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EDITORIAL: You can’t ‘celebrate good students’ without publishing the honor roll

EDITORIAL: You can’t ‘celebrate good students’ without publishing the honor roll

March 28 • 57 views
Filed under Opinion & Reviews, Showcase

The honor roll is meant to recognize students who achieve high grades: a 3.7 or higher GPA for a place on the high honor roll or a 3.3-3.6 GPA for the honor roll. And to celebrate these students, the school has been publishing the honor roll in the school’s Friday email (and before that in the schoo...

Brother banter with Jake and Bryce Longoria over Sac Kings trading Demarcus Cousins

Brother banter with Jake and Bryce Longoria over Sac Kings trading Demarcus Cousins

Jake Longoria and Bryce Longoria
March 27 • 61 views
Filed under Opinion & Reviews, Showcase, Sports

Juniors Jake and Bryce Longoria love to play, watch and talk basketball, especially about the Sacramento Kings.  Jake: Bryce, how’ve the Kings been doing since we traded Demarcus? Bryce: We finally won a game after losing eight straight. So not bad. J: That’s terrible! B: Yeah, it’s called sarcasm. J...

Ginger Elizabeth’s rare cupcakes might not be worth the yearlong wait

Ginger Elizabeth’s rare cupcakes might not be worth the yearlong wait

Larkin Barnard-Bahn, Reporter
March 16 • 160 views
Filed under Opinion & Reviews, Showcase

For dessert lovers, Ginger Elizabeth’s long-awaited Cupcake Day is a sweet deal. Ginger Elizabeth (1801 L St.) is a dessert shop specializing in chocolate and macarons, preparing cupcakes only on the store’s annual Cupcake Day. This year, it was Saturday, March 11. According to an employee, owner Ginger Elizabeth Hahn created Cupcake Day beca...

NICOLE’S PONDERINGS: Still looking for answers to college essay prompts? This senior has your back!

NICOLE’S PONDERINGS: Still looking for answers to college essay prompts? This senior has your back!

Nicole Wolkov, Page Editor
March 14 • 113 views
Filed under Opinion & Reviews, Showcase

Now that college applications are submitted and seniors are in for the long haul, I want to share my honest answers to real college essay prompts. Q: Describe the world from which you come and how it has affected you. A: Open with some wry humor, then get serious. Describe my background as “very diverse” and ...

CONFESSIONS OF ‘THE BACHELOR’ DEVOTEE: With season conclusion in sight, expert gives final tips for predicting outcome

CONFESSIONS OF ‘THE BACHELOR’ DEVOTEE: With season conclusion in sight, expert gives final tips for predicting outcome

Jackson Margolis, Reporter
March 10 • 91 views
Filed under Opinion & Reviews, Showcase

The 21st season of “The Bachelor” began on Jan. 2 and will end on March 13. After nine seasons of watching the show, freshman Jackson Margolis has become an expert at predicting the winner. This is part three of a three-part series. Week six is “Hometowns.” At this point the bachelor has narrowed it down...

Students face hordes of zombies, battle chicken-legged gladiators in virtual reality world (video included)

Students face hordes of zombies, battle chicken-legged gladiators in virtual reality world (video included)

Jake Longoria, Reporter
March 9 • 124 views
Filed under Opinion & Reviews, Showcase, Video

I’ve been playing video games for as long as I can remember. So when the Oculus Rift was first announced in May 2015, I was excited to say the least. The Oculus Rift was a pioneer in virtual reality (VR) gaming with the intent of bringing the player inside the game. VR has been proclaimed by many experts in the gaming community to be the future of video...

WHEN INSPIRATION STRIKES: Poet finds it difficult to write for an audience

WHEN INSPIRATION STRIKES: Poet finds it difficult to write for an audience

Gabi Alvarado, Blogger
March 8 • 81 views
Filed under Opinion & Reviews, Showcase

Sophomore Gabi Alvarado, who enjoys writing, will blog biweekly on the origins of her creativity and artistic vision. I’ve been writing poetry as long as I can remember. I think I’ve been writing since I first learned what a poem was. I loved when, in lower school, we would memorize ...

CHLORINE CHRONICLES: Interested in swimming? First learn the slang!

CHLORINE CHRONICLES: Interested in swimming? First learn the slang!

Rebecca Waterson, Blogger
March 7 • 117 views
Filed under Opinion & Reviews, Showcase, Sports

Freshman Rebecca Waterson lives at school and the pool. You will find her catching a nap in the car on the way to practice, staring at the black line at the bottom of the pool for hours every day, being yelled at to go to bed because she has to be up in four hours for morning practice or grabbing a snack in the kitchen. Waterson writes the biweekly blog “Chlo...

CONFESSIONS OF ‘THE BACHELOR’ DEVOTEE: Rose ceremonies’ voiceovers give subtle clues after picturesque dates

CONFESSIONS OF ‘THE BACHELOR’ DEVOTEE: Rose ceremonies’ voiceovers give subtle clues after picturesque dates

Jackson Margolis, Reporter
March 6 • 75 views
Filed under Opinion & Reviews, Showcase

The 21st season of “The Bachelor” began on Jan. 2 and will end on March 13. After nine seasons of watching the show, freshman Jackson Margolis has become an expert at predicting the winner. This is part two of a three-part series. After week one, the next five weeks follow a similar three-...

MY ANGLE: Who am I gonna call?

MY ANGLE: Who am I gonna call?

Emma Boersma, Reporter
March 6 • 95 views
Filed under Opinion & Reviews, Showcase

“Emma,” said my friend Lauren Berry (a former Country Day student) over FaceTime. “I promise you your house is not haunted.” I had called her for two reasons: for reassurance that I was just being paranoid about my house being haunted, and so I would have a witness if whatever demon that was lur...

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