El Estoque

Junior Stephen Ting places top 20 in Chemistry Olympiad

Junior Stephen Ting places top 20 in Chemistry Olympiad

Akshay Agrawal

May 20, 2012

Come June, junior Stephen Ting will head down to the US Air Force Academy in Colorado — not to fly airplanes, but to study chemistry. The study camp, held from June 5 to June 20 and organized by the American Chemistry Society, follows a two-part selection process to identify and acknowledge hi...

PHOTO GALLERY: Beginning Drama performs on May 18

PHOTO GALLERY: Beginning Drama performs on May 18

Carissa Chan

May 19, 2012

On May 18, Beginning Drama students gathered in the Blackbox to perform scenes and monologues as part of the “Discovering Self” drama event. The performances featured one to three beginning drama students and were directed by the teaching assistants: Seniors Nicolas Arquie, Anna Shabrova, Kurtis Tautscher and Marc Wheeler and juniors Evyatar Ben-Asher and D...

MUSIC: A joyous Spring Pops Concert

MUSIC: A joyous Spring Pops Concert

Angela Liu

May 19, 2012

“What’s the difference between a piano and a fish?” Senior Katarina Zorko pauses. “You can’t ‘tune-a-fish!’” At this, the audience laughs at how terrible Zorko’s pun is. Imagine the entire concert following this theme. The rest of the Spring Pops Concert on May 17 was a casual, charming performance that elicited snorts and giggles the entire way through. Right from the top, the concert started off with a f...

MUSIC: Political and Social R.A.P.

MUSIC: Political and Social R.A.P.

Morahd Shawki

May 16, 2012

  “You are witnessing elegance in the form of a black elephant.”—Killer Mike on the track “Untitled.” That about sums it up. It’s a wonder rapper Killer Mike isn’t more popular. He has an easily identifiable, deep, southern accent that spits absolute fire. In the truest se...

Graduation moved back to MVHS

Graduation moved back to MVHS

Cynthia Mao

May 15, 2012

With less than a month until graduation, seniors received some unexpected news. At lunch on Tuesday, May 10, all the seniors were called into the rally court for an announcement: They would be graduating at MVHS this year. Because of the field construction, plans had previously been made for ...

DECA wins first place at ICDC

DECA wins first place at ICDC

Yaamini Venkataraman

May 14, 2012

The International Career Development Conference (ICDC) is the largest and highest level of competition for those involved in DECA. With fourteen thousand high school students, advisors, business people and alumni from all around the world present, it is a conference focused on competition,...

FOOD: Ludlow has its lows

FOOD: Ludlow has its lows

Lisa Zhang

May 14, 2012

Somewhere behind Quickly’s and a little bit in front of the Dance Academy, the new Ludlow restaurant sits rather empty at 5:30 p.m. on a Saturday night. The restaurant fills the space along the corner with only a few tables in a single row and two small tables outside. The kitchen is relatively silent,...

VIDEO: Class officers collaborate for Mother’s Day fundraiser

VIDEO: Class officers collaborate for Mother’s Day fundraiser

Sara Yang

May 14, 2012

From about noon on Saturday to noon on Sunday, they tackled the tasks at hand: purchasing vases, peeling the stickers from their glass bottoms; buying bunches of roses, carnations and baby’s breath, snipping the stems; compiling addresses and routes before congregating at 7 a.m. to deliver flowers on...

PHOTO GALLERY: Swimming CCS Championships

PHOTO GALLERY: Swimming CCS Championships

Rachel Lu

May 14, 2012

With the vibrant and warm weather, students, parents, and coaches were all the more excited for some strong competition. On May 11 and 12, MVHS Swimming sent 25 students, 11 girls and 14 boys, to the CCS Championships at the Santa Clara International Swim Center. For most of the season, the swim coaches push the swimmers to their limits to build up their strength and about a month before League Finals and CCS, they begin begin tapering in which the practices become shorter and l...

Boys volleyball: Matadors lose CCS quarterfinals 3-1 against Homestead

Boys volleyball: Matadors lose CCS quarterfinals 3-1 against Homestead

Howard Lee

May 12, 2012

The crack of palm against ball echoed loudly in the gym, cutting through even the crowd’s chatter. With powerful hits like these, the Matadors hoped to defeat Homestead High School in a rematch, this time at the CCS quarterfinals on Thursday, May 10. Despite strong plays, the Matadors lost three se...

Badminton: MVHS closes season with satisfactory finish

Badminton: MVHS closes season with satisfactory finish

Alexandria Poh

May 11, 2012

With the end of the year approaching, the badminton team held their senior game on May 9, facing Cupertino High School at home. Seniors on the badminton team played at home for the last time and each was presented with a gift bag from the rest of the team. Posters were also put up throughout the fi...

Boys tennis CCS: Season comes to a close in quarterfinals

Boys tennis CCS: Season comes to a close in quarterfinals

Kevin Guo

May 11, 2012

This year, the Matadors were looking to make it far into CCS; they entered the tournament seeded third and had an undefeated league record of 14-0. The team got a bye in the first round of the tournament and beat the Leland Chargers 12-5 on May 4 to qualify for the quarterfinals. However, the Matadors were unable to advance to the semifinals, losi...