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

Senior Sanika Kothari (center) supports junior Jooha Kim (top center) by her ankle at a football game against Washington High School on Sept. 9.

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Lily Jiang and Asha Wojciechowski December 6, 2023

Since she was 8 years old, Sanika Kothari has loved cheerleading. She recalls bursting into tears every time a practice was canceled and she didn’t get to practice flying. However, when Kothari was 12...

Behind the bows

Behind the bows

Leah Desai and Eshika Tiwari December 4, 2023

The Monta Vista cheer team has almost doubled in size from previous years, creating a successful squad for competitions and sideline cheering. El Estoque goes behind the scenes with the cheer team to learn...

Senior Cara Constant winds up to throw the ball to a team member. Photo | Brandon Wang

Changing the game

Ethan Kellogg, Taryn Lam, and Brandon Wang December 1, 2023
Exploring the historical and current state of Reverse
Transgender student athletes participate in a variety of sports at MVHS.

Transgender student athletes

Looking into the experiences of transgender student athletes at MVHS
The finishing touch

The finishing touch

Mikaylah Du and Dahlia Schilling December 22, 2022
Exploring the role of makeup in sports
Who cheers for Cheer?

Who cheers for Cheer?

Gauri Manoj and Vincent Zhao November 17, 2022

Holding onto a long-standing tradition, the Cheer team showed up to MVHS a few hours before school, their hands filled with decor. It was 6:30 a.m. on the day of the football team’s senior night. They...

Senior Aashna Patel adds a star to the wall of field hockey‘s space-themed team room. Photo by

All decked out

Aidan Ruan and Stephanie Zhang October 13, 2022

This fall, as the field hockey season approached, senior and captain Lauren McMillion looked forward to finally getting a chance to participate in planning out how the team would decorate their team...

Off-season, every season

Off-season, every season

Geethikaa Tarra May 22, 2022
Examining MVHS student athletes’ off-season practices.
Senior Seo Eun Kim and Sophomore Mihret Tesfaye explain that teammates are essential to staying motivated during football games

Cheering from the sidelines

Anushka De November 2, 2021
Exploring how the team stays motivated even during a loss
The Class of 2022 continues the tradition of senior breakthrough to start the Homecoming rally, led by MVHS Cheer.

Classes compete in the Homecoming rally

Michelle Chen and Matthew Yoshimoto October 8, 2021
The seniors win first, followed by the juniors, sophomores and then freshmen in the rally.
Comparing Costs

Comparing Costs

Rucha Soman and Swara Tewari October 23, 2019

Running: $65* Junior Rohan Agrawal explains that the cost of participating in both cross country and track and field isn’t too high, and he says it’s worth it. Agrawal adds that although the...

MV cheer presents their routines at James Logan High School for feedback from the judges to gain experience. Photos by Roshan Fernandez, Akshara Majjiga and Om Khandekar

The disappearance of the Monta Vista Cheer Team

Sophia Chen, Devin Gupta, Tanish Mendki, and Anjali Singh August 30, 2019
Students react to the Yell Team as a replacement for MV Cheer
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