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List of 10 news stories.

  • Congratulations, Ms. Bial!

    Communications
    Head of School Gary Krahn, Ph.D., presented Ginny Bial, fourth-grade teacher, with the 2017 BAK’D Apple Award on June 14 during the final faculty and staff meeting.

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  • Emperor Science Award Winner

    Upper School Science Department Chair Susan Domanico, Ph.D.
    Congratulations to Anna Harrison ’18 who was selected as an Emperor Science Award Winner for her passionate essay detailing the need to find a cure for cancer.

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  • Congratulations, Class of 2017!

    Jennifer Fogarty, assistant director of marketing and communications
    We proudly congratulate the 116 graduates of the class of 2017 who are inspiring greatness for a better world.

    This year’s class included 22 peer leaders, 24 Cum Laude inductees, a National Merit Scholar, a U.S. Presidential Scholar, a record number of lifers (29), and exceptional scholars, artists and athletes of character. They logged nearly 10,000 hours of community service around the globe over the past four years and received more than 540 college acceptances worldwide.

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  • Ready to Make a Difference in the World

    Head of School Gary Krahn, Ph.D.
    We could not be more proud of the 116 scholars, artists and athletes of character in the class of 2017. As our graduates walked across the stage of the Amphitheater on Friday, June 2, they graduated from La Jolla Country Day School with the ability to handle complexity, diversity of thought and change. Their experiences within the classroom have varied, but they have all developed a sense of social responsibility along with both intellectual and practical skills.

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  • National Merit Scholarship Winner

    Communications
    Congratulations to Arielle Algaze ’17 who was one of 2,500 students selected for a $2,500 scholarship from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. She was chosen from more than 15,000 finalists nationwide. Scholarship winners are the finalists in each state judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills and potential for success in college studies. Scholars may use their awards at any regionally accredited U.S. college or university. The number of winners from each state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the nation’s graduating high school seniors with 318 winners in California.

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  • Spanish Intensive Honors Students Bring Hernán Cortés to Trial

    World Language Teacher Eva Power
    Spanish intensive honors students transformed their classroom into an international court of law. At this improvised “Superior Court of Country Day,” Hernán Cortés was brought to trial for crimes against humanity. Both lawyers and witnesses presented compelling arguments on both sides.

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  • Spring 2017 Athletic Awards

    Communications
    Congratulations to Middle and Upper School student-athletes who were recognized for the spring athletic season on Friday, May 12. See below for a list of all the players that received awards.

    Click here for a list of the 2016–2017 Upper School three-and four-sport athletes.


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  • Sweet Are the Uses of Adversity

    Head of Upper School Greg Martin
    Because I am a Shakespearean, people regularly ask me which of Shakespeare's plays is my favorite. This is always a tough question to answer because there are, of course, so many greats. Usually, I reply that I love Measure for Measure on an intellectual level because of its thorough exploration of the relationship between mercy and justice. As a teacher, Othello is an almost perfect play in a classical sense, lining up with Aristotelian observations on tragedy. The play, however, that evokes the greatest emotional response from me is As You Like It.

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  • Third Graders Meet Their Pen Pals

    Communications
    Last week, third graders were excited to be treated to a pizza lunch and visit the Upper School, an area that usually brings a bit of mystery and awe. The highlight of this event, though, was finally meeting their pen pals, LJCDS senior Peer Leaders.

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  • Making the World a Better Place Through Design Thinking

    Communications
    On Tuesday, May 16,  the Mobile Countertop group, consisting of students Spencer Alligood ’18, AJ Dhus ’17, and Skylar Kelley-Duval ’19, presented their invention of a lapboard for cooking for people in wheelchairs to help improve safety and independence for those who are unable to utilize their kitchens fully. They are one of nine groups in the Design Thinking to Open Entrepreneurship class who participated in a yearlong project in partnership with Ottobock, a company whose mission is to restore and improve independence for people with mobility challenges.

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