T H E A L U M N I M A G A Z I N E O F AT L A N TA I N T E R N AT I O N A L S C H O O L
Camille Stabler ‘03 and the Art of Caring in Mozambique Entrepreneur Eric Shashoua ‘99 Unveils Zeo Sleep Coach Shuler Hensley Awards Global Citizen Ted Turner Visits AIS ALSO Reunions Class Notes Congratulations, Class of 2010 SUMMER 2010
ATLANTA INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL BOARD OF TRUSTEES 2009-2010 ALAN COLBERG, CHAIR
DEB SUDBURY, VICE-CHAIR
Our new century needs and will be shaped by extraordinary individuals. Meeting the challenges and opportunities of an interdependent world will require versatile intellectual competence and uncompromising commitment. Those who thrive in and contribute to this world will have a solid sense of who they are and respect for who others are, as individuals, as members of a group, as citizens of their nation, and as members of a global community. They will have a rigorous academic preparation and a passion to become the best they can be and to help others achieve their best.The mission of Atlanta International School is to develop such individuals.
LARRY MOCK, TREASURER
MEMBERS NANCY BAUER
MARLYS BROTHERS ‘92
EMILY WILLINGHAM ADAIR
Letter from The Editor
The arrival of our new headmaster, Kevin Glass, in July 2009 was just the start to a busy and eventful year for this vibrant school and community. The year also saw success and accolades for our sports teams and theatre department, a visit from a high-profile global citizen (and Atlantan), recognition from a foreign government and so much more.
ROY PLAUT, JR., CHAIRMAN EMERITUS
It is my hope that this latest edition of Global Exchange will bring you up to speed on some of the highlights of the year on campus as well as reports from our alums around the world. There’s also news on the observance of the school’s upcoming 25th anniversary, which will be celebrated throughout the 2010-2011 school year with a variety of special events, and an update on the impressive accomplishments of the 76 graduates of the class of 2010.
DEPUTY HEAD OF SECONDARY SCHOOL HEAD OF MIDDLE SCHOOL DARRYL BROWN
Whether you are a parent, alumnus or friend to our school and community, you will find something of interest in this latest issue of Global Exchange. Please feel free to share your thoughts on the magazine as well as suggestions on topics of interest for future issues.
OLGA GOMEZ PLAUT, TRUSTEE EMERITA
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Message from the Headmaster Message from the Incoming Head of Curriculum
MONIQUE SEEFRIED, PH.D., TRUSTEE EMERITA
SCHOOL ADMINISTRATION HEADMASTER KEVIN GLASS
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Shuler Hensley Awards An Evening with Ted Turner PASCH Designation 25th Anniversary Celebration Update on the ASD Fifth Grade Trips Farewell to Shanta Kalyanasundaram Prom Night in Mississippi Events In Memoriam: Maggie Baillie AIS Sports Report Indonesian Journalists Visits AIS Legacy Gifts Da Vinci Contest Inspires AIS Inventors
HEAD OF SECONDARY SCHOOL PATRICK HURWORTH Camille Stabler ‘03, Page 14
HEAD OF UPPER PRIMARY SCHOOL ALAIN POIRAUD
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Camille Stabler ‘03 and the Art of Caring in Mozambique Q&A with Entrepeneur Eric Shashoua ‘99 Debut of the Alumni Theatre Production AIS Alumni Office Unveils Social Media Networking
HEAD OF LOWER PRIMARY SCHOOL DUSTY FRETWELL
20 Reunions 22 Alumni Class Notes 27 Annual Fund Update
HEAD OF CURRICULUM & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT DAL SOHI
DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT STEWART LATHAN
24 Congratulations, Class of 2010
DIRECTOR OF ADMISSION, FINANCIAL AID & MARKETING REID MIZELL DIRECTOR OF FINANCE SCOTT MCDONALD
DEVELOPMENT OFFICE ASSOCIATION DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT ASHLEY HOWZE
Courtney Fowler, Editor firstname.lastname@example.org
KEVIN J. GLASS, HEADMASTER
DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT STEWART LATHAN
T H E M A G A Z I N E O F AT L A N TA I N T E R N AT I O N A L S C H O O L
SPECIAL EVENTS MANAGER KATHRYN BANKS DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANT WHITNEY CURTIS
EDITOR COURTNEY FOWLER
CONTRIBUTORS GREGG ALBRIGHT WHITNEY CURTIS JAY DENSLOW SANDY FERKO
KEVIN GLASS RACHEL HOVINGTON ASHLEY HOWZE STEWART LATHAN CHRISTOPHER LOWELL ‘03 MARK MCDANIEL BRIAN MCELHANEY ‘04 ALEXANDRA PANZER ‘04
ROBERT SHAW-SMITH CAMILLE STABLER ‘03 DESIGN BY TWEET DESIGN COVER PHOTO BY BILLY HOWARD
All material, except where specified, copyright Atlanta International School,2009. All rights reserved.
Message from the Headmaster
Message from the Incoming Head of Curriculum
t is hard to believe my first year at Atlanta International School has drawn to a close! My family and I have been so gratified by the warm welcome extended us by the AIS community and the opportunities we’ve had over the course of the year to get to know so many of you. The highlights of this past school year are numerous! To name just a few: our girls volleyball and boys tennis and soccer teams reached state competition; four members of the Class of 2010 were named finalists in the National Merit Scholarship competition; the production of Oliver! was a smashing success, winning six Shuler Hensley Awards, including Best Overall Production; AIS’ enrollment reached a recordbreaking 990 students despite the economic downturn; and our Annual Fund surpassed all expectations in terms of funds raised and community participation, and both faculty and student attrition are at all-time lows. After completing a tremendously successful Capital Campaign and a year of construction on campus, we will move into our new Art, Science and Design Center in August 2010. This move has triggered significant renovations, restructuring and remodeling across the Campus, all of which is scheduled for completion at the beginning of August. I look forward to welcoming our students, faculty and parents back to campus to explore and enjoy the various upgrades! To say the least, there has been much to be celebrated and excited about at AIS, but there are two accomplishments of which we are particularly proud. After an exhaustive process, Atlanta International School has been formally reaccredited by the Council of International Schools for the next ten years. Their concluding statement read, “The Visiting Team concluded that, without any doubt, AIS is an excellent school which has set, from the outset, a hugely ambitious mission for itself.” We are also pleased to announce our reaccreditation from AdvancEd, (formerly SACS CASI) our accrediting body in the United States. The informal feedback we received prior to the official report was priceless. The Chair of AdvancEd’s visiting team said of our students, “They are joyful and purposeful across 4 Summer 2010
the board. One student said to me, ‘I love this school!’ It feels like a new adventure every day!’ You have... an incredible, articulate, intelligent and joyful group of students at all levels.” As we look forward to celebrating our school’s 25th anniversary – the school’s past and present, we are also planning strategically for the future. Focusing on many of the significant recommendations from the reaccreditation reports, the strategic planning process is now underway. Alan Colberg and myself are looking forward to sharing how all of our AIS community can engage in the strategic planning process early in the next school year. Indeed, our school’s Mission and Vision are very clear, but linking all of our goals, plans, programs, and actions explicitly to our Mission and Vision requires thoughtful planning with significant input and engagement from our entire AIS community. I invite you all to come to campus and help us celebrate the enduring legacy of this school we all love so much. Especially if you have not been back to campus of late, our 25th Anniversary events include a number of opportunities for each and every one of you to participate. With warm regards and hoping to see you on campus.
