El Estoque

Gotta catch ’em all

Gotta catch ’em all

Zara Iqbal, Copy editor

October 23, 2019

I reflect on my long-lasting love for the Pokémon franchise

The tale of the traveling mint plants

The tale of the traveling mint plants

Claire Wen

October 12, 2019

What an experience of flea extermination taught me about the benefits of breaking from routine

The metamorphosis of self

The metamorphosis of self

Annie Zhang

October 1, 2019

INFP-T. 89% introverted. 70% intuitive. 93% feeling. 56% prospecting. 87% turbulent.  The Myers-Briggs personality profiling test, or 16Personalities, is a free 100 question test where users select answers from a scale of agree to disagree about a plethora of scenarios — social situations, what-ifs, career prospect...

Running out of time

Running out of time

Anish Vasudevan

September 28, 2019

A football player’s opinion on the declining numbers of MVHS football and the temporary loss of the junior varsity team

Taking over the senior legacy

Taking over the senior legacy

Stuti Upadhyay

September 18, 2019

Using the lessons I learned from graduated seniors to be a better mentor to underclassmen

Priyanka Chopra Jonas problematically expresses support for Indian Army as UNICEF Ambassador

Priyanka Chopra Jonas problematically expresses support for Indian Army as UNICEF Ambassador

Zara Iqbal, Copy editor

September 8, 2019

Why I was disappointed to find the actress approving of the war between Pakistan and India

A tie between reality and spirituality

A tie between reality and spirituality

Annie Zhang

September 3, 2019

y 10-year-old mind races: I’ve seen this before. I remember you, wearing that exact navy v-neck shirt, hands fumbling with two bulky science textbooks, walking in front of me from my left side out of our shared classroom. This is familiar. I’ve already lived this moment already — you, me, this inter...

Songs dedicated

Songs dedicated

Ayah Ali-Ahmad

May 20, 2019

To this day, I can see his face clearly; his skin glistens in the sun and his cheeks look so soft. His long curls frame his face perfectly, and I can’t help but be reminded of a puppy. It’s funny, how after months of talking to someone, feelings can change in an instant. Before I saw him as only a frie...

Off the court

Off the court

Iman Malik

May 7, 2019

I’ve been through a lot in my life. When I was eight years old, I moved to a new state. When I was eleven, I tore my ACL and was told I could never play sports again. And last year, I fell victim to the extreme stress brought on by being a student at MVHS. But nothing in my life has been more diffic...

The unspoken pressures of sibling relationships

The unspoken pressures of sibling relationships

Tabitha Mendez

April 16, 2019

My brother and I are almost 10 years apart, but people often say, “For an age gap so big, it’s surprising how much time you spend together.” A comment like that always seems weird to me — there were so many years when I was a single child, anxiously waiting for a sibling that it felt like I had...