Boca Raton Campus: New Lower School coming this fall!
MISSION STATEMENT Pine Crest School is dedicated to the development of the individual by providing an unsurpassed academic preparation and experience; establishing an environment that fosters impeccable character and integrity; and empowering each student to fully express creativity and independence. We believe that only through the confluence of education, character, and leadership can Pine Crest students achieve their personal best and share their finest with humanity.
FEATURES The 75th Year: Panther Pride Takes on a New Green
Pine Crest Bids Farewell to Two Veteran Educators
New Pine Crest Trustees
Brandon Knight ’10
DEPARTMENTS President’s Message
A new green
ALUMNI Post the Dates Profiles
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Class Notes (online)
Alumni Weekend 2009
Annual Alumni Reunion
Alumni L.A. Gathering
Stephanie Shank Correa ’87
The Magazine is going green. This fall, you will have a choice to receive The Magazine via U.S. mail or online. Instructions will be coming soon.
Toni Marshall, Editor, Writer 954-492-4105 firstname.lastname@example.org Photography: Toni Marshall and Nick Crisafi Contributing Writer: Nick Crisafi Vice President for Advancement: Pat Boig Proofreaders: Nick Crisafi, Susie Ledbetter, Laura Deane, and Joanne Pelton Layout and Design: D3 Advertising of Boca Raton Publisher: The Magazine is produced by Pine Crest School Development Office.
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Post the Dates Pine Crest Alumni Gatherings and Reunions 2009-10
September/October 2009 Alumni Legacy Breakfast September 3, 2009 (7:30 a.m) • Steinger Hall
Homecoming: Franks, Football, and Maybe a Little Kickball Too! October 16, 2009 (5:30 p.m.) • West Campus
Manhattan Alumni Reunion Date and Location TBD
Washington, D.C. Alumni Reunion Date and Location TBD
December 2009 Annual Holiday Gathering December 16, 2009 – location TBD
February 2010 Los Angeles Alumni Reunion Date and Location TBD
Call or e-mail Susan Ledbetter to volunteer and help plan your class reunion and/or the alumni gathering in your city. The committees are being formed over the summer. We need your creative minds, so let me hear from you.
Susie Ledbetter 954-492-6602 email@example.com
San Francisco Alumni Reunion Date and Location TBD
April 2010 Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame Induction April 16 – Stacy Auditorium (12:00 noon)
Alumni Symposium and Tours – All Classes April 16 – On campus (more information to come)
All-Alumni Happy Hour April 16 – Faculty Courtyard (6:00 - 8:30 p.m.)
Class Reunions – 1955, 1960, 1970, 1980, 1985, 1990, and 2000 April 17 – Dinner and dancing at the Hyatt Regency Pier 66 (7:00 p.m. – midnight) EDITOR’S NOTE — Pine Crest reserves the right to edit copy to fit the standards of our publications. Please submit high resolution (300 dpi) photos. Photos should be submitted in .jpeg, .tif, and or .eps formats. 2 Pine Crest The Magazine ■ Summer 2009
Check out “Class Notes” online at https://www.pinecrest. edu/podium
PINE CREST Summer 2009 BOARD OF TRUSTEES 2009-10 Walter Banks ’61, Chair Michelle Cibene ’84, Vice Chair
The dust has nearly settled on our new LEED certified Lower School building in Boca Raton,
Marc Bell Lourdes M. Cowgill, Ph.D. Jean Findeiss Robert Fishman Mark Gilbert ’74 Daniel Goldberg Jeff Hollander David Kantor Arthur Keiser ’71 Albert “Sonny” Kotite Caryl Mendelsohn Edward Pozzuoli Hiromi Printz Kevin Quinn Douglas Reynolds ’75 Jeff Roberts Sheri Sack Karen Schlesinger Dan Sheinberg Ana Waldman Peter Wittich Jordan Zimmerman
launching Pine Crest into a “greener” tomorrow.
Emeritus Directors Robert Friedman, H ’77 Theodore Friedt, H ’81 William H. Grimditch, Jr., H ’67 Richard Ingham John Leech ’56 William J. McMillan ’45 Paul Roepnack Henry H. Wheeler
do a better job of curtailing their usage and switched little-by-little to renewable, reusable,
The School is proud to join this movement, one that hopefully will insure a cleaner future for our children. The more trees we plant, the more we insure having cleaner air, and the more we recycle, the more we spare our dwindling resources. It seems simple, but not really. What has been difficult is the buy-in and, understandably so. After generations of depending on electricity, the automobile, radio waves and microwaves, nuclear technology, the computer, and other modern devices, we have become a society that likes to use – a lot. So, it is difficult to kick old habits that have made our lives easier. I remember when I bought my first microwave oven. Initially, the thought of some kind of electromagnetic energy (non-ionizing radiation) facilitating the heating and cooking of foods was frightening, especially when you come from a family steeped in a tradition of buying fresh meat and vegetables almost daily to prepare for meals (my Cuban culture). The microwave, however, soon complemented our busy lives, especially those of us with hectic work schedules. Now, we learn that toxic metals are found in the circuit boards of microwave ovens, so the improper disposal of the units can be harmful. Other items designed to make life easier such as disposable diapers, Styrofoam, and plastics are contaminating the earth. You will get no argument from me that we need these things, but maybe if we all would and more eco-friendly resources, our children and grandchildren would reap the benefits. Over the past few years, Green Teams on both campuses (comprised of students and sponsored by parents, teachers, and staff) have been researching and discovering new ways to diminish our School’s carbon footprint. It is admirable to see our youth take on such a huge responsibility, educating themselves and the entire Pine Crest community. Our students spend hours of their own time researching “green” alternatives, and I applaud their commitment. As the administration implements many of their recommendations, we thank our students for bringing us down to earth. Remember one man’s trash is another
Alumni Council Marcie (Berman) Bour Patron ’80 Elizabeth Camp ’94 Lucy Friedt Dublin ’72 Norma Martin Goonen ’65 Jeffrey Keiser ’73 Scott Masel ’84 Lara Osofsky Leader ’93 Jon Wiley ’79
Lourdes M. Cowgill, Ph.D.
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By Nick Crisafi and Francine Rozencwaig Hand-me-downs and reusable items are in fashion at Pine Crest. Worn Crocs®, plastic bottles, old aluminum, and discarded paper have become the rage. Don’t throw anything away, recycle! The future of Pine Crest is “green.” The School’s recent membership in the Green Schools Alliance, a collective of eco-conscious schools, shows the commitment of the Pine Crest community to help future generations breathe easier. “It’s amazing how the students and parents have grabbed on to this,” says fifth-grade Social Science teacher Cliff Page, who has been working with Fort Lauderdale students and the Mothers’ Club Environmental Committee, researching ways to reduce the School’s carbon footprint. Green Teams now scour both campuses. “I love being part of the Green Team because we are helping the environment,” said fifth grader Alexandra Hauser. “We have discovered simple and effective ways to improve our planet.” As a leading educational institution in South Florida, Pine Crest has always been at the forefront preparing generations of students to be ahead of their times, priding itself on forming well-rounded, young leaders who can make a difference and be successful. “Fostering an eco-friendly environment has become a part of the educational process these days,” says Pine Crest President Dr. Lourdes Cowgill. “It’s a steep learning curve. We are not completely there yet, but we are on our way.” Major publications such as Time Magazine have dedicated entire issues to the environment, the green mind, and sustainability; commencement addresses to the Class of 2009 have focused on the need to prepare students for challenges of climate change and eco-conservation. There is no question that Pine Crest must “go green.”
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On the Fort Lauderdale campus, the School’s Green Team began when the 2007-08 fifth graders decided to learn more about those issues and make the School a more environmentally-friendly place. Page asked parents to serve as facilitators and help different groups investigate, propose, and implement several projects, including recycling, changing light bulbs to more energy-efficient ones and establishing “no idling zones” in the garage and the carpool lines. The children also planted trees along the nature trail, donated a solar oven to the Lower School science lab, and worked on several awareness campaigns. Pine Crest has partnered with Valley Forge Fabrics, Inc., a major textile company owned by the Dobin family (Michael Dobin ’93, Erica Dobin ’05, Alexandra Dobin ’07, Jacob Kauppinen ’17, and Caleb Kauppinen ’19). The company recycles our collections into fabrics, and they are presently behind the drive to collect Crocs® shoes.
The 2007-2008 Green Team works with this year’s team to purchase the solar oven.
Old materials create a new world.
This year’s fifth-grade class followed the lead of last year’s Green Team and continued with the recycling efforts and awareness campaign. They also promoted sustainability, selling reusable shopping bags and organic cotton t-shirts with “green” messages which raised more than $3,000 for a “sustainability lab” on campus. The proposed lab will teach children green-oriented technologies (i.e. rain-water collection through cistern systems, hydroponic gardens, insulated greenhouse roofs, solar-powered battery charges, etc.). “I enjoyed the freedom the students were given to come up with ideas and work toward making them a reality,” says fifth grader Noah Srour, who helped raise the money for the proposed lab. Facilities Director Gene Wojtynek and his staff play a
major role in the School’s “greening.” “We are behind the scenes. My staff is really the workforce behind what they are doing,” says Wojtynek, who is a LEED-Certified Accredited Professional. Pine Crest’s project management and construction director, Neyda Otero, also is LEED-certified. It was important for Wojtynek to become certified so that he could determine which products and programs are suitable, viable, and valid for the School. “There are certain programs we can implement with existing buildings and new construction,” Wojtynek explains. He has mainly worked on improvements for existing buildings. “I can make decisions on going green without costing us a huge fortune.” Summer 2009 ■ The Magazine Pine Crest 5
Students sell organic t-shirts to raise money.