KEVIN J. GLASS
am energized this upcoming year to be transitioning from Atlanta International School’s IB Diploma Coordinator to the Head of Curriculum and Professional Development for grades K-12. This position, previously held by Dal Sohi who leaves to take up a position in China, is an exciting one because it will afford the opportunity to collaborate with faculty and students at all grade levels on the most important thing we focus on each day… learning. As a former classroom teacher in grades 6-12, I have been passionate about learning for many years and am probably most excited about seeing how best practice in the Primary School PYP Programme can inform that of the MYP and DP and vice versa. Although this position is multi-faceted, ultimately my most important charge will be to provide leadership, coordination and administrative support in the ongoing development, implementation and organization of all areas of the curriculum. This next year is particularly exciting, because we are coming out of a major and hugely successful accreditation cycle and beginning a strategic planning cycle. Although we had a slew of amazing commendations, as a true learning community we are already taking the exit reports from the Council of International Schools as well as AdvancedEd/SACS and beginning the process of goal-setting around their recommendations in order to ensure are we are constantly striving to be world class at what we do.
opportunities for K-12 faculty; continuing an ongoing project to assess our exiting seniors’ personality attributes related to international-mindedness and the learner profile; overseeing short- and long-term planning for our technology provision, so that our graduates are exceptionally prepared to meet the needs of the academic institutions and employers of the 21st century; and maintaining and strengthening our reputation as a world-class place to acquire a second language. And, oh yes, I’ll be having twins in August!
Looking forward to next school year – kind regards,
Amongst my myriad projects for next school year: facilitating the expansion of Theater Arts into the Primary School through a unique partnership with the Woodruff Arts Center; assisting faculty in capitalizing on the new Art, Science and Design building facilities to strengthen interdisciplinary connections between these subjects; ensuring Primary and Secondary links are strengthened; facilitating collaborative time for faculty to share best practices; ensuring that test and demographic data are centralized and can be easily analyzed and distributed to enhance teaching and learning; coordinating professional development Global Exchange
Global Citizen TED TURNER Visits AIS Atlanta’s own Ted Turner - CNN founder, environmentalist, America’s Cup winner and philanthropist – paid a special visit to Atlanta International School in January for an “Evening with Ted Turner.” Turner commented on everything from Braves baseball, environmental issues and the economy to bison and farming techniques, entertaining questions from the AIS community delivered by senior “interviewers” Claire Colberg and Kareem Rosshandler and then from the audience. When asked his what his secret for success was, Turner replied with his usual humor, “Work hard; be lucky!”
AIS SWEEPS SHULER HENSLEY AWARDS for second year
“This was a fantastic opportunity to hear from someone, right here at our school in Buckhead, who is a global thinker and has had an impact on our entire world,” said Atlanta International School headmaster, Kevin Glass.
The cast of Oliver! performed for the crowd and joined Rob Warren on stage for his second best director win
The AIS theatre department was recognized for “Best Overall Production” for the second year in a row at aTony Awards-style ceremony for the 2010 Shuler Hensley Awards for Excellence in High School Musical Theatre.Over 250 supporters from the AIS community attended the April event at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, where the school won awards for its production of Oliver! in six of the nine categories for which it was nominated: Overall Production: Oliver! Cast & Crew Best Leading Actor: Arsalan Akhavan, Grade 11 Best Director: Rob Warren Best Supporting Actor: Lorenzo Gonzalez-Lamassonne, Grade 9 Best Costume Design: Sherry Weeks Best Scenic Design: Arsalan Akhavan, Grade 11 6 Summer 2010
THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY AWARDS prestigious distinction to AIS “AIS is proud to be recognized as a partner school by the German government,” said Kevin Glass. “This is definitive testimony to the quality of our entire school program as well as our German language teachers and students.” The ceremony took place in conjunction with the annual German Christmas Market.
“After last year’s success, we couldn’t imagine our group walking away this year with six awards,” said Rob Warren, Head of Arts and Sherry Weeks, Secondary School drama teacher. “It was a privilege to even be nominated, since the number of schools participating had increased from twelve to thirty-nine. This reinforces that AIS has a remarkable theatre program that truly reflects the nature of an ensemble by involving the whole of the AIS community.” The school’s original production of Oliver! ran for seven sold-out performances last November. Tony Award-winning Broadway actor Shuler Hensley himself served as co-host of the spectacular, joined by Jovita Moore and Justin Farmer, WSB-TV Channel 2 news anchors. The ceremony and awards program are initiatives of the Cobb Energy Centre educational outreach effort, ARTSBRIDGE. The entire program involved more than 3,600 students, teachers and parents from 39 high schools as well as 25 professional Atlanta-based judges.
AIS was awarded the PASCH designation, indicating a partner school of the Bundesrepublik Deutschland (Federal Republic of Germany), in an official ceremony on the school’s campus on December 5, 2009. The plaque was presented by representatives of the German Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany and received by students Luisa Bartsch and Brandon Lenz, who represented the school’s German language program. AIS is the first full-day school in Georgia to receive the distinction.
“Due to the strong and increasing presence of German companies in the Metro Atlanta region, German language proficiency is an important asset for the professional career of today’s students. AIS has been serving the Atlanta region by offering a German program since it was founded,” said Sönke Lorenz, Deputy Consul, Atlanta, German Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany. “For everyone looking for a German language education for their kids, AIS has a proven record of excellence. In recognition for this endeavor, Germany has been supporting AIS continuously and now has chosen AIS to become one of only 1,000 PASCH schools worldwide.” The initiative “Schools: Partners for the Future” (PASCH) was launched in 2008 by German Federal Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Stein Meier. The program’s goal is to build a worldwide network of partner schools through which to foster young people’s interest and enthusiasm for modern Germany.
AIS gears up for
25TH ANNIVERSARY By Stewart Lathan, Director of Development The 25th Anniversary Committee, comprised of alumni, faculty, board members, students and administrators, convened earlier this year to begin planning events and celebrations in honor of Atlanta International School’s upcoming silver anniversary. AIS was founded in the early 1980’s by a group of parents, international educators and members of the business community whose aim was to provide the Atlanta area with the kind of international educational opportunities found in major cities throughout the world. On September 3, 1985, the school opened its doors in a schoolhouse rented from Sardis United Methodist Church in Buckhead with 51 students in pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and first grade, offering three dual-language programs. Commemorative events planned thus far include: >>> Founder’s Day Assembly
September 3, 2010
Work on the ASD continues; to see a webcam view of the site, visit www.aischool.org and click on “Giving.”
update on the Art, Science & Design Center The much-anticipated Art, Science and Design Center (“ASD”), made possible by generous gifts to the $16 million See Beyond Campaign, will make its debut as planned this fall. Construction is on schedule, with visible progress being made daily on the lightfilled, environmentally friendly, LEED-designed classroom building.
