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Catherine McMichael, Class of 1972 and 2017 Upper Arlington Alumni Association Distinguished Alumnus

Catherine McMichaelNotable achievements at UAHS

Catherine was the accompanist for the 220 voice UAHS choir for all three years of her attendance at UAHS.  She was also a member of the independent 16 member singing ensemble Strollers.  In addition to her musical activities, she was one of the top 20 scholars in her enormous ’72 class of 792 students.

College and career experience

Catherine has her bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance and master’s in Chamber Music and Accompanying from the University of Michigan.  While there, she won the annual Concerto Competition, which led to her being a soloist with the University Philharmonia Orchestra.  She has taught hundreds of students in piano, improvisation and composition, and has written hundreds of pieces on commission. She is a performer, arranger, composer and/or co-director for several musical groups in Michigan including the River Raisin Ragtime Revue in Ann Arbor, the Bijou Theatre Orchestra of Bay City and the Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra.

How did UA Schools prepare her for success?

“There was an expectation of excellence communicated by every teacher I had at UAHS. That expectation was complemented by an enthusiastic atmosphere of support for learning and effort. I felt prepared to catch everything the University of Michigan could throw at me, and I did, because of the expectation of excellence fostered by UAHS faculty and staff.”

Posted by Colleen Wright in alumni on Wednesday August 23 at 08:01AM
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Abby Johnston, Class of 2007, 2012 Olympic Silver Medalist in Diving and 2016 Olympic Team USA Diver

Notable achievements at UAHSThe diver in front of the American Flag wearing an Olympic medal

I was a member of the varsity swim and dive team for 3 years (2004-2007), and, as a team, we won the state championships all 3 years.

College experience

I am starting my third year of medical school at Duke University and plan to go into emergency medicine.

How did UA prepare her for success?

Growing up in Upper Arlington was very formative for my academic and athletic success. UA has a tradition of excellence both in and out of the classroom. The community helped foster my work ethic, which ultimately allowed me to pursue my dreams of going to the Olympics and becoming a doctor. I wouldn't be the person I am today without the support and encouragement of the Upper Arlington community.

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Posted by Colleen Wright in alumni on Monday August 8, 2016
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Carri Twigg, UAHS Class of 2004

Carri TwiggNotable achievements at UAHS

For her senior thesis, Carri re-created the eighth-grade Washington, D.C., trip for 10 foster children from Columbus Public Schools. Her senior year work/study program involved teaching adult literacy at the Columbus Literacy Council. Both of these experiences serving people who didn’t have the same advantages of her in UA deeply affected Carri.

Career and goals

Carri is a special assistant to President Barack Obama and the director of public engagement for Vice President Joe Biden. She engineers the external affairs and community relations for Biden, working daily with him to determine where he will go to interact with Americans on policy issues. Her long-term goals involve continuing to work in the areas of social justice and economic opportunity.

How did UA Schools prepare her for success?

“Over the years, I had a handful of educators who truly invested in me and made me feel special. From Wickliffe Elementary to Hastings Middle School and UAHS, there were some real standout adults who encouraged me and pushed me, even though I always had a rambunctious streak. I’ll share one of my mom’s favorite stories from my childhood: One day, early in elementary school, my mom found me in my room with a stack of library books. I told her I went to get a library card and checked them out. When she brought me back to the library to return the books, I greeted one particular librarian. The librarian told her that I came in, asked for some books but didn’t have a card. The librarian said that, without a picture ID or a parent, I couldn’t have a card. I walked back home, got my Wickliffe yearbook, walked back and showed it to her. The librarian was so impressed by my determination, she gave me the card and helped me pick out some books. Community members who work with kids and believe in them and show trust in them make for a great community.”

Posted by Colleen Wright in alumni on Tuesday December 22, 2015
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