Dog-lover: some things won’t change April 25, 2017 — by Caitlin Ju Senior explains her love for dogs. read more » Track: Though promising, young team has room for growth March 30, 2017 — by Caitlin Ju and Ami Nachiappan The track and field team secure key win against Matadors, pushing the team to run and train even harder. read more » ‘The Big Bang Theory’ misses the mark with its scientist stereotypes March 15, 2017 — by Caitlin Ju Airing on CBS since 2007, "The Big Banf Theory" averages more than 20 million viewers per episode. With its perfect prime time slot at 8 p.m. on Thursdays and memorable catchphrases like “Bazinga!” it is easy to see why viewers flock to the show. Still, the stereotypical portrayals of scientists as socially incapable geeks have drawn disapproval, especially from the scientific community itself. read more » Hechaa hits the spot with its specialty drinks March 14, 2017 — by Caitlin Ju and Eric Sze Students review a brand new tea shop is opened in Cupertino. read more » College Board must take measures to protect SAT’s integrity February 14, 2017 — by Caitlin Ju cheating on the SAT has become a serious problem, and collegeboard needs to take measures to prevent this from happening. read more » Even as colleges shift away from emphasizing SAT subject tests, students are still choosing to take them February 10, 2017 — by Caitlin Ju and Ryan Kim Subject tests are becoming less accepted at colleges. read more » Boys’ track: After loss of key athletes, team looks to improve February 9, 2017 — by Caitlin Ju and Ami Nachiappan Boy's track gears up for a strong start to the reason, because of many returning key players. read more » Facebook’s ‘war on memes’ amounts to dangerous censorship February 6, 2017 — by Caitlin Ju Facebook's fight with memes may have deeper implications read more » Girls’ track: Despite lack of coaches, freshmen strengthen team February 2, 2017 — by Caitlin Ju and Ami Nachiappan The girls' track team is improved through the addition of new star freshmen players, regardless of the lack of coaches. read more » Student performers look towards professional careers in college December 4, 2016 — by Caitlin Ju and Eileen Toh Seniors talk about obtaining jobs for students who major in the performing arts. read more » Passage of Proposition 55 sets dangerous precedent December 4, 2016 — by Caitlin Ju Senior talks about ramifications of prop. 55. read more » ‘The Crown’ lavishly brings life to its namesake November 29, 2016 — by Caitlin Ju Netflix recreates history with stunningly accurate series. read more » Team beats rival Los Gatos, tied for first in league with Wildcats October 26, 2016 — by Caitlin Ju Girls tennis look forward to CCS after finishing their league games. read more » Senior navigates through college application season October 23, 2016 — by Caitlin Ju Senior talks about college application process. read more » Public hard of heart when it comes to the robbery of Kim Kardashian October 23, 2016 — by Caitlin Ju Senior talks about Kim Khardasian robbing incident. read more » Embrace it, ‘millennial’ is not an insult October 23, 2016 — by Caitlin Ju Senior talks about the term "millennial" and how it impacts her life. read more » Linguistics Club aims to increase interest in obscure languages October 23, 2016 — by Caitlin Ju and Cassandra King Linguistics Club promotes lesser known languages read more » Robinson to be on leave for back surgery next month; Safine to be interim principal September 27, 2016 — by Caitlin Ju Robinson hopes to be out as little as two weeks. read more » Dance team: veterans look back on four year journey September 26, 2016 — by Caitlin Ju and Alexandra Li Senior captains Hsu and Li have also witnessed the team grow from the “disaster” Li said their freshman year was. After their second coach quit in March that year and no adequate replacement could be found, the dancers coached themselves until the end of the year. read more » Falcons sweep California Tennis Classic in Fresno, start strong in league September 19, 2016 — by Caitlin Ju Early results show the girls' tennis team to be one of the top in the state. read more » Sofia Garcia de La Cuadra joins Saratoga for year-long study abroad experience September 17, 2016 — by Caitlin Ju Spanish exchange studnt spends a year in Saratoga High School. read more » Peter Thiel is totally a money bully, people. September 13, 2016 — by Caitlin Ju Third-party personal vendettas should be excluded from the legal system read more » Check: Get celebrity autographs September 12, 2016 — by Caitlin Ju Senior shares story of watching "Hamilton". read more » Team places well at SCVAL meet, falls short at CCS Trials