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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

Aidan Ruan

Aidan Ruan, Staff Writer

Aidan Ruan is a junior and staff writer for El Estoque. In his free time, he likes to bike and take naps.

All content by Aidan Ruan
Time Out! Ep. 26: Stanley Du

Time Out! Ep. 26: Stanley Du

Stanley Du’s talks about his journey with basketball
Aidan Ruan
June 3, 2024
Theres more to a journey than the destination...or chicken wings.

Just wing it

How I learned the importance of patience when thinking about my future
Aidan Ruan
May 31, 2024
Sports culture

Sports culture

Taking a look at the different sports teams environments at Monta Vista
All in

All in

How no-cut sports impact athletes, teams and coaches
Amberly Sun and Aidan Ruan
May 24, 2024
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

Matadors earn a runner-up placement in the championship finals
Aidan Ruan
May 21, 2024
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

Monta Vista TEDX invites four guest speakers to share their experiences
Aidan Ruan
May 20, 2024
College bound

College bound

Exploring the changing landscape of higher education
Graphic by Aletheia Ju

Supreme Court’s overturning of affirmative action may have substantial long term effects on admissions

The removal of factoring in race for college applications extends beyond California
Aletheia Ju and Aidan Ruan
April 29, 2024
It wasnt until high school when I finally learned about how to use a DSLR camera.

Cracking a smile

Overcoming my aversion to trying new things
Aidan Ruan
March 10, 2024
Raising Funds

Raising Funds

MVHS student groups raise money through creative fundraisers
Local Kitchens is located less than a mile from MVHS, making it a popular choice among students. Photo | Eric Zhou

Eating Local

Local Kitchens aims to help MVHS students raise money
Ethan Eisler, Aidan Ruan, and Eric Zhou
March 9, 2024
The Girl’s Basketball Team pose for a team photo after winning the CCS finals against Christopher High School. Photo courtesy of Clara Fan

Girls Basketball wins the CCS Championship for the first time in over 30 years

The team reflects on their journey to the finals game
Aidan Ruan and Brandon Xu
March 3, 2024
Unfolding Cupertino City Limits

Unfolding Cupertino city limits

El Estoque's Opinion section examines how housing, entertainment and restaurants in the area affect the community
Graphic by Aletheia Ju

Elusive living

Cupertino’s housing market creates an unsustainable environment for long term residence

All-star athletes

A class-by-class dive into outstanding athletes at MVHS

Holiday on main street

Cupertino Main Street hosts annual tree lighting
Aidan Ruan
December 10, 2023
Star-studded activism

Star-studded activism

Exploring the flawed expectation for celebrities to share political opinions
Meggie Chen and Aidan Ruan
December 9, 2023
Cross-country and badminton were the two sports that I competed in during middle school.

Photo illustration by Aidan Ruan

Past the finish line

How quitting cross country helped me understand the importance of passion
Aidan Ruan
December 9, 2023
Sophomores Zoe and Lelani Laruelle pose after winning a tennis match. Photo courtesy of Zoe Laruelle. | Used with permission.

Sophomore Standouts: Lelani and Zoe Laruelle

Exploring the experiences of twins Lelani and Zoe Laruelle in their tennis journey
Leah Desai and Aidan Ruan
November 3, 2023
Workout supplements often include one of or a combination of various muscle or energy enhancing compounds.

Is it natty?

Aidan Ruan
October 24, 2023
Power napping played an important role in fixing my sleep schedule.

Napping 101

How take a nap and fix your sleep schedule
Aidan Ruan
September 29, 2023
Senior Darya Pereverzeva weaves past an SHS defender to score a goal.

Girls Water Polo loses 18-5 against Saratoga High School

The Matadors lose their first home game of the season
Aidan Ruan and Brandon Wang
September 11, 2023
Hi Barbie!

Hi Barbie!

Exploring social media’s impact on women empowerment themes in the summer hit “Barbie”


Exploring the journeys of three college recruits for their respective sports
Seeing students most unpopular opinions

Man on the street: Unpopular opinions

Asking students what their most unpopular opinion is
Aidan Ruan and Aashi Venkat
June 1, 2023
Denny Dong poses for a photo with Menlo School runner Justin Petre. Petre and Dong placed first and second respectively at the CCS semifinals 800 meter event. Photo courtesy of Denny Dong | Used with permission

Time Out! Ep. 5: Denny Dong

Exploring Denny Dong’s growth as a runner and his future with the team
Brandon Xu and Aidan Ruan
June 1, 2023
The Oscars have diversified over the years, nominating more global films in categories other than Best International Foreign Feature

And the Oscar goes to…

Examining how international films are popularizing in America
Aidan Ruan and Aashi Venkat
April 14, 2023
Senior Adi Mellacheruvu swims in Boys 500-yard freestyle, placing fifth with a time of 6:29.11.

Swim falls to Los Gatos High School in the third meet of the season 221-114

Several matadors achieve CCS qualifying times despite loss
Mikaylah Du and Aidan Ruan
April 6, 2023
Illustration by Mikaylah Du

Triple Threat

Examining the increase in COVID-19, RSV and the seasonal flu after the mid year break
Aidan Ruan, Staff Writer
February 24, 2023
Passing Proposition 28

Passing Proposition 28

What the California Proposition 28 means for MVHS art programs
Aidan Ruan and Sophia Ma
December 23, 2022
Sophomore Lotus Wu dances with her brother in the first annual Family Jam, a group dance featuring MVDT members and their families.

MV Dance Team hosts “Santa’s Workshop”

Student dance groups perform in the annual Winter Showcase
Aidan Ruan and Lillian Wang
December 11, 2022
Pushing through the pain

Pushing through the pain

Aidan Ruan, Staff Writer
November 16, 2022
Senior Aashna Patel adds a star to the wall of field hockey‘s space-themed team room. Photo by

All decked out

Fall sports athletes share about team rooms
Aidan Ruan and Stephanie Zhang
October 13, 2022
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