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Saratoga High School             Saratoga, CA                                                                                                          Friday        September 16, 2011
An Independent School Publication                                              saratogafalcon.org                                                                         Vol. 52, No. 1

                                                                                                                       DISTINGUISHED EMPLOYEE

                                                                                          Forever Helpful
                                                                                                Ever Guzman
                                                                                          Head nigHt custodian first from
                                                                                          saratoga to win district award
                                                                                          BY   SanjNalwa                                 ient of the award is chosen by the SHS
                                                                                                                                         staff for his or her excellent work and
                                                                                             The bell rings. Students stream out of      attitude. Guzman is the first recipient of
                                                                                          their classrooms—off to sports, speech        this award.
                                                                                          and debate, band, home. Teachers lock             “It was nice,” Guzman said. “There
                                                                                          up. It’s the end of the day. However, for     were more deserving people [than I]. But
                                                                                          one Ever Guzman, the day is just begin-       I couldn’t say no. It would be impolite.”
                                                                                          ning.                                             Guzman did not, however, adminis-
                                                                                             Guzman, the school’s head night            ter a speech when given the award. He
                                                                                          custodian, was awarded “Classified Em-
                                                                                          ployee of the Year” on Aug. 20. The recip-             GUZMAN on pg. 7

                                                                                                    The Classified Employee Award
                                                                                                  AwardRecipients                                   What: A district award
                                                                                                                                                given annually to an em-
                                                                                                ‘10-‘11              ‘11-‘12                    ployee who “demonstrates
                                                                                                                                                exceptional work ethic and
                                                                                               Ricardo Alas Ever Guzman                         attitude”
                                                                                                                                                    Who: Teachers and staff
           Night custodian Ever Guzman cleans                                                   Los Gatos     Saratoga                          vote for the recipient
           Mrs. Rodriguez’s classroom on Sept. 8.


                                    DISTRICT LEADERSHIP                                                                        POPULATION INCREASE

Matsuoka takes new position Hallways, classes crowded
BY   EdwardDong                                     and nine are elementary.                        MANY STUDENTS EXPERIENCE SCHEDULING WOES
& SanjNalwa                                            “I have never worked in an elemen-
                                                                                                                                              ally solved, Ishikawa had to work out-
                                                                                                    BY AllisonChang, AmyJan
                                                    tary school setting, and it’s been a
   On June 30, while faculty and stu-               long time since I’ve worked in middle           KellyLiu & AksharaSekar                   side of the guidance department to find
                                                                                                                                              a way to switch.
dents alike enjoyed the long-awaited                schools, so it’s a brand new environ-              When March rolled around last year        “One of my friends had the same
summer months, a quiet but significant              ment,” Matsuoka said. “Now I’m edu-             and schedule preferences were made, exact schedule that I wanted and then
change occurred at the district office:             cating kids from age three, up to high          senior Thomas Ishikawa requested a he wanted the schedule I had so we did
Cary Matsuoka left his post as super-               school graduation.”                             free sixth period because of conflicts was we went in and switched all our
intendent of the Los Gatos-Saratoga                    Additionally, Matsuoka found him-            with baseball. However, upon                      classes,” Ishikawa said.
Union High School District after nearly             self attracted to the ethnic diversity of       receiving his schedule this year,                    Personally searching for other
five years.                                         Milpitas schools. The high index of             the school said that he had to                    students who would swap class-
   At a board of trustees meeting earlier           immigrant families offers a rewarding           take seven classes during his fi-                 es with him was the only way he
that month, Matsuoka gave his resig-                challenge.                                      nal year in high school.                          could adapt his schedule for his
nation. He had accepted an offer from                  “I’ve also been learning about liter-           “I took government over the                    extracurricular activities.
the Milpitas Union School District and              acy. Say your parents tell you that you         summer so that I could have an                       These scheduling conflicts
started his job as superintendent there             need to move to Spain, and then all of          open sixth just second semester,                  stem from recent budget cuts and
on July 1.                                          a sudden all the instruction is in Span-        since that’s when baseball is,”                   an increase in the overall student
   “I wanted to try a larger challenge              ish,” he said. “ Imagine learning AP Bi-        Ishikawa said.                      Ishikawa population. This has caused the
and a larger district,” Matsuoka said.              ology in Spanish.”                                 When Ishikawa received his                     class sizes to increase.
His new position also offers him a high-               Matsuoka first began to work for the         schedule, he discovered that he had a        Over the past seven years, class sizes
er salary.                                          district in 1984 at Saratoga High School,       free first period second semester rather have oscillated to about 330 students on
   Unlike the Los Gatos-Saratoga Union              where he taught science until 1997,             than the sixth period.                    average—the current freshman class of
High School District, which is com-                 when he became the assistant principal             Similarly, many students started off 371 far exceeds this number.
posed of two high schools, the Milpitas             for Lynbrook High School. In 2006, he           the year plagued by numerous sched-          According to guidance counselor Ei-
Union School District holds 13 schools              returned to the district as superinten-         uling conflicts and endless amounts of leen Allen, the school bore an influx of
and serves roughly 10,000 students. Of                                                              frustration.
those 13 schools, two are middle schools                   MATSUOKA on pg. 7                           Although his situation was eventu-          POPULATION on pg. 6

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                                                                                          picturethis                                                                                                                                                                  FalCON FOCus: lEaH aGuayO
                               briefs                                                                                                                                                          Spicin’ it up with Mrs. A’s Famous Salsa Buena
                                                                                                                                                                                               CeramiCS teaCher’S SalSa buSineSS thriveS in more than 100 StoreS
    Activities Office to implement credit card
    system                                                                                                                                                                                     BY   SanjNalwa                                something from her kitchen to the mar-
       The Activities Office experienced some major changes                                                                                                                                        Ceramics teacher Leah Aguayo has so           To start her business, she had to learn
    this summer, with the introduction of a new credit card                                                                                                                                    many bags of tortilla chips stacked up        about bar codes, trademarks and the nu-
    payment system and the temporary leave of usual secre-                                                                                                                                     against her desk in her office, adjacent to   trition of her product. Not only that, she
    tary June Lamm.                                                                                                                                                                            the ceramics room, that one might think       had to produce the salsa in a commercial
       The administration has decided to implement a system                                                                                                                                    she owns a salsa company. In reality, she     kitchen, not in her home.
    in which students and parents will be able to use their                                                                                                                                    does.                                             Aguayo began going to various stores
    debit or credit cards to pay for items such as dance bids                                                                                                                                      Aguayo, who has worked as a ceram-        and asking them to buy her salsa. She
    and sports fees.                                                                                                                                                                           ics teacher at Saratoga High for the past     fondly recounted her dialogue with the
       “The credit card system will make it easier for students                                                                                                                                29 years, also leads a double life as the     first vendor whom she visited.
    to pay for their many activities” Activities Office secretary                                                                                                                              head of Mrs. A’s Famous Salsa Buena, a            “I had a container of salsa, and a
    Anne Ybarra said. “It will give students more options on                                                                                                                                   company she founded seven years ago           bag of chips, and I went into my local
    how they would like to pay.”                                                                                                                                                               at the urging of her students.                market. I can remember the two owners
       The implementation of a credit card option also im-                                                                                                                                         For years, she has rewarded her stu-      just standing down an aisle. They were
                                                                                                                                                                         FALCON // DYLAN JEW
    proves the efficiency of the Activities Office, which is fre-                                                                                                                              dents by bringing in food, including her      smiling at me. I was a customer, I spent
    quently inundated with droves of students purchasing             Parent volunteers serve burgers to a line of students at the annual Back to School barbecue. Held on Au-                  salsa. Students apparently were so en-        money in their store,” Aguayo said. “I
    bids for school dances.                                          gust 26, the barbeque was an hour-long closed-campus lunch that served the entire staff and students.                     amored of the salsa that they convinced       said, ‘Can I have you taste something?
       “I’m glad the [Activities] Office is creating the option                                                                                                                                Aguayo to start producing it commer-          I’m thinking about marketing this.’”
    for people to pay with their credit cards,” senior Shayda                             falconfigures                                                                                        cially.                                           After sampling her salsa, the manag-

                                                                                                   Student High Student Population
                                                                                                 Saratogapopulation over the years (1990-2010)
    Khorasani said. “It makes the transaction a lot faster and                                                                                                                                     “The class told me, ‘You have to mar-     ers immediately said that they would be
    much easier for us students.”                                                                                                                                                              ket this. We can’t wait for you [to bring     her first store.
       The exact date when this system will be implemented                                                                                                                                     it in]. We want to be able to buy it,’”           Since that initial exchange, more than
    remains to be determined. However, the administration                                                                                                                                      Aguayo said.                                  100 stores, including Whole Foods, have
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       FALCON // DYLAN JEW

    aims to have it running in time for Homecoming.                                       1350                                                                                                     Aguayo thought about the idea for         sold or now sell her salsa.                   Ceramics teacher Leah Aguayo has been making her homemade salsa for seven years.
                                                                     number of Students

                                                                                                                                                                                               weeks. Then, Daniel Yang (class of ‘02)           “It took me three years to get into
                                               —Aanchal Mohan
                                                                     Numberof students

                                                                                          1250                                                                                                 approached her. He wanted to design           Whole Foods,” Aguayo said. “And only             Agauyo said she has been cooking            making salsa for her high school ceram-
                                                                                                                                                                                               her label. Yang advised Aguayo to buy         in Northern California, because [each         since she was 8. She learned to make           ics classes. She holds high hopes for the
                                                                                                                                                                                               samples of all her competitors’ salsas,       chain] has regions.”                          salsa from a family friend about 20 years      future of Mrs. A’s.
                                                                                          1150                                                                                                 and then used those as inspiration to de-         Aguayo said she hopes that Mrs. A’s       ago.                                              “The creation of Mrs. A’s Salsa Buena
                                                                                                                                                                                               signing her own.                              will be picked up by a couple of major           “I can’t stand to go shopping,”             and its success has been a group effort—
    National merit: an honor for Saratoga                                                                                                                                                          “We had a class discussion about the      chains.                                       Aguayo said. “But I can spend hours in         from my students, who sparked the
    students                                                                              1050                                                                         —Arnav Dugar            name,” Aguayo said. “[We liked] Fa-               “I’m still chasing Safeway,” Aguayo       a grocery store, just going down the isles     entrepreneur in me to my family and
       38 students were notified by the National Merit Schol-                                                                                                  Data courtesy of School         mous Amos and Mrs. Field’s. OK, it’s          said. “I’ve been in Safeway’s corporate       looking for food.”                             friends who have supported this ad-
    arship Corporation (NMSC) on Sept. 2 that they were                                    950                                                               Registrar Jeanne Jamieson         got to be Mrs. A’s Famous Salsa Buena.        offices several times. I’ve been close           Recently, Aguayo recruited Yang,            venture,” Aguayo wrote on her website,
    among the top 1 percent of all scorers on the PSAT, the                                                                                                                                    Within three months we were ready to          several times, waiting for the call that      now a designer in Los Angeles, to rede-        www.mrsafamous.com. “I would like to
    guidance department said.                                                                                                                                                                  go.”                                          doesn’t happen. Trader Joe’s is another       sign the brand’s label.                        thank everyone for their smiles and sup-
       To qualify for national merit, students must take the
                                                                                           850                                                                                                     Aguayo said she first had to take         one I’ve called.”                                Aguayo has come a long way from             port.” u
    PSAT in their junior year. Of the 1.5 million students who
    take the test, approximately 50,000 high scorers qualify
    for program recognition. Those students are then either                                                                    Year year                                                                                                                                        HOMECOMING
    recognized as commended students or national semifinal-
                                                                                                                                                                                               Children’s books revisited in this year’s themes
       Of these commended students, roughly 16,000 receive
    the honor of being semifinalists. In February, the top 15,000                         Having a DJ who’s our age was pretty cool. He was great and
    semifinalists are recognized as finalists, to whom scholar-
    ships are awarded based on letters of recommendation,                                               the dance was really boppin’.                                                          BY   AllisonToh                                who participate by spreading the word
    extra-curricular activities and a final essay.                                                Senior Eric Wang, referring to the Kickoff Dance held on Aug. 26                             & RohanRajeev                                  and encouragement to help out, it will
       Of all the finalists, 8,300 students receive one of three                                                                                                                                                                              compensate for the homework and tests
    types of scholarships: the National Merit $2,500 Schol-                                                                                                                                       “Alice in Wonderland” by Lewis Car- that might prevent someone from mak-
    arships, corporate-sponsored scholarships and college                                                                                                                                      roll tells of a girl named Alice who falls ing a practice or a meeting,” junior class

                                                                     Saturday school gets serious
    sponsored scholarships.                                                                                                                                                                    down a rabbit hole and finds herself in a president Benedict Chiu said.
                                                                                                                                                                                               strange world where everything is com-             Even with the added extracurricu-
                                —Derek Sun and Jonathan Young                                                                                                                                  plete nonsense. On Sept. 30, a variation lar work, Chiu is confident and excited
                                                                                                                                                                                               of this narrative will be performed by about his class’s upcoming performance,
                                                                                                                   lack of respect of rules in some      “We can be kind,” said                the school’s seniors, who selected Car- scheduled for Sept. 29.
                                                                     BY     CristinaCurcelli
                                                                                                                   cases have led to this change.     Mount. “But we don’t want it             roll’s work from among four novels fit-            “We look forward mostly to the end                                FALCON // DYLAN JEW                          TALISMAN // SALMAAN JAVED

    School gains 2 points in API average                                Thinking about texting your                   Mount said that this year’s     to be a reward. That doesn’t             ting this year’s Homecoming theme of result,” he said. “We [also] really like
                                                                     friend during a history lecture              students will be expected to        sound right, does it?”                   “Children’s Storybooks.”                       the theme. The Wizard of Oz is a classic
        The district’s updated Academic Performance Index            or cutting math to avoid a test?             come to Saturday school pre-           It is also essential that stu-           Nicole Shadman, the senior class story that has many elements in which
    (API) score released on Aug. 31 revealed that Saratoga was       Give it a second thought.                    pared to work. Electronics of       dents come ready with home-              president, knows that her class must we can incorporate into our decorations
    awarded a total of 933 points and Los Gatos 883, marking            Saturday school is going to               any kind and talking are not al-    work to complete during the              step up and perform better than it has and our quad dance.”
    a two- and 10-point improvement to each school’s score in        become stricter this year, ac-               lowed, and poor behavior will       session.                                 for the past three years.                          Additionally, Chiu agrees with the
    the previous year.                                               cording to assistant principal               not be accepted. Students must         “Kids need to understand                 “During my freshman year, the se- Homecoming commission’s recently
        Overall, the district’s score was 904 points, 191 points     Kevin Mount.                                                                     that they do need to come with           niors put on such an amazing Quad Day introduced restriction on parental assis-
    above the average score of 742 of all other California high

                                                                        The Saturday school sys-                                                      work, prepared to work for the           and I have yet to see a per-                                     tance.
    schools and a six-point increase from last year’s score. La-     tem is used as a consequence                                                     full time,” Mount explained.             formance as good as that,”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   bigidea         “These rules were

    tino students in the district boosted their score by 53 points   for students who break the                                                          Failure to follow these rules         Shadman said.                                                    violated by parents
    to 848 points as did students with disabilities, who raised                                                          Saturday School
                                                                     school’s code of conduct. The                                                    will result in being sent home              This year’s senior class                                      of last year’s fresh-
    their score by 19 points from 658 points to 677 points.          most common offenses that                       What
                                                                                                                                                      from Saturday school for the             has consistently struggled       Homecoming Quad Day             men, but it’s good that
        “Our special education group was particularly impres-        merit a Saturday school are cell                Saturday school is going to
                                                                                                                                                      day, and the student will meet           in the school’s past three           Dates and Themes            something was learned
    sive,” assistant principal Kevin Mount said. “Typically the      phone usage in class and atten-                 be stricter this year
                                                                                                                                                      with Mount to discuss the situ-          Homecoming festivities.                                          from that,” Chiu said,
    state target is around 5 points per year, so for our special     dance issues.                                   Why                              ation.                                   Now in their final high           Freshmen (Sept. 27)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                referring to the contro-
    education group to go up 19 points is really excellent.”            Six tardies equals one Satur-                                                    “It just makes sense,” Mount          school year, the class hopes      “Rumpelstiltskin”
                                                                                                                     To make students take                                                                                                                      versy surrounding the
        Ever since the Public Schools Accountability Act began       day school, as does any three                   school rules more seriously      said, “that if you are going to          to ameliorate past quad           Sophomores (Sept. 28)          role played by parents
    being enforced in 1999, California has been using the API in     cuts in any one class. Less                     and deter repeat offenders       be there, use the time wisely            day disasters, according to       “Where the Wild Things         in Homecoming deco-                                                                                    FALCON // DYLAN JEW
    order to track the academic progress of schools within the       common offenses that lead to                                                     and do your school work and
                                                                                                                     How                                                                       Shadman.                          Are”                           rations.                   Top-left: Juniors Rohan Cotah, Moriah Chermak and Sasan Saadat work on their script
    state. Each score is calculated by comparing a student’s aca-    Saturday schools are lower                                                       make it work for you.”
                                                                                                                     Students will be required to                                                 “Our year is very aca-                                           The Homecoming          for their “Wizard of Oz”-themed Quad Day. Top-right: Senior class president Nicole Shad-
    demic achievements in various subjects to the API scale.         classmen leaving campus at                                                          Mount says numbers of at-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Juniors (Sept. 29)
         In addition to scoring the API of all students in each                                                      bring work of some kind                                                   demic, so our Homecom-            “The Wizard of Oz”             commission has also        man discusses various plans for Homecoming at the class meeting on Sept. 1. Bottom:
                                                                     lunch, defiance or disruption                                                    tendees tend to increase as the          ing performances haven’t                                         revised and edited         Some juniors rehearse their Quad day dance on Sept. 11 at junior Heather Sabel’s house.
    school, the system also calculates API scores for different      and cheating of any form.                                                        year goes on because of the de-
    subgroups such as ethnicity, students with disabilities,                                                                                                                                   been as good as they could        Seniors (Sept. 30)             other rules to make
                                                                        The sessions are held at                                                      cline of attendance records. By          have been in the past,”           “Alice in Wonderland”          the judging guidelines     other dance.                                   guidelines intended to reduce bias in the
    English Learner Status students and the socioeconomically        school about 12 times per se-                comply with their supervisor;       the semester’s end, Saturday
    disadvantaged.                                                                                                                                                                             Shadman said. “[But this                                         clearer.                      Because of these tighter rules, Chu         class point system. For example, seniors
                                                                     mester. Teachers who sign up                 otherwise, further punishment       schools are usually full.                year] we’re getting many                                            “Unlike past years,     expects Homecoming to have more                and juniors now share an equal chance
        “We benefit from a number of factors here at Saratoga        to supervise Saturday school                 will follow.                           Ultimately, the school hopes
    High,” assistant principal Brian Safine said. “If you add in                                                                                                                               more participants in the performance, we made sure that all students and par-               positive spirit and less miscommuni-           of placing first.
                                                                     sessions in their classrooms are                “You’re going to do work         that the number of Saturday              since it’s our senior year.”                   ents knew the exact rules so there would     cation. Also, for the first time in four           Freshmen will perform “Rumpel-
    all the parental expectation, student drive and dedicated        paid to do so.                               for four hours,” Mount said.        school attendees will decline.
    staff, it’s no surprise that we continue to do real well. It’s                                                                                                                                Meanwhile, the junior class, which be no discrepancies,” junior head Home-               years, the teachers will participate in a      stiltskin” on Sept. 27. Sophomores will
                                                                        The administration feels                  “It is not a party.”                   “Our goal is not to have              decided on the L. Frank Baum’s “The coming commissioner Priscilla Chu said.                 teacher dance, which takes place on the        perform “Where the Wild Things Are,”
    gratifying to know that the students in the classroom take       that too many students have                     Although it is acceptable to     a bunch of kids in Saturday
    tests seriously.”                                                                                                                                                                          Wizard of Oz,” attempts to balance the One of the commission’s new regula-                  Monday of Homecoming week during               written by Maurice Sendak, on Sept. 28.
                                                                     been coming to Saturday                      relax and there is no intention     school every Saturday,” said
                                          —Brandon Judoprasetijo                                                                                                                               notoriously hectic junior year academ- tions clarifies that the presence of any             lunch.                                             Homecoming week takes place Sept.
                                                                     school unprepared and not                    of creating a prison-like atmo-     Mount. “I’d love it if it was            ic burden with the time invested into person under the influence of alcohol                    The commission has made many                26 to Oct. 1. The Homecoming game on
                                                                     ready to work. The disregard                 sphere, students are there for a    empty every Saturday. It’d be            Homecoming.                                    at the Homecoming dance will result in       additions to this year’s Homecoming            Sept. 30 will pit the Falcons against the
                                                                     for cell phone regulations and               reason.                             great.” u                                   “If we widen the number of people a cancellation of Sadie Hawkins or an-                 festivities as well, composing written         Los Altos Eagles. u
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Warm welcome extends beyond BBQ                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            drama

new buddy SyStem aimS to help new StudentS acclimate all year
                                                                                                                                                                                      Little Theater renamed to honor supporter
BY   MichaelLee                     senior Nicole Shadman, who making each other feel wel-                  missioner, a member of ASB or         us,” Shadman said. “[We’re] al-     Students, parents honor Cathie Thermond; theater department welcomes new drama teacher Karin Babbit
                                    co-heads the new student com- come.”                                    someone who was new to the            ways looking to make everyone
    In their first few weeks of     mission. “We have them play           This year, Shadman and            district in previous years. This      feel at home here.”                 BY   LillianChen                     keep the program going.                  The first drama pro-
school, many incoming fresh-        bonding games and meet the Bhardwaj developed a “buddy                  buddy will occasionally eat lunch        Assistant principal Karen                                                “She produces and makes           duction of the year,
men find themselves lost in a       administrators. Then we take system” to supplement the bar-             with the student, check up on him     Hyde, who works closely with           Amidst hype for the first         costumes for most show and           “The      25th Annual
vast, foreign campus. With their    them on a tour of                       becue and help even more        or her and generally help him or      the new student commission,         drama production of the year         has a huge part in making every      Putnam County Spell-
middle school acquaintances,        the school with their                   students feel welcome.          her acclimate to the school.          recognizes the additional chal-     and a competitive audition for       show happen,” Burgess said.          ing Bee,” showed the
however, they do not have to        schedules.”                                 “Last year, I can say           “We’re thinking it could go       lenges new students face and        the fall play, the drama club has       The official naming ceremo-       weekend of Sept. 9.
face high school alone.                Shadman and co-                      that I saw a couple of the      the entire year, just have events     hopes the buddy system will         set aside time to honor one of its   ny was followed by student           Burgess, who directed
    Without the assurances of       head      commissioner                  new students who didn’t         for all the new students—even         ease their transitions.             most committed supporters.           performances and a reception         the play, said the musi-
friendship and familiarity, stu-    senior Ruchie Bhard-                    know each other before          just like having lunch a couple          “I think one of the hardest         On Sept. 13, the Little Theater   with food.                           cal is about “six young
dents new to the district argu-     waj said the barbecue                   the barbecue hanging            of times throughout the year,”        things to do would be to come       was dedicated to producer and           In addition to the renaming of    people in the throes of
ably have a tougher time ad-        is a nice first step into               out throughout the year,”       Bhardwaj said. “Just to make          to a [new] school—leaving a         costume designer Cathie Ther-        the Little Theater, the drama de-    puberty, overseen by
justing to life at Saratoga High.   Saratoga High.                          Shadman said. “This year,       sure that their first year goes       community that you’re familiar      mond for the incredible amount       partment also welcomes a new         grown-ups who barely
To help welcome about 60 stu-          “At the start, every- Shadman I wanted to increase that. I           smoothly.”                            with, friends that you had estab-   of work and time she invests         teacher. Although her teaching       managed to escape
dents, the new student commis-      one was a bit nervous,                  wanted to see them hang-            Shadman encourages people         lished and a home that you have     into the drama department. The       philosophies are markedly dif-       childhood themselves,
sion held its annual “New Stu-      but towards the end there were ing out with more people ver-            to welcome their new peers as         known—and have to navigate          theater was named the Cathie         ferent from her predecessors,        who learn that win-
dent Barbecue” on Aug. 19.          lots of conversation,” Bhardwaj sus just by themselves, walking         they adjust to high school life.      that place on your own,” Hyde       Thermond Drama Center.               new drama teacher Karin Bab-         ning isn’t everything
    “It’s pretty much like Link’s   said. “It was just nice to see all through the halls, which I saw a         “If anybody wants to help or      said. “This is a tough place to        Thermond’s role in the dra-       bit has been well received by        and that losing doesn’t
[freshman orientation] except       the new students we had and lot last year.”                             is interested in helping out the      be, and this is just one way that   ma department began around           students. Previously, the drama      necessarily make you a
it’s more selective because it’s    some of the old students we           This system will match each       new student commission, then          we’re hoping we can make [the       five years ago when both her         department was more student-         loser.”
just the new students,” said        invited just meshing together, student with a new student com-          they should definitely contact        switch] a little softer.” u         son and daughter attended the        run between all members.                 The production fea-
                                                                                                                                                                                      school and also participated in         “She has a very different style   turedfreshman Nata-
                                                                                                                                                                                      the drama department. Ther-          than we’re used to,” Burgess         lie Miller and Matt
                                                                                                                                                                                      mond began as a volunteer who        said. “Ms. Babbit has put a lot      Nobles, juniors Gabby

