Focus on Alumni

The Riverhead School District  invites our ALUMNI to share what has been happening in their lives.

yes you can / yes you will / yes they did!


  BLAKE CARRARA - CLASS OF 2016                             

Blake CarreraBLAKE CARRARA, a 2016 graduate and a star player on the RHS Blue Waves Boys Lacrosse Team, received a scholarship to play lacrosse at the University of Maryland. His first year on Monday, May 30th, the University of Maryland Terrapins beat Ohio State 9-6 to win the 2017 NCAA men’s lacrosse national championship.

  STEPHEN ANDREOTTI - CLASS OF 2012                             

AndreottiSTEPHANO ANDREOTTI will be taking a trip to Palermo, Sicily this fall courtesy of an international vocal competition. Andreotti, a 2012 RHS graduate and 2007 “Riverhead Teen Idol” winner, won a berth in the Italian competition by taking top honors at Festival of Song USA in Brooklyn on Jan. 29. He will travel in September to Palermo to compete in Gianni Contino’s Cantamare.

Andreotti, 22, of Riverhead (formerly known as Stephen Peppaceno) attended Westminster Choir College and Adelphi University. He sings a variety of music, including opera, and won the competition in Brooklyn with his performance of the Barry Manilow classic “Even Now.”

>University of Maryland

  AMANDA GALLO - CLASS OF 2012                             

DanAMANDA GALLO, who graduated from RHS in 2012 and will graduate in May with an engineering degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, will be one of the first women in United States history to serve on a submarine--just five years after the Navy began allowing female officers to do so. Only six women nationwide have been chosen from this year’s graduating class of future naval officers to enter the Navy’s highly competitive submarine force – and Amanda, a 21-year-old Riverhead graduate, is one of them.

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It’s a goal she has been pursuing since she was still in Riverhead High School, when her NJROTC instructor first informed her that the Navy had finally begun allowing female officers on submarines in 2010. >RiverheadLocal / Rensselaer / / RHS Class of 2012 / NJROTC


  DANIEL RAYNOR - VALEDICTORIAN - CLASS OF 2013                               

DanDANIEL RAYNOR, Riverhead High School's 2013 Valedictorian, is a second year student and undergraduate at Yale University double majoring in Environmental Engineering and American Studies with a concentration in Energy Studies.

Daniel wants to pursue a career in the fields of renewable energy and sustainability, and has a particular attraction to the wind energy industry.

He interned over the summer with REAP (see photo above in front of Portage Glacier), a renewable energy company in Alaska.This fall (2015), Daniel will be studying abroad in Denmark and in New Zealand in the Spring. He is passionate about the environment, both natural and built, and hopes to find a career in a field that can improve the condition of both.

As a freshman at Yale, Daniel signed on as a photographer for VITA BELLA, Yale's positive-living magazine. Check out his underwater "do you remember?" photo spread in the February, 2014 Fall-Winter Issue (p.24). > VITA BELLA / ALSO NOTE -- On page 2 of the VITA BELLAmagazine is a photo of 2013 graduate Charlotte Palmer, who is attending CASE WESTERN UNIVERSITY. >Follow Daniel on LinkedIn


  KELLIE GRIFFITH - CLASS OF 2010                                                                

KELLIE GRIFFITH - Class of 2010 (Graduated 8th in her Class)
COLLEGE: B.A. in Ed. and Spanish from WAGNER COLLEGE
CAREER: Kellie won a highly selective Fulbright U.S. Student Award to Ecuador, where she will work as an English Teaching Assistant.

Alumni Basketball(January 5, 2015) Kellie Griffith, who graduated from Wagner College in 2014 and from Riverhead High School in 2010, recently got the news she's been waiting for since last September: She has won a highly selective Fulbright U.S. Student Award to Ecuador, where she will work as an English Teaching Assistant next year. An article in US News and World Report entitled "Your Goal: Four Fabulous Years" explained how Kellie's first year experiences had set the stage for the rest of her Wagner College career.

