Woodrow Wilson High School Alumni Update - December2013
edited by Linda Doyle
VETERAN'S DAY 2013
We are proud to honor and thank all our Wilson alumni who have served honorably in the military - in wartime or peacetime. Follow this link to read about our honored Wilson Military Alumni: http://www.wilsonalumni.com/Military.html.
WILSON FOUNDATION HOUSE PARTY EXTRAVAGANZA, NOVEMBER 2
Wilson parents, supporters, neighbors, and staff, attended the 3rd Annual Wilson House Party Extravaganza on November 2nd, an evening of fun fundraising for the Wilson High School Foundation. Parties were held in multiple homes around the Wilson neighborhood on the same evening. Funds raised are used to supplement teaching staff. To donate to the Wilson High School Foundation, email: email@example.com. Thanks for your support!
"We had such a great time hosting a house party for Wilson alums last year. We shared stories from our high school days, and even did some line dancing (but that's another story)... The best part was sending a check to the Wilson Foundation to help support our community school and kids." Lucy Brehm '77
FROM PRINCIPAL BRIAN CHATARD
“Amazing things are happening at Wilson! Momentum is a powerful force and is starting to build in this community. I have talked about my hopes for Wilson at every opportunity and plans are in motion to make them happen. Academically we're reaching goals that hardly seemed possible, but last year 98% of our freshmen class met the PPS Milestone and passed at least 6 classes, thanks to their hard work and the supports we have put into place to assure that students who need the extra help are identified and supported before they fall through the cracks."
Through December 31st:
Donate today to help bring us $5,000 closer to our goal for the year. Here’s how: A generous WHS family has pledged to match contributions made to the Wilson Foundation up to $2000 by the end of the year. Their employer will match $1,000 of that amount. With additional donations totaling $2,000, that means a $5,000 gain for the Foundation! Please send a check or donate online today. Checks may be made out to WHS Foundation and mailed to 1151 SW Vermont St., Portland 97219.
IN THE BAG: BENEFIT FOR THE ARTS, 2013
We did it! Over 1,200 items were collected and we raised over $11,000 to support the arts at Wilson High School. The funds will be used in choir, orchestra, drama, band, and visual arts. Thanks to you, we are helping to pay for:
• Theatrical Acoustic Auditorium Curtains
• Ceramics Wheel
• Digital Media Apple Server
• Photography Flatbed Scanner
• Pentax 35mm SLR Cameras
• Advanced Art Printing Screens & Supplies
• Wood Shop, Metal Shop & Architectural Drawing Tools & Equipment
If you didn't get the chance to come to the sale & silent auction, you can send your donation to: Wilson Area Arts Council, POBox 80263, Portland, Oregon 97219. Or email Linda Doyle.
WHS PTA AUCTION 2014 PRESENTS "A GAME OF LIFE" Saturday, April 12, 2014 6PM
You are invited to this year's auction to support Wilson students. Get "on board" and buy your tickets today! Click on this link, and then Go to "Buy Tickets" tab.
ALUMNI ASSOCIATION UPDATE
NEW WWHS ALUMNI ASSOCIATION
Alumni and community members are continuing to move forward to establish the WWHS Alumni Association. Application process for tax-exempt status of association is progressing (with special thanks to Jack Bertell '58 and David Sly '89). If you would like to join them, contact Jack Bertell '58.
WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
SCIENCE AND MATH, THE KEY TO YOUR FUTURE
A.J. Rikli graduated from Wilson in 2004. From there he attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo where he received a B.S. in Environmental Engineering in 2009. A.J. is now a Staff Engineer at Rockridge Geotechnical, a geotechnical engineering firm based in Oakland, California. Before joining Rockridge Geotechnical, AJ spent two years in the United States Peace Corps serving in Rwanda where he taught chemistry, raised donor funds, and remodelled schools. He has provided geotechnical construction observation and testing services, as well as performed subsurface investigations. His favorite classes at Wilson were in science and math. Mr. Penk was his favorite science teacher, and Mr. Milne was his favorite math teacher. "My first piece of advice to current Wilson students," adds A.J., "is to study hard and do your homework! My grades in high school opened up a world of opportunity for my college education, and I'll never appreciate that enough." His second piece of advice is to look at the sciences and math in high school. A.J. recommends, "try hard to excel at sciences and math, because there will always be a shortage of good engineers in this country." Wilson students, if you have questions about engineering, feel free to contact A.J. at this link.
