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ACORN North Shore Country Day School • Summer 2008



In this Issue MESSAGE FROM HEAD OF SCHOOL.... 2 SPOTLIGHT..................................... 4

Upcoming Events HOMECOMING 2008 September 19–20

The Class of 2008 Graduates ART OPENING PROFILES.. ................................... 12

14 Seniors Travel to Moshi, Tanzania

Six: The Visual Art Faculty September 19, 2008 John Almquist Gallery

ON CAMPUS................................. 18

Grandparents Experience North Shore Summer on Campus The Tempest Upper School Spring Sports Wrap-Up Breakfast Fit for Royalty Students Say Goodbye to Another Year Departing Faculty Harold H. Hines, Jr. Visiting Fellow DEVELOPMENT.. ............................ 23

Annual Giving Duncan G. Farrell ’53 ALUMNI CONNECTIONS.................. 24

Seniors Welcomed into Alumni Association Homecoming 2008 Students and Alumni “Play Ball”

GET YOUR KICKS ON ROUTE 66 A Day Trip of Architecture, History

and Landscape with Bill Hinchliff ’64 October 7, 2008 PARENTS OF ALUMNI COFFEE WITH TOM DOAR September 22, 2008 9 a.m. Cafeteria LUNCH IN THE LOOP PROGRAM October 30, 2008 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Union League Club, Chicago ANNUAL GIVING PHONATHONS Week of November 10

Golf Outing Class Rep Profile: Dina Healy Richter ’89


Get Your Kicks on Route 66

(CLASSES OF 2005-2008) December 19, 2008 9:30 a.m. Laird Bell Room

The Alumni Board 2008–2009 CLASS NOTES............................... 28

Milestones Former Faculty

YOUNG ALUMNI & FACULTY GATHERING (CLASSES OF 1994 – 2006) December 19, 2008 5–8 p.m. Tommy Nevins Pub and Restaurant Evanston, IL COMING IN 2009 An Alumni Art Exhibit is being planned for fall 2009 during Homecoming weekend. Details to follow from the Alumni Office.

On the front cover Leah Druzinsky ’08 and Peter Callahan ’09 embrace following Commencement 2008. Opposite Cindy Taylor ’08 spent her Senior Service time volunteering at the Kilimanjaro Nursery School in Moshi, Tanzania, along with 13 other classmates. On the back cover If you know more about this picture or can identify the people in it, please contact Director of Alumni Relations Nancy Green Whiteman ’71, 847.441.8848 or Published by The Marketing and Communications Department 847.441.3337 Editor Tura Cottingham Photography Tura Cottingham Art Jessen ’70 Phil Ochs ’08 Copyright © 2008

North Shore Country Day School is a co-educational, collegepreparatory school of 485 students in grades JK through 12 in Winnetka, Illinois. North Shore does not discriminate on the basis of race, nationality, ethnic origin or gender in any of its policies or practices.

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Message from the Head of School those goals. There were parents providing support and space for the Class to reach beyond their comfort zones and to feel a sense of responsibility to others—parents who encouraged their children, believed in them, and trusted them and others in the community. The collective community, students, teachers and parents, acknowledged the senior’s work with encouragement and willingness. Finally, the members of the Class came together playing different roles, providing energy, understanding, partnership and friendship. In the end, it was a perfect blend— a combination of the Class of 2008, the North Shore community as a whole, and a commitment to “Live and Serve”—that enabled the group to deliver in ways that make us very proud.

The School’s motto “Live and Serve,” has inspired generations of students, bringing accountability to our overall focus and reminding us of our responsibility to always do our best to give back. Our most recent graduating class, the Class of 2008, took the motto to heart, along with their teachers and fellow students. Thanks to their efforts, I can’t remember the “Live and Serve” motto being more relevant or more alive than during the last months of the 2007-2008 school year. The enthusiasm, energy and spirit on campus were at a very high level, and our connection to others beyond the School was never more meaningful and compelling. In this issue of the Acorn you will read about the Class of 2008—as spirited of a senior class as any in recent memory. This Class made its mark in truly special ways. Their commitment to others, giving of their time and talents, reached new heights for North Shore. As I look back over the year, I am struck by the number of people who played a role in the Class’ ability to deliver so well and to exemplify and even amplify “Live and Serve.” There were teachers whose example and passion magically challenged, inspired and empowered the seniors to set ambitious goals and then to reach 2 Acorn Summer 2008

My goal for this summer has been to recount all the elements that contributed to this meaningful and successful year. In doing so, perhaps we can patent this collaborative “recipe” and share it with each future North Shore class. That may not be as difficult a task as it seems. This is, after all, North Shore where we value individuals; connect with peers and mentors whether they are teachers, parents, alumni or friends of the School; and we are small and nimble enough to take advantage of opportunities as they arise. As always, I am grateful for all your support and wish you a relaxing and enjoyable summer.

Tom Doar III Head of School

1) Jada Howard ’17 and her grandmother at Grandparents’ Day. 2) Aliana Velick ’18 and her mother Marnee at Gathering of the Greats. 3)John Green ’12, Jordan Thomas ’14 and Clayton Cottingham ’14 enjoy Middle School Field Days. 4) Matt Thomas ’09 5) Olivia Kagan ’08 with her buddy Alexandra Morgan ’20 6) Owen Hiland ‘18 enjoying Summer Camp at North Shore. 7)Middle School advisory groups perform. 8) Lauris Herth ’11 9) Eighth grade grad Cassi Formolo ’12 with her father Tom Formolo.



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THE CLASS OF 2008 GRADUATES What better way to capture the personality of the 48 students who made up the class of 2008, than by quoting remarks delivered by the Head of School Tom Doar at their Commencement in Diller Street Theater on a windy June 6. “If I were challenged to participate in a stream of consciousness exchange and the subject was the Class of 2008—my immediate response would be: Spirit and Service. “This class has brought an energy and spirit to the Upper School that has been beyond that of any class in recent memory. They have set a tone in the Upper School this year that has been positive and fun, unpredictable and captivating—ice cream days, town meeting themes, ski trips, advisory competitions—enthusiastic participation in athletics, chorus, theater and Model U.N. Their energy, enthusiasm and spirit captured the Upper School and made a difference for all. Interestingly, there was something real about their energy—it was inclusive, yet not over-whelming; fun and light-hearted; and at the same time thoughtful and focused. This class’ fun was balanced with a kindness and awareness that was unusual. These seniors demonstrated that they like one another, their teachers and the School, and they carried themselves in a manner that leveraged these good feelings in very visible ways. This ‘spirit thing,’ they just seemed to get it. Juniors, sophomores and freshman take note—you have very large shoes to fill. “The second thought that comes immediately when the words ‘Class of 2008’ are spoken is service. The class’ commitment to service has been highlighted a great deal these last four weeks. Their work a year ago as juniors that culminated with Greg Mortenson’s visit to North Shore and the official opening of the Maria Papanicolaou Nursery School in Moshi has been remarkable. While the class was guided by their teachers and encouraged and supported by their parents and by Mr. Lumberg and Mr. Kelly, these students played the key role—they dreamt, they debated, they worked, they planned and they extended themselves and made a meaningful difference. This class truly cares—and has the confidence that their caring

can and will be translated to meaningful action and progress. “Who would have thought four years ago when they entered high school that they would be such an accomplished class? They have been scholars, athletes, performers and friends—and on top of all that they have impacted others—here at North Shore through their energy and spirit—and beyond the walls of North Shore in ways that have been lasting and meaningful.”

