Mock trial sketch artist wins county competition for second straight year March 28, 2016 — by Gwynevere Hunger and Cassandra King Most students never get the opportunity to have their work recognized beyond the classroom, but senior Katherine Liu is not most students. read more » New murals in Large Gym aim to raise school spirit March 24, 2016 — by Gwynevere Hunger The School Site Council recently approved and helped pay for the addition of six new murals in the Large Gym: two large murals on each side with the school’s slogan and four small murals above the bleachers. The large murals read, “It’s great to be a Falcon,” and each small mural has the name of the grade that sits in that bleacher section during rallies. read more » Second-semester seniors find inspiration February 11, 2016 — by Anant Rajeev and Gwynevere Hunger For many seniors, second semester is a time of pure bliss. Free time abounds, pressure dissolves and college applications are a distant memory. However, some seniors continue to make a productive use of their time by seeking outside opportunities before heading off to college in the fall. read more » Dance team confident after big win February 8, 2016 — by Gwynevere Hunger and Tiffany Zheng As the announcement for awards started, the dance team huddled up and held hands in anticipation. A few moments later, the team’s 11 members were jumping and shouting: They had just learned they had won first place in Medium Hip-Hop Division at the USA (United Spirit Association) Regional Competition at Bella Vista High School on Feb 6. read more » Mock Trial team weighs wins and losses February 7, 2016 — by Cassandra King and Gwynevere Hunger Mock trial team prepares for upcoming matches and reflects on past matches. read more » Kardashian Q & A with senior Meera Rachamallu February 4, 2016 — by Gwynevere Hunger Meera Rachamallu is well-known by her peers to be addicted to the popular reality show “Keeping up with the Kardashians.” The Falcon had questions for the senior who has watched 110 episodes of KUWTK. read more » Music department delights at winter concerts December 8, 2015 — by Gwynevere Hunger Audience members left full of holiday spirit after attending the winter concerts put on by the music department on Dec. 1 and Dec. 3. read more » ‘Frozen in Time’ dance draws high attendance December 8, 2015 — by Gwynevere Hunger and Kyle Wang Four hundred and seventy-five students enjoyed an evening at the Children’s Discovery Museum on Dec. 5 during this year’s Winter Formal, themed “Frozen in Time,” which lasted from 8-11 p.m. read more » Girls’ volleyball comes back after coaching switch October 29, 2015 — by Gwynevere Hunger With regular head coach Brad Frederickson out for family reasons, the girls’ volleyball team will be coached by Steve Chiou, father of senior setter Nicole Chiou, for the rest of the season. read more » Homecoming week wraps up with crownings October 24, 2015 — by Gwynevere Hunger Homecoming week brought together classes and showed school unity. read more » Spirit leaders pump up student body during Homecoming October 23, 2015 — by Gwynevere Hunger and Tiffany Zheng With Homecoming week encouraging school spirit for all students, the dance and cheer teams have worked hard to serve as spirit leaders. read more » Women’s colleges foster close community October 22, 2015 — by Gwynevere Hunger and Hannah Payne According to SHS graduates, all-female schools serve as important stepping stones for the gender equality movement. read more » Sophomore dedicates time to go karting October 22, 2015 — by Tiffany Zheng and Gwynevere Hunger At age 11, Arul Venkatesh sat in front of the television set, his eyes glued to the Formula One competitors speeding around the track in polished go-karts, blurring past the world beyond them and obeying only the drop of the checkered flag. From that point, Venkatesh was inspired to become a professional kart racer, and he soon found a place to practice: Sonoma Raceway, 34 miles north of San Francisco. read more » Cheer and Dance teams take on the new year September 19, 2015 — by Gwynevere Hunger and Michelle Lee At the first rally on Sept. 11, the cheer and dance teams officially kicked off their 2015-16 season with their appearance. read more » Senior wins national animation competition September 18, 2015 — by Gwynevere Hunger A white paper lined with gold leaves and two black cameras peeked out of the envelope as senior Marcus Emery ripped open the package that he had just received in the mail the middle of summer vacation. A wide grin spread on his face as he read the letter