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The Student News Site of Burlingame High School

The Burlingame B

The Student News Site of Burlingame High School

The Burlingame B

Brinda Iyer

Brinda Iyer, Copy Editor

Brinda Iyer is a sophomore at Burlingame High School and a second-year journalism student. She's thrilled to have the opportunity to explore different styles of writing in this class and to gain the experience of working in a newsroom. Outside of school, you can find Brinda playing lacrosse, traveling to new places, playing and listening to music, rewatching her favorite shows and spending time with friends and family.
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On Tuesday, March 5, Californians cast their votes in the 2024 primary election.

Seniors reflect on voting in monumental election

Brinda Iyer, Copy Editor
March 19, 2024

On Tuesday, March 5, Californians, including Burlingame seniors, voted in the 2024 primary election. While primary elections are held every two years to establish the top candidates for various state,...

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Junior Henry Bradley dodges past a defender during Burlingame’s 2-1 victory over Sequoia.

Boys’ lacrosse ekes out win over Sequoia to start season

Brinda Iyer, Copy Editor
March 10, 2024

Entering their first match of the season against Sequoia High School on Thursday, March 7, boys’ varsity lacrosse wasn’t sure what to expect. After graduating a staggering 18 seniors from last year’s...

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Freshman Danielle Song dances competitively at West Coast Dance Conservatory and has competed in national competitions.

Behind the smile: The unseen trials of competitive dance

Brinda Iyer, Copy Editor
February 12, 2024

When people think of dance, they often picture a twirling ballerina spinning on a stage in a glittery dress with a smile on her face. What they don’t see is the hours of exertion and strength it takes...

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In the 2024 remake of “Mean Girls,” Regina George was played by singer-songwriter Reneé Rapp, who also played her in the Broadway musical.

‘Mean Girls’ fails to live up to the original movie’s charm

Brinda Iyer, Copy Editor
January 26, 2024

The 2024 version of “Mean Girls” was doomed from the start. An entire generation adores the original 2004 movie, and achieving that same level of devotion from fans in a remake would be quite the feat....

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21 Savage released his highly-awaited album “American Dream” on Jan. 12.

21 Savage displays musical and personal evolution on “American Dream”

Brinda Iyer, Copy Editor
January 22, 2024

British-American rapper 21 Savage has proven himself deserving of mainstream fame with his latest album, “American Dream,” released on Jan. 12. The album, whose songs ranged from fast-paced rap to...

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The new ethnic studies elective will build on the required freshman course with more advanced material and opportunities for students to engage in activism.

Advanced Ethnic Studies course debuts at Burlingame

Brinda Iyer, Copy Editor
December 19, 2023

Starting in the 2024-25 school year, juniors and seniors can take a semester-long advanced ethnic studies elective. The course will closely resemble Intro to Ethnic Studies, a mandatory course for freshmen,...

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The Gaza strip is a narrow, 140-square-mile piece of land between Egypt and Israel.

Burlingame seeks community amid Israel-Hamas conflict

Brinda Iyer, Copy Editor
November 9, 2023

On Saturday, Oct. 7, the Palestinian militant group Hamas launched a coordinated surprise terrorist attack on Israel. As the conflict has grown between Israel and Hamas in the intervening days, Burlingame...

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Taylor Swift’s ‘The Eras Tour’ movie offers the full experience of her record-breaking world tour.

‘Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour’ is a concert at its best

Brinda Iyer, Copy Editor
October 25, 2023

Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour movie offers a thrillingly-detailed visual immersion into the record-breaking, economy-boosting tour that Swift embarked on earlier this year, recreating the experience in its...

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Junior Ella Wang hits a backhand in her match against Sequoia High School on Oct. 17.

Girls’ tennis beats Sequoia in final home game of the season

Brinda Iyer, Copy Editor
October 20, 2023

Girls’ varsity tennis (12-6 overall, 8-4 Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division) claimed a 6-1 win over Sequoia High School on Tuesday, Oct. 17, despite having to make last-minute lineup modifications...

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Attendee Jenny Jewels examines the eerie, sharp-toothed stuffed animal creations of vendor Matt Forristal.

