Benefit Fashion Show prepares to take the stage in March March 5, 2012 — by Allison Toh Students dressed in prom dresses and sports gear will be strutting their duds at the annual Benefit Fashion Show taking place March 17 in the Large Gym. The event, usually scheduled for May, is taking place earlier because of scheduling conflicts. read more » Administration considers implementing stricter dress code January 24, 2012 — by Sabrina Cismas and Allison Toh With more and more fashion pushing the boundaries of appropriateness, the school is considering beefing up its dress code to make it more specific and less open to interpretation. read more » Juniors develop friendship through soccer and field hockey January 10, 2012 — by Allison Toh When juniors Rachel Leonard and Amanda Schwartz met through a mutual friend while playing in American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) when they were only 7, they never thought they would one day end up becoming as close as they are now. read more » Winter Ball heads “Off to Neverland” despite close proximity to finals November 29, 2011 — by Allison Toh Although this year’s Winter Ball, taking place on Dec. 10, is significantly closer to finals week than it has been in years past, the date has yet to be a source of complaint, organizer said. read more » Invisible Children postponement upsets some November 15, 2011 — by Allison Toh and Jonathan Young When Invisible Children announced that its “Word for the Unheard” dance was to be postponed to Feb. 11, members of the MAP program were disappointed to hear that their plans to organize a dance of their own were thwarted. read more » Winter Ball heads ‘Off to Neverland’ regardless of close proximity to finals November 15, 2011 — by Allison Toh Although this year’s Winter Ball, taking place on Dec. 10, is significantly closer to finals week than it has been in years past, the date has yet to be a source of complaint, organizer said. read more » Donning the mask: student shares experience of being Freddie the Falcon November 7, 2011 — by Allison Toh A common sight at football and basketball games is the beloved Freddie the Falcon. Accompanied by his partner in crime, Franny the Falcon, this dynamic duo collaborates to pump up the crowd at our home sporting events through various dances, gestures and interactions. read more » Home is where the heart is: Hyde’s office a safe haven for students October 14, 2011 — by Allison Toh “I come to my room and hear wailing and screaming. They had been wrestling, and one of the boys had dislocated his knee.” read more » Senior break dancer amazes in quad day October 14, 2011 — by Aanchal Mohan and Allison Toh As senior Miharu Morishita stepped out into the quad during the seniors’ quad day on Sept. 30, the audience fell silent. All eyes were on her as she executed a perfected “1990,” which involves standing on her head and contorting her body into a twist. From her first trick to her final pose, the hundreds of onlookers responded with applause and cheers. read more » Children’s Stories ends with ‘happily ever after’ October 14, 2011 — by Amy Jan & Allison Toh Homecoming 2011 was not a storybook ending for everybody—who will ever forget the sophomores' unfortunate disqualification—but most students said the school's biggest week of celebration was worth all the effort. read more » As Homecoming week looms, classes work on themes September 10, 2011 — by Rohan Rajeev and Allison Toh “Alice in Wonderland” tells of a girl named Alice who falls down a rabbit hole and finds herself in a strange world where everything is complete nonsense. On Sept. 30, a variation of this narrative will be performed by the school’s seniors, who selected the Lewis Carroll work from among four novels fitting this year’s Homecoming theme “Children’s Storybooks.” read more » Junior teachers share their views on ‘the worst year ever’ September 3, 2011 — by Allison Toh Junior year. Who knew that just two simple words could hold such a terrible reputation, make a person’s heart drop and convince students that they were on the brink of utter torture? read more » Homecoming themes announced September 3, 2011 — by Allison Toh With revised rules and only three weeks to plan, design, write, and rehearse, the classes have begun a mad dash to put together their Homecoming productions in the spirit of the theme: “Children’s Storybooks.” read more » ‘Winnie the Pooh’ fails to win over teenagers, but brings back childhood memories September 2, 2011 — by Vivien Lu and Allison Toh Only July 15, Disney brought back another favorite cartoon from our