This year his department is purchasing co-mingle and paper-recycling trash cans for each classroom. “We are also posting ‘No Idling’ signs in the west campus pickup area. Parents can save fuel, and their cars won’t emit so much carbon monoxide.” At this point, students, parents, teachers, and administrators agree - going green is the way to go. The Fort Lauderdale campus is building its first LEED-certified project, a new central chilled water plant, and is planning to build a new Upper School following the same guidelines. Students were allowed to work with the chiller project’s architect to design the control pad that will display the amount of energy the chilled water facility is using. “I helped with the design and got to hang out with my friends while making a difference in the environment,” says Ari Srour, another fifth-grade student. A school-wide recycling program for plastic bottles and glass may be put in place to complement the paper recycling program. Most important, there is a movement towards connecting all divisions and implementing communication among groups working on environmental issues on both campuses. 6 Pine Crest The Magazine ■ Summer 2009
Our Boca Raton campus has been just as active. While the new Lower School (Pine Crest’s first LEED-certified facility) may be the most prominent illustration of the campus’s green initiatives, it’s simply one example of Pine Crest’s commitment to environmental responsibility. One of the most significant contributors this year has been Director of Facilities on our Boca Raton campus, Ryan Gallagher. Along with establishing the campus’s Green Team (co-chaired by kindergarten teacher Jean Sungenis and sixth-grade teacher Joni Shepperd), he helped secure Boca’s membership in both the Green Schools Alliance and Green Business Alliance. In addition, Gallagher and his staff switched all of their cleaning products to ones which are organic and environmentally friendly, placed additional recycling bins around the campus, and helped replace the dining hall’s Styrofoam cups with plastic, reusable ones. In February, Gallagher also orchestrated Boca’s participation in the Green Cup Challenge. A nationwide, studentdriven competition, the Challenge took place over four weeks and encouraged schools from across the nation to measure and reduce campus electricity use and related
greenhouse gas emissions. Pine Crest was the only school from Florida to participate and, thanks to the help from its student ambassadors, reduced its energy consumption by 5%! The Arbor Day Foundation is planting 1,100 trees in California’s Plumas National Forest in honor of Pine Crest and the 150 other schools which took part in the competition. “It’s important to me to know that Pine Crest is doing all it can to reduce its carbon footprint,” says Gallagher. “When I went to the administration with some of my ideas, they were very open and receptive. Now we have a very good team of volunteers in place - students, faculty, members of the administration - who are constantly thinking of ways to save energy. The Green Team has really taken on a life of its own and seems to be growing every day.” The green movement has quickly caught fire over the past couple of years and truly is a school-wide effort, as evidenced by the various enterprises with which many of Boca’s students have become involved. The second graders created a series of video vignettes for students which outlined ways to save energy at home and at school; fourth graders explored ways to recycle discarded objects (i.e. making planters and pencil holders out of empty water and soda bottles); a number of grade levels made energyconscious presentations during the monthly Community Building Assemblies; and members of our Middle School’s Roots & Shoots Club created boxes to collect recyclables and designed posters promoting conservation. The Development Office has joined in the cause as well. Headed by Vice President for Advancement Patricia Boig, the office is in its second year of producing Pine Crest’s electronic newsletter. Once published as many as 15 times per year between the two campuses, Columns is now e-mailed to parents on a weekly basis. Furthermore, the development staff issued this year’s holiday card and Annual Fund appeals electronically to save paper and cut down on costs. Next year, readers of this magazine will be offered the green option of receiving it online! “Every little bit helps,” remarks Shepperd, “and it’s been great to see the Pine Crest community come together and contribute to the effort. Being part of the Green Team here
on campus has given me the opportunity to learn about environmental issues, help educate our students, and also find creative ways to be more energy efficient.” In the end, the goal will be to involve all members of the Pine Crest Community in an effort to protect the environment and to give children the tools they will need to succeed in years to come. If companies as diverse as eBay, Dell, TAG Heuer, Stella McCartney, Crate and Barrel, and Ligne Roset are making huge strides in their sustainability designs and policies; if Energy Secretary and Nobel Prize winner Steven Chu is urging people to learn about energy-efficient living; if entrepreneur Paul Hawken is telling the University of Portland Class of 2009 “You are brilliant and the earth is hiring,” there is no question that Pine Crest must go green to be in tune with our times.
Students pick up trash to recycling.
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By Toni Marshall Lawrence Amaturo ’80 moved to California more than a decade ago to own and operate radio stations. These days, he’s the chairman of a collection of radio stations in the Pacific Northwest, and he’s picked up an old but new business -- a car fanchise -- and it’s not your average dealership. Well, it’s “green.” When Amaturo and his investment partners bought a Nissan dealership in 2004, one of the requirements from Nissan USA was that they rebuild the franchise which existed in a 1968 building. “I think the building was originally a motor lodge, not a car dealership,” says Amaturo. They knew going in that they had to rebuild the dealership. So, when faced with the challenge of rebuilding, they bought the adjacent land and started getting bids and plans on what Nissan would allow. “We thought, if going through the effort, we might as well do something breakthrough. We had no idea that we would have the only LEED dealership in California.” Amaturo’s dealership rests in Northern California’s Santa Rosa Valley, known for being eco-friendly and a strong foothold for the “green” movement. When he first turned to architects to find information about building a LEED-certified dealership, they initially balked at his proposal. With all the cars they would have to keep in inventory, to be green would be a problem: the parking, the asphalt, and there couldn’t be soap dripping off the cars. “We faced ‘no’ a couple of times. Nissan of North America said ‘absolutely no!’ There is a look and feel to Nissan,’ they said.”
Lawrence Amaturo ’80 with wife, Susan, and daughters Lauren and Lily
The original Nissan 1968 building
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Lawrence Amaturo ’80 They didn’t let it dissuade them and reassured Nissan that they were enlisting a design/bid firm out of Lodi, California. The research involved to build the dealership was intense, but it didn’t stop Amaturo. To recycle the old building, he had to pull out the asbestos, separate glass, steel, and concrete, and then churn those materials into asphalt – a large percentage of which is made from oil and then stored on a storage lot. They heated up the old asphalt and re-poured it. “It was learn as you go,” Amaturo notes. What was most fascinating was the concrete. There were more than 90 concrete pourers on the site. The concrete used was made of fly ash, the pollutant spewed out of coal factories. Rather than have it go in the atmosphere, fly ash is contained, put into concrete, and used as a byproduct. The deliberate building process eventually resulted in the dealership, which recently opened in Santa Rosa. So impressive was Amaturo’s invest-
Amaturo and his investors wanted a sign to inform passers by of the dealership.
ment that he received awards and salutations from local and state officials. Nissan also saluted the oneof-a-kind dealership. “People are driving by and looking. So we put up signage to explain what was going on. We’ve taken it on the chin for about five months. In the end, they doubled the size of the service department and store, added a top-end customer service center, child play areas, and new diagnostic centers.
Besides diminishing the carbon footprint, another plus for owning the franchise is the tax break given to eco-friendly businesses, as well as cost savings. “We’ll save on electric bills, have low-flow showers, sinks and toilets, and provide showers for employees who like to ride [their bikes] to work,” he adds. The challenge is trying to sustain a green approach to what otherwise is a messy business. There’s oil, fuel, and batteries. “We encourage our customers to drop off their batteries to us, or get an oil change where the oil can be recycled.” Will he consider more dealerships? “We are looking at other opportunities. We recently doubled the size of land adjacent to us for another dealership. It’s a wait and see kind of thing.” Amaturo and his wife, Susan, a surgeon, have twin daughters, Lauren and Lily.
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Pine Crest Bids Farewell to Two Veteran Educators By Nick Crisafi
ur School reluctantly said goodbye to two highly valued educators. Critical-thinking skills teacher Janet Jaynes and Director of Staff Development and Curriculum Dr. Liz Knowles. Dr. Knowles and Jaynes started their careers at Pine Crest in the early '80s. Dr. Knowles began on the Boca campus in 1980 (when it was still Boca Raton Academy), and Jaynes officially began her tenure in 1984. Over the course of that time, they have each seen the School grow and transform dramatically. However, the one constant they each cite throughout their years here is the lasting friendships they have made and will continue to sustain. “I’ll miss the people the
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most,” says Dr. Knowles without hesitation. “I have so many friends here, and they’re with you through the good times and the bad.” “I’ll miss my colleagues and, of course, the students,” adds Jaynes. “I love the students and, the great part about my job was that I had them for three years, from first grade to third grade, so I could really see them develop and evolve as they grew.” Jaynes began her career at Pine Crest teaching sixth grade, but soon moved on to working with younger children in her critical-thinking class, a position she held to the end of her tenure. Ever patient with her students, she would delight them by making learning fun, sharpening their thinking and computation skills by having them complete analogies, practice problem solving, participate in games, and solve puzzles (like the Chinese tangram). “Janet’s contribution to our school community has been enormous over the years," affirms Boca’s Lower School Head Ruth Jacobs. “She has played a big part in helping Pine Crest grow in a positive way. Her dedication to our children and their needs is something we will never forget.” “I hope I helped my students become more efficient thinkers,” says Jaynes. “I’ve received feedback from the teachers and even some of the students who came back and told me how well prepared they felt when they got to fourth and fifth grade because of what they learned through my lessons. That was very rewarding for me – to see their progress.” As for her retirement plans, Jaynes has set nothing in stone. “I really don’t have any retirement plans right now. I’m not a traveler, I’m a homebody, but I look forward to spending time with my daughters and two grandchildren.” As a result, she’s sure to keep seeing at least one colleague from Pine Crest Boca. Jaynes and Joy Imperato, the campus’s sixth-grade language arts teacher, share a grandson! Imperato’s son, Robb, is married to Jaynes’ youngest daughter, Leah. When Dr. Knowles began teaching at Pine Crest, the fourth-grade faculty member had no idea that
Janet Jaynes & Dr. Liz Knowles
Dr. Lourdes Cowgill presents Dr. Liz Knowles with a farewell gift.
she would one day be the author of nine books (and another in the works!) and map the curriculum for one of the most prestigious independent schools in the nation. “When I began,” recalls Dr. Knowles, “I was just so focused on my family and getting my son through school. Back then, I never could have imagined being where I am today.” After teaching fourth grade for 13 years, Dr. Knowles became part of the sixth-grade team, during which time she decided to return to school to obtain her doctorate degree. Upon receiving her Ed.D. in Curriculum Development in 1996, her career at Pine Crest continued to develop, and she soon moved into planning the professional development for the Boca Raton Campus. Around this time, she and Boca campus Media Specialist Martha Smith embarked upon the publication of their
first book, “The Reading Connection: Bringing Parents, Teachers, and Librarians Together.” The duo would follow up that effort with seven more books and, although the topics were always changing, each publication they produced has been a resource guide for educators and/or parents searching for ways to engage students through reading. Dr. Knowles’ latest book, her first without Smith, is titled “Differentiating Reading Instruction through Children's Literature.” It hits bookstores in May! Soon after publishing her first book, Dr. Knowles began working on both campuses as she provided curriculum mapping for all subject areas and all grade levels. She also began facilitating the acquisition of the Florida State Teachers Certifications, providing classes to keep our faculty current, and putting together the summer professional reading list for our teachers. Earlier this year, she was honored by the AntiDefamation League (ADL) at the organization's Eighth Annual Palm Beach Educator Awards Luncheon for her commitment to provide Pine Crest’s faculty and students with specific tools and resources which foster learning environments where diversity is valued. As Head of School Dale Smith stated, Dr. Knowles possesses an unparalleled “breadth of knowledge and understanding of curriculum, a deep love and care for Pine Crest, and a wonderful sense of humor.” A progressive thinker who is both passionate and hard-working, Dr. Knowles will be missed not only for her professional acumen, but for her devotion and friendship. However, although she’s leaving Pine Crest, our School’s “maven of certification,” as Pine Crest President Dr. Lourdes Cowgill calls her, will still be quite busy. This summer she will begin working for Kaplan, Inc. as content director for the company’s Virtual Education platform.
