Meet Our Student Tour Guides

Our student ambassadors look forward to answering your questions and sharing their personal perspectives on Catlin Gabel.

Adrian Cisowski

I came to Catlin last year as a freshman. Now going into my sophomore year, I enjoy playing soccer, piano, and listening to music. During school, I play piano for Catlin as part of the Chamber Music class, and have had a really positive experience in doing so.

Aidan Sheeran-Hahnel

I came to Catlin Gabel my freshman year and am now a senior. I play soccer for both high school and my club team and I’ve also enjoyed stints playing baseball and running track for Catlin Gabel. Here at Catlin I co-lead a club called Junior States of America, whose main mission is to fight student apathy, and am a boardmember of Communicare, which fundraises thousands of dollars each year to donate to various non-profits. Arguably, my favorite part of Catlin Gabel has to be how tightly-knit the community is; students all know each other, we have close relationships with our teachers, and basically anywhere on campus you go you’ll find somebody to talk with.

Alara Lane

I came to Catlin as a kindergartener and have been here ever since. I’m now a junior and so far Catlin classes have always been fun and unique, but my favorites have always been the great science courses, especially chemistry. I love studying business as well, and have participated in some competitions in that field. I’ve been focusing a lot of the time I have for extra-curriculars on track and tennis practice. During and outside of school I also participate in a club called Socks and Sandwiches at Catlin that works on providing for the homeless in Portland. I’ve lived in Portland for my entire life and love it here, especially the water front and love spending time downtown with friends, drawing, and photography.

Alicia Ye

I'm a sophomore who came to Catlin my freshman year the pandemic, so I was nervous because the year kicked off with remote learning, but all of the students, teachers, and advisors made me feel welcome and included. Last year, I enjoyed all of my classes, particularly science and the Palma Seminar! I am also on the soccer team, and I plan on participating in track next year. Outside of school, I find interest in math and science, and I spend a large portion of my time helping younger students improve in STEM areas. I also love to play soccer and hang out with my friends!

Alyssa Sanchez

I enrolled at Catlin Gabel as a ninth grader from St. Matthew Catholic school. Learning new concepts has always been enjoyable at Catlin, but my favorite subjects are math, English, and choir. I participate in club swimming and I’m happy to say I'm a member of the Catlin swim team. Freshman year I joined robotics with no prior knowledge and THRIVE, an organization that sets up activities between students and teenagers seeking asylum. Outside of school I enjoy reading and spending time with my friends and family, especially my younger cousins.

Audrey Karp

I came to Catlin in preschool and I'm now a junior. My favorite subjects are history, science, and art and I am very involved in clubs. This year I'm leading feminism club, booster club, and PERIOD which works with organizations to gain accessibility for all to menstrual hygeine products. I play tennis at Catlin and in past years I also played basketball. In my time not spent at school, I do a lot of sewing and taking care of my plants! I work at a jamba juice after school, so I have experience with balancing work and school work. I have two older brothers who have both graduated from Catlin who are both off at college!

Ben Rosenfeld

I'm a Junior and have been at Catlin Gabel since preschool. The classes that I enjoy the most are Computer Science, Spanish, and Math. My favorite extracurriculars are robotics and tutoring. I also enjoy playing on the soccer, basketball, and tennis teams for Catlin. In my free time, I like to read, play violin, and ski.

Bianca Haldorsen

I enrolled at Catlin for freshman year from St. Pius X Middle School and am a senior this year. My favorite subjects are math and computer science. I am on the volleyball and basketball teams for Catlin as well as the new Catlin a capella group and am a part of Socks and Sandwiches, which is a volunteer group that passes out socks and sandwiches to the homeless downtown. Recently, I have been really interested in the film industry and have been enjoying acting and screenplay writing in my free time.

Bristol Hager

I entered Catlin as a kindergartener and am now a sophomore. I especially enjoy arts of all kinds and math. I have been doing ballet for 11 years at Classical Ballet Academy. I was part of the tech team for the middle school mainstage productions all three years of my middle school years. I enjoy spending time with my friends, listening to music and playing sports.

Colette Hyde

I came to Catlin in 7th grade and I am now a Junior. My favorite subject is science and I look forward to taking some of the interesting science classes that Catlin offers. For extracurriculars I am on the volleyball, ski, and tennis teams, and I have played piano for 9 years. I also participate in the Babies with Books club at Catlin which provides books and information to families in NICUs internationally, and I am helping to start a club which aims to involve more female and non-binary elementary students in STEM subjects. In my free time I love spending time with my friends and family, and going to Hood River, where I grew up.