childhoods this past summer. We return to the Hundred Acre Woods with “Winnie the Pooh.” The charming adventures of the silly old bear and his animal friends reintegrates the whimsical simplicity that many newer movies and cartoons more frequently lack. read more » Saratoga Heritage Day shows off local history June 3, 2011 — by Megan Benzing and Allison Toh According to history teacher Matt Torrens, today’s students live in a world of “iPods, online gaming and Chipotle.” read more » Alumnus donates equipment to school June 2, 2011 — by Allison Toh Bradford F. Martin, a Saratoga High alumnus, recently donated a Hi-Lo table to the athletics department, said athletic trainer Liz Gilmore. read more » Cost of Senior Prom surprises many May 18, 2011 — by Megan Benzing and Allison Toh The announcement of the price of senior prom bids left many seniors shocked at the high cost. Starting at $120 with an ASB card and $125 without, these expensive bids garnered several complaints among the senior class. read more » Cost of Senior Prom surprises many May 18, 2011 — by Megan Benzing and Allison Toh The announcement of the price of senior prom bids left many seniors shocked at the high cost. Starting at $120 with an ASB card and $125 without, these expensive bids garnered several complaints among the senior class. read more » Cost of Senior Prom surprises many May 18, 2011 — by Megan Benzing and Allison Toh The announcement of the price of senior prom bids left many seniors shocked at the high cost. Starting at $120 with an ASB card and $125 without, these expensive bids garnered several complaints among the senior class. read more » Movies of the year May 17, 2011 — by Olivia Chock and Allison Toh Summer is approaching! For those of you who are at home for the summer with nothing to do and were too swamped to see these movies during the busy school year, here are our opinions on some of 2010’s best movies. These movies are great DVD picks and some might even be instant downloads at this point! read more » Falcon Focus: Senior plans to continue animation through college April 26, 2011 — by Allison Toh Going into her freshman year, senior Courtney Maa never expected that taking one little animation class could take her so far. read more » Bombay in the Bay 2011 dances the night away April 21, 2011 — by Allison Toh This year, the Indian Culture Awareness Club celebrated the 10th anniversary of Bombay in the Bay, a popular event that immerses its audience into a night filled with Indian dancing, music and food. read more » UCLA girl should not be punished for racist remarks April 6, 2011 — by Kelly Liu and Allison Toh “Ooooh ching-chong ling-long ting-tong!” said Alexandra Wallace, mimicking a stereotypical Asian dialect that, according to her infinite wisdom, disrupts the UCLA library every 15 minutes. read more » The College Board: A trust that shouldn’t be busted March 20, 2011 — by Sabrina Cismas and Allison Toh With testing season in full swing, upperclassmen are plagued by the stress and multitude of costs accompanying the AP and SAT tests. A single AP test? $87. An SAT test? $47. This is not to mention the numerous SAT II subject tests that add up to an outrageous total cost. The College Board, the company that administers all of these tests, has been the sole distributor since 1900, and many students have been complaining that the organization is an overbearing monopoly. read more » Junior and senior proms say goodbye to limos February 28, 2011 — by Megan Benzing and Allison Toh This year students going to prom will find that their limos and party buses have been replaced with chartered buses. The main reason for the change is to quell the drama that usually accompanies the planning of the limo and party bus rides, according to assistant principal Karen Hyde. read more » Gov MAP class connects technology to government February 10, 2011 — by Paul Jung & Allison Toh The MAP program continues to grow as its newest addition, the Government MAP class, has finished its first semester and begins its second. The class is taught by history teacher Mike Davey. read more » Cheer defends its position as a sport January 4, 2011 — by Aanchal Mohan and Allison Toh They boost spirit at sporting events and compete at competitions, and even most colleges accept cheer as a sport. But a Connecticut judge dismayed cheerleaders nationwide when he ruled cheer as not a sport during the summer. read more » True or False: Marching Band is a sport January 3, 2011 — by Allison Toh and Stanley Yip Without a question, band members spend many hours practicing and attending