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COMMENCEMENT ADDRESSES Commencement speech transcripts from Student Body President Charlie Boiler and Senior Class President Alden Tetreault

Director of Marketing and Communications and Compass Editor Carley Dryden

Departments 16 VILLAGE HOUSES

A Foundation for Community Buiding

Preparing for the future at Chadwick School



Students reflect on their favorite moments from the 2018-19 school year.


With the shared goal of community, connection and celebration, Chadwick holds its first K-12 Community Time.

Multimedia Producer Marie Chao Digital Communications Manager Kristen Adams




OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS Executive Director of Marketing and Communications Barbara Najar

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Head of School Dal Sohi


Class of 2015





Master surfboard maker John Mel reminisces on 1960s Chadwick

Graphic Design Susan Piper

26 DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION ON THE COVER: Tej Joshi and Katherine Garrett lead their classmates in the recessional down Alumni Walk after the Class of 2019 Commencement ceremony in June. (Photo by Diana Feil)


Photography Monica Augustyn Marie Chao Diana Feil Karin Fuire Alan Hill and community members



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Charlie Boiler All Student Body President 2018-19


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I have learned so much this year, but our most recent expedition into the wilderness allowed me to finally reflect on the value and meaning of our experiences these past years. My brother asked me to write him something to encapsulate my three-day solo on outdoor ed, which I was so fortunate to be able to experience. I wrote to him, “One must truly be alone in order to realize that loneliness does not come from solitude.” As we embark on our separate adventures in the coming years, I know that it is not the act of being without those I am familiar with or the objects that make me feel comfort that makes me feel alone. It is not time spent away from loved ones that makes us alone. Solitude is not a facet of loneliness. Loneliness is when we get too comfortable, when we forget where we come from, when we forget who we want to be. The pages of this book we call life are about to start turning fast, almost faster than we can read them. The novelty of college, a gap year, a transfer, new friends, new classes, a new home will be uncomfortable. Fortunately, discomfort is how we grow to be happier, stronger and more resilient humans. However, this new understanding of how we can continue to pursue happiness and fulfillment is not unique to me or the others that spent three weeks in the wilderness. Some people here learned the value of crazy new experiences in a different way through Senior Service. For example, Mary Bernadett held a pelican’s mouth open in a full hazmat suit! If that’s not a once-in-a-lifetime experience, I don’t know what is. Thinking back to my solo, I remember a quote my brother found for me. It said, “A comfort zone is a beautiful place, but nothing ever grows there.” This is absolutely true because the only place to find true comfort is in knowing who you are. Today, I want to spend this time reminding everyone to allow the journey to help us discover who we want to be and what it is we want to do. We are lonely when we get so distracted that we forget who we love and why we love them. We are found when we aspire to achieve. Not to achieve success to such a degree that what we yearn for becomes so abstract, like money or fame or objects, because having things can be meaningless if you don’t know who you are. If we don’t step out of our comfort zone and allow life to kick us in the stomach and then slap us in the face then how can we ever learn what we are capable of? We all fall victim to comfort and convenience sometimes. As I reflected in the woods, I found that I got too comfortable fiddling with my phone case, relying on others to push me around, and falling into the easy routine. We must now find solace in discomfort, however

uncomfortable that might be. I felt scared when it was too cold to feel my fingers and toes and when the water bottle that was once filled with warm water in my sleeping bag had gotten cold in the middle of the night. I even felt scared when I ate so much chili on mac ‘n’ cheese that I thought I might explode. However, through all this discomfort and fear, I realized that the cold gave me grit and the motivation to get work done twice as fast. These challenges taught lessons. All challenges teach lessons; they are all opportunities for growth, a chance to practice the version of ourselves we want to become. So what if we don’t know what that is yet. Just let yourself be uncomfortable. Never get too comfortable. Never stop pushing to find something new, pick up an instrument, find yourself in the woods, tell someone sorry, forgive someone for hurting you, be willing to accept love and give it back even faster. So as I sat there in my cushion of pine needles with only the curious chipmunk and proud quails to keep me company two weeks ago, I felt less alone than I ever have before. I didn’t long for my routine, my phone, my schedule. Instead, I lay restless with excitement for the new experiences to come. For space to think and explore and create. I was so excited about the time we have to change everything around us. The journey is where we will find out who we are. We don’t know yet, but this generation, this class, my peers, are about to grab the book and start turning the pages to the right story. The one where Kaylen Chase becomes the first woman of color as the President of the United States, or Manasi Movva discovers a cure for cancer. Where Mrs. Fay makes Chadwick an entirely sustainable and green campus, and Hailie Goldsmith finds a way to give the elderly in assisted living a more enjoyable life. Where Jonathan Wohl finds himself taking award-winning photographs for National Geographic, while beatboxing for his school’s a capella group at the same time. This is the most exciting time to be alive. We are all here, we all mean something, we can all change the world. Thank you all for giving me hope and reminding this world that the fight isn’t over. Climate change can change, people can change, the world can change. We are all writing our own stories now, so let’s make sure the book still has paper to be printed on. As said by Master Oogway, “Quit, don’t quit? Noodles, don’t noodles? You are too concerned about what was and what will be. There is a saying: yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, and today is a gift. That’s why they call it the present.” Thank you.

Alden Tetreault Senior Class President 2018-19

Friends, family, faculty, Class of 2019, it is an honor to be speaking in front of you all today. I, too, am looking forward to the end of this ceremony, seeing as I’ve been drenched in a thick layer of nervous sweat for multiple hours. The first time I had ever been to a Chadwick graduation, I was a freshman sitting up on those benches, once again, drenched in sweat. After suffering through around two hours of pure boredom, I remember listening to the Class President deliver a speech. Although I have zero recollection of what she actually said, I vividly remember thinking, “That’s what I want to do when I’m a senior.” For the next three or so years, I thought about this exact speech a million times over, trying to plan out exactly how to inspire my classmates and impress the faculty, while simultaneously making all of the parents cry. Early on, I decided I wanted to talk about how it is up to us to invoke change. The world is at our fingertips, and we now have the knowledge and experience to go out there and make a real difference. But when it came time to actually sit down and put words to paper, I realized that my original idea was complete and utter rubbish. I’ve had the unique opportunity to be surrounded by some of the most ambitious, motivated and diligent people I’ve ever known, so why in the world would I get up here and try to convince my classmates to work hard? Surprise! We’ve already been doing just that for four years. In the coming years, each one of us will be asked what we’re planning on studying, what career we’re interested in, if we want to go to graduate school, what will we be doing in the future ... you get the point. Over and over again, the question will remain “what do you want to be?” But instead, I would challenge you to answer “Who do you want to be? What type of person do you wish to become?” Our education at Chadwick has been unparalleled by all means and is incomparable to any other institution’s. But underneath all of the mathematical equations and historical dates we’ve had to memorize, Chadwick has also given us every example for the people we wish to become in the future. While balancing the impossible task of being our Dean of Students and somehow having time to teach an English course, Lauren White showed us the power of having unquestionable integrity. By giving us the most supreme example of how to lead with grace, humility and dexterity, Mr. Mercer has been our beacon of light, guiding us through the good and the bad. Time and time again, Erin Nordlund proved the importance of always doing what you say you’re going to do. Ms. Kisor repeatedly

brought joy and love wherever she went, while at the same time ruling with an iron fist when we occasionally took an unsolicited nap in class. Jassy taught us how to have fun and not take life too seriously. Mr. Detloff showed us what it meant to be a true global citizen. Whenever we needed life advice or just a riveting story to cheer us up, Mr. Wallace was always there. Chadwick has made us the people we are today, but I also don’t want to underplay another important aspect of our identity: our parents. Thank you for giving us boundless opportunities and believing in us even when we didn’t believe in ourselves. I am now going to selfishly take this opportunity to thank my own mother, one because I love her and two because she made me promise I’d publicly appreciate her for, and I quote, “putting her through all those years of pain and suffering.” Thank you for being my best friend. I love you, Mom. As much as I would like to stand in front of you all today and impart some awe-inspiring wisdom, unfortunately, I am still quite young and lack any aweinspiring wisdom. While writing this speech, I discovered that in the grand scheme of things, I actually know quite little. I have received an outstanding education, but I have a lot left to learn. There is very little in this world that I am sure of, but I’ll tell you now what I know to be true. I’ve become the person I am today because of this school, because of you all. In six years, I transformed from a shy and anxious child who was too afraid to even raise her hand in class into the woman standing in front of you today, speaking at her graduation. I am, quite frankly, terrified to leave the school that has so profoundly shaped me. How will I continue to grow without you all by my side guiding me through the mess that is life? The author Joan Didion once said, “We forget all too soon the things we thought we could never forget.” In the coming years, remember the examples that were set for you at Chadwick. Remember Ms. Kisor and Ms. White, and of course, how could we ever forget Mr. Wiedenmann. Chadwick isn’t just a school. This is home. This is family. So remember your roots. Remember where you came from. Remember why you became the person that you are today. Thank you.

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Elissaveta Angelow Bryce Bradford Baldridge Josephine Xiao Hui Yang Benjamin Annamaria Eileen Berenato Mary Angela Bernadett Samuel Chase Bogen Charles Marie Boiler Katherine Estella Borden Margot Beverly Bradshaw Morgan Fae Brandmeyer Race Olson Cameron Katherine Claire Chambers James Brandon Chao Katharine Nicole Chappell Kaylen Kennedy Michaela Chase Anandi Chowdhury Samuel Chung Seung Won Shannon Chung Jack Michael Connelly Allison Kailey Coward Elizabeth Frances Davis Alexandra Lee Davisson Cameron Christopher Davodi Samantha Jolie de Gyarfas Troy Andrew Dillon Macy Jovita Dimson

Mia Rose Dimson Megan Elizabeth Dinnegan Robert Jesus Dominguez Jessica Lou Doty Mateus Ciampo Edwards Katherine Sandra Eu Charles Bradley Frey Katherine Rose Garrett Sophia Marie George Frank Mitsuki Glantz Hailie Gabriela Goldsmith Zachary Isaac Goodman Hannah Rose Gordon Taryn Griffin Gurbach Tucker Gardner Hale Hannah Lisa Harris Lily Anne Hill Grant Marshall Ho William Michael Hodgkiss Ryan M. Hom Jiin Huh Spencer Huckleberry Hurst Tej A. Joshi Nikhil Kathuria Gibran Khalil Stephanie Soomi Kim

Brodrick J. Laird Bronson C. Laird Patrick Taizo Lane Matthew Julian Kennedy Lesser Chloe Kayli Lin Neville Clark Linden Courtney Lyle Lindsey David Temujin Malone Mitchell R. Masuda Ana Gabriela Michels Eugene Greg Moon Julia Musurlian Moorefield Caden Jacob Moskowitz Manasi Movva Mia Nkenjika Muoneke Thomas Anthony Peters Skyler Reed Phinney Bryan Thomas Regan Samuel Rivas Alexander Frank Rosso Alexandra Hope Schwake Emily Claire Shaw Katherine Elizabeth Shaw Brooke Lucille Simpson Meera Rajesh Sood Patrick Warren Spann, Jr.

