The Student News Site of Monta Vista High School

El Estoque

The Student News Site of Monta Vista High School

El Estoque

The Student News Site of Monta Vista High School

El Estoque

Devin Gupta

Devin Gupta, Managing and Web Editor

Devin is currently a senior and a third-year staff writer, managing editor and website editor for El Estoque. In his free time, he enjoys skateboarding and watching Star Trek.

All content by Devin Gupta
Community members gather to celebrate the naming of the Bettencourt gymnasium at a ceremony on May 7.

Main gym renamed

Honoring Harry Bettencourt’s 32 years of service to FUHSD
May 22, 2022
El Estoque writers pose playing Nintendo Switch | Photo by Shivani Verma

From textbooks to television

Examining the impact of teaching through more modern, accessible means
April 27, 2022
A stack of books labeled STEM, Humanities, and Binaries | Illustration by Kripa Mayureshwar

Breaking down binaries

Re-evaluating our dichotomous perception of the world
March 4, 2022
Cupertino’s best boba destinations

Cupertino’s best boba destinations

El Estoque finds the best boba in Cupertino by visiting select establishments.
February 12, 2022
Binaries at Monta Vista

Binaries at Monta Vista

Exploring HAmLit’s Patriot Act project and how MVHS subverts common binaries
February 11, 2022
Language in Media

Language in Media

Examining how the rhetoric used in modern media permeates our daily lives
December 23, 2021
Graphic depicting two students, one with 7 courses and another without 7 courses

Course selection should be more flexible

Scheduling based on seven classes bolsters elective enrollment
December 8, 2021
Sophomores Ashika Mittal and Mihret Tesfaye build their catapult.

Students attempt an engineering project

Two teams build a catapult out of craft materials
November 4, 2021
The music for the girls’ dance consisted of three energy-filled songs — “Instruction” by Jax Jones, “Just Got Paid,” and “Low” by Flo Rida.”

Class of 2023’s Homecoming performance

Juniors wins 2nd place for their performance during Homecoming week
October 7, 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
Social Science teacher Hilary Barron shares a photo of her daughter, Elizabeth Julien. Photo by Hilary Barron | Used with permission

Staff baby boom leads to long-term substitutes

Exploring staff and students’ reactions to long-term sub situations
October 3, 2021
Los Gatos High School by David Sawyer is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

BREAKING: Los Altos High School bomb threat threatens Homecoming football game

Reports of a dangerous device at LAHS proves a false alarm
October 1, 2021
MVHS alumni returned to enjoy the Night Market with friends.

Cupertino Night Market

Cupertino Chamber of Commerce resumes its events after COVID-19
September 27, 2021
Insight Diagnostics admisters COVID-19 rapid antigen and PCR testing on Wednesdays in front of the auditorium.

FUHSD implements on-campus COVID-19 procedures

Exploring how students diagnosed with COVID-19 are quarantined
September 26, 2021
Club leaders share their objectives for the 2021-2022 school year

Club leaders share their objectives for the 2021-2022 school year

Exploring what’s in store for clubs as MVHS returns to in-person learning
August 7, 2021
Monta Vista defends against Homestead

Girls Basketball: Monta Vista loses to Homestead 43-35

Varsity loses its fifth game of the season
May 2, 2021
Graphic by Rachel Jiang

Plotting the Future

Examining course allocations at MVHS through the lens of declining enrollment
April 1, 2021

Part 2: The Process

Examining how MVHS makes course allocation decisions
April 1, 2021
Biology Teacher Kenneth Gan recollects his first job as a carnie.

50 Questions with Kenneth Gan

In the 14th installment of the recurring series, El Estoque asks Kenneth Gan 50 questions
March 30, 2021
Junior Shervin Jalilvand passes a long ball into the midfield.

Boys Soccer: MVHS defeats Cupertino High School 1-0

The team secures its first win post-pandemic despite struggles with team chemistry
March 21, 2021
The Girls Golf team members poses in their uniforms last season.

Girls Golf: MVHS competes against Lynbrook for its first game of the season

MVHS loses to Lynbrook 204 to 229
February 23, 2021
A womans arm is being cleaned in preparation for the vaccine injection.

Don’t Miss Your Shot

Scientists used RNA technology to create the COVID-19 vaccine, yet its fast-paced development and distribution caused concerns about side effects as vaccines are administered to essential workers.
February 12, 2021
Jessica Ridgway recieves the vaccine.

Phase 2: The Distribution

Exploring the success and opinions surrounding the first wave distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine
February 12, 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
The College Board announces cancellation of SAT Subject Tests and SAT optional essays.

College Board cancels SAT Subject Tests and SAT optional essay

Student reactions about the cancellations and changes in standardized testing
January 30, 2021
Junior Devin Gupta highlights an AP US History DBQ || Photo by Devin Gupta

Closing off the semester

What Closing Week means and where it came from
December 17, 2020
Permanent Resident: Immigration at MVHS

Permanent Resident: Immigration at MVHS

Following the immigration journeys of MVHS students and parents
November 23, 2020
Walsworth Social Success Webinar

El Valedor presents at national yearbook workshop

Junior Lydia Lu shares her COVID-19 social media strategy at yearbook webinar
November 19, 2020
Truffle Shuffle cofounders Jason McKinney (left) and Tyler Vorce (right) host an online cooking class. Used with permission

