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

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...

Illustration by Elizabeth Han

Separated in Physics classroom

Vivian Chiang October 20, 2017

hen Physics teacher Jim Birdsong displayed the new seating chart on the screen in his AP Physics C class, some students happily embraced their new group mates while others groaned, bidding farewell...

Speaking out of the closet

Speaking out of the closet

Nathan Stevens May 31, 2017

i, my name is Nate. I’m a junior, 17 years old, I go by he/him pronouns, and uh — I’m gay.” That last part was so hard for me to get comfortable with, probably because I hadn’t said it out...

Staff Editorial: Beauty matters, but for everyone

Staff Editorial: Beauty matters, but for everyone

El Estoque Staff September 21, 2016

e have all heard the same, timeworn sayings: "Beauty is only skin deep.” “You are beautiful, just the way you are.” “It’s what’s inside that counts.” And — drumroll — the proverbial...

Gender stereotypes outline modes of behavior for men and women, often not leaving enough room for people to explore options outside their gender norms. Images courtesy of thenounproject.org creative commons.

Gender inequality binds men and women to limiting gender roles

Gabriella Monico September 23, 2014

I remember standing in line outside the movie theater, clad in my Gryffindor robes, waiting for the doors to open and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part Two to begin. I remember waiting restlessly...

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