El Estoque

Leo Club hosts end-of-the-year banquet

Leo Club hosts end-of-the-year banquet

Ria Kolli

May 25, 2018


Filed under Briefs, NEWS

On May 19, the soft hum of music is drowned out by the excited chatter of customers inside Cupertino’s BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse. Tucked in the corner of the side room, MVHS Leo Club students cluster around long tables, talking about upcoming finals between bites of pasta and pizza. Eventually,...

From teacher to friend

From teacher to friend

Ria Kolli

May 22, 2018


Filed under OPINION

During her freshman year, sophomore Neha Balusu decided to search up her elementary and middle school teachers on her Facebook. Without hesitating, she pressed “send friend request,” hoping that she could continue keep in touch with her favorite teachers. “I don’t really care if they see what I ...

April 27, 2018


Filed under Uncategorized

Ria Kolli is a first-year staff writer for El Estoque. She is currently a sophomore.

Exploring Schadenfreude

Exploring Schadenfreude

Ria Kolli

April 12, 2018


Filed under Breaking it Down, OPINION

[dropcap]S[/dropcap]chadenfreude, the derivation of pleasure from the misfortune of others, is embedded in human culture. The term arose from the two German words, “schaden” and “freude,” which translate to malice and joy respectively. People laugh at videos depicting others falling down and getting...

Leo Club hosts Share the Love Week

Leo Club hosts Share the Love Week

Ria Kolli

March 4, 2018


Filed under Briefs

[dropcap]D[/dropcap]uring the week of Valentine’s Day, students chatted excitedly about Singing Valentines, free candy they had received from their teachers and the upcoming break. Throughout the week, in the spirit of Valentine’s day, Leo Club held a series of activities, such as cookie-decorating and c...

AMC 10/12: Tests for creative problem solvers

AMC 10/12: Tests for creative problem solvers

Ria Kolli

February 2, 2018


Filed under Briefs

[dropcap]S[/dropcap]ophomore Alice Cheng first discovered her interest in math in elementary school through her participation in various math competitions, such as the Math Olympiads for Elementary and Middle Schools. When her mom first signed her up for the American Mathematics Competition 8 in mi...

Earthquakes strike the Bay Area

Earthquakes strike the Bay Area

Ria Kolli

January 11, 2018


Filed under NEWS

[dropcap]S[/dropcap]ophomore Afreen Azad had turned off the lights and was just about to go to bed around 2 a.m. when she suddenly felt like someone was shaking her bed. Azad’s first thought was that her house was being robbed. “I heard from someone who lives near our street that there was a person k...

Leo Club gets involved in the Earth Stewards program

Leo Club gets involved in the Earth Stewards program

Ria Kolli

December 11, 2017


Filed under Briefs, NEWS

[dropcap]O[/dropcap]n December 8, MV Leo Club members are sprawled across the wooden benches by the gardener’s shed at McClellan Ranch Preserve. Laughing, chatting and snacking on fruits and hummus, they wait for other members to show up, before their time volunteering for the Earth Stewards Program ...

iGen deconstructed: How the smartphone has shaped our generation

iGen deconstructed: How the smartphone has shaped our generation

Ria Kolli

December 6, 2017


Filed under Around Campus, Education, Local, NEWS

[dropcap]A[/dropcap]t her presentation in the MVHS auditorium on Tuesday, November 28, San Diego State University Psychology professor Jean M. Twenge asked a mostly parent-filled audience what generation they were from. People raised their hands when their respective generations were called out, clearly engage...

Leo Club members discuss participation in club events

Leo Club members discuss participation in club events

Ria Kolli

November 16, 2017


Filed under Briefs, NEWS

At the beginning of lunch on Monday November 25, Leo Club members filed into B105 to receive club T-shirts and listen to the club officers explain upcoming volunteer opportunities. Despite the fact that it is four months into the school year, Leo Club still remains popular, with a high member turnout at i...

A walk through Main Street Cupertino’s Pumpkin Palooza

A walk through Main Street Cupertino’s Pumpkin Palooza

Ria Kolli

November 8, 2017


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT, Entertainment featured

Festivity filled the air during Main Street Cupertino’s Pumpkin Palooza on Saturday, October 28. Kids played tic-tac-toe with pumpkins and got their faces painted, while their parents took photos to capture the moment. Frolicking under everyone’s feet were puppies dressed in costumes ranging fro...