News & Views

Young Alumni in the News

Our young alumni continue to transition beyond Country School with ease, pursuing a wide variety of academic, athletic and artistic passions with the courage and confidence that we have come to expect from our graduates. Here is a round-up of some of their recent adventures and achievements.

Mayze Teitler ’11 was named Vice President, Board Of Student Advisors at Harvard Law School. The BSA is a student organization charged with providing several essential services to the Law School community: they serve as teaching assistants in the First Year Legal Research and Writing Program, as peer advisers to members of the first-year class and transfer students, and as administrators of the Ames Moot Court competition.

Christopher Jessup ’14 released his live piano performance at Merkin Hall in February 2020 of Mozart’s “Piano Concerto No. 19 in F Major, K. 459: III. Allegro assai” as a single on all streaming platforms.
Cal Stewart ’14 is studying history and broadcast journalism while also tending goal for the Syracuse University club hockey team.

Grey Zeigler ’14 continues to make and perform original music in and around Nashville, TN. Check it out on Spotify or iTunes.

Phoebe ’15 and Elizabeth Casey ’15 completed the 2021 New York City Marathon, raising funds for numerous deserving charities.

Will Dale ’16 and Turner Ives ’16 are on the ice together once again, this time playing club hockey at The University of Virginia. 

UVA sophomore Griffin Dewey ’17 was named to the 2020-21 ACC Academic Honor Roll, is playing varsity squash and is majoring in Aerospace Engineering.

Notre Dame sophomore QB Drew Pyne ’17 is already making a big impression,  including a touchdown pass in the Sept. 26 win over Wisconsin.

Jack Johnson ’18 was awarded The Thomas W. Armitage Prize for character, scholarship and in­volvement in the life of the school and for contributing to the Hotchkiss community.

James Kontulis ’18 is playing varsity squash and acclimating well as a freshman at Princeton.

Jack Degulis ’19 had some fun while taking home the championship in a school-wide pickleball tournament at Berkshire School.

Will Warner ’19 has just released a new single, “Resonation,” which is out now on Spotify and iTunes. Will was named an AP Scholar by Westminster School for scoring  3 or higher on three or more AP exams.

Ben Herdeg ’20 was honored for excellence in photography and Spanish for the fall semester at Hotchkiss School.

Hunter Griggs ’21 received his pilot’s license and played varsity football this fall at Kent School.

Wilder Judelson ’21 is pursuing his passion for soccer playing for the Orlando City youth developmental team.

Wave Walters ’21 joined Jon Anderson of Yes onstage for 2 weeks of tour dates around the U.S. this past summer as a member of Paul Green Rock Academy and continues to play guitar. 

Oliver Johnson ’22 was a member of the 2021 Founders League championship cross-country team at Hotchkiss. 

And also be sure to check out our NCCS Spotify playlist, for new music being released by members of our alumni and school community.

Captain, Oh My Captain! 
Elizabeth Dale ’19, served as captain of Greenwich Academy’s field hockey team, finishing the regular season 8-2.

Beau Johnson ’20, Byrne Mathews ’19 and Carter Spain ’19 will serve as captains of New Canaan High School’s ’21-22 ice hockey team. They take the helm from ‘20-’21 captain Sam Ives ’18 and hope to secure the team’s third consecutive FCIAC championship. 

Ava Gizzie ’20, served as captain of Choate’s varsity soccer team (as a junior) this past fall. Joined by sister Lila ’21 on the team, they finished their regular season 12-3-0 and then went on to be named WWNEPSSA Class A Champions (out of 45 teams) in post-season play. 

Bennett Ghriskey ’19, served as captain of Westminster School’s varsity field hockey team, winning the 2021 Founders League Championship.

Kyle Latimer ’19, served as captain of Darien High School’s varsity field hockey team, winning the team’s fourth consecutive FCIAC championship 1-0 over New Canaan High School.

Layla Magnusen ’19, served as captain of the St. Luke’s varsity soccer team that clinched the Fairchester Athletic Association (FAA) regular season title.

Amanda Miller ’19, served as captain of the Berkshire School field hockey team. 

Thomas Ricciardelli ’19 will serve as a captain of the Taft ice hockey team this winter.

To the following student-athletes who have committed to further their athletic and educational careers at the collegiate level: 

Mary Duffy ’19 Stanford University (squash)

Will Erdmann ’20 The University of Virginia (lacrosse)

Charlie Gosk ’19 Northeastern University (crew)

Mimi Novak ’20 Bucknell University (lacrosse)

Thomas Ricciardelli ’19 Notre Dame University (lacrosse)

Teddy Truwit ’18 Duke University (tennis)

The above information was gathered through a variety of sources, including from secondary schools, media outlets and responses to alumni surveys. Please reach out to Director of Alumni Affairs Holly Donaldson Casella ’04 to share additional news.


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