AP Government an unnecessary change April 13, 2014 — by Jonathan Young A senior looks at his class schedule and smiles. AP Lang? Check. AP Calculus BC? Check. Physics Honors? OK. He glances to see yet another AP class on his already filled schedule: AP Government. read more » Administrative action justified in its crackdown on pot March 28, 2014 — by Jonathan Young The shrill beep of the school bell reverberates throughout the halls, signaling the start of tutorial. Succumbing to ritual, upperclassmen rush to the cars and some gather in circles throughout the lot while others enter the warmth of their motor vehicles. read more » Mission Peak and Skyline: Local favorites provide spectacular views March 28, 2014 — by Jonathan Young Its 4 a.m., and you wonder why you’re up so early. For a Saratogan, the drive up to Mission Peak Regional Park can be a pain, but the experience is well worth it. read more » Parking lot entrances leveled out March 9, 2014 — by Arjun Ramanathan and Jonathan Young Drivers who had previously had the bottom of their cars scraped when exiting the front parking lot got good news following February break: The problem has been fixed. read more » AP Government an unnecessary change March 9, 2014 — by Jonathan Young It’s early August and sleepy-eyed students walk toward the Small Gym. Falcon Fest 2014 has begun: Students are eager to learn what classes they’ll have with friends, but are at the same time dreading the start of a new school year. read more » Athletes nail down college choices March 9, 2014 — by Jonathan Young At least a dozen seniors will be playing sports at the college level in the next few years. read more » Themed Spring Fling week hopes to encourage more participation March 6, 2014 — by Jonathan Young and Ingrid Hong Spring Fling Week, from March 24-28, is an annual celebration of school spirit normally bookended by Powder Puff football and the Sadie’s dance. read more » Michael Sam: The trailblazer March 6, 2014 — by Jonathan Young In early February, with the Super Bowl still fresh in the minds of football fans, Michael Sam decided to make history. Sam, an NFL draft prospect, came out as gay, and if signed by an NFL team, will be the NFL’s first active homosexual player. read more » Boys’ basketball: Falcons struggle early in League January 31, 2014 — by Jonathan Young After five league games this season, the Falcons are still without a win and are looking to find footing in league play. But players say they expect to recover from their rocky start and earn wins in their remaining league games. read more » Jimmy vs. Jimmy January 31, 2014 — by Jonathan Young and Ingrid Hong Jimmy Fallon vs. Jimmy Kimmel read more » Dwyer’s room exudes comfortable vibes January 31, 2014 — by Jonathan Young From various memorabilia to a bookshelf filled with assorted books, social studies teacher Todd Dwyer’s room is probably the most eclectic room on campus. read more » Warriors: shaky start, but still hope January 28, 2014 — by Jonathan Young As the NBA season nears the halfway point, the Golden State Warriors sit nine games above .500, yet they only hold the sixth place in the ultra-competitive Western Conference playoff picture. read more » Enthralled by everything El-P December 12, 2013 — by Jonathan Young “Did I sound abstract? I hope it sounded more confusing than that,” rapper and producer El-P said in “Tuned Mass Damper,” a song off his 2002 album “Fantastic Damage.” For the better part of the last 20 years, El-P has been a leading figure in the underground hip-hop scene and a part of some modern day classics in the genre. read more » Wrestlers look to build on last year’s success December 12, 2013 — by Jonathan Young As the 2013-2014 wrestling season starts, senior Graham Grant and junior Christian Murabito are looking to build on their successes last year. read more » Boys’ water polo: Falcons lose steam in second CCS game November 19, 2013 — by Jonathan Young On Nov. 16, the Falcons were pitted against the No. 2-seeded team in CCS, Menlo High School. Except this game was different in that they did not have their captain and star player, senior Stephen Cho. read more » ‘Glee’ cast member judges annual Saratoga Idol competiton November 18, 2013 — by Jonathan Young Junior Alana Hess emerged as the winner of this year's Saratoga Idol on Nov. 13, a singing contest that was judged by not only the usual group of teachers but also "Glee" cast member Derik Nelson. read more » Boys’ water polo off