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

Freshman Vatsel Dave, dressed in traditional Bharatanatyam uniform as he practices this art form

Playing by their own rules

Pranati Kotamraju and Arushi Singh December 11, 2023

Living in Australia, freshman Vatsel Dave was in a constant state of boredom trying to fill up his free time by watching YouTube videos. It was by chance that a dance video popped up on his feed, and before...

Transgender student athletes participate in a variety of sports at MVHS.

Transgender student athletes

Looking into the experiences of transgender student athletes at MVHS
My grandparents struggled to accept my academically-inclined nature, attempting instead to have me stick with more traditional beliefs.

Bridging the gender gap

Tvisha Gupta April 15, 2023
Working with my grandparents to break their traditional beliefs
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
Were here, were queer, get used to it, was a common slogan used in the 90s during pride rallies.

One step forward, two steps back

Melody Cui and Mikaylah Du May 9, 2022
Analyzing the impetus, implications and impacts of the recent uptick in anti-LGBTQ+ legislation in the U.S.
Graphic by Kripa Mayurweshar

What it means to dress differently

April Wang February 16, 2022

As a child, sophomore Lemon Liu was often mistaken as a boy, and even now, their appearance sometimes leads to confusion over their identity. She can recall multiple times when people used he/him pronouns...

Flying Superhero, by MSs photos, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercia -No Derivs Generic 2.0.

Addressing diversity in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Krish Dev and Minjae Kang October 30, 2021

Various fields and industries in the United States are currently experiencing a movement to increase representation of racial and gender minorities. Not exempt from this change is the film industry: a...

An interactive graphic made with Flourish that displays sex and HIV education mandates in the U.S.

Expanding sex education

Shivani Madhan September 3, 2021
Examining sex education at MVHS in comparison to schools nationwide

Inclusivity and solidarity with sexual assault survivors

Nishat Kazi and Elena Khan June 1, 2021
Investigating the impact of sexual assault for everyone, including male and non-binary survivors
Sexual assault

Sexual assault

Examining sexual assault in Bay Area high schools
Meet the students of the annual GSA Panel

Meet the students of the annual GSA Panel

Dhruvika Randad May 24, 2019

On May 13, the MVHS Gender Sexuality Alliance (GSA) hosted their weekly Monday lunch meeting to begin preparations for the annual GSA panel presented to Biology and Physiology classes, held on Friday,...

Spanish teacher Joyce Fortune, advisor, and club officers Maya Tate, Natasha Lee, and Stephen Migdal (left to right) talk about their plans for National Coming Out Day on October 5th, hosted by the Gender Sexuality and Alliance club. Photo by Dhruvika Randad.

A Gender Sexuality and Alliance Q&A with French student teacher, Marie Roy

Dhruvika Randad and Kat Pappas September 28, 2018

Along with the usual Q&A that introduced new members to the club, a special guest was introduced: French student teacher Marie Roy. As an incoming teacher for the new year, she believes that it is...

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