El Estoque

A Fresh Start for MV Sprouts

A Fresh Start for MV Sprouts

Brian Xu

October 26, 2018

Junior Heather Bassman flicks the cap off her plastic water bottle. Rather than raising it to her mouth, she lowers it to a tray of fresh soil and seedlings, tilting the bottle to maintain a steady trickle of water over each plant. Satisfied, she caps the bottle and sets it to the side. As president of...

An unforgettable experience: Learning the Japanese culture

An unforgettable experience: Learning the Japanese culture

Jasmine Lee and Andrea Perng

October 22, 2018

The smiles. The signs. The excited atmosphere. These were the most noticeable elements that were etched into Cupertino students’ first impression on their trip to Japan. The Toyokawa and Cupertino student exchange that takes place annually for eighth graders serves as a program for Japanese and Amer...

Booked up

Booked up

Claire Wen and Oishee Misra

October 15, 2018

iterature remains the only course at MVHS that students must take for all four years of high school. For some, it’s an enjoyable experience, while for others, it does nothing but elicit groans of distaste. Whether the novel is about a tragic love story (‘Romeo and Juliet’), the crumbling socie...

The Breadwinner

The Breadwinner

Annie Zhang

October 12, 2018

He walks into campus carrying trademarked “Boudin Sourdough” bags filled with a variety of bread delicacies. The bag is stuffed with golden brown baguettes and scrumptious blocks of sourdough bread ready to be distributed to the students of MVHS. Known by students and teachers alike, this is sen...

Previewing the NBA season

Previewing the NBA season

Keshav Taneja and Collin Qian

October 4, 2018

After a tumultuous offseason which included LeBron James joining the Lakers and Demarcus Cousins forming an all-star starting five with the dominant Golden State Warriors, MVHS students have patiently awaited the start of the NBA season. Some plan to watch just for pure enjoyment, others are die-hard ...

Anime club’s ambitions and objectives for the school year

Anime club’s ambitions and objectives for the school year

Claire Wen and Annie Zhang

September 28, 2018

President of the MV Anime Club and senior Elisa Hsu started watching anime at just three years old, and has been doing so ever since. With a whirlwind of personal favorites on her list, Hsu recalls the first anime she liked: “Case Closed,” otherwise known as “Detective Conan,” is an ongoing anime...

Stepping stones to a Mock Trial competition

Stepping stones to a Mock Trial competition

Jasmine Lee

September 27, 2018

efore evening trainings begin, Mock Trial officers hosted their second member meeting in D202 where students shared out their points that could potentially assist the prosecutor and defender in their favor during the official court hearing. Throughout the meeting, members learned to recognize different...

Just teach it

Just teach it

Helen Chao and Claire Wen

September 27, 2018

As the school year begins, some students find themselves in a panic. They’ve completed their back-to-school shopping: fluorescent highlighters and squeaky-clean erasers are packed away, but there’s one thing that hasn’t gone perfectly to plan: the schedule they’re holding in their hands. Whether...

The Fortnite craze

The Fortnite craze

Robert Liu and Jahan Razavi

September 2, 2018

Being one of the most popular video games of 2018 according to The Verge, Fortnite has taken the MVHS campus by storm, becoming a popular pastime for teachers and students alike. In the game, players are able to participate in a 100-player battle royale, a genre that cultivates exploration and scavenging with...

Making ideas into reality with MakerSpace

Making ideas into reality with MakerSpace

Jasmine Lee and Brandon Ng

September 1, 2018

ne summer ago, what used to be one of Industrial Technology teacher Ted Shinta’s classrooms became a work area where expensive machines, such as a 3D printer, were installed for students’ use. This work area, called MakerSpace, was inspired by Shinta’s desire to assist students with creative ideas and h...