to impressive start November 5, 2013 — by Jonathan Young The Falcons are off to an unprecedented start, holding a 15-0 record as of Oct. 10. This is an impressive record considering the team lost players early in the season due to injury, including junior hole set Miles Mackenzie, who missed the first two games. read more » Stricter concussion policy needed to protect players November 5, 2013 — by Jonathan Young The football team pulled out a tough 40-37 win against Willow Glen on Sept. 20 — their first victory of the season — but it came at a cost. Senior quarterback Jonathan Walters ran headfirst into defenders and was diagnosed with a concussion after the game. Since then, the team had a bye week but this was not sufficient time for Walters to be cleared to play and he had to sit out the Homecoming game, Oct. 4 against Mountain View. read more » Glitches in newly released Common App website add to student stress November 3, 2013 — by Nick Chow and Jonathan Young Aggravation is becoming common for seniors dealing with the Common App's redesigned site. read more » Homecoming: students get their game on October 15, 2013 — by Atirath Kosireddy and Jonathan Young This year, the Homecoming festivities took an electronic turn with each class championing a childhood video game: Club Penguin for freshmen, Pac-Man for sophomores, Pokemon for juniors and Super Mario for seniors. read more » Homecoming review: Seniors one-up the competition October 9, 2013 — by Jonathan Young During lunch on Oct. 4, seniors gave a memorable Super Mario-themed Quad Day performance in their final high school Homecoming. read more » Homecoming review: Juniors impress with dances, participation despite decoration shortcomings October 5, 2013 — by Jonathan Young In the class of 2015’s lunchtime Quad Day on Oct. 3, the juniors came together and delivered a solid performance, with impressive dances all around. read more » Homecoming review: Sophomores exceed Quad Day expectations October 4, 2013 — by Jonathan Young On the second day of Homecoming week, sophomores gave an impressive performance centered around their Pac-Man theme. Their Quad Day was a memorable one as their skit, jokes and dances ran smoothly. read more » Homecoming review: Sophomores exceed Quad Day expectations October 3, 2013 — by Jonathan Young On the second day of Homecoming week, sophomores gave an impressive performance centered around their Pac-Man theme. Their Quad Day was a memorable one as their skit, jokes and dances ran smoothly. read more » Homecoming review: Class of ’17 dances impressively, but Quad Day plot hard to follow October 2, 2013 — by Jonathan Young To kick off Homecoming week, the freshmen put on their first quad day performance on Tuesday, Oct. 1, at lunch. Their skit roughly told a story of two boys who searched the world to take back one of the boys’ girlfriends, who was stolen by another boy. read more » Boys’ water polo: Team strives to break mediocrity September 9, 2013 — by Jonathan Young Going into the 2013-2014 school year, the boys’ water polo team hopes to improve on their second-place finish in league last season as both seniors Stephen Cho and Patrick Wang expect the team to win the El Camino league. read more » Commissioners hope successful ‘70s-themed rally a sign of things to come September 5, 2013 — by Jonathan Young During tutorial on Aug. 23, about 1,000 students packed into the walls of the Large Gym as the room buzzed in anticipation for the first rally of the year. read more » “In the Heights” highlights local youth June 2, 2013 — by Jonathan Young For two weekends, March 8-10 and March 14-17, junior Nina Jayashankar performed in the Children’s Musical Theatre’s adaptation of the Tony Award winning musical “In the Heights.” read more » Infectious iPhone games ensnare students June 2, 2013 — by Jonathan Young As freshman Arjun Ramanathan waits in the halls during break, his hands guide his phone, tilting to control his virtual bike that races across the finish line. read more » ‘Non-profit’ College Board cons students June 2, 2013 — by Jonathan Young There is a scam going on nationwide, and it’s targeting students and their parents. Here’s a short list of some of the ridiculous charges: $89 for an AP test, $50 for an SAT 1 test and $23 flat fee plus another $12 for each SAT 2 Subject test. The College Board, a “non-profit,” makes money because it has monopolized the standardized testing market. read more » ‘At Last’ students attend senior