Kirby's first graduates received their diplomas 22 years ago, in 1997. Since then over 600 Kirby scholars have matriculated to college and universities, equipped with an outstanding educational foundation and a strong sense of purpose.
Even as they live and work all over the world, our network of alumni remain forever connected through the close relationships forged during their middle and high school years.
Kirby's Alumni Network organizes events to bring old friends back together and serves as a hub of news and information. Stay in touch with your past as you look ahead to the future.
Our next reunion is a 10 year for the Class of 2009 on December 29th.
If you're an alumni, email the Kirby Alumni Network to update your contact information and let us know what you're up to. Don’t forget to “like” the Kirby Alumni Facebook page and join the LinkedIn Kirby Alumni Network Group. We’d love to hear from you. Stop by Kirby anytime!
Check out what our alumni are doing:
Ben Morse says his goal is to “…simplify and streamline personal interaction with technology.” Ben has a MS in Computer Science, and in 2014 he co-founded his own company, Signal Laboratories. Ben and his team work on developing brand new technologies with the biggest social impact. Ben’s company provides research and development services centered around RF engineering, signal processing, and electronics manufacturing.
Emmett Pinsky was Kirby’s Valedictorian for the Class of ’15. They are graduating May ’19 from Tufts University as a Neubauer Scholar with a double major in American Studies and English. Also honored with the English Department Award, they just received an invitation to join the Phi Beta Kappa honor society! Emmett plans to spend a month or so in Europe this summer before starting a job in Manhattan at Printed Matter, an eclectic non-profit bookstore and gallery in Chelsea.
Shell Eisenberg, Santa Cruz native and Kirby School Class of 2009, broke the U.S. Women’s National Record in May 2018, freediving to a depth of 85m.
For perspective, she held her breath underwater while swimming the length of the Washington Monument.
Shelby is a resident of Kona, Hawaii, where she is a diving instructor.
Anika (Kuesters-Smith) Swenson is currently working at Looker, managing a team of 9 sales engineers. Anika says “Sales engineers are the technical experts in the sales process. They get to help customers learn about software while solving exciting and challenging problems. This job is a fun way to mix people-facing skills with a love for technology and the desire to be hands-on.” She received her B.S. in Biopsychology from UC Santa Barbara and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
Emma (Richter) Gaudio ’05, graduated from Bard College in 2009 with a B.A. in Art History and Music. After interning at Jazz at Lincoln Center and the Guggenheim Museum, she spent the last 8 years at MasterVoices, one of New York City’s premier choruses, managing Marketing and Education and singing as an alto. In addition to producing concerts and performing regularly at venues like Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, she had the thrill of singing at the Verbier Festival in Switzerland on four occasions and on tour with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in Israel and Salzburg, Austria. Emma has recently relocated to Pittsburgh, PA, where her husband Alex is pursuing a PhD in Machine Learning at Carnegie Mellon University. She is enjoying exploring a new city with her two year-old son Theo and singing with the Mendelssohn Choir, Pittsburgh’s oldest continuously performing arts organization at 110 years young.
Teyva Sammet ’11 recently started working as a Communications Manager with the Women’s Tennis Association, the governing body for the International Women’s Tennis Tour started by Billie Jean King. She travels the world managing press and securing player appearances for celebrity athletes such as Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka and Caroline Wozniacki. Teyva is also in charge of the communications for WTA Charities, whose mission is to make a positive social impact across the globe by strengthening the communities and charitable efforts through the WTA players and tournaments.
Craig Petrocelli II founded the London-based artist management company, Misfit. He received a BA in Music from the Berklee College of Music and an MA in Creative Business for Entrepreneurs and Executives from The National Film and Television School. He has worked professionally in musical theater, contemporary composition, and sound design. Craig is inspired by the ever-changing digital age of music and says he’s continually questioning what comes next!
Kirby instilled a self-confidence in me that has been hugely important in undergrad, grad and the workplace. Having close working relationships with Kirby faculty helped me feel comfortable developing relationships with professors in college, and gave me the confidence to hold my own with "the adults in the room" in a variety of contexts.
Rachel Keynton '08