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

Theres more to a journey than the destination...or chicken wings.

Just wing it

Aidan Ruan May 31, 2024

“I’m getting those chicken wings, no matter what.” It was National Chicken Wing Day 2023 and Buffalo Wild Wings’ was offering one free order of wings for all customers. With such a lucrative...

Introduction screen to the roguelike Indie game, Wizard of Legend. Photo Courtesy of Raj Thapliyal

High difficulty, High satisfaction

Raj Thapliyal, Staff Writer May 25, 2024

As an eight-year-old, I loved the same video games most other kids loved — open-world, role-playing games, such as “Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.” These games helped me escape the daily routine...

After months of not talking, I finally regained my voice during my sophomore year of high school, and am now deemed a chatterbox by those around me.


Aashi Venkat May 23, 2024

It took me longer than most to say my first words. In fact, it took so long that my father believed I was simply incapable of talking. Today, anyone who knows me is blessed (or cursed, depending on how...

Mandarin is a notoriously difficult language, but I found out through my Chinese 1 experience that it is worth the challenge.

‘But Chinese is too hard’

Asha Wojciechowski, Opinion Editor May 18, 2024

“I’m going to learn Chinese.”  I stood up, crossed the room to my computer and clicked “Chinese 1” under the electives tab on my course selection form. My mom looked at me, and I could see...

I sat in shock as the reality of my situation dawned on me. Photo Illustration by Crystal Cheng

Overcoming the thief of joy

Crystal Cheng, Opinion Editor April 8, 2024

“Most people don’t get in,” I reminded myself, silently preparing for failure as my computer screen loaded with a status update from my dream college. A moment passed, and a letter with my application...

Every morning I wake up, there is blood on my bed sheets. The sight never gets less overwhelming, despite it happening so often.

Blood on my bed sheets

Ellie Wang April 6, 2024

Every morning I wake up, there is blood on my bed sheets. That metallic tang fills my nostrils and lungs every time I open my eyes. I look at my arms and feel my neck. There is viscous red liquid seeping...

It wasnt until high school when I finally learned about how to use a DSLR camera.

Cracking a smile

Aidan Ruan March 10, 2024

As a child, my portraits always appeared a little funny. There was this certain awkward aura that my eight-year-old self emanated at every snap of the lens. Whether it was my inability to smile properly...

After years of debate, a key lesson emerged, much of it alongside my high school debate partner Saanvi Goyal. | Illustration by Alan Tai


Alan Tai March 3, 2024

Now presenting… ‘A Bill to Extend Paid Maternity Leave.’ May the negation please speak? I didn’t want to be there. I was forced to refute (or in debate jargon, negate) this bill. Yet, I still...

Social anxiety has been a constant barrier in making friends, often leaving me feeling lost in social situations. Photo courtesy of Shweta Gupta | Used with permission

Struggling through silence

Suhana Mahabal March 1, 2024

I’ve always been extremely introverted. Talking to people has never come naturally to me and it resulted in a consistent insecurity that I didn’t know how to deal with. For most of my life, that insecurity...

My sister and I dressed in traditional Indian clothes in preparation for a family photoshoot. Photo courtesy of Raghuram Venkatasubramanian | Used with permission

Dear Trisha,

Aashi Venkat February 14, 2024

Dear Trisha, We were both kids when our mother died. Despite this, you took a proactive role in filling the seemingly endless void that emerged as a result of this loss: you never had to dye my hair...

Cross-country and badminton were the two sports that I competed in during middle school.

Photo illustration by Aidan Ruan

Past the finish line

Aidan Ruan December 9, 2023

I hated cross country. I hated the sharp burning in my lungs each time I breathed. I hated the cramps and the stiffness in my muscles after each race. I hated the nausea that emerged as I became more...

The tendency to constantly doubt everything I do is one that has always followed me around.

Out of my head

Riya Murthy, Staff Writer December 1, 2023

I can’t remember the last time I did something without overthinking it. Thinking “why would I do this” and “what could happen” and “what did they think” is, to me, as much a part of completing...

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