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Muslims in America

Muslims in America

Sara Yang

April 9, 2012

In our April issue, Special Report documented the intersection of cultures for students, parents and teachers. One such story focused on freshman Anwar Ali-Ahmad, his parents and their experiences as a Muslim family in America. Here, we feature four more stories of students with Islamic backgrou...

Changing the face of college admissions

Changing the face of college admissions

Smitha Gundavajhala

April 8, 2012

Standardized tests have always had challenges with cheating. Over the years, students have become better and better at it, while test proctors have maintained the same, archaic methods. Maybe the honor system and was enough to keep students honest in 1926, when the SAT was first created, but these are...

MOVIE: ‘American Reunion’ a hilarious ride

MOVIE: ‘American Reunion’ a hilarious ride

El Estoque Staff

April 7, 2012

After almost a decade of being laid to rest, the original “American Pie” series has been brought back to life to entertain a new generation of virgins. Thank God. This latest film, directed by Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg, features the original cast catching up at their high school reunion. The band of horny brothers from the...

PHOTO GALLERY: FUHSD Art Showcase

PHOTO GALLERY: FUHSD Art Showcase

Yimeng Han

April 6, 2012

The annual FUHSD Art Showcase gives students from each school in the district an opportunity to display their work. Projects include ceramics, paintings, photographs and mixed media, and will be showcased at the Sunnyvale Art Gallery for the next three weeks until April 21. An award ceremony will be held next Thursday for notable works. The Sunnyvale Art Gal...

Baseball: Vikings extra-inning tally too much for Matadors

Baseball: Vikings extra-inning tally too much for Matadors

Kevin Guo

March 26, 2012

It took eight innings to do it, but the Vikings (3-6) were able to edge out the Matadors (5-5) 6-5 after tying the game in the sixth inning. The Matadors had a strong start, but were unable to create any more offense until the fifth inning. The two teams played evenly, sending the game into extra-innings during which Lynbrook...

Olympic discus gold medalist speaks to track team

Olympic discus gold medalist speaks to track team

Emma Courtright

March 26, 2012

March 20 was a unique day for the MVHS track team. Instead of starting with practice the team met in the staff lounge at Kennedy Middle School and listened as Stephanie Brown Trafton, the Olympic gold medalist for women’s discus in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, spoke to them about her accomplishment...

MOVIE: ‘Hunger Games’ satisfies teenage emotional appetite

MOVIE: ‘Hunger Games’ satisfies teenage emotional appetite

Lisa Zhang

March 24, 2012

Carissa's take: Every year, in a future North America, 24 teenagers are thrown into an arena and forced to fight to the death. The country of Panem, which has replaced America, is ruled by a sadistic dictator as citizens starve and struggle to survive. The odds certainly aren’t in the favor of ...

Wrestling Revolution

Wrestling Revolution

Amrutha Dorai

March 12, 2012

The match was almost over by the time junior Matt Merkhofer was up. He was the last wrestler left waiting in the wings, and it was late in the meet. The audience was restless, fidgety.He shook hands with his opponent, and, at the referee’s whistle, launched into his offense. Merkhofer ja...

You don’t know Jack

You don’t know Jack

Aafreen Mahmood

March 12, 2012

His body curled up into a ball, lying on a hospital bed after several surgeries and chemotherapy treatments: he was motionless — except for a single finger brushing the back of his mother’s hand. “He couldn’t speak, but he was just trying to thank [his] mom and give her the message,” Chinese...

Breakdown of parent-child communication

Breakdown of parent-child communication

Akshay Agrawal

March 12, 2012

This content item relates to “A broken childhood,” which appeared in the March 12 issue of the El Estoque print magazine. Her mother knew how frustrated she was — with the academic stress, the busy schedule, the disjointed communication with her father. “Please don’t go do something st...

Growing up: Small Kids, big expectations

Growing up: Small Kids, big expectations

Elvin Wong

March 11, 2012

When high school students look back on their elementary school days, they often feel a sense of nostalgia. So what do children think about high school? El Estoque interviewed the younger siblings of several students to discover what they think about the life of a high school student. ...

Last Gov Team class takes annual trip to Washington D.C.

Last Gov Team class takes annual trip to Washington D.C.

Karishma Mehrotra

March 11, 2012

After their long days of visiting the capitol and witnessing political debates, they thought it was going to be an average dinner and dance boat cruise on the Potomac. Little did they know that Gov Team adviser Eric Otto and social sciences teacher Viviana Montoya-Hernandez would show their dance skills at center stage, to the cheers and excitement of 15 Gov Team students. From March 3 to 8, Otto, Hernandez and the 15 students...