Parker Perspectives Alumni Magazine 2024

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PARKER Perspectives Perspectives

LANCER IMPACT

Space Exploration, Medical Breakthroughs, Provocative Photography, Sustainable Vinification, and Parker Legacies.

FRANCIS PARKER SCHOOL ANNUAL ALUMNI BULLETIN 2024
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Parker Moments

24 Changing Lives One Video at a Time 15 The Maypole Music Mishap and Other Stories 27 Outside of Classroom Learning 23 Hall of Fame 4 Timeless Teachers 17 Alumni You Should Know 12 Alumni Profile 10 Class Notes 30 Alumni Awards 3 The Class of 2024 JOIN US THIS SUMMER Summer at Parker is open to the general public, and the program runs from June 24 to August 16, 2024 Rising Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12 campers are welcome. There are over 80 course offerings, from sports camps to jazz workshops to academic credit courses. Register before the fun begins! francisparker.org/summer Summer at Parker 2024 Into the Wild

Message from the Head of School

Greetings from the Alumni O ce

Stay Connected

Shara Kevin

THE CLASS OF 2024

Dual Citizen Babysitter Restaurant Hostess Linguist Gamer

Musician Nonproft Organization Founder Waitress Violinist

Sports Team Manager Refugee Children Tutor Pizza Chef

San Diego Union-Tribune Scholar Athlete Team Captain Writer

Environmental Activist College-Bound Multi-Sport Athlete

John F. Kennedy Profle in Courage Essay Semifnalist

SolidWorks-Certifed Miss San Diego Outstanding Teen

Club Captain Parker Upper School Club Founder Podcaster

Gold Award Girl Scout Thrift Store Employee Public Speaker

Research Assistant at the University of California, San Diego

Computer Repair Technician Artist Stand-Up Comic Ballerina

American Sign Language Certifed Church Pianist

Foundation President Family Business Employee Archer

Little League Baseball Umpire Computer Programmer

President’s Volunteer Service Awardee Eagle Scout Lifeguard

Online Theater Company Founder Grocery Store Clerk App Designer

Rock Climber Religion Teacher Figure Skater Clothing Designer

Competitive Irish Dancer Student-Athlete Yearbook Editor-in-Chief

CIF Spirit of Sport Awardee Gymnast Fast-Food Restaurant Cashier

Rock Climbing Instructor Coca-Cola Scholar Semifnalist

National History Day Champion Martial Artist Church Volunteer

First-Team All Coastal League Player Jewelry Maker

Advocate for Autism Awareness National Merit Finalist

Silver Award Girl Scout Thrift Store Enthusiast Sailing Coach

College-Athletics Bound Miss Teen Poway Published Author

Figure Skating Instructor MADCAPS Member

San Diego Symphony Concertmaster Construction Worker

AmeriCorps’ Gold Presidential Volunteer Service Awardee

National Art Society Member J-Teen Board Member

4-Year Varsity Team Starter Teen Volunteers in Action Member

Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair Finalist

TIMELESS TEACHERS

Celebrating the legacy of four Parker teachers as they head into retirement

48 YEARS OF SAWDUST AND SMILES

Parker legend and cra sman Barry Cheskaty retires a er nearly 50 years of shaping students’ lives.

As I sit here looking back 48 years, I have no regrets. I can’t think of anything I would’ve done other than this.

— Barry Cheskaty

LIFE IN THE WOODSHOP

Barry Cheskaty lives by the advice he professes. He is generous with his time and his spirit, he is always gracious and kind, and his smile lights up a room, bringing joy to those around him.

WHAT’S NEXT FOR BARRY

STUDENTS CELEBRATE MR . CHESKATY

“One of my favorite memories was the feeling of accomplishment when making a piece of art…that was actually useful to my parents. Up until then, I had only made art that was nice to look at…This has provided a sense of purpose for me as an active working artist. I currently make custom engagement rings for a living, and they are both beautiful AND functional as a symbol of marriage.”

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“Mr. Cheskaty was my woodshop teacher for a few years in the early 90s, which was my favorite class. I still talk about it to this day and proudly display my creations in my home!”

Courtney Silbiger ’95

“Mr. Cheskaty taught me to begin at the beginning of an idea and work my way through the details to achieve excellence. He taught me that from the smallest undertaking to the planning and completion of a complex project, attention to detail is required in the planning and execution.”

Joel Smith 82

GRATITUDE ON BOTH SIDES

Drop a Line

Going in after school and getting to finally assemble all the parts of my trophy pedestal that I had been working on for over two years. Mr. Cheskaty took photos of me standing next to my creation, and I could see the look of pride on his face.

“In class, we learned not simply technical skills but also the art of self-sufficiency and initiative. Equally significant was learning when to seek assistance, and with Mr. C we knew that every question would be met with thoughtful consideration.”

