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Auction video and photo gallery

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CELEBRATE: yesterday, today, and tomorrow

Thank you, volunteers, donors and guests! We'll have final numbers soon. 

"I so appreciate all the parents, alumni, and faculty-staff who came together in support of the school in this fun and fabulous way," said Lark Palma. "I was truly humbled by your show of support for me during the live auction." 

Special gratitude to auction co-chairs Craig Hartzman, Indira Nallakrishnan, and Sheryl Rosenfeld, and our presenting sponsor, Cedar Hills Crossing.

We are also indebted to emcee Patrick O'Neil, guest speaker Will Rosenfeld '14, and Judd and Natali Girard for this terrific video that reminds us why we love Catlin Gabel.

Scroll down to see the auction photo gallery. 


Links to trip blogs

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Safe travels!

Trips abroad are designed one year in advance. Students and adult trip leaders work together for more than four months to prepare for their travels. You can travel vicariously through their websites and blogs.

Middle School trips, dates, trip leaders, and links  

Costa Rica | March 12–24
Spencer White, Jesse Lowes, and Li-Ling Cheng
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France | March 12–24
Katie Gunderson, Len Carr, Chris Bell
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Peru | March 12–21
Yen-Ling Wang, Paul Andrichuk
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» Blog

Upper School trips, dates, trip leaders, and links 

Nepal | March 16 – April 3
David Ellenberg, Veronica Ledoux
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Chile and Argentina | March 16 – April 4
Dave Whitson, Hannah Carr, Greg Bennick
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All 7 students competing at regional science fair win awards, 6 advance to next level of competition.

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Nicely done!
  • Junior Valerie Ding –1st in physics and astronomy; Best of Fair
  • Sophomore Anirudh Jain –1st in chemistry
  • Senior Kristin Qian – 1st in medicine and health
  • Junior Nic Bergen – 2nd in behavioral and social Science
  • Freshman Nikhil Murthy – 2nd in chemistry
  • Senior Nick Petty – 2nd in medicine and health
  • Senior Mckenzie Spooner – 2nd in environmental analysis and effects; regional Stockholm Junior Water Prize

Valerie, Anirudh, Kristin, Nic, Nikhil, and Nick will compete at the Northwest Science Expo on April 4.

Valerie will compete at the International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angles in May.

Mock trial team advances to state competition for fifth consecutive year

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The Catlin Gabel White Team emerged as one of the top teams at the vigorous Multnomah County Regional Mock Trial competition on March 1. They are among five teams out of 22 who will compete at the Federal Courthouse in Portland on March 14 and 15.

State competition schedule

Friday, March 14

2 p.m.  Round I  

Saturday, March 15

8:30 a.m
11 a.m
1:45 p.m.
2 p.m.
Round II 
Round III
Top four teams announced
Playoff round between top two teams 

White Team (going to state)
Theo Knights - captain
Chris Park - captain
Namaste Rosas - captain
Jonathan Bray
Javin Dana
Lewis Fitzgerald Holland
Annie Loduca
Grace Masback
Nick Petty
Tyler Perzik
Liv Phillips
Nick Rhodes
Will Rosenfeld

Blue Team
Luca Ostertag-Hill - captain
Hanna Sheikh - captain
Katarina van Alebeek - captain
Annie Barnicle
Zachary Feldman
Katie Fournier
Marco Holman
Anirudh Jain
Angela Liu
Jack Malsin
Neil Natarajan
Nadya Okamoto
Reuben Schafir
Grace Wong
Sage Yamamoto

During the regional competition, at the end of each of three rounds, all teams awarded a member of the opposing team with the Hands Up most valuable participant award. White Team members Namaste Rosas received the MVP award after two rounds, and Lewis Fitzgerald Holland received the MVP award for the third round. On Catlin Gabel's Blue Team, Reuben Schafir, Katarina vanAlebeek, and Hanna Sheikh received MVP awards.

Ski team qualifies for state

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The boys ski team has qualified for the state 2014 alpine championships on March 6 and 7. Senior Jeremy Wood, juniors Zac Torng and Max Armstrong, and freshman Liam Wynne will compete in the slalom and giant slalom events. Sophomore Nina Miller also qualified as an individual to compete in the girls slalom race on March 7.

Best of luck!

