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Cat’s out of the bag: Musings of a tiger daughter

Cat’s out of the bag: Musings of a tiger daughter

Helen Chao

October 28, 2016


Filed under Culture, ENTERTAINMENT, From the magazine, Print entertainment, Student life

It infuriates the sensible me, the alter ego who holds chopsticks properly (“I beseech you,” my mother will say, “stop fingering it like a pencil!”), to overhear a fellow student wail, “Dood, I didn’t even study for this test,” and gush days later, in all of a flutter, “Dood, I got an...

Car enthusiasts bond at Cars and Croissants

Car enthusiasts bond at Cars and Croissants

Sharjeel Rahman

October 27, 2016


Filed under Best of Videos, Culture, ENTERTAINMENT, Entertainment Digital, Reviews, Student life

On the fourth Saturday of every month, 100OCT, pronounced "100 octane", invites exotic car owners to showcase their cars. Cars and Croissants is a community bonding event for car enthusiasts from all over the Bay Area. Watch the video below to find out more. [embedyt] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q7pzV6k7CGo[/embedyt]

Nerd power: how nerds have become mainstream

Nerd power: how nerds have become mainstream

Jessica Xing

October 26, 2016


Filed under Culture, ENTERTAINMENT, From the magazine, Student life

[dropcap]W[/dropcap]hen English teacher Jackie Corso was in high school, Star Wars was strictly a family thing — most of the kids at her school didn’t talk about it, as doing so would categorize them as “nerdy”. Yet today, it’s “cool to be a nerd” now. Studios spend big money to ...

It’s a date: October and November

It’s a date: October and November

Devika Watave

October 19, 2016


Filed under BEYOND THE MAGAZINE, Culture, ENTERTAINMENT, Student life

"Sure, I’m free that day … What do you want to do?” Whether it’s a regular hangout, a first date or something you wish was considered a date, you need something to do or somewhere to go. Maybe have fun studying? Grab a quick meal at McDonald’s? Go on a shopping spree at Vallco? Cupertino...

Homecoming spirit, still high, is affected by academics

Homecoming spirit, still high, is affected by academics

Shriya Deshpande

October 9, 2016


Filed under Campus, Culture, ENTERTAINMENT, OPINION, Student life, Videos

[dropcap]W[/dropcap]hen the Homecoming tradition started in the late 1800's, it consisted of parts similar to those we have today: a football game, a parade and a dance. But over time, Homecoming spirit has fluctuated and students have come to prioritize different parts of the spirit week. Some students...

Homecoming: A change to the year

Homecoming: A change to the year

Becca Zheng

October 9, 2016


Filed under Culture, ENTERTAINMENT, Student life

[dropcap]H[/dropcap]omecoming: a traditional American high school event dedicated to returning students and incoming freshman, along with a new start to the school year. Each year in October, one week is devoted to different activities revolving around the event, including dance performances, talent...

Homecoming week through the eyes of leadership

Homecoming week through the eyes of leadership

Hannan Waliullah

October 8, 2016


Filed under Best of Videos, Culture, ENTERTAINMENT, Student life

[dropcap]A[/dropcap]s the clock strikes 9:55 a.m., students feed into the gym in crowds of gold, white, lavender and purple. The walls of the room are lined with meticulously-crafted posters, a showing of the Leadership class's planning. As the first performance starts, leadership stands on the sides ...

Highlights of the 2016 Homecoming rally

Highlights of the 2016 Homecoming rally

Ananya Bhat

October 8, 2016


Filed under Culture, ENTERTAINMENT, Student life

Snapchat Watch the video to view El Estoque's snapchat coverage of the rally. Beginning The rally began with high spirits and energy, with the class of 2017 breaking through the seniors poster, as the seniors do in every rally, and each class performing the classic MVHS “How do you feel...

Homecoming unites the school through competition

Homecoming unites the school through competition

Devika Watave

October 3, 2016


Filed under Best of Entertainment, Culture, ENTERTAINMENT, Entertainment featured, Student life

Designed and coded by Shar Rahman Competitive. A word used all too often to describe MVHS. During Homecoming, that description rings more true than ever. For a full week, 2500 students are pitted against each other. Each class fights tirelessly to rally the greatest number of participants in dress...

Behind the seams: The stories behind class t-shirt designs

Behind the seams: The stories behind class t-shirt designs

Hannan Waliullah

September 30, 2016


Filed under Best of Entertainment, Briefs, Culture, ENTERTAINMENT, Student life

[dropcap]A[/dropcap]SB has enacted a new policy about class shirt colors this year. While previously, the class colors had changed every year for every class, the colors will now stay static. Freshmen will be lavender, sophomores will be white, juniors will be gold and seniors will be purple (instead...

Humans of Monta Vista: Hobbies

Humans of Monta Vista: Hobbies

Sanjana Kothuri

September 21, 2016


Filed under Culture, ENTERTAINMENT, From the magazine, Student life

Students across MVHS entertain themselves through a variety of hobbies, whether it be playing an instrument, reading or watching movies. Hover over the images to learn more about some MVHS students' hobbies. Photos by Rana Aghababazadeh, Avni Prasad and Stephanie Lam.  *Correction: In the print version of this issue, Kristy Maanavi's last name was misspelled ...

We tried fasting for a day

We tried fasting for a day

Aanchal Garg

September 12, 2016


Filed under Best of Videos, Culture, ENTERTAINMENT, Multimedia, Student life

[dropcap]I[/dropcap]n Islam, Eid al-Adha is an important religious holiday marking the end of the Islamic Pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca. This year, Eid lands on Monday, Sept. 12. In honor of Eid al-Adha, three staff members — for their first time — decided to fast for one day from sunrise to sun...