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‘Super’ sequel: character development, action, humor make ‘Incredibles 2’ great

‘Super’ sequel: character development, action, humor make ‘Incredibles 2’ great

Sarina Rye, Page Editor

June 19, 2018


Filed under Online Exclusives, Opinion & Reviews, Showcase

After over a decade of anticipation, audiences can finally see the second “Incredibles” movie in theaters. And after watching, I’d say it was well worth the wait. However, the delay was so long that before the movie started, the voices behind superheroes Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson)...

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


Filed under News, Online Exclusives, Showcase

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...

Snappy, witty ‘Ocean’s 8’ proves worthy remake of traditional franchise

Snappy, witty ‘Ocean’s 8’ proves worthy remake of traditional franchise

Allison Zhang, Editor-in-Chief

June 13, 2018


Filed under Online Exclusives, Opinion & Reviews, Showcase

When I asked my friends about going to see “Ocean’s 8” together, the common response was, “Well, it probably won’t be any good. I mean, just look at the ‘Ghostbusters’ remake.” To those friends - you know who you are - I say, “Sucks to be you because you missed out.” I’ll a...

Second grade teacher retires to use linguistic background to help granddaughter in Montana

Second grade teacher retires to use linguistic background to help granddaughter in Montana

Chardonnay Needler, Editor-in-Chief

June 8, 2018


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Second grade teacher Jane Gillette has been at Country Day since 2002. She is retiring this year to care for her granddaughter in Montana. Gillette is the mother of Elise DeCarli, ’13.   Q: Congratulations on retiring! How do you feel about this being your last year? A: I’m ready. I’m ready for a switch.   Q: Why do you say that? A...

High school celebrates last day of school with breakfast, art presentations, Glass Knife (slideshow included)

High school celebrates last day of school with breakfast, art presentations, Glass Knife (slideshow included)

Mehdi Lacombe, Editor-in-Chief

June 6, 2018


Filed under News, Online Exclusives, Showcase, Slideshows

After a long year of work, high school students got some time to celebrate their efforts on June 6. On this minimum day, classes were held for only 20 minutes each - just enough for teachers to give students their final grades, and, in some classes, their final goodbyes. In between classes, students cou...

Second grade assistant leaves Country Day after 80th birthday

Second grade assistant leaves Country Day after 80th birthday

David Situ, Media/Broadcasting Assistant

June 6, 2018


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Aggie Geminder, who has taught at Country Day since 1998, is retiring. She has been the second grade assistant every year except for one, when she assisted kindergarten.   Q: Why did you become a teacher? A: I grew up in (Warren), a small town in Minnesota. The choices for a woman growing up ...

Aidan Cunningham, ’17, stays active by biking, playing Ultimate Frisbee at University of Denver

Aidan Cunningham, ’17, stays active by biking, playing Ultimate Frisbee at University of Denver

David Situ, Media/Broadcasting Assistant

June 6, 2018


Filed under Features, Online Exclusives, Showcase

Aidan Cunningham, ‘17, attends the University of Denver, in Colorado, where he is majoring in physics.   Q: What classes are you taking? A: I've been taking Spanish all year, and I took art, physics and math classes during the first half of the year. This quarter and the last, I still ...

WHEN INSPIRATION STRIKES: Junior speaks up by both obligation and choice

WHEN INSPIRATION STRIKES: Junior speaks up by both obligation and choice

Gabi Alvarado, Blogger

June 3, 2018


Filed under Online Exclusives, Opinion & Reviews, Showcase

This has been a defining year for me. Last summer, during the Chicano Latino Youth Leadership Project, something clicked. I realized I can do more, and I have an obligation to do more, because I am not alone. I am not alone in how I feel. Millions of children know or will soon know what it’s l...

FRESHMAN FOCUS: Jesus Galindo, ’17, tries hand at go-carts, wrestling at Ibero-American University in Mexico City

FRESHMAN FOCUS: Jesus Galindo, ’17, tries hand at go-carts, wrestling at Ibero-American University in Mexico City

Bryce Longoria , Online Sports Editor

June 2, 2018


Filed under Features, Online Exclusives, Showcase

Jesus Galindo, ’17, attends Ibero-American University in Mexico City, where he is majoring in communications.   Q: What classes did you take? A: Theory of Communication I; Introduction to Literature; History of the Media I; History of Mexico; Narration Workshop; and Entertainment, Society, and Communication....

East Asian students share stories of 100-day celebrations, explain birthday-like tradition

East Asian students share stories of 100-day celebrations, explain birthday-like tradition

Sonja Hansen, Print Editor-in-Chief

May 31, 2018


Filed under Features, Online Exclusives, Showcase

Besides Indian culture, East Asian cultures host similarly extravagant celebrations for a child’s first year of life. Ming Zhu Oct. 14 “(On) my 100th day of life, my mom took me to this photo shop. It was the oldest one in Beijing - almost 100 years old - and we took a professional pic...