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                                                                                                                                                                                      helped out with costumes and         of work into changing the dra-       Crolla, Mia Hammond                                                                  FALCON // LILLIAN CHEN
                                                                                                                                                                                      now plays a major role in the        ma department, both the class        and Laura Hannibal
                                                                           BY   DylanJew                                                                                              drama department, producing          and the shows, into a more pro-      and seniors Josh Har- Freshman Madison Sloan practices acting exercises by performing a mono-
                                                                                                                                                                                      shows and working on many            fessional environment. A lot of      ris, Mitchell McGuire, logue in her Drama 1 class, led by new drama teacher Karin Babbit, on Sept. 8.
                                                                                                Left: Junior boys                                                                     aspects of the department. Even      the ways she deals with things       Marshall Westall and
                                                                                                pump up the crowd;                                                                    after her children graduated         reflects real-world industry be-     Jimmy Zheng and is                 week of Aug. 29 and it will be “We’ll be rehearsing for it for
                                                                                                their spirit and                                                                      from Saratoga High, Thermond         havior.”                             rated PG-13 for some mature performed on Oct. 20, 22 and 24. about two months.”
                                                                                                enthusiasm entices                                                                    continued to volunteer and aid          Babbit will be directing both     content.                           “Tartuffe” is a French play that   Last year was very success-
                                                                                                students to join their                                                                the department.                      the spring and fall plays. De-           “I’m so incredibly excited for was originally written in 1664 ful and the drama club hopes
                                                                                                exciting club. Design                                                                    “Without her, shows would         spite this change, Burgess be-       Spelling Bee because I’ve want- about a man named Tartuffe this year will be even better.
                                                                                                Club utilizes graphic                                                                 not happen,” drama club presi-       lieves that the club’s dynamic       ed to do it since my sophomore who is a beggar whom people            “The department is truly
                                                                                                design programs to                                                                    dent senior Penny Burgess said.      has actually gotten better.          year,” Burgess said.               believe is a con artist.         my family, and I want nothing
                                                                                                produce items and                                                                     Each time there has been a new          “We’re a lot closer as a de-          Auditions for the fall play       “I assume it will be com- but the best for them,” Burgess
                                                                                                commodities such as                                                                   teacher, Thermond has helped         partment this year,” she said.       called “Tartuffe” were held the ing along well,” Burgess said. said. u
                                                                                                flyers, T-shirts and
                                                                                                Homecoming bids.
                                                                                                From left to right: Rep-
                                                                                                resentatives Shreyas                                                                                                                                   maTH club
                                                                                                Doshi, Rohan Rajeev,                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2011-2012
                                                                                                Eric Tang, Brandon
                                                                                                Judoprasetijo, Parth
                                                                                                                                                                                      Subtracting 3 stars adds up to a challenging year                                                                                                           Falcon
                                                                                                                                                                                      BYJackieGu                                      problem to be an ordeal in itself. Now, ma-       school program had started about two                     issues*
                                                                                                                                                                                      & BrandonJudoprasetijo                          terial will be provided for students accord-      years ago — when Gu, Zeng, and Aggarw-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ing to their level.                               al stepped up as leaders of the club — and                  SEPT. 16
                                                                                                                                                                                          It was a sad day for the math club last         “I think the way we approach it has to be     dramatically changed many aspects of Red-
           Right: Junior                                                                                                                                                              June when its three leading seniors, often a little different. We didn’t challenge every-         wood’s math club, including its class size,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    SEPT. 30
            Joyce Wang                                                                                                                                                                called the “Three Musketeers,” graduated body appropriately,” Yim said. “The idea                 teaching methods, and lecture format.                       OCT. 21
         provides view-                                                                                                                                                               together in one swoop. Besides just helping of math club is so that the members can be               So far, the middle school program seems                  NOV. 4
        ers with details                                                                                                                                                              the club to improve mathematically, alumni self-reliant.”                                         to have proven successful in developing in-
       regarding Anime                                                                                                     Above: S.P.A.R club president junior Sasan Saadat          Albert Gu, David Zeng and Amol Aggarwal             By turning the club sessions into a format    terest in math. Not only are the high school                 DEC. 2
     club and its goals.                                                                                                   and junior vice president Shireen Kaul beckon for          added irreplaceable character to the group more easily accessible to new members, the                                                                         DEC. 16
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        students willing to dedicate themselves to
     Anime Club meets                                                                                                      prospective members to come sign up for their club.
                                                                                                                                                                                      with their one-of-a-kind camaraderie.           club hopes to draw more interest in math          teaching the budding mathletes, but the                     JAN. 27
        and creates an-                                                                                                                                                                   “This is our first year without the Three from the school.                                    middle schoolers themselves are motivat-
     ime style artwork.                                                                                                    Left: Senior Shaun Chung advertises California Schol-                                                                                                                                                                    FEB. 17
                                                                                                                           arship Federation, a community service club that           Musketeers, and now that they aren’t here,          “We’re aware that math can be very            ed.
                                                                                                                           awards scholarships to high school students. CSF is        it’s almost too quiet,” club adviser PJ Yim discouraging,” Yim said. “The nature of                  “I feel like there are three parts of suc-               MAR. 16
                                                                                                                           always a hot club to sign up for due to the benefits it    said. “The noise level has gone down from the topic is so esoteric that it’s a mystery            cess at Redwood: the high school mentors,
                                                                                                                                                                                      rock concert to mon-                                                   to most people, and        the willing students, and the parents,” Yim
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    APRIL 6
                                                                                                                           provides for its members.
                                                                                                                                                                                      astery. Before, it had                                                 I think that’s part of     said. “It’s as they say, you can take a horse               MAY 31
                                                                                                                                                                                      kind of a loud energy,          This is our first year with-           the reason that math       to water, but you can’t make it drink.”             (with senior magazine)
                                                                                                                                                                                      but now it’s more              out the Three Musketeers,               club has always been          Yim has such hopes for the potential of

Link Crew helps 390 freshmen adjust to high school
                                                                                                                                                                                      meditative.”                                                           small.”                    growth in the middle-school program that
                                                                                                                                                                                          The new leaders             and now that they’re not                  With this strategy,     he thinks perhaps, the math club could even
                                                                                                                                                                                      of the club, however,          here, it’s almost too quiet.            Yim hopes that re-         begin helping at the elementary schools
                                                                                                                                                                                      seniors Brian Wai and               Club adviser P.J. Yim              sults will prove to be     within the Saratoga district.
                                                                                                                                                                                      Alissa Zhang, have                                                     on par with all of last       “We can’t talk about the high school math
BY   DeborahSoung                            not go perfectly, so Ms. Kellert and I have lert, orientation ran smoothly.                lost without orientation.”
                                                                                                                                                                                      filled the shoes of last                                               year’s success. Sara-      club without talking about [Redwood Mid-
& SierraSmith                                to be ready for anything. The commis-            “I have worked with Link Crew clubs          Link Crew will continue to aid and         year’s legends to an impressive degree. toga ranked first in California compared to               dle School],” Yim said. “Maybe if we have
                                             sioners are a huge help to us with plan- at other schools and must say I am thor-          support their freshmen throughout the         They hope to shape this year’s practices other public high schools in the state for the           people who are brave enough, in a few years,     *subject to change
    Excited and eager for high school, 390   ning. We couldn’t have done it without oughly impressed with the Link Crew                 school year, starting with “Freshmen          into a format more welcoming for newcom- prestigious American Math Competition.                   we could find people who are willing to
freshmen started the school year a little    them,” Allen said.                            program here at Saratoga,” Kellert said.     Focus” groups during the second and           ers unfamiliar with competitive math.               This result is especially impressive given    help out
early on Aug. 19 at freshmen orientation.        Commissioners spent several hours “SHS kids are so reliable, committed                 third Monday tutorials of the school              “We’re trying to make the club more ac- how “scary good” neighboring schools such             at the el-
One hundred fifteen maroon-clad Link         per day with the counselors dur-                       and responsible, going above        year.                                         cessible to people and let members tackle as Lynbrook, Mission San Jose and Gunn                  ementa-
Crew leaders led their respective groups     ing the week leading up to orien-                      and beyond to not just com-            “Basically the tutorials are just for      problems at their own level,” Zhang said. consistently perform, according to Yim.                 ry level.
of freshmen through the school’s hall-       tation. The six seniors helped be-                     plete the task at hand, but to do   answering more of the students’ ques-         “There’s a stigma that if you join math club,       Yim hopes this talent will carry onto the     If we can
ways to familiarize the freshmen with        hind the scenes with organizing                        it well and with panache.”          tions, to make them feel a little more        you have to be really good at math, but you next generation of “mathletes,” as there are          start do-
the school.                                  the details of orientation.                               Despite having to wake up        welcome and to let them know that             might be better than you think.”                currently several middle-school students          ing that,
    “I felt that Link Crew went very well        “Prior to Link orientation, we                     early on a summer morning,          we’re still checking up on them,”                 In the past, all members were given the who show serious potential. Their dedica-             maybe
this year,” counselor Eileen Allen said      had to set up all of the freshman                      both Link Crew members and          Kothari said.                                 same problem sets regardless of their skill. tion to math, Yim thinks, is caused in part          we can
of orientation. “The students seemed         groups and then pair them up                           freshmen seemed to enjoy ori-          The Link Crew will maintain con-           While some members were able to simply by the high school students who go to Red-                 truly see
like they were having a good time, and I     with all of the Link leaders,” Link                    entation.                           nections with their freshman groups           glance at the problems and figure out the wood every Tuesday to teach them.                       a dynas-
was very impressed with the leaders this     Crew commissioner Ali Kothari
                                                                                        Allen          “I really liked my Link kids,”   throughout the year through events            solutions, others found getting past the first      High school involvement in the middle         ty.” u
year. They were very mature, and they        said. “It was just a huge task, be-                    Kothari said. “It was really nice   such as a movie night and the “Coffee
had a very positive and enthusiastic at-     cause we basically just had a huge list of because all of my kids already knew each        and Cram” group study time before first
    Allen, new counselor Lisa Kellert, the
                                             freshmen and we had a bunch of leaders, other, so they were all really comfort-
                                             so we had to pair them all up and group able and there was no awkwardness. We
                                                                                                                                        semester finals.
                                                                                                                                           “We are trying to make sure the fresh-
Link Crew and a team of six Link Crew        them.”                                        played [games] pretty much the whole

                                                                                                                                        men understand how important it is to

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commissioners organized both the Link            Commissioners and leaders had to time, and we just hung out.”                          Saratoga High students to be kind and re-                          Saratoga High’s                Saratoga High’s                    Number of
Crew training and the freshman orienta-      cooperate closely with the counselors in         Most freshmen, including Rebecca          spectful of one another,” Allen said. “You                         composite score                placement in                       questions on an
tion this year.                              order for the Link Crew to accomplish Lee, found orientation to be helpful and             can be a great student, but it is important                        in the AMC test                California                         AMC test
    “There are inevitably things that do     its goals. Fortunately, according to Kel- fun. Lee said she “would probably be             to be a great person too.” u
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SHS undergoes increase in enrollment                                                                                                                                                     continued from pg. 1                           all things,” Siriprapu said. “He cared
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        about what I had to say, about what stu-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     ing task of selecting a new superinten-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     dent. The district hired Leadership As-            falconfigures
OrcheStra cOntinueS tO grOw                                                                   increaSing flOw Of freShmen                                                                dent.                                          dents had to say in general.”                sociates, a search firm specializing in

                                                                                                                                                                                            Tom Woodruff, the associate superin-            Matsuoka’s efforts culminated last       the selection of executive leaders in aca-
                                                                                                                                                                                         tendent of the Los Gatos-Saratoga Union        year with the passing of the district’s      demia as well as industry.                                      Number of schools
                                                                                                AmyJan                                        to Allen.                                  High School District, said that Matsuo-        first parcel tax, which has addressed the       “The board is committed to finding                           in LGSUHSD
BY   CeciliaHollenhorst                                                                       BY
                                                                                              & VivienLu                                         Many factors could explain the large    ka, in addition to being a close colleague,    “need for funding under local control,”      and hiring the best possible leader for
   The music department never seems                                                                                                           freshman population. For one, the eco-     was a caring personal friend.                  according to the Jane Marashian, who         our district,” Marashian said. “To that

to stop growing. This year, roughly 450                                                           Freshman Nikhil Chakravarthy ex- nomic downturn may make public                           “I’ll miss not seeing him every day,”       worked as administrative assistant.          end, a professional search firm provides
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Number of schools

students will be participating in one or                       Number of students             pected to encounter a new set of rules schools seem more financially attrac-               Woodruff said. “My father died a week              However, Matsuoka believes that his      us with the expertise to coordinate the
                                                               enrolled in orchestra                                                                                                     before I started working [in the school        greatest contribution lies in the adminis-   complex process of advertising, recruit-                        in the Milpitas
more of the musical groups on campus.                                                         and an expanded workload in high tive than their private school counter-                                                                                                                                                                               Union School
   Just three years ago, there were two                        three years ago                school. He did not, however, foresee parts.                                                district. Matsuoka] completely support-        tration team that he left behind.            ing, collecting community input, and
                                                                                                                                                                                         ed me.”                                            “I think the biggest thing was kind of   interviewing.”                                                  District
orchestra classes totaling 89 students                                                        the packed classes and cramped halls.              However, according to Allen, the
                                                                                                                                                                                            Senior Anshu Siripurapu, the board          the behind the scenes,” Matsuoka said.          Marashian expects the board to an-

                                                                                                  “One time I was walking to class, population boom may be short-lived,

enrolled. This year, there are 138 orches-
                                                               Number of students             and it was like Disneyland on Christ- as Saratoga’s elementary school enroll-              representative for Saratoga High last          “We have 13 administrators in the dis-       nounce the final decision soon after the                        Number of
tra members and three classes, leading                         enrolled in orchestra
music department chair Michael Boitz                                                          mas Day,” he said.                              ment rates continue to plummet.            year, also appreciated Matsuoka’s ap-          trict, and I left a top-notch administra-    Sept. 17 finalist interview date. The new                       administrators in the
                                                               this year                                                                                                                 proachable personality.                        tion team.”                                  superintendent will most likely begin to                        Saratoga district
to consider about increasing to four or-                                                          As the school year starts to un-               According to registrar Jeanne Ja-
chestras in the future.                                                                       fold, returning students are noticing mieson, one more freshman English                       “I think he was a good listener above           Matsuoka also left behind the daunt-     work in October. u
   In addition to accommodating large         ger. For that reason, he is excited to see      that hallways are more crowded and courses was added in accordance to the
class sizes, the music department must        the record number of orchestra mem-             lunch lines are much longer. Indeed, new student population.

                                                                                                                                                                                            To perform, to inform
worry about all of the added responsi-        bers this year. He attributes the fresh-        the school popu-                                                        “The only dif-
bilities that come with having more stu-      man class’s enthusiasm for music to the         lation has in-                                                       ficult thing I have
dents.                                                                                        creased. Over the              I didn’t really                       seen in terms of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  BY DavidEng
                                              positive influence of Redwood Middle
   “We love to see so much participation      School’s band and orchestra staff.              past seven years,              notice how many                       scheduling is that
in our programs,” Boitz said, “but it does        “Many students are drawn to the             class sizes have               freshmen there                        some classes are
get very complicated logistically.”           music community in middle school and            averaged about                 were until I was                      super popular, es-
   Senior Vivian Tsai, who has observed
the group’s growth first-hand as a mem-
                                              find an activity that they love,” Boitz
                                              said. “Continuing music in high school
                                                                                              330 students; the
                                                                                              current       fresh-
                                                                                                                             crowded in the
                                                                                                                             hallways by them.”
                                                                                                                                                                   pecially electives
                                                                                                                                                                   like Journalism 1        the marching band exhibitS the PrOgreSS they made Over the One-WeeK
ber of the orchestra, also admits that the    is the natural next step.”
                                                                                              man class of 371
                                                                                              far exceeds this
                                                                                                                                                                   or Ceramics 1,”
                                                                                                                                             senior Sarah Lum Allen said. “Man-             band camP and teacheS family and friendS marching baSicS On aUg. 20.
changes create both advantages and dis-           While orchestra enrollment continues
advantages.                                                                                   number.                                                              aging with getting
                                              to increase, those of the marching band                                                                                                        Left: Pit percussionist
   “It’s great that our program has                                                               Before school even began, Link Crew students the classes they want has been                freshman Jordan Gre-
                                              and Color Guard has remained in the             experienced the impact of the increase tough because it’s hard to explain to
grown, but I miss being able to play with     range of 210 to 220 students for the past                                                                                                       nier tells his father to
                                                                                              in students.                                    new students that we can only accom-           watch the drum major
everybody,” Tsai said. “It’s definitely       four years. The most significant change             “I definitely felt it with Link,” guid- modate to a certain extent.”                       to know when to start
harder to manage the orchestra.”              has been in Color Guard participation,          ance counselor and Link Crew co-di-                It is not only classes sizes that are                        playing.                                                                                                            Right: Color guard captain junior Mck-
   Having space to store instruments,         which has increased from 32 students
organizing registration forms and keep-
                                                                                              rector Eileen Allen said. “We had so feeling the effects of the increased stu-                                                                                                                                                      enna Galvin strikes the ending pose of
                                              last year to a record 40 this season.           many people that wanted to be Link dent population, but also throughout                                                                                                                                                             the first movement. “I think we’re at
ing track of each student continue to             Not only is the freshman class repre-       Crew leaders, so it worked out as there the other students, who are noticing                                                                                                                                                        a much better place as far as progress
increase in complexity with each new          sented in high numbers throughout the           were enough leaders to have a decent the difference.                                                                                                                                                                                goes than last year. It was fun being
member, but all areas of the music de-        music department, but Boitz predicts            amount of freshmen in their groups.”               “The only difference is that there                                                                                                                                               able to show family and friends what we
partment continue to welcome newcom-          that the class will flourish.                       In addition to the large graduating were more students around me, espe-                                                                                                                                                         accomplished in such a short time.”
ers of any skill level.                           “The new students are awesome,”             class from Redwood Middle School, cially really small ones,” senior Sarah
   Boitz believes that growth in number       Boitz said. “They’re really fun and will-       which the administration had an- Lum said. “I didn’t really notice how                                                                                                                                                              Bottom: Junior Doug Jones instructs his
of students participating in the music        ing to try new things so far, I can’t wait      ticipated, the school bore an influx of many freshmen there were until I was                                                                                                                                                        mother on how to hold the trumpet and
program only makes the program stron-         to see how the year progresses.” u              freshmen new to the district, according crowded in the hallways by them.” u                                                                                                                                                         march to her next drill set or “dot.”

                                                                                                                                                                                             Above: Saxophones and clarinets break off from a large section

           SUPERSIZE SHS
                                                                                                                                                                                                            and merge into a block for the first movement.

                                                                                                                                                                                                 Right: Drum major senior Isabel McPherson teaches her dad
                                                                                                                                                                                              how to conduct. “Teaching my dad was interesting ... Turns out
                                                                                                                                                                                               I have a better ‘man voice’ than him ... It made me realize that
                                                                                                                                                                                             there are a lot of things we take for granted or think are easy in
                                                                                                                                                                                               band, but to outsiders they’re entirely foreign and confusing.”

                                                                                                                                                                                         continued from pg. 1                           minutes per room.”                          position] in the paper,” Guzman said.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 big idea

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Guzman said that one of the toughest “They picked me from a lot of appli-
                                                                                                                                                                                         received it at the annual gathering of         areas to clean are the locker rooms.        cants. I was very lucky.”                                  Night Custodian
                                                                                                                                                                                         district employees before school started.         “When we have football games,”              Guzman does not start work until
                                                                                                                                                                                            “I chickened out,” Guzman joked. “I         Guzman said, “when either [team] los- 2:30 p.m., and therefore he has a lot of               Recognition: Ever Guzman, the head
                                                                                                                                                                                         couldn’t do any speech. I was telling my       es, they trash the                                                time to himself in         night custodian, was awarded “SHS
                                                                                                                                                                                         boss, I should take Mr. Rector’s class on                                                                                                   Employee of the Year” on Aug. 20. He
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        place. But we un-                                                 the morning and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     has been an employee for the school for
                                                                                                                                                                                         speech and debate.”                            derstand,” Guzman                                                 early afternoon.
                                                                                                                                                                                            Guzman did not expect for a moment          said with a smile.          We have to check all the                 “I like to watch
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     20 years.

