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The Student News Site of Menlo School

The Coat of Arms

The Student News Site of Menlo School

The Coat of Arms

Jake Lieberman

Jake Lieberman, Staff Writer


Number of years in The Coat of Arms: 4

Favorite aspect of journalism: writing about whatever interests me

Interests outside of school: sports, basketball, playing with my dogs, watching tv, being outside.

Class of 2023

All content by Jake Lieberman
Danny Moreno plays a crucial role in getting Menlo ready for each and every day. Staff photo: Jake Lieberman

Danny Moreno Has Watched Menlo Evolve for 40 Years

Jake Lieberman, Staff Writer
May 14, 2023

Menlo's grounds always shine thanks to facilities staff member Daniel Moreno. While you may not see him everyday, for the past 40 years, Moreno’s been...

The 2023 NFL Draft quarterback class has been hot topic of debate amongst students and analysts alike. Creative Commons Image: Wikimedia Commons

Students Speculate About 2023 NFL Draft, Number One Pick

Jake Lieberman, Staff Writer
April 23, 2023

The 2023 NFL Draft will take place on April 27, 2023, in Kansas City, Missouri. All 32 NFL teams will have a selection in the Draft that takes place across...

The first round of March Madness tournament play is set to begin on March 16. Creative commons photo: Phil Roeder on Wikimedia Commons

March Madness Craze Looms Ahead of Tournament Start

Jake Lieberman, Staff Writer
March 12, 2023

College sports fanatics live for the month of March as college basketball programs across the country compete in the chaotic 64-team tournament dubbed...

Boys Basketball fell short for the third time against Sacred Heart. Staff photo: Lexi Friesel

Boys Basketball Falls to Sacred Heart, Looks on to Playoff Opener

Jake Lieberman, Staff Writer
February 15, 2023

Menlo faced off against Sacred Heart for the third time this season on Feb. 10 but came up short once again. The Knights fell by a score of 60-49, giving...

Senior Lucas Vogel takes a shot over Sacred Heart’s J.P. Kerrigan. The game ended 61-59 in favor of the Gators. Staff photo: Lexi Friesel

Knights Fall to Sacred Heart, Remain Focused on League Play and Revenge

Jake Lieberman, Staff Writer
January 26, 2023

Menlo squared off against Sacred Heart Prep in a varsity boys’ basketball game on Friday Jan. 20. The Knights lost a nail-biter to the Gators following...

Senior Ty Richardson runs the ball in the 2021 Valpo Bowl. Menlo looks retain the trophy and repeat their success from last season. Staff Photo: Lexi Friesel

Football Meets Sacred Heart in 20th Annual Valpo Bowl

Jake Lieberman, Staff Writer
November 3, 2022

Nov. 4 marks the 20th meeting between the Menlo and Sacred Heart football programs in the annual Valpo Bowl. The teams will meet at 7 P.M. in the final...

Pete Zappas (right) at the Senior Retreat. Photo Courtesy of Kevin Chan

Pete Zappas Balances Life as a Coach and Teacher

Jake Lieberman, Staff Writer
October 10, 2022

Pete Zappas has been around both football and school for nearly his entire life. Growing up in Pittsburgh, Zappas became an avid fan of the Pittsburgh...

The new Wild Card format will be implemented starting this year, and excitement is nearing. Creative Commons Photo: Geoff Livingston on Flickr.

MLB Fans Welcome Playoffs, While Major Rule Changes Loom

Jake Lieberman, Staff Writer
October 7, 2022

The MLB playoffs kicked off on Friday, Oct. 7. With the postseason comes anticipation but also uncertainty around the impending rule changes, which are...

Housenbold photographs nature with his father in Ohio. Photo courtesy of Eli Housenbold

Eli Housenbold: The Photographer Behind the Lens

Jake Lieberman, Staff Writer
September 17, 2022

Ever since senior Eli Housenbold was young, he's been surrounded by photography. Right when Housenbold was born, his father took a job at Shutterfly. “The...

