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

Irene Tang

Irene Tang, Features Editor

Irene a senior and a features editor for El Estoque. She enjoys reading and listening to music in her free time.

All content by Irene Tang
The ideal of the American Dream is that of a country with equal opportunity for success — where anyone can have the life they want if they try hard enough to get it.

The American Dream

Examining the immigration stories of MVHS parents
Anna Jerolimov and Irene Tang
April 14, 2023
Graphic | Irene Tang

A letter

For my ex-best friend
Irene Tang
February 25, 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
After school

After school

Exploring what clubs students devote their time to outside of class
Irene Tang and Anabelle Walker
December 22, 2022
Photo by Kripa Mayureshwar

Behind the wheel

Students share their first memories driving
Kripa Mayureshwar and Irene Tang
November 14, 2022
Anika Deshpande poses with her friend at a sorority event. Photo courtesy of Anika Deshpande | Used with Permission

Fraternity and sorority culture

MVHS alumni share their experiences with Greek Life
Pranati Kotamraju and Irene Tang
October 13, 2022
Matadors at Work

Matadors at Work

Students share new jobs they’ve picked up over the summer
Summer 2022 in review

Summer 2022 in review

El Estoque’s Arts & Entertainment section recaps music, movies and TV shows released over the summer
Irene Tang, Aashi Venkat, and Sonia Verma
August 26, 2022
Seniors win in the Farewell Rally

Seniors win in the Farewell Rally

MVHS hosts the last rally of the 2021-2022 school year
Aditya Shukla, Riya Ravuri, and Irene Tang
May 27, 2022
The Apple Watch offers a variety of features that track activity 
Graphic | Irene Tang

Down to the bits: technology in sports

Exploring how MVHS sports uses technology
The Apple Watch offers a variety of features that track activity 
Graphic | Irene Tang

Using smart devices to stay fit

Exploring different forms of technology athletes use to monitor exercise progress
Michelle Chen and Irene Tang
March 24, 2022
The Valero gas station on De Anza Boulevard prices almost reached $6.00 on March 12. Photo by Angela Zhang

Gas prices reach record highs as Russia-Ukraine War continues

Examining the effect of Biden’s sanction on Russian oil and gas in Cupertino
Irene Tang and Angela Zhang
March 18, 2022
Race in Sports

Race in Sports

Exploring the different facets of race in sports
The Matadors and their friends from the crowd pose for a picture after their win.

Boys Soccer defeats Milpitas High School 6-1 on its senior night

Seniors reflect on their final game with the team and look towards the future
Krish Dev and Irene Tang
February 27, 2022
Nguyen in possession of the puck during his game | Photo Courtesy of Eric Nguyen

Pass the puck

Students describe their experiences playing hockey
Ishaani Dayal and Irene Tang
February 11, 2022
Junior and Varsity Girls Basketball captain Julianna Kimm stands before the Chinese flag.

Representation in sports matters

Exploring how students are inspired by professional athletes of the same race
Irene Tang and Matthew Yoshimoto
February 8, 2022
Sophomore Niku Sedarat drives the ball through midfield as teammates run forward hoping to receive a through ball.

Girls Soccer falls to Fremont 5-0

Matadors attribute loss to a lack of communication
Krish Dev and Irene Tang
January 21, 2022
Graphic by Sophia Ma and Irene Tang

Winter Sports

Exploring the different winter sports MV students play
The cover image of 30 is a simple yet impactful headshot of Adele.

“30” is an excellent showcase of vulnerability

Adele’s first album in six years is an emotional masterpiece
Kripa Mayureshwar and Irene Tang
November 28, 2021
Sophomore Ace Chow wearing his football gear | Photo Courtesy of Ace Chow

Preparing for the big game

MV athletes share different ways that help them get ready before their game
Celebrating birthdays

Celebrating birthdays

MVHS students explain their birthday festivities
Irene Tang and Mira Wagner
October 22, 2021
The team rushes through the banner, marking the end of halftime and the beginning of the third quarter.

Matadors lose helmet trophy to Cupertino High School for the fifth consecutive year

MVHS loses 20-45 against CHS in the Helmet Game despite second half push
Irene Tang, Michelle Zheng, and Lance Tong
October 18, 2021
The Phillips proudly pose  after winning bronze at a preseason tournament in freshmen year.

Team Phillip

Twins Matthew and Thomas Philip reflect on playing soccer together
Irene Tang and Angela Zhang
September 23, 2021
Teammates by Chance

Teammates by Chance

Exploring the impacts of playing the same sport as a family member
The cover features a hand reaching out towards a bright pink poison vial | Photo Courtesy Warner Bros Music

‘pretty poison’ is an absolute masterpiece

Nessa Barrett releases chilling first EP
Irene Tang
September 12, 2021
With two blockers in front of her, senior Marissa Jensen prepares to spike the ball across the court. Photo by Irene Tang

Girls Volleyball wins 3-2 in a thrilling comeback against Notre Dame

Lady Mats continue their undefeated streak after winning their fifth game of the season
Irene Tang and Melody Cui
September 4, 2021
Sophomore Kalyani Puthenpurayil plugs a laptop into one of the librarys Chromebook carts. Photo by Aashi Venkat

FUHSD implements new 1:1 device program

Exploring the decision behind the new policy for the 2021-22 school year
Photo Courtesy Jeff Shen | Used with Permission
Illustration Sophia Ma

A final season

Senior athletes reflect on the challenges they’ve faced during the pandemic
Irene Tang and Sophia Ma
May 21, 2021
Monta Vista defends against Homestead

Girls Basketball: Monta Vista loses to Homestead 43-35

Varsity loses its fifth game of the season
Devin Gupta, Irene Tang, and Mikaylah Du
May 2, 2021
Homemade Hipster: Easy Easter sugar cookies

Homemade Hipster: Easy Easter sugar cookies

Celebrate Easer with a sweet and simple recipe
Irene Tang
March 28, 2021
Social media influencer Leona Daugherty wearing Chans hoodie (Photo courtesy Leona Daugherty | Used with permission)

Quarantine projects

Students share various projects they have been working on during the pandemic
Irene Tang
February 11, 2021
Exploring the stories of Cupertino residents, students and teachers

Humans of Cupertino

Discovering the stories that populate Cupertino
Yes, she can.

Yes, she can.

Exploring different facets of feminism and how they impact students, staff and alumni
Girls Supporting Girls

Girls Supporting Girls

Examining how TikTok pushes a misogynistic mentality
Shreshta Ranganathan and Irene Tang
November 7, 2020
The three branches of debate Monta Vista offers | Graphic by Irene Tang

Debating through a screen

Members of Monta Vista Debate (MVSD) reflect on the the shift from in-person debates to online
Irene Tang
October 24, 2020

K-pop’s cultural appropriation issue

Students and alumni weigh in on problematic racial representation within the Korean music industry
Tyler Cho and Irene Tang
September 19, 2020
Illustration | Irene Tang

It’s OK to not be OK

A personal struggle with the effects of toxic positivity
Irene Tang
September 19, 2020
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