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

The word COLORS is written in an explosive, rainbow font, depicting a theme similar to graffiti.


Delving into the colors of the rainbow
Student self-expression through color

Student self-expression through color

Jefferson Le and Melody Cui May 27, 2022

Senior Eric Kim has pursued art since his freshman year, when he took his first formal art class at MVHS. Now, Kim works at an independent art studio and has been working on several art pieces, many of...

The Non-Fungible Takeover

The Non-Fungible Takeover

Lillian Wang and Sonia Verma March 11, 2022
Investigating the recent popularity of NFTs
An illustration of a string being tied into a knot

Tying up loose ends

Kripa Mayureshwar February 12, 2022
Learning the importance of finishing what I start
The ink drawing depicts a personified mushroom residing in a densely populated forest.

Artists share excerpts from their portfolios

Nameek Chowdhury February 4, 2022

Using different mediums, artists at MVHS express their emotions, beliefs, and interests through their artwork. Along with displaying their pieces, three students share the motives behind the techniques...

Senior Claire Yang experiments with different types of art, from charcoal still lifes to digital drawings.

Choosing artistic and hands-on electives

Kalyani Puthenpurayil January 22, 2022
Exploring the creative courses that students take at MVHS
Ive struggled with trying to define my own passions separately from what Im told that I should want.

What do I want?

April Wang, Staff Writer December 10, 2021

Early last year, my parents surprised me with a wonderful birthday present: a college counselor. What fun. After I put the looming and inescapable anxiety of having to actually get my life together...

A small painting I did would not turn out right no matter what I tried, so I simply blurred it with a large brush and accepted it as it was.

Life imitates art

Mikaylah Du, Graphics Editor October 28, 2021
Analyzing how my relationship with art has affected my self-esteem
Photo by Taralynn Kang | Used with permission

Reviewing Inktober 2021

Amber Milesi, Staff Writer October 12, 2021

mong the numerous fall activities that take place during October, Inktober is an art challenge in which artists create a new, completed piece every day of the month, usually based on a one-word prompt....

50 Questions with Brian Chow

50 Questions with Brian Chow

Krish Dev, Website Editor September 22, 2021

Inspired by Vogue’s video series “73 Questions,” El Estoque sits down with Art teacher Brian Chow to ask him 50 questions. Chow shares his most embarrassing moment, his favorite childhood memory...

An oil painting of oranges done by MVHS alumnus Brett Park

Art after high school

Kripa Mayureshwar April 4, 2021
The stigma against pursuing non-STEM related paths after high school

Part 1: The Problem

Prisha Tiwari and Mikaylah Du April 1, 2021
Investigating how declining student enrollment at MVHS has affected course allocation
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