Alumni Spotlight

María Paz Riumallo - Class of 98

"I hold the fondest memories of my high school time. Great friends, great teachers, great school, and great learning opportunities."

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Antonio Negret Class of 2000

"It was tough but inspiring. A lot of ups-and-downs, and a lot of rejection at first. The difficulty with the movie industry is that when it is good, it is great, but when it is bad, it is soul-crushing.

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Shazia Ruybal - Class 2008

“I was challenged intellectually on a daily basis and I learned how to manage my time, think critically and formulate my own ideas and opinions. “


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Mark Hanis - Class of 2000

"Mark has a BA from Swarthmore College and is currently advising philanthropists and foundations on social impact projects.

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Ahmad Ashrafi - Class of 2006

“You have to do what you love. Things are never as easy as you think they will be...”

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María José Dassum - Class of 2011

“Academia Cotopaxi was a tight-knit community, where lots of learning occurred. It was a special bubble within Quito with a mixture of cultures.” ...

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Juan Carlos Larrea - Class of 1996

"I’m still 5’5. I haven’t grown much since then. I think I even shrank a little. The world looks taller now-a-days. It's hard to quantify growth and I would love to find a better description than just saying "a lot". " ...

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Samuel Cabral - Class of 1996

“Living the dream at Silicon Valley. I received a full scholarship to attend FIU’s music program to study jazz performance. BA of Science in Technical Management from Devry University and MBA from Nova Southeastern University”...


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Igor Carneiro - Class of 1998

“Best time of my life without a doubt (just that I didn’t know about it back then!) I have traveled to over 130 countries, lived in 9 of them, speak 5 languages fluently, done of sort of exciting sports & activities ...

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