El Estoque

“Climate” Change

“Climate” Change

Tyler Cho and Brian Xu

April 10, 2019


Filed under OPINION

MVHS was named a 2019 California Distinguished School in February among 162 middle and high schools across the state. Of the 10 schools in Santa Clara County who were honored, only three were high schools, two of which came from FUHSD — MVHS and Lynbrook HS. According to a news release by the California Department o...

We only make small talk

We only make small talk

Tyler Cho and Brian Xu

April 10, 2019


Filed under OPINION

nteracting with strangers can be terrifying. We’re rarely in physical danger when meeting someone new, but our dignity is on the line. In many cases, interacting with someone new can feel like we’re following a set of procedures, progressing from one stage to the next as we gradually become m...

The friends we overlook

The friends we overlook

Robert Liu and Annie Zhang

April 10, 2019


Filed under OPINION

an I see what you wrote for that?” “There was so much homework last night. I barely finished. You?” “Did you have chemistry yet? Was the lab hard?” We often find these inquiries tumbling from our lips. Classroom friends — the people who slump between the spectrum of passive stranger...

Why it’s impossible to stop procrastinating

Why it’s impossible to stop procrastinating

Zara Iqbal, Opinion editor

March 31, 2019


Filed under Editorial, OPINION

After an exhausting day at school, we collapse onto our beds but we can’t help but dread unzipping our backpacks to take out our unfinished homework assignments — so we resort to rolling to the other side of the bed with phone in hand, scrolling through social media, laughing at YouTube videos and ...

Silence isn’t awkward

Silence isn’t awkward

Robert Liu

March 31, 2019


Filed under OPINION

We’ve all experienced it. One moment, we’re cheerfully talking to our friends and the conversation is flowing, and the next, there’s an uncomfortable pause in the conversation and pressure begins to mount. We could bring up a new topic or crack a joke in an attempt to revive the conversation, res...

Father God, take my burdens

Father God, take my burdens

Tyler Cho, Staff Writer

March 31, 2019


Filed under Columns, OPINION

Stretching my legs out in front of me, I was greeted by the familiar creaks and pops of my stiff knees and ankles as my bones ground together to get into a more comfortable position. I tried to ignore the burning ache in my back, fighting desperately to keep my attention on the pastor speaking in front...

Constant Change: As I look toward the future

Constant Change: As I look toward the future

Oishee Misra

March 30, 2019


Filed under OPINION

felt the walls closing in. I placed my palms against them, hoping they would recede, but they only continued to surge ahead. All the thoughts usually swirling around in my brain suddenly dissipated, and I — okay, I’m being a little dramatic. Yet contrary to my usual dramatic tendencies, these wal...

The fading green of St. Patrick’s Day

The fading green of St. Patrick’s Day

Tyler Cho, Staff Writer

March 18, 2019


Filed under OPINION

Step out into the streets of nearly any major U.S. city on March 17, and you’ll be greeted with seas of green — people jumping around in leprechaun outfits or clad head to toe in green. It is a day when, if you are found without an inch of green somewhere on your body, you may be subjected to pinches...

I’m sorry, mom

I’m sorry, mom

Claire Yang

March 15, 2019


Filed under OPINION

“Say MO-le-cule, Mom. Molecule.” “Mo … LE-cule?” I sighed again. Why couldn’t she get it? It’s so simple — molecule. “Mom, there are three syllables,” I said. “It’s not that hard. Just repeat after me.” Last Sunday, we went to Chipotle for lunch. We arrived at the front of the line, where a curmudgeonly employee glared at us from behind the glass. I rem...