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The ODFL trip changed this year due to the water crisis in South Africa. BY SASHA BENKE
Issue 7 Vol. 115
senior spotlight is one last ‘hurrah’ for graduating class ARTICLE AND PHOTOS BY LILY PAGE LEFT: Sabrina Schmid puckered at the crowd as she sashayed down the makeshift runway. Cyndi Lauper’s pop smash hit “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” blared in the background. RIGHT: Students outfitted in metallic garb and sequins shimmied to the tune of “Mamma Mia” by ABBA. From the front: Maggie Murdoff, Meghan Hockridge, Lauren Bingham.
Two groups from BHS Architecture won PG&E’s zero emissions award. BY ALLIE KENNEDY
The planned overhaul of the security system never happened. Here’s why.
BY VISHU PRATHIKANTI
The Bridge Program connects BHS students and ESL students from SMHS through cooking. BY MOYA LIU
BELOW: Senior Spotlight announcer Pablo deTimofeev made an appearance lip-syncing and dancing in full costume to Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball”
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Check out our in-depth report of this month’s walkouts and gun control rallies. BY MAGGIE MURDOFF, ALLIE KENNEDY & MADDIE GREENE
The math “path” at BHS is overly complicated and confusing. BY TEKLA CARLEN
“[Senior Spotlight] is more geared towards senior bonding and creating good memories, giving them a nice sendoff,” said Kim Gelman, one of two chief organizers. Students performed dances created by professional choreographer Noah Hayden, modeled clothing from local cloth-
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Varsity Baseball is on a winning streak, and looking ahead to CCS. BY SOPHIA GUERRA
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Boys’ lacrosse is gearing up for a strong appearance in PAL Championships. BY PRISCILLA JIN
Randy Williams has been campus safety specialist at Burlingame High School for the past 19 years, and in the district for over 30 years. Unbeknownst to many students, however, is Williams’ unique perspective as a black resident of San Mateo County. Throughout the month of April, Williams talked to multiple classes about his family’s experience in the San Mateo area in hopes of bringing perspective to how our country’s dark history of racism and intolerance touched our local area and affected his experience as a student. Williams started his talk by explaining his family’s role in the migration of African Americans to the Bay Area, particularly San Mateo County. He explained that his paternal grandfather was a chef in Chicago, where his family was based originally. His grandfather decided to open a restaurant in San Mateo and invited black residents from Chicago to come and work at the restaurant. He not only provided them steady jobs
PHOTO BY PRISCILLA JIN
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ABOVE: Claire Beswick, Halle Friedeberg, and Nicole Malik sang Abba’s “Dancing Queen” which transitioned to a “Mamma Mia” group dance number.
Randy Williams talks about his history as a black resident in Burlingame
The Gay-Straight Alliance BY PRISCILLA JIN club is back after two years. Senior Reporter BY LILY PAGE
We followed up with the winners of senior polls from old yearbooks. Here’s where they are now. BY JILLY ROLNICK
iers like Sam Malouf, and sang everything from Ed Sheeran’s passionate “Perfect” to the lonesome ballad “All I want” by Kodaline. “We wanted to start a new tradition at BHS,” said Alli Murdoff, the other principal organizer.
Randy tells his story to Ms. Miller’s American History class. but also offered to pay for down black cheerleader at San Mateo payments on their houses in San High School; his other sister beMateo. His encouragement initi- came the first black homecoming ated one of the first migrations queen. Williams himself contribof African Americans to the San uted greatly to the community as the senior class president at Serra Mateo area. Once this migration started, the High School. Unfortunately, the Williams Williams family, along with several other African American residents, family’s involvement in the combegan to integrate into the San munity was not accepted openly. Mateo community in several ways: In fact, he told students about the Williams’ mother became the first many times he was excluded and black professor at the College of segregated against. “Segregation was alive here, San Mateo; his sister was the first
it wasn’t just in the south,” Williams said. “Black people didn’t live in Burlingame or come to the avenue to shop. We had our own downtown. As kids, I was told not to come to Burlingame Avenue by myself; we had to come with adults. If not, we would have been harrassed.” Williams’ talk opened eyes for many students who have grown up surrounded by the accepting area that the Bay Area has come to be. “I was surprised about how honest [Randy] was about his history with racism in this area,” junior Joe Flood said. “I’m glad that we have grown past that time.” Although much has changed in Burlingame since the times when African Americans had to avoid shopping on the Avenue alone, Williams emphasized that there is still more work to be done. “I believe I treat people the way I want to be treated,” he said. “Living here, there has been change, but it still needs a lot of work. It’s your guys’ generation’s turn to make the change. Change is happening, but it’s happening too slowly. It’s your turn to speed it up.”
PHOTO COURTESY OF THE IRON PANTHERS
The Iron Panthers robotics drive team, the team that controls the robot during competitions, (from left Adam Norowolski, John Robinson, Chris Sung, Daniel Yu, Serena Haddad and James Varah) pose with the team robot, La Guilliotine.
May 1, 2018
Robotics places at World Champs BY JAMES LOWDON
For the second consecutive year, the Burlingame High School FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) team participated in the World Championship tournament in Houston, Texas. From April 19 to April 21, the Iron Panthers competed along with 404 other teams from around the world in the 2018 FRC challenge. Every year, the FRC offers a new challenge for high school teams competing at worlds to participate in. The 2018 challenge involves competing in an alliance of four teams and building a robot that will pick up and place cubes on their designated plate of a scale in order to tip the scale in their designated direction. There are three scales in total, and for every second a scale is tipped in their favor, the alliance will gain one point per second. Alliances can also collect and use up cubes as “power ups,” which can switch designated plates for the scales, double points per second from each scale, and more. In the alliance of four robots, three of them compete in the challenge directly with one team’s robot designated as backup. The 405 teams were divided into six divisions of roughly 70 teams which competed until there was one winning alliance from each division. The division win-
ners would then compete until one final winning alliance was declared world champions. The Burlingame robotics team, Iron Panthers, started off the tournament well, winning their first match and placing second in their division. After experiencing a few
“Being an alliance captain at Worlds puts us at about the top five percent of teams worldwide” Junha Park hiccups with their robot breaking during a match and losing a few matches, the FRC team pulled out with an impressive seven wins and three losses. In the end, the Iron Panthers ended up placing ninth out of the 68 teams in their division, the Carter division. “Personally, I would have hoped to place a little higher, but overall I am very happy with our placing,” junior Junha Park said. “Ninth in our division, seventh seed alliance captain at worlds puts us at about the top five percent of teams worldwide, and its the best we’ve ever done by far.”
