American social media trivial- Read about sexism and victim Everything you need to know What do your fellow Panthers Coach Phil wins Coach of the think of you? on page 11. Week, on page 12. izes Ebola, on page 4. labeling, on page 8. about the LBG on page 6-7.
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Senior Hannah Herbert-Hunt, freshman Edward Phillips, and the cast of Once Upon a Mattress perform a song and dance during in the BHS musical.
Once Upon a Mattress is more than just a musical By Charlie Jones STAFF REPORTER The Burlingame High School Theatre Team really showed off their talent with this year’s musical production of Once Upon A Mattress! There were solid performances all around by the talented actors. In Cindy Skelton’s third year of directing at Burlingame High School, she chose the amusing spin off the Princess and the Pea. In their final year at BHS, seniors Hannah Herbert-Hunt, Adam Jaffe and Reid Livingston kindly shared some of their experiences as a drama student and actor in the shows. As Herbert-Hunt said, this show is “goofy” and it has been great, “to go out with a bang.” “There has been a whole lot of people to get to know,” in this large cast, Jaffe said. Being in the
school musical creates a somewhat unusual opportunity for freshmen and seniors alike to get to know one another and have something in common to talk about right away. The musical has proven to create friendships for all ages at Burlingame High, that, as Herbert-Hunt states, “...do not end when the show ends,” and have opened up minds of incoming students to a welcoming and accepting group. Even more important than the friendships between the actors, is their personal development. “I don’t just love the drama kids, I love who I am with the drama kids,” Livington said. Experiences like Reid’s are inspiring, and an opportunity everyone should be able to get.
There are few places in a large school that can make you feel so big and important. Livingston goes on to say that, “The way the drama kids make you feel about yourself, is something you will never forget.” The story takes place in a medieval kingdom with Queen Aggravain and King Sextimus the Silent at the realm, played by Reid Livingston and Liam Metzcus respectively. Metzcus described his role as challenging due to his character being mute, but eventually very rewarding when everyone applauded at the end. The Queen refuses to let her son, Prince Dauntless the Drab, played by John Peceimer, find a princess royal enough to be his bride. Sir Harry, played by John
Kershner, and Lady Larkin, played by Emily Mellman, have a conflict of their own. Due to the Queen’s strict rules, none of the princesses in the kingdom can marry until the Prince finds a bride. Lady Larkin became pregnant with Sir Harry’s baby, and they needed to marry quickly to not have a child out of wedlock. Sir Harry went on a quest to find a princess for Prince Dauntless, and returns with the very unconventional, and shy Princess Winnifred. Kershner portrayed his experience as a rewarding but difficult one, where he had to learn how to maintain a “wow” voice and a sophisticated attitude as a knight. Mellman was nervous about playing such an enamored character, but truly had an amazing experience.
The Prince and the Princess quickly fall in love, shown in the fun and brilliantly performed, “Song of Love.” But they are still kept from marriage before the infamous test put on by the Queen and the Wizard. With the help of the Minstrel and the Jester, Princess Winnifred passes the virtually impossible test, and the Queen gets what was coming to her and becomes mute, herself. All returns to peace in the kingdom with the Evil Queen silenced and marriage allowed to all of the princesses. Their next performance will be in the Spring, Radium Girls, on March 13th, 14th and 15th in 2015. Stay tuned for more information on auditions and be sure to watch for Panther seniors in their final performance at BHS.
Hello our fellow Panthers! It’s that time of the year again: fall leaves, sweater weather, pumpkin spice lattes and of course, the Little Big Game! We hope you all enjoyed the September issue of The Burlingame B and now we present to you our very special LBG issue. We finally got the hang of this editor thing and we’re doing a good job… at least that’s what we tell ourselves. Wanna know the 411 on the Little Big Game? Check out pages 6 and 7. We got all the deets for you. Learn about the football captains and sing along to the BHS Fight song. From band spirit to cheer routines, we got you covered,. Although this is our LBG issue, make sure to check out our other articles! We covered a variety of topics in this issue, ranging from victim-shaming in modern society, on page 8, to the current Ebola situation, on page 4, to what type of Thanksgiving food you are on page 11. Seniors, if you’re stressed about college acceptances, check out page 8 for assurance that you’re not alone. “Lucy’s the most beautiful girl to ever walk on the BHS Campus”; “Shirsha’s so funny, she should be a comedian”; “I love how calm and relaxed Liz always
is,” said no one ever. “I love how Mrs. Murphy never gets crazy eyes when she’s stressed,” said no one ever. But for legitimate, honest and sweet compliments, go to our very own Kindness Corner on page 11. Want to write a compliment for the next issue? Go to our Facebook page and keep a look out for a link. It has been so much fun creating this print issue for you all; through all the computer crashes and Starbucks runs, we’ve enjoyed (almost) every second of it. Remember to check out our next issue coming hot off the press just before the holidays! We are guilty of already listening to Christmas Carols while working on this issue, and yes, we understand that it is not even Thanksgiving yet. The three of us would like to thank our wonderful staff reporters on how hard they all worked on this issue, and we’re pretty impressed on how they’ve been able to deal with us for this long. Good luck to the band, cheerleaders and football team on Saturday! May the PAW be with you. See what we did there? Pretty sneaky. Hold the applause, we know we’re amazing.
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By Christopher Hu STAFF REPORTER The Iron Panthers have set high standards for themselves this school year. A group of eighty robotic team members, led by captains Samantha Solow and Cameron Chen as well as faculty advisor Ms. Wade, are staying late after school to construct a competitive working robot for two upcoming events, the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) and FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC).The team’s last competition took place at CalGames 2014 on October 4th and 5th at Woodside High
competitions as possible, and win qualification competitions to advance to regional competitions in order to receive more publicity, sponsorships, and funding. In addition, they put an emphasis on training the new members so that the team will still be functional after the seniors leave. Members hope to learn and gain experience at the tournaments. “Although we may not create the most powerful robot, we aim to improve and continue to
neer Peter Anders. Currently, the programming and engineering divisions meet every day after school for two hours for training, prototyping, and building the robot. Meanwhile, the business division meets during lunch on Thursday and after school on Friday. While the engineering and programming divisions do the large majority of their work at school, the business division does most of their work on their own time. Meeting frequency
The Iron Panthers pose for their group picture at the front of campus. School where it competed in an off-season unofficial Arial Assist challenge. The objective of the competition was to have robots shoot large yoga balls into a goal and score points for their teams. Although the Iron Panther’s robot suffered from mechanical issues with its throwing mechanism and gearing for the wheels, it played a strong defense, stopping the opponents from scoring. This year, the robotics team’s goal is to make robots more competitive than those of last year’s, participate in as many
try out interesting and innovative designs,” says lead engineer Cuyler Crandall. The next competition is right around the corner. It’s a FTC competition, Redwood City Qualifying Tournament, scheduled for November 22. This competition uses comparably smaller robots than those of the bigger FRC competition that will take place in the spring semester. “We’re trying to have the newer members work on that with as little of our help as possible, since it will be good training for them,” says engi-
varies based on how pressed their schedules are. On a regular basis though, members meet at least three days a week after school and some Saturdays. “It’s effectively a sport when it comes to time commitment,” Crandall says.The team still accepts new members until Thanksgiving Break. “Members who want to learn programming are always welcome to join, if they are willing to put in the effort and time,” says lead programmer Leon Cheung.
