El Estoque

Dancing together

Dancing together

Gauri Kaushik

March 15, 2019


Filed under From the magazine, SPORTS

From all-day workshops during the summer to six-hour choreography sessions on the weekends to three-hour bus rides to and from competitions, being a member of the MVHS dance team is a year-round commitment. Performing at football games, rallies and their own winter and spring showcases, the team has ...

Care to Dance?

Care to Dance?

Stuti Upadhyay

March 13, 2019


Filed under From the magazine, OPINION

Red, green and blue lights pulse off the walls. Crowds of students jump and thrash their arms in the air, yelling lyrics to the newest Post Malone song. The air is sticky and stifling from bodies packed together like sardines. Girls walk around clutching their heels, while boys with wrinkly shirt...

Bridging the gap between generations

Bridging the gap between generations

Tyler Cho and Robert Liu

March 13, 2019


Filed under From the magazine, OPINION

or many students at MVHS, protests over how hard parents push us academically are commonplace. Daily conversations with friends are littered with subtle about our parents. We bemoan their constant nagging about our grades, extracurriculars or the amount of time we spend on our phones. But this isn’t...

Laptop Deconstructed

Jahan Razavi

March 13, 2019


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT, From the magazine

n 1968, Alan Kay proposed the idea of a personal computer. Now, over 50 years later, these have become a staple of the high-tech world. Known for their lighter weight and more compact dimensions, laptops are in stark contrast to desktop computers, which, while powerful, do not feature the portability of...

Coming out of my shell: Tissue Turmoil

Coming out of my shell: Tissue Turmoil

Emily Xia

March 13, 2019


Filed under Columns, From the magazine, OPINION

felt it as soon as I woke up. Laying in bed, I thought to myself: Ugh. My eyes are swollen again. My instincts were confirmed as I reluctantly rolled out of bed and peered into a mirror. No amount of makeup would hide it, and I could only hope that my glasses would somewhat conceal the puffiness ...

The unseen art: misconceptions of modern art

The unseen art: misconceptions of modern art

Brian Xu and Annie Zhang

March 13, 2019


Filed under From the magazine, OPINION

blue canvas with a white stripe running down its middle sold for $48.3 million. A solid green portrait of an inverted trapezoid sold for $1.6 million. An empty frame for a “non-visible” piece of art sold for $10,000. But is there any meaning behind this white stripe on a blue canvas? Is t...

In my humble opinion: Why humility is a crucial but often overlooked trait

In my humble opinion: Why humility is a crucial but often overlooked trait

Roshan Fernandez

March 13, 2019


Filed under From the magazine, OPINION

n many ways, MVHS students have mastered the humble-brag. We tell our friends how we got an “A” on our English essay even though we never read the book. We tell them how we aced a test we never studied for. We tell them how we completed our entire semester-long project the day before it was due and got...

Talking trash: How MVHS players and spectators influence gameplay

Talking trash: How MVHS players and spectators influence gameplay

Anish Vasudevan

March 13, 2019


Filed under From the magazine, SPORTS

A barrage of noises filled the MVHS gym as a Santa Clara HS player meticulously bounced the ball up and down focusing on the basket 15 feet in front of him. The more he prepared himself to take the freethrow, the louder the sounds were, and the harder the ground vibrated from the stomps of the students...

Temptation: As we grow up

Temptation: As we grow up

Helen Chao

February 8, 2019


Filed under FEATURES, From the magazine

We’ve all reached for the red apple. The serpent slumbers, coiled in the shadowy recesses of consciousness. For every tentative step we take towards the apple, he slithers forward, ravenous and ready to prey on conscience in glaring daylight. The serpent hisses. Conscience falters, temptation strikes ...

So… what exactly is going on?

So… what exactly is going on?

Sara Entezar

February 8, 2019


Filed under From the magazine, OPINION

Certainly, news comprehension has failed to take root. Prior to the ‘fake news’ era bombarding of recent years, news coherency concerns extended to the principles of news comprehension. The diction in a number of texts proves too advanced for the common reader, calling for the implementation of ...

DSLR Deconstructed

Jahan Razavi

February 6, 2019


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT, From the magazine

single-lens reflex camera, or DSLR, is the modern-day equivalent of a film camera. These use digital storage, often in the form of secure digital (SD) cards, which are a cheaper and sturdier alternative to rolls of film. In addition, the time required to gain access to digital photos is far shorter,...