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Alumni News C U T T H R O AT

WINTER 2013

VOLUME 1, ISSUE 2

ALUMNA ON THE FRONT LINES: BEAVER CREEK FIRE REFLECTION

Three days on the Beaver Creek Fire was nothing short of an eye-opening experience. Anja Sundali ‘06

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HE SHEER AMOUNT of resources, personnel, and hours dedicated to saving our town was mind-boggling. As a volunteer member of the Ketchum Fire Department, I had only been exposed to a small aspect of emergency management. Local emergency medical calls, fire alarms, backcountry rescues, even structure fires pale in comparison to the magnitude of a wildfire. Pulling up to Incident Command on my first day at 0530, the camp was already alive with activity. Hundreds of emergency vehicles, from tankers to engines, choppers, dozers, and other support vehicles, were lined up on one side of the camp. More than one thousand tents covered the other side. There were mobile office spaces for finance, planning, operations, and logistics management. Food trucks. Dining areas. Shower trailers, even a laundry trailer. Hot shots and hand crews from as far away as the East Coast and engine companies from surrounding areas all gathered in one place with one purpose — to fight this fire. On a wildfire, every job is important. There were plenty of us who never saw "action" on the front lines, but support jobs were equally important. Crews rationed our food for the day, cleaned up the camp, and managed the facilities, all so we could do our jobs to the best of our abilities. My crew spent 16 hours each day patrolling Croy Canyon and Baker Creek. Our job was to watch for spot fires and provide water resources to other engines. At that point, there was very little to see, but the residents in the surrounding areas felt reassured by our presence, and we were glad to provide it.

Anja Sundali '06 and her aunt Lara McLean

I have never been the recipient of so much thanks and gratitude. It feels strange — I didn't really do anything. I didn't feel important. However, everywhere we went, we saw handmade signs declaring "Thank You Firefighters," "God Bless the Firefighters," and "Welcome Fire Fighters." People stopped us in the streets to thank us. I realize now that it is not about what I did or how I felt. It is about what WE did. As firefighters, we are all part of one giant family, even if we don't realize it. When someone thanks one of us, they thank all of us, from the person flying the DC10 and the hotshot on the line to the person figuring out where all the firefighters are going to eat and sleep. It was all I could do to thank everyone I encountered. This is my town, too. My home was temporarily evacuated like many others. There are not sufficient words (although I've certainly tried to find them) to express the gratitude I feel as a resident and firefighter to everyone who lent a hand in helping us here in the valley.


RACHEL AANESTAD ’94 JOINS DEVELOPMENT OFFICE STAFF Once a Cutthroat, always a Cutthroat! Rachel Aanestad '94 was hired as the Assistant Director of Development at Community School in September. "I'm so excited to be back! As soon as I set foot on campus, I was embraced by the school community. It's been wonderful to see how the school has grown, yet still maintains its loyalty to the traditions and spirit I so fondly remember. I'm also thrilled to have my daughter, Grace, in the ECC!"

Rachel moved back to the Wood River Valley from Chicago with her husband, Andy, and her daughter, Grace. They are expecting their second child in May. Welcome back, Rachel!

Please Join Us

ANNUAL

ALUMNI

HOLIDAYPARTY Sunday, December 22 | 4:30-6:30 p.m. Velocio on Sun Valley Road

Reconnect with your teachers and classmates and view

The Community School Story in honor of our 40th Anniversary.


