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

Local politics are just as important in the lives of MVHS students as federal news, if not more.

National concern, local impact

Anika Bhandarkar and April Wang September 30, 2023

Often, world issues take center stage in our lives — we tend to follow national and global politics closely, focusing on the big, scary or exciting events from far away while overlooking the way national...

The pressure I put on myself to set personal records soon left me exhausted, and negatively impacted my relationship for running.

Overambition: the enemy of my improvement

Anika Bhandarkar September 23, 2023
How letting go of the time on the clock helped me run faster
Students note that parental controls can sometimes feel overly restrictive, with 52% of MVHS students reporting that they feel dissatisfied with the controls on their device(s).

Under CTRL

Anika Bhandarkar and Megha Mummaneni May 31, 2023
Examining student and parent opinions on parental controls
The mentality that the lighter you are, the better you perform has woven its way into many sports, particularly endurance sports and performing arts.

Would I be faster if I were skinnier?

Anika Bhandarkar May 8, 2023
Rethinking how MVHS addresses body-image issues in sports
Athletes participating in performing arts often feel pressured to be slimmer.

Trapped in the tape measure

Anika Bhandarkar April 12, 2023
Examining how beauty standards in performing arts impact MVHS athletes
As a child, I was loud and extroverted, and wasnt affected by others perceptions of me.

Unlikely inspiration

Anika Bhandarkar March 20, 2023
A lesson from 5-year-old me
Graphic | Vincent Zhao

A gamble for love

Anika Bhandarkar and Irene Tang February 17, 2023
How students plan to continue or end their relationships after high school
Senior Rohin Inani, who was the stand-in Boys Tennis coach during the 2021-22 season, serves a ball.

The search for spring sport coaching

Anika Bhandarkar, Kathryn Foo, and Michelle Zheng February 11, 2023
Looking into the lack of coaching for the spring season
Sophomore Gehna Saini places the ornament gifted to her from her mother, on a Christmas tree.

Winter break traditions

Anika Bhandarkar and Megha Mummaneni December 21, 2022
Examining the traditions students and staff partake in over the winter holidays
Students often stifle their curiosity surrounding sex due to fear or an unfamiliarity of talking about sex.

Arousing Curiosity

Anika Bhandarkar and Riya Murthy November 17, 2022

Six in 10 American parents believe that sex is a taboo topic, according to Onepoll. This, according to the Times of India, can be attributed to both societal structures, such as the importance of privacy,...

Some musical terms and their meanings | Graphic by Anika Bhandarkar

The keys to passion

Anika Bhandarkar November 5, 2022

Anika Bhandarkar · The keys to passion I’ve been playing piano since I was five and a half. Over 3,500 hours of my life have been dedicated to piano — running through scales, technique exercises...

Students in the stands cheer as MV Cheer performs a stunt.

Got spirit?

Anika Bhandarkar and Darpan Singh October 12, 2022
Examining the importance of camaraderie among students at MVHS
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