December 10, 2019

With Christmas Comes Nostalgia -

Monday, December 9, 2019

November Book Recommendations -

Monday, December 9, 2019

SMHS Mateobotics Gears Up for the Season -

Thursday, November 14, 2019

The Leap from High School to College Sports -

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Mateo Comes up Short: 2019 Little Big Game -

Thursday, November 14, 2019

The Master of Self-Deprecating Humor -

Thursday, November 14, 2019

How Old is “Too Old” for Trick-or-Treating? -

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

We Need to Get Serious About Shootings -

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

How Boyan Slat Is Helping Solve The Great Pacific Garbage Patch -

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Youtube’s Yankovic turned Chinese TikTok Star: Bart Baker -

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

#TeamTrees -

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Varsity Football -

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

CA Bill Pushes School Start Times Back -

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Why the Empire Strikes Back is the best Star Wars movie -

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Pros and Cons of Energy Drinks -

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Movies to Watch during Halloween -

Tuesday, November 12, 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

SMHS Mateobotics Gears Up for the Season

If you walk into Mr. Thrasher’s room after school on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, you’ll see how it’s transformed into a haven for robotics. There’s the build team excitedly working on their competition robots, the programming team coding the robot to run autonomously and the business team filling out grants and updating social media.  Mateobotics is SMHS’s robotics team. The team competes in the FIRST Tech Challenge, a global robotics competition in which teams build robots that compete against each other in an annual game challenge. The tasks in the game challenge vary from year to year, but they…

The Leap from High School to College Sports

While for many Bearcats the imminent close of their Senior Fall season will mark the end of their athletic career, some may not be quite ready to part with the sports they love and have dedicated themselves to for so many years. From the most intense and rigorous Division I programs in the country to relaxed, just-for-fun intramural athletics, there are scores of options out there for people to continue their athletic endeavours at the college level.  For the more competitive among us, many schools of all sizes all around the country have league-affiliated NCAA, National Collegiate Athletic Association, teams…

Mateo Comes up Short: 2019 Little Big Game

With 8 minutes to go in the 3rd quarter, the 92nd annual Little Big Game looked like it could go either way. The matchup between perennial rivals San Mateo and Burlingame was exciting as always, and much more competitive than in previous years. The Bearcats had several standout performances, with senior linebacker Kevin Paleaz racking up 12 total tackles on defense, a strong offensive line presence from junior center Shadi Qobti, and an impressive two-way showing from senior quarterback and linebacker Luke Bergstrom, going 9 for 14 from the pocket and picking up an interception from the defensive end.  Midway…

The Master of Self-Deprecating Humor

Lemony Snicket, or Daniel Handler, author of “A Series of Unfortunate Events,”  loves to make fun of himself and his work. The back cover of most of his books makes this abundantly clear, as do their contents and even Snicket’s own website. “Please note that the author has been called a fraud, a criminal, a bestseller, a corpse, a fictional character, an unreliable narrator, an objective flaneur, an embattled gentleman, a magnetic field, an arsonist, and late for dinner by an odd number of dubious authorities,” reads the inside cover of his book “An Unauthorized Autobiography.” Despite the author’s insistence…

How Old is “Too Old” for Trick-or-Treating?

“Aren’t you a little old to be trick or treating?” is something many of us have heard at one time or another. Is there a select age at which it no longer becomes socially acceptable to go out with our friends in our costumes to gather Halloween candy that we can trade and devour at the end of the night? Some may argue yes, but here’s why trick-or-treating should be an ageless pastime enjoyed by all ages, especially teens. For the unfortunate souls who have not experienced the thrilling event of trick-or-treating, one usually dresses up in a costume of…

We Need to Get Serious About Shootings

Something needs to be done about shootings. America has a problem where we are 25 times more likely to die from gun violence in comparison to many affluent countries that have banned firearms or regulated them to a high degree according to Gifford’s Law Center. It seems as though many conservatives refuse to address the issue, and many liberals fight the wrong ones. Both have differing agendas that have lead to nothing but inaction. Familiar stories about individuals and families grieving over the loss of a loved one to a criminal with an agenda continue to plague news articles today….

How Boyan Slat Is Helping Solve The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Sitting between California and Hawaii, five trillion pieces of plastic and about a sixth of the United States’ total garbage resides in an area known as the Great Pacific Patch. Trash in our oceans can cause many environmental problems: it destroys many marine animal habitats and kill marine animals and birds species alike. As of now, there are about 600 species of marine animals that are affected by plastic pollution in the Pacific Ocean. “I think that the situation in the Pacific Ocean is severe. A lot of animals and habitats are being destroyed. I think that people should start…

Youtube’s Yankovic turned Chinese TikTok Star: Bart Baker

In the early days of Youtube, one of the most notable content creators was Bart Baker, a Youtuber who made parody music videos of popular 2010s music. Baker had garnered a large following on YouTube off of creating these parodies, which dabbled in politically incorrect humor. “The edgier they were, the more views they’d get,” Baker said. His parodies of Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball,” Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse,” and Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda” all racked up more than 100 million views respectively and to this day, gave Bart Baker more than 3.1 billion views. But, after YouTube began demonetizing “vulgar” videos…

#TeamTrees

In May 2019, somebody commented on Reddit that Mr. Beast, a famous YouTuber, should plant 20 million trees to celebrate hitting the 20M subscriber milestone. After this comment went viral, Mr. Beast finally addressed it on October 25 in a video, saying that he was banding with the YouTube community, including a few famous YouTubers.  So, they struck a deal with The Arbor Day Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to planting trees started in 1872, that each dollar that would be donated to Team Trees they would plant one tree. It is difficult to plant 20 million trees without help, so…

Varsity Football

Main Ideas What players make a big impact  Good coaching staff 2-0 record positive Both games were shutouts  El Camino 21-0, Aragon 34-0 Aragon is typically a good team      The San Mateo HighSchool Varsity football team is looking really good after these first two games of the season. They have shut down the 2 teams so far meaning that they didn’t let the other team score a single point which is pretty impressive especially knowing you can probably kick like a 30 yard field goal for 3 points. That might show that the Defense might have a big impact on…