El Estoque

Behind the desk

Behind the desk

Shuvi Jha and Swara Tewari

May 23, 2018


Filed under FEATURES, From the magazine, Print

Senior Gokul Pillai stood in the shadowy recesses of the backstage, squinting into the bright lights. He looked into the vast audience — his friends and family members cheering wildly. A part of him couldn’t believe that Spotlite 2018, the annual show hosted by the Indo-American Student Association...

Weight through the ages: how people of different ages feel about weight

Weight through the ages: how people of different ages feel about weight

Zara Iqbal

March 7, 2018


Filed under FEATURES, Features, From the magazine, Print

SAAHIL SUKHIJA, 10 Ten-year-old Saahil Sukhija spends most of his time playing basketball, watching Youtube videos and solving math problems — a student at Stevens Creek Elementary, weight doesn’t matter much to him. Sukhija doesn’t think elementary school students have weight standards, because h...

Breaking under pressure: Students with eating disorders during the holidays

Breaking under pressure: Students with eating disorders during the holidays

Zara Iqbal

December 12, 2017


Filed under FEATURES, Print

*Names starting with M are false names to protect the anonymous sources. [dropcap]M[/dropcap]abel had no idea something was terribly wrong. Not when the world began spinning around her as she warmed up in P.E. Not when she could barely finish one slice of turkey and a spoonful of mashed potatoes duri...

Unpacking paranoia: Amazon Key shouldn’t scare us so much

Unpacking paranoia: Amazon Key shouldn’t scare us so much

Nathan Stevens

November 17, 2017


Filed under Columns, From the magazine, OPINION, Print

[su_dropcap style="flat"]L[/su_dropcap]ast month, I signed up for Amazon Prime, joining the 85 million other Amazon Prime members for one simple reason — I hate waiting for shipping. Has anyone ever really received their package in “five to seven business days?” I sure haven’t. So when I heard...

With age comes change

With age comes change

Karen Sanchez

September 13, 2017


Filed under FEATURES, From the magazine, Print, Special

As the cable car glided along it’s path in the air, she couldn’t help but shed tears in response to the gut-wrenching terror. Every single time one of her family members shifted slightly in their seats, peering over the edge to catch a glimpse of the green forest below, without fault she could feel th...

Pages of the past

Pages of the past

Michelle Wong

April 17, 2017


Filed under Books, ENTERTAINMENT, Print, Print entertainment

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...

It’s Unproven

It’s Unproven

Sara Entezarmahdi

December 13, 2016


Filed under From the magazine, Magazine, OPINION, Print

Conspiracy theories come in different forms. Some are deemed trivial and far-fetched, others not so much. These theories remain unproven and debatable, though it doesn’t stop people from all around the globe to hold them to be true. MVHS students decide for themselves what they choose to believe in...

Trophy students: What we brag about

Trophy students: What we brag about

Michelle Wong

December 9, 2016


Filed under Campus, Magazine, OPINION, Print

As students at Monta Vista, it's no doubt that there's competition all around us. With so much pressure to be "better" than everybody else, students are constantly trying to prove themselves to their peers. But it's questionable whether the things we are so proud of are even worth bragging about at all.We b...

A different canvas

A different canvas

ZaZu Lippert

December 9, 2016


Filed under FEATURES, From the magazine, Print

[dropcap]H[/dropcap]ad it not been for art teacher Brian Chow, alumna Samantha Shieh would not have pursued art after leaving Monta Vista. Currently majoring in illustration at the Art Center College of Design, Shieh is all too familiar with the elaborate journey during her time at Monta Vista that...

Under Water: Analyzing the differences between bottled and tap water

Under Water: Analyzing the differences between bottled and tap water

Nathan Stevens

October 23, 2016


Filed under From the magazine, NEWS, Print

[su_dropcap style="flat" size="4"]P[/su_dropcap]esticides. GMOS. Natural ingredients. These are all controversial subjects regarding everyday foods, but with awareness unevenly focused on issues in the food industry, the dangers of drinking water are bubbling to the surface. Chromium-6 is a carcinogen found to affect...

Off the grid: Why students pretend they live within district boundaries

Off the grid: Why students pretend they live within district boundaries

Michelle Wong

October 21, 2016


Filed under Best of News, BEYOND THE MAGAZINE, From the magazine, Local, NEWS, Print

[dropcap]A[/dropcap]ll students are entitled to their education. The Constitution itself protects a childís right to have equal access to it. But when it comes to where students get their education from, this is where problems begin to arise. Because of students having a strong desire for the best ...

To be perfect: Looking at the Science Behind Beauty

To be perfect: Looking at the Science Behind Beauty

Priya Reddy

September 21, 2016


Filed under FEATURES, From the magazine, Print, Special, To Be Beautiful

[dropcap]W[/dropcap]e call many things beautiful — art, humans, ideas. But often when talking about beauty, the message reverts to "beauty is in the eye of the beholder." It's used as a way of both securing one's self-esteem and celebrating human diversity. But, like all things, behind the seeming...