Can you: Reference ‘The Dark Knight’ in AP Lang April 21, 2014 — by Nick Chow Pretty much everyone knows that I have a healthy obsession with anything related to the movie “The Dark Knight.” OK, maybe not a healthy obsession per se, but an obsession nevertheless. And what’s a better way to test my dedication to “The Dark Knight” code than to see how many movie references I can use during AP Language discussions? read more » Despite loss of key players, tennis team remains strong March 9, 2014 — by Nick Chow and Sudeep Raj Freshmen Andre Xiao and Kailar Shekar highlight the reason why the boys’ tennis team is primed for a deep run this season, despite having lost key players to graduation. Xiao and Shekar will play No. 2 and No. 3 singles respectively, showcasing one of the deepest rosters the Falcons have had in years. read more » Holistic learning connects with true understanding March 9, 2014 — by Nick Chow and JYoung Enter many high school classes, and you’ll likely see a teacher pacing in the front of the class, lecturing while students frantically try and scribble down notes. This lecture-driven style drives many school systems around the world (most notably China), and these schools are lauded for producing “smart” students en masse. 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 » Rolling Stone article offers insight into Pott case and youth culture September 20, 2013 — by Nick Chow In the Sept. 17 issue of Rolling Stone magazine, Saratoga High once again was in the national spotlight with the publication of a story headlined “Sexting, shame, and suicide,” giving a detailed account of the tragic bullying and suicide of Audrie Pott. Yet this story, written by staff writer Nina Burleigh, was different from previous ones. read more » 32 seniors named National Merit Semifinalists September 11, 2013 — by Nick Chow and Karen Sung Thirty-two seniors gathered in the library research center, called in for a mysterious reason by the guidance department on Wednesday, Sept. 4. However, they soon found out that they weren’t in trouble but instead had qualified as National Merit Semifinalists. read more » The day I met Aaron Gordon September 4, 2013 — by Nick Chow Gather around children, and I’ll tell you a story. Gather ‘round, and I’ll tell you the tale of when I met Aaron Gordon. read more » Post AP curriculum beneficial to course understanding June 2, 2013 — by Nick Chow With the recent completion of AP testing, a huge burden has been lifted off the school’s shoulders. Students everywhere have felt the diminishing of the merciless flow of work before AP testing. But to the astonishment of some students, AP classes are still learning new material after the test. However, this material, while not officially part of the AP course curriculum, is a huge asset in further enriching students’ knowledge. read more » History Bowl makes history at Nationals May 10, 2013 — by Nick Chow and Bruce Lou The History Bowl team crossed the finish line at the 2013 national tournament, 3,000 miles away in Washington, D.C, with the varsity A team and JV team placing within the top 20 and top eight in the nation respectively. But most importantly, the trip was the culminating experience to a successful season. read more » Students recommend preliminary courses to mitigate the AP gap April 3, 2013 — by Nick Chow As college admissions competition increases, more students are pressured into taking extra AP courses to boost their grades. However, many students are not ready for the jump from non-AP classes in sophomore year to course loads packed with harder classes in their junior and senior years. There are students, though, that have approached this AP dilemma in different ways. read more » Girls finish the season strong with a strong outing at nationals April 3, 2013 — by Nick Chow and Elijah Yi The cheer team placed fourth out of 21 teams in the Cheer Show varsity division at the USA Spirit Nationals held March 15-17 in Anaheim. read more » Freshmen take readiness test for Chemistry Honors April 3, 2013 — by Nick Chow Dozens of students piled into chemistry teacher Kathy Nakamatsu’s room on Feb. 8, eager to get the chemistry test over with. Two pages of questions later, the students filed out of the room. But here’s the catch: these students were freshmen. read more » Government must regulate drones moving forward April 3, 2013 — by Nick Chow An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) taking pictures of a terrorist’s face while flying 20,000 feet above the surface of the Earth is no longer something that only appears in animated television shows. The American military has been using UAVs, or drones, for precision aerial strikes in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen, Somalia and other terrorist strongholds since 2001; more recently, drones have entered the domestic realm. read more » History Bowl makes history with consecutive victories March 14, 2013 — by Nick Chow The History Bowl team traveled to San Leandro on March 2 to participate in the Northern California History Bowl Championship and emerged with flying colors. Both the varsity A-team and JV team won championships in their respective divisions. read more » Peer pressure leads students to take APUSH February 15, 2013 — by Nick Chow We all know that Saratoga often fosters an extremely competitive academic atmosphere, with students pointlessly comparing each other’s GPAs as they vie for academic honors to increase their chances of getting into a prestigious college. read more » Team stays positive after a tough loss February 2, 2013 — by Nick Chow and Elijah Yi The gym was packed as numerous fans came out to see the Falcons take on league-leading Palo Alto at home on Jan. 29. But on the first play of the game, the fans knew it was going to be a long night: Palo Alto’s Aubrey Dawkins cut to the hoop and dunked. read more » Senior delves into past in preparation for History Bowl February 2, 2013 — by Nick Chow and Minu Palaniappan History Bowl requires a vast knowledge and exceedingly quick thinking. Few students possess as great knowledge and love for history as senior Spencer Goldman. read more » Electives night for incoming freshmen a success February 1, 2013 — by Nick Chow The gym was packed with bright, young faces as hundreds of incoming students and their parents watched performances by the winter guard and the cheer team on the evening of Jan. 28. read more » Basketball player Jon Boldt: The spark on the defensive end December 16, 2012 — by Nick Chow and Elijah Yi The center is the last line of defense, altering and contesting shots. He is tasked with ferociously rebounding the ball to ensure his teammates extra possessions. He is the anchor of the team’s defense, the five, the pivot, the man in the middle. read more » Military offers an alternative path for students’ career December 7, 2012 — by Nick Chow When most Saratoga students graduate, they enter yet another grueling cycle of coursework in college before finally achieving a job at some graduate school. read more » Make a story about it: problems to address December 7, 2012 — by Nick Chow Inspired by YouTube comedian Jimmy Tatro’s video series, “Make a Video About It,” we decided to rant in an appropriate manner about our pet peeves at this school. read more » History Bowl team ‘buzzing’ with excitement following victory December 6, 2012 — by Nick Chow and Bruce Lou Although it is one of the newest clubs on campus, it has already won multiple victories. In only its first year, the History Bowl team conquered numerous other teams in its qualification for the national tournament. This year’s team is starting off right where they left off last year. read more » Capitalism: the Disney empire strikes back November 21, 2012 — by Nick Chow Recently, Disney bought Lucasfilm for a whopping $4 billion. As a result, it is safe to say the world is going to end. The fateful day that George Lucas signed over his entertainment industry was the day that marked the ruination of one of the most admired and beloved film series in the world. read more » A place to call home November 18, 2012 — by Nick Chow To some students, talking to a school counselor can be an unnerving task, especially when they don’t feel comfortable at school. That's why juniors Anup Kar and My-Lan Le recently founded a student-led group called Common Roots. read more » Gay scout deserving of Eagle award October 27, 2012 — by Nick Chow and Cristina Curcelli In early October, then 17-year-old Boy Scout Ryan Andresen of Moraga was denied his Eagle Scout award after working for nearly a decade to complete the requirements. The reason for the denial: He’s gay. read more » Saturday School is too relaxed October 27, 2012 — by Nick Chow When I was in elementary school, I imagined high school to be an extremely intimidating place. read more » Science Bowl tryouts result in large turnout October 27, 2012 — by Nick Chow Chemistry teacher Kathy Nakamatsu’s room was jam-packed with over 60 students struggling over a series of difficult science questions, ranging from DNA nucleotides to geological phenomena. read more » Double history? Bring it on October 17, 2012 — by Nick Chow I remember when the school year started and all of my friends were comparing schedules. read more » Tumbling adds new opportunities for the cheer team September 26, 2012 — by Elijah Yi and Nick Chow Fresh off a summer cheer camp at UC Santa Cruz, the cheerleading squad is anticipating an exciting year of changes and competition. read more » Crafting the ultimate water polo beast September 20, 2012 — by Nick Chow If you wanted to create the ultimate water polo player, an ideal athlete who contributes the most to a water polo team, what attributes would he have? read more » Upperclassmen turn to community colleges for summer enrichment September 19, 2012 — by Nick Chow and McKenna Galvin As the school year ends, juniors and seniors find themselves confronted with the decision over how to spend their summer vacations. While some opt for internships, travel or just staying at home, several upperclassmen continue their studies at local community colleges. read more » Switching to electric vehicles unfeasible for now September 7, 2012 — by Nick Chow This August, Tesla Motors announced that it will open its first Bay Area electric car service center in San Rafael. read more » League of Legends: another overhyped game May 23, 2012 — by Nick Chow The newest game many students obsess about is League of Legends (LoL); seemingly with each passing day, another one of my friends joins the game. Unfortunately, I think that the game is absolutely overrated. read more » The rise and fall of ‘hyped’ apps May 1, 2012 — by Nick Chow Back in December of 2009, throngs of iPhone and iPod aficionados were polarized by the newest finger-tapping phenomenon, Angry Birds. But as newer apps were released, Angry Birds diminished in popularity. read more » Biased college rankings don’t tell the entire story April 26, 2012 — by Nick Chow As the frenzy for acceptance into a prestigious college increases, numerous magazines and news sources, such as U.S. News and Forbes, have profited from their college ranking issues. read more » NTSB absolute cell phone ban too extreme January 29, 2012 — by Elijah Yi and Nick Chow A deadly pileup of two school buses, a pickup truck and a tractor truck, along with two dead and 38 injured. All caused by one reckless driver texting while driving. read more » Overcoming gender stereotypes January 29, 2012 — by Nick Chow 1. Guys are extremely disorganized. read more » Change in bike rack location angers students October 27, 2011 — by Rohan Rajeev and Nick Chow When students arrived on campus on the morning of Oct. 10, they were greeted with the sight of the familiar bike rack fixed in front of the Large Gym instead of under the overhang near the Small Gym. The administration said the rack was moved for safety reasons, but many students are upset at this new location because their bikes is now be out in the rain and sun. Over the previous weekend, the bike rack, which is used by at least 25 students a day, was moved from its original spot to a new location. read more » Vocational education an antiquated system October 22, 2011 — by Nick Chow As the United States continues to fall behind the rest of the world in education quality, despite billions of dollars spent, people have begun looking to alternative methods of education. One of these options is vocational education. Instead of aiming to prepare students for college, vocational high schools aim to train students in career skills, so they can go on to find employment rather than higher education. read more » Home | News | Sports | Opinion | Columns | Features | Multimedia | Print | About | Terms & Conditions Copyright © 1959 - 2024 by The Saratoga Falcon. All Rights Reserved.