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Alumni Newsletter | 2016

Collegiate Life

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We congratulate and welcome

Phyllis Hoyt INTO THE

Topeka Collegiate Hall of Fame


Contents TABLE OF

IN THE NEWS.. ...................................................... 4 “Beacon of Excellence” ......................................................................5 Farewell and Thank You.....................................................................6 One person’s nude not everyone’s................................................ 7-9 Alums find fulfillment in Peace Corps.......................................... 8-9 Almna competes on Jeopardy!.......................................................10 Painting the forest through the trees.............................................11 Longest walk, Greatest lesson........................................................12 Richards: “Cuba changed my life” ..................................................13 Bestselling author a hit with Collegiate audience.........................13

AT A GLANCE....................................................... 14 Checking in with the Class of 2012........................................... 15-16 Congrats, Class of 2016...................................................................17 Middle School awards................................................................ 18-19 Alumnus Waugh delivers commencement address................ 18-19 By the Numbers.......................................................................... 20-21

CLASS NOTES......................................................22 ANNUAL REPORT.............................................. 40 Why we give......................................................................................41 TCS gets on board Monopoly theme..............................................42 2015-2016 Annual Report...............................................................43 Honor Roll of Contributors........................................................ 44-47

In the News


Career, travel and life-changing stories from alums across the country and around the world. Pages 5-13



“Beacon of Excellence”

New Head of School envisions even brighter future for TCS Veteran school administrator Lyn Rantz, Ed.D., brings 17 years of experience in school administration to Topeka Collegiate, where she is the eighth Head of School to serve during the school’s 34-year-history. When Dr. Rantz assumed the school’s top position in July, she was already acclaimed for transforming one of the lower-performing middle schools in Kansas City’s Blue Valley District to one of its best, the only middle school in the state to be honored with the Governor’s Achievement Award for eight consecutive years. The turnaround is documented in Dr. Richard DuFour’s book Raising the Bar and Closing the Gap. Dufour calls Dr. Rantz “one of the heroes of this book.” After serving two years as Superintendent for USD 464 in Tonganoxie, Dr. Rantz missed daily contact with children and was drawn to Topeka Collegiate. She finds a great deal of value in the independent school model. “After nearly two decades in public education, I realize I’m part of a new, rich learning environment that most

“She brings years of valuable educational experiences that will carry our school into the future.” BRANDI WELLS board president only dream of. The independent school allows each faculty member to individually challenge each student, motivate each child more deeply, and care for the families more fully,” she says. “No longer limited or boxed in by government standards, we are able to raise the standards to include deeper levels of thinking and student work. We are all in this place together, to focus on the very best educational experience for our children.” Former Blue Valley colleague Sue Denny describes Lyn as “dedicated, hard-working, fearless, intelligent and caring. She sparks enthusiasm in her colleagues and she inspires students to meet and exceed their own expectations.” Energy and enthusiasm are

words often used to describe her. “Dr. Rantz’s enthusiasm and selfaware leadership style impressed the Head of School Search Committee,” says Board of Trustees President Brandi Wells. “Partnering with her through the transition and the first quarter of the school year has been a privilege. She’s excited to learn about TCS — the traditions, the students, families, board, faculty and staff. Dr. Rantz recognizes the unique educational offering available at TCS and brings years of valuable educational experiences and ideas that will carry our school into the future.” As she looks toward the future, Dr. Rantz aspires to build on the school’s 34-year foundation. “I feel inspired by the collective purpose and passion of the Topeka Collegiate community. This is a very special place. My vision is to strengthen the mission, to carry us into the future with greater innovation and steadfast commitment to a caring environment, as a beacon of academic excellence for the Topeka community.”


Farewell & Thank You We thank Mary Beth Marchiony for five years of inspired leadership and dedication as our Head of School, from 2011 to 2016. As the 2015-16 school year came to a close, students, faculty and staff, parents and trustees gathered to show their gratitude and affection. Each child wrote and illustrated a special message. Here is a sample of their kind words ...

“I like how you are nice. I also like when I see you at the grocery store.” MILES BURGESS kindergarten

“You are so nice and pretty. You are definitely in my circle of sharing and caring.” HOLLY SORRENTI third grade

“Thank you for being

“Not only have you been

our principal. Being a

an excellent principal,

principal is a tough

you have also been a

and tiring job. I especially

great history teacher.

liked when I had the Life

You are very good

on Mars book talk. You

at describing certain

did so much for me and

events in history in an

the school. I will always

interesting, detailed

remember you.”


EWAN THOMPSON fifth grade

JOSEPH HAWKER eighth grade

Mrs. Marchiony: A Farewell Address Mrs. Marchiony closed the assembly with these words: “For the past five years I have been fortunate to call TCS home. And every day I have worked with and interacted with people ­— faculty, colleagues, students, and families

— who have challenged me to be my best version of myself so as to serve you and our school. For that, I will be forever grateful. Working with all of you students has brought me incredible joy and fulfillment. I appreciate all the hugs

in the morning — who could ask for a better way to start the day? I am grateful to all of you for all you give to me each day. Many thanks for this tribute today — I will treasure the pictures. They will remind me of a very special experience.”



One person’s nude not everyone’s Business partners challenge fashion standards with unique concept Atima Lui ’04 and co-founder Nancy Madrid have launched a company to address the fashion industry’s practice of labeling items “nude” when they are not nude for everyone. Here’s how Nudest was born. Q. You and your company’s cofounder met on your first day at Harvard Business School. Was there an immediate connection? There are 900 students in each class at Harvard Business School, and we are divided into 10 sections of 90 students. Not only were Nancy and I serendipitously assigned to the same section, but we were also assigned to sit next to each other. So every day, for every class during the first semester, we went through the challenges of the classroom and the case method together. Naturally, we became buddies, and started preparing classwork together. There’s nothing like the stress of graduate school to bring two people together with a close bond. Q. How did that grow into the idea for the business? In our second year, Nancy and I were discussing our plans for postgraduation. I had a job at the large tech company where I’d served a summer internship. Nancy was committed to being an entrepreneur — she just needed an idea. So the two of us started to brainstorm together. As an African American woman and for Nancy as a Mexican American woman, we started to try and explore business ideas that would address the communities we care about most: women and minorities. We naturally fell on an overarching

Atima Lui ’04 and Nancy Madrid, co-founders of Nudest, a fashion company

issue – that we often don’t feel like we match the standards of beauty in this country. We had both grown accustomed to being ignored by the beauty and fashion industries. We talked about Nancy’s naturally curly hair and its challenges. We talked about my skin tone. We eventually made it to talking about “the nude problem” in fashion — that items labeled the color “nude” are not in fact nude for everyone. This piqued our interest! So we decided to dedicate nine credits of our last semester at HBS with the two of us focused on building a business plan around “nude.” Q. What convinced you to turn down that job offer to launch your own business? A series of events convinced me that this was the right thing for me to pursue: u Nancy and I applied to Rent the

Runway’s Project Entrepreneur startup competition after one month of working on our business plan. About 500 women-led startups applied, and to our complete surprise

and elation, we were chosen as a top 10 finalist! This gave us the opportunity to present our idea to Rent the Runway’s founders, an expert panel of judges, and an audience of 200 other startup founders. While we did not win the overall competition, just being named top 10 was amazing! We also heard that the presentation I gave was very engaging (direct result of my History Day training). Engaging enough that it resulted in the Huffington Post Latina Voices writing a piece on our company. The Huffington Post article then snowballed into additional press coverage from notable sites like Seventeen, Cosmo, Mic, and SELF. u All of this press resulted in

potential customers visiting our site. Our waitlist garnered more than 1,100 sign-ups in two weeks. Looking back, that really marked the moment when our company went from a classroom business plan project to a real business worthy of future fulltime effort. u We spent the summer contacting ‘NUDE’ continued on page 8



Alums f ind fulf illment in Peace Corps Health the focus of Hamilton’s service in the Dominican Republic club expressed that women in the community lacked sources of income, I was able to use Peace Corps’ resources to teach them how to make and sell floor-cleaning solution. Now, the women are learning how to track their expenses and budget for future projects and purchases.


A little over a year ago today, I hopped on a plane with 42 strangers bound for the Dominican Republic to begin my next adventure: 27 months as a volunteer in the Peace Corps. Armed with flashlights, books, and quick-dry pants, I had no idea what to expect. After three months of language, cultural, and technical training in the Capitol of Santo Domingo, I started work as a public health volunteer in a rural community in the Eastern region of the country. My job as a health volunteer is all about education and changing behaviors in a way that fits the customs and resources of my community. I have two main assigned projects: a program for youth focusing on HIV/AIDS and teen pregnancy prevention and a program for adults, which teaches basic hygiene, disease prevention and treatment, and nutrition. Beyond these projects, my

Anna takes a group selfie in the back of a truck after a trip to the river.

job as a volunteer depends on what my community wants. The first three months of my time in my community were spent interviewing different households, asking the question, “What would make your lives here easier?” When the local women’s

In reality, the projects I do are just a small part of the Peace Corps experience. My true job is living everyday life, learning about a new culture, and sharing some of my own. I’ve learned to shower with a bucket, kill cockroaches without batting an eyelash, and made peace with the rat that lives in the rafters of my wooden house. Countless hours of “power sitting” in plastic chairs, sipping coffee and playing dominoes have made me appreciate a slower, simpler life. I’ve come a long way since I stepped off that plane and into the suffocating Caribbean heat last August and I can’t wait for the new adventures this next year is sure to bring.

NUDE: Entrepreneurs say research was essential before launching ‘NUDE’ continued from page 7

brands and inviting them to sell items on our site. We solidified eight brand partnerships, offering more than 50 different shades of nude lingerie and hosiery. Now we have 12 brand partners and will be growing to more than 75 different shades of nude by the end of the year. u We hired Nyalia Lui ’08 to work

for our company and build skintone matching technology that would allow our customers to digitally match their

skin tone to the items we sell. We named his technology NUDEMETER.

Q. What kind of research did you do before taking the plunge?

u With our website launched,

We did so much research before spending any money. This is where my background from History Day really helped! Our business plan included information on market size, a massive survey we conducted of 232 women ages 16-75, and information on our competitors. This allowed us to have a very clear perspective on why Nudest would be unique, and how we were going to compete to win in this space with our target customer.

technology in place, and so many brand partner contracts signed, I had to come to a decision. Was I going to give our company a shot? Or was I going to abandon it? On the personal side of things, I’m at an age (26) where taking a risk is relatively easier than it will ever be. I don’t have kids or a life partner to take into account. I also have the solid foundation of an education to fall back on. So I went for it!


Freed says he’s gaining as much from volunteering as he gives BY JONAH FREED ’07

In conversations about Peace Corps I am often told how unselfish I am to serve. Now that I’ve been a volunteer for almost a year I can tell you my service is not characterized by self-sacrificing altruism. In my first year in Peru I have benefited immensely. I have received more from my community than I have been able to give. That truth keeps me motivated every day to take advantage of the opportunities I have to make a positive impact in the lives of others. I am a community health volunteer serving in the north of Peru in a small rural provincial capital called Jumbilla. My technical work focuses on capacity building and behavior change. I work in child and maternal health primarily in house visits with a small group of community health promoters. I also work with adolescents in establishing healthy life habits including selfesteem, safe sex practices, and teenage pregnancy prevention. Peace Corps service is a one-of-a-kind cultural experience. It is not for people who see problems abroad and believe they can facilitate a speedy solution. It is probable I will complete my twoyear service without seeing most of

Q. How did/do you get capital? Nancy and I decided we wanted to build Nudest as much as we could on our own capital before raising. The idea is that we prove as much traction and results as possible before bringing in an outside investor who can then help us scale and build the huge business we are on a mission to create. We have just about depleted our savings and are hitting the fundraising trail. Harvard has been a tremendous springboard for Nudest and for helping us make the necessary connections to start raising. We will

Jonah, right, poses with other volunteers and his host family.

the changes I have helped bring about. The evidence may be found eight years later in a girl who graduates from a university without a child. The evidence may be found 10 years later in a boy who avoided malnutrition and received appropriate early childhood stimulation in his first 1,000 days of life. I will not be here to see these changes.

returned volunteer. Peace Corps service is certainly not for everyone; however, it was the right choice for me.

To anyone considering Peace Corps, I recommend talking to a current or

My experience as a volunteer has undoubtedly changed my life. I am thankful for my time at TCS because the education I received gave me tools that have served me well. Perhaps more importantly, the teachers and students I met helped teach me about the richness of the world.

be presenting to the Harvard Angel Investors in a few months, thanks to our Harvard backgrounds. We’ll be raising between $500K and $2M. It never escapes me for one moment how blessed I truly am to have access to an array of resources and people to help mold, shape, and build my company.

not get any investors. Nudest might fail. Failure is scary! But Harvard honestly did an excellent job of teaching us how the amazing leaders we studied in our cases failed at multiple points during their journeys, learned from those failures, and then continued to be successful.