Maia H. Sung Marin Victoria Tchen Nicholas William Tell, III Alden Elizabeth Tetreault Lauren Ann Thomson Aidan Patrick Tyssee Olivea Joy Varady Adrian Vera Luke Allen Wagner Klark Ashley White Jonathan Douglas Wohl Caitlin Elizabeth Wolf Jordan Yang Christy Yoon Christine RenĂŠe Zak Jeffrey Zhang Wenji (Amber) Zheng Rane Natalee Zilmer

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2 019 C O L L E G E A D M I S S I O N S American University (School of Business) (1) American University (6) Arizona State University (Engineering & Applied Sci) (1) Arizona State University (2) Babson College (3) Baylor University (Business) (1) Baylor University (2) Becker College (2) Bentley University (2) Boston College (Carroll School of Management) (1) Boston College (4) Boston University (College of General Studies) (1) Boston University (School of Hospitality Administration) (1) Boston University (8) Brandeis University (2) Bucknell University (1) California State Polytechnic University - Pomona (College of Science) (1) California State University, Channel Islands (1) California State University, Fullerton (1) California State University, Long Beach (3) California State University, Los Angeles (1) California State University, Northridge (1) Carleton College (1) Case Western Reserve University (2) Chapman University (3) Claremont McKenna College (1) Clark University (2) Colby College (1) Colgate University (2) College of William & Mary (2) Colorado College (2) Colorado State University (2) Cornell University (School of Hotel Administration) (1) Cornell University (3) Dartmouth College (1) 6

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Denison University (1) DePaul University (Driehaus College of Business) (1) DePaul University (The Theatre School) (1) DePaul University (2) Dickinson College (1) Dillard University (1) Drexel University (7) Duke University (1) École hôtelière de Lausanne (1) Elon University (1) Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Prescott (1) Emerson College (3) Emory University (3) Fordham University (Ailey/Fordham BFA program) (1) Fordham University (College of Business Administration (1) Fordham University (Fordham College at Lincoln Center (1) Fordham University (7) Franklin & Marshall College (1) George Mason University (2) Georgetown University (2) Glion Institute of Higher Education (1) Gonzaga University (Honors Program) (1) Goucher College (2) Hamilton College – NY (1) Hampton University (3) Haverford College (2) Hobart and William Smith Colleges (1) Hofstra University (1) Howard University (1) Indiana University at Bloomington (College of Arts & Sciences) (1) Indiana University at Bloomington (6) Ithaca College (School of Humanities & Sciences) (1) Johnson & Wales University (Providence) (1) Kenyon College (3) Knox College (1) Lafayette College (1)

Les Roches Global Hospitality Management School (1) Loyola Marymount University (14) Macalester College (1) Marist College (1) Marymount California University (1) Miami University, Oxford (1) Middlebury College (1) Montclair State University (1) Mount Holyoke College (1) Muhlenberg College (1) New York University (College of Arts and Science) (1) New York University (School of Professional Studies) (1) New York University (4) Northeastern University (College of Computer and Information Science) (1) Northeastern University (3) Northwestern University (Journalism) (1) NYU Shanghai (1) Oberlin College of Arts and Sciences (3) Occidental College (5) Ohio Wesleyan University (2) Pennsylvania State University (College of the Liberal Arts) Pennsylvania State University (2) Pepperdine University (4) Pitzer College (4) Pratt Institute (1) Princeton University (1) Purchase College, SUNY (1) Purdue University (1) Reed College (3) Regis University (1) Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (2) Rice University (1) Richmond, The American International University in London (1) Rider University (1) Rochester Institute of Technology (3)

Saint Mary's College of California (1) San Diego State University (1) San Jose State University (2) Santa Barbara City College (1) Santa Clara University (8) Sarah Lawrence College (1) Savannah College of Art and Design (Atlanta Campus) (1) Scripps College (2) Seattle Pacific University (1) Seattle University (1) Smith College (1) Sonoma State University (1) Southern Methodist University (School of Business) (1) Southern Methodist University (2) St. John's University (1) Stanford University (School of Engineering) (1) Stanford University (1) Swarthmore College (2) Syracuse University (School of Public Communications) (1) Syracuse University (4) Texas Christian University (1) The George Washington University (School of Business & Public Management) (1) The George Washington University (5) The New School - All Divisions (Parsons School of Design) (1) The Ohio State University (Honors College) (1) The University of Arizona (Business & Public Administration) (1) The University of Arizona (Fine Arts) (1) The University of Arizona (Honors College) (1) The University of Arizona (4) The University of Iowa (1) The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1) The University of Texas, Austin (2) Trinity College (1) Tufts University (2) Tulane University (5)

University of California, Berkeley (College of Engineering) (1) University of California, Berkeley (Haas School of Business) (1) University of California, Berkeley (10) University of California, Davis (7) University of California, Irvine (7) University of California, Los Angeles (11) University of California, Merced (3) University of California, Riverside (5) University of California, San Diego (Engineering) (1) University of California, San Diego (7) University of California, Santa Barbara (College of Engineering) (1) University of California, Santa Barbara (13) University of California, Santa Cruz (17) University of Chicago (2) University of Colorado at Boulder (College of Arts & Sciences) (1) University of Colorado at Boulder (School of Journalism and Mass Communications) (1) University of Colorado at Boulder (12) University of Colorado Colorado Springs (1) University of Connecticut (2) University of Delaware (2) University of Denver (Daniels College of Business) (1) University of Denver (1) University of Hartford (1) University of Hawaii at Manoa (1) University of Idaho (1) University of Miami (1) University of Michigan (Literature, Science, & the Arts) (1) University of Michigan (5) University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (2) University of New England (1) University of Northern Colorado (1) University of Oregon (College of Arts & Sciences) ( 1) University of Oregon (School of Journalism & Communication) (1) University of Oregon (14)

University of Pennsylvania (1) University of Puget Sound (3) University of Redlands (2) University of Richmond (2) University of San Diego (3) University of San Francisco (6) University of Southern California (College of Letters, Arts, & Sciences) (2) University of Southern California (Engineering) (2) University of Southern California (9) University of the Pacific (1) University of Virginia (2) University of Washington (2) University of Wisconsin, Madison (School of Business) (1) University of Wisconsin, Madison (2) Vassar College (6) Villanova University (3) Wake Forest University (1) Washington University in St. Louis (3) Wellesley College (1) Wesleyan University (2) Westmont College (1) Whitman College (1) Whittier College (1) Willamette University (1) Xavier University of Louisiana (1) Yale University (1)

* This list is current as of June 18, 2019. College names in BOLD indicate at least one member of the Class of 2019 matriculating for the 2019-20 academic year.

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OH SNAP! Chadwick School celebrated the Commencement of its 80th graduating class on Saturday, June 15. Ninety-six seniors walked through the gates and up the Alumni Walk after being honored in front of their families and friends. We could not be more proud of our seniors and their contributions to our school, and we can't wait to watch with joy everything they accomplish in their next journey beyond our gates.


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21 MEMBERS OF THE CLASS OF 2019 have attended Chadwick School for 13 years. Congratulations to our 2019 WOWs and their families! Allison Coward Bryce Baldridge Annamaria Berenato Katherine Borden James Chao Alexandra Davisson Samantha de Gyarfas Megan Dinnegan Katherine Garrett Sophia George Ryan Hom Gibran Khalil Neville Linden David Malone Ana Michels Caden Moskowitz Bryan Regan Samuel Rivas Klark White Jonathan Wohl Christine Zak

SENIOR ATHLETES This spring, Chadwick’s Athletics department held a luncheon honoring the 10 Chadwick seniors who have committed to playing their sports in college next year, along with the senior members of the Athletic Council. Morgan Brandmeyer will play volleyball at The University of Chicago, Race Cameron will play soccer at UC Santa Cruz, Jack Connelly will play football at Wake Forest University, Alex Davisson will play softball at Oberlin College, Mia Dimson will join the equestrian team at Goucher College, Jessie Doty will play volleyball at Fordham University, Taryn Gurbach will play volleyball at Washington University in St. Louis, Ana Michels will play soccer at Swarthmore College, Alex Rosso will play football at Colgate University and Maia Sung will play tennis at Princeton University. Congratulations to our Class of 2019 athletes!

2 019 T R E E & AWA R D S On June 7, 2019, Chadwick held its annual Tree and Awards Ceremony. The tradition of planting a new tree for each award given was started by Mrs. Chadwick in the early years when the campus had very few trees. Now, with an abundance of trees on the property new ones are planted only rarely, but the tradition of acknowledging student achievement continues. Each year Chadwick honors exceptional students for their performance in academics, the arts, athletics and as outstanding citizens. Though each award celebrates a different set of qualities and proficiencies, all recipients have demonstrated the respect, responsibility, honesty, compassion and fairness that are Chadwick’s Core Values.

Village Citizenship Award Bryce C. Hatch Alexandra G. Joiner Sophie M.C. Stanley Forrest H. Steele Noella D. Wren Wrigley Zbyszewski MIDDLE SCHOOL AWARDS Virginia Chadwick Award Claire A. Buchi Ryan D.H. Chen John C. Garrett Madeline G. Mester John Fiske Award Hanna Park Richard A. Smith, III

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UPPER SCHOOL AWARDS Our 96 seniors in the Class of 2019 received 466 offers of admission from more than 200 colleges across the country and will attend 61 different institutions, including a range of Ivy League schools, small liberal arts colleges and flagship public universities, engineering colleges and art schools, institutions with highly selective performing arts programs, and more. Most importantly, they are schools that are great matches for our students, given their interests and desires. The breadth of our seniors’ choices at first-rate institutions across the country is a marvelous reflection of these colleges' appreciation for the academically rigorous, multifaceted and character-driven education our students receive here at Chadwick.

