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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

Benjamin Zhang

Benjamin Zhang, Staff Writer

Benjamin is currently a sophomore and a staff writer for El Estoque. In his free time, he likes to play soccer, listen to music, and watch mystery TV shows.

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Dessert Detectives: Ume Tea

Dessert Detectives: Ume Tea

Reviewing popular menu items based on quality and taste
Benjamin Zhang
February 12, 2024
“Argylle” features numerous superstars and celebrities, but none fulfill expectations

“Argylle” laughably fails its own mission

Matthew Vaughn’s creation proves to be too dysfunctional to be redeemed by its over-the-top comedy
Jillian Ju and Benjamin Zhang
February 6, 2024
Darren Lin sets up in his starting position while practicing for long jump.

Time Out! Ep. 15: Darren Lin

A leap into Darren Lin’s experience with track and field
Benjamin Zhang
February 5, 2024
Instrumental Music Director John Gilchrist takes a pause in directing the orchestra during its 2023 Winter Concert, “Forces of Nature.”

Striking the high note

John Gilchrist wins the Richard L. Levin Orchestra Educator Award
Alyssa Yang and Benjamin Zhang
January 26, 2024
Protestors gather at Harry Bridges Plaza, San Francisco in a demonstration against the APEC convention.

On the streets of SF

San Francisco reflects on the 2023 APEC summit’s impacts on community issues
APEC: A business perspective

APEC: A business perspective

Looking into the convention’s impacts on local businesses and organizations
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Examining how the computer science teacher shortage in California impacts FUHSD
Sophia D'Sa and Benjamin Zhang
December 6, 2023


Taking a glimpse at the impact of fashion at MVHS
Costume director Lynda Cameron-Bayer fits a costume for the Queen of Hearts, a character in MV Drama’s “Alice in Wonderland.”

Costume couture

Featuring the MVHS Drama costume department
Lillian Wang and Benjamin Zhang
November 1, 2023
Carrot cupcake earrings from Madeleine Ischos Etsy shop @FunSizedStudio. Photo courtesy of Madeleine Ischo.

Making cents of crafts

Taking a look behind the scenes of three MVHS art small businesses
Isabelle Kok and Benjamin Zhang
October 28, 2023
Sophomores Megan Liu, Sophia DSa and Shannon Yu take the first position of the girls dance.

Gotta catch ’em all

Sophomores battle their way through the Pokemon world on the second day of Homecoming
Ananya Chaudhary and Benjamin Zhang
September 27, 2023
Violent themes are prevalent in music. Graphic | Benjamin Zhang

Finding the beauty in violence

Examining the careful balance between artistic expression and the romanticization of violence in rap music
Benjamin Zhang
September 18, 2023
Academic experieces may range across classes based on how coherent curriculum is implemented.

Working towards a coherent curriculum through equitable grading practices

Exploring FUHSD student and staff opinions on implementing ‘Grading for Equity’
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