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Posted Wednesday, Nov 20, 2013 

Seniors Nicola Zimmer and Eve Zelinger have been appointed the 2013-14 Dartmouth women’s basketball team co-captains, as announced by first-year head coach Belle Koclanes to conclude training camp.

 “Nicola and Eve are very positive, inclusive and committed people, all traits of a captain that our team deemed necessary for our leaders to embody,” said Koclanes.  “They each have an incredible work ethic and the maturity to guide our team in a positive direction.” 

Last seasons co-captain, Zimmer returns for her second stint as team leader after posting career highs in points per game (8.9), field goal percentage (.377) and three-point shooting percentage (.341). No stranger to leading her team on-and-off the court, the former St. John’s College High School star had the exact role in her junior and senior campaign. 

Zelinger, also a captain as a senior at Castilleja High School will look for additional minutes this season after playing in 15 games last season. A proven leader off the court, Zelinger will be asked to mentor the 11 underclassmen as they transition into the new system.

“It has been exciting to watch them develop as leaders of our program and I look forward to their inspiration as the season moves forward,” Koclanes commented.



Castilleja Basketball All-Time Leaders

Eve Zelinger, 2006-2010

#1 Points 1,875
#1 Assists 482
#4 Blocks 184
#1 Field Goals Made 724
#1 Three-Pointers Made 177
#4 Three-Point % .267
#4 Free Throws Made 250
#4 Free Throws Attempted 360
#3 Free Throw % .694
#4 Rebounds 849
#2 Steals 294
#4 Double Doubles 30
#2 Games Played 112


Statistics provided by Stephen Kauffman at


Posted Wednesday, Oct 16, 2013 

Each year, members of Stanford's incoming freshman class are invited to acknowledge a former teacher or mentor who played a significant role in their intellectual, academic, social and personal development, as part of the university's Teacher Tribute Initiative. Congratulations to Josh Genauer, who was recognized this year by Camille Townshend '13.

Posted Tuesday, Oct 8, 2013 

Six Castilleja alumnae came to talk to the eleventh and twelfth grade students as part of Alumnae Weekend 2013. The speakers--Alexis Ritchie Doucette '96, Samia Rogers '03, Andrea Coen '99, Roark Luskin '08, Rebecca Adamson Snider '96, and Abby Kojola '95--told their stories of positive networking experiences and changing career paths. They also reflected on their time at Castilleja (and its many benefits) and answered the girls’ questions relating to college. The girls appreciated the generosity and worthwhile advice these women offered, and overall found it to be an enriching and informative experience!

-- Kat Pavlidis '15
Posted Wednesday, Sep 18, 2013 

The ACE Center and Alumnae Office have joined forces to try to add 25 new internships for either college-age alums or current juniors and seniors, to our database by December 1. It seems early to be thinking of summer internships, but December and early winter is prime time for companies to find summer interns!  

If you work for a company that has an internship program, would like to take on an intern, or would just be willing to provide the name of a contact at a company who might be able to steer us in the right direction, we'd really appreciate it!

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Posted Wednesday, Feb 6, 2013 

As expected, former Sounders Women and University of Washington standout Kate Deines was among the four players signed by the Seattle Reign when free agency opened on Monday. The 23-year-old was joined by Welsh captain Jess Fishlock, Canadian international Tiffany Cameron and two-time All-American LIndsay Taylor.

The Reign were granted a fifth free-agent spot after the league learned that Amy Rodriguez would miss the entire season while pregnant with her first child. The Reign will also be without Megan Rapinoe and Teresa Noyola until June, as both are signed with European clubs. That extra spot won't be used, at least for now

Deines is probably the most recognizable of these names, being as she was a standout high school player in the area before going on to start at UW. She has played in the midfield, but was a center back with the Sounders last year.

The most accomplished of the group is probably Fishlock, who has 67 caps and 22 goals with Wales. The midfielder spent the last two seasons with Bristol Academy in the FA WSL and has also played for AZ Alkmaar, where they won successive Eredivisie titles.

Cameron is another midfielder who has three caps with the Canadian national team. The 22-year-old was a prolific scorer at Ohio State, scoring 40 goals in her career with 21 of them coming last year.

Taylor was a highly touted prospect when she came out of Stanford in 2011, and was the sixth overall pick in the WPS draft. She scored 20 goals as a senior and led Stanford to a NCAA Championship, playing alongside future Reign teammate Noyola.

