Senior Mag 2023: Tony Fernandes: the milk man we needed June 6, 2023 — by Howard Shu From his infamous milk drinking incident at a rally to unexpected jokes in class, senior Tony Fernandes has kept his classmates on their toes throughout high school. read more » 25 years later: SHS’s version of a staggering March Madness upset April 3, 2023 — by Nikhil Mathihalli and Howard Shu Feb. 26, 2023 marked the 25th anniversary of the No. 16 Saratoga versus the No. 1 Seaside men’s basketball CCS upset, the biggest upset in SHS and CCS history. read more » Top 10: most underrated senior trip ideas March 30, 2023 — by Kavya Patel and Howard Shu The perfect list of trip ideas to entertain others, sometimes at your own expense. read more » Senior fuses meditation and neuroscience passions into research paper March 24, 2023 — by Howard Shu and Annie Liu With a deep learning mentor’s guidance, senior Bryant Liu has published his work on “Deep Learning for Meditation’s Impact on Brain-Computer Interface Performance.” read more » Time capsule 1968: WASC report reveals an unfamiliar past March 23, 2023 — by Lynn Dai and Howard Shu WASC records reveal surprising differences in school and community culture. However, fixation on academic achievement and other core values have remained the same since the school’s early years. read more » Class officers search for unique, but still profit-maximizing ideas to fundraise for prom December 14, 2022 — by Howard Shu The sophomore class officers mainly plan on hosting boba fundraisers, while the junior and senior class offices are looking to branch out to new items and possibly some on-site restaurant fundraisers. read more » Analyzing our rap album of the year: Atlanta rapper JID’s ‘The Forever Story’ December 8, 2022 — by Howard Shu and Arnav Swamy The album, which was released on Aug. 26, features unique, smooth flows and masterful lyricism providing powerful insight into his stance as an African American and human. read more » My chaotic Lake Tahoe skiing experience December 5, 2022 — by Howard Shu Skiing at Sierra-at-Tahoe and playing card games with my family made some of my most valued memories. read more » Listening to aggressive hip-hop as a shy suburban kid November 12, 2022 — by Howard Shu Rap music makes up most of my playlist. I enjoy the intensity of it, even though my personality could not be farther from intense. read more » Senior English classes should align with college essay guidance November 11, 2022 — by Howard Shu English 12 and AP Literature have done multiple college essay activities, while AP Language hasn’t done any. The classes should all strike a balance in offering just one class period of college essay guidance. read more » Teachers’ room decorations capture memories, exemplary student work September 24, 2022 — by Howard Shu Teachers said they decorate for their own pleasure and to create a happier learning environment. read more » Summer construction ends successfully September 9, 2022 — by Howard Shu New roofing and HVAC systems help students and teachers; baseball field and engineering lab renovations to finish soon. read more » Class of 2023 reflects on their year emerging from the pandemic June 5, 2022 — by Howard Shu and Arnav Swamy Juniors Trevor Leung and Maithili Kulkarni expand on interests behind course selections, how COVID has impacted their learning and decisions, what they would recommend to underclassmen and their takeaways from the school year. read more » Baseball team makes CCS after a three-game win streak to end the regular season May 19, 2022 — by Howard Shu The team went on their win streak following a change in head coach from Jason Bugg to Travis Cheney. During the streak, junior shortstop and pitcher Lucas Dennis threw no-hitters in back to back starts. read more » Spanish teacher Allison Dermont to depart school May 18, 2022 — by Howard Shu Although she has not determined which school she will be teaching at next, she hopes to live and teach in the same community. read more » Chess boxing: the ingenious combination of physicality and intelligence May 16, 2022 — by Howard Shu It is quite possibly the greatest sport I have ever seen. read more » Course registration patterns look to be consistent with past years March 18, 2022 — by Howard Shu Saratoga High guidance counselors met with incoming freshmen at Redwood Middle School on March 4 to gather and discuss their course selections. read more » Season preview: Baseball looks to win El Camino with well-rounded roster March 16, 2022 — by Howard Shu New coach Jason Bugg brings deep experience to the Falcon program. read more » Two juniors nominated for NCTE writing contest March 12, 2022 — by Howard Shu and Arnav Swamy Juniors Carolyn Pyun and Adam Xu’s entries were selected to send to the competition. read more » Engineering Design and Development students design and build original projects for practical use March 10, 2022 — by Sam Bai and Howard Shu Students