Alumni News in early January 2020

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• HANNAH (UNTEREINER) JAYE ’11 AND HER AMERICANA/FOLK BAND…

• SYDNEY KAMEN ’15 WINS 2020 PICKERING FOREIGN AFFAIRS FELLOWSHIP...

• DIRECTOR LEIGH SILVERMAN ’92 BACK ON BROADWAY…

• CONOR MCDERMOTT-MOSTOWY ’17, SENIOR WORLD SPEED SKATING TEAM...

MALIK, AHMAD, AND KHALIL JONES ’14 LEADERSHIP IN FITNESS...

• SUHA AL-KHALIFA ’95 COMMISSIONED TO WRITE TV DRAMA...

 

NEW DECADE, NEW FRAMES

Hannah (Untereiner) Jaye ’11 and her Americana/folk band, Hannah Jaye and the Hideaways, is releasing their single "New Frames" at Songbyrd Music House in Adams Morgan tonight (Friday); Doors open at 7:30 p.m., music at 8:00 p.m.). Their debut album of 10 original songs will drop on February 28th. Come celebrate with Hannah at their launch show at DC9.

 

FOREIGN SERVICE

Lifer Sydney Kamen ’15 was awarded a 2020 Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship, which—like GDS—is “based on the fundamental principle that diversity is a strength.” The program equips its fellows to promote positive change in the world. Sydney (Dartmouth ’19) will pursue a Master’s degree in Public Policy with concentrations in humanitarian action, human security, and sub-Saharan Africa followed by a series of internships with the U.S. Department of State. Upon graduation, Sydney will become a U.S. Foreign Service Officer of the U.S. Department of State. A Truman Scholar, Boren Scholar, and the founder of the internationally-acclaimed nonprofit So Others Are Protected (SOAP) [https://www.soothersareprotected.org/], Sydney has worked to promote local solutions to local problems.

“GDS played such a strong role in instilling the values of service and diplomacy in me,” she said. “As a Hopper, I developed a deep understanding and appreciation for peace, diversity, collaboration, cooperation, and human rights. I am honored to take these skills developing skills first introduced at GDS into the field as a member of the U.S. Diplomatic Corps.” 

 

DIRECTOR LEIGH SILVERMAN ’92 BACK ON BROADWAY

Leigh Silverman ’92 directs Grand Horizons, Bess Wohl’s Broadway debut, now in previews at Second Stage’s Helen Hayes Theatre. “Grand Horizons, my fifth Broadway show, is a new play and the only new play written by an American woman on Broadway this season,” Leigh said. “The production features the incomparable Jane Alexander and James Cromwell” as Bill and Nancy, a couple who have been married for half a century until Nancy suddenly wants out. The new play officially opens January 23 and “explores a family turned upside-down and takes an intimate look at the wild, unpredictable, and enduring nature of love.” CHECK SHOWS >> 


FAST OVER ICE

Alum Conor McDermott-Mostowy ’17 just qualified for the Senior World Speed Skating Team by taking third in the 1000m during the long track championships at the Utah Olympic Oval in Salt Lake City. Conor delivered a blistering personal best of 1:09.27 during his second year out of the Junior division. “Making the senior world team team is the culmination of over a decade of work, so needless to say, I was ecstatic. While I was at GDS, I was able to strike an ultimately manageable balance between training and school. Teachers at GDS were extremely accommodating and excited when I made the Junior World Team.” Conor hopes to break the 1:09.00 mark in the 1000m on the fast ice at the World Cup in Calgary (Feb. 7-8). Look for a livestream of this event and the Four Continents Championship (Jan. 31-Feb. 2) on NBC (with Sports Gold Pass). Go, Conor!

 

LEADERSHIP IN FITNESS...

Triplet alums Malik, Ahmad, and Khalil Jones ’14 (also graduates of UPenn) are all Philadelphia fitness trainers who were recently featured in PhillyMag. Their fitness company, Triyo Fitness, offers large-scale group workout events as well as personal training both in-person and virtually. Read more about the GDS roots of their journey in the fitness profession. READ MORE >>


 

SUHA AL-KHALIFA ’95 COMMISSIONED TO WRITE TV DRAMA...

Suha AL Khalifa, who attended GDS in 9th and 10th grade (1991-93), is a writer and psychotherapist who was recently commissioned to write an eight-episode drama for MBC (Middle East Broadcasting Center), which has a daily audience of 140 million viewers. The Drama is inspired by true events which focuses on a young group of criminals who became notorious for their escapades in the deserts of Saudi Arabia. 

Suha recalls drama class with former teacher Andrea Oram, 9th grade English with John Burghardt, and 9th grade History with Sue Ikenberry and credits those experiences with helping her to become a writer. “Drama class got me out of my shell, English opened my mind to literature, and World History offered me an expansive view of culture and insight,” she wrote from Bahrain. “My Arabic school [in Bahrain]was very authoritarian with teaching based on intimidation and fear. Students were not being recognised or praised for being individuals nor were they allowed to think freely and independently. GDS was the place that taught me the importance of having that unique individual voice—the complete opposite of my GDS experience, where the teachers spoke to me with dignity and cared to see me perform at my best. I cherish my two years at GDS.”

The as-yet unnamed TV show will start production in March. It will air later this year on MBC and will be available internationally. 

 

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