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Vol. XII, Issue 5 Francis Parker School May 2010



The Demand for Transcendence at Parker (p. 11)

Matthias Nikaj leaves Parker with some final words of wisdom. By Matthias Nikaj

PEOPLE WHO ENTERTAIN Seniors: Friends with Benefits (p. 24)

Claire and Ben (sadly, without their other halves) talk about the benefits of having senior friends. (p. 24) By Claire Bryan and Ben Peters

PEOPLE WHO GRADUATE College Map (p. 42-43)

Are you curious where that senior in your photo class is going to college? Turn to the College Map to have all your questions answered. (p. 42-43) Compiled by Nicole Aquino and Marisa Canepa

Editor’s Note / Barometer (p. 4) GBU: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (p. 5) Just Doing My Thing (p. 6) Lolz: Lessons Learned From an After Prom (p. 7) An Overdue Thank You (p. 8) Bananas, Blondes and Love Lives Gone Wrong (p. 9) Ain’t Nothing but a Thang (p. 10) Shoebox (p. 10)

Summer Checklist (p. 20) Summer Concert Preview (p. 21) Out and About: The Best Dining in San Diego (p. 22-23) Scribe Summer Movie Picks (p. 25) Dear Mr. Potter: You Have Been Admitted to the Wizarding World (p. 25) Gossip Girl (p. 26) Hot / Not / Trendy (p. 27)

Scribe Seniors of the Year (p. 32) 20 Years from Now (p. 33) Pranksters: A History of Francis Parker Senior Scoundrels (p. 34) Senior Confessionals (p. 35) Kinder Buddies: A Parker Tradition (p. 36) When I Was in Elementary School (p. 37) Words of Wisdom (p. 38) Senior Standouts: Scribe Style (p. 39) Last Wills and Testaments (p.40) Quad Rants (p.41)

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 Farewell Mr. Mitchell (p. 12-13)

The Scribe says goodbye to Mr. Mitchell, our outstanding Head of Upper School for the past 19 years.

Front cover design by Claire Reiner

Which ‘07 graduate is playing professional baseball? Take a look at page 31 to see where alumni athletes are now. By Cameron Songer and Michael Schreiner

By Maddie Thurman and Liza Gurtin

We, the Students: A Look into the Revised ASB Constitution (p. 14) Baby Boom (p. 15) Greetings from Lithuania (p. 16) Make it a “Staycation” (p. 17) A Look into Café Parker (p. 18) Let’s Talk Jobs: Your Guide to Getting a Summer Job (p. 19)



Where Are They Now? (p. 31)


Back cover design by Laura Hinman Parker Seniors Taking Their Games to the Next Level (p. 28-29) Student Spotlight: Deon Randall (p. 30)


Editors-in-Chief Meagan Harris Maddie Thurman Managing Editor Kira Newton Editorials Editors Simone Leonard Sara Linssen Features Editor Liza Gurtin Entertainment Editors Sloan Christopher Madeline Peeling


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Sports Editors Michael Schreiner Cameron Songer Etcetera Editors Kara Jones Grace Paluch Graphic Designer Laura Hinman

Scribe Staff 2009-10

Share with us any questions, concerns, or comments you have about the magazine. Your opinions matter. Email us at

Staff Writers Suzanna Ahern Brian Alpert Nicole Aquino Aly Barrett Claire Bryan Marisa Canepa Berkeley Cavignac Erica Finfer Emily Heft Anna Hobbs Alia Kiran Walker Newton Matthias Nikaj Hannah Ostrow Ben Peters Claire Reiner Haley Robinson Elizabeth Stanfel Henry Thurman Kaity Wilson Michael Zamost Consultant Michelle Adelman Adviser Nancy Danzo



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Editor’s Note

By Meagan Harris

Judging by the number of new college jackets I saw the Monday after Spring Break, I was not the only one who spent the vacation touring potential schools. Maybe I was the only one who, at some point while boarding a plane, had a sudden thought: The future is terrifying. And now, as the school year is hurtling like a roller coaster toward its conclusion, the future seems a whole lot closer than it did just a few long weeks ago. In many ways, that is reassuring. Beach breezes are wafting in through the open classroom doors and with them come all the promises of summer. Beyond that, a tiny dot on the horizon is next school year. This year’s freshmen will be experienced veterans of high school, sophomores will be upperclassmen, and juniors will, at last, have senior privileges. And the class of 2010 will be off to college (to see where, check out the college map on page 41 and 42). They leave behind jokes and laughter, advice (see page 38), and countless memories (turn to page 40). But the senior issue is just as much about commemorating the past as it is celebrating the future. It seems like there are a thousand things to do between now and then, from studying for finals to writing page-long messages in yearbooks to checking out who will be your roommate next year. These moments are so anticipated, so prepared for, that sometimes it feels as if we’ve been building up to them our entire lives. But while we perform the last rituals and traditions of the dying school year, we must also look back on the past and live in present. With that in mind, The Scribe proudly presents the 2010 Senior Issue and invites you to stop, relax, and breathe. Count to ten, slowly. Now think back, to kindergarten, to freshmen year, to the beginning of this year, to a few weeks ago. Remember that you survived— whether it was a terrible locker, APs, college applications, or high school. But really, is that what it’s all about? Even if you’ve had senioritis since you were a sophomore, high school is not a matter of outlasting it, or even about preparing for college. Take the advice of the seniors, and have a good time. Remember those small moments with a kinderbuddie (turn to page page 36), those deep secrets of high school (for some examples, go to page 35), and even go back to elementary school (page 37). Take another breath. Maybe look a few short weeks into the future, and it’s summer. Plan a staycation (for help go to page 17), or go on an adventure. Take advantage of the long days, and make the days last even longer. Because before you know it, it really will be your Junior Day of Fun, or your turn to vote for a senior standout. So slow down. Don’t rush through school, even the final weeks. Enjoy each day, and maybe the future isn’t so scary after all.



barometer Talent Show: If we ever forget what amazing talent is concentrated in the Parker student body, all it takes to remember is two rocking nights in J. Crivello Hall and Quinn White in a cowboy hat singing “Devil Went down to Georgia.”

Crepes in the Cafe: The only thing better than crepes on the grill is scooping up the whipped cream with the delicious summer fruit.

Seniors: Sure, being the oldest on campus is great and all, but even getting senior privledges can’t fill the void left by the class of 2010.

The Never-Ending School Year: With the APs finally behind us, the countdown to summer has begun. But with the final day of school a week later than last year, the number of days left is just depressing.

Trashing the School: 48 forks and 15 plates were found in the cafeteria trash cans in a single day. That’s not counting the dozens left around the campus and the hundreds of pieces of trash. We have a great campus; let’s keep it that way.





The end of the school year means it’s time to peer into the future and select your classes that will best benefit you when considering what college you hope to attend some day. The real dilemma, though, is that Parker offers too many interesting and exciting classes and there are not enough class periods to fit them all in. This year especially, with an increase in elective options and trimester class offerings, it is heartbreaking to have to make a choice between two equally appealing classes. It is a rare instance in which students want more classes, but Parker’s overwhelming course offerings are creating havoc for the indecisive and conflicted student body.

It is clear by the beaten-down, estranged looks on the faces of Parker students that our school has been encroached upon by a dark and ominous epidemic: stress. May is the time of AP exams followed quickly by finals in June. Because this was just too easy to handle for our prestigious student body, we decided to add SATs, ACTs, and SAT IIs to the mix. During this time when we are shoving overwhelming amounts of information into our brains in late night cram sessions, we have to remember to take a look around and realize that there is a world outside of AP review sessions. Too much weight is given to standardized tests, and we need to find a balance. Take your tests, do your best, but don’t forget to enjoy the few days of the school year you have left.





For some, the close of the 2009-2010 school year marks the end of schooling here at Parker. For others, it marks one step forward in educational advancements, but also an era of new beginnings. Forget the start of the New Year; most resolutions to eat healthy and not procrastinate dissipate in the midst of finals and AP exams. Now is the time to start fresh; reinvent yourself. As the stress of the final days of school begins to wear off, take time to focus on yourself. The summer is sure to offer adventure and fun, so take advantage of all the opportunities your life has to offer and get off your butt, pause your game of W.O.W., and enjoy the sun and a fresh start.


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y sister has always wanted to be an actress. When we were little, she would make me perform with her in little concerts for my mom’s video camera. She’d put together a whole set list and tape it on the side of the fireplace, and in the videos you can see her checking what’s up next at the end of each number. She spent every waking moment singing and dancing and talking and looking at herself in the mirror, and I was so overwhelmed that I just sat on the floor in silence and did whatever she told me to. Throughout our childhood, she was always working towards something. She wrote a play in second grade, a drama featuring the American Girl Felicity, and then she started doing plays at the JCC, and then she starred in the 8th grade musical at her school. She went on to do summer theater programs and join the high school choir and participate in the school plays and musicals and eventually attend Northwestern’s theater program. The whole time she seemed to be inching her way towards this long-term goal, and her love of the theater was, as far as I was concerned, just icing on the cake. I bounced around a lot more. I played the violin; I played basketball; I did History Day. And it never occurred to me to be worried until a relative said one day to 12-year-old me, “So, Charlotte has theater. What’s your thing?”



I didn’t know until then that I was supposed to have one. But I did know that I didn’t love the violin, or basketball, or History Day the way my sister loves theater. And the more I thought about it, the more worried I became about not having found whatever it was I was supposed to find. Whatever it was, I was determined to find it. And that’s the mindset with which I started high school. I knew that I could find what I was looking for at the intersection of what I loved and what I was good at, but I didn’t know what either of those things were. Then I joined The Scribe. I signed up freshman year because the photo elective was full and journalism had two spots open, and I wanted to be in an elective that my friend and I could take together. I didn’t love it at first. Sofía Ruiz and I were the only freshmen, and we were intimidated by all the upperclassmen, and even more so after the first article we wrote was torn apart by then-senior Philip Mardoum. But for the third issue of the year, I got to write a sensationalized review of MTV’s My Super Sweet Sixteen, and I was hooked. The writing didn’t come easily to me at first, and it took me several months to figure out InDesign, but I fell in love with the camaraderie, with the late nights, with Ms. Danzo’s readiness to praise and her faith and trust in me. I loved writing

about whatever I felt like, and I loved being relatively good at it. I liked feeling needed, and loved, and like I belonged; I had found not only my “thing,” but also, as cheesy as it sounds, a family. I was lucky to find it in high school, but unlike with theater, a love for writing means I have no specific career direction. But the majority of my friends have a long-term goal that is about as vague and intangible as mine is—they want to study how art affects political movements, or they want to be the next Christopher Hitchens, or they want to go into international relations or psychology or finance. But in all likelihood, this will change and morph into something almost unrecognizable over the course of our college years and afterward. I may end up working at some Scribe-like publication in college, and maybe I’ll even get a job at one after I graduate, but maybe not. The important thing is that I found something to get me through high school, and more than that, a jumping off point so I won’t be completely overwhelmed when I choose my courses for the fall. My sister’s passion came in the form of a career goal, some people’s relate directly to a college major, and some people’s are just a hobby that makes them happy. But that’s the ultimate goal, isn’t it, to find what makes you happy? It’s, at the very least, a good place to start.

