El Estoque

Low (cost)umes

Low (cost)umes

Alyssa Hui and Rucha Soman

October 24, 2018

Three easy and affordable DIY Halloween costumes

A foreign melody

A foreign melody

Alyssa Hui and Jahan Razavi

September 26, 2018

ue Vida La Mia.” “La vie du bon côté.” “Ai wo bie zou.” These are just a sample of songs that can be heard through the walls of world language classrooms. Despite the differences between the languages, one thing they share is music. Many language teachers teach their students different so...

Just for Kicks

Just for Kicks

Jahan Razavi and Michelle Wong

May 23, 2018

Nike Air Max. Adidas Yeezy. Air Force Ones. Over the past decade, brands such as Nike and Adidas have skyrocketed in sales as their shoes, specifically sneakers, gained increasing popularity. This rising trend since the 1980s has grown into a community known as “sneakerhead” subculture. Sometimes it only ta...

Humans behind Humans of Monta Vista

Humans behind Humans of Monta Vista

Jahan Razavi

December 12, 2017

enior Jesse Wong was browsing Facebook one evening in May and came across a page under the title, “Humans of Monta Vista.” He immediately noticed that the page was inactive with the last post being from 2015. Determined, Wong got his friends, seniors Matthew Hsieh and Daniel Hong, to revive the pa...

Culinary Connections: The way cooking brings people together

Culinary Connections: The way cooking brings people together

Priya Reddy

December 12, 2017

he clock ticks just loud enough so that assistant principal Andrew Goldenkranz can hear it, reminding him of his quickly approaching deadline. Eyeing his ingredients, he gets to work, whipping out bowls and measuring cups. Swiftly pouring and mixing ingredients, he runs a recipe through his head, som...

A Bad Rep

Sharjeel Rahman

November 16, 2017

All Stitched Up: Creating a Halloween costume

All Stitched Up: Creating a Halloween costume

Ria Kolli

October 20, 2017

enior Kavin Sivakumar’s brainstorming process for his first handmade Halloween costume began in June 2017, when Sivakumar was in India. After seeing images of Hindu gods everywhere, Sivakumar decided that he wanted to dress up magnificently as the Hindu god Krishna. However, after encounter...

It’s a date: April 2017

It’s a date: April 2017

Helen Chao

April 17, 2017

Sure, I’m free that day, what do you want to do? With the temperature on the rise, it is a shame to miss out on the summery weather and lounge around at home. Instead, head outside and experience Cupertino’s Cherry Blossom Festival, or “shake it up” during Bay Area National Dance Week. Whate...

Cat’s out of the bag: The subtle art of being evil

Cat’s out of the bag: The subtle art of being evil

Helen Chao

April 17, 2017

Until last Thursday, I never had a reason for self-cannibalism. Yes, my dearie, you read that correctly. Essentially, that Slow-as-a-Slug Sally was walking so darn slow in front of me, I had to gnaw on my own vocal chords and digest ‘em, or else I’d have let fly a scream of irritability hibernat...

Pages of the past

Pages of the past

Michelle Wong

April 17, 2017

Co-written by Ananya Bhat Catcher in the Rye British Literature teacher Randy Holaday "My sister and my dad really liked it so I had really high expectations for the book, and it just wasn’t for me. It was too modern and too, frankly, stupid. I couldn’t see the connections between it and my own experiences. And I...

Cat’s out of the bag: The relationship between four sisters

Cat’s out of the bag: The relationship between four sisters

Helen Chao

December 13, 2016

THE INSTANT I MENTION MY, “three older sisters,” I am swamped with surprise, acknowledgement and at last, the listener’s envy, echoed by a “Oh, you’re sooo lucky!” I’ll nod, reflexively, and reply with the default: “Yeah, I am lucky!” Ensue their onslaught of assumptions. “I...

It’s a date: December and January

It’s a date: December and January

Stephanie Lam

December 13, 2016

Sure, I’m free that day… What do you want to do? The holiday season is a time for personal relaxation and family bonding. Take advantage of this break by attending the diverse performances and activities happening around the San José Community. From a Nuestra Navidad ceremony to a Christmas r...