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El Estoque

The Student News Site of Monta Vista High School

El Estoque

The Student News Site of Monta Vista High School

El Estoque

Sophomore Christopher Lamfalusi attempts a pass during a hockey game.

Time Out! Ep. 16: Christopher Lamfalusi

Leah Desai and Sania Nadkarni March 2, 2024

LD: Hi everyone, I'm Leah. SN: And I'm Sania.  LD: Welcome to Episode 16 of Time Out! where we dive into the sports scene at Monta Vista, and explore the journeys of different athletes. Here...

Graphic by Daphne Huang

Paddling into popularity

Sania Nadkarni, Lauren Chuu, and Stephanie Zhang January 26, 2024

PE teacher Dasha Plaza first heard about pickleball nearly 12 years ago when she began teaching at MVHS. Pickleball, a racquet sport that initially used ping pong paddles and plastic balls, was first created...

Senior and point guard Carolyn Ruan drives the ball down after stealing it from an opponent.

Girls basketball falls to Los Gatos 52-37

Sania Nadkarni, Leah Desai, and Pranati Kotamraju January 24, 2024

Varsity Girls Basketball lost against Los Gatos High School 52-37 on Friday, Jan. 19. LGHS held the lead throughout the game, ending the first quarter with a score of 15-9 and ending the next two quarters...

Junior Edison Costa making a 16-foot jump in Santa Cruz. Photo courtesy of Edison Costa. Used with permission.

Taking back the trails

Sania Nadkarni and Ethan Eisler December 6, 2023

Freshman Cameron Polidoro started his journey in biking at 4 years old. With the support of his family, Polidoro was constantly encouraged to become a biker and try sports outside of his comfort zone.  “My...

Senior Ruchir Banerjee jumps above an opponent for a layup attempt.

Boys Basketball defeats Overfelt 70-21 in its third game of the season

Leah Desai, Sania Nadkarni, and Eshika Tiwari November 29, 2023

Varsity Boys Basketball defeated Overfelt High School 70-21 on Monday, Nov. 27. MVHS started the game with a strong lead, ending the first quarter with a score of 20-4. The team didn’t give up its lead...

Elders in volunteering

Elders in volunteering

Taryn Lam and Sania Nadkarni November 21, 2023
Examining how elders in Cupertino give back to the community through volunteering
50 questions with Molly Guadiamos

50 questions with Molly Guadiamos

Leah Desai and Sania Nadkarni November 6, 2023

Inspired by Vogue's video series "73 Questions," El Estoque sits down with Spanish teacher Molly Guadiamos to ask her 50 questions. Guadiamos reflects on her experiences teaching at Monta Vista, and shares...

Select your passion

Select your passion

Exploring the niche passions of MVHS
50 Fresh Faces

50 Fresh Faces

As the new freshman class enters MVHS, many doors open up -- from joining clubs and playing sports to meeting new people and having unforgettable experiences. The numerous opportunities that are open to...

Maya Kumar poses in traditional Indian clothes. | Photo Courtesy of Maya Kumar | Used with permission

Ascending the stage

Leah Desai and Sania Nadkarni September 23, 2023

For the past nine years, sophomore Maya Kumar has been taking bharatanatyam classes for three hours every week to master her dance.  Bharatanatyam is one of the oldest dance forms in the world, and its...

Ilan Garcia poses with Cessna 172R Skyhawk

In the air with Ilan

Sania Nadkarni September 23, 2023

As sophomore Ilan Garcia boarded the plane back home from Australia, he would not have guessed he would be leaving knowing exactly what he wanted to do with his life. Growing up, he had always been interested...

Hi Barbie!

Hi Barbie!

When senior Ananya Nadathur first watched the “Barbie” trailer that parodied the opening scene of “2001: A Space Odyssey” a few months ago, it piqued her interests surrounding the movie — she...

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