                                                                                                                                                                                         he would win the award.                        “It’s frustrating for       doors, make sure every-               soccer,” Guzman            His job: Works 2:30 to 11:30 p.m. five
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     days a week, leads the “Night Crew” to
                                                                                                                                                                                            “I got a little plaque,” Guzman said.       the kids, because              thing is secure ... the            said. “When I was
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     tidy bathrooms, trash cans, locker rooms
                                                                                                                                                                                         “Very simple. Simple, yet beautiful.”          they want to win,             alarms are working ...              a kid I used to play       and classrooms.
                                                                                                                                                                                            Guzman works from 2:30 p.m. to 11           you know. But you                                                 a lot. I never miss
                                                                                                                                                                                         p.m. five days per week.                       have to learn to           nothing’s going wrong. So              a game with Man-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Quick facts: Enjoys soccer and fishing,
     continued from pg. 1              a similar problem, as these        right classes.                                     ting students       requirement for the past few                                                                                                                                                        bikes frequently, grew up in El Salvador
                                       classes are completely filled to      “Folks      have                                the classes they    weeks without success. She                 “Every bathroom, every day,” Guz-           how to lose too.”             it’s not only cleaning.             chester United or
     new-to-district students in ad-   the brink. Students must swap      been able to have                                  want has been       has been unable to enter the            man said. “Every trash can, every day.            Guzman,        57,                                             Barcelona.”
     dition to the expected large      with each other specifically in    classes they want,”                                tough because       class because it was already            We have to check all the doors, make sure      grew up in El Sal-                Head night custodian               Guzman       also    for you guys, because without the stu-
     graduating class from Red-        order to transfer.                 assistant principal                                it’s hard to ex-    completely full, with a waiting         everything is secure, make sure all the        vador, but the civil              Ever Guzman                     enjoys fishing.         dents, none of us would have a job. You
     wood Middle School.                  However, despite all the dif-   Brian Safine said.                                 plain to new        list of more than 50 students.          alarms are working, make sure nothing’s        war there forced                                                     “I go fishing in     guys make us work, and we’re thankful.
        Due to this increase, many     ficulties faced, most students     “Some students                                     students that           Although Verma’s schedule           going wrong. So it’s not only cleaning.”       Guzman and his family to flee to the Santa Cruz,” Guzman said. “I’m not                   That’s the way I think about it.”
     underclassmen have had dif-       are willing to find solutions      want not only             RefeR To                 we can only ac-     did not accommodate her in-                There are five members of the evening       U.S. Guzman, then 24, caught a plane good, but I love it.”                                   Principal Jeff Anderson said Guzman
     ficulty switching between sci-    themselves, such as Ishikawa,      the classes they                                   commodate to        terest in ceramics, she worked          custodial staff, which Guzman affection-       that took him to the U.S.                      Guzman said that he always looks           was the obvious choice for the award.
     ence and math honors classes      or make compromises in order       need to graduate,    for an opinion on this issue, an extent.”         with guidance to switch into            ately labels the “Night Crew.”                    He first got his G.E.D. from Inde- forward to coming in to work everyday.                 “When I went around, I asked about
     since there are fewer seats in    to get the classes they need.      but they want the             please turn to pg. 8     One of these    Art 1 instead.                             “Let me give you an example of one          pendence High School in East San Jose.         “When you guys come, you find it           15 teachers who should win the award,”
     honors. Also, students in regu-      Nevertheless, the guidance      periods to fit per-                                students, junior        She had to make a compro-           person’s job [for one night],” Guzman          Guzman then worked different jobs, in- nice and clean, and when you leave, you            Anderson said. “And I’m not exaggerat-
     lar classes have an even harder   department considers this          fectly and we can never prom- Sanjna Verma, had tried nu-              mise, but in the end, she will          said. “The entire science building, the        cluding custodial, maintenance, electri- know it’s not the same. The next day, it’ll      ing; every single one of them said Ever
     time trying to move up.           school year a success regard-      ise that.”                           merous times to enroll in ce-     be able to fulfill her visual arts      MAP building, the music wing, wood-            cal and plumbing positions. He came to be nice and clean,” Guzman said. “And,             Guzman. It’s definitely his hard work
        AP and honors classes have     ing placing everyone into the         Likewise, Allen said, “Get- ramics to fulfill her visual arts       requirement as planned. u               shop, the weight room, the main office,        Saratoga in 1991.                           you know, that’s the way it should be. We     [that won him the award]. But what’s re-
                                                                                                                                                                                         and the H1 room. It takes about 15 to 17          “I heard about [the head custodian work hard to deliver good classrooms                ally above the cut is his attitude.” u
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          additional study tool to help students
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     emails to students because students
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     usually check Facebook much more of-

 claSS SizeS                                                                                                                                                                                 The staff of The Saratoga Falcon is committed
                                                                                                                                                                                             to objectively and accurately representing the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Evan Ye is quickly run-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          learn and understand material. Addi-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          tionally, teachers can use Facebook as
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          a teaching tool and a means of commu-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     ten than they do email.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         By linking students to sources,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     teachers eliminate persistent prob-
                                                                                                                                                                                             diverse talents, cultures and viewpoints of the        ning to his computer. Nothing
                                                                                                                                                                                             Saratoga High School community.                                                                              nication with students.                    lems—such as students neglecting to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    needs to be typed or printed.                            For the 2011-2012 school year, Face-    print notes—and offer another source
                                                                                                                                                                                                     LETTERS             EDITOR                     Instead, he logs into his Face-                       book groups exist for all of the AP sci-   for students to immerse themselves in

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    book account, seeing dozens                           ences, save AP Environmental Science,      the given subject.
                                                                                                                                                                                             The Saratoga Falcon welcomes all signed let-                                                                 plus groups for AP Calculus AB and             For this reason, certain teachers like
                                                                                                                                                                                             ters of opinion, which are subject to editing          of notifications from the school                      BC.                                        Trig/Precalculus Honors and Algebra 2
                                                                                                                                                                                             for length, accuracy and grammar. Please send          AP Biology group: students                               All of the aforementioned groups        teacher P.J. Yim have created Facebook
                                                                                                                       AP Statistics
                                                                                                                                                                                             them to editors@saratogafalcon.org. For ad in-                                                               are created and maintained by stu-         groups for their classes themselves.
                                                                                                                                                                                             formation, phone (408) 867-3411, ext. 222.             asking for the date of the next                       dents, each with one to three adminis-     Not only does group ownership allow
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    exam, for the definition of an
                                                                                                                     AP Computer Science
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          trators who function as “moderators”       an instructor to regulate what types of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    allosteric enzyme and if they                         for the discussions that take place.       conversations go on in the group, but
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Online study groups allow stu-          it also allows the teachers to make an-
                                                                                                                                                                                                              David Eng                             need to print out the Chapter 6                       dents to pose questions to many of         nouncements, follow up on lectures
                                                                                                                         Econ                                                                           News/Associate Editor
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Anoop Galivanche
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    lecture notes before next class.                      their classmates simultaneously, often
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Ye is one of the administrators of a yielding immediate response and dis-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     and offer help to any students who
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     may need or request it.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Opinion                             user-made AP Bio group on Facebook, cussion.                                                         Some believe that members of an
                                                                                                                                                                                                               Jason Wu                             which was created during the sum-                        For the benefit of teachers, Facebook   online Facebook group also must be
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    mer.                                                  can be used as a place for teachers to     Facebook friends; however, this is not
                                       AP Lang                                                                                                                                                               Sports Editor
                                                                                                                                                                                                               Roy Bisht
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       In a world in which people some- post links to lectures, diagrams and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    times seem to communicate more any websites that could help students
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     the case. Yim, for example, is not a Fa-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     cebook friend of any of his students.
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Specialty Editors                        through technology than in person, further learn material that was taught                            Additionally, the problem of “troll-
                                       Ceramics                                                                                                                                                               Sarah Hull
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Parul Singh
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    the intersection of Facebook and in class. Follow-up comments and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    school has been a long time coming. clarifications for test dates also make
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     ing,” or posting inflammatory com-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     ments, is an issue that can be easily
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    students more    handled if the administrators do their
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Lifestyles Editors
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Cecilia Hollenhorst                                                                                                       aware of the     jobs properly, regardless of whether
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Aanchal Mohan                                   Opinion of the Falcon Editorial Board                                    happenings of    students or teachers run the group.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    the class.           Because Facebook makes it easier
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Entertainment Editor                           Editor-in-chief       Opinion Editor             Web Editor
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          David Eng               Jason Wu              Aasim Naqvi
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Using Face-   for students to learn and understand
                                                                                                                                                                                                               Paul Jung
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    book is much     material, schools should embrace it as
                                                                                                                                                                                                         School Scope Editor                          The Saratoga Falcon staff voted 35-4 in favor of Facebook study groups.       more reliable    a 21st century learning tool and utilize
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Kelly Liu                                                                                                             than sending     it to its fullest potential. u

                                                                                                                            AP Calculus                                                                    In-Depth Editor
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Jackie Gu

                                                                                                                          History in Film
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Backpage Editor
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Olivia Chock

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Parents: stay out of our parking lot
                                       English 11H                                                                         AP Biology                                                                                                          Adult drop-off hAbitS botherSome for upperclASSmen driverS
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Amy Jan
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Brandon Judoprasetijo
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Aasim Naqvi

                                       AP Chinese                                                                          English 9                                                                       Graphics Editor
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Alex Ju
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               BY   RoyBisht

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Waking up on a recent Thursday
                                                                                                                                                  FALCON // CULLAN MCCHESNEY
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Art Editor

                                     Chemistry Honors
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               morning, senior Krishnan Raman
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Cullan McChesney
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               opened his eyes to see a red 7:32 glar-
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Head Photographer                     ing at him. Realizing that he had slept

                                      World History
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Lillian Chen                       an hour too long, he showered in a rush
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               and raced to school. Arriving at school
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Head Copy Editors
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Sabrina Cismas                      at 7:47, Raman estimated that if he could
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Michael Lee                        park quickly and run to class he would
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Vivian LeTran                      make it on time for the 7:50 first period
BY   SabrinaCismas                            In order to provide a successful and safe      Academic adversities                             cause they too will fall in the same pot as                                                      bell. However, a parent pulled into the
                                              learning environment, class size restric-         The academic atmosphere in a class-           the cheater if a teacher believes that they                 Business Manager
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Allison Toh                       only open junior lot spot to drop-off their
   As students walked into their classes      tions should be extended to all subject        room struggles when too many students            let the other person look at their papers.                                                       child, which forced Raman to spend a
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Derek Sun
for the first time on Aug. 22, most were      areas.                                         are present. One-on-one help and ques-               It is understandable that the school                                                         few more minutes looking for a spot and
greeted by the regular arrangements of           Michele Drouin’s 4th period AP Cal-         tion time becomes unfairly limited when          would have a hard time implementing                          Head Technician                     arrive late to class.
inspirational posters, floods of green        culus AB class is an example of an over-       teachers are confronted with many stu-           class size caps when it was hit by both                        Mac Hyde
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Parents parking in the student lots for
course sheets and ice-breakers. Few,          flowing one. The desks line the walls          dents. Teachers have difficulty fitting all      monetary constraints and an unexpect-                        Photographers                       drop-off is a frustrating issue for upper-
however, expected that their classes          in closely packed rows with sufficient         of their lectures and activities into the        edly high enrollment. However, the suc-                        Dylan Jew                         classmen crunched for time each morn-
would be stuffed with more than three         walking space available only in the front      allotted time, especially in AP and hon-         cess of a school begins in the classroom.                       Jay Mulye                        ing. Students like Raman are angered ev-
dozen students.                               of the classroom, opposite the exit at the     ors classes, leaving the small amount re-        Extra additions or improvements to the                         Sanj Nalwa
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Minu Palaniappan                     ery time they are pushed one step closer
   In order to help compensate for ex-        back of the class.                             maining to be divided among all the stu-         school should be a lower priority when                      Ashwini Velchamy                     to a Saturday School by a parent’s selfish
tra student enrollment and limited re-           After the end bell rings, a line forms at   dents. Students who do not understand            the core is falling apart.                                                                       motives caused by an unwillingness to                                                                                                        ALEX JU
sources, many classes have exceeded           the door, and it takes a couple of minutes     the material and are ignored in class can-                                                                Reporters/Layout Artist
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               follow rules. With school starting at 7:50 pus. It is very unfair for parents to take                  distance of the school. Taking advantage
last year’s average number of students.       for everyone to exit the classroom. In the     not always resort to a packed tutorial for       Simple solutions for the future                             Katherine Chang
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Edward Dong                         a.m. for most students, there is not much spots from students in the parking lots                      of these options would relieve much of
According to assistant principal Brian        case of an emergency when fast escapes         clarification, especially if it falls after a       A simple redistribution of students                      Anushree Dugar                       time to spare for students who cannot designed for them.                                               the congestion in the parking lot and
Safine, last year’s student body total of     are crucial, 39 agitated people will not be    test or a hard night of homework.                could be a solution, as some classes fall                      Matt Foley                        find a parking spot.                                   The reason students buy the permits             drop-off areas before and after school ev-
1,354 increased to 1,393 this year, and se-   able to escape in a timely fashion.               Although the school is known for              below the 20 student mark. Hiring an                          Ingrid Hong
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The name parking lot                                           is to allow them to get to           ery day. Even though the school would
niors are outnumbered by 43 freshmen.            Apart from emergency issues, large          stressing a stringent integrity policy, it al-   extra teacher or two could make the dif-                       Samuel Liu
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               makes it clear that there
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  bigidea        school faster.                       love to solve this traffic issue, much of

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Grace Ma
   Science classes, which are located in      class sizes also pose a health hazard          lows too many students in classes, which         ference between students having a firm                     Nikil Ramanathan                      is only one purpose for                                               In previous years,               the problem is in the parents’ hands. The
some of the largest and newest build-         to students. Once flu season starts and        inclines them to cheat. Many teachers            grasp on a subject and lagging in class.                       Karen Sung                        which the area should be          Parents in student lot          there had been a group               school cannot control where or how long
ings on campus, are not permitted to ex-      germs circulate around the school like         are stringent about practices to prevent         Electives could implement limits imme-                      Jonathan Young
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               used—parking. There is           Problem: Parents in the          of eight students acting             it takes parents to drop-off their children.
ceed 30 students due to safety concerns,      wildfire, packing students in close quar-      cheating, but no matter how many cal-            diately; this doesn’t mean that students                                                         an entirely separate area        student parking lot congest      as traffic patrol to guide           The longer that the parents take to drop-
but a limit does not exist for any other      ters will insure quick spreading. It is        culator lids or water bottles are removed        are barred from taking certain classes,                                                          for drop-off and pickup          traffic and contribute to late   parents where to drop-               off their children, the more congested
classes.                                      very uncomfortable for a student to turn       during a test, a person who is two feet          they’ll just need to wait another year to                        Adviser                         that spans across the            students. Previous attempts      off and guide students               the traffic in the parking lot and Herri-
                                              away from the person coughing on their         away from another has many opportu-              do so. It is not necessary to resort to pri-                    Mike Tyler                                                        to fix this with student traffic
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               whole front side of the                                           where to park. However,              man Avenue gets. If the drop-off process
Safety struggles                              right, only to be sneezed on by the per-       nities to let their eyeballs roam. This is       vate school class limits, but the school                                                         school, providing par-           guides proved unsuccessful.      this proved to be inef-              was more efficient, parents would not
  Walls should not dictate class sizes.       son on their left.                             especially unfair to honest students be-         should at least keep rosters in the 20s. u                                                       ents with enough space                                            ficient as many parents              need to park in the student lots to drop-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               to drop-off their children       Encourage more students to       ignored the traffic patrol,          off their children and many of the issues
        falconfigures                                                                                                                                                                                 Printed by Folger Graphics
                                                                                                                                                                                                        in Hayward, California                 in the drop-off lane. With
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               this lane available, there
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                walk and bike to school.         and all eight students on
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 duty were consistently
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      would be solved.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Students should have the rights to the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 tardy.                               spots in their parking lots and allowing

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               is no reason for parents

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                     Number of students                                                                                                                          The maximum                   *Various contributions were also made
                                                                Percent of one-year                                Number of students                            number of people                                                              to be in the student park-                                            A     possible    solu-          parents to drop-off children in those lots
                     in Michele Drouin’s                                                                                                                                                        by the fourth-period newspaper staff
                                                                student growth from                                in this year’s                                allowed in one room                                                           ing lot.                                            tion would just be for students to bike            violates them. There is a drop-off lane
                     4th period AP                              last year to this year.                             freshmen class.                                                                                                               Students buy parking permits so they and walk to school rather than drive to                        for a reason; there is no excuse for par-
                     Calculus AB class.                                                                                                                          of science building.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               will be allowed to park in each of the school. Many students who are driven                            ents to continue to drop their kids in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               lots located on the front side of the cam- to school live within a walking or biking                   student parking lots. u
10                                                                                                                                                 THE                                     THE
                          OPINION                                                September 16, 2011                                                saratogafalcon                          saratogafalcon
                                                                                                                                                                                           September 16, 2011
More students,                                Homecoming wrongly scheduled                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          saratogafalcon.org/feature
more problems

                                                                                                                                                                                            Saratoga Runway
                                              BY   MattFoley                                     candidcaricatures
                                              & CeciliaHollenhorst
BY   JonathanYoung
                                                  Homecoming. The word carries
   The quad is packed, the lunch line is      images of fun and celebration for stu-
endless and students are walking side-        dents. It is supposedly a week to forget
ways through the halls trying not to          stress while showing spirit through
bump into each other. Since when did          dancing in quad days and cheering on
so many students walk the halls of this       the football team. But again this year,
school?                                       the dark cloud of SATs and major tests
   This year, the school is more crowded
than any time in recent years. With only
                                              will cast their shadows on the days of
                                                                                                                                                                                            StudentS unleaSh their inner deSigner by Selling their own brandS
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Custom Jewelry Designing
327 students in the graduating class last         For the second consecutive year,
year and 370 freshmen this year, the          Homecoming is in the same week as
                                                                                                                                                                                             Stephanie Poo: Custom Jewelry Designer
school has experienced a substantial 3.5      the October SAT and the end of the

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Stephanie Poo
percent one-year growth.                                                                                                                                                                                               Designing jewelry comes naturally                  ter that, I started a blog
                                              first six-week grading period. Students                                                                                                                             to senior Stephanie Poo, who has sold                   (peachsmoothies.tumblr.com)        and
                                              already overwhelmed by projects and                                                                                                                                 original jewelry designs and custom-                    since then sales transactions have be-
Scarce Resources                              homework in preparation for the end
   This increase has strained resources                                                                                                                                                                           made pieces for three years. She an-                    come much easier. I don’t have enough
                                              of the grading period will need to de-                                                                                                                              swered a few questions for the Falcon:                  time to make as many things as I wish I
and has made some on-campus tasks             cide between academics and lasting
that were easier in the past more diffi-                                                                                                                               FALCON // ALEX JU                                                                                  could but if anyone has any requests, I
                                              high school memories.                                                                                                                                                  How did you get started making                       am more than happy to comply.
cult.                                             Although students invest months           students to struggle to choose between      ber break, imbalanced grading periods
   Another disadvantage of the bigger                                                                                                                                                                             jewelry?
                                              of preparation into the SAT, the few          spirit and studying, but also puts teach-   would allow an extra week to fit in tests                                    I started when my sister received a                     How much do you usually charge?
population is the longer lunch lines,                                                       ers in a difficult situation.               and projects while also leaving time for
                                              weeks prior to these tests are a crucial                                                                                                                            beading kit for her birthday but never                     The prices vary between $7-15. Ear-
which makes for impatient and restless
                                              time for them to get in any last-minute          It is understandable for Homecom-        Homecoming.                                                               used it, so she gave it to me. I learned                rings tend to cost less than necklaces,
students. The lines are so long that some
                                              studying they may need, as well as            ing to be scheduled around a game the          Students should be encouraged to                                       the basics from books                                              but it really depends on the
students end up getting their meals al-
most halfway through lunch. In addi-
                                              catching up on sleep to be focused on         football team is likely to win, but hold-   spend the end of the grading period                                       and a brief lesson from                     Peach                  materials used in that par-

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           FALCON // LILLIAN CHEN
                                              the day of the test. However, students        ing it the same week as two very im-        studying and asking teachers questions,                                   my eighth grade art                                                ticular piece.
tion, if many students want the same
item to eat (e.g., a B.L.T. from the Grab     under pressure to memorize quad day           portant academic deadlines will yield       not provided the ultimate distraction of                                  teacher.
& Go line), the item runs out extremely       routines, create large-scale decorations,     more problems than benefits. Exhaust-       an all-week, school-wide party.                                                                                                                  Do you plan on continu-
fast, sometimes even within the first 10      write essays and study for tests may          ed students will not be able to enjoy a        Though many see Homecoming as a                                          What types of designs do you have?                    ing making jewelry after high school?
minutes of lunch.                             not find the time to get more than a few      football victory that falls the night be-   kick-off to the year, it may be more en-                                    I use mainly Swarovski crystal                           As long as I am able to afford the
   Along with limited food, the school        hours of sleep the nights of Homecom-         fore the SAT.                               joyable as a mid-semester celebration.                                    beads, pearls, and a great variety of                   materials, I think I will continue.
has many other limited resources. This        ing week.                                        If holding Homecoming during the         If scheduled two weeks after the six-                                     chain. Recently I have been adding
includes fewer textbooks in the library,          While teachers often attempt to light-    sixth week is the only option, an imbal-    week grading period, from Oct. 24-29,                                     bows to my designs.                                        What is your favorite thing about
and classrooms to lend out to students.       en the homework load during the week          anced grading period ending a week          Homecoming would serve as a reward                                                                                                making jewelry?
Also, there aren’t enough computers in        of Homecoming, most find it necessary         later could be explored in order to al-     for students after studying hard for the                                     When did you start selling your                         When I see someone else wearing
the library for everyone who wants to         to hold unit tests or assign large projects   low students to truly enjoy Homecom-        SATs and sorting out grades before the                                    pieces?                                                 something I made, making jewelry
use them.                                     during the sixth week of school in order      ing and understand the importance of        six-week grading period ends. While a                                        I started selling my jewelry after                   feels especially rewarding.
   There are many instances when there        to fit in enough major assignments for        grading period checkpoints. Just as the     less-likely win in a game facing Milpi-                                   my mother wore a necklace I gave to                                                                                                                                             Courtesy of Stephanie Poo
aren’t any seats available in the library     the six-week grading period. When the         calendar includes imbalanced semes-         tas is not ideal, neither is a stress-filled                              her for her birthday at a meeting. Af-                                      ––Cecilia Hollenhorst
and students have to wait in line. With       two weeks overlap, it not only forces         ters this year to accommodate Decem-        week of important tests and events. u
more students, the line could become
even worse.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Taking Shirts to the Next Level
                                              Retweet this: Oxford’s new words
   This surge has also negatively im-
pacted extracurricular programs, such as                                                                                                                                                                                                                          “Hey guys! Do you like my new clothes?” Although              “He had to dress up as a French explorer for a 4th

