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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)...

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...

Seniors say ‘Sayonara’: editors-in-chief bid adieu with funny memories, bittersweet farewells

Seniors say ‘Sayonara’: editors-in-chief bid adieu with funny memories, bittersweet farewells

Katia Dahmani, Annya Dahmani, Sonja Hansen, and Sahej Claire

June 12, 2018


Filed under Opinion & Reviews, Showcase

Katia Dahmani As a freshman on staff in 2014, I felt like hot stuff when my first story - a food review of sushi burritos -  was assigned to me for the highly esteemed print issue. With this confidence I visited Wrap N’ Roll Sushi in Midtown with my older brother Yanni, ’13, then returned h...

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...

B Street’s ‘Airness’ delves into air-guitar culture but lacks strong characters

B Street’s ‘Airness’ delves into air-guitar culture but lacks strong characters

Jackson Margolis , Page Editor

May 28, 2018


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Sophomore Jackson Margolis and his brother, eighth grader Dylan, regularly review plays presented by the B Street Theatre, now part of The Sofia Tsakopoulos Center for the Arts, at 2700 Capitol Avenue. However, on May 11, Dylan was at a school dance, prompting Jackson to see Chelsea Marcantel’s ...

THE JAKE LONGORIA PODCAST: Seniors break down Post Malone album, talk summer songs

THE JAKE LONGORIA PODCAST: Seniors break down Post Malone album, talk summer songs

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

May 25, 2018


Filed under Online Exclusives, Opinion & Reviews, Showcase, Video

In this episode of New Music Fridays on The Jake Longoria Podcast, Jake is joined by seniors Harkirat Lally and Bryce Longoria to break down Post Malone's album "Beerbongs and Bentleys," released April 27, Drake's single success and more. ...

THE SKINNY: You’ve been cordially invited to stay at chez Hansen

THE SKINNY: You’ve been cordially invited to stay at chez Hansen

Sonja Hansen, Print Editor-in-Chief

May 19, 2018


Filed under Online Exclusives, Opinion & Reviews, Showcase

Dear cherished guest of our healing hut, A thousand humble thank-yous for selecting the House of Hansen for your Airbnb stay. Whether the goal of your trip is business or pleasure, you can certainly find it in Carmichael, the Paris of the West. Much fun is to be had at our hotspots, like, uh, the park. This res...

MY ANGLE: Dear LeBron James, apologies are in order

MY ANGLE: Dear LeBron James, apologies are in order

Jackson Margolis, Page Editor

May 17, 2018


Filed under From Copy to .Com, Opinion & Reviews, Showcase

It was July 7, 2010, and I was at California Pizza Kitchen - unaware that I was moments away from witnessing an event that would force me to re-identify one of my greatest heroes as a backstabbing villain.  That day I was with family friends, sitting at the kids’ table and staring at the television screen as I waited for ...

EDITORIAL: Change the absence policies, let seniors leave campus!

EDITORIAL: Change the absence policies, let seniors leave campus!

May 15, 2018


Filed under From Copy to .Com, Opinion & Reviews, Showcase

Students at Country Day spend about 1,260 hours a year at school, assuming a seven-hour school day for 180 days. Still, 1,260 hours constitutes only 21 percent of waking hours in an entire year.  For a few students, however, the percentage is even lower due to continuous absences from school. If a stud...

THE SKINNY: Always journal on journeys, kids!

THE SKINNY: Always journal on journeys, kids!

Sonja Hansen, Print Editor-in-Chief

May 5, 2018


Filed under Online Exclusives, Opinion & Reviews, Showcase

I always, always, always used to have a journal with me. I liked to take notes on everything, particularly on my travels. When I was 4, I sat in front of the TV at a family party and attempted to copy the jargon from the late-night news reporters. I had to sound out the big words like “investigation,” “double homici...