National Merit Finalists announced March 23, 2010 — by Tiffany Tung Out of the 1.5 million high school juniors who take the PSAT every year, the top scoring 16,000 students are given the status of Semifinalist. From there, based on academic achievement and other factors, these 16,000 students are whittled down into 15,000 students, or the top 1 percent, who are then named National Merit Finalists. read more » Who has the right to judge? March 16, 2010 — by Aanchal Mohan and Tiffany Tung When judging school events, students, teachers, and administrators alike have to be wary of potential bias. For example, every year the junior class holds Saratoga Idol, the event where students are able to display their vocal talents outside of the classroom. Typically, a teacher is asked to help judge the auditions with a few musically inclined students. This helps ensure that each student will be judged directly by his or her vocal ability. read more » Dances over the decades: Prom used to be as cheap as $4 March 9, 2010 — by Robin Liu and Tiffany Tung $4 might not seem like a lot, but when used wisely, it can go a long way. Go back 45 years to 1965. Junior-Senior Prom bids were only $4. The theme? A Knight in May. Besides the huge increase in cost to around $90, today's junior and senior proms are held separately, unlike years ago. read more » Oh, how they’ve changed! Classes and clubs over the decades February 2, 2010 — by Robin Liu and Tiffany Tung Many things can happen at school within the span of 50 years. The flow of new ideas, new technology and new people all contributed to what Saratoga High has become today. Those trends and changes have often shown up in the form of what clubs and classes are on campus. read more » Junior workload greater than seniors’ despite college apps February 2, 2010 — by Tiffany Tung With AP courses weighing a student down and SATs and college applications in their imminent future, it’s no wonder junior year is thought to be the toughest year for any student. Counselor Dona Feizzadeh says junior year may seem more difficult because of these pressures. "In general juniors may seem more stressed out because in addition to their rigorous course load, they are also planning/various standardized tests," she said. read more » English teachers treat ‘Canterbury Tales’ contest winners to dinner January 28, 2010 — by Tiffany Tung When new English 12 teacher Valerie Arbizu came to the school this past fall, she brought along her own traditions from years of teaching at Evergreen High School in San Jose. While there, she held an annual Canterbury Tales contest. She decided to continue the contest this year with her senior classes, and English 12 teacher Erick Rector and AP Language teacher Ken Nguyen also decided to participate. The students in these classes wrote their own tale using the style and conventions of "The Canterbury Tales" by Geoffrey Chaucer. read more » Falcon to receive national award January 26, 2010 — by David Eng and Tiffany Tung For the second consecutive year, The Saratoga Falcon has joined 63 other high school papers nation-wide to be given a Crown Award from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. Last year, the Falcon's online and print editions each received a Gold Crown, the top award. On March 19, the editors-in-chief of the 2008-2009 newspaper, alumni Michael Chen and Dorey Schranz, will find out whether or not the newspaper that they were in charge of will win a Gold Crown once again. read more » Saratoga’s 50th Anniversay: Living in the spirited ’60s December 2, 2009 — by Robin Liu and Tiffany Tung Most students today would never imagine being able to buy a yearbook for $4 or listen to Duke Ellington and his jazz orchestra live for even less. For students here 40 years ago, such occurrences were normal. read more » ‘Balloon Boy’ parents in search of fame November 4, 2009 — by Izzy Albert and Tiffany Tung The artist Andy Warhol once said, "In the future everyone will be world famous for 15 minutes." As for the Heene family, 15 minutes of fame is just not enough. On top of appearing on two episodes of "Wife Swap," a show on ABC Family, the Heenes were in the process of developing their own television series. In an effort to secure this deal, Richard Heene, the father, planned the "Balloon Boy Hoax" to get the media's attention. And the media's attention did he get, but not the attention that he was expecting. read more » Los Gatos-SHS rivalry overrated; perhaps game should be ended November 3, 2009 — by Tiffany Tung The rivalry with Los Gatos has been a part of Saratoga students' lives for the past half century. Sure, Los Gatos may not be a competitor academically, but athletically, the Cats are our major rivals in every sport, even football, where we just racked up our 30th straight regular season loss. Given this depressing statistic, is the LG-Saratoga game worth watching? read more » Students volunteer to help at lunch line October 19, 2009 — by Tiffany Tung As a way of getting more help, the cafeteria staff decided to try something new this year: have "student volunteers" do their part to put out the school's meals. read more » Physician-assisted suicide should be legalized September 14, 2009 — by Tiffany Tung Since Montana became the third state that ruled doctor-assisted suicide legal in the United States, the media has been all over the topic—is it ethical to legalize