Alumni Spotlight

TMA Alumni

Dax Hassell, TMA Alumnus 1986DAX HASSELL, TMA 1986: I came to Talcott Mountain Academy from a small island in the Caribbean. TMA promoted and supported my passion for scientific exploration and discovery. It provided the first real safe space for me to flourish. I eventually became one of the first generation emergency medicine physicians in The Netherlands, pioneering and giving shape to the current Dutch emergency medicine system. TMA was the primary stable stepping stone to my professional career.


Shari Wiseman, the valedictorian of the TMA class of 1998, has won the Siemens Westinghouse Award for Advanced Placement. The award is given to two girls and two boys from six regions in the country with the highest scores on the greatest number of math and science Advanced Placement (AP) Exams. As a result of winning the award, Shari was invited to an awards ceremony in the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC and received a $3000 scholarship. Shari is "certain that she would not have won this award without the foundation in math and science she gained at the Academy." She went on to say that she "strongly recommends the school to any gifted child with a passion for learning, even if he or she hasn't discovered it yet." Shari attended Glastonbury High School, and is currently studying Neuroscience at Yale University, and also volunteers at TMSC's Saturday and Summer programs.

Bryan is at Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh, working on a robotic fork-lift. As part of the Robotics Institute at CMU, they are developing automated systems for packing and unpacking truck trailers and containers.

Ari, a marine biologist is part of the team creating aquaculture of oysters, clams, and scallops for the Wampanoag Tribe in Aquinnah, Martha's Vineyard Island. She presented this work to an enthusiastic crowd of students at the academy this past March.

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