El Estoque

Team Knock Out Cancer competes in national cancer fundraising contest

Team Knock Out Cancer competes in national cancer fundraising contest

Jai Uparkar, Claire Chang

December 15, 2018


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s each second passes, the countdown on sophomore Zhenda Hu’s website gets closer to zero. It’s counting down the weeks, days, hours, minutes and seconds until Jan. 11, 2019, the day that people will finally be able to donate money on his website. Over the past couple months, Hu and his Team Knock Out Cancer ha...

Selfless

Selfless

Iman Malik

December 3, 2018


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Her dark brown curls shimmer in the sun, her eyes are filled with untold stories. The tilt of her chin and the set of her jaw show resilience and confidence. The soft lines on her face hint at a lifetime of hardship, but her gentle smile shows her ability to savor the simplest of pleasures. To most ...

A roll of the dice

A roll of the dice

Claire Wen

November 21, 2018


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atching as the die spirals through the air, the player holds his breath, crosses his fingers, hoping for the number that will win the game. It lands and bounces, once, twice, three times. He releases his breath and uncrosses his fingers, still waiting, hoping, when finally daring to take a peek for that...

A stroke of luck

A stroke of luck

Jai Uparkar and Katerina Pappas

November 21, 2018


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praining her wrist and ankle, getting a concussion and running her car over her own foot was all it took for senior Amanda Wilson to believe in luck. There was one thing in common with in all these unfortunate mishaps: Wilson was not wearing her lucky necklace and ring. WHAT IS LUCK? Luck is defined by the Ox...

Teachers share perspectives on luck in their lives

Teachers share perspectives on luck in their lives

Helen

November 21, 2018


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Teachers and students recall the unlucky and lucky moments in their lives

Fate and Faith

Fate and Faith

Claire Chang and Rucha Soman

November 21, 2018


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Shaking before a big test, sophomore Anand Kathkadekar clasps his hands together and prays. In his mind, he goes through everything he’s grateful for, and reminds himself not to worry. If he doesn’t do well, Kathkadekar tells himself, he just has to work harder. Thank you, God, he thinks. While praying before...

Recommendation letters from a different perspective

Recommendation letters from a different perspective

Claire Wen

November 20, 2018


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leaf floats gently from the trees, joining the array of other vibrant reds and oranges fluttering to the ground. A chilly breeze whispers through the air, rustling the leaves as it passes by. Autumn has come, and for seniors, that means it’s college application season. They scramble to write their...

Bridging therapy and culture

Bridging therapy and culture

Claire Chang

November 20, 2018


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Eight years ago, Ya-Huei Chi was working as a physical therapist at a hospital in Taiwan. Before the hospital opened at 8 a.m., she remembers that people would line up outside the hospital, eager to enter. They often stayed the whole day, but Chi says that many didn’t even need physical therapy. ...

Paranoid about the paranormal

Paranoid about the paranormal

Helen Chao and Shivani Gupta

November 18, 2018


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During the night, a door creaking open or the wind howling through the trees might seem more ominous than normal, depending on one’s belief in the supernatural. English teacher Kate Evard, for instance, has strongly believed in the existence of ghosts and spirits since she was a young child. “I’ve...