Political echo chambers: Why it pays to listen to those you disagree with March 28, 2018 — by Katherine Zhou Political tensions have lead to harmful restrictions on views. read more » Seniors continue tradition of senior trips as conclusion to high school adventures March 20, 2018 — by Michelle Lee and Katherine Zhou Seniors prepare to embark on one last journey with highschool friends before heading off to college. read more » Mock trial: the superior organization to learn real-life skills March 15, 2018 — by Katherine Zhou Mocktrial member weighs the benefits of mocktrial versus the shortcomings of speech & debate. read more » Interracial couples in the Bay are largely accepted by the younger generation January 29, 2018 — by Katherine Zhou and Sophia Zivanic Despite the younger generation's acceptance of interracial relationships, older generations experience some uneasiness. read more » Mock Trial splits first two matches in county competition January 29, 2018 — by Katherine Zhou Mock trial team looks forward to future tournaments after losing to Prospect and winning against Valley Christian. read more » Galentines: Nothing can be a disaster when you have good company January 26, 2018 — by Michelle Lee and Katherine Zhou Seniors mimick TV show's Valentine's Day tradition. read more » After losses to graduation, mock trial adds underclassmen to team November 16, 2017 — by Ashley Feng and Katherine Zhou Underclassmen look forward to upcoming season of mock trial for courtroom experience. read more » Winter Formal to be held at the Hyatt in Santa Clara November 16, 2017 — by Michelle Lee and Katherine Zhou High costs of off-campus dances threaten future dances. read more » Cultural (mis)appropriation: before you get offended by other people getting offended, hear what I have to say November 16, 2017 — by Katherine Zhou Senior shares her opinion on the fine line between cultural acceptance and cultural distortion. read more » Senior foodies sample ice cream at Maven’s Creamery November 13, 2017 — by Michelle Lee and Katherine Zhou Lee and Zhou try delicious ice cream between crunchy macaroons read more » Winter Formal to be held at the Hyatt in Santa Clara November 11, 2017 — by Michelle Lee and Katherine Zhou High costs make off-campus location tough to pull off, organizers say. read more » Friday Night Lights: football games October 19, 2017 — by Michelle Lee and Katherine Zhou Senior travels to neighboring schools' football games in search of hype and new social atmospheres. read more » Mock Trial receives murder case for current season October 13, 2017 — by Katherine Zhou The new Mock Trial case mirrors the political rally that took place Sept. 24 in protest of speaker Milo Yiannopoulos at UC Berkeley read more » Political memes: negatively influencing young voters October 11, 2017 — by Katherine Zhou How meme culture was been utilized as propoganda to defame and glorify candidates during the presidential race. read more » NFL’s new Korean kicker inspires student athlete October 11, 2017 — by Rahul Vadlakonda and Katherine Zhou Sophomore George Bian pushes forward in football despite low numbers of Asian American athletes. read more » Maneuvering carts at Costco is like driving September 15, 2017 — by Katherine Zhou Katherine Zhou drives nervous mom around Costco parking lot. read more » Work on new student wellness center expected to start this fall September 1, 2017 — by Kaylene Morrison and Katherine Zhou School utilizes Measure E funds to refurbish school and centralize student services. read more » New World History teacher demonstrates skill of veteran teacher August 31, 2017 — by Elaine Toh and Katherine Zhou Student-teacher hired and utilizes skills picked up through observing teachers. read more » PSA: Juniors, please don’t park in the senior lot August 31, 2017 — by Katherine Zhou Senior recounts experience being shut out of the senior parking lot due to space issues. read more » When does freedom of speech cross the line? August 31, 2017 — by Katherine Zhou In the wake of the violence at Charlottesville, is freedom of speech really beneficial to America? read more » Election speeches needed to showcase leadership abilities May 24, 2017 — by Elicia Ye and Katherine Zhou Election speeches give every student an equal chance to swade the voters, eliminating the popularity contests which certain candidates rely on. read more » Students reflect on the differences between overseas schools and Saratoga May 12, 2017 — by Ashley Su and Katherine Zhou Unlike American schools, where changing classrooms in between subjects is the norm, most schools in South Korea and other parts of Asia traditionally have teachers change