El Estoque

A cosmetics buyer’s guide to cruelty-free products

Himani Yalamaddi

April 14, 2018


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT

Amid the aisles upon aisles of cosmetics available to purchase, ranging from foundation to hair sprays, a few products stand out, sporting "cruelty-free" stickers and marketing as an animal-friendly item. Companies, it seems, have responded to a growing demand for more humane cosmetics, by increasing...

The power of poetry: Bringing creativity to Cupertino, one workshop at a time

The power of poetry: Bringing creativity to Cupertino, one workshop at a time

Himani Yalamaddi

April 12, 2018


Filed under Culture, ENTERTAINMENT, Lifestyle

[su_dropcap style="flat"]A[/su_dropcap]s teens trickled into the back of the Cupertino library, they were greeted by soft music and a smiling face — Cupertino’s current poet laureate, Laecey McCormick — teaching the first teens-only poetry workshop set up by the city. At the after-school lesson,...

Highlights from the SNL Auditions

Highlights from the SNL Auditions

Himani Yalamaddi

January 12, 2018


Filed under Arts, ENTERTAINMENT, Performing Arts, Student life, Theater

Students gather in the auditorium and a mix of nervousness and excitement fills the air. Confidence radiates off of those that have participated before, whereas the new people gather together in anticipation and reassure one another that there was nothing to worry about. Last week, on Jan. 4, MVHS’...

Making rose apples with senior Sabrina Hung

Making rose apples with senior Sabrina Hung

Himani Yalamaddi

December 13, 2017


Filed under D.I.Y, ENTERTAINMENT, Food, From the magazine, Student life

Senior Sabrina Hung has been baking for years, so when she received the opportunity to participate in a program at the Culinary institute of America in New York City over this summer, she was thrilled. Though she didn't particularly enjoy making pastries before attending the program, she gained a newfound...

Tiny studio: A chat with saxophonist Brian Lee

Tiny studio: A chat with saxophonist Brian Lee

Himani Yalamaddi

September 28, 2017


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT, Student life

Since discovering the saxophone in sixth grade, junior Brian Lee has played at MVHS SNL and the San Jose Jazz WinterFest with his band, F115, and on his Youtube channel, quickly becoming one of the most memorable musicians on campus. Watch below to hear Lee play some of his favorite jazz pieces ...

Students try a few of 7/11’s weirdest foods

Students try a few of 7/11’s weirdest foods

Himani Yalamaddi

September 15, 2017


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT, Lifestyle

Additional reporting by Chetana Ramaiyer, Sara Entezar and Anirudh Chaudhary. As the most accessible lunchtime spot for MVHS students without a car, our local 7/11 attracts students for its cheap pizza, donuts, energy drinks and snacks. But what most of us don’t notice are the interesting, foreign,...

Sweet. Spicy. Sour. Summer.

Sweet. Spicy. Sour. Summer.

Himani Yalamaddi

May 31, 2017


Filed under Culture, ENTERTAINMENT, Food

Co-written by Ananya Bhat and Shayon Moradi. Photos by Ananya Bhat. Fresh, cool lemonade. Juicy hamburger patties and hot dogs on a barbecue. Sweet and buttery corn on the cob. These are the foods that come into mind when most Americans hear “summer.” But countries and cultures across the worl...

Cupertino small businesses share their stories

Cupertino small businesses share their stories

Himani Yalamaddi

May 11, 2017


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT, Lifestyle

Co-written by Ananya Bhat and Shayon Moradi [su_dropcap style="flat"]E[/su_dropcap]very year, the U.S. government celebrates Small Business Week to commend the work done by small businesses across the nation and to aid rising entrepreneurs with their companies. In honor of this year’s Small Business...

Baseball: MVHS defeats Gunn HS 2-0 in shutout

Baseball: MVHS defeats Gunn HS 2-0 in shutout

Himani Yalamaddi

April 19, 2017


Filed under Baseball, SPORTS, Spring Sports

Written by Michelle Wong. After losing three straight games, the Matadors finally added a game to their win column, defeating Gunn HS 2-0 on April 19. Though GHS was able to get runners on base, senior Allen Iwamoto's strong pitching allowed him to throw a complete game shutout. Click through the phot...