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From the June edition of the All-School News

Fourth grader Bryan Richardson received his black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

The Oregon Scholastic Chess Federation recognized 5th grader Avi Gupta, 4th grader Jimmy Maslen, 3rd grader Sean Uan-Zo-li, and 2nd grader Arlo Maslen for placing in the top 10 of their grade levels in the Northwest Scholastic ratings.

Four of the student films submitted to Seattle Country Day School's Middle School Media Festival won awards. Spring by 7th graders Athena Erickson, Hannah Cassin, and Maria Chang, with a poem by Anna Bishop, won official selection. Runner by 7th graders Daniel Linnell, Karsten Skoch, and Max Fogelstrom, with a poem by Mo Alan, won a teacher choice award. The Bagel by 7th graders Annika Le, Claire Rosenfeld, and Sam Slusher, with a poem by Ethan Stahl, won a teacher's choice award. Can You Hear Me by the 8th grade media arts /drama 3 rotation won the audience award.

Eighth grader Rachel Ma’s poem, "The Truth," was selected for publication in the Creative Communications writing contest’s yearly poetry anthology.

Eighth grader David Kim won 1st place at the Oregon Cello Society’s annual scholarship audition.

Eighth grader Hayle Meyerhoff won 2nd place and $50 in Beaverton Public Library's spring concrete poetry contest for middle school students. Sophomore Chris Park won 1st place and $100 in the concrete poetry contest for high school students. Chris’s poem was published in the library newsletter. Concrete poetry is a form of poetry in which the typographical arrangement of words is as important as the conventional elements of the poem.

Senior Holly Kim won 1st place for violin at the Oregon Music Teachers Association scholarship competition.

The First Presbyterian Church of Newberg awarded senior Megan Stater $1,000 from the Marian F. DeAlton Scholarship fund to be used at the college or university of her choice (Columbia Unversity).

Junior Terrance Sun and freshman Valerie Ding were finalists at the Intel International Science Fair in Pittsburgh. Terrance entered a project titled "Improvements to Automatic Translation of Legal Text" in the computer science category. Valerie entered a project titled "Shining Like the Sun: A Novel Quantum Mechanical Approach to Property Analysis and Energy Efficiency Algorithm for White-Light LEDs" in the physics and astronomy category. Valerie's project won a Fourth Award. In addition, Valerie was one of only 12 students (from over 1,500) to win an all-expenses-paid trip this summer to CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research in Geneva, where the students will meet with researchers and see the experiments they are working on.

Sophomore Lawrence Sun is one of 20 finalists selected for the U.S. Physics Olympiad team. Each year, the American Association of Physics Teachers and the American Institute of Physics sponsor a competition for high school students to represent the United States at the International Physics Olympiad Competition.The selection process began in early January when Lawrence took the F=ma exam. Approximately 400 top scorers on this first test advance to the semi-final round of competition.

Senior Ramtin Rahmani's senior project shadowing a head and neck surgeon was featured on KPTV-12 news. If the video is still up on their website, you can view it here.

Three cheers for the Upper School theater tech students who waded into waist-deep water to unclog a drain that had backed up during a torrential rainstorm that coincided with the 8th grade’s final performance of Pirates of Penzance. The quick-thinking tech team rallied to mop up the mess and prevent the stage from flooding. All the while, the performers and audience had no idea that anything was amiss. Bravo to sophomore Mckenzie Spooner; juniors Allison Foltyn, Ben Kiyasu, and Alan Mayhew; and seniors Chloe Bergstrand, Qiddist Hammerly, Nathan Norris, Jemma Pritchard, and Dylan Shields.

After the April announcement that Catlin Gabel was named a U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School, the Oregon Department of Education announced our 2nd place award for Oregon Sustainable Schools. We also won their Pillar Award for minimizing environmental impact.

Middle School Chinese language teacher Li-Ling Cheng received a grant to participate in a 10-day residential workshop for master teachers this summer in Worcester, Massachusetts. The Chinese Language Teachers Association sponsors the workshop, which will focus on literacy, character recognition, and reading comprehension.

Admission associate Lisa Unsworth has been appointed girls varsity soccer coach. She replaces Mark Lawton, who is moving to the Bay Area. Lisa has been assistant coach for four years.

Shop teacher Michael de Forest is showing a piece at the Center for Art in Wood in Philadelphia through July 21. His 6-foot Chinook salmon was built using Ghanaian coffin building techniques. Michael is traveling to an Eric Anang workshop in Ghana this summer to build a 12-foot salmon.

College counselor Nancy Donehower recently presented at two sessions of the Western Regional Association of College Admission Counselors conference. Her first topic was college counseling programs for juniors, and the second was wait lists.

Chris Skrapits was named district coach of the year in his first season as head track and field coach.

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