Saratoga Falcon

September 1, 2015

Senior Nina Harris spent six weeks of her summer working with the community of San Lucas Tolimán.

September 17, 2015

Sophomore Lillian Zeng frequently posts pictures of her own SSBM-related artwork to her Twitter account. Since August, she has garnered a network of followers that includes gamers such as MaNg0 and Hungrybox, two of the greatest SSBM players of all time.


September 17, 2015

The first rally of the year on Sept. 11 was different from many previous rallies in that it contained elements and activities that had not been introduced before and tried to maintain a more positive and inclusive tone, including a heavy emphasis on students not using the traditional “go home, freshmen,” chant.


September 20, 2015

Since the Homecoming themes were revealed on the first week of school, the classes have been busy planning for the celebratory week that starts Oct. 12.

The overall theme is “A Land Far, Far Away,” and the seniors have “Star Wars,” the juniors have “Straight on ‘til Neverland,” the sophomores have “Winnie the Pooh’s Hundred Acre Woods” and the freshmen have the “Lost City of Atlantis.” The seniors seem to be ahead of other classes so far, with the plot, skits and dances of their quad day well in progress.

September 22, 2015

As a result of leftover money from past class funds, ASB events and donations, ASB now has a total of about $276,000 in its bank account.

Community commission hosts Second Harvest Food Drive
Science Bowl tries to retool in effort to reach national tournament
Sophomore pianist performs at Carnegie Hall
Senior transfers from Evergreen Valley for a new beginning
Substitute teacher Scott Nelson ‘psyched’ for teaching position
Senior transfers from Evergreen Valley for a new beginning
Videos seek to give snapshot of student stress
October 9, 2015 — by Jay Kim

The Second Harvest Food Drive will continue at school until Oct. 23. The food drive seeks to help struggling families who do not have the means to provide a nice meal during Thanksgiving.


October 9, 2015 — by Charin Park and Neehar Thumaty

A new season of the school’s Science Bowl kicked off with its first round of tryouts on Oct. 2.

October 9, 2015 — by Neil Rao

After playing the piano for over 10 years, sophomore Vivian Luo’s hard work finally paid off as she was able to show her talent for the instrument in front of a group of over 500 professional musicians. Luo was selected to perform after winning the 2015 American Fine Arts Festival (AFAF) Competition.


October 9, 2015 — by Allison Lin

Senior Jasmine Qin moved from Evergreen Valley High School for a fresh start.

October 9, 2015 — by Sweeya Raj and Fiona Sequeira

On Sept. 16, Scott Nelson replaced substitute teacher Erik Axelsson as the temporary Psychology and AP Government/Economics teacher while regular teacher Hana Chen is on maternity leave.

October 9, 2015 — by Allison Lin

Senior Jasmine Qin talks about her experience at Evergreen High School and her adjustment to Saratoga's culture as a senior. 

October 9, 2015 — by Jason Zhao

The school is often criticized for its pressure-cooker academic atmosphere and college-level workloads. As part of an effort to combat student competitiveness and stress, assistant principal Kerry Mohnike interviewed a select group of students to hear their stories and learn what factors contributed most directly to their stress.

Field hockey team dominates thus far
Golf is challenging, but it doesn’t meet the definition of a real sport
Girls hang tough despite coach’s absence
Falcons sweep NCS teams in Battle of the Bay
New boys’ cross country coach propels team
Sophomore shines in synchronized swimming despite disability
FIFA corruption disappoints soccer fans
October 9, 2015 — by Julia Miller and Vibha Seshadri

Even though they have only 11 players, the field hockey team has been thriving this year in the De Anza league with a record of 4-1 as of Oct. 9.

October 9, 2015 — by Isabelle Yang

If you think golf is a sport and golfers are athletes, you are either wrong, or you are a golfer.

October 9, 2015 — by Elizabeth Lee and Claire Rhee

In recent weeks, the volleyball team has been coping with a trying situation: Head coach Brad Frederickson has taken time off to support his son, 2004 SHS graduate Erik Frederickson, after he was involved in a serious car crash on the way home from a San Francisco 49ers opening game on the night of Sept. 14.

October 9, 2015 — by Allison Lin

Shaking off a disappointing result in the Golden State tournament at Stanford that took place three weeks earlier, the members of girls’ tennis team regained their winning ways at the second annual Battle of the Bay tournament on Oct. 2-3.

October 9, 2015 — by David Fan and Ami Nachiappan

New boys’ cross country coach Scott Bang replaced former coach Dan Ambrico and JV coach Peter Jordan after both stepped down to pursue other interests.

October 9, 2015 — by Charin Park

Despite difficulties from her disability, Erb’s palsy, sophomore Raquel Boales pursues synchronized swimming.

October 8, 2015 — by Jay Kim

Bribery and the corruption of FIFA president Sepp Blatter has FIFA fans in frustration and disappointment.

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October 9, 2015 — by Kyle Wang, Pranav Ahuja

SHSTV covers the upcoming Homecoming week as well as the Oct. 9 home football game vs. rival Los Gatos.

October 2, 2015 — by Michelle Koo and Michelle Lee

Jarod Kim, Sabrina Clark, Mary Maccoun

Michelle Lee, Michelle Koo

Nicole Chang, Eleanor Goh, Rotem Shaked

Story Producers:
Club Day Recap - Jennifer Chen, Sabrina Clark, William Chen
Month in a Minute - Luke Salin
Student of the Month - Jennifer Chen
Sports Recap - Mary Maccoun, Max Lisovsky, Anuj Changavi, Jarod Kim
Word of the Week - Saro Archaya, Alexander Propach, Lei Otsuka

Technical Directors: 
Jennifer Chen, Derek Chen

Broadcast Technicians: 
Eleanor Goh, William Chen, Nicole Chang, Alexander Propach, Lei Otsuka

Final Editor/Uploader: 
Jennifer Chen, Kyle Wang

September 25, 2015 — by Jennifer Chen and Sabrina Clark

Girls Tennis
Word of the Week
Second Harvest Food Bank Promo

September 18, 2015 — by Ryan Kim and Austin Wang

SHSTV brings you a sports segment, rally coverage, political opinions and word of the week.