Sophomore Tristan Furnary swims to state championship

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Swimming for 6A Sunset High School, Tristan Furnary won the 100 yard relay and came in 2nd place in the 100 yard backstroke. His 200 yard medley relay team and 400 yard freestyle medley relay team also won state championships. The Sunset boys won their fourth straight state title. 

Students who participate in a sport not offered at Catlin Gabel can compete for their neighborhood school. 

Ice dancers Chloe Lewis '18 and Logan Bye '16 finish in 6th place at U.S. National Championships, featured on KGW news

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We are so proud of ice dancing partners Chloe and Logan. They nailed an impressive 6th place finish in the junior level at the U.S. National Championships in Boston. They have been recognized as Olympic hopefuls for 2022, and maybe even 2018 at the rate they're going!

Medals were awarded at the senior, junior, novice, intermediate, and juvenile levels. The results will be part of the U.S. selection criteria for the 2014 Winter Olympics, 2014 World Championships, 2014 World Junior Championships, and 2014 Four Continents Championships.

Portland's KGW TV featured a news story about Chloe and Logan on January 22.

Middle School robotics team wins first place in state competition

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Team Startstruck won first place in the software category at state and glowing praise from the judges! They are 7th graders Amber Merrill, Sujala Chittor, Natalie Dodson, Hannah Fisher and 6th graders Ava Pritchard, and Aarushi Phalke. Sophomore Jacob Bendicksen is their coach.The team created a sophisticated software that goes beyond programming missions. They created a system for training the robot what to do via Bluetooth and then playing it back.

Junior Valerie Ding and senior Kristin Qian among 11 winners in the Van Buren Concerto Competition

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Niel DePonte, artistic director and conductor of the Young Artists Debut! Concert, announced the 2014 winners of the annual Van Buren Concerto Competition. The 11 soloists were selected from 28 semifinalists. Winners will perform with DePonte and an orchestra drawn from the ranks of the Oregon Symphony and Oregon Ballet Theatre orchestras on Tuesday, April 1, at 7:30 p.m. at the Newmark Theatre. 

Both Valerie and Kristin are three-time winners of the Young Artists Debut! Competition.

Valerie will perform the first movement of St. Saens’ Piano Concerto No. 2. Kristin will join two others in performing the first movement of Bach's Triple Violin Concerto in D Major. 

Sophomore Julien Leitner opening for national act on January 26

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Julien, who goes by D Future, is opening for nationally touring performers Dizzy Wright and the Hopsin.

The performance is on Sunday, January 26, at the Roseland Theater.

Julien's show is at 8 p.m. All ages welcome. Tickets are $20.

» Link to Roseland Theater and tickets

Alumni News, Winter 2014

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From the Winter 2014 Caller

Alumni & Homecoming Weekend was a great success this year, well attended by alumni of all generations who returned to campus to reconnect with each other and current and past faculty-staff. The torrential downpours throughout the weekend did not stop alumni from enjoying the celebratory events.
The weekend kicked off Friday when alumni award honorees Wick Rowland ’62 and Amani Reed ’93 joined alumni from the classes of ’43–’58 for lunch in the gallery of the Creative Arts Center. Director of advancement Miranda Wellman ’91 led the enthusiastic group of 40 on a tour of the new space. Attendees enjoyed a delicious lunch prepared by Catlin Gabel food service director Hen Truong and listened attentively as Wick and Amani spoke. Alumni mingled long after lunch was finished, poring over an archives display, thanks to the work of committed volunteer Meg Patten Eaton ’58.
On Friday evening, alumni joined the greater Catlin Gabel community at Davis-Gant field for the boys’ and girls’ homecoming soccer matches versus Oregon Episcopal School. The rain held off until the last whistle was blown. Following the matches, Catlin Gabel fans joined the alumni association under a tent near the Barn for a festive celebration.
By Saturday morning alumni from near and far had arrived on campus for the Celebration of Leadership and Service. The James F. Miller Library quickly filled to capacity with alumni who were pleased to recognize the 2012–13 honorees:
  • Dave Corkran, Joey Day Pope ’54 Volunteer Award
  • Gretchen Corbett ’63, Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award
  • Wick Rowland ’62, Distinguished Alumni Service Award
  • Amani Reed ’93, Distinguished Younger Alumni Award
On Saturday evening, classes ending in 3 and 8 reunited to celebrate their reunions with parties hosted on campus and all over Portland. The class of ’83 even took a Catlin Gabel school bus to Utopia Vineyard in Newberg for an event hosted by classmate Bob Ward.