Headmaster’s Award Charles (Charlie) M. Boiler Kaylen K.M. Chase Katherine E. Shaw

Founders’ Award Katherine E. Borden Morgan F. Brandmeyer Gibran Khalil Bryan T. Regan

Round Square King Constantine Award Arysha M. Madhani Model United Nations Award Samuel C. Bogen

Unsung Service Award Katharine N. Chappell Emily C. Shaw Caitlin E. Wolf Christine R. Zak

Bina Mandal Swimming Award Grant M. Ho

Lee-Stephens Award Sekinat M. Aliu Jasmine R. Amaral Wade E. Burleson Elmer L. Castillo Ryan B. Kim Art Purchase Award Chloe K. Lin Jonathan D. Wohl Performing Arts Award Katherine C. Chambers Frank Quinlin Journalism Award James B. Chao Jiin (Jenny) Huh

Sartorius Award Lily A. Hill Luke A. Wagner Outstanding Athlete of the Year Award Taryn G. Gurbach Eugene G. Moon CUM LAUDE SOCIETY Members from the Class of 2019 honored in June of 2018 Mary Bernadett Samuel Bogen Katherine Borden James Chao Sophia George Hailie Goldsmith Tej Joshi

Gibran Khalil Bryan Regan Marin Tchen New Members from the Class of 2019 Bryce Baldridge Morgan Brandmeyer Samantha de Gyarfas Megan Dinnegan Julia Moorefield Manasi Movva Katherine Shaw Jeffrey Zhang Wenji Zheng New Members from the Class of 2020 Sophia Chung Jacob Dulai Paige Elliott Julian Handler Michael Huang Tony Kim Ryan Kim Katherine Kunesh Edward Park Isabel Taulli

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LAUREN DICKENS, Sixth Grade “My favorite part of the year was CIMI (a course and team-building trip for sixth-graders at Catalina Island Marine Institute right after school starts). I liked the independence of being away from home for four days and three nights. I also loved the snorkeling activities and swimming in the waves. I kind of lost my fear of claustrophobia and the pitchblack dark by doing an activity. We worked as a team and escaped the maze. The rock wall improved my climbing strength so I was more agile, and I strategized more.”

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“My favorite moment from this school year was when I went to Korea for the soccer exchange with one of my best friends, Sophie. Since we were the only two girls, we got to join the girls soccer team in Korea and form new bonds with the girls there.”

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Ka i y a KAIYA HOUREAU, Ninth Grade “As I hope to pursue a career in musical theater, my favorite moments this year have all been related to the amazing performing arts opportunities at Chadwick. Two of the many highlights were performing at Carnegie Hall with the Chadwick Upper School Chorus and being part of the incredible cast of the spring musical, Mamma Mia!!”

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“My favorite memory from this year was when so many of my teachers and friends helped support me while I was going through an extremely difficult time due to the death of a family member. I remember receiving the phone call and bursting out into tears when a teacher passing by took me to the Global Languages office, where I ran into my seventh-grade Spanish teacher. He dropped everything and walked around the campus with me, giving me advice and helping me let out all of my emotions. My friends and teachers continued to support me through the following days and even now check in on me every once in a while to see how I'm holding up. Overall, the community at Chadwick is woven so tight and is so supportive, and I'm so glad that I was attending Chadwick during this time because of how well I was consoled by my community.”

FINN STEELE, Fifth Grade “My favorite memory was ‘Walk Through the Revolution.’ I like acting, and it was fun to recreate something and have a different way of seeing it. It was cool to think about a tragic time in our history and make it into a fun, comedy skit.”

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With the shared goal of community, connection and celebration, Chadwick held its first K-12


Community Time on Friday, Feb. 15.

ALL 872 STUDENTS and more than 100 faculty and staff members joined together

for activities in Pascoe Pavilion gym.

The celebration began with Middle and Upper School students gathering in their

assigned K-12 ”families.” Village students were then welcomed by their older peers with high fives, cheering and applause, creating a warm, inviting atmosphere.

Younger students paired with older students and played fun icebreakers, like a

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in a word or phrase how they identify themselves, and wrote their identifiers on big letters that spelled out “We Are Chadwick.” The morning ended with chants of “We Are Chadwick” by the various houses and a spirited dance party.

The event was planned and executed by the Directors of Chadwick’s new Centers

— the Center for Community Wellness; the Center for Ethical, Global Leadership; and the Center for Innovation and Research — in collaboration with the Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI), as a way to bring the entire school together to engage in uplifting community-building. The Center Directors and Director of Equity and Inclusion will host more K-12 Community Time events in the 2019-2020 school year.

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It’s fitting that at Chadwick School, where students are encouraged to embrace people from one family see each other on campus and high-five and hug, it makes people feel connected.” academics and co-curriculars, literature inspired a K-6 sports competition. Each Village House contains 10 families, and each family has 7-8 kids. Over the last five years, Village students and faculty have competed six Some of the activities the students have participated in this year, while in times a year in “House” activities on Friday mornings. The competitions their House or Family groups, include letter-writing to veterans, a Village include team-building type games, such as capture the flag or the gauntlet, scavenger hunt, leaving notes of gratitude around campus, K-12 Community not traditional sports. Time and more. “This brings everyone in and allows everyone, regardless of skill, to Many of the House activities on Friday mornings require participate. Everyone feels like they’re playing a part,” said collaboration to complete a particular task, such as one game P.E. Department Chair Wyatt Cameron. Inspired by the houses in the “Harry Potter” book series, “The programs unite that required students to use items to build a trail over the Cameron brought the idea of House to the Palos Verdes the Upper and Lower “river.” One of Cameron’s proudest accomplishments with the campus when he and his family moved from Chadwick International in 2014. Each Village student is a member of Village. Even though House program is the recent Spartan Race, where the entire one of four houses — earth, fire, water and air — and the we’re separated on Village completed an elaborate obstacle course — including climbing walls, a scooter maze, a swim across the pool, hurdleHouse events are often planned and managed by the House campus, it brings jumping, a track run and more — all across Commander Field Council of Upper Village students. “House allows kids to compete against others in their own the different grades and Pascoe Pavilion. Ahead of the big event, Cameron had the students do exercises to build up to the race, and used grade and on behalf of the other members of their house,” together.” the Spartan Race to teach the kids about grit and courage. Cameron said. “Any time you compete and rely on other “There were challenges throughout the course that the people, it bonds you in a deeper way.” students had to complete as a team,” he said. “The kids love However, what the games have triggered is much more it. You can see it on their faces.” than friendly competition. Cameron’s goal is for House to spread across campus and become a Paired with the already-established Village “families” — each family K-12 program. The benefits? Strengthening the community, the family, includes two sixth-graders and one student from each of the other grades, that is Chadwick. along with teachers — the programs have brought the Village together in “Kids in each House feel a sense of belonging. This has provided a deeper a unique way. connection among different age groups,” Cameron said. “In the Houses, “The programs unite the Upper and Lower Village. Even though we’re there’s a lot of spirit, community-building, camaraderie and belonging.” separated on campus, it brings the different grades together,” said Village School Director Dorothy Hutcheson. “Seeing a kindergartner sitting with a sixth-grader is all you need to know about the beauty of families. When C H A DW I C K S C H O O L . O R G




major construction project in 15 years — the Center for Innovation

and Research (CIR). This modern facility will focus on new opportunities

for interdisciplinary research, STEM, creativity, collaboration, innovative  thinking and entrepreneurship throughout the K-12 curriculum.

Approximately 75 Chadwick faculty, staff, parents, students,

trustees and alumni attended the groundbreaking ceremony on

Wednesday, April 10. Chadwick alumna Olina Wibroe-Benson, district representative for Senator Ben Allen, also attended the ceremony,

presenting Interim Head of School Jeff Mercer with a certificate of recognition from Senator Allen’s office.

“We are very excited to give our K-12 students a state-of-the-art

facility to spark their creativity, innovation, design thinking and much

more,” Interim Head of School Jeff Mercer remarked. “We can’t wait to see all that our students and faculty members will accomplish in this dynamic learning space.”

Jamie Kennedy, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Innovation and

Research, quoted a longitudinal study by NASA scientists that showed 98 percent of kindergartners are considered creative geniuses. By

“We are very excited to give our K-12 students a stateof-the-art facility to spark their creativity, innovation, design thinking and much more.” - Jeff Mercer Interim Head of School 2018-19

age 10, this number dropped to 30 percent, and by age 15, only 12 percent. In adulthood, the percentage is 2 percent.

“The good news is that creativity is not something gifted to some

and not others. It is a skill we all are born with, a muscle that we can

work out,” Dr. Kennedy shared. “Chadwick’s new Center for Innovation and Research will invite our students’ natural and innate curiosity to come to life and build their creative skill sets.”

Consisting of three connected, two-story structures, and totaling

around 6,000 square feet, the CIR will feature spaces for hands-on learning, engineering, robotics, computer science, math, seminars, labs and collaborative curriculum development. It is set to open in spring 2020.


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Summary of Strategic Direction



Chadwick School develops global citizens with keen minds, exemplary character, self-knowledge and the ability to lead.

Chadwick Schools are deeply committed to self-discovery through experience and reflection. Students develop the joy of learning, self-confidence, well-being and curiosity through interactive and practical experiences. Our schools share the Core Values of respect, responsibility, honesty, fairness and compassion. Through active participation in an intentionally diverse and inclusive environment, students make a positive impact within and beyond their own communities. By living and learning in a student-centered, collaborative atmosphere of excellence, integrity and trust, we come to expect the best of ourselves and others.

OUR CORE VALUES We aspire to live by these values, and we embed them in all we do at Chadwick School. Compassion Fairness Honesty Respect Responsibility

OUR CORE COMPETENCIES Every aspect of the Chadwick experience is designed to develop these six strengths in our students. Critical and Creative Thinking Character Courage Communication Collaboration Cultural Competence

OUR COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION Chadwick School provides an atmosphere that embraces diversity and models inclusiveness. We do this in a way that acknowledges race, gender, economic background, sexual orientation, ethnicity, ability, family structure, national origin and religious belief, both in lived experience and curricular material.







