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Alumni News Round-Up: Week of June 10

June 16, 2017 / Catherine Nicholas / Blog

Here’s our round-up of alumni news from the week of June 10, 2017:

  • Rohan Pidaparti (’13) was a contestant on the episode of NPR’s “Ask Me Another” that ran this weekend.  He shares an anecdote from his time at MLWGS in his intro.  Fun fact, at least one other Governor’s School grad has appeared on “Ask Me Another.”  Dr. Jimmy Hoke (’04) was a contestant in December of 2014.
  • Neil Amin (’96) is the president and CEO of Shamin Hotels, which just received one of Hilton’s 2016 Development Awards for converting a former 19-story office tower into two hotels in downtown Richmond. The property now includes a 100-room Homewood Suites and a 144-room Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton, which features the rooftop bar, Kabana.  Story here.
  • Washington Post sports reporter Nick Eilerson (’07) wrote about Christos FC, the last amateur squad left in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, for the Washington Post. From their headquarters in a Baltimore liquor store, they’re gearing up to play D.C. United, already having defeated the Richmond Kickers.
  • Stinson Mundy (’96) and Charles Merritt (’03) are both mentioned in this Entrepreneur article about the success of Gather, the RVA co-working space.
  • Richmond Magazine wrote about the Richmond Food Co-Op coming to Southside this fall.  Co-founders Michele Lord (’97) and Susan Hill (’98) are both GSGIS grads, as is Board member Jamille Annette (’98).
  • Father Matt Kiehl (’06) spoke at the 2017 baccalaureate on June 15. He shared lessons he has learned from kindergarteners in his parish’s school: don’t be afraid to make a mess, make kind choices, and celebrate the life you’ve been given.

  • Dentist Donnie Murry (’02) volunteered his services to retired artist Ron Erwin, who was in great need of dental help and unable to afford it.  Read the story here.
  • Seventeen dubbed Jenny Han (’98)’s New York Times bestseller Always and Forever, Lara Jean, one of the best 20 best YA books of the summer.
  • Kyle Healy (’03) served as commencement speaker for the Class of 2017.  Kyle talked about cat tails, sandwiches, and how to really HAGS.
  • Mike & Sarah Moore (’03) are opening the brick-and-mortar Mean Bird on Friday, June 23 from 4-10:30 PM.  Come celebrate at 2227 W. Main, and grab some fried chicken (real or vegan), sides, and limeade.

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