The Good | Summer 2020 | Volume 10

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CH students in grades K-6 created earth art, inspired by artist Andy Goldsworthy who is known for crafting ephemeral, site-specific installations using only natural materials. ( l-r) Melake D. ’31 with his heart-shaped sculpture (also shown on the cover); artwork of Riley C. ’27; artwork of Jaida W. ’27. Additional student Visual Arts on pages 5, 8, 9, 80-86, and the back cover. 14

FROM THE HEADMASTER By The Rev. Canon Julian Bull

This issue is dedicated to the Class of 2020.

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WHAT MATTERS TO YOU By Jennifer Simpson







good people

good vibes






A NEW PERSPECTIVE: CH’S First Chinese International Student






PARENTS FOR PRIDE: New Affinity Group





good times




MOVING ON UP: 6th Grade Promotion

























celebrating the class of 2020 42









NEXT LEVEL ATHLETES: Seniors Commit to College



friends for good 87




student accomplishments 54


















credits Editorial Hilary Palmer Rehder ’94 Director of Communications Vivianne Fernquist Associate Director of Communications Design Suzanne Turpin Contributors Danny Baker/Epic Imagery Parent Photographers Student Photographers Teacher Photographers




was fortunate to see a near-final draft of this magazine and to immerse myself in the stories and photos before writing this letter. Last year seems like two distinct years, with all of us blissfully ignorant through the winter of the privilege of hugging, playing sports, and packing together like sardines for group photos or to watch school performances. Strikingly, though, the pictures from pandemic times are no less joyful. What kept going through my head during the senior parade on campus on June 7 was that the love that animates this community is unstoppable. I don’t say that lightly; this has been a terrible year, beginning with two horrible student deaths last summer. Like you, I presume, I have had days this spring and summer when I worry how we will make it through, as a nation, city, and as a school. But then some connection happens, even if only on Zoom, and I remember how precious, how beautiful our community life can be. The initial deadline for this magazine content fell before the killings of George Floyd, Carlos Lopez, and many other people of color had finally grabbed the attention of the national conscience in a sustained and apparently transformative way. All of our institutions, including independent schools, have been given notice. And we are indeed privileged at Campbell Hall, and need to continue asking if we are handling that privilege responsibly. But neither are we an overly sentimental or fragile community, in my experience. We have done real soul-searching in recent years, and the result is a community increasingly prepared to respond passionately, courageously, and creatively to the moment. Even as our faculty are steeping themselves in training this summer to deliver online learning, as required, at the highest levels, they are also hard at work reimagining their course content to ensure an inclusive curriculum that fully engages and respects all students. CH alumni rallied quickly and have already formed a new group of 61 alumni and 14 faculty and staff to provide our community with ways we can get involved in the fight against inequality and injustice. Although every American institution has hard work ahead, I believe we are well situated to become effectively and truly anti-racist, since we have been developing an increased capacity to disagree and debate civilly (always important in a community of inquiry). This magazine is not a slick, superficial PR piece; it bears witness to the reality of a community based on love, which is the only kind of human community that will survive and even grow during the double pandemic of coronavirus and systemic racism. I give great thanks for the work we have done, and for the work we will yet do together.

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Decklan C. ’30

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FROM Stephanie Carrillo


Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Headmaster Julian Bull and CH

Systemic racism, structural inequality, and unchecked police brutality are deadly realities in the lives of Black and Brown people. The recent murders of Ahmaud Abery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd brought this truth to the forefront of the nation’s consciousness.

Live on Saturday, May 30, for

While at Campbell Hall we strive to honor the diversity of the human experience, cultivate a safe environment, and empower individuals and groups to celebrate their identities, that alone does not disrupt systemic inequality. We must also confront the culture and ideologies that allow inequity to persist, uproot structural racism, and challenge white supremacy.

where. To date, the vigil has

True transformation requires actions that bring substantive and lasting change. In 2018, we began a comprehensive K-12 curricular inquiry to ensure that our students learn the value of racial equity, social justice, and collective action, not by accident, but by design. We must ensure that all students have a curriculum that is not only multicultural, genderbalanced, and globally aware, but also teaches students to disrupt bias, seek justice, and take action. We know that this starts with our teacher training. Campbell Hall supports a vast array of professional development opportunities that allow faculty to deepen their understanding of social justice and antibias topics, engage in critical conversations about race, learn how to disrupt systems of oppression and embark on the essential journey of understanding one’s own identity and how it informs one’s pedagogy and practices.

faculty member Kena Dorsey hosted a vigil via Facebook George Floyd and his family and friends, and for the victims of racism and violence everyhad over 1,300 views.

 Click here to watch.

ALUMNI FOR ACTION Mission Statement

Our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion is deep, ongoing, and inextricably linked to our Episcopal identity. We proclaim the unique beauty and worth of all human beings as made in the image of God. We commit ourselves to caring for our community, helping our neighbors, and bettering the world while embracing our responsibility to be truthseekers and advocates of equity. And at this critical hour, we bravely and humbly examine both our history and our actions and pray for courage to do the work of justice.

Alumni for Action was established through a shared passion to distrust racism, systemic oppression, and a desire to create a more just and equitable community at Campbell Hall. In partnership with alumni, faculty, and parents this group is dedicated to self-education, responsibility, and to the greater movement by providing resources to enhance inclusivity for students, educational support, student mentorship and additional tools to enact change. More info:

Click here to view our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Strategic Plan.

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STANDING TOGETHER Following the death of George Floyd on May 25 there has been an erruption of support behind the Black Lives Matter movement. Nationwide protests have left many wondering how they can be better allies. Special coverage begins on page 7


Photo with permission from Ben Green (15)

Making the best of a di cult situation

Senior Re昀ections

More Than Just a Student

In light of the recent pandemic, many students have found ways to spread kindness and help others.

Jake Sher (20), Owen Pallenberg (20). Lola Carino (20), Maggie Hutchins (20), and Kaylin Kim (20) reflect on their journey as staff members of the newspaper.

Peter Albrecht (21) touches upon his successes in rowing, and the social, mental, and physical effects that the sport has on him.



The Piper is now online! CLICK HERE to read.


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K-12 student artworks created during the past several months that reflect our current times.

Nick G. ’22

Kenned R. ’23

Nathanial F. ’23

Isaiah S. ’23

Charlotte D. ’31

Sophie S. ’24

Katarina V. ’23

Elianna Z. ’22 Caroline R. ’23

Caroline R. ’23 Greer S. ’21

Isaiah S. ’23

Luisa G. ’24

Avery J. ’23

Sara M. ’23 Jackson G. ’29

Landon R. ’20

Camellia C.

Chloe W. ’23

Zeha L. ’30

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How Campbell Hall defines success in College Admissions Process BY J E N N I F E R SI M P SON , DIR ECTOR OF C OLLEGE COUNSELI NG

s the end of another bustling school year approaches, there is a contemplative energy that often defines this time of year. Endings stir a sense of reflection about the past and visions of new beginnings. This intersection of presence, reflection, and forward-thinking is the space we live in with students and parents as we guide them through a four-year, comprehensive, and sophisticated conversation about the college process and years beyond Campbell Hall. Although the arc of the discussion about college has a finite beginning and end, and a tangible offer of admission is often seen as the best possible outcome, our approach and philosophy offers a more expansive view. We present a new lens through which families can view a kaleidoscope of goals and measures of success that are far more nuanced, subjective, and timeless than they realize. In keeping with Campbell Hall’s emphasis on holistic development and conscious inquiry, we guide students and parents to see and experience the college process through the lens of personal development, selfdiscovery, curiosity, confidence, and authenticity. When students take a very mindful, empowered approach to their educational and personal experiences, they are learning how to trust themselves and become active participants in their own lives. Colleges and universities are deeply curious about the human beings behind all of the high school activities and the means to an end that underlies so much of the busyness. If we are not careful, students can get distracted from the growth that comes with pausing and reflecting on their decisions, and how they speak to who they are and who they want to become. In the spirit of preparing CH students for success in college and the many years beyond the formal

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world of academia, we trumpet the need for students to focus on developing the habits of mind and constellation of skills and perspectives that are the foundation of success and health.

We bring students back to a new kind of center. It is one that includes:

. the timeless importance of self-awareness and the capacity for reflection;

. grit and perseverance in the face of challenge; . understanding the privilege of education and the responsibility that comes with it;

. the importance of “we” over “me”; . comfort with risk-taking; . the lessons that come with success and failure; . adaptability and flexibility; . the ability to accept feedback and criticism; . listening and communication skills; . integrity and authenticity; . emotional stability and resilience; . courage, confidence, and the belief that we can do hard things; and

. the importance of being interested and interesting.

Kimberly Oden, one of four college counselors, working with a Campbell Hall student.

It is important to remember that the transformation we hope to inspire cannot be reduced to a finite list. One of these abilities or perspectives is not more important than another. The changes we see, some subtle and some profound, are unique to each student. In addition to the qualities previously mentioned, I wanted to share my reflections on few of the most notable markers of a healthy and successful discussion about college and the years far beyond the undergraduate experience. I cannot emphasize enough the critical importance of creating space for students to learn how to trust themselves. Regardless of age, we all have an internal compass. It is a visceral knowing that intersects with intuition, as well as an innate ability to make decisions and take responsibility for them. All too often, from the moment the word “college” is uttered, students are distracted by an increasingly loud orchestra of voices and opinions, and they find themselves living in a sea of “you should…” When the choices we make are defined by what other people think or believe is true, we lose courage and confidence. Our goal is to inspire these qualities, not diminish or dismiss them. Authenticity is a collection of choices. The high school experience and the healthiest conversations about what it is preparing students for, college or otherwise, must allow for students to listen to and speak their truth. Students learn how to trust themselves when we trust them first. We inquire about their ideas, visions, and empower them with the freedom and responsibility to choose in every moment.

Connected to the notion of choice is the belief that if we make the “right” decisions, the outcomes we desire will naturally follow. If anything is unearthed in the college process it is the human desire for certainty. Idealistic as it may seem, as counselors, we delight in the idea that the future is ours for the taking. The core of our work with students is to help them to think about tomorrow in a more mature and thoughtful way. We ask students to balance presence with an eye on the years that are well beyond this very moment in time. Implicit in this is the idea that the future is theirs for the taking. Planning, forward thinking, initiative, and joyful hope of what is to come are all interwoven into another very real and difficult part of the college process:


A deep understanding of and comfort with this reality is one of the greatest signs of growth we can ask for. As the incredibly challenging first few months of 2020 have shown the entire world, absolutely nothing is promised to us. The future is a collection of unknown experiences. There is something powerful in this. Possibility, presence, and meaning are questioned. The fine line between hope and expectation is revealed. Risks seem easier to take when we are less attached to the story we have written about the expected outcome. The ability to embrace uncertainty and the lessons it teaches are foundational measures of a college process done right.

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hroughout this process, we constantly encourage students to begin to see opportunities everyday. However, growth, perspective, and definition of self do not occur solely in the presence of life going according to our hopes, expectations, and the stories we all write about our lives. In a somewhat abstract way, every type of college admissions decision can be seen as an opportunity of an unexpected nature. They present the chance to flex an emotional muscle that does not often get the credit it is due. By this, I mean


a sign of an incredibly healthy young mind and strength of character that no college admissions decision can or should ever be able to take away. As I think of a fitting conclusion to my reflections on how we define and measure a process that ultimately cannot be quantified, a personal story comes to mind. Among the countless hours I have spent with students, I distinctly recall a meeting with a senior who was grappling with the deeply thought-provoking questions he was asked in a university’s writing supplement. While reviewing his thoughtful answers to five out of six questions, I noticed the last question appeared blank. The question staring at both of us was:

Resilience can be defined as “an ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change.” It is about growth and strength in the face of the unexpected. The college process is about taking risks. Students make decisions over the course of many years and then We both sat in silence for a share their accomplishmoment. This student was ments, successes, failures, clearly at a crossroads and so and reflections with other was I. As I contemplated how human beings (yes, the to advise him, I could not help Counselor Elisa Sagardia in session with a student. college admissions but pause myself. Like him, I committees). There is great was also daunted by these vulnerability in this. However, no college, either the one a four words. They were so simple, yet profound. As we moved student attends or the one he/she will not, defines who or what through that moment of brainstorming, advising, and a student becomes or what contributions he/she will make to reflection, the experience and four-word question permathe world. The judgment we all exercise over a lifetime of nently affected how I see and define both the college process choices, relationships, and interactions with our communities and our role as educators. There is no question we could debate are not determined by a particular college name. When life hundreds of ways to measure success in our work with CH takes a detour, it is only human to feel the wave of difficult students. I firmly believe that posing this question to young emotions that unexpected outcomes often unearth. As we have adults and helping them experiment, play, and wrestle with the all learned so well recently, parents and students might not be answer is one of the greatest gifts we can give them. In order to able to stop life from taking unexpected and unfamiliar turns, be models for this type of inquiry though, we have to be able to but they can fully participate in, and choose, how they respond. turn these questions back on ourselves. We cannot teach what To the adults, I ask us all to help students to see we do not understand and practice. opportunities for growth where they might not recognize it. To students, I say, if you are open to it, While the college search and application process are often one of the greatest gifts this process can give you is defined by an incredible amount of detail and minutiae that the ability to come back to that center you have does not technically “begin” until the latter half of high school, always had, and that sense of self that this process I argue that this college supplement question reminds us all forces you to look at in ways you have not before. that the college process begins long before this. Colleges and What do you know, deeply and sincerely, to be true and universities across the nation are not interested in simply authentic about yourself, your gifts, and your potential? This is counting the number of advanced courses that pepper a

“what matters to you?”