Colette Hyde

I came to Catlin in 7th grade and I am now a Junior. My favorite subject is science and I look forward to taking some of the interesting science classes that Catlin offers. For extracurriculars I am on the volleyball, ski, and tennis teams, and I have played piano for 9 years. I also participate in the Babies with Books club at Catlin which provides books and information to families in NICUs internationally, and I am helping to start a club which aims to involve more female and non-binary elementary students in STEM subjects. In my free time I love spending time with my friends and family, and going to Hood River, where I grew up.

Elsa McDermott

I started at Catlin as a 6th grader, and am now a junior. I love all my classes, but I am especially interested in science and math. I play volleyball and tennis at Catlin, as well as participate in other clubs such as PERIOD and mock trial. Off campus, I am a youth volunteer at the Oregon Humane Society and I play club volleyball. In my free time, I love to hang out with my friends, bake fun recipes with my family, and walk my dog, Remy.

Emma Shields

I came to Catlin Gabel in sixth grade and am now a junior. I love all of my classes, but especially enjoy science and English! I've played volleyball for Catlin Gabel since sixth grade and am also the co-leader of Portland Babies with Books! Last summer I worked as a teacher's assistant at Portland Montessori Collaborative and will be interning at Westside Pediatrics starting in November. In my free time I enjoyed spending time with my friends and family, reading, sewing, and playing with my dogs!

Eva Garzotto

I'm a sophomore at Catlin this year. I live in Denamark during the summer and the US during the school year. I play volleyball and am in a band. I enjoy mathematics, fashion, sewing, muisc, anime, and good food. At Catlin, I help write a biweekly newsletter for the environmental action team.

Evan Williams

I came to Catlin Gabel as a ninth grader, the first in my family at the school. I play soccer, run track, and play table tennis. I also enjoy playing the saxophone and am part of jazz band. One of my favorite parts about Catlin Gabel was how welcoming the community was to new students and families.

Felipe Rueda Duran

I joined Catlin Gabel my freshman year as part of the Palma Scholars program. Some of the classes I've loved have been neurobiology and economics. Outside of classes, I am one of the captains of our varsity soccer team and I plan to play soccer in college as well. I also co-lead Catlin's Hispanic affinity group, work with teenager-aged immigrants and refugees through the organization THRIVE, and read books to babies in the pre-natal ward of local hospitals. One of my favorite parts of Catlin Gabel is the close relationships our small class sizes and campus culture cultivate with our teachers. It's an amazing privilege to know that I will stay in contact with many of my teachers beyond my time at Catlin Gabel.

Fiona Rayne

I enrolled at Catlin Gabel as a 4th grader from Laurelhurst Elementary School and now I am a senior. My favorite classes are math, English and history, but I also love the art classes. I am a captain on the Catlin swim team which won state last year and I swim club with Blue Crush Aquatics. On the weekends I don't have swim meets, I like to volunteer with Project Lemonade helping kids in foster care get all the back to school clothes and resources they need; as well as Urban Gleaners and Blanchet House where I cook and prepare meals for homeless and low income families. In my free time I love to go on hikes with my family and dog in the beautiful wilderness that surrounds Portland, or spend time with my friends whether it be on outdoor trips or just watching movies together.

Hannah Bowes

I came to Catlin as a kindergartener and I am currently a junior. My favorite classes are science, math, and art. I am a co-leader of the Antiracism Collective and the Multi Culti Affinity Group at Catlin. Outside of school, I am a dancer at Classical Ballet Academy, where I take ballet and contemporary. I volunteer as a teaching assistant for children’s ballet classes and summer camps. In my free time I enjoy crocheting, cross stitching, reading, and roller skating.

Hannah Langer

Hi, I'm Hannah! I've been at Catlin since 6th grade. I've adored Catlin's English classes and unique art offerings (like One Acts, which I've participated in for a few years, and Catlin's Jazz Band). Outside of school, I read like crazy and I play accordion, piano, and guitar. Throughout my years at Catlin I've really valued personal connections with my teachers, and in the past year I've really come to appreciate Catlin's college counseling program.

Hodge Dauler

I am a Sophomore and I have been at Catlin Gabel since 9th grade. My favorite hobbies include reading good murder mysteries and watching mysteries/comedies, and swimming, my favorite sport (I do it competitively and swim for Lake Oswego Swim Club). I like meeting new people too, and that’s why I want to be an ambassador. Oh, one more thing; I don’t know what the Covid situation is going to be next year, but during quarantine, I learned Google Sketchup, which is a 3-D modeling software that is used for an array of things (I use it for architecture since that’s one of my interests).