Kindness Week activities strengthens school community By Erika Taylor SENIOR REPORTER the week. Tuesday kicked off the beginning of the week with “No Panther Left Behind Day” where students could find their names written in paws spread around campus making everyone feel included. “I loved finding my name on
the walls. It made me feel so special,” Junior Amanda Miller said. The next day was “Walls with Words of Kindness Wednesday” where people could stop by and write nice messages to each other on a wall in the A building. Next was “Pay it Forward Necklace Day” where kindness necklaces were passed around to people who did good deeds around campus. Last, “Friendship Friday” where many gathered on the front lawn for a picnic where students had the opportunity to make friendship bracelets with someone new. “I was very happy with the outcome.
PHOTO COURTESY OF ANNA KURZROCK
Two weeks ago, from October 14-17, Kick into Kindness week (KIK week) took over the school driving a movement to promote kindness on campus. Headed by Kindness Commissioner, senior Anna Kurzrock, the Leadership class was very excited to start
each day was a pleasant surprise because i didn’t know what to expect and how it would be received” Kurzrock said. She also felt that Tuesday and Friday had the most participants and felt the overall kindness on
campus was improved making a better atmosphere for the students and teachers that will hopefully continue on to the end of the year.
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What Burlingame High School means to our Alumni
By Staff Reporters
Philip Caulfield, Class of 2013
Being at Burlingame High for four years was a blast. Going to high school with all the kids I grew up with was a really cool experience, and something I’ll never forget. Playing on the baseball team for four years helped me become a collegiate student athlete thanks to all my teachers, classmates and coaches. I’m very thankful I got to spend my high school years at BHS.
Abdel Lagdani, Class of 2009
Five years after graduation, I still can’t help but reminisce about my years in BHS; those short four years of high school were perhaps the most defining years of my life. I struggled with my identity like any teenager would, but despite it all I got to make some great friends, and learned a lot about myself and others. The incredible staff/teachers and the school’s unbelievable spirit have all had a lasting impact on my personality and lead to a unique journey (college and beyond). BHS provides incredible resources for its students, and one would be a fool not to take advantage of the opportunity. I feel privileged to have been a BHS student. I am a Panther for life!
Nina Nasre, Class of 2009
For many people, high school is a period in their lives they wish to forget. For me, it is quite the opposite. The relationships I formed, opportunities I was given, and lessons I learned are just as relevant today as they were throughout my high school experience. It was my time in high school where my self-esteem and self-confidence grew and I became the person I am today. Experiences like being the captain of the JV lacrosse team, being on my Class Cabinet, getting the highest test grades in my history class Junior year taught me leadership skills, pride, and self-value that prepared me greatly. But it was also experiences like being benched on the tennis team for several games because of my unsportsmanlike behavior, getting a “D” in Honors Geometry and needing to make it up in summer school, and having a teacher publicly call me out and embarrass me because I didn’t do an assignment on time, that taught me humility and accountability- lessons I would never take back. Burlingame High School prepared me for my future in more deeply than any curriculum could teach me, but the greatest value I gained from BHS is undoubtedly the sense of community, the relationships I formed, and friendships that continue to last. I say with pride, that my best friends from high school are my best friends today despite the fact that we don’t see each other as often as we used to. Additionally, my class has had some tragedies happen in the last few years that have continued to bring us together, and serve as a reminder to cherish the memories I have. Burlingame High School will always hold a very dear place in my heart.
Annie Shea, Class of 2014 I think that when most people look back on their high school experience they think of the school work, the football games, and the friends they made. When I think back about my four years at Burlingame, I remember the relationships that I’ve formed that have lasted since I graduated. Burlingame High School provided me with the opportunity to figure out who my real friends were and who I could count on. I was able to form life-long relationships with not only other students but my teachers. The relationships I’ve formed with some of my teachers have helped shape me as a person and are ones that I value more than any other. I am grateful for my time at Burlingame and how it helped me grow into the person I am today.
Samantha Liston, Class of 2007 Burlingame High School meant and still means a lot to me. It’s definitely a big staple in my life. As a freshman, I looked at it as a new chapter, a new challenge to tackle and as a new community for me to be part of rather than just a new school. As the years went on, it became my home away from home. I made friends with people with whom I’m still friends with today and most importantly, I was able to find myself. I was fortunate enough to have some amazing teachers that taught me life lessons that I know will stick with me for life, especially learning many different levels of responsibility, from knowing how important it is to be on time to being trusted enough to babysit. All in all, Burlingame High School wasn’t just a school for me, it helped shape me into the person that I am today and I couldn’t be more thankful.
Denise McKown, Class of 2009 I thoroughly enjoyed high school. It was fun! There were so many activities and events that students were able to participate in. I was a cheerleader, part of the yearbook committee, and was involved in the play senior year. The activities always involved students, staff, and sometimes the Burlingame community. I still run into old classmates or teachers and it’s like nothing has changed. The student cheering section would take up more than half the stands for every basketball game, with students chanting the entire time. I think that’s what made Burlingame so unique, how much spirit there is.
Adam Klein, Class of 2009 I was ASB President for two years, played many roles in BHS plays and musicals, and helped the Burlingame Relay for Life grow from almost no youth participation in 2004 to over 500 students in 2008. I remember BHS as an amazing place where teachers and fellow students encourage you to get involved, try new things, and make a difference in your community. Some of my best friends are the ones he made at BHS, including my current roommate, fellow ’09 graduate, Alex Farman-Farmaian. I now lives in San Francisco and is the Manager of Marketing and Strategic Projects for a large local nonprofit helping people out of homelessness, InnVision Shelter Network.
