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Alumni Celebrate PCS’s 20th Birthday in Style!

The 2018-2019 school year marked PCS's 20th Birthday, with the Class of 2019 being PCS's 20th graduating class.   In alumni terms, this now means that there are over 1,000 PCS graduates out in the world! 
 
To celebrate turning 20, on the weekend of May 24th-26th 2019, PCS hosted a 20th Birthday Big Weekend Event.  This fantastic event drew alumni and their families from across the country to meet with current and past teachers, board members, PCS supporters, and existing students, their families and friends.  
 
The festivities kicked off with a number of alumni kindly giving their time to prepare a series of "EdTalks" for the larger PCS community.  Subjects and contributors included:
 
    • Why I Love Being a Nurse - Stephanie Johnson (2003)
    • Love, Negotiations and Scuba - Ross Millenacker (2004)
    • How Having Courage Got Me Into Harvard - Lauren Lindstrom (2008)
    • Why and How I'm Inspired by My Naturalist Job at San Mateo Outdoor School - Emily Lansdale (2009)
    • Why Everyone Should Learn to Code - Doug de Jesus (2010)
    • Why I'm Pursuing a Career in Criminal Defense - Sam Humy (2010)
    • Nursing/Healthcare:  The Real Life Heroes - Abby Smiley (2011)
    • What Energizes Me About Working in Energy - Michelle Zheng (2012)
    • Work Hard, Enjoy More - Eve Li (2013)
    • Access to Justice:  Tackling Language Barriers with AI - Sahil Chopra (2014)
    • Why You Probably Shouldn't Run for President - Mo Cohn(2016)
    • Undergraduate STEM Research and being Pre-Med - Kay Smith (2016)
    • Score Study:  Preparing to Perform - Lindsey Wildman (2017)
    • Why Music Feels The Way It Does in 20th Century Pop Music - Shane Williams (2018)
 
Brunches for alumni and their families were organized by graduation year and hosted at private homes throughout the county.  A street carnival featuring booths, tacos, cake, guest speakers, and the PCS Jazz Band followed.  Alumni and guests helped paint ceramic fish, made by current students;  these fish now swim through the main PCS hallway as a lasting tribute to PCS's 20th birthday.  
 
Celebrations were rounded off by a unique concert created by beloved teacher and longtime PCS choral director, Alice Hughes with the support of Heather Calame, visual and performing arts teacher.  A Legacy of Song:  A Night of Choral Compositions to Commemorate the 20th Anniversary of Pacific Collegiate School featured original compositions by nine PCS alumni and one current student;  Remy Le Boeuf (2004), Ben Dorfan (2005), Juliana (Hughes) Woodill (2005), Dashiel Reed (2007), Michael Greenwald (2008), Paul Alexander Hughes(2007), Michelle Zheng (2012), Lindsey Wildman (2017), Anna Lauridsen (2019) and Sklyer Bridgman-Ford (2021).
 
Finally, to commemorate this wonderful weekend of celebration, the past 19 graduating classes were invited to identify an object that best portrayed their class for an above ground time capsule installation, now housed in the northeast corner of the school on the second floor.  Items from 15 participating classes include books, photos, tributes to departed classmates, science experiments, calculators and other school tools.  Be sure to take a look next time you visit the school!