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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

Glass children are often overshadowed by their siblings, even when it is unintentional.

Glass Child

Meggie Chen February 17, 2023
Exploring how mental illness touches the lives of siblings
Graphic | Sonia Verma


Exploring instances of distance within a family 
Graphic by Sonia Verma

Aspirational Distances

Minjae Kang January 15, 2023
Exploring the differences in career aspirations between generations.
Sophomore Gehna Saini places the ornament gifted to her from her mother, on a Christmas tree.

Winter break traditions

Anika Bhandarkar and Megha Mummaneni December 21, 2022
Examining the traditions students and staff partake in over the winter holidays
Far but close

Far but close

Arjun Dhruv, Staff Writer December 20, 2022

A mix of tears and blood ran down my face. I wasn’t in pain — I was frustrated that I could do nothing to get back at her. The voices of my parents yelling at my sister and I faded out, and I simply...

In 2021, the Gaspar family camps at the Catillion campsite. Gaspar’s immediate family goes camping every year, around labor day, to cook, eat, dance and hike together.

Photo courtesy of Paula Gaspar | Used with permission

Large Extended Families

Sameer Maheshwari and Aashna Patel December 16, 2022
Examining the dynamics within a large extended family

Aruna Venkateswaran

December 9, 2022

The charcoal smell of grilled chicken roasting in the small, well-preserved town of Kanazawa transports sophomore Aruna Venkateswaran back to her maternal grandparents’ home in Japan, which she visited...

Kavita Gupta and her mother video call, despite the physical barriers they face

Physical distance

Taryn Lam December 9, 2022
Exploring the relationships between family members located in different countries
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
Like father, like daughter

Like father, like daughter

Sophia Chen May 24, 2022
How my dad inspired my love for sports
Students take anonymous survey

Students of stepfamilies share about their family dynamics

Prisha Tiwari, Features Editor December 10, 2021
Overheard on the survey: Students answer questions about their stepfamilies on our anonymous survey
Revisiting the holidays

Revisiting the holidays

Sophia Ma and Aashi Venkat December 7, 2021
Students and staff share their most memorable moments from the holiday season
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