Also featured on Wagner College's website, it was noted, "Griffith has been involved in Wagner College civic engagement activities since her first year as a student, when she joined the college's Habitat for Humanity chapter on a five-day service trip to the city of Cuenca, Ecuador. Because of her fluency in Spanish, she served as the chapter's translator for much of its weeklong stay."

"I fell in love with the community and fell in love with teaching English and Spanish,' says Kellie Griffith, a 2014 Wagner grad from Long Island who spent time working in the Port Richmond community near campus. As part of her first-year learning community combining courses in Spanish and philosophy, she studied contemporary moral ethics and wrestled with immigration issues in class, then saw firsthand how existing policies affect the lives of area immigrants by volunteering at an immigrant advocacy center." US NEWS / Wagner / YouTube

  RHS ALUMNI BASKETBALL GAME                                               

Alumni Basketball(December 15, 2014) It had been 11 years since the last time Chris Harris stepped onto the court at Riverhead High School. A lot has changed since then. But the competitive juices remain.

"Coach got some of us old guys out here," said Harris, a 2002 Riverhead graduate.

Harris was one of more than two dozen former players who came together for an alumni basketball game Saturday afternoon. The alumni broke up into two teams, a blue and white, and played an entertaining game in front a nice sized crowd. >NewsReview Article

  SHANNAH BOONE - CLASS OF 1999                                        

(October 11, 2014) Shannah Boone writes on her KICKSTARTER page, "I've had wonderful experiences recording in Nashville and GREAT support on the music I've made available on iTunes (two singles: Bugs In My Lipgloss, What Will I Do) and other music downloading sites. Singing and playing has been a blast and I love connecting with new people and seeing familiar smiling faces as well!" Shannah is trying to produce a CD, check out her KICKSTARTER page.

 MEGHAN DAVIS - CLASS OF 2011                                  

M  EGHAN DAVIS, Riverhead High School's 2011 Salutatorian, is a third year student in Boston in Northeastern University's MeghanHonors Program and is presently pursuing a major in Behavioral Neuroscience. Last summer, she did a co-op at Mass. General Hospital in the Mental Health Clinic, and, through the doctor's she worked with there, was referred to her current adventure. Prior to that, Meghan had earned a scholarship for an international co-op through her connections with Mass. General and is currently on co-op in Ethiopia! She is living with a host family and is working under two psychiatrists who are doing mental health research at Addis Ababa University. Meghan writes on her LinkedIn page, "I am passionate about global health and seeking opportunities to expand my research experience." > Follow her on her online blog

  DANIEL SNYDER - CLASS OF 2006                                  

DANIEL SNYDER graduated from Webb Institute in 2010 and was employed by DRS Technologies as a Junior Naval Architect.

SnyderHe was interviewed by Webb for their alumni page and he shared, "I've already been faced with another decision almost as life-changing as saying "yes" to Stephen Ostendorff in 2006 regarding my acceptance to Webb. Last October, I heard about this charitable organization called Bike & Build, which is dedicated to the need for affordable housing in the United States by raising funds and awareness through yearly cross-country bicycle trips."

Every summer, Bike & Build arranges for eight different groups of up to 34 cyclists (each) to cross this country from east to west in support of affordable housing. As part of the Bike & Build Southern US (SUS) route, I will be riding across the US on bicycle from Jacksonville, FL to Monterey, CA (approx. 4060 miles). During this trip, we will be not only be spreading awareness of the affordable housing crisis in every town that we come to and continuing to raise money for the cause, but we'll also be stopping to volunteer our time at 12 separate affordable housing build sites along the way. I will be writing journal entries and posting pictures on my blog at, so be sure to follow me for stories from the road!

Please consider supporting my Bike & Build fundraising effort for affordable housing. You can find instructions on donating through my rider's page at Thank you in advance for your support!

