El Estoque

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...

Meme accounts at MVHS

Julia Yang

December 12, 2017


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT

Though memes have experienced explosive popularity since 2011, the rise of MVHS-focused pages and groups has occurred mostly within the last couple of years on newer platforms like Instagram and Facebook, with accounts such as @montavistamemes, @internationalthesmemiansociety and class groups such as the...

Mint for the holidays

Mint for the holidays

Charlotte Chui

December 12, 2017


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT, From the magazine

Along with the end of the year comes gifting presents, Christmas caroling and of course, peppermint. Here are four DIY projects to try with this quintessential holiday favorite. 1. Peppermint lotion bars: Chilly weather taking a toll? Moisturize dry skin with these mint scented lotion bars. Ing...

Humans behind Humans of Monta Vista

Humans behind Humans of Monta Vista

Jahan Razavi

December 12, 2017


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT, From the magazine, Print entertainment

[dropcap]S[/dropcap]enior Jesse Wong was browsing Facebook one evening in May and came across a page under the title, “Humans of Monta Vista.” He immediately noticed that the page was inactive with the last post being from 2015. Determined, Wong got his friends, seniors Matthew Hsieh and Daniel Ho...

Culinary Connections: The way cooking brings people together

Culinary Connections: The way cooking brings people together

Priya Reddy

December 12, 2017


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT, Food, From the magazine, Print entertainment

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he clock ticks just loud enough so that assistant principal Andrew Goldenkranz can hear it, reminding him of his quickly approaching deadline. Eyeing his ingredients, he gets to work, whipping out bowls and measuring cups. Swiftly pouring and mixing ingredients, he runs a recipe t...

To be a kid again: Students share opinion on upcoming Disney-Pixar sequel, “The Incredibles 2”

To be a kid again: Students share opinion on upcoming Disney-Pixar sequel, “The Incredibles 2”

Aditi Gnanasekar

December 12, 2017


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT, From the magazine

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]hirteen years. That’s how long it has been since the first “Incredibles” movie was released in theaters. And over a decade later, the teaser for its sequel, “The Incredibles 2,” is now attracting the attention of teenagers who had fallen in love with the film during their...

BTS as a global phenomenon

BTS as a global phenomenon

Emily Xia

December 11, 2017


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT

[dropcap]B[/dropcap]TS, or Bantan Sonyeondan, meaning “bulletproof boy scouts,” is a Korean boy band composed of seven members that debuted under the company Bighit Entertainment in 2013. Since then, they have become extremely popular in the United States, even receiving awards in the Billboard Music A...

Restaurant Roulette: Umami Burger

Restaurant Roulette: Umami Burger

Priya Reddy

December 11, 2017


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT, Food, Restaurant Roulette, Reviews

Twice a month, El Estoque goes to restaurants around the area and takes a chance by asking the waiter to suggest food for us to try. This week, we continued the alphabetical theme by going to Umami Burger in Palo Alto.   Address: 452 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301 Located on Palo Alto’s University Ave., Umami Burger chain of restaurants prides itself in offering burgers and a variety of sides that offer an umami — or savory — flavor profile. It’s their s...

“Anon(ymous)”: Student opinions

“Anon(ymous)”: Student opinions

Akshara Majjiga

December 10, 2017


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT, Performing Arts

[dropcap]“A[/dropcap]non(ymous),” directed by Roland Emmerich, is a play based on the epic by Homer called The Odyssey. The play is about a young refugee named Anon, who travels through the United States and throughout his journey, meets a variety of people, from a butcher to barflies, some of whom...