Hunter Farnham

I entered Catlin as an 8th grader, coming from San Jose, California and am now a senior. Last year my favorite classes were definitely Spanish and precalculus. Outside of school I am very involved in a few debate and service-oriented clubs and lead JSA and CommuniCare. In JSA we hold weekly debates and go to conventions around the PNW where we debate and try to better understand politics. In CommuniCare we have multiple fundraisers during the school year to raise money for non-profits based off a mission statement that we determine at the start of the year. I spend most of my free time hanging out with friends, reading, and playing basketball.

Ima Kennerly

I have been at Catlin since 6th grade and I'm now a sophomore. My favorite classes are film, history and math and my favorite sports are volleyball and tennis. I stay involved with the Catlin community through sports and volunteering. At home I love hanging out with friends and family, walking my dog, cooking, and watching movies.

Issa Okamoto

I enrolled at Catlin as a 10th grader from Lincoln High School and I’m now a senior. The Creative Arts Center is my favorite place on campus! I love music and studying languages including English, Spanish and Chinese, as well as ancient German and Italian for opera. I am a classical soprano and play the piano and guitar. I co-lead the CGS Asian Affinity Club, am a member of the CGS Mock Trial team and Catlin Intercultural Council that helps to organize our Diversity Summit, and I sing the national anthem at our home games. Outside of school, I sing on the African American Requiem Choir, serve as Youth Director of The Portland Concert Opera and am a Teen Council Member at the Center for Women's Leadership. I enjoy songwriting, taking road trips with my family, and baking with my big sister.

Jackson George

I started at Catlin in 1st grade and have been at the school ever since, aside from a two-year stint in Amsterdam. Some of my favorite subjects in school are math, social studies, and Spanish. I'm a member of the soccer and track teams, along with mock trial, student government, and the investment club. In my free time, I like to watch sports, spend time with my friends and family, and read. I hope that I can answer any questions you have about Catlin Gabel!

Lily Wand

I started going to Catlin in preschool and I'm now in my junior year. My favorite classes are history or humanities and science. Additionally the art classes at Catlin are super interesting. Throughout all of high school I've played volleyball, basketball, and tennis, and participated in Model UN. In my free time I like going outside and being active as well as relaxing and taking time for myself.

Lola Diaz Gonzalez

I have been at Catlin Gabel since freshman year and I am now a senior year. I’m from Spain and I came to the United States when I was 7 years old. I am bilingual and a tennis player. I am captain on both the soccer and tennis varsity teams. I’m a very passionate and hard-working person and love to work with people.

Lottie Malkmus

I joined Catlin as a ninth grader from Cedarwood School and am now a junior. I found the transition to Catlin smooth and I felt supported and welcomed. Last year I enjoyed all of my classes as well as the opportunities to work with such a motivated and engaged student body. I especially enjoyed the Palma seminar and our social studies course. I ran on the cross country and track teams and played on the tennis team. Outside of school, I work with Plant for the Planet, My Music RX, and Free Lunch Collective. I also play cello and have been involved in Metropolitan Youth Symphony and the Community Music Center. In my free time, I enjoy painting and working with film.

Lucas Holliday

I'm a junior at Catlin Gabel. I especially enjoy my math and computer science classes. I’m on the soccer and tennis teams and participate in the Robotics/Engineering program and the Outdoor Program. Outside of school, I volunteer at the Portland Homeless Family Shelter and Cascadia Wild. My interests include skiing, hiking, and playing basketball with my friends. I'm excited to welcome you to the Catlin Gabel community where I have been a student since preschool!

Megan Selden

I have attended Catlin since preschool and am now a junior. Amongst many classes and subjects I enjoy, I am most interested in science and social studies. I participate in the socks and sandwiches club at Catlin, a group that organizes and delivers socks and sandwiches to the houseless community in Portland. Outside of school, I am a teaching assistant at a local daycare and preschool. I also enjoy spending time with friends and family, watching documentaries, and sewing.

Mrinalini Keskar

I joined Catlin as a 7th grader and am now a senior. From middle school on, I've always loved taking English classes the most, but as an upperclassman I've become increasingly passionate about science and social studies, especially U.S. History. I'm a journalist and editor for our newspaper, CatlinSpeak. Outside of classes, I'm a Bharatanatyam dancer (Indian classical dance), and I love spending time outside with friends, staying active, reading, and watching movies.

