Senior Olya Egorov demonstrates interest in politics through internship with Congresswoman

Senior Olya Egorov has spent the last two months exploring her interest in politics by interning for the representative of California’s 14th congressional district, Jackie Speier. Egorov, who is passionate about political science, hopes to pursue a career in politics later in life.

The internship program itself involved a highly competitive application process which includes a resume, questionnaire and interview for acceptance.

Working eight hours a week, a typical day on the job for Egrov might include taking constituent opinions, referring constituents to staffers and assisting on casework that ranges from social security, veteran issues, immigration and airplane noise to education.

Outside the office, Egorov attends and helps at Speier’s various events in her district. Some recently held events include: Seniors on the Move, an Airplane Noise Townhall and a Domestic Violence panel.

“I attend her events which are always super fun and interesting,” Egorov said.

For instance, Egorov attended a town hall about airplane noise and its impact on health and the quality of life in October. Jackie Speier was joined by professionals from aviation law firm, the San Francisco international airport and constituents. This opportunity allowed constituents to talk to the Congresswoman and ask questions to the panel.

“I think it’s really cool because we obviously live near the airport,” Egorov said. “As for me, I did a lot of the tabeling, checking constituents in, as well as providing them other resources, such as if constituents had an opinion, I helped them to write it on a card.”

As a graduating senior, Egorov is planning on majoring in political science and public policy in college.

 Olya Egorov speaks at a student council meeting in order to address current issues on campus.

Olya Egorov speaks at a student council meeting in order to address current issues on campus.

Posted on November 22, 2018 .

From the Eyes of the Panther Mascot

With the Little Big Game rally as well as the Little Big Game having taken place earlier this month, the two Burlingame panther mascots have been hard at work cheering and encouraging the crowd. Although the fun mascot may be light-hearted and stir enthusiasm in the bleachers, many don’t realize how much work, effort and literal sweat it takes to pull off such an energetic and spirited mascot.

“I just started this year because my friend asked me if I wanted to do it, and I was like, ‘yeah!’” senior Jada Ganim said. “The panthers bring people together because a lot of times at the rallies, people might be hot and they’re just tired … but [the panthers] really just bring the spirit out.”

Ganim has been the mascot for the back-to-school rally and more recently, the Panther Preview Day for incoming freshmen.

“It’s really fun… just going up to [incoming freshmen] and showing them our school spirit,” Ganim said.

When preparing to put on such an energetic performance, it certainly takes some preparation.

“[My friend and I] will talk about what we should do… if we should do dances together and just try to plan something,” Ganim said.

However, the hardest part of being the panther mascot is neither the preparation nor the energy one must express when in character. “The only thing I don’t like about [being the mascot] is that it’s super hot. It’s really really hard to be comfortable,” Ganim said. To try to limit the heat as much as possible, Ganim wears “clothes that are not going to be super hot when [she’s] in the suit.”

The panthers may only appear in occasional football games and rallies, but the spirit they bring with them can fill an entire school year.

“If we didn’t have the panthers, I really think there wouldn’t be enough spirit at this school,” Ganim said.

 Senior Alessandro Franco and a masked panther prepare for the Little Big Game rally.

Senior Alessandro Franco and a masked panther prepare for the Little Big Game rally.

Posted on November 22, 2018 .

Hayden Brickman- Top ranking Yoyoer in the Nation

Sophomore Hayden Brickman transferred from Mills to Burlingame this year; students would never guess that they now share a campus with the 17th ranked yo-yoer in the nation. Brickman started his yoyo career when he was only in fourth grade. On Christmas morning of 2012, he received his first yo-yo: a blue YoYoFactory Whip, after months of anticipation after he saw the son of a customer performing cool yo-yo tricks at his parent’s eyewear shop, Burlingame Optical.

“I could tell that [Hayden] was very interested [in yo-yo] in a way more than ‘that’s cool’ ... He was very interested in this,” Rachael Dominguez, Brickman’s mother, said. Beginning with the basics, Brickman immediately began learning as many tricks as possible.

 “[My dad] taught me rock the baby,” Brickman said. Rock the baby is a beginner trick in which the yo-yoer forms a triangle with the yo-yo string and swings the yo-yo like a pendulum in the triangle. “It was the first trick I had ever learned.”

