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Glance into the daily life of a polyglot

Glance into the daily life of a polyglot

by Gloria Zhang, Aquila Asst. Features Editor

January 3, 2018


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It was 7th grade pre-algebra, where the current topic was basic sequencing with multiplications. One by one, from left to right, the teacher asked each student for the next answer. As my turn drew nearer, I formulated the answer in my head: 65. It was two digits in no particular language, at least t...

10 classic holiday movies to watch over break

10 classic holiday movies to watch over break

by Helen Yang, Aquila Asst. STEM Editor

December 10, 2017


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Trying to unwind and get into the holiday spirit? Just grab a hot chocolate, curl up in some blankets and choose a Christmas classic to watch with your family. Whether you’ve never seen them before or if you’re watching for the twentieth time, here are 10 classic holiday movies to enjoy over break. ...

Secret Santa or Santa Claus?

Secret Santa or Santa Claus?

by Varsha Rammohan, Reporter

December 6, 2017


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Bright lights adorn the ceiling in Main, teachers put up trees in their classrooms and students flock to Manzanita for a cup of hot cocoa. Students bring out their fuzzy jackets and boots, Christmas music plays nonstop on every radio station and the weather becomes cooler and cooler. As the excited buzz...

So you want to be a ballroom dancer?

So you want to be a ballroom dancer?

by Farah Hosseini, Reporter

November 16, 2017


Filed under Features, Lifestyle, Winged Post

While training in California, professional ballroom dancer Andrea Faraci found himself in need of a dance partner and finally got a response after reaching out to his teachers back in Italy. The wife of one of his coaches came into contact with Iveta Faraci, who lived in Lithuania at the time and wa...

Annual “Turkey Trot” promotes spirit of giving

Annual “Turkey Trot” promotes spirit of giving

by Jin Tuan and Varsha Rammohan

November 16, 2017


Filed under Features, Lifestyle, Winged Post

Dressed in iconic Turkey Trot shirts, a mass of runners crowd the starting line, rub their palms together and prepare to run in the chilly hours of Thanksgiving morning. The annual Applied Materials Silicon Valley Turkey Trot will occur on Nov. 23 in downtown San Jose; a “Turkey Trot” is a race t...

English teacher flaunts colorful, unique style

English teacher flaunts colorful, unique style

by Tiffany Wong, Aquila News Editor

November 16, 2017


Filed under Features, Lifestyle, Winged Post

With his color-coordinated dress shirts, endless drawer of patterned socks and rainbow of Apple Watch wristbands, English teacher Ohad Paran takes on every day in style. Whether he’s sporting his signature red Red Wing boots—only ever acceptably paired with his red, blue and black checkered sh...

Bella Saratoga: A harmony of history and the heart of Italy

Bella Saratoga: A harmony of history and the heart of Italy

by Gloria Zhang, Asst. Features Editor

November 7, 2017


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Sporadic roars of motorcycle engines hammering their ways up Big Basin Way interrupts the otherwise serene atmosphere of downtown Saratoga on a quieter Sunday evening. The pairing of modern bikes and late 19th century buildings seems peculiar, and even unfitting, but the sound of vehicles is regular...

Students plan for Halloween festivities

Students plan for Halloween festivities

by Vivian Jin, Reporter

October 26, 2017


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As the end of October draws nearer and nearer, Halloween excitement fills the fall air. Plastic witches, cloth ghosts and tinsel arachnids begin to appear on front lawns of neighborhoods. Spiders nest in the cobwebs that bedeck the Main hallway, eerie eyes peer out from classroom doors and pumpkins and...

Southwest Cafe Rio Adobe: Family-style Mexican dining

Southwest Cafe Rio Adobe: Family-style Mexican dining

by Kaidi Dai, Reporter

October 17, 2017


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There’s nothing quite like the flavor of Mexican food, where vegetables and meat complement each other, where sour and savory blend in perfect satisfaction. Southwest cafe Rio Adobe is renowned for a variety of dishes that contain that classic, Mexican taste, thanks to the use of fresh ingredients...

Fall TV shows premiere

Fall TV shows premiere

by Zoe Sanders, Reporter

October 13, 2017


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Jane the Virgin Release Date: Oct. 13 Network: The CW Season: Season 4 In season 4 of “Jane the Virgin,” main character Jane is expected to go through a rebirth and learn how to express herself. Not only will she most-likely explore both new and old relationships, she will also discover her inner self as a woman. Written...

So you want to be a floral designer?

So you want to be a floral designer?

by Gloria Zhang and Sara Yen

October 12, 2017


Filed under Features, Lifestyle, Winged Post

Kiana Underwood’s favorite flowers are ranunculuses and gardenias. Ranunculus’s organic movements and colors embodies her style as a nature-inspired floral designer. Unlike many florists or floral designers, she often uses fruit, such as apples and tomatoes, to accentuate texture. Born and raised in I...

Review: The best boba buys

Review: The best boba buys

by Derek Yen and Aditya Roy

October 12, 2017


Filed under Features, Lifestyle, Winged Post

Students in the Bay Area live within a Renaissance of boba, that modern Taiwanese take on traditional tea. In “boba tea,” a black tea is mixed with milk, sweetened and served with toppings to give the drink an unusual texture, whether it is the eponymous chewy “boba,” spheres of gelatinized cassava,...

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