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

A parents’ guide for academic survival

Taryn Lam and Arushi Singh April 23, 2024
How parents help navigate their children through Monta Vista’s academic culture
Beyond the birds and the bees

Beyond the birds and the bees

Anika Bhandarkar and Shannon Yu April 15, 2024

Your first period is a difficult one to forget. Whether you were excited at the sign of growth and womanhood, plagued by fear at the bleeding, or simply exasperated by its inconvenience, menstruation likely...

Photo illustration by Amberly Sun

Toxic Vista: Fixing our flaws

From the outside, Monta Vista High School may seem like the ideal high school: numerous AP courses, top national rankings and more. However, step inside and find that there is more to it than meets the...

Monta Vista students often feel pressured by the high academic standards the school holds.

Work to the top till you drop

Sagnik Nag Chowdhury and Crystal Cheng April 12, 2024

After the class bell rings to start class, an MVHS classroom on a test day is filled with the sounds of stifled yawns, the shuffling of papers and hushed conversations.  “Did you study?”  “I...

I sat in shock as the reality of my situation dawned on me. Photo Illustration by Crystal Cheng

Overcoming the thief of joy

Crystal Cheng, Opinion Editor April 8, 2024

“Most people don’t get in,” I reminded myself, silently preparing for failure as my computer screen loaded with a status update from my dream college. A moment passed, and a letter with my application...

Abha Dash (12) was photographed before and after using a Snapchat beauty filter. The filter whitened not only her clothes and surroundings, but her facial features, as well.

the AIssue

Shannon Yu and Kalyani Puthenpurayil March 10, 2024

TikTok has seen a surge in the use of AI filters, whether to modify facial features or to generate seemingly realistic photos. Many companies, not just  investing in these tools, hoping to appeal to consumers.  However,...

Graphics by Amberly Sun

Fearing the inevitable

As students grow up and gain more experience in their lives, they start to develop various fears in the different facets of life. While many of these fears can be mitigated, oftentimes these fears play...

We must reinforce the idea of consent in everyday situations such as showing affection: not liking physical affection does not mean you care about someone any less.
Illustration | Anika Bhandarkar

High five, please

Anika Bhandarkar March 9, 2024

Meeting relatives often goes like this: my parents greet them first, exchanging a customary “how have you been,” followed by my brother getting a wave or a high five. Eventually, they turn to me, extending...

College and Career Advisor Rogelio Calderon works during the school day. Photo by Sagnik Nag Chowdhury

A “major” decision

Sagnik Nag Chowdhury and Amberly Sun March 9, 2024

Sophomore Shreeya Setty has had wide exposure to various activities in the liberal arts fields such as being a teacher’s assistant for a business class and a member of Future Business Leaders of America...

LGBTQ+ individuals should not be expected to come out — it can put an enormous mental and emotional strain on them and also reinforces heteronormative and cisnormative societal standards.

Coming out quietly

Anika Bhandarkar January 28, 2024

From the initial “Hey, I need to tell you something,” to the eternity of watching the three dots appear as my best friend typed back, I anxiously waited, because I was going to come out to her. The...

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...

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