El Estoque

To walk in someone else’s shoes

To walk in someone else’s shoes

Karen Sanchez

March 8, 2018


Filed under FEATURES, Special

rom Dr. Martens and Adidas to sneakers and flip flops, students around MVHS are spotted wearing different types of shoes that vary in color and style. Whether they wear the same pair daily or make an effort to match their shoes with their outfit, these MVHS students ponder whether shoes are a reflect...

Crumbling under weight

Crumbling under weight

Vivian Chiang

March 8, 2018


Filed under From the magazine, Special

’ve concluded that my body enjoys playing tricks on me, convincing me it’s deteriorating. Logically, I understand it’s my mind that enjoys making me feel unworthy, not my body. My poor body simply responds to my mind. My body is solely an exterior, quite literally a cover t...

Freshmen, how do you feel?

Freshmen, how do you feel?

Helen Chao

January 30, 2018


Filed under FEATURES

They sat down and stared at the scantron in front of them, and the haphazardly bubbled scantron stared unflinchingly back at them. Last semester, not only did freshmen experience their first ever round of finals, but they also ultimately had a taste of what the remaining three and a half years have in ...

Fulfillment: A world of woodworking

Fulfillment: A world of woodworking

Helen Chao

December 8, 2017


Filed under FEATURES

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The gift of life: Experiencing the early stages of motherhood

The gift of life: Experiencing the early stages of motherhood

Charlotte Chui

November 15, 2017


Filed under FEATURES, From the magazine, Special

When guidance counselor Jessica Coscia reflects upon her experience as a mother, moments with her son spring to mind: calls of “Mama!” when she walks into the room, him coming up to hold her hand or give hugs and kisses, sitting in her lap, wanting to be read the “Dragons Love Tacos” book. Smile wide,...

Fear Me Not

Fear Me Not

Shuvi Jha

September 13, 2017


Filed under FEATURES, From the magazine, Special

hite people are dumb — everyone knows that. Seven words. Seven words was all it took to land then seventh-grader Sophia Powell in the backseat of her teacher’s classroom. Dejected and alone, she sat in her seat, replaying the boy’s words in her mind — thinking about how he didn’t want to b...

With age comes change

With age comes change

Karen Sanchez

September 13, 2017


Filed under FEATURES, From the magazine, Print, Special

As the cable car glided along it’s path in the air, she couldn’t help but shed tears in response to the gut-wrenching terror. Every single time one of her family members shifted slightly in their seats, peering over the edge to catch a glimpse of the green forest below, without fault she could feel th...

MVHS’ new assistant principal

MVHS’ new assistant principal

Karen Sanchez

August 20, 2017


Filed under FEATURES, Special

The smell of burgers can not be ignored; the pungent fragrance reaches the nose as it snakes its way from one end of the queue to the other. Students walk swiftly in pairs of two, sometimes in bundles of three or four, towards the line growing quickly outside of the cafeteria. Overlooking the sce...