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Claire Couch
sports and music. The surge in students                                                                                                                                                                                                                      many students would automatically assume this ques-             grade explorer report, and one day he says, ‘Claire! Check
increases the competition to join sports                                                                                                                                                                                                                     tion refers to new fashion at the mall, the latest shirts       your email!’ so I open up my email and see this image
teams; thus, more students are cut and        BY   KellyLiu                                 is applicable to all ages and groups.        English language because they may be                                                                                around campus are made by senior Claire Couch. Couch            where his beret actually looks like an afro,” Couch said.
excluded from these activities.                                                                 Angus Stevenson, the dictionary’s relevant only for a small group of peo-                                                                                    has started making her own T-shirt designs for her new          “So I emailed it to my sister thinking it looked hilarious
   As for orchestra, most students usu-           In a world where the Internet is a        editor, argued otherwise, saying the ple or a short time span.                                                                                                   clothing line, Clouch.                                          and she said to put it on a shirt, so I did!”
ally pay for their own uniforms and in-       vital part of our lives, many readily         dictionary should document all perma-          The addition of technology-origi-                                                                                    Clouch all began with a school project last school year.        Not only does Couch produce shirts, but she also sells
struments if they play a viola or violin.     recognize online slang such as “woot,”        nent and popular words. He contended nated words to the OED has been done                                                                                           “In MAP (Media Arts Program) class, we had to do a           hand bags as well as other items.
However, for bigger instruments like the      “sexting,” “retweet,” “mankini” and           in an interview with the Telegraph, before. In the past, the OED has also                                                                                        project where I had to make a superhero costume, so I put          “I use a stencil, so anything that can be painted on can
cello and stringed bass, students are al-     “cyberbullying.” These words have be-         “It’s how the dic-                                      added and defined “OMG”                                                                                  a person’s face on a T-shirt, and everyone said ‘Oh! That’s     be made,” said Couch, who resourcefully makes her own
lowed to borrow from the school. If more      come so standard that according to The        tionary has always                                      and “<3.” It seems ridicu-                                                                               so cool!’ and suggested I start making shirts, so I started,”   stencils.
students are interested in those bigger       Telegraph, the Oxford English Diction-        worked—we get as
                                                                                                                                   bigidea          lous that the “<3” symbol                                                                                Couch said. “Then people began getting more and more               Couch uses sheet protectors, cuts them open, then

instruments, the school has to buy more       ary (OED) added them into its recently        much evidence as                                        has to be defined as an ac-                                                                              interested, so I started selling them.”                                         puts them on an image and uses an exact-
instruments, which is expensive.              released 12th edition.                        we can so we know                                       tual word.                                                                                                  Couch sells her homemade T-shirts for $10             clouch                 o-knife to to cut out the stencil.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   FALCON // LILLIAN CHEN
                                                                                                                       Words added to Oxford
   If the trend in increased musical inter-       The OED has been acknowledged             it’s not just a small                                       Standard and colloquial                                                                              to $12 and has sold more than 15 thus far.                                         “Making a stencil usually takes around
est continues, this could be costly for the   as the definitive authority on the Eng-       number of people            1. woot                     dictionaries need to separate                                                                               “Clouch shirts are very personal,” said senior Michael       two hours,” Couch said. “Then painting the shirt usually
school and this could possibly lead to        lish language. However, the OED has           using the word and                                      proper English and short-                                                                                Zucarrino. “They aren’t just screened. They’re painted,         takes around 1 hour and 45 minutes.”
the introduction of tryouts and cuts into     breached the fine line between collo-         it’s not going to dis-      2. sexting                  handed English apart to                                                                                  and they have a lot of personality.”                               After the stencil is finished, Couch paints on the de-
these programs.                               quial slang and standard words that           appear.”                    3. retweet                  preserve the eloquent stan-                                                                                 “Being that this is a start-up business focused more         sign with fabric paint. With 12 stock designs and more
   The problem isn’t major at the mo-         should be included in the English dic-            If that was the                                     dard of the official language.                                                                           on my love to design rather than produce massive profit,        possible designs due to custom orders, Clouch has quick-
ment, but if the student population           tionary.                                      case, then how per-         4. mankini                  Slang should only be added                                                                               I charge the bare minimum to stay afloat,” said Couch.          ly grown.
continues to increase, there could be a           Despite the fact that languages are       manent is the new                                       into the formal dictionaries                                                                             “There’s no better feeling than walking the halls and see-         Currently, Couch’s main hope for Clouch is to keep
problem. The school is struggling as it is    bound to change based on the cultural         word       “retweet,”       5. cyberbullying            if those words are shown in                                                                              ing someone wearing their Clouch original tee.”                 producing unique T-shirts that many people will enjoy
to accommodate 1,393 students. As the         influence of the media and trends, it is      which is a term                                         newspapers, essays or any                                                                                   In addition, Clouch’s Facebook promotion page is up-         wearing.
size increases, so do the problems. The
                                                                                                                        6. OMG
                                              shameful to have Internet slang such as       from the social net-                                    writings that display proper                                                                             dated with information and photographs. In order to buy            “I’m just having a lovely time designing and produc-
school must compensate and after a cer-       “sexting” and “retweet” be a part of a        working company             7. <3                       English. Otherwise, there                                                                                or have a special shirt made, anyone can message Couch          ing orders as they come in,” Couch said. “My goal is not
tain point, they will be incapable of do-     prestigious dictionary. The job of a dic-     Twitter? Twitter is                                     are strictly vernacular dic-                                                                             through her Facebook page ‘Clouch.’                             for Clouch to rule the world, but to have fun and see
ing so effectively.                           tionary is to document a language that        popular, but it is not                                  tionaries that are at the pub-                                                                              Couch’s first T-shirt design was an image of her young-      where it leads me.”
                                              is relevant to a specific group of people     as widespread as                                        lic’s disposal.                                                                                          er brother with a drawn-on mustache and beret.                                                                ––Lillian Chen
Possible Solutions                            are using.                                    Facebook. Instead, “retweet” should be         So if you do not understand “wage

                                                                                                                                                                                                             Productive Boredom
   For now, the school can do a few               If scientific words are separated         defined in informal English dictionar- withholding,” look it up in a law dic-
things to help with these problems. They      from the general English dictionary,          ies such as the website Urban Diction- tionary. If you do not understand
can try to separate the hot lunch line,       then slang should be excluded as well.        ary. Urban Dictionary’s word entries “Brownian motion,” look it up in a sci-
which is always the longest, in two and       This is because Internet slang is used        are strictly related to vernacular slang entific dictionary. If you do not under-                                    Although many purchase the shirts of                      but in order to make any kind of profit, I
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Kevin Pan

they can also provide more textbooks          by the young generation, not the entire       or slurs from a wide variety of sub- stand “mankini,” the OED can help you                                       other designers, senior Kevin Pan designs                     have to sell them at $20.
and computers for the library. However,       population including the elderly. Since       cultures which can be submitted by with that, but the OED should have left                                       his own apparel. Falcon reporters caught
these changes are only temporary and          the OED is a general English dictionary,      anyone. These words covered by Urban the conversational words to a vernacu-                                      up with him to find out more about his                           What gave you the idea to put your
cost quite a bit of money.                    it should contain standard English that       Dictionary are not part of the official lar dictionary. u                                                        business.                                                     shirts online?
   For the future, if the school size                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         I thought it would be nice. Using the
keeps growing, bigger changes need to                                                                                                                                                                           Who have you sold your                                                website is risk free so why not?
be made. The school could expand and
build more classrooms, hiring more
                                                     togatalks                                                                                                                                               shirts to and what are the de-
                                                                                                                                                                                                             signs like?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              PotS and                    How long do you plan on

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         FALCON // LILLIAN CHEN
teachers in the process. They could also                                                                                                                                                                        I’ve sold about 10 shirts so                                           creating shirts for?
expand the parking lot, to accommodate                                                                                                    I think that’s                                                     far, mainly to friends, but also                                             Whenever I’m bored I’ll just
                                                                                            I think it’s bad.
for the increased number of student                   What do you                           It really shows
                                                                                                                                          really cool! It                                                    one person from UCSD. Each one is a dif-                      start drawing something and if I think it’s
                                                                                                                                          feels like our                                                     ferent design.                                                nice I’ll upload the design, so forever.
drivers. They could even expand the li-               think of Oxford                       how much our                                  generation is
brary, making it easier for students to get                                                 generation is
textbooks they need.                                  adding slang to                       influenced by
                                                                                                                                          really making our
                                                                                                                                          impact on the
                                                                                                                                                                                                               Where can I see your designs?                                  What is your favorite thing about de-
   These expansions are very costly                   its pages?                            technology.”                                                                                                       You can view my designs at potsand-                         signing shirts?
and maybe impossible, given the space                                                                                                                                                                        pans.spreadshirt.com                                             I like the fact that I get money, see peo-
needed and today’s economy. But if the                                                                   junior Geena Zhou                             senior Angie Chang                                                                                                  ple wearing my designs and have fun do-
school keeps getting more and more stu-                                                                                                                                                                            How much does each shirt cost?                          ing it.
dents in the future, the school has to do                                                                                                                                                                          I would rather sell each shirt for $10-15                                           — Lillian Chen                                                                                  Courtesy of Kevin Pan
something. u
12                            LIFESTYLES
                                                                                                                                                                                                    saratogafalcon                                                                                                                                             LIFESTYLES                                       13
                                                                                                                                                                                                     September 16, 2011

                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Junior: Year of the sleep-deprived?

                     Now that I’m a...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       BY   AllisonToh                                       have to own.”                                                hope students also see the value in pursuing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Most juniors are introduced to AP courses                 things they are passionate about including
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             when registering for their junior classes as                 things outside of school.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Junior year. Who knew that just two
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             sophomores. Because most students have                            Torrens wishes for the junior class to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            simple words could hold such a terrible
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             not experienced the actual workload of an                    really enjoy being juniors. While the year
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            reputation, make a person’s heart drop and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             AP course prior to enrolling, they are usually               is one of the most challenging, it does
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            convince students that they were on the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             faced with a greater amount of work than                     come with an extensive list of perks: being
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            brink of utter torture?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             they ever expected.                                          identified as an upperclassmen, being able

                    Everyone’s looking for ward to something this year
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Complaints about this notorious high
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                “I also think that the conceptions we                     to go off campus for lunch, Junior Prom
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            school year are endless and typically well
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             often have in this community that a student                  and so much more. Although balancing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            founded. However, students only must
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             will only achieve success in their future                    challenging academics, test prep, sleep
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            endure this year once, while teachers watch
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             and/or get ‘into a good college’ if they                     and a social life can be difficult, it is still
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            a new group of juniors tackle the same
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             overload themselves with every class and                     important for juniors to occasionally
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            obstacles year after year.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             every extracurricular is, for the most part,                 find time for themselves to relax even
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                “Junior year is very demanding,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             not true,” Ritchie said. “If you are a driven                for a second and enjoy their time with
All graphics by Alex Ju                                                                                                                                                                                                     especially compared to most sophomore
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             person, you will be successful no matter   keepin’
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          their friends.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            schedules,” English 11 Honors teacher                                                                      cl4ssy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  class of 2012                                              what classes you take or what college you                         “In all reality, the rigors of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Natasha Ritchie said. “There is clearly a high
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             go to.”                                                      junior year will not go away soon for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            demand on time, energy, and expectations

                                       Freshman: Frosh are friends, not food
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Torrens agreed with Ritchie’s stance on                   the reasons I mentioned,” Torrens
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            for students junior year. In addition, SATs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             AP/Honors courses. He refers to the rising                   said. “So Juniors need to do things
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            are looming and people start talking about
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             emphasis on college as “a tremendous                         that make [them] happy and smile.“
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            college applications.” For many, it may be
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             pressure that rides through this school like                     Torrens also encourages juniors
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            difficult to fathom how this year came to be,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             a wave. We all know the kids who ride the                    to be more daring, and most
                                                                                      my turn,” Hull said.                                         presents problems since it can be difficult                              well, a stressful nightmare.
                                         StaffReport                                                                                                                                                                                                                         wave almost seamlessly but so many kids                      importantly, look out for each
                                                                                          An older sibling can also offer useful                   to escape the shadow of an older sibling.                                    “I think we all share in the blame for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             get knocked over.”                                           other. “Smile at someone in your
                                            Freshmen students’ first days of highcl4ssy
                                                                                      tips and general knowledge about classes,                       “I feel like I’m constantly being                                     that added stress,” AP US History teacher
                                                                                  keepin’ it
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                However, even under intense pressure,                     APUS class who you have never
                                         school are often fraught with anxiety and teachers, the layout of the school and                          compared to her,” Hull said. “Sometimes I                                Matt Torrens said. “The colleges create an
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             junior year never fails to shower its victims                talked to before. Ask that girl to
                                         apprehension as they do not know what to anything else that may cause concern.                            feel as though my teachers like me simply                                application process that puts high value on
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             with the opportunity to grow and find out                    the dance you never thought
                                         expect of their classes, teachers or fellow      “My sister has given so much helpful                     because they liked her, and not because                                  SATs, parents push [students] to take prep
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             more about themselves as they overcome                       noticed you... Since you can’t see
                                         students. Freshman Rachel Hull, however, advice. She’s told me where good places                          they like me for me.”                                                    classes, teachers think their AP course is the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             obstacle after obstacle.                                     stress until it’s often too late, you
                                         has an edge over her peers: her older in the quad to eat lunch are, when to use                              This phenomenon makes it essential for                                most important and so pile on the projects,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                “Most 11th graders are mature enough                      may never know when a word of
                                         sister, senior Sarah Hull, has already told my locker, what school supplies to buy and                    younger siblings to distinguish themselves                               students walk around bragging about how
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             to really dig deep into material and I really                encouragement or a smile may
                                         her everything she needs to know                     so much more,” Hull said. “Even                      and create their own niche within the                                    many AP’s they take … it’s a climate of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             enjoy teaching the age group,” Ritchie said.                 make someone’s day,” Torrens
                                         about high school.                                   though it’s up to me to make my                      school.                                                                  stress that has created a monster that we all
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             “I understand that it is a stressful year, but I             said. u
                                            “Because of my sister, I knew                     own choices, keeping my sister’s                        “I want to set myself apart somehow
                                         exactly what to expect on the first                  advice in mind always comes in                       from my sister so that I can’t be compared
                                         day,” Hull said. “I already had                      handy.”                                              to her in every aspect,” Hull said. “Unlike
                                         painted a picture of high school in                     She added that her sister also                    my sister, who is a cheerleader, I’ve joined
                                         my mind, so it wasn’t as much of a                   assisted her when the time came to                   the field hockey team this year.”
                                         shock for me as it was for some of                   choose her classes.                                     Despite these obstacles, Hull ultimately
                                         the other students.”                                    “She knows that I love writing,                   believes that it is incredibly beneficial to
                                            Having an older sibling who           R. Hull     so she suggested that I sign up for                  have an older sibling on campus.
                                         has already experienced what high                    Journalism 1,” Hull said.                               “Having a sibling at the same school as

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Senior: Finally (almost) done
                                         school has to offer can greatly benefit the      “This year, coincidentally, I’m taking                   me is like having a net below me while I
                                         younger sibling and make the transition all the same classes as my sister did her                         walk a tight rope,” Hull said. “If anything
                                         from middle school to high school much freshman year, but she assured me that                             goes wrong, I always know she’ll be there
                                         smoother.                                    starting on this academic path in my first                   to back me up. That’s really what being a
                                            “[The transition] was definitely easier year at high school will help in the long                      sibling is all about, and I’m so glad that                                                                                                                                    sister to come out. My mom always               truly surreal.
                                         because I had already seen her go through run.”                                                           this year we finally get to be in the same                                                                                                                                    pulled the car in front of the gym,                Many people eagerly anticipate
                                         high school for three years before it was        Taking similar classes occasionally                      school.”u                                                                                                                                                                     and I used to stare admiringly at               senior year because they think
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 the falcon logo and little pieces of            they will gain a new type of status
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             class of 2012
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 the mural coming together, which                among other students. Now that
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 had been under construction                     they’re seniors, they can have
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 for several months. My sister                   an awesome Quad Day, drive
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Sabrina Cismas                       frequently came out through the                 their own cars, and go to that
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 main entrance, surrounded by a                  highly anticipated Senior Prom.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    It’s Cismas Business         laughing group of friends, and I                I, however, am looking forward
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 would always see her smiling at                 to this year not just for these

Sophomore: In the middle of nowhere                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   “I       AM a senior. I had some me through the car window.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               trouble rolling my tongue            From making “Don’t Miss
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               around these words on This, Vote For Cismas” T-shirts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               the first day of school, as I for her senior class presidential
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 materialistic advantages, but to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 the realization that I have finally
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 crossed over into territory that
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 I have been looking forward to
                                                                                                     keepin’ it
                                                                                                                  cl4ssy                                                                                                                                                               could hardly believe they told the campaign, to watching her finish                       since I was a kid.
                                                                             topten                                                                                                                                                                                                    truth. Most students wait three up an AP Computer Science final
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       years of high school to reach this project the night before it was due
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Now I will know what it felt like
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 for my sister during her time here,
                                                      ThINGS TO lOOk fORWARD TO ThIS YeAR                                                                                                                                                                                              point in their lives, but I’ve looked with a certain student-turned-                      and be part of the picture that had
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       forward to this moment since I current English teacher at the high                        such an impact on my childhood.
               10         You can finally start driving. You still can’t go off
                          campus, though, so one more year of cookies and
                                                                                               5   You’re used to 90-minutes periods, so focusing
                                                                                                   during class will be a breeze. Technically.
                                                                                                                                                                                    ’ it
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       was 4 years old.                 class
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 school, my sister’s senior year
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          My sister and I are 11 years2012especially stood out in my mind
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I don’t know if I’ll ever be
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 able to organize a Thriller dance
                          pizza from the cafeteria...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  apart, making me a preschooler as an energetic and happy time.                            for Quad Day or breeze through
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       when she started Saratoga High. I In my eyes, her senior year was                         Calculus, but for now I’m just
                   9      You don’t have to pull out a map in the middle of the
                          hallway, blocking everyone’s path. Actually, where
                                                                                               4    You’re more familiar with the teachers at school. Mr.
                                                                                                   Yim has a passion for biking; go bond with him over
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       remember getting picked up from the defining moment of her teen                           happy that my senior portrait has
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       school, driving over to the front years, and for me to finally have                       finally found a spot hanging next
                          was Mr. Scott’s room again?                                              that!                                                                                                                                                                               parking lot and waiting for my reached this same time period is                           to hers in the living room. u

                   8      You don’t have to endure the chants of “Go home                      3   There’s no need to go through your closet friday
                          freshmen!” Just kidding, most upperclassmen can’t
                          tell the underclassmen apart.
                                                                                                   morning, trying to find something green to wear to
                                                                                                   rallies...Oh wait, no one does that anyway.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      top ten
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           BEnEFITS oF SEnIor YEar
                   7      You can step on the falcon mural without worrying
                          that you’ll completely ruin it for the football team.
                                                                                               2   Now it’s your turn to silently laugh at the freshmen
                                                                                                   when they struggle to carry the water coolers before
                                                                                                   and after sports practice.                                                                                                                                                              10       We finally get the clappers at the rallies
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    because everyone knows we’ll win.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                5       Our ID pictures no longer go in the yearbook.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Right when they started looking decent.
                    6     You can turn around the term “freshie.” “You’re just
                          a freshie, stop complaining about your homework
                                                                                               1   let’s face it, we’re sophomores; there isn’t much to
                                                                                                   look forward to .... but at least we’re not freshmen or
                          load!”                                                                   juniors!                                                                                                                                                                                  9      We can now double-up on science. Wait,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    last year we could as juniors.                              4       No school on STAR test week. We would
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        have cut by spring anyway.
                                                                                                                                             karen Sung

               togatalks                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     8      We get to apply to college. Yay, more essays!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                3      Senior Prom. Because everyone’s looking for-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       ward to that.

      How do you                  “As a freshman, you are automatically looked down upon by all the                                                                                                                                                                                          7      We get top parking spots in front of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    school. Then we have to run to AP Physics                   2       Senior Quad Day. We will blow your minds
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        before the Apocalypse does.
      think this                  other classes. You are given a lot more attention because everyone                                                                                                                                                                                                first period.
                                  wants to make fun of the freshman class. It’s harder as a freshman
      year will                   because you already have so many other worries about the transition,                                                                                                                                                                                       6      Once we turn 18, we can register as adults in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    the office. Colds are now limited to five days              1      Getting a bad case of Senioritis. You’ll cure
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       up right away after you find you’ve been re-
      differ from                 harder classes, and social situations. As a sophomore, all that pressure                                                                                                                                                                                          per semester.                                                      scinded.
                                  is relieved because we already know how high school is, we’re used
      freshman                    to it, and the spotlight is no longer on us. We also have a lot more                                   sophomore                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Sabrina Cismas
      year?                       upperclassmen friends.”                                                                                Raiza De Vera
14                                      ENTERTAINMENT                                                          September 16, 2011
                                                                                                                                                                                                    saratogafalcon                                             September 16, 2011                                  ENTERTAINMENT                                                     15

                                                       ThiS Summer The movie induSTry releaSed a flood
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Of SEQUELS
                                                                                                                                                                                                    of movie SequelS—Some greaT, oTherS noT

               Last ‘Potter’ movie unforgettable                                                                                                                                                    ‘On Stranger Tides’ ratings drop anchor
                                                                 ing amount of feelings for a fictional      looking teenagers slurping Starbucks      tume they wore to the final Harry Pot-       BY   IngridHong                               beard to reach the island that houses          Bloom and Keira Knightley; it’s just      tunity by returning writers Ted Elliott
                                                                 universe! Cry, because this is the emo-     emerged. There were Bellatrixes, Mal-     ter premiere, and I regret absolutely
                                                                 tional equivalent of helplessly watch-      foys, and a couple of people who tried    nothing.                                                                                   the legendary fountain. Meanwhile,             not the same without them.                and Terry Rossio for any verbal caper-
                                                                 ing your own puppy drown! Cry!)             in vain to conceal their noses and pass       As for the movie itself? Well, I’ll         As a loyal fan of the Pirates of the       the peg-legged Barbossa, working for              Don't get me wrong, this movie             ing.
                                                                    When the date finally came, I was        as Voldemort. There may even have         let you form your own opinions on it.        Caribbean movies, I had high hopes            King George, heads for the same des-           does have a few humorous mo-                       The rest of the pirates, mean-
                                                                 A.) ridiculously sleep-deprived be-         been a Hagrid, although I’m still not     My own reaction, however, was nicely         for the fourth installment, eager to          tination and gives Sparrow one more            ments. While a fifth and sixth                    while, are forced to speak in
                                                                 cause I’d spent the past 20 hours           sure if he was a guy in costume or just   summed up by my friend’s Facebook            witness Jack Sparrow outwit his next          thing to worry about.                          movie are planned, I hope                          stilted, brigand-ese. “We be
                                                                 marathon-ing the first seven mov-           an abnormally large and hairy man.        comment: “Honestly, Jackie flooded           opponent.                                         Early on, a group of British redcoats      the screenwriters improve on                         sailing at dawn.” “You be
                                                                 ies, B.) ridiculously sad because of all       And, because it was our very last      the theater with her tears and all I            “Pirates of the Caribbean: On              plucks Jack Sparrow from a coach and           what they've got here.                                  coming with us.” I be
                                             Snapes on a Plane   the aforementioned reasons (and also        time, my friends and I completely         could hear was her blubbering. It was        Stranger Tides” is based on one of            puts him in an ornate sitting room.               What no one seemed to re-                              bored to mermaids’
                                                                 because I couldn’t figure out how to        threw dignity to the winds and ran        great.”                                      those mythological movie quests—in            While waiting to be interrogated, Cap-         member to pack was the fun                                 tears.

                      his is going to be free of spoilers,       make my Dobby ears attach), and C.)         down the halls hollering after cos-           It was the aftermath of the movie        this case, the search for the Fountain        tain Jack jumps forward, a few inches          and wit that enlivened the                                      Overall,       the
                      so if you haven’t read the series          ridiculously hungry, just because.          tumed strangers we wanted pictures        that really got to me, though. For a         of Youth. It would seem a fitting back-       at a time, and tries to grab the cream         former films and helped                                       movie lacks event-
                      and have somehow managed                      And although we got to the theater       with. Yeah, we received plenty of fun-    few days I refused to leave the house,       drop for a blockbuster franchise tread-       puff sitting on the table. That's a classic    put the wind in their …                                        ful twists and
               the impossible task of steering clear of          nine hours in advance, we were some-        ny looks (“Kids these days,” clucked      rereading the books and wallowing            ing on thin ice by putting out its fourth     Jack Sparrow moment: His life hangs            sales. Depp reels and                                           surprises. “On
               Potter spoilers for 14 years, feel free to        how still shunted behind several hun-       an old lady judgmentally as we by-        in despair. Eventually, I resumed my         chapter. After all, isn't it the dream of     in the balance, and all he cares about is      staggers expertly; a mi-                                          Stranger Tides”
               continue reading. (But um, what are               dred people who had probably slept          passed her on our sprint to a particu-    lurking of the Internet and was              every big-budget sequel to seem as            the sweet pastry in front of him.              nor plot point finds his                                           is so straight-
               you doing with your life? Drop the                there overnight. (Sorry, do I still sound   larly well-made Dumbledore, and it        forced to return to            day-to-day    fresh and new as the one before it, and           That's about where the fun ends,           old ship in a bottle,                                               forward yet
               APUSH! Burn the Bio! Potter is more               bitter? Guess what? I AM.)                  made my entire night)—but the payoff      life. But it was               only when     to ensure that the franchise itself stays     though. The movie runs into the same           which is appropriate                                                 plodding
               important!)                                          Frankly, though, the hours lead-         was so worth all the stares that came                                    I picked up   forever youthful? A sequel like “On           problems that plagued its second and           given the state of its                                               that it puts
                  For months, I had planned to attend            ing up to the movie were probably           our way. I now have dozens of                                           on fanfic-     Stranger Tides,” however, feels forced        third outings—miserably verbose dia-           captain. But he is                                                   the     “old”
               the final premiere on July 15 with a              the highlight of my entire summer.          photos of us smiling with                                               tion (don’t    on the audience.                              logue, an uninteresting subplot and            given no chance to                                                    back in old-
               few friends. We began stalking Ticket-            Watching the mall fill up with legions      strangers we’ll never                                             lie, I know you         The entire film consists of Spar-          pointless supporting characters. And           strike sparks with                                                    fashioned
               master and Yahoo! Movies months in                of overenthusiastic fans in die-hard        know beyond what                                           read it too) that I sin-    row traveling aboard the run-down             everyone knows that people only                Cruz’s character,                                                      entertain-
               advance, pouncing on the tickets the              costumes filled me with a                       wonderful                                       cerely realized—Harry Potter       death ship of the sinister pirate Black-      see these movies because of Orlando            and little oppor-                                                      ment. u
               day they were available for purchase.             sense of unmistakable                             c o s -                                  will never be over. Our generation

