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Alumni News Round-Up: Week of June 16, 2018

June 18, 2018 / Catherine Nicholas / Blog

Here’s our round-up of alumni news from the week of June 16, 2018:

  • Marguerite Bennett (’06) will be the writer for the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers comic book continuation this September.  “I won’t lie it’s a dream come true. It’s such a cliché and so childish but so sincere, I can’t believe that I get to write for Power Rangers,” Bennett says.
  • Shira Lanyi (’05) wrote about the Pongola watershed for Open Rivers.
  • October profiled Theresa McCulla (’00), the first-ever beer historian for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.
  • Jenny Han (’98) talked to Teen Vogue about the release of the trailer for the movie adaptation of her bestselling novel TO ALL THE BOYS I’VE LOVED BEFORE, set to debut on Netflix on August 17th.  “I don’t know if people realize how long it’s been since we last saw a movie starring an Asian American girl,” she tells Teen Vogue. “It’s been 25 years since The Joy Luck Club! That is a really long time to wait to see yourself reflected back at you on screen. My priority is for Asian-American kids to see themselves in stories, to see a face like theirs. They need to know that their stories are universal too, that they too can fall in love in a teen movie.”
  • Luke Hostetter (’04) is the principal of Baldi Middle School in Philadelphia, which just unveiled its new STEM-focused “Makerspace” for students.  “We are so grateful to AbbVie, Heart of America and the School District of Philadelphia for creating this innovative, beautiful and exciting environment for our students,” said Baldi principal Luke Hostetter in a statement. “Baldi is the largest neighborhood Middle school in Philadelphia and we are always exploring creative ways to engage our students and prepare them for college and career readiness. This new space has the technology and tools that will allow our students to apply their learning math, science and technology classes to creation.”
  • The RTD talked to Noah Cheely Downs (’09), who is in his sixth year as manager of the Richmond Shakespeare Festival.
  • You can hear some of Menaka Nayar (’07)‘s wonderful commencement speech in this graduation animation video from Todd Raviotta.
  • ICYMI: We profiled Michael Chen (’13).

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