Saratoga Falcon

February 26, 2015

Senior Alec Furlong may seem like the epitome of a stereotypical jock — but he is anything but.

March 4, 2015

A key member of the team for four years and now a star varsity sprinter, senior Laura Cummins first became involved in the sport during the summer after eighth grade.

March 5, 2015

Junior Spencer Yen thought he was witnessing a drug bust as he stood by a picnic table in Wildwood Park on March 3, peering into the darkness as eight police officers walked toward him and a couple of friends.

March 17, 2015

For the 2015-2016 academic year,  provided that enough students sign up, a Calculus course without the rigor of an AP level class will be offered. College Prep Calculus, the only Saratoga Calculus course without AP credit, will be introduced as a new math course for students who have finished Trigonometry/Precalculus Regular or Honors.

March 26, 2015

In only their second year of competition, members of the dance team were proud of their performance at a national competion in Anaheim.

Rolling block schedule left for discussion, may not occur
Rolling block schedule could allow students to take LG classes
Fourth annual MESH concert bonds together music family
2015 Spring Fling festivities come to a close
Culinary Club cooks up exciting experiences
March Madness teams make way to finals
Grad’s second startup seeks to connect prospies, hosts
April 16, 2015 — by Caitlin Ju

The decision to implement a rolling block schedule has been brought back into question by teachers and is now being reconsidered. A new committee will work with principal Paul Robinson and the school’s Leadership team to come up with the most student-friendly 2016-17 bell schedule, starting in May.

April 16, 2015 — by Stefanie Ting and Tiffany Zheng

Though the final details of a new schedule that will begin in 2016-17 will be worked out in coming months, the district is hopeful of having both Los Gatos and Saratoga High on similar schedules that will allow students to take classes on the other campus.    

April 16, 2015 — by Gwynevere Hunger

After four months of planning by Music Education at Saratoga High (MESH) student leaders, the fourth annual Benefit Concert was held on March 13 in the McAfee Performing Arts Center.

April 13, 2015 — by Spring Ma and Eileen Toh

On Monday, March 30, students arrived to school decked out in red, blue, white and military gear, excited for the upcoming annual Spring Fling festivities. For the remaining days of the week, students participated in a vareity of Spring Fling related activities.  

April 1, 2015 — by Emily Chen and Katherine Sun

Clustered around a kitchen counter, the 15 or so students soaked ladyfingers — long, oval sponge cakes — in coffee and watched as the pastries soften into mush. They then began to combine the ladyfingers into a single cake layer, mixing it in coffee powder to make a cream. The budding chefs were gathered in senior Kyle Yuen’s home for a culinary night and just successfully created tiramisu.

April 1, 2015 — by Emily Chen and Ami Nachiappan

Senior Neel Kattumadam, a member of  the March Madness basketball team “PM,” ran down the court with his heart beating and legs pumping. His team remained nervous as the game neared its end, and the close score of 15-14 left no room for error. A misstep by a defender allowed Kattumadam, the team’s point guard who runs the team’s offense and controls the ball, to take the winning shot that advanced them to the quarterfinals.

April 1, 2015 — by Helen Chen and Spring Ma

Last fall, 2014 graduate and current University of Chicago freshman Jason Li attended a conference at the school called 3DS, short for 3 Day Startup with classmate Raymond Han and Columbia freshman Matthew Pregasen. While taking hands-on courses about entrepreneurial skills such as Ideation, Team Formation and Customer Discovery, the three met and immediately began a valuable partnership. 

Swimming off to a rocky start
Boys’ tennis team keeps rolling despite injury to No. 1 player
Girls’ track hopes to make leagues
Boys’ track kicks off on rough start
Falcons make comeback after several league losses
Boys’ lacrosse suffers defeats with inexperienced team
United start into new girls’ lacrosse season
April 16, 2015 — by Shreya Tumu and Tiffany Zheng and Maya Ravichandran

Despite two early-season team losses, the Falcon swim team has seen several CCS-qualifying performances. The team fell to Los Gatos on March 13 and Monta Vista on March 19, leaving the team with a 0-2 record as they advance towards leagues in late May. The girls’ varsity team lost 101-69 to Monta Vista, while the boys’ team lost 122-48.

