Alumni and Friends Newsletter
Dear CTY Alumni and Friends,
For those I haven’t had the opportunity to meet yet, I’m the director of alumni relations and constituent engagement at CTY and I’m thrilled about the new opportunities available for members of the CTY community.
From participating in our virtual and in-person events, to volunteering by sharing your CTY stories and career journeys with other CTYers, we seek to offer a full menu of options you can choose to engage with CTY and others in our community throughout the year. I hope you enjoy reading about some of these opportunities in this newsletter!
As we continue to build and grow the CTY engagement plan, we are always looking for passionate alumni and parents to serve as ambassadors, and volunteer to share ideas and help with our efforts. I very much look forward to connecting with you throughout the year.
Director, Alumni and Constituent Engagement
We are looking for alumni to share their awesome CTY experiences with families interested in CTY by volunteering to be guest speaker at a Discover CTY webinar. Alumni can share more about their CTY participation and experiences. If you are interested in helping families find their path to CTY, please contact senior program manager Andrea Hinson at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
WNBA New York Liberty vs. Las Vegas Aces Game
CTY parent and former East Asia Advisory Council chair Oliver Weisberg recently hosted CTY alumni from 1998 to 2010 at the Barclays Center to watch the New York Liberty take on the Las Vegas Aces. Guests enjoyed private box seating, refreshments, and a win for the Liberty on their home court.
Jeanette Kim, ’04-’10, (front center), and Barry Leybovich, ’03-’08, (fourth from left), were reunited at the New York Liberty game for the first-time since their 7th-grade summer at Washington College. They enjoyed the day with other alumni and friends.
See more photos from our events on our Flickr page.
CTY Night at New York Empire Ultimate Frisbee Game
CTY family poses with Marquees Brownlee '06-'08.
CTY Night at the New York Empire Ultimate Frisbee game was a success, drawing over 80 CTY families and alumni from the New Rochelle, N.Y. Post-game, CTY fans met CTY alumnus and Empire player Marquees Brownlee, ’06-’08, an independent web video producer often credited as one of the greatest tech reviewers around.
New York City Alumni Event
CTY alumni from the late 1980’s to 2022 gathered for a sold-out event at the historic Penn Club in midtown Manhattan this spring. The evening was an opportunity for NYC-area alumni to connect with each other and hear brief remarks by Advisory Council member and CTY alum Nina Kleaveland ’96-’97 and CTY’s executive director Amy Lynne Shelton, PhD. A special thank you to alum Grace Yeon ‘03-’06 for sponsoring this special event!
(L-R) Barry Leybovich ’03-’08, Ben Hu (guest) and Starr Chen ’03-’07.
CTY Advisory Council members Nina Kleaveland ’96-’97 and Lee Stephens, CTY parent.
As we continue to develop our alumni engagement plan, we thank the more than 975 alumni from around the world who submitted their feedback through our Alumni Survey sent in July. Three eligible alumni who completed the survey were entered in a drawing to win some CTY swag. Congratulations to Shubho Sadhu ’02, Tess Harty ’07-’11, and Andrew Mast ’90-’93!
Tap Into Your CTY Connections
Would you like to find job openings and connect with others who share your career interests? Join the LinkedIn and Facebook CTY Alumni Network groups! These private groups are exclusively for CTY alumni and are a great way to network with other “Forevermores” who may be a professional in your field!
If you haven't already, add CTY to your LinkedIn profile by including CTY in the education section of your bio by adding Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth and the years you participated.
SoCal event: We’re planning an alumni gathering in the LA area. Look out for more event information coming your way! If you are interested in sponsoring or volunteering for an event in your area, contact us at email@example.com.
Visit the CTY YouTube Channel to view virtual events and other alumni recordings like our 5 Questions with alumni spotlights. Our recent segments include interviews with Matthew Zakreski ’96-’00 and Maya Kurien ’05-’06.
Special thanks to the CTY alumni who became CTY staff this summer at our residential summer sites.
Pictured below are alumni summer staff at the Collegeville residential site, from left to right: Bridget McGivern ’90-’92, Ivan Blumenschein ’16-’19, Naomi Choodnovskiy ’99-’01, Matt Shen ’16-’17, Alejandro Jorge ’13-’16, Liv Davidson ’17-’19, Lily Liu ’17-’19, Joan Hanson ’17-’19, and Drew Lazenby ’11.
Alumni Class Notes
Maya Kurien ’05-’06 will be a featured speaker at the Women in Government Relations Professionals group at the Women in Advocacy conference in Washington D.C. in late September.
Alex Bores ’02-’06 was recently elected to the New York State Legislature Assembly.
Bailey Canham ’19 recently graduated from California State University, Los Angeles and started a position with the U.S. Department of Defense.
Liana Yang ’20-’21 co-authored the young adult novel, “Stuck in Her Head,” which will be published by Earnshaw Books in October, 2023.
End-of-School Year Recap
Watch this video about CTY students Alexis and Anthony and their transformative experience this past summer, made possible by a scholarship grant from our long-standing partner the Goldsmith Family Foundation.
Alexis and Anthony joined over 4,100 students at our On-Campus Programs this summer. We had programs at eight sites from California to New York, and two sessions from June to August. Students made countless discoveries, including 'How much weight could a spaghetti bridge withstand before the noodles snapped and broke under pressure?' The JHU HUB story about summer 2023 at CTY has the answer.
A young CTYer proudly shares his invention: the BristleBlend!
In addition, more than 10,500 students participated throughout academic year 2022-23 in our Online Programs, and a whopping 18% of CTYers are international students!
Share Your Feedback
CTY’s in-person and online summer sessions have ended, and we are already looking ahead and planning for next year. We hope you can spare 10 minutes to take the CTY Offerings Survey. Please feel free to share this link with your friends and family who may be interested in sharing feedback on planning for future programs.
CTY provided financial aid to 585 students this past academic year, all made possible by our alumni, families, friends, and staff, as well as our foundation and corporate donors. Here are a few expressions of gratitude from our students who experienced a fun-filled and transformative summer at CTY.
Photo and postcard from summer 2023 financial aid recipients.
“At CTY, I have made so many valuable memories and met so many close friends from around the world. CTY has also given me the opportunity to explore areas of studies that I would never have been able to explore. It has allowed me to find potential interests when I had no idea what I would even want to study in college. In just 3 weeks, I felt like I spent a whole year learning so much in such a special community. From the bottom of my heart, I truly thank you for granting me such a special and unforgettable experience.”
- CTY Student
You can make a gift to CTY to help provide a rewarding and challenging academic experience to qualified bright learners from diverse backgrounds.
Email the correct answers to all three trivia questions to firstname.lastname@example.org to be entered in a drawing to win a CTY-branded baseball cap, Rubik’s cube, and pennant. If you are an alumnus, please include your updated contact information with your submission to be eligible. All submissions must be received by October 20, 2023.
Q. How many hearts does an octopus have?
Q. What is the longest river in the world?
Q. What does the “E” in Chuck E. Cheese stand for?
Be sure to check out the next issue of the CTYer in January to see who wins the trivia contest.
Congratulations to the last edition's trivia winner,
Last edition’s trivia answers:
Q. In what year did women get the right to vote?
Q. Sodium bicarbonate is used in the kitchen as what?
A. Baking soda
Q. In which city was “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” filmed?
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