Boardwalk Homecoming is anything but boring By Jacquelyne Zuercher STAFF REPORTER
It has long been a high school tradition that the cheerleaders host their biggest fundraiser, the Homecoming Dance, the night of Little Big Game. The proceeds from this event go toward cheer scholarship funds and program enrichment, however, attendance at these Homecoming Dances has reached a frightening new low. “Dance attendance has decreased over the years. When my daughter attended BHS the majority of the student body went to the dance. In 2010, over 700
students attended. Last year, we had 297 students in attendance. It is ironic, because the last few years we have reduced the cost of the dance tickets by offering sliding scale prices yet, student attendance has declined,” said Lynn Currie, coach of the BHS cheer squad. Over the years, attendance at most Burlingame dances has been high, with both the girls and the guys looking forward to these special nights all year. Almost all of the student body spends hours
getting ready for both Formal and Prom, but when it comes to homecoming, the attendance isn’t quite up to par. So whats the catch? “It’s a waste of money because the DJ isn’t that great, it’s in the gym, and there’s no food,” explains Senior, Jack Phillips. Because monetary funds for an out-of-school facility to hold Homecoming are not provided by the school, the administration gives cheer the use of the gym, along with pre-planning guid-
ance and supervision the night of the event. It is true that in past years food has not been provided, but this year the Homecoming Dance will hold some never before seen activities and accessories, including a new DJ and snacks. “We have so many changes in store for the students with the addition of Boardwalk games, food and the prize drawing. For the price of one ticket, each student will be able to play unlimited games, dance, munch on a snack,
enjoy a mini dessert and have a chance to win one of the many great prizes we have for them,” shares Currie. The Homecoming Dance will be held on November 15 from 7-10 PM. This dance is the most affordable with tickets starting at $15/$18. Unlike previous years, there will be several food options, games, and many great prizes. Be sure to check it out!
Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014 Op/Ed American social media trivializes Ebola By Shirsha Basu EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
“The only thing I noticed were the jokes on Twitter.” Ebola has been one of the most captivating social media phenomena in the recent times, since the Ice Bucket Challenge. The tweet displayed below, receiving more than 4,000 retweets and favorites, not only exhibits our ignorance as a nation regarding the disease, but also social media’s cruel sense of humor. Status updates such as, “if i get ebola do i have to go to school [sic]”, “If I got Ebola and survived I’ll put that ... on my resume [sic]”, and “is ebola a country [sic]” have been widely popularized and celebrated with retweets and likes. In essence, the disease with a 50 percent mortality rate, according to the World Health Organization, had been reduced to petty humor, whether on social media, or casually within conversations. The thousands of people in Africa suffering and dying from the
One of many tweets regarding Ebola recieves more than 4,000 retweets.
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“EBOLA”, an illustration by Vanity Fair contributor André Carrilho depicts media’s attitude towards and coverage of Ebola in America. disease went largely overlooked, barely noticed. However, the media’s portrayal of Ebola took a serious turn when Duncan was first diagnosed with the disease. Updates regarding his condition, as well as the conditions of other Ebola patients were seen as headlines on several news providers, such as CNN. In addition, several health tips were circulated throughout social media sites, such as Twitter, to caution people regarding staying safe from the Ebola virus. Vanity Fair contributor André Carrilho illustrates this shift in media’s portrayal through his illustration, “EBOLA.” “I think unfortunately, in the Western media, there are first world diseases and third-world diseases, and the attention devoted to the latter depends on the
threat they pose to us, not on a universal measure of human suffering,” Carrilho said, to the Huffington Post. “[The media] seems to treat epidemics differently, depending on where they occur, and to whom.” The dramatic shift, from Ebola jokes as tweets to constant health updates, shows our seriousness regarding an epidemic depends on how much it affects us as a nation; it almost seems as if the disease didn’t acquire it’s legitimacy until it made an appearance in America. Carrilho states that, once an epidemic affects the United States or Europe, its coverage suddenly becomes more serious and engaged, which in turn, has dramatic consequences in public sentiment. “The ‘us versus them’ rela-
tionship shifts from detachment to fear of incoming immigrants from affected countries, and in both, race and nationalism have an active part,” he said. Carrilho hopes, that through his illustration, he will be able to encourage Americans to think from a global perspective regarding the epidemic. He urges the media to portray the sufferings of every individual, no matter what country they are in. “I think, as global citizens, it’s important to think outside of our own country,” senior Jasmin Mallia said. “I might not be able to make a big difference in the Ebola epidemic, but I just hope that every patient receives equal respect, recognition, and treatment, regardless of where they are from or what color their skin is.”
Students have mixed feelings about honor roll By Jacob Battat STAFF REPORTER PHOTO BY DAVID ZHOU
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The first Ebola patient in the United States, Thomas Eric Duncan, passed away Oct. 8, in Dallas, Texas, after receiving treatment for a number of days. Government health officials reported 121 Ebola deaths in a single day in Sierra Leone Oct. 5, just three days earlier. However, as Huffington Post journalist Emily Thomas eloquently states, “western media made little mention of the latter.” Prior to Duncan’s death, the Ebola virus was largely faceless, mainly comprised of “statistics and if and when the virus would spread to American soil,” Thomas said. Instead of mentioning the 4,869 deaths in the West African nations, primarily in Guinea, Liberia, Nigera, Senegal, and Sierra Leone, social media instead chose to highlight Ebola with a more humorous tone. “I wasn’t really sure what Ebola was,” senior Stefanie Roberts said. PHOTO COURTESY OF GOOGLE IMAGES
The Honor Roll bulletin board displays the name of every student who recieved a GPA over 3.5 last semester. In an educational environment, there is an undeniable need to motivate students. This motivation can come in the form of grades, approval from parents, or formal recognition from the school. Honor roll is intended to motivate struggling students, and increase the self-esteem of those make the list. Whether honor roll accomplishes either goal though is up for question. In a recent poll of BHS honor roll students, only 30 percent said that the actual recognition honor roll pro-
vides was important to them. In addition, honor roll commends students solely on the basis of grades, when the educational system is intended as a mechanism to prepare students for the real world. Grades are only one element of this preparation, yet the honor roll system views grades as an all encompassing measure of achievement. Although students are publicly commended in front of entire classes and on posters in the hallway, the other side of that is it can lower the self-esteem al-
ready struggling students. The impact that honor roll has on BHS students is an issue principal Ms. Yim has taken note of. She is “worried that the administration is sending a message that they only care about grades” when their real focus is on learning. In addition, Principal Yim recognizes the possible adverse effects that public recognition can have for those who are denied honor roll. When it comes to solving the problem though, answers are slim from the administration and stu-
dents. In a recent student council meeting, BHS student leaders were challenged to find an alternative method to recognize accomplishments. Unfortunately, few solutions emerged and, as a result, the administration will continue to use honor roll until a better system emerges. Honor roll makes sense because it is easy for the administration. There is no subjectivity, but with that lack of subjectivity comes a system that only scratches the surface of student achievement. As of today the Burlingame High School administration recognizes students almost exclusively on the basis of grades, and there are few ways to change that. There can be change, though, towards more formal recognition on a classroom level. Teachers can reward students for hard work in a personalized way other than grades, for example, personalized comments on report cards. In the end, this more sincere recognition will be more representative of achievement and more meaningful to students.
