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November 2017 
In This Issue
Celeste Ng Visits Shaker Heights
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Celeste Ng, c/o '98
The Shaker Schools Foundation was pleased to co-present Shaker Library's Meet the Author program with Celeste Ng on Monday, November 6, at Shaker Middle School. Ms. Ng, a 1998 graduate, is the author of Little Fires Everywhere , which is set in Shaker Heights and explores the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, the pull of motherhood, and the danger of believing that following rules can avert disaster.

Ms. Ng explained why she set her novel in Shaker Heights, read a passage from the book, and answered a number of questions with insight and humor. She values the academic and social education she received in Shaker, and especially
the encouragement she received as a writer.
Celeste Ng graduated from Harvard University and earned an MFA from the University of Michigan, where she received the Hopwood Award. Her first novel, Everything I Never Told You, was published in 2014 and garnered many awards. Her fiction and essays also have appeared in publications including the New York Times, One Story, The Guardian, and TriQuarterly. Ms. Ng has received the Pushcart Prize, Massachusetts Book Award, American Library Association's Alex Award, and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and son.
Giving Tuesday
On Giving Tuesday, show that Shaker has heart! 

"The Shaker Schools have made a difference in my life and my family's!"  We hear these words frequently from our alums, from Shaker parents, and from students.

Giving Tuesday is the perfect way to say thank you. By supporting the Shaker Schools Foundation, you can help provide today's students with educational excellence. On or before  Tuesday, November 28, the Foundation invites you to  make a donation to support the many programs that enrich our Shaker students' lives - such as fine arts programming, overseas travel, educational enhancements, and new technology.

And you don't have to wait until Giving Tuesday - make your donation any time and show that Shaker Has Heart!  The Foundation wholeheartedly thanks you!

Meet Shaker's Newest Hall of Famers
2017 Hall of Fame Inductees
What do a former NFL guard, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, a PIXAR Animation Studios VP, an Emmy Award-winning composer and writer, an Emmy Award-winning journalist, a psychotherapist, the VP of Marketing for the Boston Red Sox, a documentary filmmaker and an international studies expert have in common? They are the latest inductees to the Shaker Heights High School Alumni Association Hall of Fame!
Inducted were  Marlene
Sanders, '48 (inducted posthumously), and pictured in the photo (front row, left to right):  Katherine Stone Kaufmann, '63,  Adam Grossman, '98,  Marcia Rock, '67; (back row, left to right):  Amy Sands, '68,  Britta Wilson-Uter, '79, Adrien Clarke, '99, Wesley Lowery, '08, and  Patricia Lee Stotter, '67. Read their  full bios  to learn more about their accomplishments! We are so proud of our talented alums.
Shaker Street Smarts
A Sign of Support for Shaker Schools

Thanks to the generosity of the City of Shaker Heights, the Shaker Schools Foundation has received hundreds of  street signs as part of a  sign replacement project. The Foundation will be offering them for sale, with all proceeds benefiting the  Shaker SchoolsYou can acquire a little bit of Shaker Heights - perhaps the  street  where you grew up, the  street  where you live, the  street  of your favorite school, or all three!  The  Foundation  will host a two-week online auction to sell the signs.
When: November 29 @ 9 a.m. EST to December 13 @ 9 p.m. EST
For Information and Auction Site:
We will keep you updated on this project at the Foundation's website.  In the meantime, start making your shopping list for this unique opportunity.
My Shaker: David Kelley, SHHS '67, Learning to Ask Why
David Kelley, SHHS '67
The Early Years at Shaker
The eldest of five children, David moved to Shaker when he was seven years old and started the second grade at Onaway Elementary School. David's parents, now deceased, were both civically engaged. His father, Walter C. Kelley, Jr., was Mayor of Shaker Heights from 1973-84. His mother, Patricia Kelley, was active with the League of Women Voters, Nature Center at Shaker Lakes, Visiting Nurse Association of Cleveland, and the Women's Council of the Cleveland Museum of Art, among other organizations.

