Of the many cryptocurrencies, currencies that are based on computer generated encryption, Bitcoin is the quickest growing and most popular, leaving some wondering about the function and legitimacy of it.Bitcoin was introduced in 2009 by a mysterious computer programmer with the alias Satoshi Nakamoto. Since then, the currency has seen an explosive but volatile exponential growth, from one bitcoin valued at $0.06 in 2009 to one bitcoin costing $9,000 in 2018.
On Friday, Jan. 12, during the first boys’ varsity basketball quad game of the year against Mills High School, several Burlingame High School students began chanting “You can’t see us” in response to “We can’t hear you” being chanted from the Mills student section.Principal Paul Belzer shut down the cheer immediately. However, it was reported that other comments were being made to players as they ran up and down the court.
AP classes are an opportunity for students to earn college credit while challenging themselves to learn more about a given subject. They contribute to an impressive college application and provide that grade bump that everyone loves. Many students choose to take AP classes, and some enroll in as many as four or five of them. Currently, Burlingame has 17 different AP courses from which to choose.
Year after year, avid football fans immerse themselves in the action of the National Football League. Sometimes it is to root for their home team, but more often than that, it is to keep up with the performances that their fantasy team players have.Fantasy football, a simulator in which participants draft a team of their choosing to compete for prizes or bragging rights, has become a prime focus of many on gameday.
It is impossible to enter into a discussion when objectivity has been lost. When debating controversial topics, such as what role colleges and the government have in restricting personal expression, people on both sides of the argument have to understand the content of the argument should center on facts and logic, not cries of one’s personal emotions holding the power to override anything.
The girls varsity soccer team tied its senior night game 0-0 against the Terra Nova tigers Feb. 15.“My favorite part of the season was playing Terra Nova,” senior Grace Colson said. “It's always such a competitive game it and just really fun to be apart of and experience. It was also a very emotional game since for some of us seniors that was the last time we'll be playing soccer.”
On Friday, Feb. 9, the boys’ basketball team took to the court for their final home quad of the season against rival San Mateo High School. The Panthers lost 49-39 to the Bearcats after a hard-fought game.Before the game, the seniors on both the varsity cheerleading squad and the boys’ varsity basketball team were honored.
Along with the many sports offered at Burlingame High School, multiple students participate in a wide variety of other groups and activities. These extracurriculars require a lot of commitment and can be difficult to manage along with school work. While taking on a sport outside of school has proven to be difficult, some students feel the sacrifices they make are well worth the while.
After an 0-10 start in the preseason, the boys’ varsity basketball team is looking to rebuild their league record before the playoffs.“I feel alright about the season so far,” senior Robert Bonnici said. “I think we have underperformed a bit because at the beginning of the season I believed that we had a-lot of potential, but I still think we have a chance of finishing the season strong and making CCS.”
The 2018 season started with eight intense league games, leaving the Panthers with a 3-5 league record so far.After a grabbing a 9-3 preseason record, the first league game against Sequoia High School knocked the Panthers out of the loop with a narrow 44-41 loss. They entered a brief losing streak for two more games, playing nail biters against Mills and Hillsdale high schools.
The wrestling team boasts a 4-0 undefeated record in dual meets so far in the season. The loss of key players from last season has been mitigated by several new wrestlers who are eager to learn. Senior captain Andrew Slaboda expresses his satisfaction with the progress of the team. “We have a lot of young wrestlers who are constantly improving and dedicated veteran wrestlers who are proving to be leaders and mentors for them.”
The Jan. 26 winter rally took place during lunch in the gym and was the grand finale of “resolutions” spirit week, during which each day had a theme that represented a New Year’s resolution. For example, pajama day corresponded to the resolution to get more sleep.
Burlingame High School has a long history of nurturing talented and skilled musicians who devote their time to instrumental music performing inside and outside the classroom. Junior Sophia Stroud has devoted her time to performing jazz music since the age of ten.
Senior Kelly Wakasa has found Internet fame through the lifestyle and skating videos he posts on Instagram and YouTube. Although he only started the Instagram account as a place to post skating videos without being judged on his personal account, he started to gain a following. Once he reached 10 thousand followers, he became motivated by the level of success he had reached and started to pursue the accounts in a more serious way.
The girls’ varsity volleyball team went the furthest that any Burlingame volleyball team has ever gone: the NorCal semifinals.That semifinals game ended the team’s season with a loss against James Logan High School. The Panthers had over 20 wins and only five losses this entire season.
After pursuing a research internship over the summer at the Bivona biotech Lab at UCSF, senior Saurav Shroff wanted to find a way to make science more efficient by creating an automated pipette with the help of his friend and fellow senior David Tarazi.