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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

Junior Lotus Wu gets ready before an online C-Dream show

Global game

Ananda Singh and Varun Singh May 25, 2024

When she was younger, junior Lotus Wu would sit in front of the TV and admire the Chinese dancers performing on shows and at festivals, which began her passion for dance. Through her mother, Wu met well-known...

Swim defeats Mountain View High School 203-133

Swim defeats Mountain View High School 203-133

Megha Mummaneni April 7, 2024

Varsity Swim faced Mountain View High School on Friday, April 5 on its senior night. Varsity Boys and Varsity Girls both won with a score of 96-70 and 107-63 respectively. During the meet, seniors stood...

For senior Anqi Chen, art can take a large quanity of their time, ranging from hours to days. Photo courtesy of Anqi Chen.

The perfect balance

Ananya Chaudhary and Varun Singh April 6, 2024

Adding the finishing touches on a human skull adorned with ram horns and fiery blue flames, junior and character designer Piers Boyer wraps up a lengthy artistic process. For Boyer, each of his art pieces...

Batchu and Kulkarni hold their poster board, depicting their various clean energy initiatives.

Grants for good

Jason Chu, Taryn Lam, and Varun Singh January 24, 2024
IRPD students receive monetary grants for their projects
Protestors gather at Harry Bridges Plaza, San Francisco in a demonstration against the APEC convention.

On the streets of SF

The 2023 APEC summit was held in San Francisco from Nov. 11 to 17, bring international leaders from across the Asia Pacific region to the Moscone Center to discuss global issues. From protestors and...

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
Nathan Liu playing baseball when he was younger. | Photo courtesy of Nathan Liu

More than skin-deep

Jillian Ju and Varun Singh November 1, 2023

For as long as he can remember, senior Nathan Liu has lived with eczema. From an early age, he has taken antibiotics and tried to keep the scratching at a minimum, but his relationship with the condition...

50 Fresh Faces

50 Fresh Faces

As the new freshman class enters MVHS, many doors open up -- from joining clubs and playing sports to meeting new people and having unforgettable experiences. The numerous opportunities that are open to...

Analyzing how the meaning of word love depends on the person.


Dahlia Schilling and Varun Singh, Staff Writer September 29, 2023

A sigh of relief escapes sophomore Archana Kakar, now that she finally understands the math problem she was struggling with. She brushes off the eraser shavings and turns to her friend who helped her,...

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...

According to the New York Times, the top destinations for Californians leaving were Texas, Arizona, Nevada, Washington and Oregon.

Leaving CA

Alan Tai December 21, 2022
Exploring why some students want to leave the state they call home

Man on the street: Geography edition

Krish Dev, Kathryn Foo, and Lillian Wang November 11, 2022
Testing MVHS students’ geographical knowledge
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