Alumni News

Our graduates are proof that our students move on from Erie Day School as determined 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 2019:

Mercyhurst Preparatory School Term One First Honors: Brooke Butler, ‘19; Alie DiNicola, ‘18; Luca Spracklen, ‘18; Samuel Warshaw, ‘18; Abbey Forehand, ‘17; Harrison Romero, ‘17; and Nathan Freeman, ‘16; Second Honors: Royal Miller, ‘18; Connor Coughlin, ‘17; Zane Lippert, 17; Joseph Sorce, ‘17; Samantha Baldwin, ‘16; Alyson Szewczyk, ‘16; Lydia Langford-Tyler, ‘15; and Jacob Martin, ‘15; and Honorable Mention:  Nicholas Barbero, ‘17.  

Cathedral Prep First Quarter Second Honors:  Noah Ali, ‘15; and Villa Maria Academy First Quarter Second Honors:  Cara Doyle, ‘18, and Mya Tetuan-Lewis, ‘16.  

Julie Mitra Chadowski, ’78, and Kellie Mitra Doucette, ’84, both attended Erie Day School after the family moved to Erie in 1976.  Being fairly new to the United States, EDS proved to be a wonderful, welcoming community and one that provided the highest standard of education and support during their transition to the United States.  

Julie was already in Middle School when the family arrived in Erie, but she benefited greatly from the excellent math and science programs at EDS and was awarded the Headmaster’s Award upon graduation.  After high school at Mercyhurst Prep, Julie attended the University of Pennsylvania and graduated  with a degree in economics with a concentration in actuarial science.  After interning at Erie Insurance during college, Julie pursued a career as an actuary in the insurance industry and took her first job in the Washington, DC area.  Today, she still lives in the same area of Virginia with her husband, Paul, and two sons and still works in finance.  The family has enjoyed traveling together over the years, especially their frequent trips to the UK where Julie was born.  Always an avid equestrian, Julie still enjoys her lifelong passion for horses.  This was something that she and her best friend at EDS enjoyed together for many years.  

Kellie Mitra attended EDS from Grade 1 through Grade 8. Like her sister before her at EDS she benefited from a strong math program and excellent study habits taught at the school.  Upon graduation, Kellie was also awarded the Headmaster’s Award.  She attended high school at St. Andrew’s School in Delaware (as have  many EDS alums before and after her).  Kellie graduated from Harvard University with a degree in economics, and later earned her Associateship in the Society of Actuaries. After starting her career in health care policy in Washington, DC, Kellie moved to Bermuda with her husband where they both worked in the reinsurance industry. After 13 years of island life and with three young children in tow, they moved back to the United States in 2008 and now reside in Chatham, New Jersey.  Over the last two years, Kellie has shifted careers to pursue her interest in politics.   She was the Constituency Director working on Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill’s successful 2018 campaign.  Kellie is now the District Director for New Jersey’s 11th Congressional District. 

Kellie enjoys traveling with her husband, John, and her three children, James (18), Christian (18) and Ashlie (16).  They have explored many countries - and whenever possible look up EDS alums on their travels.  She loves to ski, something she started at EDS!!  And she remains an avid tennis player.  She still treasures her many friendships from her EDS days. One such friend, who now lives in London, came to visit recently and reminisced about EDS and their wonderful experience there at an important time in their young lives.  That education and great sense of community will always be with them.   

The band First to Eleven and drummer, Sam Gilman, ‘ 15, made it to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s 2019 Tri-C High School Rock Off.  Competition in the High School Rock Off was steep this year as artists represented 64 schools in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Texas and Washington, D.C. 

Oberlin College freshman, Francesca Kern, ’14, was named North Coast Athletic Conference Women's Tennis Player of the Week in February.  Miss Kern notched her first collegiate victories in singles play, helping the Yeowomen knock off Ohio Athletic Conference foes Baldwin Wallace and Otterbein 7-2 and 6-3, respectively.

Making Beethoven proud, Sean Zhao, ’16, placed first in the Dallas Music teachers Association (DMTA) solo piano competition as well as at Texas state competition As a St. Mark's junior, Sean jumps to take the highest Division X (10) for Age 17 to 18.  

Harrison Romero, ‘17, participated in the Gannon University Catholic Forensics League on March 2 for high school speech and debate, placing 4th in original oratory.  He qualified for Nationals which will be held in Wisconsin over the Memorial Day holiday weekend.

Dog Days...Roy Miller, ‘18, and his Wheaton Terrier, Charm, competed in the Erie Kennel Club’s All-Breed Dog Show on January 26th at the Bayfront Convention Center.  Charm won Best of Breed, owner handled.  

Chloe Taft-Kang, ’97, and her husband, Jason, welcomed, Marshall, who joins the family with big brother Miles.  Mrs. Taft-Kang is a Senior Associate Director, Foundation Relations at Northwestern University.  

Halle Schaal Wlodarczyk, ‘96, and her husband welcomed, Richard Charles Wlodarczyk IV (Rex for short), on March 1st. 

Oh the places you’ll go...Dori Fish, ’71, and Olivia Kern, ‘17, ran into each other in Naples Florida.  Olivia is currently a freshman at Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan.  

Betsy Beacham Sceiford, ’60, just wrote a children’s book,    Sausage & Biscuit.  (Coincidently, her father was Headmaster Richard Beacham.) Mrs. Sceiford earned a bachelor’s degree from Allegheny College and a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin. She taught Grade 5 for three years and served as a reading specialist for the North East School District for twenty-nine years. Ms. Sceiford also served as a reading consultant for the State Department of Education.  

Congratulations to the following Class of 2015 alumni who have made their college selections:

  • Pasha Aksoy, Champlain College
  • Noah Ali, University of Pittsburgh 
  • Emma Britton, Rochester Institute of Technology 
  • Jonah Britton, University of Montana
  • Serea Boscaljon, Gannon University
  • Alexandra Burnside, University of Virginia
  • Megan Campbell, University of North Carolina/Wilmington
  • Devon Dhaliwal, Fordham University
  • Aneesa Jones, Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania 
  • Peter Lamis, Penn State Erie - The Behrend College 
  •  Lydia Langford-Tyler, Marymount University 
  • Jake Martin, Penn State Erie—The Behrend College
  • Jamie Rowley, Wake Forest University
  • Hayley Schultz - Penn State University
  • Nathan Troung, Missouri University of Science & Technology 
  • Deborah Young, University of Findlay