El Estoque

Showing true colors: analyzing graffiti as a hobby in a high school setting

Showing true colors: analyzing graffiti as a hobby in a high school setting

Aanchal Garg, Akshara Majjiga, and Emily Xia

May 23, 2018


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT, From the magazine

*All names beginning with the letter “A” are false names meant to preserve the anonymity of our sources. A pencil scratches on a thin sheet of paper, forming a rugged sketch. A paintbrush smoothly glides over a canvas, leaving blooms of color in its wake. A stylus hovers over a design tablet, ...

Game of fear

Game of fear

Jasmine Lee, Andrea Perng, and Karen Sanchez

May 23, 2018


Filed under From the magazine, NEWS

Fifth period had just begun when Palo Alto HS senior Julia Qiao heard the announcement about a lockdown. She quickly took action, reaching for the lock block in her classroom that would keep the door closed. Working quickly, Qiao began to assist her classmates in barricading the front door. As she hunk...

Sweet Addiction

Sweet Addiction

Emily Xia, Jasmine Lee, and Claire Yang

May 17, 2018


Filed under FEATURES

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Jasmine Lee

April 11, 2018


Filed under OPINION

When junior Sam Liu started their Tumblr account, they didn’t expect people to notice their art. They didn’t expect to gain attention from the others on the same social media platform. They didn’t know that they would be well-known on social media for their passion for art. Over the last six ...

Boys baseball: MVHS wins three consecutive games in three days

Boys baseball: MVHS wins three consecutive games in three days

Michelle Wong

April 2, 2018


Filed under Baseball, SPORTS, Spring Sports

Additional reporting by Sannidhi Menon and Himani Yalamaddi [su_dropcap style="flat" size="3"]T[/su_dropcap]hree consecutive games. Three consecutive wins. Last week, the MVHS baseball team played two games against Fremont HS and one non-league game against Mission San Jose HS. See below for two out of...

Badminton: MVHS maintains undefeated streak with win over Milpitas HS

Badminton: MVHS maintains undefeated streak with win over Milpitas HS

Roshan Fernandez

March 28, 2018


Filed under Badminton, Game Reviews, SPORTS, Spring Sports

[dropcap]M[/dropcap]VHS badminton players held cups of boba and boxes of pizza in their hands as part of a team tradition called ‘Baddy Buddies,’ a version of Secret Santa gift exchange players participate in that takes place during March. After finishing up the exchange, the players then began to warm ...

Badminton: The start of a journey towards CCS

Badminton: The start of a journey towards CCS

Aditya Dash

March 10, 2018


Filed under Badminton, SPORTS, Spring Sports

[su_dropcap]A[/su_dropcap]s the MVHS badminton team filled the field house on March 6 before their first game, there was a sense of excitement in the air as the team practiced their serves.  Looking for their first win, the players individually had a bigger goal in their mind: to make CCS and win it al...

Copy and Paste: analyzing the cheating behavior at MVHS

Copy and Paste: analyzing the cheating behavior at MVHS

Nathan Stevens

March 10, 2018


Filed under Editorial, From the magazine, OPINION

We’ve all had those weeks. The weeks where it feels like there’s a test in each period, where it feels like every teacher forgot students have other classes, where it feels like there isn’t enough time in the day to get everything done. But we do. And after the dust settles and we get a moment to ...

Boys tennis: Matadors dominate Gunn HS in first home game

Boys tennis: Matadors dominate Gunn HS in first home game

Roshan Fernandez

March 5, 2018


Filed under Boys Tennis, Game Reviews, SPORTS, Spring Sports

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he Matadors appeared to be in good spirits as they warmed up for their game against Gunn HS, with sophomore Evan Yu joking about the fact that he had to borrow shoes from a teammate because he left his at home. The boys tennis team returned for their first home game of the year after ...

Girls basketball: Senior night game lost in final minutes of fourth quarter

Girls basketball: Senior night game lost in final minutes of fourth quarter

Roshan Fernandez

March 5, 2018


Filed under Game Reviews, Girls Basketball, SPORTS, Winter Sports

[dropcap]D[/dropcap]uring the warmups leading up to their senior night game, the three seniors on the girls basketball team came out onto the court wearing bright yellow shirts with one bold word written across: chicken. The shirts, which also had small drawings of chickens along the sleeves, were part of...

Wrestling: Matadors victorious in final dual home meet against Saratoga HS

Wrestling: Matadors victorious in final dual home meet against Saratoga HS

Roshan Fernandez

February 6, 2018


Filed under Game Reviews, SPORTS, Winter Sports, Wrestling

Correction: February 7, 2018 at 8:55 p.m. A previous version of this story incorrectly spelled the name of senior Colin Yang. [dropcap]T[/dropcap]he voice of the Saratoga HS coach rang through the gym during the meet on Jan. 30. He yelled to his players, directing them on how they should position themsel...