Thunderbird Connections

Alumni & Friends

January 2020: Share Your News




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Alina Matusevich ’04 works as a physical therapist. Married in 2009, she is the mother of three children and one on the way.

Chida Balaji ’09 writes, “I am currently finishing up my second year at Harvard Business School and will graduate in May 2020. I will be working for the Boston Consulting Group and living in NYC starting August. Since graduating MHS in 2009, I earned an engineering degree from Cornell and then worked at Procter and Gamble in manufacturing and brand management prior to HBS.”

Ari Leibowitz ’10 writes, “I attended Rowan University, majored in Management Information systems (Business Degree) and graduated in 2015. Most recently I started working for a smaller supply chain software company as an IT project manager. I mostly implement my company's software for new customers and support existing customers. I get to travel for work occasionally. I moved to South Jersey shortly after graduating from Rowan. I live in Cherry Hill now and decided to start my own business in the technology field. I just celebrated my second full year in business.”

Stuart Reckseit ’10 writes, “I have both my Bachelors and Masters degrees. I am currently living in Girdwood, Alaska, working as a ski lift attendant at the Hotel Alyeska. I am also working towards joining the Navy, primarily as a Surface Warfare Officer. Basically, I am really loving Alaska. It is beautiful here and the people are so nice.”

Roxanna Menhaji ‘11 writes, “After graduating MHS, I attended Rutgers University New Brunswick, receiving my Bachelor of Arts in Communication & Information in 2015. After graduating from Rutgers, I attended New York Law School and graduated with a Juris Doctor degree in May 2018. Thereafter, I attended Fordham Law School and graduated with a Masters of Law (LL.M) in Fashion Law in May 2019. Currently, I serve as a Judicial Law Clerk for the New Jersey State Courts and am a licensed attorney. I look forward to pursuing a career in fashion law after completing my clerkship this August 2020. While in high school I ran varsity cross-country. I still run long distance and am a member of the NY Road Runner Association. I hope that Mrs. Amato and Mrs. DeRosa know that I would not have been able to make it through law school without their encouragement and support.”

Mohammad Chaudhry ’12 writes, “I study Psychology at Rutgers University-Newark, am a published author on PubMed, and an accomplished researcher for the National Alliance of Research Associate Programs. I am the Founder and Chief of Research Associates at the University Hospital of Newark. Just wanted to let you know that my time at Mahwah High School has prepared me well for life and I'm grateful for all the preparation and guidance I received from Mr. Gliatta. I'm majoring in Psychology while working as an Information Technology Manager professionally and running the hospital internship on top of publishing scientific papers on my own, none of this would be possible without a solid foundation, thank you! I want to thank Ms. Kandoth for helping me become passionate for psychology. I don't intend to work in the field, but I have enjoyed studying psychology at Rutgers.”

Nida Yousaf '12 writes, "I got married in 2016 and moved to Brooklyn, NY, and just had my first baby, a boy, in September 2019. I graduated from Westside Montessori Training Program with a certificate to teach 3-6 year olds in 2014, graduated with my Associates in Early Childhood from Bergen Community College in 2016, and then graduated with a Bachelors in Early Childhood from Brooklyn College in May 2019."
Cara Batelli ‘13 writes, “I graduated Fairfield University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications & Marketing. Now working as a marketing manager at a real estate company in Hoboken! Attached a group photo of all our friends that are still super close from MHS.”

Gabriela Beramendi ’13 graduated from Babson College and currently lives in NYC working as a buyer at for Bloomingdales.

Adam C. Juran ’13 writes, “I completed my Bachelors in HR management in three years. In my last year, I became a tutor and had two internships, one of which was with BAYADA Home Health Care, and on 1/3/2020, I reached my 3rd year with the company, and am on my 5th title as a Talent Acquisition Partner. I am also almost one year in to getting my Masters in Project Management and Digital Marketing from Montclair State University.”

Eve Sherman’13 writes, “I graduated Magna Cum Laude from North Carolina State University with a B.S. in Middle Grades Education. I went on to become Student Teacher of the Year for the college and then received a job at Mills Park Middle School in Cary, NC. I teach 7th grade English with plans to receive my masters in school counseling and my National Board Certification. I am living in Durham, NC, with my boyfriend.”

Christine Truglio '13 writes, "I graduated from Pennsylvania State University in May of 2017 with my BSN. I am currently working for Hackensack University Medical Center in the Center for Ambulatory Surgery as an operating room registered nurse. I received a promotion and I am now in charge of Ear, Nose, and Throat and Neurology services within my unit. I recently received my CNOR certification to be a certified nurse in the operating room."

Pictured from Class of 2013: Dave Bernhart, Chris Roca, Adam Reckseit, Emily Newman, David Vaughn, Aly Burns, Joe Noonan, Mike Hogan, Cara Batelli, Jp McDonald, Christina Truglio, Annie Bruno, CJ Musumeci, Mike Wen, Liam Kantanas

Taryn Varricchio ‘13 writes, “From MHS, I went to Syracuse University and graduated with a Broadcast and Digital Journalism degree in 2017. I work for Insider, producing viral digital videos about iconic food and restaurants for our Food Insider social channels (@thisisinsiderfood). I was recently promoted to Producer and currently head our food show, Legendary Eats. I live in Hoboken and commute to NYC, but make frequent trips back to Mahwah to visit.”

Brandon Berletti ’14 writes, “I ended up becoming president of my fraternity at Binghamton University, just like I was in high school. I graduated Binghamton in 2017 and now live and work in Manhattan where I am an Investment Management Associate at Bank of America.”

