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

Star-studded activism

Star-studded activism

Meggie Chen and Aidan Ruan December 9, 2023
Exploring the flawed expectation for celebrities to share political opinions
Cross-country and badminton were the two sports that I competed in during middle school.

Photo illustration by Aidan Ruan

Past the finish line

Aidan Ruan December 8, 2023

I hated cross country. I hated the sharp burning in my lungs each time I breathed. I hated the cramps and the stiffness in my muscles after each race. I hated the nausea that emerged as I became more...

Sophomores Zoe and Lelani Laruelle pose after winning a tennis match. Photo courtesy of Zoe Laruelle. | Used with permission.

Sophomore Standouts: Lelani and Zoe Laruelle

Leah Desai and Aidan Ruan November 3, 2023

As children, sophomores Lelani and Zoe Laruelle experimented with a variety of sports. However, the one they enjoyed most was tennis. Their dad, Frederic Laruelle, a former tennis player himself, enrolled...

Darya Pereverzeva poses with her first place medal at the USPA Powercrush Summer of Strength 2023. Photo courtesy of Darya Pereverzeva

Is it natty?

Aidan Ruan October 24, 2023

Creatine is a natural amino acid compound that is commonly found in various meats such as fish and poultry. The naturally occurring compound has various health benefits such as increased energy, muscle...

Power napping played an important role in fixing my sleep schedule.

Napping 101

Aidan Ruan September 29, 2023

I take a lot of naps. In fact, I can confidently say that I can nap anywhere at any given moment. What’s more is that these naps aren't limited to merely resting my head on the table during class;...

Senior Darya Pereverzeva weaves past an SHS defender to score a goal.

Girls Water Polo loses 18-5 against Saratoga High School

Aidan Ruan and Brandon Wang September 11, 2023

Varsity Girls Water Polo lost 18-5 against Saratoga High School on Thursday, Sept. 8, in their first home game of the season. The first quarter ended with the score 3-2 in favor of SHS, and the first half...

Hi Barbie!

Hi Barbie!

When senior Ananya Nadathur first watched the “Barbie” trailer that parodied the opening scene of “2001: A Space Odyssey” a few months ago, it piqued her interests surrounding the movie — she...



Kalyani Puthenpurayil and Aidan Ruan June 1, 2023
Exploring the journeys of three college recruits for their respective sports
Seeing students most unpopular opinions

Man on the street: Unpopular opinions

Aidan Ruan and Aashi Venkat June 1, 2023
Asking students what their most unpopular opinion is
Denny Dong poses for a photo with Menlo School runner Justin Petre. Petre and Dong placed first and second respectively at the CCS semifinals 800 meter event. Photo courtesy of Denny Dong | Used with permission

Time Out! Ep. 5: Denny Dong

Brandon Xu and Aidan Ruan June 1, 2023

Brandon Xu · TimeOut! Ep. 5: Denny Dong BX: Hello everyone, my name is Brandon Xu. AR: And my name is Aidan Ruan. And this is the fifth episode of Time Out!  BX: Each episode, we will be...

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