Q. What’s the scariest part? The most exhilarating?

And that is the exciting part — we are doing something extremely risky! But with risk comes high reward. If this works out, I will be the CEO of a company whose mission is to make women of every single skin tone feel confident in the skin she’s in. What could be more fulfilling than that?

Easy question! The scariest part is definitely the uncertainty of it all. I am making no salary and living in NYC. Nancy and I are in pretty sizable personal debt after HBS. We might



Alumna competes on Jeopardy! Alumna Kerstin Nordstrom ’96 is Assistant Professor of Physics at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts. She loves trivia, and she’s good at it. She was chosen to appear on Jeopardy! in April. After the show was taped but before it aired, we asked about the experience. Q. How were you chosen? The first step in the process is to take the 50-question adult test which they offer online once a year. I believe about 75,000 people take it every time. It’s timed in a way that you can’t look up questions. They invite a few hundred people who pass the test for an in-person audition. The in-person audition happens with about 20 other people, and takes an afternoon. You take another test, you give a personality interview and headshot, and you play a mock game against two other contestants. They don’t tell you anything after that. From the in-persons they scratch a bunch of people off the list, but you never know whether you’re still in the pool. I wasn’t expecting a call. When I got the call, it was a busy day. My cell phone actually rang during my Physics 315 class. I apologized and looked at the number and said “Culver City, who the heck would be calling from there?” The students chuckled and I put my phone away. As I was leaving, I saw that the caller had left a message and it was Lori from Jeopardy. So I had to call her back while walking to my car. It was a bit surreal at the time as I am just super busy this semester, but I couldn’t say no to Jeopardy. So I had to cut back on sleep and didn’t get as much time to prepare as I would have liked. Q. Were you nervous? Yes, of course I was nervous, but you

don’t sign up to do these things unless you know you can handle the nerves. And while I did have confidence I could win it, it’s still a game, and by the time you’re on the show, all the contestants are strong. And the categories are so variable, it’s literally anyone’s game. I got a question right early on, and then I felt okay. It may have even been the first question of the show. I don’t remember! When you get there, even if you are in a pretty good psychological space, you have to remember it’s a game and not just about remembering facts. In reality, most contestants know the answers to most questions on the show. Often the categories will favor one person but that’s no guarantee. The game elements are the buzzing system and the wagering. Buzzing is hard. There is a whole system that locks you out if you ring in too early. But ring in too late, and someone else will have beaten you. You also have to think about wagering for daily doubles and final jeopardy. But it’s all a blur when it’s happening, so it’s hard to really do this well. Q. Is there a fun anecdote that you can share without jeopardizing your nondisclosure contract? The producers and technical staff are some of the friendliest people you’ll ever meet. Alex (Trebek, the show’s

host) is also quite nice, but in his own polite, austere way. The conversations with Alex after the first (commercial) break are awkward for a number of reasons. First and most obvious, they are totally forced conversations with kind of nerdy people. Telling our stories forces us out of the game when we really just want to be focused on the board. And of course we’re stressed! When you get to the set you actually don’t know when you’re going to go up because they film multiple shows per day. When my name was announced, my blood pressure shot up, but I was glad I had kept drinking Diet Cokes (for caffeine) and water throughout the day and had kept snacking. I stuffed my face with a donut before going to the stage for an extra sugar boost. I thought I was wearing pretty normal shoes/boots, but Alex made a remark that he “wouldn’t want to mess with me” when he saw my shoes. Editor’s note: Kerstin did well, but finished second. She reminded us, “The knowledge base is generally not what gets you, it’s the wagering and buzzing that will get you.” And so they did. Kerstin says it was a fun experience, but bittersweet when she realized she could have won had she wagered differently.



Painting the forest through the trees

Student spends summer completing first commissioned piece Alessandra Chavez ‘14 battled heat, bugs, rain, and a steep incline this summer, as she painted a 240-squarefoot forest mural on a concrete retaining wall in a Topeka backyard.

paint my dream.’ This quote, attributed to Vincent Van Gogh, epitomizes my assessment of Alessandra,” Susan enthuses. “Alessandra continues to absolutely amaze me: her artistic abilities are totally incredible; her maturity and her sense of responsibility are light years beyond her peers; her art is truly outstanding and her mural is a forest of her imagination come to life.”

Given her self-described tendency to sometimes pay too much attention to detail, Alessandra is pleased she took the project from design to completion in about 50 hours. “My teachers call me a detail-aholic,” she laughs. “This helped me learn to manage my time on a long-term project, so I don’t spend the rest of my life on it!” Alessandra admits the scale of the mural was daunting. “It was hard to transition from paper to the wall,” she explains, “hard to get the proportion right.” Discovering how to mix paint colors to achieve her vision was also challenging, although the artist notes, “I could see it all in my head.” The mural is Alessandra’s first commissioned work. She says that gives her a great sense of pride and accomplishment, “I got to paint on a 50-foot wall and I got paid for it!” The commission came from Topeka

“I got to paint on a 50-foot wall and I got paid for it!” ALESSANDRA CHAVEZ artist Collegiate Founders Susan and Kent Garlinghouse, who watched the mural take shape from the windows of their home. “’I dream my painting, and then I

“Alessandra and I are both so glad that art education is alive and well at Topeka Collegiate,” she continues. “Alessandra is a testament to the importance of an education that encourages children to become like themselves instead of like everyone else. Science informs us that students who are exposed to and experience art, not only have higher levels of engagement with the arts but display greater tolerance, historical empathy as well as better educational memory and critical thinking skills. I think Alessandra is certainly an excellent example of this research. I think her art will benefit all of us in the years to come. The Alessandra Chavez mural already has benefited the lives of our family.”



Longest walk, Greatest lesson Editor’s note: Adam Cole ’13 was selected as the Kansas representative for the Al Neuharth Free Spirit and Journalism Conference in Washington DC. This summer. Adam is a senior at Topeka High School, editor of the Topeka High World Newspaper and a contributor to the news website, for which he wrote this article. BY ADAM COLE ’13

I’ll never forget the longest walk of my life. It began with me staring down the entrance of gate four at Terminal A in Ronald Reagan National Airport. Walking through the gate and onto my flight home, I wanted to cry. I just experienced the week of a lifetime, and it was over in an instant. I spent my week at the Al Neuharth Free Spirit and Journalism Conference in Washington D.C., being honored as Kansas’ representative for the conference by experiencing D.C. monument tours, some of the best lunches I’ve ever eaten, and seminars on journalism. From the moment I showed up to my hotel I was soaking in marvelous amounts of pure knowledge. And while knowledge isn’t always a high schooler’s most prized possession, it was something I couldn’t help basking in from the get-go. Whether it be seminars on trends in technology or the five freedoms of the first amendment, or panel discussions with The Editor-in-Chief of National Geographic, Bill Clinton’s press secretary, or Chris Berman (Yes, that Chris Berman), there was always something to learn. Quite frankly, learning was what I did most at the conference. With that being said, the things I got out of those

Adam Cole’s trip to D.C. included meeting ESPN’s Chris Berman, left, and being chosen to speak at the event.

experiences couldn’t add up to the most valuable part of the conference: the friendships. The friendships I made in those six days were once in a lifetime. And not only did I make friendships, I learned a lot from them as well. Staying up late at night discussing deadline processes for print newspaper with my roommate was just as valuable as hearing from some of the most respected journalists in the field. The people I befriended were simply the glue of the conference. I made friendships and discovered new people, but they taught me a lot about a field that I hope to make a career in as well.

They gave the conference an added value that couldn’t be found anywhere else. As I finished up the long walk and boarded my plane, I took the tears in my eyes and held them back. I realized, that flight wasn’t the end of a week, it was the beginning of an adventure. I was coming home with a wealth of knowledge. Not only was I newly versed in the fine lines of journalism, I now had 50 friends who shared this incredible experience with me, and they weren’t more than a text or call away. I’ll never forget the longest walk of my life. And how grateful I was for it. And how grateful I am to call myself a Free Spirit.



Richards: “Cuba changed my life” Editor’s note: Ella Brown Richards ’11 traveled to Cuba this summer as part of an educational and cultural exchange. Here are her reflections. BY ELLA BROWN RICHARDS ‘11

My family always gave me the privilege of traveling. My two trips to Europe cultured me and gave me a passion for traveling that will always be a part of me, but Cuba changed my life. The culture of the Cuban people is something completely different than anything I had experienced before. The food was different, the cities were different, people’s attitudes were different, but most distinctive to me was the difference in the way that people thought. Internet and social media aren’t something that everyone has access to. There are Internet hot spots where you can access the Wi-Fi, even though it may not work, and if you are lucky enough for it to work it runs extremely slow. You think our potholes are bad?

Some roads haven’t been tended to since the concrete was put down, if there even is concrete. Everyone has a roof over their head though. Everyone gets food via ration cards, and everyone has access to education and health care. The streets are full of history from pirates to the Spanish to the French. Visiting a 500-year-old city and walking in the buildings and on the very streets that the rich sugar plantation owners walked on will be something I never forgot. I was able

to learn about the Bay of Pigs in the location of the battle and learn about it from the Cuban perspective. I felt so disconnected from the outside world, I wouldn’t have known if a giant tornado had swept through Kansas or if California had fallen into the ocean. They did, however, air the NBA championship games, even if it was the day after they played. It wasn’t easy being in such a foreign place, but being pushed outside of my comfort zone more than paid off.

Bestselling author a hit with Collegiate audience From the moment she was introduced, it was easy to see why New York Times bestselling author Kelly Corrigan has such an avid following.

Susan Garlinghouse, Kelly Corrigan, and Meg Garlinghouse pose after fundraiser.

Corrigan came to Topeka as part of the paperback tour for her memoir Glitter and Glue. She wanted every stop on the tour to be a fundraiser for a non-profit. Fortunately for Topeka Collegiate, one of her best friends is Meg Garlinghouse, daughter of school founders Susan and Kent Garlinghouse.

“Meg is straight from the Susan Garlinghouse line,” Kelly said, “my favorite kind of woman. They have a ‘never say die, why not attitude.’” Corrigan’s book talk attracted 200 people and raised nearly $5,000 for financial aid to deserving students at TCS. It also created a legion of new Kelly Corrigan fans. “She was warm, witty and hilarious,” Collegiate parent Stacey Dawson said. “By the time she finished, we all wanted to be her friend!”

At a Glance


A look at the most recent TCS graduates and those who graduated from high school in 2016 Pages 15-21



Checking in with the Class of 2012 CLASS OF 2012 STATISTICS

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LAURA NICOLAE No. 1 class ranking All-State Academic Team




Photo by Nathan Ham

Of the TCS class of 2012, 81% earned college scholarships. THe following is a look at those scholarships and where the graduating seniors have chosen to continue their education. Nikhil Biju Kansas University: Lawrence First Robotics Competition Scholarship David DeCoursey Brennan Regis University: Denver, Colorado Academic Scholarships: Regis University Gonzaga University Kansas University Denver University Seattle University Jared Bridwell Washburn University: Topeka Wrestling Scholarship – Fort Hays State University


Michael Brown Kansas State University: Manhattan Dean Smith Athletic Scholarship

Fairchild Scholarship – Kansas State University Jenna Brownback Baylor University: Waco, Texas President’s Gold Scholarship – Baylor University Academic Scholarships: Westmont College Texas Christian University Wheaton College Trinity University Kansas University Kansas State University Mark Brownback Gap Year Alex Carter Kansas University: Lawrence Antonio Chavez Kansas State University: Manhattan Jacob Cole Kansas University: Lawrence President’s Gold Scholarship – ‘CLASS’ continued on page 16


CLASS: College choices and scholarships earned by alums

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‘CLASS’ continued from page 15

KANSAS GOVERNOR’S SCHOLARS Laura Nicolae Jordan Schwerdt

KANSAS SCHOLARS (Top 10% of class)

Michael Brown Jacob Cole Sofia Kennedy Micaela Magee Laura Nicolae Michael Padgett Sage Pourmirza Mira Ram Jordan Schwerdt Jeremiah Shipman


HIGH SCHOOLS Topeka High Topeka West Washburn Rural Hayden Catholic Blue Valley North (Overland Park) Cherry Creek (Denver)




to the schools of their choice


of these young scholars and all they have achieved.

