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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

Nameek Chowdhury

Nameek Chowdhury, Arts and Entertainment Editor

Nameek is currently a senior and an arts and entertainment editor. In his free time, he enjoys waking up at the crack of dawn to watch Formula 1.

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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
Students share their experience with three traditional instruments — the tabla, pipa and mridangam.

Playing traditional music

Students share about playing cultural instruments
The series follows Din Djarin and Grogu traversing the galaxy.

“The Mandalorian” season 3 under-delivers

The hit series returns with heightened stakes but lowers expectations
Nameek Chowdhury
April 26, 2023
Graphic | Sonia Verma

Blowing out candles

Students share their thoughts on businesses catering to birthday parties
Nameek Chowdhury
April 14, 2023

EE Tries Sports: Football

El Estoque competes against the MVHS Varsity Football team in Flag Football
Behind the scenes: MVSNL

Behind the scenes: MVSNL

Examining the process behind producing Monta Vista Saturday Night Live
Nameek Chowdhury and Anna Jerolimov
February 16, 2023
Kwons graphic designs for SVYCA

Activism in Art

Uncovering how the Cupertino community advocates for issues through their artwork
50 Questions with Josh Kuo

50 Questions with Josh Kuo

In the 22nd installment of the recurring series, El Estoque asks Josh Kuo 50 questions
Minjae Kang and Nameek Chowdhury
February 3, 2023
Artwork by senior Stephanie Zhao for the Youth Environmental Power Initiatives environmental justice art exhibit.

Artistry in activism

Exploring how students at MVHS use Instagram for advocacy through art
Nameek Chowdhury and Avni Gandhi
December 22, 2022
Always Connected

Always Connected

Looking into the MVHS community's issues with social media
Twitter is set to receive significant changes following Elon Musks $44 billion takeover.

Jumping down the rabbit hole

Students and staff share their thoughts on the state of Twitter
Nameek Chowdhury and Krish Dev
November 12, 2022

Man on the Street: What’s your Halloween costume?

Showcasing the MVHS community’s Halloween spirit.
Homecoming 2022

Homecoming 2022

A recap of Homecoming 2022 at MVHS
Freshmen and Homecoming Court members Courtney Masli and Shivansh Kelkar celebrate on stage during halftime. Photo by Krish Dev.

Homecoming 2022 winds down under Friday night lights

Performances and Homecoming Court ceremony held during halftime
Ananya Chaudhary and Nameek Chowdhury
October 17, 2022
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 Matadors prepare themselves in anticipation for Fremont High School’s offensive play.

Football loses 17-13 against Fremont High School

Matadors miss a game-winning touchdown in the final minute of the fourth quarter
Nameek Chowdhury, Jiya Singh, and Aashi Venkat
September 18, 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
One last time

One last time

Delving into the senior trips students at MVHS go on
Nameek Chowdhury
May 27, 2022
Dr. Strange examines different worlds in the multiverse using his magic.

‘Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ lives up to its name

The latest MCU movie provides entertainment despite a messy plot
Tanish Mendki and Nameek Chowdhury
May 13, 2022
Unlearning pressures at MVHS

Unlearning pressures at MVHS

Exploring how students ease academic strain
Nameek Chowdhury
April 26, 2022
Jake Gyllenhaal and  Abdul-Matteen play brothers Will and Danny Photo | Universal Pictures

“Ambulance” drives past its welcome

Mediocrity defines most aspects of the film
Nameek Chowdhury and Krish Dev
April 25, 2022
Graphic by Mikaylah Du

Guilt off the rack

Addressing the guilt students face from fast fashion
Nameek Chowdhury and Jiya Singh
March 18, 2022
The Batman investigates a crime scene and searches for clues. Photo | Warner Bros.

‘The Batman’ is a nuanced take on a classic character

A refreshed iteration of the caped crusader exhilarates
Nameek Chowdhury
March 11, 2022
The bathroom breakdown

The bathroom breakdown

Reviewing popular bathrooms at MVHS to find the best one
The ink drawing depicts a personified mushroom residing in a densely populated forest.

Artists share excerpts from their portfolios

Students delve into photography, painting and drawing
Nameek Chowdhury
February 4, 2022
Parallels between cinema in the 1970s and modern movies

Parallels between cinema in the 1970s and modern movies

Exploring the roots of contemporary films from the decade
Nameek Chowdhury
December 10, 2021
Forza Horizon 5 offers players freedom through an open-world experience. Photo courtesy of Microsoft

‘Forza Horizon 5’ provides endless enjoyment

The newest version of the motorsport game lets players explore its setting of Mexico in great detail
Nameek Chowdhury
November 27, 2021
Paul Atreides trains to eventually take his fathers place. Photo courtesy of Legendary and Warner Bros.

‘Dune’ attempts too much at once

Villeneuve’s adaptation fails to tell a complete story
Nameek Chowdhury
November 3, 2021
James Bond, now retired, in Jamaica. Photo courtesy of MGM

‘No Time to Die’ stakes its claim as the ‘most emotional Bond film’

007’s latest endeavor pushes the envelope to show more of his humanity
Nameek Chowdhury
October 13, 2021
Members of the Color Guard pose for a photo before their performance in the first football game of the season.

Color Guard transitions to in-person practices

Exploring the change in meeting style and its effect on the Color Guard team
Nameek Chowdhury and Jisha Rajala
September 29, 2021
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