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  • Kevin Yang

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  • Nelson Page

    Posted by Eric Pace at 9/7/2016

    Nelson Page

    WBHS Alum Spotlight–Nelson Page ‘10, MBA, PMP


    Nelson Page is currently a Project Engineer, designing automated conveyor systems for the logistics industry, while also working part time as an Army Engineer Officer.


    After graduating from WBHS, Nelson received a full-ride scholarship from the Army ROTC program at the school of his choice.  He chose the Virginia Military Institute, majoring in Mechanical Engineering and Nuclear Engineering.  The Army kept his summers busy, sending him to Airborne School, Air Assault School and Mountain Warfare School.


    Upon graduating from the Virginia Military Institute, Nelson was commissioned as an Officer and was selected to specialize as an Engineer.  He soon met his first unit in Afghanistan where he worked as a Civil Engineer constructing bases for the growing Afghan Military.  Throughout the nearly five years of progressing up the Army ranks, working as a Civil Engineer and Project Manager, Nelson continued to stretch his mind by pursuing a Master’s Degree in Business Administration at night.  


    During Nelson’s second deployment to Afghanistan he served as an Executive Officer (XO).  His unit was tasked with closing numerous military bases across the country in preparation for the NATO withdrawal from the country.  According to Nelson, “as a result of this unique mission, my unit regularly found themselves tearing down the perimeter wall – resulting in significant security concerns during the latter half of each project.”  Together, he and a co-worker wrote a thesis for the U.S. Command highlighting the mathematical impossibility of a timely withdrawal out of Afghanistan based on the quantity of NATO troops and the President’s stated objectives.  Nelson would later receive a Bronze Star for his actions and efforts during this deployment.


    In 2015, Nelson chose to leave the military, seeking additional challenges, and found a position in a growing conveyor company, Intelligrated, specializing in a blend of robotics’ hardware and software.  As a Mechanical Project Engineer, he is in charge of all aspects of machine placement and ensuring design and quality while maintaining costs and schedules. 


    Nelson also continues with part-time service as a member of the Army Reserves.  He is the Company Commander of 116 Combat Engineers, specializing in the construction of minefields, the use of explosives and the de-arming of roadside bombs (IEDs).


    How did WBHS help Nelson on his current path?


    As stated by Nelson, “WBHS opened my eyes to the importance of the people around me.  Transitioning from a small private high school to WBHS allowed me to really see the strength of working in and around a large and ethnically diverse peer group, allowing me to see the world through other people’s eyes.  When I traveled to Afghanistan many of the decisions I made impacted not only my 40 soldiers, but also the local Afghanis I was working with.”


    Nelson’s advice to current WBHS students:


    “Take advantage of all of the extracurricular activities around you, try something new and if you do not like it, move on to the next thing that sounds fun.  Life is full of opportunities and none of us really know what we will love until we try it – just make sure to take those learned lessons with you.”


    In addition he reminds students that “school is important, it serves as the core foundation for our society’s education, but also teaches you about how to thrive in the rest of the world.  WBHS is a petri dish nurturing relationships and great ideas for you to take with you into the real world.  Groom those relationships and share those ideas with the world.”


    He final words of wisdom, “As you gain more life experiences you will focus your strengths and your passions, overlapping them with where you can make a decent wage.  This intersection is your career, and once you get it fine-tuned you will be a happy, fulfilled individual.  Always seek these traits out – live your life, do not get stuck living in someone else’s career or someone else’s dream.”


    Nelson Page is another example of the great Alums we have from our district!

    Do you know of any West Bloomfield High School Alums you’d like to see in the spotlight?  Email alycia.chase@wbsd.org with their contact info and a brief background

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  • Jordan Field

    Posted by Eric Pace at 8/2/2016 2:00:00 PM

    Jordan Field


    WBHS Alum Spotlight – Jordan Field Class of 1995


    Jordan Field, a 1995 graduate of West Bloomfield High School, enters his 15th season with the Detroit Tigers, having joined the Club in September 2002.  