STUDENT SENATE SPOTLIGHT “GIRL POWER” ERIN HENNESSY — Student Senate Role: President Why you ran: I had a bunch of ideas about how to make the school a more inclusive, spirited, fun place to be, and I wanted to be directly involved in implementing those ideas. I also thought that I could represent the student body in a good way because of my involvement in a lot of clubs, sports, and activities. Campaign strategy:  I tried to keep it fun and lighthearted through posters that involved T-rex and funny pictures of myself, and a video about why I would be a good president.  Goals for the year within your position: One of the main goals of our senate term is to increase spirit and energy throughout the school. On the last day of classes, we had an ice cream party put on by the Student Senate in the quad with music. At the end of the party, we had an Upper School Zumba session that was awesome. I would like to continue having fun events like this that take away stress from the day and let students relax.  We would also like to increase connectivity throughout the Upper School. Each class has their individual area for lunch and studying, and we’d like to bridge that inevitable separation through Student Senate. We are also bringing back Waffle Wednesday, when we have a late start to the school day and the upperclassmen make waffles for the rest of the students. It is a good way to make sure that upperclassmen and underclassmen stay connected.  I would also like to see other students getting involved in Senate events. We are going to try to bring representatives from the major clubs to meetings to make sure that the Senate is supporting the clubs and that the clubs are supporting the Senate.  These are just a few of our ideas, but we are really looking forward to having a fun and school-spirit-filled year.  How long you've attended the school: I have attended the school for almost seven years. I started in sixth grade, but my family has been connected with the school since the very beginning. My uncle was part of the first class at Community School. I also had three other aunts and uncles go to the school as well as my mom, two cousins, and two sisters. 


Activities, sports, and clubs you're involved with: I play soccer, hockey, basketball, tennis, and I like to go to Zumba. I am involved in the Student Ambassadors Club, Model U.N., Fair Trade Club, and Community Service Club. Favorite CS tradition: Senior Projects Favorite outdoor trip thus far and why: Junior Solo was my favorite trip. I had an amazing time adventuring around my canyon, having fun taking pictures, and being myself. It was also great to have the group hike so that we had time to connect with our classmates.  Favorite class thus far and why: Hemingway with Phil Huss was my favorite. Phil was able to push us into a heightened understanding of his literature through reading and writing skills that I will use the rest of the year and beyond. Hemingway himself is incredibly interesting because of the local history that surrounds the author and his writing.  What’s next after graduation? I know that I would like to be on the East Coast for college. I'm very interested in international relations and development, foreign affairs, and traveling, so I would like to continue to pursue those interests at college.  Three words to describe your Community School experience: challenging, familial, camaraderie.   Your birthday wish for Community School in its 40th year: I hope the school will continue to expand and develop while still maintaining the traditions and character that make the school great. 

LENA PERENCHIO — Student Senate Role: Vice President Why I ran for Student Senate: I have always been interested in social justice, and the role of vice president deals with social justice among students. The Vice President is the student representative in disciplinary committee hearings. Campaign strategy: My campaign strategy was to voice to the students truthfully why I wanted this role. In my speech, I argued that anyone who knew me would agree that I am not afraid to voice my opinions and beliefs to anyone, which is an important trait when you are representing fellow students and you want to improve the school. Goals for the year: Limit the amount of academic dishonesties by working with students and teachers. Policies must be very clear to students, and I want to keep working with the faculty to make disciplinary decisions as fair as possible. My top priority is to encourage the aura of Community School (school spirit, happiness, and thankful attitudes)! I have attended Community School: Since sixth grade. Activities, sports, and clubs I’m involved with: Clubs: Community Service, Amnesty International, and Student Ambassador Sports: Horseback riding and dance Favorite Community School tradition: The Senior Projects. I think this is such an unbelievably awesome opportunity that the school gives to the students. I cannot wait for mine! Favorite outdoor trip thus far and why: The ninth grade river trip. It was an exciting way to start high school! I also really enjoyed floating down the river while learning about the area, soaking up the sun, and taking in the beautiful scenery. The best part about outdoor trips is definitely the class bonding and getting to know your teachers outside of the classroom.


Favorite class thus far and why: Hemingway. It was a challenging and rigorous course that helped me grow substantially as a writer. What you'd like to study in college: I would like to study International Relations/Foreign Policy and Political Science in college. Three words to describe my Community School experience: exciting, demanding, and influential. My birthday wish for Community School in its 40th year: My wish for Community School in its 40th year is to stay weird and stand out.

