After an extensive search for an administrator to serve as the new principal of Burlingame High School, the San Mateo Union High School District (SMUHSD) staff will recommend to the Board of Trustees that the current Mills High principal, PaulBelzer, take over the top administrative post at Burlingame High School.
For California residents suffering from a terminal illness, this spring will mark the final step in their journey toward gaining the right to die via a lethal dose of medication.
Governor Jerry Brown signed the Right-to-Die legislation, also known as the End of Life Option Act, in September of 2015, putting to rest a 10-month debate between advocates and critics of the law. Ultimately, Brown supported the legislation upon considering the possibility of having to face a terminal illness himself.
In an era when technology is rapidly advancing and becoming more prominent, computers, cell phones, and tablets play a significant role in people’s daily lives and routines. Technology has become normalized in today’s society, and is often used to store and communicate private information. As the use of technology increases, however, cybercrime simultaneously increases with it.
The majority of the BHS student body has been involved in the Buddies Program at one point or another, either as a freshman, an upperclassman, or a transfer student. The Buddies Program is designed to help freshmen and transfer students acclimate to BHS and feel like they are welcome in Panther territory. Upperclassmen volunteers host a several themed buddies lunches throughout the year to help new students with any problems they have. Although the Buddies lunches have proved to be initially effective and helpful, they lose their relevance as the school year progresses.
Political correctness is a great idea that’s, well, gone just a tad too far. Fortunately, we’re not living in our grandparents’ generation anymore, a time when segregation was legal, slander was a viable way of getting a quasi-Communist thrown in jail, and corporal punishment was today’s equivalent to a teacher politely telling a student that he answered a question incorrectly. However, in spite of the abolishment of these preposterous societal norms from yesteryear, today’s youth, myself included, seems overly sensitive and way too willing to call others out for their social blunders.
BHS has implemented a new process for course selection this year, having students choose classes online rather than the previous handwritten design. With this new system, students create online Aeries profiles and are able to navigate the site themselves, a difference from letting their counselors manage the process.
We have all been there: you’re sitting at the dinner table, scrolling through your Instagram feed, ignoring the conversations floating around you. You get yelled at for not paying enough attention to those around you, so you put your phone away, only to check it two minutes later. It is a vicious cycle many of us have fallen victim to; it is also a cycle that we witness among our friends, family, and sometimes even our teachers
Donald Trump has become one of the most influential politicians in the United States and the Hispanic community, but why? He did not obtain all this fame on his own, but rather, through the ignorance of the public.
In a recent interview with Ellen DeGeneres, transgender activist Caitlyn Jenner faced media backlash when she hesitated to declare support of same-sex marriage. Jenner, who commanded world attention when she posed confidently on the cover of Vanity Faire this summer and asked the world to call her Cait.
Two years ago marked the 40th anniversary of the landmark decision Roe v. Wade, which made abortion legal in all 50 states. Ironically, that same year North Dakota passed a law taking a step back for the rights of U.S. women.
Although it may no longer be a new story, the stabbing at a Pennsylvania high school April 9 left the citizens terrorized — especially teenagers all across the country. When 16-year-old sophomore Alex Hribal terrorized his high school, Franklin Regional High School, by suddenly brandishing two kitchen knives and beginning a stabbing spree, the generally quiet and peaceful Murrysville (about 18 miles from Pittsburgh) suddenly became front page news.
Twenty-three-year-old Deah Shaddy Barakat, his 21-year-old wife Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, and her 19-year-old sister Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha were killed in their home by next-door-neighbor Craig Stephen Hicks on Feb. 10 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. All three victims were students with bright futures ahead of them.
The first Ebola patient in the United States, Thomas Eric Duncan, died Wednesday, October 8, in Dallas, Texas after receiving treatment for a number of days. Government health officials reported 121 Ebola deaths in a single day in Sierra Leone October 5, just three days earlier. However, asHuffington Post journalist Emily Thomas eloquently states, “western media made little mention of the latter.”
