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Alumnus lands in hospital with broken leg after skydiving experience goes wrong (full story)

Alumnus lands in hospital with broken leg after skydiving experience goes wrong (full story)

Larkin Barnard-Bahn, Business Manager

July 27, 2018


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“I feel like skydiving is still a pretty safe-ish sport,” Manson Tung, ’16, said. “Granted, I’m also bed-bound for over a month, so what do I know?” On July 22, Tung braked too early while skydiving at SkyDance Skydiving in Davis, landing him in the hospital with a broken leg. “I’m a very squeamish person...

Alumnus injured after skydiving accident

Alumnus injured after skydiving accident

Larkin Barnard-Bahn, Business Manager

July 23, 2018


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While skydiving on July 23, Manson Tung, '16, was in an accident and ended up in the emergency room. Click here for more details....

Q&A: Senior’s family farm featured on ‘Bizarre Foods’ episode; stressful filming turns fun after night of eating, talking

Q&A: Senior’s family farm featured on ‘Bizarre Foods’ episode; stressful filming turns fun after night of eating, talking

Ming Zhu, Media Department Staffer

July 17, 2018


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In February, senior Tori Van Vleck's family received a call from Andrew Zimmern about being on his show, "Bizarre Foods," which runs on the Travel Channel. The Van Vleck family agreed, and the episode recently ran on July 3 for the first time. To view the full episode, click here. The part about the Van V...

Senior submits art pieces to California State Fair Student Showcase, places first, second in drawing category

Senior submits art pieces to California State Fair Student Showcase, places first, second in drawing category

Larkin Barnard-Bahn, Business Manager

July 15, 2018


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After narrowly meeting the submission deadlines, senior Mohini Rye placed first and second with two pieces in her first art competition - the California State Fair Student Showcase (1600 Exposition Blvd). Rye’s scratchboard piece, “Anxiety,” earned first place in the drawing category for c...

Music teacher brings 300 pounds of gifts to Rulindo, watches students sing, dance (videos included)

Music teacher brings 300 pounds of gifts to Rulindo, watches students sing, dance (videos included)

Allison Zhang, Editor-in-Chief

July 13, 2018


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From June 12 to July 3, lower school music teacher Elena Bennett traveled to Rulindo, visiting eight schools that SCDS supports. Usually, each school assembles outside to greet her, with 700 or more students singing, dancing, making speeches and reading poems about the partnership with Country Day. “(Then) I stand u...

Q&A: Director of advancement moves closer to family, will work for Jewish Family Service of San Diego

Q&A: Director of advancement moves closer to family, will work for Jewish Family Service of San Diego

Sarina Rye, Page Editor

June 27, 2018


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Carolyn Woolf, who has been the director of advancement for two years, will leave Country Day over the summer to move to San Diego.   Q: Why are you leaving SCDS? A: I’m actually moving back to San Diego, where I used to work as the annual fund manager at La Jolla Country Day School, to ...

Juniors use English class proposal essays to push for change

Juniors use English class proposal essays to push for change

Katia Dahmani, Print Editor-in-Chief

June 20, 2018


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For over 10 years juniors in English teacher Patricia Fels’s AP Language and Composition class have written lengthy, researched essays in which they suggest a change in their community, using argumentative rhetoric and purposeful examples to support their claims. But this year three juniors have take...

Sophomore’s dance team earns ‘high gold,’ places first at national competition

Sophomore’s dance team earns ‘high gold,’ places first at national competition

Larkin Barnard-Bahn, Page Editor

June 18, 2018


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In her first competition, sophomore Kaelan Swinmurn hit a bull’s-eye when her dance team placed first of over 500 teams at the Starbound National Talent Competition with a jazz performance of “The Little Things” by Big Gigantic. This was Starbound’s regional competition - which doesn’t...

‘Hermit’ leaves shell to be StuCo adviser

‘Hermit’ leaves shell to be StuCo adviser

Ming Zhu, Reporter

June 13, 2018


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Valerie Velo, assistant to the head of high school, will become Student Council adviser next year, replacing dean of student life Patricia Jacobsen, who has held the job for 10 years. Velo said she is both very nervous and excited to become the new adviser. “(Jacobsen) has left a great i...

Communications director, school parent, grandparent says farewell after two decades

Communications director, school parent, grandparent says farewell after two decades

Anna Frankel, Page Editor

June 11, 2018


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“Whether it was a school day or vacation break, Julie gave voice to all aspects of school life,” former director of development Wendy Ross said about communications director Julie Nelson. Now, after 22 years at Country Day, Nelson is retiring. “I started as a parent in 1986 when my ...