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Stories from St. John's School
Notre Dame burns, affects SJS French community
News

SJ Lasley | May 17, 2019

Following the unexpected burning of Paris’ iconic Notre Dame cathedral on April 15, members of the SJS community reflected on their own connections to the famous building.

French teacher Jacqueline…

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Girls’ lacrosse defeats Lamar, honors the Kensingers
Sports

Grace Randall | May 17, 2019

As the largest crowd ever seen on Caven Field gathered in support, the girls’ lacrosse team prepared for the most difficult game they would ever play.

The overflowing number of supporters came together…

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School hosts “Rushmore” 20th Anniversary Viewing
Arts & Entertainment

Ryan Chang | April 10, 2019

Between winning the Silver Bear for Best Director for Isle of Dogs and working on The French Dispatch, director Wes Anderson (’87) continues to make a name for himself as one of Hollywood’s most creative,…

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Behind the scenes, stage managers ensure show goes on
Arts & Entertainment

Rahul Rupani | April 2, 2019

As Lucy Curtis walked into the Lowe Theatre for rehearsal on Saturday, an onslaught of tasks, from moving set pieces to coordinating light cues and managing props, awaited her before the opening of “9…

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“9 to 5” explores feminism in work environment
Arts & Entertainment

Fareen Dhuka | April 2, 2019

Franklin Hart (played by senior Gray Watson) flails in midair while three of his female employees hang him from his own garage at the climax of Act I of “9 to 5.”

The musical, which is based on…

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“Red Herring” explores love stories, murder mystery
Arts & Entertainment

Indrani Maitra | February 20, 2019

Detective Maggie Pelletier (played by junior Sacha Waters) kneels over the body bag, examining the corpse within. “I Like Ike” and Red Scare-era posters plaster the wall behind her, setting the stage…

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All-School chapel highlights Statement on Diversity and Inclusion
News

Max Beard | February 9, 2019

On Feb. 1, students convened for an all-school chapel led by Unity Council. Unity Council co-chairs Warda Mohamed and Matthew Yekell helped introduce the school’s new Statement on Diversity and Inclusion,…

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Community service fair showcases student-led projects
News

Ashley Yen | February 5, 2019

Posters decorated with glitter and tables piled with food filled the Great Hall, attracting students to the first Community Service Mini Project Fair. The Fair, which took place on Jan. 23 during lunch,…

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Literary magazine promotes student creativity
Features

Ella Chen | February 1, 2019

Originally a small literary magazine of approximately 20 people, Imagination has doubled in size since the first issue came out in 1955. Filled with poets, novelists and short story writers, Imagination…

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South Asian Affinity Group assembly highlights blending of native and American values
Features

Indrani Maitra | February 1, 2019

The lights dim as the beginning of an American tune, “Mi Gente,” is heard from within the darkness. Suddenly, the lights turn on, and the members of the South Asian Affinity Group begin to dance energetically…

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Pod on the Quad (Ella’s Edition): Women Runners
Audio

Ella West | January 30, 2019

Pod on the Quad (Ella’s Edition) is an offshoot of Sophia Kontos’ edition of Pod on the Quad. Ella’s Edition is produced, hosted and edited by Ella West with some additional work by Sophia Kontos….

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Astronomy Club hosts Super Blood Wolf Moon viewing party
News

SJ Lasley | January 29, 2019

Astronomy buffs and admirers around the Western Hemisphere looked into the night sky on Jan. 20 to witness the highly-anticipated Super Blood Wolf Moon eclipse. Over 100 of these viewers were Upper School…

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Jake Schick pursues stand-up comedy in Brooklyn
Arts & Entertainment

Mac Bechtol | January 28, 2019

The house lights of Eastville Comedy Club, one of Brooklyn’s most popular venues, dim to signal the start of another performance. The audience sits around the stage, perched on wooden stools and snacking…

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Dancers exhibit creativity at delayed choreography showcase
News

Celine Huang | January 28, 2019

As the lights gradually began to illuminate the stage, the silhouettes of dancers took form among the multi-colored, ombre background. The beat of “If You Were Mine” by Ocean Park Standoff filled the…

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Government shutdown jeopardizes Big Bend trip
The Shutdown

Sophie Gillard | January 24, 2019

Additional reporting by Ashley Yen

As the partial government shutdown finishes day 29 with no end in sight, the eighth grade Big Bend trip is threatened by Congressional inaction. For the first time…

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Girls’ soccer adjusts to largest varsity roster in school’s history
Sports

Megan Chang | January 18, 2019

Only 30 girls signed up to participate in the soccer program this year, the smallest number in the team’s history. Twenty-seven athletes comprise the girls’ varsity soccer team, the largest number…

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Junior nabs $50 in French trivia Kahoot
News

Rahul Rupani | December 27, 2018

If you can identify that a 2CV is a classic French car known as a Deux Chevaux or name a French-speaking African country that does not touch the Sahara (Burkina Faso), then félicitations! You are on a…

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‘No thank you Kanye, very uncool!’
Opinions

Ryan Chang | November 29, 2018

The music of Kanye West has been a cornerstone of our friendship. We argue over his best albums, force song references into every sentence we can, sing/scream/rap in the car together and cry every time…

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Girls’ volleyball defeats Episcopal for first time in six years
Sports

SJ Lasley | November 28, 2018

Coming off back-to-back victories and undefeated in counter games, the girls’ volleyball team beat Episcopal for the first time in six years.

The Mavericks faced the Knights on Oct. 26 at Episcopal’s…

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Killer bees move to River Oaks, threaten students and residents
News

Eloise Reasoner | November 16, 2018

As small and nimble as they might appear, killer bees are taking the streets of River Oaks by swarm.

Africanized bees, colloquially known as “killer bees” or “feral bees,” are hybrids of the…

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‘Where there’s a Will there’s a way’: School relaxes rule on fundraising to support ailing junior
News

Shani Israel | November 16, 2018

Fundraisers at school are typically not allowed because, according to the Student Handbook, “the School wants students to focus on personal service to others.” On Oct. 23, administrators made an exception…

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Catherine Dawson conducts public health research in Fiji
Features

Ella West | October 31, 2018

When most people think of Fiji, they think of crystal-clear water, five-star resorts and pristine beaches. When heading to the island, however, Catherine Dawson (’12), knew that this was not the Fiji…

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Special Music: Claremont Heir performs “Buddy Holly” by Weezer
Arts & Entertainment

Megan Chang | October 16, 2018

Hearing the growing plaudits from the audience, Claremont Heir steps out of the shadows and into the spotlight. The drummer twirls her wooden sticks, exciting the crowd as the guitarists and bassist strum…

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Alumni bike 4,500 miles in Texas 4000
Features

Afraaz Malick | October 11, 2018

This past summer, Parker Donaldson (’14), Kate Bomar (’13) and Carolyn Martin (’14) biked in the Texas 4000, a 4,500-mile ride twice the length of the Tour de France.

The Texas 4000 is a 70-day…

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Asian-American representation in media trends upward
Features

Tyler King | October 8, 2018

Growing up, Kim Dickson rarely saw her Asian-American identity accurately portrayed in any media.

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Waters sisters explore passion for trapeze
Features

Indrani Maitra | October 5, 2018

Thalie grips the trapeze bar tightly, focusing on executing the next trick. She positions herself correctly, bending her knees and flexing her toes. Unfazed by the height, she takes a deep breath, makes…

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