When our varsity basketball team traveled to New York City for the Geico National Championships, alumni from around New England traveled to attend the game. The stands were filled with alumni from the 1950s through the 2010s cheering on the Tigers. Some of the alumni in attendance at the game were Tom Peterson ‘58, Joe Porter ’58, Dave Huls ’70, Lonnie Ellis ’82, David Ellis ’87, Amber (Schmich) Mish ’98, Mohamoud Diop ’13, and Hadyn Daugs ’14. The tiger pride filled the court and our alumni were some of the most vocal in the crowd.
While the boys lost in the quarterfinals, it didn’t stop our alumni from gathering Friday evening at the home of Trustee Emerita Judy Reemstma who kindly opened her home for the celebration. As alumni reconnected with each other, they also got to mingle with current students, parents, and our basketball team. Everyone had a chance to catch up. It was wonderful reconnecting with Katherine Hoffman ’66 who lives only a few blocks from central park, and former basketball players Mantas Armonas ’04, Damjan Sredanovic ’12, and Mohamoud Diop ’13. Nelly He ‘10 reflected on her time as team manager under Coach Geno Morgan. She also told us it was Geno who sparked her love of poker!
Hadyn Daugs ’14 talked about her recent move to New York and is currently working for Loreal and living in SoHo. Kevin Kang ’09 is currently working for a hedge fund, is involved with cryptocurrency, and is working on opening two rooftop bars in Manhattan. Eddie Llovio ’10 made his way to the party after a day of filming for Madam Secretary. Llovio is currently working on the production side of the show for CBS. Hannah Schneider ’16 arrived with current WA staff member Abbi Kennedy. Schneider is currently living and working in Connecticut.
All in all over sixty alumni, parents, students, and friends celebrated Wasatch Academy as they overlooked the Central Park and the New York City skyline.