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Alumni News | Fall 2020
A Digital Publication for Forsyth School Alumni
Alum Spotlight
Matthew Royce, FS ‘10, MICDS ‘16, USNA ‘20

Matthew Royce, FS ‘10, graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the United States Naval Academy in 2020. He played on the squash team all four years there and was captain of the Intercollegiate Flight Team his senior year. His dreams of becoming a pilot began when he was a student at Forsyth—he even drew fighter jets on his memory maps!

What are you doing now?

I am currently in flight school and will owe eight years to the Navy as a pilot after completing my training. It is hard to know what I will do after my commitment ends, but I plan to continue my career as a military or civilian pilot.

Who were your favorite Forsyth teachers?

Mrs. (Christine) Torlina and Mrs. (Susan) Zareh were two of my favorites. Mrs. Torlina was the most patient, caring, and nature-loving teacher I’ve ever had. Mrs. Zareh was the best math teacher and advisor.

What is your favorite Forsyth memory?

There are so many good memories to pick from, but I would have to say the Kiss concerts (on Halloween). Runners up include snowball with Coaches (Randy) Just and (Shelley) Stone, foosball tournaments in the basement of Last House, Green & White Day, and climbing the rock wall with Mr. (Darel) Shelton.

What does Forsyth mean to you?

Through all of my life experiences, Forsyth remains the most welcoming and supportive community I have ever been a part of. It is made up of students and faculty members who want to see you succeed and follow your passions. Forsyth exposes students to a diverse and well-rounded set of experiences that get you out of your comfort zone and help you figure out who you are. Although my graduating classmates have all gone our separate ways, we look back on our time at Forsyth fondly and often wish we could go back. It is truly a special place, and I feel so thankful to have been a part of it.

New Legacies Needed!

Do you have a child who is ready for Forsyth School? Contact DeAnn Pomatto, Director of Admission, to schedule a visit.

Forsyth Strong!
Forsyth Annual Fund

Make a gift in honor of your favorite Forsyth alum or teacher! The Forsyth Annual Fund bridges the gap between tuition revenue and the total cost to operate the school. This year, the need is greater and more significant than ever!

Your tax-deductible gift supports everything that makes Forsyth so special—the unique, engaging, and challenging curriculum; our small learning cohorts and teaching teams; technology and innovation; professional development and continuing education for our outstanding faculty and staff; the beautiful, historic homes on our one-of-a-kind campus; and financial aid assistance. There are many ways to give!

  • BY CREDIT CARD: Give Online
  • BY CHECK: Make Payable & Mail to Forsyth School
    6235 Wydown Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63105
  • BY STOCK: Contact Millicent Dohr, Director of Development
In the News!
What's New at School
Pandemic Learning Plans

COVID-19 brought many changes to the way students learn at Forsyth. Our faculty and students had to adapt to virtual learning, and we ensured that every student was given a Chromebook or iPad to support learning at home.

Last summer, Forsyth took many precautions to provide our students, faculty, and staff with a safe environment for the upcoming school year. We invested in HVAC upgrades to improve air quality and flow and more electrostatic sanitation units to increase efficiency. Our Director of Facilities developed and implemented enhanced cleaning regimens and schedules in conjunction with our janitorial services provider. 

Indoors, classrooms were set up to maximize physical and social distancing; plexiglass dividers were ordered for classrooms with table seating. Outdoors, Forsyth installed 13 open-air tents to serve as outdoor classroom spaces. Space assignments—including indoor classrooms, outdoor tents, and outdoor recreation areas—limited interactions and exposure between and among our learning cohorts, comprising approximately 15 people total (faculty, staff, and students).

Read More About Forsyth's Hybrid Learning Plan

Ultimately, the dedication and support—our students and families, faculty and staff, administration, and Board of Trustees—provided a confident return to campus for the 2020/21 school year.

Save the Date!


Play Golf So Kids Can Play Sports!

Good Luck!
Forsyth School Class of 2014

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we were unable to host the members of the Forsyth School Class of 2014 (now graduating high school seniors!) for a reunion on campus this summer. Even so, we are proud of their accomplishments and wish them good luck as they begin the next chapters of their educational stories! Congratulations to the members of the Forsyth School Class of 2014 who matriculated to the following distinguished schools:

  • Boston College
  • Bucknell University
  • Case Western University
  • Colgate University
  • Dartmouth College
  • Elon University
  • Emory University
  • Georgetown University
  • Haverford College
  • Loyola Marymount University 
  • Miami University
  • Oxford College of Emory University
  • Pratt Institute
  • Rollins College
  • Santa Clara University
  • Stanford University
  • St. Louis College of Pharmacy
  • Tulane University
  • Tufts University
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Colorado Boulder
  • University of Denver
  • University of Florida
  • University of Kansas
  • University of Illinois 
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Texas
  • University of Vermont
  • University of Wisconsin
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Wake Forest University
  • Washington University in St. Louis

Left to Right: Henry Baur, James Bilderback, Hanna Bockert

Left to Right: Eliana Brook, Jordan Burger, Daniel Chayet

Left to Right: Cecilia Cohen, Thomas de Wolff, Spencer Dohr

Left to Right: Libby Hizar, Cecilie Horwitz, Ben Johnson

Left to Right: Jennifer Kanzler, RJ Ledbetter, Hugh McKelvey

Left to Right: Rekha Morgan, Jayanth Uppaluri, Hallie Williams

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