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

A Film to Remember by Tanisha Sood

Painting the right picture

Arshiya Sen and Alan Tai May 21, 2024

Sophomore Tanisha Sood begins her piece by sketching a haunting scene from her memory — a sunless hospital room illuminated by a single, wavering candle. Her harsh strokes add depth to the page as she...

School Resource Officer Aalok Patel poses for a photo. | Photo courtesy of Aalok Patel | Used with permission

Behind the badge

Alan Tai, Mihir Vishwarupe, and Eric Zhou April 6, 2024

EE: From assisting school administration to ensuring the safety of campuses, SROs such as Officer Aalok Patel, work to ensure that schools stay as a safe and proactive community in the area we live...

A ban on TikTok would have far-reaching effects on the United States.

The TikTok ban is political theater

Riya Murthy and Alan Tai April 5, 2024
The ban’s repercussions will impact the very nature of digital communication and freedom
A still from Before I Forget, a game about the experiences of dementia. | Illustration by Lauren Chuu

Gaming with a purpose

Lauren Chuu and Alan Tai March 6, 2024

Last year, senior and Technovation Club president Nithya Appannagaari embarked on a project with her friend to develop an app for the global Technovation competition, the goal of which was to solve a community...

After years of debate, a key lesson emerged, much of it alongside my high school debate partner Saanvi Goyal. | Illustration by Alan Tai


Alan Tai March 3, 2024

Now presenting… ‘A Bill to Extend Paid Maternity Leave.’ May the negation please speak? I didn’t want to be there. I was forced to refute (or in debate jargon, negate) this bill. Yet, I still...

Freshman Riley Chow and senior Pranay Gangaram attempt to steal the ball from an opponent.

Boys Soccer defeats Wilcox High School 3-2

Liz Liu and Alan Tai January 28, 2024

Varsity Boys Soccer defeated Wilcox High School 3-2 on Friday, Jan. 26. The game started with WHS scoring the first goal, but after halftime, MVHS returned stronger and won the game 3-2 through a series...

Some MVHS students have experienced sleepwalking at night, causing them to get out of bed unconsciously.

The secret life of sleep

Pranati Kotamraju and Alan Tai January 26, 2024

In the quiet, pitch-black hallways of her home, senior Elise Chiu would embark on nocturnal journeys as a child. Asleep but moving in the middle of the night, she navigated through the dark with her...

Photo of three YEPI members at an event presenting their posters. Photo taken by the YEPI team.

Organizing change

Arushi Singh and Alan Tai December 8, 2023

South Bay Youth Changemakers (SBYC) Co-Director and Cupertino High School alum ‘14 John Zhao remembers starting SBYC at the onset of the pandemic. He recognized the need for an organization to support...

The West Bay Community Band, displaying patriotic flair, delivers a performance to commence the ceremony. The MVHS Band provided the stands and chairs for the musicians.

Veterans Day Ceremony 2023

Alan Tai and Eric Zhou November 14, 2023

The annual Veterans Day Ceremony took place at Memorial Park on Nov. 11. The event honored veterans, active military personnel and first-responders with tributes that included laying flowers and a...

Elders in policymaking

Ethan Eisler and Alan Tai November 13, 2023

Exploring how elders in the community have been involved in policymaking

MVHS students may be inclined to write trauma essays in response to college essay prompts, creating a problematic mindset. Illustration by Kathryn Foo

Trading trauma for admission

Kathryn Foo and Alan Tai October 19, 2023

olleges love a good underdog — a story of someone starting from the bottom, taking the unlucky cards they were dealt, then rising to the occasion and becoming the model student. So, every year, when...

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