Onward & Upward
Celebrating Achievements and Accomplishments from the 2019–20 School Year
Each year, Latin’s culminating events serve as a way to recognize and honor the many shared achievements.
Though slightly different this year due to the circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, graduation ceremonies, award presentations and inductions into our academic societies of Cum Laude and Erasmus represent some of the longest-standing traditions at Latin and speak to the core of what we stand for as a school — a devotion to excellent teaching and learning, a faithfulness to our school community, and a shared desire to live and work with integrity. For students marking a major transition — whether to a new division or to college — these events are exciting and future-focused. For teachers, staff and trustees, they are opportunities to acknowledge outstanding teaching, tenure and volunteer leadership over the course of many years.
The description of the Augustus K. Maxwell, Jr. Award, states that it be bestowed upon the person “…who has demonstrated extraordinary support, loyalty and devotion to the Latin School community; and rendered such outstanding service as to make a lasting impact on the school.”
This statement holds true for every student, teacher, parent and trustee included here.
— Middle School Departmental Awards for Excellence —
Mikayla C. Smey
Ellery C. Axel
Charles H. Leonard
Hannah E. Oberman
Stephen M. V. Legendre
Fiona A. O’Toole
Gideon H. Heltzer
Sara J. Khan
Rowan T. Ing
Makenze A. Humphrey
Reese P. Benford
Samuel L. Bayer
Jet D. Nuygen
Amalie H. Wong
— Upper School Departmental Awards for Excellence —
Mark A. Neville
Award for English
John MacDougall Graham Award for History
Dr. Humphrey Cordes Award for Latin
Harold F. Witman Award for Mathematics
Ellie Lambrakis Award for Science
Jonathan E. Slater Award for Visual Arts
Gary Hepp Award for Computer Science and Technology
— Seniors chosen at the end of their junior year —
— Matriculation —
Graduates of the Class of 2020 are attending the following colleges and universities:
Barnard College (5)
Boston College (3)
Brown University (3)
Bryn Mawr College
Butler University (2)
Colgate University (6)
Columbia University In the City of New York
Cornell University (2)
Dartmouth College (2)
Emory University (2)
Emory University-Oxford College (2)
George Washington University
Hobart William Smith Colleges
Michigan State University (2)
New York University (3)
Northwestern University (9)
Ohio State University
Pennsylvania State University
Southern Methodist University (2)
The University of Texas at Austin
Tufts University (4)
Tulane University of Louisiana
University of Chicago (6)
University of Colorado Boulder (3)
University of Illinois (2)
University of Kansas
University of Miami
University of Michigan (11)
University of Notre Dame
University of Pennsylvania (4)
University of Southern California
University of Vermont
University of Virginia
University of Wisconsin-Madison (2)
Vassar College (3)
Washington University In St Louis (2)
Wesleyan University (2)
Eight 2020 graduates are choosing to take a gap year.
Danielle Carlson, Stephanie Chu, Sarah El-Abaza, Angelica Huerta, Erika Katz, Molly McEvoy, Jeffrey Nichols, Victor Perez, Heriberto Rosa, Cheryl Shrake, Andrew Stroup
Derek Haverland, Lori Kloehn, Dawn McCafferty
Elizabeth joined Madison Dearborn Partners in 2004 as an associate and re-joined after business school in 2008. Prior to MDP, she was an investment banking analyst in the Health Care Group at J.P. Morgan. She currently serves on the board of directors of Option Care Health, Inc. (Nasdaq: BIOS) and Solis Mammography, formerly served on the board of directors of Ikaria and was actively involved with Sirona Dental Systems. Elizabeth also serves on the Foundation Board and the Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute of the Ann & Robert Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, and the Stanford Graduate School of Business Trust. She is a trustee of The Civic Federation and is also a member of The Chicago Network. Elizabeth and her spouse, Buck, serve as co-chairs of the Fidelitas Society. They have two children at Latin: Bridget ’29 and Millie ’32
Dontrey Britt-Hart holds a master’s degree in writing from DePaul University and is a seasoned public relations professional with corporate and agency experience. Committed to the causes of education, women’s health and the arts, she supports various institutions and not-for-profits through volunteerism, scholarship and philanthropy, including Chicago Volunteer Doulas, Covenant House Illinois, University of Michigan and Court Theatre. Dontrey has served as a trustee at the Ancona School, where she served as chair of their Advancement Committee, chair of the board for Chicago Volunteer Doulas and as Branding/Communications chair and Services to Youth chair for the Chicago (IL) Chapter of the Links, Inc. Dontrey currently serves as a member of Latin’s Development Committee. Dontrey and her husband, Brett, have three children, including Jonah ’22 and an incoming ninth grader, Aiden. Her personal passions include photography and fitness.
