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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

Sophomore Miya Sakurai both dribbles through defenders for a layup and shoots a goal from the water. Photo by Katrina Lin | Used with permission

Switching styles

Kathryn Foo and Corinna Kuo May 24, 2024

Freshman Allie Rummelhoff’s rookie basketball season ended with a bang two weeks after the season had originally been expected to end. She was grateful for the extra time with her close-knit team, a...

Sophomore Avyan Mahajan dives for the ball at a baseball game. Photo courtesy of Avyan Mahajan

Time Out! Ep. 21: Avyan Mahajan

Niveda Hari, Stella Petzova, and Ananda Singh May 22, 2024

NH: Welcome to Episode 21 of Timeout. Each episode we dive into the sports scene here at Monta Vista and explore the journey of athletes from various sports. In this episode, we are joined by Avyan...

The baller to beat

The baller to beat

Sonia Verma, Design Editor April 30, 2024

Three minutes and 54 seconds into the first quarter of Senior Night, senior and shooting guard Vivian Ong scored the 1000th point of her four-year career on the MVHS Varsity Girls Basketball team. If she...

Junior Kimika Shimazaki poses with a baton after performing at the Welcome Back rally.

Belonging in baton

Kalyani Puthenpurayil and Benjamin Zhang March 14, 2024

Before entering the spotlight, junior Kimika Shimazaki jumps up and down, easing out her nerves. Wiping the sweat off her hands, she twirls her baton lightly to feel the confidence of her mastery of the...

Chloe Chen (left) posing for a picture with Victoria Woo (right) during media day.

Coping with Injuries

Liz Liu March 4, 2024

Sophomore Victoria Woo sprawls on her living room couch, her hands caught in a tangle of yarn and crochet hooks. The repetitive crocheting patterns aren’t like the fast-paced games of volleyball she’s...

Athletic Director Nick Bonacorsi’s classroom is decorated with trophies, photos, and jerseys.

Directing with open arms

Ethan Kellogg, Kaia Yuan, and Ethan Yang March 4, 2024

As the Athletic Director of MVHS, Nick Bonacorsi is constantly engaged in its athletic environment. Whether he’s cheering on the varsity teams in CCS or advising the athlete-led Athletic Senate, his...

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 3, 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:...

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