MATTHEW SIMONSON ‘95
spent last summer on the shores of Lake Victoria in Uganda, doing field work on social networks and ethnic conflict for his Ph.D. While there, he very much enjoyed seeing (and eating) the cichlids he learned and sang about at Lowell.
FAITH SARAH SNYDERMAN ‘06 is still singing opera and is graduating from West Virginia University this year.
JAI SINGLETARY ’07 is Student Government Vice President of External Affairs at Temple University. He graduates this spring and has been accepted into the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration at The George Washington University.
THE JONES TRIPLETS ‘08 are studying abroad this year. Malik Jones is attending ESADE Universitat Ramon Llull in Barcelona, Spain; Ahmad is studying at Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo in São Paulo, Brazil; and Khalil is attending Universitat de Barcelona in Barcelona, Spain.
DAVID WALTERS ‘08 has been working at Brainy Camps, a consortium of residential camps and services for children with chronic health conditions, for the past two years. He proposed to the director that Brainy Camps include children, adolescents, and teens with hydrocephalus. The director loved the idea, and they worked together for five months to make it happen. “Camp Head Strong” will run August 9-12, 2017 and includes educational opportunities, support groups, and camp activities like indoor and outdoor sports, horseback riding, dance, animal care, and trapeze!
SCOTT OSHINSKY ‘10 was accepted into the Game Art and Animation program at Champlain College. He also writes updates on new sneaker releases and other sneaker news on his blog Sneakerzen.wordpress.com and the Facebook page SneakerZen.
MADISON CHAMBERS ‘13 organized a Haitian relief fundraiser to assist families affected by Hurricane Matthew. The funds will be used to help families rebuild their homes and access fresh food and clean water. https://www.gofundme.com/haitianrelieffundraiser
REBECCA WEIDMAN ‘15 attended the Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC) sponsored by the National Association for Independent Schools (NAIS) December 9–11, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. “I learned a lot. Everyone there [was] so loving and supportive; the conference was very inspiring. I was glad to be able to go.”
IMAN SMITH ’16 is thriving at Edmund Burke School. She was the only freshman to land a major role in the fall theater production, Judgment at Nuremberg. She has also been active outside of school. Upset by the results of the presidential election, Iman took to the streets with other DC students to protest Trump’s election on November 15, 2016. Iman marched with peers to protect women’s rights, immigrants, and minorities.
GINGER MANDEL ‘09 landed a Garden Grower internship at Washington Youth Garden this summer.
ALEX HALSTEAD ‘05 started his career in film shooting music videos for local artists when he was a freshman at Columbia College, Chicago. He later shot over a dozen projects for graduate students and went on to explore narrative films and documentary cinematography. Since then, Halstead has worked on political documentaries and with GQ Magazine to film a behind-the-scenes video for a season spread. This summer Alex worked as the director of photography on an indie film in Madison, WI. He expects to graduate in winter of 2017 and plans to move to New York City and continue making films. Alex’s work can be found on his website: halsteadvisuals.com.
JONATHAN GODDELL ‘05 is an environmental health volunteer in the Peace Corps in Panama. He works in and with a small rural community to improve their access to clean water. The main goals of the project are extending the existing water system to 80 people who do not have running water in their houses and making water accessible 24 hours, seven days a week to all members of the community. Goodell is also the president of the Volunteer Advisory Council (VAC) for Peace Corps Panama. He is working to create an organization of VACs from each of the Peace Corps posts in the western hemisphere. He hopes such an organization will facilitate information sharing on efforts to change policy, volunteer-created initiatives, and the promotion of Peace Corps goals in host countries.
Three long-time friends—DREW PLATT ‘10, AARON JAMES ‘10, and OLIVER STEINGLASS ‘10—vacationed together in Vermont this past July before heading off to college. Drew, Aaron, and Oliver met in Lowell’s Pre-Primary School and have remained close ever since.
On June 19, 2016 ISABEL ALBORES ‘15 finished fourth place in her age group at the USA Climbing Youth Sport Divisional Championships. Her performance qualified her to advance to the Youth National Championships in Kennesaw, GA, July 14-17.
This past spring DENIZ ERTEM '15 won a silver key for poetry in the prestigious Scholastic Art and Writing Awards Contest. This is Deniz's second silver key: she won her first silver key in the science fiction category last year.