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El Estoque

The Student News Site of Monta Vista High School

El Estoque

The Student News Site of Monta Vista High School

El Estoque

The 1968 art horror film Hour of the Wolf explores the nature of dark thoughts intruding on ordinary life.

Drawing a line between art and suffering

Jami Lim March 20, 2023
Understanding the role of dark themes in entertainment and mental health
I was formally diagnosed with depression and anxiety nearing a year ago, and sharing about it in any form felt like I was viscerally tearing myself open.

Spill Your Guts

April Wang, Staff Writer March 3, 2023

Honestly, I’m okay with being vulnerable about my depression and anxiety. I know there’s a stigma against people with mental illnesses, but personally, it was never that I was afraid of...

Glass children are often overshadowed by their siblings, even when it is unintentional.

Glass Child

Meggie Chen February 17, 2023
Exploring how mental illness touches the lives of siblings
MVHS students voice their opinions on different aspects of therapy.

Should I get help?

Melody Cui and Sarah Liu February 16, 2023
Examining different opinions on the stigma surrounding therapy
Some musical terms and their meanings | Graphic by Anika Bhandarkar

The keys to passion

Anika Bhandarkar November 5, 2022

I’ve been playing piano since I was five and a half. Over 3,500 hours of my life have been dedicated to piano — running through scales, technique exercises and pieces. A couple of years into my piano...

The young forever album cover features Nessa Barrett in angel wings, with an angelic aura surrounding her

‘young forever’ uncovers a plethora of emotions

Aashi Venkat October 18, 2022
Nessa Barrett’s debut album sheds a spotlight on mental illness
Catadors #2: The secret to happiness

Catadors #2: The secret to happiness

Sonia Verma, Graphics Editor October 12, 2022

Alt text Panel 1: School can suck at the beginning. Panel 2: It can be hard to focus. Panel 3: Sometimes it gets lonely. Panel 4: You might fail a test or two. (I know I have). Panel...

Huichol earrings made by Hernandez. Photo by Adriana Hernandez | Used with permission.

Photo courtesy of Adriana Hernandez | Used with permission

Mental health first

Anika Bhandarkar October 11, 2022

Lindsey Tang In addition to practicing the violin and playing basketball, junior and Social Media Manager of the Bullet Journaling Club Lindsey Tang often turns to bullet journaling as a form of self-care....

Encouraging people to suppress their emotions results in a dangerous internal buildup, at which point the person struggling is bound to erupt

There’s silence before the eruption

Aashi Venkat September 2, 2022
How I am unlearning the so-called “emotional maturity” I was trained to display as a child
While sitting on the gym floor during Challenge Day, students played a game in which the objective was to keep a giant volleyball in the air.

Taking an inside look at Challenge Day

Angela Zhang April 25, 2022

“[Challenge Day] is an experience,” school-based therapist Richard Prinz said. “It's so emotional, [yet people] go and they want to go again. It's a workshop for challenging ourselves to become more...

jeen-yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy premiered on Netflix on Feb. 16, 2022. Photo | Netflix

“jeen-yuhs” is a riveting time capsule of Ye’s life

Gauri Manoj March 17, 2022
The three-part documentary details the mind of the misunderstood rapper
MVHS looks to enact long-term mental health changes

MVHS looks to enact long-term mental health changes

Angela Zhang March 4, 2022

The MVHS Social Emotional Learning (SEL) taskforce was created in February of 2021 to improve students’ emotional awareness and mental health at school. According to Library Media Specialist Doreen Bonde,...

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