The Power of Podcasts

Posted by Pine Crest School on April 12, 2024 at 10:00 PM

Jaime Legagneur ’97 has been proactive in the pursuit of her educational and career goals since graduating from Pine Crest. Wanting to experience something new while staying warm, Jaime attended Tulane University in New Orleans for her undergraduate degree.

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Topics: Innovation, Alumni, The Magazine, 2024

Advocating for Grief-Supportive Communities

Posted by Pine Crest School on March 21, 2024 at 9:35 AM

Aron Weingard ’03 recalls that some of his fondest childhood memories were attending a sleep-away camp in Maine. He was unaware of it at the time, but his connection to this camp would prove to be a profound influence on his life and the lives of thousands of grieving children.  

Graduating from the University of Florida with a bachelor of science degree in Finance and then a master of science in Entrepreneurship, Aron’s career path led him initially to management and eventually to the wealth management industry. What is unique—and not an obvious step based on his background—is the fact that he has become a nationally recognized leader in the space of childhood grief.

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Topics: Alumni, The Magazine, 2024

Emerging Leadership In Pine Crest Middle School

Posted by Pine Crest School on March 1, 2024 at 8:33 AM

At Pine Crest Middle School, eighth grade students are offered a unique course option centered around emergent leadership. This course aims to nurture emergent leadership abilities, with a particular focus on developing skills essential to becoming entrepreneurs and leaders. Students will learn valuable skills such as collaboration, the art of public speaking, resiliency, and adaptability which are critical for their development as future leaders.

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Topics: Middle School, Academics, Pine Crest School, Student Leadership, The Magazine, 2024, emergent leadership

Improving Machine Learning One Word at a Time: Joseph Tepperman ’99

Posted by Pine Crest School on January 27, 2021 at 9:14 AM

When Joseph Tepperman ’99 started college at the University of Southern California (USC), he dreamed of working in a recording studio. However, he soon realized he was more interested in what was going on under the mixing console. He decided to change majors and began to focus on electrical engineering.

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Topics: Alumni, 2020, The Magazine

Panthers, Piety, and Portfolios: A Conversation with John Mann ’77

Posted by Pine Crest School on January 27, 2021 at 8:59 AM

By Nina Hamuy ’21

Many Pine Crest School alumni get an early start at Pine Crest. Some even spend 14 years at the School, but John Mann learned a lot in one year transferring for his senior year in the Upper School.

As a graduate of the Class of 1977, John Mann looks back, takes us through his time at the New York Stock Exchange, and offers tips to students along the way.

John Mann’s grandfather began his career as a member of the “New York Curb Exchange” in 1933, which he renamed the “American Stock Exchange” when he became the Chairman. John’s father began his career at the Exchange in 1958, so becoming a clerk at the age of 14 came naturally to John, and he fell in love with his family’s history and dedication to the Exchange.

Working his way up in the family business, John became the Exchange’s youngest member in 1979. The camaraderie and excitement on the trading floor were a fascinating experience that compares to the way John felt about his senior year at Pine Crest.

“I made friends instantly with my classmates, and I remain friends with them to this day,” said John. “My classmates supported me even though they had only recently met me, and I was elected to the Disciplinary Committee.”

In 1986, John became Senior Partner of the Exchange at the age of 28 with a staff of 44 brokers and clerks. He in part credits members of the Pine Crest faculty to his success saying, “How could I have obtained my degree in Economics had it not been for Dean Ring and his dedication to his math students? I could make a very long list of how each teacher kindly and tenaciously sought to make their students succeed.”

John continued to pursue academic goals thanks to his love for Pine Crest. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, Master of Arts in Religious Studies, and an MBA from Rollins College, the latter of which he received at the age of 48!

“[The Pine Crest] education enabled me to have successful careers in finance, theology, non-profit organizations, and my current role as Trustee [of the John Jay Mann trusts],” said John. “My relationship to my alma mater is very dear to me, and I strive to keep active in the Pine Crest community.”

John notes how much Pine Crest’s campus has changed over the course of time, but the dedication of students, faculty, staff, parents, grandparents, and alumni remain a cornerstone to Pine Crest’s success.

When I asked John to share something he learned from his career in finance that a student would not be able to find in a textbook, he referred to what he calls “American University” also known as the “School of Hard Knocks.” John went on to explain, “Nothing in a book can ever replace your own personal hard work and effort in whatever career that you choose. You will discover challenges and opportunities in ways that can only be experienced.”

John left me with some life advice like learning to balance a checkbook, keeping track of your expenses, and shared that the “the world changes; you have to continuously be learning.”

Today, John and his wife, Sandi, look forward to permanently living in their newly-renovated condo on the beach.

“Retirement is not attractive for me,” said John. “I really enjoy teaching theology, and I love my work as Trustee.”

John’s enthusiasm and work ethic have led him to receive three papal honors for his service to cardinals and bishops throughout the country via the John Jay Mann Foundation, a philanthropic organization established to serve charities throughout the world, for which he serves as treasurer.

As a final tidbit of advice, John reminds students that every interaction with teachers, staff, and fellow students will have an enormous positive impact that may not be apparent at the time.

“The interactions and classes that you have today are already shaping your future!”