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Campus Highlights Boca Raton Parents’ Association Pledges $1 Million to Campaign! At its final meeting of the year, the Boca Raton Parents’ Association voted unanimously to make a $1 million pledge to the capital campaign over the next five years, kicking it off with a gift of $250,000 this year. President Jamie Glachman announced that the PA raised an additional $120,000 this year for a grand total of $370,000. The remaining $120,000 will be distributed as follows: $100,000 to the PA Financial Aid Endowment Fund, $10,000 to the Annual Fund, and $10,000 to fund a proposed marquee for the School. Pine Crest Trustee Chair (2007-09) Mark Gilbert ’74 said in recognition of the PA’s generous pledge, the School will name the Pre-Kindergarten Neighborhood in the new Lower School in honor of the Parents’ Association. He also said, “Beyond the major financial significance of this gift, the
Parents’ Association has taken a huge leadership role in moving our capital campaign forward at a critical time, and for that we are grateful to Jamie Glachman and the Parents’ Association.”
Parents’ Association President Jamie Glachman presents check to President Lourdes Cowgill and Head of School Dale Smith.
Dr. Mae McMillan Joins Roster of Florida Greats Founder Mae McMillan was recently honored as a Great Floridian in a ceremony which took place in Tallahassee. Governor Charlie Crist, Secretary of State Kurt S. Browning, and other state dignitaries presided over the event. Dr. McMillan’s son, former Pine Crest President Bill McMillan ’45, was on hand to receive the award designed to recognize and record the achievements of Floridians, living and deceased, who have made major contributions to the progress and welfare of the state. Dr. McMillan’s son, Steve McMillan, also attended the ceremony. Dr. McMillan, honored for her accomplishments in education, joined five others this year who were recognized for their achievements: Pedro Menendez de Aviles, founder of St. Augustine; Governor Bob Martinez, our nation’s first American governor of Spanish descent (1987-1991); Pulitzer Prize winner Eugene Patterson; Charles W. Pierce, one of the “Barefoot Mailmen”; and Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, author of The Yearling. Chaplain Ani McKee represented the School, Left to right: Mr. and Mrs. David Linthrop (Bill McMillan's stepson), Bill along with PC alums Samantha Sullivan ’07, John McMillan, Walter Manley (who nominated Dr. Mae), Chaplain Ani McKee, and Steve McMillan Polatsek ’07, and Jordan Sindledecker ’07.
Pinnacle Award Winners Two Fort Lauderdale students received this year's Pinnacle Award. Sponsored by the Broward County Non Public School Association, the Pinnacle Award is given to those students who show exceptional giving and community spirit. Congratulations to this year's winners: eighth-grade students Francesca Jarvis and two-time winner Hannah Montague.
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Campus Highlights Trent Uthe ’10 Named Coleman Prize Winner
Third Graders Get a Feel for Alaskan Dogsledding
The Coleman Prize is awarded each year to a rising senior who best demonstrates versatility and merit in conduct and achievement both academically and otherwise and is a superior citizen of the Pine Crest community. The 2010 Coleman Prize Recipient is Trent Uthe, a young man of great talent and integrity. A leader on the Pine Crest Honor Court and in the Orchestra and Jazz Band, Trent plays 13 musical instruments, sings, and is a nationallyrecognized competitive fencer. Pine Crest is pleased to honor Trent as the 10th Coleman Prize Winner.
Boca’s third graders received a special treat this spring. As a follow up to Stone Fox, the novel about mushing (dogsledding) which the classes read, the students were able to talk to actual mushers as part of Kigluait Educational Adventures (KEA), a program designed to “increase students’ passion for learning, build awareness of their social and environmental landscapes, and improve their ability to globally communicate.” Based in Talkeetna, Alaska, KEA was co-founded by Richard and Christina Hum, scientists and educators from California who are using educational and technological tools to bring learning to life in classrooms throughout the country. Hum, standing in front of a landscape of snow-covered pine trees, opened the video conference by greeting the students and talking to them about some of the obvious differences between Alaska and Florida (geography, climate) and those that are not so obvious (economy, history). Christina Hum then delved into the history of mushing, its many uses, and the nature of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. The world-famous 1,161-mile competition takes place annually in Alaska and employs a team of 16 dogs which pull their musher and his sled along the entire route. After learning the mushers’ vocabulary for giving direction to the dogs, the students then experienced the biggest thrill of the morning. With Richard Hum holding the camera as he stood on his sled, our students gave the dogs a series of commands, allowing them the thrill of directing the canine team as they ran across a wooded trail. It was a sort of virtual experience as the dogs were hearing the real-time commands of our third-grade students situated nearly 4,000 miles away!
Trent Uthe with Vice President Planning and Programs Janet Wiard
Sara Ganz ’10 First PC Student to Win National Beta Award Junior Sara Ganz received The National Beta Club’s John W. Harris Leadership award and was recently recognized at the Florida State Beta Convention in Tampa. This prestigious award is the highest honor presented by The National Beta Club – the nation’s largest independent, nonprofit, educational youth organization – and is presented to individuals who exemplify the best for which Beta stands. Sara is the first Pine Crest recipient and the only one selected from Florida this year. The national sponsors presented Sara with a medallion, certificate, Beta shirt, and the registration fee to attend the Broyhill Leadership Conference this summer. There are more than 418,000 active members in The National Beta Club and more than 8,000 clubs in 42 states, the District of Columbia, three U.S. territories, and four international countries. Each year, The National Beta Club recognizes 25 Junior Betas and 25 Senior Betas as John W. Harris Leadership Award winners.
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Campus Highlights Haley Moss ’12 Exhibits Artwork at Esteemed Gallery, Proceeds to Benefit Children with Autism Pine Crest freshman Haley Moss is displaying 30 unique pieces of her artwork at Coral Gables Gallery at 293 Miracle Mile. Owner Les Roberts has two other art galleries that exclusively represent Romero Britto. Haley’s opening night was June 5, and she follows up that exhibit with another fine showing at the University of Miami the last week of July. The University also is planning to feature Haley’s work at their October fundraiser for autism. A portion of the proceeds from her showings will go to the University's Center for Autism and Related Disabilities. Haley was diagnosed with autism at a young age and interested in drawing, she taught herself many artistic styles. Fascinated with Japanese comic art and cartoons, she combined the two over the years. By the age of 12, she mastered the techniques of computerized sketch art. Her whimsical characters and playful pop-culture themes and compositions capture the attention of both youthful spirits and educated anime collectors.
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Alum Returns to Educate on Domestic Violence Katie Bogenschutz ’02 returned to Pine Crest to talk to students about another form of domestic violence not often discussed amongst peers or even adults - dating violence. Bogenschutz, who is scheduled to graduate from Nova Southeastern University’s Shepard Broad Law Center this year, has been giving presentations to groups of young women about the warning signs of date-violence. Bogenschutz showed a video and then took part in a question-and-answer session. Co-founder of the school’s Criminal Law Society, Bogenschutz serves as the American Trial Lawyers Association’s Litigation Coordinator and donates time as the Faculty Liaison for the Student Bar Initiative, an organization dedicated to raising the bar passage rate at Nova Southeastern University. She also is a member of the Alpha Delta Law Fraternity.
Campus Highlights Roland Foulkes ’74, Pine Crest’s First African-American Graduate Returns to Alma Mater Dr. Mae McMillan made a bold, egalitarian, and forward-thinking decision when she recruited African-American student Roland Foulkes ’74 from St. Thomas Aquinas in 1971 during his sophomore year. Yet when Foulkes arrived at Pine Crest, he didn’t know what to expect. There were no students who looked like him, nor did they come from his Central Broward working-class community. “I honestly don’t believe I would have stayed here without Dr. Mae," he told students and staff during his recent PowerPoint presentation at the Institute for Civic Involvement (ICI). Foulkes was invited to speak at the Fort Lauderdale campus as part of our School's celebration of Black History Month. "There were many times when I just wanted to leave.”
However, Foulkes didn’t leave and with the help of teachers, his family, and some new friends, he had a successful high school experience and went on to graduate from Pine Crest during a time when Southern schools were forcibly desegregating. At that time, few blacks attended non-parochial independent schools, making his segue from a prep school to college even more significant. Foulkes received degrees from UC Berkeley and Cornell University, received awards for Peace Corps volunteer work, and notably consults for the Centers for Disease Control while serving on Broward County’s Diversity Board. Throughout the presentation, he made reference to a song he sang as a member of the School’s popular choir. When Foulkes first arrived at Pine
Crest, a music teacher asked him to sing Simon and Garfunkel's popular “Bridge Over Troubled Water.” That song became his song, his anthem, he noted. “I was that bridge,” he said.
PC Goes to Model UN Conferences Pine Crest students joined nearly 2,500 students from around the world at this year’s Model United Nations of the University of Chicago, where they debated such topics as the global food crisis, the international regulation of space, and other pressing global matters. Students also visited Harvard University this year for the Harvard Model UN conference, and Georgetown University’s Model UN. The conference was held at the Palmer House Hilton in downtown Chicago from Thursday, Feb. 5 through Sunday, Feb. 8. College students organized the annual event, and this year they welcomed students from more than 125 high schools from across the globe. Since its establishment in 1988, the Model United Nations of the University of Chicago has been committed to the mission of educating high school students in the arts of debate, negotiation, and public speaking. The members include students and alumni who all undergo rigorous advance training. Pine Crest’s Model UN is made up of members of the School’s International Relations Club.