    In his role with the Tigers, Jordan directs all activities of the Detroit Tigers Foundation, an affiliate of Ilitch Charities, which has donated nearly $19 million in grants, college scholarships, Tigers game tickets and Comerica Park luxury suites since its establishment in 2005.  Jordan is the first and only Director of the Detroit Tigers Foundation, having played a pivotal role in the establishment of the Foundation, including the preparation of the Foundation’s business and strategic plan, budget and mission statement.  Jordan also directs the Club’s Player Relations activities, working closely with Tigers players and their representatives on community and corporate appearances, charitable giving and special events.


    Jordan served as a member of the 2005 Major League Baseball All Star Game Planning and Host Committee and the 2004 Major League Baseball Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (R.B.I.) World Series Planning and Host Committee.


    In addition to his work with the Tigers, Jordan is an Adjunct Faculty member at Wayne State University in the School of Education teaching courses on Working in Professional Sports in the Department of Kinesiology, Health & Sport Studies.


    Jordan currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame and Detroit PAL, the Advisory Committee for the Ordoñez Family Scholarship and the University of Michigan Bernard “Pat” Malory Scholarship.  Jordan is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, Graduate of Leadership Detroit 31 and was named a member of DBusiness Magazine’s “30 in their Thirties” class in 2012 and Crain’s Detroit Business “40 Under 40” class of 2014.


    Jordan earned his Juris Doctor degree from Wayne State Law School in 2002 where he founded the Sports and Entertainment Law Society, a student organization, and earned his undergraduate degree in Communications from the University of Michigan in 1999, where he was a staff sports writer for The Michigan Daily.


    Jordan and his wife Marjie (Friedman) met at WBHS and graduated together in 1995.  During their time at WBHS they both wrote for the Spectrum, Jordan serving as the Sports Editor and Marjie as the Co-Editor in Chief their Senior Year.  Jordan played varsity Tennis during his Junior Year and joined the Vaudeville cast his Senior Year.

    How did WBHS help Jordan on his current path?  


    Jordan believes that his strong writing and editing skills are rooted in his time working at the WBHS Spectrum.  Further, the experience he had writing for the Spectrum led him to write for The Michigan Daily while in college at the University of Michigan.  It was during that time at the Daily that Jordan realized the many career options in Sports beyond Journalism.  The ability to write continued to be a valuable skill as Jordan completed law school and began to work for the Tigers. “While writing for the Spectrum, Mrs. Maza taught us to write in a way that ‘showed the story, rather than told the story.’  Throughout my academic and professional career I have always remembered that lesson and tried to apply that approach in every letter, proposal and presentation.”


    Jordan’s advice to current WB students:  


    “I am so lucky that I was able to turn a hobby into a career.  My best advice is to find something that you are passionate about and learn as much as possible about that industry and the people who work in it.  Also, three general pieces of advice that I always give my sons:  1) make good decisions, 2) be kind to others, 3) why fit in, when you can stand out?”




    Jordan Field is another example of the amazing Alums from our district!

    We are proud of him and the wonderful organizations that he is involved in!

    Do you know of any West Bloomfield High School Alums you’d like to see in the spotlight?  Email alycia.chase@wbsd.org with their contact info and a brief background

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  • Nick Basel

    Posted by Eric Pace at 8/2/2016

    Nick Basel



    WBHS Alumni Spotlight – Nick Basel Class of 2014


    College:  Purdue University

    Major: Industrial Engineering Technology

    Pursuing Career: Active Duty Officer in the United States Army (Commission through ROTC)


    Nick Basel, a recent graduate of West Bloomfield High School, currently attends Purdue University where he will be entering his third year next fall.  He is pursuing a degree in Industrial Engineering Technology along with a minor in Military Science and he aspires to commission as an Active Duty Officer in the Engineering branch of the Army where he is hopeful to be stationed at Fort Bragg, NC or overseas in Germany.


