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Jiaying (Gia) Zhao

Class of 2017

The Knox School is excited to congratulate Jiaying (Gia) Zhao ‘17 on her early decision acceptance to Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). Gia has been a student at Knox and an active member of the visual arts community since 2014. Originally from Henan, China, eighteen year-old Gia was always interested in the arts; although, she did not initially see art-making as a viable career option. It was not until she began studying in the U.S. that she realized her talents and passion could support her dream of becoming a professional artist.

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Hailey Schwartz

Class of 2017

The Knox School is proud to congratulate Hailey Schwartz, ‘17, on her early decision acceptance to Cornell University. Hailey has been a student at Knox since 2014, when she came to us as a Sophomore. Hailey is a successful AP student and an avid rower on the Crew Team, working her way up to Co-Captain this year. During the 2015-2016 school year, Hailey was inducted into the National Honor Society and was quickly promoted to President after displaying the leadership skills necessary to drive the society.

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James DiBiasi

Class of 2017

James DiBiasi entered Knox this year as a Post-Graduate student, and player for the National Preparatory Basketball Team. James’s presence on campus has greatly impacted our school culture; he can always be found engaging in campus activities, interacting positively with his peers and teachers and excelling both in the classroom and on the court. James is a co-founder of Knox’s cooking club, a member of National Honor Society and an active participant in the Knox Ninjas Social Media group. James also earned High Honors and High Effort Grades for the first trimester of classes for 2016, placing him in the top 5% of The Knox School student body.

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Jing Jing Lai

Adina Raso

English Teacher

Adina Raso is one of The Knox School’s newest faculty members, joining us this year as a 9th and 10th grade English teacher. Ms. Raso has already made a tremendous impact on her students and the English program in general with her dynamic lessons that incorporate literary analysis, grammar and of course, writing.

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R. Shaw Bridges

History Teacher

Shaw Bridges is an esteemed faculty member who began teaching History at Knox in 2015. This year, after extensive summer study and professional development with the Gilder-Lehrman Institute, Mr. Bridges has taken on the challenge of teaching AP US History, AP US Government and Politics and an elective course, Philosophy and Ethics. Mr. Bridges utilizes non-traditional teaching methods to engage students in learning about the life, culture, and historical movements that have shaped our country.

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Majestic Mapp

Mathematics & Economics Instructor
Assistant Basketball Coach

Majestic Mapp was born and raised in Harlem, NY, and attended private school at St. Raymond’s High School for Boys in the Bronx, where his talent for basketball became evident. Majestic was committed to the game throughout his high school years and received a full academic and athletic scholarship to the University of Virginia, where he played on their Division1 basketball team. His promising athletic career was cut short due to a torn ACL in his right knee. After several operations, Majestic turned his focus towards his studies, and graduated from UVA with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and a Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology in 2004.

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Miles Chamley-Watson '08

Olympic Foil Fencer

Miles Chamley-Watson, Class of 2008, is a two-time Olympian foil fencer, competing with Team USA in London in 2012 and Rio in 2016. He was a Bronze Medal Winner with Team USA in Rio, where he placed nineteenth overall. A multi-sport athlete, Miles also played varsity soccer and basketball with the Knox Falcons while in high school. He attended Pennsylvania State University with a full scholarship for fencing and completed a degree in Sports Management.

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Millie Chan '87

Designer & Manufacturer

Millie’s love for drawing and three-dimensional design led her to a major in Industrial Design at Philadelphia College of the Arts upon her graduation from Knox in 1987. After working briefly in Los Angeles as a free-lance designer, she returned home to Hong Kong in 1991 and took a position with a company that specialized in seasonal decorations.

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Chris Strompolos '89

Film Maker & Producer

Chris Strompolos was born in Arlington Heights Illinois and grew up in Biloxi, Mississippi. On the Mississippi Gulf Coast from 1982 - 1989 while remaking "Raiders of the Lost Ark" in the summers, Chris developed a passion for acting, music and producing.

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A Home Beside The Shore

We have a home beside the shore
A peaceful place for which we’ll yearn
A quiet place to which we’ll turn
In days to come, when time has passed,
But this is not goodbye, for
We have a home beside the shore.