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

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...

Senior and Varsity 3 Boys Doubles player Saketh Korrada prepares to serve the birdie.

Varsity Badminton loses to Lynbrook High School 25-5

Sagnik Nag Chowdhury and Manas Kottakota March 31, 2024

Varsity Badminton fell 25-5 against Lynbrook High School on Tuesday, March 26. Girls Singles and Boys Doubles both lost all three of their games, losing a total of 12 points. Boys Singles, Girls Doubles...

Junior and Mixed Doubles player Max Lin serves the birdie in the first set.

Varsity Badminton loses against Saratoga High School 18-12

Trisha Sannappanavar and Manas Kottakota March 9, 2024

Varsity Badminton fell 18-12 to Saratoga High School in a close game on Thursday, March 7. Boys Singles won all three of its games while Girls Singles lost all of its games, earning MVHS six points in...

Two students play soccer at the Junior Stars Academy. Photo courtesy of Charlie Jiang | Used with permission

Game changing volunteers

Manas Kottakota and Trisha Sannappanavar March 6, 2024

After noticing kids in Cupertino being forced into learning how to code, junior Charlie Jiang founded a non-profit organization with his friends called Junior Stars Academy in hopes of providing a relaxing...

Junior and shooting guard Clara Fan drives the ball toward the basket for a layup.

Girls Basketball falls to Maria Carrillo High School 59-52

Varsity Girls Basketball fell to Maria Carrillo High School 59-52 on Tuesday, Feb. 27. Coming off as the Division II CCS champions, Head Coach Sara Borelli expected the team to play hard and showcase defensive...

Mixed-gender events

Mixed-gender events

Manas Kottakota and Daphne Huang January 26, 2024

This year, the 2024 Summer Paris Olympics and Paralympics were able to achieve an equal number of male and female participants for the first time in history and the 2024 Gangwon Winter Youth Olympics were...

Senior and shooting guard Ruchir Banerjee defends an opponent in the paint.

Boys Basketball narrowly falls to Leland High School 58-50

Manas Kottakota and Sagnik Nag Chowdhury December 17, 2023

Varsity Boys Basketball fell to Leland High School 58-50 on Thursday, Dec. 14. MVHS started off strong, ending the first quarter 14-10. However, LHS went on a short run in the second quarter, ending the...

Junior and forward Parth Upadhyay defends an opponent

Home court advantage

Manas Kottakota December 5, 2023

Home court advantage is the idea that a team has an advantage playing on its home court. Junior and basketball player Parth Upadhyay shares that although this advantage remains unnoticeable in some sports,...

Sophomore and forward Sean Foo defends an opponent.

Boys Basketball falls to The King’s Academy 58-42

Manas Kottakota and Sagnik Nag Chowdhury November 18, 2023

Varsity Boys Basketball fell to The King’s Academy 58-42 during its sportsmanship game on Thursday, Nov. 16. While MVHS and TKA were initially neck and neck, ending the first quarter 11-11, TKA eventually...

The featured poster of “The Marvels”, showcases the leading trio. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. Used with permission.

‘The Marvels’ is a failed attempt to propel the Marvel Cinematic Universe forward

Sagnik Nag Chowdhury and Manas Kottakota November 12, 2023

In the midst of a Marvel crisis surrounding the uncertainty of the franchise’s longevity and ability to achieve success at the box office, Marvel Studios released “The Marvels” on Friday, Nov. 10....

Time out! Ep. 9: Gracie Lee

Time out! Ep. 9: Gracie Lee

Sagnik Nag Chowdhury and Manas Kottakota November 2, 2023

MK: Hello everyone, my name is Manas Kottakota and I am joined here with Sagnik Nag Chowdhury for episode 9 of Time Out! Each episode, we will be diving into the sports scene here at MVHS and exploring...

Senior Neiv Gupta prepares to intercept an opponent’s pass to his teammate. Photo courtesy of Neiv Gupta | Used with permission

Senior sensation: Neiv Gupta

Manas Kottakota and Brandon Wang November 2, 2023

Ever since he was six years old, senior Neiv Gupta found himself infatuated with ice hockey. He has been playing ice hockey for approximately nine years and has participated in many competitive tournaments,...

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