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Hallie Stephenson ’20

“My favorite part about going to Poly Prep was that I found an incredible group of people who wanted to see me succeed and cared about my future,” said Hallie Stephenson ’20. “The mentors at Poly gave me confidence and inspired me to pursue things that I was at first unsure about. Poly truly allows people to find a great group of friends. You will hardly meet anyone who does not want to befriend you; rarely anyone is unkind. Coming from other schools where cliques reign, this school is refreshing, as it allows for people to find their place. Poly has prepared me for the future. I took classes that are similar in rigor to college classes. I have learned to stop procrastinating and feel ready for any work that’s given to me. I am positive that compared to most schools, Poly has given me the toughest skin in regards to academics and taught me how to withstand and excel in my educational goals.”

Here’s what English teacher Christy Hutchcraft has to say about Hallie Stephenson ‘20: “At 17 years old, Hallie has written a full-length play, dozens of short stories and nonfiction texts, a series of poems, and she is currently at work on her first novel. Much of this work was done during her free time, outside the requirements of her regular academic workload. Hallie breathes words and language, and she will be the first to tell you that she is her best self when she puts pen to paper and lets her imagination take hold.” Hutchcraft said Hallie has excelled in her English courses, enthusiastically enrolled in AP courses, as well as the Creative Writing elective. “She spent her junior year crafting and fine-tuning her short stories, as well as studying one of her favorite authors, Jamaica Kincaid, during an independent study on fiction. She was also a vibrant, committed member of the Creative Writing Club.” That’s not just Christy’s opinion: Hallie won a Gold Key in the 2020 Scholastic Writing & Art Awards.

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Akili Tommasino ’05

Akili Tommasino ’05 studied art history at Harvard and founded the Prep for Prep/Sotheby’s Art Academy in 2017 “to give high school students of color an earlier window into the art world.”

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Alexandra Fried ’20

“The teachers are the best part of going to school at Poly Prep. They are excited to teach their subjects, which makes it easier for students to be enthusiastic about learning.”

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Alexandra Nava-Baltimore ’20

“Being a student at Poly has allowed me to live what I learned. Poly has been my home, my studio, my classroom, and my inspiration.”

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Chris Davenport ’91

Chris Davenport ’91 has been a reporter for The Washington Post since 2000 and covers the defense and space industries for the Post‘s financial desk.

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Diahann Billings Burford ’90, P’20

Diahann Billings Burford ’90, P’20 was the second girl to serve as president of Poly’s Student Government. “Diahann was a force of nature,” recalled Paul Raso, retired science teacher and former Student Government advisor.

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Dr. Neil Schluger ’77

“…I developed a love of learning, even for its own sake, and Paul Raso was one of the teachers who helped to instill that in me.”

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Jared Banner ’03

Jared Banner ’03 played four seasons of varsity baseball at Poly. He was named Executive Director, Player Development for the New York Mets in 2018.

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Jeanine Smartt Liburd ’88, P’21, ‘24

“I honed my ability to craft my ideas and utilize language to be persuasive and share my perspective.”

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Emily Giurleo ’13

“I certainly wouldn’t be a software engineer if Ms. Turkenkopf and Ms. Licata hadn’t encouraged my love of math and science.”

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Eugenia Xiao ’14

Multi-talented Eugenia Xiao ‘14 earned a BA from Cornell and then a MS in Nursing from Columbia University School of Nursing.

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Fiona Greig ’97

“Athletics gave me a natural home.”

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Gigi Georges ’84

Gigi Georges ‘84, a recipient of Poly’s Distinguished Achievement Award, has had an extensive career in politics, public service, and academia.

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Leslie Grinage ’99

“Being in an educational environment such as Poly prepared me well to live in and value a pluralistic society.”

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Max Rose ’04

Alum Max Rose ’04 was elected to represent NY District 11 in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2018.

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Nyla Welch ’20

With an exceptional talent for language, Nyla has traveled abroad through Poly’s Academic Travel program twice, to Martinique and France.

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Rowan McAllister ’15

“Art was always my favorite class, but I’ve found I use my math and engineering skills almost as much…to really connect all the dots of my education.”

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Sonja Lindberg ’16

“I worked more and harder than I ever had in English classes. After a few weeks, I came to love it.

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Wendy Haft ’84

Wendy has coached every sport from basketball to tennis, but focused on softball. In 2015, she returned to Poly to present the Yale Cup at our end-of-year Athletics Awards Ceremony.

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Will Hochman ’10

“I felt like maybe I could become who I imagined myself to be.”

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Channing Austin ’20

All-American athlete Channing Austin, who played on Team NY at the National High School Baseball Championship in Houston in 2019, committed to play for the University of Virginia Cavaliers.

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Nick Storz ’17

Poly Blue Devils pitcher Nick Storz ’17, who was listed among the Baseball America 2017 Top 100 Draft Prospects, chose to play for LSU, where he is an imposing presence on the mound.

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Ira Feldman ’75

Sustainability must encompass environmental protection, economic development, and social justice. Educating the next generation of environmental advocates is a priority for Feldman.

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