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We only make small talk

We only make small talk

Tyler Cho and Brian Xu

April 10, 2019


Filed under OPINION

nteracting with strangers can be terrifying. We’re rarely in physical danger when meeting someone new, but our dignity is on the line. In many cases, interacting with someone new can feel like we’re following a set of procedures, progressing from one stage to the next as we gradually become m...

The friends we overlook

The friends we overlook

Robert Liu and Annie Zhang

April 10, 2019


Filed under OPINION

an I see what you wrote for that?” “There was so much homework last night. I barely finished. You?” “Did you have chemistry yet? Was the lab hard?” We often find these inquiries tumbling from our lips. Classroom friends — the people who slump between the spectrum of passive stranger...

The trampoline girls

The trampoline girls

Swara Tewari, Features editor

February 8, 2019


Filed under FEATURES

Okay, look. I was only in it for the trampoline. At first.   The entire spring of 2010, my sister, neighbor and I had enviously watched the girls across the street jump on their trampoline. We could hear them, laughing and yelling in their backyard. We spent months ducking behind trees, w...

Greater than, less than

Greater than, less than

Flora Peng

October 24, 2018


Filed under OPINION

Growing up, our parents tell us that we are among the best of the best — as humans, nothing can hinder our progress because we are clearly meant to rule the world. As children, we have the brightest futures ahead of us and need only to take the first step towards a lifetime of success. With thi...

Squad names: the story behind the BIBs and the Chads

Squad names: the story behind the BIBs and the Chads

Roshan Fernandez and Herman Saini

August 30, 2018


Filed under FEATURES, Main slider

When junior Ajay Keshava first heard someone use the name BIB to describe his friend group in middle school, he felt uneasy. Coined by others at school, the term stood for “B----y Indian Boys.” The group met on the basketball court –– as a result of lunchtime games at Kennedy MS –– and accor...

From teacher to friend

From teacher to friend

Ria Kolli

May 22, 2018


Filed under OPINION

During her freshman year, sophomore Neha Balusu decided to search up her elementary and middle school teachers on her Facebook. Without hesitating, she pressed “send friend request,” hoping that she could continue keep in touch with her favorite teachers. “I don’t really care if they see what I ...

Cookie connections

Cookie connections

Helen Chao and Emma Lam

March 2, 2018


Filed under FEATURES

Written with Emma Lam  A box of Girl Scout cookies sitting out in the open is simply asking for trouble — specifically, it’s asking for a stampede of hungry kids. These cookies may be a familiar friend, but what about the members themselves who sell the cookies? Watch the video below to lea...

Why be a Study Buddy?

Why be a Study Buddy?

Aditya Dash

November 14, 2017


Filed under Briefs

s the seventh period bell rings, many students with  free periods swarm to the front of the school to go home or talk to their friends. However, others go to the library and stay there after their last class to tutor an MVHS student who needs their help. These students are known as Study Buddies. St...

The girl next-door

The girl next-door

Swara Tewari

September 6, 2017


Filed under FEATURES, Special

Sophomore Sophie Ye sits in the backseat, her backpack on the seat beside her. The morning news, the usual weather and traffic reports, blares from the speakers. The car is filled with the sharp aroma of her dad’s morning coffee. Ye’s dad backs the car out of the driveway and onto the street. H...

Friends and games: How these MVHS students stay afloat in the sea of academics

Friends and games: How these MVHS students stay afloat in the sea of academics

Elizabeth Han

May 31, 2017


Filed under FEATURES

ith a flick of a finger, the white ball flies into the edge of the screen, swiftly springing back to where the finger lies. In a small neon box, the number outlined in black increases uncontrollably. Junior Nikhil Prakash squeezes his left fist in victory, while his right hand is wrapped firmly arou...

Man on the street: MVHS dance culture

Man on the street: MVHS dance culture

Roshan Fernandez

January 31, 2017


Filed under BEYOND THE MAGAZINE, OPINION

Additional reporting Avni Prasad and Kalpana Gopalkrishnan eading up to an MVHS dance, there is always a constant buzz that flows throughout the campus. Students spend hours creating clever posters with name-related puns, going shopping for new dresses, and picking out flowers to impress a potential dat...