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Young Alumni Achievements

Congratulations to our young alumni on their academic, athletic and character achievements and recognitions! Do you have alumni news to share? Please send it to

Emma Alpaugh ’15 graduated with academic honors from Trinity College where she was a four-year member of the lacrosse team, and was voted MVP her senior year. She was named to the 2022 All-NESCAC First Team, the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Division III All-American Third Team and the 2022 IWLCA Division III Berkshire All-Region First Team.

PJ Sensbach ‘15 graduated cum laude with a bachelor's degree in mathematics from the University of Georgia. He is now living in Atlanta, working as a functional analyst for Itineris, a technology company.

Alex Byrne ’18 graduated with academic high honors from Berkshire School where he was elected a school prefect and captain of the varsity lacrosse team. He has committed to further his academic and athletic (lacrosse) career at Bowdoin University.

Menna Delva ’19 graduated with academic honors from Greens Farms Academy where she received a Head of School Distinction, and was awarded entrance to the Tri Music Honors Society and the National Honors Society. She received the Silver Key Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, and the College Board African American Recognition Award. Additionally, Menna played varsity basketball and softball and was the captain of the JV volleyball team. She plans to attend the University of Pennsylvania in the fall.

Amira El Hattab ’19 graduated with academic honors and departmental distinctions from St. Luke’s School. Amira also received the Dartmouth Book Prize, held leadership positions in various extracurricular activities and was a member of the varsity swim team. She plans to attend Georgetown University in the fall.

Lila Fagel ’19 graduated from Wilton High School, earning a PTSA Book Award for Outstanding Achievement in Visual Arts - Fashion and a merit scholarship to attend Marist College in the fall.
Pippa Gore ’19 graduated with academic honors from the Santa Barbara High School where she was invited to become a member of the national honor society and played varsity lacrosse and JV track and field. She participated in community service activities, was the leader of a social activities club and a member of the school’s student government. Pippa plans to attend the University of Virginia in the fall.

Ellie Hanson ’19 graduated with high academic honors from St. Paul's School (New Hampshire) where she was invited to become a member of the Cum Laude Society and received departmental distinctions in humanities, mathematics, science and language. She also played varsity field hockey and lacrosse, JV ice hockey, sang in an acapella group and the school chorus, and was a school tour guide. Ellie received Coaches Awards in squash and lacrosse for sportsmanship, character and effort. She plans to attend Dartmouth College in the fall. 

Kyle Latimer ’19 graduated with academic honors from Darien High School where she received the Scholar-Athlete award each year of attendance. An accomplished athlete, Kyle captained Darien’s FCIAC championship field hockey team and played varsity golf. She plans to attend the University of Colorado Boulder in the fall to study education and environmental science. 

Layla Magnusen ’19 graduated with academic honors from St. Luke’s School where she received departmental distinctions in English, science, art and language. She captained the varsity tennis team as well as the varsity soccer team that clinched the Fairchester Athletic Association regular title season. She also played at the number one position on the varsity squash team (a sport she first began playing her junior year). She plans to attend Boston College in the fall.

Amanda Miller ’19 graduated with academic honors from Berkshire School and received the Spirit of Berkshire Award, The Lawrence Thomas Piatelli Prize (to the student whose work ethic, dedication to nobility and gracious living, competitive spirit and heart most closely resemble the actions of Berkshire’s former headmaster) and The Anna S. Barrasch Prize (unselfish interest in people and loyalty). An accomplished athlete, Amanda was named captain of the varsity field hockey and squash teams and received ALL-NEPSAC recognition in field hockey (2022) and ALL-NEPSAC recognition in squash (2019-2020). Athletic awards she earned recently include the George S. Damerel Cup (Most Valuable Player, Squash) and the Ellis Trophy for Sportsmanship and Spirit (Field Hockey). Amanda was also elected a school prefect and served as the head of the school’s tour guides. She plans to attend Colby College in the fall. 

Peter Miller ’19 graduated with academic honors from Westminster School where he played  varsity baseball and was the captain of the varsity squash team. He received the Berry Award (effort and attitude) and Squibb Bowl (sportsmanship). Peter plans to attend Indiana University-Bloomington in the fall. 

Caitlin Neafsey ’19 graduated from St. Luke’s School where she earned the Athlete of Distinction Award for participating in 12 varsity seasons (soccer, squash and lacrosse) and was the captain of the squash team. Caitlin also participated in the visual arts, school publications, the yearbook and as a school tour guide. She plans to attend Cornell University i the fall.

Ram Perez ’19 graduated with high honors from Brien McMahon High School where he was the Class Valedictorian and held various leadership positions including Class President and captain of the lacrosse and soccer teams. Ram plans to attend the University of Virginia in the fall.

Thomas Ricciardelli ’19 graduated with academic honors from The Taft School where he was a member of the student government and captained the varsity hockey and lacrosse teams. Thomas received Taft’s 2022 Stone Award (leadership, consistent high level of performance, perseverance and good sportsmanship), Odden Award (Lacrosse MVP) and was named Western Goalie of the Year, an Under Armour All-American and a US Lacrosse All-American. He has committed to attend Notre Dame in the fall.

Daniela Soto ’19 graduated with academic honors from Rye Country Day School where she played varsity soccer, founded and led a club called Paws for a Cause which works to increase awareness for animal welfare and also led a peer mentoring program that works with middle and upper school girls. Daniela received the Scholastics Gold and Silver Key for the Art and Writing Competition as well as recognition in a Congressional Art Competition. She plans to attend Middlebury College in the fall.

Seth Yoo ’19 graduated with academic honors from the Brunswick School where he was the co-editor-in-chief of the student newspaper, class valedictorian and received the Kulukundis Cup for having the highest academic standing of the year. Seth was also a member of the math team that took first place in the Fairfield County Math League and ran varsity cross country. Seth plans to attend Amherst College in the fall.

Maren Frey '20 has been named to one of 6 leadership positions at Miss Porter's School where she will be a senior in the fall. 

Maisy Ricciardelli ’21 has committed to furthering her academic and field hockey career at Boston College. 

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