Take Me Out to the Ball Game
In September, 50 Potomac alumni gathered for a night at Nats Park, cheering for the Washington Nationals as they took on the LA Dodgers. The group met at the Bud Light Loft before the game, and everyone had fun mingling with fellow alumni and US faculty member and administrator Alex Thomas. Although the Nats didn’t win the game, it was a great night of fun and friendship at the ballpark!

That’s a Strike!
Young alums from the classes of 2014 through 2017 who were home from college joined us on January 4 for the annual Young Alumni Bowling Party at Pinstripes in Georgetown. The bowling, bocce, and snacks were on Potomac, and a great time was had by all! Look for more college-aged alumni events this summer. 

Potomac in the Windy City 
Alumni in the Chicago area gathered at Cindy’s, the popular restaurant at the top of the Chicago Athletic Association this October to spend an evening with Head of School John Kowalik. The night was filled with great conversation and plenty of good food and drinks. Thank you to our Host Committee: Belen Aquino ’99, Brent Locey ’04, and Todd Langstaff ’08. The Alumni Office also stopped by the University of Chicago and had lunch with a group of alumni that are currently in the undergraduate program.  Look forward to seeing you all this coming October. 

A Story of Two Gorillas…and So Much More
Tom Arundel ’90 and his wife, Kara, visited Potomac in December to talk about Kara’s new book, Raising America’s Zoo: How Two Wild Gorillas Helped Transform the National Zoo. The book tells the story of Tom’s father, Arthur “Nick” Arundel, who brought two baby gorillas from Africa to the National Zoo in the 1950s and eventually became an ardent animal conservationist.

Raising America's Zoo shares the heartbreak and triumphs of these first-generation zoo gorillas and their caregivers, who worked tirelessly to make their lives better. It also examines the National Zoo's voyage of contentious responsibility, limited capacity, joyful discoveries, and urgent deadlines to preserve western lowland gorillas. 

Lynn Mento, executive director of the Friends of the National Zoo, joined the Arundels at the assembly to speak about the zoo’s ongoing focus on critical species preservation and humane treatment of animals.