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The college process is not just about preparing for college. Rather, it is about becoming comfortable with questions that we will all confront throughout life. It is a reminder to all of us that our work is fundamentally about always asking, “what matters?”

College counselors Kim Oden, director Jennifer Simpson, Elisa Sagardia, John Corona.

transcript and the activities that a student lists in an extracurricular chart on the Common Application. Fundamentally, they are most interested in posing questions that students will confront and digest time and time again on their campuses, and throughout their lives. They include questions about values, priorities, meaning, creativity, faith, legacy, and impact. They are questions that demand that all of us—students, educators, and parents—stop and think. Universities push students, and those of us who guide them, to articulate values, priorities, and an awareness of self and the world that are not found in a textbook or prescription for behavior that creates an “ideal” college applicant. Universities celebrate learning and questioning as wonderful, desirable, and enjoyable experiences that become the fabric of our lives rather than a means to an end. These institutions are deeply curious about who students are, not just what they have accomplished. Life is not a series of tasks to move through, nor is any stage of education. CH is full of students who work diligently and are attentive and ambitious in their own, very unique ways. However, the college process and the simple words “what matters to you?” demand that we ask ourselves and the

students with whom we work what happens when the tasks are all accomplished and the lists have been checked off. Before any of us can help students think about college and prepare for their life beyond CH, we have a more immediate task in front of us. It is incumbent upon us as adults to help our students connect what they are learning to how they go about living, thinking, and attending to their lives and the world. The college process is not just about preparing for college. Rather, it is about becoming comfortable with questions that we will all confront throughout life. It is a reminder to all of us that our work is fundamentally about always asking, “what matters?” Ultimately, the CH college process helps students see how education is a gift. With a sense of spirit and energy, we inspire students to see their time at Campbell Hall and the college process on a much larger continuum of personal and educational experiences they will have throughout life. With this comes the responsibility to think beyond oneself, engage, grow, and become inspired to make a difference. A healthy, successful college process helps students develop the disposition of mind, perspective, and character that will enable them to be interesting, motivated, and engaged members of a college community and the world at large.

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Students support the “no plastic bottle� initiative.

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Update on Campus-Wide Sustainability Initiatives BY PAMELA H OPSON, DI RECTOR OF OPERATI ONS

s campus life as we know it changed dramatically this spring, our commitment to sustainability has remained a driving force in the midst of a very uncertain time. We are thrilled to announce that we have continued working on a number of sustainability measures in our continued commitment to bringing our campus to carbon neutral. 48 electric vehicle charging stations have been added to the parking garage in the Spielberg Family Arts & Education Center. There are 8 Tesla-specific EV charging units and 40 universally compatible EV charging units available, equally spanning both levels of the parking structure. Chargers will be available on a first-come, firstserved basis for parents, employees, and visitors to utilize free-ofcharge while on campus conducting regular business. In addition to these efforts, we are very grateful to have recently had the opportunity to work with Campbell Hall alumnus Evan Bowser ’15, who recently completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Urban Planning & Sustainability from Ohio University. Evan’s leadership and experience formulating environmental policy was a unifying force among faculty, staff, and students this spring, and brought together a number of entities to produce real change and meaningful discussions about how to improve campus sustainability. Some of the most recent sustainability efforts include:  Discontinued sale of plastic single-use water bottles campus-wide;  Composting and organic waste protocol development, including the implementation of Beta-testing of compost bin use for student store kitchen operations and further exploration of campus-wide composting options with city services entities;  Completion of conversion for all campus landscaping to droughtresistant, native plants;  Completion of conversion for all campus lighting to LED bulbs;  Implementation of upgrades to many campus HVAC control systems to allow for improved temperature setpoint control and automatic system shutoffs;  Textile recycling efforts to reduce the large quantity of lost and found items that are not eligible for donation or resale;  Further investigation for solar and energy-reduction options for our campus. These accomplishments have certainly inspired us to continue asking how we can further reduce our carbon impact as a campus, and continue to move ever closer to carbon neutrality. Drought-resistant landscaping The Good I SUMMER 2020 15

Karl Frank Receives Grant to Study Coral Reefs

Porites astreoides

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Coral Research in the Marine Science Classroom alifornia State University, Northridge (CSUN) professor Dr. Peter Edmunds has been doing field research in the shallow reefs off the coast of St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands for close to 30 years. The data collected by Dr. Edmunds and his team has enabled him to construct something like a time-lapse animation of coral recruitment and growth for many species including Porites astreoides (mustard hill coral) in the relatively pristine Great Lameshur Bay of Virgin Islands National Park. Professor Edmunds wants to understand long-term ecological trends and potential environmental effects on the coral communities, and the mustard hill coral is one example of an important coral whose population can be studied in detail. After his extensive yearly field work concludes, Professor Edmunds returns to CSUN where the data analysis begins. For more than a decade, Professor Edmunds has been funded through the National Science Foundation (NSF) to conduct the basic research, but these funds extend to important outreach activities conducted with high schools in the Los Angeles area. Working in close partnership with teachers, the objective is to provide opportunities for meaningful student involvement in ongoing field research. Currently these outreach activities are supported through an additional award from NSF — Research Experience for Teachers (RET) — that created new and exciting opportunities at Campbell Hall. Karl Frank, CH Science Department Chair and High School Science teacher, who teaches CHAI Environmental Science Honors and Marine Science, recognized the unique opportunity this kind of education would provide his students. For the past four years, Dr. Edmunds’ graduate students have worked with Mr. Frank to bring this real-world project into his classrooms. Students are taught hypothesis development and principles of experimental design and are also provided the opportunity to work directly with important research data. “Researchers on this project are able to ‘crowd-source’ ecological analyses to test for the demographic implications of changing coral cover,” says Mr. Frank.

Professor Edmunds visits Campbell Hall.

Marine Science students from the class of ‘18 at the Western Society of Naturalists.

Karl Frank getting his scientific diver certification.

CH students analyze hundreds of photographs of the sea floor, identifying, measuring and logging colonies of P. astreoides, to help Professor Edmunds and his graduate students understand how US coral reefs are changing over time. It is a monumental project extending over four decades. Professor Edmunds visits Campbell Hall each year to meet students in our marine science course and share his love of field research. In an animated and personal way, he explains why this information is important and why corals need protection. Mr. Frank notes: “By connecting classroom lessons to field activities, students develop foundational skills that they can apply to real world problems.” Marine Science students in the class of 2018 were involved with this research and some attended the Western Society of Naturalists (WSN) meeting in Pasadena that year to present their initial findings. WSN is a scientific society with a strong focus on ecology, evolution, natural history, and marine biology. The November meeting offers undergraduates, graduates and a few high school students the chance to connect and learn firsthand about each other’s research. This year, in conjunction with CH alumnus Craig Didden ’91, who is Viewpoint’s Chair of the Science Department, Mr. Frank received a shared National Science Foundation-RET grant which will enable him to conduct his own independent research on coral health in the Virgin Islands National Park during the next three summers. As a first step, Mr. Frank earned his American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS) scientific diver certification in January at the University of Southern California’s Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies on Santa Catalina Island. In his continued efforts to help create a more sustainable planet, Mr. Frank is also part of the CH team that is working closely with alumnus Evan Bowser ’15 (referenced in Charging Forward article) on a model for carbon neutrality for Campbell Hall and hopes a similar model can be embraced by other independent schools in Los Angeles and beyond. The Good I SUMMER 2020 17


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College Bound


Six years ago, 15 sixth grade students from underserved schools in the San Fernando Valley were accepted into the Campbell Scholars Program, a tuition-free academic enrichment and college access program designed to support low-income, high-achieving public school students. This past June, all 15 scholars were accepted to 4-year colleges or universities with 100% of their financial needs met. Nine of the scholars are first-generation high school graduates and all are the first in their family to go to college. Each scholar applied to at least 10 colleges, including at least 4 private colleges. In addition to Federal Stafford Loans and work study offers, Campbell Scholars were awarded a combined total of over $1 million in merit and need-based scholarships from the colleges they are attending. We are so proud of each scholar’s hard work, determination, and accomplishments. They will continue to have support from the Campbell Scholars program throughout their collegiate journey and, as the first cohort of the program, serve as role models for all younger students. 

3 scholars were accepted early decision to private liberal arts colleges with full scholarships (two scholars to Whitman College and one to Kalamazoo College).

11 scholars have matriculated to colleges in the University of California system with 100% of their financial need met (4 to Davis, 2 to UCLA, 2 to Santa Cruz, 1 to San Diego, 1 to Santa Barbara, 1 to Riverside).

1 scholar matriculated to Cal State Northridge with a full scholarship.

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Retiring Employees Gave 162 Combined Years of Service

Eileen Powers Director of Financial Aid + Director of Public Partnerships 45 YEARS OF SERVICE

With 45 years of service, Eileen Powers is one of Campbell Hall’s longest serving employees. She began teaching at Campbell Hall in 1973 as a Middle School Spanish teacher and continued in this role for twenty years. “It was love at first sight,” Eileen says of Campbell Hall. “There were a lot of happy memories in the classroom. When teaching middle school students, the relationship comes first, before learning before anything else.” This sense of developed trust is formed through a myriad of ways, both big and small. One morning before class began, Eileen’s students were seated at their desks which were arranged in a circle, improvising some rap songs. They suddenly began chanting, “Go Powers! Go Powers!” in a dance-circle invitation. As Eileen walked through the circle, she busted a quick dance move. The class erupted in cheers and laughter which lasted for several minutes. “Those moments of unbounded hilarity and the joy that being around young people brings,” Eileen says, “are some of my fondest Campbell Hall memories.” Eileen began working in the Admissions Office in 1984, interviewing prospective students and their families as the Assistant Director of Admissions, a position she held for twenty years. Almost immediately, then Headmaster Tom Clarke asked if she would take on the added responsibility of administering financial aid. There was no framework for Eileen to follow. No local independent school had a financial aid department at that time, so she set about learning as much as she could from resources she found. Once she was able to institutionalize a formal financial aid process at Campbell Hall, Eileen founded the Financial Aid Administrators’ Association (known as FA³), a professional 20 campbell hall magazine I SUMMER 2020

development organization dedicated to helping local independent schools achieve similar success. She headed the group for twenty years and during this time, the organization grew from 21 members to more than 450. She created a financial aid roadmap for other schools to follow and helped professionalize the field, one she inhabited for thirty-six years. Eventually she became chairman of the NAIS financial aid task force, the advisory group that guides financial aid methodology and policy for independent schools across the country. Eileen’s focus on providing students from a variety of backgrounds with expanded opportunities led to her establishing Campbell Hall’s public partnership programs. Since 2008, hundreds of students from Campbell Hall and local public schools have participated in relationship-building educational programs including the school’s signature programs, “Action!” and “CREW.” Students are enriched in this reciprocal venture, proving that we are, as the program’s tagline suggests, “Better together.” One of Eileen’s favorite places on campus is the TV studio because, as she notes: “Campbell Hall and L.A.’s Best students who are enrolled in the Action! summer program start the first day knowing nothing about the complex TV studio equipment. Within three days, they are running the control room and have made great new friends in the process. Watching this kind of growth is exceptionally rewarding.” Eileen found innovative ways to support Campbell Hall beyond the scope of her job. When the internet was in its infancy, Linda Savage, elementary science lab specialist, explained to Eileen

good people When asked what she will miss most about Campbell Hall, Eileens says: “Of course the people. I will miss the kids and being surrounded by youth, like those special moments in chapel when the students put their arms around each other and sing the alma mater. I will deeply miss the parents because I have built trusted relationships with them over many years. I have learned a great deal from the parents about love, witnessing how they will do anything for their children. And I will miss all of my colleagues. It’s amazing to walk by someone on campus and realize, ‘I’ve known that person for 40 years.’ I treasure the sense of belonging to the Campbell Hall community.” how websites worked. Eileen, fascinated by the concept, mused that it would be great for Campbell Hall to have a web presence. Soon Eileen was busy creating content while Linda worked on the technological platform. In the 1996-97 school year, they launched Campbell Hall’s first website, the first among LA’s independent schools. Eileen’s strong Viking spirit led her to become head of the Booster Club in the early 1990s. To promote school pride, Eileen started and ran Campbell Hall’s first student store, selling spirit wear and uniforms and, with no café on campus at the time, eventually food items. The store operated out of a closet in the Garver Gym with more than 60 parent volunteers who had rotating shifts. It was during this time that Campbell Hall’s “Cinderella” basketball team began to gain traction. “My favorite time in the last 45 years,” Eileen says, “was in 1992 during the first basketball CIF championship for Campbell Hall. I spent that fall promoting the games, putting up flyers every week. Soon, the whole school was turning out for the games, which was incredible fun. As part of my Booster Club duties, I set up post-game pizza parties at Shakey’s for all the families to celebrate and watch game re-plays on their big screen. We had never had a CIF basketball championship team, so when we won, there was complete shock and delirium. We all celebrated this triumphant milestone together.”

