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2017 Alumni Updates

Sam Anderson ‘17 Developing Plans for Sustainability
Don’t feel surprised a few years down the road if you come across Anderson among the lists of trailblazers and game-changers working to create more sustainable and environmentally sound solutions to some of the most critical problems facing our planet. During his first year at New York University Anderson has begun developing an independent study project through the Gallatin School that includes working with world-renowned entrepreneur and innovator Mitchell Joachim. Sam says that his independent project will eventually allow him to “design an environmentally-bent startup incubator complex” complete with a physical model and digital architectural designs. He has noted that “working with Professor Mitchell has been phenomenal. It’s so great to find a person who has spent their life trying to make a sustainable future possible….I was extremely lucky to have Mr. Powell [at Derryfield] and the luck has continued.”

Krystyna Keller ‘17 Wins Annual Flash Fiction Competition at Lafayette College
Keller took home first prize and $100 after submitting her short story, “Backyard, 2004,” which she initially wrote during her senior year here at Derryfield. It draws on Krystyna’s memories of her backyard adventures growing up here in New Hampshire and evokes imagery and themes one might find in a Robert Frost composition from his time in Derry.
The contest required that each submission be 500 words or less, including the title. In addition to the $100 prize, Keller had the opportunity to read her story for an audience gathered at Skillman Library on the Lafayette campus.
Phoebe Socha ‘17 Spends Semester Abroad in Italy
Socha joined roughly 100 of her Northeastern University classmates at John Cabot University in Rome for her first semester in college this fall. On weekends she had the chance to explore a number of other European locales including Paris, London, and Stockholm. Her weekend travels also included a reunion in Copenhagen with fellow Derryfield alumnus Sandy Lockwood ‘15, who spent his fall semester in the Danish capital. Phoebe remarks about her experience, “It was an amazing first semester; however I have enjoyed the transition back to campus in Boston!”
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