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THE SUMMER SCOOP: Junior learns about different cultures, responsibilities of teaching as literature teacher at Breakthrough

THE SUMMER SCOOP: Junior learns about different cultures, responsibilities of teaching as literature teacher at Breakthrough

Jack Christian, Editor-in-Chief

August 19, 2018


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This is the sixth installment of a series on internships, jobs and classes that students are doing this summer. From June 25 to Aug. 3, junior Héloïse Schep taught two seventh-grade literature classes as a teaching fellow at Breakthrough Sacramento’s summer program.   Q: What dr...

THE SUMMER SCOOP: Senior interns at Clark Scholars Program, writes 25-page research paper

THE SUMMER SCOOP: Senior interns at Clark Scholars Program, writes 25-page research paper

Keshav Anand, Reporter

August 15, 2018


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This is the fifth installment of a series on internships, jobs and classes that students are taking this summer. Senior Jack Christian has been interning with Dr. Karina Alvina, a neuroscientist from Texas Tech University. The focus of her research is to understand how the hippocampus is a...

Q&A: Senior plays in 70-person Stanford Summer Orchestra, enjoys differences from high school orchestra

Q&A: Senior plays in 70-person Stanford Summer Orchestra, enjoys differences from high school orchestra

Sarina Rye, Page Editor

August 6, 2018


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Senior Allison Zhang was a part of the Stanford Summer Orchestra while she was there working in the Weissman research lab for a second summer. The orchestra was led by Paul Phillips, the Gretchen B. Kimball Director of Orchestral Studies. Rehearsals were held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings (7:...

THE SUMMER SCOOP: Senior gets used to micro dissections while interning at neurophysiology lab

THE SUMMER SCOOP: Senior gets used to micro dissections while interning at neurophysiology lab

Ming Zhu, Media Department Staffer

August 3, 2018


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This is the fourth installment of a series on internships, jobs and classes that students are taking this summer. Senior Jacqueline Chao has been interning with Dr. Michael Wright, a neurophysiologist at Sacramento State University, since the beginning of June. Wright’s primary goal is to un...

Get an inside peek at Breakthrough Sacramento straight from its executive director (video included)

Get an inside peek at Breakthrough Sacramento straight from its executive director (video included)

Harrison Moon and David Situ

August 1, 2018


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Breakthrough Sacramento, a year-round, tuition-free college preparatory program for under-served yet highly motivated students, is near the conclusion of its 2017-18 summer program, which ends Aug. 3. Learn about Breakthrough's mission and its students, teachers and volunteers from executive director...

THE SUMMER SCOOP: Senior goes from volunteer to Volunteer Coordinator at Breakthrough, loves ‘being in charge’

THE SUMMER SCOOP: Senior goes from volunteer to Volunteer Coordinator at Breakthrough, loves ‘being in charge’

Sarina Rye, Page Editor

July 25, 2018


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This is the third installment of a series on internships, jobs and classes that students are doing this summer. Senior Brandy Riziki is the Volunteer Coordinator for Breakthrough Sacramento’s summer program, which goes from June 25 to Aug. 3. Breakthrough provides year-round, tuition-free col...

THE SUMMER SCOOP: Senior discovers vast number of possibilities in art-based careers through internship with M5Arts

THE SUMMER SCOOP: Senior discovers vast number of possibilities in art-based careers through internship with M5Arts

Mehdi Lacombe, Editor-in-Chief

July 21, 2018


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This is the second installment of a series on internships, jobs and classes that students are doing this summer. After the encouragement of art teacher Andy Cunningham, senior Bella Mathisen decided to pursue her love for art in the working world this summer. Mathisen started working for Seuma...

Alumna forms online ‘Intro class to Dallas’ after discovering difficulties for city newcomers

Alumna forms online ‘Intro class to Dallas’ after discovering difficulties for city newcomers

Keshav Anand, Reporter

July 18, 2018


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  After moving to Dallas, Texas, in 2015, Lily Kramlich-Taylor, '10, former editor-in-chief of the Octagon, started a new business with friend Kara Shannon entitled Dallasites101. Dallasites101's goal is to bring together and introduce newcomers to the culture, events and friendship of Dalla...

THE SUMMER SCOOP: Senior’s internship doing opposition research helps sway future career goals in politics

THE SUMMER SCOOP: Senior’s internship doing opposition research helps sway future career goals in politics

Allison Zhang, Editor-in-Chief

July 16, 2018


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This is the first installment of a series on internships, jobs and classes that students are doing this summer. Senior Blake Lincoln is a paid intern at MB Public Affairs, a company that provides political vulnerability research, expertise on public policy issues and strategic analysis. Lincoln is wor...

Q&A: Alumna visits parents’ homeland for first time, encounters patriarchal culture in Algeria (slideshow included)

Q&A: Alumna visits parents’ homeland for first time, encounters patriarchal culture in Algeria (slideshow included)

Mehdi Lacombe, Editor-in-Chief

July 14, 2018


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As a reward for graduating from Country Day, Katia Dahmani, ’18, went on a four-week trip throughout Europe with her father, Dahmane. The only condition was that she would spend two weeks in Algeria, where both her parents were from. Except things didn’t go exactly to plan. After spending a ni...