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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.

Iya Abdulkarim, The Rubicon Editor

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.

Sophie Jaro, The Rubicon Chief Visual Editor

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.

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.

Stephanie Li, Arts & Entertainment Editor

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.

News in Brief

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

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

Meghan Joyce, Chief Visual Editor

September 10, 2015

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

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.

Meghan Joyce, Catherine Braman, Arts and Entertainment Editor, Online EIC

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 and their best friend. “I get along with them. My siblings don’t [get along with eac...

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.

Diane Huang, Online Chief Visual Editor

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.