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

Photo illustration by Amberly Sun

Toxic Vista: Fixing our flaws

From the outside, Monta Vista High School may seem like the ideal high school: numerous AP courses, top national rankings and more. However, step inside and find that there is more to it than meets the...

Monta Vista students often feel pressured by the high academic standards the school holds.

Work to the top till you drop

Sagnik Nag Chowdhury and Crystal Cheng April 12, 2024

After the class bell rings to start class, an MVHS classroom on a test day is filled with the sounds of stifled yawns, the shuffling of papers and hushed conversations.  “Did you study?”  “I...

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...

Graphics by Amberly Sun

Fearing the inevitable

As students grow up and gain more experience in their lives, they start to develop various fears in the different facets of life. While many of these fears can be mitigated, oftentimes these fears play...

Senior Vanshika Turkar ponders the implications of planning a senior trip to San Diego with her friends. Photo Illustration | Crystal Cheng

Planning core memories

Crystal Cheng and Stephanie Zhang March 7, 2024

Pranay Gangaram  Senior Pranay Gangaram is planning to go on two senior trips this year — one with some friends from MVHS and another with his middle school friends. In light of this, he acknowledges...

Junior and shooting guard Clara Fan attempts a fastbreak layup with two LHS opponents close behind her.

Varsity Girls Basketball defeats Lynbrook High School 52-45

Crystal Cheng and Dahlia Schilling January 20, 2024

Varsity Girls Basketball won against Lynbrook High School 52-45 on Wednesday, Jan. 17 in its fourth league game of the season. The team started off with a lead of 11-6 in the first quarter and ended halftime...

I’m not taking it today

“I’m not taking it today”

Crystal Cheng and Aletheia Ju December 8, 2023

When it comes to students asking for extensions on tests, Biology teacher Pamela Chow acknowledges that it can be a slippery slope. Although she believes that her policy to allow students to take tests...

Delving into lunchtime

Delving into lunchtime

Crystal Cheng and Lindsey Tang November 9, 2023

MVHS students spend their time during lunch in a plethora of different ways, from walking to 7-11 with friends to studying in the library. To better understand lunchtime routines, El Estoque met with four...

In the face of climate change

Crystal Cheng and Sarah Liu November 3, 2023
Examining the duality of the role of hope in the climate change movement
Senior Alice Ross tries to gain possession of the ball before a LHS opponent reaches it.

Field Hockey beats Lynbrook High School 1-0

Crystal Cheng, Riya Murthy, and Lindsey Tang September 23, 2023

Varsity Girls Field Hockey beat Lynbrook High School 1-0 on Sept. 20, in its fourth league game of the season. Junior and forward Saahithi Kancherla scored the team’s only goal during the first quarter,...

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