The NFL Draft changes athletes lives the moment their name is called, but the Draft also greatly impacts fans. High overall picks can make a major impact on any team, and evoke a variety of reactions from supporters. Staff illustration: Sutton Inouye

Students React to Eventful 2022 NFL Draft

Jake Lieberman, Staff Writer
May 10, 2022

The 2022 National Football League (NFL) draft recently took place in Las Vegas, where 262 prospects heard their names called on the big stage. A variety...

Menlo Boys Baseball had a disappointing 2021 season that was altered by COVID-19. However, they have been red hot during this turn around season. Photo Courtesy of Chi Nguyen.

Varsity Boys Baseball Rebounds with Successful League Play

Jake Lieberman, Staff Writer
May 6, 2022

Last year, the Menlo varsity boys baseball team hardly had enough players to field a team. Other sports were pushed back to the spring due to COVID, which...

Menlo students enjoy the unpredictability of March Madness, participating in brackets alongside friends. Staff illustration: Sutton Inouye.

Menlo Students Reflect on Aspects of March Madness

Jake Lieberman, Staff Writer
April 2, 2022

March Madness: many basketball games occurring throughout the country, often at the same time–the tournament is quite literally, madness. This 64-team...

Menlo Boys Lacrosse had a difficult game against De La Salle, losing 4-18. However, the Knights are using the games takeaways to prepare themselves for the rest of the season. Photo Courtesy of Menlo School.

Menlo Boys Lacrosse Uses De La Salle Loss to Better Themselves for the Future

Jake Lieberman, Staff Writer
March 25, 2022

On March 8, the boys varsity lacrosse team matched up against De La Salle High School, which is known for their Lacrosse. De La Salle came out to Menlo...

Eggemier goes for a layup against Harker on Feb. 8. His jump from his sophomore season to his junior season was huge, and he plans to keep the momentum rolling for his final dance next year. Photo Courtesy of Christine Young.

Will Eggemeier Contributes to Menlo Basketball Success

Jake Lieberman, Staff Writer
March 6, 2022

Menlo's boys basketball team wouldn’t be in the successful position it is in this season without junior Will Eggemeier. For the whole season, he has...

March Madness will return at full-capacity for the first time since before the pandemic, and Menlo students look forward to participating in March Madness brackets. Creative Commons photo: Phil Roeder on Flickr.

Menlo Students Eagerly Await March Madness Tournament

Jake Lieberman, Staff Writer
February 23, 2022

Starting Mar. 13, the NCAA Basketball Tournament will commence with 64 Division I teams being selected to participate in the historic March Madness tournament....

​​The NFL Playoffs this season were spectacular, and the Super Bowl is bound to live up to the hype. Joe Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals will be taking on Matthew Stafford and the Los Angeles Rams. Creative Commons photo: pxhere.

Don’t Miss Out on the NFL Playoffs

Jake Lieberman, Staff Writer
February 8, 2022

The NFL Playoffs. For fans, there’s the joy, and there’s the pain. For players, the stakes are even higher; they dump all of their heart and soul into...

Menlo teachers Ryan Dean and Peter Brown have both been at Menlo for over a decade, and theyve noticed various changes within the community throughout their careers. Staff Illustration: Sophie Fang.

Ryan Dean and Peter Brown: Two Teachers That Have Taught at Menlo for Over a Decade

Jake Lieberman, Staff Writer
January 28, 2022

Some Menlo teachers have been at Menlo longer than the number of years students have attended Menlo. Academic Support Coordinator Ryan Dean and History...

Menlo sophomore Drake Piscione is the CEO and founder of his own streetwear company, Faith vs. Fury. His Instagram @faithvsfury is among the various platforms he uses to promote and sell his items. Screengrab:

Menlo Student Drake Piscione Launches a Streetwear Business amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Jake Lieberman, Staff Writer
December 8, 2021

Junior Drake Piscione has always been into fashion but never did much with it, until 2020. When the summer of ‘20 hit, he finally took action and started...