In May of 2013, Brickman and his mom decided to sign him up for his first yo-yo competition.

“My mom signed me up, and I really didn’t know how to compete; I didn’t know what the judging system was… and I did pretty bad,” Brickman said. “I probably got 88th place out of 90 players.”

Brickman did a few local contests in the Junior Division group, which is the yo-yo league for ages up to 13, and continued to learn and perfect tricks everyday before he started to get some attention for his skills.

“2015 was when I really started to get some of my popularity,” Brickman said. That year, he won his first Junior Division yoyo competition, as well as securing his first sponsorship by the small yo-yo company Tropic Spins.

“I met up with the owners… and he handed me the new Tropic Spins yo-yo and we released the sponsorship announcement about a week later,” Brickman said.

At that point, Dominguez began to create strong relations with the yo-yo community.

“For me, it’s just a very natural thing to support. It’s normal for me to go to as many contests as I can, and take [Hayden] to events where he can hang out and do his thing,” Dominguez said.

Not long after, Tropic Spins went out of business, for the young owners of the company had to go to college, leaving Brickman with no sponsorship for the next few years. During this time, he and his family traveled all the way from Utah to Iceland for yoyo competitions, with Brickman consistently improving. In February of 2018, a new opportunity arose for Brickman. A larger yoyo company, SF Yoyos, took interest in Brickman’s yoyo skills.

“[SF Yoyos] commented on some of my Instagram posts and stuff,” Brickman said. “I was excited, and I knew they were mysterious like that.”

After several months of the back and forth talk with the company, Brickman’s sponsorship was officiated in September of 2018, where the SF Yoyos Youtube channel publicized a video showcasing Brickman’s tricks, following with the announcement that he was joining the team. Brickman has since accumulated almost 1.7 thousand followers on his Instagram account, @haydenbslayin, and is currently ranked the 17th best yoyoer in the U.S.

“I’m just doing it for fun, and hopefully it will take me far,” Brickman said.

 Brickman preforms an outstanding trick circle for his sponsorship, SF Yoyos.

Brickman preforms an outstanding trick circle for his sponsorship, SF Yoyos.

Posted on November 22, 2018 .

The legacy of Toasty Tuesdays

Ten years ago the club Toasty Tuesdays was formed. Toasty Teudays is a social club in which the members conjugate together every Tuesday during Lunch to hang out, and eat toast. The Presidency of the club has been passed down from brother to brother within the Dobson family.

Posted on November 19, 2018 .

Homecoming, the freshman dance

On Nov. 3 at 7 p.m., Burlingame’s gym was lit up with festive colors and filled with high schoolers fresh off the dance floor. The theme was “Vegas Nights.” Advertisements on BTV urged all students to go to Homecoming, but it seems that freshmen were the ones who predominantly took them up on the offer.

Homecoming is an all-American tradition. Often, it is a chance for former students to come watch their high school’s football team return for a home game. At Burlingame, the Homecoming dance follows the Little Big Game, which started at 11 a.m. on Saturday. The cheerleading team planned the dance with help from their coach and school staff.

To many, upperclassmen seemed particularly indifferent to the Homecoming dance tradition. Junior Zoe Keeley is one of the people who believes freshmen are most likely to go to Homecoming.

“It’s their first dance of high school, and it’s pretty established that Homecoming is a more freshman … thing,” Keeley said.

Keeley went to Homecoming her freshman year but did not go last year. She did not go this year, either, but she plans to attend winter formal and prom. Junior Olivia McCaa said the same.

The high ratio of freshmen at Homecoming does not seem to be limited to Burlingame. Camille Young, a sophomore at International High School of San Francisco, said that “upperclassmen are too busy for Homecoming.”

Senior Zulema Morales is one of the cheerleaders who was in charge of planning Burlingame’s Homecoming, so she was required to attend the dance. She was excited to see how the decorations turn out and spend time dancing with her friends. In spite of this, she agreed with Keeley that more freshmen and, to a certain extent, seniors attend Homecoming than other grades. Morales noted that Homecoming is more casual than formal and prom, which tend to revolve more around finding dates.

“I have heard students at BHS say that Homecoming is a freshman or senior dance,” Morales said. “However, the cheer team wants and would love for all grades to attend.”

