October 21, 2019

Bearcats Strike for Climate -

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

A Personal Account On Vaping -

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Girls Water Polo Resumes Winning Ways -

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Running into the 2019 season -

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

How Media Affects The Mind -

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Matilda Provides Hope -

Monday, October 14, 2019

Mock Trial: Murder Trials, New Captains, and Autonomous Vehicle Accidents -

Monday, October 14, 2019

SMHS Starts the Year Cellphone Free -

Monday, October 14, 2019

SMHS’ Boomwhacker Club -

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Questioning the Ethics of Unconventional Childbearing -

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Don’t Blame Video Games -

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Why Disney Won’t Stop Remaking Movies -

Thursday, October 10, 2019

The Versatility of Virtual Reality -

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Pondering Yondr -

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Mr. Shea: The Meme King -

Thursday, October 3, 2019

#AHistoryofBadBoycotts -

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Increased Regulation is Necessary for Homeschooling -

Thursday, August 29, 2019

An amazing year for the wrestling team -

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

My Experience at the Women’s March -

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

El Regreso Del Racismo -

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

  • Bearcats Strike for Climate

    More than a million people have participated in climate strikes in 2200 events and 125 countries worldwide over the span of the past two years. This widespread movement was all started by Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old dedicated to climate change activism. Ever since she declared that she would not attend school until the 2018 Swedish general election and began striking every Friday until Sweden joined the Paris Agreement, she has inspired millions around the globe to join her in taking action to defend the planet. Thunberg created the slogan FridaysForFuture, which gained global attention. Since then, school strikes began to…

  • A Personal Account On Vaping

    WEATHERFORD, T.X.- Tryston Zohfeld, 17, is recovering after nearly three weeks of being in the Intensive Care Unit due to vaping, doctors conclude.  On July 26, the 17 year old was fighting for his life as his seemingly healthy and athletic lungs suddenly failed. Tryston told ABC News, “When I woke up I was throwing up everywhere, and my heart felt like it was beating out of my chest going 100 miles per hour.”  Tryston was rushed to Cook Children’s hospital and was immediately admitted to the ICU where he was put into a medically induced coma as his condition…

  • Girls Water Polo Resumes Winning Ways

    On any given weekday after school, cascading whistles, shouts and splashes can be heard from the San Mateo High pool. Oftentimes, those sounds just mean that the girl’s water polo team is taking yet another dub. The team makes their victories seem easy; but in reality, girl’s water polo is one of the most stressful, physical sports at the high school varsity level. Below the surface, suits are pulled, legs are kicked, and punches are even thrown. Despite all this, the lady bearcats have managed not only to hold their own but thrive under the pressure. The San Mateo girls…

  • How Media Affects The Mind

    The media is an almost all encompassing word that describes a massive variety of things that we as a society are exposed to everyday. Social media and televised news connects us all in a way that lets us see and interact with each other all around the globe. Video games and movies give us a temporary escape from reality, placing us in someone else’s shoes and allowing us to experience another person’s life vicariously through a screen. However, when does constant exposure to different kinds of media begin to change a person and shape the way they think?  In a…

  • Matilda Provides Hope

    From the outside, Matilda the Musical is just another fun story made into an even more entertaining show. Running from October 17 to October 20, it includes all the classic elements—show-stopping numbers, incredible sets and protagonists you can root for—but this year, SMHS’ fall musical has much more to it than that. Underlying the fun hijinx are empowering messages that are equally important for the high schoolers at SMHS as they are for the primary schoolers at Crunchem Hall.   At the beginning of the show, we meet Matilda Wormwood, a little girl who’s known her parents hate her since the…

Features

How Media Affects The Mind

Oct 15, 2019

The media is an almost all encompassing word that describes a massive variety of things that we as a society are exposed to everyday. Social media and televised news connects us all in a way that lets us see and interact with each other all around the globe. Video games and movies give us a temporary escape from reality, placing us in someone else’s shoes and allowing us to experience another person’s life vicariously through a screen. However, when does constant exposure to different kinds of media begin to change a person and shape the way they think?  In a…

