High School in the Shadows of Silicon Valley

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Sophia Shao is a senior at Los Altos High School.

At elite high schools in Silicon Valley, the pressure to succeed is intense. And according to Sophia Shao, a senior at Los Altos High School, her proximity to California’s tech capital is a big reason why.

In this special collaboration with KQED’s Youth Takeover, a yearlong project to highlight compelling stories written and produced by local teens, Shao talks with us about going to school in a place where everyone is expected to succeed.

Guest: Sophia Shao, senior at Los Altos High School

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