A Recap of the Track & Field Season

As the high school track and field season comes to a close, Crystal athletes are working harder than ever to improve their times and have a great finish to the year. On May 6th, athletes competed at the WBAL trials, and this Friday they will compete at the WBAL Finals where they will have the opportunity to qualify for CCS.

Gryphon Robotics Advances to Championships

This spring, our Gryphon Robotics team made it to the FIRST Robotics national championships for the first time in Crystal history! Team captain Annabelle Tao ‘17 says that “We’ve always been a small team, but that scrappy mentality–‘we can do it although we might fail on the way’–has really helped us this year. That’s one of the best parts of our team. We’re student driven. This year especially, everyone had a hand in the process. Everyone was more engaged and had a greater say in the team.” To learn more about this momentous victory, we conducted an interview with team members Anika Kamath ‘18 and Jesus Picos ‘18.

Junior-Senior Kidnap

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

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.