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

Students and staff explain their experiences with translating media.

In translation

Lillian Wang June 6, 2024
Exploring the art and impact of translation in the MVHS community
Jaime Lannister, Maleficent and Bowser are three examples of villains in media.

Embracing evil

Lillian Wang May 27, 2024
Students and staff rethink the purpose of villains in media
Stanford students and community members create protest art projects to advocate for divestment.

Universal unrest

Giljoon Lee, Lillian Wang, and Alyssa Yang May 23, 2024
College protesters intensify discourse on the Israel-Hamas war
Playing with pixels

Playing with pixels

Lillian Wang and Benjamin Zhang April 13, 2024
MVHS students share their experiences with sports video games
Badminton Head Coach Russell Okuno gives advice to sophomore Maxim Gutnik after his first set of Varsity 3 Boys Singles against Lynbrook High School.

Words of advice

Manas Kottakota and Lillian Wang April 10, 2024

In his early days of coaching, Football Head Coach Ceazar Agront recalls his approach to giving pep talks being drastically different from what he does today. Over the years, Agront says his older...

Wildflour Desserts offers seasonal launches, each made up of two or three dessert options.

Dessert Detectives: Wildflour Desserts

Lillian Wang March 22, 2024

In our Dessert Detectives series, El Estoque staff members take on local bakeries to review the quality and cost of their menu items. Continuing the alphabetical trend, we ordered the Spring Launch from...

Adding fuel to F1

Adding fuel to F1

Taryn Lam and Lillian Wang March 9, 2024
Fans of Formula One share their love for the sport
Senior William Zhang is a composer who has written two pieces for the MV Chamber Orchestra at concerts.

The will for music

Giljoon Lee and Lillian Wang March 6, 2024

The track begins with thunderous drums and a tense, repeating musical phrase, called a motif, that evokes the sounds of bombs dropping. Ten seconds in, the instrumentation launches into chaos — electric...

Freelance photographer John Ling looks into his camera as he attempts to take a picture of a jumping athlete.

Out of frame

Daphne Huang and Lillian Wang February 26, 2024

Freelance photographer John Ling recalls looking into his Sony Alpha One camera on a Friday night two years ago, capturing an MVHS football player from the sideline when — out of nowhere — another...



Ananda Singh and Lillian Wang January 26, 2024
MVHS students share their texting habits and styles
Seeking sleep

Seeking sleep

Amberly Sun and Lillian Wang January 26, 2024

The DSM-V — the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, used by mental health professionals as a standard for diagnosis — lists 10 separate sleep disorders, the...

Mahito’s inexplicable feud with the mysterious Grey Heron is the first sign that reality may not be as it seems in “The Boy and the Heron.” Illustration | Studio Ghibli

“The Boy and the Heron” finds wonder in the ordinary

Dylan Nguyen and Lillian Wang December 13, 2023

In an explosion of vibrant surrealism, anthropomorphic animals and bird poop, “The Boy and the Heron” took flight in theaters on Dec. 8, marking Studio Ghibli’s first film since “The Wind Rises”...

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