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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 • 194 views
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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 • 119 views
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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 • 312 views
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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 • 120 views
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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 • 228 views
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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...

Baird leaves legacy of skits, stories, holiday traditions during 15 years teaching history

Baird leaves legacy of skits, stories, holiday traditions during 15 years teaching history

Nicole Wolkov, Page Editor
June 5, 2017 • 258 views
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After 15 years of humorous anecdotes, memorable graduation skits and the unusual holiday “Bairdmas,” teacher Bruce Baird is retiring. Baird taught sophomore world cultures, junior U.S. history and senior World War II history. Senior Christian Van Vleck, who took Baird’s world cultures class and is currently taking his World War I...

COLLEGE BOUND: Seniors matriculate to schools across the country

COLLEGE BOUND: Seniors matriculate to schools across the country

Annya Dahmani and Jackson Margolis
June 4, 2017 • 359 views
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  —By Annya Dahmani and Jackson Margolis...

A WORLD AFFAIR: Junior Howard Yuan banned from joining basketball team, then suddenly required to switch host families

A WORLD AFFAIR: Junior Howard Yuan banned from joining basketball team, then suddenly required to switch host families

Sonja Hansen, Online Editor-in-Chief
May 30, 2017 • 516 views
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In the following installments are the experiences of international students (seniors Kevin Huang and Fred Xu, juniors Howard Yuan and Crystal Jiang, and sophomore Jacqueline Chao) and the Ryan host family with UC Educations, a third-party organization that facilitates students coming from China to the United States.  In 2014, his freshman year...

A WORLD AFFAIR: Junior Crystal Jiang forced to attend religious services, prohibited from using host family’s Wi-Fi

A WORLD AFFAIR: Junior Crystal Jiang forced to attend religious services, prohibited from using host family’s Wi-Fi

Sonja Hansen, Online Editor-in-Chief
May 30, 2017 • 458 views
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In the following installments are the experiences of international students (seniors Kevin Huang and Fred Xu, juniors Howard Yuan and Crystal Jiang, and sophomore Jacqueline Chao) and the Ryan host family with UC Educations, a third-party organization that facilitates students coming from China to the United States.  Junior Crystal Jiang said tha...

A WORLD AFFAIR: For Chinese international students, the only way to get to Country Day is through UC Educations

A WORLD AFFAIR: For Chinese international students, the only way to get to Country Day is through UC Educations

Sonja Hansen, Online Editor-in-Chief
May 30, 2017 • 560 views
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In the following installments are the experiences of international students (seniors Kevin Huang and Fred Xu, juniors Howard Yuan and Crystal Jiang, and sophomore Jacqueline Chao) and the Ryan host family with UC Educations, a third-party organization that facilitates students coming from China to the Unite...