The Octagon

Allison Zhang
Junior Allison Zhang enjoys small crowds, jumbo shrimp, procrastinating, completing tasks early, deep-fried foods, healthy eating, watching movies illegally on sketchy websites, reporting when people are watering their lawns on the wrong day, being organized, making messes, cleaning up messes, taking her shoes off when going through security at an airport, getting TSA Precheck, long lists and oxymorons.


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Allison Zhang, Design Chief/Opinion Editor

Jul 16, 2018
THE SUMMER SCOOP: Senior’s internship doing opposition research helps sway future career goals in politics (Story)
Jul 13, 2018
Music teacher brings 300 pounds of gifts to Rulindo, watches students sing, dance (videos included) (Story)
Jun 13, 2018
Snappy, witty ‘Ocean’s 8’ proves worthy remake of traditional franchise (Story)
Jun 09, 2018
Students try out food-delivery policy (Story)
May 10, 2018
Free, easy-to-learn Fortnite lets players build walls, bases and fortifications to help them stay alive (Story)
Apr 10, 2018
Loehmann’s Plaza vs. The UV – Two popular shopping centers go head to head (Media)
Feb 04, 2018
FRESHMAN FOCUS: Kevin Huang, ’17, loves variety of STEM classes, selection of over 300 clubs at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Story)
Jan 29, 2018
Spanish students chuckle, roll their eyes at corny plot, jokes (Story)
Dec 07, 2017
OK, Andy Weir’s ‘Artemis’ isn’t ‘The Martian,’ but it’s charming, witty and filled with fascinating science (Story)
Dec 04, 2017
International students remember the wackiest stories in their ESL textbooks (Story)
Nov 16, 2017
FRESHMAN FOCUS: Like every freshman, Sylvaine Bucher, ‘17, studies Ancient Greek, Euclid’s ‘Elements,’ Western philosophers at St. John’s College (Story)
Oct 31, 2017
40 YEARS OF THE OCTAGON: A look back at some of the most memorable stories in the paper’s history (Story)
Aug 16, 2017
Allison Zhang 2.0 – and, no, I can’t believe it either! (Story)
Jun 06, 2017
Pre-K to receive mud kitchen in honor of former teaching assistant Ariyana Jones (Story)
May 14, 2017
Basketballs, jihad and grizzlies! History teacher makes YouTube channel to post his famous stories (Story/Media)
Apr 24, 2017
All tennis players win in match against Golden Sierra (Media)
Apr 13, 2017
Sports Boosters open Fitness Rangers’ physical conditioning, training program (Story/Media)
Apr 10, 2017
Looking for summer camps, programs dedicated music, Russian or democracy? Try this flowchart (Story/Media)
Apr 07, 2017
FRESHMAN FOCUS: Jake Sands ventures into the Hell Hole at UC Santa Cruz (video included) (Story)
Mar 09, 2017
Orchestra, band encounter friendly, helpful judges, end with six awards at Golden Empire Festival (video included) (Media)
Mar 09, 2017
Students face hordes of zombies, battle chicken-legged gladiators in virtual reality world (video included) (Media)
Feb 27, 2017
Thirteen apply for new scholarships as school aims to recruit students from varied backgrounds (Media)
Feb 25, 2017
Breakthrough returns with Working Group reintroducing long-time program, now fiscally independent of school (Story)
Feb 13, 2017
Breakthrough Sacramento chooses alum parent with fundraising savvy as new executive director (Story)
Feb 06, 2017
Staff remembers playfulness, humor, dedication of Ariyana Jones (Story)
Jan 22, 2017
See Sacramento’s Women’s March through the eyes of student, faculty attendees (slideshow included) (Story)
Jan 06, 2017
Absent coach doesn’t prevent boys’ basketball from slamming El Dorado Adventist (Story)
Dec 22, 2016
12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS: Fels and Neukom remember English students imitating teachers, telling traditional jokes in winter ‘pantos’ (Story)
Dec 21, 2016
Revamp of Ambassador program includes short pitches, school-specific shadow days (Story)
Dec 21, 2016
12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS: Japanese Buddhists, Shintos celebrate newly introduced holiday with some variations (Story)
Dec 19, 2016
12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS: Devout Mexican Catholics hold parades, make altars for baby Jesus (Story)
Dec 17, 2016
12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS: French Catholics attend midnight mass, leave wine, snacks in preparation for Père Noël’s visit (Story)
Dec 15, 2016
