Welcome to the Alumni Program at The International School
A place for our former students to call home.
Our Alumni always tell us that their years at The International School are formative ones! Alumni are forever inspired and encouraged by the immersion in language and culture that prepares them for the road ahead.
Students who attended TIS have made amazing memories, lifelong friends, and garnered awareness about the world that can’t be matched.
Former students use our Alumni Program every day to stay engaged and connected with TIS. You will always be part of the TIS Family!
For questions or more information, please contact Lisa Olivares, Alumni and Community Engagement Manager, at LisaO@intlschool.org or 503-226-2496 x116.
Alumni Notes and News
TIS Alumni: High School State Soccer Championships
Lisa Grimm, Japanese '09
Her work began as part of an organizing team that puts on biannual conferences through the Cascade Climate Network, where environmental clubs on university campuses gather each semester to build a community and learn tools and topics in environmental justice. After a workshop by Sunrise Movement co-founder Victoria Fernandez, she applied for and was accepted into the Sunrise Semester Fellowship program. The program was in Lancaster, PA, building community and working to elect leaders who will make climate change an urgent priority across the United States.
Nehalem Kunkle-Read, Japanese '09
Ayush (Japanese '17), Kate (Japanese '17) and Ellie (Japanese '18)
Aria Lee-Varan, Chinese '15
Aria continued Chinese immersion at Hosford and currently studies French at St. Mary’s Academy. She is also on Student Council and participates in the Girl Up and Science Clubs, as well as Women’s Empowerment Week (a committee that leads discussions around empowerment and equality at St. Mary's). Outside of school, Aria plays violin in the Metropolitan Youth Symphony and horseback rides at Quarry Ridge Farm.
Allison Arbuthnot, Chinese '13
Allison was also accepted into the National Security Language Initiative for Youth, which is a State Department merit-based scholarship granted to high school students to study abroad and become immersed in a language the government considers to be critical for future diplomacy and an effort to maintain linguistic diversity in the U.S. She will spend 6 weeks in Taipei, Taiwan to continue her Chinese studies with a small group of other American students who are a part of NSLI-Y at Tamkang University and live with a host family.
Priya Ton, Chinese '17
Priya still loves Mandarin and has been working hard to maintain and build her fluency. She tutors a 2nd grade Mandarin immersion student every week, and worked for the King School Summer Mandarin Bridge program last summer in the 4th and 5th grade classrooms.
Guido Rahr, Spanish '11
Alex Jeter, Spanish '06
Grace Armstrong, Spanish '14
Taylor Roghair, Spanish '06
Leanne Van Der Hilst, Japanese '17
In early January 2019, Leanne competed in the Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) regional competition in Seattle, both individually and as part of an ensemble from the Academy. Both Leanne and the ensemble were awarded 3rd place. The ensemble has been invited to the New York City Finals, where they will be competing against the best in the world. While there, Leanne and her friends will be also be taking master classes from professional dance company directors. Leanne is looking forward to traveling to NYC with her ballet friends and competing!
Ellie, Spanish '14
Her brother, Finn Ramos (Spanish '11) is a first year engineering student at Georgia Tech in Atlanta. He’s loving the experience so far, except for his required biology class, which he tolerates. He’s always excited to be back home for a visit with friends and Little Big Burger.
Evan Williams, Spanish '15
Despite all of this, the biggest challenge he will undertake in the coming year is a 5-week summer pilgrimage in Spain with a group of Catlin students. Evan will be walking 550 miles in that time, as well as learning about the culture in the areas they visit along the pilgrimage route. “I have already decided it will be very exhausting, but it does mean 5 weeks to eat as much ice cream as I would like.”