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Sophomore Valerie Ding a finalist in Google Science Fair

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Congratulations, Valerie! We are so proud of you.

Valerie Ding is among the 90 regional finalists for the 2013 Google Science Fair for her project Rapid Quantum Dot Solar Cell Optimization: Integrating Quantum Mechanical Modeling and Novel Solar Absorption Algorithm. As a finalist, she is also in the running for the Scientific American Science in Action Award, which honors a student whose project makes a practical difference in the world by addressing an environmental, health, or resources problem.

Google will announce the 15 global winners and Science in Action award winner later this month. 

Valerie wrote, "This is a huge honor for me, and I really want to thank the entire Catlin community for its constant support and incredibly nurturing and encouraging environment. Genuine interest from faculty members and fellow students has not only bolstered confidence in my own work, but also has reminded me of how instrumental Catlin, its science, math, and computer science departments, and especially its science research program have been these last two years. I’m really looking forward to another two."

Iolanthe photo gallery

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The class of 2017 performed Gilbert and Sullivan's "Iolanthe"

Many thanks to Tom Wynne for the photos!

Announcing 2013-14 PFA leadership

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Thank you, volunteers!

These are the PFA officers, division coordinators, and grade representatives for the 2013-14 school year.

Special thanks to Kayla Reich for her stellar leadership of the PFA for the past three years.

Vice President
Advisor to the Council
Communications Coordinator
Family Integration Coordinator
Spring Festival Coordinator

Beginning School Coordinator

Lower School Coordinator
1st grade
1st grade
2nd grade
2nd grade
3rd grade
3rd grade
4th grade
4th grade
5th grade
5th grade 

Middle School Coordinator
6th grade
6th grade
7th grade
7th grade
8th grade
8th grade

Upper School Coordinator
9th grade
9th grade
10th grade
10th grade
11th grade
11th grade
12th grade
12th grade

Pam Lloyd
Liz McClanan
Adrienne Hill
Kayla Reich
Ingeborg Holliday
Marjorie Dial
Scott Cooley

Maya Wells ‘89
Arah Erickson ‘87
Joanie Wardwell
Nicole Lee
Jen Yoken

Sarah Stascausky
Alayna Luria
Stacey Misakian
Adam Pushkas
Glenn Levy
Stacie Beckerman
Jill Eberwein
Colleen Maslen ‘88
Heather Renjen
Spitzi Barnicle
Alex Druker

Kirsten Brady
Melissa Naito
Courtenay Thompson
Scott Pozzi
Maria Hall
Bleu Blakeslee
Cath Swanston

Azin van Alebeek
Christine Carr
Zoë Edelen Hare
Laura Bueermann
Melissa Salvador
Betsy Natter
Elizabeth English
Wendy Whitsell
Meg Bishop

Students train for Mt Hood, St. Helens, or South Sister Climbs on Dog Mountain last weekend.

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Summer trips are around the corner and these students are ready!

We left Catlin at 8:02 (pretty much on schedule) under gray skies; 14 students and 3 adults ready to take on this 3000 foot climb.  Intermittent sprinkles prompted use of the windshield wipers on the bus as we drove through Portland.  The farther east we traveled, though, the drier it got, and there was no rain at all during any of the hike.  The large Dog Mountain parking lot was already three quarters full when we arrived, with a volunteer directing parking for the forest service.  We parked at the far end of the lot from the trail, then gathered at the trailhead for a pre-ascent discussion.

As usual, the eager ascenders charged up the trail at high speed, leaving the so-called leader to toil upwards in the rear.  Discipline reigned, however, and all paused as planned and instructed at the first junction for a breather and initial check in.  As all was progressing as expected, we set out as a rolling line for the next section; hiking in smaller groups, with each group pausing at every junction until the next group arrived, to ensure that all went the same way.  That was the theory, anyway.  Such was the energy level that the rear leader only saw the group ahead of him once during the ascent.

With the early warm weather this year (and the lateness of this hike in the calendar), the open fields at the summit were more flower strewn than they have been for the past few years for this particular conditioning hike.  In fact the yellow balsamroot, though plentiful, were past their prime and starting to wilt.  The Indian paintbrush and lupine were lush and quite beautiful.  Although some of the earlier crowds, already descending, had said it was cold on the summit, by the time we arrived it was quite pleasant.  Mt St Helens was visible to the north, although its flat top was hidden in cloud.  Mt Hood was hidden in clouds across the Gorge on the Oregon side.  The view west over Wind Mountain towards Portland was clear and verdantly green.  As we headed down, into thickening crowds of hikers still wending their way towards the summit, the sun came out brightly and the air warmed considerably.  It was a relief to plunge into the cool, shadowy woods, and to be on the descent.

