Meet Our Alumni

"My time at Whitby taught me the fundamentals of reading, writing, and arithmetic, but it really taught me how to be a confident, competent, compassionate learner for life  - perhaps the most important and useful thing I have ever learned in my life."
"Have you ever been fearful of doing something only for it to change your life years later? The action sport Parkour did that for me. And the confidence I have is rooted in my formative years at Whitby."
Seneca Schwartz
, Whitby Class of '18     

 

Seneca Schwartz Whitby Class of 2018

 

Since graduating from Whitby School in 2018, Seneca Schwartz has been excelling at John Jay High school in Cross River NY. Recently, Seneca gave a TED Talk entitled " Why Don't More Girls like Jumping Off Walls? Three Observations from a Female Parkour Athlete." In this talk, Seneca takes you on her journey in the male-dominated world of Parkour. Seneca discusses strategies in dismantling stereotypes to create a more inclusive environment. Seneca exhibits many of the IB profile traits Whitby instills in students and also shows great courage and confidence in her presentation.

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"The one thing I took away from my Whitby education is the independence of knowing yourself, not following into a norm, and having the ability to try new things."
Cora Thomas
, Whitby Class of '99     

 

Cora Thomas started at Whitby in Stepping Stones and went on to graduate in 1999. Cora recalls the middle school years as being " such an amazing and unique experience" where students got to "grow lettuce in a fish tank" and that those years "were really defining for a lot of people." After Whitby, Cora matriculated from Greenwich High School and Parsons School of Design.
 
Cora then impressively worked at J. Crew, Club Monaco, and Madewell, where she was the Director of Jewelry overseeing and designing every item. Six years ago she started her own consulting company, Cora Thomas Designs, as she "realized I was ready for it. I've always been entrepreneurial."  That's one of Cora's jewelry piece to the left of her photo.
 
Cora works with many different companies, conceptualizing, designing and manufacturing the jewelry under those companies' labels. Cora enjoys the challenge of working with a variety of different brands and welcomes the independence of running her own company. In fact, Cora told us that "The one thing I took away from my Whitby education is the independence of knowing yourself, not following into a norm, and having the ability to try new things."
"After Whitby, I felt ready to manage a challenge and had the confidence to take it on." Liam Junkermann, Entrepreneur and Sophomore at Trinity College, Dublin, Whitby Class of '15    

 

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In the photo above, Liam is on a product development call for start-up, L1nkup, a fintech startup looking to create better way for students to pay for things on campus, starting with wristbands to pay for all items at school, and moving onto mobile technology for this use. Read more about Liam's journey from a Whitby student to his latest accomplishmentmore about Liam and his new venture capital fund.

"College is much more like Whitby where you feel more in charge of your education. You have a lot more choice over your education and you're learning because you want to learn." Cathleen Caron, Founder of Justice In Motion, Whitby Class of '84

After fostering a belief in herself and a sense of value during her time at Whitby, alumna Cathleen Caron founded Justice In Motion, a nonprofit that protects migrant rights across borders. Her team advocates for laborers who have been exploited in their work and people who are seeking safety and protection in the United States.

 

"I credit the creativity and willingness to think outside the box that has allowed me to follow my dreams to my time at Whitby."
Anya Cherneff, Founder of Empower Generation, Whitby Class of '97

After her time at Whitby, Cherneff continued on to Secondary School and then received her BA in Anthropology at Columbia University, followed by a Masters in Human Rights at the University of Denver.  Anya set out to offer sustainable employment to women vulnerable to slavery and ultimately become the cofounder of Empower Generation, a non-profit that empowers women to become clean energy entrepreneurs. Learn more about Anya’s journey.

"Without the confidence and tools I learned in public speaking that I got from Whitby, I wouldn’t have been able to walk into my high school of about 3,000 people and run for freshman class president and be elected."
Eliza McNitt, Filmmaker and Director, Whitby Class of '06
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Eliza McNitt found filmmaking through science. A top winner of the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair for her research on Honeybee Colony Collapse Disorder, Eliza's first film was inspired by a desire to communicate the devastating impact of vanishing honeybees.

Eliza recently adapted her award winning “Spheres Virtual Reality Trilogy” that she had written and directed, into a live performance Ted Talk performed in the Kavli geodesic dome Theatre at The National Academy of Sciences in Washington D.C.

Eliza was nominated for an Emmy for Spheres and a Golden Lion Grand Prix Best VR Film Award at Venice international Film Festival 2018. Spheres was produced by Darren Aronofsky (Director of Black Swan Film), with music by Netflix Stranger Things Emmy Award Winning Composers Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein. Learn more about Eliza's filmmaking journey.

"Whitby is the kind of place where you are led to believe you can accomplish anything you want to do…It allowed me to expand my views on politics and learn different viewpoints and engage in different debates."
Blake Reinken, Greenwich High School Student Government President, Whitby Class of '11

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Photo credit: Bob Luckey, Greenwich Time

At Whitby, Blake discovered he had a knack for discussing politics. When he moved on to high school, he continued this passion pursuit and became Student Government president. You may recognize his name from the "die-in" protest he hosted at Greenwich High School to raise awareness of racism and inequality. 

Blake is now continuing his educational journey at George Washington University.

"I credit Whitby for helping me to achieve my successes in life and for developing my whole person, socially and emotionally, not just my academic mind"
Sonia Satire Malloy, Small Business Owner and Entrepreneur, Whitby Class of '86
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"At Whitby we were challenged to be open-minded, to try new things, to think outside of the box, to take a path less traveled and to take risks. The environment was safe and we were not afraid to be ourselves. We learned real world, critical thinking skills through trial and experimentation, and while sometimes we failed, we learned from those situations."

Sonia is back in Greenwich, pursuing her lifelong dream of owning a retail gift store. Her experience at SPLURGE Gifts is rewarding and fun, creative and challenging - and there are always familiar Whitby faces shopping at the store!


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