Teach a world-class educational program that develops global citizens with keen minds, exemplary character, selfknowledge and the ability to lead.

Attract and retain students, faculty and staff who are aligned with our Mission and Core Values and who strengthen our community.

Position Chadwick for long-term growth and success through strategic planning and investment in capital improvements.




Optimize programs, curriculum, pedagogy and systems to address learning, wellness, equity and inclusion goals.

• Continue using best practices to recruit and retain excellent and diverse teachers and staff in all areas of the school.

Identify further opportunities to attract students who are aligned with our academic program, Mission and Core Values.

• Continue to manage costs and sources of revenue carefully, ensuring Chadwick’s long-term financial health.

In alignment with our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, further diversify our student body, faculty, staff, administrators and trustees.

Expand financial aid resources and enhance support available to facilitate recruitment and retention of students from a large, diverse pool of applicants.

• Continue to improve the cohesion of the academic path from K through 12 and across disciplines. • Further enrich the emphasis on character and Core Values embedded in all Chadwick experiences. •

Continue to engage in evaluation of, and enhancements to, curricular and cocurricular programs through analysis of appropriate data.

Leverage the relationship between Chadwick School Palos Verdes and Chadwick International to provide more cross-cultural opportunities for our students, faculty and staff.

Establish three new centers that will integrate curricula in key areas: •

Center for Innovation and Research: Develop and strengthen opportunities for interdisciplinary research, STEM, creativity, collaboration, innovative thinking and entrepreneurship throughout the K-12 curriculum.

Center for Ethical, Global Leadership: Develop and strengthen K-12 programs to enhance students’ knowledge and experience of what it means to be a global citizen and leader.

Update the plans for our school and campus with input from all constituencies, and clearly communicate our plans to the Chadwick community.

• Negotiate a new Conditional Use Permit with Los Angeles County that supports Chadwick’s long-term goals. Financially support key areas of growth and development of the school, through increased philanthropic revenue. •

Ensure we have the facilities, technology, infrastructure and people to support Chadwick's future, including support for faculty housing, financial aid and improved classrooms.

Support our three new curricular Centers: Innovation and Research; Ethical, Global Leadership; and Community Wellness.

• Strengthen our culture of philanthropy by engaging and inviting contributions to these projects.

• Center for Community Wellness: Develop and strengthen programs to enhance student and faculty physical, social and emotional health and well-being.


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Chadwick Athletics had noteworthy winter and spring seasons, with school records broken, deep runs in CIF playoffs and a big win at a soccer tournament in Japan! In track and field, rising sophomore Cameron Walker won Prep League titles in the 100-meter hurdles and 100-meter dash, and broke the school record in hurdles. Rising senior Landon Dyson dominated the Prep League in the 100- and 200-meter dash, defending his championships in both events and posting an undefeated league record; and rising junior Alex Mainvielle won the Prep League 1600- and 3200-meter championships. The boys varsity golf team won its third straight Prep League title, with Eugene Moon ‘19 earning his third-straight Prep League MVP honor. Rising sophomore Jamie Brennan won Prep League MVP for swimming. This is just a glimpse at all of the accomplishments this year. For more individual student accolades, check out the “All-Prep League Honors” box below. In March, a group of senior varsity soccer players traveled to Chadwick International (CI) to team up with members of the CI soccer team and compete under one Chadwick banner in the MC Perry Cup in Japan. The boys emerged victorious and took home the championship trophy! Athletic Director Mike Farzley also made a big announcement at the end of the year — the addition of two new coaches, including former LA Laker Michael Cooper as the new boys varsity basketball coach and current Spanish teacher and accomplished soccer player Luis Morales as the new girls varsity soccer coach. We can't wait for the fall season!



BOYS VOLLEYBALL 1st Team Luke Wagner


2nd Team Dawson Goldsmith, Jr.

GIRLS WATER POLO 1st Team Ally DeGiorgio Olivia Maxson 2nd Team Natalie Tanios Ruby Wheeler GIRLS BASKETBALL 1st Team Megan Dinnegan Alexis Lew 2nd Team Hope Arnett Kate Chappell

Race Cameron will play soccer at UC Santa Cruz this fall.

Rising senior Landon Dyson was the Prep League Champion in the 100 and 200 meters.

The girls varsity softball team earned third place in Prep League, with four players receiving AllLeague Honors, including Alex Davisson pictured above.

Rising sophomore Kyle Lundberg prepares to volley at a boys tennis match.

Rising sophomore Cameron Walker, center, broke the Chadwick School record in the 100-meter hurdles.

Allison Coward and Grant Ho were honored at the Swim Team Senior Day.

BOYS BASKETBALL 1st Team Alex Rosso 2nd Team Duke Lindsey BOYS SOCCER 1st Team Race Cameron Troy Dillon Mitchell Masuda (GK) 2nd Team Mateus Edwards Tej Joshi Gibran Khalil GIRLS SOCCER 2nd Team Catherine Davodi Lily Hill Rane Zilmer SPRING

BASEBALL 1st Team Bryan Regan 2nd Team Jack Weiss

The senior team played hard all season with Alex Rosso earning First Team All-Prep League, and Duke Lindsay, above, finishing Second Team.


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The Boys Golf Team won its third-straight Prep League title and finished this year 8-0.

From left: Hannah Gordon, Kate Chappell, Katherine Garrett and Megan Dinnegan were honored at the Girls Basketball Senior Day.

Girls Basketball finished the season 10-2 in league play and advanced to the playoffs.

GIRLS SOFTBALL 1st Team Karlie Davison Alex Davisson 2nd Team Megan Dinnegan Ashley Liaw BOYS & GIRLS TRACK 100m Dash Cameron Walker 11m/110m Hurdles Cameron Walker 100m Dash Landon Dyson 200m Dash Landon Dyson 1600m Run Alex Mainvielle 3200m Run Alex Mainvielle BOYS & GIRLS SWIMMING 100 Butterfly Jamie Brennan 100 Breaststroke Jamie Brennan 100 Breaststroke Ryan Brennan BOYS GOLF MVP Eugene Moon 1st Team Eugene Moon Ben Scott Stephen Lee Jordan Lee Neville Linden

Rising junior Gabriela Valle hustles during a girls soccer match.

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Founder Margaret Chadwick’s vision for students to give back to society and find enrichment by helping others is evident in our Community Service program and its expansion each year. This school year, 74 percent of Upper School students chose to participate in community service weekly, serving at underserved schools, homeless shelters, assisted living facilities, homes for women and children, and more. Nearly half of the Class of 2019 spent their last three weeks at Chadwick dedicating themselves to meaningful service in the community, and 31 percent of the class volunteered all four years of the Upper School. Other Community Service programs throughout the year include packing food for families, a blood drive, coastal clean-ups, adopt-a-family for the holidays, serving meals to the homeless and many more. Village School students collected Halloween candy to send to soldiers serving abroad and put together care packages for families in need for the holidays. Two of the most cherished experiences in service are the trips to Salinas, Calif., in October and in March, when Upper School students stay at migrant farmworker camps, teaching the children art and science, and immersing themselves in the farming experience.

Rising senior Izzy Taulli tutors at the Boys and Girls Club.

Village students collected Halloween candy to send to soldiers abroad.

Rising junior Gabriela Valle and Amber Zheng '19 work with students from Sherwood Elementary School in Salinas, Calif.

Sixth-graders cleaned up the Makerspace as part of campus-wide service.

Community Service students at a beach clean-up in Redondo Beach.

Village students wrote letters to veterans.


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Rising senior Jared Nachman and rising junior Mackenzie Severns preparing chicken while volunteering at the Los Angeles Mission homeless shelter.

Rising junior Mariah Alvarado with students on the Salinas service trip.

From left: Rising senior Jacob Dulai; rising juniors Zev Kunianski and Kiki Akpakwu; rising senior Annie Hale; and recent graduates Caden Moskowitz, Amber Zheng and Taryn Gurbach prepare boxes for the Holiday Party at The Poverty Program, along with other members of the Community Service Advisory Board (CSAB).

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Faculty and students have engaging conversations at a Diversity Dialogue.

Families of Color Barbecue


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With a new Director of Equity and Inclusion, Ricco Siasoco, on board this school year, Chadwick advanced its dedication to programming that supports a “Dipperful of Humanity.” In the fall, Upper School student affinity groups — such as the Jewish Affinity Group, Safe Space and Latinos Unidos — were formed as a space for dialogue and reflection for groups of students with a common identifier, such as race, religion or sexual orientation. With Mr. Siasoco’s guidance, the school also launched a series of Diversity Dialogues, informal community conversations around topics of diversity, equity and inclusion. Students and faculty met to discuss topics such as activism in sports, African American beauty standards, mental health and migrant caravans. The school community joined together for food and fellowship at the Families of Color Barbecue in the fall, and again in the spring at the DEI Banquet, which featured powerful performances by the school’s gospel choir, Jubilee Singers. In November, 11 teachers and six students attended the People of Color and Student Diversity Leadership Conference, which included three days of deep dialogue, racial identity development and affirmation of the experiences of people of color. The DEI department is planning even more events in 2019-20, including joint events with the new curricular centers, like this year’s K-12 Community Time.

Village School Diversity Liaison and kindergarten teacher Sovie Chhin and her daughter, Sitara; Director of Equity and Inclusion Ricco Siasoco; and Upper School parent and Chadwick alumna Kristine Cioffi '88 at the Families of Color Barbecue.

The Asian American student affinity group held a K-Pop lesson as part of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.

Jubilee Singers gospel choir concert

Students watched a screening of the documentary "Intelligent Lives" with guest speakers from the Autism Society of Los Angeles.

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MODEL UN IN ENGLAND Eleven Model United Nations students traveled to Haileybury College (high school) campus in Ware, England, where they competed against more than 850 student delegates from 94 schools from all over Europe and the world. The Chadwick team consisting of Kaylen Chase, Sam Bogen, Claudia Etrillard and Charlie Cushman won the "Best Delegation Award," which is the top honor in the entire conference, and Kaylen Chase, Zach Goodman, Sam Bogen, Ilias Stamos, Claudia Etrillard and Charlie Cushman each won individual committee awards. After the three-day conference, the group and their MUN advisor, Interim Assistant Director of the Middle School and History Teacher Patrick Wallace, saw the sights in London, Paris and Versailles, and made a three-day trek through the Loire Valley.