San Francisco’s annual Halloween Art and Oddities Market brings spooky spirit out early

Brinda Iyer, Copy Editor
October 17, 2023

The Menagerie’s Halloween Art and Oddities Market had something spooky for everyone, whether that was unconventional performances, tarot card readings, taxidermied stuffed animals or Halloween-themed...

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Freshman Shea Mulready hits a forehand during her girls’ varsity tennis match against Woodside.

Girls’ tennis battles to beat Woodside in hard fought match

Brinda Iyer, Copy Editor
October 4, 2023

Girls’ varsity tennis fought hard to claim a 5-2 victory against Woodside High School on Tuesday, Sept. 26. While the absence of senior star Mila Mulready certainly left the Panthers with a challenge,...

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Senior Mila Mulready prepares to hit a backhand during the girls’ tennis match against Aragon.

Girls’ tennis starts the season off strong with a comfortable win against Aragon

Brinda Iyer, Copy Editor
September 9, 2023

Girls’ varsity tennis made an early season statement against Aragon High School on Tuesday, Sept. 5, taking home a 6-1 victory. “I think Aragon is the perfect school to play for the first match...

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The farmers market provides a space for people to interact with each other and learn more about their community.

Stories and connections: A walk through the Burlingame Farmers Market

Brinda Iyer, Copy Editor
May 21, 2023

For some, the Burlingame Farmers Market means weekly access to locally sourced fruits and vegetables. For others, it means human connection — the small interactions with people that turn a city into...

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Junior Kasey Lyons pitches on girls’ varsity softball senior night on Thursday, May 11.

[Photo] Varsity softball perseveres through league play, qualifies for CCS

Athena Bostonmaer, Staff Reporter
May 17, 2023

Senior Nora Leslie, the player with the fifth best overall on base percentage, celebrates senior night with her family.

A long line of customers waits to be served outside Mints & Honey, located on Burlingame Avenue.

Mints & Honey: not much more than an Instagram post

Brinda Iyer, Copy Editor
May 16, 2023

With its artistic decor and presentation worthy of social media, Mints & Honey has rapidly become a customer favorite on Burlingame Avenue and a go-to brunch destination for teenagers. After seeing...

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Anyone who’s logged into Snapchat in the past few weeks would have noticed an irremovable AI chatbot, My AI, awaiting them, pinned at the top of their screen.

Although clever, Snapchat’s AI bot threatens students’ privacy and academic integrity

Brinda Iyer, Copy Editor
April 28, 2023

As of March, Snapchat has over 350 million active daily users and is one of the leading social media platforms for young adults. Anyone who’s logged into the app in the past few weeks would have noticed...

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On Monday, Mar. 13, the Biden administration officially approved the Willow Project, leaving climate change activists in a state of frustration and dismay.

Biden administration’s approval of Willow Project sounds alarm for climate activists

Brinda Iyer, Copy Editor
April 4, 2023

The Willow Project, an $8 billion oil-drilling project based in Alaska, is estimated to produce over 600 barrels of crude over 30 years, burn 280 million metric tons of carbon and release 9.2 million metric...

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The Iron Panthers reached the semifinals at the Central Valley Regional robotics competition.

Iron Panthers push through obstacles to semifinal finish in Central Valley robotics competition

Brinda Iyer, Copy Editor
March 22, 2023

On Thursday, March 9, the Iron Panthers attended the Central Valley Regional (CVR) robotics competition for the first time since 2019, competing against many top-tier teams and reaching the semifinals. “[2019]...

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Season 3 of “Outer Banks” follows John B’s quest to find El Dorado, the city of gold.

Of twists, turns and treasure hunts, the Pogues are back with a third season of “Outer Banks”

Brinda Iyer, Copy Editor
March 1, 2023

On Feb. 23, everyone’s favorite gang of teenage troublemakers returned for another action-packed adventure in Season 3 of “Outer Banks.” The torturous wait is over, and our Pogues are picking up...

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Bright red and yellow dragons danced through the streets of Millbrae during its annual Lunar New Year celebration.

Millbrae’s Lunar New Year Festival unites culture, community and cuisine in celebration of Asian heritage

Brinda Iyer, Copy Editor
February 1, 2023

Millbrae gave the Year of the Rabbit the warmest of welcomes with its annual Lunar New Year festival on Sunday, Jan. 29, presenting various aspects of East Asian culture in all of its diverse beauty. “I...

