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

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Weaving bonds

The bonds you weave make you who you are. Explore the complexities of friendships, family dynamics, and generational and cultural gaps. "Weaving Bonds" offers in-depth opinions of how these relationships...

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Affection among Asians

Brandon Wang, Stephanie Zhang, and Ethan Yang May 24, 2024

When it comes to the way Asian families express affection, junior Ryan Liu says that many parents in Asian families express their love in unconventional ways such as acts of service, with less emphasis...

Senior Vanshika Turkar ponders the implications of planning a senior trip to San Diego with her friends. Photo Illustration | Crystal Cheng

Planning core memories

Crystal Cheng and Stephanie Zhang March 7, 2024

Pranay Gangaram  Senior Pranay Gangaram is planning to go on two senior trips this year — one with some friends from MVHS and another with his middle school friends. In light of this, he acknowledges...

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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...

Shravya Guda (right) poses with co-coach Hemani Kukreja.

New season new coach

Stephanie Zhang December 9, 2023

After graduating from MVHS in '12, alum Shravya Guda never expected to return. However, after transitioning from being a competitive swimmer to playing four years of water polo on the MVHS Girls Water...

Prisha Balan dances during her Arangetram on Aug. 26, 2023. Photo courtesy of Prisha Balan | Used with permission.

Time Out! Ep. 10: Prisha Balan

Stephanie Zhang and Arshiya Sen December 2, 2023 SZ: Hi everyone, my name is...

What are you hopeful for?

What are you hopeful for?

Sagnik Nag Chowdhury and Stephanie Zhang October 25, 2023

To understand the idea of hope and its role in the Monta Vista community, El Estoque sat down with a student from each grade and asked them about their short-term and long-term hopes and goals, and how...

Maaz Zafar prepares for a play during a game against Lynbrook High School. Photo courtesy of Maaz Zafar | Used with permission

Time out! Ep. 8: Maaz Zafar

Stephanie Zhang October 22, 2023 SZ: Hi everyone,...

Junior and middle blocker Ashley Yang jumps up to hit the ball.

Girls Volleyball defeats Los Altos High School 3-0

Stephanie Zhang September 16, 2023

Varsity Girls Volleyball swept all three sets against Los Altos High School on Wednesday, Sept. 13. Although LAHS took the lead in the first set, the Matadors were able to quickly catch up, pull ahead...

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...

Lance Fucia playing fro MVHS badminton team

Time out! Ep. 6: Lance Fuchia

Trisha Sannappanavar and Stephanie Zhang June 3, 2023

SZ: Hi everyone, my name is Stephanie Zhang. TS: And my name is Trisha Sannappanavar. SZ: Welcome to Episode 6 of Time Out! Each episode, we will be diving into the sports scene here at Monta...

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