enclosed; his film, “Dooble—The Short Winged Quail,” had been nominated as a finalist in the animation category of the All-American Film Festival, to which he had submitted his application a month earlier. read more » Choir, orchestra, band celebrate end of year with concerts May 21, 2015 — by Claire Chou and Gwynevere Hunger The first of three year-end music concerts opened with a performance by the Concert and Chamber Choirs in the McAfee Theater on the evening of May 8 and continued in succession from there. read more » Team loses in first round of playoffs; finishes season strong May 21, 2015 — by Emily Chen and Gwynevere Hunger The girls’ lacrosse team ended its season with a 16-10 first-round loss to top-ranked Palo Alto in Santa Clara Valley Athletic (SCVAL) playoffs on May 13. The Falcons’ final season record was 6-7. read more » Juniors show love of sports by working as referees May 20, 2015 — by Gwynevere Hunger Junior Kanaai Shah started refereeing soccer games in 2013 after completing an AYSO referee class with a couple of his friends. He recalls how his soccer career a number of years ago in AYSO motivated him to apply for the job. read more » Sophomore builds strong connections through tech May 8, 2015 — by Gwynevere Hunger and Vibha Seshadri Sophomore Gaya Chatterjee, then a freshman, settled into her seat in the McAfee Center, ready to see “Les Miserables.” Chatterjee watched intently as one of the characters, Fantine, sang her solo “I Dreamed a Dream.” read more » Winter percussion travels to Ohio for its first WGI competition May 1, 2015 — by Claire Chou and Gwynevere Hunger Winter percussion elevates its performance this year, reaching nationals. read more » Fourth annual MESH concert bonds together music family April 16, 2015 — by Gwynevere Hunger After four months of planning by Music Education at Saratoga High (MESH) student leaders, the fourth annual Benefit Concert was held on March 13 in the McAfee Performing Arts Center. read more » United start into new girls’ lacrosse season March 31, 2015 — by Gwynevere Hunger With brand new coaches for the season, the girls’ lacrosse team has begun the league season with a 2-2 record. The lack of players due to extended winter sports forced many to miss practices in the beginning of the season, in turn affecting the team’s overall performance. read more » Burger joint smashes expectations March 30, 2015 — by Gwynevere Hunger and Tiffany Zheng Reporters review Smashburger, a burger joint in the Westgate shopping plaza. read more » Rose Bowl concert and fundraiser held for upcoming parade March 30, 2015 — by Gwynevere Hunger A special concert was held on March 6 in the McAfee Performing Arts Center to showcase the marching band’s skills for the upcoming Rose Bowl Parade in the fall. Attendees in included Rose Bowl council president Council Mike Matthiessen, his wife, members from the National Park Service and council members from the Rose Bowl Parade. read more » Villa Montalvo a hidden, quick getaway March 27, 2015 — by Gwynevere Hunger Reporter reviews the Villa Montalva hiking area in Saratoga. read more » Pop music snubs other genres of recognition at award shows February 6, 2015 — by Gwynevere Hunger Nowadays, pop has seemingly taken over the entire music industry, causing genres, such as rock, classical and jazz, to receive less recognition at music award shows. read more » Fresh start with new coaches for girls’ lacrosse February 6, 2015 — by Gwynevere Hunger The girls' lacrosse team prepares for the upcoming season. read more » Rowers enjoy serenity, benefits of sport December 5, 2014 — by Gwynevere Hunger, Nidhi Jain and Vibha Seshadri Rowing, though a sport low-profile around campus, plays a crucial role in a several students’ lives. Its most attractive qualities, according to these students, are its meditative effect and rewarding benefits, such as the proud feeling of pushing their physical and mental limits. read more » ASB’s Winter Formal warms up student life December 4, 2014 — by Gwynevere Hunger Those going to Winter Formal this weekend can expect to be in a winter wonderland in a dance inspired by the popular Christmas song “Baby It’s Cold Outside.” The dance will occur in the Large Gym on Dec. 6 at 8 p.m. read more » Junior starts YouTube channel to showcase Bay Area December 4, 2014 — by Gwynevere Hunger and Vibha Seshadri Junior Jennifer Chen created her Youtube channel “This is the BAY” as a means of experiencing and showcasing the Bay Area’s diverse population and features. One of Chen’s other goals is to break stereotypes associated with the West Coast