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As a Pinewood alum, you’re part of an extended family, no matter where life takes you. Nothing thrills our teachers — or inspires our current students — more than hearing from graduates, or welcoming them when they come back to visit.

For 60 years, Pinewood has been the difference for generations of students and families.

On November 27th, we're calling our alums to be the difference for Pinewood by supporting our tuition assistance or faculty professional development programs.

All gifts will be matched by a generous Pinewood alum.

A Panther in Madagascar

This summer, Helena Merk ’17 is in northern Madagascar with eight of her fellow Duke University engineers. Together, they are installing a clean water distribution pipeline of their own design. The goal of this project is to provide clean water access to each of the approximately four-hundred households (~1,000 villagers) who are currently drinking contaminated water. Before embarking on her trip, Helena walked thirteen miles with twenty-five kilos of water strapped to her back, raising awareness about the long distances women and children in this region make every day to fetch water.

Inviting the World to Your Table

Brittany Schulte ’14, a recent graduate from Georgetown University with a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service, International Politics has published her first book. After spending significant time traveling abroad, Brittany realized there are many lessons one can learn from other countries about food and its role in our lives. The World at Your Table: How to Import Your Diet to Live a Healthier Life is a guide to how we can incorporate the best, naturally healthy elements of other food cultures into our everyday lives.

"Crazy Rich Asians," A100 List, and More for This Pinewood Alum

Jon Chu (right) with the cast of his upcoming film, Crazy Rich Asians

Jon Chu ’98 is having a big year, which is both nothing new and an understatement. To start, he's getting lots of buzz for his upcoming August 15th release, Crazy Rich Asians, the first Hollywood studio film in twenty-five years to feature an all-Asian cast. Additionally, Apple has ordered a ten-episode series to be directed and executive produced by Jon, a collaboration he says has been a life-long dream. Finally, Jon has been named in the 2018 A100 list of the most impactful Asian American & Pacific Islanders in culture today.

Mike Weber ’99 and Hayley Jackson-Weber ’00

When Hayley stepped onto Pinewood's campus in 1998, she and her new schoolmate, Mike, couldn't have imagined the turn their lives were about to take. Hayley had just moved to the Bay Area from Canada and begun at Pinewood as a sophomore. Her new friend, Mike, was a junior and a Pinewood Evergreen. Their relationship officially began when Mike quite literally got down on one knee outside of the library and offered Hayley a promposal - complete with a ring and a serenade. She said yes! to prom and the rest is history. In 1999, Mike left for UC Santa Barbara to study computer science and a year later, Hayley joined him there to study English. After college, life's adventure took the couple to San Diego for five years and then to Australia for six. Today, these Pinewood alums are back living in San Diego with their two young daughters. Mike is working for Evernote as a programmer and Hayley is a photographer. This summer, Mike and Hayley will celebrate ten years of marriage and nearly twenty years since that epic and life-changing promposal.

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