The Octagon

Sonja Hansen
Sonja is a senior who has been at Country Day since first grade. This is Sonja’s fourth and final year on staff. She has visited over 30 countries with her two sisters (fourth grader Morgan and junior Bianca) and brother, Chris. She is a teacher for Cognitive Exchange, plays on the golf team and participates in the Marathon Training elective. She enjoys spending time with her two dogs: Sam and Abby. Sonja’s favorite foods are her mom’s spaghetti and Muddy Buddies. Contact at

Sonja Hansen, Print Editor-in-Chief

Jun 16, 2018
Rushing to complete P.E. requirement, unathletic senior evolves into fitness freak (Story)
Jun 12, 2018
Seniors say ‘Sayonara’: editors-in-chief bid adieu with funny memories, bittersweet farewells (Story)
May 31, 2018
East Asian students share stories of 100-day celebrations, explain birthday-like tradition (Story)
May 30, 2018
Well, my first birthday went a little like this…for Indian students it’s a much bigger deal (Story)
May 23, 2018
Sophomore’s recruitment dreams dashed by multiple injuries (Story)
May 19, 2018
THE SKINNY: You’ve been cordially invited to stay at chez Hansen (Story)
May 05, 2018
THE SKINNY: Always journal on journeys, kids! (Story/Media)
Apr 30, 2018
Lifelong athletes try their hand at recruitment but they do so under scrutiny of NCAA officials (Story/Media)
Apr 22, 2018
THE SKINNY: Selecting a college major means putting the cart before the horse (Story)
Apr 03, 2018
THE SKINNY: Strange encounters of the canine kind (Story/Media)
Mar 16, 2018
THE SKINNY: Senior plays Irish roulette, dangerous match of Simon Says on family vacation (Story)
Feb 25, 2018
THE SKINNY: Senior’s a sick straw sleuth (Story/Media)
Feb 08, 2018
THE SKINNY: It’s time for my beloved Carmichael to have its own ‘Lady Bird’ moment (Story)
Jan 17, 2018
THE SKINNY: Senior’s habit of ‘getting stuck’ leads to sticky situations (Story)
Jan 01, 2018
THE SKINNY: How little Johnny died on the soccer field and other memories of lower school (Story)
Dec 20, 2017
UPDATE ON UC EDUCATIONS: What’s changed with international students? (Story)
Dec 11, 2017
THE SKINNY: Senior discovers life-threatening golf hazards other than sand traps (Story)
Dec 08, 2017
A WORLD AFFAIR: International students tell their experiences with UC Educations (Story)
Dec 08, 2017
UPDATE ON UC EDUCATIONS: Despite welcome changes, international students say program still needs tweaking (Story)
Nov 28, 2017
THE SKINNY: Bangs, turtlenecks truly do save lives (Story)
Nov 13, 2017
THE SKINNY: Scaredy-cat senior is no match for Spirit Halloween (Story)
Oct 18, 2017
THE SKINNY: Little sister shows supernatural inclinations (Story/Media)
Oct 07, 2017
CURRICULAR CHANGE-UPS: Frosh will search for truth in English teacher Jason Hinojosa’s class (Story)
Sep 30, 2017
THE SKINNY: Senior admits she’s ‘JV for life’! (Story)
Sep 28, 2017
Journalistic awards season commences with four juniors receiving accolades for page design (Story)
Sep 23, 2017
CURRICULAR CHANGE-UPS: Andy Cunningham to get crafty in new AP Studio Art position (Story)
Sep 22, 2017
CURRICULAR CHANGE-UPS: Chris Kuipers swaps Renaissance crown for AP European History (Story)
Sep 21, 2017
CURRICULAR CHANGE-UPS: English teacher Jane Bauman plans on threading nonfiction with literature, exploring narrator’s role with juniors (Story)
Sep 21, 2017
CURRICULAR CHANGE-UPS: History teacher Damany Fisher trades tricky multiple-choice questions for more holistic assessments (Story)
Sep 21, 2017
CURRICULAR CHANGE-UPS: Parent Liz Leavy also becomes AP Art History teacher a few weeks before school starts (Story)
Sep 19, 2017
CURRICULAR CHANGE-UPS: New sophomore English teacher Kathryn LaComb wants students to step outside comfort zones (Story)
Sep 15, 2017
THE SKINNY: Sickly winged senior has a new strategy for winning at Ancil Hoffman (Story)
Aug 28, 2017
