Columnist recounts first emotional movie experience March 12, 2013 — by Aasim Naqvi True men seldom shed tears. In fact, true men should spend their time consoling their lady loves. read more » Students’ use of Sparknotes varies February 2, 2013 — by Aasim Naqvi With nearly all English classes assigning daily reading, students’ overall reading load can reach a difficult level quickly, which causes many students to use Sparknotes. read more » State competitors remember glory days February 2, 2013 — by Aasim Naqvi Senior David Zarrin looked up and saw close to a thousand runners stretching, jogging and preparing. Zarrin made it to the cross country state meet in Fresno with six other runners in December of his junior year and will never forget the experience. read more » U.S. should rethink Selective Service November 15, 2012 — by Aasim Naqvi As students in the current senior class reach or near age 18, all are inevitably thinking about their future, especially with college applications and the feeling of general impatience that most seniors experience. read more » Junior twins not so identical October 10, 2012 — by Aasim Naqvi At first glance, juniors Sam and Will Guy seem to have a lot in common. Both are 6-foot tall and between 150 and 170 pounds. The two share many interests and activities. read more » Sum comes within 2 seconds of course record October 10, 2012 — by Aasim Naqvi and Derek Sun Sophomore Steven Sum ran a time of 9:50 for the 2-mile Saratoga Invitational on Sept. 18, only 2 seconds away from breaking a 29-year-old course record. read more » AP U.S. History weighting not so bad September 6, 2012 — by Staff Editorial (writer: Aasim Naqvi) August 2011 was filled with the cries of juniors who had just been informed of horrible, life-changing news: AP U.S. History would become a weighted class for the first time in its recent history. More precisely, a homework point would no longer be equal to a test point, and excellence on exams would become more vital than completing homework. read more » XC: Boys look to continue recent success August 31, 2012 — by Aasim Naqvi and Derek Sun The new season begins with minor changes to the basic operations of the team, with coach Dan Ambrico adding three junior captains to help keep tabs on the large team, composed of over 60 boys. Juniors Drew Bryan, Sam Guy and Daniel Johnston are the junior co-captains, along with senior captains Kabir Chandrasekhar and David Zarrin. read more » Television: a daily guilty pleasure August 30, 2012 — by Aasim Naqvi With the rising popularity of online streaming, an episode of just about any TV show can be just a click away. read more » English essay rubrics need editing May 3, 2012 — by Aasim Naqvi When a student is given an assignment, he or she should have a general idea of what level of work will result in what grade from the teacher. Ideally, teachers make it clear what they’re looking for in excellent work. read more » Science internships valuable, but should be awarded to right students March 10, 2012 — by Aasim Naqvi This time of year, dozens of students set out to find a place to spend their 10 weeks of summer vacation immersed in science. read more » Student interest in politics varies in depth November 17, 2011 — by Aasim Naqvi and Karen Sung Junior Kian Anderson turns on the TV and sees yet another segment comparing various Republican candidates who are campaigning for the 2012 presidential election. Anderson, already 17, will be eligible to vote come election day next November. read more » Being sick is an adventure November 10, 2011 — by Aasim Naqvi Having a cold is quite an adventure. read more » School resource officer aware of Wildwood issue but says they aren’t severe October 21, 2011 — by Aasim Naqvi Dan Cutforth, the School Resource Officer more commonly known as “Deputy Dan” among students, is a deputy sheriff from the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office. Cutforth said that he has dealt with issues at Wildwood Park numerous times over the past few years. read more » ASB club cut-down necessary October 9, 2011 — by Aasim Naqvi Clubs on campus are meant to be reflective of the ideas and causes that students believe in and support. However, the ASB recently decided to cut down on the number of clubs, citing an increase in illegitimate and inactive clubs. read more » Track and field is a true sport September 9, 2011 — by Aasim Naqvi “Track is boring. Track is just people running. Track takes no skill.” These are the ideas that people often express to me about my favorite sport. And they couldn’t be more wrong. read more » Freshman pursues success in drama September 3, 2011 — by Aasim Naqvi Freshman Neesha Malik hopes to attain a reputation similar to that of recent Saratoga High graduate Jay Lee, who was renowned for his unforgettable performances. read more » Boys’ Lacrosse: Team loses key seniors, has hopeful future May 30, 2011 — by Jennifer Jin and Aasim Naqvi The boys’ lacrosse team played its last game on May 4, losing to Los Gatos 9-6 and ending a difficult season after which the team will say goodbye to 13 seniors. read more » More and more summers being dedicated to summer