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Fall 2014

“The only way to make sense of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.”  ~ Alan Watts

Dear Alumni,

Fall is a season of change — in the weather, in routines and in the life of a school community. Change and new beginnings are the themes of this issue of our alumni association newsletter.

At Homecoming on November 26th, we will hear from members of the class of 2014, our youngest alumni, who are experiencing their very first months of college just as, you will read in this issue, the class of 2010 is discovering the world or work and play beyond college. Church Square Park
Back at the school, we are happy to welcome several alumni who have returned to Hudson to share their talents with current students and our community of families and friends.  Finally, we invite all alumni and friends to gather on November 25th, share stories and celebrate the life of our beloved teacher, Andy Stapp, who sadly passed away in early September. For Mr. Stapp:  “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world.  Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”  ~ Margaret Mead

Please continue to stay in touch with the school.  We love to hear about our alumni.


Sara Herrera MS ’86 and
Randi Roberts ’05



Class of 2014 – just started College/Gap Year

Class of 2014

Last year’s graduates are well into their first semester of college (read: midterms are finally over and Thanksgiving is on the horizon). Check out which schools our class of ‘14 graduates are attending.

Bill Abreu – Tisch School of the Arts at NYU
Alex Binness – Montclair State University

Dyllan Brown-Bramble – State University of New York at Binghamton
Sebastian Cevallos – Pomona College
Jack Chiarello – Gap year
Abigail DeMasi – George Washington University School of Engineering Sereba Diakite – NYU
Jacob Frank – Haverford College 
Joyelle Gaines – St. Vincent College Christopher Gomezcoello – State University of New York at Binghamton 
Jacob Gottlieb – Michigan State University
Lily Johnson – Oberlin College

R. J. Konefal – Bard College

Sarah Maddrey – Skidmore College
Sam Mercer – Gap year

Emma Pizzuti – State University of New York at Stony Brook

Emily Rosenzweig – Vassar College
Robert Stark – Case Western Reserve University
Gianna Zapata – University of New Haven


Class of 2010 – Just Out of College

Just four years ago, these Hudson alumni were starting off their new adventure in college, fresh from graduating from Hudson High. And now, they are starting again with new beginnings in the “real world”– new jobs, new beginnings.

Sam Proctor ‘10
Syracuse University 2014 – Communications Design

I am a brand designer on the Nerf team at Hasbro, currently one of three total. My team conceptualizes, designs and develops the visual…(more)

Prashani Amin ‘10 
Rutgers University 2014
B.S. Chemical Engineering
I just graduated from Rutgers University with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering. At Rutgers I did research in the Pharmaceutical Engineering Department on powder flow properties and tablet manufacturing…(more)

Dylan Kessler ‘10
I have indeed graduated finally from college, and I am currently located in Austin, TX, working at a small information security consulting company called Edgile…(more)


Valerie Smith ‘10 (MS 06)
LIM College 2014 BBA in Management

I graduated from LIM College this past spring with a BBA in management and a minor in retailing. I focused my studies on the buying profession, so I’m happy to say that I am doing exactly what I set out to do…(more)


New (Again) – Alumni at The Hudson School

Many of us remember our first day of school or being enchanted by the teacher of our favorite class at The Hudson School. For some of the Alumni these feelings are coming back because they are new again at Hudson in all different capacities.

Danielle LoPorto ‘96 – New Head of PTA with two sons attending Hudson


Gabe Hernandez MS ‘99 – Drama 6 *, Senior Seminar *, Administrative Assistant, Theater, High School Advisor, Admissions, Extravaganza


Robert (Bobby) Menendez ‘03 – Board of Trustees with Minal Patel MS ‘84


Rusty Laracuenti ‘04– Computers 5 *, Computers 6 *, Calculus 2 AP (BC), Mathematical Modeling & Software for Engineering, Physics 2 Mechanics – Honors, Technology Assistant

Randi Roberts ‘05 – Alumni Affairs w/ Sara Herrera MS ‘86 and Physical Education Assistant 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, Tutor, Food Fun


Alex Eng ‘08 – Latin 2, Math Tutor for Catapult, Farm Trip

A Sad Goodbye to Mr. Stapp
It is with deep sadness that we share that our beloved teacher, mentor and friend, Andy Stapp, passed away peacefully on the morning of September 3rd. For our community, it is a loss almost beyond words.  We were privileged to have Andy Stapp at our school for thirty-two wonderful years. He taught generations of Hudson School students and will never be forgotten…(more)



Yotam Marom ‘04

Yesterday, Andy Stapp – my former high school teacher, a friend and a mentor – passed away. Back in the day, Andy burned his draft card, and then decided to enlist in order to organize from inside and stop the war (more)

Class of 2014Join us for Homecoming 2014!
Wednesday, November 26th
at The Hudson School

It’s about that time again! The weather is getting cooler and the leaves have already turned. Fall is officially here and The Hudson School’s Homecoming is just around the corner! Come back to 601 Park to relive memories, share experiences and advice. Join us for the Annual Homecoming Events and see some…(more info)

You are Invited to a Gathering in Memory of 
Andy Stapp
Tuesday, November 25th
at The Hudson School
Andy’s family, friends, current and former students and colleagues are invited to a gathering at The Hudson School in honor of the life of Andy Stapp on November 25, 2014 at 7 p.m. There will be an opportunity for tributes — either prepared or spontaneous recollections, stories, or poems — remembering all that Andy meant to us, and the mark he left on our lives… (more info)

ALUMNI REUNIONS Spring of 2015! Events for Anniversary Years

Call for Reps, Organizers, Missing Contacts

The Hudson Alumni Association needs your help.  We are planning Reunion Events for the 2015 high school and middle school anniversary classes!  We are looking for class representatives for High School graduating years ‘95, ‘00, ‘10 and Middle School ‘80, ‘95, ‘00, ‘05, ‘10. …(more info)


Dancer, Valentin (Val) Chmerkovskiy ’04 is a finalist again this year on Dancing with the Stars – vote.   He’s partnered with Janel Parrish, an actress and singer-songwriter best known for playing Mona Vanderwaal on the ABC Family series Pretty Little Liars.
Support our alum Val (Class of ’04) with your votes! Vote here!

 Actor, Ezra Miller ‘10 (The Perks of Being a Wallflower) will play The Flash in Warner Bros.’ expanding slate of superhero feature films based on DC Comics. Miller will star in a stand-alone movie of The Flash in 2018, after presumably appearing in Justice League Part One in 2017 from director by Zack Snyder.

 Singer, Carrie Lane Pearlman ‘12 took her NYC flair to the Good Times Fest in Nashville, TN on October 31, 2014. Learn more about Carrie and her music here!

Former Hudson Teacher, Sarah Crosson was shortlisted for the Irish Book Awards, one of the biggest awards in Ireland! The winner is determined by public and academic votes. She’s one of four authors shortlisted in the senior kids category for Apple and Rainand is up against some big names.

She could use our help, so vote here before November 21, 2014!


Thank you to everyone who responded to our recent call for updates!  Please continue to send us your news and share your thoughts about Hudson. 



Class of 2014

Applesauce Cake Recipe
Randi Roberts ’05

Photo Credit: Randi Roberts for Foodie Ventures

Fall is truly a delicious season. It’s about the warm spices, the crisp produce, and the pretty colors. But to me, one of the most scrumptious and gorgeous elements of autumn is its bounty of apples. Keep it fresh and whip up a moist and spicy applesauce cake for the next holiday gathering or just because.
Applesauce Cake

adapted from Betty Crocker

2 ½ C all purpose flour… (more info)

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