Menlo Atherton High School

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Nine students received Student Service Awards at Menlo Atherton High School’s PTA meeting on May 26th. M-A’s new Principal Simone Kennel (pictured right) presented the awards.

Each year, the PTA and the Principal present awards to students who demonstrate an exceptional commitment to volunteer service in the Menlo-Atherton or greater community. Criteria for selecting recipients includes social value to the community, leadership in service, personal determination, creativity and initiative, scope of responsibility and time given, and dependability and enthusiasm.

This year’s winners did an impressive array of volunteer work. One student founded a new Spanish and English language lunch club at M-A. This club not only helps students practice new language skills, it also promotes a sense of community. Another student hand made over 400 wooden cars that were distributed to children in need as a part of M-A’s annual November food distribution. Several students volunteered extensively with local veterans. Award winners include Emily Addicott, Molly Baxter, Sally Carlson, Julia Geaghan-Breiner, Jackson Goudey (not pictured), Madeline Heller, Colin Hug, Lauren McLaughin, and Jordan Payne.

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Menlo Park Kiwanis awards scholarships to five Menlo-Atherton High School students

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Three of five Menlo Atherton High School seniors received scholarships at the Kiwanis Club’s annual scholarship luncheon, Tuesday, May 12, at Allied Arts Guild. The other two seniors missed the luncheon because of tests and will receive their awards at next week’s luncheon. This year’s MA scholarship awards totaled $23,500. “Scholarship awards are based on […]

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10th annual M-A Big Bear Run attracts almost 1,000 participants

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On Sunday, May 3,  938 registered runners participated in Menlo-Atherton High School’s 10th annual Big Bear run, including the first international runner, a young lady who was visiting San Francisco from Mexico. The  5K race serves as a key fundraiser for M-A’s athletic programs. The “Fastest Bears” — the fastest boy and girl M-A students — were Kevin Conrad, with a time […]

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M-A grad Adrienne McDonnell is author of novel, The Doctor and the Diva

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After one of her family’s frequent moves, Adrienne McDonnell, whose novel The Doctor and the Diva was published in 2011, arrived at Menlo-Atherton High School as a freshman. She already knew one thing: She wanted to be a writer, an aspiration she’d had since first putting pencil to paper in early grade school. “My father worked for Time Life,” […]

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Co-prinicpal Simone Kennel appointed sole principal at Menlo-Atherton High School

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Simone Kennel, Kennel, who has been working at M-A since 2002, will be taking over as the sole principal at the high school on July 1st. Karl Losekoot, M-A’s Administrative Vice Principal, comments that “she is very well deserving. M-A will be very lucky and fortunate to have her”. Furthermore, he recognizes that the selection […]

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Classic Color and Cars at the M-A Classic Car Show

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I stopped by the Classic Car Show held Saturday at Menlo-Atherton High School, an annual benefit event for the high school’s baseball teams. Lots of beautiful old cars (and drivers!) in attendance again this year. I snapped a handful of photos while taking a walk through the display – shooting with my Fujifilm X100T rangefinder camera […]

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M-A hosts car show fundraiser for baseball team on April 18

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This weekend Menlo-Atherton High School will be hosting the Pastimes Classic Car show, a fundraiser for the baseball team, from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm, which is free to attendees. Last year we interviewed M-A baseball coach Mike Amoroso, who provided some background about the show and some of the school’s baseball memorabilia. Photo from 2014 […]

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M-A freshman Jerry Liu’s composition recognized in Reflections themed art competition

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A grand piano fills up much of the living room at Jerry Liu’s home. That’s not surprising, given that the Menlo-Atherton High School freshman has been studying piano since he was eight years old. What surprised us was that his award-winning composition in the PTA-sponsored Reflections arts competition is written for stringed instruments — a […]

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As M-A Dance Team show nears, four seniors look back on their four years

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One of the spring entertainment treats is the annual Menlo-Atherton High School Dance Team Show and Fundraiser, which will happen this year on April 4 and take place in the M-A Performing Arts Center at 6:00 pm (doors open at 5:30 pm). Coached by Nona Ybarra and Kate Lynn Roberts, the Team will display its abilities in […]

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Origami crane dresses are one highlight of successful M-A fashion show

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Menlo=Atherton High School seniors Katrina Wijaya and Misato Muraoka (profiled earlier this month) not only took part in this year’s fashion show but they modeled the dresses they designed using origami cranes. The fashion show, chaired this year by Karen Fryling, Michelle Culhane, Nancy Kessler and Mary Fischer, is the PTA’s biggest fundraiser of the year. […]

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M-A fashion show spotlights student talent on stage and behind the scenes

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When Mary Fischer took the job as creative co-chair for Menlo-Atherton High School’s annual fashion show, she was told by her fellow co-chairs Michele Culhane, Karen Fryling and Nancy Kessler that everything creative in the show would be up to her. She recalls thinking, “‘Well, this is a fashion show to raise money for the school, so […]

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