 Students danced, moshed and wave-surfed during the eventful homecoming dance.

Students danced, moshed and wave-surfed during the eventful homecoming dance.

Posted on November 5, 2018 .

Alex Mak decided to learn Italian. 6 months later, he’s in AP

Toward the middle of the second semester last year, senior Alex Mak reached his tipping point. Mak grew agitated with how often his friend group chattered about Italian class during track practice. Feeling excluded, he made a decision to learn Italian for himself.

“It’s a really pretty language,” Mak said in an explanation of his decision, “and I already know Spanish.” He also speaks Mandarin and Cantonese, making Italian his fifth language.

Fast forward six months, and Mak is taking AP Italian. He achieved language proficiency in roughly a semester and a half.

 Alex Mak taught himself Italian in 6 months, and then directly enrolled in AP Italian.

Alex Mak taught himself Italian in 6 months, and then directly enrolled in AP Italian.

“It was a lot of work, but it was rewarding,” Mak said.

The first step was to check out the Italian textbook Percorsi from the school library. Moving from cover to cover, he finished it in 6 months. But studying vocabulary lists would hardly support his conversational skills. Mak turned to Youtube to learn how to understand spoken Italian.

“I watch a lot of Italian Youtubers, and a lot of Italian singers,” Mak said. He knows practically all of the words to Andrea Bocelli's classic song, “Con Te Partiro.” (The English title is “Time to Say Goodbye.”) In addition to appreciating Italian opera, Mak has committed himself to staying well-versed on Italian pop culture. He often watches videos made by the Italian Youtubers Matteo “Matt” Pelusi and Valentino “Bise” Bisegna, known across the internet as “Matt e Bise.” In one of their ongoing gags, Bise dresses up as an elderly woman and pretends to be Matt’s mother. I asked Mak what he thinks of the Italian rapper Fedez, who recently married the celebrity Chiara Ferragni. Mak remarked that he does not really like Fedez’s music, and that the rapper is not nearly as attractive as people think he is.

Mak also began doing tutoring sessions with Italian speakers on italki, an app that connects language students with native speakers for Skype-like video chat sessions. Each session costs around $10 depending on the price set by the teacher. Mak’s teacher is named Giovanni, and he lives in Rome. Mak does not know Giovanni’s last name. In their first session, Mak and Giovanni discussed greetings. In their most recent session, they discussed the role of the internet and globalization in Italian culture.

Mak even taught himself to roll his r’s, which he had spent several months trying to do to no avail. He watched Youtube videos of people practicing rolling their r’s to the tune of “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” and in various arpeggios. He even memorized the anatomical name of the part of the mouth upon which one places their tongue when rolling one’s r’s. (He clarified that this part of the mouth is called the ‘alveolar ridge.’) Still nothing.

On a random day in June, Mak was driving alone in his car, a purple 1996 Lexus Sedan. Then, inevitably or miraculously, it happened. He rolled his r’s.

“You know the adrenaline that you experience after you do something unexpected, something really difficult — that’s what I was feeling,” Mak said.

Posted on October 28, 2018 .

Christian Club's genesis

The Burlingame Christian Club has now joined the ranks of multiple identity-based clubs on campus. The club is held every Tuesday lunch in Ms. Hudelson’s room and emphasizes morality and discusses self-improvement.

 Guest speaker, Pastor Jeremy Wong, talks to the club about identity

Guest speaker, Pastor Jeremy Wong, talks to the club about identity

“There are a lot of Christians on campus, but they didn’t know or communicate with each other, and [the club] is a way they can meet and encourage each other to be united in belief,” junior Josh Wong, BCC’s cofounder, said in regard to the reason for the club’s creation. Like many clubs, BCC is a way students who share a common identity can bond.

“[The Christian Club] aims to serve as a light on campus,” Wong said, referencing the BCC poster emblazoned with the catchphrase “Be the Light,” which has been hung up in severals hallways on campus. .

Wong feels Christianity has been unjustly stigmatized in recent years by the media, and wants to reverse any misconceptions students might have about the faith.

“There are good and bad parts of Christianity, the media often only focuses on bad stereotypes,” Wong said. “We want to encourage others not to see our religion as just what’s on the news.”