physician-assisted suicide (PAS)? Physician-assisted suicide often occurs when a terminally ill patient requests the doctor to provide a lethal dose of a medication, which the patient later takes to commit suicide. Because the physician himself is indirectly involved with the suicide, this is not euthanasia and therefore cannot be considered a “mercy killing.” read more » 50 nifty years: looking back at Saratoga High’s first half century September 11, 2009 — by Robin Liu and Tiffany Tung Saratoga High, circa 1959: 350 mostly white students, lots of orchards and an unfinished school. Fifty years later: 1,400 students, hundreds of homes nearby, a diverse student body from across the world, and an increasingly state-of-the-art school. read more » Peck replaces Sutton as new Poetry teacher September 11, 2009 — by Robin Liu and Tiffany Tung English teacher Bill Peck first met Judith Sutton when he was her student in high school. Little did he know that four decades later he would be taking her place as the teacher of the poetry program she created. read more » California State Superintendent visits SHS September 3, 2009 — by Tiffany Tung Followed by flashing light bulbs and an entourage of men in black, California State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell was treated as a celebrity as he visited Saratoga High School Aug. 27. read more » ASB and class elections concluded, used new voting system May 28, 2009 — by Girish Swaminath and Tiffany Tung There’s a first time for everything. This year was the first time in a decade that voting for ASB officers took place in the quad. Almost 300 students voted in the election. read more » Saratoga Oscars cancelled once again May 26, 2009 — by Tiffany Tung For the second year in a row, the Saratoga Oscars has been canceled because of a lack of entries. read more » Economic situation takes its toll on SHS families May 18, 2009 — by Synthia Ling and Tiffany Tung The senior class is filled with excitement as they imagine throwing up their caps at the graduation ceremony, and then afterwards attending Grad Night, one of the most memorable nights of their lives. There, graduated seniors enjoy one last night of fun with all of their friends and classmates before they go on their separate ways to different colleges. To attend this long-anticipated event, however, requires a bid of more than $225. Some seniors, however, may not be able to pay for this pricey ticket with the current situation of the economy. read more » Jazz Cabaret a success March 12, 2009 — by Girish Swaminath and Tiffany Tung The annual Jazz Cabaret and Swing Dance was held on March 7 in the Large Gym and showcased the musical talents of the Jazz Bands I and II, Men’s Choir, Women’s Choir, Concert Choir, the Redwood Middle School Band and a community band. Music Boosters were mainly responsible for the organization of the event and provided the refreshments and snacks and sold tickets at the door, which were $10 for students. read more » Valedictorian, salutatorian for Class ’09 announced March 10, 2009 — by Tiffany Tung and Melody Zhang Neither of them saw it coming. The two friends are hard workers, one dedicating himself to music and basketball, and the other dedicating himself to The Falcon and Key Club. At first tied together through their willingness to always do their best, seniors Thomas Wang and Michael Chen were brought together again for one of the highest achievements possible in one’s high school career: having the highest grade point averages for the class of 2009. Wang and Chen were notified shortly before February break that they were the valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, of the class of 2009. read more » Spending money on expensive goods unnecessary March 2, 2009 — by Elizabeth Cheng and Tiffany Tung While walking the crowded hallways during break, a girl adorned in a velour pink Juicy Couture hoodie elbows you on accident. As you reach up to open your locker, you get accidentally hit in the head by the Louis Vuitton signature canvas bag hanging on the shoulder of the girl next to you. During class, you can’t help but stare at the shiny Bathing Ape sneakers of the boy sitting in front of you and wonder, “Is this excess really necessary?” read more » Senior takes second in math competition February 2, 2009 — by Tiffany Tung and Melody Zhang Known for previously being the third fastest Rubik’s cuber in the world and for continuously succeeding in math competitions, senior Andy Tsao took home second place for the Santa Clara Valley Math Association (SCVMA) Senior Olympiad on Dec. 13, winning a trophy and a book as a prize. read more » School rankings disregard “the golden years” January 27, 2009 — by Sophia Cooper and Tiffany Tung The U.S. News & World Report recently released their rankings of the Top 100 high schools in the nation. SHS fell eight spots from the 2007 ranking, coming in as 80th of all schools in the United States. The national rankings, however, were based on state-wide standings and students’ college-readiness, gauged by AP test scores and participation ratings, with complete disregard for the actual lived experiences of high schoolers. read more » Robotics Club kicks off their season January 27, 2009 — by Tiffany Tung After being unable to find sponsors for the first three months of the school year, the Robotics Club began its activities following