prom June 2, 2013 — by Jonathan Young Students gathered at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco for Senior Prom on May 18. The theme this year was “At Last,” as seniors had patiently waited years for this event — some also patiently waited for a bus. read more » Rodman ballin’ in foreign affairs June 2, 2013 — by Nelson Wang and Jonathan Young Recently, Dennis Rodman, a former NBA player for the Detroit Pistons, Chicago Bulls and San Antonio Spurs, made a visit to North Korea in February and attempted to reach out to North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-Un, an avid basketball fan, to discuss country relations. read more » Student leaders announced for 2013-2014 school year May 7, 2013 — by Grace Ma and Jonathan Young As students enter into their last few weeks of school, several groups on campus have begun to establish their new leaders for the coming year. So far, the new editor-in-chiefs of the Saratoga Falcon and drum majors for the marching band have been announced. read more » Boys’ basketball: Santa Cruz blues March 12, 2013 — by Jonathan Young Hoping to advance deep into Division 3 CCS play, the boys’ basketball team fell short Feb. 23 when they lost a frustrating game to the Santa Cruz Cardinals 62-52. read more » Musical legends honored at Grammys March 12, 2013 — by Jonathan Young For the past 55 years, the Grammy Awards has celebrated musical accomplishments with an elaborate ceremony to honor the artists. read more » Commission prepares for upcoming annual Spring Fling February 28, 2013 — by Sherrilyn Ling and Jonathan Young To follow up last year’s successful Spring Fling week, the Spring Fling commission has been diligently preparing for the annual event that will last from March 25-29. read more » Feeling like gold: The Warriors have an impressive 23-14 record thus far this season February 4, 2013 — by Jonathan Young When was the last time the Golden State Warriors have been fifth in the Western Conference playoff picture? Heck, it’s been a long time since the Warriors have even been above 0.500. read more » We made it! February 4, 2013 — by Catherine Tang and Jonathan Young We cannot believe the world is going to end on Dec. 21. In the midst of studying for finals, we made time to prepare for the apocalypse. We have prepared for everything including natural disasters, alien invasions, meteor strikes and even zombie viruses. read more » Living by God: A junior’s devotion to his religion February 4, 2013 — by Jonathan Young On a Sunday morning in October, like every other Sunday, junior Alvin Huang wakes up at 6:30, eats breakfast, brushes his teeth, grabs his guitar and heads out the door. read more » Bomb threat taken too seriously? February 2, 2013 — by Devin Zhao and Jonathan Young On Dec. 13 at around 6:39 a.m., the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Department learned about a potential bomb threat at Monta Vista High School. read more » Boys’ basketball: Falcons surge to 4-1 start in league play February 2, 2013 — by Jonathan Young After a strong start to league play with a 4-1 record, the Falcons are second in the De Anza League. read more » We lived past the apocalypse! January 24, 2013 — by Catherine Tang and Jonathan Young We cannot believe the world is going to end on Dec. 21. In the midst of studying for finals, we made time to prepare for the apocalypse. read more » Boys’ basketball moves up a league November 18, 2012 — by Jonathan Young Boys’ basketball is in a new league this season, but expectations are as high as ever. read more » Armstrong stripped of athletic fame and public respect November 18, 2012 — by Jonathan Young, Derek Sun So far, 2012 has been a disappointing year for athletes. read more » I got served October 15, 2012 — by Jonathan Young "You know you’re supposed to take the plastic off the handle, right?” said senior Amy Jan, a member of the girls’ varsity team. It was safe to say that I wasn’t off to a great start. read more » Drop in U.S. Rankings doesn’t show whole story September 12, 2012 — by Jonathan Young In 2007, U.S. News and World Report magazine released its first annual high school rankings. Saratoga High ranked No. 72. read more » Not all change is good: Students unsatisfied with recent financial changes to the school September 6, 2012 — by Nelson Wang and Jonathan Young This year, the school has implemented some controversial changes that are both unnecessary and frustrating to students. read more » Summer