 HEATHER RILEY - CLASS OF 2008                                  

Heather Riley
HEATHER RILEY – has been working as a model and actress since she was 15. In August 2013, she was chosen Miss Congeniality at the Miss LI Pageant. Most recently in her acting career, she played one of Vince Vaughn's children in the movie "The Delivery Man," set to be released Oct. 4. Modeling and acting are her main sources of income.
     Heather attended the College of St. Rose in Albany on an athletic scholarship. She graduated from St. Rose in 2013 with a bachelor's degree in public communication. Heather was an outstanding track and field athlete at Riverhead High School. She captured the spring track pole-vault record at nine feet.
     One of four children, Ms. Riley grew up at Martha Clara Vineyards, where her father, Willie, is horse trainer and farm manager. Her mother is Martha Clara's tasting room manager.
     "I feel like Riverhead has definitely helped me get to where I am now," she said. "I entered the Pageant because I wanted to show girls my age that no matter your age, weight, color and background, you can do anything you put your mind to," she said. > News Review

JASON GEVINSKI - CLASS OF 2010                                                     

Jason       Jason Gevinski spoke in Unit on War and Peace in RHS English Class
RHS English teacher Sharon DiGiuseppe iteaches a unit entitled "War and Peace in Literature" to her 12R English classes. This unit encompasses three important works of literature (The Things They Carried, an HBO film "Taking Chance", and The Kite Runner).
        Fortuitously, after a webquest and prior to reading The Kite Runner, SPC Jason Gevinski, an airborne MP in the U.S. Army and a 2010 alumnus who is currently home on leave, agreed to speak to her class about his experience at the Combat Outpost Bowri Tanah, located on the Pakistani border, in Afghanistan. (Jason is currently stationed at Fort Richards in Anchorage, Alaska following his tour in Afghanistan.) He gave the students a bird's eye view of his experience with slides taken from the observation points where he provided overwatch throughout his deployment in Afghanistan. He also shared with the class his knowledge of the people, the culture, food, religion, political and social issues of Afghanistan. >More

CLASS REUNION - CLASS OF 1992                                                     

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(November 6, 2012) The Class of 1992 had their 20 year reunion at Swan Lake Golf Course this past Saturday. Lisa Blinn & Joanne Belson spearheaded this event, and we all had a great time!

Lisa Douglas

A hardy group of RHS alumni--They didn't let a small detail like a hurricane interfere with their reunion!



AlanHornALAN HORN - Class of 1960
CAREER: CHAIRMAN OF THE DISNEY STUDIOS (Former Chairman of Warner Bros. Studios)

BURBANK, Calif. – May 31, 2012 – Bob Iger, Chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company, announced that Alan Horn has been named Chairman of The Walt Disney Studios effective June 11. Horn will oversee worldwide operations for The Walt Disney Studios including production, distribution and marketing for live-action and animated films from Disney, Pixar and Marvel, as well as marketing and distribution for DreamWorks Studios films released under the Touchstone Pictures banner. Disney's music and theatrical divisions will also report to Horn. Horn has been a prominent figure in the film and television industry overseeing creative executive teams responsible for some of the world's most successful entertainment properties including the Harry Potter film franchise and the hit television series Seinfeld among others. >Read More

ALSO SEE: 1960 was the year childhood friends Alan Horn and Howard Gassert — who both lived in Aquebogue at the time — graduated from Riverhead High School. (MORE from the NEWS REVIEW)


Bryan Erwin, '93
Director, Advocacy Center
International Trade Administration,
U.S. Department of Commerce

Bryan Erwin was selected to serve as the Director of the International Trade Administration's Advocacy Center by President Obama in September 2010. In this capacity, he is responsible for coordinating U.S. Government resources and authority in order to level the playing field on behalf of U.S. business interests as they compete against foreign firms for specific international contracts or other U.S. export opportunities.

Bryan writes, "I grew up in Riverhead. I am a third generation Riverhead High School graduate. I received my BA from George Washington University, with a major in Political Science and minors in Economics and Sociology. I went on to get my Masters of Public Administration from Cornell University with a focus on International Trade and Finance.

