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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

Samantha Johnstone

Samantha Johnstone, Managing Editor

Sam Johnstone is a senior, and this is her third year of Journalism where she is thrilled to be the managing editor. When she is not in the newsroom, she is either performing shows onstage or volunteering to help restore native plants and parks outside. But let’s be honest, it’s more likely that she is watching Netflix in bed with her dog while eating a mysterious vegan creation she probably burnt. Either way, she is very excited to help the B put out more incredible publications this year!

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The GSA placed boxes with sticker, pins and cards for students to take on Day of Silence, which was held at Burlingame on Friday, April 8.

Burlingame recognizes Day of Silence

Samantha Johnstone, Managing Editor
April 18, 2022

Two college students started GLSEN Day of Silence in the mid 1990s; 30 years later, it’s a nationally-recognized day with hundreds of thousands of students taking a vow of silence to raise awareness...

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Superintendent Kevin Skelly jumps into the newly renovated Burlingame Aquatic Center pool alongside students and faculty at the opening ceremony on Jan. 8, 2020.

Superintendent Kevin Skelly announces retirement

Samantha Johnstone, Managing Editor
February 16, 2022

On Jan. 12, San Mateo Union High School District (SMUHSD) Superintendent Kevin Skelly announced his retirement after seven years in the district. His career in education started 40 years ago, most notably...

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Attendees of the “Students for a Carbon Fee & Dividend Rally” raise colorful signs on the corner of East Fifth Avenue and El Camino Real on Saturday.

Climate rally links youth advocates and local politicians in favor of carbon fee

Lexi Goldstein and Samantha Johnstone
August 24, 2021

“We are unstoppable; another world is possible.”Climate advocates echoed this chant throughout San Mateo Central Park on Saturday afternoon at the “Students for a Carbon Fee & Dividend Rally.”...

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On Thursday, May 20, the SMUHSD Board rejected a proposal to fly the LGBTQ+ pride flag during the months of June and October.

SMUHSD Board denies proposal to fly pride flag

Samantha Johnstone, Managing Editor
May 24, 2021

On Thursday, May 20, the San Mateo Union High School District (SMUHSD) Board held their last meeting of the school year. Superintendent Dr. Kevin Skelly recommended the motion to approve a proclamation...

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Sophomore Elise Ehrhardt races down the field as she cradles the ball.

Girls varsity lacrosse is halfway through season and leading in wins

Samantha Johnstone, Managing Editor
April 30, 2021

Burlingame’s varsity girls lacrosse team was eager to get back on the field after their 2020 season ended early due to COVID-19. Their first game after over a year-long break was on March 20. The team...

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The team waits for their match to begin on March 17 at Crystal Springs Golf Course. (pictured from left to right: Coach Dito, Jessie Kotmel, Melanie Gordon, Ellie Dowd, Julia Hawkins).

Girls golf team finds community on the green

Samantha Johnstone, Managing Editor
March 28, 2021

Juniors Jessie Kotmel and Julia Hawkins, stuck in the lull of online school, decided to shake up their daily routine by joining the girls golf team. Neither had played golf before, but they wanted to try...

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The textbook for AP Euro, the former advanced social science course offered to sophomores that will be replaced by AP World.

AP World to replace AP Euro

Samantha Johnstone, Managing Editor
March 7, 2021

AP European History (AP Euro), the advanced history class previously offered to sophomores, is notorious for its demanding curriculum and challenging tests. However, this course was not offered to the...

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A student watches her friends on social media hang out together, but knows she cannot safely join them.

Navigating COVID-19 with an immunocompromised parent

Samantha Johnstone, Managing Editor
February 25, 2021

A student watches her friends on social media hang out together, but knows she cannot safely join them.

Junior Sydnie Hilliard winds up for a swing, competing on Feb. 17, at Crystal Springs Golf Course.

Girls golf starts their season out strong

Samantha Johnstone, Managing Editor
February 18, 2021

While the pandemic has put a damper on most school sports, girls golf has been able to thrive. Golf is unique compared to other sports in that it is almost zero contact and naturally socially distanced.  Burlingame...

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A large crowd of skiers waits for the ski lift at Northstar’s “Tahoe Zephyr Express” on Jan. 29.

