Alumni News and Notes

St. Hilda’s & St. Hugh’s graduates are doing great things throughout New York City and the world. Read all about the ways that our alumni are making their mark! 

Class Notes

Janos Marton '96
A lawyer and criminal justice reformer, Janos Marton '96 began to explore his passion for activism at a young age. In second grade at St. Hilda’s & St. Hugh’s, he was signing up his classmates for various environmental causes. “Our teachers worked hard to teach us not only basic academic skills but also about morality and civics,” he recalls fondly. Janos loved learning about history, particularly the civil rights movement, and now as a candidate for Manhattan District Attorney, his dual passions have converged. Janos says that perhaps the most important lesson he gained from St. Hilda’s & St. Hugh’s was the importance of giving back to your community. “It’s so important to remember how far you can get by caring about the people around you and showing a little kindness,” Janos says.
James Cross '16

Bringing his passion for writing and his experience at Trinity School, James Cross ’16 returned to Joan Wentworth's eighth grade English classroom for the second time this fall as a guest instructor.

James offered a “masterful” presentation on composing an analytical essay, Ms. Wentworth said. “On the very day he presented here, he received his acceptance from Princeton. I have been so lucky to have worked with James, and so many students like him. It's both thrilling and humbling!”

James used three Tim O'Brien short stories that deal with the subject of war to delve deeply into topics such as structure, perspective, effective descriptive language, developing a strong thesis, and common writing mistakes to avoid.

“I love it when my former students return to share their high school experiences with my current eighth graders,” said Ms. Wentworth. “It does us all good.”

Sophie Hoyt '11
Sophie Hoyt just graduated from The University of Chicago with her Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Language. Sophie’s thesis, “Surviving in the Multiracial Body: Octavia Butler and Multiracial Science Fiction,” won the Janel Mueller Undergraduate Thesis Prize. This award recognizes exceptional undergraduate research and writing. Sophie attributes her writing skills to the tutelage she received from faculty members Joan Wentworth and Gene Santarelli during her time at St. Hilda’s & St. Hugh’s.

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