El Estoque

Girls soccer: MVHS loses in tight match against Milpitas HS

Girls soccer: MVHS loses in tight match against Milpitas HS

Anish Vasudevan and Rajas Habbu

January 14, 2019


Filed under Game Reviews, SPORTS, Sports

With a constant downpour in the first half, one would expect the weather conditions to result in a slow-paced game. However, that was not the case when the MVHS girls soccer team faced Milpitas HS on Friday, Jan. 11. Despite the unfavorable conditions, the Matadors played a tough game filled with numero...

Rising Greatness

Rajas Habbu

January 14, 2019


Filed under From the magazine, SPORTS

At MVHS, varsity players are associated with upperclassmen like juniors and seniors, but sometimes teams use junior varsity players to their advantage. Some players get pulled up to play for their varsity team as early as sophomore year, and with a young player on the roster, their potential and their...

Odd beginnings

Odd beginnings

Ruth Feng

December 18, 2018


Filed under From the magazine, NEWS

Peculiar high school experiences at MVHS shaped former U.S. Chief Data Scientist DJ Patil

High times: How marijuana influences sports

High times: How marijuana influences sports

Roshan Fernandez and Anish Vasudevan

December 18, 2018


Filed under From the magazine, SPORTS

e was playing shockingly well. It was surprising to him because he had just smoked marijuana, forgetting that he had practice later in the day. He had made the decision to attend practice anyway, and he dominated every time he got the ball. After practice had finished, he reflected on his performance, ...

Make or break

Make or break

Laasya Koduru and Brian Xu

December 18, 2018


Filed under From the magazine, OPINION

By Thursday, Nov. 15, smoke from Camp Fire had reached Cupertino and elevated its air quality index above 200. Air quality tracking websites such as AirNow.gov consider an index above 200 “very unhealthy.” That afternoon, Instagram and Facebook were flooded by MVHS students with drafts of emails ...

Happy Hanukkah

Happy Hanukkah

Kamyar Moradi and Jahan Razavi

December 18, 2018


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT, From the magazine

The young Jewish boy cannot help but contain his excitement for his favorite time of year. He grabs his mother’s CD player, and plays all his favorite Hanukkah songs that his family has been listening to for years. He notices a box filled with little square prisms nearby, and calls his two older broth...

Worst of 2018

Worst of 2018

Stuti Upadhyay

December 18, 2018


Filed under From the magazine, OPINION

Election Meddling Although the presidential election occurred in 2016, 2018 has been a year when controversy regarding election meddling, specifically on social media platfo rms like Facebook, has become an increasingly apparent issue. According to the New York Times, the Russians were able to reach a...

Switching roles from teacher to student

Switching roles from teacher to student

Sunjin Chang and Robert Liu

December 18, 2018


Filed under From the magazine, NEWS

  On Tuesday, Nov. 27, four teachers walked in the footsteps of MVHS students as an alternative to their traditional teacher evaluation: Chinese teacher Zoey Liu, science teacher Lora Lerner, math teacher Sushma Bana and literature teacher Vanessa Otto. For the duration of the entire day of ...

Cherishing Christmas: Comparing holiday traditions now to those of previous years

Cherishing Christmas: Comparing holiday traditions now to those of previous years

Emily Xia

December 17, 2018


Filed under Columns, From the magazine, OPINION

here’s no holiday like Christmas. Sure, Halloween, Thanksgiving and New Year’s all have their perks, but Christmas holds a special place in my heart. As a young child, as soon as December came around, I would be prancing in my living room listening to “Frosty the Snowman” and “Rudolph t...

Starting young

Starting young

Anish Vasudevan and Oishee Misra

November 21, 2018


Filed under From the magazine, SPORTS

Match point. Junior Evan Yu bounced the ball up and down, closing his eyes and letting his muscle memory take over. He bounced the ball once. Twice. Thrice. Six times. He visualized the outcome of the point and the strokes he had to make to win the game. Picturing the fundamental strokes he taught o...

A whiff of…

A whiff of…

November 21, 2018


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT, From the magazine