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"OHS grads improving by degrees,"
by Claudine Carlton
Oberlin News-Tribune
September 8, 2009

Congratulations to the Oberlin High School graduates who have received college degrees recently.

Chris Jones has completed his doctorate in the history of science at Penn. He is now postdocing at Harvard's Center for the Environment.


Carl Koch has earned his M.D. at Case-Western Reserve. His residency in obstetrics and gynecology is at Michigan.

Tachelle Ross-Banks has finished her Ph.D. in special education at Kent State. Her research in cognitive behavior intervention in special education classrooms is published in "Teaching a Cognitive Behavioral Strategy to Manage Emotions." She is now teaching teacher education at Cleveland State.

Darby Saxby has received her PhD in psychology from UCLA. Her research was on stress levels of working women and their families. She is now teaching at Occidental.

Jacob Blecher has earned his master's in social studies from Chicago. He is now studying political science there. His brother Ian is working on his doctorate in philosophy, particularly Kant, at Pittsburgh, and their brother Joel is concentrating on Islam in the religion department of Princeton.

Erin Huff has received her master's in public health from Ohio State. Ann Luciano has earned her master's for being a licensed nurse practitioner from Michigan. She works at University Hospital, Ann Arbor.

Alex Morrison has earned his master of fine arts degree in documentary film making at American University. His project on Chesapeake Bay was shown on some PBS stations. Now he is a Ford Fiesta agent, test-driving this car and using social media networks to publicize his experiences with it.

Chris Richardson has received his Master of Divinity from Concordia Theological Seminary, Missouri Synod Lutheran, Ft. Wayne, IN. He is pastor of Salem Lutheran Church in Whitehall, TX.

Jordan Beard, a fifth-generation Oberlin College graduate, majored in sociology. He wants to pursue a basketball career. His mother Laura Donaldson works for Guest Supply in Lorain. His grandmother Tacie Arnold Hampton is a community health worker for Community Health Partners.

Steve Broadwell has completed his bachelor's in sociology at Albion. Next he will work for the Chicago Center for Urban Life and Culture. His sister Carrie is an editorial assistant for Rowman & Littlefield in Boulder, CO.

Louis Grube graduated from OC with a major in philosophy. Now he is finance director for a state senator, assistant to an attorney on social security appeals, and assistant to attorney Angela Wu in the OHS Street Law course.

Both Calvin and Marvin Locklear received their bachelors degrees from Eastern Michigan in April—Calvin in computer aided drafting and graphic design and Marvin in sociology. As C Locklear Landscaping, Calvin works in Oberlin. Marvin is continuing toward his masters in sociology at Eastern Michigan.

Evan Poirson has earned his bachelor's in biology from Occidental. He is now working for the Bureau of Land Management in Utah, and will enter the Peace Corps in March 2010 His grandmother Marty Gibson is a retired music schoolteacher, who lives in Florida.

Paul Thompson has received his bachelor's in economics from Wooster. This fall he will start a doctoral program in labor economics at Michigan State.

Miranda Burbridge, who graduated from OHS in June, has already graduated from LCCC, because of her participation in Ohio's post-secondary option while still at OHS. Molly Gerhardinger got her RN from LCCC and works for Community Health Partners in Lorain. Jared Mowry graduated from the LCCC Police Academy. He works in security for Lorain County Metro Parks.

Greg Abram, a personal trainer in Los Angeles, has developed three programs on rock climbing by the handicapped, shown on the health channel. He also teaches rock climbing to elementary school children. Randy Domain is the chief operating officer of the Lake Erie Monsters, the Cleveland ice hockey team.

Erik Andrews, a spacecraft control and data systems expert, recently led a team of 27 to Man, WV, supporting the Appalachia Service Project. The group included Rosie Bury, an exchange student from New Zealand, and Andy Miller, a sophomore at Texas, Austin. The 27 worked toward providing warmer, drier, safer homes.

When Geoff Andrews spoke to this year's OHS graduating seniors, he suggested that instead of trying to be best in the world, they try to be best for the world. (gandrews.oberlinschools.org) Superintendent of the Oberlin Schools, his contract has been extended to 2014.

Derek Baymiller is a horticulturist for the city of Columbus. His sister Holly is a real estate appraiser near Hilton Head. Their brother Zachary is a welder in Cleveland.

Desmond Bowen, who works at the Bridge Computing Center in Oberlin, was the webmaster for the OHS Orchestra's trip to Venice, Florence, and Rome in May. Other chaperones included Mandy Congress White, a nurse practitioner at the Cleveland Clinic; Lee Grigsby, trip videographer, a technician for Eurovision Americas in Washington, DC; and Terrance Richardson, a research supervisor at the Case Western Reserve Dental School.

Aksel Casson teaches at Washington and at Edmonds Community College, Seattle, except when he is in Germany, Turkey or Italy, where he is doing research in anthropology. He also has ongoing projects in Jordan and Mongolia. His sister Ayse is an administrator at Animal Protective League, Cleveland.

