El Estoque

Stay optimistic and study on

Stay optimistic and study on

Laasya Koduru

December 15, 2018


Filed under OPINION

As the AP Chemistry teacher walks down the aisles with test papers in hand, students await their scores with anxiety and apprehension. They fidget in their seats nervously as they hope for a good grade. When they finally see a paper plop down in front of them, students look at it and either smile or ...

Making the switch: The difference between public and private high schools

Making the switch: The difference between public and private high schools

Rana Aghababazadeh

December 6, 2018


Filed under OPINION

or many MVHS students, the 13 years of schooling have been explicitly laid out for them. They attend an elementary school from the Cupertino Union School District, then a middle school in the same district, then MVHS. But there are always those who are forced to move because of financial obligations...

Reclaiming my mane

Reclaiming my mane

December 4, 2018


Filed under OPINION

Love off the cuff

Love off the cuff

Flora Peng and Collin Qian

December 2, 2018


Filed under OPINION

With the cold nights getting longer and the buoyant holiday spirit fast approaching, the desire to settle down in a warm, cozy environment is stronger than ever. For some, this evokes a sense of longing to enter a non-platonic relationship, a phenomenon dubbed “cuffing season” that originated on Tw...

Best of luck!

Best of luck!

Sara Entezar

November 27, 2018


Filed under OPINION

Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard, right? It’s a narrative which Americans, pioneers of the American dream and frontiersmen of the working class have praised for centuries, sailing towards the light that bears the blood, sweat and tears of those who yearn for greatness. But yearni...

Behind the scream

Behind the scream

Claire Yang and Zara Iqbal

November 21, 2018


Filed under Multimedia, OPINION

Whether it’s Christmas, Halloween or a different holiday, about once a month, junior Rohit Kumar’s extended family joins each other to watch horror movies together. This family tradition has been happening ever since he could remember, and he believes his family has been following it even since before...

A Minority’s Point of View

A Minority’s Point of View

Laasya Koduru and Stuti Upadhyay

November 21, 2018


Filed under OPINION

Senior Jade Tsao is passionate about connecting with her African-American culture. She reads books about African-American history, gets involved with protests and movements like Black Lives Matter and loves to talk to her dad about her culture. Ethnically, Tsao has been a minority in her community for...

We know how to party

We know how to party

Rana Aghababazadeh and Brian Xu

November 21, 2018


Filed under From the magazine, OPINION

hen Fremont HS junior Ashley Henry entered a small home in East San Jose, she found herself in a room packed with students, dozens of them intoxicated and slumped over couches. With the smell of weed and alcohol in the air, a voice pierced her ears and she turned to find the party host cussing and s...

Coming out of my shell: Forgiving Failures

Coming out of my shell: Forgiving Failures

Emily Xia

November 21, 2018


Filed under Columns, From the magazine, OPINION

look at the clock. 2:35 a.m. How could I let this happen again? It seems like every morning I tell myself that I can sleep earlier and get more work done, but I get home, procrastinate and suddenly it’s 2:00 a.m., and I still have two classes’ worth of homework to do. When I was in elem...