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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

Stanford students and community members create protest art projects to advocate for divestment.

Universal unrest

Giljoon Lee, Lillian Wang, and Alyssa Yang May 23, 2024
College protesters intensify discourse on the Israel-Hamas war
Instrumental Music Director John Gilchrist opens the floor for applause following senior and concertmaster Amy Zheng’s violin solo for a concerto.

“Unto Greater Heights” closes the year on a high note

Kathryn Foo and Alyssa Yang May 22, 2024
MVHS Music Department performs its Pops Concert as the final concert of the year
Ethical crossroads

Ethical crossroads

Meggie Chen and Niveda Hari April 21, 2024

El Estoque (EE) has been a student-run publication at MVHS since it began in 1969 and aims to follow this current mission statement: “El Estoque will accurately inform our community through well-researched,...

A total solar eclipse was partially visible on Monday morning. At its peak, approximately 35% of the sun was obscured.

MVHS students and staff see part of a total eclipse

Giljoon Lee and Alyssa Yang April 10, 2024

MVHS students and staff looked to the sky on April 8 as a total solar eclipse became partially visible from 10:12 a.m. to 12:16 p.m., peaking during third period at 11:12 a.m. Although cities in southern...

Jariwala is currently teaching in the classroom while preparing to become a Teacher Mentor next year.

Classroom to classroom

Sarah Liu and Alyssa Yang April 10, 2024

After 16 years of teaching, English Department Lead and English teacher Monica Jariwala will leave the classroom for the next three years to become a New Teacher Mentor for FUHSD. In her new role, Jariwala...

MV students who submitted to PTSA Reflections had the opportunity to celebrate and receive certificates from MV Principal Ben Clausnitzer and Reflections co-chairs Cathy Chen and John Ling. Photo courtesy of John Ling | Used with permission

“I am hopeful because . . .”

Suhana Mahabal and Alyssa Yang March 7, 2024

After the National Parent Teacher Association Reflections Art Program asked students to address the theme, “I am hopeful because…” sophomore Monisha Preetham chose to submit a photograph of two squirrels...

Instrumental Music Director John Gilchrist takes a pause in directing the orchestra during its 2023 Winter Concert, “Forces of Nature.”

Striking the high note

Alyssa Yang and Benjamin Zhang January 27, 2024
John Gilchrist wins the Richard L. Levin Orchestra Educator Award
Junior Clara Fun jumps to shoot the ball during a varsity girls basketball game.

Hitting the breaking point

Anika Bhandarkar and Alyssa Yang December 23, 2023
Examining how athletes at MVHS have experienced and overcome burnout within their sports
Protestors gather at Harry Bridges Plaza, San Francisco in a demonstration against the APEC convention.

On the streets of SF

The 2023 APEC summit was held in San Francisco from Nov. 11 to 17, bring international leaders from across the Asia Pacific region to the Moscone Center to discuss global issues. From protestors and...

The procession moves down Market St., protesting against the APEC 2023 summit in San Francisco.

The voices against APEC

Jason Chu, Lillian Wang, and Alyssa Yang December 5, 2023
Demonstrators hit the streets in San Francisco to protest APEC 2023
During a pause in his live forging demonstration, blacksmith Lester Markarian explains the techniques he used to create a handle.

Forging demonstration lights up Baer Blacksmith Shop

Anika Bhandarkar and Alyssa Yang November 28, 2023
Restored historical Cupertino shop holds monthly blacksmithing demonstration
A magnitude 7.1 earthquake in Searles Valley, California ruptured the road on Jul. 5, 2019. | Photo United States Geological Survey

MVHS takes cover on International ShakeOut Day

Jason Chu and Alyssa Yang October 30, 2023

MVHS held its annual ShakeOut earthquake preparedness drill shortly after 10 a.m. on Oct. 19, 2023, as part of the international Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills movement, which aims to educate the world...

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