Girls’ lacrosse implements team unity to build on recent wins April 3, 2013 — by Jade Bisht and Amy Jan The girls’ lacrosse team recently won 18-5 against Leland on March 26. read more » Spring fling week full of festivities April 3, 2013 — by Amy Jan, Jay Mulye and Sanj Nalwa This year, Spring Fling traditions were brought back and new events were implemented, bringing the week to a more disappointing close, several students had some belongings stolen from their backpacks during Friday's rally. read more » Senior class hosts Buffalo Wild Wings fundraiser February 4, 2013 — by Amy Jan The hunger-inducing smell of meat and the idea of raising money for the senior class convinced many students and teachers to attend the Buffalo Wild Wings fundraiser on Jan. 18, making a small dent in the deficit that the class inherited from last year. read more » Racquet sport players say self-calling and stacking lead to cheating February 2, 2013 — by Amy Jan Junior Kalyani Narayan remembers playing one girl who continuously cheated at a NorCal tournament. There was a referee who stood there to make sure that the calls were right, but Narayan said the girl kept making bad calls. read more » Girls’ lacrosse slings into new season February 2, 2013 — by Jade Bisht and Amy Jan Last season, the girls impressed the coach by going 9-9 were and were one win away from making CCS. It was the closest the girls had ever gotten to the playoffs in the history of the school’s program. read more » Drama prepares for ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie’ musical December 16, 2012 — by Jay Mulye and Amy Jan From Feb. 28 to March 3, the drama department will perform “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” a musical with a much more lighthearted story line than the dark fall play “The Crucible.” read more » Instagram — an instant addiction December 6, 2012 — by Amy Jan and Carolyn Sun Just as MySpace users switched to Facebook, Tumblr users are also switching to Instagram. read more » Girls’ Tennis: Senior day ends in loss against Monta Vista November 8, 2012 — by Amy Jan Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! Students were surprised to see the girls’ tennis team dressed up to the theme of “The Wizard of Oz” on Oct. 19 for their senior day. read more » Prospect SAT delayed by fire alarm November 8, 2012 — by Sophie Mattson and Amy Jan It was just a quiet morning at Prospect High on Oct. 6 when hundreds of students were taking their dreaded SATs when suddenly, the fire alarm was set off. read more » Cafeteria price increases September 26, 2012 — by Amy Jan As prices for groceries have risen, the cafeteria has been forced to increase its prices on items like cookies and meals in an effort to break even. read more » Nikki Bedekar recounts her tennis experience September 26, 2012 — by Amy Jan Seven years ago, senior Niharika Bedekar started playing tennis. In her freshman year, she made the varsity girls’ tennis team and has seen the team change over the years. Currently the team captain and No. 2 singles on the team, Bedekar is excited for the new season. read more » ‘Tetralogy’ is the theme for this year’s Homecoming celebration September 26, 2012 — by Amy Jan and Brandon Judoprasetijo On Homecoming week of Oct. 8, expect to see Captain Jack Sparrow, Indiana Jones, Sherlock Holmes and Kevin McCallister all together on campus. The overall theme this year is Tetralogy-land, which means that each series consists of four movies. read more » Classroom stories: A ‘heated’ day in physics September 16, 2012 — by Amy Jan It was just a normal day at school for physics teacher Kirk Davis when suddenly, the students in the classroom had to be evacuated. Three years ago, Davis assigned his regular physics class to do an end-of-the-year project where students were allowed to create whatever they wanted. The students just had to run the idea by Davis before starting. read more » Seniors enjoy unforgettable moments at prom May 24, 2012 — by Amy Jan and Jonathan Young The long awaited moment many seniors had been waiting for arrived on May 19 when they stepped into the InterContinental San Francisco hotel to attend Senior Prom, themed “A Moment Like This.” read more » Teachers’ recollections of Karen Hyde May 22, 2012 — by Amy Jan Retiring assistant principal Karen Hyde has helped many teachers inside and outside the classroom. read more » Molie Antoinette takes the cake May 1, 2012 — by Amy Jan and Jonathan Young When chemistry teacher Kathy Nakamatsu’s students