El Estoque

Behind the desk

Behind the desk

Shuvi Jha and Swara Tewari

May 23, 2018


Filed under FEATURES, From the magazine, Print

Senior Gokul Pillai stood in the shadowy recesses of the backstage, squinting into the bright lights. He looked into the vast audience — his friends and family members cheering wildly. A part of him couldn’t believe that Spotlite 2018, the annual show hosted by the Indo-American Student Association...

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


Filed under From the magazine, OPINION

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...

Empty chairs at empty tables

Empty chairs at empty tables

Hannah Lee

April 11, 2018


Filed under From the magazine, NEWS

Sometimes, students need a break. For seniors, this comes in the form of senior ditch day, a day seniors skip their classes. On this day, some students go on small excursions with their friends, while others simply sleep in.   This year, senior ditch day will take place on Monday, April 30. While the ...

A day without seniors

A day without seniors

Jai Uparkar

April 11, 2018


Filed under A closer look, Around Campus, BEYOND THE MAGAZINE, NEWS, Uncategorized

enior ditch day is an unofficial American rite of passage, a day that allows seniors to escape the daily stresses of school. Although the day is centered around seniors, it also affects teachers. MVHS financial specialist, Calvin Wong, did not participate in senior ditch day when he was a senior at MVHS in 1...

A look back: Girls soccer team closes out season with dominant victory

A look back: Girls soccer team closes out season with dominant victory

Akshara Majjiga

March 19, 2018


Filed under Girls Soccer, SPORTS, Winter Sports

Additional reporting by Anthony Moll hen the 10 seniors on the MVHS girls soccer team took the field on Feb. 16 for the final time in their high school careers, emotions were mixed. They were nostalgic, remembering all of the times that they joked around with their friends and the quirky traditio...

A close community: AVID throughout high school

A close community: AVID throughout high school

Charlotte Chui

October 20, 2017


Filed under FEATURES

Irreplaceable. That’s the word senior Noah Soo-Hoo would choose to sum up his four years in AVID. The start of this experience traces back to when Soo-Hoo’s eighth grade teacher recommended him as a candidate for AVID, short for Advancement Via Individual Determination and a class that supports...

Highlights of the 2017 Welcome Back Rally

Highlights of the 2017 Welcome Back Rally

Chetana Ramaiyer

September 2, 2017


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT

Additional Reporting by Shayon Moradi, Shar Rahman and Ilena Peng. The Welcome Back rally began as it always does. The gym was almost full with the exception of a noticeable gap where you would expect the seniors to be. That is, until the moment when the class of 2018 emerged from behind the ...

Last reflections on leadership

Last reflections on leadership

Michelle Wong

May 30, 2017


Filed under Briefs

Over the past year, MVHS students have made endless memories through various rallies and activities. Leadership works tireless hours to make the school year more enjoyable for the school, playing an active role in emceeing and doing all the grunt work of poster making for every rally. With the schoo...

Recap of 2017’s Farewell Rally

Recap of 2017’s Farewell Rally

Michelle Wong

May 25, 2017


Filed under Culture, ENTERTAINMENT

  veryone in the gym collectively held their breath, waiting for the seniors to rip through the flimsy yellow poster keeping them in the gym lobby. Only, they didn’t. The gym was quiet for the first and last time during the Farewell Rally on Friday, May 19, and the song playing in the bac...

Analyzing MVHS’s stigma against community college

Analyzing MVHS’s stigma against community college

Roshan Fernandez

September 20, 2016


Filed under Briefs

enior 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 prospec...

Senior Experiences: Unfamiliar Ground

Senior Experiences: Unfamiliar Ground

Karen Sanchez

August 24, 2016


Filed under FEATURES, Rebirth, Rebirth, Special

  “You need tough skin,” senior Kiara Eden remembers being told. That was the first piece of advice a member of administration gave Eden on her first day at MVHS’ unfamiliar ground. And with those words of advice, Eden began her junior year— shoved face-to-face with foreign sights on n...