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“Where Are They Now?”
WCDS Alumni Updates
Nathan Musser came to Wheeling Country Day School in 1984 as a preschooler, around the same he started violin lessons at the age of three. He attended WCDS through 5th grade during which time he continued to develop his love of music. “Wheeling Country Day School’s focus on public speaking and performing helped Nathan develop his confidence as a musician,” explained his mother Netch, who is a 1st grade aide at WCDS.
He played in Wheeling Park High School’s orchestra and was the principal upright bass player for the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony. After attending the Berkeley School of Music in Boston, he worked as a music technician on many major productions including the Grammy Awards and television programs including “The Jimmy Kimmel Show”. He recently moved from Los Angles to Nashville and has been touring with award-winning, country music duo, “Sugarland” over the last year as a music tech and playing the fiddle. On December 11, 2011, he performed with Sugarland in Oslo, Norway, for the Nobel Peace Prize Concert.
Nathan’s solo in Sugarland’s rendition of “Come On Eileen” performed during their tour last season.
Students enjoyed a visit from WCDS alumnus Jonathan Squibb who is getting ready to depart on a three month traveling adventure through the "Semester at Sea" program. He will be communicating with WCDS foreign language classes while exploring China, India, South Africa, Brazil, and more. Bon voyage, Jonathan! Thank you ...for sharing your experiences with our students!
You can follow Jonathan's blog at http://jsquibbaroundtheworld.wordpress.com/.
Michele K. Sommer
Former Wheeling Country Day School student Michele K. Sommer and her students' are published in the Harvard Educational Review. Congratulations to alumna Michele Sommer whose article, “The Cream Does Not Always Rise: The Plight of Visual-Spatial Learners and the Power of Art Education” was selected for publication in the Harvard Educational Review. Hers was selected from 450 entries from five continents considered for inclusion and was the only one in 20 years featuring art. Check out the full article here about Sommer and her great achievement. In the Harvard Educational Review article she notes the inspiration she gained from her art teacher during her time at Wheeling Country Day School. Here is an excerpt, “Her article noted her lack of confidence in middle school, and the feeling when she received an award for a drawing with a note from Wheeling Country Day School art teacher Debbie Kiester. In part, Kiester wrote, ‘Your incredible artistic talent is a gift to be nurtured and cherished.” According to Sommer, “My art teacher saved my life that day. The knowledge that I had a valuable skill that I could share with others set me on the path to my bright future.” Thank you, Michelle, for demonstrating the power of encouragement and education in young lives and for the wonderful "shout out" to WCDS! We are proud of you!
You can read the full article on The Intelligencer website at this link. Full Story.