Saratoga Falcon

November 13, 2014

Senior Mahir Jethanandani’s self-published book guides readers from their first investment to their retirement.

November 13, 2014

Tension exists between rally commissioners trying to make jokes and administrators who want rallies to be clean, non-offensive and not hurtful. 

November 14, 2014

Who's to blame when students see old quizzes that later turn out to be the same quizzes they take in class?

November 17, 2014

The Falcons beat the Palo Alto Vikings 41-33 on Nov. 14, securing a coveted spot in the CCS playoffs — a feat they last accomplished two years ago. 

November 18, 2014

Last Saturday, the boys’ cross country team placed second in the Division 3 CCS meet and qualified for states.


Speech and debate starts off on a good note
Marching band finishes season with right angle
Drama department prepares for student productions
Student leaves high school to find a cure for cancer
Girls with Courage hosts movie night
Art and literary magazine seeks submissions
New SUSD board members prepare for new year
November 20, 2014 — by Maya Prasad and Amulya Vadlakonda

At the Coast Forensic League Novice Individual Events tournament at Christopher High School in Gilroy on Nov. 1, the underclassman speech and debate team's work ethic paid off in full. Freshman Varun Viswanath took first place and freshman Divya Rallabandi won third in oratorical interpretation.

November 20, 2014 — by Jade Bisht and Jenny Qian

The marching band saw the season come to an end last weekend, and again the music room’s counters overflow with trophies.

November 18, 2014 — by Melissa Magner and Saya Sivaram

The drama department held auditions on Nov. 6 for two new student-directed productions: “Honestly, Now!” and “Cyrano de Bergerac.” 

November 17, 2014 — by Jenny Qian

For many students, leaving high school to pursue a project that could change the world is not a common path to take, but is one former student Thomas Hunt decided upon himself.

November 14, 2014 — by Deepthi Sampathkumar

Girls With Courage hosted a movie night in ceramics teacher Leah Aguayo’s room on Nov. 8.

November 13, 2014 — by Ashley Chen

For many years, the annual Soundings magazine has been a forum for students to have their artwork, photography and writing published. 

November 13, 2014 — by Trevor Leung and Neehar Thumaty

After much campaigning, current board member Patty Buchanan, retired Redwood Middle School teacher Susan Germeraad and parent and consultant Cynthia Miller were elected to the Saratoga Union School District (SUSD) board of trustees on Nov. 4. The other candidates were community volunteer Laura Tillett and software engineer Yongjian Wu.

Girls’ field hockey gains win before losing 2nd CCS game
Top-seeded girls’ tennis team endures disappointing loss to Menlo in CCS semis
Girls’ water polo loses at CCS quarterfinals
Worthy sports forced backstage by overhyped ‘stars’
Hockey shows potential as popular sport
Sophomore’s life modeled by Taekwondo teachings
Basketball players take ‘no days off’
November 20, 2014 — by Deepthi Sampathkumar

In its first CCS match on Nov. 13 against Christopher High School at home, the girls’ field hockey team won 8-1. The Falcons lost 5-0 in the quarterfinals to Gilroy last Saturday, ending their season.

November 20, 2014 — by Caitlin Ju

After finishing the season with a 20-game winning streak and a record of 22-1, the girls’ tennis team’s post-season ended abruptly after being defeated 4-3 by the fifth-seeded Menlo on Nov. 17 at the Bay Club Courtside. The loss came especially as a blow as the team had beaten Menlo at the Fresno tournament in early September 4-1, with 2 matches unfinished.

November 18, 2014 — by Gitika Nalwa and Nupur Maheshwari

The girls’ water polo team made quite a splash in CCS this year after two wins against Stevenson and St. Ignatius.

November 14, 2014 — by Caitlin Ju

Tennis, golf, wrestling and lacrosse share the backstage.

November 13, 2014 — by Trevor Leung and Neehar Thumaty

Although a fast-paced and high-impact sport, ice hockey is rather low profile in communities like Saratoga. 

November 13, 2014 — by Neehar Thumaty and Apoorv Kwatra

Sophomore Max Vo has trains for the competitive sport taekwondo.

November 13, 2014 — by Apoorv Kwatra and Trevor Leung

With the boys’ basketball season quickly approaching,  players have already started rigorous training to prepare for the season.