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Panthers: A day in the life Freshman Robert Rochel By: Rachel Greenwood STAFF REPORTER
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Lunch is fun, but she has to go to her piano theory classes at 12 pm every Saturday. Zhao has been playing piano since third grade and is currently preparing for her upcoming recital. She later goes home and makes oatmeal cherry cookies (baking is one of her favorite pastimes) and watches her new favorite Korean drama. She also reads Brave New World, which is “very intriguing... I didn’t expect to like it,” Zhao said. She has dinner at home with her Mom and later Skypes her brother Daryl, who is in college. At 2 am, Zhao goes to bed.
In the morning, senior Allie Economou usually spends about thirty minutes getting ready, then leaves for school at 7:40 am. After twenty minutes of driving, she gets to school right on time and is ready for her day. The perks of being a senior are evident during the school day, with only six classes and a lighter workload. Although senior year can get stressful because of college applications, Economou describes her school day as pretty relaxed. After lunch, she has her favorite class, AP government with Mr. Nelson.
After school, Economou goes to golf practice; she is captain of the BHS varsity golf team. When she gets home, she doesn’t have very much homework but her college applications always keep her busy. While working, she likes to listen to music. She also plays guitar and sings. She doesn’t have much free time but she doesn’t mind it. After eating dinner and doing more homework, Economou goes to bed at 1 am, prepared for the day ahead.
Sophomore Fiona Zhao
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After lunch, Rochel goes to his favorite class, Contemporary World Studies AS, taught by Mr. Mills. His afternoons are often spent playing water polo and soccer, and practices take up a large amount of his time, but even with those commitments, he still has two hours to spare for homework. After his busy day, Rochel goes to bed at 10 p.m. so that he is energized for the day ahead. PHOTO BY RACHEL GREENWOOD
PHOTO BY RACHEL GREENWOOD
Sophomore Fiona Zhao starts her Saturday at 8:45 a.m., quickly gets dressed, and then leaves the house for Cross Country practice at 9:15. Although she isn’t one of the fastest runners, she is one of the most committed and rarely misses practice. Zhao attends every practice at the Crystal Springs Cross Country course on Saturdays. Hallmark is “basically a three mile long course of dust and hill,” Zhao said. The Cross Country team has been preparing for the November 8 PAL championship meet. Zhao and her teammates are excited to race. After the one hour practice, she goes to lunch at Crepevine (her favorite lunch spot) with a friend.
At 6:45 on the weekdays, an alarm goes off, waking Robert from his deep sleep. He quickly gets ready and is on his way. He rides his bike every morning to his friend Brady’s house, who lives near school. It takes him about fifteen minutes. He goes to his morning classes, and at lunch he hangs out in the freshmen quad by the benches, with his friends Josh, Brady, and Justin.
Junior Thomas Masterson wakes up at 6:45, ready for his day. His parents drive him to school and then he goes to his first period, AP Chemistry with Ms. Marcan. Although it can be hard to focus during first period, “[Ms. Marcan] keeps you awake,” he said. Masterson’s favorite part of the school day is his free seventh period. It’s his first year with a free period and he couldn’t be happier. He spends his extra time studying in the library or hanging out with his friends. After school, he attends cross country practice, where his teammates are beside him for the whole
workout. Head coach Steve “Obbie” O’Brien encourages running with teammates at practice and even during races. Obbie is “very inspirational,” Masterson said. When he gets home, his homework usually takes him two or three hours, leaving him with some free time. He enjoys biking, but he’s often too tired from cross country to do more physical activity. Instead, he reads and builds airplane models. By 10:00 P.M. Masterson has finished all of his work and has had some time to relax. He’s ready to go to sleep.
By Alex Lee STAFF REPORTER
Junior Malia Smith and Senior Morgan Ome at the Play-a-thon.
and student organizations. Many of them are in leadership positions within extracurricular and academic areas.” But all the hard work pays off at the Little Big Game. Their halftime march is an intense battle with the San Mateo band as both parties try to represent their schools by outplaying the other in a Senior Morgan Ome conducts Burllingame High School’s Band at the first home game of competition of the season. sound. Band Direc“There is something special dom, asides from the football tor Morgan Ome says that the about hearing the Fox Sports players, do you see anybody band lifts the spirit of the fans. song blaring when we march out going up to hug or express thanks “At football games and other of the gym to greet our oppoto the band. events, we play songs that can nents,” Varsity football player “While we are not upset or energize, rally, and unite the Arman Dizadji said. “Once the jealous or anything, it would crowd. We want to contribute to band starts playing, we feel like be nice once in a while to have the spirit of the student body and we can’t be stopped. We appresomeone come up to us and show our support for BHS,” Ome ciate them coming out for us on thank us,” Band member Lucas said. those Friday nights.” Avillez said. “I think that we Music is something that many Despite the fact that much do try our best to represent the of our students can connect with of the student body apprecischool through our music.” and songs such as “We are the ates what the band does for the On the other hand, there are Champions,” and “ Don’t stop school, some people believe they band members who believe that Believing” are band favorites are still not given full recognition band is not underhyped. because they establish a feeling of at games. “At the football games, fans are connection and strength among “The band does not get as always shouting for the band to BHS students. Many students can much recognition as some of the play a new song,” Percussionist feel the electricity in the air risother sports,” Band member Peter Matthew Jiron said. At the Little ing, as the band prepares to play Anders said. Big Game, the amount of cheer one of their dynamic songs. And After the games, you see footfor the band’s march is overthe football players recognize ball players, fans, and cheerleadwhelming.” what the band does for them. ers hugging each other. Yet, selPHOTO BY DAVID ZHOU
The band invests much time into making sure that their music bolsters the football team and the fans. Many believe that band is essentially a sport and thus should get more hype. Band member Peter Anders says that “We practice like any other sports team does. We are devoted as well.” Anders alludes to the fact that band members are at school before it even starts at least once every week practicing the marching sequence. “Marching is really hard. To be out there moving constantly and paying attention to the littlest details is very hard. Half of us are always drenched in sweat after,” band member Ben Haber says. Band members also must juggle their commitment with other activities. Band director Morgan Ome says band members “are part of many different sports PHOTO BY DAVID ZHOU
Little Big Game Day is here. All i s tense until the band marches in: “Boom, thonk, mark, bong” are the deep sounds created. The band adds a certain ferocity to our side… The trumpets blaring, the drums thwacking, the trombones honking, and the saxophones grooving reveals the mindset of a rambunctious Burlingame football team that is ready to wreak havoc on the San Mateo team. Yet, behind the scenes, the band puts in a lot of work to make their performance special. Band starts preparing even before school officially starts. During the summer, at band camp, they practice marching. During the school year, aside from practicing in class, band members come to school early every Wednesday to practice on the field.
