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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

Aditya Shukla

Aditya Shukla, Visuals Editor

Aditya Shukla is a senior and a visuals editor for El Estoque. He likes to take photos of wildlife, fuss about his curly hair and occasionally play his ukulele.

All content by Aditya Shukla
Population Politics

Population Politics

Breaking down responses to address FUHSD’s declining enrollment issue
Krish Dev and Aditya Shukla
June 1, 2023
A hedgehogs dilemma

A hedgehog’s dilemma

Finding my own answers to romance
Aditya Shukla
May 31, 2023
Graphic by Michelle Zheng

The final run ep 1: Boys Basketball

Discussing with seniors Austin Hwang, Shreyas Inampudi, Dominic Kellogg III, Itai Lavi and Leonardo Sze about their final CCS and season
Aditya Shukla and Michelle Zheng
May 15, 2023
Speaker Jennifer Cheng describes her experiences with higher education and finding the right career.

Photo by Aditya Shukla | El Estoque

TEDxMV holds its spring speaker event

Guest speakers gave presentations to the MVHS community
Chiran Arumugam and Aditya Shukla
April 18, 2023
2023 CIF Central Coast Section Championships

2023 CIF Central Coast Section Championships

Learn more about the CCS Tournament for the Varsity Girls Basketball, Varsity Boys Basketball and Wrestling
14 days of love

14 days of love

Follow the daily videos as we explore the various relationships of MVHS pairs and find out who knows the other person better
14 days of love: Denise and Courtney

14 days of love: Denise and Courtney

In the 14th and final installment of the 14 days of love series, El Estoque explores the familial relationship between sisters Denise and Courtney Masli
Aditya Shukla
February 14, 2023
14 days of love: Shikhar and Shubham

14 days of love: Shikhar and Shubham

In the eighth installment of the 14 days of love series, El Estoque explores the friendship between Seniors Shikhar Gupta and Shubham Jain
Aditya Shukla
February 9, 2023
14 days of love: Yvonne and Jonathan

14 days of love: Yvonne and Jonathan

In the fourth installment of the 14 days of love series, El Estoque explores the relationship between twins Yvonne Chen and Jonathan Chen
Aditya Shukla
February 4, 2023
Graphic | Sonia Verma


Exploring instances of distance within a family 
How family member philosophies define their interfamilial relationships and other interactions.

Ideological distance

How family member philosophies define their interfamilial relationships
Melody Cui and Aditya Shukla
December 20, 2022
Each track paints this emotion with different brushes; theres smooth hip-hop bites, expansive jazz solos, glitch-hop raves and energetic hyperpop spotlighting the group’s reflective and conclusive lyrical performances.

‘TM’ delivers a conflicted goodbye

BROCKHAMPTON hides a tattered vision in their final record
Aditya Shukla
November 28, 2022
However, “SMITHEREENS” is a significant downgrade in the message Joji wants to send. Where there’s still slight inklings of the vocal and instrumental grandeur from his past projects, this record is much more akin to the unfinished patchworks of his beginnings, with heavy sounds hiding his raw vocals.

‘SMITHEREENS’ paints an incomplete canvas

Joji fails to bring artistic growth in his third studio record
Aditya Shukla
November 20, 2022
Always Connected

Always Connected

Looking into the MVHS community's issues with social media
“Its all about being confident in your own values. Maybe I dont have three syllable words, but I do have something else that I can definitely stand behind and be like, ‘This is what Im good at.’

Creative highs and compromises

How Instagram creators use the platform to promote their content
Aditya Shukla
November 16, 2022
Seniors celebrate with a pose at the end of the boys’ dance.

Class of 2023’s Homecoming Performance

Seniors travel to a galaxy far far away in a “Star Wars” themed skit
Nameek Chowdhury and Aditya Shukla
October 13, 2022
Freshman Courtney Masli strikes a pose during the girls’ dance.

Class of 2026’s Homecoming Performance

Freshmen time travel with a “Back to the Future” themed skit
With scripts in hand, seniors Jaewon Shim (right) and Darpan Singh (left) practice their lines for the skit.

Setting up Homecoming Week

Examining the process for preparing class skits
This story contains discussions of rape and sexual abuse in fiction. Graphic by Aditya Shukla| El Estoque

Consent in fiction

Students break down their experiences with sexual violence in media
Aditya Shukla
September 19, 2022
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The right way

Aditya Shukla
September 19, 2022
Seniors win in the Farewell Rally

Seniors win in the Farewell Rally

MVHS hosts the last rally of the 2021-2022 school year
Aditya Shukla, Riya Ravuri, and Irene Tang
May 27, 2022
“Mr. Morale and The Big Steppers” is an emotionally complex record that aims to study Lamar’s insight through a more introspective lens than ever before.

‘Mr. Morale and The Big Steppers’ breaks down masculine identity

Kendrick Lamar’s newest release preaches reformation with mixed results
Aditya Shukla
May 21, 2022
Photography has been an outlet for my emotions and it provides me with an important escape. But it’s more than that; each photo I take serves as a capture of my personality at the time, a published copy of my state of mind.

A manuscript for moments

How photography helped me embrace my flaws
Aditya Shukla, Staff Writer
April 26, 2022
Two people hold a basketball with a projected American flag.