(L to R): Seniors Harrison Lieberfarb, George Fournier, Colin Smith, and Allison Bravo traveled to the last four Model UNs. They also ran the Pine Crest Model UN in May. Harrison, George, and Colin received honorable mention as delegates at the University of Chicago conference last year. Summer 2009 ■ The Magazine Pine Crest 15
Congratulations Class of 2009 The year most of them were born, the cost of a gallon of gas was $1.34. George W. Bush and Dan Quayle ran the country. Nelson Mandela was released from prison and East and West Germany reunited. We send forward the Class of 2009, confident that their tremendous talents will make a world of difference in our future. The School’s 189 graduates gathered at War Memorial Auditorium to commemorate their high school years and to commence their futures. Brimming with optimism and well wishes from family and friends, they mark the School’s 75th Commencement Exercises. Chair Emeritus of the Board Mark Gilbert ’74, Pine Crest President Dr. Lourdes Cowgill, Head of School Dale Smith, and Upper School Head Dr. Todd Huebsch presented Commencement awards to nearly 40 students who embody the character traits of leadership, community service, and academic prowess. Dr. Cowgill also presented the following faculty members with the School’s most distinguished honors: Ani McKee, the Honorary Alumna Diploma; Irene Zingg, the Linnell Award; Marilyn Freedman, the Richard Palmaccio Award; and Naeemah Owens, the Di Capua Family Award. Soraya Abtahi Tiffany Ahmed Gage Alpert Raanah Amjadi Anna Annecca Thomas Arnst Kelly Audette Whitney Bachow Christopher Baker Margaret Baker Marni Baron Natasha Basma Gustavo Basmeson Jared Baum Alexandra Bellows Lindsay Bernhardt Priya Borkar Kendra Bova Emily Braun Allison Bravo Kyley Brown Omar Brown Christian Caldwell Philip Carafiello Angelo Castaldi Gabriela Castro Julian Castro
Mauro Castro Taylor Chaintreuil Kevan Chao Robert Chaskes Ashley Chen Shane Chin Ashley Comras Holly Cundy Diana Damoorgian Thu Dang Emily Davis Ronald DeLuise Michael Deutsch Matthew DeYoung Grant Dienes Rory Dietz Jason Don Adam Drucker Adriana Egocheaga Stephanie Eisenring Ross Epstein Lauren Feigelman Cody Finkelberg Elijah Flood Kelsey Flynn George Fournier Andrew Fox
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Kyle Francis Nicholas Francis Samantha Frankel Arthur Frisch Aaron Ganz Mia Geronemus Bo Gillespie Ashley Giorgi Daniel Glass Alexandra Goldberg Devon Goldberg Jennifer Golden Lyndsay Golden Jaime Gomez Lakshay Goyal Michelle Graff Paul Gruber Alexander Guilder Kapil Gupta Karishma Habbu Lauren Hahamovitch Demetra Halmoukos Nicole Halmoukos Caitlin Hampton William Handley Hannah Hardin Adriana Harrison
Isaac Harrouche Kevin Hersh Christopher Higgins Jeremy Hockman Kamal Hussein Elizabeth Hutson Lloyce Jefferson Sungyoub Jung Juliana Kafka Alexander Kashdin Kapiolani Kassal Andrew Katims Bat-Ami Katzman Robert Kennedy Geoffrey Kerbis Min Sun Kim Ashley Koobir Joshua Kotler Charles Krantz Jennifer Kronick Alexander Lanes Michelle Lerner Madeline Lesser Harrison Lieberfarb Kaitlyn Lokeinsky Megan Mahowald Nicholas Manousos
Laurel Marco Leen Massillon Katelyn McGuirk Piero Mendez Alexandra Mignatti Ross Miller Brittany Mims Anna Minckler Stephano Miranda Gabrielle Mogul Juliana Montero Blas Moros Lara Moseley Paul Murray Michael Narea Andrew Novakoff Brianna O'Connor Lindsay Orchard Meaghan Osceola Taylor Palank Lee Paris Ilana Pena Marvin Pierre Benjamin Pincus Victor Pinedo Jordan Pollack Gregory Povlow
College Matriculation Class of 2009
Michael Pulichino Dorian Rapaille Samuel Ratner Meagan Read Marti Reiff Christina Reynolds Michael Rittenhouse Sara Rosenberg Sarah Rubin Alexandra Rubinstein Alexander Rudner Nicole Russell Joseph Sabra Deirdre Sackett Simran Sahi Steven Saperstein Amanda Savage Margaux Sax Jonathan Schapiro Andie Schneider Jonathan Schoder Michael Schoenbrum Caitlin Schuessler Elise Schwartz David Seibert Steven Shafer Lauren Shapiro
Allison Shellenberger Jonathan Silverman Matthew Silverman Gurtegh Singh Colin Smith Crystal Smith Meghan Smith David Sneider Shelby Spicer Morgan Stemmer Corinne Stone Alexandra Susi Christopher Tabush Jonathan Torres Zoe Tranakas Jacqueline Tse Heather Udell Gabrielle Uzdin Edward Waite Caroline Walker Daniel Weiss Isaac Wenger Harry Winston Thomas Wohlwender Zachary Wolfson Krystle Young Andrew Zinman
Amherst College Anderson University Barnard College Bates College Berklee College of Music Boston College Boston University Brown University Chapman University Clemson University Colgate University Columbia University Cornell University Dartmouth College Denison University Duke University Emmanuel College Emory University Fairleigh Dickinson University Florida Atlantic University Florida State University Fordham University George Washington University Georgetown University Hamilton College Hampden-Sydney College Hampshire College Harvard University Hofstra University Indiana University at Bloomington Ithaca College Johns Hopkins University Lafayette College Lehigh University Loyola College in Maryland Loyola University in New Orleans Lynn University Massachusetts Institute of Technology McDaniel College Middlebury College Monmouth University Muhlenberg College
New York University Northeastern University Northwestern University Princeton University Providence College Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Rice University Rochester Institute of Technology Southern Methodist University Trinity College Tulane University United States Air Force Academy United States Naval Academy University of Arizona University of Central Florida University of Chicago University of Colorado at Boulder University of Florida University of Hartford University of Idaho University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign University of Maryland University of Miami University of Michigan University of New Haven University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill University of North Florida University of Notre Dame University of Pennsylvania University of Richmond University of South Florida University of Southern California University of Texas at Austin University of Virginia University of Wisconsin-Madison Vanderbilt University Villanova University Wake Forest University Washington University in St. Louis West Virginia University Wheaton College Williams College
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2009 Graduation College Counseling Director Marcia Hunt provides some interesting “facts” about the Class of 2009: ▲
Among you is a member of the Screen Actors Guild.
There are two members of the United States Naval Sea Cadet Corps.
A 10-year state gymnastics champion
A person who can do a Sudoku puzzle (in ink) in just one minute
A girl who makes her own hula hoops
A member of The Guinness Book of World Records for being the youngest person to travel to both the North and South Pole
The sixth-place finisher at the 2007 World Footbag Championship
One of you has read the front page of almost every edition of The New York Times that has been printed since 1851.
We have a world-renowned sailor.
A graduate of the Navy Seals Sea Cadet Sea Training program
The United States Youth Ambassador for the Indian Development Foundation
Another operates two soda machines
A member of the Civil Air Patrol
A philanthropist who plunges into a freezing lake every winter in Stowe, Vermont
The designer of a digital basketball court
A cattle-farm worker who feeds livestock and herds cows
An intern with the Pacific Whale Foundation in Ecuador
A relative of the '70s musical group The Spinners
The cousin of the lead singer in Maroon 5
The cousin of the lead singer of Evanesence
One of you ate 13 crispitos at one sitting.
Another put a bean in her nose and another in her ear in Dr. Conway’s class and was sent to the emergency room
In your homes, some of the languages that you speak are English, Spanish, Russian, Creole, Cantonese, Punjabi, French, Portuguese, Swedish, Greek, Hindi, Vietnamese, Mandarin, Patois, Konkani, and Persian.
Two of you are taking a year off from college next year to hike the Appalachian Trail.
Another of you asked your college counselor to take down the Hillary Clinton calendar in his or her office before your junior PARENT Meeting.
Three of you will be spending the summer at boot camp.
Three of you are members of The Skeets.
Another played Guitar Hero for 24 hours straight.
One is a national-level figure skater who has managed to perfect all six double-jumps, earning the Gold Test Medal from the United States Figure Skating Association.
One of you coordinates your watches with your shoes.
Another coordinates your shirts with your turbans, shoes, and cell phone covers.
Also amongst you is an inventor who has held U.S. Patent number 7,306,097 B2 since 2007 for your golf invention which is a seat that is attached to a golf bag.
Our very own Cha-Cha Guide
Finally graduating this year is the last of the Castaldi Panther hunks.
Your class has covered a lot of miles. There are crew team members who have rowed approximately 4,100 miles, or the equivalent of the mileage from here to Anchorage, Alaska. There are swim team members who swam 8,320 miles, about the distance from Fort Lauderdale to Dublin, Ireland and back.
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Alums Open Veterinary Oncology Hospital By Toni Marshall Recently, he came in for his checkup and received a clean bill of health. Still cancer free after five years, the golden retriever was diagnosed with lymphocoma when he was only 3. “Younger patients who are diagnosed with cancer can be cured so that they can live a long life, with older pets we can provide palliative care -- systematically treating the patient so that the patient is sick from cancer but improving the quality of the end of that patient’s life,” says veterinarian oncologist Stephanie Shank Correa ’87. This month Correa and her husband, Tony ’87, are scheduled to open the Animal Cancer Care Clinic and Wellness Center, a veterinary oncology clinic located in Fort Lauderdale.
Stephanie Correa is a board-certified veterinarian oncologist; Tony Correa serves as the director of finance and operations for the clinic. The animalcare facility is located in the 1100 block of NE 4th Avenue in the old Kitchens to Go site. The hospital is the first of its kind in the region and one of just a few in the country. The Correas, who were Pine Crest sweethearts, have been supporting each other’s dreams for years. When Correa started practicing oncology in South Florida in 2001, she was the only veterinarian oncologist in the tri-county area. So, for nearly a decade, she has spent her days rotating between three clinics in the tri-county area.