>>> Back-to-School Barbecue
for students and parents September 3, 2010
>>> 25th Anniversary Lecture
with special keynote speaker October 27, 2010
>>> Alumni Week
November 22-23, 2010
>>> Alumni Theater Production
November 27, 2010
>>> Whole-school Day of Service
Other activities planned for the 25th anniversary will include a spectacular, 90+page anniversary book chronicling the history of the school, a time capsule, a library exhibition and more. Information, including ticketing and reservations, will be available in August on the school website.
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The ASD will serve Secondary students in grades 6 to 12, providing them with unlimited opportunities to connect the disciplines of art, design technology and science. Science facilities will include two labs for both physics and chemistry, three biology labs and a senior project lab, as well as a lower-level greenhouse and an area for constructing robots. Art classes will be held in an airy open loft space with abundant natural light. Students will have the space necessary to construct large-scale projects and work with a variety of media. The facilities will also enable faculty and students to take advantage of distance-learning initiatives to partner with other IB schools so that AIS students can work with peers across the globe. Technology will be integrated throughout the three-floor, 32,000 square-foot facility. The ASD is set to open at the beginning of the school year, with an official celebration planned for October.
FIFTH GRADERS engage in annual rite of passage
French track fifth grade graduates wrap up their ascent of Mount Pelee with a stop at the geological museum
Since the early 1990’s, the annual fifth grade trip has been a tradition, rite of passage and favorite memory for students graduating from the Primary School into the Middle School. This year was no exception, as students from the German track traveled to Berlin to see perennial favorites such as Checkpoint Charlie and the Brandenburg Gate; Spanish track students journeyed to the rainforest (and mud baths!) and sights of Guanacaste, Costa Rica; and French track students departed to Fort de France, Martinique, a trip which included the ascent of Montagne Pelee as a highlight. Fifth grade “graduate” Gabriel McCarthy said of the trip to the top of the mountain, “I looked at the view while crunching up the last few steps. It was AMAZING! I could see the entire city of Saint-Pierre and the island!” The German track trip in spring 2009 was also a notable one. For the first time, AIS students and faculty were able to visit the Bundeskanzleramt, the home and offices of the German chancellor. The group was thrilled by a surprise opportunity to meet the German chancellor herself, Angela Merkel, at the entrance of the building.
German track fifth grade graduates strike the requisite pose in front of the Brandenburg Gate
Spanish track fifth grade graduates toured the tropical sights of Costa Rica
PROM NIGHT IN MISSISSIPPI brings children of the civil rights movement to AIS
FAREWELL: Shanta Kalyanasundaram By Sandy Ferko, Head of Counseling
After all my years at Atlanta International School, I can honestly say there’s only one thing I hate: when people leave, they often go so far away! And one leaving to go far away this year is Ms. Shanta – what a loss to this community – except that her influence has been so widely felt that her spirit will always be here. I remember trying to describe her to my mother with the words, “She must be Gandhi reincarnated. There is such peace about her – and wisdom and gentleness and spirit and love.” It’s a long time since I said those words, and I still find them to be true… and I think many, many people would agree. Shanta has walked through her days here surrounded by people who bask in the joy she felt being with the students and feeling better, calmer, as a result of a hug and an “I love you.” Remember “RAVA?” Later students might have made fun of the acronym, but never of the “Respect All, Value All” concept. Much of the spirit of RAVA came as a result of a hate note written to Ms. Shanta by a still-unknown person, a note which rallied students and faculty to her side and made us all aware of the necessity to teach, live and model respect. When enough years had passed that people had forgotten about the note, we found it necessary to write the community principles which support the same values as RAVA. More recently, Shanta has brought the AIS community into her program of support for Bethania Orphanage; students who have traveled to India and worked there are never the same upon their return home. At the annual benefit for Bethania, AIS parents have helped purchase mattresses for beds, school buses, new roads, additional dorm space and so much more. We’ve even sent some orphans to college. Shanta’s influence on AIS students are highlighted in these words from Jenna Sanborn ’08 and Kelsey Sanborn ‘09, AIS graduates who are returning there this summer with younger sister, Lindsey ‘11: 10 Summer 2010
The filmmakers’ visit concluded with an evening screening of the documentary for parents and the community, which was co-sponsored and organized by the Black Parents Harambee Cultural Club. The event included a reception and panel discussion with several children of Civil Rights Movement leaders, who shared their thoughts on the legacy of the Movement in today’s world, particularly illustrated by this film.
Miss Shanta is our inspiration.You will never find her sitting down or “single-tasking.” Her energy is boundless and drives her selfless dedication to SABHA (the group she has incorporated to support the orphanage). Shanta has taught us that nothing is impossible with love and determination. Her passion is addictive - she instills within us the desire to better the world, one step at a time. Alum Anusha Sthanunathan ‘09 writes: When I first met Ms. Shanta, she was undoubtedly the most humble, sincere woman I had ever had the pleasure of meeting. I soon grew fond of her passion for charity - but it did not stop at that. Ms. Shanta’s selflessness was so contagious that I felt the need to give back to the community, and I am not the only one to have been under her spell of optimism and hope. Author and motivational speakerYossi Ghinsberg once said,“True power is achieved if you give it away.” Ms. Shanta truly embodies this idea, having taught me and many others the meaning of generosity and humility. I can never thank her enough for the eye-opening opportunities she has given me, because I can honestly say that I have grown to be a better person for it. Shanta’s influence, so beautifully described by her former students, has made many of us better people. Her passion, spirit, and energy; her selfless devotion to what is just and right; her love for those around her and for those she does not know – with Shanta, it goes far beyond modeling what AIS is all about. She doesn’t have to think it or will it or develop it. She IS it. I will miss her hugs and kind words and valuable emotional support. Many of us will. But with all the love we can muster, we send her wishes for success with her newest endeavor in Nepal – which is enriching not only the Nepali citizens with whom she will be working but members of the AIS community as well (two 2010 graduates are spending a gap year working in her school in Nepal, and several alumni are on her opening teaching staff) – big hugs, and a permanent place in our hearts.
Acclaimed filmmakers Paul Saltzman and Patricia Aquino visited AIS in March for a day of programming around their awardwinning documentary, Prom Night in Mississippi. The film tells the story of the first-ever racially integrated senior prom at Charleston High School in Mississippi 2008… even though the school had been desegregated for decades. Academy Award-winning actor Morgan Freeman, a resident of Mississippi, paid for the school’s event. Patrick Hurworth, Head of Secondary School, arranged the visit and organized the filmmaker/student screenings and discussion groups after seeing the film on the recommendation of a parent.
The panelists included: Andrea Young Executive Director of the Andrew Young Foundation, daughter of Ambassador Andrew Young Michael Julian Bond Atlanta City Council Member, son of Julian Bond, former Chairman of the NAACP Kwanza Hall Atlanta City Council Member, son of Leon Hall, active in the organization of the historic 1965 Selma to Montgomery March And special guest, Martin L. King, III Councilman Hall said of the film, “When it comes to measuring progress, it reminds us how important the little steps forward can be and how hungry individuals are to do the right thing, if they have a safe space to follow their hearts.”
in memoriam: MAGGIE BAILLIE, 1944 – 2009 Editor’s note: Beloved longtime AIS faculty member Maggie Baillie lost her battle with cancer during the summer of 2009. Excerpts from a tribute given by her colleague, Robert Shaw-Smith, are below. The thing about Maggie was that she always tossed the ball back, gave as good as she got, and was at the center of it all. I would walk into her room to teach my 8th grade English class and pompously declaim that line from A Midsummer Night’s Dream: “Ill met by moonlight, proud Titania.” And without pausing to think, she would flash back at me, “What, jealous Oberon!”