Graduating seniors Shreve Fellars, Tommy Brown, Bobby Sullivan, Jordan Reyes and Max Schafer.

A Voice is Found

Jordan Reyes delivered the senior class message. Following are excerpts from his remarks. “It used to be hard for me to talk to people at all, but right now, I find myself talking to an audience. And who do I have to thank for that? My friends behind me and the teachers in front of me. North Shore always emphasizes the word “community” and sometimes people baulk at that, but I find it to be the perfect fit for North Shore. The North Shore community is simply wonderful. “While my younger years taught me to keep my mouth shut, high school used a jack to force it open. People expected me to talk and when I didn’t, they asked questions so that I had to. And slowly they lured my voice out of its hiding spot. When I found myself annoyed or in a bad mood, someone told me to look at the situation realistically. “And thus, my peers and teachers taught me perspective. From Mr. Bieltvedt’s mastery of literal perspective to the talks Shaun and I have about life, people have shed different points of views upon me and in the end, they all seem to make sense. But for a long time I listened to the perspectives of others before I realized that I had synthesized my own. And not only that, but people wanted to hear it, which, at first, was a shock to me. What did I have to offer to these people? It took me four years to understand that people didn’t expect more than me from me. It took me four years [to understand] that the most valuable gifts are trust and love. “In Tuesdays with Morrie, Morrie says that we have to be willingly accepting of love: too many of us think that we don’t deserve it or want it, but love Acorn Summer 2008 5


(Above, from left) Commencement Speaker and retiring Physics Teacher Eric Skalinder was introduced by Danny Lowinger ’08. Jordan Reyes ’08 delivered the Class Message. Graduates Amanda Osborn and Shaun Teamer.

is the best gift in the world. I don’t know when it hit me. Was it when the students of Kilimanjaro Children’s Foundation sung their love to us? Was it when my mother said she loved me and I finally understood? Or maybe it was when I realized that people liked me for me. “So with my new confidence, and newly-discovered love, I began talking to people I hadn’t talked to before and began to understand how kind the people of North Shore really are. Each person is a joint in a grand machine, needed in order to preserve the system. Every person offers his or her idiosyncrasies and aspirations to our group.” Another Departs

Eric Skalinder was chosen by the Class of 2008 as the Commencement Speaker. After teaching physics at the School for 12 years, Eric has elected to retire and embark on his 17th career. “I think most of life is a matter of finding or creating options, making or creating opportunities, making choices and decisions. The more education you have, the more options you are likely to have. “I have taken many roads over the years, opened—and closed—a lot of doors, made a lot of changes. I’m a city boy raised on the south side of Chicago, then the suburbs where I graduated from ETHS. 50 years ago I was in your shoes, trying to figure out what I should do, what I should be. “Graduates—the way the world is today, and in your lifetime, you have got to be ready to learn something new every year, and when you change jobs, and believe me, you will change jobs, you will be in a spot to learn an almost fearful amount of new stuff. The pace of change is accelerating. And you know that since I’m a physics dude, I am seriously into acceleration.

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“Now, I’d like to give you some quick suggestions and advice. Wear sunscreen. Don’t worry about the future. Life is what’s happening to you while you’re busy making other plans. Worrying is as effective as trying to solve a physics problem by chewing gum. Sing. Don’t be reckless with other people’s hearts. And don’t put up with people who are reckless with yours. Floss. Be true to your teeth and they won’t be false to you. (Soupy Sales!) My first name is Lynn. (Thought I would try to slip that one in.) Stretch. Don’t feel guilty if you don’t know what you want to do with your life. Be kind to your knees. You’ll miss them when they’re gone. Enjoy your body. It’s the greatest instrument you’ll ever own. Get to know your parents Friends are important. The older you get, the more you will appreciate the people who knew you when you were young. Live in Northern California—once. Travel. Respect your elders. Don’t expect anyone else to support you. It might happen, but don’t count on it. “During the next several years, I urge you to be ethical, energetic, positive and known for your integrity. Don’t forget the ethics and the integrity. To paraphrase Dr. Martin Luther King, you will be judged by others based on the content of your character.”

Class of 2008 College Choices

The Class of 2008 was accepted at 118 colleges and universities and will enroll in 41 of them located in 25 states. They range in size from as small as 676 to as large as 30,425, and eight of the 41 are public institutions. Two students will be taking gap years prior to enrolling in the fall of 2009. 1 Gaurav Ajmani Johns Hopkins University 2 Taylor Appelbaum University of Montana 3 Abe Aviles University of Illinois 4 Sarvie Bagheri Kalamazoo College 5 Caroline Blehart Barnard College 6 Tommy Brown Gap Year/Kenyon College 7 Andrew Bustria Sarah Lawrence College 8 Arielle Carroll Hendrix College 9 Harrison Ciancuillo Columbia College 10 Melissa Curley University of Iowa 11 Leah Druzinsky University of Denver
















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13 Shreve Fellars Colorado College 14 Jay Findlay Kenyon College

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17 Natalie Haft Tulane University 18 Jack Harmer University of Denver 19 Julia Ivanchenko Bradley University 20 Olivia Kagan Lake Forest College 21 Jeff Killian Washington University 22 Jill Krier Centre College 23 Madelaine Kukanza Northwestern University 24 Daniel Lowinger Bowdoin College 25 Stephen Lowinger Lafayette University 26 Caroline McKendrick St. Olaf College 27 Annsley McKinney Scripps College 28 Jonathan Misch Macalester College 29 Laura Morse University of Vermont 30 Kevin Nathan University of Cincinnati 31 Phil Ochs American University 32 Amanda Osborn American University 33 Liza Patinkin University of Illinois 34 Kelly Powers Boston College 35 Aaron Regunberg Brown University




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37 Annie Schmidt Gap Year 38 Max Shafer St. Lawrence University 39 Ricky Stevenson Miami University 40 Bobby Sullivan University of Notre Dame 41 Ben Swartz Brandeis University 42 Nick Tank University of Dayton 43 Cindy Taylor Colorado College 44 Shaun Teamer Kansas City Art Institute 45 Chris Tobias University of Arizona 46 Aracely Vasquez Kalamazoo College 47 Patrick VerBockel Indiana University 48 Arthur Wrobel Lawrence University

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wake the echoes! wake the echoes along the old north shore! we’ll make them ring a rally as we sing as ne’er before.

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here’s to north shore, dear old north shore, she’ll always stand for right; and we will stand forever for the purple and the white.

