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Alumni News Archive


  • September

    Don Jackson ’66 and Head Coach Joe McDermott ’14

    Football Team, Hackley Alum Pay Tribute to Former Player

    At this season’s football team jersey presentation ceremony, alumnus Don Jackson ’66 served as a guest speaker and welcomed the team to the Hackley football family.
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  • Alec Hirschfeld '65's new memoir

    Alec Hirschfeld '65's memoir titled What the Camera Didn't See shines a light on the action behind the scenes and follows his career as a camera assistant to a director of photography. Click READ MORE to learn more about Alex, his book, and to read a review from his mom.
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  • Alumni Survey

    We look forward to an exciting year of reconnecting with alumni and want to make sure we can reach you! Please click here to fill out the alumni survey to ensure your contact information is accurate so you can receive Hackley news, event invitations, and publications.
    When you submit your survey, you will be entered automatically in a raffle to win Hackley swag!
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  • "Bare Handed" by Holly Lynton '90

    In her debut book, Bare Handed, artist Holly Lynton '90's presents a nuanced portrait of rural life in 21st-century America. To learn more, click READ More or visit Bare Handed - Holly Lynton (
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  • In the news: Peter Strauss '65

    Peter Strauss ’65 is starring in a Laguna Playhouse upcoming world premiere of “Love Among the Ruins,” based on the original production that starred Katharine Hepburn and Laurence Olivier. “Love Among The Ruins” previews on Wednesday, Oct. 26; will open on Sunday, Oct. 30 at 5:30 p.m. and performs through Sunday, Nov. 13. 
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  • Joseph Mc­Der­mott '14 - Hackley's new Head Football Coach

    Hackley's new head football coach, former varsity quarterback, Joseph Mc­Der­mott '14, was recently featured in The Hudson Independent article titled "Hackley Alumnus Excited to Lead Football Program This Season." Joe mentioned, "He hopes to make up in en­thu­si­asm what he lacks in ex­pe­ri­ence as he as­sumes his first head coach­ing job." He goes on to say, "Com­ing back to Hack­ley, where some of my fond­est foot­ball mem­o­ries are, and lead­ing the pro­gram into the fu­ture is ex­cit­ing."
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  • Tarrytown Mayor Brown and Maxwel Lee '22

    Maxwel Lee Day!

    Congratulations Maxwel Lee '22! At a meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Village of Tarrytown, Wednesday, June 22, 2022, was officially declared Maxwel Lee Day in the Village of Tarrytown. With this declaration, Lee is recognized for his volunteer work for the Tarrytown Environmental Advisory Council and more.
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  • Andrew Burstein '70's latest book

    Andrew Burnstein '70, Charles P. Manship Professor of History at Louisiana State University, along with historian Nancy Isenberg recently published a new book titled, Rip Van Winkle’s Republic: Washington Irving in History and Memory. It is their “homage” to Tarrytown/Sleepy Hollow and marks a rediscovery of this marvelous author of social satire and fabled tales of the past. Click READ More to learn more about the book.
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  • Hackley Courtyard dedicated to former Headmaster Walter C. Johnson

    On June 4, the courtyard adjacent to Allen Memorial Hall and the Science Building was dedicated and named in memory of former Headmaster Walter C. Johnson. Made possible by a gift from the Caputo family— Trustee Tom '65 and Janet P '93, and Kate Caputo Squyres '93 and Isaac Squyres—the courtyard celebrates all that Walter accomplished during his tenure on the Hilltop. Read more on our website at:
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  • August

    Clayton Butler '06 publishes his first book

    Congrats to Clayton Butler '06! His first book True Blue: White Unionists in the Deep South during the Civil War and Reconstruction was published by LSU Press this spring. His book investigates the lives of white Unionists in three Confederate states. Clayton is a postdoctoral fellow at the Nau Center for Civil War History at the University of Virginia. Click Here to learn more about the book. 
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  • July

    In the news: Fred Hochberg '70

    Click READ MORE to read Fred Hochberg '70's opinion piece featured in the Wall Street Journal. Fred is the author of Trade Is Not a Four-Letter Word: How Six Everyday Products Make the Case for Trade.
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  • In the news: Niki Eckert ’21

    This summer, Niki Eckert ’21, former pitcher of the Hackley varsity baseball team, was named to the USA Baseball Women’s National Team. Congrats, Nicki! Go Hornets! Click Here to learn more about the team and their season.
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  • June

    Steve Bileca, former Assistant Head of School for Academic Affairs

    Employee Retirement Updates

    Hilltop updates from the Hackley Review Summer 2022.

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  • Leah Holmes '20 wins the Elite 90 Award for the 2022 NCAA Division I Championship

    In May,  Northwestern women's lacrosse sophomore Leah Holmes '20 won the Elite 90 Award for the 2022 NCAA Division I Championship. Established by the NCAA, the Elite 90 Award "recognizes the true essence of the student-athlete by honoring the individual who has reached the pinnacle of competition at the national championship level in his or her sport, while also achieving the highest academic standard among his or her peers. The Elite 90 is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the site of the finals for each of the NCAA's championships."

