El Estoque

A taste of our cultures

A taste of our cultures

Vivian Chiang

March 9, 2018


Filed under FEATURES, Features

[dropcap]W[/dropcap]alking around MVHS campus at lunch, one sees many students eagerly digging out their lunch box. Each time a lunch container is opened, a different array of colors is revealed and the smells of a dozen different spices waft into the air. Take a look at the perspectives below on these...

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...

The dilemma of ditching

The dilemma of ditching

Helen Chao

December 6, 2017


Filed under FEATURES, Features

She was dead serious. Her son would be absent the entire day — for a haircut. Attendance technician Joe Roan chuckled a little bit after hearing her voice message. He let the matter slide, thinking of the approaching dance that might have urgently required the haircut. To this day, it’s the ...

The art of perseverance: Three teachers share their passion for extreme hobbies

The art of perseverance: Three teachers share their passion for extreme hobbies

Swara Tewari

November 17, 2017


Filed under FEATURES, Features, Special

[dropcap]F[/dropcap]rench teacher Sarah Finck vividly remembers skiing down the slopes of Massachusetts as a child. She remembers the snowy landscape blurring into a mass of white, the cold mountain air whipping against her face. She remembers the exhilaration she felt, the rush and excitement. But mo...

The attack of the bees

The attack of the bees

Alyssa Hui

September 24, 2017


Filed under FEATURES, Features

[dropcap]D[/dropcap]uring an AP Biology field trip to McClellan Ranch Park, senior Mansi Reddy was measuring the diameter of trees and taking a picture for her friend when she accidentally stepped on a wasp nest. Five bees suddenly surged towards Reddy, stinging her lip and hands. She sprinted towards the...

MSA on the USA

MSA on the USA

Ruth Feng

September 14, 2017


Filed under Briefs, Features, Multimedia

[su_dropcap style="flat" size="3"]O[/su_dropcap]n the campaign trail in Dec. of 2015, Donald Trump made an announcement at his rally in Charleston, South Carolina that shocked viewers around the world:   "Donald J. Trump is calling for a complete and total shutdown of Muslims entering th...

The impact of language: How languages can change lives

The impact of language: How languages can change lives

Swara Tewari

September 12, 2017


Filed under FEATURES, Features, Special, Uncategorized

Senior Anika Ramachandran proudly stands in the midst of her hard work, looking around at the bustling chaos of MVHS’s Culture Night. The rally court is decked in the colors of different countries, from China to France. On one side, students sample food from a myriad of cultures. On another, studen...

The business behind Business

The business behind Business

Helen Chao

August 19, 2017


Filed under FEATURES, Features

[dropcap]R [/dropcap]egardless of their passion for business, prospective DECA or FBLA members must take a CTE class (Career/Technical Education) to be eligible for club membership. Freshmen will typically take Principles of Business, an introductory course, and other students may take a Money and Ba...

A new start for Madame Zahn

A new start for Madame Zahn

Alyssa Hui

August 18, 2017


Filed under FEATURES, Features

[dropcap]A[/dropcap]fter spending four years teaching at an international school in Boise, Idaho, new French teacher Janissa Zahn decided to start a new chapter in her life 680 miles away in Cupertino. Her family had always loved the West Coast, and she and her husband had been looking for a job for...

Recovery stories: Junior Carol Wang reprograms herself after Girls Who Code ends

Recovery stories: Junior Carol Wang reprograms herself after Girls Who Code ends

Miloni Vora

September 21, 2015


Filed under FEATURES, Features, Recovery Stories

She misses the experience. At first, she had found it difficult to adjust to her new schedule. It felt weird not carpooling to Palo Alto every morning and not spending the entire day behind glowing laptop screens filled with code. On June 22, junior Carol Wang started her four weeks of the Gir...

Veterans Day: Stories of life, loss and remembrance

Veterans Day: Stories of life, loss and remembrance

Harini Shyamsundar

November 13, 2014


Filed under FEATURES, Features

Reported by Harini Shyamsundar and Kristin Chang with photos by Justin Kim. Silver star ornaments ... candles … greeting cards ... a white wedding dress … a motorcycle … All of the above are items that have, at one point or the other, been left at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washingt...