May 24, 2016 — by Caitlin Ju and Ami Nachiappan Seven Saratoga High athletes who placed in the top six in their respective events at the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League (SCVAL) meet that took place on May 13 at Los Gatos High; their stellar performances earned them spots at CCS trials, but none qualified for CCS finals on May 27. read more » Disturbing ‘challenges’ perpetuate negative body image May 19, 2016 — by Caitlin Ju Junior delivers her thoughts on the A4 Waist Challenge. read more » Concert ticket prices skyrocket beyond reason April 23, 2016 — by Caitlin Ju Junior reacts to quickly increasing concert ticket prices. read more » State audit claims UCs lower admission standards for out of state students April 23, 2016 — by Caitlin Ju Top California students, who were once able to rely on being accepted to into the University of California (UC) system, can no longer count on having a place at the schools. read more » Falcons hope to get back on track in future meets March 28, 2016 — by Caitlin Ju and Fiona Sequeira Though Yang performed well, the Falcons suffered a tough loss 2-0 at the Cupertino meet, losing 146-107. However, certain star runners were able to show well for the team. read more » Q&A: Student stars reflect on fame March 24, 2016 — by Caitlin Ju and Harshini Ramaswamy Three students — Sarah Traina, Diana Alvarado Isguerra and Savannah Green — talked to Falcon reporters about how they got their start in the entertainment business. read more » Rodriguex elects to teach one more year March 23, 2016 — by Emily Chen and Caitlin Ju Spanish teacher Arnaldo Rodriguex, who has taught in the district for more than four decades years, said his plan for retirement did not feel right anymore. read more » Higher college tuition leads students to re-examine college choice March 21, 2016 — by Caitlin Ju and Rachel Zhang Last year, tuition alone for Ivy League schools increased by an average of 3.76 percent, raising costs to as high as $63,000 a year, according to Bloomberg. To put it into perspective, paying the four-year tuition of a prestigious Ivy like Columbia University can be likened to buying a 2016 Lexus GS 450h priced at $63, 080 a year for the next four years, or if a student doesn’t quite reach a degree, driving the equivalent of four Lexus cars off a cliff. read more » Community should actively combat dismissive racism March 21, 2016 — by Caitlin Ju There is a growing divide in the country. On one side are those who are passionate about the issue of racism and are willing to change it; on the other are those who simply wish to stand back and let whatever happens happen. read more » Tradition at SHS: administrators and students discuss who defines it March 21, 2016 — by Nidhi Jain and Caitlin Ju Homecoming, Prom, Powderpuff and rallies — these events are what many students consider to be the school’s core traditions. But in this past year, administrators and students alike have taken a second look at certain controversial or low-attended events, leading to the difficult question: Who decides when to keep or get rid of certain traditions? read more » Tradition at SHS: administrators and students discuss who defines it March 9, 2016 — by Nidhi Jain and Caitlin Ju Homecoming, Prom, Powderpuff and rallies — these events are what many students consider to be the school’s core traditions. But in this past year, administrators and students alike have taken a second look at certain controversial or low-attended events, leading to the difficult question: Who decides when to keep or get rid of certain traditions? read more » Students who attended private middle schools address stereotypes February 5, 2016 — by Nidhi Jain and Caitlin Ju Seventy-two students who currently attend Saratoga High came from private middle schools. Ten years ago, this number was 50 percent lower, indicating more local students are switching from private middle schools to public high schools. read more » Staff editorial: Lowering stress does not always equate to lowering standards February 4, 2016 — by Nidhi Jain and Caitlin Ju In reality, it is virtually impossible for the school to specify a level of academic rigor that can serve as a challenging yet realistic goal for all students. Given the proper guidance and information, students ultimately hold the responsibility to know what is best for themselves and to thus make healthy decisions. read more » Track and field hopes to move up a division February 4, 2016 — by Caitlin Ju and Kyle Wang The girls’ team would like to have more members make it to the league finals and have more CCS qualifying athletes. “Though it is hard to tell so far, I see more going on to