Last year the Iron Panthers were their alliance’s backup robot, but this year the team lead their alliance as captains with their robot, “La Guillotine.” Burlingame robotics has improved drastically since their start in 2013. Last year, the Iron Panther’s first time at worlds, the team placed 43rd out of 66 teams in their division, a stark contrast to this year’s placement. “The mistakes and failures we had in the previous competitions really prepared us for the championship, since we had a lot more foresight and we were able to fix what was broken quickly and troubleshooting went a lot more smoothly,” junior Grace Chen said. Juniors Darrion Chen and Max Kober were both nominated for the Dean’s List award, an award given to student leaders who show great leadership, technical skill and creativity. At the tournament, around 300 nominees attended a special lunch where 10 are selected to win the award. Although the Burlingame nominees did not win the Dean’s List award, to have two students nominated from one team is an impressive achievement. Despite their major success, the team still has a lot to improve upon and has goals for the future. “I just hope that we can build the best robot possible and get as far as we can,” Park said.
BY SASHA BENKE
THE BURLINGAME B STAFF
Teacher Adviser: Melissa Murphy
I know as soon as I came home it made me realize how privileged kids in Burlingame really are.” Kober agreed. “The people there are grateful for every single thing they have,” he said. “It was cool to see the selflessness they had despite the fact that they didn’t have much.” Counselor Tammy Esrailian is the club adviser for ODFL. As a friend of Freeman’s, Esrailian works as a consultant for the founder, writing scripts for video voiceovers and chaperoning trips. “The teenagers are able to see The ODFL community service club traveled to South Africa during how they actually have an impact the summer of 2017 to renovate a daycare center. and how they can do something that really does change lives,” Esrailian said. “You’re building a more capable and conscious culture of kids who hopefully go into the world recognizing their power.” Despite the cancellation of the South Africa trip, ODFL hopes to make a difference on its Nicaragua trip this summer.
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Due to a water shortage in Cape Town, South Africa, the popular club One Dollar For Life (ODFL) canceled its annual trip for the summer of 2018. ODFL is an organization based in Palo Alto, specializing in small-scale building projects in third world countries. The cancellation of the trip was a surprise to many students due to the club’s sustained popularity. ODFL takes its volunteers to many third world countries, such as Nicaragua, the most popular trip, and the club has visited Nepal and Kenya in the past. However, lesser-developed countries often contain safety problems such as gang violence, which is why the 2013 trip to Kenya was canceled, after going there for five years. Robert Freeman, teacher and founder of ODFL, started the club at Los Altos High School after talking to students about their impact on the world. Freeman stressed that students felt powerless and wanted to help make a difference in the world but had no idea how to start. “They said they couldn’t do anything about it because they were just teenagers,” Freeman
said. “If they each would do the littlest bit, it would be huge. We translated that into every student in the school giving just one dollar. It worked. We built a classroom in Kenya that year and have completed 94 other projects since in 10 of the poorest countries in the world.” The Cape Town water crisis, which caused the cancellation, began in 2015 in the province of South Africa, resulting in a severe water shortage in the region. Juniors Zach Berger and Max Kober participated in the trip to South Africa through the ODFL program last summer. Interested in the itinerary, Kober and Berger went on the trip together in hopes of making a difference in the region. “I went on the ODFL trip last year and it was one of the greatest experiences I’ve had so far in high school,” Kober said. “Our main goal was to build a center for children with disabilities. We helped build the building itself, as well as see the release of it.” The program left a huge impact on the boys, who felt that the trip shined a new light on their everyday lives. “It really puts things into perspective,” Berger said. “Because
PHOTO COURTESY OFZACH BERGER
One Dollar For Life South Africa trip canceled in favor of Nicaragua due to water crisis
ODFL member junior Max Kober played with the children at the South African daycare the club was renovating in 2017.
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May 1, 2018
Students win awards at PG&E Architecture at Zero competition BY ALLIE KENNEDY
eral months. Liu aided both teams with calculating the plug loads of every appliance that would be in their buildings and completing thorough energy modeling to figure out how much energy the lighting, heating and ventilation systems required. Then, it was the job of the students to find ways to incorporate enough sources of renewable energy into their designs to offset the buildings’ energy usage. “We had to incorporate systems like solar, rainwater collection, and radiant heat, as well as take advantage of natural light and building orientation to meet the energy requirements,” Greening said. “In addition to all that, the buildings had to be aesthetically pleasing and places that people would want to come to.” The Architecture at Zero competition helped familiarize the two teams with sustainable design and
increased their awareness of a building’s potential environmental impact. Both of these concepts are becoming more pervasive in modern architecture. “There are some really easy and simple strategies that can reduce energy usage,” Liu said.
BY LOGAN TURNER
$1,000 for their film, “Cigarettes Are Destroying The World.” “Our video was about the effects of cigarettes that people don’t often think about,” Ortiz said. “Of course it kills the person doing it and the people around them, but we talked about the way that it affects the environment too.” “Our writing process was that we wanted to make a video that takes a serious subject while adding our own comedic twist to it,” Moreci said. “I feel like when you can make light of a rough subject while being informative, it makes a bigger impact on the audience.” Lukas Mills won first place in the General Public Category and was the Overall Festival winner with the film, “Car Pollution and the Air You Breathe” that he made with Junior Aidan Burke and his father, Gregory Mills.
“At a time when we have this climate crisis and we know that buildings contribute a huge amount to our global energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions, we have to be part of the solution rather than part of the problem.” PHOTO COURTESY OF ANNA LIU
Two teams of students from the Advanced Architecture class won awards at the seventh annual Architecture at Zero competition. Senior Robert Rochel, junior Gemma Greening, and sophomores Dominic Bueno and Gino D’Ambra designed “Project Butterfly,” which received a merit award, while sophomores Julia Geurse and Kaia Fink named their submission “The Wave Project” and won a citation award. Architecture at Zero is an annual competition hosted by PG&E as well as the California chapter of the American Institute of Architects, and, this year, the competition was in partnership with San Francisco State University. The objective was to design a replacement facility for the aging Romberg Environmental Center in Tiburon,
California. SFSU students used the old building to study marine biology and other environmental sciences, and new designs for the facility were supposed to allow space for college science courses as well as an area for outreach education for younger students. To meet the competition guidelines, each group had to design two buildings, with one building being an exhibit and education center and the other building providing a variety of recreational activities, such as kayaking and swimming. The most important aspect of the competition was that each design had to be a net zero energy facility, meaning that the buildings had to produce enough renewable energy on site to compensate for the energy needs of the building. Anna Liu, who teaches the Architectural Design class, helped each group work on their submission for the competition for sev-
Liu and the Burlingame Architecture at Zero student-participants pose with their awards.
Art of Video students compete in Clear The Air Film Fest PHOTO COURTESY OF BREATHE CALIFORNIA
Agustin Ortiz and Johnny Moreci win the high school category with their film “Cigarettes Are Destroying The World.”
On April 7, Art of Video students attended Breathe California’s Clear The Air Film Fest at the New People Cinema in San Francisco. Multiple Burlingame students were finalists in the competition, and Ryan and Justin Kang’s film “Air” was recognized as CVS Health Audience favorite. Students participating in the competition made films about a variety of harmful contributors to air pollution. “I made a video that brought attention to the issue of car pollution,” Mills said. “It talked about how it affects a person’s health as well as the environment in negative ways, then lists ways to help with this issue.” Agustin Ortiz and Johnny Moreci won first place in the High School Category and a prize of
“I had an incredible experience and received positive feedback from the judges. It gave me more confidence in my films and introduced me to a world of film I had not yet been exposed to,” Mills said. “I was used to making short films, but this allowed me to create a narrative while also teaching people about something important.” Through the festival, students were able to learn more about the environment, filmmaking, and themselves. “I don’t want people to be afraid to be weird,” Moreci said. “We just like to make things that make us laugh and make us happy. It’s awesome when we can do something that we enjoy while people pick up on it and think it’s funny and we win an award. That’s the sort of thing that drives us to make more videos.”