Posted Monday, Jan 28, 2013 
During the Dartmouth women's basketball team's trip to Florida earlier this season, junior guard Eve Zelinger(Palo Alto, Calif.) reflected back on the state of the Dartmouth women's basketball team and summed it up with these words, "Dartmouth women's basketball is on the rise"

Zelinger, who has seen action in 50 career games and is averaging 2.5 points, counts her favorite moments as getting to know her teammates.

"My favorite series of moments have been getting to know my teammates, says Zelinger. "Bonding with them and getting to know them over the course of the season. We're already so close and it's been really fun getting to spend time with people you enjoy being with, especially this year. We have a solid group and we really all enjoy each other."

Zelinger, one of just three upperclassmen for the Big Green, has been tasked, along with fellow upperclassmen Faziah Steen (Detroit, Mich.) and Nicola Zimmer, (Chevy Chase, Md.) with bringing a group of seven freshmen and four sophomores together both on and off the court.

            The California native takes that very seriously and works really hard to make the underclassmen feel like they are a part of the team both on and off the court.

"It's a fun group," said Zelinger. "Faziah, Nicola and I are all really close, in fact, we all live on the same floor and we have been able to spend a lot of time together. As far as the underclassmen, they are just a great group and we're very fortunate to be able to play together."

            During the preseason, Zelinger and her fellow upperclassmen paired off with the "littles" and showed them around Hanover, with stops at Hanover staples, Lou's, Shyrl's Diner and Ice Cream Fore You. Just one example of how Zelinger, along with the rest of the veterans, have taken on leadership roles with the Big Green's young team.

            "When you have such a large group it's important that everyone feels included and we have really tried hard to incorporate everyone into the family, so to speak."

When looking back on her collegiate career, Zelinger will count Dartmouth's trip to California during her sophomore season as one of the highlights.

"Without a doubt, playing in California in front of all my friends and family was great and something you don't get to do much at this level," said Zelinger. "I will say that this year's trip to Florida was pretty sweet too, I think it might have something to do with the warm weather."

            Despite the current record, Zelinger believes that the Big Green squad is coming together and has it's best basketball ahead.

            "Our current record may not show it, but we are coming together and this team is very different from the past two season on the floor and even off the floor. We move better, the flow is better and the chemistry is better and I think that it's going to start showing up in the win-loss column very soon."

            The past two seasons Dartmouth has been unlucky in the win-loss category, but Zelinger thinks this group can be the group to change that.

"We haven't had the best records the last two seasons, but I believe that we can turn that around with this group. We all really enjoy each other and I believe that this program is on the rise."

            Zelinger, who has had the pleasure of having games on her birthday the last two seasons, is again looking forward to taking on three-time Ivy League champion, Princeton, at Leede Arena on her birthday this season.

"I'm really looking forward to that game," said Zelinger. "It's my birthday and it will be Senior Day for Faziah. It should be a fun weekend." Last season, Zelinger posted a career-high 16 points in a Big Green win over Columbia, the day after her birthday!

            If you know anything about Eve Zelinger, you know that there are two things that she is big on, anything involving crime and Jelly Belly sports beans!

In fact, Zelinger hopes to turn her fascination with crime into a career. During her high school days she was a Palo Alto Youth explorer, tagging along with the Palo Alto Police Department and even doing a few ride-a-longs and sting operations. She's also interested in the FBI and anything related to criminal justice. As for the sports Jelly Bellies, they can be found in her game bag. She always likes to eat a few of the blue ones before a game for a little burst of energy.

            No matter what she's doing on the court or off the court, Zelinger does it with a smile and puts 100 percent into whatever it is she is doing. She lives her life based on the following quote, "Hard work beats talent, when talent doesn't work hard."

            "I've taken this to heart," said Zelinger "And I try to give my best effort both on and off the court, I owe it to myself, my teammates and coaches."

Posted Wednesday, Nov 28, 2012 
Harvard senior captain Taylor Docter from Castilleja has been named to the All-Ivy League women's volleyball team. Docter was tabbed by the conference's coaches as a first-team selection.

Docter finished the season ranked third in the Ancient Eight in points per set (3.63) and was fourth in kills per set (3.12) while led the Crimson in kills for a third straight year.

