El Estoque

Meeting while miles apart

One of the first conversations Miransh Das (qraq) had with another user on his Discord server.

Mikaylah Du, Staff Writer

September 12, 2020

Exploring the world of online friendships

Positivity Podcast Ep. 3: Thanksgiving Edition

Positivity Podcast Ep. 3: Thanksgiving Edition

Oishee Misra and Lakshanyaa Ganesh

November 23, 2019

Displaying appreciation during the season of giving thanks

To all the friends I’ve loved before

To all the friends I’ve loved before

Sreya Kumar

May 15, 2019

Change is a foreign entity out of grasp, but still swirling around me, trapping me in its gray fumes and smoke. However, it’s become a part of me and through the way I twist and turn, it’s also a familiar sight, something I’m prone to welcoming, adjusting to, knowing that there’s no way I can esc...

The six couples strutting down the Senior Ball Fashion Show

The six couples strutting down the Senior Ball Fashion Show

Jai Uparkar

May 8, 2019

Girls adorned with glitzy gowns strutted down the makeshift red carpet, arms linked with their partner decked in sleek tuxedos. The Annual Senior Ball Fashion Show was held in the rally court during brunch on Friday, May 4 to help popularize senior ball sales starting the next day. With MVHS’s lon...

We only make small talk

We only make small talk

Tyler Cho and Brian Xu

April 10, 2019

nteracting with strangers can be terrifying. We’re rarely in physical danger when meeting someone new, but our dignity is on the line. In many cases, interacting with someone new can feel like we’re following a set of procedures, progressing from one stage to the next as we gradually become m...

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...

Greater than, less than

Greater than, less than

Flora Peng

October 24, 2018

Growing up, our parents tell us that we are among the best of the best — as humans, nothing can hinder our progress because we are clearly meant to rule the world. As children, we have the brightest futures ahead of us and need only to take the first step towards a lifetime of success. With thi...

Squad names: the story behind the BIBs and the Chads

The BIBs pose in front of a McLaren at Cupertino Main Street. Photo used with permission of Akshay Bharadwaj

Roshan Fernandez and Herman Saini

August 30, 2018

When junior Ajay Keshava first heard someone use the name BIB to describe his friend group in middle school, he felt uneasy. Coined by others at school, the term stood for “B----y Indian Boys.” The group met on the basketball court –– as a result of lunchtime games at Kennedy MS –– and accor...