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.
Preston Heard, PS Class of 2012 and current Episcopal High School senior, was honored by the Touchdown Club of Houston as Offensive Player of the Year! Touchdown Club recognizes the areas best players in private school ranks each year. The Episcopal Knights won 9 of 11 games, finishing as the South Zone’s top seed in the SPC Large School Playoffs. They played the Kinkaid Falcons in the finals, losing 31-27. Preston threw for over 2,200 yards and 27 touchdowns. Congratulations to Preston for such a huge honor!
A big weekend for our Presbyterian Alums in HGA Junior Golf! William Weinheimer and Henry Fisher, Class of 2012, faced off this past weekend in the finals match of HGA's 2015 Greater Houston City Match Play Championship at Memorial Park. William finished 1st overall and Henry finished 2nd overall. We are proud of our Panther alums for their perseverance and accomplishments on the golf course. Way to go boys!
Congratulations to Kelly Oubre, PS Class of 2010, for being selected by the Atlanta Hawks with the 15th overall pick in the NBA Draft. He was later traded to the Washington Wizards. What an accomplishment!
Mary Ashleigh Boles, Class of ’06, graduates this spring from Washington and Lee. As a Business Administration and Spanish major, she has accepted a position at the Investment Bank, Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Company here in Houston. Boles is grateful to W&L for broadening her horizons academically, socially and athletically. Currently captain of the volleyball team, Boles played all four years while maintaining a rigorous academic schedule. She studied a broad four times and interned internationally. We wish her all the best as she graduates and begins a new chapter in her life!
Click here for a link to the full article on the W&L website.
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.
Kelly Oubre, (Class of ’10) models how patience, respect for the process and hard work really pay off. Oubre, a McDonald’s All-American and consensus top-10 recruit, chose the Kansas Jayhawks with hopes of helping his team to an 11th straight Big 12 title. However, as the season began to unfold, he was spending less time on the court and more time on the bench. Disappointed, Oubre, studied the team’s play books and paid close attention to his older, more experienced teammates. He kept his confidence high by adopting a “professional mind-set” and taking things day by day, all while enjoying the experience. One month later, his determination solidified his starting position as the Jayhawks’ wing. Oubre chose Kansas because he wanted to play for a team who held him accountable, demanded perfection and taught professionalism. His patience and perseverance keep him moving forward. We look forward to following Kelly Oubre and his career at Kansas.
Jack Rogers (Class of ’11) committed to swim for Bucknell University in conjunction with the NCAA’s National Signing day in November. Rogers is currently the fastest 200 freestyler swimmer on Strake Jesuit’s Crusaders swim team. He swam a personal best 200 freestyle of 1:46:99 at regionals last year. Best of luck to Jack as he begins his collegiate swim career at Bucknell.
This past November the Houston Touchdown Club honored Dewey Gonsoulin (Class of ’11) as a finalist for their Annual Greater Houston High School Football Scholar-Athlete Award. A defensive lineman on the Strake Jesuit’s Crusaders football team, Dewey had 29 tackles including three tackles for a loss, three pressures and two pass deflections this year. He also served as a member of the Football Leadership Council. Strake Head Coach, James Clancy, commented, “He embodies the mission of the school. The dedication he provided not only to his performance on the field and in the classroom, but to his teammates and coaches, has set a standard for future generation of Crusaders to follow.” Congratulations Dewey! We are proud to see our PS Alumni showing such leadership and dedication.
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!
Kristen Winship graduated from Presbyterian School's first eighth grade class in 2003 and was on the first Panther sixth grade volleyball team in 2001. Coach Ann Horne was Kristen's volleyball coach and twelve years later is coaching Kristen's little sister, Kaitlynn Carroll, a current PS sixth grader. Coach Horne reflects on why she loves to coach the sixth grade volleyball team and has for so many years at PS. "I enjoy coaching the sixth grade girls because I get to know them early in middle school and that relationship lasts long after." Horne is excited about continuing to reconnect with PS alumni like Kristen, who she coached in her first years at PS.
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!
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.
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 ’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!
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!
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.
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.
Congratulations to Andrew Winters '08 who has accepted an offer from Wake Forest University to play division 1 golf. The Wake Forest Golf Team has a rich golfing tradition and produced such great golfers as Arnold Palmer, Jay Haas, Curtis Strange, Lanny Wadkins and recently Webb Simpson. Andrew is also excited about joining his big brother Christopher Winters '06 at Wake Forest. Andrew will be a senior this year at Kinkaid and hopes to lead the Kinkaid golf team to another SPC Championship in the Spring of 2012.
Above is a picture of Andrew's Texas Junior Golf Tour Championship win at Redstone Golf Club here in Houston earlier this month. We look forward to following Andrew's golfing accomplishment at Wake Forest.
Emery Larkin '11 has been busy the summer after graduating from PS. She played for the Gateway Field Hockey team out of St. Louis, Missouri for the ESPN Rise Games held at Disney World in July. She has now been invited to play on Gateway's U-16 team at Disney World in February. Congratulations, Emery and good luck in February!
Andrew Winters '08 has turned out to be quite a golfer. Last spring, he helped Kinkaid win the SPC championship along with Preston Moore '06. Andrew placed 2nd individually over all in the SPC tournament. He is also a member of the Texas Junior Golf Tour and placed 3rd last month at the TJGT state tournament held at Barton Springs in Austin.
Click here to read the article that ran in The Chronicle last May about Andrew's amazing performance, which led his team to winning the SPC championship.
Congratulations to M.A. Boles '06 who has received quite a few honors as an Outside Hitter for Wasthington and Lee's volleyball team. The ODAC (Old Dominion Athletic Conference) has awarded her back-to-back ODAC player of the week, ODAC Honor Role student-athlete, ODAC Rookie of the Year, First Team All-ODAC and has received other awards including aces leader, back-to-back tournament MVP and most recently, she was named American Volleyball Coaches Association South Region Freshman of the Year.
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