Baylor University Founders Award – Creighton University Traditions Scholarship – Kansas University Brandon Cox Washburn University: Topeka Wiseman Scholarship – Washburn University Brian Doran Entering the work force Tessa Duncan University of Missouri: Kansas City Dance Scholarship – University of Missouri-Kansas City Jordan Ferris Washburn University: Topeka Academic Scholarship – Washburn University Wiseman Scholarship – Washburn University Sofia Kennedy Kansas University: Lawrence Annabel Pringle Scholarship THS Band Backer Scholarship David Lohf Kansas University: Lawrence Crimson and Blue Scholarship – Kansas University Self Engineering Leadership Fellowship Scholarship Micaela Magee Kansas University: Lawrence Academic Scholarships: Kansas University Loyola University Northwestern University Kansas State University Pepperdine University Texas Christian University Baylor University Tulane University Pusitz Scholarship Dr. Robert Roeder Scholarship Anneleise McEvoy Washburn University: Topeka Legacy Scholarship

Laura Nicolae Harvard University: Cambridge, Massachusetts U.S. Constitution Scholarship Michael Padgett Creighton University: Omaha, Nebraska Founders Award – Creighton University Shaffel Award – Creighton University Sage Pourmirza Washburn University: Topeka Chemistry Department Scholarship – Washburn University Academic Scholarship – Washburn University Mira Ram Dartmouth University: Hanover, New Hampshire Stride Scholarship – Smith College Presidential Scholarship – Bryn Mawr College Presidential Scholarship – Mount Holyoke College Presidential Scholarship – Case Western Reserve University: Cleveland, Ohio Chancellor Scholarship – Kansas University Engineering Scholarship – Kansas University Shelter Insurance Scholarship Walker Ricks Niagara University: Lewiston, New York Swimming Scholarship Carl and Pat Dell Scholarship Jordan Schwerdt University of California-Los Angeles: Los Angeles, California Chancellor’s Summerfield Scholarship – Kansas University Chancellor’s Scholarship – Kansas University Anjum Syed Kansas University: Lawrence Neha Tripathi Colorado State University: Fort Collins, Colorado


Photo by Nathan Ham

Congrats, Class of 2016

24 TCS graduates head for high schools in Topeka and beyond The following is the list of the Collegiate Class of 2016 and the high schools they have chosen: SEATED, FRONT ROW: Irene Caracioni - Topeka High Coral Aboud - Washburn Rural Kai Field - Washburn Rural STANDING, FIRST ROW: Sydney Frederick - Topeka West Aditi Malay - Washburn Rural Erin Bowman - Jefferson West Claire Bowman - Jefferson West

STANDING, SECOND ROW: Noah Fricke - Washburn Rural Ethan Payne - Topeka High Jacob Gernon - Topeka High Joseph Hawker - Lawrence High Liam Hall - Washburn Rural Cooper Hochard - Topeka High STANDING, THIRD ROW: Derek Harrison - Topeka High Dylan Crawford - Lawrence High Malcolm Lathrop-Allen - Topeka High Lucas Sands - Topeka High Trey Etzel - Washburn Rural

STANDING, BACK ROW: Taman Kanchanapalli - Berkeley Preparatory (Tampa, Florida) Ethan McCart- Sehome High School (Bellingham, Washington) Christopher Hargreaves - Washburn Rural Petre Dimitriu - Washburn Rural Nathan Swaffar - Topeka High Jay Ram - Washburn Rural Check out the Middle School Awards on pages 18 and 19.



PETRE DIMITRIU MAC RIVES AWARD The longest-standing award at TCS is named for the first Head of School. It is presented to a student who has intellectual curiosity, respect for excellence, a love of nature, enjoyment of athletics, imagination, gentle humor and wit, compassionate concern for others and desire to make the world a better place.



An award presented to a student who has made significant contributions to the community, provided service to improve humankind and demonstrated an innovative approach to addressing community needs, an ability to lead and a legacy of positive change.



DEBRA PAKALUK AWARD Named for a former science teacher at TCS, the award is given to a student who is a lifelong learner, curious about humanities and sciences, who takes pride in his or her work and goes well beyond what is required; a student who “demonstrates cheer and humor, acceptance and kindness.”

HEAD OF SCHOOL AWARD AND STUDENT COUNCIL GAVEL Established in 1990, the Head of School award honors a student who exemplifies “leadership, scholarship and service.” The recipient is decided by the Head of School with significant input from staff. The Student Council Gavel is given to the Council president.

Alumnus Waugh delivers commencement address Kansas Waugh ’90 graduated from Topeka High School and Reed College in Portland, Ore., where he majored in classics. He holds a master’s degree from New York’s Columbia University in historic preservation of architecture. He is general manager of the Bay Area Bike Share system and lives in Oakland, Calif., with his wife Britney and two daughters, Rita and Frances. These are excerpts of the graduation address. The full text is available at Alumnus Kansas Waugh speaks about civic duty during commencement.

“In my daughter Rita’s first grade classroom in Oakland, California, at a school similar to Topeka Collegiate,

called Park Day School, there is a sign on the wall that says, ‘If you see a problem, do something about it.’ I feel like it could have been something that was also posted in Mrs. Hoyt’s math room or Mrs. Pakaluk’s science room or any one of the TCS classrooms that I had. “What I’m thinking of is the discovery of greatness in this civic application. In a very real way, it’s the discovery of satisfaction in being an activist, and by this I mean simply someone who ‘does something about it.’ “For 10 years, I had bicycled around New York City, commuting from



Congratulations to all the honorees.


CHARACTER COUNTS AWARD Presented to the student who best exemplifies these six pillars of character: caring, trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, citizenship and fairness. The recipient is nominated by Middle School students.

CHRISTOPHER HARGREAVES CLASS ADDRESS The Class Address award is presented to the student who delivers the Class Address on behalf of the Class of 2016 at graduation.

CORAL ABOUD Art Department Award

PETRE DIMITRIU Music Department Award

TAMAN KANCHANAPALLI History Department Award

CHRISTOPHER HARGREAVES Physical Education Department Award

PETRE DIMITRIU Language Arts Department Award

JAY RAM Science Department Award

LIAM HALL Latin Department Award

JOSEPH HAWKER Spanish Department Award

IRENE CARACIONI Mathematics Department Award

TREY ETZEL Technology Department Award

Photos by Nathan Ham

Brooklyn to Manhattan for work every day … It was around this time of year — seven years ago — that I saw a related problem and decided to do something about it. “Sure, I thought, it’s great that I can commute by bike … And I have a bike, space to keep it in my apartment, and a workplace with a bike room, for goodness sakes. But what about all those millions of other city people who don’t have these options — who don’t have a bike, who must rely on a packed subway car or, worse yet, on a bus and a train? “Enter. Bike. Sharing. One day, a friend of mine approached me with an idea to start a bike sharing company. It was an

instant yes ... With some quick research and business planning, I took the idea and ran with it. Our family picked up and moved to Chicago to start the company there, where conditions looked perfect. “With a lot of late nights and hard effort, we built and launched the Divvy bike share system, and in just a few weeks, the system roared in popularity ... It has completely transformed the city of Chicago, as you’ll see when you visit or live there. “And then, in the midst of working on Divvy, our family decided to move again, this time to California, to build and launch the Bay Area Bike Share system, serving the people of San

Francisco and four other, smaller cities in Silicon Valley. That system has also proven popular, especially in San Francisco. “The data is very clear. This solution is working. But while the data is critical in demonstrating success, my discovery of satisfaction has relied on an intangible, immeasurable metric. It’s based on the conversations that I have with people who rely on the system in their daily routine. It’s based on hearing someone tell me, with a smile, that their work commutes have become shorter, less expensive, and actually enjoyable, that their entire day seems brighter because of this service. It’s witnessing a positive difference in civic life. “

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By the Numbers

of high school graduate alums earned college scholarships in the past five years

The number of Book Buddy pairings between older and younger students is



students have qualified for National History Day in the past 10 years


of faculty have graduate degrees



Collegiate student volunteer rate is


of students who audition for musicals

make the cast



consecutive league soccer championships


of graduates attend top-tier universities

Mathcounts Teams placed in the Top 10 at district in the past 10 years

Class Notes


Alumni share updates about their lives, families, and careers. (T) indicates the person transferred before graduation. Pages 23-39


1985 BRAD GARLINGHOUSE (T) was honored by Kansas University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences as a 2016 Distinguished Alumnus. “Brad Garlinghouse is a veteran of the tech sector who has put his liberal arts and sciences background to use for two decades in Silicon Valley,” the citation reads. “He has held senior positions at some of the nation’s most well-known tech companies, including AOL and Yahoo. He is currently chief operating officer of Ripple Labs, an online payment and exchange network. He has many years of experience working with startup companies and was CEO of Hightail, a file-sharing site.” Asked how he discovered his career, Brad said, “Long before joining Ripple, I knew I wanted to be a part of something that could (please indulge the cliché) change the world. We’re living in an amazing time, when almost anyone can say that and mean it. I never wanted to work somewhere that was focused on doing things the way they’ve always been done. I discovered that I always want to be looking for the next thing, rather than getting comfortable in what I’m doing today.”


on February 4. Emma says, “She’s such a sweet baby, we joke that we’ve won the baby lottery! She is named after my husband’s grandmother who sadly passed away a few months before Maggie was born. We moved about a year and a half ago from the city (Washington D.C.) to the suburbs (McLean, Virginia). It’s a better commute and there’s more room for our growing family.”

1994 BRIDGET ELMER is working at the Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida, as coordinator of the Letterpress and Book Arts Center, and adjunct professor. Bridget co-owns and operates Print St. Pete Community Letterpress, which offers community classes, rentable studio time, and original letterpress goods at a studio space on the border of Gulfport and St. Petersburg. Bridget and her husband Lyman recently purchased their first home together in St. Pete, where they live with their daughter Wilhelmina “Mina” Lucille. Mina was born a little over a year ago, just two days after Bridget’s birthday. Bridget says Mina’s arrival was the best gift she has ever received!

BROOKE BOREL published her second book in early October, titled The Chicago Guide to Fact-Checking. The publisher is the University of Chicago Press, the same division that puts out the Chicago Manual of Style and other writing guides, and she describes it as “part reference guide, part media history, and part philosophical musing on facts and truths.” It’s intended for newsrooms, journalists, journalism students, any students working on research projects, any nonfiction writer, and anyone interested in fact-checking and research.


1990 KANSAS WAUGH lives in Oakland, California with his wife, Britney, and their two daughters, seven-yearold Rita and one-year-old Frances. Frances celebrated her first birthday on May 26, which is also Kansas and Britney’s wedding anniversary and the day Kansas delivered the commencement address to the Topeka Collegiate Class of 2016. (see p. 18 )

EMMA KUNTZ JONES and her husband Jeff welcomed Margaret Hannah (Maggie) into their lives

ANN GANDHI and her husband Mike Koss welcomed what she describes as a “super chubby, bouncing baby boy” into the family in December, 2015. His named is William James Koss, and Ann says “he is an ornery, wonderful addi-


tion.” He’s also a Kansas City Royals fan, and wears his mom’s shirt, from when she was little.

entrepreneurs. Husband Jake is developing data analysis tools for Sequoia Capital and building the foundation for his next startup. The couple’s daughter, Aria is one and son George is three; George is in Japanese immersion preschool and enamored with trains, and Aria is walking and talking and growing up faster than her parents could have imagined.

the Toronto Bluejays, so the entire family experienced the exhilaration of cheering for the Jays to win the playoffs. Sarah and Angus traveled to Toronto to watch their favorite team sweep the Texas Rangers. Cleveland put an end to the Jays’ World Series hopes, but Sarah and her family are proud of the team’s efforts.

1996 JEFF MCGOVERN In Memoriam We remember Jeff McGovern, who died on January 8, 2016, after an extended battle with many medical issues, including Burkitt’s lymphoma. Jeff attended Topeka Collegiate for three years, and represented TCS at National History Day, where his historical paper about the Dust Bowl era placed sixth in the nation.


SAMANTHA CROW QUIST is co-founder of FFL Startup Accelerator, which is a program for experienced technology entrepreneurs in Palo Alto, California. Samantha has been working on FFL as a side project for several years, and recently turned it into a job, where she works to provide resources and opportunities to help

KERSTIN NORDSTROM is Assistant Professor of Physics at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts. She also likes trivia, which led to an appearance on Jeopardy! In April. (see p. 10) Kirsten says, “I have always appreciated knowing random stuff. I also nurtured a spirit of competition in myself by doing math contests (including MathCounts at TCS), spelling bees, and geography bees. My interests are really broad so I don’t just know stuff about school subjects I know lots of pop culture, music, etc.” Kerstin regularly plays “pub trivia” with a team comprised of mainly of fellow members of the Mount Holyoke faculty.


SARAH TEMPLE is an emergency room physician in Sarasota, Florida. She and her husband Angus Mugford live in Bradenton with their boys, three-year-old Will and one-year-old Tom. Angus is Director of High Performance for

JENNY HOYT STORCK (T) and her husband Aaron welcomed their first child, Julian Shelby, into the world on January 3, weighing 6 pounds 13 ounces, in New York City. Julian is Topeka Collegiate math teacher Phyllis Hoyt’s first grandchild. Her second was born in October. What a year!

ROHINI THUKRAL MCKEE and her husband Richard welcomed a baby girl, Ria Louise McKee, on April 18. Rohini says adjusting to being a family of three has been


great fun and filled with laughs, naps, and bonding in the wee hours. “Ria is loving to splash in the bath and, at five months, unsuccessfully trying to crawl,” she says. “Ria is a generous baby and loves sharing her puréed sweet potatoes with her hands, feet, and hair! And a little bit in her mouth too.”


and challenges in an Instagram journal called ourjourneyforjackie. In a recent post, Kim wrote, “We, as parents, take lots of things for granted -- eye contact, for example, that ‘simple’ act of looking into your baby’s eyes and connecting. I don’t get that every time I hold Jackie (because of her vision problems), but when I do, when she sees me and we lock eyes, it is the most beautiful thing in the whole world.”