My commitment to public service comes from a long family tradition. My family fought to preserve the Union and free the slaves during the Civil War. My father, grandfathers and great grandfathers volunteered for military service during the Vietnam War, WWII and WWI, respectively. Moreover, my wife has been a Peace Corps volunteer in Madagascar."

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scottScott C. Jarzombek, '94
Director, Pawling Free Library
NYS Digital Literacy Advisor
Likes the Mets and Gardening

Scott Jarzombek graduated (Magna Cum Laude) from the University of Hartford with a BA in Sec. Ed. and History and earned a Masters from the State University at Albany in Library Science. While at the University of Hartford, he received the Presidential Volunteerism Award for his work in the Hartford, Connecticut School District. Later, while working for the Albany Public Library, he was awarded the NYS Library Assoc.'s Pied Piper Award for developing a program that introduced inner city children and teens to the creation of Web 2.0 content. (Linked In)
Since 2000, Scott has worked in public libraries. He is a regular speaker at library conferences on the topics of serving urban populations and social media marketing. He has also done media and book reviews for national journals and local publications. Currently, Scott is the director of the Pawling Free Library and a member of the NYS Digital Literacy Advisory Group.
Scott's interest in bands has continued past high school. He has
played in several bands over the years. He lives in Holmes, NY with his wife, Lindsay, and their children. The couple has a two-year-old son and a new baby boy. He still keeps his skateboard in the car, just in case.


Bill ErwinTricia Rayburn - '96
Career: Author
BA - Middlebury College in Am. Lit. / MFA - LIU
Visit her Website
and Blogspot

ricia Rayburn's first book, The Melting of Maggie Bean, was a final project for her Masters degree. "I was in an MFA program at LI University, nearing the completion of a creative writing degree that I wasn't sure how I'd use once I got it," she shared with second graders at Riley in 2010. "Our final assignment was to write the first 30 pages of a young adult novel . . . ."

     That was the beginning of her series of Maggie Bean books. Ms. Rayburn's book Maggie Bean Stays Afloat was chosen by First Lady Michelle Obama, as part of her Let's Read. Let's Move initiaitve in 2010. Tricia (aka T. R. Burns), who lives in East Quogue with her husband and her little dog, Murphy, has a new series of books coming out. The first book in the Merits of Mischief series is entitled The Bad Apple. This one is about a little boy named Seamus Hinkle. Don't miss it!

     Tricia writes, "I'm extremely grateful to the teachers I had growing up, including Mrs. Ralston and Mrs. Hagen at Riley, Mr. Jiran and Mr. Euell at Pulaski, and Mr. Glanz, Mdme. Nystrom, and Mrs. LeCann at RHS, who helped inspire a lifelong love of learning. Mr. Euell was an especially big proponent of reading, and I finished more books in his class than any other. This had a huge impact and I believe helped guide me toward my current career.
> SEE Simon & Schuster for more information / Cool Multimedia Promo


HopeHope Osborn - Class of 2004
Career: Soprano - Performing Artist
BA & MA - Westminster Choir College - Vocal Performance / Visit her Website

Hope Osborn, Soprano, RHS alumnus from the class of 2004, and winner of numerous vocal prizes was the Guest Artist in a recital presented by the Friends of the Riverhead Library. The concert was Sunday, April 15th in the Library.
    Ms. Osborn made her professional operatic debut with the Delaware Valley Opera Company. She has participated in the CoOperative Program for two years and sung in the Florence Voice Seminar in Florence, Italy. She has appeared as a soloist at the Lincoln Center, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, and the New Jersey State Theater. Listen online to her music.
    Among her many awards, Ms. Osborn has twice received the Encouragement Award from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Most recently, she was awarded a grant from the Wagner Society of New York. She is also a vocal and piano teacher in the tri-state area and has given various Master Classes.
     Hope received her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Vocal Performance from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ, and was a student of Laura Brooks Rice.


