The Stampede

Advanced pressure classes

Advanced pressure classes

Michael Rhee, Staff Writer

February 23, 2017

    AP Courses. Weighted classes. No weekly workload limit. Back when I was still a naive little Freshman, these words intimidated me into thinking that surviving an AP class would be the greatest ordeal of my high school life.     Seeing almost all my peers sign up for AP World or Euro...

Snapchat ruins lives

Snapchat ruins lives

Nima Ashrafi, Staff Writer

January 25, 2017

   Friendship is one of the most important things in life. But in today’s society, some things are really bringing down the value of friendship. And one of those things, is Snapchat.    Don’t get me wrong, I actually love using Snapchat. I enjoy being able to communicate with my friends thro...

Was 2016 Really “The Worst Year Yet?”

Was 2016 Really “The Worst Year Yet?”

Eshana Seshadri, Social Media Editor

January 24, 2017

    You’ve heard these phrases time and time again…”Let’s leave that in 2016,” “Was it the worst year ever, or what?”     Social media has decried 2016 as the worst year, yet on what standards does this presumption prevail? Is it simply human psychology which continues to be...

SAT & AP Tests…How much is enough?

SAT & AP Tests…How much is enough?

Katrina Flores, Managing Editor

January 23, 2017

   If fearing for college debt isn’t enough, what about paying for all of the standardized and AP tests you take in high school?    Many students are taking these tests to have a better chance at getting into college, but testing agencies have brought overpriced to a whole new level.   ...

The Problem with Black Friday

Adam Al Desouky and Wade Moldenhauer

January 13, 2017

     Black Friday may seem great at first, with all the discounts and cheap prices, but should it really be right after Thanksgiving Day?      Thanksgiving is a day when we should be thankful for what we have, not the contrary Black Friday when people come rushing and fighting in stores to buy th...

Stop societal standards!

Stop societal standards!

Maddie Dailey, Op-Ed Editor

December 9, 2016

   Looking around the school and at home the banners, sweatshirts, hats, colors, and dramatized mascots are a constant reminder of the unreal expectation that everyone should go to college.     Take a glance at any retail or beauty ad and the “flawless” models are a constant reminder of ...

A midday mess

A midday mess

Michael Rhee, Staff Writer

December 9, 2016

    Lunch. Never have 36 minutes been so highly anticipated. A time to relax, goof off, finish that homework assignment you meant to do last night, and, best of all, eat. However, in our haste to get to our 5th period class, we often ignore the scraps we leave behind….     With all the trash cans around, you...

IS PDA OK??

IS PDA OK??

Michael Rhee and Ian Walsh

November 14, 2016

In just a couple months, spring will be in the air….and you know what that means. Love.     Valentine’s Day, flower bouquets, chocolate candies, and dangerous levels of teenage angst giving way to powerful surges of young love. However, with this tidal wave of affection comes the discomfo...

No port, no cord, yes problem!

No port, no cord, yes problem!

Nicola Bezuidenhout, Staff Writer

October 26, 2016

The new iPhone 7 was released a few weeks ago, and the complaints are rising. Many students and adults with iPhones below the iPhone 7 are deciding to stick with their older versions. Why? Specifically, the headphone jack. Instead, Apple put its ‘wireless earbuds’ into store. These earbuds connect...

Ignoring terrorist attacks

Maddie Dailey, A&E Editor

December 18, 2015

    Following the recent ISIS terrorist attacks in France, buildings were lit up to look like the French flag, and Facebook shared their condolences by making a profile filter available for users to share their support.       Following the ISIS terrorist attacks in Lebanon, buildings wer...

Recognizing “other” holidays

Punya Sidhu, Staff Writer

December 18, 2015

If you’re reading this, odds are, you celebrate Christmas. There’s a break designated almost solely for it, and you would never have to miss school to celebrate Christmas. That would be ridiculous, right?     Wrong. We’ve grown so used to a school calendar that is set up in order to accommod...

Phone banks, phone cubbies, and the Hotel Calipeña

Phone banks, phone cubbies, and the Hotel Calipeña

Lauren Wenger, Staff Writer

December 16, 2015

It’s a well-known fact that most teachers at any school do not like it when their students are on their phones during class. This led to many teachers here at Monte Vista getting creative and developing their own ways to create a phone-free learning environment. One good example is Mrs. Perruso. Mrs. Perru...