— Jade Willey ’ 13

“The skills I learned from Mr. C will last a lifetime. I have repaired and refinished furniture, finished a large kitchen butcher block, built chairs, and assembled many furniture items over the years. I have made cutting boards, letter openers, and handheld mirrors for gi s for my family. But above all, I gained self-confidence and felt appreciated and valued.”

—Wendy Driscoll Hiner 86

“To this day, I still use my woodshop skills. Whether it is fixing things around the house or building sets/props for my daughter’s dance studio, I am reminded of all the fond memories of my years in the woodshop.”

– Annalisa Steinbach Zorn ’92

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TIMELESS TEACHERS

FROM TOWER RECORD SALES TO TOWERING GUITAR LEGACY

Admitting it’s “Hard to Say Goodbye” to Parker musical powerhouse, Michael Gonzales

WHAT'S IN STORE FOR THE PARKER LEGEND IN THE YEARS AHEAD?

While Mike leaves behind a huge impact on the music department, the impact he has left on all of us through his music, his voice, and his smile will live on well after his retirement.

Drop a Line

— Kevin Yaley, Ph.D. Head of School

TIMELESS TEACHERS

MATH TEACHER , SOCCER COACH, TREE TRIMMER

Celebrating the retirement of John Hulsey a er 34 years of making a difference in every area of the Parker community

LITTLE MOMENTS, BIG CONNECTIONS

Three decades of expertise, six years of Parker impact, and a shared experience between mother and daughter

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CLASS NOTES

ALUMNI CHOOSE PARKER

We welcome the following alumni families with students joining Parker for the 2024-2025 school year.

Rob says: “Having both attended Parker our whole lives, Christine and I knew from the day we decided to start a family that we wanted to send our children there too. There is no better environment to foster bright, kind, well-rounded leaders than at Parker, and we are over the moon about being able to begin this next family chapter with the School.”

Daniel says: “Parker provided so much for me, including many of my closest friends to this day. There is such a strong sense of community here, and we are excited for Isla to enjoy her version of Parker.”

Trevor says: “Past and future Lancer Men, there was only one choice that honors and embodies the Parker Lancer Man spirit: sending your firstborn to Parker’s Lower School! We are thrilled that Opal will attend Parker this fall. We hope she may also be considered for the title “Lancer for Life” in the graduating Class of 2038.”

IN MEMORIAM
Christine Hunt Landis ’99 and Rob Landis ’01 Daniel Pegg ’03 Trevor Moore ’09
WEDDINGS

KATE BIEL ’ 11

Witty. Defiant. Commanding. Innovative. Present. Informed.

Alumni Pro le

Make the weird art. Write about that weird thing. Make art as if you’re not going to be graded on it.

— Kate Biel ’ 11

Parker Moment

The Maypole Music Mishap and

Other Stories

From Terror to Wonder in the Art Classroom

Securing the Linda Vista Campus and the School’s Financial Health

A Clear Sign of Something Special

The Infamous Maypole Music Mishap

PARKER ALUMNI

YOU SHOULD KNOW

Read the stories of 10 Parker Alumni who are pioneers in their fields and industries.

JULIE NEWMAN ’ 10 AEROSPACE ENGINEERING

F“I still get letters and notes from my early days coaching Parker, how the lessons [team members] learned still apply in their lives, whether it’s as a mother, in their careers, or overcoming some tough things,” John said.

ALUMNI YOU SHOULD KNOW
PARKER
JOHN COOK ’75 COLLEGIATE ATHLETICS

HANNAH EHERENFELDT ’ 15 MEDICAL SIMULATION

IMALIA FISHER ’09 DIGITAL ACTIVISM

AMalia was inspired to start Vocal Media a er working on the Hillary Clinton campaign in 2016 . The campaign was a frustrating experience because she felt it didn’t leverage the current culture by using social media platforms in the way they were intended—to communicate with the younger generation.

SIMONE LEONARD ’ 11

EMPLOYMENT LAW

TCedric still looks back fondly on his time at Parker. “Sometimes people ask me, ‘What was the most important part of your education?’ and I always say it was the years I spent on Randolph Street. It’s a grand institution, and I’m very lucky to have been a student at Francis Parker School,” Cedric said.

PARKER ALUMNI YOU SHOULD KNOW

MICHAEL HORTON ’04 VINIFICATION

MMCGRATH ’23 ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVISM

WMATTHEW GOLDBERG ’01 EMPLOYMENT LITIGATION

SHEA

HEAD OF SCHOOL CIRCLE

FROM VISION TO REALITY COMING FALL 2024

The final phase of our two-decades-long vision for our Campuses, Parker Forward, will be complete in the fall of 2024. At Parker, student health and well-being are paramount, and this transformational project dedicates time, space, and resources to every student’s physical and mental health. Watch the transformation in action at parkerforward.com/livestream.