Menlo senior Gregory Hilderbrand rewinds to shoot during the varsity boys water polo game against Menlo Atherton High School in the CCS quarterfinals. The game took place on Saturday, Nov. 6. Staff Photo: Lexi Friesel.

Menlo Sports Teams Succeed in Recent Tournaments and Games

Jake Lieberman, Staff Writer
November 16, 2021

Menlo Athletics have been eventful this season, and they still haven’t concluded, as several teams are currently competing in tournaments. Football,...

Menlo students share and reflect on their favorite TV shows. Staff illustration: Sutton Inouye.

Menlo Students Share Their Favorite Shows

Jake Lieberman, Staff Writer
November 6, 2021

Over time, TV has become a crucial part of pop culture, offering a variety of genres for a diverse audience. As part of the generation that grew up with...

The MLB playoffs are here, and everyone should watch. Staff illustration: Sophie Fang.

MLB Playoffs Are Here

Jake Lieberman
October 11, 2021

While many associate October with fall, pumpkin spice lattes and Halloween, it means one thing to MLB die-hards: the postseason. Even if one isn’t...

Staff Illustration: Tatum Herrin.

America Needs Gun Reform Laws Based On Recent Shootings

Jake Lieberman
June 2, 2021

Throughout the earlier stages of the pandemic when people had to stay within their homes, avoid large gatherings and limit face-to-face interaction, shootings...

With relaxed COVID-19 restrictions, fans are now able to attend most sporting events in person. Staff Illustration: Sophie Fang

Menlo Students and Faculty Hope To Attend Future Sporting Events

Jake Lieberman
May 26, 2021

Think all the way back to pre-COVID-19. What in-person games did you attend? Was it your favorite team? A playoff game? Something overseas? For months,...

Members of the Menlo community have watched various shows during the pandemic, including new releases and older, timeless ones. Staff illustration: Sophie Fang.

Menlo Students and Staff Identify Favorite Shows During the Pandemic

Jake Lieberman, Staff Writer
April 16, 2021

Pandemic shutdowns have caused people to spend more time indoors, and TV viewing rates have increased by 73%, according to Comscore. Staff members and...

March Madness 2021 is approaching; the annual college basketball tournament was canceled as a result of the pandemic last year. The tournament has altered some of its rules this year to accommodate safety measures. Staff illustration: Tatum Herrin.

March Madness is Back After One-Year Hiatus

Jake Lieberman, Staff Writer
March 11, 2021

March 12, 2020 marked the beginning of many shelter-in-place orders across the U.S. But for college basketball fans, March 12 became particularly devastating...

Republicans and Democrats are greatly split today. President Joe Biden has the ability to change these circumstances. Staff illustration: Sophie Fang

Trump’s Actions Led to Today’s Political Polarization, and Biden Must Limit It

Jake Lieberman, Staff Writer
February 23, 2021

After President Joe Biden's election, half of Republicans said the voting process was rigged. Republicans and Democrats are now more polarized than ever,...

Teachers are adapting their classes for the virtual and hybrid learning formats. One teacher might use the strategy of waving to their class through Zoom. Staff illustration: Tatum Herrin.

Teachers Describe Virtual Teaching Takeaways

Jake Lieberman, Staff Writer
January 23, 2021

Many Menlo community members have had to sacrifice things during the pandemic, such as in-person events and school. Many Menlo teachers feel that they...

Senior Lindsey Ball and fellow church members sing together in person before the pandemic. Photo courtesy of Lindsey Ball.

COVID-19 Pandemic Affects Religious Schools and Programs

Jake Lieberman, Staff Writer
December 21, 2020

As San Mateo County re-enters the purple tier for COVID-19 restrictions, places of worship are required to be outdoor-only. For many Menlo students, this...

Twitter can provide you with any type of news you are looking for, whether that be politics, sports or entertainment. Staff illustration: Michele Hratko.

Twitter is a Must-Use App

Jake Lieberman, Staff Writer
November 6, 2020

Being a professional NBA reporter is pretty cool, but when you tweet the news of President Trump contracting COVID-19 five seconds later than he does,...

