El Estoque

In motion

In motion

Ilena Peng

May 24, 2018


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT

The things I’ll keep

The things I’ll keep

Ilena Peng

May 23, 2018


Filed under FEATURES, From the magazine

My childhood struggle with the concept of memories materialized in a form that almost all children can relate to — stuffed animals. I’d leave the house with my mom for a walk, stuffed animal in hand. And often, I’d return without it, bursting into tears upon realizing that it was gone far too late...

A Farewell Rally on the football field

A Farewell Rally on the football field

Sara Entezar, Akshara Majjiga, and Ilena Peng

May 4, 2018


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT

How holding the final rally of the year on the upper field influenced rally culture

The new 2018-19 dance team includes two male members

The new 2018-19 dance team includes two male members

Ilena Peng

May 1, 2018


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT

The MVHS’ dance team has had the team name “Marquesas” since its creation during the 1970-1971 school year, according to dance team coach Dasha Plaza. Nearly fifty years later, sophomore Alex Yang and incoming freshman Nikunj Shanker are joining the 2018-19 team, prompting the team to change the f...

Ilena Peng

Ilena Peng

April 27, 2018


Filed under Uncategorized

Ilena Peng is a senior with a love for tea, books and journalism. Formerly, Ilena was one of two editors-in-chief, as well as a news, entertainment and business editor.

Ways to deal with college rejection

Ways to deal with college rejection

Ilena Peng

April 6, 2018


Filed under Briefs

For MVHS seniors, much of March has been spent both celebrating college acceptances along with coping with college rejections. Although it may be easier for students to react to rejections by comparing themselves to others or feeling like they aren’t good enough, College and Career Center advisor McKe...

Three busy weeks for the Marquesas

Three busy weeks for the Marquesas

Ilena Peng

March 29, 2018


Filed under Briefs

During the next three weeks, the 2017-2018 Marquesas will perform for the last time at USA Dance Nationals in Anaheim, Calif. and then it’ll be time to pick next year’s officers and dance team. Nationals, which the Marquesas depart for on March 29, concludes Plaza’s first competition season wit...

Conflicting dates for the Marquesas’ USA Dance Nationals and junior prom

Conflicting dates for the Marquesas’ USA Dance Nationals and junior prom

Ilena Peng

March 28, 2018


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT

The Marquesas are preparing to compete at the USA Dance Nationals in Anaheim on March 30 and 31, which marks the end of their competition season. But as the juniors on the dance team get ready for championships, their friends are preparing for another event on March 31 — junior prom. “When I firs...

Academic dishonesty from students’ perspectives

Academic dishonesty from students’ perspectives

Ilena Peng

March 7, 2018


Filed under Education, NEWS

With the culture at MVHS emphasizing academic success, it is normal for students to take accelerated courses. However, taking this route is not always the smartest decision, as work piles up and students begin to fall under pressure, leading some to cheat their way out. While the common perception of c...

California’s Assembly Bill 918 provides translated ballots for more minority languages

California’s Assembly Bill 918 provides translated ballots for more minority languages

Ilena Peng

February 2, 2018


Filed under Local, NEWS

California’s Assembly Bill 918, which was passed in October 2017, amended California elections code section 14201 to expand the number of languages that facsimile ballots are provided for. Facsimile ballots, which are translated copies of the ballot that the voter can use as a reference for the Englis...