[Photo] Examining racism in sports

Sophia Chen, Copy Editor
February 18, 2022
From left to right: YNR Sway, Ethanerino, Arune Sarma. Graphic by Aditya Shukla | El Estoque

Rapping provides escape

A look into the FUHSD rapping scene
Aditya Shukla and Justin E Kim
February 13, 2022
Tie-dye revival

Tie-dye revival

Delving into the resurgence of hippie fashion in the MVHS community
Aditya Shukla
December 12, 2021
The chemistry between the Mars and .Paak is shown to great levels in these nine tracks, and are enough to set this record as one of the best albums released in 2021.

‘An Evening with Silk Sonic’ shoots high with honeyed nostalgia

Shimmering flares of soul and funk enthralls in this Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak debut
Aditya Shukla
November 19, 2021
A look into the future

A look into the future

Students examine what lies ahead
Despite the outage’s challenges, band and orchestra director John Gilchrist states that each ensemble’s performance was exceptional and was pleasantly surprised with their adaptability. He also says he looks forward to exploring new music pieces and constantly improving upon each previous concert.

The MVHS instrumental music department hosts its fall concert despite power outage

Band and orchestra showcase their Halloween-themed repertoire
Aditya Shukla and Gauri Manoj
October 25, 2021
“shut the f--- up talking to me” is the debut record of upcoming rapper and comedian Zack Fox. Following the release of his latest album teaser “fafo,” he released the seven-track debut on Oct. 15, 2021.

‘shut the f— up talking to me’ hits all of its shots

Comedian Zack Fox’s debut is explosive and unrelenting
Aditya Shukla
October 18, 2021
“Life of a Don” is the second studio album released by rapper and singer Don Toliver, legal name Caleb Zackery Toliver. Photo courtesy of Cactus Jack Records

‘Life of a DON’ lives within the shadow of influence

Don Toliver's sophomore album is precision filled repetition
Aditya Shukla
October 16, 2021
The Class of 2022 poses for a group photo following their performance.

Class of 2022’s Homecoming performance

Seniors win the top prize for their homecoming performance
Aditya Shukla, Lance Tong, and Aashna Patel
October 8, 2021
The Class of 2022 wins the 15 second chant-off at the Welcome Back Rally. Photo by Aditya Shukla

MVHS hosts its first rally of the year

The Class of 2022 wins the annual Welcome Back Rally
The album cover for Kanye Wests Donda consists of a simple black square. Photo courtesy of Def Jam Recordings

Manic artistry is celebrated in ‘Donda’

Kanye West’s newest record hits vulnerable highs but fails to find cohesion and purpose
Aditya Shukla
August 31, 2021
Senior Sophia Bokovikova poses beside her grandmother in Novosibirsk, Russia.

Post-lockdown getaways

Students recount their first summer vacations following quarantine
Streaming in the MVHS community

[Video] Streaming in the MVHS community

Students and faculty describe their experiences with streaming video games
Justin E Kim and Aditya Shukla
May 21, 2021
The culinary world

The culinary world

Exploring the diverse aspects of the culinary world at MVHS

The ambiance of global restaurants

Students share their experiences from culturally and aesthetically restaurants
Aditya Shukla and Justin E Kim
May 14, 2021
“Attack on Titan has consistently reinvented itself with every new chapter, and now that the 139th and final chapter of the manga has been released, the series has cemented itself as a classic.  Photo courtesy of Kodansha Comics

‘Attack on Titan’ earns its place as a classic manga

Author Hajime Isayama’s epic war thriller sets the bar high for Japanese comics of the future
Aditya Shukla
April 25, 2021
The official release logo for Zack Snyders Justice League, released on March 18, 2021

Zack Snyder’s ‘Justice League’ is a thrilling redemption

The second iteration proves itself worthy of its four hour runtime
Aditya Shukla
March 22, 2021
The most recent iterations of the Madden and NBA 2K, released in 2020. Photos by EA Sports and 2K Sports.

Recent changes in sports simulation games incite criticism  

Sports gaming fans examine the addition of microtransactions in ‘NBA 2K’  
Aditya Shukla, Staff Writer
March 14, 2021
Photo courtesy of California All-State Music Education Conference

MVHS Music Department’s All-State Band and Orchestra members

How All-State band programs are managed through the screen
Aditya Shukla and Devin Gupta
February 8, 2021
A close up shot of a Diya, a candle used to illuminate houses during Diwali.

Acknowledging Cultural Celebrations

The MVHS administration’s stance on cultural awareness and reducing workload for traditionally celebrated holidays
Abdullah Memon, Aditya Shukla, and Justin E Kim
December 5, 2020
Graphic by Annie Zhang

This is ________: Music and the human condition

The role of music in building interpersonal connections
The main cover poster for the game Among Us, released on June 15, 2018.

How the smash hit “Among Us” caught on

Online game allows groups of friends socialize during quarantine
Aditya Shukla
October 21, 2020
Promotional Worlds 2020

Take Over: League of Legends Worlds at Shanghai

Insight into the massively popular Esports championship
Justin E Kim and Aditya Shukla
October 6, 2020
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