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

Graphic by Lillian Wang

More than an email

Diya Bahl April 3, 2022
District administration and the teachers union should change the school calendar to reflect the cultures present on our campuses
Community members favorite holidays are influenced by both their traditions and their cultures.

Celebrating the new year

Sarah Liu February 9, 2022

On Jan. 1, as the clock strikes midnight, signaling a new year, various families commemorate the evening with New Year’s parties. But New Year’s isn’t the only holiday centered around the arrival...

While she now appreciates the tradition of expressing ones love on Valentines Day, Liu finds that the commercialization of the holiday can be overwhelming.

Analyzing the downsides of the holiday of love

Crystal Cheng February 4, 2022
The MVHS community reflects on aspects of Valentine’s Day it wishes would change
Man on the street: Should we celebrate Thanksgiving?

Man on the street: Should we celebrate Thanksgiving?

Mikaylah Du and Angela Zhang November 25, 2021
Discussing whether the holiday should be observed given its history
The Srivastava family lights diyas for a Diwali puja.

Fireworks, food and culture bring families together during Diwali

Mira Wagner November 9, 2021
Students and staff discuss their experiences celebrating the Hindu holiday

Homemade Hipster: Pumpkin Ghost Cheesecake

April Wang, Staff Writer October 29, 2021

Ingredients: Crust: 1½ cup finely crushed graham crackers ¼ cup unsalted butter ¼ cup sugar  ¼ tsp cinnamon and/or ginger Batter 32 oz cream cheese ½  cup brown sugar...

Senior Daniel Kao and his family taking a selfie at the dinner table on Thanksgiving Day.

A twist on tradition

Claire Wen and Vivian Jiang December 17, 2020
Sharing the different ways that MVHS students celebrate winter holidays
A close up shot of a Diya, a candle used to illuminate houses during Diwali.

Acknowledging Cultural Celebrations

Abdullah Memon, Aditya Shukla, and Justin E Kim December 5, 2020
The MVHS administration’s stance on cultural awareness and reducing workload for traditionally celebrated holidays

A COVID celebration

Mikaylah Du, staff writer December 5, 2020
Exploring what MVHS students and their families did for Thanksgiving
Junior Roya Ahmadi shares her home celebration of Persian New Year on Instagram.

COVID-19 changes religious and cultural rituals

Shivani Gupta and Robert Liu April 2, 2020
Shelter-in-place brings cultural and religious activities to a standstill
Barbie Day: The evolution of a childhood icon

Barbie Day: The evolution of a childhood icon

Emily Xia March 12, 2020
A timeline of the changes the popular doll has undergone

50 Questions with Bonnie Belshe

Hannah Lee and Shuvi Jha January 7, 2020

nspired by Vogue’s video series ‘73 Questions,’ El Estoque sits down with U.S. History teacher Bonnie Belshe to ask her 50 questions. Belshe describes what she loves most about the holiday season,...

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