Coding: The story of Oueve

After junior Derek Lee couldn’t wear his contact lenses for six months due to dehydration, he was determined to google his dilemma and come up with the solution. The internet told him that his problem was dehydration. When he ran in cross country, he needed water to help his performance. From this, Lee decided that he needed a way to keep himself hydrated. However, the creation of the app itself, did not justify the problem. Lee later realized that the internet was incorrect — dehydration wasn’t actually the factor keeping him from being able to wear contacts.

But from here, he developed the idea for Oueve.

Coding: The story of Oueve

MVHS Badminton dominates at CIF Finals

A sharp smash from a racket echoed throughout the gym as the shuttlecock transcended over the net. The player from Mission San Jose High School missed the shuttlecock and the crowd roared. Senior Madeline took a step on the court while MVHS varsity coach Evan Blomquist came onto the court and lifted up sophomore Ethan Low. The Matadors won CIF mixed doubles and girls singles and unfortunately lost Girls Doubles.


On May 21, Independence High School hosted the 2016 California Interscholastic Federation Badminton Championships. The Matadors took home wins for both mixed doubles and girls singles. Apart from the wins, there were also some losses by former teams


Both MSJHS and Silver Creek HS were close to beating MVHS. A loud echo of anger filled the court as MSJHS lost by only two points.

Low and Sporkert took advantage of the court against Dougherty Valley HS, finishing the first game 21-3 and going on to claim the victory.


While Low and Sporkert were taking a half hour break off the court, girls doubles pair,  junior Chi Lao and sophomore Karina Wang, had their first game against Armijo HS. Both girls fought hard, but their overconfidence in the quarterfinals got the best of them and Lao and Wang lost to the tough AHS Indians.


“We know that they were good already, and it kind of killed us,” Lao said.We were more concerned of catching back to them and getting the points faster and we were rushing”


When Lao and Wang lost the game, they didn’t leave the gym. Instead, they kept their heads up and said, “There’s always next year.” Both players packed up their gear but stayed till the end to cheer for their other teammates, Low and Sporkert.


Wang and Lao were then placed in the consolation bracket, where they would have to redeem themselves one more time in order to remain in the tournament. The pair played against the Lowell HS, fighting to win and save themselves from elimination. In the first game, the Cardinals exhibited dominant play over the Matadors and the Matadors lost. In the second game, however, the Matadors picked up the pace but it was not enough to make up for their past loss.


Low and Sporkert played on, beating Foothill HS at quarterfinals at a score of 21-12 and 21-19. Both players kept their streak up and played hard, smashing each shuttlecock across the net. The shuttlecock went back and forth consistently until the Falcons gave up due to MVHS’ speed.


In the semi finals, MVHS faced the tough MSJHS Warriors. Both teams tied in the first five minutes of the first game. Low delivered a shot scoring one more point for the Matadors. The game started to became tough as the Warriors caught up as the Matadors were four points behind at 11-07.  After a brief talk with the coach, the Matadors were ready to pick up the pace and scored  three more points at 12-10. At the end of the game, Low and Sporkert won 21-19.


“We were still able to control the game, and we had better skills than them and sometimes they messed up so we were able to attack,” Sporkert said. “I guess a strategy we used was playing more offensive.”


The Warriors were then placed in the consolation bracket and emerged victoriously out of consolation. The shuttlecock was passed and Low smashed, scoring one point for the Matadors at 03-02. During the second round, the Matadors were two points behind as the Warriors caught up with the game. Low scored at 7-4 and Sporkert scored an additional point, leaving the score at 08-05. As the game went on, the Warriors were also quick on their feet and won the second round at 22-21. During the last round, the Matadors picked up the pace and Sporkert scored to make the score 20-10. Low and Sporkert won 21-10. A Warriors player threw his racket down on the court, screaming at the top of his lungs. Blomquist ran across the court and picked up Low.


“I was nervous a little bit but since we played them before we felt a little more confident.                        To win the first one is a big accomplishment,” said Sporkert.


“I’m just happy that I won with Sporkert. I think I played alright and she carried my spirit through the competition.” said Low.


This competition marks the end of the 2016 Badminton Season.



