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

Pranati Kotamraju

Pranati Kotamraju, Staff Writer

Pranati Kotamraju is currently a junior and staff writer for El Estoque. In her free time she enjoys reading, hanging out with friends, and listening to Taylor Swift.

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Final questions with seniors

Leaving the seniors with advice
Eshika Tiwari and Pranati Kotamraju
June 2, 2024
Sports culture

Sports culture

Taking a look at the different sports teams environments at Monta Vista
Together or alone

Together or alone

MVHS student-athletes compare the advantages and disadvantages of team and individual sports
Photos by Samika Bhatkar, Krish Dev, Corinna Kuo, Michael Kuo, Jami Lim and Lillian Wang

The golden city

El Estoque's Arts & Entertainment section explores the ins and outs of San Francisco
San Franciscos homeless crisis affects 7,754 people in the city. | Photo by Samika Bhatkar

Losing its shine

San Francisco natives and tourists attribute the city’s decline to its growing drug and homeless crisis
Samika Bhatkar and Pranati Kotamraju
April 8, 2024
The consequences of cancellation

The consequences of cancellation

Students express their opinions about cancel culture
Pranati Kotamraju
March 13, 2024
State of the art

State of the art

The recent shifts in arts and entertainment factions


From their dreams to their sleep schedules and behaviors, MVHS students have wildly varying experiences with sleep.
Senior and point guard Carolyn Ruan drives the ball down after stealing it from an opponent.

Girls basketball falls to Los Gatos 52-37

Matadors fall short on defense throughout the game
Senior Pranai Raina keeps up with an opposing player.

Varsity Boys Soccer defeats Evergreen High School 5-1

The Matadors secure the win despite a stalemated first half
Aaryan Sharma, Pranati Kotamraju, and Arshiya Sen
December 14, 2023

All-star athletes

A class-by-class dive into outstanding athletes at MVHS
Freshman Vatsel Dave, dressed in traditional Bharatanatyam uniform as he practices this art form

Playing by their own rules

Exploring how gender plays a role in others' perception of one's interest in certain sports
Pranati Kotamraju and Arushi Singh
December 11, 2023
A climate protest takes place in New York City, urging action against fossil fuel emissions.

Advocacy in action

Diving into how the MVHS community participates in activism
An activist in San Francisco speaks into a microphone, protesting the 2023 APEC summit. Photo Courtesy of Ann Penalosa / La Voz News

Power to the people

Highlighting people who have participated in protests
Pranati Kotamraju and Corinna Kuo
December 7, 2023

Reversing the roles

Exploring the new reverse football game at Monta Vista
Pranati Kotamraju and Arushi Singh
December 3, 2023
Freshman Edward Fan launches a discus using the force of a turn.

Freshman Phenom: Edward Fan

Following Fan through his journey and future prospects with track and field, football and basketball
Students collaborate together in their monthly meetings

Student Equity Task force wraps up the year

Exploring how students aim to make MVHS a better place
Pranati Kotamraju
June 9, 2023

Saying goodbye

Seniors reflect on the last rally of the 2022-2023 school year
Pranati Kotamraju
June 8, 2023
The 2023 MVHS hurdles team and coaches pose after reaching the middle of the season

Jumping over the hurdle

How track helped me overcome my fear of failure
Pranati Kotamraju
June 8, 2023
Rohan Pandit who is executive director of Silicon Valley Youth Council delivers a speech to MVHS students

MVHS and the FUHSD Sustainability Commission hold its first ever Earth Day event

Guest speakers and MVHS clubs are invited to speak about climate change
Pranati Kotamraju
May 8, 2023
The MVHS team celebrates and poses for a photo after winning the game. Photo by Brandon Xu

Boys Soccer beats Milpitas High School 3-2 in an intense game

Matadors crush the MHS comeback with a goal in the last five minutes of the game
Pranati Kotamraju, Alan Tai, and Brandon Xu
January 29, 2023
Sophomore Stanley Du towers over LHS defenders as he shoots the ball into the basket. 

Photo by Stephanie Zhang

Boys Basketball defeats Lincoln High School 58-37

Matadors dominate throughout the whole game
Pranati Kotamraju and Stephanie Zhang
December 22, 2022
Fans often tend to idolize their favorite celebrities, like Taylor Swift or Ye. Graphic by Sonia Verma

Taylor or God?

Why we need to stop idolizing celebrities
Pranati Kotamraju and Gauri Manoj
December 16, 2022
You & me

You & me

The story behind students’ and staff members’ first best friends
Sophia Ma and Pranati Kotamraju
November 16, 2022
Senior Isaiah Dimaya is escorted by his family, junior Sai Patel, junior Ace Chow and Fremont High School senior Ana Vallejo.

Football loses 22-14 to South San Francisco High School on senior night

Matadors end their last home game with a close score
Pranati Kotamraju and Aashi Venkat
October 24, 2022
Anika Deshpande poses with her friend at a sorority event. Photo courtesy of Anika Deshpande | Used with Permission

Fraternity and sorority culture

MVHS alumni share their experiences with Greek Life
Pranati Kotamraju and Irene Tang
October 13, 2022
The album cover for “BORNPINK” has simple white background with pink fangs. This showcases the duality of the group with the contrast of the color pink and the fangs

“BORNPINK” merges the old with the new

Blackpink’s second studio album diverges from prior releases yet still maintains Blackpink’s essence
Pranati Kotamraju
September 30, 2022
Sophomore Jami Lim checks her schedule

Runaway of the bulls

Students and staff discuss the reasons for and the impacts of the cancellation of ROTB
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