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

Jefferson Le

Jefferson Le, News Editor

Jefferson is currently a senior, third-year staff writer and News Editor for El Estoque. In his free time, he likes to go hiking and play games like Valorant.

All content by Jefferson Le
The word COLORS is written in an explosive, rainbow font, depicting a theme similar to graffiti.

Colors

Delving into the colors of the rainbow
May 30, 2022
Student self-expression through color

Student self-expression through color

Students applying color to different mediums
May 27, 2022
Trashing Our School

Trashing Our School

Exploring the different ways trash affects the MVHS community
May 25, 2022
Following the experience of those who moved states in an increasingly partisan country

From state to state: A political and cultural shift

Following the experience of those who moved states in an increasingly partisan country
May 17, 2022
When schools opened in August of 2021, California’s free lunch program increased the number of students who ordered school lunch, raising concerns about the impact of food waste on the environment.

Limiting food waste at MVHS

An explanation of contributing factors and ways to combat excess leftovers
May 13, 2022
The price of living in Cupertino

The price of living in Cupertino

Examining how residents interact with the different aspects of housing in Cupertino
April 4, 2022
Buying and renting a house in Cupertino

Buying and renting a house in Cupertino

Detailing the process of acquiring property in Cupertino
April 3, 2022
In the face of crime

In the face of crime

Examining the impact of crime and community reactions to it
February 15, 2022
Cupertino Citizens serving through Neighborhood Watch

Cupertino Citizens serving through Neighborhood Watch

Exploring how civilians help law enforcement work towards a safer neighborhood
February 15, 2022
Addressing climate change

Addressing climate change

Examining the approach to climate change on four different levels
December 31, 2021
Analyzing the results of 2021 United Nations Climate Conference and the absence of Russia and China

Countries tackle climate change at COP26

Analyzing the results of 2021 United Nations Climate Conference and the absence of Russia and China
December 10, 2021
Photo courtesy of Riya Ranjan

MVHS senior wins 3rd in national essay competition

Riya Ranjan places on Gilder Lehrman Essay competition
December 9, 2021
The storefront of Nox Cookie Bar in downtown San Jose.

Dessert Detectives: Nox Cookie Bar

Reviewing Nox’s popular menu items
November 9, 2021

MV Color Guard participates in the Tournament of the Bands

The MVHS Band Ensemble performs its 2021 show Phases of the Moon
October 31, 2021
Competition season is back

Competition season is back

Showcasing MVHS organizations in action
October 31, 2021
Class of 2023 works on their Skit Decs.

Leaders grapple with COVID-19 restrictions

ASB and Leadership members reflect on the impact of the return to in-person
September 25, 2021
FUHSD athletes found ways to resonate with Lydia Jacoby, Suni Lee and Simone Biles. Graphic by Jayanti Jha, Aashna Patel and Kalyani Puthenpurayil

Twisting the game

Three Olympic winners resonate with local athletes
August 18, 2021
“Invincible” brings a fresh face to the superhero films we know

“Invincible” brings a fresh face to the superhero films we know

The Walking Dead creator’s new show helps redefine what it means to be a superhero
May 24, 2021
Hybrid students reflect on the return to in-person school

Hybrid students reflect on the return to in-person school

Examining the positive aspects and drawbacks of being part of the students who chose to return to school
May 16, 2021
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Moving schools during COVID-19

Exploring the experiences and process behind changing schools during distanced learning
April 7, 2021
Clubs: Behind the Screens

Clubs: Behind the Screens

February 10, 2021
One of MV Octagons Zoom events.

Volunteer-based clubs

Exploring the changes volunteer-based clubs have experienced during a distance learning school year
February 10, 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
Chinese apps WeChat and TikTok face U.S. ban threats

Chinese apps WeChat and TikTok face U.S. ban threats

Exploring MVHS community’s opinion on the future of the social apps in America
January 10, 2021
International Responses to COVID

International Responses to COVID

Comparing responses to COVID abroad to MVHS experiences with COVID
November 6, 2020
Performative nonprofits: the good and the bad

Performative nonprofits: the good and the bad

Many student-run unofficial nonprofits are a result of the Silicon Valley’s competitive atmosphere
October 28, 2020
Athletes continue practicing virtually

Athletes continue practicing virtually

How students use online tools to continue training during quarantine
May 13, 2020
Tom Brady signs with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after 20 years with the New England Patriots

Tom Brady signs with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after 20 years with the New England Patriots

How MVHS students feel about the star quarterback leaving
April 10, 2020
Section 504

Section 504

Navigating the implementation and stigma of 504 plans
March 13, 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
Peeling back the layers: American Born Chinese replaces The Scarlet Letter

Peeling back the layers: American Born Chinese replaces The Scarlet Letter

Examining how the minority experience is taught by white HAmLit teachers
January 31, 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
Photo Illustration | Jefferson Le and Annie Zhang

In-game impulse: Students and teachers disclose their opinions on toxic gaming

Investigating the toxicity and banter in online gaming communities
December 20, 2019
A learning experience: the story of our friendship

A learning experience: the story of our friendship

A recap of everything that makes our friendship memorable
December 15, 2019
Out of the Loop Page Design.

Out of the loop

November 24, 2019
Sophomore Rachel Chen, part of the group that researched the Lehigh Cement Company emission issues, presents  more information about the plants pollution.

Lehigh Cement Company’s pollution issue

MVHS students spoke against Lehigh Cement Company’s harmful emissions to nearby residents at a Youth In Action (YIA) Conference
November 24, 2019
Members of Dungeons and Dragons Club create characters and socialize during a lunch meeting.

Dungeons and Dragons starts off campaigns by creating new characters

New and returning members of Dungeons and Dragons club begin their campaigns by creating new in-game characters
October 17, 2019
Homestead HS student reports a shooting threat by SJSU student.

Homestead HS social media threat

Homestead HS student reports a shooting threat which enabled officials to promptly disperse the situation
October 16, 2019
Construction vehicles crowd McClellan Road due to bike lane construction. Photo by Anish Vasudevan

Construction delays on McClellan

Unexpected underground utilities issues push back bike lane completion date
August 30, 2019
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