Rape culture: an issue on campus March 14, 2013 — by Edward Dong and Aashna Mukerji “Wow, that test raped me.” Every so often, a particularly difficult exam will leave students frustrated and upset enough to use this phrase or post it carelessly on Facebook. read more » Good intent, bad effect: fewer school assemblies necessary March 12, 2013 — by Sierra Smith and Aashna Mukerji Last year at the “Every 15 Minutes” assembly, presenters tried to convey the importance of not drinking while driving. During the “Speak Up for Change” week in January, guest speaker Scott Backovich used jokes and catch-phrases to emphasize how critical it is to help others. read more » ‘Brawl Bros’ return! March 12, 2013 — by Aashna Mukerji It’s finally second semester, and seniors Tyler Bakke, Arush Shankar and Feargus MacFhionnlaoich are taking it in stride. The self-dubbed “Brawl Bros” have successfully planned and carried out one Super Smash Bros tournament and are looking forward to their next one, currently set for March 16. read more » First semester finals detrimental to seniors February 2, 2013 — by Aashna Mukerji and Akshara Sekar Seniors at The Harker School, the private school in San Jose, don’t have first semester finals. Their first semester gives seniors more time to work on college applications. Seniors at Saratoga High and many other schools have no such luck. read more » Oops, we’re still alive February 2, 2013 — by Aashna Mukerji and Ashwini Velchamy Because the great Mayan gods felt the need to lie to us for the past however many centuries, our lives are now ruined. read more » ‘Wall of Rejection’ proposed to encourage senior class January 24, 2013 — by Sierra Smith and Aashna Mukerji During the spring semester, many seniors often begin to feel disappointed after receiving college rejection letters. read more » More and more seniors applying to schools early November 21, 2012 — by Aashna Mukerji ”If you know there’s a better chance you’ll be accepted to the school, why not apply early?” senior Jenny Guarino said. Her attitude is shared by an increasing number of seniors who aim to take full advantage of the schools’ higher acceptance rates for early candidates. read more » Sometimes it’s fun to ask what if—presidential style November 21, 2012 — by Aashna Mukerji and Akshara Sekar Elephants everywhere on Nov. 6 tooted their trunks to their newly elected leader, the well-groomed Mitt Romney. It was a fine day in Mormon households all over as “Jesus took the wheel” (thank you Carrie Underwood) and drove straight into the White House with Mitt on deck. read more » ASB implements Student of the Month Award November 18, 2012 — by Trung Vandinh and Aashna Mukerji When senior Maggy Liu heard her name over the announcements on Oct. 15, she felt thrilled and a little confused. read more » Preschool relocated to Argonaut Elementary School October 15, 2012 — by Aashna Mukerji After 16 years on campus, World of Discovery Preschool moved to Argonaut Elementary School on Oct. 4. read more » College not-so-confidential: Seniors should relax October 10, 2012 — by Aashna Mukerji and Akshara Sekar Fear. It’s the dominant sensation on the minds of all seniors at this time of year. read more » New AP Biology curriculum emphasizes depth over breadth October 10, 2012 — by Aashna Mukerji Notorious for its 1,000-point labs and nightly 5-hour homework load, AP Biology has long been one of the school’s most challenging classes. This year, however, the College Board has changed the nature of the test to emphasize applying knowledge over rote memorization. read more » Consistency is key: Girls’ golf team undefeated October 10, 2012 — by Aashna Mukerji Senior Sanjna Verma took a deep breath, cleared her mind and focused on the ninth hole. A small swing back and a clean follow-through pushed the ball straight into the hole for a par 3 on Sept. 17 during a match against Leland High School. read more » God save the eagle: America’s obsession with Great Britain October 5, 2012 — by Aashna Mukerji and Ashwini Velchamy It is a truth universally acknowledged that every American in possession of Internet access must be in want of something inherently British (usually an accent). Some desire websites where users can analyze a boy wizard’s escapades in the wee hours of the morning; some are merely content to peruse pictures of the unamused queen and her pet corgis. read more » M-SET open house sets stage for promising season September 4, 2012 — by Aashna Mukerji Hoping to draw