SCVALs,” junior Celine Bellegarda said. “The coaches are working hard to place people in the right events for them.” read more » Both sides of the couch: Examining the stigma surrounding therapy from two perspectives February 1, 2016 — by Caitlin Ju and Amulya Vadlakonda CASSY (Counseling and Support Services for Youth) program is a safe place where students can go for therapy and yet often don’t. The reason might be that “therapy” is a loaded word: It drags with it the difficulty of mental problems, intangible issues that so frequently are overlooked. read more » Oscar nominations disappoint with lack of diversity January 26, 2016 — by Caitlin Ju In Saratoga, students recognize that racial diversity, a topic often raised by colleges, is important but in Hollywood, the recognition of the significance of diversity is a different story. read more » Students should not feel ashamed to have tutors January 24, 2016 — by Caitlin Ju Many students here have tutors, whether they like to admit it or not. These tutors are, for the most part, not magicians armed with old tests who give their students an extraordinary advantage; they are merely assistants who help students understand what they are still confused about from class, supplying them with the best methods to approach certain problems and keeping them on track. read more » Team makes NorCal finals for the first time in 4 years December 1, 2015 — by Caitlin Ju Senior Shireen Haghshenas attributed the team’s success to its strong doubles pairings and supportive atmosphere. read more » DECA and FIDM partner for fashion challenge November 22, 2015 — by Stephen Ding and Caitlin Ju In the challenge, participants forecast a fashion trend for the fall and winter seasons. read more » Warning: ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’ involves real zombies November 22, 2015 — by Caitlin Ju Reporter explores Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. read more » Physics petition for underclassmen should be passed November 22, 2015 — by Caitlin Ju and Trevor Leung The petition by a parent says students lack opportunities to take physics as underclassmen and are consequently limited in the amount of exposure they can have with the subject by the end of high school. read more » Tennis player attempts to play badminton November 20, 2015 — by Caitlin Ju Reporter, originally tennis player, attempts to play badminton read more » China right in ending its one-child policy, but still needs to do more November 18, 2015 — by Caitlin Ju China’s outdated one-child policy, instituted by the Communist Party in 1980, was rightfully ended by the Chinese government on Oct. 29. Chinese couples are now allowed to have two children. read more » Holiday gift guide for everyone in your life November 17, 2015 — by Eleanor Goh and Caitlin Ju Gift ideas for parents, siblings, relatives, and friends. read more » Falcons defeat Matadors, tie for league championship with LG October 28, 2015 — by Caitlin Ju It was inarguably the most important match the team has had all season as it determined if Saratoga was to be the winner of the De Anza league championship. The result of the game on Oct. 22 against Los Gatos was disappointing for the girls: They were no longer certain they could add to their four-year streak as De Anza league champions. Instead, there was now a tie. read more » Student shares nightmare of becoming nocturnal zombie October 28, 2015 — by Caitlin Ju Junior warns of the horrors of cramming. read more » English curriculum books need more diversity October 22, 2015 — by Caitlin Ju A glance at the curriculum across the grade levels at this school, especially in freshman year, gives us a reading list dominated by the names of white (mostly dead) males such as William Shakespeare, John Steinbeck and Mark Twain, leaving students with a narrow perspective of what the world they live in is actually like today. read more » Community mourns loss of Class of 2010 graduate killed in Africa October 22, 2015 — by Caitlin Ju 2010 alumnus Max Snyder is being remembered as someone who always followed his passions, actively seeking to make a difference, and cared deeply about others. read more » Analyzing the reality of the STEM gender gap October 21, 2015 — by Nidhi Jain and Caitlin Ju According to the Washington Post, 80 percent of women across the nation in STEM fields say they have been discriminated against, contributing to a gender gap in these fields. read more » Students of the world relate their educational experiences September 30, 2015 — by Caitlin Ju Many ambitious high schoolers travel far and wide in search of the cultural exposure that is so valued by elite universities. Others