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May 1, 2018
Security cameras face issues
March 23 declared “The Day of Student Registration to Vote” BY STELLA LORENCE
March 23 has been declared “The Day of Student Registration to Vote” by the San Mateo Union High School District Board of Trustees. In accordance with the resolution, in all senior government and/or economics classes, students were given the option to register or pre register to vote. According to the SMUHSD website, “The goal of the SMUHSD team will be to register all of our students and to increase the overall percent of young people casting their vote for candidates and measures that reflect their values.” The Resolution was proposed at the Feb. 22 school board meeting and passed on March 8. The original plan was to have all junior U.S. history classes to pre register as well as all senior government or
campus, including voter registration drives, mock elections, debates, and other election-related pupil outreach activities,” according to Assembly Bill 1817. The latest measure is a kind of Motor Voter Law, which would allow all California residents to be able to opt in to register to vote when they obtain or renew their driver’s licenses. This measure will take effect Jan. of 2019. In total, over 100,000 California teenagers have pre registered to vote since September of 2016, according to the latest data released by California Secretary of State Alex Padilla. Many contribute the increase in registrations and pre registrations to the movement following the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., during which 17 people were killed.
Seniors Max Schenk and Andrew Barrows fill out their voter registration form in Mrs. Liberatore’s sixth period AP Mircoeconomics class on March 23- the Day of Student Registration to Vote.
PHOTO COURTESY OF ANTON BOBROV
economics classes, however this aspect was abridged to maintain the integrity of the annual event. There have been several statewide measures to increase teenagers’ civic and political participation. In Sept. 2014, Calif. Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 113 into law, which allows 16- and 17-year-olds to pre register to vote; they are then automatically registered when they turn 18. Additionally, Assembly Bill 1817, which Brown signed into law in July 2014, designates the last two full weeks in April and the last two full weeks in September as “high school voter education weeks.” This law authorizes county election officials to register students, and school administrators to appoint students to be “voter outreach coordinators.” These students are then responsible for “coordinat[ing] election-related activities on his or her high school
BY VISHU PRATHIKANTI After the attack on Marjory Stoneman Douglas and two unexpected fire alarms on our own campus, BHS staff and students have been discussing safety on our campus. There are cameras on campus, a campus security guard, and a school safety officer; but compared to Aragon high school, which has a total of 60 cameras on campus, the BHS campus is lacking in terms of an up-to-date security system. Currently, there are 16 cameras located inside and around the exterior of the gym. The feed is sent directly to a monitor in Dean Fred Wolfgramm’s office. Another set of cameras monitor the parking lots near the portables and C-building, but this feed sent to an office in the C-building. The main purpose of the cameras is to review footage recorded in the event that a theft or fight occurs. In addition, the cameras are meant to identify when a suspicious person or vehicle enters the campus. However, the cameras at BHS face multiple issues. The first issue with the cameras is the location. While other schools monitor activity near dense student populations, such as the quads and courtyards, surveillance cameras at BHS are only located near the gym and portables. While surveillance in this area is definitely a positive in the event of a bike/skateboard theft; it is vital to have cameras viewing inside the campus to ensure that fights and disruptions that occur inside campus can be reviewed. The second issue is that in order to access the cameras, one must physically be in Wolfgramm’s office or in the office in the C-building (depending on the camera feeds needed). “When a fire alarm or a burglar alarm goes off in the middle
of the night, our security team has a call list… and right now it’s sometimes me or Mr. Lien, or Mr. Belzer or Sergio, our facilities person, coming down in the middle of the night trying to figure out what’s going on,” Vice Principal Valerie Arbizu said. “It would be wonderful if you’re woken up at 2:00 in the morning to be able to log in [at home], and take a look at what’s happening so that we can be in touch with the police right away and identify if there is an issue or not.” But the biggest reason why the security cameras need to be improved is their inability to do their one job: record footage 24/7. According to Wolfgramm, the cameras are unable to record on the current system unless the monitor is turned on. This is a problem because the system also has a habit of automatically turning off, leaving wide periods of time when nothing is recording. “It was always a plan that this system would be overhauled in Burlingame. They were going to redo the alarms and redo everything once construction [of the f-building] was finished. But I guess we ran out of money,” security guard Jim Brooks said. When this article went to print, The Burlingame B learned that some progress is currently being made to obtain new cameras. “The district has contracted out with a company that will do an assessment of our current system and then would incorporate new cameras and inspect the system for how much that would cost,” Principal Paul Belzer said. “Once that is finished, those plans will be brought to the board and then the board will evaluate whether the cost is worth the input. Hopefully, the systems will be able to work together… we would continue with the current cameras we have up, and these would be additional cameras.”
May 1, 2018
District Bridge Program collaborates with culinary arts class
Italian students speak on Italian politics PHOTO BY NINA FINCI
On December 21, 2017, Ms. Couch and her culinary arts class cooked with El Salvadorian students. speaking and listening-- at a pace dents to English speaking peers, BY MOYA LIU they need and at a level they can the school district hopes they gain Staff Reporter understand. opportunities to practice English The English Learning DeLast December, the culinary with age alike peers, build relationvelopment (ELD) Bridge Proarts class was proud to provide the ships and friendships outside of gram—A San Mateo Union High opportunity of English language the Program, and see what a comSchool District’s English program development for currently classi- prehensive high school is like. for non-native speakers--is growfied ESL students through profesThe opportunity not only ing. The program is designed to sional learning and collaboration. exposed Bridge students to auserve ELD level I students enterESL students from El Salvador thentic learning experiences, but ing the SMUHSD as juniors and were given access to language “gave them the confidence to use seniors with few to no credits who practice in authentic situations, English with others,” SMHSUD would be better served in an alterwhich would help them with their ESL coordinator Samia Shoman native program. English communication skills. said. “and the long-term effect, we These students are classified “The class was split into two hope, is faster language acquisition as juniors and seniors who are parts, in the first part, they cooked and acclimation to our communiin the beginning stages of learnEl Salvadorian food, and in the ty.” ing English. The Bridge Program second part, my students introAs the program increases with aims to assist students to ease duced them to California cuisine,” enrollment, so does the variety of their transition into mainstream said Shannon Couch, teacher of activities. The Bridge students will English-taught courses through the culinary arts class, who initiat- be going on a field trip to the Exallowing them an opportunity to ed this collaboration. ploratorium in a few weeks. learn English-- reading, writing, Through exposing Bridge stu-
Loneliness: All the way from England to Burlingame BY MADDIE GREENE
have voiced concerns as well, claiming that the new focus on social isolation is hypocritical. In critics’ opinions, May’s government is suddenly interested in aiding loneliness after significant decreases in funds for social-services under her administration. Furthermore, around 500 libraries have been shut down due to budget cuts under May and the previous Prime Minister, David Cameron. Some worry that such actions negatively impact loneliness in a way for which a Minister of Loneliness cannot compensate. Regardless, loneliness appears to be a major issue, even in our community. “We have a lot of kids that feel like they have acquaintances but not true friendships,” counselor Tammy Esrailian said. However, students on campus are taking action to try to tackle social isolation. On May 19, Burlingame’s Bring Change 2 Mind club is hosting “Boundless,” a district-wide event to connect and bring people together. The event, previously known as kNOw Limits, focuses around the concept of “big talk”, the deeper, more important alternative to “small talk.”
