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January 2023 Alumni Spotlight

Hannah Matsas

Hometown: Woodstock, CT 

Currently Living in:  West Point, New York (United States Military Academy) 

WA Class of:  2018 

Best WA Memory: My time on the girl’s cross-country team-I met my best friends on that team, and we always had so much fun at practices and races. 

Favorite Teacher:  It is hard to choose my favorite teacher because they were all great, but I really enjoyed Mr. Young’s honors and AP statistics class. He always kept us engaged and I remember being super prepared for the AP test. 

After Graduation:  I enrolled in the United States Military Academy at West Point, where I’m currently a senior Russian major. 

Today:  My life right now is stressful, but I love it. West Point is very academically demanding, and I have a lot to do all the time, but it pushes me to perform the best I can. In a few weeks, I will find out what branch within the Army I will get, and then in February I will choose the post I will live at after graduation. I am super excited for what’s to come in my last semester at West Point.  

WA Takeaways:  My greatest takeaway from my time at The Woodstock Academy is to appreciate the people you have around you because life is going to speed up real fast, and the people from your hometown might end up really far away on a completely different life path. I still stay in touch with my high school friends, and I have friendships that I know I will have for the rest of my life.  

Advice for Future Centaurs:  My greatest advice would be to challenge yourself in high school because it will prepare you so well for college if that is what you choose to do. Woodstock Academy offers many high-level courses that helped me do well during my first years at West Point. I developed study habits at a young age that some of my peers did not learn until their second or third semester at college. I am so thankful for The Woodstock Academy’s academic program because it set me up for success at West Point.