El Estoque

On board: Collaboration in diving

On board: Collaboration in diving

Akshara Majjiga

March 7, 2018


Filed under From the magazine, SPORTS, Sports, Spring Sports, Swimming & Diving

[dropcap]I[/dropcap]t’s MVHS tradition to be competitive — from contending against other classes during rally weeks to promoting the annual Beat Lynbrook Day, Matadors seem to think that if people aren’t on the same team, they’re competing against each other. But the MVHS diving team holds a diffe...

In times of war: reflecting on the Vietnam War

In times of war: reflecting on the Vietnam War

Shuvi Jha

March 7, 2018


Filed under From the magazine, NEWS

[dropcap]A[/dropcap]t the height of the Vietnam War, American soldiers entered the village of My Lai, opening fire on and killing over 500 innocent Vietnamese men, women and children. March 16, 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of what is known today as the My Lai massacre, an event which highlights the...

Pains and gains

Pains and gains

Anjini Venugopal

March 7, 2018


Filed under From the magazine, Special

[su_dropcap]O[/su_dropcap]ne hundred and 40 pounds. That’s how much senior Steven Ataee weighed his freshman year. As a member of the MVHS football team, he trained extensively to be on the offensive line, but struggled as he simply did not weigh enough. After the football season ended, he did some r...

A blast from the past

A blast from the past

Mallika Singh

March 7, 2018


Filed under From the magazine, OPINION

[dropcap]I[/dropcap]t was 3 a.m. He and his mother were fast asleep, but his dad was already heading off to work. He wouldn't hear from his dad for another week. His dad's routine of leaving in the middle of the night and returning days later was a part of normal life for math teacher Jon Stark, who...

Sportsflash

Sportsflash

Roshan Fernandez

March 7, 2018


Filed under From the magazine, SPORTS

Click the images below for more in depth reporting of each sport featured in the Sports Flash page of the January 2018 El Estoque print magazine. Dribbling through a double-team, senior Ryan Lee drives toward the basket in the Matadors’ 59-45 victory over Milpitas HS on Jan. 19. The team earned its second league win of the year, finishing the season with a 3-9 record. Photo by Roshan ...

Weight through the ages: how people of different ages feel about weight

Weight through the ages: how people of different ages feel about weight

Zara Iqbal

March 7, 2018


Filed under FEATURES, Features, From the magazine, Print

SAAHIL SUKHIJA, 10 Ten-year-old Saahil Sukhija spends most of his time playing basketball, watching Youtube videos and solving math problems — a student at Stevens Creek Elementary, weight doesn’t matter much to him. Sukhija doesn’t think elementary school students have weight standards, because h...

In Due Time

In Due Time

Hannah Lee

March 7, 2018


Filed under From the magazine, OPINION

[dropcap]S[/dropcap]enior Juliane Tsai spent countless hours of her senior year behind the wheel of her car, learning to drive. Tsai also holds two jobs — tutoring and babysitting children throughout the week. She thinks there is an inexplicable freedom in being able to transport herself and earn her ...

Handling Dishonesty

Handling Dishonesty

Sunjin Chang

March 7, 2018


Filed under From the magazine, NEWS

[dropcap]W[/dropcap]hether it be sneaking peeks at other papers, storing answers on tests using graphing calculators, copying homework or asking for test questions, many MVHS students have violated the academic integrity policy. In response, teachers have developed strategies to minimize cheating in t...

Costly Choices: Deciding to take AP Exams

Costly Choices: Deciding to take AP Exams

Jennie Chen

March 7, 2018


Filed under From the magazine, NEWS

[dropcap]M[/dropcap]any aspects factor into the $94 standard fee for each College Board AP exam — paying experts to write exam questions, printing and distribution and paying graders to grade the free response questions. College Board’s website states that schools pay them $85 per exam, and receive...

Straying Away: How the MVHS mascot lost its ties to the sport of bullfighting

Straying Away: How the MVHS mascot lost its ties to the sport of bullfighting

Ankit Gupta

March 7, 2018


Filed under From the magazine, SPORTS

[su_dropcap]W[/su_dropcap] hen art department chair Brian Chow first entered the MVHS gym more than 20 years ago, his eyes skimmed past the towering basketball hoops and purple banners, only to land on the mural on a wall. It contained two rows of light skinned athletes, painted in 10 variations of MVHS...

New in town

New in town

Jahan Razavi

March 7, 2018


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT, From the magazine

[su_dropcap style="flat"]T[/su_dropcap]he show never stops for MVHS drama students; even though they have just finished SNL performances, the department’s newest schedule has propelled them as the spring musical — “Urinetown” — is right around the corner. Despite drama teacher Sarah Capule’s ...

Passing the birdie

Passing the birdie

Roshan Fernandez

March 7, 2018


Filed under From the magazine, SPORTS

[dropcap]B[/dropcap]adminton coach Brian Sullivan wrapped up the 2015 school year with an undefeated season. But at the end of the year, he had to walk away from the sport when he accepted a job at the FUHSD district office. As the head coach of the program, the varsity team finished with an impressive...