Staff

Freshman Aarushi Rohatgi is an active Girl Scout who is completing her Silver Award. She has an older brother, Ashwin, who attends Country Day. In her spare time, she enjoys practicing piano, baking desserts and reading. But her favorite thing to do is play with her dog, Cuddles, who recently turned five years old and still loves to bark. Contact at arohatgi24@scdsstudent.org.

Hi there! Oh wait let me switch to the third person. Junior Arijit Trivedi is your average guy; he likes climbing trees, frolicking in large open fields, photographing fungi and he sure does love the Octagon (two of those are false). And don’t forget sleep...oh sleep, you are dearly missed. Despite their recent break up when junior year began, Arijit and sleep are working on their relationship, going to couple’s therapy every week. When Arijit isn’t reminiscing the old times he had with his ex, he is meticulously planning out his next adventure: eating pineapple jelly on Mars. Contact at arijtrivedi22@scdsstudent.org.

Without Netflix and her two dogs, junior Arikta Trivedi would probably be bored out of her mind. When her dogs aren’t keeping her busy, she fills her time being on the Student Council and in the band. She’s been on campus since third grade and has spent most of her time procrastinating, which is her favorite activity. While procrastinating, she likes to watch her favorite show, “Grey’s Anatomy.” Contact at ariktrivedi22@scdsstudent.org

Junior Arjin Claire has attended Country Day since kindergarten and is in his third year on the Octagon. He is an avid soccer player and enjoys watching “Liverpool FC.” Arjin loves reading, spending time with family and friends, playing video games, drawing, celebrating Christmas and sleeping. Arjin is also a passionate “Harry Potter” fan and would love to discuss the series with anyone. Contact at aclaire22@scdsstudent.org.

Sophomore Callister Misquitta has been attending Country Day since his freshman year. He spends his winter skiing on the weekends with his family. He’s your go to person to talk about anything skiing or snowboarding related. When he isn’t skiing, you can find him practicing the piano or playing with his friends. Every morning he goes on runs to ensure that he’s ready for cross country and track. Contact at cmisquitta23@scdsstudent.org.

Dylan James Margolis is a sophomore at the ripe age of 15. This is his second year reporting for the Octagon. He hasn’t lost all of his baby teeth yet and is a pretty big fan of “Star Wars.” For proof, he predicts that Endor returns in episode 9 with the Ewoks. Lastly, Dylan always has the best story ideas and should get points for all of them. Contact at dmargolis22@scdsstudent.org.

Junior Elise Sommerhaug has been attending SCDS since fourth grade. She has participated in the Octagon since freshman year, starting out as a writer but moving to photography one year later. She enjoys playing volleyball and the violin inside and outside of school. Contact at esommerhaug21@scdssrudent.org.

When not at the pool or in school, freshman Emily Asperger loves eating and scrolling through Tik Tok. She has attended Country Day for seven years and is a first-year Octagon staffer. She swims competitively year round and has a passion for eating ice cream. She enjoys playing the violin and walking her two dogs. She is definitely still trying to figure out high school. Contact at easperger23@scdsstudent.org

Emily Cook is a sophomore and has been at Sacramento Country Day since first grade. When not at school, she can be found either relaxing at home watching Netflix or practicing kickboxing. She also enjoys hanging out with her sister — though she mostly just likes to annoy her. Contact her at emilycook23@scdstudent.org

As the sun rises on her last year of high school, senior Emma Boersma has slowly become less flesh and blood and more ice cream and coffee. Also — fun fact — she has used that same gross pencil case since she found it on the ground in Staples in sixth grade. One can often find her correcting people who pronounce La Croix like “Lah Kur-Oi,” promoting her YouTube channel, and defending the Oxford comma. Contact at eboersma20@scdsstudent.org.

