Menlo Atherton High School

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Amidst deafening air horns, rambunctious cheers, and a blazing afternoon sun, Menlo-Atherton High School held its 65th graduation ceremony at 4:00 pm on Thursday, June 2, with 427 graduates participating.

Following the traditional M-A band and orchestra performance of Pomp and Circumstance, Olivia Luna, Bryce Rodgers, Olliver Pelayo, and Christopher Tinsley gave inspiring senior speeches.

Graduates turned their tassels as Principal Simone Kennel wished them a fond farewell. Families and friends rushed the field to congratulate the recent graduates.

M-A grads line up

Photos by Caraline Albro; Graduate Molly Kearnan hides behind her University of California, Berkeley-decorated graduation cap.

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Menlo Park Kiwanis Club awards $41,000 in scholarships to M-A graduating seniors

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Eight outstanding Menlo-Atherton High School seniors received scholarships at the Kiwanis Club’s annual scholarship luncheon, Tuesday, May 24th, at the Allied Arts Guild. This year’s scholarship awards totaled $41,000. More than $1 million has been awarded to local students during the lifetime of the Club’s scholarship program. “There are many deserving students at M-A,” said […]

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GoFundMe page created to support M-A parent outreach coordinator and her son

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Update on June 2 from Cindy Folkler: “The $10,000 goal to provide assistance to Lilly Quinonez and her son, Nacho was met (exceeded)! I wanted to let you know how very grateful Lilly and Nacho are for the outpouring of support they received from InMenlo readers and community members. They send heartfelt thanks to everyone […]

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M-A teacher, Menlo Park and Las Lomitas school districts – all honored with Kent Awards for outstanding programs

Emailed Carrie Du Bois, President of the San Mateo County School Boards Association: “This Monday evening (May 23) the San Mateo County School Boards Association will be holding our 36th annual Kent Awards Dinner…These awards honor outstanding educators and programs in San Mateo County.” Carrie had attached a list of the winners and we were delighted […]

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Former M-A science teacher Harry Wong now tours the world talking about being an effective teacher

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You’re a poor kid who grew up in San Francisco’s Chinatown, who heads first to Lowell High School and then on to Cal Berkeley with thoughts of going to medical school. Only there’s this little problem: you can’t stand the sight of blood. That’s what led much-remembered and beloved Menlo-Atherton High School biology teacher Harry Wong into […]

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Students in M-A Academy program rewarded for their 3.0 or higher grade point with bike trip in the City

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Editor’s note: We got this report from Menlo-Atherton High School teacher Chris Rubin, who heads the school’s Academy Program (explained in this 2012 post). “What a day! We traveled to San Francisco to celebrate our Academy students who had earned a 3.0 or above during the third quarter. We got a perfect day. Not only did […]

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10 teams gather at first Quiz Bowl tournament held at Hillview Middle School

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On Saturday, March 26, Hillview Middle School held its first Quiz Bowl tournament. Quiz Bowl is a game similar to the TV show Jeopardy, but with easier questions. Students compete at the middle school, high school and college level. Ten middle school teams came to Hillview from all over the Bay Area to spend the […]

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Academy mentor and M-A senior look to future after working together for three years

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Academy mentor Joanne Andrews and M-A senior Luis Acosta started working together three years ago and earlier this month met for one last time before Luis heads off to a four-year college, which was one of his goals. They both say they were a good match from the beginning. Joanne is a nurse professionally, and Luis […]

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M-A Girls Varsity Soccer win first ever CCS title

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The M-A girls soccer team won its first ever CCS title on Saturday night in a torrential downpour with winds nearing 30 mph. The Bears fell behind 0-2 in the first half when the #10 seeded Branham Bruins were attacking into the fierce wind. The Bears dominated the Bruins in the second half when it was […]

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M-A Foundation hosts annual fundraiser on March 12

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The Menlo-Atherton High School’s Foundation For the Future is hosting Rock n’ Roar 2016, an auction party on March 12, 2016, to raise funds to support vital programs at M-A. The Foundation’s goal is to provide a better educational experience for every M–A student by funding smaller class sizes, an expanded course offering, professional development […]

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Local Girl Scout recognized by San Mateo County Board of Supervisors for getting Pulse Point implemented

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Serafina Casey, a sophomore at Menlo Atherton High School and a member of Girl Scout Troop 33170, was recognized earlier this week at the San Mateo County Board of Supervisor’s meeting for her participation in getting Pulse Point implemented into the 911 emergency system. The PulsePoint mobile app alerts CPR-trained bystanders to someone nearby having […]

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