April 13, 2015 — by Maya Ravichandran and Simi Srivastava

With only one loss to Monta Vista High School out of the seven total league matches played, the boys’ tennis team is proving to once again be one of the top teams in the area.

April 1, 2015 — by Karissa Dong and Ami Nachiappan

Using her last burst of energy to push ahead of her opponents, junior Kimberly Chen sprinted to the finish of the 400m race at the away track meet against Homestead on March 17. With a time of 1:04.85, she placed first in the event.

April 1, 2015 — by Karissa Dong and Ami Nachiappan

Halfway through the 100m dash at an away meet against Santa Clara on March 26, senior sprinter Tony Holt realized he wasn’t running full speed. He urged himself to focus on the race, but his hamstring had been bothering him since his first jump earlier in the meet.

April 1, 2015 — by Allison Lin

As the season began, coaches, players and fans of the baseball team agreed that it was going to be a season of rebuilding. After losing nine players from last year’s team to graduation, including most of the outfield, current junior and senior players are striving to help new team members pick up the competitive pace this season.

March 31, 2015 — by Aditya Chaudhry and Jihau Yu

With a 14-0 loss to Los Gatos High School on March 27, the boys’ lacrosse team dropped its record to 1-5 overall and 0-3 in the De Anza League. Before the loss to Los Gatos, the Falcons lost to Gunn 11-7 on March 20 and Palo Alto 16-5 on March 18 and beat San Jose Latino Prep 15-4 on March 17.  


March 31, 2015 — by Gwynevere Hunger

With brand new coaches for the season, the girls’ lacrosse team has begun the league season with a 2-2 record. The lack of players due to extended winter sports forced many to miss practices in the beginning of the season, in turn affecting the team’s overall performance.

Meninists are not actually doing anything for men’s rights
Obama’s human side captured through Buzzfeed cameras
Another math course to be checked off
Chapel Hill shooting reveals media’s double standards in treatment of Muslims
Hate on ASB unjustified, cruel
A minority opinion: Recent rolling block decision sets a bad precedent
Battle against Islamophobia continues
April 1, 2015 — by Claire Chou

100 word opinion rants

March 31, 2015 — by Allison Lin and Vibha Seshadri

On Feb. 12, Buzzfeed uploaded a video called “Things Everyone Does but Doesn’t Talk About,” in which President Barack Obama demonstrated his personal quirks, such as mispronunciation and taking selfies with a selfie stick, while indirectly promoting ObamaCare at the same time. The 2-minute clip directly demonstrates day-to-day struggles in a quintessential way that captures the essence of citizen life, and serves as a great way for the president to connect with the people, especially youth.

March 31, 2015 — by Katherine Sun

Reporter rants about students who skip math classes and then struggle in a higher level class.

March 30, 2015 — by Katherine Sun

On Feb. 10, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha and Deah Shaddy Barakat — all Muslim college students around the age of 20 — were shot by their next-door neighbor Craig Stephen Hicks in Chapel Hill, N.C. Though the Chapel Hill Police Department stated that the crime followed a dispute over a parking spot, the question as to whether it was motivated by religious bias remains open.

March 30, 2015 — by Ariel Liu

Recently, a spate of offensive comments and derogatory insults have been aimed at the members of the ASB on YikYak, a new app that allows people in the same area to post anonymously. Although intended for college students, YikYak has gained popularity lately among high school students, sometimes in ways that are leading to regrettable results.

March 27, 2015 — by Ashley Chen and Eric Sze

While many students applaud the rolling block schedule decision as a step in reducing student stress and improving the quality of each class period, the positive effects of the rolling block are still questionable. And because Robinson announced this change without much discussion with Saratoga’s nearly 1,400 students and 70-teacher staff, previous concerns about the efficacy of rolling block have not been addressed.