She was very English. Proper girl. Proper education. Proper manners. Proper Ladi-da if she needed to be. But never took herself seriously. She loved danger. Not foolish danger, but fun danger. If there was any prank to be played, particularly on Robert Brindley, she was in the thick of it. When everything in his office was turned upside down, the tables, the chairs, the pictures, the computer screen, that elephant puppet… Maggie was right at the center of the conspiracy. David Kukielski – that kindest of men – loved and understood this so well. It was his favorite thing to demonstrate for the benefit of the students, in a Middle School
morning meeting, how being Maggie’s colleague was a potentially dangerous and always delicious thing. As Halloween approached, for example, he would take a moment paternalistically to wish the students an enjoyable and safe time on that magical night. Then, with pause for dramatic effect, he would turn to Mrs. Baillie, and, with a deadpan smirk on his face, gently probe, “And Mrs. Baillie? Will you be dusting off your broomstick?” The students roared in surprise and appreciation of the joke. And Maggie, the perfect actress, the perfect foil, would throw the perfect rejoinder, the dirtiest look you ever saw, and mouth some pretend obscenity. The kids hooted and hollered their delight at the standoff. Maggie is more missed than words can say.
AIS SPORTS REPORT
AIS GRADUATES Continue Tradition of Legacy Gifts
By Gregg Albright, Athletics Director & Mark McDaniel, Athletics Coordinator State Swimming Championship in the 50-meter freestyle, and rising senior Lindsey Sanborn also had a record-setting year, placing second in the State Cross Country Finals in the fall and second in the 3200 meter and third in the 1600 meter events at the State Track and Field Championships in the spring. We were also pleased by the news that graduating senior Madison Scott received a full athletic scholarship for basketball to Jacksonville University and an All-Region Selection. Other All-Area or All-Region winners were rising seniors Stazi Owen (volleyball), Amy O’Halloran (soccer), Julia Lancaster (soccer), Will Silva (soccer) and graduating seniors Dumela Thomas (soccer) and Christoph Koehler (golf).
The 2009-2010 school year has been a very successful one overall for the school’s athletics program, with three of our teams qualifying for the state playoffs: girls varsity volleyball, boys varsity soccer and for the first time in school history, boys varsity tennis. Individual success was achieved by several AIS athletes as well. Rising junior Nadine Marfurt qualified for the
Our boys and girls track athletes performed well this year, with most of the team returning for next year. Our Ultimate Frisbee Team had its best year ever, with our girls teaming up with Grady High School to compete in the Girls’ Ultimate State Competition. Congratulations to all of our student athletes for an unforgettable year! Please visit the athletics section of the school’s website for all the latest news and schedules for our teams.
Earlier this spring, the Class of 2010 voted to continue the tradition of a Legacy Gift by raising funds to purchase an eagle mascot costume for use at AIS school and sporting events. Special thanks to Legacy Gift Committee members Christina Rutte, Vanessa Boss and Isabelle Recaborde for their efforts. The eagle is expected to land in late summer, and plans are underway for a contest this fall for Primary students to name the new mascot as well as create a personality (including likes and dislikes) for him. Last year, the Class of 2009 established the Educational Advancement Legacy Scholarship, an opportunity for AIS students who are rising seniors to apply for scholarship money towards
professors, architects, doctors and others from such organizations as Georgia Tech, Coca-Cola and the CDC. Khoury won the competition with a new design for electric motors for electric cars, and rising junior Nicholas Wren was announced as runner-up for his project to control the malaria mosquito. The first-place and runner-up winners were both awarded a one-week trip to Florence, Italy in June. In celebration of the event, the school was able to make a number of tickets available to AIS families to tour the High Museum’s da Vinci exhibit and view the projects before the judging began.
“We believe that it is especially important for our organization to cultivate strong relationships with schools and students. Our visiting delegations are able to provide students with firsthand information on the culture, history, and people of their home countries,” said Irene Bailey, program coordinator for Georgia Council for International Visitors, the organization that arranged the visit. 12 Summer 2010
“In exchange, meetings with students allow our visitors a unique perspective on life in the U.S., as well as insight into American values. Our meetings with students and schools therefore become a two-way learning process.” GCIV arranges professional exchange initiatives on behalf of the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. A group of Iraqi teachers met with AIS faculty in a GCIVarranged visit to the school in April.
Parisa Frost, a rising senior, was announced earlier this year as the recipient of the Educational Advancement Legacy Scholarship. This summer, Parisa will participate in a 2-week journalism internship in Brasov, Romania through the organization Projects Abroad.
LEONARDO - THE HANDS OF THE GENIUS competition inspires AIS inventors
Indonesian Journalists Visit AIS To Discuss Profession, Freedom Of Speech With Students A group of journalists from Indonesia, visiting the US under the auspices of the U.S. Department of State, came to Atlanta in late February to explore investigative journalism in the context of democracy and governance. In addition to meeting with their professional counterparts at CNN, Public Broadcasting Atlanta and other media companies, the Indonesian journalist group met with the Nomad student newspaper staff for a question-and-answer session, in which the students asked about freedom speech issues as well as why the visitors pursued journalism as a profession. Indonesia is the fourth most populous country in the world and is a nation comprised of 17,000 islands between the Indian and Pacific Oceans; media outlets represented by the journalists included the Lampung Post from the island of Sumatra and Radar Tarakan from Indonesian Borneo.
an educational summer trip or experience. The scholarship awards one distinctly talented member of the junior class the opportunity to pursue an academic or artistic summer program before their senior year. A potential recipient must demonstrate the following attributes: exceptional academic standards, a deep commitment to their passion, a desire to push the limits of their knowledge and understanding of the academic field or activity and unbridled enthusiasm.
“We are very pleased with the result of this competition and are looking forward to promoting more projects celebrating the culture and the heritage of Italy” said Angela Della Costanza Turner, Italian General Honorary Consul and Chair of Italy Atlanta Foundation. Italy Atlanta Foundation, in conjunction with AIS and the High Museum of Art, launched the first “Leonardo – The Hands of the Genius” competition and scholarship this winter, a design contest aimed at encouraging high school students’ creativity in developing a new invention. Projects consisted of pictures or drawings, plus a model and a short paper on how the design would work and how it would benefit the world. Rising junior Mikhail Khoury was announced as the winner at the final event at the High Museum in February, which consisted of oral presentations by five finalist teams to an impressive jury of
Headmaster Kevin Glass supported the innovative design competition as a means of developing students’ engineering skills and design concepts. “Leonardo da Vinci was a genius ahead of his time, linking concepts and skills from the arts and sciences through the language of design…all the way back in the 15th and 16th centuries! The world of tomorrow will be shaped by those who can link concepts, knowledge and skills from multiple disciplines and think outside the box. That’s exactly why we are so excited for the opening of our Art, Science and Design Center this fall.”
camille stabler ’03
the art of caring in
mozambique Camille Stabler ‘09 felt a million miles away from home on April 25 of this year. That’s the day her nephew, Teo , was born in New York City to Camille’s brother Travis and sister-in-law, Marta, both graduates of AIS. While she isn’t a million miles away, in fact... she is a pretty good distance. Over 8,000 miles from her new nephew in New York, to be exact, in the small village of Vilankulo, Mozambique on the coast of the Indian Ocean.