‘La dolce vita’ leans right BY LILY PAGE
Senior Reporter Fifty-two Italian students from Carpi, Italy arrived in Burlingame on March 19. They stayed for a week, during which time, they explored Sausalito, the Golden Gate Bridge and the Google campus. Despite the existence of many cultural differences between the Italian students and their American counterparts, they found plenty of commonalities to discuss, including recent political changes in both countries. The Italian Election occurred on March 4, 2018, and, much like the election of President Donald Trump in 2016, it marked the rise of populist, conservative powers in government. “Since, before, the government was left, maybe people thought that voting right could change the situation,” Elisa Ferrari, 17, said. She referred to the chronic weakness of the Italian economy. The country never fully recovered from the global financial crisis of 2008. In contrast to the multitude of working students in Burlingame, the number of unemployed teenagers in Italy is sky-high ( 31.5%, according to Statistica.com). The results of the recent election demonstrate disillusionment within the Italian electorate. “People were asking for somebody with stronger ideas and promised to do big things, you know, bring Italy back to big power,” Alessia Sacchi, 17, said. The conservative Lega (League), an organization of multiple smaller parties, and populist Five Star Movement represent the majority of the recently elected officials within the Italian legislature (although Carpi is located in one of few areas that voted majority Democratic Party). The Lega ideology consists of nationalism combined with social conservatism on issues such as abortion and gay rights. In contrast, the Five Star Movement has the goal of eliminating dependence on the party system
by connecting voters directly to the state through the internet. Both parties have expressed negative feelings towards the European Union and waves of immigrants entering Italy. The rhetoric was familiar to students in the AP Italian class, who, two months ago, learned about the differences between the Italian and United States governments. AP Italian teacher Mrs. Antonella Wemple described the various functions of the Italian government. Like the United States, Italy is governed by three branches: legislative, executive, and judicial. However, the Italian president has less power than the prime minister, a position possessed by the leader of the political party awarded the most votes within an election. Consequently, the leadership of the Italian government is in almost-perennial flux. “Here in America, it’s easier because you have two big parties,” Sacchi said. Although the political establishment is dominated by three or four major parties, more than thirty parties participated in the recent election. The chaotic political landscape creates coalitions of parties with juxtaposing beliefs, which are often ineffective at introducing reform. Neither Lega nor the Five Star Movement received enough votes to establish a majority, and Lega has pledged that it will not share authority with other parties. Although the future of Italian politics is murky, many were not surprised by the outcome. “I think the results were predictable,” Ferrari said. She cited overwhelming popular frustration in regards with stagnating economic conditions. Whether the newly elected officials will bring the change so desperately desired is yet to be seen. “We often joke about each other, like among Italian people, that we blame the government for everything that goes wrong,” Sacchi said. “Even when it rains on a sunny day, you say, ‘it’s the government’s fault.’” PHOTO BY LILY PAGE
At the end of last year, Britain’s Commission on Loneliness released the statistics found in a year-long survey. The study was published after the murder of Jo Cox, a British Labour Party politician who tried to improve issues of social isolation and loneliness. After her death, her work was continued by the newly established commission in her name. The study reports that over 9 million adults, 14 percent of the population, experience constant loneliness. In response to unsettling results, on Jan. 17, Prime Minister Theresa May announced a new position in government: Minister of Loneliness.The job now belongs to Tracey Crouch, who also serves as the minister of Sport and Civil Society. Crouch’s purpose, the UK’s government stated, is to “identify opportunities to tackle loneliness, and build more integrated and resilient communities.” Among other ideas to do so, she hopes to create “pocket parks” where empty areas outdoors can be transformed into parks in which lonely people, especially the
elderly, can gather and socialize. Many people praised Crouch’s new role as an important step in addressing social isolation.With new reports on its shocking health effects, more people are beginning to worry about the issue. Even more, in compiling hundreds of studies on the topic, researchers founds that lonely people have a 50% increased risk of death. Emily Tam, a senior in Burlingame’s Bring Change 2 Mind club, commented on the significance of Britain’s actions. “It shows that the country is making an effort to take care of the wellbeing of citizens,” Tam said. “It’s really important.” However, the step to create a “Minister of Loneliness” has also received backlash. Soon after it was announced, Stephen Colbert, host of The Late Night Show, told his audience once night, “They’ve defined the most ineffable human problem and come up with the most cold, bureaucratic solution.” While its purpose was to be humorous, Colbert’s criticism represents a broader opinion that appointing a Minister of Loneliness is an ineffective, and even comical, approach. Left-leaning British politicians
Senior Justin Cilia (Left) and Italian exchange student Andrea Giorgio (Right) sing the Italian political song “O Bella Ciao” during the International Assembly on March 20.The lyrics of the anthem honor partisans who rebelled against Nazi rule during World War II. Since then, politics have saturated Italian culture, yet a new wave of apathy has emerged in response to elections in recent years.
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Four African American students sat at an all white lunch counter to protest segregation. Four days later, 300 people were participating. Six months later, the sit-in succeeded.
After 17 students were killed in a school shooting in Florida, students across the nation walked out of classes to remember the victims and fight for gun control legislation.
A large group of Kent State students gathered to protest the Vietnam War. The Ohio National Guard released tear gas and opened fire on the crowd, killing four protesters and sparking nationwide outrage.
Students from all University of California campuses took to the streets to protest an increase in tuition. The UC system was accused of unfairly impacting minority students with the tuition hike.
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March for our Lives
About 1000 Columbia University students staged a massive protest and occupied five campus buildings to support the civil rights movement and demonstrate opposition to the Vietnam War.
Thousands of students gathered to advocate for a more democratic government. After a few weeks of protests, troops open fire on the students. An official death toll was never released.
Thousands of students gathered in Prague and were attacked by the police. This launched the Velvet Revolution, overthrowing the communist government with no deaths.
As 10,000 students marched towards a soccer stadium where a peaceful protest against apartheid discrimination in schools, police fired into the crowd, killing two children.
Tinker v. Des Moines
Mary Beth Tinker was suspended for wearing a black armband to school to protest the Vietnam War. The Supreme Court ruled that Tinker had the right to free speech on school property.
