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Graduation 2012: Looking ahead, with a glance back

Original post made on Jun 10, 2012

In these student profiles, six randomly selected Palo Alto graduates -- Yilin Liang, Benjamin Macias, Isha Thapa, Peter Rockhold, Karen Camacho and Max Najork -- reflect on the world they grew up in and what lies ahead.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, June 8, 2012, 11:52 AM

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Posted by Crescent Park Dad
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jun 10, 2012 at 1:46 am

Given all the rancor about "spoiled Palo Alto kids", too many APs, too much homework, to A-G or not to A-G, counseling, etc., it is such a pleasure to read about kids who represent our city proud. And apparently everything all of the adults are stressing over, arguing over, accusing each other over --- well it sure doesn't seem to be a problem when you look at the class of 2012.

They obviously did well academically given where they are all heading. But they also did things that so many adults on these forums say cannot be done, because school is too hard, too much homework and so on. Just a sampling: French club, choir, piano, band, sports, auto shop, ESL, robots, volunteering, tutoring.

Plus two of the featured kids plan to serve our country.

Perhaps all of the stressed out parents and adults can stop for a minute, take a breath and take in the view. Contrary to what all of the squeaky wheels are saying, our schools are actually turning out some great kids!


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Posted by One more mom
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 10, 2012 at 8:40 pm

Well said Crescent Park Dad. There many great kids in Palo Alto who do great things.

My view is that good parents tend to get good kids, and that more generally parents tend to get the kids they deserve.


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Posted by Mary
a resident of Gunn High School
on Jun 11, 2012 at 2:13 pm

Karen Camacho is a credit to her race - the human race. Good luck & best wishes!


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Posted by carol
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jun 11, 2012 at 8:42 pm

These stories are very inspiring. I want everyone I know to read the stories of these remarkable students
It makes me proud to be a part of this diverse creative community.


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