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.

March 17, 2014

On March 14, senior Jason Li presented his business, iReTron, on the ABC reality TV show “Shark Tank,” which gives entrepreneurs the chance to pitch their ideas against five “sharks.” iReTron recycles and sells used electronics. Li received $100,000 in grant money from investors Mark Cuban and Barbara Corcoran, on the condition that they would own 20% of any business he made in the next five years. Li was on stage for 55 minutes, though they only used roughly 10 minutes of it. You can watch the segment here.


March 31, 2014

On Friday, March 21 — the day Sadies was supposed to occur — the Small Gym sat empty but for a few students taking photos of the empty room. 

April 1, 2014

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

April 2, 2014

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

Spring Fling week brings a wave of school spirit
Annual Benefit Fashion Show a success
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
April 17, 2014 — by Sweeya Raj

As students arrived to school on Monday morning donned in red, white and blue clothing, they prepared for a week of spirit and excitement. 'Merica Monday kicked off the beginning of the annual Spring Fling Week, which took place during the week of March 24-28.

April 15, 2014 — by Sweeya Raj

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. 

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.

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. 

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
Why so serious? The need for more casual dances
#Dumberanddumber: How social media dulls the mind
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.

April 2, 2014 — by Shreya Tumu

The upcoming dance looms over the girl's head. She really just wants to be able to go to a dance for, you know, dancing and friends. But she can’t do that because this dance is supposed to formal — and formal means dates and tickets and dresses and the whole, extremely expensive shebang. She knows no one’s going to ask her out — and, what’s the point of buying overpriced tickets if she can’t go to the dance with anyone? 

April 2, 2014 — by Michelle Leung

When was the last time you checked your phone? Was it two minutes ago? Or five? Or maybe even an hour? 

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
‘Divergent’ diverges from average to spectacular
Sophomore grows up surrounded by privilege
Anti-Heroes: Why are we drawn to them?
Facing the death of spirit, leaders look for keys to revival
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.

April 15, 2014 — by Shreya Tumu

Dozens of dystopian novels and movies follow a formulaic plotline where the protagonist stands out in society by doing something that forever changes the dysfunctional system.

April 13, 2014 — by Michelle Leung and Carolyn Sun

To many, the first words that come to mind when asked to describe Saratoga are “rich,” or “affluent.” Maybe “SAT obsessed” if it’s a good day.

The stereotype of Saratoga as a rich school is certainly not without its basis in reality; according to census data the average household income in Saratoga was $147,918 in 2011, while the average household income in California was $57,287. Houses in the city often sell for $1.5 million or more — far beyond the means of all but the wealthiest Americans.

April 2, 2014 — by Carolyn Sun and Deepthi Sampathkumar

Life is unpredictable. Sometimes almost nothing goes as planned, which  can be frustrating.

April 2, 2014 — by Amy Lin and Sherrilyn Ling

One boy dressed from head to toe in red — shoes, shirt, car key lanyard — licks peanut butter off of a plastic plate. Another wearing all blue attempts eagerly to outdo him.

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
Grandparents leave lifetime impact before moving away
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. 

January 9, 2014 — by Allison Lin

On the day I was born at El Camino Hospital, my grandparents stood hovering over my clear hospital crib, smiling down at me. I weighed barely 6 pounds and was dressed in a pink cotton cap and a hospital blanket, but my grandma held me in her arms and rocked me while my grandpa looked on proudly. Little did I know that 10 years from that day, my grandparents, would be 6,698 miles away.

Upcoming Events

April 22: Smarter Balanced Testing for Juniors

April 25: Les Miserables - Spring Musical Opening Night

May 3: National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) National College Fair


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