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

Pop sensation Taylor Swift debuted as a country artist in 2005, and has grown astronomically since then. Photos courtesy of Kiana Mark.

Taylor takeover

Ananya Chaudhary and Jason Chu April 8, 2024

From sold-out stadiums for the Eras Tour to social media frenzies, pop sensation Taylor Swift becomes increasingly popular after each album drop, with her impact expanding to college-level courses. Universities...

For senior Anqi Chen, art can take a large quanity of their time, ranging from hours to days. Photo courtesy of Anqi Chen.

The perfect balance

Ananya Chaudhary and Varun Singh April 6, 2024

Adding the finishing touches on a human skull adorned with ram horns and fiery blue flames, junior and character designer Piers Boyer wraps up a lengthy artistic process. For Boyer, each of his art pieces...

Economic teacher Pete Pelkey worked in a variety of professions, ranging from being a paramedic to working at a funeral home.

Pete Pelkey’s peculiar past

Ananya Chaudhary, Dylan Nguyen, and Aashi Venkat April 6, 2024

Ananya Chaudhary · Pete Pelkey’s peculiar past EE: Hi guys, my name is Ananya Chaudhary, I'm Dylan Nguyen. And I'm Aashi Venkat, and today we're going to be talking with Pete Pelkey, who is...

Illustration | Michelle Zheng

Viral vs. verified

Ananya Chaudhary and Michelle Zheng March 8, 2024

Just three days after its grand opening, Schoolyard Bagels, a bagel store adjacent to New York’s Syracuse University, declared itself temporarily closed. Hearing this news prompted MVHS ‘20 alum and...

“Consent and Tea,” falls short in its attempt to teach students the importance of consent. Graphic | Ananya Chaudhary

Consent is not a cup of tea

Ananya Chaudhary and Dahlia Schilling February 29, 2024

Trigger warning: This story mentions sexual assault. Students snicker to their friends and the classroom fills with laughter as fourth-period teachers announce the topic of the day's advisory, Title...

Batchu and Kulkarni hold their poster board, depicting their various clean energy initiatives.

Grants for good

Jason Chu, Taryn Lam, and Varun Singh January 24, 2024
IRPD students receive monetary grants for their projects
The “Orquídeas” album cover portrays Grammy-winning musician Kali Uchis submerged in water, covered in orchid petals and surrounded by vibrant cool tones.

‘Orquídeas’ embodies the elegance of the orchid

Ananya Chaudhary January 20, 2024

“Por fin me di cuenta que me merezco mucho más / Y eso te mata” [I finally realized that I deserve so much more / and that kills you] (“Te Mata,” Track Six) Colombia's national flower, the...

After performing at the Rolling Loud California 2023 concert, rapper Lil Uzi Vert was confronted with criticism for the demonic references in his music. Photo Illustration | Ellie Wang

The Satanic surge

Ananya Chaudhary, Aaryan Sharma, and Ellie Wang December 6, 2023

“I make a city girl believe in Satan” (For Me, Lil Uzi Vert) After headlining the 2023 international hip hop music festival “Rolling Loud” in California, rapper Symere Bysil Woods, more commonly...

Former MVHS student and current junior Mira Sarang’s experience with rehab has encouraged her to stay sober.

From addiction to recovery

Ananya Chaudhary, Dylan Nguyen, and Aashi Venkat November 29, 2023

Dylan Nguyen · From addiction to recoverydoc Trigger warning: This story mentions substance abuse. Transcript: AC: Hi guys, my name is Ananya Chaudhary. DN: My name is Dylan Nguyen.  AV:...

The “Heaven knows” album cover portrays PinkPantheress posing in a white silk dress with a white dove flying above her.

‘Heaven knows’ only knows how to stray away from prior success

Ananya Chaudhary and Dylan Nguyen November 14, 2023

Contrasting themes of love and death with nonchalant delivery, drum and bass artist Vicky Beverly Walker, more commonly referred to as PinkPantheress released her sophomore album “Heaven knows,” on...

Junior Ian Lin faces the wall, showcasing his thrifted merch of hip-hop artist Drake.

Vintage is the new vogue

Ananya Chaudhary and Dylan Nguyen November 2, 2023

Fashion harbors a cycle of trends that rise and fall, often revisiting the past, with vintage trends and older styles regaining popularity. Most recently, from the early revival of denim to niche, asymmetrical...

Junior Samantha Tong (left) and sophomore Chloe Chen (right) block an incoming spike from LGHS.

Girls Volleyball falls to Los Gatos High School 3-2

Ananya Chaudhary, Dahlia Schilling, and Giljoon Lee October 27, 2023

In an intense match, Varsity Girls Volleyball faced Los Gatos High School, ultimately succumbing to LGHS 3-2 on Tuesday, Oct. 24. MVHS had a rocky start as LGHS won the first two sets, scoring 25-21 and...

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