Shuann Chai is now performing chamber music as a soloist and in ensembles on early keyboard instruments in Amsterdam. Lura Johnson is the keyboardist for the Baltimore Symphony. When it performed in Carnegie Hall, she was the organist for Bernstein's "Mass." In Oberlin she was the piano soloist for Bach's Concerto in D Minor with the Community Strings. She also teaches at Peabody and Loyola, Baltimore. The latest CD of Eric Longsworth, jazz cellist, is "A Ciel Ouvert" (Diese/Harmonia Mundi).

Rebecca Crawford is teaching English at Thomas Jefferson High, which has an International Baccalaureate Programme, in Federal Way, WA. David Jarven and Becky Kanuch Lahetta teach English and social studies, respectively, at OHS. Mary McGill is now a substitute teacher in the Oberlin schools. Eric von Dorster is teaching drama in a high school in Hope Mills, NC. He is the author of the weekly art history entries in "The Intellectual Devotional."

Sam Dyson is now senior instructional specialist for high school science in the120 Chicago public high schools. His sister Jessica Desiree has recently inaugurated a talk radio program called Yachats Center Stage that airs every Monday at 9:30 PDT am on KCUP AM (archived on KCUP.net) in Yachats, OR. She also does personal counseling.

Pam Evans is a physical therapist in Sandusky. Dr. Sarah Friebert received the Children's Miracle Achievement Award for her work in founding and leading the Haslinger Family Pediatric Palliative Care Center at Akron Children's Hospital. Dr. Lia Henke Lowrie is the medical director of pediatric critical care at Rainbow Babies' and Children's Hospital, which was ranked number 2 in the U.S. in neonatal car for the second year in a row. Dr. Genevieve Johnson Stuber is now practicing medicine in Spanish in Rochester, NY. Dr. John Jonesco IV is a physician at Ohio State.

Having taught (mostly social studies) at Firelands School and Olmsted Falls Middle School for 30 years, Jeff Fields retired in 1998. Since then he has been a substitute teacher in Olmsted Falls. He also has been a teaching supervisor of education students from Cleveland State, Kent State and Miami (OH).

Lee Gilbert works for Aetna Insurance and is a massage therapist in Columbus. Petroleum geologist Roy Luck works for Shell U.S. in Houston.

Marshall Gittler works for Deutsch Bank in Geneva, Switzerland, whereas Meade Thompson is at Credit Suisse in Manhattan. The law firm of Angela Wu has opened in Oberlin.

Art Hess, a pharmacist, works in upper level management for Walmart. His wife Lisa Close is a pre-school teacher. They live in Windsor, Colorado. In Indianapolis his sister Bobbie Jean Shreiner is a vice president for business development for Right Management, a strategic consulting firm, which specializes in organizational performance and growth.

Rick Holbrook (PhD in history, Chicago) now is a translator (French, German and Russian to English), particularly of the poetry of Nora. The University of Chicago Press has published two volumes of his translations of French scholars' essays, "Rethinking France" (Les Lieux de memoire).

In December we heard Andrea Hsu reporting from Mumbai, India, on the NPR news program. It was a bulletin on the then recent terrorist attack. Grace Jeyasingh Ponniah is product manager for Thomson Finances in Boston.

Rachel Kahn, artist and art therapist, is now in Brooklyn, NY. Sisters Silvija and Taya Aschaffenberg Koschnick live in Portland, OR, where they design and make oxidized sterling silver jewelry using gemstones and antique components. Their products can be seen at Bead Paradise, in Oberlin, tasidesigns.com and etsy.com. Their jewelry was featured in the movie "Twilight." Lorna Kretchmar had a one-person show at Kendal at Oberlin in October.

Kathleen Kinney Chase is the oldest OHS alumni registered with
O-High_alumni A 1925 graduate, she is now a centenarian. Her son Peter has retired from teaching computer science and math at Sul Ross State University in Texas.

Kendal at Oberlin's day care, under the leadership of Kathy Knipper, has earned the top designation of three stars by Ohio. Her son Rob is a nurse anesthetist in San Diego. He was trained at UVA.

Dean Mason is president of HSA Bank, a health savings account bank, a subsidiary of Webster Bank. He lives in Cheboygan, WI. His brother Dan is a partner in AR Designs, which installs internet capability in municipal housing and for surveillance.

Jonathan Schoonmaker is now vice president of VMware in Menlo Park, CA. His sister Karen Freudenberger has left a troubled Madagascar and moved to Burlington, VT.

David Shreiner manages the sales division of Pyxis in San Diego. Kristen Stillwell is an independent representative for Silpada® Designs.

Julia Slocum is working for World Learning, which brings young people to our country to study in colleges, in Washington, DC John Yinger (PhD Princeton), professor of economics at Syracuse, is the editor of "Helping Children Left Behind: State Aid and the Pursuit of Educational Equity."

Webmaster Al Goerlich has put my earlier columns on www.oberlin-high.org

Do let me hear from you.
Claudine Carlton
143 Kendal, Oberlin,
(440) 774-6542.
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