Justices Scalia and Ginsburg maintained a close friendship despite having opposing political views. Americans today should follow their example and embrace friendships with those they disagree with. Creative Commons photo: Wally Gobetz on Flickr.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Antonin Scalia’s Friendship Is Missing in America Today

Jake Lieberman, Staff Writer
October 3, 2020

It is not too often that you see two people on opposite sides of the political spectrum become incredible friends. Yet the late Supreme Court justices...

Science Department Chair James Formato made an at-home setup for the classes that he teaches. In this picture, he has a monitor, a document camera, a stylus and other tools to ensure that he is well equipped for virtual learning. Photo courtesy of James Formato.

Teachers Face Difficulties and Distractions Amid Virtual Classes

Jake Lieberman, Staff Writer
September 18, 2020

Imagine teaching a class on Zoom and having Wi-Fi issues, with children making a fuss and pets barking at a mailman in the background— many teachers...

COVID-19 has caused more than 845,000 deaths worldwide, prevented in-person school in many places, cancelled events and caused a lot of suffering around the world. Taking notes on paper has been rendered more challenging by the pandemic; all work and learning now takes place virtually. Staff illustration: Mallika Tatavarti.

Resuming In-Person Classes Will Be Difficult

Jake Lieberman, Staff Writer
September 8, 2020

With the COVID-19 pandemic hitting so hard on America, distance learning has become the reality for many students. COVID-19 struck in January 2020, but...

The NBA was going strong before the virus surfaced but then ended abruptly. Will NBA commissioner Adam Silver and company find a way to resume play for this years NBA playoffs? Creative Commons image: Michael Tipton on Flickr.

U.S. Sports Should Resume Quickly, But Safely

Jake Lieberman, Staff Writer
May 17, 2020

It is, quite frankly, frustrating that major events cannot take place as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. For something, anything, to return is needed...

Health care workers put the finishing touches on their uniforms to stay protected at all costs. As you can see, they are covered from head to toe. Creative Commons photo: Cody R. Miller on

Governors and the President Must Limit Second and Third Waves

Jake Lieberman, Staff Writer
May 3, 2020

Because the coronavirus is a once-in-a-lifetime type of pandemic, there is very little margin for error. Some mistakes that could occur due to governors'...

While stadiums would normally be full during this time, sporting events have been put on pause. Creative Commons photo: Michael Coghlan on Flickr.

Unpacking the Latest Updates on the Eventual Resumption of Sporting Events

Jake Lieberman, Staff Writer
April 23, 2020

Theoretically, sports games are one of the first “no-no” when it comes to respecting the CDC’s social distancing guidelines, due to large group gatherings...

A big cat pokes its face out to see the outside a cage. Staff Writer Jake Lieberman believes big cats, like this one pictured, shouldnt be kept captive, and deserve to be roaming free in their natural habitat. Creative Commons Image: Wikipedia Commons.

Tiger King is a Must-Watch During Quarantine

Jake Lieberman, Staff Writer
April 13, 2020

One request for everyone during quarantine is to please watch the documentary, “Tiger King.” This is an insanely out-of-the-ordinary show that throws...

Due to the coronavirus, the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo was postponed for one year. Creative Commons image: Viktor Hertz on Flickr.

Coronavirus Affecting Professional Sports Seasons: How to Look at The Bigger Picture

Jake Lieberman, Staff Writer
April 1, 2020

After all the major sports leagues suspended or cancelled their respective seasons, the question looming over many people's heads is: What are we going...

As we know, March Madness has been canceled this year. Devastating loss to all the seniors, coaches and teams dancing for the first time in years. Fans are already counting down the days until college basketball resumes! Creative Commons image: Todd Wickersty on Flickr.

Truly March Madness: Coronavirus Cancels Annual NCAA Tournament

Jake Lieberman, Staff Writer
March 19, 2020

68 teams in the field with four teams for each 1-16 seed make up the hands-down best tournament of all sports.  This year could have easily been one...

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