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

Off to the games

Off to the games

Ethan Eisler and Arshiya Sen January 24, 2024

The 2024 Paris Olympics are coming back after eight years and a canceled 2020 Olympics with four additional sports: skateboarding, breaking, surfing and sport climbing. The organizing committee at Paris...

Freshman Vatsel Dave, dressed in traditional Bharatanatyam uniform as he practices this art form

Playing by their own rules

Pranati Kotamraju and Arushi Singh December 11, 2023

Living in Australia, freshman Vatsel Dave was in a constant state of boredom trying to fill up his free time by watching YouTube videos. It was by chance that a dance video popped up on his feed, and before...

Shravya Guda (right) poses with co-coach Hemani Kukreja.

New season new coach

Stephanie Zhang December 9, 2023

After graduating from MVHS in '12, alum Shravya Guda never expected to return. However, after transitioning from being a competitive swimmer to playing four years of water polo on the MVHS Girls Water...

Reversing the roles

Pranati Kotamraju and Arushi Singh December 2, 2023

Monta Vista held its first reverse football game with on November 17th, 2023 with boys doing cheer and girls doing football. El Estoque describes the process of preparing for the game and the emotions...

Prisha Balan dances during her Arangetram on Aug. 26, 2023. Photo courtesy of Prisha Balan | Used with permission.

Time Out! Ep. 10: Prisha Balan

Stephanie Zhang and Arshiya Sen December 2, 2023 SZ: Hi everyone, my name is...

Fighting spirit

Fighting spirit

Shannon Yu November 27, 2023

SY: Hello everyone! My name is Shannon Yu and I’m joined here with Darya Pereverzeva, and we’re going to see what her career has been [like] so far. So, what sports do you currently play? DP:...

Junior Davina Huang swims in freestyle during a meet.

Junior Juggernaut: Davina Huang

Kalyani Puthenpurayil and Arushi Singh November 9, 2023
Diving into Huang’s competitive swim journey and commitment to Harvard
Junior Clara Fan prepares to make another attempt in her high jump event at the Saint Francis Track and Field Invitational, with her lucky tape wrapped around her left wrist. 

Photo courtesy of Clara Fan | Used with permission


Abha Dash and Michelle Zheng November 3, 2023

Junior Clara Fan Junior and track and field member Clara Fan started her superstition of putting tape on her wrist during an afterschool practice her freshman year. As there was extra athletic tape, which...

Maaz Zafar prepares for a play during a game against Lynbrook High School. Photo courtesy of Maaz Zafar | Used with permission

Time out! Ep. 8: Maaz Zafar

Stephanie Zhang October 22, 2023 SZ: Hi everyone,...

Athletic trainer Myesha Taylor treats a player after they received an injury during a game.

On the move

Kalyani Puthenpurayil October 18, 2023
Exploring how the athletic trainer is growing into her role at MVHS
De Leon and Yoo (both on far left) huddle with the Varsity Field Hockey team, discussing strategies for the game against Wilcox High School on Sept. 11. Photo | Lily Jiang

Amelia de Leon: from player to Head Coach

Leah Desai and Michelle Zheng October 10, 2023

MVHS alum ‘16 Amelia de Leon played as a goalie for MVHS Field Hockey since she was a freshman. After she graduated, de Leon joined as an assistant coach. De Leon comments that she has always known that...

Graphic | Michelle Zheng

Sports team expenses

Lily Jiang and Michelle Zheng September 29, 2023

The FUHSD Director of Administrative Services Jason Crutchfield grew up in an area consisting of small towns, with each town only having one high school. That means that every sports game was not just...

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