As senior Nadia Younes carefully crooned the last note in her rendition of “Toxic” by Britney Spears, the crowd burst into a standing ovation. Younes was later crowned the winner of this year’s Saratoga Idol held on Dec. 1 in the McAfee Center.
This year district leaders decided to lower Saratoga High’s athletic asked-for contribution from $275 to $225 — the same amount now being sought at Los Gatos High School. Los Gatos’ contribution has been raised from $200 to $225.
According to Robinson, the district’s decision to lower Saratoga’s asked-for contribution has left SHS sports programs with a $12,000 deficit.
The holiday season is well on its way, and the city embraced the spirit by holding a celebration at the annual Saratoga Holiday Tree Lighting and Wine Stroll on Nov. 28.
Junior Alisha Thanawala glanced nervously up at the clock in her APUSH classroom on Nov. 17, her mind racing frantically. The Mexican student she was hosting, freshman Ana Sofia Villanueva Morales, had left the classroom 30 minutes earlier to go to the bathroom.
The Falcons made history as they beat the Palo Alto Vikings on Nov. 14, garnering a spot in the CCS playoffs.
Five speakers presented at the TEDx event in the Thermond Drama Center on Dec. 7.
ASB meetings, which are open to all students, are held every other Monday from 6-7 p.m. According to ASB president senior Adrienne Kim, the meetings are more relaxed, now that the urgency that comes with Homecoming is gone. Lately, meetings mostly consist of discussing fundraisers, dances and school policies.
Like many other seniors, Claire Strickland has a dream college: New York University (NYU). Strickland is looking for a place to be independent, and NYU fits the description: It doesn’t even have a campus center.
Two students discuss playing for soccer club teams rather than the school's teams.
Play time together on the soccer field helps tighten the bond between twin sisters juniors Kaitlyn and Kimberly Chen, as they learn to get through tough moments and enjoy themselves during funny moments.
Due to disappointing moments like this last year, the Falcons finished with a 2-12 record and were pushed down to the lower El Camino League this year. Starting the ‘14-15 season, senior goalkeeper Edwin Chen has high hopes for improvement.
Rowing, though a sport low-profile around campus, plays a crucial role in a several students’ lives. Its most attractive qualities, according to these students, are its meditative effect and rewarding benefits, such as the proud feeling of pushing their physical and mental limits.
The girls' basketball team's bonding events build the players’ relationships with each other and are important on the court.
Although the boys’ basketball team has begun training to prepare for its upcoming season, the Falcons have been playing short handed.
Sophomore Derek Chen discusses participating in recreational parkour and speed running.
Sleep is something we can never get enough of at home, and as a result, we often find ourselves making it up during the day. Sadly, school is not the ideal place to accomplish the magnificent yet evasive goal of sleep.
On Nov. 24, the Missouri Grand Jury declared no indictment for Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson. Wilson shot 18-year-old Michael Brown on Aug. 9, igniting a series of protests that led to the looting of stores, setting of fires and the arrest of hundreds of protesters in cities across the nation.
After much heated debate, Gov. Jerry Brown has assented to signing the bill banning all plastic bags in California. Once signed, the ban on plastic bags would kick in for grocery stores and pharmacies on July 1, 2015, and extend to convenience stores and liquor stores a year later. In place of plastic bags, stores will offer a paper or reusable bag at the cost of 10 cents.
On Oct. 11, hackers tapped into a third-party app called SnapSaved and leaked about 100,000 photos and videos from SnapChat users.
Users were appalled and outraged by the leak, but in reality, this kind of breach was inevitable.
League of Legends is a MMO (Massively Multiplayer Online) video game developed by a company called Riot Games. Players get to become 100 different characters called champions. The goal of the game is to fight the opponents and destroy the enemy base.
But however active the characters on screen may be, League of Legends should not be considered a sport.
This year the English department has put together a policy that outlines appropriate behavior for tutors or parents who want to help students with essays and other assignments. The guide is available on the school website on the English department’s subpage.
With the increased popularity of social media, authors today have become much more prominent and publicly connected figures — and this is a positive change.
To the surprise of video game fanatics at this year’s Blizzcon, a semi-annual game convention held by Blizzard Entertainment to promote their major franchises, Blizzard announced its first ever first-person shooter game, “Overwatch.” First-person shooter involve situations in which the player plays from the perspective of a character.
It was the middle of school one day when our Lifestyle section editors came and started chatting with us. Nothing unusual — just a regular conversation among friends. At the end of the conversation, though, we’d been convinced to take part in the Chubby Bunny challenge.
A few days ago, my friend and I were in a heated discussion over iMessage that put our friendship in jeopardy, and the typing awareness indicator was giving me so much anxiety that I couldn’t even set my phone down for a millisecond.
The Falcon provides blurbs about TV shows to consider marathon-ing over winter break.
Despite the popularity of Tumblr as a haven of acceptance for all members of society, the social media blogging platform, like many websites, has its pitfalls. One of the most troubling is that users often use Tumblr as an outlet to vent their emotions, without knowing when to stop.
The Falcon talked to Kellean Fransham and Monte Bippus, two middle-class Americans living in a homeless shelter.
Junior Jennifer Chen created her Youtube channel “This is the BAY” as a means of experiencing and showcasing the Bay Area’s diverse population and features. One of Chen’s other goals is to break stereotypes associated with the West Coast through her videos, which she hopes to release once a month.
Reporter goes a Sharks game and learns about a possible career path.
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.
When I agreed to participate in a makeup challenge with editor-in-chief Amy Lin, I had no idea what to expect.
Reporter discusses not having a Facebook account.
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.
Reporter reminisces about watching the horror movie "The Conjuring."
Reporter recounts his experience with fantasy football.
December 22: Winter Break Starts
January 2: Winter Break Ends