Badminton: Matadors win first match against Gunn HS 0

MVHS badminton team played its first match of the season on March 8, 2016. Competing against Gunn HS, varsity won the match with an overall score of 25 – 5, with 25 points for MVHS and five for GHS.

Badminton: Matadors win first match against Gunn HS


Election 2016: Advice for first-time voters

Although many MVHS students are not eligible to vote yet, government teacher Hilary Barron hands out election ballots to her students as practice. Pages and pages of questions. Although the students votes may not have counted towards the real election, the students left with a valuable lesson.

This was my second verge article I helped with. We decided to do this article because we wanted to get a deeper insight on teachers who voted for the first time, when they were also young seniors. Seniors do need some advice on voting for the first time. No one wants to be nervous while stepping into the voting office and becoming skeptical about voting.

Click the link below to view more about the teacher’s stories, along with advice for seniors voting this year in 2016

Election 2016: Advice for first-time voters


Kennedy Middle School to hold 5k color run for Cupertino families

A few years back, Kennedy Middle School teacher Chris Scharmen raced in a San Jose color run with a couple of friends. He found that the race resembled Holi, a Hindu festival of color in which people throw colored powder at each other. At the end of the race, everyone took packets of color and music blasted. The DJ yelled “Throw them now!” and Scharmen experienced a burst of color.

This was an article I wrote, along with some editors on the El Estoque staff, What made it memorable was reconnecting with my 6th grade teacher, Mr. Scharmen. This article was a basic preview of a color run that would soon take place at Kennedy Middle School.

Click the link below to view the article, and view an amazing idea procured by a 6th grade teacher that would soon lead to a day filled with color and fun.

Kennedy Middle School to hold 5k color run for Cupertino families



Tedx Project winners decide to place trashcans on Cupertino’s streets

April 3, 2015, the MVHS auditorium was filled with anxious sophomores. The pressure is intense as World Literature teacher Jireh Tanabe announces the winners of the TEDx competition, an event World Literature students participated in to make a difference in the Cupertino community. As soon as the crowd died down, Tanabe announced the winners: Saagar Godithi, Manasa Hanady, Alex Park and Julianna Cho. The group received a $1000 check from TedX to support the mission to keep Cupertino clean by placing trash cans on nearby streets. Eight months after a celebratory photo on Facebook and recognition, the sophomore winners are serious in keeping this plan underway. On Dec. 1, the TEDx winners met with the Cupertino board and have already formulated a plan to keep the streets clean in the future. We sat down with the competition winners to see how things are panning out so far.

This was another Q and A interview that I did with Soundcloud, embedded with a video and a created google map

Tedx Project winners decide to place trashcans on Cupertino’s streets



Restaurant Roulette 4: Dynasty Chinese Seafood Restaurant

Twice a month, El Estoque goes to restaurants around Cupertino and takes a chance by asking the waiter to personally choose the menu items for us. This week, we continued the alphabetical theme by going to Dynasty Chinese Restaurant located at Valco Mall.

Since I was in the Entertainment section, I was given the opportunity to do Restaurant Roulette. It’s a topic, where a reporter has to go to a restaurant, order food, and report on the food, the decor, and the overall experience. The restaurants go by alphabetical order. I immediately jumped at this offer, and I covered a restaurant, starting with the letter D. I had to admit, it was hard to find places in Cupertino, that started with the letter D. Finally, I found one located near Vallco Mall called Dynasty. Sounding fancy and looking good, I covered the restaurant.

It was an amazing experience, feeling like a food critic, and not the tacky ones on Click the article down below to view my first restaurant review, along with some mouth-watering photos! Maybe you might be interested by the restaurant, and might visit it someday in the future.

Restaurant Roulette 4: Dynasty Chinese Seafood Restaurant



Diwali: The Festival Of Lights

Every fall in October, Cupertino hosts a Bay Area Diwali Festival to reach out to other diverse cultures. The event took place this weekend on October 17th at Memorial Park and brought over 15,000 citizens from all around the Bay Area. The festival showcased multicultural dance, live music, international food, workshops featuring arts and crafts and fun activities for kids of all ages. This was a video, I did on my own. This wasn’t mostly my best work, but I tried my best and was a self accomplishment. Click the link below to view more about the Diwali Festival, I covered in my community. Hope you enjoy it!

Diwali: The Festival Of Lights