Saratoga Falcon

March 13, 2014

In previous years, students in their junior year of the Media Arts Program (MAP) took the obligatory classes, English and History, as well as an elective of their choice: either Animation, Multi-Media Journalism or Film Making. 

Starting next year, however, juniors will no longer have the option of choosing one of the three possible electives. The incoming MAP juniors will take a new elective that combines all three of the previous elective choices into one class. If any students wish to take SHSTV, it will be an extra elective.

April 1, 2014

With CMEA and other events , musicians were busy, busy, busy.

April 2, 2014

She was found on the steps of a factory in China one morning, almost 17 years ago, one of 23 million abandoned or killed baby girl victims of China’s one-child policy. 

April 2, 2014

Roshan Bal is one of many Saratoga athletes who chose not to attend Saratoga High.

April 15, 2014

The Make-a-Wish Foundation will be able to make more ailing children's dreams come true after $8,000 was raised during the Benefit Fashion Show held on March 29 in the Small Gym. 

S+D members qualify for nationals
FBLA competition yields good results
High schoolers volunteer at Good Sam Hospital
Math Club members excel in recent competitions
Robinson outlines details for new government and economics classes
Physics C AP class considered for 2015-2016
We Day: unforgettable experience for Baby Advocacy club
April 15, 2014 — by Devin Zhao

During the awards ceremony of the national qualifying tournament, junior Deepti Kannan and three other competitors from Bellarmine were called as finalists in Lincoln-Douglas debate.

April 15, 2014 — by Jihau Yu and Tiffany Zheng

Seated in a brightly lit room, sophomore Mena Wang looks over the next question on the multiple choice test. “The affairs and property of FBLA shall be managed by ____.” Wang hesitates a second before choosing answer “C” which reads “board of directors.” 

April 15, 2014 — by Shreya Tumu

Every Sunday morning from 9-12 junior Shivaram Yellamilli makes a small effort into bettering the lives of others. Like many other students, volunteers at the Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose, a hotspot for teens looking to make a difference and for volunteer work. 

April 15, 2014 — by Dorrie Tang

After months of hard preparation, members of the math club participated in their most important series of math competitions of the year: the American Mathematics Competitions (AMC) 10 and 12 held on Feb. 4 and 19, and the American Invitational Mathematics Examination (AIME) held on March 13 and 26. 

April 15, 2014 — by Sabrina Chen and Ariel Liu

Offer a new AP course, and students will sign up.

That is the clear conclusion after more than 140 current juniors have signed up for the new AP government class to be offered in the fall, according to principal Paul Robinson.  After taking into consideration the number of students who requested the class, the social studies department has decided to open five sections so that no students will be left out.

April 14, 2014 — by Deepthi Sampathkumar

Over the next few years, students will see many changes in the format of the physics curriculum on campus. Not only will the AP Physics B class be replaced with a rigorous Physics Honors course for the 2014-2015 year, but there is also a potential plan for the addition of an AP Physics C class for the 2015-2016 year.

April 14, 2014 — by Tiffany Zheng

Sixteen thousand hands clapped for J. Cole’s live performance of “Crooked Smile,” the pressure-sensitive bracelets lit up with the motion. One moment, the crowd was immersed in darkness, and the next, thousands of little white and blue lights filled the Oracle Arena. Sophomore Gitika Nalwa cheered with the crowd.

Badminton team strengthened by freshmen
Boys' Track: Team experiences success in recent meets
Girls' Swimming: Team improves after 1st meet
Rules restricting tackling in football becoming ridiculous
Girls' track: Leaders see progress in early season
Baseball team achieves victory over Homestead after long battle
Eastbay provides discounts for Nike sports uniforms to school
April 15, 2014 — by Ariel Liu

Thanks to the No. 2 varsity girls’ doubles team, the Falcons edged 16-14 in its first league matchup on March 25. 

April 14, 2014 — by Shazia Gupta and Dorrie Tang

The boys’ varsity track team has experienced a wealth of success, starting the season undefeated with wins in all three of their past dual meets against Homestead on March 14, Santa Clara on March 20 and Fremont on March 25. All of these victories have come in the lower El Camino League after the team struggled in the upper De Anza League last year.

