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Youth Squared Community Care Pop-up Event to Collect Bus Pass Donations

Youth Squared, a local youth volunteer group, organized a Community Care Pop-up Event to provide community members in need with transportation assistance to jobs, doctor appointments, and other arrangements. In partnership with the Saratoga County Mental Health and Youth Services team, the Franklin Community Center, Shelters of Saratoga, and the Life Works Community Action Program, Youth Squared will be collecting bus pass … Continue reading »

SSHS Film Forum Presents “The Little Girl Who Sold the Sun”

The Saratoga Springs high school film forum is holding a virtual screening of the 1999 Senegalese film La Petite Vendeuse de Soleil (The Little Girl Who Sold the Sun) with a foreword from Hédi Jaouad, a Professor of French at Skidmore College. The screening is available on-demand via a Google Drive folder and free to all SSHS … Continue reading »

Volleyball: Saratoga Sweeps Niskayuna in Three Tight Sets

By Julian Silva-Forbes   On Monday, the Saratoga boys varsity volleyball team swept Niskayuna in three tight sets, led by strong performances from Nate Krackeler, Chase Corbett, and Thomas Bobear. The final set came down to the wire, with Saratoga winning 31-29 off a serve from Corbett. The Blue Streaks will continue their season on … Continue reading »

Football: Shaker Remains Perfect After Shutout Versus Saratoga

By Isabelle Kelly and Julian Silva-Forbes   On Saturday, the Shaker Blue Bison marched into Saratoga’s home turf with a mission: to continue their undefeated season. The Bison did not only secure the win but dominated the game, winning 49-0.   “Everybody was really involved; we all were just watching a lot of film this week and getting ready for [Saratoga],” said Shaker … Continue reading »

Little Women (2019) – Why is this adaptation so bold?

By Laney Paige   It all started in 1868 when Louisa May Alcott wrote the novel known as Little Women. The classic coming-of-age story follows four sisters during the Civil War era in Concord, MA, and has been adapted countless times. Little Women has been adapted for the screen three times, the latest being in … Continue reading »

Football: CBA Stuns Saratoga in Home Opener

By Isabelle Kelly   On Saturday, Christian Brothers Academy defeated the Saratoga Springs boys varsity football team in a 40-0 rout. Scoring a touchdown on their opening drive, the Brothers stayed in control for the remainder of the game. Though CBA’s offense was consistent throughout the game, the Brothers’ defensive juggernaut prevented the Blue Streaks … Continue reading »

Gaga for Gaga: A Definitive Ranking of Lady Gaga’s Discography

By Grace Beauregard and Isabelle Kelly    Lady Gaga has one of the most recognizable voices in the music industry. She has released five solo studio albums over her decade-long career; each album has its own distinct sound and Gaga has proved time after time that experimental pop can receive a positive response from today’s music … Continue reading »

Youth Squared: Making a Difference

By Eliza Krackeler   Youth2, a community service group in Saratoga Springs, hit a roadblock when it came to creating their 2021 volunteer workshop. Because of the pandemic, it was not safe to hold the meeting in person. But Youth2 board members came together in an effort to keep the tradition alive. Using Zoom, they … Continue reading »

Hockey: Blue Streaks Defeat ADK Rivermen (Photo Gallery)

By Julian Silva-Forbes   The Saratoga Boys Varsity Hockey team outlasted the Adirondack Rivermen to win 5-4 in a three-period thriller, playing in front of family for the first time in the 2021 season. Saratoga senior Will Detora led the Blue Streaks with two scores.  

Basketball: Blue Streaks Defeat Burnt Hills in Boys Season Opener

By Isabelle Kelly and Julian Silva-Forbes    The Saratoga Springs Boys Varsity Basketball team tipped off their 2021 season in a near-empty gym last Friday, wearing masks throughout the game. The Blue Streaks held off the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Spartans to begin the season with a 64-54 victory.  “It was great being back out there. I missed it all winter, but it was a nice surprise … Continue reading »

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