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.
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.”
“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.
BY CADEN THUN
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.
BY TYLER IDEMA
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.
BY BEN NEUMAN
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
Quinn Pelichoff plans to attend Syracuse University, where he will compete in collegiate rowing in the eight-manned boats. However, crew is not Pelichoff’s only motivation for attending Syracuse.
Senior Eli Haas will be running track at Chapman University in Southern California. Haas is a strong runner in both Cross Country and Track and Field. “Initially I only ran cross country which I got into it in middle school but really began to love and realize I was good at it during my freshman year of high school,” Haas said.
After four years as a part of the Burlingame girls’ varsity tennis team, star player Halle Martinucci will be attending the University of Redlands to play for the women’s tennis team. Martinucci has held the ranking of No. 1 since her freshman year and has participated in multiple tennis competitions including PALs and CCS.
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.”
Senior Allison Sullivan Wu will be playing water polo at Pomona College next year. She has imagined herself playing water polo in college since she first took up the sport when she was eight years old.
After four years on the varsity team, Natalie Ballout will be playing volleyball for UC Santa Barbara in the fall. Ballout discovered her passion for the sport in high school and is excited to pursue a path as a collegiate athlete.
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.”