April 14, 2014 — by Deepthi Sampathkumar

The whistle sounds. Junior April Khowong steps up to the white diving block along, her heart pounding. The cheers sounding on the other side of the pool sound hollow and tinny, and she stands above the still water, waiting. 

April 2, 2014 — by Andrew Jiang

In the past few years, the NFL has introduced several rules to improve player safety. Although these rules have undoubtedly increased the safety of the game, they have also made the game less fun to watch

April 2, 2014 — by Ashley Chen and Dorrie Tang

The girls’ track team began the season with two consecutive losses in dual meets against Homestead and Santa Clara on March 13 and March 20.

April 2, 2014 — by Miles Albert

Baseball has no time clock. Theoretically, a game could go on forever.

April 2, 2014 — by Tiffany Zheng

As the football players make their way onto the field, spectators from the top of the bleachers cheer as they spot the red mass of uniforms. Closer up to the field, students can make out multiple small Nike logos, similar to the many other athletic teams adorned in this brand. 

SAT scores should not follow you into your future job opportunities
Foreign Volunteering: The ‘exotic’ act of goodness that helps no one
New legislation increases incentive for CA teachers to report child abuse
Some parents are becoming college-obsessed
Language classes lack direction
Foreign Volunteering: The ‘exotic’ act of goodness that helps no one
Some parents are becoming college-obsessed
April 23, 2014 — by Michelle Leung and Carolyn Sun

Some employers want to see your SAT scores, but do they matter?

April 21, 2014 — by Kelly Xiao

So you’ve done it. You’ve hopped the plane to Africa and arrived there hoping to a) work with orphaned children, b) build schoolhouses and dig water wells or c) help out at anAfrican reservation. Maybe you are there out of the goodness inside you, or maybe your parents have forced you to go, saying that colleges will be impressed.

Just how helpful is this volunteering abroad business anyway?

April 15, 2014 — by Shreya Tumu

Just up north in the Redwood City School District in Northern California eight staff members failed to report the  abuse of two 5-year-old special-education students. And in another incident in the Brentwood Union School District, also up north, 11 teachers failed to tell authorities about an autistic student who was being abused.  

April 15, 2014 — by Sweeya Raj and Shazia Gupta

Have you ever heard your parents lecture you about your upcoming summer plans, or why that extracurricular would look amazing on a college application? It almost feels some parents are the ones trying to get accepted into college, not their children.Some parents are overly obsessed with college and need to understand that this college pressure can cause more harm than good in students. This constant college craze needs to stop, before high school becomes a rigorous experience aimed only at getting accepted into the best colleges.

April 13, 2014 — by Deepti Kannan

When I traveled to Spain in sixth grade, I was mesmerized by the flamenco dancers, bull riders, the cathedrals — all part of the unique Spanish culture, tied together by a single language. The following year I decided to take Spanish in middle school; I could not wait to immerse myself into this culture and actually interact with native speakers in California and abroad.

But it seems that the language curriculum does not align with my goals. This is unfortunate because practically anyone can take the class with minimum effort just to get their language credits for college without learning a thing.

April 2, 2014 — by Kelly Xiao

So you’ve done it. You’ve hopped the plane to Africa and arrived there hoping to a) work with orphaned children, b) build schoolhouses and dig water wells or c) help out at an African reservation. Maybe you are there out of the goodness inside you, or maybe your parents have forced you to go, saying that colleges will be impressed.


April 2, 2014 — by Sweeya Raj and Shazia Gupta

Have you ever heard your parents lecture you about your upcoming summer plans, or why that extracurricular would look amazing on a college application? It almost feels some parents are the ones trying to get accepted into college, not their children.

