Senior competes in Intel finals March 26, 2013 — by Evaline Ju Over the week of March 10, senior Kevin Garbe traveled with 39 other students from all over the nation to Washington, D.C., the final competition in the Intel Science Talent Search. read more » AMC qualifiers look toward AIME March 12, 2013 — by Evaline Ju From the two rounds of the American Mathematics Competition (AMC) held on Feb. 5 and Feb. 20, 12 students who took the AMC 10 and nine who took the AMC 12 qualified for the American Invitational Mathematics Exam (AIME). read more » Science Bowl teams fall short of last year’s success February 26, 2013 — by Evaline Ju The two Science Bowl teams competed at the annual Regional Department of Energy (DOE) Science Bowl at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) on Feb. 9. read more » Three seniors among Intel semifinalists January 29, 2013 — by Evaline Ju Seniors Nikki Bedekar, Amanda Chow and Kevin Garbe were announced among the 300 semifinalists for the Intel Science Talent Search competition on Jan. 9. read more » Ethics Bowl team prepares for regionals January 24, 2013 — by Evaline Ju and Devin Zhao The Ethics Bowl team will compete in the California Regional High School Ethics Bowl Competition on Feb. 2. 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 » Math Club competes at SCU November 21, 2012 — by Evaline Ju Nine students participated in the Santa Clara University High School Mathematics Contest on Nov. 10, the first out-of-school competition so far this year. The contest is a three-hour, non-calculator exam that tests problem solving skills, not directed toward any specific math course. read more » Girls’ tennis team falls in CCS quarterfinal round to Menlo November 15, 2012 — by Evaline Ju After finishing second in the De Anza League behind undefeated Monta Vista, the girls’ tennis team entered CCS as the fifth seed. They lost 12-6 to Menlo, the fourth seed, on Nov. 9 after winning 11-7 over Palo Alto on Nov. 7. read more » Girls’ tennis: Team changes coaches but stays second in the league October 19, 2012 — by Evaline Ju After a Sept. 25 loss to Monta Vista, coach Ashvin Soin announced two days later that he would step down as head coach of the girls’ tennis team for unstated personal reasons. Assistant coach Florin Marica decided on Oct. 3 to take the position with Jonathan Chui as the new assistant coach. read more » Freshman receives fourth place in Math Prize for Girls October 5, 2012 — by Evaline Ju Among more than 250 contestants from the U.S. and Canada, freshman Celine Liang took fourth place at the fourth annual Math Prize for Girls contest at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on Sept. 22. read more » Former assistant principal Hyde working as college counselor October 2, 2012 — by Evaline Ju Even after retiring from school after 36 years of devotion to the district, former assistant principal Karen Hyde wakes upeach day at 6 a.m. to check emails, research schools and edit essays. read more » Girls’ tennis: Team takes seventh at California High School Tennis Classic September 19, 2012 — by Evaline Ju The girls’ tennis team took seventh place of 124 teams at the California High School Tennis Classic on Sept. 8 after two days and four matches under the blistering Fresno sun. read more » CCS changes unnecessary near end of season September 12, 2012 — by Evaline Ju As every sports team nears the end of the regular season and prepares for CCS, it seeks to perfect its starting lineup and the strategies it has been practicing. Yet everything will change for the girls’ tennis team in preparation for the CCS playoffs beginning on Nov. 9, less than three weeks away. read more » Girls’ tennis: Team faces new season with new coach September 7, 2012 — by Evaline Ju After the loss of key seniors from last year, including No. 1 singles player Crystal Yen and the No. 1 doubles team of Sarah Lum and Lisa Asai, the girls’ tennis team is attempting to rebuild with the help of new coach Ashvin Soin. read more » Link Crew should shift focus from ‘links’ to issues May 1, 2012 — by Evaline Ju Each school year begins with the infamous freshman orientation, the introduction of the incoming freshmen to the daunting world of high school. At Saratoga it is spiced up with the leadership of Link Crew leaders, upperclassmen who put in hours of preparation to dress up, entertain and introduce groups of freshmen to the school. read more » Benefit show a success despite time constraint March 26, 2012 — by Evaline Ju Students strutted the runway in apparel from sleepwear to prom dresses during the annual Benefit Fashion Show, which took place on March 17 in the Large Gym. read more » Mock Trial county competition season underway February 13, 2012 — by Evaline Ju During the first week of February, new additions to this year’s mock trial team performed for the first time in front of a real judge in a real courtroom at the Santa Clara County tournament in downtown San Jose. On Feb. 7, the prosecution team faced Leigh and lost 235-215. “We have been practicing for months,” history teacher and team adviser Jeffrey Scott said about the loss, “but everything changes when you are at the downtown courthouse staring in front of a real judge with an audience.” Still, Scott was proud of team, especially the new members. read more » Preview of Electives Night garners student interest February 6, 2012 — by Evaline Ju Drawn by the