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Lessons Learned from an After Prom

By Alia Kiran It seemed to all come down to this one last bash. All the “prama,” the dressbuying, hair and makeup appointments, and planning were dependent on this one night. It was the night that would make or break us. As I sat in IHOP with about 15 of my friends, there was no doubt in my mind that we made it. But more important than treasuring the night was treasuring my friends. I chose to go to the IHOP on Balboa Avenue and listen to Jocelyn Silver tell a 5-minute long joke in a funny accent, with the word “purple” uttered about 100 times, instead of trying to find a way to get on the exclusive party bus, or even attend a catered party at a La Jolla mansion. Not that these things weren’t lovely, or that they wouldn’t have been fun to go to. It was the fact that I wanted to be with all my friends. Before this night, precious hours of lunchtime had been spent on the discussion of what our group was doing after prom. Some advocated Lindsey Steinart’s, using reasons like catered breakfasts. Others advocated Matt Tannenbaum’s because of its lack of exclusiveness. But neither, for one reason or another, sounded very appealing to me. Just when it seemed as though everyone would go their separate ways, and we would spend our last prom divided, a brave voice stood up and said, “NO!” Last minute changes were made, and we decided to find a 24-hour IHOP and then get a little sleep at Hannah Ostrow’s house. We knew the plan. What we didn’t know is whether it would turn out right. So instead of sipping from red party cups, we sipped from IHOP mugs with

mediocre coffee and laughed and ate and listened to my date say things in a Scottish lilt, crawled under tables, and were rowdy at an IHOP at one in the morning. We fit seven people in a car filled with musical instruments and drove to Hannah’s cozy abode in La Jolla, where we ate buttermilk pie made with love. We sang songs with Eric Ingram playing the acoustic guitar. We were serenaded to sleep by R. Kelly. We talked about the DJ Fatz days, the History Days, the journal-

ism days, the sportz days, the Starbucks after school days, even the Alia-runs-forsophomore-rep days. It was in the living room of that warm house that I realized that all the people I would miss the most in the years to come were the people surrounding me. At the same time, it finally hit me that I wouldn’t be seeing most of the people there, at least not as intimately. Sure, maybe out of the 15 people in that room, I would Skype with four, maybe five of them. I’d probably see about three of them during the school year. And maybe

one, but hopefully more, I will actually keep in contact with for the rest of my life. We’re all going on to bigger (and some would even say better) things. We’re starting our lives as adults (kind of), we’re making new friends, we’re developing new interests, and we’re almost becoming whole new people, in a way. I’m so excited to be a new person. I will be the first (and only) one to say I cannot WAIT to blow this Popsicle stand. But there’s that little child inside of me who is nostalgic. So nostalgic that writing this article makes me develop that lump in my throat. So when Hannah asked me what I wanted to do after prom, I said the thing that made the most sense: Be with my friends. Even if it meant forgoing the popular events. And this, my friends, is what little gem of advice I can give to you. I know right now it will just seem like a piece of coal, but just like a piece of coal can turn into a diamond with lots of work, this advice will too: Treasure your friends, even if they can be so annoying you just want to slap a HO (Hannah Ostrow, that is.) Bear with them because rest assured, they bear with you when you’re having a crappy day. If they don’t stand by you, well, you know who your real friends are. Always remember what’s important. Oh and one last thing, don’t ever rip up your sophomore rep speech five minutes before you must give the speech. At least, not if you want to win. Trust me. Been there, done that.



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An Overdue Thank You

By Michael Zamost

As I sit at my com-

puter on April the 28th, 2010, intent on completing my Senior Editorial, I am faced with a task too gargantuan to fathom, let alone execute. Traditionally, Senior Editorials are approached from one of two angles. The first approach involves summing up one’s high school experience and subsequently reflecting on it; the second involves offering advice to one’s reader. This puts me at a bit of a roadblock. As it happens, I am plagued by a minor, self-diagnosed, cerebral condition that prevents me from remembering anything worthwhile. As it also happens, I give absolutely terrible advice, which in many cases has led to the suffering of those unfortunate enough to have sought my guidance. So, for the last piece I will ever write for The Scribe, I will take myself out of the foreground altogether, and instead offer praise to the school that I’ll be leaving behind. My friends and I often joke that Parker is actually an insane asylum disguised as a school, providing its inmates (the students) with a taste of a “typical teenage life.” It must be noted that anecdotes involving particular teachers are the main source of fuel for our extended joke (try flipping through the yearbook and finding just one “normal” teacher).But if we are to mention the lunacy of our faculty in one breath, we must issue a sincere statement of gratitude in the next. The teach-



ers at this school are all bite-the-back- my fair share of run-ins with Ms. Southof-your-hand brilliant, and I’m going worth, and other authority figures over to have a very difficult time saying my the last four years, and I have always good-byes come graduation day. Over been a little bit bitter about the amount the past four years, Parker teachers have of times that I’ve been chastised for my played a principle role in the goings-on disrespect for the dress code. Recently, of my life, more of a role than I’m com- however, I’ve come to realize how much fortable admitting. Some of their idiosyn- the people mentioned above - even Ms. crasies have even rubbed off on me, and I Southworth - have impacted my life for often find myself thinking, “How would the better. They give so much (advice, Mr. So-And-So react in this type of situ- compliments, detentions) and ask for ation?” It’s easy to say that the teachers so little in return, and Parker students are supportive, accessible, and experts should recognize how fortunate they in their fields; indeed, college brochures are to have non-factulty staff memoften espouse these generic sorts of com- bers that care as much as Parker’s do. pliments. But it’s much more difficult to Lastly, I’d like to express admiration express just how the Parker faculty mem- and awe for the campus itself. In the nightbers establish lasting connections with time, especially, our school has a heaventheir students. I might even venture to say ly aura about it, and I’m honored to have that I’ve learned more from my outside- studied in such an overwhelmingly beauthe-classroom experiences with teachers tiful place for the last four years. I can than during the 8:00 to 2:30 school day. only hope that the campus will remember Every Parker teacher I’ve had the plea- my being here, and that when I come back sure of knowing has struck me as a one- to visit, I’ll manage to feel as proud as I in-a-million type gem, and I am eternally once did to have called this place home. grateful for the education, both scholastic and moral, that I’ve received in high school. My second Francis Parker Faculty great thanks goes out to all four years here at of Parker’s nonFrancis Parker. faculty staff: the administrators, the custodial staff, the cafeteria workers, the Mr. Thiebachs, the Mr. Morrisons and the Mr. Mitchells. I’ve had

Michael Zamost

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Bananas, Blondes and Love Lives Gone Wrong We, Berkeley and Suzanna, have been best friends for some time now. Fourteen years to be exact. We’ve grown up with each other and have learned a lot of stuff along the way. This stuff will probably never cure cancer or get us out of this economic crisis, but hopefully it will put a smile on your face. We’ve never formally interviewed each other before, so we don’t really know where to start…here it goes.

By Suzanna Ahern and Berkeley Cavignac Berkeley: So Suzanna, how do you feel about bananas? Suzanna: Good. I just ate one, thank you! It was green and it left a funny taste in my mouth when I finished it. It’s like the particles were still left on my tongue. I can still taste it. B: That’s cool. Okay, pick a song that sums up your entire high school experience. S: “Fireworks” by Animal Collective because it makes me go crazy…in a good way. And that’s how I feel about school. You? B: “Party in the USA” by Miley Cyrus. ‘nuff said. S: Oh, you’re such a Miley. Just not as scandalous. Speaking of scandals, what are you looking forward to most about college? B: A fresh slate. I’m so excited to meet new people in a completely different place that I am 100% unfamiliar with. Bring it on, baby. S: Well, I’m sure people won’t be as excited to meet you. Jokes! How are you going to describe me to all these new friends of yours? B: I would describe you as the kooky aunt with all the cats. But you’re that girl I can always depend on. Always. You make me laugh so hard that I cry and you give the best advice. You keep me grounded and let me know when I am being a beezy. Sometimes you can even be too sweet, and it can get sickening, but enough about you…what would you tell

your cool, suave NY friends about me? S: That you’re like a baby goat that is so cute and cuddly, but is sometimes stubborn…but it’s kind of great. And you tell it like it is, which is good because you need someone in your life who’s not going to sugarcoat things. But you’re also the most fun to be around because you know how to have a good time, and you have all the good DVDs! B: Gee, I am so glad I can provide you with those. Remember that time you took me to that dirty hipster music venue? It definitely wasn’t my scene and I kind of wanted to run away, but I could tell you were so happy there and in your element. S: Oh yeah…ha ha. But you secretly liked it; I was glad you came. B: Me too. That’s when I really realized we had become such different people. At first, it made me sad because I thought we had grown apart, but it was just a case of being interested in different things. And that’s okay; it’s good to have friends that aren’t exactly like yourself. S: Yeah, we’re like two peas from different pods. So if you could redo anything from high school, what would it be? B: I think I would have taken the ACT a sixth time. Just kidding. But really, I wish I would have lived more in the moment rather than planning for the future so much. I’m an organizer, and when things didn’t go according to plan, it really threw me off. I want to work on that. S: Yes, you definitely pre-ordered a lot of movie tickets.

B: Well, we never missed a showing! If you could give advice to kids in high school, what would be your pearls of wisdom? S: I would tell them to break out of their comfort zone and try different things. You’re never going to know what you’re good at until you try and it’s fun meeting different types of people. My junior year, I didn’t know anybody in pep band, but I took the class because it looked like fun. I met some really rockin’ people. LOL. B: Totes. I remember seeing you coming out of that class so happy everyday. That’s when you really came into your own. S: Yeah, good times, bro. What was your defining moment of high school? Let me guess: Homecoming Queen? B: You would think so. Actually, this is a really hard question, so I’ll just go with that. S: Alright, let’s wrap it up. Final words? B: From all of us here at Channel 4 News, stay classy, Francis Parker. S: I can still taste that banana!



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Ain’t Nothing But A Thang By Henry Thurman In my last days of high school, I find myself reminiscing about the past four years. During the process of tests, big projects, and finals, it felt like high school would never end. However, now with only a few days left, high school seems to have gone by so quickly; it is a bittersweet feeling. I am so glad to be done with high school and moving on to the next chapter of my life. Yet, there is a part of me that feels melancholy about

leaving Parker and all it has offered me. It has been an awesome four years filled with great memories. From winning CIF soccer championships and Mr. FPS my freshman year to guys cheer and being on Honor Roll my junior year. I have alsomade some great friends whom I hope to remain close with forever. These friends have given me stories and experiences that I will carry with me into the future and eventually tell my children. I

have one piece of advice to offer everyone: enjoy high school. Enjoy everything it has to offer, try new things, and take risks. High school is a time to have fun, so have fun, and live it up!

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The Demand for Transcendence at Parker By Matthias Nikaj French philosopher Gabriel Marcel once warned of what he called “the functionalized person.” Using the example of a lonely subway ticket taker –someone whose interaction with humanity is, daylong, confined to short, superficial relations with customers, and who, after work, is too tired to lead an active social life— Marcel asserted that the thrust of modernity, the thrust of depersonalizing human relations while expecting ever-more efficiency, can lead to “broken” people, people who see themselves as the sum of all the functions they perform –student, employee, athlete, son— and nothing more. The challenge in the life of the functionalized person is scheduling time-tables for performing these functions and then doing so with reasonable efficiency; to a Parker student, this may sound like a reasonable depiction of his or her life. To Marcel, however, it was spiritual suicide, the disease of our time; the functionalized person, he argued, soon loses sight of what ought to be the basis of human existence, which Marcel called the demand for transcendence or the sense of wonder. The demand for transcendence was what allowed life any value; it took you away from the pettiness of the present and put you in touch with something beyond yourself, something old and good and infinite. The demand for transcendence is what makes us pause to stare at a beautiful sunset, what makes us want to sit with someone we love in silence, what makes us spend hours trying to find music we like. It’s the pursuit of happiness and the pursuit of beauty; it’s why

we go on vacations, why we go out with our friends, why we go to parties, why we dance, why we live. It’s a feeling in your chest and if you’ve experienced it–and we all have, but may have forgot-

no distinction between an hour spent being with someone you love and an hour spent studying for your AP Physics final even though, in the grand scheme of things, the distinction could not be starker. At Parker, it is precisely when we hear talk of students “balancing their academics, athletics, art, community service, and social life,” that we are actually admitting that we have a problem; by listing “social life” as a function alongside academics and athletics, we are cheapening it. To find people you love and to be with them, to watch a beautiful movie or a beautiful sunrise, to sing obnoxiously with your friends or listen quietly to the birds, to go out and explore the world or to stay in and appreciate your home; these are imperatively not things to do in your “free” time, to be sacrificed if free time cannot be found. These things constitute the fundamental basis of your life. They are your life, and if you do not do them, you, like Marcel’s ticket taker, will very soon find yourself losing touch with your humanity; you will walk and talk and breathe like the rest of us, but inside, in a quiet moment, you’ll know there’s something wrong. No one at Parker will tell you that. I suspect many people have, in the cold flurry of their lives, forgotten the need for, and even the possibility of, transcendence. I myself had forgotten it for a time, but I remembered it this year, my senior year, and –apologies to all my teachers—if I remember nothing else, I shall be wholly content.

