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Emily Xia

Emily Xia, Managing Editor

Emily Xia is currently a managing editor in both journalism classes. She spends her time on El Estoque writing stories, designing pages and creating graphics. Outside of school, she enjoys drinking boba and practicing color guard.

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“Animal Crossing: New Horizons” grows in popularity

“Animal Crossing: New Horizons” grows in popularity

Discussing the traction Nintendo’s newest game has gained
May 21, 2020
COVID-19 and the entertainment industry

COVID-19 and the entertainment industry

How COVID-19 concerns have caused long-awaited events to be canceled
April 10, 2020
Merch madness

Merch madness

Exploring four types of merchandise on campus
April 10, 2020
The impacts of social distancing

The impacts of social distancing

Exploring the ways social and cultural practices continue in spite of COVID-19
April 10, 2020
With the growing concern over COVID-19, a playlist was jokingly made to shine light on the situation.

‘COVID-19 Quarantine Party’ Playlist review

Pandemic-inspired Spotify playlist is more meaningful than meets the eye
March 19, 2020
Anthology editor and former Cupertino poet laureate Kaecey McCormick gives a speech recapping her experiences teaching workshops, judging contests and hosting readings. Instead of having the traditional poetry contest, McCormick decided to celebrate the end of her two-year term by publishing the anthology.

Community Poetry & Prose Night: A celebration of creativity

Cupertino community members share their experiences contributing to a city-wide poetry anthology
March 14, 2020
Barbie Day: The evolution of a childhood icon

Barbie Day: The evolution of a childhood icon

A timeline of the changes the popular doll has undergone
March 12, 2020
Poetry contributor Jade Bradbury receives her copy of the anthology. After distribution, McCormick encouraged attendees to stay and socialize with one another.

Voices of Cupertino: The launch of the citywide anthology

Community members gather to celebrate the release of Cupertino poetry and prose
March 10, 2020
An in-depth guide to every course available at MVHS.

MVHS Course Selection Guide

Exploring student perspectives on every course offered at MVHS
February 19, 2020
As of January 2020, Californias pad and tampon tax has been removed.

Out of the red: California passes a temporary law removing menstrual product sales tax

MVHS Girls Empowerment Club members and a biology teacher react to the politicization of products for men and women
February 11, 2020
Speaker Paula Larkin-Hutton holds up a rose stem while she describes the different parts of the rose and answers questions from the audience.

Winter Care of Roses: Master Gardeners learn about rose care

Master Gardeners of Santa Clara County attend class in Cupertino Library
January 17, 2020
Maintaining a local community

Maintaining a local community

The implications of urbanization on both chain and family businesses in Cupertino
January 10, 2020
Urbanization of Cupertino

Urbanization of Cupertino

In a constant state of change, Cupertino has experienced drastic changes in terms of infrastructure and business from the influx of both workers and residents. Vallco construction has recently been reinitiated after the passage of State Bill 35. The proliferation of chain businesses act as a double edged sword to local businesses. Median house values climb and realtors work to satisfy buyers who prioritize commute times. Read more about each story.
January 10, 2020
Uncovering Project Nightingale: Google accesses Fitbit records

Uncovering Project Nightingale: Google accesses Fitbit records

Google receiving medical files stirs controversy
January 8, 2020
U.S President Donald Trump gives a speech.

The impeachment inquiry: House Judiciary Committee passes two articles against President Donald Trump

A look into the process leading up to the accusations made against President Trump
December 16, 2019
A glimpse into the different types of self-care students at MVHS employ

Reputations: Self-care

Looking at how MVHS students maintain their personal health
November 24, 2019
Child actors have unfair pressures and responsibilities placed upon them

The Famed Youth: Dehumanizing children in the entertainment industry

We should support the personal passions and pursuits of young celebrities
November 24, 2019
Differentiating when it is optimal to be a leader

Middle of the pack: Why being labeled as a leader or a follower is wrong

Being a follower versus being a leader
November 22, 2019
Meet the 2020 democratic candidates

Meet the 2020 democratic candidates

Exploring the nuances behind the policies and backgrounds of the five leading democratic candidates
November 15, 2019
Childhood: An exploration of our past

Childhood: An exploration of our past

A collection of stories reminiscing about our childhood and how it impacts our future
October 23, 2019
Imposter Syndrome: Exploring the Nuances

Imposter Syndrome: Exploring the Nuances

Uncovering the different facets of imposter syndrome at MVHS
October 16, 2019
I raise caterpillars into butterflies with my brother annoying - I mean, aiding, me along the way.

Dear Kevin: 16 reasons why I hate you

A letter to my brother about how our relationship evolved through the years
October 7, 2019
Somi Somi has become extremely popular, and rightfully so.