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Revisiting childhood ‘Transformers 3’
                  But as we bought tickets to a Harry            camaraderie, despite                                                                     of youths, transformed by the truly
               Potter premiere for the last time, real-          the fact that I had                                                                    magical power of fiction, will never
               ity began to sink in. This was it. This           never spoken to any                                                                   stop dreaming and scheming about
               was the final one. There would be no              of them. There were                                                                   the world that really isn’t fictional for

                                                                                                                                                                                                    in ‘Winnie the Pooh’ crashes and burns
               more thrill of anticipation, no more              Dobbies. There were                                                                   us.
               tears as the last credits rolled.                 Weasleys. There were                                                                      So while we’ve been given a tempo-
                  It symbolized the end of an era, the           Umbridges, Dumble-                                                                        rary sense of closure, it isn’t really
               end of an entire generation’s child-              dores, and Snitches ga-                                                                              ending. When I am eighty
               hood, and in all honesty I dreaded                lore. There were groups                                                                                       years old, sitting                                                                                                                                          Spencer is just a prop in the movie and
               July 15 much more than I willed it                of Death Eaters, one of                                                                                       in an armchair                                                                                                   BY   AmyJan
                                                                                                                                                                                                    BY VivienLu                                 scenes and “silly old bear” feeling.                                                       fails to enhance the plot.
               closer. (It certainly didn’t help that all        which I thought had                                                                                          and       rereading   & AllisonToh                                Even though the plot travels no fur-               I still remember when the first            Another facet of the movie that I
               my favorite Internet haunts suddenly              legitimately     ter-                                                                                       my tattered copy                                                   ther than Pooh’s search for honey,              “Transformers” movie came out in           found to be extremely unrealistic was
               began emitting mass amounts of Pot-               rifying costumes                                                                                          of Deathly Hallows          On July 15, Disney brought back          peppered with minor obstacles                   2007. The idea of a regular teenage boy    when Carly talked a Decepticon, enemy
               ter nostalgia. I’m tearing your child-            until mall secu-                                                                                        for the umpteenth          another favorite cartoon from our           along the way, this elementary story            finding a secret map and then cooper-      of the Autobots, into a state of jealousy.
               hood apart, piece by agonizing piece,             rity made them                                                                                     time, my grandchildren          childhoods this past summer. We             line definitely offers a break from             ating with alien robots to save Earth      I don’t understand how a high tech ro-
               the looming calendar seemed to mock.              take their masks                                                                             will ask me, After all this time?     return to the Hundred Acre Woods            the flashy movies.                              was very exciting.                         bot could be so easily deceived.
               Cry, because you have an embarrass-               off and grumpy-                                                                         And I will reply, Always. u                with “Winnie the Pooh.” The charm-              The downside falls from the igno-              This summer, the third installment         The first “Transformers” movie
                                                                                                                                                                                                    ing adventures of the silly old bear        rance of all of the characters. At one          of the Transformers series, “Dark of the   about a normal teenager who discov-
                                                                                                                                                                                                    and his animal friends reintegrates         point, a misspelling of the phrase              Moon,” was released. Unfortunately,        ered alien robots called Autobots and

                  ‘Kung Fu Panda 2’ packs a punch
                                                                                                                                                                                                    the whimsical simplicity that many          “back soon” causes pandemonium                  there were not many differences in the     fought along with them to save the
                                                                                                                                                                                                    newer movies and cartoons more              in the Hundred Acre Woods, as the               plot between this movie and the first      planet seemed surreal the first time
                                                                                                                                                                                                    frequently lack.                            animals design traps to capture a               one. Aside from Sam Witwicky, played       around. But with the second movie,
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Unlike many digitally altered            monster supposedly named “Back-                 by Shia LeBouf, reaching adulthood,        what more could be added to the story
                                                                                                                                                                                                    animated films of today, “Winnie            son.”                                           nothing else had changed. The              line? In the second movie, “Transform-
               BY   VivianLeTran                                                  Po’s “Dragon Warrior” Kung Fu is unmatched             gan with positive reception, with “Shrek” 1 and                               the Pooh” main-              Another aggravating feature                 storyline felt repetitive.                           ers: Revenge of the Fallen,”
                                                                               and provides thrilling action that keeps viewers on       2 both receiving 89 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, a                                  tains a cozy        was the lack of realistic sound ef-                My aunt, who took me                                 the plot lacked the novelty
                   Unlike failed sequels of other movies that were             the edge of their seat. The fights, chases and explo-     website that compiles movie reviews and gives the                                     n o s -          fects, especially the one emitted by            to watch this movie,                                       of the first movie and
                hastily made with little thought, Dreamworks “Kung             sions throughout the movie are only enhanced by           movie a percentage score based on how many fresh                                       talgia          Pooh’s growling belly. It belched so            couldn’t stop de-                                             seemed to be just a
                Fu Panda 2” definitely matches, if not surpasses,              the astounding visual effects, such as the usage of       “tomatoes” it receives verses rotten tomatoes. Nev-                                    through         unnaturally, it caught our attention            riding Sam’s new                                               bunch of crashing
                the action-packed fun of the first movie released in           3D technology and beautiful, vibrant colors.              ertheless, the third and fourth movie seemed to run                                    i t s           every single time. The songs sung in            girlfriend,     Carly                                           metal sounds. Add-
                2008.                                                             Indeed, “Kung Fu Panda 2” is an amazing movie;         out of steam according to their mediocre ratings of                                    hand-           the movie also failed to uphold the             Spencer (played by                                              ing a third movie
                   The second installment expands on an aspect                 however, the forthcoming “Panda” sequels may be           41 percent and 57 percent, respectively.                                                drawn          reputation Disney has for its past              Rosie Huntington-                                                with an equally re-
                untouched in the first movie: the fact that Po’s fa-           a source of worry. “Shrek,” a                                According to a statement by Dreamworks chief                                                        successful soundtracks. The tunes               Whitely), whose                                                  petitive plot was a
                ther is a goose. While the silly, bumbling little goose        series also produced                                              executive Jeffrey Katzenberg in Empire Mag-                                                      were neither touching nor witty;              sole purpose was                                                 major mistake by
                who seems more concerned about his noodle shop                 by Dreamworks, is                                                  azine, there will be a total of six movies in                                                      instead they sounded more like             to scamper about                                                the producers.
                than anything else was a source of humor in the first          no doubt similar to                                                the “Kung Fu Panda” franchise. The first                                                            monotonous banters set to an              in      ridiculously                                             The action of the
                movie, the relationship between Po and his father              the “Kung Fu Pan-                                                  two movies show careful planning, thought                                                           even duller melody.                       high heels. (Re-                                           movie is enthralling and
                becomes a major concern to Po at probably the worst            da” movies in many                                                     and effort, but we can only hope that this                                                          This is not a movie for those         alistically, anyone                                       the graphics are satisfac-
                time ever.                                                     ways: They are both                                                       will hold true for future movies and                                                          looking for a flick to delve             running for her life                                      tory, but the plot is sub-
                   Though Po must face the mystery of his adoption             hilarious     movies                                                       the quality will not decrease the way                                                         deep into. In “Winnie the               would ditch such cum-                                     standard. This movie
                while fighting Lord Shen, an evil peacock intent on            with animated animals                                                     that “Shrek” did.                                                                              Pooh,” what you see is what             bersome footwear.) An                                       succeeds purely as an
                ruling the world, the movie still maintains a senti-           in which the main charac-                                                    While the future of Kung Fu Panda                                                          you get. However, for those              actress is supposed to                                       action film replete
                mentality and irresistible humor. While appealing to           ter ends up in a position he                                            may seem bleak, there is little conten-                                                         nostalgics who wish to revisit           act, not just simply                                           with effects, but will
                younger kids, the film retains a witty sense of hu-            had never expected to find                                          tion that the second movie is superb and                                                           their childhoods, this movie              run around scream-                                               disappoint those
                mor that still pertains to that of adults, or in our case,     himself in.                                                      a must-see for those who have yet to witness                                                        will not fall short of your expec-          ing (which even I                                                 seeking a capti-
                teenagers.                                                        The “Shrek” movies be-                                       Po’s “Dragon Warrior” Kung Fu. u                                                                   tations. u                                    can      accomplish).                                               vating plot. u

Images from Disney, Dreamworks, and Warner Bros.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  FALCON // ALEX JU
16                      SCHOOL SCOPE                                                             September 16, 2011
                                                                                                                                                                                                    saratogafalcon                                           September 16, 2011                                   SCHOOL SCOPE                                                       17

Junior Olympian runs big lengths: Steven Sum
BY   SamuelLiu                                 cross country championships. Fresh-
                                               man Samuel Blake from Westmont High
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Singer aims for Broadway: Nina Jayashankar
   5-5 and stick-skinny, freshman Steven School, Armstrong’s trainee and Sum’s
“Stevie” Sum does not appear to be an good friend, took first place.                                                                                                                                     BY   AnushreeDugar                          singing skills while participating in the
athlete, never mind an incredible one.            “Although Samuel has been a two-                                                                                                                                                                   California Music Educators Associa-
   Yet beneath the seemingly frail exte- time national champion in cross coun-                                                                                                                              “Your future looks bright,” sopho-       tion singing competition from grades
rior is the fastest runner on the school’s try,” Armstrong said, “this year in track,                                                                                                                    more Nina Jayashankar said when she         6-8, where she received multiple
cross country team, and this year, he Steven has won every time they've raced.                                                                                                                           read aloud her fortune cookie last year.    awards through the years. Last year
may become the fastest                                           As a result, Steven has                                                                                                                 The first thought that flew through her     Jayashankar was one of 300 students
freshman in the entire                                           proven himself to be                                                                                                                    mind was the one and only Broadway.         nationwide invited to perform in the
country.                                                                                                                                                                                                    In fact, this notion touched her heart   prestigious National Honor Choir in
                               I definitely would say one of the top milers in                                                                                                                           so much, she decided to keep the slip       March in Chicago.
   “I definitely would                                           the nation.”
say he's one of the best         he’s one of the best                Although Sum is                                                                                                                     of paper.                                      Jayashankar had the opportunity to
in the U.S. [for his age         in the U.S. [for his            new to the cross country                                                                                                                   Ever since she was 3, Jayashankar        work with some of the best young sing-
group],” said Brad Arm-               age group.]                team, he is well known                                                                                                                  has loved singing. Her mother sup-          ers in the country as well as “fantastic
strong, Sum’s personal                                           for his remarkable abil-                                                                                                                ported her by introducing her to a          directors who helped [her] dig deeper
coach. “He could be                 Sum’s personal coach         ity.                                                                                                                                    singing teacher when she was only 6.        into the meaning of music.”
anywhere from number                Brad Armstrong                   “Stevie is one of the                                                                                                               Since then, she has shown her passion          “National Honor Choir was an un-
one to 10 [in ranking].”                                         best runners to come                                                                                                                    for singing by participating in musical     forgettable experience,” Jayashankar
                                                                                                                                                                       FALCON // MINU PALANIAPPAN
   Armstrong,         math                                       into Saratoga [High] in                                                                                                                 theater and many competitions, consis-      said. “I’ve never seen music to that ex-                                                                       FALCON // MINU PALANIAPPAN
teacher Audrey Warmuth’s husband, a while,” cross country coach Dan Am-                                                                                                                                  tently impressing her audiences.            tent before this experience.”
                                                                                             Freshman Stevie Sum does a couple of sprints as a warm-up before starting practice.                            After hearing a girl in her piano           Jayashankar also uses her singing
coaches elite middle/high school run- brico said. “I definitely expect him to be-                                                                                                                                                                                                                Sophomore Nina Jayashankar sings “Halo” by Beyonce, one of her favorite songs.
ners, some of whom are Junior Olympic come a leader.”                                        he knew he would win, which is why he           cles to get pulled more easily, leading to                  class sing, Jayashankar was inspired        skills to participate in the Children’s
champions.                                        However, Sum is not as outwardly           did. This was Steven's unique trait—he          higher stress. However, Zarrin adds, ev-                    to sing as well. Since then, singing has    Musical Theater (CMT). At CMT she           consuming.”                                  She loves the excitement of singing in
   Doing Armstrong’s special workouts confident in himself as others are in                  had that quiet confidence that caught his       eryone's “blueprint” is different.                                                     “defined me,”    has starred in many musicals, includ-          Despite this difficulty, however,         front of an audience.
                       since six grade, him.                                                 competition by surprise.”                          In the future, Sum said, he will con-                                                Jayashankar     ing “13” and “Cinderella.”                  Jayashankar’s passion for singing has            Jayashankar has been well support-
                        Sum’s mile time           “I feel very flattered,” he said, “but I      Sum’s impenetrable inner confidence          tinue running merely as a physical exer-                                                said.              Sophomore Kristen Lo has watched         shaped her personality and view of life.     ed by her friends and family through-
                         improved       dra- am also a little nervous about living up        stems from hard work. On average, he            cise, and he is not sure whether or not he                                                 W h e n      a few of Jayashankar’s performances.        Unlike many of her friends, Jayashan-        out her singing career, and with contin-
                          matically from to such high expectations.”                         runs about five miles a day at a six min-       will run competitively in college.                                                      Jayashankar        “Nina exceeds in being an amazing        kar said, she is “not afraid about how       uous support she hopes to participate
                          4:59 in sev-            Although some may take his meek-           ute mile pace. The longest he has run is           “I like running because it's fun, good                                            went to Argo-      actress in CMT,” Lo said.                   people will look at [her].” She has come     in musical theater as an adult.

                          enth grade to ness as a sign of low confidence, Arm-               about 10 miles.                                 exercise, social and satisfying,” he said.                                        naut Elementary,         Musical theater has prevented her        to express her feelings through singing          The message in Jayashankar’s for-

                                                                                                                                                                                                              // A
                           4:42.5 in eighth strong says otherwise.                              Although Sum’s youth, work ethic             “But it’s not my top priority. [My parents                                      she performed in the    from participating in many school ac-       at lunch despite knowing “some peo-          tune cookie has encouraged her to try

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          variety show and sang      tivities she wishes she has time for.       ple will kind of look at [her] funny.”       to accomplish her biggest dream of all:

                             grade.               “The two extra races he ran for the Ju-    and innate talent provide him with the          and I] value academics more than run-

                                 In     sev- nior Olympics were just to show that he         tools to excel at any level, some say that      ning [because] they have a greater im-                                     “AWhole New World” and       With rehearsals after school lasting           Jayashankar’s outgoing attitude           to perform on Broadway. She imagines
                                enth grade, could compete with anyone, anywhere,             a growth spurt may ruin his running ca-         pact for college [applications].”                                        “Reflections.”Jayashankar      four to six hours, Jayashankar admit-       makes her feel anxious instead of            telling newscasters that her future was
                                  S u m any time he wanted, and neither of these             reer.                                              Sum has a few goals for high school,                              continued to improve her           ted that “musical theater is very time-     frightened before large performances.        determined because of a cookie. u
                                    placed races were even close. It was a long track           It can cause your body’s muscles to          and none of them have anything to do
                                     t h i r d season for Steven, and he really didn't       “physically stretch out to fit your bones,”     with running.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Virtuoso makes it to Carnegie Hall: Desmond Chan
                                     in the have to prove anything anymore to                said junior cross country runner David             “I’m looking forward to freedom and
                                     Junior anyone, including himself. He ran with           Zarrin, whose running career faltered           driving,” he said, smiling. “Driving’s
                   Olympics 3-kilometer confidence in every race and deep down               due to a growth spurt. This causes mus-         more efficient, and I’m lazy.” u

                                                                                                                                                                                                    BY   BrandonJudoprasetijo                     and often painful. Chan was blessed

     Artist plans to pursue her passion: Kylie Tseng
                                                                                                                                                                                                    & JonathanYoung                               with the wise teachings of his marimba
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  teacher Tammy Chen. By his sophomore
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Carnegie Hall. If there were ever a year, Chan managed to become the pit
                                                                                                                                                                                                    single building in the entire world that percussion section leader in the march-
                                                                                                                                                                                                    symbolized the epitome of greatness ing band.
     BY   LillianChen                            let.                                                                                                                                               and success in any musician’s career,             “[Chen] was the one that showed me
                                                     “I still prefer the simple graphite                                                                                                            Carnegie Hall would be it. While some what was capable on the instrument,
        Although many adolescents devote pencil because with a pencil, you can                                                                                                                      people spend their whole life working like the difficulty of pieces that could be
     more than a decade to selecting a ca- do so much and you have so much                                                                                                                          toward their mo-                                                    played on the ma-
     reer, senior Kylie Tseng has wanted to control,” Tseng said. With a graphite                                                                                                                   ment in Carnegie,                                                   rimba,” Chan said.
     be an artist since she was 6 years old.     pencil, Tseng relishes drawing abstract                                                                                                            senior marimba tal-                                                    Part of Chan’s
        From early childhood, Tseng was as well as still life.                                                                                                                                                                  It was arguably one of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                    ent Desmond Chan                                                    success includes his
     influenced by her family, who are all           Dedicating a vast amount of time                                                                                                               managed to earn his           most remarkable perfor-               masterful      perfor-
     artists of some sort. Tseng’s father to art, Tseng attends a two-hour art                                                                                                                      chance in the short         mances I have seen out of mances at competi-
     and older sister took up art as a hobby class every day except on Sundays and                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Courtesy of DESMOND CHAN
     while her mother pursued it as a career. Mondays. Tseng even takes two classes
                                                                                                                                                                                                    time of three years.          a high school student in              tions. Chan was se-
                                                                                                                                                                                                        “If you really like                  14 years.                  lected as one of 30      Senior Desmond Chan performs in Carnegie Hall, New York, on April 30 as one of the 30
     Tseng’s mother is a graphic de-                     on Saturdays.                                                                                                                              something a lot, then                                               grand winners after
     signer.                                                 This past summer, she took                                                                                                                                                                                                          grand winners of the National Young Musicians Showcase Competition.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    you shouldn’t need                 Music department                 sending in an au-
        “Ever since I was in the first                   classes at the Academy of Art                                                                                                              someone to go tell                                                  dition video at the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       chairman Michael Boitz                                    to play a solo recital at “Ding Ding TV,”     it back together,” Chan said. “I try to
     grade I have wanted to become                       University located in San Fran-                                                                                                            you to go practice,”                                                National Young Vir-      a station that broadcasts online to view-     match a story with the music, which
     an artist, and I have never                         cisco, where she studied live                                                                                                              Chan said. “I know                                                  tuosi Recital Compe-     ers around the United States. The per-        could be from my experiences or just a
     changed my mind,” Tseng                             drawing. Tseng is also inter-                                                                                                              it’s cliché, but practice is really all there tition and the National Young Musicians        formance consisted of five pieces and         story I made up.”
     said.                                               ested in photography, serving                                                                                                              is to it.”                                    Showcase Competition, which gave him           allotted time for Chan to talk about the         Chan is unsure whether or not he
        When Tseng first began with                      as the Talisman yearbook staff’s                                                                                                               Chan began playing the marimba the opportunity to perform in Carnegie                    marimba between each piece.                   wishes to pursue a career in music.
     art at the age of 4, she was in-                    head photographer.                                                                                            Courtesy of KYLIE TSENG      during his freshman year. Practicing was Hall. Other impressive achievements in-
                                             Tseng                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  “It was arguably one of the most re-       However, Chan is determined to pro-
     terested in acrylic painting.                           Stephen McCue, the art                                                                                                                 difficult at first, mainly because Chan clude an invitation to play as the open-
                                                                                             Senior Kylie Tseng’s first portfolio piece “Untitled” is a graphite pencil drawing of rib-                                                                                                          markable performances I have seen out         mote the popularity of the marimba and
        “I liked it because it made                      teacher on campus, finds                                                                                                                   was not used to holding four mallets ing act at the prestigious Junior Bach
                                                                                             bons and thorns weaving throughout circular figures, representing good and evil.                                                                                                                    of a high school student in 14 years,”        inspire others to play this underplayed
     me feel like a professional artist even Tseng’s work “unique, creative, color-                                                                                                                 his hands. According to Chan, learning Festival after auditioning in front of                Boitz said. “Desmond performed works          instrument.
                   though I was very young,” ful and fabulous.”                                                                                                                                     to control all the mallets felt awkward multiple judges.                                     of undergraduate and graduate level              “Once you get past the awkwardness
                      she said. As      Tseng        Sharing her art and designs with the    very useful in the real world,” said          world.”                                                                                                          “It is evident to me that he is      with a clear understanding of the com-        of holding four mallets in your hand, it’s
                        grew older, she be- school, Tseng’s T-shirt design was vot-          Tseng.                                           Without art in her life, Tseng has                                                                         a miraculous talent, but he also        poser’s intentions.”                          all good,” Chan said. “Try playing [the
                                     c a m e ed as the senior class’s T-shirt and one           Currently, Tseng has seven draw-           no idea where she would be. “It’s the                                                                         understands the concept of deep            However, these achievements come           marimba]. It’s very fun, and not enough
                                     fond of of her drawings is even on the cover of         ings and one work in progress that she        way I think,” Tseng said. “I see things,                                                                      practice,” music department chair-      as no surprise given Chan’s unique ear        people play it.”
                                     o t h e r this year’s student planner.                  will be exhibiting in her art portfolio       and I think ‘Wow. I would love to draw                                                                        man Michael Boitz said. “Miracu-        for hearing music and virtuosic practic-         After accomplishing so much at a
                                     types of        Tseng wants to major in either          for colleges to view, hoping to attend        that.’” The smallest things like an ex-                                                                       lous performers like Yo-Yo Ma,          ing style.                                    young age, Chan’s talents have earned

                                     art such graphic design or animation, depend-           an art school.                                pression on a person’s face mean a lot,

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Michael Jordan or anyone who’s             Chan says he tries to practice a few       him the accolades of his judges and

                                     as draw- ing on the college she attends because            “I feel like art is the only thing I’ve    and Tseng wishes she could stop time

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         at that level of genius as they say,    hours daily, starting with scales and         peers.

