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Director of technology announces top-10 sophomore projects

Sonja Hansen, Online Editor-in-Chief
March 26 • 58 views
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On March 24 Tom Wroten, director of technology, emailed the list of the top-10 sophomore projects. Sophomores presented their projects on languages and religions, March 20-24. The top-10 projects were chosen by Wroten and English teacher Brooke Wells and will be presented to the rest of the students...

Large majority thinks AP classes should be worth the weight

Large majority thinks AP classes should be worth the weight

Quin LaComb, Print Copy Editor
March 26 • 60 views
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Advanced Placement (AP) classes are harder than regular classes because of a more rigorous curriculum. Even so, AP classes are weighed on the same scale as other classes on the SCDS honor roll. This has proven to be an unpopular policy. An Octagon poll of 110 high schoolers on March 16 showed that ...

Attracted by small classes, close community, two-time novelist, global traveler settles in Sacramento to join faculty

Attracted by small classes, close community, two-time novelist, global traveler settles in Sacramento to join faculty

Jack Christian, Reporter
March 25 • 97 views
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What do a Peruvian writer and a member of the Raider Nation have in common? Both of them will be joining the high-school faculty next year! Jason Hinojosa and Damany Fisher have been chosen to fill the open English and history positions in the high school. Hinojosa is currently a graduate student at the University of Iowa, studying to obtain a master’s in fi...

Art, history teachers shout last Renaissance Faire ‘huzzah!’

Art, history teachers shout last Renaissance Faire ‘huzzah!’

Chardonnay Needler, Business Manager
March 24 • 73 views
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The Renaissance Faire: a festive day of recorder music, phony British accents, apothecary and flower shops stocked with mini potions and flower garlands, and, of course, “huzzahs!” It's a rite of passage for every seventh grader at Country Day. But this year marks the end of an era for this ...

Mock Trial tackles human trafficking, places 2nd in Sacramento County, most competitive district

Mock Trial tackles human trafficking, places 2nd in Sacramento County, most competitive district

Chardonnay Needler, Business Manager
March 23 • 81 views
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“All rise,” a booming voice shouts in the Robert T. Matsui Courthouse in downtown Sacramento. The “State v. Aubrey” case is in session. Lynn Stark, a middle-aged immigrant from the country of Tantara, is being overworked, underpaid and unfairly treated by her boss and the owner of Taste of...

Coconut cream, pecan, Dutch apple earn bakers recognition, extra credit in Pi Day pie competition (slideshow included)

Coconut cream, pecan, Dutch apple earn bakers recognition, extra credit in Pi Day pie competition (slideshow included)

Sonja Hansen and Benett Sackheim
March 20 • 167 views
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On March 14, Student Council organized a bake-off. About 15 pies were entered, but only three impressed the judges enough to earn the first, second and third prizes. Sophomore Tori Van Vleck's coconut cream pie won first place, juniors Nina Dym and Pria Nijhar's pecan pie with cinnamon roll crust earned...

Five members of marathon elective complete Shamrock’n Half

Five members of marathon elective complete Shamrock’n Half

Garrett Shonkwiler, Reporter
March 19 • 137 views
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Hundreds of runners dressed in green at the 13th annual St. Patrick's Day-themed Shamrock'n Half Marathon on March 12. One runner had a green mohawk and wore fuzzy green Uggs. Another ran dressed as a Viking. And every few miles, local bands played Irish tunes on the side of the road. These 7,000 rac...

Sophomore projects limited to languages, religions; students required to compose research paper

Sophomore projects limited to languages, religions; students required to compose research paper

Sahej Claire, Online Copy Editor
March 19 • 153 views
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If you’ve ever felt the urge to learn about Zoroastrianism (one of the world’s oldest religions according to the online Ancient History Encyclopedia), look no further than this year’s sophomore projects. Each year sophomores complete the projects as part of their English or history curriculum, t...

Q&A: Sophomore takes first in Music Marvel piano competition after 11 years of tickling the ivories (video included)

Q&A: Sophomore takes first in Music Marvel piano competition after 11 years of tickling the ivories (video included)

Héloïse Schep, Reporter
March 19 • 154 views
Filed under News, Showcase, Video

Sophomore Allison Zhang participated in Music Marvel’s annual Piano Marvel YouTube Competition and won first place in the High School category on March 16. Q: What exactly is Music Marvel? A: Music Marvel is a piano company that makes software for teachers. You can connect their software to a keyboard, and it will give you music to play from their datab...

Athletes, coaches celebrate season successes at winter sports banquet

Athletes, coaches celebrate season successes at winter sports banquet

March 18 • 131 views
Filed under News, Showcase, Sports

On March 15, the athletics department held the high-school winter sports banquet in the gym and the MP room and distributed awards to several players.   Girls' Basketball Most Valuable Player - Junior Yasmin Gupta Second team - Sophomore Heidi Johnson ...

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