The Octagon

Mehdi Lacombe
Mehdi is a junior. He has traveled all around the world and has lived in the United States, France and Belgium. This is only his second year on staff, but he has been interested in writing since elementary school. Mehdi considers himself a runner, even though last year he ran only half the year to prepare for a half marathon so he could feel successful in something. He has a sister in her junior year at University of California, Berkeley. Contact at

Mehdi Lacombe, Page Editor

Jul 21, 2018
THE SUMMER SCOOP: Senior discovers vast number of possibilities in art-based careers through internship with M5Arts (Story)
Jul 14, 2018
Q&A: Alumna visits parents’ homeland for first time, encounters patriarchal culture in Algeria (slideshow included) (Story)
Jun 06, 2018
High school celebrates last day of school with breakfast, art presentations, Glass Knife (slideshow included) (Story)
May 12, 2018
Two AP classes not offered next year; Garage Band elective added (Story)
May 11, 2018
English department undergoes big faculty shake-up (Story)
May 09, 2018
‘The Garage Band Method’ – a music teacher’s how-to for starting up rock, blues bands (Story)
Mar 28, 2018
Hands-on work with Paralympic athletes, animal shelters, hospitals replaces traditional senior seminars (Story)
Mar 24, 2018
Annual Fund donations increase 20% but fall short of ambitious 100% goal (Story)
Feb 16, 2018
Former, current SCDS faculty reunite in remembrance of Barbara Johnson (Story)
Dec 14, 2017
Girls’ and boys’ soccer teams unify after decades apart (Story)
Nov 26, 2017
Surviving a lightning strike: metal umbrella, tree save ceramics teacher from literally electrifying experience (Story)
Oct 11, 2017
Freshman who lived eight years in Saudi Arabia has high hopes for new women’s rights (Story)
Sep 27, 2017
Students, teachers try out new online platform CavNet (Story)
Sep 09, 2017
JV volleyball gets first win of season (Story)
Aug 01, 2017
Businesses say ‘Thanx’ to SCDS alum for bringing back customers, providing data (Story)
Jun 17, 2017
‘Uncle Dan’ says goodbye after 44 years (Story)
May 15, 2017
High-school choir places second, orchestra takes fourth at Anaheim Forum Festival (Story)
May 12, 2017
Blackbaud’s proposed online grading system divides community (Story)
Apr 13, 2017
Surprising combinations make T-Crepes unusual among traditional restaurants (Story/Media)
Mar 09, 2017
Orchestra, band encounter friendly, helpful judges, end with six awards at Golden Empire Festival (video included) (Story)
Feb 21, 2017
Boys’ basketball takes second win against Buckingham on senior night (Story)
Feb 21, 2017
Teacher, alumna reunited during emergency trip to veterinarian (Story)
Feb 16, 2017
Great passes allow boys’ varsity basketball to reign over Valley Christian again (Story)
Feb 08, 2017
Dwarfs, goblins, adventure await in resurrected Dungeons & Dragons club (Story)
Feb 06, 2017
Girls’ varsity basketball crushes Cristo Rey by more than 50 points (Story)
Dec 16, 2016
Girls’ JV basketball blames rigorous week before break for distraction, fatigue during game against Sac Waldorf (Story)
Dec 13, 2016
Two laptops disappear on same day; head of high school recommends students be more watchful of electronics (Story)
Nov 10, 2016
FRESHMAN FOCUS: At University of Hawaii, Zoe Dym DJs, participates in Planned Parenthood club, discovers Oahu’s secret beaches (Story)
Nov 07, 2016
Octagon updates print layout design; school roster gets much-needed facelift (Story)
Oct 27, 2016
JV volleyball finds final match of the season against Cornerstone difficult, but wins nevertheless (Story)
Oct 11, 2016
Aspiring doctor travels to Philippines to aid in children’s cleft-lip surgeries (Story)
Sep 21, 2016
FRESHMAN FOCUS: Max Schmitz finds WashU’s friendly students, less-structured majors and dorm Olympics exhilarating (Story)