Solid Advice on Alumni Day

Walt Whitman Alumni are welcomed back by Assistant Principal Mr. Jon Varlamos (back row left) and Ms. Leah Lugovinia (back row 2nd from right) and guidance counselor Ms. Crystalia Haramis (back row far right).
Walt Whitman Alumni are welcomed back by Assistant Principal Mr. Jon Varlamos (back row left) and Ms. Leah Lugovinia (back row 2nd from right) and guidance counselor Ms. Crystalia Haramis (back row far right).

Telling it like it is, Walt Whitman alumni gathered for an annual event that sheds light on what to expect--really--when you head off to college. “Visit more than one school, and make sure you visit the school you choose,” said one alumna, who learned that the school at which she had just spent her freshman year had an 85% transfer rate. And she too was now in the process of transferring to a different school. 

In separate assemblies, Whitman students were able to send written questions to the Guidance Department, where Ms. Leah Lugovinia, chairperson of Guidance and Student Services, consolidated and organized them by subject matter. The questions were read aloud, and alumni were able to respond directly. The answers were straightforward and honest. “We had over 30 Whitman graduates from a diverse group of schools eager to share their experiences with our junior and senior students,” said Ms. Lugovinia. “Our students had the opportunity to hear about what they should be doing now to prepare for college, how to navigate the college application process, and what to expect during the first year of college.”

Congratulations to the following Walt Whitman alumni who returned to their alma mater for this important and worthy exchange of information and ideas:  Nikhil Bartolomeo, Ithaca College; Sean Bird, George Washington University; Casey Blumberg, University at Buffalo; Derek Bustamante, University of Tampa; Chris Calamari, DeSales University; Jackie Calamari, Bryant University; Timothy Charlton, New York University; Nicole Eng, Emerson College; Patrick Farrell, Villanova University; Casey File, Hamilton College; Amelia Goodman, University of Pennsylvania; Jonathan Heller, Eastman School of Music; Keith Jacobsen, SUNY Oswego; Jillian Kelly, St. Joseph’s University; Harry Jason Kibirige, University at Buffalo; Sixx Lisman, Simmons College; Matthew LoCastro, MaCauley Honors College; Jessica Malone, Boston University; Sarah Marchesiello, The College of New Jersey; Hayley Mena, Sacred Heart University; Kei Miyagucvhi, Mitchell College; Ryan Mulstock, University of Massachusetts-Amherst; Alex O’Toole, Syracuse University; Kimberly Prestin, Wesley College; Sarah Riordan, Cornell University; Stephanie Romano, New York University; Ryan Scanlon, University of Coastal Carolina; Maclaine Scher, University of San Diego; Arjun Shah, Salisbury University; Antonio Silveri, Towson University; Stephanie Simon, James Madison University; Lindsy Tortorice, University of Tampa; Chris Vital, University of Connecticut; and Victoria Weisser, Binghamton University.