Alumni News

Anacapa Success Story – Brett Jackson

Meet Brett Jackson, Anacapa School’s Alumni Success Story for November 2017.… Read more


Spring Sampler Alumni Panel

Current student, Lauren Sloan (left) stands with teacher and Anacapa alum Dillon Yuhasz, and other alumni: Heather Moore, Samantha Eve, Brookes Degan, and Connor Proctor.

An Anacapa Alumni Panel was held in May in conjunction with an “Anacapa Sampler” open house. The alumni panel was led by Dillon Yuhasz (2009), who is now a full-time Anacapa faculty member. Four recent graduates shared the role Anacapa played in their formative years and how Anacapa prepared them to excel at the college … Read more


Spring Sampler Alumni Panel

Current student, Lauren Sloan (left) stands with teacher and Anacapa alum Dillon Yuhasz, and other alumni: Heather Moore, Samantha Eve, Brookes Degan, and Connor Proctor.

Heather Moore

“It’s a really valuable skill, to know how to ask a good question and think critically. That was something that I really took with me from Anacapa and could be translated in so many different ways.”

Heather graduated from Anacapa in 2008 and then went to UCLA. At UCLA, Heather studied International Development.

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Anacapa Celebrates Commencement at the Historic Casa de la Guerra

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Taking the microphone to address the crowd gathered in the historic Casa de La Guerra courtyard Friday, June 10, Anacapa School seniors confidently delivered their senior speeches.

The honor of a senior speech is a tradition at Anacapa School graduations, and every year each speech is as unique as the individuals who deliver them.

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Aija Mayrock Publishes a Book on Bullying

UPDATE: Aija’s self-published book has now been picked up by Scholastic! Read more at PR Newswire.

Aija Mayrock (class of 2014) has penned a new book, The Survival Guide to Bullying: Written by a kid for a kid. Bullied throughout middle school and part of high school, Aija transferred to Anacapa School which became her safe haven. She’s done a superb job of turning her negative experiences into a positive with her authorship of this insightful book. Aija … Read more


Elizabeth Schwyzer is Married at the Peak

On April 27, 2014, Elizabeth Schwyzer (Class of 1997) and Steve Smith ran up Gibraltar Road, and got married in the rocks near La Cumbre Peak. One week later, they celebrated their marriage with a big party at Godric Grove. This July, Elizabeth and Steve will be relocating to the Bay Area, where Steve will join the psychology faculty of Palo Alto University, and Elizabeth will continue to write, teach, and coach writers. They plan to return to SB for … Read more


Alicia Kovary Graduated From SBCC & Will Study Art History at UCSB

Anacapa graduate Alicia Kovary, Class of 2009 (and frequent visitor and helper here on campus!) has graduated from SBCC and now has plans to study Art History at UCSB, and then continuing with the curator program there. She attributes her passion for art history to her trip to Italy with Anacapa students and alums in the summer of 2012.… Read more


Congratulations to Buff Platt on the Birth of His Daughter


Congratulations to Anacapa graduate Buff Platt, class of 1993, and his wife Ahn on the birth of their daughter Charlie!… Read more


Alumni Reunion Photos

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Aija Nemer-Aanerud is a Senior at U. of Chicago

Aija Nemer-Aanerud, Class of 2010, was visiting Santa Barbara and came to the 2013 Orientation Picnic. Aija is a senior at the University of Chicago.… Read more


Grayson Baggiolini Joined Us at Zion

Graduate Grayson Baggiolini, Class of 2012, was an awesome volunteer “Manny” for Lower Schoolers at the 2013 Zion trip! Grayson is studying at Cal Poly Pomona.… Read more


Class of 2013 Visits

Four of the Class of 2013 came and shared their early college experiences with current Anacapa students at a Breakfast Club in October! Zinnia Gonzalez is at Chico State, Isaac and Esai Macario at St. Mary’s, and Julio Bernal studies at CSUN. We are happy to see them doing so well.… Read more


Wishiah Roper – Anacapans in the Real World

Wishiah Roper, alumna from the class of 2011, visited Elliott Hall to share her life journey and how Anacapa has affected her. Wishiah came to Anacapa in 9th grade with some anger and attitude in tow. Wishiah explained how helped her to mature into a much happier, more productive person. Now, she works three jobs in addition to attending school, but feels like she appreciates it because she works so hard to continue her education. She encouraged current students to … Read more


Riley Arntz – The Life of a Fashionisto Cowboy

Riley Arntz, an original member of the Anacapa Adobes, came to Anacapa for high school in 2003. In college he studied hospitality but wasn’t excited about the field for a career. Instead, he tried his luck as a ranch hand at Lazy B Ranch in New Mexico, where he learned a variety of skills, such as roping and branding, along with some tough life lessons such as “sometimes its best not to argue and just get the work done.” After … Read more


Jennifer Sites Poulimenos Visits From Canada

After graduating from Anacapa in 2001, Jennifer Sites Poulimenos earned a B.S. in Nursing. She was back on campus in October with her new baby girl Kalla.  Kalla was born September 14, 2013.  Jennifer and her new family live in Kitchener, Ontario.

