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The F-Word: Failure

The F-Word: Failure

Examining the influence of failure in the MVHS community
The S-word: the prevalence of slut shaming at MVHS

The S-word: the prevalence of slut shaming at MVHS

Shuvi Jha and Ayah Ali-Ahmad April 12, 2019

“She was wearing a bralette; what did she expect?” “What a whore; she’s slept with four guys.” “She is such a slut; she deserves all this.” lut shaming refers to the practice...

The truth about lying

The truth about lying

Claire Wen and Claire Chang February 6, 2019

e had two options: do his homework or watch TV. He hesitated for a bit, thinking that being productive would be the right thing to do — but then again, there was only one assignment left. He turned...

A roll of the dice

A roll of the dice

Claire Wen November 21, 2018

atching as the die spirals through the air, the player holds his breath, crosses his fingers, hoping for the number that will win the game. It lands and bounces, once, twice, three times. He releases his...

Recommendation letters from a different perspective

Recommendation letters from a different perspective

Claire Wen November 20, 2018

leaf floats gently from the trees, joining the array of other vibrant reds and oranges fluttering to the ground. A chilly breeze whispers through the air, rustling the leaves as it passes by. Autumn has...

Dreamscape: Students and teachers reveal their craziest dreams

Dreamscape: Students and teachers reveal their craziest dreams

Annie Zhang and Laasya Koduru October 24, 2018

CHEMISTRY TEACHER MIA ONODERA Chemistry teacher Mrs. Onodera describes her dream — she is running around in a disorderly frenzy trying to locate her runaway son. While doing so, she runs into a colleague...

AVID Deconstructed

AVID Deconstructed

Laasya Koduru October 20, 2018

When the bell rings, students settle in their seats as the sound of papers flipping and small whispers permeate the room. The binders click open as the teacher circulates around the room, asking students...

The Breadwinner: A look into senior Vincent Trans bread endeavors

The Breadwinner: A look into senior Vincent Tran’s bread endeavors

Annie Zhang October 12, 2018
Meet Vincent Tran, the famed MVHS bread man
To walk in someone else’s shoes

To walk in someone else’s shoes

Karen Sanchez March 8, 2018

rom Dr. Martens and Adidas to sneakers and flip flops, students around MVHS are spotted wearing different types of shoes that vary in color and style. Whether they wear the same pair daily or make an effort...

Crumbling under weight

Crumbling under weight

Vivian Chiang March 8, 2018

’ve concluded that my body enjoys playing tricks on me, convincing me it’s deteriorating. Logically, I understand it’s my mind that enjoys making me feel unworthy, not my body....

Freshmen, how do you feel?

Freshmen, how do you feel?

Helen Chao January 30, 2018

They sat down and stared at the scantron in front of them, and the haphazardly bubbled scantron stared unflinchingly back at them. Last semester, not only did freshmen experience their first ever round...

Fulfillment: A world of woodworking

Fulfillment: A world of woodworking

Helen Chao December 8, 2017

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