Menlo Atherton High School

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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. Twice a year, the PTA grants money to teachers and staff through its Mini-Grants program. Areas of support include clubs, leadership, academic enrichment, and equipment. The latest round of funding included new classroom technology, a special prom for students with severe disabilities, and materials for the Intercambio Language Exchange.

Photo by Irene Searles

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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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Seniors on the M-A Girls’ Basketball team reflect on the terrific season just ended

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By making it to the CCS Championship game, the Menlo-Atherton Bears Girls’ basketball team was one of 32 teams selected for the State Championship Tournament. M-A drew the 11th seed in the Northern Division and traveled to 6th seed, James Logan, last week, ending their great season with a loss, 51-48. The team bids farewell to […]

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Girl Scout Fun Run made its debut today at Fleet Feet in Menlo Park

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The first Girl Scout Fun Run took off from Fleet Feet in Menlo Park this morning with many participants sporting green. Fleet Feet co-owner Lisa Taggart gave us a heads up: “It’s a 2-mile run for Girl Scouts, their families, and supporters in the community, all followed by Girl Scout cookies and other treats at the […]

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M-A students design original origami crane dresses for this year’s fashion show

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When nearly 200 seniors take the stage March 21 in Menlo-Atherton High School’s annual fashion show, they will be outnumbered by thousands of cranes. Thousands of colorful multi-size origami cranes, to be precise, artfully designed into two show-stopping black floor-length gowns. “On the M-A announcements this year, they said the fashion show was offering a […]

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M-A Girls Basketball team faces North Salinas in championship game tonight

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Update: M-A lost to North Salinas 53-60. The team automatically qualifies for the NorCal tournament; the first game will be Wednesday, time and location TBD. The #2 seed Menlo-Atherton Varsity Girls Basketball team is playing #1 seed North Salinas for the CCS Division I Championship tonight (Saturday, March 7) at 6:00 pm at Santa Clara University. A victory […]

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Bye Bye Birdie is Menlo-Atherton High School’s winter production and this Conrad Birdie has some fun twists

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People of a certain age know all about the inspiration for Conrad Birdie, the hip-thrusting rock and roll superstar who gets drafted into the Army in the musical Bye Bye Birdie, which debuted on Broadway in 1960 and won a Tony Award for best musical in 1961. It was, of course, Elvis Presley, which leads us […]

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Stedman Graham visits Menlo-Atherton High School

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Bestselling author, educator and entrepreneur Stedman Graham kicked off his day at Menlo-Atherton High School this morning with an inspiring interactive session for staff and community members at the school’s Performing Arts Center. He returned later, along with Justin Tuck and Caroline Jones, to present their mission to the students. Graham is a part of the Sonima […]

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M-A senior Andre Benz creates YouTube channel featuring Trap music

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Rather than merely enjoying music in his spare time, Menlo-Atherton High School senior Andre Benz has chosen to pursue his passion, leading him to create a now-trending YouTube channel. In 2012, his channel, Trap Nation, made its debut, and has since accrued nearly 800,000 subscribers. “In middle school, I was pretty antisocial, so I played a […]

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M-A Bears play for Girls Varsity Basketball PAL championship title tonight

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Editor’s note: The M-A girls won tonight 54-42. For the first time since 2008, the Menlo-Atherton Varsity Girls basketball team will be playing tonight for the Peninsula Athletic League (PAL) championship title. Game time is scheduled for 6:00 pm on February 21 at Mills High School in Millbrae. The M-A Bears took the PAL South […]

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M-A Co-Prinicipal Simone Kennel draws on her experience growing up in South Africa

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When she was nine, Simone Kennel and her family waved goodbye to a life many of us could never imagine — living under Apartheid. Though she’s spent the majority of her life in the United States, her original experiences in South Africa have remained an integral part of who she is and how she works. The […]

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