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saratoga high school         saratoga, ca                                                                                                                friday      March 13, 2009
                                                                          saratogafalcon.org                                                                           Vol. 49, no. 8
an independent school publication

                                                                                                                                             NO fuLL
                                                                                                                                            bLOCk fOR
                                                                                                                                            NExT YEAR
                                                                                                                                                           by Annie Lee



                                                                                                                                            S
                                                                                                                                                  tudents can expect to go to all their
                                                                                                                                                  classes on Mondays next year after
                                                                                                                                                  teachers voted 42-27 last week to
                                                                                                                                            reject a proposal to make every day a
                                                                                                                                            block schedule, according to principal
                                                                                                                                            Jeff Anderson.
                                                                                                                                               The discussion heated up when the
                                                                                                                                            Los Gatos High administration decided
                                                                                                                                            to switch to a full block schedule for the
                                                                                                                                            ‘09-10 school year. In addition, a survey
                                                                                                                                            said 55 percent of students would get rid
                                                                                                                                            of the Mondays, complaining of testing
                                                                                                                                            and homework overload on weekends.
                                                                                                          Uma Sambasivam and Melody Zhang      A full block schedule would also mean
                                                                                                                                            that every other week, classes would meet
   clockwise from left: senior Juliana lustenader, winner of saratoga idol, sings to “Mercy” by Duffy; junior lauren henderson strums       only twice—a major concern for many
   the guitar to “stop and stare” by one republic; judge erick rector gives contestants feedback; senior peter chou sings “Viva la          teachers.
   Vida” with the ritards; sophomore amalie Macgowan sings to “the Way i am” by ingrid Michaelson.                                             In addition, the teachers who voted
                                                                                                                                            against the proposal worried about per-

  lustenader crowned saratoga idol                                                                                                          sonal conflicts with the weekly alternating
                                                                                                                                            schedule, a decrease in time for foreign
                                                                                                                                            language teachers to “touch base” with
                by Annie Lee                      Originally, Lustenader had not           people never seemed to settle down as            students and many other reasons.
                                                                                                                                               Although teachers chose to end further


   A
                                               planned on joining the competition          every song was interrupted with cat
           fter four years of hard work        this year after her previous disappoint-    calls, screaming and singing to help             discussion of the full block schedule for
           and singing her heart out on the    ments, but she couldn’t resist the thrill   the performers when they forgot their            this year, the administration is still looking
           McAfee Center stage, senior Ju-     of being on stage.                          lyrics.                                          to relieve the stress of Mondays.
   liana Lustenader was crowned the 2009          “I was telling everybody that I             Junior Eric Sun and freshman Olivia              Moving the Wednesday tutorial to a
   Saratoga Idol on March 4.                   wouldn’t do it again because I thought      Chock had their own fan clubs scream-            different time and possibly organizing
      Lustenader has participated in the       I would never get first, but I decided to   ing in the audience—posters and all.             teachers to minimize the number of tests
   event for four years and after placing      do it again because I love performing,”     Both Sun and Chock were unexpected               students have piled up on a single Mon-
   second freshman year, third sophomore       said Lustenader.                            singers who shocked the audience and             day are two possibilities, Anderson said.
   year and not placing in junior year,           Singing “Mercy” by Duffy for her         the judges with their hidden talent.                A full block schedule may still be pos-
   it was her last chance at the crown.        first performance, Lustenader won              Sun, who sang “All I Have To Do               sible for future years.
   Lustenader was surprised to find out        the audience’s votes with her ease on       Is Dream” by the Everly Brothers, had               “We rushed through to try and get a
   that she finally won, edging out junior     stage.                                      never sung for an audience before that           decision from the faculty,” said Anderson.
   Lauren Henderson, who placed second,           While many other performers held         night, let alone anyone else besides his         “Next year, if we take a little longer time
   and sophomore Amalie MacGowan,              on tight to the microphone stand, Lus-      room walls.                                      for the conversation and start earlier, there
   who placed third.                           tenader took control of the stage and          “My parents didn’t even know I sang           is a possibility—not that it’s guaranteed
       “I was shocked and I thought that       worked the crowd.                           until I told them one day and they were          but a possibility—that more students
   [the emcees] were joking,” said Lus-           Lustenader, however, was not the         pretty ecstatic about it,” said Sun.             and teachers will be comfortable going
   tenader about the moment the decision       only one with a large crowd response.                                                        to the A-B [schedule] and getting rid of
   was announced.                              The lively audience of more than 300                     see IDOL, p. 4                      Mondays.” u




2009 top scholars naMeD Zarco to leave shs for phD
           by Tiffany Tung                    many people more talented than I am.”                    by Elizabeth Cheng                   ing band, conducting the Jazz bands and
          and Melody Zhang                       The distinctions of valedictorian and                   and Annie Lee                      teaching the two band periods, Zarco



N                                                                                           A
                                              salutatorian are determined through                                                           will be leaving Saratoga for Minneapolis
         either of them saw it coming.        GPAs. Both Wang and Chen took a vari-                 t the end of each school year, every to pursue a PhD in music education and
         The two friends are hard work-       ety of AP and Honors classes during their             member of the symphonic bands conducting.
         ers, one dedicating himself to       high school career, managing to maintain              receives an envelope from music            “I’m gearing myself toward university
music and basketball, and the other           high grades in all of them. Despite com-      teacher John Zarco. Inside ev-                       teaching,” said Zarco. “You can’t
dedicating himself to the Falcon and          mon misconceptions, neither valedicto-        ery envelope is a hand-written                       really teach at a university now a
Key Club. At first tied together through      rian nor salutatorian is required to make     letter filled with student-                          days unless you have a PhD or a
their willingness to always do their best,    a speech during graduation.                   specific memories, wishes of                         doctorate. That’s something I want
seniors Thomas Wang and Michael Chen             “We have had valedictorians and sa-        good luck for the future and                         to do and that’s probably what I’ll
were brought together again for one of        lutatorians try out for the speeches, and     a heartfelt “thank you” for                          do afterwards.”
the most highest achievements possible        we have had them give speeches over           being in band.                                          Zarco’s departure wasn’t surpris-
in one’s high school career: having the       the years,” said assistant principal Brian       With so many students, not                        ing for the department. Boitz expect-
highest grade point averages for the          Safine, “but grad speeches are actually       one of which is forgotten, the Zarco: will be ed Zarco to pursue new avenues.
class of 2009.                                allowed to be given by anyone [as long as     process undoubtedly takes              going to         “Well, we knew that Mr. Zarco is a
   Wang and Chen were notified shortly        they make it through a competition].”         hours and never fails to leave       Minnesota       very talented man,” said fellow band
before February break that they were the         In addition to recognizing the valedic-    an impression on all those                           director Michael Boitz. “We always
valedictorian and salutatorian, respec-       torian and salutatorian, other students       who receive a letter. However,                       kind of knew that there would come
tively, of the class of 2009.                 will be honored during the graduation         Saratoga students will not be receiving a time when he would be presented with
   “I just went through high school try-      ceremony. Those who finish 100 hours of       these heart-warming letters from Zarco opportunities and that his ultimate goal
ing my best,” said Wang. “I mean, I did       community service wear a red cord.            after this year.                                would be to
orchestra and basketball, but there are so                                                     After three years of drilling the march-
                                                        see HONORS, p. 4                                                                                see ZARCO, p. 5


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                                                                                                                                                                March 13, 2009



    n e W s
    Briefs
Sadies canceled last year, successful this year



   Dozens of students dressed up as war and peace, Cowboys
and Indians, beauty and the geek and in black and white filled
the Small Gym during the Sadie Hawkins dance themed “Op-
posites Attract” on Feb. 27.
    “I think the dance was successful. I don’t think there were
any major problems,” said senior dance commissioner Stacy
Ku.
    Sadies was canceled last year due to alcohol issues at the
Blacklight dance held in December. This year, Sadies took place
but was moved up from its typical occurrence during Spring
Fling week to February. Otherwise, it would have coincided
with other events such as Bombay in the Bay and Junior and
Senior Prom.
    “I didn’t care that it was moved earlier. It didn’t really make
a difference,” said sophomore Emily Hsia.
    Administrators said there were no serious issues with be-
havior at Sadies.
    “Was the behavior less than perfect? Yes. But was it bad
enough to be an issue? No,” said assistant principal Karen
Hyde. “It was better than the dances in the years before.”                                                                                                                Kevin Rollinson

    Though students had an enjoyable time, one thing that many        history teacher Matt torrens discusses the background of the World War i monument near starbucks during
of them were disappointed about was the music.                        a trip to downtown saratoga on feb. 25. students learned about the war experiences of saratoga veterans.
    “I thought the DJ kind of sucked,” said Hsia. “He played


                                                                      living in a historical moment
bad techno club music, but the dance was still good.”

DuI trial set for today

   The school will be hosting a real DUI trial with a convicted
criminal for the first time today at the McAfee Center.
                                                                      Torrens teaches class through field trips and war simulations
   According to events commissioner sophomore David                         by Saniha Shankar                in a “huge sock war” to show       “It’s also just something that fits
Mandell, the trial will be almost identical to those that occur


                                                                      D
                                                                                                             the close proximity of fighting    my personality because I like
in regular courthouses.                                                       rivers going by Big Basin      in World War I. The desks were     trying out new things.”
                                                                              in downtown Saratoga           all moved into two sides that          Students could play three dif-
   “Everything that happens in a normal courtroom will                        two weeks ago on Feb.25        became “trenches.” Students        ferent roles. There were students
happen,” said Mandell. “It will just take place in a different        saw a huge group of students           brought socks to throw at each     who moved with a desk as a
setting.”                                                             who may have looked like tour-         other from different sides. If a   tank, air pilots who could go over
                                                                      ists being led by a tour guide. It     student was hit with a sock, the   to the other side and throw socks,
   The lawyers defending the accused will be present along
                                                                      turned out history teacher Matt        student had to stand outside       and finally the normal soldiers.
with a judge and bailiff. A select group of students from
                                                                      Torrens’s AP US History class          for the game for 60 seconds and        The object of the game was
government and health classes in addition to other teachers
                                                                      was off to downtown Saratoga.          come back in after. There were     to go through the middle area
who wish to join will compose the mock jury that will
                                                                      The entire class walked at                                                      which was labeled “No

                                                                                                      “
preside over the trial.
                                                                      the beginning of class and                                                      Man’s Land” and get the
                                                                      stopped at the World War I            school becomes a drag when other side’s treat and bring
   Although the jury will be allowed to consult with the
judge, the judge alone will make the final verdict in the case.       monument near Starbucks.              you have to do the same thing it back without getting
                                                                      Once there, students listened               over and over again.”               pegged by a sock.
   All student jury members were hand-selected by the                 to Torrens as he talked about                                                      By the end of just four
commission only after being screened through an interview             how all of the people who                              —junior Karen Wai        minutes, most of the stu-
process, according to Mandell.                                        lived in Saratoga and went                                                      dents were tired from run-
                                                                      to war were honored through            three rounds, each of which were ning around and ducking con-
   The trial will be open to the public. The estimate for the         the monument.                          four minutes long. For the last stantly.
number of people attending is 250, but the commission hopes               “I’ve never done anything          round, students were instructed        Students were surprised by
for an even greater turnout. The trial will start at 8 am and         like this before so it was really      to bring their dirty socks.        how much they could learn from
last until noon.                                                      cool,” said junior Karen Wai.              The purpose of this was to a simple game involving desks,
                                                                      “School becomes a drag when            learn about the horrible smell of socks and dessert.
Speech and debate team achieves mixed results                         you have to do the same thing          dead bodies and gas weapons            “It was shocking how close
                                                                      over and over again, so it was         that made up the unpleasant the simulation was to the real
   Junior Varun Parmar recently made it to States at the              nice to have a break and do            smell of war. At the end, students war in terms of having the same
Congress qualifiers at Harker on March 7. Junior Saniha               something different.”                  shared the snacks brought by objective and rules,” said Wai.
Shankar made it as first alternate.                                       But that wasn’t the end of the     both sides.                        “Through a fun game, we were
   The State Qualifiers are the culmination of the entire year,       interesting classroom activities          “I believe that students learn able to gain more exposure to
with all teams bidding for a spot to States.                          in Torrens’ class. The following       the best when they have a bal- how the soldiers felt during the
   The speech and debate team’s season is winding down,               Friday, Feb. 27, the class engaged     anced curriculum,” said Torrens. middle of World War I.” u
with the team also recently competing at the California
State Qualifiers at Bellarmine High School from Feb. 28 to
March 1.
   “I think everybody did a really admirable job. It was a
really tough competition—definitely the toughest [league]
                                                                      robotics debuts at first competition
in the state in terms of debate,” said head coach Erick Rec-                   by Pia Mishra                    The other three robots are        interest to spend up to eight or



                                                                      A
tor.                                                                                                         from other competing schools.        nine hours per day. The robot
   The first half of Individual Events competed on Feb. 28,                     fter working for almost      After making it through the          was sent off by the deadline of
with four students breaking to semifinals. Freshman Michael                     two months on their ro-      preliminary rounds by shooting       Feb. 17.
Chen and sophomore Vance Lindholm made it in National                           bot, the Robotics club       balls into the “trailers” of the        “We were all a little nervous
Extemporaneous, and sophomore Nikhil Maheshwari and                   is ready to participate in the         robots, the top eight contestants    to finally send off this robot that
junior Saniha Shankar broke in Impromptu speaking.                    long-awaited competition, For          choose their alliances and contin-   we had worked so hard on, but
   On Feb. 29, the Parliamentary team sent five teams to Bel-         Inspiration and Recognition of         ue to compete. A main obstacle       it was also a great feeling,” said
—by Emily Chen, Synthia Ling, Vijay Menon, Saniha Shankar and         Science and Technology (FIRST),        the students face is the challenge   Wong.
Karthik Sreedhara                                                     today and tomorrow at San Jose         of controlling their robots on the      The robotics club is led by
                                                                      State.                                 competition surfaces.                junior Erika Ye, who was also
                                                                          “We’ve been preparing for             “Sometimes the surfaces are       extremely proud of the club’s
                                                                      this competition for a long time.      slippery, so it can get a little     accomplishments, but also wor-
                                                                      It’s a time commitment but it’s so     tough,” said senior Alexei Gou-      ried about time management.
                   corrections                                        much fun,” said junior Kandice         sev.                                 Despite conflicts between some
                                                                      Wong, who is also one of the four         Since January, the 20 active      members, the club managed to
•   Senior Felix Tuan was incorrectly named “Felix Chu” on            vice presidents of the club.           members of the club have been        send their robot in on time.
    the backpage of the Feb. 13 issue.                                    “It’s a little bit like a game.    working on their robot almost           “The team did a good job as
•   Spanish teacher Arnaldo Rodriguex was misidentified as            There are two alliances, each          every day for at least three or      far as the production, but I’m
    “Alberto” on pg. 4 of the Feb. 13 issue.                          with three robots and basically,       four hours. Some students had        definitely looking forward to the
                                                                      we compete,” said Wong.                even taken the initiative and        competition,” said Wong. u
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March 13, 2009                                                                                                                                      news 3
Wind ensemble competes in music festival
           by Elizabeth Cheng                 was also very excited to perform for such      After playing their two pieces, the band       to hear other schools in the Bay Area,”



O
                                              great audience and adjudicators who gave went into a clinic with one of the judges,           said Boitz. “But, one of the most exciting
         n Friday, Feb. 27, the Symphonic     wonderful feedback.”                        Dr. Harris.                                       things about the weekend was listening
         Wind Ensemble got a chance to           The band last participated in the           “I could spend hours with Dr. Harris           to the kind of dialogue that students were
         showcase their months of rehears-    festival two years                                                  because he has the        having about the other ensembles and
als for fellow musicians at the Chabot Col-   ago and had not                                                     ability to bring life     the Chabot Wind Band. I felt so grateful
lege music festival. The band performed
two pieces, “Huldigungsmarsch” by
Richard Wagner and “Give Us This Day”
by David Maslanka, for a panel of three
                                              gone last year due
                                              to time conflicts.
                                                 “Last year, I de-
                                              cided we [were not]
                                                                    “    it was great because you
                                                                        get a chance to hear other
                                                                         schools in the Bay area.”
                                                                                                                  and bring depth
                                                                                                                  and meaning to the
                                                                                                                  composer’s inten-
                                                                                                                  tions,” said Boitz.
                                                                                                                                            because I think we have such intelligent
                                                                                                                                            young men and women. To discuss in
                                                                                                                                            great detail musicianship and style and
                                                                                                                                            nuance and interpretation and all that
judges that included Professor Gary Hill      going to do it be-                                                  “[He’s] one of the        sort of stuff with their level of depth is
from Arizona State University, Dr. Ed Har-    cause Jazz Cabaret                                                  best I know at it. ”      really quite astounding for 16-17-18-year-
ris from San Jose Sate University and Dr.     was the same week-             —music director Michael Boitz           Many other top         olds.”
Andy Collinsworth from Sonoma State,          end,” said Boitz.                                                   bands from local              The past Saturday, the band and or-
who provided audio commentary on the          “This year they moved it up a weekend high schools like James Logan and Monta                 chestra performed for eighth graders at
performances.                                 so there was not as much time constraint Vista also attended. The band members                Electives Night on Monday. Now, the
    “It was very exciting,” said music di-    on the students. I felt like if you were a were lucky to hear many of the different           music department is preparing for their
rector Michael Boitz. “I was quite thrilled   student in jazz band and wind ensemble groups, including the Chabot Wind Band,                March concerts. The symphonic bands
with the level of artistry that the wind      this was an extremely busy weekend and who closed the festival at the end of the              will hold their concert on March 18, and
ensemble students performed with and          there are already a lot of them in March night.                                               the wind ensemble and symphony orches-
the very high level of musicianship. I        with CMEA and then concerts, etc.”             “It was great because you get a chance         tra will perform on March 20. u




                                                                                             Saratoga High reclaims
                                                                                             ‘distinguished school’ title
                                                                                                       by Kavya Nagarajan
                                                                                                       and Saniha Shankar
                                                                                                                                               BigiDea            getting noticed




                                                                                                                                             the
                                                                                            F
                                                                                                                                              proposition: to get official recognition of
                                                                                                   or the first time in many years, Sara-     being a “California Distinguished School.”
                                                                                                   toga High has become a California          process: Official review of aspects of school
                                                                                                   Distinguished School again.                life such as academic and athletic achieve-
                                                                                                “I’ve always known that Saratoga High         ments
                                                                                            is a distinguished and special school,” said
                                                                                                                                              results: Saratoga impressed the judging
                                                                                            principal Jeff Anderson, “so I decided that       panel and received recognition for the first
                                                                                            it was about time that we got an official         time in ten years
                                                                                            recognition of it.”
                                                                                                Several members from many different
                                                                                            schools who work as part of a committee         needs.
                                                                                            to find “California Distinguished Schools”         “I think the open access policy is really
                                                                                            came to survey Saratoga on Feb. 23. The         cool because it gives everyone the chance
                                                                                            school applied for the honor based on aca-      to take whatever class they want to take
                                                                                            demic improvements that resulted from           and makes it an even playing field,” said
                                                                                            open access policy in many honors and           junior Eric Chiang.
                                                                                            AP classes and the annual writing assess-          After describing two policies in a report
                                                                                            ments by the English department.                put together by English teacher Cathy
                                                                                                The open AP access policy which             Head, the school was also thoroughly
                                                                                            started three years ago, has resulted in        examined. Several students who were
                                                                                            many more students enrolling in ad-             elected as school tour guides led the visi-
                                                                                            vanced classes in English, social studies,      tors through many of the classes, At the
                                                                                            and science.                                    end of the day, Saratoga had impressed
                                                                                                The writing assessment is given in the      the panel.
                                                                                            fall and spring. It shows students their           “It’s nice for someone from the outside
                                                                                            current writing ability while giving teach-     to come into Saratoga, and say, ‘Hey, we
                                                                                            ers a better insight into their students’       like what you’re doing too,’” said An-
                                                                            Tiffany Tung
   alumnus Katrin cooper and freshman Mac hyde try a jazz dance on March 6.