BCC has expanded to around 25 people since the founding of the club, mostly Christian but not all. Club member Camden Stuart said that he joined the BCC because he’s been Christian his entire life and felt compelled to be part of the new BHS Christian community.

Week to week, the club has many plans such as conducting prayer support groups, hosting guest speakers, and conducting discussion groups on certain topics. However, according to Wong, the overall theme for the club this year is how religion affects one’s day to day life. On Tuesday, the Christian Club was visited by Pastor Jeremy Wong of Millbrae Bible Church, who shared about his life, and religion as a facet of high school identity. He also discussed the threat that idols can present towards one’s faith; how pleasure, power, wealth and fame disrupt the path towards finding God.

Having an identity is a commonality for clubs on campus, but some feel that religion crosses the line of an identity that should be openly public. Junior Vinhson Nguyen shares his concerns with the BCC.

“The club is slightly alienating,” Nguyen said. Nguyen isn’t Christian himself, and shared that he sometimes feels ostracized from the club’s activities. That said, BCC was founded with inclusive intentions, and stated that it is very open to hear the beliefs of all members of the student body, regardless of religion.

Posted on October 28, 2018 .

Modern Music Review

Trench Review

Twenty One Pilots, the musical duo with lead vocalist Tyler Joseph and drummer Josh Dun, released their latest album, Trench, on Oct. 5. The album features 14 tracks for a total of 56 minutes. Although labeled as “alternative,” the album uses elements of hip-hop, progressive rock, reggae and even metallic rock. Never having paid much attention to the group, I was pleasantly surprised with the consistently catchy, yet well produced instrumentals of Trench. The album begins with the track Jumpsuit, a good progressive rock song that decently juxtaposes a piano medley and a 10 second metal guitar riff. One of the most interesting elements of Trench is Joseph’s vocal versatility. He demonstrates a good lyrical flow in tracks such as Morph, and successfully incorporates great melodic vocals along with catchy choruses in most of Trench’s tracks, most notably in Cut My Lip. Just barely beating out Cut My Lip is my favorite track, Nico and the Niners, a unique track that combines indie rock, reggae and R&B to create a long lasting, catchy, slow burn. Overall, the consistency in quality of each track was great, and the experimentation with various genres and sounds helped the tracks from not being too repetitive. I was originally going to give this album a 7.5/10, but with each listen I found more and more that I liked about the album. I give this album a solid rating of 8/10.

Repetitive Songs

Weezer, the alternative rock group that rose to fame with their 1994 Blue Album, have somehow survived over 20 years later, recently releasing the track Can’t Knock The Hustle on Oct. 11 as a teaser for their upcoming Black Album. Can’t knock the Hustle is a three and a half minute, flashy alternative rock hit. The song features some clever and fun lyrics, and the chorus of “Hasta Luego” is fairly catchy. However, my main critique of the track is its repetitive nature. The instrumentals make for a very energetic, bumping sound, yet offer little variation. As a result, I found that the track grew boring quickly. Despite this, the song was an enjoyable listen and I give it a decent rating of 6.5/10.

Posted on October 28, 2018 .

Legally Blonde has smashing debut by Burlingame theatre

Omigod, omigod you guys, “Legally Blonde,” with catchy songs, amazing choreography and creative sets wowed audience members on its opening night, Friday, Oct. 19. Directed by Cindy Skelton, Elle Woods (Suzanna Longworth) starts out as a seemingly “dumb blond.”  

“Throughout the course of the show she develops into something more than just her hair,” Longworth said.

At the start of the show, Elle is the president of Delta Nu sorority at UCLA and ready for her boyfriend Warner Huntington III (Lucas Gilmour) to propose. To her surprise, he breaks up with her, saying he wants someone serious as he gets ready for law school and his future career path as a senator. The scene is able to inject a little humor, as Warner consoles Elle, he gets down on one knee, causing her to cry harder, but earning a laugh from the audience. Determined to win the love of her life back and prove to him that she is serious, Elle chases Warner to Harvard and the musical follows her trials and tribulations as a law student and her budding romance with fellow law student Emmett Forrest (Eric Broman).

The interaction between cast members both on and offstage is dynamic, though Elle portrays her anger towards various characters during the show vividly, before rehearsal they all hang out in a group, talking and joking with one another.