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This winter, California has been plagued by heavy rainfall and thunderstorms, with drainage water flooding streets and forming small lakes outside houses.

California deluge wreaks havoc on local houses and businesses

Brinda Iyer and Athena Bostonmaer
January 24, 2023

For Malik Zughayar, a typical New Year’s Eve consists of celebration with friends and family, reminiscing over the highlights of the past year. But on Dec. 31, 2022, Zughayar — the owner of Burlingame...

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“Wednesday” follows Wednesday Addams into a school full of mystery, murder and secrets.

Give in to the hype: you won’t regret watching ‘Wednesday’

Brinda Iyer, Copy Editor
December 29, 2022

“Wednesday” is already one of Netflix’s most streamed shows of all time. Within the first week of its release on Nov. 23, this dark spinoff of the whimsical “Addams Family” franchise racked up...

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Japanese singer-songwriter Joji released Smithereens on Nov. 4. (Photos approved for editorial use by Shorefire Media)

Joji’s ‘Smithereens’: mere glimpses of genius to come

Brinda Iyer, Copy Editor
December 1, 2022

Multi-genre artist Joji, who is still riding high on the success of his breakout single “Glimpse of Us” from earlier this year, released his long-awaited album “Smithereens” on Nov. 4. Joji...

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Drake and 21 Savage have collaborated before on hit songs like “Knife Talk” and “Jimmy Cooks,” both of which were released by Drake.

Drake scores yet another #1 hit with ‘Her Loss’

Brinda Iyer, Copy Editor
November 21, 2022

Much to the delight of rap enthusiasts everywhere, popular rappers Drake and 21 Savage released “Her Loss,” their highly-anticipated 16-track studio album, on Nov. 4. “Her Loss” debuted at No....

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Agatha (left) and Sophie (right) accept their destinies together as they leave the School for Good and Evil behind them.

‘The School for Good and Evil’ missed the magical mark

Brinda Iyer, Copy Editor
November 18, 2022

Nine years after Soman Chainani shocked the tween-girl world with his mystical tale of two unlikely friends and a school full of wonders, Netflix released the movie adaptation of “The School for Good...

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The Iron Panthers competed in the MadTown Throwdown robotics competition in Madera, CA last weekend.

Iron Panthers miss the semifinals by a millimeter at the MadTown Throwdown

Brinda Iyer, Copy Editor
November 16, 2022

On Nov. 12 and 13, the Iron Panthers finished in the quarterfinals of this year’s MadTown Throwdown robotics competition, ending the off-season on a high note. Although the team only won three of...

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Kanye West (left) has lost sponsorships over his recent antisemitic remarks, and Rex Orange County (right) was recently charged with six counts of sexual assault.

Can the art be separated from the artist?

Brinda Iyer, Copy Editor
October 27, 2022

Popular musicians Rex Orange County and Kanye West have recently faced backlash for acts of sexual assault and antisemitism, respectively. For the artists’ followers — including many students at Burlingame...

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Drive team member Jason Zhai prepares the Iron Panthers robot at the CalGames off-season competition.

Iron Panthers barely miss the basket at CalGames

Brinda Iyer, Copy Editor
October 13, 2022

The Iron Panthers gave their all at this year’s CalGames off-season competition, making it to the final eight among 36 teams competing from across the state. The team practiced and prepared on Friday,...

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Students in the engineering subteam eagerly learn about the process of building a physical robot at a meeting on Sept. 12.

Student-built, student-run: A glimpse of the robotics team

Brinda Iyer, Copy Editor
September 19, 2022

Year after year, as students graduate and move on, the robotics team turns to experienced members to step up: teaching new members, managing the various subteams and calling the shots. The upcoming season...

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The Millbrae Art and Wine Festival brought large crowds downtown for a Labor Day weekend filled with art, crafts and food.

A sunny weekend draws a diverse crowd to Millbrae’s annual Art & Wine Festival

Brinda Iyer, Copy Editor
September 10, 2022

There’s one main reason why fans of the Millbrae Art and Wine Festival return year after year: the weather. “I live where it’s very hot,” said pottery vendor Randy Pearsall, who drove west from...

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