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Issue 8 Vol. 116


Check out the Senior Wills.

6 The Senior Map is finally here!

9 These seniors are taking alternative paths after high school.

These seniors are going to school for fine art.

12 These seniors are going to school for sports.


Staff Reporter

Health teacher Nicole Carter will be taking on a new role next year as Activities Director, supervisor of the leadership class. While she is somewhat nervous for the new role, Carter is very excited for what is to come. “I definitely think that we’ve got a strong foundation with a lot of activities and vision and I’m excited to bring in some more ideas and to tap into a greater student population,” Carter said. Carter already has new ideas for improving campus life for students that she hopes to build upon next year. “I’d like to see some more activities at lunch,” Carter said. “We’ve got a bunch of students who are stressed out and academic all of the time and we need to let [them] find some outlets to be able to play and lighten the

mood.” Whether such activities include sports or work with the culinary program to create student-staff volleyball games or “Meatless Mondays,” Carter aims to use lunchtime as an opportunity to bring students and staff members closer together. By doing so, she hopes to cultivate deeper relationships and allow people on our campus to enjoy themselves. “I’m big on building relationships and community,” Carter said. “That’s going to be my focus.” Many students in leadership look forward to seeing what Carter does with the role. “[ASB Cabinet members] are super excited to work with her next year,” Co-ASB president Evan Mahaffey said. “She is awesome and is going to be a great leadership teacher.”

Jeff Dowd will coach the varsity boys’ basketball team next season. BY TYLER IDEMA hard and max out their ability.” Staff Reporter This past winter, the Panthers had an atrocious season, finishThe winningest coach in Buring with a record of 4-20. Dowd’s lingame’s boys’ varsity basketball history, Jeff Dowd, was rehired return can hopefully spark someto lead the team next season after thing to bring the Panthers back being released from the coaching on track. His coaching brought the Panthers a prosperous sixposition in 2013. “I’m excited to be back coach- teen years and he has the ability to ing at BHS and I’m grateful for bring Panthers basketball to an allMr. Belzer and coach Phil for hav- time high once again. According to Dowd, putting in ing faith in me and giving me this work will be necessary to ensure opportunity,” Dowd said. In his 15 years as head coach, a good season. He plans to start Dowd was able to win eight Pen- training this summer in the weight insula Athletic League champion- room. “All good teams start with ships and four county championcommitment and effort,” he said. ships, and he reached the Central “Our main goal is be a tough comCoast Section finals six times. As a petitive team that brings a lot of result of his achievements, Dowd won the San Mateo County Times force and effort to every game Coach of the Year award twice, they play.” Despite the uphill battle ahead, and was named the San Mateo Dowd is confident that he will be Daily News Coach of the Year in able to bring the team back to rel2011. “We created a culture of ac- evance. “My coaching has evolved as countability, toughness, trust and I grow older and I’m hoping to togetherness,” Dowd said of his keys to success. “And we had good develop players who are skilled, Nicole Carter works with students at lab stations in her health class. players who wanted to be coached tough and competitive,” he said. PHOTO BY MADELEINE GREENE



WHAT’S INSIDE Jeff Dowd rehired to coach Carter slated to take over All things senior! boys’ varsity basketball leadership class


Committee proposes new district homework policy BY CHARLIE CHAPMAN

Managing Editor

Seven months after Deputy Superintendent Kirk Black announced the creation of the district’s homework committee, the Board of Trustees was presented with a summation of the committee’s findings and a draft homework policy. The committee, which was formed last fall to combat student stress and anxiety, is comprised of 23 individuals that represent each district campus and various stakeholder groups, such as the black and asian parent associations. During several meetings and discussions, the committee reviewed the policies of other districts, academic literature and the current function of homework within the SMUHSD. Committee members also drafted and distributed three surveys: one for teachers, one for students, and one for parents. The committee received survey responses from 2,268 students, 187 teachers and 385 parents. The survey’s results were largely expected, confirming the committees original belief that students perceived the current homework load as overbearing and a contributor to their stress levels. During the presentation on March 29, the committee representative claimed that the district’s homework policy was drafted with consideration of student’s mental health, school-life balance and the quality of instructional practices. A key point made by the committee was homework should be focused on quality over quantity. The revisions proposed by the committee to the existing district homework policy include regulations regarding the grading and administration of homework. According to the proposed policy,


