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.

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Below is the latest news from Spring/Summer 2018:

Congratulations to the EDS Class of 2014 as they move on to the next stage in their life!  

Daanish Bhatti, ‘14

   UCLA/economics with math minor

Amory Coleman, ‘14

   Penn State Main/possibly sport’s medicine

Julia Holder, ‘14

   Allegheny University/environmental studies and Spanish    

Francesca Kern, ‘14

   Oberlin College/art history and playing on the tennis team

Sonya Kisak, ‘14

   Penn State Erie - The Behrend College/biology and German 

Andrew Toperzer, ‘14

   United States Navy

Michael Tseng, ‘14

   Rochester Institute of Technology/granted the Presidential scholarship.

Audrey Ward, ‘14

   Temple University

Ben Wolford, ‘14

   Villanova University/engineering


Cathedral Preparatory School and Villa Maria Academy high schools recognized the following Erie Day School alumni for their second and third quarter achievements of the 2017-18 school year:   

First Honors, 2nd quarter:  Noah Ali, ‘15.  

First Honors, 3rd quarter:  Grant Deuterman, ‘17, and Corbin Glance, ‘17.  

Second Honors, 2nd quarter:  Daanish Bhatti, ‘14; Grant Deuterman, ‘17; Corbin Glance, ‘17;  Kyle Nelson, ‘16; and Mya Tetuan-Lewis, ‘16.  

Second Honors, 3rd quarter:  Mya Tetuan-Lewis, ‘16.


Mercyhurst Preparatory School recognized the following Erie Day School alumni for their second quarter achievements of the 2017-18 school year:   

First Honors:  Abby Forehand, ‘17; and Nathan Freeman, ‘16.  

Second Honors:  Samantha Baldwin, ‘16; Nicholas Barbero, ‘17; Joshua Bowser, ‘16; Connor Coughlin, ‘17; Lydia Langford-Tyler, ‘15; Jacob Martin, ‘15; Harrison Romero, ‘17; Joseph Sorce, ‘17; and Allison Szewczyk, 16.


Audrey Ward, ‘14, was interviewed by the Erie Times-News about her roles in All An Act’s “Romeo and Juliet” and “The Crucible,” as well as a year full of memorable experiences in Erie community theater.  It’s been a busy year for 17-year-old actress Audrey Ward. In addition to her role in Northwest Pennsylvania Collegiate Academy’s “An Inspector Calls,” the high school senior took on two iconic characters for All An Act Theatre Productions: witty Mercutio and conniving Abigail.  Ward recently discussed both those challenging roles, as well as her theatrical experiences this past year.  “I’ve definitely worked on some difficult pieces and become more involved with character study... There’s a lot more than just what’s on the surface. It helps your performance immensely if you understand the other characters and their stories and the context of the play. Because I’ve come to pay more attention to that, it’s helped me grow as a performer.”


Ian Gilman, ‘07, is at Yale University studying evolutionary biology.


Olivia Kern, ’17, is studying at Interlochen Arts Academy and performed in their rendition of The Nutcracker as Clara during the past Christmas season.


Daniel Wolford, ‘16 played for the 2018 Royals, the City of Erie School District’s first boys tennis team in more than 20 years.  Erie High went 9-2 overall and 4-2 in Region 4 during their regular season.  They qualified for the District 10 Class 3A team tournament at Pennbriar Athletic Club.  Wolford’s last regular season match was with Greg Westfall in No. 1 finals.  They won 6-0, 6-0 when the Royals blanked the Girard Yellowjackets 5-0.


More tennis as Anthony Villella, ’16, breezed through two sets without losing a game to lead Erie High to a 5-0 blitz of Sharon in a boys non-region tennis match. While Villella won 6-0, 6-0 at first singles, Matt Prenovitz, ‘17, was a 6-1, 6-3 winner.  The teams of Sam Gilman, ‘15, and Dan Wolford, ’16, won in straight sets to complete the sweep.   

Grayson Millette, ‘17, playing for Fairview High School, helped the Tigers coast to wins all season.


The 2018 James Beard Foundation Broadcast Media Awards presented Elissa Nadworny, ‘02, 1st place  for Radio Show/Audio Webcast for her work on The Legacy of the Mississippi Delta Chinese on NPR Radio.  The James Beard Foundation’s mission is to celebrate, nurture, and honor chefs and other leaders making America's food culture more delicious, diverse, and sustainable for everyone. 


Isabella DiNicola, ‘11, returned from a semester abroad in Madrid, Spain.  She was able to travel to six countries while in Europe.


Dev Paul Jana, ‘90, is launching a new video game, Newt One, with his partner Ari Carillo and company DevNari.  The game is receiving excellent reviews for this Minneapolis company.


Thomas Cornish Vicary, ‘55, passed away at the age of 77.  

He attended Erie Day School, Westtown Friends School and graduated from the Sloan School of Industrial Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  He and his wife Cheryl founded Vitco Corporation in Waterford, PA, the leading manufacturer of glass lined pipe for the world’s wastewater treatment plants.  

Mr. Vicary was involved in a wide variety of boards and organizations in the Erie area including Erie Day School where he was a Trustee and past Chair.  The school was fortunate to have an alumni return to his roots to strengthen the organization for years to come.


Alexandra Burnside, ‘15, is working on Capitol Hill as an intern for Senator Amy Klobuchar from Minnesota. handling constituent communications, writing hearing briefs, and researching topics related to the Senator’s committee work. 


Dr. Nimali Fernando, ‘86, (far right) also known as Dr. Yum, was featured on NBC Nightly New in October.  She regularly switches her white coat for an apron to teach patients healthy eating.


Jonah Britton, ‘15, a junior at NW PA Collegiate Academy, was a member of the Quiz Bowl team that headed to the high school national Championship Tournament in Atlanta Memorial Day weekend.