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More news about Vighnesh: his paper, "Improved Frequency Estimation in Sinusoidal Models Through Iterative Linear Programming Schemes," has been accepted for publication and presentation at the international Sound and Music Computing Conference in July. The Department of Information Engineering at the University of Padova and the Conservatory Cesare Pollini of Padova, Italy, jointly organize the conference.

The mock trial team won two out of four of their trials at the national competition. Senior Leah Thompson won an award for being one of the top 10 best attorneys in the entire tournament.

Catlin Gabel swept the high school division of the Beaverton Library’s poetry contest. Sophomores Marina Dimitrov, Curtis Stahl, and Mark Van Bergen placed first, second, third respectively. Margaret Fossand received an honorable mention. The form for this year’s contest was the Clerihew, which is a whimsical four-line biographical poem with an AABB rhyme scheme.

Senior Jackson Morawski is one of 32 students nationwide selected by the Japan Foundation to represent the United States in Japan this summer. The Foundation, in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, invited the American students to commemoration ceremonies honoring two Americans who were involved with the Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme and who died during the earthquake.

Sophomore Perla Alvarez has been elected co-chair of the Multnomah Youth Commission. She has volunteered more than 300 hours serving on the commission for two years, is a member of the youth gang violence task force, and works closely with Mayor Sam Adams and city commissioners.

Junior Ramtin Rahmani has been elected co-chair of the Mayor's Youth Advisory Board of Beaverton. The board promotes youth involvement in civic affairs such as volunteering and participating in government-sponsored actions.

Junior Julianne Johnson was accepted to Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s summer seminar for high school juniors.

Junior Katy Wiita is swimming with the National Synchronized swim team at the Brazil Open.

Junior Neil Badawi’s F.C. soccer team won the state championship and will represent Oregon at nationals in July.

The Siemens competition challenges students to create sustainable, reproducible, energy-related environmental improvements that can be replicated around the globe. Catlin Gabel’s Team Turbine, advised by Veronica Ledoux and composed of sophomores Marina Dimitrov and Mark Van Bergen, and senior Sarah Ellis, were winners for the state of Oregon. They determined that installing a microturbine in the school’s water line could harvest usable energy.

The Oregonian profiled the Upper School’s PLACE urban studies class partnership with Alberta Street Main Street. In other PLACE news, Zenger Farms implemented our students’ recommendations made last year for a food security project at the nonprofit farm and wetland in outer southeast Portland.

Eighth graders Matthew Bernstein and Larissa Banitt won 1st and 2nd place, respectively, in the national poetry contest sponsored by the Manningham Trust. Their poems had already come in 1st and 2nd in the Oregon State Poetry Association (OSPA) contest in the middle school category.

Seventh grader Eve Maquelin and 6th grader Andrew Park took home gold medals from national Science Olympiad in Madison, Wisconsin. They beat 118 other students in the “Write It, Do It” category of the competition. Their performance was judged on teamwork, abstract expression, logical thought, and clear, concise writing. More than 800 students from 47 states in grades 6 through 9 competed in the middle school division of the National Science Olympiad.

Thirteen Middle School students were selected by their language arts teachers to attend the prestigious Oregon Writing Festival, a daylong event at Portland State University for talented young writers. Participants included 6th graders Gus Edelen O’Brien, Maya King, Annika Le, and Andrew Park; 7th graders Jacob Bendicksen, Ian McClanan, and Iman Wahle; and 8th graders Larissa Banitt, Eva Jahanshir, Sarah Norris, Sophie Paek, and Kellie Takahashi.

The editors of Honoring Our Rivers Anthology of Student Artwork and Literature selected the work of three 5th graders and 29 6th graders for inclusion in this year’s collection. Congratulations to 5th graders Olivia Andersen, Macey Ferron-Jones, and Anaga Srinivas, and 6th graders Mo Alan, Carly Allen, Robin Attey, Hannah Cassin, Gracie Cavenaugh, Shinto Davis, Gus Edelen O'Brien, Beatrice Endler, Athena Erickson, Miguel Gachupin, Sophie Glew, Jasper Gordon, Ian Bryce Hoyt, Safina Lewis, Colin Mitchell, Darya Mojab, Conner Nelson, Sahil Nerurkar, Mark Nicholson, Lila Reich, Holly Sauer, Ryan Selden, Emily Slusher, Quinn Smesrud, Aidan Smith, Kenzie Stuvland, Grace Wong, Liam Wynne, and Jackson Zechnich.

Fifth grader Anaga Srinivas was an Oregon finalist in the "Celebrate America" creative writing contest organized by the Immigration Council of America. She wrote a poem on the assigned topic, "Why I am glad America is a nation of immigrants." The prize included being invited to a naturalization ceremony.

Fifth grader Culla Gallaher won 2nd place in the Oregon Poetry Association competition.

Mandarin language teacher Li-Ling Cheng is the only teacher from Oregon accepted to a three-week STARTALK Chinese teacher summer training program at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. Her tuition, room, and board are covered. STARTALK is a component program of the National Security Language Initiative, which seeks to expand and improve the teaching and learning of strategically important world languages.

Upper School registrar Catherine Healy has been admitted as a postulant for the priesthood in the Episcopal Church. Three years of seminary lie ahead, but she’s sticking around Catlin Gabel.

Three Catlin Gabel coaches were named state coach of the year for leading their teams to state championships. John Hamilton was honored for coaching boys' golf and girls' cross country, Hedy Jackson for boys' tennis, and Lerry Baker for girls' track and field.