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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

The whiteboard in the Career Center is crammed with the names of colleges from around the nation. To the left of the board is the traditional college acceptances list that Career Center Liaison Miriam Taba has maintained for the past seven years. To the right is the college denials list that Taba has just started this year. Photo by Soumya Kurnool.

‘College Denials’ list up in the Career Center

Soumya Kurnool April 28, 2013

After failed attempts at creating a wall of college rejection letters at MVHS, college denials are now documented alongside college acceptances. Each fall for the past seven years, the whiteboard...

Charged with senioritis

Charged with senioritis

Soumya Kurnool April 10, 2013

A prior goody two-shoes gets caught red-handed mid-snooze When I was a junior in Kavita Gupta's AP Chemistry class, I was forced to watch my senior classmates be eaten alive by senioritis. Once...

That’ll be one order of nostalgia, please

That’ll be one order of nostalgia, please

Soumya Kurnool February 15, 2013

SOUMYA: Home of the trashy It might seem odd to be attached to our cafeteria. Let’s face it. Most of the time, it was filled with junk — Munchies wrappers, abandoned orange juice cartons, soggy plates,...

NFL concussions should knock sense into our heads

NFL concussions should knock sense into our heads

Soumya Kurnool November 25, 2012

With 3 NFL QBs out for several weeks, it’s a field day for concussion awareness for high school athletes Sunday, Nov. 11 was a day of tears—not only for the travails of our veterans, but...

CAUTION: Grandma behind the wheel

CAUTION: Grandma behind the wheel

Soumya Kurnool November 19, 2012

  You know you live a sad life when you have to wait in the Bus Circle until 5 p.m. for your parents to pick you up while all your friends simply zip off in their own cars to go home, to Chipotle...

Whats on your plate?

What’s on your plate?

Soumya Kurnool November 19, 2012

Food culture is how we approach our daily meals — breakfast, lunch and dinner — and what they mean to us socially. At MVHS, the way we eat does not fit the dictionary definition of each meal; rather,...

Even though the youth are one of the least engaged of age groups when it comes to politics, students like juniors Joyce Tien and Pradnya Narkhede have immersed themselves into the political process for volunteering for a political campaign. Illustration by Shuyi Qi.

On the campaign trail

Soumya Kurnool October 26, 2012

Students volunteer for the Obama campaign, gaining insight into the process of politics The presidential candidates have been on the campaign trail for the past year and students have been right...

Second presidential debate a step towards youth engagement

Second presidential debate a step towards youth engagement

Soumya Kurnool October 17, 2012

Although many reacted to the debate with GIFs and witty Twitter posts poking fun at Obama’s and Romney’s vicious attacks aimed at one another — including Obama’s jab about the size of Romney’s...

17, going on 71

17, going on 71

Soumya Kurnool September 28, 2012

I'll fess up. I lied. Last year, I fooled you all with my column "No Country for Old Women." I told you all I was a grandma, that I was notoriously old-fashioned and was totally out of the loop...

Welcome, young fountain hopper

Welcome, young fountain hopper

Soumya Kurnool May 29, 2012

Writing about my old fashioned sensibilities in this column has come to the point where my parents (or my dad, anyhow) are genuinely afraid of how college will turn out for me. And now that I think...

So long, farewell

So long, farewell

Soumya Kurnool May 23, 2012

It was assistant principal Dennis Plaza's first day on the job at MVHS. He was pushing a cart  through the school, and when a few things fell off, Plaza remembers, he began picking them up, not expecting...

Grandma is watching you

Soumya Kurnool April 11, 2012

I've always been a total grandma when it comes to dancing — I do not condone even the thought of such public self humiliation. So it is perfectly reasonable that I would hope to never attend a high...

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