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The Pegasus School Alumni Association supports Pegasus graduates by maintaining connections among the school, its alumni, and parents of alumni. Our alumni will always be a part of the Pegasus community through the Alumni Association.

The goal of the Pegasus Alumni Association is to provide Pegasus alumni with a large network of resources to expand and strengthen their relationships with peers and faculty as they transition to high school and beyond. Opportunities for connecting include events, social media, and communication.

Alumni Spotlight

Daniel Anastos '08, Entrepreneur


FreshBox Team (L-R): John, Daniel ’08 and Forest in Nairobi, Kenya  City Park Market

Congratulations to our 2018 Wings of Honor recipient, Daniel Anastos!

Anastos is currently working at Komaza, a micro-forestry company that is supporting smallholder farmers in Kenya. Komaza is headquartered in Kilifi, Kenya, and supports thousands of smallholder farmers to grow trees to help address the massive shortage of wood through out the area and to provide an additional long-term means of income. Anastos was hired as a Fellow in Operations in February 2017 to work in the Harvest Department as the farmers were beginning the harvest of trees. He was promoted to Associate in Operations and is responsible for the planning and implementation of all harvesting operations.
 
In addition, Anastos is a co-founder of FreshBox, a start-up headquartered in Nairobi with a mission to address the startling statistics that up to 40% of food in East Africa is lost or wasted. A key factor in this situation is the lack of refrigeration, especially as it affects small farmers with few resources.
 
FreshBox's flagship product is a large commercial cooling unit that fits conveniently in a vendor space at fruit and vegetable markets across Kenya. Through our inviting customer experience, we are supporting the economic future of merchants across Kenya by allowing them to sell a higher percentage of their produce. Our revolutionary solar-powered refrigeration technology will take us off the grid and help us reach the last mile of poverty eradication in Africa.
 
A key component of making FreshBox successful is having access to capital and experienced people. Anastos and his co-founders competed to earn a spot in an “accelerator.” They are now involved in a six month program where they are being sponsored to learn about strategy, financing, operations, and other functions and topics to help them be successful.
 
Anastos found his way to Kenya after spending six months as the strategic Initiatives Intern at Kiva, a nonprofit in San Francisco. Here he learned about financial inclusion and the power of micro-lending to individuals throughout the world. A key initiative that Anastos worked on was designing a "crowd vetting" platform where MBA candidates and financial professionals could perform due diligence and contribute to the overall investment decision, democratizing the investment.
 
Before Kiva, Anastos attended Vanderbilt University and studied Engineering Science. He graduated in 2016. During his time there, he was an assistant for a PhD candidate, conducting research on lithium batteries. He held many leadership positions during his college years and was involved as a volunteer in a number of organizations (Teach Twice and Engineers without Borders). Anastos spent a summer on Kodiak Island, Alaska as a set net fisherman where he learned much about the local nature and the lives of people who live remotely.
 
While at Corona del Mar high school, Anastos earned his Eagle Scout rank and participated in a number of volunteer organizations including tutoring at Pomona Elementary.

Past Alumni Spotlight Features

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  • Stuart Palley '03

    Stuart Palley '03, Award Winning Photographer



    Stuart Palley '03 is a photographer in Southern California who focuses on environmental documentary work. During the summer and increasingly into the fall and spring, he photographs wildfires as part of his ongoing Terra Flamma project, examining wildfire as an acute effect of climate change in the West.
     
    Palley's other photographic interests include: water issues and drought, the night sky and light pollution, general wilderness conservation, and an increasing focus on aerial photography with drones. His work has been recognized by the prestigious Pictures of the Year International Competition in the Environmental Vision category and most recently, the Natural Disaster category for his work documenting wildfires. His images from Terra Flamma recently appeared in National Geographic's February 2018 issue in the cover story article entitled, “We Are Watching You.”
     
    Born and raised in Southern California, Palley has photographed for National GeographicThe New York TimesThe Wall Street JournalLos Angeles TimesThe Washington Post, and many other publications. His work has appeared in TIME magazine, WIREDNew York magazine, and The Washington Post.
     