Instead of slowing down in these last few months before retirement, Eileen has been in full swing, continuing to assist families with the financial aid process, with the need growing recently due to the COVID-19 pandemic. During retirement, Eileen plans to take a multitude of adult education classes in history, literature, music appreciation, and art. She has also been asked to join the board of the “I Have A Dream” Foundation, a nonprofit organization that helps students from under-resourced communities and whom Campbell Hall has worked with on a number of public partnership experiences. As the originator of Campbell Hall’s Financial Aid and Public Partnership programs, Eileen has positively impacted generations of students and families. Her legacy of caring and commitment will be remembered and appreciated forever by our entire community. We can’t thank Eileen enough for all she has done for Campbell Hall.

Kathy Allison Elementary School Art Teacher 42 YEARS OF SERVICE Kathy Allison first joined the Campbell Hall community as a parent in 1972. She was an active volunteer serving in a variety of roles from room coordinator to Bagpiper’s Ball Committee member to Girl Scout troop leader. She felt a deep connect-

ion to the school and, as her children got a little older, found a new position that she was ideally suited to fill. In 1978, Kathy became Campbell Hall’s elementary school art teacher, formalizing a curriculum that had otherwise been a loose scattering of classes. In those days, she did not have a designated room, but would cart her art supplies from classroom to classroom to teach. In fact, the art facilities at that time were so sparse, her office was housed in a defunct electrical closet behind the elementary offices. Kathy soon

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developed a sequential curriculum that, for generations, has challenged and inspired students through their K-6 artistic journey. Through exposure to a breadth of artists, styles, and mediums, students gain a deep appreciation for a wide variety of art. Her lessons have allowed students to explore and find their own artistic voice, framed with a background and knowledge of great works. By 6th grade, students are ready to conquer the “masterpiece” project. Kathy encourages students to find a work of art that speaks to them and recreate the piece by emulating their chosen artist’s technique. “This is a challenging project for students,” says Kathy. “The payoff is seeing how accomplished they feel at the end of the process.” Kathy also occupied the roles of Elementary Visual Art Curriculum Coordinator for 30 years and Social Studies Curriculum Coordinator for 15 years. With her degree in History combined with her art background, she was able to integrate and weave both subjects throughout the elementary school curriculum. This led to the creation of the Colonial immersion program in 5th grade which provided students with the opportunity to experience colonial life by learning and performing period dances and songs, and even sewing outfits that would have been worn during that time. As a K-6 specialist, Kathy has been able to watch students grow over the course of their elementary school education. “I have absolutely loved seeing how students progress, especially when they experience a breakthrough moment,” Kathy says. “Even if a child is not going to become a professional artist in adulthood, they gain a wonderful life lesson when they see that a challenging concept, if taken step by step and given the proper support, can be mastered. They realize they can do something they didn’t think they could do.” She further notes, “Art, like music, functions at so many different levels and can touch your soul. It has always been my hope that students leave my program having learned to ‘read’ 22 campbell hall magazine I SUMMER 2020

artwork and to express their ideas and feelings in a very personal way.” In the winter of 1990, Kathy originated the Alternative Gift Fair, now known as the Outreach Gift Fair. The program, which she ran for 25 years, encourages students and their families to prioritize charitable giving in the holiday season. Each year, the community joins together to support a number of nonprofit organizations through fundraising efforts. “The Outreach Gift Fair,” explains Kathy, “is an important introduction to elementary school students about the importance of giving back. I felt my role was not just to teach art, but also to teach students about giving.” This important and muchloved tradition has been firmly embedded in the culture of the school. Over her long tenure, Kathy has taught thousands of children, including a number of high school students in the 80s for Art Appreciation in summer school. What she finds exceptionally gratifying is when she has children of her former students in her classroom. In some cases, her former students have later become her colleagues, like CH teachers Ben Enright ’98, Katie Kline ’01, and Gabrielle Ferrer ’01. “It’s that generational family feeling,” says Kathy, “that makes Campbell Hall such a special place.” Kathy plans to stay busy during her retirement. She has written a number of children’s books that she will now focus on illustrating. While she is looking forward to having time to complete her personal projects, leaving the school is bittersweet. “I will miss the Campbell Hall community -- the children and families, my colleagues,” Kathy says. “I will miss them all incredibly. I will also miss starting my day with chapel. Campbell Hall has been such an important part of my life.” We wish Kathy the best and will also miss her incredibly. Her innumerable contributions to the Campbell Hall way of life are felt to this day, and for that we are forever grateful.

Linda Pechin Library Director and Elementary School Librarian 28 YEARS OF SERVICE Linda was first introduced to Campbell Hall by friends David and Ruth Ackroyd (Ruth served on the CH Board of Directors for many years). They raved about how wonderful the school was for their family and wanted the Pechins to experience Campbell Hall for themselves. So they invited Linda and her family to a Book Fair in the Garver Gym which was, ironically, a fundraiser for the Campbell Hall library. Linda instantly fell in love with the campus with its majestic eucalyptus trees and open green space. Tom Phelps, who was Elementary Principal at the time, greeted the Pechins with such warmth and enthusiasm, that Linda knew instantly what a special community Campbell Hall was and that her young son Hunter just had to attend.

With her B.S. in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Children’s Literature from Illinois State University as well as a teaching credential from Illinois for K-9th grades, Linda soon began helping with classes and was given the title of Library Teacher. She was also asked to be a high school advisor, was appointed to the Academic Honor Board, and served on the Strategic Planning Committee. “I loved being an advisor,” Linda said. “I developed such close relationships with the girls in my groups.”

As a young mom, Linda jumped into the role of volunteering, serving as class coordinator, distributing hot lunch to students (which is how she met her dear friend and colleague Chris Rose), overseeing easel painting, participating in quilting projects, working at the PTC annual picnics (which later evolved into the Homecoming Carnival), donating to and volunteering at the Christmas tree fundraiser sales, and even serving as Cub Scout leader. Eventually she began volunteering in the Library where she soon found her calling.

When the school’s first archivist, Elliott McGrew, retired in 2000, Linda was tapped to fill this role. She attended the Western Archives Institute for intensive archival training where she received a certificate of completion. Linda spent one day a week for almost eight years collecting and organizing Campbell Hall’s historical documents. “I would get lost in all the old photographs,” Linda said. “I’ve always enjoyed history and museums. This was a wonderful way to immerse myself in Campbell Hall’s culture and preserve the history of the school for the future.”

When the position of Library Clerk opened up in the spring of 1992, she jumped at the chance to fill the post. Her youngest son, Sam, was in preschool, so the timing was ideal. In those days the library was called the Diana Wootton Library (named in honor of founder Dr. Campbell’s half-sister who was the school’s first Registrar and Secretary), and was located in what is now the North Faculty Center. Linda ran the circulation desk and supervised the approximately 35 volunteers, teaching them how to process and shelve books, and file periodicals and microfiche. When the Academic Center and Ahmanson Library was opened in 1996, Linda helped move all the resources to the new space. “The Library has always been a hangout spot for students,” Linda said. “It is centrally located and is one of the few indoor spaces for the kids to congregate. In those days, we had two lunch periods, so there was a constant stream of students every day.”

In 2007, she became Elementary Librarian and received her Master of Library and Information Science (M.L.I.S.) in 2012 from San Jose State University. In her new role, Linda worked to enhance the elementary school’s Book Week program. She introduced “Queen Peaches” who soon became a favorite with elementary school students. Queen Peaches appeared at Chapel to introduce popular children’s authors who gave presentations and to inspire a love of reading in all children. Wearing a different ball gown each day, Linda would make a grand entrance into the Garver Gym accompanied by 6th grade musicians or Sylvia Chauls playing processional music. “I loved that Kindergarteners believed wholeheartedly in the Queen, second graders openly suspected that I was really the Queen, and nostalgic sixth graders suspended disbelief and allowed themselves to believe again,” noted Linda. Visiting authors were equally amused by the festivities. Author Matt de la Peña told Linda, “I’ve never been introduced by a queen before.”

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Over her tenure, Linda has also substantially grown the elementary school library curriculum and instituted robust research skills. She founded and ran fifth and sixth grade book clubs that encouraged young readers to explore a wide array of literature. She also expanded the visiting author program in elementary school and continued to grow the library’s collection to match the curriculum. In 2015, in addition to maintaining her role as Elementary Librarian, Linda was appointed Library Director. In this position, she encouraged the expansion of the middle school library program, enhanced the school’s presence in the professional library community through active participation in library associations, and facilitated professional development opportunities for all library staff.

will also continue her consistent yoga practice, joyous dancing (whenever the opportunity presents itself), and cooking her famously delicious meals. She reflected on her years at Campbell Hall: “I’m really going to miss being with the kids. Whether reading a story or teaching a new skill, it fills my heart when I see their eyes light up with sudden understanding. I will miss seeing their excitement as they eagerly rush into the library. I have loved working in a K-12 school with students of varying ages and with such great teachers at all grade levels. Crossdivisional collaboration made lessons so much richer and allowed the library program to grow.” She also noted: “I am most proud of creating a warm and welcoming program for the elementary school. I will always be grateful to Campbell Hall for recognizing my skills and giving me so many opportunities to grow and flourish.” Linda and Queen Peaches will both be missed tremendously. They instilled in students a love of literature and a lifelong enthusiasm for learning.

Linda is now preparing to move to Richmond, Virginia to be closer to her two grandchildren where she

Chris King Elementary P.E. Teacher and 4th-6th Grade Athletics Coach

Chris King joined Campbell Hall as elementary school Physical Education teacher and as a 4th-6th grade athletics coach, teaching children not only the rules of team sports but also the joys of teamwork and healthy competition.


Chris has always felt a deep connection with the girls she coached. “Some of my favorite memories are of the bus rides with the 4th - 6th grade girls’ sports teams,” says Chris. “They sing, talk, giggle, share snacks — they are so excited to get to the games. It’s a different way of relating to the students. What’s really impressive is that they manage to do homework on the bus too!” One of the highlights she experienced as a teacher was organizing the yearly Kindergarten Lion King dance, which has been a much-loved elementary school tradition for more than twenty years. The whole grade dances to the “Circle of Life,” with some students acting out the animal parts. “The kids grow so much in their first year at Campbell Hall

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and they work for weeks to put the dance together,” says Chris. “It’s the culmination of the whole year. Seeing the joy on the children’s faces as they perform this piece is something that will stay with me forever.” Chris’s students know well that their physical education teacher’s favorite activity is walking, which she does just about everywhere. “I walk to school rain or shine. I walk to the grocery store. I walk the football field at school whenever I can,” Chris says. This has led to some pretty funny questions from her students who assume walking is her only mode of transportation. They often ask, “Do you have a car?” One even asked, “Do you even know how to drive?” Due to the government’s current stay-athome orders, the city is far quieter and now, during her long walks, she enjoys hearing the birds sing. Chris has a special spot on campus where she has always enjoyed spending time. Every day, she eats her lunch at the tables between the 4th and 5th grade classrooms. “It’s a quiet respite between the joyous chaos of the morning and afternoon,” notes Chris. “I love watching the kids play during their recess as I eat my lunch.” Chris has forged lifelong friendships and deep relationships during her tenure at Campbell Hall. Reflecting on what she will miss most about the school, she shares, “I’m really going to miss the daily interaction with students and faculty.” Over the last few years, Chris has grown especially close with the current physical education team. “They are the best group of people I’ve ever worked with,” she says. “I’m so grateful to Elan Buller, Michael Buller, Sydney Valesquez, Rai Colston, and Brandy Curry. As a team, we’ve helped, supported, and even cheered each other on. This is what makes it even harder to leave.”

because I can honestly say that we are like a family. I have felt very safe and cared for and I feel fortunate and grateful for the time I’ve had at Campbell Hall.” If anyone knows anything about Chris, it’s that she loves to travel and has done so extensively. Paris is her favorite place and she has spent the last three summers there soaking up the culture. She has visited the Galápagos Islands where she found the exotic wildlife and stunning landscape so breathtaking, she could not put their beauty into words. Her friend, former CH music teacher Wayne Behlendorf ’59, has accompanied her on numerous trips including to three Central American countries, several European destinations, and Egypt. During retirement, they plan to continue traveling together once it is safe to do so. Iceland and Japan are at the top of their bucket list. Chris has imbued all the children she has coached with a strong commitment to sportsmanship and to always trying their best, lifelong lessons which serve them both on and off the courts and fields. We are grateful to her dedication to elevating the elementary school athletics program to even greater heights through her passionate devotion to the school and to all the students in her care. We wish Chris all the best on the next leg of her journey.

