Academy World: Fall 2020

Thank You WMA Alumni Health Care Professionals

With numerous WMA Alumni engaged in the health care industry, so many have embodied the meaning of our mission statement of “being challenge-seeking citizens and leaders of an evolving world.” From fighting COVID-19 on the front lines to caring for some of the most vulnerable populations, we are highlighting in our Health Care Series a handful of those who have embraced the challenges of a global pandemic. WMA extends our gratitude to all of our alumni on the front line of COVID-19.

Dr. Mark Keroack '72

Dr. Bonnie Faulkner Ryan '82

Doctor in scrubs in hospital

 

As an emergency physician at the University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, Massachusetts, Bonnie Faulkner Ryan, M.D. ’82 was surrounded by COVID-19. For Dr. Ryan, a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians (FACEP), it put her in a potentially fatal environment. 

Read More about Dr. Bonnie Faulkner Ryan ’82:  ‘At WMA, I learned how to learn ... communicate and lead’

Brett Zalkan '83

Kiersten (Peterson) Falteisek '95

Kirsten (Peterson) Falteisek ’95: WMA proved ‘preparation and hard work will always pay off, even in ways not intended’

 

In her interview for an Academy World article regarding the challenges essential workers faced during the COVID-19 pandemic, Kirsten (Peterson) Falteisek ’95 shared her struggles as a registered nurse at the Phoenix Children’s Hospital in Arizona.

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Eric Peterson '99

Jeremy Korytoski '06

Man wearing face mask in hospital

 

Jeremy Korytoski ’06 was cautious and uncomfortable, but prepared.

For this Academy World story, he was asked questions about being a front-line worker during the COVID-19 pandemic. What was the experience like? How did it affect you?

Read More about Jeremy Korytoski ’06: WMA initiated  ‘a level of perseverance and determination even while under tremendous stress’

Elijah Barrows '12

Megan Pehoviak '14

Hannah Clewes '15


Also in this issue:

From Head of School Brian P. Easler

‘The WMA community has what it takes . . .  to persevere despite what lies ahead’

 

There is only one thing I know for certain about this school year — that it will continue to challenge the WMA community, all of us, in ways we have never been challenged. I am also confident, although we are still learning more every day, that we have done everything in our power, literally, to prepare the Academy for this year. This preparation, regardless of how extensive, will inevitably be insufficient to totally shield WMA from some impact from the global pandemic. There are hard days ahead, but we remain ready.

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Opening of School 2020


 

Alumni in Action

Antonacci Family

Antonacci Family uses Foundation to make a difference

 

As COVID-19 spread, businesses closed and jobless rates skyrocketed during the spring of 2020, one selfless family thought the time was right to step in and help people in need.

Well, technically it’s two families.

OK, breaking things down another step, at this point in their adult lives, it’s really six families — specifically, six Wilbraham & Monson Academy graduates.

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Board of Trustees Q&A

Oldest-known living alumnus

Oldest-known living alumnus has aptitude for success

 

One would never suspect that when Alton “Al” W. Cheney ’38W was born, a loaf of bread cost 12 cents or that the 19th Amendment that gave women the right to vote had been law for barely a month. Mr. Cheney’s voice is clear and steady with an easy chuckle and an obvious sense of humor, completely belying the fact that he turned  100 in September — making him the oldest-known living alumnus of WMA.

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Alumni Reflection


 

From the Archives

Mr. & Mrs. James L. Brown IV ’55M help bring Academy’s African American history to forefront

 

The connection between Wilbraham & Monson Academy and the important history of African American people has been present from the start of WMA’s formative years. It began at Wesleyan Academy, where it sat on the same footprint as the current WMA campus, continued through the days of Monson Academy and Wilbraham Academy, to the current days at WMA.

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Senior Stones

Class Notes

Class Notes

 

1955 Monson

At 85 years young, Dick Bailey is still coaching softball at Saint Joseph’s College in Standish, Maine, and is enjoying time with his family, including two great-grandchildren.

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