A timeline of student activism
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Greensboro sit in
The March for Our Lives protest took place on March 24 in Washington, D.C. along with hundreds of satellite marches held in cities across the world - including Burlingame, San Mateo, and San Francisco. The march was organized by #NeverAgain, a group of Parkland shooting survivors that have become activists for gun control. An estimated 800,000 attended the D.C. march, with tens of thousands in its San Francisco counterpart. Burlingame students attended the local marches, many traveling to San Francisco’s Civic Center Plaza to march to the Embarcadero, joining other protesters. Among other speakers, Senator Dianne Feinstein voiced her support of the movement.
On March 14, hundreds of Burlingame students and students across the country participated in a walkout to honor the victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting and to demand stricter gun control laws. The event took place exactly a month after the shooting and was organized by EMPOWER, a branch of the Women’s March focused on issues concerning youth. Burlingame’s walkout was led by a group of students with the sole focus being to honor the Parkland shooting victims. The walkout began at 10 a.m. and lasted 17 minutes, to represent the 17 lives lost. At the turn of each minute, a victim’s name and a short message about him/her were read.
“We’ve honestly had enough, and we can’t put a price on our lives. We all deserve the right to go to school and feel safe.” -Reari Savsovich
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Reporting by Maggie Murdoff and Maddie Greene Designed by Allie Kennedy Photos by Stella Lorence, Maddie Greene, Lily Page, Allie Kennedy, and Maggie Murdoff
On Friday, April 20, the 19th anniversary of the Columbine shooting, students across America participated in a walkout to protest for gun control. The tragic event of 1999 marked the deadliest school shooting the world had seen, with 13 killed and 24 injured. Approximately 80 Burlingame students left class at 10 a.m. for Washington Park. Participants made signs, created a list of demands of government for gun control, and marched to Burlingame City Hall. There, Mayor Michael Brownrigg expressed support for the cause and the list of demands. The event concluded with an open forum discussion on the future of gun control and school safety.
“We will come together. We will write letters. We will call. We will go door to door. We will protest... The future starts today.” -Caitlin O’Flaherty
The dilemma of angry American boys and guns BY DARRION CHEN
Senior Reporter There is something seriously flawed with the cult of American masculinity, and the problem has never been more evident than within the American mass shooting epidemic. According to statistics from Statista, between 1982 and February 2018, there have been roughly ninety-seven deadly mass shootings in the United States. Ninety-four of these atrocities were carried out by males. The unproportionally high percentage of male mass murderers cannot be mere coincidence. As much as this could be labeled a sexist claim, the numbers do not lie; there exists an issue with American men. “We, through societal pressures, norms and expectations, have put unfair pressure on our boys, with clear directives to what it means to be a man,” health teacher Nicole Carter said. “And if they stray from these norms, they are not supported by our culture. That might be why we as health teachers see more girls seeking help than boys.” As much as our society tries to destigmatize seeking mental health, the stigma is still a problem. “There is a stigma against male students seeking mental help, which leads to boys internalizing everything and trying to cope with things on their own without communicating their frustration or confusion,” health teacher Laurie Hudelson said. It is no surprise then that America’s mass shooters share alarming but sadly expectable circumstances: estrangement, isolation, mistrust of society and angst. Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, the perpetrators of the 1999 Columbine High School shooting, were reported to have been bullied and left out in their high school community. Similarly, Nikolas Cruz, the perpetrator of the more recent school shooting
at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, was also reported to be a “loner” and abusive to classmates. Between 1999 and 2018, there was no drastic legislative gun reform. And the profiles of male shooters have not changed either. In contrast, the few female shooters have different reasons, which include comparatively uncommon mental disorders, like schizophrenia. The recent shooting at the YouTube headquarters only goes to show that female shooters, unlike male shooters, do not kill to vent frustration at society as a whole. American males, in a general sense, are becoming lost in the matrix of supposed masculinity. They are expected to be emotionless (or at least to hide their emo-
“We have to change the messages that our boys are hearing.” Nicole Carter tions), and to be “tough.” They are shamed and, even worse, ashamed, when they fail to meet these expectations. In history, the “cult of domesticity” severely limited women’s opportunities. But now, the “cult of masculinity” causes male frustration to fester into anger and violence. “It is socially acceptable for girls to say that they feel weak, while boys are not given that voice, so boys tend to channel their feelings through anger,” Carter said. “Boys really are not angry, they just use anger as a way of expressing, since it’s the only way they can express themselves while still being respected as a man. When they express through anger, it’s easy to express through violence.” When frustration is forbidden to come out of their mouths, the frustration will come out by other angry means: alcoholism, domes-
tic violence, suicide, and gun barrels. These are all things in which men top statistics worldwide, guns or no guns. Thus, there is something fundamentally askew with the culture of American masculinity, so neither government policy nor protests and walkouts can right it. It is the unfortunate truth; only a major shift - possibly an opening of the male emotional mind - in the way masculinity is seen will be able to set America’s future back on track. “We have got to change the messages that boys are hearing,” Carter said. “There are some societal norms that seriously need to change. We are making some steps in the right direction, but I’m still concerned, seeing what’s taking place. We still have a long way to go, especially with how men are portrayed in movies and media.” Hudelson also suggested possible long term solutions. “This conversation has to begin as early as elementary or preschool,” Hudelson said. “Boys should learn the basic idea of ‘use your words and not your actions.’” Carter also shared a possible course of action. “I suggest we need to educate females on supporting men,” she said. “Females equal have responsibility of supporting males, just as males have the responsibility of supporting females.” In the modern day, there has already been a slow and steady shift in stance on gay rights and women’s rights, among other monumental societal revolutions. A shift in stance on American masculinity should not be too difficult. Only then might Americans begin to see a decrease in mass shootings, as well as other tragedies attributed to men like suicide and domestic violence. What to do with America’s guns is a begging question. But before we can answer that, we need to understand America’s misguided boys.
Not-your-house party BY CLAIRE HUNT
“They are more inclined to be rowdy and... less respectful to the house. There’s going to be a lot more destruction.” Edward Phillips add up to a hefty price. Most students split the cost of the Airbnb between themselves and their guests, charging a cover fee or only inviting a select number of people. Besides the cost, Airbnbs
can create disciplinary problems for students if the party gets reported and charges are pressed. “[One] Airbnb party got to the school, because it was a private school, and the cops ended up getting involved and told the parents,” junior Sofia Robbels said of an Airbnb party she attended. “They got detentions and some got suspended for it.” Airbnb discourages minors from renting houses by recommending hosts to only lease to older users and ask for their intent of use. While Airbnb is only supposed to rent out houses to adults, students get friends over 18 or willing parents to put their name under the lease agreement. “Generally they have to get a parent. They definitely need a credit card, and they have to be over 18,” teacher and parent Susan Marcan said. “However, the Airbnb site doesn’t verify that information, so if you have a credit card and you set up a profile, you can be anyone you want.”
