January 19, 2020

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

With Christmas Comes Nostalgia

Memory is all about connections and past experiences. We base all our preconceptions, and misconceptions, on data we learn and remember as we grow. We retain a lot of our knowledge from childhood to adulthood. We each have fond memories of simpler times, or ones of regret and sadness, or anger and anguish. The ability is both a blessing and a curse. Like a computer algorithm, memory has a set of rules that it follows to store data into various specific parts of the human brain. And in some our encoded memories, Christmas may have a special place there. Neurologically,…

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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…

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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…

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Movies to Watch during Halloween

Many people enjoy horror movies, but which ones are actually worth your time? Which ones will leave you scared for days to come? While there have been many awful horror movies over the years, some of the best are “The Conjuring”, “The Joker”, “It”, “Insidious”, “Sinister”, and “28 Days Later”. “28 Days Later” was originally released back in 2002, yet it still remains one of the better horror movies. It was the original apocalypse-themed horror movie, and since then, hundreds of apocalyptic movies have been produced using the same ideas to scare people as 28 Days Later did back in…

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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…

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

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…

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The Versatility of Virtual Reality

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…

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Mr. Shea: The Meme King

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…

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#AHistoryofBadBoycotts

With the rise of cancel culture in social media and society, it has become increasingly more common for brands and/or people to be “canceled” by certain groups of people.  Cancel culture is the phenomenon of when a certain person, group, or organization does something a group of people or a society of a whole find unacceptable; a large group of people then stop supporting said person, group, or organization financially, morally, or digitally Some of these “cancellings” are warranted and beneficial towards a certain movement or ideology such as the backlash towards Harvey Weinstein and his movies due to sexual…

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Instagram-Worthy Desserts of San Francisco

    The city of San Francisco is truly the place to be. With its historic landmarks, eclectic neighborhoods and the diversity of its people, The City by the Bay has something for everyone. San Francisco is also a Instagrammer foodie’s dream; it is home to a multitude of dessert shops and cafes. Here are some of the most Instagrammable and over the top desserts you can find in the city.      Nestled on a street lined with pastel buildings is Home SF, a quaint cafe serving up coffee and baked goods in Outer Richmond. One of their most famous drinks…

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