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Letters that sing: Singing Valentines

Letters that sing: Singing Valentines

Rana Aghababazadeh and Justine Ha

February 18, 2019


Filed under A closer look, Behind the scenes, NEWS

On Feb. 12, two days before Valentine’s Day, groups of  Bella Voce and Variations singers went classroom to classroom, performing various love songs to students for Singing Valentines. Students purchased and sent the Valentines to their person of choice, along with a card and candy. The groups, c...

Behind the scenes: Homecoming

Behind the scenes: Homecoming

Chetana Ramaiyer

October 20, 2017


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT, From the magazine

The Skits: Every weekend over the summer. That’s how long class officers spent brainstorming ideas, making props and writing the script for the Homecoming skits — and how long dance coaches like juniors Shirley Qi and Chloe Wong devoted to planning and choreographing the boys, girls and co...

Behind the scenes at the Halloween Haunt

Behind the scenes at the Halloween Haunt

Meghna Gaddam

October 21, 2015


Filed under BEYOND THE MAGAZINE, ENTERTAINMENT, Entertainment featured, Multimedia, Video

Every year, students from across the Bay Area visit California’s Great America Halloween Haunt for the thrill, scares and spine-chilling scenery. While the visitors enjoy themselves in the scare zones and mazes, the employees stand in the sidelines, witnessing every piercing scream and petrified reaction. Video/Reporting By- Meghna Gaddam, Filming/Reporting By- Fati...

Behind the scenes: Coaches and coordinators facilitate activities away from the spotlight

Behind the scenes: Coaches and coordinators facilitate activities away from the spotlight

Tanisha Dasmunshi

October 11, 2013


Filed under FEATURES

[col type="1_2" class=""][title type="h1"]Monique Balentine[/title] Study Buddies Society [divider type="space_thin"] [dropcap1]F[/dropcap1]or three hours a day, Monique Balentine runs the Study Buddies Society program in a quiet corner of the library — often unseen. Although she has been at MVHS...

Behind the scenes: The force behind the cafeteria construction

Behind the scenes: The force behind the cafeteria construction

Steven Lim

October 10, 2013


Filed under FEATURES, Main slider

he construction for the new complex is divided between anywhere from 5 to 20 subcontractors, and their respective employees. These subcontractors specialize in a specific task like HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning), roofing, and electrical work to be done for the building. Overaa construction...

Behind the scenes: Crossing over to a new life

Behind the scenes: Crossing over to a new life

Yifei Wu

October 10, 2013


Filed under FEATURES

  he banged on the trunk of the car in frustration: “This is no place for cars! You see the sign. Go back!” The driver muttered, but backed out of the pedestrian lane as directed. Crossing guard Jenny Liu marched towards the sidewalk, her neon green cap pronounced over the lines of cars. ...

Behind the scenes: Food on wheels

Ruba Shaik

October 10, 2013


Filed under FEATURES, Multimedia

eeding a school with over 2000 students is no easy feat, but it is a job that cafeteria supervisor Debbie Herrera and her six-person team manage to accomplish everyday without fail. Throughout the school year, Herrera’s day begins at 4 a.m. and continues well into the afternoon. But despite long ho...

Behind the scenes: Paraeducators create support system for student body

Behind the scenes: Paraeducators create support system for student body

Kristin Chang

October 10, 2013


Filed under FEATURES

[dropcap1]I[/dropcap1]t’s Thursday morning and the tutorial bell has just rung. The classroom hums with the whir of rebooted computers, zipping backpacks and rustling paper. Some students tap on their calculators and some fiddle with their erasers, but all are hunched over the morning’s work. Pencils ...