El Estoque

A conversation with Stanford alumnus Donnovan Somera Yisrael

A conversation with Stanford alumnus Donnovan Somera Yisrael

Ilena Peng

November 16, 2016

n Nov. 10, Donnovan Somera Yisrael, the manager of Emotional and Sexual Health Programs at Stanford’s Vaden Health Center, came to MVHS for Wellness Day ¡Ole!. He has spoken at multiple events, including a TedX conference. But on Nov. 10 from periods one through five, he spent his time presenting to MV...

Behind the scenes of the cancelled peace protest

Behind the scenes of the cancelled peace protest

Sepand Rouz

November 16, 2016

"Make America Great Again.” “Stronger Together.” “It’s in our hands.” These are all quotes said by our presidential candidates. At first the slogans seem like they belong to politicians that have the same agenda, to make America greater than before, but this wasn't the case as tension...

Photo Gallery: Wellness Day ¡Olé!

Photo Gallery: Wellness Day ¡Olé!

Claire Chang

November 14, 2016

On Thursday, Nov. 10, the Challenge Success Club arrived early to school at 6:30 a.m., setting coffee and donuts in the office for teachers and carrying wooden boards with chalkboard messages to locations around campus. Throughout the day, students and some teachers structured their days around relaxing and ...

Band program revitalizes a marching tradition

Band program revitalizes a marching tradition

Jessica Xing

November 11, 2016

espite waning interest that lead to its discontinuation in 2013, the absence of the MVHS marching band has since left a hole in the music program — a hole of the tall feathered hat, booming drum and sharply tailored uniform variety. Current band teacher and conductor Ricky Alegria states, while the marchin...

Teachers discuss the pressure to wear Halloween costumes

Mallika Singh

November 11, 2016

Every year for Halloween, each teaching department comes up with a costume  for everyone and then they participate in a costume contest in which prizes are awarded for various things. However, not all teachers love the concept of dressing up and participating in the contest. History department chair Bo...

The launch of MVHS’ first clothing brand, OTA

The launch of MVHS’ first clothing brand, OTA

Sepand Rouz

November 4, 2016

Clothes come and go, but a brand always stays. See the behind the scenes of OTA, a school made clothing company and how the members of the organization talk about how they came up with the company and what they do. As a MVHS startup company, they’ve accomplished a lot in a short amount of time. Watch...

MV Art Career Night brings alumni and parents together to discuss their careers

MV Art Career Night brings alumni and parents together to discuss their careers

Ilena Peng

October 29, 2016

n Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m., the band room was transformed into a small auditorium, with a discussion panel of alumni and parents up in front, ready to talk to current MVHS students about their experiences in art and design. The individuals behind those tables may have been strangers to the students and pare...

Girls’ Empowerment project spreads to MVHS

Girls’ Empowerment project spreads to MVHS

Sepand Rouz

October 25, 2016

  tudent support groups are hard to find in MVHS, mainly because they are often overshadowed by other activities at school. But recently, a club was made not just for new students, but for all of MVHS’ student body. A club that accepts all, a club that has bonding. But this isn’t just a club...

MVHS Administration and ASB work together to create a new dance policy

MVHS Administration and ASB work together to create a new dance policy

Chetana Ramaiyer

October 23, 2016

t the MVHS Welcome Back Dance on Aug. 19, the administration made an announcement was made to the students about dancing inappropriately. Several students were also asked to leave the dance after having received multiple warnings about the way they were dancing. Many MVHS students were confused and u...

To the flag

To the flag

Avni Prasad

October 21, 2016

In elementary school, U.S. History teacher Ben Recktenwald would never recite the whole Pledge of Allegiance. He would say, “one nation,” pause, then continue with “indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” Recktenwald didn’t skip “under God” to make a statement, nor did he think it...

Link Crew hosts hot cocoa event and pajama day for Class of 2020

Link Crew hosts hot cocoa event and pajama day for Class of 2020

Chetana Ramaiyer

October 20, 2016

Posters in the MVHS rally court promote the hot cocoa event in the days leading up to it. Photo by Sannidhi Mennon. On the morning of Oct. 19, freshmen students dressed in their pajamas waited anxiously in line. Link Leaders were gathered in the rally court, handing out hot cocoa to the Class of ...

Administration passes new policy for Halloween

Administration passes new policy for Halloween

Gauri Kaushik

October 18, 2016

tarting in Aug. of this year, reports and videos of creepy clowns terrorizing people have gone viral across the country. Now, law enforcement, including the Santa Clara Police Department, have started taking measures against the threatening clowns. SCPD's department head attended an FUHSD board meet...