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Sharing genes and jeans

Bean there together. Emily and Delaney Carter in Chicago. “It’s fun to see her,” Carter said, “but it sometimes gets kind of annoying because I’m so used to not having her home --and then she’s just there.” Carter said.
December 15, 2016
SPA siblings cherish their relationships, but also love taking their sibling's clothes when they leave.

Debaters prep for home tournament for national qualification

Juniors Ben Konstan, Numi Katz and Adnan Askari, along with senior Sarah Wheaton practice cross fire before the National Qualifiers on Dec. 10.
December 9, 2016
Debaters from SPA aim to qualify for the national tournament in Birmingham, Alabama after competing in their home tournament.

Four debate finalists will participate in World Schools Debate invitational

FIVE DEBATERS will compete in the 2016 USA World Schools Debate Invitational. Juniors Sarah Wheaton (far left), Shefali Bijwadia (far right), Kathryn Schmechel (right center), Raffi Toghramadjian (top right), and Moira McCarthy (not pictured) will make up the team. “This has traditionally been something that seniors get to do ... [Debate Teacher Tom] Fones really wanted this to be an experience that made us a more cohesive team for next year,” Wheaton said.
The debaters will travel to Salt Lake City, Utah for the competition from June 11th-15th.
May 31, 2016
Debaters and alternate will attend the competition in Salt Lake City, Utah in June.

Seeing Green: Students and faculty strive to decrease school’s adverse impact on Earth

JUNIORS RAFFI TOGHRAMADJIAN AND DIANE HUANG weigh one of their tilapia from their aquaponics system. “I don’t think SPA itself should have an aquaponic system, but maybe the catering company could look into buying some of its produce from aquaponic farms,” Toghramadjian suggested.
May 22, 2016
America's schools spend more than $7.5 billion annually on energy which is more than they spend on textbooks and computers combined. SPA students discuss the role environmentalism plays in the community and what the school should do to be more green.

Debate takes first and second place in section tournament

Debate team competitors pose for a photo after awards.  Pictured are seniors Liza Bukingolts, Navodhya Samarakoon and Maya Smith, sophomore Adnan Askari, and juniors Sarah Wheaton, Shefali Bijwadia and Raffi Toghramadjian.
January 11, 2016
This is the 15th consecutive year the debate team has qualified for the state tournament.

Growing into Mentorship: Junior class mentors carry on experiences from freshman year

September 10, 2015
This year's junior class mentors are the first to have been mentees as well. The mentorship program started in 2013.

Four debaters to argue for top spot in Elite 8

Eight students from the debate team compete, four of whom wrote arguments for the rounds that have brought them to Elite 8 competition for International Public Policy Forum.  The students pictured are seniors Thomas Toghramadjian, Shaan Bijwadia, Afsar Sandozi, and Jordan Hughes,  junior George Stiffman, and sophomores Shefali Bijwadia, Sarah Wheaton, and Raffi Toghramadjian. The four seniors will compete in New York on May 2 . US Debate coach Tom Fones said, “[I am most proud of] their ability to work together to produce written materials that are so coherent which have gotten them to this point. I mean the blending of their research, their writing, and the four of them working as a group has been exceptional.”
May 4, 2015
Four senior debaters make it to Elite 8 to compete in New York on May 2.

Siblings share stories of home & school

School and siblings don't always mix, but there's no denying the support siblings receive from having brothers or sisters already on campus.
December 1, 2014

Big siblings serve as classmates & offer advice by Meghan Joyce Sibling dynamics are undeniably complex. Only siblings can know each other well enough to be both the bane of their siblings’ existence...

Intercultural Club, Common Ground, and Student Political Union facilitate a discussion on Ferguson

Senior Mansuda Arora began the discussion with a brief on the conflict in Ferguson, Missouri.
Around the country, protests, media coverage, and social media spoke loudly about the riots and police brutality in Ferguson, Missouri. Despite this, the SPA community has been rather silent. In response to this, Intercultural Club, Common Ground, and Student Political Union facilitated a discussion on Ferguson on Oct. 8.
October 11, 2014
Around the country, protests, media coverage, and social media spoke loudly about the riots and police brutality in Ferguson, Missouri. Despite this, the SPA community has been rather silent. In response to this, the Intercultural Club and Student Political Union facilitated a discussion on Ferguson on Oct. 8.
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