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The new administration looks towards a wonderful year

By Meghan Robinett


Left to right: Gina Ferrante, Adrienne Smith and Shari Balisi poses with returning vice principal, Lance Tagomori.


Picture taken by : Meghan Robinett



The start of the school year has a lot of new faces walking around the halls, so students might be wondering to themselves: “Who are the new staff?” A new principal and two assistant principals will be the hardworking administration this year.


The former principal of Abraham Lincoln High School, Barnaby Payne sent out an email over the summer to the Lincoln community telling us that he is now the principal of Ruth Asawa School of the Arts. Payne had been principal at Lincoln for ten years, but Shari Balisi is now taking Payne’s position. Balisi worked at Lincoln as head counselor for 16 years. In his final email to Lincoln, Payne stated “I have absolute confidence in Ms. Balisi and the Lincoln administrative team, and I know the community will continue to flourish under their leadership.”

Balisi says, “I’ve been very excited to take over as principal this year.”

Taking Balisi’s position is Adrienne Sullivan Smith, who was also a counselor at Lowell High School for five years and is now an assistant principal. Before being a counselor, she was a dean at Everett middle school for seven years.

She says, “Lincoln High School is very different from Lowell High School. I like Lincoln more because Lincoln has a more friendly atmosphere as opposed to Lowell. I have kids coming up to me in my office crying because they got a B or C and not an A.” Smith also adds, “The halls at Lincoln are more calm and comfortable, I feel it’s more safe for kids.” Smith is looking forward to learning about the different cultures of Lincoln and bonding with students. In addition, one huge goal that Smith cherishes and will definitely get done this year is making sure that the counseling office grows stronger as a hub of support for students, teachers, and parents.


Lastly, the new woman taking over Susan Akram’s position is Gina Ferrante. Ferrante worked before at Lincoln for seven years as vice principal and is now back in the administration team. She was vice principal at Balboa High School last year and has also worked with different age groups of students for thirty years ranging from elementary, middle, and high school students.

Ferrante says, “I really love working with high school students, that’s my favorite age group and this year Lincoln has a great administrative team. Everyone is just amazing and I am just super excited to be working here.” Ferrante also states, “Lincoln’s traditions haven’t changed. Ms. Kamkar’s BSA hasn't changed at all.”

Ferrante loves being back in the Lincoln community and will have a lot of fun this year working with all the staff of Lincoln.


The new administration vision for this year is to bond with the students, and improve support systems such as the Wellness Center, deans, teachers, the nurse, peers, and counselors. They hope this year will be one to remember and have many memories and laughs.The new administration team will continue to do an amazing job this year as the former administration did.

Paraprofessional leaves a large impact on Lincoln community

By Maggie Baird


Special Education teacher Madison Junker and class gather to commemorate the passing of Jason Zumbo


Photo taken by Madison Junker




   It’s a rare sunny day in San Francisco, and Lincoln paraprofessional Jason Zumbo, stands at the edge of the shore, feet dipped in the cool water. The water nips coldly at Zumbo’s toes, but he does not mind. One of his favorite hobbies is surfing at Ocean Beach.


   Unfortunately the summer of 2016 would be Zumbo’s last time catching a wave.


   Zumbo passed away on August 14, 2016 due to a surfing incident at Ocean Beach. He was only 29 years old when the tragic event took place. His unexpected death shocked many people including the faculty and teachers of Lincoln High School.


   Zumbo grew up in Southern California and moved to San Francisco to attend college, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in English. Eventually, he got a job working as a paraprofessional for SFUSD. Through his employment at Lincoln High School, Zumbo found his passion working with special needs students.


   Working as a paraprofessional, Zumbo became close with several of the Lincoln staff members in the special education department. Judith Holmes and Jessica Sanchez, both paraprofessionals as well, developed a friendship with him after working with him for over two years.


   They had positive experiences together and described Zumbo as helpful, mellow, humble, and happy.


   Holmes recalls, “He never said no to anything.”


   Many of the special education faculty believe Zumbo made a huge impact on Lincoln and its students. Madison Junker, a special education teacher, claims he had an important role and was very dedicated.


   Junker remembers, “Last year we had six female students and six female paras. He was the only male staff, yet he stayed and didn’t seem to mind.”


   However, Zumbo was much more than his career life. His personality was one-of-a-kind, and he had many hobbies.


   Verdenia Ellisor, a special education staff member, says, “He was an old soul, a kind soul. Actually, he has a zest for life.”


   Zumbo’s passions included surfing, music, and traveling. In fact, he had gone traveling almost every summer and visited places such as Europe and Mexico.


   Zumbo’s love for music stemmed from his mom. His musicality was expressed through playing guitar and compiling his favorite songs onto CDs.


   On September 9, around a month after Zumbo’s death, some of the special needs students and teachers from Junker’s class held a mini memorial at Ocean Beach. They brought several beautiful flowers in his honor.


   Additionally, the Lincoln community as a whole held a memorial at Ocean Beach where people came to pay their respect to Zumbo and his ashes were spread into the ocean.

   Zumbo’s passing was sudden and devastating. The special ed department is sincerely thankful for the hard work and generosity Zumbo displayed while working at Lincoln. Although Zumbo is no longer alive, it’s clear his impact will never be forgotten by the Lincoln community.