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It took her seven flights over the course of five days to get there in October of 2009; Camille’s passport actually went to Mozambique (and returned to the US) before she did, as that country has a complicated visa and work permit application process. She’ll be there for two to three years working for the international philanthropic organization, CARE, which is headquartered in Atlanta and has ties to the school – several faculty members have relatives who work there, and the school community supported CARE’s relief efforts in Haiti this spring.
Camille is working on a SEED (Sustainable Effective & Economic Development) project for CARE, volunteering through CUSO-VSO, a global volunteer organization based in Canada that is similar to the American Peace Corps. Her job is to help traditional artisans and craft workers with design and small business skills. This is not the first time she has set out on an international adventure; she spent seven weeks in Ghana in 2006 on a program run through the University of Georgia School of Social Work, a trip covered in the Spring 2007 Global Exchange. Prior to departing for Mozambique, Camille had been working for a company in Sonoma, California that sells African art and works with museums and education fundraising programs. Of her decision to go to Mozambique, she writes, “I guess the driving force behind doing this was two-fold: the desire to do development work in Africa and to stay in the arts. This opportunity just blended those options perfectly.” In the beginning, her favorite part of each day was lunch. Since she wasn’t able to communicate too much with the women during the training sessions, meals (local fare such as grilled chicken and rice or a whole fish shima, like a thick pile of grits or cream of wheat eaten by hand) became the means for interaction. After finishing up her meal the first day, she noticed that several of the women were eyeing the fish bones and head that she had left on the plate. She recounts, “Finally the oldest woman got the nerve to gesture if I was done. I quickly offered my plate to her with a big ‘Oh, yeah!’ which got everyone laughing and cheering. Every day after that, I would wait for some-
...THE DRIVING FORCE BEHIND DOING THIS WAS TWO-FOLD: THE DESIRE TO DO DEVELOPMENT IN AFRICA AND TO STAY IN THE ARTS.”
one to start staring and then pass the rest of my meal on to a roar of giggles and exclamations. The language barrier only helped to improve the moment!” Although Camille has learned some Portuguese for the assignment, the main dialect spoken by the artisans is Xitswe (pronounced sheets-weh); her colleagues prefer to practice their English skills with her. Living conditions, although rustic, are picturesque. Camille and the others in the compound refer to her cabana as “James Bond House” because of its resemblance to a movie set. The structure is open to air, bugs, lizards and sand and offers cold showers only, but her mosquito net does its job well. And, she doesn’t need an alarm clock; the sun rises right in her windows at 5:00 a.m. every day. Two of her neighbors are Peace Corps volunteers, who according to Camille, “have been really helpful and have taught me most of the essential skills, like where to shop in the market, how to turn my power on, where to and not to walk, who to get rides with to work, and perhaps most importantly… where to get chocolate!”
Fellow AIS alum Christopher Lowell ’03 visited recently, and he and Camille traveled south through Mozambique to Swaziland for a music festival. Andrea Moore ’03 and Alexi Piasecki ’03 also visited at the end of March, and Camille is looking forward to her parents’ visit this summer. Her plans after the project are still a work in progress and may include graduate school or another international adventure. When asked about how her education at AIS might have influenced her desire to pursue global experiences, she says, “It’s hard to isolate the relevance of my AIS education since it was more than just classes and a diploma. I went to AIS for so long and my closest friends are from there, too. Everything from my language skills to my understanding of the value of different cultures and perspectives, to my love of travel all seem relevant to what I’m doing now.”
To learn more, please read Camille Stabler’s blog at (www.okaycamille.wordpress.com) –
LIVING CONDITIONS, ALTHOUGH RUSTIC, ARE PICTURESQUE: HER CABANA IS OPEN TO AIR, BUGS, LIZARDS AND SAND AND OFFERS COLD SHOWERS ONLY–
with entrepreneur ERIC SHASHOUA ‘99 AIS graduate Eric Shashoua and his two business partners (classmates from Brown University) have been in the national media spotlight lately for their new product, Zeo Sleep Coach. Global Exchange caught up with him recently to discuss his experiences at AIS and how they contributed to his company’s success.
Zeo is a consumer product startup in the area of sleep. We founded the company in late 2003 to take advantage of an explosion of understanding about the brain and sleep. Our vision has been to harness the cutting edge of sleep science to improve quality of life.
understanding of how to improve their sleep ends at “get more” and “no caffeine”. In reality, there are many things that affect your sleep, and they vary hugely by individual. Zeo is able to determine how you’re sleeping and then guide you to what’s causing your issues so you can improve. The benefit is that you’ll get control of this 1/3 of your life – feeling better, performing better, and just generally being “more alive”.
Our first product is called the Zeo Personal Sleep Coach, and there is nothing like it in the world. Zeo is a new kind of tool that analyzes your sleep and then uses that information to tell you how to improve your sleep. Most people are devastated by lack of sleep and poor sleep, which only gets worse as you age. The problem is they only have a vague sense of how they’re sleeping, and their
Just briefly on how Zeo works – Zeo consists of two parts: a bedside display and a set of analytical software tools. The bedside display includes a wireless headband that actually reads your brainwaves while you sleep, and then the bedside display determines when you’re in light, REM, and deep sleep in real time during the night. The second half of the product consists of
Tell us a little bit about your product and company….
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web-based analytical and coaching tools that let you see trends in your sleep over time, and identify sleep stealers that affect you most. You can do this on your own, or go through our 7 Steps to Sleep Fitness™ program that guides you along to improved sleep. The analytical tools are also soon to be available through an iPhone app. It costs $199, and if you’re curious, you can find out more at www.myZeo.com. Anything exciting on the immediate horizon for your company? We launched Zeo last June, and it quickly became a magnet for the media - I think because the problem it deals with is so universal and leaves so many feeling powerless. We appeared on the Today Show, on the front page of the Wall Street Journal, and in an article by David Pogue in New York Times. Just last month Zeo was compared to Dorothy’s ruby red slippers in the June edition of Vogue magazine! I feel we were truly fortunate to have such a successful launch, so that now we are mostly focused on how to grow the business. What about your experiences at AIS contributed to your success, do you think? I cannot praise AIS enough. I think I was in the first class of lifers who went through the school from 4k to 12th grade. The education was spectacular and rigorous. My first two years at Brown University were easy by comparison to the quality of work demanded in high school. I think the teachers I had throughout my entire AIS experience were unbelievable – from the native French-speaking primary school teachers to Mrs. Baillie, who pushed us to really grasp grammar, to the engaged and rigorous teachers we had in high school. It’s an environment I would describe as nurturing, and at least for me, that really includes my classmates as well. Such a diverse group of people, and we connected and bonded in a way where we helped each other through the challenges middle school and high school can present. I think AIS taught me how to feel at home
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FIRST AIS ALUMNI THEATRE PRODUCTION debuts in november
THE TEACHERS AT AIS REALLY MADE ME BELIEVE IN MYSELF AND GAVE ME A CONFIDENCE THAT I KNOW IS ROOTED IN HIGH SCHOOL.”
