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Science Olympiad curriculum reflects scientific current events

Science Olympiad curriculum reflects scientific current events

Shriya Deshpande

May 31, 2017


Filed under Briefs, Uncategorized

[dropcap]S[/dropcap]tudents in biology dissect frogs and learn about both anatomy and physiological processes. Students in chemistry experiment with the addition of a base that turns a solution pink. Students in physics test out their theories by dropping eggs. Each of these experiments are practical...

Can’t Stop the Feeling: Bhangra dancers prepare for their final performance

Can’t Stop the Feeling: Bhangra dancers prepare for their final performance

Shriya Deshpande

May 31, 2017


Filed under GIFs, Multimedia

[dropcap]O[/dropcap]ne team, one practice every Friday, one final performance for the school year: as the Bhangra team prepares to spring into their performances, they receive a final word of advice and a wealth of encouragement from team captains who have since graduated MVHS.   In one of their ...

Looking back: How school spirit and discussion about student wellness in school tackles mental health

Shriya Deshpande

May 26, 2017


Filed under Columns, OPINION

[dropcap]I[/dropcap] never understood why everyone kept saying “MVHS is so competitive” until my sophomore year of high school. I can remember the specific moment: My friend and I were sitting on a mud-colored bench, she chipping away at a Nature Valley bar while I rambled on about a club we were...

13 Reasons Why evokes varying feelings but it does not romanticize suicide

13 Reasons Why evokes varying feelings but it does not romanticize suicide

Shriya Deshpande

May 24, 2017


Filed under Editorial, OPINION

**spoilers ahead [dropcap]I[/dropcap]t starts at the end: a girl who kills herself and leaves behind tapes explaining her decision to do so. It showcases “typical” high school experiences: a girl who faces bullying, romantic issues, and harassment. It ends in understanding: a girl who has attemp...

Fight or flight: Being politically active and community-involved every day

Fight or flight: Being politically active and community-involved every day

Shriya Deshpande

March 10, 2017


Filed under Uncategorized

[dropcap]G[/dropcap]lobal women’s rights marches, “A Day Without Immigrants” protests and Berkeley’s conflict with Milo Yiannopoulos: these are all events within the U.S. that have triggered national responses unlike many other causes, with thousands of people protesting against rights viola...

Minimum wage jobs show students that prioritizing jobs is as legitimate as other extracurriculars

Minimum wage jobs show students that prioritizing jobs is as legitimate as other extracurriculars

Shriya Deshpande

March 10, 2017


Filed under OPINION, Recurring Features

[dropcap]A[/dropcap]t age 15, most teenagers worry about an upcoming biology test or the next extracurricular competition. But at age 15, senior Maryam Karaborni landed her first job at Pizza My Heart as an effort to earn extra spending money. Over the next two years, the job would become a large pa...

Brilliantile snow removal device, finalist in the Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge, explained

Brilliantile snow removal device, finalist in the Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge, explained

Shriya Deshpande

March 9, 2017


Filed under Briefs, STEM

[dropcap]W[/dropcap]hen visiting his family in Boston, sophomore Aditya Shah didn’t realize that an almost-collapsed rooftop, cracking with the weight of snow on it, would lead to his future co-creation of a Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge-winning device. The Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge is...

Science Olympiad videos are useful for increasing members’ communication with officers

Science Olympiad videos are useful for increasing members’ communication with officers

Shriya Deshpande

February 9, 2017


Filed under Briefs

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he best ideas often come over a chat and a cup of coffee. So it’s no surprise when Science Olympiad president senior Kush Shanker and vice president senior Shruti Satrawada sat down to have lunch at Boudin early this academic year to find solutions to some of the club’s problems. A...

Students reflect on their qualities to gauge accuracy of the Enneagram personality test

Students reflect on their qualities to gauge accuracy of the Enneagram personality test

Shriya Deshpande

February 8, 2017


Filed under Interactives, Multimedia, OPINION

[dropcap]I[/dropcap]STJ versus ENTP, Type 1 versus Type 9, Peacemaker versus Investigator: whether it is taking a free Enneagram test or using Buzzfeed quizzes to see how our preferences in cereal indicate personality type, personality tests are interesting ways for people to think about the qualities...

Learning to embrace your body as a dancer

Learning to embrace your body as a dancer

Shriya Deshpande

January 31, 2017


Filed under Performing Arts, Sports

[dropcap]W[/dropcap]hen ballet came about in 15th century France, only men were allowed to perform the dance. Based on the standard figures of the time, an expectation for the ideal dancer’s body type was established. This tough expectation— a lean, willowy build and long legs— became the norm...

Embracing the FOB: Expressing your culture should not be perceived negatively

Embracing the FOB: Expressing your culture should not be perceived negatively

Shriya Deshpande

January 17, 2017


Filed under Editorial, OPINION

Story written by Shriya Deshpande & Roshan Fernandez [dropcap]D[/dropcap]usty streets with sugarcane juice stalls. Crowded temples with statues of Buddha. Small mom-and-pop shops with vivid, silk clothing. These are some of the places MVHS students have grown up in or frequently visited, and w...

Bhangra and Raas teams critique each other’s performances during practice

Bhangra and Raas teams critique each other’s performances during practice

Shriya Deshpande

December 14, 2016


Filed under Briefs

[dropcap]W[/dropcap]hen writers read their pieces repeatedly, catching mistakes becomes harder with each edit. When students throw themselves into studying for finals, catching mistakes becomes harder with each extra practice test. When dancers perform the same routine, catching mistakes becomes harder...