April 2011 Congrats!

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Bravo to the mock trial team for winning Catlin Gabel’s second consecutive state championship. The team will compete in the national competition in May in Phoenix. Congratulations to senior co-captains Leah Thompson and Grace McMurchie, and their team seniors Josh Langfus and Karuna Tirumala, juniors Talbot Andrews, Rachel Caron, Lauren Ellis, Andrew Hungate, Eli Wilson Pelton, and Megan Stater, and sophomore Mira Hayward. Special thanks to their volunteers coaches Bob ’73 and Nell Bonaparte, Jim Coon, and Scott Thompson.
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Four Catlin Gabel students entered science research projects in the Central Western Oregon Science Expo. All four qualifed for the statewide Intel Northwest Science Expo on April 1. About one-third of the projects at a regional fair qualify to advance to the state fair. Senior Vighnesh Shiv entered a project titled “Novel Algorithms for Automatic Music Transcription” in the computer science category. He won the Intel Excellence in Computer Science award and the Mu Alpha Theta award (Mu Alpha Theta is a national mathematics honor society). Senior Rohan Jhunjhunwala entered a project titled “Road Detection via Computer Vision and Laser Scanning” in the engineering: electrical and mechanical category. He won the Innovative Engineering award. Sophomore Terrance Sun and freshman Lawrence Sun entered a team project titled “Using Formal Verification Techniques to Find Contradictions in Laws Concerning Police Use of Force” in the computer science category.

Junior Eli Pelton Wilson was recognized with a regional Gold Key in the 2011 Scholastic Writing Awards, presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. Out of 180,000 submissions, 984 works earned Gold Key recognition from the Writing Region-at-Large. Former teen Gold Key recipients include Truman Capote, Bernard Malamud, Joyce Carol Oates, and Sylvia Plath.

Junior Genevieve Gideonse qualified for and competed in the Oregon High School Nordic’s state finals in Bend. She skied both Nordic classic and freestyle events for Catlin Gabel.

For the first time, Catlin Gabel fielded a team at the World Affairs Council’s state WorldQuest competition, and we came in 3rd place. Academic WorldQuest is a team game testing competitors' knowledge of international affairs, geography, history, and culture. Congratulations to team members senior Samme Sheikh, junior Megan Stater, sophomore Curtis Stahl, and freshman Theo Knights.

The 1540 Flaming Chickens robotics team, won the Finalist trophy and the Innovation in Control award at the San Diego regional competition, one of the premier regions in the nation .

Level 6 gymnast Ariana Jahanshir won the 3rd place trophy with a score of 9.475 in the balance beam competition at the Emerald Challenge in Springfield.

The Lower School chess team tied for 4th place at the Chess for Success state championships. Representing Catlin Gabel were 2nd grader Brodie Leo, 3rd graders Lauren Mei Calora, Jimmy Maslen, and Ezra Polesky, 4th grader Avi Gupta, and 5th grader William Seekamp. Brodie Leo tied for 3rd place in the K-4 division individual competition.

Robotics program director Dale Yocum received the Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Award at the Oregon regional FIRST robotics competition.

The Young Adult Library Services announced that Middle School librarian Lynn Silbernagel was one of four honorable mention winners in the Thinking Big About Advocacy contest. Lynn was honored for her work on behalf of teen library users.

The Tualatin Valley Water District presented their Hero Award to Catlin Gabel for the school's outstanding commitment to water conservation. In 2000 consumption peaked at 7.3 million gallons per year. By 2010 the school used just 1.5 million gallons, which at current rate values amounts to a savings of $19,313.

Bienestar honored Catlin Gabel with the first annual Community Partner of the Year Award. Bienestar is a nonprofit community development corporation providing affordable housing and resident services for low-income families in Aloha, Cornelius, Forest Grove, Hillsboro and Scappoose. Catlin Gabel and Bienestar have an ongoing partnership at Reedville Apartments in Aloha, where Upper Schoolers tutor 1st through 6th grade Hispanic students in the homework club. And the Catlin Gabel Service Corps sponsored a book drive to benefit Bienestar's early reading efforts.