    The presentation took place during the first quarter of the NCAA Tournament semifinal game between Northwestern and North Carolina at Homewood Field in Baltimore, MD.
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  • Malcolm Mooney '62's show features works from earlier decades

    Malcolm Mooney '62 is an artist, poet, singer, and lyricist who has exhibited his work over the past five decades. His latest show, WORKS: 1970-1986, opened in May at Ulrik in NYC - it is his first solo exhibition in New York in eleven years. The show closes on July 2.  Click here to view the exhibit.
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  • Randy McNaughton: A daughter's reflection

    By Margie McNaughton Ford '85
    Growing up in the McNaughton household meant extensive road trips. No matter where we were going, if Dad saw someone struggling with car trouble, we would pull over the VW camper to assist. Dad never asked permission; he would just take out his tools (including his favorite tool, duct tape) and head over to the stranded vehicle. Often he would spend hours helping strangers. Once I asked why he did it. “Put yourself in their shoes,” he replied. “They are in the middle of nowhere with no one to help. It’s the least we can do.” My earliest lesson about empathy. Click READ MORE to read the entire article. 
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  • Thomas Chin publishes his first historical fiction novel

    Unpredictable Winds by former faculty member Thomas Chin is a story of unrequited love, secrets, desire, and an unintended friendship that leads to devastating consequences. This is Thomas' first novel. The book will be available on June 27, 2022 - pre-order your copy here.
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  • Ramón Javier '95 appointed Head of School of George Jackson Academy.

    This spring, Ramón Javier '95 was appointed Head of School of George Jackson Academy in NYC. Click READ More to learn more about his appointment.
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  • In the news: Celia Gooding ’18

    Hackley’s very own Celia Gooding ’18 is starring in the “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds” series now streaming on Paramont+. She plays Nyota Uhura, an intelligent and enthusiastic newbie cadet just getting acclimated aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise. Check out her interview in The Hollywood Reporter titled, "Star Trek: Strange New Worlds’ Star Celia Rose Gooding Wasn’t Told She Was Auditioning to Play Uhura."

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  • Kathryn Fernholz ’20 sings with the Boston Symphony Orchestra

    Congratulations to Kathryn Fernholz '20. Kathryn is a sophomore at the New England Conservatory and recently sang with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus at the Boston Symphony Orchestra's 60th anniversary concert of Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem. The performance took place at Symphony Hall in Boston and was conducted by British-Italian conductor Antonio Pappano. Click here to watch the chorus sing the Ukrainian National Anthem - Kathryn appears at the 34-second mark. For more information, click READ MORE.
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    Joining your reunion committee is a great way to reconnect with your classmates, friends, and Hackley. Alumni volunteers make their milestones successful by serving as class leaders, encouraging fellow alumni to attend Alumni Day, and strengthening their philanthropic commitment by making a class gift. Click READ MORE for committee responsibilities. 
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  • Andrew B. F. Carnabuci '02's new book

    Andrew B. F. Carnabuci '02's third book of Old English translations is titled The Metres of Boethius. Andrew credits Hackley School "for first instilling in me a profound respect and appreciation for engaging with these hoary old texts." To learn more about his book, click READ MORE. 
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  • Asher Beck ’24

    May Athletics Highlights

    Congratulations to the Girls' and Boys' Varsity Lacrosse teams for winning the Ivy League Championship. And the Girls' Varsity Lacrosse team won the NYSAIS Championship. In May, the Athletics Department celebrated the Spring Season All-League recognition and individual championships at Ivies and NYSAIS. For details click Read More. 

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  • May

    23 Annual Hackley Upper School Student Art Exhibit

    The 23rd annual Upper School student art exhibit took place in May and featured works from Hackley artists grades 9-12. Click here to view the exhibit. 
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  • Leah Holmes ’20

    Hackley GVLX Alums Killing It in College

    The first weekend of May was an exciting one for some Hackley Girls’ Varsity Lacrosse alums, with successful conference tournament championships and bids to the NCAA in both Division I and Division III Women’s Lacrosse.  
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  • Stacy Bewkes' 72 latest design book

    In At Home with Designers and Tastemakers: Creating Beautiful and Personal Interiors, Stacy Bewkes '72 along with Susanna Salk shares the delightful and inspiring homes of top designers and tastemakers, revealing the personal and idiosyncratic interiors they create for themselves. Brimming with personality, these rooms are full of ideas and creativity, inspiring us to decorate in our own way by embracing our style and passions. Click READ MORE to learn more about Stacy's lifestyle blog. 
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  • April

    Jason Rizzi '03 named Executive Director at Autism Partnership Foundation

    Jason Rizzi '03 was recently named Executive Director at Autism Partnership Foundation. APF is committed to advancing professional standards and treatment for individuals diagnosed with ASD through research and training. Haleh Tavakol '84 served as Executive Director at APF for four years and will move into the role of Strategic Advisor. Click READ MORE to learn more about Jason's appointment.
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  • Campus "Nature News" by Science Teacher Tessa Johnson

