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

A magnitude 7.1 earthquake in Searles Valley, California ruptured the road on Jul. 5, 2019. | Photo United States Geological Survey

MVHS takes cover on International ShakeOut Day

Jason Chu and Alyssa Yang October 30, 2023

MVHS held its annual ShakeOut earthquake preparedness drill shortly after 10 a.m. on Oct. 19, 2023, as part of the international Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills movement, which aims to educate the world...

The FUHSD Board of Trustees holds a public hearing on Tuesday, Sept. 19.

Balanced voices

Jason Chu, Lauren Chuu, and Stella Petzova September 28, 2023

The FUHSD Board of Trustees passed a resolution to “transition Governing Board elections from At-Large Elections to By-Trustee Area Elections” on March 7, 2023, basing elections on trustee areas instead...

CAL Fires department utilizes its Grant Ranch Vegetation Management Project (VMP) for vegetation management and mitigation. Photo courtesy of Kara Capaldo | Used with Permission

Through the haze and the flames

Jason Chu and Shannon Yu September 24, 2023

Several devastating wildfires unfolded in Maui, Hawaii on Aug. 8, burning thousands of acres and leaving at least 97 dead. In a lawsuit against Hawaiian Electric, Maui County officials attributed the tragedy...

MVHS will partner with the African American Scholars Project starting in the 2023-24 school year.

MVHS administration implements African American Scholar’s Project

A B building bathroom wall was graffitied with the words “Kill all n******” on March 10, 2022. A video of a student saying the N word was sent to MVHS staff on Feb. 28, 2023. Although MVHS has established...

Principal Ben Clausnitzer responds to a student’s question at FUHSD Journalism Camp.

Principal Ben Clausnitzer named JEA 2023 administrator of the year

Jason Chu and Giljoon Lee August 24, 2023

Principal Ben Clausnitzer was named administrator of the year by the Journalism Education Association (JEA) on Aug. 22, in recognition of his dedication to journalism education at MVHS. Potential recipients...

MVHS is set to lose the Japanese language program in the coming years as a result of declining enrollment in the course.

FUHSD World Languages to face upcoming changes

Jason Chu and Lauren Chuu June 1, 2023
MVHS will begin phasing out Japanese language courses in 2024-25
A concerning surge of underage vaping has occurred in recent years, resulting in heavy pressure for companies such as Juul that create these devices to remove flavors targeting minors. Photo courtesy of Jamie Chung | Used with permission.

Investigating the vaping crackdown

Jason Chu May 26, 2023
Rise in teen vaping sparks a $462 million settlement from Juul Labs
Canvas paper bark painting of General Ignacio Zaragoza, who led Mexican troops to victory in the Battle of Puebla

Spanish classes celebrate Cinco de Mayo

Jason Chu and Lauren Chuu May 5, 2023
MVHS Spanish classes participate in activities such as bark paintings and Mexican songs
Adviser Julia Satterthwaite accepts the Pacemaker Award at the JEA/NSPA National High School Journalism Convention in San Francisco on April 22.

El Estoque and El Valedor win NSPA Pacemaker awards

Jason Chu and Sameer Maheshwari April 25, 2023
MVHS online student publication and yearbook recognized with national honors
Graphic | Sonia Verma

One nation, under guns

Examining the different perspectives on gun policies and ownership in relation to gun violence in America
Laura Utile was caught in the middle of a robbery scene four years ago in the Tanforan Mall in San Bruno.

A closer look at gun control

Jason Chu April 14, 2023
Staff and experts provide their opinions and perspectives on gun control
Striking a chord in the heart

Striking a chord in the heart

Jason Chu, Staff Writer April 12, 2023
How playing guitar changed my life
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