The Epitaph

Guidance Student Services first of many future construction projects

Guidance Student Services first of many future construction projects

By Jacqueline Beaufore, Emily Choi, Shruti Magesh and Saanvi Thakur

September 12, 2019

With the construction of the I-Hub — a center with 10 classrooms for engineering, business, art and computer programming classes — now complete, a new construction project near the original D-building has commenced. The new project will be the Guidance Student Services building (GSS), which will house the...

Girls tennis optimistic for new season despite loss of graduated players

Girls tennis optimistic for new season despite loss of graduated players

By Katelynn Ngo

September 12, 2019

This year, more than half the players on the girls tennis team are new, JV tennis coach and photography teacher Edmond Kwong said. Nevertheless, Kwong said he has high hopes for the season. “It’s always fun to see what the new players can bring to the team and what type of team chemistry w...

National bike to school day promotes healthy, safe transit

May 9, 2019

C elebrations for National Bike to School Day swept the nation’s schools on May 8. As the name implies, the national day prompts people to get to school by bike over other forms of transportation. At Homestead, much of the event was organized by the school’s Safe Routes to School team,...

FBLA finds success at states

By Anika Karody and Miya Liu

May 5, 2019

H HS FBLA received first place for the 21st time at the state championships. The competition took place in Sacramento from April 25th- 27th.   All of Homestead’s case studies and projects received first place, as well as some of the speaking competitors, sophomore Sruthi Rayaprolu, one of FBLA’s Partnership with Buisness c...

The rebellion against the ban on bump stocks

By Sahil Venkatesan

April 25, 2019

A utomatic firearms have been banned in the US since the 1934 National Firearms Act — however a simple modification, a bump stock, can transform a semi-automatic firearm into a fully automatic firearm.  Following the Las Vegas Massacre, thousands of people called for an investigation into whether bump stocks were ...

The Impatient Patient: Mental health days are just as valid

By Renee Wang

April 3, 2019

H ow does the most universally hated phrase by parents — "I don't want to go to school today" — come to be? It starts off when you are funneled from back-to-back extracurriculars, SAT prep and 2 a.m. study sessions. It build when you straddle the line between awake and asleep, when you down a cup...

Anastassia Dardenne

Anastassia Dardenne

February 6, 2019

Ryan D’Amour

Ryan D’Amour

February 6, 2019

Pranavi Abburi

Pranavi Abburi

February 6, 2019

Katelynn Kimberly Ngo

Katelynn Kimberly Ngo

February 6, 2019

Katelynn Ngo is a junior, and this is her first year on the Epitaph staff. She has no actual hobbies or passions, but she does have three guinea pigs (none of whom who have official names, unfortunately). Sometimes, maybe, perhaps, she’ll feel like writing. Most of the time, though, she’s busy studying...

Orchestra students reveal secrets to a successful performance

Orchestra students reveal secrets to a successful performance

By Steven Lefaive

January 6, 2019

O rchestra had their annual holiday concert before holiday break and audience members were given a chance to see what they have been working on during first semester. The concert combined Homestead and Cupertino orchestras, as well as a selection in band — french horns and percussion to name a fe...

The Impatient Patient: To care or not to care, that is the question

By Renee Wang

December 7, 2018

While we lounged after our Thanksgiving meals and went starry-eyed from too-good-to-pass-up Black Friday deals, the fourth National Climate Assessment revealed a more dismal reality:  greenhouse gas emissions will continue to plague us for centuries, temperatures will continue to rise and forest fires ...