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The Paly Voice

The Palo Alto High School Class of 2024 prepares to graduate in Viking Stadium on Thursday in a ceremony accompanied 
by music and speeches. Senior Sid Senn spoke to the Class of 2024s work ethic. Either we let our hopes and dreams slide by or we grit our teeth and pull through, Senn said. For Palys Class of 2024, I know its often the latter.
ConGRADulations, Class of 2024
Ava Knapp and Kristine Lin May 30, 2024

“I am honored to say that by the State of California and the Palo Alto Unified School District, the Class of 2024 has completed the graduation...

Following three years as Student Activities Director, Palo Alto High School teacher Steven Gallagher is stepping down from the position and will be helping current dance teacher Alyssa Bond to step into the position. According to Gallagher, he enjoyed the collaborative aspect as well as seeing students grow throughout the process. “I really liked working with all students in this type of atmosphere as opposed to an academic atmosphere,” Gallagher said. “That was really rewarding, especially after Spirit Week, when a lot of the students were like ‘I dont know how were going to do this [plan Spirit Week],’ and then at the end, they end up doing it successfully.”
Student government director to step down
Sophia Yang and Kristine Lin May 29, 2024

After three years of directing Palo Alto High School’s student government, current Student Activities Director Steven Gallagher is stepping...

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.” (Photo: Kristine Lin)
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...

Llew Ladomirak dives into the pool for her Central Coast Section freestyle race on May 4. Ladomirak, a junior at Palo Alto High School, recently committed to New York University and competed at this years CCS. I won CCS individually in the 200 meter freestyle, Ladomirak said. I was so happy and proud of myself because last year I got 4th, so I really improved in that race. I was super nervous for CCS but we had such a fun team this year that it ended up being an awesome meet.
Champion swimmer commits to New York University
Motoko Iwata and Joy Tan May 29, 2024
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


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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...