Alumni News

Our graduates are proof that our students move on from Erie Day School as determined, courageous, and caring individuals ready to take on life’s next challenges. Erie Day School would not be the exceptional learning community that it is today without the support and involvement of its talented and dedicated alumni.

For additional information, contact Julie Kresge, Director, Development & Marketing, at jkresge@eriedayschool.com or 814-452-4273.

Below is the latest news from Summer, 2017:


    Congratulations to Kevin Kang, ‘10, as he recently won the Barry Goldwater Award.This is the most prestigious scholarship in the country for STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).  He is also the recipient of the James O. Friedman Presidential Scholarship from Dartmouth College, where he will be a senior this year.  He has also been involved in research work in biochemistry, astrophysics and neural engineering.He is a biomedical engineering major and along with two other students, has invented a medical device, ‘the happier lamp.’

    Anthony Villella, ‘16, won his second consecutive title at the Erie County Tennis Championship in May.  He won the PIAA District 10 AA Singles Championship and competed in the PIAA AA State Singles championship.  He was also one of 3 athletes nominated for Rookie of the Year in the Erie Times News Varsity Cup awards.

    Mary Kauffman Gustis, ‘53, is living in Marietta Georgia.  She attended Rollins College and is now retired.  She also notes her granddaughter is graduating from Clemson University!

    It was good see Erie Day School alumni at the Alumni Reception held prior to this year’s Grade 8 Graduation Ceremony.  Audrey Ward, ‘14, Zak Ali, ‘13, Francesca Kern, ‘14, Sonia Kisak, ‘14, Pasha Aksoy, ‘15, Daniel Wolford, ‘16, and  Emily Levine, ‘10.

    Jenna Tanenbaum, ‘03, is the founder of Green Blender, a delivery service that sends you smoothie recipes and fresh ingredients weekly. The ingredients are organic, and the Green Blender team sources from local farms, green markets, and sustainable vendors whenever possible.

    Max Weber, ‘08, is the founder, along with friend Josh Layhue, of 3sixty5 Health Innovations in Erie.  His company is a software start-up with a focus on smartphone applications that monitor and track personal nutrition and health goals.

    Jake Weber, ’11, is beginning his junior year at the University of Dayton, majoring in entrepreneurial studies with a history minor. He’s exploring his interest in flight as well, hoping to move towards achieving his pilot’s license someday. This summer has been spent immersed in an internship with Smith Provision Co., applying classroom knowledge to the realities of business in the practical world.

    Kyle Weber, ’11, is a PFC in the US Army, serving in a field artillery battalion with the 10th Mountain Division. He’s currently based in Fort Polk, Louisiana, placing artillery rounds accurately while avoiding detection while growing immune to heat, humidity and scorpions. In his spare time, he searches the backroads of Louisiana and Texas for that perfect Dodge pickup truck for a future restoration project.

    Nick Weber, ’11, is beginning his junior year at John Carrol University in Cleveland, majoring in political science and history. He spends his summers working on archaeological digs in various interesting places, including the island of Gotland, Sweden, where he helped to excavate the ruins of a Viking village. This summer finds him in Murighiol, Romania, where he is working on the excavation of a Roman legionary fort near the Danube delta.

    Pasha Aksoy, ’15, qualified and competed at the U.S. Snowboard and Freeski Association Nationals at Copper, CO, on April 2, 2017. This was Pasha's first appearance at USASA Nationals. He put down two solid runs and placed 29 out of 58 in slopestyle event in snowboard junior (16-17) men. Pasha has been accepted to Vail Ski & Snowboard Academy in Vail, CO for next 2017-18 school year in the pursuits of his passion for snowboarding.

    Mercyhurst Preparatory school recognized the following Erie Day School alumni for their final quarter of the 2016-17 school year:

    First Honors:
    Alexandra Baldwin, ‘13; Samantha Baldwin, ‘16; Sophia DiNicola, ‘13; Nathan Freeman, ‘16; Francesca Kern, ‘14; Olivia Levinson, ‘13; Henley Spracklen, ‘13, and Alyson Swewczyk, ‘16.

    Second Honors:
    Livia Billen, ‘13; Joshua Bowser, ‘16; and William Humphrey, ‘13.

    Honorable Mention:
    Nicholas Langford-Tyler, ‘13; and Jacob Martin, ‘15.

    Cathedral Preparatory School and Villa Maria Academy recognized the following Erie Day School alumni for their final quarter on the 2017-17 school year:

    CP/Second Honors: Danish Bhatti, ’14; William Lewis, ‘13; and Hanziao Zhao, ‘16.

    VM/Second Honors:
    Mya Tetuan-Lewis, ‘16.

    Erie Day School was happy to have Jason Boyd, ‘82, visit the school in April.  He has located back to Erie.

    Kyle Strayer, ‘00, and wife Lally Strayer, welcomedBrantley F. Strayer in August 2016.

    The Lippert and Amickfamilies are publishing a children’s board book called “Sara Sassafras and the Tiguar” as a fundraiser for the Erie Zoo. The book was inspired by Artie Amick (Pre-K) and is being illustrated by George Lippert, local illustrator, writer and animator and dad to Zane, ’17, and Greer (entering Grade 7). The book is an imaginative tale of a girl named Sara who visits the zoo and then dreams about all of the big cats she’s learned about that night in a short but magical adventure.

    Andrew Forsthoefel, ‘03, has written, Walk to Listen. After graduating college he spent nearly a year walking across the United States. He now facilitates workshops on walking and listening as practices in personal transformation, interconnection, and conflict resolution.

    In memoriam, Helena Nell Tredway Hardy, passed away at the age of 59.Nell earned her bachelor's degree from the S.I. Newhouse School of Journalism at Syracuse University.She attended and enjoyed her Erie Day School years in the ‘60’s.

    Lois Jackson (Watts), ‘36, who attended the Erie Day School, Mercyhurst Preparatory School and Smith College many years ago, passed away March 25th at the age of 95, in Durham, NC.