classrooms instead. read more » Saratoga’s adaptation of ‘Legally Blonde’ draws praise May 3, 2017 — by Elicia Ye and Katherine Zhou Director Sarah Thermond enjoyed the Broadway version of the musical, and decided to stage “Legally Blonde” this year after many drama students requested it. read more » Prom askings are a waste of time May 3, 2017 — by Katherine Zhou Junior's opinion on the trend of public prom askings. read more » Freshman’s dedication to violin leads to outstanding achievements March 24, 2017 — by Vivien Zhang and Katherine Zhou Freshman succeeds through playing violin. read more » Lost friendships: a natural progression of human relationships March 23, 2017 — by Katherine Zhou Junior loses friends. read more » No-mirror makeup surprisingly not very difficult March 23, 2017 — by Katherine Zhou Junior wears makeup without a mirror. read more » ‘The Good Wife’: Hard-hitting drama deemed unrealistic by attorney father March 23, 2017 — by Katherine Zhou Drama ruled as unrealistic. read more » Private elementary schools not worth the money March 23, 2017 — by Ashley Su and Katherine Zhou Private elementary schools a scam. read more » Worth it?: Açaí Bowls March 7, 2017 — by Michelle Lee and Katherine Zhou Juniors try new restaurant. read more » Bellarmine’s Pro-life Club highlights the lack of representation in social justice issues February 13, 2017 — by Katherine Zhou All-male private high school Bellarmine College Preparatory found itself tied up in a community-wide controversy in January after one senior posted a tweet showing the school’s Pro-Life Club’s protest against abortion. The club focuses on activism and fundraising to end legalized abortion in the U.S..Many students from neighboring Bay Area schools were upset by this protest, and for good reason. Although abortion is an issue that could affect a man’s life indirectly, it is ultimately pertinent to a woman’s health and well-being. read more » Christmas gift develops into long lasting hobby February 10, 2017 — by Katherine Zhou Junior gets lifechanging Christmas present. read more » Mandela Effect reveals the consequences of collective false memories February 9, 2017 — by Katherine Zhou The Mandela Effect was coined by blogger Fiona Broome in 2010 after she discovered that many people clearly believed that late South African activist and president Nelson Mandela died in prison, when in reality, he was still alive. Although this trend may seem silly at first impression, it has gained traction because many people have become distraught after having extremely clear memories about certain phenomena, only to find out that the reality is much different. read more » Quitting activities allows students to pursue different interests February 9, 2017 — by Alexandra Li and Katherine Zhou Students begin to quit activities to pursue other more important ones. read more » Boys’ Lacrosse season kicks off February 9, 2017 — by Saya Sivaram and Katherine Zhou Boys’ Lacrosse gears up for strong start to season because of players. read more » Mock Trial teams starts competition season 2-1 February 9, 2017 — by Cassandra King and Katherine Zhou Mock Trial starts season off strong. read more » Male beauty gurus break down gender barriers February 4, 2017 — by Muthu Palaniappan and Katherine Zhou Last fall, popular cosmetics brand CoverGirl made headlines after the company introduced its newest and first male spokesmodel James Charles, a 17-year-old male makeup artist, who creates looks on himself for social media. read more » Christmas gift develops into long lasting hobby December 8, 2016 — by Katherine Zhou Playing ukulele becomes juniors favorite past time. read more » More boys join Winter Guard December 7, 2016 — by Ashley Su and Katherine Zhou Winter Guard male membership increasing read more » The value of sports: U.K. vs. U.S. December 7, 2016 — by Esha Lakhotia and Katherine Zhou Sports in the UK valued differently than in the United States read more » College Bound: Seniors apply to dual degree programs at the University of Pennsylvania December 7, 2016 — by Vivien Zhang and Katherine Zhou Students plan on doing dual major programs read more » Students learn the importance of exercise through Move-ember December 4, 2016 — by Ashley Su and Katherine Zhou Move-ember promotes excersize read more » Marching band prepares for SoCal regionals October 27, 2016 — by Chelsea Leung and Katherine Zhou Band gets ready for SoCal after taking 2nd at NorCal BOA read more » Seniors volunteer for congressional candidate Ro Khanna October 26, 2016 — by Esha Lakhotia and Katherine Zhou Seniors experience campaigning for the first time. read more » Behind the name: Students grapple with