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Topics: Alumni, 2020, The Magazine

Building a Legacy of Excellence in College and Academic Advising: Marcia Hunt ’12H

Posted by Pine Crest School on January 22, 2021 at 8:47 AM

By Danielle Weisfisch ’20

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Topics: Upper School, Alumni, Academics, 2020, The Magazine

10 Questions with Upper School Head Joseph Walters ’95

Posted by Pine Crest School on November 5, 2020 at 4:39 PM

Pine Crest Head of Upper School Joseph (“Joey”) Walters ’95 wears many hats: he is an alumnus, the proud parent of two Panthers, Leah ’24 and Nathan ’31, an educator, and a member of the senior administration team.

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Topics: Upper School, Alumni, Faculty, 2020, The Magazine

Triple Threat: The Abeles Siblings

Posted by Pine Crest School on November 5, 2020 at 4:13 PM

By Emily Roy ’20

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Topics: Alumni, Fine Arts, Music, 2020, The Magazine

Empowering Young Dancers: Emily Bufferd ’07

Posted by Pine Crest School on November 5, 2020 at 10:10 AM

Emily Bufferd ’07 has been dancing since she was a toddler.

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Topics: Alumni, Fine Arts, Dance, 2020, The Magazine

Ten Questions with Tara McGinn ’88: Alumna, Parent, Volunteer

Posted by Pine Crest School on November 5, 2020 at 9:36 AM

Tara (Monteleone) McGinn is a Pine Crest School alumna from the Class of 1988 and parent to three Panthers: Megan ’20, Ashlyn ’22, and Caitlin ’25.

Beginning her Pine Crest career as a freshman in the Upper School, she returned when her oldest daughter was ready for pre-kindergarten.

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Topics: Alumni, Admission, Pine Crest School, 2020, The Magazine

Supporting Pine Crest Over Three Generations: Steve Hudson ’87 and Holly Bodenweber ’88

Posted by Pine Crest School on October 22, 2020 at 3:10 PM

The Hudson and Bodenweber families have deep roots at Pine Crest School. The parents of third generation legacy students, alumni Steve Hudson ’87 and sister Holly (Hudson) Bodenweber ’88 are the nephew and niece of the late H. Wayne Huizenga ’55.

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Topics: Alumni, 2020, The Magazine

Serving Our Country For Peace And Security: Captain Michael Zequiera ’08

Posted by Pine Crest School on October 19, 2020 at 4:31 PM

Captain Michael Zequiera ’08 is a decorated Battalion Intelligence Officer for the United States Army.

Serving several tours from East Europe to Afghanistan, Michael’s career today is not exactly what he thought he would be doing.

After graduating from Pine Crest, Michael attended Anderson University in South Carolina where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Economics in 2011.

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Topics: Alumni, 2020, The Magazine

On Self-Discovery and Women Empowerment: The Kuel Life of Jack Perez ’82

Posted by Pine Crest School on October 19, 2020 at 4:26 PM

It is never too late to find your passion. Just ask former “hummingbird” Jacqueline, or Jack, Perez ’82.

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Topics: Alumni, 2020, The Magazine

Leveraging Social Enterprise to Improve Lives in Developing Countries

Posted by Pine Crest School on October 19, 2020 at 4:16 PM

During her time in Upper School, Pine Crest alumna Hanna Colin ’10 was passionate about social advocacy, serving as a member of student government and volunteering across Broward County.

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Topics: Alumni, 2020, The Magazine

Ten Questions with Washington Post Correspondent Kevin Sieff ’03

Posted by Pine Crest School on September 16, 2020 at 3:02 PM

by Spencer Davimos ’22

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Topics: Alumni, 2020, The Magazine

Kate Dobbie ’00: Using Recreation As Therapy

Posted by Pine Crest School on September 4, 2020 at 4:33 PM

After graduating from Pine Crest School as part of the Class of 2000, and then Davidson College, Kate (Weihe) Dobbie and a group of friends who had grown up skiing decided to move to Sun Valley, Idaho.

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Topics: Alumni, 2020, The Magazine

Brett Weiss ’15: Inspired to Action

Posted by Pine Crest School on September 4, 2020 at 4:08 PM

Brett Weiss ’15 has always been interested in emergency medicine.

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Topics: Alumni, 2020, The Magazine

Bringing Together a Love of Sports Journalism and Music: Hayden Grove ’11

Posted by Pine Crest School on September 4, 2020 at 2:41 PM

Ohio has always been a second home for alumnus Hayden Grove ’11. After graduating from Pine Crest with a love for journalism, music, and sports, Hayden’s passion for sports brought him to The Ohio State University to complete his undergraduate studies.

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Topics: Athletics, Alumni, Fine Arts, 2020, The Magazine

10 Questions with Richard Palmaccio ’08H

Posted by Pine Crest School on August 31, 2020 at 1:15 PM

Beloved mathematics instructor Richard Palmaccio ’08H taught at Pine Crest for 28 years. Now entering his 52nd year as a teacher, Mr. Palmaccio shows no signs of slowing down.

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Topics: Alumni, Faculty, The Magazine

Pine Crest School Journalism Students Connect with Alumni in New York City

Posted by Pine Crest School on July 20, 2020 at 4:32 PM

In March of 2019, 13 Upper School student journalists traveled to New York City to attend the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) Spring Convention. Before the conference, students had the opportunity to meet with Pine Crest alumni who work in media-related careers in the City. The alumni offered tours of their offices, spoke about their career paths, and answered students’ questions about working in media. Everyone enjoyed reminiscing about their Pine Crest experiences and reflecting upon what makes the School so special.

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Topics: Alumni, 2019, The Magazine