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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

Mikaylah Du

Mikaylah Du, Graphics Editor

Mikaylah is currently a junior and a second-year writer and graphics editor for El Estoque. She is a member of the Monta Vista debate team and a Study Buddy tutor. In her free time, she enjoys painting and reading (mostly comics).

All content by Mikaylah Du
The word COLORS is written in an explosive, rainbow font, depicting a theme similar to graffiti.

Colors

Delving into the colors of the rainbow
May 30, 2022
Colors of Cupertino

Colors of Cupertino

Revealing the glimpses of color throughout our community
May 27, 2022
Were here, were queer, get used to it, was a common slogan used in the 90s during pride rallies.

One step forward, two steps back

Analyzing the impetus, implications and impacts of the recent uptick in anti-LGBTQ+ legislation in the U.S.
May 9, 2022
The methods of communication that people use — voice pitch, voice tone and body language — can affect the way people perceive professionalism.

Subconscious communication

Exploring the effects of verbal and nonverbal communication in professional settings
April 27, 2022

Man on the street: April Fools’ edition

Asking MVHS students incredibly serious questions on this incredibly serious occasion
April 1, 2022
Social media bites

Social media bites

Observing the issues with short-form activism posts
March 18, 2022
In the face of crime

In the face of crime

Examining the impact of crime and community reactions to it
February 15, 2022

How safe do you find Cupertino?

Observing community reactions to Cupertino crime
February 12, 2022
The album cover for Laurel Hell features Mitski in red while white lightning bolts surround her

“Laurel Hell” diverges from prior releases

Mitski's sixth album experiments with unexplored themes
February 12, 2022
Addressing climate change

Addressing climate change

Examining the approach to climate change on four different levels
December 31, 2021
Electric vehicle chargers make a positive impact

Electric vehicle chargers make a positive impact

Examining the impact of FUHSD’s installation of solar panels and car chargers
December 10, 2021
Man on the street: Should we celebrate Thanksgiving?

Man on the street: Should we celebrate Thanksgiving?

Discussing whether the holiday should be observed given its history
November 25, 2021
Expressing love languages

Expressing love languages

Exploring how love languages play a role in the MVHS community
November 5, 2021
physical touch

Using physical touch

October 30, 2021
A small painting I did would not turn out right no matter what I tried, so I simply blurred it with a large brush and accepted it as it was.

Life imitates art

Analyzing how my relationship with art has affected my self-esteem
October 28, 2021
Long-term substitute Stephanie Bodnaruk poses for a photo.

Matador family adds members to its ranks

New staff share more about where they're coming from and what brought them to MVHS
October 8, 2021
50 fresh faces

50 fresh faces

The Class of 2025 shares its initial thoughts about MVHS
September 17, 2021
Metamorphosis — the process of transformation from an immature form to an adult form

Letting go of my inner child

What my fear of growing up has taught me about change
September 3, 2021
Athletes line up to get their QR badge scanned so they can enter the waiting room of the gym and receive a COVID test.

COVID-19 precautions in sports

Athletes are tested regularly, wear masks and distance when possible
May 21, 2021
Monta Vista defends against Homestead

Girls Basketball: Monta Vista loses to Homestead 43-35

Varsity loses its fifth game of the season
May 2, 2021
Theres often discussion about students and their situations, but what about the other side of the screen?

The other side

Exploring how teachers are coping with challenges during distance learning
April 9, 2021
Graphic by Rachel Jiang

Plotting the Future

Examining course allocations at MVHS through the lens of declining enrollment
April 1, 2021

Part 1: The Problem

Investigating how declining student enrollment at MVHS has affected course allocation
April 1, 2021
I gazed out the window that faces me every day.

What am I living for?

Reflecting on why I keep going every day
March 12, 2021
No Thanks

No Thanks

MVHS students who don't want relationships share their viewpoints
February 12, 2021
Love is in the air

Love is in the air

Exploring romance in the MVHS community through different facets
February 12, 2021
A digital drawing made by Olivia Tsui of her friends character Finn.

“That’s not REAL art”

Exploring what is or isn't considered proper art
January 26, 2021

A COVID celebration

Exploring what MVHS students and their families did for Thanksgiving
December 5, 2020
Spotifys 2020 wrapped allows students and staff to reflect on their past year in music

All wrapped up

Discovering the stories behind the songs and artists students and teachers listened to most in 2020
December 5, 2020
Permanent Resident: Immigration at MVHS

Permanent Resident: Immigration at MVHS

Following the immigration journeys of MVHS students and parents
November 24, 2020
Sophomore Brooke Frei sits in front of her trans pride flag.

Coming out

Exploring what it means to express oneself
October 11, 2020
Activism

Activism

Exploring the journeys of student, teacher and alumni activists.
September 25, 2020

Meeting while miles apart

Exploring the world of online friendships
September 12, 2020
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