El Estoque

‘College Denials’ list up in the Career Center

‘College Denials’ list up in the Career Center

Soumya Kurnool

April 28, 2013

After failed attempts at creating a wall of college rejection letters at MVHS, college denials are now documented alongside college acceptances. Read More »...

Charged with senioritis

Charged with senioritis

Soumya Kurnool

April 10, 2013

A prior goody two-shoes gets caught red-handed mid-snooze Read More »

That’ll be one order of nostalgia, please

That’ll be one order of nostalgia, please

Soumya Kurnool

February 15, 2013

SOUMYA: Home of the trashy It might seem odd to be attached to our cafeteria. Let’s face it. Most of the time, it was filled with junk — Munchies wrappers, abandoned orange juice cartons, soggy plates, half-eaten burgers, lonely ketchup packets — a trash-laden graveyard. Whenever I happened to si...

NFL concussions should knock sense into our heads

NFL concussions should knock sense into our heads

Soumya Kurnool

November 25, 2012

With 3 NFL QBs out for several weeks, it’s a field day for concussion awareness for high school athletes Read More »...

CAUTION: Grandma behind the wheel

CAUTION: Grandma behind the wheel

Soumya Kurnool

November 19, 2012

  You know you live a sad life when you have to wait in the Bus Circle until 5 p.m. for your parents to pick you up while all your friends simply zip off in their own cars to go home, to Chipotle and everywhere else it is that teens go. You also know you have a sad life when you don’t know squat about being behind the wheel (...

What’s on your plate?

What’s on your plate?

Soumya Kurnool

November 19, 2012

Food culture is how we approach our daily meals — breakfast, lunch and dinner — and what they mean to us socially. At MVHS, the way we eat does not fit the dictionary definition of each meal; rather, our meals have become flexible and personal, each suiting our own personality, habits, and needs....

On the campaign trail

On the campaign trail

Soumya Kurnool

October 26, 2012

Students volunteer for the Obama campaign, gaining insight into the process of politics Read More »

Second presidential debate a step towards youth engagement

Second presidential debate a step towards youth engagement

Soumya Kurnool

October 17, 2012

Although many reacted to the debate with GIFs and witty Twitter posts poking fun at Obama’s and Romney’s vicious attacks aimed at one another — including Obama’s jab about the size of Romney’s pension and Romney’s “binders full of women” — what really should be emphasized was the s...

17, going on 71

17, going on 71

Soumya Kurnool

September 28, 2012

I'll fess up. I lied. Last year, I fooled you all with my column "No Country for Old Women." I told you all I was a grandma, that I was notoriously old-fashioned and was totally out of the loop of teenage experiences (which I would argue is still true). I then proceeded to write about my anti...

Welcome, young fountain hopper

Welcome, young fountain hopper

Soumya Kurnool

May 29, 2012

Writing about my old fashioned sensibilities in this column has come to the point where my parents (or my dad, anyhow) are genuinely afraid of how college will turn out for me. And now that I think about it, if I have issues with blaring pop music, half-naked people, vulgarity of any sort and what teenagers c...

So long, farewell

So long, farewell

Soumya Kurnool

May 23, 2012

It was assistant principal Dennis Plaza's first day on the job at MVHS. He was pushing a cart  through the school, and when a few things fell off, Plaza remembers, he began picking them up, not expecting any help. "In other schools," Plaza said, "you can walk across campus and people will st...

Grandma is watching you

Soumya Kurnool

April 11, 2012

I've always been a total grandma when it comes to dancing — I do not condone even the thought of such public self humiliation. So it is perfectly reasonable that I would hope to never attend a high school dance in my life. But then I defied common sense yet again and went to Sadies to write this...