THE SKINNY: Even I didn’t know about my notorious debut at the school (Story)
Aug 22, 2017
THE SKINNY: Don’t mind the sewage; interning at ElectroScan certainly didn’t stink! (video included) (Story/Media)
Aug 05, 2017
THE SKINNY: Senior band groupie recalls Goldfish, glitter of the good old days (Story)
Jul 19, 2017
THE SKINNY: Senior behind the gossip curve recounts ‘sugar bug’ sojourns, peanut butter perils (Story)
May 30, 2017
A WORLD AFFAIR: Junior Howard Yuan banned from joining basketball team, then suddenly required to switch host families (Story)
May 30, 2017
A WORLD AFFAIR: Junior Crystal Jiang forced to attend religious services, prohibited from using host family’s Wi-Fi (Story)
May 30, 2017
A WORLD AFFAIR: For Chinese international students, the only way to get to Country Day is through UC Educations (Story)
May 30, 2017
A WORLD AFFAIR: Senior Fred Xu faced unsympathetic host family, says ‘there could be nothing worse’ (Story)
May 30, 2017
A WORLD AFFAIR: Sophomore Jacqueline Chao becomes part of her host family, builds relationships with host siblings (Story)
May 30, 2017
A WORLD AFFAIR: Senior Kevin Huang reveals why international students keep quiet about neglectful host families (Story)
May 30, 2017
A WORLD AFFAIR: Ryan host family explains history with UC Educations, international students (Story)
May 27, 2017
Teams honor their players with speeches, awards at spring sports barbecue (Story)
May 22, 2017
They’re here! Former assistant to head of high school delivers twins (Story)
May 15, 2017
WELCOME BACK, BREAKTHROUGH: Jennifer Lopez, ’04, benefited from program’s extended family that allows students to ‘defy the odds’ (Story)
May 18, 2017
Veteran biology, English teachers to dramatically change 2017-18 schedules (Media)
May 11, 2017
Seniors announce college decisions at lunch (video included) (Story)
May 07, 2017
WELCOME BACK, BREAKTHROUGH: Teaching U.S. History was life-changing for Whitney Gorton, ’04, (Story)
Apr 29, 2017
WELCOME BACK, BREAKTHROUGH: Carter Graham, ’94, remembers dynamic, adventurous teachers (Story)
Apr 26, 2017
Along with pace-changing tunes, band’s spring concert to feature senior instrumentalist solo (Media)
Apr 20, 2017
Judges announce top three sophomore projects at morning meeting (video included) (Story)
Apr 15, 2017
Q&A: Second batch of top-10 sophomore projects to examine religious morality, merging philosophies (Media)
Apr 14, 2017
Q&A: First five top-10 sophomore projects draw from Arabic, Chinese, Indo-European languages (Media)
Mar 29, 2017
Sophomore earns her 15 minutes of fame after ranting about her name on Quora (Story)
Mar 26, 2017
Director of technology announces top-10 sophomore projects (Story)
Mar 20, 2017
Coconut cream, pecan, Dutch apple earn bakers recognition, extra credit in Pi Day pie competition (slideshow included) (Story)
Mar 15, 2017
Middle- and high-school choir performs ‘A Change is Gonna Come’ at lunchtime concert (video included) (Story)
Feb 25, 2017
Passport Lunch raises hundreds for Breakthrough; African drum circle performance gets students moving (slideshow included) (Story)
Feb 24, 2017
Annual ‘Cat in the Hat’ Polyglot includes 26 different languages (slideshow included) (Story)
Feb 12, 2017
Faculty, parents, students jokingly beg people not to attend annual auction (video included) (Story)
Jan 29, 2017
Becoming part of history, alumni participate in Women’s Marches around the world (Story)
Jan 22, 2017
See Sacramento’s Women’s March through the eyes of student, faculty attendees (slideshow included) (Story)
Jan 14, 2017
Students, faculty get wacky, weird for winter Homecoming spirit week (slideshow included) (Story)
Dec 12, 2016
Breakthrough working group raises $330,000, finalizes agreements with foundations, plans to expand fundraising (Story)
Dec 10, 2016
Junior Amalie Fackenthal swims in Speedo Winter Junior Championships (video included) (Story)
