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HHS participates in Great California Shakeout

By Thomas Denome

October 19, 2017


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Following the daily bulletin on Thursday, HHS participated in the Great California Shakeout, a worldwide earthquake drill that occurs yearly on Oct. 19. Dean Steven Puccinelli came on the loudspeaker to announce the drill. The annual shakeout takes place around the same date as the infamous 1989 ...

STEM fair offers beneficial information to students

By Gianella Ordonez

October 13, 2017


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The Silicon Valley STEM College and Career Fair took place this past weekend on Sunday. Many students and parents attended to learn about various colleges, programs and careers in STEM. Colleges and universities from across America and overseas were present to give more insight on their specific STEM programs for aspiring students ...

Low air quality forces students indoors

Low air quality forces students indoors

By Thomas Denome

October 12, 2017


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Smoke drifting over the San Francisco Bay from wildfires up in Napa and Sonoma counties caused a sharp drop in air quality around HHS on Wednesday. According to AIRNow, Air Quality Index (AQI) in the San Jose area reached “unhealthy” levels on Wednesday and Thursday. An announcement at approximately 9:21 a.m. o...

HHS holds annual lockdown drill

By Thomas Denome

October 10, 2017


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HHS’ annual “run, hide, defend” drill was held during fifth period on Tuesday. The drill lasted from approximately 1:15 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. Dean Steven Puccinelli said the drill was generally successful and the police were satisfied with the school’s lockdown procedures. While the police did recommend ...

Banned Book Week on Campus

Banned Book Week on Campus

By Tanner Leone

September 29, 2017


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The week of Sep. 24 is National Banned Book week according to the American Library Association. The objective of the week is to celebrate the reading of books which have been challenged both in the past, and in modern times. Most libraries celebrate this week by putting up large public displays. Howe...

The Life of a Mustang, on screen

The Life of a Mustang, on screen

By Lily Hartenstein

May 10, 2017


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Every year, the IDC representatives from every school in the district must each give a presentation to the Board of Trustees about the activities and events from the school year, according to HHS IDC Representative Johnny Kobori. Kobori said that usually, these presentations come in the form of a Powe...

Community, GS Warriors show support for Nuestro family

Community, GS Warriors show support for Nuestro family

By Shauli Bar-On and Rachel Hildebrand

May 10, 2017


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Sophomore Kimberly Nuestro passed away over the weekend from a medical condition, according to an email from principal Greg Giglio. Nuestro was wearing her favorite player, Stephen Curry’s number 30 as she was playing for her club basketball team, according to a Facebook post by Nuestro’s father Ramir. Although...

Bike repair station donated to campus

Bike repair station donated to campus

By Rachel Hildebrand

May 8, 2017


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A joint effort between community organization Walk-Bike Cupertino, the Rotary Club and administration has cumilinated in the purchase of a bike repair station available to students and community members likely before the end of the school year, founder and board member of Walk-Bike Cupertino Larry Dean said....

Food in the library a growing issue

Food in the library a growing issue

By Lily Hartenstein

May 2, 2017


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The HHS library is a place for studying, printing, reading and hanging out out with friends. It is not a place for eating lunch or any other food, as one of the rules of entering the location is that food is not allowed. However, ignoring this rule is not uncommon among library-going students, li...

SPECIAL EDITION: Class Elections 2017!

By Thomas Denome, Kira Garlick, Era Goel, Lily Hartenstein, Andrew Zhou

April 27, 2017


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The Epitaph reached out to every candidate that attended the class election informational meeting the week before election week. We invited every candidate for an interview with the paper. These are those who responded. Candidates are organized in alphabetical order. 2018 President: Jacob Jiao Running ...

Agents of Change, agenda of change

Agents of Change, agenda of change

By Andrew Zhou

April 20, 2017


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A As election season ends and new representatives are sworn into office, students around the 17th Congressional District continue to push for change. Such students include juniors Hasini Shyamsundar and Anisha Kollareddy from Monta Vista High School. They both co-founded an organization called Agent...

Former Epitaph adviser wins highest journalism honor

Former Epitaph adviser wins highest journalism honor

By Noor Baig and Shauli Bar-On

April 9, 2017


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The Journalism Education Association (JEA) posthumously awarded former Epitaph adviser Nick Ferentinos the Carl Towley award yesterday in the annual JEA spring convention. The award, the highest honor a journalism adviser qualifies for, was presented by current advisor Natalie Owsley and was recei...

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