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Allison Zhang 2.0 – and, no, I can’t believe it either!

Allison Zhang 2.0 – and, no, I can’t believe it either!

Allison Zhang, Design Chief
August 16, 2017 • 36 views
Filed under Features, Opinion & Reviews, Showcase

I’ve found my better half. Well, I didn’t really find her. It’s more like the University of Pennsylvania found her for me. And she’s not really my “better half,” as she’s not my spouse. She’s just me, but better. Get it? Okay, here’s a little bit of background: On May 15, I got an email from The University of Pennsylvania confirming a...

Alumna loves Tanzanian experience: analyzing health policy, going on safaris and teaching Uno

Alumna loves Tanzanian experience: analyzing health policy, going on safaris and teaching Uno

Héloïse Schep, Page Editor
August 11, 2017 • 95 views
Filed under Features, Showcase

Emma Williams, ’15, attends Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Williams participated in a two-month program, from the end of May to the end of July, in Tanzania as part of her global health minor. She traveled with 14 other Cornell students, as well as a few teaching assistants and profes...

Businesses say ‘Thanx’ to SCDS alum for bringing back customers, providing data

Businesses say ‘Thanx’ to SCDS alum for bringing back customers, providing data

Mehdi Lacombe, Page Editor
August 1, 2017 • 417 views
Filed under Features, Showcase

In an age in which technology and data acquisition seem more important than ever, how do retail stores stay alive without the technology their online counterparts possess? This is what Zach Goldstein, '02,  founder and CEO of Thanx, wants to provide to retail businesses: a form of customer data an...

Junior experiments with DNA, plasmids during internship in Stanford University’s Weissman lab

Junior experiments with DNA, plasmids during internship in Stanford University’s Weissman lab

Annya Dahmani, Print Editor-in-Chief
July 30, 2017 • 320 views
Filed under Features, Showcase

Junior Allison Zhang began her internship at Stanford University in the middle of June and will end Aug. 18. She has been working in the Weissman research lab for postdoc Krzysztof Szade, researching and conducting experiments on stem cells.   Q: What research are you involved in? A: The Wei...

Sophomore’s soccer team places second among 580 competitors in international tournament

Sophomore’s soccer team places second among 580 competitors in international tournament

Bri Davies, Social Media Editor
July 24, 2017 • 347 views
Filed under Features, Showcase, Sports

Sophomore Sandor Pelle played for Z Soccer United in the Donosti Cup in San Sebastián, Spain, July 2-10. His team, Z Soccer United, placed second of 580 teams, making it to the finals but was ultimately defeated by the Jordan Knights.   Q: Where were your opponents from? A: We played ...

Laptop stickers: students’ self-expression vs. tech directors’ irritation

Laptop stickers: students’ self-expression vs. tech directors’ irritation

Héloïse Schep, Page Editor
July 14, 2017 • 270 views
Filed under Features, Showcase

While some teachers start their summers cleaning out their classrooms or redesigning their curriculum, director of technology Tom Wroten usually starts his by removing the stickers from students’ laptops. According to Wroten, if students leave Country Day without purchasing their laptops, the ...

Get anything from Starbucks to Bento Box delivered to your door – or school

Get anything from Starbucks to Bento Box delivered to your door – or school

Larkin Barnard-Bahn, Business Manager
July 12, 2017 • 201 views
Filed under Features, Showcase

Forgot your lunch? Want to dine on your favorite restaurant’s food at school? Postmates and Doordash, two third-party delivery apps (which are also websites), have you covered. Postmates provides over 4,000 delivery options from Trader Joe’s to Tower Cafe to Jamba Juice. (Postmates General S...

Senior ties for 2nd in national swimming competition, will represent Team USA in August (videos included)

Senior ties for 2nd in national swimming competition, will represent Team USA in August (videos included)

Chardonnay Needler, Online Editor-in-Chief
July 9, 2017 • 263 views
Filed under Features, Showcase, Sports, Video

Senior Amalie Fackenthal has qualified for the 2017 FINA (Fédération Internationale de Natation) World Junior Swimming Championships’ Team USA. Fackenthal tied for second with a time of 55.61 seconds in the 17-and-under female 100m free at the week-long Phillips 66 U.S. National Championships/Wor...

WHEN ART IMITATES LIFE: English teacher’s novel gets real as he’s ‘going to the desert after this’

WHEN ART IMITATES LIFE: English teacher’s novel gets real as he’s ‘going to the desert after this’

Quin LaComb, Print Copy Editor
July 2, 2017 • 303 views
Filed under Editors' Picks, Features

"Going to the desert after this.” This six-word autobiography may have been written for a fictional character, but English teacher Ron Bell seems to be living up to what he wrote five years ago. After teaching at Country Day for 18 years, Bell has decided to retire to explore different places, write poetry and continue past writing projects, the main one be...

Art teacher Patricia Kelly retiring to pursue art, travel after 13 years of laughter, innovation, inspiration

Art teacher Patricia Kelly retiring to pursue art, travel after 13 years of laughter, innovation, inspiration

Chardonnay Needler, Online Editor-in-Chief
June 21, 2017 • 366 views
Filed under Editors' Picks, Features, Showcase

After 13 years of expanding Country Day’s visual art programs with her new, colorful ideas, Patricia Kelly is retiring. Kelly taught middle- and high-school studio art, middle-school ceramics and AP Studio Art. She was also the planner of the seventh-grade Renaissance Faire and of a cerami...