   Jazz cabaret a swinging success
   Live jazz entertainment and desserts attract over
                                                                                                 10% off any purchase with student ID
   250 people to the annual music department event
          by Girish Swaminath                 tained.
            and Tiffany Tung                     “Practice was torture, but in the



   T
                                              end, it was worth it to see people
         he annual Jazz Cabaret and           watching and dancing along to the
         Swing Dance was held on              music,” said junior Christy Pak, who
         March 8 in the Large Gym and         is part of Concert Choir. “I think the
   showcased the musical talents of the       best part of Jazz Cabaret is that there
   Jazz Bands I and II, Men’s Choir,          is no inappropriate dancing.”
   Women’s Choir, Concert Choir, the             Attendees ranged from elemen-
   Redwood Middle School Band and             tary students attempting to dance
   a community band. Music Boosters           and grandparents of students slowly
   were mainly responsible for the or-        swing dancing along with the mu-
   ganization of the event and provided       sic.
   the refreshments and snacks and               Alumni attended the event as
   sold tickets at the door, which were       well, either helping out or support-
   $10 for students.                          ing their siblings and friends.
      “It’s not super formal, and this           “I thought this year’s Jazz Cabaret
   was my first time attending,” said         was really fun,” said senior Weilynn
   junior Ashwin Siripuraru. “So it was       Chang. “In addition to awesome
   kind of awkward. But I came initially      decorations that were even in the
   because Mr. Torrens gives us extra         bathrooms, it was a great oppor-
   credit in my AP US History class, and      tunity to see alumni and hear our
   my little brother [freshman Anshu          friends play live music. The food
   Siripurapu] was singing as well.”          and drinks were endless and at the                                   The T  aste of Hawaii...
      Held from 8 to 11 p.m, the event        end when everyone did the ‘train’
   featured performances that kept            thing together, that only made the                                   ...In a plain white cup
   the 250 people who attended enter-         night even more memorable.” u                                                                                          expires 4/8/09
4      news                                                                                                                                                           the saratoga falcon
                                                                                                                                                                           March 13, 2009


honors Valedictorian
continued from HONORS, p. 1                            dictorian’ or ‘I want to have this
                                                                                                                                falconfocus
                                                       GPA,’” said Chen. “Still, it’s an
   But the academic awards don’t                       honor to be recognized at a school
stop there. Every year, 100 stu-                       where everyone has excelled to
dents are chosen for very high                         the highest degree.”
honors, and honors based on                                Most of the past valedictorians,
GPA and wear a gold cord. “But                         however, have also been involved
we have yet to decide the cut off                      in many activities and extracur-
GPA for these distinctions,” said         Wang         riculars as well.
Safine. “The GPA is always very                            “I’m just glad a lot of our recent
close which makes it harder to                         valedictorians and salutatorians
decide.”                                               have been really involved in activ-
   Chen, who will wear both                            ities they’ve loved,” said Chen. “It
cords, is satisfied about his ac-                      shows that you can explore your
complishments, despite never                           interests without sacrificing your
intending to be saluatorian.                           GPA, and I hope underclassmen
   “I don’t think anyone sets a                        realize that as they consider their
goal and says ‘I want to be vale-          chen        options for the coming year.“ u



iDol Winner crowned                        acts. Other competitors included seniors
continued from IDOL, p. 1
                                           James Arroyo, Eddie Zhang and Brian
   Walking onto the stage, Sun had Tsai; juniors Hannah Brown, Tom Head
expectations to meet as his parents, his and Deepti Raghavan; and sophomores
grandparents and many of his friends Taara Rangan and MacGowan.
attended the show.                            The intermission acts took over the
   “Since all my friends were coming stage while the audience was given time
and everybody was getting excited to vote for the winner of the night. The
about me doing it, I couldn’t let them intermission acts consisted of a rendition
down,” said Sun. “I didn’t want to disap- of Johnny Cash’s “The Ring of Fire” by
point everybody and turn out to be the senior Alan Menezes with seniors Chris
joke that they thought I was.”             Rea and Kate Stewart on trumpet and
   Chock was also an eye-open - seniors Max Spears and Arun Bajaj on                                                                                              Courtesy of Nikola Radosavlijevich
er, being the only freshman to par- guitar, a duet of “Lucky” by Jason Mraz                     senior nikola radosavlijevich poses with one of his favorite racecars.
ticipate in this year ’s competition. and Colbie Caillat sung by juniors Jan
“[Being the youngest] didn’t really Iyer and Eric Jung and two songs per-
matter that much                                                   formed by the                senior lives life on fast track
because everyone
was so nice to        “   it feels amazing. it doesn’t             Ritards, an all-
                        feel real to be honest. i don’t maleu a capella
                                                                                                              by Annie Lee                     California in his age group. His rewards,



                                                                                                N
me,” said Chock.                                                   gro p with                                                                  however, do not come easily as he is
“I didn’t expect        regret anything in past years students from                                       ot many students can brag that       required to travel almost two hours to
people to be so                                                    several schools                        they have driven over 100 mph,       Sonoma County’s Infineon Raceway
                         because it was all practice                                                      but senior Nikola Radosavli-         around three to four times a month for
nice about every-                                                  around the Bay
thing because no-                  for this year.”                 Area.                        jevich is no stranger to speed, having         practice.
body knew who                                                         Iyer and                  driven up to 160 mph on his motorcycle            Because his practices are so far away,
I was except for
                                 —senior Juliana Lustenader                                     and 140 mph on his four wheel go-kart.         Radosavlijevich spends a lot of time
                                                                   Jung’s duet was
my friends, so I                                                   a favorite of the            Radosavlijevich started racing motor-          training locally by running and biking
wasn’t expecting anyone to cheer.”         night, eliciting the loudest crowd re-               cycles at age 13 when his dad introduced       on average, about 30 miles per week.
   The performers also had enormous sponse in the event. The Ritards per-                       him to the activity.                              “People might think that [racing go
support from the judges: history teacher formed twice and had the crowd in                          “My dad bought a motorcycle and            karts is] easy, but it’s actually very hard
Kim Anzalone, English teacher Erick hysterics with their second performance,                    I started to watch racing on TV, and           on your body,” said Radosavlijevich.
Rector and biology teacher Lisa Co- a rendition of “Buy You A Drank” by                         that’s when I knew what I wanted to            “You have to be in shape and have en-
chrum. Judges Anzalone and Cochrum T-Pain where sophomore Jason Shiuan                          do with my life,” said Radosavlijevich.        durance.”
both wore colorful dresses, accessories serenaded senior Julia Glausi from the                  “The adrenaline and the speed is just             Radosavlijevich plans on racing
and in Cochrum’s case, white socks and audience while the rest of the group                     awesome.”                                      throughout his life and hopes to become
hiking sandals.                            sang backup.                                             A year after he picked up motorcycle       a professional open wheel race car driver
   The three judges often spit fire with      The night ended with last year’s win-             racing as a hobby, Radosavlijevich trav-       within the next few years by continuing
each other and junior emcees Branden ner junior Maddy Renalds passing on the                    eled to Spain for a racing tournament          to compete in tournaments and races.
Kapur and Varun Parmar to entertain the crown to Lustenader before Lustenader                   and placed in the top 30 out of 200 par-          “I always feel like I’m in control, and
crowd, but they kept a positive attitude did a final performance of “Mercy.”                    ticipants. When he returned, he decided        I don’t get scared when I go fast because
when dealing with the performers.          Her repeat performance, however, was                 to try go-kart racing and took first place     I know my limits,” said Radosavlijevich.
   “I don’t want a Simon. I don’t think a whole other show for the audience.                    in his first indoor karting championship,      “When I’m racing, I’m always looking
that’s appropriate for this level,” said Several of Lustenader’s friends rushed                 winning a prize of one full day of out-        to win and keep my eyes on the finish
assistant principal Karen Hyde. “I think up on stage during her performance and                 door go-karting.                               line.”
we need to be encouraging because all danced along with the song in celebra-                        “After that day I was hooked on it            Even with Radosavlijevich’s natural
of those kids are not only singing in tion of Lustenader’s victory after her                    right away, and a week later, I bought my      talent at racing go-karts, he always has
front of people, they’re singing in front four years of hard work.                              own racing kart,” said Radosavlijevich.        a team to lean on.
of peers,and nothing is more disconcert-      “It feels amazing. It doesn’t feel real           “My dad always says that on a motor-              “My family always supports me a
ing than getting up in front of a group of to be honest,” said Lustenader. “I don’t             cycle, I’m good, but on four wheels, I’m       lot,” said Radosavlijevich. “My dad is
your friends and trying to sing.”          regret anything in past years because                at a whole different level.”                   my biggest supporter.”
   The junior class fundraising event it was all practice for this year so it                       Radosavlijevich currently competes            Currently, Radosavlijevich is looking
included performances from 12 com- helped and it was kind of cool that I                        in one to two races a month, and in 2007,      for some sponsorship help as he contin-
peting singers and three intermission won my fourth year.” u                                    he finished in second place in Northern        ues onto college in the fall of 2009. u




NCL chapter hosts ceremony for class of 2009
                                                  required many parent volunteers to help       a medallion to commemorate their years
           by Apeksha Sharma
                                                                                                                                                    BigiDea              ncl seniors

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                                                                                                                                                  the




                                                  make it happen. All of the mothers are        in NCL.”
      very year, the Saratoga-Los Gatos           involved in one of the committees for            Senior Aneesha Sharma is one of
      chapter of National Charity League          the event.                                    roughly 12 SHS girls who was excited               petition: NCL plans to hold a special event
      (NCL) a mother-daughter organiza-              “Some work on the invitations, pro-        to prepare for the event, even if it meant         to honor the graduating class of ‘09
tion, holds a special event that honors           gram, flowers or slide show,” said NCL        hard work.                                         nuMBer: Twelve girls are preparing the
the seniors who have spent as many as             parent Kathy Ormseth. “Others are in             “I knew that it would be something I            event, 200-400 guests have been invited
six years donating dozens of hours to a           charge of the accounting, RSVP’s and table    would have to work on, on top of every-            Venue: Event will be held in a large ballroom
variety of organizations.                         placement.”                                   thing else I had going on,” said Sharma,           with about 34 tables
   This year, the event will be held March           To qualify for the graduation, each girl   “but now that it’s almost over, all the hard
14 and takes place at the Double Tree             has to complete the appropriate number        work was definitely worth it.”                  said Ormseth. “Then the ballroom doors
Hotel in San Jose. The theme of the gath-         of philanthropic and social requirements         The friends and family of the girls be-      are opened and the guests are invited to
ering is “Unwritten,” a song by Natasha           such as attending an opera or musical. On     ing recognized will attend the event. There     find their tables.”
Bedingfield. It is meant to reflect the girls’    top of that, they had to choose the right     are typically 200- 400 guests. The venue           Once everyone is seated, and the pro-
feelings in the way that even though this         dress and shoes for the ceremony.             includes a large ballroom with a stage, a       gram starts, the girls are introduced one
event is meant to be a culmination of their          “The girls also chose the theme and        dance floor and about 34 tables.                by one as they take their memorable walk
years in NCL, they are standing on the            the music for the event,” said Ormseth.          “Initially the girls being recognized are    as NCL graduates. This is a very special
brink of their future as adults.                  “They had to prepare a guest list and send    kept hidden from their guests. There is a       walk that all of the girls will remember
   The planning took over a year and              invitations. The seniors are also awarded     reception that lasts about 45 minutes,”         forever. u
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gate opens doors
Saratoga hosts exhange program with Yerba Buena
          by Rebecca Nguyen                       Junior Varun Parmar, who hosted a
         and Apeksha Sharma                   Yerba Buena senior, felt the students who



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                                              visited here were different than many
        n Feb. 25, a total of 40 students Saratoga kids, but nice.
        from both Yerba Buena and Sara-           “I think all of them were really nice
        toga High School exchanged and open to talk and make friends,” said
places as part of Gifted and Talented Edu- Parmar. “It was definitely a different type
cation (GATE) program. This experience of community. They fit in well with my
was a way for the students to explore a friends, and I talked to many of them.”
different academic world.                         Junior Maddy Renalds was another
   The experience was initiated by an student on the trip who shadowed a senior
e-mail from a Yerba Buena teacher to at Yerba Buena.
English teacher Kerry Mohnike, who                “He took me around on a tour, and I
coordinated a newly                                                was with some of my


                       “
revised GATE pro-                                                  friends from here be-
gram this year. Yerba       Yerba Buena is not that far cause they had some
Buena is an eastside         apart geographically, but of the same classes,”
San Jose high school
that stuggles with is-
                             demographically they are said Renalds. there
                                                                       The people
sues like gangs and           significantly different.” also had a different
graduation rates.                                                  mindset than most
   “Yerba Buena is         —English teacher Kerry Mohnike Saratoga students.
not that far apart geo-                                                “It’s a little unfor-
graphically, but demographically they are tunate the students there weren’t really
significantly different,” said Mohnike. “It driven, not like Saratoga where people are
gave both groups of students an opportu- way over-excessive about academics and
nity to meet students that they may end where we are going, unlike the majority
up meeting later in college.”                 of these people,” said Renalds. “So it was
   Throughout the day, SHS students fol- sort of like a polar opposite.”                                                                                                Courtesy of Felix Tuan

lowed their given hosts to all their classes.     There were many differences that stood       YerBa Buena shaDoW stuDents Join saratoga stuDents for lunch in the facultY
The same went for the students visiting out to Renalds such as Yerba Buena only                lunch rooM on feB. 25 for a presentation BY nancY DicKenson, an executiVe
Saratoga. During lunch, the students had having eight AP classes and a tight dress
another presentation from an alumnus code. She noticed school resources were
from the school.

he graduated from that school. He is also
                                              also scarce with a lack of books and other
   “We had a speaker during lunch and materials.
                                                  “I noticed that some of their resources
                                                                                                 Zarco Director leaves
really successful now as an anchorman,” like textbooks were lacking. It made me                  continued from pg. 1                        “We’re interviewing at the end of
said Tu. “They are trying to show that appreciate what we had here,” said Re-                                                                the month as we’ve narrowed it
you can come from anywhere and still be nalds. “It sort of showed that education                 serve our profession in higher educa-       down to a large pool of candidates
successful.”                                  needs a lot of work.” u                            tion so I guess I knew about it a little    and [from there] we’ll be bringing
                                                                                                 bit before the students and parents.        in the top candidates to [set them in
                                                                                                 I kind of went through the grieving         a] rehearsal setting with the second
                                                                                                 process a little earlier than everyone      period wind ensemble students.”
                                                                                                 else.”                                         Although Zarco is leaving the
                                                                                                    The three-year PhD program at the        school, he is sure that the future for
                                                                                                 University of Minnesota is very selec-      music in Saratoga will remain just as
                                                                                                 tive, with only two to five openings at     bright.
                                                                                                 any given time.                                “All the good things that were hap-
                                                                                                    Zarco was one of two applicants          pening before I got here and while I
                                                                                                 selected this year. Though thrilling, it    was here are going to continue to go on
                                                                                                 means that he will need to leave his        again because this is just a good place
                                                                                                 current job at Saratoga.                    for music and for kids, so people who
                                                                                                    “It’s a bittersweet emotion because      are going to be here next year should
                                                                                                 I’m really thrilled for him and our         feel good about that,” said Zarco.
                                                                                                 profession because he’s really good            Zarco has greatly enjoyed his three
                                                                                                 at what he does,” said Boitz. “I think      years here and saying goodbye will
                                                                                                 he’s just touching the tip of the iceberg   definitely be sad.
                                                                                                 with what kind of life he’s going to           “I’m going to miss everyone a lot,”
                                                                                                 breathe into our profession but the         said Zarco. “Everyone meaning, from
                                                                                                 bitter part is that we’ve become very       the administration to the students to
                                                                                                 close in the three years and, to me, he’s   the staff to maintenance to parents.
                                                                                                 like a brother.”                            For marching band, they help out, we
                                                                                                    In order to give the administration      go on trips, we go to dinner together.
                                                                                                 plenty of time to find a new instructor,    Literally it’ll be hard because of all
                                                                                                 Zarco made sure to notify the music         the connections I’ve made. I just want
                                                                                                 department as soon as possible about        everyone to know how much I love
                                                                                                 his decision.                               them and how much I’m going to miss
                                                                                                    “Mr. Zarco is involved with the          everyone because they’re really great.
                                                                                                 selection process as well,” said Boitz.     Saratoga is a really great place.” u

                                                                                                                                                               Ever since I
                                                                                                                                                               came freshman
                                                                                                         togatalKs                                             year, he’s been
                                                                                                                                                               really energetic
                                                                                                                                                               and fun. He’s
                                                                                                     how do you feel about                                     great. It’ll be
                                                                                                        Zarco leaving?                                         hard next year
                                                                                                                                                               without him.
                                                                                                                                               sophomore Neya Vishwanath



                                                                                                  Zarco has always                            I’m really sad.
                                                                                                  been there for us.                          He was going to
                                                                                                  It’s hard to think                          spend four years
                                                                                                  that the band                               with us since he
                                                                                                  is going to be                              came the same
                                                                                                  run without him.                            year we did, but
                                                                                                  He’s the core of                            now he’ll be leav-
                                                                                                  our energy.                                 ing before us.
                                                                                                  sophomore David Mandell                                         junior Rita Chen
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Mock trial team
concludes season
        by Pia Mishra                  character and become believable
     and Saniha Shankar                witnesses. Peck’s previous acting



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                                       experiences helped the students
      ophomore Navneet Ramesh’s        develop their characters. The attor-
      hands trembled as he stood to    neys spent extra time with Roberts
      give his pre-trial motion. With  to master the fine techniques of
his one motion, the entire course      questioning and objections. What
of the trial could be changed. The     started out as a team that was too
Santa Clara County judge called        scared to object became a team that
for him to start, and he pushed in     was objecting too much.
his chair, and began to argue. In-         Not only did the team grow in
tense moments like this were what      talent, but they also grew closer
students took away from the mock       together.
trial season.                              “I really liked the team dinners,”
    Though mock trial team ended       said Ramesh. “It really helped us
the season with a record of 2-2 and    get to know one another.”
didn’t advance farther, the 24 par-       Competitions were finished off
ticipants gained new insights into     with dinners at Chipotle or Taco
the legal system.                      Bell. Rides home were filled with
    “Even though we won’t be           students joking and laughing off
moving on to quarter finals in the     the day of competition.
tournament, I’m really happy about         “We all came a lot closer as the
the amount of improvement in the season went on,” said Taggarsi.
team as a whole,” said senior co- “At the beginning we were learn-
captain Rishi                                               ing as sepa-
Taggarsi.
    The group
worked with
coaches to
               “      this year was different; we rate people,
                     had a lot of new faces and were compet-
                                                            at the end, we

                    a lot of new talent added to ing as a real
become a                                                    team.
strong, con-                    the team.”                      With their
fident team,                                                first match
ready for                 —senior Nikil Balakrishnan        against Pros-
competition.                                                pect, the
Three out of                                                Saratoga
six attorneys from the previous Prosecution team lost 244-255. In
year were seniors, which meant the second match on Feb. 5. the                                                                                                     courtesy of Kevin Rollinson
most of the attorneys this year Saraoga Defense Team beat Mon-
would have to be people new to ta Vista by 34 points. In the third              reality star of tlc’s “little people, Big World” Matt roloff is greeted by fans at the Mcafee center.


