The Wildcat Tribune

The fear of failure is failing women

Sanjana Ranganathan, Opinions Editor

October 1, 2019

Living in Silicon Valley has provided me with an abundance of female role models. From women like Sheryl Sandberg (COO of Facebook), who break the glass ceiling on the daily, to powerful and empowering organizations such as Girls Who Code, I find the pinnacles of female empowerment within 30 miles of ...

Asian-American backlash against race-conscious admissions threatens future of all minorities

Vivian Kuang, Public Relations Editor

May 2, 2019

As the nerve-wracking period of college decisions begins at Dougherty Valley and schools around the nation, many seniors rejected from their dream schools will feel bewilderment, wondering what more they could have done to gain that prized acceptance letter. While these emotions are understandable, recent...

Participation grades eliminate student interest

While academically inclusive in theory, in reality, participation grades detract from the value of education.

Michael Han, News Editor

March 5, 2019

Assigning a grade to participation compels students to meet a certain quota of participation points rather than to develop a genuine interest or passion towards the subject. While there is no doubt that participation grades can encourage participation, they also lead to a multitude of deleterious effe...

Can Disney trademark “Hakuna Matata”?


Daniela Wise, Social Media Editor

February 9, 2019

In the wake of the re-release of Disney’s well known film “The Lion King,”  Zimbabwean activist Shelton Mpala calls for Disney to revoke it’s trademark of the Swahili phrase “Hakuna Matata” in a recent online petition. So one may wonder, is Disney making a wrong move here, trademark...

The perils of categorization

Categorization, when improperly enforced, can have devastating effects on individuals and the more expansive society they are part of.

Oce Bohra, Copy Editor

November 19, 2018

When I was younger, my self-perception was limited to essentially one question: which Hogwarts house would I be a part of? My friends were sure I would be a Ravenclaw, but I took every online quiz I could find until one validated my opinion: Slytherin. Houses in Hogwarts, lineages in Greek mythology...

Nonstandard deadlines equal later sleep times

Nonstandard deadlines equal later sleep times

Michael Han, News Editor

October 19, 2018

It's 9:58 p.m. You browse through the row of green check marks across the top of the screen, and you only need one more. As your anxiety rises, you double your efforts to finish the question. However, you’re inexplicably unable to submit your answer. You glance at the clock in the corner of your scr...

DV breaks traditional barriers surrounding Homecoming

Amruta Baradwaj and Sheyda Ladjevardi

October 15, 2018

As the 2018 Homecoming dance comes to an end, we are prompted to reflect on a time of deep emotional stress and social judgment. Homecoming can often be perceived as a rather taxing event, placing a high standard in regards to the reputation of DV’s student population. In this field, Dougherty persev...

Finding validation: bright screens versus black mirrors

Riya Bindlish, Features Editor

September 28, 2018

“Just don’t compare yourself to others and you’ll be fine,” my college-bound friend said. It seemed relatively easy at the time; I didn’t truly understand the importance of that statement until my junior year, aka the one where everyone goes “I'm not going to an Ivy League!” The fi...

Destigmatizing DV mental illness

Riya Bindlish, Features Editor

May 15, 2018

The hallways look a lot different now — at least to me. I see something that I didn’t see before. It prowls around, consuming us, slowly, and attacking us at our weakest moments. Yes, there’s a creature hidden in the shadows. One that is constantly overlooked, yet omnipresent and deadly: mental...

DV’s culture of comparison harms self-worth

Sraavya Sambara, Editor-in-Chief

April 16, 2018

A thick blanket of low-lying fog envelops students at Dougherty Valley High School. In one breath the fog enters the lungs. From there, its effects are immediate and noxious. The students jolt forward convulsively, and suddenly it’s as if everything, and everyone, is different. A classmate is n...

Viewpoint: School dances breed coercion

Miguel Dickenson, Assistant Opinions and Sports Editor

March 30, 2018

Prom is just around the corner, and pretty soon prom asks will begin to inundate your Instagram feed. Generally, school dances such as prom allow wishful (and very hormonal), teenagers to go on a “date” with the person of their choosing. And due to established societal norms, it is typically the boys...

Should school reading be bound by the book?

Megan Tsang, Features Editor

November 30, 2017

It’s a familiar sight at Dougherty Valley High School: a long line of students disappearing into the abyss of the textbook room. An AP Literature class is picking up the next mark on their list, “Wuthering Heights.” “This looks boring,” says a girl, with a roll of her eyes. Other students ...

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