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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

Aashi Venkat

Aashi Venkat, Arts and Entertainment Editor

Aashi Venkat is currently a junior and an arts and entertainment editor for El Estoque. She enjoys listening to music, dyeing her hair and obsessing over her dog in her free time. Her favorite color is currently red, and her favorite animal is currently a snake, but these things change frequently because she is indecisive.

All content by Aashi Venkat
Junior and center forward Sophia Lu maneuvers past the opposition in an attempt to shoot the ball.

Girls Basketball defeats Leland High School 69-42

Matadors maintain their lead throughout the game
January 21, 2023
The “Ginny & Georgia” poster features actresses Antonia Gentry (Ginny Miller) and Brianne Howey (Georgia Miller) looking at one another.

‘Ginny & Georgia’ is relatable yet dramatic

Season two of the Netflix series doesn’t disappoint
January 14, 2023
Barbara Frei (right) and her grandmother Marie Jager in the 70s.  Photo courtesy of Barbara Frei | Used with permission

Staff Stories: Growing up and moving out

Study buddy coordinator Barbara Frei shares tales of her childhood in Switzerland
December 13, 2022
According a survey of 160 people, 31% of MVHS students wear makeup regularly.

Cover up

Delving into pressures and ways the MVHS community chooses to cover up
December 10, 2022
Junior Naomi Mhamunkar with and without a face of makeup, shown left and right respectively.

All dolled up

Examining the MVHS community’s opinion on makeup
November 17, 2022
The team celebrates after winning the third set and qualifying for the CCS Semifinals.

Varsity Girls Volleyball beats Westmont High School 3-0 in the CCS Quarterfinals

Matadors dominate in straight sets, with respective scores 25-19, 25-14 and 25-15
November 5, 2022
The Midnights album cover features Taylor Swift clicking a lighter, with the flame to her face

Taylor Swift flawlessly returns to pop with “Midnights”

“Midnights” manages to both complement and diversify the singer-songwriter’s discography
October 26, 2022
Senior Isaiah Dimaya is escorted by his family, junior Sai Patel, junior Ace Chow and Fremont High School senior Ana Vallejo.

Football loses 22-14 to South San Francisco High School on senior night

Matadors end their last home game with a close score
October 24, 2022
Senior Miranda Shakouri stands alongside her family, her gift basket from her team in hand, moving to the side as her sister playfully nudges her.

Varsity Girls Volleyball defeats Los Gatos High School 3-0 on senior night

Matadors sweep after a close third set
October 20, 2022
The young forever album cover features Nessa Barrett in angel wings, with an angelic aura surrounding her

‘young forever’ uncovers a plethora of emotions

Nessa Barrett’s debut album sheds a spotlight on mental illness
October 18, 2022
Targeted advertisements tend to pop up on social media platforms such as Instagram, and typically advertise products the user has shown prior interest in.

Ad 2 Cart

Understanding thoughts behind fashion and social media advertising
October 10, 2022
The concept of one size fits all, predominantly oriented around one size fitting smaller bodies, is harmful.

Expanding past size zero

The consequences of corporate resistance to include diverse body types
October 9, 2022
Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story features actor Evan Peters, with the series poster portraying Peters staring menacingly into the audiences eyes.

“Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story” is an unethical monstrosity

Examining the internet’s disturbing obsession with Jeffrey Dahmer
October 8, 2022
 Third grader Mark Carpenter dresses up as a pirate for Halloween, and explains that they will always be a pirate at heart

Staff stories: Always a pirate at heart

Mark Carpenter shares life-defining tales of ignorance, curiosity and gratitude
September 30, 2022
Freshman Lelani Laruelle gets in position to hit the ball.

Varsity Girls Tennis wins 4-3 against Mountain View High School

The outcome of the last match allowed the Matadors to secure the win
September 28, 2022

The Matadors prepare themselves in anticipation for Fremont High School’s offensive play.

Varsity Football loses 17-13 against Fremont High School

Matadors miss a game-winning touchdown in the final minute of the fourth quarter
September 18, 2022
Plushies, pop-its, tote bags and action figures are amongst the many items sold at the De Anza flea market

The humans behind the De Anza flea market

Telling the stories of five people at the De Anza flea market
September 9, 2022
Sophomore Jami Lim checks her schedule

Runaway of the bulls

Students and staff discuss the reasons for and the impacts of the cancellation of ROTB
September 8, 2022
Encouraging people to suppress their emotions results in a dangerous internal buildup, at which point the person struggling is bound to erupt

There’s silence before the eruption

How I am unlearning the so-called “emotional maturity” I was trained to display as a child
September 2, 2022
Summer 2022 in review

Summer 2022 in review

El Estoque’s Arts & Entertainment section recaps music, movies and TV shows released over the summer
August 26, 2022
The “Traumazine” album cover features rapper Megan Thee Stallion expressing anger on the left and grief on the right — with these two emotions merging into her neutrality in the middle — alluding to how the album is rich with emotion and showcases three different sides of the rapper.

‘Traumazine’ is a reclaim of artistic identity

Megan Thee Stallion’s seventh album has the perfect balance of authenticity, fury and confidence
August 15, 2022
The word COLORS is written in an explosive, rainbow font, depicting a theme similar to graffiti.


Delving into the colors of the rainbow
May 30, 2022
According to Diaz, the color orange instinctually reminds her of the fruit.

Color playlists

MVHS students share songs that remind them of certain colors
May 24, 2022
The Harrys House album cover features Styles in a brightly lit, upside down room.