colorful performances and encouraging shouts of high school students, the incoming class of 2016 encountered the vast array of electives offered at the school during the Preview of Electives Night on Jan. 30. The event lasted from 6:45 to 8:30. read more » Mock trial holds public run-through February 6, 2012 — by Evaline Ju The mock trial team’s formal run-through pitted the team’s own prosecution against its defense on Jan. 31 in preparation for its county competition. read more » Interact ‘captures’ members through bonding activity December 4, 2011 — by Evaline Ju and Rohan Rajeev Around 35 students from the Interact club participated in team bonding games at Foothill Elementary after school on Nov. 22. read more » Students prepare for March science fair December 2, 2011 — by Evaline Ju With the first semester drawing to a close, some students are already planning for their second semester activities such as the annual science fair. The 2012 Synopsis Championship hosted by the Santa Clara Valley Science and Engineering Fair Association takes place on March 7. read more » Liberal arts degrees vital to education November 29, 2011 — by Evaline Ju Computer languages. Bugs. Robots. Cells. Bunsen burners and chemicals. read more » Saving for the holidays November 21, 2011 — by Evaline Ju With the holidays come Santa, hot chocolate and long lists of gifts for friends and family: perfume for the aunts, scarves for the cousins, photo albums for the grandparents. The presents begin to pile up, and so do the bills. Yet bringing joy to the holidays should inspire creativity, but not put pressure on the piggy bank. read more » Girls’ tennis: Team to face Monta Vista for CCS title November 15, 2011 — by Evaline Ju The girls’ tennis team is set for a third showdown with rival Monta Vista this season in the final round of the CCS Championships on Nov. 16 at the Courtside Club in Los Gatos. read more » Girls’ tennis: Another close match with Matadors, but no victory October 29, 2011 — by Evaline Ju The girls’ tennis team suffered another 4-3 loss to rival Monta Vista on Oct. 25 on the team’s senior day, the last home game of the league season. read more » Media professionals introduce students to careers October 29, 2011 — by Evaline Ju A panel of professionals invited by the Media Arts Program introduced students and parents to careers in media in the McAfee Center on Oct. 27. read more » That’s so awkward…Students recount their embarrassing experiences October 26, 2011 — by Evaline Ju Junior shares her love of chicken wings Junior Homecoming princess Michelle Chan began chatting on Facebook with Homecoming commissioner junior Priscilla Chu about how she was enjoying her chicken wings on Sept. 29. Chu then sent another message to the members of the Homecoming court and commission with information about attire, transportation and the school-provided dinner before the Homecoming game. Absentmindedly, Chan accidentally typed, “im eatin a chicken wing” and sent the message to the Homecoming commissioners and all 12 members of the Homecoming court. read more » Marathons allow students and staff to help the community October 23, 2011 — by Evaline Ju and Priyanka Nookala Just keep running, just keep running, just keep running, running, running. Over the years, both students and teachers have developed interests in marathons and walks. They have enjoyed new experiences and have found satisfaction in becoming more active in the community. read more » Girls’ tennis: Major CCS changes unnecessary near end of season October 22, 2011 — by Evaline Ju As every sports team nears the end of the regular season and prepares for CCS, it seeks to perfect its starting lineup and the strategies it has been practicing. Yet everything will change for the girls’ tennis team in preparation for the CCS playoffs beginning on Nov. 9, less than three weeks away. read more » Girls’ tennis team finishes a four-match week October 17, 2011 — by Evaline Ju The girls’ tennis team had a very long week. Instead of the usual two matches on Tuesday and Thursday, they played four matches from Monday through Thursday, Oct. 10 to Oct. 13. read more » Girls’ team suffers a heartbreaking 4-3 loss to Monta Vista October 5, 2011 — by Evaline Ju So close. The girls’ tennis team lost 3-4 to league rival Monta Vista on Sept. 29. After winning three matches in a row in the afternoon, the team suffered four losses. The No. 3 doubles team of senior Tiffany Tu and junior Evaline Ju finished first with a 6-3, 6-3 win. No. 2 singles sophomore Kalyani Narayan followed with a 6-4, 6-0 win, and No. 1 singles player senior Crystal Yen won 6-1, 6-3 over juniors Jody Law and Wendi Kong respectively. read more » Newspaper nominated for national award September 24, 2011 — by Evaline Ju The Saratoga Falcon has been nominated for the National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA) Pacemaker award in the category for newspapers of 17 or more pages. It was the second time the newspaper had received this nomination in the past 14 years. “It was a complete surprise and honor to find out [about the nomination],” said former editor-in-chief Shannon Galvin, who graduated from the school last spring. “For whatever reason, we've rarely been able to get that honor, so we weren't really expecting to.” read more » Girls’ tennis: Team takes fifth at Peachtree, looks forward to league season September 24, 2011 — by Evaline Ju It’s