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no more than 15% of a student’s grade could be based on homework and teachers are encouraged to solicit feedback from students on the type and scheduling of homework. Additionally, the district is mandating that homework is not assigned during break periods, a policy that has been in place at Burlingame throughout this year. Administrators will be tasked with ensuring compliance with the proposed regulation. Although the committee has garnered support from many board members and administrators, some teachers have expressed concern with the current proposals. “It isn’t possible to codify this issue,” history teacher Peter Medine said. “There are so many factors and every individual situation is different.” Additionally Medine expressed concern that the policy does not attack the root of the student-stress issue. “The issue is students taking five or even six AP classes,” he said. “The students that are saying they are stressed don’t have to be taking so many classes where the teachers say there will be homework.” Although the proposed policy does not include restrictions on enrollment in AP courses, the presentation did recommend that administrators and counselors communicate with students regarding the increased workload associated with advanced placement and honors courses. While no timeline has been formally presented regarding the committees work, English teacher Michael Ferguson told the Burlingame B in December that the committee work “will be slow going, probably one to two years.”

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Senior Wills

The Burlingame B

Varsity Girls’ Lacrosse

I, Maggie Murdoff, leave the Burlingame B to Vishwanath Prathikanti and Lysithia Page. Don’t forget nachos for every PDF day. Keep those kids on deadline!

We, Jilly Rolnick, Kailey Nichols, Hannah Sarwar and Michala O’Donoghue, leave our team to juniors Clara and Margaret Barber, Allie Bottarini, and Izzy Bechwati. We wish you many afternoons of lax baseball, power and finesse and ice cream runs. You guys will kill it next season! We love you!!

Varsity Tennis

We, Halle Martinucci, Caitlyn Rusley, Meghan Hockridge, Nicole Malik and Alyson Resnick, will the Varsity Tennis team to Elena Middlemass, Sofia Zaragoza and Sam Goldstein. We know you will make us proud and cannot wait to see what you accomplish! We love you guys!

Panther Tracks

Cheer Squad

Associated Student Body

We, Casey Lim and Ashley Chambers, will the Panther Tracks to Emily Steinberger, Reagan Fair and Justin Huwe. Good luck, we know you guys will make the best book ever!

We, Ashley Kung and Madeline Hawley, hereby leave Ella Escobar and Pia Esguerra the cheer squad and everything it has to offer. We hope that all of your formations work out evenly, your music is never a problem and every stunt hits. Don’t forget to make sure toes are always pointed and your routines are always sharp. Here’s to a season filled with fun practices, perfect basket tosses, delicious brownies, lots of laughs and endless spirit. Make us proud “girly girls” and cheer your hearts out! We love you ladies endlessly!

I, Tori Rickman, am beyond thrilled to will ASB to two amazing individuals: Lily Navab and Evan Mahaffey. May your individual strengths combined allow you to lead with grace and compassion.

Iron Panthers The Iron Panthers Robotics Team to team captains Katherine Mohr and Darrion Chen. We know you will make us all proud and win our team a blue banner! Remember to #benice, and go Iron Panthers!

Marching Band I, Stella Lorence, will the award-winning Burlingame High School Marching Band to Drum Majors Madison Kong and Katrina Lee. Trust your instincts and accept help from your friends, and I know you will take this band back to its glory days!

Varsity Girls Basketball

Spirit Commisioner

a-building lockers

We, Nicole Brunicardi and Maddie Gaines, will the team to Samantha Kershner, Izadora de Oliveira and Sahara Williams for their gratitude and passion to carry the team to many accomplishments in the future.

We, Jasmine Samsami and Claire Beswick, leave the positions of rally and spirit commissioner to the special juniors taking them next year. We know you guys will make us proud! Take the job seriously, lead with passion and spirit and, above all, have fun! #spirit #asb #panthers!

We, Stella Lorence, Ally Rosales, Kailey Nichols and Isabella Schenone, will the area near lockers A224 (and the priveledge of hanging out there in the morning before first period) to Grant Smith and all of his friends.

