Whether you attended Carrollwood Day School last year or decades past, you’re always a part of the CDS family. At CDS, you'll find the more things change, the more they stay the same. While there have probably been some very big changes at CDS since you were a student or parent here, the fabric of the CDS culture and community remain the same. So, although our campus may be dramatically different from when you attended classes (even if you graduated just last year!) and CDS may not have been an IB school back in "your day," the commitment to academic excellence, the dedication to each student, and the emphasis on good character are as strong as ever.

CDS is moving forward in exciting ways and we encourage you to climb aboard as our new journey begins.  We invite you to come see our growing new Bearss Avenue campus!  Come for a visit, drop a line, give a call, send an email, or plan to attend our annual reunion event. The door is always open, and we eagerly look forward to hearing from you.

Catching up with CDS Alumni

We are very proud of our alumni and are always interested to hear about your accomplishments. In the coming months, volunteers will be reaching out to CDS alumni to update contact information and build a stronger alumni network. You are welcome to contact Nick Rodgriguez with your current contact information or to share your latest news.

Kalle Wilwant (2015) and Lauren Meaney (2015)

Kalle and Lauren

CDS was honored to have both Kalle Wilwant ('15) and Lauren Meaney ('15) return to CDS for the crowning of our 2016 King and Queen. Kalle ('15) is a sophomore at University of Florida, majoring in business construction management. Kalle has had an internship with Bayfair Homes and is a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity. 

Lauren also is a sophomore at University of Florida, majoring in applied physiology and kinesiology on the pre-med track. Lauren is a member of the Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority where she is the Dance Marathon Captain for community events benefitting The Children’s Miracle Network.

Emma Moody (2016)
Emma Moody ('16) deferred her FSU Honors acceptance for a year to do a nine month mission trip. She was in Albania for three months and just moved to the Philippines. While i
n the Philippines, Emma will be living in a tent for the three months she is there! After the Philippines, she will spend three months in South Africa. During her time away she is blogging for FSU and The World Race.   FSU Blog   |   The World Race Blog

Katie Takeuchi (2012) and Rebecca Haber (2014)

Rebecca and KatieCongratulations to CDS Alumnae, Katie Takeuchi ('12) and Rebecca Haber ('14) on being nominated for George Washington University Excellence in Student Life Awards. Katie was nominated for the Resident Advisor of the Year award and is also Rebecca's Resident Advisor. Rebecca was nominated for, and won, the Class of 2009 University Pride Award!

Nicole Ianni (2014)

NicoleCongratulations to alumna, Nicole Ianni ('14) on accepting an internship with the Tampa Bay Lightning this summer. Nicole will be working in the event and operations department. 

Bailey Drury (2012)

BaileyCDS alumna, Bailey Drury ('12) was name SCAC Women's Track & Field Athlete of the week, for her outstanding performance representing Trinity University. Bailey placed 10th in the 400m with a time of 59.17 secs, placed 15th out of 83 runners in the 200m, and was part of the 6th place team in the 4x400m relay. She is the SCAC LEADER in the 200m and 400m, and her two relay teams are also tops in the conference.  Read more...

Stephanie Phillips (2009)

StephanieStephanie Phillips ('09) recently received the Dorothy Linton Newman Graduate Writing Award for her research on climate change communication and policy. Stephanie is a PhD student in rhetoric and composition with an emphasis on technical communication and rhetoric science. Her most recent work focuses on public, scientific controversies, such as the proposed release of genetically modified mosquitoes in the Florida Keys and climate change communication. She has also served in a number of Administrative roles such as the Junior Writing Program Administrator for the First Year Composition Program, and is currently the assistant director of graduate rhetoric and composition.

Kate Moody (2013)

KateKate will be interning this summer on Capitol Hill for Congressman French Hill. Kate is a junior at Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, TX, where she is pre-law majoring in Human Rights and International Studies and minoring in Spanish, Public Policy, and International Affairs. She is one of the inaugural members of SMU's Tower Scholars program, which has afforded her the opportunity to spend the summer in Washington DC. A member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority, Kate enjoys volunteering for organizations such as Habitat for Humanity and the Innocence Project, an organization that reviews the court cases of inmates looking to overturn false convictions.

SMU has given Kate many opportunities for travel. In December 2014 Kate visited Poland, touring the country and visiting many of the World War II death and concentration camps. Fall 2015, Kate spent her semester in Madrid.  Along with her studies and travel all over Europe, Kate also tutored several Spanish students in English language and culture. Recently she completed an SMU trip around the South visiting sites and cities historically significant in the Civil Rights movement. This included crossing the Edmund Pettus bridge on the 51st anniversary of Bloody Sunday in Selma, AL.

Upon graduation from SMU, Kate plans to attend law school. Kate feels that her time at CDS gave her a strong foundation, the courage and the desire to pursue her passions and interests in helping and serving others. 

