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

Kalyani Puthenpurayil

Kalyani Puthenpurayil, Sports Editor

Kalyani Puthenpurayil is currently a junior and a sports editor for El Estoque. She is a midfielder on the Varsity field hockey team at MVHS. She enjoys baking, reading and going on long walks.

All content by Kalyani Puthenpurayil

Man on the street: Arm Wrestling

Challenging students to arm wrestling matches throughout the campus
January 21, 2023
Junior and center forward Sophia Lu maneuvers past the opposition in an attempt to shoot the ball.

Girls Basketball defeats Leland High School 69-42

Matadors maintain their lead throughout the game
January 21, 2023
Sportswashing covers up and erases the problems faced by the country.

More than just a game

How sportswashing came into play at the World Cup
January 2, 2023
The 2022 World Cup, hosted in Qatar, has attracted a large number of soccer fans from around the world and is considered one of the most widely viewed sporting events globally this year.

Now is all

Looking into students reactions to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022
December 21, 2022
Senior Diya Balakrishnan dribbles the ball around a BHS defender during the second half to advance up the field. Photo by Kalyani Puthenpurayil

Girls Soccer loses to Branham High School 1-0 in its first home game

Matadors attribute defeat to communication and incomplete passes
November 25, 2022
An illustrative graphic of a tampon kicking a soccor ball.

Playing the period game

Athletes explain the impact of menstruation on their sports
November 12, 2022
Junior Hamza Moharram goes in for a tackle in the beginning of the first quarter.

Football dominates Lynbrook High School 42-0 in its Homecoming game

Matadors start off strong and maintain their winning streak throughout the game
October 20, 2022
A drone shot of Orange Avenue pictures the newly constructed sidewalk. Photo by Alexander Chu

A new path to school

Sidewalk installations aim to promote student safety and walking to school
October 14, 2022
Senior Aashna Patel adds a star to the wall of field hockey‘s space-themed team room. Photo by

[Photo] All decked out

October 13, 2022
Senior Krupa Shanware serves the ball to start a rally.

Girls Volleyball loses to Mountain View High School 3-2

Matadors experience a loss of momentum after winning first two sets
September 24, 2022
Senior Andrew Cole runs down the track during a track meet.

Powering through practice

Looking at how different athletes train for their sports
May 27, 2022
Facing phobias

Facing phobias

Exploring irrational fears that students have
May 27, 2022
The players celebrate after winning their first home game in straight sets against Homestead High School, not knowing that they would be facing HHS again for the Division I CCS Championship.

Fight like hell

Exploring Boys Volleyball’s journey to the Division II NorCal Playoffs
May 25, 2022
Trashing Our School

Trashing Our School

Exploring the different ways trash affects the MVHS community
May 25, 2022
The Local Road Safety Plan targets to reduce fatalities and severe injuries for all types of commuters, including bikers, drivers and pedestrians.

Paving the way for safer roads

Exploring how Cupertino is working towards creating a Local Road Safety Plan
May 22, 2022
Calling to communicate

Calling to communicate

Exploring how the MVHS community stays connected through voice
May 21, 2022
Like Sophomore Esther Suh, many individuals utilize messaging platforms to connect with others for reasons ranging from talking to friends and family to work related purposes.

Connected through texting

Exploring the benefits and drawbacks of digital communication
May 3, 2022
Seniors Arthur Chan, Lance Tong, Neil Weaver, Rishi Dasari and Sudhit Rao pose together with their family members and their gifts.

Boys Volleyball dominates Saratoga High School on senior night

Seniors share their fun moments on the court during their last home game
May 2, 2022
Students leave their bikes at the bike racks.

Combating air pollution

Exploring steps students and administrators are taking to reduce MVHS’s carbon footprint
April 19, 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
The Westport Cupertino construction site shortly after the groundbreaking ceremony.

