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The best stories being published on the SNO Sites network

Best of SNO

The best stories being published on the SNO Sites network

Best of SNO

Stories from Monta Vista High School
MVHS Retirees
Features

Michelle Chen | May 27, 2021

The end of the 2020-21 school year marks the start of retirement for six MVHS staff members — math teacher Martin Jennings, Guidance Senior Clerical Assistant Elaine Hamilton,…

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Quarantine mottos to live by
Audio

Melody Cui | May 11, 2021

Expect the unexpected

Sophia · Quarantine mottos to live by – Eric Otto
“Expect the unexpected. That’s really been something that I’ve been thinking about a lot since COVID began.”

COVID…

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To tell you the truth…
Features

Nika Zamani | May 5, 2021

Senior Meha Gupta  – 114 grams of happiness

After much debate, senior Meha Gupta was able to convince her dad to buy her absolute favorite food: Chocolate fudge Pop Tarts (the official PopTart…

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Social change.org
Opinions

Anushka De | May 4, 2021

In March of 2020, a couple days before school shut down and a pandemic transformed the world into an indefinite state of desuetude, a www.change.org petition began circulating in my AP Physics I group…

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MVHS students take off through Civil Air Patrol
Features

Anjali Singh | May 3, 2021

Since he was young, senior Konosuke Kato had always been fascinated by rockets and airplanes — his dream was to be a fighter pilot. But as he grew up, Kato’s dedication to this dream slowly faded away,…

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The MVHS community works on sexual harassment and assault awareness and prevention initiatives
News

Oishee Misra | April 26, 2021

Starting in March, several students within the MVHS and FUHSD community began sharing their stories of sexual harassment and assault through social media. What began as a few posts soon gave rise to what…

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The other side
Audio

Mikaylah Du | April 21, 2021

https://soundcloud.com/mikaylah-du/the-other-side

“I don’t know exactly how much my students are getting out of remote learning. I don’t know if I’m doing the best job I can do, because I don’t have…

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Art after high school
Arts & Entertainment

Kripa Mayureshwar | April 21, 2021

“I remember telling someone I wanted to pursue animation,” senior Pearl Raina said. “And they were like, ‘You should learn how to code because it goes together,’ and I was sitting there like…

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“Not like other girls”
Opinions

Kripa Mayureshwar | April 7, 2021

“Who is your favorite Power Ranger?”

As a six year old at the time, this wasn’t something I had really thought about. A friend asked this question as we huddled together on a hot summer day, talking…

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“Bitch”
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Oishee Misra | April 6, 2021

Well-behaved women seldom make history.

This quote by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich has materialized as stickers on laptops, posters on walls and on who knows how many Pinterest boards. Most interpret…

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It’s been a year now?
Video

Kripa Mayureshwar | April 6, 2021

After hitting the one year mark of school closure, four students reflect on COVID-19, their experiences with it and their predictions for the future.

This story was originally published on El Estoque…

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Anti-Asian hate crimes surge during the pandemic
News

Jannah Sheriff | April 6, 2021

Atlanta shooting

A vigil held on March 20 in San Francisco’s Chinatown mourned the deaths of eight people, including six women of Asian descent, during the March 16 shootings at three spas in Atlanta,…

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MVHS Influencers
Audio

Gavin Hung | April 5, 2021

Gavin Hung · MVHS Influencers
Social media is a way to express yourself and put yourself out there to the internet. Alumni Brett Park, ’20, started his art Instagram account, @thumbpaint, in his…

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The apathetic student response
Opinions

Kripa Mayureshwar | March 31, 2021

Even after the insurrection at the Capitol Hill Building on Jan. 6, 2021, discourse about what happened has continued and political tension is at an all time high. 

However, there are also people who…

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Celebrating Nowruz
Features

Nika Zamani | March 29, 2021

For the second time, the Persian New Year Nowruz occurred on March 20 during the COVID-19 pandemic, restricting the extent to which families could celebrate. Prior to the pandemic, typical Nowruz celebrations…

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Young investors
Features

Rachel Jiang | March 29, 2021

Initially a skeptic of Bitcoin, a well-known cryptocurrency, junior Anant Somani tried his chances last year, buying one bitcoin for the market value of around $12,000. After a year, the odds ruled in…

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“The experience of too many women”
Features

Anushka De | March 25, 2021

“I decided to share my story…”

