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

Mira Wagner

Mira Wagner, Features Editor

Mira is a junior and a features editor for El Estoque. She plays water polo and swims for MVHS as well as for club teams. She likes to read, hang out with friends and watch TV.

All content by Mira Wagner
50 Questions with Zoey Liu

50 Questions with Zoey Liu

In the 19th installment of the recurring series, El Estoque asks Zoey Liu 50 questions
May 30, 2022
A member of El Estoque throws a shot put while wrapped in caution tape.

Taking precautions

Students examine the risks they take in playing sports while participating in other activities
May 27, 2022
Freshmen Anuvaa Joshi and Jooha Kim pose for a photo.

What friends are for

Best friends explore the growth of their friendship
April 23, 2022
A large crowd of protestors march forward during a rally.

Black Lives Matter

Exploring how the BLM movement has changed things at MVHS in recent years
April 22, 2022
Sophomore Varchas Athreya passes the ball in the first set of the game, which MVHS won 26-24.

Boys Volleyball triumphs over Cupertino High School in straight sets

MVHS wins three close sets in its second home game
March 21, 2022
Critical Race Theory

Critical Race Theory

Analyzing Critical Race Theory's impact on the MVHS community and beyond
March 2, 2022
Junior Ethan Tarng waters, Gretchen, one of his plants while making sure not to overwater it as that would be detrimental to the plants health. Photo by Joyce Tarng // Used with permission

Unconventional love at MVHS

Exploring instances of love for unique items at MVHS
February 12, 2022
Defining Critical Race Theory

Defining Critical Race Theory

Understanding CRT and how it is taught and understood in classrooms
February 12, 2022
Understanding Grief

Understanding Grief

Exploring how grief has affected community members' lives
December 13, 2021
Graphic | Mikaylah Du

Coping with grief

Community members describe their experiences and strategies managing their grief
December 10, 2021
Junior Maggie Du maintains possession of the ball while searching the field for an open teammate to pass to.

Girls Soccer falls to The King’s Academy 3-1

Matadors recognize fatigue as a factor for their defeat
December 7, 2021
The Srivastava family lights diyas for a Diwali puja.

Fireworks, food and culture bring families together during Diwali

Students and staff discuss their experiences celebrating the Hindu holiday
November 9, 2021
Aryaman Verma prays to the deities while participating in a Diwali puja.

Celebrating Diwali

Shining a light on the holiday's significance and how it is celebrated
November 9, 2021
Celebrating birthdays

Celebrating birthdays

MVHS students explain their birthday festivities
October 22, 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
English teacher Jireh Tanabe enjoys Night by Elie Wiesel because of its lessons of empathy.

Students and teachers share their literature class favorites

From timeless classics to contemporary reads, the MVHS curriculum provides something for everyone
August 29, 2021
Sexual assault assembly at MVHS

Sexual assault assembly at MVHS

Examining the virtual SAFER Choices Assembly assembly
June 1, 2021
Math teacher Martin Jenning retires after 39 years of teaching, 23 of which were at MVHS

MVHS Retirees

May 19, 2021
Photo courtesy of Jeff Mueller // Used with permission

Jeff Mueller

Business teacher Jeff Mueller retires after 19 years at MVHS
May 19, 2021
Isak Westelius in Sweden.

Students experience spring fever at MVHS

After returning to in-person school, students consider how the spring fever phenomenon along with online school have affected them this year
May 4, 2021
Family Bonding Graphic

A year of bonding

March 23, 2021
Swifts fame is often attributed to men, diminishing her value as a female artist.

Who made Taylor Swift famous?

How recent sexist comments about Taylor Swift demonstrate society’s normalization of misogyny
March 13, 2021
The wide variety of students at MVHS would all benefit from more gender inclusive education. Illustration by Mira Wagner

Embracing gender inclusivity in light of “Zoomcoming” court nominations

Why a gender neutral Homecoming Court creates opportunities to be more proactive about promoting inclusivity
March 6, 2021
Sexual assault

Sexual assault

Examining sexual assault in Bay Area high schools
February 5, 2021
Senior Sophia Chen and her friends enjoy a socially distanced birthday party. Photo by Sophia Chen // Used with permission

Vacationing during a pandemic

Students share their opinions about traveling during quarantine
January 16, 2021

Quaran-TWINNED

Exploring how remote learning affects twins
November 30, 2020
Graphic by Annie Zhang

This is ________: Music and the human condition

The role of music in building interpersonal connections
November 6, 2020
Gupta reads a large novel in an organized library. (Photo by Guptas Father // Used with permission)

Turning pages: Changing perspectives through reading

Students detail their experiences with reading during quarantine along with the effects reading has on their overall perspectives
October 12, 2020
Evolution of style in quarantine

Evolution of style in quarantine

A look into how fashion and makeup preferences have changed in light of COVID-19
September 24, 2020
Photo by Jodi Johnson | Used with permission

Transitioning from a hands-on to hands-off classroom proves challenging

Students and teachers explain the adjustment to learning over Zoom
September 18, 2020
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