ARIELLE RAWLINGS — Student Senate Role: Secretary and Treasurer Why I ran: To aid in communication between the students and the faculty. Campaign strategy: I wrote a rap for my campaign speech... no shame. Goals for the year within your position: Send out minutes and updates whenever needed to keep the student body up-to-date, spend Student Senate funds in ways that incorporate students and faculty in a “one-school” vision, dish out leadership roles within Student Senate and within the rest of the school to more of the very capable students at our school, aid in the new Middle School Head search, and aid Upper School Head Ben Pettit. How long I’ve attended Community School: Since sixth grade. I did take a semester off the first half of my Junior year to study abroad in Israel. Activities, sports, and clubs you're involved with: I've been a dancer since the age of three, and I currently dance at the Sun Valley Ballet School. I also love CS theater, especially the fall musical, and I am part of the Student Ambassador Club and the Community Service Club. Favorite CS tradition: Fall Campout... although I've missed both my first and last ones because of fires. Favorite outdoor trip thus far and why: Junior Solo. It was so nice to have time and space to myself to think, explore, and test my creativity. Favorite class thus far and why: That's really hard. About 10 just popped into my mind. I'd have to say Junior Thesis, because I loved the process of exploring a topic that was uniquely my own and the combination of writing, interdisciplinary research, and personal opinion that resulted in my final paper. What’s next after graduation? I'm completely undecided as to what I want to study in college, mostly because Community School has exposed me to many different subjects and made it too hard to choose! I want to head to the East Coast or the West Coast for college, and I definitely want to go to a place where teacher-student relationships are as strong as they are at CS... I don't know if any place will be able to come close, considering how incredible the teachers are here! Three words to describe your Community School experience: Snow. On. Solo. Your birthday wish for Community School in its 40th year: Forty more years of just as much adventure, excitement, school spirit, talented students, caring faculty, happy fish, and more.


ALUMNI REUNION IN REVIEW

Community School welcomed 75 alumni, faculty, friends, and family members back to campus the weekend of July 5 for the first All-Alumni Reunion in several years.

“We decided to host the reunion during Fourth of July weekend in hopes that many alumni would be visiting the area,” said Director of Alumni Relations Krista Detwiler. “While there was a lot going on that weekend between the mountain bike festival and MASSV, we were thrilled with the turnout. A wide range of classes were represented, with alumni from the Class of ’82 to the Class of ’13.” An alumni and faculty soccer match kicked off the weekend on Friday, July 5 at Sagewillow. Soccer coaches Kelly Feldman and Richard Whitelaw set the stage, and Richard’s dreads flew as he joined the fun on the field. Fifteen alumni were joined by their spouses and kids, who cheered them on from the sideline. The All-Alumni BBQ on Friday night included 75 guests who enjoyed Lefty’s fare, throwback tunes, yearbook photos, and an address from Head of School David Holmes. The Class of ’93 celebrated their 20-

year reunion, and three members of both the classes of ’83 and ’03 celebrated their 30- and 10-year reunions, respectively. “The best part of the weekend was reconnecting with my former students and meeting alums I didn’t have the pleasure of teaching,” said Upper School English teacher Phil Huss. “Our alumni are so diverse and talented, and that came through in each conversation.” On Saturday, while a handful of alums and faculty ventured to Grumpy’s, Upper School science teacher Paul Hartl joined up with former faculty member Doug Fenn of White Otter Adventures in Sunbeam for a whitewater ride with eight alumni. “It was great to have the chance to throw my former students in the water again — safely, of course!” said Doug. “Recent alumni Maranda Stopol ’13 and Sean Dumke ’09 are both working on the river with me this summer, so it was an all-alumni experience.” The weekend ended with an on-campus farewell breakfast and campus tours led by Student Ambassadors. “Even though attendance at the breakfast was lower than we anticipated based on registrations, it was still a success in my eyes after Mike Wade said it was worth it for him to be there just to see one particular alumna he hadn’t seen in 15 years,” Krista said. “Reconnecting is what the weekend was all about.”