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“Pets receive radiation treatments often maybe two or three times a week,” says Correa, noting the extra time most pet owners spend helping their pets through treatments. “We wanted to build a hospital where pets can stay with an exercise yard, get bathed, walked, and receive the proper nutrition, and all of those needs are met at a certain time,” she says. Veterinary oncology is a fairly new specialty in medicine. As short as 10 years ago, if a pet was diagnosed with cancer, often times it was recommended the pet be euthanized or put to sleep. The idea of such a specialized hospital came to Correa when she was doing her internship in New York,
Stephanie Correa ’87
Tony ’87 and Stephanie Correa ’87 review building plans. following veterinary school at the University of Florida. The veterinary hospital had an entire floor dedicated to cancer patients. “I said, ‘People who have pets with cancer want somewhere for them to go…I could have a hospital with just animals with cancer.’” She’s the free thinker and her husband, Tony, is the nuts and bolts – taking ideas and making them happen, notes Correa. Correa’s free thinking has led to one of the most innovative animal medical care facilities. With her husband’s background in business and project management, they developed a fullscale oncology hospital. The hospital offers specialized therapies, bereavement counseling, nutritional services, holistic services, and acupuncture as well as other therapies and treatments. The idea is to provide the whole gamut of cancer care. The 7,500-square-foot facility houses
a linear accelerator (external beam radiation-treatment device) and a CT scan machine as well as other hightech equipment. “We will be able to do much more advanced treatment at this location. The mission is not only to take care of pets, but families who take care of pets.” There are bereavement facilities for families and social workers on staff, one who specializes in the human-animal bond. Plus, the Correas have incorporated eco-friendly standards. They maintain patient records electronically, use non-toxic materials in both the interior and exterior of the building, and support a strong recycling program. Landscapers have strategically planted native vegetation outside the building for shade and water conservation. “Cancer is on the front line now. You hear about it on the nightly news. It’s phenomenal -- the advances. Often we do clinical research on dogs
and cats and other animals,” Correa notes. There is a lot of collaborative work between veterinarian oncologists and oncologists who treat humans. Dogs and cats get the same cancers as humans, so many of the experimental treatments are given to animals first. “I sometimes get approval for my patients before the treatment for people. If it is approved for dogs, maybe it will speed through the approval process for humans,” she adds. “Cancer touches everyone’s lives. When I talk to people in the exam room, they tell me stories about either a grandmother, an aunt - relatives getting treatment. Many people see pets as part of their family.” For further information on the Correa’s Animal Cancer Care and Wellness Center, visit the Web site at www. animalcancercareclinic.com.
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Feature Pine Crest School New Trustees 2009-10
Jean Findeiss grew up in Hollywood, FL, attended Florida Atlantic University, and worked for 10 years in medical billing management. She and her husband, Cliff, live in Fort Lauderdale and have two daughters, Amanda ’04 and Allison ’10. Findeiss is a former member of the Pine Crest Board of Trustees having served from 1999 to 2008. During that time, she was very active as Chair of the Steering Committee and then Campaign Chair of the Campaign for Pine Crest. She has also served for many years on the Buildings and Grounds Committee of the Board of Trustees. Prior to joining the Board, she was a volunteer on the Science and Technology Campaign for Pine Crest. She is most excited to be rejoining the Board at this critical time for fundraising with a new Upper School on the horizon.
Daniel P. Goldberg, M.D. is a native of Cleveland, OH where he graduated from Hawken School. He received his BA/MD from Northwestern University and then did nine years of post-graduate work in general, plastic, and reconstructive microsurgery at Tufts, Northwestern, and MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. He served as an Assistant Professor of Surgery at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland from 1994-98 and specialized in postcancer reconstruction and aesthetic surgery. He received a National Institute of Health R-01 basic science research grant for work in tissue engineering of facial bones. Goldberg moved to London in 1998 soon after he married his wife, Barbara, a Dutch national. He is still the only American plastic surgeon licensed to practice in the United Kingdom and founded the Hurlingham Clinic and Spa, a multi-disciplinary clinic for health and well being. He is the Founder and former Director of Nations Healthcare, which constructed and managed outpatient surgery centers on a contractual basis for the United Kingdom’s National Health Service. Goldberg and his wife, Barbara, live in Boca Raton with their four multinational daughters, Noah ’19, Scarlet ’22, Tess ’23, and Audrey.
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Ana Waldman immigrated to the United States from Cuba in 1960 and has been a resident of Boca Raton for the past 21 years. Waldman attended Pompano Beach High School and graduated from Florida Atlantic University. She was a teacher of learning impaired children in the Broward County School System before leaving teaching in 1982. At that time, she earned her General Contractor’s license, formed her own company, and began her successful career in real estate development and construction. In 1988 she married Andrew Waldman, and they have two children, Alexander ’10 and Aric ’14. Waldman has served as the Vice President of the Donna Klein Jewish Academy and as a member of both the Boca Raton and Fort Lauderdale Boards of Advisors for Pine Crest School. As a member of Pine Crest’s Board of Advisors, she was an active member of the Capital Campaign Committee, the Diversity Ad Hoc Committee, and the Buildings and Grounds Committee.
By Toni Marshall
A few minutes before the opening of the Pierre Frey fabric boutique, the room is abuzz with designers fingering fabrics and discussing the latest trends and tradeshows in one of DCOTA’s most popular textile galleries, the Nessen Showroom. Michele Nessen Mikulskis ’99 casually checks to make sure everything is in place in the showroom founded by her father, Bill Nessen, in 1988 when DCOTA (The Design Center of the Americas) opened its phase-two building. “I have been working with my father ever since I was eight,” says Mikulskis, who has two young daughters who may one day join the business. Basically, the Nessen family provides wholesale fabrics to interior design firms and companies. The world of design is a lot more complex than what we see on many of the home improvement shows; textiles play an extremely important role, she notes. A Nova Southeastern University graduate, Mikulskis knows the ins and outs of textiles and current trends. Her dad was a textile industry representative servicing interior design firms and representing textile lines before he opened his own showroom, which has grown to more than 20,000 square feet. “You can buy a chair anywhere. It’s really the fabric that drives design,” she explains.
The Nessen Showroom offers well-known designer fabrics. The recent opening of the Pierre Frey fabric boutique adds a line that includes eco-friendly fabrics. Her showroom has been internationally recognized as a company that makes available a product that has respect for the environment and is cultivated without pesticides. “It is important for a showroom to have products that come from renewable resources and cultivation techniques,” adds Mikulskis. This is what sets them apart from many showrooms today. Florida has emerged as the furniture retail capital of the country with companies like Baers, Rooms to Go, and City Furniture all headquartered here. Although most designers still grab for color and texture when choosing fabrics and materials, textile houses, flooring and furniture manufacturers worldwide are watching a growing trend of eco-friendly products. These products can include fabrics and materials made of recycled plastics and aluminum, as well as replenishing and durable woods such as bamboo. Cork flooring also is the latest rage. For the Nessen Gallery, representing and promoting fabrics that are eco-friendly like those by French fabric house Pierre Frey can boost clientele, plus save dwindling resources world wide. It’s a win-win situation all around.
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Athletics PC Rounds out 75th Year as Sports Powerhouse Our sports teams did so well this year that Athletic Director Jim Foster named the 2008-09 school year “The Year of the Panther.” With a slew of teams making it to state and regional championships, Pine Crest stands out as an athletic force in the high school sports community.
Panthers Win Second Straight State Title! Congratulations to the boys’ varsity basketball team for its second straight state championship! Our Panthers defeated Jones High School of Orlando 60-44 at the Lakeland Center for the title.
State Qualifiers FALL • Girls’ Swimming and Diving – State Runner Up • Boys’ Swimming and Diving – State Runner Up • Boys’ Golf – State Qualifiers • Girls’ Cross Country – State Qualifiers • Boys’ Cross Country – State Qualifiers
WINTER • Boys’ Soccer – First time in the State Final • Girls’ Weightlifting – State Qualifiers – Caitlin Schuessler, Bettina Daglaris, Heather Udell, Alexis Pratt, and Maddie Lesser • Boys’ Basketball – State Champions – “Back-to-Back”
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WINTER (cont’d.) • Girls’ Competition Cheerleading – Sixth at States SPRING • Boys’ Weightlifting – State Qualifiers – Tommy Wohlwender, Alex Lewitt, and Chase Helschien • Girls’ Tennis – #1 Doubles State Qualifiers
Scholar Athletes and Special Awards National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame (Brian Piccolo Chapter) Scholar-Athlete Award: Tommy Wohlwender.
Wendy’s Heisman Scholar-Athlete Award This award goes to the top junior scholar athlete at Pine Crest.
Nominees for the Miami Herald Male and Female Scholar Athletes of the Year:
The Female Winner for 2009: - Sophia Roberts (Soccer and Lacrosse)
Female Scholar Athlete of 2009 – Taylor Chaintreuil, Cross Country (Columbia University) Captain of Cross Country Track; recognized AllAcademic, All-State Cross Country; ranked internationally (footbag) as a top world freestyle runner.
The Male Winner for 2009: - Brandon Knight (Basketball)
Male Scholar Athlete of 2009 Nick Manousos, Swimming (Princeton University) The 2009 Pine Crest Nominee for the the Sun-Sentinel Scholar Athlete: Caitlin Schuessler (Volleyball, Girls’ Weightlifting, and Track and Field) Pine Crest Top Athletic Award for 2009 – the Bill Munsey Scholar/Athletic Award: Nicole Russell (Tennis and Volleyball)
Master of Sports Award Awarded each year to the senior athletes who have successfully managed to win a varsity letter in three sports: Caitlin Schuessler (Volleyball, Weightlifting and Track and Field)
Top Scholar Athletes in the Senior Class: • Karishma Habbu (Track and Cross Country) • Taylor Chaintreuil (Track and Cross Country) • Michelle Graff (Crew) • Maddie Lesser (Weightlifting and Lacrosse) • Michael Schoenbrum (Baseball) • Gage Alpert (Crew) • Victor Pinedo (Track and Cross Country) • Harrison Lieberfarb (Crew) • Jared Baum (Volleyball and Weightlifting) • Nicholas Manousos (Swimming) • Heather Udell (Weightlifting and LAX) • Gabrielle Uzdin (Crew) • Alexandra Bellows (Crew) • Dan Weiss (Football) Sun-Sentinel Boys Swimmer-of-the-Year: Elijah Flood
Top Senior Scholar Athletes, including the Wendy’s Heisman Scholar-Athlete Award Winners
Front row (left to right): Stephanie Eisenring, Sophia Roberts (Heisman), Nicole Russell, Caitlin Schuessler, Heather Udell, Gabby Uzdin, Michelle Graff, and Maddie Lesser; back row (left to right): Brandon Knight (Heisman), Ed Waite, Nick Manousos, Harrison Lieberfarb, Jared Baum, Michael Schoenbrum, Victor Pinedo, and Gage Alpert Summer 2009 ■ The Magazine Pine Crest 25
Athletics Swimming Reigns Again! Swimmers Stephanie Eisenring ’09 and Siena DeVenuto ’10 captured individual state titles. Stephanie won her race in the 100-meter freestyle (also a School record) while Siena won her race in the 500-meter freestyle (another School record). These two swimmers were also part of the four-person relay team, which included Rebecca Aiello ’11 and Lara Moseley ’09, that captured the state title in the 200-meter freestyle. In addition, boys’ swimmer Elijah Flood ’09 is the Sun-Sentinel Boys Swimmer of the Year.