The reasons and context behind the posts

“When you go to parties in the future, you’re going to have to make sure [you] never accept a drink from someone…

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The dangers of the “#notallmen” movement
Opinions

Iman Malik | March 25, 2021

It is dark and cold and almost 11 p.m. when I walk out of my committee room after the first session of a three-day Model UN conference. I sign out with a club officer and begin making my way to where my…

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“Parent bullies” and “teachers who cried wolf”
News

Anushka De | March 22, 2021

Desks, once grouped together in friendly clusters, are now islands spaced six feet apart, dotting the classroom landscape. Hand sanitizer bottles and disinfecting wipes ornament the tables along the rooms’…

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Who made Taylor Swift famous?
Arts & Entertainment

Gauri Manoj | March 16, 2021

“What do you care? You go through men faster than Taylor Swift.” 

This line in the 2020 Netflix TV series “Ginny and Georgia” caused controversy on Twitter, accompanied by a response from the pop…

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Immigration stories: moving schools across borders
Audio

Michelle Chen | March 8, 2021

Michelle Chen · Immigration stories: moving schools across borders
“The fact that I came in 10th grade and I was so lost in the first semester, me and my family, we were just, in the back of our…

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Off the market: How Robinhood’s mission to democratize trading highlights a bigger problem of financial illiteracy
Features

Anushka De | March 8, 2021

Late in January of 2021, news of the “GameStop incident” dominated headlines as people across the country witnessed a group of retail traders — individuals who buy and trade stocks for personal accounts…

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Let’s stop normalizing and minimizing the impact of eating disorders
Opinions

Melody Cui | March 8, 2021

TW: This article discusses sensitive issues such as eating disorders and body image. 

“I wasn’t going to eat anyways.”

This phrase is frequently seen as the top comment on TikTok videos featuring…

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Reflecting on Black History Month
Opinions

Oishee Misra | March 1, 2021

Sometimes it feels like the typical MVHS student’s love language is criticism (is it ironic that an editorial full of critiques begins with this? A little.)

This year’s Advisory lessons have offered…

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Power of the press
Opinions

Shivani Verma | February 22, 2021

Three-year-old Alan Kurdi laid facedown, unmoving, on a beach in Bodrum, Turkey. During the summer of 2015, Kurdi was one of 3,600 refugees fleeing the Middle East, but when his raft capsized, he drowned…

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Palo Alto High School community expresses outrage and takes action after alleged sexual assault incidents
News

Oishee Misra | February 19, 2021

Recent events surrounding sexual assault allegations and solidarity for victims at Palo Alto HS

A Palo Alto High School (Paly) alumni’s ex-girlfriend posted a statement on her Snapchat story on Jan….

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The conservative minority
Audio

Rachel Jiang | February 18, 2021

When you think of Monta Vista High School, what do you envision? Progressive students? Politically aware? A place where we delve into capitalist critiques and social justice issues?

How about the conservative…

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“That’s not REAL art”
Arts & Entertainment

Mikaylah Du | February 17, 2021

It doesn’t have any meaning, she recalls her mom saying. Drawing these things isn’t going to help you or take you anywhere.

Senior Kelly Yong had just shown her mom her sketchbook where she had…

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Tiny Love Stories
Features

Anushka De | February 15, 2021

This Valentines’ Day, read the tiny love stories of eight members of the MVHS community below.
Home away from home

Avni Gandhi
The spicy aromas of her grandmother’s cooking, mixed with the sweet…

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Man on the street: Athletes share special phrases from their sports
Sports

Jayanti Jha | February 15, 2021

JJ · Special sports phrases
Splat. S-p-l-a-t. Bogey. B-o-g-e-y. Offside. O-f-f-s-i-d-e. Paint. P-a-i-n-t. Pancake. P-a-n-c-a-k-e.

As possibilities of the start of sports seasons arise, El Estoque…

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Game-changing therapy
Audio

Brian Xu | February 11, 2021

During the COVID-19 pandemic, video games have seen a spike in popularity like never before, with three out of four Americans playing video games in the month of June alone, and half of them playing…

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Biking during quarantine
Sports

Riya Ravuri | February 9, 2021

[dropcap]A[/dropcap]s schools and businesses shut down last March, the U.S. experienced a significant decrease in the number of cars on the road, as many individuals shifted to remote working and learning….

