Taft Voices

Tafties come from all walks of life, each with a story that fascinates and inspires. Meet some of our students, faculty, and alumni here.

Taking the Lead

Peter Horne '18
Head Mon

 

Peter came to Taft to hone his leadership skills, and found even greater opportunity than he imagined.

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Perspectives

Sarah Surber
Dance

Sarah Surber teaches students to express thoughts and emotions though movement.

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Taking on the World

Ben Laufer '18
EcoMon

 

Ben Laufer has spent the last year working to change the world. He's done so with a global audience.

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Business Scents

Ashley Wilberding Balavoine '90
Perfumer

As a perfumer, Ashley creates scents that are in products most of us use every day.

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A Sense of Belonging

Lindsay Leal

Mathematics, Mid Class Dean

 

Lindsay Leal's time as a boarding school student help shaped her approach to being a boarding school teacher.

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Food Waste: A Matter of Mindset

Belle McDougald '17 and Emily Weaver '17
ISP Scholars

Belle and Emily wanted to educate the community about simple and sustainable ways to help the environment.
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Giving Voice to Passion

Kaedi Dalley '18
Singer, Actor, Leader


Kaedi Dalley's talent, passion, and leadership inspire respect and awe, while galvanizing our community.

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A Place to Grow and Thrive

Emma Bellet '18 
Student Leader


Emma Bellet believes that Taft is a place to grow and thrive; a place where you will exceed even your own expectations.

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A Shining Restoration

Todd Gipstein '70
Keeper of the Light


Todd Gipstein returned to his childhood home to bring new life to a historic landmark.

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World Views

Pilar Santos
Spanish Teacher, International Student Advisor

 

Pilar Santos knows what it is like to be young and far from home.

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From Discovery to Cure

Sydney Trevenen '17
Research Scientist

 

Listen to Sydney Trevenen talk about her summer internship with the Yale University Discovery to Cure program.

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Finding Balance

Andrew Farrier '17
Hockey Captain, Student Leader

 

Andrew Farrier came to Taft from a much larger school near his home in Canada. What he found is that the strength of a community does not lie in its numbers.

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Building Energy's Future

Michael Klein '10
Civil Engineer


Michael Klein manages projects aimed at producing energy for local communities using natural, renewable resources.

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A Passionate Voice for Justice

Dr. Joyce Poole '74

For more than 40 years, Dr. Joyce Poole ’74, the 2017 Horace Dutton Taft Alumni Medal honoree, has been a passionate voice—a protector and defender—of elephants, dedicating her life to their conservation and welfare.

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Instilling Confidence

Jennifer Kenerson
Mathematics Department Head

Jennifer Kenerson takes pride in watching students grow into confident learners during their time at Taft.
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Jack on the Box Productions

Jack Elrad '17
Filmmaker

 

Jack Elrad has established himself as a talented videographer and producer, documenting life at Taft, and working with Hollywood's best.

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For a Greener Taft

Carly Borken

Director of Environmental Stewardship

 

Carly Borken is an environmentalist, a woman of vision, a change agent.

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The Commish

Ozzie Parente
Chemistry 
Boys' Head Soccer Coach
Upper Mid Class Dean


Ozzie Parente's strength as a coach and a teacher? He loves what he does.

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Alumna, Faculty, Role Model

Idara Foster '11
Penn Fellow in English


Idara Foster '11 left an indelible mark on the Taft community as a student. Her impact is no less meaningful now that she is member of the faculty.

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Living the Taft Motto

AJ Barre '17
Global Steward

 

AJ Barre brings his passions for service and soccer together to raising funds and awareness for global causes.

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Rocket Woman

Jane Kinney '06 
Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineer


When Jane Kinney ’06 was five she knew she wanted to be involved in aerospace. Today, her aspirations have become a reality.

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Reel Stories

Andrew Eisen '04
Screenwriter


It may seem trite, but for Andrew Eisen it was true: When one door closed, another opened. And the rest is history.
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Making Pictures

Yee-Fun Yin

Photography Teacher

 

Yee-Fun Yin wants his students to make pictures, not take pictures; to create art that is deliberate and personal.

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Enter Sandman: The Science of Sleep

Emerson Wickwire '91

Sleep expert Emerson Wickwire '91 studies the effects of what is known as “blue light” emitted from electronic devices on the body’s natural circadian rhythms, and discusses the importance of getting enough sleep.

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Common Threads

Eliza Denious '17
Head Mon

 

Eliza Denious is a head mon, a team captain, and a student who quickly recognized the ties that bind all Tafties together.

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Rhythm & Muse

Ciara Connolly '17 
Musician

 

Ciara Connolly finds inspiration wherever the music takes her.

 

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Catching Fire

Taft Filmmakers

What started with a poetic spark quickly caught Fire, and swept five Taft students into the white hot lights of the TriBeCa Film Festival.

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Farming on Rooftops and Parking Lots

Nick Halmos '97

Nick Halmos '97 has created a way to efficiently grow food in urban environments by combining hydroponic systems with automation and live data. He established Cityblooms, a micro-farm technology company that can safely and sustainably grow fresh food in a range of climates and everywhere from rooftops to parking lots.

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