FORSYTH ALUMNI STORIES

Calling all Forsyth alums! Do you have a story to share? We’d love to hear from you and so would your classmates.

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JING QIU | FS ’06 

JING QIU | FS ’06 [ Summer 2016 ]
John Burroughs School, ’12
Harvard University, ’16

WHAT ARE YOU DOING NOW?
I am working as a 6th grade math teacher at STRIVE Prep-Federal Charter School in Denver, CO and studying as a Harvard Graduate School of Education Master’s Degree student with the Harvard Teacher Fellows Program.

FAVORITE FORSYTH MEMORY?
My favorite Forsyth memory is a tie between the 6th grade camping trip we all go on right before graduation and climbing the beam. Both such wonderful, community-building experiences!

HOW DID YOUR TIME AT FORSYTH INFLUENCE YOUR SUBSEQUENT EDUCATION AND CHOICES?
Forsyth and its amazing people taught me to love learning and to build relationships with others. These takeaways have guided me through high school and college and also heavily influenced my decision to enter the teaching profession. I hope that one day, I can be as inspiring a teacher as my Forsyth teachers were!

DO YOU STILL KEEP IN TOUCH WITH ANY OF YOUR FORSYTH FRIENDS?
Yes! Social media for the win!
 



ELIZABETH PACK | FS ’00

ELIZABETH PACK | FS ’00 [ Winter 2016 ]
MICDS, ‘06
Miami of Ohio, BS in business and a concentration in psychology, ’10
St. Louis University, JD with concentration in tax law, ’14

WHAT ARE YOU DOING NOW?
I am now an associate attorney at Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C. in the trusts and estates department.

FAVORITE FORSYTH MEMORY?
It is hard to pick a favorite, but if I had to choose I would say the 6th grade camping trips.

HOW DID YOUR TIME AT FORSYTH INFLUENCE YOUR SUBSEQUENT EDUCATION AND CHOICE?
Forsyth instilled me with a love of learning, so I knew I wanted to go to school for something that would allow me to keep learning even after my formal education was complete, which is definitely the case with the legal profession.

DO YOU STILL KEEP IN TOUCH WITH ANY OF YOUR FORSYTH FRIENDS?
Yes! To this day, some of my best friends are the ones I met at Forsyth School.
 



CATHERINE VON HOLT | FS 08


CATHERINE VON HOLT | FS ’08Summer 2015 ]
John Burroughs School, ’14
Kenyon College, double-majoring in English with a Creative Writing emphasis and International Studies

WHAT ARE YOU DOING NOW?
I am currently taking a gap year before starting college. Right now, I’m in Chengdu, a large city in the province of Sichuan in China. I just came here yesterday from an organic farm, about an hour outside the city, where I worked and learned about sustainable agriculture for about two weeks.

FAVORITE FORSYTH MEMORY?
My favorite and most formative Forsyth memory is hands-down drawing a world map from memory in 6th grade with Mr. Shelton. Drawing that map was the first of many steps in my interest in world cultures and being a global citizen. I still have it up on the wall in my bedroom, and if Mr. Shelton hadn’t trained me and the rest of my class for months so that we could draw that map ourselves, I might not be in China right now, or have taken this gap year to travel the world at all. 

I also remember reading The Material World, photography of families around the world sitting with all their material possessions outside their homes; I still have that book in my living room. We also learned about the lifestyles of indigenous Indonesian villages, and how different from our lives they were, but how sensible and practical, as well—how they’d hunt and gather, and harvest sago trees for food. All these things contributed to my fascination with how people live across the world from us, how they think, how they define themselves, and with expanding my comfort zone to learn and immerse myself with people and ideas that are foreign to me.

HOW DID YOUR TIME AT FORSYTH INFLUENCE YOUR SUBSEQUENT EDUCATION AND CHOICES?
Forsyth and Burroughs are probably similar in many ways—rigorous and advanced in academics, and pushing students to become well-rounded and pursue other interests, as well. I definitely think of this gap year as education—experiential education. Forsyth planted that seed, and I wholeheartedly encourage these lessons (the world map, books like The Material World, etc.) to stay in the curriculum, and better yet, to expand on them and teach students even more about life beyond their own lifestyles. For me personally, it’s most important for someone to be sensitive to lifestyles that are different from their own.
 



 MORGANA PHLAUM | FS ’00

MORGANA PHLAUM | FS ’00 [ Winter 2015 ]
Whitfield School, ‘06
Southern Methodist University, BFA: Dance Performance and Minor: Psychology

WHAT ARE YOU DOING NOW?
I am a professional modern dancer and fitness instructor in NYC. I dance for Inclined Dance Project and Beth Liebowitz & Artists. I teach Fluidity Fitness at New York Health and Racquet Club and the JCC as well as TRX classes at The P.E. Club.

HOW DID YOUR TIME AT FORSYTH INFLUENCE YOUR SUBSEQUENT EDUCATION AND CHOICE?
Forsyth taught me that an incredible amount of hard work and focus will take me far in life. Success does not come overnight and I feel like Forsyth taught me how to manage my time and accomplish one task at a time to reach a large end goal. Being a performer in NYC is incredibly difficult and not everyone is cut out for it. Forsyth encouraged me to explore my passions and challenge myself when things did not come easily.

FAVORITE FORSYTH MEMORY?
In Kindergarten, I remember making boxed lunches out of old laundry detergent boxes and we invited our parents to come and eat lunch with us. I remember painting the boxes and letting them dry on the red fire escape outside of our classroom. We made sandwiches that I cannot imagine were very good, but I remember being so excited to show my parents. My dad was in medical school at the time and continuously studying, so I was overjoyed when both of my parents came and ate with me.

DO YOU STILL KEEP IN TOUCH WITH ANY OF YOUR FORSYTH FRIENDS?
I still talk to and see Emilee Lemp and Ariel Nathanson. When we are actually able to talk on the phone and not with the answering machine, our giggles come out as if we were still at Forsyth.

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