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Top 10 online stories of 2017-2018

May 22, 2018

The Review Online has undergone significant growth this year. Online Section Editor Sophia Kontos introduced two new regular series: Special Music, which showcases student performances, and Pod on the Quad, which covers numerous issues on campus. Followers of The Review Online can now subscribe to the website to be notified whenever new stories are posted. Finally, for the first time ever, The Review Online won SNO Distinguished Site status, an award given to websites for journalistic excellence. As this year comes to a close, we looked back at the ten most viewed stories from 2017-2018. Check out some of this year’s highlights!

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No. 1

Freshman performs at Hobby Center’s Theatre Under the Stars (2,549): For two weeks this past December, freshman Karli Fisher met two Disney stars, learned dances from a big-name New York City choreographer and performed in front of thousands at the Hobby Center downtown.

Laci Hepler
While performing in “Sleeping Beauty and Her Winter Knight,” Fisher learned from Disney stars and famous choreographers.

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No. 2

Girls’ volleyball celebrates seniors in game against John Cooper (2,348): On Oct. 17, the girls’ volleyball team honored its seniors in a game against the John Cooper Dragons.

Benny He
From left: Kennadie Jake-Turner, Grace Hansen, and Wallis Turley celebrate with their families.

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No. 3

“The Music Man” returns to SJS (1,494): Seventeen years ago, “The Music Man” was the first musical performed in the VST. This year, two different casts of students from Classes 4-12 performed the show, with an opening scene led by administrators. 

Eric Hang
The cast gathers after the first dress rehearsal.

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No. 4

Pod on the Quad: Prefect Edition (1,414): Pod on the Quad is the Review’s podcast that covers happenings around school. In this edition, Online Section Editor Sophia Kontos spoke with the prefect candidates about the election, which took place on April 19. 

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No. 5

“Beauty and the Beast” lauded despite three weeks lost (1,222): Sixty-five Middle School thespians performed “Beauty and the Beast” to rave reviews, despite challenges from missing over three weeks of rehearsal time.

Sixty-five Middle School students took part in “Beauty and the Beast” on Oct. 12-13.

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No. 6

Hot Seat Episode 1: Mr. Guinn (1,118): Executive Editor Dani Yan interviewed English teacher Clay Guinn while eating increasingly spicy wings.

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No. 7

Special Music: Joshua Wilson performs “No Gray” (1,023): Sophomore Joshua Wilson performs “No Gray,” originally by Jonathan McReynolds. For more about Wilson and his love for gospel music, be sure to check out the Graduation Issue of The Review!

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No. 8

Faster WiFi installed across campus (981): A two-part installation took place on Sept. 22 and Sept. 29, which made the school’s internet connection 20 times faster. This change allowed for greater WiFi use across campus.

Fareen Dhuka
Students enjoy the improved internet connection as they work in the library.

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No. 9

Sophomore establishes celiac support group (955): After being diagnosed with celiac, sophomore Claire Huff created a support group for children with the disease.

Claire Seinsheimer
Claire Huff hopes to support other children with celiac and to educate others about the disease.

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No. 10

Designer Preston Boyer (’13) premieres fourth collection with on-campus runway show (909): On Sept. 16, fashion designer Preston Douglas (’13) debuted his St. John’s-inspired clothing line, “SAINT JOHNS,” with a runway show in Flores Hall.

Grace Sanders
Models line up for Boyer's fashion exhibition.

 

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