All Aboard: Why we shouldn’t be shamed for jumping on the bandwagon

Why it's OK to follow lighthearted trends sometimes
September 27, 2019
How I finally figured out why school spirit is so important

Do I feel good?: School spirit isn’t overrated

How I discovered that school spirit wasn't lame
September 11, 2019
Love, Taylor: A review of new album Lover

Love, Taylor: A review of new album “Lover”

Taylor Swift’s new album serves as a throwback for listeners
September 10, 2019
Decor Dilemma: Exploring the ideas teachers have for designing their classrooms

Decor Dilemma: Exploring the ideas teachers have for designing their classrooms

Teachers begin redesigning their classrooms for the new school year
August 25, 2019
Good night, sleep tight: MVHS students experiences with insomnia

Good night, sleep tight: MVHS students’ experiences with insomnia

The implications and possible solutions of insomnia
May 24, 2019
Illustration by Emily Xia

Coming out of my shell: Painful Partings

A final message from your neighborhood tortoise
May 24, 2019

Best of 2018-2019: The top trends of pop culture according to MVHS students

The most popular trends from the past year
May 22, 2019
In the shadows of power

In the shadows of power

Exploring how the minority is kept in silence
May 18, 2019
Pocket-sized: A rant on women’s pockets

Pocket-sized: A rant on women’s pockets

Women’s struggles with illegitimate pockets
May 8, 2019
Senior Etsuka Tomonaga and sophomore Remi Nakai flash a pose in the middle of the choreography.

Getting into the Groove: Japanese Club prepares a dance for Culture Night

Japanese club continues to practice their routine despite facing obstacles
April 12, 2019
Coming out of my shell: Dummy Dialogue

Coming out of my shell: Dummy Dialogue

How my excessive phone usage hinders meaningful conversation
April 11, 2019
Turn of time: an exploration through the decades

Turn of time: an exploration through the decades

A look into different perspectives of each decade
April 10, 2019
Sweet tooth: Popular candies around the world

Sweet tooth: Popular candies around the world

Members of differing cultural backgrounds describe their native candies
March 31, 2019
Sophomore Cassie Lu waits for the karaoke to begin.

Tea and Tunes: Chinese club hosts party with boba and karaoke

Chinese club buys boba for its members in karaoke meeting
March 13, 2019
Coming out of my shell: Tissue Turmoil

Coming out of my shell: Tissue Turmoil

Figuring out alternative coping mechanisms for stress
March 13, 2019
Artists Around Us: The stories of singers at MVHS

Artists Around Us: The stories of singers at MVHS

A feature on rapper Kid Kuza, pop singer Shravanti Shankar and traditional Carnatic singer Madhav Danturthi
March 10, 2019

A twist on the expected: Five new Oreo flavors are released

Students try new Oreo flavors
February 9, 2019
Coming out of my shell: Awkward Advice

Coming out of my shell: Awkward Advice

Accepting and embracing my inherent clumsiness
February 6, 2019
A Love Story: Exploring the obstacles in romantic relationships

A Love Story: Exploring the obstacles in romantic relationships

MVHS students describe the less-publicized aspects of romantic relationships
February 1, 2019
After about 15 minutes, the yakisoba is done and served in bowls, along with disposable chopsticks.

A taste from home: Japanese club prepares yakisoba for its members

The officers of Japanese club make a traditional Japanese dish
January 27, 2019
The sound of equality: Empowering songs for MLK Jr. Day

The sound of equality: Empowering songs for MLK Jr. Day

A playlist of songs from various artists for MLK Jr. Day
January 13, 2019
Preparation for Synopsys Science Fair

Preparation for Synopsys Science Fair

Research Club officers describe scientific demonstrations
December 17, 2018
Cherishing Christmas: Comparing holiday traditions now to those of previous years

Cherishing Christmas: Comparing holiday traditions now to those of previous years

The change I've experienced in Christmas traditions over the years
December 17, 2018
A Look Inside: Behind the Scenes of MVHS Students

A Look Inside: Behind the Scenes of MVHS Students

Different quirks of the students at MVHS
December 14, 2018
Holiday cheer: DIY Christmas ornaments

Holiday cheer: DIY Christmas ornaments

How to make various Christmas ornaments
December 9, 2018
Wired together: The implications of living in a technology-based world

Wired together: The implications of living in a technology-based world

Students' opinions on the ever-growing impact of technology on their lives
November 21, 2018
Illustration by Emily Xia

Coming out of my shell: Forgiving Failures

Discussing self-perception in the midst of personal hardships
November 21, 2018
Junior Hannah Cho smiles as she sings her favorite Japanese songs.

Japanese Club and Japanese National Honor Society karaoke meeting

Presidents of Japanese Club and Japanese National Honor Society share their perspectives on the joint meeting and purposes of their clubs
November 20, 2018
One Last Scare: Seniors create haunted house for seven years in a row

One Last Scare: Seniors create haunted house for seven years in a row

Student-organized haunted house tradition comes to a close
November 12, 2018
A fundraising dilemma

A fundraising dilemma

Chinese Club officers discuss difficulties with fundraising
October 25, 2018
Coming out of my shell: Cautious choices

Coming out of my shell: Cautious choices

Reflecting on the origins of my indecisiveness
October 25, 2018
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