Andrew Novakoff ’09 Ranked as One of Nation’s Top Swimming Prospects
Manousos Awarded Stoll Scholar Athlete Award
Award-winning senior swimmer Andrew Novakoff was named one of the top 20 high school prospects in the country, as well as the number one recruit in the state of Florida, by collegeswimming.com. Andrew is looking forward to continuing his swimming career at the University of Michigan where he will enroll this fall.
Nick Manousos ’09 was recently awarded the Mandy Stoll Scholar Athlete award. Manousos, who is a varsity swimmer and will attend Princeton in the fall, is the first PC student to receive the award which is given to a student who possesses both superior academic and athletic abilities.
Congratulations! PC Athletes Signed by Colleges
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The Bill Rousseau Award This award goes to the top senior male and female athlete in the class of 2009.
2009 Female Winner: Stephanie Eisenring 2008 Female High School Swimmer of the Year - Sun Sentinel and Miami Herald 2008 Female High School “Athlete of the Year” – Miami Herald (All Sports) 2009 First Team Sun-Sentinel 2009 All-Broward Miami Herald Most Valuable Swimmer (two years in a row) Outstanding Performance Award Rookie of the Year Award High School All-American (four consecutive years) Undefeated in High School Dual Meets While at Pine Crest USA Swimming National Qualifier World University Games Team 2009 - Swiss Team member
2009 Male Winner: Ed Waite Member of the Basketball State Championship team in 2008 and 2009 2009 All-State Basketball Player 2009 McDonald's All-American Finalist Stephanie Eisenring and Ed Waite
First Team All-County 2009 in both Miami Herald and Sun-Sentinel Captain of the Basketball team in 2008 and 2009 Named to the All-Tournament Team and MVP of the 2008 Basketball State Tournament 2007 All-State Football Player 2007 All-County Football Team – First Team (rookie year) 2007 - Held the Broward County Pass Receiving Record
PC athletes signed by colleges - names listed in alphabetical order: Gage Alpert (University of Pennsylvania), Chris Baker (Vanderbilt), Robert Chaskes (Hampton – Sydney College), Stephanie Eisenring (University of North Carolina), Elijah Flood (FSU), Kyle Francis (Anderson University), Caitlin Hampton (Lake Forest or Wheaton College), Will Handley (Loyola University), Josh Kotler (Trying to walk on at Navy), Maddy Lesser (Dartmouth), Nick Manousos (Princeton), Lara Moseley (Fordham University), Andrew Novakoff (Michigan), Lindsay Orchard (University of Idaho), Meghan Osceola (Emmanuel College), Marvin Pierre (Lehigh), Victor Pinedo (Washington University), Greg Povlow (Mc Daniel College), Nicole Russell (Bates), Amanda Savage (Georgetown), Caitlin Schuessler (University of Florida), Shelby Spicer (Providence), Jonathan Torres (Fairleigh Dickinson), Ed Waite (Monmouth University), Thomas Wohlwender (Williams College)
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Feature Brandon Knight ’10 Named Nation’s Top High School Basketball Player
ine Crest junior Brandon Knight was named the Gatorade National Boys Basketball Player of the Year in a ceremony on the Fort Lauderdale campus earlier this year. In its third decade of honoring the country’s top high school athletes, The Gatorade Company, in partnership with ESPN’s RISE Magazine, presented Brandon with an impressive trophy and an invitation for him and his family to be guests at this year’s ESPY Awards in Hollywood, CA. As a result of his accomplishment, Brandon is now a finalist for the Gatorade Male High School Athlete-of-the-Year Award which will be announced just prior to the ESPY Awards in July. In being named the nation’s top high school basketball player, Brandon follows only two other individuals in the sport who received this prestigious award as juniors: Cleveland Cavalier and five-time NBA All-Star Lebron James (2001-02) and Portland Trailblazer Greg Oden (2004-05). Brandon also was selected as Florida’s Boys Basketball Player of the Year, making him a semifinalist for the national award. Brandon recently led our Panthers to their second consecutive Class 3A state title, averaging 31.8 points, 8.7 rebounds, 5.6 assists, and three steals per game. In the team’s 60 - 44 win over Jones High School in the state final, he scored 27 points, hauled in nine rebounds, and added four assists. An exemplary student, Brandon has maintained a 4.28 GPA in the classroom and is also a devoted parishioner and youth group leader at the New Art Covenant Church. During this year’s Investiture Ceremony, Brandon was awarded the academic Book Award from Northwestern University. Brandon has served as a peer tutor at Pine Crest while volunteering hundreds of year-round hours coaching and instructing at area youth basketball camps and clinics, as well as informally in his community. Pine Crest congratulates Brandon and all of our state champions!
KNIGHT’S HONORS: ■
National Gatorade Boys Basketball player of the year (one of only three junior winners of all time)
Gatorade – Florida Player of the Year
Dairy Farmer of America (Got Milk?) 3A and Florida Player of the Year; named Mr. Basketball for the State of Florida
All-State 2007, 2008, and 2009
All-County – Fourth Year in Row (First Team)
Miami Herald and Sun Sentinel Player of the Year 2007, 2008, and 2009.
Orlando Sentinel All-Southern United States Team Top Junior and Senior Player
Pine Crest Wendy’s Heisman Scholar Athlete Award: Boys’ Winner for 2009
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Alumni Profile Sharifa Chinikamwala â€™05: An American Engineer in China Last year, I spent just 11 weeks at my school, the Georgia Institute of Technology, due to a study abroad with the Beijing/Singapore program for industrial and systems engineers. It all started in the spring of 2008 when I participated in a co-op program for the remainder of the year at Wika Instrument Corp. in Lawrenceville, GA. My company allows each co-op to complete a fourth semester at their parent company in Germany. I, however, requested the opportunity to do my international semester at a Wika subsidiary in Suzhou, China. I thought it would be fascinating to learn more about how the Chinese do business and also challenging to apply what I had learned in America in a Chinese factory. The extent of my proficiency in Mandarin Chinese at the time was about 10 words. I was the first American intern to work for Wika Instrumentation in Suzhou, so naturally, I had a new path to carve. I lived in China for six months. My responsibilities as a co-op in the Kaizen Promotion Office in China called on much of the lean manufacturing knowledge I learned at Wika USA with the Department of Continuous Improvement. Wika Suzhouâ€™s sales volume had more than doubled in the fall, and they were making preparations to expand old manufacturing lines and build new ones. Wika has 10 major manufacturing subsidiaries around the world. The exposure to the global nature of its business coupled with learning the tools used in lean manufacturing has broadened my understanding of international trade. There is great potential to apply lean tools to improve efficiency and reduce costs not only in manufacturing, but also in healthcare, education, and retail. My job was to analyze current processes, design new layouts, and implement the expansion projects. In addition to this, I had to focus on improving work flow in the cells, drawing up standard operation procedures for 30 Pine Crest The Magazine â– Summer 2009
the operators, and reducing floor space. I also worked with my team to implement ideas for improvement I had seen in the U.S. plant, such as installing automatic label dispensers on every line and creating a visual management tool for measuring productivity in the following categories: quality, cost, delivery, and safety. Although Wika Suzhou and Wika USA are sister companies and have many similarities in production methods and products, this presented a totally new experience for me to work with Chinese colleagues. I had to learn the customs for effective communication with my managers and colleagues. Communicating with the Chinese really improved my interpersonal skills and made me respect the differences in our cultures. One of the nicest parts of my time in China was how hospitable and understanding my company was in helping me adjust to the culture. I was encouraged to ask questions and explore new ways to carry out ideas. They welcomed my experience in American manufacturing and were eager to learn from it. I think it also made a difference that I was an employee of the United States coming to work in China. They were able to trust me with more responsibility because I was already a member of the Wika family and familiar with its manufacturing. China is a wonderful place because it has many comforts of the West and all the hospitality of the East. I cannot emphasize how valuable it is for women engineers to be comfortable in other cultural environments. This experience taught me adaptability, flexibility, and resilience.
Sharifa Chinikamwala â€™05 Meeting a large variety of people and encountering daily challenges in traveling, eating, shopping, and speaking Chinese made this one of the most exciting adventures of my life. In the spring of 2010, I hope to earn a Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering with a concentration in Economic Decision Analysis. I am looking forward to many more opportunities to live and work in other countries and immerse myself in diverse experiences.