hard to top a perfect season. Losing a match came as a shock to the girls’ tennis team following their 25-0 season last year, but they still succeeded in winning fifth place at the California Girls High School Tennis Classic in Fresno earlier this month. read more » For wrestlers, practice means maximum effort and lots of sweat September 16, 2011 — by Evaline Ju Wrestling is no simple tangle of arms and legs. read more » Hot sauce mom’s disciplinary measures are abusive September 15, 2011 — by Andy Fang and Evaline Ju On Aug. 24, “hot sauce mom” Jessica Beagley was convicted of child abuse and five days later was sentenced to three years of probation. read more » Girls’ Tennis takes fifth at Peachtree tournament September 15, 2011 — by Evaline Ju Not as good as last year, but good enough. read more » The adventures of Evaline, a car and a wallet June 2, 2011 — by Evaline Ju On a 90-degree Thursday afternoon I decide that instead of jumping in my backyard pool, I will drive my car up into the hills of Saratoga to Villa Montalvo. The area offers miles of hiking trails, three performance venues, exhibitions and gardens for vistors’ enjoyment. Driving up, I find the road lined with fancy houses and trees providing abundant shade. read more » English department undergoes changes, hires veteran teacher May 27, 2011 — by Jackie Gu and Evaline Ju This past spring, the school posted a notice for a full-time English teaching position. From the posting, more than 100 applications rolled. read more » Privatizing Medicare a counter-productive plan May 26, 2011 — by Evaline Ju A government by the people, for the people, of the people? With a recent budget proposal that would eliminate the current system of Medicare, many citizens are beginning to question that fundamental tenant of the American government. read more » Boys’ tennis: Team wins tournament and hopes for further success April 4, 2011 — by Evaline Ju and Ashley Tang Although the spring season has just begun, the boys’ tennis team has already proved that it will again be a strong competitor this year, despite a recent loss to Monta Vista. read more » Top chefs cook up fruity specials April 1, 2011 — by Evaline Ju In a twist on the reality series “Top Chef” on Bravo, the Cookie Monster and Elmo were treated to cookies on the Feb. 16 episode. Determined to seek out culinary talent in Saratoga, I devised my own challenge by asking three students to create baked goods of their choice. read more » Junior thankful for safety of family and friends in Japan March 30, 2011 — by Evaline Ju The 8.9 earthquake in Japan sent shock waves not only through East Asia, but to the rest of the world as well. In a city like Saratoga, with strong Japanese ties, many relatives overseas have worried about finding and communicating with family members. read more » Pi Day provides sweet deals March 18, 2011 — by Evaline Ju In honor of Pi Day, students crowded around a small table on the quad steps on March 14, eager to purchase pieces of pie for the Math Club’s annual fundraiser. read more » Where art thou, summer break? March 9, 2011 — by Evaline Ju and Vivian LeTran Remember those summer days spent lazing around, going to the beach or the mall every other day? Or when our parents signed us up for those one-week long horseback riding and overnight nature camps? read more » Diver to athletic director: Jordan reveals past and present job duties March 9, 2011 — by Evaline Ju From working in an underwater salvage company to being the athletic director at Saratoga High, Peter Jordan has always been willing to take on a big challenge. read more » A+ for athletes adds motivation February 5, 2011 — by Evaline Ju A+: The grade given after exceptional hard work produces successful results. Students strive for that grade in all subjects, from math to English, throughout their time in school. Yet if it is awarded in academics, why not for success in athletics as well? read more » Taking down the stress monster: Professionals offer advice on dealing with stress January 26, 2011 — by Jennifer Jin and Evaline Ju The star basketball player was in a scoring slump and despite studying for hours each night, her grades had dipped. Her parents noticed the changes and told her to see a therapist. She thought it was a crazy idea, but after a few appointments, she felt like she had more control over her life again. read more » AP changes decrease amount of trivia, increasing enduring understandings January 23, 2011 — by Evaline Ju AP Biology book? 1,250 pages. AP US History book? 1,034 pages. Knowing all of that information for the AP tests in May? Probably pretty painful. read more » Most teachers using websites to help students January 13, 2011 — by Evaline Ju Before sophomore Andy Fang pulls out his math textbook each night to do his homework, he checks pjyim.com, his teacher PJ Yim’s website, to make sure he is completing the right section —and looks at the counter counting down the number of days until the semester final. read more » Team ends season 25-0, becoming NorCal champs for first time December 13, 2010 — by Evaline Ju The fifth time was the charm for the girls’ tennis team. After four rain delays and four location changes, the team’s 12 members won the final round of the CIF NorCal Championships for the first time in school history 4-2 against Monta Vista on the afternoon of Dec. 11. They finished the season 25-0. read more » Rain postpones