Women’s freedom to fight March 12, 2013 — by Ashwini Velchamy In 2005, Sgt. Leigh Ann Hester won the Silver Star for leading her team through a kill zone and saving the lives of many convoy members. read more » Mock trial has no objections to a successful season March 12, 2013 — by Karen Sung and Ashwini Velchamy After practicing since October, the mock trial team finished its competition season on Feb. 19 with a record of 2-2. read more » Mock Trial team ready for competition February 2, 2013 — by Ashwini Velchamy After months of preparation, the mock trial team competed against other schools for the first time at an invitational hosted at Apple’s Litigation Building in Sunnyvale on Jan. 12. 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 » Mock Trial starts competing January 28, 2013 — by Ashwini Velchamy After months of preparation, the mock trial team competed against other schools for the first time at an invitational hosted at Apple’s Litigation Building in Sunnyvale on Jan. 12. read more » Wall of Rejection would help students bond January 22, 2013 — by Evaline Ju and Ashwini Velchamy Gut-wrenching sobs, tear-stained faces, endless moping. As seniors finish the last of their college applications, colleges have already begun sending acceptances and rejections. read more » Blast to the past: 50th reunion of SHS’s first graduating class brings back memories November 18, 2012 — by Grace Ma and Ashwini Velchamy On Oct. 27, 68-year-old Charlie Thomas saw his high school for the first time in 50 years. read more » Fall sports triumphantly march on to CCS November 8, 2012 — by Ashwini Velchamy Although the fall sports season has officially come to an end, most of the school’s teams continue practices in preparation for CCS. read more » CCS lies ahead for most fall sports November 6, 2012 — by Ashwini Velchamy Although the fall sports season has officially come to an end, most of the school’s teams continue practices in preparation for CCS. read more » Fall sports triumphantly march on to CCS November 6, 2012 — by Ashwini Velchamy Although the fall sports season has officially come to an end, most of the school’s teams continue practices in preparation for CCS. read more » In-Depth editors? More like angels sent from above October 18, 2012 — by Karen Sung and Ashwini Velchamy When you’re flipping through the newspaper, we know you find yourself inexplicably mesmerized by pages 18 and 19 — a section that emanates beauty and wisdom. read more » Mock Trial tryouts show promise October 11, 2012 — by Ashwini Velchamy Nearly two years after reaching the 2011 Santa Clara County Finals, the mock trial team is determined to return. read more » Anti-Islam video triggers violent overreaction October 10, 2012 — by Grace Ma and Ashwini Velchamy Thousands of protesters. Riots all over the Middle East. The death of a U.S. ambassador. The cause? A low-quality, amateurish YouTube video. 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 » Israel should rethink strike on Iran September 4, 2012 — by Ashwini Velchamy According to nuclear inspectors, Iran, as of late August, has installed three-quarters of the centrifuges it needs to produce nuclear power. These centrifuges, which are used to enrich uranium, are located near the holy city of Qom. read more » Cutting-edge courses rejuvenate curriculum September 4, 2012 — by Sabrina Chen and Ashwini Velchamy With the start of the new school year, the school has made several changes to the curriculum in order to better serve the diverse student body. read more » Despite time strain, coaching helps teachers reap benefits August 31, 2012 — by Karen Sung and Ashwini Velchamy For the majority of her waking hours, chances are PE teacher and JV tennis coach Yuko Aoki is either in the weight room or on the tennis courts. read more » Girls’ swimming: Swimmers end the season with CCS finalists June 4, 2012 — by Ashwini Velchamy Despite losing several seniors last year and facing the challenge of competing in meets with an extremely small team, the girls’ swimming team managed to end an eventful season by sending four qualifiers to CCS. read more » Death should not be a punishment May 22, 2012 — by Ashwini Velchamy Repeatedly questioned for its morality and practicality, the death penalty is a controversy that has been debated for years. Is killing a man for his wrongdoings considered justice? Or is it just revenge? read more » Junior enjoys “swimming’s personality” April 11, 2012 — by Ashwini Velchamy When junior Stephanie Chen joined swimming, she thought it was