El Estoque

Janya Bhaskar poses with a copy of her debut novel

National Novel Writing Month

Anika Sharma December 13, 2020
Exploring the experiences of MVHS student authors
Gupta reads a large novel in an organized library. (Photo by Gupta's Father // Used with permission)

Turning pages: Changing perspectives through reading

Mira Wagner, Staff Writer October 12, 2020
Students detail their experiences with reading during quarantine along with the effects reading has on their overall perspectives

El Estoque: Behind the story

Brian Xu November 25, 2019
Unpacking El Estoque student journalists’ reporting process on story favorites

The faces behind La Pluma

Karen Sanchez October 20, 2017

There are a million details that bombard a person as they walk into room B205. The most overwhelming aspect are the posters that brighten the room’s beige walls, displaying an array of colors, images,...

How to do calligraphy

How to do calligraphy

Devika Watave December 7, 2016

Calligraphy was used all around the world before the invention of the printing press, and has maintained popularity afterwards as an art form. It looks beautiful, polished and carefully created – and...

Senior Megan Chandler participates in NaNoWriMo for the fifth year.

NaNoWriMo: Profile on Megan Chandler

Aditi Desai November 20, 2014

“Writing feels like a release. If I don’t write, I [go] crazy,” Senior Megan Chandler said, an avid participant of NaNoWriMo since her middle school years. “There are so many ideas bouncing...

PHOTO CAPTION: The cover of freshman Alicia Marzolf's first novel. Abby's Secret, published in October, details the consequences of two people's mistake, and the actions they take to preserve their relationships with others. Photo used with permission of Alicia Marzolf

Freshman Alicia Marzolf self-publishes

Maya Murthy May 26, 2014

Marzolf speaks about her novels. Freshman Alicia Marzolf is many things - a student, a horseback riding enthusiast and animal lover in addition to being a self-published author. Her first book, Abby’s...

The flyer for the upcoming

11 tips to become a better writer

Maya Murthy February 9, 2014

La Pluma co-president Pooja Desai shares tips to improve writing. 1. Hone your craft by reading. Have a book with you at all times. Read as much as you can, whenever you can, wherever you can. “I...

Essay Escort meets in the MVHS library.

Essay Escort plans transition from privately-run editing group to club

Varsha Venkat November 21, 2013

Essay Escort plans transition from privately-run editing group to club Updated on Nov. 23 at 9:06 a.m: Essay Escort was not passed as a club by Legislative Council. When he first entered high school,...

Students win first place at California Association of Teachers of English writing contest

Students win first place at California Association of Teachers of English writing contest

Amrutha Dorai May 3, 2013

Sophomore Ann Fu and junior Allyson Gottlieb write fiction to express their love of literature. Sophomore Ann Fu mastered the art of reading in the shower when she was in the third grade. The book...

A novel idea

A novel idea

Jaime Chu December 8, 2008

There is nothing nano about "NaNoWriMo"; MV students took on month-long novel-writing journey  NaNoWriMo has nothing to do with the latest Apple music device, nor does it have anything to...

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