build practical use projects ranging from hydroponic gardens to plastic recyclers. read more » Grandblunderers > grandmasters March 8, 2022 — by Howard Shu and Arnav Swamy Even though we are quite possibly the worst chess players alive, we feel like the best players in the world when we win by timing our opponent out while down half our army. read more » Warriors’ early success gives hope for championship run February 22, 2022 — by Atrey Desai and Howard Shu With a 42-17 record and currently ranked second in the Western Conference, the Warriors look poised for success off the back of superstar Stephen Curry and a deep bench roster. read more » Alum collegiate golfer plays top two seed on the D1 Harvard men’s golf team February 11, 2022 — by Howard Shu SHS 2020 alumnus Kevin Sze is focusing on continuing to prioritize his athletic and academic goals as he aspires to reach the PGA Tour. read more » How to approach New Year’s Resolutions: Think of them New Year’s goals instead January 21, 2022 — by Howard Shu Too many people try to snap immediately into fulfilling their often unrealistic or vague new year’s resolutions on Jan. 1, which leads to early burnout. read more » Alum Caroline Okuno becomes youngest First Marine Division Band drum major January 20, 2022 — by Howard Shu Okuno, a graduate from the class of 2019, returned to SHS to perform for band students. read more » Boys’ basketball team wins four straight to start league season January 20, 2022 — by Esther Luan and Howard Shu They went 9-2 in preseason and won a key league game against Los Gatos at home on Jan. 14, despite missing key starters. read more » Boys’ basketball: Senior-led group aims to dominate El Camino November 19, 2021 — by Benjamin Li, Esther Luan and Howard Shu Early-season win over Aptos shows team’s strength. read more » Effort begins to increase attendance at sports events November 16, 2021 — by Howard Shu Assistant principal Brian Thompson, athletics director Rick Ellis and junior Kaelli Trateng are working as a team on the issue. read more » Two juniors achieve rare perfect scores on AP Comp Science exam November 16, 2021 — by Annie Liu and Howard Shu Juniors Uma Phalke and Anthony Wang were the only Saratoga students to be among the 356 students globally who aced it. read more » After a successful introduction last year, the Fitness Club hopes to inspire more students to become healthier October 8, 2021 — by Howard Shu The club has weekly meetings in the weight room and focuses on many different aspects of fitness, including diet and injury prevention. read more » COVID-19 risk remains real, even for the fully vaccinated October 7, 2021 — by Howard Shu As the Delta variant surges and vaccine protection starts to wane for people who were vaccinated early, students should pay more attention to the COVID-19 risk until booster shots are administered widely read more » SHS students taking science research class at LG enjoy working on open-ended projects October 6, 2021 — by Nidhi Mathihalli and Howard Shu Participants create projects that are expected to be displayed in fairs next March. read more » Baby Keem’s ‘The Melodic Blue’ pioneers path for future rap music October 1, 2021 — by Howard Shu and Arnav Swamy The album features unique beats, melodies and lyrics which make Baby Keem unique compared to other rappers. read more » Golden State Warrior fan’s hot takes: championship window is still open despite quiet offseason September 30, 2021 — by Howard Shu Klay Thompson is back amidst — at best — several dubious trades. read more » As promised, district offers online program for ‘21-‘22 September 10, 2021 — by Howard Shu and Nikhil Mathihalli Students uncomfortable returning to in-person school during the pandemic may enroll in an online Independent Study Program read more » Replays are overused in professional sports May 15, 2021 — by Howard Shu Although there are some cases where they are acceptable, instant replaying often slows down the game and makes casual fans lose interest. read more » After 10 years, athletics director Tim Lugo steps down May 13, 2021 — by Apurva Chakravarthy and Howard Shu P.E. Teacher Rick Ellis will fill the position starting next year while Lugo will teach more and be able to devote more time to coaching football. read more » District must provide fair salary, increase benefits for SHS athletic trainer position April 15, 2021 — by Andy Chen, Shama Gupta and Howard Shu Former athletic trainer Liz Alves had a salary of $33,000 after serving for 12 years — Los Gatos paid their newly hired trainer $62,000. read more » Students and teachers reflect on the past year of quarantine April 1, 2021 — by Howard Shu Students have generally said that they miss social interactions and that it has been harder for them to avoid procrastination. read more » Science Olympiad team happy with performance in regional tournament March 29, 2021 — by Vinay Gollamudi and Howard Shu The tournament was their