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Sophomore’s soccer team places second among 580 competitors in international tournament

Sophomore’s soccer team places second among 580 competitors in international tournament

Bri Davies, Social Media Editor
July 24, 2017 • 224 views
Filed under Features, Showcase, Sports

Sophomore Sandor Pelle played for Z Soccer United in the Donosti Cup in San Sebastián, Spain, July 2-10. His team, Z Soccer United, placed second of 580 teams, making it to the finals but was ultimately defeated by the Jordan Knights.   Q: Where were your opponents from? A: We played ...

Laptop stickers: students’ self-expression vs. tech directors’ irritation

Laptop stickers: students’ self-expression vs. tech directors’ irritation

Héloïse Schep, Page Editor
July 14, 2017 • 198 views
Filed under Features, Showcase

While some teachers start their summers cleaning out their classrooms or redesigning their curriculum, director of technology Tom Wroten usually starts his by removing the stickers from students’ laptops. According to Wroten, if students leave Country Day without purchasing their laptops, the ...

Get anything from Starbucks to Bento Box delivered to your door – or school

Get anything from Starbucks to Bento Box delivered to your door – or school

Larkin Barnard-Bahn, Business Manager
July 12, 2017 • 124 views
Filed under Features, Showcase

Forgot your lunch? Want to dine on your favorite restaurant’s food at school? Postmates and Doordash, two third-party delivery apps (which are also websites), have you covered. Postmates provides over 4,000 delivery options from Trader Joe’s to Tower Cafe to Jamba Juice. (Postmates General S...

Senior ties for 2nd in national swimming competition, will represent Team USA in August (videos included)

Senior ties for 2nd in national swimming competition, will represent Team USA in August (videos included)

Chardonnay Needler, Online Editor-in-Chief
July 9, 2017 • 179 views
Filed under Features, Showcase, Sports, Video

Senior Amalie Fackenthal has qualified for the 2017 FINA (Fédération Internationale de Natation) World Junior Swimming Championships’ Team USA. Fackenthal tied for second with a time of 55.61 seconds in the 17-and-under female 100m free at the week-long Phillips 66 U.S. National Championships/Wor...

WHEN ART IMITATES LIFE: English teacher’s novel gets real as he’s ‘going to the desert after this’

WHEN ART IMITATES LIFE: English teacher’s novel gets real as he’s ‘going to the desert after this’

Quin LaComb, Print Copy Editor
July 2, 2017 • 263 views
Filed under Editors' Picks, Features

"Going to the desert after this.” This six-word autobiography may have been written for a fictional character, but English teacher Ron Bell seems to be living up to what he wrote five years ago. After teaching at Country Day for 18 years, Bell has decided to retire to explore different places, write poetry and continue past writing projects, the main one be...

Art teacher Patricia Kelly retiring to pursue art, travel after 13 years of laughter, innovation, inspiration

Art teacher Patricia Kelly retiring to pursue art, travel after 13 years of laughter, innovation, inspiration

Chardonnay Needler, Online Editor-in-Chief
June 21, 2017 • 305 views
Filed under Editors' Picks, Features, Showcase

After 13 years of expanding Country Day’s visual art programs with her new, colorful ideas, Patricia Kelly is retiring. Kelly taught middle- and high-school studio art, middle-school ceramics and AP Studio Art. She was also the planner of the seventh-grade Renaissance Faire and of a cerami...

Checkoway’s ‘Three-Year Swim Club’ will be a major motion picture following attention from New York Times, NBC

Checkoway’s ‘Three-Year Swim Club’ will be a major motion picture following attention from New York Times, NBC

Spencer Scott, Reporter
June 20, 2017 • 211 views
Filed under Features, Showcase

Writer Julie Checkoway, wife of head of school Lee Thomsen, has recently had a few major developments with her book, “The Three Year Swim Club.” The book is about Soichi Nakamoto, a teacher who founded a swim team for under-privileged children in Hawaii and trained them to be Olympic swimmers. Even ...

‘Uncle Dan’ says goodbye after 44 years

‘Uncle Dan’ says goodbye after 44 years

Mehdi Lacombe, Reporter
June 17, 2017 • 409 views
Filed under Editors' Picks, Features, Showcase

After 44 years teaching history, 31 years teaching AP European History, 24 years as dean of students, a year teaching abroad in England and one  year as the AP coordinator, Daniel Neukom will retire this year. Neukom said he has been planning his retirement for a few years. “Too many peop...

Zoë Bowlus, ’16, discovers new passion for dance, changes majors at UC Santa Barbara

Zoë Bowlus, ’16, discovers new passion for dance, changes majors at UC Santa Barbara

Bri Davies, Social Media Editor
June 16, 2017 • 206 views
Filed under Features, Showcase

Zoë Bowlus, ‘16, attends UC Santa Barbara in Santa Barbara. She originally wanted to major in sociology but is now planning on majoring in communication and minoring in Asian American Studies. Q: What classes are you taking? A: Right now, I am taking Communication 88, which is research methods; ...

FRESHMAN FOCUS: Akilan Murugesan, ’16, heads on down to ‘The Fly’ every Friday at Tulane University

FRESHMAN FOCUS: Akilan Murugesan, ’16, heads on down to ‘The Fly’ every Friday at Tulane University

Quin LaComb, Print Copy Editor
June 7, 2017 • 310 views
Filed under Features, Showcase

Akilan Murugesan, '16, attends Tulane University in New Orleans and is double majoring in public health and philosophy. Q: What classes did you take this year? A:In the first semester I took General Chemistry 1; General Chemistry Lab; Ecology and Environmental Biology: Diversity of Life (E...