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SENIOR ISSUE Friday, May 16, 2014

Issue 2 Vol. 91

1 Mangini Way, Burlingame, CA 94010

Linda McLaughlin: English & Journalism

George Kodros: Science

By Arly Rivas and Lauren Bodenlos STAFF REPORTERS Linda McLaughlin has been teaching here at Burlingame High School for 27 years, but her history here started long before that. Two of McLaughlin’s grandparents taught at BHS, her grandmother was vice principal and dean of girls. As a teenager she was a student in the very same school she is now retiring from. Ever since she was little, people asked her if she would follow in her grandmother’s footsteps. McLaughlin always had the same response, of course not. “I wanted to do something excit-

By Lauren Bodenlos STAFF REPORTER George Kodros has been a major part of the science department here at Burlingame High School for 16 years. While many of the students know what he has done here at Burlingame, very few have heard about his life pre-BHS. Kodros attended the University of Oregon. While he enjoyed the college experience, the highlight of being a young adult was traveling. After years of traveling, Kodros decided that his next step would be to teach. “I thought teaching would be a fun thing to do, and I enjoyed it, so I just kept doing it,” Kodros said.

ing with my life,” McLaughlin said. “I wanted to be an archeologist searching for historical treasures.” But, despite her determination not to follow in her grandparents’ footsteps, she became an English teacher. And has loved it. She spent 26 of her 27 years at BHS teaching journalism, one of her favorite classes because she loved staying late working on the Burlingame B, getting to know the B staff as people. The B has evolved from being just a print newspaper to an online one as well. The staff has been busy writing for both the print and online issues.

Kodros continued his teaching career working at St. Rose Academy, a private catholic all girls school in San Francisco for seven years. He worked his way down the peninsula, next working at El Camino High in South San Francisco. After seven years there, he arrived at for Kodros to retire, he’s going to start be a Grecian island this summer with his family. Even though Kodros is retiring, he wants to make sure his students are lifelong learners. PHOTO BY ELIZABETH DASKALAKIS

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Cathy Payne: Math

Jim Cowan: Exploring Technology

By Colette Weese STAFF REPORTER Burlingame High School will say goodbye to Catherine Payne, a math teacher at BHS since 1986, at the end of this 2013-14 school year. Payne, who began teaching in 1970 at an elementary school in San Francisco, knew from the time she was young that she wanted to be a teacher. She has always had a passion for math and wanted to share that love with students. “I enjoyed working with children,” Payne said. She has never gotten tired of seeing her students’ smiles every day. “[I] will miss the upbeat attitude of the students,” Payne said. Once retired, Payne plans to travel to all of the places on her bucket list,

By Victor Pearce STAFF REPORTER Career and Technical education teacher Jim Cowan has taught at Burlingame High School for 22 years. He teaches Exploring Tech in room D125. Using his head, hands and heart, he teaches students how to make projects like making a wooden pen, a box and 3D drawings. “I love seeing the students solving problems on their own,” Cowan said.

including Ireland, Tahiti, the Greek Isshe’ll have a blast travelling the world, Payne loved the vibrancy and liveliness of the school. “It’s exciting,” Payne said. Payne leaves us with some words of wisdom that she has gathered in her 44 years of teaching. “They’re some of the best days of your life, even if you don’t realize it now. And do your personal best,” Payne said. tions of students, she has taught student teachers to be teachers. Burlingame High School thanks Payne for always doing her best for us.

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Four teachers retire from BHS

also helped teachers and staff repair broken equipment or made custom orders for them. Cowan loved building this lab from what used to be a club into a class. He and the club members built projects in

class and sold them to make money for the class. His favorite moment from these 22 years was seeing a lab being built from a few tools to high tech machinery and equipment. Cowan wishes that he could stay another year as a teacher so he could see the new computers and learn how to use them and for the students to use them. He wishes that teachers would come down and learn to use the fab lab to help expand their knowledge. As this chapter ends for Cowan, a new chapter begins, as he plans on relaxing for about a month then taking more classes on mechanics.


