El Estoque

A familiar space

A familiar space

Priya Reddy and Elizabeth Han

May 25, 2018


Filed under BEYOND THE MAGAZINE, FEATURES, From the magazine, Special

Senior Kcee Yang slightly slouches in her army green jacket, her long black hair framing the shy grin on her face. She chuckles to herself in her seat, recalling the first discussion she had about moving in middle school. To her, a seemingly casual remark set fire to her journey toward independence, dis...

To walk in someone else’s shoes

To walk in someone else’s shoes

Karen Sanchez

March 8, 2018


Filed under FEATURES, Special

rom Dr. Martens and Adidas to sneakers and flip flops, students around MVHS are spotted wearing different types of shoes that vary in color and style. Whether they wear the same pair daily or make an effort to match their shoes with their outfit, these MVHS students ponder whether shoes are a reflect...

Crumbling under weight

Crumbling under weight

Vivian Chiang

March 8, 2018


Filed under From the magazine, Special

’ve concluded that my body enjoys playing tricks on me, convincing me it’s deteriorating. Logically, I understand it’s my mind that enjoys making me feel unworthy, not my body. My poor body simply responds to my mind. My body is solely an exterior, quite literally a cover t...

Pains and gains

Pains and gains

Anjini Venugopal

March 7, 2018


Filed under From the magazine, Special

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 research online and decided...

The music never ends

The music never ends

Claire Yang

February 2, 2018


Filed under Columns, FEATURES, Special

’d never particularly fancied him. To me, K-pop group SHINee member Jonghyun was just the conventional, well-liked K-pop idol. Like so many other singers, his name wafted here and there, but his indistinguishable vocals and classic idol face didn’t intrigue me ― so I casually brushed him away. ...

Deal with it: a weed dealer and user’s perspective

Deal with it: a weed dealer and user’s perspective

Vivian Chiang

February 2, 2018


Filed under Drugs, FEATURES, From the magazine, Special

e’s not a stereotypical dealer. Both his parents know that he smokes weed everyday, he has a job and he views dealing marijuana as a guilty pleasure. For the purpose of maintaining his anonymity, we will refer to this student as Marcus. “It’s really stupid [for me] to be selling drugs because ...

A creative influence: individuals discuss the use of weed for artistic purposes

A creative influence: individuals discuss the use of weed for artistic purposes

Zara Iqbal

February 2, 2018


Filed under Drugs, FEATURES, From the magazine, Special

s she placed one foot in front of the other, making her way slowly to school, her imagination hastened and a series of distinct images flowed into her mind, creating a film. The rock song flowing from her earbuds thumped pleasantly in her head, and the different images formed in time to the lyrics. She...

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 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 — from the lack of licenses...

A Film Lover: Razi Mahmood

A Film Lover: Razi Mahmood

Karen Sanchez

December 12, 2017


Filed under FEATURES, Special

or senior Razi Mahmood, film is the best kind of art. There’s a sense of joy, a small satisfaction and excitement, when the theater slowly grows darker before a movie. The same can be felt when lying on the couch, warm, watching Netflix. The screen enters full screen mode and your eyes lay upon ...