The Stampede

Brian McCumiskey: Taking flight

McCumiskey smiles before his first-ever flying lesson. He flew over Freemont with his flight instructor in a Cessna 172 Skyhawk.

Macie Calvert, Staff Writer

November 13, 2019

     Most Monte Vista sophomores’ minds are focused on getting their driver’s license, but one student is set on something different: his pilot’s license.       Sophomore Brian McCumiskey is a pilot-in-training. This self-proclaimed ‘Airplane Freak’ spends his free time in th...

Mother and daughter Clintons empower women with new book

Former First Lady and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (middle) speaks about The Book of Gutsy Women, a novel she wrote with her daughter, Chelsea (right), as moderator Susie Buell (left) leads the discussion. Students, parents, teachers and families attended the event at the San Ramon Valley High School gym and were empowered by the conversation.

Claire Chu and Raquel Montelindo

November 13, 2019

   In a gym filled with diverse families, former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and her daughter, Chelsea, shared the experiences of writing their new book that not only strives to inspire women but society as a whole.      On Sunday, Oct. 20, the Clintons arrived at the San Ramon Valley High Sch...

Donté Clark: A messenger of hope

Poet Donte Clark speaks with Monte Vista students inside the Student Workday Center. He has been meeting with students every other Thursday where they have discussed about racial topics.

Lauryn Leong, A&E Editor

November 13, 2019

  As he listened to students of the Black Student Union speak, a former poet realized that they all had a similar challenge — self-discovery.      Starting this year, poet Donté Clark began visiting classes at Monte Vista every other week on Thursdays to discuss the challenges they face. ...

Vape night brings awareness to MV parents

Nate Biggs gives the parents of Monte Vista information on vaping.

Anthony Santa Maria and Cameron Roth

November 13, 2019

Dozens of parents attended Monte Vista’s vaping information night, “Seeing through the Vapor,” on Oct. 30 to learn about the epidemic of e-cigarettes.      Lead, an advocacy organization based in Lake Forest, Illinois, brought the event to schools in the San Ramon Valley Unified School Di...

Lockers zip tied due to excess trash, students unaware

A zip tied locker is positioned beside a locker with a traditional lock, which is no longer accepted for non-freshmen without notice to the attendance office. Administration deemed that students stored too much trash in the lockers.

Claire Chu, Editor-in-Chief

October 14, 2019

     Students carry heavy textbooks, packed lunches and sports equipment to and from school every day, but they are now left with nowhere to store them. Well, that still seems to be the narrative nearly two months into the school year.      Toward the end of last school year and at the start of...

The “multi-talented” Tik Tok boys steal the hearts of girls across America

Seven boys of the 16 on the tour, pose for a photo before one of their meet ups.

Marie Shvakel, Business Manager

October 14, 2019

 Do you want to become famous but have no talent? If you are an attractive, white teenage male, then Tik Tok is the place for you.      Tik Tok, an app primarily used by these "talented" teenagers, allows users to create short video clips on "comedy," fashion, and challenges. They have many...

Monte Vista welcomes new choir director

Neisinger prepares students for their upcoming concert. This is the first year that this alumni is teaching here at Monte Vista.

Seta Salkhi, CC Spin Editor

October 11, 2019

Monte Vista’s choir program has undergone a change in their program: a new director.      Rosalind Neisinger, the new choir teacher and Monte Vista alum, is excited to transition into her new position at Monte Vista after teaching at Manhattan Beach in Southern California.      “Th...

A recipe for success

Ryan Wilson bakes a Zebra Cake at his home for his YouTube channel, “Baking With Ryan”. The cake was frosted with swiss meringue buttercream, black chocolate ganache and sprinkles.

Emily Ma, Staff Writer

October 11, 2019

   An avid baker, Ryan Wilson makes incredible creations of cakes. With about 162k followers on Instagram, Wilson uploads how-to videos of his cakes weekly.       Wilson started baking when he was eight. He got into baking after receiving an Easy Bake Oven as a gift when he was young.  ...

Vape deaths mark potential end for product

Vaping is one of the hottest topics in the United States. The act has hospitalized and led to death many in multiple states.

Anthony Santa Maria and Cameron Roth

October 10, 2019

    After multiple teen deaths in the past few months, America’s vaping epidemic has boiled over into a national crisis.          Vaping is in no way new to high schools across America, and Monte Vista is no exception. According to a recent government survey, one out of every nine student...

Overcrowded Monte Vista buses prompt student complaints

Monte Vista students for a line to board the County Connection. Many students ran to the stop as soon as school got out.

Macie Calvert, Staff Writer

October 8, 2019

Monte Vista’s buses are the main way of getting to and from school, yet over time, students have noticed some issues with these buses and the way they are run.       Each afternoon as the clock flashes 3:10, countless teenagers flock to their buses for a ride home, some sprinting across campus to ...

Teen rock bands showcase to support mental health

The four members of the “Step Back” band performs at the San Ramon Teen Rock Band Showcase. Although they did not come out on top, they received one of the top votes.

Claire Chu, Staff Writer

March 4, 2019

     Fifteen youth rock bands performed at the San Ramon Community Center on Jan. 26 to promote mental wellness and offer resources to teens.     As teenage stress heightens in the Bay Area and across the nation, communities are searching for ways to prevent its lasting effects. A Brighter Day,...

Back to the 80’s

80's trends such as scrunchies, mom jeans and denim jackets are extremely popular within teen girls. This photo was taken for Brandy Melville, a popular store that caters to many teens who enjoy wearing those trends.

Adya Agarwal, Staff Writer

March 4, 2019

    Back to the Future, The Breakfast Club, the song Don’t Stop Believing—80’s trends seem to be taking over the nation without any sign of stopping.     The 80’s were considered an era of tacky jewlery, jumpy aerobics videos, and large shoulder pads. However, even today everybody se...

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