“I remember when I interviewed for this position,” Chris reflects. “It was a 2-day process and I felt like I met a thousand people. At the end of that, I just thought it was a fabulous community. After 19 years, my first impressions were correct

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Jensie Kainz Fourth Grade Teacher 15 YEARS OF SERVICE Jensie’s warm and caring demeanor has made her a much-loved teacher by all her students. Her classroom has always been filled with joyous learning, where she infuses lessons with laughter. This kind of teaching allows students to make connections with the curriculum that stay with them for a lifetime.

When she first joined Campbell Hall, Jensie taught 4th grade social studies, science, and math, helping to usher in Singapore Math into the curriculum. She later transitioned into language arts, reading, writing, and social studies. As part of the 4th grade social studies curriculum, students learn about California’s history. More than ten years ago, Jensie introduced an exciting experiential education trip to the grade which would be a celebratory culmination of the Gold Rush unit. The class travels to the original site of the Gold Rush where they stay in the rustic cabins of the Coloma Outdoor Discovery Camp. They explore a gold mine, visit Sutter’s Mill, pan for gold, sing songs around campfires, and experience what it was like to live like a pioneer. On the final day of the trip, the class travels to and explores the state’s capitol, including Old Town Sacramento with its Railroad Museum and Old School House Museum. “This is most students’ first taste of independence,” says Jensie. “They come back from that trip full of confidence. They also immerse themselves in the history of our great state and gain a greater understanding of all that they have been studying.”

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can connect with the material in a deeper way. They never forget the figures they portray. They really understand how our state began and evolved,” says Jensie. Over the years, Jensie has formed strong bonds with her students. “This is the first K-12 school I have worked at,” says Jensie. “I have loved watching the kids grow and develop all the way through adulthood —seeing them graduate, seeing their accomplishments, has been a huge piece of my Campbell Hall experience.” Jensie has also loved engaging in many of Campbell Hall’s rich traditions, such as the elementary school Halloween parade. “One year, the elementary school theme was Christmas. I was dressed as Mrs. Claus and little did I know that Headmaster Bull was Santa. He came out of nowhere and started dancing with me!” Something that everyone knows about Jensie is how much she loves Christmas. For more than 30 years, she and her husband created a dazzling display at their home each Christmas. Known as “Kandy Kainz Lane,” current and former students would flock to see not only the wondrous display, but to visit their teacher whose hugs were as warm as the hot chocolate she served them. “The kids were always excited to visit, knowing it was their teacher’s house,” Jensie reflects. “They would come year after year. I had a lot of repeat customers,” she laughs. With seven grandchildren under the age of 8 on both the East and West Coasts, Jensie is going to be very busy during retirement keeping up with them all. She and her husband love to travel, especially via cruise ship, and hope to continue doing so once the health crisis has abated. Jensie also plans to volunteer at animal shelters and to help with other nonprofit organizations. Mostly, she would like to continue working with children. “I’ve been teaching for 46 years — it’s all I’ve known. I can’t imagine this coming to a complete stop for me.” She plans to tutor students for many more years to come. “Campbell Hall is a family,” Jensie says. “It’s one of the happiest places I’ve ever worked at, where everyone genuinely cares about one another. I’m grateful to have been a part of it. My Campbell Hall friendships and memories will stay with me forever.” We too are grateful that Jensie has been a beloved member of the Campbell Hall community. Jensie’s ability to excite children about learning and her establishment of the 4th grade experiential education trip are lasting contributions to Campbell Hall.

Jackie Praw Elementary School Administrative Assistant 13 YEARS OF SERVICE Jackie joined the Campbell Hall community as a parent when her son Joshua ’06 and daughter Sara ’09 were students. She was a consistent volunteer at the Student Store, restocking shelves and ringing up customers, when, in 2005, Freedom McCullough approached her with an opportunity to fill in as a temporary assistant to Eileen Wasserman (then Assistant Head of School) as well as many other opportunities to be a substitute in all divisions of the school.

She also originated the Maintenance Appreciation Luncheon to serve CH maintenance, operations, and security crews. Now, each of the three divisions take turns sponsoring the lunch once a year. Over her tenure, Jackie has worked to make sure that she helped out wherever help was needed. “I hope I’m remembered for being there for our teachers,” she said. “I like to think that I helped them work through difficult situations and was a compassionate listener.” Jackie has loved watching Campbell Hall students grow as they move from grade to grade, from the school’s youngest Kindergarteners up to the seniors. “Having worked at the school for 13 years, I feel like I’m a graduating 13-year student too,” joked Jackie. “I’ve always enjoyed visiting the classrooms,” she added, “where I could see the children learning and sharing.”

In October 2007, Jackie was offered a full-time position in the High School Athletic Office. While she loved working there, she ultimately found her ideal role in the Elementary Office the following June as the Administrative Assistant. One of her favorite memories was creating a weekly email communication to all elementary school parents that kept them informed about all upcoming events and volunteer opportunities. She even included a “tip of the week” with recipes, helpful advice, and activity ideas for children. Jackie’s desk has always been a central hub for parents, students, and faculty alike. Her warm smile and gentle demeanor make all feel welcome. Elementary school students who might be upset for any reason, knew they could find a hug and a few quiet moments in Jackie’s calming presence. At times, teachers would even send students who needed time to collect themselves to Jackie where she would spend one-on-one time with them until they were ready to return to the classroom. Jackie always found time for members of the CH community, even during the busiest of work days. Jackie’s care extended to her colleagues as well. Elementary school faculty and staff looked forward to division meetings, knowing they would be served Jackie’s delicious cooking. She often opened up her home to host gatherings for co-workers.

Jackie considered her time working at Campbell Hall as a privilege and looked forward to every school day. “I always told Tom Phelps (former Elementary School Principal) that I get to go to work,” explained Jackie, “not that I have to go to work.” Campbell Hall has been a second home to Jackie, one that she will always cherish. “This has really been a special time of my life,” she said. “This school is so warm and welcoming -- it’s a place where I feel very special. Everyone I’ve worked with is amazing and I have created lifelong friendships.” While Jackie will deeply miss her interaction with the entire community, especially the children whose countless hugs she received on a daily basis, she wants to spend more time helping with her newborn grandson, Theo. “I used to joke that the only way to get me out of this chair was if I die or have a grandchild,” laughed Jackie. “I’m glad it was the latter.” Jackie’s smile will forever burn bright in the memory of all those who crossed the Elementary Office’s threshold over the last 13 years and by the hundreds of children who leaned on her as their stalwart supporter. We wish Jackie all the best!

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Answering the Call: Teachers and Students 3D Print PPE for Medical Community When Campbell Hall had to close its campus amid growing concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic, many of the school’s science teachers decided to put their collective knowledge to work in a venture to help the local medical community.

Greg Williams, Karl Frank, and Quinn G. ’21

Matt Gutman of ABC News interviews Greg Williams.

Led by Greg Williams, STEAM director and high school engineering teacher, and Karl Frank, Science Department Chair, the group has been producing up to 30 face shields a day utilizing six of the school’s 3D printers. Using a design by 3D printing company Prusa, the face shields can be wiped down and sanitized, enabling them to be used multiple times over a period of days and are donated to local hospitals and healthcare workers. While practicing the requisite physical distancing and wearing protective gear, limited numbers of people are admitted to campus at a time to use the school’s laser cutter to cut plastic, assemble face shields, and perform quality control. CH student Quinn G. ’21 helped with the initial fit testing using CH parent and dentist Ted Burnett as the model.

Elementary School Principal Robin Frank and Stella F. ’21 assemble face shields.

Healthcare workers are happy to receive protective gear.

The global demand for protective personal equipment has created a worldwide shortage and is one of the greatest challenges facing medical workers. “Giving back is part of the Campbell Hall ethos,” Mr. Williams said. “If there is something we can do to make a difference, then we feel compelled to help. Now that the design has proven effective, I hope other schools who have access to 3D printers will follow suit.” “This is going to take many of us unifying behind a common cause,” Mr. Frank said. “Just as we gained valuable information from a variety of sources, we are sharing our final design with those who want to create similar products. The combined effort of many will, no doubt, help the healthcare workers who are on the frontlines of this pandemic risking their lives every day on behalf of us all.” Campbell Hall was featured on both ABC and NBC local news.

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A New Perspective Campbell Hall’s First Chinese International Student Reflects on her Experience When Beiqi W.’20 was in eighth grade, her parents presented her with an exciting opportunity to study abroad in a country almost 7,000 miles away. The following fall, Beiqi joined Campbell Hall for ninth grade as the school’s first international student from China, never having seen the school! Since arriving in the U.S., she has lived with a host family with whom she has grown extremely close. When Beiqi imagined what her high school experience might be like, she thought there would exist a social structure similar to that of the movie Mean Girls, where students arranged themselves according to groups. She was relieved to find that the reality couldn’t be further from those fictional characters in that fictional high school. Instead, she was met with overwhelming support. “At Campbell Hall, you can

truly be yourself,” says Beiqi. “It is a diverse community where everyone is accepted for who they are.” High School French and Spanish teacher Madame/Senora Lei, who speaks four languages including Chinese, and High School Chinese teacher Wei Yang proved to be wonderful comforts to Beiqi when she first joined the CH community. Despite the fact that Beiqi has never been a student in either of their classes, both teachers found ways to connect with her and make her feel at home. Beiqi even joined Ms. Yang’s family to make the traditional Chinese hot pot dish. Learning in a different language initially posed some challenges to Beiqi, especially in the humanities. At first, she struggled in class discussions, but supportive CH faculty were always there to help, ensuring she really understood the material. The writing lab also proved to be extremely helpful and Beiqi spent long hours strengthening her writing skills. In fact, Beiqi soon progressed so much that she began to take creative writing classes. She is now a member of Campbell Hall’s CREW, a public partnership conceptualized and run by Creative Writing teacher Glen Hirshberg, in which high school students teach creative writing to underserved elementary school students in the surrounding area.

Beiqi has enjoyed the flexibility and freedom that a Campbell Hall education offers. “At my school in China, everything was determined and laid out for you you knew exactly what time to do what,” she explains. “Here, there are so many liberties to choose classes and activities. I’ve been able SDLC Conference CH participants to take advantage of so many opportunities like tennis, cross country, track and field, and CREW. Through this process I have discovered that I really love running cross country and I want to continue to run in college.” Beiqi’s sunny disposition and fearless attitude allowed her to make friends easily and to seek out new challenges. During her participation in the National Association of Independent Schools’ Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC), she gained some powerful takeaways. “No one is going to know what you’re facing and what your difficulties are. You have to let others hear your voice. In the same way, you never know what societal pressure and injustices others are facing. It’s so important that you don’t make assumptions about others. This kind of perspective enhances empathy and compassion.” When asked what she will miss most about Campbell Hall when she graduates, Beiqi instantly answered, “Chapel! It’s an amazing space for the whole high school to come together to share thoughts. Chaplain Courtney has incorporated student voices which allows us all to get to know our classmates, share about different cultures, and to see how diverse and wonderful the community is.” Beiqi values, as she calls it, Campbell Hall’s “culture of collaboration” where students are encouraged to work together and are recognized for their individual strengths. “In my last school, my peers were set up to be my competitors. But everyone has different talents and weaknesses and in life, you have to learn to appreciate those differences. When competition is stripped away, you can really gain true friendship. Campbell Hall gave me an idea of what kind of person I want to be and the confidence to explore so many possibilities.” Beiqi plans to become a doctor because, above anything else, she wants to help people. The Good I SUMMER 2020 29

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Joe Sola’s Art Explores VR Medium

Joe Sola, Campbell Hall Gallery Director and Video Production/Film History teacher, was featured in the Los Angeles Times for his virtual reality piece titled “Changing Room.” Art Reality Studio (ARS) provided Joe with the VR technology which was used to create this immersive artistic experience and was part of his multimedia exhibition “I Drove to San Francisco and Back” at the Honor Fraser Gallery earlier this year. Joe’s exhibition garnered glowing reviews by renowned Los Angeles Times art critic Christopher King. Of working in the VR space, Joe says, “It’s part painting, part filmmaking, part sculpture, part collage, part performance, part sound, part animation. It’s the closest tool that I’ve experienced that matches my imagination.”