Dec 08, 2016
Senior Marigot Fackenthal admitted to Cornell University (video included) (Story)
Dec 03, 2016
High-school volunteers help lower-school students craft, create at Holiday Gift Making Fair (slideshow included) (Story)
Nov 30, 2016
Canned food drive for Dyer-Kelly School amasses more than 3,000 servings; juniors win Golden Can for third year (Story)
Nov 25, 2016
Students share food and give thanks during annual Thanksgiving lunch (slideshow included) (Story)
Nov 16, 2016
Sophomore Gabi Alvarado wins Poetry Out Loud elective contest (videos included) (Story)
Nov 14, 2016
PIE IN THE SKY: Check out Freeport Bakery for elegantly decorated pies, fall-themed pastries (Story/Media)
Nov 10, 2016
Alumni’s colleges react to presidential election results; teachers cancel class as students cry, protest (Story)
Nov 09, 2016
Student Council announces winners of Rockvemberfest variety show (video included) (Story)
Nov 08, 2016
CAMPAIGNS ON CAMPUS: UCSB full of active voters; Oxy students run political phone banks; NYU Abu Dhabi participates in international election roundtable (Story)
Nov 07, 2016
CAMPAIGNS ON CAMPUS: Low enthusiasm for Trump at Loyola Marymount, Lafayette; close polls worry Vassar; Cal Poly SLO has little political drama (Story)
Nov 06, 2016
CAMPAIGNS ON CAMPUS: Presidential election causes anxiety at Santa Clara, disputes with locals at Bates, passion in Portland, amusement in London (Story)
Nov 06, 2016
America Lopez, ’16, reflects on perks of Breakthrough’s college counseling program (Story)
Nov 06, 2016
Students perform magic, sing, dance, participate in ‘Couples Game’ during Rockvemberfest variety show (slideshow included) (Story)
Nov 02, 2016
Second graders decorate paper skulls in lower-school music room to celebrate Day of the Dead (Story)
Nov 02, 2016
Creative students don Halloween costumes to win candy from Student Council (slideshow included) (Story)
Nov 02, 2016
Loss of SCOE grant, recession, changes in Sacramento lead to the end of Breakthrough’s beloved program (Story)
Nov 01, 2016
MY ANGLE: Double trouble! Being a twin means matching outfits, sharing friends, being mistaken for each other (Media)
Oct 26, 2016
The stork visits Country Day! Assistant to head of high school pregnant with twins (Story)
Oct 25, 2016
In honor of 25th anniversary, NAHS Chalk Mural features 10 different artists (slideshow included) (Story)
Oct 18, 2016
Video compilations of JV and varsity volleyball teams in practice and games shown at Homecoming pep rally (videos included) (Story)
Oct 17, 2016
Winning advisories of Spirit Week movie-themed costume contest announced at Homecoming pep rally (Story)
Sep 25, 2016
Foundation for California Community Colleges to provide financial services for Breakthrough (Story)
Sep 23, 2016
Drawing teacher displays portfolio in Sac Open Studio Tour (slideshow included) (Story)
Sep 08, 2016
If made financially independent, Breakthrough summer program to stay on SCDS campus (Story)
Sep 03, 2016
SCDS Chalk It Up participants finish their copy of ‘Indian Dancing #2’ in Fremont Park (slideshow included) (Story)
Aug 30, 2016
Color teams battle for gold in Olympics Day during orientation (slideshow included) (Story)
Aug 20, 2016
Board decision to terminate Breakthrough support ignites controversy in SCDS community (Story)
Aug 12, 2016
Q&A: Senior takes volunteer trip to Honduras to visit sponsored child and elder (Story)
Aug 12, 2016
Board terminates SCDS Breakthrough program for low-income students after 23 years (Story)
Jul 28, 2016
Q&A: Alumnus Jaspreet Gill becomes 10th Sikh to receive religious accommodation after year-long application process (Story)
Jul 05, 2016
Film-making elective creates movie to honor retiring headmaster (video) (Story)
Jul 04, 2016
Junior participates in Olympic Trial race and post-race interview (videos) (Story)
Jun 24, 2016
