El Estoque

You don’t know Jack

You don’t know Jack

Aafreen Mahmood

March 12, 2012

His body curled up into a ball, lying on a hospital bed after several surgeries and chemotherapy treatments: he was motionless — except for a single finger brushing the back of his mother’s hand. “He couldn’t speak, but he was just trying to thank [his] mom and give her the message,” Chinese...

Testing the boundaries

Carissa Chan

March 12, 2012

Like alcohol and drugs at other schools, the ethics-grades balance at MVHS is taboo: something that everyone knows about but no one speaks of. The recent American Literature Honors incident — in which a substitute teacher began charging students for editing their essays — sparked comments from readers, some disap...

Students bring new environmental club to campus

Students bring new environmental club to campus

Simran Devidasani

March 3, 2012

What do politics, the environment and volunteering have in common? They are all parts of a new club on campus — Green Youth Alliance. GYA is a worldwide organization that is closely linked to the Sierra Club, a famous environmental organization founded by conservationist John Muir. In addition to conduct...

One Dollar for Life works with MVHS

One Dollar for Life works with MVHS

Morahd Shawki

February 4, 2012

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Science teacher tests teaching through YouTube videos

Science teacher tests teaching through YouTube videos

Simran Devidasani

February 2, 2012

The bell rings as science teacher Kavita Gupta’s AP Chemistry students enter the classroom the afternoon of Jan. 14. They resume their seats and pull out their pens, pencils, and notebook paper.This day was different. Instead of preparing to take lecture notes from a Powerpoint presentation on C...

Check all that apply

Margaret Lin

February 2, 2012

Senior Megan Parry marked "white" as her ethnicity on her college applications this year, even though her mother has Latino roots. Since her mother was adopted from Bolivia and brought to America at the age of 18, the ethnicity on her birth certificate was changed during the process of her adoption....

There’s no $ in team

Carissa Chan

February 1, 2012

For students who are part of MVHS Government Team, there are no formal assessments or exams, save for one short quiz at the beginning of the year. There are only competitions — local, state and national. For most high school Gov teams, the most prestigious competition is the annual program called We t...

Marines Corps raise awareness among students

Marines Corps raise awareness among students

Jacob Lui

December 8, 2011

Arms shaking and face grimacing — senior Gabrielle Bornstein gripped tightly onto a pull-up bar, holding her chin above the metal, attempting to maintain her flexed position for 60 seconds. In tights and a shirt, Bornstein was not in any Physical Education class, but right in the center o...

Pride or Honor

Pride or Honor

Anushka Patil

December 7, 2011

It was late in the day when Boy Scout Troop 468 got back from the trail and settled in for the evening, bodies covered in dust and sweat. Everyone was tired. And everyone needed a shower. Usually the Scouts showered separately during summer camp, but their only available facility at the tim...

When change comes with confusion

Carissa Chan

December 7, 2011

When senior Manvita Tatavarthy first decided to raise money for an organization named Free the Children for her DECA community service project, she thought she would be in for a long process: countless forms to fill out, asking ASB for approval and a presentation for the FUHSD Board of Trustees. But acco...

FBLA launches new Community Service Project

FBLA launches new Community Service Project

Nona Penner

November 28, 2011

On Nov. 11, 20 or so FBLA members gathered for an event at Valley Fair Mall socialize while also helping the needy. According to Director of Partnership with Business junior Keshav Santhanam, almost every attendee purchased a small gift of ten dollars or less to be donated to lower-income families. ...

B-building bathroom construction completed

B-building bathroom construction completed

Simran Devidasani

November 18, 2011

On Monday Nov. 14, students were finally able to walk down the downstairs B-building hallway that was previously blocked due to construction. The newly renovated bottom B-building bathrooms were almost completed on Saturday, Nov. 12. However, according to facilities manager Chris Kenney, the bathroom...