Farewell to Susie Greenebaum ’05, who has left Catlin Gabel’s alumni office to work at Nike. We all wish her the best!

—Owen Gabbert ’02 alumni board president 

Save the date!

Alumni & Homecoming Weekend 2014 will be celebrated October 10–11. Reunions will be held honoring classes ending in 4 and 9. If you would like to get involved with planning your reunion, please email

Alumni mingle at Blake clothing store in NW Portland during an event sponsored by owner Blake Neiman-Davis ’88 & the local alumni association. L to R: Blake Neiman-Davis ’88, Yvette Beaumont, Ben Schoenberg ’88

L to R: Sarah Shoemaker ’74, Trace Hancock ’96, Anna Campbell ’96 at Blake

Karen Vedvei Atiyeh ’43 and Julie Taylor Harnar ’58 greet each other at the reunion luncheon for classes of ’43–’58  

Annual Alumni Awards

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From the Winter 2014 Caller

Every year the Catlin Gabel alumni board recognizes former students for their life work and accomplishments. Through their unique contributions, these alumni embody the school philosophy “in qualities of character, intelligence, responsibility, and purpose.” The 2012–13 honorees were recognized during Alumni Weekend in September. 

Gretchen Corbett ’63

Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award

The Catlin Gabel alumni board honored Gretchen Corbett ’63 with the Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award for significant accomplishments in business or professional life. Gretchen is a well-known actress who has appeared in prominent roles in theater, film, and television.
Gretchen’s theater background includes major roles on and off Broadway, in Shakespeare festivals, and in notable regional theaters across the nation. Her career has been punctuated by her work in many iconic roles including Jeri in Kojak, Jessica Conroy in Columbo, Arlene in Gunsmoke, Glynis in Hawaii Five-O, and Beth Davenport in The Rockford Files.
Locally, Gretchen has performed for Portland Center Stage, Portland Playhouse, Third Rail Rep, and Sojourn Theatre, receiving numerous lead actress awards. Gretchen is also an award-winning director for her work with Reasons to be Pretty and Anse and Bhule, and acted as resident director for the ASK Theatre in Los Angeles. Gretchen founded and ran the Haven Project, a local nonprofit focused on pairing underserved children with professional actors to create original theater, for 10 years.
During Gretchen’s acceptance speech she spoke of English and theater teacher “Mrs. Jo,” Vivian Johannes: “She expected you to come in with a burning appetite to work on some scene or play or monologue. And these were not plays of light fare—these were Euripedes and Ugo Betti and some odd playwright named Constant Connaught, who, I found out later in my adult years, was Vivian herself. . . . I was taught that my passion was not only appreciated, it was a requirement for my success.”

Wick Rowland ’62

Distinguished Alumni Service Award

The Catlin Gabel alumni board honored Wick Rowland ’62 with the Distinguished Alumni Service Award for extraordinary service to the community, state, nation, or the world.
Wick is a leader in public broadcasting and communications studies. Wick is longtime president and CEO emeritus of Colorado Public Television and has played many key roles in the development of public broadcasting and its stations and policies. He is also dean and professor emeritus of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Colorado–Boulder, and served as president of the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication. Wick’s published works have focused on communications policy, public media, television violence debates, and the history of journalism and communication education. He received a BA in history from Stanford, an MA in communication from the Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, and a PhD from the Institute of Communication Research at the University of Illinois.
When asked to speak to Upper School students on life after Catlin Gabel and the path he took, Wick spoke of Manvel “Schauff” Schauffler’s enduring legacy and said, “After you graduate and over the years as you move on to other things, I hope you will remember this heritage and always celebrate it, just as those of us returning this weekend are doing.”

