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Alumni Spotlight: Caitie Hilliard, Class of 2006
This edition of Alumni Spotlight features Caitie Hilliard, who graduated from Hudson Senior High School in 2006. Since graduation Caitie has been busy furthering both her education and her career, recently earning a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa.
Read more to find out the most valuable things Caitie learned in the HHS classroom and as an HHS athlete, as well as how growing up a Bluehawk taught her what it means to persevere.
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Alumni Spotlight: Morgan Libruk, Class of 2009
This edition of Alumni Spotlight features Morgan Libruk, who graduated from Hudson Senior High School in 2009. Morgan was the valedictorian of her graduating class. She also participated in Questar III's New Visions: Scientific Research & World Health program, which allowed her to explore science and earn transferable college credits during her senior year of high school. Since graduation, Morgan has been busy furthering both her education and her career in the expanding field of medicine.
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Alumni Spotlight: Justin Brantley, Class of 2009
This month's Alumni Spotlight is Justin Brantley, Hudson High School class of 2009. Justin plays professional baseball as a pitcher in the Cleveland Indians organization. He graduated from Siena College with a degree in business management. Justin says that the most important thing he learned in high school was about building relationships with his classmates and teachers. He encourages current Hudson City School District students to take advantage of all the resources that are available to them now, because it's that extra mile that's really going to matter down the line! Read more about Justin
Alumni Spotlight: Sarah Miller
This month's alumni spotlight is Sarah Miller. Sarah is a producer and writer with NBC's Weekend Today show. She enjoys being able to share people's stories at the national level. Her education at Hudson CSD taught her how to communicate well with a diverse group of people. It also taught her that she could do anything she put her mind to. She encourages current Hudson students to always go for what they want. She believes that if you put in the hard work, you will surely be rewarded. Read more about Sarah >>
Alumni Spotlight: Nick Zapp, Class of 2009
Nick Zapp is the Hudson City School District's first Alumni Spotlight this year. Zapp graduated in 2009, and is currently a second-year law student at Albany Law School. He says that his AP U.S. History teacher, Mrs. Naramore, inspired him to study law when she suggested he look into it, and took him on a field trip to Albany Law School. Then at Hobart College, he learned about the challenges our country faces with a growing population and finite resources, and decided to focus on environmental law. He learned a great deal from the diverse group of students that he attended school with in the Hudson City School District, and encourages current students to ask their teachers more questions. Read more about Nick >>
District Alumni Liaison
The Hudson City School District is seeking a volunteer to serve as the newly-created District Alumni Liaison. The position includes communicating with alumni groups to foster a strong connection with the district in support of alumni and district goals, activities, and events.
Please contact Frieda Van Deusen at 828-4360 ext. 2100 for more information.
Hudson Grad Signs Her Latest Book
Jene Lupoli Luciani, HHS '95, signed copies of her newest book, "The Bra Book," Saturday, Dec. 12 at The Spotty Dog, 440 Warren St., Hudson.
HHS Grads Making Waves
This has been a good season for noticing Hudson City School District alumni. First, Jill Cozza-Turner, class of 1995, won a daytime Emmy Award for her writing on the PBS children's series, WordWorld.
Then Gary Sheffer, class of 1978, head of communications at the General Electric Co., addressed the Columbia County Economic Development Corporation
CEO Roundtable on the topic of how Columbia County fits into the larger economic picture.
Cozza-Turner Wins Emmy
ABOVE: Jill Cozza-Turner, right, with her aunt, HCSD After-School Program Director Kathy Clark, at the Hudson Opera House Nov. 2 for "Hudson Reads."
An Emmy Award, the Oscar of the television world, recently went to a Hudson High School graduate, Jill Cozza-Turner of the Class of 1995. She’s a scriptwriter for WordWorld, a children’s show about a world made up of words. “Words are everywhere,” she said. “CHAIR in the shape of a chair; COW in the shape of a cow. Everywhere a child looks, they see words.” The series uses a new kind of animation that looks 3-dimensional, Cozza-Turner said.
Despite her relative youth, Cozza-Turner has put in her time to hone her craft: She’s been writing for preschoolers for about 10 years. Still, how does one achieve Emmy status in such a short time? “You work hard and have a little faith,” she said. She read every script she could get her hands on: “I always wanted to write for children,” she said. “I think preschool is an important age-group. So I started started doing children’s books.” Meanwhile, she started working as a receptionist, answering phones at an animation studio in New York City, and worked her way up. “I started handing out scripts to people in my studio,” she said. “I answered a lot of ads.”
Eventually, her efforts paid off. “It was a thrill, such a thrill!” she said of the awards ceremony. “It was a huge honor.” Jill is the daughter of Jay and Teri Cozza of Hudson, and the niece of Kathy Clark, director of the Hudson City School District’s After School Program.
Read Francesca Olson's story in the Register-Star.
GE Communications Chief Talks About Hudson & the World
Gary Sheffer, Executive Director of Communications and Public Affairs for the General Electric Co., addressed the Columbia County Economic Development Corporation CEO Roundtable October 29, 2009. In a speech that was both personal and global, he touched on his experiences at Hudson High School and later at the Register-Star, told about his grandfathers, both Hudsonians, how his parents met each other and how he met his wife, and went on to talk about how Columbia County values apply to the contemporary world economic situation.