Class Notes

Class Notes

2018 - 19

Congratulations to Anthony Kayruz ’09, who was awarded the Knight-Hennessy Scholarship to Stanford Law School. Anthony was the student body president at SMH, 2013 Presidential Scholar, 2017 Phi Beta Kappa at Yale; admitted to Yale Law, Harvard Law and Stanford Law School. Your Academy Family is so proud of you, Anthony! Pictured: Anthony with his mom, Dr. Sandra Vasquez-Kayruz (left), and retired SAA Spanish teacher & SAA Honorary Alum, Luisa Bolen (center). Read about the scholarship here:…/…/2019/anthony-kayruz

At Alamo Heights High School’s Business Incubator Pitch Night, Browning Shemwell ‘16 and Will Nunns '15, along with their business venture team, Sidekick, were awarded first place with $10,000 to jumpstart their business . Congrats to these teenage (!) entrepreneurs. Read article photo source:

Congratulations to Harrison Stuart ‘15, named co-valedictorian of McCallie School. As a young, gifted speaker at The Academy, it’s no surprise to see Harrison deliver such a moving speech to his Class of 2019 peers. Watch here. Harrison is attending Vanderbilt in the fall.


Congratulations to Jack Covert ‘15 and Daniel Covert ‘15, who were awarded the prestigious President's Scholarship, the highest academic merit award given at Southern Methodist University. Jack and Daniel will both attend the Dedman College of Humanities and Science at SMU in the fall. On his AP United States History Exam, Jack was one of only 16 students to achieve a top score of 5 from around the world to earn every point possible on the exam.

Congratulations to the Academy boys, Class of 2015, graduating from Saint Mary’s Hall. Pictured - top row: Will TuckerSimon PowellMyles JonasBen ZellerEmory ScottWill Zachry; bottom row: John Howard HassmannAustin TibbettsArygle AmbersonLuke PeelerLee Charles McNeilJohn IV White, Michael Wood.

Congratulations to the Academy boys, Class of 2015, graduating from TMI. Pictured left to right: Michael Blaess (Texas A&M), Daniel Espey (Baylor), Santiago Martinez (Notre Dame), Eddie Garcia (Embrey-Riddle), Reece Traylor (UC Santa Cruz), Ethan Fish(UTSA), Hasan Ehsan (UT), Andrew Hieger (St. Edward’s).


As part of a project to ‘describe a work of art that has influenced, and impacted you’ Jack Covert ’15, a senior at Keystone School, beautifully wrote his own masterpiece about Vincent van Gogh.  “Though inspirational art can fill the viewer with hope and awe, the most impactful to my mind is always that bittersweet work which describes the pain of worldly life while imbuing the image of that pain with great beauty. This duality of spirit is what has influenced me the most about one of Vincent van Gogh’s final works, Wheatfield with Crows.” Read full article here.

Image: Jack pictured with fellow 2015 alumni during the 2019 Cowboy Breakfast, l-to-r: William Tucker, Ben Feinstein, Argyle Amberson, Santiago Martinez, Daniel Covert, Jack Covert, and Myles Jonas. 

Ben Feinstein ’15 provided inspiration to his classmates, teachers, and coaches during his 10 years at SAA so it’s no surprise that he would be featured in a local magazine with the title “No Limits.” Read the article here. 



SAA BUILDS LEADERS: Congrats to Class of 2017 alumni, CJ Hunter and Michael May, who on Oct. 24, were inducted into the TEPS sophomore leadership organization at McCallie School in Chattanooga, TN. The leadership organization recognizes students who have demonstrated ‘spirit, service and leadership on campus.’ Read the news announcement here. (photo source

TMI Episcopal brought their (Academy) finest to represent the high school during its presentation to SAA 8th graders and parents on Tuesday, Oct 9th. We are proud that our boys have grown to become leaders at their school. Pictured L to R: Andres Martinez (Class of 2017), Anthony Fletcher (Class of 2017), Anish Padala (2016), Santiago Martinez (2015) and Warren Oliver (2018).

While observing Spanish II pre-AP classes, SAA faculty member Natalie Bock, enjoyed sitting in class again with her former students, members from the Class of 2018, who she notes “are extremely well-regarded by their HS peers and their teachers." Pictured l to r w/Natalie Bock: Marc Thiltgen, Cole Dudley, Griffin Erwin, Robert Gulley and Nicholas Wheeler.

Battalion Commander, Hasan Ehsan SAA Class of 2015, gave the first Senior Chapel Talk during TMI’s first day of school, imparting wisdom way beyond his age. He asked to ‘look beyond the number and words that characterize people and discover the narratives that show our complexities and similarities. A simple phrase – such as refugee or special needs – is not enough to define the human experience… ” Hasan ends his message with a call for respect, support and understanding.

