Class of 2018’s Anya Sen chronicles her work as a girls education activist in this seven and a half minute video, which Anya produced this fall as part of her application to high school. As a 5th grader, Anya inspired the Caedmon community during an assembly honoring changemakers. Anya’s tireless work on behalf of the Malala Fund has garnered well-deserved attention, including from Malala herself. Incredible work, Anya!
Months after completing a manuscript, the 2008 Caedmon graduate and aspiring author was signed by literary agency D4EO. Sabrina discovered the setting for her story while studying abroad in London and Edinburgh as an undergraduate at Hamilton College.
“I loved both cities and missed them when I returned to the U.S. I wanted my senior thesis to be set in those cities so that I would have an excuse to write about them, and I developed the rest of the story from there,” Sabrina said.
Her book is about a 12-year-old girl who is trying to save her family’s bankrupted art shop. She wrote the first half during her senior year in college in 2019 and finished it over the summer following graduation. After six months of sending the manuscript to literary agents, Sabrina got the offer from D4EO in January, 2020.
On October 1st it was announced that the rights to Sabrina’s debut book, The Art of Running Away, had been acquired by Jolly Fish Press. It is scheduled for publication in the fall of 2021. Congratulations, Sabrina!
Andres (2015) and Julian (2017) Fente recently participated in prestigious all-state ensembles in the Florida Music Education Association annual conference. The audition process began in September with middle and upper school students from all over Florida vying for spots. Andres was one of 29 students selected in the All-State Guitar Ensemble. Julian won placement as the only bass guitarist in the All-State Middle School Jazz Band.
Both boys picked up the guitar as students of Michael Smith, Caedmon Music School classical guitar instructor. Mr. Smith continues to provide lessons to Andres, Julian, and youngest brother, Adrian, now a 5th grader. All attend Saint Andrews School in Boca Raton, Florida.
“Both Andres and Julian are passionate and dedicated musicians. They love to perform and are always willing to play,” said Louis Martinez, Saint Andrews’ Jazz Band and Guitar Ensemble Director. “The difference between them and other students is their discipline, desire, work ethic, and love of music.”
Former Caedmon Physical Education teacher and After School Coordinator David Jollon played host to the Caedmon 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade boys and girls basketball teams. Now the assistant woman’s basketball coach at Fairfield University, Jollon met with the current Caedmon hoopsters following a Fairfield basketball game this winter.
Jollon called Caedmon home from 2001 to 2007, leaving to become Head Women’s Basketball Coach at Dean College before eventually moving on to Fairfield. Jollon is in his fifth season with the Stags and also serves as the program’s Recruiting Coordinator. He and his wife, Kate, live in Branford, Connecticut with their two children, daughter Saylor and son, Jack.
Class of 2008’s Kaylah Pinkney is studying in Nanjing, China at Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine. The 2019 graduate from Alleghany College, where Kayla received a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience while minoring in Chinese language, Kayla was the recipient of a David L. Boren Scholarship, which encourages students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad programs.
“Learning Mandarin has had an enormous impact on my growth as a student and person in the last 10 years,” Pinkney said. “Boren was the perfect opportunity to improve my language study while also pursuing my interests in the medical field.”
Following her year at the university, Kaylah intends to apply to medical schools for Fall 2021, and to the Air Force Health Professional Scholarship Program (HPSP). Once she finishes medical school, she plans to fulfill her service requirement through the HPSP and serve as a physician in the Air Force.
Class of 2017’s Julia Rosenberg wrapped up a magnificent soccer campaign this fall by leading her Poly Prep varsity girls soccer team to a NYSAIS state championship. The starting goalkeeper, who is not yet in high school, stared down opposing strikers all season while her team finished with a sterling record of 16 – 1 – 1.
“She is a talented and hard working soccer player who happens to be in 8th grade,” said Kristin Cannon, Poly Prep soccer head coach. “Julia made some big time saves for us, including two penalty kick saves during the season, which were momentum changers for us.”
To get ready for the fall campaign at Poly Prep, Julia was in Gothenberg, Sweden last summer guiding her NCE select soccer team to the Gothia Cup championship. The international competition clearly served Julia well.
“She was certainly instrumental in our success this year, and given her calm and confident demeanor, mixed with her work ethic, I have no doubt she will continue to thrive,” added Cannon.
Class of 2008 alum Maya Darst-Campbell spent this summer in an Undergraduate Research Fellowship at the Laboratory of the Biology of Addictive Diseases at Rockefeller University. Her work was focused on studying genetic variants that may make humans more susceptible to prescription opiate and heroin addiction.
Maya worked right alongside the doctors at Rockefeller and co-authored (the only nonMD or nonPhD) published article, which now appears on The American Journal on Addictions.
Neuroscience is Maya’s focus. She intends to go to medical school after she graduates from Swarthmore College and plans to become a neuropsychiatrist.
“I chose to work on this project specifically because the opioid epidemic is now worse than ever and there is a pressing need for more understanding and developed treatment of the disorder and less stigma of people suffering with addictive diseases,” Maya said.
Caedmon alum Bill (Chip) Doyle is the executive producer of an upcoming two-hour White House transition special airing on The History Channel on Sunday, January 8th at 9:00 p.m. As we near the end of President Obama’s administration and the beginning of President-Elect Donald Trump’s, the special will take a deeper look into the history of the presidential hand-over process, and will feature rare footage and interviews with presidential historians and executive staff. Tune in and watch for Chip’s appearance as a talking head! Please join us in congratulating Chip and his family, including mom and Caedmon co-founder, Marilou Doyle.
Caedmon alum and celebrity chef Bobby Flay became a co-owner in thoroughbred horse, Creator, last week. On Sunday, Creator, at 16 to 1 odds, rallied in the stretch to win the 148th Belmont Stakes by a nose. Congratulations to Bobby Flay and the Creator team!