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Senior Wills I, Caroline Denney, hereby bequeath to Chris Denney the Rav4, as well as bumper-sticker choosing privileges. Try not to crash it while I’m gone. I, Julia Zerebinski, hereby bequeath to Malia Smith an obligatory 10 minutes of band spent in the bathroom. To Katie Kissner, the person of Malia Smith. To Brandon Yang, sushi runs before badminton games. To Kelly Pan, my little plum blossom, the song “Talk Dirty to Me.” And to the future senior class, confidence and the knowledge that you are never alone. I, Paul Zerebinski, hereby bequeath to C.J. Cullen the right to lead the cheers before badminton games. And to Ashlee Hurry, I grant the obligation to sit at the middle left table in D and to continue your lunch bunch. We, Jenny Chiapelone and Isabelle Blakesley, hereby bequeath to Tori Smith the best hiding spot on the face of the planet. Bring a flashlight. #Sardines I, Sabrina Bell, hereby bequeath to Elizabeth Orue a fabulous senior year. I hope Niall says yes to your promposal, and stay classy my friend. I, Kiera McDonald, hereby bequeath to Arielle my drawing skills because she’s going to A.P. art next year and she’ll need them. I, Georgie Du, hereby bequeath infinite cuddle puddles to the lovely, talented theatre kids, eternal hugs and support to Arielle Pahlavan, and all the happiness in the world to Rachel Mellman. I love you all. I, Tiffany Lam, hereby bequeath to Melissa Wun to have a stress free life and to have a happy peaceful life. To Mikka Maychrowitz to live on as a big sister in our second home and the chance to throw, tease and joke around with the beloved dearest youth minister. Chris Mariano, Jennie Tolentino, and McAllison Divina. Enjoy sissy!

I, Wyatt Bland, hereby bequeath to Chris Denney a childlike sense of I, Alex “Fluppy” Yen, hereby bequeath optimism, to Jayna Dunning, a bag to Sage Elizabeth Franet-Selvan, my of cheetos and to all my fellow ASB love, the hairs on my chinny chin chin leaders, you already have the why, and the responsibility of carrying on experience and determination to the Fluppy legacy. I, Robert Smith, hereby bequeath lead. Now do it. to Alex Kraus the heir apparent to the title of the Cross Country Team Captain, the sacred duty of leading the team further and faster than ever before. I, Derek Daniels, hereby bequeath to Dana Williams, Darian Douraghy, Emily Williams and Nico Maruri the Burlingame Panther Sports Network. To Eric Williams, a lifetime supply of tacos. To my sister, Diana, not only the legacy of the Daniels family at BHS, but also my unending love and support for her endeavors. I, Sammy Marsh, hereby bequeath to Cindy Kuo the soprano section because I trust her so much and she is the sweetest little sister ever. I hope she carries on singing and enjoys her senior year very much. We, Megan Reilly, Lisa Patel, Madeline Somers and Alex Harrigan, hereby bequeath to Haley Shaffer the BHS tennis team and all of the bright sunshiney days ordered just for you. Don’t do anything that Serena Williams would do at the US Open. I, Janani Kumar, hereby bequeath to Shirsha Basu the right to blast Bollywood music and to Lauren Bodenlos and Lucy Cummings the right to eat tons of seaweed during Journalism. I, Tricia Jane Grant, hereby bequeath to Anna Bess Kurzrock my extensive knowledge of the romantic Spanish language. Do with it what you wish - master it, lose it - but never forget el viaje divertido we have been on together por tres años fabulosos. ¡Te amo, Anna! Go Bruins! I, Vivian Cheung, hereby bequeath to Lillian Cheung the responsibility of living up to the exceptionally high Cheung standards. I also leave to her the title of most feared driver in Burlingame. I, Michelle Gertsvolf, hereby bequeath to Katie Papazian, Eli Miller and Thomas Bowers ownership of the improv team, Those People and all that goes with it, including the vulture man, a banana and Disneyland. We, Liam Martinez and Greer Chrisman, hereby bequeath to Fred Dilly and Alex Seniff the roles as captains of the track team. Fred, you will receive the lucky 4x100 baton; do work next year and make sure you beat Carlmont in the 4x400. Alex, you will receive a pair of socks to continue the tradition that was started four years ago.

