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FRESHMAN FOCUS: Colby Conner, ‘16, begins year running around bonfire, ends year with cancer research internship

FRESHMAN FOCUS: Colby Conner, ‘16, begins year running around bonfire, ends year with cancer research internship

David Situ, Reporter
May 25, 2017 • 89 views
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Colby Conner, ‘16, attends Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. He has not decided on a major yet but is considering neuroscience. Q: What classes are you taking? A: I’m taking the second half of the General Chemistry sequence, the lab that accompanies it, my first-year seminar, Theater ...

FRESHMAN FOCUS: Johann Dias, ‘16, loves Photoshop class, hates experience on tennis team

FRESHMAN FOCUS: Johann Dias, ‘16, loves Photoshop class, hates experience on tennis team

Annya Dahmani, Feature Editor
May 22, 2017 • 96 views
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Johann Dias, ‘16, attends California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks. He is majoring in physics. Q: What classes are you taking? A: Last semester I took Calculus I, Thermodynamic Physics, Intro to American Political Science and Intro to Multimedia. This semester I’m taking Calculus II, Wh...

Digital age of journalism: Twitter Moments, Snapchat’s Discover, online news sites replace traditional sources

Digital age of journalism: Twitter Moments, Snapchat’s Discover, online news sites replace traditional sources

Katia Dahmani, Opinion Editor
May 20, 2017 • 101 views
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Twenty years ago, one couldn’t find what was going on in the world or nation simply by checking Twitter, Snapchat or Yahoo! News. But now, these are high schoolers’ favorite news outlets. Of 99 students polled on Jan. 31, 62 said they get their news from online sources, such as CNN and The Huffin...

WELCOME BACK, BREAKTHROUGH: Jennifer Lopez, ’04, benefited from program’s extended family that allows students to ‘defy the odds’

WELCOME BACK, BREAKTHROUGH: Jennifer Lopez, ’04, benefited from program’s extended family that allows students to ‘defy the odds’

Sonja Hansen, Online Editor-in-Chief
May 15, 2017 • 668 views
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In the “Welcome Back, Breakthrough series,” former BSAC teachers recall their favorite memories of their time at Breakthrough. Jennifer Lopez, ‘04, not only taught at Breakthrough in the summers from 2002-04, and founded Breakthrough San Juan Capistrano in 2005 but also attended BSAC as a student in the summers of 1998 and 1999. Lopez currently promotes education equity ar...

FRESHMAN FOCUS: Jacob Durante, ‘16, studies electrical engineering, enjoys beaches, works in cafeteria at Cal Poly

FRESHMAN FOCUS: Jacob Durante, ‘16, studies electrical engineering, enjoys beaches, works in cafeteria at Cal Poly

Emma Boersma, Reporter
May 14, 2017 • 150 views
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Freshman Jacob Durante, ‘16, attends California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. His major is electrical engineering. Q: Why did you choose Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo? A: I chose Cal Poly because I love the hands-on learning. I've had two labs (each) quarter, and I have already had classes ...

Sacramento Children’s Chorus members belt it out from the Baltics, see the world through group song

Sacramento Children’s Chorus members belt it out from the Baltics, see the world through group song

Annya Dahmani, Feature Editor
May 9, 2017 • 145 views
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Most students spent their summers sleeping in, but freshman Larkin Barnard Barnard-Bahn, sophomore Monique Lonergan and senior Sylvaine Bucher got up early every day to prepare for their rigorous nine-month schedule at the Sacramento Children’s Chorus (SCC). The chorus was founded in 1933 as a non-profit organization to provide choral music education for childr...

WELCOME BACK, BREAKTHROUGH: Teaching U.S. History was life-changing for Whitney Gorton, ’04,

WELCOME BACK, BREAKTHROUGH: Teaching U.S. History was life-changing for Whitney Gorton, ’04,

Sonja Hansen, Online Editor-in-Chief
May 7, 2017 • 187 views
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In the “Welcome Back, Breakthrough series,” former BSAC teachers recall their favorite memories of their time at Breakthrough. Whitney Gorton, ‘04, worked in the summer program in 2003, 2005 and 2006, mentored the history program, and is now an English teacher at The Latin School of Chicago, an independent school. Next is Jennifer Lopez,‘...

FRESHMAN FOCUS: Dakota Cosgrove, ’16, checks out the MOMA and the Met in between dance rehearsals at NYU’s Tisch School

FRESHMAN FOCUS: Dakota Cosgrove, ’16, checks out the MOMA and the Met in between dance rehearsals at NYU’s Tisch School

David Situ, Reporter
May 6, 2017 • 398 views
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Dakota Cosgrove, ‘16, attends New York University (NYU) in New York City. She is in the Tisch School of Arts and is currently majoring in dance. Q: What classes are you taking? A: I am currently taking dance (dance technique class), Dance Composition, music, Anatomy for Dance, Writing the ...

WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO… spring trips?

WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO… spring trips?

Marigot Fackenthal, Print Editor-in-Chief
May 5, 2017 • 174 views
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In the “What Ever Happened to…” series, reporters will explain what happened to some of Country Day’s former traditions. Check back tomorrow for another installment. Back in the ‘70s, when the high school had 60 students and Neukom’s beard was naturally brown, students went on another set of trips in addition to the then all-class Oreg...

WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO… Civil War Day?

WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO… Civil War Day?

Nicole Wolkov, Page Editor
May 4, 2017 • 227 views
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In the “What Ever Happened to…” series, reporters will explain what happened to some of Country Day’s former traditions. Check back tomorrow for another installment. In spring 2011, if you looked across the soccer field, you might see fifth graders dressed in Civil War uniforms, waving Union and Confederate flags and drillin...

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