EricaErica Sanders (Dannaker)
Class of '97

Career: Senior Software Engineer
B.A. / A.B. - Harvard University -
Computer Science
Visit her LinkedIn Page

Erica Sanders (Dannaker) was the 1997 Valedictorian at Riverhead HS. She attended college at Harvard University where she received a B.A. / A.B. in computer science in 2011. Erica, who participated in drama in high school, was in the Quincy House Drama Society and was a radio DJ at WHRB while at Harvard. She is now married and living in Seattle, WA.
    Erica started her career in computer science with Microsoft in Seattle, WA. Erica is currently a Software Engineer at Facebook.
    Erica is an experienced software engineer, passionate about social networking and data, with a degree in Computer Science with honors from Harvard University. Before Friendster, Myspace, or Facebook took off, she joined a high profile incubation group at Microsoft to conceive of and build a first of its kind social networking product. Erica built the logic and synchronization engine, using a P2P infrastructure, for applications to listen to music and share photos with your friends, created the original Winks file format, and is credited on several patents for her work.
    Following this, Erica dove head first into the Seattle startup scene. She joined Bag Barrow Or Steal, a designer handbag and accessory rental startup featured in the Sex in the City movie, as one of the the original 3 members of the engineering team.
    She has also worked as a Technical Program Manager/Associate Director of Quantitative Analysis at, and as a Senior Software Engineer at Wishpot & Venpop, developing innovative social shopping and commerce applications. She now works at Facebook, and does a pretty mean rendition of "Smells Like Teen Spirit" at karaoke.
   Erica is also a member of the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology--"an organization that seeks to increase the impact of women on all aspects of technology. . .".


Class of 1990

Career: HSBC Senior Premier Loan Consultant
Bachelors Degree - Bryant College
Major: Business
Visit his LinkedIn Page

Curtis Highsmith is Riverhead's "go to guy" to MC and inspire a crowd. He gets the crowd going at the Homecoming Pep Rally each year and acts as Master of Ceremonies at events throughout the community. One of those annual MC events is the "Say No To Drugs" March sponsored by CAP at the Pulaski Street School. This year Mr. Highsmith's son, Curtis Highsmith, Jr., is the main speaker at this event.
     Curtis played for the Riverhead Blue Waves Football Team throughout high school, including the 1988 Rutgers Trophy Championship Team. He is the senior premier loan consultant for HSBC Bank and the chair of the Southampton Village Architectural Board of Review and Historical Preservation.
    "Mr. Highsmith is an excellent role model for Riverhead youth," notes CAP Director Felicia Socozza. "He has achieved success in spite of the many challenges that our youth continue to face today."

MeghanMeghan Davis was the 2011 Salutatorian.
Follow her
thru India.
Meghan Davis in India - Blog


Class of 2009

Career: Professional Football Player
College: Stony Brook University

Stony Brook grad and running back Miguel Maysonet was named to the 20-member Walter Payton Award watch list announced by The Sports Network. The award is presented annually to the top offensive player in the Football Championship Subdivision. Maysonet was named to the FCS Preseason All-American third team.
     As a junior in 2011, Maysonet led the Seawolves' run-based offense, rushing for 15 touchdowns and a Big South Conference- and school-record 1,633 yards. He was named Big South Offensive Player of the Year in a season in which Stony Brook went undefeated in conference play and reached the FCS playoffs for the first time in program history.
     "We count on his ability to be consistent and to produce positive plays," Stony Brook coach Chuck Priore said. "He's got great balance, he finishes plays and he gets in the end zone a lot."
      Maysonet starred at RHS, winning Newsday's 2008 Hansen Award winner as the best player in Suffolk. When Hofstra dropped its football program, Maysonet transferred to Stony Brook.
     Miguel Maysonet is an American football running back who is currently a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was signed by the Philadelphia Eagles as an undrafted free agent in 2013. He played college football at Stony Brook. Wikipedia >NEWS

Dr. Marshall Jones Comes Home

CONGRATULATIONS TO RHS Alumnus Dr. Marshall Jones, who is to be inducted into the NATIONAL INVENTORS HALL OF FAME . . .

