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El Estoque

The Student News Site of Monta Vista High School

El Estoque

The Student News Site of Monta Vista High School

El Estoque

Mihir Vishwarupe

Mihir Vishwarupe, Features Editor

Mihir is currently a senior and a features editor for El Estoque. In his free time, he enjoys playing basketball, practicing the guitar and traveling.

All content by Mihir Vishwarupe
A look into the Olympics

A look into the Olympics

A deep dive into the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris
Dylan Nguyen and Mihir Vishwarupe
May 23, 2024
Members of the Suio Ryu Iai Kenpo USA group demonstrate “suio ryu” techniques, an ancient form of martial arts, on Memorial Park’s outdoor stage.

Cupertino’s 40th annual Cherry Blossom Festival

Cupertino-Toyokawa Sister Cities celebrates Bay Area’s Japanese culture
Mihir Vishwarupe
April 29, 2024
Former El Estoque adviser Michelle Balmeo poses alongside the EE head editors holding the first issue of the 2011-2012 school year. Photo courtesy of Michelle Balmeo | Used with permission

Turning the page

Former adviser and editors reflect on their time on El Estoque
Sophia D'Sa and Mihir Vishwarupe
April 8, 2024
Japanese Club sells ramune to students during Club Grub Day. | Photo by Mihir Vishwarupe


April 10, 2024
School Resource Officer Aalok Patel poses for a photo. | Photo courtesy of Aalok Patel | Used with permission

Behind the badge

School Resource Officer Aalok Patel discusses the challenges, inspiration and joys of his job
Alan Tai, Mihir Vishwarupe, and Eric Zhou
April 6, 2024
Grading the gradebook

Grading the gradebook

MVHS students and teachers rethink traditional grading practices
Meggie Chen and Mihir Vishwarupe
March 8, 2024
Students who performed in the skits wore superhero and villain costumes as part of the Dual Rallys theme.

Leadership holds Dual Rally before February break

A lights-out themed rally features a dual-style class competition
Arshiya Sen, Arushi Singh, and Mihir Vishwarupe
February 18, 2024
An open door

An open door

Maribel Sanchez’s journey to becoming a long-term guidance counselor substitute
Mihir Vishwarupe and April Wang
January 25, 2024
Cultural Cooking

Cultural Cooking

Exploring the foods that students and staff cook to celebrate the holidays
Dahlia Schilling and Mihir Vishwarupe
December 9, 2023
Cupertinos natural treasure

Cupertino’s natural treasure

Exploring the ways McClellan Ranch Preserve educates the community on the environment
Mihir Vishwarupe
November 30, 2023
More than meets the eye

More than meets the eye

Exploring how Spanish and French teacher Joyce Fortune navigates visual impairment
Taryn Lam and Mihir Vishwarupe
November 2, 2023
Alumni at the reunion talking with each other at a table.

Party like it’s ’73

Looking back at the MVHS class of 1973’s 50th reunion
Jillian Ju and Mihir Vishwarupe
October 19, 2023


Examining how MVHS’ students overuse of the word ‘depressed’ trivializes the mental disorder
Suhana Mahabal and Mihir Vishwarupe
September 29, 2023
Belshe and other attendees gather outside of the 16th Street Baptist Church. (Used with permission | Photo courtesy of Bonnie Belshe)

Learning from the past, shaping the future

History teacher Bonnie Belshe shares her experience at the 16th Street Baptist Church Bombing commemoration week
Jami Lim and Mihir Vishwarupe
September 25, 2023
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
Photo illustration by Alan Tai | El Estoque | Photos courtesy of Architha Dhavala, Alan Tai and Aashi Venkat

Shifting interests

Exploring how seniors have changed their ideal career over time
The booths set up around the Library Square included many AAPI communities that set up traditional decorations around the area.

AAPI Silicon Valley hosts multicultural diversity festival

An event that showcased a variety of AAPI communities across the Bay Area
Mihir Vishwarupe
May 22, 2023
Principal Ben Clausnitzer works in his office responding to an email.

Staying in the loop

Examining how MVHS stays transparent with the community
Alan Tai and Mihir Vishwarupe
April 12, 2023
Trade talks

Trade talks

Exploring the recent trades in the NBA and issues in basketball free agency
Samika Bhatkar and Mihir Vishwarupe
March 20, 2023
Illustration | Lillian Wang

Health and Ethnic Studies

What the Health and Ethnic Studies course requirements mean for incoming freshmen
Krish Dev and Mihir Vishwarupe
February 11, 2023
A fallen tree blocks a bridge in Shoreline at Mountain View.

Downpour demolition

Examining the recent storms in Cupertino and their effect on the community
Mihir Vishwarupe and Lillian Wang
February 1, 2023
As part of mass nationwide layoffs, tech companies in the Bay Area have laid off over 43,000 employees since November. 

Silicon valley layoffs

Examining the effects of Bay Area tech company layoffs on employees
Mihir Vishwarupe and Eric Zhou
December 16, 2022
Technology mania

Technology mania

Coming to terms with the widespread internet addiction surrounding our lives
Mihir Vishwarupe
December 14, 2022
Club Credit

Club Credit

Examining the situation of club funding and budget allocation at MVHS
Mihir Vishwarupe
November 14, 2022
Drowning in stress

Drowning in stress

Looming college application deadlines cause stress for seniors
Mihir Vishwarupe
November 2, 2022
50 Questions with Jessica Kaufman

50 Questions with Jessica Kaufman

In the 20th installment of the recurring series, El Estoque asks Jessica Kaufman 50 questions
Mihir Vishwarupe
October 8, 2022
Senior Nikhita Saldi drives her Tesla into school.

Power Up

Examining the 2035 California Gas Ban
Mira Wagner and Mihir Vishwarupe
October 7, 2022
Officers from the Santa Clara County Sheriffs Department arrived in the Student Parking Lot following a bomb threat on Sept. 23.

Preparing for the unexpected

Exploring how school safety plans are created and updated at MVHS
Krish Dev, Mihir Vishwarupe, and Lillian Wang
October 5, 2022
Teachers take on new positions

Teachers take on new positions

Examining how students and teachers adapt to position changes
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