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2019

  • May

    Spring Musical - The Pirates of the Penzance

    The Pirates of Penzance is a pure joy from start to finish. When putting this show together, I wanted the audience to have as much fun as the cast. To that end, you will be surrounded by pirates, maidens and policemen throughout the evening. It’s a first-rate opportunity to join a rollicking band of pirates - so by all means feel free to climb aboard and join in with the silliness! Raise your pirate glass, make the most of fleeting leisure, slap your chest and sing – I guarantee it will make you more than merry.
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  • Class of 2019

    Members of the Class of 2019 faced tremendous competition this year as they applied to colleges and universities across the country and around the world. While each felt the stress of the selective admission process, our seniors proved once again that good character coupled with a dedication to your studies really pays off.
     
    In 2019 we saw 100 percent of the graduating class admitted to a selective four-year college or university—90 percent will attend a college ranked in the top 10 percent in the nation. On average each of our students applied to eight colleges and was admitted to four or more of them.
     
    We congratulate members of the Class of 2019 for their amazing college choices and wish them well on the adventures ahead! 

    Class of 2019 Matriculation

    American University
    Arizona State University
    Babson College - 3
    Boston College - 2
    Boston University - 2
    Brown University - 2
    Chaminade University of Honolulu
    Chapman University
    Colgate University
    Columbia University
    Davidson College
    Emory University
    Harvard University
    Instituto Tecnologico de Monterrey, Mexico
    Johns Hopkins University - 2
    Lake Forest College
    Lewis & Clark College - 2
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Middlebury College
    Mount Saint Mary's University
    New York University - 3
    Northeastern University - 2
    Northwestern University - 2
    Occidental College - 4
    Parsons School of Design
    Pitzer College - 4
    Pomona College
    Queen's University, Canada
    Rice University
    San Francisco State University
    Santa Clara University
    Sarah Lawrence College
    Scripps College - 2
    Skidmore College
    Swarthmore College
    The American University of Paris
    Trinity University
    Tufts University
    Tulane University
    United States Coast Guard Academy
    University of California, Berkeley - 3
    University of California, Davis
    University of California, Los Angeles - 5
    University of California, Riverside - 3
    University of California, Santa Cruz
    University of Chicago
    University of Colorado Boulder - 2
    University of La Verne
    University of Michigan
    University of Pennsylvania
    University of Richmond
    University of San Diego - 2
    University of Southern California -3
    Vanderbilt University
    Vassar College
    Washington University St. Louis - 2
    Wellesley College - 2
    Western Washington University
    Whitman College - 2
    Yale University
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  • Alumni and Friends Peccary Trip 2019


    The Peccary Society met for its annual Alumni & Friends Peccary Trip in Barstow, Calif. May 3-5, 2019. Over 75 alumni, parents, trustees, faculty, staff and their friends were in attendance with alumni representing 5 decades of Webb (1954-2007).
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  • Webb in Asia: Spring 2019


    In April, Head of Schools Taylor Stockdale, Mrs. Anne Stockdale, Director of College Guidance Hector Martinez and Director of Institutional Advancement Dutch Barhydt headed to Asia for five major receptions and many individual meetings and appointments.
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  • Senior Dinner 2019


    In the first of many graduation traditions, seniors gathered in Hooper Student Center on April 17 for The Webb Schools' annual Senior Dinner.
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  • Rose (Roll) Shattuck ’99: The Foggy Dog


    Are you looking for the perfect collar for your pooch? How about a bow tie for that special occasion? Or a “Modern Mud Cloth Dog Bandana?” Something so unique, you might find it at retail boutiques such as Anthropologie, DOG & CO., Fideaux, CB2, or White's Mercantile? Well, look no further because VWS alumna Rose (Roll) Shattuck ’99 has set her sights on disrupting the pet industry by combining great design with essential dog products to produce an exciting new line of accessories for pet owners wanting to splurge on high-quality, made-in-America beds, toys, collars, leashes, and more. 
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  • Increased Support for Webb’s Annual Giving Day


    Webb’s second annual Giving Day was a tremendous success, with 565 donors giving over $194,000 in a 24-hour period from April 25-26 (noon to noon) to support The Webb Fund, the Alf Museum, scholarships and more.
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  • April

    2019 LA County Science Fair Winners


    VWS Students Finish in Top Rankings at Los Angeles County Science and Engineering Fair, Qualify for State Finals
     
    Two teams of VWS students received top place awards at the annual Los Angeles County Science and Engineering Fair, with the opportunity to advance to the state finals.
     