PHOTO BY DAVID ZHOU
S-C-O-R-E WE WANT A VICTORY Cheer for the Gallant Panthers! Cheer for the Red and White! Come On and Cheer for the Staunch and Sturdy Fighting With All Their Might! PHOTO BY DAVID ZHOU
Varsity Cheerleaderss, preform their routine at the first home game of the season.
Senior Varsity Cheerleaders, Emma Eastwood, Eliza Stanton and Monica Hathorn cheer at the first home game.
Carry the Banner High Boys! Carry It On to Fame! Come On and Cheer for the Gallant Panthers Fighting for Burlingame! B-H-S Fight!
Varsity Football Captains By Andrew Longworth STAFF REPORTER
Zack Baesler Senior Zack Baesler is a second-year varsity tight end and outside linebacker for the BHS varsity football team. Baesler has been familiar with football his whole life and began to play full contact football his Freshman year, because it was his first opportunity to play full contact. Baesler isn’t the first play to talk about the family feel of the team. “[The team is] more of a family than a team,” Baesler said.
Their morale has been quite high because of their winning streak this year. “Morale has always been high,” and that the biggest difference since freshman year is that the players are now “faster, bigger, and hit harder.” When asked what he anticipated to happen in the Little Big Game, he gave a confident answer: “win.”
Senior Tommy Dryden is a second year varsity linebacker. Dryden started playing full contact football his freshman year of high school because he thought it looked fun, and he liked the physicality. The chemistry of football is a big part of the game, and Burlingame’s varsity players “all love each other,” Dryden said. He mentioned that having such close
Griffin Intrieri Senior Griffin Intrieri is a second-year varsity running back. Intrieri began contact football in seventh grade . Intrieri acknowledged the that team has gone through transitions since freshman year, but it has not changed much at its core. Intrieri feels that the team’s chemistry is tremendous. “We’re all just a family, a big family.” Intrieri said.
bonds “makes things easier,” and the nature of the team is “supportive” and “enthusiastic.” Though Dryden was confident about the upcoming Little Big Game, he did not want to anticipate the outcome, saying “ [we] don’t want to jump the gun.” As for the rest of the season, Dryden said, “We’re gonna keep doing what we’re doing and play to every whistle.”
Intrieri said the good chemistry is a result of the respect that the teammates give each other. Panther football is “all about respect,” Intrieri said. The rapport makes the team more comfortable on the field, and in important matchups like the upcoming Little Big Game, they “need the comradery to succeed,” Intrieri said.
Senior Avery Gindraux is the second-year varsity starting quarterback. He began playing full contact football his freshman year, though he has been playing touch football since the fourth grade. “As the game evolves, the team evolves,” Gindraux said, “The sport becomes more mental, physical and is played at a higher speed.” He said the team members all get along, and the juniors and se-
niors have strong bonds because most of them have been playing together for three or four years. Gindraux would not talk about his expectations for the outcome of LBG. The Panthers will take it “one game at a time,” Gindraux said. For now, he is focused on preparing for upcoming games. He made it clear that though the team is “not the best of friends off the field, on the field we have a different kind of bond.”
San Mateo and Burlingame’s rivarly continues after 87 years By Erika Taylor STAFF REPORTER Every year, the Little Big Game is an exciting event capturing the rivalry between the Burlingame Panthers and the San Mateo Bearcats, being kept alive since 1927. The history between the two goes back even farther to the early 1920’s, 1923 to be exact when BHS was opened as a branch of San Mateo High school with an initial enrollment of only 350 students. Because these schools were both so small, they had combined extracurricular activities and had one
football team and one band, with combined athletic teams for the other sports. After only ten years, school enrollment had almost tripled and in 1927, it was renamed Burlingame High school. Since then, the schools annually participate in a football game modeled after the Big Game between Stanford and Cal Berkeley, called the Little Big Game capturing the friendly rivalry between the two schools. Our very own Fred Wolfgramm, Dean of Students, grad-
uating in 1990, played football all four years he was at BHS. As the quarterback, he remembered all the excitement and preparation leading up to the Little Big Game. “Because it was towards the end of the season, practices were switched to more fun-hearted and appreciating each other before the end of the season” Wolfgramm said. Additionally, he recalls that his senior year was the most memorable because of the Little Big game in 1989, when Burlin-
game beat San Mateo after losing the previous year. By beating the Bearcats, it created a three-way tie between BHS, Aragon and Carlmont resulting in a coin toss to determine who continues in the league championship. Sadly, Burlingame lost the coin toss in the end, but he still enjoys going to the Little Big Game today. He also noticed some differences between the Little Big Game then and now. The games when I was on the team “was more intense, because
in the 80’s San Mateo had sports teams ranked in the state and today it’s a bit watered down” Wolfgramm said. However, he believes the rivalry is still alive, but there was a different audience attending the Little Big Game in the past than today. “There used to be lots of alumni returning for the game because the rivalry was still intense and the winners would have bragging rights for a year” Wolfgramm said.