Inappropriately rated TV shows too violent and gory
Loon Wah disappoints - ⅖ stars ✦✦✧✧✧
Ghost Whispers: album preview
Can you: Reference ‘The Dark Knight’ in AP Lang
Freshman entertains at local venues, looks to career in music
“How I Met Your Mother” finale ruins the entire series
Reporter tries her hand in new game
April 21, 2014 — by Carolyn Sun

On the TV screen, a character decapitates another with a swift swing of a machete, blood spraying across the screen. The camera cuts to the detached head, which rolls on the ground while the live character looks on nonchalantly.

April 21, 2014 — by Trung Vandinh

Located on De Anza Boulevard about 10 minutes from school, Loon Wah Chinese restaurant is a spot that I have passed by often but have not until recently tried because of rumors of poor service. And my decision to eat there only changed with a craving for Chinese food and a hope that these rumors were exaggerated.

April 21, 2014 — by Aditya Chaudhry

Over the past 18 years, the British band Coldplay has become one of the most prominent bands of the current generation.

April 21, 2014 — by Nick Chow

Pretty much everyone knows that I have a healthy obsession with anything related to the movie “The Dark Knight.” OK, maybe not a healthy obsession per se, but an obsession nevertheless. And what’s a better way to test my dedication to “The Dark Knight” code than to see how many movie references I can use during AP Language discussions?

April 17, 2014 — by Allison Lin and Vibha Seshadri

While Beyonce sells out Madison Square Garden and Katy Perry surfs the crowd at SAP Center, Saratoga’s own Esha Krishnamoorthy sings for crowds at local venues. Before she steps into the spotlight, like these world-famous stars, Krishnamoorthy shakes off her nerves and takes the stage with a bright smile.

April 17, 2014 — by Sherrilyn Ling

Never have I felt more cheated, more taken advantage of or more scammed than I did on March 31. I prayed and hoped that it was some kind of sick, early April Fools joke — I just refused to believe that it was real. It couldn’t be real.

April 17, 2014 — by Vibha Seshadri

There’s only one space left on the board. Please be a four, please be a four, I think to myself. It’s a two. Game over.

Dance made high school experience worthwhile
Health freak, fresh foods
Stay away from my sister
Senior discovers the world of naps
Writer experiences troubles with first college interview
SOPHOMORE IN NEED OF HELP: Flying addictions, dire predictions
Writer tries her foot at soccer
April 21, 2014 — by Rohan Hardikar

February 15 marked the last time I would perform a Bollywood dance at this school. Bombay in the Bay (BnB) this year was a blast — exhilarating dances, newfound friendships and stressful nights with the officers made this event something I will probably remember for the rest of my life. To be a part of such an entertaining, love-filled community event filled with Red Pride made me proud to be a Falcon, and facing the reality that I may never participate in such a show again has been bittersweet.

April 1, 2014 — by Catherine Tang

Ever since I can remember, my family has always been health conscious, to say the least.

I didn’t realize my family’s extremely health conscious ways were weird until I began having play dates with my friends in elementary school. They would come over and the only snacks I would have at my house were fruit and other healthy foods. Apples. Yogurt. Granola bars. No one wanted them but me.

March 24, 2014 — by Sabrina Chen

“She’s hot, hot, hot!” My eyes bulged out as I stared blankly at the Facebook comment. Each additional word cut like a sharp knife into my growing anger. I’ve let it slide when I heard guys call my sister tall, pretty, even cute — but hot? Hot is one step away from the word that starts with an “s” and ends with –exy. 

March 9, 2014 — by Candice Zheng

It all happened the week after winter break. I was sluggish and irritated at school from not getting my standard 12 hours of sleep while operating on break schedule. Clearly taking those two blissful weeks for granted, I stumbled back home red-eyed and full of unpleasant thoughts.

February 12, 2014 — by Nikil Ramanathan

School and college essays were indeed tough for me, but I placed most of the first semester stress on myself when I made a dreadful mistake on my first college interview.   

February 10, 2014 — by Andrew Jiang

I have a new addiction and I’m not too flappy about it. 

February 10, 2014 — by Catherine Tang

Upon hearing that there was a winter sports challenge this issue for newspaper, I enthusiastically signed up, but that excitement only lasted a brief moment. Later that day, when I found out that my winter sport challenge was for soccer, excitement quickly turned into panic. 

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