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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

Shivani Madhan

Shivani Madhan, Opinion Editor

Shivani is currently a senior and an opinion editor for El Estoque. She is a Branch Head for MV Speech and the Vice President of MV Neuroscience Club. In her free time, she likes to draw, read a variety of works and share her never-ending knowledge on her latest obsession with her friends.

All content by Shivani Madhan
Senior year in core memories

Senior year in core memories

The epic highs and lows
May 27, 2022
Asiya Shaikh (right) takes a picture with her older sister Huda Shaikh (left) on Eid. After completing the prayers, Shaikh and her sister participated in fun activities and ate from tables of food.

Celebrating Ramadan

Highlighting the experiences of Muslim students at MVHS
May 1, 2022
Senior Geeta Karlcut waves the pride flag on Nov. 11, National Coming Out Day.

[Photo] LGBTQ rights

April 23, 2022
The MV IASA officer team kicks off Spotlite on India 2022 with a welcome from President and senior Atmaja Patil.

IASA hosts first in-person Spotlite on India in two years

Diving deeper into the night of cultural performances
April 18, 2022


Exploring various types of conversations in our community
April 5, 2022

Man on the street: April Fools’ edition

Asking MVHS students incredibly serious questions on this incredibly serious occasion
April 1, 2022
Living with depression and anxiety

Living with depression and anxiety

My experiences being diagnosed with mental health challenges
March 21, 2022
A student and teacher engaging in conversation | Graphic by Angela Zhang

The importance of direct communication in a school setting

How students navigate engaging in conversations with their teachers
March 18, 2022
A stack of books labeled STEM, Humanities, and Binaries | Illustration by Kripa Mayureshwar

Breaking down binaries

Re-evaluating our dichotomous perception of the world
March 4, 2022
Through a black and white lens

Through a black and white lens

Examining the dangers of viewing emotions, events and people in black and white
February 18, 2022
Language in Media

Language in Media

Examining how the rhetoric used in modern media permeates our daily lives
December 23, 2021
Speaking up

Speaking up

How my fear of confrontation has impacted my relationships
December 10, 2021


Examing the role of perception in our lives
November 16, 2021
Squid Game characters Cho Sang-woo, Seong Gi-hun and Kang Sae-byeok (pictured left to right)

‘Squid Game’ is a horrifying yet enthralling depiction of human nature

Director Hwang Dong-hyuk’s latest K-drama provides a remarkable twist on classic survival game shows
October 6, 2021
President Bill Wilson along with the other members of the FUHSD Board of Trustees and district administration hold a panel in the MVHS Student Union on Tuesday, Sept. 21 to discuss the opt-out policy

Opting out of queer literature

FUHSD Board of Trustees host a study session on excusing students from novels with LGBTQ+ themes
September 25, 2021


Delving into the nuances of reconnection
September 25, 2021
Reuniting with pastimes

Reuniting with pastimes

How reconnecting with my old interests has helped me grow as person
September 24, 2021
An interactive graphic made with Flourish that displays sex and HIV education mandates in the U.S.

Expanding sex education

Examining sex education at MVHS in comparison to schools nationwide
September 3, 2021
With multiple staff openings, MVHS deals with starting the year with fewer councilors.

Counseling department starts the year with two vacancies

Students’ and administration’s reactions to staffing changes
August 27, 2021
A graphic created with Canva featuring eight MVHS students favorite characters

Who’s your favorite character?

Examining why fans love their favorite characters from TV shows, comics and book series
May 29, 2021
Staff members who organized Earth Deconstructed gather in front of Monta Vista High School.

Equity Deconstructed

Examining the addition of a new equity focused course to the MVHS curriculum
May 19, 2021
Freshman Jennifer Long and her mother Catherine visit a water park in China when Long was three years old.

Appreciating Mom

Students reminisce about memories with their mothers
May 9, 2021
An illustration of a stray tennis ball on a tennis court

On the tennis court

Reflecting on my tennis journey and recognizing the harms of fixating on success
March 13, 2021
Looking back on love

Looking back on love

Students reflect on how they were shaped by prior romantic relationships
February 16, 2021
Love is in the air

Love is in the air

Exploring romance in the MVHS community through different facets
February 12, 2021
A collage featuring Dark Academia (left) and Cottagecore (right)

Cottagecore vs. Dark Academia: A detailed comparison

Exploring the popularity and controversies surrounding two trendy aesthetics
January 26, 2021
50 Questions with Hannah Gould

50 Questions with Hannah Gould

In the tenth installment of the recurring series, El Estoque asks Hannah Gould 50 questions in her workspace
December 7, 2020
The cover image of BL manhwa Painter of the Night by Byeonduck

Overstepping the boundary

Examining the implications of the BL industry with regards to the LGBTQ+ community
December 5, 2020
Christmas movie recommendations for the 2020 holiday season

Christmas movie recommendations for the 2020 holiday season

Modern and classic Christmas films to watch this winter
November 26, 2020
Permanent Resident: Immigration at MVHS

Permanent Resident: Immigration at MVHS

Following the immigration journeys of MVHS students and parents
November 23, 2020
Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger set in front of the transgender flag.

Second-guessing a fiction dynasty

Examining J. K. Rowling’s transphobic stance and what it means for Harry Potter fans
November 7, 2020


Exploring the journeys of student, teacher and alumni activists.
September 25, 2020
Patel, alongside his older brother and mother, takes a family photo.

A quarantined summer

Exploring how three members of the MVHS community spent the summer of 2020
September 12, 2020
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