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Reuniting with the Class of 1976

It’s hard for us to imagine a MVHS different from the one we see everyday: a school without a football field to call their own, a school where the majority of students didn’t consider their future careers, a place where jukeboxes were once the landmarks of the rally quad. But for the class of 1976, that version of MVHS is the one they know and love. And on Oct. 8, 2016, a small group of them gathered over a few picnic tables in Saratoga Springs for their 40th reunion.

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Off the Grid

All students are entitled to their education. The Constitution itself protects a child's right to have equal access to it. But because of students having a strong desire for the best education they can attain, there have been cases where students or their parents have faked their residency to attend a certain school.

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Taking the high road
She fiddles with the tab on her green tea soda can, tapping her fingers on the table. Her voice blends in with the loud lunchtime din of the Olive Court, but the story she tells of her substance use is one that stands out.

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Lessons from change
Change is scary for many, even though people have long said that change is inevitable. But for the Moharrams, change is not just inevitable — change is a part of their family. Over the past 18 years, they’ve lived in New Jersey, Florida, Massachusetts, Kentucky and Egypt, before ending up here, in Cupertino, Calif. and the endless moves have taught them valuable lessons.

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Breaking through the bubble: Crime in Cupertino
This town that almost 60,000 of us call home is so secure and understated that it’s referred to as the little bubble of Cupertino. But even in the tranquil community of Cupertino, crime is still prevalent. From thefts to illegal substance abuse and how MVHS’ administration combats these problems, this is a look at crime within the bubble of Cupertino.

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Beyond the ballot
Election day isn't just about the presidency. In this package, El Estoque explores what election day entails from a local, state and national level.

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The Whisper of a Dream
America’s roots are deeply ingrained in the immigrants that arrived there. From the Pilgrims’ first landing in the 17th century to the plight of the Irish peoples in the mid-19th century, the movement of foreigners to the United States plays an invaluable role in American identity. Today, the spirit of the American Dream lives on in the people around us, whether it’s in the teachers of MVHS, a man who brought her daughter to America in search of better education or a Taiwanese girl struggling to get acquainted to an alien country.

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Sunday Project: Christmas in the Park
Christmas in the Park, located in downtown San Jose, has been one of the Bay Area’s largest holiday celebrations, bringing families and friends together for over 30 years. Some of its main attractions include the famous “snowman hot chocolate,” ice skating, rides, food stalls and the many Christmas trees, sponsored and decorated by various organizations.

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Remember: Trees killed in Academic Quad, obituaries rise for their memory
The oak trees that resided in the Academic Quad passed away in the first week of this July, after 47 years of their service at MVHS.

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Every January First
It’s a tradition that’s unknown to almost all except those who have served in the U.S. Navy, and has left a paper trail of eyewitness accounts and reflections from major conflicts in U.S. history. And up until now, it’s been hidden away. No one knows how the tradition of writing a poem into a deck log or squadron log on Jan. 1 of each year, on the watch from 1 a.m. to 4 a.m., began, but it’s left a lifetime and a half of information about our country sitting in the military archives.

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Inside the Chat
Looking at an online chat and its effects on our community.

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Aesthetics: Creative Expression in Fashion
Formal day fashion photo gallery.

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Three Comfort foods to get in the winter spirit
Read the story to watch how to make three delicious comfort foods, from aromatic cheesecake to warm fried rice, that are sure to get you in the winter spirit.

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Self Made Starbucks
Why go to Starbucks every day for an overpriced drink when you can just make yourself a cup at home? Read the story to learn to make your favorite coffee drinks like lattes, macchiatos and more.

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Santana Row Tree lighting Ceremony
Lights, music and santa suits. Every year, on Nov. 15, Santana Row hosts a tree lighting ceremony to celebrate the start of the Christmas season. Flip through this photo essay to see some of the highlights of the events.

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2016 Homecoming Week
Homecoming: a competition between classes that unites the school in determination and in spirit. Click to explore the different aspects of the 2016 Homecoming week.

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Behind the Seams
ASB has enacted a new policy about class shirt colors this year. While previously, the class colors had changed every year for every class, the colors will now stay static. But one thing about the process will stay the same: the annual t-shirt contest. Read the story to find out more about the winners of the t-shirt contest.

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2016 Welcome Back Rally
Whether you missed the welcome back rally or just want to relive the experience, scroll through this story for a quick recap of the highlights.

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SPORTS

A Look at the Paralympics
One sporting event that stands out among all others are the Paralympics. According to BBC, there is no event that is more large-scale and has as much historic value.

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Football: Matadors lose the Helmet in upset by Cupertino HS
MVHS was still on the field after the game, with tears and sweat on their faces as the shock of getting their thirteen year old trophy knocked out of their hands began to sink in.

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Boys water polo: What really happened in their one point loss against Homestead HS?
In the end, the game came down to a one point difference between the MVHS boy’s water polo team and the Homestead HS team. To get a sense of what that meant, we took a look at some of the big moments of the game and how they stacked up in this MVHS loss.

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MVHS students try to start Sports Medicine Club on campus
When an athlete is injured on the field, extensive help is needed in order to ensure recovery. With that in mind, three high school athletes set out to learn more about the physiology of their bodies and recovery process for fellow athletes.

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Kneeling down to stand up: Colin Kaepernick’s national anthem protest spreads to high school football teams
When San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick first took a knee during the national anthem before a preseason game on Sept. 1, the whole country was shocked.

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Cupertino acts as a temporary home for many
“Two years ago, I joined the Facebook group ‘You know you are from Cupertino if you remember…’” The Cupertino we know now differs vastly from the Cupertino which older city residents know, whether it’s because of the orchards that used to be here or the mom-and-pop restaurants around town. This story explores how a part of Cupertino’s history is being lost as the city continues to develop.

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Why students don't have a voice in politics
Senior Krishna Sunder comes to a consensus that students lack a voice in the political field after attending ‘Cupertino Teen Commission’s Pizza and Politics event.’ His experience, filled with unanswered questions and concerns about his city, entails an unfortunate truth about how students and politics coincide.

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Wandering mind
Explore the burning thoughts and opinions of senior Brighton Balfrey in his column, ‘Wandering mind.’ From clearing the mind to appreciating his city, Balfrey speaks in volumes about his thoughts and experiences as a high school student.

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Two reflections about an election protest
“President Donald Trump.” These three words created a huge impression on junior Himani Yalamaddi and sophomore Karen Sanchez. While expressing their individual opinions on the newly elected president, the two girls attended an ‘anti-Trump rally’ and reflect on their experiences.

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Say it to my face: cyberbullying has become a big issue on high school campuses
Explore the modern face of harassment with this shockingly destructive form of bullying: cyberbullying.

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