Faces of Atherton

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Cameron Bozdog, a senior at Menlo-Atherton High School, earned the highest possible ACT composite score of 36.

On average, less than one-tenth of 1 percent of students who take the ACT earn a top score. In the U.S. high graduating class of 2016, only 2,235 out of nearly 2.1 million graduates who take the ACT earned a composite score of 36.

The ACT consists of tests in English, mathematics, reading and science, each scored on a scale of 1.36. A student’s composite score is the average of the four test scores. Some students also take the optional ACT writing test, but the score for that test is reported separately and in not included within the ACT composite score.

In a letter to Cameron, ACT Chief Executive Officer Marten Roorda wrote: “Your achievement on the ACT is significant and rare. While test scores are just one of the multiple criteria that most colleges consider when making admission decisions, your exceptional ACT composite score should prove helpful as your pursue your education and career goals.

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Steve Westly focuses on clean technology while continuing to eye another run for elective office

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If you want to know what Atherton resident Steve Westly thinks about various issues of the day, his thoughts are easy to find online — both through his Menlo Park-based venture capital firm, which focuses on clean technology, and elsewhere. You can even hear him in person this coming Thursday, Sept. 28, at 7:30 pm […]

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Atherton resident Howard Slayen honored by Child Advocates of Silicon Valley

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At its 12th Annual Golf Classic earlier this month, Child Advocates of Silicon Valley honored Atherton resident and current Board Member Howard Slayen with the Walter “Skip” Shaw Inspiration Award for his philanthropic work in the community. For over a decade, Howard’s passion for helping foster youth, combined with his strong analytical skills, has provided […]

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Sonia Arrison explores the impact of radical human longevity – and its intersection with technology

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Reading Sonia Arrison’s bio on her website, we were a bit stumped. So, when we stopped by her office on Sand Hill Road, we immediately asked: “What is it that you do?” “I have trouble describing myself,” she acknowledged. “So sometimes it’s easiest to say I’m an author.” That she is, and her most recent book, 100 […]

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Atherton Fiber works to establish town-wide connectivity for residents and organizations

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In mid-2014, the Atherton City Council created the Technology Subcommittee led by Council Members Rick DeGolia and Bill Widmer. The make-up of the Committee also includes numerous interested residents and local school representatives. In late 2014, the Subcommittee released a Request for Information (RFI) to potential local service providers, including Google, AT&T and Comcast. The […]

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Teacher and active volunteer, Anne Flegel passes away at age 74

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Anne Hartwig Flegel, a former first-grade teacher at St. Joseph’s School in Atherton, an active member of Peninsula Volunteers, and a longtime Atherton resident, died June 26 at age 74. A memorial service is scheduled for 2:00 pm on Aug. 4 at Menlo Church (950 Santa Cruz Ave). Ms. Flegel suffered from dementia since 2011, and […]

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4th of July tribute to Col. Joe F. Cotton in his birth town of Rushville, Indiana

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Friends and family of Col. Joe F. Cotton, a longtime Atherton resident before his death in 2016, gathered in his birth town of Rushville, Indiana, yesterday to dedicate a bridge in his honor. Emails the Colonel’s daughter, Connie Jo Cotton: “There was a Cotton Alley for many years — we actually have the signs at [my […]

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Charlot Singleton honored for her work with alma mater, Lawrence University

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Atherton resident Charlot Singleton was honored June 17 by Lawrence University with an award at its annual alumni reunion celebration. A 1967 graduate of Lawrence, Singleton received the Gertrude Breithaupt Jupp Outstanding Service Award which recognizes exceptional contributions to the university. She has been a member of Lawrence’s Board of Trustees for the past eight […]

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M-A’s Pam Wimberly gets new accolades as she’s poised to begin her 50th teaching year

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When the Menlo-Atherton High School bell rings on August 16 for the beginning of the 2017-18 school year, physical education teacher Pam Wimberly will be there — just as she’s been for the past 50 years! She’ll be bringing with her yet another award. This Saturday, June 17, she is being inducted into the Hall […]

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Talking earthquake preparedness with Atherton’s Peter Carpenter

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Given his commitment to public service, it’s hard to find something long time Atherton resident Peter Carpenter hasn’t been involved with. But sitting in a corner of his living room on a recent afternoon we came upon a topic that both Peter and his interviewer believe needs more attention — earthquake preparedness. Last November this […]

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Sister Nancy Morris celebrates her 90th birthday surrounded by her multiple-generation “fan club”

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Editor’s note: On the occasion of her 90th birthday, Sister Nancy Morris, profiled on InMenlo in 2011, was feted today with a Mass followed by a luncheon on the Sacred Heart Prep campus. A presence at both Sacred Heart Schools and St. Raymond School, Sister Nancy is much beloved by multiple generations of children, teens and parents, whose […]

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