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

EE-SPN Ep. 6: NBA Playoff Predictions 2024

EE-SPN Ep. 6: NBA Playoff Predictions 2024

Samika Bhatkar and Jason Chu May 18, 2024

  JC: ​​Hey everyone, welcome to episode six of EE-SPN. It's been a while but we are back. I’m Jason Chu. SB: And I'm Samika Bhatkar.  JC: And we're here to talk about the 2023 to 2024...

Senior Nithya Appannagaari poses with her gold stud piercing. 

Photo by Nithya Appannagaari | Used with permission.

Power to the piercing

Samika Bhatkar and Sarah Liu January 24, 2024

Every day when sophomore Ria Sethi wakes up, she looks forward to selecting a pair of earrings to complement her outfit—typically, she’ll pick a dainty pair of thin, gold hoops. Similar to how her...

The american dream album cover features a baby picture of 21 Savage overlayed with personal information. Album cover owned by Slaughter Gang Entertainment

‘american dream’ serves as a compelling third solo project

Samika Bhatkar January 19, 2024

Atlanta rapper and one-time Grammy award winner 21 Savage, known for his gritty and monotonous style of rapping, released his third solo album “american dream” on Jan. 12. 21 Savage released a four-minute...

Graphics by Stella Petzova

Immersed in India

As a student body filled with an array of Indian backgrounds, Indian-influenced arts and culture can be found in many corners of our community.  From incorporating traditional Indian clothing into daily...

Cupertino library visitors sit outside at the patio.

Beyond the books

Samika Bhatkar and Arshiya Sen October 27, 2023

Originally founded in 1912 by Librarian Fanny Jollyman, the Cupertino Library has grown into one of the most popular hubs of the city, with visitors and residents checking out books, visiting its “Coffee...

Rebooting the rally

Rebooting the rally

Samika Bhatkar and Manas Kottakota October 9, 2023

As the week came to a close, Monta Vista High School celebrated with the Homecoming rally on Sept. 29. Focused around the Homecoming theme of video games, the rally featured specific games and performances...

“For All the Dogs” album cover depicted a dog, drawn by Drake’s son, Adonis Graham, who is also featured on fifth track “Daylight.”

‘For All the Dogs’ seems to suffer an identity crisis

Samika Bhatkar and Sagnik Nag Chowdhury October 9, 2023

Canadian rapper and artist Drake announced on Instagram that he would be releasing his eighth studio album “For All the Dogs.” Although set for release on Friday, Sept. 22, Drake decided to push back...

Donning a custom, lavender layered gown Swift performs the song “Long Live” from her third album “Speak Now.” The singer played from a blue guitar decorated with koi fish, a tribute to the same guitar she used during her “Speak Now” tour. Photo courtesy of Kiana Mark

Taylor Swift’s ‘Enchanted’ effects on Santa Clara

Exploring the social and economic impact of Taylor Swift’s ‘Eras Tour’
Senior Mikaylah Du poses  in front of a computer as someone who pirates content.

Movie marauders

Samika Bhatkar and Vincent Zhao May 30, 2023
Examining the MVHS community’s personal experiences with pirating movies

Man on the street: What are your NBA Finals predictions?

Samika Bhatkar and Alyssa Yang May 20, 2023
MVHS students share which teams they think will win the 2023 NBA playoffs
Graphic by Kathryn Foo

Going to the gym

Samika Bhatkar, Kathryn Foo, and Sophia Ma April 13, 2023
Observing MVHS students experiences with the gym
Trade talks

Trade talks

Samika Bhatkar and Mihir Vishwarupe March 20, 2023
Exploring the recent trades in the NBA and issues in basketball free agency
Load More Stories