2020 Class Notes

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Class of 2006
Class of 2007
Class of 2008
Class of 2009
Class of 2010
Class of 2011
Class of 2012
Class of 2013
Class of 2014
Class of 2015
Class of 2016
Class of 2017
Class of 2018
Class of 2019
Class of 2020

Class of 2006

Moriah Garcia Nelson

Baby Garcia Nelson

Carlos and I welcomed this little chick into the Garcia Nelson family on Easter Sunday! - Spring 2020

Faith Hinz

Faith HInz's new baby Teddy

Our son Teddy Hinz was born on February 6th! - Spring 2020.

 

Class of 2007

Joqui Girón-Meléndez

A year ago, my husband and I moved into our new apartment in the small Caribbean island of Grenada. We moved in order for my husband to begin his medical school journey. Though I didn't work for the first 4 months, I stumbled upon a Montessori school and got a job teaching Spanish and was Head Teacher for grade 5-6.

Due to COVID, our life in Grenada got interrupted and we were required to be evacuated from Grenada. Since March 16th, we've been in Boston, living once again with our parents (one week in Chelsea, one week in Millbury). My husband and I continued our commitments via Zoom and in the summer, we found out that we wouldn't be able to return to Grenada. Therefore I had to leave my Montessori job.

Now I am back at BTA serving the school in a different way. In addition to screening students as they enter the building, I help students navigate and organize their time on their asynchronous days. My new role is fantastic because I am able to serve the students in non-authoritative way. I am able to come alongside them in these odd times while still addressing matters of character. Though I am happy to serve BTA again, at times I struggle with disappointment. I wish my new life hadn't been interrupted yet I cannot ignore God's provision and faithfulness so far in this pandemic. I don't know what the future holds but I do know who is holding it, and that's enough for me. - Fall 2020

 

Class of 2008

Halier Martinez

Halier at Mayan pyramid in Cancun

Seeing how 2020 had the world on hold, not much has changed in terms of my goals and career. Once school starts up for in-class session, I will start my pursuit to becoming a firefighter. Currently, the Arizona heat has kicked, in giving us week-long temperatures of 110+. So, work and an air-conditioned household have been my saving grace. The children are growing and developing as the days go on. Daniel (7) has been learning a vast amount of school subjects and general knowledge. Damian (4) is becoming more verbal and environmentally inept. Their mother and I learned the hard way how difficult it is to be a teacher without being biased towards them and figuring out what's their best path of learning.

At work I have not had any real shocking experiences with COVID-19 cases, our state and hospital have had low amounts of cases coming through, and for that I am grateful because my family has less exposure.

The next subject I can relate to is travel. Last year, we traveled to Dominican Republic, Cancun, and Mexico City. Once this pandemic clears up, we plan to travel to Japan, Singapore, and France for our next trips. - Spring 2020.

Jay Taylor

Jay with baby

John Stanley Taylor was born January 19. The whole family is doing great, settling in. We are staying safe and enjoying life. I transferred to a new duty station right as all this started, and long story short, I can't actually start that job until after I have what is normally deemed an elective surgery. So, I have just been at home with Bethany and baby for four wonderful months now. - Spring 2020.

 

Class of 2009

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Class of 2010

Ian Mulholland

Ian spent three years living in Delhi while working for the Self-Employed Women's Association, the world's largest trade union of informal sector workers. Ian supported the growth of SEWA's producer companies across India while also building and leading digital initiatives within the organization. Ian returned to Boston in 2018 to work at MIT Solve -- an initiative to help tech based entrepreneurs in underserved parts of the world grow through MIT's expertise and resources -- he manages the tech and data infrastructure at the organization. - Fall 2020

 

Class of 2011

Daniel Howard

Danny's wedding

Daniel finished his third year with FOCUS Raleigh and moved to Boston on June 1. On June 22, he and his fiancé flew back down to Raleigh to get married with friends and family at the beautiful Gregg Museum on NC State's campus. After honeymooning in Asheville, NC, Grace and Daniel returned to Boston. Since returning, Daniel has begun two new exciting career opportunities. During the school day, Daniel serves as a Teacher's Aid at Boston Trinity Academy for the 6th grade, and from 3:30pm-8pm he works as an Assistant Coach for the MIT Men's Basketball team. Grace is a graphic designer, currently working for Yasso in Quincy, MA. In January she will be embarking on a new career journey, as Yasso will be moving their headquarters to Colorado.

