All students feel the immense stress of school. There are tests, homework assignments, extracurricular activities, projects, college applications and more. But how can this stress be managed? Teachers often dump all of this on students without real solutions to them. However, Spanish teacher Sr. Martinez works to help students manage their stress with his weekly meditation classes.
Walking past school after the final bell, it is common to see cars full of students and their friends driving off campus, blasting music, and heading home after a long day. Whether they know it or not, these students are breaking a basic California driving law. California is one of the few states that imposes a restriction on all minors’ driver’s licenses that restricts their ability to drive around friends and younger family members.
The Band of the West is the only sea cadet band in the United States. Six Burlingame High students play with the band: Lilli Hirth, Madison Kong, Verona Teo, Vanessa Teo, Ella Tarara, and Madelyn Tarara.Band of the West is a unit of the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps, which is a youth program sponsored by the Navy that teaches “leadership, musicianship, basic seamanship, courage, self-reliance, and discipline,” according to the band’s official website.
Sophomore Olivia McCaa thought she was to perform solely in the background of her grade’s dance at the Little Big Game Rally in front of the entire school. She thought wrong.Two days before the rally, the sophomore skit had not yet been choreographed. After it became clear that the people in charge of it had backed out, the responsibility fell to her and some other students.
Horace Mann, whig politician and a 19th century member of Massachusetts state legislature, is credited in history for being the forefather of modern day public education. Mann famously characterized education as “our only political safety.” Mann’s assertion is rooted in the commonly held belief that the backbone of a functioning democracy is a well educated electorate.
After the Little Big Game, cheer will be taking a small break from their usual activities.This past season, the team had a new choreographer and stunt coach to help them with cheers, stunts, and practices. However, with the recent fires and smoke, many of the practices were cancelled, setting them behind their expectations.
With two wrestlers placing at the PAL championship last year and another two actually winning it, the wrestling team is gearing up for more success this season.Although they lost many key wrestlers, the team is focusing on strength conditioning to prepare for the season.
For the past few weeks, boys soccer has been holding tryouts to see who will make each team. Head coach, Anthony Dimech weighs and looks for a variety of traits when choosing players for the varsity team.“[Coach Dimech] looks for the ability to keep the ball, stamina, and the ability to finish.” Said Junior team member, Alex Ong.
After missing out on CCS last year, the girls’ varsity soccer team is gearing up for a fresh start.Tryouts took place over the weeks of Oct. 30 and Nov. 6 under the watchful eye of head coach Philip DeRosa, who explained he uses tryouts to identify who fulfills the expectations of varsity soccer. Teams have been announced, with 18 girls on the varsity team. Of them, there are six sophomores, four juniors and eight seniors.
After weeks of tryouts starting at 6 a.m. and afternoon conditioning, the varsity boys’ basketball season is finally approaching.“The jump from JV hasn’t seemed huge, but it takes some time to get used to the tempo at the Varsity level,” junior Grant Cosovich said, “You have to learn to react and make decisions more quickly while still staying in control.”
Girl’s basketball is striving for a great upcoming season. After losing eight seniors last year, the now-seniors are working hard to make up for this loss. When talking about the season ahead, Coach Joe Dito said, “We have a great mix of seasoned veterans and younger players who play with a lot of passion and enthusiasm.
This past Thursday and Friday, Nov. 16 and 17, the Burlingame Improv Theatre Enthusiasts (BITE) held a two-day show. On Thursday, there were two teams made up exclusively of Burlingame students who competed against each other with set improvisational games they planned to play. On Friday, BITE mixed with teams from San Mateo, Aragon and Hillsdale to create three teams.
Every Thursday for 30 minutes, friends gather in room C113 to fly drones and socialize over lunch. During the club meetings, which were started by experienced drone pilot sophomore Aristotle Marangu, students learn to navigate the controls of drones and eventually perform certain tasks with them.
As the stress of applying to colleges reaches its apex, many students feel that they are confined to follow a very specific education path: to attend a four-year college directly after graduation. The ¨pressure cooker” educational environment in the Bay Area compresses this stress, especially at Burlingame High School.
Almost every day during lunchtime, Burlingame University student Justin Entenmann, wearing a baseball cap and dark sunglasses, walks his three-legged Border Collie named Ellie over to a patch of grass next to the senior quad. He throws a neon green tennis ball, and the dog fetches it.Along with daily walks and games of fetch, Entenmann feeds and pets Ellie.
At last year’s annual cultural assembly, sophomore Manish Mahadevan was thrust into fame. His South-Indian drumming performance dazzled the audience, and he became instantly recognizable.But while many are now aware that Mahadevan drums, few know much about his particular genre of drumming, and what it means to him.