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"Bravo to our High School Grads"
by Claudine Carlton
Oberlin News-Tribune
January 22, 2002

Bravo to our Oberlin High School graduates who have completed college degrees.

Rachel Kahn completed her master's in art therapy at New York University in September.

Christopher Peterson's master's in broadcast journalism is also from NYU. Over the summer Chris worked in the television division of Bloomberg News, and he just recently finished a fall internship at CNN. His thesis project was a 30 minute documentary on the New York catering world, "Life of the Party", which he shot, wrote, and edited.

Sheadric and Zheadric Barbra have graduated in education from Jacksonville State University. Both are now teaching in elementary schools in Atlanta. Their brother Dakan, a member of the Ohio National Guard medical unit, has been doing physicals for other members of the Guard, who are being mobilized to defend the airports.

Catherine Collett has completed her bachelor's degree in anthropology at Grinnell. Next summer she will travel to Africa where she will study alternate healing in Namibia.

Juanita McCormick has recently completed her associate degree at Okaloosa-Walton Community College. She is now a civil service worker in the base contracting office at Hurlburt Field Florida.

Derek Tyree has earned his associate degree in specialized technology at Pennsylvania Institute of Culinary Arts in Pittsburgh. His external experience was at a Marriott in Lexington, Kentucky. His brother Damien is a mortgage broker in the Detroit area.

Kurt Ackermann is an independent consultant providing marketing and business strategy for organizations which want to take advantage of technological change and globalization. Some current projects include repositioning a boutique
international management consulting firm based in Chicago and helping the City of Cape Town and
Western Cape Province in South Africa develop new institutional business models. He also publishes an e-newsletter on issues at the intersection of business, technology, and marketing. He remains an advisor to the Desmond Tutu Peace Centre.

Karyn Baumann is a marketing and sales specialist for Boise Cascade in Portland, Oregon. Her brother Phil is the warehouse and logistics manager for the Toledo branch of the Hughes Supply Company.

Doug Brooks teaches English at Texas A&M. His brother Jeff lives in Wellington, where he is a national representative for New York Life Insurance Corporation.

Having served in Columbia University's library for the past year, Brandon County is now studying history in Mali in west Africa. Specifically he is
studying the 1991 uprising as reported then and how people are feeling about it now.

Mary Beth DeChant is teaching at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. She is also playing in a gamelan group. Her sister Anne is the medical biller at Kolczon & Kolczon. She is teaching medical billing at LCCC.

The next two were AFS students. Aklilu Demessie from Ethiopia is a senior engineer with Cleveland Pneumatic Corporation. Patrick Zahnd from France is division representative for the International Committee for the Red Cross. He is now serving in Pretoria, South Africa.

Next let us check on the Donaldson siblings. Chris is the director of Upward Bound, Oberlin College's preparatory program to help low-income and first generation high school students succeed in high school and higher education. His sister Jill Sands is a stay-at-home mother in Twinsburg. Their sister Laura is an assistant to the purchasing agent of
Breckenridge in Lorain.

Carl Erikson is a securities trader. He and his brother Erik are setting up a software company in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Jennifer Grigsby is a receptionist at Super 8 Motel in Lorain. Her sister Susan Jackson is a dispatcher for the Oberlin police department.

Jim Grills is doing outside construction and roofing in Gainesville, Florida. His brother Terry is a Title I reading teacher in North Ridgeville.

Jim Henderson is now director of operations for Intrax English Institute, overseeing three English-as-a-second-language schools in Chicago, San Diego and San Francisco as well as a TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) teacher training program.

Attorney Stephen Hsu is now working in international law for Debevoise & Plimpton in Paris.

There are four Kurtz brothers. David has retired from teaching social studies in Orchard Park, New York. Eric is a computer specialist in Arlington, Massachusetts. Karl is head of the Denver office of NCSL, National Conference of State Legislatures. Robert has a mailing and packaging business in Claremont, California.

This fall Doug Livingston, who has worked in alternate power sources for seven years, served as a consultant for Cofans, an indigenous tribe in
northeastern Ecuador. One of the goals was to set up a reliable power source for freezers, thus enabling the hunting of game and fish to be cut in half. Next he wishes to start his own consulting firm doing a variety of solar, wind and hydro projects, including efficiency analysis and design plus training.

Wes Ludlow is a plumber/commercial appliance technician and volunteer firefighter in Fort Collins, Colorado. Scott McDaniel, who has state certification as a police officer, is working for Best Buy in Parma.

Mike McDonald works for a law firm in Cleveland, but his first love is operating a recording studio where he records mostly rock music. His brother Tom, who has a master's degree in public health, is a physician's assistant for Kaiser Permanente and George Washington University in Washington D.C. He is also a medical consultant for a law firm there.

Let's update ourselves about the Nelson sisters. Alyce is a U.S. tax consultant in the Milan, Italy office of Ernst and Young. Jo is pursuing a career in metalsmithing and sculpturing. Sarah is employed as associate creative director at POP! Multimedia in Seattle. She establishes the creative vision of interactive projects for corporate, educational, and non-profit clients.

Elsa Pearson is teaching English as a second language at a New York City middle school. She is also pursuing a master's degree at City College of New York.

Leah Reeder is the registrar for art objects for the Fort Wayne Museum of Art in Indiana.

Johanna Revers Justice is an academic adviser working with at-risk students at Kent State. In October she was designated an outstanding adviser by the National Academic Advising Association. She is also pursuing a masters in community counseling at KSU.

Cindy Sparks Green is a design engineer for Delphi Automotive Systems in Rochester, New York.

Michael Stechow is one of four international legal officers advising the new Prime Minister of Kosovo on good governance, human rights, equal opportunity, and gender issues. He is contracted by the US State Department and seconded to the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, who in turn have seconded him to the UN Mission in Kosovo for work in the government. He continues serious bicycle racing

Meade Thomson is a director at Credit Suisse First Boston in Japan. A senior equity salesman himself, he is the product manager of CSFB's Japanese equity operation, helping to tie together its equity research department and sales and trading division.

Phil Verda is a therapist at Crossroads Psychiatric Center in Elyria. He also serves on
the Cable Co-op board and Oberlin City Council.

The first Sunday of each month C-Span II broadcasts a three-hour consversation with an author. In January it was Harvard professor of Afro-American studies Cornel West. A caller from Santa Monica said that he had been in a course on black theology with Brother Willis at Boston College. West immediately interjected, "Andre. A brilliant brother. A loving brother." Andre Willis, OHS '83, is now finishing his doctorate in philosophy of religion at Harvard.

Keep your news coming to
Claudine Carlton
143 Kendal, Oberlin,
(440) 774-6542.

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