El Estoque

Reality through a different lens

Priya Reddy, Elizabeth Han, Karen Sanchez, Ankit Gupta, and Jahan Razavi

April 11, 2018


Filed under FEATURES, From the magazine

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]here’s a certain feeling of unease that creeps into the back of the mind, shifting slightly towards the gut when intuition kicks in. Then suspicion arises. As a stubborn thought makes its way through, constantly poking into the skull, it becomes difficult to shake off the curio...

Scoping out the zodiac

Scoping out the zodiac

Sunjin Chang

April 11, 2018


Filed under FEATURES, From the magazine

It was a summer day when sophomore Mollie Smurthwaite stumbled upon a youtuber, Kendall Rae, who was talking about astrology and her personal zodiac signs. Already interested in astrology and human relations, Smurthwaite thought that this was an interesting way of figuring out her relationship with other...

A ukulele heard through the walls

A ukulele heard through the walls

Rucha Soman

March 25, 2018


Filed under FEATURES

The soft strums of a ukulele float through the rooms in the D building, occasionally joined by some singing. This music, sometimes heard during fifth period and lunch, is played by sophomore Allison Gregory. She started playing this summer after attending a camp where her friend introduced her to the...

Annual egg hunt at Memorial Park

Annual egg hunt at Memorial Park

Katerina Pappas

March 24, 2018


Filed under FEATURES

Behind the Quinlan Community Center, there is a grassy area surrounded by yellow tape and on the green field colorful eggs can be seen scattered about. Cupertino’s annual egg hunt in honor of Easter, fell on Mar. 24th this year. Families began to trickle in. The children ready with their colorful...

Science department: A strange scent

Science department: A strange scent

Helen Chao

March 19, 2018


Filed under FEATURES

During fetal pig dissections in biology and sheep heart extractions in physiology classes, not only do students have to fret about breaking a scalpel, but there’s also the curious scent from the preserving fluid of the pig or sheep heart one has to contend with. This year, the smell seem...

And this year’s Employees of the Year are

And this year’s Employees of the Year are

Maggie McCormick

March 12, 2018


Filed under FEATURES

[dropcap]E[/dropcap]very year, the MVHS staff receives an email asking them to nominate a colleague who demonstrates values or ethics that they feel should be recognized by other staff members through the Employee of the Year award. After nominations, the staff receives  one more email with the final...

A word of advice: MVHS seniors on college applications

A word of advice: MVHS seniors on college applications

Aanchal Garg

March 10, 2018


Filed under FEATURES, Multimedia

Second semester means something different to every grade. While freshman get used to the routine of high school, sophomores enjoy the last few moments of peace before a hectic junior year. And while juniors work to finish a tough school year, seniors try to stay relaxed while waiting for college decis...

A taste of our cultures

A taste of our cultures

Vivian Chiang

March 9, 2018


Filed under FEATURES, Features

[dropcap]W[/dropcap]alking around MVHS campus at lunch, one sees many students eagerly digging out their lunch box. Each time a lunch container is opened, a different array of colors is revealed and the smells of a dozen different spices waft into the air. Take a look at the perspectives below on these...

To walk in someone else’s shoes

To walk in someone else’s shoes

Karen Sanchez

March 8, 2018


Filed under FEATURES, Special

[dropcap]F[/dropcap]rom Dr. Martens and Adidas to sneakers and flip flops, students around MVHS are spotted wearing different types of shoes that vary in color and style. Whether they wear the same pair daily or make an effort to match their shoes with their outfit, these MVHS students ponder whether...

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...