Arya Nasikkar

Arya Nasikkar, Photo Editor

Arya is the Post’s photo editor, managing all of the paper’s photography. Arya is a senior at Los Altos High School, and joined the Post in June 2021.


PHOTOS: Senior sunrise at Los Altos High

PHOTOS BY ARYA NASIKKAR Seniors at Los Altos High School gathered on the field for fun and hot chocolate in the Class of 2022’s “Senior Sunrise” event Friday before school.

38 MVLA seniors advance as semifinalists in National Merit Scholarship competition

STORY BY TOMOKI CHIEN, PHOTO BY ARYA NASIKKAR 38 seniors in the Mountain View–Los Altos Union High School District have advanced to the semifinal stage of the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program. The seniors join 16,000 other semifinalists named this week, selected from some 1.5 million students who entered the competition by taking the Preliminary…

Los Altos to reopen city facilities in September

STORY BY NAINA SRIVASTAVA, PHOTOS BY ARYA NASIKKAR Public facilities in Los Altos will reopen for in-person service beginning Sept. 2. Since Mar. 2020, all city facilities — including City Hall, the Police Department and the Maintenance Service Center — have been closed to the public in adherence with county COVID-19 guidelines, offering services virtually instead of…

PHOTOS: First day of school

PHOTOS BY MIA BASSETT, ARYA NASIKKAR AND EMILY YAO / SPECIAL TO THE MIDPENINSULA POST School’s back in session, and it’s hectic as ever. We sent photographers to Paly, Los Altos and Mountain View to capture the first-day madness.

MVLA: Respuestas para todas las preguntas que podrías tener sobre el retorno a la escuela durante COVID

ARTICULO DE TOMOKI CHIEN, FOTO DE ARYA NASIKKAR, TRADUCCIÓN DE RODRIGO SEPÚLVEDA SAGASETA Esta historia fue escrita y reportada originalmente en inglés. Todas las citas son traducciones. Click here to read the original article in English. En una semana, los estudiantes del Distrito de Mountain View–Los Altos harán regresaran al campus por primera vez en 16 meses. Será un retorno completo:…

MVLA appoints special education administrator, assistant principals

STORY BY TOMOKI CHIEN, PHOTO BY ARYA NASIKKAR The Mountain View–Los Altos Union High School District board Monday appointed Neena Mand to the role of special education administrator, Fabian Morales Medina to the role of Los Altos assistant principal and Marti McGuirk to the role of Mountain View assistant principal. All three were appointed unanimously by the…

PAUSD to offer remote learning option for 2021–2022 school year

STORY BY MELODY XU, PHOTOS BY ARYA NASIKKAR The Palo Alto Unified School District will offer students a fully remote learning program for the 2021–2022 school year. While all students are expected to attend in-person instruction in the fall, PAUSD’s new Remote Independent Study (RIS) program — introduced to district parents and guardians in a July 20…

Un grupo de padres del distrito MVLA busca impulsar a estudiantes Latinos

ESCRITO POR RODRIGO SEPULVEDA SAGASETA, FOTO DE ARYA NASIKKAR Este artículo fue originalmente reportado en Español En un distrito escolar con un 25.8% de estudiantes Latinos, el grupo Latino Parent Outreach (LPO) busca apoyar a un número importante de estudiantes Latinos y sus padres que de manera desproporcionada enfrenta dificultades en su aprendizaje. Al compartir…

New Palo Alto teen clinic offers drop-in, accessible mental health care

STORY BY NAINA SRIVASTAVA, PHOTOS BY ARYA NASIKKAR Teens in the Palo Alto area now have access to a groundbreaking walk-in mental health clinic, allcove, a newly-opened network of integrated youth mental health centers. Recently launched alongside a location in San Jose, allcove’s Palo Alto location provides free or low-cost walk-in mental health services for…

Rip, Scoop, Eat: Oren’s Hummus brings authentic Israeli cuisine to the mainstream

STORY BY SIDDHANT KANWAR, PHOTO BY ARYA NASIKKAR When visiting Oren’s Hummus, it’s hard to miss the quintessential “Rip, Scoop, Eat” slogan accompanied by cheerful images of children demonstrating the technique. In an effort to establish Israeli food as a cuisine staple in the Bay Area, the two leaders of this chain restaurant (and the…

Newsom declares drought emergency in Santa Clara County, asks residents to reduce water use by 15%

STORY BY TOMOKI CHIEN, PHOTO BY ARYA NASIKKAR Gov. Gavin Newsom Thursday urged Californians to cut water use by 15%, and further expanded the state’s emergency drought declaration to include Santa Clara County, along with eight others. 50 of the state’s 58 counties — home to 42% of the state’s population — now fall under…

MVLA adopta LCAP, y se enfoca en la inequidad educativa durante los próximos tres años

ARTICULO DE TOMOKI CHIEN, FOTO DE ARYA NASIKKAR, TRADUCCIÓN DE RODRIGO SEPÚLVEDA SAGASETA Esta historia fue escrita y reportada originalmente en inglés. Todas las citas son traducciones. Click here to read the original article in English. El 21 de junio, la junta de consejo del Mountain View – Los Altos Union High School District aprobó su último Local Control…

Palo Alto Bell’s Books continues decades-long mission to match the “right books with the right people”

STORY BY MELODY XU, PHOTOS BY ARYA NASIKKAR Browsing through the ceiling-length shelves of Bell’s Books feels like opening a box of historical treasures; the variety of books a customer encounters might include first edition Steinbeck or Twain novels, an early grimoire (book of spells) once considered effective in summoning angels or a collection of…

A slice of California: State of Mind Public House and Pizzeria serves locally-sourced passion

STORY BY NAINA SRIVASTAVA, PHOTOS BY ARYA NASIKKAR Enter a new state of mind: the embodiment of all things California, tossed into the form of a family-owned pizzeria. Known for its distinct Californian dishes and family-friendly dining experience, State of Mind Public House and Pizzeria embraces the entire founding family’s passions. The Downtown Los Altos…

Economy sees full reopening — but some businesses see little practical change

STORY BY OLIVIA HEWANG AND MELODY XU, PHOTOS BY ARYA NASIKKAR The State of California this week underwent its full economic reopening, lifting major COVID-19 restrictions that have long been the norm for the past year. But despite the changes on paper, many in Downtown Mountain View haven’t noticed any immediate change. “To be honest,…