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A thought on sexism and victim labeling in society By Lauren Bodenlas BUSINESS MANAGER
have been intense debates over girls who play video games, “gamer girls.” These women have been trying to gain popularity for the few video games that don’t objectify women, and hopefully do away with those that do. Their main goal is to create a more gender-neutral gaming society; but some of these women have been receiving death threats and letters threatening other forms of violence, because of their desire One video game that objectifies women is the video game Tomb for equality. Raider. These threats are unacceptI bring the matter of gender able. This plain rejection of wom- the reason so many people can’t stand this word is because they equality up for two reasons. en’s rights is disgraceful; it’s the don’t know what it means. One, when women are raped, or 20th century people. Feminism, Feminism is not man-hating. threatened specifically with some the new “F-Word” has gained It has nothing to do with the rise form of sexual assault, they get such a bad reputation. If you of the matriarchy. Feminism, scared, and rightfully so. think about it, it never really had put simply is: The advocacy of In the example above of the a great reputation to begin with. women's rights on the grounds “Gamer Girls,” threats were speThe “F-word” has been deemed of political, social, and economic cifically used to make women feel disgusting, and off putting. Femequality to men. Equality. Plain small in their search for equality. inism. How terrifying. Part of and simple. PHOTO COURTESY OF SQAURE ENIX
Rape is all too commonly seen as the victim’s fault. She asked for it. She shouldn’t of worn those shorts, or that dress. She was flirting with me. I bought her dinner, so she owed me. She shouldn’t have drank so much if she didn’t want this. She was passed out on the ground, so what’s the big deal? She wanted it. We blame the victim, constantly, whether they are male or female. Being raped or sexually assaulted is not a choice. Rape and harassment are actions which perpetrators can be held responsible for. They are conscious decisions that are intimidating, degrading and plain disrespectful. Though this is so, for some reason we keep letting it slide, simply because of this “boys will be boys” mentality. What it comes down to is straight up sexism. Recently in pop culture there
Rape, assault, and even harassment generally have an extraordinary power to intimidate and terrorize, pushing steps toward gender equality closer and closer to what they were in the 1950s with every incident. Two, rape is sexual objectification in its purest, and most devastating form. Objectification is the action of seeing and/ or treating a person, usually a woman, as an object. Even actions as seemingly insignificant as cat calling can fall under the category of both sexual harassment and objectification. In the case of gamer girls, their desire for rights, equality and a sense of belonging, has brought them nothing but resistance. The complete and utter disrespect that we have, as a society, for women's rights is appalling. The fact that only perpetuates modern rape-culture.
Students are worth more than a college acceptance letter By Elizabeth Daskalakis EDITOR-IN-CHIEF It is the time of year when seniors are losing sleep and anxiously waiting for the Fall Semester to be over with. However in the following months to come, seniors receive their college acceptance letters. Pressure is on, tensions are high. You may be disappointed, or relieved. We must not lose sight of one thought --we are all more than a college acceptance letter. An acceptance is an invitation
to a mass identity, that does not adequately represent 17 years of being an individual. If one does not think this way, it is difficult to stay focused on the greater idea, which is choosing a college. “I am trying to keep an open mind, stay positive and focused while waiting for colleges to reply to me,” Senior Stephanie Chiou said. Choosing a college will probably be one of the most
important decisions that you will make in your teenage years. Make sure not to pick the school with the best name or the prettiest campus. Go visit the schools that you are considering and focus on what that school will offer you both academically and personally. Decide on a school that is best for you and not the one that sounds the best. “It’s really easy to get caught up in what everyone else is do-
ing, so I think we all need to do what is best for us,” Chiou said. Again, make sure that the college you go to, is the college that you want to go to. It is very easy to to feel pressured from those around you, but keep in mind that you will be the one attending this school, not them. “Everyone tells me to not regret or be too uptight about high school and what happens is meant to be,” Senior Travis Ng said.
So, as we wait to hear responses from the colleges we applied to, it is crucial to support each other and ourselves. If you do not receive an acceptance from the college of your dreams, allow yourself to feel that disappointment, but do not be upset for too long. If you are accepted, then celebrate. The best piece of advice that I have received is that college is only what you make of it. Good luck.
Victim shaming should no longer be an excuse for rape By Arly Rivas WEB EDITOR In today’s society “hoe,” “slut,” and “b****” are words that many teenage girls use. The colloquial usage of these words is phenomena that this generation has created. But the language allows people to see girls as just that --
it doesn’t let outsiders see them past their sexuality. Slut shaming is society deeming a girl unworthy of respect based on her appearance. Rape culture is when society insists on the victim having done some-
thing to provoke the perpetrator and puts all the blame on the victim instead of the perpetrator. These two notions together are supported by the use of such language. A 1997 report by the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics found that 91 percent of rape victims are female and nine percent are male. Likewise, the Department of Justice and the Center for Disease Control estimate that between 300,000 and 1.3 million women are raped every year. In 2013, at Saratoga High School, slut shaming and rape culture drove fifteen-year old Audrie Pott to commit suicide after her sexual assault was publicized on social media sites and resulted in severe slut shaming at school and online. In 2013, Rehtaeh Parsons, a Nova Scotia 17-year-old, was taken off life support three days after her mother discovered her failed suicide attempt. According Rehtaeh’s mother, the 17 yearold had gotten drunk at a party in 2011, and was gang-raped by four boys, who took pictures and posted them on online. Society’s solution to stopping rape is by smothering potential victims with safety strategies: don’t go to a party by yourself; don’t leave by yourself. But
society needs to recognize that culture in our society. So, in the solution to stopping rape lies order to start any sort of change, with changing the ideology that question what you have been encourages potential perpetrataught and question how society tors, not with changing how treats women and men differently potential victims act. and why that is. This ideology has led to girls being taught to “act like ladies” and “to cover up” all in the hopes that society won’t deem them unworthy of respect. Rape culture and slut shaming need to be stopped because they are teaching women how to not get raped, instead of teaching men basic respect of women. For the perpetrator, rape is not an involuntary action. Rape is an action taken in order to control another person. The perpetrator is aware and conscious of the decision he is making and the consequences of his actions when he takes away his victim’s choice to have sex in order to satisfy his own desire for power. The victim, in turn, is left helpless and often blamed In this picture it shows that the hem of a for her own actions. As a result, the words we use girl’s skirt or dress defines who she is. Socito address each other have ety labels women across the world for the length of their clothes. Girls should not be powerful ramifications because they reflect rape judged by their clothes.
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The potential cure for Ebola? By Redmond Piero STAFF REPORTER
PHOTO BY LUCY MCGARR
By Lucy McGarr EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
Students buy food during brunch.
Since elementary school, at lunchtime we have had a variety of food choices ranging from fruit and salads to cookies and pizza in school. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that nearly 21 percent of American kids over the age of twelve are obese. As a result, new nutrition laws have been enforced by Michelle Obama as of July 1, 2014. Fruits and vegetables sold in the cafeteria are canned fruit, and they have significantly risen in price. This is not a healthy substitute for the real organic ingredients. According to the California Department of Education, nutritional goals now include making fruits and vegetables more available to students. The goal of these new food laws is to make healthy food more available to students.
