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

Michelle Zheng

Michelle Zheng, Sports Editor

Michelle is currently a junior and a sports editor for El Estoque. In her free time, she likes to try new restaurants and watch dramas.

All content by Michelle Zheng
Academic experieces may range across classes based on how coherent curriculum is implemented.

Working towards a coherent curriculum through equitable grading practices

Exploring FUHSD student and staff opinions on implementing ‘Grading for Equity’
The storefront of Red Rock Coffee located in Mountain View.

Dessert detectives: Red Rock Coffee

Reviewing popular menu items based on quality and taste
Michelle Zheng
June 5, 2023
Graphic by Michelle Zheng

The final run ep 1: Boys Basketball

Discussing with seniors Austin Hwang, Shreyas Inampudi, Dominic Kellogg III, Itai Lavi and Leonardo Sze about their final CCS and season
Aditya Shukla and Michelle Zheng
May 15, 2023

EE Tries Sports: Football

El Estoque competes against the MVHS Varsity Football team in Flag Football
The players jump up in excitement as their teammate scores a three-pointer towards the end of the final quarter.

Boys Basketball ends historic season losing 78-55 to first-seeded Saint Francis High

MVHS’s Cinderella run comes to an end in the third round of CCS playoffs
Minjae Kang, Vincent Zhao, and Michelle Zheng
February 25, 2023
At the end of the fourth quarter, senior Dominic Kellogg walks off the court to celebrate the win with his teammates.

Boys Basketball wins in second round CCS Playoff game against Gunn High School 66-56

Varsity Boys Basketball advances to face St. Francis High School in the third round of the CCS Playoffs
Darpan Singh, Vincent Zhao, and Michelle Zheng
February 21, 2023
2023 CIF Central Coast Section Championships

2023 CIF Central Coast Section Championships

Learn more about the CCS Tournament for the Varsity Girls Basketball, Varsity Boys Basketball and Wrestling
Senior Itai Lavi attempts to score a three-pointer in the final seconds of the fourth quarter.

Boys Basketball beats Overfelt High School 76-51 in first round of CCS playoffs

MVHS advances to second round of playoffs against Gunn High School
Michelle Zheng
February 20, 2023
Senior and captain Ishita Pesati defends the ball from her opponent.

Girls Soccer beats Cupertino High School 1-0 on its senior night

Matadors emerge third in league and end the season with a win
Meggie Chen and Michelle Zheng
February 17, 2023
Senior Rohin Inani, who was the stand-in Boys Tennis coach during the 2021-22 season, serves a ball.

The search for spring sport coaching

Looking into the lack of coaching for the spring season
Anika Bhandarkar, Kathryn Foo, and Michelle Zheng
February 11, 2023
Clubs in Sports

Clubs in Sports

Exploring the similarities and differences between club and school sports
Varsity Girls Basketball Head Coach Sara Borelli coaches the team after the end of the first quarter in the game against Saratoga High School on Thursday Jan. 26.

Same sport, different situations

Exploring the similarities and differences between school and club coaches
Crystal Cheng and Michelle Zheng
February 10, 2023
Junior Varsity Sports

Junior Varsity Sports

Exploring the experiences of JV players, teams and coaches at MVHS

Man on the street: Arm Wrestling

Challenging students to arm wrestling matches throughout the campus
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
Graphic by Michelle Zheng

Age in Sports

Exploring the athletic experiences of different age groups and the effects of age on one's journey in sports and coaching style
AP Biology teacher Renee Fallon encounters a marina iguana in one of her scuba diving trips. Photo courtesy of Renee Fallon

Not slowing down

Community members discuss how the way they play sports has changed throughout the years
Anna Jerolimov and Michelle Zheng
November 8, 2022
Water polo coaches Himani Kukreja and Shravya Guda graduated from MVHS in 2012 after four years on the Girls Water Polo team.

Coming back to coach

Water polo coaches share their experiences from playing for MVHS to coaching
Lillian Wang and Michelle Zheng
November 5, 2022
The team celebrates after winning the final point in the fourth set, defeating HHS 3-1.