When’s the last time you penciled in time to watch the sunrise? ten—you know what it is and know it cannot be described; I shall not try. Fulfilling the demand for transcendence and coping with the failure of not doing so forms the essential tension in all of human existence, but here at Parker we are in a bit of a peculiar situation, a situation that, having lived seven years in, I think I have enough experience to describe. At Parker we are all in dreadful danger of becoming functionalized. In fact, there is an unceasing chorus of parents, faculty, peers, counselors, experts, and so on, pushing us in that direction. Take 6 AP classes, schedule 45 minutes of homework for each, take two varsity sports, do 20 hours of community service, learn an instrument, join six clubs, attend school events, and still –you’re slacking! How can a Parker person not become functionalized? Once we begin to see our life in terms of a schedule, we necessarily begin to dehumanize ourselves. All those things we never had to make time for as children – those little non-essential things that make life worth living— those are the first to go by the wayside in a scheduled life. When’s the last time you penciled in time to watch the sunrise? A timetable makes



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Farewell Mr. Mitchell

A goodbye to an outstanding Head of Upper School

By Maddie Thurman and Liza Gurtin the school. This rare experience of working at the same institution where his children were attending school meant a great deal to Mr. Mitchell and was one of the highlights of his time at Parker. “It’s unusual for people to actually be able to go to school with their kid… I have special memories of dressing up on Halloween and letting them decide what I wore,” Mr. Mitchell said. The small-town feel that Parker maintains made up some of his fondest memories. According to Mr. Mitchell, one of his greatest accomplishments during his time at Parker was the growth within the Mr. Mitchell beams as he reflects on his Parker legacy. school. This includes: he culmination of each school increase in the size of the student body, year is consumed with bittersweet additional programs and course offergoodbyes; this year especially, as it ings, and development in student life. marks the departure of Parker’s Head of The year before Mr. Mitchell arrived, Upper School Mr. Patrick Mitchell. Re- there were 224 students at the school, flecting on his nineteen years of devoted less than half the size the current Upper service to Francis Parker, it is evident School student body. that the school has not only grown in a “Mr. Mitchell came to Parker the same literal sense during his tenure, but also year I did (1991),” said English teacher developed immensely as a community. Mr. Chris Harrington. “At that time the Since he first began working at Parker in school was much smaller, not nearly as 1991, Mr. Mitchell has clearly left a sig- established as it is now. We didn’t realnificant impact on the school as well as ize it at the time, but in retrospect it feels its students, faculty and staff and he will like we were in the minor leagues back be dearly missed. then. Since that time Parker has grown Before becoming Head of Upper immensely, transforming itself into a true School, Mr. Mitchell was a Parker par- major league operation, and Mr. Mitchent; both his son and daughter attended ell deserves a lot of credit for overseeing




this enormous period of growth.” Another main issue when Mr. Mitchell took over was that student life was almost nonexistent. “The Headmaster at that time [Jerral Miles] said it was like Death Valley here at night,” Mr. Mitchell said. Now, with the talent show, athletic events, Unplugged, and school dances, it is rare to find the campus empty in the evenings. An amazing thing about Mr. Mitchell is that he is very involved in student life. Every student at Parker has seen Mr. Mitchell at school events from football games to the fall musical; his face is a very familiar one, which is wonderful to any student body. “I don’t think I’ve ever known another colleague at any school who somehow manages to get to every game, match, play, concert, performance, presentation, ceremony and competition,” said Director of Communications Mrs. Cathy Morrison. “He’s the most dedicated and supportive Lancer fan, bar none.” Furthermore, not only have the number of Advanced Placement courses increased, but Parker’s pass rate has increased as well. The pass rate escalated from 62% in 1991 to over 90%, where it stands today. The story of the athletic programs is very similar. “Patrick has always supported the athletic department with 100% of his enthusiasm, time, and effort to make us the ‘best’ school in the county and the state,” said Dan Kuiper, Director of Athletics, on behalf of the entire athletic department. Nineteen years ago, Parker played eight-man football, and now, thanks to Mr. Mitchell’s support, it has advanced to the traditional eleven-man football. It is clear that the program has been a success, as we have won numerous CIF Championships and titles since the transition. “Everything grows,” Mr. Mitchell said, “whether it’s student body, programs, or outcomes.” This growth that we can attribute to Mr. Mitchell further demonstrates the immeasurable influence he has had on Parker.

people who make news As English teacher Mr. Jared D’Onofrio said, “While I’ll miss him personally, there’s no question that his time here has meant more to us all than the personal contact we might have had with him.” When Mr. Mitchell began work-

two and a half months in Australia. Following his time in Australia, Mr. Mitchell will be traveling all over India, where his son lives and works as a writer. Mr. Mitchell said, “My son’s already booking me into a ten day retreat in an ashram, a spiritual retreat, where you not allowed to speak. That’s going to be very interesting because I talk all the time.” In regard to his plans for after his time abroad Mr. Mitchell said, “I will think about what I want to do next when I return; I may write.” Although Mr. Mitchell closes this chapter of his life, he wastes no time in starting his newest adventure, which happens to take him across the world. Whatever Mr. Mitchell chooses to pursue next, it is sure to be rewarding. Lastly, Mr. Mitchell said, “It’s been a blessing, these 19 years. It just gets better and better. [Parker] is an ideal place. We talk about Parker being a family school and I see that every day.”

The challenge always will be to remember our mission and keep that memory of what we were like when we were small.

huge support to me.” Mr. Mitchell said he will miss, “The day-to-day relationships and knowing that it’s a rare place to be in a school where the faculty and student body really are all working together.”

- Head of Upper School Mr. Patrick Mitchell ing at Parker, the previous Head of Upper School warned him that, “discipline was a concern.” Over his time at Parker Mr. Mitchell launched new disciplinary initiatives and now disciplinary action is no longer a main focus of everyday school life. Another obstacle that Mr. Mitchell encountered was the struggling advancement towards becoming a premier independent school in California. “When I first came to Parker, we were constantly compared to Bishops, often unfavorably. The reality is though, you can’t compare schools,” said Mr. Mitchell. The overall growth of the school is credited for placing Parker in its current standings. This is apparent in the number of students that continue on to the Upper School at Parker after 8th grade. Mr. Mitchell said, “We don’t lose students anymore like we once did… We have students that really love this school and want to stay at this school.” As Parker continues to grow and prosper as an educational institution. “The challenge always will be to remember our mission and keep that memory of what we were like when we were small,” said Mr. Mitchell. Mr. Mitchell reminisced about his fondest memories during his time at Parker, which included, “the CIF Championships and playing at Qualcomm and COX Arena, all because it sums up the spirit of the student body.” When asked about the people who had been the most influential to him during his time at Parker, Mr. Mitchell said, “I have been blessed with a really great faculty,” and in particular, “Ms. Bergel has been a

Mr. Mitchell may be retiring from Parker, but not from work all together. He is looking at his time off in terms of a sabbatical. What really pushed him towards retirement, though, was that being Head of Upper School is a full-time, seven-days-a-week job where his weekends and evenings were completely consumed with work responsibilities. During his time off, Mr. Mitchell plans on traveling the world. In the fall, he leaves for

Head of Upper School, Mr. Mitchell at his last French Honors Society initiation.

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We, the Students...

By Meagan Harris A binder lays open on ASB Advisor Marc Thiebach’s desk, a physical reminder of the changes made to the ASB constitution this year that drastically altered the methods of the student government. More lay on the couch on the other side of his office. The binders contain students’ applications for a position on the Student Activities Council, which is newly formed by the new constitution along with other alterations to the past structure of ASB. Efficiency and effectiveness was the main concern behind most of the changes made to the constitution, which included straightening out by-laws and policies, the creating the Student Activities Council instead of individual appointed positions, and altering the requirements to run for ASB President. While the final version of the constitution was only ratified a few weeks ago, ASB President senior Brigitte Ehman first approached the student government and Thiebach about the reconstruction during ASB orientation and it has remained an important part of ASB’s agenda throughout the school year. In addition to adding a section discussing the budgeting process for ASB and a section describing the procedure to amend the constitution, the new constitution also clarifies by-laws. “Our old constitution was muddled as it overlapped by-laws with constitution. The new constitution clearly separates what is part of the constitution and what is part of the by-laws,” said Ehman. While the constitution remains consistent for years, by-laws frequently change year to year. By-laws include job descriptions for every position on the ASB, as well as election procedures. The new constitution also eliminated several positions such as Historian, Athletics Director, and Concessions Director and created the Student Activities Council in their place. Responsibilities formally held by those positions, including bagel sales, the luau dance, athletic ac-



A Look into the Revised ASB Constitution

tivities, lunchtime kickbacks, and many Morrison) must be obtained prior to the others, have been given to the Student elections. The approval is intended as Activities Council to be collaborated on a safeguard against students running as between the seven members. Combining a joke or without serious commitment. multiple jobs will allow every member of “Honestly,” said Thiebach, “I see this as the ASB to be more effective and efficient more restrictive…but the only instances I throughout the school year. “The new can see myself or Mr. Morrison not givcouncil will also empower the appointed ing approval is if the student has a record branch to do more as they will now have of major disciplinary problems, or if the more flexibility and more manpower… student has a tough schedule and cannot These changes have allowed us to equal- realistically devote the time necessary, ize the responsibilities of each position as and there is a lot of work that goes with well as downsize slightly in size, making the job.” our organization more proportional to the Despite concerns from students and student body,” said Ehman. staff about the President learning on the The binder on Thiebach’s desk is one job, after much discussion the ASB voted of 12 such applications for the seven to eliminate the year of experience on available spots. Two more binders are ASB previously necessary. This decision applications for the single remaining was made to make ASB more open to position as senior class representative. students who want to get involved, even The number of applications, Thiebach during their final year at Parker. explains, gesturing to the stack of bindThe ASB hopes to encourage all stuers, is about the same as previous years’ dents to be involved in the school and numbers. The difference is that this year, in ASB by giving ASB their input and applicants are all running for the same feedback and remembering that ASB is job. He does not think the new role of the the students’ voice on campus. This new appointed members of ASB has stopped constitution is one of many recent changanyone from applying for an appointed es with that goal in mind. position, a process that allows students After months of hard work and chalto run for ASB without the pressure of lenging moments, Parker’s ASB has finschool-wide elections. The restructure of ished the new constitution, which will the appointed positions will allow Thie- take effect in September 2010,” said bach, the President-Elect, and Vice-Pres- Ehman, “To me, this has been one of our ident-Elect to choose the seven “stron- greatest accomplishments as an ASB. I gest applicants for the council rather than believe we have created a document that having to turn down qualified people for will effectively govern our organization, an impacted position while taking a me- and in turn benefit our student body more diocre unopposed applicant for another,” than ever before.” said Ehman. The most controversial issue raised in the revised constitution involves the qualifications 1. Clarifying By-Laws necessary to run for the position of ASB President. While ASB President still must be a 2. New Student Activities Council senior, the requirement of a year of previous ASB experience has 3. Students no longer need a year of been eliminated. Instead, apexperience on ASB to run for Presiproval from the ASB Advisor dent (Thiebach or Advisor Mr. John

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Compiled by Aly Barrett This year, many Parker teachers seem to be expecting a lot more than good grades from their students...

Mrs. Anna Goldberg

Due Date: July 19th Baby’s Sex: Girl

What will you name your baby? Ask my husband and let me know if you get an answer from him. Do you think your child would enjoy your class? I hope so! She’s already listening to it whether she likes it or not. Have you had any odd cravings? No, just yummy ones, like chocolate-covered strawberries and chocolate bagels with strawberry spread. What student would you want your child to be most like? A mixture of Keerthi Reddy, Mac Gaura, and Alicia Valencia, all in one!

Mr. Philip Trotter and Mrs. Rosalind Trotter Due Date: June 25th Baby’s Sex: Boy

What are you nervous about? Poo poo pants. What was the first thing you did when you found out your wife was pregnant? Shimmy. What do you think your son will look like? Hopefully my wife. What will you name him? Globe, after the Earth and my favorite basketball team.