through her videos, which she hopes to release once a month. read more » Girls’ water polo secures spot in CCS despite missing players November 12, 2014 — by Gwynevere Hunger and Stefanie Ting The girls’ water polo team finished third in the SCVAL League De Anza Division with a record of 7-5. After placing fourth in the League Tournament on Nov. 9, the team moved on to CCS as a No. 9 seed. read more » Band invited to march at 2016 Rose Parade October 30, 2014 — by Claire Chou and Gwynevere Hunger Saratoga’s marching band has been invited to march at the Rose Parade, an annual nationally televised festival of floats in Pasadena, on Jan. 1, 2016. read more » Some younger students opting to take old SAT over revamped version October 25, 2014 — by Gwynevere Hunger and Shreya Tumu Starting in the spring of 2016, the SAT will include an optional essay, a shortened time of three hours and a score out of 1600. Because of these changes, some sophomores and even freshmen are scrambling to take the more predictable old SAT. read more » Girls’ water polo hurt by lack of key players in first tournament September 19, 2014 — by Gwynevere Hunger and Stefanie Ting Emerging from last year’s 7-5 record, the girls’ water polo team is training hard so far this season. After losing star player Nikki de Roos to graduation, the Falcons are depending on the experienced seniors such as seniors Mackenzie Rosenthal and Madison Gress to lead them. read more » No freaking policy not working May 6, 2014 — by Gwynevere Hunger and Oksana Trifonova School dances have always been a symbol of school spirit, a time when all social groups come together, united under the pride of being a Falcon. And with more dances and more attendance comes more unity and school pride. However, during the beginning of this year, the administration decided to ban freaking, a sort of dancing that consists of two people grinding against each other, with both looking in one direction so that interaction is not face-to-face. The administration has not approved of this way of dancing for many years and finally required students to dance “face to face” in the beginning of the school year. read more » Strong finish to the track season May 2, 2014 — by Gwynevere Hunger and Nupur Maheshwari After joining the lower El Camino Division El Camino Division this spring, the track team gained more success than in recent years. The boys ended with a 5-1 record, and the girls were 2-4. read more » Behind the scenes of prom May 1, 2014 — by Gwynevere Hunger Glitter filled the room as rays of sunlight reflected brightly onto the multi-colored prom dresses, creating a mini-rainbow inside the room. All around, a buzz of excitement filled the air as students were greeted with non-alcoholic beverages in margarita glasses, each with their own tropical color and flavoring, to kick off the night many been looking forward to ever since their childhoods — prom. read more » New TV shows aim to be big hits April 30, 2014 — by Gwynevere Hunger Spring is finally here. As the end of the school year nears and the weather grows warmer, everyone is itching to rush outside, go to the beach and devour that perfect ice cream. But after a long day, the time comes when students are ready to relax. With many new TV shows airing this spring and summer, there is sure to be something for everyone. read more » Track: Team looks to bounce back after rough season March 28, 2014 — by Gwynevere Hunger and Nupur Maheshwari “Optimistic.” It’s the first word that comes to coach Archie Ljepava’s mind when thinking toward the upcoming season of track. read more » Much Buzz for Buzzfeed March 24, 2014 — by Gwynevere Hunger In the new age of a technology-crazed world, social media’s importance is growing exponentially. Buzzfeed is promising itself a prominent spot on the social media battlefield scene. The site has now gone viral and has become a new addition to the mass of social networking sites available on the Internet. read more » Freshman jumps her way onto volleyball magazine March 9, 2014 — by Gwynevere Hunger Freshman Julia Vita has been playing sports for as long as she can remember. For the past three years, she has consistently played volleyball, but lately she got an unusual amount of exposure when her photo was featured in the Winter 2013-2014 “USA volleyball magazine.” read more » The thought behind every gift February 12, 2014 — by Gwynevere Hunger The thought behind the present matters more than the present itself. read more » Beloved choir instructor Jim Yowell bids goodbye to Saratoga January 31, 2014 — by Allison Lin and Gwynevere