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Sophomore earns her 15 minutes of fame after ranting about her name on Quora

Sophomore earns her 15 minutes of fame after ranting about her name on Quora

Sonja Hansen, Online Editor-in-Chief
March 29 • 26 views
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It was early November of 2016 when a well-meaning Quora user asked the public, “Is Chardonnay a good name for my daughter?” and backed up their claim by saying “It sounds classy and cute to me.” Little did they know that in a few weeks they would invoke the wrath of sophomore Chardonnay Needler. Fo...

Q&A: Talk about indecisive! Senior Shriya Nadgauda applies to 21 colleges, setting class record

Q&A: Talk about indecisive! Senior Shriya Nadgauda applies to 21 colleges, setting class record

Héloïse Schep, Reporter
March 22 • 331 views
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Senior Shriya Nadgauda applied to 21 colleges, nine of which were UC’s - the highest number in her class (although far less than the 28 applications Jillian DePoy, '10, submitted eight years ago). Nadgauda plans to study Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE). She has already been accepted ...

Grad decides against chaplaincy due to lack of interest in congregation work

Grad decides against chaplaincy due to lack of interest in congregation work

Nicole Wolkov, Page Editor
March 5 • 189 views
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Dessa Fejta Tampio, ‘03, entered Vanderbilt University’s School of Divinity in the hopes of becoming a Presbyterian chaplain. Two years later, after taking “very interesting” courses, she decided not to be ordained. Although raised in a secular home, Tampio became involved in the Presbyterian Church while in college ...

Alumni mix politics and religion while becoming military chaplain and Reform rabbi

Alumni mix politics and religion while becoming military chaplain and Reform rabbi

Nicole Wolkov, Page Editor
March 4 • 108 views
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Most children say they want to be doctors, astronauts or firefighters when they grow up. It’s rare to hear a child say, “When I grow up, I want to be part of the clergy!” Although Kelsey Lyon, ‘04, attended church weekly and Michael Lewis, ‘09, occasionally went to Torah study with his ...

From marathon stars to starters, staff share what it took to conquer the 26.2

From marathon stars to starters, staff share what it took to conquer the 26.2

Annya Dahmani, Feature Editor
March 2 • 123 views
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It’s almost 1,363 miles from Sacramento to Oklahoma City, and that’s the distance that faculty and staff from SCDS have run in 32 regular and 20 ultra marathons. Bill Stainbrook, lower-school physical education teacher, accounts for 71 percent. Of the 17 full marathons that Stainbrook competed in, his ...

FRESHMAN FOCUS: America Lopez, ’16, kicks off year at UC Merced walking through ‘The New Beginning Statue’

FRESHMAN FOCUS: America Lopez, ’16, kicks off year at UC Merced walking through ‘The New Beginning Statue’

Bri Davies, Reporter
February 28 • 143 views
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America Lopez, 16, attends the University of California, Merced. She is undeclared in the natural sciences department. Q: What classes are you taking? A: Biology, a history class that dates back to the 1500s, Writing 10 and Math 5. Q: How big are your classes? A: Roughly 200 student...

Teachers, amateur student filmmakers predict Oscar outcomes

Teachers, amateur student filmmakers predict Oscar outcomes

Chardonnay Needler, Business Manager
February 26 • 109 views
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(Graphic by Mohini Rye) —By Chardonnay Needler...

FRESHMAN FOCUS: Adam Ketchum, ’16, ‘keeps Portland weird’ by joining inner tube water polo at UP

FRESHMAN FOCUS: Adam Ketchum, ’16, ‘keeps Portland weird’ by joining  inner tube water polo at UP

Bri Davies, Reporter
February 25 • 148 views
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Adam Ketchum, '16, attends University of Portland. He is majoring in biology and minoring in business. Q: What classes are you taking? A: Basic biology, general chemistry, theology, philosophy and economics. Q: How big are your classes? A: They range from 40-50 people. Q: Do you like the sizes of your classes? A: Yeah, I would say s...

Passport Lunch raises hundreds for Breakthrough; African drum circle performance gets students moving (slideshow included)

Passport Lunch raises hundreds for Breakthrough; African drum circle performance gets students moving (slideshow included)

Sonja Hansen, Online Editor-in-Chief
February 25 • 120 views
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Students and faculty got a taste of dozens of cultures, Feb. 23-24, during the high-school Passport Lunch and a performance from the Fenix Drum and Dance Company on the following day. On Feb. 23 high-school advisories and language departments held the annual Passport Lunch to fundraise for Breakthrough...

Annual ‘Cat in the Hat’ Polyglot includes 26 different languages (slideshow included)

Annual ‘Cat in the Hat’ Polyglot includes 26 different languages (slideshow included)

Sonja Hansen and Jacqueline Chao
February 24 • 154 views
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When librarian Joanne Melinson first started the "The Cat in the Hat" Polyglot, the children's book was read in only French, Spanish and Latin. Approximately 15 years later, Latin teacher Jane Batarseh and Melinson have opened the event to all languages, amassing 26 on Feb. 22. Students and faculty...

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