March 27, 2015 — by Michelle Cen and Karissa Dong

After watching the January release “American Sniper,” media users shared their discriminatory views of Arabs and Muslims. Twitter user @harshnewyorker stated the conviction of many: “Nice to see a movie where the Arabs are portrayed for who they really are — vermin scum intent on destroying us.”

The Academy Award-winning Iraq war movie, adapted from the autobiography of now-deceased Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle, merely reinforced the American public’s bigoted perception of Muslims.

Smoke and ashes
Senior finds passion for breakdancing
Senior finds love for basketball through hard work
The road less traveled: the community college route
Burger joint smashes expectations
Students recount experiences with DMVs
Clocking in long hours: Teachers’ perspectives on grading
April 16, 2015 — by Gitika Nalwa

Saratoga: where “all the children are above average,” where doors are left unlocked, and where cop cars respond in pairs to lemons being plucked from a wayside tree. You wouldn’t expect arson in Saratoga, and neither did I, but that changed one night four years ago.

April 1, 2015 — by Aditya Chaudhry

Senior finds his passion for dancing

April 1, 2015 — by Aditya Chaudhry

Senior point guard Michael Cole wasn’t always the star scorer who could carry his team to victory. 

March 31, 2015 — by Nidhi Jain and Allison Lin

In a typical year, somewhere from 10 to 15 percent of Saratoga High students will attend two-year universities after graduation, according to recent statistics. Students choose community college for a variety of reasons, whether it is the lower costs associated with the community colleges or the knowledge that transferring to a four-year university works well after attending a two-year community college.

March 30, 2015 — by Gwynevere Hunger and Tiffany Zheng

Reporters review Smashburger, a burger joint in the Westgate shopping plaza.

March 30, 2015 — by Emily Chen and Ami Nachiappan

Many students decide not to go to the Los Gatos DMV for their drivers test due to the “compact and small town area,” according to health and drivers education teacher Amy Obenour. Also, it has been rumored that nine out of 10 students who take the behind-the-wheel test at the Los Gatos DMV fail.


March 30, 2015 — by Stefanie Ting and Rachel Zhang

Teachers put in countless hours each day to keep their classes moving ahead. Their efforts are often overlooked, brushed off by some students' remarks on how slow some teachers are at grading papers. Some parents even complain in the form of emails, also blinded from the work teachers put in behind the scenes.

Unmotivated seniors fail at prank wars
Team pranks on another level with “ugly Facebook photos” and fake parking tickets
Prom shopping proves tiring and disappointing
Misconceptions associated with vegetarians
The effects of nutritional supplements
Can you make a foreign dinner for your family?
Stressed and depressed about the dress
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.

April 16, 2015 — by Caitlin Ju and Amulya Vadlakonda

At the end of this newspaper prank war, it is safe to say our team was the winner.

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 Shreya Tumu

I've encountered a lot people criticizing why I want to be a vegetarian. They tend to ask rude and intrusive questions rather than respecting my decision. I’m a vegetarian because of ethical and health reasons, yet many people can't accept that. 

March 31, 2015 — by Allison Lin

Many young athletes aspire to be ripped, with muscular physiques of mature collegiate national champions or Olympians. They use products intended for ingestion that add nutritional value to supplement an athlete’s diet, and come in the forms of powder, shakes, pills, energy drinks and even chewing gum.

March 30, 2015 — by Ami Nachiappan

Reporter takes on a dare from the Falcon's Lifestyles editors to prepare a foreign dinner for her family.

March 12, 2015 — by Sherrilyn Ling

One dress, an unflattering one at that, has made hundreds of thousands of people all over the world question their own sanity because the confusion over the blue/black or white/gold dress waits for no man.


Photo of the week

Junior Mason Lee dives off the blocks during swim practice. Photo by Jade Bisht

Upcoming Events

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April 22: Earth Day

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