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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

Isabelle Kok

Isabelle Kok, Staff Writer

Isabelle Kok is currently a sophomore and a staff writer for El Estoque. In her free time she loves to listen to music, build useless hauls on shopping websites and take naps.

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Main Street magic

Main Street magic

Students and staff share their experiences and opinions on Main St. Cupertino
Isabelle Kok, Shannon Yu, and Ellie Wang
June 1, 2024
The sophomore year World Literature curriculum dives deep into many books such as George Orwells Animal Farm. Graphic by Isabelle Kok

Kush Mathur’s guide to sophomore year literature

Sophomore Kush Mathur reflects on running kites, sifting nectar and surviving World Lit
Isabelle Kok and Benjamin Zhang
May 29, 2024
The popularity of items considered retro are steadily on the rise. Graphic by Isabelle Kok and Benjamin Zhang


MVHS students share their experiences with old models of media
Isabelle Kok and Benjamin Zhang
May 24, 2024
Sarah Howell (Carshena) tries to win Sam Putney (King Ahasuerus) over by singing “You Belong with Me.” Photo by Isabelle Kok.

The First Congregational Church of Palo Alto brings ‘Eras of Esther’ to the stage

FCCPA’s community production offers a unique musical mashup of Taylor Swift and the Bible
Isabelle Kok and Benjamin Zhang
April 29, 2024
The state of California increased its minimum wage to $20.00 for fast food workers, beginning on April 1. The large restaurant chain Panera Bread was initially exempt from this change until a clarification from California Governor Gavin Newsom. Courtesy of Dave Stone

The bare minimum

California’s minimum wage raises for workers and fast food jobs have mixed effects on businesses and employees
Isabelle Kok and Jason Chu
April 24, 2024
Participants of the 2022 ALA Girls State convention in Missouri pose for a selfie. | Courtesy of Apple TV

‘Girls State’ falls victim to the female empowerment cliches it criticizes

Jesse Moss and Amanda McBaine’s documentary sequel tells an average yet endearing chronicle of a teenage-run democracy
Isabelle Kok
April 15, 2024
Photos of the article on sexual harassment, currently involved in a censorship lawsuit, published in the April 2023 edition of the MVHS Oracle. Photo by Myesha Phukan | Used with permission

Pressing matters

Mountain View High School student journalists sue district and principal over alleged censorship issues
Suhana Mahabal and Isabelle Kok
April 9, 2024
The Unheard album cover features a monochromatic photo of Hozier laying in dirt with a mustard yellow border.

‘Unheard’’s transcendent artistry is a multifaceted creation

Hozier’s eighth EP is rich with diverse lyricism and instrumentals
Isabelle Kok
March 28, 2024
Indie artist Ricky Montgomery crouches down at the front of the Regency Ballroom stage to sing to his audience. Photo courtesy of Izzy Hory @izzysconcerts. | Used with permission.

Ricky Montgomery’s 2024 tour is much more than another Rick in the wall

'The Rick Tour’s' dynamic passion and intimacy was a complete experience
Jillian Ju and Isabelle Kok
March 24, 2024
Members of Leung’s White Crane Lion and Dragon Dance Association U.S.A. bear red and white cultural flags in the Community Street Fair prior to the parade’s kickoff.

San Francisco Chinese New Year Parade 2024

San Francisco’s annual Lunar New Year celebrations welcome the Year of the Dragon into 2024
Jillian Ju and Isabelle Kok
March 7, 2024
A potential eight-period schedule will not be put into effect in the 2024-25 school year.

New year, same schedule

FUHSD decides not to implement an alternative schedule in the 24-25 school year
Isabelle Kok and Stella Petzova
March 7, 2024
TWICE members pose in elaborate white outfits against a vivid fuschia and orange background.

‘With YOU-th’ attracts with electric dynamism

TWICE’s energetic 13th EP succeeds despite its regression to conventionality
Isabelle Kok
March 6, 2024
Playing it safe

Playing it safe

Athletes use various methods to manage and prevent sports injuries
Isabelle Kok
January 27, 2024
The facade of Tong Suis Sunnyvale location.

Dessert Detectives: Tong Sui

Reviewing popular menu items based on quality and taste
Isabelle Kok and Jillian Ju
January 18, 2024
Sophomore Chloe Chens position is a setter, which sets the ball up for various hitters.

Beyond the hit

Examining the contribution of overlooked positions in volleyball
Isabelle Kok and Dylan Nguyen
December 7, 2023


Taking a glimpse at the impact of fashion at MVHS
Aster Nguyen poses in a white shirt, star-accent jeans, and black headphones.

The face of fashion

Looking into what students are wearing to school
Isabelle Kok and Aashi Venkat
November 2, 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
Freshman Ronit Kuila strikes a pose in his Michael Jackson themed duet to the song “Beat It.”

PAC-ing a punch

Freshmen navigate the maze in their first-ever Homecoming performance
Sophia D'Sa and Isabelle Kok
September 29, 2023
digital painting by Lemon Liu
| Referenced themself into Chinese painting landscapes to showcase unfitting feelings.

The art of ambition

Deconstructing how MVHS art students craft portfolios of their work
Isabelle Kok
September 18, 2023
FUHSD is currently working to combat the misuse of AI tools in the classroom.

Changing Education with ChatGPT

Exploring changes in AI regulations in education for the 2023-24 school year
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