MS ATHLETIC EXCHANGE TO CI Fifteen Middle School students traveled to Chadwick International on the Athletic Exchange in October 2018 to connect with C.I. students through sports and to share their home cultures with one another.

MANGROVE RESTORATION IN PUERTO RICO Six Upper School students, led by Chadwick science teacher Samantha Henry, participated in the week-long Mangrove Restoration service trip in Puerto Rico, working 30-plus hours to help rebuild mangrove forests destroyed by the recent Hurricane Maria while also learning about land rights, environmental justice, Puerto RicoUS relationships, social change, democratic citizenship, leadership and international development. The team traveled around San Juan to meet with local community and professional leaders and explored the country and culture — including a hike through El Yunque rainforest and sightseeing in Old San Juan.

CHADWICK AND CI SOCCER TOURNAMENT Six Chadwick seniors, led by Chadwick Varsity Soccer Coach Sal Diaz and Athletic Director Mike Farzley, journeyed to Chadwick International to participate in an international soccer tournament in March. The team of P.V. and C.I. students won in a shoot-out in Japan after spending two days in Songdo, South Korea, to attend C.I. classes, train with the C.I. team and visit historic sites in Seoul.


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Third-grade El Capitan trip

Ninth-grade Joshua Tree trip

Seniors joyously return from their three-week outdoor education trip.


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Third-grade El Capitan trip

A Chadwick rite-of-passage before their next journey to college: more than half of the senior class spent three weeks in the Southern Sierras for their Senior Trip, the ultimate test of endurance, responsibility and collaboration. In March, our seventh-graders spent a week in Joshua Tree hiking, rock climbing, rappelling and enjoying monitored solitude. In April, our eighth-graders prepared for their first Upper School trip by expanding their outdoor knowledge and hiking up to two miles a day. The students worked on campsite set-up, water purification, stove use and more. Also in April, our third-graders spent a few days in El Capitan Canyon near Santa Barbara, meeting live reptiles, testing water in the creek and hiking. Right before school ended, our juniors spend six days in the Southern Sierra wilderness, advancing their skills in leadership, map reading, navigation, risk management and more while spending one night in monitored solitude. Our Village School students got a taste of the Outdoor Education program with a two-day camp experience for sixth-graders, a day-long fourth-grade hiking and tidepooling experience and kindergartners getting an introduction to the program with a night on campus. And our fifth-graders braved the snow during their Pali Institute trip in January! The 2019-20 program kicks off with the 10th-grade trip to the Southern Sierras in late August.

Seventh-grade Joshua Tree trip

Junior trip in the Southern Sierras

Class of 2019 Senior Trip

Eighth-grade Spring trip

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A scene from the winter musical, “Mamma Mia”

Village School instrumental concert


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Grades 4-6 Vocal Music concert

The Middle School musical, “Aladdin Jr.”

The Performing Arts department wowed not only students, faculty and parents in the audience at their winter and spring performances, but the judges for the Jerry Herman High School Theater Awards, California Educational Theatre Awards and numerous others. Upper School students had the audience on their feet, dancing and singing along, for their lauded production of “Mamma Mia!” and the cast was chosen to perform in front of an audience of 1,200 at the Jerry Herman Awards in May. The Upper School Chorus had the great honor of performing at Carnegie Hall in New York City as part of the National Youth Chorus Concert in April. The Middle School Chorus won first place at the Music in the Parks Festival at Disneyland this spring. The Spring Dance Concert, “Every Grain of Sand,” featured beautiful student choreography, along with an original poem and work from sixth-grade students. Our instrumental music students in the Village, Middle and Upper schools dazzled audiences with brilliant performances this spring at the Chamber Ensembles and Orchestra concerts. Always a joy to watch, our Villagers entertained parents and faculty at their spring performances. And fifth-graders brought their history books to life with their student-created performance, “A Walk Through the American Revolution.” We can’t wait to see the next round of bar-setting productions this fall!

Spring Dance concert

Middle School orchestra performance

The cast of “Mamma Mia” received a well-deserved round of applause after performing at the Jerry Herman High School Theater Awards.

Christine Zak ’19 and rising senior Cooper Breus perform in a ChImps improv show.

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This school year, our students led multiple projects and teams related to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. The Middle School Robotics Team is bursting at the seams with students learning and applying engineering principles. This year also saw record enrollment in Middle School STEM electives, with many students opting to take more than their required semester of STEM. The Upper School Robotics team went to the State Championships, while the Upper School Math Team competed well all year, with rising sophomore Ethan Farah earning second-place overall for ninth grade in the 2018-19 Bay Math League competition. With the annual Pi(e) Day sale, the Math Club raised over $1,000 to provide an L.A. classroom with a set of calculators. Students also participated in an on-campus Punkin Chunkin competition, an online Rube Goldberg contest, the L.A. County and California State science fairs and more. And last but not least, we broke ground this year on a new Center for Innovation and Research (CIR), headed by Dr. Jamie Kennedy (see story, pages 24-25).


KIndergartners participate in Hour of Code.

Students work on a Physics assignment.


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Sixth-graders completed earthquake projects in science class.

Upper School Robotics class

Middle School Robotics

Students learn physics, chemistry and biology in Chadwick’s Integrated Science class.

Upper School students engage in a Physics class.

10th-grade chemistry

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Upper School Spring Art Show

Upper School Spring Art Show


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Students’ ceramic bowls on display at the Empty Bowl show

Artwork by rising fifth-grader Beesan Abusneineh

Chadwick’s Visual Arts students displayed their talents in force at the Upper School Spring Art Show, the Valentine’s Day Art Show and the Village School art display during Family Day, with works ranging from paintings and sculptures to mixed media, photography and more. Fourteen Upper School art and ceramics students won awards in the juried Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, with three earning Gold Keys and four earning Silver, among other awards. Several students entered juried shows at the Palos Verdes Art Center, and one clay piece was purchased by a board member! Nine junior and senior students entered the American Museum of Ceramic Art show, and several Upper School students showcased their student films as part of the first annual Media Arts Film Screening. Our students continue to show us the many benefits of visual arts — strengthening their creativity, lowering stress and providing an outlet to express their individuality.

Students throw a ceramic bowl during art demonstrations at Family Day.

Artwork by rising junior Daniel Plascencia

Valentine’s Day Art Show work by KC Chambers ’19

“Lip Glossary” artwork by Maddie Brady, Zu Kuniansla, Charlotte Suh, Cole Tanquary, and Gabriela Valle in the Valentines Day Art Show.

Artwork by rising junior Gina Park.

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Where Are They Now? C L A S S 0 F 2 0 15





New York University — Tisch School of the Arts Drama Plans: After graduation, continuing to live with my cat and work in New York City, except for the month of July where I will be residing in Cleveland to participate in an international theatre festival in a play directed by Syrian director, refugee and friend, Naila al-Atrash. Besides acting, I also work in creating my own work, collaborating with the work of my peers and directing.

University of Michigan Biomolecular Science Plans: I am moving to Chicago to work in healthcare consulting for Huron Consulting Group. I plan to apply to medical school in the future. Favorite Activity: Study Abroad in Bangkok, Thailand for a summer and a semester in Cape Town, South Africa to learn about global health. I was also involved in Women’s Club Water Polo and Alpha Epsilon Delta, which is a prehealth honors society.

Tufts University B.A. in International Relations, Spanish, and Peace and Justice Studies Plans: I will be working for Walmart eCommerce in San Bruno, California. Favorite Activity: Tufts Tamasha (dance team), Tufts International Development: Ecuador

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign B.S. in Recreation, Sport and Tourism, Sport Concentration Plans: I am excited to work in event management for Nate Henry, the Director of State Championships this summer at the Special Olympics headquarters in Bloomington, IL. Favorite Activity: Intramural soccer and greek life





University of Miami - 2018 B.S. Marine Science and Biology Plans: I’m excited to be back in California and I plan to pursue a Ph.D. in Marine Biology in the near future. Favorite Activity: Greek Life: I served as recruitment chair for my sorority, Chi Omega, and Sweetheart of Alpha Sigma Phi. In fall 2018, I was chair of our combined Homecoming team. USC Wrigley REU: After my summer Research Experience for Undergraduates at the USC Wrigley Institute on Catalina Island, I presented my findings and represented my cohort at the Ocean Sciences Meeting.

University of Southern California International Relations in Global Business; Technology Commercialization Plans: UCLA Law School — Media, Entertainment and Technology Law and Policy Specialization Favorite Activity: Ecological security research in the Arctic; senior thesis published in World Outlook, the Dartmouth Journal of International Affairs.

Stanford University B.A. in Human Biology, Minor in Theater & Performance Studies Plans: After performing in three plays with Stanford Repertory Theater over the summer, I’m moving to Hollywood to pursue my career in acting for film, television and theater. Favorite Activity: Student theater, Stanford Dance Marathon

Tulane University B.A. Finance Plans: Investment Banking Analyst at J.P. Morgan Favorite Activity: Soccer, Investment Club


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JACK HILL Loyola Marymount University B.A. in Economics Plans: I will be starting work full-time in El Segundo at the end of May with potential plans of pursuing an M.S. in Business Analytics. Favorite Activity: MAGIS Service Organization, Lion Transfer Network




Creighton University B.S. B.A. with majors in Marketing and Economics Plans: I will be working in either Denver or Chicago. Just finishing up the last round of interviews, but looking forward to what is ahead! Favorite Activity: Attending the Creighton basketball games with all the close friends I have made over the years and studying abroad in Barcelona, Spain, for a semester.

University of Arizona Social and Behavioral Sciences Plans: Find a great job and enjoy my freedom! Favorite Activity: Internship/work and spending time with friends.

Vanderbilt University Neuroscience and English Plans: I’ll be attending the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California beginning in August.

ZOYA KHALIL John Hopkins University B.A. in Psychological and Brain Sciences Plans: During my gap year, I will be working in a research lab at USC and teaching MCAT prep with Kaplan Test Prep as I apply for medical school. Favorite Activity: During college, being a part of JHU JOSH, a Bollywood fusion dance team, was one of my favorite memories. Going to competitions around the country and serving as competition coordinator and treasurer were some of my best college experiences. I also enjoyed serving as the Recruitment Chair for my sorority, Kappa Kappa Gamma, during my senior year.




