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

Finding God in All Things
May 2022
THANK YOU TEACHERS!
At the very heart of O’Dowd, lifting students to be their best selves every day, are our teachers. From the academic and life lessons, to all they do outside the classroom, including coaching, clubs and more, their dedication to O’Dowd is inspiring. “The teachers at O’Dowd changed my life,” shares Chelseah Henzaga ’10. “I couldn’t have made it to where I am today without them.” Click here to share how an O’Dowd teacher empowered you or your child!
DRAGON PRIDE GIVING CHALLENGE
Whoever you are, whatever your story, O’Dowd is where your passion was unlocked, your friendships began, and your dreams took flight. Give future Dragons the very best experience by joining our Dragon Pride Giving Challenge. You can even invest in the programs you're most passionate about AND your gift will be matched $1 for $1 by fellow alumni! Show your Dragon Pride and make your gift today!
TALKING DEBATE: AN INTERVIEW WITH SENIOR DEBATE TEAM LEADERS
After four years of debate, Amy Jayasuriya ’22 and Sylvie Richards ’22 have a ton of knowledge and experience to share with future Dragon debaters. Ariana Trammell ’24, student journalist and debate member, interviewed the seniors to talk about lessons learned. “What I’ve loved is how our team is community focused,” shares Sylvie. “Everyone cares about one another and over time we have become a family.” Read more!
DEVELOPING LESSON ON THE HOLOCAUST
World Religions teacher Molleen Dupree-Dominguez partnered with the Farkas Center for the Survivor Studio Project - an immersive Holocaust lesson where students listen to the journey of survivor Paul Schwarzbart and create art reflecting the emotional impact of his experience. “It is important that these stories are shared and not forgotten,” reflects Dylan Feldman ’23. Read more.
DRAGON HALL OF FAMER RETURNS TO O'DOWD
Tarik Glenn '93 was selected to the Indianapolis Colts’ Hall of Fame: Ring of Honor. Tarik played for the Colts for 10 years and is currently the Deputy Director of Operations and strategic initiatives for the Athletic Study Center at UC Berkeley. Earlier this month, Tarik announced that he will be coaching football at O’Dowd this coming fall. “I am beyond excited to assist Hardy Nickerson and the rest of the coaching staff at O’Dowd,” shares Tarik. Hardy’s vision to develop well-rounded players is in perfect alignment with my skill set.”
O'DOWD UPPER FIELD GETS A MAKEOVER
Did you know that baseball and softball have been played at O'Dowd since the 50s? Beginning this summer, the new and improved Upper Field will once again welcome the baseball team AND ALSO the softball team! The new Upper Field includes upgraded practice facilities, a better bleacher experience for fans, and improved game safety for everyone. “We can’t wait to welcome both our baseball and softball teams back to campus,” shares Hillary Kigar, Associate Athletics Director. Click here to see the design renderings.
REUNION DAY RECAP
Our beloved quad was transformed into a place of reconnection and joy for O’Dowd’s Reunion Day earlier this month. The classes of 1970, 1971, and 1972 had a joint 50th Reunion Ceremony, including a sing-a-long of the "Alma Mater!" Alumni and guests toured the campus and had an opportunity to check out the new O’Dowd Center! “It was amazing to see the quad filled with such a range of alumni!” exudes Maurita Toler ’07, Director of Alumni Engagement. “We had the Class of 1957 all the way to the Class of 2017. It was truly a day of connection and school pride!” Click here to see pictures of the event!
Campus News
HONORING INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES
As part of our Earth Week celebrations, we welcomed local Indigenous activists to speak about the history of the land we live on and how we can support, learn from, and uplift local indigenous communities.
NATIONAL LETTER OF INTENT SIGNING DAY
Congratulations to the following student-athletes for committing to their colleges:
Cecilia Costa –Volleyball 🏐 – Cal Poly Humboldt
Vanessa Ortiz-Pallen – Rugby 🏉 – Dartmouth College
Cami Restagno – Softball 🥎 - Lewis and Clark College
Lily Yu – Lacrosse 🥍 – Claremont/Mudd/Scripps College
THE CROZIER RAVES ABOUT CHICAGO!
Orelia Oiknine ’23, incoming Editor-in-Chief of The Crozier, gave a glowing review of our spring musical Chicago. “O’Dowd’s rendition stars Anna Challberg ’23 as Velma Kelly, Tessa Rosen ’22 as Roxie Hart, and Ethan Lupoff ’23 as Billy Flynn. Between the dynamic choreography, powerful vocals, and animated acting, O’Dowd students captivatingly told the stories of their characters.” Read the full review!
SPRING INSTRUMENTAL CONCERT
Under the direction of Fred Randolph, the String Orchestra, Symphonic Band, Symphonic Orchestra, Jazz Band, and Jazz Combo delighted the O’Dowd audience, with music from across genres and around the world. “Throughout the year the students worked as a team to create a wonderful and uplifting Spring Concert experience,” says Fred. “They say that music heals and this concert really felt like a healing." View the concert recording here!
Alumni News
BRENDA BLARDONY HARDY '76 retired from a near-30 year career as a Clinical Laboratory Scientist for Kaiser Hospital.
KAREN HINKLEY ‘97 and CHRIS HINKLEY ‘04, members of the family-owned Kevin L. Hinkley Auto Tech, were recognized as April’s 4R Star Program feature. This program certifies businesses that complete ongoing activities in each of the 4R categories – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Rot (organics.).
HARRY JENKINS '21, an aerospace engineering student at Lehigh University, was awarded the 2022 Patti Grace Smith Fellowship. As a fellow, he will be placed with a challenging internship at iSpace, one of the nation’s leading aerospace firms.
Upcoming Events
June and July
Middle School and High School Summer Academy - Registration Now Open!

August
28 - O’Dowd Center Grand Opening - RSVP HERE
 Your gift will be matched, dollar-for-dollar during the Dragon Pride Giving Challenge by generous alumni. But most importantly, your investment today will transform the lives of O’Dowd students with life-changing educational experiences. 
 
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