Time and again, we are told by our alumni how our teachers instilled within them an enduring sense of curiosity and a love for learning, and encouraged them to be independent thinkers, doers, and dreamers. Find out where classmates are now and how they’ve grown over the years since they last left the steps of Caedmon.
Please explore our profiles of alumni and be sure share your own story by contacting Mr. Kagan, Director of Alumni Relations, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alex Denzler, Class of 2010
2010 graduate Alex Denzler pitched a no-hitter for his Trevor Day School varsity baseball club as they defeated Loyola, 5 – 0, Saturday. Denzler, who accentuated the pitching excellence with 11 strikeouts, became aware in the later innings that a no-hitter was in progress. “I heard one of my teammates say to another, ‘You’re not supposed to talk about it!’ and at that point, I knew what was going on.” Denzler successfully overcame this break in baseball superstition and maintained his focus to complete the no-hitter.
Baseball has always been a big part of Denzler’s life and his Caedmon years complemented his development on the baseball diamond. “I remember that Caedmon was very understanding of my baseball travel schedule and that sometimes I had to leave school a little early because of baseball and looking back on that now, it really meant a lot to me.
“I also learned a lot about sportsmanship at Caedmon and because of that I have always tried to be very respectful towards everyone during every game that I play in, and that is something I will carry with me forever.”
After graduating from Trevor Day later this spring, Alex will continue his education at Macalaster College in St. Paul, Minnesota. Congratulations, Alex, on the no-hitter. Best wishes for the remainder of the baseball season and beyond.
Madison & Jason Kahn, Class of 2008 and 2009
Madison is a sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania majoring in Visual Studies with a minor in Consumer Psychology. She is eyeing a career in advertising or marketing after graduation. Madison is currently a photographer for Penn’s fashion magazine The WALK and also plays club softball.
Jason is a freshman at the University of Michigan. He hopes to study in the Ross School of Business and is a member of the MFund Investment Club and the Freshman Business Club. At Caedmon, Jason fondly recalls the musicals and shows and especially enjoyed writing the 5th grade graduation song to the tune of Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York.”
Karina & Kayla Caban, Class of 2007 and 2011
Now a junior at Wesleyan University, Karina recently completed a semester abroad at Universidad Carlos III in Madrid, Spain. She is a double major studying Government and Psychology and has designs on law school after graduation. Outside the classroom, Karina plays guitar in two student bands and credits Caedmon where she first learned to play the guitar 13 years ago.
Kayla is also a junior. An 11th grader at Covenant of Sacred Heart, she devotes much of her time to organizations that promote equity and justice, including the Student Diversity Leadership Committee and YWCA AMP Leadership Program. On the academic side, Kayla lists AP American U.S. History and AP American Literature as her two favorite classes. Kayla is also an accomplished vocalist who has landed prominent roles in a number of school performances.
Cormac & Kate Kenny, Class of 2011 and 2012
Cormac is an 11th grader at Kents Hill School, a co-ed college prep boarding school in central Maine. While a student at Caedmon, Cormac enjoyed gym class and he’s taken that interest to Maine as Cormac plays on the Kents Hill basketball and tennis teams. U.S. History is currently his favorite class and when not studying or playing sports, Cormac enjoys spending time with friends in the school’s student center or in his dorm room.
Kate is a 10th grader at Poly Prep Country Day School. She cites Math and History as her two favorite subjects because, according to Kate, she loves the problem solving involved in both.” Outside the classroom, Kate runs for the cross country and track teams. This past fall, she took home MVP honors. Kate is also a part of her school’s Environmental and Sustainability Clubs. Their goal is to “make our school more energy efficient and minimize our carbon footprint in the long term.”
Brielle Paul, Class of 2009
We recently caught up with 2009 graduate Brielle Paul, now a freshman at Lehigh University. Brielle plans on a double major in journalism and theatre with a performance concentration and a minor in mass communications. It’s been seven and a half years since Brielle climbed the steps as a Caedmon student, but her memories of a Caedmon education are quite clear.
“I truly believe that I came to enjoy learning because of Caedmon. I cannot remember a time when I wasn’t having fun in the classroom. I learned that it is perfectly okay to make mistakes and not be “right” all the time.
“My day to day interactions with my friends and teachers shaped me into the eleven year old girl I became by the time I left Caedmon. After I graduated, I felt I was able to walk in the confidence of knowing who I was as both an individual and student. At Caedmon, I wasn’t valued as a student because of my grades. I was valued because of my willingness to learn, grow, and create.”
Among Brielle’s many vivid recollections were field trips taken to Ellis Island and the Lower East Side Tenement Museum to supplement Middle Level lessons in late 19th century immigration. “After these trips, we had to write our own immigration story where we had to create our own character and his respective journey from Europe to settlement in New York City. Not only did I have to write my own story, but I also had to make my own illustrations!
“Looking back, I definitely think this was one of my favorite lessons at Caedmon because it combined history, which I loved learning about, with creativity. In fact, when I reached 19th century immigration again in 8th and 11th grade in my U.S. History classes, I always remembered Caedmon and the first time I went to Ellis Island with my Middle Level classmates.”
After Lehigh, Brielle hopes to attend an MFA graduate program for acting, perhaps at Julliard or Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. We thank Brielle for staying in touch and wish her all the best in her future endeavors.
Stefano Perez, Class of 2013
Caedmon alum Stefano Perez is now a freshman at Xavier High School in lower Manhattan. Stefano, who began in the Early Program at Caedmon and graduated in 2013, is remembered at Caedmon for his big hair and equally large personality. The wild curls are much trimmer these days, but Stefano still maintains an active lifestyle. In addition to keeping up with the academic demands at Xavier, Stefano takes part in the school’s JROTC Regiment as well as the X Squad, Xavier’s Drill Team.
Among Stefano’s best Caedmon memories are the Fourth grade overnight trip to Nature’s Classroom, Early Program with Mrs. Kelly, and the occasion where Middle Level teacher Marissa Katz was proposed to at Caedmon by her now-husband, Justin. “Also, Caedmon still has the best cafeteria food of any school I’ve attended,” Stefano said.
We thank Stefano for checking in with us and wish him an excellent high school career at Xavier.
Avery Hootstein, Class of 2012
Avery Hootstein (class of 2012) recently completed his sophomore football season at Poly Prep in Brooklyn. Last year’s starting quarterback on the junior varsity, Avery moved up to be the varsity backup this season, helping Poly Prep to a 5 – 3 record. “Being a quarterback in a program like Poly’s is something that I will carry with me throughout my life,” he said.
“There is a lot of responsibility being put onto me for next year to perform on the field, in the weight room, and in the classroom. This year, in many ways, was a learning year for me and next year I hope to get the chance to lead our team and do whatever I can to win games for Poly.”
When Avery is away from football, he enjoys playing squash and Ultimate Frisbee. History is currently his favorite subject, and his teacher, Ms. Bates, “teaches in a way that allows us as students to really interact with ideas that previously we couldn’t interact with.” It’s similar to the style Avery encountered as an elementary student.
“At Caedmon, I felt the way we discussed things and learned in an interactive environment really helped to not just prepare me, but exposed me to a learning style where the teacher gives students a little more free range to discuss.”
Congratulations to Avery on his football achievements and best wishes for continued success.