The College and Career Center is closed.

By Sina Leniu

Maria Martinez (right) helps out Lyric Duncan (left.)


Photo taken by José Dominguez



Abraham Lincoln High School has shut down their College and Career Center due to having no one being able to run it. Maria Martinez is no longer the College and Career Transition Counselor but is now an Academic Counselor in the Counseling office.


 Maria is taking over the job for Kingsley Yee as the Counselor for the 9th-12th grade AVID class, 10th-12th grade Academy of Finance (AOF), and the 10th-11th grade Teacher Academy.


    According to The College Board National Office for School Counselor Advocacy, there are eight components that College and Career Readiness Counseling provides: College Aspirations, Academic Planning for College and Career Readiness,  Enrichment and Extracurricular Engagement, College and Career Exploration and Selection Processes, College and Career Assessments, College Affordability Planning, College and Career Admission Processes, and Transition from High School Graduation to College Enrollment.


  Without the College and Career Center and these components, students are either unaware of or upset about the switch.

 “There's not a College and Career Center anymore!” Lincoln Junior Xitlaly Martinez said in shock. “Now I'm feeling a little uneasy I'm gonna go to college soon and you know the College and Career Center could probably help me out a lot.” Xitlaly continues, “...last year, Ms.Martinez helped me attend City College and I took my PreCalc class there. She made it a really easy process. I also picked up some College flyers and pamphlets to get an idea of what colleges I want to go I don't know where to get that anymore.”


A few more students in Richard Gin’s Junior advisory class are also feeling uneasy due to the switch. “ kinda sucks because a lot of people go there to see the problems that they face in applying to college and seeing the requirements. And I believe, the Center helps you achieve the goals of going but not only going to college but entering it successfully,” Evan Prasadi says, also a Junior.


“They give you free advice to your college and application, Most people don’t know much about what to do after high school and I think they give you real good guidance to College.” said Gavin Li and Junior Green Academy students “...and if it’s being shut down then I’m pretty sure most people would be upset. Like who's going to be there? To help.”


AVID and Academy students aren’t really affected by the switch since AVID is a College Preparatory class.


“I don’t really mind that the College and Career Center is being shut down, because I have Doyle (Jack Doyle a AVID teacher), and he teaches us about the college process.” Judy Han an AVID Junior says.


The College and Career Center is now the new room for Academy of Finance teacher Vicky Lee.


Is the College and Career Center coming back? “...we are now in the process of asking candidates to come into interviews, keep in mind it’s part time so it might be a little difficult to find a counselor that wants to come in as a part time counselor. “ Lincoln Principle Shari Balisi says. The College and Career Center will be Vicky Lee’s new Academy of Finance room.
 So where do we get our resources now? You might ask. So until the College and Career Center is back up and running, students can still find College guidance by going to the school website (  and going to the College and Career Center Overview section in the Student tab, going to Maria’s locker in the Faculty/Dept. tab, checking your School Loop bulletin board, or by setting up an appointment with your assigned Academic Counselor located in the Counseling Office (Room 149).


New AP Computer Science class opens a new door for young women

By Nicole Chui


Tommy, Jasper, and Vialina share their R&B Explorer finished product.


Picture taken by : Katherine Ngo



  Today, less than thirty percent of high school females have taken the Advanced Placement Computer Science exam, and only twenty-four percent of females are in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) field. This year, Abraham Lincoln High School has decided to offer the AP Computer Science course in hopes of encouraging more young women to be inquisitive about the wonders of computer science.


Jim Ryan, the executive director of the STEM department for SFUSD states, “We are

not seeing a representative group of students take advantage of computer science.”


Just last year, about twenty Lincoln women were part of a club called “Girls Who Code” that was sponsored by the architecture teacher Karen Melander. However, Lincoln is not the first to be inspired to launch “Girls Who Code.” In fact, “Girls Who Code” is a national nonprofit organization that started in 2012 to close the gender gap in the STEM field.


 Whether students are going to be future programmers or activists, the knowledge and skills gained in computer science education are nevertheless critical to understanding the science underlying today’s technologies.


 “Our world is immersed in technology, it surrounds us, therefore I think it’s crucial to know the fundamental principles behind technology,” said Vialina Bulatova, “Girls Who Code” alumna and AP computer science student. She added, “I’m interested in applying my strong passion in architectural design into computer science.”


  Kevin Woodward, the AP Computer Science teacher is thrilled to be teaching this new course at Lincoln. Woodward believes that computer science is the new literacy of the world as technology continually advances. Unfortunately, stereotypes of girls’ incapability of succeeding in the STEM field are ingrained.


 “I honestly expected only a few girls to be interested in taking computer science as this field is traditionally stereotyped for just males. There are about fifteen to twenty girls out of about sixty students across my classes,” Woodward admitted.


  Creating mobile applications have been the main focus for the students in the AP computer science class. Bulatova states, “The paint pot app we’ve created allows you to have a background of your choosing that you can draw over in any color. A simple app like this inspired me to create more complex apps.”


 Woodward strongly agrees that “Girls Who Code” can encourage more girls to find an interest in computer science. “ The girls are just as talented as the boys in the class, but with more girls in the class, he believes that more diverse ideas are formed.” Woodward asserted.