their unusual names October 26, 2016 — by Chelsea Leung and Katherine Zhou Students struggle to accept their given names. read more » SUSD board candidate aims to raise awareness of district issues October 26, 2016 — by Ashley Su and Katherine Zhou Mother of senior and SUSD board candidate sets her goals. read more » ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children’ fails to live up to books October 13, 2016 — by Michelle Lee and Katherine Zhou Based on author Ransom Riggs’ best-selling book series, the movie, released on Sept. 30, follows the basic “hero” plotline: an adolescent protagonist, Jake Portman, doesn’t fit in his regular life (in Florida). After a terrifying call to action (his grandfather mysteriously dying), he goes on an adventure to a new world (a house for children who have “peculiar” powers, cared for by Miss Peregrine). There, he discovers a new truth about himself: He has these magical powers himself. read more » New clubs focus on teaching different skills to students September 23, 2016 — by Roland Shen and Katherine Zhou Barbell club and Tri-M club are two new clubs discussed in detail. read more » Olympic doping tactics become more complex September 22, 2016 — by Katherine Zhou In the recent years, many doping scandals have been uncovered, revealing the prevalence of the issue, especially in sports based on strength or endurance. read more » Private schools offer transfer students a new perspective September 18, 2016 — by Alexandra Li and Katherine Zhou In the Bay Area, many students consider attending private schools. But since there are also many prestigious public high schools in the area, the question for many is whether the private school path is the right one for them. read more » Music services vie for more ears September 13, 2016 — by Alex Yang and Katherine Zhou Juniors discuess which music stremaing service is the best. read more » Boys’ lacrosse works through ups and downs to end season on good note May 24, 2016 — by Amith Galivanche and Katherine Zhou Before their playoff game on May 11, the boys’ lacrosse team had hope that they could beat — or at least compete with — Palo Alto, ranked No. 1 in the De Anza League (DAL). read more » Reporters attempt homemade pressed juice April 27, 2016 — by Elizabeth Lee and Katherine Zhou Nine dollars for a small bottle of juice is unreasonable. So after the new Pressed Juicery store opened in Santana Row about a year ago and hype about healthy juices took over social media, we decided to make some ourselves. read more » Boys’ lacrosse team steadily improves to finish season strong April 27, 2016 — by Amith Galivanche and Katherine Zhou The boys’ lacrosse team has rebounded from last year’s losing season with both more victories and improved play. read more » Art major perseveres through hardships, considers Pratt Institute April 23, 2016 — by Elizabeth Lee and Katherine Zhou Senior Michelle Wang shares story on how she plans to become an Art major. read more » YouTube education: quick information for short attention spans April 23, 2016 — by Katherine Zhou Like the other millions of viewers who keep up with these fascinating videos, I enjoy watching “educational” videos on YouTube to increase my knowledge. I subscribe to YouTube channels like TED, Vsauce, AsapSCIENCE, SmarterEveryDay, Veritasium and SciShow to keep up on uncommon topics that pique my curiosity. read more » Youth Commission builds community in Saratoga April 21, 2016 — by Katherine Zhou Saratoga Youth Commision begins to expand presence in Saratoga. read more » Bi-racial sophomore embraces two cultures April 21, 2016 — by Julia Miller and Katherine Zhou Sophomore embraces two different cultures. read more » MESH hosts concert, Winter Guard competes in Vegas and choir performs at SJSU March 16, 2016 — by Karissa Dong and Katherine Zhou March is a crazy time for college basketball players, but it’s also an extremely chaotic time for the hundreds of students in the music department. read more » Boys’ lacrosse: Junior’s passion for sport helps new team improve March 12, 2016 — by Amith Galivanche and Katherine Zhou With 14 new players on the boys’ lacrosse team this year, coach CJ Toy is counting on strong veteran players such as junior team captain Aidan Peck, who plays midfielder and attack, to help the team succeed. read more » Archaic Iowa caucus system should be eliminated March 11, 2016 — by Katherine Zhou The Iowa caucus: the first expression of voter interest in the election season. The caucus is an electoral event where residents meet in precincts and select delegates for the state’s Congressional District Convention and State Convention, which eventually choose the