El Estoque

Reading: my disappearing constant amid rapid change

Reading: my disappearing constant amid rapid change

Dhruvika Randad, Staff Writer

March 27, 2019

There I lay in my bed, under a thick, pink comforter, with the stack of “Geronimo Stilton” and “Garfield” comic books, obtained from my weekly visit to the library. With my stack of books, a water bottle and a couple of munchies, I was ready for my reading marathon as I spent Saturday consumed in...

Full-time teacher and business owner Debbie Frazier

Full-time teacher and business owner Debbie Frazier

Ruth Feng

March 19, 2019

Exploring AP CS and Statistics teacher Debbie Frazier’s business “Thyrm”

In her element: 50 questions with Jenna Smith

In her element: 50 questions with Jenna Smith

Claire Chang and Kamyar Moradi

March 14, 2019

Inspired by Vogue’s video series ‘73 Questions,’ EE follows Physiology teacher and Leadership advisor Jenna Smith around her physiology classroom to ask her 50 questions. While Smith hugs a giant stuffed zebra and holds hands with Lester, the classroom’s skeleton, she talks about her love for the...

The innovative and creative outlets around campus

The innovative and creative outlets around campus

Ayah Ali-Ahmad and Shuvi Jha

March 10, 2019

You go to the store. You scour the shelves for that perfect item you’re looking for — the one with the right color, the right size, the right look. You smile, satisfied, as you put the item in the cart, proceeding to the checkout. For most of us, that’s how we attain the products of our daily lives ...

Whitewashed

Whitewashed

Swara Tewari, Features editor

March 4, 2019

When I was a little girl, my mom loved dressing my sister and I in Indian clothes. She adorned us in colorful outfits with thousands of tiny sequins and beads sewn on, sliding tinkling bangles up our wrists and fixing glittery clips in our hair. Then, we would twirl around, as if we were little princesses...

Temptation: As we grow up

Temptation: As we grow up

Helen Chao

February 8, 2019

We’ve all reached for the red apple. The serpent slumbers, coiled in the shadowy recesses of consciousness. For every tentative step we take towards the apple, he slithers forward, ravenous and ready to prey on conscience in glaring daylight. The serpent hisses. Conscience falters, temptation strikes ...

The trampoline girls

The trampoline girls

Swara Tewari, Features editor

February 8, 2019

Okay, look. I was only in it for the trampoline. At first.   The entire spring of 2010, my sister, neighbor and I had enviously watched the girls across the street jump on their trampoline. We could hear them, laughing and yelling in their backyard. We spent months ducking behind trees, w...

Dirty Mouth

Dirty Mouth

Rucha Soman

February 6, 2019

In the summer of 2016, sophomore Krish Kumar’s friends dared him not to swear for a month. Almost two years later, he still resists the temptation to swear, telling himself it’s a bad habit because of the effect it has on his identity. Swearing is a psychological response to emotion acco...