Congrats! December 2010

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Student and faculty-staff achievements

Lower School students participating in this year’s Ridgewood Chess Tournament enjoyed great results. Will Seekamp tied for first place among 5th graders with four wins out of five games. Avi Gupta secured second place in 4th grade with four wins and placed third in the entire tournament. Jimmy Maslen won first place in 3rd grade with four wins, and Loren Mei Calora tied for third with three wins. Catlin Gabel swept the 2nd grade competition with Brodie Leo wining first, Omeed Azari second, and Sean Uan-Zo-li third place.

Liam Wynne, 6th grade, successfully tested for his second-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

Violinist Holly Kim, a junior, has been selected for the All-State and All-Northwest Honors Orchestras. Students audition for the opportunity to perform with the best high school musicians in the region under the baton of nationally renowned conductors.

Sophomore Abby Doctor performed at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. Abby attended Stagedoor Manor Performing Arts Training Center in Loch Sheldrake, New York, in 2010 and joined fellow Stagedoor students on Office Max's “Elves Raise the Roof” float. More than 400 Stagedoor singer-dancers auditioned for the 80-member Macy's performance troupe.

Catlin Gabel’s Flaming Chickens robotics team hosted the first annual Girl’s Generation robotics competition at Catlin Gabel. Fourteen Oregon and Washington teams attended the competition, making it the largest event of its kind. Only girls were allowed to be on the robot drive teams, and only girls could work on them in the pits. Catlin Gabel’s Flaming Chickens—seniors Rohisha Adke and Lynne Stracovsky, and sophomores Hannah Ashley, Marina Dimitrov, Anne Gilleland, and Eve Lowenstein—brought home the winner’s trophy. But all the girls who attended came away knowing who exactly their peers are: smart, confident girls ready to work together to take on the difficult challenges they face in robotics, and well prepared for the next big competition.

Sophomore defender Zoë Schlanger and senior goalkeeper Ian Agrimis were named athletes of the week by the Portland Tribune. »Click here for more sports news.

Thank you to Tom Tucker's Upper School woodshop class for building nine Beehive-size stools for the budding woodworkers in kindergarten. Woodshop teacher Jennifer Marcus crafted a prototype, and the US students hopped right to it. They have also built two doors for the new garden shed. Hands-on learning, cross-divisional work, and meeting school needs!

Eighth grade English teacher Holly Walsh and her husband, Ryan, welcomed their second child, daughter Brielle Katrine, on November 20. Brielle weighed in at 7 pounds, 10 ounces.

Kindergarten teacher Betsy McCormick and her teammates, who are all parents of Catlin Gabel alumni, took first place in knockout bracket 5 at the Oregon Coast Regional Bridge Tournament.

Fourth grade teacher Mariam Higgins traveled to Haiti with a small team of doctors, including her husband Nick, to assist with surgical care, and deliver medical and school supplies. She and her family have been associated with the Matenwa Community School in a mountaintop village on the island of La Gonâve for the past 12 years. During her recent trip, Mariam wrote a blog on the MercyCorps website: http://www.mercycorps.org/mariamhiggins/blog

We’re growing our own – shitake mushrooms that is. Food services director Hen Truong received a grant to grow mushrooms for use in Barn meals. In a wonderful demonstration of campuswide cooperation, theater teacher Robert Medley is providing growing advice, the facilities crew hauled 30 red oak grow logs, shop teacher Tom Tucker helped design a wooden barricade with cross beams to hold the logs uprights, and Scott Bowler’s Lower School science students will monitor the growth and life cycle of the mushrooms.