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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

Anika Bhandarkar

Anika Bhandarkar, Opinion Editor

Anika is currently a junior and an Opinion Editor for El Estoque. When she isn't running (or thinking about running,) she can be found playing piano, reading, or playing with her two dogs Luke and Leia.

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Students note that parental controls can sometimes feel overly restrictive, with 52% of MVHS students reporting that they feel dissatisfied with the controls on their device(s).

Under CTRL

Examining student and parent opinions on parental controls
The mentality that the lighter you are, the better you perform has woven its way into many sports, particularly endurance sports and performing arts.

Would I be faster if I were skinnier?

Rethinking how MVHS addresses body-image issues in sports
Anika Bhandarkar
May 8, 2023
Athletes participating in performing arts often feel pressured to be slimmer.

Trapped in the tape measure

Examining how beauty standards in performing arts impact MVHS athletes
Anika Bhandarkar
April 12, 2023
As a child, I was loud and extroverted, and wasnt affected by others perceptions of me.

Unlikely inspiration

A lesson from 5-year-old me
Anika Bhandarkar
March 20, 2023
Graphic | Vincent Zhao

A gamble for love

How students plan to continue or end their relationships after high school
Anika Bhandarkar and Irene Tang
February 17, 2023
Deck of hearts

Deck of hearts

MVHS students and alumni play the love game
Senior Rohin Inani, who was the stand-in Boys Tennis coach during the 2021-22 season, serves a ball.

The search for spring sport coaching

Looking into the lack of coaching for the spring season
Anika Bhandarkar, Kathryn Foo, and Michelle Zheng
February 11, 2023
Sophomore Gehna Saini places the ornament gifted to her from her mother, on a Christmas tree.

Winter break traditions

Examining the traditions students and staff partake in over the winter holidays
Anika Bhandarkar and Megha Mummaneni
December 21, 2022
Students often stifle their curiosity surrounding sex due to fear or an unfamiliarity of talking about sex.

Arousing Curiosity

Examining how curiosity surrounding sex and sexual education affects the MVHS community
Anika Bhandarkar and Riya Murthy
November 17, 2022
Some musical terms and their meanings | Graphic by Anika Bhandarkar

The keys to passion

My experience with burnout
Anika Bhandarkar
November 5, 2022
Students in the stands cheer as MV Cheer performs a stunt.

Got spirit?

Examining the importance of camaraderie among students at MVHS
Anika Bhandarkar and Darpan Singh
October 12, 2022
Huichol earrings made by Hernandez. Photo by Adriana Hernandez | Used with permission.

Photo courtesy of Adriana Hernandez | Used with permission

Mental health first

Exploring how the MVHS community practices self-care
Anika Bhandarkar
October 11, 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
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