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Crafting a traditional farewell: The Farewell Rally

Crafting a traditional farewell: The Farewell Rally

Rucha Soman, Tabitha Mendez, and Rajas Habbu

May 24, 2019


Filed under Briefs

Under the fluorescent lights bouncing off the gym floor, the class of 2019 clothed in Matador garments and purple bandanas ripped through the white breakthrough poster, following the Farewell Rally tradition. As always, this year’s Farewell Rally was run by the current ASB and Leadership team, alongs...

Speech and Debate: Explained

Speech and Debate: Explained

Justine Ha and Elena Khan

December 17, 2018


Filed under Briefs, NEWS

From Dec. 14 to Dec 16, MVHS Speech and Debate attended the Winter SCU Invitational at Santa Clara University, which is one of the 20 tournaments MVHS speech and debate attends this school year. The first day, Dec. 14, was for the debate team, while the second and third day, Dec. 15 to 16, was for the...

The branches of MVHS Speech and Debate

The branches of MVHS Speech and Debate

Elena Khan

November 21, 2018


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The Speech and Debate Club offers a variety of events for its members. The three main branches are original oratory, spontaneous, interpretation and exempt, which also falls under spontaneous. The club is divided into junior varsity and varsity. Each person can choose what tournaments they want to a...

Games with Improv

Games with Improv

Elena Khan and Justine Ha

October 26, 2018


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At every Wednesday lunch meeting in the drama black box, Improv Club begins with a warm-up game. The games range from practicing group activities to participating in debates. Adviser and drama teacher Jeff Adams views this club as a way to explore the behind-the-scenes of the rehearsal stages and all...

Step out into sunshine

Step out into sunshine

Dhruvika Randad

October 25, 2018


Filed under Briefs, GSA, Lifestyle, OPINION, Uncategorized

To celebrate LGBTQ+ awareness and acceptance, MVHS’ Gender Sexuality and Alliance (GSA), held its biggest event of the year: National Coming Out Day. The door, courtesy of the drama department, was garnished with various flags representing different sexualities and genders. The event physically and metaph...

Monta Vista Robotics Team: Kickoff of the competition season

Monta Vista Robotics Team: Kickoff of the competition season

Emily Xia

February 2, 2018


Filed under NEWS

econd semester has begun, and while many students are still re-adjusting to their classes and workload, the members of the Monta Vista Robotics Team, or MVRT, are gathered together, working diligently towards having a successful kickoff to their competition season. The kickoff started on Jan. 6 at 9:15 AM...

The faces behind La Pluma

Karen Sanchez

October 20, 2017


Filed under Briefs, La Pluma

There are a million details that bombard a person as they walk into room B205. The most overwhelming aspect are the posters that brighten the room’s beige walls, displaying an array of colors, images, and messages. The quirky yet sophisticated environment fits the very image of La Pluma, MVHS’s cre...

Art Club Members work together to create a comic

Art Club Members work together to create a comic

Priya Reddy

April 17, 2017


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he members of Art Club had gathered on Monday, April 3 to create their own comics. They were given a choice: they could either work together and create a chronological story panel or they could work separately to draw their own comics and later reconvene to connect them into a story. Hover over the photo ...

From start to end: Romeo and Juliet

From start to end: Romeo and Juliet

Emma Lam

March 10, 2016


Filed under Briefs, ENTERTAINMENT

Cowritten by Vivian Chiang Sophomore Kayleen Nordyke comes down from the technology booth in a flaming red dress, short in the front, high in the back. The click of her heels hits the floor as she walks to the center of the room. She turns to face the audience, full of freshman classes,  and starts h...

Four new elements on Periodic Table complete seventh row

Four new elements on Periodic Table complete seventh row

Shriya Deshpande

January 15, 2016


Filed under Briefs, NEWS

t takes two experiments to confirm the existence of an element, an action that will earn the element an official symbol and name. On Dec. 30, the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry verified elements 113, 115, 117 and 118 as discoveries and is now in the process of finalizing names and s...

GSA plans to host vigil in honor of Transgender Day of Remembrance

GSA plans to host vigil in honor of Transgender Day of Remembrance

Sneha Gaur

November 19, 2015


Filed under Briefs, NEWS

On Nov. 20, GSA will be holding a silent vigil in the academic quad during lunch to remember transgender people who have died as a result from transphobia and recognize the struggles that trans people face every day. If you want to learn more about how to be inclusive in your language, GSA will be ...