El Estoque

Imposter Syndrome: Exploring the Nuances

Imposter Syndrome: Exploring the Nuances

Lakshanyaa Ganesh, Oishee Misra, Emily Xia, and Neysa Singh

October 16, 2019

You're a fraud. You're a fake, an imposter, undeserving of the accomplishments you have. We all have this voice in our head. The one that convinces us that our accomplishments never measure up to what we actually deserve. Especially at MVHS, this phenomenon of people feeling inadequate amidst their ac...

Where does the gender gap STEM from?

Where does the gender gap STEM from?

Lakshanyaa Ganesh and Oishee Misra

August 30, 2018

Loud voices emanate from an AP Physics C classroom as students frantically prepare for their upcoming exam. Senior Anisha Sinha struggles alongside her group mates as they attempt to figure out a particularly challenging problem. As they discuss, Sinha notices something. They’re all girls. She looks ...

Mindfulness in the classroom

Mindfulness in the classroom

Charlotte Chui and Claire Yang

May 22, 2018

On the day of a test, students walk into class and are met with a tense atmosphere. In the last few minutes before the bell rings, students rush into the classroom, frantically conversing amongst each other to squeeze in more time to study. Some flip through worksheets and notes, while others swarm t...

Senior parking is for seniors, hence the name

Senior parking is for seniors, hence the name

Mallika Singh

February 2, 2018

he back of the parking lot has been coined “senior parking” by many of the student drivers at MVHS. But senior parking, a necessity for any senior who drives, is now occupied by the MVHS renovations for a new gym. It has become an issue, to say the least. Everyone wants to park at the back — i...

It’s up to you

Vivian Chiang

April 5, 2017

Six AP classes. Community service. President of three clubs. Two extracurricular activities. Summer internship at a top university. What else do I need to guarantee my top five colleges? ----------------------------------- At MVHS, conversation almost always ties back to what our ca...

Asian immigrant students are not welcome in an Asian community

Illustration by Elizabeth Han

Elizabeth Han

March 13, 2017

hen sophomore Elisa Hsu first saw America with her own eyes, she realized her expectations of the foreign country strayed far from reality. Back in China, as she uttered “Kennedy Middle School” under her breath, she pictured a classroom full of blonde hair and blue eyes. The name screamed white culture — maybe some black culture on a second thought — but never her...

Why students dye their hair

Photo courtesy of senior Anella Palacpac

Anjini Venugopal

March 10, 2017

enior Anella Palacpac, junior Cindy Zheng and junior Jay Park all have one obvious thing in common — their colored hair. Despite the age-old image of dyeing hair being an act of rebellion, these students do it as a form of expressing themselves. During the winter of 2016, Zheng was inspired by a pic...

How students feel about participation grades

How students feel about participation grades

Anjini Venugopal

February 9, 2017

articipation, like many of the other things that most teachers at MVHS score, is received in various ways by students. Some, like senior Jasnoor Kaur, believe that participation grades show involvement in class, which is crucial to learning. Kaur believes that the importance of being engaged makes it n...

Keep it moving: Regulation for picking up in the student lot

Traffic in student lot

Albert Wang

February 9, 2017

he bus circle was built only three years ago, and each day, it becomes flooded with parents trying to pick up their kids after school. The surge of cars makes the parking lot seem like a game of Rush Hour: parents waiting for their kids to come, students stuck in the back, the exit blocked. Because o...

Dancing on my own

Dancing on my own

Vivian Chiang

February 9, 2017

SOLO. That's how junior Haemin Jeong felt as she looked around the dance floor at the Homecoming dance last year. Couples swinging side by side filled up most of the room, leaving Jeong feeling alone and awkward. She gave up trying to find her friends in the crowd, and instead, pushed open the gym...

Wandering mind: don’t pop my bubble

Wandering mind: don’t pop my bubble

Brighton Balfrey

December 14, 2016

Trophy students: What we brag about

Trophy students: What we brag about

Michelle Wong

December 9, 2016

As students at Monta Vista, it's no doubt that there's competition all around us. With so much pressure to be "better" than everybody else, students are constantly trying to prove themselves to their peers. But it's questionable whether the things we are so proud of are even worth bragging about at all.We b...