What have you learned? Advice from one grade level to the next

Seniors "Be good to everyone. When you feel like you have no more kindness and patience to give, give a little more. Just be a nice person." -Ellie Feder


to "Don't spend all your time obsessing about SAT scores and GPA. It's more important to take your time realizing what your values are going into admissions" -Vivian Yuen


"The worst is over, spend your time exploring your own interests" -Jason Fong "Due tomorrow, do tomorrow" -Emily Tam



"The more you know, the more you know you don't know, so keep studying" -Alec Soohoo

“Make a schedule that you know you can manage” -Wesley Chen

“Get used to getting lower grades on tests” -Nicole Louie

"Set your priorities" -Newman Chen

"Take AP classes that you are actually interested in learning about" -Karina Mori

"Understand what work needs to be done vs. the work that should be done" -Drew Smith

“Care about yourself ” -Justin Huwe

Sophomores "Make sure to communicate with your teachers if you need help because it can make learning a lot easier" -Julia Jaworski "Don't do drugs. They are bad for you" -Krysten Kuniy

“Don't slack off ” -Junha Park "It may be an important year, but it’s not as bad as it sounds. Stay calm" -Vishu Prathikanti


to "Things may not always turn out how you want them to, but if you don't give up, there's always a chance you'll make them even better" -Jeffery Chen

"Take advantage of all the opportunities and resources you have. But if you do miss an opportunity don't stress about it too much" -Heba Morsi

"Take your CTE or VPA so you have more flexibility in your classes junior and senior year" -Caitlin O'Flaherty "Don't procrastinate. Also, crying is ok" -Isabella Tabora

“Freshman year is a lot more stressful than sophomore year because it's when you're adjusting to a new environment and finding your place in the school. Don't stress out about your sophomore year, save that for your junior year!" -Rachel Yap



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Departing Faculty

Robert Scialanga

Next year, dean Fred Wolfgramm will be BY ANNIE SUN leaving Burlingame Staff Reporter to become the vice PHOTO BY ANNIE SUN principal of Peninsula High School. Once a Burlingame student himself, Wolfgramm returned to his old stomping grounds 10 years ago to take the position of dean of students. “What I’m going to miss most is driving to a place that I enjoy working at, with it’s beautiful surroundings and wonderful people, and just coming to an environment which I feel is a great place for everyone to get their work done,” Wolfgramm said.



Exploring Tech teacher Robert Scialanga will reAfter 15 tire after teaching at Burlingame for three years. years at Burlingame, biology In addition to teaching Exploring Tech, Sciteacher Sabbie Hopalanga serves as the Robotics Club supervisor kins will be leaving after school once a week. In both roles, he ento teach at Capuchino joys teaching students to code and digitally High School next year. design innovative projects for his students. While she will be “Mr. Scialanga has been a great missed, her legacy at Burlinteacher and mentor to me,” said senior game will continue because of Nicholas Cerelli. the impact she has made on her Scialanga is loved by his stustudents. dents and will be missed for his To freshman Elisabeth Weimar, life stories and advice. Hopkins created an environment in “I love interacting with which learning biology was enjoyable. others and watching stu“Biology is a class I look forward to,” dents grow,” Scialanga Weimar said. “I’m very sad she is leaving said. because she was one of my favorite teachers During his retireand someone I admire.” ment, Scialanga plans to spend time with his two daughters PHOTO BY MADDIE GREENE and grandkids as well as travel the world with his wife.

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B e loved history teacher Dave Sullivan plans to retire BY TEKLA CARLEN from teaching Staff Reporter high school after Adam Patheal has been teaching physics at 43 years. Burlingame for five years. This year will be his When asked what last. He and his wife, who teaches at San Mahe will miss most about teo, are moving to San Diego to be closer to teaching, Sullivan said family. that he would miss his stuPatheal says he loves physics so much dents more than anything. that if he could not teach it, he does not “The kids are great,” Sulthink he would teach at all. livan said. “They keep you “I became a teacher because I young.” wanted to get students excited Sullivan’s iconic puns and jokes about science,” Patheal said. were some of the most memorable According to junior Jeemin aspects of his class. Park, Patheal’s teaching style “You might get back a quiz that says is clear and approachable. ‘Seven is heaven’ or ‘Nine is fine,’” junior “The feeling I get with Katherine Mohr said. “It makes everything Mr. Patheal is that he demore fun.” sires students to come Students are sad to see Sullivan leave and it and ask questions,” impact on Burlingame is evident. Park said. “That is “He has been such a big part of this comthe most satisfymunity for so long,” said senior Gabby Alvira. “I ing feeling as a know he’ll be missed.” student.”