Borders should be closed to Ebola-stricken countries
College presentations prove ineffective
Unnecessary lowering of athletic contributions hurts smaller teams
Should college athletes get paid?
Censorship of rallies unfair and excessive
Students need to be trained for not just college, but life in general
The irony of visual and performing arts credits
November 20, 2014 — by Fiona Sequeira and Arman Vaziri

The U.S. needs to follow Canada’s lead to close its borders to travelers from Ebola-stricken countries. 

November 20, 2014 — by Lauren Louie and Arman Vaziri

College presentations aren’t nearly as effective as they could be. Rather than emphasizing what makes a school unique, each is a marketing pitch that invariably says it’s “a great college for students just like you.”

November 20, 2014 — by Caitlin Ju

Saratoga High should be separated from Los Gatos as it does not have as able a foundation to help with funding.

November 18, 2014 — by Apoorv Kwatra and Trevor Leung

Ex-college athlete Ed O’Bannon filed a lawsuit against the NCAA and the Collegiate Licensing for using student athletes in advertisements to promote themselves in 2009.

November 17, 2014 — by Jade Bisht, Megana Iyer and Amy Lin

Despite the numerous hours that the rally commission puts into its scripts and skits, the administration too often disagrees with the kinds of jokes they include. It’s unfair that the rally commission is censored to the point of absurdity, smothered by a perpetually growing stream of rules and regulations.

November 17, 2014 — by Becky Hoag

When many of us graduate from the school and leave the infamous Saratoga bubble to enter the real world of college and beyond, we are going to get slapped by how little we really know. There are no classes that teach us life skills like how to balance a checkbook or stay out of debt.

November 17, 2014 — by Amelia Schwabe

Color Guard — the “sport” in which one spins pretty flags around and tosses guns in the air, coordinated to reflect the music playing from the enormous band, all while maintaining an even step size. On the surface, you would think this is a form of art and certainly a performance.

Freaking out in Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza
Feminism struts down the Red Carpet
Crossword Answers for backpage Nov. 14 Issue
Juniors aim to educate students about homelessness
Cheerleaders bond over ‘Dart Game’
Streaming video games: the new reality TV?
From middle school to high school: learning how to like myself
November 20, 2014 — by Lauren Louie and Arman Vaziri

Reporters try out the scary computer game, Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza.

November 20, 2014 — by Deepthi Sampathkumar

The feminism fervor has increased, with stars across the entertainment industry promoting the concept.

November 14, 2014 — by Stefanie Ting

Here are the answers to the crossword on Backpage of the Falcon's Nov. 14 issue.

November 13, 2014 — by Saya Sivaram

Six juniors decided that they were unhappy with the misconceptions about homelessness held by many students. They decided to take action and make a change.

November 13, 2014 — by Summer Smith

The Dart Game is something the girls on the cheer team started playing a couple years ago and is it has become an inside joke that all the cheerleaders regard fondly.


November 13, 2014 — by Miles Albert

For many teenagers, playing video games full time for money is only a fantasy. But with the rise of a booming gaming industry, that dream is coming to life.

November 13, 2014 — by Saya Sivaram

Reporter describes middle school to high school transition experience.

Sophomores survive encounter with cops
Makeup is truly not for me
Who needs Facebook?
I don’t wear pants
Horror movie experience results in emotional catastrophe
Fantasy football: a plethora of mind games
Junior comes face to face with a lioness
November 13, 2014 — by Apoorv Kwatra

The Saturday before Homecoming week, sophomores Eric Wang, Max Vo, Raymond McCarthy and I were deciding how to make a grand entrance for one of our dances in Homecoming. 

November 13, 2014 — by Arjun Ramanathan

When I agreed to participate in a makeup challenge with editor-in-chief Amy Lin, I had no idea what to expect. 

October 30, 2014 — by Ami Nachiappan

Reporter discusses not having a Facebook account.

October 14, 2014 — by Apoorv Kwatra

Yes, it’s the beginning of fall, and yes, it’s the norm for students to don shorts. But when the cold gusts of winter begin to sweep away the leaves of autumn, I stay true to my collection of shorts.

October 14, 2014 — by Kelly Xiao

Reporter reminisces about watching the horror movie "The Conjuring."

October 13, 2014 — by Anant Rajeev

Reporter recounts his experience with fantasy football.

October 13, 2014 — by Shazia Gupta

Reporter reflects on her trip to Africa.

Photo of the week

Students paint the new math qual mural on Nov. 11.

Upcoming Events

November 26: Thanksgiving Break

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December 15: 1st/2nd period Finals

December 16: 3rd/4th period Finals


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