El Estoque

VIDEO: The giving girl

VIDEO: The giving girl

Stephanie Chang

December 7, 2011

Every year senior Annie Blake-Burke participates in a program called The Giving Tree. The Giving Tree allows children from impoverished neighborhoods all over the Bay Area to receive Christmas gifts, a luxury their parents can not afford to give them. The few weeks before the deadline on Dec. 13, trees...

The Great Divide

The Great Divide

Dickson Tsai

December 7, 2011

Last year, varsity girls basketball entered winter break riding high with a 6-4 record. Then, the entire season took a turn: the team took loss after loss, going 1-11 in their league games. The team redeemed itself by qualifying for the Central Coast Section playoffs and advancing with a 51-43 win over Leland High School. “I always call us the ‘...

In million dollar homes, are we living million dollar lives?

In million dollar homes, are we living million dollar lives?

Elvin Wong

December 7, 2011

In wake of the global Occupy movement and ongoing class wars, social class disparity in a previously ideal world is brought to light. As the nation sees protests break out across all major metropolitan areas across the US, one question arises: where does Cupertino stand? In a report from The Atla...

Alumni join Occupy movement on UC campuses

Alumni join Occupy movement on UC campuses

Akshay Agrawal

December 5, 2011

It is 2 a.m. on Nov. 15, and class of 2010 alumna Summayah Naguib and UC Berkeley sophomore is just one of the thousands of students occupying the Sproul Plaza at UC Berkeley in protest of the proposed eight to 16 percent hike in annual UC tuition fees. She sees some students shivering, covered in...

Winter dance showcase emulates winter joy

Winter dance showcase emulates winter joy

Kevin Tsukii

December 5, 2011

With winter wonderland decorations covering one side of the gym and music blasting to Party Rock Anthem, the Marquesas danced their way through their final number, ending their annual winter dance showcase with a bang. “I think its right up there [compared to previous dances showcases],” coa...

Stories behind graffiti in electrical room

Stories behind graffiti in electrical room

Sara Yang

December 2, 2011

The electrical room in the gym lobby was not always used to store electrical equipment and cleaning supplies. After this school opened in 1969, the closet housed student activities equipment like speakers and poster paint. Students who passed through the closet have documented their names and class numbers on the walls, a tradition that has been preserved for about 40 years. To read the article from the Dec. 7 El Estoque iss...

PTSA continues to make changes to Career Year program

PTSA continues to make changes to Career Year program

Simran Devidasani

November 28, 2011

“Any questions?” CRFilms entrepeneur and freelancer Cisco Rivera said. Many hands shot up, those of students and parents, who were curious about what more the profession of being a filmmaker had to offer. On Monday, Nov. 8, the first Career Year event took place as performers, designers and othe...

Movie: ‘Hugo’ captures, relies on the magic of cinema

Movie: ‘Hugo’ captures, relies on the magic of cinema

Sara Yang

November 27, 2011

A train careening through the train station, papers swirling across a parlor, a young boy hanging dramatically from the clock tower: while the movie preview for “Hugo” suggests a world of magic and fantastic creatures, it certainly does not reveal too many secrets — if any at all. The most entici...

Fire destroys apartments on Homestead Road

Fire destroys apartments on Homestead Road

Elvin Wong

November 27, 2011

At 5:54 p.m. on Nov. 26, the Santa Clara County Fire Department responded to a three-alarm fire at Village Green Apartments on Homestead Road, next to Homestead High School. According to Fire Department battalion chief Richard Salazar, the fire department responded to had contained the fire by...

Building sets and self-confidence

Building sets and self-confidence

Sara Yang

November 26, 2011

Senior Jordan Thompson sat at her computer, alternating between her Facebook and email accounts every five minutes. Finally, four hours after the 5 p.m. callbacks had ended, the cast list arrived in her inbox. In Drama’s fall 2011 production, “The Arabian Nights,” Thompson was cast...

VIDEO: The Ritards spread Christmas cheer

VIDEO: The Ritards spread Christmas cheer

Karishma Mehrotra

November 26, 2011

    On Nov. 25, high school vocal ensemble The Ritards performed its annual concert at Santana Row from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.. The a capella group showcased an array of Christmas and classic songs to a large audience on Black Friday, including “Yesterday” by the Beatles and “...

VIDEO: The Black Friday down the street

Akshay Agrawal

November 26, 2011

MVHS students joined the rest of the country in the Black Friday frenzy on Nov. 25. As students passed each other in the halls of the shopping centers, El Estoque sought their opinions on the Black Friday tradition. Was it worth waiting in a line for three hours in 38 degree Fahrenheit weather or are...