school May 26, 2011 — by Aasim Naqvi An increasing number of students are now spending several weeks of their summer vacations in summer school. Multiple schools in and near Saratoga are offering classes to high school students during the summer, including Saratoga High, West Valley College and De Anza College. read more » Hinshaw shatters Spitz’s record at Leagues May 24, 2011 — by Michael Lee and Aasim Naqvi In swimming, a tenth of a second can separate victory from defeat, a place on the podium from a place on the bleachers. A tenth of a second was all senior Adam Hinshaw needed to break the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League’s 40-year-old 200-yard freestyle record on May 6. read more » Science teacher, junior combat caffeine habits May 14, 2011 — by Michael Lee and Aasim Naqvi Last year, junior Nick Turpin attended an after-school science lecture. Everything was going reasonably well, until the speaker turned off the lights to use the projector. Within minutes, Turpin was passed out on his desk. read more » Racial composition at LG ‘whiter’ than SHS March 31, 2011 — by Aasim Naqvi Race is perhaps the biggest difference that separates Los Gatos High from Saratoga High. According to a U.S. National Center for Education Statistics survey in 2009, Los Gatos High School had 1,382 white students, 56 Hispanic students, four black students, 153 Asian students, five American Indian students and 203 students identifying themselves with two or more races. This is significantly different from Saratoga High’s data set, in which 711 of 1,371 students identified themselves as Asian. read more » Paly votes for finals to be after winter break March 31, 2011 — by Aasim Naqvi The Palo Alto Unified School District’s Board of Education voted 5-0 this past January for a 2011-2012 school calendar that would move final exams to January, after winter break. read more » Self-studied AP exams become more common March 30, 2011 — by Sarah Hull and Aasim Naqvi A desire to get ahead of the competition and to learn more has led a small group of students to pursue a difficult but not impossible task each year: studying on their own and taking AP tests in subjects not offered at the school. read more » Football star excels on the hardwood February 5, 2011 — by Aasim Naqvi Senior Chris Guengerich is known for his stellar play as a wide receiver on the varsity football team. But he also gained a reputation as a force to be reckoned with on the basketball court. read more » Full-body scanners aren’t the way to go December 8, 2010 — by Aasim Naqvi “If you touch my junk, I’m gonna have you arrested,” said John Tyner, in response to a Transportation Security Aid (TSA) agent’s attempt to further “pat-down” Tyner for a security check on Nov. 13. Tyner’s response is one example of the negative feedback to the TSA’s new November 2010 regulations for U.S. airport security checks. read more » Junior continues decade-long dancing December 6, 2010 — by Aasim Naqvi It’s Friday night, but Rachel Le can’t stay up too late. As it’s been for so many years, she has tap dancing classes an hour away first thing in the morning. “I started when I was 3 because my parents randomly decided to sign me up to see if I’d like it,” Le said. read more » Culture influences senior’s music interests October 22, 2010 — by Aasim Naqvi Senior Garrick Chan sits down and turns on his television on a Sunday evening. He smiles when he sees that one of his favorite programs "The M-Wave" is on. He then relaxes while getting the scoop on the latest Korean pop hit singles. When the program ends, he can only wait for next week's program. Until then, he listens to his favorite Chinese singles, which he enjoys almost as much. Chan is Chinese, but he loves Korean music as well. read more » Parents should not neglect morning drop off rules October 18, 2010 — by Aasim Naqvi It's 7:55 a.m., and you're in the back of the line at the front of the school. You can't get anywhere because half the cars in line are either stopped and unloading passengers or turning every which way to park in a parking spot before unloading passengers. read more » Being the youngest sibling isn’t as bad as it’s cracked up to be September 23, 2010 — by Aasim Naqvi I've always wondered why my peers complain about being younger siblings. Little brothers or sisters complain about getting beaten up or bossed around or having to meet their older sibling's expectations. Younger siblings often seem to pity themselves or wish they were the elder sibling. read more » Islamophobia: Discrimination starts to divide nation September 14, 2010 — by Aasim Naqvi and Ashwini Velchamy September 11, 2001. Without a doubt, this date marks one of the most terrifying and saddening moments in our country's history, as terrorists destroyed the Twin Towers of New York City, killing almost 3,000 people. From this devastating event emerged another upsetting outcome, one that has slowly yet surely begun to undermine our country. read more » Home | News | Sports | Opinion | Columns | Features | Multimedia | Print | About | Terms & Conditions Copyright © 1959 - 2023 by The Saratoga Falcon. All Rights Reserved.