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Henry Johnston – Anacapa Alumni in the World

Henry Johnston, recent Anacapa graduate from the class of 2013, is currently a student at Brooks Institute in Ventura where he is studying film. Henry spoke about his current classes, including Film History, in which he has been continually grateful for Anacapa’s history classes, which gave him a solid framework in which to contextualize historical films. While his schedule is currently pretty flexible, with one class per day, he soon will start shooting his own film projects making him much … Read more


Haley Yuhasz – Life After Anacapa: College, Adulthood and Other Scary Things

Haley Yuhasz, Anacapa alumna extraordinaire from the class of 2012, returned to Elloitt Hall to reflect on her experiences while at Anacapa and how they have affected her life in college. Haley is now a sophomore at Northern Arizona University, majoring in Visual Communications with an emphasis in Graphic Design and a minor in Theater. She admitted to being super nervous about college, but now loves college life and even plans to rush for a sorority this coming.… Read more


Elizabeth Schwyzer – Importance of Writing: Making an Impact with Words

Elizabeth Schwyzer, Anacapa alumna from the class of ‘97, spoke about the source of both passion and her livelihood, writing. Elizabeth currently works for the Santa Barbara Independent as a reviewer for arts and dance, but her true love is working with teens on their writing. Elizabeth specializes in personal statements for college and recognizes that while they may be annoying, they are a great opportunity to reflect on who you are and what’s important to you. She credited young … Read more


Wishiah Roper is back in Santa Barbara!


Wishiah Roper (class of 2011) stopped by campus on September 24, 2013. She has been studying psychology at Mira Costa College in San Diego and working at Barnes and Noble. She is planning to transfer to UCSB and is moving back to Santa Barbara. She is engaged and the wedding is planned for February of next year!… Read more


Shana Molotch Loves Her Many Jobs

Shana and her daughter Emma

Anacapa alumna Shana Molotch sent in this update from Northern California:

I am currently employed full-time with the ARC of Amador and Calaveras. I work in the supported living department with developmentally disabled adults and LOVE it! All of my clients live on their own. Most of them have jobs and they are learning to be a part of society with my help. I still also work part time at the Hotel Leger in

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Brenda Renteria Says ‘Don’t Eat This’

Anacapa alumna and Cal State Channel Islands student Brenda Renteria performed an original rap song to the tune of MC Hammer’s “Can’t Touch This” in an effort to encourage students to be thoughtful about the food that they eat. A self-professed “junk food eater” in high school, Brenda has found her way to healthy eating in college and can feel the difference. She encouraged students to make it fun. Plan a picnic potluck with friends, suggested Brenda. It can be … Read more


Anacapa Alumni: Checking in from College

Anacapa alumni, Douglas Throop and Haley Yuhaz (both class of 2012), returned to Elliott Hall to reminisce and pass on wisdom they’ve collected so far in the post-Anacapa world. Douglas, a freshman History major at Pepperdine University, was surprised at how quickly his sleeping patterns shifted to night owl. He recommends taking later courses to account for this inevitable shift. Haley, freshman in Theater at Northern Arizona University, enjoys the freedom that comes with a college schedule- she has a … Read more


Three Billion Seconds in an Age of Consequence [video]

Dr. Chris Funk, professor of geography at UCSB, Anacapa alumnus and former Anacapa science teacher, challenged Anacapa students to evaluate the significance of the moments of their lives in the context of a changing world. Chris argued that the current age represents a time of opportunity, with an exploding population and unparalleled access to data and information, but also a time of consequence, with consumption rising to match the demands of a growing population. With references to historical ages of … Read more


The Anacapa Alumni Experience

Brenda Renteria, Anacapa class of 2011, returned to Elliot Hall to share stories of her ongoing college days at CSU Channel Islands. Her famously bubbly laughter resonated as she gave her top tips for life in college: sleep, shower and eat. She warned against the perils of all-nighters and recommended strong time management skills to deal with the increased responsibilities of college. Brenda is succeeding at Channel Islands, balancing work with studying and her social life while still maintaining great … Read more