Allason Leitz (SFWS 2010) is working for the Seattle International Film Festival(SIFF) in the Education Programs department with some really exciting monthly special events as well as with the African Pictures Program. She is still volunteering as the Assistant to the Directors at the Film Festival in the DR Congo. She went back this past summer and is planning to return this summer again!
Jane Koopman (SFWS 2006) is currently living in Maine where she ski patrols and works for a non profit that supports and helps start high school outdoor clubs around the state. In her spare time she does a lot of whitewater kayaking.
Rachel Pierce (SFWHS 2010) will be participating in Columbia College’s Semester in LA this spring. SiLA is a five-week immersion program that allows students to experience Hollywood first hand with industry professional. Rachel is in a Television Drama Writing track and is particularly interested in learning about this part of the entertainment industry and is looking forward to opportunity to network with Waldorf alumni who are already in LA.
Sarah Maccabee (SFWGS ’07) is attending Oberlin College and studying English, creative writing, and history. Last summer she worked at a documentary film company and Live Power Farm.
Anuradha Lingappa (SFWHS ’11) is a sophomore at Whitman College where she is studying biology, living in the writing house, and is communications director for the campus affiliate of GlobeMed.
Congratulations to Aaron Casey (SFWHS ’12)! University of Oregon’s Product Design Program used his portfolio as one of four examples on their website pd.uoregon.edu/apply/ (Aaron’s is #4).
Andre Amarotico (SFWHS ’12) will be performing in 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, November 29 - December 1, in Palo Alto. It is being produced by the Asian American Theatre Project (a Stanford student group). Info and tickets at http://aatp.stanford.edu/news.html.
Jacob Aginsky (SFWGS ’88) is an independent contractor musician who just relocated to Nevada City, CA from Vancouver, Canada. He is sending his daughter Jaia to Waldorf school because “the narrative and story-telling approach to learning closely aligns with the best results I've seen as a parent… Minimizing the exposure to pop/ad culture is irrefutably creating space for and nurturing her own inner voice and creativity. The entire community, staff, teachers, even the pedagogy, are focused and cognizant of the importance of the child's education as a holistic aspect of their maturing into complete individuals.”
Sibilla Carini (SFWS HS '08, GS '04) is starting her senior year at SF State in Film and Theatre (Costume Design). She is also working as costume design assistant, prop rental supervisor, and production assistant in the Bay Area. Most recently she assisted a local costume designer at Shakespeare Santa Cruz and directed a short dance film in August 2012.
Lauren Cook (SFWS HS '02, GS '98) is at UCSF Nursing School.
Dorian Cool (SFWGS '99) just graduated from USF with a JD in international law. For the past two years he has been working with the UN and other organizations prosecuting the crimes of the Khmer Rouge at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Court of Cambodia (a UN-assisted tribunal).
Masha (Maria) Sokolov (SFWS HS '08, GS '04) was married Sunday, July 22nd in Poway, CA to Jason Jones. The two of them are moving to Irvine, CA where they will both be pursuing their graduate studies.
Alexandra Sullivan (SFWHS '07) has been working at Wyndham Exchange and Rentals (of Wyndham Worldwide) as an Analyst on the Decision Sciences team (Dept of Analytics)since mid-December 2011. “I love my job and my team and my company.” Last summer (2011), Alexandra and her boyfriend adopted a mini-pitbull who is our baby (see picture). She’s super sweet, but a little crazy. They have also recently closed on a house in Normal, IL!
Becca Tarnas (SFWS HS '06, GS '02) is currently working on her master’s degree at the California Institute of Integral Studies in the Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness program, with plans to continue to the PhD level in the same program.
Sara Taylor (SFWGS '99) graduated from the UCLA School of Law in May. She recieved the Lawrence E. Irell Prize for having the highest academic average in class after her first two years of school and was further recognized for having published legal scholarship in the UCLA Law Review.
Kyle Walenga (SFWS HS '09, GS '05) recently wrote, “I am entering my senior year at Knox College in Illinois, where I’m double majoring in Environmental Studies and Spanish, as well as playing baseball. Also just attended Matt Cain’s Perfecto!”
Aaron Brown (SFWGS '03) has been hired at Anonymous Content, a production and management company in Los Angeles. (www.anonymouscontent.com) It is a great first step for a career in the entertainment industry as the company is rapidly expanding. He recently completed an internship at Anonymous Content and is excited about the chance to work there. He is happy to network with other alumni who are also interested in the entertainment industry. Aaron graduated from Pomona College in 2011 with a degree in Media Studies and Englis
Lubov Makarov nee Belikow (SFWS HS ‘08, GS ‘04) was married September 25, 2011 in San Francisco to Adrian Makarov. Some alumni and faculty attended the wedding. She and her new husband live in Queensland, Australia in a suburb called Daisy Hill about ten minutes away from Brisbane.
Chris Hanfling (SFWGS ‘99) is completing his law degree at UCLA. He has been accepted at NYU and Georgetown for an LLM degree, a specialized advanced legal degree in tax law. He interned in Washington, DC this past fall with the UCDC program where he worked at the Treasury in the office of the International Tax Council.
And don’t miss Dan Hoyle (SFWGS ‘94)in his one man show “The Real Americans” currently playing at The Marsh theater in San Francisco. This, Dan’s fourth solo show, was created after “fleeing the liberal, hipster bubble of San Francisco” and “traveling through small-town America in search of tough country wisdom and a way to bridge America’s urban/rural divide.” “The Real Americans” follows Dan’s award-winning “Tings Dey Happen” which was based on his experiences as a Fulbright Scholar living in the Niger Delta of Nigeria. Through March 18th onl
Alyssa Woodman (SFWHS ‘06) graduated magna cum laude last summer from Drexel University, Philadelphia, with a degree in Design and Merchandising. She now works for CloudOn in Palo Alto. She recently revisited her art portfolio from high school and was impressed with everything she had learned. She notes that her presentations and displays at Drexel were always some of the best because of the precision and attention to detail that she learned from Ms. Townsend, our HS arts Program Coordinator and Instructor.
Merlin Woodman (SFWHS ‘08) also works in cloud computing. He graduated cum laude from Seattle University in December 2011, with a degree in Economics and Philosophy. During the summer of 2011, he had an internship at Parallels in Renton, WA, which turned into part-time and then full-time employment as a Market Analyst. Along the way, he participated in a program sponsored by the Seattle University president helping students in the immediate neighborhood, an underserved area of Seattle. The students provided assistance with reading, language skills, and general academics.
Jeston Cole Lewis (SFWGS/HS ‘08) recently sent us an update: “I am currently in my last year of undergraduate studies at SUNY Stony Brook working on organizing several album projects, two for the Stony Brook High C’s, the acappella group I am currently in, as well as some recordings for myself. I am also working as a producer and technical helper for Sled Dog Studios, a full service production company based out of Rochester, NY and am working on putting together a speaker series revolving around the wide world of contemporary acappella music.”
Laurel O’Gormley (née O’Keefe-Crow) (SFWGS ‘94) is living in La Conner, Washington with her husband, three year old daughter Osha, and another child expected this winter. The nearest Waldorf school is too far to commute, so Laurel is creating her own Waldorf community! About two and a half years ago she started a Waldorf-inspired parent cooperative and homeschool support network called The Greenwood Tree Cooperative (greenwoodtreecooperative.blogspot.com) and has found some amazing parents who are dedicated to their children’s natural development, grounded by a holistically-minded education.