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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

Collin Qian

Collin Qian, Staff Writer

Hi! My name is Collin Qian and I am a third year staff member of El Estoque. In my free time, I enjoy relieving stress with video games, usually first person shooters, and I also enjoy hanging out with friends, whether that be virtually or in person.

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Posing in front of Chinese red lanterns with my mom.

Good Morning, Collin. Good Night, Mom.

How my mother’s morning calls helped me persevere through a tiresome quarantine
March 25, 2021
MVHS alumnae 18 Mikaela Lee competes at a kung fu tournament

Martial Arts

MVHS students participate in judo, karate, kung fu and taekwondo
February 7, 2021
Seniors Daniel Kao and Richard Liu take a photo with their parents after finishing the John Muir Trail.

The 20 Day Journey

January 8, 2021
Senior Connor Nieh attends a Giants game with his family

Let’s Go Giants!

Exploring MVHS students’ support for the San Francisco Giants
November 2, 2020
Local teams fans

Local teams’ fans

Students and fans share their connections to local Bay Area sports teams
November 1, 2020
Touching John Harvards shoe on a field trip in middle school.

Thank you, college admissions

Finding myself as a result of the college application process
October 28, 2020
Esports boom during quarantine

Esports boom during quarantine

The pandemic pushes students to esports
September 25, 2020
2020 NBA Finals predictions

2020 NBA Finals predictions

MVHS students give their hopes for the top teams in the NBA finals
September 12, 2020
Senior Lauren Lee began playing softball when she was 5 years and was on varsity all 4 years.

Softball: Class of 2020 Seniors

Remembering the seniors of the MVHS Softball Team
May 23, 2020
MV Sports Medicine Club at the Stanford ATR. Photo from @mvsports_medicine

Looking back at MV Sports Medicine Club for the 2019-2020 school year

Officers of the club reminisce on memories from this year and make plans for the future
May 21, 2020
Introverts vs extroverts in lockdown

Introverts vs extroverts in lockdown

Differences in how extroverts and introverts have adapted to shelter in place.
April 10, 2020
Introversion and Extraversion

Introversion and Extraversion

Exploring the different aspects of introversion and extraversion in high school.
April 10, 2020
Campaign Photo from ASB Election

Running for MVHS office

What I’ve learned from campaigning
March 31, 2020
50 Questions with Robbie Hoffman

50 Questions with Robbie Hoffman

In the ninth installment of the recurring series, El Estoque asks Robbie Hoffman 50 questions in his classroom
March 14, 2020
The faces behind COVID-19

The faces behind COVID-19

Exploring the stories of members of the MVHS community impacted by the novel coronavirus
March 13, 2020
Implicit bias

Implicit bias

Exploring the internalized discrimination within MVHS
February 25, 2020
Facing internalized homophobia

Facing internalized homophobia

How MVHS students and teachers deal with internalized homophobia
February 7, 2020
Junior Samiksha Rao attempts to bypass a WHS defender in the first half of the match despite their intense offensive plays. Junior Shriya Kaushik takes note on WHS playing strategies during todays match especially. WHS had a few really strong players that had a lot of muscle, they were very aggressive, and they were very technical, especially the midfielder, Kaushik said. But we were able to shut her down easily when we worked together as a team. Photo by Collin Qian

Girls Soccer: The Lady Mats secure their fourth league victory against Wilcox HS

After an intense match, the Matadors gain their sixth overall win with a final score of 4-2
February 7, 2020
Senior Noah Rizk and teammates jog back after Rizk scores his second goal. Photo by Collin Qian

Boys Soccer: The Matadors win against Saratoga HS 4-0

MVHS blows past Saratoga maintaining its playoffs hopes
February 6, 2020
Used with permission from Parssa Alimadad

World War 3 becomes a meme

How the influx of WWIII memes affects MVHS students’ and teachers’ views on world events
January 10, 2020
Photo by Collin Qian

Dangers of Driving

MVHS students and administration reflect on some of their most dangerous moments behind the wheel
December 15, 2019
MV DECA takes a photo in front of the Obelisk monument in Washington D.C. Photo used with permission of MV DECA

MVHS DECA officers attend the Ultimate DECA Power Trip conference in Washington D.C.

DECA officers and eight freshmen travel to Washington D.C. for their first noncompetitive conference
November 24, 2019
Coming up short

Coming up short

Exploring how different members of the MVHS athletic community attempt to overcome different types of defeats in their athletic career and team season
November 16, 2019
All the seniors apart of the girls varsity volleyball team and coach Colin Anderson pose for a photo after the senior night game.

