Alumni Sightings

My daughter, Mary Schooler, a Poudre IB graduate, is graduating from Texas State University (with honors) in May.  She will be off to China to complete a World Health Masters Degree from Duke University.  Her IB, PYP, MYP, and DP experiences continue to pay huge dividends for her as a young adult.  THANKS!!  Good Luck and keep up the great work!!

Michael E. Schooler
Elementary Principal
International Community School of Addis


Poudre alum (2004) Darcy Grinolds (formerly known to  as Darcy Wanger), is part of a series of videos from an education lab at MIT. The videos highlight "real live chemists" and their chemistry. Check out the videos here!

Devon Seymour (IB Class of 2011) graduated from Washington State University (Spring 2015) with two Bachelors degrees, one in Political Science and the other in French.

She received several awards as well, including one of 25 Outstanding Seniors in the College of Arts and Sciences (Political Science), Top Ten Seniors (Community Service) and the Honors College Dean's Award . Additionally, Devon is featured on WSU's website as a student who embodies the university's values and mission for their 125th Anniversary campaign. She'll be featured in advertising throughout the state, including billboards and transit ads.  Here's the link:

I cannot adequately express how thoroughly the IB program at Poudre High School prepared Devon for the rigorous academics at WSU, especially in the Honors College. Or how instilling a sense of service factored into her career choices, both during her undergraduate work and for her long term goals, which include a year on Corsica teaching English to young school children followed by graduate studies at Syracuse University in both International Relations and Public Administration (because Devon can't get just one degree). She made an impact on campus, in the community as a member of the Board of Directors for a nonprofit organization and throughout the state with her work to help the victims of the Oso mudslide.

Thank you for providing an environment that challenged Devon and showed her that she is capable of great things. I have no doubts that she will one day change the world, just as you and the entire IB faculty and staff are doing by encouraging, educating and empowering the next generation. Please pass my gratitude on to your staff.   ---Michelle Venus, Devon's mom

Former Poudre High School soccer star James Rogers was named one of 24 national semifinalists for Soccer's Wooden Citizenship Cup.  He was also taken in the third round of the MLS SuperDraft by Sporting Kansas City.  Rogers, 21, was the 53rd pick overall out of the University of New Mexico. He finished his New Mexico career fourth in school history in assists (20), eighth in points (64) and eighth in goals (22).  Read more about Rogers in The Coloradoan.

Natalie Wheeler (IB Class of 2007) is in her fourth year at U-Chicago on her way to completing her MBA and PhD in June of 2016.  She volunteers at a sexual assault victims’ hot-line.

Meredith Wheeler (IB Class of 2009) will be receiving her M-Phil from Oxford in 2016.  She works at a homeless shelter near campus.

Both young women give back to their communities and credit IB for their successes!!   

Megan Keith (IB Class of 2009)  is working in San Francisco as a city & regional planner with AECOM.

Amy Keith (IB Class of 2011) is a senior at Cal Poly (San Luis Obispo) and will have a degree in Anthropology/Geography with a minor in Spanish in June.

Jeremy Marmor (PHS graduate 2013) is the guitarist and back up vocals for Fort Collins band Shatterproof.  Shatterproof is a violin based alternative rock band with pop and punk influences from Fort Collins, Colorado. Noted for their unique and entertaining stage show and head-banging violinist, Shatterproof has also gained a lot of recognition for their youth.

Diana Potterveld (PHS graduate 2012) gives recognition to the IB program for preparing her for a rigorous college program. Diana is having an amazing run right now. Besides this interview with the SDSU athletic director for his weekly podcast, she was recently named Summit League offensive player of the week two weeks in a row, she is ranked nationally in Division I women's soccer for assists and assists per game, she has already placed in the school record books for her career (close to breaking records), the college paper ran an article yesterday about her and a teammate also from Colorado, and she found out yesterday that she has been named to the Academic All-District first team which qualifies her to be considered for Academic All-American.  Congratulations Diana!

Jalena Notaros, PHS IB class of 2011, is currently working as a researcher in Prof Milos Popovic's Nanophotonic Systems Laboratory. They are doing work on using light on the sub-wavelength scale in computers to increase processor speeds and decrease energy usage. Specifically, she is working on a never-been-done-before numerical solver which implements Maxwell's Equations utilizing Bloch Theorem to solve for the electric field that can propagate in periodic nanophotonic structures to allow for the design of more efficient devices. Jalena recently won two paper competitions and an undergraduate research award.  In the photos below, Jalena is being congratulated by the IEEE (International) President, Roberto de Marca, and the IEEE USA President, Jim Jefferies, after winning the IEEE Region 5 paper competition award (IEEE is the world's largest professional association) and another picture of Jalena with her family after she received the Sigma Xi Undergraduate Research Award in recognition of exceptional research accomplishments. Additionally, Jalena was just elected president of the HKN (honors electrical engineering society), held a teaching assistant position last year where she taught two laboratory class sections, and has kept up her 4.0 GPA. Also, last year, she presented her research at the biggest international electromagnetics conference (IEEE APS) and had two papers published.


Roberto Gutierrez graduated from Poudre High School in 1999. He went on to get his undergraduate degree from the University of Washington and later his PHD from SDSU/UCSD. Now he is a founding member of a company to be featured on ABC's Shark Tank.

Julia Beckley/IB 2012 Graduate – now attending Coe College, Iowa, was nominated for two individual leadership awards and the organization she is president of was nominated as well for two other awards. Julia received the Outstanding First Year Student Award, which is only given to one student each year.

This year Julia intiated the first St. Baldricks event on Coe's campus. They had 41 shavees, and 8 of whom were women. They raised over $7,000 for cancer research!

Meredith Lukens Wheeler, PHS Class of 2009, will receive up to $30,000 for graduate school to help her prepare for careers in public service.  The Harry S. Truman Foundation recently named Meredith Lukens Wheeler, currently a junior at Stanford University, as a 2013 Truman Scholar. Read the entire article here.

Sam Mouton, 2011 PHS Graduate, is competing on The Voice on NBC.  Read an October 7, 2012, article in the Denver Post.

Lindsey Pointer, Poudre Class of 2009, had the incredible opportunity to meet the Dalai Lama while she was living in McCleod Ganj in Dharamasala, India. She even got to give him a print of the portrait she painted of him when she was 14 and had the honor of being one of five people in her group who got to ask him a question. She will be home for two weeks to attend brother Eli's (Class of 2012) graduation and then off again for a month in Cuba.

Lindsey is front row, second from right.