At the Graduation Dinner on June 14, CAIS awarded its inaugural Alumni Achievement Award to Reylon Yount ’08 for setting an outstanding example through his professional accomplishments in the field of Chinese music.
An accomplished musician who plays the yangqin, Reylon began his Chinese music study here at CAIS with Gangqin Zhao. He attended IHS and then went on to graduate from Harvard in 2016 with a degree in Environmental Science and Public Policy and a secondary in East Asian Studies. Reylon has performed around the globe with YoYo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble. He is featured on the Silk Road Ensemble’s Grammy Award-winning album Sing Me Home. He joined the group in accepting the music industry’s top honor this year. Reylon served as a faculty member at the 2017 Youth Music Culture Guangdong conference in Guangzhou. He also founded the Cultural Connections performance series in Allston, MA, to showcase various music and dance traditions to the local community. In the series, each performance piece is followed by a Q&A about the history of the art form and the experience of performing in the arts in college.
Today alumnus Reylon Yount (CAIS class of 2008, Harvard 2016) visited our World Music classes to speak about his experiences performing with Yo Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble on the album Sing Me Home, which just received a Grammy award for World Music.
Reylon credits his study of the Yangqin, which he began at CAIS, as well as his experience playing in CAIS Music Ensembles as preparing him for success in a group such as the Silk Road Ensemble. Reylon just returned from teaching in China with Yo Yo Ma, and is excited to share his perspectives on the potential power of music in creating international community.
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Like the recipe for hot cocoa, the reunion format was simple. Bring ingredients (or people) together in a warm spot and enjoy!
Braving the torrential rain, more than 60 alumni, alumni parents, and current and former CAIS teachers gathered at the 888 Campus for reunion. The Carroll Family Learning Center was abuzz as graduates from the classes of 2011-2016 caught up over cookies and cocoa, filling in their “old” teachers on life at their new schools. Some high school seniors shared the excitement of early acceptance to college and returning college students shared details of life on the other side of that process! Head of School Jeff Bissell led a merry band of attendees on a tour of the new campus. The highlights of the night were the shrieks of joy upon alumni sighting one another or teachers followed by hugs even warmer than the piping hot cocoa!
Congratulations to Caitlin Farmer ’14 on winning the Alumni Survey Raffle. She will be receiving a fleece vest from Lands’ End emblazoned with the CAIS logo!
Congratulations also to Bakari Smith ’11, who won the Amazon gift card prize in the drawing among alumni who have listed Chinese American International School in their LinkedIn profiles. We’ll hold another LinkedIn prize drawing in the spring, so be sure to send a screenshot of your LinkedIn profile (proudly displaying your CAIS connection) to Hannah Bloom in the Advancement Office.
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CAIS congratulates Reylon Yount ’08 on earning a prestigious Marshall Scholarship to continue his Harvard University graduate studies in music and film.
Profiled in the Harvard Gazette, Reylon shared his interest in exploring the role of art in “shaping our perceptions of social and environmental issues and inspiring action.” Reylon’s experience creating his place in the world is a great example of the CAIS mission in action.» read more
As the CAIS Class of 2012 completes senior year of high school, their alma mater said “Congratulations!” with a special reunion send-off for their next chapter. Two thirds of the graduates and many parents from the class gathered to reminisce with each other and their former teachers about CAIS and see the new 888 Campus for themselves. Smiles, hugs, great memories..and, of course, foosball abounded!» read more
Yang Laoshi had a look of pure joy and astonishment when she emerged from a classroom to find former students now grown up and visiting the library for reunion. More than 80 alumni and alumni parents joined more than a dozen faculty and staff for a festive gathering at the Oak Street campus on Tuesday, December 15. The hot cocoa was delicious but even that couldn’t hold a candle to the warm spirit of old friends catching up with one another.» read more
Alumni gathered in The Carroll Family Learning Center at the new 888 Campus to enjoy a “fireside chat” and receive sage career advice, tips, and insights from some particularly accomplished CAIS community members. CAIS parent Adam Messinger, CTO of Twitter, and Trustee Benjamin Ng, former CFO of Tommy Hilfiger, had the attendees in stitches and enraptured with their tales of navigating competitive business fields.
Alumni representing classes from 1987 through 2008 were in attendance. Megan Conley ’91 moderated the discussion which ran the gamut from the granular to the aspirational and both panelists fielded questions from the alumni, sharing candid and personal reflections on career and success. Adam Messinger let alumni know, ”There aren’t that many folks who have a foot in both worlds. You may underestimate your uniqueness – hard to find people who can move in both continents.” Ben Ng emphasized, “Your cultural sensitivity is your greatest asset.”
Attendee Emma Levine ’08 (now a senior at UC-Berkeley) shared, “I wanted to thank you so much for hosting a great alumni event. It was a great opportunity to network and wonderful to see where CAIS alumni are now and how CAIS has shaped our lives.”
Special thanks to Trustees Megan Conley ’91 and Julia Weil ’97 for spearheading the gathering.» read more