“The underclassmen are extremely talented this year, like one of the most talented freshman grades I’ve seen, I’m glad that we’re leaving the show in good hands,” Gilmour said.

The crew’s dedication to making the show run smoothly is evident. The show starts with the Delta Nu sorority house and changes to a hair salon, Elle’s room, a trailer park and a courtroom, to name a few. The crew, the backbone of the show, has spent almost three weeks in rehearsals with the cast.

“Getting to feel like you’re part of the show, even though you can’t sing, and still getting to know the people,” sophomore Kyra Schlezinger said in regard to her favorite part about being a crew member.

With catchy songs such as “Gay or European,” a cast favorite due to the humorous lyrics, as well as “Blood in the Water” and “Whipped Into Shape” all played by the pit orchestra consisting of Burlingame High School students, the score alone will be stuck in your head for days. Overall the show was well produced, although off-key at times, the actors seem to understand their characters and are believable. The subtle jokes throughout the show, occasionally corny but nevertheless funny, had the audience cracking up.

 The cast of "Legally Blonde performing "What You Want".

The cast of "Legally Blonde performing "What You Want".

Posted on October 28, 2018 .


 The Iron Panthers' robot, 'Guillotine', was used at their most recent tournament, Chezy Champs, September 30th.

The Iron Panthers' robot, 'Guillotine', was used at their most recent tournament, Chezy Champs, September 30th.

 Senior team-members, Junha Park, Justin Lee, and Ethan Lai, watch the tournament from the stands.

Senior team-members, Junha Park, Justin Lee, and Ethan Lai, watch the tournament from the stands.

 Junior Hubert Chen loads a T-shirt into the robotic's T-shirt cannon at the BHS Welcome Back rally.

Junior Hubert Chen loads a T-shirt into the robotic's T-shirt cannon at the BHS Welcome Back rally.

 The Iron Panthers' robot, 'Guillotine' at late night practice.

The Iron Panthers' robot, 'Guillotine' at late night practice.

Posted on October 11, 2018 .


 BHS Senior Ryan Cheng sings Stars from Les Misérables for his solo.

BHS Senior Ryan Cheng sings Stars from Les Misérables for his solo.

 The Burlingame High School choir performs in their first performance of the school year.

The Burlingame High School choir performs in their first performance of the school year.

 The Burlingame High School choir performs in their first performance of the school year.

The Burlingame High School choir performs in their first performance of the school year.

 The Burlingame High School choir performs in their first performance of the school year.

The Burlingame High School choir performs in their first performance of the school year.

 Microphones await the BHS singers.

Microphones await the BHS singers.

 San Mateo High School student Ariana Lacson sings Adele's All I Ask.

San Mateo High School student Ariana Lacson sings Adele's All I Ask.

Posted on October 11, 2018 .

New drum majors discuss their music experiences

 Seniors Katrina Lee and Madison Kong conduct the marching band at a football game against Half moon bay high school on September 21.

Seniors Katrina Lee and Madison Kong conduct the marching band at a football game against Half moon bay high school on September 21.

Every year, a new drum major is selected to lead the BHS marching band. Seniors Maddison Kong and Katrina Lee, talked about their experiences in the band and what they love about it.

Q: What do you enjoy the most about being drum major this year?

Katrina: I love teaching people how to march and conducting during band events. I love conducting because there's something great about 100-plus people watching you lead a song where the whole school gets to hear what we are like.

Madison: I like that as drum major, I can represent the interests of the students and actually make changes in policies.

Q: What’s your year-long goal as drum major? 

Katrina: My year-long goal as drum major is to have a great field show. We spend countless hours drafting the field show and putting it into the computer program. It's a very tedious job. So, my main goal is to make it a great show and be able to teach everyone their part in this show.

Q:When did you start playing in band? What/Who inspired you?

Madison:  I’ve always had music in my life. My mom has spent her life singing, dancing, and acting throughout high school and college. My dad can literally play any instrument he wants— guitar, piano, drum set, ukulele, bass, electric guitar, trombone. I played piano for nine years and started playing flute in fourth grade for band. I would say my parents inspired me to stay with music and I’ve always been passionate about it.

Q:  If there’s one thing you want the readers to know about the band, what would it be?

