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A violinist and a cellist walk into a bar . . .

A violinist and a cellist walk into a bar . . .

Annya Dahmani, Print Editor-in-Chief

April 15, 2018


Filed under Features, Showcase

'Twas the night before the SAT, and most juniors were at home resting or cramming for the upcoming big day. Except not junior Chardonnay Needler, who on March 10 was at a party an hour away from Sacramento.  However, Needler wasn’t there for her own entertainment - she was the entertainment. An...

POLITICAL ANIMALS: Why high schoolers didn’t walk out on March 14

POLITICAL ANIMALS: Why high schoolers didn’t walk out on March 14

Sahej Claire, Online Editor-in-Chief

April 14, 2018


Filed under Features, Showcase

In “Politics,” a work of political philosophy, Aristotle said that man is a “political animal,” indicating that humans derive their identity and character from being involved in their communities. (The word “politics” comes from the word for a Greek city state, “polis.”) This sto...

College counselor opts out of seeing Reed College’s nuclear reactor to shadow Western Civ class

College counselor opts out of seeing Reed College’s nuclear reactor to shadow Western Civ class

Jack Christian, News Editor

April 6, 2018


Filed under Features, Online Exclusives, Showcase

Director of college counseling Jane Bauman attended the Pacific Northwest Five College Tour from March 4-8. She visited University of Puget Sound, Whitman College, Reed College, Willamette University and Lewis and Clark College with a group of 30 other college counselors from across the country. T...

FRESHMAN FOCUS: Natalie Brown, ’17, takes up sportswriting, plays intramural soccer at Gonzaga University

FRESHMAN FOCUS: Natalie Brown, ’17, takes up sportswriting, plays intramural soccer at Gonzaga University

Keshav Anand, Reporter

April 6, 2018


Filed under Features, Online Exclusives, Showcase

Natalie Brown, ‘17, is a freshman at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. She is majoring in business and minoring in psychology.   Q: Why did you decide to attend Gonzaga? A: Gonzaga was always one of my top choices because I knew a lot of people who went there and said they lov...

FRESHMAN FOCUS: Anny Schmidt, ’17, enjoys Zen Insights and Oversights at University of Puget Sound

FRESHMAN FOCUS: Anny Schmidt, ’17, enjoys Zen Insights and Oversights at University of Puget Sound

Elise Sommerhaug, Reporter

April 4, 2018


Filed under Features, Online Exclusives, Showcase

Anny Schmidt, ‘17 currently attends University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington where she double minors in music and education.   Q: What are you majoring in? A:  I don’t have a major yet, but (I am) double minoring in music and education. (I chose education because) I love kids and the idea of teachi...

‘I hope that a white man hasn’t done it’ – teachers who were teens during MLK’s assassination tell their stories

‘I hope that a white man hasn’t done it’ – teachers who were teens during MLK’s assassination tell their stories

Chardonnay Needler , Online Editor-in-Chief

April 4, 2018


Filed under Features, Online Exclusives, Showcase

Fifty years ago today, on April 4, 1968, James Earl Ray shot and killed activist and leader of the Civil Rights Movement, Martin Luther King Jr. Here’s what three teachers who were teenagers at the time remember about that day.   History teacher Sue Nellis (13 years old) I don’t sp...

College counselor explores five Pacific Northwest schools in interactive tour

College counselor explores five Pacific Northwest schools in interactive tour

Jack Christian, News Editor

April 2, 2018


Filed under Features, Online Exclusives, Showcase

Director of college counseling Jane Bauman attended the Pacific Northwest Five College Tour from March 4-8. She visited University of Puget Sound, Whitman College, Reed College, Willamette University and Lewis and Clark College with a group of 30 other college counselors from across the country. This is t...

Around the world in 80 plates – Jake Longoria rates passport lunch dishes (video included)

Around the world in 80 plates – Jake Longoria rates passport lunch dishes (video included)

Jake Longoria, Harrison Moon, and David Situ

March 30, 2018


Filed under Features, Online Exclusives, Showcase, Video

Senior and media/broadcast editor Jake Longoria travels the world by tasting multicultural cuisine on March 23 during the annual passport lunch. This year all the proceeds went to Breakthrough Sacramento.  ...

‘NOTE-ABLE’ NOVELTIES: Physics teacher enjoys Gregorian chants; French teacher has unique way to curb stage fright

‘NOTE-ABLE’ NOVELTIES: Physics teacher enjoys Gregorian chants; French teacher has unique way to curb stage fright

Héloïse Schep, Page Editor

March 28, 2018


Filed under Features, From Copy to .Com, Showcase

Many high school teachers have hidden musical talents. In the first of a two-part series, teachers reveal their “note-able” musical backgrounds.  The high school faculty members’ annual roast or toast skits for graduating seniors are all memorable - but the singing protein boxes or Eminem spinoffs that science teach...

Former high school assistant swaps Sacramento for San Diego, twin girls

Former high school assistant swaps Sacramento for San Diego, twin girls

David Situ, Assistant Media/Broadcast Editor

March 26, 2018


Filed under Features, Online Exclusives, Showcase

  Gabriella Foster, former assistant to head of high school Brooke Wells, left her position in December 2016, to move to San Diego. In May, Foster gave birth to twins, Kensley and Peyton, who are now 10 months old.   Q: How are your twins doing? A: The twins are doing great! They are both so different ...