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  • Devastating Loss Against Burroughs

    Burbank High drove home with no trophy in hand after their Homecoming Foot- ball game loss to rival school Burroughs on November 1. With three consecutive wins since 2016, Burbank held their heads up prior to

    thegame.The Bulldogs remained ahead for a majority of the game, but with an unexpected twist in fate, Burroughs worked their way up and grabbed the win in the last few minutes, final- izing the score to 29-28. Isaac Glover ‘20 rushed for an outstanding 185 yards, as well as scoring three touchdowns and 34

    carries. Not to mention Brandon Peña ‘21, who made an unforgettable catch in the 2nd quar- ter to help extend our lead. Following the loss, Burbank High’s Varsity Football team’s ranking across the country has decreased by 477 places. Even with this loss, the school never hesitated to support their players.

    On October 26, Homecoming Night, at ap- proximately 9:50 P.M, a head- on collision at the corner of Glenoaks Blvd and Walnut Ave involving four Burbank High students and a 27-year- old male occurred, resulting in no fatalities or serious injuries to the students. The unidentified 27-year-old male was left severely injured and taken to a trauma center for the time being, yet is cur- rently suspect for possessing

    illicit substances in his car at the time of the crash. “Drugs and or alcohol may have, and very likely were factors in the collision,” said Public Information Officer Derek Green. “There will likely be a criminal case in this situation.” The crash left both vehicles damaged to varying extents. A section of Glenoaks in front of Burbank High was marked as a crime scene that night, but as of now has been cleared.

    Violent Collision After HOCO

    Burbank High School’s 2019 Political Debate challenged two students on opposite ends of the political spectrum, their ability to defend their beliefs. The debate was centered around three main top- ics for Democratic de- bater Vahe Tovmasian ‘21, and Republican debater Adrian Setaghayan ‘20 to uphold to their greatest degree, such as the valid- ity of Medicare for All, Student Loan Debt for- giveness, and the legacy of the Donald Trump presi- dency. The two leading topics had drawn to a close, leav- ing Setaghayan victorious after drawing in 140 audi- ence votes, to Tovmasian’s 80. “I was extremely confi- dent in my material.” said Setaghayan. “Overall, he (Tovmasian) is a good de- bater, he’s been my part-

    ner for a long time, and it was an honor to verse him.” When it came time for the third and final debating topic proceed- ing the audience poll, Setaghayan had to depart from the podium for the rest of the night due to personal matters, resulting in his halftime substitute, Rafael Petrosian ‘21, to conclude the debate in his place, defending President Donald Trump’s legacy the last three years he has been in office. “I’ve been in speech and debate for a bit, I know the mojo, I know how to respond to people. I ap- preciate everyone coming out here, it was a success.” said Petrosian. The remainder of those enrolled in the Speech and Debate Club were con- tributors to the choosing of the three debate topics, as well as being present to watch the debate take place.

    “ We brainstormed around seven or eight topics, and then they narrowed them down.” said Speech and Debate club’s director, as well as Burbank High English teacher Jason Lohr. “We didn’t want to do anything too controversial, but we did want to choose topics that would keep people excited.” “For as long as debates such as this take place, our union will remain strong.” said Andre Dionysian ‘21, one of two moderaters at the debate, during his introduction speech to the event. “Out of our many heritages, one American culture. Out of our nu- merous ethnicities, one American people. Out of many, one.”

    Burbank High School’s 2019 Political Debate By Christina Setikian

    By Desere Navarro & Nicole Nunez

    “Drugs and or alco- hol may have, and very likely were factors in the colli- sion”

    “I was extreme- ly confident in my materials”

    In This Edition H o m e c o m i n g G a m e , C a r C r a s h , P o l i t i c a l D e b a t e , Q u a d Q u e s t i o n , D r . C r o w t h e r P r o f i l e , S e n i o r D i t c h D a y , H o m e c o m i n g D a n c e , a n d m o r e !

