El Estoque

Senior Columns

Senior Columns

ZaZu Lippert

May 19, 2016

our El Estoque seniors share what they've learned in high school and beyond and what they'll take with them as they move on to adulthood. Click on the pictures below to read their stories. Seconds Forever by Justin Kim A gut feeling by Malini Ramaiyer A new love by Pranav Iyer Today I am a senior by Anjana Melvin ...

Students respond to the new UC prompts

Students respond to the new UC prompts

Ilena Peng

May 19, 2016

n light of the new UC prompt format, we asked students random students on campus to answer some of the prompt questions. Although college applications require hours of thought, the questions themselves are fairly simple. Here’s how some students answered the prompts with no more than a few minutes to t...

Scream and Shout: Share your voice

Scream and Shout: Share your voice

Derek Shao

May 18, 2016

Original story written by Aditi Desai and Sanjana Murthy rom MV Cares to the Pray for Paris filters, Facebook profile pictures have taken a major role in the student body’s voice and community involvement. A vast majority of MVHS students decided to change or create their pictures to demonstrat...

Harriet Tubman on the twenty-dollar bill

Harriet Tubman on the twenty-dollar bill

Jennie Chen

May 18, 2016

An image of a man, or more specifically, a Caucasian man, is what is found on most American currency. This has been the pattern for many coins and bills minted in the past, but the addition of Harriet Tubman, known for her heroics “conducting” the Underground Railroad, on the face of the twenty-dollar...

Class officer elections

Class officer elections

Issra Osman

April 6, 2016

With the school year coming to a close, end-of-the-year preparations can be seen across campus. Signs like course selection sheets and club officer applications mean that logistics for the new year must be taken care of. One of the most notorious signs are just that — signs. Neon signs held up across...

Mind Over Matter

Sandhya Kannan

April 6, 2016

I am a female and I don’t support Hillary Clinton. Don’t get me wrong, this doesn’t make me a Bernie Sanders supporter either. In fact, I am not entirely against Clinton, especially because the other candidates are no praiseworthy diplomats themselves. Under consideration of lesser evils,...

How much do you really know about weed?

How much do you really know about weed?

Isabel Navarrete

March 14, 2016

Co-written by Itay Barylka Pot. Bud. Marijuana. Tree. The Devil’s Plant. Hash. Weed. Regardless of what you call it, there’s a high chance that you’ve heard of it, and, according to national studies, a 35 percent chance that you’ve tried it at least once by your senior year. With marijuan...

We are what we eat: Culture behind local ethnic grocery stores

We are what we eat: Culture behind local ethnic grocery stores

Renee Pu

March 10, 2016

Story and photos by Renee Pu and Hannan Waliullah Nothing cheers up a traveler more than a warm plate of homeland dishes. For immigrants, ethnic grocery stores carry familiar foods and ingredients, incorporating a soothing sense of belonging. Marukai Market As the stores greet customers who pur...

We are what we eat: Our stories with Sriracha

We are what we eat: Our stories with Sriracha

Emma Lam

March 10, 2016

Sriracha sauce, also known as rooster sauce, has been around for less than a hundred years. Created by a woman named Thanom Chakkapak, Sriracha sauce originated in Si Racha, Thailand, during the 1930’s. The original sauce stayed in Si Racha, yet its influence traveled all the way from Thailand to the Uni...

How much do you really know about underage drinking?

How much do you really know about underage drinking?

Isabel Navarrete

March 9, 2016

Co-written by ZaZu Lippert and Derek Shao Alcohol abuse, alcoholism and underage drinking are issues that continue to plague America, despite the best efforts of the government and concerned parents everywhere. And while many think that MVHS is above all that, believing that our highly academic culture ...

More than skin deep

More than skin deep

Anushka Tyagi

March 9, 2016

“You can’t be an artist without a tattoo.” Junior Nikki Phan is already an artist. You can tell by a few of her paintings hung up around the art room. But now, she aspires to be a tattoo artist. Though she has received mixed support from the people in her life, Phan continues to follow her dream...

Election 2016: Advice for first-time voters

Election 2016: Advice for first-time voters

Jennie Chen

March 9, 2016

Although many MVHS students are not eligible to vote yet, government teacher Hilary Barron hands out election ballots to her students as practice. Pages and pages of questions. Although the students votes may not have counted towards the real election, the students left with a valuable lesson. “I’ve...