Mrs. Anna Khan

Due Date: September 28th Baby’s Sex: Unknown What children books are you going to get for your baby? All of my favorite Russian books. Do you know if you want more children? We’ll see how this one goes. What will you name him/her? I’ll have to see what he/she looks like first. What is the first thing you will buy for your baby? A chemistry set.

Mrs. Carrie Dilmore Due Date: July 30th Baby’s Sex: Girl

What do you think she will be like in 10 years? Perfect, I’m sure! I’m also guessing loud, tall, and red-headed! What is the first thing you will buy for your baby? The sushi-print bib from Nordstrom...already purchased! Is she going to Parker? We’ll see. I would love for her to be a Lancer!



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Greetings from a i n a ithu


By Nicole Aquino Perhaps you have noticed a new face on campus this year, Ruta Neverauskite, a one year exchange student from Lithuania. Her bright smile and genuine laugh are infectious to those around her, and her many stories about life in Lithuania are both captivating and interesting. Despite being from a foreign country, Neverauskite is just like any other Parker student; she enjoys hanging out with her friends, participating in sports, and even going to school. Neverauskite came to San Diego at the beginning of the school year. From second grade, she took a keen interest in learning the English language and went on to attend one of the best middle schools in her city where foreign language programs are a top priority. When she was in seventh grade, she enrolled in a Russian language course, and now at Parker she has taken on Spanish. Neverauskite said, “I was given this amazing opportunity to come to Francis Parker where I could better develop my English and speak the language that I have spent the last nine years mastering.” She was born and raised in Kaunas, the second largest city in Lithuania. A couple of things that set San Diego apart from Kaunas are San Diego’s location by the ocean and its weather. “The weather is so different here in San Diego! In Lithuania, summers are hot like the summers here in San Diego, but it gets really cold



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during the winter,” Neverauskite said. “One of the things I like about living in San Diego is that I don’t have to spend a whole winter wearing so many pairs of socks and coats. I love the sun and I can’t stand the snow, so spending a year in the U.S. is awesome!” she says. Neverauskite still misses her friends and family at home. “I miss my sister the most though because she is the most amazing person I know. If I’m lucky, I talk with my parents once a week for half an hour.” Skype and Facebook are the only ways she is able to contact her friends and family, which is made even more difficult by the ten-hour time difference. Although it wasn’t easy, Neverauskite transitioned easily into life in the United States, a life that she is now accustomed to. “I love everything about the United States, from the breeze of the ocean to walking with a t-shirt on during the winter, to seeing the variety of different cultures and the American traditions,” she said. Switching her primary language from Lithuanian to English was a challenge for her. Commenting on her language transition, Neverauskite said, “After speaking so much English, I sometimes begin to feel as if I’ve forgotten my native language!” She also really enjoys attending Parker. She said, “I love that the students

and teachers are so involved in events. I especially love my advisory with Mrs. Lemoine. She is always in a good mood, and I enjoy talking to her because she is always interested to hear about our lives. Every Friday morning I look forward to the good breakfast she provides for my advisory.” Neverauskite’s favorite class is yearbook, and she also enjoys Spanish. Another interesting thing about Neverauskite is her Lithuanian school’s very advanced curriculum. “I am in Honors Pre-Calculus right now, and it’s just review for me because I already learned this material when I was in seventh grade,” she explains. Her school in Kaunas, Kauno Jono Jablonskio gimnazija, is less strict and students have more independence. Neverauskite explained the foreign exchange student program that allowed her to study in the United States this year. About 200 people from Lithuania applied using the ASSIST program. There were grammar and listening tests, and applicants were also required to write two essays. Then they were interviewed by Bob Stanley, the president of ASSIST. Six students were chosen to participate in the program, which sent them to different countries to study for one year. Concluding our interview, Neverauskite said, “I have gained so much from this experience! My English has improved greatly. I have met the most wonderful people and experienced so many new things while living here for the past year. I am going to miss the United States so much when I go back home! This has definitely been an experience that I will never forget.”





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Where Do I Stay?

By Sloan Christopher As the school year slips away and the first day of summer vacation slides into view, the same question hits us every year: What am I going to do this summer? Well, for those of us who are not lucky enough to travel the globe or were too lazy to plan anything are often left with nothing to do. Have you ever considered a staycation? For those of you who don’t know, a staycation is defined as a vacation spent in or around one’s home. A staycation is the perfect cure for anyone who has a tight budget, fear of flying, or limited time to plan an enjoyable vacation. By following this guide, you can plan the perfect summer vacation under any budget. Besides, the appeal of acting like a tourist is too hard to resist. Camp The only way to truly feel like you’re on vacation is to stay somewhere new. Pitch a tent in your backyard or drive up to a campsite to spend the night with your family or close friends. Go all out and cook your own meals by roasting hotdogs and s’mores over a campfire. For even more fun, pick a campsite on or near the beach and fall asleep to the melodic sound of waves crashing softly onto the sand.

Take a Hike For those of us who don’t find lounging around all summer appealing, take advantage of the scenic hiking trails present all over San Diego county. Hike beachside at places like Torrey Pines and Sunset Cliffs or enjoy the beautiful views around Cowles Mountain and Ramona Waterfall. Hiking is the perfect way to work on that hot bod, tan, and enjoy the awesome weather we’re blessed with here in San Diego. Step into the Wild SeaWorld, the world famous San Diego Zoo, and the Wild Animal Park never disappoint. From king of the jungle to king of the sea, as San Diegans we are spoiled by how close we live to the most endangered and exotic animals alive today. But how many of us actually went to any of these attractions in the past year? People come from all over the world come to visit these places while we abuse their availability! With the purchase of a day pass, you can explore the Savannah, Arctic, and Rain Forests all within a mile radius of each other.

Quick Tips

Leave the Car Take the opportunity to use the trolley, pedi cabs, or even walk when you want to go sightseeing! Change your Scenery If you live inland come to the coast, and if you live at the coast go downtown. You will feel like a tourist in no time without the constant reminders of home.


Hotel Let’s face it, everyone loves staying in a hotel every once in a while. Although it may not have the comforts of your own home, your room is cleaned for you, the pool is always warm, and most importantly: Room Service! Travel downtown to stay in a classy high rise or reserve a room at a local resort at places like La Jolla Shores or Pacific Beach.

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Landmark It San Diego is filled with famous landmarks, but very rarely are they visited by locals. Your staycation is the perfect opportunity to explore some of these wonderful attractions like the Cabrillo National Monument, the Point Loma Lighthouse, and the California Tower in Balboa Park. While there, take the time to read the history of each of the landmarks. Just because you’re not in school doesn’t mean you can’t learn something new! Day on the Bay Visible from the Upper School campus, Mission Bay Park is the largest man-made aquatic park in the country. With countless rental shops surrounding the bay, take your friends out on a jet ski, sailboat, kayak, or paddle boat, just to name a few. Not a big fan of the water? Rent a bike, rollerblades, or a skateboard and enjoy the warm weather by roaming around on the boardwalk. Try a Tour Most San Diego locals have driven past one of the orange and green Old Town Trolleys at least once in their life. Next time you pass by one, climb aboard and explore San Diego like a real tourist. Just sit back and relax as you are chauffeured around America’s Finest City.



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A Look Inside Café Parker

Behind the scenes of the Francis Parker cafeteria.

By Kara Jones

Francis Parker cafeteria staff.

We all look for the lunch menu in the

Bulletin every morning. It shows what the main entrée, side dishes, grill dish, salad bar, sandwich bar, and soup are, but what we don’t see or really think about is where the main entrée comes from or who prepares the variety of side dishes. For most of us, the process of preparing lunch has been a mystery. Every day, we go to lunch and enjoy the meal provided, often without thinking about all the hard work and time that goes into the planning and preparation of every meal. At 5:30 a.m., while most of us are still asleep, “the receiver” meets the delivery truck. Inside of this truck is food from suppliers such as Sysco, Hollandia Dairy, and US Foodservice. The majority of the meat and fruit is delivered from local suppliers. According to Director of Food Services, Ed Glunt, as much organic food as possible is ordered. Due to the fact that 90% of our lunch is made from scratch everyday, the rest of the kitchen staff arrives at 6:30 a.m. to start preparing the meals for more than 1,000 people. From 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. the



kitchen staff prepares every aspect of the lunch. The high schoolers are the first to eat at 11:15 a.m. and the eighth graders are the last to eat at 1:00 p.m. After the cafeteria is cleared out, and everyone is done eating, the leftover food is donated to the San Diego Rescue Mission, a center geared toward helping the homeless. On top of preparing the lunches, the kitchen staff also prepares for special events, which can often end late at night. Usually there are 20 to 25 special events a week. Although immediate preparation is obviously important in the cafeteria, another aspect that is equally as important is the planning of the meals. Gluntw is in charge of planning the meals, along with a different planner for the grill entrée. A meal has to be planned according to the season, budget, and the general needs and likes of the students and faculty. In addition to these factors, the meals have to be “switched up” in order to prevent boredom among the diners. While we as high school students only see the Linda Vista cafeteria in ac-

tion, planning also has to be done for the lower school campus. It is necessary to cater to all needs of the students of both campuses and all ages. Kids from age five to ten often have different palettes than teenagers ages 11 to 18, so this has to be taken into consideration. Last year, the cafeteria staff rightfully received one of the highest honors from Parker by having the yearbook donated to them. Everyday the Café Parker staff shows hard work and dedication to provide Parker students and faculty with the best meal and best service possible. Glunt said “This department would not be what is without the contributions of such a great team. They make it flow everyday. It’s a privilege to be surrounded by them.” Without the commitment of all the staff workers, we would not have the quality of lunch we enjoy everyday. So before you start to criticize the lunch provided, think of all the effort that goes into planning and preparing a healthy and delicious meal for all students and faculty on both campuses.

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s ’ t e . s job By Haley Robinson

Your guide to getting the perfect summer job.

I am not going to lie, sugarcoat, or pretend; getting a summer job may be one of the most frightening experiences of your life. Nobody likes countless rejections, each time worse than the last, only to find yourself with a big box of Kleenex. I remember sitting in a booth across from the manager of Trophy’s on a hot summer day. “So I see you have a lot of experience…” he said snidely. I laughed politely but really wanted to say, “Hey, at least I’m not a grown-man working at Trophy’s for a living.” Although the thought of interviews can be terrifying, they have the potential to be exhilarating and fun, and when you do finally get a job it feels like you can accomplish anything. After I found out I was going to be a hostess, I left my mom an ecstatic message in which I screamed over and over, “I got a job! Oh my Gosh, I got a job!” The idea of looking for work can be extremely daunting for an inexperienced high school student, especially in this bad economy. Taking this into consideration, a good start to getting a summer job is figuring out what jobs are available during the summer. Some of these jobs include working in a restaurant, hotel, or country club. These places tend to be very busy in San Diego during the summer, so they will be hiring, if you’re lucky. Also, being a lifeguard has many advantages, like finally getting to use your junior lifeguard training and getting tan on the job. A position as a camp counselor is a perfect job for the summer, plus, you get to play with kids. After applying, the second step is the interview itself. The best tip I can give

is to smile; smiling is probably the most important part of the interview. When I asked the chef at my restaurant if I could drop off my resume he said, “Yeah, but if you come in later to meet the manager and show him your gorgeous smile, you’re much more likely to get the job.” Well, he was right. And speaking of resumes, it’s a good idea to have one ready in case it is requested that you present one. It should include a phone number, address, personal information (like age, school, etc.), past experience, a personal statement, and references. Resumes should look professional. For an interview, attire should be slightly formal, making sure to look neat and put-together. Put on your nicest outfit, something you would wear when first meeting your significant other’s parents, and visit the establishment at it’s least busy time, preferably when it first opens or before. Junior Lyle Daniel got a job last summer at Pannikin, the popular cafe in La Jolla. He said his strategy in getting the job was going there a few months before summer and asking for an application. Previous to working there, Daniel went to Pannikin frequently, so the manager recognized him and was more likely to hire him. Daniel said, “I got an interview and was very frank about having no prior experience and told them I would do any position I was offered. When you first look for a job, have very low standards.” Daniel got the job and his first position was washing bird poop off of railings. While this is not the most glamorous job, Daniel eventually was promoted. Next was washing dishes, and finally he start-

ed helping customers and making drinks. Summer jobs are fun and an overall great experience, but if you are creative and want to be an entrepreneur, that is always an option, too. An example of a successful businessman is junior Jared Blake, who started his company, now known as Triple Crown San Diego, which produces shirts and has an official website called When asked how his company got started, Jared explained how he had found a lot of the shirts available at local retail stores like Sun Diego and American Apparel. Blake said, “I wanted to put a new twist on clothing and felt I was able to do so. With some family and friends’ encouragement I started Bl3ndz. It went through some trademark issues, and so now it is Triple Crown San Diego. We offer the major aspects I feel define a person’s culture: music, style/ apparel, and (soon to come) art/ photo/ film. We have multiple blogs which are headed by multiple people each to give different views and insights into each aspect of culture.” If you have talent(s) you can use to profit from, this can be a creative way to make money during the summer. Summer jobs may be difficult to obtain, but they are extremely rewarding. Your new independence will immediately make you feel like more of an adult, and you will feel like you accomplished something this summer. And don’t forget about the paycheck! Now you don’t have to earn money through those ridiculous lemonade stands.



