Senior Mag 2023: The Three Run-Sketeers: Cross country friends maintain 4-year running ‘cult’ June 7, 2023 — by Carolyn Wang From pouring rain to fierce winds, we’ve run it all. read more » No drive, no life: Second-semester seniors go to Target on a $15 budget April 25, 2023 — by Christina Chang and Carolyn Wang Our Life Editors forced us to have some semblance of a social life. read more » School seeks new assistant principal for next year March 16, 2023 — by Christina Chang and Carolyn Wang Citing confidentiality reasons, the district discloses little information. read more » Caro—what? Perks and struggles of having a common name that sounds like other popular names November 9, 2022 — by Carolyn Wang Hi! My name is Carolyn. Not Caroline. Not Carol. And most certainly not Catherine. read more » Recent inflation upends living costs, poses health risks for the elderly October 12, 2022 — by Carolyn Wang While local seniors are relatively less affected by inflation, many feel the blow of living on retirement savings during a time of rapid inflation. read more » College specialist creates warm, encouraging space for students during college visits September 25, 2022 — by Carolyn Wang and Zack Zhang Representatives from 70 colleges have been planned to speak to students this year in the newly-setup College & Career Center. read more » Top 10: annoying orchestra sections September 11, 2022 — by Shannon Ma and Carolyn Wang We’ll answer your question now: we left the violas unscathed. read more » From Disney Songs to Musical Theater: Junior’s odd song preferences triumph over mainstream music June 5, 2022 — by Carolyn Wang Although it’s difficult to fathom a teenager frequenting music like “Do You Want to Build a Snowman,” there’s no other style of music I would rather listen to. read more » Juniors install mosaic to commemorate pandemic’s mental health toll May 30, 2022 — by Carolyn Wang Multiple staff and students contributed to the creation of the mosaic, which is displayed at the entrance of the wellness center. read more » With decisions coming out — sometimes via hacks — seniors learn their college possibilities April 1, 2022 — by Carolyn Wang While some plan in-person visits over spring break, others have taken advantage of Class of 2026 groups to talk to alumni for guidance read more » Local businesses see mixed success after mask mandate lifts March 31, 2022 — by Sara Bright and Carolyn Wang Although the level of comfort has increased and the return of normalcy is on the horizon, some still struggle to make ends meet read more » Arm injury resets priorities and teaches lessons March 15, 2022 — by Carolyn Wang Asking for help was one of my most important decisions read more » ‘Don’t Look Up’: a fresh angle on prevalent societal issues March 12, 2022 — by Carolyn Wang and Zachary Zinman Despite mixed reviews, the film’s satire and blatant criticism successfully achieves its purpose of criticizing the government’s inadequate response toward climate change, and the power tech monopolies have over every aspect of our lives. read more » For second year, school hosts virtual electives night for incoming freshmen February 8, 2022 — by Carolyn Wang Students helped advertise programs to middle school students and families read more » An adequate warning, but far from reality: Theranos does not reflect Silicon Valley startup culture February 7, 2022 — by Carolyn Wang and Zachary Zinman What appeared to be a health industry breakthrough fell apart due to Elizabeth Holmes’ deception. read more » Green Team tests indicate low water quality from fountains February 4, 2022 — by Carolyn Wang Senior Green Team president Cici Xu noticed abnormalities when comparing the impurity levels of different fountains read more » Linguistics is a widely underrated field of study February 4, 2022 — by Carolyn Wang Imagine how exciting it would be to transcribe Egyptian hieroglyphics, or tell time in Estonian read more » City’s ‘Let’s Work’ program clears invasive plants from Quarry Park January 31, 2022 — by Sara Bright and Carolyn Wang Volunteers help identify and remove French Bloom plants, which destroy native species and create a fire hazard. read more » Instaspecial: Girls cross country captures memories on social media December 13, 2021 — by Sara Bright and Carolyn Wang The girls’ cross country team’s Instagram page features reels, selfies and funny videos. read more » Senior and local residents advocate for an alternative to the proposed construction at the Saratoga Retirement Community December 3, 2021 — by Carolyn Wang and Sara Bright The current plan will block the view of the center’s historical manor, and require the cutting down of over 60 mature trees. read more » Local newspaper industry struggles to meet shifting expectations December 2, 2021 — by Carolyn Wang Many journalists are spread thin as alternative online sources, social media and fake news corporations overtake traditional print journalism, but these shifts are also opening new