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Nicole Martinez, precalculus teacher, guided studies supervisor and senior cabinet co-advisor, is leaving BHS after teaching for 8 years. Martinez will be moving to Florida to be close to her husband, who took a promotion in Cape Canaveral. Rather than continuing to teach in Florida, Martinez will be pursuing a masters degree in applied mathematics or statistics. “This has been a tough year.” Martinez said, “My mom lived with us and took care of our kids during the day; she died suddenly a couple months ago. [My husband and I] PHOTO BY ALLIE KENNEDY thought we were going to be living apart for two years or so but BY ALLIE KENNEDY the passing of my mom made the Staff Reporter decision for us.”

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Juuling stops after stu- Students suffer severe injuries from dents read PSA posters heavy bathroom doors Juuling during school hours has been an issue that the Burl- BY DARRION CHEN ingame staff has been ardently Senior Reporter fighting for the past two years. The problem became so dire earlier this year that the C-building boys’ bathroom, a popular smoking spot, was shut down for several weeks. “Putting up informational posters was actually our last resort,” administrator Richard Vernon said. “Posters just seemed so much more aggressive than some of the other things we’ve already tried.” The administration used a similar tactic with great success when addressing other risky behaviors, such as underage drinking and premarital sex. “I’m relieved that the administration finally took some decisive action,” senior Tad Lur said. “Our school has become safer because of it.”



Copy Editor After seeing signs posted near the A-building bathrooms reading, “Vaping safe? Think again.”, all students have quit juuling cold turkey. “The message just really resonated with me,” sophmore Nico Tin said. “Every time I even look

“The message just really resonated with me” Nico Tin at my Juul, I think again.” Since the signage went up, teachers have noticed a decrease in trips to the bathroom and local vendors have reported a 32% drop in vape product sales.


The cause of an increased number of students injuries has been traced to the doors of the F-building bathrooms. “The F-building bathroom door is really heavy.” junior Wayne Bruce said. “The F-building bathroom is like pushing a boulder up a hill. I actively avoid going to the F-building bathroom. I even force myself to go into the shady, juul infested C-building bathroom, just so I can avoid straining my body with the F-building door.” An experiment conducted independently by the Burlingame B showed that an average classroom door requires approximately five pounds of force to keep open. However, the F-building bathroom door exceeded the reading range of the Burlingame B’s force meter. The heavy door has not only taken a toll on the students’ physical health, it also has diminished the number of able-bodied students on the school sports teams. “I’ve lost about half of my athletes,” the school cricket coach Adam Keynes said. “I’ve told my remaining athletes to avoid the F-building bathroom as a result. If they don’t want to get injured, they should go to the C or A-building bathrooms.” Many students have followed Keynes’s advice, but the influx of students in the other bathrooms

Many students , like junior Alex Ong, have suffered injuries resulting from poorly designed bathroom doors. fas lead to other health problems, including minor concussions as a result of students being hit in the head by doors. “I was in the C-building bathroom, and it was extremely crowded,” Jane Ayer said. “I was standing next to the door waiting in line, and I put my head down so I could blow my Juul vapor into my shirt so that I wouldn’t

give others lung cancer. But while the top of my head was exposed, someone burst through the door, and my head was smacked by the opening door.” Ayer was sent to the emergency room, where he was diagnosed with a minor concussion. “The concussion actually made me forget about juuling,” said Ayer.

Helicopter parent attempts enrollment after writing daughter’s essays BY SASHA BENKE

Senior Reporter

Class pees pants in protest of bathroom passes

Mrs. Dout said. “Now, I want to reap the rewards.” Incoming freshman Stressa Dout disagreed. “First of all, she’s forty years old,” she said. In response to the issue, Stanford is considering implementing a new option to the admission process: dual enrollment for parents and students. Students have expressed hesitance with regards to sharing their dorm rooms with their parents. “That could lead to complications,” incoming freshman Gette Leighed said.

