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

My first teaching experiences all began with speech. Illustration | April Wang

Lessons on teaching

April Wang, Copy Editor November 27, 2022

Honestly, I think I’m a good teacher. That wasn’t really something I ever thought I’d say. It still isn’t. Looking at all my favorite teachers, they’ve always been patient. Professional....

As a kid, I loved books. However, the farther I got into high school, the more I lost my passion for reading.

Picking up the pages

Tvisha Gupta November 13, 2022

The words of the book on my lap spiraled around me as I read through the slow city scene detailed in the pages in front of me. The characters laughed, cheered and chattered excitedly as they clung to each...

Dismantling the ‘girlboss’ in the mirror

April Wang, Copy Editor October 7, 2022

I remember the first time I watched “Mulan,” I was enamored with Mulan’s countless shows of strength and skill. I saw her as the epitome of a strong Chinese woman, and thought to myself that she...

Encouraging people to suppress their emotions results in a dangerous internal buildup, at which point the person struggling is bound to erupt

There’s silence before the eruption

Aashi Venkat September 2, 2022
How I am unlearning the so-called “emotional maturity” I was trained to display as a child
To my 婆婆

To my 婆婆

Sophia Ma June 7, 2022
Expressing gratitude for the lessons I’ve learned from my grandma
Photo | Krish Dev and Sophia Ma

My mom, my dad and me

Shivani Verma June 6, 2022
How I realized that the two versions of myself were one all along
Redefining my grief

Redefining my grief

Matthew Yoshimoto May 30, 2022
Reflecting on how I dealt with the loss of my dog
I started out in the Kennedy Middle School Speech Club, and in high school, became part of Monta Vista Speech and Debate.

Throwing away my fear

April Wang, Copy Editor May 27, 2022

I am, and will always be, an introvert. No one can tell me otherwise. Let’s face it, anyone who knew me in elementary school will probably remember me as the girl who was perpetually hunched over and...

Senior year in core memories

Senior year in core memories

Shivani Madhan May 27, 2022
The epic highs and lows
To all the sports Ive done before: Track

To all the sports I’ve done before: Track

Sophia Chen May 24, 2022
How I learned to accept not being the best at every sport I’ve done
Photo by Diya Bahl

Under my skin

Diya Bahl May 8, 2022
Unlearning the burden of physical insecurities
Is it too much?

Is it too much?

April 27, 2022
A walk down memory lane, showing how my taste in clothes has evolved to be more modest.
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