Saratoga Falcon

October 6, 2015

The upcoming drama production brings together the drama department and has led to new experiences and revelation for them all.

October 9, 2015

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

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 10, 2015

Sue’s Gallery Cafe will open in downtown Saratoga on Oct. 14, selling coffee and tea in addition to ceramicware handmade by Sue Kwon, co-owner of the cafe and aunt of junior Alex Kwon.

October 11, 2015

After entering the league with a racing start to the season, the boys’ water polo team is No. 1 in the El Camino League with a 9-0 record. Because only the top team in the El Camino League is expected to advance to CCS, the Falcons hope to continue their winning ways.

Senior class hosts barbecue to kick off Homecoming week
Classes prepare as Homecoming approaches
Debate team shifts focus to public forum at recent tournaments
Senior returns to the dance floor for team’s third season
Homecoming sets sail to a land far, far away
Community commission hosts Second Harvest Food Drive
Science Bowl tries to retool in effort to reach national tournament
October 12, 2015 — by Allison Lin and Summer Smith

The senior class officers and class parents hosted the first-ever Homecoming Barbecue to celebrate the end of Move-In Weekend and kick off Homecoming week.

October 11, 2015 — by Pranav Ahuja and Alex Yang

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.

October 11, 2015 — by Vibha Seshadri and Roland Shen

Dozens of high schoolers, including 10 debaters from Saratoga High, crowded around a single sheet of paper taped against a wall at Gunn High School on Oct. 4. The wall contained the list of students who had qualified for the elimination rounds in a league tournament where students competed in Parliamentary and Public Forum debate.

October 10, 2015 — by Eileen Toh

After taking time off from dancing during her junior year, Chen joined the team again this season. As one of the four dance team officers, Chen “cleans,” or makes tweaks or adjustments to the team’s routines and acts as another set of eyes for coach Kaitlyn Landeza.


October 10, 2015 — by Neil Rao

With Homecoming coming up on the week of Oct. 12, each class has been working hard to show off its class spirit and create the best possible Quad Day.

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.

Sophomore shines in synchronized swimming despite disability
Field hockey loses to LG but maintains strong position in league standings
Girls hang tough despite coach’s absence
Falcons sweep NCS teams in Battle of the Bay
New boys’ cross country coach propels team
FIFA corruption disappoints soccer fans
Girls’ cross country loses key runners to injuries
October 9, 2015 — by Charin Park

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

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 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 8, 2015 — by Jay Kim

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

October 8, 2015 — by David Fan and Ami Nachiappan

The Falcons ran the flat 2.1-mile Lynbrook course a second time on Sept. 29. Zeng placed first for the Falcons with a personal best of 14:02.

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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.

Fears of GMOs are utterly unsubstantiated
Racism pervades politics despite hailed ‘progressive America’
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
October 12, 2015 — by Neehar Thumaty

The resounding lack of education about GMOs has led to completely unwarranted disapproval of GMOs, genetically modified organisms, any organism whose genetic material has been altered using genetic engineering techniques, such as the insertion, deletion or modification of nucleotides, the subunits of genes. Most GMOs on the market are modified crops that are available in markets and groceries stores. They are also used in animal feed for livestock, which people eventually consume.


October 11, 2015 — by Karissa Dong

Recent national events — particularly the disconcerting reality of Donald Trump’s racially charged presidency campaign — have spurred the race conversation anew. They raise the question of the current state of race relations in America: How progressive, really, is the 21st century United States?

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.

Recent mixers receive positive reactions after years of bad reputations
Students prepare for rigorous course load over the summer
Golf is challenging, but it doesn’t meet the definition of a real sport
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
October 11, 2015 — by Angela Lee and Shreya Tumu

According to senior Ai Marie Asai, mixers help friends from different neighborhoods bond however, mixers have sometimes earned a bad reputation because of alcohol and drug abuse, Asai said.  

October 10, 2015 — by Jay Kim and Katherine Zhou

Instead of relaxing during the summer, many students are working with tutors during June, July and August to prepare for difficult classes in the coming school year.

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 Kelly Xiao

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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.

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

Tennis player Elizabeth Lee returns a shot during a recent home match.


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