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Alumni Class Notes updated through Nov. 1, 2020.
Ken Campbell and his wife, Peggy, fulfilled their bucket list goal of visiting all seven continents. They are pictured during a stop at the Falkland Islands while on their way to Antarctica in 2015.
Paul Kreminski is pictured enjoying extreme bonefishing in Costa Maya, Mexico. He wrote, “Getting closer to my retirement and time is flying by faster and faster. To all my classmates, stay safe.” (photo - Kreminski, Paul)
Carl Schuster spent his time in pandemic lockdown writing a book, entitled “Henry Hudson and the Bastard Map: The Un-redacted 7 KA Cartographic History of Hudson Bay.” Carl wrote: “Fred Watts, my History Master, once chastised me because I had not read primary sources on our topic. Thank you Fred; this work revolves around previously untouched, primary sources, from the 17th and 18th centuries.” Carl is pictured during a trip to Morocco in 2010, where he and his wife, Angela, were guests of the King of Morocco and The Explorer’s Club.
Ralph Leonard published a novel in October 2020 entitled “Martin Dascomb’s Civil War.” To find out more, visit his website at https://ralphfleonard.wordpress.com. Mr. Leonard is a retired educator with a lifelong interest in New England and American Civil War history. He has an MFA in Writing from Vermont College, and this is his first work of fiction. It is available from the publisher at www.blackrosewriting.com or on Amazon.
Alex Olmsted wrote in with some nostalgia to share with fellow alumni: “Seeing Fred Watts’ name reminded me of several other of my long ago teachers. Galel Giles was a great Spanish teacher, and my best teacher of all time was Hugh Harrell. My favorite time of summer was when Roger Lincoln hosted an annual faculty party at their house in Ware. I can still remember how cold and refreshing their spring-fed pond was to swim in.”
After three years of working as a director of marketing & communications at private schools in Los Angeles, Stacy Jagodowski is relocating back to Massachusetts. She will serve as the Director of Communications at Tabor Academy in Marion, Massachusetts, bringing with her nearly 20 years of private school experience working in admission and marketing/communications roles. Stacy is looking forward to being closer to her family, including her sister Lindsay Jagodowski '03 and nephew Finn, future WMA Class of 2037.
Brigid Jurgens has been selected for Lieutenant Commander in the Navy, effective next year. She is currently stationed in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and specializes in logistics and supply chain management. Brigid is pictured second from left.
Brittany Barry started her own business this July as a hair stylist in a new salon in West Springfield called WORKsTATION. She also continues her full-time work with dementia patients at Orchard Valley at Wilbraham as a Memory Care Programming Coordinator.
In November 2019, Chloe Snyder opened an indoor cycling studio in Newport, Rhode Island. The studio, WAVE Cycle, won Best of Rhode Island 2019 for fitness classes. Chloe writes, “we are very excited to continue our outdoor classes on the pier as well as our indoor classes safely indoors!”
Payton Grande participated in the 8th annual Military Friend’s Foundation Tough Ruck event, held virtually on Sept. 11-13, 2020. She ran 26.2 miles carrying a 15-to-35 pound rucksack on her back in honor of the fallen military and first responders who sacrificed their lives on 9/11. You can read more about Payton’s ruck at The Reminder online.