The Howards are loving life back in Roslindale. The mix of familiar stomping grounds with new life events is a joyous and exciting time! Daniel remains very close with his brother John ('08), Sam Walker ('09), Ben Moses ('11), and Luke Walker ('11). They get together multiple times a year to fellowship and encourage each other. - Fall 2019

Paul Park

After I graduated Purdue, I moved back to Boston to work at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, where I focused on developing small molecule inhibitors for various types of cancer. Then, in fall 2019, I started my PhD in BBS program at Harvard to study and learn more about potential ways to develop novel cancer therapies. I hope that my research will translate into helping patients in the future! - Spring 2020

Kadeem Thompson

Ballerism Logo

Kadeem Basketball

I graduated from Saint Mary's University in 2017 with a BA in Psychology. I went on to play semi-pro basketball in England, UK. I also coached the U17 and U18 basketball teams. I decided to take a year off to build my foundation off the court. (I started thinking long-term and bigger picture!) I came back to Toronto where I am from. Within a year, I was able to build the company Ballerism Activewear and am CEO/Founder. Check it out here.  Ballerism is an active wear clothing line that specializes in sport themed retail items, and custom team uniforms for all athletics. The brand was created for more than just the ballers. It represents the doers of our society, the sharp minds who execute, the resilient attitudes that persevere, and the focused personalities that make up the winners. - Winter 2021

 

Lily Montagna and Christian Wolfe

On Mountain Time album cover

The singer-songwriter duo Christian Wolfe and Lily Montagna is back with a new original album, On Mountain Time. Having started our musical career at Boston Trinity through the chapel band, we continued our mutual love of music through various venues including youth group band and eventually a band of our own. You can hear all of our music, including the latest, on musingmisterwolf.com. Our house show featuring the latest tracks was filmed live back in August and can be viewed here. We are thrilled to still be using our passions and talents together and hope that the music will be enjoyed by all. - Fall 2019

 

Class of 2012

Izzi McPherson

Izzi and Craig Wedding

This past summer, I married my best friend, Craig. We are now expecting a baby girl in March, so I am taking some time away from work to tend the house and raise our child. My husband teaches and coaches for a private Christian school in Hackensack New Jersey. Moving to New Jersey, settling in a new town and preparing for a baby has been an exciting adventure! - Fall 2020

 

Class of 2013

Matt Benjamin

Matt and Fiance

I am currently working at Progressive Insurance. I'm engaged and planning a wedding for November 2021.

Erica Forkner

I recently started a master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Wheaton College Graduate School. My love of psychology began my senior year at Boston Trinity Academy during my AP Psychology class with Dr. Chireac! - Fall 2019

Emilie Hodge Osman

Emilie's Baby

I am continuing to work with a local church in Turkey and in January had a baby girl, Joy Sêlîn. - Spring 2020.

Emilie is the winner of the 2020 Alumni Recognition Award. Read more about Emilie’s work here.

Kyranna Mamalakis

Kyranna's wedding photo

I got married this summer! - Fall 2019

 

Class of 2014

Joanna Balla-Elliott

Dylan and Joanna's Wedding with BTA Friends

Dylan and I got married on June 30, 2019 in Providence, RI. It was fun to have many BTA'ers in attendance, as that was where it all started! Currently, we are living in Allston as Dylan works at Harvard Business School and I teach 5th grade at The Fessenden School. - Fall 2019

Sam Melton

Sam at Disney

Got married on October 16, 2020!

 

Class of 2015

Dylan Balla-Elliott

Dylan married Joanna Balla '14 on June 30, 2019! Scroll up to see their wedding photo.

Daniel Forkner

I have moved to Colorado Springs and am now working as a Client Service Associate at Investortools, Inc. I enjoy living in Colorado because of the accessibility of so many great activities -  hiking, rock climbing, fly-fishing, skiing, exploring, canoeing, rafting, mountain biking, skiing, hunting, shooting, and so much more. Also, 300 days of sun is quite the selling point! - Fall 2019

Victoria Hansbury

I graduated this spring from Southern Adventist University with a B.S. in Biomedical Biology and minor in Chemistry. I will be attending Columbia University’s College of Dental Medicine in the fall as the next step in pursuing my dream of becoming a dentist. - Spring 2020.

Darius Nelson

Darius and Victoria Upton got married! Scroll down to see photo.

Michael Picard

I stayed an extra semester at UConn because I needed more time to finish my second major in Philosophy, but I have now graduated. Technically, I graduated 2020 with a BS in Molecular Cell Biology and Philosophy. All is going well, currently I am applying for medical schools and am in the middle of the application process. I plan on working as a medical scribe this summer in Boston and then hopefully attending a medical school in the Fall of 2021. - Spring 2020.

Angelina Singer

Angelina at her book table

This past February, I published my fifth novel, a time-travel romance called "Forgetting What I Couldn't Remember". There will be one sequel, which I am drafting now. Additionally, I've continued to run my crocheted business and study music on the side, even thinking about teaching guitar lessons in the near future. I've also been interning for the Boston Sports Desk still writing concert reviews, and more recently with Brilliant Light Publishing writing book reviews. In the hopes to land a full-time writing job soon, I've also taken on a freelance blogging position for a sales coaching agency. - Spring 2020.

 

Class of 2016

Pelumi Aderogba

I originally graduated a semester early (Dec 2019) but wanted to walk with the rest of my class (May 2020). I essentially graduated with Barney Honors from the Barney School of Business at the University of Hartford. For my senior year, I was president of African Student Union on campus and previously Vice President of ASU for 2 Years. I've recently joined Hillyer College, University of Hartford's Board of Visitors. As I finished school, I got an offer at Optum Ventures, a venture capital firm in Boston. - Spring 2020.

