El Estoque

Aashi Venkat

Aashi Venkat

Aashi Venkat is currently a sophomore at MVHS, and it is her first year on staff. She is president of Monta Vista's Animal Protection Society, as well as a staff writer for Res Novae. In her free time, she enjoys listening to Taylor Swift's entire discography and playing her piano. She also likes camels and the color pink.

All content by Aashi Venkat
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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