The MKA community celebrated the past and had a blast in the present on MKA's fun-filled and lively Homecoming and Reunion Weekend 2018. The MKA Alumni Relations office hosted several events during the weekend that brought over 200 friends, Trustees, faculty, staff, and alumni of classes from the '03s and '08s back to campus as they gathered to enjoy many events including the Alumni Awards Reception, several high-stakes and entertaining athletic contests, and a celebration of the "First 50 Years" of George Hrab's career at MKA on Saturday.
Dr. Lawrence Rosen '84 was the recipient of the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award, bestowed in recognition and appreciation of an outstanding achievement by an alumna or alumnus who has achieved distinction in some field of endeavor, or through outstanding character or dedication has been of special service to humanity. Rosen is an integrative pediatrician and founder of the Whole Child Center in Oradell, NJ. He has written for several publications including Huffington Post about the necessity of treating all aspects of a child's health for optimal well-being. Dr. Rosen is focused on mind-body medicine in order to help children cope with stress in order to be as healthy and successful as possible. The Young Alumni Award was given to Devika Patel '12. Devika's mission in life is to understand, research, and design healthcare interventions and technologies that profoundly impact the wellbeing of people all over the world, particularly women in developing countries.
A special aspect of Homecoming and Reunion Weekend 2018 was a celebration of the school's own George Hrab, who began his career at Montclair Academy in 1969 and was recognized as an outstanding coach and Athletic Director as well as an impactful classroom teacher over his "first" 50 years. Hrab was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame along with Alex Gephart '06 and the 2004 MKA Girls' Varsity Tennis Team. With the fall season in full swing, families from all three campuses showed their cougar pride, cheering on the MKA volleyball, soccer, and football teams throughout the day. Attendees enjoyed the many festivities lining Lloyd Road, which student-run tables selling food and lots of MKA swag.
Saturday evening cocktail parties brought together alumni from across the country returning to Montclair. Classmates reconnected with each other and reminisced about their times at The Kimberley School, Montclair Academy, and MKA. The reunion celebrations were at venues all around the town, which perfectly capped off the days' festivities with great food, friends, and fare!
On Sunday, the Fourth Annual Alumni Soccer Game took place on Muenster Field with many alumni players in attendance and members of their family and friends cheering them on. This event has become a signature program as alumni spanning the decades love to come together and play with other former cougars on the field. Sunday's events also included the inaugural Alumnae Volleyball Game, and a great time was had by all!
*Photos courtesy of Steve Clayton and Derek Morf