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

Jisha Rajala

Jisha Rajala, Opinion Editor

Jisha is currently a junior and an opinion editor for El Estoque. In her free time, she enjoys baking, drawing and rewatching shows.

All content by Jisha Rajala
2022-23 school year recap

2022-23 school year recap

Exploring MV students’ thoughts on the past school year
Jisha Rajala
June 8, 2023

Teachers give love advice

Exploring teachers’ perspectives on high school romantic relationships
Jisha Rajala
June 4, 2023
Depression rates rise among teens

Depression rates rise among teens

Exploring reasons behind the rise in depression rates and ways to mitigate it
Jisha Rajala
June 1, 2023


Exploring opinions surrounding different aspects of prom.
Alicia Lee and her boyfriend Marcus Praseuth pose for a picture on top of the San Francisco Belle at the 2022 MVHS prom.

With friends? Or with a date?

Exploring MV students' opinions on attending prom with friends or with a date
Crystal Cheng and Jisha Rajala
May 27, 2023
I think you should...

I think you should…

Exploring the MVHS community's opinions on giving and receiving advice
Exploring the effect of CAASPP on FUHSD students and staff

Exploring the effect of CAASPP on FUHSD students and staff

Examining the process of developing changes to the CAASPP schedule
Jisha Rajala and Eshika Tiwari
March 19, 2023
Protection against school violence

Protection against school violence

Examining how we can prevent student shooters from doing the unthinkable
Jisha Rajala, Eshika Tiwari, and Abha Dash
March 19, 2023
Protecting ourselves

Protecting ourselves

Taking a look at how students protect different facets of their lives

Break from convention

How my perspective on public speaking changed
Jisha Rajala
January 16, 2023
Instagram feeds get filled with new stories and online activism links, but that alone isnt enough to truly make an impact.

Justice requires more than an Instagram story

Exploring the ineffectiveness of social media slacktivism
Jisha Rajala, Opinion Editor
November 28, 2022
Bandaids for bullet wounds

Bandaids for bullet wounds

Examining how bandaid solutions fail to address the root cause of various issues


Exploring how the idolization of various people, lifestyles and features pervades our lives.
A narrow focus on Eurocentric beauty excludes much of the wider world.

True Beauty

Idolizing Eurocentric beauty standards prevents diverse representation
Sarah Liu and Jisha Rajala
October 7, 2022

Justifying different mindsets about college

Discussing the pros and cons of idolizing college
Crystal Cheng and Jisha Rajala
October 7, 2022
Often, cultural standards for discipline can blur the line between authoritarian parenting and abuse.

Discipline? Or abuse?

Examining emotional and physical abuse in parent-child relationships
Tvisha Gupta and Jisha Rajala
May 28, 2022
Senior Matvey Jenssen wears a self-made T-shirt with the phrase “no war” printed across the front in three languages: Russian, Ukrainian and English.

Reacting to the Russia-Ukraine War

Exploring student and staff perspectives on the humanitarian crisis
The Chamber Orchestra poses for a photo taken in the MVs rally court

Chamber Orchestra selected to perform at Midwest Clinic

Exploring members of MV Chamber Orchestra’s reactions to its acceptance to the 76th Annual Midwest Clinic
Jisha Rajala, News Editor
April 15, 2022
Since the beginning of 2021, 156 books have been challenged across the United States.

Book bans are on the rise

Tennessee ‘Maus’ controversy confronts ethics of restricting age-inappropriate content for students
Jisha Rajala and Lillian Wang
April 6, 2022
Books like To Kill a Mockingbird are read in literature classrooms feature the N-word.

Can we use the N-word? No.

Examining the recent district proposal to prohibit the use of the N-word by non-Black students in literature and history contexts
Jisha Rajala and Anna Kaminitz
March 18, 2022
A list of the new workplace rules that went into effect on Jan. 6 2022.

Safety in the workplace

Examining the experiences of MVHS students working in public spaces
Jisha Rajala, News Editor
February 4, 2022
Students celebrate their graduation by throwing their hats.

Early action applicants decline

Examining the decrease among MVHS seniors
Jisha Rajala and Lillian Wang
December 7, 2021

Teachers take their own tests

History, French, Physics and Calculus teachers share advice for test-taking
Crystal Cheng and Jisha Rajala
December 6, 2021
To ensure safety for students and staff during  gun violence incidents, run, hide, and defend procedures should be implemented. Graphic by Angela Zhang

The rise in high school gun violence

Examining the recent rise in gun violence and its impact on MV students, staff and parents
Jisha Rajala and Alex Zhang
October 30, 2021
Insecurities are the strings that play around with every move I make.

Dear insecurities

A letter to my familiar friend
Jisha Rajala
October 23, 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
Devin Gupta and Jisha Rajala
October 3, 2021
Members of the Color Guard pose for a photo before their performance in the first football game of the season.

Color Guard transitions to in-person practices

Exploring the change in meeting style and its effect on the Color Guard team
Nameek Chowdhury and Jisha Rajala
September 29, 2021
Sophomore Madi Polidoro, senior Nabeeha Ahsan, senior Nila Katchapalayal, and junior Melody Chui pose for a photo by MV Fashion clubs booth.

MVHS holds Club Info Day

Jisha Rajala, Staff Writer
September 13, 2021
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