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Gunn science team takes second-best in nation

Original post made on Jul 29, 2013

A Gunn High School science club walked away with second place in a national cyber-security competition for students earlier this month. Fifteen members of Gunn's Research Science & Invention Club traveled to Orlando, Fla. for the contest, which was sponsored by the Technology Student Association.

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Posted by Not so
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 29, 2013 at 6:35 pm

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Posted by Gunn mom
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Jul 29, 2013 at 6:42 pm

Lets give this team a parade through town... Like Paly did when their sport team won state....

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Posted by Sharon
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 29, 2013 at 7:22 pm

outgunning !

Go Gunn !!

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Posted by Craig Laughton
a resident of College Terrace
on Jul 29, 2013 at 8:09 pm

>Lets give this team a parade through town... Like Paly did when their sport team won state....

I agree! However, one step at a time...gotta get them a parade across campus, before a parade across town....

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Posted by Phil
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Jul 29, 2013 at 8:31 pm

Congratulations Gunn Research Science & Invention Club. Great Job. We are proud of you.

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Posted by Amazed!
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Jul 29, 2013 at 8:56 pm

The Gunn marching band sure was mighty awesome in the Palo Alto May Day Parade. Gunn even had pom pom girls dressed in Stanford garb and colors leading up their marching band! Truly awe inspiring! Maybe these girls were advertising that Gunn could be the back door to Stanford? Awesome Gunn, and way to go!

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Posted by Parent
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Jul 29, 2013 at 9:17 pm

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Posted by Jared Bernstein
a resident of Professorville
on Jul 30, 2013 at 11:44 am

Please feature this story in the print edition.
This is much more interesting to me than all that sports stuff.

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Posted by Gunn Mom
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Jul 30, 2013 at 12:22 pm

Well done, Science Team! Your hard work and collaboration paid off. Keep pursuing your passions. It's obviously working for you. I hope these good skills will be put to very good use in the adult world. We need solid scientists. Clearly, you have the gifts and the passion to make a difference if you choose to.

Very proud of you. --Gunn mom

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Posted by danielle
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jul 30, 2013 at 2:21 pm

super, this is way more important than sports

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Posted by David
a resident of Gunn High School
on Jul 30, 2013 at 10:03 pm

Why the deleted comments? is there censorship in PA now or what?

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Posted by thanks
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 30, 2013 at 11:21 pm

@ David,

It is called respect. When people make harsh comments that serve no purpose the Weekly does a nice job of deleting the nonsense. Thank you to the Weekly for your watchful eyes.

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Posted by Parent
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Jul 31, 2013 at 12:28 am

@ thanks. well, you'd think, right? Except the actual offensive post hasn't been removed yet. The editor apparently failed to recognize that "amazed" is actually dredging up their bizarre accusations about the Gunn chearleaders at the MAY FETE PARADE (which has nothing to do with this thread) - which 'amazing' is regurgitated from the thread several months ago on the May Fete parade, where this person seems to have developed a really tortured theory that somehow gunn kids were masquerading at the May Fete parade as Stanford kids - somehow apparently with intent to trick people into thinking Gunn was awesome by virtue of their likeness or proximity to Stanford? Honestly the whole set of frankly bizarre (and not even true) claims the first time in that MayFete thread were so off the wall at the time - its clearly obvious that somehow this person feels some insane need to detract from the accomplishments of gunn kids at every opportunity possible. And the wearing of red and the mysterious "s"'s at the parade all seems to be some kind of mass conspiracy invented in the dark recesses of this person's insecure mind.

It would be awesome if the editors would delete (OR MOVE) both this post AND "Amazed" 's bizarre commentary about on the May Fete parade over to that thread from early spring time frame. since amazed still seems to want to talk about their trauma from that day seeing the gunn kids wearing red and possibly even wearing some sketchy 'S's..

Having said all that - I have a kid who just graduated from Gunn, and another starting, a third coming in down the road - and can say from experience that Gunn kids work very very hard. Are very impressive from all disciplines, clubs, teams across the board.. from Science, to technology, to chearleaders, band, sports teams, - you name it - they are exceptional, work their butts off, and deserve a ton of credit. Congrats to the Gunn science team for this accomplishment.

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Posted by thanks
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 31, 2013 at 12:52 pm

You are correct that the Weekly does not catch it all and will usually be more tolerant with negative comments about Gunn. I have followed it for over ten years with kids who graduated from Gunn. The articles usually favor Paly, however, they are actually doing better than they have in the past.

The biggest thing that I learned through my experiences with several of the schools in Palo Alto is that the parents drive most of the negative competition between the high schools. Ask your students and you will find that they have friends at both schools and may (like mine did) become very good friends and possibly roommates at college. It would be nice if parents would drop back a bit and let their kids enjoy their high school years without acting like they are still in high school themselves.

Another thing that I learned is that both Paly and Gunn are great schools that generally prepare our students for college. The perception, again driven by parents, is that one is better than the other. Other than football (in the last ten years) the schools are very balanced, not perfect, but balanced. Counseling has been a big issue for some at Gunn but then ask again and you can find parents at Paly that are not happy with their counseling. There is always room for improvement. If parents would spend their energy in positive change for all schools we would have a great example for our kids on how to help our neighbors and how to build a community.

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