Summer Ledger 2016 Class Notes
LIZ HIRSCHHORN ‘95 recently finished her PhD in clinical psychology at Catholic University in DC and spent her clinical residency at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Salt Lake City, UT. Liz is moving to the Seattle/Tacoma area in August to start her postdoctoral fellowship in geropsychology (working with older adults and veterans) at the Tacoma division of the VA Puget Sound Health Care System.
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.
’90s Last Fall
TRUMAN ’94 AND WILLIE ’97 MORRISON founded The Morrison Brothers Band—a country, pop, and rock band—back in 2007. Willie and Truman both play the guitar, and Willie is the lead vocalist. The band wrote and recorded the new theme song for the Washington Capitals (see their video on Comcast Sports prior to games), and their popular song, “Little Miss Whiskey” (2014), was recorded by Clay Walker. Recently, they worked with producer and country pop artist Maggie Rose to record a new EP in Reba McEntire’s Starstruck Studios. They will be releasing a new single and plan to go on tour shortly after the release. Stay tuned and check out more from The Morrison Brothers Band at morrisonbrothersband.com.
ZOE KOSOVIC ’95 appeared on FOX’s two hour special of Superhuman hosted by Kal Penn on January 4, 2016. The show tested 12 people, pushing their “extraordinary skills” to the limit to determine who would win the grand prize of $100,000.
BECCA ORAN ’95 is a newlywed and a teacher at Friendship Tech Prep Academy.
CHRISTOPHER ADAM HART ’96 currently works at Grumman Aerospace in Savannah, Georgia.
SUSANNAH TSIEN ’96 is in her sixth year of teaching 2nd grade at Kipp DC Promise Academy.
’00s This fall,
THATCHER BARTON ’02 participated in a 100 mile bike ride around Cayuga Lake in support of the Southern Tier AIDS Program (STAP), a regional nonprofit that runs HIV/AIDS support programs, testing, and education. Each rider raises at least $300 prior to the ride. Thatcher has completed the ride three years in a row.
JOSH KATZ ’02 is an usher for the National Theater and published The Sword of the Sands: Book 1 of The Enchanted Destiny Chronicles in 2014. Book 2 will come out later this year.
ALEX ZELDIN ’02 co-founded the comedy production team, French Mustache, and currently works in the film industry in Los Angeles, California. After bravely reaching out to writer/director Christy Stratton (King of the Hill, Awkward, Raising Hope) on Facebook, he was excited when Stratton replied and then asked him to help produce/film her first comedy web-series, Everyone’s Crazy But Us. Alex and his production company are now working on the series, which stars Janet Varney and Diedrich Bader and features guest appearances by Keegan-Michael Key, as well as Kate Wash and Guy Branum from Grey’s Anatomy.
DAVID BRIDGEMAN ’03 is a jazz pianist graduating this spring from Goucher College with a BA in jazz studies. He plans to attend graduate school and study music therapy.
VANESSA TRENGROVE ’03 is living in NYC and recently worked as an associate producer and editor on the climate change documentary called Time to Choose, directed by Academy Award winner Charles Ferguson. Vanessa currently works as an assistant editor at Jigsaw Productions with documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney.
JONATHAN GOODELL ’05 has been elected President of the Volunteer Advisory Council (VAC) for Peace Corps Panama.
EMMA CATHERINE GOTBAUM ’05 started her career in fashion with an internship at Oscar de la Renta in 2012, moving on to manage J. Crew’s flagship store in Georgetown. She is now the assistant manager at The Frye Company and volunteers at Dress for Success in her spare time.
'10s Last fall,
JAI SINGLETARY ’13 was invited by Temple University’s political science department to attend a hearing, delivered by Secretary of State John Kerry, on the Iran nuclear deal. He was also invited to attend a question-and-answer session with former Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama, David Axelrod. He won the William Allen Jones Experiential Learning Award for public service from Temple University’s political science department and has been accepted into the Public Policy and International Affairs Junior Summer Institute Program. He will spend his summer studying at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan.
This fall, JULIAN CIVIDANES ’14, NIA BAKER ’15, and NAOMI STEINGLASS ’15 performed in Sidwell Friends’ production of The Laramie Project. As a member of the production staff, CALEB FREEMAN ’13 was the lighting board operator and helped with the set construction.
In December, ISABEL ALBORES ’15 succeeded in placing third out of 30 girls in her age group in the USA Climbing–Bouldering Youth Regionals competition. This qualified her to compete in the Youth Divisionals (NJ, DE, MD, VA, PA, OH, WV) where she earned an impressive eighth place! She is hoping to match or top her performance during the sport climbing (ropes) season this spring.
KARIM ANGULO ’16 was an understudy for characters Javier Mendez and Chucky in The Children’s Theatre Company’s world premiere of Akeelah and the Bee, at Arena Stage this fall. Karim has participated in theater programs around the DC metro area and is a member of Lumina Studio Theatre, a youth theater company specializing in adaptations of Shakespeare and other classics.