Niah Sei

I enrolled at Catlin in the 4th grade and I’m now a junior. Throughout my time at Catlin, my favorite classes have been math, history, and science. I play basketball and was one of the freshman class presidents. I am currently the leader of the affinity group TRIBE, which stands for The Real Inseparable Black Experience, and co-leader of the club POC Voiced Heard. Outside of school, I work at summer camps and enjoy traveling, photography, binging movies/tv shows, and spending time with friends and family.

Ollie Tannahill

I came to Catlin Gabel as a freshman, and now I am enjoying my junior year. During my time at Catlin Gabel i was able to do many extra curricular activities regardless of my experience level, such as leading film club, going on multiple outdoor education trips, joining the track team and participating in the winter musical. Some of my favorite classes here have been both freshman and sophomore science, as well as the modern world and computer science 1 and 2. Outside of school you can see me at the climbing gym, at a Post 58 meeting, playing card games, or just hanging out with my friends.

Oscar Goranson

I came to Catlin Gabel in 3rd grade and am currently a sophomore. I have been active in the community ever since. My favorite classes math and social studies. Outside of school, I really enjoy exploring and discovering new places. I also playing basketball for the Catlin, and working on my own at the gym. I also enjoy trying to learn outside of school and I like to read books. Right now, I am working on a book called Caste about the history racial hierarchy in America. I am excited to be an ambassador because I like to represent the school and meet new people.

Peter Ye

I came to Catlin Gabel in 8th grade and I am now a Senior. All of my classes have been interesting, but I particularly enjoy Catlin's broad selection of science and social study courses. I am on the table tennis team and I participate in student government, mock trial, chess club, and science bowl. Outside of school, I enjoy exploring mathematics, reading, and spending time with my friend.

Samantha Long

I came to Catlin Gabel in 9th grade and am now a sophomore. I'm originally from Brazil but moved to the U.S. about 4 and a half years ago. I speak English, Spanish, and Portuguese, and I do track and field for Catlin. I also run track outside of school for Beaverton Youth Track Club. I enjoy spending time with my family/friends, playing with my dogs, listening to music, and playing guitar.

Sarah Yu

Hi I’m Sarah! I came to Catlin my freshmen year and am currently a senior. I’ve really enjoyed taking classes in history and English. I’m involved with student leadership, Catlin’s Environmental Action Team, and Asian Affinity group. Outside of school, I am a competitive dancer and I also love to read, draw, and go hiking with my friends and family!

Scooch Herbst

I joined Catlin Gabel in preschool, and I am now a sophomore. I enjoy all the classes that I am taking, but I especially like English, Science, Computer science, and Chinese. I love to be in the theatre department after school gets out, acting in both the play and the musical. During the summer, I love to go on the trips offered through the outdoor ed program. After school, I love to read, bake, and watch cartoons. With my family, I love to play card games as well as video games. I also love to be with my friends, whether calling on the phone, watching a movie, or playing dungeons & dragons.

Torin Hough

I came to Catlin Gabel in 9th grade after moving to Portland from Seattle, and am now a sophomore. While all of my classes at Catlin are fantastic, one of my favorites is the journalism class, Dialogue for Democracy. Outside of school, I enjoy hanging out with my friends, family, and cats, reading, writing, and going on hikes around my neighborhood and through Forest Park.

Will Silver

I started at Catlin in 2018 as a freshman and am now just beginning my senior year. I've very much enjoyed my time here and appreciate how Catlin has helped me grow both as a student, community member, and person. In school, I enjoy learning about math, economics, and computer science, as well as playing on the tennis team and participating in a few clubs. Outside of school, I've been fortunate enough to intern at an investment bank and volunteer for the Portland Japanese Gardens. In my free time, I like to spend time with my friends and look after my pets.

Willa Whalen Stewart

I came to Catlin Gabel as a new student in ninth grade from Arbor School. I am now a junior and enjoy all of my classes especially science and English. I play Catlin soccer and JV tennis but also play year round club soccer for Portland City United. In my free time I enjoy getting outside with my family, watersports, and baking. I look forward to showing you around campus!

Zoie Calora

I have been going to Catlin since preschool and currently am a junior. My favorite classes so far have been English and Math. I love playing basketball at Catlin and enjoy piano, painting, and doing calligraphy outside of school. I have an older sister who graduated from Catlin last year. My family enjoys trying different restaurants together, one of our favorites is Din Tai Fung. We also like going to the Philippines to see our relatives.