El Estoque

Head of the game

Head of the game

Roshan Fernandez

February 6, 2019


Filed under From the magazine, SPORTS

He typically stops responding to emails at around 7 p.m. When he comes into work the following morning, his inbox is full; there are already between 30 and 50 emails to respond to. The topics of the emails vary, whether it’s communicating with a player, coach, referee or another athletic direc...

On the Field

On the Field

Dhruvika Randad

January 29, 2019


Filed under Uncategorized

What was once a passionate hobby has now become senior Cheto Vasquez’s world, playing quarterback for the varsity football team. Upholding his district title of Player of the Year and the 49ers Player of the Week in Sep. 2018 and Oct. 2017 respectively, Vasquez’s passion and dedication for the sport is...

Behind the camera

Behind the camera

Ruth Feng

January 29, 2019


Filed under Uncategorized

Confusion. This was the initial reaction that physics teacher Jim Birdsong had when two students approached him with the idea of making a movie about his life. Birdsong has been teaching at MVHS for 24 years. He would describe his life as fairly stable, but seniors Sarah Feng and Anika Cheerla sa...

Back from Mount Vernon

Back from Mount Vernon

Jasmine Lee

January 29, 2019


Filed under Uncategorized

On Dec. 11, 2018, social studies department lead Bonnie Belshe successfully published a five-part lesson plan on the George Washington’s Mount Vernon website after a year of research and months of editing. During her stay at Mount Vernon, Belshe and a total of eight other teacher fellows lived in a house ...

Boys Basketball: Matadors’ faltering energy level lets Milpitas HS erase a close game

Boys Basketball: Matadors’ faltering energy level lets Milpitas HS erase a close game

Sreya Kumar and Brandon Ng

January 25, 2019


Filed under Boys Basketball, Game Reviews, SPORTS, Winter Sports

It was close. Really close. The Matadors trailed by just two points at halftime. For the most part, MVHS played point for point, led by seniors and captains AJ Falak and Ryan Tagawa. Yet after the teams switched sides entering the second half, things began to fall apart. The two point difference turned...

Another name

Another name

Jasmine Lee and Iman Malik

January 24, 2019


Filed under Briefs, Multimedia, NEWS

As the college application process begins, many seniors decide to change their Facebook names. Some switched last names with students in their friend group, while others changed both their first and last names to avoid being discovered by college admissions officers. However, no matter the purpose, changing...

Boys basketball: Clutch free throws propel Matadors to a narrow 52-50 victory

Boys basketball: Clutch free throws propel Matadors to a narrow 52-50 victory

Brandon Ng and Herman Saini

January 11, 2019


Filed under Boys Basketball, Game Reviews, SPORTS, Winter Sports

Additional reporting by Roshan Fernandez. ith just over three minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, senior Josiah Figueroa drove towards the basket. The Matadors opportunities were dwindling, and with a three point deficit, Figueroa had to make every shot count. Sliding past two Fremont HS defend...

Four classes, one room

Four classes, one room

Stuti Upadhyay and Brian Xu

November 18, 2018


Filed under OPINION

When freshmen first enter MVHS, a change they must adapt to is the size of the school. Most middle schools in the area contain no more than 600 students, whereas MVHS’ total enrollment for the 2018-19 school year is 2,270 students. This drastic increase in population leads to changes in student ...

Finding home in Bay Area for educators

Finding home in Bay Area for educators

Jasmine Lee

November 10, 2018


Filed under NEWS

Five o’clock alarm. Fifty to 120 minutes of sitting in a car stuck in traffic. Stress. This is how English teacher Kate Evard describes her trips to school every day. Evard recently moved to Aptos, a town in Santa Cruz County. While Evard said her 10 years of teaching experience and equity ...