Catlin Gabel News Winter 08-09

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Gus Van Sant ’71, Clint Darling, and writer Blake Nelson on the assembly stage

This fall school head Lark Palma wrote two letters to the campus community about the effect of the down economy on Catlin Gabel. . . . . Author Blake Nelson and filmmaker Gus Van Sant ’71 visited campus to talk about the book and movie versions of Paranoid Park as part of the Jean Vollum Distinguished Writers Series. The assembly took place a few hours after Gus was notified of the eight Oscar nominations for his movie Milk. . . . An article about founder Ruth Catlin appeared in the history column of the Oregonian in October (search for Ruth Catlin ). . . . The Department of Environmental Quality recognized Catlin Gabel at the Platinum Level of the diesel recognition program. Our bus fleet was the first in the area to use ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel. . . . Robotics program director Dale Yocum was named the runner-up Technology Educator of the Year by TechStart.

Science teachers Lowell Herr (retired) and Carol Ponganis enjoyed the Celebration of Science this fall, in honor of the new science lab


This fall the 3rd and 4th grades gleaned 1,054 pounds of leftover produce at Kruger’s Farm on Sauvie Island, which they donated to the Oregon Food Bank. . . . Sophomores and juniors volunteered at 13 Portland-area nonprofits and the Obama and McCain campaigns, while freshmen and seniors worked on campus. The Beaverton Valley Times wrote about this amazing day of service (search for Catlin Gabel) . . . Our students and teachers were honored during the Mexican Independence Day celebration in Hillsboro for their community service to Centro Cultural, a social service agency in Cornelius. . . . Andrew Cannard ’09 was featured in an Oregonian newspaper article about his volunteer work in Honduras with the Amigos de las Americas organization. . . . Natalie Farci ’09 and the Catlin Gabel Student Association organized a Red Cross blood drive that collected 16 units of blood, potentially saving up to 48 lives.


Lara Garrett, mother of Ian ’12, volunteering at Rummage

It still needs us, still feeds us. The 64th Rummage Sale brought in more than $275,000 for financial aid this year, a great achievement in the current economic climate. In fact, Saturday’s sales and attendance surpassed all previous years. Thanks to the community for creative ideas, generous donations and sponsorships, spirited shopping, and energetic volunteering. You can watch television news coverage of the sale on the schools website.


Sam Bishop ’10 completed the National Young Leaders Conference in Washington, D.C., where he attended meetings with our nation’s leaders . . . . The story “Apocalypse” by Alma Siulagi ’10 was selected for Speak Up Press’s website. . . . Violinist Holly Kim ’12 and tenor Christopher Skinner ’09 were chosen by audition for the National Association for Music Education All-Northwest orchestra and choir. . . . Katie Fogle ’20 is the 2009 March of Dimes ambassador for the state of Oregon.


Coaches John Hamilton and Chris Skrapits with some triumphant cross-country team members

The girls cross country team took second place at state championships. . . . Hayley Ney ’09 came in 3rd in state. . . . Lauren Spiegel ’12 won first place in the all-around and floor events at the Oregon Gymnastics state championships. . . . Emma Wood ’09 was named a scholar-athlete by the U.S. Squash Association for having a GPA over 3.5 and an end-of-season national ranking in girls under-17 squash. . . . Ashley Tam ’15 won 1st place in the 50m breaststroke and 2nd place in 100m breaststroke races in the OSI 10 and under long course state championship swim meet.

Thanks to Karen Katz ’74 for her work compiling material for the “All-School News,” a source for this news page.