Retiring headmaster Stephen Repsher chalks up 44 years in education (Story)
May 22, 2016
Drama members bid farewell to senior actors, celebrate productions at thespian dinner (Story)
May 18, 2016
String quartet, violin soloist receive gold ratings at CMEA State Solo and Ensemble Festival (videos included) (Story)
Apr 27, 2016
Orchestra, choir to perform both light springy songs, traditional classical pieces at concert, Thursday, April 28 (Story)
Apr 06, 2016
RECORD PLAYERS: Decades after they went out, vinyl records make a hipster comeback (Story)
Mar 15, 2016
Actors struggle to perfect challenging accents in ‘Picasso at the Lapin Agile’ (Story)
Feb 14, 2016
SWEETS FOR YOUR SWEETHEART: There’s still time to buy elegant chocolates at Ginger Elizabeth (Story/Media)
Feb 12, 2016
SWEETS FOR YOUR SWEETHEART: Memories of freaky clowns don’t deter Sonja Hansen from scoping out Candy Heaven (Story/Media)
Feb 11, 2016
SWEETS FOR YOUR SWEETHEART: Sonja Hansen assesses the chocolate at sophisticated Le Grand Confectionary (Story/Media)
Dec 29, 2015
Varsity boys advance to tourney’s second round, but poor rebounding results in 56-81 loss to Pinnacle (Story)
Dec 28, 2015
FRESHMAN FOCUS: Chien Ho enjoys Wesleyan’s welcoming atmosphere, takes rigorous science courses (Story)
Dec 27, 2015
SPORTS SHORT: Varsity boys kick off first day of tournament with 42-63 loss to Desert Pines (Story)
Nov 25, 2015
Varsity volleyball league champs go down fighting in semi-finals (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 12, 2015
Girls speed through first round of playoffs with a 3-0 win against Victory Christian (Story)
Nov 06, 2015
Vandals spray walls with graffiti, steal computer monitor and guitar from orchestra room (Story)
Nov 03, 2015
League champs! Cavs sack Sac Adventist, 3-0, on senior night (Story/Media)
Oct 31, 2015
Veteran seniors, crowds propel varsity volleyball to 10-2 record (Story)
Oct 30, 2015
Keep the Faith! Drained from exhausting week, varsity volleyball girls pull together to tame Lions, 3-0 (Story)
Oct 24, 2015
Raucous rooters rev up varsity girls for their 3-0 win against Buckingham for Homecoming game (Story)
Oct 22, 2015
Girls take down last team in their league with 3-0 win against Sac Adventist (Story)
Oct 20, 2015
Varsity girls beat Valley Christian, 3-0, in second match-up (Story)
Oct 14, 2015
Despite slamming Cristo Rey again, varsity volleyball girls dissatisfied with their performance (Story)
Oct 05, 2015
Despite rough third set, girls’ varsity volleyball triumphs over Faith Christian, 3-0 (Story)
Oct 03, 2015
After a two-hour ferocious fight, varsity volleyball loses to Bradshaw (Story)
Oct 01, 2015
Cavalier Cafe, featuring several local restaurants. takes over for Goodfellas; students praise swap in lunch programs (Story)
Sep 30, 2015
Even after week without practice, varsity volleyball smashes Buckingham, 3-0 (Story)
Sep 27, 2015
After 13 hours of exhausting play, girls’ varsity is taken down by Mercy in Carmichael Invitational Tournament (Story)
Sep 26, 2015
Slippery floors, intense heat inside Valley Christian gym don’t stop girls from beating Lions, 3-0 (Story/Media)
Sep 23, 2015
Down a coach and three players, varsity volleyball pulls out a 3-0 win against Waldorf (Story/Media)
Sep 22, 2015
Varsity volleyball girls defeat Wilton Christian’s team of six players, 3-0 (Story/Media)
Sep 18, 2015
Varsity volleyball wins by landslide against Cristo Rey despite eerily quiet gym (Story/Media)
Aug 31, 2015
Goodfellas replaced by new lunch program featuring meals from Noodles & Company, Pizza Guys and more (Story/Media)
May 04, 2015
Reunion class representatives get ready to party (Story)
May 04, 2015
School prepares for 50th anniversary celebration (Story)
May 01, 2015
Girls’ soccer season comes to an end with tie against Buckingham (Story/Media)
Apr 29, 2015
Our Lady of Guadalupe girls put up fight but lose to Cavaliers, 2-1 (Story/Media)