Grace Buckner

I just graduated from UMass Amherst with a B.S. in Public Health in May. While working on my degree, I had the opportunity to do research on the use of big data to tackle the opioid epidemic. I also interned with SNAP Education doing nutrition education in Lawrence, Lynn and Lowell last summer. My interest in organizational development and health policy has led me to pursue an accelerated, one-year, Masters in Public Policy, also at UMass Amherst. Pro-tip for current BTA students: state schools give you so much college credit for AP's. Work hard now, thank Mr. Belk later. Fun fact: I forgot to purchase my UMass graduation gear before COVID, so my trusty forest green BTA cap and gown came out of the closet for the at-home virtual graduation. - Spring 2020.

Janique Jean

Janique Graduates

I recently graduated in May 2020 from Salem State University with a major in Healthcare. During my time at Salem State a few things I did was become a Resident Assistant, president of my majors organization, and a student manager at my on campus job.

I will be completing my masters degree in Higher Education this fall 2020 at Salem State with an assistantship at Babson College in their Student Engagement office and a second assistantship at the STEP (Student Transition and Engagement Program) office. My assistantships come with free tuition and a free apartment! - Spring 2020

Victoria Upton Nelson

Darius and Victoria Wedding

Darius Nelson '15 and I got married in June of 2019! We then hung around for the summer before relocating from Boston to Los Angeles for film school. During that crazy year, I finished my degree at Lesley University. We now spend our time bouncing from coast to coast working, studying, and spending time with family.

 

Class of 2017

Sam Belk

Sam Belk at Front Desk

Sam Belk is spending the school year working at BTA. - Fall 2020

Click here to read an interview with Sam about his experience.

 

Class of 2018

Jonathan Hodge

I am currently in my third year of undergrad, pursuing a bachelor's in nursing at UMass Boston. I am working in the VA hospital and have met some really interesting people during my time there. I moved to Quincy, MA this year as part of a new church plant in the city and am spending most of my time outside of school helping out with the church ministry here. I was playing on the UMass Boston baseball team last year but our season has been postponed indefinitely due to COVID-19. - Fall 2020

Christie Lee

I hope everyone is doing as well as can be. Thankfully and fortunately, I am. I have been great and currently am working as a paralegal at a local law firm. Sharing one of the many great pages from one of many great books that I have been consuming (now that I am on co-op and have so much free time). - Summer 2020

Ian Weston

IT Weston

I am in my junior year at WPI, pursuing an undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering with a discipline in Structural Engineering and Construction Management. This fall, I have enjoyed studying structural and geotechnical analysis, design, and mechanics courses. I have the pleasure of observing the construction of a new academic building from my kitchen.

I am contracted to commission as an Army Officer through the Bay State Battalion Army ROTC. This fall, I had the opportunity to lead as the Cadet Commander of Alpha Company, consisting of cadets from the Worcester college/university consortium. Due to school and state guidelines, we conduct our field training and military science lectures at Ft. Devens. The picture was taken at the end of a day of Squad Situational Training Exercise (SQD STX). Squad STX culminated the fall semester of small unit tactics and tested the juniors on their leadership attributes and competencies in leading a squad to accomplish a mission.

Additionally, I am a co-captain of the Ranger Challenge team, a 12-person team that competes in a physically, technically, and mentally demanding 3-day competition against teams from all the ROTC battalions across the Northeast. I serve on the worship team for a local church and in the Christian Bible Fellowship at school. - Fall 2020

 

Class of 2019

Evan Weston

I just completed my first year at Suffolk University in downtown Boston. My goal this year was to get involved in order to feel connected to my new community as well as meet new people in other class years. I ended the year being a part of 5 clubs and organizations, with 4 leadership positions.

First, I ran to be a Student Government Association senator for the class of 2023 against 26 other students and only 9 were elected, but then was chosen to become a Member at Large. Second, I wanted to be part of making residential spaces become closer and more familiar with each other. I ran to be secretary of Resident Hall Council and was elected. Third, I partook in Suffolk’s Greek Life Recruitment and was inducted into the Gamma Lambda Chapter of Theta Phi Alpha sorority.

In the winter, I was elected to the position of Special Events Chair for the chapter and was planning our Founders Day celebration which was cancelled due to COVID-19. Another organization I chose to be a part of was Suffolk’s Dance Marathon which partners with Boston Children’s Hospital to raise money for cancer research. The event planning process takes all year and I was elected Co-Fundraising Chair. Although our physical event was cancelled due to the coronavirus, our group chose to do a virtual event through our social media and raised four thousand dollars. Next year, I will hold the Dancer Relations position which does all the communications between our group and involving other groups on campus to be a part of the event. Lastly, I became one of the founding members of Suffolk Jazz Dance Company that was established in February. I hope to see it grow and flourish in the next school year.

This spring, I was nominated for the Outstanding Freshman Leadership Award and ended up being a finalist with two other girls. Although this was abruptly ended in March, the opportunities I had this year helped me grow and strengthen my leadership abilities. I am grateful for my Suffolk University community and I look forward to all that will be accomplished next year. - Spring 2020

 

Class of 2020

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