industries read more » Cheese may be plotting to take over my mind November 23, 2021 — by Carolyn Wang Everywhere I turn, I see it lurking in the shadows read more » The word ‘smart’ must stop being used in the wrong context November 4, 2021 — by Carolyn Wang It can promote the wrong kind of thinking and prevent people from challenging themselves read more » Students serve as representatives of youths in city government October 28, 2021 — by Carolyn Wang The Saratoga Youth Commission shifts to a hybrid mode of operation, hosting events targeted at the community’s younger citizens. read more » Danny Moon: from paperboy to marathon runner and coach October 22, 2021 — by Sara Bright and Carolyn Wang Girls’ cross country coach reflects on his six-decade-long running career read more » Some residents continue to voice objections to COVID-19 vaccines October 17, 2021 — by Sara Bright and Carolyn Wang Their controversial and unproven views have come at the cost of infections and threatened friendships. read more » Are textbooks the best way to learn history? September 17, 2021 — by Carolyn Wang Some find other methods of teaching and learning like evaluating primary sources to be more helpful read more » Cross country set to make strong comeback this season September 9, 2021 — by Sara Bright and Carolyn Wang To make up for last year’s six-week season lacking official meets, both teams are back to intense training routines read more » A brutally honest college essay: how I overcame two daunting challenges September 7, 2021 — by Carolyn Wang Bird feces and pull-up bars are serious problems. read more » Distance team makes progress May 21, 2021 — by Carolyn Wang Younger runners offer new potential despite a year of dormancy. read more » Students discuss cultural misconceptions in media and history textbooks May 13, 2021 — by Carolyn Wang How can classes fill in the gaps of a textbook that is meant to cover a thousand years of history in a few hundred pages? read more » Teachers prepare students for AP World Language exams remotely May 3, 2021 — by Carolyn Wang Speaking performance, specifically conversations, have suffered in the pandemic among SHS language learners. read more » Revisiting the chaos of lockdown day April 26, 2021 — by Carolyn Wang Life definitely became interesting when dreaded COVID-19 rumors spread across the school read more » Juniors search for alternative ways to take standardized testing April 15, 2021 — by Carolyn Wang Some have decided to postpone their SATs, while others have gone out-of-state or taken the ACT read more » Local teens hold TED-style entrepreneurship speaker event April 2, 2021 — by Carolyn Wang Students find a valuable and fulfilling experience in organizing and attending the event read more » Saratoga community responds to rise in anti-Asian violence with calls for change April 1, 2021 — by Selina Chen, Shreya Rallabandi and Carolyn Wang Asian Americans share their experiences with racism read more » ‘The Sound of Music’: the family film that develops with age March 30, 2021 — by Carolyn Wang My 7-year-old self’s recollection of the film changed completely when I came back to watch it as a teenager read more » Reporters maintain friendship through animal nicknames March 23, 2021 — by Christina Chang, Anjali Pai and Carolyn Wang Do not mess with the inhabitants of the Discord Pets Channel. read more » Local sixth graders return to school for in-person learning March 21, 2021 — by Carolyn Wang Redwood Middle School implements various safety measures to ensure the safety of all students and staff. read more » City and community support local historical Japanese garden during COVID-19 March 8, 2021 — by Christina Chang and Carolyn Wang Saratoga’s Hakone Gardens faces decrease in revenue due to the pandemic. read more » Time traveling back into the past with the school’s 10 principals in 62 years February 23, 2021 — by Carolyn Wang Though different in style, all helped shape the direction of the school. read more » Post-its, simple and tactile, are superior organizational tools February 2, 2021 — by Carolyn Wang They’re even useful for random things like recording cool punchlines and “anger” relief. read more » Hello? I’d like to order a pizza and some toilet paper February 2, 2021 — by Carolyn Wang How a group of 7th graders caused slight panic among hotel staff on a cultural exchange trip by speaking gibberish in a foreign language. read more » Art Club gains higher participation online December 15, 2020 — by Carolyn Wang and Tiffany Wang Art Club pursues more ambitious projects with the help of new members. read more » District cancels all sports for the rest of 2020 December 4, 2020 — by Jonathan Li and Carolyn Wang Without sports guidelines from the state of California until January of 2021, the school cannot redo the sports calendar to fit with Santa Clara county’s transition to purple tier. read more » New girls’ volleyball coach adjusts strategy to bring team together December 2, 2020 — by