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

Senior and point guard Carolyn Ruan drives the ball down after stealing it from an opponent.

Girls basketball falls to Los Gatos 52-37

Sania Nadkarni, Leah Desai, and Pranati Kotamraju January 24, 2024

Varsity Girls Basketball lost against Los Gatos High School 52-37 on Friday, Jan. 19. LGHS held the lead throughout the game, ending the first quarter with a score of 15-9 and ending the next two quarters...

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Immersed in India

As a student body filled with an array of Indian backgrounds, Indian-influenced arts and culture can be found in many corners of our community.  From incorporating traditional Indian clothing into daily...

Behind the bows

Behind the bows

Leah Desai and Eshika Tiwari December 4, 2023

The Monta Vista cheer team has almost doubled in size from previous years, creating a successful squad for competitions and sideline cheering. El Estoque goes behind the scenes with the cheer team to learn...

Junior Siyona Kathuria and her friends pose for a photo dressed in traditional Indian clothing for her 16th birthday party. Photo by Preeti Kathuria | Used with permission.

Sari, not sorry

Leah Desai and Jami Lim November 30, 2023

Taking one last glance in the mirror, junior Siyona Kathuria was pleased with her outfit — the deep teal of the embroidered skirt paired with the familiar feeling of the delicate cloth draped over her...

Senior Ruchir Banerjee jumps above an opponent for a layup attempt.

Boys Basketball defeats Overfelt 70-21 in its third game of the season

Leah Desai, Sania Nadkarni, and Eshika Tiwari November 29, 2023

Varsity Boys Basketball defeated Overfelt High School 70-21 on Monday, Nov. 27. MVHS started the game with a strong lead, ending the first quarter with a score of 20-4. The team didn’t give up its lead...

50 questions with Molly Guadiamos

50 questions with Molly Guadiamos

Leah Desai and Sania Nadkarni November 6, 2023

Inspired by Vogue's video series "73 Questions," El Estoque sits down with Spanish teacher Molly Guadiamos to ask her 50 questions. Guadiamos reflects on her experiences teaching at Monta Vista, and shares...

Sophomores Zoe and Lelani Laruelle pose after winning a tennis match. Photo courtesy of Zoe Laruelle. | Used with permission.

Sophomore Standouts: Lelani and Zoe Laruelle

Leah Desai and Aidan Ruan November 3, 2023

As children, sophomores Lelani and Zoe Laruelle experimented with a variety of sports. However, the one they enjoyed most was tennis. Their dad, Frederic Laruelle, a former tennis player himself, enrolled...

De Leon and Yoo (both on far left) huddle with the Varsity Field Hockey team, discussing strategies for the game against Wilcox High School on Sept. 11. Photo | Lily Jiang

Amelia de Leon: from player to Head Coach

Leah Desai and Michelle Zheng October 10, 2023

MVHS alum ‘16 Amelia de Leon played as a goalie for MVHS Field Hockey since she was a freshman. After she graduated, de Leon joined as an assistant coach. De Leon comments that she has always known that...

Maya Kumar poses in traditional Indian clothes. | Photo Courtesy of Maya Kumar | Used with permission

Ascending the stage

Leah Desai and Sania Nadkarni September 23, 2023

For the past nine years, sophomore Maya Kumar has been taking bharatanatyam classes for three hours every week to master her dance.  Bharatanatyam is one of the oldest dance forms in the world, and its...

In August 2023, the choir room was still undergoing construction. | Photo by Giljoon Lee

Deconstructing construction

Ten days before students returned to campus, the floor of the F building’s vocal music room was covered in bundles of Thermafiber insulation and piles of gypsum boards. The choir’s new practice rooms...

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