After following up six months later, the staff learned that Dout has failed her English class and will no longer be graduating in the spring of ‘21. She plans to move back in with her parents. PHOTO BY LILY PAGE

Admissions officers at Stanford University are witnessing Custodians have reported dozens of juuls found in Burlingame an unprecedented problem: after trash cans. writing their children’s application essays, parents are attempting to enroll themselves in the place of their kids. Betty Dout, mother of an admitted Stanford student, brought attention to a widespread plagiarism epidemic. Mrs. Dout and her daughter, Stressa Dout, declined instructed to all pee in unison at BY JILLY ROLNICK to be interviewed in the same 8:13 a.m. and, of course, bring an room. Copy Editor extra pair of pants to school. “I wrote my daughter’s essay,” “I’m just grateful that the protest was in period number one,” AS English teacher Patty Room said. “It could have been even more disastrous during period number two.”

“I stole this pennant from my daughter,” Betty Dout said. “In my opinion, I deserve it.”

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“It felt like it was time to stand up for our rights” Wes Potts The class was inspired by the recent string of students protests at school and nationwide. “Young people have an untapped potential to create change,” Potts said. “Our power will only grow from here. Watch out admin and watch out world.” Room’s class was held in the library the rest of the day and custodians spent two hours mopping, disinfecting and airing out the classroom.


An entire freshman AS English class peed their pants on May 18 in protest of the controversial bathroom pass policy implemented in all classes earlier this semester. “It’s not fair to regulate our bathroom time,” said freshman Wes Potts, the protest’s main organizer. “It felt like time to stand up for our rights.” Although the students’ annoyance had been festering since the implementation of the passes, the immediate cause of the protest was after freshman Dee Pends was denied the right to use the bathroom two days in a row after using up all her allocated bathroom passes. “I drink a glass of juice each morning and a bottle of water everyday at school,” Pends said. “It’s only natural that I would need to use the bathroom several times a day.” After meeting the previous week to discuss the specifics of the mini rebellion, Potts and the rest of the class decided that a mass protest was the only way to gain the teacher’s and administration’s attention. Students were


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lips will move to Toronto to pursue professional acting. “There’s so many things that college for acting can give you. But for me, I think I’m alright not doing that and learning from experiences,” Phillips said. “It’s hard work but I feel so jazzed doing it that I know it’s the right thing to be doing and I know it’s what I want to be doing.”





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Julian Peiro will be moving to Hangzhou for six months to teach English at a private tutoring institute. Peiro plans to use this experience to further a career in education. “I get teaching credentials when I’m done, so it shaves a lot of time off of college,” Peiro said. “Plus it’s a lot cheaper, and I actually get paid to do it.”







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Three years ago, Laurits Nielsen came to Burlingame from his home country of Denmark. After graduating from Burlingame, Nielsen plans on returning to Denmark for further education and to pursue chemistry. “Laurits was a great student, really dedicated to the class, and I believe he can go out and change the world,” said his former chemistry teacher Ms. Marcan. PHO



After graduation, Pablo deTimofeev is launching an online business that he plans to fund through modeling. He wants to take advantage of his youth, but he also has a mission to teach others to live adventurously. “Sooner or later we all realize what we’re meant to do,” deTimofeev said. “I was just fortunate enough to figure that out this early.”









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Krish Pillai will take a gap year after graduating next week. He will study at the University of Oxford in England as part of its prestigious gap year program. Pillai intends to apply to college next year and return to the United States. Pillai said that he took a gap year because he wants “to take time to find out what he wants to study and have other experiences.” PHO

Remigi Christen is returning next year to his native city of Basel, Switzerland. Christen’s family moved to Burlingame four years ago. Upon his return, Christen plans to enter the workforce. He thinks his grasp of the English language will boost his competition. “I hope I can get a job where I need English,” Christen said. “That’s a huge advantage.” TO C