Middlebury College International Politics and Economics Plans: After graduation, I will be traveling to southeast Asia and enjoying California before I start full-time at Goldman Sachs in New York City. Favorite Activity: Middlebury Consulting Group, Middlebury Women on Wall Street

Southern Methodist University B.S. Health and Society Plans: Attending University of Southern California’s Master’s of Marriage and Family Therapy program! Favorite Activity: Greek life, exploring Dallas!

Santa Clara University B.S. in Computer Science and Engineering, Music Minor Plans: After graduating in June, I will be returning to the L.A. area to work as a Full-Stack Software Engineer at Centerfield Media in Playa Vista. Favorite Activity: Club volleyball, choir/music

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University of Michigan B.S. Computer Science, B.S. Data Science Plans: I will be interning with Disney in Orlando for seven months in their Experience Insights and Analytics department before returning to Michigan for my Master’s degree in Data Science. Favorite Activity: Running in the Ann Arbor Marathon with my friends and going to the Big House for football games.

Bucknell University B.A. in Economics and Environmental Studies Plans: I will be working for Oracle in the Boston, Mass. area as an Incoming Sales and Business Development Consultant. Favorite Activity: I served as president of the class of 2019 and as one of the presidents of Bucknell’s campus activities and events.

University of British Columbia B.A. in International Economics Plans: Start a job in June with Imperial Oil as a Retail Support Analyst in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Favorite Activity: My two summer internships at the ExxonMobil Business Support Centre in Moncton. I worked to improve the reporting of key performance indicators and on special projects to benefit commercial customers of the Supply Management Support team. I also enjoyed the community fostered in the Born for More club.

University of Texas at Austin B.A. in Economics Plans: After graduation, Meg Knox (also ’15) and I are traveling around southeast Asia for three weeks. Then, I’m moving back to Los Angeles and starting work at William Morris Endeavor in Music Central.





Bucknell University B.S.B.A. in the College of Management, Majoring in Managing for Sustainability Plans: This fall, I will be starting as a Technology Analyst at Deloitte Consulting. I will be focusing on creating technological solutions for the government public sector in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Favorite Activity: In my first semester at college, I became a leader for a program called “Buckwild.” This program takes incoming first years into the backcountry as a pre-orientation week-long trip. I have been lucky enough to lead the past three years. I also joined the Division I women's rowing team my first year.

University of Arizona French and Francophone Studies Plans: I will be graduating from undergrad in December of 2019 and pursuing a career in the sports marketing industry. Favorite Activity: Sports Marketing Association Club networking trip with professional sports organizations, including my favorite team, the Los Angeles Lakers

University of Colorado – Boulder BFA in Ceramics Plans: This upcoming year I plan to collect my bread, work on my artwork and finish one more year of college. Favorite Activity: Throwing on the wheel, RAW Ceramics club, UrbanConscious and happy hour

University of California, Los Angeles B.A. in Geography and Environmental Studies Plans: Upon graduation, I will start work at Cushman and Wakefield in downtown Los Angeles. I also plan to travel to Munich this Fall to explore folk culture in Germany and to continue my undergraduate studies on the effects of fermented hops on the human body. Favorite Activity: Being a member of the Division 1 Women's Rowing team for all four years of my collegiate career. I also spent December of 2017 and 2018 traveling along the eastern coast of Australia.

LINDSEY WALLER Vanderbilt University B.S. in Cognitive Studies and Political Science Plans: Moving to Dallas to work for McKinsey & Company Favorite Activity: Alpha Kappa Psi business fraternity, teaching yoga in Nashville


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The Distinguished Alumni Award is given to a person whose life experience embodies the Core Values of a Chadwick School education: compassion, fairness, honesty, respect and responsibility.

ON SATURDAY, OCT. 12, 2019, Chadwick School alumni, parents, parents of alumni, faculty, staff and friends of the community are invited to join us as we honor Peter Swartz ’89 as our 2019 Distinguished Alumnus of the Year. Peter has made a significant contribution to the advancement of others, to the improvement of his community and has made significant accomplishments in his career. Peter is a Partner and Portfolio Manager for Graticule Asset Management Asia. He was previously a Portfolio Manager at Fortress Investment Group for the Fortress Asia Macro Fund. Peter joined Fortress in March 2010 as a Managing Director and Equity Analyst covering the Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) sectors. Prior to joining Fortress, he was a Director of TMT research at Galleon Group. Peter previously was a Partner with Agnos Group, a TMT focused fund. He also covered the TMT space at Moore Capital. Peter graduated from Chadwick School in 1989 and received his BA in Economics from Yale University.


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t was thought of as something for the rebels and hippies and ne’er-do-wells,” Mel recalled. The Torrance native spent every chance he could catching waves at P.V. Cove, Haggerty’s, Indicator and other South Bay surfing spots. His love of the ocean began as a child, when he was introduced to it by his father. Although Mel only spent his high-school years at Chadwick, the school would be central to his life’s path. It’s where his sister, Diane, befriended an East Coast transplant in class named Kim Sartorius, who, years later, would hit it off with Mel. It’s where he developed close bonds with his instructors, including Jackie Murphy, the French teacher whose husband, Amos, would preside over Mel and Kim’s wedding. And, looking back, it’s where Mel’s confidence and creativity first flourished. “I feel very grateful. I really look back fondly at my years at Chadwick,” Mel said. “I think the fact that they relish one’s individuality, that’s one of the things they cultivated in people.” Today, he and Kim live in Santa Cruz, where their well-known store, Freeline Surf Shop, is celebrating 50 years in business. (Kim ’66 is the sister of retired Chadwick physical education teacher and girls golf coach Gus Sartorius ’72. Their father, Robert Sartorius, was the school’s former general manager.) Having grown up attending public schools, Mel said he was in for a big change when he arrived at the tiny, tight-knit Chadwick campus as a freshman. “The classes were small, and it was a pretty insulated community when I was there,” he said. “The teachers were a quirky group. They were your friends as well as your teachers.” Mel remembers having the school’s founder, Margaret Chadwick, as an English teacher. At the time, the school had boarders, which made for an interesting cross-section of students, including the children of movie stars. Mel can only recall a handful of other

students who surfed. On campus, he was on the baseball and swimming teams. After graduating in 1964, Mel enrolled at UC Santa Barbara, where he spent more time hitting the surf than his books and returned home after one year. He met Kim at a summer beach party. She went off to USC, and Mel moved south to attend San Diego State University. He began building surfboards in his garage and got a job at Gordon & Smith Surfboards, refining his skills and learning a trade that had been dominated by a handful of craftsmen. “It was a period of time when surfing was changing a lot,” Mel said. “When the late ’60s happened, there was a lot of revolution in everything, and it spilled over to surfing and people started building and experimenting.” The Mels got married in 1968 in the Sartorius family’s backyard in Palos Verdes. They moved briefly to the North Shore on Oahu, Hawaii, where Mel built surfboards and Kim sold Avon products. When she became pregnant with their son, Peter, they decided to move back to California, settling in Santa Cruz, a beach town they had visited on their honeymoon up the coast. There were only a handful of surf shops around at the time. But surfing was growing in popularity, and Santa Cruz, too, was growing, with the recent addition of UC Santa Cruz. Freeline Surf Shop opened in 1969. Mel built his custom boards and ran the shop on the side of his home on 41st Avenue. The business took off, expanding to sell wetsuits and apparel, and moving four times over the decades. Today, Freeline Surf Shop is a well-known institution.

After their son was born, Kim went to UC Santa Cruz and the Golden Gate University School of Law, going on to work in family law for the Santa Cruz County District Attorney’s Office. Peter became an accomplished professional big-wave surfer and today balances running Freeline Surf Shop with his wife, Tara, and a career as a commentator for the World Surf League. Peter and Tara’s son and Mel’s grandson, John, is also a pro surfer, competing around the world. (Mel still hits the water at 72, though these days, he sticks to kneeboarding. Kim never took up surfing.) In October 2016, Mel was at the Boardroom International Surfboard Show’s annual Icons of Foam ShapeOff, where six competitors tried to replicate a classic Freeline Design keel fish model surfboard. Even though Mel handed off the business to his son, he still shapes custom boards (he jokes that today, he specializes in “old guy” boards) and considers himself “semi-retired.” While many surfboard makers now use computers for their designs, Mel prefers doing everything by hand. It’s an art form that still brings him enjoyment. Mel said he can trace one of the most important skills he developed in his business — building interpersonal relationships — to his days at Chadwick. “The surfing community is a pretty tight, tribal group. I specialized in doing custom stuff, and I enjoyed the face-to-face interaction with customers,” he said. “Some manufacturers strove to build as many surfboards as they could, but I kept my business relatively small.” Kim, too, said Chadwick’s influence on her life was profound, even if she only attended the school for her junior and senior years. She swam, played softball and basketball, and was president of the Girls’ Athletic Association. Like her husband, Kim said it was the personal relationships with friends and faculty that she remembers most. History teacher P.G. Lee and English instructor Bill Holland are especially memorable. “I think I got a very good education, and I do appreciate that because it really did help me when I went for undergrad and law school,” she said. “I don’t know that I would’ve been able to get through it if I hadn’t had the basis I had at Chadwick.”

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Chadwick went on the road to host the inaugural Portland alumni reception on March 13. Chadwick current parent, Thomas Mooney, generously hosted the event at his distillery, Westward Whiskey, in downtown Portland. More than 30 alumni, parents of alumni and former faculty/staff members gathered with one another for a spirited evening! Thank you to Thomas Mooney for the gracious tours of the facility and for the tastings.