    While at Purdue, Nick is serving as an ROTC cadet and has joined a Fraternity and served in Executive Board positions as the Secretary, House Manager, and Assistant Recruitment Chairman.  He is also a member of the Campus House Church on campus.  As an ROTC cadet, he has had some great opportunities that have challenged him mentally and physically.  He has traveled to various states to compete in ranger challenge events, a best ranger competition, and many long ruck marches, including the Bataan Death March, a 26.2 mile ruck through White Sands, NM.  Nick has received two foreign badges, both the Norwegian Foot March Badge and the German Armed Forces Badge for military proficiency.  He has also served as the leader of the Purdue Army ROTC Color Guard Unit where he has marched and presented the colors in front of thousands of people, has shadowed retired and current officers from various branches of the military and has also assisted in U.S. Army Recruiting.


    After two years in the ROTC program thus far, Nick is proud to say that he currently stands as the number one cadet in his class and he has recently received the USAA Spirit Award for best exemplifying service to the nation, community, and ROTC.  This summer he is excited to have been chosen to attend Airborne School at Fort Benning, GA and later will head to Fort Knox for a month to lead and train cadets from all different ROTC units around the country.

    Nick Basel


    How did WBHS help Nick on his current path?


    According to Nick, “I would not be where I am now without the opportunities I experienced at West Bloomfield High School along with some of the mentors I gained there throughout the years.  I believe West Bloomfield High School helped me with understanding culture and diversity.  Today, both as a student and cadet at a public university with roughly 40,000 students, I am constantly challenged with situational awareness of recognizing different cultures and diversity.  Gaining this experience early on as a student at West Bloomfield High School has helped shape decisions and beliefs I make when in uniform and when not in uniform at Purdue University, in the military and throughout my life.”


    Another thing West Bloomfield High School taught Nick is competitive drive.  He states, “I will always remember those people who helped guide me in the right directions and who gave their time and passion to push me to be the best I could be.  Students at West Bloomfield High School are extremely lucky to have teachers, coaches, and mentors who devote their time and efforts to help students see their potential and who challenge them to the fullest.”


    During Nick’s years at WBHS, he was involved in Student Government, Student Leadership, the National Honor Society, and was a member of the Varsity Swim team and the Varsity Baseball team.


    Nick’s advice for current WBHS students:


    “My advice for WBHS students is to find your objective!  You all are entering some of the best years of your life where you will discover who you really are and where your true passions lay.  Find something that you love to do and keep the internal drive to never give up on the mission you set out to do.  As you continue on your path, set goals that will make you feel uncomfortable, set goals that cause you to take risks.  You will be challenged, but remember every end state requires time and energy put in to get to that point.  Whether it is training every day to be able to complete a 26.2 mile ruck march through the sandy trails of New Mexico or studying weeks in advance to do well on an exam, stay the course and you will be rewarded!  You control your own destiny, make the best of it and remember there is always room for improvement!”


    Nick is another example of the many aspiring Alums we have from our district!

    We are proud of you Nick!

    Do you know of any West Bloomfield High School Alums you’d like to see in the spotlight?  If so, please email alycia.chase@wbsd.org with their contact information.

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  • Lauren Clayborne

    Posted by Eric Pace at 8/2/2016

    Lauren Clayborne


    WBHS Alum Spotlight – Lauren Clayborne Class of 2003

    Lauren Clayborne is the Partnership Development Manager for Palace Sports & Entertainment, the operating organization for the Detroit Pistons, The Palace of Auburn Hills, DTE Energy Music Theatre, and Meadow Brook Music Festival.  In this role, she maintains relationships between corporate partners and internal departments, manages partner activation across all three venues, and grows the partnerships though selling renewals and upselling as the partnership grows.  She was formerly the Development Manager for Lansing Entertainment & Public Facilities Authority (LEPFA), an advertising and promotions analyst for General Motors Corporation, and in external relations at Michigan State University within the Athletics Department.  Lauren received her B.A in Advertising from MSU and her M.A. in Ministry Leadership from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary.  She is an ordained minister and is active at her home church in Plymouth, MI.  Her hometown is West Bloomfield, MI and she is the oldest of three children.  

