Alumni Notes: Spring 2021
Posted 04/17/2021 11:00AM

Greetings from the Alumni Office! This month we celebrate our alumni making waves in film, television, and song. We also mourn the passing of a TASIS Hellenic legend. 

Spring represents so much this year, and we hope you are finding time to connect with friends—perhaps even in person!—and plan future gatherings too. We hope this can include a TASIS reunion at some point!

Hadley Robinson in the new Netflix film Moxie

Back to High School

Congratulations to Hadley Robinson ’12 on her starring role as Vivian in the new Netflix film Moxie, directed by Amy Poehler, who plays Vivian’s mother. Based on the book by Jennifer Matthieu, Moxie is a coming-of-age comedy about female empowerment that has received glowing press from Vogue and Teen Vogue. Hadley has been acting since 2014 and is best known for featuring in Amazon’s Utopia series and her role as Sallie Gardiner Moffit in the 2019 hit Little Women. We can’t wait to see what Hadley does next!

Image from the Bode New York Instagram page

First Lady Style

New York City designer Emily Bode PG’08 continues to make waves in the fashion world, which now extends to dressing the former First Lady Michelle Obama in her new Netflix children’s television show, Waffles and Mochi. The show aims to teach children healthy eating habits, and the custom shirt surely served as a subliminal message to eat your veggies!

Back from the Shallow

Songstress Ninah Mars ’05 was asked by Spanish singer Emmanuel Fajardo to sing on his cover of “Shallow” from the film A Star is Born. Originally from Venezuela, Ninah’s musical journey started when she began attending Emil Friedman Music College in Caracas at age four. She came to TASIS at age 14, where she began to play guitar and formed her first band, Spilled Milk. She has gone on to release two albums. Currently living in Rome, Ninah is a sculptor and artist as well as songwriter and singer. Enjoy this lovely rendition of an Oscar-winning song. 

Ticino Welcome

Locals, keep an eye out for the June Ticino Welcome magazine, which will feature our own Bill Eichner and former Board member Riccardo Braglia sharing the TASIS story with readers. Riccardo shared why he sent his children to TASIS and was a major donor for the Campo Science Center, explaining that education is the only way to change the future and that TASIS’s commitment to promoting international understanding stretches students far beyond their local or regional contexts. We look forward to reading the story!

Image from the TASIS Hellenic International School Facebook page, courtesy of George Salimbene 

Much Beloved Teacher Passes

On April 4, the world lost a remarkable educator. Demos Laskas served as Dean of Students and taught Social Studies and History at TASIS Hellenic from 1989 through 2005. His influence has had a lasting impact—evident in the hundreds of tributes former students have paid to him on the TASIS Hellenic alumni Facebook page. “Demos was the spirit of TASIS; the smile, the wisdom, a true friend to all,” wrote one student. And another: “May we bring him honor by our actions.”

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