                                                                                ‘Little People, big World’ star
the program.                            round against Mountain View on
    “Usually it’s the same people Feb. 10, the Saratoga Prosecution
that come out and try out,” said co- Team lost 228-239. In the Final
captain Nikil Balakrishnan. “This round, Saratoga’s Defense team
year was different in that we had beat Lincoln by 10 points with a
a lot of new faces and a lot of new score of 248-238.
                                                                                draws large crowd at McAfee
talent added to the team.”                 As the season came to a close,                                                              it’s good to have an organization like [LPA]
    Attorney coach Dr. Hugh Rob- many members are trying to                                   by Brian Kim
                                                                                            and Tim Rollinson                          because it gives you a lot of confidence that



                                                                                R
erts trained the entire team on the plan ahead for next year. Seeing                                                                   you’re not alone,” said Roloff. “Not only does
routine of the trial and the rules as there are only four seniors on                    eality television star Matt Roloff of TLC’s it turn you to practical things like where you
of law.                                 the team, two of whom were at-                  “Little People, Big World” delivered a can get the pedals so you can drive, but it also
    The witnesses also spent a lot of torneys, the team will be fairly                  speech about how he has successfully helps you with your self-confidence.”
time with English teacher Bill Peck, young and have a lot to learn              faced adversity in a world that didn’t seem                 The rising popularity of his show also
who taught them how to get into again next year. u                              to be fit for him at the McAfee Center on the raised awareness.
                                                                                evening of Feb. 12.                                        “People who watch our show would say, ‘I
                                                                                    Roloff, who lived in Saratoga for two years used to tease little people like that or be afraid

DraMa Begins to WorK on                                                         while working at a software company in of them,” said Roloff, “’But now that I get to
                                                                                Silicon Valley, delivered                                                     know them through that

chilDren’s peforMances
                                                                                his personal testimony
                                                                                at the event “Limited
                                                                                Engagement.”
                                                                                                             “        it’s good to have an orga- TV show, I think they’re
                                                                                                                   nization like lpa because it just regular people trying
                                                                                                                  gives you a lot of confidence
                                                                                                                                                              to live their lives.’”
           by Pia Mishra                   “We were told to choose stories          “When the going gets                                                         As cameramen lined
                                                                                tough, the tough get                    that you’re not alone”                along the aisles, Roloff


A
                                       that had to do with our heritage
        s spring rolls around, the     and were fun for a younger audi-         going,” Roloff told the                                                       spent the second half an-
        drama department is pre-       ence,” said Brown.                       crowd.                                 —reality TV star Matt Roloff           swering questions from
        paring for an upcoming             The shows will follow the same           Born with dwarfism,                                                       audience members. He
children’s show set to open during     rehearsal patterns as the rehears-       Roloff recounted some of the most troubling provided additional information on events
the second week of April in the        als of the fall plays, and the cast      moments in his past that he had to overcome that occurred on his show, including his trips
McAfee Center.                         members are looking forward to           due to his disease. For example, from the day to Iraq to assist children with dwarfism and a
   There are five shows, each di-      returning to the stage.                  he was let go from a previous job, Roloff wrote recent death of a family friend.
rected by various students. The            “I think it’s going to be so much    a list of goals he wanted to accomplish.                   Roloff was greeted with admiration by his
shows include “Prince Thrush-          fun working on these shows,”                 To this day, he has achieved success as a audience, from a salute by a war veteran to
beard” directed by senior Juliana      said sophomore Kaitna Shankar,           husband and father to four children, farm- tears of joy of teen fans. He exited the stage
Lustenader, “The Frog Prince”          who will be playing Strega Nona          owner and businessman. He is also a former to the lobby where he met a long line of fans
directed by junior Hannah Brown,       in the shows. “I’m excited for the       president of Little People of America (LPA), awaiting autographs and photos.
“Hump Beak Grandpa” directed           rehearsals and hanging out with          an organization devoted to the awareness and                “Little People, Big World,” with over 100
by senior Diana Seo, “Strega Nona”     all the cast members.”                   support of those with dwarfism.                        episodes aired, has made its way into its fourth
directed by senior Christina Lauro         Brown is interested to see how           “Anytime you have something where season and can be viewed Monday nights at 8
and “Seven At One Blow” directed       the experience of directing a play       you’re a little bit different like if you’re shorter, p.m. on TLC. u
by junior Natalie Riccomini. Each      turns out.
of the shows will be performed for         “I think it’ll be a good learning
local elementary school kids.          experience and it’s great to see the
   Auditions concluded two weeks       other side of the whole performing
ago and the cast list has been an-     process,” said Brown. “I think it’ll
nounced, with each show starring       be useful in my decisions for col-
six or seven actors.                   lege and my future.”
   Many of the cast members have           The whole cast is looking for-
participated in other SHS produc-      ward to the shows. With several
tions this year such as “Grease” and   weeks left until opening night,
“Romeo and Juliet.”                    everyone is continuing to work
   Unlike those productions, how-      hard.
ever, the various plays will follow        “It’s going to be great perform-
lesser known plots such as the fairy   ing for the younger kids, and I’m
tales “Prince Thrushbeard” and         extremely excited to see how the
“Seven At One Blow.”                   shows turn out,” said Shankar. u
the saratoga falcon insiDe: Columnists conclude senioritis completely justified p. 9
March 13, 2009                           Octomommy’s decisions unethical p. 10
                                                                                                     opinion        saratogafalcon.org/opinion
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       aMerica’s
     faVorite Drug?
                                                                                                                                                          Nathan Kim




                                                    CaFFEiNE iS ThE ENEmy.
                                    WaNT TO avOiD uLCERS, bLaDDER CaNCER, hip FRaCTuRES,
                                          aNxiETy aND DiaRRhEa? DON’T DRiNK COFFEE
                   by Shannon Galvin                           injected into the skin of an animal, is enough to kill it      the Johns Hopkins Medical Department, those addicted
                     and Andy Tsao                             within minutes. The amount of caffeine in a cup of coffee      to coffee may experience headaches, irritability, anxiety,



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                                                               is relatively small, but it’s the reason people will drink a   diarrhea and light-headedness if they try to quit. Addic-
      orget the back alleys and tinted cars; the biggest       cup day-after-day. Like nicotine, caffeine keeps its users     tion is extremely common—a mere cup of coffee a day is
      drug deals today happen in cozy cafés as jazz music      consistently coming back for more.                             enough to produce caffeine addiction.
      streams through the speakers over the grind of cof-          Negative effects of caffeine can range anywhere from           Some might argue that because coffee is less toxic
fee beans. The regular customers defy the stereotypes as       stomach ulcers to increased likelihood of hip fractures.       than narcotics or alcohol, it is less of an issue, but just
well—soccer moms, high school students and business            Evidence shows links to cancer with coffee drinking, such      like other drugs caffeine can leave its users with crip-
people on their way to work line-up for their drug of          as an increased chance of bladder cancer.                      pling conditions and life-threatening diseases. Coffee
choice. Throughout the country, hundreds of thousands                                                                         may seem harmless, but caffeine leaves a powerful and
of law-abiding citizens are physically addicted to it. Wel-    Similarities with other drugs                                  horrific effect on the body.
come to the biggest drug dealer in town—Starbucks.                According to Canada’s National Post, an overuse of              Besides caffeine, coffee also contains several hundred
    Addicting, mind-altering and readily available at          caffeine can lead to psychological disorders, potentially      other chemicals. The darker the roast, the greater the
every street corner, coffee tops the charts as America’s       culminating in insanity. With only five cups of coffee a       possible dangers become. Carcinogens—cancer causing
favorite drug. The average American adult drinks 26            day, a person is “more than twice as likely to exhibit adult   agents such as creosote, pymdine and tars—come from
gallons of coffee every year. At 50 cents for a cup of         antisocial personality disorder.”                              the high heat required to produce coffee. The roasting
homemade coffee, that’s $1,664 in a year. At Starbucks,           Although coffee cannot be viewed in the same light          of the coffee creates tars that are characteristic of coal tar
where coffee costs about $3 per 16-ounce cup, 26 gallons       as heroin, coffee in large amounts does produce similar        which are similar to those found in a cigarette.
would equate $4,992. Spread that over 10 years, and the        negative effects. Both heroin and coffee are addictive and        Unfortunately, very few people realize the danger
average American could buy a decent car. In 20 years, he       tolerance to both evolves over time, resulting in higher       they put themselves in when they drink one to two
could pay the entire tuition for a very respectable college.   and higher quantities. Repeated usage of either drug can       to four to six cups of coffee a day. The information is
The culprit in his addiction? Caffeine.                        cause infertility and damage to vital organs.                  kept in the dark to benefit the rising profits of coffee
                                                                                                                              shops around the world. Large coffee shop chains,
A dangerous stimulant                                          Quitting the addiction hurts                                   like Starbucks, need to take responsibility for their
   By itself, caffeine is a serious poison. Amazing Discov-       Just like any other drug, when users try to quit drink-     products and let their customers know the danger of
eries claim that one drop of pure, concentrated caffeine,      ing coffee, they feel withdrawal symptoms. According to        too much. u
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                                                                                                                                                                         March 13, 2009




                                                         Due to the unrelenting surge of new
                                                       technology and a consistent renewal of
                                                   ideas, video games have remained a constant
                                                    staple of the average teenage life. But is this
                                                      interest simply allowing us to be sucked
                                                    into an apathetic void of darkness or has the
                                                     obsession been honing our skills all along?                                                                                     Nathan Kim




ViDeo gaMes Worth cost Reject virtual reality,
                       embrace the real world
           by Karthik Sreedhara
                                                 tendency through gaming, most gamers
                                                 use them to escape stress, learn, socialize



V
             and Melody Zhang                    or exercise.
         ideo games cause violence.                 Video games are also often                                     by Mira Chaykin              David Walsh have shown that teens



                                                                                                             A
            Video games cause the stunting       criticized for their tendency to
         of brain growth.                        suck gamers into a bottomless        pro con                                                   who play video games tend to be more
                                                                                                                      t least once in our life, aggressive and easily distracted in real
    Video games cause obesity.                   pit of isolation. But despite                                        we are confronted by life. Being easily distracted yields less
    It seems that video games are causing        common misconceptions, on-                                           desires to be some- ability to pay attention in class and
an apocalypse, and according to anti-            line gaming allows gamers to experience        thing more powerful than just ordinary consequently lower grades and less
video-game activists, gamers are wasting         more diverse social interactions than they     mortals. We may wish to be a ninja or a academic success, particularly in college
their time and money.                            would in the real world.                       spy, a super talented rock musician, or years without parental regulation.
    Yet the army is using “Call of Duty” as                                                     perhaps a short fat Italian man named               The video games are fake, but their
physical therapy for soldiers, psycholo-         Health benefits of gaming                      Mario who seems to excel at anything effects are real. Ultimately, avid gamers
gists are using “Gran Turismo” as treat-            “Although video game playing may            he undertakes.                                  sacrifice their mental health for a mere
ment for ADHD, schools are using “Dance          seem to be rather mindless, it is capable          While it’s true that these fantasies can illusion. They’re giving up the real world
Dance Revolution” as an exercise regimen,        of radically altering visual attentional       all be lived out in video games, living in for fictional characters and invented
surgeons are using “Super Monkey Ball”           processing,” said researchers Daphne           a virtual world is not all it’s cracked up situations.
to train for surgery and teachers are using      Bavelier and Shawn Green who conducted         to be. This is not to say that a video game         If you’ve noticed a little extra hostility,
“Halo” to teach classical literature.            a study showing the positive effects of        once in a while is a bad thing, but when perhaps mixed in with a small amount
                                                 gaming, according to BBC News. Now             you become too dependent on virtual of depression, it may be time to decrease
Society’s poison                                 various doctors are recommending games         reality, games can be harmful.                  the video game usage. But there are other
   But to those fighting for the fall of the     as therapy to those suffering impaired             The biggest                                                    signs that indicate when
video game industry, none of that seems          vision. And according to MSNBC.com,            downside of vid-          Just because you stole a it’s time to reduce depen-
to matter. Jack Thompson, a major voice of       surgeons who played video games at least       eo games is that
the anti-video-game movement who was             three times a week made 37 percent fewer       while you’re liv-          car in grand theft auto dency. Have you recently
                                                                                                                                                                   noticed your money situ-
disbarred from practicing law in 2008 for        mistakes than those who didn’t.                ing in a computer-            doesn’t mean a new                   ation getting tighter?
misconduct and making false statements,             West Virginia has made it a goal to         ized world, you’re        porche is waiting for you Have you noticed that
said to Shreveport Times, “[PlayStation 2’s      install the popular dance game “Dance          missing out on all                                                 your video game collec-
DualShock controller] gives you a pleasur-       Dance Revolution” in all of its 765 schools    the marvels real                in the real word.                  tion has quickly accumu-
able buzz back into your hands with each         as part of their physical education cur-       life has to offer.                                                 lated into more than will
kill. This is operant conditioning.”             riculum to encourage students to have fun      Even if you only                                                   fit under your television?
   Operant conditioning is a method of           while battling adolescent obesity. And the     spend an hour a day playing Halo, that Have you noticed we’re kind of in a
behavior modification developed by B.F.          Wii gaming system’s requirement for the        adds to seven hours a week, 365 hours recession? Connect the dots.
Skinner that teaches through rewards and         gamer to be actually physically involved       a year. Those 365 hours could have been             Just as in the Great Depression people
punishments. And apparently students             in the game has been used as physical          spent with real people in real places.          are relying on video games like they did
have been trained to risk life in jail for the   therapy for soldiers and veterans.                 Just because you stole a car in Grand on movies, as a comparably cheap form
thrill of firing a gun.                             Although not all of us may be heading       Theft Auto doesn’t mean a new Porsche of entertainment when juxtaposed to
   Such a misguided war against student          into the operating room on a daily basis,      is waiting for you in the real world. In elaborate family vacations. But these
violence needs to be set on the right path       the benefits of video games and their          fact, the next time you turn on your expenses add up quickly. In today’s
to end the unneeded loss of lives as soon        potential as multipurpose tools greatly        Xbox and start a new game, the car economy, it’s silly to waste money on
as possible. On the same note, all high          outweigh their costs. This was easily seen     will be waiting there for you to steal it trifles that will mean nothing in the fu-
school shootings are correlated with             in 2005, when the video game industry          again. People, however, will not always ture and are simultaneously detrimental
bullying. In order to put an end to shoot-       helped boost the failing U.S. economy by       be there. A moment wasted will never to your health and well-being.
ings, society should spend its time and          generating $18 billion.                        repeat, and you cannot press restart on             If once in a while you feel a tremen-
resources combating bullying rather than            Through games, teenagers are able to        life when it’s over.                            dous urge to be Mario or Luigi, don’t feel
going up against gaming giants.                  find a niche to escape from the tensions           It may seem as though you’re just as if you’re suddenly going to spiral into
   Considering the huge influence video          of today’s high-stress society. Rather         having too much fun blowing villains a depression and throw your life away.
games have in our society, their correla-        than ban all video games in an fruitless       up and thwarting the plot of assassins, In small doses, video games are fine and
tion with violence is actually surprisingly      attempt to prevent possible violence,          or being the assassin, to give up video even relaxing. But when your virtual
low. In fact, the rate of violent crimes has     adults should view video games as a tool       games. Unfortunately, the violent depic- life starts to take away from your real
gone down 60 percent since 1994, ac-             that they could use to connect with the        tions are not without their side effects.       life, however, its time for a reality check.
cording to The New York Times. While             children they’re having such a hard time           Studies like the MediaWise Video Leave Mario behind and step outside—
students are accused of nurturing a violent      understanding. u                               Game Report Card conducted by Dr. life is waiting. u



adoption of full block schedule will bring welcome change
           by Vijay Menon                        day problem.”                                                       work for all their        benefits of a switch to full block go be-
         and Apeksha Sharma                         While the proposed full block isn’t                              classes. This creates     yond simply improving Mondays for



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                                                 perfect, there are still several reasons why                        conflict for students     students.
       ver find yourself stuck at home on        this switch should take place.                                      with extracurricular         These include the creation of an eighth
       a Sunday night spending your time            Classes are far less productive on                              activities and makes       period allowing student athletes not to
       cramming for the upcoming biology         Mondays than they are on normal                                    the weekend essen-         miss any class time, the embedding of four
test while trying to multitask and finish off    block days due to the brief                                        tially an extension of     tutorial periods and the consistency of a
a practice write for English?                    47-minute periods that                                             the school week.           schedule on a day-to-day basis.
   For many students, this is an almost          don’t allow for much                                                       Many teachers         While some have expressed concerns
weekly occurrence thanks to the partial          teaching of new ma-                                               are also notorious for      that students wouldn’t see teachers as
block schedule that requires students            terial.                                                           giving tests on Mon-        many times per week, the amount of time
to attend all classes on Monday. As the             Under the current                                             days. Students are often     spent in each class remains the same un-
school debates the pros and cons of mov-         schedule, students are                                           rushed and don’t per-        der the new schedule as it does now, and
ing to a full block schedule, the time is        forced to spend their                                           form as well on these         the advantages of making such a switch
ripe to finally do away with the unpopular       weekends cramming                                               tests as they would on        far outweigh any potential disadvantages
partial block system and solve the “Mon-         to complete home-                                               a full block day. Yet the     of keeping the current schedule. u
                                                                                                    Nathan Kim
the saratoga falcon
March 13, 2009                                                                                                                            opinion 9
  Dwindling relationship                          by alex song




 second semester senioritis makes perfect sense
              by Emily Chen                    school and go to Denny’s for a free grand       We’re going to look back and laugh at the       that there is still material left to learn and
              and Mabel Hsu                    slam during a promotion, and…not really         time when we should have been studying          AP tests to conquer, but the truth is, we’re



  T
                                               care. Sorry, teachers. It’s not that we don’t   for our statistics final but instead spent      sick of writing outlines and doing chapter
        here have been a lot of outbreaks      value your classes; it’s just that when we      an hour at the library taking pictures          problems. We want to do simulations
        recently. The peanut butter salmo-     look back on our high school experience,        on Photobooth. This is the beauty of            and debates and more in-class learning.
        nella crisis, SARS, Mad Cow Dis-       we want to remember more than just              being a second semester senior. We’re           How can we apply what we’re learning
  ease, and something about spinach and        lectures and pop quizzes.                       free from that perpetual guilt that we          to something in the real world since we
  tomatoes. OK, so those weren’t recent,          We’re finally done. After three years        should be doing something—whether it            will soon be entering it?
  but we were too lazy to think of actual      and one semester of incessant testing,          be studying for SATs, APs, doing college            Seniors, especially come second-
  recent ones because signs of an annual       studying, worrying, and stressing, we’re        applications or any other of those various      semester, have a love-hate relationship
  outbreak have reappeared at Saratoga.        done. Call us crazy, but we don’t think         forms of torture that only make us feel         with high school. College applications
  There are some who call this outbreak        a little break, if you will, is too much        inadequate.                                     were the culmination of everything we
  “Senioritis,” but we prefer to call it the   to ask.                                            For teachers to assign more work just        had learned until that point, and now
  “much-deserved-brain-vacation-itis.”            It’s doubtful we’ll remember what            to spite us is not only just plain mean, it’s   that they’re over, we’re more than ready
     Much-deserved-brain-vacation-itis         grade we got on our chemistry midterm,          also only going to cause more backlash.         to start a new chapter of our lives and
  allows us to act like the students that we   but we will remember those delicious            We don’t lack the desire to learn, it’s just    leave for college. For better or for worse
  should be. Instead of moping over that       pancakes, made all the more delicious by        at this point our desire to learn and our       (better: senior homecoming, worse:
  B+, we can easily brush it off and move      their free-ness, and the conversations we       desire to have lives is finally starting to     freshman homecoming), for richer or
  on with life. Being a second semester        had while waiting in line for them rather       balance out.                                    for poorer (school lunches did make us
  senior has unloaded the constant burden      than sitting through another lecture.              Therefore, instead of assigning more         poorer), in sickness and in health (either
  of grade-related stress off our shoulders.      We’re not going to look back fondly          pop quizzes and lengthy readings to se-         way, we had to go to school), we’ve made
  Instead, we are now liberated to truly       on that time we studied so hard for our         niors, teachers should make their lessons       it through. But now, we’re ready for the
  experience high school. We can ditch         calculus final and aced it (or didn’t).         more participation-heavy. We understand         rest of our lives. u



