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  • SGS Alumna Opens Guilds' School Penny Drive

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    The Spokane Guilds' School "Penny Drive" opened at Saint George's on March 27 with a testimonial from alumna Ashley (Herling) Simpson '05. Ashley spoke at the Middle and Upper School Assembly about her son James, who suffered a stroke at the age of two. Thanks to the physical and occupational therapy he received at the Guilds' School, James is now a normally functioning three-year old. "I had volunteered at the Guilds' School when I was in high school at SGS, but never thought that I would need their services," said Ashley, who is now an RN at Sacred Heart/Holy Family Medical Centers.

    SGS juniors Alex Watkins and Katie Thew serve on the Guilds' School's student advisory board and are coordinating the Penny Drive fundraiser at SGS through April 21. They introduced Saint George's "buddy family" of Angela Keatts and her daughter Preslie at the Lower School Assembly on March 24. See a Photo Gallery of them on the SGS website. Funds raised will support therapy for Preslie and over 250 other local infants and toddlers with developmental disabilities. Plus SGS families can participate in the Penny Drive's Community Day on Saturday, April 22 by collecting contributions from drivers at the intersection of Frances and Maple/Ash. Contact Alex or Katie for times and details. So send in your pennies (and larger change and bills) for the Penny Drive milk jug in your student's room; there is a prize awaiting the class that raises the most money per student!

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  • Dragon Divas Stage Benefit Concert on March 11

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    Five SGS alumnae take the Founders Theater stage at 7pm on Saturday, March 11 for the Alumni Performing Arts Benefit Concert. This evening of music from opera to pop and classical to jazz features The Dragon Divas, former members of SGS choirs, and a guest appearance by the current Upper School Choir. All proceeds will go towards the SGS Arts Department. A social event follows the concert, beverages and light desserts -- plus see eight SGS seniors present their IB art exhibits around the Upper School.

    Admission is free, but donations are encouraged. Please register at and enjoy the music of The Dragon Divas!

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  • SGS Family "Shows Up" at Women's March

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    SGS alumna and board member Genevieve Mann Morris had a guest opinion column published in Sunday's Spokesman-Review about attending the Women's March in Washington DC last week with her 71-year-old mom and 9-year-old daughter. Read Her Column about her experience of three generations of SGS Dragons at the march and why she thought it was important to "show up".

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  • See Alumni Basketball Game Photos

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    SGS basketball players from the past gathered in Metters Gym on Dec. 23, 2016 for an alumni vs. alumni game. They also witnessed the dedication of "Zobrist Court" in the historic gym in honor of the Zobrist Family. See a Photo Gallery of images by alum Bob Jones from the fun event and a group photo of All SGS Alumni at the game!

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  • MLK Day Essay Competition Open to All

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    SGS is inaugurating an essay contest celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr.'s life and legacy. The contest is open to all members of the Saint George's community - students, faculty, parents, and alumnae. Up to three essays will win a $50 prize and will be published for the community. The authors will be invited to present their essays to the school during our MLK assembly on Friday, January 13 after a showing of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech. Essays should be no more than 800 words. Submit by email to by midnight on Sunday, Jan. 8. Winners will be notified on Tuesday, Jan. 10. See the MLK Essay Contest Letter on Homer for more details.

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  • TEDxSpokane Tickets Still Available

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    TEDxSpokane returns to Saint George's on Saturday, Oct. 22 with a full day of speakers sharing ideas on a variety of interesting topics. Hear from a reality TV chef, a magician, a 14-year-old filmmaker and 10 more speakers and performers on the theme "Passion In Motion." See the full speaker line up at for the 9am-3pm event and listen to talks from previous years. Tickets that include lunch are available for purchase at -- $35 general admission, $25 university students, $20 high school students and military. Plan to arrive about 8:30am to find parking and confirm your attendance before the doors open at 8:50am.

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  • See Video & Photos of McCutcheon Upper School Dedication

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    Head of School Jamie Tender spoke about SGS founders Shaw and Nancy McCutcheon to the entire school assembled outside on October 11, 2016. Then their daughter Caren Furbeyre '73 and husband Erle Furbeyre unveiled the green granite McCutcheon Upper School marker and cut ribbons in front of the rededicated Upper School. See a Video of the Full Ceremony and a Photo Gallery of the historic event.

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  • Photos from Alumni vs JV Soccer Game

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    SGS alumni soccer players enjoyed a fun and intense game against the JV Boys soccer team on Saturday, Oct. 8. See a Photo Gallery of the two teams battling it out on the SGS soccer pitch.

