News From Prep
Posted January 17, 2012
Reuniting, and…it feels so good!
Activities at Flintridge Prep generally slow down over winter break, unless you are an alum returning for one or more of the various alumni events hosted over the Holidays: Alumni Sports Day (read more here), Class Reunions, the Alumni Holiday Party, Great Books Reunions with Mr. Bachmann, and the ComedySportz Alumni match (read more here).
On December 26, faculty members Peter Bachmann, Glen Beattie, Todd Frost, Vatche Hagopian, Sue Hodge, Midge Kimble, Joe Maggio, Rob McLinn, Alex Rivera, Art Stetson, Reggie Ursettie, and Jacki Williams-Jones greeted alumni from Classes 2001 and 2006 who returned to campus to celebrate their ten and five-year Reunions. Erin Prickett ’06 shared, “I'm grateful for the Prep family—both faculty and students alike. It's a remarkable group of individuals, and I'm lucky to know such gifted, accomplished, and kind people. It was especially nice catching up with my classmates at my five-year reunion. I've always felt a tremendous sense of pride in being a member of my class. It's a really special group.”
"I really enjoyed my ten-year reunion,” exclaimed Vincent Mateus ’01, who has recently been seen around campus substitute teaching and announcing the Girls’ Basketball games. “It was such a pleasure learning how my classmates have spent the past ten years and tracing the arc of their lives from when I saw them last to now. What impresses me most is how, for the most part, everyone appeared very happy with their lives and enthusiastic about what they're currently doing. Even those few who expressed ambivalence seemed far from unhappy. And that's precisely what I hoped to see. I attended so I could empirically judge how the great talent I remembered had manifested itself over the past decade and I wasn't disappointed. With a little luck and the magical internet, I hope to keep watching their lives progress over the next several decades."
After the reunions, the alumni on campus traveled to Old Town Pasadena to join the celebration at ix tapa Cantina, where alumni of all ages were gathered to reacquaint. According to Art Stetson, Director of Admissions, “For me, there’s no more gratifying event than our Alumni Holiday Party in Old Town. I get to see so many recent alumni, young men and women now, who I first met when they were 11 or 13 years old, and who are now off at college or making their way out in the ‘real world’. It’s a real hug fest! The timing couldn’t be better for energizing me for the busy season of interviews, file reading, and decisions awaiting me when I get back to my office after the holidays. It reminds me of why my work matters and what type of individuals we’re looking for. My only regret is that I can’t spend more time with each of them as they’re swept by me in that crowded but happy river of smiling faces. It’s an image I’m happy to say stays with me.” Crowded is right! This year, we reached a record of over 400 alumni in attendance! Our apologies to those who had to wait in the really long line.
Visit our online photo galleries here to view photos from all the holiday events.