Catlin Gabel News Spring 2009
From the Spring 2009 Caller
GAMBOL WINS BIG FOR FINANCIAL AID
The 2009 Gambol auction, held in April, grossed $350,000 overall, with $120,000 designated for financial aid. We are grateful to our presenting sponsor, Merrell, and leadership volunteers Gina Wand, Molly Moore, Kim Lusk-Haslett ’89, Jeremy and Sandy Karp, Peter Dutton, and Jill Schnitzer Edelson ’81. And thanks to our community members for their involvement, attendance, and support at the Gambol. See page 30 for a great speech about financial aid that student body president Anthony Lin ’09 gave at the Gambol. (Photo: Enjoying the Gambol were trustees Aliz Meier Goodman '71 and Hope Boyd, with Laura Meier)
STUDENTS ACE SCIENCE EXPOS
Catlin Gabel students have won top prizes at prestigious international and statewide science fairs. Kevin Ellis ’10 won best of category at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, where Yale Fan ’10 won first award in physics and astronomy. Their projects also came in tops at the statewide Northwest Science Expo, where Bhakthi Sahgal ’09, Brynmor Chapman ’10, Rose Perrone ’10, Juliah Ma ’10, and Kent Hays ’10 also won awards.
ROBOTICS TEAM MAKES IT TO THE NATIONALS
The Flaming Chickens, the Upper School robotics team, again made it all the way to the FIRST world championship competition in Atlanta. There they were finalists for the creativity award for an analysis system developed by Cole Perkinson ’09 and Ryan Takahashi ’09. The team came in first in state, where they won the engineering inspiration and best website awards, and the regional competition, where the website, which was created by Devyn Powell ’10 and Max Schwarz ’08, also won.
OUR STUDENTS BRING IN THE KUDOS
The Middle School Science Olympiad team came in 2nd at the state meet. . . .Erica Berry ’10 again won the Elizabeth Bishop Prize, this year for poetry. . . . Six students qualified for the American Invitational Mathematics Exam: Vighnesh Shiv ’11, Brynmor Chapman ’10, Yale Fan ’10, Trevor Burtzos ’09, Cole Perkinson ’09, and Ryan Takahashi ’09. . . . 66 students attended the three-day Model UN conference in Eugene and will have the honor of representing the U.S. next year. . . . The Lower School chess team finished in 3rd place at the Chess for Success state tournament.
FACULTY AND STAFF NEWS
Upper School English teacher Nichole Tassoni won a summer seminar award from the National Endowment for the Humanities to study Dante in Siena, Italy, this summer. . . . Alumni and development coordinator Mary Foulk’s essay “Which One’s the Mother?” was published in the national anthology Who’s Your Mama? The Unsung Voices of Women and Mothers, which focuses on nontraditional parenting experiences. . . . Jeff Paul, 6th grade math teacher, left Catlin Gabel in June. He will study in Portland State University’s MBA+ program with a graduate assistantship. “Working in a place that supports risk-taking, with flexible colleagues willing to constantly make changes, is truly rewarding, both professionally
and personally,” he said.
WE WELCOME OUR NEW TRUSTEES
Four new trustees joined the Catlin Gabel board this spring. Parent of alumni Terry Murphy is the CFO of Vigilan, Inc. and past CFO of several high-tech start-ups. Al Glowasky, parent of alumni, is principal with investment firm Sandler O’Neill & Partners. Current parent Elizabeth Steiner Hayward is a physician in family practice at OHSU and associate professor in its department of family medicine. Current grandparent Dave Jubb is vice chair and general counsel at Reser’s Fine Food, and adjunct professor of finance at Linfield College. More on each trustee will appear in the next Caller.
On Campus Day high schoolers happily hauled tons of mulch
During the Diversity Conference in April, students talked about differences, commonalities, and prejudices