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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...

Middle- and high-school choir performs ‘A Change is Gonna Come’ at lunchtime concert (video included)

Middle- and high-school choir performs ‘A Change is Gonna Come’ at lunchtime concert (video included)

Sonja Hansen and Jacqueline Chao
March 15 • 142 views
Filed under News, Showcase, Video

On March 14, the middle- and high-school choir, chamber orchestra and band performed in the Matthews Library at lunch. Choir members, eighth graders Sydney Turner, Vaishnavi Doma and Nate Leavy, freshmen Téa Huynh Van, Mackenzie McLeod and Emme Bogetich, sophomores Brandy Riziki, Monique Lonergan,...

Sophomore receives complimentary speech as high-school jazz band performs at Youth Art Month reception (video included)

Sophomore receives complimentary speech as high-school jazz band performs at Youth Art Month reception (video included)

Héloïse Schep, Reporter
March 15 • 79 views
Filed under News, Showcase, Video

It isn’t every day that two student artists can see their artwork in a museum. And it’s even rarer when those two students win first place in a prestigious art competition. At Crocker Art Museum (216 O St.), seventh-grader Casey Vasquez and sophomore Sophie Naylor will be able to see their pieces on display for the...

Orchestra, band encounter friendly, helpful judges, end with six awards at Golden Empire Festival (video included)

Orchestra, band encounter friendly, helpful judges, end with six awards at Golden Empire Festival (video included)

Mehdi Lacombe, Reporter
March 9 • 154 views
Filed under News, Showcase, Video

Securing one gold, four silvers and a bronze, the high-school musicians  performed in the Golden Empire Solo and Small Ensemble Festival on March 4, continuing their annual tradition. Three students from orchestra performed solo pieces. A trio and a piano quintet also performed. The entire band also went to the fe...

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...

Girls’ varsity basketball falls in first round of playoffs to Forest Lake (video included)

Girls’ varsity basketball falls in first round of playoffs to Forest Lake (video included)

Mohini Rye, Cartoonist
February 23 • 129 views
Filed under Showcase, Sports, Video

Although the girls’ varsity basketball team made it to playoffs and hoped to make it past semifinals, their post-league legacy lasted for only a single game. The Cavs were defeated, 59-69, by Forest Lake in the first round of playoffs on Feb. 21. However, this wasn’t for lack of trying. The girls w...

Faculty, parents, students jokingly beg people not to attend annual auction (video included)

Faculty, parents, students jokingly beg people not to attend annual auction (video included)

Sonja Hansen, Online Editor-in-Chief
February 12 • 163 views
Filed under News, Showcase, Video

On Feb. 9, the SCDS Facebook page posted a humorous video with parents, faculty and students discouraging people from going to the auction on Saturday, Feb. 25. The video had racked up 1,677 views as of Feb. 12. "Notice: Regarding Country Day's dreadful (hilarious) upcoming affair (Hometown Journeys),"...

Q&A: Missing the beach? Check out senior Kevin Huang’s topographical sandbox in the Makerspace (video included)

Q&A: Missing the beach? Check out senior Kevin Huang’s topographical sandbox in the Makerspace (video included)

Quin LaComb, Print Copy Editor
January 10 • 231 views
Filed under Features, Showcase, Video

Senior Kevin Huang has made a sandbox (with some assistance from Tom Wroten, director of technology) that uses a program that reacts as the sand is changed. It can also flood and drain water. The sandbox can currently be found in the Makerspace. Q: What interested you in making the sandbox? A:...

CYNICISM AT THE CINEMA: ‘Look Who’s Back’ an unlikely combination of comedy and neo-Nazi terror (trailer included)

CYNICISM AT THE CINEMA: ‘Look Who’s Back’ an unlikely combination of comedy and neo-Nazi terror (trailer included)

Chardonnay Needler, Business Manager
December 21 • 152 views
Filed under Opinion & Reviews, Showcase, Video

Movie aficionado sophomore Chardonnay Needler reviews films biweekly in “Cynicism at the Cinema.” “Er ist Wieder da.” With a name like that, I knew it had to be good. There’s something about the German language causes mixed emotions. On one hand, there are some words that just look ...

Strength over Leroy Greene gives girls’ varsity basketball another win (video included)

Strength over Leroy Greene gives girls’ varsity basketball another win (video included)

Mohini Rye, Cartoonist
December 14 • 193 views
Filed under Showcase, Sports, Video

Date: Dec. 13 Opponent: Leroy Greene Academy Score: 49-16 Leading Scorer: Junior Yasmin Gupta (29) Players of the game (per coach Latonia Pitts): Junior Katia Dahmani and sophomore Heidi Johnson. “Katia stepped up, shooting more this game than all other games combined this season. Heidi...

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