Eric Lechpammer is a freshman at Country Day who pretends to know what he’s doing. He makes editorial cartoons for the Octagon. He has a younger sibling named Laura (age 8) who also attends Country Day. When he isn’t in class or spending time with his friends, he can be found drawing, participating in Mock Trial, playing video games, running long distances or having long conversations with his cats. Contact at elechpammer23@scdsstudent.org

Junior Ethan Monasa loves his four cats. He has full on conversations with them — they can totally understand him! Legend has it that he crochets little mittens and hats for his cats and sits with them by the fireplace feeding them way too many treats. Sleeping without a cat snuggling against him? He would never! What’s that you say? He’s a crazy cat lady? How dare you! If you ever want some cat pictures, contact at emonasa22@scdsstudent.org

Like video games? Adore anime? Then be sure to talk to sophomore Garman Xu! Outside of bingeing his favorite shows on sketchy websites, he likes to discuss game design and vibe with anime songs he doesn't even understand. Garman is also a competitive classical pianist who spends all his time stressing on technicalities instead of musicality. He has performed in Carnegie Hall in NYC and MIT. Contact at gxu23@scdsstudent.org

Senior Héloïse Schep is a trilingual Dutch expat and stressed out by relaxing. Thus, she’s a four-year member of the Octagon and the Glass Knife; a Mock Trial team captain; the vice president of the a capella club; a member of the Robotics and Book clubs and too many others; and an amateur coder and astrologist. She loves teaching, taking copy-editing quizzes, designing pages and using semicolons. Contact at hschep20@scdsstudent.org.

This is senior Hermione Xian’s third year at Country Day and second year on the Octagon. She is addicted to Japanese anime, enjoys collecting cute anime figures and loves taking photos. Seemingly quiet and poker-faced, she always has weird and interesting photo ideas to share. She looks forward to contributing good stories and learning page design. Contact at hxian21@scdsstudent.org

It’s senior Jackson Crawford’s ninth year at Country Day and second year on the Octagon. He has a younger brother, Peyton, and sister, Makena, who also attend Country Day. He enjoys playing sports, hanging out with friends and waiting until the last minute to finish that paper that was assigned three months ago (just in case someone dare finish it early). However, his patented technique is not for sale. Contact at jcrawford20@scdsstudent.org.

Sophomore Jacob Chand has been at Country Day his whole life. He enjoys playing basketball, thrifting for clothes and listening to new music. In his free time, Jacob goes to the park with his friends to play soccer. Jacob strives to become a plastic surgeon and the face of Country Day. Contact at jchand23@scdsstudent.org

Jonah David (aka “Mr. President”) is going into his second year at Country Day and first year in the Octagon. In his spare time out of office, he enjoys flexing his video game skills and building computers and keyboards for the ultimate gaming experience. You might even see him on or off-campus running or frolicking on the field. Otherwise, you can find him in the basketball gym dribbling or watching rom-coms or superhero movies. He hopes he can be the next Tony Stark or some other type of “genius billionaire playboy philanthropist” (Tony Stark, The Avengers). Contact at jdavid23@scdsstudent.org

Freshman Katie Espinoza is starting her first year on the Octagon, social distancing. When she’s not drowning in schoolwork, she spends her time bullet-journaling, watching “Avatar: The Last Airbender” on Netflix and drawing. Katie is a full-time K-pop stan, and will gladly argue with you if you make fun of it. She also hopes that her freshman year won’t burn to shreds like 2020 has so far. Contact at kespinoza@scdsstudent.org

Senior Larkin Barnard-Bahn enjoys singing — both in the a cappella club she founded and in the Sacramento Children’s Chorus — baking and finding grammar and spelling mistakes. Such errors in professional situations — such as Planet Fitness’ unhyphenated compound adjective in its “judgment free zone” marketing — are her pet peeves. Her favorite punctuation is the em dash — it’s clear and powerful! Contact at lbarnard-bahn20@scdsstudent.org.

Freshman Lauren Lu is commencing her tenth year at Country Day. At heart, she is a classical musician, playing both the piano and violin. Lauren is also an avid reader, aspiring artist, amateur coder, and self-proclaimed otaku. In her free time, Lauren enjoys painting, watching crime shows, playing with her dog — a tiny but fierce Yorkie — whom she treasures deeply and pampers daily, and using Oxford commas. Contact at llu24@scdsstudent.org

Miles Morrow is a junior at Country Day and a second-year Octagon staffer. This is his 13th year at Country Day, and he plans to stay all through high school. In his free time, Miles enjoys playing Minecraft with his friends. His summer consisted of travel and sports and a lot of relaxing and video games — because that’s what it’s for, right? Miles is nervous and excited for his sophomore year. Contact at mmorrow22@scdsstudent.org.