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As Head of School Tom Doar mentioned in his commencement remarks, service really defined the Class of 2008. While every graduating student performs a Senior Service project, this year a group of 14 seniors traveled across the ocean to volunteer at the Kilimanjaro Nursery School in Moshi, Tanzania.

Lumberg and John Kelly to fund the Kilimanjaro Nursery School in Moshi, Tanzania; 14 traveled to Moshi during their two weeks of Senior Service; and attracted the attention and admiration of Greg Mortenson who visited the School this year as the Harold Hines Visiting Fellow (see story on page 20).

Rewind to the summer of 2006. English teacher Kathy McHugh assigned her students to read a book. Students not only read Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson, they held fundraisers to build a school, partnered with parents Jim

The featured blog postings offer a glimpse of how fulfilling the experience was for the students. (Note: All photography by Phil Ochs '08)

Two years ago, our junior class at North Shore Country Day School read the book Three Cups of Tea, the story of Greg Mortenson—an incredible man who has dedicated his life to the fight for the basic human right of education. It was the type of book that did not allow for an idle reading. After hearing this man’s mission and accomplishments, we were each irresistibly drawn to the thought, “Well…we have to do something now.” We became excited to shoulder the responsibility every human has to make a difference in the world—we just weren’t sure where that difference should be made. Enter John Kelly and Jim Lumberg, two parents at North Shore who had recently been through a similar experience. While climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, the two asked their guide why it was that everyone referred to him by the title Teacher. As an answer, he showed them the nursery school he had founded in Moshi—a safe refuge he had provided for the more than two hundred students who otherwise would have no real access to an education. Mr. Kelly and Mr. Lumberg were amazed by Teacher’s vision; but a quick look at the school’s four benches, one blackboard, and zero walls showed them that this was a vision in need of some serious help. And so last year, with the help of our teacher Mrs. McHugh, our class managed to raise more than $30,000 for the Kilimanjaro Children’s Foundation (founded by Mr. Kelly and Mr. Lumberg) to help purchase and construct a brand new campus, with all the shelter, supplies, and more necessary to provide a real education. The new school will open officially on Wednesday, May 21—and 14 of us, along with Mrs. Mills, Ms. Flory, and Mrs. K., will be there when the doors open. For the next two weeks we will be living and working in Tanzania, building relationships with the children and adults there that will serve as a continuing bridge between our two schools, one that will expand and strengthen as time goes by. We leave on Saturday to plant this seed— which, hopefully, we and the future generations of North Shore will help grow into something truly special. Aaron Regunberg


Sometimes it’s the little things that really matter. We went to the kids’ old school today and walked with them to the new one. The roads are incredibly muddy and slippery, and of course by the time we arrived at the new school the majority of us were incredibly mud-splattered. My shoes were muddy, of course, but somehow my bag was muddy too, but I was going to clean it off when we got back to the hotel. One of the little schoolgirls I was with, however, saw my muddy shoes and then bent down to try and clean them off for me. Her own shoes were muddy, yet she still wanted to help me clean mine. Then she saw that my bag was muddy, so she took the end of her skirt to try and wipe the mud off my bag. I couldn’t believe it. I was incredibly touched by this gesture and I think this is one of those things that will stay with you forever—the goodness of a little girl’s heart. Amanda Osborn


About a week ago we visited the School of St. Jude. In 2002, the first school opened with three students. Now there are two schools with over 1,000 kids. The thing that I find to be most inspiring is that people are now using St. Jude as a model and attempting to set up replicas across the country. The school itself can only do so much, but when others begin to follow their lead, the possibilities are endless. Shreve Fellars CINDY TAYLOR




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Today was our first full day in Tanzania. It began with a wake up call to Muslim worship around 4 in the morning. The sound of the muessin seemed like it was coming from right out of my window. When it was time to get up, I jumped right out of bed. We took a bus to the old school about half an hour away. When we got off, we turned a few corners and there we were, standing in front of about 100 children wearing North Shore t-shirts. They greeted us with “jambo!” which means hello in Swahili. At first I had no idea how to react. But as I walked through the group of students and asked their names in Swahili, “jina langu ni Leah, nawewe?”, they responded, I started to get the hang of it. Leah Druzinsky

We had dinner last night with Teacher and his family, all the teachers from the school, and two of Ms. Mills’ friends from Tanzania last year. After dinner, we all shared our favorite moments from the trip; things that we will take away from it. It was cool hearing a few overarching themes that everyone felt, but it really will be different for each person as we move forward and decide how best to use our experiences here to make a change. Cindy Taylor


Wow, the first week seems to have gone by in such a breeze. It feels like just yesterday I was arriving at the old school and making the walk with the kids to the new one. Now a week later, bonds have been made and things are starting to pick up the pace. The first week with the kids was extremely entertaining as well as confusing. I was shocked at the lack of shyness and abundance of joy that all the kids held. But I was even more amazed that even though we didn’t speak the same language as the kids, we were able to communicate ideas and even have small conversations. Harrison Ciancuillo

I will never forget the excitement of the children when we gave them the opportunity to come up to the board and write with the chalk. They were so happy to be accepted, to have the same responsibility teachers had. When asked to write in their notebooks, they would quickly run up to everyone of the teachers in the room and show them their answer in their books. After we gave them their backpacks filled with supplies, not only did they run up to us and hug us, they showed everyone that they had his/her own pencil/eraser/ notebook. It seemed that they never really had their own property before. Ben Swartz

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My first teaching experience was on our first day. We were just wandering around the three or so rooms of the school, looking at the classrooms when I walked into a classroom full of seated children in desks awaiting a lesson. There was no teacher around and no one had asked them to sit quietly. When I walked in, they perked up and waited for me to start teaching. Completely by myself and without any clue what to do, I began quizzing them on numbers and the alphabet. They were much smarter than I could have imagined and probably smarter in a second language than most 5 and 6 year olds in America. It was intimidating teaching these kids, or reviewing with them what they already knew, but I was also surprised at how I actually had the ability to teach and I didn’t know it. Annsley McKinney




I am so happy to be here and to be working with the kids, and almost all of them really are curious and bright little people, but it’s just a hard concept to grasp that most of the world lives the same way they do, which is not ideal (huge understatement). It’s so hard to put into words but I feel like I am learning so much by being here, and I can safely say that that is true for every other person in the group. Cindy Taylor

This weekend has been an eye-opening experience for me. We left the Spring Lands Hotel in Moshi to go on a safari. During the journey, we made a stop at St. Jude School, a new primary school catering to the very poorest of children. This was the first of three instances which really affected me this weekend. Seeing the kids at the St. Jude school and the children in the orphanages was most influential on how I saw this weekend. Our safari was very rewarding, but I think personally seeing the children at St. Jude, the school which Zara tours has taken under their wing, and finally the local male orphanage outside Arusha had the most profound effect on me. I am sure that the way I see service when I get home will never be the same. Phil Ochs

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This experience has been so valuable. The conversations and interactions that I’ve had with people, especially from our group, are amazing. I feel closer now with my friends than ever, and I can’t imagine a better end to my Senior year. I really think that this trip is going to cause all of us to do something with what we’re taking away. That, I think, is certainly worth the $60,000 we spent getting ourselves over here. Tommy Brown

