El Estoque

The weight of change: mothers reflect on their experiences after children leave home

The weight of change: mothers reflect on their experiences after children leave home

Ananya Bhat

November 15, 2017


Filed under FEATURES, From the magazine

[dropcap]C[/dropcap]hemistry teacher Elizabeth McCracken gets in the car, ready for the five-hour-journey to Quincy, California. Situated in a hilly area between the booming cities of Chico, California, and Reno, Nevada, Quincy is a quiet town, filled with scenic lakes, green meadows and endlessly rolling...

The gift of life: Experiencing the early stages of motherhood

The gift of life: Experiencing the early stages of motherhood

Charlotte Chui

November 15, 2017


Filed under FEATURES, From the magazine, Special

When guidance counselor Jessica Coscia reflects upon her experience as a mother, moments with her son spring to mind: calls of “Mama!” when she walks into the room, him coming up to hold her hand or give hugs and kisses, sitting in her lap, wanting to be read the “Dragons Love Tacos” book. Smile wide,...

Ordinary Origins: Living on the east coast

Ordinary Origins: Living on the east coast

Emily Xia

November 14, 2017


Filed under FEATURES, Recurring Features

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he sky begins to darken as sophomore Sayalee Mylavarapu looks out her car window, and yet the streets of Cupertino are livelier than ever, the shops filled with people and the restaurants flooded with lights. As she sees families walking down the sidewalk, chatting happily, she cannot he...

Halloween around the Bay Area

Halloween around the Bay Area

Helen Chao

November 13, 2017


Filed under FEATURES

Nowadays, Halloween is associated with sugar-high children and a mass of Moana clones scurrying from door to door, leaving a Hansel and Gretel trail of candy wrappers in their wake. Of course, that’s the most stereotypical image brought to mind, but Halloween celebrations are more varied than the traditional...

Behind the scenes of “Asian Riverdale”

Behind the scenes of “Asian Riverdale”

Ananya Bhat

November 11, 2017


Filed under FEATURES

“Who’s hotter — Cole Sprouse or KJ Apa?” That was the topic of debate amongst seniors Joyce Shiah, Hasini Shyamasundar, Anisha Kollareddy, Fatima Ali, Aastha Chawla and Esther Chang at lunch on October 31. The group of friends, who sit together at lunch almost every day, had argued over the...

A mother who can be there

A mother who can be there

Katerina Pappas

November 9, 2017


Filed under BEYOND THE MAGAZINE, FEATURES

[dropcap]S[/dropcap]he is there when her kids come home from school, working around the house to fill up the time she has. She is there with them in class, helping the teachers and spending time with her kids throughout their day. She is there to take them to their doctor’s appointments, making sure...

Separated in Physics classroom

Separated in Physics classroom

Vivian Chiang

October 20, 2017


Filed under FEATURES

[dropcap]W[/dropcap]hen Physics teacher Jim Birdsong displayed the new seating chart on the screen in his AP Physics C class, some students happily embraced their new group mates while others groaned, bidding farewell to their friends. But there were also a few students that just stared at the sc...

The Sex Talk

The Sex Talk

Karen Sanchez

October 20, 2017


Filed under FEATURES, Special

[dropcap]W[/dropcap]alking into science class is a mundane experience for 7th graders attending Kennedy Middle School (KMS). But, there’s one particular day that is different. Instead of the usual indifference one displays marching into class, there is a sense of excitement in the air, a surge of energy...

A close community: AVID throughout high school

A close community: AVID throughout high school

Charlotte Chui

October 20, 2017


Filed under FEATURES

Irreplaceable. That’s the word senior Noah Soo-Hoo would choose to sum up his four years in AVID. The start of this experience traces back to when Soo-Hoo’s eighth grade teacher recommended him as a candidate for AVID, short for Advancement Via Individual Determination and a class that supports...

When death comes knocking: how different people answer the door

When death comes knocking: how different people answer the door

Vivian Chiang

October 20, 2017


Filed under FEATURES, From the magazine

Sophomore Yoanna Lee stood in front of her father’s grave in the cemetery, clutching a red rose. She looked around curiously at all her sobbing relatives and family friends, her four-year-old brain unable to comprehend why they were overcome with grief. People knelt over the grave and placed bright...

Language Department: Drawn to the spotlight

Language Department: Drawn to the spotlight

Helen Chao

October 20, 2017


Filed under FEATURES

At her Catholic elementary school, a girl with blue eyes and blond hair consistently portrayed Virgin Mary in their school plays. Spanish teacher Maria Autran was greatly confused about the casting, because to Mexicans, she says matter-of-factly, Virgin Mary looks Mexican. Yet Autran was simply too t...