Apr 28, 2015
BLAST FROM THE PAST: Laura Murphy recalls bomb threat, new headmaster, uniform debate (Story)
Apr 25, 2015
A soaking under-the-lights game against Cristo Rey brings big victory for girls’ soccer (Story/Media)
Apr 24, 2015
College counselors meet with sophomore parents to discuss new SAT (Story)
Apr 22, 2015
Western Sierra returns (Story)
Apr 15, 2015
Girls’ soccer reflects positively on 0-2 loss to Buckingham (Story)
Apr 10, 2015
Girls’ soccer crushes John Adams Academy (Story)
Apr 02, 2015
Seniors say juniors should definitely visit colleges before applying (Story)
Mar 20, 2015
Depleted girls’ soccer team loses to Cristo Rey, 6-3 (Story)
Mar 17, 2015
Girls’ soccer loses 3-2 in injury-filled game against rough, wild Western Sierra (Story)
Mar 11, 2015
Girls’ soccer beaten by Cornerstone Christian yet again (Story)
Mar 06, 2015
Waldorf’s lack of players aids girls’ 7-1 soccer victory (Story/Media)
Mar 03, 2015
Girls’ soccer kicks off season with close loss to Cornerstone Christian (Story)
Feb 23, 2015
Changing seasons means changing leadership (Story)
Feb 19, 2015
Annual Passport Lunch to raise money for Rulindo schools (Story)
Feb 12, 2015
As school’s enrollment increases, headmaster works to lift city ordinance (Story)
Feb 02, 2015
Some Sactown ice capades: Reporters try out Iceland and Skatetown, giving both the cold shoulder (Story)
Jan 08, 2015
Stolen school van found in California Fitness Center parking lot (Story)
Dec 30, 2014
Blast from the Past: Chelsea Wilson remembers Country Day’s lesson on how to function without sleep (Story)
Dec 24, 2014
Girls’ varsity volleyball falls short in semifinals (Story)
Dec 18, 2014
Holiday events moved to Fridays in hopes of getting more attendance (Story)
Nov 18, 2014
SWEET TEETH: When calories aren’t an issue, try these decadent desserts! (Story)
Nov 13, 2014
Girls’ varsity volleyball defeated at semi-finals (Story)
Nov 11, 2014
Girls’ varsity volleyball sweeps first round of playoffs, 3-0 (Story)
Nov 06, 2014
VARSITY VOLLEYBALL: Baxter the owl brings good luck to 11-3 team (Story)
Nov 04, 2014
Varsity volleyball puts up long, hard fight against Sac Adventist (Story)
Oct 30, 2014
Junior Aidan Galati injured as girls beat Faith Christian for second time (Story)
Oct 23, 2014
Varsity volleyball vanquishes Buckingham Knights (Story)
Oct 23, 2014
Varsity volleyball triumphs against Wilton Christian (Story)
Oct 21, 2014
Girls lose to nemesis Valley Christian in hard-fought match (Story)
Oct 17, 2014
Varsity volleyball thrashes Millennium in 3-0 Homecoming victory (Story)
Oct 15, 2014
Girls’ varsity volleyball defeats Cristo Rey (Story)
Oct 09, 2014
Girls’ varsity volleyball beats Sac Adventist, 3-0, in only an hour (Story)
Oct 07, 2014
Senior Erin Reddy goes on 17-point serving run against Faith Christian (Story)
Oct 05, 2014
Six faculty kids enter pre-K (Story)
Sep 27, 2014
Exhausted from Friday night game, girls’ varsity volleyball places 12th in Saturday tournament (Story)
Sep 26, 2014
Girls’ varsity volleyball defeated by Valley Christian (Story)
Sep 23, 2014
Girls’ varsity volleyball returns victorious from match against Wilton Christian (Story)
Sep 20, 2014
Girls’ varsity volleyball crushes Cristo Rey (Story)
Sep 18, 2014
Teachers tackle new positions (Story)
Sep 17, 2014
Girls’ varsity volleyball destroys Buckingham, 3-0 (Story)
Sep 15, 2014
Girls’ varsity volleyball team beats San Juan High, 3-0 (Story)
Sep 10, 2014
Girls’ varsity volleyball demolishes John Adams Academy (Story)
Sep 10, 2014
Girls’ varsity volleyball loses to Woodland Christian, 0-3 (Story)
Sep 05, 2014
Girls beat long-time aggressive rival Forest Lake Christian in four sets (Story)
Sep 04, 2014
Girls’ varsity volleyball easily defeats Cornerstone in three sets (Story)
Aug 31, 2014
New student Esmeralda Romo likes math, dislikes ‘Sharknado’ (Story)