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Ways to deal with college rejection

Ways to deal with college rejection

Ilena Peng

April 6, 2018


Filed under Briefs

For MVHS seniors, much of March has been spent both celebrating college acceptances along with coping with college rejections. Although it may be easier for students to react to rejections by comparing themselves to others or feeling like they aren’t good enough, College and Career Center advisor McKe...

Three busy weeks for the Marquesas

Three busy weeks for the Marquesas

Ilena Peng

March 29, 2018


Filed under Briefs

During the next three weeks, the 2017-2018 Marquesas will perform for the last time at USA Dance Nationals in Anaheim, Calif. and then it’ll be time to pick next year’s officers and dance team. Nationals, which the Marquesas depart for on March 29, concludes Plaza’s first competition season wit...

Conflicting dates for the Marquesas’ USA Dance Nationals and junior prom

Conflicting dates for the Marquesas’ USA Dance Nationals and junior prom

Ilena Peng

March 28, 2018


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT

The Marquesas are preparing to compete at the USA Dance Nationals in Anaheim on March 30 and 31, which marks the end of their competition season. But as the juniors on the dance team get ready for championships, their friends are preparing for another event on March 31 — junior prom. “When I firs...

Academic dishonesty from students’ perspectives

Academic dishonesty from students’ perspectives

Ilena Peng

March 7, 2018


Filed under Education, NEWS

With the culture at MVHS emphasizing academic success, it is normal for students to take accelerated courses. However, taking this route is not always the smartest decision, as work piles up and students begin to fall under pressure, leading some to cheat their way out. While the common perception of c...

Taking the floor

Taking the floor

Ilena Peng

February 16, 2018


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT

California’s Assembly Bill 918 provides translated ballots for more minority languages

California’s Assembly Bill 918 provides translated ballots for more minority languages

Ilena Peng

February 2, 2018


Filed under Local, NEWS

California’s Assembly Bill 918, which was passed in October 2017, amended California elections code section 14201 to expand the number of languages that facsimile ballots are provided for. Facsimile ballots, which are translated copies of the ballot that the voter can use as a reference for the Englis...

The significance of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

The significance of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

Ilena Peng

December 8, 2017


Filed under NEWS

Additional reporting by Anirudh Chaudhary The Pearl Harbor bombings occurred on Dec. 7, 1941 — 76 years ago. Yet according to history teacher Eric Otto, who has been to the USS Arizona Memorial multiple times, the physical remnants of that day are still visible. “A lot of it is still a living mu...

Finding a home: breeders versus shelters

Finding a home: breeders versus shelters

Ilena Peng

November 15, 2017


Filed under OPINION, Print Opinion

Additional reporting by Nate Stevens Dr. Kristie Adrian has two dogs — Luna, a seven-year-old Blue Lacy and Jinx, a six-year-old mutt — that are both adopted. In her house, there’s a separate area where Luna and Jinx aren’t allowed. There, she fosters underage puppies through the Humane Society of S...

Starstruck: my experience watching meteor showers

Starstruck: my experience watching meteor showers

Ilena Peng

November 7, 2017


Filed under Columns, OPINION

For nearly every day of the past two years, I have been up after midnight. But I never considered heading outside to watch a meteor shower. I’m the type of person who prefers warm beds over just about everything, and also needs multiple jackets just to stay warm in 60 degree weather. Yet the weekend b...

French Honor Society celebrates the Fête du Fromage

French Honor Society celebrates the Fête du Fromage

Ilena Peng

November 5, 2017


Filed under Briefs

French Honor Society President and senior Anika Ramachandran stands beside a long table, showcasing various gourmet cheeses. In rapid French, she introduces each type of cheese and describes its cultural history. Ramachandran then stands back as the students surge forward, chatting excitedly and pil...