Once a Tarrier, always a Tarrier.
Friday, Oct 24 - Saturday, Oct 25, 2014
12:00AM - 12:00AM - Charles Wright Academy
Tacoma, Wash. – Charles Wright Academy celebrated a milestone homecoming weekend beginning on Friday, Oct. 24, and continuing through Saturday, Oct. 25. In addition to the time-honored pep rallies, football game, and dance, members of CWA’s first-ever graduating class returned to campus for their 50th reunion.
Steve Munn ’81 knows a thing or two about adventure.
Having worked for companies such as Reebok, Pepsi, and Vans prior to becoming president of JanSport in 2007, he gravitates toward brands that promote active and adventurous lifestyles. “At the core of people that work for brands like Vans and JanSport is a passion for the products we make and what those products enable,” he says. “Of course, we still have to run a business and deal with the challenges that go with that—it’s just a lot more fun when it involves action and adventure.”
Wedding photography might not be considered fine art by many, but R.J. Kern ’96 is turning that notion on its head. Since graduating from college in 2000, R.J. has won numerous awards and accolades for his wedding photos while crisscrossing the country to capture the special moments from a couple's most cherished day. While the journey to this point in his career hasn't been straightforward, it's been rooted in the foundation of discovery and creativity that was laid at Charles Wright Academy.
Charles Wright Academy has been life-changing for many Tarriers, but perhaps even more so than for the Class of 1964. Our first graduates were a group of young men bound together by their shared experiences at a fledgling yet growing school and by the times they lived through—nuclear deterrence, the Cuban missile crisis, the assassination of President Kennedy, the Civil Rights movement, the Vietnam War, and the music of the ’60s.
The gentlemen of the Class of 1964 certainly marked a major milestone as Charles Wright’s first graduating class. But the Class of 1971 also holds a special place in the annals of school history: It was the first graduating class of Tarriers that included female students.
Many traditions have been established in the 57 years since Charles Wright Academy first opened its doors in 1957: Tussock Moth Day, the Headmaster’s Picnic, C’DAT, and Founders’ Day are only a few. Perhaps the most intrinsic tradition of all, though, is the thread of family that is woven into the fabric of the school as second—and, in one case, third—generations of Tarriers become students and alumni.
Seattle, Wash. – Mariners. Macklemore. Middle schoolers. The three came together at Safeco Field in early April to film an anti-bullying public service announcement for the Major League Baseball team's #ChangeTheGame campaign that was released today. It was serendipitous for Charles Wright alumnus Zack Daniels ’98, who is a teacher at Bellevue’s Highland Middle School and has been working with his students in class on countering bullying and harassment.
The CWA Parent Association annually honors a faculty member for his or her outstanding contribution to the Charles Wright community. This award is given to any member of the CWA faculty that has proven to be inspirational in their teaching techniques, shows dedication to their students, and demonstrates a passion for their field. Nominations are accepted each spring from any member of the CWA community. Please join us at Upper School Graduation on June 7, when the Parent Association announces the 2014 Inspirational Faculty Award winner.
Nominations are now closed.
When we began to plan the Spirit Auction last spring, we wanted to honor the work that members of the CWA community do to make a top-notch education a reality for our children. Along every step of the trail, we've been enthusiastically supported. THANK YOU to everyone who helped with provisions (aka auction items), sky hooks (aka sponsorship, advertisements, and cash donations), expedition bookings (aka reservations), and gear checks (aka decorations, setup, cleanup, and auction night help).
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A decade ago, a CWA student who played select soccer for a premier team came into my office and said, “Attending Charles Wright and playing select soccer is like climbing a mountain. No matter how far you have climbed, there is still a trail in front of you.”
I have enjoyed science since I was very young, although I will be the first to say that it never came easily. That didn’t matter. I noticed that even though I was better at other classes, science interested me the most, and when I did do well it was extremely rewarding. My favorite class at CWA was Mr. Bierman’s chemistry class—and no, I didn’t get an A. When I arrived at the University of Arizona for college, I had no clue what classes to take. But I was up for a challenge and signed up for chemistry, which was one of my best decisions to this day.
Welcome, Spike! What inspired you to make your debut this year?
I thought that it was just about time. Quite a few of our athletic teams have been doing really well in recent years—winning league and state championships.
Tacoma, Wash. – Part of what it means to be a Tarrier is to fully embrace the philosophy behind the proverb, “It takes a village.” Community service, philanthropy, and social responsibility are all longstanding traditions within the Charles Wright family, but Mallory (Beckingham) Delabar ’05 is the personification of those principles in both her professional and personal lives.
At Charles Wright Academy, we move mountains.
Tacoma, Wash. – The Class of 2013 graduated from Charles Wright Academy on Saturday, June 8, in an outdoor commencement ceremony on the lawn between the Lower School and the Upper School on a warm and sunny evening. Sixty-four seniors—members of Charles Wright’s 50th graduating class—received their diplomas, each from a faculty member whom they personally requested to present the honor.
During Winterim, Neda Sobhani ’00 found herself standing with a few Charles Wright classmates at the Rock of Gibraltar. “I’ll never forget the first time I saw Africa,” she recalls. “The hills of Morocco were just barely visible through the mist and clouds. It looked so mysterious and unreachable.” Her Winterim and community service experience at CWA offered inspiration for what would become a life dedicated to helping others abroad.
Tige Young '92 was the subject of a Forbes.com profile that highlighted his unique philosophy behind running his business in Fiji. "Any good investor looks at return on investment, which is generally just dollars," he tells the magazine. "Return On Life is (the pursuit of) experiences... that really last. You have one life, one chance to do things. And as you get older and look back, what are the things you’re gonna remember that were like, 'Boy, that was a great decision, I’m really glad I did that.'"
Charles Wright’s own Kevin O'Rourke ’74 is back on the small screen. The actor and director is a guest star with a recurring role on the hit HBO series Boadwalk Empire. O’Rourke plays a New Jersey construction magnate, Edward Bader. Bader was elected mayor of Atlantic City in 1920, both in real life and on the show. In 2012, O’Rourke won a SAG award as a member of the Boardwalk Empire ensemble. The show is set in Atlantic City, New Jersey, during the prohibition era.
Edited by Emily McMason
What once might have begun as a mere graduation requirement has blossomed into academic passion that extends beyond the gates of CWA for many World Language students. Here’s what five Charles Wright alumni are pursuing with their Japanese expertise.
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Questions? Contact Brooke (Brakke) Judge '97 at (253) 620-8382.