The Octagon

2018-2019 Staff

Gabi Alvarado

Blogger

Gabriela Alvarado is a senior and is co-captain of the Mock Trial team, co-literary editor of The Glass Knife and co-chair of the Chicanx-Latinx Student Union, which she started as a freshman. College applications will be keepi...

Keshav Anand

Reporter

Sophomore Keshav Anand is currently a reporter for the Octagon. He is fond of writing news stories, even though the interview process can be painful at times. Outside of school, he plays tennis and is a big fan of Rafael Nadal, as he and...

Sanjana Anand

Reporter

Freshman Sanjana Anand loves eating ice cream, rewatching her favorite show, “Grey’s Anatomy,” visiting amusement parks, traveling, baking and napping. More importantly, she is excited for her first year at Country Day. ...

Larkin Barnard-Bahn

Page Editor/Business Manager

Junior Larkin Barnard-Bahn sings with the Sacramento Children’s Chorus and is a founder of the SCDS A Cappella Club. She has sung in almost every language you've heard - or never heard - of, including Zulu, Lithuanian, and Serbo-Cro...

Emma Boersma

Graphic Artist

Emma Boersma is a second-year staffer - although she skipped Octagon in her sophomore year - who is a junior and has been attending Country Day for six years now. She enjoys good weather, stationary and fuzzy fabrics. She is curre...

Jacqueline Chao

Photo Editor

Senior Jacqueline Chao believes her addiction to caffeine is healthy, even though her friends disagree. Always looking for excuses to increase her daily coffee intake, she is taking five challenging classes this year - four of whi...

Jack Christian

Editor-in-Chief/News & Sports Editor

Senior Jack Christian has been at SCDS for 14 years. His favorite pastime - other than drinking coffee with Dr. Whited - is playing with his 1-year-old sister, Paige. Jack plans to work in pediatrics in the future, as he loves work...

Arjin Claire

Reporter

Freshman Arjin Claire has attended Country Day since kindergarten and is new to journalism. He is an avid soccer player and enjoys watching “Liverpool FC.” Arjin enjoys reading, spending time with family and friends, videog...

Jackson Crawford

Reporter

It’s junior Jackson Crawford’s eighth year at Country Day and first 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 friend...

Hailey Fesai

Reporter

Hailey Fesai is a freshman who is very passionate about writing, loves extreme sports, and reads three to four books at the same time. She is also primarily a competitive swimmer and has been for seven years now. She’s alread...

Anna Frankel

Page Editor

Junior Anna Frankel is a third-year Octagon staffer and doesn't remember a time when she did not attend Country Day. When she isn’t scrambling to finish her homework (which takes up the majority of her time), Anna enjoys eatin...

Carter Joost

Reporter

Carter Joost is a sophomore who loves and fears his dog Chester, a cute ball of total destruction and rodent death. He loves history, reading, games, Reddit and nature. He can be found lurking or pacing around the sophomore tab...

Mehdi Lacombe

Editor-in-Chief/Social Media

Senior Mehdi Lacombe is a French-American-Tunisian who moved to Sacramento two years ago. He joined the Octagon due to his enjoyment of writing but continued to work hard up to his eventual editor-in-chief position due to his new-found p...

Blake Lincoln

Blogger

Senior Blake Lincoln has been at SCDS for 13 years, meaning he’s witnessed firsthand many of the changes that have occurred on campus over the last decade. Blake likes studying politics and electoral history. He has studied every e...

Dylan Margolis

Reporter

His name is Dylan, in a freshman world. In Octagogon, it's fantastagogon. You can brush his hair; he hates eating pears. Imagination, life is his creation. Come on, Dylan - let's go party! He’s a Margolis, and he’s a report...

Jackson Margolis

Page Editor

Jackson Margolis’ no stranger to Octagon / The junior’s been on it for two plus years / A full commitment's what he’s thinking of / You wouldn't get this from any other guy / He’s never gonna give you up / Never gonna...

Joe Mo

Website Designer

Joe is a senior. He loves technology and design, and he joined Octagon this year to help build a new website for the Online Edition. When he isn't busy with life, you'll probably find him playing around with Photoshop or fid...

Ethan Monasa

Reporter

Freshman Ethan Monasa has been at Country Day since kindergarten. He has three younger siblings (two brothers and a sister). He loves cats and has four of them. Outside of Octagon, Ethan is a member of the Concert Band and soccer ...

Harrison Moon

Media Editor

This is senior Harrison Moon’s third year at SCDS and second year on the Octagon media staff. Some of his favorite shows include "Game of Thrones," "This is Us," "The Crown," "Atlanta," "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," "Better Call Saul"...

Miles Morrow

Reporter

Freshman Miles enjoys not having to do homework on the weekends, eating good food and spending time with friends. He attempts to find ways to finish his homework at a decent hour; however, he’s a master procrastinator. He t...

Chardonnay Needler

Editor-in-Chief/Feature Editor

Senior Chardonnay Needler is very simple. All she needs in life is a steady supply of memes, cheesy Chinese pop, anything in a double harmonic major key, bubble tea (especially with milk foam) and striped clothing. Her triggers ...

Sarina Rye

Page Editor

Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night keeps sophomore Sarina Rye from wearing the same pair of discontinued black flip-flops each day. Her other habits include sitting in every way possible - except normally - and carryin...

Mohini Rye

Editor-in-Chief/Opinion Editor

After four years of passion-hunting, senior Mohini Rye has ruled out basketball (lacked both arm and mental strength), track and field (signed up yet never attended practice) and photography (took some pictures once, and they su...

Héloïse Schep

Page Editor

This will be junior Héloïse (don’t forget the accents!) Schep’s fifth year at SCDS and third on the Octagon, but it’s her first year as an international student; her parents live in the Netherlands, where Schep was bo...

David Situ

Assistant Media Editor

Junior David Situ has been at Country Day since kindergarten. This is his third year on staff. He is on the school’s golf team, and is also a violinist in the orchestra. In his free time, David enjoys reading, watching too mu...

Elise Sommerhaug

Photographer

Sophomore Elise Sommerhaug has attended SCDS since fourth grade. This is her second year on the Octagon, first as a reporter and now as a photographer. She’s been playing volleyball and the violin at SCDS since fifth grade. She ...

Arijit Trivedi

Reporter

Freshman Arijit Trivedi has been at SCDS since third grade. He enjoys playing video games, eating candy and messing around with his friends. This is his first year on the Octagon. Arijit is also on the soccer team and plays fl...

Arikta Trivedi

Reporter

Freshman Arikta Trivedi has attended SCDS since the third grade. Arikta is also a percussionist in the concert band and a pianist outside of school. She enjoys reading, and her favorite series are “Hunger Games” and “Harry...

Rebecca Waterson

Blogger

Junior 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 ...

Allison Zhang

Editor-in-Chief/News & Sports Editor

When she has nothing else to do, senior Allison Zhang goes through her contacts and customizes text vibrations to vibrate the first letter of someone’s name in morse code, thus allowing her to tell who sent the text without ...

Shimin Zhang

Photographer

This is junior Shimin Zhang’s second year on the Octagon as a photographer. She enjoys photography, reading and crafting during her free time outside of class. She also loves classical music and plays piano in the high school ...

Ming Zhu

Media Staffer

Sophomore Ming Zhu is just your average staffer. He writes stories - but not always efficiently. He doesn’t study too hard - but ends up with decent grades. He likes tennis - but isn’t so great at it. He’s not the best at j...