Amani Reed ’93

Distinguished Younger Alumni Award

The Catlin Gabel alumni board honored Amani Reed ’93 with the Distinguished Younger Alumni Award, for high achievement in a profession or social service before the age of 40.
Amani is a leader in independent schools and progressive curriculum development. After Catlin Gabel, Amani attended Howard University and the University of Portland. He began his career in education at Sewickley Academy in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where his former Catlin Gabel mentor Roy Parker hired him as Summerbridge director. Amani worked at the school for six years, teaching, coaching soccer, working in admissions, and serving as diversity director. He went on to serve as assistant middle school head at Lakeside School in Seattle.
After completing his master’s in educational leadership from the Teachers College at Columbia University, Amani was hired as middle school principal at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools. In 2012 Amani was appointed head of the School at Columbia University, leading 500 students and 130 faculty and staff members. Most recently, Amani successfully led the school through a major facilities renovation.
In accepting the award, Amani said, “As I thought about today, I focused on the time I spent at Catlin Gabel, and how this school has influenced my life as an educator. Important lessons were learned here about perseverance and belonging. . . . I rely on the leadership lessons learned from mentors like Roy Parker and Jim Scott and Lark Palma, who helped me understand what it means to truly care. I think about the community that found such strength in itself to bring a class together, that truly survived it all, and I think about what I might have become had I not had the opportunity to come to Catlin.”

Dave Corkran

Joey Day Pope ’54 Volunteer Award

The Catlin Gabel alumni board honored retired 35-year Upper School history teacher Dave Corkran with the Joey Day Pope ’54 Volunteer Award for a Catlin Gabel community member who personifies volunteerism within the community. The awardee is selected by a committee of alumni and faculty-staff. Dave is a leader in many arenas in the Catlin Gabel community, continuing to dedicate his time as a committed volunteer.
Dave graduated from Middlebury College and received his MA and PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. He joined the Catlin Gabel faculty in 1968, and began coaching cross country and track in 1971. Ten years into retirement, Dave is still an enthusiastic and knowledgeable volunteer coach, and a vocal soccer fan. Coaches, players, and spectators often hear him imparting words of encouragement from the hill above Davis-Gant field.
In presenting the award, Len Carr ’75 said, “Dave has given generously and selflessly to the athletic program for 45 years. He has traveled thousands of miles across the state by school bus and has left his indelible mark on hundreds of athletes and students.” Dave has led 16 senior class environmental restoration trips to Mount Hood and 16 other senior trips around Oregon, and continues to go on freshman trips. He has been committed to the Elana Gold ’93 Memorial Environmental Restoration Project since its inception in 1991, leading Catlin Gabel students and alumni in more than 15,000 hours of volunteer work restoring degraded land and protecting sensitive riparian zones. In 2010 Dave accepted a Regional Forester’s Award from the Mt. Hood National Forest for the successful restoration work that has been done through the project.
Dave ended his acceptance speech noting, “The Colombian environmentalist and reformer Paolo Lugari says that if you are not dreaming you must be asleep. Thanks everyone, for helping me stay awake.”

The Class of 2013

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Their college destinations & awards
From the Winter 2014 Caller

