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Path to the Peak: Members of the MVHS community share their backpacking experiences

Photo by Andrew Yang // Used with permission
February 7, 2020

Backpacking: an outdoor activity that combines backcountry camping and hiking, requiring the participant to carry all their necessities on their backs. It can be venturing beyond the state of California...

They/them: Students share their experiences with they/them pronouns

Sophomore Anika Sharma drags face paint down their face, using the colors of the non-binary and LGBTQ flags.
What Merriam-Webster's 2020 Word of the Year means to the MVHS community
February 7, 2020
What Merriam-Webster's 2020 Word of the Year means to the MVHS community

Taking inspiration from the saying ‘Well behaved women rarely make history’

Being Brave: This monthly column explores bravery and this month's topic is facing my fear of contradicting others  and speaking with authority.
My journey to finding the courage to stand by my values and lift my voice
February 2, 2020
My journey to finding the courage to stand by my values and lift my voice

Students travel to different countries over winter break

Freshman Akanksha Varanasi traveled to historical sites in the Middle East. Photo courtesy of Akanksha Varanasi
February 1, 2020

Freshman Akanksha Varanasi  When freshman Akanksha Varanasi traveled to the Middle East, she took note of the locals’ hospitality. Whenever she went into a souvenir shop, which were typically...

Peeling back the layers: American Born Chinese replaces The Scarlet Letter

Peeling back the layers: American Born Chinese replaces The Scarlet Letter
Examining how the minority experience is taught by white HAmLit teachers
January 31, 2020
Examining how the minority experience is taught by white HAmLit teachers

50 Questions with I-Chu Chang

In the seventh installment of the recurring series, El Estoque asks I-Chu Chang 50 questions about herself
January 28, 2020
In the seventh installment of the recurring series, El Estoque asks I-Chu Chang 50 questions about herself

Senior Adam Wang’s fight against his hearing disability

Senior Adam Wang's fight against his hearing disability
Exploring senior Adam Wang’s hardships with his hearing disability
January 13, 2020
Exploring senior Adam Wang’s hardships with his hearing disability

Family together: exploring the lives of students and teachers in single parent families

Family together: exploring the lives of students and teachers in single parent families
January 10, 2020

Most students of the MVHS community are accustomed to seeing two parents when they come home from school every day. But this experience is not one that is shared by all. According to a survey of 350 MVHS...

Holistic healing: Students and staff share their experiences with traditional Chinese medicine

Athletic trainer Javier Margarito uses traditional Chinese medicine techniques, such as cupping, on students.
Exploring how MVHS staff and students implement Chinese medicine techniques
January 10, 2020
Exploring how MVHS staff and students implement Chinese medicine techniques

50 Questions with Bonnie Belshe

January 7, 2020

nspired by Vogue’s video series ‘73 Questions,’ El Estoque sits down with U.S. History teacher Bonnie Belshe to ask her 50 questions. Belshe describes what she loves most about the holiday season,...

In-game impulse: Students and teachers disclose their opinions on toxic gaming

Photo Illustration | Jefferson Le and Annie Zhang
Investigating the toxicity and banter in online gaming communities
December 20, 2019
Investigating the toxicity and banter in online gaming communities

Members of the MVHS community use their voices in audiobooks and commentating

Members of the MVHS community use their voices in audiobooks and commentating
Ways in which the MVHS community uses its voice aside from speaking
December 17, 2019
Ways in which the MVHS community uses its voice aside from speaking
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