    The Burbank Bulldog By Burbank Bulldog Staff

    Photo by Nathan Castanon

    Photo by Nathan Castanon

  • By Christina Setikian

    Burbank High stu- dents held a Senior Ditch Day seven weeks into the school year, accounting for the loss of over $13,000 from the Burbank Uni- fied School District’s an- nual funding. On Friday, September 27 2019, ap- proximately 258 seniors participated in the first Senior Ditch Day of the school year, over 47% of the total senior class. “Senior ditch days are as old as time itself.” said Burbank High Principal Dr. Thomas Crowther. “Everyone’s initial re-

    sponse was like “Already? Really?” The fact that it was in September and we were already having one was the surprising part.” The tradition of high school senior classes planning a ditch day during the school year has been around for close to a century, but the concerns of administra- tors began rising once they acknowledged the defi- cit of over $1,000,000 in BUSD’s annual budget. “Anything that looks like kids not prioritis- ing their education, or if it looks like they don’t “need the money”, that could be detrimental to

    the cause.” said Crowther. Student absences ac- counted for the loss of $5,500,000 from the dis- trict’s annual budget in the 2018-2019 school year. This loss in question is one of the main contribu- tors to the larger class sizes Burbank High has been seeing over the past few years, and the firing of newly hired teachers. “When you put into per- spective the teacher sala- ries, extracurriculars, mu- sic, and sports, that’s a pretty significant effect.” said Debbie Kukta, BUSD’s Assistant Superintendent of Administrative Services.

    The BurBank Bulldog2 novemBer 2019

    Quad Questions

    “My favorite tv show is Survivor because I like to see different types of people and how they interact in a really bad setting.”

    -Austin Kane ‘21

    “I like Jane the Virgin because it’s just a really good show... I just like the show because it’s funny, and there’s romance!”

    -Emily Hasunuma ‘22

    “My favorite TV show is Gossip Girl because the characters really show great drama that brings them all together.”

    -Stella Markland ‘20

    “My favorite TV show is probably The Good Place because it’s funny and it kind of jokes around with the whole idea of death and what happens after you die.”

    -Rene Harris ‘23

    What’s your favorite TV Show?Q2

    Senior Ditch Day Debt

    By Leah Tahmassian

    Martin Collazos, a Burbank High teacher for 23 years, has taught his students much more than psychology and Spanish. He has taught them the value of life and positivity. Though the UC Riverside alumni inspires his students in various forms, he mainly tells them their worth through his lessons. “You guys are like my kids,” said Collazos. “I look at you guys, and I just see the future.” He makes it clear that in the 56 minutes in which he is responsible for them, it is his duty to keep them safe and happy. A student walk- ing into his classroom cannot help but notice the abundance of collect- ibles ranging in various franchises, from Doctor Who to Stranger Things. Near his desk, a Yoda plush with bulging eyes, adorned with a tiny pair of Mickey Mouse ears. Just a glance from the polyester pupils wel- comes those to enter a new territory: a galaxy far far away. “It has, weirdly, helped me shape my life,” said Collazos. As a child, Col- lazos endured numerous surgeries to treat his heart condition, prohib- iting him from doing a lot of the same things as his peers, which led him to feel different. How- ever, when Star Wars

    was released a year after his first operation, he immediately connected to Luke Skywalker and his journey of eventu- ally becoming an honor- able Jedi. After all these years, his heart still beats faster when new trailers are released, but now, due to his overwhelming kindness, students view him as the Jedi of Bur- bank High. Students have dis- played their gratitude for Collazos in many ways. In 2011, a few months after Collazos told a story about his wish to continue skateboard- ing, his students pitched in money to buy him a new skateboard, which served as a “thank you” for his kindness. It made him feel wonderful that students were touched enough to remember one story and give back based on it. Ennie Marie Ilasco, a 2019 graduate of Burbank High, previ- ous student of Collazos and of the Psychology , Club, is one of many students who found joy through the teacher’s constant empathy. When she would be having a bad day, Collazos would hand her a Cat in the Hat plush to keep as a source of comfort, and she would return it at the end of the day to thank him for his support. Ennie has contributed many days of her time to multiple organizations in support of mental

    health awareness, and she claims that she has Collazos to thank for a lot of the inspiration that has moved her to make the impact that she has. Collazos has more at Burbank High than his students an

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