We, ASB, hereby bequeath the Associated Student Body to the Executive Cabinet. I, Wyatt Bland, give Uma Krishnan all the discussions, ideas and sweaters it takes to successfully lead the school. I, Robert Smith, give to We, Kendall Walker, Mallory McCarley and Niusha Tavassoli, Esme Brachmann the knowledge and power to make the hereby bequeath Alexa Vasquez, Naila Moreno and Stephanie important financial decisions. I, Meghan Finnegan, give Chiou the varsity lacrosse team. We expect you all to take care Haley Shaffer a binder full of notes and an entire database of the team and your fellow teammates and to uphold our wildly of minutes. We all give Lilly Ferris the power of Earth and impressive record. Good luck next year’s season and try not to clubs. Use it wisely. let us down.

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Friday, May 16, 2014

Time limit at Prom receives mixed reactions

By Arly Rivas and Shirsha Basu STAFF REPORTER AND WEB EDITOR

have been enforced during Prom due to the mal after being there for twenty minutes. “Why even pay for the dance, the dress, the hair and the makeup if you aren’t even staying that long?” junior Bridgette Medeghini said. Why is it that people can show up to dances they paid 70 plus dollars for, and then just leave twenty minutes in? “If I pay $70 for something that is essentially just the experience, because Prom is not something you can touch, you better believe I am going to be staying the whole

ended up leaving at 10:30 p.m.; however, there were still people dancing up until 11 p.m. The thought of having a bunch of teenagers running around at night is a scary thought for both parents and school administrators. However, instead of limiting students during their once-in-a-lifetime Prom experience, adults should think of Prom as a night when their sons and daughters might do the same activities they would have done during their high school years. Prom, so she is not sure whether it enhanced the experience or not. “All I know is that others said they liked this year better,” Medeghini said. “I think there should always be that one and a half hour time limit at Prom because it guarantees that students will get their money’s worth.”

Junior Elizabeth Orue feels that the time limit was reasonable, especially since she noticed many people leaving at around 10:40 p.m. Junior Katie Kissner states that the time limit is unnecessary for her because she would have stayed until the end of the dance anyway. However, she understands why the school would not want students on the loose in the city at night. “Maybe they don’t want students to stay up as long at their after-parties,” Kissner said. Since most students left Prom at 10:30 p.m., Bennett and Martinez accepted the crowns in lieu of students being present at the time of the crowning. All in all, the time limit did not detractfrom this year’s Prom experience. “I had an amazing time at Prom, regardless of the time limit,” junior Allison Economou said. “However, I think that students should not be forced to stay at a dance.”

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time,” junior Ashlee Hurry said. Burlingame High School history where students could not leave the premises until 10:30 p.m. “I really wanted students to enjoy their Prom, just like I did,” Principal Di Yim said. “I did not want them just leaving in the middle of their Prom and not getting to enjoy it.”

Math teachers Erik Bennett and Nicole Martinez win self-appointed Prom King and Queen

Sammy Marsh plans to pursue her college-academic career in Canada

By Bryan Anderson EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

PHOTO BY ELIZABETH DASKALAKIS

Sammy Marsh looks forward to attending college in Canada For many students, going to college has a bittersweetness to it. While teens look forward to having more freedom and con-

trol in their own lives, they often miss their family upon arrival to college. As Burlingame High School senior Sammy Marsh ventures off to pursue a higher education, she looks forward to attending an institution beyond the parameters of the United States. “I had looked into schools in England and Ireland, but I felt like that was too far from home,” Marsh said. “[From my college, my family] lives three hours away.” Although location played a role in Marsh’s decision to attend University of British Columbia, her biggest priority was academics. She plans to study anthropolo-

gy and acquire more knowledge about various cultures. “I want to study anthropology, and they have a great anthropological museum,” Marsh said. “There’s a lot of indigenous tribes in that area, so I get to see that culMarsh has already visited the campus on two previous occasions and has made connections with some of the faculty members at UBC. She spoke with a college representative and got tips on how to transition from life in the United States to international culture. While Marsh looks forward to studying

the evolution of different societies, she will miss Burlingame and her friends. “I think I’ll miss my friends,” Marsh said. “Having a group of people that I’ve known for so long, it’s going to be sad going away, but I’ll always keep in touch with them. I’m sure I’ll make new friends too.” For many students like Marsh, searchurges prospective college students to make connections and visit the campus. Because Marsh has already met with the head of the humanities department, she feels more comfortable studying abroad.