The Alumni Theatre Committee is pleased to announce the first-ever alumni theatre event, planned for Saturday, November 27, 2010. The production will be the culmination of Alumni Week at the school, which is part of the school’s 25th anniversary celebration. Work on the event has been underway steadily since a two-day meeting in February, which included AIS faculty members Sherri Sutton, Sherry Weeks and Rob Warren, who were impressed by the inspiring alumni artists and “how committed and passionate they are about working in the arts and developing themselves as artists.”
around an extremely diverse group of people. For fellow AIS lifers, I’ve learned the extent of this is actually feeling uncomfortable around a homogenous group of people when we first go to college – something we have to work through. The rigor of AIS’s education taught me to work hard and how to do so. The teachers at AIS really made me believe in myself and gave me a confidence that I know is rooted in high school.
Scores of alumni have expressed interest in coming back to perform on the AIS stage or helping to plan the alumni party following the performance. The show will include flashbacks of past shows and memories of the theatre program, launching what is hoped will be an annual alumni tradition.
Since graduating high school, all of us have been looking for any chance to get back onto the stage at AIS and revisit some of our favorite performances. Whether as an actor or an audience member, some of our best memories were in the LPAC. The shows at AIS have always been an integral part of the school’s identity, and a constant reminder of the intimate, supportive community formed there. Come Thanksgiving weekend, we’ll finally be given the opportunity to get together with other alumni for one more performance. It’s sure to measure up to our expectations of past AIS shows: a great ensemble, brilliant directors, beautiful costumes, terribly inappropriate jokes, a good deal of laughter, perhaps a hint or two of tragedy, and of course, an unhealthy amount of celebrating afterwards. Will you join us? We hope so… With love, Christopher Lowell ‘03, Brian McElhaney ‘04 and Alexandra Panzer’04 (Tess Panzer’s sister)
What advice would you offer recent college graduates about starting your own business? I would advise them to not start alone, but find co-founders to do it with you. It is a long road, filled with ups and downs, and you’ll need others to help shoulder the burden. I would also say that after college is a great time to start a company – you don’t have kids yet, you haven’t established a career, and have little of the financial burdens you’ll build later in life. A great time to take a risk!
Representatives of the Alumni Theatre Committee write:
AIS Alumni Office unveils social media networking Editor’s note: the school’s official Facebook group will debut in August, along with Twitter updates from the athletics department.
Did you know that the Alumni Office AIS now oversees three social media groups? Facebook: Atlanta International School Alumni Twitter: @AIS_Alumni LinkedIn: Atlanta International School Alumni Whitney Curtis, the Alumni Relations contact at AIS, is grateful for and fascinated by the relationships formed through social media. “I’ve only been in this job for a year, but already I have begun to form great relationships and make great connections with our alums,” she writes. “My main goal is to serve our alumni and give them what they might find most useful from their alma mater: networking, opportunities and social gatherings.”
The Facebook group was started in February of 2009 and has over 400 members. More recently, Alumni Relations has launched new initiatives to connect with and serve our alumni base through LinkedIn and Twitter. The LinkedIn group is intended for career connections exclusively amongst AIS alums, while the Twitter account will provide short and sweet “tweets” on AIS, links to interesting articles, fun facts and maybe even a few photos. Stewart Lathan, who as Director of Development oversees AIS alumni efforts, said, “Social media these days provides a valuable means for alums to keep in touch with not only the school but also each other. We’re excited about these new AIS groups and invite and encourage all alums to join our online AIS community.” Global Exchange
(l to r) Nicole Buckley (former faculty), Eva Imbsweiler ‘06, Hibben Silvo ‘04
Winter 2010 Reunion
(l to r) Jerry Tracy ’04, Philipp Witte ’04, Sinan Sutcu ’04, Lamya Khoury ‘04
Ianna Briggs ‘95 and future AIS student
London (seated l to r) Jenny Morrell ‘99, Leonie Hunn ‘99, Nadia Widmer ‘99, Katie Joyce ‘02, Emerence de Potesta ‘07, Emelie Chappatte ‘07 (standing l to r) Eleanor Gregory ‘96, Lizzie Huntley ‘03, Peter Joyce ‘00, Jo Pockett, Patrick McAndrew ‘95, Gemma Pockett ‘95, Cassie Huntley ‘07, Sashi Leff ‘07, Kevin Glass, Sandy Ferko
Seated l to r Christine Pettitt-Schieber, Emilia Hermann ’05, Barbara Rossi ’06, Erica Umpierrez ’06, May Milkins, Joaquin Carbonell ’06, Daniel Cheriyan ’05, Sam Huntley ’05, Eva Imbsweiler ’06, Amy Wing ‘95 Standing l to r Cheo Sanchez ’06, Jackie Hewitt ’06, former AIS student, Adrien Pellerin ’09, Alexander Akhavan ’06, Benjamin Schuttler ’08, Claire Duggan ’06, Chris Mischaikow ’04, Zeke Galotti ’04, Matthew Kearney ’06, Arvand Khosravi ’03, Chris Lowell ’03, Mihkel Allpere ’00, Paul Grether ’05, Martina Striedinger Parker ’94, Rudi Waldschuetz ’95, Marlys Brothers ’92, Duden Yegenoglu ’01, Daniel Frysh ‘99
(l to r) Joaquin Carbonell ’06, Daniel Cheriyan ’05, “Cheo” Sanchez ’06, Alexander Akhavan ’06, Benjamin Schuttler ‘08
Winter 2010 Reunion
l to r Kevin Glass, Kirsty Slater Simmons ’97, Jonathan Charlton ’98, Jane Narciso Sabin ‘98
Winter 2010 Reunion
Seated l to r Caroline Geiger ’08, Willow Hagemeier ’05, Megan Lentz ’01, Annie Zavodel ‘02
(l to r) Barbara Rossi ’06, Erica Umpierrez ’06, Jackie Hewitt ‘06
Standing l to r Sandy Ferko, Alex Akhavan ’06, Claire Duggan ’06, Patrick Hurworth, Charles Vanijcharoenkarm ’07, Matt Kelly ’05, Eric Shashoua ’99, Marguerite Shashoua, Zack Paisley ’02, Charles Carstens ’01, Allegra Porter ’09, Nico Hawley, Erons Ohienmhen ’08, Ethan Lyle ’08, Kevin Glass
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Alumni Class Notes AT L A N TA I N T E R N AT I O N A L S C H O O L
CLASS OF 1992 DR. VICTORIA (VICKY) PLAUT
has accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Law and Social Science in the Jurisprudence and Social Policy Program at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (where she was a visiting professor this past year). She reports, “I am excited about the opportunities afforded by this change but am also sad to leave after five years in the Psychology Department at the University of Georgia. We will miss our family and friends and AIS. Fortunately, consistent with the AIS tradition, the kids (Téa and Clara, ages 5 and 3) are happily attending a French bilingual school in Berkeley, and we all look forward to many visits to Atlanta!” (Photo note: Tea and Clara with their cousin, Lana Belle McDaniel)
CLASS OF 1996 DANIELLE SARANGA and YOAV MAROM
welcomed a son, Eitan, to their family on February 20, 2010. Eitan was born in Tel Aviv and joins big sister,Yael.
