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Alumni Spotlight
Nick Greif'95 - '01

Protractors and sharpened compasses in hand, my 2nd year upper school confidants and I eagerly awaited our overthrow of the (mostly benevolent) dictatorship that was Mr. (Peter) Brady’s after-lunch history class. Arriving at the bright blue classroom door, armed to wrest control of the class for the day, we marched in ready to declare the day won and decide what the lesson would be.

To this day, I have no idea who snitched on us, but the omniscient Brady mowed us down with rubber bands as we entered the class. Pronouncing our coup d'état thwarted and sentencing us to a class’ worth of silence since we were now “dead.”

We should have known we never stood a chance. Mr. Brady had taught us all we knew about politics and revolutions.

I don’t know if educational theorists are referring to this kind of experience when they talk about “practical learning,” but this sense of adventure and experimentation is what has driven me ever since, and most recently, driven me into Los Angeles City Hall...
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Alumni Notes
Devin Sidell'85 - '92 appeared on NBC's "About A Boy" with Minnie Driver on April 22nd.

Adam Frank'87 - '95 has been living in New York since 2001. After 10 years in the art world he opened Cochinita, a Mexican restaurant in Brooklyn. He will open his second location in Manhattan's Lower East Side in May of this year.
This summer, Lana Graham'88 - '95 is excited to relocate to Arizona with her husband, where she will continue her teaching career. For the last 5 years, she has been inspired by many of her former teachers as an Assistant Teacher at Mirman School. She will be moving on to teach 4th grade Math and Social Studies classes. Although she is sad to leave Mirman, it will always be her second home.
Vance Monet'93 - '98 joined the Navy in 2012. Currently living in Everett, Washington, 2014 will mark his last year of service. He has fond memories of playing "D and non-D" on the green board at the playground and getting into trouble for playing too long after school.
After graduating from UC Irvine with B.A. degrees in Psychology and Japanese, Katrina Leonoudakis'98 - '05 moved to Japan to teach English with the JET Programme. Currently living in a tiny mountain village near Mt. Fuji, she plans to return to the U.S. in August to attend Kent State University for an M.A. in Japanese Translation.
Michael Zaks'01 - '07 is currently studying Math and Economics at Columbia University. He plans to graduate in May of 2017 and has an interest in finance.
Nick Lieberman'02 - '08 and Alexander Tsebelis '05 - '08 recently released a music video for an up-and-coming Los Angeles rapper through their newly-formed production company, Ready Made Pictures. Ready Made Pictures is currently expanding to represent and produce the work of new directors creating commercial web-based content.
Luca Pistor'07 - '13: Founder and Co-Director of JSES (Junior Social Entrepreneurs Summit), Luca created a week long summer day camp for students 11 to 16 years old, taught by professors from USC's Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies and Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab. Whether attending to be inspired, or to realize a fully-formed idea, each JSES student will complete a business concept plan, learn a project pitch, gain mentor-support, and have FUN!

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Recently, Brandon Fong'09 - '13 participated in the North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad, a contest in which students learn about the diversity and consistency of language, while exercising logic skills by solving linguistic puzzles. Brandon's open round score was in the top 10 percent and qualified him for the invitational round. He is currently a sophomore at Kent School in Connecticut.

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Upcoming Events
April 26th, 11:00a.m. - 5:00p.m.

Mardi Gras Spring Fair

The Spring Fair is only days away! Come back to campus to experience the Big Easy the Mirman way for rides, games, and fun! Bring your friends and family and don’t forget to drop by the alumni booth and say hi! Visit to register, buy tickets, and to check out the silent auction items!
May 19th, 4:30p.m. - 6:30p.m.

Annual High School Graduates Reception

Marilyn and Glen McDaniel Library, Mirman School

Join fellow Mirman alumni who are graduating from High School this spring for an evening of memories and good wishes! Your former Mirman teachers are looking forward to seeing you again. Parents are welcome! Please RSVP to or on our Mirman Alumni Facebook page.
May 30th - 31st at 7:30p.m.
June 1st at 2:00p.m.

4th Year Musical, "The Boyfriend"

Leonard M. Ross Family Auditorium, Mirman School

"The Boyfriend" is a musical written by Sandy Wilson set in the French Riviera during the '20s. It is a comedy centered around a group of girls that go to Madame Dubonnet's Finishing School. "The Boyfriend" is a spoof of 1920s musical comedies and is filled with tongue and cheek moments.
June 3rd, 3:30p.m.

Mirman School Retiree Farewell
Mirman School

The entire Mirman community comes together to honor our retiring faculty members, Mr. Darrel Lee and Ms. Ramona Otto (pictured). All alumni are invited to reminisce and bid a fond farewell to these special teachers.
June 5th, 10:00a.m.

Graduation Ceremony

Mirman School

Come celebrate and congratulate our proud US4 graduates as they walk the stage and become the newest additions to our alumni community!
June 19th, 6:30p.m. – 9:00p.m.

A Summer Mixer with Dan Vorenberg

Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles

Alumni age 21+ are invited to join our Head of School Dan Vorenberg, fellow alumni, and your former Mirman teachers for a private reception at the famous Craft and Folk Art Museum on Wilshire Blvd. in Los Angeles. The entire museum space will be ours to enjoy along with drinks and appetizers. Mark your calendars!
Mirman School News
On Sunday, April 6th, Mirman alumni and friends joined Head of School Dan Vorenberg, Board Chair Susan Berman, and host and alumnus Scott Becker, Vice President, Enterprise Products at Schrödinger, for a fun and informative mixer and lunch in Midtown Manhattan. In addition to the over 30 alumni in attendance representing over 40 years of Mirman history, two sets of Mirman grandparents, and one uncle were also in attendance. Also joining the group were Director of Advancement Joy Kliewer, Director of Annual Giving and Alumni Relations Noah Kaufman, and Interim Head of Lower School, Jocelyn Balaban. Check out the pics on our Facebook page and the full video of our presenters on YouTube.
Four Mirman science fair projects received awards at the 2014 Los Angeles County Science and Engineering Fair (March 27 - 29) at the Pasadena Convention Center. David Duncan, US3 (pictured) won a 1st Place award for his project, “What’s in the Meat We Eat?” in the category of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. He will advance to the California State Science and Engineering Fair.
On April 16th, the Co-ed Volleyball team won both of their games against Berkeley Hall! Our Mustangs looked fierce and focused on the court.

Students from Rooms 3 put on a fantastic display of Multicultural Awareness on April 17th. Each student learned about a country and presented their knowledge in character as a resident of that nation. Not only were the boards and costumes impressive, but the presentations showcased a tremendous amount of preparation and research.
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