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As finals loom, be prepared By Lucy McGarr SENIOR REPORTER As we approach the end of the 20132014 school year, everyone has something to be excited about. Freshmen are excited to not be freshmen anymore, sophomores can’t wait to wait to be seniors and seniors can’t wait to graduate. Many great things have happened this school year, and even though summer is almost here, school isn’t quite over yet. As of May 16, there are only nine So here are some study tips for remainFinals commence Friday, May 23, be-

This strategy is very helpful because

By Shirsha Basu WEB EDITOR

It is very important to not overstudy.

The Culture to Culture Foundation announced an essay contest for high school students regarding the stress they face in

proven that over-studying is possible. She concluded that, “Your brain needs down- time to assimilate information and to problem solve,” Smith said. Over-studying may sound ridiculous, but the later you stay up trying to cram for your exam in eight hours, the less you will actually recall the following morning. Teenagers need nine hours and twen-

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cember, people can gauge how much time they need to study. Because of this, I am guessing a lot of you haven’t started studying yet. But you

are the type of person who learns by docreate memorization songs for formulas or facts that will help you learn the material. If you are a more traditional type of learner, write important information on index cards, and do practice problems that will refresh your memory of old information. Get a friend or a parent and teach them how to solve a Chemistry problem, or what exactly happened in the Revolu-

FEATURE BHS students win Culture to Culture essay contest

studying, your brain will forget almost all the information you learned the day before. Because of this, it is very important to get as much sleep as possible the night before an exam. On the day of the test, do not over complicate it. And most importantly, do not second guess your gut feeling. If it seems right to you, it probably is. have a great summer.

“I wrote about how, in this society, we’re all pressured to get good grades, get into there’s a set way to get into college,” she said. “In my opinion, however, that’s not

participants, and the organization chose 10 winners, who won $1000 each, and 20 honorable mentions, who each won $250. The erts, and Sage Franet-Selvan. There were also two honorable mentions from BHS, Timpano. “I’ve had students win essay contests before, but I’ve never had so many winners win so much money,” Greer said. “They wrote amazing stories because they wrote about their own experience with stress and success.” Greer shares that she is extremely proud and excited for the contest winners and honorable mentions. “Stefanie texted me late Friday after school and told me, and I couldn’t believe Mei were totally calm when they told me they had won honorable mention. I wasn’t calm though.” Franet-Selvan wrote about her own experiences with mental health, and the three stepmom, and dad. personal and in-depth, so I went all out with personal sharing,” Franet-Selvan said. “I am so honored to be one of the ten people to win the $1000 scholarships though, because it isn’t everyday you get paid for your writing.” Roberts shares her similar experiences with writing an essay for this contest.

Roberts wrote about how the process of being accepted into a college should be more personal and individual, rather than a generic process. “I used to be affected by pressure from other people, by my family and even my friends,” Roberts said. “However, I now realize that I’m better off not caring about

Winners Stefenie Roberts, Mei- Mei Chun-Moy, Sage Franet-Selvan, Dominic Timpano pose with English Teacher Jami Greer want to be happy and do what I want to do.” Roberts ended her essay with the wise words that every high school student learns as they move through their academic caular event in your life, but the accumulation of things you have accomplished.” For the full story, visit www.theburlingameb.com.


