El Estoque

Pains and gains

Pains and gains

Anjini Venugopal

March 7, 2018


Filed under From the magazine, Special

[su_dropcap]O[/su_dropcap]ne hundred and 40 pounds. That’s how much senior Steven Ataee weighed his freshman year. As a member of the MVHS football team, he trained extensively to be on the offensive line, but struggled as he simply did not weigh enough. After the football season ended, he did some r...

Guess who?: A game for the yearbook staff

Guess who?: A game for the yearbook staff

Anjini Venugopal

February 28, 2018


Filed under Briefs

[su_dropcap style="flat"]W[/su_dropcap]hen junior Julia Ralston was scrolling through her Instagram feed a while ago, one specific post caught her eye. Someone had replaced the typical faces on the Hasbro game “Guess Who?” board with pictures of their friends. Ralston  wanted to do something similar...

Stormi weather ahead

Stormi weather ahead

Anjini Venugopal

February 7, 2018


Filed under Columns, OPINION

[su_dropcap style="flat" size="4"]T[/su_dropcap]he Kardashian-Jenner clan revolves around money — almost everything they do is a strategic move to earn more. While it is commendable and honestly extremely impressive that they managed to conceal Kylie Jenner’s pregnancy for nine months, this too ended...

Gray area: The MVHS community responds to the passage of Prop. 64

Gray area: The MVHS community responds to the passage of Prop. 64

Anjini Venugopal

January 31, 2018


Filed under From the magazine, Special

*Names starting with K are false names to protect the anonymity of the sources [su_dropcap]W[/su_dropcap]ith Proposition 64, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, legalizing the possession, processing, transporting and obtaining of marijuana in Calif., a slew of issues pertaining to the community have cropped up —...

MVHS Cheer, Song and Marquesas senior night

MVHS Cheer, Song and Marquesas senior night

Anjini Venugopal

November 13, 2017


Filed under SPORTS

Since she was three years old, senior Ellie Orvick has been attending MVHS football games to watch her siblings. Orvick, who is a cheer captain this year, has been on the team since her freshman year. With football games being part of her life for so long, she feels like her high school life won’t be ...

Gender Sexuality Alliance celebrates Coming Out Day

Gender Sexuality Alliance celebrates Coming Out Day

Anjini Venugopal

October 20, 2017


Filed under Briefs

[su_dropcap style="flat"]L[/su_dropcap]ast week was filled with the festivities of Homecoming, so even though National Coming Out Day fell on October 11, the MVHS Gender Sexuality Alliance decided that they would postpone their activity to celebrate until October 20. The club brought a closet door to represent ...

Sisters in arms: Anika and Aditi Soin participate in competitive fencing

Sisters in arms: Anika and Aditi Soin participate in competitive fencing

Anjini Venugopal

October 20, 2017


Filed under From the magazine, SPORTS

[dropcap]W[/dropcap]hen MVHS class of 2015 alumna Aditi Soin was in fourth grade, she read the “Spiderwick Chronicles” and decided that, like the character Mallory Grace, she wanted to fence. Like some younger siblings do, sophomore Anika Soin followed in her sister’s footsteps and started the s...

Why the U.S. will not compete in the 2018 FIFA World Cup

Why the U.S. will not compete in the 2018 FIFA World Cup

Anjini Venugopal

October 18, 2017


Filed under SPORTS

Living in the U.S., it’s hard to support the national men’s soccer team. When there are legends such as Messi and Ronaldo — famed as members of their country’s team but also for their roles in FC Barcelona and Real Madrid respectively — I find it easier to focus on La Liga and the Premier League...

Sending blessings: Celebrities raise money after recent natural disasters

Sending blessings: Celebrities raise money after recent natural disasters

Anjini Venugopal

October 5, 2017


Filed under Columns, OPINION

“Are you ready / for your blessings?” Chancelor Bennett — professionally known as Chance the Rapper — livestreamed his concert at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Oct. 4. Why? Because he is a great person who decided to raise funds for the victims of Hurricane Maria. ...

Straying away from sports: MVHS reflects on national flag protests

Straying away from sports: MVHS reflects on national flag protests

Anjini Venugopal

September 25, 2017


Filed under OPINION, SPORTS

Sports protests filled television screens and Twitter feeds the weekend of Sept. 24. LaSean McCoy, running back of the Buffalo Bills, stretched during the national anthem, while singers Megan Lindsey and Rico Lavelle knelt after singing the anthem. A total of 24 out of 32 NFL teams had players protes...

Cut to the race

Cut to the race

Anjini Venugopal

September 13, 2017


Filed under From the magazine, Sports

[su_dropcap style="flat"]G[/su_dropcap]rit. That’s the daily reminder that MVHS’ head coach of cross country and track and field Kirk Flatow gives his athletes at practice. But even when MVHS runners are not competing at the school level over the summer, many of them continue to demonstrate their grit through additional e...

Pete the pet: El Valedor’s new class fish

Pete the pet: El Valedor’s new class fish

Anjini Venugopal

September 12, 2017


Filed under Briefs

To deal with the high temperatures on Sept. 4, senior head editors of El Valedor Ellen Li and Mayumi Tabungar went to get ice cream from Baskin Robbins along with photographer Vincent Tran. Later in the day, the three of them found themselves in Home Depot and joked about what it would be like t...