returned to school after February break, her classroom slowly began to fill with a wide variety of moles, each one uniquely themed. These moles were stuffed animals that students sewn and stuffed, to be submitted for competition. read more » Math teacher found past office jobs too routine for lifestyle March 15, 2012 — by Amy Jan Going through four jobs before attending college, math teacher Michele Drouin started her first job at age 13. read more » Tumblring the day away February 8, 2012 — by Amy Jan When people sign up for Tumblr, they should be prepared to spend some quality time with their computer. The simple design of the dashboard passes time quickly as people scroll down endlessly through the pages of reblogged posts from people they follow. This creates a distraction for many students, including myself. read more » Math teacher bikes out on the road January 12, 2012 — by Amy Jan Most students know Michele Drouin as the math teacher. It is hard to guess by Drouin’s occupation that she is also an avid road biker. According to Drouin, she began biking in her late teens while she was a student at UC Santa Cruz. She chose to bike around school rather than take the bus. read more » Girls’ tennis places second at NorCals and CCS; Monta Vista edges out Falcons twice November 21, 2011 — by Amy Jan and Karen Sung Reaching the finals of the NorCals tournament on Nov. 19, the girls’ tennis team lost for the fourth time this season to rival Monta Vista, but this time they were close—so close—to victory. read more » Kelly Leslie: A girl’s passion for ice hockey November 15, 2011 — by Amy Jan Senior Kelly Leslie loves ice hockey and is one of the top female players in the area. But starting this year, she ran into a problem: There weren’t enough girls in San Jose to make a 19 and under team. That’s why every other week, Leslie must fly down to Anaheim and practice 17 hours with the Anaheim Lady Ducks 19U AAA. read more » Speech therapist brings word to the unheard November 13, 2011 — by Amy Jan A typical day at work for speech therapist Ronda Vierra involves attending Individual Education Plan (IEP) meetings, administering assessment tests, writing reports, observing students in the classroom and providing input to classroom teachers. read more » Buzz: Spoon-wielding assassins ‘kill’ for prize money October 18, 2011 — by Amy Jan You may see several students around campus with red spoons braided into hair, strapped down to wrists or gripped tightly in their hands as if their lives depended on it. 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 » Girls’ Tennis: Second the best October 14, 2011 — by Amy Jan and Karen Sung Now a No. 2 singles player on the girls’ varsity tennis team, sophomore Kalyani Narayan is not an easy opponent to beat. After nine years and countless hours spent at clinics and private lessons, Narayan is a talented player with the potential to play at the college level. However, her tennis career did not exactly start that way. read more » Can you….pay for your food with pennies? October 6, 2011 — by Lillian Chen and Amy Jan Bright and early Sunday morning is the perfect time to grab some coffee. After rummaging through our houses for coins, we found about 624 pennies. The two of us set out for Starbucks, then Togos, bracing ourselves for the employees to throw fits over our special method of payment. read more » Increasing flow of freshmen September 9, 2011 — by Amy Jan and Vivien Lu Freshman Nikhil Chakravarthy expected to encounter a new set of rules and an expanded workload in high school. He did not, however, foresee the packed classes and cramped halls. read more » Students work to surmount scheduling struggles on a more crowded campus September 9, 2011 — by Allison Chang, Amy Jan, Kelly Liu, and Akshara Sekar When March rolled around last year and schedule preferences were made, senior Thomas Ishikawa requested a free sixth period because of conflicts with baseball. However, upon receiving his schedule this year, the school said that he had to take seven classes during his final year in high school. read more » ”Transformers” should have been kept in the dark of the moon September 5, 2011 — by Amy Jan I still remember when the first “Transformers” movie came out in 2007. The idea of a regular teenage boy finding a secret map and then cooperating with alien robots to save Earth was very exciting. I watched it at least twice, and coming from someone like me who doesn’t like to watch movies multiple times, that’s saying something. read more » Badminton: Star athletes shine at CCS June 3, 2011 — by Amy Jan and Brandon Judoprasetijo No. 1 badminton singles player, junior Jeffrey Kuo and boys’ tennis No. 1 undefeated singles player senior Nikhil Jayashankar dominated their CCS competitors and each took first place in their respective tournaments. read more » School spirit in the past and present May 25, 2011 — by Amy Jan Some students say school spirit has improved over time due to increased student participation in events. The school has broken away from the stereotypical image of just an academic-based school, but it’s not an easy feat. “SHS excels at academics,” said 2005 alumnus Kathleen Chan. “but it's difficult to work up school spirit over a high API score.” When Chan attended high school, she witnessed sophomores walking out in the middle of a rally. As they filed out of the gym, they grumbled about how rallies were always rigged so that seniors won every competition. read more » A record for AP tests being taken April 26, 2011 — by Albert Gu and Amy Jan Once again, a record number of students are taking a record number of AP tests, continuing a trend set since the school implemented its open access policy six years ago. This year alone, the school has 475 students taking a total of 1,064 tests. AP tests begin on May 2 and run through May 13, said Secretary/ CCC coordinator Bonnie Sheikh. read more » A record for AP tests being taken April 26, 2011 — by Albert Gu and Amy Jan Once again, a record number of students are taking a record number of AP tests, continuing a trend set since the school implemented its open access policy six years ago. This year alone, the school has 475 students taking a total of 1,064 tests. AP tests begin on May 2 and run through May 13, said Secretary/ CCC coordinator Bonnie Sheikh. read more » Preparing to be a star: Senior Jae Lee has grown as an actor and a person during his time in drama April 16, 2011 — by Amy Jan Back in the day, senior Jay Lee would often play dress up with his neighbor. The young Lee and his childhood friend would put on large capes, grab some plastic swords and fight off the aliens invading the planet. read more » Aeries makes six-week grading periods unnecessary April 6, 2011 — by Cecilia Hollenhorst and Amy Jan Junior Stephanie Poo looked at her planner on the night of Tuesday, March 8, her eyes widening as she remembered the two projects due on Wednesday, two quizzes on Thursday, an essay to write and a test on Friday, along with her normal Color Guard practice. Why so much work during a seemingly normal school week? It must be the end of another grading period. read more » Senior helps friends cut back on hair costs February 23, 2011 — by Amy Jan and Vivien Lu Last October senior Brian Vo was ready to try a buzz cut hairstyle for the first time, and he knew where to go. His friend, fellow senior Jesse Yung, had started cutting people’s hair a month earlier and was getting better. Vo put his head in his Yung’s hands. read more » LINKed together over cookies January 7, 2011 — by Will Edman and Amy Jan In recent weeks, Link Crew leaders have been trying to re-establish connections with the freshmen they are helping guide through their first year in high school. read more » Students gather to discuss going green on campus January 6, 2011 — by Amy Jan Though implementing eco-friendly measures can be difficult and expensive, a select group of students is striving to make waste reduction and sustainability Saratoga High’s cup of tea. read more » Girls’ volleyball team celebrates its seniors November 11, 2010 — by Amy Jan Girls dressed up in shirts with the back saying “we love our seniors” and “Harajuku girls” could be seen walking around school in their home-made outfits. This group was the volleyball team who celebrated their seniors with a theme in keeping with Gwen Stefani’s backup dancers: the Harajuku girls. read more » App makes access to online database easier November 7, 2010 — by Amy Jan With the new Access My Library app, students can now check information on the Saratoga High’s online database from their iPhones, iPads and iTouch devices. Having an online database with filtered information helps students to retrieve knowledge from reliable sources. Now students can log onto the school’s database from anywhere. 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 » Home | News | Sports | Opinion | Columns | Features | Multimedia | Print | About | Terms & Conditions Copyright © 1959 - 2023 by The Saratoga Falcon. All Rights Reserved.