We’ve been here in Tanzania for about ten days, and it feels like we just got here. We’re going to leave the day after tomorrow and fly back to Chicago, and I am so not ready to go back home. Being here has opened my eyes to the outside world, and I don’t know if I am ready to go back to Wilmette. I’ll miss the sound of the birds outside; I’ll miss having little kids running after the van waving to us as we drive down the road; I’ll miss the amazing food; I’ll miss the loud voices of the kids at school saying the alphabet over and over again; I’ll miss so much about this place. But most of all, I am going to miss the children. Annie Schmidt


My greatest fear up to this point is that I might return home and not do anything to help the kids here. We are graduating NS this year, and in some ways it feels that once we get our diplomas we will leave this project behind. Maybe it is just me and some notion, but I do not want this to happen. I want to tell people what it’s really like here, but that’s easier said than done… There’s an interesting quote in our last AP English reading, a novel by Coetzee, ‘Age of Iron.’ And it goes, “To speak of this one would need the tongue of a God,” or something like that. I don’t really think I could capture the trip in words. It’s something everyone needs to experience for themselves. It’s sad that they probably never will. Arthur Wrobel



A lot of times, people emphasize the differences between the United States and Tanzania. But I don’t think that’s what’s important. Every morning we wake up, eat breakfast and for a short period of time play Frisbee outside the hotel gates, throwing this strange disc to passerbys willing to play. We make friends because actions speak louder than words. We don’t speak Kiswahili. But happiness and fun don’t need language. Neither does understanding. Neither does similarity. What’s important is that we all speak the same language from the heart: that’s why Tanzania has been awesome to me. Jordon Reyes

When I walked into the Shalom Orphanage Centre, one kid ran up to me and grabbed my hand. Later, I learned that Calvin is one of the few children at the orphanage who is HIV positive. I cannot possibly imagine what it would be like to live with HIV or AIDS. Although, after hearing the stories about some people being ostracized from society for having the virus, I became quite proud of Calvin. He may not have enjoyed running around as much as the other children, but he was just as much a part of the orphanage as anyone else. Calvin made me want to stay. Danny Lowinger


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THE NORTH SHORE SCHOOL YEAR COMES TO AN END 1) Ama Nyarko ’10 in The Tempest 2) One of more than 750 campers enjoying the School’s Summer Camp program. Opposite Page Haniya Ghazi ’18 and her grandmother Shabnam Quraishi at Grandparents’ Day.

Grandparents Experience North Shore North Shore held its annual Grandparents’ Day on May 9. The guests, who came from near and far (including Belgium), were greeted with opening remarks from Head of School Tom Doar and Division representatives before joining their grandchildren to get a first-hand experience on campus. Upper School students gave their grandparents a school tour and attended a presentation by Head of Upper School Dave Potter, and biology teacher Dr. Jeff Terwin, highlighting how technology is incorporated into science instruction in the Upper School. Lower and Middle School visitors joined their students in classrooms. The day finished with a musical performance from the Lower and Middle School choruses and the Upper School boys’ A Cappella group.

Summer on Campus School may be out, but the campus is buzzing. The School’s Summer Programs kicked off its 58th year with record enrollment. More than 750 campers signed up to participate in a variety of programs—from Language Immersion to Little Explorers. In fact, the Mandarin program open to 4 to 14-year-olds doubled its enrollment from last year and had a waiting list.

Camp had 135 employees with the highest return rate ever for the staff. Cindy Hooper, Summer Programs director, attributes the Camp’s success to its reputation for delivering a safe and fun camp—at a good value— year after year. New this season was a football camp offered to boys entering grades 6 through 12. The program, held June 9–12, was coordinated by Jim Deuble, head football coach, and Jason Hahnstadt, varsity football coordinator. Participants were given defense instruction by position, spread offense introduction and skill development, and scrimmage games based on spread offense principles.

The Tempest Upper Schoolers presented The Tempest as their spring Shakespeare production, the story of Prospero, a formerly powerful man who has been shipwrecked on an island with his daughter, Miranda, for 12 years. By chance (or perhaps by fate), a ship containing his enemies is suddenly blown off course and brought to the island. North Shore’s production built on the idea of some theorists that Shakespeare intended Prospero’s island to be somewhere in the Americas by using bluegrass music and including a square dance.

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On Campus Upper School Spring Sports Wrap-up

Students Say Goodbye to Another Year

This was an especially exciting and historic spring sports season for North Shore. Spring began as many do with lots of weather issues, but this year seemed trickier than ever. The rain and record cool temperatures played havoc with schedules, but our teams persevered.

The final week of the school year was a f lurry of activity with the Lower School closing, the Middle School’s eighth grade graduation and the Upper School Commencement.

The top North Shore performance was turned in by junior Peter Callahan ’09 who won the 1600m run at the Illinois State Track Meet. Peter became the first North Shore athlete to win a state championship in any sport. Also making it to the state finals was the boys’ 4x800m relay team of Shaun Teamer, Ivan Ramirez, Peter Callahan and Jeff Killian. The Raider track team finished 24th in the state. North Shore also had its strongest boys’ tennis team in history. We ended the season in 3rd place in the Independent School League, and 2nd in the Niles North Sectional. Peter Dunn was the league champion at 2nd singles and Luke Gensburg was 3rd place at 1st singles. The two qualified for state competition and tied for 16th place.

Lower School Closing honored the 5th grade class and launched them on to Middle School. Fifth graders presented f lowers to the senior lifers and 5th grade parents and shared their individual Lower School memories. The Honor Guard of JK-4th grade students led them out while singing “O’er the Fields” to the ringing of the Lower School Bell. The 8th grade class of 2008 celebrated their end of Middle School with a slide show, a performance from the chorus, and the presentation of an information TV as their class gift. Each student shared their memories and gratitude to each teacher, and Jim Leesch, math and drama teacher, spoke about the students. Among highlights of the Upper School Commencement were:

