El Estoque

Democracy Through a Screen

Democracy Through a Screen

Ruth Feng and Lakshanyaa Ganesh

November 21, 2018


Filed under National, NEWS

aylor Swift superfan senior Risha Baxi was having a normal Monday morning on Oct. 29 until her friend sent her a text message ending with a string of exclamation points. Swift had reposted Baxi’s parents on her Instagram story. The previous day, her parents had headed to the polls to cast their votes for the lo...

The Monster

The Monster

September 26, 2018


Filed under OPINION, Uncategorized

It’s midnight and as we scramble to finish homework, we suddenly remember something: we haven’t sent our streaks yet. Panic takes over as we frantically hunt for our phone. Snap, caption, select, send. Thank God most of our streaks lived — that was a close one. Who doesn’t love keeping up their st...

Off The Grid

Off The Grid

September 26, 2018


Filed under FEATURES

unior Ashley Tom received her first iPhone in ninth grade, finally graduating from candy bars and flip phones. She made her first personal email in seventh grade. Yet Tom still doesn’t have any social media accounts. According to the Pew Research Center in 2014 and 2015, 94 percent of teenagers in th...

Stan Twitter culture

Stan Twitter culture

Zara Iqbal and Claire Yang

September 15, 2018


Filed under Culture, OPINION

tan Twitter.” The word “stan” is defined by Oxford Dictionary as an “overzealous or obsessive fan of a particular celebrity.” “Stan Twitter” refers to the individuals on Twitter who create accounts to follow celebrities and connect with others in the same fanbases. For junior Victoria Va...

The rise of AP test memes

The rise of AP test memes

Aanchal Garg

May 25, 2018


Filed under Briefs, NEWS

As each AP testing season comes and goes, many students worry about the exams they have to take and the content they have to study. However, over the last couple of years, there’s been a rise in AP test memes, where students who have already taken the exam post memes on social media such as Twitter...

From teacher to friend

From teacher to friend

Ria Kolli

May 22, 2018


Filed under OPINION

During her freshman year, sophomore Neha Balusu decided to search up her elementary and middle school teachers on her Facebook. Without hesitating, she pressed “send friend request,” hoping that she could continue keep in touch with her favorite teachers. “I don’t really care if they see what I ...

Society’s Peas: the hidden stories in our community

Society’s Peas: the hidden stories in our community

May 10, 2018


Filed under FEATURES, Ideas, Profile Feature story

Founders of Society Peas discuss the purpose and background of their initiative

Click to Follow

Click to Follow

Jasmine Lee

April 11, 2018


Filed under OPINION

When junior Sam Liu started their Tumblr account, they didn’t expect people to notice their art. They didn’t expect to gain attention from the others on the same social media platform. They didn’t know that they would be well-known on social media for their passion for art. Over the last six ...

#22KillPushUpChallenge: Students participate in online Push-Up Challenge

#22KillPushUpChallenge: Students participate in online Push-Up Challenge

Becca Zheng

October 20, 2016


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT, Media, Multimedia

“From what I know, the Push-Up Challenge is meant for veterans who give up their lives unnoticed, so I decided to do it just so that people are more aware about the topic,” Rao said. “I’m weak, I can’t do 22 pushups without stopping in the middle to catch my breath, and the fact that [ve...

Follow the leader: how interschool social media gap affects leadership communications

Follow the leader: how interschool social media gap affects leadership communications

Jessica Xing

September 21, 2016


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT, From the magazine, Media

Story by Hannan Waliullah and Jessica Xing  acebook is the new Myspace. "New" in the sense that for the younger generation, it is heading towards its grave. With the abundance of social media platforms these days -- Vine, Instagram, Twitter, Musical.ly, Snapchat -- each platform is streamlined and h...

Vlogstars take over the internet

Vlogstars take over the internet

Becca Zheng

August 22, 2016


Filed under Culture, ENTERTAINMENT, Multimedia, Student life

Story co-authored by Dylan Tsai Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Tumblr, Instagram — students have countless outlets to share snippets of their lives online in pictures and stories. Now, that list is extending to include long-form video. Junior Matthew Hsieh, junior Kritika Rao and senior Maddie Park a...