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College crossroads: exploring four MVHS teachers’ unique college experiences

College crossroads: exploring four MVHS teachers’ unique college experiences

Brian Xu

June 2, 2019


Filed under FEATURES, Main slider

As students navigate through their four years at MVHS, thoughts of college and careers undoubtedly brew in their minds. But amid the bustle of projects and exams, there is one group of people that is often drowned out — who have come from vastly different walks of life, pushed through college experiences...

Updating their status

Updating their status

Alyssa Hui

May 24, 2019


Filed under NEWS

Seniors explain their decisions in whether or not to post about what college they will attend

Skipping into Retirement

Skipping into Retirement

Jai Uparkar

May 22, 2019


Filed under NEWS

here were two things math teacher Skip Mueller never wanted to become: a salesman or a teacher. He ended up working in sales engineering for 17 years after graduating from college with a civil engineering degree, which was dependent on the local economy. Soon after semiconductor companies moved away, Muel...

Short end of the stick: Affirmative Action

Short end of the stick: Affirmative Action

Andrea Perng and Annie Zhang

May 22, 2019


Filed under From the magazine, OPINION, Print Opinion

Affirmative Action (AA) is a vehemently debated policy — both a milestone for supporters and a grievance for opposers. Over the past couple of years, news relating to college admissions has been largely dominated by the notorious Harvard lawsuit involving its alleged discrimination against Asian ap...

A step further in athletics and academics

A step further in athletics and academics

Tabitha Mendez

May 5, 2019


Filed under Multimedia, SPORTS, Sports, View full issue

College is just a few months away. For some, college provides another way through which students can explore their passions. But for others, college is a way to take their sport and atheltcism to a higher level — through college recruiting. Athletic recruiting in college refers to the process by...

Massive college cheating scandal reveals the underbelly of privilege

Massive college cheating scandal reveals the underbelly of privilege

Andrea Perng

March 15, 2019


Filed under College News, NEWS

Bribery lead to falsified test scores and athletic profiles everywhere

A Better Summer

A Better Summer

Rana Aghababazadeh and Laasya Koduru

February 6, 2019


Filed under OPINION

The beginning of the new year is a prime time for applying to summer programs. Parents frantically search the web for a program that suits their child’s, or perhaps their own, interests and ambitions, while summer programs collect excessive application fees. For many high school students, summer has go...

Another name

Another name

Jasmine Lee and Iman Malik

January 24, 2019


Filed under Briefs, Multimedia, NEWS

As the college application process begins, many seniors decide to change their Facebook names. Some switched last names with students in their friend group, while others changed both their first and last names to avoid being discovered by college admissions officers. However, no matter the purpose, changing...

Looking back

Looking back

Stuti Upadhyay

September 28, 2018


Filed under From the magazine, OPINION

Ameya Mahajan, MVHS graduating class of 2013, enjoyed classical guitar, was on the swim team, participated in Spanish National Honor Society, Triathlete Music Society, Science National Honor Society and worked as a lifeguard in the summers. Mahajan graduated from Yale with a double major in statisti...

From Matador to Recruit

From Matador to Recruit

Rana Aghababazadeh and Julia Yang

September 28, 2018


Filed under Girls Tennis, SPORTS, Swimming & Diving

As the college application season is now upon the class of 2019, many hopeful students wonder if they’ve satisfied the admissions offices of their favorite schools. Though her classmates are scrambling to perfect applications through the thick of college application season, Ligier is not. For her,...

An Open Letter

An Open Letter

Stuti Upadhyay

May 22, 2018


Filed under Columns, OPINION

Dear Brother, Six days. Six days, and you’ll be done with tutorials, seven period days, bells, passing periods - done with high school. You’ll graduate high school and move on to college, move on to the next chapter in your life. And what does that mean for me? I’ll have my own car. I’ll b...