About us

El Estoque is a national award-winning student publication that has reported on and for Monta Vista High School in Cupertino, Calif., since 1969.

Our print magazine is published once a month and our website is updated daily. Our content — which is entirely generated and produced by a journalism class of around 50 students — ranges from traditional coverage like in-depth investigative stories and breaking news to multimedia features like videos and photo galleries. The goal of all our content is to inform and entertain the student body and local community.

Staff applications for the current academic year are closed. To join next year’s staff, please check back in April. New staff members are selected through a written application process as well as interviews.

 Contact us at mv.el.estoque@gmail.com or through this submission form.


Editors-in-Chief: Avni Prasad and Mingjie Zhong

Managing Editors: Kalpana Gopalkrishnan, Trisha Kholiya, Aditya Pimplaskar and Hannan Waliullah

Copy Editors: Bill Cheng, Karen Ma and Jessica Xing

Web Editors: Krishna Sunder and Sharjeel Rahman

News Editors: Fatima Ali, Ilena Peng and Chetana Ramaiyer

Sports Editors: Amanda Chan, Om Khandekar, Aditya Krishnan and Akshara Majjiga

Entertainment Editors: Ananya Bhat, Aanchal Garg, Dylan Tsai and Devika Watave

Opinion Editors: Shriya Deshpande and Vivian Chiang

Special Report Editors: Elizabeth Han, Daniel Lin, ZaZu Lippert and Priya Reddy

Visuals Editor: Bhargava Matta

Beat Editors: Jennie Chen and Andrea Schlitt

Business Editors: Tyler Lin and Derek Shao

Public Relations: Emma Lam and Derek Shao

Staff Writers: Rana Aghababazadeh, Brighton Balfrey, Claire Chang, Helen Chao, Vijeet Chaugule, Sara Entezarmahdi, Ruth Feng, Roshan Fernandez, Gauri Kaushik, Sanjana Kothuri, Stephanie Lam, Sannidhi Menon, Anthony Moll, Shayon Moradi, Katerina Pappas, Sepand Rouz, Karen Sanchez, Mallika Singh, Nate Stevens, Caitlyn Tjong, Anjini Venugopal, Albert Wang, Kingsley Wang, Jackie Way, Chelsea Wong, Michelle Wong, Himani Yalamaddi and Becca Zheng

Adviser: Julia Satterthwaite

  • Journalism Education Association/National Scholastic Press Association Pacemaker Winner: 2012, 2011, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006

    JEA/NSPA Pacemaker Finalist: 2011

    JEA National Convention Best in Show: 2013, 2011, 2007

    JEA Northern California Excellent: 2013, 2011

    Columbia Scholastic Press Association Gold Crown: 2013, 2012, 2009, 2008

    CSPA Silver Crown: 2007

    California Newspaper Publishers Association General Excellence: 2011

  • JEA/NSPA Pacemaker Winner: 2013, 2012, 2011, 2009

    JEA Northern California Best of the West: 2013, 2011

    JEA Northern California Excellent: 2009

    CSPA Gold Crown: 2012

  • JEA/NSPA Story of the Year, first place multimedia news: Audio slideshow: students hold counter-protest to WBC in CHS quad on Oct. 19, Staff (2012)

    JEA/NSPA Story of the Year, honorable mention multimedia news: Students asked to stay home on Oct. 5 due to ‘police activity,’ Staff (2012)

    JEA/NSPA Story of the Year, first place multimedia feature: Veteran Voices, Staff (2012)

    JEA/NSPA Story of the Year, fourth place multimedia sports: Olympic athlete Erica McClain to coach track team, Staff (2012)

    JEA/NSPA Design of the Year, honorable mention newsmagazine cover: The Face of War, Christophe Haubursin (2012)

    JEA/NSPA Design of the Year, second place newspaper spread: Pride or Honor, Christophe Haubursin and Anushka Patil (2012)

    JEA/NSPA Design of the Year, honorable mention infographic: Erasing the dots, Alice Lee (2009)

    JEA/NSPA Story of the Year, fourth place editorial: Scouting for Rights, Forest Liao (2011)

    JEA/NSPA Story of the Year, second place news: ‘I’m here and I need help,’ Lauren Parcel and Brittany Hopkins (2009)

    JEA/NSPA Design of the Year, first place, news spread: Caught Red-Handed, Jenny Sun and Daniel Yang (2007)

    JEA/NSPA Story of the Year, honorable mention feature: Carolyn Chuang (2007)

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