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Math pathways inflict confusion on students BY TEKLA CARLEN
Staff Reporter The Burlingame math pathway is perhaps the most complicated of any of the school’s departments. Students have many different options when considering the math classes they can take throughout high school, which reflects the varying levels of difficulty in the subject. Unlike some other subjects, math builds onto itself year after year. It is impossible to move on successfully without understanding what you have already learned. In recent years, the implementation of Common Core has shifted the math pathway significantly. This shift has caused confusion amongst students, as there have been problems and nuisances for everyone involved. When Common Core standards were put into place at Burlingame Intermediate School in 2016, they emphasized a goal that everyone should start high school in Algebra I. Prior to the Common Core standards, Burlingame Intermediate School students had been taking Algebra I or even Geometry in eighth grade if they were in the advanced Math program. After Common Core standards were implemented, students entering Burlingame High School were pushed back a year in math. Many parents were upset that their children who were not on the advanced Math track would no longer be able to take Calculus by graduation. “Taking Calculus by senior year helps you if you want to be a math major or a science major in college,” sophomore Evan Jones said. “It is important for colleges to see that you are able to do math at a high level and that it is something you are interested in.” Jones is one of the sophomores that began the accelerated track this year after starting in Algebra I as a freshman. The accelerated program offers three years of math taught in just two years, and as a result it is very fast-paced. It is not for everyone. The primary incentive to take it is to have calculus on your high school transcript, but this mostly only applies to people going into STEM fields. The accelerated program is a pilot, and the school is currently deciding its permanence. “We haven’t completed a full cycle of the program yet, but [Burlingame High School] and
[Aragon High School] are gathering data about how the program is going so far,” said Erik Bennett, co-chair of the Math department. The standard path for entering students is first Algebra I, Geometry and then Algebra II courses which many agree are too easy. The other option is to take an accelerated class which isn’t suitable for most students. It is also possible to take Geometry over the summer, although counselor Karen Latham does not recommend this option, as it means completing an entire year of math in a window of a few weeks’ time. The school has tried to avoid this dilemma by implementing the accelerated track, but this solution comes with problems of its own. The accelerated track is doing the best it can to teach three years of math in four semesters, but this is not an easy feat. Some topics have been left out due to time constraints. For example, the second-year accelerated students recently learned trigonometric functions for the first time, while sophomores who are not on the accelerated track have been covering sine, cosine and tangent over multiple years. In addition, only students from Burlingame Intermediate School were told about the accelerated track before high school. “I think they should have told people from OLA [Our Lady of Angels] about the accelerated math program and Crocker also, because a lot of us would’ve taken it if we’d known,” said sophomore and OLA graduate Anna Bronzini. A final concern is that the advanced track is not yet approved by the UC/CSU schools. Students are worried that colleges won’t know they took more challenging classes because they will not show up on transcripts as accelerated. Counselors are working to fix this process. The future of the accelerated class may change in coming years. After a significant number of students go into Calculus with the completion of the accelerated track, the school will be able to know more about the program’s level of success. Right now, the math pathways are in a messy area of transition, and they have been so for multiple years. The school is doing its best, but Common Core is a flawed concept that has caused obstacles for most students.
Thinking is safe? GRAPHIC BY DARRION CHEN
With prom on the way, Burlingame juniors and seniors have a lot of planning to do to get ready. During this festive time, upperclassmen are faced with finding a large and safe venue to celebrate after prom, and the company Airbnb offers a popular solution. Primarily used for post-prom parties, Airbnb offers luxurious homes for students to rent for one night, trash, and then leave the next morning, with supposedly minimal consequences. Compared to parties at students’ homes, Airbnb parties offer less parental involvement, less chance of being shut down by police and the opportunity to over-consume alcohol. “Airbnbs are often very separated from Burlingame, so people are more inclined to be rowdy, and are less afraid of the police coming, and they’re generally less respectful to the house,” senior Edward Philips said. “There’s going to be a lot more destruction, and people doing more than they usually would because they don’t have to worry about getting home, or talking to adults.”
However, hidden consequences can lurk behind the Airbnb prom party. Depending on the location, size of the house and possible damages, Airbnbs can
May 1, 2018
May 1, 2018
LGBT student movement is reborn
Fake it ‘til you make it
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PHOTO BY LILY PAGE
The following polls, compiled by The Burlingame B, were based on a simple random sample of 10% of the population of interest (just seniors for the first chart, the whole school for the second.)
Senior Pacita Del Balso, President of the San Mateo High School Genders and Sexuality Alliance (GSA) Club, described the large amount of participation in the Day of Silence at her school. During the nation-wide event, students take vows of silence to recognize bullied LGBTQ kids. ple in our community that need name-calling. BY LILY PAGE support,” senior and club mem“I didn’t change anything other Senior Reporter ber Jackson Gravagno said. The than my name and pronouns beGenders and Sexuality Alliance club has spent the last few weeks cause I was already wearing male (GSA) president and senior Viva watching Paris is Burning, a Sun- clothes. I didn’t change a whole Freedman began the meeting by dance award-winning documenta- lot,” Riviello said. “But I was making an announcement: “You ry which explores drag ball culture shocked at the backlash I got.” are the only person who gets to in Harlem during the late 1980s. The coalition met at the San decide when you want to come On May 11, GSA will host Pan- Mateo Pride Center to discuss topout, when that’s safe for you. It’s ther Pride - a spirit day to show ics like the treatment of LGBTQ no pressure. It doesn’t actually support for the LGBTQ commu- students on campus. The Pride matter inside this club.” nity on campus. Participating stu- Center is a community center Clad in black-rimmed glasses dents will be encouraged to wear which provides resources and and blue combat boots, Freed- rainbow colors and may receive holds events for local LGBTQ ciman’s easygoing message set a free rainbow pins. In line with the vilians. The Pride Center website casual tone that quickly evolved club’s activist sensibilities, students boasts of a “Free Store” with dointo friendly banter among the will be asked to sign a petition for nated chest binders and condoms, club members, many of whom are a more comprehensive sexual edu- as well as a library of LGBTQ ficin Burlingame Improvisation and cation course. The club members tion for all ages. Theater Enthusiasts (BITE). also seek to educate students on In the past year, members of In the past three years, the foreign LGBTQ issues, including the Pride Center team have conLGBTQ community at BHS has the detainment and torturing of ducted workshops with teachers at experienced considerable difficul- gay men in Chechnya, a province schools in the district. They came ty in developing a cohesive pres- of Russia. to BHS early in the second semesence on campus. The focus of the club is divid- ter of this year. The purpose of “It’s hard to be an activist when ed between establishing awareness the workshops is to establish basic you’re scared and you can’t ‘come of LGBTQ problems abroad and knowledge of LGBTQ vocabuout’ to your parents,” Freedman standing in solidarity with the local lary and experiences. Youth Prosaid. (She also noted that over the community. Accompanying the re- gram Coordinator Gilbert Gampast three years, many applicants vival of GSA is a coalition of sim- mad, who is transgender and uses to leadership positions within