El Estoque

Booked up

Booked up

Claire Wen and Oishee Misra

October 15, 2018


Filed under OPINION

iterature remains the only course at MVHS that students must take for all four years of high school. For some, it’s an enjoyable experience, while for others, it does nothing but elicit groans of distaste. Whether the novel is about a tragic love story (‘Romeo and Juliet’), the crumbling socie...

Exams in motion

Exams in motion

Brian Xu

October 15, 2018


Filed under OPINION

Sophomore Upasana Dilip stared into her computer screen, reading and rereading a clump of questions from a past Calculus exam. She yawned before looking down at her notes, desperately scanning the numbers for a strategy to break through the stubborn question. It was already midnight, far too late to conta...

Constant Change: As my eyes opened

Constant Change: As my eyes opened

Oishee Misra

October 10, 2018


Filed under OPINION

have a confession. I used to hate reading the news (yes, and ironically now I’m an El Estoque reporter). But really, I’m dead serious when I say that in spite of the numerous attempts by my politically-obsessed father to make me even the slightest bit informed, every time the TV was airing the news...

An Ex-perfectionist

An Ex-perfectionist

Zara Iqbal, Opinion editor

October 7, 2018


Filed under Columns, OPINION

verything has to be perfect.”   These were often my words when I worked with others on group projects. In elementary and middle school, I was that kid — the stereotypical artistic kid designated with the job of making everything look pretty and put together. Classmates I didn’t even know the n...

Beauty and the Blood

Beauty and the Blood

Dhruvika Randad and Justine Ha

September 28, 2018


Filed under OPINION, Uncategorized

Cosmetic testing is the process of testing makeup products and their ingredients on animals through brutal and violent manners when checking for severe reactions on their skin. When this process is complete, blood is shed and lives are lost, but beauty is found — both inside and out. Sophomore Elene...

A Gender Sexuality and Alliance Q&A with French student teacher, Marie Roy

A Gender Sexuality and Alliance Q&A with French student teacher, Marie Roy

Dhruvika Randad and Kat Pappas

September 28, 2018


Filed under Briefs, OPINION

Along with the usual Q&A that introduced new members to the club, a special guest was introduced: French student teacher Marie Roy. As an incoming teacher for the new year, she believes that it is important to understand the different communities at school and their styles of interaction, to which...

Looking back

Looking back

Stuti Upadhyay

September 28, 2018


Filed under From the magazine, OPINION

Ameya Mahajan, MVHS graduating class of 2013, enjoyed classical guitar, was on the swim team, participated in Spanish National Honor Society, Triathlete Music Society, Science National Honor Society and worked as a lifeguard in the summers. Mahajan graduated from Yale with a double major in statisti...

Just teach it

Just teach it

Helen Chao and Claire Wen

September 27, 2018


Filed under OPINION

As the school year begins, some students find themselves in a panic. They’ve completed their back-to-school shopping: fluorescent highlighters and squeaky-clean erasers are packed away, but there’s one thing that hasn’t gone perfectly to plan: the schedule they’re holding in their hands. Whether...

An Inside Scoop on Bird Poop

An Inside Scoop on Bird Poop

Ishani Singh

September 27, 2018


Filed under A closer look, Behind the scenes, Briefs, Campus question, Magazine, NEWS

As executive assistant Diana Goularte pulled into the staff parking lot for the first time since the 2018 graduation ceremony, she was shocked by what she saw. Piles of bread lay under a large lamp post, surrounded by a flock of birds. “Back in June, [the staff] started noticing that there were br...

Coming out of my shell: tortoise troubles

Coming out of my shell: tortoise troubles

Emily Xia

September 27, 2018


Filed under Columns, From the magazine, OPINION

f I had to compare myself to an animal, I would be a tortoise. To be completely honest, admitting that is quite embarrassing, as tortoises aren’t exactly the most celebrated role models of the animal kingdom. But I’ve found it to be true — not in the sense that I move slowly (although this ...