El Estoque

Give me a break

Give me a break

Brandon Ng

May 17, 2019

I’m in fourth grade. The afternoons reach 100 degrees and it’s gotten to the point where it’s so warm that I can’t sleep properly. At exactly seven in the morning, I wake up groggy and unaware, halfheartedly throwing on shorts and a T-shirt. Stumbling down the stairs, I look outside the wind...

Reading: my disappearing constant amid rapid change

Reading: my disappearing constant amid rapid change

Dhruvika Randad, Staff Writer

March 27, 2019

There I lay in my bed, under a thick, pink comforter, with the stack of “Geronimo Stilton” and “Garfield” comic books, obtained from my weekly visit to the library. With my stack of books, a water bottle and a couple of munchies, I was ready for my reading marathon as I spent Saturday consumed in...

An alternative lunch option

An alternative lunch option

Shivani Gupta and Jasmine Lee

March 14, 2019

Super Cue Cafe, commonly known for its boba drinks and snacks, recently opened its kitchen to a new business called Yeh’s Kitchen in January. Co-owner of the cafe, Weiling Huang, and her friend, Charlene Yeh, started the business allowing customers to order freshly-made Chinese food, ranging from seve...

Care to Dance?

Care to Dance?

Stuti Upadhyay

March 13, 2019

Red, green and blue lights pulse off the walls. Crowds of students jump and thrash their arms in the air, yelling lyrics to the newest Post Malone song. The air is sticky and stifling from bodies packed together like sardines. Girls walk around clutching their heels, while boys with wrinkly shirt...

Out of Time

Out of Time

Jai Uparkar

December 18, 2018

haven’t played tennis in four weeks and I didn’t even realize it. I haven’t gone to the court or even picked up my racket. For a player who would practice for three hours every day on the weekdays and even more on the weekends, the sudden lack of tennis in my life is strange. I never made t...

Four classes, one room

Four classes, one room

Stuti Upadhyay and Brian Xu

November 18, 2018

When freshmen first enter MVHS, a change they must adapt to is the size of the school. Most middle schools in the area contain no more than 600 students, whereas MVHS’ total enrollment for the 2018-19 school year is 2,270 students. This drastic increase in population leads to changes in student ...

The right fit: colleges change their priorities in the application process

The right fit: colleges change their priorities in the application process

Nathan Stevens

April 12, 2018

he end of the school year is approaching, and with it comes a big decision for seniors — choosing where to go to college. For some, that is easy. They got into their first choice. But for others who didn’t get into their first choice, they are left with an often difficult choice. The college appli...

The preparation towards Advanced Placement

The preparation towards Advanced Placement

Aditya Dash

March 6, 2018

n Thursday, March 1st, school financial specialist Calvin Wong was seen at the office sorting papers and registering students who had signed up to take the AP exam. With registration papers all around him, Wong patiently went through each student’s form and checked them. Though some students had signed up...

The stress recommendation letters put on counselors

The stress recommendation letters put on counselors

Jai Uparkar

December 7, 2017

t the beginning of the school year, counselors have much to worry about, from scheduling to planning and, most importantly, writing recommendation letters for those applying to colleges. Though this time of year is stressful for MVHS seniors, it also proves to be a stressful time for school counselors...

Applying to College

Applying to College

Mallika Singh

November 16, 2017

rom now until the end of the calendar year, seniors at MVHS will be in full-on college application mode. It’s no secret that things can get hectic during this time of the year. Take a look at what some MVHS seniors think about the application process.        ...

50 fresh faces: Class of 2021

50 fresh faces: Class of 2021

Karen Sanchez

August 23, 2017

Additional reporting by Helen Chao,Charlotte Chui, Alyssa Hui, Shuvi Jha, Katerina Pappas, Stuti Upadhyay, Jai Uparkar, Sarah Young Beginnings can be refreshing — a new start where one is allowed to reinvent themselves. Opportunities are presented left and right, but fear and anxiety are alwa...

Back to school backpack necessities

Back to school backpack necessities

Sara Entezarmahdi

August 19, 2017

As the first week of school comes to an end, students finalize their daily routine, packing items in their backpack that are necessary to survive in school. El Estoque cultivated a list of backpack necessities to help prepare students to tackle the rest of the school year. Cowritten by: Julia Yan...