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For High Schoolers in the South Bay, Silicon Valley Looms

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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 former student 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 excel.


This episode first ran on Aug. 15, 2022

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