It is no secret that the meaning of an A grade has changed. School officials tell students that an A stands for superior, and under a bell-curve system only 20% of their peers received that coveted grade. Statistics on grade distribution show that much more than 20 percent of students are “superior.”
The idea of independent Saudi women has caused the Saudi society and some conservative women, to object. Saudi Arabia is a profoundly religious nation. Its official religion is Islam, and the Qur’an, the Muslim holy book, serves as the country’s constitution.
The badminton season originally got off to a great start against South San Francisco, but soon suffered a losing streak of four matches. The season is more than halfway over and Peninsula Athletic League matches approach, with division tournaments on May 3 and 4, and the final PAL Tournament on Saturday, May 7. The varsity badminton team anticipates its next few matches as they face off against rival school for the second time to conclude the season.
With the best record in Burlingame High School history, boys’ lacrosse is looking on track for a very successful season. Led by a strong senior defense and sophomore and junior attack, a playoff berth is solidified with every winning game.
After a series of tough losses, the BHS varsity girls’ lacrosse team is hoping to focus on a few key aspects of their playing, in order to have a more successful end to the season. In the past few weeks, the girls played against Castilleja and Menlo Atherton, where they were edged out by just a few points. With these losses, their record is set at 0-6 for Peninsula Athletic League.
The boys’ varsity baseball team has opened its league play with a record of four wins and six losses. After getting off to a slow start with two consecutive losses to Carlmont, the team rebounded with back-to-back victories over Menlo-Atherton. However, it was recently swept by local rival Carlmont, putting the team back under .500 in league play.
After a tough season, the varsity boys’ tennis team is heading to Peninsula Athletic League Individuals starting Tuesday, April 26. In the recent game against Menlo-Atherton on Tuesday, April 12, the team lost 7-0.
This spring, the Track and Field team started out fast, winning the first four meets against Woodside, San Mateo, Capuchino, and Carlmont. The team is one of the strongest in the Peninsula Athletic League and the runners are looking forward to a season of personal records. Senior captains Lina Kamb and Drew Maxwell are working hard to make sure everybody on the team is prepared for the season ahead.
Track and Field meets bring short and long distance runners, jumpers, and throwers together in either small groups, called ‘heats,’ or individual races. Being a part of a track and field team means that an individual's placement affects the team’s standing against the other teams. However, even more intense than the typical school track and field meets, are track invitationals. These track and field invitationals involve individuals from all over the area and are typically more competitive.
It was another solid season for the Burlingame boys’ basketball team, consistently one of the top public school teams in the Central Coast Section. The Panthers finished with an overall record of 19-9, just short of their goal of 20 wins but nonetheless successful.
As a team with many seniors, the BHS girls’ soccer team had high hopes for winning the Division II Central Coast Sectional Bracket. A bout of successful games in the beginning of the season showed much promise and gave the seniors hope for finishing their high school soccer careers on a high note. The team advanced far, but unfortunately, the streak ended at the CCS Semi-Finals, leaving the Panthers with a strong record of 8-3-3 for the 2015-2016 season.
As of late, there has been a trend of coaches leaving Burlingame High School teams. In the past few years the boys’ soccer, girls’ lacrosse, girls’ basketball, girls’ softball, girls’ water polo, and swim teams have all lost coaches. Such frequent departures warrant a deeper look into what it is like to be a coach at BHS.
In a world that has made so much progress in transforming the roles of women and diminishing the influence of expectations of male dominance and patriarchy, it seems as though some aspects of modern society are still stuck in the past.
The game didn’t mean anything in terms of the standings, but there were several reasons why Burlingame were desperate for a win in its final regular-season game against the San Mateo Bearcats. It was both Senior Night and a rivalry game, which provide their own motivation, and besides, the Panthers had suffered a beatdown on Tuesday at the hands of first-place Menlo-Atherton. They thus needed a victory Friday as a confidence-booster heading into the playoffs.
Every year, the Super Bowl -- America’s most-watched sporting event -- garners so much attention that even the most obscure storylines make for headline press. From players’ clothing styles to coaches’ favorite food joints, the media never ceases to amaze in its sometimes absurd variety of questions that it pelts at the men playing in the NFL’s championship game. One story, however, that always makes the rounds is that of the matchup within the matchup -- the opposing quarterbacks. This year’s edition makes for an especially intriguing Super Bowl.
