In The News
Gaby Thornton '14 nabs state doubles title
Alex Prakken '05 gets props for his turn as Cable in South Pacific
Gaby Thornton '14 was featured as a "Player to Watch" in girls tennis this fall
Shelby Marshall '08 was featured in this article on Deaconness Nursing Scholars as a past recipient
Evan Erb '15, Rory Sutter '15, Dev Nayak '15 and Matthew Fan '13 tearing up the tennis courts
Jacqueline Zoeller '12 named a Post-Dispatch Scholar Athlete
Cara Johnson '12 featured in Town & Style article on making a difference
Ebeth Oliver Scatchard ’65
Ebeth Oliver Scatchard ’65 came back to visit Community School this year with an amazing donation of her uncle's artwork. Ebeth's connections to Community run deep. She graduated from here in 1965, as did two generations of her family. In addition to doing her JBS May Project with Community teacher Maxine Blaine, she took a year out of college to be an Assistant Kindergarten Teacher with her. Her grandmother, Leah Oliver Scarlett, started Community's Nature Program, and her other grandparents, Edward "Chiefie" and Gladys Funsten donated Patches, Community's first pony! (In fact, Ebeth is the girl standing by the barn in our Centennial mural.) Both expanded learning opportunities and started long traditions. Her parents, Guy Oliver and Betty Oliver McCarthy, were Board and Lifetime Members who held the school in very high regard.
Ebeth has graciously donated sculptural work created by her uncle Clark Fitz-Gerald. Clark’s work has been displayed in the entrance of the St. Louis Art Museum, numerous colleges in Maine, Coventry Cathedral in Coventry, England, and many more locations around our country and world. In fact, one of his pieces has graced our Haven Art Gallery for years already! The portion of her uncle's work that she donated are his collection of inspirational natural objects which he called "Jibbies." These are items that he would find on a walk, marvel over, then create a miniature stand and give a place of prominence on a shelf. It could be a particular curl to a leaf or the jagged teeth and hollow eyes of a bird's skull that caught his eye. Some of these became inspirations for larger pieces of art, though many remained as their own pieces of work. She thought of donating these to Community because she knew educators here have a deep appreciation for the importance of the arts in developing a well rounded child.
Head of School Bob Cooke commented, "It was so delightful to meet Ebeth, to hear her stories about the 'old days' at Community School, and to receive the beautiful Jibbies. She is such a delightful tie to the history of the school, and our belief in hands-on, creative and nature-based education." Thank you to Ebeth for the collection of Jibbies to inspire a new generation of children.
Dr. Christian Hinrichs ’84
A typical day for Dr. Christian Hinrichs (’84) starts with taking his two children to school, attending academic conferences, seeing patients in his clinic and then meeting with his lab team to work on immunotherapy for treating and potentially eliminating cancers. Dr. Hinrichs is an assistant clinical investigator in the surgery branch at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland. He runs clinical trials and heads up T-cell therapy research specifically related to human papillomavirus/HPV-associated cancers. Dr. Hinrichs and his team harvest and replicate the patient’s innate immune system T-cells which are then infused back into the patient to attack the cancer.
Dr. Hinrichs says, “It takes about 4-5 weeks to grow the cells but given scheduling issues we tell patients about 6 weeks to get the treatment after surgery to remove a tumor. When the cells are ready, they are harvested in a bag like what is used for a blood transfusion and they are infused into a vein over about 20 minutes. The patients get chemotherapy for the week prior to the cell infusion, aimed at the patient’s immune system rather than the tumor. We do not know exactly how long it takes for the cells to start working but the patients with great responses to therapy all have had major tumor shrinkage evident on CT scans about one month after treatment.”
Dr. Hinrichs and his team have treated several patients with cervical cancer, anal cancer and some with head and neck cancers.
Community’s former technology coordinator, Steve Culver, was the woodshop teacher when Dr. Hinrichs was a student. “I remember Chris as an eager, curious, hard-working student who was ready for any challenge and took true pride in his successes,” Culver recalls.
Dr. Hinrichs still has the bat he made in shop class. But it was a microscope his grandfather gave him that got him interested in how things work, eventually paving the way for a career in medicine. “I couldn’t wait to use it, and I remember going to Evelyn Pronko and she gave me some slides to look at at home,” Dr. Hinrichs says. Pronko taught science at Community for decades, retiring in 1990. She was last at school over Homecoming weekend.
“To succeed in science you really have to be good in arts and expressing yourself… the writing and journaling I learned in grade and high school,” Dr. Hinrichs adds of his education and how it helped prepare him for success in medicine.