need not bother. Because of changes to their fathers’ careers, several students at Saratoga have already attended both international and local schools across the world and become culturally conversant in the two education systems. read more » Girls’ tennis team start strong in league matches, take seventh in major tournament September 19, 2015 — by Caitlin Ju With these two easy wins, and a other challenging ones, the Falcons show strong promise for a third consecutive De Anza League championship. read more » Freshman shares experiences living in China and Philippines September 17, 2015 — by Caitlin Ju Owen Keogh attended international schools in both countries. read more » Division 1 athletes should be held to the same admissions standards as all students September 15, 2015 — by Caitlin Ju The academic fraud and the lower academic and admissions standards of Division 1 athletes are unfair, to say the least, biased towards those athletes. read more » New students participate in Orientation and BBQ August 25, 2015 — by Caitlin Ju and Tiffany Zheng On Aug. 14, the 305 students in the Class of 2019 gathered in the gym at 9 in the morning for a campus tour and lunch with their designated Link Leaders, the older mentors to incoming freshmen. read more » Six members make CCS; two coaches leave May 20, 2015 — by Caitlin Ju Junior Vincent Faylor is one of 12 individuals and two relay teams who participated in SCVALs; of the 12, six qualified for CCS. Among them were senior Steven Sum, who won both the 1600m and 3200m; junior Tanner Zuleeg, who placed first in shot put; and freshman Chloe McGhee, who placed sixth in the 300m hurdles. CCS will take place May 29 at San Jose City College. read more » More uniform grade policies necessary for academic fairness May 18, 2015 — by Caitlin Ju and Amulya Vadlakonda On the first day of school, you’re flooded with multicolored syllabuses from each of your classes. You immediately check the rounding policies and dedicate yourself to keeping them straight for the rest of the year. Your math teacher doesn’t round up, your science teacher does and your English and history teachers both do, but only between a B+ and an A-. read more » Recent TP-ing incident highlights school’s tough senior prank policy May 18, 2015 — by Caitlin Ju In light of the recent senior prank in which students TP-ed the entire campus on May 4, the policies surrounding senior pranks have become of extreme importance. read more » The final stretch: JV players hope to make varsity next year April 22, 2015 — by Caitlin Ju Freshman Priya Chaganti sprinted toward her waiting teammate at the De Anza Invitational on March 13, ready to hand off the baton. Chaganti, who ran the second leg of the race, then waited anxiously until her last 4x100 relay team member, sophomore Hayley Williamson, crossed the finish line. The glaring red numbers stared back at Chaganti — 54 seconds. The relay team had set a JV meet record, and a huge grin stretched across her face. She knew she had found the right sport, or at least one of them. read more » No-homework weekend does not prove stress-free April 20, 2015 — by Caitlin Ju and Devin Zhao The no-homework weekend during Spring Fling week proved to be more stressful than stress-free. read more » Team pranks on another level with “ugly Facebook photos” and fake parking tickets April 16, 2015 — by Caitlin Ju and Amulya Vadlakonda At the end of this newspaper prank war, it is safe to say our team was the winner. read more » Block schedule draws praise, criticism March 5, 2015 — by Caitlin Ju and Gitika Nalwa With a rolling block schedule confirmed to start in the fall of 2016, teachers and students are expressing a range of reactions to the change. read more » Students not enrolled in SHS AP Chinese course should be able to take AP test on campus March 5, 2015 — by Kevin Chow and Caitlin Ju “Must be in AP Chinese class at SHS.” It’s right there on the AP exam registration form. read more » CASSY therapist finds meaning in career March 4, 2015 — by Caitlin Ju and Apoorv Kwatra Counseling and Support Services for Youth (CASSY) therapist Erica Smith is a bit apprehensive about her upcoming presentation for her Career Day on March 23. read more » Star sprinter reflects on experience in track team March 4, 2015 — by Caitlin Ju and Dorrie Tang A key member of the team for four years and now a star varsity sprinter, senior Laura Cummins first became involved in the sport during the summer after eighth grade. read more » SHS faculty meets with middle school teachers at Wednesday collaboration March 4, 2015 — by Caitlin Ju and Dorrie Tang Students struggled to keep their eyes open during fourth period