Tahoe dumped with snow and tourists

Samantha Johnstone, Managing Editor
February 2, 2021

Tahoe is notorious for its early spring skiing, and as it approaches, many families may be looking to head up to the snow. In the past week alone, Tahoe has received around 50 inches of snow, enticing...

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John Kevranian, owner of Nuts for Candy, shuffles through papers waiting anxiously for customers.

A gift guide to shopping local Burlingame businesses

Samantha Johnstone, Managing Editor
December 13, 2020

Shopping locally is always a good idea, but it is more important now than ever. People are spending more time at home, and storefronts are seeing the impact of decreased customers. While online businesses...

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Traditional Thanksgiving feasts may be abandoned by many as COVID-19 has put a stop to large gatherings.

Some Burlingame restaurants to be open on Thanksgiving

Samantha Johnstone, Managing Editor
November 25, 2020

Thanksgiving is when most people head home to their families; by way of  planes, trains and automobiles. But a pandemic Thanksgiving has limited travel, and as a result, most are celebrating with only...

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Students attending large, indoor Halloween parties face increased risk for contracting and spreading COVID-19.

Halloween to bring more tricks than treats, as parties may turn into superspreaders

Samantha Johnstone, Managing Editor
October 30, 2020

Halloween is a day away, and Burlingame students are normally excited for the scary events to come. Haunted houses, scary costumes, horror movies and celebrations generally characterize this holiday but...

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California DMV opens new appointments for students wishing to take behind-the-wheel driving tests.

Students become licensed as DMV opens new driving test appointments

Samantha Johnstone, Managing Editor
October 12, 2020

The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) recently opened new appointments for behind-the-wheel driving tests, much to the excitement of many students at Burlingame. Following the cancelation...

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The covenant attached to one house on Mills Avenue that discriminates against Ethopians and Mongolians.

Burlingame’s racist housing covenants

Samantha Johnstone, Managing Editor
September 9, 2020

The covenant attached to one house on Mills Avenue that discriminates against Ethopians and Mongolians.

Burlingame High Choir bands together to virtually perform “Building Bridges”, despite Covid-19 implications.

BHS Choir Performs Together Despite Challenges

Samantha Johnstone, Managing Editor
May 15, 2020

The Burlingame High choir may not be allowed to rehearse together, but modern technology is allowing them to continue performing together. Videos of the choir students singing independently were stitched...

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The California DMV has closed indefinitely in order to protect their workers and customers from exposure to Cover-19.

California DMVs have shut down until further notice

Samantha Johnstone, Managing Editor
April 28, 2020

Beginning March 27, all of California’s DMV offices have been closed, and it is unknown when they will open again. These closures are a safety measure to protect the employees of the DMV as well as the...

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Links to BTV and the daily bulletin can be found on the school website.

Field trips: A high school hidden gem

Samantha Johnstone, Managing Editor
February 10, 2020

On Thursday, Feb. 6, I was able to attend a half-day event at Gilead, a major biotechnology company working towards inventions of new antiviral drugs. This school-sponsored field trip was attended by a...

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Burlingame High School Chorus preforming Light, by Lisa Loeb and Cliff Goldmacher.

Baroque themed winter choir concert

Samantha Johnstone, Managing Editor
December 11, 2019

Burlingame and San Mateo put on a winter choir concert this past Thursday, Dec. 5. The theme of the concert was Baroque, from the Renaissance era in Europe. This style of music focuses on layered melodies,...

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Burlingame students are opting out of turkey for a plant-based Thanksgiving

Burlingame students are opting out of turkey for a plant-based Thanksgiving

Samantha Johnstone, Managing Editor
December 5, 2019

People tend to associate turkey with Thanksgiving, and it makes sense to do so. According to the National Turkey Federation, 88% of Americans consume turkey on Thanksgiving, adding up to a total of 42...

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Fall Choir Concert

Samantha Johnstone, Managing Editor
October 10, 2019

Choirs from both Burlingame and San Mateo performed last Thursday, Oct. 4. The Burlingame High School Chorus is composed of three choirs; entry level Chorus, intermediate Concert Choir, and advanced Chamber...

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