• Dedication of the Mirror by Madelaine Kukanza and Aracely Vásquez to Upper School AdminisOur teams also did well at the conference level. trative Assistant Tana Hitch, Receptionist Carol In girls’ soccer, the team ended the season Woodhead, Middle School Administrative 5-8, with a first round win in the IHSA State Assistant Leonie O’Donohue, Lower School Tournament. Administrative Assistant Lorri Braidman and The baseball team finished the season 3-14,but Assistant to the Head of School Sharon Dole the future looks strong as the JV team was 10-1. • Class Gift presentation by Shreve Fellars and Our girls’ track team finished 5th in the ISL Kelly Powers, which was directed to “The Alumni Conference Meet and 4th in the Indian Trails Scholarship Fund” started by the class of 2007 Conference. The boys’ track team finished 2nd in the ISL Meet and won the Indian Trails • The traditional f lag lowering on the Green by Conference for the first time since 2004. They lifers Danny and Stephen Lowinger, Caroline also tied their highest finish ever at the IHSA Blehart and Ben Swartz. Sectional Meet finishing 4th in their sectional. New school records were set in the 3200m and 1600m run by Peter Callahan, the 4x400m The end of each school year is bittersweet as inevrelay by Callahan, Shaun Teamer, Ivan Ramirez itably a number of faculty and staff members say and Akeem Edmond. And Shreve Fellars tied farewell. Head of School Tom Doar paid tribute the School record in the high jump at 5’10”. to those leaving at the Faculty/Staff Appreciation Lunch sponsored by the Parents’ Association. On behalf of the School, students, parents and fellow The Royal Breakfast is a favorite tradition colleagues, good luck and stay in touch to: Paige among seniors and their junior and senior Austin, eighth grade English and social studies kindergarten buddies. Not only does the event teacher; Angelica Flores, director of diversity; signal an end to the school year, it also is a time for farewells to friendships formed. The younger Burke Kinnaird, sixth grade English and social students gave the seniors words of advice studies teacher; Stu McDonald, Upper School before departing for college, sang a few songs, biology and chemistry teacher; Natalie Sept, exchanged gifts and enjoyed a delicious breakMiddle School art teacher; Eric Skalinder, Upper fast with their buddies. School physics teacher; Emily Smith, Middle

Departing Faculty

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1) Peter Calahan ’09 won the 1600m run at the Illinois State Track Meet. 2) Gaurav Ajmani ’08, a member of the boys’ tennis team. 3) Sammy Gray ’10 and Sarvie Bagheri ’08 compete against Francis Parker. 4) Joshua Velick ’20 and his buddy Phil Ochs ’08. 5) Rachel Mabie ’12, Aleda Deuble ’12 and Jeannie Peters ’12 celebrate 8th grade graduation. 6) Fifth Graders Noah Silverman, Danny Young and Samantha Harney file out of the library after the Lower School closing. 7)Anna ’10, Tom, Grace ’12 and Tommy ’22 Flickinger at 8th grade graduation. 8) Seniors Melissa Curley, Leah Druzinsky and Natalie Haft say goodbye to retiring Teacher Eric Skalinder. 9) Students, faculty and staff surprised retiring Physics Teacher Eric Skalinder by dressing in “Skal uniform.”

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1 School assistant; Vanessa Smith, junior and senior kindergarten art teacher; and Marie Wise, After School Program director.

story she had our class read it last summer for English. I remember hearing friends say, ‘This book is REALLY good!’ Three Cups of Tea is one of those books you read and think, ‘I can do something. Why am I not doing something?’

In tribute to Eric Skalinder who had taught North Shore for 12 years, students, teachers and “When Greg Mortenson began his trek up K2, staff surprised him one Friday dressed in “Skal he had absolutely no intention of changing the lives uniform” (white shirt, jeans and optional colored of thousands of children in the rural mountains pens in pocket). of Afghanistan and Pakistan. However, it was the experiences he had while coming down the mountain that motivated him to transform his life and dedicate himself to serving children. He started out dreaming the impossible, with no money He inspired a class and in turn they inspired and no connections. He overcame these obstacles him. Greg Mortenson, author and founder of the with incredible perseverance and will power, and, Central Asia Institute, came to North Shore as in doing so, he founded the Central Asia Institute, this year’s Harold Hines Visiting Fellow. While travel delays prevented Greg from addressing the which, since its founding, has established over students at the community gathering, the program 60 schools, providing education to over 25,000 students, 14,000 of whom are girls. proved to be one of the most meaningful

Harold H. Hines, Jr. Visiting Fellow 2008 Greg Mortenson

“Afternoon Exercises” in recent memory.

“On another continent, in Moshi, Tanzania, the Students and faculty reflected on service they had same story is being written. While climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, two of our Lower School parents, performed, inspired by Greg’s work. Whether it Mr. Kelly and Mr. Lumberg, met a teacher who was the Lower School raising money for Pennies showed them his school and his students. Mr. Kelly For Peace or the Upper School sharing plans for their trip to Moshi, students and faculty delivered and Mr. Lumberg were moved by the teacher’s dedication to educate his students despite the utter a supurb program with only hours notice. poverty and lack of basic school supplies. They When Greg arrived, he shared dinner with recognized that these children were no different students and faculty traveling to Moshi. Later, from their very own and believed that education is Greg remarked that the students were far more a right for all children and felt it their obligation to informed and articulate about issues of education help. When Mrs. McHugh heard about their journey, in Pakistan and Afgahanistan than even college we joined Mr. Kelly and Mr. Lumberg on their students he had met with the prior evening. mission to build a school in Moshi. We succeeded After, Greg was introduced to the audience in beyond our wildest expectations, raising over Diller Street Theater by several seniors. Excerpts $30,000. We didn’t realize what abilities we really from Leah Druzinsky’s remarks follow. had until we were inspired by Mr. Mortenson to “It is a great honor and privilege for me to introtry. Now, a year later, I, along with my classmates, duce this year’s Harold Hines speaker, and our will follow Greg Mortenson’s lead in opening one school’s hero, Mr. Greg Mortenson. more school to educate generations of children, who otherwise could not afford the facilities for a “Our story began with a teacher. A teacher who basic education. was inspired by ‘One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace… One School At A Time.’ Mrs. McHugh “We hope that upon our return from Moshi and our read Three Cups of Tea and was so moved by the graduation we will continue to be inspired by Mr. Mortenson’s deeds to use our abilities to put into 22 Acorn Summer 2008 practice our schools motto of “Live and Serve.”

2 1) Following his presentation, Harold Hines Fellow Greg Mortenson continued to exchange ideas for at least an hour with the seniors traveling to Moshi. Copies of Greg Mortenson’s presentation are available on DVD for $5 each. Please send your request to North Shore Country Day School, Attn: Harold Hines 2008, 301 Green Bay Road, Winnetka, IL 60093. 2) Eric Skalinder, physics teacher, retired after 12 years of service.



ANNUAL GIVING HAS REACHED ITS GOAL OF $1,150,000! Annual Giving Annual Giving 2007-2008 has reached its goal of $1,150,000! Thank you to those who made a gift to Annual Giving. And thank you to our volunteers who gave of their time to call and write notes encouraging all in our school community to participate in Annual Giving. Special acknowledgments go to our Faculty and Staff Representatives Eric Skalinder, Jackie Melissas, Annie Gentithes and Jay Bach for their dedication and commitment to making Annual Giving a success; to our Parent Grade Representatives, who worked with us throughout the year to help increase participation for their grades: Barb Krier, Cindy Taylor, Carol Hunt, Ken Walchak, Tracey Shafroth, Sarah Valliath, Wendi Biemer, Tom Flickinger, Ann Amboian, Susan Bondurant, Jim Valenti, Susan Weiser, Nancy Reinsdorf, Kiv Talty, Chris Charnas, Bert Getz, Dagmara Kokonas, Dina Richter, Elizabeth Barr, Bill McDowell, Jane McCarthy and Bert Getz; and to our Alumni Class Representatives who will be listed by class in this year’s Annual Report. Thank you for your contributions and all you do for the North Shore Development and Alumni Office!

