Catlin Gabel News, Summer 2012

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From the Summer 2012 Caller


Catlin Gabel was one of 78 schools in the U.S. to win a first-ever Green Ribbon from the U.S. Dept. of Education. CGS’s efforts in sustainability have grown towards a goal of zero waste, and environmental stewardship and education runs through the school’s curriculum. . . . Dan Griffiths (right), assistant US head of school and dean of students, was named the next US head. Head of school Lark Palma called Dan “a skilled and visionary leader, energetic advocate for students, persuasive public speaker, innovative teacher, and superb colleague.”. . . . Creative writing teacher Carl Adamschick won the award for poetry at the Oregon Book Awards for his book Curses and Wishes. . . . Carol Ponganis, 6th grade math teacher, won a full scholarship to attend Space Academy this summer in Huntsville, Alabama. . . . The first Hand to Hand donation event, sponsored by the Catlin Gabel Service Corps, brought in great goods for our nonprofit partners and captured the giving spirit of the community. Watch for it next year.


Thanks to all for a great Portland-themed auction in March! The event grossed more than $394,000 for faculty-staff professional development and student financial aid. . . .The Collins Foundation granted $200,000 to Catlin Gabel towards the Creative Arts Center, bringing the school closer to its groundbreaking goal. . . .The student-initiated Tuition on the Track walkathon fundraiser for financial aid raised $50,000, led by organizers Kate Rubinstein ’12, Brooke Edelson ’12, and the class of 2012.
A volunteer at the first Hand to Hand event


Ilana Cohen ’12, Holly Kim ’12, and Dylan Shields ’12 won National Merit Scholarships, giving them each a $2,500 scholarship. . . . The 1540 Flaming Chickens robotics team won the field competition and the highest award at regionals. At the international competition Marina Dimitrov ’13 was one of 10 worldwide Dean’s List winners. . . . A parody of Ralph Waldo Emerson by Mira Hayward ’13 was published in the online literary journal McSweeney’s. . . .Violeta Alvarez ’15 chaired the citywide youth summit against violence in April. She and her sister, Perla Alvarez ’13, are active members of the Multnomah Youth Commission. . . . Two Mock Trial teams competed at State, a first for Catlin Gabel.


Terrance Sun ’13 and Valerie Ding ’15 were finalists at the Intel International Science Fair in Pittsburgh. Valerie won a 4th award and was one of 12 students to win a trip to CERN in Geneva, Switzerland. Valerie also won silver at the International Sustainable World Project Olympiad in the energy category for her project on white-light LEDs. . . . Lawrence Sun ’14 made the U.S. Physics Team, one of 20 nationwide now eligible to go on to Internationals. . . . The first-ever US Science Olympiad team won the dynamic planet and water quality events at the state competition, and the MS team placed second in state.


Chris Skrapits, assistant coach for track & field and cross country (and the 8th grade science teacher) was named Oregon assistant coach of the year in all sports. . . . Mariah Morton ’12 won the state track & field championship in both long and triple jump. She and Adele English ’15, Cammy Edwards ’12, Talia Quatraro ’15, Fiona Noonan ’13, and Gabby Bishop ’14 are champions in the 4 X 400 relay. The girls track & field team, the boys tennis team, and the boys golf team all came in 2nd in state. . . . Cammy Edwards ’12 broke the school record for hurdles at 45.65 seconds, and Siobhan Furnary ’13 did the same for pole vault at 7 feet.   


Educational consultant Derrick Gay led a Diversity Conference Workshop about race and a staff and faculty training in diversity






Novelist Adam Johnson visited CGS as a Jean Vollum Distinguished Writer. He said Catlin Gabel is "dreamy and fantastic."