September 3, 2015 — by Daphne Liu and Divya Rallabandi

SHSTV takes a look at the outdoor anti-bullying assembly that took place Wednesday, Sept. 2, and construction on campus as the school year begins.

September 3, 2015 — by Saro Archaya and Rotem Shaked

In the first broadcast of the 2015-2016 school year, SHSTV reveals Homecoming themes and takes a look back at the all-school BBQ and Movie Night.

Ending scalping is duty of ticket sellers, not government
Students should strive to make better connections with office staff members
Later start times should be implemented
Prestige doesn’t always equal the right choice when it comes to colleges
Barbie does not need change
New club policy will evoke real club culture
Stop the in-between when it comes to grading program
October 9, 2015 — by Amith Galivanche

Online ticket sellers such as StubHub buy obscene quantities of high-demand tickets when they are at market price, only to resell them to eager concertgoers months later for a grossly large profit.

October 9, 2015 — by Caitlyn Chen

Recently, the school made changes to help students create better relations with guidance counselors and administrators. With the new arrangement, students are paired with an administrator in addition to their guidance counselor, meaning students have one more personal contact than in the past. Now that students have two outlets to seek help from, it should be easier to create deeper connections with the office staff.


October 8, 2015 — by Katherine Zhou

Although administrators can do little to prevent students from packing their schedules with tough classes and time-consuming extracurriculars, one way they can help them get more sleep is by starting school later.

October 8, 2015 — by Oksana Trifonova

Harvard. Stanford. Princeton. Yale. MIT. It almost sounds like a chant. Many students dream of getting into these colleges because of their stellar research programs, faculty attention, but most importantly, prestige. After all, Harvard is a universally respected brand in all countries.

October 8, 2015 — by Jason Zhao

Hello Barbie, the new artificial intelligence doll created by the company Mattel, is designed to listen attentively to a child’s questions and ask intimate questions in hopes of helping with moral dilemmas.

October 3, 2015 — by Vibha Seshadri

In order to create a vibrant club atmosphere, the ASB now wisely requires clubs to have at least 12 members present at every meeting. Clubs that fail to do so on three separate occasions will be cut. These new rules will better club culture and provide students with niches where they can share their passions with others.


October 2, 2015 — by Elizabeth Lee

Constantly having to check for my grades between Canvas and Aeries is bothersome, especially when many teachers are already using Canvas for everything except grading and marking attendance. To prevent further inconveniences, more teachers should fully transition to Canvas starting next semester.


Top ten stages of the all nighter:
Seniors plan to pursue artistic majors
Twenty-five years as a Falcon
Marshburn serves as integral part of Saratoga student life
Kanye West’s presidential campaign will ruin America
Films lead to a rising acappella culture
Snapchat update adds unique effects but frustrates Android users
October 9, 2015 — by Kelly Xiao

Backpage top ten

October 8, 2015 — by Angela Lee and Katherine Zhou

Senior Katherine Liu, then 11 years old, passed by a row of fluttering flags and ambled into a lofty glass building. Liu vividly remembers her surreal experience at the United Nations headquarters. 

October 8, 2015 — by Spring Ma and Charin Park

Walking into assistant principal Kerry Mohnike’s office, students are greeted by a tall brown bookshelf filled to the brim with student-signed screenplays, props from past English simulations and candid photos of Mohnike’s 2011 drama classes — all mementos of her 25 years at Saratoga High. 

October 7, 2015 — by Deepthi Sampathkumar and Roland Shen

Activities director and Spanish teacher Rebeca Marshburn’s job as the school’s activities director revolves around working with ASB, the Leadership class, class officers, clubs and commissions.

October 7, 2015 — by Maya Prasad

Falcon reporter and her thoughts on Kanye West’s announcement to run for president in 2020.

October 7, 2015 — by Neil Rao and Shreya Tumu

Ever since the debut of the hit show “Glee” in 2009 and the blockbuster film “Pitch Perfect” in 2012, acappella-style singing has been expanding. This can be seen in several universities.

October 6, 2015 — by Roland Shen

Snapchat’s Sept. 15 update added new lenses to its ever-expanding catalog of photo editing features, exciting many users. However the update is unavailable to Android devices, upsetting many.

How sophomore was enlightened by a trip to his ancestral village
Scientific research comes with a learning curve
When it comes to apps, the seventh time’s the charm
Avid fan disappointed by new Disney Channel shows
Prom shopping proves tiring and disappointing
Misconceptions associated with vegetarians
October 4, 2015 — by Amith Galivanche

This past July, a Falcon reporter and his family visited India for the first time since 2006. He emerged from this trip with a new perspective on his heritage and people.

September 21, 2015 — by Katherine Sun

Junior Katherine Sun describes her experience a five-week summer research program Secondary Student Training Program (SSTP) at the University of Iowa.

August 30, 2015 — by Caitlyn Chen

This summer, I spent seven weeks at Make School Summer Academy in Sunnyvale, where students learn how to design, code and ship their own original iOS app. With the help of the instructors at Make School, I programmed an app called GeoRecipe that allows users to explore recipes on a map, specifically placed on the location where the food originated from.

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.

April 23, 2015 — by Helen Chen

Junior struggles with prom preparations.

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. 

Photo of the week

Runners competed during the meet held at Lynbrook on Sept. 29, 2015.


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