1. Bob Rule '76, Thomas Nutt '82, Chadwick International parent Philip Hickenbottom, Douglas Kawahara '72 2. Riley Loftus '12, James Simmons '12, Kyle Ulman '12, Austen Peterson '13, Montana Morgan '13 3. Paula Jackson '66, Sanders Feldhorn '67, Laureen Feldhorn, Lawrence Williams '90, Rick Learned '62, Jennifer Jackson '62, David Pearl '00 4. Philip Hui-Bon-Hoa '17, Betsey Goodwin, Yerim Mo '17, Daniel Kim '17, George Goodwin '66 5. Austen Wright '10, Natalie Behenna '11, Jillian Lee Shaw '05, Carlyn Robertson '10 6. Jeff Mercer, Daniel Fishman '07










CHADWICK PROFESSIONALS 1. Ruby McFarland '11, John Lane ’06, Doug Biedenweg, Nikki Lane '09 2. Kyle MacDonald, Riki McDermott Swindler '05, Ellie Healy '06 3. Douglas Biedenweg, Marc-Lloyd Raminceanu '10, Alexander Milovanov 4. Peter Miller '85, Bob Hodgkiss, Garrick Peters '87 5. Art Merkin, Noelle Merritt, Joy Milan

In December 2018, the 7th Annual Chadwick Professionals Networking Mixer was held at Tin Roof Bistro in Manhattan Beach. Over 65 alumni, parents, parents of alumni and friends of the school gathered to network, foster relationships and expand their career contacts. This holiday mixer is always very well attended. Please save the date for the 2019 Holiday Mixer: Wednesday, December 4. All members of the Chadwick community are welcome! On April 30, 2019, Chadwick Professionals hosted an evening networking mixer at Paul Martin’s in El Segundo. This event provided all attendees the opportunity to meet new parents to the community, alumni from all years, as well as friends of the Chadwick community who work nearby. Please contact Monica Augustyn Buck if you would like to be a featured speaker at the 2019-2020 Chadwick Professionals events: alumni@chadwickschool.org.





On March 14, over 55 alumni from the years 1960 – 2018 gathered with Interim Head of School Jeff Mercer, Director of Alumni Relations Monica Augustyn Buck, Director of Annual Giving Mary Baldovin and Director of Risk Management Bob Rule ’76 for a lovely evening overlooking the Bay Bridge. It was a wonderful evening of reconnecting and networking for Chadwick School and Chadwick International alumni.

The Chadwick Alumni Office hosted over 40 alumni and alumni parents on April 25 at the spectacular Top of the Hub (50th floor of the Prudential Center) in downtown Boston. With an unmatched panoramic view of the city’s skyline, Chadwick alumni enjoyed hearing updates about the school while enjoying a beautiful sunset over the Charles River.





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ALUMNI COLLEGE PANEL Alumni from the classes 2017 and 2018 returned to Chadwick on January 9, 2019 to talk to juniors and seniors about preparing for college and what to expect their freshman year. They provided helpful (and entertaining!) insights and answered student questions. All alumni were invited to campus that afternoon to enjoy lunch – catered by the In-N-Out Truck – with Chadwick faculty and staff. Thank you to the following panelists for coming back home to Chadwick! Anna Baronsky, Connecticut College Ejayy DeVaughn, Harvard Stacey Jung, University of California, Berkeley Jordan Wong, Wellesley Phillip Hui-Bon-Hoa, Boston College Celia Myers, TCU Alana Donley, UCLA Hunter Koontz, Iowa Arianna Menzelos, Columbia Claudette Proctor, Bowdoin College


LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA On Thursday, May 30, over 70 alumni attended the annual LA Regional Alumni reception at the tallest open-air bar in the western hemisphere, Spire 73. With a beautiful sunset and spectacular weather, alumni enjoyed reconnecting with fellow classmates while overlooking all of Los Angeles. Thank you to everyone who joined us for a great evening!

5-YEAR REUNION AND 10-YEAR REUNION The classes of 2013 and 2008 celebrated their 5-year and 10-year class reunions on Dec. 21, 2018 at Alta House in Hermosa Beach. Approximately 115 alumni attended! Thank you to everyone who also donated to Chadwick to commemorate their reunion years.


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1. David Cohen ’03, Interim Head of School Jeff Mercer, Kevin Martinez ’10 and Gary Martinez ’04 2. Anne Wong and Lauren MacMillan ’89. 3. Peter Miller ’85 and Cameron McIntyre ’87 4. Samantha Nadella ’03, Lucas Buck, Michael Minter ’78 and David Cohen ’03




Jasper Jin '08, Naomi Gilens, Adi Kadmar '08, Tim Watson '08


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Jared Kramer '13, Rick Hong' 13, Victor Martinez '13, Jimmy Courteau '13

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Class of 2019 agents Olivia Varady, Charlie Boiler and Alex Rosso with Alumni Director Monica Augustyn Buck.


Alumni Speaker David Harris '14

SENIOR ALUMNI INAUGUR ATION DINNER Chadwick School Class of 2019, faculty and staff and the members of the Alumni Board gathered on Wednesday, June 5, to welcome the newest alumni into the Chadwick Alumni Association at the Senior Alumni Inauguration Dinner. David Harris ’14 was the featured alumni speaker and spoke about how Chadwick prepared him not only for college and for his major in Mechanical Engineering, but also for the rigorous work he is involved with for the new NFL stadium in Inglewood. Congratulations to our newest alumni, the Class of 2019!

CHADWICK SCHOOL’S 11TH ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT Monday, Oct. 28, 2019 Palos Verdes Golf Club chadwickschool.org/golftournament



CHADWICK’S SECOND ANNUAL DAY OF GIVING KICKED OFF WITH AN AMBITIOUS GOAL: 275 donors in 24 hours to earn a $10,000 challenge gift to support financial aid. Members of Chadwick’s Alumni Board issued a second challenge, agreeing to match gifts from first time donors up to $1,000. Our alumni came through in spades, handily earning BOTH challenges! Special email messages, videos and social media posts helped get the word out. Several alumni and faculty made special videos to encourage alumni to “drop everything and give!” Videos can all be viewed on Chadwick’s Alumni Facebook page. By the end of the day, 347 alumni had contributed gifts totaling over $37,000! And to secure the Alumni Board Challenge, 66 alumni made their first ever gifts to the school.

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All alumni giving is directed through the Annual Fund to the Delphinus Fund for Financial Aid unless otherwise specified by the donor. We are extremely grateful to our alumni whose giving ensures that the Chadwick experience remains consistently exceptional for every student in every year. Thank you for being #ALLINFORCHADWICK!


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BOB ROESSLER Chadwick sixth-graders had a special attendee at their talent show performance at The Canterbury senior living community on June 7 — alumnus Bob Roessler ’40. Bob not only enjoyed the students’ musical and comedic performances but the chance to meet and talk with our Village students.

Fred Fuld III ’70 directing “Phonies”



FRANK JOHNSON Life is good at the Sagewood Retirement Community in Phoenix. My wife Sally — of 64 years — and I enjoy our 14 grandchildren and five greats (with the sixth on the way.) I don’t fish anymore like I did in California, but our older son lives in Vero Beach, Florida, with a boat and promises to take me out to “catch a big one” when we visit him next. Our grandchildren’s weddings and college graduations are keeping us busy as well. We recommend the Sagewood to any Chadwick grads 65 and up. Lots to do and very friendly people!

RANDY HAVESON I just released my second book! “The Ego Cleanse: Becoming Your Own Best Friend” is about ridding yourself of the obstacles that get in the way of your success and provides tools on building selfesteem and discarding ego. Thank you to Karen Stephens for being the first one to tell me, “You’re a gifted writer. That could be a career for you one day.”


PETER FORD Happy news from Peter and Lynda Ford — our first-born son, Aubrey, and his bride, Heather, are expecting their second child, a girl, this September. Second son, Ryan, and his wife, Kat, just celebrated the first birthday of their daughter, 50

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Great Grandson of Jacqueline Peters Green ’64

Doug Wolfe ’74 with wife Debbie


FRANNIE BINGHAM KERR To my classmates and those who knew and loved Ray Young, please send your sympathy on the loss of his beloved, Sandy. They were married for 64 years. He is living in New Zealand, close to his daughter and grandchildren.

I worked several places on a variety of aircraft. In 1988, I started working with the FAA on their fleet of aircraft stationed in Oklahoma City. Now, 31 years later and 39 years in aircraft maintenance, I am looking toward retirement. Or maybe just another job. If there are any Chadwick alumni living in Oklahoma, please contact me. Otherwise I will have to hold the Oklahoma alumni gathering by myself.

Bob Roessler ’40 with sixth-grade Chadwick students

Charlotte. We’ll be celebrating our 49th wedding anniversary this December.

young surfer on the WQS tour. (Read more about John Mel on pages 42-43)



JOHN MEL John and Kim (Sartorius) Mel celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary last year and still reside in Santa Cruz. John is semi-retired and the family surf shop, Freeline Design, is now run by son, Peter, and his wife, Tara. John’s grandson (also named John Mel) is an aspiring

JACQUELINE (LYN) PETERS GREEN Still loving life in Hawaii!! I have a new great-grandson! Julian Jay lives just down the road! I’m doing lots of volunteer work for the civic center and the quilt museum. Life is good!


JEAN LIPPETT PFAELZER This has been an exciting couple of years. I live in Washington, D.C., and teach at the University of Delaware with a joint appointment in English, Asian Studies and Women’s Studies. My last book, “Driven Out: The Forgotten War Against Chinese Americans” was translated this year into Mandarin and published in China. Today, the film “The Chinese Exclusion Act” with PBS director Ric Burns won

the Organization of American Historians Documentar y of the Year award. I worked on scholarship on the writing, and almost all of the visuals came from that book. It was fascinating to tell this story visually. I’m finishing “California Bound: The History of Slavery in California,” which will be published in 2020. I’m married to Peter Panuthos for forever, and we have three kids and three grandkids. The oldest, Johanna Pfaelzer, just took a job as Artistic Producer at Berkeley Rep, moving from New York. The middle, Jon, is a detective in Nassau County, Long Island, and our youngest, Sophie, works for Apple. So, our work and family are drawing us West. We spend as much time as

1982 we can at our cabin in Big Lagoon in Humboldt County, where I write and we kayak, cook and hike. We are an inter-racial family and are watching the nightmare at the border with horror. Our youngest, born in Arizona, is frequently asked for her passport. So, we will go back as soon as I can. Meanwhile, I volunteer for a human trafficking organization teaching English to courageous young women who are taking their traffickers to trial. Some of us from ’65 are Facebook friends and happily stalk each other in the ether so you know this news. Would love to hear from any of you and hike with you or cook for you in Humboldt this summer. pfaelzer@ udel.edu


FRED FULD III My two latest books are now published: “Investment Trivia” and “Real Estate Trivia.” I also just finished producing and directing a TV sitcom about telemarketers called “Phonies.”


