El Estoque

AVID Deconstructed

AVID Deconstructed

Laasya Koduru

October 20, 2018


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When the bell rings, students settle in their seats as the sound of papers flipping and small whispers permeate the room. The binders click open as the teacher circulates around the room, asking students to explain their organizational methods. Organization checks are a typical task once a month in ...

A new role

Hannah Lee and Shuvi Jha

October 15, 2018


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Correction 10/17/18 1:25 p.m. A previous version of this story incorrectly spelled Diana Goularte's name. e walks around campus with a smile on his face, greeting students and teachers with a friendly nod or a quick hello. At one moment, he is in the MVHS office, conversing with Diana Goularte, hi...

The Breadwinner

The Breadwinner

Annie Zhang

October 12, 2018


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He walks into campus carrying trademarked “Boudin Sourdough” bags filled with a variety of bread delicacies. The bag is stuffed with golden brown baguettes and scrumptious blocks of sourdough bread ready to be distributed to the students of MVHS. Known by students and teachers alike, this is sen...

The girl with neon shoes

The girl with neon shoes

Iman Malik, Staff Writer

October 3, 2018


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Physical education has always been my least favorite period of the day. Every day, we all change into the same drab, gray uniforms and wear the same faded black shorts. Everyone laces up their ragged shoes, covered with holes and dirt that serve as a reminder of every puddle we’ve jumped into and ...

Hooked online: how social media affects cognition

Hooked online: how social media affects cognition

Claire Chang, Laasya Koduru, and Sarah Young

September 28, 2018


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Pramodh Srihari had always been a bright student, scoring at the top of his class. Then, he got his first phone, changing his orderly schedule. From then on, Srihari’s time was swallowed by his addictive pastime. It started with endless games — Clash of Clans and Clash Royale, then Instagram and...

Research of years past: a look into the officers of Research Club

Research of years past: a look into the officers of Research Club

Emily Xia

September 27, 2018


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he Research club officers’ main job is to help members of the club with their science projects, providing them with materials and advice. Among the seven officers of the club, there is a plethora of research experience. Seniors Carl Rosenthal and Rujuta Sathe and juniors Hrushikesha Athreya and Ir...

Heart react: Romantic relationships on social media

Heart react: Romantic relationships on social media

Roshan Fernandez

September 27, 2018


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How students choose to portray their romantic relationships on social media

Behind the Screen

Tyler Cho and Annie Zhang

September 26, 2018


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As he stood there in the familiar back alley, the memories of all the hours he had spent skating with friends came rushing back. The simple background of the alley was seemingly fit for a photoshoot, the off-white and beige colors in beautiful contrast with the dark colors of the outfit he had coordina...

Off The Grid

Off The Grid

September 26, 2018


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unior Ashley Tom received her first iPhone in ninth grade, finally graduating from candy bars and flip phones. She made her first personal email in seventh grade. Yet Tom still doesn’t have any social media accounts. According to the Pew Research Center in 2014 and 2015, 94 percent of teenagers in th...

Hidden in plain sight

Hidden in plain sight

Sarah Young and Laasya Koduru

September 23, 2018


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Throughout Woodland Library, hushed whispers echo across the room as high school students gather around discussing difficult problems, young children listen intently to a story and staff members move from one place to another, escorting the visitors. In this chaos resides a type of peaceful harmony, fou...

Traveling the globe

Charlotte Chui and Swara Tewari

September 16, 2018


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hen junior Dan Sachs’ brother discovered a summer program that provided an opportunity to travel abroad, learn a new language and immerse himself in a new culture, it peaked Sachs’ interest. Sachs reviewed the options out of the other countries available, eventually applying and being accept...