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Members of the Class of 2003 | Members of the Class of 1993 | 80s Alumni and Jonna Mendes enjoy the All-Alumni BBQ | Paul Hartl and Doug Fenn lead a day on the river | Faculty and Alumni soccer match at Sagewillow


ALUMNI LEADERS IN RESIDENCE Starting in the 2014 winter term, Community School will welcome alumni leaders back to campus to speak to students about their expertise in sustainability and “going green.” These alumni will kick off a new program called the “Alumni Leaders in Residence Series,” when alumni visit campus throughout the year to educate our students in a classroom setting about their field of work, and how Community School helped inspire them to pursue their careers. In 2014-2015, we will welcome a new theme and more alumni.

OUR ALUMNI LEADERS FOR THE 2013-2014 SCHOOL YEAR ARE: Aimee Christensen ‘87 — Strategic Advisory on Energy and Environment Current: United Nations, Christensen Global Strategies, LLC Previous: Hillary Institute of International Leadership, World Climate Ltd., Global Observatory Education: Stanford Law School, Smith College

Ben Roth ‘05 — Strategy Manager at The Nature Conservancy Current: Global Strategy Advisor at The Nature Conservancy in Denver, Colorado Previous: Global Strategy Advisor at the Nature Conservancy in Beijing City, China Education: Yale University If you are interested in being an Alumni Leader in Residence for the 2014-2015 school year, please contact Krista.

ALUMNI COUNCIL Our Alumni Council, composed of representatives of alumni classes ’83-’08, continues to meet once every two months to discuss important alumni topics. January marks the one-year anniversary of the group, and so far we have brainstormed new activities like the Alumni Leaders in Residence series (see above), spoken with Head of School David Holmes about the school’s financial situation and goals for the future, and had fun comparing our Community School experiences. Thank you to everyone who comes to these important meetings — I couldn’t do my job without you! If you are interested in joining the Council, please contact me.

-Krista


CLASSNOTES CLASS OF

1978

Kevin Crisp Finishing the second year in a three-year posting at Embassy Luxembourg. The weather has been great, and we just got back from a cruise in the Baltics. Ten years in the State Department has given me a chance to live in some interesting places. The list so far is Serbia, Mexico, Iraq, Canada, and Luxembourg. We’ll see how interesting the future will be.

Jack Weekes I plan on summiting the 123rd highest peak in Blaine County this summer, which I believe is on Saddle Rd. Wish me luck. Minnie Wright Living in the Bay Area with my two children, Sydney (8), and Tyler (7).

CLASS OF

1991

Julie Wiethorn I became a grandmother on Valentine’s Day of 2012. My daughter Elke (Class of 2003) and her partner, Nicholas Giftai, have been on several epic adventures with their son Gabriel Kaimana Giftai that I have also been able to be part of. Being a grandmother has expanded my life and my capacity for love more than I could have ever imagined.

CLASS OF

1985

Trevor Norris Claudia and I are doing well (but shivering now in mid-winter while you guys are in summer!) with not a tremendous amount of 5B-relevant news to report. It was great to have John Valenzuela’s (‘84) stepdaughter Keah come down and stay with us while she learned Spanish, helped build community kitchens in a “challenged” neighborhood, and surprised (impressed) us that her reading hours outpaced her TV hours by 100:1.

Barb Pendl I live in Burlington, Vermont, and work as a photographer/webcasting technician primarily for universities, and educational and government entities. I keep my own schedule and spend free time inventing steampunk-inspired jewelry and visiting interesting places via bicycle or other human-powered means of transportation. Pet causes include Vermont’s sustainable food systems movement, the integration of digital technologies into tomorrow’s classrooms, and the end of single-occupant car commuting.

Liam Grant Sharon and I had a baby boy on May 24. His name is Alexander Patrick Grant.

Xander Maksik My second novel A Marker to Measure Drift came out on July 30 from Knopf. (Visit http://tinyurl.com/kzxole7 for reviews of the novel.)

