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!
Will Rippeto, Class of ’14, and Kyra Link, Class of ’12, star in the St. John’s School Winter One-Act Play, Words, Words, Words, by David Ives. Playing intelligent chimpanzees, these PS alumni cynically ponder the purpose of a typing experiment of which they are the subjects. We look forward to seeing Will and Kyra in future productions!
Suman Alturi (Class of ’12) and Aubrey Calaway (Class of ’12) have recently teamed up to work on a non-profit organization, Swasthya, which was founded by Alturi in 2013. Swasthya helps at-risk youth in India understand the importance of living a healthy life. Check out their website at www.creatingahealthierindia.org. Who better to partner with in philanthropic work than a fellow PS alumnus! We look forward to watching this organization grow. Keep up the great work!
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!
Congratulations to Kendyl Bree and Kylie Lohrenz, PS Class of 2012 alumni, for earning awards in the 2013 Scholastic Art & Writing Competition. This is one of the largest and most respected recognition programs and scholarship sources for U.S. creative teens. Over 200,000 pieces were submitted by students in grades 7-12 this year. These pieces are judged on originality, skill and the appearance of a personal vision or voice.
Kendyl was awarded a Silver Key and an Honorable Mention in the Harris County region for her Poetry submissions. Kylie received two Silver Key awards in the Harris County region for her Poetry submission and her Personal Essay/Memoir submission.
Congratulations again to Kendyl and Kylie for their prestigious writing awards! Presbyterian School is proud of our alumni who continue to succeed after they graduate.
Joyson Zhang, PS Class of 2012 alum, placed third for his piano performance in the 2012 American Protégé International Competition of Romantic Music. This competition included applicants from various corners of the world including Canada, China, Costa Rica, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, Ukraine and the United States. As a result of his third place award, Joyson is invited to perform at The Winners' Recital held at New York City's Carnegie Hall, one of the world's most impressive performance venues. Earlier this year, he placed first in the American Protégé International Piano and Strings Competition and was then invited to play at Carnegie Hall. American Protégé is for young actors, dancers, musicians and singers who are on the path to a successful career. Congratulations to Joyson on his many musical achievements!
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!
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