The Rubicon

Quiz Bowl ends season with national showing

Junior Peter Blanchfield and seniors Bailey Troth, Coleman Thompson, Phoebe Pannier, and Paul Watkins competed at Quiz Bowl Nationals over Memorial Day weekend.  The team finished 142 out of approximately 340 teams.
A First-Person Perspective
June 1, 2017
The Quizbowl team went to nationals in Atlanta and finished with a 5-5 record, and 142nd overall.

Senior Speech Illustrations: Week 27

April 8, 2017
View the illustrations of the lines from senior speeches delivered on Wednesday, April 5.

The need for needles

Junior Mira Zelle poses in her denim jacket with needlepoint done by her mother.
Students interlace needlework with artwork
February 6, 2017
Both a craft and an art form, embroidery adds a new dimension to work.

Quiz bowl ends season by dominating at league competition

Quiz Bowl team A works through a round at the tournament Jan. 19.  They went 4-0 to win and qualified for the playoffs Mar. 3.
January 26, 2017
Quiz Bowl ends winning regular season with an eye on the playoffs Mar. 2.

Style profile: Pannier talks love of costume design, Etsy, and Tavi Gevinson

Senior Phoebe Pannier enjoys digging through her mother's closet and through Etsy for vintage finds which suit her unique taste. “I take fashion inspiration from a lot of different places. There are some fashion bloggers, but mostly it’s just from what I see in movies, mostly older ones—not in a ‘I only wear vintage’ kind of way, but I’m really into costume design, so clothes that come from movies and shows really inspire me,
October 8, 2016
Senior Phoebe Pannier combines love of costume design and vintage into unique sense of fashion.

Pine Cone Unmasked: Observatory Readers Unravel the Mystery of the Giant Pine Cone

Pine cones have symbolized fertility, rejuvenation, and rebirth in ancient civilizations.
March 29, 2016
Junior Phoebe Pannier weighs in on the giant pine cone.

Gallery: Students audition for senior-directed Winter One Acts

Junior Halsey Moe and sophomore Alice Tibbetts practice for the auditions together.
December 13, 2013

Auditions for the Winter One Acts were held on Dec. 10. The cast list can be found here.

Harry Potter spin-off movie causes stir among Potterheads

Freshmen Andrew Michel and Phoebe Pannier enjoy the Harry Potter book series in the Upper School Library. “I don’t think [Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them] will be as good as the other movies, but anything that J.K Rowling is writing will be great,” Pannier said. “Commercially, I think the movie will be a success since lots of people will go to the premeire. It will be beautiful. “
November 25, 2013

Bestselling author J.K Rowling has reawakened the magical world of Harry Potter with the production of her latest movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, although the release date is yet to be announced. The...

Quiz Bowl student group redefines itself in hopes of a more bonded team

From left to right, Upper School history teacher and Quiz Bowl adviser Amy Weisgram, sophomore co-president Patrick Commers, freshman Cole Staples, freshman Ewan Lang, freshman Phoebe Pannier, freshman Cole Thompson, freshman Paul Watkins, and freshman Sarah Wheaton meet during Thursday X Period on Oct. 31.
November 21, 2013

The St. Paul Academy and Summit School student group Quiz Bowl is going though a year of development. After former Quiz Bowl advisor George Leiter left SPA in 2012, the student group became much less formal...

Freshman Phoebe Pannier takes on NaNoWriMo

Freshman Phoebe Pannier works on finishing her NaNoWriMo project before the end of the month. “I think the goal is mostly just to get all your ideas down,” Pannier said.
November 19, 2013

Writing a novel seems like a daunting project, taking years of hard work. But for freshman Phoebe Pannier, it’s going to take 30 days precisely. Pannier is one of over 300,000 people participating in...

Dress code policy revision impacts girls more

Although Dean of Students Judy Cummins said that the new dress code policy is designed to address “How we present ourselves to go to school,” many girls believe that students will challenge the policy.  “The rule should have been enforced before now if people are going to take it seriously,” junior Mattie Daub said.
September 27, 2013

Changes to the Upper School Handbook have left female students struggling to adapt their outfits to new dress code regulations. Sophomore Cait Gibbons is more concerned with how she will be able to...

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