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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

My sister and I dressed in traditional Indian clothes in preparation for a family photoshoot. Photo courtesy of Raghuram Venkatasubramanian | Used with permission

Dear Trisha,

Aashi Venkat February 14, 2024

Dear Trisha, We were both kids when our mother died. Despite this, you took a proactive role in filling the seemingly endless void that emerged as a result of this loss: you never had to dye my hair...

Instrumental Music Director John Gilchrist takes a pause in directing the orchestra during its 2023 Winter Concert, “Forces of Nature.”

Striking the high note

Alyssa Yang and Benjamin Zhang January 26, 2024
John Gilchrist wins the Richard L. Levin Orchestra Educator Award
Law enforcement agents were situated in various spots on campus to ensure the safety of students and staff.

BREAKING: FUHSD receives threatening emails from an anonymous sender

Taryn Lam, Brandon Wang, and Kaia Yuan January 24, 2024

The FUHSD community received an email on Jan. 23 at 6:28 p.m. about an undisclosed threat from an anonymous email. Principal Ben Clausnitzer said the threatening email was sent at approximately 4 p.m....

Teen Commission member Rayna Shah commences the fourth and fifth grade spelling bee by introducing the rules.

Cupertino hosts its fifth annual spelling bee

Kathryn Foo and Brandon Xu January 23, 2024

Cupertino hosted its fifth annual spelling bee on Saturday, Jan. 20, in Cupertino City Hall. The spelling bee was split into the second and third grade competition from 1 to 3 p.m. and the fourth and fifth...

Mean Girls attempts to resemble its predecessor stylistically while reflecting modern trends.

“Mean Girls” arrives too early for its time

Jami Lim January 18, 2024

Released in theaters on Friday, Jan. 12, “Mean Girls” reminisces on a nostalgic era of glitzy teen rom-coms two decades after the release of its 2004 cult-classic progenitor, “Mean Girls.” With...

Freshman and guard Allie Rummelhoff attempts to pass to her teammates.

Varsity Girls Basketball loses to Evergreen High School 65-55

Arushi Singh, Arshiya Sen, and Trisha Sannappanavar January 17, 2024

Varsity Girls Basketball lost 65-55 against Evergreen Valley High School on Saturday, Jan. 13. Both teams started strong with MVHS scoring nine points and EVHS scoring 14 in the first quarter. The Matadors...

Sophomore and shooting guard Alex Tashjian dribbles before a pass.

Boys Basketball falls to Cupertino High School 50-22

Shannon Yu January 13, 2024

Varsity Boys Basketball lost to Cupertino High School 50-22 on Thursday, Jan. 11. MVHS fell behind 8-3 in the first quarter after CHS broke through MVHS’ defense multiple times with consecutive layups....

Is eating organic really that good for your health?

The problem with ‘organic’

Aletheia Ju, Staff Writer January 8, 2024

‘You are what you eat.’ We’ve all heard this saying before, said to us by parents, teachers or other well-meaning figures in our lives. What they mean is that health is dependent on a healthy diet...

Junior Clara Fun jumps to shoot the ball during a varsity girls basketball game.

Hitting the breaking point

Anika Bhandarkar and Alyssa Yang December 23, 2023
Examining how athletes at MVHS have experienced and overcome burnout within their sports
Mahito’s inexplicable feud with the mysterious Grey Heron is the first sign that reality may not be as it seems in “The Boy and the Heron.” Illustration | Studio Ghibli

“The Boy and the Heron” finds wonder in the ordinary

Dylan Nguyen and Lillian Wang December 13, 2023

In an explosion of vibrant surrealism, anthropomorphic animals and bird poop, “The Boy and the Heron” took flight in theaters on Dec. 8, marking Studio Ghibli’s first film since “The Wind Rises”...

Members of the California Reparations Task Force hold a meeting at San Diego State Universitys Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center, on Jan. 28.  Photo courtesy of Kamilah Moore | Used with permission

Repairing the past

Brandon Xu and Eric Zhou December 9, 2023

The California Reparations Task Force proposed plans to provide reparations for African Americans in California with ancestors who were enslaved. According to California Reparations Task Force chairperson...

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