El Estoque

It’s a date: October and November

It’s a date: October and November

Devika Watave

October 19, 2016

"Sure, I’m free that day … What do you want to do?” Whether it’s a regular hangout, a first date or something you wish was considered a date, you need something to do or somewhere to go. Maybe have fun studying? Grab a quick meal at McDonald’s? Go on a shopping spree at Vallco? Cupertino...

Homecoming spirit, still high, is affected by academics

Homecoming spirit, still high, is affected by academics

Shriya Deshpande

October 9, 2016

hen the Homecoming tradition started in the late 1800's, it consisted of parts similar to those we have today: a football game, a parade and a dance. But over time, Homecoming spirit has fluctuated and students have come to prioritize different parts of the spirit week. Some students choose to dress up ...

Homecoming: A change to the year

Homecoming: A change to the year

Becca Zheng

October 9, 2016

omecoming: a traditional American high school event dedicated to returning students and incoming freshman, along with a new start to the school year. Each year in October, one week is devoted to different activities revolving around the event, including dance performances, talent shows and the Homec...

Homecoming week through the eyes of leadership

Homecoming week through the eyes of leadership

Hannan Waliullah

October 8, 2016

s the clock strikes 9:55 a.m., students feed into the gym in crowds of gold, white, lavender and purple. The walls of the room are lined with meticulously-crafted posters, a showing of the Leadership class's planning. As the first performance starts, leadership stands on the sides of the basketball co...

Highlights of the 2016 Homecoming rally

Highlights of the 2016 Homecoming rally

Ananya Bhat

October 8, 2016

Snapchat Watch the video to view El Estoque's snapchat coverage of the rally. Beginning The rally began with high spirits and energy, with the class of 2017 breaking through the seniors poster, as the seniors do in every rally, and each class performing the classic MVHS “How do you feel...

Homecoming unites the school through competition

Homecoming unites the school through competition

Devika Watave

October 3, 2016

Designed and coded by Shar Rahman Competitive. A word used all too often to describe MVHS. During Homecoming, that description rings more true than ever. For a full week, 2500 students are pitted against each other. Each class fights tirelessly to rally the greatest number of participants in dress...

Behind the seams: The stories behind class t-shirt designs

Behind the seams: The stories behind class t-shirt designs

Hannan Waliullah

September 30, 2016

SB has enacted a new policy about class shirt colors this year. While previously, the class colors had changed every year for every class, the colors will now stay static. Freshmen will be lavender, sophomores will be white, juniors will be gold and seniors will be purple (instead of the usual purple...

Humans of Monta Vista: Hobbies

Humans of Monta Vista: Hobbies

Sanjana Kothuri

September 21, 2016

Students across MVHS entertain themselves through a variety of hobbies, whether it be playing an instrument, reading or watching movies. Hover over the images to learn more about some MVHS students' hobbies. Photos by Rana Aghababazadeh, Avni Prasad and Stephanie Lam.  *Correction: In the print version of this issue, Kristy Maanavi's last name was misspelled ...

We tried fasting for a day

We tried fasting for a day

Aanchal Garg

September 12, 2016

n Islam, Eid al-Adha is an important religious holiday marking the end of the Islamic Pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca. This year, Eid lands on Monday, Sept. 12. In honor of Eid al-Adha, three staff members — for their first time — decided to fast for one day from sunrise to sunset with the help of...

Highlights of the 2016 Welcome Back rally

Highlights of the 2016 Welcome Back rally

Aanchal Garg

August 26, 2016

s the class of 2020 shuffled into their first rally, their heads turned curiously to see giant posters of cereal brands plastered across the walls of the gym. The class of 2019 had already begun to pick up their pom poms and assemble on the bleachers, accustomed to the routine and excited for their fir...

Seniors dress up at this year’s Olympic themed Welcome Back Dance

Seniors dress up at this year’s Olympic themed Welcome Back Dance

Bhargava Matta

August 23, 2016

ith flashing lights, waving flags, roaring music and poppy outfits, the Welcome Back Dance was loud and lively as students followed the theme: the 2016 Rio Olympics. The 2016 Welcome Back Dance was colorful with students wearing bright and flashy colors to embrace the theme. Class officers decided that stude...

Ending a tradition: Why did Homecoming Quad Decs change to skits?

Ending a tradition: Why did Homecoming Quad Decs change to skits?

Aanchal Garg

August 22, 2016

As another year of MVHS starts, students can expect the same back-to-school events: the Welcome Back dance, the rally, the back-to-school drive and the start of Homecoming preparations. Yet, instead of painting cardboard cutouts and boxes for Quad Decorations, students will be dancing and acting for ...