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Senior Student Artists

Eileen Kohli - Savannah College


but I never thought it could be a sustainable career until recently,” Kohli said. “There are so many Eileen Kohli grew up with different career options in the fashion. She took creative cues fashion industry; not just designfrom her family: her mother ing.” taking a fashion course while In early November, Kohli was pregnant and her grandmother admitted to Savannah College of teaching Kohli how to sew just Art and Design in Georgia. five years later. Her passion for “It was my top choice for a the art runs deep, as she quickly long time so I’m really excited,” took up drawing and photography Kohli said. “I felt so proud to as well. know that they wanted me to “I love fashion and drawing come and study at their school,


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especially since they’re career-focused and do so much work with professionals like Calvin Klein and models like Tyra Banks.” Kohli knows that there are some students who are hesitant to pursue careers in the arts, but she advises such students to not “let your fear hold you back.” “The world has become a much more accepting place for artists,” Kohli said. “I’m very honored to have a place in it.”


Chris Xue - Berklee really hard or difficult piece of it, there’s something really satisfying about just playing it and just hearing it. When someone asks why we listen to music, it’s not an easy question to answer. But once you hear the music, you say, well I listen because of that, I liked that, and it’s that unspoken thing. And with music theory, you can get close to understanding why that unspoken thing is so gratifying.”


theory and you see something and say, ‘Mozart is not just a genius because he made a random Chris Xue has been playing tune by accident and he wrote it the violin for 13 years, and will be down.’ He was writing for a 60 attending the Berklee School of plus piece orchestra and meticuMusic. lously orchestrating every single “What’s really interesting is instrument, and nothing in that studying music theory and know- piece is by accident.” ing the rules and then going back “When I play a piece of music to the pieces that we all know, I’ll say, wow, what I just heard and you think, ‘why does that there was really interesting, or piece sound so good?’ ‘Why is it I finish a piece of music and I so famous?’ And you study music get really good at it, or I play a








Katie Sharp - UC Berkeley


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her involvement in the musical community caused her to realize Senior Katie Sharp will further that studying music was the right path for her. pursue her passion for music by “I was a part of a solo taking a gap year to study music competition and I scored really at a conservatory in Italy and then well,” Sharp said. “I realized that studying as a music major at UC nothing would make me happier Berkeley. Sharp has been playing than making music my career and trumpet for nine years, and has that I am capable of becoming a played in a variety of orchestras really great player if I continue to in school and around the comwork hard at it.” munity. Although she thought Touring Europe with her about entering the medical field orchestra also inspired Sharp and at the beginning of high school,

influenced her decision to pursue music. “Playing in amazing professional halls gave me a more realistic view into the world of a classical musician, and it really excited me,” Sharp said. At UC Berkeley, Katie will take historical and cultural studies, musicianship and theory courses, and perform both in an ensemble and solo. Music majors are expected to practice for three to four hours a day.

Kennedy Johnson - AMDA



Johnson attended AMDA’s conservatory camp last summer and was drawn to its fast-paced curriculum. She auditioned for other schools but chose AMDA for its rigorous training, relevant general education classes and the connections it will provide for her. Johnson is interested in television and film, but above all, she hopes to perform on Broadway one day. DY

Senior Kennedy Johnson will be studying musical theater at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) this fall. She will attend the New York campus for two years and then finish at the Los Angeles campus. “Musical theater, along with giving you an outlet to express emotions, also allows you to tell an audience a story,” Johnson

said. “I would love to one day tell many different stories in front of many different audiences.” Johnson developed her love for theater in St. Catherine of Siena School’s drama club. At Burlingame, Johnson took drama all four years and participated in every musical. Additionally, she is a part of Epic Footprint, a professional house dance company. She uses her background in dance to choreograph and assistant direct St. Catherine’s productions.


