The Octagon

From a wooden egg to a fluffy owl: Baxter confuses sports opponents, but younger kids love him

From a wooden egg to a fluffy owl: Baxter confuses sports opponents, but younger kids love him

Mohini Rye, Page Editor

January 12, 2018


Filed under Features, Showcase

From an egg, Baxter the Owl was born and given the purpose of spreading spirit during the 50th anniversary celebration. But that was three years ago, and he’s stuck around. Baxter’s big reveal at a 2014 winter pep rally tied in with the anniversary festivities, which brought back pieces of SCDS hist...

Volleyball enthusiasts push for boys team in spring

Volleyball enthusiasts push for boys team in spring

Bri Davies, Social Media Editor

January 10, 2018


Filed under Features, Showcase, Sports

  Fans may have a new sport to cheer on this spring, thanks to three generations of SCDS volleyball athletes who started recreationally and turned into competitive powerhouses. Physical education teacher Michelle Myers started playing volleyball in high school PE. From there, she said that she fell in love ...

FRESHMAN FOCUS: Shriya Nadgauda, ’17, skates to engineering, ballroom dancing classes at Harvey Mudd

FRESHMAN FOCUS: Shriya Nadgauda, ’17, skates to engineering, ballroom dancing classes at Harvey Mudd

Keshav Anand, Reporter

January 7, 2018


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Shriya Nadgauda, '17, is one of 225 freshmen at Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, California.   Q: Why did you decide to attend a technical college like Harvey Mudd? A: I knew that I really wanted to do engineering, but I wasn't sure what type of engineering, and because Harvey Mudd offers...

Alumni discuss roommates, school politics, and more on annual college freshman panel (videos included)

Alumni discuss roommates, school politics, and more on annual college freshman panel (videos included)

Harrison Moon and Chardonnay Needler

January 6, 2018


Filed under Features, Showcase, Slideshows, Video

Fourteen alumni from the class of 2017 returned to their high school alma mater on Jan. 5 to discuss everything from roommates to school politics at the annual freshman panel.  The 14 present were Nicole Wolkov (George Washington University), Emory Shi (Dickinson College), Kaeleigh Valverde ...

THE JAKE LONGORIA PODCAST: Senior talks Bitcoin, ‘investing’ in cryptocurrencies

THE JAKE LONGORIA PODCAST: Senior talks Bitcoin, ‘investing’ in cryptocurrencies

Bryce Longoria, Jake Longoria, Harrison Moon, and David Situ

January 4, 2018


Filed under Features, Showcase

In the latest episode of The Jake Longoria Podcast, senior Cameron Collins talks about how he got involved in Bitcoin and the future of cryptocurrencies.     Click here to listen to the previous episode of The Jake Longoria Podcast....

Q&A: Senior’s piano skills take him to Rome during winter break

Q&A: Senior’s piano skills take him to Rome during winter break

Keshav Anand, Reporter

January 3, 2018


Filed under Features, Showcase

Senior Atsuo Chiu went to Rome during the first week of winter break, Dec. 15-23, to perform Johann Sebastian Bach's "Das Wohltemperierte Klavier Book II Number I" at Auditorium Parco della Musica.   Q: Was this your first time in Rome? A: Yes, this is my first time going to Rome, but it is not my first time performin...

Travel to seven continents in 10 minutes at Winter Wonderland: Rides aside, theme park boasts colorful versions of famed locations, attempts ‘international’ foods

Travel to seven continents in 10 minutes at Winter Wonderland: Rides aside, theme park boasts colorful versions of famed locations, attempts ‘international’ foods

Jack Christian, News Editor

December 29, 2017


Filed under Features, Showcase

“We should go to (Global) Winter Wonderland!” senior Katia Dahmani shouted to me one Tuesday in Octagon. I immediately thought, “That would be a lot of fun. Let’s do it!” Unfortunately, Global Winter Wonderland at Cal Expo (1600 Exposition Blvd.) is not as wonderful as the name may seem (o...

Self-taught signer sets up ASL Club to help high schoolers understand sign-language basics

Self-taught signer sets up ASL Club to help high schoolers understand sign-language basics

Keshav Anand, Reporter

December 27, 2017


Filed under Features, Showcase

Sophomore Alyssa Valverde has started a weekly American Sign Language (ASL) club with high school Latin teacher Jane Batarseh as faculty adviser. “I really love sign language,” Valverde said. “I want to be able to sign to someone who knows (ASL) because there (are) not many people out there...

THE JAKE LONGORIA PODCAST: Junior rakes mulch, plants trees on path to earning Eagle Scout rank

THE JAKE LONGORIA PODCAST: Junior rakes mulch, plants trees on path to earning Eagle Scout rank

Bryce Longoria, Jake Longoria, Harrison Moon, and David Situ

December 23, 2017


Filed under Features, Showcase

After 10 years in Scouts, junior Josh Friedman is on the verge of becoming an Eagle Scout. In the latest episode of The Jake Longoria Podcast, Friedman talks about his journey and what the past decade of Scouting has taught him.     Click here to listen to the previous episode of The J...

FRESHMAN FOCUS: Marigot Fackenthal, ’17, readjusts to self-studying in Cornell University’s engineering program

FRESHMAN FOCUS: Marigot Fackenthal, ’17, readjusts to self-studying in Cornell University’s engineering program

Kristine Schmitz, Reporter

December 21, 2017


Filed under Features, Showcase

Marigot Fackenthal, ‘17, attends Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. She is majoring in mechanical engineering.   Q: How was the transition from high school to college? A: Everything up until college was very easy. I breezed through everything with straight A’s without puttin...