El Estoque

The F-Word: Failure

The F-Word: Failure

Tyler Cho, Anushka De, Devin Gupta, Hannah Lee, Nivedita Menon, and Claire Wen

September 20, 2019

Examining the influence of failure in the MVHS community

The S-word: the prevalence of slut shaming at MVHS

The S-word: the prevalence of slut shaming at MVHS

Shuvi Jha and Ayah Ali-Ahmad

April 12, 2019

“She was wearing a bralette; what did she expect?” “What a whore; she’s slept with four guys.” “She is such a slut; she deserves all this.” lut shaming refers to the practice of individuals criticizing females for engaging in behavior deemed to be provocative or enticing. ...

The truth about lying

The truth about lying

Claire Wen and Claire Chang

February 6, 2019

e had two options: do his homework or watch TV. He hesitated for a bit, thinking that being productive would be the right thing to do — but then again, there was only one assignment left. He turned on the TV. A little while later, his mom came in, asking if he’d finished his homework. Yes, ...

A roll of the dice

A roll of the dice

Claire Wen

November 21, 2018

atching as the die spirals through the air, the player holds his breath, crosses his fingers, hoping for the number that will win the game. It lands and bounces, once, twice, three times. He releases his breath and uncrosses his fingers, still waiting, hoping, when finally daring to take a peek for that...

Recommendation letters from a different perspective

Recommendation letters from a different perspective

Claire Wen

November 20, 2018

leaf floats gently from the trees, joining the array of other vibrant reds and oranges fluttering to the ground. A chilly breeze whispers through the air, rustling the leaves as it passes by. Autumn has come, and for seniors, that means it’s college application season. They scramble to write their...

AVID Deconstructed

AVID Deconstructed

Laasya Koduru

October 20, 2018

When the bell rings, students settle in their seats as the sound of papers flipping and small whispers permeate the room. The binders click open as the teacher circulates around the room, asking students to explain their organizational methods. Organization checks are a typical task once a month in ...

The Breadwinner

The Breadwinner

Annie Zhang

October 12, 2018

He walks into campus carrying trademarked “Boudin Sourdough” bags filled with a variety of bread delicacies. The bag is stuffed with golden brown baguettes and scrumptious blocks of sourdough bread ready to be distributed to the students of MVHS. Known by students and teachers alike, this is sen...

To walk in someone else’s shoes

To walk in someone else’s shoes

Karen Sanchez

March 8, 2018

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 7, 2018

’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 29, 2018

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 ...

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

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,...