four square champions

Chris Glasser [Junior Faculty '05-'07] won the men's Four Square World Championship on February 28, in Bridgton, ME. Going up against 58 other competitors, Chris advanced through two elimination rounds to qualify for the final, where he won in overtime by a single point. Amazingly enough, Chris is in fact the second Explo alum to claim the four square world title. Jasper Turner [Senior Faculty '02-'05] started the proud tradition of Exploration Four Square World Champions with his win in 2007.

Christian Housh [Intermediate Faculty '95-'99] recently claimed the Cambridge, MA SquareFour League Championship. Christian's title for the 2008-09 season is his second consecutive league crown. Christian (who goes by the pseudonym "Tiger Claw" on the court) has also been a Four Square World Championships finalist in years past. In 2008 he finished in the top 5, and in 2007 he was the world runner-up to Jasper. We're sure it's only a matter of time before he too wins the title, adding himself to the ranks of the Explo elite.

Congrats to all -- Chris, Jasper, and Tiger Claw!

young alums

Wednesday, January 21st was the first annual "Wear Your Explo Lanyard to School" Day. Started by David Gumins [Junior Student '06-'07, Intermediate Student '08], the holiday was intended as a way for alums to "show our Explo pride and officially remember the times we had at Explo," David said. In December, David created a Facebook group that invited more than 600 Exploration students and faculty to wear their summer lanyard throughout the day. More than 300 alums participated, including Elliot Targum, the Intermediate Program Head, who wore his lanyard into the Exploration office on that day. David says that he is already looking forward to making Lanyard Day II an even greater success!

Aric Floyd [Junior Student '08] recently performed on tour in Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun. The troupe, part of the Penumbra Theatre Company of St. Paul, MN, performed the play in cities across the US this past winter and spring.

Still only a middle-schooler, Aric got his start in the theater scene seven years ago somewhat by accident. While accompanying his sister to an audition for A Christmas Carol, Aric was asked to try out for the part of Tiny Tim. He won the role, he says, by singing "Happy Birthday". As a member of the cast of A Raisin in the Sun, Aric was offered a card in the professional Actors' Equity Association union. He says that though he wanted to accept, he decided that it would be better for his acting career -- because many jobs are at nonunion theaters -- not to join up (. . . at least not just yet).

explo in the arts

Megan Trice [Junior Faculty '01-'03] is a company manager in New York City for Broadway shows and shows on tour. Currently, she's lending her talents to The Toxic Avenger, an off-Broadway rock musical written by David Bryan (keyboardist for Bon Jovi) and Joe DiPietro (writer of I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change). Since graduating from Yale, she's worked on shows with Molly Ringwald and Andrew Lloyd Webber and been a part of the 2007 Broadway revival of Grease.

"Only Explo could have prepared me for the intense working environment of tour work," she wrote in an email. "When you live and work with the same people 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, they become your family."

Matthew Mosher [Intermediate Student '97, Senior Student '98-'99, Intermediate Faculty '04-'05, '07-'08] has had three of his pieces, one of which he created while working at Explo, accepted for the Green Exhibit at Towson Arts. The exhibit, which opens April 24 and runs through the end of May, is the culminating event of Baltimore Green Week.

Matt was also recently accepted into Arizona State's graduate school for intermedia art -- which is the only program of its kind in the US. In his email to us, he wrote, "I am sooooo stoked." We are too, Matt!

Rosylyn Rhee [Senior Faculty '97-'00] recently released the documentary film Same Same, but Different, which she directed, wrote, and edited. In September 2008, an abbreviated version of the film won first place in the Project Sunlight Short Film Contest, a competition for Korean American cinema. Currently, Rosy is the in-house documentary filmmaker for The Music Center, a performance art venue in Los Angeles.

community education

Timothy Barsky [Intermediate Student '90] is the co-founder of The Vowel Movement, a monthly community beatboxing event in San Francisco and the Bay Area.  

James Forman, Jr. [Senior Faculty '86-'88] is the co-founder of both the Maya Angelou Public Charter School in Washington, DC, and the See Forever Foundation. See Forever is a non-profit organization that supports the Maya Angelou School, which is devoted to helping students develop the skills necessary to bring positive change to their communities.

  Julie Trachtenburg [Senior Student '89] is the co-founder of Girls Actively Participating (GAP!), an outdoor leadership program for middle school-aged girls.

Ellen Bronfman Hauptman [Senior Student '85] and her husband Andrew contributed two million dollars to help bring City Year, a community service program for recent college graduates, to Los Angeles.

Gillian McCain [Senior Student '81-'82] is a published poet serving on the board at the Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church in New York City. Now in its fifth decade, the Poetry Project features a reading series, weekly writing workshops, and extensive audio and document archives.  

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