Saratoga Falcon

April 24, 2015

Roughly 100 out of the China’s 1.4 billion population train with China’s national swim team. Junior Jack Xie, a recent transfer, was one of these elite swimmers at the age of 13. 

April 28, 2015

The History Bowl team made history last weekend, winning all three major events in an unprecedented sweep of the National History Bee and Bowl National Championships.

May 14, 2015

This TP prank illustrates a disconnect between students and custodians and shows no regard for those who have to clean it up.


May 20, 2015

The No. 11-seeded Falcons proved seedings don't mean much as they coasted to the championship.

May 27, 2015

Assistant principal Kevin Mount has decided to step down from his position at the end of this year, citing unhappiness with nature of the work.

New assistant principal to fill Mount’s shoes
Few participate in Senior Ditch Day due to in-class projects
Singers, dancers, poets and magicians show their stuff at ‘Toga’s Got Talent’
MAP teacher will teach at Mitty next year
Choir, orchestra, band celebrate end of year with concerts
Grad Night celebrates seniors
Falcons sweep Physics Bowl
June 7, 2015 — by Arjun Ramanathan

The new assistant principal next year will be Brian Thompson, the current principal at Branham High School.

May 31, 2015 — by Deepthi Sampathkumar

The notorious Senior Ditch Day — usually the first regular day after Senior Prom — is a day seniors treat themselves to. But not so much this year on Tuesday, May 26. Many seniors were forced to stay at school due to their class schedules and activities that they couldn’t miss.


May 23, 2015 — by Vibha Seshadri

The annual senior class sponsored show, “Toga’s Got Talent”went well and garnered an audience of about 100 people to support all the acts.

May 22, 2015 — by David Fan and Jason Zhao

After six years at the school, Media Arts Program teacher Cathy Leather will leave this fall to teach at Archbishop Mitty High School. 

May 21, 2015 — by Claire Chou and Gwynevere Hunger

The first of three year-end music concerts opened with a performance by the Concert and Chamber Choirs in the McAfee Theater on the evening of May 8 and continued in succession from there.

May 21, 2015 — by Larissa Chiu and Tiffany Zheng

The quad will be transformed on June 4 when the Class of 2015 will say goodbye at a Grad Night that will include casino-style games, henna, air tattoos, massages, a senior video and other surprises. The night’s theme will be unveiled on that day.

May 21, 2015 — by Helen Chen

The school’s Physics Bowl team placed first in the nation among Division 1 teams in the annual Physics Bowl with an overall score of 140, nine points higher than Gilford High School, the second place team from Connecticut.

Softball pushes through to qualify for CCS
Junior Jack Xie wins 2 races at swimming State Championships
Falcons send two to CCS, finish season with hope for next year
Falcons finish unforgettable season of beating the odds
Bellarmine beats tennis team in CCS semifinals
Team loses in first round of playoffs; finishes season strong
Six members make CCS; two coaches leave
May 27, 2015 — by Aditya Chaudhry

Despite some trouble at the beginning of the season, the girls’ softball team qualified for CCS as the No. 12 seed.


May 26, 2015 — by Stefanie Ting

The junior swimmer proved his own of the best in the state — and the nation.

May 26, 2015 — by Spring Ma and Eileen Toh

On May 23, the Falcons’ varsity No. 1 boys’ doubles pair, junior Partha Shah and sophomore Josh Li, finished second among the 53 teams in boys’ doubles in league finals. Coming into leagues unseeded, the pair defeated the No. 1 seeded team from Lynbrook and continued on to play in semifinals and finals.

May 21, 2015 — by Allison Lin

Everyone expected the rebuilt baseball team to struggle as underdogs all season. Few expected the Falcons to finish second after powerhouse Palo Alto in the De Anza league.

May 21, 2015 — by Kevin Chow and Jihau Yu

The tennis team lost 4-3 in the CCS semifinals against Bellarmine on May 13 in a match that left Saratoga players feeling disappointed and angry.

May 21, 2015 — by Emily Chen and Gwynevere Hunger

The girls’ lacrosse team ended its season with a 16-10 first-round loss to top-ranked Palo Alto in Santa Clara Valley Athletic (SCVAL) playoffs on May 13.

The Falcons’ final season record was 6-7.  

May 20, 2015 — by Caitlin Ju

Junior Vincent Faylor is one of 12 individuals and two relay teams who participated in SCVALs; of the 12, six qualified for CCS. Among them were senior Steven Sum, who won both the 1600m and 3200m; junior Tanner Zuleeg, who placed first in shot put; and freshman Chloe McGhee, who placed sixth in the 300m hurdles. CCS will take place May 29 at San Jose City College.

AP classes should give more practice problems and tests
Election changes limit student involvement
The benefits of summer classes
100 Word Rants
More uniform grade policies necessary for academic fairness
Going stag to prom is a viable option
Drought restrictions troublesome but necessary
May 28, 2015 — by Jenny Qian

AP teachers should administer more AP practice tests and integrate more AP style practice problems into their courses prior to the real tests. This will help students perform better while also alleviating their last-minute cramming stress.

May 21, 2015 — by Summer Smith

Although the new rules allow more students to get involved in ASB, few students actually want to do so. Students should not be limited in the number of student government positions they can run or apply for simply because there are not enough people who have the desire to get involved. This leaves those who are passionate about bettering the  school unable to make as significant of an impact as they want.

