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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.

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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
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
November 20, 2022
Always Connected

Always Connected

Looking into the MVHS community's issues with social media
November 16, 2022
“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
November 16, 2022

Homecoming 2022

October 19, 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
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
October 12, 2022
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
October 10, 2022
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
September 19, 2022
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The right way

September 19, 2022

A problem with industry

September 19, 2022

Warnings and triggers

September 19, 2022

Exposure and reflection

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
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
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
April 26, 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
February 12, 2022
Tie-dye revival

Tie-dye revival

Delving into the resurgence of hippie fashion in the MVHS community
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
November 19, 2021
A look into the future

A look into the future

Students examine what lies ahead
November 12, 2021
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
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
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
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
October 8, 2021
The Class of 2022 cheers in a huddle following the end of their homecoming skit performance for the finale time. Following months of preparation making costumes, props, skit decs and learning choreography, they got the chance to finally show their spirit in front of a crowd of MVHS students and faculty. Photo by Aditya Shukla

Homecoming 2021: A Recap

Showcasing the highlights of the past week's performances
October 7, 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
September 4, 2021
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
August 31, 2021
Senior Sophia Bokovikova poses beside her grandmother in Novosibirsk, Russia.

Post-lockdown getaways

Students recount their first summer vacations following quarantine
August 21, 2021
Streaming in the MVHS community

[Video] Streaming in the MVHS community

Students and faculty describe their experiences with streaming video games
May 21, 2021
The culinary world

The culinary world

Exploring the diverse aspects of the culinary world at MVHS
May 15, 2021

The ambiance of global restaurants

Students share their experiences from culturally and aesthetically restaurants
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
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
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’  
March 14, 2021
Clubs: Behind the Screens

Clubs: Behind the Screens

February 10, 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
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
December 5, 2020
Graphic by Annie Zhang

This is ________: Music and the human condition

The role of music in building interpersonal connections
November 6, 2020
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
October 21, 2020
Promotional Worlds 2020

Take Over: League of Legends Worlds at Shanghai

Insight into the massively popular Esports championship
October 6, 2020
Evolution of style in quarantine

Evolution of style in quarantine

A look into how fashion and makeup preferences have changed in light of COVID-19
September 24, 2020
Reflecting on Logic’s departure from music in his final album

Reflecting on Logic’s departure from music in his final album

Exploring “No Pressure” to understand his reasons for leaving the rap game
September 13, 2020
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