Anton Cosgrove ’14 writes, “I have been a year out of college, graduating from Susquehanna University with a Bachelor's in Accounting in December of 2018. I have since been working for Konica Minolta right in Ramsey. I have just been living my best life, working my way up the corporate ladder. Can't wait to see everyone at the reunion.”

James G. Mann ’14 writes, “I graduated from Montclair State University with a Bachelor Degree in Biology in January of 2018. I moved to Texas in January of 2018. I am currently a second-year Biology PhD Student at Baylor University (Waco, TX) with one research article pending journal publication.”

Jarrett Shaw '14 is in the United States Air Force.
Deanna Burbridge '15 writes, "I graduated from Fordham University in May 2019 with a BA in political science. While at Fordham, I played on their division 1 softball team and studied abroad twice. We won the Atlantic 10 championship seven years in a row. I am currently a first-year law student at Loyola University College of Law."
Sophia (Sunny) Davis '15 writes, "I graduated from the University of Rhode Island summa cum laude in May 2019 with my BA in Film/Media and Writing & Rhetoric. I also minored in Anthropology and English. During my studies, I not only had the chance to intern on a feature film but also work on NOS4A2, a show on AMC, and spend a couple months living in Italy and Israel. In Israel, I produced a documentary that screened at festivals around the world. After graduation, I moved to Boston and began working for Lens Pro to Go, an equipment rental house, as a customer service representative, working some days on Castle Rock for Hulu. I left that job after a couple months, however, to begin my career in film full time. I worked in costumes on a Netflix movie that will be out this coming Halloween called Hubie Halloween. Now, I’m working in costumes on a movie for Disney + that I cannot speak about, by contract! But it should be out this coming Christmas-time!"
Madeline Durso’15 writes, “I graduated from Boston University with a Painting major and a Printmaking, Art History, and Arts Leadership triple minor. I was also honored as being the Class of 2019 commencement speaker for the Boston University College of Fine Arts, which was such a blast but also terrifying. Very happy I did it though:) Now I work as an Associate Art Advisor for a company called TurningArt in Boston and am still making my own paintings.”

Richard L. Entrup ‘15 writes, “I’m completing my 4th year at the School of Visual Arts, attaining my BFA in Computer Art & VFX. I have played at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park and The Bitter End in New York. My side hustle has been a 70s/old school background actor, in Katy Keene, The Deuce, Hunters, The Irishman, and the upcoming Spielberg-Sorkin film, The Trial of the Chicago Seven, starring Sacha Baron-Cohen and Eddie Redmayne.”

Richard Levine ’15 Lcpl Daniel R. Levine is still in the US Marines in his initial five-year enlistment.

Genna Sutermeister ‘15 writes, “I attended Susquehanna University and graduated in 2019 with a degree in psychology and health care studies. Currently, I am living in London to obtain my Master's Degree in Occupational Therapy from Brunel University London. I absolutely credit Mr. Fuchs in the History department for my interest in traveling and all things related to European history, as well as Mrs. Freet for introducing me to anatomy/physiology. Wishing all of MHS staff well.”

Sara Zaat ‘15 writes, “I just earned my B.S. in Molecular Environmental Biology with a minor in French from UC Berkeley and have begun studies at Georgetown University Law Center. I am looking forward to a career in international environmental law and would be happy to connect with any MHS students with similar interests!”

Alexandra Beramendi ’16 is currently a senior at Cornell University. She completed the Honors Public Health Study Abroad Program last year. After graduation she plans to further her education in graduate school.

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MHS Update

Dear Alumnus,

Our theme for the 2019-2020 school year is: T3: Preparing tomorrow’s global thinker – today. Imagine. Innovate. Inspire.

Imagine. Imagine the endless learning possibilities we will create together in our new STEAM building, Thunderbird Think Tank (T3), and in our classrooms as we add new touchscreen laptops, laser cutters, CNC routers, and other equipment.

Innovate. We continue to utilize technology, (O365 Teams or G-Suite Classroom) thoughtfully and innovatively, to increase student engagement, student collaboration, and student achievement as we systemically implement a 1:1 laptop environment in our building this September.

Inspire. Teachers inspire students and ensure their success. Students who are inspired by their teachers, coaches, and advisers can accomplish amazing things, and that motivation often makes a lasting impression on a student. While technology and availability of resources enhance the instructional environment—effective teachers are the most important factor contributing to successful student achievement.

#MahwahConnects is our district theme. You may follow our academic, athletic and artistic areas of our school community by following us on social media @MahwahHS on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

We are excited to open our new STEAM facility, Thunderbird Think Tank (T3), where we will blend science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics in an innovative way that empowers our students to research, to design, to engage, to collaborate, and to ultimately build visionary ideas and each other as we prepare tomorrow’s global thinkers – today. This facility will allow us to offer our students Career Pathways (comprised of sequenced elective course concentrations) in STEAM Biotechnology Research and Health Sciences, STEAM Engineering and Technology, STEAM Information and Computer Science Technology, and STEAM Visual and Integrated Design in a space that is more conducive to these types of experiences.

In addition, we have completed significant projects this summer in the building: refinished the main gymnasium floor; installed new safety padding on the walls; painted the walls and tiled the floor in the hallway of former building 7; replaced the media center windows; installed white boards and new carpet in more classrooms; reconfigured the high school exit to utilize the JK driveway while waiting the installation of the traffic light at the campus exit; installed a new barrier gate to the stadium service road; and added bollards to key areas to ensure the safety of students and staff from motorized vehicles. I know that you will be pleased with the results.

We look forward to seeing you when you are close to home.

Warmest regards,

John P. Pascale, M.Ed.


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