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Menlo School awards diplomas to 145

Submitted by Jill Kasser of Menlo School.

The 145 members of Menlo School's Class of 2011 received their diplomas June 7 in an outdoor ceremony on the Atherton campus.

John Schafer, director of the Upper School, gave welcoming remarks. The commencement speaker was Julie C. Lythcott-Haims, dean of freshmen and undergraduate advising at Stanford University.

Senior Class President Taylor Blackburn offered her thoughts on graduation. Menlo School's Chorus and Orchestra provided the music.

Menlo School Board Chair Susan Ford Dorsey assisted John Schafer and Head of School Norman Colb in conferring high school degrees upon members of the class.

Graduates

A: Eliza Thayer Adams, Christopher Andrew Addiego, Philip Thomas Anderson, Zoe Rebecca Aron, Estefania Avila

B: Alexander Badrenkov, Birtukan Belete, Timothy Thomas Benton, Madeline Rebecca Berry, Taylor Anderson Blackburn, Kyle Dean Bowman, Adam Justin Boyd, Emily D. Breyer, Megan Hui Fong Ling Brown, Jacob Robert Bruml, Kamyaar Butt

C: Andrew Scott Carlisle, Stephanie Grace Carlisle, Jose Castaneda, Kelly Ann Cavan, Dana Mariko Chang, Jee Yoon Chang, Grace Yen-Yun Chen, Timothy Pierce Coggins, Annie Laurie Elizabeth Cook, Brian Arthur Cooper, Marcus James Cootsona, Carly Elizabeth Cozad, Molly Bassell Crowe, Morgan Mekiella Haas Cundiff, Dominique Alessandra Curatola

D-F: John Patrick Daly, Jacob James Dorn, Bradley Michael Eckert, Brayden Fabris, Matthew M. Fackler, Cristian Fajardo, Samuel Ridenour Fancher, Elise Marie Filo, John McDonough Finch, Alexandra Frappier, Grace Marie Fremont, Rebecca Pearl Friedman

G: Devin Nicole Garnick, Kyle Preston Petkanics Gerstenschlager, Alexandra Catherine Giacomini, Gabrielle Martha Girard, Ryan Goulden, Sarah Elizabeth Graham-Helwig, Andrea Jean Grimbergen, Laura Charlotte Grimbergen, William Patrick Moreno Grimes, Serena Sapna Gupta

H: Madeleina Claire Halley, Jonathan Daniel Warner Halprin, Matthew Zachary Heising, Madalena Ann Kingsbury Henning, Sean Mackenzie Hoag, Anelise Kathryn Hohl, John Bramwell Holland-McCowan, Whitney Terrell Hooper, Kyle Joseph Hutchinson

J-L: Robert James Jasek, Kevin Yumeng Ji, Meredie Irene Rose Johnson, Taylor Catherine Jones, Monica Kang, Neal Khosla, Tucker Tewksbury King, Kent Phillip Lacob, Geoffrey Guy Broome Lalonde, Jonathan Walter Lam, Matt Lam, Justin J.D.M. Lannin, Anna Oleta Redberg Larson, James Alan Lawson, Rebecca Alice Lawson, Ethan Michael Leibovich, Kelsey Claire Linton, Ruo Ran Liu, Benjamin David London, Emma Britt Ludlum

M-N: Paul Scott Madera Jr., Taylor Faith Magnuson, Serena H. Marini, Brendan Cullen Martin, Alexandra Shi-Yue Mei, Jazmin Aria Moledina, Alison Sang-hie Nahm, Mary Elizabeth Nash, Beau David Nichols, Leyla Azize Nielsen, Priyanka Nigam

O-Q: Irina D. Oros, Shannon Mitsuye Osaka, Maclean Thomas Osborne, Samuel Gofen Parker, Victoria Jean Paterson, Emma Blair Paye, Caitlin Eve Peltz, Robert Ivan Pender III, Alejandra Pereda, Michael Aaron Portman, Sarah Summer Purkrabek, Ryder Alexander Quigley.