Specialties: Teachers open up on their summer jobs May 24, 2012 — by Jonathan Young Teachers Jenny Garcia and Krik Abe have had or will have jobs during summer break. read more » Seniors enjoy unforgettable moments at prom May 24, 2012 — by Amy Jan and Jonathan Young The long awaited moment many seniors had been waiting for arrived on May 19 when they stepped into the InterContinental San Francisco hotel to attend Senior Prom, themed “A Moment Like This.” read more » Can you: Eat free for a birthday at BJ’s (even if it’s not your birthday) May 1, 2012 — by Jonathan Young I was nervous. Not the kind of nervous that happens before taking a test or before executing a performance, more like a what-if-I-get-caught-nervous. read more » Molie Antoinette takes the cake May 1, 2012 — by Amy Jan and Jonathan Young When chemistry teacher Kathy Nakamatsu’s students returned to school after February break, her classroom slowly began to fill with a wide variety of moles, each one uniquely themed. These moles were stuffed animals that students sewn and stuffed, to be submitted for competition. read more » Spring cleaning basketball-style May 1, 2012 — by Jonathan Young March is the best time to be a basketball fan. The frustration of brackets being busted — mine included — coupled with the thrill of Cinderellas advancing round after round makes the NCAA March Madness tournament one of a kind. Even the non-basketball fan can be enthralled in the tournament and get caught up in the madness. read more » Powderpuff energizes school April 24, 2012 — by Jonathan Young Touchdown! The crowd exploded as the senior girls scored the only points in the championship game, sealing their victory on the evening of April 5. The senior guys didn’t disappoint either as their thrilling cheer routine enthralled students during the April 6 rally. read more » Green day: Irish brothers discuss their St. Patrick’s Day traditions March 26, 2012 — by Jonathan Young On March 17, a sea of green sweeps through all of America as people celebrate the most famous Irish holiday. Although America often associate St. Patrick’s Day with the traditions of wearing green and pinching those who don’t, in reality, the holiday is supposed to celebrate the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. read more » Flip teaching could prove beneficial March 21, 2012 — by Jonathan Young A student looks blankly at the whiteboard while his teacher introduces a new concept. Thoroughly confused, the student feels too embarrassed to ask the teacher for help because his classmates appear to be grasping the lecture material with ease. read more » Falcons lose heart-breaker to Santa Cruz after beating Prospect in CCS March 14, 2012 — by Dylan Jew and Jonathan Young For the first time since 2005, the varsity boys’ basketball team won the El Camino league, finishing 9-3 and tying for first place with Santa Clara. read more » Boys track: Sophomore looks to lead 2012 season March 14, 2012 — by Jonathan Young and Minu Palaniappan Runners gasp for air sprint as fast as they can toward the finish. Sophomore Drew Bryan is among those using their last bit of energy to finish the two-mile race, but when he finishes, he feels the sense of pride and accomplishment. read more » Class decisions: Strong algebra background required for calculus February 14, 2012 — by Jonathan Young The decision between Calculus AB and BC can be like night and day for upperclassmen. BC is regarded—and rightly so—as the more rigorous class. But little attention is given to the finer distinctions between the AB and BC. read more » Boys’ basketball ups record to 6-1 February 2, 2012 — by Dylan Jew and Jonathan Young The Falcons went 2-0 on the week of Jan. 23-27, compiling wins against the the Fremont Firebirds on Jan. 25, 53-44 and the Los Altos Eagles on Jan. 27, 50-44. read more » Drop in rankings doesn’t show school’s whole story January 23, 2012 — by Jonathan Young In 2007, U.S. News and World Report magazine released its first annual high school rankings. Saratoga High ranked No. 72. read more » Honors courses demand more time, effort January 18, 2012 — by Jonathan Young and Edward Dong A student stands where two roads diverge. He looks down one as far as he can, savoring the potential fruit of hard work after a year in an honors (or AP) course. He gives the other one a look—less stress, more time for extracurriculars. “Honors or regular?” he asks himself. read more » Boys’ Basketball: Falcons struggle at the