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

Taryn Lam

Taryn Lam, Features Editor

Taryn is a junior and a features editor for El Estoque. In her free time she enjoys exploring cozy book stores, spending time with family and hanging out with her super spicy friends.

All content by Taryn Lam
From farm to table

From farm to table

Exploring the processes and people behind the food we eat at MVHS
November 22, 2022
One of the farms managed by the Church Brothers Farms company - a company that harvests and sources produce to venues and corporations.

From the farm

Exploring the people who harvest and deliver ingredients used to cook MVHS’s meals
November 17, 2022
Man on the street: What’s your favorite book?

Man on the street: What’s your favorite book?

MVHS students share their favorite book recommendations
November 14, 2022
Anjali Jariwala wrote Why We Eat With Our Hands as a gift to her daughter, Nyla.

“Why We Eat with Our Hands” by Anjali Jariwala is a necessary addition to all childrens’ bookshelves

Exploring the message behind Monica Jariwala’s sister’s new book
November 5, 2022
50 fresh faces

50 fresh faces

The Class of 2026 shares its initial thoughts about MVHS
October 8, 2022
 Third grader Mark Carpenter dresses up as a pirate for Halloween, and explains that they will always be a pirate at heart

Staff stories: Always a pirate at heart

Mark Carpenter shares life-defining tales of ignorance, curiosity and gratitude
September 30, 2022
FUHSD implements free menstrual products due to new California law

Packaging the period plan

FUHSD implements free menstrual products thanks to California law
August 12, 2022
The class of 2022

The class of 2022

Seniors reflect on their experiences and memories at MVHS by answering various questions
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
Sonya Povalchuk and Pavel Demchenko share how they evacuated Ukraine.

Displaced by war

Ukrainian students share about their evacuation experiences
April 24, 2022
Senior Geeta Karlcut waves the pride flag on Nov. 11, National Coming Out Day.

LGBTQ rights

Students share their thoughts about relevant LGBTQ issues
April 23, 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
Out of touch

Out of touch

Students share their experiences with straying away from their native language
March 18, 2022
Rex Orange Countys fourth studio album is an unremarkable addition to his list of achievements.

‘WHO CARES?’ is a diaristic jumble of pent-up thoughts

Rex Orange County takes a step back from his usual bright, pop-infused music and instead attempts calming beats and relaxed lyrics
March 17, 2022
Man on the street: What’s the last lie you told?

Man on the street: What’s the last lie you told?

MVHS students explain the reasoning behind their dishonesty
March 16, 2022
Junior Arya Srivastava thrusts her sword during a match (Photo courtesy of Arya Srivastava | Used with permission)

En garde

Examining two different fencers’ experience with the sport
February 13, 2022
Junior Mulyn Kim holds up her six-word memoir.

Six-word memoirs: hopes and reflections

Students write six-word memoirs that discuss their reflections on the past year and explain their hopes for the upcoming year
February 8, 2022
The Weeknds nostalgic album displays his creative evolution through a well-thought out track list and flowing lyrics.

‘Dawn FM’ flawlessly captures a new era of redemption and realization

The Weeknd pushes the boundaries by releasing one of the most well-polished albums of 2022
January 14, 2022
Junior Phillip Chiu jumps up to shoot a basket with less than a minute of the third quarter remaining. Photo by Michelle Zheng

Boys Basketball loses to Lynbrook High School 53-41

Matadors trail a few points behind Lynbrook for the entirety of the game
January 11, 2022
Sophomore Ekom Mann lunges at junior Hayden Ancheta after coach Andrew Pappas signals the wrestlers to “go live” — beginning a practice match that lasts a few minutes.

Introducing the winter season sports

Showcasing games and practices from MVHS's basketball, soccer and wrestling teams
December 10, 2021
Sophomore Matt Lau reaches for the rebound after Silver Creek misses their shot.

Boys Basketball scrimmages against Silver Creek High School

Seeking to improve their team dynamic, the Matadors start off their preseason games
November 19, 2021
A look into the future

A look into the future

Students examine what lies ahead
November 12, 2021
Culture and the future

Culture and the future

How MVHS student and staff expectations of the future are affected by cultural and religious factors
November 12, 2021
The tricks and treats of Halloween

The tricks and treats of Halloween

Featuring the various aspects of celebrating Halloween
October 30, 2021
The main tent was decorated with real and inflatable pumpkins where visitors could take pictures. Souvenir tables were set up in the main tent as well, where visitors could buy pumpkin carving kits and jelly rings, along with other Halloween-themed trinkets.

Six spooky Bay Area destinations to visit this fall

Reviewing various autumn-themed locations to get into the Halloween spirit
October 23, 2021
A heart formation signals the end of the girls dance performance. The freshmen skit represents a gameshow adaptation of the Game of Life board game, following four characters through different stages of their adventure. The dance ushers in the next advancement of the game — shopping for homes.

Class of 2025’s Homecoming performance

Freshmen win 4th place during Homecoming week
October 9, 2021
The Class of 2022 cheers in a huddle following the end of their homecoming skit performance for the finale time. Following months of preparation making costumes, props, skit decs and learning choreography, they got the chance to finally show their spirit in front of a crowd of MVHS students and faculty. Photo by Aditya Shukla

Homecoming 2021: A Recap

Showcasing the highlights of the past week's performances
October 7, 2021
Freshman Ishi Chopra holds a Tigers Eye crystal which represents courage. Photo by Taryn Lam | El Estoque

A guide to crystals

How MVHS students use crystals in their daily lives
September 18, 2021
FUHSD athletes found ways to resonate with Lydia Jacoby, Suni Lee and Simone Biles. Graphic by Jayanti Jha, Aashna Patel and Kalyani Puthenpurayil

Twisting the game

Three Olympic winners resonate with local athletes
August 18, 2021
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