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Friday, May 16, 2014

What to do over summer By Emma Rosen SENIOR REPORTER

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As the school year comes to an end, tion: What am I going to do over the sum-

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Smarter Balance test off to a rocky start By Marisa Barreda STAFF REPORTER recently participated in the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) April 23 and 24. Due to the cut of standardized testings in cerned that the Common Core, or SBAC tests, would fail in the following years. To make sure that that this would not happen, the computerized test-run last week. “The school board wanted [us] to take the tests because they wanted to see how the system would work out, which I understand completely,” junior Alicia Avalo missed important AP classes because of the inconvenient schedule.” Since grade four, students have been trained to take paper standardized tests,

After four years, the time has come to say goodbye to the Class of 2014. In this issue, we recognize some of the students that will be moving on to bigger and better things after they graduate and the staff that will be leaving the Panther family this year. We proudly present our last Editor’s Column under the leadership of our retiring 26-year veteran newspaper advisor Linda McLaughlin. Because McLaughlin will be retiring this year, we dedicate this issue to her and the Class of 2014. The end of the school year brings

School, we remember their time at our On the next page, you can read about the impressive student achievements from Jami Greer’s English class and the Students In Action competition. Flip to the next page for Senior Wills, a perennial favorite. Were you frustrated with the time limit on Prom? If you’re interested, turn to page four. Although May is a time of celebration for seniors, it can be quite stressful for other classes.

For tips on getting through the mad-

dates and times as well as Senior Week. In case your eyes didn’t immediately go towards viewing the Senior Map, you the other side of the Senior Map for some ideas on what to do over the summer. As sophomores prepare for their junior year, they can gain insight and advice on how to get through some of the challenges. Teachers also face challenges during this chaotic month when trying to plan out

Curious about what you’re reading right now? Stay where you are to read Testing and some comedy shows to catch up on over the two and a half month break. Sports, sports, sports. If you have read this column up to this point or thought that the last two pages for season recaps, player analysis and a few statistics. We hope you enjoy this issue. You stay classy, Burlingame.

The Burlingame ‘B’ Staff Editors-In-Chief Amelia Berger, Bryan Anderson and Caroline Denney Teacher Advisor Linda McLaughlin Sports Editor

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thought process and analytical thinking. Although change is favorable, these tests have received mostly negative feedback from almost every junior student across the San Mateo School District. “I thought these assesments were very challenging and to be honest, they made it very easy to put in no effort,” junior Alexa Vasquez said. Since the test had a lot of free response and open-ended questions, students were able to answer inaccurately, and sometimes

inappropriately. When given a prompt on whether or not poetry slams were more important than traditional poems, most students took this as an opportunity to criticize the SBAC program or write about the importance of a similar topic, i.e. rap music. Most of the junior class resented the idea that they had to take a standardized test that would not count for anything directly; therefore, they did not take it seriously. Overall, the junior class found the new SBAC tests to be challenging, different and unnessecary, and many felt that the sophomores, who will have to take the tests next year, should have been the selected class to participate in the test-run this year. If you or a parent would like to know more information on the different subjects page or the SBAC homepage at http:// www.smarterbalanced.org/.

Comedic shows that can help cure summertime boredom

By Bryan Anderson EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

Over the past few years, I have found wood blockbusters. Because of this grief, I have turned my attention to television. Although I recognize that there are some high-quality mainstream shows, there are other shows that students need to experience. My new favorite television show is “Billy on the Street.” This program features comedian Billy Eichner venturing around the streets of New York in pursuit of making dreams come true one dollar and one person at a time. In a game called “For a Dollar,” Eichner runs through the streets and asks random strangers questions pertaining to pop culture. Can you name three caucasian singers? Can you name a woman? Watching the citizens in the Big Apple fail to answer the most basic of questions gives me much amusement. “Billy on the Street” also has unusual challenges including a Julia Roberts obstacle course; this is where you can go down the Roberts career slide. The show gets even better when celebrities like Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler and Patton Oswalt partake in the fun. pleasing to others. For those who prefer quick Youtube videos, I recommend searching “It’s not Pitbull- It’s Amy Poehler” and “For a Dollar.” New episodes of “Billy on the Street” can be viewed on the under-the-radar Fuse Network Wednesdays at 11 p.m. For those who prefer a different kind of comedy, I recommend “Impractical Jokers.” This show is similar to “Billy on the Street,” in that New York City inhabitants are active participants. It has a unique edge unlike any other comedy show I have seen. “Impractical Jokers” is hosted by Sal, Joe, Murr and Q. In each episode, every host participates in humiliating activities ranging from having awkward conversations with total strangers to being a horrible waiter to discretely strapping balloons onto people’s hair at a grocery store. If the task isn’t completed successfully, then the

