El Estoque

Step out into sunshine

Step out into sunshine

Dhruvika Randad

October 25, 2018

To celebrate LGBTQ+ awareness and acceptance, MVHS’ Gender Sexuality and Alliance (GSA), held its biggest event of the year: National Coming Out Day. The door, courtesy of the drama department, was garnished with various flags representing different sexualities and genders. The event physically and metaph...

Self-deprecating humor

Self-deprecating humor

Claire Wen and Lakshanyaa Ganesh

October 24, 2018

A witty comment or two to entertain a bored audience, to relieve an awkward silence or to have a shield to bounce back on after an embarrassing moment. Humor is the natural human response to something surprising or unexpected, used across all cultures. Yet sometimes, when looking for something to poke f...

Supporting the staff

Photo Illustration // Oishee Misra

Brian Xu

October 24, 2018

The turning point of now history teacher Scott Victorine’s first career occurred as he was eating lunch at his former law firm. As a paralegal in immigration law, Victorine was overwhelmed with stress. He sat staring at his lunchbox one hectic day and he decided he needed to find another career path. ...

Booked up

Booked up

Claire Wen and Oishee Misra

October 15, 2018

iterature remains the only course at MVHS that students must take for all four years of high school. For some, it’s an enjoyable experience, while for others, it does nothing but elicit groans of distaste. Whether the novel is about a tragic love story (‘Romeo and Juliet’), the crumbling socie...

Exams in motion

Exams in motion

Brian Xu

October 15, 2018

Sophomore Upasana Dilip stared into her computer screen, reading and rereading a clump of questions from a past Calculus exam. She yawned before looking down at her notes, desperately scanning the numbers for a strategy to break through the stubborn question. It was already midnight, far too late to conta...

Beauty and the Blood

Beauty and the Blood

Dhruvika Randad and Justine Ha

September 28, 2018

Cosmetic testing is the process of testing makeup products and their ingredients on animals through brutal and violent manners when checking for severe reactions on their skin. When this process is complete, blood is shed and lives are lost, but beauty is found — both inside and out. Sophomore Elene...

A Gender Sexuality and Alliance Q&A with French student teacher, Marie Roy

Spanish teacher Joyce Fortune, advisor, and club officers Maya Tate, Natasha Lee, and Stephen Migdal (left to right) talk about their plans for National Coming Out Day on October 5th, hosted by the Gender Sexuality and Alliance club. Photo by Dhruvika Randad.

Dhruvika Randad and Kat Pappas

September 28, 2018

Along with the usual Q&A that introduced new members to the club, a special guest was introduced: French student teacher Marie Roy. As an incoming teacher for the new year, she believes that it is important to understand the different communities at school and their styles of interaction, to which...

Just teach it

Just teach it

Helen Chao and Claire Wen

September 27, 2018

As the school year begins, some students find themselves in a panic. They’ve completed their back-to-school shopping: fluorescent highlighters and squeaky-clean erasers are packed away, but there’s one thing that hasn’t gone perfectly to plan: the schedule they’re holding in their hands. Whether...

Constant Change: As the sun sets on summer

Constant Change: As the sun sets on summer

Oishee Misra

September 15, 2018

My dilemma about making summer worthwhile

The buzz at school

The buzz at school

Claire Wen and Brian Xu

August 31, 2018

During summer of 2017, a Fremont Union High School District committee was tasked with creating two new bell schedules, featuring either two or four block days each week. Since then, MVHS teachers have voted upon and finalized the two block day schedule. As school picks up again for the 2018-19 school...

In Due Time

In Due Time

Hannah Lee

March 7, 2018

Senior Juliane Tsai spent countless hours of her senior year behind the wheel of her car, learning to drive. Tsai also holds two jobs — tutoring and babysitting children throughout the week. She thinks there is an inexplicable freedom in being able to transport herself and earn her own money. She va...