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Homecoming 2019: Behind the scenes

Homecoming 2019: Behind the scenes

Robert Liu, Shivani Gupta, Alyssa Hui, Anish Vasudevan, Shreshta Ranganathan, Leanna Sun, and Vivian Jiang

October 22, 2019

Homecoming week is an annual celebration filled with school spirit, class performances and an assortment of rally games. The lively skits performed by each class are the painstakingly percolated results of weeks of rehearsal and work — work that involved collaboration between students, staff and even...

Powderpuff: How each grade level prepared for and executed their performances

Powderpuff: How each grade level prepared for and executed their performances

Flora Peng, Tabitha Mendez, and Collin Qian

May 24, 2019

Class pitted against class. Hundreds of students gathered in the bleachers to cheer on their teams with painted faces, color-coordinated outfits and voices ready to scream. For most of the school, Powderpuff provides an engaging outlet to showcase school pride before the frenzy of AP Test preparation...

Movie night with ‘22

Movie night with ‘22

Sreya Kumar and Brandon Ng

December 15, 2018

Full crowds. Empty pizza boxes. A sudden drop-out. While the Class of 2022 hosted their movie night, the class officers watched freshmen come together. However, behind the success, there was a scramble. As the class officers had planned it, they would play “Crazy Rich Asians” at the movie night...

Linked together

Sreya Kumar and Brandon Ng

November 19, 2018

Entering high school, freshman Ajit Chamraj didn’t know what to expect. He definitely wasn’t expecting the rows of juniors and seniors, donned in purple tie dye shirts, welcoming him and his fellow freshmen as they walked into the field house for the first time. Soon after, the upperclassmen, who Chamraj e...

Dodgeball: Link leaders vs. Class of 2022

Dodgeball: Link leaders vs. Class of 2022

Sreya Kumar and Brandon Ng

October 4, 2018

“No hitting from waist up, only the legs,” Link leaders frequently reminded the freshmen before the dodgeball game commenced. Thuds and laughter could be heard from the Field House, as Link leaders and freshmen alike threw colorful dodgeballs back and forth. Five weeks into the school year, t...

50 fresh faces

50 fresh faces

Claire Chang and Jai Uparkar

September 6, 2018

Additional reporting from Annie Zhang, Sarah Young, Tyler Cho, Charlotte Chui, Iman Malik, Roshan Fernandez, Laasya Koduru, Herman Saini, Swara Tewari and Shuvi Jha. ach year, the freshman class is welcomed to MVHS by staff and Link leaders. As the freshmen face new opportunities and experiences, they a...

Freshmen, how do you feel?

Freshmen, how do you feel?

Helen Chao

January 29, 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 of finals, but they also ultimately had a taste of what the remaining three and a half years have in ...

Taking their time: Freshmen deal with less playing time on varsity volleyball

Taking their time: Freshmen deal with less playing time on varsity volleyball

Maggie McCormick

September 4, 2017

fter changing into spandex and strapping up their knee pads, the MVHS girls varsity volleyball team warm up and then begin passing in pairs. As practice begins, some girls have the familiar routine embedded in their minds and bodies after playing more than three years on the varsity team.  But for the...

50 fresh faces: Class of 2021

50 fresh faces: Class of 2021

Karen Sanchez

August 23, 2017

Additional reporting by Helen Chao,Charlotte Chui, Alyssa Hui, Shuvi Jha, Katerina Pappas, Stuti Upadhyay, Jai Uparkar, Sarah Young Beginnings can be refreshing — a new start where one is allowed to reinvent themselves. Opportunities are presented left and right, but fear and anxiety are alwa...

MVHS students discuss the purpose and successes of Link Crew

MVHS students discuss the purpose and successes of Link Crew

Mingjie Zhong

August 22, 2016

Run on a national level by The Boomerang Project, a company that focuses on student transition programs, Link Crew aims to welcome and guide high school freshmen through structured peer mentorship. At the end of each school year, sophomores and juniors can apply to become MVHS Link Leaders for the follo...

Track and Field: Q&A with team freshmen

Track and Field: Q&A with team freshmen

Emma Lam

April 1, 2016

Cowritten by Hannan Waliullah and Fatima Ali Photos by Fatima Ali veryone knows what it's like to be an freshman, whether they’re a teacher or a student at MVHS. They’ve all been through the transition from middle school to high school, not knowing where or how they’ll fit in. A few fin...