    While at West Bloomfield High School, Lauren played two varsity sports and was also one of the student assistants for the Athletic Director.  It was through her time in sports, on and off the court, that Lauren realized that she wanted to work behind the scenes in the sports industry.  Upon completion at WBHS, she ventured to East Lansing, MI to Michigan State University where she served in a variety of roles including Student Commencement Speaker, President of the MSU Gospel Choir, Student Assistant to President Lou Anna K. Simon and Floor Mentor.  Lauren graduated in 2007 with a B.S. in Advertising and in 2012 from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary with a M.A. in Ministry Leadership.

    A driven leader in and out of ministry, a proud daughter and the oldest of three, Lauren currently resides in Rochester, MI.  She enjoys hanging out with her friends, mentoring young women, event planning, making crafts, dining, traveling, reading and shopping.  She also, of course, loves cheering on her beloved Spartans in every sport!  Go Green!

    How did WBHS help Lauren on her current path?

    According to Lauren:  “You know the saying, ‘You may not understand it now, but you’ll thank me later?’  That is exactly my sentiments for my time at West Bloomfield High School.  WBHS not only helped me professionally, but culturally.  Having the pleasure to attend a school with students of many backgrounds, ethnicities, and experiences, helped me grow overall as a person.  My time at WBHS allowed me to learn about everything from Quinceañeras to tadeeg.  This opened up my quest to not only learn, but open to new experiences even those that may make me uncomfortable.  Since then, I’ve had the pleasure of traveling all over the world and I’m fearlessly looking forward to the next stamp in my passport.  People have complimented my ability to go into any room and start a conversation with anyone about anything.  It was truly my experiences at WBHS that opened my craving to learn and grow beyond my own experiences and environment.  Secondly, my Sports and Marketing Class (shout out to Mr. Pierce!) was instrumental to me choosing a career in sports.  Until then, I didn’t realize that careers behind the court or field existed.  I was fascinated that even though I wouldn’t play a sport professionally, I could still enjoy the thrill that comes along with being in an arena or stadium. I couldn’t imagine working in any other field and that one class provided the insight to the vast world and business of sports.”

    Lauren's advice for current WBHS students?

    “WBHS taught me so many different things and I would need a book to share it all, but the two things that stand out the most are the value of relationships and recognizing that you’re a brand.  The best thing you can do is stay in touch with your classmates, teachers, and administrators.  The digital space that we live in allows the world to be very small and you never know when the kid that that sat in front of you during your Algebra class will be the person that is making the hiring decision during your next interview.  If I asked you to tell me about yourself, you would tell me that you’re the greatest person that has walked the Earth, right?  What about your principal, your coach or even your classmates?  What would they say?  Would it be the same thing?  The best advice someone told me, and excuse my jargon, but, ‘Don’t be a whack chick!’ Walk with confidence that you have something to offer the world and don’t let anyone tell you differently.  While you’re at WBHS, and even post high school, make sure you leave your mark and make it a good one that will last forever!”

    Lauren is another example of the amazing Alums we have from our district!

    We are proud of your accomplishments Lauren!


    Do you know of any West Bloomfield High School Alums you’d like to see in the spotlight?  If so, please email alycia.chase@wbsd.org with their contact information.


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  • Robin Nadler

    Posted by Eric Pace at 8/2/2016

    Robin Nadler


    WBHS Alum Spotlight

    Robin Nadler Class of 1991


    After graduating from West Bloomfield High School, Robin Nadler went to Eastern Michigan University where she pursued her Bachelor’s in English and American Language and Literature.  She graduated with honors and then continued on to receive another Bachelor’s degree in Musical Theater Performance along with her teaching certificate.  She then received her Master’s in Teaching.  Robin is currently going into her 15th year teaching English at WBHS, a job she calls her dream.


    While a student at WBHS, Robin was active in Drama and a member of I.T.S.  She was the Business Editor of the yearbook and active in the school choir.  She participated in Student Government and absorbed every English class possible.  She developed a deep love for British Literature and was inspired to pursue a focus in Shakespeare while in college.


    While attending college, Robin worked as a Veterinary Technician and nourished a lifelong love for animals.  She continues that love with her 25 year old parrot, her 3 bearded dragons and her new puppy Misha.  Robin loves bringing pictures and stories of her pets into her classroom and helping to connect through similar stories with her students.