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Summer Checklist


By Claire Bryan

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Spend a day at Soak City

Enjoy a day at the beach

Redesign your room

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Create a summer play-list Go on a tandem bike ride through Coronado

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Have a movie marathon Host a Bonfire on the beach Plant a flower garden

Get a Jump Start on your community service

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Go on a road trip Snorkel in La Jolla Cove


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Camp in your own backyard under the stars Tye-Dye a T-Shirt THE SCRIBE


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May 27 Say Anything House of Blues

June 2 Bone Thugs-n-Harmony House of Blues

June 4 Tim McGraw & Lady Antebellum

June 20 Imogen Heap Humphrey’s

Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre

June 24 Switchfoot Del Mar Fairgrounds

July 2 OneRepublic Del Mar Fairgrounds

July 7 A Fine Frenzy Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre

July 6 Colbie Caillat Humphrey’s

July 9 Kings of Leon

July 24 Ziggy Marley Harrah’s

Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre

August 25 John Mayer Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre

September 2 Green Day Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre



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Out About and

By Sara Linssen and Simone Leonard

La Jolla

Wisk n’ Ladle

Located on Wall Street in La Jolla, the Wisk n’ Ladle is the perfect place for a light lunch; their smoked chicken salad is quite appetizing. The restaurant’s classy style and atmosphere are sure to make your dining experience delightful.


With a casual bistro menu and that classic San Diego feel, Georgés, located on Prospect Street in La Jolla is a place to go for a dinner that you won’t forget. Georgés’ location is perfect, but you might want to bring a warm sweater if you choose to dine on the favored ocean front rooftop.

Spice and Rice

This Thai kitchen is surely something special. From salads, to soups, to spicy and sweet starters, the menu of Spice and Rice has anything a Thai food lover could want. Paired with the excellent ambiance of this La Jolla restaurant, located on Girard Avenue, Spice and Rice’s food and service are sure to please.

Looking for a breakfast you will never forget? Hash House A-GoGo’s delicious “House Hashes,” scrumptious flapjacks, and waffles are sure to satisfy. Located on 5th Avenue, Hash House A-Go-Go is not for light eaters, so bring your appetite.

Which Wich?

Which Wich? offers a wide array of sandwich possibilities, one of which is sure to tingle your taste buds. This is the perfect place to grab a tasty lunch whether you are a veggie, seafood, or turkey-lover. After a visit at Which Wich? on Fifth Avenue you won’t have to wonder which is the best sandwich place in town.


Fans of delicious Indian food, this is the place for you. Located on Fifth Avenue, Bombay in Hillcrest is perfect whether you’re craving some curry or a delectable salad, the “Exotic Cuisine of India” that Bombay has to offer makes it truly one of San Diego’s best.




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Scripps Ranch

The Best Dining in San Diego Chez Nous

Chez Nous, located in Scripps Ranch, is owned by one of Parker’s families, and is a quaint deli. The Spicy Chicken sandwich is particularly amazing, and with food as nice as the service, this is a place that will keep you and your tummy very happy.

La Bastide

Feeling French? This classic bistro, located on Scripps Ranch Boulevard, is a great place to go for a relaxing lunch or dinner. La Bastide is especially appealing for Scripps Ranch locals who don’t want to travel far for dinnerw. Bon Appetite!

Takhrai Thai

If you’re in the mood for some Thai food, Takhrai Thai is just around the corner! Located on the intersection of Scripps Poway Parkway and Pomerado Road, delicious drunken noodles or curry fried rice are minutes away.

North Park

Urban Solace

Want a chic upscale restaurant that reminds you of Mama’s cooking? Urban Solace is the place. Delicious plates include: “BBQ'd Alaskan Sockeye Salmon,” “Grilled Four Cheese Sandwich,” “Creamy Tomato-Fennel Soup,” and “Broiled Portobello Sandwich”

Loving Hut

For all the vegetarians out there, this is the place to be. Delicious menu items include: the “Heavenly Salad,” with shredded cabbage, carrots, onions, bell peppers, peanuts, soy chicken and homemade dressing, and the “Deluxe Vegetables,” a combination of seasonal vegetables, tofu, soy protein with brown sauce.

Harar Ethiopian Restaurant For those of you who are more adventurous, The Scribe suggests that you try out Harar Ethiopian Restaurant. This restaurant is something you definitely want to experience. To begin with, you get to eat with your hands. The flavors and spices will take your taste buds to a whole new level. Short on money? Hagar Ethiopian Restaurant has All You Can Eat $12 Fridays! Photos courtesy of



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Friends with Benefits

Seniors are worth more than just wedgies on the flagpole and swirlies at lunchtime. From experience, we are here to share some of the pros of befriending a senior.

Wisdom: With four years of high school under his/her belt, your senior will be able to offer you some excellent words of advice. Ask them for help and their opinion next time you’re stuck with a dilemma. He/she has been there and done that.

Off-Campus Lunch: If you don’t feel like eating the awesome fish of the day, or maybe you’re not a fan of the “peanut butter,” seniors have the hookups. He/she might just bring you back a tasty treat from Urbane.

Will & Testaments:

Know What’s Up Around Campus: Since seniors are at the top around campus, they are first to know what’s happening. Ask them next time you want to hear some juicy gossip.

Senior Pranks: When the senior prank day comes along, you might just be lucky enough to be saved from the attack.

Teacher Help: Graduating seniors have had time to get to know almost all of the teachers, so your senior can give you the head’s up on what teachers and classes are best.

When your senior is trying to come up with his/her final will and testament, your name might just come up. What could be better than a chance to appear in The Scribe and receive something special from your seniors?



By Claire Bryan and Ben Peters

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scribe Summer Movie Picks

There is nothing more perfect than escaping to the cool movie theater with your friends on a hot summer night. However, it can be difficult to pick the right movie with the selection overload that we experience every time we set foot in the theater. That’s why we, here at The Scribe, have a few picks for the upcoming summer season to share with you. By Anna Hobbs

Jonah Hex


Jonah Hex is a bounty hunter intent on seeking out voodoo practitioner Quentin Turnbull, who’s main goal is to raise an army of the undead. John Malkovich and Megan Fox star in the western action movie of the year.

We know that not everyone is a fan of the vampire romance, but shouldn’t we all just see it anyway? If not for sheer pleasure, at least to save ourselves that feeling of exclusion when our friends engage in the excited conversations that will inevitably follow this movie’s release on June 30th, 2010.



Angelina Jolie stars as Evelyn Salt, a woman accused of being a Russian spy. However, the preview leaves us wondering what exactly caused this accusation, and what Ms. Jolie is hiding from the camera. We are all eager to see this new spy-action thriller.

Starring Jennifer Aniston as Kassie, a woman eager for a baby, and Jason Bateman as her foolish friend Wally, who makes a life-altering mistake, this is sure to be the comedy of the summer. The “switch” occurs when Bateman drunkenly fills Kassie’s donor sperm cup with his own… and doesn’t realize it until seven years later when Kassie visits with her son. Although predictable, this movie will surely entertain on a hot summer night.

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By Kaity Wilson Ever since the day when we all picked up our first Harry Potter book, the days before our eleventh birthdays were spent hoping that we would be accepted to the best wizarding school in the world. Sadly, those letters never came and we were forced to go on living our lives as the Muggles that we are. However, this summer we will have a chance to realize those childhood dreams of wizard’s duels and flying brooms at the new section of Universal Studios, Orlando. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter will feature many of the places described in the series including Hogsmeade Village, the Quidditch pitch, and, of course, Hogwarts castle. Visitors will experience the same events that the characters do throughout the books. Maybe you would prefer to take a ride on the Dragon Challenge, a roller coaster ride based on the first task of the Triwizard Tournament. Visitors make a choice between either the ferocious Hungarian Horntail

You have been admitted to the Wizarding World

or the Chinese Fireball. Choose wisely though, each dragon is a completely different ride despite their proximity. Still in the mood for another wild ride? Walk on over to Flight of the Hippogriff and take a journey through the pumpkin path and past Hagrid’s hut. After soaring high above the Hogwarts grounds take a trip over to the castle itself. Stroll through the corridors and discover some of Harry’s favorite places such as Dumbledore’s office and the Room of Requirement.

As Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe puts it, “The world is basically a condensed form of the chaos of Harry’s life.” Of course, you can’t enter Hogwarts without first going through the village of Hogsmeade. Shop at the ultimate prankster’s paradise at Zonko’s or satisfy your sweet tooth at Honeyduke’s while strolling past the Owl Post and Dervish and Banges. When the day is done, grab a butterbeer at the T h r e e Broomsticks and hold onto your childhood fantasies for just a little while longer.



people who entertain Hey Lancers! It’s Gossip Girl here, your one and only source into the scandalous lives of San Diego’s elite. June is right around the corner, and so is my favorite time of year: breakup season! Goodbye PDA, goodbye baby talk, and goodbye commitment! Everyone who’s anyone knows that starting off your summer with baggage from the past school year is a total don’t. But as the school year ticks to a close, graduation inches one step closer, and with graduation comes graduation parties and parties always lead to gossip. You better be on your best behavior, Lancers, you never know when you’ll be next in the spotlight.

SPOTTED: “Manthers” Aidan Kennedy, Matthias Nikaj, and Max Hutcheson attempting to corrupt the innocence of the sophomore class, one prom date at a time. Gossip Girl hopes you all behaved yourselves like the gentlemen you pretend to be. Age may not stop true love, but the police sure will.


SPOTTED: At least half of the senior class wearing sunglasses to school on 4/20/10. Funny, Gossip Girl could have sworn it was cloudy that day.

Senior Yoseph Desta caught sneaking out of iTAN just in time for bikini season. Gossip Girl approves, Yoseph. No one will be able to keep their hands off that hot summer bod.


SPOTTED: Senior Brigitte Ehman installing webcams and video chat in the ASB room. B. plans on continuing her rule, despite the distance and time zone from Parker to UPenn. Looks like B. isn’t going to go down without a fight; I would sleep with one eye open if I were you, Sara.

SPOTTED: Senior Ari Stiegler heading straight for Israel as soon as graduation ends. A. must need a lot of cleansing if he plans on spending a whole year in the Holy Land.

Remember Lancers, just because the senior class is graduating doesn’t mean that the gossip will too. Actually, it’s quite the opposite. With a new batch of ASBeezies, fresh meat rising from the Middle School, and the general craziness of the Upper School, gossip is sure to follow. Before you board that flight to Hawaii or embark on your voyage to the Caribbean, keep in mind that I am always watching, waiting, and listening for gossip. Technology these days is far too advanced for you to run and hide from me. And let me warn you, my bite is way worse than my bark. Have fun this summer because when I return, I WILL make an entrance, and no one, not even my fellow Scribers are safe. You know you love me...

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Senior Amy Ho wearing discount Dolce & Gabana. Really, A.? This isn’t Bishops. If that top costs less than one year’s tuition, you’re out.

people who entertain Sequins Don’t go and bedazzle all of your clothes. But the vintage sequin piece is timeless, and easy to transform from casual to dressedup. This look works perfectly with a smoky eye and hair that’s teased and pulled into a messy ponytail.



