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Alumni Success Stories

Cobb School Alumni excel in academics, athletics, the arts and community service.


Darya Peterson


Graduation Year: 1995
High School Name: Choate
High School Graduation Year: 2001
College/University Name: St. John's College, Sante Fe New Mexico
College Graduation Year: 2006

After graduating from St. John's College with a double major in Philosophy and the History of Mathematics in 2006, Darya continues to live in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  She started a small business as a personal chef and caterer.  She currently teaches cooking and environmental science at an all girls middle school in addition to working for a nonprofit called IMPACT Personal Safety.  IMPACT is an organization that empowers children and adults by teaching them to prevent and defend themselves from violence.  Darya is an instructor and the program coordinator.

Rebecca Castellani


Graduation Year: 2003
High School Name: Ethel Walker School
High School Graduation Year: 2009
College/University Name: College of the Holy Cross

Rebecca attended Cobb School from age 3 through sixth grade.  Rebecca began ballroom dancing when she was 14 although she had been a ballet, jazz, tap and hip hop dancer since she was much younger.  She and her professional partner began competing together just six months later and  won many first prize awards for all styles of ballroom dance in competitions across the country.  Rebecca is now a freshman at Holy Cross College in Worcester, MA majoring in Biology.  She recently joined the Holy Cross ballroom dance team. 

Diego Matamoros

Graduation Year: 1988
High School Name: Simsbury High School
College/University Name: Yale
College/University Major: Opera

Read a story about Diego.

Teagan Stedman

Graduation Year: 2005

Teagan Stedman, age 9, founded a charity called "Shred Kids' Cancer."


Cobb School students succeed in many different arenas, below is a sampling of their personal and academic accomplishments while in secondary school.

  • High Honors Awards
  • National Merit Scholar
  • Pro/Am Ballroom Dance Medalist
  • International School Speech Competition in London
  • AP Scholars
  • All State Choir
  • American Field Service Exchange Student
  • Athletic Awards
  • American Eventing Championship
  • Acceptance to the Performing Arts School of New York City
  • Ethel Walker School Big Seven: Judicial Council, Community Service
  • New England Math League Contestant

Cobb School graduates go on to both private and public middle schools and high schools.

Middle School acceptances in the last five years:

  • The Ethel Walker School
  • Kingswood Oxford School
  • Renbrook School
  • Talcott Mountain Science Center
  • Watkinson School

High School acceptances in the last five years:

  • Avon Old Farms School
  • The Ethel Walker School
  • Kingswood Oxford School
  • The Loomis Chaffee School
  • Miss Porter's School
  • St. George's School, R.I.
  • Watkinson School
  • Westminster School

A partial list of the colleges our alumni have attended over the past five years:

  • Albert Einstein College of Medicine
  • Bates College
  • Boston College
  • Boston University
  • Brandeis University
  • College of the Holy Cross
  • College of William & Mary
  • Dartmouth College
  • Emerson College
  • Fairfield University
  • Franklin & Marshall College
  • Gettysburg College
  • Harvard - Graduate School of Education
  • Harvard Law School
  • McGill University
  • Northeastern University
  • Northwestern University
  • St. John's College, Santa Fe
  • Simmons College
  • The George Washington University
  • Trinity College
  • University of Southern California
  • United States Naval Academy
  • University of Connecticut
  • The University of Edinburgh, Scotland
  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Honors College
  • The University of Tennessee - School of Veterinary Medicine
  • Yale School of Music

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