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New, popular app TikTok draws large youth audience

New, popular app TikTok draws large youth audience

Jonathan Morris, Reporter

December 6, 2019

With one billion active users, TikTok--the number one most downloaded app on the Apple App Store--is the latest social media craze that has captivated teens and adults alike. Rebranded from Musical.ly, TikTok is comprised of short looping, whimsical and often musical videos. TikTok is most popular among teens as 66% of...

Seriously into squirrels: New science teacher’s research paper goes viral

Seriously into squirrels: New science teacher’s research paper goes viral

Mark Polin, Guest Writer

November 21, 2019

On a cold Ohio morning in 2015, Oberlin College student Emma Lucore pulled a little red wagon full of equipment through town to research squirrels. Little did she know that her research would make her a media sensation a few years later just as she was starting her teaching career at CESJDS in 2019. Luc...

Fresh take on racy musical “Chicago”

Fresh take on racy musical “Chicago”

Maya Preuss, Contributing Editor

November 21, 2019

An affair. A scorned lover. A murder. A power-hungry prison warden. A charming lawyer. It’s just another day on the set of “Chicago,” the musical. Several racy elements of the suggestive musical prompted the creation of “Chicago: High School Edition,” which CESJDS will perform on Thursday, ...

25 years of Friends: Looking back on the iconic sitcom

Maiyan Lyani, Reporter

November 21, 2019

Four claps, ten seasons, 236 episodes and 25 years later, NBC’s “Friends” has remained one of the most popular and relatable sitcoms in the world. Available on Netflix until the end of this year, the show has gained popularity among teens and young adults all over the world. “Friends” first ...

Twitter’s partner manager of sports among those recognized at event honoring alumni

Twitter’s partner manager of sports among those recognized at event honoring alumni

Mischa Trainor, Assistant Sports Editor

November 18, 2019

CESJDS alumnus and partner manager-sports at Twitter David Herman (‘11) was recognized as a Head of School Alumni Honoree on Nov. 14, 2019. Herman fostered his passion for sports journalism through his time as a sports photographer for the JDS yearbook. “I was never a good athlete,” Herman sai...

New transfer scores spot on basketball team

New transfer scores spot on basketball team

Jessica Gallo and Maya Preuss

November 14, 2019

Junior Tyler Farkas transferred to CESJDS on Oct. 18. Less than two weeks later, he was on a plane with his new teammates on the boys varsity basketball team as they flew to a tournament held in Memphis, Tenn. After Farkas transferred to JDS, he quickly grew to love the new social and academic atmosphere...

Profile of Rachell Bitton, chef and JDS parent

Profile of Rachell Bitton, chef and JDS parent

Jonathan Morris, Reporter

November 6, 2019

Rachell Bitton has a passion for Middle-Eastern food, inspired by her grandmother and her Morrocan heritage. She is a full-time caterer and owner of a small business, Kosher Sustenance. She’s also the mother of five CESJDS students.  “I've been in the kitchen since I was a little girl,” Bitton said. “[My grand...

Beyond a snapshot: Getting to know photography teacher Debra Dilworth

Beyond a snapshot: Getting to know photography teacher Debra Dilworth

Zara Ducker, Reporter

October 31, 2019

Look at the sidelines at any CESJDS event from Kab Shab to Color War and you will see photography teacher Debra Dilworth behind the long lens of a Canon DSLR camera, capturing the action.  Dilworth came to JDS last October to replace photography teacher Jerry Eisner when he retired after teachin...

Dr. Worden, English teacher and — ballroom dancer

Dr. Worden, English teacher and — ballroom dancer

Sophie Kaplan, Reporter

October 28, 2019

Instead of curling up in a recliner with a book, three times a week English department chair Dr. Thomas Worden can be found Waltzing, Tangoing and Triple Swinging at the Arthur Murray of Columbia.  Worden and his wife had a brief stint with ballroom dancing when they first met, but ultimately had to...

From Ecuador to Maryland: Junior moves 2,700 miles to attend CESJDS

From Ecuador to Maryland: Junior moves 2,700 miles to attend CESJDS

Daphne Kaplan, Contributing Editor

October 4, 2019

As the alarm sounds at 6 a.m., junior Alex Ruf reluctantly wakes up. After getting out of bed, Ruf brushes her teeth and heads out the door. And at the end of a long and demanding day at school, Ruf takes the bus to her grandparents where she eats a snack, completes her homework and waits for her aunt ...

Breaking barriers: Student to Student program promotes conversation between Jews and non-Jews

Jessica Gallo, Contributing Editor

October 4, 2019

Student to Student (STS) is a program where Jewish high schoolers around the greater Washington area come together and present all about Judaism to non-Jewish groups of people. STS operates within the JCRC, the Jewish Community Relations Council, an organization that focuses on Jewish community out...

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