Girls Volleyball: The Matadors lose to Los Altos HS on their senior night

The Lady Mats defeated with a final score of 3-0
November 13, 2019
MVUF’s members gather for a group photo. Photo used with permission of Niko Gustafson

Monta Vista Ultimate Frisbee takes on Spikeball

The members of Monta Vista Ultimate Frisbee describe the club’s culture of the cluband try out Spikeball.
October 26, 2019
Eat, pray, jam

Eat, pray, jam

Exploring how different members of the MVHS athletic community prepare for games and practices
October 17, 2019
Captains on and off the field

Captains on and off the field

Comparing the similarities and differences in leadership in sports and in other extracurriculars
September 20, 2019
Letting the team down

Letting the team down

How I failed at being a junior varsity tennis captain
September 20, 2019
Leaders on the field

Leaders on the field

Exploring different leadership roles held in the sports community
September 20, 2019
Freshman Miranda Shakouri bumps a ball early in the first set. Photo by Collin Qian

Girls Volleyball: The Matadors lose to Palo Alto HS 3-1 in league play

MVHS loses their first home league game of the season.
September 18, 2019
After senior Divya Suresh was treated for her injury, players from both teams commended each other for playing a good game. Photo by Justine Ha

Girls Volleyball: Matadors win against Prospect HS in three sets

Team secures a blowout win, but loses a key player due to injury in the process
September 7, 2019
Junior Yolanna Lu prepares to spike the ball after a set from her teammate and co-captain Anumita Alur. Photo by Justine Ha

Girls Volleyball: MVHS volleyball wins home opener 3-1

MVHS wins their home opener against Wilcox HS
September 1, 2019
Powderpuff: How each grade level prepared for and executed their performances

Powderpuff: How each grade level prepared for and executed their performances

Cheer and football coaches explain their processes for preparing their teams
May 24, 2019
Buying Local

Buying Local

Exploring local businesses in Cupertino
May 22, 2019
MVHS wins the game, moving past Amador Valley High School to play Clovis High School in the second round of the NorCal Boys Volleyball Championship.

Boys Volleyball beats Amador Valley in the first round of NorCal Volleyball Championships

Boys Volleyball continues their victory streak by winning in three sets against Amador Valley
May 17, 2019
The replacement of Musical.ly and Vine

The replacement of Musical.ly and Vine

TikTok rises in popularity
May 4, 2019
Turn of time: an exploration through the decades

Turn of time: an exploration through the decades

A look into different perspectives of each decade
April 10, 2019
Bouquet of orchids

Bouquet of orchids

The Malihini Orchid Society hosts the 2019 Annual Orchid Sale and Culture
April 9, 2019
Future Business Leaders of America hosts job fair

Future Business Leaders of America hosts job fair

MVFBLA partners with BAYCO for an internship event
March 15, 2019
Artists Around Us: The stories of singers at MVHS

Artists Around Us: The stories of singers at MVHS

A feature on rapper Kid Kuza, pop singer Shravanti Shankar and traditional Carnatic singer Madhav Danturthi
March 10, 2019

Badminton: Why they began playing

Badminton Club members share their stories
February 8, 2019
The changes in our community

The changes in our community

Contrasting population growth in Cupertino and lack of enrollment at MVHS
February 1, 2019

Thinking ahead and making moves

Go Club’s president and vice president share plans for the upcoming semester
December 17, 2018
Winter holidays

Winter holidays

MVHS individuals discuss different aspects of the holiday season
December 15, 2018
Love off the cuff

Love off the cuff

Where students stand on winter relationships
December 2, 2018
Reproductive Rights

Reproductive Rights

Exploring reproductive rights through time, culture and student opinions
November 20, 2018
Planting roots: Standing tall

Planting roots: Standing tall

Roots Christian Club attends inter-district United in Christ Praise Night
November 19, 2018
Gone for Five Years

Gone for Five Years

Reflecting on my changes from five years of international schooling
November 7, 2018
Table Tennis Club season is underway

Table Tennis Club season is underway

Officers seek to generate interest and gain membership
October 29, 2018
Getting tingles

Getting tingles

Exploring the new internet phenomenon of ASMR and how students at MVHS use it
October 26, 2018
Committed

Committed

October 23, 2018
Previewing the NBA season

Previewing the NBA season

MVHS students share their thoughts on the upcoming NBA season.
October 4, 2018
Girls volleyball: Team loses season opener to Palo Alto HS

Girls volleyball: Team loses season opener to Palo Alto HS

Matadors lose their first home game 3-0
September 16, 2018
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