Dr. Marshall Jones one of the many inventions he patented as a scientist.
BIO -- Dr. Marshall G. Jones joined GE Global Research in 1974 as a mechanical engineer after receiving his M.S. and Ph.D. from University of Massachusetts. He received his B.S. in the same field from the University of Michigan. Dr. Jones, a Principal Engineer, has performed research and development work for all the industrial business segments of GE. He has spent most of his GE career addressing laser material processing, laser device development and fiber optics which has afforded him 49 U.S. patents, 31 foreign patents, and over 45 publications. Dr. Jones is a GE-Global Research Coolidge Fellow and is member of the National Academy of Engineering, a fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineering and the Laser Institute of America (LIA). He serves or has served on both local and national boards.

Dr. Jones has received many community and technical awards including the GE Phillippe Award (community service) in 1992 and the 2007 Arthur Schawlow Award (LIA's highest technical achievement award).

He also authored a children's book entitled Never Give Up – the Marshall Jones Story.

Since receiving the GE Phillippe Award almost 18 years ago for community service, GE scientist and RCSD alumni Dr. Marshall G. Jones has continued to inspire young people about possible careers in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields.As a former Riverhead resident and student, RCSD has a special place in Dr. Jones' heart and he regularly volunteers to speak to our students when he visits the area. He was honored at Aquebogue on their 75th birthday as one of Aquebogue's most famous alumni.

This year, Dr. Jones broadened his visit to include several presentations to students in a broader range of ages. District fourth graders, Aquebogue students on the Odyssey of the Mind Team, middle school students and the Council for Unity and high school physics, math 12 and calculus students had a unique opportunity to hear the inspiring message of RHS alumni Dr. Marshall Jones, who overcame learning difficulties as an elementary student at Aquebogue, and then went on to earn a Ph.D. and become a top tier scientist for GE Global Research. He shared with our students his specialized knowledge about laser devices and fiber optics and his life changing message: Never Give Up! "

While Dr. Jones was on a 5-month GE Coolidge Fellowship sabbatical assessing the status of laser technology in Western Europe, he generously communicated with students at Aquebogue via Flat Stanley," noted former Aquebogue elementary teacher Adrienne Bucholz, who coordinated his visit this year. "Using postcards from him and Flat Stanley, and with telephone calls, Aquebogue students were able to follow him as he traveled around Europe. This is just one example of his generosity. During his visit on Aquebogue's 75th anniversary, Dr. Marshall and GE gave each of our students a copy of his book Never Give Up – The Marshall Jones Story," concluded Ms. Bucholz.

ALSO SEE "4th Grade Speakers Series"




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Bailey and Parker Ince / Mark Ahrens, Photographer / Robert "Bubby" Brown, BNL / Connor Hanwick, Drummer (BBC/GQ / Naomi Warner Faull, Educator / Tricia Rayburn, (aka T. R. Burns) Author / Dan Snyder, Shipbuilder, Jeb Ladouceur, Novelist / Bailey Ince / Jackie Zilnicki, Athlete / Renee Stakey, singer and composer / Scott Jarzombek, Librarian / Bryan Erwin, International Trade / Felicia Wilson, Title Insurance / Peter J. Hoffmeister, Artist / Dr. Marshall Jones, Scientist / Mark Fallai, Creative Director and Designer / Jason Hefter, Screenwriter and Author / Hope Osborn,
Soprano / Alan Horn, Chairman of Disney Studios, Jason Gevinski, Military / Heather Riley, Model and Actress / Daniel Raynor, College Student / Erica Sanders (Dannaker), Sr. Software Engineer at Facebook / Curtis Highsmith, Jr., Loan Consultant / Miguel Maysonet, Professional Football Player / Meghan Davis, Pre-Med / Shannah Boone, Musician / Darren Stakey, Musician / Kellie Griffith, a Fulbright Teaching Assistant / Stephano Andreotti, Singer / Blake Carrara, Lacrosse
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