El Estoque

Cookie connections

Cookie connections

Helen Chao and Emma Lam

March 2, 2018

Written with Emma Lam  A box of Girl Scout cookies sitting out in the open is simply asking for trouble — specifically, it’s asking for a stampede of hungry kids. These cookies may be a familiar friend, but what about the members themselves who sell the cookies? Watch the video below to lea...

Why be a Study Buddy?

Why be a Study Buddy?

Aditya Dash

November 14, 2017

s the seventh period bell rings, many students with  free periods swarm to the front of the school to go home or talk to their friends. However, others go to the library and stay there after their last class to tutor an MVHS student who needs their help. These students are known as Study Buddies. St...

The girl next-door

The girl next-door

Swara Tewari

September 6, 2017

Sophomore Sophie Ye sits in the backseat, her backpack on the seat beside her. The morning news, the usual weather and traffic reports, blares from the speakers. The car is filled with the sharp aroma of her dad’s morning coffee. Ye’s dad backs the car out of the driveway and onto the street. H...

Friends and games: How these MVHS students stay afloat in the sea of academics

Friends and games: How these MVHS students stay afloat in the sea of academics

Elizabeth Han

May 31, 2017

ith a flick of a finger, the white ball flies into the edge of the screen, swiftly springing back to where the finger lies. In a small neon box, the number outlined in black increases uncontrollably. Junior Nikhil Prakash squeezes his left fist in victory, while his right hand is wrapped firmly arou...

Man on the street: MVHS dance culture

Man on the street: MVHS dance culture

Roshan Fernandez

January 31, 2017

Additional reporting Avni Prasad and Kalpana Gopalkrishnan eading up to an MVHS dance, there is always a constant buzz that flows throughout the campus. Students spend hours creating clever posters with name-related puns, going shopping for new dresses, and picking out flowers to impress a potential dat...

A visit from the God Squad

A visit from the God Squad

Malini Ramaiyer

June 8, 2016

After their mission trip to King City in March, a small group of MVHS students decided to take their faith to school. They sit behind the swimming pool during brunch every Tuesday and Thursday and talk about everything from rally setup to AP Tests — then, they pray. This group is united not only...

Ten shows to watch on Netflix right now

Ten shows to watch on Netflix right now

Aanchal Garg

February 6, 2016

able TV service is on the decline and  being quickly replaced by online streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu. These websites offer a convenient way to watch shows from different locations. With so many choices online, the real decision to make is not where to watch, but what to watch. Strugg...

Behind the not-so-secret Secret Santa gift exchanges

Behind the not-so-secret Secret Santa gift exchanges

Fatima Ali

December 11, 2015

n the midst of a grueling marathon of studying for finals, some friend groups have decided to launch a Secret Santa campaign in an effort to raise morale and de-stress. No matter how inexpensive or austere the gifts may be, these friends still cherish their holiday tradition and take heart in the ge...

Two freshmen bond over feeling like the outsider

Two freshmen bond over feeling like the outsider

Avni Prasad

February 28, 2015

Groups of three or four,” JAVA teacher Debbie Frazier says. Her third period JAVA class scrambles routinely to the same group they chose at the beginning of the year. And routinely the same girl is left without a group. “Mel,” Frazier says as she narrows down her eyes on a frizzy-haired,...

The Friendship Project: Reaching the limit

The Friendship Project: Reaching the limit

Varsha Venkat

February 13, 2014

Bloggers Ashmita Chakraborty and Varsha Venkat take a look at the problems that arise when math class pits two best friends against each other. Read More »...

What were you thinking?

What were you thinking?

Daniel Tan

October 17, 2011

It was 2 a.m. With a pounding pulse and shaking legs, he carefully unlocked three deadbolts and turned the doorknob. Fearing the creaking door would wake his mom up, he paused every few seconds. He knew he was doing something he shouldn't have been. A noise from inside froze him in his tr...

Bake, blog, share

Bake, blog, share

Tiffany Lau

April 28, 2010

Senior Yujia Ding keeps a food blog to share her baking recipes with others  Read More »...