El Estoque

Songs dedicated

Songs dedicated

Ayah Ali-Ahmad

May 20, 2019


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT

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


Filed under FEATURES

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


Filed under Columns, OPINION

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...

Let’s Talk: Complaining at MVHS

Let’s Talk: Complaining at MVHS

March 15, 2019


Filed under OPINION

Exploring the implications of complaining as a means of reinforcing negativity or releasing stress

What I’ve learned from performing in piano recitals

What I’ve learned from performing in piano recitals

Brian Xu

March 15, 2019


Filed under OPINION

’ve been playing the piano for eight years now — at this point, I’ve been playing for half my life. Every week consists of practicing scales and technique, learning etudes (practice pieces) and polishing pieces for performances. Where does all of this practice take me? Each year, my piano tea...

Thank you, Andy

Thank you, Andy

Jai Uparkar

February 6, 2019


Filed under SPORTS

Tears welled up in my eyes as I scrolled through the webpage filled with articles about professional tennis player Andy Murray’s hip surgery, emotional press conference and the sudden announcement of his retirement before his match at the Australian Open. A few minutes passed and the tears didn’...