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

Manas Kottakota

Manas Kottakota, Staff Writer

Manas is currently a junior and staff writer for El Estoque. In his free time, he enjoys biking with his friends, traveling to new places with his family and cooking.

All content by Manas Kottakota
In August 2023, the choir room was still undergoing construction. | Photo by Giljoon Lee

Deconstructing construction

Breaking down school construction projects and how they impact MVHS staff
Junior Tvisha Jain dribbles past her opponent in the first quarter. Photo by Manas Kottakota

Field Hockey falls to Branham High School 5-1

Field Hockey continues to prepare for the regular season, but fails to maintain its positive momentum
Manas Kottakota and Sagnik Nag Chowdhury
September 4, 2023
EE-SPN NBA Finals Graphic

EE-SPN Ep. 3: NBA Finals 2023

Analyzing the 2023 NBA Finals
Arjun Dhruv and Manas Kottakota
June 5, 2023
The addition of Proposition 28 provides additional funding for MVHS arts departments, helping to continue sustaining these courses.

Keeping the arts alive

How declining enrollment and Proposition 28 are affecting the arts department
2023 NBA Playoffs Conference Finals EE-SPN Graphic by Arjun Dhruv and Manas Kottakotta

EE-SPN Ep. 2: NBA Conference Finals 2023

Analyzing the conference finals of the 2023 NBA Playoffs
Arjun Dhruv and Manas Kottakota
May 19, 2023
Junior and setter Henry Hu sets the ball to the middle hitter. Photo by Sagnik Nag Chowdhury

Boys Volleyball falls to The Harker School 3-0 on its senior night

Matadors narrowly lost two final sets 22-25 and 23-25
EE-SPN 2023 NBA Playoffs Conference Semifinals Podcast with Manas Kottakota and Arjun Dhruv

EE-SPN Ep. 1: NBA Conference Semifinals 2023

Analyzing the conference semifinals of the NBA Playoffs
Manas Kottakota and Arjun Dhruv
May 2, 2023
Affordability in education

Affordability in education

How money creates disproportionate opportunities for students
Manas Kottakota
April 5, 2023
Chang with her grandma and grandpa. Photo sed with permission by Kayla Chang.

Who inspires you?

Delving into MVHS students’ biggest inspirations and role models
Sophomore and Varsity 3 Boys Singles player Jayden Lim prepares to reach for the birdie. Lim won his set earning MVHS one point.

Photo by Manas Kottakota

Badminton defeats Cupertino High School 17-13 in a close game

Varsity Badminton opens up its season with a close victory
Manas Kottakota and Sameer Maheshwari
March 11, 2023
Freshman Monisha Preetham passes the ball to her teammate across the field.

Differences between club and school athletes

Exploring what athletes like and dislike about on a club or school sports teams
Jason Chu and Manas Kottakota
February 13, 2023
Clubs in Sports

Clubs in Sports

Exploring the similarities and differences between club and school sports
Sophomore Stanley Du lays up the ball past a defender.

Photo by Manas Kottakota

Boys Basketball defeats Basis Independent Silicon Valley 71-46

Matadors outclass BHS in a must win game
Manas Kottakota, Jason Chu, and Jiya Singh
February 6, 2023
Junior Varsity Sports

Junior Varsity Sports

Exploring the experiences of JV players, teams and coaches at MVHS
Sophomore and point guard Stanley Du protects the ball from the opponent.

Transitioning from Junior Varsity to Varsity

Athletes share about the differences between JV and Varsity teams
Manas Kottakota and Jason Chu
December 9, 2022
From farm to table

From farm to table

Exploring the processes and people behind the food we eat at MVHS
Sophomore Clara Fan protects the ball from an SCHS defender as she attempts to score points in the third quarter. Photo by Manas Kottakota

Girls Basketball defeats Santa Clara 51-33 to kick off the season

Matadors win the sportsmanship game, the first game of the season
Jason Chu, Manas Kottakota, and Michelle Zheng
November 19, 2022
Always Connected

Always Connected

Looking into the MVHS community's issues with social media
BeReal isn’t as real as it makes it out to be

An authentic take on BeReal

Delving into BeReal’s real purpose
Avni Gandhi and Manas Kottakota
November 12, 2022

Cafeteria Crackdown

El Estoque’s Arts & Entertainment section assesses school lunches
Homecoming 2022

Homecoming 2022

A recap of Homecoming 2022 at MVHS
With scripts in hand, seniors Jaewon Shim (right) and Darpan Singh (left) practice their lines for the skit.

Setting up Homecoming Week

Examining the process for preparing class skits
The “MOSS” album cover features Maya Hawke self-reflecting over a retro background.

“MOSS” is a dull exploration of memories

Maya Hawke looks back on her past in her sophomore new album and reveals the introspection of her past
Ananya Chaudhary and Manas Kottakota
October 2, 2022
Inflation rates have gone up in the U.S. due to the pandemic and Russia’s war on Ukraine | Graphic by April Wang

Inflation impacts students and staff

Looking into how rising prices challenge the FUHSD community
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