Vincent Notzon Class of 2014 is a freshman linebacker, where he (#49) leads the Demon Deacon defense this 2018 football season. Follow his stats here:

During the summer of 2018, Mohan Iyengar Class of 2012, interned with the bear and tiger veterinarians for a month at the Wild Life Rescue Center in Bengaluru, Karnataka India. The Wild LIfe SOS center works towards rescuing and caring for poached animals. He also worked  with a rural veterinarian in Hassan, Karnataka, India, training in caring for cows and farm animals while he interned with the government employed vet. There is only one vet for 20 villages and the doctor make rounds every day to provide medical assistance to the arm animals. Mohan is a pre-vet major at Texas A&M and he will be applying to vet schools around the country in the summer of 2019.  

These four San Antonio Academy alumni have proven the long-lasting quality of friendships that begin at SAA. From the Class of 1960 (left to right), Peter Gill, Charlie Kuper, Cam Duncan, and Wilson Parish met up over the summer to reminisce old times and to once again remark how it all began at San Antonio Academy.

2017 - 18

Congratulations to Anthony Fletcher '17, for being recognized as the Second Highest Academically Ranked Freshman at Central Catholic High School. 

Congratulations to Jack and Dan Covert (Class of 2015), pictured far left and far right, who were part of the four-person team from Keystone High School where they won the Academic World Quest Regional Competition on March 8th. They will travel to Washington, D.C. on April 27 for the National Academic World Quest Competition. 

SAA Admissions Director, Gary Marvin, Class of 1989, delivered fresh gummy worms to our boys attending the McCallie School in Chattanooga, TN. Mr. Marvin was touring McCallie to learn more about the high school's boarding program. Pictured above: Alumni Class of 2017, left-to-right Erik Peterson, Emory Hill, Harrison Stuart, Hunter Schenk (Class of 2014), James Jacob, Michael May, Sammy Bar and Chazz Hunter. 


Congratulations to the SAA Class of 2014 alumni, Henry Barrett & Vincent Notzon, for being honored during the Fall 2017 Athletics Awards Banquet at The Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Virginia. Henry received the Boys' Fall Crew Coaches Award; Vincent received the Varsity Football Moncure Award for Most Valuable Player and the Winniett Peters Award. 

Congratulations to Michael Shriner '14 for participating in his first, full marathon during the San Antonio 10th Annual Rock 'n' Roll Marathon on December 3, 2017. Michael ran a 3 hour, 22 min and 17 sec time placing him in the top 2% overall (#54 out of 2,835 full marathon runners), top 3% for the men (#49 out of 1,497 male full marathon runners) and top 10% for his age division age 18-24 years (#8 out of 92 young male full marathon runners). 

SAA Alumnus and parent, Javier Rocha '91, is serving as Leader of Cub Scout Pack 1886, which includes Academy boys in 1st grade (Tiger Scouts) and 2nd grade (Wolf Scouts). 

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation named Daniel Guerra, '14 a semifinalist on Wednesday, September 13, 2017. He is one of 16,000 semifinalists. Daniel has the opportunity to continue in the competition for more than 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million in Spring 2018. He is currently a senior at Central Catholic High School. Read more about Daniel Guerra and his time at CCHS here. (Picture courtesy of Central Catholic High School.)

Our very own Paw Print staff got a great scoop about an Academy alumnus, which was included in the Oct. 2017 issue. Read a condensed version of SAA students' Patrick Snyder and Ekam Mehat article below, and for the full article click here

#SAACares: SAA Alum ’05 Andrew Simms helped victims of Hurricane Harvey evacuate from their homes to safety. He is an Executive Officer in the National Guard. Mr. Simms and his team of 80 soldiers saved 130 people, 25 dogs, 3 cats, and 5 horses! They saved some of these animals and humans by using Zodiac Boats. Mr. Simms explained, “The Academy teaches a lot of the ideals and character traits that the army seeks in its leaders and soldiers." The values taught here at SAA prepared Lieutenant Simms to lead in the National Guard!  

Alumnus Keith Hudson, '83 stopped by SAA for a quick tour of campus on  August 30th. While on his tour, SAA Math Teacher, Dr. Patrick Atkerson, invited him to share his experiences and life lessons learned at The Academy with the 5th grade students.

Andrew Lemke, '13 (second from the right in the group photo) poses with friends during Beast at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs where he will start his college and air force career as a Basic Cadet. In the first picture, he wears his dress blues for the first time in October 2007. 



2016-17 Class Notes: Bond of Brothers Year in Review 

Learn how ALUMNI are CONNECTING today with each other and current Academy cadets through events, reunions and sports. Found in the alumni section of the Bond of Brothers, Year in Review 2016-17 here.

2016 - 17

William Negley, '98 returned to The Academy on April 26, 2017 to share his fond memories and lessons learned at San Antonio Academy in a post-Chapel talk. On that morning, William also served as Parade Marshall for The Academy’s annual Pre-K Fiesta Float Parade (pictured left). Watch a video of his speech.

Congratulations! Reeves Craig '97 and his wife, Allison, welcomed a baby boy, Reeves Harrington Craig II, into their family on May 5. Baby Reeves was born 7lbs 14oz and 20.5 inches long. 

