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El Estoque

The Student News Site of Monta Vista High School

El Estoque

The Student News Site of Monta Vista High School

El Estoque

“Paint It Black” makes its exit

“Paint It Black” makes its exit

Ethan Kellogg and Lillian Wang November 23, 2023

MV Marching Band performed its 2023 fall show, "Paint It Black," at MVHS on Nov. 14, following a senior night celebration. The show — which included football pep tunes as well as a senior run-through...

Senior Celine He performs in Varsity Winter Guards 2023 show, The Moment We Never Met.

Time out! Ep.7: Celine He

Kalyani Puthenpurayil and Lillian Wang June 5, 2023
Examining senior Celine He’s return to Color Guard during her senior year
The finishing touch

The finishing touch

Mikaylah Du and Dahlia Schilling December 22, 2022
Exploring the role of makeup in sports
Senior Color Guard Member Katherine Chui takes her final stance at the end of the closer.

Marching Band and Color Guard shine at Tournament of Champions

Darpan Singh and Vincent Zhao November 23, 2022

Flags spinning, trumpets blaring and percussion laying down the beat, MVHS Marching Band performed its last ever performance of True North, the first show made custom for the band. Senior and soloist...

Junior Pramath Doddaballapur smiling and posing for a picture with fellow swimmers after the first swim meet of the season | Photo Krish Dev

Happiness

Krish Dev and Aashi Venkat May 7, 2022
Finding happiness in sports
Graphic by Mikaylah Du

Auditioning for the Santa Clara Vanguard

Anika Sharma December 8, 2021
Discussing my feelings throughout the audition process
Competition season is back

Competition season is back

Showcasing MVHS organizations in action
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.
Seniors Sophia Bokovikova and Cindy Zou celebrate after being crowned as the two members of Homecoming Royalty. Following the announcement, Homecoming court members exit the field and take photos on the side of the bleachers.

Homecoming halftime performances showcase numerous groups

Michelle Chen and Matthew Yoshimoto October 7, 2021
Matadors celebrate Homecoming royalty and enjoy Variations, Cheer, Marching Band, Color Guard and Dance shows during the Homecoming Football game
Members of the Color Guard pose for a photo before their performance in the first football game of the season.

Color Guard transitions to in-person practices

Nameek Chowdhury and Jisha Rajala September 29, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic was a huge obstacle for the MVHS Color Guard team, with social distancing protocols forcing the team’s regular practices to transition online. Now that in-person practices are allowed,...

Marching band equipment lined up on MVHS track field (photo used with permission)

Blurring the lines between art and sports

Amber Milesi, Staff Writer August 29, 2021

urple and gold flags fly six feet into the air. Dancers pirouette across the gym floor. A cacophony of saxophones and trumpets echo throughout the open band room door. The sights and sounds of many of...

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