2013 GRAD HONORED BY PORTLAND MONTHLY MAGAZINE
Alex Horsey ’13 was named the Extraordinary Young Citizen of the Year at the Portland Monthly Magazine’s “Light A Fire 2013” annual celebration honoring individuals and organizations who make Portland more prosperous, beautiful, healthful, and sustainable – in a word, better. As a junior at Wilson, Alex founded Project Believe in Me, a completely youth-led anti-bullying initiative. The project is an open forum for discussing the subject of bullying, and offering strategies and support. Follow this link for the entire article about Alex and the other “Light A Fire” award winners: http://www.portlandmonthlymag.com/news-and-profiles/city-and-region/articles/light-a-fire-november-2013.
CLASS OF 1963
The Class of '63 doesn't miss an opportunity to get together. Follow these links to see what they have been up to in their quest to stay connected:
WWHS Class of '63 Miscellaneous Old Photos
WWHS Class of '63 45th Reunion
WWHS Class of '63 50th Reunion - Friday Night @ Ernesto's
WWHS Class of '63 50th Reunion - Saturday Night @ Kennedy School
WWHS Class of '63 Bios - 50th
KEEP AN OPEN MIND ... GRAB EACH DAY
Karen Hagestad (now known as Karen Hagestad Cacy) graduated from Wilson in 1961. She has written one play and two novels, with a third on the way. Follow this link to read all about Karen's journey since Wilson: http://www.wilsonalumni.com/newsletter/2013/Karen.Hagestad.Cacy.1961.html.
DO YOU REMEMBER WHEN FRESHMAN ROAD MOTORCYCLE INSIDE WILSON?
Steven Plog ('73 Lincoln graduate, Wilson student) recently attended the Wilson 1973 reunion. He has quite a history with Wilson. Follow this link to read his story: http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2013/10/former_wilson_bad_boy_returns.html.
SHARE YOUR STORY
Send us the details on where/what you have been doing since graduating from Wilson, and we'll post in an upcoming WWHS Alumni Update e-newsletter. Send details to Linda Doyle.
MESSAGES FROM CLASSMATES
DO YOU HAVE EXTRA COPY OF 1974 WILSON YEARBOOK?
Ralph Pena '74 is looking for a 1974 yearbook. If you have an extra copy and would be willing with part with it, please contact Al Pena '73.
1964 CLASSMATE PERFORMED
Our own Betsy Pattee Eklund (Elizabeth Eklund) '64 performed November 9th in Portland at the German American Society & Austrian American Society located at 5626 NE Alameda, at Sandy.
MEMORIES OF MR. STALLINGS
Mr. Bill Stallings was my freshman algebra teacher. Besides giving me an understanding of the math I still use today he taught me about commitment, responsibility and service to family, community and country. Thanks. Kathy Hosek (Wilson 1971, 1972 and graduate of St. Mary's 1973).
IN MEMORY OF
KNOWN CLASSMATES/TEACHERS NO LONGER WITH US
Please send an email with details to Linda Doyle if you have an obituary that should be posted here. Below is a list of classmates who have just been added to the list:
RALPH WELLS '77
JOSEPH KENNEDY BASSETT '78
BILLIE PUGH (MCCULLOUGH) '03
Click on this link to read more about classmates, teachers, community members who have passed away... Once on the page, scroll down to find the class year.
CLASS OF 1963
50th reunion was held Saturday, September 28, 2013. Class members should contact WWHS63@gmail.com for more information.
CLASS OF 1964 *** 2104 reunion
Date: Friday, August 8, 2014
Location: Oregon Zoo
Contact: Classic Reunions at firstname.lastname@example.org
CLASS OF 1973
40 Year reunion was held October 12, 2013. See our website at http://wilsonhigh1973.wix.com/wh1973pdx or find us on Facebook: Wilson High ~1973~ Class Reunion ~ Portland, OR. For more info, email us at WilsonHigh1973@gmail.com.
CLASS OF 1993
20th reunion was held September 21-22, 2013. There is a facebook group called Woodrow Wilson High School Class of 93/20 year reunion. Questions, contact Rebekah Bhansali by clicking on her name.
CLASS OF 2003 ...10th reunion
Was held on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at the Lehrer Pub & Eatery (http://www.lehrerpub.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/TheLehrerBar?rf=150532725091127), owned and operated by a member of our graduating class. Questions, contact them on Facebook (Wilson High School (Portland, OR) - Class of '03).
For all the details on each of the reunions go to: http://www.wilsonalumni.com/reunions.htm
WILSON GRADUATES WHO HAVE SERVED OR ARE SERVING IN THE MILITARY
Please check out the WWHS Military Alumni page and read all about our amazing military graduates. To add your name and information to the WWHS Military alumni page, Send your information to Linda Doyle at LSDOYLE@EARTHLINK.NET.
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STAY IN TOUCH
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