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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

Vocal Music Director Amy Young faces the Witch as she plays “Rapunzel” in a production of “Into the Woods” hosted by San Jose State University’s School of Music and Dance. 
Photo by Jana Marcus Photography | Used with permission

Teacher talents

Samika Bhatkar December 2, 2023

Amy Young: Theater Mesmerized by the enchanting backdrops and uplifting songs of “The Wizard of Oz” and “The Sound of Music” as a child, Vocal Music Director Amy Young found herself in awe of...

Juniors Elaine Kao, Dylan Ngyuen, Lily Jiang and Ian Lin chat with each other during their Friendsgiving meal

Friends, Family and Food

Corinna Kuo December 2, 2023

Bustling around the kitchen on Thanksgiving, junior Jooha Kim helps her friends plate food for their Friendsgiving celebration. The air is full of excitement as she and her six closest friends open cupboards...

Senior Eesha Mokkapati gets serenaded with roses

MVHS Choir holds its annual Valentine’s concert

Lily Jiang February 23, 2023
Choir members share their preparations for the annual Valentines Choir Concert
Candy Cane Lane: According to Amy Young, this song, sang at choir’s Winter Concert on Dec. 16, was chosen since several students sang it in previous years, and wanted to bring back the songs positive feelings.

Planning performances

Brandon Xu December 20, 2022
Examining how the music department decides what songs to play in concerts
starting fresh

starting fresh

Alan Tai and Eric Zhou November 12, 2022
sharing teachers’ first experiences at MVHS
Following the experience of those who moved states in an increasingly partisan country

From state to state: A political and cultural shift

Melody Cui and Jefferson Le May 17, 2022
Following the experience of those who moved states in an increasingly partisan country
Yang Yang Liu, MVHS alum 07, passed away in a fatal car accident on November 25th. She was a wonderful friend and vibrant member of her community.

The life and legacy of Yang Yang Liu

Jayanti Jha, Anushka De, and Michelle Chen April 26, 2022
Friends and family reflect on the impact that the MVHS ‘07 alum had on their lives
Graphic by Annie Zhang

This is ________: Music and the human condition

From “Edelweiss“ to "808s & Heartbreak,” music is nestled within our day-to-day Zoom breaks, karaoke sessions and midnight adrenaline rushes. Read more about MVHS students and teachers’ nostalgic...

Choir teacher and Music Department Lead Amy Young at her Graduate Conducting Recital, which she gave in October 2019 as part of her Masters Degree in Choral Conducting from SJSU.

A new voice

Michelle Chen and Krish Dev September 11, 2020
New choir teacher Amy Young adjusts to MVHS and online learning
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