DAVID DUNIVEN is a dentist in Artesia, New Mexico at a federally qualified health center. That’s a clinic that receives federal funding so it can offer a sliding scale fee to its patients. David says, “I’m doing public health dentistry. It’s quite a challenge!” Artesia is in southeast New Mexico near Carlsbad Caverns.

JOHN FREEMAN, his wife Kim, and two-year-old son Weston welcomed Jacqueline Nicole into their lives on December 7. Jackie was born with CHARGE Syndrome, a genetic disorder that causes a range of medical and physical difficulties. In Jackie’s case, those include a congenital heart defect, cleft lip and palate, hearing and vision impairments, hip dysplasia, and feeding problems requiring a G-tube. She underwent heart surgery in August, surgery to repair her lip and hard palate in October, and faces hip surgery in early 2017. Kim is caring for Jackie fulltime. Although their lives have changed in ways they never imagined, Kim and John are in awe of their daughter’s resiliency and courage. They share their joys

ALLISON VIOLA LOFTUS and her family have moved back to Dallas after two years in New York City. Both Allison and Brian have the same jobs as before, his with a sports marketing firm, hers running her company VelvetCrate. Baby Rose is 13 months old. Allison says they loved their time in the Big Apple, “but with Rose growing so fast, it’s great to have a little more room to grow.”

JONATHAN SCHMIDT lives in Dallas and works as region-

al director of sales and business development for a multifamily real estate company. He’s engaged to Taryn Pemberton. They’ve known each other for 13 years. They met in college, coaching a summer swim team. Jonathan says it’s a case of friendship turned to love. The two have faced challenges together. Taryn has survived two bouts with breast cancer. In a Dallas Morning News article about cancer survivors, she describes the practical help and emotional support Jonathan gave her, saying “He was my primary caregiver when I was sick.” The two are planning a March wedding.

WESLEY WEST married Cathy Yao in June, in Columbus, Ohio, where she grew up after immigrating to the U.S. from Shanghai at age seven. The bride and groom both graduated from MIT, but they didn’t meet until later, online. They each wrote their vows, then in true tech fashion, brought them to the ceremony on iPads. They played rock, paper, scissors to see who would go first; Cathy lost. Many Topeka Collegiate friends were among those wishing Wes and Cathy well. Alumni parent Frank Shepherd officiated the ceremony, his son Jim (T) ‘98, Wes’ classmate, was best man. Another classmate, Allison Viola Loftus ’98 was a guest, as was Wes’ favorite teacher, Phyllis Hoyt. The couple honeymooned in Rome and on Italy’s Amalfi Coast. Wes’ four female cousins served as ushers at the wedding.

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BLAKE WHITAKER and his wife Danielle moved across the country, from College Station, Texas, where they’d lived for 12 years, to Charlottesville, Virginia, where Blake accepted a job working for the U.S. Government. He continues to serve as an officer in the Army Reserve. The biggest change in their lives is the arrival of Avery Anne Elizabeth, born August 18, weighing seven pounds, 13 ounces and measuring 20.5 inches. CHRIS YORKE lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife Susan Reid. He works for Nike, designing flagship stores. His current project is in Florida. It’s unusual, he says, because it’s a ground-up building rather than a renovation of existing space. Like many retailers, Nike and Chris are navigating the “new opportunities within physical space in an increasingly digital world.” Chris also continues to do freelance design projects through his company Traceworks.

family. Baby Jax was born September 2, weighing eight pounds, and measuring 20 inches. Jax joins sister Amelia, who is “four going on 16,” says her mom, and brother Owen, who is “two and all boy.” Jenny sums it up this way, “Let’s just say three kids is an adjustment.” Jenny passed all five levels of Utah’s professional test for sign language interpreting, which means she can work anywhere, including the medical field. She currently works at Utah State University and Weber State University. The best part, she says, is that “I am my own boss and can choose my schedule, which is great for my kids.” This summer, Jenny had the opportunity to work on a cruise ship interpreting with some friends, “basically a paid vacation to Alaska,” she says. MARIA MALDONADO traveled to Prague with her father, former TCS trustee Dr. Martin Maldonado, this summer. They both presented at the World Association for Infant Mental Health Congress. Maria says it was a great experience, working with her dad as a colleague. They also saw some of the sights in Prague and elsewhere in the Czech Republic. Maria works at a reproductive psychiatry clinic at the Pavilion for Women at Texas Children’s Hospital, providing psychotherapy and other mental health services to women.



JENNY CLINTON PREECE and her husband Garret have added to their

WHITNEY HAMILTON WOOD was kind enough to share this photo of her daughter Aleta wearing the latest fashion accessory, a Topeka Collegiate bib!

BREANA TUTUSKA and her husband Zach Shapiro welcomed a baby girl named Harper to their family on April 7. Breana returned to work in residential real estate at Cooper and Cooper in New York in July.


EMILY HERONEMUS is in the third year of her family medicine residency at Via Christi in Wichita. She is interviewing for a sports medicine fellowship and ultimately hopes to return to northeast Kansas to practice. Emily recently got engaged to Jason Edwards, a general practice dentist in Wichita. They’ve been together for four-and-a-half years. “We had gone to the pumpkin patch earlier in the day and bought pumpkins to carve,” Emily says. Later, when she cut the top off her pumpkin, “there were lights inside and the ring box in the center. I was shocked, and when I turned to look at him, he was down on one


knee and asked me to marry him. I said yes of course!”

ASONA LUI has been awarded an F30 National Research Award from the NIH National Cancer Institute for her breast cancer research at the University of Kansas Medical Center. The award is specifically for MD/PhD dual degree candidates and will follow Asona through graduation from medical school. This summer, she presented her research at the Gordon research conference on mammary gland biology outside of Luca, Italy. Her sister Atima ‘04 joined her at the conference and they explored Tuscany together. Later, Asona and her husband Marco traveled around Italy together for a week, Asona observing, “there was often gelato involved!” ANN MOENIUS moved from Chicago to Boston to lead Trunk Club’s newest expansion effort. After four years at headquarters, Ann jumped at the opportunity to build her own office with the company. She is currently hiring for the soon-to-be Trunk Club Boston, and planning to grow the office to 100 employees. Trunk Club is for people who don’t have the time or desire to shop for clothes, and prefer to outsource that task to a stylist. JILL MOENIUS joined the Kansas City office of Constangy, Brooks, Smith and Prophete in 2015. She specializes in employment defense litigation.

TYLER WAUGH is engaged to his girlfriend Kelly. The two live in Red Hook, Brooklyn, just a few blocks from his brother Walker Waugh ’94 and his family. Tyler surprised Kelly by popping the question on a recent visit to Kansas. He works as the content strategist manager at Rear View Safety, a company specializing in vehicle safety solutions.

2002 ANDY BROWNBACK is an Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses and conducts research in behavioral economics.

2003 BENJAMIN BOUTON BYERS lives in Lawrence and commutes to Highland Park High School in Topeka, where he teaches honors ninth and tenth grade language arts.

CHASE HAMILTON married Cassie King on September 2 at the Winding River Ranch in Grand Lake, Colorado. The newlyweds will spend the next six months in Colorado Springs for Chase’s medical

school rotations, then maybe move to Peru for a year, to work with Chase’s non-profit, the Coalition for Global Community Health, to provide clean water to the impoverished people of the Amazon region, then back to Denver. Chase says, “We are very transient right now!” Chase’s sister Whitney Hamilton Wood ‘00 and brother Blake Hamilton ‘06 were in the wedding party, as was TCS classmate Davis Wittig ‘03. MARC HERONEMUS is a third year medical student at the University of Kansas Medical Center. He is interested in physical medicine and rehabilitation and hopes to pursue a sports medicine fellowship. He is participating in a project in which third year medical students serve as clinical preceptors for first year students. He keeps in touch with fellow TCS alums Pablo Kennedy, Taylor Obley, Eric Wang, Charles Lee, and Denny Tsai, all members of the Class of 2003, through their Fantasy Football league which is now in its tenth year.

JACKIE HOYT LANDIS and her husband Jim are new parents. Ezekiel Raymond was born on October 15, weighing six pounds, 13 ounces, and measuring 19 inches long, in Muskogee, Oklahoma. He’s already a Kansas Jayhawks fan, like his dad. Says proud grandmother and longtime TCS math teacher Phyllis


Hoyt, “Ezekiel is our second miracle grandson born this year.” In the “what are the chances?” category, both Hoyt grandsons weighed exactly six pounds, 13 ounces at birth!

MEGAN REYNOLDS (center) is in her third year of teaching at Flint Hills Christian School in Manhattan. She entered a contest on behalf of the school and won $20,000 in scholarships for an international student trip. As a result, 15 students will travel to Ecuador for eight days in June. Megan adopted a dog, Diego, a one-year-old Australian Shepherd-Jack Russell Terrier mix. She volunteers at University Christian Church and finds time to work on artistic pursuits including writing scripts and recording songs. CAITLIN SEALS SCHWANKE is in her sixth year of teaching at Chase Middle School. She directed a fall play, will direct a spring musical, and is working on a second graduate degree, “as if the first one wasn’t enough,” she says. Caitlin served as Best Man at her brother Cameron Seals Schwanke’s ’06 wedding this fall, returning the favor of his acting as her Best Man five years ago. RYNE TUTUSKA works at Google, in Mountain View, California, now in his fifth year there. He works on Google Play and “projects related to bringing the Internet to the next billion users worldwide. It’s all interesting and exciting stuff,” he says. Ryne spent several weeks working and living in Tokyo this summer,

meeting with business partners and immersing himself in the culture and cuisine. He says it was an amazing experience, and can’t wait to return to that part of the world. He moved into a new place on the edge of the San Francisco Bay and enjoys riding his bike to work. ERIC WANG is a fourth year medical student at Georgetown Medical School in Washington, D.C. He spent a month in Fresno doing a rotation in emergency medicine. He reports he’s still in the process of figuring out where he’ll do his residency training. Younger brother David ’07 is following in Eric’s footsteps, and is now a first year medical student at Georgetown.

2004 ERIN ATWOOD graduated from the University of Kansas Medical School and is now studying at Harvard University’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health. CAITLIN FITZPATRICK is a Master of Fine Arts candidate at the University of Virginia. This fall, her story “Time Freezes for Gina Park”- was published in The Adroit Journal. “I’m so excited to be a part of this amazing journal,” Caitlin says, “and I’m especially pleased to be in the company of fellow UVA writers.” Caitlin’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Kenyon Review Online, The South Dakota Review, Denver Quarterly, and Devil’s Lake, as the winner of the 2015 Driftless Prize. She is the fiction editor of Meridian and is currently at work on a novel. AUSTIN GIDEON has returned to Kansas. After working at a San Francisco investment bank and a Little Rock investment firm, he has joined Five Elms Capital in Kansas City as a senior associate. Five Elms is a leading venture capital and

private equity firm that invests in and acquires growth-stage companies outside of Silicon Valley. Austin tells us, “Five Elms partners with growing, bootstrapped software and services businesses, providing capital and resources to accelerate growth and help companies become industry leaders.”

JANE LEE married Anton Shkel in California in August in a traditional American ceremony, and then they had a Korean wedding ceremony during the dinner and reception. Many TCS classmates, members of the Class of 2004, were there, which made the bride very happy: Cassidy Carpenter Belz, Kandace Yee, Kirsten Marples, Erin Atwood, Blair Paxon White, and Liz Brownback Kutina.

ATIMA LUI graduated from Harvard Business School, and after much soul searching, turned down a job offer at a large Silicon Valley tech company to follow the entrepreneurial path. She and a HBS classmate co-founded Nudest, a digital platform that curates lingerie, clothing and accessories in different shades of nude from a variety of online retailers and brands. (see p. 7) ERIKA O’SHEA graduated in June with an MBA after winning a


full-tuition scholarship for the inaugural year of the UMKC (University of Missouri-Kansas City) Bloch School of Management’s 11-month full-time MBA program. Erika says it was an opportunity to learn from business leaders from across the world, participate in real-world projects with local businesses, and connect with her community through two internships. She was able to visit the South By Southwest conference in Austin, Texas and to study abroad in China. She is excited to join a Kansas City business or non-profit in a marketing, community engagement, and communications capacity. In her free time Erika has expanded her entertainment company, The Heartland Mermaid and finds it to be the perfect avenue to learn and practice her passion for entrepreneurship. MONTE PARRISH has been promoted to a management position at one of Kansas City’s Salty Iguana Mexican Restaurant locations. He’s been with Salty Iguana in Lawrence, and says he couldn’t be happier to be stepping into the next phase of his professional life. Monte loves living in Lawrence, so he will continue to live there, and commute to the new job.

KATRINA RAMIREZ (second from left) is living abroad in Chile and working for the U.S. State Department’s international education initiative called EducationUSA, helping Chilean students complete applications to study abroad, a job she loves. She lives with a host family, a young couple with a baby girl. She loves South America, but isn’t

sure what’s next. She is considering a job with Chile’s Ministry of Education, the Peace Corps, or a career in the foreign service.

ing interest, and promoting his work on Instagram.