ilar clubs throughout the San Ma- the pronoun “they,” described the GSA transferred to Middle Col- teo Union High School District. series of workshops as the “base lege.) The coalition was organized by level for understanding queerness Since the beginning of the se- Middle College and former Burl- and transness.” They emphasized mester, the club has met regular- ingame student, Drew Riviello. the relevance of LGBTQ issues, ly on Fridays in room A211. The Riviello, who is transgender, not just for students in that comgroup of twenty to thirty students wanted to create a unified voice munity, but for the entire student Senior Ellie Feder stands in front of the finished mural in the per meeting is considerably larg- for LGBT students across the body and administration. A-building ramp, which she first envisioned last year in Leadership. er than in previous years. While school district. “These issues affect everyone. BY TEKLA CARLEN help. Art students who worked the expansion of the club cre“I want [the next generation of Everyone has been called a f*gon the mural included senios ates a chattier, more informal at- LGBTQ kids] to grow up and be got. Everyone has been called a Staff Reporter Hannah Goldman, Kailey Nichmosphere, Freedman and others like, ‘I can be who I am, express d*ke. Everyone has been called a Thanks to senior Ellie Feder ols, Casie Rickman-Crisostomo, emphasized approachability as a who I am and not worry about tr*nny, at some point in their life. and the Advanced and AP Art Isabella Schenone, junior Justin new focus for improving the club being harassed,’” Riviello said.“- You don’t have to be queer or classes, there is a new perma- Vuu and sophomores Louis Tang culture. Because of the coalition, I feel trans to feel that hurt,” Gammad nent mark on the school. The and Rachel Yap. Ultimately, they “We want to reach out to peo- this entire coalition can make that said. “You don’t have to be queer now-completed mural in the were able to bring the principles ple and have more excitement, change.” or trans to know that that is some A-building is a long, red ribbon of design and their artistic skills more positivity in the community, twisting along the left ramp to the to complete the work. He described how his expe- sort of violence.” but we of course want to maintain rience at Burlingame included second floor, with the school’s “When I walked them over the serious side, that these are peo- being the target of bullying and fight song written around it. to look at the unfinished mural Feder, who became the Lega- with me, they immediately had so cy Commissioner for her Leader- many ideas on how to improve ship class last year, came up with it,” Feder said. “They knew how the idea in her first semester as a to shade it, clean the lines, and junior. She was assigned to work do the writing. They just went to on a long-term spirit project, and work on it and made it beautiful.” when she saw murals on the list The mural was finished of suggestions, she knew what around a month ago. Its primary she wanted to do. purpose is to inspire school spirit, “I thought, ‘How cool would which is made clear by its vibrant 415.310.7956 | firstname.lastname@example.org it be if I could actually pull that red color and theme. In addition, off ?’” Feder said. “I thought hav- it also serves as a legacy for Feder dennisjmurphy.com ing that bright red in a fun format and the art students. would be really cool and would Although Feder waited a long promote school spirit.” time to receive approval for her Feder made sure to do her re- idea, she and her collaborators search before putting a brush to agreed that the product was the wall. She spent hours making worth the wait. sure she knew what kind of paint “I’m really proud of how would work best and in which the mural turned out,” Rickcolor. However, Feder did not man-Crisostomo said. “It’s exhave the art skills to execute the citing to know that me and my mural alone. After going through classmates were able to come toseveral hurdles to get adminis- gether and create something that tration’s approval, she contacted showcases school spirit and will the Advanced and AP Art classes be on the school walls forever.” taught by Philip Noyes for their
New A-building mural showcases school spirit
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Dennis J. Murphy
Your Peninsula Neighbor
May 1, 2018
A blast from the past: then and now The Burlingame B tracked down former senior poll winners to check the accuracy of titles from previous years
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Seguine stood out for involvement in drama during her tenure in high school but was involved in a myriad of activities including student government, yearbook, band and swim. “The chemistry teacher at the time told me I needed a shirt that said ‘NO’ on it so I could point to it when someone asked me to participate in something,” Seguine said. After high school Seguine ran two local businesses: Flywheel, a graphic design and letterpress studio, and The Shop at Flywheel, a community art and design center. Both businesses were shut down earlier this year when Seguine moved. “I remember everything [about high school],” she said. “All my friends from high school use me as the human time capsule.”
Amber Ellis Class of 1996
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Florio was an active musician all throughout high school, spending his time in marching, concert and jazz bands and the pit orchestra. He even wrote pep tunes to be played during football season. During his junior and senior years Florio was the first Burlingame student to play in the CA All-State Honor Band. “I mostly remember the great relationships I made with friends playing music,” Florio said. “We were always able to play and enjoy ourselves.” For the past thirteen years, he has worked as the instrumental music director at The Harker School in San Jose and now directs the upper school Jazz Band and Orchestra. Florio is also a conductor at the California Youth Symphony and has previously conducted the orchestra at New York’s Lincoln Center, the Chicago Symphony Center, Carnegie Hall, concert in Paris and London, among others.
Chris Florio Class of 1996
Most Athletic PHOTO COURTESY OF DREW SHILLER
At Burlingame, Shiller played football, basketball and baseball and was a part of six teams that reached the CCS championship in his four years. After he left, the school retired his jersey. He later played basketball at Stanford and now co-hosts a show on NBC Sports Bay Area called “Warriors Outsiders.” He also does broadcasting work for the Santa Cruz Warriors and the Pac12 Network. “I always knew that I wanted to work in sports and hopefully have a long career working in sports broadcasting,” he said.
Drew Shiller Class of 2005 PHOTO COURTESY OF HEATHER JONES
During her time at Burlingame, Jones worked on all types of art projects ranging from Little Big Game banners to posters and programs for plays. Additionally, she was a graphic designer in her senior year. “I really liked our art teacher at the time, Mr. Pat,” she said. “People just knew I worked on all that stuff.” After graduating high school, Jones attended design school and worked in interior design for a number of years before entering the lighting business. On the side, she enjoys making jewelry and metalsmithing.
Heather Jones Class of 1987
May 1, 2018
BY PAYTON TOOMEY
BY MOYA LIU
The softball team is more diverse than previous year when it comes to age. With many talented underclassmen, the team is prepared for the games left in the season. With a league record of 1-6, the road ahead looks challenging but, “the team is willing to take this on,” senior Vavineh Jordan said. “I think the environment is great. We are all rooting for each other on and off the field, which I think has been essential to our growth as a team,” senior Amber Moss said. This season has been plagued due with rescheduled games due to rain and the field being unfit to play on. Senior Amber Moss weighed in on this, saying, “We definitely did not have a proper preseason and have had a lot of rain outs early in the year, so at this point we have games almost every day of the week.”
Despite a rough season marked by surprising victories and close losses, the badminton team has gone up from the 5th in the league to the 3rd. Currently, the team has won 7 out of 14 matches against schools in the area including Hillsdale, San Mateo, and South City. Recently, in the Panthers’ second match against Hillsdale High School on Tuesday, April 17, Panthers finished with a 10-5 win over the Hillsdale Knights. Moreover, the badminton team almost beat last year’s champion Westmoor High School 7-8. “My goal for this season is to improve the overall team standing and to send my players to play in C.C.S. games,” head coach Salvador Banquiles said. “There’s a chance that some athletes make C.C.S. this year.”