NorCal final vs. Monta Vista for girls’ tennis December 5, 2010 — by Evaline Ju The still undefeated girls’ tennis team seems a good bet to beat anyone but the weather this year. Rain began to fall as players began their matches against Monta Vista on Dec. 2 afternoon in the finals of the CIF NorCal Championships in Walnut Creek, postponed from nearly two weeks before. Most of the girls only finished the first game of the first set before the referee called the players off the courts. read more » Athletes’ stairway to college recruitment November 30, 2010 — by Evaline Ju and Samika Kumar Recruitment: the goal of all high school athletes who aspire to compete at the college level. As fall draws to a close, students from all over the country begin to choose their desired colleges. Beginning Nov. 10, athletes could sign their National Letters of Intent to Division I and Division II schools, committing to participate on the school’s team next fall. read more » Girls’ tennis repeats as CCS champions, beating Monta Vista 6-1 November 18, 2010 — by Evaline Ju After months of practice and anticipation, the girls’ tennis team beat longtime rival Monta Vista 6-1 on Nov. 17 at Courtside to win a back-to-back CCS championship, with both wins over the Matadors. The victory put the team at 22-0. “The girls surpassed expectations by 100 percent this year,” said head coach Tom Uyehara. “Monta Vista has always been a tough matchup, as a lot of games could have gone either way.” read more » Falcons to take on Matadors for CCS title November 16, 2010 — by Evaline Ju The girls' tennis team beat Archbishop Mitty 5-2 in the CCS semifinal round on Nov. 15 at Courtside Club, securing themselves a slot into the final round of CCS playoffs and boosting their record to 21-0. All three doubles teams won fairly easily in straight sets against the same teams they played in the Fresno Peachtree tournament at the beginning of the season in September. No. 4 singles player freshman Kalyani Narayan gave the team the necessary fourth match with a victory of 6-4, 6-2 over her opponent. read more » Costa Rica attacked because of…Google? November 16, 2010 — by Evaline Ju Everyone runs risks when looking up information on the Internet. Wikipedia may give inaccurate math equations or biographies of historical figures. On sites like Yelp or Yahoo, people may type business names or addresses incorrectly. read more » Not the pretty pink princess…. November 16, 2010 — by Evaline Ju From birth until I was almost 6, I could have been easily mistaken for a boy. My clothes consisted mainly of neutral colors because my mom believed that I looked horrendous in girls’ clothing, especially with my chubbiness and baldness during my first few months. Even after my hair finally grew out, my mom insisted to have it cut a little shorter than shoulder-length, making me appear as a shaggy-haired kid. read more » Crystal Yen: Tennis Star October 19, 2010 — by Evaline Ju Despite qualifying as a Junior Olympic hurdler in eighth grade, junior Crystal Yen abandoned the track lanes the summer after her freshman year when she realized she did not truly enjoy the sport. She chose instead to focus on tennis, which she had started only two summers before, after seventh grade. read more » Girls’ Tennis: Team remains undefeated after match against Monta Vista October 17, 2010 — by Evaline Ju The dark clouds appeared ominous on the afternoon of Oct. 5 when the girls’ tennis team set out to play their longtime rival Monta Vista High. Yet even the depressing skies and a few light sprinkles would not hinder the team from defeating their opponents 5-2. With half of the league season over as of Oct. 5, the outlook to a CCS championship repeat remains bright. “I cannot remember the last time Saratoga tennis has started a season 12-0,” said head coach Tom Uyehara. read more » Students’ opinions vary on pot legalization October 7, 2010 — by Evaline Ju For decades, politicians and activists have debated legalizing the use of marijuana. Consequently, the details of Proposition 19 on this year’s November election have sparked controversy. The final decision will affect communities all over the state, including Saratoga's. Although small, the city has had its share of dealings with marijuana, as seen in the crackdown of drug use and sales in school this past March. read more » Apple goes too far in stalking jailbroken devices September 16, 2010 — by Evaline Ju With a quick stroke of the slider on his iPhone, a student can enter a world of free applications and unrestrained choices of phone carriers. Little does he know, however, that his iPhone could be recording his voice and his heartbeat or taking secret photos of him if Apple gets its ways in the next few months. read more » Peachtree win brings high hopes for season September 14, 2010 — by Evaline Ju With one carefully executed forehand, junior Crystal Yen closed the final match that made the girls' tennis team first in the state. read more » Link helps freshmen get off to a good start September 9, 2010 — by Evaline Ju A cheering gauntlet of upperclassmen dressed in costumes from ninjas to crayons welcomed the 360 members of the class of 2014 as they stepped through the doors of the gym lobby on Aug. 27. read more » Home | News | Sports | Opinion | Columns | Features | Multimedia | Print | About | Terms & Conditions Copyright © 1959 - 2023 by The Saratoga Falcon. All Rights Reserved.