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The best stories being published on the SNO Sites network

Best of SNO

Stories from Monta Vista High School
“Partner Track” falls short in its attempt at representation
Arts & Entertainment

Angela Zhang | September 26, 2022

While depicting the unbreakable glass ceiling women and non-white individuals face when climbing the corporate ladder, Netflix’s new series “Partner Track” fails to portray representation at every front…

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‘Traumazine’ is a reclaim of artistic identity
Arts & Entertainment

Aashi Venkat | September 20, 2022

“I ain’t perfect, but anything I did to any of  you –– y’all deserved it” 

Rapper Megan Thee Stallion unleashes a glorious thunderstorm of pent-up emotions in her seventh studio album “Traumazine.”…

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Packaging the period plan
News

Lauren Chuu | September 14, 2022

FUHSD will begin providing free menstrual products in restrooms across all five high schools beginning the 2022-23 school year, in accordance with the Menstrual Equity for All Act signed into law by Gov….

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Shifting opinions around SROs
News

Ananya Chaudhary | September 12, 2022

It took 78 minutes for the school district’s police force to enter the Robb Elementary classroom in Uvalde, Texas, where 19 students and two adults were killed on May 24. The shooting exhibited flaws…

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Paving the way for safer roads
News

Kalyani Puthenpurayil | June 2, 2022

With a vision to decrease the fatalities and severe injuries on roads, the Cupertino City staff has been tackling local road safety through the Local Road Safety Plan. The LRSP is currently in its development…

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Discipline? Or abuse?
Opinions

Tvisha Gupta | June 2, 2022

Content warning: This story contains descriptions of physical and verbal abuse. Reader discretion is advised.

The student source in this story is anonymous due to safety concerns and will be referred…

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‘Mr. Morale and The Big Steppers’ breaks down masculine identity
Arts & Entertainment

Aditya Shukla | May 25, 2022

“I’ve been goin’ through somethin’ / One-thousand eight-hundred and fifty-five days / I’ve been goin’ through somethin’ / Be afraid”

“Mr. Morale and The Big Steppers” is the fifth record released…

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Male athletes experience muscle envy
Sports

Tvisha Gupta | May 24, 2022

The thundering sound of feet slamming onto the field filled the air as the athletes on the MVHS football team sprinted across the field for their running drills as part of their daily practice. Senior…

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From state to state: A political and cultural shift
Features

Melody Cui | May 20, 2022

Choir teacher Amy Young could have been legally fired for being a gay teacher when she lived in Florida four years ago. This possibility, combined with the constant feeling of being a minority,  convinced…

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‘Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ lives up to its name
Arts & Entertainment

Tanish Mendki | May 18, 2022

Diving headfirst into the concept of the existence of multiple universes in past films such as ‘Loki’ and ‘Spiderman: No Way Home,’ ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ is another…

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One step forward, two steps back
Opinions

Melody Cui | May 12, 2022

In 2022 alone, there have already been more than 200 anti-LGBTQ+ bills proposed, with about half targeting transgender individuals and most revolving around healthcare, sports equality or education. Following…

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Subconscious communication
Audio

Mikaylah Du | May 10, 2022

Mikaylah Du · Subconscious communication
“As human beings we’re social animals, right? We, for the most part, crave connection and being with others,” Seyer said. “And part of that, of reading…

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Reacting to the Russia-Ukraine War
News

Anna Kaminitz | May 9, 2022

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]hough half of her family is Ukrainian and the other half is Russian, senior Sophia Bokovikova says both sides of her family hold a united view on the Russia-Ukraine war: they’re against…

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White passing
Opinions

Anna Jerolimov | April 29, 2022

In seventh grade, I had a conversation with one of my white classmates about where we would like to live in the future. On the topic of racial diversity as a factor, the classmate glanced around at our…

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The life and legacy of Yang Yang Liu
Features

Jayanti Jha | April 27, 2022

On a chilly Saturday morning in a park in Atherton, California, right after Christmas 2021, a man clad in a black sherpa pullover, tight black jeans and black leather boots walked up to a podium in front…

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Displaced by war
Features

Krish Dev | April 26, 2022

Sonya Povalchuk

For sophomore Sonya Povalchuk, the morning of Feb. 25 started with two loud explosions. Although she felt like the explosions had taken place in her own backyard, she later learned that…

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“Everything Everywhere All at Once” puts heart into comedy
Arts & Entertainment

Lillian Wang | April 25, 2022

Laundromat owner Evelyn Wang’s failure to file her taxes tips into a multiversal war over a world-ending bagel in “Everything Everywhere All at Once,” released in theaters nationwide on April 8….