Ironically, it has made it more difficult to afford the healthier foods. For the price of a small fruit salad, which is a ridiculous $4, a student can buy not one, not two, not three but four pizza sticks, or four bags of chips, or five cookies. If the school wants us to eat healthier, they may want to consider dropping the prices of the food that they claim they want us to eat. As recently as last year, students were able and go up the window and buy a cookie, fruit or salad for a reasonable price ranging from 50 cents to $1. However, new laws that have been put in place are limiting students potential to be healthy and are instead making it more difficult to do so. A box of sliced apples that was once two dollars, is now $4.50.
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This price inflation of cafeteria food is not increasing our desire to eat healthier, because the healthy food is the only products that have raised their price. A cookie, for example, is 75 cents, whereas a salad is $4.50. Despite the laws trying to make access to healthy food easier, they have actually done just the opposite by making healthy foods so expensive. Possibly the most upsetting matter when it comes to the cafeteria is that with new restrictions on nutritional values in food, all cafeteria’s in California now have a rule that bake sales and other school-sponsored-foodrelated events are not allowed because it means competition with the cafeteria. For clubs particularly, this is detrimental to their yearly income. Additionally, The Club Fair is a highly anticipated event and to take it away is devastating the the students of Burlingame High School. “One day out of the year, it seems we could be able to have a food fair,” says one senior student. Not allowing bake sales, club food fairs, or any other sale of food at schools is not helping the obesity problem in America, but instead it is aggravating students, making it more difficult for them to afford healthy food.
After Ebola’s West-African rampage, and its entrance into a number of developed countries, popular cultures adoration with the latest health crisis provoked an international media frenzy. The internet served as the perfect platform for everyone to panic together, with people spreading everything, from outlandish outbreak rumors to controversial cures. The public’s favorite vexed cure came when marijuana was introduced as a possible immune system booster. With an emergence of potential boom in the marijuana economy already underway, these claims contributed to the medical qualities bestowed on cannabis. With the Ebola death count surging to almost 5,000 people, governments are frantically searching for anything to calm the public and halt the possibility of largescale outbreak. Medical experts such as retired Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgeon Dr. David Allen are convinced after years of research on similar viruses the positive effects of cannabis. “There is good scientific evidence that cannabinoids, and in particular Cannabidiol (CBD), may offer control of the immune system and in turn provide protection from viral infections,” Allen said. “Cannabis has already been recognized to inhibit fungus and bacteria and can be con-
sidered a new class of antimicrobial because of the different mechanism of action from other antimicrobials.” The Ebola virus causes cells to assemble proteins that are effectively hidden from the immune system through an RNA virus. The cause of death from the Ebola virus is simply the body’s own immune system response through an over release of cytokines, termed a “cytokine storm.” This forwards the body into a toxic shock, resulting in a clogging of the arteries, in a process called Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation (DIC). This is where cannabis comes into play, as cannabinoids, an ingredient in marijuana, have been shown to reduce both the toxic shock element as well as the the DIC, through its anti-inflammatory and antiretroviral properties. Despite the public’s calling for these alternate forms of Ebola-treating medicines, these cannot replace the legitimate vaccines that are the scientifically and time tested threats to viruses. Simply put, cannabis is not the “solve-all” treatment for Ebola, and the public must remember that marijuana is still illegal. That said, with further research and public support perhaps medical grade cannabis will evolve to include Ebola treatment in the future.
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Spot the difference
By Arly Rivas WEB EDITOR
Can you spot the 6 differences between these two pictures?
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BHS Kindness Corner Fred Dilly is awesome
Great job with the senior jerseys Stephanie!
Stephanie Mark brightens my day with her happy-go-lucky attitude and great sense of humor. She is always very genuine and down to earth. Stephanie is a breathe of fresh air!
Erris Gaul is one of the prettiest Michelle Fallon is so Mr. Erle can make Sydney Shout out girl on campus and its exciting to sweet and spirited! anyone laugh with Kaufman, to sophomore see her cheer and if you ever his great jokes! you are the Cinthia Hernandez need help she will be their Michelle Fallon is best friend who has been working since she is so kind the nicest girl in anyone could hard academically this and want to help Corina Yballa is so school! ask for! I love year and almost always any way she kind, smart, and artistic. you so much. :) has a smile on her face! can I also love her style! Mrs.Crook is the best teacher I have had; Ms. Hallabrin is my spirit animal, Keegan Brady, you're her class makes and whenever I'm around her, such a hard worker. Redmond Piero has me excited to I wonder to myself about how I Way to power through a wonderful smile learn math can even try to accomplish being those college apps, girl! everyday! anything like her. Her outfits will You da best always be better than yours.
Allie Econo -mou is an I applaud Mr. Balmy for his patience Damian Bukov is one amazing Isabela Acenas is just an overall in his physics classes and the fire in his of the funniest and singer! Serri Kayed amazing and genuine person eyes you see when his anger ensues. sweetest people at makes me who deserves endless appreciaIt shows how passionate he is about Burlingame. He always laugh every- Lauren tion. She is truly spectacular in the subject he teaches. It's obvious he I puts a smile on my Liberty day #fam so many ways. really enjoys it. love face! is very BHS! Uma Krishnan, eres mi coraSamantha Rose Hale might kind and :) zón. Te quiero más que EnMr. Balmy, you're such a chill be the most amazing person friendly rique Iglesias. teacher and make learning I have ever met. And is most physics so much more fun! Rachel Mr. Erle always turns my bad definitely the best friend I Mr. Larkin is Keep on keepin on days into a good one with his could ask for :) one of the most hilarious, Maxwell says friendly, helpful teachers I "Oh yeah" in a funny jokes and entertainOnce Upon a Mattress was amazment! I love how everyday he have ever had. Thank you funny way. ing!! So proud of everyone who Stefanie Robis wearing school colors for all the support you have erts makes me performed and was behind the and you can always given me and your other scenes to make it possible! happy. Senor Martinez count on him to give students. Stay amazing and is one of the most YES! YES! YES! DON'T STOP you a big high five in try not to shove your head genuine and truly caring people at our BELIEVING :) BHS STUDENTS the hallways <333 through too many boxes! school. He makes Burlingame a better place! YOU CAN DO IT!!