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  • Former Science Teacher Ed Tyllia Dies

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    We are sad to report that Ed Tyllia, who taught chemistry and physics at Saint George's from 1975-2000, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 8. Ed was a beloved Upper School teacher, who also coached girls' basketball and baseball teams during his quarter century at SGS. His son, Bob Tyllia, has continued the family's presence at SGS as the "voice of the Dragons" at many of the school's athletic contests. Read posts from Dragons remembering Ed at Bob's Facebook Page and read Ed's Full Obituary online.

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  • Thomas Named UW Assistant Women's Golf Coach


    Congratulations to Chessey Thomas (Class of 2010) on her appointment as the University of Washington's new assistant women's golf coach! Read the News Release about her golfing career and new role with the Huskies.

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  • SGS Founder Shaw McCutcheon Dies at 94

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    Shaw McCutcheon, one of the last surviving founders of Saint George's School, died July 6 in Spokane at the age of 94. Shaw and wife Nancy, who passed away in 2009, were among the families who helped found Saint George’s School in 1955. Their three children -- Shaw Jr., Laurie and Caren '73 -- attended Saint George’s, as did grandsons Evan '10 and Nathaniel Furbeyre '14. "Getting into college was very important and we needed a school to prepare students well," said Shaw about his reasons for helping start the school. Over the years, he and Nancy had been devoted to supporting Saint George's, including establishing the Shaw and Nancy McCutcheon Endowed Chair, currently held by Upper School history teacher David Holte '01. Less than two months ago, Shaw was present at the school's 60th Anniversary Celebration, where it was announced that the Upper School would be formally named for him and Nancy.

    While Shaw was a fixture at Saint George's, many more people knew him as the political cartoonist and editorial writer for the Spokesman-Review from 1950-86. A native of the Chicago area, Shaw served as a meteorologist in the U.S. Army during World War II. He studied at Harvard and earned a mathematics degree from MIT after the war, but chose to follow in his father's footsteps. John T. McCutcheon was a Pulitzer Prize-winning political cartoonist at the Chicago Tribune for 40 years. Moving to Spokane in 1950, Shaw and Nancy both gained local renown as artists -- he with his pen and she as a landscape watercolorist. In later years, Shaw was known for his skill at the piano and on the golf course, as well as for his facility with number tricks and memory games.

    Read a Saint George's Magazine Article from 2005 about the McCutcheon-Furbeyre Family and Shaw's Obituary in the Spokesman-Review, view a Profile of Shaw and Nancy compiled recently, and see Photos of Shaw at the Celebrate 60 Party on May 14th. Memorial contributions may be made to the McCutcheon Endowed Chair at Saint George's School at or by contacting Jamie Tender at 509-464-8764.

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  • See Photo Galleries from 2016 Graduation Day

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    Graduation Day for the Class of 2016 was rainy, but filled with Saint George's traditions such as bagpipers and the seniors marching off the bridge! See photo galleries of the Graduation Ceremony, the 49 members of The Class of 2016 receiving "Kind Words" with their diplomas, and Candid Photos with the new graduates.

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  • RSVP for Joe Kennedy's Retirement Party on June 4

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    Head of School Joe Kennedy will celebrate his retirement on Saturday, June 4 from 6-9pm at the Davenport House. Parents, students and friends are all welcome; please RSVP on the SGS website at

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  • Read Walt Hoesel's Obituary in S-R

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    Former SGS Head of School Walt Hoesel's obituary ran in the Sunday, May 15 Spokesman-Review. Walt, the longest serving head in Saint George's history, passed away on April 20. You can read the full Obituary text, including comments by George Edwards, who followed Walt as head in the 1980s.

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  • Ostersmith Brothers Sail the Caribbean

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    Saint George's alumni Nik '13 and Daniel Ostersmith '15 embarked on a six-month adventure last fall to sail around the Carribean. Nik took a year off from Stanford and Daniel is on a gap year before heading to Lewis and Clark College. The brothers have been documenting their travels via photos and journals. View a Photo Gallery from their excellent adventure; look for journal excerpts in the Spring 2016 Saint George's Magazine!

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Recent Class Notes

  • Colin Schilling '07 writes...

    I have recently left my consulting job to start two new businesses. Continue Reading...

  • Katie Quirk '94 writes...

    My novel set in East Africa, A Girl Called Problem, was recently released. Continue Reading...

  • Lynn Sealey '60 writes...

    This was sent to me by a friend who used to live in Spokane. It is a bit of a shock, as Mary Ann was a contemporary. I had no idea she was so accomplished in the world of ballet, but certainly do recall her strong interest in it when I first met her as a 9th grader at SGS. Continue Reading...

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