Alumni Spotlight

Carri Twigg, UAHS Class of 2004

Carri TwiggNotable achievements at UAHS

For her senior thesis, Carri re-created the eighth-grade Washington, D.C., trip for 10 foster children from Columbus Public Schools. Her senior year work/study program involved teaching adult literacy at the Columbus Literacy Council. Both of these experiences serving people who didn’t have the same advantages of her in UA deeply affected Carri.

Career and goals

Carri is a special assistant to President Barack Obama and the director of public engagement for Vice President Joe Biden. She engineers the external affairs and community relations for Biden, working daily with him to determine where he will go to interact with Americans on policy issues. Her long-term goals involve continuing to work in the areas of social justice and economic opportunity.

How did UA Schools prepare her for success?

“Over the years, I had a handful of educators who truly invested in me and made me feel special. From Wickliffe Elementary to Hastings Middle School and UAHS, there were some real standout adults who encouraged me and pushed me, even though I always had a rambunctious streak. I’ll share one of my mom’s favorite stories from my childhood: One day, early in elementary school, my mom found me in my room with a stack of library books. I told her I went to get a library card and checked them out. When she brought me back to the library to return the books, I greeted one particular librarian. The librarian told her that I came in, asked for some books but didn’t have a card. The librarian said that, without a picture ID or a parent, I couldn’t have a card. I walked back home, got my Wickliffe yearbook, walked back and showed it to her. The librarian was so impressed by my determination, she gave me the card and helped me pick out some books. Community members who work with kids and believe in them and show trust in them make for a great community.”

Posted by Colleen Wright in alumni on Tuesday December 22, 2015
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Matthew Stout, UAHS Class of 1990 and 2015 Upper Arlington Alumni Association Outstanding Alumnus

Notable achievements at UAHSMatt Stout

Matt is one of just two Upper Arlington High School students to qualify for the OHSAA state wrestling tournament four years in a row, finishing as the state runner up in 1989.  He also earned letters in both cross country and wrestling all four years of high school.  In 1990 he was named the Ohio Capital Conference Ohio Division Wrestler of the Year and graduated from UAHS with magna cum laude distinction.

College and career experience

Matt earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Michigan where he also lettered in wrestling three times and served as a team captain.  Matt went on to earn both a law degree and a master’s degree in business administration from The Ohio State University in 1999.  He is now a partner at Bricker & Eckler, LLP and specializes in public finance transactions, primarily assisting local governments such as school districts, municipalities, and counties with the issuance of debt to finance capital projects.  Matt also serves as the head wrestling coach for Upper Arlington High School and was named an Outstanding Alumnus by the Upper Arlington Alumni Association this year – an honor he shares with UAHS classmate and UA Schools Treasurer/CFO Andrew Geistfeld.

How did UA Schools prepare him for success?

“Upper Arlington City Schools laid the groundwork for my success in my legal career.  Strong writing and oral communication skills are critical to being successful as a lawyer.  When I was at Michigan and in the OSU law/MBA program, I found that my writing and speaking skills were stronger than the majority of my fellow classmates.  I credit that to the education I received in the Upper Arlington City Schools.   In addition, my time in athletics and specifically in wrestling, prepared me for the real world challenges of life.  Wrestling requires discipline, hard work, and perseverance.  All of these traits are required to succeed in the real world. More simply put, wrestling teaches you to get off your back and you have to get off of your back a lot in life.”

Posted by Colleen Wright in alumni on Tuesday December 22, 2015
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Jeffrey Myers, UAHS Class of 2007

Jeffrey Myers holding a violinNotable achievements at UAHS

While in school, Jeffrey took part in the prestigious orchestra program, performing in many of the nation’s finest concert halls during national orchestra contests. 

College and career experiences

Jeffrey studied with renowned pedagogue Robert Lipsett at the Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles, California, where he earned his Bachelor of Music and Artist diploma.  Jeffrey is currently touring the country with the Calidore String Quartet, which is based in Manhattan.  In 2014 the Calidore were selected by the Emerson Quartet to become artists-in-residences and visiting faculty at Stony Brook University (SUNY).  The 2014-15 season marks the release of Calidore’s debut album and a second release.  The group made its Columbus debut on February 8 with a performance at the Columbus Museum of Art.

How did UA Schools prepare him for success?

Besides getting to work with the top-notch teachers at UA… I also had the opportunity to perform as a soloist with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra in front of the entire student body. That type of performing experience is extremely difficult to come by and I feel that very performance prepared me for what I do today.”

Posted by Upper Arlington in alumni on Friday July 24, 2015
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