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Los Alamos Man Travels To Croatia To Cover Sunday's Presidential Inaugaration Of Former LAHS Student

on February 14, 2015 - 1:47pm

The scene today from St. Mark's Church in Zagreb, Croatia overlooking the square where preparations are underway for Sunday's presidential inauguation of a former Los Alamos High School student. Photo by Simon Redman/

Simon Redman (this evening) in front of the Zagreb Cathedral. Selfie by Simon Redman/


Los Alamos Daily Post

Simon Redman of Los Alamos is on assignment for the Los Alamos Daily Post covering the presidential inauguration in Zagreb, Croatia for which he has a local connection.

Redman is a Los Alamos High School graduate as is Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, who last month won a runoff election to become the first woman president of Croatia. She will be sworn into office Sunday in Zagreb, the capital and largest city of the Republic of Croatia.

Redman graduated from LAHS in 2013. He is on scene taking photos and talking with the locals. He also will cover Sunday’s inauguration ceremony and festivities.

"Since graduating Los Alamos High School, I've been studying computer science at the University of Utah with a minor in German," Redman said. "In an effort to expand my German knowledge, I've been studying at the Universität Stuttgart in south-west Germany since September. However I couldn't pass up the opportunity to experience this historic event in Croatia!"

The Los Alamos Daily Post will publish Redman's coverage of the events as they unfold.

Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic

Grabar-Kitarovic, 46, graduated from LAHS in 1986. She was born April 29, 1968, on Grobnik, a small village near Rijeka, Croatia. She lived in the United States for part of her childhood and graduated from Los Alamos High School in Los Alamos. According to Wikipedia, she attended the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb, graduating in 1992 with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Spanish languages and literature.

From 1995 to 1996, she attended the Diploma Course at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna. In 2000, she obtained a master's degree in international relations from the Faculty of Political Science at the University of Zagreb.

From 2002 to 2003, she attended George Washington University as a Fulbright scholar. She also received a Luksic Fellowship for the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard and was a visiting scholar at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.