Senior Ming Zhu enjoys snowboarding, ten-, oh, wait, none of this is going to be possible, huh. To prevent crying from depression in quarantine, Zhu plays video games, records clarinet and continues to try new things as quarantine slowly pushes him to insanity. He is interested in anything tech-related, enjoys classical music and — thanks to the quarantine — rekindled his love for video games. Contact at mzhu21@scdsstudent.org

Sophomore Natalie Park loves stickers, bad fashion, and generally being an overenthusiastic tea lover. Rumor has it she also likes to draw, and may or may not share if you ask her. When not holed up in her run-down cabin in the middle of the woods, she can be contacted at npark23@scdsstudent.org

Nihal Gulati is a rising junior who’s entirely too clever for his own good. When he’s not reading a fantasy book...(sorry, does that ever happen? Once? Really?), you might find him tapping away at his computer doing rather dastardly things to a Macbook across the room. He’s a big fan of any science or math you can think of, and many you can’t, which is probably why he’s ending up a physicist. Contact at ngulati22@scdsstudent.org

Senior Rebecca Waterson always has wet hair since she’s a year-round swimmer. Most of her days are spent at the pool, while the rest of her time is split between daydreaming, attempting to sing to her dogs and trying to find time to read her favorite books. She loves all food except seafood, her dislike blossoming from a traumatic experience involving clams. Plus, she could never eat her fish friends! Contact at rwaterson20@scdsstudent.org.

Sophomore Rod Azghadi has been at Country Day since eighth grade. He enjoys playing basketball and participating in all school activities. In his freetime, Rod trains for half-marathons and feeds his addiction to pour painting. Two things that Rod strives for in life are distinguishing that Persians are not Arabs and normalizing men who watch Grey’s Anatomy. Contact at razghadi23@scdsstudent.org

Sophomore Samhita Kumar is an avid fan of mystery novels, Quiz Bowl, the Oxford Comma and irony. If she’s not watching “The Great British Baking Show” and admiring the desserts, you can probably find Samhita reading, writing or spending an inordinate amount of time on her calligraphy. Legend has it that she’ll never get her Q’s right. Contact at skumar23@scdsstudent.org.

Hardworking sophomore Samrath Pannu is a new reporter for his first year on the Octagon. When he isn’t studying or procrastinating for a pop quiz in English, you can find him on the blacktop or in the gym perfecting his craft in basketball. In his free time, he plays NBA 2K20 and spends time with his baby sister, Sameera. He often scrolls through TikTok at full volume in the quad. Contact at: spannu23@scdsstudent.org

Junior Sanjana Anand’s lack of sleep and coffee addiction isn’t only the Octagon’s fault. When she isn’t writing, designing or editing (a very rare occurrence), she spends her time participating in mock trial, taking an absurd amount of AP classes (not to everyone’s disbelief), napping, playing tennis, FaceTiming her friends for an unhealthy amount of time (her parents can vouch for that) and watching Netflix. Contact at sanand22@scdsstudent.org

This is senior Shimin Zhang’s third year on the Octagon as a photographer and first year as a Co-Photo Editor. She enjoys photography and reading during her free time. She also loves classical music and plays piano in the high school chamber group. Her favorite composers are Haydn and Shostakovich. She looks forward to contributing more photos to the print and online edition of Octagon this year. Contact at szhang20@scdsstudent.org.

Sophomore Sicily Schroeder has been at Country Day since kindergarten, and this is her first year on the Octagon. When she isn’t doing homework, Sicily likes to read multiple books at once and begin watching random Netflix shows. She plays volleyball and tennis, although tennis is a work in progress — so far she hasn’t managed to do much more than hit the ball out of bounds. Contact at sschroeder22@scdsstudent.org.

Freshman William Holz looks forward to making new friends in his first year at Country Day. Besides Mock Trial and Octagon, he stays busy with fencing at the national level, piano, trumpet, website development and dreading the next Spanish test. His hobbies include soccer, astronomy, studying international cultures and raising backyard chickens, though he has no taste for eggs. Contact at wholz24@scdsstudent.org