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Humans of ASL

Sara Khan (’24) acts in a musical at her previous school. Acting and performing arts have always played a significant role in Khan’s life.

Sara Khan acts to express herself

Zainab Shafqat Adil, Culture Editor: Print April 15, 2021

For Sara Khan (’24), acting has always been a significant aspect of her life. She said since she was a toddler, she had always expressed an interest in performing arts.  “I was super outgoing as...

Photographer Lynsey Addario stands near the frontline during a pause in the fighting while covering the popular uprising for The New York Times, March 11, 2011 in Ras Lanuf, Libya.

Lynsey Addario: I have been kidnapped. Twice.

Eden Leavey, Staff Writer March 8, 2021

Lynsey Addario’s (P'30) work often takes her to the frontlines of war. She explores international relations behind the lens of her camera, with a special focus on the role of women in more conservative...

Meghan Lang (’22)

March 4, 2021

Arjun Dhar (’22)

March 4, 2021

Sarah Geron (’23)

March 4, 2021

Sam Singer (’23)

March 4, 2021

Ella Jackson-Drexler (’23) paints at age 3. Jackson-Drexler enjoyed drawing as
a child, and her artwork was inspired by her father who was an art teacher at ASL.

Ella Jackson-Drexler expresses herself through art

Gabrielle Meidar, News Editor: Print March 4, 2021

When everything I previously thought about the world was flipped on its head,” Ella Jackson-Drexler (’23) said, “it was so hard to place myself and look into myself.” These emotions and challenges...

Arhan Sarma (’22) plays games with school children from the Sonkheda Village in 2019. He said he made many Meaningful connections with the children he worked with.

Arhan Sarma utilizes technology to support education in India

Sophia Bassi, Staff Writer March 4, 2021

After visiting the only school in Janata Vashat village in India, Arhan Sarma (’22) realized the importance of education and how essential it is for all children. This has led to his pursuit of providing...

Plotner conducts at Yale University. After he graduated from university, he moved to Los Angeles to start a career in film and video composing.

Jordan Plotner’s brain damage cured his fear of darkness

Cameron Spurr, Lead News Editor March 4, 2021

When Jordan Plotner (’12) was young, he slept with the lights on. For him, the unknown was just too terrifying. “I could create many monsters in my head very quickly,” he said. “Being alone...

Science Teacher Alpha Toothman (right) and her wife pose with an elephant in the Phuket Elephant Sanctuary in Thailand November 2017. One of Toothman’s favorite activities is traveling the world with her wife.

Alpha Toothman immerses herself in her passions

Elena Alexander, Staff Writer March 4, 2021

From her childhood in Topeka, Kansas, to her last-minute trip across the Atlantic Ocean to join ASL in the fall of 2020, Science Teacher Alpha Toothman has always enjoyed three things: outdoor activities,...

Abastillas teaches first grade in 2009-2010, including current Grade 12 students Emily Forgash (’21) and Eric Henrikson (’21). Abastillas started teaching at the school in 2008, and has since taken her influence beyond the classroom and into the realm of diversity, equity and inclusion work at ASL.

Jennifer Abastillas works to diversify world of education

Clara Martinez, Staff Writer March 4, 2021

Although Jennifer Abastillas is currently teaching Grade 1, she has impacted the entire school community through her diversity, equity and inclusion work since her arrival in 2008. Abastillas contributed...

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