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.
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.
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".
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.
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!
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
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!
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.
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.
Pictured above are the PS Alumni Association Board Members: Katy Odom (Class of '03), Clark Jacobs (Class of '07), Ben Clemenceau (Class of '03), Chris Winters (Class of '06), and Blair Bradford (Class of '04).
The PS Alumni Association was excited to host their first reunion for Class of '03-'08 Panther Alums. These alums gathered at Ragin Cajun on August 2nd to catch up with old classmates and friends and reconnect with Presbyterian School. There was a great turnout from all classes!
Left photo: Mary Megan Mullins ('05) & Hillary Caldwell ('05)
Center photo: Clark Jacobs ('07), Palmer Wilson ('06) & Chris Winters ('06)
Right photo: Katy Odom ('03), Emma Ebbs ('03), Carlton Wilde ('03) & Alex Pons ('03)
Chris Winters, President of the PS Alumni Association, informed alums about ways to get involved and stay connected with the Presbyterian School family. This is an exciting year for the School with the start of an official Alumni Association. This Association will maintain and promote alumni involvement in Presbyterian School and act as a liasion between Presbyterian and former students. They are hoping to grow the Presbyterian Alumni community and reconnect with former students who are all part of the Presbyterian School family.
If you are interested in joining the PS Alumni Association, contact Lizzie Voss, Development Associate, at email@example.com
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.
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.
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!
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".
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 Avery Geisler '07 who has been named one of four national finalists in Photography in the Young Arts scholarship competition sponsored by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts. Avery is a senior at The Kinkaid School and you can click here to read more about her outstanding achievement.
Elizabeth Hay ’06 is enjoying her Freshman year at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. Elizabeth is a dj for the school’s radio station and has her own show called the Hurricane Hangover from 10-11 on Tuesday mornings. She plays quite a variety during her one hour show including wave, hip hop, world, jazz, and electronica. For more information on the radio station and to listen to a live stream of the show, go to http://kwur.com/.
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!
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