You can submit a class note to Krista at any time. Photos encouraged!

kdetwiler@communityschool.org


CLASS OF

1993

Jonathan Mills All – big year. The happiest occasion was my marriage to fellow alum Elizabeth Zimmerman ’95 in May! However, it’s been a good year professionally as well, with a feature film in select theaters OCTOBER 4! It’s called NOTHING LEFT TO FEAR, and was produced by legendary Guns and Roses guitarist SLASH. I continue to work in Hollywood as a screenwriter and director and make trips back to the valley to see friends. It’s worth noting that our twenty-year reunion was this summer, and many of the closest people I have in my life are the ones I met at Community School and in the Wood River Valley.

Aaron Hill I live in San Diego with my wife Erika (we just had our five-year anniversary in Ketchum at the Pio), and we have two girls (Ellie Louise, 2 years, and Georgia Gene “Gigi,” 2 months) and our 11-year-old Lab, Red. I work in Commercial Real Estate at Cushman & Wakefield where I have been for ten years and specialize in retail leasing and sales. We love San Diego but miss the Idaho outdoors, friends, and family. I still spend a lot of free time fishing and hunting with my mountain man brother Benji (Class of ’93) and Dad, Jimmyjono. We also spend a lot of time with Erika Connelly ‘03’s family in Whidbey Island, Washington.

CLASS OF

1998

Kara Mullane My husband, Matt, and I are living in Denver, Colorado, with our two very energetic 4 and 5-year-old boys. I have been a photographer for 13 years and partnered with another photographer this year to create Studio DK (www.studiodkdenver.com). We love all the outdoor amenities of living here, especially skiing!

CLASS OF

1994

Hilary Parkinson Life is great in Bozeman with my husband, John, and the dogs Luther and Hayduke. I got a Master of Science back in 2008 in plant ecology and now work for Montana State University identifying plants, writing publications, and conducting a bit of research here and there. I hope everyone is doing well.

CLASS OF

Tenaya Plowman Kolar We moved from Santa Cruz two years ago, and we are buying a new house in Hailey. It’s a total construction zone. Our son Dash is 4 in September. My mom owns Owl House Children’s Sanctuary in Hailey.

CLASS OF

1998

1996 Estibaliz McCoy Life is busy but wonderful. I have reached the halfway point in my nursing school program and I am looking forward to graduation next May. I did lots of cross country and alpine skiing with our 5-year-old son and 2-year-old daughter this winter. Sometimes that meant one kid on shoulders, and another behind in a sled. We’re planning a camping trip to Acadia this summer to recharge. My better half is ‘hooked’ on fly fishing, so I won’t have too much convincing to do to get out there for a visit next summer before I jump into a new job. I hope to get a chance to catch up with CS folks! If anyone heads out East, get in touch.


CLASS OF

2001

Graham Donald Graham is in his fourth year of surgical residency at UCLA, operating and doing research in pancreatic cancer therapy. He lives in Venice and frequently sees other Cutthroats including J Welsh ‘01, Claire Cetera ‘01, Rob Rutherford ‘01, Rory Donald ‘00, and Will Roos ‘96. Emily Hogan I'm living in Portland, OR, with my husband and daughter, Riley. When not swimming with my almost-3-year-old or picking fresh blueberries, I'm busy working at a medium sized law firm doing estate planning, special needs planning and real estate and business law. I also teach paralegal courses at a local college. Alex McCoy I moved to Boise to start work on a couple of long-awaited ventures... has been exciting reconnecting with friends and family back home in Idaho. Rob Rutherford My L.A.-based film & TV lighting startup, Hive Lighting, recently used our energy-efficient plasma lights at the Sundance Film Festival, the red carpets at SXSW, and for over 100 different Film & TV productions. Hive was also profiled in the L.A. Times in August. I recently proposed to the lovely and talented Rachel Morris of Sarasota, Florida. Read the next issue’s Class Notes to find out what she said...

