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, Calif., 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 58 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: Ayah Ali-Ahmad and Oishee Misra
Managing Editors: Justine Ha, Andie Liu, Robert Liu and Brian Xu
Website Editor: Devin Gupta
Design Editor: Tyler Cho
Graphics Editor: Iman Malik
Visuals Editor: Elena Khan
News Editors:
Devin Gupta, Rachel Jiang, Jefferson Le and Tina Low
Feature Editors: Michelle Chen, Anushka De, Iman Malik and Tanish Mendki
Entertainment Editors: Ishaani Dayal, Vivian Jiang, Claire Wen and Annie Zhang
Opinion Editors: Tyler Cho and Shreshta Ranganathan
Sports Editors: Jayanti Jha, Collin Qian, Anjali Singh and Lance Tong
Staff Writers: Ritu Atreyas, Diya Bahl, Sophia Chen, Melody Cui, Krish Dev, Mikaylah Du, Suraj Gangaram, Gavin Hung, Anna Jerolimov, Minjae Kang, Nishat Kazi, Justin Kim, Sophia Ma, Arjan Madan, Gauri Manoj, Kripa Mayureshwar, Abdullah Memon, Amber Milesi, Riya Ravuri, Anika Sharma, Jannah Sheriff, Aditya Shukla, Neysa Singh, Leanna Sun, Irene Tang, Prisha Tiwari, Shivani Verma, Mira Wagner, Matthew Yoshimoto, Sean Yagi, Nika Zamani
Adviser: Julia Satterthwaite

SNO Distinguished Site: 2020

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

CSPA Crown honors:
Gold Crown winner for Hybrid news: 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