El Estoque

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’...

A wish remembered

A wish remembered

Iman Malik

January 31, 2019


Filed under FEATURES

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Selfless

Selfless

Iman Malik

December 3, 2018


Filed under FEATURES

Her dark brown curls shimmer in the sun, her eyes are filled with untold stories. The tilt of her chin and the set of her jaw show resilience and confidence. The soft lines on her face hint at a lifetime of hardship, but her gentle smile shows her ability to savor the simplest of pleasures. To most ...

Dance to this

Dance to this

Ayah Ali-Ahmad

November 8, 2018


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT

rowds of people screaming with excitement. Bodies pushed against one another reaching for the stage. Vibrations from the instruments blared through speakers sending a shaking sensation through the ground. The most vivid memories I cherish all seem to be from attending concerts like this. I have be...

Dear Halloween,

Dear Halloween,

Lakshanyaa Ganesh

October 24, 2018


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT

ou used to be my absolute favorite holiday. Every year, I’d beg my parents to go candy shopping as soon as they lined the Target aisles with spooky black bats and cartoonish pumpkins, replacing September’s school supplies. I wanted to make sure our house was the house — known for having the be...