchill lot run the risk of their cars getting hit by fly balls from the adjacent baseball diamond. (Photo: Joseph Kessler)
Opinion: Paly needs improvement when it comes to student parking
Joseph Kessler, Reporter • May 14, 2024

As I walked to my car after a stressful day of classes, I felt a pit in my stomach when I noticed the tell-tale white slip tucked underneath...

The New York Times games page has ten new puzzles for players each day.
New York Times games: Worth playing for students?
Carissa Tsui and Motoko Iwata April 21, 2024

With the recent addition of "Strands" on March 4, the New York Times now hosts 10 games on its website with new rounds of each game available...

Review: Mochiko Mochi Pizza explores fusion flavors
Review: Mochiko Mochi Pizza explores fusion flavors
Allison Ma and Veronica Qiu April 24, 2024

The delicate allure of Asian flavors that intertwine with the comforting familiarity of European cuisine at Mochiko Mochi Pizza is like no other,...

Avatar Aang (Gordon Cormier), Katara (Kiawentiio), and Sokka (Ian Ousley) looks in horror as a army of fire nation soldiers approaches them.
'Avatar The Last Airbender': The Avatar returns
Alex Chang and Joy Tan March 27, 2024

Water. Earth. Fire. Air. Long ago these four nations lived in harmony — but everything changed when Netflix’s latest live-action remake of...

The Paly Voice reviews 96th Academy Awards Best Picture nominees
The Paly Voice reviews 96th Academy Awards Best Picture nominees
Anna Feng, Senior Staff Writer • March 13, 2024

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences hosted the 96th Academy Awards (informally known as the Oscars) this past weekend. Here is The...

Leonard Bernstein (Bradley Cooper) and Felicia Montealegre (Carey Mulligan) participate in a television interview after his successful debut performance led him to fame. Netflixs new biographical movie Maestro focuses on the relationship between the two, capturing Bernsteins various musical talents and career aspirations that lead him in different directions throughout his life. (Photo: Jason McDonald/Netflix)
'Maestro': Bernstein's complexities artfully unveiled
Veronica Qiu, News Editor, Webmaster • March 13, 2024

"A work of art does not answer questions, it provokes them; and its essential meaning is in the tension between the contradictory...