The Los Altos native posted a career-best 12 double-doubles and also set career-highs in kills per set, digs (264) and digs per set (2.93). Her 23 kills at Dartmouth on Sept. 21 represented a new single-match high, while her 20 digs against Holy Cross on Sept. 25 were the most in her career.

Docter was named the Ivy League Player of the Week on Oct. 16 after averaging 5.00 kps and 2.57 dps while hitting .280 in wins over Cornell and Columbia and was named to the conference's honor roll four times. Additionally, the human developmental and regenerative biology concentrator was selected to the Capital One Academic All-District first team.

Docter will graduate in May as one of the most celebrated student-athletes in Harvard women's volleyball history. She is the first Crimson to be named to the All-Ivy League first team since 2004 and was also named to the second team as a junior a year ago. Docter ranks fourth all-time at Harvard in attack attempts (3,455), sixth in service aces (98), seventh in kills (980) and eighth in kills per set (2.67).
Posted Tuesday, Nov 6, 2012 

With the Class of 2012's first college midterms looming and homesickness setting in, the 6th graders decided to send them a little love: cookies from home! Each girl assembled a delicious packet of cookies, decorated a mailing box, and enclosed a hand-written note to Casti's most recent grads. Hopefully these care packages will brighten their day and give them a little boost. We miss you, Class of 2012, and hope you are enjoying your adventures beyond the Circle!

Posted Wednesday, Oct 24, 2012 

After coming back from a one-set deficit against Dartmouth on Friday to take a 2-1 lead, the Harvard women’s volleyball team led 8-4 in the fourth. Unbeknownst to captain and outside hitter Taylor Docter, she was only one kill away from breaking into the Crimson’s top-10 career kills leaders.

“I hadn’t been following at all,” Docter said. “My mom probably follows more than I do; she probably had it on her radar, but I had no clue. I’m glad no one said anything because that would have maybe made me nervous.”

Docter didn’t look nervous as she leapt to play a ball from freshman setter Hannah Schmidt and dropped it between the Big Green’s defense, registering her 15th and final kill of the evening.

Docter’s tenth double-double of the season—she reached 15 kills and 15 digs—was instrumental in Harvard’s victory, its first win against Dartmouth since 2008 and the first of Docter’s Crimson volleyball career.

“Dartmouth has always been one of those teams we have been very evenly matched with, but it has been one of those games where we walk away thinking we should have won, which is one of the worst feelings,” Docter said. “It felt really good to finally feel like we performed the way we should have.”

Docter’s final kill gave her 922 on her career, tying her with Katie Turley-Molony ’07.

“It’s exciting, especially because we still have six games, so hopefully I can get in some more kills and move up the list,” said Docter, who currently trails Katherine Hart ’01 by 11 kills.

Since her freshman year, Docter has developed into the Crimson’s top offensive threat. She currently ranks fifth in Crimson history in attack attempts, sixth in service aces, and eighth in kills per set average. Despite now reaching the top ten in a fourth category, Docter is more concerned with winning games than personal achievements.

“She’s very excited about all of that, but she doesn’t want to be in the limelight,” Crimson coach Jennifer Weiss said. “She just wants the whole team to do well. She is very much a team player and it’s so genuine, which is refreshing to see.”

Docter credits her teammates for her success, especially Schmidt. Harvard plays with two setters on the court, but the rookie is the one who supports Docter in most of her kills because of her place in the rotation.

“She has been doing an awesome job,” Docter said. “A lot of the reason we are doing better recently is because she has totally sped up her offense.”

Friday’s game was a showcase of the Crimson’s attack, which led Harvard back after the team dropped the first set. The Crimson displayed a balanced attack in its 3-1 victory, with Docter, junior right side Erin Cooney, and freshman outside hitter Kathleen Wallace all registering double-digit kills for Harvard.

After going 2-9 to open the season—including a loss to the Big Green in September—the Crimson is currently riding a three-game winning streak, its longest of the season. Docter believes that her and the team’s recent success is a testament to teamwork.

“When you are playing with the same girls every year, a lot of it just comes from getting better at playing with the girls next to you,” Docter said. “They help me look good because they are improving as well.”

After playing front row as a freshman, Docter has put in the hard work to become a more well-rounded player. Each year she has seen increased playing time in the back row, and this year she is playing all six rotations.

“She has always been an impact attacker for us,” Weiss said. “She is diversifying her shots, and she has worked on the back row attack and the defense. [The record] is a credit to her hard work and belief that practice matters.”