    Rebeca Castro ’20, working solo, finished in second place in the physics category with an experiment studying the biomechanics of a step in flamenco dancing. It was entitled “The Biomechanics of the Golpe.”
     
    Giselle Alrachid ’20 and Caitlin Pender ’20 received third place honors in the plant biology and physiology category for their project – “What is the Closest Relative to the Catasetum Tenebrosum Using DNA Barcoding?”
     
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  • Innovator's Edge 2019


    Innovator’s Edge 2019
    Stories from Silicon Valley
    Tuesday, May 21, 2019
    6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
     
    Please join The Webb Schools at Techstars LA for an evening of storytelling as leaders and visionaries involved in today’s tech scene share the blueprints to their success. Learn from them what give innovators an edge.
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  • Commencement 2019 Ann Longley, VWS and Bob Connolly '89, WSC

    Commencement Speakers 2019

    Dr. Ann Longley -- Vivian Webb School

    Dr. Bob Connolly ’89 -- Webb School of California
     
     
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  • Wilson Parnell '13 at TEDxUniversityofRedlands

    Wilson Parnell '13 was a featured speaker at the TEDx University of Redlands event on March 23, 2019. In his talk, Parnell talks about promoting the disability spirit in a positive way.  "It's simple. Focus entirely on your capabilities, rather than on your disabilities."
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  • Nicole Wyskoarko '96

    Billboard Interview with Nicole Wyskoarko '96

    After nearly 20 years in New York, Nicole Wyskoarko '96 is back in Los Angeles. She recently celebrated her first anniversary as executive VP of Urban Operations at Interscope Geffen A&M (IGA).  
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  • March

    The League of Wives

    Our Head of Schools is one very proud son, and for good reason. The extraordinary story of his mother, Sybil Stockdale, who founded The League of Wives to bring attention and action to the fate of American POWs during the Vietnam War, has finally been told in full.
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  • Alumni Profile: Amar Lalvani ’92

    How Amar Lalvani ’92 is making Standard Hotels “a platform for creativity."
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  • Alumni Profile: Kathleen Terris ’06

    22½ Minutes with Kathleen Terris ’06.
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  • 2019 Alumni & Friends Peccary Trip to Barstow


    Alumni and friends are invited to join members of the Alf Museum's Board of Trustees and staff for a fun weekending searching for fossils in the Mud Hills near Barstow, Calif.
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  • Museum Hosts Book Launch for Ray Alf Biography

    Over 90 alumni, parents, trustees and friends of Webb gathered at the Alf Museum on March 1 to celebrate the release of Moment of Time: The Life of Raymond Alf and The History of The Peccary Society.
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  • Valerie Cook '09

    Sophomore Career Evening 2019

    Alumni returned to campus on February 10 to speak at the 20th Annual Sophomore Career Evening, hosted by the Alumni Council.
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  • Class of 2019

    Admission into a selective four-year college or university today is difficult. The odds sometimes appear overwhelmingly slim. What does it take? Ask any member of the Class of 2019 and they will tell you that when things get tough, you have to get tougher! Once again, an impressive 100 percent of Webb seniors were admitted into selective four-year colleges—the vast majority to multiple colleges, and over 90 percent of the class to colleges ranked in the top 10 percent in the nation.
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  • Stuver '89 Joins Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences

    John Stuver ’89 has been accepted into the sound branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He has been fortunate to work on a lot of great movies, but among the highlights was getting to do the last two James Bond films, Skyfall and Spectre, the first of which won the Oscar for Best Sound Editing.
     