Living near the high school, David fondly remembers playing by the creek and wooded area near the Administration Building and Woodbury, where he rode his bicycle and quickly made friends.

David excelled in math, and especially loved studying themes in literature about human nature, love, and ethics. In high school, he continued to enjoy the philosophical ideas in his English classes and mathematical logic. He loved to ask why - all the time! It was no surprise that he decided to study philosophy. As a high school student he read the writings of Ayn Rand, including The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged. He spent his free time reading as much as he could about ethics and politics.
David fondly recalls English teachers Margaret Olds and John Vargas, math teacher Fred Holzhauser, Jr., and government teacher Jerry Graham, all of whom encouraged him to think and even disagree with others, and to maintain his active mind.

After Shaker
After graduating Shaker, David studied philosophy at  Brown University, graduating in four years with both bachelor's and master's degrees. He received his PhD in philosophy in 1975 from Princeton. He accepted his first academic position at Vassar College, where he worked until 1984. He then pursued freelance writing and wrote the book, The Art of Reasoning, an introductory college textbook in logic, now in its fourth edition.

During the late 1980s, David became more active in the Objectivist movement which was developed by Ayn Rand in the mid 1960s. Objectivism is the philosophy of rational individualism and espouses achieving happiness as an essential and important goal. David was a regular speaker at the Ayn Rand Institute conferences and in 1990 created his own organization, known as The Atlas Society. In 2005, the organization moved to Washington D.C., where it remains today. The goal of The Atlas Society is to introduce and promote the tenets of Objectivism: the philosophy of reason, achievement, individualism, and freedom.

Advice to Current Shaker Students
After recently attending his 50th reunion, David encourages current Shaker students to value the excellent education that is available to them as it was to him. "Make the most of your time at Shaker because the more you learn now, the better you will do later," he says. "It really does matter."

My Shaker is all about you! 

Email or call the alumni office at 216-295-4877. We would love to hear your story.
Attention Amazon Shoppers
The Shaker Schools Foundation is happy to inform you that when you shop with AmazonSmile, 0.5% of your eligible purchases can be donated to the Shaker Schools Foundation! Please consider making the Foundation the recipient of your AmazonSmile purchases. 

Shop for everyone on your gift list this holiday at   and Amazon donates to Shaker Schools Foundation.
Upcoming Reunions and Events
Class of '67 50th reunion during a tour of SHHS
Visit our  reunion page to learn more about upcoming reunions. Also, please be sure to  update your contact information so that we can keep you posted on each of our alumni events. 

Questions?  Email us.

Shaker Homecoming 2017: A Huge Success!
We were overwhelmed by the enthusiastic response to our first community-wide Shaker Homecoming celebration, which drew hundreds of Shaker families, staff, community members, and last - but never least - so many fabulous Shaker alumni!

Plans are already underway for next year's event, so mark your calendars for September 28-30, 2018. Want to be sure your friends hear all about it? Encourage them to update their Alumni Profile and ask them to follow the Shaker Schools Alumni Facebook page so we can keep in touch with them.

The Friday night kick-off at the Dealership attracted more than 250 attendees, including alumni from a wide range of classes. A special thank you to Drew Schultz, '06, and his band, the Broken Habits, for providing amazing entertainment for the evening. They rocked the house!

We loved seeing the smiles on people's faces at the Saturday pre-game festival as they enjoyed rides on the Rocket Car, giant bubbles, activities run by Shaker student clubs and local organizations, hot dogs grilled by  Brian Sullivan, '85,  and a school bus tour of Shaker Heights led by '85ers Julie McGovern Voyzey and Jennifer Gray Proe.

After the festival, it was wonderful to see the football stands packed to the rafters with Shaker fans to cheer on our Raider football team, amazing marching band, Raiderettes, and cheerleaders. We also honored Shaker football captains from over the decades and invited alumni band members onto the field for the halftime show. Shaker love was in the air!

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