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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

Piece of art that was made to manage stress

Mindful Expression

Ethan Eisler and Crystal Cheng May 24, 2024

Senior Farida Elgebaly breathes a sigh of relief as she finishes the final strokes of her painting of a storybook scene, then checks with her reference image again to make sure the painting is synonymous...

Graphic | Corinna Kuo

Investing in student wellness

Liz Liu, Kalyani Puthenpurayil, and Brandon Xu January 27, 2024

Governor Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill 483 on Oct. 8, 2023, and it went into effect Jan. 1, 2024, providing more state funding for health services in California schools, particularly mental healthcare....

Junior Clara Fun jumps to shoot the ball during a varsity girls basketball game.

Hitting the breaking point

Anika Bhandarkar and Alyssa Yang December 23, 2023
Examining how athletes at MVHS have experienced and overcome burnout within their sports
DIY diagnoses

DIY diagnoses

Niveda Hari November 2, 2023

After COVID-19, mental health awareness has skyrocketed due to the increase in mental health issues. This is one of many changes we’ve seen post-lockdown. But the supposed “fix” that mental health...



Suhana Mahabal and Mihir Vishwarupe September 29, 2023

Around campus, senior Ridhima Katare has heard many students using the word “depressed” and finds it bothersome when students use it as a joke or casually. With many students using the term loosely,...

The pressure I put on myself to set personal records soon left me exhausted, and negatively impacted my relationship for running.

Overambition: the enemy of my improvement

Anika Bhandarkar September 23, 2023
How letting go of the time on the clock helped me run faster
From self-sufficiency to self-destruction

From self-sufficiency to self-destruction

Kripa Mayureshwar June 2, 2023
Understanding how my obsession with independence led to isolation
Competitive academic culture and overwhelming workloads lead students to experience burnout

The breaking point

Jami Lim June 1, 2023
Examining students’ experiences with burnout and where it stems from
The mentality that the lighter you are, the better you perform has woven its way into many sports, particularly endurance sports and performing arts.

Would I be faster if I were skinnier?

Anika Bhandarkar May 8, 2023
Rethinking how MVHS addresses body-image issues in sports
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
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