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Woodland Reunion “Rap” 2 – Welcome Alumni!

DSC00842Maya, Susan, Molly, and Liz

We were excited to have several alumni present at the annual Chicago reunion in November with their daughters!  Maya will be a first year camper in 2015, and Molly joined the Woodland family this past summer.  Susan (Austin) Short was at Woodland for 10+ years including time as a camper, CIT, JC, and counselor.  Susan and I were actually co-counselors together my first summer at Camp Woodland in 1986; we even ended up rooming together while we were both in grad school in the early 90’s.  Liz (Churchwell) Kunkle spent 5 years at Woodland (and still has her pendant!) from 1981-1985.  Liz was a camper for several years as well as a junior counselor.

To continue our updates of campers at the reunion, each girl shared: 1) her favorite thing about the current school year, 2) activities when not in school, 3) travel plans, and 4) what she is looking forward to for summer 2015.

Maya: 1) likes school a lot, especially Math, 2) takes dance and gymnastics, 3) will be visiting her grandfather in Naples, FL over Spring Break, and 4) Riding and getting a turn on the Big Banana during Rec Swim

Molly: likes her classmates and learning about the American Revolution, 2) Girls on the Run, 3) going to Florida this winter, 4) meeting new people

IMG_4648Sam and her parents Renee’ and Tom

Renee’ (Reilly) Mollenhauer was at Woodland for five years and her daughter, Sam, joined the Woodland family several years ago.  Renee’ now works with Marianne Fitzgerald Belica who she met at camp (when her school was hiring, she suggested Marianne for the job).  Renee’ also travels and remains close with Zane Murphy; both Marianne and Zane are godparents to her children.

Sam: 1) my friends, 2) soccer and horseback riding, 3) Denmark, 4) seeing all of my camp friends again

DSC00856Libby, Rachel, Katie, Tory, Amelia, Molly, & counselors Calla and Raquel

Libby: 1) my friends, 2) tennis and singing, 3) came to reunion from Wisconsin, 4) riding horses

Rachel: 1) Math, 2) dance and gymnastics, 3) went to Paris right after camp, 4) horseback riding

Katie: 1) Recess, 2) swimming, 3) Galena, IL, 4) seeing my friends

Tory: 1) really likes her classmates and her teacher, 2) tennis, ride horses, dance, gymnastics and soccer, 3) will be going to Florida for Christmas, 4) excited to see camp friends again

Amelia: 1) lunch and Social Studies, 2) dance, 3) Door County in Wisconsin for Thanksgiving, 4) seeing everyone

Calla: doing her student teaching this fall with 6th grade science and now 3rd grade; will be graduating in December and looking for a long-term substitute for the spring

Raquel: is graduating in December and has a part-time job at a barn in Grayslake working with horses and goats

DSC00858Aubrie, Lou, and Jess

Aubrie: 1) has a super awesome teacher, 2) ice skating, 3) went to Denver for Thanksgiving, 4) horseback riding (Aubrie is still taking care of Marshmallow and Butterscotch!)

Lou: 1) Math, 2) art class, 3) River Forest for Thanksgiving, 4) riding

Jess: 1) extracurriculars, 2) Fermata Nowhere & Express – singing groups, 3) will be going to Orlando with her choir, 4) getting to have new and bigger experiences as a JC