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Menlo-Atherton High School grad Alan Propp, who’s finishing up his second year at Stanford, is headed to Ghana this summer to work with the Kaeme Foundation in partnership with the Ghanian Department of Social Welfare. There he’ll be interviewing children who are housed in orphanages, even though in some cases they have families.

“The goal is to get them reunited more quickly,” he explained. “We’ll be visiting a different orphanage each week.”

This isn’t Alan’s first experience working with children. While at M-A, he was involved with the Ravenswood schools mentoring program. While at Stanford he’s volunteered at Camp Kesem and with Kids With Dreams.

“Camp Kesem is a camp for children whose parents have cancer,” he said. “It was only one week but it was one of the most incredible experiences I’ve had. I’m doing it again this summer, too.”

Given his interest in working with children and discovering that his major is human biology, we guessed he might be on the path to becoming a pediatrician. We presumed wrong: Alan is interested in pursuing a career in environmental science, focusing on South America.

“I could have majored in earth sciences,” he said, “but human biology  is very inter-disciplinary. You end up learning about a lot of things. It’s a general enough major that I can pick and choose what I want to take.”

In preparation for the Ghana trip, the group that’s going met once a week this past quarter. They learned about what their volunteer roles will be and how to speak Twi, which Alan conceded he’s not very good at.

Whatever his ultimate career path, Alan is first to admit his enthusiasm for working with kids. “I keep getting drawn back into working with kids because I really love it.”

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Photo by Irene Searles

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Visiting with the three Peninsula College Fund scholarship recipients who are M-A grads

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This year the Peninsula College Fund, founded by Menlo Park resident Charles Schmuck, awarded scholarships to 20 high school students. The non-profit organization focuses on helping low-income, first-generation college students attend and finish college by providing four-year scholarships, one-to-one adult mentors, college and career success training, and summer internship placements and stipends. An award ceremony, open to the public, will be held […]

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M-A Alumni Association awards scholarships to two college-bound seniors

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The Menlo-Atherton High School Alumni Association recently announced the recipients of this year’s scholarship awards. The committee screened over 35 applicants and narrowed the choices down to three finalists who were interviewed. The two recipients this year are Coral Brady (right top) of Menlo Park, who will be attending UC Santa Cruz next year and plans on taking courses that […]

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M-A awarded Peninsula Athletic League Commissioner’s Cup for 6th year in a row

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30 M-A grads will pursue athletics at college

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The Menlo-Atherton High School Class of 2014 includes 30 grads who will pursue athletics at the college level. (Note: some are missing from the photo.) Water Polo Jessica Heilman (Brown), Evan McLellan (Davis), Sammy Henze (Notre Dame), Sierra Sheeper (Cal Poly) Crew Katie Kelly (Cal), Salm Calvert (UCSD), Will Carhart (USD) Everett Moiseff (UCSD) Edward […]

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Twelve M-A students receive Student Service Awards

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Twelve students received Principal’s Student Service Awards at Menlo Atherton High School PTA’s May 27th meeting. Each year, the PTA and Principal Matt Zito present these awards to 9th through 11th grade students who have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to volunteer service in the Menlo-Atherton or greater community. Criteria for selecting recipients includes social value […]

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Great Frame Up in downtown Menlo Park hosts M-A student art show

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The Great Frame Up store on Santa Cruz Avenue in Menlo Park, is hosting the Menlo-Atherton High School Creative Self-Expressions Art Contest. The students in the Drawing and Painting, Photography, and Ceramics classes at the high school submitted their work from the year. The teachers of the classes chose a few to be featured in the […]

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M-A Big Bear Run takes place on Sunday, May 4 – fundraiser for school athletics

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The 9th annual  Big Bear Run is set for Sunday, May 4. Proceeds from the race support Menlo-Atherton High School’s 50-plus sports teams. Professionally timed, the 5K run begins at the M-A gym lot on Ringwood and weaves through flat Lindenwood, ending with a track finish on Coach Parks Field. Medals are awarded for all […]

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Classic car auto show at M-A today through 2:00 pm – and it’s free!

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We stopped by the Menlo-Atherton High School campus this morning where the America’s Pastime Car Show is running today through 2:00 pm. Admission is free. A fundraiser for the school’s baseball team (the frosh-soph team is pictured below), there’s a raffle and BBQ lunch as well as the chance to see some great classic automobiles, hot […]

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Spotted: Purdue Glee Club performing at Menlo-Atherton High School

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A number of Menlo-Atherton High School students were lucky enough to witness a special performance from the Purdue Glee Club, held in M-A’s Performing Arts Center on March 19. Small talk was quick to fade as the students settled into their seats.. The singers ran down the aisles and spread themselves out all over the […]

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Seussical the Musical brings Dr. Seuss characters to life in Menlo-Atherton High School production

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Menlo-Atherton High School sophomore Lucy Hall (pictured above) was one busy person when we stopped at the Performing Arts Center during a recent rehearsal of Seussical the Musical, the Drama Department’s spring production, which will premiere Friday, Feb. 28. Although she’s been involved in theater since she was in first grade, it was as an actor […]

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