College decisions bring joy and sadness to seniors April 26, 2011 — by Rebecca Nguyen and Karen Yang Since she was a child, senior Keerti Shukla has gone to MIT a countless times when visiting her aunt and uncle, who both work at the school. Although she had walked through the pristine hallways of MIT on multiple occasions, Shukla’s desire to attend MIT became concrete once she decided to pursue a major in engineering. read more » College decisions bring joy and sadness to seniors April 26, 2011 — by Rebecca Nguyen and Karen Yang Since she was a child, senior Keerti Shukla has gone to MIT a countless times when visiting her aunt and uncle, who both work at the school. Although she had walked through the pristine hallways of MIT on multiple occasions, Shukla’s desire to attend MIT became concrete once she decided to pursue a major in engineering. read more » Falcon Christmas Gift Guide December 15, 2010 — by Shivani Chadha, Izzy Albert, Karen Yang, Kyumin Shim, Synthia Ling and Rebecca Nguyen DVDS/CDS Toy Story 3 Woody and Buzz are back again to save the day in this timeless classic from Disney. “Toy Story 3” provides humor, adventure and emotion all packed together in this final adventure of the Toy Story series. The heartwarming storyline of “Toy Story 3” is perfect for the holidays, by bringing back childhood memories that will make you both laugh and cry. This DVD is an essential addition to any movie collection and a perfect gift for anyone who grew up in love with the series. read more » Lemon and Almond Cake Recipe December 15, 2010 — by Rebecca Nguyen My Aunt began making a lemon and almond cake during the holiday season after my cousin came to visit from Paris. After they practiced, they were finally able to perfect this recipe. Follow these simple directions to make your own delicious lemon and almond cake! Ingredients: 120g all purpose flour 200g almond powder 200g sugar powder 200g softened salted butter 3 eggs 1 lemon juiced and zested 1 teaspoon baking powder Directions: Preheat oven to 356°F 1. Beat butter and sugar until obtaining a clear mixture read more » Los Dos Compadres offers authentic Mexican food November 6, 2010 — by Rebecca Nguyen While most people think of Chipotle when thinking about Mexican food, Los Dos Compadres #2 is a great alternative. read more » Car holds rally keepsakes September 23, 2010 — by Synthia Ling and Rebecca Nguyen Rally commissioner Leah Capek's black 2003 Volkswagen Jetta seems more like a storage closet for costumes, props and equipment used in past rallies rather than a form of transportation. "My stuff is all pretty much from the rally, give or take a few things," said the senior who has been on the rally commission since the end of last year. "There are flags, my clothes from the rally, skates and in the backseat of my car I have my blanket and binders. I also have some nice robes and a bra." Capek, embarrassed by the blue leopard print bra, explains how it got in her car. read more » What’s Waldo carrying? September 22, 2010 — by Synthia Ling and Rebecca Nguyen For senior Tim Lycurgus, his blue 1999 Lexus SUV is more than something that takes him from point A to B. It's also a storage device that he lovingly calls “Waldo" and a place where he hangs out with his best friend senior Kevin Darchuk, who claims to be Waldo's uncle. Just to get a glimpse of the inside of his trunk, Lycurgus has to fold down the back seat of his car and crawl into the trunk to open it from the inside. read more » Budget problems postponed to 2011-12 June 6, 2010 — by Rebecca Nguyen and Anna Shen Next year’s budget woes may be solved, but the Los Gatos Saratoga Union High School District (LGSUHSD) is now facing a $3 million deficit for the 2011-2012 school year. The budget deficit for 2010-11 has been solved by cutting courses and programs, implementing a salary freeze and a pay cut, withdrawing money from the reserve and instigating teacher layoffs. As a result of these changes, some class sizes such as English 9 will increase by one or two students. read more » Chubby Bunny March 23, 2010 — by Rebecca Nguyen and Maggie Lin "1...chubby bunny...2...chubby bunny...3...chwubby bwunny...4...twubby bwunny...5..." All of the Chubby Bunny participants sounded exactly the same as they put one marshmallow in after the other. For those unfamiliar, Chubby Bunny is a childhood past time in which people compete to see how many marshmallows they can put in their mouth before their uttering of "chubby bunny" becomes incoherent. In the first showdown, seniors Mika Padmanabhan and Trevor Teerlink stuffed six and seven marshmallows in their mouths respectively, leaving witnesses in awe. read more » Community expresses concern over budget crisis March 16, 2010 — by Rebecca Nguyen and Anna Shen The Saratoga