                                     ing on she “really love colors and putting              really been able to concentrate on for        and capture the image.                                                                                        have learned how to practice and        warm-ups until his hands feel comfort-           “He’s good and he’s always practic-

                                     p a p e r , them together to make something re-         hours,” Tseng said. “I’m pretty restless,        Tseng’s favorite quality about art is

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         dedicate themselves with the com-       able and then turning his attention to his    ing every day for hours no matter what

                                     c a n v a s ally amazing.”                              but some days I can spend hours draw-         the freedom. “In art, anything is pos-                                                                        bination of talent, which gives         pieces.                                       time it is,” Wong said. “It is an honor
                                     and tab-        “I also feel like graphic design is     ing because I feel like I’m in my own         sible!” Tseng said. u                                                                                         some incredible results.”                  “Whenever I work on pieces, I take a       to have someone as good as Desmond
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            In addition, Chan was invited        look at the trouble spots and then piece      playing with us.” u
18             IN-DEPTH                                                          September 16, 2011
                                                                                                                                                                             saratogafalcon                               19                September 16, 2011                                            IN-DEPTH
     Teachers recount 9/11 stories                                                                                       What do you recall about 9/11?
                                                                                                                                                                             Increase in airport security: necessary or not?
     abe reLateS poLiticaL viewpointS to the event                                                                                   I was too ignorant
                                                                                                                                                                             BY   AshwiniVelchamy                          before the 2004
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Olympics,”       Co-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         falconpoll             excessive      right
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                now,” junior John-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       said. “I’ve been to a lot of Muslim coun-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       tries, and they see this and check me.”
                                                                                                                                     to understand                              In order to travel the world by plane      chrum said. “We          Do you think airport security is            ny Chang said.             By passport profile she means that se-
     BYDylanJew                            channel was filled with scenes        issues, such as the government                      what was going                          in the post-9/11 world, one requires an       didn’t have our                                                      “There’s been a        curity profiles people who have been in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    too tight?
     & MinuPalaniappan                     of the incident.”                     deficit, can be traced back to                      on. Now that I’m                        excessive amount of patience. When            IDs or passports                                                     heightened sense       countries where known terrorists have
                                              9/11 had a huge impact on          9/11,” Abe said. “It forced the                     older, I can see                        traveling to India during the summer          checked when we                                                      of paranoia be-        come from. Cochrum feels that with
         “It’s one of those moments how life is today. It started the            U.S. to spend more on national                      how terrible this                       of 2009, sophomore Priyanka Krishna-          went to Africa.                                                      cause of terrorist     non-Muslims behind the bombings in
     you never forget,” World Histo- longest war in America’s his-               defense and to send troops to                       war really is.”                         murthi recalls having to arrive at the San    They just loaded us                                                  attacks.”              Norway and others around the world,
     ry and U.S. Government teacher tory, defined current foreign                Afghanistan.                                                                                Francisco International three hours early     on a plane.”                                                            Junior Shreyas      racial profiling ceases to exist.
     Kirk Abe said. ”I don’t know policies and created numerous                     Even with all the trauma                   junior Kevin Chen, grade 1 on 9/11
                                                                                                                                                                             just to proceed through the extensive se-        Cochrum said                                                      Nagaraj, on the            Based on her experiences travelling
     what I was                                                  other inter-    and pain caused by 9/11, Abe                                                                curity check, thoroughly exhausting her       at times she had to                                                  other hand, be-        thousands of miles before and after 9/11,
     doing the                                                   national is-    believes there were a few posi-                     I didn’t understand                     before her plane even took off.               ask around just to                                                   lieves that the        Cochrum said that flying itself has radi-
     day       be-          Even during                          sues.           tive aspects of it. Cars rolled                     what was going on                          Those who travelled before 2001 of-        find out where the                                                   stricter    security   cally changed in the last ten years.
     fore or the            the event, I                            Citizens     by streets with American flags                      on the news until                       ten associate the increased security and      plane was headed                                                     does help; how-            “Things that I used to fly with, I
     day after,             knew that I was                      all over the    proudly displayed on the sides.                     I went to school                        extra hassle at airports with the terrorist   because of the cha-                                                  ever, he disap-        can’t fly with now,” Cochrum said. “I
     but I will             living through                       country         “Our country was more united                        and everyone was                        attacks of 9/11, which devastated the na-     os in the airport.               57% Yes, it’s a nuisance
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                proves of the way      brought home a 4-foot-high fake giraffe
      always re-            something                            were affect-    than ever,” Abe said. “There                        talking about it.”                      tion and ignited worldwide panic.                She also recalled                                                 it racially profiles   one year from Africa, and I can’t bring
      member                pivotal.”                            ed by the       was a strong sense of patriotism                                                               Science teacher Lisa Cochrum, an fre-      how before 9/11, if
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           43% No, it’s necessary
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                people.                home drums from Africa now. I can’t
      exactly                              teacher Kirk Abe lives lost.          everywhere.”                                 senior Anna Zhang, grade 2 on 9/11             quent traveler who has gone to places as      her flight was de-                                                      “I    remember      bring home carvings I’ve gotten from
      where      I                                               “It was very       Now that 10 years have                                                                   distant as Antarctica, saw several chang-     layed, airport staff     The Falcon polled 60 students.              once I was going       Thailand. A lot of the things I have at my
      was and                                                    devastating     passed since 9/11, the world                                                                es in airport processes since 9/11.           would rush her                                                       to India, and [se-     home now, people can’t get anymore.”
      what I was doing that day.”          to the families that lost relatives   is beginning to move on. Abe,                       It was a horrible                          “I think the big thing I’ve noticed is     through security to                                                  curity]    checked         She, however, feels that all these secu-
           Abe was getting ready in the 9/11 attack,” Abe said. ”It              however, feels that the United                      blow to our                             increased security,” Cochrum said. “My        ensure she boarded her next flight.            our baggage here, and then again at          rity hassles are worth it.
        to leave to teach his class, was a terribly sad day.”                    States should never forget about                    country, yet it                         bags are often [searched] now. I always          “Now, there’s a one-hour window in Hong Kong,” Nagaraj said. “And later                      “I really support the increase in secu-
        on Sept. 11, 2001, when he            Soldiers were sent to parts        the tragic incident.                                raised our sense of                     go through a check, whether a metal de-       which you have to have your boarding as we were about to board the plane, [my               rity,” Cochrum said, “because if it was
         turned on the television. of Afghanistan to hunt down                      “Even during the event,                          community.”                             tector, a body scan or a hand check.”         pass in hand before they even let you go mom] was checked again just because of             my family member or my friend on that
             “The first thing I saw was Osama Bin Laden as a response            I knew I was living through                                                                    As the years have progressed, secu-        through the gate,” Cochrum said.               her skin color.”                             flight on 9/11, I would do anything to
                 the first twin tower to 9/11. Additionally, suppress-           something pivotal. Something                                                                rity has grown increasingly stringent.           The staff and students hold mixed              Cochrum holds a different view on         save those lives. So even if you’re saving
                     being hit,” Abe ing terrorism stretched national            that would change the fabric of          soph Aditya Choudry, grade K on 9/11                  “We didn’t even need our passports         views on the post-9/11 security.               the racial profiling.                        just one plane, one time every 20 years,
                         said. “Every resources thin. “Some federal              the nation,” Abe said. u                                                                    checked when we went through Greece              “I think [airport security] is rather          “I have a passport profile,” Cochrum      it’s totally worth the hassle.” u

                                                          ten years later...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          aS the 10th anniverSary of 9/11
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          eLapSeS, StudentS and teacherS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          recount their memorieS of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          tragic day

                                                     principaL reLateS experience in ny                                                                                      9/11 memories: From across the Hudson
                                                     BY   DylanJew                            5 miles from the World Trade Cen-         Manhattan during the incident                                                      Manhattan. She was in her first year of couple of things: The day of the attack,            to claim them.
                                                     & MinuPalaniappan                        ter, two blocks from Central Park         were going north, away from the                                                    residency, training in order to become there was a lot of chaos at my school.                   Ten years have passed. I am grateful
                                                                                              in northern Manhattan.                    dangerous Ground Zero. “If you                                                     an OB-GYN physician.                      Kids were unable to come home from                for many things.
                                                         “For most people, 9/11 was just         Anderson ended up sending              looked out the window,” Ander-                                                        When my mom walked out of the OR school at the usual time, their par-                        I am grateful that no one I knew per-
                                                      a televised event. But for me, and      kids home with each other, mak-           son said, “you would see an enor-                                                  that morning, she saw several nurses ents busy trying to determine whether                  sonally perished in the attack. I am grate-
                                                      the rest of the people in Manhat-       ing sure each student had a place         mous mob of people covering the                                                    crowding around a hospital window. friends and family who worked in New                     ful that that the thousands of families
                9/11remembered                        tan at the time, it was a big part of   to stay for the night. “We ended          streets.”                                                                          That’s when she saw smoke streaming York were safe.                                         who lost loved ones have been, for the
                                                      my life.”                               up holding [a lot] of the students           The city became polluted with                                                   out of the tops of several buildings. It     And for about two weeks after the              most part, able to rebound. I am grate-
                                                         Principal Jeff                       in our big theatre,” Anderson said.       the debris and smoke produced                                                      was around 9 in the morning. At the attack, I had to stay mostly indoors;                   ful that I live in a country where people
      Anderson shared a tragic story                  Anderson      was                       “There was a big TV set up in-            during the crash.                                                                  time, my mom just                                             there was too much            were willing to reach out their hands to
      about one of his wife’s coworkers               an assistant prin-                      side so everyone could watch the             Remarkably, neither Ander-                         Like father, like Sanj       assumed that some                                             smoke outside my              those in the New York area who needed
      who did not survive the building’s              cipal at Hunter                         events as they were happening.”           son nor any of his students were                                                   regular accident had             My dad remem-                house.                        aid or consolation after the attack.

      collapse. “The day before 9/11,                 High School in                             The phones were ringing end-           personally connected to anyone          t was little before 9 on a Tuesday         taken place.                    bers that he could                I remember that               And I am grateful that at the time
                                                      Manhattan dur-                          lessly, due to concerned parents          involved in the incident. “I was        morning. The sky was a clear, opal-           By 10 a.m., just          see people jumping off           my dad and I at-              of the attack, I was too young to truly
      he showed up to a meeting in the                ing 9/11. He was                        asking if their children are safe.        surprised that we were all so for-      escent blue, cloudless and beautiful.      an hour later, she                                            tended a candle-              understand the magnitude of what had
      World Trade Center late and was                 faced with the                          “It was pretty chaotic,” Anderson         tunate,” Anderson said.              I was in my kindergarten class in Village     knew better.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         the Twin Towers. They           light vigil orga-             happened.
      subsequently chewed out by his                  problem of en-                          said, “but we kept the situation             By sheer fortune, Anderson had    School Elementary, Homdel, New Jer-              My dad was at             had to decide between            nized by my school                I didn’t have to go through the shock
      boss,” Anderson said. “The next                 suring that the Anderson                under control pretty well.”               recently moved. Before, he had       sey. My mom was in Newark, N.J., just         home at that point.            jumping or burning             district to honor             and grief that most Americans encoun-
                                                      1,500 kids in his                          Everyone was unsure whether            been living much closer to Ground    across the Hudson River, opposite from           He recalls hear-                  to death.                those lost. A couple          tered that day. I didn’t know what a vig-
      day, he obediently showed up                    school got home, a daunting task        the first plane crash was intention-      Zero. “My daughter would have                                                      ing on his car radio                                          of people kept star-          il was. I didn’t even know what a terror-
      early for his meeting. Because of               given that all modes of transpor-       al or not. However, after the             been going to school only two                                                      that a plane had                                              ing at my dad. His            ist was. All I knew was that on Tuesday,
      this, he ended up getting trapped               tation were completely backed up.                      second tower was           blocks away from the World Trade                                                   crashed into one of the Twin Towers. skin is brown. And he has a beard.                     September 11, 2001, I was picked up
      in the building and died when it                “Our main goal was to keep the                          hit, it became cer-       Center,” Anderson said.                                                            He rushed home and turned on the TV,         Tens of thousands of people who                from school a little late. u
                                                      kids safe and somehow get them                           tain that the event         “I felt really lucky,” Anderson                                                 only to watch live as the second plane live in New Jersey work in Manhattan.
      collapsed. His boss felt terrible:              home,” Anderson said.                                     was no accident.        said. “Not only was my family                                                      hit the second tower.                     There were hundreds of people
      she only survived because she                      Hunter is a school for the gifted                         Thousands of         safe, but the students and faculty                                                    My dad remembers that he could see from where we lived who lost
      was running late due to the con-                and talented, meaning that many                                       peo-                    at my high school had                                                  people jumping off the Towers. They their lives on 9/11.
      gestion caused by 9/11.”                        of Anderson’s students lived far                                        ple                             survived as                                                  had to decide between jumping or burn-       There were parents of the kids
                                                      from the school. It is located about                                     i n                                well.” u                                                 ing to death.                                 in my kindergarten class that
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Shortly afterwards, with hundreds             didn’t come back.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           of people still inside, both towers col-               We’d hear about
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           lapsed.                                             how cars were un-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I’m not going to pretend that I re-               moved in parking lots
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           member a lot about September 11.                     days after the attacks,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           I was only 5. But I do remember a                     their owners having
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  never come back.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Eventually, relatives
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    stepped forward

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                                                                                                                                             2011 SeaSon Preview
                                                                                                                                             Coach: Tim Lugo, entering his fourth
                                                                                                                                             season as head coach
                                                                                                                                             2010 Record: 5-5 (2-4 in league)
                                                                                                                                             2010 Recap: Despite defeating cross-
                                                                                                                                             town rival Los Gatos to snap a 27-year
                                                                                                                                             losing streak and playing well against
                                                                                                                                             state champion Palo Alto, the Falcons
                                                                                                                                             struggled in league, costing them a
                                                                                                                                             chance to reach CCS.
                                                                                                                                             Star Offensive player: Senior running
                                                                                                                                             back Troy Doles (682 rushing yards,
                                                                                                                                             8.74 yards per carry, eight rushing
                                                                                                                                             touchdowns, 407 receiving yards, four
                                                                                                                                             receiving touchdowns in 2010)
                                                                                                                                             Star Defensive player: Senior line-
                                                                                                                                             backer Brandon Oliveri O’Connor (77
                                                                                                                                             tackles, 1 interception in 2010)
                                                                                                                                             Key Departures: Quarterback Kevin
                                                                         FALCON // DAVID ENG                                                 Smith, center Joe Walters, wide receiv-
                                                                                                                                             er Chris Guengerich and running back
(Clockwise from left) Sophomore running back Davis Berryhill runs the ball upfield                                                           Gregory Johnson
Sept. 2 against Burlingame. Senior linebacker Brandon Oliveri O’Connor and injured                                                           Key Additions: Juniors quarterback
senior running back Troy Doles look on during the post-game meeting after the loss.                                                          Kyle Dozier, offensive lineman/line-
Senior running back Jerrick Lee charges through a mob of Burlingame defenders.                                                               backer Henry Wei, running back Dan-
                                                                                                                                             iel Castronovo and sophomore running

Team struggles with injuries
                                                                                                                                             back Davis Berryhill.
                                                                                                                                             Keys to victory: Have the running
                                                                                                                                             game open up holes for the passing
                                                                                                                                             game and vice versa. The Falcons have
                                                                                                                                             to be the best conditioned team on the
                                             ers without a doubt. It hurts us on both          of the ball,” O’Connor said. “They            field due to lack of size, which causes
BYRoyBisht                                                                                                                                   the Falcons to have less subs. With a
& NikilRamanathan                            sides of the ball. However, [it] in no            wanted [to win] more than us and they
                                             way shape or form puts us out of the              made sure they got it.”                       strong league consisting of “the Big
   The Falcon football team opened its       game against Gilroy. We will beat Gil-               Even though the Falcons held a re-         Four” Palo Alto, Los Gatos, Milpitas, as
season under the lights at Benny Pierce      roy [even] if we play our game without            spectable Burlingame offense to just 10       well as Mountain View, Los Altos, and
Field on Sept. 2 with a 10-0 loss to Bur-    them,” sophomore center Clark Roth-               points, the Falcon offense struggled,         Homestead, the Falcons need to be at
lingame. As painful as the loss was,         enberg said.                                      totaling 152 yards for the game and           their best every game.
even more damaging were the injuries             Beyond the injuries, the rest of the          just 67 yards in the second half. Senior      On reaching CCS: “We have to take it
sustained during the game.                   game did not go well for the Falcons              quarterback Mitchell Casas passed for         one game at a time. Our strength this
   Senior running back Troy Doles            besides their hopes. After a scoreless            90 yards and junior Bryson Yates led          year is our defense, so we plan to es-
sprained his shoulder on the first of-       first quarter, Burlingame took a three-           the rushing attack with 31 rushing            tablish a strong defensive game to get
fensive drive of the game, junior line-      point lead with a second quarter field            yards in nine rushing attempts.               there,” senior offensive lineman Sean
backer Henry Wei sprained his MCL, a         goal and did not look back, shutting                 Though the first game did not go           Walsh said. “Also, we have to play the
major ligament in his knee, and senior       out the Falcons for the entire game.              as well as they would have hoped, the         big teams like we are just playing an-
offensive guard Sean Walsh sprained              Burlingame added another seven                Falcons think of it as a learning experi-     other league game.”
his neck.                                    points in the third quarter on an 18-             ence.                                         Key number: 155.2. The team’s average
   Doles was able to return for the          yard touchdown run and extra point.                  “We learned that we really need to         number of passing yards per game last
team’s game against Gilroy. However,         In such a low scoring game, senior                work harder during games and prac-            season, which was good enough for
the same cannot be said for Wei and          linebacker Brandon Oliveri O’Connor               tice,” O’ Connor said.                        second best in the DeAnza Division,
Walsh, who both expect to miss at least      believes that his team was simply out-               To see the results of the football         behind state champion Palo Alto.
two to three weeks.                          played by Burlingame.                             game against Gilroy, go to www.sara-
   “We had injuries to three key play-           “We were out-hustled on both sides            togafalcon.org. u                                     —Roy Bisht & Nikil Ramanathan

                                                                                                                                athlete oF the issue
Bolt’s DQ is excessive Seattle U recruits senior
                                             broadcasters who complained that false                BY   RoyBisht                                  Dennis put up these exceptional
                                             starts created delays that threw off their                                                       numbers despite missing the first 10
                                             schedules.                                               When senior Will Dennis stepped games of the season due to CCS restric-
                                                 However, the IAAF failed to realize               onto the baseball field at Seattle Univer- tions on transferring athletes. Dennis
                                             that the world championships are not                  sity for a showcase in late August, he attended Woodside Priory in Portola
                                             about the television broadcasters; they               had no clue what to expect. A few days Valley before the beginning of his junior
                                             are about the runners, and in this case,              and hundreds of pitches later, Dennis year.
                                             the world record holder.                              knew where his baseball career was             “As much as I hated sitting out the
       Paul Jung                                 Had the pre-2010 rule still been in ef-           headed next.                               first 10 games, it was worth it since com-
                                             fect, Bolt would have been a clear con-                  In what he considered “a dream come ing to Saratoga gave me a much better
                         Slower than you
                                             tender for first place, given the large               true,” Dennis was recruited as a                    chance to win and to be noticed

        n Sunday, Aug. 28, “the world’s      0.24 second margin between his record                 two-way player for the NCAA                         by scouts,” Dennis said. “Sara-
        fastest man”, Usain Bolt, made       and that of Yohan Blake, who received                 Division I school after an impres-                  toga is also great academically.”
        the grave mistake of leaving         first in the 100 meter without the pres-              sive effort at the showcase.                           Baseball has always been a
his starting blocks early in the 100-me-     ence of Bolt. Leaving early is an under-                 “I’ve always wanted to play                      priority for Dennis, who prac-
ter sprint at the track-and-field world      standable reaction for runners who are                Division I baseball, so this is ob-                 tices every day and has spent
championships in Daegu, South Korea.         anxious.                                              viously one of the greatest mo-                     much of his life playing for
This false start resulted in the disquali-        The fastest man in the world, de-                ments of my life,” Dennis said.                     year-around travel teams.
fication of Bolt from the race, in ac-       fending his world record, could not                   “I’m so thankful for the oppor-                        “I would not be where I am
cordance with the IAAF (International        compete because of a new rule that did                tunity that Seattle University has     Dennis       now without all the time that I
Association of Athletics Foundation)         not allow room for human mistakes.                    given me, and this experience                       have spent on baseball. I always
rules.                                       The IAAF should make an effort to rec-                has shown me that dreams really can knew how much practice it would take
   The rule, which states that a runner      tify the severity of this rule or return to           come true.”                                to reach my goal and fortunately I was
who makes a single false start will be       the previous rule.                                       Dennis was also being scouted by able to keep playing whenever I had
immediately eliminated from the race,            With the 2012 London Olympics ap-                 Fresno State and Long Beach State but free time,” Dennis said.
was not always so harsh. Runners were        proaching next year, such rules as this               ultimately decided that Seattle Univer-        Many of Dennis’ teammates agree
previously allowed one false start be-       should be reevaluated for fairness to-                sity gave him the best chance to play.     that his work habits affect not just him,
fore disqualification, but in 2010 the       wards runners and fans.                                  Dennis, a first baseman and pitcher, but also the rest of the team.
IAAF changed the rule, believing that            Though Bolt was disappointed with                 starred last season as the team captain        “Will totally deserves this opportu-
competitors were intentionally leaving       his disqualification, he continued later              on the Saratoga diamond, hitting .383 nity and now I feel like the whole team
the blocks early to tense up their oppo-     in the week to win first place in both the            with four home runs and establishing wants to work harder since we have
nents.                                       200 meter and the 4x100 relay on Sept.                himself as one of the team’s top pitchers. an example to look at,” senior pitcher
   This new rule was responsible for         2 and Sept. 4, respectively, for Jamaica.             Because of his strong efforts last season, Thomas Ishikawa said. “We’ve never
the absence of the 100-meter world re-       His spirit is admirable, and hopefully                Dennis was awarded All-League Sec- really had a player like him these past
cord holder in the 100-meter race. The       he will not repeat his error as long as the           ond Team recognition in the competi- few years, so it’s great to have someone
rule was approved to satisfy television      zero-tolerance rule stands. u                         tive De Anza League for his work.          to look up to that’s not a coach.” u
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                                           S S
                          r t                                                     Fall Preview 2011
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S                                                                  Field hockey
                                                                   Coach: Lifon Huynh, entering her first season as head
                                                                   2010 record: 1-10-2 (league: 0-3-1)
                                                                   2010 recap: Because of the injuries of key players, the Fal-                                                                                                                         girls’ tennis
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 sarah lum
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 FALCON // LILLIAN CHEN

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           girls’ VolleyBall
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Joanna lee
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    TALISMAN // MARY EDMAN