the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Robotics Competition Kick-off on Jan. 3. read more » Columnists: Badminton is totally a sport January 6, 2009 — by Tiffany Tung and Melody Zhang The fastest recorded tennis stroke belongs to Andy Roddick at 153 mph. The fastest recorded squash stroke belongs to John White of Scotland at 172 mph. The fastest recorded badminton stroke belongs to Fu Haifeng of China at 206 mph. The shuttlecock may be composed of merely cork and feathers, but its power and speed should not be underestimated. In a world where tennis reigns supreme among other racket sports, badminton is pushed aside and seen as weak—if acknowledged as one at all. read more » SHS drops eight places for top high schools December 15, 2008 — by Shannon Galvin and Tiffany Tung Last year, Saratoga was ranked No. 72 nationwide in U.S. News and World Report’s first annual ranking of high schools. This year, however, students were slightly disappointed to find the school’s true ranking had dropped No. 80 in second year of the ranking—behind local schools such as Gunn and Monta Vista. read more » Students should embrace hot fall weather October 30, 2008 — by Synthia Ling and Tiffany Tung A student’s life is already brimming with confusion and chaos from homework, sports and extracurricular activities. And yet another element has been added to their troubles: the weather. Even though it is already fall, the weather remains as though it is still summer, causing many students to complain. read more » Homecoming ends successfully October 16, 2008 — by Tiffany Tung This year's Homecoming allowed students to leave their desks and travel around the world. From the freshmen tooting on their French horns in Atlanta to celebrating with friends at the dance, the week passed by with most complaints centering around time conflicts because of conflicts with tests and SATs. read more » Students ignorant about America’s economy October 15, 2008 — by Karthik Annaamalai and Tiffany Tung On Sept. 29, the stock market fell a record 777 points after the House of Representative failed to pass the $700 billion bailout plan proposed by President George W. Bush. However, this economic collapse had been forecast for years, and recently started to fall apart. read more » Senior fuels paper obsession September 17, 2008 — by Tiffany Tung When most people think of paper, they tend to think of the plain white or loose-leaf lined paper kind. Senior Grace Wu is not like most people. To support her hobby of journaling and crafting, Wu splurges on all things related to paper: magazines, books, notebooks, journals, scrap booking papers, posters, prints, postcards, stationery and more. read more » An experience to remember at the 2008 Beijing Olympics September 16, 2008 — by Pia Mishra and Tiffany Tung For most Saratogans, the Olympic Games meant sitting around the couch watching Michael Phelps win his eight gold medals, but for the families of sophomore Mansie Cheung and junior Kandice Wong, the 2008 Beijing Olympics was the experience of a lifetime. read more » Students volunteer at the Olympics September 12, 2008 — by Tiffany Tung and Pia Mishra For most Saratogans, the Olympic Games meant sitting around the couch watching Michael Phelps win his eight gold medals, but for the families of sophomore Mansie Cheung and junior Kandice Wong, the 2008 Beijing Olympics was the experience of a lifetime. For the past three years, Wong and Cheung had participated in Camp International, a language and cultural immersion program, which helped them prepare for the games. "It was fun, especially with all the other people in the camp," said Wong. "There were 35 of us, so there was always someone to talk to." read more » Introduction to Business creates food courier service May 13, 2008 — by Tiffany Tung The Introduction to Business class intends to use the idea of supply and demand, the fundamental basis for business, by fulfilling the demands of the students at Saratoga High have for off-campus foods by creating a “food courier service.” In order to help fund the various trips and guest speakers for the class, which is in its first year, senior Blake Paisley decided to help the class institute the service that provides off campus foods for all students and faculty, charging a service fee of $2 per order. read more » Free Tibet campaign should not use Olympics as basis for boycott May 2, 2008 — by Tiffany Tung Seven years ago, when the Olympic Committee chose Beijing as the location for the games, the Free Tibet campaign didn't do anything substantial to prevent China becoming the host for the Olympics. Free Tibet, a campaign that protests the abuse of Tibetans by the Chinese government, has decided to take action by boycotting the Olympic games. This act is unreasonable and only shows how desperate the Free Tibet campaign has become, relying on such an important event to make their cause come to light. read more » Campus Wastes Away… April 3, 2008 — by Tiffany Tung A lone newspaper gently rolls across the vast desert of the quad, never to be picked up, and never to be recycled. Like tumbleweed, the newspaper continues its lonely journey, bumping into the occasional student who is too occupied to pick it up and recycle it. read more » Home | News | Sports | Opinion | Columns | Features | Multimedia | Print | About | Terms & Conditions Copyright © 1959 - 2024 by The Saratoga Falcon. All Rights Reserved.