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Fear Me Not

Fear Me Not

Shuvi Jha

September 13, 2017


Filed under FEATURES, From the magazine, Special

[dropcap]W[/dropcap]hite people are dumb — everyone knows that. Seven words. Seven words was all it took to land then seventh-grader Sophia Powell in the backseat of her teacher’s classroom. Dejected and alone, she sat in her seat, replaying the boy’s words in her mind — thinking about how h...

Fighting fears

Fighting fears

Swara Tewari

September 13, 2017


Filed under FEATURES, Special

The world flies by in a blur as Lillian presses her face against the cool glass of the car window. As the seconds pass, her parents’ voices rise from a heated conversation to reverberating yells, drowning out the music. Lillian’s mind goes blank and her thoughts scatter, voices echoing in her mind. ...

With age comes change

With age comes change

Karen Sanchez

September 13, 2017


Filed under FEATURES, From the magazine, Print, Special

As the cable car glided along it’s path in the air, she couldn’t help but shed tears in response to the gut-wrenching terror. Every single time one of her family members shifted slightly in their seats, peering over the edge to catch a glimpse of the green forest below, without fault she could feel th...

Hackathons: the pros and cons

Hackathons: the pros and cons

Nathan Stevens

September 25, 2016


Filed under Coding, FEATURES

[dropcap]J[/dropcap]uniors Rishi Upadhyay and Adithya Mohan struggle to keep alert as they continue their work. They down one can of fizzy soda after another and turn to greasy pizza for comfort as time passes by. The experience of the hackathon, despite leaving them exhausted, is in every sense exhilarating....

To feel pretty: The emotional toll of beauty

To feel pretty: The emotional toll of beauty

Karen Sanchez

September 21, 2016


Filed under Best Writing, FEATURES, From the magazine, Print, To Be Beautiful

[dropcap]A[/dropcap]s the class naturally split up, Senior Ethan Yao couldn't help but feel excluded. He stood by, watching them all pair off within themselves and chatter incoherently. Waiting. Wondering. He did what everyone else was doing: attending the class, participating, working. But he ju...

Sunday Projects: Cherry Blossom Festival

Sunday Projects: Cherry Blossom Festival

Daniel Lin

April 25, 2016


Filed under Sunday Projects

Co-authored by Ilena Peng. Additional reporting by Hannan Waliullah and Om Khandekar. [dropcap]T[/dropcap]he air in Memorial Park was alive with flutes, drums and idle chatter, a sign that the annual Cherry Blossom Festival had once again come to Cupertino, bringing exhibits, snacks and lively d...

Spurious: Students adopt alternative identities

Spurious: Students adopt alternative identities

Renee Pu

January 22, 2016


Filed under FEATURES, SAT Vocabulary

Co-written by Sanjana Murthy Beginning in 2016, CollegeBoard will offer a new version of the SAT with a revamped vocab section aimed to dissuade students from using flashcards to “memorize obscure words.” Instead, the test will focus on common and useful words offered in a broad context. As we ...

Religion and tradition: Take me to church

Religion and tradition: Take me to church

Itay Barylka

October 22, 2015


Filed under FEATURES, Religion and tradition

The flip of pages in a prayer book. Voices singing joyously in unison. The sound of wine being poured into a glass. The fervent call to action from a religious leader. The sound,or lack thereof, of people simply meditating. Among the massive industrial sprawl that is the headquarters and office buildin...

A changing city: Where families go after their kids graduate

A changing city: Where families go after their kids graduate

Itay Barylka

September 25, 2015


Filed under A changing city, FEATURES, Uncategorized

Exploring the class of 2016’s emigration from Cupertino after graduation ...

Class of 2013: Survival of the fittest

Class of 2013: Survival of the fittest

Simran Devidasani

May 29, 2013


Filed under FEATURES, Top Headlines, Uncategorized

Freshman year, I encountered my first nosy parker, who would try to skim over my graded tests. If her discreet mission did not succeed, she would flat out ask what I got. When said I got a B, that peer would smile, congratulate me, then proceed to complain about her A minus. By the end of the year, I ...

Class of 2013: Newlywed Game

Class of 2013: Newlywed Game

Shannon Lin

May 24, 2013


Filed under FEATURES, Main slider, Multimedia, Print, Special

Special Report: Newlywed Video from El Estoque on Vimeo. As graduations approaches, three couples who will be separated next year test their knowledge of one another as they compete for a date night paid by El Estoque. How accurate were they? Watch to find out....