Wedges are classic for summer and make your legs look infinite. Just beware: wearing wedges with short shorts takes classy to not-so-classy.

Nothing makes girls happier than a whiff of Fierce by Abercrombie & Fitch or Black by Ralph Lauren… YUM! Remember those AXE commercials? Well, it’s funny because it’s true.


Cage Dresses

Nothing says HOT like a dress that literally has to cage you in, you animal, you. RAWR.

Que Caliente

Crocs You know what they say: Crocs are the cheapest form of birth control. Even if they are warm and fuzzy on the inside, no one feels that way looking at them. And P.S. Crocs n’ Socks? Seriously?

Short Shorts... On Guys Melanoma


Okay, admit it, you’re tan-orexic. Now that you have been diagnosed, go buy some SPF 60 and lather up. Love the skin you’re in, and don’t let that nasty UV radiation get ya.

Although Juniors Griffin Barra and Joe Rote can really pull off this look, I wouldn’t advise it for most. Guys, don’t try this at home.

Wife Beaters VPLs I see London I see France, and now I see your Visible Panty Line.


Guys, wife beaters haven’t been cool since James Dean’s days. Who’s that, you ask? Exactly. If you want to look like a bro, wear a muscle shirt and no questions will be asked.

Boho Clutches Being Eco-friendly Go hug a tree. And for those of you driving huge gas-guzzelers, Mother Nature called to say she hates you.

One Pieces

Don’t be afraid to mix and match these patterned purses with print clothing, as long as the colors match! This cute little bag is the perfect size for your lipgloss, keys, wallet, and phone. What more could a girl ask for?

Lovin’ it this season. You may get a funky tan, but it’s so worth it! Try one of Victoria’s Secret’s saucy one pieces. I swear you will look just like Giselle. For a steal, wait until the end of summer when Victoria’s Secret starts having major swimsuit discounts…a suit for $20? Yes, please!

Take a Bow Bows give a little extra flair to every outfit. Bows on headbands, bows on toes. Bows on jewelry or on your nose. I love bows.

Trendy Tre Chic

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Parker Seniors Taking Their Football

After an extensive recruiting process, Wes Gavin and Deon Randall have both committed to play football at Yale Univeristy. Gavin and Randall will provide a boost to a Bulldogs team that went 2-5 in Ivy League play last year.

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By Cameron Songer and Marisa Canepa


Emily Baratta will be joining Williams College’s women’s volleyball team. Williams has won the NESCAC title three years in a row. Billy Evans is going to play volleyball at MIT. The Engineers had their best season in school history in 2010.


Fight on! Cassy Cadwell will be attending USC in the fall, where she will be a Song Girl for the Trojans.


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Aidan Kennedy will continue his baseball career at Gonzaga Univeristy. As a Bulldog, Kennedy will compete against many California teams, including the University of San Diego.


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This winter, Mike Brunsting signed a letter of intent to play for the UCSD’s men’s volleyball team. The Tritons are perenially ranked in the top 15 in Division I Volleyball.

Captains: Seniors Ari Stiegler and Zubin Anklesaria and junior Nik Marino Record: (12-2) (11-1) 3/18 Parker vs. LJCD 10-8 3/23 Parker vs. SFC 13-5 3/25 Parker vs. Army-Navy 17-1 3/30 Parker vs. Bishop’s 13-5 4/13 Parker vs. SDA 16-2 4/15 Parker vs. SDA 13-5 4/20 Parker vs. TCC 11-7 4/27 Parker vs. CCA 13-7 Captains: Seniors Alia Kiran and Vivi Mendez; juniors Maddie Thurman and Jenny Asmann Record: (1-7) (1-5) 3/18 Parker vs. SDA 6-10 3/23 Parker @ LJCD 13-12 3/30 Parker @ Otay Ranch 5-13 4/13 Parker @ Santana 9-11 4/16 Parker vs. CCA 2-18 4/20 Parker @ Bishop’s 5-16 4/22 Parker vs. SFC 6-18 4/27 Parker @ SDA 9-11

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Games to the next level Captains: Seniors Rob Rosas, Aaron Buckley and James Waters Record: (15-2) (7-1) 4/1 Parker vs. Bishop’s 205-227 Medalists - Haynes and Buckley (40) 4/15 Parker @ CCA 201-195 Medalist - Buckley (37) 4/20 Parker vs. LJCD 189-196 Medalist - O’Connor (35) 4/21 Parker @ Grossmont 420-438 Medalist - Buckley (76) 4/22 Parker vs. Bishop’s 204-232 Medalist - Haynes (39)

Record: (6-6) (3-1)

Zuri Walker is following in her brother Amani’s footsteps and is going to be playing soccer at UC Irvine, next year. Deprise Brazel will continue her soccer career at Davidson College. Brazel will join the Wildcats, who won the Southern Conference Championship in 2009. Bizzy Lincoln will play soccer next year at Tufts University. The Jumbos have a tradition of soccer excellence, with only two losing seasons in the last 30 years.


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Captains: Seniors Jeremy Paluch and Luke Barmeyer and junior Warren Brody

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3/23 Parker vs. LJCD 6-8 3/26 Parker @ Scripps Ranch 5-12 4/2 Parker @ San Marcos 5-8 4/13 Parker @ Foothills Christian 15-2 4/15 Parker vs. CCA 11-5 4/20 Parker vs. Bishop’s 2-11 4/24 Parker @ SFC 7-17 4/27 Parker vs. SDA 14-3

Sailing Carissa Crawford will be sailing at Dartmouth College. Dartmouth has a tradition of sailing that includes three national championships and a top-10 ranking in 2010.


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Aaron Buckley will be playing golf at Carleton College. The team was ranked 32nd overall in 2006.

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Austin Sanders is going to play softball next year at Princeton University. She will join a young team that lost only three seniors this year.

Jessica Herman will join USC’s woman’s rowing team, which is ranked eighth nationally.



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county, if not the state. In those seasons, with Randall at the helm, the Lancers dominated San Diego County Division V football, going 23-3 and winning titles in lopsided championship games. Both years, Randall was chosen for the All-State team and named the Coastal Conference’s best offensive player. At the end of his high school football career, Randall held all-time Parker records for the most points scored in a season and the most total yards for a career. Offered scholarships by a number of Division I schools, Randall, along with his teammate senior Wes Gavin, chose to play for the Bulldogs next year at Yale. Randall may be best known for his feats on the football field, but he also led Parker’s basketball team to its first CIF title in over 25 years and ran varsity track all four years of high school. On the basketball court, Randall averaged more than fifteen points per game over his final two seasons and was captain of the team both

years. Despite being the shortest man on the team, Randall, in a testament to his toughness and effort, led the Lancers in rebounds during his junior season. This year, in his final season, Randall led the team to the state semifinal game and a CIF title. Jim Tomey, the head coach of Parker’s basketball team, admired Randall as an athlete most for his “ability to self-start.” “Whether it’s practice or a game… he is ready to go when it’s time to go, and you can’t say that about every young man,” Tomey said. However, despite Randall’s remarkable athletic career at Parker, when asked to name Randall’s greatest contribution to the Parker community, both Morrison and Tomey chose to focus on his ability to encourage and motivate those around him rather his capacity to defeat those who oppose him. “As good an athlete as he is,” Morrison said, “he is an even better person.” And Tomey describes Randall as a “man of action” as well as “reliable, responsible, and a good teammate to all.” Both coaches describe Randall as a role model in the way he carries himself and in his ability to balance school and athletics. “If I had a young son... Deon would be the person that I would want my son to emulate,” Morrison said. Randall’s time at Parker is coming to a close, but those around him expect him to continue to succeed. “I think Deon can accomplish whatever he wants in the future,” Morrison says. In addition to succeeding at Yale, Tomey is convinced that Randall “is bound to make an impact out in the world when his athletic career is over.”

Captains: Senior Aidan Kennedy and juniors Kyle Dowdy and Kendall Lindley Record: (14-6) (1-2) 4/8 Parker vs. Christian 10-6 4/10 Parker @ Southwest 14-0 4/13 Parker @ High Tech 12-2 4/15 Parker vs. LJCD 3-8 4/17 Parker vs. San Ysidro 0-2 4/22 Parker vs. CCA 2-5 4/23 Parker @ La Jolla 3-2 4/27 Parker vs. Bishop’s 7-0 Captains: Senior Austin Sanders and junior Maddie Tomey




By Michael Schreiner

s an athlete, senior Deon Randall is one of the greatest Lancers who has ever attended Francis Parker. He was a leader of every team on which he played, and accomplished as much as any athlete in Parker’s history. With that said, after Randall graduates from Parker this month, his peers and teachers will remember him as much for his character and maturity as for his athletic success. When asked to describe Randall as an athlete, John Morrison, the head coach of Parker’s football team, responded with one word: “phenomenal.” “He is not only one of the most talented kids I have ever coached, but he is also one of the hardest working kids… and that is what makes for an incredible athlete,” said Morrison. Randall arrived at Parker nearly four years ago and immediately made an impact on the football team by scoring five touchdowns as a wide receiver and leading the team in interceptions. The next year, however, Randall made the switch from wide receiver to quarterback, a change that set into motion one of the most illustrious football careers in Parker history. His sophomore season, as a quarterback and defensive back, Randall led the team in total yards, total points and interceptions. Following his sophomore year, Randall only improved and, over his final two seasons at Parker, he developed into one of the most elite high school football players in the


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Record: (7-6) (3-0) 3/23 Parker @ El Capitan 4-9 3/24 Parker vs. Clairemont 3-6 3/26 Parker vs. Morse 12-3 3/30 Parker @ Helix 6-4 3/31 Parker @ Torrey Pines 0-5 4/15 Parker vs. Bishop’s 15-0 4/20 Parker @ CCA 4-2 4/27 Parker vs. Horizon 1-0

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Where Are They Now?

By Cameron Songer and Michael Schreiner

Record: (16-5) (10-0) 4/10 Parker @ St. Francis 0-3 4/14 Parker @ Mira Mesa 3-0 4/16 Parker @ Scripps Ranch 3-0 4/21 Parker @ Cathedral 3-0 4/22 Parker vs. University City 3-0 4/24 Parker @ LCC 0-3 4/28 Parker @ La Jolla 3-1

100 Meters: Demaree Harris: 11.54 Austin Sanders: 12.46 200 Meters: Roland Jackson: 23.04 Austin Sanders: 26.87 300 Meter Hurdles Matt Tannenbaum 44.79 Liza Gurtin: 54.44 1600 Meters: Duncan Tomlin: 4:33 Liza Gurtin: 6:10 Shot Put Wes Gavin 42’ 8.75” Chelsea Jensen 21’ 6” Discus Greg Gallanis 127’ 10” Chelsea Jensen 57’ 3” Long Jump Roland Jackson 19’ 8” Austin Sanders 16’ 6.5”

Gordon has been the starting running back at Harvard for most of his college career; he has started 20 of the 27 games in which he has played. In three seasons, Gordon has rushed for 1,569 yards and 13 touchdowns. More impressive, however, is the fact that Gordon has no fumbles on 332 career rushing attempts. Gordon was named Ivy League Rookie of the Week twice in 2007 and was named to the All-Ivy League Second Team in 2008. Gordon has one remaining year of NCAA eligibility in which he hopes to lead the Crimson to another Ivy League title.

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Alexis Crusey (Parker ’06) Crusey made an immediate impact when she arrived at Yale in the fall of 2006. She won the Ivy League’s Rookie of the Year and was named to the All-Ivy League First Team. She maintained that standard of excellence throughout her career, earning All-Ivy League First Team honors all four years of her career. She finished her career with 1,128 kills and 1,038 digs, making her one of only five players in Bulldogs history to eclipse 1,000 in both categories. In 2009, Crusey led the Bulldogs to an Ivy League title.

