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The Student News Site of Monta Vista High School

El Estoque

The Student News Site of Monta Vista High School

El Estoque

Dessert Detectives: Ume Tea

Dessert Detectives: Ume Tea

Benjamin Zhang February 12, 2024

In our latest edition of the Dessert Detectives series — where El Estoque reporters evaluate popular menu items based on quality and taste — we maintained the alphabetical theme by visiting Ume Tea,...

“Argylle” features numerous superstars and celebrities, but none fulfill expectations

“Argylle” laughably fails its own mission

Jillian Ju and Benjamin Zhang February 6, 2024

Spoilers for “Argylle” ahead  Headlined by a star-studded ensemble of names like Dua Lipa, John Cena and Samuel L. Jackson, Matthew Vaughn’s comedy action film “Argylle” promised to be a...

Darren Lin sets up in his starting position while practicing for long jump.

Time Out! Ep. 15: Darren Lin

Benjamin Zhang February 5, 2024

Benjamin Zhang · Time Out! Ep. 15: Darren Lin   BZ: Hello everyone, my name is Benjamin Zhang and welcome to Episode 15 of Time Out! Each episode, we will be diving into the sports scene here...

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 26, 2024
John Gilchrist wins the Richard L. Levin Orchestra Educator Award
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...

APEC: A business perspective

APEC: A business perspective

Jason Chu, Kalyani Puthenpurayil, and Benjamin Zhang December 10, 2023

APEC 2023 brought numerous changes to the city of San Francisco, many of which had significant effects on the business of shops in the city. Roadblocks, an influx of protestors and the homeless removal...

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Sophia D'Sa and Benjamin Zhang December 6, 2023

Governor Gavin Newsom introduced a new committee in late October to address a recent trend of computer science teacher shortages in California, which currently ranks 39th in the nation for the percentage...

Sophomores Megan Liu, Sophia DSa and Shannon Yu take the first position of the girls dance.

Gotta catch ’em all

Ananya Chaudhary and Benjamin Zhang September 27, 2023

The Class of 2026 performed its “Pokemon” themed skit on Tuesday, Sept. 26. The story followed main characters Ash Ketchum and Pikachu, played by sophomores Lauren Moore and Charmaine Chua, respectively,...

Violent themes are prevalent in music. Graphic | Benjamin Zhang

Finding the beauty in violence

Benjamin Zhang September 18, 2023

“I wake up in the morning, I got murder on my mind.” Written by rapper Jamell Demons, better known as YNW Melly, these disturbing lyrics characterize his hit single "Murder on My Mind" released...

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