on March 4 without the extra hour of sleep that they usually get before school on Wednesdays. read more » Athletes discuss college choices March 3, 2015 — by Caitlin Ju and Kelly Xiao Like any debate captain or Intel finalist who has perfected his or her specialty, school athletes also wield aces in the race for colleges. While some seniors continue to wait in anticipation for college acceptances, some are already certain of their futures. read more » MAP speaker inspires students to pursue astronomy January 21, 2015 — by Caitlin Ju Dr. Jill Tarter, an astronomer and astrophysicist, was invited by the Media Arts Program and PTSO to speak with the Saratoga Community on Jan. 15. read more » Athletic trainer sees rewards in profession January 20, 2015 — by Caitlin Ju and Nupur Maheshwari SHS athletic trainer Liz Alves, who has been working in the position for seven years, helps provide diagnosis, treatments and emergency care year-round to all the school’s athletes. read more » ‘Mockingjay Part 1’ fails to catch fire January 20, 2015 — by Caitlin Ju When the first half of “Mockingjay” premiered on Nov. 21, I was honestly excited. I had been surprisingly impressed by the previous movie in the trilogy, “Catching Fire” and was ready for an action-packed ride. I had even bought my tickets online and arrived earlier than I normally would for a movie. read more » Recent budget cuts prompt sports teams to fundraise December 17, 2014 — by Caitlin Ju, Nupur Maheshwari and Gitika Nalwa This year district leaders decided to lower Saratoga High’s athletic asked-for contribution from $275 to $225 — the same amount now being sought at Los Gatos High School. Los Gatos’ contribution has been raised from $200 to $225. According to Robinson, the district’s decision to lower Saratoga’s asked-for contribution has left SHS sports programs with a $12,000 deficit. read more » Unnecessary lowering of athletic contributions hurts smaller teams November 20, 2014 — by Caitlin Ju Saratoga High should be separated from Los Gatos as it does not have as able a foundation to help with funding. read more » Top-seeded girls’ tennis team endures disappointing loss to Menlo in CCS semis November 20, 2014 — by Caitlin Ju After finishing the season with a 20-game winning streak and a record of 22-1, the girls’ tennis team’s post-season ended abruptly after being defeated 4-3 by the fifth-seeded Menlo on Nov. 17 at the Bay Club Courtside. The loss came especially as a blow as the team had beaten Menlo at the Fresno tournament in early September 4-1, with 2 matches unfinished. read more » Worthy sports forced backstage by overhyped ‘stars’ November 14, 2014 — by Caitlin Ju Tennis, golf, wrestling and lacrosse share the backstage. read more » Winning league streak boosts girls’ tennis team’s confidence October 12, 2014 — by Caitlin Ju Following a 7-0 win at home against Los Gatos on Oct. 2, the team prepared for the first annual Battle of the Bay tournament in which Central Coast Section (CCS) teams competed against those of the North Coast Section (NCS). Though the tournament was held at several different schools in the Bay Area, Saratoga played at home along with fellow CCS school St. Francis High. read more » Astronaut urges following dreams October 9, 2014 — by Caitlin Ju Students were given the opportunity to meet astronaut Michael Massimino on Sept. 26 in the library’s research center. read more » Star freshmen add depth to varsity tennis team October 9, 2014 — by Caitlin Ju Freshmen Dasee Carter and Stephanie Ren bring experience to the tennis team. read more » Sports Plaza completion brings community together September 8, 2014 — by Caitlin Ju and Ellen Wu Completed just before graduation last year, the Sports Plaza is now the main entrance of countless sporting events. The Plaza was the culmination of more than two years of extensive planning and fundraising that started when the SHS Foundation and alumni got together and decided the old ticket booth was something the school needed to fix. read more » SnoCrave is worth the rave September 2, 2014 — by Caitlin Ju With school already kicking into high gear, students are looking for places to relax and grab a small bite to eat after school. SnoCrave Tea House and Hot Pot, located next to 85°C Bakery Café on De Anza Boulevard, is the perfect place to do so. read more » Girls’ tennis team sets bar to win CCS September 2, 2014 — by Caitlin Ju The girls' tennis team looks to play in the league championship for the upcoming season. read more » Home | News | Sports | Opinion | Columns | Features | Multimedia | Print | About | Terms & Conditions Copyright © 1959 - 2024 by The Saratoga Falcon. All Rights Reserved.