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Stressing the numbers

Stressing the numbers

Anoop Iyer, Robert Liu, and Sean Yagi

August 26, 2019

Exploring the results of wellness surveys in recent years

A dead end: Exploring the way mental health issues are tackled at MVHS

A dead end: Exploring the way mental health issues are tackled at MVHS

Robert Liu

May 20, 2019

High test scores, newly renovated facilities and a handful of student wellness resources. From the outside, MVHS seems like the perfect school. The school’s academically thriving student body, however, isn’t without those who are struggling. Owing to the pressure to fulfill goals and responsibil...

Father God, take my burdens

Father God, take my burdens

Tyler Cho, Staff Writer

March 31, 2019

Stretching my legs out in front of me, I was greeted by the familiar creaks and pops of my stiff knees and ankles as my bones ground together to get into a more comfortable position. I tried to ignore the burning ache in my back, fighting desperately to keep my attention on the pastor speaking in front...

Reading: my disappearing constant amid rapid change

Reading: my disappearing constant amid rapid change

Dhruvika Randad, Staff Writer

March 27, 2019

There I lay in my bed, under a thick, pink comforter, with the stack of “Geronimo Stilton” and “Garfield” comic books, obtained from my weekly visit to the library. With my stack of books, a water bottle and a couple of munchies, I was ready for my reading marathon as I spent Saturday consumed in...

Let’s Talk: Complaining at MVHS

Let’s Talk: Complaining at MVHS

March 15, 2019

Exploring the implications of complaining as a means of reinforcing negativity or releasing stress

Coming out of my shell: Tissue Turmoil

Coming out of my shell: Tissue Turmoil

Emily Xia

March 13, 2019

felt it as soon as I woke up. Laying in bed, I thought to myself: Ugh. My eyes are swollen again. My instincts were confirmed as I reluctantly rolled out of bed and peered into a mirror. No amount of makeup would hide it, and I could only hope that my glasses would somewhat conceal the puffiness ...

Making the right call

Making the right call

Brian Xu

February 6, 2019

A sharp, throbbing fire pulses through your arm, flowing down past the elbow and swelling at the wrist. The crowd of people fades into the background, the soccer game long forgotten as a silent scream works its way up your throat. Peering down nervously, you examine your hand, flexing your fingers back ...

Out of Time

Out of Time

Jai Uparkar

December 18, 2018

haven’t played tennis in four weeks and I didn’t even realize it. I haven’t gone to the court or even picked up my racket. For a player who would practice for three hours every day on the weekdays and even more on the weekends, the sudden lack of tennis in my life is strange. I never made t...

The mental game

The mental game

Roshan Fernandez and Rajas Habbu

November 21, 2018

or senior Akshay Gopalkrishnan, basketball has always been about his physical status. His coaches stress the importance of staying in shape, avoiding injuries and being able to perform at his fullest potential during games. But, Gopalkrishnan admits, there is a whole other side to athletics — the m...

Retake remake

Retake remake

Flora Peng

November 5, 2018

Almost every student is familiar with the sensation of receiving horrible scores for a test they studied really hard for. The gut-sinking feeling comes accompanied by a subsequent frantic search for a teacher’s syllabus, or message to a friend, to find out whether a retake will be offered. With th...

Supporting the staff

Supporting the staff

Brian Xu

October 24, 2018

The turning point of now history teacher Scott Victorine’s first career occurred as he was eating lunch at his former law firm. As a paralegal in immigration law, Victorine was overwhelmed with stress. He sat staring at his lunchbox one hectic day and he decided he needed to find another career path. ...

Loosen up: tips on de-stressing during the school year

Loosen up: tips on de-stressing during the school year

Elena Khan and Emily Xia

September 5, 2018

ith school starting, tests will start to monopolize schedules and peaceful hours of sleep may be replaced with painful all-nighters. Although stress is inevitable, integrating these easy and quick tips into your daily routine can help you break unhealthy habits. Read the story here.  ...