Katrina: Band is literally such an amazing community. I've met some of my closest friends in band, and I have had the best experiences as well. People are just so amazing, and I am so glad I get to know a huge community that makes a part of our school.

Posted on September 30, 2018 .


Kristin Kunzelman joins BHS as the new band teacher. Kunzelman’s passion for band is evident in the classroom, where she helps students grow musically.

Senior Eugenia Zhang believes Kunzelman brings a positive change to the band’s formerly static condition because of her devotion to the class and her students.

“She’s definitely set higher standards for the band this year and I think we’ve all been pushed to work harder and practice,” Zhang said.

“She’s a refreshing change of pace and I think her efficiency and new ideas will help the band grow,” Zhang said. “I’m excited that my last year of band is with her.”

Posted on September 28, 2018 .

BlaKkKlansmen review

“BlacKkKlansman,” directed by Spike Lee, is based on the true story of Ron Stallworth, Colorado Springs’ first black cop, who infiltrates and puts a stop to local klan efforts.

Posted on September 28, 2018 .

Got good eats?

Coconut Bay


Copy Editor

When trying to find good Thai food in Burlingame, look no further than Coconut Bay. Located only a couple minutes away from BHS on Howard Ave, Coconut Bay has an extensive menu that has something to satisfy just about everyone, including vegans. The spicy angel wings are a popular appetizer, and the green, red, and yellow curries are all delicious. The only caveat is the price. While Coconut Bay’s prices are by no means outrageous (the three curries are $12.50), they might repel some students looking for a quick, cheap bite after a minimum day at school. Nevertheless, Coconut Bay is an ideal spot to dine with family. It is spacious, has a friendly atmosphere, and the food never disappoints.

Rise Pizzeria


Sports Editor

Only instituted around a year ago, Rise has solidified itself as being one of the best casual hang out areas on Burlingame avenue, while also providing great pizza. The pizzeria is located close to El Camino, and provides a fire pit as well as a large screen projector for movies and sports games. Rise is open all week, and provides a happy hour Monday through Friday from 3pm to 5pm and Saturday through Sunday from 2pm to 4pm. Those are great times to hang out with friends while also enjoying decreased prices. Rise’s menu is more pervasive than one may think. While they provide a classic red sauce option for their pizzas, they also have added a white sauce option to mix things up a notch. Rise Pizzeria is a great place to hang out, and an even better place to eat, so make sure to check it out when you get the chance. Rise has a great atmosphere, and a variety of dishes - not just pizza. They also have meatballs, brussel sprouts, and high quaity burrata. Additionally, they have gooey brownie-chocolate chip cookies that make for an amazing dessert.

Ike’s Place



When it comes to sandwich shops in Burlingame, Ike’s Place is hard to top. Located on the corner of Howard and Primrose, Ike’s is the perfect place for a quick lunchtime break with some quality food. With a menu containing hundreds of different sandwiches, it is unlikely that anyone will find nothing to eat, rather most everyone will be overwhelmed with the amount of appetizing choices Ike’s has to offer. The atmosphere at Ike’s is very relaxed and the system they use to take and make food orders is very efficient, resulting in small lines and quick service. Next time you are looking for a place to get a fast, substantial lunch, do not pass on Ike’s, Burlingame’s top sandwich shop.

Posted on September 28, 2018 .

Salt and Straw hits Burlingame

Portland, San Francisco and Los Angeles are all locations for Salt and Straw shops; soon to be added to that list will be Burlingame. Replacing Kara’s Cupcakes, Salt and Straw will be selling its unique variety of ice cream, which boasts classic flavors from San Francisco. In addition, it will provide milkshakes and sundaes along with to-go pints of their ice cream. Salt and Straw will open in Burlingame soon, and is pushing for a late October launch date. 

Posted on September 28, 2018 .

Meet Ivan Ke: freshman chess phenom

Few Burlingame students are aware that they go to school with one of the best chess players in the Bay Area. Ivan Ke, a freshman, has a standard World Chess Federation (FIDE) rating of 2287, making him a top 20 U.S. player under age 16.

Posted on May 28, 2018 .


Senior Krish Pillai will be taking a gap year after graduating next week. He will be studying at the University of Oxford in England as part of their prestigious gap year program. Pillai intends to apply to college next year and return to the United States.

Posted on May 25, 2018 .