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

Star-studded activism

Star-studded activism

Meggie Chen and Aidan Ruan December 9, 2023
Exploring the flawed expectation for celebrities to share political opinions
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...

Keeping an open mind

Keeping an open mind

Raj Thapliyal, Staff Writer December 8, 2023

In 2020, researchers at Brown University used data from public opinion surveys to rate political attitudes on a scale from 0 to 100, with 0 points meaning no negative feelings for other parties. They found...

Culture plays a nuanced role in someones identity, which is why we must take it into account before asking someone to share their political opinions.

Culture: the elephant (and donkey) in the room

Anika Bhandarkar and Meggie Chen December 6, 2023

With all the social justice movements in recent years and the upcoming 2024 presidential election, politics is on the forefront of many people’s minds. As tensions between parties continue to rise and...

Republican candidate Vivek Ramaswamy speaks at the first Republican debate for the 2024 presidential election. | Photo by Brian Snyder

Saffron, White and Blue

Samika Bhatkar October 29, 2023

With only 20 dollars in their pockets, Indian American and presidential Republican candidate Vivek Ramaswamy's Indian-born parents immigrated to the U.S. 40 years ago. Senior Vedant Panjabi says his parents...

Local politics are just as important in the lives of MVHS students as federal news, if not more.

National concern, local impact

Anika Bhandarkar and April Wang September 30, 2023

Often, world issues take center stage in our lives — we tend to follow national and global politics closely, focusing on the big, scary or exciting events from far away while overlooking the way national...

Examining how the word has strayed from its intended meaning


Jillian Ju, Staff Writer September 29, 2023

Growing up, sophomore Ekundayo Davies often heard his father using the word “woke.” Although he had never been sure about its origin, to him, the term commended awareness of social issues. “It’s...

Sheltering students from information that parents deem inappropriate robs students of a quality education.

Us vs. them

Niveda Hari and Sarah Liu September 27, 2023
The parental rights movement undermines comprehensive education
Sportswashing covers up and erases the problems faced by the country.

More than just a game

Meggie Chen, Sarah Liu, and Kalyani Puthenpurayil January 3, 2023
How sportswashing came into play at the World Cup
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders sitting in a chair during the 2021 presidential inauguration was a cultural reset, according to Wired – one of millions of memes the Internet has produced since its inception.

A memes to an end

Lillian Wang November 5, 2022
Investigating the influence of Internet humor on politics
Pizza and Politics hosted students and other local governmental candidates in a discussion on Friday, Oct. 21.

Getting involved

Lauren Chuu and Mira Wagner November 2, 2022
Exploring the role of youth in political activism
Govind Tatachari is the Vice Mayor of the Cupertino Housing Commission.

Govind Tatachari

Sarah Liu and Sonia Verma October 26, 2022

Govind Tatachari, a Cupertino resident for 29 years, first started participating in city activities in 2012. Now, he currently serves as the Vice Chair for Cupertino’s Housing Commission. Tatachari is...

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