Cupertino Businesses in Quarantine

Cupertino businesses adapts to the unexpected circumstances created by the pandemic
November 6, 2020
Lloyd Holmes Profile Photo

Lloyd Holmes: the new president of De Anza College

Holmes shares his experiences with race, education and giving back
October 26, 2020
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Ballot Box

Exploring local politics in our community
October 1, 2020
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63 MVHS students qualify for the semifinals of the National Merit Scholarship Program

Breaking down the logistics behind the competition
September 25, 2020
Charlene Lee

Charlene Lee

September 23, 2020
Joseph J.R. Fruen

Joseph “J.R.” Fruen

September 23, 2020
Steven Scharf Profile

Steven Scharf

September 22, 2020
Candidate Hung Wei poses for her campaign photo

Hung Wei

September 22, 2020
Cupertino City Hall

Candidates running for Cupertino City Council

Meet Joseph Fruen, Kitty Moore, Steven Scharf and Hung Wei
September 22, 2020
Zoom school replaces in-person learning during pandemic

Zoom school replaces in-person learning during pandemic

Examining various perspectives about instruction through a screen
September 19, 2020
FUHSD implements credit/no-credit grading in response to COVID-19

FUHSD implements credit/no-credit grading in response to COVID-19

Despite community opposition, board of trustees unanimously vote to reaffirm new grading system
May 13, 2020
Photo courtesy of Ian Chen

Maatcha.me online release

FUHSD students chat and find new friends on student-built platform
May 8, 2020
COVID-19 and its impact on the sports community

COVID-19 and its impact on the sports community

Exploring the feelings from different MVHS athletes who have been impacted directly from this and the fans of professional sports leagues
April 19, 2020
All Santa Clara Valley Athletic League sports suspended

All Santa Clara Valley Athletic League sports suspended

Exploring MVHS student’s reactions to the suspension of all sports seasons
April 19, 2020
Graduating seniors take a freshman biology test

[Video] Graduating seniors take a freshman biology test

El Estoque tests how much seniors remember from freshman biology
April 11, 2020
College admissions should be merit-based, here’s why | EE Opinion

College admissions should be merit-based, here’s why | EE Opinion

Of many controversial topics, college admissions is one of the most pertinent to Monta Vista high school. In this video, El Estoque staff writers Devin Gupta and Tanish Mendki explore why admissions should be merit-based
March 4, 2020
An in-depth guide to every course available at MVHS.

MVHS Course Selection Guide

Exploring student perspectives on every course offered at MVHS
February 19, 2020
Demolition begins at Vallco Mall called Demolition Day || From Mercury News

Opposition to the Vallco Plan

Sand Hill Property reinitiates construction in Vallco Shopping Mall after passing of State Bill 35
January 10, 2020
Urbanization of Cupertino

Urbanization of Cupertino

In a constant state of change, Cupertino has experienced drastic changes in terms of infrastructure and business from the influx of both workers and residents. Vallco construction has recently been reinitiated after the passage of State Bill 35. The proliferation of chain businesses act as a double edged sword to local businesses. Median house values climb and realtors work to satisfy buyers who prioritize commute times. Read more about each story.
January 10, 2020
An excerpt from Meltons complaint and lawsuit against Chipotle, describing some of the General Managers actions.

Former Cupertino Chipotle worker wins $95,000 sexual harassment lawsuit

Employee Austin Melton wins sexual harassment case against Chipotle
January 5, 2020
Lessons From Around the World

Lessons From Around the World

Exploring the differences in policies and systems between the U.S. and foreign countries
December 19, 2019
White tesla in parking lot || photo from Charlie Deets

Tesla’s Technology Update

Electric car manufacturer released a new software update for their electric cars including self-park, Spotify, Netflix, and arcade games
December 16, 2019
Students participated in discussion with one another about mental health awareness techniques || Used with permission from Daniel Duan

Bring Change to Mind’s 2019 California Summit

Bring Change to Mind attends a conference about spreading mental health awareness and personal wellbeing
December 12, 2019
Trending Tik Tok teens

Trending Tik Tok teens

MVHS students go viral on social media platform Tik Tok
November 19, 2019
Breaking the stereotype

Breaking the stereotype

November 17, 2019

[Video] MVHS Stereotypes

An exploration of the stereotypes of MVHS in the community
November 16, 2019
Used from Website

Bring Change to Mind: The founding and purpose

Objectives behind the Bring Change to Mind organization efforts to make an impact on students’ mental health
October 26, 2019
Breakdown of college related activities and associated costs

Pre-college college expenses

Students outline various expenses their parents spend to better their college applications
October 22, 2019
World at stake

World at stake

MVHS community responds to the dire effects of climate change
October 18, 2019
Gautham Raghupathi and Tom Zhang work on their machine learning project for a hackathon at the University of Pennsylvania. PHOTO BY RAGHUPATHI // USED WITH PERMISSION

App and Web Development Club officers compete at the University of Pennsylvania Hackathon

Seniors Gautham Raghupathi and Tom Zhang build an AI customer prediction model at the PennApps 20 hackathon.
September 27, 2019
The F-Word: Failure

The F-Word: Failure

Examining the influence of failure in the MVHS community
September 20, 2019
MV cheer presents their routines at James Logan High School for feedback from the judges to gain experience. Photos by Roshan Fernandez, Akshara Majjiga and Om Khandekar

The disappearance of the Monta Vista Cheer Team

Students react to the Yell Team as a replacement for MV Cheer
August 30, 2019
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