Alumni News

Welcome to the PS alumni blog! From academic achievements to world travels, we will be posting what our alumni are doing.  Please email your alumni news and updates to Ryan Hertlein, Alumni Coordinator and Assistant Director of Admission. Check back to find out about upcoming alumni events.

Amanda Leavell, a Princeton Tiger lacrosse star

Amanda Leavell, Class of ’09, is off to an incredible start at Princeton University.  This freshman lacrosse star appeared in 13 games and started 11 of them.  She finished third on the team in draws, with 23, while adding five caused turnovers and four ground balls.  With three years still to go, I think we will be hearing a lot more outstanding news coming from Amanda and her Princeton Tigers.

Posted by in Class of 2009, Athletic Honors on Monday February 9, 2015
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Harrison Hanna meets ESPN sportscaster Brent Musburger

Harrison Hanna, PS Class of 2009, is currently a freshman at Baylor University. Last semester he worked as the Student Equipment Manager for the Baylor Bears football team. He helped the team with equipment and uniforms for practices and games. Harrison also traveled with the team and was a ball boy on the sidelines during games. In the locker room before the Oklahoma State game, he was able to meet and speak with ESPN sportscaster Brent Musburger! What an awesome opportunity for Harrison. We love hearing how our alumni work hard to live out their dreams. Best of luck to Harrison in his next years at Baylor!

Posted by in Class of 2009, Athletic Honors on Friday December 6, 2013
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Catherine Hay and Allie Luther run Chevron Houston Marathon

Catherine Hay (PS Class of 2007) and Allie Luther (PS Class of 2009) ran the Chevron Houston Marathon on January 13th.  Through the cold, rain and wind, Catherine finished in 04:31:55, ranking 6th in her division (Females 16-19).  Allie Luther finished in 04:36:04, ranking 7th in her division (Females 16-19).

Catherine's first introduction to running was from being a part of the track team at Presbyterian School, but her love for running didn't develop until late in high school at St. John's.  She shared her love for running with Ms. Cox, Assistant Head of Middle School at Presbyterian School.  They ran together over the summer before she headed to college.  This was Catherine's first marathon, but she has completed three half-marathons before.  She had to overcome an ankle injury in order to run the marathon and was in physical therapy for four months.  Catherine commented, "It felt so rewarding to finally be able to finish the race after all the hard work and training I put in."  She plans on running another marathon this year and hope to run the Nike Women's Marathon in San Francisco.

Allie played field hockey, soccer and lacrosse at Presbyterian School.  Her love for running didn't start until high school at Episcopal where she was on the cross country and track team.  This was her second marathon to run and she hopes to run another one in the next few years.  Allie commented, "All of the hours of training were so worth it on that day! It feels so good to be cheered on throughout the race and crossing the finish line felt amazing!" 

We are proud of Catherine and Allie for finding something they love, setting goals and conquering them through hard work and dedication.  We want to extend a big congratulations to them for finishing the marathon! 

Left photo: Catherine Hay after the marathon.
Right photo: Allie Luther with her two sisters, Caitlyn (PS Class of 2007) and Natalie (PS Class of 2014) after the marathon. 

Posted by in Class of 2007, Class of 2009, Athletic Honors on Thursday January 24, 2013 at 11:21AM
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PS Alumni Star in A Midsummer Night's Dream Performance

Episcopal High School launched a weekend celebration of William Shakespeare with performances of A Midsummer Night's Dream on October 26th through 28th.  Presbyterian School alumni landed twelve parts in the play. 

PS alumni starred in the key roles of the lovers, with Maggie Rippeto as Helena, Hayley Talkington as Hermia, Henry Herbert as Lysander, and Matthew Goodrich as Demetrius, each exhibiting a strong command of the language of Shakespeare while infusing the characters with passion and humor. 

Notable also were Catherine Tharp as Titania, Queen of the Fairies; Daniel Hancock as Philostrate; Wylie Geibel as Francis Flute; Thomas Best as Snug the Joiner; and Lovell Smajstrla, Hunter Reinertsen-Forehand, Kate Ballard, and Juliana Ganim as attending fairies.

Written by: Jamie Adams, 8th Grade Teacher

Posted by in Class of 2009, Class of 2011, Class of 2010, Class of 2012, Performing Arts on Wednesday November 7, 2012 at 02:16PM
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Amanda Leavell Shines on the Court and the Field

PS Class of ’09 alum, Amanda Leavell, was honored last weekend as a finalist for the Triple-Impact Competitor® Scholarship from the Positive Coaching Alliance.  High school students were chosen for this scholarship based on how they represent the perfect “Triple-Impact Competitor®” – a Competitor that makes oneself better, makes teammates better and makes the sport better.

Amanda has been impacted by sports her whole life and strived to set the bar high for herself and her teammates while also honoring the game.  She has played basketball since she was little and learned lacrosse and field hockey as a middle school student at Presbyterian.  Currently, Amanda is a senior at St. John’s and captain of the varsity lacrosse and basketball teams.  She has received many sports honors including All-American Honorable Mention, All-State and All-SPC in lacrosse and All-SPC and MVP in basketball.  She has even committed to play lacrosse at Princeton next year!