SAM ZLOTKY is finishing his degree in creative advertising at Washburn University. He has a passion for graphic design, and is freelancing projects to build his portfolio. One of those projects is Topeka Collegiate’s 2016-17 Annual Fund logo. Sam works for Topeka Metro Bikes and plays drums with his band, Monk’s Wine.

2006 DAVID GAST graduated from Creighton University and worked at a cardiology clinic in Omaha, Nebraska. He has moved to Iowa City to pursue a master’s degree in health administration at the University of Iowa. ANNA HAMILTON is halfway through her 27-month commitment to the Peace Corps. She is serving as a health volunteer in a rural area of the Dominican Republic. (see p. 8) BLAKE HAMILTON is working at Goodyear as a development engineer, designing and developing new off-the-road tires ranging in rim size from 20” to 57”. “These tires go on everything from military hummers, to highway construction vehicles, to the big Caterpillars that you see at mines,” Blake explains. He also provides quality and technology support for all earth mover tires and tire machines, and leads teams in various projects to improve the manufacturing process by increasing efficiencies and reducing waste. Blake is living in Topeka for now but plans to move back to Lawrence soon, after living there while attending KU. Fans of Blake’s photography will be glad to hear he’s still pursuing that long-stand-

EMILY PARK FITZGERALD has had quite a year, with big changes and milestones, from marriage, to moving, to welcoming a baby boy into the world. Last October, Emily married Justin Fitzgerald. The couple was living and working in Omaha. “A few months later,” says Emily, “we found out we were expecting a little one and decided it was time to head back home.” They moved to Topeka in May, and Emily began working as the Outreach Coordinator at the Kansas Department of Commerce. Shortly after, on July 14, they welcomed Liam Michael to the world. “We are so excited and grateful to be back home with our families and are enjoying our life as a family of three,” Emily says.

CAMERON SEALS SCHWANKE married Julie Edmonds in Topeka in an outdoor ceremony on October 1, a beautiful fall day. The


couple met at Topeka West High School. Cameron’s sister Caitlin Seals Schwanke ’03 was his Best Man. He was hers when she was married five years ago. The couple traveled to the Yellowstone and Grand Tetons area for their honeymoon. Cameron lives in Oklahoma City and works as an engineer for Boeing.

Phi Beta Kappa, the liberal arts honor society, with a B.A. in film and media studies. He completed a senior essay on the depiction of car crashes in New Hollywood films and a short film about a woman who may or may not have been in a car accident. Since then, he’s moved to New York City, where he is doing layout for the New Yorker. In his free time, Nick says, “I go to the movies and contemplate grad school.”

2007 JONAH FREED is serving in the Peace Corps in a rural area of Peru. He is midway through his service commitment, and had the opportunity to come home to Chicago for a visit. He says, “It’s nice to see the family after 14 months.” (see p. 9)

MAX HAVERFIELD looks down from a highway billboard advertising Fort Hays State University on I-70, somewhere east of Russell. He’s pictured as a Roman centurion, part of the university’s opera production of Caesar. Max graduated from Fort Hays in the spring, sold the auto detailing business he started five years ago, and has begun work as a real estate executive. DAVID WANG is a first year medical student at the Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C. His older brother Eric ’03 is a fourth year med student at Georgetown.


JOYCE DECOURSEY BRENNAN graduated from Marquette University in May with a degree in political science and social welfare and justice. She’s working as a field organizer for the Hillary Clinton campaign in Milwaukee. As paid staff, Joyce has been assigned a section of the city. “It is my job to work with that community and recruit volunteers to help elect Hillary Clinton and Russ Feingold who is running for the U.S. Senate,” she explains. “Volunteers come in and help us make phone bank calls and canvass voters.” NICK GIDEON is continuing his father and grandfather’s legacy by joining the family business. He graduated from Sewanee: The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee this spring, with a degree in economics, and then traveled to Iceland. In June he went to work as a loan office at Silver Lake Bank, 36 years almost to the day after his father, Bank President and past TCS trustee Pat Gideon. Nick’s grandfather Clarence purchased the bank in June of 1968. Nick represents the third generation of Gideons to work at Silver Lake Bank. He is based at the new downtown Lawrence branch. NICK HENRIQUEZ graduated from Yale this May magna cum laude,

NYALIA LUI graduated this spring from Morehouse College in Atlanta, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, the liberal arts honor society, Pi Mu Epsilon (honorary mathematics society), with a bachelor’s degree in computer science and minors in math and bioinformatics. This summer, he interned as a computer programmer for his sister Atima ’04 at her new company Nudest (see p. 7), building skin tone matching technology. “It was fun working with Nyalia as a team,” Atima says. “We named his technology NUDEMETER. It’s safe to say it would be hard to find a prouder big sister than me on this planet!” This fall, Nyalia began his studies as a master’s/Ph.D. candidate in software engineering at Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis. MAURA MCGIVERN graduated from the University of Tulsa in May. After serving a social media internship with Nudest, the startup launched by Atima Lui


’04, Maura moved to London with the British boyfriend she met at TU. They’ve been exploring the city and traveling around the U.K. Maura has been accepted to two graduate programs for marketing. She hasn’t decided which to choose, but come January, she’ll be studying at either London South Bank University or University of Westminster. MADISON MYERS graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in finance and accepted a job with KEA Advisors, a Lawrence consulting firm that provides management advice to commercial truck dealerships.

ANIKA REZA graduated with distinction from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, with double majors in political science and international studies, and minors in Arabic and religious studies. She was named to Phi Beta Kappa, the liberal arts honor society, worked with two professors as the Hamilton Undergraduate Research Scholar, and was accepted into Pi Sigma Alpha, the political science honor society. She was in the honors program, and a pre-law scholar. After traveling to Italy with her family this summer, Anika is pursuing a master’s degree in South Asian studies at Columbia University in New York.

RYAN BRINKER was a summer political sales and marketing intern at the Topeka Capital-Journal, and studies journalism and political science at K.U., with plans to graduate at the end of this year.

2009 RILEY MICKELSEN has been accepted early decision to the K.U. School of Medicine. She will graduate from Kansas State University in May, with a Bachelor of Science in nutritional science, and will start medical school in July. Riley works as a student development leader for Kramer Dining Center at K-State.

LUKE MILTZ (left) is a senior at Baker University in Baldwin City, majoring in international business. He was elected Student Body President this year, saying, “I couldn’t be more excited to move forward as a leader of this organization, following in the footsteps of some of my best friends and role models.” Luke serves as recruitment chair for his fraternity, Zeta Chi, and manages Baker’s Cross Country team. Luke spent the spring semester studying in Malaga, Spain. Luke has accepted an internship for the rest of the school year, working remotely for Delta Delta Delta sorority, helping coordinate implementation of BodyImage3D, an educational initiative promoting healthy mind, body and spirit among women. COOPER SELF is a senior at Midland University in Fremont, Nebraska, majoring in accounting and history, on a wrestling scholarship. He is a tutor who has been credited

with raising a number of students’ grades as much as two letter grades. He is president of PBL (Phi Beta Lambda), the collegiate version of Future Business Leaders of America. He was named Outstanding Student Leader of the Year at Midland. In wrestling, he is a varsity starter and was awarded the Daktronics NAIA Scholar-Athlete Award. Cooper is active in his church, taught Sunday school in the summer, and went to Puerto Rico as a chaperone on a mission trip.

HANNAH WILSON is a senior at Kansas University, and has served for two years in the undergraduate advising center, working mostly with first and second year students. She was on the homecoming steering committee this fall, as campus outreach chair, organizing homecoming week. Hannah embraced the “Rock Chalk Superhawk theme,” striking a superhero stance on Jayhawk Boulevard. On a more serious note, she recently organized for Jana’s Campaign, a non-profit for sexual and domestic violence awareness, speaking to an audience of about 900 students. Hannah will


graduate this spring with a bachelor’s degree in microbiology.

2010 CATY FIELD is a junior in the School of Journalism at K.U., majoring in news and information with a focus on sports broadcasting, with a minor in leadership studies. Caty is an active member of Kappa Delta Sorority, where she enjoys meeting new people and holding leadership positions. This year, she is social chair, and has the opportunity to plan all of the chapter’s social events. She works on the University’s news shows, covering K.U. athletics, and works with other news outlets, including Time Warner Cable and ESPN affiliates. Caty continues to keep busy through her job as program manager of memberships at the recreation facility on campus and through volunteer work with various organizations. She plans to study abroad in Florence, Italy next semester and looks forward to continuing her education, traveling the world, and most importantly, still graduating on time! DAVID GERNON is a junior at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. He spent this fall reporting in Washington, D.C., covering Capitol Hill as well as reporting on the election. In the spring, he will be interning at a newspaper in Johannesburg, South Africa. Last summer, David was a fellow with the Hillary for America campaign based in southwest Florida. Most of his work involved ground game efforts, including lots of voter registration and volunteer organizing. Next summer, he hopes to intern on the East Coast, report-

ing in New York City or to stay in Washington. JOSH GREENE is a junior at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. After doing research at a physics lab at Brown this summer, he’s spending the year at the University of Cambridge in England, studying physics at Pembroke College as the Roger Williams Scholar. MARIA KINGFISHER is a junior at the University of Kansas, studying English and psychology. She works in the Office of Multicultural Affairs, which serves as an inclusive academic learning space for all people, but especially for those who hold marginalized identities. “It’s because of my experience here,” Maria explains, “that I’ve gotten involved in social justice on and off campus.” IRENE NICOLAE is a junior at Harvard University. She spent the summer as a business intern at a New York fashion company called Theory. She’s landed an internship for next summer as an investment associate at Bridgewater Associates, the world’s largest hedge fund. This winter, Irene will travel for two months in Cambodia and South Africa. SAHIL RATTAN is a junior at the University of Southern California, majoring in economics and computer science with a minor in finance. He worked as a spring and summer analyst for a boutique investment bank in Los Angeles, and is looking to stay in that industry in the future. He still runs the apparel and promotional products company he founded in 2015, Desinus. He co-founded the largest venture capital/private equity club on campus. Sahil reports he loves the weather in Southern California but misses the nice autumn weather in Topeka.

2011 ELENA BLUM is a fulltime student at Washburn University, works two jobs, and is involved in volunteer work. She is an extended care provider at Topeka Collegiate. “I like working with kids,” she says. “It’s fun to watch them grow and change and interact with each other.” Elena also works at the Topeka Zoo and has made a major volunteer commitment - to start a local affiliate of the YVC (Youth Volunteer Corps), an organization she’s been associated with since high school. Her college major is non-profit services. ELLA BROWN RICHARDS transferred from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, to Kansas University in order to be closer to family and to widen her range of class options. She is pursuing a double major in psychology and women’s gender and sexuality studies. This summer, Ella traveled to four states, teaching CPR and first aid, fulfilling contracts for the California-based company her mother owns. She had the opportunity to join an exchange trip to Cuba with her other mom, an experience she calls life-changing. (see p. 13) MICHAEL PREKOPY (T) is a student at Kansas State University majoring in fisheries, wildlife and conservation biology.

SHAYLENE REES is a sophomore at K-State, where she “couldn’t be happier!” She is Vice President of Campus Relations and Operations for her sorority, Alpha Gamma


Delta. She served on the K-State Alumni Association’s Homecoming Committee. She is a Resident Assistant in Marlatt Hall and spends free time “with friends, doing things we love like hiking, going to K-State sporting events, or just hanging out!” This summer, Shaylene taught Summer Adventures camps at TCS.

State University. This summer, Jenna returned to volunteer at the orphanage in Haiti where she spent part of last summer. MARK BROWNBACK graduated from Washburn Rural High School in May and has decided to take a gap year while deciding what’s next. This summer, Mark worked at a Topeka grocery store and traveled with his family.

2012 NIKHIL BIJU graduated from Blue Valley North High School in Overland Park and attends Kansas University. Nikhil won an FRC scholarship on the strength of his performance in the First Robotics Competition. He and his team built and programmed a robot to perform challenging tasks (shoot balls, climb towers, and open doors) against a field of competitors from around the world. As a high school senior, Nikhil worked part-time at a construction and engineering firm in Kansas City. DAVID DECOURSEY BRENNAN graduated from Topeka High School with high honors, as a member of the National English Honor Society and Quill and Scroll International Honorary Society, and a staff writer for The World. David was awarded an academic scholarship from Regis University in Denver, which is where he is continuing his education. He also earned scholarships at Gonzaga University, Kansas University, University of Denver, and Seattle University. JARED BRIDWELL graduated from Hayden High School where he was a four-year varsity wrestler. He was offered a wrestling scholarship at Fort Hays State University but has chosen to continue his education at Washburn University. This summer, Jared was invited to work as a counselor at the Colorado camp for students with dyslexia where he was once a camper.

