Hello Logan Alumni,

A few weeks ago, we checked in to say hi. And we asked how y’all were doing. Back for a brief additional alumni newsletter here with some delicious Thanksgiving week info. 

Check out below: 
  • Logan Alumni Updates
  • Invitation to our Fourth Annual Logan Alumni Winter Reunion (this time on the internet!
  • Colorado Gives Day reminder

Stay well and be excellent to each other,
Spotlight on: Coza Perry (Class of 2002)
For the last eight years, Coza has been teaching at Denver Public Schools. Starting out through the Denver Teacher Residency program, Coza moved into teaching third grade at Cole Arts and Science Academy, where she then took on the role of a gifted and talented educator, working with elementary students of all ages. Currently, at Bear Valley International School, Coza continues her work as a middle school language arts educator and teacher coach. 

Coza has also found a way to connect her experience at Logan to her work with gifted students in DPS. Three years ago, Coza acted as part of the founding team to start up the Logan Learning Lab. The Lab launched in the summer of 2018 to make Logan’s unique model accessible to a greater number of underrepresented gifted students - students of color, and low-income students who are both formally and informally identified - from neighboring public schools. For two weeks in the summer, students pick a unit and dive in, creating projects, going on unit field trips, and presenting at a mini EXPO to their peers and families. Coza’s work in the Lab has been immeasurable and invaluable.
  • Cade Beck (Class of 2007) has been acting as the Colorado and Utah coordinator for the COVID Mask Crafters volunteer effort. COVID Mask Crafters is an international collective of stitchers making home-sewn masks for healthcare workers to fill in the current massive shortage of personal protection equipment due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To learn more, or to help out, visit covidmaskcrafters.org.
  • Jack Ryan (Class of 2017) recently signed with the Stanford University diving team for the 2021-2022 school year.
  • Bill Huggins (Class of 2004), recently finished his doctoral thesis titled “Applications of Near-Term Quantum Computers.” Bill has just started a position as a research scientist in Google’s Quantum Computing Group.
  • Jordan Casteel (Class of 2003) was one of two African American artists invited to create paintings for separate covers for Vogue magazine's September 2020 Hope issue. For her painting, Jordan chose to paint the designer and activist Aurora James, check out the Making of Vogue's September 2020 Covers for more about the work. Jordan also recently contributed a portrait of President Barack Obama for the Atlantic’s interview with the former President, “Why Obama Fears for Our Democracy.”
  • Andrew Cordes (Class of 2017) officially signed with the University of Portland's soccer team.
  • Max Bessesen (Class of 2008) released his debut album, "Trouble," in September, via Ropeadope Records. Listen or learn more on Max's website. Max was part of the former Logan student band, "Hello Patti" who reunited to record a song for Patti's Continuation. In 2016, Max was the first jazz musician awarded a fellowship from the Frank Huntington Beebe Fund, which allowed him to travel for a year across India, Ghana, and Cuba
  • Leah Millis (Class of 2002), and a team of Reuters photographers were awarded a 2020 Pulitzer Prize for their work documenting protests in Hong Kong. You can see how Leah and the team of Reuters Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalists captured their winning images here. Leah also had a photograph featured in the recent documentary “The Way I See It”, which follows the life of Pete Souza, former Chief Official White House Photographer.
Fourth Annual Alumni Reunion
For the past three years, we have gathered in person around the winter holidays to reminisce and reunite. This year, we definitely won’t be gathering in person in the Logan lobby, but we’d love to see your faces and say hello nonetheless!
Join us from wherever you are over the internet for a virtual gathering on Sunday, Dec. 20, at 4:00 p.m. Mountain Standard Time.
Alumni Reunion Details and RSVP
Colorado Gives Day
Colorado Gives Day is the annual opportunity we all have to give back to the place that helped us become who we are. To support Logan's teachers, funds for financial aid, and so much more, consider making a plan to donate to Logan by or on Tuesday, Dec. 8. 

Interested in supporting the Logan Learning Lab mentioned above in Alumni Updates? Make a note in the “special instructions” box that says “Logan Learning Lab” and your gift will directly support the continued work of the Lab.

Schedule or make your gift today here.
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