Duncan G. Farrell ’53 In Memoriam December 29, 2008 Duncan Farrell was a pied piper for the Class of 1953. He was a cheerleader for alumni and loyal North Shore Raider. He led the way with his enthusiastic spirit and support of North Shore Country Day. He served the School as Class Representative—keeping in touch with fellow classmates, planning and executing successful and fun class reunions (most notably the 50th Reunion in 2003) and encouraging his classmates to give to North Shore’s Annual Giving program every year through calls and personal notes.

1) North Shore welcomes Development Assistant Allison Dodds (far right) who joins the Alumni/Development staff (l-r) Director of Development Molly Ingram McDowell ’80, Director of Alumni Relations Nancy Green Whiteman ’71 and Advancement Associate Tracie Mayberry. 2) Duncan G. Farrell ’53

Duncan held a firm belief in the School’s motto “Live and Serve,” which fueled all of his efforts. Following his untimely passing, North Shore received many gifts in memory and in honor of Duncan. The School and his family are working on a meaningful tribute during Homecoming weekend. This tangible acknowledgment will provide a lasting legacy for an alumnus who gave so much of himself to his alma mater. We salute Duncan G. Farrell as a role model whom we all respected, appreciated and valued. He will be missed.

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TRADITIONS CONTINUE Seniors Welcomed into Alumni Association North Shore graduating seniors were welcomed into the Alumni Association on May 1 with a special luncheon in the Laird Bell Room.  Danny Lowinger and Cindy Taylor will be serving as the Class of 2008 class representatives, acting as liaisons between their classmates and the School in the coming years. As class reps, they will encourage their classmates to stay in touch with each other and the School, come to alumni and school events and support Annual Giving.  Danny and Cindy underscored the importance of North Shore’s “Live and Serve” motto and giving back to the School which has been so important in their lives.  Many of the class gave a five year annual giving pledge of $20.08 commemorating their graduation year. Following the luncheon each senior received a North Shore Country Day School Class of 2008 mug imprinted with the names of all of their classmates.

Golf Outing On a beautiful sun-kissed day, 48 golfers teed it up at Highland Park Country Club for the 9th annual North Shore Country Day School golf outing. A tightly contested championship was won by a foursome put together by current faculty member Jay “I know how to pick em” Bach. The rest of his foursome consisted of current parent Jim “long gone” Montembault (also the winner of the Men’s Long Drive contest at 257.5 feet.) Peter “King Kong” Silberman ’76 and Andy “I’m just here for the free lunch” Wood ’90. The second place team winners were Tony Blumberg ’76, Scott Olson ’79, James Taylor and faculty member Kyle Jones. The winner of the women’s longest drive was Erin Quaglia with a drive of 260.75 feet. Liz Leonard Miller ’80 was this year’s winner for best outfit for women and parent of alumni Henry Gaud took the prize for best dressed man. Other prize winners included closest to pin Mary Phillips and Peter Elmer, closest to fairway former faculty Beth Foster and Kyle Jones. Special thanks go to the always diligent members of the Golf Committee and our sponsors: Anthony E. Blumberg & Associates, LLC Business Technology Partners J.E.M. Traffic Control Services Ketel One Vodka/Judge & Dolph 24 Acorn Summer 2008

Turtle Wax, Inc. Jim and Tricia Valenti We look forward to seeing everyone next year for the 10th annual outing! Chris Charnas ’83, Golf Committee Chair

Students and Alumni “Play Ball” The Annual Spring North Shore Baseball Game capped off the North Shore’s season, bringing together alumni, faculty, staff and students on Sunday, June 3. The weather was perfect for the game and the players demonstrated enthusiasm, humor and strong baseball playing. The players included: Alex Kerr ’04, Ted Heinz ’00, Benjy Blenner ’02, Cy Oelerich ’89, Art Jessen ’70, Michael Bransfield ’83, Bill Bach ’87, David Cohen ’89, Chris Jessen ’00, Jordan Fisher ’02, Eric Alexander ’02, Bruce Jarchow ’66, Bert Jarchow ’07, Martin Freeman, Chris Charnas ’83, Jeff Snyder ’89, Mike Moreau ’04, Jordy Blenner ’09, Jay Finlay ’08, Bobbie Sullivan ’08, Billy Gendell ’08, Scott Gendell (umpire), Rob Voges, Rob Rakocy ’09, Taylor Appelbaum ’08 and Patrick McHugh.

Class Rep Profile: Dina Healy Richter ’89 What motivated you to serve as a Class Representative for North Shore? At North Shore, we create memories and a bond with other students and faculty. In some ways, I want those memories to last a lifetime. Through keeping in contact with my peers, I am continually renewing those memories. As a Class Representative, I feel that I can strengthen that bond through contact with my classmates. What do you hope to accomplish serving as a Class Representative? One of our roles as a Class Rep is to keep track of events in alums’ lives. I always love to hear what our classmates are doing. When we graduate, we are full of expectations for ourselves as well as for each other. Our opportunities are infinite. As a Class Representative, we follow our peers through many life events and changes. I would like to strengthen the network amongst our classmates whether via email or other form of communication. Through class reunions, contact with classmates and as a current parent, what reflections would you share of theirs and yours about North Shore today? The North Shore community is united in many ways by its

1) Cindy Taylor and Danny Lowinger are the Class of 2008 class representatives. 2) Head of School Tom Doar chats with Golf Committee Chair Chris Charnas ’83, and current parent Nick Kokonas. 3) Jeremy Goldberger ’83 and Mike Bransfield ’83. 4) The Golf Outing championship team members were current parent Jim Montembault, Physical Education Teacher and Coach Jay Bach, Andy Wood ’90 and Peter Silberman ’76. 5) Current parents Michael Whitty and Nick McClanahan joined Head of School Tom Doar at the Golf Outing. 6) Dina Healy Richter ’89, class representative featured in the Class Rep Profile. 7) Students, alumni, faculty and staff teamed up for the Annual Spring North Shore Baseball Game. 8) Former teacher Beth Foster and former parent Henry Gaud participated in the Golf Outing.




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traditions. Regardless of which year you graduated or when your children attended, there is always a tradition that spans across many years. Whether it’s Morning Ex or a Gilbert and Sullivan Opera, we can all relate to each other through these common experiences. North Shore today is the same vibrant and dynamic community, which instills our motto “Live and Serve” in our students. As a parent of lower schoolers, I often ref lect on North Shore’s commitment to actively participate and serve others. Our community from JK-12 contributes in many ways, whether by raising money for an African school in Moshi through the “Pennies for Peace” initiative or organizing a bike-a-thon and bike collection drive, our students are learning firsthand the importance of giving back to the community. This spirit of enthusiasm and service echoes through North Shore as much today as it always has.