Mock Trial: Murder Trials, New Captains, and Autonomous Vehicle Accidents

Oct 14, 2019

Mock Trial has kicked off with the release of the new case packet, a murder trial, in September. This year’s case, People v. Matsumoto, centers around Bailey Matsumoto and the death of their spouse, Taylor. Bailey and Taylor ran a startup for self-driving trucks, which was a point of conflict for the two of them. Taylor’s 16-year-old son, Michael, died due to a self-driving scooter accident, and Taylor’s grudge against the startup was unrelenting. After Taylor’s participation in a new bill against autonomous vehicles incited a fight between Bailey and Taylor, Taylor was found dead in a bathtub in their…

The Versatility of Virtual Reality

Oct 10, 2019

Only a decade ago, virtual reality was a fantasy only found in science fiction books. Now, virtual reality has become a large part of the gaming world and many people enjoy playing video games with virtual reality headsets. While this technology is mostly used for entertainment, not many people consider the practical applications of virtual reality and how it can be used to improve our world.  Virtual reality is already being used for more than just playing cool games; it is already being used in countless industries, such as healthcare. Surprisingly, the retail industry has also started using virtual reality…

Mr. Shea: The Meme King

Oct 3, 2019

You can find him in his classroom working hard on his lesson plans or putting up memes on his classroom door during brunch. After school, he’s also on the soccer field coaching the ELD soccer team. Despite it being his first year at San Mateo High School, Mr. Shea has already taken a prominent role in the SMHS community. Mr. Shea grew up in the suburbs of Boston, Massachusetts and earned his degree in Secondary Mathematics Education from Boston University. At BU, he was also a four-year starter for the nationally-ranked Division I men’s soccer program. A standout student and…

Sports

Girls Water Polo Resumes Winning Ways

On any given weekday after school, cascading whistles, shouts and splashes can be heard from the San Mateo High pool. Oftentimes, those sounds just mean that the girl’s water polo team is taking yet another dub. The team makes their victories seem easy; but in reality, girl’s water polo is one of the most stressful, physical sports at the high school varsity level. Below the surface, suits are pulled, legs are kicked, and punches are even thrown. Despite all this, the lady bearcats have managed not only to hold their own but thrive under the pressure. The San Mateo girls…

Running into the 2019 season

For San Mateo’s varsity runners, they are looking optimistic about the upcoming season.   When asked how he picks the runs for practices, coach Ed Riley, who has been coaching San Mateo runners for 15 years, had this to say, “I always have what I want to do for the practices in mind but, I change and adjust based on what I saw the night before. It just depends on the condition of my athletes and how they looked the night before.”  While varsity teams have a maximum roster size of 7 runners, junior varsity squads can hold many more runners….

An amazing year for the wrestling team

So far, the wrestling team has had a fantastic season; they are currently undefeated. Wrestling is  a contact sport that involves grappling type techniques such as clinch fighting, throws and takedowns, joint locks, pins and other grappling techniques. The coach, Jason Cervantes, decided to take over the wrestling program as he too was a former wrestler and knew that if no one took over the position then the team would have dissolved. Compared to last season, the coach didn’t have to recruit since people willingly wanted joined. Although the sport isn’t as popular as the other sports at SMHS, the…

Marcus Peters traded to the Rams

The NFL offseason has begun, meaning NFL teams are doing all they can to attract the top players in the league to join their team.  Early in the offseason, Kansas City shocked the football world  by sending one of their best players Marcus Peters, to the Los Angeles Rams.   Marcus Peters has cemented himself as one of the paramount players in the NFL . During his tenure as cornerback with the Kansas City Chiefs, Peters led the team to a good start. They were 6-0, looking to go for a 7th win. The hot streak came to an abrupt…