The Paly Voice

Students reflect on in-person learning
Students reflect on in-person learning
Madison Abbassi and Emily Yun April 14, 2021
Starting this Tuesday, Palo Alto High School students will be given the opportunity to attend school on campus four times a week instead of being restricted to two. Palo Alto High School students who have been attending school in-person for weeks reflect on their experiences. Here is what they had to say:
Forced June AP exams scrapped, Paly offers all in May
April 7, 2021
After a late March registration shift that left students fearing June AP exams, Palo Alto High School Assistant Principal Jerry Berkson said in-person May AP exams will be an option for all students this semester who choose to take them then.
As part of the annual Career Speaker Series, students will have an opportunity to engage with women in the STEM field during the Women In STEM panel 4 p.m. Tuesday. According to panelist Darcy Huston, was about educating women on the possibilities waiting for them in the STEM field. "What I want them to see is [that] women can succeed in technical roles," Huston said. "I want to be able to give back to young women and say [that] this is an excellent field [and] there
Career Speaker Series to host Women in STEM Panel
March 29, 2021
In an attempt to demonstrate different aspects of a STEM career to women, Palo Alto High School’s annual Career Speaker Series will be hosting a Women In STEM Panel at 4 p.m. Tuesday.
Seniors eat lunch on the senior deck at Palo Alto High School after students returned to school for the first time this school year. Students will now be allowed to leave campus for lunch and prep periods after Santa Clara County entered the orange tier following the continued decrease in COVID-19 cases. Photo: Daniel Garepis-Holland
Move to orange tier means open campus, increased indoor capacity
March 24, 2021
County officials announced Tuesday that Santa Clara County could move to the orange tier, meaning students may now leave campus for lunch and attend a multitude of indoor and outdoor entertainment venues.
Students prize social interaction from in-person return
Students prize social interaction from in-person return
March 24, 2021
After nearly one year of distance learning, students returning to in-person instruction have mixed feelings about potential benefits overall, though they largely agree on the improved social interaction. “Zooming from school was actually not that much different than online, but I found it a little strange,” sophomore Owen Kuwayti stated in a message to The Paly Voice.
Faculty relieved at vaccination progress
Podcast: Choir students discuss highs and lows of virtual learning

Podcast: Choir students discuss highs and lows of virtual learning

March 29, 2021

In this episode of Voice Asks Paly, Daniel, Emily, and Arohi sit down with members of the various choir groups at Palo Alto High School to discuss the shift to virtual learning and their plans for the future.

Local businesses speak about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic

Local businesses speak about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic

March 21, 2021

During this year of economic hardship and general upheaval for many local businesses, restaurant owners are eager to receive governmental assistance.

Behind the Scenes of Much Ado About Nothing

Behind the Scenes of Much Ado About Nothing

March 21, 2021

For the past few weeks, Palo Alto High School's theatre students have been preparing for their performance of Much Ado About Nothing through both virtual and in-person ways. Learn more about the behind the scenes in the video below.

“Wall of Rejection” goes virtual

“Wall of Rejection” goes virtual

March 9, 2021

In the 2020 application cycle, 45,227 students applied to Stanford. As for Harvard, 40,248 applied. And a staggering 108,837 applied to UCLA. In every one of these top universities, however, the acceptance rate remains well under 15%. With these figures in mind, no matter how much college applicants pour witty, heartfelt writing into their essays or how many extracurriculars they pack into their resumes, many students are understandably devastated upon receiving a college rejection letter from the school of their dreams. 

Students reflect on in-person learning
Faculty relieved at vaccination progress

Faculty relieved at vaccination progress

March 30, 2021

As COVID-19 vaccination rates continue to increase for Palo Alto High School staff, many are expressing relief at a safer on-campus environment.

Podcast: Choir students discuss highs and lows of virtual learning

Podcast: Choir students discuss highs and lows of virtual learning

March 29, 2021

In this episode of Voice Asks Paly, Daniel, Emily, and Arohi sit down with members of the various choir groups at Palo Alto High School to discuss the shift to virtual learning and their plans for the future.

Recruitment in a pandemic: athletes’ perspective on college sports recruitment

Recruitment in a pandemic: athletes’ perspective on college sports recruitment

March 26, 2021

Filming practices, zooming coaches nationwide and missing crucial in-person playing time at high visibility tournaments are a few of the many shifts that Palo Alto High School athletes have experienced in light of the COVID-19 pandemic foundering the college recruiting season.

Opinion: How to get the remaining 50% onto campus — persistent testing
Column: First is the worst — why we should delay reopening

Column: First is the worst — why we should delay reopening

March 3, 2021

Imagine this scenario: After almost a year of staying essentially quarantined, you come back to school in-person, meeting other students and teachers for the first time in months. At school, you are expected to trust that other students and teachers likewise have practiced safe social distancing, and expect them to continue minimizing their exposure to the virus. An unhealthy percentage of them do not, and a week later, you feel a boiling anger as you realize that you tested positive for COVID-19 and that you may have infected your family.

Choirs to perform 18th annual Madrigal Feaste
Preview: City-wide virtual open mic night Saturday

Preview: City-wide virtual open mic night Saturday

November 20, 2020

Palo Alto high school students can win raffle prizes and watch their peers perform during a city-wide virtual open mic night hosted by five Palo Alto student-led organizations at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

First-generation Indian-American teens take center stage in ‘Never Have I Ever’

First-generation Indian-American teens take center stage in ‘Never Have I Ever’

April 30, 2020

Her dad died dramatically at her concert, her legs were paralyzed for a year, but all Devi Vishwakumar (Maitreyi Ramakrishnan) can think of is snagging the hottest boy in school. On top of that, tennis legend John McEnroe narrates Vishwakumar’s whole adventure. And a cameo from Adam Samberg!

‘Tartuffe’ continues despite COVID-19 concerns

‘Tartuffe’ continues despite COVID-19 concerns

March 13, 2020

The Palo Alto High School Theatre Program will carry on with its first showing of Tartuffe with an audience limit of 100 people on March 14, despite Palo Alto Unified School District’s cancellation and postponement of various school events.