new student and parent volunteers, the Mechanical Science and Engineering Team (M-SET) held an open house on Aug. 26. M-SET vice president Todd Nguyen expected “about five-10 people to show up, but there were at least 60 people there.” read more » Paul Ryan represents anti-feminism at its worst September 4, 2012 — by Aashna Mukerji and Akshara Sekar In every fairy tale, there’s always a villain lurking in the shadows. In this case, it’s Wisconsin representative Paul Ryan, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s running-mate. He’s big and he's bold. read more » New principal an educator at heart September 4, 2012 — by Aashna Mukerji and Sierra Smith “M&M’s peanut butter candies are a favorite, as are Reese’s cups,” said Paul Robinson, the school’s new principal. “I also love chocolate chip cookies. These are the reasons I ride a bike and play basketball.” read more » Girls’ golf team shows marked improvement August 31, 2012 — by Aashna Mukerji The 2011 girls’ golf season featured a new coach, a new course and a smaller, younger team. This year they are vastly different. read more » School’s population growth creates challenges, leads to relocation of preschool May 17, 2012 — by Aashna Mukerji An increase in the school’s population means the preschool that has been located on campus for 15 years will be forced to move starting next year. read more » Unarmed Florida youth unjustly killed May 2, 2012 — by Aashna Mukerji and Rohan Rajeev Feb. 26, Sanford, Fla. 7:11 p.m.: Community watch coordinator George Zimmerman calls 911 to report a “real suspicious guy.” Zimmerman adds that the man looks like “he’s on drugs or something,” and begins to follow him. read more » Rick Santorum, God’s choice for president April 4, 2012 — by Aashna Mukerji and Deborah Soung The savior of America will sweep across the nation in an ill-fitting sweater vest, his speech as eloquent as his coiffure. His entire campaign screams “red, white and blue”: anti-education, anti-secularism and pro-discrimination. Get ready, America, for a nation run by Rick Santorum. read more » Bombay in the Bay: not just for Indians April 4, 2012 — by Aashna Mukerji Peer pressure usually has a negative connotation, but in senior Eric Wang’s case, it resulted in one of his best decisions during high school: joining Bombay in the Bay. read more » Students’ enthusiasm for history revealed in competition February 15, 2012 — by Sophie Mattson and Aashna Mukerji A group of students who share a passion for history and a thirst for intense competition have found their calling, the History Bowl. read more » New PE elective seeks to help upperclassmen stay fit February 15, 2012 — by Aashna Mukerji Starting the school day with an invigorating workout wouldn’t sound so bad if it were followed up with a complimentary breakfast. The addition of a new Advanced Fitness PE class next year might just make this a reality. read more » Best and worst TV shows of 2011 February 3, 2012 — by Aashna Mukerji and Sierra Smith NCIS (Naval Criminal Investigative Service) read more » Junior grateful for brother’s example December 14, 2011 — by Aashna Mukerji Since her brother, Jeffrey, left for UC Berkeley this fall, junior Sarah Kuo has found herself with some much-needed peace and quiet. “Jeff teases me sometimes, but now that he’s not in the house anymore, it’s been quiet,” Sarah said. read more » New math class to be added to curriculum, if approved December 14, 2011 — by Aashna Mukerji After about two months of deliberation, the math department has decided to submit a proposal to the school board to add a regular Trigonometry/Pre-Calculus course to the curriculum in addition to offering the current Honors course. read more » AP Euro may be reinstated for 2012-13 school year December 13, 2011 — by Aashna Mukerji and Akshara Sekar After 92 juniors expressed interest, the social studies department has decided once again to offer an Advanced Placement European History course. The course will be taught by social studies teacher Jerry Sheehy, who taught the class three years ago. AP Euro ran for a year before interest petered out and only 20 students signed up. read more » Full House: Junior shares experience of living with three other siblings November 27, 2011 — by Aashna Mukerji Having immediate access to the bathroom is something that most people take for granted. As the third of four children, junior Feargus MacFhionnlaoich counts himself lucky when there’s no line in the morning. read more » Three’s company: Junior gets along with siblings, enjoys having big family November 21, 2011 — by Aashna Mukerji ”Can I come on the date with you?” junior Olivia Whiting’s 9-year-old sister, Francesca, asked her as Olivia straightened her hair. read more » Team finishes strong, secures third place in BVAL October 27, 2011 — by Aashna Mukerji Sophomore Sachi Verma approached her ball at the edge of the water hazard and took a shot. The ball sailed cleanly through the air, but was knocked off course by a tree. Verma, literally knocked off her feet by surprise, fell backward into the creek with a splash. “It was such a nice shot, too!” Verma said. “I couldn’t believe I fell in in front of Coach [Dave Gragnola], my teammates, and the other team. It was so embarrassing.” read more » Assistant principal reveals a different side October 27, 2011 — by Aashna Mukerji Given his job as the school’s chief disciplinarian, meeting with assistant principal Kevin Mount may not be high on students’ to-do list. But what many students fail to see is that Mount has much more to offer than just a Saturday School. read more » Woodwinds march to the tune of their own instruments October 27, 2011 — by Aashna Mukerji After a hard day of memorizing positions for their upcoming show, junior Todd Nguyen and the other 20 saxophone players run back onto the field, fingers pointed to the sky, yelling “Unicorn Charge!” read more » New golf season packed with changes September 22, 2011 — by Aashna Mukerji When Casey Hall stepped down as head coach for the 2011 girls’ golf season to assume a higher position at Stanford, the previously 19-member team was disappointed, to say the least. read more » The Evolution of Homecoming September 15, 2011 — by Aashna Mukerji Back when dinosaurs roamed the earth, as assistant principal Karen Hyde likes to say, Homecoming was a week for alumni to return and show support for their school. Now that idea seems peculiar and out of place. Over the years, Homecoming has developed into an event full of pride and spirit meant for the current students, not directed toward the mostly forgotten alumnus who was crowned Homecoming queen in the class of ‘94. read more » Media pay undue attention to sexuality September 9, 2011 — by Aashna Mukerji and Deborah Soung It is hard to go a day in high school without hearing somebody utter the phrase “that’s so gay” in the hallways. This sort of passive homophobia, which has grown rampant over the last few years, has not only gained popularity in communities of immature teenagers, but also, unfortunately, in the media. “Meet Apple’s new boss, the most powerful gay man in Silicon Valley,” reads a Gawker headline; “Tim Cook is now the most powerful gay man in the world,” reads another from Business Insider. read more » Exceptional students honored at CSF banquet June 2, 2011 — by Aashna Mukerji Eleven juniors received awards at the CSF Award Ceremony held on May 18. Parents and students were invited to the cafeteria at 7:30 a.m., where students were recognized for their exceptional conduct and academic excellence by various teachers, guidance counselors and administrators. read more » Falcon spirit on the rise May 23, 2011 — by Aashna Mukerji and Ashwini Velchamy Saratoga High. The first words that come to mind are typically academics, over-achievers and stereotypical nerds. Enthusiastic and spirited? Probably not. According to the rally commission, however, things are beginning to change. read more » You don’t watch TV? Get LOST May 19, 2011 — by Aashna Mukerji In the days before technology, people amused themselves with writing. They read books, wrote letters, played games and took walks—all of which now sound completely alien to me as I vegetate in front of my computer screen, waiting for my next show to download online. read more » PC: You don’t watch TV? Get LOST May 19, 2011 — by Aashna Mukerji In the days before technology, people amused themselves with writing. They read books, wrote letters, played games and took walks—all of which now sound completely alien to me as I vegetate in front of my computer screen, waiting for my next show to download online. read more » Hogwarts now open to Muggles May 18, 2011 — by Aashna Mukerji Imagine trying to use the restroom and suddenly having Moaning Myrtle wailing at you. Although this experience may not seem highly coveted, add in a fresh mug of foamy butterbeer and the situation should improve. Couple that with a visit to Ollivander’s, a conversation with the