Kerry Hu - Otis BY LILY PAGE

in a school program at a young age. The students would walk around the city and draw buildSenior Kerry Hu will attend ings using crayons. This expeOtis College of Art and Design in rience in a metropolitan setting the Fall. fostered Hu’s admiration of life “I decided to do art because in the big city. After two years, I’m interested in fashion,” Hu Hu would like to transfer from said. “My mom does architecOtis College in Los Angeles to an ture-related work, so I decided to institution in New York. choose interior design, which is “Big cities always remind me kind of related to fashion also.” of my hometown,” Hu said, “so Hu, who was born in Shanghai that’s why I want to go to New and moved to the United States in York.” middle school, began creating art

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Senior Student Athletes

May 24, 2018



Senior Reporter 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 four. Over the years, White played club baseball at the San Mateo Firebirds and the Cage Baseball Club as an outfielder. White wants to transfer to a


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. From that age until presently, Vargas has con-


Editor-In-Chief Senior Nicole Brunicardi will be continuing her basketball career at Skyline College next year. After four years of Burlingame basketball, Brunicardi feels this is a perfect next step. “Ever since I was little, I loved playing basketball with my brothers in the backyard,” Brunicardi said. Brunicardi was captain of the


school career, he has always prioritized baseball. “As a little kid, I always had dreams of playing baseball at a higher level,” Lopiccolo said. “Having a love for the game like I’ve had makes me want to continue going out to the field everyday and playing with my team. I enjoy football and basketball but baseball is just something on a whole different level.”

continue to develop my game at Skyline College as opposed to a lower division 2 or 3 school,” she said. After leading the JV as the leading scorer her freshman year and being pulled up to varsity during Central Coast Sections, O’Donoghue has become a staple on the team, even earning a starting position by her sophomore year. “I love the game of basketball and have enjoyed being a panther,” O’Donoghue said. “I look forward to playing next year at Skyline.”

“Playing in college was always a thought in my head,” she said. “I’m definitely not done playing.” Though she knows that playing for a collegiate team will be an experience entirely different from her four years as a Panther, Brunicardi says she feels ready for a challenge. “I’m so excited to step up my game and experience new aspects on this team,” Brunicardi said.

Julianna Jajeh BY CLAIRE HUNT

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me a better person and I’ve loved every second of it.” Over the years, Jajeh has become a prominent figure on Burlingame’s cheer team. She learned most of her cheer material from her peers on the team and upperclassmen mentors. After her two years at CSM, Jajeh plans on attending the University of San Francisco. Jajeh

hopes to pursue nursing as her future career. “I am excited to continue my cheer career at CSM and meet new people who I will be spending the next 2 years with,” Jajeh said. “I will miss my friends and the friendly environment Burlingame has given me these years.”


As a three-time recipient of the Athlete of the Year Award, Carlo Lopiccolo has been committed to high school athletics for the past four years. In the fall, he will be continuing his passion for sports at the College of San Mateo on the baseball team. Although Lopiccolo was a three sport athlete for his high

girls’ varsity basketball team this past year, but her senior season was cut short when she tore her ACL early in the season. “Unfortunately, my senior year didn’t go as planned,” she said. “But if it wasn’t for the support of my teammates I couldn’t have done it without them. I’m going to miss them so much, but I’m ready for the next chapter.” Despite the injury, Brunicardi has been a strong player and leader in the basketball program.

tinued to play club baseball every year at either Coast Side Crush or Gameprep Baseball Academy. After playing four years of baseball at Burlingame, Vargas is excited to continue his career at the next level. “I was recruited by a few four year schools,” Vargas said, “But I decided to choose CSM because I think they could prepare me for the next level the most.”

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Senior Michala O’Donoghue will be playing basketball at Skyline College next year. “My favorite part of the game is definitely the fast-paced physical competition,” she said. “I thrive on it.” O’Donahue started playing basketball when she was young - 5 years old, to be exact - and has been playing club since sixth grade. “If a big D1 school that I actually wanted to go to was not an option, I decided that I would

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Senior Julianna Jajeh is a committed Burlingame 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


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4-year college after playing a year at San Mateo. The varsity boys’ team made it to the Central Coast Section championship last season, beating Sacred Heart Cathedral, Live Oak and King City. “My favorite memory playing for BHS would have to be last year’s CCS run to the championship,” White said. “There’s nothing like playoff baseball.”


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May 24, 2018

Halle Martinucci

Tennis - University of Redlands

Crew - Syracuse University

Quinn Pelichoff

Allison Sullivan Wu

Water Polo - Pomona College

Volleyball - UC Santa Barbara

Emily Strambi

Natalie Ballout

Crew - University of Pennsylvania

Crew - UC San Diego

Ian Aweeka

Eli Haas

Track - Chapman University

Volleyball - UC Merced

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