Spending money on expensive goods unnecessary


                                                  by Elizabeth Cheng                       a waste of money considering how fickle the indus-
                                                   and Tiffany Tung                        try is. Also, what’s the point of buying all the latest



                                 W
                                                                                           styles when the only people who are going to see are
                                            hile walking the crowded hallways during classmates and faculty, people who aren’t going to
                                            break, a girl adorned in a velour pink Juicy be fawning over your latest buy? Sorry to break it to
                                            Couture hoodie elbows you on accident. As you, but there aren’t paparazzi here just waiting to
                                 you reach up to open your locker, you get accidentally photograph your amazing sense of style.
                                 hit in the head by the Louis Vuitton signature canvas        The thing about spending on designers is that, half
                                 bag hanging on the shoulder of the girl next to you. the time what you’re paying is the label. Guess cloth-
                                 During class, you can’t help but stare at the shiny ing is expensive and one may mistake this to mean
                                 Bathing Ape sneakers of the boy sitting in front of you that the quality is superb. Newsflash: The only things
                                 and wonder, “Is this excess really necessary?”            Guess gets right are jeans. The rest of its merchandise
                                    It’s no secret that many students here have rich is poorly made and easily ruined. And the Juicy Cou-
                                 parents who spoil their children. While the sensible ture terrycloth jacket sold for $92? It’s made from the
                                 thing may be to store the money as                                         same material as the $20 bath towels
                                 a sort of savings, the more appeal-      nobody needs 10 pairs sold at Target. The other $72 is pay-
                                 ing thing to do with the money is
                                 to spend it, especially on designer
                                                                                                                     that Juicy
                                                                         of $200 jeans. and how ing forthe only partCouture metal J
                                                                                                            zipper,               of the jacket that
                                 items.                                  many designer bags is it really states “Juicy.” If you didn’t pay
                                    Now, once-in-a-blue-moon really necessary to own? attention to the zipper, you could
                                 splurging on high-quality, time-                                           buy an identical copy from JC Penny
                                 less pieces is understandable.                                             for a fraction of the price.
                                 Buying a real leather, Birkin bag that can be used           Spending money on unnecessary, expensive items
                                 for years might prove to be worth the $1,400 cost. can lead to bigger problems, especially when the be-
                                 Spending a few hundred on a pair of True Religion havior of lavish living has been instilled into many
                                 jeans, when considering the tailored fit and exquisite students from a young age. What happens when they
                                 denim, might make sense, too.                             leave home and enter the real world where they need
                                    But it must be stressed that this should be done to support themselves? Most students cannot rely on
                                 in moderation. Nobody needs 10 pairs of $200 jeans. their parents’ money forever.
                                 And how many designer bags is it really necessary            So students, be wise with your money. Is it that
                                 to own? (Boys, don’t think you’re exempt either; you crucial to have multiple Coach purses and Lacoste
                                 don’t need the 10 pairs of $60 shoes you constantly polos ($72 each for the most basic versions) in your
                                 flaunt with rotational wear)                              closet? And parents, don’t be so free with giving
                                    The truth is, a lot of the designer splurges are for money to your kids whenever they ask, because it
                                 items that quickly go out of style and become obsolete won’t benefit anyone later on. Money isn’t something
                                 and “so last season.” Constant buying of new styles that should be spent mindlessly. Before you buy that
                                 to keep up with the latest of the fashion world is $500 BCBG dress, think about how many times you’ll
                                 pointless; copying the latest celebrities’ styles is also actually be wearing it. u



Nathan Kim
10 opinion                                                                                                                                                     the saratoga falcon
                                                                                                                                                                    March 13, 2009



octoMoMMY unfit to raise 14 KiDs                                                                                                               The Saratoga Falcon
                                                                                                                                                          staff policY
             by Mira Chaykin                    IVF, a female’s egg and a male’s sperm          pulous person can afford them.
             and Synthia Ling                   are transferred to a laboratory dish where         They will also inevitably be subjected         The Saratoga Falcon is published



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                                                fertilization occurs. Afterwards, the fertil-   to a lack of maternal attention. A newborn     five times per semester by the Ad-
         adya Suleman is the mother to six      ized egg is transferred to the woman’s          needs attention day and night and Sule-        vanced Journalism classes of Sara-
         children. Suleman is jobless. She      uterus to implant and develop.                  man must care for the octuplets as well as     toga High School, 20300 Herriman
         has no husband. She relies on food        For Suleman to bring these eight extra       six other children, all under the age of 8.    Ave., Saratoga, CA 95070.
stamps and disability payments to sup-          children into the world by IVF—children                                                           Views expressed in The Saratoga
port her family. She lives in her bankrupt      who will need food, education and health        The more, the scarier                          Falcon are those of the writers and
mother’s three-bedroom home that’s in           care—is unethical, especially since she            The American Society for Reproduc-          do not necessarily represent the
pre-foreclosure. And oh yeah, Suleman           relies on taxpayers’ money to support her       tive Medicine recommends that a woman          opinions of the administration, fac-
just gave birth to octuplets, bringing her      and her children.                               under the age of 35 should have a maxi-        ulty or school district.
total number of children to 14.                                                                 mum of two embryos implanted though
    A year ago, with no clear source of in-     financially and emotionally unstable            IVF. This is suggested in order to prevent           Mission stateMent
come, poor living conditions and only one          Single and jobless, Suleman is in no         multiple births that would highly risk the
parent, the Suleman family was scarcely         position to be taking on the responsibility     mother and babies’ health. Suleman and            The staff of The Saratoga Falcon
getting by. But even with her seemingly         of anybody else’s life until she gets her       her doctor clearly disregarded this guide-     is committed to objectively and ac-
hopeless situation, Suleman decided to          own in order.                                   line when she had six embryos implanted,       curately representing the diverse tal-
go through another round of in vitro fer-          A woman who can hardly take care of          two of which resulted in twins.                ents, cultures and viewpoints of the
tilization (IVF).                               herself has no right to bring others into          The goal of doctors performing IVF is       Saratoga High School community.
                             Every one of       the same miserable conditions. Suleman’s        to produce a single, healthy infant, and
                             her 14 kids        mother calls her decision to have more          multiple births are often looked upon as
                                                                                                                                                            letters
                                was born        kids “unconscionable” and claims that her       failures. It’s shocking that any trained                 to the eDitor
                                 using IVF,     daughter has become too obsessed with           professional would irresponsibly transfer          The Saratoga Falcon welcomes
                                  a solu-       having children.                                so many embryos knowing the possible           all signed letters of opinion, which
                                   tion to                              Suleman’s father,       result.                                        are subject to editing for length, ac-
                                    infertil-                         also distressed by           The catastrophe is not purely Sule-         curacy and grammar. Please send
                                     ity. In                          her actions, was re-      man’s fault in this respect. The doctor,       them to editor@saratogafalcon.org.
                                                                      ported in saying, “I      when noticing that Suleman was in an           For ad information, phone (408)
                                                                      question her mental       inadequate position to undertake the task      867-3411, ext. 222.
                                                                      situation.” All she         of raising a child, should have appealed
                                                                      talks about                           to a higher medical authority.            3rD perioD staff*
                                                                      is having
                                                                      babies                                     Nine weeks too soon                       Editor-in-Chief
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                                                                                                                       All eight babies sur-
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                                                                                                                    vived and are stable,                    News Editor
                                                                                                                    but they were born                  Brittany Judoprasetijo
                                                                                                                    nine weeks prema-                 Opinion/Associate Editor
                                                                                                                   ture and their weights                   Ashley Chou
                                                                                                                ranged from three pounds,
                                                                                                                                                          Lifestyles Editors
                                                                                                            one ounce to two pounds, 2                        Emily Chen
                                                                              and the                  ounces, much less than the aver-                       Mabel Hsu
                                                                          obsession is dis-     age weight of six pounds, five ounces.
                                                                           turbing. Rather      Heart problems, lung problems, seizures,                Entertainment Editor
                                                                                                                                                             Alex Song
                                                                            than seeing an      jaundice and developmental delays are
                                                                             obstetrician/      just some of the many health issues the                 School Scope Editor
                                                                              gynecologist,     octuplets face.                                           Sophia Cooper
                                                                               she should see      Their hospital bill alone is estimated                  In-Depth Editor
                                                                             a therapist.       to be more than $1 million, money that                     Elizabeth Cheng
                                                                              The question-     Suleman is not even close to being able                     Sports Editor
                                                                     able choice to have        to pay.                                                     Rahul Thakkar
                                                                      more babies will be          In the middle of a recession, when so
                                                                      detrimental to her        many people cannot pay for health care,                   Backpage Editor
                                                                                                                                                             Annie Lee
                                                                     kids. These children       Suleman has the audacity to expect tax-
                                                                    will grow up ostra-         payers to bare her self-imposed burden.                      Web Editor
                                                                   cized by their peers,        The selfishness and immorality of her ac-                    Brian Tsai
                                                                 knowing that they must         tions are completely disgusting. To bring            Webmaster/Layout Editor
                                                               live off taxes of others who     a child into a world where they are bound                Guy Quanrud
                                                          are hesitant to pay them because      to be miserable merely because she desires
                                                                                                                                                           Head Art Editor
                                                       of Suleman’s decisions. The only         more children is cruel. These children                       Nathan Kim
                                                       other option is to stick them in         will never fully escape the public eye,
                                                      already overcrowded foster care           and all of us will pay for their mother’s                 Graphics Editor
                                                                                                                                                            Tiffany Tung
                                                     system, and hope that a more scru-         mistake. u
                                                                                                                                                        Head Photographer


Important semester-long classes too short
                                                                                                                                                          Melody Zhang

                                                                                                                                                         Head Copy Editors
                                                                                                                                                             Brian Kim
                                                                                                                                                              Tim Tsai

Economics, government subjects should merge into single year-long course
                                                                                                                                                            Andy Tsao

                                                                                                                                                           Copy Editors
                                                                                                                                                          Kavya Nagarajan
            by Emily Chen                       As citizens of America, students should         is shoved down our throats in a rushed                    Uma Sambasivam
         and Girish Swaminath                be aware of the political environment of           18 weeks at the end of our high school                Head Business Manager




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                                             our country, as these are things that are          career?                                                 Mika Padmanabhan
          s part of a high-achieving aca- guaranteed to affect them when they                       With these practical classes a year             Assistant Business Manager
          demic environment, Saratoga grow up.                                                  long, students would be able to delve                      Saniha Shankar
          High students find the thought of     On the other hand, the practical-               more deeply into these vital subjects. As
a fellow classmate not knowing the politi- ity of deriving integrals and knowing                it is, teachers have to cram an excessive             Reporters/Layout Artists
                                                                                                                                                        Karthik Annaamalai
cal party of our president unfathomable. Avogadro’s rule is questionable, but every             amount of material in too short a time.                    Mira Chaykin
The recent ground-breaking and historical individual without exception will be af-              Especially for seniors during first semes-                Shannon Galvin
election aside, however, it wouldn’t have fected by one law or bill at some point in            ter, government and economics can be                       Lauren Kuan
                                                                                                                                                            Synthia Ling
been too difficult to find                                        his or her life.              burdensome.                                                 Vijay Menon
a student who was ig-                                                Issues such as re-             The logistics of adding another full-                    Pia Mishra
norant of the political ...every individual without calls and propositions                      length class to the curriculum would be                  Rebecca Nguyen
affiliation of our former exception will be affected are likely to happen in
                                                                                                                                                           Tim Rollinson
                                                                                                difficult, but one suggestion is to include              Apeksha Sharma
president George Bush. by one law or bill at some any student’s lifetime,                       both classes into one integrated class. In               Karthik Sreedhara
    With the economy                                              as evidenced by the           this way, students will get a comprehen-                 Girish Swaminath
collapsing around us
                               point in his or her life.          recent Proposition 8          sive view on both, in addition to how they
                                                                                                                                                           Jordan Waite

and companies an-                                                 controversy. Addi-            relate to each other.                                          Adviser
nouncing new layoffs                                              tionally, pressing mat-           By senior year, most students are ready                   Mike Tyler
daily, it seems like knowledge of why such ters such as the energy crisis and global            to check out of high school and into what             Printed by Folger Graphics
events are occurring should be ingrained warming are dilemmas that need to be                   they believe is the “real world,” yet they              in Hayward, California
into our curriculum.                         dealt with sooner rather than later, and           lack a strong foundation in knowledge
                                                                                                                                               *Various contributions were also made by
    Both economics and U.S. government therefore learning about them is key to                  regarding issues concerning our economy                  the fourth period staff
are required classes needed to graduate, finding a solution.                                    and government.
yet even though they are apparently im-         Similarly, the way the economy is run               Our economy and our government
portant enough to be considered essential affects how we invest our money, what                 are irrevocably intertwined, and learning
before we attend college, they’re restricted kind of salaries we will earn and what             about both in the same classroom setting
to a mere 18 weeks each in senior year. Is is going to happen to us when we retire.             for one year would undoubtedly be ben-
that enough?                                 So why is it that such crucial information         eficial to students. u
the saratoga falcon
March 13, 2009                                                                                                                lifestyles 11

Paranormal
Passings
MohniKe experiences
the unexplainaBle
              by Annie Lee                                     MohniKe
14 years ago, then journalism adviser                          English teach-
Kerry Mohnike (who now teaches English                         er encountered
11 Honors and English 9) placed a box of                      mysterious
paste-up boards with a complete student-                      guardian angel
created magazine on the roof of her car
just after class ended that day.
                                                              in the form of a
  Completely forgetting about the box,            disappearing construction
she drove out of the back parking lot             worker in a time of need.
of SHS and turned left onto Saratoga-
Sunnyvale Ave., where a construction           mirror to see who the helpful worker
project was taking place down the center       was, however, the construction site had
of the road.                                   vanished.
  Unfortunately, the box flew off the top          “There wasn’t anything there,” said
of her car and opened, leaving all of the      Mohnike. “It was as if nobody had ever
students’ eight weeks of hard work scat-       been there.”
tered all over the road.                           When Mohnike arrived at the printer,
   “I pulled over quickly, heartbroken,        she opened the box, and miraculously,
because I knew this was going to be a          “everything was in its proper order.”
disaster for the kids,” said Mohnike.              All the paste-up boards and photo-
                                                                                                                                                                     Tiffany Tung
   Once Mohnike got out of her car, she        graphs were in their place, and the maga-
saw a construction worker standing in          zine was printed without a problem.
front of her.                                      “The box looked like nothing ever hap-
   “He was about [5-foot 8 inches tall]. He
had brown curly hair, green eyes and he
had a hard hat on and work boots,” said
                                               pened to it,” said Mohnike.
                                                   Confused and still wanting to find
                                               out who the construction worker was in
                                                                                                    FALCONPOLL                           The Supernatural
Mohnike.                                       order to thank him, Mohnike proceeded                         Do you believe in supernatural spirits?
   The worker handed an already col-           to contact the Saratoga city officials to find
lected stack of the paste-up boards and        out who had been working at the site of
photographs to Mohnike. After looking          the incident.                                                                                   33% Yes
around for loose pieces of the magazine            To her surprise, they told her that no
and finding nothing left behind or scat-       one had been scheduled to do any con-
tered on the road, Mohnike thankfully          struction work at that time and place.                                                          53% No
accepted the stack of boards from the              To this day, Mohnike still tells this
man and promptly left the site to hurry        story to her students to bring a little fun
to the printer.                                to the class.
   “I put the [box] in the back of my car          “I’m not one to say what people should                                                      14% Maybe
and was so flustered in needing to [make]      or should not believe, but I know that
the deadline. I was just thinking, ‘Oh my      every once in a while something good, or
gosh, what should I do?’” said Mohnike.        at least important, happens for people,                                                The Falcon polled 72 students
“So, I just took off and thought [I would]     and there’s no explanation for that,” said                                             around campus on March 5.
just sort it out when I got to the printer,”   Mohnike. “So if you want to believe in
   When Mohnike checked her rear view          miracles, you can take that one.” u




Sophomore surprised by psychic’s skills
            by Lauren Kuan                    The psychic does not charge for his                  “It was really weird when I entered       or not it was a trick, so she asked him
            and Pia Mishra                 services because he believes that he must            the room because nothing was in the          what she got on her Spanish test which



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                                           help people in order to rid himself of his           room except for a computer and chair,”       she received that day.
        round October last year, sopho- sins.                                                   said Wu.                                        “He was completely right, he guessed
        more Carol Wu started visiting an     “Everything looked normal at first. The              At first, Wu didn’t believe that the      that I got between a 95 to 96 percent, and
        office in Cupertino where people building was like any other building, but              psychic truly worked but was amazed to       he was correct; I got a 96 percent,” said
line up and wait to spend one                       when I entered the room, I was              find out that he knew things that others     Wu.
hour with a famous Chinese                          wondering where he was and I                didn’t know about her.                          Further bolstering her belief in him,
psychic.                                            didn’t realize that I had to talk              “When I sat down, I thought that he       he knew exactly what kind of personality
   She was introduced to him by                     to him through a webcam,” said              was a joke because I saw him on the com-     she had and that she valued her friends
her parents who have also been                      Wu. “I thought that that part was           puter screen shaking and twitching, and      greatly.
going to him for about a year.                      a bit strange,”                             then I became scared and he creeped me          The psychic told Wu exactly what to do
    “Once my parents tried it out,                      She was reluctant to go into            out,” said Wu.                               when she was having trouble with friends
they decided that I should start                    the room by herself. All she had               Right away, the psychic started talking   or schoolwork, and when she tried out his
going so he could help me out                       heard about the psychic was                 about characteristics that he knew about     advice, she found that the method always
with my future,” said Wu.                           that he is famous in Taiwan and             Wu that she hadn’t told her parents, so      resolved all her issues.
    People from all over the Bay         Wu         is currently living there, but she          she knew that there was no way that her         “From then on, I started believing him
Area come to talk and discuss in                    wasn’t given his name and was               parents had told him about her.              and now I routinely go and visit him to
Chinese with him about what they should instructed to call him “Lao Shi,” which                    The first time they met, Wu wanted to     ask for advice when I have any problems,”
do in order to better their lives.         means teacher in Chinese.                            see if he actually was psychic or whether    said Wu. u
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                                                                                          the comp
                                                                                                                              March 1




Chivalry                                                                                                                 Karthik A
                                                                                                                         Height: 5’9”




Rivalrythe proof:
                                                                                                                         Weight: 130 p

                                                                                                                         Interests:
                                                                                                                         Listening to T
                                                                                                                         Long walks o

                                                                                                                         “By openin
                                                                                                                         open up a w

Is chivalry dead? The Falcon set out to
investigate, setting three gallant gentlemen
to the task of being chivalrous for one week.


the test:
The three courageous volunteers were to com-
plete a chivalrous task for each day of the week
according to the following schedule:




                                                              the outcome:
       Monday: Carry a girl’s books to class
       Tuesday: Offer a girl your jacket
                                                          s
       Wednesday: Help your mom with something
       Thursday: Walk a girl to all her classes
       Friday: Carry a girl up the quad steps
Ten points were awarded for completing the tasks,




                                                                 1 2
then various other points were given or subtracted for
miscellaneous acts of chivalry such as:
         Courtly                     Coarse
 -Complimenting a girl +2 -Insulting a girl -3            “Chivalry rivalry? Please, there
 -Defending a girl’s honor -Deliberately hurting a girl   was no competition. I know how                              “I want a rematc
                                                          to treat a lady.”
 +2                          -3
 -Opening the door for a     -Using profanity -1
 girl +2




                                                                  The Knight in Shining Armor                                    The
                                                              Dashing:                  Loutish:                      Dashing:
                                                              -Moved a table for a      -Pointed out that a certain   -Retrieved maid
                                                              girl                      girl has low confidence       “High School M
                                                              -Defended a girl’s        -Hit two girls                Folder from lock
                                                              honor                     -Made fun of a girl and       classroom
                                                              -Held the door open for   then lied about it            -Held the door o
                                                              whole class               -Made fun of a girl’s fa-     three girls
                                                              -Complimented mul-        cial features                 -Was only one to
                                                              tiple girls               -Called a maiden an           mother with som
                                                              -Wore a dress shirt       extremely mean name           -Defended maid
                                                                                        multiple times                honor in face of
                                                              Judges’ comments: It was close between Tim and
                                                              Karthik, but Tim managed to sweet-talk his way to       Judges’ comment
             Tiffany Tung




                                                              the top.                                                explicit drawings
                                                                          Final score: 54                                         Fin
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                                                                                                                lifestyles 13
petitors:
 13, 2009




Annaamalai, 10                                        Guy Quanrud, 12                                                Tim Rollinson, 10
                                                                                                                      Height: 5’8”
                                                      Height: 5’9”
 pounds                                                                                                               Weight: 140 pounds
                                                      Weight: 145 pounds
                                                                                                                      Interests:
                                                      Interests:
T-Pain                                                                                                                Singing “O Saya”
                                                      Baking cupcakes
on the beach                                                                                                          Watching The Notebook
                                                      Helping old ladies cross
                                                      the street
ng doors for girls, I                                                                                                “Tim is my name and
whole new world.”                                    “I listen before I react.”                                      chivalry is my game.”

