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

Sophia Ma

Sophia Ma, Design Editor

Sophia is currently a senior and a design editor for El Estoque. She is a member of the MVHS Color Guard and enjoys drawing, playing video games, listening to music and spending time with friends.

All content by Sophia Ma

Clara Fan & Kiana Mark

November 16, 2022
You & me

You & me

The story behind students’ and staff members’ first best friends
November 16, 2022
50 fresh faces

50 fresh faces

The Class of 2026 shares its initial thoughts about MVHS
October 8, 2022
Getting with the program

Getting with the program

MVHS alum recount their experiences in specialized programs
October 5, 2022
XLB Kitchen serves Shanghai and SiChuan Dishes, specializing in 小笼包 — Xiao Long Bao, a popular dim sum dish.

[Photo] XLB Kitchen

June 24, 2022
Made from scratch

Made from scratch

Tracing the stories of home owned Chinese businesses
June 19, 2022
Hongyun Art students work on their art piece during class.

[Photo] Hongyun Art

June 11, 2022
To my 婆婆

To my 婆婆

Expressing gratitude for the lessons I’ve learned from my grandma
June 7, 2022
Seasonal weather

Seasonal weather

From heatwaves to rainy days, last year's summer weather was really something else. Let's hope it's a little more cooperative this summer.
May 26, 2022
Trashing Our School

Trashing Our School

Exploring the different ways trash affects the MVHS community
May 25, 2022
Trash on our walls

Trash on our walls

Examining vandalism around the campus
May 6, 2022
Is that a new look?

Is that a new look?

What happens when you decide to wear something new and others start to stare? Ignore them, of course!
April 26, 2022
The price of living in Cupertino

The price of living in Cupertino

Examining how residents interact with the different aspects of housing in Cupertino
April 4, 2022
The Westport Cupertino construction site shortly after the groundbreaking ceremony.

Implementing affordable housing in Cupertino

Exploring Westport Cupertino and the changes it brings
March 29, 2022
The brunch line

The brunch line

Cutting the line for the first time
March 20, 2022
Recapping the mask mandate throughout the pandemic

Recapping the mask mandate throughout the pandemic

The evolution of face coverings as Governor Gavin Newsom announces masks will not be required indoors at schools starting March 12
March 16, 2022
c5 features ka teng

[Photo] Disconnect

March 16, 2022
The Sounds of MVHS

The Sounds of MVHS

February 6, 2022
The storefront of Oh Honey Bakery in downtown Mountain View.

Dessert Detectives: Oh Honey Bakery

Reviewing popular menu items based on quality and taste
January 29, 2022
Marvel’s latest film smoothly interweaves the past and the present together. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios

‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ is a feat of nostalgia

Marvel’s latest film smoothly interweaves the past and the present together
December 22, 2021
Graphic by Justin Kim

‘Tis the season for…’

Delving deeper into this year's winter highlights and memories
December 13, 2021
Revisiting the holidays

Revisiting the holidays

Students and staff share their most memorable moments from the holiday season
December 7, 2021
Sophomore Matthew Lau rushes the ball past an opposing player.

Boys Basketball defeats Harbor High School 65-26

After a strong start, the Matadors maintain control to earn a commanding victory
December 5, 2021
Perception

Perception

Examing the role of perception in our lives
November 16, 2021
Community members share their opinions on the US leaving Afghanistan

A forever war ends: The comic version

Community members share their opinions on the US leaving Afghanistan
October 12, 2021
Graphic | Sophia Ma

Forgiveness that comes from a snack

Reflecting on the change in a parent’s role from child to child
September 18, 2021
Photo Courtesy Jeff Shen | Used with Permission
Illustration Sophia Ma

A final season

Senior athletes reflect on the challenges they’ve faced during the pandemic
May 21, 2021
Exploring philosophies students and teachers began following due to the pandemic

Quarantine mottos to live by

Exploring philosophies students and teachers began following due to the pandemic
May 9, 2021
Victorine poses with his family on Halloween

A fraction of time

MVHS community members in different age groups reflect on the pandemic year in the context of their lives
April 2, 2021
Illustration | Mikaylah Du and Sophia Ma

The romance behind K-dramas

Exploring the effects the popular genre has on our views and values
February 13, 2021
Love is in the air

Love is in the air

Exploring romance in the MVHS community through different facets
February 12, 2021
The strangers we know

The strangers we know

Examining the benefits of friendships that develop solely online during quarantine
November 8, 2020
The dichotomy of social media activism

The dichotomy of social media activism

Comparing active versus passive forms of activism on social media platforms
September 24, 2020
An Asian woman phasing into a sketch of herself, representing a loss of identity. Illustration | Sophia Ma

The importance of proper representation

The misrepresentation of Asian communities is damaging
September 19, 2020
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