    In 2011, Robin had her first book published, a romance novel which quickly moved up the Amazon Bestseller chart.  She has since published 23 novels and developed a nice following on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  Her books are a series, which she says are a mix between Grey’s Anatomy and Homeland.


    In August, Robin will be a featured author at the Rust City Book Convention in Troy.  Her next book comes out June 27th, 2016 and she is looking forward to more book signings and author features.  Writing has always been a passion for her and Robin finds stories everywhere.


    It’s hard balancing teaching and writing, but when her students see the love she has for her subject and that it is a career outside of teaching, it inspires them to reach for their own dreams.


    How did WBHS help Robin on her current path?


    Robin attributes much of her love for writing and reading to her English classes at WBHS.  “I developed a strong sense of voice in my writing and learned that I could live 100 lives through writing and reading books.  My teachers encouraged my interest and gave me the most important gift; confidence.”


    Robin’s advice for current WBHS students?


    “Try not to take yourself so seriously.  Life is all about taking chances and moving out of your comfort zone.  Don’t take failure as a setback, but as a motivator.  Have fun.  Try new things.  Listen to your heart.”


    Robin Nadler is yet another amazing Alum from our district!  We are proud of Robin and her success and thankful to have her right here sharing her knowledge and love of writing with the students in our district!


    If you want more information on Nadler’s novels check out her blog at www.nadlersnovels.com

    You can also find her books on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=robin+nadler

    For more information on her upcoming appearance in Troy, check out http://rustcitybookcon.com/

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  • Anthony Fritz

    Posted by Eric Pace at 8/2/2016

    Anthony Fritz


    WBHS Alum Spotlight – Anthony Fritz Class of ‘12

    Anthony Fritz is a 2016 graduate from the United States Military Academy at West Point.  He was recently commissioned as a Second Lieutenant and later this summer he will report to Fort Rucker, Alabama where he will begin flight school to become a helicopter pilot for the Army.  Anthony is one of three West Bloomfield High School Alums to graduate from West Point this year, along with his brother, Alec Fritz, and their classmate, Mike Okorn.  

    Anthony has had amazing opportunities while attending West Point.  This past summer he was sent to the Republic of Korea to shadow a Lieutenant at one of the bases there.  He ended up only 13 miles from the border with North Korea.  While there, he was taken to the Joint Security Area and allowed into the UN negotiation buildings.  He also spent a weekend in Seoul, as well as an entire week working with the ROK Army.  During other summer experiences, he has had the chance to fly in multiple helicopters and to shoot 105mm cannons, machine guns and grenade launchers.  One summer he worked for Raytheon Missile Systems in Tucson, Arizona.  While there he worked on the Phalanx, which is a 20mm cannon designed to shoot down rockets, artillery, and mortars.

    While at West Point, Anthony was exposed to some amazing guest speakers, including Bill Clinton, Condoleezza Rice, Barack Obama, Gary Sinese, Madeline Albright, and countless other high ranking officers from the U.S. and Allied nations.  At West Point, Anthony majored in Mechanical Engineering with an Aeronautical focus and, as a result, he had the opportunity to fly West Point’s Cessna down the Hudson River, turning around at the Statue of Liberty.

    How did WBHS help Anthony on his current path?

    According to Anthony:  “When I graduated [from WBHS] in 2012 I was very well prepared to begin my career at West Point.  I took a few AP classes, which helped a great deal, either preparing me for West Point’s courses or allowing me to validate and skip classes.  For current students I would definitely recommend finding out which courses your intended school will allow you to validate based on AP test scores.”  He goes on to state that, “During my time at WBHS I was a member of the Marching Band which took up quite a bit of my day.  This taught me time management which is the most important quality necessary for success at West Point.  The diversity at West Bloomfield helped to prepare me for success at West Point.  I was presented with multiple opinions and viewpoints which served me well later on.  At West Point we have cadets from all over the country and even from our allied nations across the world.”