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Captains: Seniors Wes Gavin and Lisa Considine and Junior Cameron Songer

Gino Gordon (Parker ’07)

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Captains: Seniors Mike Brunsting and Ryan Gross

Checking in on Alumni Athletes

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Alli Hillgren (Parker ’06)

Hillgren has been a starter her last three years at USC, and has played 119 career matches. She is one of the most prolific liberos in USC history, with 1,485 career digs. This total places her fourth on the all-time list at USC. She averaged 3.96 digs per set, the third-best average in school history. She earned Pac-10 All-Academic Honorable Mention twice and Pac-10 All-Academic Second Team twice.

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Nick Noonan (Parker ’07)

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At the end of his senior year, Noonan was drafted in the first round of Major League Baseball draft. Noonan decided to turn down a baseball scholarship to Clemson University and pursue his dream of playing professional baseball. Nick advanced to the Single A level by 2008 after batting .316 in the Rookie League in 2007. At the start of the 2010 season, Nick was playing second base for the Richmond Flying Squirrels at the Double A level.



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The Scribe’s Third Annual Seniors of the Year

By Liza Gurtin

Each year, The Scribe staff chooses two seniors who they believe best represents the senior class. These seniors are kind, generous, talented, and serve as excellent role models for all Parker students. This year’s Seniors of the Year are Jordan Thayer and Aidan Kennedy.

Jordan Thayer Jordan Thayer is one spectacular girl who is not only an exceptional student, but also an active member of the student body. She is definitely a familiar face on campus; from captain of the basketball team to ASB treasurer, the list of her various activities is much too long to include here. “Jordan has a great sense of humor and always makes me laugh. Whenever I am with her, I know that I am going to have fun, no matter what we do,” says sophomore Erica Finfer. It is clear that Thayer has left an extremely positive mark on Francis Parker School and its students. Senior Bizzy Lincoln, one of Thayer’s close friends adds, “Jordan was really welcoming to me when I first came to Parker, and we have gotten along great from the start. She’s an amazing friend, student and athlete. She has a great sense of humor and will always make you smile.” Thayer will be continuing her studies at USC.

Aidan Kennedy

From his radiant smile and upbeat attitude to his hysterical sense of humor, Aidan Kennedy is one member of the senior class who will not be forgotten. “Aidan is one of the most positive people I know,” says junior Kendall Lindley. Kennedy is involved in many activities around campus including Table Tennis Society, Ultimate Frisbee Champions League, Spanish club, and the Francis Parker baseball team, where he holds the position of cocaptain. Senior Henry Thurman says, “Aidan Kennedy is such a great guy, he’s an athlete, a prankster, an adventurer and a great friend. I love him like a brother. We will stay friends forever.” Thurman speaks for many, and it is evident that Kennedy is a funny, well-rounded and entertaining friend, teammate and student. Freshmen Robert Mahoney says, “Whenever anyone is with Aidan, they know they’re going to have a great time because he never lets you down!”




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Years From Now

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Suzanna Ahern ...getting dumped in NYC. Berkeley Cavignac ...married to a cowboy in Nashville with three angelic children and a gigantic movie theater in our humble abode. Cassy my acceptance speech for the Nobel Peace prize. Waddup.

Vivi Mendez ...traveling the world helping poor communities as a doctor/nurse. I want to be able to save people’s lives or help them live as long as possible. Keely Moore ...teaching English at Francis Parker Upper School. I’m totally not kidding. Marie Nicol ...six feet under the ground. Hannah Ostrow ...still in school, accumulating more and more useless degrees and avoiding entering the real world. Iñaki Pedroarena-Leal ...retired and living on an island with a nasty beard. Deon Randall a mansion chilling in my pool, swimming with my floaties. As far as work, I will be doing something in business, and this is all after I play in the NFL. Robbi Jo Robyn...a rich widow because my husband “died” and I tricked him into not making me sign a pre-nup.

Luis Gallardo ...RETIRED!!! I will be living on an island with my pottery wheel and a kiln. I will wake up each morning, drink some coffee, say ‘good morning’ to my neighbor Iñaki Pedroarena Leal, and surf some “tubular” waves with Andrew Greenberg. After an epic surf, I will play a round of golf with Dylan Scott, who will be living off of my fortune, and finally, at the end of the day, go to bed with my wife, Dirse. Lydia Fisher ...38? I will probably still be in New York City, livin’ it up with a Wall Street banker and four children who model for Ralph Lauren. Or, I will not be able to afford the city life and will end up calling Jordan Thayer, who is now a successful model, who will take me under her wing and nurse me back to health in her sprawling vineyard in Napa. Alex Golemb charge of some big company doing whatever it is I’m doing. Raking in the big bucks. Anna Green ...paying way too much money for my children to go to a private school. Alia Kiran ... living in the English countryside with at least five different breeds of dog, including a Shitzu, a Portuguese water dog, a Pomeranian, and a dog like Berkeley Cavignac’s.

Mandy Rowe ...owning my own bakery in France with Breanna McKinley.

Austin Sanders... still not have a real job because becoming a neurosurgeon takes more time than it’s worth. Ari Stiegler ...a bum. Henry Thurman with Mommy and still rockin’ the “beast infection”. Zuri Walker ...I don’t like planning ahead. I will be somewhere, probably sleeping. I like to live in the now and see where it takes me.



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Pranksters :

A History of Francis Parker Senior Scoundrels

By Brian Alpert

Senior pranks are the pinnacle of all Parker students’ trickery. No matter how one adds up all of the Friday dress downs, the senior ditch day, and the occasional freshman in a garbage can, nothing tops the prank they will pull at the end of the year. Senior pranks, whether they be approved or not, are the legacy that seniors leave behind. They also pose a challenge to the future seniors of the school as they proudly proclaim, “Top that!” That being said, let us take a look back to compare the great minds of each senior class that have left their mark on Francis Parker, and to honor and remember their legacy.

The Prank of 2006 Five years ago, slightly before the current seniors had even stepped foot on the upper school campus, the senior class of 2006 was brewing up a prank to be remembered. As some students may remember, 2006 was the year the cafeteria stopped serving dessert. That is where this prank began. One normal lunch day, while everyone was eating and chatting amongst friends, several senior masterminds snuck onto the roof of the cafeteria and began to barrage the students below with lollipops and candy bars in protest of the new policy.

The Prank of 2007 When the current seniors of Francis Parker were just wee little freshmen, the class of 2007 pulled off a prank that was equally as tricky as throwing candy off the roof of the cafeteria. On an average day approaching the end of the year, the senior pranksters were hard at work hauling nearly all the backpacks scattered around the school into a huge pile in the quad. In addition, the pranksters decided to Saranwrap the backpacks. The entire student body huddled around the huge pile of backpacks in frustration, each wondering which one belonged to which person.

The Prank of 2008 The senior class of 2008 decided that instead of a prank that affected the other students in any way, they would just use their senior prank to benefit themselves. They decided to throw their own rave in the commons building. In addition to throwing their own party, they also decided to decorate the school by putting uniforms in the trees all over campus.

The Prank of 2009 Last year, the seniors of 2009 went all out with their prank. The seniors took advantage of the fact that the dorms would soon be demolished and decided to leave a mark on the school, at least until the buildings were destroyed. The seniors graffitied nearly every inch of the dorms and the construction surrounding the new art buildings, but their prank did not end there. The same day, while everyone was admiring the new school artwork, the seniors had filled the entire library with ladybugs.



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Confessionals Compiled by Kira Newton

high t s e k r a d r u o What is y t? school secre “I am in love with “I have a select species of illegal Malaysian iguanas breeding in the canyon.”

several teachers; Rai Wilson and Philip Trotter included.”

“I love Yoseph Desta like no other.” “I took a senior survey when I wasn’t a senior.” “I definitely didn’t wear underwear some days of the school year. Some of those days may have been days I wore skirts.”

“98% of the reason I’m in French Honors Society is to get to wear that cord on my graduation robe.” “I’m secretly in love with Lydia Fisher.”

What do you most regret doing or not doing in high school? “No regrets, baby.” “Not joining Scribe. No joke.” “Clubs. They Kind of.” “I never dressed out of dress code.”

“Being a party animal.”

“I have a crush on Kiernan Aiston. Sorry Erin.”

What do you wish you co uld have said to a teacher? “I am in love with you.” “I prefer not to.”

“I don’t know your life, so stop talking about your weekend.”

“Hanscom: There is not a nicer, more patient teacher.” “You have nicer legs than an isoscles right triangle”

“‘Elope, plz?’ to Mr. Trotter.”

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“I tripped a teacher once.” “I have no idea how to read a textbook and retain information.” “When I was a freshman, I “I want Mr. Maunu’s sideburns.”

used to think I might become as beautiful/popular as a senior.”

“I am secretly in love with John Stoia.”

“The impact they made on my life, and how it has influenced me in what I want to do with my life.” “Mr. ____, please retire already.”

“Not ever getting alcohol poisoning. That seems like an essential teenage experience.”

“Really Ms. Southworth? This is so unnecessary.”

“I love school. There, I said it.” “I cry when I’m not at school.”

“If you have ever found a snail on yourself, it was probably me who put it there.”



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Kinder Buddies:

By Kara Jones

A Parker Tradition

On the days when the campus is full of small kindergartners in red shirts, the mood of the whole school is immediately lifted. Watching the connections made between the youngest and the oldest Parker students through playing and story telling instantly uplifts many students on campus. The program is a connection between the seniors and the kindergartners that has been a tradition since 1995. Senior year is said to be the most stressful year of high school. Applying to colleges, analyzing acceptances, and ultimately making an extremely important decision can all be a little hectic. Pressure comes from all over: from parents, peers, teachers, and school to gain acceptance


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into the most prestigious university possible. The best way to relieve some of this pressure and anxiety is to hang out with a kid who couldn’t care less about college, or anything else for that matter, except maybe how fast a senior can run with him or her on his back. As senior class advisor Ms. Carol Obermeier says, the purpose of Kinder Buddies is “the carrying on of tradition, greeting the newer kids with the ones who are saying goodbye, and a way for seniors to put things into perspective.” The kindergartners are mostly assigned at random to a pair of seniors. Throughout the year, the seniors and kindergartners meet five times. The seniors are first

introduced to their buddies at a lunch and Upper School tour. They have a few lunches throughout the year and meet to celebrate Valentine’s Day and to perform the Hiya Hiya. The biggest event of the year is kite flying, which traditionally takes place at Mission Bay. Ms. Obermeier says that the best part about Kinder Buddies is “watching ‘cool,’ stressed out 17-and 18-year olds completely throw that all off and become a kid again.” Ultimately, the Kinder Buddies program creates a stress-free, fun, and playful environment for everyone involved.

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WHEN I WAS IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Complied By Madeline Peeling My favorite part of elementary school was making shoes out of cardboard during art and wearing them during recess. When I was little I wanted to be a construction worker. My first crush was my P.E. teacher Todd. My greatest fear was my teacher realizing I never did my “Worldly Wise” homework.


My favorite television show was Lizzie McGuire. My favorite part of elementary school was Oregon Trail. When I was little I wanted to be a rock star.

My favorite television show was Jimmy Neutron! Still is. My greatest fear was the movie Don’t Look Under the Bed. My favorite singer was Britney Spears.

My favorite field trip was going to SeaWorld. My favorite recess game was wall ball.


When I was little I wanted to be a rich man. My favorite singer was Shakira. My greatest fear was my crush. My best friend was my teacher.


My first crush was my teacher. My favorite television show was Even Stevens. My greatest fear was Ms. Ladow. My best friend was Eva Plaxe.

My first crush was Andrew Greenberg.

My favorite recess game was tether ball. My favorite group was Bad Religion. When I was little I wanted to be a doctor.