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Recognizing Talent Elizabeth Tremante Wins Prestigious Art Award We’d like to congratulate Secondary Visual Arts teacher Elizabeth Tremante for receiving a Sustainable Arts Foundation 2020 Award for painting. She was selected as one of only twenty recipients from almost 1,800 applicants from across the U.S. and countries such as Costa Rica and Turkey. The Sustainable Arts Foundation supports artists and writers with children by recognizing outstanding achievement in their fields with unrestricted cash awards. Winners are selected by jurors who thoroughly review each applicant’s portfolio of work. One juror wrote of Elizabeth’s pieces: “I love these paintings. They are funny, cutting, poignant, deftly painted, and impressive in scale. The observations and meditations behind them are profound and witty.” Another wrote: “I just love these exuberant and transgressive paintings.” Winning this highly competitive and prestigious award illustrates Elizabeth’s incredible talent, hard work, and dedication. She is truly an inspiration! Click here to view more of Elizabeth’s works.

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Parents for Pride Welcoming Campbell Hall’s New Affinity Group Parents for Pride is Campbell Hall’s newest family affinity organization, founded to support and affirm members of the school’s LGBTQ community. Open to all K-12 families, this group celebrates the individuality of its members while providing a safe place for parents and students to discuss issues unique to the LGBTQ experience. Born out of a discussion about how Campbell Hall could best support LGBTQ families in our community, Parents’ Association President Julie Heimark and Associate Director of Advancement Daphne Carr decided to host a coffee to gauge interest in starting an affinity group. More than 20 families showed up for that initial meeting. “It was quite emotional,” said Daphne. “People were overwhelmed that there were so many families like them.” Building on the newly-formed group’s enthusiasm, the co-chairs had two distinct goals. “We wanted to establish a social aspect to the organization so that families could get to know one another in addition to bringing awareness to the school,” said Parents for Pride Co-Chair David Seymour. During the group’s first official event held in Carsey Gallery, parents, students, faculty, and staff gathered for cookies, coffee, and conversation at the “Love is Love” Valentine celebration. “There were decorations, banners, and flower arrangements which fueled the energy in the room and created an exciting atmosphere,” said David. “It was not just gay parents who attended, but also heterosexual parents who have a gayidentifying child. We are embracing all aspects of the community.” Some of the members represented Parents for Pride at a special affinity group event for prospective families. “I remember that, as a new family, we had some questions about whether we would fit in,” explained David. “However, as it turned out, we never needed to worry because Campbell Hall is so open and welcoming.

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We had a lot of questions from prospective families at the affinity group event, and they were reassured to see how happy we are as a family at CH.” The group plans to have more events throughout the year both on campus and at members’ homes. “I thought that this was such an important group to form,” Daphne explained. “My son is gay and he would have loved to have gay adults to look up to during his formative years.” Her son and CH alumnus Henry Carr ’18 said, “To have a place where students could have adults to look to who are like them is inspiring and self-affirming!” He added: “I am proud of Campbell Hall for making a safe space for queer parents and students especially in light of the 50th anniversary of Stonewall. Riots and destruction took place for three days in June of 1969 to bring attention to the rights of queer people. Do we have a lot to still do? Yes, and I am glad Campbell Hall is looking at all aspects of life and learning to make sure the voice of queer people has a presence.” As Campbell Hall continues to support and affirm all members of the community, the school has adapted the language of being an “all-gender” school in order to reflect that gender identity is a spectrum rather than a binary, and that we welcome students of all genders in our community. If you are interested in joining Parents for Pride, please contact Stephanie Carrillo at

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Volunteers The Thomas R. Von Der Ahe Volunteer of the Year Award is presented to members of the community who go “above and beyond” the scope of the role of a Campbell Hall volunteer. The school thrives because of this hallmark spirit of volunteerism and the award symbolizes and celebrates that collective goodwill and selflessness.

Julie Heimark Julie is caring and compassionate, works tirelessly, and always prioritizes the needs of others. She makes and nurtures relationships across grade levels and has an incredible knack for ideally matching volunteers with roles. She has not only helped organize the more than twenty Parents’ Association Committees, but, with her attention to detail, also ensures that volunteers have what they need to make their jobs run smoothly. Julie’s innovative approach to leadership has led to exciting improvements in the Parents’ Association that ultimately benefit the entire school. Since her family joined the Campbell Hall community nine years ago, Julie has seamlessly balanced being a loving and supportive mom to sons Kjiel ’24 and Kazi ’26 with her extensive volunteer positions. Her roles have included Elementary School Class Coordinator, Elementary School Faculty Staff Appreciation Chair, Bagpiper's Ball Auction Chair, Parent Ed/Parents’ Association Hospitality Chair, Parents’ Association Executive Vice President and currently, Parents’ Association President and Campbell Hall Board Member. Julie is always willing to lend a helping hand and to offer thoughtful guidance whenever it is needed. She has contributed greatly to the fabric of the Campbell Hall community and is extremely deserving of the Volunteer of the Year Award. We are so grateful for all Julie has done for Campbell Hall!

Mary Kay Patrick Mary Kay is kind, considerate, and thoughtful. She always makes time for anyone who may need her help. She has been an active volunteer since her children Luke ’18 and Amelia ’20 started Middle School eight years ago and has served in many positions including Middle School Vice President, High School Vice President, Cross-Country Team Parent, and Baccalaureate Co-Chair. Mary Kay has also been Co-Chair of the Secondary Faculty Appreciation Committee for all eight of her years here! In her role as Executive Vice President of the Parents’ Association, Mary Kay’s calm presence and strong organizational skills have made her an effective and much-loved leader. Though her youngest child is graduating this year, we look forward to welcoming her back to serve as an example for how parents of alumni can continue their relationship with CH. Congratulations Mary Kay!

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CH Connected Learning On May 13, 2020 Campbell Hall closed its campus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our teachers and administrators worked tirelessly to develop and deliver a remote learning plan and provide virtual resources to ensure continuity of learning and to keep our community connected.

High School Advisory Birthday Celebration Elementary School Music Class 1st Grade Celebrates with Sunglasses

5th Grade Tie Day for Mr. R's Birthday

Elementary School Orchestra

After-school Childcare crafts

Faculty and Staff Bingo Night

5th Grade Hat Theme Humanities Class

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Staff Congratulates Class of 2020

High School Ballet Class

Science Department Meeting

All-School Parent Meeting with Principals and Counselors

Kindergarten Class

High School Math Lesson

Seniors in Japanese Class

8th grade Steel PANdas Class Receives Kalimbas at Home

Kindergarten Students Send Letters to 6th Grade Pals

Kindergarten-6th Grade Pal Letter

HS Chapel

High School Student Council Meeting

Yearbook Staff Meeting

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In a time of need, the Campbell Hall community gave generously to support its own. On Friday, May 1 more than 800 CH parents, alumni, and friends gathered for CH CARES, the school's first-ever virtual fundraising event. Co-hosted by Headmaster Bull and CH parent Julie Bowen, and backed by generous sponsors, CH CARES showcased the talent and school spirit of the CH community. The livestream featured special performances by CH parents and parents of alumni Tim Allen, Kelly Clarkson, Ray Romano, Billy Gardell, Tony Hale, and Tom Papa as well as the CH Gospel Choir, the CH high school cast of Footloose, CH teacher Ben Enright, and so many others. We had plenty of behind-the-scenes help as well. A special thanks to CH Parent Tom Grane and Mobscene for editing all of our taped and promotional videos for the evening’s event. In addition, there was a constant stream of heartfelt messages in our live chat feed about Campbell Hall which further encouraged community-wide participation.


In between all the fun and festivity, attendees had the opportunity to bid on auction items. The evening culminated in an outpouring of generosity and a recordsetting Fund-a-Need. When it was all said and done, over $1,000,000 was raised for the CH Community Support Fund which will provide emergency financial aid to CH families financially impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. CH CARES embodied the Viking spirit in every conceivable way. Despite weeks of physical distance, members of the CH community were united in spirit and in purpose during this very special evening which, in the end, is helping to keep our community whole. If you missed the CH CARES livestream event,  click here to watch.


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The Class of 2026 Celebrates 6th Grade Promotion Virtual Ceremony on Friday, June 5 , 2020 While an in-person promotion gathering was not possible this year, Campbell Hall honored the 6th grade students with a virtual promotion on Friday, June 5. As part of the celebration, elementary school teachers and staff delivered festive promotion packs to students the weekend before the event that included certiďŹ cates of promotion and special mementos (pictured below).


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Reflections 6th grade students were asked to reflect on some of their favorite Campbell Hall memories. Here are all of their responses: Lexi N. At Campbell Hall, I have learned to breathe when I’m stressed, let the little things go, apologize, forgive, and help others. Emerson S. I feel so thankful to be part of a community where everybody cares about each other so much. As we go through difficult times, like right now with the coronavirus and learning remotely, our teachers continue to teach us and be there for us, and Campbell Hall continues to find ways to help our community as well as others that are in need. Katie M. I recall walking into the kindergarten yard, clinging tight to my mother’s hand, feeling really nervous. As my mom started to say goodbye, I felt a swelling sadness in my stomach. I didn’t want her to leave, and I felt as if I would be swallowed in a pit of fear. But, as she was walking out the gate, I turned around to face the yard. I saw blonde kids, brunette kids, red-haired kids, kids of different ethnicities and races. I felt, well, home. Vinny P. I have learned so much over the years, from learning how to shoot a basketball to writing my first essay. All of my teachers for the past six years have been so loving and caring to me.

AWARD RECIPIENTS MARY KENT AWARD Named in honor of Mrs. Mary Kent who served as School Secretary beginning in 1956, this award recognizes a student council member who demonstrates strong leadership, loyalty and commitment to school service, as well as excellent citizenship and work habits in the classroom. This year’s recipient of the Mary Kent Award is Luna J. ’26.

THE MILDRED E. HAWKS AWARDS Named in honor of our founding Principal, Miss Mildred Hawks, this award recognizes a student who demonstrates excellent citizenship, support for others, and is helpful, kind and honest. This year, we have two recipients of the Mildred E. Hawks award: Robbie O. ’26 and Katie R. ’26

THE HEADMASTER'S AWARDS This award is given to a well-rounded student who demonstrates the values of community, self-worth, compassion, respect, service and responsibility. This year we have two recipients of the Headmaster’s Award: Kazi H. ’26 and Matthew L. ’26

Kazi H. Family is always there for you, inside or outside of school. Teachers, classmates, administrators, parents, and my family are the reason why my time at Campbell Hall has been successful and I will always be grateful for them. 39

6th graders reflect on their elementary school years.... Mateo V. One great aspect that I really value about Campbell Hall is our teachers, who are always friendly and guide us in the right direction in learning or creating our own ideas.

Kate S. I have been fortunate to have some amazing teachers who have inspired me and built my confidence as a student. I have learned to be more independent and believe in myself.

Henry F. I think the Campbell Hall elementary staff is very, very nice. Whether it’s a principal, teacher, or even childcare staff, everyone is so loving, thoughtful, and very humble, and they have all affected my elementary years at Campbell Hall.

Ava B. By making bonds with many of my teachers, they have helped me learn the best way I can. At Campbell Hall I actually enjoy learning because the teachers make it fun and very interesting.

Ellie R. The thing that makes the teachers and faculty special is they are funny, sweet, and always help you when you need it the most. They take a lot of time and effort to make sure we have the best experience at Campbell Hall. Grace U. Recently we started online school, and it made me recognize the importance of actually going to school. I missed my friends and my teachers. Some classes are easier than others, but my teachers are doing an amazing job to meet my needs and help me get used to a different way of learning. Jackson B. The Campbell Hall teachers are one of a kind! They are very nice and help you when you are stuck, and they go out of their way to help you avoid getting a homework slip. Adrian H. The teachers can also help with other stuff like arguments, or if you're feeling bad. Just remember that they will always be there to help you. Lily G. I know I have everyone at Campbell Hall on my side to help me through difficult times. For example, when I have a question or I don’t understand something while I’m at home doing remote learning, I email my teachers and they answer right away with great help to make sure I understand and learn more.

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Elijah N. I like art because it’s fun to make projects, and it is very peaceful. I also like music class because it is fun to sing and play the keyboards. In the science lab I love to do experiments and the roller coaster project was fun. Shyla O. I have not only learned things from a textbook, but I have also learned how to be the best person I can be. Elementary also taught me to be myself and be confident that people will like me for who I am. Warner J. Though I have only been at Campbell Hall for one year, I have learned more than just math, science and history; I have learned how to be a better person. Paige G. Not only has Campbell Hall given me so many memories that I will cherish, but it has challenged me and made me work to overcome hardships and to look at things from a new perspective. Max S. While writing this, I'm realizing how much I miss normal school. I would talk to my friends, do group projects, and have lunch and snack with everyone. I liked seeing everyone in the morning, having friends come over to my house. Even sitting in class right now doesn't seem so bad! Sam K. What I like most about Campbell Hall is how amazing and kind my friends are. Some advice I would give to my classmates is to not be too hard on yourself.