community expressed its concern over the district's budget crisis during the Feb. 25 town hall meeting at the SHS library. Several dozen parents, students and teachers all voiced their worries over the future quality of education at SHS and proposed possible solutions, such as community donations and a parcel tax. read more » Community, school discusses budget issues at meetings February 22, 2010 — by Anna Shen and Rebecca Nguyen As the Los Gatos Saratoga Union High School District (LGSUHSD) continues to find ways to alleviate the worst budget crisis in its history, many teachers are beginning to worry about an increase in class sizes or the possibility of getting pink slipped. read more » As projected deficit for 2010-11 reaches $3 million, district moves closer to action February 1, 2010 — by Rebecca Nguyen and Anna Shen As the budget deficit for next school year nears a staggering $3.06 million, the Los-Gatos Saratoga Union High School District (LGSUHSD) has started taking steps to deal with the growing crisis. read more » SHS Foundation proves to be an important asset in school’s advancement January 30, 2010 — by By Rebecca Nguyen and Anna Shen In the late 1990s, the school could hardly be viewed as a great facility for learning. In fact, Saratoga High had hardly changed its appearance or facilities in its first 40 years. read more » Alumni travels to Africa to promote AIDS Awareness January 19, 2010 — by Lauren Kuan and Rebecca Nguyen After graduating Saratoga High in 2007, aMichael Nguyen, a junior at UC San Diego studying human development, decided to go to around Tanzania last fall to teach HIV/AIDS awareness through One Heart Source, a program that helps house orphans in Africa. Nguyen felt that it was an opportunity he would not want to miss. read more » District deficit for next year increases to $2.75 million December 15, 2009 — by Rebecca Nguyen and Anna Shen After a Dec. 8 school board meeting, district officials have concluded that the earlier projection of a $1.6 million budget deficit for next year has increased to $2.75 million because of a re-adjusted estimate of local property values. "Where we are now is [figuring out] what are we going to do––that's what we're negotiating now," principal Jeff Anderson said. "We are working with the board to figure out where should we save money and where that money is going to come from." read more » District faces projected $1.6 million deficit next year December 15, 2009 — by Rebecca Nguyen and Anna Shen Saratoga and Los Gatos High Schools will be facing at least a $1.6 million deficit during the 2010-2011 academic school year and are looking for ways to solve the problem during the next few months. Potential changes include larger class sizes, staff layoffs, pay cuts and furloughs, fewer instructional supplies, an on-line summer school option and a schedule alignment between the two schools. read more » Retiring teachers to be missed May 26, 2009 — by Mira Chaykin and Rebecca Nguyen At the end of this school year, students will not only have to say goodbye to the seniors but also to retiring English teacher Paul Page and math teacher Larry Bingham. Both have decided to leave SHS in pursuit of relaxation and other passions. read more » Seniors face the challenge of choosing colleges April 21, 2009 — by Rebecca Nguyen and Uma Sambasivam After years of hard work, the time has finally come for seniors to make the next major step in life, college. In most cases, several doors are open to them. All they have to do is decide which college is right for them by May 1. And that’s where the pressure comes in. read more » Spector glitters with Gold Award April 16, 2009 — by Rebecca Nguyen After being an avid member of Girl Scouts for 12 years, senior Nyssa Spector is working toward the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award in the organization. Receiving this honor requires 65 hours of community service. read more » Winter Sports: JV Wrap up March 25, 2009 — by Rebecca Nguyen and Apeksha Sharma Girls’ Soccer: The JV girls’ soccer team ended its season on a six-game winning streak and placed second in leagues. Freshmen Antara and Meghana Rao led the Falcons, who lost only two games all year. Boys’ Basketball: Despite a 4-8 record, the JV boys’ basketball team had a fairly successful season. The underclassmen improved greatly and should bring solid talent to the varsity squad in the upcoming years. Standout players include sophomores Kent Paisley and Chris Guengerich. read more » Saratoga hosts exchange program with Yerba Buena March 10, 2009 — by Rebecca Nguyen and Apeksha Sharma On Feb. 25, 40 total students from both Yerba Buena and Saratoga High School exchanged places as part of Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program. This experience