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

Unlearning preconceived beliefs about gender biases is the first step towards dismantling these stereotypes.

“The golden son”

Sarah Liu December 23, 2022
How gender biases in Asian culture affect MVHS community members
Asiya Shaikh (right) takes a picture with her older sister Huda Shaikh (left) on Eid. After completing the prayers, Shaikh and her sister participated in fun activities and ate from tables of food.

Celebrating Ramadan

Taryn Lam and Shivani Madhan May 1, 2022
Highlighting the experiences of Muslim students at MVHS
The MV IASA officer team kicks off Spotlite on India 2022 with a welcome from President and senior Atmaja Patil.

IASA hosts first in-person Spotlite on India in two years

Shivani Madhan and Jiya Singh April 18, 2022
Diving deeper into the night of cultural performances
Photo | Unsplash

An acquired taste: Coffee and tea at MVHS

Minjae Kang April 13, 2022
Students and teachers find benefits from drinking bitter beverages


Sarah Liu March 16, 2022

Whenever I go to visit my grandma on the East Coast, our conversations in English are often stilted and filled with pauses and grammar mistakes. My dad and my grandma, however, communicate in Taiwanese...

Official Poster for “Turning Red,” released exclusively on Disney+ on March 11.

Disney’s “Turning Red” puts an Asian spin on the coming of age experience

Krish Dev and Minjae Kang March 16, 2022

“My whole life I’ve been perfect little Mei Mei. But maybe I like this new me.” Chinese Canadian teenager Meilin Lee transforms into a giant red panda whenever she feels strong emotions in Disney’s...

Learning how to reconcile the culture I was raised in with the political activism of my community has been extremely difficult.

Stay silent, speak out

Meggie Chen March 10, 2022
Reconciling involvement with politics and cultural norms
Race in Sports

Race in Sports

Exploring the different facets of race in sports
Community members favorite holidays are influenced by both their traditions and their cultures.

Celebrating the new year

Sarah Liu February 9, 2022

On Jan. 1, as the clock strikes midnight, signaling a new year, various families commemorate the evening with New Year’s parties. But New Year’s isn’t the only holiday centered around the arrival...

Senior Matvey Jennsen poses proudly in front of the German flag.

The rooting dilemma

Geethikaa Tarra, Nika Zamani February 8, 2022
Sports teams MVHS students cheer on that represent their race and ethnicity
Taralynn Kang shares her experience growing up in a biracial family

Biracial families share their family dynamics

Minjae Kang December 10, 2021
Looking into the family dynamics of biracial families
Graphic | Lillian Wang

Debunking the Thanksgiving Fantasy

Lillian Wang November 25, 2021

In fifth grade, we cut feathers from colored cardstock and glued them to paper headbands. We played as tribesmen and explorers – innocent, awed by the tales of friendship and gratitude we were told of...

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