CLASS OF

2002

CLASS OF

2004

Montana Burns I just received my Master of Science in Oriental Medicine, a four-year program at Southwest Acupuncture College in Boulder, Colorado.

CLASS OF

2006

Amanda Withington My husband and I just moved from Chicago to Denver, and we love being back in the West. I am almost done with my thesis and will soon be receiving my Master’s in Public Policy and Administration. I just found a job working with a nonprofit, AfricAid, which supports girls’ education in Tanzania. I hope to introduce it to Community School and maybe start a school club or spark an idea for someone’s senior project. On the side, I am teaching Bikram Yoga and biking around outside!

CLASS OF

2006

Emily Stephens Hard to believe it’s been seven years since graduating from Community School! After graduating from Middlebury, spending a year in San Francisco, and a couple years back in the Valley, I decided to take the plunge and move to Los Angeles. I am maintaining my role as the Marketing Director at Marketron (headquartered in Hailey) but will also be starting a part-time MBA program at UCLA Anderson. Looking forward to this next new adventure and coming back to Idaho for the holidays to see the Community School family!

CLASS OF Josh Kantor Jack Aron Kantor was born on 10/24/2013. Stats: 6lbs 6 oz. 18 inches We are hoping for a future Community School soccer player. :)

2007

Oey Parker I recently spent five weeks in South Africa in the bush learning how to track people and animals with the International Anti-Poaching Foundation (IAFP). It was life-changing, to say the least. I’ve decided to put graduate school on hold, and I’m moving to South Africa to start a mounted (horseback) anti-poaching unit with two Australian horse-breakers.


We will be operating under the IAPF once we raise $20,000, and we will then be contracted out to vulnerable properties and hopefully national parks. Our goal is to be at the forefront of conservation and combat the demise of rhinos and other African wildlife due to poaching. I’m doing this in exchange for a tent, some food, and a good conscious. You can learn more, help us reach our goal, and save the rhino population at https://give.everydayhero.com/au/IAPFmountedrangers

CLASS OF

2009

CLASS OF

Ricki Eshman I’m working as an Associate in the Office of Correspondence at the White House this summer. It’s been really fun and interesting, especially after helping with the campaign in the fall, and it’s great to be working in another part of politics. The Office of Correspondence deals with the President’s correspondence with the American people, including all the letters, gifts, emails, and phone calls people give and make to him. It’s been a great experience, and I’m sad it’s drawing to a close!

CLASS OF

Bronwen Raff This August, I will move to the Dominican Republic to serve as a Peace Corps volunteer for 27 months. I will be working with mothers and youth as part of the Peace Corps Healthy Communities program. After three months of training in the capital of Santo Domingo, I will be placed in a rural village for the remaining 24 months of service. I’ll be keeping a blog, and if you’re interested, check it out at bronwenraff.blogspot.com.

2010

2013

Minghao (Kingzer) Zou This is such a fun class.

ALUMNI COLLEGE PANEL

TUESDAY, JANUARY 7 IN THE COMMUNITY SCHOOL THEATER

If you are in town on the 7th and willing to share your insights about your Community School, college admissions, college, and/or post-graduate experience, please contact Krista at kdetwiler@communityschool.org.


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CUTTHROAT CHALLENGE IF 75 COMMUNITY SCHOOL ALUMNI GIVE TO THE ANNUAL FUND BEFORE DECEMBER 31, 2013, GENEROUS SUPPORTERS WILL DONATE A TOTAL OF $25,000 TO THE FUND!*

Donate what you can today. ANY gift at ANY level makes a difference! To make your contribution, visit www.communityschool.org. *All donations received since July 1, 2013, count towards the challenge.