was a way for the students to explore a different academic world. read more » Athlete of the Issue: Stacee Mendonca March 10, 2009 — by Shannon Galvin and Rebecca Nguyen Gripping the trapeze bar, sophomore Stacee Mendonca takes a deep breath before she jumps off the high platform and swings through the air. She maneuvers her body into a tuck and grabs backwards towards her partner, waiting for their hands to connect. She then lets go of her trapeze bar, trusting her partner as they fly through the air. read more » SHS alumnus launches fashion show March 3, 2009 — by Rebecca Nguyen After much anticipation, the day finally arrived when 2006 SHS alumnus James Fung could see his designs as well as the clothes from other designers shown proudly on the runway. From choosing models to making promotional flyers, Fung, an architecture student at the University of Washington, worked diligently for three months to finish a 10-piece collection for a fashion show that took place on Feb. 26 at the University of Washington. read more » SHS students make it to SiDocFest semi-finals February 11, 2009 — by Rebecca Nguyen Many students have entered. Only one can be chosen. Out of 100 students across the Bay Area who entered the second Annual Social Issues Documentary Film Contest (SI DocFest) hosted in San Jose. Two SHS films have qualified to be in the top 10, one group ranked 12th and one group received an honorable mention. For this contest, Students were to create eight- to 10- minute documentaries highlighting local non-profit organizations focused on working with social issues. read more » Seniors pursue fine arts educations January 23, 2009 — by Apeksha Sharma and Rebecca Nguyen While most seniors were busy filling out questionnaires and writing essays for colleges this past fall, a few took a different path. Seniors Vivian Fu, Candace Kao and Lisa Clark are among the handful of students who have decided to pursue a career in the arts, meaning they had to send portfolios to colleges. read more » Costa Rican students visit as part of exchange program January 22, 2009 — by Rebecca Nguyen Costa Rica is an ethnically unified country where 98 percent of the population is white or mestizo, a person of mixed American Indian and European. On the other hand, the United States is diverse and ranges from white to Hispanic to Chinese. These two different cultures mixed to form an experience of a lifetime when six Costa Rican students arrived in Saratoga on Jan. 19. Teenagers from both cultures were able to bond and compare their different lifestyles over the next three weeks. read more » Senior wins flute concerto competition December 15, 2008 — by Rebecca Nguyen After playing the flute for six years, senior Aaron Garg decided to enter the 2009 Santa Clara County Band Directors Association Concerto Competition (SCCBDA) on Dec. 2. With his solo piece “Fantaisie Pastorale Hongroise” by Franz Doppler, Garg was able to win and will perform this piece with the SCCBDA Honor Band on Jan. 18. read more » Plans for Winter Ball finalized November 21, 2008 — by Rebecca Nguyen and Apeksha Sharma As Winter Ball comes nearer, the ASB is putting the final touches on their plans for the Dec 13 event. The dance will be held in the gym. read more » Saratoga-Los Gatos football rivalry continues October 16, 2008 — by Karthik Annaamalai and Rebecca Nguyen The rivalry between the Falcons and the Wildcats has only strengthened after the Falcons moved into the Wildcats’ division this year. Despite a 28-year losing streak to the Wildcats, the Falcons are optimistic about their chances of beating Los Gatos tonight at home. They hope that the implementation of the Wing T offense, which has thrived in previous games, will help them pull off an upset and break Los Gatos’ win streak. read more » Invisible children Alliance Club hosts moving presentation September 22, 2008 — by Apeksha Sharma and Rebecca Nguyen Imagine walking down a dirt road barefoot among shards of broken beer bottles. Imagine losing a friend to enemy fire every day. Imagine not being able to see your family again. Imagine all this when you’re only being nine years old. In Uganda, 1.8 million children are being forced from their homes to fight against the Ugandan army. For them, it’s either kill or be killed. A rebel group named the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) led by Joseph Kony has taken most of these kids from their homes at the ages of 5 to 14.Not only has Kony destroyed lives, he has destroyed schools. Most of the kids in Uganda don’t have a plan for the future. Lucky for them, hope is on the way. read more » Home | News | Sports | Opinion | Columns | Features | Multimedia | Print | About | Terms & Conditions Copyright © 1959 - 2023 by The Saratoga Falcon. All Rights Reserved.