    Palley received his B.B.A. and B.A. in History and Finance from Southern Methodist University. He also minored in photography and human rights. He holds an M.A. in Photojournalism from the University of Missouri. 

    When not photographing wildfires, Palley can be found on road trips throughout the Southwest photographing the Milky Way.

    Update 9/10/18: Palley and his breathtaking photography were featured in Inland Valley Daily Bulletin. Click here to read the news.


    Stuart Palley ‘03 stands with his graduate school professors after receiving the 3rd place award in the Natural Disaster category in the Pictures of the Year International photography competition for his wildfire work. The award ceremony was held in Washington DC and the contest is sponsored by the University of Missouri, where Palley received an M.A. in Photojournalism. 


    Dustin Bridges, Stuart Palley, and Chrissy Bridges at the Newseum in April. Palley was attending a photography exhibition and ran into Mr. Bridges getting lunch. Mr. And Mrs. Bridges and the Pegasus students had just arrived in Washington, D.C. when the chance encounter happened.
  • Stewart Hagestad ’05

    Rising with the Masters

    Stewart Hagestad ’05
    , a finance professional and talented amateur golfer, won the 2016 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship in September. This victory earned him an invitation to The Masters at Augusta National, one of the most prestigious tournaments in professional golf where he had a very strong showing, placing T36.



    Photography by David J. Phillip, OC Register

    Hagestad began playing golf around age four. He grew up on a golf course, which was integral in his development with the game. His role models have transitioned from professionals like Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods to players who have made careers out of amateur golf and have balanced playing competitive amateur golf and also established long standing successful business careers and personal lives.

    Hagestad had the opportunity to play at USC and reflects that the experience was amazing, “Coach Zambri helped develop my maturity as a player and assisted me with the efficiency of practicing the right way.” Winning the Mid-Amateur was a huge success for Hagestad, both from the sense of confidence and achievement. “I had always dreamed of winning a USGA event, but until that dream became a reality, it was difficult to fathom. When the official letter from Augusta National came around Christmastime, it finally hit me that I was going to play in the Masters.” From that time until the Masters, Hagestad made a commitment to himself to make every sacrifice possible to give himself the opportunity to play well at Augusta National.

    Hagestad felt a wave of emotion and anticipation leading up to the first tee of the Masters, “Everything in my golf career had lead to that point, and I knew that I had prepared as well as I knew how. While there was a mixture of excitement, adrenaline, and anticipation, I made an effort to pause and appreciate just how special that moment was for my parents, friends, and myself. I had reached one of the ultimate goals of amateur golf, and I wanted to make sure that I embraced that accomplishment.”

    Hagestad put on an incredible performance at the Masters. “It was far from the best I had ever played, but under the circumstances with nerves and emotions and crowds, I am very proud of how I handled the moment.” His goal leading into the week was to test his game against the world's best. He set a personal goal of finishing in the top 12. “Unfortunately, while I came up a little short of my goal (tied for 36th), I still came away with the understanding that I can compete with the best in the world.” While Hagestad has no ambition to turn professional, he knows that when he prepares the right way, and executes properly, he can play great on any stage. Recently, he had the chance to compete in the US Open, and after the experience at the Masters, was far less intimidated by the stage of playing in his second major championship.

    Hagestad is a devout strategic time oriented goal setter in golf, his professional life, and his personal life. “I firmly believe that your goals dictate your thoughts, and your thoughts then dictate your actions. I have made a tremendous amount of sacrifice in different phases of my life, but it has all been in an effort to achieve goals that were important to me. Time management is obviously critical. The most important thing impressed upon me by my parents, mentors, and other role models, is to set achievable short and long term goals for yourself.”

