El Estoque

About us

El Estoque (el ehs-toh-keh), which translates to the sword, is the national award-winning student publication of Monta Vista High School in Cupertino, California, since 1969.

magazine is published every six weeks and our website and social media platforms are updated daily. Our content — which is entirely produced by 55 Journalism and Multimedia Design students — ranges from traditional coverage such as investigative stories and breaking news to multimedia features such as videos and photo galleries. The goal of our content is to inform and entertain the student body and local community.

Mission statement:
El Estoque will accurately inform our community through well-researched, unbiased and in-depth accounts of stories of the student body and staff, local news and developments and taboo topics prevalent in and near the MVHS realm. By investigating a variety of voices and credible perspectives, we hope to foster active discussion, effect positive change and spread awareness of timely and relevant content. As a trustworthy, consistent and reliable source of information, we strive to be accountable, adaptable, and ready to correct and address our mistakes. Constantly striving for improvement, we will uphold integrity and ethics to be respectful and empathetic to one another, our sources and our readers. We will exercise our press freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment and California Ed Code 48907 while maintaining a community of reporters with a strong passion for our work and journalism as a whole.

Staff list:
Editors-in-chief: Michelle Chen, Anushka De, Jayanti Jha
Managing editors: Ishaani Dayal, Devin Gupta, Lance Tong, Matthew Yoshimoto
Staff: Diya Bahl, Meggie Chen, Sophia Chen, Crystal Cheng, Nameek Chowdhury, Melody Cui, Krish Dev, Mikaylah Du, Tvisha Gupta, Gavin Hung, Anna Jerolimov, Anna Kaminitz, Minjae Kang, Justin Kim, Taryn Lam, Jefferson Le, Sarah Liu, Sophia Ma, Shivani Madhan, Gauri Manoj, Kripa Mayureshwar, Tanish Mendki, Aashna Patel, Kalyani Puthenpurayil, Jisha Rajala, Riya Ravuri, Anika Sharma, Jannah Sheriff, Adi Shukla, Jiya Singh, Irene Tang, Geethi Tarra, Prisha Tiwari, Aashi Venkat, Shivani Verma, Sonia Verma, Mira Wagner, April Wang, Lillian Wang, Nika Zamani, Angela Zhang, Alex Zhang, Michelle Zheng
Adviser: Julia Satterthwaite, MJE

SNO Distinguished Site: 2021, 2020

NSPA Pacemaker honors:
Newspaper Pacemaker winners: 2021, 2020, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2012, 2009, 2008, 2007
Newspaper Pacemaker finalists: 2019, 2014, 2011, 2006
Online Pacemaker winners: 2021, 2017, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2009
Online Pacemaker finalists: 2018, 2015

CSPA Crown honors:
Gold Crown winner for Hybrid news: 2022, 2021, 2019, 2018, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013
Gold Crown winner for Newsmagazine: 2012, 2010, 2009, 2008
Silver Crown winner for Newsmagazine: 2007
Gold Crown winner for elestoque.org: 2012
Silver Crown winner for elestoque.org: 2010