At Independence, we take great pride in the accomplishments of our alumni and the strong connection between our school and former students. Bonds don't end with graduation - you are a Patriot for life!
If you are an Indy alum, please be sure to update your contact information and let us know about your achievements, activities and interests. We also love to see Indy alumni getting together, whether local or internationally. Be sure to submit a class note so we can share your Indy connections. Please join our Alumni Facebook Group to keep up with news about your former classmates, fellow Indy alumni, and exciting things happening today at Independence.
Wondering how else you can stay connected? Consider attending any of our special events throughout the year, including athletics contests, the annual Auction & Gala (21 and older) and Cornhole tournaments. Be sure to check our calendar for all opportunities to come back and say hello!
Another great way to show your support is by making a tax-deductible gift to our Annual Fund, which ensures that we can continue to remain one of the premier pre-school through eighth-grade schools in the region.
We look forward to connecting with you. Come visit campus and take a ride in our campus golf cart. We hope to see you soon... Go Indy!
QUESTIONS, COMMENTS OR SUGGESTIONS?
Mrs. Julie Goldston
Advancement Manager | 302-239-0330
The Alumni Award program began in 2018 and honors graduates who demonstrate outstanding achievement, leadership or innovation in a particular field, whether in his or her profession or through volunteer activities or personal dedication to a cause.
Award categories and descriptions can be found below, along with a link to the form that must be completed to nominate an alumnus or alumna for either award.
Outstanding Alumni Award
The Outstanding Alumni Award recognizes an Independence alumnus or alumna who has graduated 20 or more years ago.
Rising Star Alumni Award
The Rising Star Alumni Award recognizes an Independence alumnus or alumna who has graduated within the last 20 years.
Please click here to complete the required form to nominate an alumnus or alumna for either the Outstanding Alumni or Rising Star Alumni Award. Nominations are considered for a period of three years.
- 2021: Dr. Jodi Kamps Varela '87
- 2019: Dr. Mia Antonia Papas ’86
- 2018: Mr. Alexander Mackler ’97
Rising Star Alumni
- 2021: Ms. Nidhi Kedda '11 and Ms. Michaella Moore '12
- 2019: Capt. Stephanie DeAngelo ’06, Ms. Katie Jacoby ’04 and Dr. Kathryn Sepelyak Kirsch ’01
- 2018: Mrs. Kiersten Jones Schwendeman ’03
*Award recipients were not selected in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Independence School presented its annual Alumni Awards during the school’s virtual Founders’ Day ceremony on Friday, April 9. The Alumni Awards program, established in 2018, honors graduates who demonstrate outstanding achievement, leadership or innovation in a particular field, whether in his or her profession or through volunteer activities or personal dedication to a cause.
The Rising Star Alumni Award is presented to an Independence alumnus or alumna who has graduated within the last 20 years and the Outstanding Alumni Award is presented to an alumnus or alumna who has graduated more than 20 years ago. Although this year’s celebration was held remotely, each recipient joined the presentation live via Zoom or via pre-recorded video.
For 2021, two nominees were selected for the Rising Star Alumni Award, each of whom represented outstanding achievement and leadership in different areas related to the mission of The Independence School.
Mia Antonia Papas ’86, Stephanie DeAngelo ’06, Katie Jacoby ’04, not pictured, and Kathryn (Sepelyak) Kirsch ’01 were selected as the latest recipients, announced April 18 during Founders’ Day.
The Outstanding Alumni, Rising Star Alumni Awards were created in celebration of school’s 40th Anniversary.