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

Its crucial that students take steps to better understand their limits.

Learning our limits

Sarah Liu and Sonia Verma May 27, 2022

The amount of homework MVHS students should receive has been a popular source of discussion in our community among school administration, teachers, parents and students alike. On Tuesday, April 26, at...

Stereotypes Podcast Part 1: Siblings

Stereotypes Podcast Part 1: Siblings

Sarah Liu and Michelle Zheng May 27, 2022

S: Hi, I’m Sarah and I'm an older sibling. M: Hi, I’m Michelle and I'm a younger sibling. S & M: And today we’ll be discussing common sibling stereotypes! M: Stereotype number one:...

The community room on the second floor overlooks the redwood trees surrounding the back of the library.

Cupertino Library expansion finishes

Sarah Liu May 1, 2022

On Saturday, April 30, the Cupertino Library expansion project opened to the public. The renovations include large community rooms, study spaces and other multi-purpose spaces connected to the previously...

Paris Baguette’s interior is very modernized, featuring high ceilings, marble-like walls and the Paris Baguette logo in white lights

Dessert Detectives: Paris Baguette

Sarah Liu and Aashi Venkat April 22, 2022
Reviewing popular menu items based on quality and taste
A large crowd of protestors march forward during a rally.

Black Lives Matter

Sarah Liu and Mira Wagner April 22, 2022

On Thursday, March 10, junior Greyson Mobley found that the bathroom in the lower B building at MVHS had been graffitied with the phrase “Kill all n******.” He perceived the act as “stupid and childish,”...



Sarah Liu March 16, 2022

Whenever I go to visit my grandma on the East Coast, our conversations in English are often stilted and filled with pauses and grammar mistakes. My dad and my grandma, however, communicate in Taiwanese...

In 2020, Eileen Gu changed the country she was representing from the U.S. to China  when she was 15.

Eileen Gu skis over national and political boundaries

Sarah Liu and Kalyani Puthenpurayil March 2, 2022

The announcement “Gold medalist and Olympic champion, People’s Republic of China!” drew cheers from the crowd as 18-year-old freestyle skier Ailing Eileen Gu stepped onto the podium to receive her...

Community members favorite holidays are influenced by both their traditions and their cultures.

Celebrating the new year

Sarah Liu February 9, 2022

On Jan. 1, as the clock strikes midnight, signaling a new year, various families commemorate the evening with New Year’s parties. But New Year’s isn’t the only holiday centered around the arrival...

Juniors Julianna Kimm and Varshini Peddinti guard an opponent from passing the ball to a teammate.

Girls Basketball beats Fremont High School 45-34

Anna Jerolimov, Sarah Liu, and Kalyani Puthenpurayil January 29, 2022
Matadors remain undefeated in league with 6-0 record
Junior Phillip Chiu jumps up to shoot a basket with less than a minute of the third quarter remaining. Photo by Michelle Zheng

Boys Basketball loses to Lynbrook High School 53-41

Taryn Lam, Sarah Liu, and Michelle Zheng January 11, 2022
Matadors trail a few points behind Lynbrook for the entirety of the game
During quarantine, I took up baking as a way to cure my sugar cravings.

Food is my friend (and foe)

Sarah Liu December 7, 2021

I’ve had a sweet tooth for as long as I can remember. When I was little, I insisted on having dessert after every single meal. When my parents would encourage me to try different foods at buffet dinners,...

Its time to take action against climate change. Whats a better place to start than our textbooks?

Comprehensive climate curriculum is crucial

Sarah Liu December 7, 2021

Climate change is part of the core curriculum of three MVHS courses: freshman Biology, AP Biology and AP Environmental Science. Yet, only one of these courses is required for graduation.  In a world...

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