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Junior swimmer sets yet another state record, becoming state champion of two events (videos included)

Junior swimmer sets yet another state record, becoming state champion of two events (videos included)

Larkin Barnard-Bahn, Reporter
May 25, 2017 • 42 views
Filed under Showcase, Sports, Video

In a spectacular finish to the season, junior Amalie Fackenthal triumphed in the state championships, winning two events and setting a state meet record. The California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Swimming and Diving Championships were on May 19-20 at Clovis Olympic Swim Complex in Clovis, C...

Seniors announce college decisions at lunch (video included)

Seniors announce college decisions at lunch (video included)

Sonja Hansen, Online Editor-in-Chief
May 11, 2017 • 344 views
Filed under News, Showcase, Video

On May 10, the seniors celebrated College Day and their last official day of high school classes by donning spirit wear and announcing their college decisions in front of the high school at the end of lunch. After the announcements, the seniors took a picture behind the gym. Faculty members were encouraged...

CYNICISM AT THE CINEMA: Eerily familiar setting in ‘The Man in the High Castle’ draws in viewer (video included)

CYNICISM AT THE CINEMA: Eerily familiar setting in ‘The Man in the High Castle’ draws in viewer (video included)

Chardonnay Needler, Reporter
April 8, 2017 • 187 views
Filed under Opinion & Reviews, Showcase, Video

Movie aficionado sophomore Chardonnay Needler reviews films biweekly in “Cynicism at the Cinema.” It’s a picturesque summer day in New York City; flags of red, white and blue are patriotically billowing in front of spotless two-story ‘60s-style homes. John Smith, a government and military man, caresses his wife, Helen, as they watch their children play. T...

Educate. Inspire. Take Action.

Educate. Inspire. Take Action.

Adam Dean, Jack Christian, and Jacqueline Chao
April 7, 2017 • 325 views
Filed under News, Showcase, Slideshows, Video

On April 7, three Octagon staffers competed in the Online News Package contest at the National High School Journalism Convention in Seattle, Washington. Their assignment was to create a multimedia news package about the Holocaust Center for Humanity. Three years ago, former social studies ...

FRESHMAN FOCUS: Jake Sands ventures into the Hell Hole at UC Santa Cruz (video included)

FRESHMAN FOCUS: Jake Sands ventures into the Hell Hole at UC Santa Cruz (video included)

Allison Zhang, Reporter
April 7, 2017 • 173 views
Filed under Features, Showcase, Video

Jake Sands, ‘16, has just finished his second quarter at University of California, Santa Cruz. He is planning on majoring in electrical engineering. Q: What classes are you taking? A: Multivariable calculus, a Physics 5 series, and next quarter I’ll be doing linear algebra. Q: What...

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, 2017 • 252 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, 2017 • 287 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, 2017 • 211 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, 2017 • 261 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, 2017 • 214 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...

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