competitions. Their hard effort has led members to believe band qualifies as a sport; participants even receive PE credit for taking this elective. However, others outside of band feel differently, which has led to numerous debates if band should be considered as a sport. read more » Finals schedule slightly altered this year December 30, 2010 — by Allison Toh This school year, students are seeing more changes concerning the days they have off as well as a new finals schedule. read more » Grade ‘F’ necessary for a healthy learning environment December 13, 2010 — by Aanchal Mohan and Allison Toh Immerse yourself into the quad of Saratoga High School, and you will most likely hear students complaining about their grades, an impossibly difficult test or the immense amount of homework they have to tackle. read more » Graffiti on and around quad shocks many December 7, 2010 — by Vivien Lu and Allison Toh As maintenance workers opened the campus on Monday, Nov. 22, they found areas in and around the quad covered in graffiti. read more » Police need training to deal with mentally ill November 3, 2010 — by Aanchal Mohan and Allison Toh People often see police as the heroes of a community. Officers are the embodiment of justice and security, giving equal treatment to all people and ensuring safety within the community. On Sept 26, such was not the case when it came to 43-year-old Michael Lee, who had a history of drug abuse and mental illness. read more » Students utilize new Facebook group chat to their advantage November 3, 2010 — by Lillian Chen and Allison Toh On a Thursday night, junior Varsha Ramesh looked at her chemistry homework and sighed in frustration. It was the night before her AP Chemistry quiz. Completely confused, Ramesh decided to open up Facebook, but not to write on someone’s wall, browse photos or chat away. Instead, Ramesh clicked on the AP Chem group and opened the group chat and typed, “Did anyone get the right answer to No. 8 on the equilibrium worksheet?” In an instant, five people replied and explained their answers. read more » Board games play out for a memorable Homecoming October 4, 2010 — by Allison Toh As Homecoming week looms closer, students are anticipating the much awaited dance, senior quad day performance and Homecoming football game against the Lynbrook Vikings. read more » Homecoming 2010 mixes in stress with celebration October 4, 2010 — by Allison Toh For members of the senior class most deeply involved in this year's Homecoming, Candyland is sometimes proving to be not so sweet with the additional stress that comes with a heavy load of tests, assignments and the SAT on Saturday along with trying to prepare quad day dances and decorations. read more » Alumnus hopes to become next Miss California September 26, 2010 — by Allison Toh and Megan Benzing To most, beauty pageants are just a fairy tale, something every little girl dreams about when she is a kid: all the glamor, the excitement and the dedication to a cause to help the in-need. For most, this dream dies when real life begins, but for Saratoga High alumnus, Shveta Agrawal, this dream has turned into reality. Last summer, Agrawal was chosen to become a member of the 2011 Donald Trump’s Miss California USA competition, which takes place November 19-21 in Palm Springs. She will be taking the stage with the title “Miss South Bay.” read more » Chat Roulette stretches boundaries of Vchat September 21, 2010 — by Will Edman and Allison Toh On what seemed like a typical Tuesday night, junior Nicole Fetsch stared at her computer screen, video chatting with a Yoda doll that was being held up by a stranger hiding underneath his desk. Unsure of what to do next, Fetsch exited the site before she saw the person's face. So it goes in the world of Chatroulette, the latest trend in the use of video-chatting technology. Originally a medium of friendly communication, video chatting has evolved into something many teens consider adventurous and fun. read more » New schedule system becomes a hassle for athletes September 21, 2010 — by Aanchal Mohan and Allison Toh Junior Manish Raghavan is an example of why the administration made a big scheduling change this year. He loves soccer and plays it as his winter sport. But he knows that in December and January he is going to be missing his sixth-period class, Calculus BC with Ms. Warmuth, on many Wednesdays and Fridays when games are scheduled to be played. read more » Home | News | Sports | Opinion | Columns | Features | Multimedia | Print | About | Terms & Conditions Copyright © 1959 - 2023 by The Saratoga Falcon. All Rights Reserved.