O'Dowd in Brief
News for O'Dowd alumni, parents, and friends

Finding God in All Things
March 2022
Prayer of Saint Patrick
"Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ in me,
Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down, Christ when I arise,
Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me."
RESEARCH IN MONTANA: O'DOWD STUDENTS PARTNER WITH NATIONAL PARKS SERVICE
Last month,12 O’Dowd science students traveled to Greater Yellowstone in Montana to conduct field research for the National Parks Service (NPS). Since 2008, our students have partnered with NPS to track and analyze herd populations of elk, bison and other hooved mammals, inspiring them to think about future science careers. “This experience got me excited to apply for more field research internships!” exudes Nathan Pompeani ’23. Read more!
ALUM SHOWS OFF HER JEOPARDY KNOWLEDGE!
Claire Jackson ’20 recently starred on the Jeopardy College Championship! Claire, a double major in English and Spanish at Spelman College, was one of 36 top-tier undergrads in the collegiate competition, ending the game in second place. When she isn’t practicing trivia, Claire interns for Sisters Inspiring Sisters, an organization that provides leadership and self-empowerment skills to middle and high school girls in the Atlanta Metropolitan area.
DRAGON WINS FELLOWSHIP
Molly Montgomery '10 recently won the Jack Hazard Fellowship for Creative Writers Teaching High School. The fellowship, sponsored by the New Literacy Project at UC Berkeley, is awarded to writers who work full-time as high school teachers. Molly is currently working on a novel that tells the story of two Chinese-American girls who overcome challenges and find their place in the world. “The story is inspired by my grandmother’s experience growing up in the Ming Quong Home in Oakland,” shares Molly.
O'DOWD'S PATH OF LEADERSHIP
From the moment the 9th grade class steps on campus, O’Dowd’s curriculum and programs encourage students to explore their leadership. Opportunities range from clubs and affinity groups, spirit week and cultural heritage events, Mass and student retreats, to more formal representative groups, like the Associated Student Body, Campus Ministry Team, Eco Leaders, and more. Learn how our students grow as leaders and make an impact on the world!
INSPIRING SERVICE LEADERSHIP
O’Dowd’s Athletic Director, Carlos Reed, recently co-wrote an article for the National Federation of State High School Association - “Leveraging Athletics to Strengthen Service Leadership.” As an athletic director, Carlos deeply believes in service opportunities, the value of connection, and sports as a powerful connecting point to build and maintain positive school culture. This year O’Dowd added the Student-Athlete Leadership Team (SALT) to our Senior Leadership Program. Together, SALT members practice service leadership and actively engage our school community.
CELEBRATING LIFE LONG FRIENDSHIPS AT THE O'DOWD REUNION
This May the class of 1972 will celebrate 50 years since graduating from O’Dowd. In anticipation of the reunion, Marcie Light Gudebski ’72 shares, “The friends I made over fifty years ago remain some of the most profound blessings of my life. It’s as if no time has passed - there’s a deep connectedness through our shared history. Some memories never leave your bones.” What life-long friends did you make while at O’Dowd? Share your memories here!
Campus News
BLACK HISTORY ASSEMBLY
This year’s Black History Assembly celebrated “The Second Line - Rebirth, Renewal, and Regeneration through the Arts.” Our Black Student Union led our school on a journey through the powerful lens of music and dance - from traditional West African drumming, to jazz, to reggae, and through the evolution of hip-hop. View the performance!
STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN CLOSE-UP
This month, students and faculty traveled to Washington D.C., where they engaged the nation’s capital as a living classroom, making personal connections with the people and institutions that embody our nation’s past and present. Our students met with US Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (New York) and Barbara Lee (California). As a group, they learned what our elected representatives are doing to combat climate change, decrease homelessness, and respond to the war in Ukraine.
MOCK TRIAL GOES TO COUNTY FINALS
Our Mock Trial Team competed in a county-wide competition, making it to the finals. The team includes Francesca Carney '22, Kiran Kasling '22, Avery Forristal '22, Adam Abdul-Rahim '22, Lucia Tarantino '22, Una Lake '25, Mina Ignacio '24, Celenne Quach '25, Sydney Brown Wilson '24, Gabe Carney '25, Sean Carney '25, Mariah Joy '23, Elliott Beckner '24, Belen Topete '23, Dylan Smiley '25, and Jamie Collins '24.
LENT: A SEASON OF RENEWAL
This month, our community gathered for Ash Wednesday Mass, the beginning of the Lenten season. Throughout Lent, we focus on the power of reconciliation to transform our relationships. We are grateful for our Campus Ministry Team, who shared powerful experiences of reconciliation: with themselves, their friends, their families, and God. “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” - Romans 12:2
Alumni News
DOUG TAYLOR, DPM ’70 was elected Director-at-Large to the California Podiatric medical associations (CPMA) Board of Directors during the organization’s 2021 House of Delegates.
SEAN NORIEGA ’03 graduated from Merritt College in 2021 and is now working as a Senior Security Compliance Analyst for startup AKASA.
JENNIFER RUBIN SNYDER ’03 was recently promoted to Director of Research at Foundry10, a philanthropic and research organization dedicated to expanding the ways that people think about learning and education.
KIERSTEN MCKOY ’06 was recently promoted to Associate Principal Counsel of the Legal Affairs team at FX Networks.
PAYTON SILKET ’16, a community organizer for Faith in Action, recently spoke to O’Dowd students during Community Action Day. Payton discussed the history of voter suppression, social justice, and the power of democracy.
MAXWELL PIERCE ’17 was named Player of the Week” by Men's Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA). A student at Dominican University, Maxwell had a strong season opener, helping his team beat Oregon and Stanford.
Upcoming Events
March
26 - Crab Feed- Sold Out! Online Auction Goes Live on March 27!

April
29 Opening Weekend of Spring Musical: Chicago

June
Middle School and High School Summer Academy - Registration Now Open!
Join us Saturday, May 7 on O’Dowd’s campus to celebrate with classmates and fellow alumni from the Dragon community! 

We hope you can join the O’Dowd Reunion as we celebrate milestone reunion classes of 1957, 1962, 1967, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1977, 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997, 2002, 2007, 2012, 2017!
All alumni 21+ are invited to attend.
 
2:00 – 3:00pm
Golden Grad Celebration
Our Golden Grad Celebration will honor classes celebrating their Golden Reunion. Celebrate Class of 1972’s 50th, 1971’s 50th+1 and 1970’s 50th+2

3:00 – 7:00pm
Reunion Celebration Begins for All Classes