                                                                   cons were unable to fulfill their goals of a CCS title. Grad-                                                                                                                        Coach: Tom Uyehara, entering sixth season as head                  Coach: Brad Frederickson, entering third season as
                                                                   uated seniors Collen Garland and Vanessa Block both suf-                                                                                                                             coach.                                                             head coach.
                                                                   fered severe hand injuries.                                                                                                                                                          2010 record: 24-0; 12-0 in league                                  2010 record: 11-22, 2-10 in the league
                                                                   Star player: Senior midfielder Anna Ashe (pictured right)                                                                                                                            2010 recap: The girls’ varsity team experienced a                  2010 recap: Due to the loss of key seniors from the
                                                                   Key departures: Block, forward; Ren Norris, midfielder                                                                                                                               tremendously successful season last year, going un-                year before, the team’s performance last year failed to
                                                                   Key additions: Sophomore midfielders, Jennie Werner,                                                                                                                                 defeated, winning at CCS and moving onto NorCal                    obtain satisfactory results.
                                                                   Ingrid Hong and Sarah Finley                                                                                                                                                         championships, where they placed first. This was the               Star player: Outside hitter senior Talia Sisco, outside
                                                                   Keys to victory: Executing more offensive defense plays                                                                                                                              best season in the team’s history and the girls were re-           hitter junior Joanna Lee (pictured above)
                                                                   and becoming a more offensive team overall. The team                                                                                                                                 garded as one of the best teams in California, if not in           Key departures: Libero/defense specialist Raven
                                                                   must maintain a positive mindset to succeed this season.                                                                                                                             the nation.                                                        Sisco, setter/opposite hitter Hanna Nielson, middle
                                                                   In lieu of a poor season last year, the team knows that they                                                                                                                         Star player: No. 1 Singles player Crystal Yen (record:             hitter Megan Brading, outside hitter Sarah Blegan
                                                                   have to keep their minds focused on winning, no matter                                                                                                                               31-1 for entire season last year) and doubles player se-           Key additions: Juniors middle/back row Corinne
                                                                   how many injuries they face.                                                                                                                                                         nior Sarah Lum (pictured above)                                    Moran, opposite hitter/back row Sierra Smith and
                                                                   On staying positive: “We probably would have loved to                                                                                                                                Key departures: No. 2 singles player Srinidhi Ragha-               outside hitter/back row Adriana Ivanko; opposite
                                                                   freak out and complain about our losses, but we didn’t                                                                                                                               van; No. 3 singles player Catherine Nguyen                         hitter/back row sophomore Julia Lee
                                                                   really have a choice because the season being so rough,                                                                                                                              Key additions: Freshmen Smita Sabada and Arathi                    Keys to victory: “I would say the we have a very
                                                                   keeping a positive attitude was key,” said junior Megan                                                                                                                              Sabada                                                             young team,” Frederickson said. According to Fred-
                                                                   Doles.                                                                                                                                                                               Keys to success: The team’s focus this year will be                erickson, volleyball is an exremely technical sport,
                                                                   Magic number: 17. The percentage of members of the                                                                                                                                   succeeding consistently at doubles. Because they lost              and mastering the technique takes time. The team is
                                                                   team new to varsity.                                                                                                                                                                 important singles players last year, the players will              also on t he shorter side in terms of height; in order to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        need consistent doubles wins to make up for singles,               make up for this, they will need better skill than the
                                                                                                                   —Ingrid Hong                                                                                                                         particularly against tougher schools. With dedicated               other teams.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        players on the team for both singles and doubles, ex-              Putting it all together: “I think right now we need
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        pectations are high after an undefeated season from                to focus on working together as a team. Everyone
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        the previous year.                                                 has different skills, and if we can put them together, I
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        On the team: “We have great players that are united                think we’ll be set,” junior Corinne Moran said.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        together. We had a strong team overall last year, so               Magic number: 10. With so many new additions, it’s
                                        samika kumar                                                                                                                                                                                                    hopefully we can have those results again with a solid             important for all 10 members to work as a team.
                                          FALCON // JORDAN WAITE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        season this year,” coach Tom Uyehara said.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Magic number: 18. Out of around 20 matches, the                                             —Edward Dong and Matt Foley
girls’ golF                                                                                                                                                                                                                   anna ashe                 coach expects 18 wins.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                FALCON // INGRID HONG
Coach: Dave Gragnola, entering first season as head
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 — Karen Sung
2010 record: 0-14
2010 recap: In a season full of close matches, the Fal-
cons did not find much success. Out of 14 matches, the                                                                                                                                                                                                  girls’ cross country
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          track season
team won zero but fought well against teams such as                                                                                                                                                                                                     Coach: Danny Moon, entering his fourth season as                  Keys to victory: The girls’ cross country team has had
rival Los Gatos and league champions Evergreen Val-                                                                                                                                                                                                     coach.                                                            some discipline problems in previous years regarding
ley. Even though the team was not successful overall,                                                                                                                                                                                                   2010 record: Runners senior Emily Williams and ju-                runners shirking full workouts. While team manage-
it sent one player to CCS.                                                                                                                                                                                                                              nior Maya Nag (each qualified for the state race last             ment has invoked a more rigorous training schedule,
Star player: Junior Samika Kumar, who almost qual-                                                                                                                                                                                                      year)                                                             cross country has not lost its fun in the midst of all this
ifed for CCS last year, pictured above.                                                                                                                                                                                                                 2010 recap: Although only Williams and Nag quali-                 hard work.
Key departures: Uttara Sivaram, who qualified for                                                                                                                                                                                                       fied for CCS last year, another key runner, junior                On state: “We really have good chance of going to
CCS last year                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Courtney Schlossareck, was injured. With this return-             the state championships this year as a team. With the
Key addition: Freshman Vivian Roan                                                                                eric Wang                                                                                                                             ing talent, the team hopes to reach state this year as            runners we have and the amount of training and dedi-
Keys to success: With a smaller team, the coaches                                                            TALISMAN // JAYA NARASIMHAN                                                                                                                team.                                                             cation that we have been putting in to training, there
have a chance to work with each player individually.                                                                                                                            elyse BerlinBerg                                                        Star player: Schlossareck, Williams, Nag and seniors              is no reason why we shouldn’t be able to make it,”
The team will focus on reducing the amount of shots it             Boys’ Water polo                                                                                                 FALCON // JORDAN WAITE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Kristine Johnson and Louise Guy (pictured to the left)            Schlossareck said.
takes to improve its scores. By addressing one type of                                                                                     girls’ Water polo                                                                                            Key departures: Jennifer Varnier                                  Magic number: 2. The number of varsity spots still
shot each practice, the team is perfecting its shots and           Coach: Courtney Crase, entering first season as head
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Key additions: Schlossareck, who has fully recovered              open to be filled.
developing knowledge of the sport. With Saratoga                   coach for the boys’ team but has previously coached the                 Coach: Heather Bridges, entering her first season as                                                         from the knee surgery that sidelined her for the end of
Country Club as their home course, the Falcons have                girls’ team.                                                            head coach.                                                                                                  last year’s cross country season and the entire                                                           —Aanchal Mohan
the advantage this year of becoming familiar with the              2010 record: 11-4 (Overall record), 9-3 (League Record)                 2010 record: 1-9-0
course, something they can use to their benefit in their           2010 recap: After battling their way up to the league                   2010 recap: Due to a small team size and tough compe-                              louise guy
home matches. The team had cuts this year, so the                  matches, the Falcons were unable to beat Wilcox in a key                tition in the El Camino league, the Falcons had a tough                            TALISMAN // MARY EDMAN
general skill level of the average player on the team              match that ended up spoiling their chances at leagues. The              2010 season.
has increased from last year, where everyone made                  team finished third in their league last year.                          Star players: Senior goalie Alison Knysh, junior utility                                                     Boys’ cross country
the team, slightly bringing down the average skill                 Star players: Sophomore Steven Cho, utility; senior Eric                players Seralyn Fields and Elyse Berlinberg (pictured
level of each player.                                              Wang , wing, pictured above                                                                                                                                                          Coach: Dan Ambrico, entering second season as head                Keys to success: The key, junior David Zarrin said,
                                                                                                                                           above), and sophomore hole defender Nikki de Roos                                                            coach                                                             is consistently training but avoiding injury, which
On the importance of focus: “Most people believe                   Key departures: Goalie Gavin Peake and driver Tim Rol-                  Key departures: Hole defender Alison Buchanan, hole
that golf is an old-person sport. But in reality, the sport        linson                                                                                                                                                                               2010 record: Placed 5th at CCS, captain Kyle Fukui                would give everyone the best season possible. They
                                                                                                                                           set Joyee Woodrow, hole defender Mackenzie Crase                                                             qualified for state                                               also have a freshman superstar, Steven Sum, who may
requires a lot of diligence, hard work and skill. Match-           Key additions: Junior driver Jim Speedy and sophomore                   Key addition: Junior hole set Claire Schwartz
es tend to be at least three hours long, requiring a lot of        driver Cameron Borch                                                                                                                                                                 2010 recap: “Last year we did not have many wins,                 become the fastest freshman miler in the country this
                                                                                                                                           Key to success: In order to perform better than last                                                         to be honest, but we did send Kyle Fukui to state                 year, and is currently the fastest runner on the team.
focus .One momentary lapse of concentration can cost               Keys to victory: Performing quick passes to create more                 year, the Falcons are working improving their offense,
a player the match,” sophomore Nikki Thareja said.                 offensive opportunities will key Falcon victories this sea-                                                                                                                          which was cool. Our varsity was weakened because                  On cuts: “We decided to transition to a cut sport to
                                                                                                                                           which was somewhat lacking last year. The larger team                                                        Sam Guy broke his ankle and I strained my Achilles                ensure the runners who are committed to cross coun-
“Although our practices are spent working hard in the              son.                                                                    size this year also means more opportunities to switch
hot sun, we have really become a family, and every                 On losing Peake and Rollinson: “Gavin was a great                                                                                                                                    so we were kind of crippled last year,” junior David              try have quality practices and to keep the size of the
                                                                                                                                           out tired players. Being able to switch out more players                                                     Zarrin said.                                                      team manageable,” coach Dan Ambrico said.
practice has a little bit of laughter, putting challenges,         goalie so it will be hard to fill his place in the cage. and            will help the team play complete games.
and deer. In the end, golf a is really difficult sport to          Tim was a quick swimmer with lots of experience,”junior                                                                                                                              Star players: Freshman Steven Sum, sophomores                     Magic number: 60. The team went over the limit of
                                                                                                                                           On the upcoming season: “We moved down a league,                                                             Sam and Will Guy (pictured to the left), juniors Da-              60 runners this year, and Ambrico was forced to make
master, but it is worth every single stroke.”                      driver Tyler Tanaka said.                                               so we’re expecting a lot more wins [than last year],” ju-
Magic number: 34. The par for the Saratoga home                    Magic number: 21. The number of varsity players on a                                                                                                                                 vid Zarrin and Kabir Chandrasekher and seniors Eren               cuts to bring the number back down to 60. Last year,
                                                                                                                                           nior Seralyn Fields said.                                                                                    Veziroglu and Peter An                                            the final roster was 53 runners.
course. The Falcons are continuing to improve their                team typically made up of 16 players, a testament to water              Magic number: 7. The number of new teams the Fal-
scores on their home course.                                       polo’s increasing popularity among students.                                                                                                                                         Key departures: Kyle Fukui, Garrick Chan
                                                                                                                                           cons will play this season.                                                                                  Key additions: Freshman Steven Sum, who is the                                                                —Samuel Liu
                                              —Derek Sun                                  —Brandon Judoprasetijo and Jackie Gu                                                                                                                          fastest member on the team
                                                                                                                                                                                         —Paul Jung                             Will guy
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                                                                                                                                                                                        tHE SCHOOL tRANSFORMS ItSELF FOR tHE NEW SCHOOL YEAR

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                                                                                                                                                                                           BY   VivianLeTran
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       bery,” McCue said. “I think it would          However, many students have no-            eyes, said Chiou.
                                                                                                                                                                                              A new school year is always ac-          look even better to have some walls ticed that some of the hallways re-                      “I feel like the half-painted school is
                                                                                                                                                                                           companied by a variety of changes.          painted a darker version of the current mained white and unpainted. Funds                kind of weird, but the paint job is still a
                                                                                                                                                                                           For senior Kellie Chiou, this year was      brown to give more                                         for this project came         good idea. Before, the walls were white
                                                                                                                                                                                           no different. Yet, as Chiou rushed to       interest and dimen-                                        from the Saratoga             and covered with dirt and dust,” Chiou
                                                                                                                                                                                           her classes on the first day, there was     sion to the school, but                                    Foundation, an orga-          said. “These colors make [the school]
      crosswordpuzzle: search the newspaper for answers for prize!                                                                                                                         something outside the usual change of
                                                                                                                                                                                           classes and teachers that she couldn’t
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       it is probably too ex-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      These colors make           nization that collects
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  [the school] look more donations from par-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                look more natural, and it complements
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                the green trees. Unlike the white and
                                                                                                                                                                                           put her finger on. It wasn’t until later        The administra-        natural. It’s more earth ents, as well as the                 blue, which made our school look like
                                                                                                                     Across                                                                that she noticed that the campus had        tion, along with sev-        friendly looking and          school’s saved main-          a prison.”
                                                                                                                     5. Claire Couch’s clothing line                                       received a makeover.                        eral parent volun-                                         tenance money, to-                The cursive word “Falcons” is also
                                                                                                                     6. An artist who also serves at the head photographer of                 As part of a beautification process,     teers, decided on the          easy on the eyes.           taling about $50,000.         missing from the front of the school
                                                                                                                     Talisman (yearbook)                                                   which started the day after graduation,     earth color scheme to            Senior Kellie Chiou       Unfortunately,     this       near the gym. The words were erased
                                                                                                                     7. Who is the Little Theater named after?                             the school was repainted a light brown      give the school a more                                     amount of money               because the school ordered new letter-
                                                                                                                     9. Desmond Chan performed here as one of the 30 grand                 and gray.                                   natural complexion                                         was only enough to            ing, which was originally scheduled
                         Fill out this                                                                               winners of the National Young Musicians Showcase                         Potential color schemes were select-     and a more modern look as compared repaint half of the school, Mount said.               to be installed before the start of the
                         crossword and                                                                               Competition                                                           ed last June when the school painted        to the previous scheme, which was             “We were hoping that we could fin-         school year. The 24 inch, black, alu-
                         be the first to                                                                             10. The fastest cross-country runner                                  the walls outside the 200 wing to test      based on school colors.                   ish sometime this year, but we don’t           minum “Saratoga High School” sign
                         turn it in to                                                                               11. Recruited to Seattle University for Division I base-              different combinations. These colors            “The agreement among folks was have any exact dates.”                                should arrive by the end of September
                         editor-in-chief                                                                             ball                                                                  make the school warmer, softer and          that the old paint job was a bit tired        According to several students inter-       to finish this year’s makeover.
                         David Eng for                                                                               Down                                                                  friendlier, according to art teacher Ste-   and outdated,” assistant principal Kev- viewed, the new paint job has been re-               “I’m excited to see the school when
                         a $5 prize.                                                                                 1. New drama teacher                                                  phen McCue.                                 in Mount said. “[The school] needed ceived relatively well. The neutral col-             it’s completely finished,” Chiou said.
                                                                                                                     2. Brad Frederickson is the coach of what girl’s sports                  “It evens out the transition between     painting and not many people were too or scheme makes the school look more               “I’m sure it’ll look amazing.” u
                                                                                                                     3. Recently became a teacher after being a maintenance
                                                                                                                     worker for a decade
                                                                                                                     4. Designs her own jewelry
                                                                                                                     7. Art Fisher moved to here from                                   Traveled teachers New finals schedule
                                                                                                                                                                                        descend upon SHS creates mixed feelings
                                                                                                                     8. New English teacher that taught in Indonesia

Clearly seen but often unheard                                                                                                                       topten                                                                                                                       BYAnushreeDugar                                                         December 2011
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     ronment at the school helps foster stu-                                                        SUN        M          T        W          TH           F        S
                                                                                                                                                                                        BY EdwardDong                                                                             & DerekSun                                                                                        1          2                        3
                                                                                                                                         THINGS To looK forwArd                         & GraceMa                                    dent learning.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        “This is a school that truly invests         The administration has implement-                     4        5         6         7           8          9                  10
                                           argument in my defense: No one listens      part of your school day: the announce-                IN HomEComING                                  Amy Keys stands enveloped by the in and shows great concern for its stu-              ed a new finals schedule this year in
                                           to the announcements. Ever.                 ments.                                                                                           humid heat of Indonesia, where street dents. I am here because I want to con-             which finals week will start on Dec. 19,                11       12         13       14          15          16                 17
                                                                                                                                               An alchohol-free dance. let’s                                                                 tinue the tradition of excellence
                                              I hear your protests. (“My class is         They not only deliver important                                                               markets line the roads and com-                                                           before winter break, instead of in Janu-                                                         22
                                                                                                                                               not get sadies taken away.                                                                                                                                                                 18       19         20       21                      23               24
                                           too loud! My teacher begins the lesson      news pertaining to the school, but they                                                          mon folk wash their clothes in                       that embodies the school,” Tol-      ary. Winter break will now start on Dec.                              Finals Week         Semester Start of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Ends       Holiday
                                           as soon as the bell rings! They aren’t      also provide something that is fast                                                              rivers. It is 1990, and when class-                  ley said.                            23, so students will not be burdened by                 25       26         27       28          29       30                   31
                                                                                                                                              The teachers’ dance. Hopefully
                                           relevant enough to me!”)                    disappearing in modern life, the shared                                                          es resume later in the afternoon,                       In 2000, Tolley journeyed to      having to study for finals over the holi-                        Holiday Break Until Jan. 8
                                                                                                                                              we won’t get schooled.
                                              Let’s face it: Your arguments are        experience. Few are the instances one                                                            she will teach English to Java-                      China where she taught Eng-          days.
                                           invalid, not only because this school is    can share time with 1,400 other people.                The homecoming game. we’ll                nese students intent on learning                     lish at a boarding school for six       This shift in the schedule resulted in a     break. Although the deadline for turn-
       Mac Hyde                            run like Soviet Russia, but also because       Beyond that, the announcements                      actually win this one!                    the language in order to qualify                     months. Some of her students         shorter summer because school started           ing in grades has been extended, teach-
              The Superior Macintosh       my average volume is plenty loud to         bind the school together by providing                                                            for higher-level education.                          were already in their senior year;   eight days earlier this year. To compen-        ers who like to finish them as soon as
                                           be heard over your teachers, fellow         individuals and organizations with                     The homecoming rally.                oh       Ten years later, on the Asian                    others were in kindergarten.         sate, however, school will end on June          possible will have to work harder dur-

      am not used to going unheard.        students and, possibly, even an invad-      recognition and giving the school a                    wait... there isn’t one.                  mainland, Sariah Tolley gazes             Keys          “One of my big objectives         7, nine days earlier than last year.            ing the holiday.
      In fact, many people (my mother      ing army.                                   common agenda. Student leaders com-                                                              over a farming village. A wom-                       while I was there was to involve        The administration’s reasoning, the              Semester classes are also trouble-
                                                                                                                                              Freshmen girls’ outfits. They’re          an carrying her child on her back plows the kids in activities and games,” Tolley         same for many other schools, was that it
      included) find it impossible to         I really don’t care, despite the hours   plain about their lackluster attendance                                                                                                                                                                                                    some for teachers since first semester is
                                                                                                                                              not scandalous at all.                    a field in a rural landscape dotted with said. “I remember one of their favorite          reduces the stress of studying for finals
tune me out at times. I’ll confess—I’ve    that the ASB and countless others put       at one event or another one. ASB invests                                                                                                                                                                                                   shorter than second semester and they
probably been the loudest, most obnox-     into making the morning announce-           countless hours into boosting public-                  rumpelstiltskin. Is that some             clay huts. Tolley, a college student teach- ones was to dart up to the board, and         over break.                                     have to teach the same material.
ious person to ever inhabit this cam-      ments as painless, entertaining and con-    ity for school events, but the burden of               type of skin disease?                     ing English in Kunming, capital of Chi- they would have to write or identify a               “It would be really nice for students            This shift in schedule was not made
pus (save for James Knight, perhaps).      cise as possible. That’s like saying that   responsibility ultimately rests with you,                                                        na’s Yunnan province, has just finished word. They loved it.”                             and teachers to be done in December             in isolation, however. Many schools
However, for some strange reason,          you drive an SUV powered by orphan          the listener.                                          Junior class decorations. Third           a long day at work.                             Starting in 2008, Tolley also taught      with a real break,” principal Jeff An-          have made this switch in part because
every Tuesday and Thursday, I feel         tears and puppies … it hurts deep.             In the end, the entire school loses out             time’s the charm.                             Time and chance would bring these for three years at the Downtown College             derson said. “Both students and teach-          teachers find it more useful to have an
completely silent.                            Why do you insist on ignoring me         by ignoring the announcements. My                                                                two traveled teachers together                       Prep, a high school for impover-     ers could start fresh after the December        extra week of instruction before STAR
   You see, on these days, I’m slated to   when I show you nothing but love? This      plight with the announcements in many                  2014 finally finding out who              on Aug. 22, their first day of                       ished, mostly Latino students        break. This is something we can control         and AP testing.
belt the morning announcements, sup-       concept is completely foreign to me.        ways mirrors my plight with writing                    gave them that horrible theme             teaching at Saratoga High. After                     trying to get into college. There,   that can help with students’ stress.”               Despite the reasons for having finals
posedly bringing enlightenment and            While I understand being ignored         opinionated newspaper columns. While                   last year...                              years spent teaching students                        she learned about dealing with          Assistant principal Brian Safine             before winter break, many students are
                                           in person, perhaps even completely                                                                                                           from across the globe, Keys and                      students who struggled “emo-         agrees with Anderson. He believes that          still not persuaded. Some still anticipate
joy to all who hear me.                                                                I might lift my spirits in the hopes
                                                                                                                                              Sophomore class decorations...            Tolley both felt eager to apply the                  tionally, academically or social-    students should not have to work over           a more stressful and difficult end of first
   But instead, you “Hyde” in pure         disregarded, to be ignored in an official   that students will read my meaningful
                                                                                                                                              parents where you at?                     knowledge gained from their ex-                      ly,” she said.                       break. “Personally, [I think] students          semester this year.
terror at the mere sound of my voice. I    capacity? That does not compute.            words with the utmost perspicacity, I
                                                                                                                                                                                        periences to the challenges that                         Like Tolley, Keys began          could decompress and re-energize over               “[Having finals before break] simply
needn’t have you barge into my peace-         I can understand students who tune       feel somewhat hurt when I find other-
                                                                                                                                              Senior quad day, we’ve been               lay ahead.                                           her career as a teacher out-         the break,” Safine said.                        increases the stress during the period
ful second period, you surely feel. My     out to study for an upcoming test, to       wise. When you skip over my article or                                                                                                    Tolley
                                                                                                                                              waiting four years for a good                 “I’m struck by how friendly                      side of the United States. She          Many teachers do not yet have an             prior to finals because of the [lack] of
one blissful moment where I am guar-       contemplate how to best Saran-wrap          tune out of ASB announcements, I feel                                                                                                                 first picked up teaching in In-
                                                                                                                                              one.                                      and welcoming both students                                                               opinion regarding this shift in schedule,       time to study,” junior Johnny Chang
anteed, by the government no less, 95      a friend’s car or to strategize how to      that my efforts have been effectively                                                            and staff are, how cooperative and help- donesia in 1990, where she stayed                but they are pleased to know that stu-          said.
minutes of Mac free, bona fide, purely     best ask that certain someone (nudge,       squandered.                                                                                      ful to each other and to new teachers!” for two years. At the time, she did
                                                                                                                                                        dylan Jew                                                                                                                 dents will not have any concerns over               Senior Hansen Qian concurs with
educational time, you may contend.         nudge) out, but otherwise your atten-          So please, listen to the announce-                                                            Keys said. “The students are thoughtful not suspect how much she would                    winter break.
                                                                                                                                                        Brandon Judoprasetijo                                                                                                                                                     Chang’s concern over added stress
   While I am good for all the thera-      tion should be completely devoted to        ments every morning. They just might                                                             and creative and mature.”                                                                    Other teachers are dissatisfied about
peutic bills sent my way, I have one       the most informational and important        make your day. u                                                                                     Tolley agrees that the nurturing envi-                                                having grades due soon after winter
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                                                                                                                                                                                      September 16, 2011

The Falcon interviewS the neweSt memberS of the Student
                                                                                                                                                                                                    New students arrive from around the world
                                                                                                                                                                                                    BY   IngridHong

                                                                                                                                                                                                       Senior Melodie Zhang is accustomed
                                                                                                                                                                                                    to the crowded, busy city life of her
                                                                                                                                                                                                    hometown of Hong Kong, a far cry from
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  weather and making friends was diffi-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  cult at first. The curriculum was also dif-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ferent; it’s a lot easier than in Finland,”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  freshman Olli Lilja said.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Freshman Boyu Pang, who moved to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Foreign Students
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Q: How is living in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 U.S. different from
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Q: How is living in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               U.S. different from