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Competitive programming
Features

Gavin Hung | February 4, 2021

Junior Nathan Wang first started competitive programming out of curiosity in December of 2016. Since then, he has been interested in investigating different ways to solve the same problem. By the summer…

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All wrapped up
Arts & Entertainment

Anushka De | January 29, 2021

On Tuesday, Dec. 1, Spotify released its annual Spotify Wrapped, a personalized account of every user’s music history and trends on the app through the year. Presented in a slideshow with accompanying…

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Va-MINE-a
Opinions

Anushka De | January 28, 2021

We called it Honey Glazed Donuts.

As ten-year-olds, the thought of saying “Human Growth and Development,” or even HG&D, seemed out of place.

We huddled in clumps and sat on the ground…

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From the soul
Audio

Diya Bahl | January 27, 2021

El Estoque · From the soul

Pop, rap, R&B, indie, rock, heavy metal, lofi … the list of music genres goes on and on, but of course, everyone has their preferences. For senior Conner Yin,…

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The continued erasure of MLK’s legacy
Opinions

Jannah Sheriff | January 27, 2021

[dropcap]E[/dropcap]very year on January 18, we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and legacy, often regarded as a symbol for the Civil Rights Movement and racial justice. Colorful infographics…

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Behind the scenes on the MVHS campus
Features

Oishee Misra | January 26, 2021

When MVHS students left campus in March of 2020, the long duration of distance learning was unanticipated. Nearly a year has passed since then, and the campus they left behind looks drastically different…

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Intellectual elitism
Opinions

Oishee Misra | January 25, 2021

My parents didn’t seem to care about the presidential election. 

It frustrated me — I was constantly refreshing the New York Times for live updates, texting and calling people about it, distractedly…

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Tempo: Two teenagers’ perspectives on the pace of life
Features

Anjali Singh | January 25, 2021

Seniors Jasmine Lu and Alice Zhou recall discussing writing a book in their sophomore year in seventh period Sushma Bana’s Pre-Calculus Honors class. Following this conversation, the two had the idea…

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Overstepping the boundary
Arts & Entertainment

Shivani Madhan | January 5, 2021

This article discusses sensitive topics, such as sexual assault.

In June of 2019, the introductory episode of comic artist Byeonduck’s new work was published. Immediately, this new manhwa (Korean…

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Quaran-TWINNED
Video

Michelle Chen | December 7, 2020

This story was originally published on El Estoque on November 30, 2020.

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Remembering Avaneesh Athuluri
Features

Oishee Misra | November 20, 2020

[dropcap]G[/dropcap]rowing up, he was always the smallest kid in his classes. Not just physically smaller, but also by age — born on Sept. 22, 2005, Avaneesh Athuluri just made it into kindergarten before…

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“Arrest the cops”: Exploring the parallels between performative activism and profits
Opinions

Robert Liu | November 12, 2020

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he tragedies of 2020 — like ones pertaining to racially-motivated police brutality — have heightened longtime discussion on racial injustice. Carried by the tides of news media…

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Breaking down Bollywood
Arts & Entertainment

Gauri Manoj | November 11, 2020

Six years ago, senior Jharna Suresh watched her all-time favorite Bollywood film “Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani” for the first time. The Hindi title translates to “This Youth is Crazy,” and after watching…

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Second-guessing a fiction dynasty
Arts & Entertainment

Shivani Madhan | November 11, 2020

Student X is anonymous in order to protect their identity.
“Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, the most inexhaustible form of magic we have, capable both of inflicting injury and remedying it.”…

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Coming out
Features

Mikaylah Du | November 9, 2020

Every year on Oct. 11, National Coming Out Day is celebrated to raise awareness for individuals within the LGBTQ+ community. On this day, many people who identify as queer choose to come out. According…

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Creative entrepreneurs for a cause
Features

Andie Liu | November 9, 2020

[dropcap]D[/dropcap]uring shelter-in-place, MVHS students have more free time to delve into creative passions like sewing and designing. Students are recognizing and addressing needs within communities,…

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TikTok trends
Features

Gauri Manoj | October 30, 2020

In October of 2019, senior Winter Bloom posted a video lip-syncing to the song “Last Christmas” by Wham! on TikTok. A few days later, she was shocked to see that her video had gained over 500,000 views…

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Lloyd Holmes: the new president of De Anza College
Features

Devin Gupta | October 30, 2020

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he color of his skin hadn’t been an issue for current De Anza College President Lloyd Holmes until one evening in 1990 while walking to his dorm. It was almost the weekend, and he…

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