Melody Xu

Melody Xu, Copy Editor

Melody is a copy editor, proofreading and revising stories before publication. She also works as a beat reporter covering the Palo Alto Unified School District. She previously completed Palo Alto High School’s intro to journalism course, is set to work for the school’s Verde Magazine next school year and is a graphic designer for Z Magazine, an independent student publication. Melody is a sophomore at Palo Alto High School, and joined the Post in February 2021.


PAUSD to offer vaccinations for students 12 and older this weekend, all vaccine-eligible students by fall semester

STORY BY MELODY XU, PHOTO BY EMILY MCNALLY Sunday, May 16: Assistant Superintendent Lana Conaway said that the number of clinics the district hosts moving forward will be “based on need,” and that the district’s goal is to offer vaccinations for all students who are eligible. The Palo Alto Unified School District will offer coronavirus vaccinations this…

Global art project Breathe with Me comes to Gunn, celebrating Earth Day and unity

STORY BY MELODY XU, PHOTOS BY EMILY MCNALLY Palo Alto resident Irina Selva stood in front of a 6-foot-tall canvas on Saturday, in the outdoor space behind Gunn High School’s athletics fields. She took her time observing the two thick, vertical brush strokes she had just created with blue paint down the canvas — though…

Gunn senior founds virtual music lessons nonprofit, instructing over 900 students

STORY BY MELODY XU, PHOTO BY EMILY MCNALLY When Gunn High School senior Julia Segal was devastated by the sudden cancelation of her band’s first recording session due to the pandemic, she turned to another way to utilize her passion for music. QuaranTunes, which Segal founded just weeks later, is described by the singer-songwriter and…

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…