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Fisher: I used to live

body and inveStigateS what makeS thiS freShman claSS unique                                                                                                                                         her new home in quaint, cozy Saratoga.
                                                                                                                                                                                                       “At first, moving from Hong Kong to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Saratoga from Canada about a month
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ago, was also anxious about attending          Castillo: It is very com-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 fortable and calm here.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               in California before I
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               moved to Thailand, but
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               I do not see much dif-
                                                                                                                                                                                                    the U.S. was scary because I didn’t know      school in the U.S.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Back in Mexico my                                                             ference between Cali-
                                                                                                                                                                                                    what to expect,” Zhang said. "It's a dif-        “The transition was a major one,”           classroom had 30 peo-                                                         fornia and Thailand. It
                                                                                                                                                                                                    ferent culture altogether and I was ner-      Pang said. “I didn’t know anything
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 ple and I knew them                                                           was a pretty easy ad-

                       ool                                                                               freshmanfocus
 Runner meets high sch
                                                                                                                                                                                                    vous [about coming to the U.S.].”             about the [U.S.] education system, or          all. Also we had uni-                                                         justment. The only ma-
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Zhang is one of many international         any of the schools really, but I also had      forms in Mexico and                                                           jor difference between
                                                                                                 Q: What are your impressions of                                                                    transfer students who now face the chal-      to deal with finding new friends.”             many rules that you                                                           the two countries is the
                                                                                                                                    high school so far?                                                                                                                                          don’t have here.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    lenge of adjusting to life in a new country      The school has attempted to ease the                                                                                      weather.
                                              Forrest Gump.”                                    A: It’s big, fun and all around a mill
                                                                        country can                                                                                                                 as well as acclimating to a new school.       transition for new students by hosting
 BY   EdwardDong                                 Ye admits that cross                                                                 ion times better than middle scho
                                                                                                                                                                          ol.                                                                                                                    CarlosdelCastillo                                                                ArtFisher
                                              sometimes be lon  g and grueling, but                                                                                                                 This year, the school has added students      the annual new student barbecue, held                                      FALCON // MINU PALANIAPPAN
                            oming stu-                                running is in-
    Like many other inc                                                                                                                                                                             from Peru, Mexico, Japan, China, South
                                                                                                                                                                        NatalieMiller                                                             on Aug. 19, which gave students new
                                     the      she also believes that                            A: It is a really big school, yet it
 dents, fresh man Yvonne Ye hit               vigorating.                                                                            has a very nice community feeling.                             Korea, New Zealand and several other          to the district an opportunity to interact    Since then, he said he has easily settled                 has to offer.
                                                                                                expect so many students to be so                                         I
 ground running.                                  “While running, your
                                                                        feet hurt and                                                welcoming and I didn’t expect ther didn’t                      nations.                                      with both old and new students.               into the rhythm of high school life.                          "I saw a lot of forests and little shops
                            in a kind of                               y as much as             many clubs and activities to be able                                   e to be so
    “Cross country is fun                      you can’t breathe nearl afterwards,                                                     to participate in.                                              While stepping onto a new campus              “I also found the new student barbe-          “I think that the transition went very                 downtown," Zhang said. "It was great,
                          d. “Long runs
 unexpected way,” Ye sai er the edge                                    t
                                               you would like to. Bu ling of sat-                                                                                  SupriyaKhandekar                 is always daunting, common hardships          cue and the orientation day very helpful,     smoothly, especially considering the                      because you can't see that in the city."
                         u ov
 don’t actually drive yo                       you get tha t wonderful fee                                                                                                                          such as navigating the flow of traffic in     as I met new people and had many of           added details of moving and adjusting                         But the thing she’s looking forward to
                         trick is to find                              u want to do it          A: I thought there would be mor
 into exhaustion. The                          isfaction that makes yo                                                            e class-segregation—the stereoty
                                                                                                                                                                   pical seniors
                                                                                                                                                                                                    the hallways and finding an unoccupied        my questions answered,” Pang said.            to a new environment,” Pang said.                         the most is the different environment.
                           speedometer,                                                         picking on freshmen and the like.
  that good spot on your                       again.” u                                                                           But that doesn’t really happen here                              place to sit at lunch are made even more         Pang also added that being a member           Despite being unsure at first, Zhang                       “I love how the sky is so blue and that
  where you feel lik e you can run like                                                         tends to throw stereotypes out the
                                                                                                                                                                       ; Saratoga                   difficult for foreign students, whose first   of the marching band helped him adjust        has also managed to become accus-                         it’s not noisy or polluted,” Zhang said.
                                                                                                                                                                          YvonneYe                  language is often not English.                because he got to know some of the staff      tomed to the lifestyle in the U.S. and is                 “I’m really looking forward to living and
                                                                                                                                                                                                       “I didn’t know how to dress for the        and students before school even began.        excited to experience all that California                 going to school here.” u
      Soccer star shoots for national team                                                          Malik seeks success in drama
      BY   JayMulye
                                                  improve his technique and fitness. He
                                                 hopes to be on the U.S. national team
                                                                                                    BY   AasimNaqvi                            something stupid or dumb, but it                     Dedicated maintenance      Spanish teacher transitions
                                                                                                                                                                                                    worker starts teaching job from middle to high school
     Freshman Samuel Junqua has been                                                                                                           won’t matter because it can be mold-
                                                 one day.                                              Freshman Neesha Malik hopes to          ed into something that other people
  playing competitive soccer since he
                                                    “For now I want to concentrate on               attain a reputation similar to that of     will appreciate,” Malik said.
  was 10. His outstanding talent led him         the Earthquakes and improve with the
  directly onto the U-14 San Jose Earth-                                                            2011 Saratoga High graduate Jay Lee,          Despite not having much experi-
                                                 U-16 academy.” Junqua said. “In order              who was renowned for his unforget-         ence, Malik added that she loves dra-                                                                                                             BY   NikilRamanathan                     a connection with some of the students
  quakes Pre-Academy team last spring.           to make it to the national team, I will                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  here, said Rodriguex.
                                                                                                    table performances.                        ma because she feels that her peers                  BYJayMulye                                 cations. Prior to receiving his credential
     Junqua attends three vigorous two-          need to work to my full potential for                                                                                                                                                         from National University in February                 The transition from middle school        Narva will be teaching two Spanish
  hour training sessions per week to                                                                   “I like drama because I can do          are always there for her. u                          & ParulSingh
                                                 every training.” u                                                                                                                                                                            of 2009, he had held an array of substi-          to high school is regularly made by in- 2 classes and two Spanish 1 classes this
                                                                                                                                                                                                        From a bar tender in high volume tute teaching positions. However, due                   coming freshmen, but this year, Spanish year. He hopes to emphasize culture and

                                                                                                     Swimmer dives right                                                                            rock n’ roll club to a maintenance work- to the current fiscal crisis he was un-             teacher Andrew Narva has made the loves to teach students about holidays.

                                                                                                                                                            into school                             er, new teacher Mike McQuade has able to find a permanent teaching job
                                                                                                                                                                                                    worked in many different professions anywhere. But when former physics
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 switch as well.                          Narva also said that the activities he
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Narva taught at Redwood last year does in the class may seem somewhat
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 and the year before that he taught at elementary but are necessary to help
                                                                                                     BY                                                                                             in many different places but now he has teacher Bill Drennan retired, a position
      Q: What are your favorite and least favorite parts of high school?                                                                        when he was seven,                                  finally settled as a teacher at Saratoga opened up and McQuade jumped at the                 South Valley Middle School.                      students learn first and second
                                                                                                                                                                       and has swam                 High School.                               opportunity.                                      This is Narva’s third year of full-              level high school Spanish.
                                                                       help you, and                   Monday through Frida                     competitively ever sin
      A: One of my favorite parts is how the counselors really want to                              Nikhil Chakravarthy ge
                                                                                                                                 y, freshman                           ce.
                                                                                                                                                of trying out for the Jun He dreams                     During more than a decade as an           “[McQuade] applied and did a great             time teaching.                                      Narva’s believes that confi-
      they don’t just turn down every request because it makes their job easier.                    his classes and then he
                                                                                                                             ts up, goes to     National team.
                                                                                                                                                                          ior Olympic               employee of the Los Gatos Sara-                    job, he was clearly the best out             Through just his first week of                dence and motivation are essen-
      weekend homework is a pain, though   . I never got this much homework on the                                          ads
                                                                                                   school’s pool at 4:30 p.m over to the           He appreciates Saratog
                                                                                                                                                                            a High for
                                                                                                                                                                                                    toga Union High School district,                   of the applicants,” Nicholson             teaching at the high school level                tial to the students’ learning.
      weekend in middle school.                                           NeeshaMalik                                          . Two hours     the wide selection of                                McQuade has worked in the                          said.                                     this year, Narva had already no-                    “Many people are intimidat-
                                                                                                   and 6,000 yards later,                                               activities and
                                                                                                                            he gets out of     increased freedom com                                maintenance department, been                          Nicholson mentored Mc-                 ticed some differences between                   ed by learning a new language,”
                                                                              you get two          the water and goes ho
      A: I don’t like how classes are an hour and a half long but I like that                      do it all again the next
                                                                                                                             me, ready to                               pa
                                                                                                                                               dle school. In addition red to mid-                  a student teacher with Kelly                       Quade and encouraged him to               the high school and middle                       Narva said. “If a student is mo-
                        ork. The food is also way better here.                                                                                                          to
      days for homew                                                            NicolasRios           Chakravarthy learne
                                                                                                                            day.               school’s swim team, he joining the                   Nicholson and has now finally                      pursue his teaching credential            school students.                                 tivated to learn a new language,
                                                                                                                                                                        wi                                                                                                                                                            Narva
                                                                                                   when he was two. He
                                                                                                                              d to swim        doing speech and deba ll consider                    become a biology as well as an                     back in 2008.                                “So far [the high school kids]                they will. If a student feels con-
                                                                        people in high                                      joined a club                               te and water                anatomy and physiology teach-                         “[McQuade] had graduated               are much bigger, and they’re                     fident enough to practice speak-
      A: I’m really excited to meet new people; there are a lot more                                                                           polo. u
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 mature in the sense that I don’t have to ing this new language in class, they will
      school than in middle school.  Also, the dances seem so much more fun. I’m 100                                                                                                                er.                                                with his degree, but he never
                                                                        every way.                                                                                                                      “When I decided to become a McQuade pursued his teaching credential.                     explain what I expect,” Narva said.      quickly feel confident speaking this lan-
      percent positive that they are better than the ones at Redwood in
                                                                                                           freshmanfunfacts                                                                         teacher, I was hoping to get a job                 He reached a point in his life
                                                                                                                                                                                                    in a good school district, and now I’ve where he decided he wanted to teach so
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Narva started his career as an Eng- guage out of class.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 lish as a second language teacher, but      Narva says that it has been nice see-

           Indian culture inspires art                                                             Q: Do you have any unique hobbies?                                                               found the greatest school,” McQuade I offered to be his master teacher,” Nich-               when he was offered the opportunity ing familiar faces from Redwood and
                                                                                                                                                                                                    said.                                      olson said.                                       to instruct Spanish elective classes he that he feels excited to be a part of the
                                                                                                                                                                         so I started
                                                                                                   A: I have so much music that I ran out of space to put it on my iPod,                                He envisioned himself as a biology        Nicholson speaks glowingly of Mc-              “jumped at the offer.”                   language department.
       BY   AnushreeDugar                                                                          burning cassette tapes. I like listening to almost every type of music besides                   teacher and, with determination, he Quade’s drive and passion for teaching.                     According to language department         Narva attended Archbishop Mitty
                                                   Ravi’s drawings were voted                      mainstream.                                                          RachelMenard                made that dream a reality.                 She fondly remembers her days men-                head Arnaldo Rodriguex, the school High School and received his teaching
                                                displayed on the “wall of        to be                                                                                                                  “I love biology, anatomy and physi- toring McQuade.                                      needed another Spanish teacher because credential from UC Santa Cruz.
         There are some things in                                            fame” in
      are easy to learn in a day and
                                     life that her Indian art cla
                                                                  ss, and she has won              Q: If you had a million dollars, what would you do with it?                                      ology although biology was my major           “He is really great to work with and           the Spanish program was expected to         For hobbies Narva said that he re-
                                     remem- many awards fro                                                                                                                                         in college,” McQuade said. “My goal he really absorbs information, he is also                grow by about 50 students this year. Of ally likes to do outdoor activities like
      ber for life. Drawing is not                                 m the Reflections                                                                                           t me to
      these things. Freshman Pre
                                      one of program.                                              A: I would travel all over the world. When I was little, my mom brough                           for now is to have a 10- to 15-year career really open to learning from both the             the five applicants, Narva was chosen in skateboarding and surfing. However,
      has been taking sketching
                                   ethi Ravi      To Ravi, art is more than
                                                                                a fun              all these places, but now I can’t remember any of it, so I want to revisit them.                 as a teacher.”                             students and other teachers,” said Nich-          part because he taught a Spanish class he joked that he’s “grown too old” for
                                      classes pastime. “I really                                                                                                                AudriePott              McQuade has no shortage of qualifi- olson. u                                             at Redwood last year and therefore has the both of them. u
      over the summer in India                                     became interested
                                   since she in art because
      was 5, and has slowly bee
                                   n able to express myself
                                                               it was a way I could                 Q: If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?
      perfect the art.                                          without being grad-
                                               ed,” Ravi said. u
                                                                                                    A: I would go to Neverland because I could stay young forever there.

 Menard twirls into high school                                                                          Khandekar finds passion in singin                                                          Continued from pg. S1                         taken in the spring.                          makes December break fun because                          Chang pointed out. Chang was fond of

                                                sister, [Sarah], is in guard and it
                                                                                                                                                                                        g           because college applications are due at
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     “It won’t be hard to get used to the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  new schedule because we have to cram
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                there is no stress,” sophomore Adrian
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Fong said.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          starting second semester a few weeks af-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ter the end of winter break.
       VivianLeTran                                                                                  BY                                                                                             around the same time as finals, which         for spring finals as well,” said sopho-          Junior Shayda Roohparvar also ap-                         Although currently there are mixed
                                                          always has a great time. Also, I
                                                like she                                                                                       great to see how our unique voic
                                                                                      to get                                                                                       es               could negatively impact the quality of        more Usha Raman.                              preciates the change because she is not                   opinions about the new finals schedule,
                                        h-      thought it would be a better way                                                               could be made into a soulful cho
    A couple of weeks before most fres          P.E. credit, sinc  e I didn’t want to run
                                                                                                         Freshman Supriya Khandekar has
                                                                                                                                                  At Redwood Middle School, she
                                                                                                                                                                                ir.”                the seniors’ applications. For this reason,      Both students and parents admit,           worried about forgetting any material                     students said they will eventually be-
 men  even set foot on campus, freshma                                                                found her passion: singing. Wh
                                                                                                                                          ile was involved with the Hon                             the Palo Alto Unified School District de-     however, that winter break should not         over break.                                               come accustomed to it.
                         twirling, tossing      miles.”                                              she attended middle school in                                         or Cho-                  cided to keep finals after winter break.      be consumed by studying for finals, but          The abrupt start of second semester                       “If you’re not there when the change
 Rachel Menard was                                  Although the taller flags, rifles toss
                                                                                            -                                            Eu- rus, and she continues to
 and meticulously learning drills dur            ing and dril l exercises are all new to her,
                                                                                                     rope for two years, Khandekar
                                                                                                                                        par- here at Saratoga High.
                                                                                                                                                                         take choir                    Other students, however, are now           instead be treated as a holiday.              after a long sedentary set of two weeks                   occurs, you don’t have any incentive to
 band camp for Saratoga      High’s Color                                               rd is        ticipated in the AMIS Internationa                                                             comparing first semester finals to those         “Having finals before break really         is also unappealing to some students as                   protest,” Qian said. u
                                                 Menard is relieved that Color Gua                   Honor Chorus.
                                                                                                                                            l    Khandekar is also interested in
                                        e I      not as intense as ban  d camp during the                                                     singing in school musicals and plan
    “I joined guard at Saratoga sinc             actual school year. She hopes to con
                                                                                         tin-            “It was an amazing experience                                              s
 did it for three years at Redwood,” Me-                                      years of high          since I was singing with people from to participate in the drama produc-
                                        nce       ue Color Guard all four                                                                     tions throughout her high scho
 nard said, reflecting on her experie             school. u
                                                                                                     all over the world,” she said. “It
                                                                                                                                        was years. u                              ol
 in Color Guard at Redwood. “My olde

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S4                         SPECIALTY                                                               September 16, 2011

                                                                                                       Slone psyched for SHS
                                                                                                       BY   VivienLu                               School District. He then transferred to
                                                                                                                                                   the Cambrian School District where he
                                                                                                           New school psychologist Michael held administrative jobs and duties, in-
                                                                                                       Slone joined the SHS team at the start cluding the director of student services
                                                                                                       of this school year after former school and special education, before becoming
                                                                                                       psychologist Mark Atkinson accepted the principal of Cambrian Community
                                                                                                       a position as the director of special ed- School.
                                                                                                       ucation at the district office.                Slone first became interested in psy-
                                                                                                           Slone was encouraged by Atkinson chology during his time at Lewis and
                                                                                                       to apply for the po-                                             Clark College in
                                                                          FALCON // SASAN SAADAT       sition and is excited                      psychologist          Portland.
Drama and English teacher Karin Babbitt talks to students in the Little Theater on Sept. 8.            to come to Saratoga                        Michael Slone            “I can think
                                                                                                       High.                                                            back to students

Babbitt brightens up
                                                                                                           “All of the posi-                  Replaced Mark At- with special needs,
                                                                                                       tive information he                    kinson; studied at friends and class-
                                                                                                       gave me about the                                                mates who didn’t
                                                                                                       students, the staff
                                                                                                                                              Lewis and Clark Col- get the help they
                                                                                                                                              lege in Portland.

drama department
                                                                                                       and the adminis-                                                 needed,”       Slone
                                                                                                       tration was one of                                               said. “Remember-
                                                                                                       the reasons that convinced me to come ing these experiences has helped shape
                                                                                                       here.”                                      and influence what I wanted to do.”
                                                                                                           So far, Atkinson’s statements have         Slone enjoys working in a school en-
BY   MichaelLee                                 in their lives. She will use her extensive             held true, and Slone has been greatly vironment because of the emphasis on
                                                experience in comedy to complement                     impressed by the student body. He also teamwork.
    She has performed on VH-1, MTV and          her teaching.                                          admires how much students at Sara-             “I didn’t like the idea of working by
Comedy Central. She worked as a stand-             “I wanted to be that person to teenag-              toga value their education compared myself in an office or private clinic,”
up comedian for 15 years and continues          ers who didn’t discourage them,” Bab-                  to those he has worked with in other he said. “The best part about being a
to entertain at fundraisers and to fight        bitt said. “From the time I was a little               school districts, he said.                  school psychologist is the great team
substance abuse. She has taught drama           kid I dreamed of having a drama class                      “Saratoga students are really lucky atmosphere.”
since the 1980s. She has held her English       where kids—no matter who they are and                  to have all these facilities,” Slone said.     Slone is looking forward to being
credential for years and used to write for      whatever people felt about them—could                  “The best part is that they seem to ap- able to work with the special education
a living. To cap it off, she produced and       get up and try on all these different roles            preciate everything offered.”               students as well as the rest of the staff.
performed in a documentary entitled             and blow people’s minds.”                                  Previously, he worked as a school          “It’s an amazing student body and a
“The Last Laugh” to bring awareness to             Babbitt has high aspirations for the                psychologist at both the Irvine Uni- wonderful staff,” Slone said. “I couldn’t
AIDS in 1991.                                   drama program. She plans to give the                   fied School District and Lodi Unified be happier to be here.” u
    Needless to say, new drama and Eng-         Drama 1 students “a little taste of every-
lish teacher Karin Babbitt has quite a re-      thing,” including pantomime, storytell-
    Throughout her childhood, Babbitt
dreamed of doing stand-up comedy and
                                                ing, play writing, theater tech and cos-
                                                tume design. In the higher levels of the
                                                course, however, Babbitt aims to focus
                                                                                                       New counselor fitting in
eventually made that dream a reality.           on more advanced topics such as drama
    “People always say, ‘Isn’t [comedy]         theory. In addition, she will give Drama               BY   JayMulye                             makes me excited to come to work ev-
the hardest thing in the world?’ Well, I        4 Honors students the opportunity to                                                             ery day and meet the students.”
think it is ridiculously easy,” Babbitt said.   study various production jobs, such as                    “I felt as if I had died and gone to      As the Link Crew co-director, Kellert
“You get up and act silly for 45 minutes        direction and design.                                  heaven,” guidance counselor Lisa Kel- has already started contributing to the
and they pay you, and you don’t have to            English teacher Kerry Mohnike, who                  lert said of her first day at Saratoga school, demonstrating her versatility.
go to a real job for eight hours.”              taught the drama classes last year, recog-             High.                                        “It was great getting to know some
    Babbitt later found work as a comic in      nized the need for a teacher with formal                  Kellert replaced previous guidance students before school started,” Kellert
her hometown of Los Angeles. In 1988,           training in drama. Additionally, Mohni-                counselor Christy Cali, who retired said.
she moved to the Santa Cruz area, where         ke noted that she did not have the time                last year. She is excited about joining      According to assistant principal Bri-
she started acting locally, teaching and        to direct the school productions due to                the guidance department and looks an Safine, Kellert was an ideal candi-
performing in drug recovery venues.             teaching and family commitments. Last                  forward to creating lasting re-                   date to fill Cali’s shoes.
In California, she taught at San Lorenzo        year, the school had to hire outside direc-            lationships with all of her stu-                     “She has experience work-
Valley High and San Jose State before           tors for “Our Town” and “Dr. Jekyll and                dents.                                            ing with the high achieving
she taught drama at Scotts Valley High          Mr. Hyde.” Babbitt, on the other hand,                    “It is a privilege to work with                students as well as struggling
for 10 years.                                   will direct this year’s productions.                   teenagers, especially the unique                  students,” Safine said.
    Starting this year, Babbitt will lead the      “We liked the experience that she                   and amazing individuals on                           Kellert welcomes anybody
drama department in addition to teach-          had. She [also] had really good referenc-              this campus,” Kellert said.                       to her office and hopes that stu-
ing one English 9 class. She expects her        es,” Mohnike said. “The students that                     Kellert is already familiar                    dents will approach her if they
first year to be a good one.                    she worked with at her former school                   with the South Bay commu-                         ever have any problems.
    “My first impression [of the school]        praised her highly.”                                   nity, which eases her transition     Kellert         “It is fascinating to make a
was that I had landed in paradise,” Bab-           After more than 30 years of working                 to Saratoga High. She served                      connection and a difference in
bitt said. “[The staff] continually prove       at various schools and organizations,                  as a counselor at Wilcox High School the life of a student, even if it is only
to be brilliant and generous, and the           Babbitt feels excited to start anew at                 last year and was an English teacher one,” Kellert said. “It is rewarding
community support is exemplary.”                Saratoga High.                                         at Prospect High School for four years and fulfilling to know I have helped a
    Babbitt said she was inspired to               “I feel privileged to be working here,”             prior to that.                            student during his or her high school
teach because of her desire to help kids        she said. “I am very, very grateful and I                 “It is a community here and you can experience, whether it be academic or
through high school—often a rocky time          hope I please [everyone].” u                           really feel it,” she said. “That’s what personal.” u

Continued from pg. S1                           adults from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., with a                  These experiences contrasted with            or doesn’t use any visuals, or uses the
                                                midday break that spanned the day’s                 her recent involvement as a mentor with         same teaching method all the time.”
love the experience nor the impact it           warmest hours.                                      the Santa Cruz New Teacher Project.                Like Keys, Tolley feels like she has
would have on the rest of her career.              After moving back to Wisconsin,                     “I got to have more sense of what            benefited from her adventurous past.
    “The first class I ever taught, I walked    where she came from, Keys continued                 school is like for students, since instead         “I feel like it’s unique in that I’ve
in and I had no idea what I was supposed        to teach from 1995 to 2007, this time at a          of being up in front of the class, I was sit-   taught students from so many different
to do. I really underestimated how much         diverse high school with students from              ting at the back,” Keys said. She gained        backgrounds,” Tolley said. “Something I
it takes [to teach a class],” she said.         countries such as Laos, Ethiopia, Viet-             a sense of how students respond “when           really try to do is meet the needs of my
    She taught English to children and          nam and Mexico.                                     the teacher is disorganized, or stressed,       students where they’re at right now.” u


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