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The official student newspaper of The Hockaday School

The Fourcast

The official student newspaper of The Hockaday School

The Fourcast

the classic Hockaday saddle oxford
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The Great Shoe Debate
Melinda Hu, Arts&Life Editor • December 10, 2023

Every step a student takes in this school should be a comfortable one. For some, it might mean wearing the green and white saddle Oxfords. For...

The Varsity coxed quad with their coxswain from The Nobles School.
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Fast Waters
Elizabeth Truelove, Sports Editor • November 30, 2023

Crossing under Elliot Bridge, senior Caroline Stevens and her other boatmates listen to the mass of spectators watching above, hearing the cowbells...

One of the outdoor classrooms used by the conservation biology class
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Hands-On Bio Exploration
Jessica Boll, Staff Writer • November 30, 2023

The new conservation biology class, piloted by Jessie Crowley, focuses on learning different biology concepts through hands-on learning.  “Kids...

Debate goes the distance
November 30, 2023
Juliet, played by Ava Shipp, begs her mother, played by Saxon Mosely, to stop her impending marriage.
A Timeless Tragedy
November 30, 2023

Review: Catching Fire Takes Flight

Review: Catching Fire Takes Flight


The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the sequel to the 2012 franchise opener, was right on target as a perfect rendition of the novel.

The original cast returned better than ever. Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen, continued to be torn between Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) and Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth). Lawrence perfectly portrayed Katniss’s fierce, stubborn-yet-witty personality; Hutcherson melted hearts with his blond hair, blue eyes and lovable nature; and Hemsworth’s rugged, virile appearance was simply to die for.

Gale’s stolen kiss in the alley and Peeta’s passionate embrace on the beach left fans torn as to which would be a better fit for Katniss.

With the new Hunger Games came new blood. Sam Claflin debuted as Finnick Odair, stealing the show with his signature pick-up line: “Want a sugar cube?” However, Finnick’s seductive aura only masked his caring personality, which Claflin shows with his tender care for his mentor, the elderly Mags.

Also making her first appearance, Jena Malone nailed her role as Johanna Mason. She perfectly displayed Johanna’s blunt and sassy character, raising eyebrows when she stripped down in the elevator, creating an awkward but hilarious tension between Katniss, Peeta and Haymitch.

The visual effects were simply spectacular, a significant improvement from the first Hunger Games. The fire on Katniss’ and Peeta’s costumes during their grand entrance into the parade for the games was far more realistic than it was on their costumes in the first movie. Likewise, the killer monkeys in the arena were more lethal than the wolves in the Hungers Games, their fangs more sinister and menacing.

Catching Fire perfectly blended together comical moments and gripping scenes in impeccable fashion. Everyone in the audience was laughing, crying and screaming with the characters.

The first part of the third installment of this series, Mockingjay, is set for release on Nov. 21, 2015. If it’s even half as good as Catching Fire, it will be well worth the wait.

I’m just starving for more.

– Courtney Le

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