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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

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 of the usual purple...

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

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 sunset with the help of...

Highlights of the 2016 Welcome Back rally

Highlights of the 2016 Welcome Back rally

Aanchal Garg

August 26, 2016


Filed under Best of Entertainment, Culture, ENTERTAINMENT, Entertainment Digital, Multimedia, Student life

s the class of 2020 shuffled into their first rally, their heads turned curiously to see giant posters of cereal brands plastered across the walls of the gym. The class of 2019 had already begun to pick up their pom poms and assemble on the bleachers, accustomed to the routine and excited for their fir...

Seniors dress up at this year’s Olympic themed Welcome Back Dance

Seniors dress up at this year’s Olympic themed Welcome Back Dance

Bhargava Matta

August 23, 2016


Filed under Culture, ENTERTAINMENT, Entertainment featured, Student life

ith flashing lights, waving flags, roaring music and poppy outfits, the Welcome Back Dance was loud and lively as students followed the theme: the 2016 Rio Olympics. The 2016 Welcome Back Dance was colorful with students wearing bright and flashy colors to embrace the theme. Class officers decided that stude...

Ending a tradition: Why did Homecoming Quad Decs change to skits?

Ending a tradition: Why did Homecoming Quad Decs change to skits?

Aanchal Garg

August 22, 2016


Filed under Culture, ENTERTAINMENT, Student life

As another year of MVHS starts, students can expect the same back-to-school events: the Welcome Back dance, the rally, the back-to-school drive and the start of Homecoming preparations. Yet, instead of painting cardboard cutouts and boxes for Quad Decorations, students will be dancing and acting for ...

Vlogstars take over the internet

Vlogstars take over the internet

Becca Zheng

August 22, 2016


Filed under Culture, ENTERTAINMENT, Multimedia, Student life

Story co-authored by Dylan Tsai Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Tumblr, Instagram — students have countless outlets to share snippets of their lives online in pictures and stories. Now, that list is extending to include long-form video. Junior Matthew Hsieh, junior Kritika Rao and senior Maddie Park a...

MVHS’s Microfinance Club holds third annual Culture Night

MVHS’s Microfinance Club holds third annual Culture Night

Ananya Bhat

May 9, 2016


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT, Multimedia, Student life

n April 30, MVHS Microfinance Club hosted their own Cultural Night in the auditorium to raise money and awareness for Kiva, a non-profit microfinance organization that gives loans to low-income entrepreneurs. The night included many performances, such as ones from the Marquesas and MV Bhangra. There w...

A bridge to remember: MVHS walks down memory bridge

A bridge to remember: MVHS walks down memory bridge

Om Khandekar

October 19, 2015


Filed under NEWS, News Multimedia, Student life

Over six years ago, the Don Burnett bicycle-pedestrian bridge opened to the public and finally connected two communities split by the I-280 freeway. Since then, the bridge has only grown in prominence around Cupertino. MVHS math teacher David Greenstein was part of the committee that ultimately decided...

Video/Q&A: Raas members teach basic steps and prepare for tryout process

Video/Q&A: Raas members teach basic steps and prepare for tryout process

Sanjana Murthy

September 27, 2015


Filed under Briefs, ENTERTAINMENT, Entertainment featured, Multimedia, Performing Arts, Student life, Video

Raas is one of three Indian dance teams on campus and performs at multiple shows in the Bay Area throughout the year, including Spotlite, held annually at MVHS in May. The all-female dance group is currently in the process of putting together its new team and preparing for the upcoming season. Captains...

Photo gallery: Firsts at the Welcome Back Rally

Photo gallery: Firsts at the Welcome Back Rally

Avni Prasad

August 31, 2015


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT, Student life

he Welcome Back Rally is a rally full of firsts. Class of 2019 watch their first rally unfold not knowing what to expect. Some of the freshmen sit on the bleachers. Class of 2018 walks in the gym with a new found confidence. They know better than to sit on the bleachers. The mistakes they made last ...