Life After King
King graduates thrive in college and rise to the top of any field or industry.
Powered by their curiosity and guided by dedicated and expert educators, our students learned and learned how to learn. Armed with all the necessary skills that they will need in their lives beyond King, they leave ready to tackle the next chapters of their lives. Our students strive to make an impact as bold, curious, and imaginative leaders and change-makers. By the time they graduate, they are better prepared to better the world.
Meet some of our graduates who are achieving great success in a wide range of areas including STEM, arts, athletics, politics, humanitarianism, and International Relations.
Music, laughter, and bells rang across the King School campus as 91 members of the Class of 2022 received their graduation diplomas and celebrated the strength of their community among family and friends during this year’s Commencement ceremony on Friday, June 3.
King School is pleased to announce Julie Sheetz ’03 as this year’s Commencement keynote speaker.
Julie Sheetz currently serves as the Chief of Staff for Indo-Pacific Security Affairs in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. In this role, Sheetz oversees an organization of nearly 100 people that provides the Secretary of Defense with policy recommendations and advice spanning the management of the United States’ treaty alliances and partnerships in the Indo-Pacific region.
King School’s biennial gala returned to campus this year with invigorating energy after an extended pause due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The glass ceiling tent was filled with cheer, laughter, and the sound of clinking glasses as over 350 guests gathered for the event which took place on Saturday, April 23, on the King School campus.
Head of School Carol Maoz kicked off the evening. “Tonight, we celebrate our community, and we celebrate the ability to gather in person on this beautiful campus – something we no longer take for granted!”
Every year, alumni are invited to return to King School for Career Day to share their professions and life experiences with upper school students. This year’s featured alumni reflected an array of career paths including marketing, sales, finance, theater, and medicine. The panelists offered advice to the students as they consider life after King.
“The framework of education is to produce the skills you need to be a part of any environment,” said Jesse Freedman KLHT’00, who is a Magic and Illusions Associate for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on Broadway and the Founding Artistic Director of the Meta-Phys Ed. Performance Group.
The College Counseling Department at King School has announced that 34 seniors have been accepted to their first-choice college or university and have already committed to attend. "This tremendous achievement represents years of dedication and hard work by the students, their teachers, and families, as well as the tireless commitment of our college counselors. I could not be prouder of everyone involved!" said Head of School Carol Maoz. To date, King’s matriculation reflects an impressive and diverse list of colleges and universities that best fit the unique interests and goals of its students.
This fall, 12 inquiring juniors and seniors have embarked on a yearlong mentorship program that pairs them with a diverse group of accomplished alumni to explore industries and career paths beyond their high school journey. King Connects, a new student and alumni mentorship program, follows an intentional curriculum designed by history teacher Lindsey Rossler, the Director of Talent Development.
When Erica Cunningham ’20 filled out the paperwork to join the rowing team at the University of Alabama, she was doubtful. Having played three sports at King, she was a proven athlete, but this was the Crimson Tide. The deck was further stacked when the school invited all 20,000 women enrolled to try out for 11 openings on the team.
King alumna Dr. Joy Gaylinn Reidenberg LHT’79 was raised by extraordinarily patient parents. Her father, naturally squeamish and prone to seasickness, braved persistent nausea to serve as captain of the skiff that ferried her on childhood fishing voyages. Reidenberg followed her curiosity to become a world-renowned biomedical research scientist who studies comparative anatomy. Today, she is a professor at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and has served as a guest investigator at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and as an associate scientist at the National Museum of Natural History of the Smithsonian Institution.
At first glance, brothers Jeff Becker K’83 and Jim Becker K’80 are opposites. Jeff is a financial sector CEO living on the East Coast, and Jim is a community foundation CEO living on the West Coast. Jeff races McLarens and Jim casts flies. Jeff skis among spruce trees and Jim studies family trees. But look closer and their similarities emerge. They are innovative leaders within their industries. They are steeped in philanthropy, Jeff through his role on the board of Americares, Jim through his work on the front lines of the community foundation RCF Connects.