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From the September 2012 edition of the All-School News

The M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust granted Catlin Gabel $200,000 for the Campaign for Arts and Minds. The grant targets instructional technology related to the Creative Arts Center.

Seventh grade swimmer Doug Heymann represented Oregon at the western zone age-group championships in Grand Junction, Colorado. Team Oregon competed against the best age-group swimmers from Arizona, Colorado, Utah, California, Wyoming, New Mexico, Washington, Idaho, Alaska, and Hawaii.

Freshman Anna Dodson was a semifinalist in the America the Beautiful writing contest, sponsored by Rand McNally and USA Today. She won a Nook tablet!

USA Synchronized Swimming named sophomore Elli Wiita to the 13-15 national team and duet team for 2012. In late August, Elli went to the Pan American Age Group Championships in Colombia, where she represented USA Synchronized Swimming in the 13-15 age group team and duet competitions against the strongest synchro powerhouses in the world. Elli placed 1st in the figure competition and won two gold medals, one for the duet competition and one for the team competition. During the summer, she trained with Team USA at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs and in New Canaan, Connecticut.

Junior Lukas Stracovsky interned this summer at OSU’s dynamic robotic laboratory where he worked on the ATRIAS project to develop a bipedal robot series. Lukas worked on short-term projects involving computer-aided design and on a long-term project exploring alternative computational simulation software called PyDSTool. Lukas says, “I had to bridge knowledge gaps quickly and not be afraid of making mistakes while pursuing the larger goal.”

Senior Marina Dimitrov spent 10 weeks this summer in Seattle interning at the University of Washington through the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering. As part of their inaugural Young Scholars Program, she received a stipend from the National Science Foundation for her work. In the Nonlinear Dynamics and Controls Lab under professor Kristi Morgansen, Marina’s primary project consisted of helping prepare a small quadrotor helicopter for autonomous flight. Her internship culminated in an official presentation of her project.

Six Upper School students attended the Young Entrepreneurs Business Week at Oregon State University in July, where they worked as team members in mock companies to put together product ideas and business plans, and conduct a trade show. These comments from their advisors lead us to believe the Catlin Gabel students rocked it. Junior Ian Gaus "demonstrated strong leadership abilities and helped his team perform one of the best stock analyses of the week." Sophomore Dylan Gaus was elected CMO for his company, and was "incredibly involved and one of the strongest leaders in the group, making sure to keep everyone engaged in all activities." Sophomore Zac Torng, who was the CEO for his company, deeply impressed his advisor: "Zac did a great job of stepping up to take a leadership role when others in the group were afraid to, was the face of the group throughout the week, and represented the team well." Sophomore Christopher Junn impressed while working in operations for his company, focusing on product design. He was "a primary contributor and influencer in ideating and designing our company's product." Sophomore Forrest Kwong was "an extremely strong member of the company; he was the assistant to our CFO, but at times ran the entire business simulation by himself, showing great leadership and teamwork." Senior Naomi Iverson was "awesome, one of best all-around on the team - the glue as far as company camaraderie goes, and consistently made everyone feel included." Naomi was the COO for her company. In other news about Naomi, she worked in a lab at PSU during the summer engineering DNA sequences to discover information about gene expression in methanogens. Her participation in the young entrepreneurs program stems from her hope to combine her interest in biochemistry and biomedicine with business so she can start a medical device company some day.

Catlin Gabel’s FIRST Robotics Team 1540 – The Flaming Chickens demonstrated their robot and the school's robotics program at a middle school girls’ summer technology camp hosted by IBM Beaverton. This was the second year the Flaming Chickens participated in this fun and rewarding event. In upcoming news, the Flaming Chickens will demonstrate their robot at OMSI’s Maker Faire on September 15 and 16. On September 12, KGW TV's Drew Carney will feature the Flaming Chickens during the early morning newscast to promote the OMSI event.

The Pink Unicorns of Death (nice name, guys) ran the Portland to Coast high school challenge relay. Congratulations to seniors Ella Bohn, Casey Currey-Wilson, Cody Hoyt, Nick Elliott, Hannah Jaquiss, David Lovitz, Fiona Noonan, Conor Oliver, Emma Ronai-Durning, Hannah Rotwein, Terrance Sun, and Alexandra van Alebeek.

The Fleet of Feet Hood to Coast relay team included assistant Upper School head Aline Garcia-Rubio, science teacher Becky Wynne, math teacher Kathy Sloan, and nine CG affiliated runners including parents and alumni.

Associate director of development Lauren Dully ’91 married Andy Clark on July 22.

Upper School art teacher Chris Mateer and his wife, Emily, welcomed baby Henry August on June 2.

Upper School math teacher Traci Kiyama and her husband, Wynn, welcomed baby Daniel Takezo Kiyama on June 8.

After-School Care supervisor and Beginning School drama teacher Tiffany Kenaley received the President's Service Award for her service teaching self-defense through the Portland Police Bureau's Girl Strength program.

As an advisor for the Boy Scouts Explorer Post program, grounds supervisor Mike Wilson led students from Catlin Gabel and other schools to the summits of eight mountains in Washington and Canada this summer.

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