Nick Funke graduated Whitfield in 2004, attended Pomona College in Claremont, CA, and graduated with a B.A. in Mathematical Economics in 2008. He currently owns and operates Stone Turtle Restaurant and Whiskey Bar in Dogtown, St. Louis (stoneturtlestl.com).
College Counseling Program
Recognized locally and nationally for its exceptional college counseling, Whitfield's college counseling team mirrors the school's student-centered approach. We focus on students finding the collegiate experiences that will continue to challenge and support their academic and personal growth. Just as importantly, we help them navigate the application process.
Our process is the culmination of the Habits of Mind & Heart. Through a multi-year, individualized advising model, students are guided towards the collegiate experiences that will continue to challenge and support their academic and personal growth.
Like all departments at Whitfield, the college counseling program uses a spiraling curriculum. This curriculum introduces and develops the skills central to higher level executive function and decision-making. Skill development includes: self-awareness, planning, problem-solving, analysis of like entities, prioritization, organization, time management and effective communication.
Our goal is to make our students' college searches as smooth and stress-free as possible. Communication is crucial; we strive to maintain balanced communication between students, parents, and counselors. Our focus is on our students — helping them learn more about themselves so they can conduct thoughtful, thorough college searches.
The college process starts informally in sixth grade, becomes more detailed and strategic in the ninth and tenth grades, and evolves into a one-on-one student/parent/counselor partnership in eleventh and twelfth grades. Whitfield's two full-time college counselors typically work with 30-40 students each year.
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Jaspal Ricky Singh graduated from Whitfield in 1998. He earned his undergraduate and medical degrees at The George Washington University. Ricky was recently named Vice Chair and Director of Interventional Spine at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York City.
After graduating from Whitfield, Danielle attended Stanford University where she earned a B.A. in Political Science and a Masters in Organizations, Business and Sociology. She is a female futurist and serial entrepreneur who works on projects at the intersection of women, tech and social impact.
Caroline graduated from Purdue University in 2016 with a B.S. focused in Industrial & Systems Engineering and a minor in Psychology.
Kegan Fisher graduated from Whitfield in 2003 and went on to earn a Bachelors of Industrial Design from the Pratt Institute (New York, NY).
David Pepose graduated from Whitfield in 2004, followed by triplet younger siblings, Max, Sam, and Morissa Pepose, who graduated from Whitfield in 2013. After Whitfield, David attended Brandeis University in Waltham, Mass., where he studied American history, creative writing, and theater.
Raj Bhuyan '86, our guest speaker at Commencement for the Class of 2018, has been active and engaged in the life of the school since his graduation. He served on Whitfield’s Board of Trustees from 2011-2017 and was the recipient of the Elizabeth Woods Bradbury Outstanding Alumni Award in 2015.
Scott ’98 and Kristen Deffaa ’99 Rhodes are one of our newest legacy families—their oldest child, J.R., is Whitfield Class of 2024.
Katie Harris '14 graduated from Vanderbilt University in May 2018 with a B.S. in Human and Organizational Development. She accepted a job offer from Google and join the company as a Human Resources Associate.
Jay Gard ’08 graduated cum laude with a B.A. from Tulane University where he double majored in English and Film Studies. Today, he lives in Los Angeles, CA where he pursues his life-long passion for filmmaking.
Bis earned her medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine, an M.S. in clinical and health services research from the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice and B.S. in biochemistry from Mount Holyoke College.