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An illustration of the pink Power Ranger from the children's television show Mighty Morphin Power Rangers

“Not like other girls”

Kripa Mayureshwar March 28, 2021
Coming to terms with my own internalized misogyny
The MVHS community looks back on initial COVID-19 pandemic reactions a year later.

A year of reflection

Krish Dev and Leanna Sun March 26, 2021

 Last year in March, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak of COVID-19 a pandemic, and countries began to impose stay-at-home orders. For many of us, March 13 marked the last...

Posing in front of Chinese red lanterns with my mom.

Good Morning, Collin. Good Night, Mom.

Collin Qian March 26, 2021

Ever since I was 13, my mom and I have been separated. Not by the six-foot spacing that we have gotten accustomed to over the pandemic, but a 6,171-mile gap, to be precise. I lived under the calm blue...

Reasons why students might not keep up with the news and why they should

The apathetic student response

Kripa Mayureshwar March 12, 2021
Reasons why students might not keep up with the news and why they should
A bookshelf parallel between the library and my bedroom | Photo by Justin Kim

Ode to libraries

Justin Kim March 8, 2021
How my book-filled room has helped me reminisce about the library environment
Envisioning the

Envisioning the “new normal”

Kripa Mayureshwar February 11, 2021
Why the prospect of our lives going back to normal is terrifying
The cover image of BL manhwa

Overstepping the boundary

Shivani Madhan and Kripa Mayureshwar December 5, 2020
Examining the implications of the BL industry with regards to the LGBTQ+ community
Touching John Harvard's shoe on a field trip in middle school.

Thank you, college admissions

Collin Qian, Sports Editor October 28, 2020
Finding myself as a result of the college application process
College admissions should be merit-based, here’s why | EE Opinion

College admissions should be merit-based, here’s why | EE Opinion

Tanish Mendki, Devin Gupta, and Jefferson Le March 4, 2020
Of many controversial topics, college admissions is one of the most pertinent to Monta Vista high school. In this video, El Estoque staff writers Devin Gupta and Tanish Mendki explore why admissions should be merit-based
Positivity Podcast Ep. 4: Not so positive edition

Positivity Podcast Ep. 4: Not so positive edition

Lakshanyaa Ganesh and Oishee Misra February 14, 2020

As the repercussions of January continue into February, Oishee and Lakshanyaa discuss the implications of toxic positivity amid the tragedies of the month. With topics like the coronovirus, Kobe Bryant's...

High school probably isn’t going to be the best four years of your life, and that’s OK

High school probably isn’t going to be the best four years of your life, and that’s OK

Lakshanyaa Ganesh February 7, 2020

e’ve all seen those movies — the ones with wistful scenes of young love and late night adventures. The teenagers in all these movies seem to live their lives with reckless abandon, forming a collection...

MVHS community members unpack veganism’s negative stereotypes

MVHS community members unpack veganism’s negative stereotypes

Sreya Kumar and Jasmine Lee February 6, 2020

mid the chicken sandwich debates that emerged between popular fast food restaurants Chick-fil-A and Popeyes, an unlikely contender remained engraved in our minds — the Impossible Burger. Founded in 2011,...

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