    Hagestad will finish the summer amateur schedule through the end of October, after which time he plans to apply to a few business schools around the country in an effort to achieve an MBA. He anticipates to return to Southern California after graduation, however, things are subject to change. Until then, Hagestad will continue to pursue his dreams.
  • Jack Makler '16

    You're Creative Enough with NOAP Clothing

    Jack Makler '16
     (shown on left in photo) attends Huntington Beach High School and plays on the Varsity Water Polo team. Aside from being a student, Jack is an entrepreneur. That’s right, he runs a clothing business with his close friend, Chase Hall, who is also a high school student.
     


    During the spring of 2016, Hall approached Makler with the idea of starting a clothing company. They created the name, “Noap,” and from that moment on, went to work to expand their creativity.

    Noap originates from the two words, “nope” and “soap.” Their central motto is “Stay Clean,” which essentially means to live a healthier and cleaner lifestyle by having good hygiene, staying drug-free and drinking more water.

    “We aren’t trying to force people to stay away from substances,” says Makler. “Rather, we want them to be aware of the dangers of abusing drugs and alcohol. Stay true to yourself, and don’t make excuses.”

    On June 11, 2016, Makler attended a fashion show in Los Angeles wearing a Noap hat. “Immediately people came up to us saying, ‘Woah, that’s a sick hat! Where’d you get that?,’” says Makler. When he told them that it was his clothing brand, they were shocked. A videographer from Vogue Magazine also was intrigued with his product and included Makler and Hall in the event’s fashion show video.

    Since June, Makler and his team moved on to drop their first Noap collection in July, followed by two showcase events in Hollywood on November 13, 2016 and April 21, 2017 at Weird N Awful LA. Noap sold out all their merchandise during both events! “Not only did we sell a lot of merchandise, but also we met so many cool people,” says Makler.

    Makler continues to spread the message of staying clean to whomever he can, and to grow his company. Check out Noap on Instagram @noap.co and visit their website, www.noap.co. New styles are coming out soon!
  • Gabriela Leichnitz ’08 and Kendra Hennegen ’08

    Exploring New Places and Building Connections

    Gabriela Leichnitz ’08
     
    and fellow alumna Kendra Hennegen ’08 have recently been on quite an adventure together. The two demonstrate the strong connections they built at Pegasus, things they learned and lasting friendships they developed.


    Leichnitz graduated from Princeton University in May of 2016 with a B.S.E. in Computer Science. She spent a few summers in software engineering before working at Boston Consulting Group (BCG) doing management consulting in San Francisco. It was at BCG that she found her passion and decided to join full-time. However, before she headed back to work, she was lucky enough to get a stipend to live in South America and practice Spanish. Her long time friend Kendra decided to join, and they embarked on their trip south.

    In the first week of their trip, Leichnitz and Hennegen traveled to Machu Picchu with two other alumnas, Alexandra Stimpson '08 and Alayna Lewis '08.












    After their trip to Peru, Leichnitz and Hennegen traveled to Chile where they lived for four months, learning Spanish, absorbing the culture and “practicing the songs Sra. Botts taught [them]!” Then, reminiscing of their rainforest chit chats in Mrs. Sarkin’s third grade class, they were inspired to plan a trip through the Amazon Rain Forest of Ecuador. Leichnitz explained, “when we first contemplated booking the trip, we were unsure, but as soon as we thought of you and all that you taught us about the rainforest, we were sold! Memories of dressing up as proboscis monkeys and capybaras (the class's least cute animals, by the way) have been running rampant through our minds while we eagerly anticipate the real rainforest experience.”

Meet the Staff

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  • Benjamin Jenkins 

    Assoc Director of Advancement, Events/ Alumni Relations
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Get Involved

There are many ways to get involved at Pegasus. Volunteer on campus, help plan events, present to and speak with current students, parents and fellow alumni, and become a mentor to current students and younger alumni. If you are interested in any of these opportunities or have new ideas, comments or questions, please contact Benjamin Jenkins.
The Pegasus School is a coed, non-profit, nonsectarian day school in Huntington Beach, California, that serves students in pre-Kindergarten through Grade 8. A Pegasus education equips bright, motivated students to achieve future academic success and make a positive impact on society.