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JACK CUMMINGS ’58: MOST PUBLISHED PINE CREST AUTHOR By Toni Marshall When he started writing books about 35 years ago, Jack Cummings ’58 had no idea that he would become Pine Crest’s most published author. It wasn’t a goal, nor was it his ambition, but with nearly 30 books under his belt, it’s about time he started counting. Just do an internet search on his name; the list seems endless and includes thrillers, books on real estate, finance, investment, and also a travel guide. His passion for the “old West” is evident in some of his titles: Trick Shot, Once a Legend, Rebels West, and Dead Man’s Medal, just to name a few. He advises the public on real estate and property investments, as well as how to manage finances. His latest publication, The H Factor, a thriller released this winter, joins an already expansive repertoire. “The first two books I published were novels,” he notes. Then, Cummings entered the real estate business, lectured on the subject, and taught classes at the Board of Realtors. A publisher called and said he’d heard of one of his lectures and asked whether he would consider doing a book on real estate financing. So, he did. While writing that book, he wrote a novel and sold a publisher (Prentiss Hall) on the idea of another book, but the second book for Prentiss Hall was easier to write, he says. At that point, he had three novels. Prentiss Hall published the first two books in the early 1970s: Lauderdale Run, and the Ultimate Game. After that, roughly every two years Cummings had a book published. The new novel is the first of a series of books, an international thriller, with a character named Gavin Lock. He already has penned two others in the series. After he graduated from Pine Crest, (incidently, Cummings family operated the sanitorium where Pine Crest made its home on E. Broward Blvd.), Cummings received a scholarship in swimming from the University of Florida. He remained at UF for two years and then joined the U.S. Air Force, and was stationed near Brownsville, TX. After his tour, he went back to school and graduated from Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina, but then was called up for the Air Force Reserves. When he left the 32 Pine Crest The Magazine ■ Summer 2009
Reserves, he went to Europe for graduate school in Belgium and later, the University of Madrid. He also lived in Paris where he was hired as a ghost writer for the Crown Prince of Austria. He was married in Spain in 1962 and returned to the United States. Like many of his characters, Cummings has led a life of intrigue. The former real estate specialist for FNN (the Financial News Network) has traveled around the world. “I got recruited into the International Executive Service Corps (IESC), which was the executive Peace Corps started by David Rockefeller in the mid-1960s. He did seven assignments in Egypt, all dealing with communications and real estate. He also was asked to go to Kyrgyzstan.“When they said can you go to Kyrgyzstan, I couldn’t find it on the map!” Cummings was assigned to the Department of Tourism to build a business plan for tourism for a typical Soviet town; Kyrgyzstan was the first of the Soviet Republics to become independent, he notes. He organized the first international symposium of European travel agents into the country. “It was the most challenging because it was dealing with people who did not know what they were doing.” Basically, this meant helping with privatization an idea lost for decades with Soviet republics. “I had the only helicopter that the government owned at my disposal. It had holes all over where Russian troops had shot inside the helicopter, and a 300-gallon tank that dripped kerosene,” he recalls. “We had to keep the windows down.” With such an exciting life, Cummings could never run out of fodder for his novels.
The Arts PC Launches the Next Generation of Performing Artists This year’s performing arts graduates easily join those applauded over the years for outstanding work. Not since the Actor’s Frat has a finer group of students graced the stage, evoked laughter and tears, or brought audiences to a standing ovation through song. Under the direction of Christopher Fitzpatrick, James Patrick, Brenda Gooden, Amy Chichoski, and with help from Tad Harrington, the productions over the past few years including The Secret Garden (2007-2008), Cinderella, and All Shook Up will go down in Pine Crest history as some of the very best.
Student Cultural Arts Series Fine Arts Awards Recipients When Dr. Mae McMillan founded Pine Crest 75 years ago, she emphasized the importance of the fine arts in educating the whole child. In 1968, she established the Founder’s Council as a board of women advisors and entrusted these women to select fine arts award winners from performances of The Student Cultural Arts Series on the Fort Lauderdale campus which include The Fall Play,
Ballet, Art Exhibit, Choral and Instrumental Concert, and Musical. “The arts, to her [Dr. Mae], stirred the creative juices that inspired students to participate in a full, enriched life,” said Founder’s Council Chair Mary Graham Foster at this year’s Fine Arts Awards Assembly, thanking all the students who participated in the Student Cultural Arts Series performances.
The following are the 2008-09 Student Cultural Arts Series Fine Arts Awards recipients: Katelyn McGuirk ’09, Excellence in Musical Theatre; Michael Rittenhouse ’09, Excellence in Art; Ashley Giorgi ’09, Excellence in Vocal Music; Gabrielle Mogul ’09, Excellence in Instrumental Music; Kelsey Flynn ’09, Excellence in Drama; Isaac Wenger ’09, Outstanding Versatility in the Fine Arts; and Adriana Harrison ’09, Excellence in Dance. Summer 2009 ■ The Magazine Pine Crest 33
The Arts Upper School Musical: All Shook Up! It is 1955 in a black-and-white town in a black-and-white state. The love scene is dull and grim at Sylvia’s Honky-Tonk, just one step away from Heartbreak Hotel. Fun in general has been banned by mean mayor Matilda, and there are no prospects for love anywhere. That is until Chad, a guitar-playing, blue-suede-shoe-wearing, song-in-his-soul roustabout, rides into town bringing color, music, and the Burnin’ Love with him. By nightfall, unexpected love floods the town...prompting a showdown between Chad and Matilda, with the town’s soul at stake. All Shook Up was one of the most crowd pleasing Pine Crest musicals in years.
Cinderella For this school year’s ballet, The Student Cultural Arts Series presented Cinderella. With a cast of 90, the traditional production continued to mesmerize audiences. This year’s primary dancers included seniors Adriana Harrison (Cinderella), Ashley Chen (Cinderella, Spanish Princess), Jacqueline Tse (Fairy Godmother, Arabian Corps), Leen Massillon (Fairy Godmother, Arabian Corps), Isaac Wenger (Prince), Anna Annecca (Haughty, Spanish Corps), Samantha Frankel (Giggles, Spanish Corps), Meagan Read (Haughty, Spanish Corps), Kelly Audette (Arabian Princess), Adriana Egocheaga (Stepmother, Spanish Corps), Lauren Hahamovitch (Spanish Corps, French Princess), Juliana Montero (Mazurka Soloist), and Sara Rosenberg (Italian Corps).
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The Arts Choirs Perform at Carnegie Hall After practicing for several months, members of Boca’s grades four and five Concert Choir and Middle School Chorus spent four music-filled days in New York City during the month of April. These two groups, totaling 101 singers, joined with other choirs from around the United States, selected by audition, to form the National Children’s and Youth Choirs. This marked the fourth time in the past nine years that our choral students, under the direction of Choral Director and Fine Arts Chair Larry Mellone, were chosen to perform at New York City’s legendary concert hall. The last trip was in 2005, also as part of the National Honor Choir. Of the schools that were invited, Pine Crest had the largest choir on hand. In addition, our Concert Choir students in grades seven and eight performed with the National Youth Choir under Conductor Eph Ely, making them the only middle school group amongst an entire field of high school singers. Our students in grades four through six performed with the National Children’s
Choir under Conductor Henry Leck. During this year’s audition process, our choirs were rated “A+” by a panel of adjudicators. While in New York, Pine Crest students worked with guest conductors in intensive rehearsals, workshops, and clinics to prepare for their Carnegie Hall performance on the evening of April 19. The Hall was packed as they sang a number of pieces from composers such as Bach, Brahms, and Vivaldi. At the end of their performances, both choirs received well-deserved standing ovations. *Note: Due to its long-standing policy, Carnegie Hall did not allow any photos to be taken of the concert.
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The Arts Boca Raton Campus Presents The Little Mermaid Ballet
South Pacific is “Some Enchanted Evening”
The Dance Department on the Boca Raton campus treated the Pine Crest community to an extraordinary ballet performance of The Little Mermaid in March. Based on the Walt Disney animated feature and choreographed by Director of Dance Kim Vlcek, Pine Crest’s production featured more than 80 students in grades four through eight. Each of them brought this timeless classic to life through his/her elaborate, colorful costuming and effortless, elegant dancing. The performance also benefited from some well-executed special effects (thanks to the smoke and bubble machines), professional lighting, narration, and a series of beautiful backdrops. Included in the ballet were everyone’s favorite characters – Ariel, Flounder, Sebastian, King Triton, and Ursula the Sea Witch. There were four shows in total, including one in which students in grades pre-k through two on the Fort Lauderdale campus were invited to attend. The last show, held on a Saturday, was open to the general public and very well attended. Pine Crest thanks Director of Dance Kim Vlcek for her phenomenal choreography, Production Stage Manager Kirstin Foley, our Facilities Department, and all of the members of the Pine Crest community who volunteered to make this year’s ballet a stunning success.
Boca’s Parents’ Association Performing Arts Center was packed for the campus’s three performances of South Pacific, this year’s Middle School musical production. The Rodgers and Hammerstein classic, considered by many to be the greatest Broadway show of all time, chronicles two parallel love stories on an island paradise during World War II.
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Incorporating all of the elements from Pine Crest’s fine arts program, the production featured Boca’s art, band, choir, dance, orchestra, and theater students. The set design, costuming, music, acting, and singing were all top-notch and earned rave reviews from the family, friends, and guests who were in attendance. "This was better than the original [Broadway production]," raved one of the theatergoers. She was one of several senior guests from the retirement communities of Saint Andrew's Estates and Edgewater Pointe Estates who were invited by our campus. Pine Crest congratulates Drama Director Debra Blakely, Music Director Larry Mellone, all of the show’s volunteers, and, of course, our wonderfully talented students who made this year’s performance an overwhelming success.
Alumni To the Pine Crest Alumni Community, Hi! I’m Susie Ledbetter, and I’m writing to you from my office in the Bell Tower building at Pine Crest in my new position as YOUR ALUMNI DIRECTOR! I am so excited to be in this position and to know that I am going to be working with you over the coming years. I have been at Pine Crest in one way or another since the early ’80s when my sons Steve and Mark became students here. They are now happily launched – Steve, an attorney, is married to Lissa and living in Venice, FL. They have made me the very proud grandmother of three-year-old twins, Calder and Fisher. Mark is successfully pursuing a theater career started here at Pine Crest. This summer he stars in the Roundabout Theater’s production of theTin Pan Alley Rag in New York. Many of you know me from the wonderful time I spent with Marcia Hunt in College Counseling. I am now most pleased to be spending part of my time teaching our talented students AP Art History and the rest of it working with you! It’s going to be fun. We are looking forward to a fabulous year with Homecoming, reunions, and regional gatherings in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. Most importantly, I am hoping to connect with as many of you as possible. I’ve recently met with three local alumni and talked to many others who are interested in helping with reunions and just getting reconnected. So please pick up the phone or email me. I want to hear from you. To stay connected, find us on Facebook. It’s how we’re going to send you the latest information. ’til next time, Susie 954-492-6602 firstname.lastname@example.org
Susie Ledbetter with our newest alums - 2009 graduates Gabrielle Mogul and Harrison Lieberfarb
We’ve grabbed more than 1,000 fans since the end of May. Are you one of them? Hope so! ALUMNI: Check out Newsmakers, link to your reunion class, add your story to the Discussion Board, enjoy the campus and alumni event photos, catch up with classmates and faculty. FAMILIES: Connect with other PC parents and receive campus news as it happens. Where do you find the most accurate campus event information? On FACEBOOK!
