Germantown Academy welcomed eight alumni back to campus physically, and one virtually, to chat with students about their academic and career pursuits. Current GA students were able to sign up for two sessions that interested them and heard from our recent college graduates or college seniors.
"Students were deeply engaged in conversations with alumni about their academic paths through college that led to their current career or future career," Director of College Counseling Karen Mason said. "They asked thoughtful questions, and the alumni clearly enjoyed sharing their journey as an example of opportunities students could seize in and after college."
The list of alums, their accomplishments, and their fields of study are as follows:
Alex Kurtz, GA Class of 2017. Working as a Sales Associate for Who, What, Wear, Clique Brands, NYC, reporting to the Senior Vice President for Global Sales. Graduated from the Westphal College of Media and Art Design at Drexel University with a Bachelor’s in Design and Merchandising. Alex completed the following internships while at Drexel: Community Engagement Intern, Drexel University Hillel; Design and Merchandizing Student Ambassador, Drexel University’s Westphal College of Media Arts & Design; Merchandising Assistant, Addison Bay; Campus Ambassador, La Colombe Coffee Roasters.
Andy Huang, GA Class of 2017. Working as a Business Transformation Analyst at Capgemini with a focus on Finance & Accounting Consulting and Digital Transformation. Studied for two years at NYU's Liberal Studies Core Program (a 2-year program in CAS designed for liberal arts and global study). Then attended NYU's Stern School of Business where he received a BS in Business with double concentrations in Finance and Marketing and an academic track in Management Consulting. Interned at SLA Executive Search as a Research Analyst Intern and at Emma New York as a Marketing Assistant Intern.
Shreya Shah, GA Class of 2018. Currently a Pre-Medical undergraduate student at Temple University Honor’s College majoring in Biochemistry, minoring in Art, completing a certificate in genomic medicine with interests in technology, biomedical sciences, and art. Also applying to medical school for Fall of 2022 and serving as a research assistant at Fox Chase Cancer Center. Publication: Therapeutic implications of germline vulnerabilities in DNA repair for precision oncology. Cancer Treatment Reviews, 2022.
Allie Ernst, GA Class of 2016. Working at Einstein Healthcare Network, part of Jefferson Health, in Development Communications (fundraising communications). Undergraduate major in Public Relations and Political Science at PSU where she served as the Development Communications Captain for Penn State Thon and interned in Corporate Communications at Blue Cross. Also working on a Masters in Communications and Advertising the Newhouse School at Syracuse.
Mykal-Michele Longino, GA Class of 2018. Currently a senior at Spelman College studying English (writing) and on a business track. Completed the following internships: Digital Marketing Intern, Bandar and Bhaaloo; Summer Sales Intern, Lenox Corporation; Shazam Product Ecosystem Intern, Apple; Growth Marketing Intern, Apple. Thurgood Marshall College Fund supported Apple Scholar. Accepted a full-time position to return to Apple in California as a Marketing Specialist on the Growth Marketing Team for June of 2022.
Olivia Negro, GA Class of 2019. Currently pursuing a Bachelor’s of Arts in Politics and educational studies with a teaching certificate in social studies at Ursinus College where she is a Bonner Leader, TLI Student Consultant, Writing Fellow, Melrose Fellow, Model UN Head Delegate, and Alpha Delta Phi Society Member. Organized Redraw Democracy event to explain Gerrymandering. Olivia has a passion for global leadership and civic engagement.
David Niemynski, GA Class of 2017. Pursuing a Master's of Science at Jefferson University in Human Genetics and Genetic Counseling after earning a BS in Biology from the University of Rochester where he served as a Research Assistant at the University of Rochester Medical Center and also worked there as a Genetic Counseling Office Assistant. Also served as a Workshop Leader for Organic Chemistry, leading two session weekly. David recommends this session for those curious about alternate pathways besides medical school for biology and other science majors.
Brianna Owen, GA Class of 2016. Working as a manufacturing engineer for a medical device manufacturer. Undergraduate major in Mechanical Engineering with a focus on Biomedical Applications at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Graduated with a patent from her senior project at WPI - Patellofemoral Unloader Knee Brace and was the Provost Award Recipient for project presentation day in Biomedical Engineering and a Finalist in the National Schulze Entrepreneurship Challenge.
Kristine Wang, GA Class of 2019. Currently a Schreyer Honors College Scholar at Penn State's Smeal College of Business majoring in Finance with minors in Digital Media Trends and Analytics and French and serving as first the Associate Consultant and then the Engagement Manager of the Nittany Lion Consulting Group. She has served as the College to Corporate Business Intern at Vanguard, is currently a Research Analyst and Consulting Intern at University Professional and Continuing Education Association, and is the incoming Management Consulting Intern at Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) in NYC for summer of 2022.