El Estoque



Seniors share impactful people, moments, and lessons learned from high school
The Class of 2021

The Class of 2021

Seniors reflect back on their high school experiences
Junior Hannah Baker poses with her quinceañera court.

From girlhood to womanhood

Nika Zamani May 22, 2021
Exploring the planning process, traditional ceremonies and cultural influences behind quinceañeras
Students react to college admissions videos

Students react to college admissions videos

Riya Ravuri and Prisha Tiwari May 21, 2021

Riya Ravuri · Reactions to Admissions Videos Sitting on her bed, scrolling through YouTube, senior Diya Menon watches college admission reaction videos, hoping to raise her spirits after her...

Math teacher Martin Jenning retires after 39 years of teaching, 23 of which were at MVHS

MVHS Retirees

The end of the 2020-21 school year marks the start of retirement for six MVHS staff members — math teacher Martin Jennings, Guidance Senior Clerical Assistant Elaine Hamilton,...

50 Questions with Randall Holaday

50 Questions with Randall Holaday

Brian Xu May 16, 2021
In the 16th installment of the recurring series, El Estoque asks Randall Holaday 50 questions
Freshman Jennifer Long and her mother Catherine visit a water park in China when Long was three years old.

Appreciating Mom

Shivani Madhan and Claire Wen May 9, 2021
Students reminisce about memories with their mothers
50 Questions with Mark Carpenter

50 Questions with Mark Carpenter

Krish Dev, Web Editor May 8, 2021

Inspired by Vogue’s video series “73 Questions,” El Estoque sits down with English teacher Mark Carpenter to ask him 50 questions. Carpenter shares his fondest memory of high school, what he would...

Do not be afraid

Do not be afraid

Gavin Hung, Staff Writer May 5, 2021

During our freshman year, junior Bhuvan Balagar and I had the idea of creating a podcast that broke down new technological advancements in a conversational manner. We spent a large portion of the summer...

Isak Westelius in Sweden.

Students experience spring fever at MVHS

Mira Wagner, Staff Writer May 4, 2021

Freshman Crystal Cheng recalls first experiencing the phenomenon spring fever — defined by Merriam-Webster as  emotions like restlessness and laziness that coincide with the beginning of spring —...

Members of the MVHS community share the biggest lies they have told in honor of National Honesty Day

To tell you the truth…

Nika Zamani May 1, 2021
Four MVHS students come clean about their biggest lies
Civil Air Patrol cadets stand in front of a SR-71 jet at California Wing's Aerospace Education STEM Academy, where cadets from across the state spend a week on Edwards Air Force Base and learn about STEM concepts through tours, hands-on labs and more.

MVHS students take off through Civil Air Patrol

Anjali Singh April 27, 2021
Students part of the organization share memorable experiences and life lessons
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