Athletic Hall of Fame Nominations The Pine Crest Athletic Department seeks nominations for the Athletic Hall of Fame. If you wish to nominate yourself, a family member, classmate, coach, or friend, please contact Mrs. Elisabeth Eisenring at email@example.com or fax your inquiry to 954-492-4562 in the Athletic Department Office. All nominations need to be submitted by February 1, 2010. Jim Foster, Athletic Director Pine Crest School 954-776-2134
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Alumni Share Memories of Favorite Teachers on Facebook Julie Richardson Milunic ’72…I really loved Commander Adams and Mr. William Drew. Michele Chatlos Roach ’73…Mr. John Madigan, Algebra I and Mr. Amzi Barber, U.S. History and Government wonderful teachers and fine examples of men. Mike Callery ’77…How about changing it from Teacher to Staff? No offense to the teachers. I had many that were favorable, but I will never forget Mrs. D [Mary Ann Deidesheimer]. She was not a teacher in the true sense of the word, but she did teach you valuable lessons, respect, courtesy, and she will be a fond memory. She was my PC Mom! Sharon Levy Loeff ’77…If it were not for Mr. Leon Bryant and his love of art and teaching, I would be in a very different profession today! He was inspirational, supportive, and made an enormous impact on my life. The art room was my home away from home when I attended Pine Crest in the ’70s. I shared my time there with Kathryn Scott ’76, Marty Marx, and Pam Yoder ’76. We seemed to be a permanent fixture in his classroom. He encouraged us to find ourselves in our art and gave me the courage to pursue my love of design. Today I operate two companies with my husband. I design and manufacture jewelry which can be seen online or at various jewelry and retail stores nationally. The other company is a consulting firm. I design and sell retail furniture for shopping centers and airports around the world. I don’t know where my path would have gone if I had not had such a wonderful teacher, but I thank the universe that he was there to guide me. Constance Smith ’77… My very first introduction into critical thinking or just plain thinking outside of my oh-sosmall box, was in Mr. Mario Pen~a’s Humanities Class. To say that he was integral in shaping my first real view of the world sounds trite, but it is simply true. Up until that point, I had accepted the beliefs that were funneled down from my parents and the Catholic Church; Mr. Pen~a gave me the opportunity to reinspect conclusions that I had held true and to add my own clarity of thinking to the process. A magnanimous man, Mr. Pen~a helped guide me through some 38 Pine Crest The Magazine ■ Summer 2009
troubling times with compassion and a sense of humor. I also want to give a share of my gratitude to Pine Crest as a learning institution. It took a lot of vision and guts – especially back in the 1970s – to offer these types of classes in the curriculum; the Establishment, at the time, was not used to being questioned. Heidi Ferayorni Pettee ’82…Sandy Harrington gets my vote. I still see her riding her bike around town. Julie Knight Brown ’92…Mrs. Myrna Feldman was my third-grade teacher in 1982-83, and I was crazy about her! She taught in a way that made learning so much fun especially with her "Blast-Off!" program for learning our multiplication tables. It was Mrs. Feldman who instilled in me a lifelong love of books and reading. To this day, whenever I meet a third grader, I say “that was my favorite year of grade school!” Christine Hughes-Pontier ’00…Mrs. Linda Weiss and her Developmental Psychology course shaped who I have become as a person. I mainly took that class because I fondly remembered how much I loved my High-School Helpers when I was in pre-k and kindergarten, but also because I loved working with children. I was convinced that I was going to be a pre-school teacher, because it was just so much fun! However, Mrs. Weiss' Developmental Psychology class opened my eyes to the amazingly complex world of psychology, especially child development. It was not only the course, but the way in which she taught us--open, honest, and respectful of us as young thinkers. She never hid her feelings or her opinions, which made life quite entertaining, and she encouraged us to be constantly reflecting on our experiences and beliefs, recognizing how they may be different from others’. She was an amazing teacher who not only ignited my love of psychology, but inspired me to be a strong, confident woman. I just completed my Ph.D. in Applied Developmental Psychology at the University of Miami in May, and I owe it to the wonderful Mrs. Linda Weiss. Ashley Chen ’09…My favorite teacher of all time would be Mr. Richard Palmaccio. His alter ego, big red, was the source of much entertainment whenever tests were handed back. He was such an engaging teacher with many unconventional ways of teaching. But his methods worked. His class was truly entertaining, and he had a very witty sense of humor. I still remember much of what I learned in his class.
Mentor/Intern ship Program Volunteer - are you willing to offer our grad uating seniors and college-a ge alumni opportunities to intern or serve as a men tor in your field? E-mail:
susan.ledbett er@pinecrest. edu
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Alumni Weekend 2009
As the sun set over Fort Lauderdale, alumni gathered at happy hour to kickoff Alumni Weekend at the Pine Crest campus on April 17 and 18. More than 200 alumni from the classes of 1945 to 2001 and their guests gathered to renew friendships and reconnect with classmates. During the happy hour, students from the Pine Crest Performing Arts department entertained alumni with songs from the spring musical, All Shook Up. On a sunny Saturday afternoon, alumni and their families returned to campus for a barbecue picnic lunch. Fun-filled children’s activities including a bounce house, face painting, craft area, rock climbing, and field games entertained the children while parents reminisced. This year, alumni participated in a series of informational workshops about Pine Crest curriculum, athletics, technology, and performing and visual arts today. As the day wound down, excitement for the reunions picked up for six classes. The classes of 1959, 1969, 1979, 1984, 1989, and 1999 gathered to celebrate at the Hyatt Regency Pier 66. During their reunions, alumni enjoyed dinner, dancing and a greeting from Dr. Lourdes Cowgill, Pine Crest School President.
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Ernest “Moe” Lumpkin ’59, Paul Mirabelli ’59, and Susan Altwater Kreiser ’59
(Center) Former Pine Crest President Bill McMillan ’45 chats with Linda Ridings-Nascimento ’59 and Robert Beye ’59.
Barney Danzansky ’86 with former Science Department Head Jim Lansdale
Upper School Counselor Estes Carns and Jay Flynn ’77
Jesse Tomalty ’99, Ginny Hook-Faircloth ’99, and Jordan Faircloth
Mylissa Graber ’89 and Jennifer Hess ’89
Former Upper School Secretary Chris Sollosso (Class of 89) Boris Zelkin, Chad Latz, Jeff Blostein, Crane Gladding, Brian Roberts, and Amy Averbuch Kronengold ’84 Pete Forsstrom, Frank Maister, Alex De Paolis, and Bruce Alexander
Maria Menendez ’79 and Leah Simonson ’79
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Michelle Smith Santarelli ’89 and Jaden Santarelli
Scott Evans ’79 and Bob Kundinger ’79
David Pascuzzi ’89 and Nicolas Pascuzzi
Boris Zelkin ’89, Zachary Zelkin, and Deeji Zelkin
Karen Ann Quinlan ’79 and Jeff Roschman ’79
David Diamond ’86 and Jennifer Hess ’89
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Ben Mikulskis, Natalie Mikulskis, Michele Nessen Mikulskis ’99, and Isabella Mikulskis
Bobby Klassen ’79 and Delaney Klassen
Robin Rosenbaum ’84 and Claire Mirrigan Macchi ’84
Joe Penza ’84, Jordan Penza, Mia Vitale Riedmiller ’84, and Robin Brown Holloway ’84
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Tracy Sellers Ali ’69, Debbie Boardman Anderson ’69, David Gross ’69, and Patti Gross Paul Mirabelli ’59 and Niki Flacks ’59
St. George Guardabassi ’79, Page Guardabassi, and Pine Crest President Dr.Lourdes Cowgill (Seated) Jerry Kreiser ’59, Debbie Beye, and Toni Will (standing) Robert Beye ’59 and Art Shilling ’59
Ann Serrano Lopez ’79, Liz Sherman Locksley ’79, Karen Quinlan ’79, Brad Bluhm, and Laura Rhinehardt Bluhm ’79 Christine Friedt-Hussey ’69 and Robert Poppiti ’69 Summer 2009 ■ The Magazine Pine Crest 45
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Pamela and Henry Carter ’84, Manuel Monasterio ’84, and Derrick Cole ’84 and Amy Cole
Victoria Pen~a ’86, Jim Jeu de Vine ’79, and Hloy Pen~a
Jim Novak, Amy Silverman Novak ’89, Megan Don, and David Don ’89 Paulina Osypka, Hugo Mesias ’84, Heather Scantlebury Harris ’84, and Scott Harris
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Alumni Weekend 2009
Dr. Lourdes Cowgill with Ann Serrano Lopez '79 who hosted the LA Gathering in her home earlier this year.
Nearly 100 alumni and their families gathered at Casa Encantada, the beautiful home of Ann Serrano Lopez ’79, in Los Angeles the evening of March 25. Pine Crest President Dr. Lourdes Cowgill, Vice President for Advancement Pat Boig, Counselor Estes Carns, and faculty member/Associate Director of Development Susie Ledbetter greeted alumni from the Greater Los Angeles and Orange counties. There was so much catching up to do along with family members to meet. The Spirit Store raffle items were a big hit!
Actor George Lopez, husband of Ann Serrano Lopez, with Theda Kontis ’78 and her daughter
Pine Crest President Dr. Lourdes Cowgill and Norda Serrano, mother of Ann Serrano Lopez ’79
Perfect California weather, beautiful surroundings, delicious food, and the gracious welcome from Ann and her husband, George, not only made everyone feel welcome – no one wanted to leave! All agreed the LA Alum Event needs to occur more often.
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Ann Serrano Lopez’ daughter, Mayan, finds a picture of her mom in a Pine Crest yearbook.
(L to R) Reunion host Ann Serrano Lopez, Jeff Marx ’89, Upper School Guidance Guidance Counselor Este Carns, Julie Marx Michael ’99, and Kern Saxton ’00
(L to R) Catherine Ziegler Kreher ’78, Donna Hunnicutt ’79, Jane Brill Gavens, Jenny Fowler ’83, and Merin Mayl Dahlerbuch ’83
Merin Mayl Dahlerbruch and her family with George Lopez
Pine Crest young alumni reunite at the LA Gathering.
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The 2008-09 Green Team (FTL) with the solar oven purchased with funds from green projects. Non-Profit U.S. Postage PAID Fort Lauderdale, FL Permit No. 532