What are they doing now?

Heights High grads have been taking “the road less traveled," "marching to the beat of their own drum," and "thinking outside the box” when it comes to continuing their post graduation studies. They are definitely a group that sees the world as an extended classroom.

I would love to hear more from Cleveland Heights and University Heights families about what their Heights High graduates are up to now. Email me at lita@valancy.com.

Here’s just a sample of what some of our recent graduates have been up to.

Class of 1999

Bayard Elfvin is a professional soccer player (goalkeeper). He developed his skills as a youth player with the Eastside Kickers, was goalie for Heights High, and was recruited to play at Ashland University. He's played for the Cleveland Force, the Portland Timbers, the St. Louis Steamers, and he now plays for the New Jersey Ironmen. He also has played for the U.S.A. Team in Beach Soccer world cups in Rio de Janeiro, Costa Rica, and Mexico.

Class of 2002

Scott Muthersbaugh completed his degree at Elon University. He has been a volunteer fireman, is an EMT, and is interning as a photojournalist in Burlington, NC.

Marcie Phillips received a BFA in Ceramics and a BA in Psychology, graduating magna cum laude from Ursuline College. She is presently the manager at Phoenix Coffee on Coventry and traveled to Costa Rica last spring to study more about coffee growing.

Class of 2003

John Sharpe is graduating with an MBA in accounting from Baldwin Wallace College (he went straight through in a special five year program that allowed him to get both his undergraduate and post graduate degrees). He interned and has a job lined up with Deloitte & Touche.

Nate Hall is at Loyola University Chicago studying law.

Ben Winger attended the country’s top ornithology program at Cornell University and now travels the world continuing that work. He may be in Peru right now.

Sam Petrey is at Depaul University in Chicago as a violin performance major.

Chris Pesek graduated from the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business and has a job with Intel.

Rein Lambrecht and Sabrina Kalfoun both graduated from Case Western Reserve University and are now in medical school.

Zev Valancy graduated as a drama major from Northwestern University. He is living in Chicago and has been in several local theater productions there.

Katie Vail graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a degree in environmental architecture.

Erica Jones was chosen for a special Masters Program in Accounting at Miami University because of her outstanding undergraduate performance.

Peter Eckendorf graduated from Seton Hall University with a degree in sports management. He worked for the Lake Erie Monsters this winter and is the part time mascot for the Lake County Captains this spring.

Class of 2004

Elisabeth Pardee is graduating cum laude in June with a double major from Kalamazoo College. She plans on going back to Japan with the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program next year. JET is a competitive program run by a collaboration of Japanese ministries and takes about 4,000 people per year from 41 countries around the world. She spent her junior year at Doshisha University in Kyoto.

Class of 2005

Jon Hall is a junior at Miami University. He is a math major and a supplemental instructor for freshman calculus students.

Kelley Phillips is a junior at Marymount Manhattan College in New York City. A studio art major, she just completed a semester abroad in Florence, Italy.

Mark Muthersbaugh is studying abroad in Tanzania now. He will be a senior at Oberlin College next year and will continue swimming on the varsity team.

Class of 2007

Rhonda Register was elected Senator for the College of the Arts in the Undergraduate Student Government at Ohio State University.

Susan Wherely is at Harvard University and will be going to Africa this summer.

Noah Rosenberg-Szubski is in California designing websites.

Lita Gonzalez, a long time community volunteer, lives in Cleveland Heights with her husband Mark. Both her daughters are Heights High graduates.

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Volume 1, Issue 3, Posted 1:42 PM, 05.19.2008