As we begin this new year, it’s an opportunity for me to reflect on 2015 and recognize that it was a great year for KCD and for our alumni! I hope that you’ve enjoyed receiving periodic e-newsletters from the Alumni Office. If you haven’t received any, then perhaps we do not have a current email address for you. Simply email firstname.lastname@example.org to update your address if you’d like to begin receiving those.
The campus saw some great physical improvements in 2015. A Sport Court, adjacent to the playground, was installed to provide a safe and multipurpose space for our JK–12 students to play basketball during recess. The Sport Court can be used as a volleyball and tennis court as well, but the kids seem pretty happy just with the six new basketball goals for now! Additionally, the soccer program saw lights installed on Michael Field just in time for the 2015 season. After the lights were dedicated at the first game of the season, the boys’ team went on to have a season for the history books, including an All A State Championship.
In 2015, KCD was ranked the #1 private upper school in the state, and our students continue to blow us away with their performance in the classroom, on the stage, and on the field. The 2015 upper school musical, Legally Blonde, was so wonderful that it was voted the 2015 Broadway World Best Student Musical in Louisville—you should plan to come see them take on The Addams Family in February! On the field, the girls’ lacrosse team won the state championship. In the classroom, six students were National Merit Semifinalists and senior Asa Hiken earned a perfect score on the ACT!
Our alumni giving saw a record-setting year as we introduced the first concentrated Alumni One Fund Campaign. For two weeks last April, our alumni received emails, social media blasts, and mailings to promote our One Fund. This concentrated effort was a huge success: our alumni participation went from 4% in 2014 to 9% in 2015! I am so grateful to everyone who helped us reach our goal and I look forward to seeing what we can accomplish this April.
On a final note, we are working on broadening our professional database. We often have young alumni ask us for advice on how to break into a particular field of work. If you’d like to serve as a resource to our young alumni as they enter the work force, please let me know. This is a commitment that could be as simple as a phone conversation or email chat and is another great way to support KCD.
Enjoy this issue of Connections, please stay in touch, let us know what you are up to, and visit us on campus and at www.kcd.org.