Hunger As the second semester began, students and staff members were missing the smile of a prominent teacher on campus: Jim Yowell. read more » Freshman finds passion through Magic January 28, 2014 — by Gwynevere Hunger Adjusting to high school life and standing out from the crowd can be hard, but luckily for freshman Christopher Metz, his magic making skills set him apart from his classmates. He has created a buzz as others try to figure out his magic tricks. On a daily basis, Metz mainly practices tricks with cards, only sometimes creating tricks with money, coins and pencils. read more » Brain behind the coxswain January 28, 2014 — by Gwynevere Hunger and Nupur Maheshwari Travel to Lexington Reservoir near Los Gatos on a typical afternoon, and you’ll see senior Izzy Zuccarino crouched down at the end of the boat, yelling out words of encouragement and directions to the rowers in front of her, as their oars cut through the water in one fluid motion. read more » District hopes breaks offer enough relief to arduous October November 19, 2013 — by Helen Chen, Gwynevere Hunger and Oksana Trifonova For many students, the first few months of school can be rough, especially for seniors: Getting past the Nov. 1 early deadline for college applications can be the hardest part of the year. read more » High School addiction: Instagram November 15, 2013 — by Helen Chen and Gwynevere Hunger When Instagram first came out three years ago, it was an innovative way to share photos; now it is a community in which 150 million users take part and share their lives. read more » Hispanic sophomores discuss their heritage November 14, 2013 — by Atirath Kosireddy and Gwynevere Hunger Imagine how different life would be if you just picked up all your belongings, got into a U-Haul truck and moved to a different house. How would you feel? Now multiply that feeling by five because that truck is an airplane heading to a different country. read more » Falcon staffers crowned Homecoming royalty October 14, 2013 — by Gwynevere Hunger, Nupur Maheshwari and Gitika Nalwa At halftime of the football game against Mountain View on the evening of Oct. 4, seniors Ingrid Hong and Nikhil Goel, both section editors for The Falcon, were crowned Homecoming Queen and King. Their victory came as at least a mild surprise since it, as it challenged the tradition of enthroning mainly marching band members. read more » Seniors pursue careers in music October 10, 2013 — by Gwynevere Hunger For most seniors the common application and school-specific supplements are their most hated enemies. However, in the music quad, some students have a whole different set of complaints. Applying to a music conservatory requires a completely different application process than applying to a regular college. read more » Costumes more provocative due to social media October 10, 2013 — by Helen Chen and Gwynevere Hunger Don’t be surprised at the sight of someone dressed as Miley Cyrus and her horrendous foam hand from the MTV Video Music Awards walking the halls this Halloween. read more » “Cafe LaCool” worth the trip October 8, 2013 — by Vibha Seshadri and Gwynevere Hunger Bright and early on a Sunday morning, we woke up with the excitement of overloading on sugar at Cafe LaTTea, which is located on Stevens Creek boulevard near Yogurtland. For the past couple months, social media sites such as Instagram and Facebook have been filled with pictures of the cafe’s mouth-watering desserts. read more » The Vine vortex: social media app gains popularity September 10, 2013 — by Gwynevere Hunger and Oksana Trifonova What would you do for 234,178 likes? Would you trash your kitchen “trying to kill a bug”? Or how about for 501,769 likes? Would you run around the mall singing “I believe I can fly” while hitting strangers with swim noodles on your arms? Believe it or not, people do all of the above and more through a social media app, Vine. read more » Band welcomes new year with band camp and ‘annual informance’ September 6, 2013 — by Jade Bisht and Gwynevere Hunger More than 200 members of the band department gathered on the lower field at 9 a.m. on Aug. 6 to officially kick off band camp, spending a grueling two weeks of 12-hour days reviewing marching and music basics. From 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., band members learned their new field show for the upcoming competition season under the sweltering heat. read more » Home | News | Sports | Opinion | Columns | Features | Multimedia | Print | About | Terms & Conditions Copyright © 1959 - 2024 by The Saratoga Falcon. All Rights Reserved.