Ashley Zalta '03 was interviewed for an article by Chris Varias and published in the Cincinnati Enquirer on August 27. In the article, Zalta recalls her time at Country Day. Here are a couple of excerpts:
Question: Were you born in Cincinnati?
Answer: I was. I was raised in the same house in Blue Ash. I went to Cincinnati Country Day so I spent the first 18 years of my life there.
Q: How was Cincinnati Country Day?
A: It was a very special experience to be what they called a "lifer," because you got to know your same grade of kids from the age of 5 to 18. You got to see everybody grow up together. But I also have to say part of my experience at Country Day is why I ended up in Hollywood. My fifth grade teacher had a love of classic cinema, so in homeroom he showed us "Ben Hur" and "The Ten Commandments," "Charade," "The Birds." So at 10 years old, I already knew these films were something special.
Q: Do you remember that teacher's name?
A: Yes. Mr. (Rick) Van Nuys. He was my fifth-grade homeroom and history teacher. He actually also taught a World War II segment, and I'll actually never forget – this is really interesting – we didn't use a textbook. He typed up his own textbook, so instead of reading a dry lesson, we collectively read this fascinating, complicated, yet totally digestible story, and I think it was my first time really connecting and understanding history, and so he really showed me the power of storytelling.
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