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.
The Houston Kids Triathlon took place yesterday at the University of Houston campus. Nearly fifty current Presbyterian School students participated in the almost 1,700 person event. PS Class of 2012 alumni, Hunter Reinertsen-Forehand, competed and placed 2nd in the 15-year old girls age group, following current Presbyterian School 8th grader, Emily Gonsoulin. The triathlon consisted of a 200 yard swim, a 6 mile bike and a 1 mile run. Congratulations to our alumni, Hunter, for this achievement!
Hayley Talkington, PS Class of 2010, and Henry Herbert, PS Class of 2011, star in Episcopal High School's spring production "SEUSSICAL the Musical". Performances take place March 1st to March 3rd in the Underwood Theatre at Episcopal High School. SEUSSICAL cleverly combines some of Dr. Suess' most popular books. Tickets are available at the door and are $10 for adults or $5 for students. Stop by to see our PS Alumni perform next weekend!
Friday, March 1, 2013 - 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 2, 2013 - 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 3, 2013 - 3:00 p.m.
Left picture: Hayley Talkington as JoJo and Henry Herbert as Cat in the Hat in "SEUSSICAL the Musical".
Congrats to Emery Larkin, PS Class of 2011 alum, for her field hockey achievements! She was voted All-SPC for Division I Field Hockey. Emery started playing field hockey at Presbyterian School and is now a part of the varsity team at Episcopal High School. She also plays on the Texas Pride club field hockey team with Shelby Zimmermann, PS Class of 2011 alum. Their team went to the National Field Hockey Festival in Palm Beach, Florida over Thanksgiving break. Way to go girls!
Left picture: Emery Larkin at an Episcopal High School field hockey game.
Right picture: Shelby Zimmermann and Emery Larkin on the bottom row at a Texas Pride game.
PS Class of '08 Alum, Nina Distefano, earned the Girl Scout Gold Award after organizing a service project at the DePelchin Children's Center, which focuses on strengthening children's lives by providing mental health, foster care and adoption services. Nina and a group of volunteers created affordable fashion items for teenage girls out of materials such as trash bags and coffee filters. Nina then worked directly with 35 teenage girls helping to raise self-esteem.
The Gold Award is a huge achievement - less than five percent of Girl Scouts complete the Gold Award requirements. Nina also had to complete over 100 community service hours and two to three years of award work before one of the last requirements, the service project.
We are proud of the many acheivements of our PS Alum and wish her well as she attends her first year of college at Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia.
Read more about Nina's Girl Scout Gold Award here.
PS Alum, Tim Frazier '05, is one of the fastest and quickest players in the Big Ten. Frazier's blazing end-to-end speed and athleticism were on full display in a 22-point, eight-rebound, six-assist performance as Penn State ran past Michigan State to reach the Big Ten Tournament Championship game in Indianapolis last season.
The wiry and explosive Frazier was instrumental in the Lions' run to the 2011 NCAA Tournament as he averaged 10 points, 5.9 assists and 4.6 rebounds per game over Penn State's final 11 games of the 2010-11 campaign while also serving as the team's top defensive stopper. With the graduation of four senior starters, including backcourt running mate Talor Battle, who left as the school's all-time leading scorer, Frazier has embraced the mantle of leadership as the Lions' lone returning starter and a veteran of every Penn State game over the last two seasons. The Academic All-Big Ten honoree owns better than a 3.2 grade-point average in supply chain and information systems management.
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.
Hugh Zabriskie performed an original composition Tuesday evening, April 19, with the University of Houston Moore's School of Music Jazz Orchestra.
Hugh's composition, "The Cocunut Grove", was performed earlier this fall as a Houston-area TEDx entry. Based off of this experience, Moores School of Music Jazz Director, Noe Marmolejo invited Hugh to perform is composition on a concert featuring a mix of classic and new compositions for big band. Hugh is the only high school student to be featured on this performance!
Congratulations to Hugh and we can't wait to hear more of his original compositions!
Watch the performance of their original song, "Flowers".
Hugh Zabriskie ’08 spoke at the inaugural TEDxYouth event in Houston on November 20. Hugh explained the inspiring idea behind his original jazz composition. Hugh gathered three musicians from the Houston area to perform his orginal work and spoke at the conference about the process of assembling this team and the discovery of sounds once his work was played. Hugh spoke about how he feels music is a conversation between musicians and particularly in jazz because there is so much improvisation. Among the musicians Hugh found to play his piece, was Noe Marmolejo, director of jazz ensembles at the University of Houston. Noe loved the piece so much that he asked Hugh if the University of Houston jazz musicians could perform the original music at an upcoming event. We look forward to seeing what Hugh composes in the future!
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.
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 www.alexandjuliamusic.com 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!
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