El Estoque

I don’t mean to toot my own horn but…

I don't mean to toot my own horn but...

Sara Entezarmahdi

December 13, 2016

In the midst of the crowded halls and sounds of pattering feet, it’s almost impossible to tune out the constant chatter all around MVHS’s campus. Conversations are deep-rooted with the need for validation and portray a sort of arrogance unique to our campus. “Real” conversation are diminishing. MVHS...

Man on the street: Worst moments of 2016

Man on the street: Worst moments of 2016

Roshan Fernandez

December 3, 2016

ith the holidays almost here, it is hard to believe that 2016 is nearly over and 2017 is just around the corner. Throughout the past year, there have been many groundbreaking moments that could have a huge impact on the future. But, this year has also had its fair share of disappointments, tragedies and letdo...

Legislative Council: Has it served its purpose?

Legislative Council: Has it served its purpose?

Stephanie Lam

November 26, 2016

n Monday or Thursday, during tutorial, student representatives from fifth period classrooms are called to the auditorium to attend a Legislative Council meeting. Legislative Council was originally created to help strengthen the voices of students on campus, but after three years of having the counc...

Who really won the presidential debate?

Who really won the presidential debate?

Sara Entezarmahdi

October 5, 2016

The first presidential debate, aired Sept. 26, was accompanied by both controversial topics and public disputes. The debate covered political agendas, including proposed minimum wages, battling global warming and acknowledging racial issues. During and after the debate, constant chatter both on social...

Being Basic: Looking just like the next girl

Being Basic: Looking just like the next girl

Sara Entezarmahdi

September 21, 2016

FROM ONE GIRL TO ANOTHER, I think, deep down, we all have the same concerns about looking good. No, it's not about clumpy mascara, uncomfortable clothes or getting your hair stuck in your lipgloss. It's something bigger – way bigger. So big that there's even a word dedicated to the dreaded look: b...

Analyzing MVHS’s stigma against community college

Analyzing MVHS’s stigma against community college

Roshan Fernandez

September 20, 2016

Senior Vincent Kao has heard MVHS students say "I want to go to UCLA." He has heard them say "I want to go to Stanford. Or Yale. Or Harvard." But Kao has never heard anyone say "I want to go to De Anza." A recurring nightmare among MVHS students, especially seniors who are applying to college, is the prospect of community college. Most students feel shame and embarras...

MVHS students discuss the purpose and successes of Link Crew

MVHS students discuss the purpose and successes of Link Crew

Mingjie Zhong

August 22, 2016

Run on a national level by The Boomerang Project, a company that focuses on student transition programs, Link Crew aims to welcome and guide high school freshmen through structured peer mentorship. At the end of each school year, sophomores and juniors can apply to become MVHS Link Leaders for the follo...

The new Olympics: How our media has shifted its attention from on-screen to online

The new Olympics: How our media has shifted its attention from on-screen to online

Stephanie Lam

August 22, 2016

Co-authored by Sara Entezar Gabby Douglas. Ashton Eaton. Usain Bolt. These are just some of the Olympians who rose to fame by dominating in their sport. But over the past few weeks, the athletes’ sports weren’t the only reason as to why their names are all over the internet. Type in Gabby Douglas...

No offense, but: Examining our politically correct culture

No offense, but: Examining our politically correct culture

Amita Mahajan

May 18, 2016

he phrase "politically correct" has been around for a long time. You see, back in the 1950s it was considered Marxist-lingo — essentially, a "politically correct workers' state!" was the same as a Communist state. Fast forward a couple decades and you run into a new definition: a rude phrase labe...

How much do you really know about sex?

How much do you really know about sex?

Isabel Navarrete

February 3, 2016

Co-written by Itay Barylka Sexual education in high schools has long been the subject of controversy. WIth the far left leaning towards extremely liberated and informative standards and the far right advocating abstinence-only sex ed, there is a vast rift between the priorities of the two distinct...

A Christmas tree wearing an inclusivity cloak is still a Christmas tree

Holiday Bush

Itay Barylka

December 9, 2015

Christmastime is one of my favorite times of the year. There’s great music, holiday cheer, present-giving, seasonal food and plenty of reasons to be jolly. So why are people so apologetic about it? Take MVHS’ Holiday Week as an example. To be more inclusive to students who don’t celebrate ...

Breaking it Down: Education inequality within Silicon Valley

Breaking it Down: Education inequality within Silicon Valley

Meghna Gaddam

September 23, 2015

MVHS is lucky to be a school with great students and great resources; however this is not always the case. Just within our neighboring cities, we see schools with proficiency rates as low as 25 percent, and low funding for improving education, which eventually creates a detrimental impact on those s...