Sorting Hat, a trip through Diagon Alley and the magnificent, towering castle of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and resist the urge to pinch yourself. Or, go ahead and try it. This is no dream. read more » Science teachers to teach different classes in department May 7, 2011 — by Aashna Mukerji and Deborah Soung Starting next year, some teachers in the science department will be teaching different classes in order to accommodate students enrolled in some of the more popular courses such as AP Physics due to science teacher Bill Drennan’s decision to retire at the end of this year. read more » Passion for Fashion May 3, 2011 — by Aashna Mukerji Many young girls dream about becoming a fashion designer someday. Though this fantasy is often considered unrealistic and far beyond reach, junior Kylie Tseng and senior Carol Wu are working hard to make this dream a reality. read more » Passion for fashion May 3, 2011 — by Aashna Mukerji Many young girls dream about becoming a fashion designer someday. Though this fantasy is often considered unrealistic and far beyond reach, junior Kylie Tseng and senior Carol Wu are working hard to make this dream a reality. read more » Why students should walk around in ponchos all day March 20, 2011 — by Jackie Gu and Aashna Mukerji It’s a bird! No, it’s a plane. No, wait, it’s a flying rodent festering with disease and liquid feces. Oh wait. That’s a bird. read more » A new color for the school? March 9, 2011 — by Samika Kumar and Aashna Mukerji The school’s burgeoning repainting project along the art wing may look like a mismatched fiasco to passers-by, but for principal Jeff Anderson, it is an endeavor that will “make everybody feel a little bit better about walking around here.” Under the leadership of Anderson and plant operations supervisor Brian Moran, the school is testing out three paint samples along the art wing as possible color schemes for the school’s repainting. Moran said the current three options are not finalized. read more » Junior Frederick Lee has a few tricks up his sleeve January 31, 2011 — by Aashna Mukerji Wandering down the crowded streets of Santana Row on a Saturday afternoon, you might spot junior Frederick Lee surrounded by a group of people. read more » English teacher bases teaching style on own experiences January 31, 2011 — by Giulia Curcelli and Aashna Mukerji The problem with interviewing English teachers is that the answers they provide are often miles better than anything you could write. What began as a basic profile of English 10 and AP English Language teacher Ken Nguyen (pronounced “win”) quickly morphed into a tale of epic proportions. read more » Ten best Valentine’s Day movies January 23, 2011 — by Aashna Mukerji 1. Titanic The classic “Romeo and Juliet” story of forbidden love. For boys who write Titanic off as a chick-flick, rest assured that there is plenty of action and adventure to balance out the sappy romance between Jack and Rose. Lasting over three hours, this tragic love story has been critically acclaimed worldwide. 2. Tangled An animated musical based on the fairy tale “Rapunzel.” read more » Girls’ Volleyball: Team bonds depsite rough season December 7, 2010 — by Aashna Mukerji With a record of 11 wins and 22 losses, the girls’ varsity volleyball team looks back on this season with mixed feelings. Having lost five key players to graduation last year and gaining two new freshmen, team captains and seniors Sarah Blegen and Hanna Nielsen were nervous but excited at the prospect of leading such a young team. read more » Halle Champion is a melting pot of her own December 1, 2010 — by Aashna Mukerji “So you’re African American, right?” “Yeah.” “But you just said you were German.” “I’m German, African, Ethiopian, American Indian, and Asian. I can show you my family tree if you want.” Freshman Halle Champion has had a conversation like this at least five times since she arrived at Saratoga High. Though often mistaken for being only African American, she comes from a host of different cultures. read more » The best Potter movie yet November 30, 2010 — by Aashna Mukerji It’s the beginning of the end. After a decade of heated duels, audacious rule-breaking and the ultimate struggle between love and hate, Harry Potter’s adventure finally is coming to a close. read more » Potter holds the portkey to our hearts November 3, 2010 — by Jackie Gu and Aashna Mukerji Jackie’s Part: On my 11th birthday, the Hogwarts-embossed envelope I’d been expecting