Saratoga Falcon

October 13, 2014

The marching band kicked off its season by taking home a handful of awards at the Cupertino Tournament of Bands on Oct. 11 with an ambitious new show.

October 30, 2014

Sophomore Aarushi Lakhotia excels in squash, a little-known indoor racquet sport.

October 30, 2014

Senior Samuel Chung flies first person view (FPV) home-made quadcopters.

October 30, 2014

This year, the Math Club is planning to create a mural in the school’s Math Quad. 

October 30, 2014

Saratoga’s marching band has been invited to march at the Rose Parade, an annual nationally televised festival of floats in Pasadena, on Jan. 1, 2016.

Lenz plans biology trip to Catalina Islands
Seniors prefer private schools over public schools, a growing trend
Senior produces favorite show for student production
Seniors honored in national science competition
Math department poll shows interest in fourth-year, non-AP class
Class of 2016 puts on ‘slime’-tastic Quad Day
Seniors work ‘all in this together’ for final Quad Day
October 30, 2014 — by Ariel Liu

Twenty-five Marine Biology and AP Biology students will study the wildlife at the Catalina Island Marine Institute during a three-day field trip from Jan. 16-18. This is the first year the school has offered the trip to the island 65 miles off the coast near Los Angeles, though Los Gatos High School has been offering it for many years.

October 30, 2014 — by Helen Chen and Andrew Jiang

As seniors hit the peak of college application season, some are applying to more than 20 schools. 

October 30, 2014 — by Vibha Seshadri and Simi Srivastava

The drama department will be hosting its latest student production, Tennessee Williams's “A Streetcar Named Desire,” directed by senior Bridgette Olson in the Thermond Drama Center the weekend before Thanksgiving break.

October 30, 2014 — by Larissa Chiu and Karissa Dong

Among 4,428 applicants who submitted 1,780 research reports or engineering projects for the annual Siemens competition, seniors Agastya Gupta and Deepti Kannan were named among the 300 semifinalists.

October 30, 2014 — by Ashley Chen

As juniors look to build their senior-year schedule, they often run into a problem: Most of the available math classes are AP. Students often must choose between AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC and AP Statistics.

October 29, 2014 — by Spring Ma and Eileen Toh

The Class of 2016’s Nickelodeon-themed Quad Day delivered a solid performance filled with eccentric show characters and impressive dances.


October 29, 2014 — by Spring Ma and Eileen Toh

In a near 50-minute performance filled with fast-paced dances and familiar Disney remixes and inside jokes, the Class of 2015 delivered an impressive (and nostalgic) Disney Channel-themed Quad Day to conclude the five-day Homecoming week celebration on Oct 24.


Sophomore squashes opponents in little-known sport
Sophomore fencer competes internationally
FootGolf proves pointless to golfers and soccer players alike
X country strides forward
Winning league streak boosts girls' tennis team’s confidence
Boys’ water polo fighting to keep heads above water after string of losses
From the court to the playing field, senior Alvin Kim makes football debut
October 27, 2014 — by Emily Chen, Spring Ma and Ami Nachiappan

Sophomore Aarushi Lakhotia excels in the little known game of squash. 

October 27, 2014 — by David Fan and Jason Zhao

Sophomore fencer Eric Pei recounts his experiences of how he rose in the world of fencing. 

October 16, 2014 — by Fiona Sequeira and Arman Vaziri

FootGolf is a trend being played at golf courses nationwide. A precision sport, FootGolf requires players try to kick a soccer ball into a proportionally sized hole in as few shots as possible. It is essentially golf played with a soccer ball instead of a golf ball.  

October 13, 2014 — by Cassandra King and Dorrie Tang

The cross country team began the season with consistent improvements during its first three meets.

October 12, 2014 — by Caitlin Ju

Following a 7-0 win at home against Los Gatos on Oct. 2, the team prepared for the first annual Battle of the Bay tournament in which Central Coast Section (CCS) teams competed against those of the North Coast Section (NCS). Though the tournament was held at several different schools in the Bay Area, Saratoga played at home along with fellow CCS school St. Francis High.

