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March 2012 Volume 3, Issue 1 324 West 15th Street New York, NY 10011 (212) 741-2800 CorlearsSchool.org

Alumni Newsletter CorlearsSchool

From the Director of Placement and Alumni Relations Welcome to the third edition of the Corlears Alumni Newsletter. It is always wonderful to share all of the news about our alumni. We here at Corlears would also like to share some of our news with you. School opened this year with the completion of Phase I of our expansion project. We returned to a beautiful new space that has been seamlessly joined to our original school giving us new piazzas on almost every floor, a lovely new lobby and yes - an elevator! We invite you to come and visit. In October we celebrated the life of Corlears’ founder, Irene Neurath at a memorial attended by alumni, parents, friends and Irene’s family. There were shared stories, memories and refreshments made up of Irene’s favorite desserts. Some of the Corlears founding parents were a vital part in the planning of this very special day. Be sure to check Corlears School Alumni Facebook for photos. We are also hoping to establish an alumni e-mail bank in order to share our news and events with you. Also, our alumni Facebook page has grown and we hope to keep expanding our pool of Corlears friends. The last bit of our news is that after 20 years at Corlears and 30 years total in admissions and placement, I have announced that I will be retiring at the end of this school year. It was a very major decision as Corlears and all of you are very special to me. Enjoy this Newsletter and continue to send us anything that you would like to see included. Please contact me if you have any additions, changes, corrections and e-mail addresses at: rorryr@corlearsschool.org Connect with Corlears: Facebook-Corlears School Alumni Website-Corlearsschool.org


1970s Abigail Pogrebin ’75 - Walden/Riverdale Country Day School/Yale - Abigail was in the orininal Broadway cast of the musical ‘Merrily We Roll Along’ in 1981 at the age of 16. She wrote about her experience in Showstopper an Amazon Kindle single book. Read about Abigail’s experience in the New York Post, Friday, February 10, 2012. Some photos from the October 2011 memorial celebrating the life of Corlears founder, Irene Neurath.

Matthew Sissman (early 1970s) “Hey folks, I attended Corlears School in the early 1970s until I moved away from New York City in 1973. I would be interested in getting back in touch with any of my classmates who attended at that time.” Marc Blitz ‘78 “I received a B.A. from Harvard University in 1989 and a J.D. and Ph.D. in political science from the University of Chicago in 2001. I’ve been a law professor here in Oklahoma City for 6 years, teaching many different courses and focusing my scholarship on freedom of speech, privacy law and law and technology. During the 4 years before beginning my teaching here, I was a practicing lawyer working on telecommunications, intellectual property and national security law issues - in Washington D.C. I remember working on the Corlears School Press (C.S. Press), a school newspaper that I and a group put together with the encouragement of a teacher around 1976. (Do you have any copies on file?) I also fondly remember the plenty of opportunities I had to exercise and develop my creativity at Corlears - from artistically transforming each of a teacher’s marker squiggles into a distinctive character or structure, to sculpting a 3D model of Manhattan, to designing and creating a Capture-the-Flag board game and then playing it on a regular basis with other students. You can reach me at: mjblitz@post.harvard.edu


1990s Jonathan Lehman ’96 - Riverdale/Stuyvesant/Harvard - NY Post Copy Editor who covered Harvard sports for the Crimson from 2004-2008 including the Knick’s Jeremy Lin’s first two seasons. See two large articles by Jonathan in the NY Post Thursday, February 9th and Friday, February 10 about Jeremy Lin. Margot Sakoian ‘97 - Packer Collegiate/Bates/ University of Virginia Darden Business School—Class 2014 Blair Baron ’99 - Calhoun/Vassar - Blair has joined Teach America and is working in North Carolina

2000s Zoe Atlas ‘00 - Poly Prep/ Union College - Accepted to Quinnipiac University School of Law Hugh Burckhardt ’00 NYIT/FIT - Photographic journal of the Lower East Side of Manhattan and documenting in photographs ‘Occupy Wall Street’ Andrew Jarrell ’01 - Northwestern University Xander Green ’01 - Calhoun/NYU - Spending a semester in Europe – returned to Calhoun’s Performing Arts Center to give a free performance of his NYU Steinhardt Music Theory and Composition junior recital, his original pop songs and a poetry suite featuring music set to three poems by Robert Frost Nick Shatan ’02 - Little Red/Bard/University of Chicago - Majoring in river planning Zachary Sussman ’02 - Dwight/Skidmore Lisa Brix ’03 - Blair Academy/Hofstra University Zoe Snow ’03 – Little Red School House/Mt. Holyoke Zara Goldberg ’03 – Berkeley Carroll/Wheaton College Alec Ezratty ’03 - Browning – honor roll, awards in poetry, peer tutoring,, foreign language – Skidmore Maximillian Saint-Preux ’03 – Browning – awards in original oratory-drama, music, honor roll - Dartmouth Tom Carswell ’03 – Poly Prep/Hobart


2000s continued Angelica Leon ’03 – United Nations International School/Cornell Jessica Bradley ’03 – Village Community School/California State University Lauren Eckersley ’03 – United Nations International School/Eugene Lang College Kaitlyn Cummings ’03 –Epiphany/Notre Dame/University of Maryland Hannah Silverman ’04 – Little Red School House/early decision Brown University Sam Haskell ’04 – Poly Prep – National Merit Scholarship commendation Rebecca Green ’04 – Calhoun – co-captain of girl’s varsity volleyball team Zohar Simonson ’04 – ORT Rothschild, Ha Shomron School, Israel Abigail Dugan ’04 – St. Luke’s/Marymount – Captain of the girl’s varsity basketball team and co-captain of the volleyball team. She was voted MVP of the basketball team and has won the AAIS All Star award voted on by the coaches from all the other girls’ schools in her league. Abigail continues as a Peer Assistance Leader, Chair of the Athletic Committee, Marymount Ambassador and Eucharistic Minister. Sarah Bernstein ’04 – United Nations International School/University of Michigan Brandon Valentin ’04 – Browning – award winner in math competition David Valentin ’07 – Browning – awarded for high citizenship standards, music, foreign language and honor roll Alec Morea ’07 – Browning – awarded for high citizenship standards, MVP in baseball Alexander Mullaney ’07 – Bank Street/St. Ann’s Claudia Mullaney ’07 – Manhattan Country/ St. Ann’s Del Schunk ’08 – Browning – awarded for high citizenship standards, MVP doubles tennis Stella Solasz ’08 - Stephen Gaynor – co-captain of girl’s basketball team - From the Gaynor Gazette: “The co-captains lead the girls in their warm-up run, lead the stretches and have the final say in what the girls will wear for spirit. They have taken on the role above and beyond, taking the initiative to put together a team e-mail and phone list to remind their teammates what to wear on game day and giving words of encouragement.”


Van Cameron ’08 – Gateway/Winston Prep – Sponsored by STEMinds, Van will present at Harvard University his project on vertical farming. Tying into this study, Van won first place in Manhattan for best research in LEGO Robotics competition. He will present at the Javits Center the weekend after his Harvard presentation. Jorie Coe ’11 – Berkeley Carroll – Jorie appeared in the middle school production of Anne of Green Gables


Alumni Newsletter | Spring 2011