On the heels of a loss to Capuchino last week, the Burlingame boys basketball team was in desperate need of a big game from one of their stars. Vinny Ferrari delivered for the Panthers on Wednesday night, scoring 32 points in host Burlingame’s 66-46 win over the visiting Sequoia Cherokees
It wasn’t easy. It rarely is with this year’s boys’ basketball team. But the Panthers keep finding ways to win.
Senior Vinny Ferrari scored 15 points, sophomore Callum Spurlock scored 14, and Burlingame turned what had been a close game throughout into a 68-47 victory over San Mateo on the road. The Panthers outscored the Bearcats 23-4 in the fourth quarter.
Although the football season ended on November 20 after a hard-fought game against Riordan, the memories and life lessons learned continue to influence both players and coaches alike. One of the most impactful experiences of last season came on Senior Night (Nov. 6), as the Panthers took on Menlo Atherton on our home field. Before the game, all of the senior players walked onto the field with their parents. One by one, each athlete was called on to the field. Near the end of the line, senior Vraj Patel stood waiting for his name to be announced.
BHS has reason to be optimistic about varsity boys’ soccer after placing second at the Central Coast Section championships last winter, but this season looks even more promising the last. November’s intense tryouts fleshed out the teams and finalized Burlingame’s varsity team. They certainly lost vital skills with last year’s graduated seniors, but preseason practices are showing returning starters and talented newcomers who anticipate a successful year.
Despite being months away from the first meet, the BHS wrestling team is training for the upcoming season, after finishing 2nd in the Peninsula Athletic League last year. The team is determined to win the PAL Championships and advance to the Central Coast Section championships. Therefore, the athletes have already been practicing for several weeks to prepare for non-PAL tournaments, which begin in December. Despite last season’s success, the Panthers are hungry for more.
Many high school sports team have a common goal: reach the Central Coast Section playoffs. This year, the BHS varsity girls’ water polo placed second in its league, but was disqualified from participating in CCS for a small mistake. As a senior co-captain of the team, here is the story.
Girls’ basketball tryouts have reached new heights this year as a surprising number of sophomores tried out for the varsity team. As tryouts end and preseason training begins, the girls expressed their excitement for the season.
Captain Tyler Garlitos can barely contain his excitement about the upcoming basketball season. “Only a few seniors left last year, so many of us are coming back,” Garlitos exclaimed. The BHS boys’ varsity basketball team is looking to improve on its 16-13 record from last year, and the players feel like they have an especially great chance this year.
The Central Coast Sectional Girls’ Tennis championship kicked off on Tuesday, Nov. 10 with a win for Burlingame High School against Scotts Valley, with a final score of 7 to 0. The team moved on to play and lose against Menlo Atherton on the Nov. 11, thus ending its season.
Soccer tryouts are off to a great start at Burlingame High School, where a mixture of determination and spirit fueled 70 soccer players to meet up on the football field on November 2. Thus began a month of challenging training for everyone eager to grab one of the 53 open spots and kick off a new season.
Senior Ben Williams is a second-year varsity football player and is one of the team’s top running backs. He is averaging 4.5 yards per carry and has scored five touchdowns. Unfortunately, Williams is out for the remainder of the season with a broken collarbone, but he will still provide leadership and support from the sidelines.
Saturday, Nov. 7, the BHS Cross Country team ran in the Peninsula Athletic League Championships at Hallmark Park and qualified in the girls varsity division. In order to make the Central Coast Section championships, both boys’ and girls’ varsity needed to place in the top eight for their division as a team. For cross country, individual rank is added up to make a team score and the lower the total, the better the team places.
A tough loss for the Burlingame High School boys water polo occurred Wednesday, Oct. 9, after the Carlmont Scots scored a last-second, game winning goal. Both Burlingame and Carlmont boys water polo teams have had a similar record for this season.