Melody Xu

Melody Xu, Reporter

Melody is a sophomore at Palo Alto High School and serves as a beat reporter covering the Palo Alto Unified School District for the Post.


Connecting farmers with community, local nonprofit Tera Farm is ‘everyone’s farm’

STORY BY MELODY XU, PHOTOS COURTESY JACQUE RUPP AND TERA FARM When the pandemic first hit last March, wreaking havoc on the food industry, it wasn’t just restaurants that were forced to shut down — the agriculture industry also suffered from the sudden drop in demand. Sheena Vaidyanathan, a teacher in the Los Altos School…

PAUSD drafts plans to offer optional remote instruction in fall 2021

STORY BY MELODY XU, PHOTO BY TOMOKI CHIEN The Palo Alto Unified School District has plans in progress to offer remote instruction programs for its K–12 students in the 2021–2022 school year, as discussed at tonight’s board meeting. District documents clarify that though PAUSD remains “optimistic for a full return to school” in the fall,…

Gluten-free bakery Sweet Diplomacy brings a community of food lovers often left out, together

STORY BY OLIVIA HEWANG AND MELODY XU, PHOTOS BY EMILY MCNALLY When Melody Hu happened to run out of regular flour while baking muffins at home one afternoon five years ago, she discovered gluten-free, mochiko rice flour to be a perfectly delicious substitute. The result of this accidental discovery is Sweet Diplomacy, a 100% gluten-free…