                                                                                                                                     from left to right: senior guy Quanrud
                                                                                                                                     opens the library door for juniors tiffany
                                                                                                                                     Tung and Tiffany Tam, but finds that once
                                                                                                                                     he starts, he can’t stop as more and more
                                                                                                                                     people come out. sophomore Karthik
                                                                                                                                     annaamalai carries two backpacks and
                                                                                                                                     a load of books to sophomores lauren
                                                                                                                                     Kuan and pia Mishra’s class after break,
                                                                                                                                     wondering what made girls’ backpacks
                                                                                                                                     so heavy. His first guess was makeup
                                                                                                                                     and slambooks (and he was wrong, it was
                                                                                                                                     just binders). on an extremely warm day,
                                                                                                                                     sophomore tim rollinson offers his jacket
                                                                                                                                     to a girl four times, only to be turned




 :
                                                                                                                                     away four different times (time to switch
                                                                                                                                     cologne, tim).

                                                                                                               photos by mabel hsu


        The highs and lows of one week of attempted chivalry, judged
        by a panel of highly esteemed experts on how to properly treat
        a girl (the Lifestyles editors)
                                                                                   Chivalry should stay
                                                                                   in the Middle Ages




2 3
                                                                                                                              for us and not reciprocating shows
                                                                                                                              that we are too weak to complete
                                                                                                                              them ourselves. When we need a man
                                                                                                                              to do these kinds of menial jobs, we
                                                                                                                              are merely buying in to ancient male
                                                                                                                              superiority theories.
 ch.”                                                                                                                             Chivalry not only weakens women,
                                                                                      Mira chaykin                            but it is also unfair to men. We hold
                                                                                                                              boys to a double standard. We want
                                                                                               Mira Mira on the Wall          guys to treat us with respect and
                                                    “I don’t think it should be


                                                                                   A
                                                                                                                              equality, but we also want them to
                                                    a competition. I still think           boy and his girlfriend are on a    pick us up for dinner, walk us to our
                                                    I’m a pretty decent guy.”              date. The guy picks her up and     cars and give up their seats on crowd-
                                                                                           takes her to a nice restaurant.    ed buses. We say women and men are
                                                                                   At the end of the meal, he pays the        equal, until we come to a door, where
                                                                                   check and as they exit he holds the        it’s clearly his obligation to open it.
                                                                                   door for her. After the car ride home,     The list goes on and on.
                                                                                   he walks her to her house and says             By weakening the female cause,
                                                                                   goodbye.                                   chivalry throws off the entire meaning
                                                                                       Notice anything wrong with this        of equality. If we want to be treated
                                                                                   cute little picture? I do. The female did equally, we should not expect privi-
                                                                                   nothing in this situation to reciprocate leges discriminatively. It isn’t fair for
                                                                                   the kindness of her boyfriend. There’s     one group to expect preferential treat-
                                                                                   nothing wrong with chivalry, but it is     ment from another and still expect
                                                                                   imperative that it be                                          to be judged as an
                                                                                   modified in order for                                          equal in their eyes.
                                                                                   society to slip out of chivalry not only weakens                  Now, don’t get me
  Gentleman                                                                        the male dominated
                                                                                   medieval ages.
                                                                                                                 women, but it is also            wrong. I definitely
                                                                                                                                                  do not think chiv-
            Loutish:                                                                   Why is it that                unfair to men.               alry is always a bad
den’s       -Drew crude things                   The Oaf                           chivalry is institu-
                                                                                   tionalized as a male
                                                                                                                                                  thing. I just think
                                                                                                                                                  chivalry should go
Musical”    in maiden’s journal
                                    Dashing:               Loutish:                trait? Chivalry began with men saving both ways. What’s wrong with chiv-
 ker to     -Obstructed maid-                                                      their fair ladies from danger, because     alry being called “kindness”?
                                    -Attempted to speak    -Failed to help pick
            en’s path to her                                                       it was commonly thought that women             Once in a while, girls can exert
                                    in a British accent    up a girl’s things      weren’t fit to handle themselves in        themselves and open the door too. It
 open for   locker on two occa-                                                    dire situations. Females were like deli- isn’t that heavy, I promise, and with
                                    -Gave a poor lady a    -Made fun of a
            sions                                                                  cate dolls that needed to be protected,    practice it will most likely get easier.
                                    dollar                 maiden’s hand-eye       but times have changed.                        Girls, try standing on the bus in-
 o help     -Made fun of bullied
                                    -Opened the door       coordination.               We modern women can slay our           stead of eyeing a guy until he gives up
mething     maiden                                                                 own dragons. I do not need someone         his seat; it’s good exercise.
                                    for multiple people
den’s       -Used profanity                                                        to open the door for me, I can do it           We’re in the 21st century. It’s time
            whilst ridiculing a                                                    myself. I can also pay for my own          for the battle between sexes to end. Fe-
  teasing                                                                          meals and walk on mud without              males are getting paid nearer to male
            maiden                  Judges’ comments: We think you’re              someone laying their jacket down           than ever before, and we are on the
 ts: If only he hadn’t made those   a decent guy too, Guy. Just take bet-          over it first. I can fight my own battles. road to equality. But for true equality
                                    ter notes next time.                               By continuing the concept of “chiv- to exist, gender biases must go. Chiv-
 s in the maiden’s journal...                                                      alry,” we women are showing that we        alry should be changed to kindness,
nal score: 52                                  Final score: 22                     still need to be protected. Making men and kindness should be appreciated,
                                                                                   complete these mundane little tasks        not expected. u
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                                                                                                                     From museum visits to baking
                                                                                                                     Cinnabiscuits, the Special Day
                                                                                                                     students are getting the help
                                                                                                                     they need to go places in the
                                                                                                                     world.




                                   Kevin Rollinson                                                                                                                                Jordan Waite
left: freshman ryan sheu dances the night away at the perfect pals’ halloween dance. right: freshman Daniel stickney gets help from teacher aide Jennae Watson during class.




 Students soar with help of great teachers
            by Sophia Cooper                         around campus, including regular trips         “We go to places like museums or just           “I would like [the Special Day program



C
                                                     to pick up trash and growing their own downtown [San Jose] to go shopping,”                and the general education program] to be
        innabiscuits, a flower garden and            flower garden outside of rooms X03 and said Crase. “It’s a fun activity, and they          one and the same, but my students need
        weekly field trips are only a few of         X04. One of the campus favorites is the work hard for four days. It’s still educa-         the opportunity to learn a different way,”
        the parts of students’ experience in         selling of “Cinnabiscuits.”                 tional because they learn public transpor-     said Crase. “Reading [a textbook] is not
the school’s special day program, a sepa-               “It’s my grandma’s recipe, and they tation, life skills and social skills.”             going to beneficial to them, but learning
rate educational program for students                came up with the                                                 Another fundraising       how to read a map or a schedule is more
with higher support needs said teacher               name,” said Crase.                                            idea is a school-wide        beneficial for them to survive.”
Courtney Crase. The program offers core              “We make the biscuits
                                                                                   the program offers              carwash, available for           Her favorite part of working in the
classes, such as Meaningful Math and                 ourselves, and then          classes... to help the           teachers and possibly        special day program is the students.
English, as well as Life Skills and Social           we go to classrooms,       students prepare for life students during class                     “Every day is different; it’s fun,” said
Skills to 18 students. The classes are de-           specifically the sci-                                         periods.                     Crase. “They come up with new stuff. Our
signed to help the students prepare for              ence department. We
                                                                                        on their own.                 “It [would be] an op-     students come in, and I know what they
life on their own.                                   sell them for $1.”                                            portunity for the stu-       did over the weekend. There’s a personal
    “[The Social Skills class] really ties into         The Cinnabiscuits                                          dents to maintain con-       feel to school and to education. I feel that
the community and how you’re going                   are “an opportunity for our students to tact with the general education teachers,          in the general education area there are so
to survive after high school or wherever             socialize and also get the marketing and learn how to clean something and have             many students and teachers that are so
you go afterwards,” said Crase. “It [also]           business aspects,” said Crase.              their own little business,” said Crase.        focused on the academic aspects of it that
involves home economics for general                     The profits are used to help finance the    Crase said the Special Day program is       [it’s easy to] lose sight of what’s really
education students.”                                 class’s field trips, which they take every not a separate part of SHS, but is simply       important in life, and over here, that’s
    The students also do service projects            Friday.                                     for students with higher attention needs.      what they do.” u



                                                     Sports medicine                                           I like English,                My favorite class
             togatalKs                               is my favorite
                                                     class because
                                                                                                               Algebra, His-
                                                                                                               tory and Culture
                                                                                                                                              is sports med
                                                                                                                                              [because it’s]
         What is your favorite                       I like studying                                           because I have to              wrapping injured
                                                     about taping                                              study more.                    people, and that’s
                class?                               [and] wrapping.                                                                          the best!
                                                                sophomore Ravi Ayer              sophomore Georges Younes                                  senior Stephen Cage
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March 13, 2009                                                                                           school scope 15
freshman brings sunny spunk to cloudy school days
          by Mika Padmanaban                    weather and often checks for stormy days. tant role in the daily life of Earnest but         Special Day program. He believes that she
            and Jordan Waite                    His Special Day teacher, Courtney Crase, also influences his choice of movies as             has helped him in many ways, including



I
                                                has Earnest lead the class in checking the well. His favorite movie is “The Day After        taking him on community outings every
   t has not stopped raining for a week         weather in San Jose, California;                         Tomorrow,” because of the big       Friday.
   straight and most students are bummed        Washington, DC; and San Jose,                            storm that hits New York City.          “I really like it because Ms. Crase makes
   that it’s cold, wet and they are stuck in-   Costa Rica and make a report to                             “Sometimes I wish a storm        it fun,” he said. “I was in the Special [Day]
doors. Freshman Zoltan Earnest, however         the class every week.                                    like [the one in The Day After      program at Redwood [Middle School] too,
loves the weather.                                 “If you ask [Earnest] about the                       Tomorrow] could come here,”         but I didn’t like it as much.”
   With his curly brown hair bouncing           weather,” said Crase, “he will give                      said Earnest. “That would re-           Just as Earnest is excited to be in Crase’s
up and down as he claps and high-fives          you the forecast for the three cities                    ally make me happy.”                class, Crase appreciates his enthusiastic at-
his friends while running through the           for the whole week.”                                        Earnest’s other interests in-    titude in the program.
hallways, Earnest, fondly known around             As Earnest checks the weather                         clude music. His favorite bands         “[Earnest] is hard working and has ex-
campus as Zoly, is a bubbly person who          forecast online for the week, he         earnest         are Coldplay, The Killers and       cellent social skills,” said Crase. “During
participates in the Special Day program,        prays silently for a string of storms                    other bands in the same genre.      breaks and lunches he goes out and social-
which helps students improve their life         ahead. The excitement of the storms in-         “I like almost all types of music, except    izes with peers not in the program.”
skills and teaches core curriculum.             creases the appeal for him.                 for country,” said Earnest eagerly shak-             Earnest’s infectious positive attitude
   In his free time, Earnest takes his             “My favorite weather is when it is ing his head. “That [genre of music] just              and social skills bring out the best of
golden retriever Max on walks, rides his        stormy,” he said. “I used to be scared of doesn’t sound nice to me.”                         each day.
bike around town and quite often checks         storms when I was little, but now I really      Earnest seems to enjoy his experience            “[Earnest] is an energetic and fun-
the weather online.                             like them.”                                 at this school and gives much of the credit      loving person,” said Crase. “He has never
   He admits to being obsessed with the            The weather not only plays an impor- to his teacher Crase, who is the head of the         had a bad day.” u




                                                                                       Kevin Rollinson
clockwise from above: sophomores cortney fields, harlyn chawla and Michelle Marantette rock
out at the perfect pals’ halloween Dance; freshman John creelman draws on the board during
a perfect pals meeting; Junior patrick lee dances at the halloween Dance; special Day students
participate during class; sophomore ravi ayer works hard during class.
                                                                                                                              Melody Zhang                                      Kevin Rollinson



opening up with perfect pals
              by Brian Kim                           “A lot of the members have become a lot



R
                                                  more comfortable talking to the kids,” said
       aised alongside sibling and alumna Sa- Maniar. “One of the students was acting an-
       bina Maniar, who was born with Down noying, and one of my friends started yelling
       syndrome, senior Sacha Maniar felt at him. I told her that he was a Special Day
comfortable interacting with her older sister student, but she didn’t understand that it
and her friends, but not with other Special made a difference. She’s been in the club
Day students. Contrary to what many would for two years and has become a lot more
expect, Maniar was more reserved toward respectful, close, and has truly befriended
Special Day students, but throughout her her buddies.”
four-year stint in the Perfect Pals club, her ap-    Although the meetings may consist of a
proachability has made a turn for the better. simple discussion about the students’ weeks,
    “At first, it was my mom who convinced the club follows a monthly theme around
me to join, but I really                                                which they organize
got into [Perfect Pals]
as time went on,” said
Maniar. “I started out
really reserved, and I
                         “      My friends have changed                 their activities. The club
                               their views on special Day activity outside of school
                             students just by befriending per year.
                                                                        also plans for at least one


didn’t really talk to                  them as well.”                       With the help of Spe-
my buddies at all.                                                      cial Day teachers, the                                                                                   Melody Zhang
When I became presi-                    —senior Sacha Maniar            club organized their an-
dent of the club my                                                     nual Halloween dance
sophomore year, I                                                       for SHS students and
started to open up a lot more. My friends have students of three other schools. In addition
changed their views on Special Day students to decorating the Small Gym and helping
just by befriending them as well.”                run the event, the club planned activities for
    The Perfect Pals club socializes and or- students who did not want to dance.
ganizes activities for students of the Special       “It’s probably the best thing we do in Per-
Day program, spending Thursday lunches fect Pals,” said Maniar. “All of the kids have
with a group of friends. The club aims to such a great time at the dance. It’s almost the
“create strong friendships with special needs only time they actually go to dances.”
students, educate each other to be more              The Special Day students enjoy the com-
aware and respectful of them,” according to pany Perfect Pals gives them week-to-week.
Maniar, and has made great progress in the           “I think Perfect Pals is awesome,” said Spe-
past three years.                                 cial Day student sophomore Ravi Ayer. “I like
    “[Perfect Pals] has increased in size since that they show us a lot of games and movies.
there were only two other members other I remember decorating cards with them.”
than me and my three friends when I joined,”         Maniar feels that her time in Perfect Pals
said Maniar. “Now, we do more activities, and has been worthwhile from the feedback she
everyone bonds a lot more. They’re a lot more receives from the students.
excited to see each other every week.”               “When we walked into the classroom [for a
    Maniar, who joined with co-leading se- Perfect Pals meeting], they all cheered as soon
niors Abby Conroy, Christina Robert and as they saw us,” said Maniar. “They were
Felicia Tang, isn’t the only one who had happy we were there. A lot of the time, we
overcome shyness. Members of the club have are not even sure if they really appreciate the
changed in regards to openness toward other projects and activities we have. It was great to
students.                                         know that they appreciated our work.” u
                                                                                                                                                                                 Jordan Waite
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                                                                                                                                                                  March 13, 2009




                                parental
                              aDVisorY
                    Whether we love them or hate them, we have to
                            live with them and their rules.
                      The Falcon takes a closer look at various
                               parenting methods used.


