The Octagon

Alumni discuss roommates, school politics, and more on annual college freshman panel (videos included)

Alumni discuss roommates, school politics, and more on annual college freshman panel (videos included)

Harrison Moon and Chardonnay Needler

January 6, 2018


Filed under Features, Showcase, Slideshows, Video

Fourteen alumni from the class of 2017 returned to their high school alma mater on Jan. 5 to discuss everything from roommates to school politics at the annual freshman panel.  The 14 present were Nicole Wolkov (George Washington University), Emory Shi (Dickinson College), Kaeleigh Valverde ...

Blue House Korean barbecue has better environment, wait time and taste than Oz (video included)

Blue House Korean barbecue has better environment, wait time and taste than Oz (video included)

David Situ, Assistant Media Editor

December 14, 2017


Filed under Opinion & Reviews, Showcase, Video

What would happen if you combined two great things - barbecuing your own food and meat prepared Asian style? Well, you’d end up with Korean barbecue. Seniors Bryce Longoria, Jake Longoria and Nina Dym, junior Harrison Moon and I reviewed the all-you-can-eat meal at two Korean barbecue locations: Blue House K...

THE JAKE LONGORIA PODCAST: Junior baseball player talks Jewish Olympics, journalism (audio included)

THE JAKE LONGORIA PODCAST: Junior baseball player talks Jewish Olympics, journalism (audio included)

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

November 22, 2017


Filed under Showcase, Sports, Video

In the first edition of The Jake Longoria Podcast, media/broadcast and sports editor Jake Longoria sat down with junior Nate Jakobs to talk about his summer trip to Israel for the Jewish Olympics, his career as a baseball journalist, the World Series and his future in baseball.  Jakobs has been p...

Rewind: varsity volleyball players and coaches reflect on season after loss to Ripon Christian (video included)

Rewind: varsity volleyball players and coaches reflect on season after loss to Ripon Christian (video included)

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

November 13, 2017


Filed under Showcase, Sports, Video

After months of intense training and dozens of games, the players on the varsity girls' volleyball team met the end of the line in their "battle royale" against Ripon Christian High School on Nov. 2.  ...

Rockvemberfest ushers in fall season with prizes, games (video included)

Rockvemberfest ushers in fall season with prizes, games (video included)

Harrison Moon, Bryce Longoria, and David Situ

November 9, 2017


Filed under Showcase, Video

Each November brings two things: first-quarter report cards and Rockvemberfest festivities. In lieu of having a school day on Nov. 6, students did everything from participating in a lip-sync battle for gift cards to playing board games in the library. The winners of the $25, $50 and $100 gift cards wer...

‘I screamed, I cried, I couldn’t sleep all night!’: teachers remember movies that haunted their childhood (video included)

‘I screamed, I cried, I couldn’t sleep all night!’: teachers remember movies that haunted their childhood (video included)

Harrison Moon, Media/Broadcast Co-Editor

October 28, 2017


Filed under Features, Showcase, Video

From Alfred Hitchcock to "The Twilight Zone," find out what movies terrified teachers Patricia Fels, Glenn Mangold, Jane Batarseh, Jason Hinojosa, Victoria Conner and Sue Nellis when they were kids. And be sure to read about which movies are scaring today's students in the upcoming print edition ...

NAHS chalk mural honors Hayao Miyazaki of Studio Ghibli, iconic anime films (video included)

NAHS chalk mural honors Hayao Miyazaki of Studio Ghibli, iconic anime films (video included)

Chardonnay Needler, Harrison Moon, and Ian Thompson

October 20, 2017


Filed under News, Showcase, Video

The 26th annual National Art Honor Society Chalk Mural took place on Oct. 13. The featured artist was Hayao Miyazaki, a Japanese film director, producer, screenwriter, animator, author and manga artist of Studio Ghibli, which is known for anime feature films. Eight sidewalk squares near the high scho...

Homecoming festivities and Spirit Week culminate in volleyball games, annual Fall Family Festival (video included)

Homecoming festivities and Spirit Week culminate in volleyball games, annual Fall Family Festival (video included)

Harrison Moon, David Situ, Jake Longoria, Bryce Longoria, Ian Thompson, and Sahej Claire

October 16, 2017


Filed under News, Showcase, Sports, Video

Spirit Week and homecoming festivities began on Oct. 10 with a twin dress-up day, which was followed by pajama day and a decades-themed advisory dress-up competition. The week finished Friday with the homecoming rally, JV and varsity volleyball games, a middle school flag football game under the lights...

Juniors, seniors take annual trip to Ashland, experience Oregonian life (video and slideshow included)

Juniors, seniors take annual trip to Ashland, experience Oregonian life (video and slideshow included)

Sahej Claire, Chardonnay Needler, and Harrison Moon

October 12, 2017


Filed under Features, Showcase, Slideshows, Video

Each year, juniors and seniors travel to Ashland, Oregon, for four days during the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Students watch plays, explore the town of Ashland and experience outdoor activities such as whitewater rafting or bicycling. This year’s featured play was Shakespeare’s “Julius Cae...

Alumna publishes second book, details life of Audrey Hepburn (video interview included)

Alumna publishes second book, details life of Audrey Hepburn (video interview included)

Jake Longoria, Media/Broadcast Editor

September 21, 2017


Filed under Features, Showcase, Video

On Sept. 6, senior Jake Longoria sat down with author Victoria Loustalot, '03, to discuss her most recent title, "Living Like Audrey: Life Lessons from the Fairest Lady of All," a modern look at female powerhouse and '50s household name, Audrey Hepburn. That day Loustalot also visited the junior English...