Alumni Spotlight

Matthew Stout, UAHS Class of 1990 and 2015 Upper Arlington Alumni Association Outstanding Alumnus

Notable achievements at UAHSMatt Stout

Matt is one of just two Upper Arlington High School students to qualify for the OHSAA state wrestling tournament four years in a row, finishing as the state runner up in 1989.  He also earned letters in both cross country and wrestling all four years of high school.  In 1990 he was named the Ohio Capital Conference Ohio Division Wrestler of the Year and graduated from UAHS with magna cum laude distinction.

College and career experience

Matt earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Michigan where he also lettered in wrestling three times and served as a team captain.  Matt went on to earn both a law degree and a master’s degree in business administration from The Ohio State University in 1999.  He is now a partner at Bricker & Eckler, LLP and specializes in public finance transactions, primarily assisting local governments such as school districts, municipalities, and counties with the issuance of debt to finance capital projects.  Matt also serves as the head wrestling coach for Upper Arlington High School and was named an Outstanding Alumnus by the Upper Arlington Alumni Association this year – an honor he shares with UAHS classmate and UA Schools Treasurer/CFO Andrew Geistfeld.

How did UA Schools prepare him for success?

“Upper Arlington City Schools laid the groundwork for my success in my legal career.  Strong writing and oral communication skills are critical to being successful as a lawyer.  When I was at Michigan and in the OSU law/MBA program, I found that my writing and speaking skills were stronger than the majority of my fellow classmates.  I credit that to the education I received in the Upper Arlington City Schools.   In addition, my time in athletics and specifically in wrestling, prepared me for the real world challenges of life.  Wrestling requires discipline, hard work, and perseverance.  All of these traits are required to succeed in the real world. More simply put, wrestling teaches you to get off your back and you have to get off of your back a lot in life.”

Posted by Colleen Wright in alumni on Tuesday December 22, 2015
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Jeffrey Myers, UAHS Class of 2007

Jeffrey Myers holding a violinNotable achievements at UAHS

While in school, Jeffrey took part in the prestigious orchestra program, performing in many of the nation’s finest concert halls during national orchestra contests. 

College and career experiences

Jeffrey studied with renowned pedagogue Robert Lipsett at the Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles, California, where he earned his Bachelor of Music and Artist diploma.  Jeffrey is currently touring the country with the Calidore String Quartet, which is based in Manhattan.  In 2014 the Calidore were selected by the Emerson Quartet to become artists-in-residences and visiting faculty at Stony Brook University (SUNY).  The 2014-15 season marks the release of Calidore’s debut album and a second release.  The group made its Columbus debut on February 8 with a performance at the Columbus Museum of Art.

How did UA Schools prepare him for success?

Besides getting to work with the top-notch teachers at UA… I also had the opportunity to perform as a soloist with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra in front of the entire student body. That type of performing experience is extremely difficult to come by and I feel that very performance prepared me for what I do today.”

Posted by Upper Arlington in alumni on Friday July 24, 2015
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Blake Haxton, UAHS Class of 2009

Blake Haxton rowing

Notable achievements at UAHS

Blake was two-time captain of the crew team and overcame a life-threatening illness that caused him to lose both of his legs. Despite these obstacles, he graduated magna cum laude in 2009.

College experience

Blake earned a degree in finance from the Fisher School of Business at the Ohio State University in 2013. He is currently a second year student at OSU’s Moritz College of Law. During this time Blake has returned to the sport he loves, breaking the American record for 1,000 meters in adaptive rowing in the arms and shoulders category. He made the U.S. National Rowing Team in 2014 and competed in the World Championships in Amsterdam. He placed fourth and posted the fastest-ever time by an American in that competition.

Future goals

Blake plans to graduate from law school in 2016 and is training to make the 2015 US National Team and the 2016 US Paralympic Team.

How did UA Schools prepare him for success?

“UA gave me a great academic foundation to build off of after I graduated, but the best things I took away from UA were the relationships I made with teachers, coaches and friends… I can’t say enough good things about my friends from UA. They’ve gone to any length to help get me back in a boat or to and from races, and I couldn’t possibly do any of this without them.”

Posted by on Monday December 1, 2014
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