Catlin Gabel News Winter 07-08

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Rummage 2007 tops all past sales

Upper School students work at Rummage

This year’s Rummage Sale brought in a record-breaking $317,000, an eleven percent increase from last year. Sale coordinator Lesley Sepetoski and huge numbers of volunteers—students, parents, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends—bring this fundraiser to life, and the school community is grateful for their efforts. We continue to emphasize high-quality donations, parent volunteer leadership, and innovative ways to improve the program. To share ideas, please email or call 503-279-1894 ext. 423. Sale proceeds go to financial aid, a cause everyone works wholeheartedly to support.

News from around the school

George Thompson '64

Catlin Gabel took part in the national January Day of Action, which on campus encompassed efforts to empty the parking lots through carpooling and use of alternative transportation, sale of efficient light bulbs, and encouragement for all on campus to go paperless. . . . Upper School counselor George Thompson ’64 was the keynote speaker at the Guide Dogs for the Blind fall luncheon, and was said to be inspiring, humble, and amusing. . . . Food service director Hen Truong has initiated the use of washable dishes and flatware in the Barn. This will help move the school toward its goal of zero waste.

Student news

Erica Berry ’10 was one of 15 poets worldwide who won the prestigious Foyle Young Poets of the Year competition. As part of her prize, she attended a weeklong residential poetry course in Shropshire, England, in February. She also won the 2008 Elizabeth Bishop Prize for Fiction. . . . An essay by Maddy Case ’08 was selected by Elder & Leemaur Publishers for an upcoming compilation, Believing in Greatness. Maddy’s essay, “The Greatest Influence of the 21st Century,” focuses on a chemical process that allows the making of artificial fertilizer, which she learned about in her Upper School environmental science and policy class. . . . The Outreach Council of the African Studies Association awarded writer Penda Diakité ’10 and her father, artist Baba Wague Diakité, the 2007 African Book Award for best book for young children for I Lost My Tooth in Africa. The award was presented in October at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. . . . Emma Wood ’09 was one of 78 students nationwide to receive a 2007 US squash scholar-athlete award. . . . Lego robotics Team Echo (7th graders Owen Chapman, Casey Currey-Wilson, Anne Gilleland, Eve Lowenstein, and Gene Yamamoto) won the state’s top award, the Champions Award, for excellence in all aspects including research project and presentation, technical design, teamwork, and robot performance. . . . Kallisti Kenaley-Lundberg ’15 was featured on a segment of ABC News’s “Nightline” program with her band from the Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp for Girls. . . . The Oregon Scholastic Chess Federation has named Chloe Smith ’15 and Dashiell Shulman ’16 to its 2007 All-Star roster.

Middle School students praised for their service

Excerpted from the McKay School newsletter

“Every year we are fortunate to have hardworking students from Catlin Gabel School volunteer at McKay. The 18 students in grades 6-8 come to school on a bus around 9 on a Wednesday morning once a month and stay until about 11:15. They are assigned to various classrooms where they help teachers with materials preparation or work with small groups of students. Thanks to Catlin Gabel service learning coordinators, Paul Monheimer and Chris Skrapits, for their continuing support of McKay!”


The cross country girls team finished 2nd and the boys finished 4th at the state championships. Ian Wayne ’08 set a new school record on the state course. Ian and Haley Ney ’09, who finished third in state, qualified to participate in the annual Nike Border Clash, pitting top runners from Washington and Oregon. Coaches from all the state’s districts selected John Hamilton and Chris Skrapits as coaches of the year.