R-S: Lauren Claire Robinson, Eve Morgan Rosekind, Monica Renee Rosenkranz, Matthew Alexander Roy, Emily Anne Ryles, Michael Andrew Amador Schulze, Maxime S. Serrano, John Francis Shanley IV, John Sieber, Jackson Anthony Siegman, Hailey Kathleen Smith, Rachel Allison Star, Ryan Michael Stastny, Peri Rebecca Steiny, Michael Alan Stern, Caroline Fullerton Stone, Will Strober, Katherine Anne Strong, Jack Stewart Suiter, Kyle Christopher Sum

T-V: Carina Tai, Philip Hatchell Taylor, Kyle Edward Hynes Tessier-Lavigne, Bijan E. M. Thornycroft, Miles Richard Tomlinson, Mycal D. Tucker, Mesiu Mafileo Tapiaka Tupou, Ricardo Valencia Arias, Kyra Louise Vargas, Christophe Dakota Viret

W: LeeAnne C. Wang, Chasen Alexander White, Robert Jay Wickers, Jordan Christopher Williams, Keegan Mitchell Williams, Nicole Whitney Elizabeth Wolf, Justin Francis Wong, Lowry Baird Yankwich, Margot Fried Yecies, Nicole Lindsey Yee.

Comments

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Posted by veronica
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Jun 20, 2011 at 12:14 pm

Is there a link to see what percentage of this class is going on to higher education and which schools they've been accepted into?


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Posted by Parent in Atherton
a resident of Atherton: other
on Jun 20, 2011 at 3:47 pm

veronica, You would need to call the College counseling office to see if they would give you this info. It would be the same for Sacred Heart and Woodside Priory or any private school.


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Posted by dirty little secret
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Jun 20, 2011 at 5:27 pm

In other words, the private schools don't want you to find out that paying $35k/year tuition does not mean your little darling will get into a better school than if s/he'd gone to M-A.


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Posted by Parent in Atherton
a resident of Atherton: other
on Jun 20, 2011 at 6:19 pm

dirty little secret,
Not at all. if you call, you'll get the info. It's probably easier to get than from MA. I can say that 100% of the Sacred Heart grads are all going to college.

You can also attend any of the college parent nights at these schools.


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Posted by Menlo Alum
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Jun 20, 2011 at 6:54 pm

No need to even call. There is a link on Menlo School's website: "College Acceptances" that lists the colleges where their students were accepted to in years 2008, 2009, 2010. The school has maintained a consistent 99% of it's students attending schools of higher education.


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Posted by dirty little secret
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Jun 20, 2011 at 10:17 pm

"The school has maintained a consistent 99% of it's students attending schools of higher education."

should be

The school has maintained a consistent 99% of its students attending schools of higher education."

Looks as though some parents did not get their money's worth!


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Posted by Parent in Atherton
a resident of Atherton: other
on Jun 20, 2011 at 10:32 pm

Dirty little secret,
Why the nasty comments? Frankly we are all lucky to live in an area great private and public schools (Your remarks only make you appear jealous). And we are lucky that so many kids from here go on to higher education.

Kids from public and private schools get along well with each other. Maybe you should take a lesson from them.


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Posted by Parent in Atherton
a resident of Atherton: other
on Jun 20, 2011 at 10:58 pm

Correction: "Frankly we are lucky to live in an area with great private and public schools"


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Posted by Menlo Alum
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Jun 21, 2011 at 9:50 am

Dirty Little Secret...Since you seem to have the inside track on Menlo School, you probably know from personal experience that not even the smartest kids with the wealthiest parents are accepted if the parents seem obnoxious. So how have your little darlings fared at M.A.?

Also since incorrect grammar seems to upset you, there is no such word as "s/he'd". Try substituting "they'd" in your future posts even though readers probably know what you're trying to say.


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Posted by dirty lttle secret
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Jun 21, 2011 at 10:34 am

Oh dear.

Now you're suggesting that a single subject (darling) should be paired with a plural pronoun (they)? What do they teach at Menlo!?!


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Posted by Menlo Alum
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Jun 21, 2011 at 3:34 pm

Dirty Secret...
"S/he'd" is a singular pronoun? I guess if one likes to invent words that don't exist they can convey the definition as well.

Speaking of journalistic integrity in writing, I notice one of your posts on this thread was removed due to unfounded accusations you made towards Menlo School, your city council and a former police chief. In debating any issue, it is very important to substantiate your allegations with facts if you expect readers to take you seriously as well as not have The Almanac delete your posts. Just a friendly suggestion to save you from any further embarrassment.

I am starting to understand your envy as well as insecurity of anyone that attended Menlo.

Dirty little secret? Your pen name is appropriate.


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Posted by dirty little secret
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Jun 21, 2011 at 4:18 pm

I don't see any posts removed from this thread, and I made no comments about the council or a police chief. The Almanac can choose to delete whatever posts they like, but they did not delete mine!

Maybe work on that reading comprehension over the summer?

