El Estoque

Student Produced Plays: A look behind the scenes

Student Produced Plays: A look behind the scenes

Akshara Majjiga and Emma Lam

May 23, 2018


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT, Performing Arts

Directors look back at their last production of 2018

Akshara Majjiga

Akshara Majjiga

April 27, 2018


Filed under Uncategorized

Akshara Majjiga is a senior and third year staff member for El Estoque. She has formerly served as Managing Editor and Sports Editor.

Urinetown: The perfect mix of satirical humor and music

Urinetown: The perfect mix of satirical humor and music

Akshara Majjiga

April 1, 2018


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT, Performing Arts

“It’s a privilege to pee.” And with that final note, the chorus of the cast behind her, senior Natalie Standridge — who plays Mrs. Pennywise — ended the song, “Privilege to Pee,” to thunderous applause and laughter. Then, they moved on to the next scene. As the last mainstage produc...

A look back: Girls soccer team closes out season with dominant victory

A look back: Girls soccer team closes out season with dominant victory

Akshara Majjiga

March 19, 2018


Filed under Girls Soccer, SPORTS, Winter Sports

Additional reporting by Anthony Moll [dropcap]W[/dropcap]hen the 10 seniors on the MVHS girls soccer team took the field on Feb. 16 for the final time in their high school careers, emotions were mixed. They were nostalgic, remembering all of the times that they joked around with their friends and...

On board: Collaboration in diving

On board: Collaboration in diving

Akshara Majjiga

March 7, 2018


Filed under From the magazine, SPORTS, Sports, Spring Sports, Swimming & Diving

[dropcap]I[/dropcap]t’s MVHS tradition to be competitive — from contending against other classes during rally weeks to promoting the annual Beat Lynbrook Day, Matadors seem to think that if people aren’t on the same team, they’re competing against each other. But the MVHS diving team holds a diffe...

Boys basketball: Team gets upset win over Fremont HS

Boys basketball: Team gets upset win over Fremont HS

Akshara Majjiga

February 13, 2018


Filed under Boys Basketball, SPORTS, Winter Sports

[dropcap]C[/dropcap]heers and chants could be heard from the Fremont HS bench throughout the entirety of the boys basketball game on Feb. 7, but they were loudest during the first quarter. The enthusiasm of the FHS players drew many members of the crowd in as they joined in the classic chorus of “def...

Climbing Kilimanjaro

Climbing Kilimanjaro

Akshara Majjiga

February 2, 2018


Filed under From the magazine, SPORTS, Sports

"Polepole" This was a phrase that freshman Daanyal Raja and his family heard repeatedly from their Tanzanian guides as they made their long-awaited climb up one of the world’s highest peaks. In Swahili, it means “slowly, slowly.” And, as they made their way through hail and rain, this phrase ...

Boys soccer: Team suffers 4-2 defeat against Wilcox HS

Boys soccer: Team suffers 4-2 defeat against Wilcox HS

Akshara Majjiga

January 11, 2018


Filed under Boys Soccer, SPORTS, Winter Sports

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he last of the rain was subsiding for the MVHS boys soccer team’s first league game of the year on Jan. 3, but temperatures continued to drop as the game progressed. Alumni from the class of 2016, who were on break from their respective colleges, stood on the sidelines cheering...

Spirit: Team performs in competition at James Logan HS

Spirit: Team performs in competition at James Logan HS

Akshara Majjiga

December 10, 2017


Filed under SPORTS

Additional reporting by Roshan Fernandez [dropcap]W[/dropcap]hen the cheer team members took to the mat on the afternoon of Saturday Dec. 2, it was hard to tell this was their first competition as a team. Generally, the team begins competing in September, but this year was a little different. After conflic...

“Anon(ymous)”: Student opinions

“Anon(ymous)”: Student opinions

Akshara Majjiga

December 10, 2017


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT, Performing Arts

[dropcap]“A[/dropcap]non(ymous),” directed by Roland Emmerich, is a play based on the epic by Homer called The Odyssey. The play is about a young refugee named Anon, who travels through the United States and throughout his journey, meets a variety of people, from a butcher to barflies, some of whom...

Behind the scenes: “She Kills Monsters”

Behind the scenes: “She Kills Monsters”

Akshara Majjiga

November 14, 2017


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT, Performing Arts

Outside the auditorium on November 10, a huddle of middle schoolers waited excitedly for the doors of the MVHS auditorium to open. Screams of happiness and curiosity filled the air, and high schoolers looked on in bewilderment.   But inside the auditorium there was silence. The sound of metal hitting me...