    Anthony’s advice to current WB students:  “For current students, my biggest recommendation would be to challenge yourselves.  Fill your time with activities that you enjoy and always strive to get better.  Take AP classes, but as I mentioned before, make sure that your school will accept the exam scores before you pay the money to take the exams.  However, even if your school will not take the exam scores, the AP courses were still extremely valuable.  In the classes that I took on my AP subjects it made the classes extremely easy and turned out to be a nice GPA boost.  It is also important to be well rounded, balance your time between academics and extracurricular activities. Student government and other leadership roles are also valued as part of the admission process.  My final piece of advice is to find something that you really like doing.  Choosing a major that you are excited about will make school infinitely easier and more enjoyable.

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  • Jenny Cao

    Posted by Eric Pace at 8/2/2016

    Jenny Cao


    WBHS Alum Spotlight – Jenny Cao Class of ‘08


    Jenny Cao, West Bloomfield High School Class of ’08, is a graduate of Vanderbilt University.  She is currently working as the Regional Campaign Manager for the American Heart Association based in Dallas, TX.

    During her time at West Bloomfield High School Jenny was actively involved with the Law Club, DECA, Model United Nations, and the captain of the Golf Team.  While participating as a peer attorney as part of the Teen Court program through the Law Club, she had the opportunity to appear before Judge Michael A. Martone of the 52nd District Court in Michigan and later accepted a volunteer position in his court room to come up with creative and constructive sentencing options for drunk drivers.  At WBHS, she enrolled in the Michigan Student Caucus class that allowed students across the state to propose statewide policies.  She experienced her first career public policy defeat when she proposed a resolution banning the sale of candy cigarettes to minors in the state.  That same year, she achieved her first minor public policy victory when she presented before members of the Michigan House of Representatives in support of a tax credit for restoration of abandoned properties in Detroit.

    West Bloomfield High School prepared her for the academic rigor of Vanderbilt University where she studied public health and corporate strategy.  Most importantly, West Bloomfield High School exposed her desire to solve complex public policy challenges.  During college she worked in the Office for Diversity at Vanderbilt School of Medicine on programs to recruit and retain a diverse medical class.  That exposure to the medical center gave her the motivation to work on preventing illnesses by addressing the underlying factors that impact health.  She designed a case competition for students to figure out creative, cost-effective ways to reduce teen prescription drug abuse, and was actively involved in researching ways to increase access to healthy foods by improving the design of neighborhood corner stores.  When she enrolled in Professor Tom Lee’s “Legislation, Lobbying, and Politics” course, she discovered that what she loved to do since high school was a viable career path.  Jenny began working for the American Heart Association in Tennessee on issues such as CPR training for high school graduates and pulse-oximetry screening for newborns.

    After college, Jenny worked on an American Heart Association grant to implement school liability policies in rural Tennessee to keep playgrounds open after school hours and encourage physical activity.  She later moved to Washington, D.C. to work on federal level policies in support of heart disease and stroke prevention.  Jenny worked for three years on the Voices for Healthy Kids initiative, a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and American Heart Association, identifying legislative and regulatory opportunities to pass state and local policies related to childhood obesity.  Since the start of the initiative, the Voices for Healthy Kids Team has successfully passed over 30 policies that improve the nutritional quality of food in schools, increase the number of sidewalks and bike paths, and increase opportunities for kids to be physically active.  

    Jenny currently works on the ANCHOR (Accelerating National Community Health Outcomes through Reinforcing) Partnerships initiative, funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to build partnerships and coalitions in North Texas to support policy, systems, and environmental change around smoke-free communities and healthy vending on government owned facilities.

    Jenny Cao’s advice for current WBHS students?  

    As for her advice for current WBHS students, Jenny Cao suggests getting actively involved in clubs and activities.  “In terms of advice, I’m glad I took advantage of all of the opportunities WBHS has to offer beyond classes.  It really gave me an advantage in college already being comfortable with public speaking and problem solving.”

    Jenny Cao is another example of the amazing Alums we have from our district!

    Do you know of any West Bloomfield High School Alums you’d like to see in the spotlight?  

    If so, please email alycia.chase@wbsd.org with their contact info and a brief background.

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