Junior-Senior Kidnap

By: Eliana F. (’18)
Arriving at school on Monday the 24th of October, we juniors held a well-kept secret. When we entered the cafeteria, it felt as though an immense weight had been lifted off of our shoulders, and not only because we had left our burdensome backpacks at home. The day had finally come to kidnap the seniors!

Community Forum: A New Student’s Perspective

By: Gabrielle L. (’18)
During this year’s Community Forum, students, teachers, and parents shared brave and personal discussions regarding mental health. The forum focused “on finding ways to combat stigma, provide resources, and normalize conversations around mental health” to support everyone in the Crystal community in feeling “like their authentic selves.” Last week three panels of student and teachers shared their experiences with mental health in impactful ways to audiences of Upper School students, Middle School students and the parent community, followed by a gallery walk of various art installations on the theme of mental illness and stigma.

An Open Letter from Chris L.

By: Chris L. (’17)
My name is Chris Loveland, and I ran to be the senator of Crystal Springs. I was the Republican nominee, and I was a beacon of freedom. I lost to my democratic adversary, Brandon Chu. The crushing defeat has certainly hit me in the depths of my soul. I cannot comprehend that our fine populace did not vote for Freedom. I spent night after night musing upon the possibility that this election was rigged. Yet, I must accept what the numbers say, no matter how fraudulent they appear. Sometimes the winds of fate blow in the favor of the undeserving, so I humbly accept my defeat. I know that I’m the man who could reinvigorate our freedom––our country––but I digress. Congratulations Brandon.

Crystal XC Hitting its Stride

By: Jeremy H. (’17)
The Crystal Springs Upper School Cross Country Team continues to add to its impressive list of victories during its 2016 season. With talented runners from all grades, both boys and girls teams place extremely high in league, beating other competitive, larger schools in the WBAL (West Bay Athletic League). October 6th marked the first league meet for CSUS, taking place at San Bruno Mountain. To start the day, Kyle C. (‘17), Darius D.(‘19), and Partha R. (‘18) swept the first three spots in the boys JV race, leading CSUS to an easy victory. On the girls’ side, Marlena B. (‘20), Gabrielle L. (‘18), and Molly S. (‘18) ran very competitive first league races––they are without a doubt athletes to watch in the future. The boys varsity, meanwhile, took home not only a first place finish but a school record for the fastest team time, clocking an average of 15:41 per person for the hilly, challenging 2.8 mile course. To end the day, the girls varsity, led by Ella R. (‘19) and EV N. (‘17), placed fourth despite facing a challenging field. And even after such a successful day, the CSUS cross country team got right back to work.