12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS: Belgian children find presents in shoes, catch cookies in classrooms (Story)
Dec 13, 2016
12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS: Family trades chilly Sacramento weather for warm, sandy beaches in Maui (Story)
Dec 08, 2016
Community mourns loss of ‘bubbly,’ ‘caring,’ ‘joyful’ pre-K teaching assistant (Story)
Nov 20, 2016
Country Day team raises more than $6,000 for Food Bank in traditional Run to Feed the Hungry; team leaders encourage donations of all sizes (Story)
Nov 07, 2016
Inattentive drivers give busy intersection history of accidents; students suggest adding stoplight (Story)
Oct 06, 2016
Fundraiser to honor junior’s cousin raises donations with craft fair at Elk Grove Regional Park (Story)
Sep 20, 2016
‘Three-Year Swim Club’ a New York Times Best Seller after eight years of research by new head’s wife (Story)
Sep 03, 2016
Q&A: Preparing to skydive, junior hang glides in Switzerland (Story)
Sep 02, 2016
Student artists to recreate Rhett Thurman painting while enjoying food trucks, live music and crafts at Chalk It Up (Story)
Aug 18, 2016
HERE COMES SUMMER: Sophomore controls “roboroaches,” analyzes DNA and uses photodynamic theory in Biotech course (Story)
Aug 03, 2016
Excellent action scenes don’t make up for lackluster plot: sophomore disappointed by final film in Jason Bourne series (Story)
Jul 27, 2016
Q&A: Sophomore attends Republican National Convention, witnesses Trump’s nomination, roll call of states and Christian protest (Story)
Jul 22, 2016
HERE COMES SUMMER: After cracking mind-boggling ciphers for three weeks, sophomore reviews LMU cryptology course (Story)
May 22, 2016
Local band directors help Jazz Bands, concert band prepare for Forum Festival; all three groups earn silver ratings (Media)
May 19, 2016
A purr-fect place: SCDS community finds homes for campus kitties (Story)
May 08, 2016
New substitute teacher ‘dives’ into classrooms; from recovering dead bodies to fighting fires, Crabb has witnessed it all (Story)
May 05, 2016
Ballet dancer to miss two AP tests, SAT testing date for dance convention (Story)
May 01, 2016
Judges pick top three Sophomore Presentations (Story)
Apr 22, 2016
With no subs available, girls’ soccer falls to Cristo Rey (full recap) (Story)
Mar 29, 2016
Raw-food, no-sugar, juice-cleanse diets test students’ willpower (Story)
Mar 24, 2016
Some freshmen worried about SCDS trip to Europe following Brussels attack (Story)
Mar 18, 2016
Strong defense, four goals from freshman propel Cavs to triumph over Victory Christian (Story)
Mar 14, 2016
WEIRD COLLECTIONS: Model airplanes, soda-can tabs, wind-up toys and more (Story)
Mar 06, 2016
FRESHMAN FOCUS: Dominic Stephen likes small classes, quality engineering program at Sierra College (Story)
Feb 29, 2016
Chocolate, tea, cookies, coloring: library activities centered around stress-relief theme (Story)
Feb 16, 2016
Varsity boys finish regular season with perfect league record after decisive win over Buckingham (Story)
Feb 09, 2016
Defense, communication help varsity boys demolish Faith Christian (Story)
Jan 16, 2016
JV boys increase winning streak to seven with decisive Homecoming victory over Faith Christian (Story)
Jan 12, 2016
FINAL TIPS FOR FRESHMEN: Sophomores share their physics-final wisdom (Story/Media)
Jan 10, 2016
Only a dead battery keeps freshmen from escaping puzzle room in record time (Story)
Jan 09, 2016
High schoolers exceed food drive goal of 2016 servings by 1000; seniors bring home Golden Can (Story)
Dec 09, 2015
Q&A with Joe Zales: Freshman raises four chickens (Raven, Ursula, Dotty and Venus) in his backyard (Story)
Nov 19, 2015
Harvard law student falls for tough professor’s daughter in ‘The Paper Chase’; two performances this weekend feature many set changes (slideshow included) (Story)
Nov 14, 2015
Poor reviews don’t do ‘Burnt’ justice; story of chef’s quest for three Michelin stars is about more than cooking (Story)
Nov 02, 2015
After two-week exchange, freshman baseball player learns Americans and Japanese share love for sport but practice, coach, play differently (Story)
Oct 28, 2015
Alumnus Morgan Bennett-Smith spends summer researching at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (Story)
Oct 12, 2015
‘The Martian’ features Matt Damon, disco music, space travel, sci-fi (Story)
Sep 12, 2015
New Spanish teacher Federico Alpizar likes soccer, the beach and auto racing (Story/Media)