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.
This past summer Brooke Jenkins ('11) had the opportunity to intern for the Houston Astros. During her internship she served in the Retail and Merchandise Department, and she got to learn and experience first hand everything that happens on this side of the business. From running the ten team stores in the stadium, to sitting in on meetings about buying new merchandise, helping unload merchandise in the warehouse and everything in between.
Brooke had the privilege to work on several projects throughout the summer. She was able to work with the Authentication team and work on a project for that part of our department. She was also able to help with a Spring Training Review, a Retail Marketing Investment Fund and Budget project, and was able to help create the Organization's Newsletter over the summer.
Since the end of her internship in August, due to school, Brooke kept in close touch with her department and the organization. During the team's post-season run she was asked to come back and help as the team hosted three home World Series Games. This was such an incredible honor to be asked to come help work these games. Brooke had the time of her life working for the team, she grew up supporting, in the World Series. It has been the experience of a lifetime and she was so thankful to The Houston Astros for the opportunities they gave her. What a team, what an organization and what a season!
Way to go, Brooke!
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.
Elizabeth Copper, PS Class of 2011, is a Certified Puppy Raiser for Southeastern Guide Dogs. Her puppy, Captain, is essentially a 24 hour 7 days a week companion to Elizabeth and her mom, who shares the responsibility as Captain's puppy raiser. They teach Captain basic obedience (40 commands) and socialization so that he is prepared for formal harness training at 16 months of age. Socialization includes planning daily outings to expose Captain to various experiences and to replicate life as a guide dog. During the outings, they work on obedience, familiarity with various settings, interaction with other people, and answering questions about guide dogs and the visually impaired. At home, they work on good house manners and basic obedience during daily training sessions. This will also be Elizabeth's Girl Scout Gold Award project, which she anticipates to complete in June 2014.
In addition, Elizabeth prepares and gives community presentations to raise awareness of the need for and availability of guide dogs for the visually impaired. Elizabeth and Captain recently visited Presbyterian School's Kindergarten classes! They were the first special guests and presentation for the kindergartners this year. Mrs. Christou, PS Kindergarten teacher, remarks on Elizabeth's presentation. "Watching Elizabeth put Captain through his drills was a great learning experience and a real treat. As Elizabeth's kindergarten teacher it was a time of great pride for me. Just to see the young lady she has grown to be and her care for this dog was amazing. But also to see the core values of respect, perseverance and compassion she exhibits to our community is so valuable. Elizabeth's dedication and focus in training Captain truly represents the Presbyterian School spirit."
We are thankful to have such wonderful alumni like Elizabeth, who come back to PS to show their teachers what they have acheived and how they have grown. "My kindergartners always enjoy the visits the alumni make and the insightful advice they give. We look forward to more visits from our alumni who set such positive examples for our students," said Mrs. Christou.
Thank you to the alumni who came out and supported the 2013 eighth grade class in their performance of Willy Wonka! The eighth grade musical is an event that has taken place since the start of Presbyterian School Middle School and is a fond memory for many alumni. Current students, families and teachers love to see alumni showing their support for Presbyterian School. We appreciate the support from all of our alumni - Thank you again to all who came!
Left photo: Class of 2011 alumni Adam Nunez, Peter Nyberg, Dewey Gonsoulin, Jack Rogers and Akshay Jaggi.
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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!
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