MICHAEL BROWN graduated from Topeka High School with superior honors. He was named a State of Kansas Scholar for being in the top 10% of his graduating class, was named the outstanding math student, and played varsity soccer. Michael won the Dean Smith Athletic Scholarship, awarded to a Topeka High athlete who displays academic excellence, and earned the Fairchild Scholarship from Kansas State, which is where he is studying, with plans to major in civil engineering.

JENNA BROWNBACK graduated from Washburn Rural High School, with Medal Honor. She served as Senior Class Vice President and is a member of the National Honor Society and National Technical Honor Society. Jenna’s college choice is Baylor University in Waco, Texas, where she earned the President’s Gold Scholarship. She also received merit scholarships from Westmont College, Texas Christian University, Wheaton College, Trinity University, Kansas University and Kansas

ALEX CARTER graduated from Topeka High School with honors, a member of the National English Honor Society and Quill and Scroll International Honorary Society, and a staff writer for The World. Alex’s college choice is Kansas University. ANTONIO CHAVEZ graduated from Topeka High School in May, and is continuing his education at Kansas State University.

JACOB COLE graduated from Topeka High School with superior honors as one of 10 State of Kansas Scholars in the TCS Class of ’12. Jacob is a member of the National English Honor Society. He earned the President’s Gold Scholarship from Baylor University, the Founders Award from Creighton University and the Traditions Scholarship from the University of Kansas. Jacob chose K.U., where he is a freshman. BRANDON COX graduated from Topeka High School with high honors and attends Washburn University, where he earned the Wiseman Scholarship. This summer, Brandon worked at the Lake Shawnee Golf Course.


BRIAN DORAN graduated from Topeka High School and entered the work force as an entrepreneur. He turned his talent for working with his hands into a business called Doran Renovations, and looks forward to hearing from anyone in the TCS community who needs help with yard work or repairs. Brian is also working fulltime for Senne Company and has joined the carpenters union. TESSA DUNCAN graduated from Topeka High School, a member of the Quill and Scroll International Honorary Society and Opinion Editor of The World. She has studied dance for 15 years, and joined the Ballet Midwest Company five years ago, where she has been a featured dancer. Tessa danced as part of the Topeka High Dance team all four years, and served as captain for three. She earned a dance scholarship to the University of Missouri-Kansas City. JORDAN FARRIS graduated from Topeka West High School in May and also completed training as an EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) at Washburn Institute of Technology. She has since earned a state EMT certification. She is studying at Washburn University while continuing her work as an EMT. Jordan earned the Wiseman scholarship and an academic scholarship from Washburn.

SOFIA KENNEDY graduated from Topeka High School with superior honors in May, as one of 10 State of Kansas Scholars (top 10% of senior class) in the TCS Class of ’12. Sofia is a member of

the National Honor Society and National English Honor Society, was a drum major for two years at Topeka High and played in the band all four years. She earned the Annabel Pringle Scholarship and the THS Band Backer Scholarship. She is continuing her education at Kansas University, where she plans to study nursing.

and merit scholarships from these universities: Loyola, Northwestern, K-State, Pepperdine, Texas Christian, Baylor and Tulane, among others. Micaela was a four-year member of the Wildcat Varsity Dance Team at Hayden, a varsity swimmer for a year, and remains active as a principal dancer with Ballet Midwest.

DAVID LOHF graduated from Washburn Rural High School with Medal Honor. He has chosen to continue his education at Kansas University, where he earned the Crimson and Blue Scholarship, was awarded the Self Engineering Leadership Fellows (SELF) Scholarship, and accepted into the SELF Engineering Leadership Program.

ANNELEISE MCEVOY graduated from Washburn Rural High School after serving in STUCO one year. She participated in YoungLife, a Christian-based organization whose members are active in community service. That led Anneleise to spend last summer as a camp counselor in Wier, Kansas, helping children develop their spiritual lives. As a senior, she was part of the Renaissance Club, a leadership group that encourages students to achieve academically. After attending a leadership challenge event at Washburn University, Anneleise decided to continue her education there. She received a legacy scholarship.

MICAELA MAGEE graduated from Hayden High School in May as a Pusitz Scholar, a State of Kansas Scholar (top 10% of graduating class) and a three-year member of the National Honor Society and the Torch and Laurel Honor Society. She is continuing her education at the University of Kansas, where she was accepted into the Honors Program. She plans to major in premed biology and minor in dance. In addition to the Pusitz Scholarship, she received an academic scholarship from K.U., the Dr. Robert Roeder Scholarship,

LAURA NICOLAE ranked first in her Washburn Rural High School graduating class. She is a National Merit Scholar, and was named to the Topeka Capital-Journal’s All-State Academic Team. She is a Kansas Governor’s Scholar (top 1%), a Kansas State Scholar (top 10%), and a member of the National Honor Society. A self-described policy debater, Laura received the prestigious Top Speaker award at the 2016 National Speech and Debate tournament in Salt Lake City, Utah this summer. She and her longtime debate partner had already won fifth place overall as a team. Laura attends Harvard University, and is pursuing a double major in mathematics and economics, with hopes of eventually becoming an economic policy analyst. She was


among the finalists in a speaking competition among Harvard students to give a 20-minute speech to a Harvard audience to be shared online. This summer, Laura interned in the governor’s office, examining economics data, finding significant trends, and writing op-ed articles about the state of the state’s economy. MICHAEL PADGETT graduated with Medal Honor from Washburn Rural High School, one of 10 State of Kansas Scholars (top 10%) in the TCS Class of ’12. Michael is a student at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, where he received the Founders Award and the Shaffel Award.

SAGE POURMIRZA graduated from Washburn Rural High School with Medal Honor as a State of Kansas Scholar (top 10%), one of ten in the TCS Class of ’12. He earned medal honor and an International Baccalaureate Diploma. He has chosen to continue his education at Washburn University, where he earned a chemistry department scholarship and an academic scholarship.

his senior year, and sixth in the 100 butterfly at state his junior and senior years.

MIRA RAM graduated from Washburn Rural High School with Medal Honor and an International Baccalaureate diploma, as a member of the National Honor Society and one of 10 State of Kansas Scholars (top 10%) in the TCS Class of ’12. As a sophomore, she began a computer club at her school, and remained active in it through her senior year. Mira chose to continue her studies at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. She earned the Stride Scholarship at Smith College, Presidential Scholarships at Bryn Mawr and Mount Holyoke Colleges, and Case Western Reserve University, the Shelter Insurance Scholarship, and the Chancellor Scholarship and an engineering scholarship at Kansas University. WALKER RICKS graduated from Topeka High School in May and then turned his sights to the northeast and Niagara University, in Lewiston, New York, where he earned a swimming scholarship and the Carl and Pat Dell Scholarship. As a high school swimmer, Walker was first team all-city as a sophomore, junior and senior, and all-league his junior and senior years. He was the city 50 freestyle champion his junior year, 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke city champ his senior year, 100 butterfly league champ

JORDAN SCHWERDT graduated from Washburn Rural High School with Medal Honor. She is a National Merit Commended Scholar, a Kansas Governor’s Scholar (top 1%), a Kansas State Scholar (top 10%), a member and officer of the National Honor Society, winner of the Life Science Department Award, a four-year member of Student Council and captain of the Dancin’ Blues dance team. She earned the Inaugural Chancellor’s Summerfield Scholarship and Chancellor’s Scholarship at the University of Kansas. Jordie has chosen to continue her education at the University of California, Los Angeles. While at UCLA, she plans to continue pursuing her lifelong love of dance with the Tremaine Dance team. SARAH SHAPIRO (T) skipped her senior year of high school, so she is a sophomore at Washburn University pursuing Bachelor of Science degrees in biology and chemistry, with the long-range goal of entering the medical field. She tutors ten students, ranging from middle school to college-age, in math, chemistry and Latin. She serves as a teaching assistant for a Washburn Latin professor. Sarah is a peer educator, whose job it is to help college freshmen transition from high school to college. She started the Classics Club at Washburn, and is vice president of AMSA (American Medical Students Association) on campus. Away from school, Sarah has designed and is painting a large, 15-panel outdoor mural on a retaining wall at Temple Beth Shalom. She estimates she has spent more than 300 hours on the project so far, and expects it to be complete in a year or so. The design is influenced by Marc Chagall.

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ANJUM SYED graduated from Blue Valley North High School in the Kansas City area. She is a National Merit Commended Scholar. She was named an AP scholar and is a member of the National French Honor Society. Anjum was accepted into the Honors Program at the University of Kansas and has begun her studies there, with plans to major in engineering.

NEHA TRIPATHI graduated from Cherry Creek High School in the Denver area as a member of the National Honor Society and National Art Honor Society. She was a varsity swimmer and diver for four years, captain of the varsity dive team, and participated in speech and debate for four years, two at the varsity level. She volunteered as a nurse assistant at Porter Adventist Hospital for two years. Neha is continuing her education at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, where she plans to major in computer science and minor in Spanish. Neha has studied classical Indian dance for 10 years, and hopes to continue her studies in the future.

2013 ADAM COLE is editor-in-chief of The World at Topeka High School, where he is a senior. He’s a Sunflower Yearbook staffer, sports photographer, head anchor of the THS Morning Report, active in theater and president of the school’s Thespian Troupe. This summer, Adam had what he calls a life-changing opportunity to

represent Kansas at the Al Neuharth Free Spirit and Journalism Conference in Washington D.C. (see p. 12)

TOMA DIMITRIU is a senior at Topeka High School and has been named a National Merit Semifinalist. Semifinalists represent the top 0.5 percent of each state’s senior students. He is also in debate and tennis, and a member of the Growing Ground community garden club. HANNAH DYKES is a senior at Topeka High School, and serves as community service chair for the National English Honor Society.

English Labrador Louis is a fairly new addition to the family. He’ll be turning two soon. Hannah, her sister Skyler ’11, fellow alum Mariella Kennedy ’11 and another friend joined Hannah’s family on a trip to Colorado recently. MASON HAMILTON is a senior at Jackson Heights High School, and a starter on the football team, which won the Northeast Kansas (NEK) League championship. Mason is also a varsity basketball player. CHASE HOCHARD is a senior at Topeka High School, and one of several TCS alums on the school’s varsity soccer team. ISABEL HUCKINS is a senior at Topeka High, and one of six members of the Class of 2013 named State of Kansas Scholars for being in the top 10% of their graduating classes. Isabel started a new club

CHRISTOPHER GERNON (front left) is a senior at Topeka High School, and has been named a State of Kansas Scholar for being in the top 10% of his graduating class. He plays varsity soccer and qualified for state in debate. He also plays varsity tennis, and qualified for state in that sport last spring. Chris and two other students started a new club at THS called Growing Ground. Members’ goal is to establish two community gardens. Their mission is to “foster individual and communal development while learning about environmental sustainability through gardening and land maintenance.” Several TCS alums are club members, including Nell Brennan ’14, Toma Dimitriu ’13, Joe McGivern ’13, Satchel Pennington ’13, and Erica Self ’13.


at THS. Its members bake sweet treats for bake sales to benefit various non-profits.

ALEXIS KAHLER is a senior at Topeka High School, and has earned the distinction of State of Kansas Scholar for being in the top 10% of her graduating class. Alexis is a cheerleader at Topeka High and a member of a competitive cheer team, where she is also a coach. She holds an office in Mu Alpha Theta, the math honor society. Alexis has been accepted to the K.U. School of Engineering and plans to go there next year. She also volunteers at her church and at Harvesters, the community food network.

NOOR KYASA is a senior at Washburn Rural High School, in her second year of the IB (International Baccalaureate) program. She is a State of Kansas Scholar, by virtue of being in the top 10%

of her class. She is involved in the UNICEF Club and track and field, running the 100-,200-, and 400-meter dashes. This summer, Noor volunteered to help with several TCS Summer Adventures camps. She also traveled to Istanbul, Turkey for three weeks and taught English to Syrian children. She taught seven children, aged five to seven, incorporating physical activities, games, and art into the program to entertain the children. “The experience was not at all what I expected it to be,” Noor says. “Being a teacher is MUCH more difficult than I thought, but it was a very good learning experience.” JACK PALMER is a senior at Topeka High, and this year’s swim team captain. He is assistant webmaster on the THS web design team. Jack was elected president of his 60-member Air Explorer Squadron, one of the oldest programs in the country that teaches high school students how to fly airplanes. On a trip to Wisconsin with his squadron this summer, Jack had the opportunity to meet Sully Sullenberger, the hero of the landing on the Hudson in 2009.

ERICA SELF is a senior and AllSchool President at Topeka High School. She is a State of Kansas Scholar, so named for ranking in the top 10% of her graduating class. Erica has played varsity soccer all four years, ran varsity cross country this year, and was individual overall state champion in powerlifting last year. She is vice president of the National Honor

Society, and a member of the National English Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta, the math honor society. Erica was named the Topeka Public Schools’ senior of the month for November, invited to be recognized at the Board of Education meeting, and to have lunch with Superintendent Dr. Tiffany Anderson to celebrate the honor. This summer, Erica traveled to Puerto Rico on a church mission trip. She has made a verbal commitment to play soccer at Emporia State University next year.

