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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

Freelance photographer John Ling looks into his camera as he attempts to take a picture of a jumping athlete.

Out of frame

Daphne Huang and Lillian Wang February 26, 2024

Freelance photographer John Ling recalls looking into his Sony Alpha One camera on a Friday night two years ago, capturing an MVHS football player from the sideline when — out of nowhere — another...

Mixed-gender events

Mixed-gender events

Manas Kottakota and Daphne Huang January 26, 2024

This year, the 2024 Summer Paris Olympics and Paralympics were able to achieve an equal number of male and female participants for the first time in history and the 2024 Gangwon Winter Youth Olympics were...

Senior and captain Carolyn Ruan passes the ball past an HHS defender to a teammate.

Girls Basketball beats Homestead High School 68-39 in an away game

Daphne Huang January 24, 2024
Matadors dominate the game throughout all four quarters
Seniors Matthew Lau and Pranai Raina dance during the senior Homecoming skit. The choreography included a breakdancing segment, which both of them partook in as experienced breakdancers.

Time Out! Ep. 13: Matthew Lau and Pranai Raina

Lauren Chuu, Daphne Huang, and Kalyani Puthenpurayil December 10, 2023
Exploring how seniors Matthew Lau and Pranai Raina got into breakdancing and their experience in the sport
Justin Ma lunges towards the net, looking to catch the shuttlecock early. Photo courtesy of Justin Ma | Used with permission

King of the court

Daphne Huang and Lauren Chuu December 7, 2023

To spare his mother an extra car ride, MVHS ‘15 alum Justin Ma started attending badminton classes at Bintang — the same gym as his older brother, Jack Ma — when he was 10. Phu Khuu, the owner of...

Junior and outside back Erin Handlesman arches her leg back to take a powerful shot at the soccer ball downfield.

Girls Soccer ties The King’s Academy 0-0

Daphne Huang, Liz Liu, and Stella Petzova December 2, 2023

Varsity Girls Soccer tied with The King’s Academy 0-0 on Thursday, Nov. 30, in its first tournament of the season. MVHS and TKA went back and forth, neither team giving the other an opportunity to take...

Freshman Edward Fan launches a discus using the force of a turn.

Freshman Phenom: Edward Fan

Daphne Huang, Pranati Kotamraju, and Eshika Tiwari November 3, 2023
Following Fan through his journey and future prospects with track and field, football and basketball
Sophomore and running back Graham Ischo runs with the ball as MHS lineman chase him.

Football falls to Mills High School 6-14

Daphne Huang October 14, 2023
Matadors struggle to maintain momentum after scoring the first touchdown
The ELD Center is equipped with board games to help facilitate interactions between students in the center.

Welcoming Space

Lauren Chuu and Daphne Huang September 29, 2023

MVHS has a new English Language Development (ELD) Center located in room C206, open every day during brunch, lunch and tutorial. The center aims to provide resources and community activities for ELD...

Junior Eric Zhou scans his ID using Minga at the lunch line.

Going digital

Daphne Huang and Brandon Xu September 23, 2023

MVHS is implementing a digital ID card system through the app “Minga” for students in the 2023-24 school year. According to Principal Ben Clausnitzer, MVHS is one of two schools in the FUHSD district,...

Senior and wing Leo Matsumoto is defended by two WHS players as he attempts to score in the cage.

Boys Water Polo defeats Wilcox High School 13-11

Daphne Huang September 23, 2023

Varsity Boys Water Polo beat Wilcox High School 13-11 on Thursday, Sept. 21. With neither team leading by more than one point at a time, MVHS and WHS were neck and neck during the first half, each finishing...

Senior Rohin Inani, who was the stand-in Boys Tennis coach during the 2021-22 season, serves a ball.

The search for spring sport coaching

Anika Bhandarkar, Kathryn Foo, and Michelle Zheng February 11, 2023
Looking into the lack of coaching for the spring season
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