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

Tick. Tock. TikTok...

Tick. Tock. TikTok…

Jason Chu and Dylan Nguyen April 10, 2024

The House of Representatives united in a landslide vote of 352-65 to ban the popular social media app TikTok on March 13, citing international security concerns with data privacy. The ban will take effect...

Abha Dash (12) was photographed before and after using a Snapchat beauty filter. The filter whitened not only her clothes and surroundings, but her facial features, as well.

the AIssue

Shannon Yu and Kalyani Puthenpurayil March 10, 2024

TikTok has seen a surge in the use of AI filters, whether to modify facial features or to generate seemingly realistic photos. Many companies, not just  investing in these tools, hoping to appeal to consumers.  However,...

Illustration | Michelle Zheng

Viral vs. verified

Ananya Chaudhary and Michelle Zheng March 8, 2024

Just three days after its grand opening, Schoolyard Bagels, a bagel store adjacent to New York’s Syracuse University, declared itself temporarily closed. Hearing this news prompted MVHS ‘20 alum and...

Several skincare and makeup products that are trending

Maturing with media

Ananda Singh March 7, 2024

Across numerous social media platforms, videos are going viral of young children rummaging through Sephora stores, wasting samples and being rude to employees, leading to the term “Sephora kids”. Math...

Photo of three YEPI members at an event presenting their posters. Photo taken by the YEPI team.

Organizing change

Arushi Singh and Alan Tai December 8, 2023

South Bay Youth Changemakers (SBYC) Co-Director and Cupertino High School alum ‘14 John Zhao remembers starting SBYC at the onset of the pandemic. He recognized the need for an organization to support...

Senior Ridhima Katare poses with a muted berry lip gloss, a go-to makeup product of hers. 

Photo by Ridhima Katare | Used with permission

Brown girl beauty

Samika Bhatkar December 7, 2023

As a middle schooler, ’23 alum Amrita Arun would eagerly await with excitement to go to makeup stores like Sephora with her grandma to purchase different lipsticks. With her grandma living in India,...

Students note that parental controls can sometimes feel overly restrictive, with 52% of MVHS students reporting that they feel dissatisfied with the controls on their device(s).

Under CTRL

Anika Bhandarkar and Megha Mummaneni May 31, 2023
Examining student and parent opinions on parental controls
Instagram is typically used to promote major school events such as Club Information Day

What’s your Insta?

Aashi Venkat February 17, 2023
Analyzing the evolution of social media as a primary source of news and information

Artivism on social media

Lily Jiang and April Wang February 3, 2023
Discussing the unique impacts of combining art, activism, and the widespread use of social media
Technology mania

Technology mania

Mihir Vishwarupe December 14, 2022
Coming to terms with the widespread internet addiction surrounding our lives
“Its all about being confident in your own values. Maybe I dont have three syllable words, but I do have something else that I can definitely stand behind and be like, ‘This is what Im good at.’

Creative highs and compromises

Aditya Shukla November 16, 2022
How Instagram creators use the platform to promote their content
BeReal isn’t as real as it makes it out to be

An authentic take on BeReal

Avni Gandhi and Manas Kottakota November 12, 2022

BeReal, a new photo-sharing app, has gained popularity among Gen Z in mid 2022. One notification is sent out each day to let users know they have two minutes to post, but users can also post a “late”...

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