The MKA community enjoyed a quintessential fall weekend together that included opportunities for remembrance and celebration. The MKA Alumni Engagement Office hosted several events during the weekend that brought over 200 alumni from classes years ending in ‘4 and ‘9, friends, Trustees, faculty, staff, and students together on campus. The weekend began on Friday, October 18 with the Alumni Awards Reception, continued on Saturday with meaningful memorial programs, the Golden Circle brunch, a ribbon-cutting at the Primary School, a BBQ on Lloyd Road, several sporting events, and evening gatherings of alumni by class and affinity group.
Nithya Nathan Pinneau, Esq. ’03 was the recipient of the 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award. Nithya is an immigration lawyer who is currently the Senior Program Director for the Detained Children’s Program at the Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition. She manages the Detained Immigrant Children’s Program which provides legal services to children detained in the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement including direct representation, pro bono mentorship and training, and community outreach. The Young Alumni Award was given to Lauren Morisseau ’11. She was a member of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, served with Americorps, and completed her Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Butare, Rwanda. These experiences in educational service and social justice work galvanized Lauren’s passion for public health and trauma-informed social services, leading her to seek a career change as she is currently working toward her nursing degree. To learn more about each award visit mka.org/alumni.
Poignant moments were shared by the MKA community at memorial programs for two impactful MKA faculty members. Nixon Bicknell’s career at Montclair Academy and Montclair Kimberley Academy spanned 27 years as he filled the roles of Choral Music Director and faculty member. He will be forever remembered and appreciated for writing the lyrics to the Montclair Kimberley Academy School Song in 1974. Tony Cuneo taught drawing, painting, AP studio art, and photography at MKA from 1988 – 2018. He was a talented artist in a variety of disciplines and inspired students and colleagues alike in his roles as teacher, mentor, and friend. As Headmaster Tom Nammack noted, “His career at MKA will remain as a force for good in the life of the school.”
With the fall season in full swing, families from all three campuses showed their Cougar Pride, cheering on the MKA field hockey, soccer, and football teams throughout the day. Attendees enjoyed the many festivities lining Lloyd Road, with student-run tables selling food and lots of MKA swag.
Saturday evening cocktail parties were held at special venues all around Montclair and brought together alumni from across the country. Classmates reconnected with each other and reminisced about their times at The Kimberley School, Montclair Academy, and MKA perfectly capping off the days' festivities with great food, friends, and fare!
On Sunday, the Fifth Annual Co-ed Alumni Soccer Game took place on Muenster Field with many alumni players in attendance and members of their family and friends cheering them on, while the Second Annual Co-ed Volleyball Game was held in the Upper School Gym, and a great time was had by all!