February 20, 2018

San Mateo Volleyball Season Kicks Off -

Friday, February 16, 2018

The Van Jones Show:Jay-Z -

Friday, February 16, 2018

Chris Bosh Possible Comeback -

Friday, February 16, 2018

Chloe Kim: The 17 Year Old Phenomenon -

Friday, February 16, 2018

Shaun White Wins Gold at Pyeongchang -

Friday, February 16, 2018

The Biggest Problems with the NBA All-Star Games -

Friday, February 16, 2018

History of Super Bowl -

Friday, February 16, 2018

Where would you take your date out on Valentine’s Day? -

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Jeff Sessions’ History with Race Follows Him -

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Crazy Trades During The NBA Trade Deadline -

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

“Love, Simon” and representation on the Big Screen -

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Contraceptive Coverage Rollback Endangers Women -

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Rape Accusation Made Against Former “Voice” Star -

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Should Confederate statues be taken down? -

Friday, February 2, 2018

John Aguilar: Ataque Rapido -

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

“The Mini Show” -

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

‘Coco’ captura corazones de todos -

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

College Visits -

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Viaje a Teotihuacán -

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

R&B Comeback -

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Congresswoman Jackie Speier Holds a Town Hall Meeting

[By: Cindy Yan and Sydnee Tan] On Feb. 10, Congresswoman Jackie Speier held a Town Hall meeting in the San Mateo Performing Arts Center. She briefly introduced herself, talking about her past political campaigns and affiliations. She also mentioned multiple events in her personal life that thoroughly convinced her to never give up, including incidents involving her past failures and shortcomings. Throughout the entire meeting, she emphasized the importance of younger generations participating in government-related activities, especially in protests and internships. Congresswoman Speier began the meeting by talking about her early years. Raised in Burlingame, young Speier attended Mercy High…

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New PBS Video Features Abhaya Krishnan-Jha

San Mateo Journalists produced their fourth video for PBS this month, focusing on student Abhaya Krishnan-Jha and the experience of children of immigrants who blend two worlds. Produced by Editor Ariel Seidman, Camerapersons Nic Wratten and Cindy Zhang, and Sound Engineer Angie Neta, the two-minute video won pride of place on the “New Americans” site, appearing first in the upper left corner. You can watch it here: https://srlnewamericans.tumblr.com/ New Americans features short videos on the theme of immigration produced by high school journalists from across the nation. We’re grateful to PBS for supporting student journalists this way, giving them a very public voice and the tools they…

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Dancin’ in New York

For many, it’s easy to view New York City and the successes of those who’ve made it there as beyond our grasp. When the buildings scrape the sky, rivaled only by the level of talent, it can seem daunting to even begin to take on that impossible dream of success in the city. However, the Big Apple and the artists who work there welcomed us with open arms, and proved to us that with a little hard work, anything is possible. Contrary to popular belief, the biennial SMHS Dance Trip to New York is not a vacation. In fact, it’s…

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Oroville Dam Crisis Continues to Worry Residents

Rain may be essential for California to end the five-year-long drought, but what happens if there is too much rain? In Oroville, California, the local dam is not agreeing to the continuous downpour. On Feb. 7, the dam’s main spillway, used for overflow, was damaged and the emergency spillway had to be operated as an alternative. Unfortunately, the emergency spillway didn’t fix the situation. As time went on, the dam began overflowing into the river below, causing chunks of earth to erode and risk the safety of the dam and the city of Oroville. The overflowing water continued to pour…

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Mock Trial Takes Bronze

San Mateo High has a lot of teams that are all very successful in their own right, but our very own Mock Trial team has been really raising the bar this year. During the last months of the calendar year, the Mock Trial team prepares to try a fictional case written by the Constitutional Rights Foundation. Beginning in January, teams from all over California’s northern district face off in real courtrooms. Competition is fierce, and only the best of 16 teams come out on top. This year San Mateo’s Mock Trial team won third place overall in San Mateo County,…

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Bearcats Rally for Education

Teachers and public education supporters rallied nationwide in response to policies proposed by Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, who was confirmed by the Senate, 51-50, on Tuesday, Feb. 7 with Vice President Mike Pence’s tie-breaking vote — believed to be the first time that a vice president has needed to break a tie for a cabinet nominee. Numerous students, teachers and staff of SMHS gathered at the entrance of campus at 7:30 on Jan. 19 for the National Day of Action. The protest was for the push toward racial and religious equality in public school systems, including public universities. It…

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Up Beet for Health Week

Health Week, from Tuesday, Feb. 21 to Friday, Feb. 24, will be a blast. Tuesday’s theme is mental health; there will be free stress balls and students can pop balloons with messages. Wednesday’s theme is physical health and a taekwondo instructor will come during lunch. Thursday’s theme is emotional health, and there will be a food market, a watermelon-eating contest and Olaiha’s band on the Spirit Lawn. Friday’s theme is spiritual health and Mr. Moreno will lead Zumba. Go out and get healthy, bearcats!

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Does Nutella Cause Cancer? Say it isn’t So

That sweet, smooth chocolate and hazelnut spread that you put on your toast for breakfast may not seem as appetizing anymore. Nutella has become a controversial health concern due to its key ingredient, palm oil, which is thought to cause cancer. Palm oil is made from a fruit that is grown on African oil palm trees and is an edible vegetable oil. While palm oil is used popularly for the replacement of trans fats, it is usually found in foods that are not recommended for frequent consumption and are highly saturated with fat. According to the American Heart Association, consuming…

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Women’s March: Global Movement Close to Home

The Women’s March on Washington was the largest single day of protest in U.S. history, with somewhere between 3.3 and 4.6 million gathering in cities across the nation on Jan. 21 to protest the inauguration of President Donald Trump the day before, according to the Independent. Many students from San Mateo High went to the marches in the Bay Area. Hayley Schaumkel, Sophomore, attended the march in San Francisco. “I was so happy to be there,” said Hayley. “I felt very inspired by everyone around me. Most of these people were there to show support and love to people. San…

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FLL Airport Shooting Shocks Nation

Ever since 9/11, airport security has become a huge concern. TSA agents must scan every item of baggage and every passenger to check for weapons or explosives without missing a single thing; weapons are only acceptable when a passenger checks the luggage containing it. This is clearly one of our nation’s faults, as shown by  the horrific shooting in Fort Lauderdale on Jan. 7. After arriving into FLL (Fort Lauderdale’s airport), Esteban Santiago went to pick up his only luggage—a checked bag containing a 9mm handgun. Suddenly, without any warning, the handgun was taken out of its case and was…

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