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 Fall 2018:


As Erie Day School will soon be celebrating its 90th Anniversary, we welcome the following Erie Day School alumni and their child(ren)!  Kara Gladney (Ian and Michael), Lauren Levy Killian, '95, (Cameron, Evan and Noah), Emily McCalmont Madder, '00, (Riley), David McBrier (William), Brandon Minnick, ’92 (Lucas), Matt Rogers, '94, (William), Courtney Victor Russ, '03, (Reagan), Jacqueline Dreyfus Spry (Eva), Kyle Strayer (Brantley, Toddler), Raquel Cross Taylor, Esq., '93, (Emma, Olivia, Sophia, and Elizabeth), and Ashley Hughes Welsh, '89, (Owen). And faculty...Connie Lyons Schreffler, '07, and Shirani Wickramasinghe Straker, '89, (Leo and Stuart).    

Lots of news from the Gilman family:  Ian, ’07, is at Yale University working on his PhD.;

Hannah, ’09, is studying Studio Art and Biology; Abby, ’11, just got back from a 6-month study abroad in Wales and is going into her senior year at Colgate University; and Sam, ’15, continues to play guitar and is looking to possibly study audio engineering in college.

Betsy Beecham Sceiford, ’60, just wrote a children’s book,    Sausage & Biscuit.  Coincidently, her father was Headmaster Beecham.     

Kevin Kang, ’10, graduated with a bioengineering degree from Dartmouth College where he was also a salutatorian. He also won the Goldwater Scholarship from the U.S. Congress and the Richard Olmsted Award from Dartmouth for the outstanding engineering student. He authored a peer reviewed publication in the prestigious journal, Molecular Pharmaceutics, and has a pending patent on a medical device that he invented during college. He stayed the Editor-in-Chief of Dartmouth Undergraduate Journal of Science, a member of the prestigious Directory of Open Access Journals for two years.  He also contributed internationally by authoring in film and media in the Animation Xpress, “India's first and only portal for animation and has been in dialogue with primary Bollywood directors, India's equivalent of Hollywood.”  He currently attends the Geisel School of Medicine, Dartmouth College.    

Nathan Troung, ’15, participated in an 11-day boot camp with the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps at Camp Dodge, Iowa.  He graduated the camp with the Academic Excellence Award for achieving the highest academic score at the Training Command.                      

Listen to NPR’s, 5 Things to Encourage Brain Development in Your Little One (https://www.npr/org/programs/morning-edition/), by

Elissa Nadworny, ’02.  Researchers know there’s an achievement gap that exists at 18 months before any formal learning has taken place. An organization in Boston is trying to help parents close this gap. The Basics are five evidence-based parenting and caregiving principles that encompass much of what experts find is important for children from birth to age three:  maximize love, manage stress; talk, sign and point; count group and compare; explore through movement and play; and read and discuss stories.    

Ben Wolford, ‘14, left, senior class president at NWPA Collegiate Academy (2018), received an Academy High School Class of 1961 Scholarship from class treasurer Ron Simonetti.  A National Honor Society member, Ben was selected by school faculty and administrators for the award.  He is attending Villanova University this fall.

The Model United Nations team at NW PA Collegiate Academy has been ranked one of the top 150 Model UN teams in North America for 2017-18 by Best Delegate, a group that organizes Model UN training programs.  An EDS alumni, Anthony Villella, ‘16, far left, was on the team.


Kyle Buseck, ‘11, is spending a semester abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark while he studies international finance.  Traveling over to visit in October  were his mother, Dori Fish, ‘71, and sister, Elaura Patton 03’.  Kyle will start his career at Citibank in New York City next summer.