Carolyn Wang Volleyball coach Brendan Wang juggles COVID-19 restrictions, newly released sports schedules and two volleyball teams as the winter season nears. read more » Welcome to the Salem Witch Trials, mafia style December 1, 2020 — by Carolyn Wang The game involves social deduction, extensive use of logic and note-taking. read more » Bizarre nicknames originate in bizarre ways November 20, 2020 — by Carolyn Wang If you had a nickname like Wang-a-nacho-gangnam-poo style, you probably wouldn’t know whether to laugh or cry. read more » Alumni reflect on experiences after leaving Saratoga bubble November 2, 2020 — by Christina Chang and Carolyn Wang Alumni share advice from meeting the daughter of migrant workers to navigating 2020, juggling extracurriculars and combating college misconceptions read more » Students from music department organize wildfire relief concert October 31, 2020 — by Serena Li and Carolyn Wang Music department leadership students raise money for teachers affected by the recent fires. read more » A pandemic birthday gave me an opportunity to reconnect with my sister October 22, 2020 — by Carolyn Wang A low-key, isolated celebration comes with unexpected benefits. read more » Teachers should consider replacing online tests with pen and paper assessments October 8, 2020 — by Carolyn Wang Paper tests eliminate the glitches and ill-motivated incentives that are fostered during online assessments read more » Should runners wear masks on their jogs? September 10, 2020 — by Carolyn Wang Students debate whether to wear a mask while running. read more » Dermont joins Saratoga community after 5-year teaching career August 29, 2020 — by Carolyn Wang and Oliver Ye Stanford graduate Allison Dermont kicks off her first Falcon year teaching Spanish 2 and 3 read more » 100 Word Rants August 26, 2020 — by Selina Chen, Carolyn Wang, Chris Chen, Vicky Bai read more » Visuals by Carolyn June 7, 2023: Senior Mag 2023: The Three Run-Sketeers: Cross country friends maintain 4-year running ‘cult’ Left to right: Seniors Jenny Chan, Nithya Krishna and Carolyn Wang sit on the bleachers at theTrack and Field home meet on April 18. March 30, 2023: Opinion: School should enhance its storm response in preparation for the future Trees fall after the recent storm. November 9, 2022: Caro—what? Perks and struggles of having a common name that sounds like other popular names June 5, 2022: From Disney Songs to Musical Theater: Junior’s odd song preferences triumph over mainstream music March 31, 2022: Local businesses see mixed success after mask mandate lifts Saratoga Cleaners, a dry cleaning shop situated in downtown, continues to struggle financially. March 15, 2022: Arm injury resets priorities and teaches lessons February 4, 2022: Green Team tests indicate low water quality from fountains The journalism room fountain’s water had a TDS level of 245 ppm. February 4, 2022: Linguistics is a widely underrated field of study January 31, 2022: City’s ‘Let’s Work’ program clears invasive plants from Quarry Park January 20, 2022: America may be the land of the free, but that doesn’t mean college should be September 17, 2021: Are textbooks the best way to learn history? September 7, 2021: A brutally honest college essay: how I overcame two daunting challenges May 3, 2021: Teachers prepare students for AP World Language exams remotely April 26, 2021: Revisiting the chaos of lockdown day April 15, 2021: Juniors search for alternative ways to take standardized testing March 30, 2021: ‘The Sound of Music’: the family film that develops with age February 23, 2021: Time traveling back into the past with the school’s 10 principals in 62 years February 9, 2021: Phone addict takes a break February 2, 2021: Hello? I’d like to order a pizza and some toilet paper February 2, 2021: Post-its, simple and tactile, are superior organizational tools December 10, 2020: AP Gov students lean democrat in mock election, giving President elect Joe Biden landslide victory December 4, 2020: District cancels all sports for the rest of 2020 December 3, 2020: Sophomore dedicates herself to pre-season running Sophomore Carolyn Wang sprints across her neighborhood early in the morning. December 2, 2020: New girls’ volleyball coach adjusts strategy to bring team together December 1, 2020: Welcome to the Salem Witch Trials, mafia style November 20, 2020: Bizarre nicknames originate in bizarre ways November 2, 2020: Alumni reflect on experiences after leaving Saratoga bubble October 22, 2020: A pandemic birthday gave me an opportunity to reconnect with my sister October 8, 2020: Teachers should consider replacing online tests with pen and paper assessments September 16, 2020: An extrovert’s guide to surviving quarantine September 10, 2020: Should runners wear masks on their jogs? August 26, 2020: 100 Word Rants Home | News | Sports | Opinion | Columns | Features | Multimedia | Print | About | Terms & Conditions Copyright © 1959 - 2023 by The Saratoga Falcon. All Rights Reserved.