El Estoque

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...

Give Us a Break

Give Us a Break

Hannah Lee

December 11, 2017


Filed under From the magazine, Magazine, OPINION

ollowing the transition from a relaxing summer into a new school year, first semester can often be tiring. There are approximately 14 1/2 weeks of school between the first day of school and Thanksgiving break with only 3 days off. Students and staff have only two full days off for Thanksgiving, with ...

Wandering mind: To be honest

Wandering mind: To be honest

Brighton Balfrey

May 31, 2017


Filed under Columns, Magazine, OPINION

It’s 7:45 p.m., and I’m pulled over on the side of the road. Red and blue lights are flashing in my rearview mirror. I punch the steering wheel, mutter some expletives and prepare my license and registration for the officer approaching my rolled-down window. “Were you in a hurry to get somewhere...

It’s your problem

Sara Entezarmahdi

April 17, 2017


Filed under From the magazine, Magazine, OPINION

AMID THE 2:30 A.M. DARKNESS AND CRICKET CHIRPS, there lies, still and silently, a heaping handful of MVHS students who just tucked themselves in. Finally, they’re free of the day’s pressures. Only now can they prepare themselves for the seemingly endless amounts of school, homework, instruments and...

Who really spreads ‘fake news?’

Who really spreads ‘fake news?’

Sara Entezarmahdi

April 17, 2017


Filed under From the magazine, Magazine, OPINION

dgar Maddison Welch walked through the front door of Comet Ping Pong, a restaurant in Northwest Washington, with an assault rifle in hand and a goal in mind — complete what he later called a “self-investigation.” He fired one or more shots into the restaurant as a response to the “news” he had...

Just did it?

Just did it?

Karen Sanchez

April 17, 2017


Filed under From the magazine, Magazine, OPINION, Print Opinion

s students enter the locker rooms and change for P.E., few think twice about the days activities. However, for Nur Khan, now a senior in middle college, P.E. was a struggle. Wearing layer on top of layer was too much for her to deal with everyday, not to mention her hijab constantly shifting out of pla...

It’s up to you

Vivian Chiang

April 5, 2017


Filed under Campus, Editorial, From the magazine, Magazine, OPINION

Six AP classes. Community service. President of three clubs. Two extracurricular activities. Summer internship at a top university. What else do I need to guarantee my top five colleges? ----------------------------------- At MVHS, conversation almost always ties back to what our ca...

Contra pop culture

Kalpana Gopalkrishnan

March 10, 2017


Filed under Magazine, OPINION

hat is the definition of opposition? Sometimes, the barriers that opposition causes are more subtle, unspoken pressures. We don’t speak about unspoken pressures, especially when they don’t seem significant. These barriers prevent us from being aware of how much we are affected by entertainment: b...

CONTRA: The system

CONTRA: The system

Michelle Wong

March 10, 2017


Filed under Magazine, OPINION

hen discussing the topic of this staff editorial, we set out with a mission in mind: don’t perpetuate the stereotype of  the overly studious MVHS student. So that’s where the idea of “contra” originated — against the grain, in rebellion to the stereotype attached to us. For every staff editorial...

CONTRA: the legal age

CONTRA: the legal age

Vivian Chiang

March 8, 2017


Filed under Culture, From the magazine, Magazine, OPINION

*All names that begin with J are false names to protect the anonymous sources. Curiosity killed the cat She sits alone on her bed in the corner of her bedroom, one hand fiddling with the edge of the foil wrapped around the mint. Before she could change her mind, she tears the foil and pops the mint in...

Most readers stop here.

Most readers stop here.

Anjini Venugopal

February 9, 2017


Filed under BEYOND THE MAGAZINE, Culture, Magazine, OPINION

Did you get here? When we see someone who is hurt or struggling, we immediately wonder if they are okay, if they need any help. And while we jump to ask what’s wrong when we see physical illness — a classmate with a cast or someone struggling through the halls on crutches — we joke about me...

When the Enneagram and self-reflection collide

When the Enneagram and self-reflection collide

Sara Entezarmahdi

February 9, 2017


Filed under Culture, From the magazine, Magazine, OPINION, Print Opinion

So here’s how the Enneagram test works: You set aside no more than 30 minutes to answer 40 to 60 questions about yourself, trying your best to be honest. And there you have it: a perfect summary of your personality type. Well, not quite. The Enneagram test attempts to categorize individuals into ...