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The incremental successes: Monta Vista Robotics Team season recap

The incremental successes: Monta Vista Robotics Team season recap

Rana Aghababazadeh and Brandon Ng

May 24, 2019

During the summer before each school year, the Monta Vista Robotics Team (MVRT) hosts a program called Head Start, in which incoming underclassmen learn the necessary skills to join the team; these skills  then are retaught during the larger training sessions. From September through December, the team host...

Stepping stones to a Mock Trial competition

Stepping stones to a Mock Trial competition

Jasmine Lee

September 27, 2018

efore evening trainings begin, Mock Trial officers hosted their second member meeting in D202 where students shared out their points that could potentially assist the prosecutor and defender in their favor during the official court hearing. Throughout the meeting, members learned to recognize different...

Monta Vista Robotics Team recovers after having their robot stolen

Monta Vista Robotics Team recovers after having their robot stolen

Nathan Stevens

April 11, 2018

The Monta Vista Robotics Team was in high spirits as they boarded the airplane for their competition in Salt Lake City, Utah. With a truck full of tools and the robot that they had worked on tirelessly for months, they checked into their hotels and did some brief preparation for the next two days of co...

Smash club holds its first tournament

Smash club holds its first tournament

Zara Iqbal

October 18, 2017

The popular console game was released almost two decades ago, but Super Smash Bros. continues to bring people together. On October 6, MVHS Smash club held its first tournament of the year. Students filed into the Student Union to play Super Smash Bros. Melee on the GameCubes or Super Smash Bros. on the Wii...

Looking back: How school spirit and discussion about student wellness in school tackles mental health

Shriya Deshpande

May 26, 2017

never understood why everyone kept saying “MVHS is so competitive” until my sophomore year of high school. I can remember the specific moment: My friend and I were sitting on a mud-colored bench, she chipping away at a Nature Valley bar while I rambled on about a club we were going to join. At o...

Brilliantile snow removal device, finalist in the Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge, explained

Brilliantile snow removal device, finalist in the Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge, explained

Shriya Deshpande

March 9, 2017

hen visiting his family in Boston, sophomore Aditya Shah didn’t realize that an almost-collapsed rooftop, cracking with the weight of snow on it, would lead to his future co-creation of a Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge-winning device. The Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge is an annual competiti...

Marquesas work on new character routine for new competition season

Marquesas work on new character routine for new competition season

Ilena Peng

September 18, 2016

he Marquesas slowly trickle into the gym on Sunday, Sept. 11 at 9 a.m., slipping in through the only unlocked side gate of the student parking lot. The campus is almost entirely quiet except for the faint sound of music. The gym is filled with laughter as dancers attempt new jumps for their newest ro...

Junior Rachel Lau named Swim Outlet Swimmer of the Month

Junior Rachel Lau named Swim Outlet Swimmer of the Month

Amanda Chan

May 20, 2016

Co-written by Akshara Majjiga The first time junior Rachel Lau got into the pool, she was just learning to use her arms and legs. Since swimming runs in her family, Lau began learning to swim as a baby. “My grandpa used to be a national swim coach in China,” Lau said. “I was a water baby. ...

Robotics kicks off build season

Robotics kicks off build season

Daniel Lin

March 30, 2016

t has officially begun. After nearly four months of training and preparations, the robotics team finally began their build season on Saturday. As the team was presented with a prompt, a multitude of voices could be heard in the auditorium while students discussed different strategies and game plans for ...

Science Olympiad implements changes after Mira Loma Invitationals

Science Olympiad implements changes after Mira Loma Invitationals

Aanchal Garg

January 27, 2016

“We were not ready for the carnage,” Science Olympiad president senior Ishaan Shah said at a lunch meeting. On Jan. 9, Science Olympiad competed at invitationals at Mira Loma High School in Sacramento. However, because it was the first competition of the year, the members did not do as well as t...

First competition, first place: Cheer starts the season off strong

First competition, first place: Cheer starts the season off strong

Fatima Ali

November 6, 2015

Co-written by Priya Reddy. he true feeling of a team is in the air as the cheer members reflect on their frantic day. The bus ride home from Stockton is full of sore, exhausted girls, but their spirits have never been higher. Cheer recently placed first at their first competition of the season, k...