Sofia Preston takes the stage at Nativity Carnival

Sofia and back-up dancers perform at the Nativity Carnival
Sofia Preston (center) performing alongside her two friends and back-up dancers, Melanie Anderson (right) and Annika Kaval (left)

Menlo Park resident Sofia Preston took the stage at the 39th Annual Nativity Carnival this weekend. Sofia sang  R&B/Pop songs on Saturday, June 8, flanked by two back-up dancers and great friends, Melanie Anderson (yellow top) and Annika Kaval. Sofia is opening the Carnival today (June 9) by singing the National Anthem.

The Nativity Carnival is one of Sofia’s favorites. She was honored to participate this year, as she has been attending it annually for over a decade. “If you have never been, please stop by,” she said Sofia. “I have been to many Carnivals around the country, and this one is by far the most fun, and is totally safe. My friends and I love it! My family loves it! We are all really lucky to have it in our community.”

Sofia has been singing since she could speak. She loves to sing — and perform. Although Sofia is an accomplished runway and print model, she also enjoys musical theater and has performed in every school production since the third grade.

She recently starred as Mary Poppins in Hillview Middle School’s production. She is graduating from Hillview and looking forward to continuing to perform with the acclaimed drama department at Menlo-Atherton High School.

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Hillview Drama presents “Mary Poppins”

Grab your flying umbrella and your children, and get carried away into the world of Mary Poppins!

Taking the two Banks children on magical adventures, Mary Poppins has a profound impact on the entire family, singing, “Anything can happen if you let it.” Step in time with Hillview Middle School’s cast and crew as they celebrate this beloved musical.

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‘One child is worth more than all the guns’

Gun Violence March
Hillview Middle School students, including Sophia Preston, Caroline Cobos, Toni Olivero, Mitali Srinath, and Maël Le Cam, took part in the nationwide protest against gun violence in schools with a student-planned walkout on Wednesday, March 14. (Photo by Amy Kingsley/Special to the Almanac)

Nearly 600 students from Hillview Middle School in Menlo Park took part in a protest against gun violence today (March 14) as part of the nationwide student protest sparked by the school shootings in Parkland, Florida.

Principal Willy Haug said the eighth-grade Associated Student Body student government students created a “Walkout Committee” to plan the event.

Their focus was gun violence, with their rallying cry, “No More Silence, End Gun Violence,” he said.

The students organized several lunchtime poster-making activities ahead of Wednesday’s walkout.

Students who wanted to take part walked out to the athletic field to the Elder Avenue sidewalk and then along Santa Cruz Avenue before returning to the school’s quad.

Mr. Haug said “cars honked their support and parents and siblings watched from across the street.”

Back at school students shared their thoughts in the form of a poem and an editorial, and then the student government students read a group speech.

They then read out the names of the Parkland victims and called for a moment of silence.

On their way to class, students signed a banner in support of Parkland.

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