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Senior ties for 2nd in national swimming competition, will represent Team USA in August (videos included)

Senior ties for 2nd in national swimming competition, will represent Team USA in August (videos included)

Chardonnay Needler, Online Editor-in-Chief
July 9, 2017 • 263 views
Filed under Features, Showcase, Sports, Video

Senior Amalie Fackenthal has qualified for the 2017 FINA (Fédération Internationale de Natation) World Junior Swimming Championships’ Team USA. Fackenthal tied for second with a time of 55.61 seconds in the 17-and-under female 100m free at the week-long Phillips 66 U.S. National Championships/Wor...

Breakthrough is back! (video)

Breakthrough is back! (video)

Jake Longoria, Media/Broadcast Editor
June 30, 2017 • 238 views
Filed under Showcase, Video

  Welcome back, Breakthrough! Read more about Breakthrough's return here. Subscribe to the Octagon's YouTube channel....

‘Wonder Woman”s detail, realism impress sophomore wary of superhero movies (trailer included)

‘Wonder Woman”s detail, realism impress sophomore wary of superhero movies (trailer included)

Héloïse Schep, Page Editor
June 30, 2017 • 173 views
Filed under Opinion & Reviews, Showcase, Video

There is only one word that can describe “Wonder Woman”: awesome. From the epic battlefield scenes to the stunning sets and brilliant casting, this movie was unlike any I have seen before. “Wonder Woman,” directed by Patty Jenkins (the first female director of a studio superhero movie), is ...

Junior swimmer sets yet another state record, becoming state champion of two events (videos included)

Junior swimmer sets yet another state record, becoming state champion of two events (videos included)

Larkin Barnard-Bahn, Reporter
May 25, 2017 • 285 views
Filed under Showcase, Sports, Video

In a spectacular finish to the season, junior Amalie Fackenthal triumphed in the state championships, winning two events and setting a state meet record. The California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Swimming and Diving Championships were on May 19-20 at Clovis Olympic Swim Complex in Clovis, C...

Seniors announce college decisions at lunch (video included)

Seniors announce college decisions at lunch (video included)

Sonja Hansen, Online Editor-in-Chief
May 11, 2017 • 476 views
Filed under News, Showcase, Video

On May 10, the seniors celebrated College Day and their last official day of high school classes by donning spirit wear and announcing their college decisions in front of the high school at the end of lunch. After the announcements, the seniors took a picture behind the gym. Faculty members were encouraged...

CYNICISM AT THE CINEMA: Eerily familiar setting in ‘The Man in the High Castle’ draws in viewer (video included)

CYNICISM AT THE CINEMA: Eerily familiar setting in ‘The Man in the High Castle’ draws in viewer (video included)

Chardonnay Needler, Reporter
April 8, 2017 • 344 views
Filed under Opinion & Reviews, Showcase, Video

Movie aficionado sophomore Chardonnay Needler reviews films biweekly in “Cynicism at the Cinema.” It’s a picturesque summer day in New York City; flags of red, white and blue are patriotically billowing in front of spotless two-story ‘60s-style homes. John Smith, a government and military man, caresses his wife, Helen, as they watch their children play. T...

Educate. Inspire. Take Action.

Educate. Inspire. Take Action.

Adam Dean, Jack Christian, and Jacqueline Chao
April 7, 2017 • 455 views
Filed under News, Showcase, Slideshows, Video

On April 7, three Octagon staffers competed in the Online News Package contest at the National High School Journalism Convention in Seattle, Washington. Their assignment was to create a multimedia news package about the Holocaust Center for Humanity. Three years ago, former social studies ...

FRESHMAN FOCUS: Jake Sands ventures into the Hell Hole at UC Santa Cruz (video included)

FRESHMAN FOCUS: Jake Sands ventures into the Hell Hole at UC Santa Cruz (video included)

Allison Zhang, Reporter
April 7, 2017 • 279 views
Filed under Features, Showcase, Video

Jake Sands, ‘16, has just finished his second quarter at University of California, Santa Cruz. He is planning on majoring in electrical engineering. Q: What classes are you taking? A: Multivariable calculus, a Physics 5 series, and next quarter I’ll be doing linear algebra. Q: What...

Q&A: Sophomore takes first in Music Marvel piano competition after 11 years of tickling the ivories (video included)

Q&A: Sophomore takes first in Music Marvel piano competition after 11 years of tickling the ivories (video included)

Héloïse Schep, Reporter
March 19, 2017 • 355 views
Filed under News, Showcase, Video

Sophomore Allison Zhang participated in Music Marvel’s annual Piano Marvel YouTube Competition and won first place in the High School category on March 16. Q: What exactly is Music Marvel? A: Music Marvel is a piano company that makes software for teachers. You can connect their software to a keyboard, and it will give you music to play from their datab...

Middle- and high-school choir performs ‘A Change is Gonna Come’ at lunchtime concert (video included)

Middle- and high-school choir performs ‘A Change is Gonna Come’ at lunchtime concert (video included)

Sonja Hansen and Jacqueline Chao
March 15, 2017 • 376 views
Filed under News, Showcase, Video

On March 14, the middle- and high-school choir, chamber orchestra and band performed in the Matthews Library at lunch. Choir members, eighth graders Sydney Turner, Vaishnavi Doma and Nate Leavy, freshmen Téa Huynh Van, Mackenzie McLeod and Emme Bogetich, sophomores Brandy Riziki, Monique Lonergan,...