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

Graphic by Michelle Zheng

Age in Sports

Exploring the athletic experiences of different age groups and the effects of age on one's journey in sports and coaching style
AP Biology teacher Renee Fallon encounters a marina iguana in one of her scuba diving trips. Photo courtesy of Renee Fallon

Not slowing down

Anna Jerolimov and Michelle Zheng November 8, 2022
Community members discuss how the way they play sports has changed throughout the years
French teacher Janissa Zahns pen pals would send photos of themselves and their life in France.

Exchanging Letters

Kalyani Puthenpurayil and Anna Jerolimov March 4, 2022

Sophomore Daphne Huang, Juniors Rohin Inani and Yamini Mathew, English teacher Shozo Shimazaki, Biology teacher Renee Fallon, French teacher Janissa Zahn and parent Venkat Ananthan share the letters they...

As methods of communication such as emailing and calling became more popular in the 1990s, English teacher Shozo Shimazaki remembers thinking that the post office would go out of business, but the letters that people sent across the world remain in our history.

The forgotten art of writing letters

Kalyani Puthenpurayil and Anna Jerolimov March 4, 2022

Thoughtful. Underrated. Special. A nice gesture. A method of reflection. A lost art. Below are the experiences of students, teachers and community members regarding receiving and sending handwritten letters. 

Junior Aria Agarwal takes a nap on the floor during lunch break after getting 5 hours of sleep the night before.

“I only got 4 hours of sleep”

Jiya Singh September 18, 2021

“I only got 4 hours of sleep last night.”  Beginning first period with the discussion of late bedtimes and exhaustion is just another typical morning conversation starter for many MVHS students....

In a spinoff from the New York Times Tiny Love Stories series, these stories are pockets of love within our community

Tiny Love Stories

Anushka De and Oishee Misra February 14, 2021
Finding pockets of love within our community
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Phase I: The Development

Rachel Jiang and Robert Liu February 12, 2021
Analyzing the timeline and technologies behind America’s COVID-19 vaccines
AP Biology Lab Kit

Experiments at home

Gavin Hung September 11, 2020
A look into science labs during remote learning
This poster displays science awards and honorable mentions earned by MVHS students in science competitions throughout the year. According to Synopsys Science Fair Board of Directors member Bruce Kawanami, the goal for competitors should be sharpening their research skills rather than vying for wins. Photo by Yashashree Pisolkar.

Redefining science successes at MVHS

Yashashree Pisolkar May 16, 2014

Self-motivation, creativity and willingness to improve prove to be strong measures of success for science fair participants. Taped up against the back wall of AP Biology and STEM teacher Renee Fallon’s...

Senior Kasie Wong reaches semi-finals of Siemens Competition

Senior Kasie Wong reaches semi-finals of Siemens Competition

Athira Penghat November 19, 2012

Research project targeting autoimmune system recognized in national science fair Science teacher Elizabeth McCracken’s sixth period AP Chemistry class was interrupted by staff and administration on...

Overworked by recommendation letters

Overworked by recommendation letters

Jennifer Lee October 24, 2012

Every night they spend hours hunched behind a glowing computer screen, tapping at the keyboard and reviewing each sentence with the utmost concentration. They’re the image of diligent high school seniors...

Junior Nishant Jain demonstrates features on his application

Taking it to a new dimension

Yashashree Pisolkar September 26, 2012

Junior Nishant Jain was dissecting a human cadaver. He brushed and tapped the glossy surface of the dissection table, maneuvering his way around the organs, muscles and bones. He sliced the first layer...

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