BRYCE VALLEY is a senior in the IB (International Baccalaureate) program at Washburn Rural High School. He has been named a National Merit Commended Scholar and a State of Kansas Scholar, based on his ranking in the top 10% of his class. He is a member of the National Honor Society, part of the chess club, and volunteers at Topeka Collegiate helping with technology. DALTON VAN AALST is a senior at Washburn Rural High School. He was introduced to Model United Nations at TCS, and continues that interest in high school, calling Model UN his favorite club. Dalton is also playing tennis at Rural.

2014 EDWARD BAKER is a junior at Topeka High School. He is active in Mandala, the school’s literature and art magazine, and serves as secretary of German Club.


ASHLEY BROWN (T) is a junior at Topeka West High School, where she plays basketball. She models, appearing on the runway in the Links Fierce Fall Fashion Show, and has signed with a modeling agency. ALESSANDRA CHAVEZ is a junior at Topeka High School, where she continues to pursue her passion for art. As a freshman, she won honorable mention in the Highland Community College Art Day competition. The following year, she won a medal for art excellence and first place in the colored pencil drawing category at the Highland Community College contest, as well as an honorable mention. As a sophomore, she won a blue ribbon for the piece she submitted to the Aaron Douglas Art Fair. She has also displayed her work at NOTO’s First Friday Art Walk. This summer, she landed her first commission, to paint a large-scale outdoor mural. (see p. 11) LUKE DINGMAN is a junior at Topeka High School. He serves in the “Link Crew” mentoring program as a Link Leader and plays drums with the drumline and marching band. DREW MAHAN is a junior at Topeka High, playing varsity soccer as a forward. He enjoys playing on the team with several fellow Collegiate alums. AMBER SCHMIDT is a junior at Topeka High, in her second year of singing with the elite Madrigals. She is also a member of Robed Choir. She enjoys performing at Topeka Civic Theatre, is a member of the thespian group at THS, and

Tri M, the music honor society. She is secretary of the Venturing Crew, a youth development program for young men and women with an emphasis on adventure, leadership, personal growth, and service. In the fall, Amber plays on the golf team.

TYLER SWAFFAR is a junior at Washburn Rural High School, where he is now in his third year of playing trombone in the marching band. He serves as assistant librarian for the band. He is also the co-president of the Computer Club started by TCS alum Mira Ram ’12. He has played in the symphonic band, wind ensemble and jazz combo, and sings in the WRHS Chorale.

2015 RYAN REZA is a junior at Washburn Rural, where he qualified for nationals in forensics as a sophomore. This summer, he competed with the rest of the debate and forensics squad in Salt Lake City. He was accepted into the honors choir and continues to sing in Chorale. Ryan went to Italy this summer which he says was fun, since he’s taking AP art history. He volunteered for Hillary for America this summer and was accepted to be a fellow for the Clinton campaign, which entails helping run the Kansas campaign. There are only 12 fellows in Kansas. Ryan is in debate and looks forward to forensics next semester. GRANT SUMNERS is a junior boarding student at McCallie School, a boys college prep school in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He is part of the cheerleading and lacrosse teams, and leads a Bible study group on campus. “The environment here has far exceeded my expectations going in,” Grant says. “It is not hard to assimilate into the culture as it is very accepting of all individuals and encourages brotherly relationships that I am certain will last a lifetime.”

LAUREN DIETRICK (T) (left) is a standout soccer player at Topeka High, where she is a sophomore, but she’s also making a name for herself on the football field. Lauren’s friend Ruth Fiander encouraged her to try out. Now the two are place kickers. In the game against Emporia, both kicked for extra points, making history. It’s believed to be the first time two girls have scored in a single football game in Topeka High’s history, possibly in the history of high school football in Kansas. The boys on the team have been supportive, says Lauren, “Everyone makes us feel like it’s normal for us to be out there.” Lauren prefers soccer to football because there’s more action. As a freshman, she started every varsity game at center forward, was named to the All-Tournament Team at the McPherson Invitational; led Topeka High to its best record ever, helped take Topeka High to its first-ever state tournament, and was the only freshman named to either the first or second All Centennial League team. She was on the second team.


MATT MAHAN is a sophomore at Topeka High School, and plays goalie on the varsity soccer team.

MAHA KYASA is a sophomore at Washburn Rural High School. She volunteered in Summer Adventures camps at TCS this summer, then traveled to Istanbul, Turkey with her sister Noor ’13 for three weeks and taught English to Syrian children. Maya taught a class of 15 children, seven to 13 years old.

JACK MICKELSEN is a sophomore at Topeka High, and a cadet gunnery sergeant in the Marine Corps Jr. ROTC. He is a starter on the shooting team and the armed drill team. The teams competed at nationals in Daytona Beach. Jack is also a platoon sergeant, in charge of the armory, and the S-6 non-commissioned officer. BAKER VALLEY is a sophomore at Washburn Rural, involved in student council, Science Olympiad, and Pre-IB. He plans to try out for the tennis team. Baker was a reliable volunteer in TCS Summer Adventures camps this summer.

2016 INDIA MACDONALD is a sophomore at Topeka High School. Last year, she found her passion in theater. As a freshman, she played Hilton in Robin Hood. This year, she played Kilroy in Woody Allen’s play Don’t Drink the Water. This fall, she is helping backstage with Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 starring fellow alum Adam Cole ’13.

KIANA MAGEE is a sophomore at Hayden. She is a member of the Wildcat Dance Team, and the Hayden drumline. She continues her ballet studies and is in the principal division of the Ballet Midwest Company. She is performing in The Nutcracker this winter and in Swan Lake in the spring.

made the Westsider Dance Team and the freshman volleyball team.

CORAL ABOUD is a freshman at Washburn Rural High School in the pre-IB (international Baccalaureate) program. She is a member of the National Art Honor Society. IRENE CARACIONI is a freshman at Topeka High School, and a member of the freshman volleyball team. PETRE DIMITRIU is a freshman at Washburn Rural High School in the pre-IB (international Baccalaureate) program. He is playing tennis and participating in debate.

ADITI MALAY is a freshman at Washburn Rural in the pre-IB program. She is participating in debate and forensics, and is on junior varsity tennis. In June, Aditi performed her Bharathanatyam Arangetram, a classic-style Indian dance program that is put on only when a teacher feels the student is ready. Aditi performed 10 numbers, with a live orchestra, the culmination of seven years of study. Friends and family came from all over the world to watch her debut. Aditi says studying classic Indian dance has helped her learn and connect with her religion and culture. ETHAN PAYNE is a freshman at Topeka High, where he plays JV soccer with fellow TCS classmates Cooper Hochard, Malcolm Lathrop-Allen and Nathan Swaffar, all members of the Class of 2016.

LIAM HALL is a freshman at Washburn Rural in the pre-IB (international Baccalaureate) program. He’s playing in the jazz band and participating in Scholars Bowl.

JAY RAM is a freshman at Washburn Rural High School in the preIB program. He is participating in debate, cross-country, math club, Science Olympiad, chess club, and computer club, which was started at Rural by his sister Mira ’12.

SYDNEY FREDERICK is a freshman at Topeka West where she

NATHAN SWAFFAR is a freshman at Topeka High. He is playing soccer, as the starting JV goal keeper and the backup varsity goal keeper behind fellow TCS alum Matt Mahan ’15. Unfortunately, Nathan’s season was cut short by two games when he fractured his right ankle in a game.

Annual Report


BOARD OF TRUSTEES, 2015-2016 BOARD PRESIDENT Jodi Boyd VICE PRESIDENT Jill Dykes, Esq. SECRETARY Susan H. Garlinghouse

TREASURER Payam Pourmirza

Raghu Malay

MEMBERS Heather Birkbeck Kathy Damron Brandan Kennedy, MD Timothy Liesmann, Esq. ‘95

Madan Rattan

Heather Morrison, MD John Sorrenti Anita Valdivia Brandi Wells Robin Wolgast

HEAD OF SCHOOL Mary Beth Marchiony

IN THEIR OWN WORDS TIM ETZEL, SR. Tim Etzel’s motivation for supporting Topeka Collegiate’s scholarship program is to honor his late wife Carole, his partner in business and life. The couple celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in July of 2015, shortly before her death in September. The two were entrepreneurs, founding Jetz Service Company in 1966, and working together to make the business successful. Today, Jetz Companies employs 150 people in 18 states. Carole’s first love was teaching. After receiving her education degree from Washburn University, she taught for

‘16 is a Topeka Collegiate alumnus, and his granddaughter Lydia is a sixth grader. As a TCS grandparent, Tim is familiar with the value of the education students receive at Collegiate and eager to help a deserving student by offering him or her the opportunity to benefit from it.

several years before leaving to care for her family and serve as vice president of Jetz. Tim and Carole’s grandson Trey Etzel

Why we


Generous school donors explain their reasons for supporting TCS These generous donors share a common vision — to make a Topeka Collegiate Middle School education possible for bright, deserving students who are eager to learn. The scholarships, both need- and merit-based, are awarded for the entire three years of Middle School.


Jeanne and Paul Hoferer’s two grandsons, recent Topeka Collegiate graduates Bryce ’13 and Baker Valley ’15, were on their grandparents’ minds when they decided to make their gift. “We were just so grateful for the education Bryce and Baker received,” says Jeanne. “Those boys grew so much at Collegiate. They’re so different, but both bright. The teachers seemed to help them find their strengths and grow their strengths.” Paul characterizes the motivation for the gift as “a culmination, seeing the whole package, how it had prepared the boys for high school and beyond, thanking Topeka Collegiate for a job well done.” Education is a philanthropic priority for the Hoferers. “Both of us were the first in our families to graduate from college,” Jeanne explains, “so we feel education

As with his many gifts to Washburn University and other organizations in Topeka, Tim hopes to influence others to follow his lead and consider giving the gift of quality education to a student whose family lacks the financial ability to make it possible.

or she will take full advantage of the opportunity. Jeanne hopes “they fall in love with learning as our two grandsons did, and are able to gain the confidence both of them came away with. Learning is for a lifetime. If you love it, you’ll want to keep doing it. Collegiate makes learning fun!”

made the difference in our lives. It’s something that stays with you for the rest of your life, improves your life.” Paul concurs. “We all know how important it is to get a good education for a job. But I think about how it enriches a person’s life, exposes them to other ideas, makes them a better citizen.” What aspirations do they have for the Hoferer scholar? Paul hopes he

The couple believes wholeheartedly in the life-changing nature of education. Reflecting on their decision to underwrite a scholarship, Jeanne says, “We had the ability to make a gift and thought, ‘What would be better than to make it possible for another child to take advantage of this opportunity?’ It’s something they’ll reap the benefits of for the rest of their life. The gift of education will make such a difference for this student. If we can make a difference, it gives us satisfaction.”



TCS gets on board Monopoly theme

Two hundred guests enjoyed a mashup of Monopoly and KU-K-State basketball at Auction 2016, with the Topeka High Drumline adding excitement. We thank all who bid or served as auction volunteers.

Collegiate achieves 100% participation for fourth year TCS Annual Fund Monopoly – Get on Board! Thanks to the generosity of the Topeka Collegiate community, we achieved a remarkable fourth year in a row of 100% Annual Fund participation among our faculty and staff, Board of Trustees, and parents. Thanks to everyone who got on board. The honor roll of contributors begins on p. 44.

From left, Jodi Boyd, Mende Barnett, and Mary Beth Marchiony

Annual Fund Cabinet Karen Linn, Chair Class Captains Mende Barnett & Pete Vobach Joy Brennan Tonya Crawford Juli Cuthbertson Mary Etzel Angie Frendle Angela Griffith

Karen Kapusta-Pofahl Winnie Kimata Brooke Leahy John Sorrenti Kimberly and Josh Svaty Julie Wegner Robin Wolgast Auction Steering Committee Mende Barnett, Auction Chair

Kim Baker Stacey Beatty Heather Birkbeck Kathy Damron Angela Griffith Brandon Haberman Paula Huff Natalie Kelly-Kindred Jennifer Owen Julie Wegner Brandi Wells Anne Wilson



2015-2016 Annual Report C O L L E G I AT E R E V E N U E


Tuition and Fees $1,706,672 Annual Fund $212,657 Auxiliary $205,748 Auction $121,426

of our revenue

Interest/Other $69,425 Other Fundraising $37,931 Endowment $17,382






62% of our costs

Salaries/Benefits $1,597,693 Financial Aid $320,541 Facilities $319,051 Instructional $208,354 Administrative $63,865 Auction $37,987 Fundraising $7,188 Total




Honor Roll of Contributors

Recognizing donors who supported Collegiate’s Annual Fund Editor’s note: This list recognizes donors who contributed to Topeka Collegiate School’s Annual Fund between September 1, 2015 and August 31, 2016. (T) indicates alumni who transferred before graduation.

