Freshman quad day pleases, ceases early October 2, 2008 — by Brian Kim and Annie Lee Hundreds of students crowded around the cafeteria-faced end of the quad and waited for the long-anticipated freshman quad day to begin on Sept. 30. Some came looking for an opportunity to laugh at and mock the freshmen, and while many got what they came for, others found themselves impressed with parts of the show. 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 » New students adjust to international changes September 12, 2008 — by Sophia Cooper and Annie Lee Switching schools means leaving behind best friends and hoping to find a place to fit in, a difficult task with the presence of high school cliques. Moving to a different country presents its own problems of language, culture and a general uncertainty of a new place. Yet for senior Kaisa Yli-nokri and sophomore Charles Main, this initial dilemma of a new school and a new continent evaporated quickly with the help of their fluent English. Coming from Finland and China, respectively, both were welcomed into SHS life. read more » Publication of Bay Magazine sparks interest in journalism September 10, 2008 — by Shannon Galvin and Tim Tsai Few students outside of the journalism world understand the work, effort and creativity that that is needed to publish a piece of work, much less a 32-page quarterly, full color magazine. The process is made even more difficult if one is not trained in the skills needed for a journalist. However, senior T.T. Tu did not let this stand in his way as he embarked on creating a self-published “Bay Magazine” over the summer. read more » Freshman bids farewell to friends, moves with family to Taiwan June 12, 2008 — by Catherine Nguyen It is normal for students like freshman Jennifer Chiang to be saying her farewells now that it is the end of the year. Saying goodbye to the scent of newly opened textbooks, the apprehension of the make-or-break-it tests, the friends who have been there to laugh and help. But for Jennifer, this will be the first and last time she will leave Saratoga High. read more » Athletes spend summer sweating June 6, 2008 — by Amanda Yi Most students are sleeping in the first weekend after school ends. However, junior safety and quarterback Michael Guercio will be in pads playing football with some of the best players in the area at Cal Camp, a three-day program at UC Berkeley. Guercio is one of dozens of student athletes who participate in summer practices and camps. Teams such as football and field hockey dedicate their free days to conditioning and scrimmaging. read more » Hybrid Faire leads students to a greener future June 4, 2008 — by Elizabeth Lee In an effort to raise student awareness for the benefits of driving a hybrid car, the Events Commission held the annual Hybrid Faire in the quad on April 30. Head Commissioner Hayes Hyde, who organized the event last ear, worked with the rest of the Events Commission to bring the Hybrid Faire back for its second year. The Faire shows how students can maintain the environment’s health while also saving money on gas. read more » Soundings publishes work from imprisoned graduate June 2, 2008 — by Andy Tsao Criminals and literary geniuses usually have nothing in common. These two entities, however, constitute the persona of 1998 alumnus Matt Hahn. Hahn led a life of poor decisions and frequent law breaking, but he created a highly inspirational work that was published in Saratoga High’s 2007-2008 Soundings literary magazine. read more » Math teacher teaches cheer every summer May 29, 2008 — by Melody Zhang After a long and stressful school year, students take their separate paths to summer relaxation. Often overlooked, teachers also find activities and jobs during the break. For instance, math teacher Laressa Ridge, who also stands in as the Cheer team adviser, has been an integral part of the Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA) every summer since 1997. A cheer enthusiast, Ridge started the sport in high school. Her deep love for cheer stemmed from several years of experience as a competitive gymnast, which she continued through her college years, performing at Chico State, University of Washington and Sacramento State. read more » Freshman competes at state level in History Day May 23, 2008 — by Brittany Judoprasetijo It was already December and freshman Jennifer Chiang was six months late. Chiang scrambled for a week to find a topic for this year’s History Day theme: conflict and compromise. Fortunately, her high interest in Asian Studies drew her to the subject of Chinese Exclusion, which in turn led to her topic: Closing the Gate: The Conflict and Compromise behind Chinese Exclusion. “At first, I was very interested in Asian Studies, so I began skimming books and I came across Chinese Exclusion,” said Chiang. “This immediately blew my mind, and I had to have it as my topic.” read more » firstprevious...1020304050...287288289290291next Home | News | Sports | Opinion | Columns | Features | Multimedia | Print | About | Terms & Conditions Copyright © 1959 - 2023 by The Saratoga Falcon. All Rights Reserved.