El Estoque

6 simple ways to conserve natural resources at school

Gabriella Monico

October 28, 2013

Aug. 20 of this year was Earth Overshoot Day, the day we have surpassed the amount of resources that could be sustainably used in a year. Each year we are are using up our year’s worth of supplies faster; in 2003 Overshoot Day day fell on Sept 22 and in 1993 Oct 21 .The earth cannot keep up with the...

Winner of Miss America 2014 helps break traditional beauty stereotypes

Gabriella Monico

October 7, 2013

An unexpected occurrence happened at this year’s Miss America Pageant: An Indian woman snagged the crown. And the best part of all was her embracement of her beautiful dark skin and her pride in her heritage. The Miss America Pageant did a wonderful job at disregarding race and picking the best contestant...

Discontinuation of marching band is a sad but sensible move

Senior Anu Vaishnav looks longingly upon her uniform. The move to terminate Marching Band, while perhaps an economic necessity, has inflicted casualties. Hopefully, the optimism Vaishnav and Fey have faced the unfortunate circumstances with will rekindle the fire and allow the organization to re-emerge in a more practical form.

Pranav Parthasarathy

September 26, 2013

Monta Vista Marching Band, an organization which previously won awards in many local and state competitions, had declined in terms of student interest for several years. Seeking to rejuvenate the ailing program, the Music Department mandated freshman band students’ participation in Marching Band, a move...

We Feel Good?

We Feel Good?

Daniel Fernandez

February 10, 2013

Almost every rally begins with a simple question, “Monta Vista, how do you feel?” Normally, each class screams their heart out, attempting to assert their dominance to the whole school. Normally, the gym walls would shake, people would sweat, and one would feel the energy and thrill of competition...

First Ladies are just as important

First Ladies are just as important

Simran Devidasani

November 20, 2012

Whenever we think of change and moving forward, we think of our presidential elections. With each new president comes four new years filled with change in economic, foreign and domestic policies. While we reflect on America’s growth with respect to our successful and unsuccessful presidential administrations,...

Head to head: Why Tumblr is beneficial to teenagers

Head to head: Why Tumblr is beneficial to teenagers

Ankita Tejwani

November 20, 2012

Tumblr, the epitome of  teenagers’ lives, is a micro blogging site that benefits teenagers all over the world in more ways than one. Tumblr allows them to create a short-blog or sometimes even portfolio. Combining what teenagers do best, social networking and expressing emotion, Tumblr has over 50 billion page views a month. It gives studen...

MVHS on young voters

MVHS on young voters

Catherine

November 3, 2012

MVHS on young voters from El Estoque on Vimeo. The general election shows that younger voters are reluctant in registering to vote. Students and teachers of MVHS describe their perspective on the result of a decreasing voter turnout....

Too young for social networking

Too young for social networking

Christophe Haubursin

February 9, 2012

Before there was Google+, before there was Facebook, even before there was MySpace, there was another social network for all of us to check into early each morning: the playground. It was a community of voices with the best of what the Internet gives us now — it had the circles, the...

Assembly meant to educate misses the point

Assembly meant to educate misses the point

Soumya Kurnool

January 6, 2012

 For the flip-side opinion, click here.  Quite frankly, Khan Academy’s Sal Khan is better on YouTube. His presentation had no point. Remedial students failed to catch Khan’s message, students who already knew the history of the organization were bored, overachievers could n...

Career Year presentations fail to educate or draw student attention

Kiranmayi Methuku

December 8, 2011

High school is the time to be exploring careers, but the new Career Year setup struggles to serve this purpose. Career Day in the past has been more than satisfactory. Students attended informative sessions with professionals in different fields of work and listened to a first-person perspective for...

The great construction hypocrisy

The great construction hypocrisy

Margaret Lin

November 10, 2011

Our whines about construction are even louder than the construction itself.Construction is underway at MVHS and students have been complaining about the noise, obstructions and general difficulties caused by the construction. But we shouldn’t moan about it too much — after all, we signed ourselves up for ...

Careers are not set in stone

ARTTEC Inc. came with the intention to talk to MVHS about the ARTTEC program. ARTTEC is a program that allows high school students to have hands-on experience with lighting, music recording, and film production for a fee of $25 a year. Photo by Stephanie Chang.

Stephanie Chang

November 3, 2011

In a room meant to hold over 70 people, only three students occupied the seats: one reporter, another reporter, and a student that came wandering by for somewhere to sit during his empty period. On Nov. 2, the chosen speaker from Arts Related Technical Training for Entertainment Careers program c...