Jackie Fitz-Randolph (2015)

A freshman at University of Connecticut, Jackie got her first collegiate singles and doubles wins over Columbia and Wake Forest.  Read more...

Nickolas Bowers (2013)

Nick BowersNick was recently named a flight instructor at Embry–Riddle Aeronautical University. Nick is in his junior year at Embry-Riddle where he is majoring in Aeronautical Science with a minor in Meteorology. 



Laine Melendy (2000 - CDS 8th Grade)

  • Current: Working for a software company (Empower Software Solutions) out of Orlando as the Manager of Business Development for Human Capital Management Solutions. 
  • 2015 - Nominated for the 2015 Business Woman of the Year award presented by the Tampa Bay Business Journal in the category of Technology- Under 30.
  • 2014 - Founded the Tampa Bay Children's Foundation -
  • 2013 - Organized and Coordinated Nationwide Fundraiser- Mission for Maddy. Personally raised over $20,000
  • 2007-2008 - Toured internationally with NASA and Honeywell with the show FMALive! We traveled internationally to at risk school districts (K-8th) and taught them Newton's 3 laws of motion and how it applies to their every day lives. 
  • 2004-2005 - Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleader, Miss September in the 2005 Calendar 

Jacob McAllister (2014)

  • Freshman year, I started my studies as an Industrial Engineer and became a part of Category 5, University of Miami's Athletic Spirit Programming Board, Engineers Without Borders, and worked nightly as a Security Assistant under Housing and Residential Life. My floor also won Sportsfest, UM's annual two-day field day event amongst all of the students, and I, along with my RA, won the Cornhole event of Sportsfest. 
  • Sophomore year, I will add Category 5's Football Chair, where I will get to blow up the football helmet tunnel and blow the smoke for the players, and a marketing internship for UM Athletics to my resumé.

Matthew Monteilh (2010)

Ensign Matt MonteilhMay 2015 - Graduated from the United State Coast Guard Academy with a degree of Bachelor of Science and a commission as Ensign, USCG.


2012 - Matt began his term as a cadet at the United States Coast Guard Academy.  This summer he served as a trainee on the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Eagle, "America’s Tall Ship."  His days as a USCG cadet are packed from 6:00 am - 10:00 pm with military training, academics, sports, and studying. In his spare time, Matt is a wide receiver and running back (#87) on the USCGA football team and is a member of the Drama Club. [Matt was the Prince in the CDS 2005 production of "The King and I."]

Billy Embody (2010)

  • Graduated from Southern Methodist University in May 2014. Now working at The Marketing Arm in Dallas as the Communications Specialist. Also working for as the publisher of SMU's Scout site,, and am the SMU beat writer for SB Nation's and
  • September 2013: Billy is starting his senior year at SMU majoring in Journalism / Sport Management.  He is President of Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity, Managing Editor of PonyStampede.comSenior Sports Writer for SMU Daily Campus and is a New Business and Communications Intern at The Marketing Arm in Dallas, TX.

Ray Nolan (2011)

  • Ray is entering his final year at University of Florida finishing his degree in Bio-Medical Engineering. This summer he has an internship with a cardiac surgeon at the Pepin Heart Institute.

Reid Pittman (2011)

  • Reid is studying at The Univeristy of Tampa's Sykes College of Business. 

Mia Djulbegovic (2003 - CDS 8th Grade)

  • Mia recently graduated from USF Medical School.  She is continuing on at Yale to complete her internship and residency.

David Walker (2009) 

  • David has launched a vending machine company, Pantree, and has placed two machines in the CDS Middle School with healthy snacks for students to purchase.

Amy Uhl (2009)

  • Amy graduated from Rollins College in 2013 and is the recruitment assistant for Edelman Public Relations’ Washington DC office where she manages intern and entry level recruitment and hiring across practice areas. 

Lindsey Shelton (2010)

  • Lindsey graduated from Florida State University in May 2014 with two BS degrees in Psychology and Child and Family Sciences. She graduated Cum Laude, with Honors; her Honors Thesis was titled, "Heart Rate Reactivity and Disinhibitory Proneness During an Affective Picture Viewing Task." Lindsey has been accepted into the PhD program in biomedical sciences at Univeristy of South Florida and plans to focus on neuroscience, specifically traumatic brain injury research.

Cassandra Lenski (2009)

  • Cassie graduated in May 2013 from James Madison University. She is currently working in NYC at Kwittken & Co, a public relations firm. 

Christina Anton (1995 - CDS 8th grade)

  • Family law attorney Christina Anton Garcia was selected as one of four finalists in the legal services category for The Tampa Bay Business Journal’s 2013 Business Woman of the Year Awards which celebrates the accomplishments of successful businesswomen in the Bay area. 