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BY SOFIA GUERRA
BY ANNIE SUN
The boys’ varsity baseball team triumphed in their last games against Menlo at home 9-0 and away 6-1, and their face-off against Carlmont on April 25 ended in a narrow but hard-fought win 2-0. Now they look to their next games against Hillsdale to make up for their brief slump early in the season. According to senior and second baseman Savaun Brown, their winning streak has not come without challenges. “We started off pretty good but midway through the season we got a little rocky,” Brown said. “But after spring break we did pretty well, and we expect to go to C.C.S. and play well for the rest of the season.” Thanks to an impressive team morale and some standouts like junior pitcher Emilio Flores, senior left fielder Justin Brunicardi, and senior shortstop Carlo Lopiccolo, the Panthers don’t seem to be slowing down any time soon.
The boys’ golf team has high hopes for the rest of the season. The record for the golf team this year has definitely improved since last year. In the game against Hillsdale on Monday, April 16, the team won 226-250. “The boys’ golf team has experienced a major improvement since the last season and we have won way more games this season due to the new talent and improved skills of the players,” said John Bohdzia, a second-year sophomore golf player. The boys’ golf team has very high hopes for the rest of the spring season due to their current record of 10-1-1, a record that is a significant improvement from last year. The boys’ team has two more games left this season along with two days of P.A.L’s on April 26 and April 30. Individual players may qualify for the C.C.S. championships depending on their performance during P.A.L’s.
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BY SOFIA GUERRA
As the season wrapped up, the Panthers began to reconcile their small team size and their practice style under coach Bill Smith. Even though the team struggled to recruit older players, the team dynamic ultimately panned out as the season went on. Their last game on Tuesday, April 12 was a nailbiter against Hillsdale High School and a satisfying end to the season according to the team, a diverse group of under and upperclassmen. Although their time together as a team has come to an end, top players competed in the individual tournament on April 24th to 26th, including senior Cale Goodman and junior Evan Mahaffey. Speaking about his own performance, Mahaffey said, “A good mental game is huge in tennis so I tried to improve that this year,” a sentiment shared by the rest of the team. “We suffered some hard losses but we fought hard every time.”
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Track and Field
May 1, 2018 BY CADEN THUN
Track and field’s record is not fully indicative of how the season has gone so far. Though wins have been hard to come by - the boys’ varsity team is 0-5 while the girls’ team is 1-4 - the atmosphere at practice has been full of enthusiasm and focus. That’s because this year, the team’s objective has been to get better, rather than just win. According to head coach Chris Coleman, the track team’s top priority is, and always will be, preparation and improvement. “I would say the best thing that’s happened so far this year is just the amount of kids that are working as hard as they’re working,” Coleman said. Coleman’s emphasis on hard work and preparation has come to define the team’s collective
approach to workouts. “Coach Chris makes people want to work hard and improve,” sophomore Brendan Creeks said. “People are more motivated to do their workouts intrinsically rather than being forced to do them by someone.” Creeks is just one of many track athletes to set a personal record (PR) in an event this year, evidencing the results of the improvement-oriented culture Coleman has fostered. With one meet left before the Peninsula Athletic League trials, the team is far from done improving. “Everyone is looking to improve for the rest of the season and I think people will as they keep working hard,” Creeks said. PHOTO BY VISHU PRATHIKANTI
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Girls’ Lacrosse BY MAGGIE MURDOFF
BY JILLY ROLNICK
After the swim team faced its toughest rivals early in the season, the team has bounced back, winning several of the recent meets. “The first couple meets were against a couple really good schools,” varsity coach Jonathan Dhyne said. “We struggled a bit, but we’ve been doing really well since then.” Since competing against strong schools such as Menlo-Atherton and Carlmont, the team has recently beat Sequoia, Hillsdale and Aragon. The boys’ varsity, boys’ J.V. and girls’ J.V. teams all have records of 4-2 while the girls’ varsity team has a record of 2-4 (as of 4/26). After losing some key seniors last year, the swim team has spent much of the season trying to rebuild its success
through working with some of the freshmen. “I think there’s a couple swimmers that are borderline P.A.L.,” Dhyne said. “So we are working on getting them ready to hopefully make the P.A.L. time cutoffs. I think we should have a decent amount of people in the finals” The team’s prospects for P.A.L.s are looking positive. “Our team can do really well [at P.A.L.s],” senior captain Rachel Maxwell said. “I am looking to finish the season out strong.” Twelve seniors swam in the last dual meet of the season on Friday, April 27. The team will compete in P.A.L. time trials on May 3 and possibly in the P.A.L. finals on May 5. Burlingame will be hosting P.A.L.s this season.
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After a season full of ups and downs, the girls’ varsity lacrosse team is counting on a few final wins to qualify for Central Coast Section. The Panthers are 3-13 this year, with their biggest win against St. Francis earlier this season. “Considering the level of competition that we are up against, the season has been good so far,” senior Michala O’Donahue said. “We play against some of the top teams in the area and have done pretty well overall despite the end results of some of the games.” The team is led by senior captains O’Donahue, Jilly Rolnick, Hannah Sarwar, and Kailey Nichols. “This season has been really fun as a senior,” Sarwar said. “All of the seniors get along really well, so no matter what we are doing, we’re having a good time.” The Panthers played three games last week, with a loss against Menlo-Atherton High School on Apr. 23, a win against Carlmont High School on Apr. 25, and a loss against Menlo School on Friday, Apr. 27. “We got moved up a league since last year so it’s definitely been a tougher season, but we are all working hard to try and get some wins,” Sarwar said. Though it may be too early to call, the girls’ lacrosse team is looking for CCS qualification. “Hopefully we’ll qualify,” Sarwar said. “I think it is hard to tell now but we have some really strong players and a good team dynamic so a lot of them are hoping to work hard and qualify Senior Kailey Nichols warms up for the girls’ lacrosse game against Carlmont High School on next year.” Wednesday, April 25. The Panthers won 14-7.
Senior Brennan Cosenza cradles the ball in the home game against Palo Alto on April 12. ment, Cosenza acknowledged the work BY PRISCILLA JIN that the team needs to achieve their goals. Business Manager “Our biggest challenge as a team is As the end of the season nears, the working as a unit and learning how to boys varsity lacrosse team is gearing up communicate properly,” he said. “These to perform well at the Peninsula Athletthings take time and will get easier as we ic League Championships by working on gain experience.” their team chemistry. The team has had a strong season so Senior captain Brennan Cosenza highfar. They hope to carry this momentum lighted the team’s potential and motivainto the P.A.L. finals and perform well. tion. “We focus a lot on cardio and speed,” “We’ve been having a successful season senior Gabe Hyman said. “Most of our with our all senior-attack and promising practice is based on running so that we can young defensive line,” he said. “We have focus on our skills during games when we a new coach this year, Neal Kaufman, and need them most.” we’re still developing as a team with our The team’s next game is tonight 7 younger players.” p.m. at the El Camino Field in their game Although the team shows much promagainst Palo Alto. ise to be successful in the P.A.L. tourna-
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