El Estoque

Up in flames: Australian bushfires from July 2019 continue to devastate

Senior Isabelle Dingli, an Australian citizen, spent her winter break in Melbourne, about 100 miles away from the nearest fires, but she says the air quality impacted her.

Ishaani Dayal and Tina Low

February 11, 2020

Since late July 2019, Australian wildfires have ravaged over 26 million acres of land and destroyed over 3,000 homes. After the deaths of three American firefighters on Jan. 23, the fatality count rose to 34, while approximately one billion animals have been killed or displaced.  According to profess...

Students travel to different countries over winter break

Freshman Akanksha Varanasi traveled to historical sites in the Middle East. Photo courtesy of Akanksha Varanasi

Claire Wen

February 1, 2020

Freshman Akanksha Varanasi  When freshman Akanksha Varanasi traveled to the Middle East, she took note of the locals’ hospitality. Whenever she went into a souvenir shop, which were typically family-owned, the employees would greet her warmly. “They'd be like, ‘Can we get you tea?’ or ...

Field Hockey: Team takes home first win of the season

Sophomore Navarin Pirachai tries to keep control of the ball when a VCHS player attacks. Pirachai scored two of the three goals during the game. Photo by Lakshanyaa Ganesh.

Sreya Kumar

September 10, 2019

Despite a shaky start, Matadors emerge victorious against Valley Christian HS

Field hockey: Team loses first game against Willow Glen HS

Senior Lauren Lee breaks away from the defender to lead a counter attack against Willow Glen HS. Photo by Kamyar Moradi

Tabitha Mendez and Kamyar Moradi

September 2, 2019

The MVHS Varsity Field Hockey team ended the first game of the season with a 4-0 loss. The game was expected to be difficult considering that Willow Glen HS qualified for Central Coast Section (CCS) the previous year.  For junior and co-captain captain Roya Ahmadi, this was her first game playing at...