Brian Kennedy (1998 - through 4th grade)

  • Brian currently lives in New York City and works at Unilever (consumer packaged goods) as brand manager of TRESemme.

Marin Odioso (2000 - CDS 8th grade)

  • Marin is a systems engineer and is working as a consultant assigned to a six-month project in Austraila.

Lindsay Clement (2001 - CDS 8th grade)

  • Lindsay recently completed her two year commitment to Teach For America in Houston, Texas. This year, she is continuing her work to close the achievement gap by working at KIPP (Knowledge is Power Program) Legacy as a Lead Kindergarten Math Teacher. Furthermore, she is collaborating with her undergraduate professor on research regarding parent engagement in the classroom which will be published in an academic journal.

James Farrell (2001 - through 5th grade)

  • James graduated from University of Florida with a BS in Materials Science and Engineering. He is currently attending Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Bradenton, graduating 2013.

Liesl Voges (2001 - CDS 8th grade)

  • Liesl is currently enrolled in FSU Law School and Urban Planning joint program with a focus on Environmental Law and Sustainable Development. She is also interning at the Florida State Attorney General Office, working primarily with Deepwater Horizon litigation.

Carolyn Cissna Leonard (2002 - CDS 8th grade)

  • Carolyn will be graduating from Georgia Tech in December 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Marketing. She is President of Pi Epsilon Phi Choral Music Service Fraternity and Manager of Infinite Harmony A Cappella group (where she met her husband, Andrew Leonard!). Carolyn is also a Student Assistant on a research study in the College of Management and a marketing intern at Samsung LED.

Noelle Voges (2003 - CDS 8th grade)

  • Noelle graduated from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with a BS degree in Human Development and Family Studies in May 2011. This Summer, she completed an EMT course in Tampa and is working towards applying to Physician's Assistant school in the near future!

Madeline Voges (2005 - CDS 8th grade)

  • Madeline is a member of the Class of 2013 at NYU, Tisch School of the Arts.  She is working towards a BFA in acting. [Madeline played Anna in the CDS 2005 production of "The King and I."]

Stephanie Phillips (2009)

  • April 2012:  Stephanie has been on the fast track since being one of the trailblazers in CDS’s first graduating class. Just three years later, Stephanie will graduate from University of Tampa with Honors Program Distinction next month. But Stephanie is not the average college graduate. She will receive the “Outstanding Honors College Graduate Award” and is a candidate to receive another prestigious award from the UT English Department next week. She was also recently inducted into Phi Kappa Phi, an honor society for the top 7% of the junior and senior class. According to Stephanie, receiving her invitation to join ΦΚΦ was like something out of a Harry Potter book when professors came into her class in their doctoral robes to hand her a personal invitation!

    This fall Stephanie will be pursuing graduate studies at University of South Florida where she will be a teaching assistant in Composition 1 and 2.

Darius "Tank" Bing (2010)

  • April 2012:  Tank has transferred to USF where he will be majoring in computer science.  He is also working at Busch Gardens and Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

Michael Filer (2011)

  • Michael is a freshman at Emory University. He continues his dedication to doing his best and earned a 3.9 GPA in his first semester. In recognition of his outstanding academic achievement, Michael was invited to join Phi Eta Sigma, the nation’s oldest and largest honor society for first-year college and university students. The motto for Phi Eta Sigma is “Knowledge is Power."

Stephanie St. John (2011)

  • Stephanie, a freshman at Furman University, has been awarded a spot on the 2011-12 Furman Cheerleading squad. [Stephanie was captain of the CDS Patriots Cheerleading squad.]

Mak Djulbegovic (2011)

Semira Sanchez (2011)

  • Semira Sanchez - Senegal

    January 2012 Update: Sammi is staying with a Senegalese family in a small fishing village on the coast called Palmarin. She has been working at a local elementary school, teaching English to little kids and will be also involved in some eco-tourism in the town. Thanks to her wonderful Spanish and French teachers at CDS, Ms. Morillo and Ms. Bernard, she has been able to be of great service to the program. Senegal is a French Speaking country but her little town entertains many eco-tourists from Spain. Thanks to her background in soccer, she has also helped out in many athletic-centered activities in the town. Many thanks to Ms. Holyman for being such a stellar coach! Needless to say, I believe that CDS has been a wonderful training ground for her and I sincerely thank each of her teachers, counselors and administrators for being such a resource to her. This has been a life-transforming experience for Semira and I cannot wait for her to be back home in late-April.
  • After almost a month-long training at Stanford University in August, Sammi left for Senegal, Africa and has been there for a month. She will be working at a middle school in a small fishing village off the coast of Senegal called Palmarin. Due to the constant blackouts, she is unable to use her computer and getting internet access is even further limited. She is able to talk to her family by cell phone and can receive letters at an address in Dakar.

  • Sammi has settled in Senegal where she will be teaching English, and American Culture to middle school students. Check out her blog:"

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