last competition of the year and they placed 11th out of 36 teams. read more » One family’s experience getting the COVID-19 vaccine March 27, 2021 — by Howard Shu The process of getting the vaccine went pretty smoothly for my sister, but my aunt had a harder time. read more » Girls’ golf team improves through their first few matches March 18, 2021 — by Howard Shu The team won against Los Gatos in their first match but lost their next three to Monta Vista, Lynbrook, and Palo Alto. read more » Girls’ golf team aims to rebuild in short, delayed season February 2, 2021 — by Howard Shu After losing four of their six starters from last season, the team will compete with Los Gatos for the last spot in the upper De Anza division. read more » Math club hosts decorated Carnegie Mellon professor February 2, 2021 — by Howard Shu Professor Po Shen Loh is the creator of an app called NOVID that helps track coronavirus risk. read more » History Bowl team places second in virtual national tournament January 21, 2021 — by Howard Shu and Vinay Gollamudi The national competition was initially supposed to be held in April, but was postponed to December. read more » Junior golfer hopes to welcome new players in upcoming season December 11, 2020 — by Howard Shu After extensive practice over the past two summers, junior Savannah Lin hopes to pass her sharpened decision-making skills to new golf players this season. read more » Cafeteria workers find ways to provide food during pandemic December 9, 2020 — by Howard Shu and Mina Yeap They have felt uncomfortable during remote learning, as they are used to being much busier. read more » Curry dumplings: a family classic December 9, 2020 — by Howard Shu My family makes them a few times a year, and we enjoy the process and, especially, eating them. read more » Quiz Bowl team makes nationals again December 7, 2020 — by Vinay Gollamudi and Howard Shu Members of the team look forward to competing, especially since last year’s nationals were canceled. read more » Kanye West comes up tens of millions of votes short in presidential election December 1, 2020 — by Howard Shu Unlike a certain former reality TV star, the 43-year-old rapper decided to concede defeat. read more » Student stock traders achieve success in the financial markets November 19, 2020 — by Howard Shu and Jonathan Li Highschoolers spend hours each day trading stocks to make profit. read more » Measure E bond to fund more renovations across campus November 5, 2020 — by Howard Shu The 900 building, the engineering building and the baseball field will receive many repairs. read more » Bryson DeChambeau wins U.S. Open, revolutionizes golf October 18, 2020 — by Howard Shu Bryson DeChambeau has used several never-before-seen tactics to find great success. read more » How I boosted my typing speed in a week September 14, 2020 — by Howard Shu I challenged myself to practice typing for a week and see how much faster I can get. read more » Visuals by Howard May 20, 2023: Top players qualified for CCS despite subpar team record Sophomore Aidan Smith hits his approach shot on the 18th hole during league finals at Santa Teresa golf course en route to a birdie. April 6, 2023: Boys’ golf ends March with just one victory in strong De Anza January 29, 2023: Students continue honing hands-on research skills in Advanced Science Research Junior Lynn Dai extracts planaria after feeding them egg yolk. December 8, 2022: Analyzing our rap album of the year: Atlanta rapper JID’s ‘The Forever Story’ December 5, 2022: My chaotic Lake Tahoe skiing experience My trip included pleasant scenery of Lake Tahoe and the surrounding mountains, smothering my head with winter gear and the greatest TV I have ever seen. November 12, 2022: Listening to aggressive hip-hop as a shy suburban kid My first liked songs ever on Spotify are straight out of a nightmare for hip-hop fans, including myself now. September 24, 2022: Teachers’ room decorations capture memories, exemplary student work Chemistry teacher Janny Cahatol’s “memory wall” depicts past students holding up a whiteboard telling a joke or memory. May 30, 2022: Boys’ golf placed second in league finals, junior qualified for CCS finals The team poses for a photo during their end-of-year banquet at Lazy Dog on May 15th. May 16, 2022: Chess boxing: the ingenious combination of physicality and intelligence March 8, 2022: Grandblunderers > grandmasters Pictured here is the result of Howard and Arnav’s first game against each other, which resulted in a stalemate and atrocious accuracy ratings. January 20, 2022: Boys’ basketball team wins four straight to start league season From left to right: senior Christian Li, juniors Julian Berkowitz-Sklar and Mateusz Palusinski, senior Christopher Liu. The athletes celebrate after Liu scored an “and-one” layup on a fast break to give the Falcons a 49-39 lead over the Wildcats with one minute remaining. 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