HALL OF FAME

Parker’s Hall of Fame recognizes exceptional talent and honors community members who excel artistically and athletically and represent the virtues imparted from a Parker education.

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ALAN JOHNSON CHIARA ATIK ’04 ELDAR DJANGIROV ’05 PABLO ORTIZ DE URBINA ’06

Changing Lives

One Video at a Time

Brothers and Parker alumni Matt and Andrew Rubin joined forces to shake up mental health education.

THE IDEA BEHIND SYMPTOM MEDIA

GROWTH OVER THE YEARS

THE SECRET TO AVOIDING FAMILY DRAMA

THE STRENGTH OF PARKER TEACHERS THE KEY TO ENTREPRENEURIAL SUCCESS Turtles, dogs, and rabbits Different animals. Same tradition. Celebrate and give to the place you love. Make your gi to support Parker before June 30. To give, visit francisparker.org/givenow
Parker Moment

Out of Classroom Learning Strengthening the Parker Academic Experience

GRADE 3 NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM

GRADE 2 OLIVEWOOD GARDENS

GRADE 6 ASTRO CAMP

GRADE 7 CAMP AT THE CATALINA ISLAND MARINE INSTITUTE

GRADE 9 COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT INTERIM WEEK

I am very inspired by the students’ presence, their politeness, their desire to work with our students and make the world a better place one person at a time...

If all students are like this, then our future is in excellent hands.

Out of Classroom Learning

ASB LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE

GRADE 12 HONORS ENGLISH FIELD TRIP TO MOUNT LAGUNA

Upper School Global Trip Highlights 2024

ARGENTINA | 11 DAYS

Iguaçu National Park

M'Borore Reservation

Jorge Borges Tour

Devil’s Throat Waterfall

Museo Evita

CAMBODIA | 15 DAYS

Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda

Toul Sleng Genocide Museum

Angkor Thom

Elephant and Leper King Terraces

Angkor Wat Temple

ECUADOR | 15 DAYS

Quito City Tour

Salsa Lessons

Ciudad Mitad del Mundo

KENYA | 13 DAYS

United Nations Office in Nairobi

Karura Forest Hike

Camp Tsavo Stay

Shimba Hills National Reserve

MOROCCO | 13 DAYS

Roses Valley and Water Roses Cooperative

Gorges Dades

Kasbah Tamnougalt in Agdz

Bahia Palace

Hammam Bath

SPAIN | 12 DAYS

Costa del Sol

Alhambra Gardens

Córdoba Guided Tour

Reina Sodia and Prado Museums

Puerta del Sol, Plaza Mayor, Plaza de España

UPPER SCHOOL SOCIAL JUSTICE CLASS VISITS JACUMBA

Parker Moment

SPECIAL INVITATION

Parker alumni are invited to the inaugural Alumni Awards Ceremony to celebrate and recognize our 2024 award recipients on the evening of May 31, 2024. The event is at a private home in Mission Hills. Space is limited.

RSVP by May 20 to alumni@francisparker.org.

ALUMNI IMPACT FUND

ENDOWMENT REPORT AND UPDATE

RISING STARS AWARD RECIPIENTS OUTSTANDING ALUMNI AWARD RECIPIENTS
1971 2009 2024

PARKER ALUMNI EVENTS 2023-2024

Parker Moment

Parker Moments

DO YOU REMEMBER THE LAST TIME YOU SAT CROSS-LEGGED ON THE FLOOR WITH YOUR FRIENDS?

IF IT WAS IN LOWER SCHOOL , IT’S BEEN TOO LONG.

JOIN US AT AN UPCOMING EVENT

Alumni Awards Ceremony

Friday, May 31, 2024

San Diego, CA

Class of 2024

Commencement Ceremony

Saturday, June 1, 2024 at 4 pm

Linda Vista Campus

Parker Retiree’s

“We’re Not at School!” Brunch

Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2024

San Diego, CA

Alumni Connected Coffee

Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2024

Francis Parker School

This is an exclusive opportunity for Parker alumni with school-age children held before the start of the admissions season in October.

Parker Homecoming and John Herman Court

Recognition

Friday, Oct. 18, 2024

Linda Vista Campus

Milestone Reunions (Class years ending in 4s and 9s) and Class of 1974 50th Reunion Oct. 18-20, 2024

San Diego, CA

Contact alumni@francisparker.org if you are interested in volunteering!

Alumni Holiday Hang

Friday, Nov. 29, 2024

San Diego, CA

Parker’s Day of Giving Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2024 Online

Platinum Reunion for the Classes of 1940-1974

Saturday, Feb. 1, 2025

San Diego, CA

Class of 1975 50th Reunion

Saturday, April 5, 2025

Parents Association Gala May 10, 2025

Arts Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Spring Arts Night

Monday, May 19, 2025

Linda Vista Campus

Alumni Awards Ceremony

Friday, May 30, 2025

San Diego, CA

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