Get Your Kicks on Route 66! October 7, 2008 Journey along Route 66: Architecture, History, and Landscape Join Bill Hinchliff ’64 on this day-long tour exploring northeastern Illinois’ famed Route 66 corridor. Those invited include North Shore alumni, parents of alumni, grandparents and friends. The tour will begin at Elwood’s Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery (1999), where handsome buildings by the Chicago firm of Harry Weese and Associates complement artful landscaping. Next, we’ll visit three remarkable buildings in Dwight: Frank Lloyd Wright’s 1906 First National Bank of Dwight; Henry Ives Cobb’s 1891 Richardsonian Romanesque railroad depot; and the imposing Neoclassical structures of the former Keeley Institute (now the William W. Fox Developmental Center), built in 1880 and featuring art glass windows by Louis J. Millet. Enjoy lunch at the nearby Country Mansion (1891), the former home of John R. Oughton, one of the founders of the Keeley Institute. The home features one of America’s most picturesque windmills, built in 1896 and listed on the National Register. Continue to Odell’s restored 1932 Standard Oil Filling Station and conclude at Wilmington’s 19,000-acre Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie (1996). For more information, contact Nancy Green Whiteman ’71, Alumni Office, 847.881.8848 or

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The Alumni Board 2008-2009 The Alumni Board coordinates and plans alumni activities with the Alumni/Development Office staff, including Homecoming/Reunion Weekend in the fall, Lunch in the Loop, Golf Outing, Spring Musical Dinner and other alumni athletic, social events and area gatherings throughout the year, as well as helps with special school projects and volunteering in the office. In addition, the Alumni Board members participate in the fall and spring fundraising phonathons for Annual Giving.

Alumni Board

Bruce Blair ’69 Tony Blumberg ’76, President Chris Charnas ’83 Peggy Smith Coffee ’90 Audrey Gallery ’50 Bob Geraghty ’65 Bruce Jarchow ’66 Katrina Wolcott Kelley ’43 Sally Simmons Kiper ’56 Suki Lipman ’70 Barbara Favill Marshall ’46 Michel Moreau ’04 Scott Olson ’79 Susan Pope ’96 Midge Chace Powell ’49 Dina Healy Richter ’89 Michael Rudman ’71 Cathy Askow Thompson ’69 Courtney Williams ’88 Hillary Wirtz ’97 (new Board members)

Honorary Board Members

Onnie Straub Darrow ’38 Judy Mason Drake ’35

Ex Officio

Jay Bach Jackie Melissas Tom Doar

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FRIDAY & SATURDAY • SEPTEMBER 19 & 20 Friday, September 19 2 p.m.

Student Pep Rally 4:30 p.m.

Volleyball Game Field Hockey Game Tennis Match 5–8 p.m.

11 a.m.

Join Head of School Tom Doar and Faculty Conant Science Center Atrium “Going Global” Students learning beyond the classroom 12:15 p.m.

Alumnae vs. Varsity Field Hockey Game

Art Exhibit Opening Six: The Visual Arts Faculty John Almquist Gallery

1:30 p.m.

6–8 p.m.

Alumni Reunion Parties (off campus)

Complimentary Cocktail Party of Alumni, Parents of Alumni and Faculty Hall Library

Hotel Accommodations

7 p.m.

Highland Park Courtyard Marriott 1505 Lake Cook Road, Highland Park 847.831.3338 Reserved rate of $89 per night

The Francis R. Stanton Alumni Recognition presented to Ellen Rockwell Galland ’63 whose life work exemplifies the School’s motto “Live and Serve.” 7:30–8:30 p.m.

Student Homecoming Bonfire Athletic Fields SATURDAY, September 20 10 a.m.

Campus Tours by North Shore students Volleyball Game Soccer Game


Football vs. Wayland Academy 7 p.m.

A block of rooms is reserved under the School’s name at two hotels:

Renaissance Chicago North Shore Hotel 933 Skokie Boulevard, Northbrook 800.468.3571 Reserved rate of $99 per night Contact Us

All campus events are complimentary. Your reply will help us in planning these events. Call Director of Alumni Relations Nancy Green Whiteman’71, 847.441.8848.

The Francis R. Stanton Alumni Recognition will be presented to Ellen Rockwell Galland ’63 during Homecoming/ Alumni Weekend to honor her dedication and advocacy in her profession as an accomplished architect, for the environment and community work— all living examples of North Shore’s motto “Live and Serve.”

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Class Notes 1930 s Jeannette Hill Vincent ’30 writes, “I celebrated my 95th birthday in a nursing home with lots of music. All good wishes to my favorite school.” Mary Louise Richards Watson ’37 reports, “I have five children (64-54) and 13 grandchildren, seven greats. I have macular degeneration, can’t drive but still cut four acres of grass.”

1940 s Judy Adams Bartholomay ’41 reports, “Ric Lambart celebrated his ‘centennial birthday’ on May 17 and on May 16 he passed his driver’s test.” John Straub ‘44 married Shirley Gately (mother of Cliff Gately ‘75, Joan Gately Shapiro ‘67, Sarah Gately Pratt ‘83 and Susie Gately White ‘83, and who’s granddaughter is in 5th grade at North Shore) on July 2, 2008.

1950 s Jack Kearns ’51 informed the Alumni Office, “I had a brain tumor removed last October and am still in recovery.” Alice Suter Hardesty ’55 reports, “My husband, Jack, passed away in 2006 and I assumed his seat on the Ashland City Council. I miss him, but public life certainly isn’t boring, especially in a dynamic community like Ashland, OR.”

1970 s Betsy Perkins Hill ’70 announced that her son Zach ’00 will be marrying Mari Sandness in August 2008. Ann Howard Hanna ’71 reports, “After the death of my husband Kirk in 1998, I took over the dayto-day management of the Hanna family ranch, a cow/calf operation south of Colorado Springs. With the help of a foreman, my daughters and I do it

