Saratoga Falcon

November 13, 2014

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

November 13, 2014

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

A sophomore describes living in an academic pressure cooker while younger.

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 18, 2014

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

November 18, 2014

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


Formal ‘best asking’ competition anticipates creative proposals, increased attendance
Speech and debate starts off on a good note
Marching band finishes season with right angle
Saratoga Thiel Fellow: Student leaves high school to find a cure for cancer
Tutoring in the shadows
Girls with Courage hosts movie night
Freshman starts T-shirt company
November 27, 2014 — by Spring Ma and Anant Rajeev

Students are gearing up to win the school-wide best asking competition annually hosted by the ASB. The couple with the most creative asking receives free tickets to the dance.

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 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 Sabrina Chen and Deepti Kannan

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

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 Trevor Leung and Neehar Thumaty

Freshman Roland Shen remembers when he got the inspiration for his T-shirt company. 

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
Saratoga beats Palo Alto, earns spot in CCS
Worthy sports forced backstage by overhyped ‘stars’
Hockey shows potential as popular sport
Sophomore’s life modeled by Taekwondo teachings
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 17, 2014 — by Michelle Leung, Arjun Ramanathan and Devin Zhao

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 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.

Startup site Ello fails to compete as a strong Facebook alternative
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?
Staff editorial: Censorship of rallies unfair and excessive
Students need to be trained for not just college, but life in general
November 24, 2014 — by Miles Albert and Trung Vandinh

Deeming itself the “anti-Facebook,” the new social network “Ello,” which boasts a simple and private yet also ad-free interface, is turning many heads. While the website, still in an invite-only beta stage, is committed to retaining an optimized user experience, it is dooming itself to failure as an ineffective and unsuccessful business.

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.

Freaking out in Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza
Feminism struts down the Red Carpet
Crossword Answers for backpage Nov. 14 Issue
Cheerleaders bond over ‘Dart Game’
Streaming video games: the new reality TV?
Ask Sara... #2
A ‘thankful tree’ to brighten fall
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 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 Anonymous

Questions sent to an anonymous account ( were answered here.

November 13, 2014 — by Cassandra King

Reporter creates a mini tree, a DIY Thanksgiving project.

A career on ice: Junior attends San Jose Sharks “High School Writer’s Day”
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
November 24, 2014 — by Allison Lin

Allison Lin goes a Sharks game and learns about a possible career path

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.

Photo of the week

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

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