Abby Bergman ’10 Talks with Willows 2nd Grade about Her Swim Across Santa Monica Bay
Abby Bergman ’10, marathon swimmer and behavioral scientist, recently completed her longest swim to date on September 2, 2020. Our. Our 2nd grade students followed Abby’s swim live on Facebook tracking her and cheering her on as she swam 27 miles across the top of Santa Monica Bay.

Then, Abby discussed the swim with the 2nd graders via Zoom. Video of Abby swimming and discussing the swim on the news.

Abby is a behavioral scientist who studies the psychology behind extreme sports and athletes. Her past distance swims have included the Catalina Crossing and the English Channel. Follow Abby at @openwaterabby.
Annie Schindel ‘13 is busy singing and songwriting and appeared on the new NBC-TV show Songland, where three of America’s producers search for the next songwriting hit-maker! The show premiered in May 2019. Annie also recently performed at The Willows Scholars’ and Visionaries’ Dinner at the Home of Lisa and Larry Rosenstein.
Audrey Rose Young ‘09 performed in Cleopatra an immersive, new pop musical at the Chelsea Music Hall in New York City. Instead of a band, the music is mixed live each night by a DJ.
Noah Reitman '99 is the Assistant Principal Bass with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.
His Bio at the VSO states, “Born in Los Angeles, California, Noah Reitman discovered classical music and the double bass in middle school. He was drawn to the warmth and expressive potential of the big string sound.” Noah was a music major at the University of Michigan, holds a Master’s degree from Indiana University, and a Professional Studies Certificate from the Manhattan School of Music.
Anna Sophia Lotman 16 - Teen: The sexual harassment checklist we shouldn't need
Read an article in the CNN Opinion written by alum Anna Sophia Lotman Read the article.
Tess Murdoch ‘03–Design, Art, Creativity, Maker & Entrepreneurship Meet in Her New Textile Venture, New Hue Textile Studio
Tess is now a co-owner of New Hue Textile Studio and one of the eight co-owners of Textiles West, a burgeoning organization aiming to inspire awareness, participation, and appreciation of textile and fiber arts in Colorado Springs. Textiles West has an innovation/maker space lab. To read an article about Tess’s textile work in the Colorado Springs Independent visit:
Maxell Curtis 06 Takes Gaming to a New Level in Las Vegas
Max Curtis is the manager of The Downtown Underground in the Downtown Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, a fresh gaming hub for a new generation of young adults featuring eSports and skill-based games. The Underground offers a gaming extravaganza with top tier computers, gaming consoles paired with a huge flat screen TV, weekly tournaments and competitions and prizes. Max has spearheaded the operation and has been renovating and revamping the space to make it appealing to casual and professional players.
Christina Quarles ’99 has her painting “Beautiful Mourning”
displayed at the New Museum in New York City as part of a large group show entitled “Trigger: Gender as a Tool and Weapon.” To learn more about the exhibit read, this article in The New Yorker Magazine, “The Art World as Safe Place” by Peter Schjeldahl. He writes, "The happiest surprise in “Trigger” is a trend in painting that takes inspiration from ideas of indeterminate sexuality for revived formal invention. Two painters who stand out are Tschabalala Self and Christina Quarrels.”   Christian recently had her work featured in the Made in LA show at The Hammer Museum.
Marlon Rabenreither '03 Releases New Album "Big Blue"
At the end of March 2017, Marlon Rabenreither '03, who goes by the pen anme Gold Star is releasing a new album, "Big Blue" which is a follow up to his first release "Dark Days." The new album has a strong connection to Los Angeles giving his songs a georgraphic touchpoint and context. Marlon writes, lives, and records in Big Blue, a 1910 Craftsman style house in the middle of Hollywood. "Songwriting is different for every song, each one is its own riddle," says Marlon. Read a featured article on Marlon @ RAVELIN: Gold Star on His Album "Big Blue"  Marlon Rabenreither is currently touring promoting his new album.
Sydney Silverman, 8th Grade Student
Sydney Silverman, a current 8th grader, is the very first student to compete for The Willows in The Interscholastic Equestrian League of Los Angeles (IEL.) The IEL is composed of about 75 schools in greater Los Angeles. Sydney participated in her first IEL competition in March and competed in four events or classes with her horse, Hudson. Out of 35 competitors, she won the first place ribbon in a jumping event and placed 5th, 6th, and 9th in the other events. Sydney is shown here with Hudson!
Rebecca Yale '02
Rebecca Yale, Willows ‘02, who is now a professional photographer, won the 2016 Photo of the Year from "Belle Lumiére Magazine.” Rebecca works in both Los Angeles and New York City and also travels the world documenting causes that she is passionate about such as conservation and child protection and rights. She has worked with UNICEF's The Borneo Project and was a finalist in PDN’s prestigious Photo Annual Award for documenting global warming in the Arctic. Rebecca graduated from Harvard-Westlake School ‘06 and New York University. Visit to see more of her stunning work, exceptional photography awards, and to follow her blog. Rebecca was recently named Brides Magazine Best Wedding Photographer in the World, 2018.
Jacob Goodman '11
Jacob Goodman ’11, who is a current senior at The University of Chicago and a graduate of Harvard-Westlake School, returned for two weeks this summer to create art installations for the annual Willows still life that represented the "power of nature.” Jacob recently directed a Shakespearean play at the University of Chicago and reminisced about his part in The Willows' graduation play “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” the inspiration and support he received from teachers, and how The Willows prepared him for college and beyond.
Jack Bush '07
Willows alum Jack Bush ’07, is currently completing his master’s in electrical engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology. He has worked as a paid intern on the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 Project at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Jack is shown here with our Middle School students and Willows Dean of Educational Technology Wendy Amster when he hosted our students on a recent field trip to JPL. Jack graduated from Loyola High School and The Georgia Institute of Technology. Read an interview with Jack Bush on our alumni news page.
Wilder Buchanan '12
Wilder Buchanan ’12, who is currently a junior at Loyola High School and a member of the Loyola Robotics team, has initiated a program at Loyola that offers training in robotics at high schools in the Compton and Inglewood School districts that are unable to offer robotics due to lack of resources. Wilder has set up 10 teams in five high schools with the assistance of other juniors at Loyola High School. These students, who are members of a FIRST Tech Challenge team established by Wilder last year, are training teachers. This program allows Wilder to combine his interest in robotics, mechanics, and community service. Wilder is shown here with Tech Visionary Nicholas Negroponte at a Willows Family Education Night. Link to complete article in Loyola High School’s The Loyalist.

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