Girls Volleyball beats Hillsdale High School 3-1 in the CCS Semifinals

Matadors advance to the CCS Finals against Aragon High School on Nov. 5
Meggie Chen, Anna Jerolimov, and Michelle Zheng
November 4, 2022
Senior Anna Jerolimov maintains possession of the ball as she tries to find an opening to pass the ball to her teammates. Photo by Michelle Zheng

Field Hockey loses 2-0 to Valley Christian High School on its senior night

Seniors reflect on their performance throughout the season and convey their thoughts on the team’s future
Arjun Dhruv, Lily Jiang, and Michelle Zheng
October 31, 2022
Graphic by Michelle Zheng

Post game feelings

Exploring how coaches, athletes and spectators feel after games
Seniors Jeremiah Lo and Alex Lee flex after making the final touchdown of the game against SHS on Friday, Sept. 30. MVHS won with a score of 45-32. Photo by Lily Jiang

Celebrating through wins and losses

Exploring how MVHS sports teams reflect after competitions
Lily Jiang and Michelle Zheng
October 5, 2022
Stereotypes Podcast Part 2: Zodiac Signs

Stereotypes Podcast Part 2: Zodiac Signs

Discussing our common zodiac stereotypes
Sarah Liu and Michelle Zheng
October 1, 2022
Wing player Owen Pow defends against a CHS player poised to take a shot.

Boys Water Polo wins 15-11 against Cupertino High School

The Matadors maintain their undefeated record
Sonia Verma, Michelle Zheng, and Lily Jiang
September 19, 2022
Over recent years. there has been a growing discussion about law enforcement and their role in American society.

Shifting opinions around SROs

Recent Student Resource Officer contract renewal sparks controversy
After senior Sydney Su saves the ball from hitting the ground, senior Krupa Shanware prepares to pass the ball back to the opponent’s side and continue the rally.

Girls Volleyball beats Overfelt High School 3-0

Matadors win straight sets in first game of the season
Meggie Chen, Sarah Liu, and Michelle Zheng
August 28, 2022
Athlete of the Month: Hayden Ancheta

Athlete of the Month: Hayden Ancheta

The four-year wrestler reflects on his athletic journey
Michelle Zheng
May 27, 2022
Stereotypes Podcast Part 1: Siblings

Stereotypes Podcast Part 1: Siblings

Discussing common sibling stereotypes
Sarah Liu and Michelle Zheng
May 27, 2022
I no longer waited for my dad to complete the story that he stopped at a cliffhanger, as I was able to create the ending myself.

So Dad, what’s the ending?

Coming to terms with a parent’s absence by understanding that they have dreams to reach and goals to achieve as well
Michelle Zheng
April 27, 2022
Sophomore Yotaro Sato pitches the ball during the second inning of the game against Saratoga High School on March 24, which they lost 13-1.

Spring season sports recap

Showcasing games and practices from MVHS’s spring season sports teams
Juniors Julianna Kimm and Lucy Choy celebrate after the team’s 49-25 defeat of Sequoia High School in the first round of CCS playoffs. Photo by Lance Tong

Refuse to lose

Girls Basketball goes 12-0 in league and competes in three rounds of CCS playoffs
Anna Jerolimov and Michelle Zheng
March 18, 2022
History teacher Hilary Barron dances with the Orchesis Dance Company at Cal Poly. Photo courtesy of Hilary Barron | Used with permission

Back in action

MVHS teacher athletes discuss their journeys through sports
Michelle Zheng and Michelle Chen
March 17, 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
Junior Phillip Chiu jumps up to shoot a basket with less than a minute of the third quarter remaining. Photo by Michelle Zheng

Boys Basketball loses to Lynbrook High School 53-41

Matadors trail a few points behind Lynbrook for the entirety of the game
Taryn Lam, Sarah Liu, and Michelle Zheng
January 11, 2022
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
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