Lauren Bodenlos BUSINESS MANAGER
Which Thanksgiving food are you?
Everyone has a “crazy” person at their Thanksgiving celebration. How do you handle it? A) Well, I usually like to avoid conflict. It’ll boil over eventually. B)I call them on it. If there is one thing I will not tolerate it’s my annoying relatives bickering over politics. C) I try to help people come up with a compromise. If that fails I usually just change the subject. The less time we spend arguing, the more time we have to appreciate each other. Pick a color: A) STAHP... I genuinely do not care. Whatever, green. B) Um, yellow, I guess C)
What do you spend your time doing on a typical Thanksgiving?
What do you typically do the day after thanksgiving?
A) I just do what everyone else is doing, it’s chill. B) Um, socialize, duh. C) I check if anyone needs a hand with cooking, or setting the table
A) A) Eating leftovers What traditions? B) B) Black Friday shopping, and preparing for Watching football cyber Monday. C) C) Looking through old photo albums Recovering from a food coma
Turns out all the food is burnt, like charcoal burnt. What do you do?
How does your family prepare their Thanksgiving meal?
What’s the crowd like at your thanksgiving celebration?
A) What? How do you burn mashed potatoes? I’ll just order a pizza. B) Free food is free food. C) It’s not, burnt, per se, it’s just a little crispy.
A) Unless takeout counts as preparing food, we don’t B) I cook everything. Literally everything. C) We do a potluck. We tend to keep everything pretty low key.
A) Whatever, it’s chill. B) It is packed. Friends, family, that random dude from down the street, you name it, they’re at my house. C) Just close friends and family.
Pink! I love pink! This is so exciting! If you marked mostly As: You are:
If you marked mostly Bs: You are:
What are your family traditions on thanksgiving?
If you marked mostly Cs: You are:
You like to keep things simple. You don’t like to make Everyone loves you, but you already knew that. You’re the You are just such a sweetie. You love to help out as much things too complicated, but that doesn’t make you any less life of the party and you love it. Sure, it gets a little tiring, as possible and you make everyone so happy. You love amazing. You don’t have time for nonsense, but you’re not but you wouldn’t have it any other way. Have fun, but don’t when everyone else is having a good time, but make sure really the type to tell other people what to do. You’re not the forget to give other people a chance too. to make some time for yourself this holiday season. center of attention, and that’s the way you like it, but you are still greatly appreciated.
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Coach Philipopoulos wins Coach of the Week dence boost for varsity football as they go into the Little Big Game against the San Mateo Bearcats. However, the Panthers do not need this to remind them that they’re strong. “I think we felt [strong] going into the game anyway,” Philipopoulos said.“The boys have been working hard and whatever the outcome is, I’m proud of them,” he concluded. Coach Philipopoulos has worked hard to earn his title of Coach of the Week and his team are very proud of his accomplishments.
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By Lucy McGarr and Colette Weese EDITOR-IN-CHIEF and SPORTS EDITOR The San Francisco 49ers FounAside from the personal dation has selected Burlingame honor and team boost that comes High School Athletic Director with the Coach of the Week John Philipopoulos as the Charlie award, BHS will win a $1000 Wedemeyer Memorial Coach of grant from the 49ers Foundation, the Week. and Philipopoulos will be feaPhilipopoulos is in his 13th tured on Cal-Hi sports, a website year of coaching at BHS and has for stats, scores, and general led the Panthers to a victory in information about regional high every game so far this season. He school sports teams. Philipopouis excited and honored that the los will also receive two tickets San Francisco 49ers Foundation to a 49ers game, where he will has acknowledged his hard work be honored on the field, and he with this award. will go to a private practice in the “It’s great recognition for the SAP Performance Facility where school, the program, the kids, he will receive a certificate from and the entire coaching staff,” 49ers head coach, Jim Harbaugh. Philipopoulos said. This award is a great confi-
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Girl’s Varsity Tennis Varsity Girls Tennis has qualified for CCS due to their strong finish and PAL playoff win. Coach Bill Smith said, “We have players I can rely on and carry forward at a winning level.” When discussing the team’s strengths, Junior Natalie Somers said, “We are really good at sup-
Girl’s Varsity Golf Though the Girl’s Varsity Golf team did not qualify for the Central Coast Section as a team, the season was still an overall success. The team finished in a tie for third place, and upset Menlo-Atherton, who went on to win the league. Senior captain Allie Economou qualified for the individual portion of CCS, and competed Tuesday, Nov.
porting each other and sticking together as a team, even though most of the tennis we do is individual or with one other person.” The Panthers are heading towards their first championship match this week, with a confident attitude.
4 at Rancho Cañada in Carmel. She shot an 83 at the event. “At CCS I didn’t perform as well as I would’ve liked, but it’s nice to even have the opportunity to go down to Monterey and play with some of the best girls in Northern California,” Economou said.
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Girl’s Varsity Volleyball The Burlingame Panthers Varsity Volleyball team is heading to the CCS tournament with an overall record of 22 wins and 7 losses. They have won 11 games and lost 2 in the PAL league, good for second place in the PAL division and fourth in the CCS division. “Our goal is to work our hardest,” Senior Varsity volleyball player Brittney Carias said.Yet, Carias also wants the team to have fun. “These CCS games may be our last of the season and we would want to make it enjoyable”
says Carias. Sacred Heart Cathedral has an overall record of 31-2, and is ranked twelfth nationally and second in California. “We are going to go into the tournament and against Sacred Heart with a competitive attitude and continue to play for each other” Carias said. She believes that with this mindset, they will be able to give Sacred Heart a run for its money. The Varsity Volleyball team’s first CCS game will be at Capuchino and against either Terra Nova high school or Live Oak high.
Boy’s Varsity Water Polo
Less than two weeks ago the Panthers Mens Water Polo team faced their most important game of the year against Woodside High School. After beating San Mateo in the first round of the PAL tournament, Burlingame needed a win against the tough Wildcat team, undefeated in league play at that point. Behind a seven goal performance by Senior Captain Jed Rosen, the Panthers won 15-4 and earned a spot in the Central Coast Section tournament. Rosen has scored a team-high of 85 goals in the season and will have the
opportunity to shoot for 100 during CCS. Captains Alessio Iacovone and Jed Rosen also want to recognize performances by younger players on the team. “Having juniors Will Lowdon and Michael Del Pape as our number 2 and number 3 goal scorers was extremely important in our team’s success this year,” Iacovone said. The Panthers play their first CCS game on Tuesday, November 15th against Ann Sobrato High School.