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Words of Wisdom

The seniors are finishing up their time at Parker, and they’ve learned how to make the most of it. Seniors have experienced everything from making new friends to joining clubs and sports, from picking great classes to choosing a college. We asked the seniors to look back on their high school experience, and they’ve gathered their best advice to share with you on how to succeed at Parker. One thing is clear: all the seniors want you to enjoy high school, stop stressing, and try something new! Karleigh Ash: Focus on what you enjoy! Don’t try to take all hard classes. Grades count- big time. Do something about yours so you can go to the best college possible! The teachers who impacted my life were Mr. Harrington, Dr. Wilson, and Mr. Maunu because of how great their courses are. Go on an international trip! I went to the Phillipines and South Africa and those are my favorite memories from Parker. Hannah Rigsby: Don’t be afraid to try new sports! I just started cheer my last trimester, and I wish I has started it freshman year. Andrew Greenberg: Remember to have fun! You don’t want to look back on high school and be sad that you didn’t do something. High school seems really short; get the most out of it. Cassy Cadwell: Don’t procrastinate... Until senior year, then you can procrastinate all you want. Don’t stress, everything works out senior year. Jocelyn Silver: Don’t make your life all about academics or the silly social mores of high school. Try to get a good balance. Wes Gavin: Don’t worry about college. If all you do is stress about impressing your parents and isolating yourself from your social life just to get in to an ivy league school, it’s not worth it. Put the work in, and strive for excellence, but don’t be someone you’re not. Enjoy high school, it’s a great time.



Kelly Burns: Listen to your college counselors! Their advice is useful and they take so much of the college process off our hands. If they tell you to apply to a school, apply there! The colleges I got into were the ones Mrs. Devine recommended. They know what’s best for you- listen. Lydia Fisher: Don’t be afraid to ask a teacher to reschedule a test. If you had family issues or an illPhoto courtesy of ness the night before, don’t feel like you have to stress out and stay up until dawn to take an exam the next day. Brigitte Ehman: Get involved Teachers understand [if] your reason is juswith as many things as you can. It’s tifiable. Your mental health and GPA will the experiences you have in these thank you for waiting to take the test to the activities that make your favorite best of your ability. memories of high school. Discover who your favorite teachers are and stay engaged with them even after Courtney Brooks: Start SATs and ACTs you’ve taken their classes. Lastly, early [so] you can retake them if you need to enjoy every moment of stress, ex- and won’t run out of time. citement, and fun that comes your way. It all happens so fast! Ari Stiegler: How to avoid senioritis: Avoiding senioritis is impossible. I was born Deon Randall: Freshman year with chronic senioritis. While Mr. Johnson was fun, but high school gets harder temporarily cured me, it reappeared four [sophomore year]. Still, go to all the days into my senior year, and now I don’t dances and all the games, and don’t own a binder or book with the exception of be afraid to meet people. Junior a doodle pad. How to get a date to homeyear is rough with SATs and ACTs, coming: take the yearbook, cut out all the sports, and extracurriculars, but go photos and glue them on the wall. Find an to athletics and have a fun summer unsuspecting freshman, capture them with a and hang out with friends. Senior candy lure and put a blindfold on them. Spin year is fun especially because the them in a circle thrice, then send them runteachers are so cool and understand- ning. Whoever’s picture they hit is your date, ing. The friendships you make se- unless they are already taken, or a dude, in nior year are ones to stay. Be rebel- which case repeat until either a date is found or the freshman is unconscious. If the freshlious, it’s the joy of being a senior. man is unconscious, then find another and Natalie Wells: Get to know your put him to good use. teachers- they are there to help you! Compiled by Emily Heft

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ts n e m ta s e T d n a s l il W t Las

Compiled by Erica Finfer

I, Robbi Jo Robyn, leave my senioritis to Mr. D’Onofrio because we all know senior grades are imaginary. I, Austin Sanders, leave Coach Lewis to Glennon Waters because only you can keep him from going crazy during basketball season. I, Aaron Cahn, leave my spot on varsity Surf Team to the next generation of groms. I also leave my pottery skills to Max Lee, who’s still weak sauce after two years. I, Matthew Tannenbaum, leave my soccer jersey (#12) to Carson Scott and everything else on the soccer team to Griffin Barra and Ryan Kretz. I, Luis Gallardo, leave my pottery wheel to Max Lee because he still needs a lot of practice. But most importantly I leave my good looks and intelligence to my brother Gonzalo, because I am sure he will need them. Brother, use them wisely. I, Zuri Walker, leave my obnoxious laugh, smile, and dance skills to my sister, Asha Walker. I, Iñaki Pedroarena-Leal, leave my #3 soccer jersey to Gonzalo Gallardo to finish the Dirce legacy and find something different to do than playing Call of Duty all day, every day. I, Anna Green, leave my school spirit and love of learning to Nils Green because he’s my brother. I, Kelly Burns, leave my photo enlarger (#13) to Cami Campbell. I wish her success in all her photo endeavors. I leave my hideous cheer pants to Rachel Hall, because it rains every year at CIFs and I can’t let my cheer buddy get cold! I leave my PacMan skills to Sloan Christopher because I love her. I, Mackenzie Ward, leave Mr. C to all the freshmen in theater because that’s how graduating works. I, Lydia Fisher, leave Reggie, my rhinestone encrested headband, and my heart and soul to Erica Finfer because it’s the only way to stop her from calling me. I, Hannah Ostrow, leave my spot as Dr. Pierce’s favorite student to Lyle Daniel and Scribe late nights, Dan the Man, and the right to change the computer desktop backgrounds to Carol and Maddie T. I, Michael Zamost, leave locker 420 to Alec Heifitz and Neil Kumar. You two remind me of Eric Ingram and myself. I, Alia Kiran, leave my “being late skillz” to Madeline Peeling, my lore of Social Justice/Mr. Trotter to Emily Horne, and my funny faces to Kara Jones ( though she certainly doesn’t need them). I, Berkeley Cavignac, leave my really old, gross pom-poms to the sophomore and junior cheerleaders because they are adorable and funny and flexible and will kick some major butt next year. I, Sam Katzman, leave my handicap spot to Asha Walker, because I know she wants it so badly. I, Lindsey Steinert, leave my bed, Sophie, and SVU seasons to my wifey, Alex Bertz, because I love her. I, Marie Nicol, leave Ross’s car to Ross Nicol because it’s his. I, Ari Stiegler, leave my Donut Hustling skills to Logan Lochtefeld. I, Cassy Cadwell, leave being a flirt to Austin Finley because he’s got it going on! I also leave scorpions and other sick stunts to Sloan Christopher because she’s the next big cheer thing! I, Keely Moore, leave my reserved 24 hours a day parking spot to the next lucky kid whose parents buy it for them at the gala. I, Vivi Mendez, leave my smile and love to my little brother who I love so much. I, Amha Aaron Abebe, leave my position and responsibilities as a member of the Francis Parker Swan Pack to Jonathon Murell Lee. I, Deon Randall, leave my senioritis to Jared Blake and all my awesome basketball skills that he doesn’t need to Dalante Dunklin. Oh, and I leave my swag for Griffin Barra because he needs it. I, Eva Plaxe, leave Mr. Esch’s couch to Sara Linssen because she’s going to need a lot of sleep next year! I, Henry Thurman, leave my style and sex appeal to my main men Ben Peters and Willy Avery, and to my sister I leave the Thurman legacy. I, Wes Gavin, leave my swagger to John Papa, my on-line pro skillz to Chi-Chi, my squat legs to Brian Levett, and my ridiculous skills at foosball, gamecube, poggle, bejeweled, and cribbage to Hans. I, Matthias Nikaj, leave my political obsession to Carson Scott, despite his godless liberalism, and my fort in the canyon to whoever can find it.



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quad rants

Compiled by Grace Paluch

The best What will What’s senior you miss your best Senioritis prank most about high school is... Parker? memory? would have been...

Lacy Songer Senior

Homecoming, not the dance.

Ari Stiegler Senior

Flying on Mr. Thiebach’s head for Homecoming annnouncment.

Lydia Fisher Senior

College counseling.

Ann Jacobson Senior Senior Henry Thurman

The Baja trip for Interim.


cows upstairs.

to go to Mark Twain (school) for a day and they (Twain students) could come here.

The “family atmosphere.”

me, since freshman year.

Not actually learning.

losing your backpack and not even noticing.

Marie Nicol, dressed as a lady bug, in the library.

Waking up to the coos of my alarm at 6:50 every weekday.

To list your teachers’ phone numbers on Craig’s list as giving away TVs.

Getting in trouble for getting back on campus late from lunch.

unplugging all pencil sharpeners.

The rule you I will come want added to the back to Francis Parker to Parker handsee... book is... mi amor, Rene Caracoza and, of course, my Snaily and Ki$$en Kate.

Mama and Papa Aiston.

all skirts must resemble belts.

my name in the Hall of Fame.

refer to your handbook as little as possible.

Sleeping through all your classes and getting s.

my kids go here.

that nap time is mandatory.

an STD?

my boy, Ben Peters.

applied daily, like moisturizer.

The hot moms.

Separ ated a t

Caitlin Whitney

to be able to ride bicycles to class.

commando Fridays.



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University of Washington Claire Reiner Willamette University Kevin Martin Lewis and Clark Alexandra Belli University of Oregon Marla Blanco Anna Green Matthew Tannenbaum Henry Thurman UC Davis Kelly Burns Alexandra Lyon Breanna McKinley St. Mary’s College Estefania Diaz

Gonzaga University Aidan Kennedy Nathan Schultz Brian Weatherford

Sonoma State University Sean McKinley UC Berkeley Savannah Wheeler Beverly Yeh Santa Clara University Sebastian Feye Stanford Yoseph Desta Cal Poly SLO Allison Cirillo UC Santa Barbara Sean Malone Charlie Beckwith Occidental College Courtney Jones CalTech Julia Jester LMU Aaron Cahn Lisa Considine Marina Mattson John Volker Mackenzie Ward

Class of 2010

University of Colorado at Boulder Lucas Bameyer Chapman Nicholas King Scripps College Rachel Fidler Alexandra Trimm

University of Denver Caitlin Whitney

Pomona College Michael Weil

Northern Arizona University Adam Dean

University of Redlands Mitchell Dasteel Keely Moore UC Irvine Amy Ho Zuri Walker

USC Zubin Anklesaria Cassandra Cadwell Berkeley Cavignac Miramar College Gregory Gallanis Mekdes Snook USD Mackenzie Gaura Amha Abebe Andrew Greenberg August Colachis Jessica Herman Chelsea Jensen Cameron Hutcheson Giulianna Ruiz Samantha Katzman Manfred Swarovski Omeed Mahoobi Jeremy Paluch Inaki Pedroarena-Leal Jordan Thayer Gap Year Students Lacy Songer Ari Stiegler

College Map:

Arizona State University Matthew Winslow


Southern Methodist University Beau Fisher Claire Kinsey Hannah Rigsby Robbi Robyn

UC Riverside Ann Jacobson Riana Runnells UCSD Michael Brunsting

Hawai’i Pacific University Alexa Frantz Viviana Mendez-Lozano


Yale Patrick Cage Wesley Gavin Deon Randall Patrick White

School of the Art Institute of Chicago Remington Weinger Loyola University Chicago Nicolas Frachon

Colgate Unversity James Waters Culinary Institute of America William Foresman

Boston University Andrew Grigoriadis Dartmouth Carissa Crawford Middlebury College Hannah Ostrow Williams College Emily Baratta

Northeastern University Brian Holmes Marie Nicol Natalie Wells Harvard Luis Gallardo Keerthi Reddy MIT William Evans

University of Pittsburgh Kaarin Clark

Cornell Dylan Scott

Carleton College Aaron Buckley

Barnard College Emily Cass University of Michigan Ryan Gross

Carnegie Mellon Alexander Golemb

Bates College Krista Lauer

Tufts Maxine Lancelot Elizabeth Lincoln Jonah Ollman Aaron Penner Brown Madeleine Jennewein Sofia Ruiz Alicia Valencia Michael Zamost Smith College Julie Vallejo Pratt Institute Laura Hinman NYU Columbia Suzanna Ahern Eric Ingram Roberto Rosas Lydia Fisher Alia Kiran Samantha Sheehan Jocelyn Silver Natalie Wirshbo Princeton Austin Sanders

University of Missouri Kaylie Denenberg

Lafayette College Colby Ryan Villanova Courtney Brooks Eva Plaxe

Muhlenberg College Lindsey Steinert

Penn Brigitte Ehman Penn State University Penelope Jennewein Demaree Harris Matthias Nikaj

Rice Elizabeth Stanfel

Tulane Amanda Rowe

Wake Forest University Karleigh Ash Kenneth Bitar Davidson College Deprise Brazel

Compiled by Nicole Aquino and Marisa Canepa Decisions as of May 3, 2010


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