The Octagon

Mock Trial places 13th in state competition, proposes rule violation for first time (podcast included)

Mock Trial places 13th in state competition, proposes rule violation for first time (podcast included)

Chardonnay Needler, Online Editor-in-Chief

March 27, 2018


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Ascending the steps of the Central Justice Center for the Orange County Superior Courthouse’s (700 W Civic Center Dr.) to their fourth and final trial of the Constitutional Rights Foundation (CRF)’s State Competition on March 17, the entire Mock Trial team was “exhausted,” assistant coach Ha...

Alumna joins growing number of women running for office

Alumna joins growing number of women running for office

Anna Frankel, Page Editor

March 18, 2018


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Tepring Piquado, ’97, who attended SCDS in grades 7-12 and taught math and science courses from 2001-04, is running for an empty seat in California’s 54th Assembly District. The special election will be held on Tuesday, April 3.   Q: Where did you get your unusual name? A: I was named after a Vulcan woman named T’Pring who was betrothed to Sp...

First lockdown drill in three years under review to nail down emergency protocol

First lockdown drill in three years under review to nail down emergency protocol

Anna Frankel, Page Editor

March 14, 2018


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A lockdown drill on March 6, the first in over three years, is being reviewed to teach the administrators, faculty, and students what needs to be done in case of an emergency, according to head of high school Brooke Wells. Fire drills are required twice a year in both private and public high schools according to the California Code of Regulat...

Country Day students won’t be penalized for walking out on March 14, head of school says

Country Day students won’t be penalized for walking out on March 14, head of school says

Héloïse Schep , Page Editor

March 13, 2018


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On Wednesday, March 14, at 10 a.m., students around the United States will walk out of class for 17 minutes to demand tougher gun laws in response to the deadly school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on Feb. 14. Country Day’s student and parent handbook states that on...

Former middle school English teacher’s memorial to be on St. Patrick’s Day

Former middle school English teacher’s memorial to be on St. Patrick’s Day

Katia Dahmani, Print Editor-in-Chief

March 9, 2018


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A memorial service will be held for middle school English teacher Lauren LaMay on Saturday, March 17 (St. Patrick’s Day), from 2-4 p.m. at the Raley Studios for the Performing Arts (1425 24th St.) Anyone who wishes to come is welcome, although RSVPs are preferred. (To RSVP, email geoffwong@prodigy...

Faculty member to run in New York City Marathon following Oct. 31 terror attack

Faculty member to run in New York City Marathon following Oct. 31 terror attack

Kristine Schmitz, Reporter

November 5, 2017


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When a terrorist drove down a busy bicycle path in Manhattan and killed eight people on Tuesday, Oct. 31, three alumni weren't far away.  Austin Talamantes, ’17, and Ryan Ho, ’15, attend New York University. Victoria Loustalot, '03, is a writer living in New York City. According to Ho, the distance fr...

Fires devastate California’s wine country; SCDS students, teachers, alumni feel the burn

Fires devastate California’s wine country; SCDS students, teachers, alumni feel the burn

Héloïse Schep, Page Editor

November 3, 2017


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Frightened Frishman sees flames from house On Monday, Oct. 9, drama teacher Brian Frishman was woken by a call from the county sheriff at 1:18 a.m. A raging fire was only a mile and a half from his home in Grass Valley; he had to evacuate immediately. Frishman and his wife woke up his friend from Thailand and his son...

Alumna was there for deadliest massacre in modern US history

Alumna was there for deadliest massacre in modern US history

Katia Dahmani, Print Co-Editor-in-Chief

November 1, 2017


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Aside from the 58 people killed by Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock, 546 were injured. One of them was Philip Aurich, the boyfriend of Alyson Opper, ’07. Along with about 10 friends, Opper and Aurich attended the Route 91 Harvest Country Music Festival on Oct. 1 and were caught in what...

SCDS community members struggle with Hurricane Harvey; former headmaster’s uncle works with Cajun Navy

SCDS community members struggle with Hurricane Harvey; former headmaster’s uncle works with Cajun Navy

Larkin Barnard-Bahn, Business Manager

September 4, 2017


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There were over one million evacuations, 19 trillion gallons of rain and 42,399 people in shelters as of Sept. 1, according to ABC News and the Washington Post. These are the results of Hurricane Harvey, the storm that grew into a Category 4 hurricane as it hit Texas on Aug. 25. Over 185,000 homes had been damaged or destroyed by Harvey as of Sept. 1, according to the Tex...