Ryan M. On the first day of school, I was nervous and shy and I overthought things. I thought I would be sitting alone, but everyone was so welcoming and nice. Lewis N. There have been many ups and downs in our sixth-grade year. Like when grandparents day, the science fair, and Pali camp all were canceled because of the coronavirus. But the whole school year has brought beautiful memories too. One of these good things is my kindergarten pal. I love having pals, and my pal is so active, kind, and outgoing. Kaity-Rae B. Having a younger friend or pal really brings you back to when you were in kindergarten, when the only worry was getting to recess first or who has the coolest backpack. Whenever I play with my pal, or just hang out with her, I see how much our class has grown up over these seven years at Campbell Hall. Matthew H. My favorite day of the school week is Thursday because it’s pal chapel. My pal hides from me and his other pal, and then we try to find him. Then all of a sudden he appears! It’s a game that we like to play before we walk up to chapel. Ruby B. One thing I love at Campbell Hall is chapel. We all get to sing and it’s a wonderful time to connect with each other. Charlotte R. Chapel gives us time in the morning to gather together and sing songs, pray, and express important ideas to each other. To me, chapel is a time to reflect before the school day. Jackson A. I love chapel because it is very good to sit down and be grateful for the things you have. It has also been very nice for me because chapel has shaped the person I am today. Ava D. I’m excited to start my first year of middle school but I’ll miss going to chapel every morning because it brings everyone together, especially when we go to chapel with our pals.

Jake D. Campbell Hall has taught me many important values, like to treat others the way you want to be treated. Campbell Hall has helped me to develop as a person. I have made many friends and become better at interacting with people over the years. Wes M. Something meaningful to me as a sixthgrader is setting good examples, because if you set a good example it might be followed by someone and then someone will follow that person's good example; you get the idea. Ava B. Some advice for elementary school students is to follow your heart because there are going to be some points in life where you will have to make decisions and sometimes that can be hard. I encourage you to believe in yourself and your decisions. Auveen G. Be open to other people's ideas and accept their help. If you disagree with someone, try to see it from their point of view. Once you do this, you can focus on what brings your points of view together, instead of just what makes them different. Maybe you can create a new point of view that is even better than the original ones. Ella D. My experience at Campbell Hall has led me to succeed not just in school, but in real life. At Campbell Hall I have been taught to never give up, to be organized, to be a good teammate, and to have sportsmanship. Matthew L. I love sports, and when you win the championship or even just win one game it feels amazing to represent your school. Even if you don’t win a game it still feels great to play. Koji H. One of my favorite memories happened this year when we won the basketball championship. All of us have been striving for this goal, so we were so proud when we did!

Lu N. When we finally won the championship in sixth-grade, we were sad because it was our final elementary basketball game, but we set an elementary school record! Ledger A. In sixth-grade football, everybody gets super competitive. My friends and I played our hardest and I would like to thank my coaches for helping me become the player I am today. Leia W. A memorable experience was the time our team had the first basketball game of the sixth-grade season. We played and fought very hard throughout the whole game. We lost in double overtime, but that really didn’t bother me because I was having a great time with all of my friends. Kon M. My advice for younger students in athletics, if you are on the B or C team one year, this does not mean you will be on the same team next year. If you try really hard during the offseasons, your hard work will pay off and you could end up on the A team. Even if you don’t, you’ll get more play time and still have fun. Andrew P. Over the years I have set goals, and with the help of my teachers and coaches, I’ve worked very hard to achieve them. It is hard to pick only a few things that are meaningful to me about Campbell Hall because the entire experience here has shaped me into the person I am today. Archie W. The field trips were so fun, but they also taught me so much and let me experience things. We learn about the things that have happened in the world and sometimes you even get to see or reenact them. Milo M. One of the good memories I have had is when we went to the Norton Simon Museum. It was so fun seeing the art exhibited there.

Miles B. One of my favorite years was 4th grade, it’s the year we all went on a trip to Coloma in Sacramento. It was like a giant sleepover with all my friends. We went on hikes and panned for gold. Ellis F. In fifth-grade we went to Astro Camp where we did super fun activities. The absolute most fun activity was definitely “Long Division” and the sky coaster. Lily K. The Sky Coaster is where you're lifted high into the air, and you pull a string to swing back and forth. I remember being really scared, but when I pulled that string and dropped, my negative thoughts immediately changed. I felt myself wanting to get back on the moment I got off. Robbie O. My advice is don’t give up good opportunities; if you get a chance to do something, do it. Don't be afraid to go outside your comfort zone a little bit; try new things and you might like the result. Nalia K. Be the best version of yourself. Don’t get caught up in something you have no control over because that’s not being the best version of yourself. Take it from someone who learned that lesson the hard way multiple times. Just enjoy yourself and have fun! Evie W. My experience at Campbell Hall has been an amazing journey from kindergarten to sixth grade and I hope everyone gets a chance to feel the compassion and safeness that I feel at Campbell Hall every day. Olivia G. Campbell Hall is a place where I have always felt safe and at home. Everyone knows each other and the school community feels like an extended family.

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Originally published in the latest issue of Ventura BLVD magazine.

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Class of 2020

We salute your hard work, resilience, courage, strength, and hopefulness for a bright future.

Hosted by Oprah, four Campbell Hall seniors were featured in a Facebook virtual graduation celebration for students across the nation.

Street Banners on Laurel Canyon Boulevard and Moorpark Street featured Senior Portraits.

Campbell Hall Celebrates Seniors The world awaits you, but Campbell Hall will always be your home.

Senior Spotlights featured senior’s favorite CH memories.

Click here to view.

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Honk for the Class of 2020! Senior Parade Celebration June 7, 2020 - On what would have been Campbell Hall’s graduation weekend for the Class of 2020 (the event was moved to August for an in-person ceremony), high school faculty, staff, and administrators lined the campus to celebrate the seniors with a parade. Seniors and their families decorated their vehicles with balloons, streamers, and signs to show their school pride and drove slowly through campus as teachers waved, danced, cheered, and shook pom poms to celebrate each student. Honking horns, upbeat music, and cheers for the Class of 2020 reverberated throughout campus, making this an occasion to remember. The Alumni Association provided special goodie bags for each senior.  Click here to watch the parade in action!

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Campbell Hall seniors who have been attending the school since Kindergarte with the school as their extended family, with teachers who have known them they have formed lasting memories from their earliest years. The Class of 2020 ha Hall’s history. The traditional “13-year dinner” will be held in August to recogni students, each of whom will be presented with a special pin to be worn at gr chance to visit their kindergarten classrooms and former teachers and kindergartners before walking them to the exclusive senior patio Campbell Hall’s oldest and youngest students!

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en are a special group of students. They have grown up m for most of their lives, and with classmates with whom as 31 graduating 13-year students, the largest in Campbell ize and celebrate the tremendous commitment of these raduation. Earlier in the year, these seniors also had a d share their fond CH memories with the current o for a tour. It was a special day enjoyed by

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Seniors Commit to Playing College Sports On May 5, Campbell Hall seniors participated in a virtual CH athletic signing ceremony as they made their commitments to play at the next level in college athletics.

Congratulations Nate Aszkenazy ’20 will be playing football at Wesleyan University. Ethan Bae ’20 will be playing soccer at Pomona-Pitzer. Jack Candido ’20 will be playing volleyball at NYU. Khalil Glover-Dodson ’20 will be playing basketball at Lake Forest College. Kelly Grossman ’20 will be playing soccer at Hamilton College. Joey Light Rake ’20 will be playing baseball at Wesleyan University. Bryce Louie ’20 will be joining the fencing team at the University of Pennsylvania. Asher Stolberg ’20 will be playing baseball at Carleton College. Alejandra Velazquez ’20 will be playing volleyball at Avila University.

 Click here to watch the virtual signing ceremony.

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Congratulations to the Class of 2020 who will be attending the following colleges and universities:

American University

Hamilton College

Avila University

Howard University

Barnard College

Indiana University-Bloomington

Becker College

Lake Forest College

Bennington College

Loyola Marymount University

Boston University

Loyola University New Orleans

Brown University

Macalester College

Chapman University

New York University

Colgate University

Northwestern University

Cornell University

Oregon Institute of Technology

Denison University

Pepperdine University

DePaul University

Pomona College

Duke University

San Francisco State University

Emerson College

Santa Clara University

Georgetown University

Santa Monica College

Sarah Lawrence College

University of Chicago

School of the Art Institute of Chicago

University of Colorado Boulder

Southern Methodist University

University of Connecticut

Stanford University

University of Miami

Syracuse University

University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

The New School

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

The University of Arizona

University of Oregon

The University of Texas at Austin

University of Pennsylvania

Tufts University

University of Southern California

Tulane University of Louisiana

University of Toronto

University of California-Berkeley

University of Washington-Seattle

University of California-Los Angeles

University of Wisconsin-Madison

University of California-Santa Barbara

Vanderbilt University

University of California-Santa Cruz

Vassar College

University of California-San Diego

Wake Forest University Wesleyan University

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An Independent Study in Gene Therapy As part of the culmination of her Independent Study, “Advances in Gene Therapy in a Changing Field,” Maya H. ’20 gave a presentation about CRISPR, the basis for genome editing technology, to both Dr. Tiffani Kocsis’s 9th grade Biology classes this past winter (pictured above). Maya has been interested in gene therapy since she was introduced to the topic in her own 9th grade Biology course. This interest deepened during an AP Biology Maya with mentor Dr. Leticia Sanchez course she took during her junior year. Maya wanted to delve into the subject matter more fully during her senior year, so she enlisted high school science teacher Dr. Leticia Sanchez to help her create a course specifically designed for her and which took place during Maya’s free block. “I wanted to concentrate on genetics but did not simply want to take an online course,” Maya said. “I wanted the experience to be more interactive, more specialized. Dr. Sanchez helped me conduct research and find scientific journals and videos pertinent to my area of study.” Dr. Sanchez, whose doctorate is in evolutionary biology, noted that Maya's ability to work creatively and independently is what drove her to work with her in an independent study. “Maya and I worked collaboratively in all aspects of the

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course and that is what makes this format so unique and wonderful. We had discussions over journal articles, she had an oral and written exam similar to a dissertation defense that students take in their first years of graduate school, she completed a CRISPR lab experiment, and she wrote a research paper that examined the renewed potential in gene therapy thanks to the discovery of CRISPR.” In her presentation, Maya outlined some of the ethical implications of CRISPR technology. Not only can it be used to edit genes and may, in future, be used to help cure diseases such as muscular dystrophy and cystic fibrosis, but this same technology could potentially be used to produce “designer babies” with preselected attributes such as hair or eye color. As Maya pointed out, the use of CRISPR could have farreaching effects on the human race — a thought which left the class plenty to discuss. Maya’s clear presentation exhibited that she not only learned a great deal during her Independent Study, but was also able to synthesize and articulate the material in a manner that was engaging to younger students. She also deftly answered challenging questions from the students and Dr. Kocsis. “I am very proud of the work Maya did and so thankful to have had the chance to work alongside her,” Dr. Sanchez said. “She is a wonderful person both in the classroom and out.” “This Independent Study has given me the chance to explore a topic I am fascinated about,” stated Maya. “It has also helped solidify that gene therapy is something I want to study in college.”

Students Fundraise for Sister School in Haiti Hands4Haiti has raised $10,000 for a water treatment system to be installed at St. Jacques, one of Campbell Hall’s three sister schools in Haiti. The communities of our sister schools have been severely impacted by the COVID-19 crisis in addition to having never fully recovered from the devastating earthquake of 2010. This permanent water treatment system will not only provide a reliable source of clean drinking water but will also help prevent the spread of water-borne diseases. Thank you to all who contributed to this fundraising effort which made this important life-saving project possible.

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CH Senior’s Artistic Talent Recognized Congratulations to Adam C. ’20 for receiving a Silver Key from the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards which celebrates the vision, ingenuity, and talent of our nation’s youth. Adam’s artwork is also featured at the Getty Center in the exhibition LA #Unshuttered. The exhibit showcases the photography of ten Los Angeles-based high school artists who advocate for social justice. In a short video featured on Getty Unshuttered YouTube channel, Adam shares what inspired him to create his masterful piece. The collage, he says, is “a representation of the Koreatown community as a symbol of hope and prosperity for all immigrant communities. The background of the buildings represent the ability of Korean Americans to create their own businesses and I placed most of the people in the center in order to emphasize how they overcame their struggles.”

 Click here to watch.

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Solving the Plastic Problem 8th Grade Team Wins 1st Place in California in National STEM Competition

One of the highlights of the 8th grade Science Investigations class is entering eCybermission, a nationwide, web-based science and engineering competition that promotes self-discovery and applications of STEM to develop solutions to real-world problems in local communities.

