Class of 1999
Stephen Levin won the Democratic nomination to succeed Councilman David Yassky in the 33rd Council District in Brooklyn, New York City in a Sept. 15 primary. He was endorsed by U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney and the Brooklyn Heights Courier.
Levin’s message states: “We are living in tough and interesting times. We are facing unprecedented challenges all across the country and right here in New York City. The economy is reeling on unsure footing, jobs across the city are drying up, and it’s harder and harder to find a decent and affordable place to live. Property taxes are going up and services are being cut. Despite all this, I believe that we have the optimism and the innovation to get through this time together.”
For more information on Levin and his campaign, click here.
Class of 2002
Ravin Shah started law school at St. John's University (Queens) in August. He is on pace to graduate in 2012. Ravin recently reported that things are going well so far with classes as he gets back into the groove of studying and reading. He took summer classes to get a head start in an effort to lighten the load for the fall semester. Ravin has also moved to Queens to an apartment not far from campus. He loves living near Manhattan.
Class of 2005
Jessica O’Connell is working as a research assistant for the Psychology Department at George Washington University. She started her new job the day after graduating from GWU with a major in psychology last May.
Her research centers on Developmental Psychology in young children, from 9 months to 3 years. She’s currently working on an adoption study evaluating the traits of children and comparing them to their adoptive parents vs. birth parents. Jessica visits homes, talks to families and plays with children who have been placed in adoptive homes right after birth.
“I get to play with kids and play with toys,” Jessica said with a smile.
Jessica travels along the East Coast and to the Midwest to conduct her research. She’s planning to pursue a Master’s Degree and hopes to obtain a doctorate in Clinical Psychology.
Jessica visited W-H during the second week of school to drop off two of her younger siblings, John ’10 and Liam ’14. She’s the oldest of five O’Connell children, four of whom started attending W-H in sixth grade. Her sister, Stephanie, was graduated from W-H in 2007. Anna, the youngest child in the family, is a second-grader at Cook Elementary School in Plainfield who’s on pace to graduate in 2020. If Anna enters W-H and graduates, she would complete a run of 22 consecutive years with at least one O’Connell in the school.
She still keeps in touch with W-H classmates Ashley Harris, Lexi Correll, Chandni Patel, Jordan Garner, Sean Gough and Wayne Lewis.
Class of 2007
Alexandra Faust of Westfield, a student at Valparaiso University in Indiana, presented her group project “An Analysis of a Pro Bono Triadic Relationship of Corporate, PR Agency, and Nonprofit” at Valparaiso’s Celebration of Undergraduate Scholarship.
The annual event celebrates the research, scholarly and creative work of undergraduate students. Alexandra’s research was among seven projects chosen to receive the Board of Directors Award out of the nearly 90 projects presented.
Alexandra’s group project focused on the third party that is integrated to moderate the relationship between the nonprofit agency and the corporate organization. This third party is a public relations agency. The purpose of the research was to examine how this triadic relationship functions in such arrangements. The results indicated that there are few guidelines developed in these pro bono relationships and that the public relations agencies have the most insight into the process.
Alexandra, who is a public relations major, is the daughter of Tammy Racine of North Kingstown and Alexander Faust of Westfield.
Class of 2008
Michelle Liu, who is beginning her sophomore year at George Washington University, spent over a month teaching in Poland last summer. Michelle taught English to children primarily between the ages of 7-13 during the morning hours from Monday through Friday for five weeks.
“I didn’t know what I was doing (when I made the decision) but I’m so glad I did it,” said Michelle, an International Affairs major. “The decision was made on a whim and I was a little nervous but it was great.”
Michelle learned how to cook Polish food, which became a much more interesting venture after she was served a big plate of goulash on her first night in Poland. Her host family served her “huge amounts of Polish food” and she loved it. She also gained a basic knowledge of the language during her stay in Poland.
“I want to go travel,” Michelle said. “I don’t know what I want to be. I’m really unsure, but I guess I can tell people I’d like to be a foreign services officer or maybe an ambassador.”
Michelle has been all over Europe, visiting countries such as Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Hungary and France. She plans on doing much more travel in the future.