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The Lion's Tale

Find your own passion, follow it

Find your own passion, follow it

Miriam Minsk, Outgoing Editor-in-Chief
January 19
Filed under Opinion, Senior Column

Throughout elementary school, I defined myself as a competitive swimmer because my parents wanted me to play a sport. In middle school, I joined the Potomac Valley Youth Orchestra (PVYO) because my parents wanted me to play my clarinet in a group setting. When I started high school, however, I was determi...

The importance of women-only spaces

The importance of women-only spaces

Talia Horowitz, Outgoing Editor-in-Chief
January 19
Filed under Opinion, Senior Column

Shadows danced by the light of the old beeswax candle as eight young girls and their mothers one by one shared their favorite part about being a woman. After seven years as a camper, I was experiencing my first Visitor’s Weekend as an assistant counselor at Chimney Corners Camp for Girls (CCC). One o...

A case for extracurricular activities

A case for extracurricular activities

Arielle Weinstein, Outgoing In-Depth Editor
January 19
Filed under Opinion, Senior Column

I’ve always had a thing for getting involved in the extracurriculars that aren’t exactly CESJDS mainstream — or, in other words, that no one usually cares about. Sure, our Junior State of America chapter and The Lion’s Tale staff have won this school some pretty awards that administrators love to boast...

Finishing the last chapter of my CESJDS book

Finishing the last chapter of my CESJDS book

Aaron Schonfeld, Outgoing Features Editor
January 19
Filed under Opinion, Senior Column

When people think about the CESJDS community, they think of one large family. This is literally the case for me, as I am the younger brother of two lifers, David Schonfeld (’13) and Brian Schonfeld (‘15). JDS has always been in my life for as long as I can remember, especially when I shared a ca...

Lessons learned from my time on The Lion’s Tale

Lessons learned from my time on The Lion’s Tale

Joel Vardon, Outgoing Sports Editor
January 19
Filed under Opinion, Senior Column

Since the graphic design, art, photography, ceramics and exercise science electives were filled up my freshman year, I was forced to think of new ways to fill that hole in my schedule. The only available elective remaining was Journalism I, but I had no interest in taking another writing class for a g...

Make sure to appreciate the little things

Make sure to appreciate the little things

Jonathan Foldi, Outgoing Managing Editor, Copy
January 19
Filed under Opinion, Senior Column

Walking into my kindergarten classroom, I thought I was pretty much the coolest kid ever. I had already learned the aleph-bet in preschool and was starting on my Tamar Linhart soccer team, so I felt I was at the top of my game. Little did I realize, I was in for quite the shock. Other kids already k...

My fear of what is to come

My fear of what is to come

Bennett Bramson, Outgoing Sports Editor
January 19
Filed under Opinion, Senior Column

Politics, sports, family, school. These are just a few examples of the wide variety of topics I could have picked to write about. Instead, I chose the very thing that has been responsible for my countless fits of anger, sadness and anxiety over the past couple of months: the future. On May 24, the w...

The crazy community I have come to love

The crazy community I have come to love

Ariella Kulp, Outgoing Design Editor
January 19
Filed under Opinion, Senior Column

Some may find it bizarre to walk into a clump of hacky-sacking seniors, yelling at you as you push your way through the madness to the safe haven of your locker. For me, this intimidating scene is a normal, everyday occurrence. But even after spending 13 years with these people, I have yet to become...

Learning to let it shine brighter than the sun

Learning to let it shine brighter than the sun

Dahlia Lehman, Outgoing In-Depth Editor
January 19
Filed under Opinion, Senior Column

Everyone has that weird, awkward thing they did as a kid: One of my friends used to act in foreclosure commercials and another would only leave the house if he was dressed as a policeman. But in hindsight, my go-to childhood quirk has turned out to be not so embarrassing after all — in fact, it has ...

What I’ve been waiting to say

What I’ve been waiting to say

Yonatan Greenberg, Outgoing Managing Editor, Copy
February 2
Filed under Opinion, Senior Column

I figure that the ultimate purpose of writing is to make some element of change, so since this is my last time writing for this paper, I am finally going to give it a shot. I haven’t been especially vocal about what I am about to say until now because I thought that doing so would annoy people. In...

Holding on to what we’ve learned

Holding on to what we’ve learned

Carol Silber, Outgoing Editor-in-Chief
January 31
Filed under Opinion, Senior Column

If you’ve been in or around the senior alcove at 3:45 p.m. over the past several weeks, you’ve watched as the senior class gathers together, as 80 chanting voices count down from ten, as one selected senior jumps from the trash-strewn couches, leaps up, grabs onto that day’s designated piece of...

It’s complicated: My relationship with the Israeli refugee crisis

It’s complicated: My relationship with the Israeli refugee crisis

Malka Himelhoch, Outgoing Editor-in-Chief
January 30
Filed under Opinion, Senior Column, Uncategorized

This summer I was privileged to be a Fellow on the Bronfman Fellowship in Israel. Along with 25 other 17 year olds, I spent the summer discussing Judaism and the role of Judaism in the modern world. Over the course of the summer, we had the opportunity to speak to many important people including A.B....