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Fighting fears

Fighting fears

Swara Tewari

September 13, 2017


Filed under FEATURES, Special

The world flies by in a blur as Lillian presses her face against the cool glass of the car window. As the seconds pass, her parents’ voices rise from a heated conversation to reverberating yells, drowning out the music. Lillian’s mind goes blank and her thoughts scatter, voices echoing in her mind. ...

With age comes change

With age comes change

Karen Sanchez

September 13, 2017


Filed under FEATURES, From the magazine, Print, Special

As the cable car glided along it’s path in the air, she couldn’t help but shed tears in response to the gut-wrenching terror. Every single time one of her family members shifted slightly in their seats, peering over the edge to catch a glimpse of the green forest below, without fault she could feel th...

Fear busters

Fear busters

Charlotte Chui

September 13, 2017


Filed under FEATURES, From the magazine

For most, the word fear evokes an immediate mental image, whether it be public speaking, failing a test or a spider inching closer. The image that comes to mind likely spurs a strong reaction: heartbeat racing, face flushing, hands trembling. And yet, despite this response, the oddity of fear is how many ...

Tale of two frights

Tale of two frights

Vivian Chiang

September 13, 2017


Filed under FEATURES, From the magazine, Special

Primal fear rooted from immediate surroundings: escaping a ferocious animal, cutting through dark meadows, pushing for survival. And this fear from insecurity still extends to the modern day. We fear big exams. We fear rejection letters. We fear parental expectations. This alarming sensation based on...

A web of discussion

A web of discussion

Helen Chao

September 13, 2017


Filed under BEYOND THE MAGAZINE, FEATURES

With their spindly legs and beady eyes, spiders aren’t creatures we would usually snuggle in bed with. Instead, the sight of a daddy longleg elicits a flight or fight reaction: does one utter a bloodcurdling shriek and flee the vicinity, or grab the flip flop to smash the creature into a pulpy spider...

Phobia through the ages

Phobia through the ages

Helen Chao

September 13, 2017


Filed under BEYOND THE MAGAZINE, FEATURES

As children, we have all swept a cautious glance around the house when home alone. As the skies outside darken to an inky black, we wait in tense anticipation for the yellow searchlights of our parents’ cars to sweep across the windows. Some of us refused to be tucked in bed, sure that death was awaited...

Descent into the Deep

Descent into the Deep

Helen Chao

September 12, 2017


Filed under FEATURES, Multimedia

The impact of language: How languages can change lives

The impact of language: How languages can change lives

Swara Tewari

September 12, 2017


Filed under FEATURES, Features, Special, Uncategorized

Senior Anika Ramachandran proudly stands in the midst of her hard work, looking around at the bustling chaos of MVHS’s Culture Night. The rally court is decked in the colors of different countries, from China to France. On one side, students sample food from a myriad of cultures. On another, studen...

The girl next-door

The girl next-door

Swara Tewari

September 6, 2017


Filed under FEATURES, Special

Sophomore Sophie Ye sits in the backseat, her backpack on the seat beside her. The morning news, the usual weather and traffic reports, blares from the speakers. The car is filled with the sharp aroma of her dad’s morning coffee. Ye’s dad backs the car out of the driveway and onto the street. H...

New teacher couple shares their life before MVHS

New teacher couple shares their life before MVHS

Elizabeth Han

September 6, 2017


Filed under FEATURES

[dropcap]E[/dropcap]nglish teachers Elly Brown and Evan Brown share more than just their last names. Unlike many teacher couples, their serendipitous encounter goes back to their childhood, when Evan moved into the same neighborhood as Elly in middle school. While their brothers shared a tight bo...

A change in routine

A change in routine

Charlotte Chui and Shuvi Jha

August 26, 2017


Filed under FEATURES

The first thing students notice when entering room B205 is not the teacher, the whiteboard or the projector, but the pictures, all neatly and strategically arranged to cover each nook and cranny of all four walls. There is absolutely no white space to be seen, having long been overpowered by a multitude...

50 fresh faces: Class of 2021

50 fresh faces: Class of 2021

Karen Sanchez

August 23, 2017


Filed under FEATURES

Additional reporting by Helen Chao,Charlotte Chui, Alyssa Hui, Shuvi Jha, Katerina Pappas, Stuti Upadhyay, Jai Uparkar, Sarah Young Beginnings can be refreshing — a new start where one is allowed to reinvent themselves. Opportunities are presented left and right, but fear and anxiety are alwa...