Parenting 101: Liberty to grow through
mistakes crucial to a child’s success
          by Saniha Shankar                    him or yell continuously when he makes             According to Junior Mika Padmanab-       themselves from the family. It is important
            and Andy Tsao                      a mistake or doesn’t do his best.               han’s mother, Kala Padmanabhan, “It’s       to understand, though, that the turbulence



W
                                                   “When I don’t do well, they just ask        important to instill good values in your    of adolescence is a crucial factor in the
          e’ve all been through it—the         me, ‘was that your best?’, and me think-        children at a young age, because you will   growth and development of their children,
          clash between the stress of          ing to myself that I didn’t do my best is a     be able to trust them in the future, and    experts say.
          high school and the family           lot worse than them punishing me for not        they will be able to make responsible
responsibilities at home. It is common         doing my best,” said Gast.                      decisions.”                                 Growing up can only be done alone
to see families start to deteriorate as the        While student-parent relationships                                                         Also according to Case Western Re-
children move from pampered babies to          may not be as ideal as in the case of Gast,     Anger is good                               serve, many parents are constantly trying
independent adults.                            there can be several key steps parents can         Most students dislike the amount of      to keep their children on the road to suc-
   Despite occasional fights, however,         take to transition between a parent-child       arguing and yelling that goes on in the     cess. But success doesn’t necessarily stem
some teenagers are still able to remain        relationship to a parent-student one.           house, but it’s important to realize that   from that elusive 2400 on the SAT.
close to their parents. Among these stu-                                                       these arguments actually aid the teenager
dents is junior Eric Gast, who has man-        Trusting your children                          in his or her passage through adoles-           In order to transform the children into
aged to stay close to his parents during          The teenage years are the time for           cence.                                      mature adults, however, they must be
high school.                                   students to establish their own identities.        According to the Public Health Agency    allowed to travel the road themselves.
   “I have a really good relationship with     This struggle almost always means the           of Canada, anger plays an important role    Making mistakes and feeling depressed
my parents,” said junior Eric Gast. “My        loss of childhood security and the increase     in distancing the teenager from his or      are essential parts in growing up.
parents give me a lot of trust and responsi-   of responsibility. Instead of dictating to      her parents and making him or her more          “Everyone makes mistakes, and it’s
bility and I think I handle it pretty well.”   their children at this point in time, parents   independent.                                a part of growing up and going through
   Gast does not let the stress of school      should shape their children while they’re          Many parents, however, may some-         life,” said Padmanabhan. “All I can do is
affect his relationship with his parents.      young so that they can be mature and in-        times take it personally when their chil-   give my children advice, and it’s up to
He said that even though his parents           dependent individuals as they transform         dren are angry at them, and it may not      them to decide if they want to take it or
want him to do well, they don’t punish         from children to adults.                        feel good letting their children separate   not.” u
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March 13, 2009                                                                                                                          in-depth 17
   using pressure in MoDeration is Best
   History teacher advocates a more relaxed parenting approach on students already suffering from stress
            by Girish Swaminath                   This pressure concerns history teach-               nario as a teacher in a competitive high       method without demonstrating frustra-



   A
                                               er Kim Anzalone, also the parent of two                school environment but also as the par-        tion or anger.
           P Testing! SAT Reasoning and teens.                                                        ent of a high school junior and freshman           “Parents should talk to their kid about
           Subject Tests! PSAT! Finals!           “It just adds to the [students’] stress             herself.                                       what they’re doing in school but should
           Grades and GPA! On top of level,” said Anzalone. “They’ve already                             “By the time students are upperclass-       try to catch themselves before snapping
   that, parents yelling at students because internalized what they want to do. Pa-                   men, parents need to let go a little bit,”     at their kid,” said Anzalone. “They need
   they cannot live up to lofty                         rental pressure on top of that is             said Anzalone. “I know and understand          to realize that the most important thing
   expectations? How much                               not productive because the kid                that it’s really hard to, but they are going   is their kid’s happiness and mental
   more stress can a high school                       knows what he or she needs to                  to go to college in a year or so. They need    health, as well as working towards [the
   student take?                                       do.”                                           to learn independently how to manage           student’s] academic potential. There
      For years, parental pres-                           Anzalone feels that this pres-              their time.”                                   needs to be a balance.”
   sure always has been a major                        sure to excel has negatively in-                  In addition, Anzalone said parents             Anzalone has pressured her chil-
   problem at Saratoga High,                           fluenced students’ well-round-                 sometimes “care for their kids so much         dren to pursue more non-academic
   with students being forced                          edness. Although the situation                 that they want to do all the talking for       activities just for their own pleasure
   to overstretch themselves                           has improved in the past several               them.” She strongly sticks to her view         and simple enjoyment, rather than do
   by participating in several          anzalone       years, it still continues to trouble           that students should deal with issues          something just because colleges would
   extracurriculars while tak-                        the entire community.                           that arise in their relationships with         want to see it on the students’ applica-
   ing multiple AP and honors classes in          “The amount of money spent outside                  teachers, friends and others by them-          tions.
   order to prove themselves to colleges. the public school experience is enor-                       selves. They need to live their own lives,        “Teenagers really need to do a sport
   Students sometimes say parents do not mous,” said Anzalone. “There’s just                          as “it is their thing.”                        or something other than academics
   completely understand the duties of too much focus. [As a result,] a lot of                           Although Anzalone believes that the         and [being on the] computer all the
   their children and therefore push them kids dropped sports like soccer because                     parental pressure issue has gone way out       time,” said Anzalone. “They need to
   harder and harder to get perfect grades they’re not getting the grade their par-                   of hand, she feels that it is not entirely     relieve their stresses from school and
   while excelling in multiple activities as ents want them to get, which is an A.”                   a bad thing, as long as parents convey         just enjoy doing something they want
   well.                                          Anzalone not only relates to this sce-              their concerns in a conversational, kind       to do.” u




                                                                                                        Hands-on approach
                                                                                                        evokes frustration
                                                                                                                   by Elizabeth Cheng                   portant for them to know where she is



                                                                                                         E
                                                                                                                                                        if there was an emergency, but she still
                                                                                                                very time senior Melissa Lin steps finds the process frustrating.
                                                                                                                out of her house, she has to answer         “The part that I like the least is they
                                                                                                                to her parents’ questioning.            always have to know exactly when I’m
                                                                                                             “Where are you going? Who are you going to back,” said Lin. “[My friends]
                                                                                                         going with? What are you doing? When are indecisive and that causes a lot of
                                                                                                         will you be back?”                             problems because if I tell them I’m go-
                                                                                                             We all know the kind of parents that ing to be back at a certain time and we
                                                                                                         follow a very hands-on philosophy. They change our mind I’m screwed.”
                                                                                                         make sure to know all aspects                             Lin feels even worse when her
                                                                                                         of their kids’ lives, much to the                        parents couple the interroga-
                                                                                                         dismay of the students.                                  tions with a guilt trip.
                                                                            Courtesy of Kushal Shah          “I never have any privacy                             “I don’t really mind telling
                                                                                                         basically,” said Lin. “They have                         them where I am but I feel re-
senior Kushal shah and parents, ushir and rina shah, pose for a picture at their house.
                                                                                                         to know a lot about what’s go-                           ally guilty when they bring the

parents’ non-restrictive
                                                                                                         ing on. It’s not so much they                            dog into it saying, ‘Your dog is
                                                                                                         don’t trust me, it’s more they                           sitting home alone all by itself
                                                                                                         don’t trust the people around              lin           so, so sad and every single time


attitude valued by student
                                                                                                         me. For example, with like                               you go out you’re not caring for
                                                                                                         driving, they’re scared not because of me him and you were the one who wanted
                                                                                                         but because there’s a lot of bad drivers on the dog so badly,’” said Lin.
                                                                                                         the road. With going places it’s not really        Lin’s mother, Jillian Lin, knows that
            by Rahul Thakker                     them any attention.                                     me as much as it’s everyone else.”             she is still working on her parenting. “I



S
                                                     While the former group may have their                   After a small slip up in grades, Lin do what feels right and go day by day
      enior Kushal Shah, then a junior,          children’s best interests at heart, Shah feels          noticed her parents adopting a stricter ‘cause there’s no exact formula. She was
      pulled his car into the driveway,          that is no way for anyone to live. Accord-              policy.                                        my first one and I made mistakes here
      coming home from a late-night party.       ing to him, parents need to recognize that                  “They got so used to seeing the and there; I’m not perfect.”
It was almost 3 a.m. and, as expected, all       kids, especially teenagers, have a lot on               same report card year after year and               Though her parents’ necessity to
the lights were off; everybody was asleep.       their plates and sometimes just need time               when it finally changed a little bit that’s know everything can be annoying at
But, walking slowly toward his room,             to relax.                                               when their gears really kicked in and I times, Lin understands why they are so
Shah found a note on his door. It was from           He also said he is lucky his parents                started seeing more restrictions on my insistent on being so protective.
his parents.                                     consider enjoying life just as important                activities,” said Lin. “Anything that was          “I get that they care ‘cause I see what
    “At one point during junior year I           as doing homework, an opinion they may                  a distraction became the devil.”               happens to people whose parents don’t
kept going out to party or hang out with         have picked up during their early years in                  Thus, the interrogations that allow care and I know that I would want this
friends,” said Shah, “so [my parents] put        India.                                                  Lin’s parents to make sure what exactly for my kids but I would be more relaxed
a note on my door saying they wished I               “When [my parents] were young,                      their daughter is doing with her time. Lin about it,” said Lin. “Overall, I just wish
would stay home more and concentrate             their parents were very strict, so they                 agrees that                                    it wasn’t so restrictive, a little bit more
on school.”                                      want me to have the social life that they               it’s im-                                       freedom would be nice.” u
    After reading the letter, Shah felt guilty   weren’t able to have,” Shah said. “[Their
and set about changing his behavior. He          outlook] allows me to enjoy myself but it
kept his grades up and spent more time           also makes sure I get whatever I need to
with his family, but he said the result had      do done. It works well for both sides.”
a lot to do with the way his parents ap-             Shah’s mom Rina agrees with his idea
proached the problem.                            that “parents should find a balance be-
    “That one time [my parents] tried to         tween being strict and lenient.”
regulate my behavior had a profound ef-              “Parenting is not about restricting your
fect on me because they are usually very         children,” she said. “It is about having
understanding and they give me pretty            trust in them to a point where you give
much complete freedom,” Shah said.               them advice on what to do and let them
“This was the one time they really asked         make the best decision for themselves.
me to do something for them and I wanted         Hopefully they learn from their mistakes
to make them happy.”                             and mature as individuals.”
    There are seemingly two extremes on              So far, said Shah, his mom’s philosophy
the parenting spectrum: Some kids are            has been working.
constantly under the watchful eyes of                “[My parents] are very lenient but, they
strict guardians who put “having fun”            still care about what I do and encourage
last on their children’s to-do list. Then        me to do my best in everything,” he said.
there are those who suffer because their         “I like them just the way they are. I think
parents simply don’t care enough to pay          it’s the perfect blend.” u                                                                                            Tiffany
                                                                                                                                                                                 Tung
18 entertainment                                                                                                                                                the saratoga falcon
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                                                           the
     hoobastink                by alex song




                                                           artist
                                                            of the issue:

                                                           Jason
                                                           Shiuan                                                                                                  courtesy of Jason Shiuan




                                                                                                                                                                    courtesy of Jason Shiuan

                                                                    by Synthia Ling               once a week with The Ritards and four           Q: What is your favorite song to
                                                                   and Lauren Kuan                hours a week with Crystal Choir.             perform?



                                                          S
                                                                                                                                                  A: I think “We Intertwine” by The
                                                                ophomore Jason Shiuan is obvi-       Q: How was the group formed?              Hush Sound. We actually performed
                                                                ously a student with musical         A: Saratoga alumnus Jason Chou            it and recorded it and put it on
                                                                talent. He plays the tuba and     and one of his friends started the           YouTube and Greta the singer from
                                                          saxophone in band, and piano and        group because they just wanted to            Hush Sound gave us a response. It
                                                          cello. Along with playing many in-      have fun singing. They started three         was really cool so I think that is my
                                                          struments, Shiuan also sings in The     or four years ago.                           favorite song.
                                                          Ritards, an a cappella group, with
                                                          senior Peter Chou and four students        Q: How did you come up with                  Q: What was your favorite per-
                                                          from different schools.                 the name The Ritards?                        formance?
                                                             The name is shortened from the          A: I don’t know, I think it is just a        A: I think my favorite performance
                                                          word “ritardando,” a musical term       play on words.                               was last year’s end-of-the-year con-
                                                          meaning “gradually decreasing                                                        cert. It was like an adrenaline rush,
                                                          tempo.”                                     Q: What places have you per-             and we had a wide range of songs
                                                                                                  formed at?                                   that were entertaining.
                                                             Q: How did you begin singing?            A: Last season we performed at
         for(n)ever                                          A: We all started singing together   parties like for Chinese New Year or            Q: Do you see singing in your
                                                          in Crystal Choir when we were just      at various school events and commu-          future?
       by hoobastank                                      six years old.                          nity service. This year so far we’ve            A: Yeah, I think in college I either



    H
                                                                                                  sung at Santana Row and Stanford             want to join another group or form
             oobastank has returned with a new              Q: Do you take any voice les-         Shopping Center.                             my own group. We’ll see what hap-
             album. However, the record is a              sons?                                                                                pens.
             hodge-podge of styles and quali-               A: No, I just sing in Crystal            Q: What a cappella groups do
    ties: ranging from the wimpy boy band                 Choir.                                  you look up to?                                 The Ritards have a $5 CD recordings
    lyrics to strained hard rock, the album just                                                     A: Rockapella. We listen to other         of their concerts. Contact any of the
    has not been up to par with previous work.               Q: How often do you sing?            groups like college groups, and we           members for details. Videos are available
    The verdict: For(n)ever worth a listen. u                A: About seven hours a week;         try to build off of them.                    at www.youtube.com/theritards/. u




Simple fangirl interests lead to obsession
                                              whatever I love at the moment is, even       ing the handsome actor a total of eight               The best part about fangirling is shar-
                                              if my friends just turn off their ears and   times. Yeah, that’s right, eight whole            ing the obsession with other people.
                                              ignore me (which, sadly, happens often).     times.                                                Now, I pride myself in knowing that
                                                 So what is a fangirl? Well, it’s like         Probably the worst of all my obses-           I have not passed the insanity line too
                                              a fan, but more rabid and with lots of       sions was Japanese boy bands, which               far. I admit fangirling makes me rather
                                              squealing. Oh, you need to be a girl, too.   consumed my sophomore and junior                  mindless and my intelligence levels are
      elizazbeth cheng                        Urbandictionary.com has some hilarious       years. I know, I know, “what a freak,”            severely cut, but I find happiness in the
                                              definitions. Though it is entertaining to    right? I’m rather embarrassed myself.             fact that I still have a modicum of dig-
      tales of a small asian girl             read about the three stages of fangirl,      But truth is truth and two years of my            nity compared to many other fangirls.



I
                                              probably the most straight-to-the-point      life is very hard to write off. I was swept       I do not believe that I will marry any of
    ’m proud to be a fangirl! Maybe. OK,      definition is this: “A female who has        away the minute I listened to the catchy          these boys, and I do have a life outside
    maybe not.                                overstepped the line between healthy         tunes of KAT-TUN and after that, there            my obsession. The day I start planning
       Many a friend has been subjected       fandom and indecent obsession.”              was no turning back.                              my wedding to James McAvoy (who is
to my long and incoherent ramblings              I admit I have stepped across the line        Possibly the saddest thing of all is          already married, by the way) is the day I
about this or that:                           into near indecent obsession. During the     the fact that not all the boys can sing.          will enter myself into the insane asylum.
   Me: Oh my god                              summer, I completely fell in love with       At least James McAvoy is good at act-                 As long as you don’t cross too far
   Friend: What?                              actor James McAvoy. I scoured YouTube        ing. How could I fall in love with these          into the crazy territory, it’s OK to be a
   Me: lkdahgslk [keysmash, represent-        for interviews, watched all his movies I     seemingly talentless boys? They have              fangirl. And truthfully, it’s not some-
ing strong emotion] that was so cute oh       could find, and of course, went to watch     very interesting personalities.                   thing to be that ashamed of. There’s a
my god                                        “Wanted” in the theaters. For weeks—             I could talk for hours and hours              little fangirl in all of us (unless you are
   Yeah, during the peak of my fan-           my friends can attest—I gushed over his      about every boy band and each indi-               male; in that case, then you’re a fanboy).
girling, making sense is not at the top of    hilarious antics and gorgeous accent.        vidual boy, but I’ll save you from the            So embrace your obsessions and admit
my priority list. The only thing I really     When watching “Becoming Jane,” I             massive blocks of text (and myself from           to being a little crazy. After all, normal-
care about is telling others how great        rewound to one particular scene featur-      massive shame).                                   ity is boring. u
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DOES EvERyThiNG LabELED
aS a “CLaSSiC” aLWayS
LivE up TO ThE hypE?                                                                                                                                                            alex Song




Jackson’s ‘Thriller’
bores sophomore                                                                                      ‘idol’ just dreadful
W                                                                                                    I
           ith “Thriller” I had no idea what a story, and that because it was made in
           to expect. I’m not at all familiar 1982, they didn’t have the production that                 have always heard people talk about about the group? It’s not just her dream
           with Michael Jackson or the type current artists have, but it was way too                     who their favorite singer was on it’s ours.’
of music they played in the ‘80s, because I overblown and drawn out.                                     “American Idol.” From Kelly Clark-            Although I may not like the show like
listen to mostly modern rap and hip hop.               I think “Thriller” should definitely be       son to David Cook,                                            others, I do agree with
I know that Michael Jackson is a huge respected for setting such a high standard                     “American Idol” has                                           them in regards to the
cultural icon, who                                              for music videos, but now, I         never been a show that                                        judges. Simon is such an
revolutionized pop                                              don’t feel there is anything par-    grabbed my attention.                                         evil judge. Once he was
music and dance,                                                ticularly special about the video.   A show where people                                           so angry he kept asking
but I’m not that into                                           The production just doesn’t          just sing, get criticized                                     for medication. Then, for
dance and I feel that                                           compare to today’s videos, and       on national TV, cry and                                       Paula Abdul, some guy
his music came out                                              I didn’t like the dance moves        then sing some more                                           was like “I’ve seen a side
such a long time ago                                            either.                              has never been my kind                                        of Paula I never knew
that it’s hard to com-                                             However, I did like the music.    of show. With over 20            Mckenzie toh                 was there. She’s evil!” Al-
pare to today’s mu-                                             Ultimately, I respect “Thriller”     million viewers each                                         though “American Idol”
sic. All I really know
                                Michael chang                   for its cultural value, but today,   week, “American Idol” has created a didn’t live up to my expectations, I’m
about Michael Jackson was from the bad I see it as nothing special really. u                         phenomenon for the past seven years. glad I at least gave it a shot. u
publicity he has been getting over the                                                               After hearing about the show so much,
years, but I have heard that                                     -as told to Tim Tsai                I decided that I would at least give the            -as told to Rebecca Nguyen
there are a lot of dance moves                                                                       show a try.
in “Thriller.” Still, I felt that                                                                       The episode that I
I should at least watch the             hYpeMeter                      thriller                      watched was in general
                                                                                                                                       hYpeMeter                  american idol
                                      the




                                                                                                                                     the




most famous music video of                                                                           too confusing, weird and
alltime at least once.                                                                               overdramatic. With all         What: National singing
    The first thing I noticed
                                     What: horror-themed                                             the stress that the singers    competition on prime-
was that the introduction was
                                     michael Jackson music                                           had from group day audi-       time Fox
                                     video, 14 minutes long                                          tions, there was too much
pretty cheesy. It looked like a                                                                                                     how: Eight seasons
tacky love story. But after Mi-
                                     how: a Grammy, mTv                                              crying for me to handle.       with 30 million viewers
chael turned into a werewolf,
                                     award and Guiness World                                         For instance, there was        weekly, along with
                                     Record for most units sold,                                     this contestant who was
I became more interested.            named best music video                                                                         audience voting and
    Overall, I felt the music                                                                        just plain creepy. He kept     interaction
                                     ever by vh1
video was way too long. The                                                                          on blaming other singers       falcon says: unworthy
                                     falcon says: Nothing                                            and he would say things
song wasn’t even playing             special really, except for                                                                     of primetime slot, unre-
the whole time. I understand                                                                         like ‘they kept on talking     latable contestants.
                                     cultural value of music
that they were trying to tell                                                                        about themselves. What




harrY potter noVel liVes up to legenDarY status
T
       hroughout elementary school and            ards and fantasy—it sounded strange.         books are good. I caught
       middle school, while the rest of the           When the movies came out, I went myself reading page after
       class was following Harry Potter,          to see them at the movie theatres. Even page about Harry, Hermione
Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley                  then, the whole magical                               and Ron. The char-             hYpeMeter                       harry potter
                                                                                                                                     the




through their magical adventures at               world had no interest                                 acters are definitely
Hogwarts, I stayed away from the trend            for me. Also, I didn’t                                my favorite part of           What: book series about
because I wasn’t sure about the whole             remember what hap-                                    the story. One led            an adolescent boy growing
fantasy part of it.                               pened in the movies                                   to another and now            up as a wizard in a magical
    All everyone would talk about was the         either. I had no desire                               I’m in the middle of          school. With accompanying
Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. It was       to get into Harry Potter                              the fourth book.              blockuster movie series.
an international sensation. From what I           like everyone else did.                                  I didn’t like Har-         how: Seven full novels, count-
heard, the books followed a young wizard              Three weeks ago, I                                ry Potter at all, but         less bestseller lists, and 400
named Harry Potter through his seven              finally decided to give         Kaitlyn Baab          now I understand              million copies sold
years at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft            it a try. I picked up the                             the hype. Some-               falcon says: Great plot twists
and Wizardry.                                     famous book that starts it all—”Harry Pot- times it just takes giving it            and characters, worth a read
    The Harry Potter phase went through           ter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”. Once I start- a try. u
and I didn’t want to read it. Everyone was        ed reading, at long last I found out why
all about Harry Potter! For me—the wiz-           everyone liked the series so much; these -as told to Shannon Galvin
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   recruiting: seniors go big
    Col legiate
    Athletics
Nguyen juggles offers for wrestling, faces tough decision
        by Jordan Waite                   “I like MIT the best because it



