Alumni News

IB Alumni Highlight:  Alli Dixon graduated last year and is currently in a dual program at Trinity College in Dublin and Columbia University.  She writes to us, “I am currently studying Middle Eastern and European Languages and Cultures at Trinity College Dublin as a part of their dual degree program with Columbia University.  I love living in Dublin and all of the opportunities that I have being located in a European capital city.  This weekend I’ll be traveling to Galway in Ireland as a part of the Trinity Law Society to attend a conference on international law.  I am so thankful that the IB and Saint George’s provided me with the academic skills and international credentials to succeed in a prestigious multinational program."  We can’t wait to follow Alli on her academic journey!
Extended Essay Highlight: Senior James Gunn wanted to do his EE in Spanish to improve his Spanish and challenge himself.  He thinks that the historic period of post-civil-war Spain is quite interesting as well as relevant to some of the things he is studying.  So he decided to use the book Cuarto de Atras by Carmen Martin Gaite as a basis for his topic.  His current research question is: "How does Carmen Martin Gaite's use of metafiction and literary structure frame and undermine society in post-civil-war Spain?"
IB Question of the Week:  How can you find other IB schools around the world?  
For detailed IB information, please refer to the International Baccalaureate page on the SGS website and to the IB Resources page in PowerSchool Learning.  As an overview, the Diploma Programme (DP) curriculum for grades 11-12 is made up of six subject groups and the DP core, comprising theory of knowledge (TOK), creativity, activity, service (CAS) and the extended essay (EE).  
• CAS Experiences: All of our Upper School students, pre-IB (grades 9-10), full diploma candidates and course candidates, complete CAS experiences with reflections.
• CAS Project: Our full diploma students complete CAS projects that follow an 18-month portfolio, full of reflections. 
• EE: Seniors spend a year researching and writing a 4000-word extended essay on a topic of their choice.  

TEDxSpokane celebrates its 10th year on Oct. 9, 2021, featuring 10 speakers with ideas worth sharing.  One of those speakers is Janet Mann '64, whose talk is titled, “People, Not Programs, Change People.”  With a focus on professionals and agencies that serve children and families in crisis, Janet emphasizes that a trusting relationship, not just information, is what inspires people to change.  TEDxSpokane still has virtual tickets available at the TEDxSpokane Website.

SGS alumna Lauren Meyer '08, who lives and works in South Australia, was recently awarded the South Australia Young Achiever Award In STEM sciences.  Lauren investigated the impacts of wildlife tourism for her PhD in biochemical ecology at Flinders University, particularly the effects of cage diving on white sharks.  Her work contributed to the implementation of new regulations and new tourism assessment frameworks used by the Department of Environment and Water.  She is also the co-founder of Otlet Research, a tissue sharing platform for researchers around the world.  Her dad David adds, "Thank you to SGS and it’s wonderful staff and teachers who inspired her."  See a short Facebook Video about Lauren's work from the South Australia Young Achiever's page.

Thank you to the 178 SGS students, families, staff, alumni and friends who participated in the SGS Virtual Fun Run May 16-17.  Congratulations to the overall division winners -- Mens: John DeForest, Peter Worrall, Spencer Hildie; Womens: Kala Reaves, Rachel Hildie, and Jill Anderson.  Dragons ran all over the globe -- Peter Worrall ran in Germany and Oscar Zhou in China!  Plus family, friends and alumni were running in Montana, Florida, Maine, Ohio, Arkansas, California, Michigan and Arizona, as well as across Washington state (Seattle, Chelan, Ephrata, Shoreline) and around the Spokane area.  See a Photo Gallery of runners from all over participating in the Virtual Fun Run!

S.M. (Sarah) Hulse, SGS Class of 2002, has just released her second novel, "Eden Mine".  Set in Montana, she traces the aftermath of a bomb explosion on two families and explores the themes of faith and forgiveness.  Read the LA Times Book Review of her novel (in the S-R Feb. 16 edition) and plan to hear Sarah speak at 7pm on March 18 at the Montvale Event Center (1019 W. First Ave.) as part of the Spokesman-Review Northwest Passages series on regional authors.  Plus, read an article by Sarah in the Fall-Winter 2013 Saint George's Magazine about how she became a published author.

Dragon graduates returned to the Schmidt Center Gym on Saturday, Dec. 21 for a friendly game of basketball and a time to get together with friends.  Thanks to Bob Jones for this Photo Gallery of the event!

The boys JV soccer team will face off against the faculty and staff at 4pm on Wednesday, Oct. 16.  Then they will take on the SGS alumni team on Saturday, Oct. 19 at 11am; both matches are on the school's soccer pitch.  Come cheer on your favorite players and teams in these annual "non-conference" events!

Joe and Tina Kennedy are opening their Barrels Wine Bar on Mercer Island to all SGS alumni to enjoy libations and conversations from 4-8pm on Saturday, July 27.  Plan to join other Dragons for a fun get together; no RSVP required.  Read More about their retirement dream business and get directions to Barrels. 

"There’s nowhere to hide when you’re a journalist in Jackson Hole. I run into sources in the grocery store, at the trailhead and even perched on the chairlift. Living and working in a small resort community gives me even more motivation to write fair, accurate stories. It’s always fun to walk into a coffee shop and see someone holding my work in their hands...  [Click Read More to see the rest of this article by Kylie Mohr '12.]

"The show I’ve worked on the most is Z Nation, which can be found on Netflix.  We shot our last season this past summer, and I was an assistant production coordinator during most of it.  Essentially that job is managing all the travel, housing, and additional needs of crew, on top of filling in all the cracks that the other positions on the film don’t cover.  Like planning the wrap party or standing in as the body double for a nurse being stabbed...  [Click Read More to see the rest of this article by Alixandra Saucier '12.]

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