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Implementing affordable housing in Cupertino
News

Melody Cui | April 20, 2022

Located in the heart of the Cupertino on Stevens Creek Boulevard, Westport Cupertino is a mixed-use urban area project, which was approved on Aug. 18, 2020, that demolished and replaced The Oaks Shopping…

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The humans I met in New York
Opinions

Krish Dev | April 20, 2022

It had been more than two years since the last time I had been on a plane, but after finding a ticket to New York City for $70 and having some time to kill, I booked a four day adventure. I boarded the…

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“Morbius” fails to deliver a memorable origin story
Arts & Entertainment

Minjae Kang | April 19, 2022

Marvel Entertainment’s classic villain Morbius makes his live-action debut in Sony’s latest film. Directed by Daniel Espinosa, “Morbius” tells the story of doctor Michael Morbius, (played by Jared…

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“Bridgerton” is another disappointment in Indian representation
Arts & Entertainment

Anushka De | April 5, 2022

The second season of Netflix’s “Bridgerton,” which aired on March 25, is the drama-infused next chapter in the stories of the provocative reimagination of the courting season in 19th Century England….

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Cupertino addresses homelessness through a city plan and partner programs
News

Melody Cui | March 28, 2022

The city of Cupertino intends on adopting an official city plan to end homelessness by this summer, becoming the first city in Santa Clara County to develop and begin the drafting process. Added to this…

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“jeen-yuhs” is a riveting time capsule of Ye’s life
Arts & Entertainment

Gauri Manoj | March 22, 2022

“Me doing this documentary right now, it’s a little narcissistic or whatever. But f— it, you know what I’m saying?” rapper Ye, commonly known as Kanye West, tells the camera in 2001.

It was…

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Disney’s “Turning Red” puts an Asian spin on the coming of age experience
Arts & Entertainment

Krish Dev | March 17, 2022

“My whole life I’ve been perfect little Mei Mei. But maybe I like this new me.”

Chinese Canadian teenager Meilin Lee transforms into a giant red panda whenever she feels strong emotions in Disney’s…

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Eileen Gu skis over national and political boundaries
Sports

Sarah Liu | March 17, 2022

The announcement “Gold medalist and Olympic champion, People’s Republic of China!” drew cheers from the crowd as 18-year-old freestyle skier Ailing Eileen Gu stepped onto the podium to receive her…

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‘The Batman’ is a nuanced take on a classic character
Arts & Entertainment

Nameek Chowdhury | March 15, 2022

As the bat-signal looms over a Halloween night, “The Batman” plunges audiences into Gotham City’s underbelly. Directed by Matt Reeves and starring Robert Pattinson and Zoë Kravitz, the film released…

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Rapping provides escape
Arts & Entertainment

Aditya Shukla | March 3, 2022

Adi S · Rapping provides escape
I’m just a kid who wants do this as a profession in the future, and probably having something as a backup if this fails.

In a pandemic-ridden 2021, Fremont High…

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Examining racism in sports
Sports

Sophia Chen | February 24, 2022

The first time senior Arthur Chan, who is Chinese, experienced a racial microaggression was at a school volleyball tournament where a couple of players made a racist eye gesture toward him and one of his…

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Increasing theft in California prompts safety concerns and legal backlash
News

Melody Cui | February 17, 2022

In the past six months, reports of theft have surged throughout California, impacting residents statewide and prompting political backlash and safety concerns.

The alarms are most prominently sounded…

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The rooting dilemma
Sports

Geethikaa Tarra, Nika Zamani | February 16, 2022

Sophomore Dylan Chaahoub is an American citizen who ethnically identifies as French and Moroccan-American. When it comes to international sports, Chaahoub is met with a dilemma: which country does he pledge…

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Students and administrators discuss methods for helping those who are hard of hearing
Features

Gauri Manoj | February 10, 2022

The students in her elementary school classes always admired junior Myrna Chang’s “colorful ears.”

Born deaf in both ears, Chang realized that she had difficulty mastering vowels in preschool,…

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Disney’s ‘Encanto’ is the embodiment of accurate representation
Arts & Entertainment

Aashi Venkat | February 3, 2022

Incorporating a beautifully accurate depiction of immigrant culture, Disney’s 2021 production of “Encanto” provides refreshingly accurate insight into the lives of third generation immigrants of…

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An English-centered Internet causes miscommunication, misinformation and isolation
Opinions

April Wang | February 2, 2022

As billions of people from various cultures and backgrounds use the internet every day, digital language diversity continues to grow. Despite this, English still functions as the internet’s primary language…

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COVID-19 surges for weeks following winter break
News

Krish Dev | January 27, 2022

On the first day of the semester, Jan. 3, FUHSD sent an email to community members that included numerous COVID-19 updates. The email began with a section titled “Increasing COVID Cases,” where it…

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Adoptive families share their experiences
Features

Riya Ravuri | January 18, 2022

In the paint-chipped walls of his orphanage, surrounded by the scream of the other children and a strange new family talking to him in a strange new language, the thing that freshman John Jensen first…

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Federal regulations advance the national approach to climate change
News

Melody Cui | January 12, 2022

The passing of the infrastructure bill, a bipartisan plan allocating funds to the structural foundation of the country, is a major federal step towards addressing and reducing the impacts of climate change.

