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  • Students

Pingree students reflect on the 2016 GAINS Conference

Juniors Alexis Lynch, Victoria Howard, Izzy Davidson, Kajsa Kirby, and senior Prashasti Upadhyay recently attended the GAINS (Girls Advancing in STEM) Leadership Conference at Duke and UNC Chapel Hill with Science Teacher Mary Harbist.

The GAINS network is a community of girls and women with a passion for science, technology, engineering, and math. The annual conference gives young women the chance to connect with and learn from female leaders from STEM-related universities, labs, companies, and organizations around the world. Students got the chance to tour facilities, network with fellow attendees, and hear from prominent scientists like Dr. Valerie Ashby, Dean of Duke's Trinity College of Arts and Sciences and UNC Chancellor Dr. Carol Folt.

The group reflected on their experience at a panel discussion in May.

"Attending the conference and hearing from these women made a career in science seem less daunting," shared Upadhyay. "It's easy to assume that everyone in these fields is a natural genius and there's a fear that you're not going to be good enough. But the speakers helped us realize that there is no traditional path, and everyone struggles."

"It made my goals feel more within reach," echoed Howard. "I realized there were so many different paths to take with chemistry, besides becoming a doctor."

Davidson commented on how there were noticeably more boys than girls in her AP Physics class, and how encouraging it felt to meet women working in the field.

"It was inspiring to be around people who felt so much passion for their work," she explained. "It made me think, I want to be like that one day."

One of the highlights for Lynch was learning more about the intersection between art and science.

"I met a woman working in Robotics who explained to me that building her product was only part of the equation," she said. "To get that product on the market, her team would also need designers, and marketers."

As she explained in recent New Columns article, Lynch is interested in combining her passions for art and science with graphic design and animation. It was exciting for her to meet contacts that could help turn her dream into a reality.


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  • Students

The Rising Career of Performer, Composer, and Producer Michael Kouroubacalis '16.

By the age of three, Pingree senior Michael Kouroubacalis had already recorded his first album. Employing his trusty portable tape recorder and beat machine, the budding musician recorded four to five tracks that a family friend would later transfer to CD, complete with customized album cover. And thus, a career was born.

Just three years later, Michael and his sister (and fellow Highlander) Marisa '15 could be found performing together in front of live audiences, with Michael on guitar, Marisa on drums, and the two of them together on vocals.

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  • Academics

A science teacher and student develop a test for kidney function.

The typical high school student receives a well-rounded education in science, taking courses in biology, chemistry, and physics. They learn the scientific method and the fundamentals of technical inquiry, studying the work of published scientists to inform their own learning. It isn't until college, or even graduate school, however, that most students have the opportunity to engage in real scientific research.

Pingree Chemistry Teacher Dr. David Hamilton, PhD, chemistry, UNC Chapel Hill, is trying to change that. When asked during the hiring phase what he might bring to Pingree, beyond that of the regular teaching load, he knew one of his strongest assets was his background in scientific research. He outlined a rough vision for creating a research program for students interested in targeted scientific study and Head of School Dr. Timothy Johnson gave him the green light to build a plan.

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  • Arts

Pingree faculty and students write and perform an original musical stage production.

The talented and inspiring faculty of the Pingree Arts Department made our jaws drop again this year with the announcement that they would be writing, directing, producing, and choreographing an original musical stage production.

Get Real: The Musical follows the cast and crew of a reality television music competition program as they grapple with the intersection of their public and private personas.

Theater Director Arlynn Poletta penned the screenplay while Vocal Teacher Thom Smoker and Art Department Chair Eric Haltmeier took the lead on the music and lyrics; Pingree Dance Teacher Tennille Hahn conceived of the choreography and Technical Theater Director Jason Ries oversaw lighting and set design. Their vision was brought to life by the student actors, singers, dancers, stage managers, and tech crew members with the show's premiere on March 3, 2016.

View photos from the show.

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  • Faculty

Art Teacher Rich Erickson retires after 30 years at Pingree.

Every time I walk by the Art Room, I feel a magnetic pull that draws me inside. The door is open, and music escapes into the hall. Rich Erickson, affectionately known as Mr. E, or "Mystery," sees me and greets me with his enthusiastic "Hi!"

Mr. E creates space. I step across the threshold and enter the spiritual safe haven of the Art Room. The mood is energetic, peaceful, playful, and calming. A group of students sit around the table, focused and present, while Mr. E leads me around the room, introducing me to the students, praising their work and sharing at least five bad jokes. Then, when a few students arrive late to class, he sprays them with water or silly string, and seamlessly transitions back to art and world politics.

The Art Room itself is a museum, a well-curated collection of ideas and inspiration, artwork and words to live by. Students, artists, athletes and academics alike, listen to music, share stories, and work on class sculpting projects with names like "Being Chased by a Bear" and "Climbing Mt. Everest."

Students, teachers, and staff move freely in and out of the room throughout the day. Mr. E holds space for everyone. Some of us retreat to the Art Room for a half-hour for some art, news, sports talk, and comic relief. A former student made a year-long pilgrimage to the Art Room for therapy and healing after surviving a life-threatening car accident. Countless Pingree students make the journey of self-discovery in Mr. E's Art Room.

By the end of a typical day, Mr. E is helping a student with an art portfolio, searching for glue guns for an engineering project, guiding student editors with the next issue of the student literary art magazine, Pegasus, making posters for the next Coffeehouse event. All the while, you'll be listening to music ranging from Bob Marley to Van Morrison to today's top hits, and watching hilarious YouTube videos in the moments between.

Being a teenager is a one of the most vulnerable and yet empowering times in our lives. The Art Room is a refuge from the acute sensitivity, acne, and awkwardness of adolescence. It's a place to laugh and relax, temporarily free of all the drama, stress, and ambition of high school life.

A master artist, listener, and conversationalist, Mr. E is a walking fountain of ideas, philosophies and knowledge. His germination of ideas has given birth to something that spreads farther than the physical space of the Art Room itself. Many of Mr. E's former students are now artists, writers, musicians, architects, athletes, and art educators, recreating the "space" in their own studios and classrooms, and above all, in their personal lives. Through his childlike curious wonder, relentless sense of humor, and clear wisdom and kindness, we've learned how to live a balanced, full life.

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Join us as we celebrate Rich Erickson and his 30 years of inspired teaching at Pingree, Saturday, June 11, 2016. Click here to learn more and submit a tribute to Mr. E.

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  • Alumni

Young Pingree alumni share their stories of doing good and making a better world.

We checked in with Pingree alums from Seattle to Paris who are doing good in the world. These young alums have found a way to connect the seeds sown at Pingree to making a positive difference through their work and studies. From education, medicine, sustainability, finance, employment, and food, these young people devote their lives to helping others. They work close to home in New England and as far away as Paris, Seattle, and El Salvador, wherever there is need. Read these inspiring stories of Pingree alums who have found success by following their ideals and beliefs.

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