Heather and Pat Birkbeck

Soaring Eagle Council $10,000 and above

Jen MacLeay and John Sorrenti

Timothy N. and Carole Bloomfield Etzel Giving Fund – Topeka Community Foundation Susan and Kent Garlinghouse Fund – Topeka Community Foundation Patrick Gideon and Silver Lake Bank Paul and Jeanne Hoferer Charitable Fund Alison Hill Langham ’86 and Brian Langham Kathy and Bruce Myers

Sam Nimishakavi

Mary Lou and Jim Birkbeck – Denison State Bank

Shelley Pittman

Jodi and Todd Boyd

Kelly and Cody Vondra

Dawn and Bernard Brosa Judith Corkum and Stephen Blum Amellia and Robert Toelkes

Zap the Gap $1,500 to $2,499 Michel’ and Jim Cole Dina and Channing Cox Nicoleta and Vlad Dimitriu Charlene and John Gernon Christy and Alex Grecian Mary Loftus and Glenn Freeman Mary Beth and Jim Marchiony

Suchitra Ram and Suresh Ramamurthi

Jane and Richard Tilghman

Valley Family Fund

President’s Council $750 to $1,499

American Eagle Council $7,500 to $9,999

Karli and Tom Alderson

Penelope and Ed Plamann Maban and Jack Wright

Head of School’s Council $500 to $749 Anonymous (2) Sue and Randy Badsky Elisa Corbett and Adrian Caracioni Tonya and Patrick Crawford Helen and Dan Crow Kathy and Whitney Damron Stacey and Derrick Dawson Ximena Garcia and Craig Gernon Angela and Ekwensi Griffith Sandra and Don Hazlett Kathy and Larry Hortenstine Marta and Brandan Kennedy Poca Kim and Radu Teodorescu Manjusha and Nitin Kulkarni

Anonymous (5)

Samantha Muppalla and Sunil Gotru

Eva Brown and Meredith Williard

Jennifer and Marius Pacioianu

Jill and Chris Dykes

Anita Valdivia

Anne Francis and Jack Fitzpatrick

Sushmita Veloor and Raghu Malay

Nancy and Max Fuller

Cathie and Tom Wiley

Jett and Tim Elmer

Katherine Garlinghouse ’97

Jill and Lonnie Williams

Howard and Sharon Fricke Family Foundation Fund – Topeka Community Foundation

Jill and Dusty Gary Yumiko and Alex Glashausser

Anne McCoy Wilson (T) ’93 and Brian Wilson

Heather and Jared Morrison

Glenda Herl and Mark Scheid

Golden Eagle Council $5,000 to $7,449 Sandra and Peter Beak

Brandi and Rich Wells

Jane and Russell Greene

Beth and David Wittig

Tiffany and Tim Liesmann (T) ‘95

Benefactors’ Council $250 to $499

Founders’ Council $2,500 to $4,999

Karen and Andrew Linn

Anonymous (3)

Kelly Magerkurth and Todd Payne

Raquel Bahr

Deborah and Bradley Aboud

Swapna Mamidipally and

Stacey and Bob Beatty

Suneeta and Prudhvi Karumanchi


Don Boyd

Marilyn Bracken

Yun and Jim Butler

Joy and Greg Brennan

Elena Carrington

Megan and Mike Burgess

Jordan Carter ‘03

Eugenia Burke

Sridevi Donepudi and Brian van Doren

Christine and Randy Burkhardt

Robert DuBois

Susan Christensen

Gail Franklin Kimberly and John ‘98 Freeman Austin Gideon ‘04 Tracey Goering and Dennis Mahan Tiffany and Derek Harrison

Kathy Cain Amber Cox and Joe Sessel Connie and Jeff Curtis Juli and Curt Cuthbertson Pooja and Sumer Dhir

Phyllis Hoyt

Priti Duggal and Hartej Singh Sethi

Katie Freeman Hutchens ‘93

Lorie Duncan

Tabitha and Ryan Johnson

Jaime and Tony Frederick

Melanie and John Mullican

Angela and Troy Frendle

Trina Perez

Linda and David Fricke

Madan Rattan

Shannon and Joe Gabel

Shalu Soman and Ashok Madhavan

Matt Garlinghouse ‘90

Kimberly and Joshua Svaty

Charles Glashausser

Sarah Temple ’97 and Angus Mugford

Lisa and Joseph Goularte

Janice Warner

Christina and Terry Haag

Julie and Toby Wegner Sean and Amy White Veronica and Andrew Wiksten Chris Yorke ‘98

Friends’ Council $50 to $249

Matthew Grubb Tionna and Brandon Haberman Jo and Max Halley Rachel and Larry Hargreaves Amy and Grady Harris Kevin Hensley Allison and Jared Herl Paula and Jerry Huff

Lisa and Mark Adame

Jan Irby

Lisa Anderson

Briana Jackson

Anonymous (5)

Mindy Johnson

Alesia Arnold

Beth and Dan Kelly

Kim Baker

Crystal and Ron Kiely

Ruth and Gene Bammes

Winnie Kimata

Connie and Bill Barnes

Karla and Dan Kindred

Mende Barnett and Pete Vobach

Leslie Land

Ernie Beaudet

Marjorie Lathrop

Kelley and Jason Berryman

Brooke and Jeff Leahy

Nichole Bishop

Renea and Don Leahy

Jo and Ryan Boswell

David Lesperance

Judy and Jim Bowman

Allison Viola Loftus ‘98

Mindy and Randall Bowman

Lori McMillan and D. J. Tiemens

Lamees Mohdali and Bahaa Abu Bakr Tally and Jimmy Moore Elian Mota Lanny Moyer Karen and Bill Padgett Ken Park Rohit Parulkar ‘01 Martha and Dick Patterson Joan and Gregory Pease Sandra Pellegrini Bhavana Pise and Shriram Sundaresan Mary Powell and Craig Yorke Samantha Crow Quist ‘95 Stephanie Ralston and Wayne Heumann Travis Reed Crystal and Greg Rose Katie and Bill Sackett Takayoshi Sands Tammy and Shaun Schmidt Jessica Shepherd Kay Siebert Julie Spencer Amy Spurgeon-Hochard and Mike Hochard Barbara and John Stauffer Demetria Swindell Ashley and Jonathan Tyler Katrina Van Aalst Katie and Jay VanBlaricum Pamela Wendt Cheryl West Terri and Chris Williams Anita and Larry Wolgast Sara and Erik Wood Blake and Rob Zachritz Beth and David Zlotky

Associates’ Council $1 to $49 Nodira Abdulloeva and Muhsinjon Muhamadjonov ‘HONOR ROLL’ continued on page 46


HONOR ROLL: Many alumni among Topeka Collegiate supporters ‘HONOR ROLL’ continued from page 45

Sara Adame Anonymous (2) Mary Kate Baldwin Elena Blum ‘11 Robert Catlin Meaghan Conant Chelle and Dan Decker Christine Hall Cheryl Hamilton Amy and Joseph Henderson Andrea and Kevin Holland Karen and David Kapusta-Pofahl Melanie and Brian Kayser

Marjorie Garlinghouse Lovewell Fund Ernie Beaudet Karen and Lee Benson Eugenia and Daniel Burke Dina and Channing Cox Ximena Garcia Katherine Garlinghouse ‘97 Jane and Russ Greene Ellen and Joe Horan David W. Lesperance Mary Loftus and Glenn Freeman Mary Beth and Jim Marchiony Jessica L. Morris

Marilyn Kido

Lanny Moyer

Donna Kirk-Swaffar and Steve Swaffar

Martha and Dick Patterson Katie and Bill Sackett

Rachel Lindbloom and Allen Macfarlane

Barbara and John Stauffer Jr.

Corey McCart

Anita and Larry Wolgast

Jane and Richard Tilghman

Gavin Mitchell Sheetal and Pratik Pandya Beth Perry Erica Peterson Priya and Dave Sandir Alexis Stang and Roger Luna David Wang ‘07 Eric Wang ‘03 T. Elaine Ward Meera Watson

Retiring Teachers Fund In honor of retiring Language Arts teachers John MacDonald and Lanny Moyer Susan and Kent Garlinghouse Fund – Topeka Community Foundation

In-Kind Gifts Mary Kate Baldwin

Kylie Wilson

Heather and Pat Birkbeck

Susan Buder Horan Memorial Fund

Jodi Boyd

Jim Bowman Gail Franklin

Stephanie and John Valley

AUCTION 2016 Professional Development Fund Brad and Deborah Aboud Karli and Tom Alderson Kim Baker Mende Barnett and Pete Vobach Stacey and Bob Beatty Ernie Beaudet Heather and Pat Birkbeck Jo and Ryan Boswell Jodi and Todd Boyd Dawn and Bernard Brosa Eva Brown and Meredith Williard Megan and Mike Burgess Shruti Challa ‘01 Michel’ and Jim Cole Elisa Corbett and Adrian Caracioni Dina and Channing Cox Kathy and Whitney Damron Jett and Tim Elmer Shannon and Joe Gabel Susan and Kent Garlinghouse Tracey Goering and Dennis Mahan Christy and Alex Grecian Tionna and Brandon Haberman Tiffany and Derek Harrison Paula and Jerry Huff Marta and Brandan Kennedy

Julie and Webb Garlinghouse

Vanessa Lamoreaux and Kendra Tinsley

Susan and Kent Garlinghouse

Brooke and Jeff Leahy

Tionna and Brandon Haberman

Renea and Don Leahy

Phyllis and Brent Hoyt

Karen and Andrew Linn

Paula and Jerry Huff

Mary Loftus and Glenn Freeman

Jane Greene

Mary Loftus and Glenn Freeman

Jessica Morris

Lanny Moyer

Mary Beth Marchiony

Heather and Jared Morrison

Cheryl Rios

Jane and Richard Tilghman

Melanie and John Mullican

Victoria and David Console Mark Garlinghouse Susan and Kent Garlinghouse Fund – Topeka Community Foundation


Nancy and Jim Parrish Martha and Dick Patterson Jenalea Randall Cheryl Rios Shalu Soman and Ashok Madhavan Laura Stephenson Cheri Sutton Kimberly and Joshua Svaty Anita Valdivia Stephanie and John Valley Sushmita Veloor and Raghu Malay Julie and Toby Wegner Brandi and Rich Wells Anne McCoy Wilson (T) and Brian Wilson Robin and Steve Wolgast

Auction Underwriters Susie Alderson Anonymous (1) Raquel Bahr Heather and Pat Birkbeck Dawn and Bernard Brosa Eva Brown and Meredith Williard Michel’ and Jim Cole Barb Conant Elisa Corbett and Adrian Caracioni Kathy and Whitney Damron Stacey and Derrick Dawson Priti Duggal and Hartej Singh Sethi Shanna Dunn-Vigare and Sam Vigare Jill and Chris Dykes Tim Etzel Sarah and Joe Farthing Gail Franklin Jill and Dustin Gary Yumiko and Alex Glashausser Lisa and Joseph Goularte Christy and Alex Grecian Scott Hamilton Linda Hill Darcy Ann Howe

Jan Irby Bonnie Johnston Karen and David Kapusta-Pofahl Alison Hill Langham ’86 and Brian Langham Renea and Don Leahy Jen MacLeay and John Sorrenti Kelly Magerkurth and Todd Payne Swapna Mamidipally and Sam Nimishakavi Meef and Thomas McBride Anne McCoy Wilson (T) ’93 and Brian Wilson Tally and Jimmy Moore Heather and Jared Morrison Jennifer and Marius Pacioianu Martha and Dick Patterson Trina Perez Shelley Pittman Penelope and Ed Plamann Lovica and Payam Pourmirza Madan Rattan Travis Reed Julie Spencer Kimberly and Joshua Svaty Jeanyne Tangari Jane and Richard Tilghman Anita Valdivia Stephanie and John Valley Sushmita Veloor and Raghu Malay Meera Watson Brandi and Rich Wells Cathie and Tom Wiley Terri and Chris Williams Shelle and Michael Wilson Anita and Larry Wolgast Robin and Steve Wolgast

Founders Fund Cherie and Richard Davis Satish Kumar and Gayathri Vangala Allison Viola Loftus ‘98 Jeanyne Tangari Beth and David Wittig

Corporate and Community Partners Aboud’s Catering Allsigns Burlington Northern Santa Fe Foundation Chevron Goodsearch/Goodshop Heritage Bank Hill’s Pet Nutrition Jones Huyett Partners Jostens Printing and Publishing Kansas Action for Children Kansas Medical Clinic, P.A. Kokari Foundation Kroger New Health and Anti-Aging Parrish Management Porterfield’s Flowers and Gifts Rees Fruit Farm Se2, Inc. Security Benefit Charitable Trust SS&C Solutions, Inc. St. Francis Health Foundation Strathman Sales Company Target Topeka Blueprint Company Topeka Community Foundation Valley Self-Storage Westar Energy We have made every effort to include all donors who have made gifts. If we have omitted your name in error, please accept our sincerest apologies and contact us so we can include you in the next listing.



Friday, December 16, 2016 Noon to 1:30 p.m. Topeka Collegiate School


Honoring Hall of Fame Inductee Phyllis Hoyt Saturday, April 8, 2017 TPAC - Hill’s Festival Hall 5:30 p.m.


Thursday, May 25, 2017 10:00 a.m. Topeka Collegiate School


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