In November, authors Sherine Hamdy and Coleman Nye and illustrators Sarula Bao and Caroline Brewer '08, launched their first graphic novel and the first book in their new ethnoGRAPHIC series, Lissa: A Story about Medical Promise, Friendship, and Revolution.

This project is the result of a collaborative effort involving many players, but at the heart of the process is the collaboration between two anthropologists and two artists. In advance of the book’s publication, editor Anne Brackenbury, sits down with artists Sarula Bao and Caroline Brewer to discuss their role in the making of Lissa.

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Gretchen Leggitt Rides the Line between Art and Adventure

It’s no secret that creation and adventure are intricately linked. Some of the most celebrated artists throughout history have used their experiences in the natural world to guide their work, and similarly, many of the most celebrated action-sport athletes of our time are also consummate artists that seek out adventure to seed their creativity and set a road map to the sublime.

One such artist, 33-year-old Bellingham-based Gretchen Leggitt, has taken her love of wild places and over the years applied it to a variety of artistic disciplines, including painting, water color, drawing and pyrography, which is the art of engraving wood with a heated metallic point.

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Jake Olson was born with a rare form of cancer of the retina, retinoblastoma, which destroys the ability to see. When he was 10 months old, it took the sight from his left eye. Then when he was 12 years old, he lost sight in his right eye.

"You have a choice with cancer," Olson says. "You can let it change who you are, or you can go out and attack life."

Long before he captured the world—yes, the world—this weekend on social media by becoming the sport's first blind long snapper during USC's victory over Western Michigan...Jake Olson was doing things that make snapping a football in a college seem, well, routine...

...Like setting up a business with his college roommate, Daniel Hennes (St. Anne's Class of 2011), that received special dispensation from the NCAA and allowed Olson to make money as a motivational speaker and play college football...

"Nothing bothers him. Absolutely nothing," Hennes says.

Hennes knew as much from the day he and Olson met...It didn't take long for Olson and Hennes to form a unique bond...two years ago Olson asked Hennes to be his business manager, and their first speaking engagement together was in San Diego. Allergan, one of the world's largest pharmaceutical companies, asked Olson to come speak to 900 employees.

"Wasn't a dry eye in the place," Hennes says. "I was crying, too."

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The St. Anne's alumni have once again amazed us with their talents, ambitions, and achievements in both their professional and personal lives.

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To our alumni, thank you for making our lives richer through your contribution to and engagement with the school.

Please know that our doors are always open.

They did it! In August, Warren Saslow, St. Anne's Middle School English teacher, led faculty, staff, alumni and friends up Quandary Peak. And they made it to the top! A whopping 14,265 feet!

St. Anne's community members and friends gathered at Bible Park to walk in memory of Sam and Grace Masoudi in order to support the Sam and Grace Masoudi Memorial Fund and the Challenge Foundation scholars at St. Anne's.  We are so appreciative of all who walked and donated to this special cause. 

We hope to see many of you next year on May 20, 2018 for another inspiring morning! 

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