May 20, 2015 — by Apoorv Kwatra and Neehar Thumaty

Summer prep classes are a great tool to get ahead in certain subjects while also learning new material that may not be taught in school.

May 18, 2015 — by Cassandra Kin, Isabelle Tseng, Oksana Trifonova and Jason Zhao

Rants about school starting earlier each year, the smarter balanced tests, fanfictions, and badminton.

May 18, 2015 — by Caitlin Ju and Amulya Vadlakonda

On the first day of school, you’re flooded with multicolored syllabuses from each of your classes. You immediately check the rounding policies and dedicate yourself to keeping them straight for the rest of the year. Your math teacher doesn’t round up, your science teacher does and your English and history teachers both do, but only between a B+ and an A-.

April 26, 2015 — by Megan MacInnes

Going single to prom is a viable option for anyone, and doesn’t detract from the fun of the event in any way.

April 24, 2015 — by Jason Zhao

This year, California has recorded its lowest amount of rainfall in the past 60 years. The dry period has been made worse by the unusually high temperatures.

Service to the country, service to the school: School Resource Officer Garton describes past experiences as a sheriff’s deputy and soldier
‘Pitch Perfect 2’: Offensive and flat compared to original
Sophomore pursues passion for dance at San Francisco Ballet
Junior goes to Guatemala for unique volunteer opportunity
Media begin to promote natural beauty
Campus supervisor develops close ties with school community
‘Furious 7’ provides fast action
May 28, 2015 — by Nidhi Jain and Stefanie Ting

Garton’s day officially starts at approximately 7 a.m. Throughout the day, he touches base with the administration and is updated with information at each of the nine schools he helps, most of which are in Saratoga or the west side of Santa Clara County.

May 21, 2015 — by Nidhi Jain

As the young audience of mostly teenage girls squealed in excitement in AMC 14 on May 15, I prepared myself to watch an amazing sequel that I expected to be just as good as the original, if not better: “Pitch Perfect 2.” I clearly remembered the harmonic singing and gripping storyline from the first movie, and I was anticipating no less for the second one. 


Unfortunately, my expectations were barely met. 

May 21, 2015 — by Spring Ma

Sophomore Sophie Cichanowicz discovered a passion for ballet after playing the lead role in "The Nutcracker" and pursues her dream.

May 19, 2015 — by Shazia Gupta and Sweeya Raj

Junior Nina Harris and her sister Sonia Harris accompanied their father, the chair of pediatrics at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, to Guatemala to observe a program that Stanford professor of child health and health research Dr. Paul Wise created. The program, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford, builds hospitals and provides better medical care to Guatemalans.

May 18, 2015 — by Emily Chen and Ami Nachiappan

Recently, some journalists have selected pictures that have been enhanced in Photoshop and compared them with the original pictures. As the movement toward natural beauty has gained steam, young people today better understand the media’s often exaggerated images.


May 18, 2015 — by Karissa Dong

Since the fall of 2009, Hernandez has been the “gatekeeper” of the school, running errands for the office and performing a variety of campus tasks.

May 16, 2015 — by Jason Zhao

High up in the Caucasus Mountains, six cars escort an armored van. Suddenly, four more cars pull onto the road and ram into the escorts, which topple over. This scene is just one of many action-packed moments included in “Furious 7.” 

Excited fangirls anticipate Wong Fu Productions’ first feature film
Avid fan disappointed by new Disney Channel shows
Veggie Grill does not live up to expectations
Sophomores defeat opponents with last-minute pranks
Prom shopping proves tiring and disappointing
Unmotivated seniors fail at prank wars
May 11, 2015 — by Spring Ma and Eileen Toh

Every WongFu video showcases an overwhelming talent in film, videography and post production, as their shooting and editing techniques feature modern and simplistic aesthetics.


It would not be surprising that the first item on our summer bucket list is seeing their first feature film, “Everything Before Us,” which will come to theaters on June 3.

May 11, 2015 — by Eileen Toh

As many 'classic' Disney shows such as "Hannah Montana" came to a close, Disney welcomed its viewers to brand-new shows, such as “Austin and Ally," leading to a whole new era of Disney shows.

May 7, 2015 — by Michelle Cen

Veggie Grill, which opened up a few months ago in Westgate Center, is a vegan restaurant chain with 28 outlets located in California, Washington and Oregon. The diversity of the menu, which is laden with gluten-free and soy-free choices, impressed me. Veggie Grill offers salads, snacks, sandwiches and desserts with intriguing names such as “Buffalo Bomber” and “Bali Bliss.” Priding itself upon health, Veggie Grill also only uses oil with monounsaturated fat.

April 23, 2015 — by Helen Chen

Junior struggles with prom preparations.

April 20, 2015 — by Maya Prasad and Jenny Qian

Teams compete in prank wars

April 16, 2015 — by Sweeya Raj

When I was actually faced with finding my own prom dress, I dreaded the addition of yet another responsibility tacked onto the craziness of junior year.

April 16, 2015 — by Rachel Hull and Michelle Leung

After having been pranked ourselves, we knew we had to step it up. Unfortunately, as we’re second semester seniors, we quickly gave up on a more elaborate idea.

Photo of the week

The boys' tennis team began its pursuit of a CCS title on May 8.


Are the costs for going to prom too high?

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