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

Photo courtesy of Olivia Gao | Used with permission

Last hoorah

Sophia D'Sa and Lauren Chuu May 23, 2024

Iniyaa Suresh Finding herself with more free time in the second semester once she submitted all her college applications, senior Iniyaa Suresh decided to apply for her first job: serving food and working...

A still from Before I Forget, a game about the experiences of dementia. | Illustration by Lauren Chuu

Gaming with a purpose

Lauren Chuu and Alan Tai March 6, 2024

Last year, senior and Technovation Club president Nithya Appannagaari embarked on a project with her friend to develop an app for the global Technovation competition, the goal of which was to solve a community...

Photo illustration by Lauren Chuu

Athlete attendance

Lauren Chuu and Asha Wojciechowski January 27, 2024

MV Dance Team Coach Joy Lee has a policy in place for all of her dancers: if you can’t make it to practice, you have to write a paragraph detailing how your absence impacts the team. With the exception...

Graphic by Daphne Huang

Paddling into popularity

Sania Nadkarni, Lauren Chuu, and Stephanie Zhang January 26, 2024

PE teacher Dasha Plaza first heard about pickleball nearly 12 years ago when she began teaching at MVHS. Pickleball, a racquet sport that initially used ping pong paddles and plastic balls, was first created...

Senior and guard Jake Nakamura avoids opponents while dribbling the ball down the court.

Varsity Boys Basketball loses to Saratoga High School 52-50 in a close match

Lauren Chuu, Giljoon Lee, and Kalyani Puthenpurayil January 21, 2024
The Matadors maintain a nearly even score up until the last few seconds
Seniors Matthew Lau and Pranai Raina dance during the senior Homecoming skit. The choreography included a breakdancing segment, which both of them partook in as experienced breakdancers.

Time Out! Ep. 13: Matthew Lau and Pranai Raina

Lauren Chuu, Daphne Huang, and Kalyani Puthenpurayil December 11, 2023
Exploring how seniors Matthew Lau and Pranai Raina got into breakdancing and their experience in the sport
Junior and long snapper Zachary Mommer snaps the ball to the punter behind him. Photo courtesy of John Ling | Used with permission

Snap judgement

Lauren Chuu and Arjun Dhruv December 9, 2023

Growing up a sports fan, junior and long snapper Zachary Mommer became immersed in football at a young age. With a background in flag football and baseball, Mommer wanted to use his experience to foster...

Justin Ma lunges towards the net, looking to catch the shuttlecock early. Photo courtesy of Justin Ma | Used with permission

King of the court

Daphne Huang and Lauren Chuu December 7, 2023

To spare his mother an extra car ride, MVHS ‘15 alum Justin Ma started attending badminton classes at Bintang — the same gym as his older brother, Jack Ma — when he was 10. Phu Khuu, the owner of...

The Say Something Anonymous reporting system protects students anonymity while letting them speak out about issues.

Call to action

Lauren Chuu and Kaia Yuan November 3, 2023

FUHSD implemented the Say Something Anonymous Reporting System (ARS) this school year in partnership with the Sandy Hook Promise Initiative, a non-profit organization dedicated to preventing school violence....

The ELD Center is equipped with board games to help facilitate interactions between students in the center.

Welcoming Space

Lauren Chuu and Daphne Huang September 29, 2023

MVHS has a new English Language Development (ELD) Center located in room C206, open every day during brunch, lunch and tutorial. The center aims to provide resources and community activities for ELD...

Health and Ethnic studies is current interdisciplinary course that will be mandated in the 2024-25 school year.

Continuous coverage: Health and Ethnic Studies

Lauren Chuu and Ellie Wang September 28, 2023

MVHS is piloting the Health and Ethnic Studies elective course that will extend throughout the current school year and effectively be mandated across the FUHSD district for all incoming freshmen starting...

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