just another sport her parents were making her try. Now years later, she is a varsity swimmer on the Saratoga High swim team. read more » St. Patrick’s Day: the stereotypes and myths March 10, 2012 — by Ashwini Velchamy Whether it’s a “Kiss Me, I’m Irish” T-shirt or a delicious spoonful of “Lucky Charms” cereal, Americans have their own thoughts about what represents St. Patrick’s Day. read more » Statistics: the more practical math February 9, 2012 — by Ashwini Velchamy What happens when students want to explore a more practical side of math? read more » Guidance department prepares for next school year February 5, 2012 — by Katherine Chang and Ashwini Velchamy With the dawn of a new year and a new semester, students have started to consider their options for the upcoming school year. These options range from whether to try a completely new experience like Middle College to just choosing the right classes to take. When it comes to class choices, the school's guidance counselors have plenty of advice. read more » Mock trial newcomers experience first competitions January 19, 2012 — by Ashwini Velchamy After losing half its members to graduation last year, the mock trial team competed for the first time against other schools in an invitational on Jan. 17. This Mock Trial Invitational, hosted by the Santa Clara County of Education, invites 20 teams from across the state to take part in a practice competition. “It was very different from [weekly] practices,” senior co-captain, prosecution attorney Michael Chang said. “The case booklet is over 80 pages of equally important factual materials, and each team has the freedom to create a unique case.” read more » California education is in dire need of change November 18, 2011 — by Ashwini Velchamy The idea that education is important has been hammered into students from kindergarten onwards. However, education in California has been severely hurt by budget cuts and an unwillingness to spend money on schools. read more » Teachers visit Occupy Oakland November 15, 2011 — by Ashwini Velchamy The occupy protests, reflecting a recent movement for more social and economic equality, have garnered the attention of people worldwide. read more » Teachers sacrifice their Saturdays to host Saturday schools November 13, 2011 — by Ashwini Velchamy Saturday school. Sounds depressing, doesn’t it? read more » Mock Trial rebuilds after losing members to graduation November 8, 2011 — by Ashwini Velchamy After losing half its members to graduation at the end of last year, the Mock Trial team has a new look this year. read more » Duke lives up to expectations November 7, 2011 — by Ashwini Velchamy So far, Duke University has been everything 2011 alumnus Vijay Menon expected. read more » Extra help for PSAT unfair October 14, 2011 — by Ashwini Velchamy Junior year is stressful. This is probably the understatement of the century, especially at a school as academically oriented as Saratoga High. read more » Increase in airport security: necessary or not? September 5, 2011 — by Ashwini Velchamy In order to travel the world by plane in the post-9/11 world, one requires an excessive amount of patience. When traveling to India during the summer of 2009, sophomore Priyanka Krishnamurthi recalls having to arrive at the San Francisco International nearly three hours early just to proceed through the extensive security check, thoroughly exhausting her before her plane even took off. read more » Cali retires after 39 years of teaching, counseling June 7, 2011 — by Ashwini Velchamy Most students cannot wait to get out of school. Very few even consider coming back to teach. For many, four years of high school seem to be more than enough. However, guidance counselor Christy Cali is only now ending her career in education after 39 years of teaching and counseling. read more » Hinshaw breaks record, leads team at CCS May 26, 2011 — by Michael Lee and Ashwini Velchamy Santa Clara Swim Center roared with cheering on May 21. People screamed in the stands and athletes stopped mid-warm-up to watch as eight swimmers cut through the water. It was event 16, the boys’ final heat of the 500-yard freestyle. 