‘Harry’s House’ is filled with bittersweet happiness

Harry Styles’ third studio album blends mature lyrics with repetitively buoyant production
May 23, 2022
Junior Pramath Doddaballapur smiling and posing for a picture with fellow swimmers after the first swim meet of the season | Photo Krish Dev


Finding happiness in sports
May 7, 2022
The movie poster for ‘Heartstopper’ features Nick Nelson and Charlie Spring looking into one another’s eyes as leaves flutter around them

“Heartstopper” is everything it was expected to be

The Netflix series is nothing more than a cute queer rom-com
April 27, 2022
Rats have been found in and around the pipes that line walls and ceilings of classrooms.

MVHS faces rat infestation

Examining the impact of juvenile rats on campus
April 26, 2022
Paris Baguette’s interior is very modernized, featuring high ceilings, marble-like walls and the Paris Baguette logo in white lights

Dessert Detectives: Paris Baguette

Reviewing popular menu items based on quality and taste
April 22, 2022
Although it is easy to obsess over the time you have been clean, it is important to recognize the strength it took you to get clean in the first place

Reclaiming my body from myself

Coming to terms with the aftermath of my self harm addiction
April 12, 2022
The Apple Watch offers a variety of features that track activity 
Graphic | Irene Tang

Down to the bits: technology in sports

Exploring how MVHS sports uses technology
April 1, 2022
The Tell Me That Its Over album cover features Wallows on a roof with trees and a blue sky behind them.

“Tell Me That It’s Over” is beautifully bittersweet

Wallows’ new album contrasts gut wrenching lyrics with an upbeat production
March 31, 2022
The driving home 2 u movie poster features Rodrigo leaning against a wheel, alluding to her single drivers license which jumpstarted her impressive artistic debut

‘driving home 2 u’ is the embodiment of raw authenticity

Olivia Rodrigo’s documentary adds an additional layer of depth to her hit debut album
March 29, 2022
The Cheer Teams Instagram features team bonding activities, routines they performed at games and promo for their future events

Like. Follow. Cheer.

Exploring how sports teams use social media
March 18, 2022
The album cover for Laurel Hell features Mitski in red while white lightning bolts surround her

“Laurel Hell” diverges from prior releases

Mitski's sixth album experiments with unexplored themes
February 12, 2022
The Matadors huddle before the first quarter, discussing their strategy.

Girls Basketball defeats Gunn High School 69-40 on its senior night

Matadors sweep the league with a 10-0 record
February 12, 2022
Science and Society course logo

FUHSD offers Science and Society course for the 2022-2023 school year

Looking into the new, district-wide science course
February 9, 2022
The Sounds of MVHS

The Sounds of MVHS

February 6, 2022

Man on the street: What’s MVHS listening to?

Asking 18 students about their current favorite song
February 2, 2022
The Encanto movie poster features the Madrigal family, with Mirabel Madrigal as the focus of the picture

Disney’s ‘Encanto’ is the embodiment of accurate representation

Analyzing the impact of the representation within “Encanto”
January 29, 2022
Graphic by Justin Kim

‘Tis the season for…’

Delving deeper into this year's winter highlights and memories
December 13, 2021
There are both benefits and detriments to the practice of gift exchange.

Gifting during the holiday season

Discussing the positives and negatives of traditional gift giving
December 10, 2021
Revisiting the holidays

Revisiting the holidays

Students and staff share their most memorable moments from the holiday season
December 7, 2021
Although realizing and embracing my sexual orientation has been a terrifying experience, releasing this butterfly and ultimately coming out has been incredibly rewarding

Undergoing metamorphosis

My experience of finally coming to terms with my identity
November 25, 2021
The album cover features Taylor Swift sitting in a red Chevrolet Cabriolet and wearing a red hat, establishing the significance of the color

‘Red (Taylor’s Version)’ perfectly balances the old and the new

Taylor Swift’s second re-recorded album is a compelling add to her discography
November 20, 2021


Examing the role of perception in our lives
November 16, 2021
No matter how dark the world gets, I continue to view it as beautiful through my rose-tinted glasses

I live in a pink world

How my perception of the world has changed
November 4, 2021
The cover of Anson Seabras EP, Feeling For My Life, features him sitting on the floor, looking at himself through a mirror

“Feeling For My Life” is predictably melancholic

Anson Seabra’s newest EP follows similar themes to his debut album
October 19, 2021
President Bill Wilson along with the other members of the FUHSD Board of Trustees and district administration hold a panel in the MVHS Student Union on Tuesday, Sept. 21 to discuss the opt-out policy

Opting out of queer literature

FUHSD Board of Trustees host a study session on excusing students from novels with LGBTQ+ themes
September 25, 2021


Delving into the nuances of reconnection
September 25, 2021
A picture of my mother, Santwona Behera, taken in Bristol, UK

Dear Mom

A letter of gratitude to my mother
September 24, 2021
An illustration of an individual with a TV on their head | Graphic by Kripa Mayureshwar

Escapism provides distractions, not solutions

Analyzing the downsides of finding connections outside of reality
September 24, 2021
Sophomore Kalyani Puthenpurayil plugs a laptop into one of the librarys Chromebook carts. Photo by Aashi Venkat

FUHSD implements new 1:1 device program

Exploring the decision behind the new policy for the 2021-22 school year
August 27, 2021
Lorde leaps over the camera in her Solar Power album cover, further characterizing the album as whimsical.

‘Solar Power’ is the contrasting third album

Lorde’s new album serves as an unexpected shift from her sophomore and debut albums
August 23, 2021
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