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Danielle McNair

Danielle McNair, Staff Writer

Class of 2021.

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Senior wide receiver and defensive back Chris d’Alencon after catching a pass from junior quarterback Sergio Beltran. Photo courtesy of Pam Tso McKenney.

At Valpo Bowl, 21 Seniors Allowed at Football Game for First Time in Over a Year

April 29, 2021

The Menlo School Knights (4-1) faced off against the Sacred Heart Prep Gators (5-1) in the annual Valpo Bowl rivalry football game on Saturday, April 17....

Menlo alumin Lauren Hamilton (‘19), Kyra Petre (‘20), Charlotte Tomkinson (‘20), Michelle Louie (‘20) and Alexandra Chan (‘19) smile for the camera after winning the 2019 Girls CCS Track Championships. Photo courtesy of Jorge Chen.

Track and Cross Country Coach Jorge Chen Recalls Most Memorable Moments

April 22, 2021

Varsity boys and girls track and cross country coach Jorge Chen is currently in his 19th season at Menlo. In that time, Chen has led cross country to win...

Junior Max Saito flies through the air on his skis. “I go pretty big; I’ve jumped off 50 foot cliffs.” Photo courtesy of Max Saito.

Top Picks From Print: Some Sports Have No Varsity Season

March 20, 2021

The Menlo Athletics Department is made up of 18 varsity girls and boys teams, yet some athletes in the school community take it one step further than the...

Menlo tennis coach Bill Shine coaches members of the varsity girls tennis team in between matches at the Stanford Invitational in 2019. Photo courtesy of Leon Yao.

Tennis Coach Bill Shine Takes a Trip Down Memory Lane

February 13, 2021

Varsity boys and girls tennis coach Bill Shine began coaching the Menlo tennis programs in 1996. Since then, Shine has led the Knights to 25 Central Coast...

Seniors Alex Wang, Luke Yuen and Claire Ehrig greet each other on the quad during the Blue hybrid learning cohort's first week back on campus. Photo courtesy of Cyrus Lowe.

Seniors Reflect on Unexpected Last Year of High School

February 9, 2021

After spending only two and a half years on the Menlo campus, many members of the senior class feared their final year would end virtually. Though many...

Menlo students and teachers sit socially distanced during the first round of hybrid learning in November 2020, with some students present in the classroom and some on Zoom for the lecture. Photo courtesy of Pete Zivkov.

Students and Teachers Have Messages for One Another During Distance Learning

January 14, 2021

From Teachers: What I Wish My Students Knew… During the first semester, distance learning significantly hindered the interpersonal relationships often...

Menlo's student-let Climate Coalition has worked on four major projects this semester. Creative Commons photo: Katie Rodriguez on Unsplash.

Menlo’s Climate Coalition Reflects on First Semester Projects

December 12, 2020

Menlo’s Climate Coalition, led by senior Alix Borton, developed a series of projects over the first semester aimed at creating a more sustainable environment....

Senior members of Menlo's Climate Coalition, Gabby Kogler, Colin Skinner and Alix Borton, take a tour of the newly installed Tesla solar panels located on roof of the Athletic Center. Photo courtesy of Pete Zivkov.

Menlo Installs Tesla Solar Panels on Three Buildings

December 1, 2020

Tesla Energy recently installed solar panels on the roofs of the Creative Arts and Design Center (CADC), the Spieker Center for the Performing Arts (SCPA)...

The Menlo Wellness program provides educational sessions for student athletes, families and other Menlo community members about physical and mental health. Staff photo: Danielle McNair.

New Menlo Program Focuses on Athlete Wellness

November 4, 2020

Head Athletic Trainer Aubrey Fennell and Assistant Athletic Trainer Stephanie Swan worked with Director of Sports Performance and Wellness Jesse Lindenstein,...

Construction on the new Spieker Center for the Performing Arts has finally finished. With the new building, Menlo drama and dance programs will have more space, resources and opportunities. Staff photo: Sylvie Venuto.

Menlo Creative Arts Members Anticipate Spieker Center for the Arts with Optimism and Excitement

October 30, 2020

Construction on the new Spieker Center for Performing Arts (SCPA) is wrapping up, and the Spieker Center Ribbon Cutting and Gala is set to take place on...

Cooking club meets via Zoom. Freshmen Makenna Olson and Lucia Aguilar decided to start cooking club as a way to connect with other students during virtual learning through a shared interest. Photo courtesy of Makenna Olson.

Virtual Cooking Club Emerges Amid Shelter-in-Place

October 13, 2020

Clubs at Menlo are meeting on Zoom this year amid virtual learning. For many conversation-based clubs, meeting virtually is a seemingly smooth transition...

Senior Sadie Stinson and her freshmen mentorship group meet over Zoom to discuss the start of the school year. Staff photo: Sadie Stinson.

Revamped Menlo Mentorship Program Builds Community Amid Distance Learning

September 16, 2020

Dean of Freshman Transition Cindy Lapolla and  Freshman Class Advisor Eve Kulbieda are reintroducing the Menlo Mentorship Program this fall to help incoming...

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