Students work in teams to research an environmental problem and then design and build a prototype of a solution to the problem. They conduct experiments with their prototype to test its effectiveness. This year’s winning team, “The Pollutants,” included Jessica B. ’24, Faber E. ’24, Addi M. ’24, and Nicole W. ’24. They won 1st place in California for 8th grade and were named Regional Finalists (one of the top-scoring first-place teams in the Western United States). Each student won a $2,000 US Savings Bond. The team spent over two months focusing on the problem of plastic pollution in the ocean. They conducted background research about the problem and its effects on Southern California. As part of their project, they decided to create a biodegradable

alternative to plastic made of a waste product that would otherwise end up in a landfill. After a few prototypes of different recipes (including one made from bananas!), their recipe made from leftover rice from the student store was a success. They created several mini plastic “cups” and conducted an experiment to see how long it would take for the cups to biodegrade in a variety of different environments. After collecting extensive data, they wrote up their results for the competition. “From the very start of this project, these four students were passionate about putting their efforts toward finding a solution for the huge amount of plastic that pollutes our ocean,” said Jennifer Crandall, middle school science teacher. “Their teamwork was admirable. Their decision to create a new recipe for a biodegradable plastic was ambitious given the short amount of time they had for this project. I was blown away by how they met each obstacle and found a way to move forward.” The judges were equally impressed. One judge noted that

“the Campbell Hall team turned in the most detailed and impressive scientific experiment that I’ve seen since I became a virtual judge around 7 years ago. The topic is not only an important one, but how the method was conducted was outstanding. I feel very fortunate to have been able to have reviewed this project.” The Good I SUMMER 2020 57

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Middle School National History Day Club Delves into Year-long Research Projects One student’s documentary made it to the state level competition

Campbell Hall History teachers Alison Gavin and Ellen Pilon lead the middle school National History Day club whose motivated members dedicate themselves to individual or group, year-long research projects. Students select a particular topic of interest that centers on an historical theme provided by the nonprofit organization, National History Day (NHD), and at the end of the year, submit their final project to this nationwide competition. Their work is evaluated by professional historians and educators. Each year, more than half a million middle and high school students participate in this prestigious contest. We are pleased to announce that Tony L. ’25 (left), whose documentary on how the electromagnetic telegraph broke barriers in history, made it to the state level! Congratulations Tony on this impressive accomplishment! We asked Ms. Gavin to give us some insight into this unique club. Q: How do you inspire students to participate in such a rigorous academic endeavor as an extracurricular activity?

AG: Honestly, Campbell Hall middle schoolers are a wonderful, curious group of young people who naturally jump into exploring topics. I can’t tell you how many times a history student has bounded into the classroom ready to share a discovery, such as an interesting fact about a Supreme Court Justice (Justice Sotomayor loves salsa dancing!) or a family connection to an historical event.

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The National History Day competition feeds on students’ natural curiosity because, although it has a theme (this year, “Breaking Barriers in History”), the theme is broad enough for students to explore a topic they are passionate about pursuing. For Tony L., it was the electromagnetic telegraph, which he initially researched for a history class project. For Ryder L. and Kjiel H., it was Superman and how the comic book character pioneered tolerance toward immigrants. For Sydney G. and Maggie L., it was delving into their Irish ancestors’ experience immigrating to America. Q: What do you feel students gain from this experience?

AG: The contest is well designed to encourage historical thinking in students. “Historical thinking” means students actually engage in the same activities a professional historian does - students look at primary and secondary sources on a topic and construct their own thesis about what happened. Students also have to think deeply about why an event happened (the historical context that led to the event), and why it matters (what impact the event had in the grand scheme of history). Oh, and last year, the county competition organizers gave students lunch from an In-N-Out food truck, so there’s that, too. Q: Has your role as the club’s advisor impacted the ways in which you teach in the classroom?

AG: You mean, am I scouting for NHD competitors from day one of school? Absolutely. Seriously, though, my experience with the contest does impact my teaching. Working with the NHD students is a constant reminder of how student choice and access to primary sources spark curiosity and learning. Q: What are some of the most fun moments you’ve had as a club advisor?

AG: We are a lunchtime club, so Ms. Pilon and I enjoy just chatting and munching with the students each week. Going to the Los Angeles County competition last year was a memorable and bonding experience for the team. There were so many students and schools represented and EVERYONE was there for the love of history. To see and hear students cheer with excitement at the awards ceremony as they would at a basketball game puts a smile on my face every time I think of it.

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CH Father/Daughter Duo Raises Over $5 Million (and counting) for COVID-19 Causes hen stay-at-home orders shut down the Campbell Hall campus and the city, CH Junior Demi W. ’21 and her dad, Richard, looked for a way to celebrate her 17th birthday virtually with her friends. Richard, a partner and agent at WME, hired a piano player client who was in need of work to play a Zoom party for Demi and her friends. As the evening wore on and the teenagers dropped away, Richard capitalized on having access to this live entertainment and invited scores of his own friends, colleagues, and clients to join the call. Soon artists such as Debbie Gibson and John Mayer had jumped on and were playing songs and entertaining one another. Demi’s birthday had turned into a music fest! By the end of the Zoom, Richard knew he wanted to continue to host similar jam sessions as a way of staying connected. Demi and Richard have continued to livestream concerts, known as RWQuarantunes, on a semi-weekly basis ever since. Each concert supports a different nonprofit that has been impacted by COVID-19. Demi does extensive research on these organizations and starts each Zoom call with a 45-minute presentation, sharing information and inviting qualified guests to speak about the nonprofit that is being supported that evening. Some of the nonprofits supported have been local such as Cedars Sinai, the Saban Community Clinic, and the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank while others are nonprofits in hard-hit communities like New York City’s public hospitals, and some of the organizations have a national impact such as the United Way and CDC Foundation. As the artist list grew (with notables such as Rick Springfield, Boy George, Josh Groban, Hozier, and Tina Fey), Demi realized that the platform was ideal for fundraising and quickly set up a GoFundMe page, hoping to raise $10,000 in support of COVID-19 related causes. Just 24 hours after their first official benefit concert, the father/daughter duo had raised $100,000! What had started as a fun way to while away some quarantine hours had turned into a fully fledged fundraising operation. “We switched the narrative,” explained Demi. “We found a way to bring people together, breaking the feelings of isolation and loneliness during quarantine, while also doing good and giving back.”

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Special guest Clive Davis, music industry legend who has produced some of the country’s biggest artists from Aretha Franklin to Whitney Houston to Bruce Springsteen, regularly appears on the Zooms to share insider stories and introduce such iconic performers as Barry Manilow, Taylor Dayne, Rod Stewart, and Carly Simon. More than 130 artists including Jewel, John Legend, Cyndi Lauper, Dionne Warick, Seal, LL Cool J, and Sting have performed in the concert series. The music lineup is never announced in advance, so viewers are always in for a big surprise when they tune in. In a recent event, Richard and Demi took their show, which they normally host from their kitchen, to the Hollywood Bowl, broadcasting live from the empty 17,500-seat amphitheater.

The Zoom, which is normally capped at 500 attendees, was expanded to 1,000 viewers with the evening supporting Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA) and No Kid Hungry. Special appearances by LA Philharmonic conductor Gustavo Dudamel and Billie Eilish along with performances by John Williams, Kenny Loggins, Rob Thomas, Carlos Santana, Elvis Costello, and Beck among many others, helped push their total fundraising to over $3 million. Demi has balanced a full school workload while helping to organize each of the roughly 4-hour philanthropic events with her dad. “My teachers at Campbell Hall have been so incredibly supportive of me,” said Demi. “Many of them tune in and I have been able to connect with them on a personal level. It has been so inspiring to see the kind of people they are and what they stand for.” While she missed some junior year rituals like college tours and prom, as her dad Richard said, “Demi took a lemon wedge and made buckets of lemonade.” During each event, Demi reminds viewers about the cause they are supporting through her articulate explanations and by inserting a callto-action in the constantly streaming chat. She has built a wide-ranging coalition of supporters which even extends to politicians such as Governor Gavin Newsom, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, and Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, all of whom have appeared on the series.

Demi saw the need around her and wanted to find a way to make an impact. “This has been the most life-changing, extraordinary experience for me and it has changed my trajectory completely,” she noted. “For most of my life, my dream was to be a director - now I always want to be a part of helping others. I am so humbled by the tremendous response we have received.” Her dad could not be prouder. “Demi genuinely cares about people and wants to make a difference,” Richard said. When the world was shutting down, the Weitz family’s computers flickered to life. Their unique platform brings people together through the joy of music and has now raised over $5 million and supported 12 nonprofit organizations so far. Demi and her dad will continue to host the RWQuarantunes events for the foreseeable future. “There is so much momentum,” Richard explained. “We want to keep doing this work and will look for new and creative ways to keep it going because we know there is so much need out there.”

 Click here to watch Demi and Richard on LIVE with Kelly and Ryan. Photos: (l-r) Demi presenting to the Zoom audience; with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti at the Hollywood Bowl; Demi and Richard on LIVE with Kelly and Ryan; at the Hollywood Bowl with Gustavo Dudamel, Music & Artistic Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

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CH Students Take 2nd in National Speech & Debate Tournament


Congratulations to Liana S. ’21 and David E. ’22 (above) who competed in the final round of Public Forum Debate at the National Speech and Debate Tournament in June. They finished in second place in the United States! We are so proud of their dedication and hard work to the speech and debate program. Additionally, several students had impressive results at tournaments held earlier in the school year. Here’s a recap: 1. CH Speech and Debate dominated the Cal Lutheran University Invitational in February. Varsity Debate had two champion sophomore teams! Congratulations co-champions Aminda Z. ’22, Nikola T. ’22, Mattlock G. ’22 and Oliver P. ’22. 2. Makenzie D. ’23 and Madison D. ’23 championed the Public Forum Novice Division (top right with team mascot, Snowflake, aka “Terminal Defense”). Congratulations to both teams!


3. The Speech and Debate Team also participated in a tournament in February at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Riley F. ’20 and Nathan ’21 were public forum debate semi finalists. More than 80 schools and about 140 individual teams participated. 4. Three students from the CH Speech and Debate team participated in the Stanford University Invitational and all three made it to the semifinals! Congratulations to Jack G. ’20 for placing 4th and to Francesca T. ’23 and Casey G. ’20 for a great showing! We are also so proud of Coach Sue Foley for her incredible leadership and expertise in speech and debate, and her ability to help our teams succeed.


student accomplishments

Youth Climate Action Summit 1. Matlock G. ’22 attended LA Mayor Eric Garcetti’s press conference where the Mayor signed a “Green New Deal” executive directive with a promise to focus on zero emissions for the next 10 years as a “decade of action.” Matlock is part of the Mayor’s Youth Council for Climate Action and is one of many CH students working to combat climate change.

Student Selected to attend Women’s Commission at the UN 2. Kaylin K. ’20, president of the Campbell Hall Chapter of Girls Learn International (pictured front right), was selected as one of only 60 delegates to attend the 64th Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations, in New York City. This is a prestigious and well-deserved honor. Congratulations Kaylin! Girls Learn International (GLI) empowers and educates middle and high school students to advocate for human rights, equality, and universal education in the U.S. and around the world. Student-to-student, and student-to-parent, GLI is building a movement of informed advocates for universal girls’ education and a new generation of leaders and activists for social change.


Robotics Competes 3. The Viking Robotics Team 580 competed in the Los Angeles North Regional of the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) which combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. More than 1,000 high school students on over 40 teams vied for regional awards. While the Vikings Robotics Team 580 did not move on to the championship, they had a great finish and learned a lot in the process!


Student Receives Honorable Mention in NY Times Student Editorial Contest CH student Alexander E. ’24 was one of only six middle school students out of more than 1,200 entries from across the country to receive an honorable mention in the prestigious New York Times Annual Student Editorial Contest. In his essay, “Why Can’t We Just Talk,” Alexander addresses how starkly opposing viewpoints divide us and advocates dialogue as a means to expand one’s thinking. We’d like to congratulate Alexander for crafting such an insightful composition. Excerpt from Alexander’s award-winning essay: “I daydream about changing the world, not through any hefty activism or dramatic movements, but by creating a platform to encourage and enhance public discourse. I have had wishful conversations with friends about creating Illuminati-esque groups who are enlightened purely by sharing thoughts from every perspective. Whether politically, socially, or philosophically, it’s all to fight our world of echo chambers. Fight the world where it has become the ultimate taboo to even think a different way. What that world of echo chambers means, is frankly, a world of blind sheeple.”


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HS student submitting her nomination.

Rewarding Kindness The Hart Campbell Kindness Award Announces First Recipient indness, compassion, and altruism are all qualities Hart Campbell embodied, and are qualities that also describe Paolo P. ’23, the first recipient of the Hart Campbell Kindness Award. Hart Campbell ’23 was a beloved CH student. He and his sister, Ruby, were tragically killed when their vehicle was struck by a drunk driver while on their way to Joshua Tree with parents, Gail Lerner and Colin Campbell, in June 2019. Last year during a special chapel, Colin and Gail announced a kindness challenge in Hart’s memory. The Hart Campbell Kindness Award was established to inspire students to be their best selves, as Hart valued kindness and inclusion. Throughout the year, students and teachers submitted names of secondary students whose good deeds and service to others were exemplary. The forms were dropped into a specially created box in the Ahmanson Library.