After a discussion and reminder at the summit of the practice and necessity of waiting and checking in at junctions, this technique was much better adhered to on the descent (practice making progress in this situation).  Even though (by design,) we followed different routes on the way down, each important waypoint had the requisite stop and check in by each subgroup before continuing the descent.

The parking lot was full when we arrived at the trailhead, and it took some adroit maneuvering to extract the bus.  The return trip was in full sunlight, and the intrepid climbers dozed quietly in the back of the bus.  We returned to Catlin a few minutes ahead of schedule, with visions already of even grander ascents to come, for which initial conditioning is now started.

Preseason US athletics schedule 2013-14

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Soccer, volleyball, and cross-country preseason mandatory practice begins on Monday, August 19.

We encourage all students to join a Catlin Gabel team. Each year a number of students, particularly freshmen and sophomores, hesitate to come out for sports, believing they are too inexperienced to participate. Our no-cut policy allows for everyone to participate. We provide great opportunities for students to give new sports a try. You have nothing to lose and a lot to gain. We hope to see you!

For conditioning, skill development, and team organization, athletes planning to participate in the first fall contests are required to attend preseason practices. Athletes missing practices or arriving after the starting date will be withheld from competitions until they have completed nine practices. If teams are filled after preseason is completed, we will not add another team to accommodate late-arriving athletes.

Games begin on August 29. Coaches will notify athletes in advance of any practice time changes after this point.

Once classes begin on September 4, practices are after school from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. There is no practice on Labor Day.

» Link to game and meet schedules

Boys Soccer

Head Coach: Peter Shulman, 503-866-9671, shulmanp@catlin.edu

Summer pick-up games
Tuesdays and Thursdays starting June 25, 5:45 – 7:30 p.m.
(no games July 4, July 30, and August 1)

Optional camp – $100
August 12 – 16, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Required practice and team selection 

August 19 – 23, daily doubles, 9 – 11 a.m. and 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
August 26 – 30, 2:30 – 5 p.m.
September 2 onward, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Girls Soccer

Head Coach: Chris Dorough, 503-913-0426, doroughc@catlin.edu

Summer pick-up games
Tuesdays and Thursdays starting June 25, 5:45 – 7:30 p.m.
(no games July 4, July 30, and August 1)

Optional camp – $100

August 12 – 16, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Required practice and team selection 

August 19 – 23, daily doubles, 8 – 10 a.m. and 4 – 6 p.m.
August 26 – 30, 4 – 6:30 p.m.
September 2 onward, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Girls Volleyball

Head Coach: Sanjay Bedi, 503-348-0380, bedis@catlin.edu

Summer conditioning
August 5 – 8, 5 – 6:30 p.m.
(Open gym 5 – 6 p.m., conditioning 6 – 6:30 p.m.)

Optional camp – $100

August 12 – 16, 3:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Required practice and team selection

August 19 – 23, 3 – 7:30 p.m.
August 26 – 30, 4 – 6 p.m.
September 2 onward, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.


Head Coach: John Hamilton, 503-645-7198, hamiltonj@catlin.edu

Summer conditioning
Wednesdays, 7 – 8 p.m. interval sessions. Meet at the gym. 

Sundays at 10:30 a.m. for 3 – 6 mile run. Meet at the bottom of the Leif Erickson Trail on NW Thurman Street 

Monday August 12, 7 – 9 p.m. 25th annual Oak Hills pre-season run, swim, and ice cream social

Required practice

August 19 – September 4, 
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 9:30 – 11 a.m. 

September 4 onward, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Notes for all athletes

Students should have their own footwear properly broken in by the opening day of practice to avoid blisters. Wear athletic clothes suitable for the weather. Soccer players should bring water bottles to carry with them to the field. It is wise to start some conditioning well before August 19 in order to build fitness gradually. This will help avoid muscle soreness and injuries.

Family medical and emergency contact forms must be submitted online before the first day of practice. Update or approve your forms online. Also, all 9th and 11th graders must complete the pre-participation physical examination with their physicians and turn in the required paperwork before the first day of practice. State law requires the school to have the forms on file before students may practice. The forms are available in PDF format at the bottom of this page. Please call the Upper School office at ext. 315 if you have any questions about the forms.