CLASS OF 1997
RIVERA-LUPU. The Burlingames honeymooned in Tahiti and Moorea and live in Oakland, California, where they welcome any visitors to the Bay Area! PAIGE DAVIS TURBEVILLE is finishing up nine years in the Navy in July, including a post at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. She will attend Columbia Business School in New York City starting this fall. VERONICA PLAUT MCDANIEL teaches
PE and coaches soccer at AIS, where her husband, Mark, is Athletics Coordinator. The McDaniels welcomed Lana Belle McDaniel last February; at 15 months old, she enjoys attending soccer, basketball and volleyballs games at AIS!
CLASS OF 1998 LAURA RIBITZKY returned home to
Boston in 2009 for graduate school, where she is a Masters candidate and research assistant at UMass Boston’s Dispute Resolution Program focusing on post-war reconciliation in divided societies and international development. Prior to that she worked in the legal field in San Diego and then moved to New York City to study theater and work for Apple. This summer, she will intern with Dutch NGO La Benevolencija in Rwanda, Burundi, and The Democratic Republic of Congo
CLASS OF 1999
FRAN (SMITH) BURLINGHAM wed
Kevin Burlingham in July 2009. AIS graduates attending the wedding were
KIRSTEN GROMATZKY, VERONICA PLAUT MCDANIEL and MARIA 22 Summer 2010
After 11 years away living in Montréal, Canada; Roncq, France; and Chicago, Illinois respectively,
CLÉMENTINE MALTA-BEY is happy
to be back in Atlanta.
Having recently earned her M.A. Community Counseling Summa Cum Laude from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology, she has accepted a position as a resident psychotherapist at Heartwork Counseling Center in Inman Park and is “eager to start working in my calling!” Since her return, Clémentine has very much enjoyed reconnecting with AIS alums and old friends and going hiking in the woods with her two rescue dogs. TRAVIS STABLER and his wife, MARTA POLO (Class of 1998)
CLASS OF 2002 THOMAS SINGER started his own
company, Flat Planet Consulting, which is focused on sustainability consulting. His company is currently working on projects with BluSkye Sustainability Consulting and Sustainable Travel International.
FELIPE OLIVEIRA recently graduated
from Uppsala University in Sweden with a Masters in Applied Biotechnology
welcomed a son, Teo, on April 25, 2010. They live in New York City.
CLASS OF 2000 EMMANUELLE GOUNOT graduated
from Swarthmore College and earned an MBA from Harvard University. Last year she spent six weeks volunteering at Bethania Orphanage.
CLASS OF 2001 LISA FRANZISKA BOX HOEKSTRA was
married on January 29, 2010 in New York City to Shawn Gerald Box Hoekstra’ CHANTAL (DAY) and NIC MALTA-BEY
welcomed son Julien to the family on August 29, 2009. They live in South Africa.
GIL MARGULIS recently visited the
Taj Mahal on his travels (photo taken by Sara Mizell ’02).
CLASS OF 2004 STACEY LATHEM bought a house last
year in downtown Charleston, where she is Director of Business Development for WSI b2b Marketing. She works from home and also part time for the Charleston Stage Box Office. She enjoys Ultimate Frisbee and traveling around the Southeast
AUDE MULLIEZ is in Senegal for a year and works for Tostan, a nongovernmental organization dedicated to educating and empowering Africans who have had little or no access to formal schooling.
CLASS OF 2005 CHRISTIE PETTITT-SCHIEBER
graduated from Emory in May 2009 and spent a semester working in India with Ashraya Initiative for Children. She is in the process of moving to Chicago to be an associate with the Apple Store Program in Apple Retail, a two-year program.
EMILIA HERMANN and BENJY SCHUTTLER (see class of 2008) met up
in St. Louis, Senegal recently. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Emilia has been in Senegal for several months working. She will return to the states soon to start medical school at Penn in the fall, where she will focus on global health and infectious disease programs
CLASS OF 2006 KATE MISCHAIKOW is currently
working remotely for a PR firm based in San Francisco. She has one year left at UGA “mainly due to my overuse of the whole study abroad program.”
CLASS OF 2008 BENJY SCHUTTLER enjoyed a semester abroad in Senegal, followed by an internship this summer in Germany. He will return to the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business in the fall. LUCY PETTITT-SCHIEBER just finished her second year as a chemical engineering student at Georgia Tech. She is enrolled in the co-op program and will spend the summer working in process designs at an Exxon Mobil refinery in Texas. SIMON KOLBERT has a summer
internship at the Puma AG Headquarters in Germany. REBECCA KENG will be in Shanghai studying Chinese History and Chinese Economy and interning over the summer.
MATTHEW KEETER a student at Harvey Mudd College in California, recently was one of 278 sophomores and juniors across the country to be awarded the 2010 Barry S. Goldwater Scholarship. The scholarship program’s purpose is to support budding scientists, mathematicians and engineers by awarding scholarships to college students who intend to pursue careers in these fields. GILLIAN FURQUERON, a Telecommunication Arts & Spanish double major and Music Business certificate candidate in the honors program at UGA, attended the 63rd Festival De Cannes in May, where she went to movie screenings and premieres and took classes. BIANCA PAGGI has enjoyed being at Loyola University and in the great city of New Orleans for two years. She played on the Loyola Women’s Volleyball team for two seasons and holds two leadership positions in her sorority, Alpha Chi Omega. During her sophomore year, she received the Outstanding Sophomore of the College of Business Award. She will be studying abroad in Barcelona, Spain at ESADE.