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  • Connolly ’89 and Tung Create the Robert L. Connolly, Sr. Memorial Scholarship Fund

    During his tenure, Robert Connolly, Sr. was a friendly and supportive presence on campus, an inspirational educator to many students, including his own son. He is remembered not only for his service inside the classroom, but as a teacher they could relate to beyond math. Bob Connolly Jr. connected to his father through athletic and academic pursuits, and now he and his wife Nancy Tung have created an endowed fund in his father’s memory. “Dad always said that of all his teaching experiences, Webb was the best experience of his career,” said Connolly Jr.
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  • February

    CASE VII Silver Award for Webb Advancement Team

    Webb's advancement office received a silver award at the 2019 CASE District VII awards ceremony on February 21 in Anaheim, Calif. in recognition of its endowment donor stewardship program. Other category winners included California Institute of Technology, University of Southern California, UC Irvine, UC Davis and UC San Francisco.
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  • Fall/Winter 2019

    “The process of finding the right college is more often than not riddled with anxiety for both students and their families. It is paradoxically both increasingly complex and more streamlined than ever. Technology allows students to simply add multiple colleges to the Common Application with a few clicks. And yet the convenience doesn’t reflect the intricate web of criteria that factor into applying to one college over another.”
     
    So opens the feature to our recent issue of WEBB Magazine. Reported and written by Christopher Michno, the piece delves into the myths and truths intertwined in the college admission process. He also offers up a series of personal success stories from recent Webb alumni now thriving at Stanford, Columbia, UC Berkeley and beyond. Part two follows young alumni who chose colleges related to their avocations—like art, business, engineering and others. The feature photography is done by Elisa Ferrari and focuses on the beautiful and varied architecture of the Claremont Colleges.
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  • Week of Sports, February 11-17

    VWS Soccer is still alive while softball, track, boys tennis...
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  • January

    Young alumni panel at the Affiliates meeting

    Young Alumni Return to Webb

    During the first week back from winter break, students and parents had a chance to hear from young alumni about their experiences at college including managing academics and being away from home, maintaining a healthy mind and body, as well as a panel on college athletics.
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  • Week of Sports, January 28-February 2

    The final week of the regular season brings with it...
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  • Week of Sports, January 21-26

    Two weeks to go in the regular season and as of today...
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  • Winter Dance Performance

    The Winter Dance Show 2019 UN / covered - is an exploration in what it means to cover and uncover - in music, dance, costuming, and text. Featuring choreography by dance coach and Webb faculty member Michael Szanyi and senior dance students, the show highlights self-expression through movement. How do we make something known? How do we bring that to light? By uncovering dance, the show asks audience members to explore how the study of movement informs their human experience.
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  • Early Admission News Class of 2019

    The Class of 2019 is posting an amazing set of early college admission results. With nearly 80 percent of the class filing an early decision or early action application to their top choice, many of them have already received good news from some of America’s most selective colleges and universities.

    This is going to be another record-breaking year in terms of the increase in numbers of applications for early admissions to the most sought-after colleges, some reporting as high as a 30% jump in early applicants compared to last year alone. While every indicator would predict much lower admit rates for most high school students, Webb students are enjoying acceptances to places that many schools haven’t seen an admit offer in years.
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  • The Art & Science of Decision Making

    It is no accident, I believe, that at this very moment there is a riveting tale in The New Yorker  about the art and science of decision making. Or, at least, not an accident that I found it and read it. Here at Webb, at this time of year, there is no shortage of students and families making some of the most important decisions (they believe) of their lives--from admission to and enrollment at Webb, to college admission for our seniors. Joshua Rothman rights beautifully about it here, bringing in examples from Darwin, Tolstoy, the modern parent and more. Read it in The New Yorker.
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  • Week of Sports, January 14-19

    It will be a wet one this week but with just three weeks remaining...
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  • L to R: Rachael Schiffris ’11, Katherine Kilmer ’10, Ed Ratinoff ’83, Sarah Sun ’10, Ariel Fan ’10

    Networking Essentials with Webb Alumni

    Michael Simonelli
    In January, five alumni returned to campus for our first ever "Networking Essentials with Webb Alumni" session. Students spent Saturday afternoon with our talented alumni learning about vital skills they'll need to effectively network and succeed in the increasingly competitive and complex job market. 
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  • Dr. Farke & Alf Museum in The Washington Post

    Augustyn Family Curator and Director of Research & Collections Andrew Farke is quoted today in The Washington Post on the impact of the federal government shutdown on fieldwork planning for paleontologists. Beyond the impact on visitor centers at such places as Dinosaur National Monument and the Petrified Forest National Park, research and fieldwork on federal lands has been dramatically affected, too. Read more in The Washington Post.
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