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VIDEO: Counterculture Day held on May 10

VIDEO: Counterculture Day held on May 10

Yimeng Han

May 11, 2012

On Thursday May 10, History Teacher Bonnie Belshe held her 7th annual Counterculture Free Frame of Reference Day. The event was held in her classroom, C103 and was designed to give her U.S. History students a break and a glimpse into the sixties’ counterculture and hippie lifestyle. Belshe prepare...

DRAMA: Student-produced “Amelia Earhart” soars high

DRAMA: Student-produced “Amelia Earhart” soars high

Amrutha Dorai

May 8, 2012

Amelia Earhart was not a quitter. She battled countless failures and naysayers throughout her life. However, the pilot always stubbornly refused to give in, and this strong sense of will is the engine behind the drama department’s new student produced show “Amelia Earhart.” In the production, ...

Olympic psychologist holds seminar for MVHS track team

Olympic psychologist holds seminar for MVHS track team

Carissa Chan

May 6, 2012

On May 1 at 6:30 p.m., MVHS track athletes and parents trickled into the auditorium, some students still wearing shorts and running shoes. With the auditorium about half full, Steve Portenga, a professional sports psychologist, began his seminar on the psychology of sports performance. In a two-h...

PHOTO GALLERY: Communications hosts car show on May 4

PHOTO GALLERY: Communications hosts car show on May 4

Lisa Zhang

May 6, 2012

On May 4, the MVHS Communications Commission held their annual car show in the rally court during lunchtime. Students were allowed to cast votes for the cars in three categories: Best in Show, Most Green and Most Character. Votes were tallied at the end of lunch. Senior Varun Jain won Best in Show, senior Eric Hu won the Most Green, and senior Hannah Debaets won the Most Character category. Each of the winners was awarded a $50 d...

‘The Avengers’ an all-star film of superheroic action

‘The Avengers’ an all-star film of superheroic action

El Estoque Staff

May 6, 2012

Ah, cinema: the only place where gaudy, ludicrous costumes can look good. Nowhere is that more apparent than in “The Avengers,” a comic book movie directed by Joss Whedon and released May 4. The film is a two-and-a-half hour long action extravaganza that stars a host of Marvel’s most profitab...

MV Robotics competes at National Championships

MV Robotics competes at National Championships

Kevin Guo

May 5, 2012

From April 25 to 28, the MV Robotics Team competed in the National Championships of the FIRST Robotics Competition in St. Louis, Missouri. Although the team did not qualify for the elimination rounds of the tournament, MVRT won four of the nine qualification matches that they competed in and topped off th...

Purple and Gold Awards held May 2

Purple and Gold Awards held May 2

Amrutha Dorai

May 5, 2012

The annual Purple and Gold awards were hosted in the gym on May 2 to honor students nominated by teachers for excellence in various subjects. Over 100 students were acknowledged with certificates — as well as a meal catered by the Pasta Market — during the awards ceremony. “[The Purple a...

Over 700 students participate in Bike/Walk to School Day

Over 700 students participate in Bike/Walk to School Day

Amrutha Dorai

May 5, 2012

On May 2, 743 students left the car at home and had a chance to win a free iPad as part of Club Commission’s eighth annual Bike/Walk to School Day. The event, hosted in part by the PTSA, aimed to encourage student awareness of the harmful effects of vehicular transportation. Although origin...

Girls softball: Initial gap in score leads to loss for Matadors

Girls softball: Initial gap in score leads to loss for Matadors

Angela Liu

May 4, 2012

Despite defeating Los Gatos High School at their April 28 game, the varsity softball home game against the Wildcats ended in defeat on May 1. After a brief lead during the start of the game, the score tipped out of the girls’ favor and did not come back. “There was a lack of focus. Maybe [we were] overconfident, potentially,” head coach Ray Teixeira said. A combination of hard hits and tough defense from LGHS made it ...

Class Officers for 2012-2013 school year announced

Class Officers for 2012-2013 school year announced

Simran Devidasani

May 3, 2012

Update, May 8 at 5:01 p.m.:  Megan Jones was selected as 2013 Vice President. Sriya Srinath was selected as 2014 Secretary. Alexander Pieb was selected as 2014 IDC Representative. Kristi Chon was selected as 2015 Secretary. Jeremy Wang was selected as 2015 Social Manager. All of these selections were made through the runoff elections.  2013 Class Officers  ...

Alumnus Jack Chin finds donor match after four month search

Alumnus Jack Chin finds donor match after four month search

Aafreen Mahmood

May 2, 2012

On April 16, Class of 2007 alumnus Jack Chin posted news that many of his followers on the Facebook page “Save Jack from Leukemia” were hoping for:  “Thank you all for the help and support you have been giving me. In a week, I will be undergoing one of the most dangerous and arduous procedures...

Badminton: Matadors beat Chargers for a 21-9 win

Badminton: Matadors beat Chargers for a 21-9 win

Alexandria Poh

May 2, 2012

On Thursday, April 26, MVHS faced Wilcox High School for the second time, defeating them at home with a dominant score of 21-9. Though the Chargers made noticeable improvements, they were still unable to secure a win. The Matadors overpowered the team with consistent gameplay and the help of several point-costing mistakes by the Chargers. Varsity one mixed doubles:...