During Octagon Boot Camp a week before school started, new staffers learned about the 5 W’s and the H (who, what, when, where, why and how) and the inverted pyramid style, which outlines how to prioritize information in news stories (from most to least important). After becoming familiar with the journalistic basics, they were presented with an unusual assignment: Write a brief news story about a nursery rhyme. 

Former editor-in-chief Emma Williams, ’15, (now a freshman at Cornell University) chose the top four stories. Every day this week we’ll be posting the winners’ assignments.

Junior Mac Scott received honorable mention for his take on the classic dish-and-spoon nursery rhyme. 

Hey, diddle, diddle,

The cat and the fiddle,

The cow jumped over the moon;

The little dog laughed

To see such sport, 

And the dish ran away with the spoon.

Last Sunday during Donald Trump’s Halloween party, a bizarre animal-themed heist managed to steal $50 million in rare gems, art and jewelry.

The three thieves entered Trump Tower with fake staff passes, pretending to be part of the entertainment staff.

The thieves, who were wearing animal masks, snuck in automatic weapons via their hollowed-out musical instruments.

The thieves secured the exits, disabled Trump’s security system and held the guests at gunpoint.

While this happened, one of the thieves slipped out and stole Trump’s personal ornamental spoon collection, estimated to be worth over $10 million.

The thieves escaped via a helicopter on the roof, painted like a cow, narrowly evading the SWAT team moving to intercept them after a brief gunfight.

“This was (one of) the most bizarre crimes I’ve been called to,” SWAT officer John Smith said. “The strangest thing was one of the thieves, the dog mask, was laughing hysterically during the gunfight. He was insane.”

The police are currently following up on leads based on descriptions from the guests, but have made little progress.

—By Mac Scott

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