The Student News Site of Monta Vista High School

El Estoque

The Student News Site of Monta Vista High School

El Estoque

The Student News Site of Monta Vista High School

El Estoque

MVHS’ best friend

EE: MVHS Alum ‘20 Sachi Bhatkar decided to get a pet during the COVID-19 pandemic, and signed up to buy a golden retriever from a breeder. Her family got off the waitlist in 2022 and received their English...

Main Street magic

Main Street magic

Isabelle Kok, Shannon Yu, and Ellie Wang June 1, 2024

Main Street Cupertino is a mixed-use development featuring numerous shops, restaurants and residential areas. MVHS students Miriam Law and Saanj Rao, along with three students from Cupertino High School...

Sophomore Maxim Gutnik wears a traditional Russian Military hat handed down from his great grandfather.

Family history of Maxim Gutnik

Daphne Huang and Brandon Xu May 29, 2024

Born in the Soviet Union amid an economy devastated by World War II, sophomore Maxim Gutnik’s father, Gene Gutnik, recalls standing in a line for food outside in the freezing temperatures of a harsh...

Stanford students and community members create protest art projects to advocate for divestment.

Universal unrest

Giljoon Lee, Lillian Wang, and Alyssa Yang May 23, 2024
College protesters intensify discourse on the Israel-Hamas war
Instrumental Music Director John Gilchrist opens the floor for applause following senior and concertmaster Amy Zheng’s violin solo for a concerto.

“Unto Greater Heights” closes the year on a high note

Kathryn Foo and Alyssa Yang May 22, 2024
MVHS Music Department performs its Pops Concert as the final concert of the year
Juniors Lilia Murase and Julie Yu sing and dance along to the music.

Prom under a “City of Stars”

Megha Mummaneni May 20, 2024
Monta Vista’s senior and junior prom creates new high school memories
Sunnyvale Mayor Larry Klein awards Superintendent Graham Clark with a certificate for FUHSD’s 100 year anniversary.

FUHSD celebrates its 100th anniversary

Brandon Xu May 13, 2024

FUHSD celebrated its centennial on Saturday, May 11 at Fremont High School. The date also marks the 100-year anniversary of FHS and the FUHSD Adult School. The celebration opened in FHS’s Shannon Theatre,...

A father reads his daughter a picture book on the couches at the Cupertino Library children’s section. | Photo by Dylan Nguyen

Cupertino Library celebrates Free Comic Book Day

Samika Bhatkar and Dylan Nguyen May 6, 2024

Despite gloomy skies and rainy weather, many Cupertino families gathered in the children and teens section of the Cupertino Library on May 4 to check out comic books for their children, as the Cupertino...

Sarah Howell (Carshena) tries to win Sam Putney (King Ahasuerus) over by singing “You Belong with Me.” Photo by Isabelle Kok.

The First Congregational Church of Palo Alto brings ‘Eras of Esther’ to the stage

Isabelle Kok and Benjamin Zhang April 29, 2024

The First Congregational Church of Palo Alto (FCCPA) debuted its biblical musical “Eras of Esther” on April 27 and April 28 at 7 p.m. and 3 p.m., respectively. The 45-minute musical was a simplified...

Law enforcement leaves campus after giving the all-clear at 8:24 a.m. for school to resume. Photo | Stella Petzova

Shelter-in-place held following shooting threat phone call

Stella Petzova and Aashi Venkat April 24, 2024

MVHS held a shelter-in-place before school started on Tuesday, April 23, after administration received an anonymous phone call about a potential shooter on campus. The shelter-in-place came after several...

The cast poses alongside the band and vocalists at the end of the show.

‘Cirque du Soleil: Kooza’ delivers a magical and heart-racing experience

Sagnik Nag Chowdhury April 23, 2024

Through a series of nail-biting stunts, grand musical elements and visually appealing lighting effects under a large dome-like tent, world-renowned production company Cirque du Soleil opened “Cirque...

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