El Estoque

Always a piece away

Always a piece away

Rachel Jiang

September 11, 2019

Exploring how stamps have inspired me to do things that define me right now

Power’s out

Power’s out

Shuvi Jha

January 23, 2019

How a power outage helped me put my life and priorities in perspective

Mock Trial: Building a family

Mock Trial: Building a family

Jasmine Lee and Alyssa Hui

January 20, 2019

Mock Trial officers reflect on their past experiences and reveal what the club means to them

Ohana Club: A close-knit family

Ohana Club: A close-knit family

Swara Tewari

March 3, 2018

Ohana means “family” in Hawaiian, and that is exactly what MVHS’ Ohana Club is: a large family. The club’s purpose is to facilitate friendships between special needs students and peer buddies and to create a comfortable, welcoming environment for the special needs students to socialize in. All m...

Breaking under pressure: Students with eating disorders during the holidays

Breaking under pressure: Students with eating disorders during the holidays

Zara Iqbal

December 12, 2017

*Names starting with M are false names to protect the anonymous sources. abel had no idea something was terribly wrong. Not when the world began spinning around her as she warmed up in P.E. Not when she could barely finish one slice of turkey and a spoonful of mashed potatoes during Thanksgiving dinn...

Politics over the table

Politics over the table

Mallika Singh

December 9, 2017

t holiday family gatherings, the atmosphere is typically excited and warm. Hugs and warm greetings are exchanged as the family settles around the table. The conversation tends to start out lightly — school, work, weather, some catching up. But when the conversation transitions into politics, the ton...

In the same boat: Sophomore Revan Aponso inherits his love for rowing

In the same boat: Sophomore Revan Aponso inherits his love for rowing

Sannidhi Menon

October 20, 2017

ophomore Revan Aponso wakes up at 4:15 a.m. every Monday. He needs to be at the Redwood City Port by 5 a.m. When he arrives, he grabs a boat and fixes LED lights onto the boat – it’s still dark out. The crew rows for an hour, sometimes as far as twelve kilometers, and carries the boats back in, wa...

Riding West: Westelius siblings bond over horseback riding

Riding West: Westelius siblings bond over horseback riding

Sunjin Chang

October 20, 2017

he sun’s golden rays hit the 10 riders on horses cantering around an arena full of poles and ramps in Los Altos Hills. Their hooves fling dust in the humid air as they practice jumping two-foot poles and trotting around the rectangular arena fence. Among them is junior Ebba Westelius on Bojack, a dark-h...

Sisters in arms: Anika and Aditi Soin participate in competitive fencing

Sisters in arms: Anika and Aditi Soin participate in competitive fencing

Anjini Venugopal

October 20, 2017

hen MVHS class of 2015 alumna Aditi Soin was in fourth grade, she read the “Spiderwick Chronicles” and decided that, like the character Mallory Grace, she wanted to fence. Like some younger siblings do, sophomore Anika Soin followed in her sister’s footsteps and started the sport three years lat...

Two arrows, one target: Twins share their passion for archery

Two arrows, one target: Twins share their passion for archery

Roshan Fernandez

October 20, 2017

or twin sophomores David and Karesa Hui, everything comes in sets. When David started piano, so did Karesa. When he started badminton, so did she. So when the two went to Palomo Archery Range in Palo Alto with a couple of friends, it wasn’t a surprise that both were interested in pursuing the sport....

Rowing: A misunderstood sport

Rowing: A misunderstood sport

Aditya Dash

October 18, 2017

ophomore Revan Aponso wakes up at 4:15 A.M. every Friday morning, packs his gear and takes a shower before going to practice his favorite sport: rowing. With the sky covered in a blanket of darkness, he reaches the outskirts of Redwood City at 4:55 A.M. and gets the boat ready with his teammates for a ...