Implementing affordable housing in Cupertino

Exploring Westport Cupertino and the changes it brings
March 29, 2022
Junior and captain Lance Fuchia gets ready to smash the birdie over the net. Photo by Anna Jerolimov

Badminton narrowly defeats Cupertino High School 16-14

A tiebreaking match allows MVHS to take the victory
March 26, 2022
Recapping the mask mandate throughout the pandemic

Recapping the mask mandate throughout the pandemic

The evolution of face coverings as Governor Gavin Newsom announces masks will not be required indoors at schools starting March 12
March 16, 2022
Senior Lance Tong leaps into the air to tip the ball over the net. Photo by Michelle Zheng

Boys Volleyball beats Homestead High School 3-0 in its first home game

Matadors hope to fulfill their season’s expectations after securing a win for their first league game
March 13, 2022
French teacher Janissa Zahns pen pals would send photos of themselves and their life in France.

Exchanging Letters

Sharing the handwritten letters that MVHS students, staff and community members have sent and received
March 4, 2022
As methods of communication such as emailing and calling became more popular in the 1990s, English teacher Shozo Shimazaki remembers thinking that the post office would go out of business, but the letters that people sent across the world remain in our history.

The forgotten art of writing letters

Exploring the impacts of written forms of communication from loved ones
March 4, 2022
In 2020, Eileen Gu changed the country she was representing from the U.S. to China  when she was 15.

Eileen Gu skis over national and political boundaries

Investigating Olympian Eileen Gu’s decision to represent China
March 2, 2022
Senior and captain Jasmita Yechuri outruns a CHS opponent in pursuit of the ball.

Girls Soccer defeats Cupertino High School 2-0 on its senior night

Matadors win their final home game of the 2021-22 season
February 13, 2022
The Sounds of MVHS

The Sounds of MVHS

February 6, 2022

Laughing Along

February 4, 2022
Juniors Julianna Kimm and Varshini Peddinti guard an opponent from passing the ball to a teammate.

Girls Basketball beats Fremont High School 45-34

Matadors remain undefeated in league with 6-0 record
January 29, 2022
The team raises senior Remy Haghighi in a celebratory cheer after winning the game against Cupertino High School 4-1.

Boys Soccer defeats Cupertino High School 4-1

Matadors’ intensity allows them to dominate CHS
January 23, 2022
Senior Claire Yang experiments with different types of art, from charcoal still lifes to digital drawings.

Choosing artistic and hands-on electives

Exploring the creative courses that students take at MVHS
January 22, 2022
Following the @finsta

Following the @finsta

Students create spam Instagram accounts for more exclusive, personal posts
January 15, 2022
Residents dress up their homes for the holidays

Residents dress up their homes for the holidays

Taking a look at how Cupertino families decorated for winter celebrations
December 20, 2021
Graphic by Justin Kim

‘Tis the season for…’

Delving deeper into this year's winter highlights and memories
December 13, 2021
Freshman Maya Gallo sprints towards the ball as she gauges the field to see if any teammates are open.

Girls Soccer falls to Lincoln High School 8-2

Lack of intensity at the beginning of the game leads to the Matadors’ loss
December 4, 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
November 3, 2021
Athletes share about how they got into their sports

Athletes share about how they got into their sports

Comparing and contrasting images of athletes from then and now
October 23, 2021
Team Inani

Team Inani

Featuring sophomore Vrinda Inani’s dance journey
September 23, 2021
Teammates by Chance

Teammates by Chance

Exploring the impacts of playing the same sport as a family member
September 23, 2021
Freshman Varsha Iyengar gets ready to serve the ball. Photo by Kalyani Puthenpurayil

Picking up a racket

Three tennis players explain how they first began the sport
September 21, 2021
Senior Marissa Jensen prepares to leap into the air to receive a pass from her teammate.

Girls Volleyball falls to Palo Alto High School 3-0

MVHS loses its undefeated streak in seventh game of the season
September 16, 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
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