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

All in

All in

Amberly Sun and Aidan Ruan May 24, 2024

Out of the 54 total athletic teams at MVHS, many teams, including football, softball, cross country, dive and track and field, do not enforce cuts when determining their rosters. No-cut refers to sports...

Piece of art that was made to manage stress

Mindful Expression

Ethan Eisler and Crystal Cheng May 24, 2024

Senior Farida Elgebaly breathes a sigh of relief as she finishes the final strokes of her painting of a storybook scene, then checks with her reference image again to make sure the painting is synonymous...

Switching styles

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...

Life ready?

Life ready?

Jason Chu and Kalyani Puthenpurayil May 23, 2024

As a part-time worker at Happy Lemon, senior Grace Wang makes around $300 every two weeks. However, she ends up spending most of this between paychecks on food, drinks, clothes, makeup, skincare items...

Rethinking How to Teach Like Water for Chocolate

Rethinking How to Teach ‘Like Water for Chocolate’

Dahlia Schilling May 23, 2024

In the World Studies classroom at MVHS, students hide giggles at sensual descriptions and scenes in “Like Water for Chocolate” by Laura Esquivel. The novel is taught during a history unit focusing...

To the next four years

To the next four years

Taryn Lam May 23, 2024
Friends attending the same college discuss their plans
Bridging skies

Bridging skies

Yixuan (Joyce) Li May 22, 2024

Although I spent the first eight years of my life in China, I realized that I could no longer find things to talk about with my grandmother as I adjusted to living in the U.S. It was due to both my deteriorating...

Varsity Boys Volleyball reached the CIF NorCal Championships for the first time in five years, where they placed second overall.

Boys Volleyball falls 3-2 to Leigh High School in the DIII CIF NorCal Championship Final

Aidan Ruan May 21, 2024

Varsity Boys Volleyball fell to Leigh High School 2-3 in the final round of the DIII CIF NorCal Championships on Saturday, May 19. The Matadors and Longhorns went neck and neck during the first two sets,...

2D body, 1D personality

Shannon Yu May 20, 2024

The moment Melisa Lu set foot in Lynbrook High School as an English teacher, she knew she was going to love her job. As a child, Lu found school to be an unengaging, tedious chore. She often wished she...

History lecturer Meg Eppel Gudgeirsson reflects on Americas most marginalized communities and how their overlooked experiences provided invaluable insight on developments in America’s history.

The stories we tell: Monta Vista TEDX host annual spring conference

Aidan Ruan May 20, 2024

Monta Vista TEDX, a club dedicated to the promotion of TED’s mission of communicating “Ideas Worth Spreading” to MVHS’s community, hosted its annual spring conference on May 17 in the Black Box....

Mandarin is a notoriously difficult language, but I found out through my Chinese 1 experience that it is worth the challenge.

‘But Chinese is too hard’

Asha Wojciechowski, Opinion Editor May 18, 2024

“I’m going to learn Chinese.”  I stood up, crossed the room to my computer and clicked “Chinese 1” under the electives tab on my course selection form. My mom looked at me, and I could see...

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