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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

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...

Next in the Spotlight

Next in the Spotlight

Gauri Kaushik

May 22, 2019

s sophomore Naomi Yin filed into the black box theater along with her fellow drama students during tutorial on May 10, her jaw dropped in surprise when she was met not only by their long-term substitute teacher Jeffrey Adams, but also by Principal Ben Clausnitzer and her World Literature teacher Hannah...

With you until the end: seniors and teachers reflect on their relationships

With you until the end: seniors and teachers reflect on their relationships

Claire Wen and Brian Xu

May 22, 2019

“I feel like teachers really do have that — Hi, Mr. Shelton!” It’s a Wednesday afternoon, 10 minutes after school has ended, when Yearbook Editor in chief Vanessa Lau spots Yearbook adviser Jay Shelton walking toward his car, cutting off mid-sentence to yell the greeting across the staff parki...

English teacher Hannah Gould named new drama teacher

English teacher Hannah Gould named new drama teacher

Gauri Kaushik

May 13, 2019

s sophomore Naomi Yin filed into the black box theater along with her fellow drama students during tutorial on Friday, her jaw dropped in surprise when she was met by not only their long-term substitute teacher Jeffrey Adams, but also by Principal Ben Clausnitzer and her World Literature teacher Hannah...

Advanced Drama Honors performs adaptation of “Into the Woods”

Advanced Drama Honors performs adaptation of “Into the Woods”

Ayah Ali-Ahmad

March 31, 2019

Video trailers, posters, a decorated lobby, Instagram accounts, a website, business cards, a headshot board, star grams, tickets, sweatshirts, a concession stand — the marketing team for Advanced Drama Honors’ yearly musical “Into the Woods” took on more than the usual promotions, developing nu...

Advanced Drama’s annual Shakespeare showcase

Advanced Drama’s annual Shakespeare showcase

Ayah Ali-Ahmad

March 14, 2019

On March 1, the Advanced Drama class performed scenes from Shakespeare classics like “Romeo and Juliet,” “Macbeth,” “Hamlet” and “12th Night.” The student-run showcase of Shakespearean scenes requires students to either direct or act in one of the five scenes and perform each of the scenes...

Santa Claus comes to town

Santa Claus comes to town

Alyssa Hui and Tabitha Mendez

December 16, 2018

Children and staff attend a holiday celebration with Santa and his elves

Games with Improv

Games with Improv

Elena Khan and Justine Ha

October 26, 2018

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...

Improv Club: Looking ahead

Improv Club: Looking ahead

Alyssa Hui and Justine Ha

September 28, 2018

Members discuss their love for Improv Club

A different stage: Students and staff participate in community theater

A different stage: Students and staff participate in community theater

Michelle Wong

April 11, 2018

s the lights in the theater dimmed, the room, filled with dozens of MVHS Spanish students and many more members of the community, came to an eager silence. A man stood solo on the stage, paint across his face, and began speaking in Spanish to the crowd, introducing the play “La Muerte Bail...

New in town

New in town

Jahan Razavi

March 7, 2018

he show never stops for MVHS drama students; even though they have just finished SNL performances, the department’s newest schedule has propelled them as the spring musical — “Urinetown” — is right around the corner. Despite drama teacher Sarah Capule’s maternity leave, the drama students are...