    Science teacher Tessa Johnson shares updates with the community on the Hackley forest, Deer Pond, our new Orchard, and more in "Nature News". Click READ MORE to see what's happing this spring on campus.
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  • Clayton J. Butler '06 publishes his first book

    Clayton J. Butler '06 recently published his first book, True Blue: White Unionists in the Deep South during the Civil War and Reconstruction with LSU Press. He received his Ph.D. in 2020 and is currently a postdoc with the Nau Center for Civil War History located at the University of Virginia.
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  • Jack Houghteling '10's debut book GOODMAN receives high praise

    Jack Houghteling '10's debut book Goodman was longlisted for the Dzanc Books Prize for Fiction, which recognizes novels that are daring, original, and innovative. For a synopsis of the book, click READ MORE.
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  • Michael Makinde ’03 speaks to the Hackley community about his film, "The Talk"

    On February 7, Michael Makinde ’03, Counsel, Walt Disney Company, virtually presented his film The Talk to the Hackley community, with Upper School students during the day, and with nearly 80 parents and alumni in an evening session. He was the first speaker in the “Varying Perspectives in Action” series. Do learn more about this series, click READ MORE.
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  • Heather Bergman ’97 Guest Speaker at Hackley

    On February 3, Heather Bergman ’97, Portfolio Manager and Director with Allianz Global Investors, spoke to David Sykes’s Advanced Topics in Economics independent study students about her unique career path which included working in finance, multiple advanced degrees, and time as a professor.
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  • Michael Celentano '10 Guest Speaker at Hackley

    Michael Celentano '10 led a discussion for two Hackley AP Statistics and two Statistics and Probability courses in March. After briefly outlining his own circuitous route into the field of statistics and data science, Dr. Celentano offered a glimpse into the exciting and powerful ways the resource of data is shaping our world. He also provided examples of where big data analysis can go wrong and the importance of quantifying uncertainty.
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  • Gym in 1907

    Farwell to the PAC

    To learn more about the history of the Gymnasium, the PAC, and plans for The Center for the Creative Arts and Technology, click READ MORE.
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  • Hackley Athletics Winter Season Accomplishments

    The Athletics Department is pleased to announce the following accomplishments for the Winter 2021-22 season. Hackley had 26 All league recipients, five Individual Ivy Champions, four League team titles, three Individual NYSAIS Champions, and four School or League records broken by Hackley Student-Athletes.  The Athletics Department and its coaching staff could not be prouder of the student-athletes.

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  • Three Hackley Football Players Selected to the Golden Doze

    Seniors Iheukwumere Marcus ‘22, Daniel Nuzum ’22, and Ryan Thomson’22 were all selected to the 2022 Golden Dozen Team. Iheukwumere was chosen as one of the Golden Dozen Scholar-Athletes, and Ryan and Daniel received Honorable Mention.
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  • Dr. Gentry Torell '11

    In March, Dr. Gentry Torell '11, HAA Director, returned to the Hilltop as our second speaker in our Varying Perspectives In Action series. Dr. Torell recently returned to the Military Family Center at NYU Langone to complete her postdoctoral fellowship. During her campus visit, she met with students in all three divisions. She later highlighted her recent research and talked with Hackley’s alumni veterans in a virtual panel discussion with Upper School students. In the evening, Dr. Torell led another alumni panel discussion focused on the experiences of veterans for alumni and current parents.
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  • Varying Perspectives in Action: A Virtual Conversation with Dr. Gentry Torell '11

    In March, Dr. Gentry Torell ’11, HAA Director, returned to the Hilltop as our second speaker in our Varying Perspectives In Action series. Dr. Torell recently returned to the Military Family Center at NYU Langone to complete her postdoctoral fellowship. During her campus visit, she met with students in all three divisions. She later highlighted her recent research and talked with Hackley’s alumni veterans Col. Trevor Hill 93,
    Dr. Avery Ching 94, Stephanie Pfeiffer 00 in a virtual panel discussion with Upper School students. In the evening, Dr. Torell led another alumni panel discussion featuring  Arabella Liuba 85, Col. Trevor Hill 93, Bret Lowry 93, and Dr. Avery Ching 94
    which focused on the experiences of veterans for alumni and current parents.
    Click READ MORE to read more about Dr. Torell. 
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  • January

    Allison Pataki '03's latest historical fiction book

    Allison Pataki '03's new historical fiction book titled The Magnificent Lives of Marjorie Post is due out on February 15. It is an epic reimagining of the remarkable life of Marjorie Merriweather Post, the American heiress and trailblazing leader of the twentieth century, and has already received rave reviews. Click here to pre-order the book. Join us on Thursday, March 31 at 7:30 pm EST for a virtual book discussion with Allison. More details to follow soon.  
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