Los Gatos Wildcat Shootout December 14, 2011 — by Dylan Jew and Jonathan Young At the Los Gatos Wildcat Shootout , the Falcons compiled a 1-2 record. Against Leigh on Dec. 7, the team lost 63-40. They were defeated again 54-45 by Leland on Dec. 8. On Dec. 9, against Christopher, the team bounced back with a decisive 64-53 victory. According to junior guard Brian Kim, the team adapted well defensively to the Christopher’s offensive strategy and they themselves executed on the offensive end. read more » Invisible Children postponement upsets some November 15, 2011 — by Allison Toh and Jonathan Young When Invisible Children announced that its “Word for the Unheard” dance was to be postponed to Feb. 11, members of the MAP program were disappointed to hear that their plans to organize a dance of their own were thwarted. read more » City needs to give businesses more help with atmosphere of downtown November 12, 2011 — by Jonathan Young The Obsession Box was a small gift shop in the heart of Saratoga’s downtown area. After struggling to attract business, store owner Pauline O-Daffer is closing her shop due to many issues that the city is neglecting to solve. read more » Hoya hospitality November 12, 2011 — by Jonathan Young Hoya Saxa! Hoya Saxa! The chant echoes throughout the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., as Georgetown students and fans cheer for their college basketball team. read more » Senior finds satisfaction in scaling mountains November 12, 2011 — by Jonathan Young The view goes on for miles. His heart is pounding and the blood is pumping throughout his body. A feeling of accomplishment rushes to his throbbing hands and feet. Senior Jeremy Wallin gets this rush every time he climbs a mountain. read more » Boys’ basketball: Small team looks to outrun competition November 12, 2011 — by Dylan Jew and Jonathan Young This season the Falcons will have to step up in order to fill the vacancies left by the departure of five seniors from last year. Last year the team lost in the second round in CCS; the team hopes to build on their experience and progress further this year. read more » New faces in old places: special education department experiences staff changes October 14, 2011 — by Vivian LeTran and Jonathan Young The special education department has a new look this fall, including the addition of teacher Brian Elliot and SHS alumni Danny Wallace and the promotion of Courtney Crase. read more » Frustrating Facebook: Many frequent users disapprove of Facebook’s recent changes October 14, 2011 — by Jonathan Young After a tough day of school on Sept. 21, one of the first things students did was, of course, check their Facebook. Only on that day, they were in for a surprise—one many of them did not like. read more » Lack of respect between school squads: Poor judgment shown by members of the band toward football October 14, 2011 — by Jonathan Young On Sept. 16, the bleachers were full and the football team was trailing 28-0 in a tough game against San Benito. The players were tired and frustrated. During the game, some players heard a couple of band members behind their bench cracking jokes about their ill-fated athletic performance. read more » 38 seniors named as National Merit scholars September 12, 2011 — by Jonathan Young and Derek Sun Thirty-eight students were notified by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) on Sept. 2 that they were among the top 1 percent of all scorers on the PSAT, the guidance department said. read more » Supersize Me: Problems arise with the number of students increasing September 9, 2011 — by Jonathan Young The quad is packed, the lunch line is endless and students are walking sideways through the halls trying not to bump into each other. Since when did so many students walk the halls of this school? read more » Senior’s percussion talent strikes on a national level September 9, 2011 — by Brandon Judoprasetijo and Jonathan Young Carnegie Hall. If there were ever a single building in the entire world that symbolized the epitome of greatness and success in any musician’s career, Carnegie Hall would be it. While some people spend their whole life working toward their moment in Carnegie, senior marimba talent Desmond Chan managed to earn his chance in the short time of three years. read more » Home | News | Sports | Opinion | Columns | Features | Multimedia | Print | About | Terms & Conditions Copyright © 1959 - 2023 by The Saratoga Falcon. All Rights Reserved.