delegates for the presidential nomination. read more » SJSU professor fills in as guitar teacher March 10, 2016 — by Karissa Dong and Katherine Zhou Music director Anthony Lanzino, who taught the guitar course and AP Music Theory, left the school due to family reasons. read more » Mock trial makes strides in competition season March 10, 2016 — by Katherine Zhou The school’s mock trial team competed in the Santa Clara County High School Mock Trial Competition from Feb. 2-11 and placed 11th overall. read more » Mystery Club: Students investigate and role play puzzling riddles March 6, 2016 — by Claire Rhee and Katherine Zhou Mystery Club, which meets every Friday at lunch in room 006, allows students who are interested in mysteries to investigate them through episodes of “Sherlock,” puzzles or role playing scenarios in which they have to discover the killer. read more » Rose Parade caps stellar year for marching band January 23, 2016 — by Karissa Dong and Katherine Zhou Marching band's Rose Bowl parade recap. read more » Mock trial prepares for upcoming season with scrimmages January 22, 2016 — by Katherine Zhou The team has been preparing for competition season over the course of the year, creating both a prosecution and defense case for People v. Hayes, a case about the murder of a security guard. read more » Sophomore finds passion in playing Indian drums January 21, 2016 — by Katherine Zhou Sophomore Varun Viswanath continues passion of Indian drum playing since the age of 11. read more » Marching band soars at regional show, places first in Bands of America November 13, 2015 — by Karissa Dong and Katherine Zhou The Nov. 7 contest was the cultimation for months of hard work for the more than 200 members of the marching band. read more » Genderless bathrooms can help foster non-binary acceptance November 13, 2015 — by Katherine Zhou Two years ago, California lawmakers signed AB 1266 into law, an amendment that requires schools to allow students to join sports teams and use facilities consistent with the gender they identify with. read more » Orchestra performs at San Francisco State University November 12, 2015 — by Karissa Dong and Katherine Zhou Arriving at San Francisco State University for the annual San Francisco music festival at noon on Oct. 23, the orchestra prepared to perform in front of fellow high school orchestras from the Bay Area. read more » Recent insensitivity shows Hollywood’s racist tendencies November 10, 2015 — by Katherine Zhou Actors grapple with taking roles that reinforce stereotypes or not working at all and the continued stereotypes are being reflected in today's entertainment. read more » Mock trial begins season with high hopes October 23, 2015 — by Cassandra King and Katherine Zhou Mock trial kicks off the season with a strong start. read more » Students prepare for rigorous course load over the summer October 10, 2015 — by Jay Kim and Katherine Zhou Instead of relaxing during the summer, many students are working with tutors during June, July and August to prepare for difficult classes in the coming school year. read more » Marching band pays tribute to seniors October 8, 2015 — by Karissa Dong and Katherine Zhou Linking elbows with his mother and twin sister, senior drum major Avi Arjavalingam was all smiles as he walked down the football field flanked on both sides by the waving flags of the Color Guard on the night of Oct. 2. read more » Seniors plan to pursue artistic majors October 8, 2015 — by Angela Lee and Katherine Zhou Senior Katherine Liu, then 11 years old, passed by a row of fluttering flags and ambled into a lofty glass building. Liu vividly remembers her surreal experience at the United Nations headquarters. read more » Later start times should be implemented October 8, 2015 — by Katherine Zhou Although administrators can do little to prevent students from packing their schedules with tough classes and time-consuming extracurriculars, one way they can help them get more sleep is by starting school later. read more » Junior spends summer immersed in musical environment September 2, 2015 — by Maya Prasad and Katherine Zhou Junior Esha Krishnamoorthy attends a summer music program in order to expand her knowledge on music. read more » Musicians focus on upcoming Rose Parade September 1, 2015 — by Karissa Dong and Katherine Zhou With Pasadena’s Rose Parade approaching on Jan. 1, the marching band has adapted its class curriculum to help prepare for the parade’s 7.2-mile march. read more » Home | News | Sports | Opinion | Columns | Features | Multimedia | Print | About | Terms & Conditions Copyright © 1959 - 2024 by The Saratoga Falcon. 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