For questions or clarification about the athletics program please email or call Sandy Luu, athletic director, at luus@catlin.edu or 971-404-7253.

Freshman Lara Rakocevic wins state tennis championship

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Way to go, Lara!

From the Oregonian: "With the past three girls singles champions from the Class 4A/3A/2A/1A tennis state tournament in this year’s field, it could have been a daunting situation for a freshman.

"But Catlin Gabel freshman Lara Rakocevic showed uncommon cool for someone of her age, easily winning the girls singles title Saturday with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Valley Catholic’s Kaitlyn Lomartire at the University of Oregon.

"Rakocevic didn’t lose a set in four matches during a tournament that included two-time defending champion Rachael Nedrow of Oregon Episcopal and Lomartire, the 2010 winner."

» Link to the Oregonian's full coverage of the tournament

Oregon MathCounts team, including 8th grader Andrew Park, places 4th in nation

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Eighth grader Andrew Park made the four-member Oregon MathCounts team after his excellent finish at the state competition. The Oregon team came in 4th out of 56 teams competing at the national contest in Washington, D.C. Andrew was the third highest Oregon finisher at the national competition.

In addition to Andrew, the Catlin Gabel team members included 7th grader Sarah Daniels, and 6th graders Avi Gupta and Alexander Yu. They were coached by sophomore Valerie Ding, and juniors Joseph Hungate and Lawrence Sun. Math teachers Lauren Shareshian, Carol Ponganis, and Lynda Douglas served as faculty managers.

Student-produced math video in Dartmouth contest

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Sophomore Valerie Ding, junior Joseph Hungage, and seniors Casey Currey-Wilson and Lianne Siegel are finalists in Dartmouth's Math-O-Vision video contest with their video, "Math Addiction." You can view  the video under FINALISTS at the Math-O-Vision website.

Winning videos are selected by a combination of votes and judging. The panel of judges includes actor and director Alan Alda!

Caution: Voting requires sharing Facebook information.

Four student films named finalists

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Four student films made it to the finals in the International Youth Silent Film Festival. Three cheers for the filmmakers!

You can see the films at the Hollywood Theatre 

Wednesday, May 22, at 7 pm
Tucker Gordon '13 (Fetch)
Sadie Yudkin '14 (Picnic)
Tapwe Sandaine '14 (Jealousy)

Thursday, May 23, at 7 p.m.
Casey Currey-Wilson '13 & Terrance Sun '13 (Top Secret)

Sophomore Elli Wiita earns spot on junior national synchro swim team

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Well done!

Elli is one of 12 synchronized swimmers in the country who qualified for the 2013 U.S. Junior (13-15) National Team following the final stage of trials.

Seniors Marina Dimitrov, Ella Bohn and Casey Currey-Wilson win National Merit Scholarships

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The primary determining factor for winning the $2,500 scholarships was scoring very high on the PSAT, which they took in the fall of their junior year.

Governor appoints alumna Rukaiyah Adams '91 to Oregon Investment Council

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We are proud!

The Senate confirmed the appointment on April 30. Rukaiyah manages the capital markets investment group at The Standard. Formerly, she was the chief operating officer and director of investments at IAM Asset Management. Rukaiyah was involved in the 2008 presidential election as a voter rights lawyer for Counsel for Change, the Obama campaign's legal team. She serves on the board of Portland Center Stage and the finance committee of Planned Parenthood, Columbia-Willamette Valley. Rukaiyah holds a BA from Carleton College, a JD from Stanford University, and an MBA from Stanford University.

Anthony Lin '09, now a senior at Duke, receives NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship

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From the Duke University announcement

Lin is a native of Portland, Ore., and has been a key member of the Duke fencing team over his four years. A three-time NCAA qualifier, Lin posted a career record of 181-56 as a member of Duke’s saber squad. He served as team captain as a senior, helping the Duke men post a 15-9 overall record and the sabers a 16-8 mark.

Lin is a three-time member of the ACC Academic Honor Roll and appeared on the Capital One Academic All-District III Team in 2011-12. A double major in neuroscience and computer science, he currently owns a grade point average of 3.855 and will graduate from Duke in May.

The NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship was created in 1964 to promote and encourage postgraduate education by rewarding the Association's most accomplished student-athletes through their participation in NCAA championship and/or emerging sports. Athletics and academic achievements, as well as campus involvement, community service, volunteer activities and demonstrated leadership, are evaluated.