The Octagon

Katia Dahmani
Katia is a senior who has been at SCDS since kindergarten and on staff for four years. Katia has also played for the girls’ varsity basketball and volleyball teams for four years. When she’s not writing a story for the Octagon or doing her homework, Katia is probably listening to music or watching Netflix. Some of her favorite artists include Drake, Frank Ocean, Kendrick Lamar and Nirvana. Contact at

Katia Dahmani , Print Editor-in-Chief

Jun 20, 2018
Juniors use English class proposal essays to push for change ()
Jun 12, 2018
Seniors say ‘Sayonara’: editors-in-chief bid adieu with funny memories, bittersweet farewells ()
Apr 18, 2018
Early morning fire alarm startles students ()
Apr 12, 2018
Parkland shooting raises safety concerns; students say SCDS needs hiding space, fencing, bulletproof glass (Story)
Mar 09, 2018
Former middle school English teacher’s memorial to be on St. Patrick’s Day ()
Feb 22, 2018
Senior’s shoulder dislocations, failed forced shots spell doom for boys’ basketball team in first playoff game (Story)
Feb 12, 2018
Numerous fouls lead to Cavs’ defeat on senior night ()
Jan 28, 2018
Cavs net another win in the Lions’ den ()
Jan 24, 2018
Cavs triumph despite Lions’ unique strategy ()
Jan 04, 2018
Strong defense allows boys to continue winning streak ()
Dec 17, 2017
Q&A: Sophomore soccer player trains, completes homework halfway around the world ()
Dec 16, 2017
SPOTLIGHT ON SEXUAL HARASSMENT: As allegations surface in journalism, film, tech, academia, alumnae tell their own stories ()
Dec 13, 2017
Smashing victory for boys’ basketball leading up to tournament ()
Dec 05, 2017
SPOTLIGHT ON HARASSMENT: Alumna’s colleague speaks out against misconduct in academia ()
Nov 01, 2017
Alumna was there for deadliest massacre in modern US history ()
Sep 19, 2017
Apple tree outside library fills up with messages eulogizing former English teacher Lauren LaMay ()
Sep 14, 2017
Varsity volleyball triumphs over Eagles after three close sets ()
Jul 21, 2017
Community mourns death of middle-school English teacher Lauren LaMay (video included) ()
Jun 12, 2017
Multifaceted athletic seniors look to compete in intramural, recreational sports in college, but will be missed by teams ()
May 20, 2017
Digital age of journalism: Twitter Moments, Snapchat’s Discover, online news sites replace traditional sources ()
Apr 02, 2017
Shoe Culture at SCDS: You may not think Country Day has it, but think again ()
Feb 11, 2017
Junior lucks out – then loses out! – after winning free concert tickets ()
Dec 24, 2016
We hate the (insert name here)! Big crowds, bad sportsmanship, fierce players fuel rivalries ()
Dec 11, 2016
School aims to renew WASC accreditation; officials to visit classes in March ()
Sep 24, 2016
New high-school STEM teachers bring intriguing pasts to their positions ()
Aug 25, 2016
Student Council to hold Olympics featuring balloon tosses, extreme dodgeball on orientation day ()
Jul 26, 2016
Senior can’t get to Orange County due to Southwest flight glitches ()
Jul 03, 2016
COOKING IN THE CAVE: Sophomore chef rolls right through new sushi recipe ()
Jun 05, 2016
Ankle injuries cripple players in four sports; former athletic trainer recommends taping, wearing preventative braces ()
May 17, 2016
Sophomore places first in 100-yard, 50-yard frees; freshman swims varsity instead of JV, places fifth ()
May 13, 2016
Sophomore Fackenthal places first, second in two events, qualifies for swim finals ()
May 06, 2016
Baseball game against Buckingham cancelled due to wet field ()
Apr 29, 2016
Seniors rush to complete graduation requirements ()
Apr 28, 2016
New Head’s Priority: Parking is top concern; students complain walk from American River Drive often makes them late ()
Apr 25, 2016
Only couple hundredths of a second separate Fackenthal from All-American, Zales from first place at meet ()
Apr 13, 2016
Boys’, girls’ basketball teams receive awards at Winter Sports Banquet ()
Feb 17, 2016
New Head’s Priority: Growing student population would provide more social, academic opportunities ()
Feb 08, 2016
POINT OF INTEREST: Valentine-themed Winter Ball to be Feb. 13 at Studio 817 ()
Jan 25, 2016
Teacher Daniel Neukom recommends fresh wheels for student drivers ()
Nov 20, 2015
FRESHMAN FOCUS: Surprise! Micaela Bennett-Smith likes it at Oxy! ()
Nov 05, 2015
Large Latin class means teacher must adjust former teaching style ()
Nov 04, 2015
New dress-code policy unpopular ()
Oct 13, 2015
No uniforms, multiple classrooms, four seasons: new Rwandan freshman adjusts to California ()
Oct 08, 2015
Unexpected diagnosis of rare heart condition ends all strenuous athletics for sophomore, shocks his family ()
Sep 17, 2015
Freshman sees Chicago from the 96th floor of Willis Tower and catches fireflies in Michigan ()
Aug 26, 2015
Sophomore braves crowds at Universal Studios Japan, visits Hiroshima memorial dome ()
May 31, 2015
BLAST FROM THE PAST: Quincey Tidey recalls writing award-winning story on homosexuals ()
May 27, 2015
High School Awards Assembly held May 26 ()
May 27, 2015
School uses grant to purchase three 3-D printers ()
May 08, 2015
TEST TALK: Outside reading aids Anna Wiley in AP exam ()
Apr 15, 2015
Tennis team defeated by Forest Lake after three members forfeit match ()
Mar 11, 2015
Baseball team defeats Victory Christian ()
Feb 23, 2015
Adding club athletes allows swim team to compete in relays ()
Feb 20, 2015
After teaching ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ for 22 years, Lauren LaMay looks forward to Harper Lee’s new book ()
Feb 05, 2015
Waldorf High School invites high school to attend Yule Ball ()
Jan 28, 2015
Student Council uses leftover funds to bring taco truck after finals ()
Jan 27, 2015
Poor defensive choices lead to varsity’s loss to Valley Christian ()
Jan 11, 2015
Alexa Mathisen leaves Rio’s large class sizes for Country Day ()
Jan 11, 2015
Owaidat family donates funds for new trophy cases ()
Nov 18, 2014
SWEET TEETH: When calories aren’t an issue, try these decadent desserts! ()
Oct 31, 2014
JV volleyball loses last game of season ()
Oct 21, 2014
Girls’ JV volleyball crushed by Valley Christian ()
Oct 18, 2014
Without subs JV volleyball loses to Millennium ()
Oct 11, 2014
Girls’ JV volleyball loses to Valley Christian ()
Oct 08, 2014
Sophomore returns to Country Day after finding St. Francis High School too strict ()
Sep 28, 2014
Girl’s JV volleyball team loses to Valley Christian ()
Sep 24, 2014
Fusion Eats: Kimchi and bao, meet chips ‘n’ salsa ()
Sep 16, 2014
Girls’ JV volleyball defeated by San Juan ()
Sep 09, 2014
Girls’ JV varsity team defeated by Woodland Christian ()