was missing from my mailbox. My chimney was free of owls, and sadly, no hairy half-giants broke down my door to inform me that I was a witch. I was heartbroken then, but I haven’t lost hope yet. I’m still waiting for the day the Ministry of Magic sends me an owl apologizing for the terrible mistake they made four years ago for not recognizing that I was clearly destined for the wizarding world. read more » Falcon tips: How to be preppy October 19, 2010 — by Aashna Mukerji Walking down the halls of Saratoga High, the classic "prep" image is almost nowhere in sight. Girls don’t wear pleated skirts and knee highs matched with cashmere Ralph Lauren sweaters—instead, it’s easier to find tank tops and Abercrombie jean shorts that aren’t even long enough to conceal their own pockets. Swap headbands for side bangs and polo shirts for Juicy jackets, and you arrive at a more laid-back version of the original prep style. read more » Girls’ Volleyball: Seniors Sarah Blegen and Hanna Nielsen co-captains October 19, 2010 — by Aashna Mukerji When most people reach their senior year, they are excited to finally be at the top of high school’s hierarchy. Seniors Sarah Blegen and Hanna Nielsen have reached this peak, but they are sharing a top leadership position as co-captains of the 11-17 girls’ varsity volleyball team. “I think it’s a really good system because both [Nielson] and I bring different aspects to the team,” said Blegen. She praised her co-captain for taking such a leading role on the court and boosting everyone’s confidence. read more » Grades, math and glasses: the key to being a nerd October 19, 2010 — by Aashna Mukerji The typical SHS student is thought of as too busy studying to ever have time for a real social life. Grades are all that matter—not friends, parties, or sports—just grades. Although you only find the stereotypical nerd with bowties, khakis and suspenders on television, here are some tips to achieve a level of nerdity that you can be proud of. Being obsessed with grades is the perfect place to start. Everything in your life should revolve around your GPA. Always be looking for ways to get ahead of the rest of the people in your classes. If it's not an A+, it's not good enough. read more » Banning books unfair and ignorant October 15, 2010 — by Giulia Curcelli and Aashna Mukerji What do the "Harry Potter" series, "Gone with the Wind," "The Outsiders" and "Charlotte’s Web" all have in common? On the surface, nothing. They are of different genres, intended for different audiences and centered around different themes. At one point or another, however, each of these books was banned or challenged due to controversial content—a practice that is no less abhorrent today than in any other time. read more » Girls’ volleyball: Team well on its way to success October 6, 2010 — by Amy Jan and Aashna Mukerji "Together, win!" the girls' varsity volleyball team shouted to raise their spirits before playing Mills, their last match for the weekend. On Sept. 18, the team played in a tournament at Menlo Atherton. With an almost even record of wins and losses, they went into the sixth and final game feeling nervous but ready. The girls' words of encouragement rang true as the game against Mills ended with a Falcon victory of 25-15 and 25-16. "We could have done better, but we came really close to [beating the other] teams," said senior co-captain Hanna Nielson. read more » Girls’ volleyball: team optimistic despite loss of pivotal players September 24, 2010 — by Aashna Mukerji and Amy Jan After the loss of five starters to graduation, the girls’ varsity volleyball team is working especially hard on technique since this year’s team is younger than those in the recent past. “[Losing five players] was tough for us, since there are six people on a court at a time,” said co-captain Sarah Blegen, who is the team's starting out side hitter and kill leader. “What we lost in height, we make up for in hard work.” read more » BBQ welcomes new students to SHS September 16, 2010 — by Aashna Mukerji On Aug. 27, more than 50 fresh faces gathered in the quad to participate in the annual New Student Barbeque, which was held in order help students new to the school feel more comfortable before diving into the school year. The event was organized by the New Student Commission. read more » Home | News | Sports | Opinion | Columns | Features | Multimedia | Print | About | Terms & Conditions Copyright © 1959 - 2023 by The Saratoga Falcon. All Rights Reserved.