Perla Alvarez
University of Oregon
Community service & Spanish awards
Valerie Balog
Colgate University
Mady Bennink
Linfield College
Will Bishop
University of Denver
Ceramics award
Ella Bohn
Brown University
English & French awards
Jamie Bonaparte
Clark Honors College, University of Oregon
Rahul Borkar
Oregon State University
Music award
Mpho Bowie-Molefe
Lehigh University
Maggie Boyd
New York University
Evan Brandaw
Gap year, College of Wooster
Kassi Carter-Howard
Santa Clara University
Brandon Chang
Boston University
Owen Chapman
Pomona College
Gabri Chodosh
Clark Honors College, University of Oregon
Casey Currey-Wilson
University of California, Berkeley
Spanish award
Audrey Davis
Tulane University
Marina Dimitrov
Stanford University
Science award
Abby Doctor
Smith College
Nicholas Elliott
Gap year
Jazz band award
Layla Entrikin
Tulane University
Flora Field
Scripps College
Allison Foltyn
Simon Fraser University
Technical theater & modern languages awards
Margaret Fossand
Occidental College
Emi Foster
Colgate University
Siobhan Furnary
Oberlin College
Anne Gilleland
Southern Methodist University
Tucker Gordon
Bowdoin College
Evan Hallmark
University of Southern California
Hannah Hay-Smith
Brown University
Mira Hayward
Harvard College
Jeremy Howard
Chapman University
Jazz band award
Cody Hoyt
Ithaca College
Pat Ehrman & media arts awards
Kanaiza Imbuye
Wesleyan University
Naomi Iverson
University of Colorado, Boulder
Science award
Ian Jones
Portland State University
Matthew Junn
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Visual arts award
Maya Kinley-Hanlon
American University
Ben Kiyasu
Tulane University
Thespis award
Zach Lewis
Gap year, New York University
Ellie Lezak
Oberlin College
Benji Lin
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Ruth Lind
University of St. Andrews
David Lovitz
University of Puget Sound
Athletics award
Eve Lowenstein
Lewis & Clark College
Community service award
Trevor Luu
Illinois Wesleyan University
Alan Mayhew
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Japanese National Honor Society
Mairead McCarron
New York University
Keegan McCarthy
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, AZ
Max Meyerhoff
Macalester College
School ring, Pat Ehrman & theater awards
Elizabeth Moore
Saint Louis University, Madrid
Modern languages award
Fiona Noonan
Stanford University
Conor Oliver
Colgate University
Tyler Quatraro
Whittier College
Christopher Reimann
Whitman College
Community service & outdoor leadership awards
Emma Ronai-Durning
Gap year, Middlebury College
Chinese award
Hannah Rotwein
Plan II Honors Program, University of Texas, Austin
Athletics & English awards
Rachel Savage
Wesleyan University
Creative writing award
Zoe Schlanger
Oberlin College
Will Schneiger
Gap Year, Colorado College
Ben Shmulevsky
University of Southern California
Lianne Siegel
Carleton College
Eli Skeggs
Oregon State University
Computer science award
Rachel Spiegel
Pitzer College
Japanese award
Curtis Stahl
George Washington University
Lawrence Sun
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Terrance Sun
Brown University
Devon Utter
George Washington University
Alexandra van Alebeek
Stanford University
Mark Van Bergen
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, AZ
Thespis & science awards
Maggie Weirich
Gap year, Stanford University
Allison Weston
George Washington University
Kenny Woods
University of Portland
Lauren Wu
University of Washington
Gene Yamamoto
University of Oregon
Jaime Yu
Whittier College
Koby Yudkin
Bates College
Not pictured: Spencer Immel, Portland State University, Japanese award

Winter assembly photo gallery

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Happy holidays!

The whole school came together for the annual winter assembly. This year's celebration was dedicated to Lark Palma. After a wonderful and joyous mix of singing, dancing, and storytelling, Lark said for the 19th and final time, "Let the winter break begin!"

Two Middle School robotics teams qualify for state

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Congratulations to Team Starstruck and Team Quantum!

Team Starstruck won both the Core Values Award and an ACE Award for all around performance. Starstruck is coached by sophomore Jacob Bendicksen '16. The members are 7th graders Amber Merrill, Sujala Chittor, Natalie Dodson, and Hannah Fisher, and 6th graders Ava Pritchard and Aarushi Phalke.  "Their software is some of the most sophisticated ever developed by a Catlin team," said robotics program director Dale Yocum. "They're going places."

Team Quantum entered the competition with something to prove as they didn't have a terribly successful season last year. They won both the Project Award for their proposal of a natural disaster warning and survival app, and an ACE Award. "A fantastic turnaround for a team of very talented guys," said Dale. The members are 7th graders Avi Gupta, Matt Leungpathomaram, Tyler Nguyen, Quinn Okabayashi, and Kian Palmer. They are coached by sophomore Jake Hansen.

Our rookie 6th grade team, the Teeny Beanie Burritos, had a great season. Though they didn't make it to state (that's tough to do for a first year team) they won the Core Values award for their superb work as a team and respect for one another.  Of this rookie team Dale said, "They'll be a force to be reckoned with next year!" Coached by sophomore David Vollum, the team members are Liam Wang, Maansi Singh, Jimmy Maslen, Emma Latendresse, Lauren Mei Calora, aMadeleine Herbst.  

"St. George and the Dragon" photo gallery

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The class of 2018 dedicated their performance to Lark Palma

A hero, a dragon, girls acting dippy, and boys in tutus. This decidedly 8th grade show is a perennial favorite that has been performed to the delight (and horror) of Catlin Gabel audiences since the 1940s. Borrowing from the same basic plot (we use the term loosely), each class reflects its own personality in St. George and the Dragon. Highlights this year included a feminist Egyptian princess, the re-branding of Miley Cyrus, a unicorn dancing to "What Does the Fox Say," jugglers, and, of course, a suave Turkish Knight, a noble St. George, a fearsome dragon, and a guest appearance after the show by our next school head, Tim Bazemore. 

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