Our Students Inspire

Students Making a Difference

“Knowing Is Not Enough; We Must Apply. Wishing Is Not Enough; We Must Do.” – Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Every day our students inspire!  They motivate others to be their best self.  These stories tell you more...

  • Congratulations to SHS Junior Yoshiki Shimokawa who was recently accepted as one of the trumpet players representing CA at the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) All-National Honor Ensemble. Yoshiki competed amongst some of the top trumpet players in the country to secure his spot in the Trumpet 1 Section in this year's All-National Honor Band.
  •  Congratulations to Urmila Vudali:  For her efforts over the past three years as a Santa Clara County Youth Task Force member, Youth Board member at The Tech, member of Silicon Valley Youth Climate Action and a Microplastics initiate, Urmila Vudali was awarded a Certificate of Recognition by the California State Assembly and Assembly Member Evan Low. Working with Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, Urmila won a declaration of Microplastics Awareness Day on September 14th.  To mark the occasion, Urmila hosted a webinar with four experts on Microplastics pollution and mitigation efforts.  Here is the press release (Saratoga High School Senior Spearheads Microplastic Awareness Day - District 5 - County of Santa Clara) from Supervisor Joe Simitian's office.
  • Mama Mia
  • LGHS students performed Mama Mia in the spring – just at the school closure was happening.  And, although they did not get to perform - they did get in a final dress rehearsal and some cast and crew photos.  The students were amazing throughout the entire uncertainty of getting closed down.  They performed as if they had a sold-out crowd in attendance (which would have happened pre-COVID).  Their grace and grit under unprecedented, crazy circumstances made us all a little weepy – and inspired!
  • SHS student Manasi Garg wins Young Poets' Prize! On August 5th, Manasi was awarded the National Student Poet award (the highest honor in the nation for young poets)--one of five high school students nationwide to win this prestigious award!  Manasi will represent the Western region of the United States.  Manasi’s achievement made it on a variety of news channels including KPIX Channel 5, NBC Bay Area, and The New York Times.  The National student poet program is a year of service by the young poets as national poetry ambassadors. It involves travel and attending various events (which will start next month and occur on a monthly basis for the next year).  On September 10, at 4pm, Manasi and her four peers will be appointed by the Director of IMLS, Crosby Kemper in a virtual ceremony. The ceremony will feature remarks by critically-acclaimed author and Brooklyn Poet Laureate, Tina Chang, special messages from the Class of 2019 alumni, commentary about the program’s community service successes, and individual readings by each incoming 2020 Student Poet.  Click here to register for the Class of 2020 Virtual Appointment Ceremony.  
  • Congratulations to recent SHS alumna Liza Ovsiannikov and to current senior Bryan Chu, whose films have been chosen for the 2020 All American High School Film Festival. Liza’s film “Logic to Love” and Bryan’s film “Anatomy of a Narcissist (or The Futile and Profound Art of Attempting to Swallow One's Self)” will be screened during the (Virtual) Festival, held Oct 9-11.    
  • LGHS students participated in a virtual global leadership training hosted by the Climate Reality Project (https://www.climaterealityproject.org/).  Most of them are members of the environmental club (advised by Kim Burlinson and Amelia DeLa Paz.  They are: Dylan Chin,Lany Tran,Beatrice Mihalace,Rachelle Desantis,Owen Tsunoda, Linda Bouadjel-Zebian, Emily Yong, Crystal Huang,Gaana Jakkahalli.  All week they have been participating in learning and connecting with others in the community on issues related to climate change and possible solutions.  They are learning leadership skills to bring their new knowledge to the community.  The training has addressed the connections between climate change and other topical issues (COVID-19 and systemic racism, in particular).  At the end of this training they will join over 20,000 Climate Reality Leaders around the world who are committed to spreading this message and helping to solve the climate crisis.  They have expressed interest in preparing and delivering a presentation to the student body- I'm hopeful that we can find a way for them to do that at some point, whether virtually or in person.  I'm incredibly proud of these kids and the fact that they devoted over a week of their summer to this experience.  Their passion is so inspiring!
  • SHS Sophomore Samika Agarwal earned first placeart inthe Congressional Art Contest!  She was selected unanimously and her art will be exhibited in the Canon Tunnel of the US Capitol.  Samika has been invited to go to the ceremony in Washington D.C.The painting is primarily an oil painting with some acrylic parts.  The theme is Hope During a Pandemic.  Samika is also leading a project to paint our recycle bins to help inspire our students to sort their trash more effectively (whenever we return to school...)
  • Some amazing LGHS work on display at New Museum of Los Gatos, please click the link below for a virtual tour of the museum: (I promise you will be amazed!) 💛
    (Link below if you just want to see LGHS students)
    💥LGHS Art and 3D Design students are one of the 3 top high schools in the Bay Area that have been admitted to this juried competition.  The following students that are exhibiting are: 
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    Skylar Jensen-Digital Art
    Katie Knol-Painting
    Toby Britton-Painting
    Sadie Miller-Painting
    Lany Tran-Painting
    Reid Parham-Painting
    Bryn Grespan-Sculpture
    Mabel Sinsigali-Sculpture
    (Click HERE for just the artwork of LGHS students)