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

Ishaani Dayal

Ishaani Dayal, Managing Editor

Ishaani is currently a senior and a Managing Editor for El Estoque. Outside of journalism, she loves biking around the Bay Area, hanging out with her friends and family, watching movies, and learning how to drive.

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Taking the wheel

Taking the wheel

How I finally got to know myself better through driving
Ishaani Dayal
May 28, 2022
The class of 2022

The class of 2022

Seniors reflect on their experiences and memories at MVHS by answering various questions
Students pet a dog during the Furry Friends event run by Bring Change 2 Mind before finals week.

Mental health awareness

Covering how mental health has changed and been addressed at MV in recent years
Jannah Sheriff and Ishaani Dayal
April 28, 2022
Diya and JJ on the streets: Womens History Trivia

Diya and JJ on the streets: Women’s History Trivia

Testing students on their knowledge of women's history
Diya Bahl, Jayanti Jha, and Ishaani Dayal
March 22, 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
Graphic by Sophia Ma and Irene Tang

Winter Sports

Exploring the different winter sports MV students play
Sophomore Ekom Mann lunges at junior Hayden Ancheta after coach Andrew Pappas signals the wrestlers to “go live” — beginning a practice match that lasts a few minutes.

Introducing the winter season sports

Showcasing games and practices from MVHS's basketball, soccer and wrestling teams
The team celebrates after defeating Windsor High School 3-1 in the first round of NorCal playoffs, during their first time ever in the tournament. Senior and captain Lia Vorthmann made the final kill of the match, giving the Matadors the win.

Against all odds

Girls Volleyball make it to CCS finals for the first time since 1998
Ishaani Dayal and Anna Jerolimov
December 8, 2021

Diya and JJ on the streets: Song association

Playing a game of song association with students and staff
Jayanti Jha, Diya Bahl, and Ishaani Dayal
December 7, 2021


Examing the role of perception in our lives
An illustration of a student shedding their mask and revealing their identity to others.

Icebreakers work

All classes should provide students the opportunity to share about themselves
Ishaani Dayal
November 12, 2021
Photos by Michelle Chen, Diya Bahl, Ishaani Dayal and Jiya Singh

Campus opinions

Exploring the opinions students and staff hold about various topics around campus
A heart formation signals the end of the girls dance performance. The freshmen skit represents a gameshow adaptation of the Game of Life board game, following four characters through different stages of their adventure. The dance ushers in the next advancement of the game — shopping for homes.

Class of 2025’s Homecoming performance

Freshmen win 4th place during Homecoming week
Taryn Lam and Ishaani Dayal
October 9, 2021


Delving into the nuances of reconnection
An illustration of an individual with a TV on their head | Graphic by Kripa Mayureshwar

Escapism provides distractions, not solutions

Analyzing the downsides of finding connections outside of reality
Aashi Venkat and Ishaani Dayal
September 24, 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
A scene from the film Moonlight, which HAmLit classes analyze in the Queer Theory unit

The HAmLit Film Club

American Literature Honors teachers and students participate in an optional film analysis outside of class
Ishaani Dayal
June 10, 2021
YEE: Heading Far East for a Feast at Inchins Bamboo Garden by is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

The best of both worlds

MVHS students share their experiences with fusion food
Ishaani Dayal
June 2, 2021
The culinary world

The culinary world

Exploring the diverse aspects of the culinary world at MVHS
The 5 Senses of Culture

The 5 Senses of Culture

Delving into the sensory facets of cultures present at MVHS

The flavors of tradition

Revisiting culturally significant childhood dishes
Ishaani Dayal
April 2, 2021
The directing process

The directing process

Overcoming hurdles while managing the play in an online setting
Ishaani Dayal
February 2, 2021
The Misanthrope: Behind the Camera

‘The Misanthrope’: Behind the Camera

A dive into Drama's first virtual production
Graphic by Annie Zhang

This is ________: Music and the human condition

The role of music in building interpersonal connections
The ability to personalize  home screens and iPhone interfaces has led to a trend following the release of iOS14. Graphic by TechnoSports

The age of customization: iOS14 and its widgets

Apple’s newest software update allows iPhone users to be more flexible with their app organization than ever before
Ishaani Dayal
October 25, 2020
Photo by Annie Zhang

[Video] Homemade Hipster: On-the-go breakfasts

Simple breakfast recipes
Annie Zhang and Ishaani Dayal
September 24, 2020
Evolution of style in quarantine

Evolution of style in quarantine

A look into how fashion and makeup preferences have changed in light of COVID-19
A picture of the Gao family is cased in a broken frame. The Gao family was once together until Peter Gao, Geng He and Grace Gao moved to America in 2009. Used with permission

A protest of a lifetime: searching for freedom

Examining rising activism in Eastern Asia
Ishaani Dayal and Rachel Jiang
June 8, 2020
Merch madness

Merch madness

Exploring four types of merchandise on campus
Ones Instagram Account

Social media account details alleged sexual assault

Instagram posts cause stir in local community about district response to harassment claims
Rachel Jiang, Ishaani Dayal, and Tina Low
March 13, 2020
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Via Cupertino introduced as new rideshare service by Cupertino City Council

Exploring the micro-transit system’s impact on the community
Rachel Jiang and Ishaani Dayal
February 12, 2020
Senior Isabelle Dingli, an Australian citizen, spent her winter break in Melbourne, about 100 miles away from the nearest fires, but she says the air quality impacted her.

Up in flames: Australian bushfires from July 2019 continue to devastate

Australian students from MVHS react to the longer, more widespread bushfires in their home country
Ishaani Dayal and Tina Low
February 11, 2020
Disney stirs controversy over older content on its new streaming service

Disney stirs controversy over older content on its new streaming service

Recent release of Disney+ brings back past culturally outdated movies and shows
Ishaani Dayal
December 20, 2019
Annual Cupertino Christmas Tree Lighting

Annual Cupertino Christmas Tree Lighting

Cupertino community comes together for the ceremony
Jai Uparkar, Tina Low, Ishaani Dayal, and Rachel Jiang
December 16, 2019
Sophomores and MV Microfinance officers Devin Gupta, Arnav Doshi, and Ojas Karnavat present their proposal to the FUHSD board to get their charity organization, Kiva, permanently approved for further use by the club throughout the year.

MV Microfinance presents Kiva charity proposal to the FUHSD Board

Officers propose plan to fund the club’s nonprofit loan company
Ishaani Dayal
November 22, 2019
Industrial technology teacher Ted Shinta opened the woodshop for staff members to make pens.

Staff Wellness Day: A relaxing collaboration period

MVHS staff participate in various activities to destress and bond during free time
Michelle Chen and Ishaani Dayal
November 9, 2019
Hajjarian and his younger brother wait behind a mountain. Hajjarian tells stories to pass the time.

Too close to home: the Iranian Revolution at MVHS

The impacts of the Iranian Revolution on students and staff
Ishaani Dayal and Iman Malik
October 23, 2019
Photo by Justin Rajah // Used with permission

Interact Club: Preparing for the upcoming year

Officers focus on building connections inside and outside of the club for members this year
Ishaani Dayal
October 12, 2019
Practical jokers

Practical jokers

Teachers explain the process of pranking colleagues or students
Michelle Chen and Ishaani Dayal
September 25, 2019
Summer Lovin: Students navigate summer relationships

Summer Lovin’: Students navigate summer relationships

Students weigh in on the value of brief summer flings
Hannah Lee and Ishaani Dayal
September 23, 2019
Recalling major news events from Summer 2019

Recalling major news events from Summer 2019

Exploring students’ reactions to summer news events
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