Weiss credits Docter’s fitness level and focus entering the season.

“She was here this summer working in the lab but she was also working out,” Weiss said. “She’s very diligent about that so when we got to preseason she was ready to go. She has really committed a lot of time and energy to the team.”

And now Docter has permanently cemented her place in Harvard history. With six games left to play, she has ample opportunity to climb the all-time career list. Docter, who averages 3.19 kills per set, sits 53 behind seventh-place Kat McKinley ’09.

“Taylor is a gifted athlete and a hard worker,” Weiss said. “If you stay patient over time, good things will happen, and good things are happening for her.”

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Posted 12/03/2014 10:33AM

Embark Labs joined with Academic Tech in November to introduce young girls to coding. 6th Grade iPad Student Leads Lauren L. and Eliza G. facilitated this collaboration by assisting girls with the program Lightbot and supported the sold-out event. The event attracted girls ages 7-11 and many parents were delighted to see Casti students playing a role in helping younger girls explore coding. Embark Labs creator Jessie Arora was grateful for creating a learning experience where girls were engaging in peer-to-peer learning. In addition to supporting collaborative efforts like this event, Eliza and Lauren co-lead a group of 15 highly energized 6th iPad Student Leads. The student leads will also be creating an Apps Corner display window which will showcase student opinions of educational apps. The girls are not only facilitating collaborations, but also working on this space for students to share their voice in the iPad program. Great work leads!

Posted 11/12/2014 10:18AM

Congratulations to Lea S. '16, who traveled to Los Angeles to participate in the Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology and placed as a Regional Finalist! The weekend started on Friday, where competitors were given a tour of the campus by a Caltech "buddy" to whom each participant was assigned. That evening students presented their posters to the public, where the Caltech community as well as middle- and high-schoolers came to view the posters and ask questions about the projects. The weekend finished with the competitors making presentations and holding a question-and-answer session with around a dozen judges, as well as a celebratory dinner.

Lea says, "It was truly a special weekend. Most of all I enjoyed getting to know so many talented, smart, and interesting students from across the country. From hearing everyone else's projects in their presentations, to discussing a mutual love for English, to learning about new mathematical concepts, it will be a weekend I will never forget. It makes me want to continue to pursue science even more than before."

Posted 11/11/2014 03:38PM
On November 9 the sixth graders gathered in the Dining Room to write notes and prepare care packages for last year's seniors who are off at college or taking a gap year to pursue an interest. They enjoyed learning where all the members of the Class of 2014 are this year and telling them a little about their first year at Casti.
Posted 10/29/2014 04:31PM

Teachers connect with developers to hear about new and emerging technology tools. This month, the iPad Student Leads had a chance to connect with women developers and innovators - Christine Egy Rose and Patty Chang. Their company, Scoot and Doodle, raised $2.25 million in seed funding and the students had the opportunity to play with the (not-yet-released version) of their app, Scoodle Jam. iPad Student Leads explored with the app, which allows for whiteboard drawing and has easy-to-use manipulatives for topics like math and design thinking. The students offered feedback, giving student voice to the user design of the project. Students were able to ask questions of the developers and exchange feedback with each other. The iPad Student Leads are looking forward to more opportunities to connect with other women developers in the field and to exploring what the iPad has to offer the student experience!


Posted 12/08/2014 08:36AM

English Teacher Bill Smoot and his dog, Artemis, recently paid a visit to the Advanced Topics French class. The students had read Sartre’s play No Exit (Huis-Clos in French), and were eager to learn more about Sartre’s philosophy. The lecture facilitated conversation about the meaning of life and the importance of freedom in defining human beings. Mr. Smoot explained the reasoning behind Sartre’s perplexing belief that “man is not what he is and is what he is not.” Sartre argued that humans are separated from what they are (qualities such as name, age, and gender) by virtue of being conscious, having the freedom to choose, and temporalizing themselves. For example, one is not a student because she is conscious of being a student. In this way, humans are different from a school desk, which cannot think for itself nor choose how it perceives its innate qualities. Ultimately, the discussion gave insights into Sartre’s works while making everyone reflect on the way life should be lived. Madame Repellin and her students are grateful to Mr. Smoot for the fascinating and eye-opening conversation.

