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I was Dumb Last Year, I will be Dumb this Year

Marcella Park May 27, 2015

I always think the same thing when I look back on the past: “Wow. I was kind of dumb last year.” Let’s start with sixth grade, when I was a plain dork. Then in seventh grade, I looked back on sixth...

Photo illustration by Benjamin Most and Sharon Chow | Chronicle

Dungeons and Dragons… and spiked chains and flaming swords

Marcella Park May 27, 2015

Growing tired, the Dungeons and Dragons players flung spiked chains and a flaming sword at the golden throne. The vampire sitting on it wouldn’t budge, and he was a stronger villain than they had ever...

Photo illustration by Jacob Goodman

After Assault

Marcella Park March 25, 2015

For months, she didn’t know anyone else who had gone through what she had. Samantha* was sexually assaulted by an acquaintance at a friend’s house after a party last April, she said. “No,” she...

Don’t let labels limit your personal growth

Marcella Park February 13, 2015

Pandas irritate me. It’s not the animals themselves, or even the abundance of Internet GIFs they occupy. It’s the species’ close, tangled connection to Asian stereotypes that irritates me. Pandas...

Percentage of senior class applying early drops

Marcella Park November 19, 2014

In a drop back down from last year’s record high of 93.4 percent, the number of seniors submitting early college applications hit only 89 percent this fall, Upper School Dean Beth Slattery said. "Last...

Being Involved

Marcella Park October 14, 2014

"What is important is that students select activities that are truly meaningful to them and that they really get involved with them," reads UCLA’s Admissions website. "We look for long-standing dedication...

English department clarifies tutoring policy

Marcella Park September 5, 2014

The English department outlined its policy on tutors and secondary sources in a Wednesday email to upper school parents and students. A statement titled "Writing English Essays at Home" was included in...

Getting the bigger picture

Marcella Park September 3, 2014

The Dude abides. That’s probably the most important thing I learned during break, but the Dude probably doesn’t care how high he ranks on my list of summer lessons. It all started when my cousin...


Scott Nussbaum August 27, 2014


Donors, alumni, celebrities surprise Walch with endowed chair

Marcella Park June 3, 2014

Close to 100 alumni surprised performing arts and cinema studies teacher Ted Walch Monday night by singing and dancing for him at the announcement of the establishment of a Ted Walch Endowed Chair for...

Students defeat teachers in Science Bowl scrimmage during STEMfest activities

Marcella Park May 28, 2014

Five seniors defeated five science teachers in a 12 minute-long Science Bowl match during STEMfest May 21. Science Bowl team members Anser Abbas ’14, Zachary Birnholz ’14, Donhem Brown ’14, Kevin...

Basketball player to deliver valedictory address at commencement

Marcella Park May 28, 2014

Zoe Bohn ’14 will speak at graduation June 6 as valedictorian, President Rick Commons announced at the annual Cum Laude Induction Ceremony last week. The valedictorian is elected by a faculty vote every...

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