P.S. "s/he" is widely accepted -- albeit not in formal writing -- as an abbreviation of "she or he." Unfortunately, our language does not offer us many non-clunky ways to express the indeterminate third person.


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Posted by armchair quarterback
a resident of Atherton: other
on Jun 21, 2011 at 4:40 pm

Menlo Alum: I saw just breifly the now removed post you are referring to and I while I was also surprised to see the statement so openly expressed, I was not at all shocked. That particular data point is one of several that have been more generally known than you might imagine for years now. If this is the first you had heard of it then you have every right to feel upset or even resistant--it is after all, as all above have have correctly described, "dirty" laundry--but sadly it is also true.


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Posted by Menlo Alum
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Jun 21, 2011 at 5:49 pm

Armchair...I am familiar with the accusations surrounding the police chief but nevertheless it is an unproven allegation which explains why it was deleted by The Almanac. By the way, the allegation was also made that the chief should have sought the approval of the city council since it was a conflict of interest. I know of kids that went to Menlo on scholarships whose parents taught athletics at Menlo Atherton and lived in that district. Under Dirty's theory, are they to be required to get clearance from their superiors since it might constitute a possible conflict of interest as they would be privy to Menlo's playbooks? That would be just as absurd.


The fact that you validate my post but Dirty now denies ever having made the accusations speaks for itself. I'm not the least bit upset by people that post unfounded allegations. My point was to only draw attention to Dirty's post having been deleted. I do take offense however when someone wants to hold others accountable without any proof and then don't want to hold themselves accountable to the same standard.


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Posted by armchair quarterback
a resident of Atherton: other
on Jun 21, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Menlo Alum:
The were two different posters with similar names
"Dirty little secret" and another named "The real dirty little secret" who got deleted by the editor.
So the person making the deleted statement has not lied to you at all. Also the original Dirty little secret was simply telling you the truth- that the comment wasn't from made by them. It disappeared so fast that they may not have even seen it and not know what you are talking about.
But this is a diversion from from the bigger point that you are upset about.
Have you considered asking around? I was shocked enough to look for verification along time ago and found it easily--just didn't want to embarrass the student then still in attendance. It is my own opinion that this discussion belongs on the Atherton Police Department anonymous donations thread that went up today and hasn't been commented on yet.

Editor's note: The deleted post had a different IP address than "dirty little secret" and a different name: The Real Dirty Little Secret.


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Posted by Parent in Atherton
a resident of Atherton: other
on Jun 21, 2011 at 8:02 pm

I also saw and read dirty little secret's deleted post last night.

How about raising the level of this thread to that of an adult.


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Posted by Menlo Alum
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Jun 21, 2011 at 8:06 pm

Armhair...My bad if it was indeed two different posters. Nevertheless you seem to agree that my reasons for the deletion are valid regardless of anyone's opinion.

While I agree with you that the discussion belongs on another thread, I was not the one to introduce it. Hopefully I will be able to read about your verification regarding Menlo's complicity with your police chief on the other thread you've suggested as I am quite familiar with the current state of affairs in your town. Lastly you might be the embarrassed one as you and Dirty make the assumption that I have only recently graduated Menlo School. Having attended Menlo School long before it became co-ed and enjoying decades as Alumni benefactor, I can assure you that nothing you post will be of any embarrassment to me.


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Posted by armchair quarterback
a resident of Atherton: other
on Jun 21, 2011 at 8:53 pm

I don't understand why you would think that someone expected you to be embarrassed.
I was thinking of the Chief's daughter's feelings-not yours-maybe that's the confusion there.
Also, I can't claim to remember anything about the school before about the late fifties.


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Posted by Menlo Alum
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Jun 21, 2011 at 9:22 pm

Armchair...My bad again as I didn't read it the way you intended. Perhaps we can continue our discussion on another thread since it's my opinion that Menlo has always been highly conscious of it's reputation and has no need to pander to local authorities in order to keep that reputation. My apologies to Atherton Parent as well as I have followed your posts from time to time and always find them well balanced with the addition of possible solutions.


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Posted by dirty little secret
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Jun 22, 2011 at 8:36 am

Note that my contributions to this thread have primarily been of the grammatical sort. I am happily ignorant of Atherton politics and any brewing scandals.

Menlo Alum, I don't care how many centuries you have been out of school -- it is never too late to learn the difference between "its" and "it's." In your last post, your first use of "it's" is correct, but the second is not. "It's" can only be used as a contraction of "it is." Maybe that will help?


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