host gets a thumbs down. At the end of the show, the host with the most thumbs down gets punished. Some of the more amusing punishments that are available on Youtube include “Strip Concert” and “Sal’s Wedding Crash.” New episodes of “Impractical Jokers” air Thursdays at 9:30 p.m. on TruTV. mated classic called “South Park.” Because this show becomes annoying when watched for extended periods of time due to the high-pitched character voices, I recommend students give it another chance and check out a couple of newer episodes. I particularly enjoyed the episode “Let Go, Let Gov,” because of its witty portrayal of Edward Snowden and the National Security Agency. In this episode, fourth-grader Eric Carting his privacy. Therefore, he formulates a employee. At the same time, another character encourages his peers to confess their sins to the Department of Motor Vehicles. As the movement attracts a wider band of people, the DMV employees become increasingly irritated. I have watched every episode of “Family Guy” and have become disappointed over the years due to the lack of character development. It is for this reason that I advise others to give “South Park” a chance. According to Comedy Central, “South Park” will premiere its eighteenth season previous seasons are available through other streaming providers. “Billy on the Street,” “Impractical Jokers” and “South Park” are hilarious shows that should be appreciated during the summer. Summer is a time for enjoyment and relaxation. In the spirit of an extended break from school, I plan on watching sporting events and, above all, viewing the three comedy shows mentioned above.


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Panther Athletes take on Division 1 Leah Goldman

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12 SPORTS

Seniors play sports in College Baseball Nick Franco- Skyline College

Boys Basketball Frankie Ferrari- University of San Francisco Nick Loew- University of San Francisco Nick Darnell

Boys Soccer Nick Darnell- Johnson & Wales University Jonah Snyder- Whitworth University Kasey Wakasa- Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Cheerleading Niki Flocas- Loyola Marymount University Sydney Oliver

Football Keone Keahi- College of San Mateo Manase Palu- College of San Mateo

Girls Tennis

Alex Harrigan- UC Irvine

Girls Water Polo Manase Palu (Photo by Annabelle Gaiser)

Marie Maxwell

Golf Jeff Carney- Pomona College

Softball Sydney Oliver- College of San Mateo

Swimming Leah Goldman- Duke University Marie Maxwell- Amherst College Ernie Ribera- Loyola University Maryland

Track & Field Greer Chrisman- Santa Clara University Liam Martinez- Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Faraaz Rashidi- Pomona College

Volleyball

Ernie Ribera

Morgan McKeever- University of Pennsylvania Bianca Alvarez- Notre Dame de Namur University

Wrestling Kevin Nash- Skyline College

Niki Reynolds- UCLA

Keone Keahi (Photo by Annabelle Gaiser)

Nick Franco

Nick Loew (Center)

Alex Harrigan

Jonah Snyder

Burlingame Sports Review Boys Basketball

Badminton

26-5, CCS Open Div. 5th place

6-2 PAL (as of May 8)

Girls Lacrosse

Boys Lacrosse

Track and Field

Cross Country

6-11 overall

Boys: 3-1 PAL Girls: 2-2 PAL

Girls Water Polo 5-5 PAL

Girls Basketball 7-16 overall, 4-6 PAL

3-17 overall

Baseball

8-16 overall (as of May 11)

Softball

6-0 (Does not include PALâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s)

Football

Boys Water Polo

11-1 CCS Div. 3 semi-finalists

Boys Tennis

Girls Tennis

Boys Soccer

9-3-2 PAL, CCS Div. 3 finalists

Swimming

7-16 overall (as of May 11)

Boys: 11th PAL Girls: 9th PAL

6-9 overall, 5-9 PAL

Golf

11-1 overall

6-8 PAL

Girls Soccer

8-0-4 PAL, CCS Div. 3 quarter-finalists

7-7 overall

Volleyball

19-12 CCS Div. 3 semi-finalists

Wrestling

Kevin Nash PAL Champion

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