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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

Former El Estoque adviser Michelle Balmeo poses alongside the EE head editors holding the first issue of the 2011-2012 school year. Photo courtesy of Michelle Balmeo | Used with permission

Turning the page

Sophia D'Sa and Mihir Vishwarupe April 8, 2024

When MVHS alum ‘23 and former Editor-in-Chief Anna Jerolimov recalls her memories in El Estoque, one of the first things she remembers is the sense of community she felt with her fellow staff members....

Sophomore Advaith Anand gets feedback from principal Ben Clausnitzer on his group’s SEEC project.

SEEC seeks to create a safe and inclusive environment at MVHS

Sophia D'Sa April 8, 2024

On an early morning before even most teachers have arrived at school, freshman Aprameya Rupanagunta sits in the Student Union with her “dream team” to plan the next step in their project, a student...

Sophomore Tashvi Bansal gets feedback from YAB Communications Specialist Taarini Chopra during one of YABs biweekly meetings.

Creating community

Sophia D'Sa March 9, 2024

Ever since she was a kid, freshman Saanj Rao has enjoyed attending city recreational events. So when one of her friends brought up an opportunity to join the Cupertino Youth Activity Board, she saw it...

The new Health and Ethnic Studies curriculum focuses on highlighting diverse narratives and stress management skills.

Mirror Classroom

Dahlia Schilling and Sophia D'Sa March 8, 2024

Growing up, Ethnic Studies teacher Usiel Meraz-Cerna’s favorite parts of his History and Literature classes were when he felt ethnically represented. He cherished these instances, though occurrences...

Maria Rodriguez and her two children attend the protest to advocate for workers rights.

APEC: AAPI pioneers

Sophia D'Sa, Taryn Lam, and Varun Singh December 10, 2023
Uncovering the impact of the APEC conference on local AAPI leaders and communities
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Sophia D'Sa and Benjamin Zhang December 6, 2023

Governor Gavin Newsom introduced a new committee in late October to address a recent trend of computer science teacher shortages in California, which currently ranks 39th in the nation for the percentage...

Assistant Phil Roybal helps junior Aaron Hung with his woodworking project.

Coming out of the woodwork

Sophia D'Sa November 3, 2023

Junior Claire Yuh still remembers how it felt to be a middle schooler taking her second woodworking class online during the pandemic, working with simple kits that resembled arts-and-crafts projects. Despite...

Freshman Ronit Kuila strikes a pose in his Michael Jackson themed duet to the song “Beat It.”

PAC-ing a punch

Sophia D'Sa and Isabelle Kok September 29, 2023

The Class of 2027 performed its Pac-Man themed Homecoming skit on Wednesday, Sept. 27. The skit followed ‘80s character Pac-Man, played by freshman Ronit Kuila, as he tried to rescue his son, Pac-Man...

Junior Genevieve Lo poses for a photo during a ballet summer intensive at the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. Photo Courtesy of Genevieve Lo | Used with permission

No more finishing touches

Sophia D'Sa September 17, 2023

Bright lighting, smooth wooden floors and a wall-to-wall mirror with a barre make up the classic ballet studio. This is where some students spend hours a week practicing for performances and competitions,...

MVHS will partner with the African American Scholars Project starting in the 2023-24 school year.

MVHS administration implements African American Scholar’s Project

A B building bathroom wall was graffitied with the words “Kill all n******” on March 10, 2022. A video of a student saying the N word was sent to MVHS staff on Feb. 28, 2023. Although MVHS has established...

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