Posted 12/05/2014 08:48AM

At Castilleja, the entire Middle School -- as well as our Halford Young Women Leaders Program Little Sisters -- joined millions of other students around the world to participate in the Hour of Code. The Hour of Code is an annual computer science event for K-12 students designed to demystify programming and generate interest in computer science. More than a dozen current or former programmers from our parent community stepped in to mentor the girls as they completed a variety of programming tutorials and computational thinking games. Upper School girls from the STEMx ACE Org and the introductory computer science course also lent a hand and cheered on their younger classmates. One girl commented, "It was SO fun! You got to interact with your peers while doing code." Another added, "It was really satisfying to complete different challenges and I enjoyed that. It feels really good to be stuck and then figure out your mistake."

Posted 12/01/2014 08:17AM

The 8th grade spent the second week of November in Virginia and Washington, DC, filming history projects in Williamsburg, visiting the archaeological site at Jamestown, and touring the nation's capitol. Highlights in DC included a dinner and discussion with environmental activists at the home of a student's grandparents, meeting with Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the Supreme Court, and hearing from Nancy Pelosi in the capital, where she took the class onto the floor of the United States House of Representatives. If you want to hear more about the experience, ask any member of the Class of 2019! You can also see more photos here.

Posted 11/20/2014 04:18PM

This week, Mr. Mitchell and Mr. Smith's 10th grade Individual & Society classes participated in a "Philosopher's Salon," in which students dressed up in a certain philosopher's traditional outfit, had tea and scones, and responded to questions about modern controversies. The philosophers (Confucius, Aristotle, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, and Mill) addressed issues ranging from gun control, to eminent domain, to representative democracy, and students responded according to how their philosopher would have answered the questions. Aditi S. '17 says, "It was rewarding to think logically about situations through different philosophers' points of view."

Posted 12/02/2014 08:00AM

Castilleja School's Center for Awareness, Compassion, and Engagement (ACE) was recently featured on NAIS's Inspiration Lab website as part of their "We Cultivate Leadership" series! ACE Center programming gives girls the skills to transition from witnessing the world around them to becoming active stakeholders, emerging change agents, and compassionate leaders. The school’s Social and Emotional Learning Program (SEL) provides them with the necessary scaffolding to take on these challenges. With raised awareness, compassion, and engagement, they more fully understand their own identity, develop empathy, and find purpose as part of a greater community.  

There’s no toolkit of solutions in any of these experiences, only awareness and engagement with the partner in an authentic project,” says ACE Center Director Stacey Kertsman. “We believe that’s the optimal way for our students to learn to navigate complex, ambiguous situations with empathy, understanding, and thoughtful and critical analysis—prerequisites to being effective and compassionate leaders.”

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Posted 12/01/2014 08:17AM

The 8th grade spent the second week of November in Virginia and Washington, DC, filming history projects in Williamsburg, visiting the archaeological site at Jamestown, and touring the nation's capitol. Highlights in DC included a dinner and discussion with environmental activists at the home of a student's grandparents, meeting with Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the Supreme Court, and hearing from Nancy Pelosi in the capital, where she took the class onto the floor of the United States House of Representatives. If you want to hear more about the experience, ask any member of the Class of 2019! You can also see more photos here.

Posted 10/10/2014 04:00PM
The YouthMed division of the STEMx ACE Org hosted Dr. Amit Etkin of the Stanford University Neurosciences Institute this afternoon during EOP. Dr. Etkin shared his revolutionary work on tackling depression and other psychiatric and behavioral disorders using Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), a non-invasive technique that can restore connections in the brain that have been damaged. The participants were fascinated by the scientific, ethical, and political questions such an innovation can bring about, and the future of the rapidly advancing behavioral science and psychiatry fields. 
On November 5, YouthMed will host a mammalian brain dissection to accompany the neuroscience talk that Dr. Etkin presented today. YouthMed will continue to host a series of physician and research lectures as well as accompanying dissections throughout the year. Stay on the lookout for upcoming opportunities!
Posted 10/02/2014 01:21PM
Four of the Castaruni club members who journeyed to Kenya this summer prepared an interactive project for the freshman C&C classes to share club activities and inform the nines about Castilleja's partnership with our sister school, Kisaruni. Using an entrepreneurship class that they did on the ground in Kenya, they taught the nines how to be global citizens and global historians. Using role play, they discussed similarities and differences between the two societies to better understand their specific cultures while also learning how to apply these concepts to the marketplace and entrepreneurial projects.
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