WELCOME TO THE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION, CLASS OF

2013

The seniors donned everything from Minnie Mouse ears to ski beanies and cowboy hats at Graduation, some even keeping their headgear on for their senior reflections. A hatless Head of School David Holmes introduced the class of 2013 as “a happy, healthy, successful group of kids who know right from wrong; an outdoorsy group that has a sense of optimism and a can-do attitude.” “They have a keen moral sense and want to make the world a better place,” he said. “But they didn’t happen by mistake. They have received guidance from many people. In this, the parents and families are the unsung heroes, as are the teachers, coaches, and mentors at Community School.” Commencement speaker Judge Anthony Scirica of the U.S. Court of Appeals drew on his long and distinguished career in public service when addressing the graduates. The judge, a longtime second homeowner in the Wood River Valley, broke bread with seniors during a special lunch the day before graduation. Judge Scirica said the graduates were “a group with different passions, different outlooks, who are well-balanced and ready for the world. They are eager and engaging and impressed me with their understanding that balance in life is essential.” Ben Kanellitsas and Taylor Figge spoke on behalf of the class. Ben admitted to “conflicting emotions” brought on by Commencement. “It’s a happy time. It’s a sad time. It’s an awkward time,” he said, laughing. He said his class embraced the philosophy of carpe diem, and Taylor added that her class is especially good at thinking outside the box and solving problems in creative ways, often using the special talents that make them all unique. “To an outsider, our class might be seen as having too many leaders, to be a group more focused on fun than on studying, but we are a family,” she said. Senior Reflections followed, allowing each graduate to talk about what mattered most to him or her. “Who are you?” said Chase Josey. “No, it says that right here, on the podium. In case you get nervous. Who are you? Introduce yourself to the audience. But I have heard this question before, and it’s not always the easiest to answer. It is a vital question at Community School and one that everyone wants to help you explore.” Ellie Swanson, a “lifer” with 14 years at Community School, thanked her teachers and her family for “enabling me to love life, to embrace changing experiences.” The 2013 Commencement was made more special by the presence of Community School’s first graduating international students. Minghao (Kingzer) Zou belted out a few stanzas from a favorite song, perfectly expressing his strong emotions, and Minrun (Ken) Cheng said Community School was different than he expected. “I thought I would have a normal high school experience,” he said. “But when I got to Community School, I learned school isn’t all about studying. I never imagined I would sleep on the ground and not take a shower for six or seven days.” Sofi Leroux, Community School’s first postgraduate student, was presented with a post-graduate diploma, while Brazilian exchange student Leticia Soares received a certificate of completion. After the awarding of diplomas, amid cheers and tears, the graduates tossed their crazy caps into the air and ended their time at Community School on a high note.


th BIRTHDAY

BASH

Thanks to all who made our birthday — and our past 40 years — a smashing success!

Community School celebrated its 40th birthday with a birthday bash on Saturday, Sept. 21, that included decade-themed appetizers, a walk down memory lane, and drinks and conversation with friends. Two days of celebration started with a visit from Brian Clark, one of the school's first teachers, who came and spoke with students in the quad at lunch. Brian travelled all the way from Lago Vista, Texas, to view memorabilia and catch up with old friends. Brian attended the party on Saturday along with founding board member Judy Atkinson, who joined alumni, faculty, former faculty, parents, and friends of the school in taking a tour down a carefully constructed timeline of the school's past four decades. Attendees also viewed the premiere of The Community School Story, a 20-minute documentary chronicling the school's founding and development from 1973 to present day featuring many of the school's key supporters and advocates.

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Judy Atkinson shares memories about the founding of the school | Bob and Richard enjoy the timeline | Former Sam's School math teacher Brian Clark and current math teacher Mike Wade | Julie Norris Weithorn '78 and Alexandra Dibble Pitts '77 pose in front of their picture from a late 70s fall campout


Contact Director of Alumni Relations Krista Detwiler ’07 at kdetwiler@communityschool.org or 208.622.3960 ext. 165

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Left to right: Tricia St. George '95, Rachel Aanestad '94, Connor Wade '05, Erika Connelly '03, Hannes Thum '03, Lexie Praggastis '05, and Krista Detwiler '07 have returned to share their talents at their alma mater.

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