El Estoque

Cupid in the classroom

Cupid in the classroom

Claire Wen February 12, 2021
Examining teachers’ perspectives on student relationships
Patel, alongside his older brother and mother, takes a family photo.

A quarantined summer

Justine Ha and Shivani Madhan September 12, 2020
Exploring how three members of the MVHS community spent the summer of 2020
Class Clowns

Class Clowns

Anjali Singh March 13, 2020
Students and faculty share their experiences being or dealing with class clowns
What's MVHS laughing at

What’s MVHS laughing at

Exploring the various sources of humor at MVHS
The different expectations that different sexes face

The different expectations that different sexes face

Tanish Mendki and Claire Wen February 7, 2020

Senior Sayalee Mylvarrapu was sitting in her Java class when her teacher asked a question. Mylvarrapu raised her hand and, after being called on, gave the correct answer. To her surprise, one of the boys...

50 Questions with I-Chu Chang

Sophia Chen and Annie Zhang January 28, 2020
In the seventh installment of the recurring series, El Estoque asks I-Chu Chang 50 questions about herself
Our cultures in food

Our cultures in food

Exploring the cultural significance of Asian food and its representation in America
Inner battles

Inner battles

Hannah Lee and Brian Xu October 25, 2019
Exploring the impact individuals can make in the lives of students facing internal struggles
Fresh perspectives: New Go Club officers remark on upcoming year

Fresh perspectives: New Go Club officers remark on upcoming year

Robert Liu September 27, 2019

Senior and Go Club president Ethan Wang dipped his hand in a plastic container of polished white marbles and absentmindedly thumbed one between his fingers, preparing to make his next move in a match of...

Work and Play

Work and Play

Laasya Koduru November 14, 2018

As students walk into Scott Perry’s American Literature class, they immediately lay their sights on the sentences glowing on the walls. Each statement presents an ethical question from the novel “The...

Time for dinner

Time for dinner

Jennifer Lee November 19, 2012

“Today he asked me if he could fly,” said Chinese teacher I-Chu Chang to her husband as she cut up a piece of meat to put on her five-year-old son’s plate. It’s 6:43 p.m. on a Wednesday...

Jack Chin's biggest fears in life were: coming back home after college, baldness and needles — all of which he experienced in the last nine months. During the breaks between his chemotherapy cources, Jack spends his time at home playing World of Warcraft, watching television and playing computer games.

You don’t know Jack

Aafreen Mahmood March 12, 2012

His body curled up into a ball, lying on a hospital bed after several surgeries and chemotherapy treatments: he was motionless — except for a single finger brushing the back of his mother’s hand. “He...

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