upcoming Alumni Events

THURSDAY, May 4, 2017: New York City Alumni Reunion

5:30-7:30 PM @The Brooklyneer, 220 West Houston Street, (between Houston and Varick)

FRIDAY, May 19, 2017: EATS (AnnuaL FUN- AND FUND-RAISING Event)

Time TBD @ TPS

Alumni News

Jonathan Dushoff '78 (our very first TPS alum!) is an associate professor and researcher at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada. Check out his lab.

The 80s

Sarah Dry '87, one of thirty-six recipients of the inaugural 2015 Public Scholar grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, has a book coming out soon. The Circulation of Our World: Scientists and the Quest to Understand the Waters of the Globe tells the history of our global understanding of climate and water. Sarah has a Ph.D. from the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge, where she was a Gates Scholar.  

The 90s

Mac Marston '93, an assistant professor of archaeology and anthropology at Boston University, is the staff botanist of the Leon Levy Expedition, which recently announced the 2013 discovery and subsequent first-ever excavation of an ancient Philistine cemetery in Ashkelon, Israel. The news spread quickly and widely. Read more (you have a choice of languages!).

Michael Block '95 once again facilitated a panel discussion for our 8th graders during their two-day visit to Washington, DC. Michael, an attorney at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, has been organizing this event for TPS for several years now.  

Alicia West '97,  Director of Public Design Outreach at the NYC Department of Environmental Protection, was appointed a 2016 Grant Panelist for Capital Projects and Facilities at the New York State Council on the Arts.

Katherine Latta '98 came by TPS last spring. She and her husband live in England, where she is Head of European Programmes at UK NARIC, ECCTIS Ltd., an education management firm that provides information and advice on vocational, academic, and professional skills and qualifications from all over the world. 

David Schiffrin '98 was surrounded by several TPS schoolmates when he married Courtney Stursberg in April 2016. His best man was Jacob Cooper '99, and groomsmen included Abe Silber '00, Michael Fiebach '99, and Sam Huntington' 98. Other TPSers attending were Caitlin Speers '00, Molly Swartz '98, and Gabriella Gross '00.

Devrah Ferst '99 is senior editor at Tasting Table, a website and newsletter for culinary enthusiasts. 

Hilary Connor '00 married Alie Thomer in spring 2016. TPS classmate and LA resident Alex Solether traveled to Philly to attend.

The 21st Century

Josh Wheeling '00 came by TPS "on business," touring the school with staff from the Philadelphia School Partnership, where he is the Manager of Data and Analysis. Josh oversees PSP’s use of data across the organization, providing everything from support on ongoing projects to small data requests. 

Carlin Adelson '01 has moved from NYC to LA. In fall 2015 she spent a week at TPS teaching an Improv mini-course. She is pursuing a master's degree at the University of Southern California in Writing for Screen and Television.

Cara Hutchison '01 married Eric Stone in New York City in October 2016. A publicist at Rogers & Cowan, Cara specializes in the music and entertainment industry. She has handled general PR and album publicity for the Rolling Stones, Elton John, Kanye West, Katy Perry,  Lionel Richie, The Beach Boys, and others. 

Michael Connor '02 is a bass player in Ecstatic Vision, which has been touring across the country and in Europe this year.

Megan Lundy '04 has returned from Kenya, where she worked for an NGO – Positive Life Kenya. The NGO is helping set up a  Preventative Health and Wellness Clinic for women and children in the village of Mlolongo, whose community has been ravaged by HIV-AIDS. Here is a link to Megan's blog.  Megan is finishing up her third year of medical school at Thomas Jefferson University and will soon be heading off to Wake Forest for her residency in general surgery.

Sam Morris '04 is a drummer for Philadelphia rockers Flightschool, a four-piece band that, as described on their website, "blends straight rock with blues and jam influences anchored by a two-headed guitar attack."  Check out their website for their summer tour.

Emily Wilhite '04 is a Ph.D. candidate in psychology at the University of Texas (Austin). Emily is interested in studying alcohol-related sexual regret and risky sexual behavior in young women as they transition out of college. Her dissertation project focuses on how online dating and alcohol use influence the likelihood of casual sexual hookups and related positive and negative outcomes. Emily graduated from Penn State in 2012; she majored in psychology and Spanish.

Alex Zimmerman ’04 is a freelance writer whose work focuses on police accountability, LGBT issues, public health, and transportation. Alex's work has appeared in the Village Voice, Vice, Atlas Obscura, and the investigative non-profit PublicSource. It has also been featured on NPR affiliate WESA's Essential Pittsburgh. Alex lives in Brooklyn. Here is a recent article he wrote for The Atlantic.

