El Estoque

Conflicting Commitment

Conflicting Commitment

Rajas Habbu and Gauri Kaushik

April 12, 2019

For sophomore Henry Zhai, the summer before his freshman year was filled with going back and forth between practices. He played the summer season for his club volleyball team while also attending the MVHS color guard team’s summer workshop. It was only after summer ended and school began that he reali...

Warming up

Warming up

Sreya Kumar, Charlotte Chui, Gauri Kaushik, Iman Malik, Ankit Gupta, and Tina Low

April 10, 2019

El Estoque documents how teams and athletes prepare for the big day

Color Guard wins 2nd place at California Color Guard Circuit Championships

Color Guard wins 2nd place at California Color Guard Circuit Championships

Ananya Bhat and Songjun Na

May 7, 2018

The excitement was palpable. Gloved fingers fidgeted with costumes, nervous giggles floated through the air and anxious bodies shifted their weights from one leg to another as the performers patiently waited their turn. They had waited so long for this — in fact, they had waited two weeks longer than ...

Winter Guard starts second season

Winter Guard starts second season

Ananya Bhat

November 17, 2017

ith the football season coming to an end, members of the MVHS Marching Band are packing up their instruments for the year. But the MVHS Color Guard team isn’t storing away their flags and rifles just yet. Instead, they’re looking for new members for their seasonal team — MVHS Winter Guard. Wi...

First flags of the season: MVHS Color Guard’s first performance of the year

First flags of the season: MVHS Color Guard’s first performance of the year

Ananya Bhat

September 15, 2017

It’s friday night at MVHS’s first home football game. The buzzer rings, signaling halftime. As the scuffed up bodies of the MVHS varsity football team jog over towards the sidelines, twirls of color, pointed rifles and flowing purple gowns take over the football field. The song begins and suddenly,...

Fall Marching Band season to end with two competitions

Fall Marching Band season to end with two competitions

Akshay Agrawal

November 11, 2011

At 5:30 a.m. on Nov. 12, Marching Band will assemble at school and at 6 a.m., pile into buses headed for the Vintage Band Review in Napa Valley. The Vintage Band Review is the band’s third competition this season, following the Oct. 8 Tournament of Bands and the Oct. 22 competition in Pleas...

Color Guard still spins onward

Color Guard still spins onward

Amrutha Dorai

November 9, 2011

The traffic cones were taking a beating. Standing in a stoic line on the edges of the student parking lot, they could not catch a break — a Honda, an SUV, and a beat-up old BMW all trundled by, ignoring the brave little pyramids completely. “Hey, watch out!” a shout echoed. “There are kids here!” It was 7 p.m...