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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

Cultural Cooking

Cultural Cooking

Dahlia Schilling and Mihir Vishwarupe December 9, 2023

Diwali  As Science Curriculum Lead Kavita Gupta began to fry the dough she rolled out earlier in a pan with oil, the smell of sweet fried dough and milk solids immediately  begins to waft throughout...

Culture plays a nuanced role in someones identity, which is why we must take it into account before asking someone to share their political opinions.

Culture: the elephant (and donkey) in the room

Anika Bhandarkar and Meggie Chen December 6, 2023

With all the social justice movements in recent years and the upcoming 2024 presidential election, politics is on the forefront of many people’s minds. As tensions between parties continue to rise and...

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
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