A Letter From Curtis Odom
Dear Fellow Alumni,
I am excited to share with you the first ever Classical High School Alumni Association Annual Report. We are launching this annual communication to coincide with the 175th year of Classical High School. The publishing of this annual report is the official kickoff of a yearlong celebration, with a focus on the themes of “History, Legacy, Diversity and Family”, culminating with our grand alumni evening event on Saturday, September 22, 2018, at the Hope Club in Providence.
This first annual report comes at a time of key transition for our organization and for our alma mater, Classical High School. You will see that in this last year we have accomplished a number of key initiatives, either proposed by the board of directors, or initiated because of input from our members. Going forward, this annual report will be our means of reaching out to share with you our year in review. We invite you to take a moment to evaluate our successes over the past year, and to become familiar with the areas on which we will focus in the year ahead. The Classical High School Alumni Association supports Classical High School by building and maintaining relationships between alumni and community members and by raising funds for both school and association activities.
In many ways, this last year was a new beginning for us as an organization. During these financially difficult times, the board — with substantial input from our members — adopted a new business model that moves the association away from an over-dependence on annual fund donation revenue to focus now also on targeted philanthropy and the growth of our endowment fund. While this three-tiered focus on philanthropy is a departure from our past, it helps to assure the association’s continued existence. Your alumni time and money provide a bridge between the funding needs of the school and the funds given by the city of Providence, in order to provide the best education for the children of Classical. The association plans to offer events that appeal to more of our alumni, in order to provide numerous opportunities for alumni to give of their time, as well as hopefully to inspire our alumni to contribute financially where they can.
An event of particular Purple Pride is Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza’s officially declaring March 20, 2018, as “Classical Day”, to celebrate Classical High School’s turning 175 years old this year. Founded in 1843, Classical High School is one of the oldest public high schools in the United States and one of the six oldest public high schools in New England. On March 20th, students, alumni, faculty, city and state officials, members of the school board, and members of the community will gather at Classical High School for an assembly where a proclamation by Mayor Elorza will be read. This will be followed by the unveiling of a plaque from the Classical High School Alumni Association to commemorate our benefactors through the years. Later that same day, the Rhode Island General Assembly will issue a proclamation at the State House. We hope to see many familiar and many new alumni faces that day.
As you read our annual report, I hope it will remind you of our recent successes and will energize you for the future as you envision “loyalty in action” toward the mission of the Classical High School Alumni Association for 2018. For those of you who have tirelessly committed time, energy, and finances to the success of this organization, I thank you. For the many of you who are new, I welcome you to your association. I look forward to being of service to all of you as president in this exciting year of 2018 as we work together to “Keep Classical Strong”.
Dr. Curtis Odom ’90
Last Chance for Tickets!
Happening this Thursday from 5.30 – 7.30 PM! Join us for another great evening of networking at the Stout Irish Sports Pub with guest speaker Meredith Curren!
A selection of appetizers will be offered and parking will be validated in the lot behind the building
There will be a raffle to win a gift certificate to Stout Irish Sports Pub
You do not have to be a CHS alum to attend!
Sponsored by The Omni Group and Washington Trust. Thank you!
Alum of the Month
Name: Jason Martiesian
Class Year: 1990
Post High School Education
Graduated Northeastern University in Boston (1995).
Working to pass legislation to allow for the Secretary of State to purchase new voting equipment for the State of Rhode Island. This is the first time new equipment had been acquired in almost 20 years.
Leading the advocacy effort to enact online voter registration legislation into law.
Led the Secretary of State’s effort to enact legislation to reform the lobbying laws in the state.
What do you remember most about your time at Classical and how has your time there shaped you?
I met my wife at Classical and we still talk about our memories from high school. I also made a great group of friends from diverse backgrounds and experiences. I still get together with these same friends today almost 30 years later. The academic work was challenging and prepared me very well for college.
What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishments or struggles to date?
My greatest accomplishment is my wife and I raising a strong daughter who is doing well in school, participates in several sports and volunteer activities and has an outgoing personality.
A struggle was finding what career direction I wanted to go in after college. I graduated with a finance degree however after working for several years in the financial industry I realized that it was not what I wanted to do with my professional career.
Describe yourself in 3 words.
What do you do for fun?
I enjoy going to both professional and college sporting events. Also, I like to landscape around the house as well as play soccer and lacrosse with my daughter.
You’re running late for a meeting, what’s the most likely reason why?
Well my wife says I’m always late so I probably have a million reasons however the most likely one is I just didn’t give myself enough time to get there.
What was the last song you listened to?
Those who know me know you’re asking the wrong person.
What motivates you?
Anything else you’d like to add?
I thank all of the board members, volunteers and Donna and Leila for leading the growth of the Alumni Association. Classical truly represents the best in the city and the students and teachers need all of our support to keep it strong. The students will be the future leaders of our city, state and country and it’s exciting to see Classical still producing so many outstanding young leaders.
Join in on the Celebration!
As you may have already seen on our social media accounts, we’ve been celebrating Classical turning 175 years old in 2018.
We’re focusing on four main pillars – history, family, legacy, and diversity – and we’re asking our alumni to send in their photos. For the next few weeks, we’ll be focusing on history and family. Have some photos you’d like to share? Here’s how!
CHS History (#CHSAlumniArchives): CHS History celebrates the history of Classical and the people who have attended it. If you have a picture of your time at Classical (hanging out with friends, at prom, at a sporting event, etc.) send it our way!
CHS Family (#CHSFamily): CHS Family celebrates the connections made while at Classical. Have you met your best friend, significant other, colleague, etc. while at Classical and developed a long-lasting relationship? Let us know – send us a picture of you and your CHS family!
To send a photo: Please send your photo(s) to firstname.lastname@example.org and indicate your class year, which hashtag your photo fits, and a short description of the story behind the photo. You can also send us a direct message on Instagram or Facebook.
Don’t miss Rent at Classical High School!
Two Shows Only! April 6th and 7th.
2nd Annual Purple & White Beach Party – July 28th at Ocean Cliff
Save the Date!
Athletic Hall of Fame – June 3rd
11th Annual Golf Tournament – August 6th
Classical’s 175th Celebration – September 22nd