El Estoque

Budding musicians

Junior Jacob Vrabel began learning to play the guitar over the summer with help from his parents, as his dad has played guitar for 15 years, and his mom has played since she was young.

Claire Wen

September 25, 2020

he B chord. “That thing is evil,” junior Jacob Vrabel said. Vrabel, who began learning guitar during the summer due to the lack of outdoor activities because of the COVID-19 pandemic, finds the B chord especially difficult: it’s a bar chord that requires holding down all the strings with an...

Esports boom during quarantine

Esports boom during quarantine

Collin Qian, Sports Editor

September 25, 2020

Senior Kunaal Venugopal has been a long time fan of Overwatch, a first-person shooter team-based game created by Blizzard Entertainment that involves traditional features of video games like control points and escorting payloads. But when his idol, Jay “sinatraa” Won, made the switch from Overwatch to Riot Games’ new and extremely hyped game, Valorant,he was in shock. According to liquipedi...

Puppies of quarantine

Mochi is junior Marvin Wu’s family’s first pet. Wu and his family play with her in their backyard.

Andie Liu

September 25, 2020

MVHS students share their experiences with their new pets

At-home quarantine workouts

Junior Arushi Tyagi holds a plank position during her daily workout in her house. Photo used with permission from Arushi Tyagi.

Prisha Tiwari, Staff Writer

September 24, 2020

Students and staff share what motivates them to exercise during the COVID-19 pandemic

Recreational sports during quarantine

Recreational sports during quarantine

Brian Xu

September 24, 2020

MVHS students and staff safely stay active despite COVID-19 restrictions

Evolution of style in quarantine

Evolution of style in quarantine

Ishaani Dayal, Justin E Kim, Andie Liu, Aditya Shukla, Mira Wagner, and Annie Zhang

September 24, 2020

rom high fashion Parisian-inspired apparel to leisure wear, MVHS students have been changing up and expressing themselves through fashion while in quarantine. As students adapt to distance learning, their additional time out of school has been a time to self reflect and to reevaluate how to best prese...

Physical Education from home presents unique challenges

Akshat Debanth utilizes these dumbbells from home to stay fit.

Anika Sharma

September 13, 2020

Students examine the pros and cons of taking PE classes during remote learning

A quarantined summer

Patel, alongside his older brother and mother, takes a family photo.

Justine Ha and Shivani Madhan

September 12, 2020

Exploring how three members of the MVHS community spent the summer of 2020

Family bonding during shelter-in-place

From left to right, Sriranjani, Vidhya and Venkatesan pose for a photo. Photo by Sriranjani Kalimani // Used with permission

Iman Malik

September 12, 2020

Exploring how quarantine brought a family closer together

One last hurrah: seniors share their original senior trip plans

One last hurrah: seniors share their original senior trip plans

Brian Xu and Annie Zhang

May 23, 2020

In February, seniors Rukmini Banerjee and Jennifer Liu booked an all-inclusive vacation package — flight, transportation, meals and hotel rooms covered — to unwind at Puerto Vallarta, Mexico for their senior trip. Banerjee and Liu’s friend group had long planned for the trip to be spontaneous ...

Quarantine chefs

One of the desserts junior Roma Ankolekar
baked was cookies. Photo by Roma Ankolekar

Claire Wen

May 23, 2020

Students take up cooking and baking during shelter in place