The day after the SIP order was announced in March, Berkeley Free Clinic staff walked through the doors of Luka's Taproom & Lounge in Oakland, owned by Presentation alumnae Maria Alderete, and asked for food donations. Berkeley Free Clinic had shut down their clinic and launched an outreach program to our unsheltered communities in Oakland. They said the best way to support their health was by feeding them.
In September 2019, Presentation High School launched a thorough and impartial investigation into past reports of sexual abuse and misconduct and the handling of such allegations throughout the history of the school. Read the Sept 26, 2019 community announcement here. This process stemmed from upsetting stories about past reports of sexual abuse and misconduct.
On July 9, 2020 we shared the investigation report with the community. We know that the findings are difficult to read and to digest, however, this investigation was necessary to examine our past to build and maintain a safe and thriving environment for all students past, present, and future, and to ensure we do not repeat any mistakes.
To the survivors of abuse, we deeply and sincerely apologize. The stark truth is that our school did not live up to its commitment to protect you. We added further harm when we responded defensively when reports of past abuse began to surface in 2017. We understand that words cannot measure our regret or erase the harm that you endured. You were hurt, and we can only hope to make amends by caring for you now and doing everything within our power to ensure that students now and in the future will be cared for and safe.
We thank everyone who participated in the investigation and are grateful for your bravery and honesty. Without you, we would not be able to confront our past to ensure this does not happen again. We also recognize this investigation may not have revealed all instances of prior misconduct. Anyone with information about inappropriate conduct may contact Holly directly at firstname.lastname@example.org, call the hotline at (800) 490-7513, or reach out to Mary Ann Demos, Senior Case Manager at email@example.com.
My name is Kelly Larson, and I'm a 2009 Presentation alumnae. It's incredible to have this chance to write this at all. I remember reading stories of past alumnae from the magazines and on the website while I was at Pres. I want to point this out for any Pres girl who is reading this right now. You CAN do whatever you want in life. You just need to have patience and perseverance.
A magna cum laude graduating senior (and Pres alumnae 16'), Megan Ritchie, receives an honorable mention for her submission "Politicizing Scots: An Exploration of the Use of Dialect in Literature" at the University of Southern California's 17th Annual Undergraduate Writers' Conference.
Meaghan Schapelhouman '18, performs "People Will Say We're in Love" from Oklahoma for her sophomore class performance final at Marymount Manhattan College in New York. Great job, Meaghan!
Ellen Kamei, '02, is currently a Mountain View Councilmember.
Laura is a lecturer in the Civil, Environmental & Sustainable Engineering Department at Santa Clara University.
Wendi Wible '86 Dutcher co-owns Kenai River Brewing in Alaska.
Laura Wheeler '02 Dunn co-owns Lincoln Beer Company in Burbank, California.
Jenny is the Co-Founder and CEO of Strike Brewing Company.
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