DOUG WOLFE It has been 45 years since graduation. In 1978, I moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma, where I attended Spartan School of Aeronautics. In April 1980, I moved to Oklahoma City and began a career as an aircraft maintenance technician. I hold an Airframe and Powerplant License with an Inspection Authorization.

SHARON STONE LEDESMA Since meeting at Chadwick in 1978, Roy ’82 and Sharon are still happily married and living in Boise, Idaho for the past 10 years. Our three sons have all grown up and moved out. The oldest, Teo, graduated from the Naval Academy in 2016, spent two years stationed in Hawaii and now lives in San Diego with his fiancé, Allison, a fellow Naval Officer. Sam graduated from the Naval Academy in 2018, is currently in flight school in Corpus Christi, Texas, and will marry his high-school sweetheart, Brooke, in June. After graduating from high school, Max lived abroad for a year, working for an environmental company in Israel, then lived in New York for a year, and is now back in Boise finishing college at BSU. Roy teaches math C H A DW I C K S C H O O L . O R G


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Ellika Healy’s ’06 wedding

AMANDA JONES Congrats to Amanda Jones on officially completing her threeyear Guide Dogs for the Blind instructor apprenticeship, which required practical, hands-on experience in training both our dogs and our clients, as well as a comprehensive academic course of study. (More information can be found at: https://www.guidedogs. com/blog/new-guide-dog-mobilityinstructor-amanda-jones) I raised three guide dog pups at Chadwick, around 1998-2001!

Sharon Stone Ledesma ’82 and family

and is the athletic director at a Boise private school that is a lot like Chadwick; he also coaches girls basketball, manages Naval Academy applicants for the State of Idaho, and is on the board of USNA Alumni Association. Sharon is an RN, practicing wound and hyperbaric medicine, and is the president of the Reform Jewish Congregation. Phyllis Stone still lives in Ladera Heights, and Roy’s parents live near us in Idaho.

Jax Cole ’98 with baby daughter, Gaia Pearl Cole


ALEXANDRA ROSS Alexandra has been awarded the 2019 Bay Area Corporate Counsel Award for Privacy. The awards are given by the Silicon Valley Business Journal to outstanding in-house counsel throughout the Bay Area. https:/w w w.bizjournals.com/ sanjose/news/2019/3/15/AutodeskAlexandra-Ross-corporate-counselawards.html


JAX COLE On Dec. 8, 2018, Jax Cole gave birth to a little mermaid, Gaïa Pearl Cole. She was 5 pounds, 15 ounces of water baby at birth, and now, at age 2 months, her moms are proud to report she has doubled in size and beauty. Everyone is healthy and well and getting used to the new lifestyle.


ELLIKA HEALY El li ka Hea ly ma rried Kyle MacDonald in Palos Verdes on Dec. 1, 2018. The wedding was held at La Venta Inn and included many wonderful Chadwick alums: Zoe McKinney, Rochelle Dugan, Nikki Lane, Ruby McFarland, John Lane, Jenn Johnson, Charlie Friedland, Casey Reed, Caitlin Fowler, Ellison Thomas, Riki Swindler, Priya Kumar and Nik Healy.

Amanda Jones ’01 with her guide dog


BRAD HEAD JJ Bowling ’07 won his sixth Fantasy Football title this year in what was the 15th season of our league’s proud history. Thirteen members of the Chadwick Class of 2007 have been passionately maintaining the spirit of “The EZLeague” since their fresh-man year. Unfortunately for Andy Barnes ’07, this year’s last-place finish will always be remembered as the season to forget.

Aleena Qazi ’14 at La Colombe Coffee in SoHo


ALEENA QAZI In the fall of 2018, I moved to New York City and started a full-time job at People magazine. I work as a graphic designer on the editorial team, designing primarily style and beauty pages. I recently worked on the pages covering the Oscars and Met Gala. I’m so happy to have my dream job!

IN MEMORIAM John Callender ’59 William Charles Kaesche, III ’59 Louis Sims ’65 Lorna Russell ’64

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Phillip Hui-Bon-Hoa ’17 Boston College, Class of 2021

I got my start being lucky enough to intern at a Chadwick parent’s company, Menemsha.

Phillip Hui-Bon-Hoa in modern space at work

From middle school, I remember learning about a ’growth mindset’: “this is the key to success,” Mrs. Elortegui used to say.


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At Menemsha, I interned at the smallest team within the 200+ person organization, business development. The team had four people, including my lowly intern-self; however, being 4/4 caused me to learn fast and imitate frequently. While at Menemsha, a friend reached out to me about a company he started and had raised a bit of capital for. This company was Perigaph, an attempt to create a subscription-style news application — pay one fee, get access to all news. Bullish on the idea but ever so green, I decided to join him on this journey. Fast forward five months, 100+ failures and many late nights, we decided to ‘pivot.’ Pivoting is hard because one acknowledges they have completely failed. However, failure is not a bad thing, and that is something Chadwick taught me from the beginning of my high-school experience. Chadwick cultivated an environment in which one could fail, and fail and fail without lifechanging ramifications. From middle school, I remember learning about a ‘growth mindset’ — “this is the key to success,” Mrs. Elortegui used to say. With this mentality deeply ingrained in me, Will (my cofounder and CEO) decided to turn Publist into a B2B SaaS company that served large organizations. Our product, Publist, was an enterprise-grade version of Google Alerts. One could use logic for more precise queries; integrate with modern work tools like Slack, Hubspot and Salesforce; and distribute this information in a meaningful way. However, after raising an additional round of capital, moving to San Francisco, having 10+ employees and working 9-9 on ‘my baby,’ I was constantly burdened with the omnipresent question, ‘Do I leave school?’ After much consideration, discernment and myriad conversations, I decided it was best to return to school. But, my story is filled with serendipity. As I was leaving San Francisco, a friend and associate

at Emergence capital hosted a dinner. I was thankful enough to sit with the managing partner of Dorm Room Fund in Boston. After explaining my plight, she urged me to apply to be head of marketing for Dorm Room Fund. Head of marketing? Am I qualified? What am I going to do? All of these questions plagued me. But, Chadwick taught me to always take the risk. After going through an arduous application process, I was thankful enough to get the job and meet some of the most amazing peers I could have asked for. At this time, I met Trevor. Knowing I should fulfill my parents’ wishes in finishing school, I was wary of seeking another venture-backed endeavor, as this would urge me to leave school. So, I stumbled upon services and businesses I could scale to my time and availability, giving me ultimate flexibility while still being able to stay in school. Trevor and I then started Abacus, a full-stack growth marketing agency servicing seed-series A companies. Since then, Trevor and I have been able to work with some fantastic companies and people, such as the founder of Bleacher Report and even a Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist. Luckily, Abacus is growing quickly, and we are now working with some of the premiere early-stage startups funded by top firms like Sequoia, A16Z, First Round and more. Much of this story I owe to luck; yet, this story is also riddled with failure. Thanks to Chadwick, my ‘failures’ were not in vain. I was able to learn from these setbacks and move forward in a positive fashion. With Abacus, we hope to continually iterate and scale, all hopefully while I am in college.







1. History Department Chair NATALIE JOHNSON, Ph.D., and her wife, Rachel, welcomed son, Samuel Johnson Baker, into the world on April 22. Samuel weighed 7 pounds, 13 ounces and was 19 inches long. The family is healthy and enjoying their time together! 2. Upper School history teacher NELSON MIRANDA got engaged to Megan Nevels on March 9 in Santa Barbara. Nelson and his fiancée are planning a spring 2020 wedding. Best wishes to the happy couple! 3. GORDON RUFF, Chadwick’s Application Admin, earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology from Western Governors University earlier this year. This was Gordon’s second stint in college and led him to seven new IT certifications along with his degree. Congratulations, Gordon! 4. NICOLE LYTTLE, Head Coach of the Girls Varsity Volleyball team, just earned her master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Concordia University in Portland, Oregon.



Nicole said she loves being part of the Chadwick community, and we’re proud to have her on our coaching staff.

on Wednesday, Feb. 20, at 11:09 p.m. The family is happy and healthy. The Village is excited to have Christe back in their office this Summer!

5. RICCO SIASOCO, Director of Equity and Inclusion, gave the keynote address at UC Santa Barbara’s 6th Annual Social Justice Conference on Saturday, April 20. The conference theme was “Engaging the Past, Envisioning Our Future.” Ricco’s keynote centered on the historical efforts of activist elders, student activism that uplifts marginalized people, and future visions of what collaborations among communities can look like. We’re proud to have Ricco mentoring student activists on our campus as well.

8. Art teacher MEAGAN SEGAL ’04 completed a sketchbook for The Sketchbook Project at the Brooklyn Art Library. Her theme revolved around the complicated relationships humans have with life and death. She combined anatomical drawings with literary and philosophical quotes, all hand-drawn. Her artwork will go on a mobile tour, stopping in L.A. on Sept. 5, and will later be permanently housed in the Brooklyn Art Library with 45,000 other sketchbooks by artists from around the world. Her sketchbook (B516183) can be found on the project website, www.sketchbookproject.com. We’re so glad to have Meagan teaching Mixed Media, Ceramics and Graphic Design to our sixth-grade through Upper School students!

6. P.E. teacher MEGAN LAMB, third-grade lead teacher SANDY SWANSON and fifth-grade lead teacher JULIA CHO completed the La Jolla Half Marathon on April 29. The trio celebrated their finish with an ice-cold beverage! 7. CHRISTE GRECO, the Village School Office Manager, and her husband, James Neiditch, welcomed a beautiful baby girl, Mia Neiditch,

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Upcoming Alumni Events 2019 JULY 23

Alumni Board Summer Social


Orange County Regional Event with Head of School Dal Sohi


Chadwick Professionals


Alumni Awards Brunch


Reunion Weekend for Classes ending in “4” and “9”


College Care Package Evening


Boston Regional Event with Head of School Dal Sohi


New York City Regional Event with Head of School Dal Sohi


Chadwick Professionals Holiday Mixer


Alumni Athletic Day


Class of 2009 Reunion and Class of 2014 Reunion


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