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Empowered Women Empower Women

Empowered Women Empower Women

Lakshanyaa Ganesh

May 22, 2019

he rise of the 21st Century has brought in a generation that is more aware, sensitive and progressive in relation to issues that have been plaguing our country for years — more specifically, in support of women’s rights and ways of empowerment. Women’s employment rates and college graduation r...

Coming out of my shell: Forgiving Failures

Coming out of my shell: Forgiving Failures

Emily Xia

November 21, 2018

look at the clock. 2:35 a.m. How could I let this happen again? It seems like every morning I tell myself that I can sleep earlier and get more work done, but I get home, procrastinate and suddenly it’s 2:00 a.m., and I still have two classes’ worth of homework to do. When I was in elem...

Doubled up

Doubled up

Rajas Habbu and Kamyar Moradi

October 24, 2018

He looked around the field, scouting the other players. He was nervous but confident, knowing that he had a strong chance of making the team. All he was waiting for was his name to be called. Time went on, his coach pulling players off the field, congratulating them. But he didn’t hear his name. As...

¡Viva México!

¡Viva México!

Andrea Perng

September 26, 2018

n a flurry of tap-dancing and skirt-twirling, the Mexican folk dance group Ensamble Folclórico Colibrí took the stage on Sept. 14 as part of a Mexican Independence Day celebration involving all Spanish classes as well as students who were in the rally court at lunch. Several Spanish teachers, including...

Idol No More

Idol No More

Jai Uparkar

September 26, 2018

thought meeting Roger Federer would change my life. Roger Federer is considered by many to be the best tennis player of all time, holding the greatest number of Grand Slams for men and collecting 20 Majors in the Open Era, an era of tennis after 1968 when professionals could compete with amateur...

Behind the desk

Behind the desk

Shuvi Jha and Swara Tewari

May 23, 2018

Senior Gokul Pillai stood in the shadowy recesses of the backstage, squinting into the bright lights. He looked into the vast audience — his friends and family members cheering wildly. A part of him couldn’t believe that Spotlite 2018, the annual show hosted by the Indo-American Student Association...

Weight through the ages: how people of different ages feel about weight

Weight through the ages: how people of different ages feel about weight

Zara Iqbal

March 7, 2018

SAAHIL SUKHIJA, 10 Ten-year-old Saahil Sukhija spends most of his time playing basketball, watching Youtube videos and solving math problems — a student at Stevens Creek Elementary, weight doesn’t matter much to him. Sukhija doesn’t think elementary school students have weight standards, because h...

Breaking under pressure: Students with eating disorders during the holidays

Breaking under pressure: Students with eating disorders during the holidays

Zara Iqbal

December 12, 2017

*Names starting with M are false names to protect the anonymous sources. abel had no idea something was terribly wrong. Not when the world began spinning around her as she warmed up in P.E. Not when she could barely finish one slice of turkey and a spoonful of mashed potatoes during Thanksgiving dinn...

Unpacking paranoia: Amazon Key shouldn’t scare us so much

Unpacking paranoia: Amazon Key shouldn’t scare us so much

Nathan Stevens

November 17, 2017

ast month, I signed up for Amazon Prime, joining the 85 million other Amazon Prime members for one simple reason — I hate waiting for shipping. Has anyone ever really received their package in “five to seven business days?” I sure haven’t. So when I heard Amazon was testing a service to make s...

With age comes change

With age comes change

Karen Sanchez

September 13, 2017

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...

Pages of the past

Pages of the past

Michelle Wong

April 17, 2017

Co-written by Ananya Bhat Catcher in the Rye British Literature teacher Randy Holaday "My sister and my dad really liked it so I had really high expectations for the book, and it just wasn’t for me. It was too modern and too, frankly, stupid. I couldn’t see the connections between it and my own experiences. And I...

It’s Unproven

It’s Unproven

Sara Entezarmahdi

December 13, 2016

Conspiracy theories come in different forms. Some are deemed trivial and far-fetched, others not so much. These theories remain unproven and debatable, though it doesn’t stop people from all around the globe to hold them to be true. MVHS students decide for themselves what they choose to believe in...