Sharell Bryant '06 is a software engineer at Rent The Runway, a fashion company that describes itself as a  "company with a technology soul." Sharell graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in cognitive science. 

Michael Maisel '06 is working in Washington, DC as the Policy and Communications Associate at Engage Cuba, a bipartisan 501(c)(4) public policy organization dedicated to supporting the ongoing U.S.‐Cuba normalization process and enacting legislation to reform U.S. travel and trade restrictions with Cuba.

Nathaniel Harlan '07 and his percussion ensemble performed for the school community last year. The three percussionists demonstrated beautiful, complex Afro-Cuban Güiro and Bata rhythms. Later in the day Nathaniel taught a 6th grade drumming workshop. 

Aaya Kingsbury '08, who graduated from Shippenburg University last spring, has joined the staff at Green Towne Montessori School. 

Daniel Wilhite '08, a recent Brown University graduate – with a triple major (!) in Latin American and Caribbean studies, urban studies, and history – has been awarded a Fulbright Study/Research Award for 2018 in Recife, Brazil! Daniel wrote that he "will be working on a public health project titled, "Classrooms and Terreiros: Conduits of PrEP Usage among Men Who have Sex with Men"; the project will involve the study of sexual health education related to newly developed Pre-Exposure Prophylaxsis HIV prevention medications in public schools and Candomblé terreiros in the metropolitan region of Recife.  

Ajia Lui ‘09 is majoring in biological engineering at Penn State University.

Byron Riggins '09 is a senior at the University of Delaware. A Dean's List student, Byron is majoring in marine biology.

Maddie Addis '10 is pursuing a degree in acting at Emerson College, where she has not only been busy as an actor/writer in a the sketch comedy troupe Jimmy's Traveling All-Stars, the repertory-style theatre group Mercutio Troupe, and the Emerson Shakespeare Society but is also a member of Emerson's Honors Program. 

Duncan Gallagher '10 is majoring in comparative literature at Brown University, where he is a writer for the Brown Noser, the university's satirical newspaper. Check out a few of his articles.

Emma Luckman '11 is a member of the Miami University synchronized skating team, which won first place at the 2016 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships in February 2016.  

College choices for the Class of 2012: Brown University, Bryn Mawr College, the College of William & Mary, Cornell University, Drexel University, Hampshire College, Ithaca College, La Salle University, The New School, New York University, Oberlin College, Ohio Wesleyan University, Temple University, Union College, the University of Miami, the University of Michigan, the University of Pennsylvania, University of Texas (Austin), Ursinus College, Washington College, Stanford University, and Yale University.

Above is an example of "TPS togetherness." Alums William Ryley, Charlotte Ennis, Phoebe Altenhofen, Jayne Cohen, Ella Serpell, Alexis Tang, and Martha Abrams (all Class of 2012) were attendees at the Friends Select School 2016 prom. (No, William didn't take them all!)

Above is an example of "TPS togetherness." Alums William Ryley, Charlotte Ennis, Phoebe Altenhofen, Jayne Cohen, Ella Serpell, Alexis Tang, and Martha Abrams (all Class of 2012) were attendees at the Friends Select School 2016 prom. (No, William didn't take them all!)

Three members of the TPS Class of 2013 competed in the Philadelphia Mock Trial city quarterfinals in February as part of the Germantown Friends School mock trial program.  Ellie Zack was on the GFS second team, which was narrowly defeated by St. Joe's Prep. Claire Saint-Amour and Ethan Addis, who were on the GFS first team, won their quarterfinal and semifinal matches to advance to the city championship against Roman Catholic's strong first team. 

Class of 2013 National Merit Semifinalists include Daniel Leonard, Claire Saint-Amour, and Ellie Zack.

College choices for the Class of 2013 so far include

  • Colgate University
  • Drexel University
  • Harvard University
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Pennsylvania (2)
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Richmond
  • University of Vermont
  • Wellesley College

Isaiah Ritchie '14, a junior at St. Joseph’s Prep, received a highly competitive scholarship awarded by Société Honoraire de Français for summer study in France. Isaiah took part in the three-week French Cultural and Regional Identity Program organized by Experiment in International Living. Read more in the most recent University City Review.

Eliana Yang '14 made the New York Times! She is the youngest participant in the New York String Seminar.  

Mariama Gackou '15, a sophomore at the Academy at Palumbo, was one of several Muslim students who shared stories in January 2016 at an forum held at the high school. Addressing an audience of peers of all backgrounds, the students emphasized the peaceful nature of Islam and spoke about both the personal and broader impacts of recent inflammatory anti-Muslim rhetoric. Click here to hear Mariama's moving words in a WHYY news story.

We have been delighted that so many members of the Class of 2016 have come by to visit TPS this fall!