I
                                       was fun when I visited and I really
    t’s the dream of a lot of athletes like Boston,” said Nguyen. “If I
    to play their sport in college, don’t get into MIT, I want to go to
    but for senior Nathan Nguyen, either Brown or one of the UCs.”
that dream has not only come              Nguyen is a top student, but it is
true, but is                                                 his talent on
becoming                                                     the wrestling


               “
a difficult                                                  mat that has
decision.            i had to consider schools               attracted
    “It was         for not only wrestling, but s o m u c h
p r e t t y                                                  attention.
stressful
                      also if i would be happy               Nguyen has
narrowing                  there socially and                qualified
down,” said            academically as well.”                for the state
Nguyen.                                                      tournament
“I had to                                                    three years
                              —senior Nathan Nguyen          in a row
consider
schools for                                                  and has the
not only wrestling, but also if I potential to place in the prestigious
would be happy there socially and state tournament in Bakersfield
academically as well.”                 this year. His overall high school
    Harvard, West Point, Duke, record is 117-31.                                                                                                                           Melody Zhang
Brown and Cal Poly have all shown         Nguyen had an official visit         senior nathan nguyen tries to pin his opponent during a wrestling match earlier this year. nguyen is
interest in Nguyen’s wrestling to Brown in October, where he                   currently struggling to make a decision about where he will continue his wrestling career next year.
abilities and have expressed shadowed one of their wrestlers,
interest in having him join their and also visited MIT and Harvard             for [Brown],” said Nguyen.         with college recruitment.            “From what I saw on my
programs. The Ivy leagues, unofficially on the same trip. It                   “That’s what made me decide           “[Nguyen] is a good            college visits, I know wrestling
however, don’t offer scholarships was during his visit to Brown                to implement them into our         candidate for college teams,”     will have to become a major
and the colleges that do haven’t that Nguyen saw how valuable a                program.”                          said Clark. “He has the grades    priority in my life,” said
offered them to him yet. He still morning practice schedule could                 Nguyen has done a lot of this   and the wrestling talent.”        Nguyen, “but I’m still going
does not know whether or not be and suggested it for SHS.                      process by himself, but has also      Nguyen said he is looking      to put academics first, because
he has been accepted by MIT, his          “I liked how efficient               had the help of wrestling coach    forward to wrestling in college   that’s what will help me with
first choice.                          having morning practices was            Art Clark, who has experience      no matter where he ends up.       my future.” u



                                                                                                 swimmers get scholarships
                                                                                                 to prestigious universities
                                                                                                 M. Murray headed to Virginia, B. Murray off to
                                                                                                 Georgetown, Hinshaw going to UC Berkeley
                                                                                                          by Karthik Annaamalai              Hinshaw. “Of course, I destroyed.”
                                                                                                            and Tim Rollinson                   For this and other reasons, includ-



                                                                                                A
                                                                                                                                             ing the schools programs, Hinshaw
                                                                                                        fter swimming together since el- decided to attend Berkeley. Hinshaw
                                                                                                        ementary school, seniors Matthew won the 500-freestyle and the 200-
                                                                                                        Murray, Ben Hinshaw and Brad individual medley at CCS during his
                                                                                                Murray will go their different                        junior year, helping him get
                                                                                                ways this fall as they take spots                     noticed by colleges.
                                                                                                on the swim teams at University                           On the other hand, Brad
                                                                                                of Virginia, UC Berkeley and                          enjoyed the school spirit at
                                                                                Melody Zhang    Georgetown University, respec-                        Georgetown, which he wit-
senior Kiersten Dolbec competes in the high jump during her junior year. Dolbec will be         tively.                                               nessed when he visited Wash-
continuing with both high jump and volleyball in college.                                          During his junior year, Mat-                       ington, D.C.
                                                                                                thew was named the San Jose
Dolbec to uCSb for two sports
                                                                                                                                                          “When I visited George-
                                                                                                Mercury News swimmer of the           B. Murray       town, it was a week before
                                                                                                year after breaking the CCS re-                       the elections. [The school]
                                                                                                cord in the 100-yard backstroke.                      had a rally in this red brick
           by Sophia Cooper                    saw her practice, she immediately be-            Soon, offers poured in from top                       courtyard, and a lot of people



C
                                               came interested in the six-foot athlete.         schools around the country.                           were there,” said Murray.
       CS champ sophomore year, final-            “I was being recruited for track, and            Matthew (no relation to Brad)                      “Some of the basketball play-
       ist at state the same year.             all the coaches had to watch me, and             chose University of Virginia after                    ers presented, and I really
           Early in her high school ath-       the volleyball coach just all of a sudden        a recruiting trip in which he met                     enjoyed it.”
letic career, spectators could tell that       heard of me,” said Dolbec. “Then she             the team and the coach who has                            All three hope to boost the
current senior Kiersten Dolbec was go-         called [my current volleyball coach],            been at Virginia for 32 years.                        team into first place in CCS
ing places. To be exact, she’s going to        and they offered me a scholarship.”              Matthew clicked with the coach         hinshaw        after the second-place finish
UCSB in the fall on a full scholarship to         After signing early in the school             and the team immediately.                              last year. Other top swimmers
both play volleyball and do high jump          year, Dolbec trained for the remaining              “A hurricane was close by the                       hoping to contribute to the
for the Gauchos track team.                    months on the school teams as well as            school so it was raining hard,”                        team’s CCS efforts are sopho-
   Despite her awe-inspiring perfor-           getting outside coaching. Her first sum-         said Matthew. “I went to the                           mores Adam Hinshaw, Justin
mance sophomore year, Dolbec’s junior          mer of freedom outside of high school            field with the swim team and                           Chung and freshman Ian
track season, which is critical for re-        will also be spent training for the fall.        we played football in the mud.                         Burns, who are all nationally
cruitment, was cut short after the CCS            “This summer I’ll be down at Santa            It was a lot of fun, and I realized                    competitive. Hinshaw also
preliminary meet when she suffered             Barbara just playing non-stop volleyball         that I could spend my next four                        placed fourth in two events at
from appendicitis. Her emergency               with the team,” said Dolbec.                     years here.”                                           last year’s CCS meet.
surgery put her out of CCS finals, and            Her post-college plans, however,                 Hinshaw had a similar experi-      M. Murray           Though the three swim-
therefore, the possibility of a repeat trip    have yet to be determined.                       ence visiting Berkeley. The current swim mers will be attending different
to the state meet.                                “Volleyball would be really hard to           team members took the recruits to a local schools, Matthew said that they hope
   Dolbec was originally recruited only        [play after college] because the level [of       ice cream parlor and gave them a chal- to continue their friendship despite
for track and field, based on her impres-      competition] is so high,” said Dolbec,           lenge.                                       going separate ways.
sive record of attending the CCS meet          “but track [is more of a possibility]               “At this ice cream parlor, Fenton’s, the     “It’s going to be different not swim-
every year and winning the El Camino           because the qualifying height for the            swim team had us do the ice cream chal- ming with Brad and Ben,” said Mat-
League championship multiple times,            Olympics is 6’4”, which isn’t that far off       lenge where if we ate a giant ice cream thew, “but I think we all found schools
but when the UCSB volleyball coach             [from my current jumping height].” u             sundae we get a free T-shirt,” recalled that fit us well.” u
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                                girls’ BasKetBall                                                                           BoYs’ BasKetBall


                                                                                            team falls in ccs 1st round
                                                                                                        by Vijay Menon                   assists, but Milpitas outscored Saratoga



                                                                                            T
                                                                                                                                         22-12 in the final period to put the game
                                                                                                   he Falcons’ season came to a close out of reach for a 55-41 win.
                                                                                                   on March 24 as the team suffered a       On Feb. 13, the team hosted Santa
                                                                                                   47-36 defeat at Del Mar in the first Clara and displayed strong scoring.
                                                                                            round of CCS. The loss ended the season, Despite a four-point deficit entering the
                                                                                            the Falcons went 11-15 overall and 4-7 in fourth, the Falcons prevailed by a score
                                                                                            league play.                                 of 70-63 while celebrating senior night
                                                                                                “The CCS loss was a disappointing in front of their home fans.The Falcons
                                                                                            one for the team,” said coach Trevor traveled to league rival Mountain View
                                                                                            Naas. “It is always hard to lose that last on Feb. 10 where they escaped with
                                                                                            game knowing that                                                      a victory in an
                                                                                            it puts an end to                                                      87-83 double-


                                                                                                                    “
                                                                                            your season.”                                                          overtime thrill-
                                                                                                Saratoga came           it is always hard to lose that er. The 87 points
                                                                                            into the game ranked          last game knowing that it                scored by the
                                                                                            13th in Division III         puts an end to your season” Falcons totaled
                                                                                            and took on 12th                                                       a season high for
                                                                                            ranked Del Mar. The                                                    the team.Com-
                                                                                            team struggled of-                      —coach Trevor Naas             ing back from
                                                                                            fensively, falling be-                                                 a tough home
                                                                                            hind 12-4 after the first quarter. The team loss to Lynbrook on Feb. 6, Saratoga
                                                                                            scored only one point in the third quarter trailed Mountain View by three points at
                                                                                            negating a 20-point fourth quarter.          half time. The team erased a single point
                                                                                                Senior forward Christian Biederman deficit heading into the fourth quarter to
                                                                                            and junior guard Daniel Chou were send the game into overtime.
                                                                                            bright spots for the Falcon offense, scor-      The teams were tied 77-77 after the
                                                                                            ing 11 and nine points, respectively, but first overtime period. The game was only
                                                                                            their efforts were not enough to catch up settled in the 2nd overtime where the
                                                                                            with Del Mar.                                Falcons outscored Mountain View 13-9
                                                                                                Although the team was upset with en route to a four-point win.
                                                                                            the loss, they still accomplished their         The team enjoyed 19-point outbursts
                                                                                            preseason goal of qualifying to play in from Huang, Biederman and Pak.
                                                                                            CCS.                                         Huang added four assists and Bieder-
                                                                                                “I would say talent-wise, we’re prob- man collected nine rebounds to lead
                                                                                            ably the best team in our league,” said the team.
                                                                                            senior guard Ryan Pak. “We just didn’t          Despite a lackluster end to the sea-
                                                                             Melody Zhang   play up to our potential.”                   son, the Falcons are still optimistic for
senior alex sclavos makes a free throw in the home game against Monterey on feb. 24.            The game ended a season that had their chances of another successful next



Lady falcons prevail
                                                                                            long streaks of wins and losses. During season.
                                                                                            a strong four-game win streak in the            “The last couple weeks of the season
                                                                                            middle of the season, the team triumphed may not have turned out the way we
                                                                                            over rival Los Gatos, but the team stum- would have liked,” said Naas, “but


despite key injuries
                                                                                            bled down the stretch, dropping nine of this team did accomplish the goal of
                                                                                            its last 12 contests.                        making CCS and there is a lot to look
                                                                                                In their last regular season game forward to.”
                                                                                            against Milpitas on Feb. 20, the Falcons        The junior class, highlighted by three-
                                                                                            remained competitive until the fourth point threat Chou, and the upcoming
            by Alicia Lee                    we finished, but I really wish I could’ve      quarter on the strength of individual sophomore group provide hope for the
        and Uma Sambasivam                   been there [for the team].”                    performances from Chou and senior Falcons heading into next year.



I
                                                 The girls went into their game against     guard Owen Huang.                               “I know that those guys are going to
    n October, 154 girls—six seniors,        Aptos with some momentum following a               Chou scored 18 points, knocking continue to work hard and improve this
    seven juniors, one sophomore, and        dominant home victory against Monterey         down five three-pointers, and Huang off season as we start getting ready for
    one freshman—became a single unit:       in the first round of CCS on Feb. 24. The      added 14 points to go along with three next year,” said Naas. u
the Lady Falcons. The team quickly           girls reached the 70-point mark for the
formed an unbreakable bond, one forged       first time all season en route to a 72-55                                           Wrestling
at Chipotle and Yogurtland then strength-    blowout. Junior forward Nicole Gragnola


                                                                                            Wrestlers make history
ened by karaoke nights and hot tubs.         (18 points) was the only player to score
   It was this bond that led the Lady        in double figures, but several members of
Falcons to a successful season and a CCS     the team made key contributions.
appearance, even after they lost starting        “I think as a team we had our best
point guard senior Sheeva Hamidieh to        game against Monterey because not just
a knee injury for the seniors and played     one or two people shined at that game,”                    by Guy Quanrud                    to get out of, but I didn’t,” said Yen.
without senior forward Alex Sclavos and      said junior center Baylee Yates. “Every-                 and Holden Sparacino                “Maybe something got into my head



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senior guard Melissa Lin for a period of     one, even the people who came off the                                                        because he was really high ranked.”
time.                                        bench at the end of the game, played                 or the first time in over 20 years,         In addition, Loren, who was crowned
   “I really liked how the season ended,”    well.”                                               three wrestlers from Saratoga quali-    CCS champion, an exciting improvement
said senior Ashley Cole, who replaced            The Lady Falcons also triumphed                  fied for state championships. This      after placing sixth last year placed top
Hamidieh at the point guard position         in two games during February break,            past weekend, junior Alan Yen at 189 lbs.     12 in the State Championship, was one
early in the year. “It was a fun season      beating the Wildcats 50-34 in Los Gatos’       and seniors Nathan Nguyen at 121 lbs.         match away from placing in the top eight.
and we did really well considering what      last home game on Feb. 18 and then             and Jasper Loren at 154 lbs. competed         Loren has a season record of 35-4.
happened to our team. It was definitely      crushing Milpitas 57-17 two days later         at the California State Championship in           “I’m looking forward to hopefully get-
my favorite season by far.”                  on Saratoga’s senior night. The win over       Bakersfield, two weeks after CCS cham-        ting more recognition from colleges,” said
   There were, however, several obstacles    Milpitas featured an excellent defensive       pionships.                                    Loren, who wishes to continue his career
to overcome: not only did Saratoga have      effort, but the main story of the night           For Nguyen, the state championships        in college, preferably at a Division 1
a different coach for the fourth consecu-    was Hamidieh’s return to the court after       was not an unfamiliar place. He is now        school. “I’m proud that I was able to place
tive season, but this year the girls also    a two-month absence.                           a three-time CCS placer as well as three-     in the top 12,” said Loren. “I just thought
moved up a league and faced a challeng-          The short winning streak provided          time state qualifier, with improvements       that I couldn’t done better. I mean it came
ing schedule.                                some relief from the rough stretch the         each time. This year he achieved an           down to the last round.”
   “The girls persevered through some        girls endured the week before. In a span       honorable mention, placing in the top 16          “This is the first time in many years
difficult circumstances and never com-       of three days the team faced the league’s      people at State Championships.                that we have three guys going to states,”
plained or whined about it,” said head       two top seeds, Gunn and Wilcox, and               “It’s a pretty respectable finish com-     said head coach Kirk Abe. “These guys
coach Mike Davey. “That’s why we were        suffered defeats of 67-33 and 51-26, re-       pared to the last two years,” said Nguyen.    have been working hard this season as
able to succeed.”                            spectively. Hamdieh came out as a starter      “But once you start winning the matches       well as during the off-season and have
   The girls’ season came to a close         and scored 2 points.                           and placing is right there, just one or two   done something special.”
against Aptos on Feb. 26 in the second           Junior point guard Emily Baba said         matches away, you feel disappointed that          Four weeks earlier Saratoga placed
round of CCS. The team struggled during      despite the ups and downs of the season,       you didn’t do better.”                        eighth in CCS this year with 86.5 points,
the first half and fell behind by as much    she feels the team exceeded its expecta-          Yen, after defeating the No. 1 seed at     just a half point ahead of Los Gatos. Yen,
as 18 points, a deficit that was too much    tions in a tough division. Then team fin-      CCS and placing second in that tourna-        Nguyen and Loren contributed greatly
to overcome in the 55-41 loss. Sclavos led   ished 3rd in the De Anza division which        ment, and, like Nguyen, received an           to this score, placing second, fourth and
the Lady Falcons with 18 points.             featured CCS Champion Wilcox and CCS           honorable mention at the state champion-      first respectively in CCS.
   “I think we just dug ourselves a hole     finalist in 09 Gunn.                           ships with a record of 2-2.                       Senior Richard Macklin finished in the
in the first half that we couldn’t get out       “I thought the season was great,” said        Yen encountered the most trouble in        top eight as well as freshman wrestler
of,” said Lin, who was sidelined with a      Baba. “We did really well, especially play-    the beginning rounds of state, when he let    Alfred Murabito at 125 lbs., and seniors
sprained ankle. “We played really hard in    ing in the A-league and ending above           his opponent’s rankings get to him.           Jeff Chu and Raymond Boales at 114 and
the second half and I’m proud of the way     .500.” u                                          “I got caught in positions I knew how      217 lbs., respectively. u
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                                                                                      lacrosse



boys, girls stumble early, lack experience
             by Ashley Chou                     sophomore third home Cassie Tran.
            and Ben Clement                     Varsity lost with a final score of 11-0, but



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                                                took the loss with a light smile.
      earning a new sport isn’t easy.              “It was a great learning experience
      Learning and mastering a new              and going into the second half we
      sport in less than four weeks is even     definitely upped our defense and com-
harder. That, however, was exactly what         munication,” said junior third man
both the boy’s and girl’s lacrosse teams        Molly Jordan.
had to accomplish during their February            Varsity boys played their first game
preseason training.                             against Scotts Valley High, the second
   During the girls’ lacrosse season kick-      ranked team in the league last season,
off Jamboree on Feb. 28, the lady Falcons       on March 3 in Scotts Valley.
got their first chance to get a feel for the       Though the team lost 17-3, they still
competition during back-to-back 25-             considered it a win when compared
minute scrimmages.                              to Los Gatos High, who lost to the
   Varsity won their first two games            same team 17-1. The boys also played
against Menlo Atherton’s JV team and            Mountain View High school on March
Harker’s varsity. They tied their third         6 at home, suffering a demoralizing loss
scrimmage against Menlo Atherton’s JV           against Mountain View with a score of
team in a rematch and lost their last two       16-3, attributing the loss primarily to an
scrimmages against Mercy-Burlingame’s           excess of penalties and sloppy offense.
and Leland’s varsity teams.                        “We have a lot of potential,” said
   “It was a great experience and I’m re-       junior co-captain Andrew Lee. “We
ally excited for more games,” said senior       just need to get some more in-game
second home Lisa Clark. “We learned a lot       experience.”
more playing a scrimmage than in drills            The girls’ team also played Burl-
at practice and such.”                          ingame High school on March 9th at
   The girls also played Menlo Atherton         home and the boys against Pacific Col-
on March 6. Key players included soph-          legiate on Mar. 11 at home as well. Due                                                                                        Jordan Waite
omore cover point Annaliese Parker,             to publishing deadlines, however, the          the boys’ lacrosse team gathers together for a huddle during their second game of the
senior attack wing Kelly Darchuk and            game could not be covered. u                   season against Mountain View high school on March 6.


