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 .

Remigi Christen to return to Switzerland

Senior Remigi Christen is returning next year to his native city of Basel, Switzerland. Christen’s family moved to Burlingame four years ago. “I grew up there,” Christen said. “We moved here before high school. Now we’re moving back.”

Posted on May 24, 2018 .

Kerry Hu to Attend Otis College of Art and Design

Senior Kerry Hu will attend Otis College of Art and Design in the Fall. “I decided to do art because I’m interested in fashion,” Hu said. “My mom does architecture-related work, so I decided to choose interior design, which is kind of related to fashion also.” Hu, who was born in Shanghai and moved to the United States in middle school, began creating art in a school program at a young age.

Posted on May 24, 2018 .

Ian Aweeka joining UCSD crew

Senior Ian Aweeka has been a part of crew for five years and has recently committed to the University of California, San Diego to further his skills and experience. Aweeka is currently a part of the Redwood Scullers, one of the best teams in the region.

Posted on May 24, 2018 .

Emily Strambli to go to UPenn for rowing

Senior Emily Strambi will be rowing at University of Pennsylvania next fall. She started crew after an injury in soccer her sophomore year and has loved the sport ever since. “Rowing is different than any other sport I’ve ever played,” Strambi said. “It’s so team-oriented and the camaraderie you build with your teammates is unparalleled to any other experience.”

Posted on May 24, 2018 .

Julianna Jajeh: the newest cheerleader at CSM

Senior Julianna Jajeh is a committed cheerleader of four years and soon to be cheerleader at the College of San Mateo. “Cheer helped me to expand my horizon and be more comfortable in high school,” Jajeh said. “I believe cheer has made me a better person and I've loved every second of it.”

Posted on May 24, 2018 .

Mario Vargas pursues baseball at CSM

Senior Mario Vargas will pitch for the baseball team at the College of San Mateo next year. Vargas played first baseman and pitcher for the varsity boys’ baseball team. Vargas has many years of experience under his wing. He has been playing baseball since the age of 4, and club baseball since the age of nine.

Posted on May 24, 2018 .

Tyler White to play baseball at Skyline College

Tyler White, an outfielder for the Varsity boys’ baseball team, has committed to Skyline College for a year to continue his baseball career. White has been playing baseball since he was 4. Over the years, White played club baseball at the San Mateo Firebirds and the Cage Baseball Club as an outfielder.

Posted on May 24, 2018 .

Katie Sharp pursues music major at Berkeley

Senior Katie Sharp will further pursue her passion for music by taking a gap year to study music at a conservatory in Italy and then studying as a music major at UC Berkeley. Sharp has been playing trumpet for nine years, and has played in a variety of orchestras in school and around the community.

Posted on May 24, 2018 .