To kick off the fifth annual Alumni Weekend, four ESD alumni returned to campus and hosted a discussion panel for juniors and seniors.
Grady Alsabrook '91, James Clement '02, Becca Genecov '11, and Luisa Navarro '08 spoke to the students about their personal experiences at ESD, in college, and the work force. With professions in very different industries, from ranching and journalism to sports management and cardiovascular surgery, each had a unique story behind their ESD experience.
"I think it's really awesome to see people coming from ESD go so far in life," said Sarah Kate Farmer '18. "It makes you realize what this school can do for you."
Each of their ESD experiences, whether it be in the form of supportive classroom environments or the close-knit Eagle community, shaped who they were and gave them tools to succeed in life.
"The teachers here really listen to your dreams and hopes, and they figure out a way to help you make that a reality," explained Luisa, after a touching tribute to her mentor and ESD English teacher Ms. Salz.
Whether their path was a straight-shot from high school to their career, or an indirect journey that led them to where they were today, they all had sound pieces of advice for our students: perseverance is key.
"While they were all very different stories, the advice all came from the same place and had a similar theme," said Ali Adatia '18. "There was enough advice for everyone to hear what they needed to hear."
Big thanks again to Grady, James, Becca, and Luisa for speaking to our students this week. We hope to see all of our alumni this weekend!