Children’s Shows entertain April 23, 2009 — by Sulmaan Hassan and Holden Sparacino The drama department made some serious changes last year when drama teacher and director Chris Mahle was hired two years ago. The student productions were replaced with a One Act Festival which enabled more students to try their hand in directing and producing a show. This year, Mahle decided to change things up again with the initiation of the Children’s Shows. read more » Three wrestlers go to state March 19, 2009 — by Holden Sparacino and Guy Quanrud For the first time in over 20 years, three wrestlers from Saratoga qualified for state championships. This past weekend, junior Alan Yen at 189 lbs and seniors Nathan Nguyen at 121 lbs and Jasper Loren at 154 lbs. competed at the California State Championship in Bakersfield, two weeks after CCS championships. For Nguyen, the state championships was not an unfamiliar place. He is now a three-time CCS placer as well as three-time state qualifier, with improvements each time. This year he achieved an honorable mention, placing in the top 16 people at State Championships. read more » Senior finds passion in wrestling January 29, 2009 — by Guy Quanrud and Holden Sparacino Senior Jasper Loren steps onto the mat, an intimidating figure and one of the most dominant forces in the league. Within a couple moments he reads his opponent, finds an opening and brings him down with a “whack.” Just a split-second later he pins his foe and is announced the winner. For the captain of the wrestling team, winning sometimes seems too easy. “I have a love for the sport and I know I had to be top notch,” said Loren. “I guess it’s my determination that drives me to perform so well.” read more » The drama department revs up for Grease December 17, 2008 — by Holden Sparacino The music and drama departments are collaborating together in a musical for the first time in years for the school’s production of Grease, due be performed in the McAfee from Feb. 5-8. In the past couple years, the two departments have traded off directing the school’s spring musical, making some students feel less connected to one department or the other. Drama director Chris Mahle sees this show as an opportunity for both parties to put the past behind them and concentrate on creating a great show together. read more » Wrestlers move to morning practice schedule December 17, 2008 — by Guy Quanrud and Holden Sparacino This year the wrestling team is taking a different approach to their practices. By popular vote, the team has changed its practice time and adopted an early morning training routine. They lift weights in the morning so that afternoon practices are shorter, allowing the wrestlers to go home earlier. In addition, with this new policy, the afternoon practice can focus on wrestling technique. “When we lifted before we wrestled, the boys’ muscles were tired,” said head wrestling coach and history teacher Kirk Abe. “Now they have time to rest during the day.” read more » STAFF ED: Chamber of Commerce alienates youth with “A Taste of Saratoga” September 12, 2008 — by Ben Clement, Ketaki Shriram, and Holden Sparacino The Celebrate Saratoga Street Dance, a popular and well-received event by all of Saratoga, has been changed this fall to appeal more to an older population. Celebrate Saratoga has been going on for 19 years, and last year entertained 30,000 people. It now will be called “Taste of Saratoga,” and will be held from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Sept. 20, a change in timing dictated by the Saratoga Chamber of Commerce. read more » Coffee House, Spring Swing raise money for groups; Lip Sync canceled May 22, 2008 — by Holden Sparacino and Rahul Thakker As summer vacation slowly approaches, various groups around the campus are looking to raise money to fund end-of-the-year activities or simply to pay off a debt. read more » Home | News | Sports | Opinion | Columns | Features | Multimedia | Print | About | Terms & Conditions Copyright © 1959 - 2023 by The Saratoga Falcon. All Rights Reserved.