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

Together or alone

Together or alone

Pranati Kotamraju and Michelle Zheng May 16, 2024

Junior Anshul Sinha has been a part of the MVHS Football team since his freshman year of high school. By the second semester of junior year, Sinha wanted to try a new sport and decided to join Track and...

Within Chinatown

Jami Lim and Michelle Zheng April 1, 2024

Nestled between the bustling Union Square and the calm North Bay Shore stands the 176-year-old San Francisco Chinatown. The ethnic enclave, birthed from an era of gold fever and dreams of prosperity, continues...

Illustration | Michelle Zheng

Viral vs. verified

Ananya Chaudhary and Michelle Zheng March 8, 2024

Just three days after its grand opening, Schoolyard Bagels, a bagel store adjacent to New York’s Syracuse University, declared itself temporarily closed. Hearing this news prompted MVHS ‘20 alum and...

The decline of originality in media

The decline of originality in media

Corinna Kuo and Michelle Zheng March 8, 2024

Literature teacher Jessica Kaufman recalls watching the first “Ghostbusters,” which was released in 1984, with her dad as a kid. A few years ago, Kaufman saw a rebooted version of her childhood movie...

Photo | Meggie Chen

The invisible gap

Meggie Chen and Michelle Zheng January 28, 2024

It’s not uncommon to hear teachers parroting the phrase “grades don’t matter, learning does” —  and while the intention is undoubtedly good, and in many ways correct, this sentiment also fails...

Photo | Sonia Verma

Politics in the classroom

Sonia Verma and Michelle Zheng December 9, 2023

According to a survey of 116 MVHS students, 73 percent believe teachers should not incorporate their own beliefs into their curriculum. With many social science and literature curriculum at MVHS tied to...

Graphic | Sarah Liu

Stereotypes Podcast Part 3: Linguistics in Movies

Sarah Liu and Michelle Zheng December 6, 2023

S: Hi, I’m Sarah. M: Hi, I’m Michelle. S and M: And today, we will be discussing linguistic stereotyping in movies. M: We’ll be exploring how the use of language stereotypes in movies...

Graphic | Michelle Zheng

Shifting away from electric vehicles

Ethan Yang and Michelle Zheng November 29, 2023

You have probably seen the electric vehicle charging stations in MVHS’s parking lot. These 16 electric vehicle charging stations are a result of FUHSD partaking in the Charge! program that aims to expand...

An MVHS varsity soccer player uses the turf to practice.

Back to grass?

Corinna Kuo, Michelle Zheng, and Eric Zhou November 3, 2023

With the contract for the turf fields of both Fremont High School and Homestead High School reaching its termination in 2024, FUHSD is deciding whether to keep the turf sports fields or bring back natural...

Junior Clara Fan prepares to make another attempt in her high jump event at the Saint Francis Track and Field Invitational, with her lucky tape wrapped around her left wrist. 

Photo courtesy of Clara Fan | Used with permission


Abha Dash and Michelle Zheng November 3, 2023

Junior Clara Fan Junior and track and field member Clara Fan started her superstition of putting tape on her wrist during an afterschool practice her freshman year. As there was extra athletic tape, which...

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