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

Unfolding Cupertino City Limits

Unfolding Cupertino city limits

As author Kelly Loy Gilbert once said in her book Picture Us in the Light, "Cupertino is a bubble," and within this bubble many of us find ourselves surviving but not truly living. From high housing prices...

Graphic by Meggie Chen

Entertainment in Cupertino

Meggie Chen and Trisha Sannappanavar January 21, 2024

Cupertino is known for its competitive schools and technological jobs that bring in a variety of diverse and highly educated people globally. With a last known population of 58,622 residents, Cupertino...

Mahito’s inexplicable feud with the mysterious Grey Heron is the first sign that reality may not be as it seems in “The Boy and the Heron.” Illustration | Studio Ghibli

“The Boy and the Heron” finds wonder in the ordinary

Dylan Nguyen and Lillian Wang December 13, 2023

In an explosion of vibrant surrealism, anthropomorphic animals and bird poop, “The Boy and the Heron” took flight in theaters on Dec. 8, marking Studio Ghibli’s first film since “The Wind Rises”...

The THINK LATER album cover features McRae decked out in shin guards with THINK LATER painted on them in blue letter. Album cover owned by RCA

‘THINK LATER’ paints heartbreak in a beautiful way

Aashi Venkat December 12, 2023

Pop artist Tate McRae released her sophomore album “THINK LATER” on Friday, Dec. 8. While the album’s lead single “greedy” was released in mid-September, McRae only announced the album in November,...

Graphics by Stella Petzova

Immersed in India

As a student body filled with an array of Indian backgrounds, Indian-influenced arts and culture can be found in many corners of our community.  From incorporating traditional Indian clothing into daily...

Savoring spices

Savoring spices

Sarah Liu December 9, 2023

Audience member freshman Beck Poltronetti rejects senior Ananya Nadathur by handing the flower back after her serenade in her self-written play, “Swiftie Serenade.”

MV Drama’s “Neo-Futurists” play takes center stage

Yixuan (Joyce) Li November 20, 2023

Monta Vista’s Drama department held its 2023 fall production, “Neo-Futurists,” on the evenings of Nov. 16 and Nov. 17. In the Black Box, performers captivated audiences with humor and a twinge of...

Seeing students most unpopular opinions

Man on the street: Unpopular opinions

Aidan Ruan and Aashi Venkat June 1, 2023
Asking students what their most unpopular opinion is
Senior Mikaylah Du poses  in front of a computer as someone who pirates content.

Movie marauders

Samika Bhatkar and Vincent Zhao May 30, 2023
Examining the MVHS community’s personal experiences with pirating movies
Halle Bailey as Ariel in Disneys upcoming The Little Mermaid live action remake.

Who’s watching?

Sonia Verma May 18, 2023

An 84-second teaser for Disney’s live-action adaptation of “The Little Mermaid” was released on Sept. 9 and within hours, the hashtag #notmyariel went viral on social media. The tag consisted of...

The Oscars have diversified over the years, nominating more global films in categories other than Best International Foreign Feature

And the Oscar goes to…

Aidan Ruan and Aashi Venkat April 14, 2023
Examining how international films are popularizing in America
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