The…

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Marvel’s ‘Hawkeye’ exceeds expectations
Arts & Entertainment

Krish Dev | January 5, 2022

From his brief cameo in the 2011 film “Thor” to saving the world from an extraterrestrial threat in the 2018 film “Avengers: Endgame,” Marvel Entertainment’s character Hawkeye, played by Jeremy…

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‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ is a feat of nostalgia
Arts & Entertainment

Melody Cui | December 29, 2021

Marvel Entertainment’s “Spider-Man: No Way Home” is the third Spider-Man movie starring Tom Holland. Directed by Jon Watts, the film was released in theaters on Dec. 17 and immediately shattered…

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Students and staff celebrate Hanukkah
Features

Krish Dev | December 22, 2021

Hanukkah is annually celebrated around the beginning of December or November, fluctuating because of the Hebrew lunar calendar.

A central part of Hanukkah is the food — frying foods in oil is especially…

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The Golden Era and modern rap
Arts & Entertainment

Anushka De | December 15, 2021

“This is dedicated to the ni**as that was down from day one. Welcome to Death Row.”

Then, Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr. a.k.a Snoop Dogg’s synth vocals overtake Andre Romelle Young a.k.a Dr. Dre’s…

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Remembering Stacey Cler
Features

Anushka De | December 9, 2021

Literature teacher Stacey Cler could never sleep very well, and sometimes, in the late hours, she would receive phone calls from art teacher Jay Shelton. Shelton met Cler in 2002, and she quickly became…

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‘Forza Horizon 5’ provides endless enjoyment
Arts & Entertainment

Nameek Chowdhury | November 30, 2021

“Forza Horizon 5” follows the same premise as of every “Forza Horizon” game: a car festival takes place in a certain country and the game provides an expansive open-world map, which offers events,…

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‘Red (Taylor’s Version)’ perfectly balances the old and the new
Arts & Entertainment

Aashi Venkat | November 24, 2021

“Tonight we begin again,” Taylor Swift wrote in an Instagram post when “Red (Taylor’s Version),” was released on Friday, Nov. 12, 2021. Nearly a decade after the original album “Red” was…

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Marvel’s “Eternals” disappoints despite an eternal run-time and diverse cast
Arts & Entertainment

Krish Dev | November 15, 2021

Fresh from winning both Best Director and Best Film for her film “Nomadland”, director Chloé Zhao entered the Marvel Cinematic Universe with no meager role: the director of Marvel’s “Eternals.”…

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‘Dune’ attempts too much at once
Arts & Entertainment

Nameek Chowdhury | November 4, 2021

More of a fantasy-based hero’s journey than a science fiction piece, Oscar-winning director Denis Villeneuve tackles the first half of Frank Herbert’s novel “Dune” into a film adaptation which…

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Cheering from the sidelines
Sports

Anushka De | November 3, 2021

She isn’t facing the football field, but senior Seo Eun Kim can feel the energy — or lack thereof — emanating from the athletes behind her as she looks up at the bleachers. The disappointment of…

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‘No Time to Die’ stakes its claim as the ‘most emotional Bond film’
Arts & Entertainment

Nameek Chowdhury | November 1, 2021

Kicking off with the classic gun barrel sequence, “No Time to Die” is the latest addition to the 58- year-old James Bond franchise and the last time Daniel Craig will play the character. The highly anticipated…

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Addressing diversity in the Marvel Cinematic Universe
Arts & Entertainment

Krish Dev | November 1, 2021

Various fields and industries in the United States are currently experiencing a movement to increase representation of racial and gender minorities. Not exempt from this change is the film industry: a…

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Leveling up a hobby
Features

Sonia Verma | October 29, 2021

Above World History and AP Macroeconomics teacher Scott Victorine’s desk rests an electric guitar with the Declaration of Independence printed on its body. It’s one of many unique pieces in his ever-evolving…

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Rohin Inani recycles tennis balls to create ‘green gold’
Sports

Matthew Yoshimoto | October 22, 2021

After picking up one of the many torn, dirt-encrusted and misshapen balls scattered across the tennis courts at MVHS, junior Rohin Inani heads to the recycling bin filled with other defective balls that…

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