CLASS OF 2009 After deciding that taking a gap year during a global recession would not be to his advantage, ADAM DINDORF tried his hand at going into the UCAS Clearing system, where he got a place in a Joint Honors course studying Theatre and English Literature. He started university last September. JESSIE COHEN is attending school
at Barnard College in New York City, where she is surrounded by the brilliant academic minds at Columbia University as well as the glitz and glamour of the Upper West Side! She appeared in her first university play this year, a prominent student group’s production of Shakespeare’s “Othello.” Global Exchange
congratulations Augustus Dixon Adair, USA Nikisha Mitesh Amin, UK, USA Hortense Anne Myriam Badarani, France Dylan Mathieu-Henri Baker, France, USA Grayling Stefan Bauer, USA Vanessa Cynthia Boss, Canada Emmaline Livingston Campbell, USA
2010! The 76 members of the Class of 2010 had an extremely successful year, matriculating at 53 different universities in the U.S. and abroad and earning more than $5.5 million in merit scholarship money (not including approximately $660,000 in HOPE Scholarship funds). For the first time in our recent history, 48% of the graduates – or 37 – are staying in the Southeast, matriculating at 21 different colleges and universities. Of the 37, 20 are staying in Georgia to take advantage of the HOPE scholarship program. Of the remaining graduates, 35% enrolled in universities north and west, and 18% enrolled in or plan to enroll in schools in Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Belgium and Israel. In keeping with AIS commencement tradition, this year’s graduates are listed with their countries of affiliation:
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Claire Mai Colberg, USA, Vietnam Arthur Guy Dehem, Belgium Joseph Vogt Dixson, USA Mary Grace Doyle, UK, USA India Isabelle Duranthon, France, USA Rana Ashraf El-Nahas, Canada, Egypt Ariana Bree Fabian, USA Marvin Per Fichtmueller, Germany Elliot Samuel Forman, France, UK, USA Gregory Victor Frame, Canada Dana Renée Furqueron, USA Daniel Gómez, Colombia, Germany Dina Goodman, Lithuania, USA Gabriella Louise Gorham Dominguez, Spain, USA Janie Elizabeth Goss, USA Shannon Kathleen Harkins, USA Jessica Rachel Hassett, Netherlands, USA Benedict Herbst, Germany Ian Hill, Taiwan, USA Alessandro Holzapfel, Germany Andrea Gabriela Hunt-Aristizabal, Colombia, USA Victoria Chanté Hampton, USA Marissa Allyn Jackson, Ghana, USA Trisha Chizmbienu Dewitt James, Nigeria, Trinidad & Tobago, USA Torryn Leah Jennings-Hill, USA Chika Norrene John, USA Nathaly Kerba, Bulgaria, France, USA Christoph Koehler, Germany Robin Tine Kuik, Netherlands, USA Charles Robert Laurent, Belgium Guillaume J. Le Balle, Brazil, France Brandon Alan Lenz, USA
Ari Zane Levinson, USA Marcel Timo Link, Germany Tatiana Dorothea Manidis, South Africa, USA Soli Mansour, Israel Sarah Victoria Mathieu, France Markus Johann McNally, Germany, USA Nikolaus J. Mitchell, Germany, USA Connan Randall Moody, USA Amir Sameer Andrew Moussly, Syria, USA Lucie Pagès, France Joanna Locke Palmer, USA Carole Parages, France Nicola Winsor Pardy, Canada, UK, USA Min-Soo Park, South Korea Andrea Camila Pava Diaz, Colombia Mathilde Petitpré-Harris, France, USA Brian Pettitt-Schieber, USA Phaethon Philbrook, Greece, USA Michael Alton Phillips, France, USA Józef (Joe) Artur Pliszka, Poland, USA Morgan Isabelle Récaborde, France, USA Kareem Conrad Rosshandler, Australia, Jordan, USA Christina Antonia Rosemary Rutte, Germany, USA Jessica Elaine Sachsenmaier, USA Paul David Sanders, Russia, USA Rosalind Sarah Santos, Mexico, USA Claudius Paul Walter Schönlau, Germany Madison Alexa Scott, USA Timur Selimovic, Bosnia-Herzegovina, USA Colin Raymond Shore, USA Romana Isabella Soutus, Argentina, Ukraine, USA Emily Rebecca Tapp, UK Jordan Gould Taylor, USA Floris Sebastiaan ten Lohuis, Netherlands, USA Simon Thaler, Hungary, Italy, USA Ntchwaidumela Hakeem Thomas, USA Connor Frederick Zendt, USA
COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES which accepted 2010 graduates *Schools at which 2010 graduates enrolled
Agnes Scott University of Alabama* American Academy of Dramatic Arts American University American University of Paris Appalachian State University Auburn University Babson College Bard College* Belmont University Berklee College of Music* Berry College Birmingham Southern College Boston University* Brandeis University Bryn Mawr* University of California: Berkeley* California State Polytechnic University: Pomona California State University: Monterey Bay Carnegie Mellon University* Case Western Reserve University College of Charleston Chestnut Hill College University of Chicago* Claremont McKenna College Clemson University University of Colorado: Boulder Colorado State University Columbia College Connecticut College Cornell University Dartmouth College DePaul University DePauw University Drexel University Duke University Earlham College Eckerd College Elon University Emory University* Eugene Lang College* Florida A&M* Florida Institute of Technology* Florida Southern University Florida State University University of Florida Fordham University Franklin & Marshall University Furman University* George Washington University* Georgetown University* Georgia College & State University Georgia Institute of Technology* Georgia Southern University University of Georgia* 26 Summer 2010
Guilford College Haverford College* Hendrix College* Hofstra University University of Houston Howard University University of Illinois: U-C Indiana University Jacksonville University* Johns Hopkins University Kennesaw State University University of Kentucky Kettering University Lake Forest College Lewis & Clark College* Louisiana State University Loyola University: New Orleans* Lynn University Macalester College University of Maryland University of Massachusetts:Amherst Mercer University University of Miami New College of Florida New York University* University of North Carolina: Asheville Greensboro, Wilmington* North Carolina State University* Northeastern University* Northwestern University Oglethorpe University The Ohio State University Oxford College of Emory University* Pace University Pennsylvania State University University of Pennsylvania* Pitzer College Pratt Institute* Presbyterian College University of Puget Sound Reed College Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Rhodes College Rice University Rochester Institute of Technology University of Rochester Rollins College Rutgers University Savannah College of Art & Design School of Visual Arts Sewanee: The University of the South Skidmore College University of South Carolina University of South Florida* University of Southern California Southern Polytechnic State University*
St. John’s University – Queens St. Olaf College Stanford University* Stony Brook University Swarthmore College University of Tennessee University of Texas Trinity College Trinity University Tufts University* Tulane University University of Tulsa Virginia Polytechnic & State University Wake Forest University Warren Wilson College* Washington University University of Washington Wellesley College* Wofford College* The College of Wooster Worcester Polytechnic Institute*
2009/2010 annual fund HIGHEST IN AIS HISTORY By Ashley Howze, Associate Director of Development
UNIVERSITIES OUTSIDE THE US Belgium Canada Concordia University McGill University* Universite de Quebec a Montreal* University of British Columbia University of Ottawa University of Waterloo University of Western Ontario France Sciences Po Universite de Versailles Saint Quentin- en-Yvelines Medical School* Germany Israel The Netherlands Northern Ireland Queen’s University Belfast – Medical School* United Kingdom University of Bath Cardiff University University of Dundee University of East Anglia* European Business School, London University of Exeter University of Kent at Canterbury University of Leeds London School of Economics* University College London Nottingham Trent University University of Nottingham Swansea University
Gifts for this year’s Annual Fund were more than $150,000 higher than last year, and the Spring Benefit raised more than $195,000! Combined with proceeds from the Spring Benefit, we reached the $1 million mark for annual gifts to the school this past year, which is truly amazing. The support of alumni, students, board members past and present, alumni parents, faculty members, current parents and friends of AIS is crucial for the future success of AIS. 62% of our current parents participated in this year’s annual giving effort, which is also the most in the school’s history; perhaps more impressive, however, is that 100% of our faculty and staff members participated. Many thanks to all who participated for making this an absolutely fantastic year for our Annual Fund. Tuition at Atlanta International School covers much, but not all, of the school’s
operations. Donations to the Annual Fund allow us to fund programs and projects beyond what our basic budget could accommodate. These much-needed contributions enable AIS to recruit and retain talented faculty, provide scholarships for deserving students, enhance academic programs, and keep the facilities up to date. Thank you again for making the 2009-2010 Annual Fund such a success. Get a head start and make your gift to the 2010/2011 AIS Annual Fund today by: • Making an on-line donation by visiting www.aischool.org and clicking on the blue “Donate Now” button • Mailing your payment to AIS, Development Office 2890 North Fulton Drive Atlanta, Georgia 30305 Global Exchange
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