Dr. Bridget Coughlin
Bridget C. Coughlin, Ph.D., was appointed president and chief executive officer of Shedd Aquarium in 2016. Under her leadership, 1.9 million aquarium guests each year enjoy innovative experiences that are focused on Shedd’s mission of compassion, curiosity and conservation for the aquatic animal world. A relentless advocate for access in all ways, Dr. Coughlin commits the organization to offering tens of millions of dollars in free admission each year; champions varied learning styles and approaches; and is a voice for real diversity, equity and inclusion practices in the business world. Bridget currently serves as a member of Latin’s Facilities Committee. She and her spouse, Brian, have three children at Latin: Eddie ’24, William ’28 and Jack ’31.
Nancy Dwyer is a current Latin parent and PAL of three Romans (’19, ’22 & ’26). A recipient of the Parent Association’s Volunteer of the Year, Nancy has served the PA in various capacities since joining the community in 2010, including as grade chair, middle school VP, Bazaarnival & Romans Run chair, and events chair for our 125th Anniversary school-wide celebration. In addition, Nancy co-chaired Latin’s 2015 Auction fundraiser and is an avid admissions tour guide. A professional musician, Nancy enjoyed a long musical career touring with various artists as a singer and fiddler, including 10 years with country music legend Charley Pride. A momtrepreneur at heart, Nancy has co-founded and led startups in a number of industries ranging from music publishing to digital remote device management. Nancy also currently serves as a board member for the Foundation for Latin America Anthropological Research.
Peter Jackson ’97
Peter Anthony Jackson, a resident and native of Chicago, received his MBA from Kellogg (marketing and entrepreneurship), as well as an undergraduate economics degree from the University of Chicago. Peter has worked in private and public companies of all sizes in a variety of industries: finance, commercial real estate, home improvement, e-commerce, logistics, and food and beverage. He is the founder of a strategic holding company called Disruptive Artists— acquiring small businesses in old-line industries and applying a 21st century playbook to them. Given his diverse endeavors, Peter’s goal is to merge interdisciplinary design with a private equity model and build a diverse set of companies utilizing a similar design playbook. Peter’s dream is to someday leverage his own entrepreneurial success and coach those who want to start, manage and/or invest in contrarian businesses and ideas. Peter graduated from Latin in 1997 and has been a member of Latin’s Alumni Board since 2015.
Born in Izmail, Ukraine, Tanya Polsky graduated with top honors from Izmail State University of Humanities, with a degree in primary and high school education. After immigrating to the United States in 1997, Tanya graduated from Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management in 2004, with a degree in accounting and finance. From 1999–2009, Tanya worked as a financial advisor at various financial institutions, including Northern Trust, Lehman Brothers and Bank Leumi USA. Tanya became a naturalized American citizen in 2007. Tanya is actively involved in various philanthropic projects including Planned Parenthood of Illinois, where she serves on the board, and the United States Holocaust Museum, the Illinois Holocaust Museum, the Chicago Association of WW2 Veterans, CJE Senior Life, the Lower School Faculty Math Project for Latin School of Chicago, This Child Here, an organization helping to transition the Ukrainian orphanage system to foster care system and developing peace training programs for families from the Russian/Ukrainian border, as well as the Honeycomb Project where the Polsky kids received the 2019 National Volunteer award. Most recently, the family hired 35 local seamstresses/support staff, resulting in the donation of 15,000 masks to Chicagoland firefighters, police departments, homeless shelters, food pantries, immigrant shelters, free clinics, hospitals and clinics in underserved areas. Tanya currently serves as a member of Latin’s Academic Program Committee. Tanya is married to Michael Polsky and together they raised four children: Emily ’17, Peter ’29, Simon ’31, and Anabelle ’34.
Darren has been a partner of Prairie Capital LP for the past 20+ years, across six private equity funds and nearly 100 portfolio investments. He has responsibility for fundraising, new business development and a current portfolio of consumer and wireless infrastructure investments. Prior to Prairie, Darren was a vice president for American National Bank and Trust Company (now part of J.P. Morgan). Darren currently serves as a member of Latin’s Finance Committee. Darren and his wife, Anne, have three children at Latin: Gavin’ 22, Griffen ’24, and Graham ’26.