                                       BaseBall                                                                                    BoYs’ tennis

falcons anticipate proMising                                                                     CCS hopes dashed even
season Due experienceD seniors                                                                   before season commences
                                                with a new coaching staff. After disap-
            by Guy Quanrud
                                                                                                 Team suspended after last year’s no-show at NorCals

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                                                pointing seasons under head coach Ray
       his could be the season for the          Burney, the team reshuffled their staff and
       varsity baseball team. For the first     has a new head coach Manny Steffon and                      by Kelly Lamble                   mitments.
       time in several years, the group is      assistant coach Travis Hatfield.                        and Mika Padmanabhan                     However, the team has gained three



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made up predominately of seniors, who              “[Steffon] does the same drills, pitching                                                  new sophomores: Deepak Sabada,
hope to turn the program around and end         and hitting,” said Biederman. “The only                      ne thing has already been Roshan Sriram and Sumant Sabada,
their high school careers with a winning        difference is that he has different strate-                  decided for the boys’ varsity who are currently slotted for the No.
season.                                         gies, and he’s more aggressive.”                             tennis team this year: They will 2 singles, No. 1 doubles and No. 2
    Senior left fielder Justin El-Diwany said      The pitching rotation includes Avery,          not be competing in CCS. For those doubles positions, respectively.
because most of the players are the same        Wokas, sophomore Dillan Pak, Lefton,              who remember the team’s second-                “[Even though] we don’t have
age, the team has great chemistry, which        and Spencer. In the first game of preseason       place finish in the sectional champi- [Lamble] this year, our team is still
may lead to a title run.                        play, the seniors came out firing, crushing       onships last year, this may come as a very deep. We have a bunch of new
    “We have very high hopes for the team       Leland 11-4 on Feb. 26. Lefton knocked            surprise.                                   sophomores who didn’t play last year
this year,” said El-Diwany. “We have a lot      out a home run, and Wokas, sophomore                  However, following their admirable all playing pretty high and adding a lot
of seniors and a lot of us have been playing    Dillan Pak, Farmer and Lefton shined in           CCS finish, the team was expected to of depth,” said Jayashankar.
together for a while.”                          the combined pitching effort.                     make an appearance at the NorCals              Another new addition to the team is
    The other seniors joining El-Diwany in-        With a new coaching staff in charge,           tournament a few weeks later.               coach Tom Uyehara. Although this is
clude Casey Farmer, Christian Biederman,        Thoren said the Falcons hope to play bet-             Saratoga was unable to get a team Uyehara’s first time working with the
Mat Spencer, Marcus Lefton, Alex Wokas,         ter than they have in the past, potentially       together due to miscommunication as varsity boys, he has prior coaching ex-
Scott Thoren, Matthew Brading, Michael          winning the El Camino League Champi-              well as a conflicting national tourna- perience as both the girls’ varsity coach
Guercio, Joey Avery and Alex Shebanow.          onships and heading to CCS. They just ask         ment in which                                                    and the boys’ JV


                                                                                                                       “
Most of them have played ball together          for one thing: support.                           all four singles                                                 coach. Earlier this
since Little League. Not only does the             “I think it’s going to be a great year,”       p l a y e r s w e re        the news season looks                year, he led the
team find itself newly committed to the         said Thoren. “I just hope a lot of people         competing.              promising with new players,              girls to a second
sport, they are also excited to be working      come out and watch us play ball.” u                   As many of                                                   place CCS finish.
                                                                                                  the JV players a new coach, and some tough                           “[Uyehara] is
                                                                                                  had already              competition ahead of us.”               really great be-
                                                                                                  put down their                                                   cause he is young
                                                                                                  racquets for             —sophomore Nikhil Jayashankar           and can relate to
                                                                                                  the season, not                                                  us on a very per-
                                                                                                  enough boys were prepared to fill in sonal level and understand what we
                                                                                                  the opened spots. The catastrophe want as a team and as individuals,”
                                                                                                  resulted in the team’s one-year suspen- said Jayashankar.
                                                                                                  sion from CCS.                                 Despite their inability to take home
                                                                                                      The boys, though, are not letting CCS this year, the team looked to
                                                                                                  their suspension get their spirits down show off its skills at the annual Fresno
                                                                                                  and are still hoping for a successful, tournament, a competitive high school
                                                                                                  productive season in the El Camino event where the boys faced their top
                                                                                                  league.                                     rivals.
                                                                                                      “It sucks that we are banned from          After three days of grueling match-
                                                                                                  CCS because we were definitely the es, the team realized that their hopes of
                                                                                                  favorites to win it this year,” said winning the tournament were dashed
                                                                                                  sophomore No. 1 singles player Nikhil even though they were tied for first.
                                                                                                  Jayashankar, “but the new season looks Due to the round-robin format, three
                                                                                                  promising with new players, a new teams tied for first place and the final
                                                                                                  coach and some tough competition decision was brought down to indi-
                                                                                                  ahead of us.”                               vidual matches.
                                                                                                      Another loss the team is coping with       Despite the heartbreaking second
                                                                                                  this year is the decision of former No. place finish, the players still played
                                                                                                  1 singles player junior John Lamble, very well. Stand out players include
                                                                                                  who chose not to return to the team Sabada and junior doubles player Mi-
                                                                                                  due to outside-of-school tennis com- chael McGinnis. u




                                          Congratulations!!
the saratoga falcon
March 13, 2009                                                                                                                                     sports 23
                                                                                                                                        BoYs’ tracK


                                                                                                     Seniors pace falcons
                                                                                                                 by Kelly Lamble                   After placing sixth at the SCVAL league



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                                                                                                                                                   finals last year, these runners are hoping
                                                                                                                hile most athletes are just eas-   to propel the team to a higher finish in
                                                                                                                ing into their spring sports,      their last high school season.
                                                                                                                senior Kian Banks has already          Despite the graduation of key sprinter
                                                                                                     been training for the upcoming track          Mike Marshall, the team should remain
                                                                                                     season for three months.                      solid because several younger runners,
                                                                                                        “It’s an early start, but since it’s my    like his brother junior Matt, are eager to
                                                                       courtesy of Stacee mendonca
                                                                                                     senior year I want to get as good as pos-     fill the gap left by his absence.
sophomore stacee Mendonca grabs onto the trapeze bar as she prepares to jump.                        sible,” said Banks.                               Other boys to look out for include
                                                                                                        In addition to racing at local all-comer   juniors Trevor Teerlink and Nick Olsen
                                athlete of the issue                                                 meets held at Los Gatos High School,          and sophomores Matt Cresci and Kyle


Gymnast branches out,
                                                                                                     Banks traveled to Seattle to compete in       Fukui.
                                                                                                     the University of Washington Indoor               One area where the team has always
                                                                                                     Open on Feb. 15. The trip paid off, as        struggled in the past is with the field
                                                                                                     Banks finished his 800m race in 1:57.17,      component of the sport. That may

attempts partner trapeze
                                                                                                     a personal best.                              change this year thanks to the hiring of
                                                                                                        “Washington was fun because I got          new head coach Andy Arnes, a throw-
                                                                                                     to compete in an open race with some          ing specialist. Arnes is replacing athletic
                                                                                                     college guys on an indoor track,” said        director Peter Jordan.
          by Shannon Galvin                     gymnastics skills she had worked hard                Banks. “I was really happy with the               “Throws were our weakest point last
         and Rebecca Nguyen                     to perfect, and signed up for the classes            time because it’s a personal record and       year, so it’s great that we have Arnes,”



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                                                at the trapeze school with a friend at her           to do it so early in the year is a really     said Banks. “He’s a really good throwing
         ripping the trapeze bar, sophomore     gymnastics coach’s recommendation.                   good sign.”                                   coach so I think our throwers are going
         Stacee Mendonca takes a deep               Mendonca continues to take classes                  This year’s team will be headed by a       to improve a lot this year.”
         breath before she jumps off the        throughout the school year. She drives               strong pack of seniors, including Banks           The official track season starts on
high platform and swings through the            up to Oakland once a week for an hour                and fellow distance runner senior Alan        March 14 with the competitive K-Bell
air. She maneuvers her body into a tuck         and a half of acrobatic training.                    Menezes as well as sprinters seniors          Invitational held at Los Gatos High
and grabs backwards towards her partner,            “[On the trapeze], we learn different            Tim Yen, Sina Ouraie and Phil Chen.           School. u
waiting for their hands to connect. She         skills like catches and swinging,” said
then lets go of her trapeze bar, trusting her   Mendonca. “[And then for aerial silks]                                                   BaDMinton
partner as they fly through the air.            we do stuff where you climb the trapeze,
    Since kindergarten, Mendonca has            wrap yourself up and then let go and
spent hours every day practicing on the         drop. It’s really fun.”
balance beam and floor.                             Mendonca attends these classes in addi-
     Last summer, she put those skills to       tion to her regular gymnastics. She spends
use by adding trapeze and aerial silk (in       almost six hours per week training, and
which acrobatic performer is suspended          says she loves what she is doing.
by special fabric) lessons to her current           She also said she likes meeting people
gymnastics regimen.                             who are training for the circus at the
    “I first started when I was four,” said     trapeze center in preparation for joining
Mendonca. “I went to a birthday party           the circus.
and someone told me I should start gym-             “There are some interesting person-
nastics so my mom signed me up and I’ve         alities there,” said Mendonca. “Everyone
been doing it ever since.”                      wears tights—even the men. This one guy
    Mendonca devoted much of her time           wears these bright blue tights and another
through elementary and middle school            sings whenever he goes—really loudly.”
practicing for competitions.                        Mendonca says she hasn’t developed
    She competed from fourth through            any circus personalities of her own, but
seventh grade and then decided to take          does like to collect different types of tights
a break when the time commitment grew           to wear there.
to be over 16 hours a week, too much for            “My friend and I started buying these
her liking. She then returned to the gym        outrageous tights to wear there so we
recreationally for about three hours per        could match—tie dyed ones, leopard print
week.                                           ones, sparkly ones,” said Mendonca. “It’s
    “Recreational gymnastics is much dif-       a lot of fun.”
ferent from competitive [gymnastics],”              Although gymnastics takes up a lot of
said Mendonca. “You get to play around          time, Mendonca plans on continuing until
a lot more instead of conditioning and          she graduates.
working out all the time.”                          “I just think it’s exciting because it’s
    Last summer, Mendonca also decided          kind of scary,” Mendonca said, “but at the
to try something else that involved the         same time it’s a lot of fun.” u




                                                                                                                                                                                   Melody Zhang

                                                                                                     senior alex Yen lunges for the birdie in a March 3 home game against prospect.


                                                                                                     past success motivates
                                                                                                     struggling, unproven team
                                                                                                                by Karen Lyu                          “This year will be a rebuilding year



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                                                                                                                                                   for us, so I’d like to create an exciting
                                                                                                            oday’s Saratoga badminton team         and motivating environment,” said
                                                                                                            looks nothing like the group that      Phung. “I feel great about the future of
                                                                                                            became league champion in 2005.        the team.”
                                                                                                     The Falcons have struggled for the last          Two of Phung’s friends, Ken Nguyen
                                                                                                     three years to regain their previous          and Vu Pham, have also joined on as as-
                                                                                                     dominance, partly due to a new coach          sistant coaches.
                                                                                                     each season since its title run. To make         So far, it seems the staff has done a
                                                                                                     matters worse, the number of trained          good job, guiding the Falcons to a 12-3
                                                                                                     players involved in the program is now        preseason victory against Prospect on
                                                                                                     at an all-time low, as several strong ath-    March 3 and 10-5 victory against Home-
                                                                                                     letes graduated in 2008.                      stead on March 5, setting high expecta-
                                                                                                         John Phung, a UC Berkeley alum and        tions for the remainder of the year.
                                                                                                     the former head coach at Prospect, is the        “The whole coaching staff was im-
                                                                                                     team’s leader for this season. He said        pressed with our performance,” said
                                                                                                     he is determined to “help the team get        Phung. “I expect great things from
                                                                                                     back to the championship caliber team”        our team this season and in seasons to
                                                                                                     it used to be a few years ago.                come.” u
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                                                                        fALCON fREEZE fRAME
former assistant principal starts college services company
    Despite retiring from her position as an assistant principal
of guidance last year, Gail Wasserman has continued to help
students by starting a college consulting business.
    “I knew for a long time that I wanted to continue working
with high school students after I retired,” said Wasserman. “I
decided to focus on the college application process because it
is a complex realm and one I know well.”
    Wasserman, who worked at Saratoga High
for 15 years, hopes to help students and parents
cope with the stress of college applications by
“planning and monitoring college prepara-
tion.”
    Wasserman’s service, which opened in late
2007 and is located in downtown Saratoga, of-
fers many services, such as help with obtaining
teacher recommendations and with the financial aid
application.
    Junior Elena Rees attended Wasserman’s business and                                                                              Melody Zhang                       Uma Sambasivam
thought that Wasserman was very helpful.
    “[Wasserman] goes through your priorities,” said Rees. “I
think going to her clinic would be beneficial to any student
because it makes the college process a lot easier and less
stressful.”
    For more information, check Wasserman’s website at www.
wassermancollegeconsulting.com.
SHS alumnus launches fashion show
   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.
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. 26th
       at the University of Washington.
           In his collection, “Constrained Chaos,” Fung changed
        traditional silhouettes and incorporated an idea of
          contradictions by pairing pieces with volume with
           contrasting tight pieces.
               “The overall show was a lot easier than I was                                                          Tiffany Tung

            anticipating. I think, since it’s not my first show, I
             knew what to expect,” said Fung. “But I think any
             production like this where you’re putting your
              designs out there carries a bit of stress. One thing
               I learned from juggling all my activities at [Sara-
                toga High] was how to multi-task, time manage                                                                                                           Uma Sambasivam

                 and not take everything too seriously.”
                                                                                                                                     CLoCKWISE FRoM ToP LEFT: HOLY COW JUNIoR
                    Fung has always enjoyed fashion, but he is                                                                       YooN KWoN PAINTS A LIFESIZED CoW MoDEL
      not sure whether he prefers it over architecture.                                                                              FoR AN ART CoNTEST. GEttING tHE fACtS
   “People often say, ‘do what you love,’ and while I love                                                                           DOWN JUNIoR ASB SECRETARY MAGGIE LIN
fashion, I am also strongly passionate about design and ar-                                                                          TAKES NoTES AT AN ASB MEETING oN MARCH 3.
                                                                                                                                     DON’t GEt DIzzY WINTER GUARD PRACTICES FoR
chitecture. An advantage about being still so young is that I                                                                        THEIR NExT CoMPETITIoN. KEEP YOuR EYES uP
have a lot of optimism that I could do it all.” To see the show,                                                                     oRCHESTRA REHEARSES FoR ELECTIVES NIGHT
visit www.saratogafalcon.org.                                                                                                        AND CMEA, A JUDGED CoMPETITIoN oN MARCH
                                                                                                                                     3. AROuND tHE WORLD IN 7 PERIODS FRESHMAN
                                                                                                                                     TRoY DoLES PRESENTS HIS CoUNTRY AT THE
     —by Guy Quanrud, Karthik Annaamalai and Rebecca Nguyen                                                                          BIANNUAL WoRLD’S FAIR, A WoRLD GEoGRAPHY
                                                                                                                    Melody Zhang
                                                                                                                                     CLASS PRoJECT oN FEB. 23.




                   topten                                      if i die before senior year, here’s my bucket list
                                                                                                    test instead. Maybe if I take the          myself to fall asleep.
 WaYs to MaKe soMeone go aWaY                                                                       SAT prep book with me, she’ll
                                                                                                    consider skydiving worthwhile.                4. Learn how to hula
10    pretend you’re about to pull their pants down.                                                                                              And in order to learn how to
                                                                                                       2. See an R-rated movie.                hula authentically, I’ll have to go
 9    Turn around and see how much they enjoy
      looking at your back.
                                                               sophia cooper
                                                                                                    Legally.
                                                                                                       I know, it’s pathetic. The
                                                                                                                                               to Hawaii! Seeing as I’ve never
                                                                                                                                               been to the hallowed cluster of
                                                                                                    only R-rated movie I’ve ever               volcanic rock, it would be great
8     Start a conversation with your imaginary friend.                   story of My life           seen is “Sweeney Todd,” and                to grab my sunscreen, bikini and



                                                               H
                                                                                                    that was four days before my               grass skirt and hit the gorgeous
      Tell them you love what they’ve done with their                   elp! I’m drowning!          17th birthday. Since nothing               white sand beaches. Spring
7     hair. as you ask about and admire it, slowly make                    Between junior year      exciting happens when you                  break, anyone?
      it clear that you are referring to their facial hair.             classes, extracurricular    turn 17, I might as well exercise
                                                               activities and sports, I honestly    my new ability to see movies                  5. See a shuttle launch from
6     “Forget” to wear your deodorant.                         don’t know if I’ll survive to see    that cuss more than PG-13 ones.            kennedy Space Center
                                                               the glorified summer ’09 come        First on my list: “Slumdog Mil-               This is my nerd portion of the
      Talk to them during break and wait for the bell          around. Just in case I don’t,        lionaire.” With its eight Acade-           bucket list. After going to the Fu-
5     to ring: it’s like magic.                                I’ve made a bucket list of things    my Awards, it seems like a good            ture Astronaut Training Program
                                                               I want to do before I die from       choice. Plus, I’ve heard that the          for five summers in a row, I have
      Take out your math homework and ask them                 over-stressing myself:               main actor’s pretty cute.                  a serious interest in the space
4     for help on every single problem. you know you
      already do this.
                                                                                                                                               program. It’s always been my
                                                                  1. Throw myself out of a             3. Sleep more than six hours            dream to become an astronaut,
                                                               plane                                on a weeknight                             and even if I don’t survive high
3     almost run them over with your car.                         AKA: skydiving.
                                                                  Sure, you have to be 18 in
                                                                                                       With AP tests coming up?
                                                                                                    Psh, dream on. I’ve found that
                                                                                                                                               school to become one, I want to
                                                                                                                                               see the gorgeous white orbital in
      Warning: if they don’t run away and you hit              order to do this legally, but I’ve   recently I procrastinate more              person.
                                                               always wanted to jump out the        and more, spending my time                    If you know of any way
2     With both of your pointer fingers, trace their two
      eyebrows and say, ”i love your curves.”
                                                               side of a plane and pray that a
                                                               flimsy piece of cloth will catch
                                                                                                    on Facebook and reading Harry
                                                                                                    Potter for the bazillionth time
                                                                                                                                               to make my bucket list items
                                                                                                                                               actually plausible, please let me
                                                               me. Unfortunately, my mom            instead of working. Then, I still          know. If not, I cordially invite all
1     ask them if they are a boy or a girl.                    doesn’t think this is the best use
                                                               of my time. She thinks I should
                                                                                                    have to do my homework and
                                                                                                    study for the impossible chem-
                                                                                                                                               of you to my post-AP test cel-
                                                                                                                                               ebration of life. It’ll be one heck
                    —by Annie Lee and Tim Rollinson            be studying for tomorrow’s SAT       istry tests before I can allow             of a party! u

				
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