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CHLORINE CHRONICLES: Getting back into the groove is easier when you’ve stayed in shape

CHLORINE CHRONICLES: Getting back into the groove is easier when you’ve stayed in shape

Becca Waterson, Blogger

September 16, 2017


Filed under Opinion & Reviews, Showcase

Walking onto the pool deck on the first day of practice felt almost like walking into a pool party. There weren’t any pink flamingo floats or beach balls, but music was playing and groups were scattered throughout the shady side of the deck, talking and laughing. A blanket of excitement and anticipation covered the pool deck, and the ...

THE SKINNY: Sickly winged senior has a new strategy for winning at Ancil Hoffman

THE SKINNY: Sickly winged senior has a new strategy for winning at Ancil Hoffman

Sonja Hansen, Print Editor-in-Chief

September 15, 2017


Filed under Opinion & Reviews, Showcase

I heard a quick gasp. “Whoa. What the heck is this?” I was sitting in a desk in history teacher Sue Nellis’s room a couple of years ago when a fellow freshman discovered my wing. My wing had been balancing on the top of my desk chair, and its tip was resting on the desk behind me. The freshman grabbed my wing and pinched. I turned around just in time t...

MI RAZA: Racism evolves

MI RAZA: Racism evolves

Gabi Alvarado, Blogger

September 10, 2017


Filed under Opinion & Reviews, Showcase

This summer changed my view of what it means to be Mexicana, Latina, Chicana. This is the second of three columns about my growth in this sense over the past couple months. Read the first column here.  It’s Sept. 5. I left school early because I was sick and couldn’t focus on my classes....

MI RAZA: Changing identity

MI RAZA: Changing identity

Gabi Alvarado, Blogger

August 30, 2017


Filed under Opinion & Reviews, Showcase

This summer changed my view of what it means to be Mexicana, Latina, Chicana. This is the first of three columns about my growth in this sense over the past couple months. Gender is a sliding scale. One cannot simply look at someone else and say what gender they are based on what they’re wearing ...

THE SKINNY: Even I didn’t know about my notorious debut at the school

THE SKINNY: Even I didn’t know about my notorious debut at the school

Sonja Hansen, Print Editor-in-Chief

August 28, 2017


Filed under Opinion & Reviews, Showcase

The beginning of my senior year is upon us. After 12 years as the matriarch of this school, I’ll finally be moving on. Wipe your tears, though, because I’ll probably visit next year when my sister Bianca graduates if there’s nothing better to do on that day. At times like these, when the end of one phase of li...

THE SKINNY: Don’t mind the sewage; interning at ElectroScan certainly didn’t stink! (video included)

THE SKINNY: Don’t mind the sewage; interning at ElectroScan certainly didn’t stink! (video included)

Sonja Hansen, Print Editor-in-Chief

August 22, 2017


Filed under Opinion & Reviews, Showcase, Video

Did you know that if you pop open a manhole in mid-July and throw Pop Tarts down to the festering sewage and hundreds of scattering cockroaches below, the insects won’t chaotically swarm to get a nibble of your generous donation? In fact, they’ll just slowly creep up the sides of the manhole with their ...

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


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...

Hey, freshmen, don’t stress and forget SparkNotes!

Hey, freshmen, don’t stress and forget SparkNotes!

Annya Dahmani, Print Editor-in-Chief

August 8, 2017


Filed under Opinion & Reviews, Showcase

I’m getting ready to start my final year at Country Day. I’ve been here for 13 years (more than three-fourths of my life), and it won’t be long until I’m out. But looking back on my high-school experience, there are definitely some things I wish I had known as a freshman. So if any of you kids in t...

THE SKINNY: Senior band groupie recalls Goldfish, glitter of the good old days

THE SKINNY: Senior band groupie recalls Goldfish, glitter of the good old days

Sonja Hansen, Print Editor-in-Chief

August 5, 2017


Filed under Opinion & Reviews, Showcase

Around campus, the Hansens have somehow come to be known as one of the “musical” families. I guess that’s true being that my mom played first-chair flute at Ronald Reagan’s inauguration, my sisters intermittently sing in the school choir, my brother has made a couple CDs of himself playing...

CHLORINE CHRONICLES: What Lies Beneath

CHLORINE CHRONICLES: What Lies Beneath

Rebecca Waterson, Blogger

August 3, 2017


Filed under Opinion & Reviews, Showcase

Over the years I’ve met several open-water swimmers who say they don’t know how I can stand looking at the boring bottom of the pool for four hours every day. “It’s just a black line!” they say. “Wouldn’t you prefer to look at the ever-changing bottom of a lake or ocean?” The answer for me will probably always be no. Part of it mig...