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

  • 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…

  • 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…

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

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…

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…

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…