October 12, 2014 — by Nupur Maheshwari and Gitika Nalwa

After sustaining several losses, the boys’ varsity water polo season is off to a rough start with a league record of 1-4.

October 12, 2014 — by Jenny Qian and Ellen Wu

This year is senior Alvin Kim’s first year playing football at a high school level. As a senior rookie on varsity, Kim has already had impressive performances against both Hillsdale and Santa Clara as both linebacker and running back.

The Internet: the cause of our stoopidity
Colorado school district wants ‘patriotic’ version of APUSH course
Apple’s new flagship bigger and shinier but not a necessity
Irrational fear of vaccination spreads across U.S.
Digitalized world to become more harmful for future generations
Are the humanities hopeless? No
Excessive parent involvement: a harmful path for students
October 30, 2014 — by Eileen Toh and Rachel Zhang

The Internet is not just a teeming pool of information for us to feed off of; it chips away at our mind’s capacities for contemplation and attention. Consequently, we zip along the surface of the its information.

October 30, 2014 — by Karissa Dong

Proposals from school boards to whitewash the American history curriculum have returned, stirring protest and outrage among community members in Colorado’s Jefferson County near Denver. In response to College Board’s new AP U.S. History course, which now consists of a far more detailed account of the Native American struggle and campaigns like the Civil Rights Movement, the new proposition calls for a more positive rendition of history.

October 30, 2014 — by Claire Chou and Stefanie Ting

On Sept. 19, Apple released the iPhone 6 worldwide — the company’s newest product in its “making things bigger and smaller and bigger again but not that big” progression.

Despite Apple’s new upgrades, it has too many drawbacks to be worth the $300 for 16GB.

October 27, 2014 — by Katherine Sun

Fear of vaccination has gripped the United States. The fear is irrational and the problems of restraining from vaccinations is far greater than the risks vaccinations pose. 

October 26, 2014 — by Maya Ravichandran

It seems as if the words “download,” “charger” and “app” have become words in every 3-year-old’s vocabulary.

October 25, 2014 — by Ashley Chen and Carolyn Sun

Too often, at Saratoga High and other schools that emphasize STEM fields, students who declare their intentions to major in the humanities evoke instant derision.

October 25, 2014 — by Nidhi Jain and Ami Nachiappan

Whether it be forcing the student to study with them every night or excessively checking Aeries, high levels of parent involvement undoubtedly result in negative consequences, hindering the child’s independence.

Catholicism helps shape lives of juniors
Jewish students positively impacted by religious community and principles
Marvel or DC, who owns the media?
Freshman defies ‘Asian’ stereotype and walks off his brother’s path
Freshman fashionista sews her own clothes
Hipster ventures into the fandom continent
Aqui Cal-Mex: a delicious stop
October 30, 2014 — by Larissa Chiu and Maya Ravichandran

Students discuss their Catholic faith and its impact on their lives.

October 30, 2014 — by Vibha Seshadri

Students discuss different aspects of being Jewish.

October 30, 2014 — by Megan MacInnes

Marvel and DC are the top comic book companies in the U.S.

October 30, 2014 — by Nidhi Jain and Ami Nachiappan

Freshman Austin Shi follows a much different path than his older brother, junior Sean Shi.

October 25, 2014 — by Claire Chou and Eileen Toh

Freshman Angela Lee sews her own clothing, often inspired by designs on Polyvore, an online fashion community.

October 25, 2014 — by Tiffany Zheng

Reporter describes navigating the fandom community on Tumblr, a popular blogging site.

October 25, 2014 — by Nidhi Jain

Reporter reviews Aquis Cal-Mex, a Mexican food restaurant located on S. De Anza Blvd in Cupertino.

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
Half Indian, half white, fully bothered
Can you talk like Miranda Sings for an entire day?
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.

October 2, 2014 — by Jade Bisht

Reporter reflects on the ups and downs of being biracial.

October 2, 2014 — by Amulya Vadlakonda

Reporter attemps to talk like Youtube character Miranda Sings for a day.

Photo of the week

On Oct. 22, the sophomores performed their Food Network themed Quad Day skit.

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