JB Marshall'13, and Evan Shimek'14, set a new SMH 4x100 meter relay record when they competed in the TAPPS State Track & Field Championship Meet at Baylor University on May 6th, 2017. The 4x100 team left to right: JB Marshall ’13, Deion Locklear, Jesse Llamas, Evan Shimek ‘14. 

JB Marshall, '13 was elected President of the Venturing program for the Boy Scouts of America's Southern Region, Area 3. Area 3 encompasses all of South, South West, South East, and Central Texas. He will have oversight of the BSA's Venturing Program for 9 Councils with over 5,000 Venturers. This position is typically held by College age Venturers. JB is currently a Junior at Saint Mary's Hall where he is a Campbell Scholar, Captain of the men's track team, and plays men's volleyball. 

Donny Dugan, '16 was selected for a summer study program for rising sophomores at the Voelker Biomedical Research Academy at UT Health Science Center. Only 3 high school freshmen were allowed to be nominated from each school in the city. From that group 20 students were chosen. At the conclusion of each year of the program, successful students receive a monetary award and are invited to participate in subsequent years of the three-year program.  


Walt Buzzini, '13 was awarded the Campbell Award from the McCallie School in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The award is presented to two students who showcase all-around leadership and making a difference on campus. Walt will attend Washington and Lee University in the fall and plans to major in Biology. 

Harrison Richter, '11 was elected President of the Texas A&M University Pre-law Society. 

William Negley, '98 and his wife Kelly welcomed a baby girl, Mabel Elizabeth, on December 26, 2016.  Read the Alumni Spotlight feature on William in the 2015-2016 issue of Bond of Brothers magazine. 

Stephen Pils, '03 and his wife Sarah welcomed a beautiful baby girl on March 2, 2017. Her name is Indie Grace Pils, she was born 6 lbs, 11 oz at 20.5 inches. Congratulations Stephen and Sarah!  

Phillip Hargrove, '06 has been hired with NASA at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral as a flight dynamics engineer.

John Amini, '05 returned to The Academy on January 20, 2017 to share his fond memories and lessons learned  in a post-chapel talk about living in the moment and leading with purpose.  Watch a video of the talk.

President of the Alumni Council, Adam Reed '99 was featured in the San Antonio Express-News for being a 'citizen architect'. As the 2017 president of the San Antonio chapter of the American Institute of Architects, he plans to make the profession more inclusive, among other things. Read the article online (with San Antonio Express-News subscription digital access) or download a PDF version of the print article.

Matt Silva '02 and his wife,Virginia, welcomed a beautiful, 8lb. 7 oz. baby girl, Sofia Charlotte, into their family. 

Luke Moody '07, has completed three years of training at the Defense Language Institute and is ready to serve his country as a Crypto Linguist in Arabic and Iraqi for the US Army. When asked if he felt prepared for college and the military, he said yes, thanks to the years spent at The Academy. He is grateful for all of the chapel devotionals from Mr. Webster,  Mrs. Peggy Klein's help in times of crisis, the lunches at the cafeteria and the caring staff, all of the amazing teachers that formed his character, Mr. Turner's after school basketball games and speeches, as well as Mrs. Wilde and Mrs. Beeler's belief in him when things got tough.  


On October 23, 2016 two members of the Alumni Council, Brandon Grossman '92, and Miguel Dilley '95, took part in the Bisbee's Black and Blue Marlin Jackpot Tournament, a three day black and blue marlin-only fishing competition, in Cabo San Lucas.  This tournament is considered to be the World Series of marlin fishing. After three days of competing against 122 other boats, their team took 1st place overall. The three anglers on the boat included both alumni, Brandon and Miguel, and their friend Julio Fernandez. 

Congratulations to Joshua Cross '16, who won a place as a semifinalist in the 2016 Broadcom MASTERS©, a program of Society for Science & the Public. This honor places him among the top 300 middle school science and engineering projects in the United States.

Jonathan Delmer '80, who is an active member on SAA's Alumni Council, was recently featured in the 78209 magazine for his leadership serving as president of the largest neighborhood association in San Antonio. Jonathan includes a thoughtful mention about his alma mater stating, "I love San Antonio Academy... It was a great experience and one I would recommend to parents everywhere." Read the article.  

Alamo Heights football player, Nathaniel Prete '13, a.k.a. "Carlos Munoz" made it to the top three "High School Play of the Week" on September 5, 2016. He was chosen for his "one-foot tiptoe-catch". Watch this catch from News4SA.  

On Monday, August 8, members from the Class of 2013 took part in the unveiling of their eighth grade class gift: a beautiful stain glass window depicting the school seal. Spearheaded by SAA mom Liesl Noble, the intricate glass masterpiece is perched at the top of the Bondurant Library stairs and includes each boy’s initials which act as a frame and their class year marked at the bottom. Alumni in attendance were (from left to right): Cameron Diamond, Matthew Schmueckle, Henry Snow, Marshall Beldon, J.B. Marshall, Alexander Johnson, Cooper Noble, Michael Kelleher, William York, James Taylor, David Edlund, Nathaniel Prete, Ross Nunns, Emory Word, and Jo McGrath.

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