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 » Chemistry Olympiad takes academics one step further April 1, 2011 — by Ashwini Velchamy While most students feel satisfied with the amount of work they get regularly, some go just a little bit further. In March around 25 students signed up to take the Chemistry Olympiad local exam, administered by science teacher Kathy Nakamatsu. She started giving it at the school last year, although it had been around for a while. read more » Swimming: Team overcomes currents April 1, 2011 — by Michael Lee and Ashwini Velchamy At a glance, the prospects for Saratoga swimming do not look promising. Last year’s records of 3-3 for varsity girls and 1-5 for boys do not foreshadow an amazing 2011 season. This year, the girls’ team has only 27 athletes, the school lacks male divers and the whole swim team sometimes cannot accumulate winning point totals at meets, according to the coaches. However, varsity boys’ swim coach Christian Bonner expects the boys and girls to have a strong year, despite the team’s difficulties. read more » Anti-death penalty movement gains speed March 28, 2011 — by Ashwini Velchamy Death. For most of us it’s considered a far-off topic, one not generally mentioned in everyday conversation. For death row inmates, however, it creeps closer and closer with every passing minute, regardless of their guilt or innocence. read more » Girl fears octopi March 10, 2011 — by Ashwini Velchamy Sophomore Maggy Liu blames nature shows for a phobia she once had of octopi. “I couldn’t watch PBS shows that were on sea animals, because I didn’t like seeing the octopus,” said Liu. “I didn’t even like the sound of its suckers–the weird popping noise.” read more » Girls’ swimming: Bright goals even with small numbers February 23, 2011 — by Kelly Liu and Ashwini Velchamy After a solid season last year ranking 6th overall in CCS, the girls’ swimming team has high expectations for the coming season, led by all seniors: backstroker Debbie Lin, freestyler Sophie Heyman, freestyler Caroline White and diver Lauren Gardanier. read more » New year’s resolutions: To make or not to make? February 5, 2011 — by Ashwini Velchamy A new year, a new start, right? The idea of starting off fresh in the new year is what inspires people to make new year’s resolutions, but in 2011 many students don’t seem to be to concerned with beginning new. Many students have given up on making resolutions because they say they are hard to remember and even harder to maintain. read more » Keep an open mind: How to be a lead in a play January 31, 2011 — by Ashwini Velchamy As junior Penelope Burgess stands in the spotlight, center stage, all eyes are fixed firmly on her. She delivers her lines with ease as the character she is playing takes over her. To audience members, being the lead seems like something a person just does easily. Those involved, however, know just how much work it takes to be the lead of a play. But who becomes the lead in the first place? read more » Student loans: Are they really worth it? January 26, 2011 — by Ashwini Velchamy No matter how much effort and how much money you put into it, college always pays off ... doesn’t it? read more » BART case verdict triggers opposition November 23, 2010 — by Deborah Soung and Ashwini Velchamy During the early hours of New Year’s day 2009, Johannes Mehserle, a white police officer, mistook his gun for a Taser and fatally shot Oscar J. Grant III, a black man, at a BART station in Oakland. read more » Recent crimes in Saratoga have some residents feeling scared November 18, 2010 — by Ashwini Velchamy and Cullan McChesney Saratoga has long been a city relatively free of crime, but that perception has recently been challenged in light of several recent home robberies and a possible attempted kidnapping at an elementary school. At about 1:30 p.m. on Oct. 28, a man in a white pickup truck tried to tempt several young students outside Saratoga Elementary School with $100 bills. After a couple of parents learned what was happening from the children, they proceeded to call authorities as the man sped off, according to an e-mail sent to the community. read more » Excitement in APUSH? October 14, 2010 — by Ashwini Velchamy Research... for fun? While most students feel content with the amount of work in their social studies classes, a group of students are expanding their interest in history with the national History Day competition. read more » Administration defines rules on cyberbullying October 14, 2010 — by Ashwini Velchamy As technology becomes more prominent in our lives, school administrators face a major problem. The schoolyard bullies of the past are now online, becoming cyberbullies. Because this problem has emerged in the past few years, schools are still looking for the most effective way to deal with it while ensuring the safety and education of all involved. 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.