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Hart was best known for two things: the playful absurdity he brought to school every day and the kindness he shared with everyone. We created the award to foster even more acts of kindness around campus in his honor. How fitting that his wonderful friend Paolo, who displays both those qualities, is the first recipient. Congratulations, Paolo!” —Gail and Colin Campbell Paolo received the most nominations and was awarded a cash prize of $400 ($200 to donate to a charity of his choice and $200 to keep). Students noted in their submissions for Paolo: “He is a beautiful soul who gives me hope for my future.” “His positivity is Paolo P. ’23 contagious.” “He opens the door for everyone.” “Even though I do not know him well, he always tells me to have a wonderful day every time I see him.” “Paolo inspires me to be a better person.” The award is especially meaningful as Paolo was one of Hart’s closest friends. Paolo plans to donate the $200 to a Black Lives Matter charity. Hart’s legacy of kindness will live on at Campbell Hall for years to come, continuing to inspire compassion and caring in all.

GOOD VIBES While some of Campbell Hall’s spring performing arts events were not able to be held in person, thanks to innovative teachers and technology, we were still able to enjoy many performances virtually and in re-imagined ways. We’d like to thank all the student performers for their courage, tenacity, and dedication to their art. We are so proud of their hard work and want to share their inspiring performances with the community.

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Student Choreographers’ Lab

MS production “Comic book artist”

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gospel concert

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Secondary orchestra

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HS Musical “Footloose”

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Secondary DANCE

“I Need Space”

“I Need Space”

“I Need Space”

“Carnival of the Animals”

“I Need Space”

“Jewel Fairies”

“I Need Space”

“Carnival of the Animals”

“Jewel Fairies”

“Jewel Fairies”

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secondary music

HS Steel Band “Fire Down Below”

HS Jazz Combo

Pop Music

Pop Music

Pop Music “Acoustic Show” Pop Music

HS Jazz Band Pop Music “Acoustic Show”

MS Jazz Band

Pop Music “Acoustic Show”

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MS Orchestra

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HS Steel Band “Bohemian Rhapsody”

HS Orchestra

HS Jazz Combo

MS Jazz Band MS + HS Choir

HS Steel Band “Fire Down Below”

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MS Jazz Workshop

MS Jazz Workshop

“Watermelon Man”


HS Steel Band “Fire Down Below”

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elementary school “spring to joy”

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celebrating music and dance

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MS Musical “Anything GOES”

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Secondary TV Production

HS Music Video “God’s Plan”

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HS Music Video “God’s Plan” HS “Town Live”

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HS Music Video “God’s Plan”

MS “Virtual TV Shows”

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Kaitlyn M. ’20


Chloe C. ’20

Sachi R. ’20

Beiqi W. ’20

Chloe C. ’20 (Video)

Ty R. ’20

Amelia P. ’20

Dash Z. ’20 (Video)

Avery P. ’20

Lila S. ’20

Jaxson B. ’20

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Carter R. ’28


Carolina H. ‘29

Mia L. ’27

Daisy L. ’32

Nalia K. ’26

Gavin G. ’31

Deron B. ’29

Micah G. ’30

Olivia M. ’29

Kaity R. ’26

Harry ’29

Phineas C. ’32

Katie M. ’26

Elle P. ’30

Nix R. ’28

Evie W. ’26

Mila L. ’32

Aleph M. ’29

Delaney L. ’29

Mariela D. ’32

Henry T. ’27

Stella L. ’28

Mary H. ’31

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Zander M. ’21

Oliver P. ’23

Arnold K. ‘’

Rory N. ’21

Mila M. ’24

Sachi R. ’20

Avery H. ’25


Cy L. ’24

Ashley S. ’20

Aden S. ’22 (Video)

Rio H. ’23

Skyla S. ’23

Lucas G. ’22

Sierra S. ’21

Faber E. ’24

Camila H. ’23

Parker V. ’24

Milla R. ’25

Jack S. ’21

Kate B. ’24

Arnold K. ’23

Mikaela K. ’20

Prerna C. ’20

Taylor W. ’21

Ella B. ’24

Student-created mosaic wall located outside the North Faculty Center.




Cambria Haro ’15 won First Place for

two of her Television Features in the 2019-2020 Hearst Journalism Awards Program. Cambria’s award-winning pieces focus on the personal journeys of two inspirational people who triumph over extraordinary odds.

Shannon Cooley ’99 won election for

Dustin Drai ’12, Vice President of

Adam Rider ’02 founded Flatten The

judge of the Superior Court of Los Angeles County.

Entertainment and Marketing for Drai’s Beachclub, Nightclub and After Hours, was recognized by Vegas Inc. as a “40 Under 40” honoree.

Curve NGO, a volunteer-based organization, to provide much-needed protective equipment and supplies to first and frontline responders.

Kyle Adomain ’18, a student at the

Dr. Daniel Bruckner ’00, a pediatrician in

Sara Rosenblatt ’11 received a

University of Southern California’s Marshall School for Business, founded TutorTies, a peer-to-peer tutoring platform for the university which matches tutors and students.

Encino, has donated more than 60,000 FDA-approved surgical masks to local pediatric offices for sick children as they enter the facilities as well as to the medical staff caring for these patients.  Click here to watch “Dr. Danny” on ABC News.

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friends for good ACHIEVEMENTS

Christine Kirk ’99 is providing pro bono

Chase McKinzie ’10 owner of a US

Sophia Eppolito ’15 was selected as one

public relations and social media marketing services to LA restaurants who need help spreading the word about their business during the pandemic.

Cryotherapy in Austin, donated over 300 masks to St. David’s Hospital to protect medical workers in his community.

of seventeen journalists hired by The Associated Press and Report for America to boost the AP’s statehouse coverage. Sophia will be covering the Utah legislature in Salt Lake City reporting on the intersection of religion and state government, medical marijuana, and the state’s economic and policy decisions that are being developed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

EVENTS The Campbell Hall Black Alumni (CHBA) group hosted their first panel event on February 27, 2020 for students, parents, parents of alumni, and alumni to connect, share and network! Special thanks to all of our panelists Lauren Accordino ’05, Marty Henry ’05, Deanna Ingram ’05, and Matthew Jordan ’05. Special thanks to Caroline Alford ’13 and Katelyn Mulcahy ’15 (l-r) who spoke at the 5th Annual Alumni Chapel held on March 2, 2020. Caroline shared her experiences working for Teach for America and Katelyn discussed her work as a professional photographer for the Houston Astros.

LET US KNOW WHAT YOU’RE UP TO! Email to include a class note in the next issue of The Good.

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friends for good WEDDINGS

Congratulations! (Clockwise from upper left)

Sloane Arcaro ’05 wed Ryan French on

May 26, 2019, in Palm Springs, CA. Brandon Koletsky ’10 wed Sarah Jasinski

on April 19, 2020 in Austin, Texas. Aaron Labowe ’09 wed Rachel Wachtel

on January 19, 2020, in Los Angeles, CA. Rachel Sherman ’12 wed Daniel Katz on

March 7, 2020, in Santa Barbara, CA.


Roxanne Saei Schau ’07 and Jordan Schau welcomed Ronan Baer on April 20, 2020.


SIGHTINGS Patria Aziz ’19, playing tennis for Pomona-Pitzer Colleges, and Summer Quinn ’18, playing for Brandeis University, met up at the 12th annual ITA Division III National Women’s Team Indoor Championship.

Christian Frederic Haerle ’80 passed away on August 31, 2019.

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IN memoriam Judith W. Davis We are saddened by the passing of Judy Davis who was a beloved member of the Campbell Hall community. Judy served on the CH Board of Directors from 1992-2004. Her late husband, Bob, had also been a Board member for the 10 years prior to her appointment. She is survived by her children Scott ’78, Leticia ’79, and Robert ’91 and her stepchildren Peter ’82 and Nancy. She was predeceased by her son Darren ’80. Judy was known for her strength, dedicated philanthropic service, and commitment to education. Along with longtime friend and former CH Headmaster The Reverend Canon Thomas G. Clarke ’59, Judy served as a board member of Palm Valley School’s Board where her grandson Parker attended. When she retired from the CH Board in 2004, she wrote, “Never did I think when I gave Ms. Hawks and Dr. Campbell a $10 deposit for our first child that I would have 38 years of a continuous relationship with CH... I cannot thank CH and Tom Clarke enough for all the wonderful years and memories that you have given our family.” Tom fondly remembered his dear friend with the following: “Judy Davis was a dedicated board member and a great friend. I have known her since 1971. She participated enthusiastically in the Campbell Hall community and understood the school’s mission. I shall miss her and her positive full-of-life spirit. May she Rest In Peace and God’s eternal love.” We will always be grateful to Judy’s dedication to Campbell Hall.

Tommie B. Kappler Tommie Bennett Kappler, beloved Campbell Hall school nurse from 1981-2001, passed away peacefully on April 4 in Arlington, Virginia. She was 91. Mrs. Kappler spent much of her early life in the small southern town of Jesup, Georgia. She received her bachelors of science degree in Nursing from Emory University in 1951. In 1953, she married Dr. John Frederick Kappler, Jr., then a young enlisted Army soldier and Korean war veteran. While her husband attended Emory and medical school at Wake Forest University, and after he started his medical practice, Mrs. Kappler worked in various supervisory capacities in pediatric and psychiatric nursing in Atlanta, Winston-Salem, and Charleston. The Kapplers moved to California in 1963, living first in Corona del Mar, and later in Sherman Oaks. In 2001, she relocated to Darien, Georgia, not far from the town where she grew up. Deeply affected by the injustices she witnessed as a child in the segregated South, Mrs. Kappler was a lifelong advocate for racial equality and justice. After she moved to Darien, one of her first priorities was to join the local chapter of the NAACP, and she was honored to be named the Grand Marshal of the chapter’s parade in 2009. As a retiree, she rediscovered her love of journalism and creative writing, penning numerous articles for the local paper, and writing stories drawing largely on her childhood during the Depression and Second World War. She was a voracious reader and a skilled Bridge and Poker player. Mrs. Kappler began her association with Campbell Hall in 1968, when the school was still under the leadership of its founders, the Rev. Dr. Alexander Campbell and Mildred Hawks. Her five children attended the school until 1983. As Campbell Hall’s nurse, she proudly organized the school’s earthquake preparedness and occupational safety programs, but will be largely remembered for doling out Tylenol, compassion, and sympathy (and often hot chocolate) to generations of students, who knew her fondly as “T.K.” Mrs. Kappler loved her work at Campbell Hall and she loved being of service to the countless young people who visited her in the nursing office those many years. Tommie Kappler was predeceased by her beloved husband. She is survived by her five children, Dana, Kathryn, Elsie, Caroline, and John, and eight grandchildren.

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IN memoriam Patricia Noel As a science educator for over 30 years, Patricia “Pat” Noel brought her special brand of fun, interactive, and exciting experiments to the classroom, inspiring generations of students. Her demonstrations of chemical reactions not only allowed students to gain an invaluable science education, according to Pat, it also encouraged students to “uncover how the ‘magic’ worked.” Over her long teaching career, Pat garnered many teaching awards and was even selected as the Southern California Outstanding High School Chemistry Teacher. She taught Chemistry at Campbell Hall from 1996-2001 and served as the Physical Sciences Department Chair. When she first joined Campbell Hall, she shared her teaching ethos, “I want to encourage students to do more than they think they should, and make them aware they are more capable than they think they are.” She will be deeply missed by her Campbell Hall family and all who knew her. In honor of her mother’s steadfast commitment to science education, Pat’s daughter Kathy Noel Harrison, has established the Pat Noel Science Fund. All donations to this fund will be used to provide need-based financial aid to selected Campbell Hall girls in grades 7-12 who are passionate about the sciences.

Herbert M. Piken We grieve the loss of a dear friend to Campbell Hall, Herbert M. Piken. Herb and his family first joined the Campbell Hall community in 1971, when their sons Harry ’81 and Robert ’82 entered the second and first grades respectively. That year also marked the last year that the school’s founder, Dr. Alexander K. Campbell, served as Dean (now known as Headmaster). Herb served as a dedicated member of the Campbell Hall Board of Directors from 1992-2007. He was also a generous benefactor to the school and his contributions extended beyond financial support. Herb brokered the purchase of the adjacent property for Campbell Hall’s expansion. In addition, the double iron gates that now adorn Campbell Hall’s north entrance were donated by Herb and his wife, Marilyn, in 1981 as a tribute to their son Tommy who predeceased them. The majestic gates continue to serve as a reminder of the Piken family’s steadfast commitment to the school. Herb was one of the preeminent real estate developers in Southern California. He was an honest and respected businessman of the highest integrity who treated all with compassion and respect. His philanthropy across many sectors of the community was well-known. He was a loving husband and devoted father who was an inspiration to his sons. Herb left an indelible mark on Campbell Hall and will forever be remembered with great love and respect.

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