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El Estoque

The Student News Site of Monta Vista High School

El Estoque

The Student News Site of Monta Vista High School

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.

Our
magazine is published every six weeks and our website and social media platforms are updated daily. Our content — which is entirely produced by 70 Journalism and Multimedia Design students — ranges from traditional coverage such as investigative stories and breaking news to multimedia features such as videos and podcasts. The goal of our content is to inform and entertain the student body and local community, as well as effect positive change.

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: Taryn Lam, Kalyani Puthenpurayil, Lillian Wang
Managing editors: Meggie Chen, Lauren Chuu, Sarah Liu, Michelle Zheng
Design editor: Sonia Verma
Graphics editor: April Wang
News editors: Jason Chu, Brandon Xu, Alyssa Yang, Eric Zhou
Feature editors: Kathryn Foo,  Dahlia Schilling, Alan Tai, Mihir Vishwarupe
Opinion editors: Anika Bhandarkar, Crystal Cheng, Megha Mummaneni
Arts & Entertainment editors: Samika Bhatkar, Ananya Chaudhary, Jami Lim, Aashi Venkat
Staff writers: Abha Dash, Leah Desai, Arjun Dhruv, Sophia D’Sa, Ethan Eisler, Niveda Hari, Daphne Huang, Yuzuki Ito, Lily Jiang, Alethia Ju, Jillian Ju, Ethan Kellogg, Isabelle Kok, Pranati Kotamraju, Manas Kottakota, Corinna Kuo, Giljoon Lee, Joyce Li, Elizabeth Liu, Suhana Mahabal, Riya Murthy, Sania Nadkarni, Sagnik Nag Chowdhury, Dylan Nguyen, Stella Petzova, Anika Ramachandran, Aidan Ruan, Trisha Sannappanavar, Arshiya Sen, Aaryan Sharma, Ananda Singh, Arushi Singh, Varun Singh, Amberly Sun, Lindsey Tang, Raj Thapliyal, Eshika Tiwari, Brandon Wang, Ellie Wang, Asha Wojciechowski, Ethan Yang, Shannon Yu, Kaia Yuan, Ben Zhang, Stephanie Zhang, Amy Zheng
Advisers: Vennessa Nava, Julia Satterthwaite, MJE

Awards:
SNO Distinguished Site: 2023, 2022, 2021, 2020

NSPA Pacemaker honors:
Newspaper Pacemaker winners: 2022, 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: 2022, 2018, 2015

CSPA Crown honors:
Gold Crown winner for Hybrid news: 2022, 2021, 2019, 2018, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013
Silver Crown winner for Hybrid news: 2023
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