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Lisa McClurg Ristic ’87 36th wedding anniversary. all. My oldest, Maggie, just Dick Meyer ’76 has a writes, “My daughters My sister and I were at nonfiction book coming completed her freshman will be going to NSCDS her side at home when out this August from year at Trinity University this fall in junior kindershe took off for the heavens. Random House/Crown where she is considering garten and kindergarten!” She battled against ovarian Publishing: Why We Hate environmental law. Emy, cancer for over five years.” Us: American Discontent in age 16, just earned her the New Millennium.” 6th Colorado State Track Ben Patinkin ’98 and 1990 s Championship as a junior his wife Sara are Jason Butler ’95 and and now has a stack of expecting their first child 1980 s his wife Kate “gave birth college offers. Five years in January 2009. to a daughter, Rosalee Jennifer Stone’82 writes, ago, I took a part-time Steve McNelley ’98 Page Butler, on May 15, “My sister, Lauren ’77, and job at Fountain Valley will be getting married 2007. She is very healthy I both adopted baby girls School, a boarding/day to Julie Nawrocki on and very very active. I am from China. My daughter school, as the Director August 22. He works for writing (when I can…) is Daisy Jiangnan Stone, of Riding. I was hired to the Chicago Blackhawks and am going to publish was born July 2, 2007, revamp a program that in the area of sponsor my 11th collection of adopted on May 5, 2008.” had only a handful of development. poems. All of my previous kids involved. With an assistant director, we now Jennifer Stone ’82 with her daughter Daisy Jiangnan Stone and Lauren Stone ’77 have to close the doors with daughter Lindsay Grace Stone. at 26. We have a western gymkhanna team, a polo cross-team and an English Interscholastic Equitation Team. Last year, we travelled to Ohio and out of 62 teams we were the National Champions. When Maggie was a junior at Fountain Valley we took nine others down the Santa Fe Trail with pack horses—no cell phones for over a week; my kind of heaven. Last week we fought prairie collections can be found Ken Park ’84 and his 2000 s fires and I lost an eminent at wife Vickie “are thrilled Joel Blumenfeld ’00 domain case against Other than that, we are to announce the birth of “graduated from The John Excel Energy and Public enjoying a nice quiet life our daughter, Courtney Marshall Law School Service of Colorado. This in Vermont, and often Marie Park, born May with both a Juris Doctor week we have brandings I think of my time at 6, 2008. She is 6 lbs, 6 degree and an LLM in and graduation so it’s North Shore, and am oz and 18.5 inches long. Information Technology never ending. If anyone is constantly thankful for it.” Both Vickie and baby and Privacy Law. During ever in the area drop in, Courtney are doing great! Dana Brown Davenport ’96 his law school years, but expect to work.” All our best greetings to and her husband, Thomas he clerked at the Law Offellow 1984 classmates!” Clint O’Connor ’76 L. Davenport II, are fices of Morgan and Bley, is the film critic of the expecting their first child Kristen Moffat Powell ’86 Limited. Two weeks after Cleveland Plain Dealer. He in December. graduation, Joel asked lives in Mill Valley, CA and his wife, Nancy, live Colleen Madden of Saint with her husband, Jeff Mina Takahashi ’96 in Shaker Heights, OH, Louis, MO, to be his and three children. writes, her mother with their three sons: bride. A date for the wedJackson is 6 years old, “passed away on April Will, Jack and Kevin. ding has not been set.” Ashley just turned 4 and 16, 2008. It was also her little Oliver is 1. Vince Fuentes ’00 writes, “I have been teaching Betsy Perkins Hill ’70, Mari Sandness, Zach Hill ’00. for the Aston English Schools in China since February. I will return to the US in August to start my MA in International Affairs at American University in Washington. Before leaving for China, I was heavily involved with a national non-profit called One Brick. One Brick provides support to

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local non-profit and community organizations by creating a unique, social and f lexible volunteer environment for those interested in making a difference in their local community. The group can provide a great way for North Shore alumni to continue living our motto “Live and Serve,” while balancing their busy lives. You can visit their website at to learn more.” Frank Cermak ’00 has moved to California and sent the following update. “I will be getting married this October to my long time partner Marcos Mateo Ochoa. After five years together, and a move across the country, we’re finally tying the knot. Luckily it’s legal here in Cali and hopefully some day our home state will catch up with the rest of the industrialized world.” Michael Bauer ’00 attended North Shore through middle school, went on to high school in California and graduated from Arizona State University in 2004. He was recently featured in POST PHX magazine highlighting his career of two high-profile exciting jobs as producer of a popular morning XTRA Sports 910 and emcee In-Game host for the D-Backs. Jae Hee Chang ’01 has been working the last three years for Booz Allen doing management consulting and is now in the process of applying to graduate school in Chicago. While visiting campus this May, she ref lected on the educational preparation she received at North Shore which stood her in good stead as a student at University of Chicago. She also feels strongly about the experience she had

at North Shore and the importance of the “Live and Serve” motto instilled in her. Allison Kaplan ’03 was accepted to DePaul University graduate school where she will be pursuing a masters degree in elementary education. Chase Haynes ’03 is working for the Fox News Channel on the Hanity and Colmes Show. She is a producer and is enjoying living in New York City.

Sophie Smith’06 will be “spending the fall semester in Paris studying literature and French culture through the IES French Studies Program. I hope to travel a lot and see as much as I can!” Andrew Rose ’08 graduated from Wycliffe College in England. Attending the event were his sister Georgia ’05 and North Shore faculty member Frank Dachille.

Chris Jessen ’00 to

Megan Corcoran July 12, 2008 John Straub ’44 to

Shirley Gately July 2, 2008

IN MEMORIAM Gloria Young January 16, 2008 Mother-in-law of Jim Deuble ’76, Grandmother of David Deuble ’11 and Aleda Deuble ’12

Andrew Rose ’08, Georgia Rose ‘05 and Frank Dachille

Seon Woo Chang ’04 and his sister Jae Hee ’01 came by school in May to visit and have a tour of the Conant Science Center. Seon Woo graduated from University of Illinois and is returning to Korea to serve a mandatory two years in the military. He hopes to be a translator to maintain his f luency in English. Sarah Cody ’04 graduated from Scripps College. Rachel Cahan ’04 has “for the second straight year, University of Rochester field hockey goaltender, been named to the ESPN Magazine Academic All-America atlarge team. The balloting is conducted by the College Sports Information Directors of America. She was named to the second team and graduated from Rochester with a degree in mechanical engineering, and a gradepoint average of 3.81 on a 4.0 scale. As a goalie, Cahan was a two-time allregion and all-conference selection and had a save percentage of 83 as a senior.” George Whiteman ’06 is spending two months this summer on the Costa Rica Outward Bound Program. He has chosen physical therapy as his major at Indiana University with a minor in business. He is a member of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity.

Megan Corcoran and Chris Jessen ‘00

FORMER FACULTY Bill and former Development Director Betsy Lockwood welcomed

their second child Lydia Crissinger Lockwood on January 2, 2008.

MILESTONES BIRTHS Rosalee Page Butler May 15, 2004 Kate and Jason Butler ’95

Lila Sage Angert January 10, 2008 Vickie and Ken Park ‘84

Courtney Lynn Beerheide May 30, 2008 Kelly and Tom Beerheide ’87

Setsuko Takahashi April 16, 2008 Mother of Mina Takahashi ’96 Nancy Wolcott Daughaday ’36

May 14, 2008 Wife of William Daughaday ’36, Sister of Katrina

Julie and Parker Hall

received the University Medal for distinguished service of the highest order from the University of Chicago, recognizing their commitment and many contributions to the school.

Wolcott Kelley ’43 Barbara Ellen Meyers

July 1, 2008 Mother of former faculty member Shirley Smith Johnston, Grandmother of Emily Smith ’00 and Abby Smith ’03

ENGAGEMENTS Mike Bransfield ’83 is engaged to be married to Gretchen Theders.

Blake Gordon ’93, Alexis (Hallberg) Adams ’94, Virginia Wyatt Wharton ’97, and Erik Kibby-Sosa ’93 with the bride Elizabeth Grattinger ’94.

Steve McNelley ’98 is

engaged to Julie Nawrocki, an August wedding is planned. Joel Blumenfeld ’00 is engaged to Colleen Madden

MARRIAGES Elizabeth Graettinger ’94

to Cory Cole March 8, 2008

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