We want to extend a big congratulation to Amanda for all of her achievements!

Posted by in Class of 2009, Athletic Honors on Friday October 5, 2012 at 03:26PM
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Success continues for PS Alums on St. Agnes Field Hockey Team

Three PS alums competed in St. Agnes' first varsity game of the 2012 field hockey season. The game was held on September 11th against the Woodlands High School. Anna Grace Hawkins (PS Class of '09) was the lead scorer with three goals, two of which were assisted by Sarah Castaneda (PS Class of '11). Elena Benn (PS Class of '12) was the starting goalie for St. Agnes. Way to go Panther Alums! The final score of the game was 4-0, a win for St. Agnes. We look forward to hearing more about the great successes of our alumni - send us pictures and updates!

Posted by in Class of 2009, Athletic Honors, Class of 2011, Class of 2012 on Wednesday September 19, 2012 at 03:43PM
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Alex McCollam and Phillip James go to the 2012 Senior League World Series!

Pictured above: Phillip James (PS Class of 2010) and Alex McCollam (PS Class of 2009) at the Senior League World Series.

Two PS Alums played at this year's Senior League World Series in Bangor, Maine! Teammates Alex McCollam and Phillip James helped lead the West University Little League team to victory at the U.S. Southwest regional. They then went on to represent the U.S. Southwest at the Senior League World Series. They fought hard and ended the Series 2-2. We are proud of them for such a great accomplishment, way to go boys!

U.S. Southwest team dominates their first two games at the World Series - read more here.
Phillip James scoring two runs in the first game of the World Series - read more here.

Pictured above: West University Little League after the U.S. Southwest Regional win.

Posted by in Class of 2009, Athletic Honors, Class of 2010 on Thursday August 30, 2012 at 11:42AM
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St. Agnes Academy Honor Roll Students

Congratulations to our PS Alumni who made the St. Agnes Academy Honor Roll this past semester!We are so proud of you!

High Honors recognition goes to Sarah Rohrman '08, Anna Grace Hawkins '09, Elizabeth Copper '11, Juliana Ganim '11, Lauren Stubbers '11, and Caroline Thomas '11.

Honors recognition goes to Audrey Beathard '08, Danielle Benn '08, Katherine Copper '08, Maggie Elliott '08, Erica Hoffman '09, Katherine Dyer '10, Sarah Castaneda '11, Claire Hoffman '11, Brenton Smith '11 and Katherine Ten Eyck '11.

PS Alums join the first St. Agnes Field Hockey Team

As St. Agnes adds Field Hockey to their athletics program, many PS alums have joined the inaugural team.  Click here to read the write up in the Houston Chronicle.  Congratulations to Danielle Benn '08, Anna Grace Hawkins '09, Monica Bueso '10, Katherine Dyer '10, Sarah Castaneda '11 and Claire Hoffman '11 for making the teams. 

Good luck on a great first season!

Monica Bueso '10 (#2) up against St. John's.

Claire Hoffman '11 (#15) up against Duchesne.


Sarah Castaneda '11 (#17) playing Episcopal.


Anna Grace Hawkins '09 (#3) takes on Duchesne.


Shelby Zimmerman '11 (Episcopal) and Claire Hoffman '11 (St. Agnes) meet up on the field.

Levy Sisters '07 and '09 Perform at House of Blues

Watch the performance of their original song, "Flowers".

Posted by Mrs. Ashlea Taylor in Class of 2007, Class of 2009, In the Media on Tuesday April 5, 2011 at 12:22PM
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Catherine Tharp '09 in "The Doctor's Dilemna"


Catherine Tharp '09 is performing in Main Street Theater's The Doctor's Dilemna as Minnie Tinwell and the intern.  This is Catherine's first paid role as an actress and she is earning points toward a Screen Actor's Guild (SAG) membership.  If she keeps it up, she could vote on the Oscars one day.  She’s not only acting on stage, she’s doing behind-the-scenes work on production which is helping her with her role as backstage manager for the next dramatic production at Episcopal High School, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead, which runs Friday, Saturday & Sunday of Halloween weekend.

Click here for more information on the play and to check out Catherine's bio.  The Doctor's Dilemna will run through October 9, 2010.

Posted by Mrs. Ashlea Taylor in Class of 2009, In the Media on Friday September 24, 2010 at 10:30AM
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Levy Sisters '07 and '09 Perform on Great Day Houston



The Levy sisters are performing! Sisters Alex Levy '07 and Julia Levy '09 have had a passion for music since they were young and and are now writing their own music and performing.  Click here to check out their performance on Great Day Houston this summer.

Check out their website for upcoming performances and other news!

Upcoming Show:  Head to Armadillo Palace TOMORROW, September 25, 2010 from 1-4 p.m.and hear the girls sing at The Avon Cancer Benefit!

Posted by Mrs. Ashlea Taylor in Class of 2007, Class of 2009, In the Media on Wednesday September 22, 2010 at 03:20PM
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