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Jack Maraghy wrote, “I recently finished a master’s degree in screenwriting at the National Film and Television School (NFTS) in London. Short films I wrote at the NFTS are now screening at festivals worldwide. One of my short animations won a Student Academy Award in October and is featured as an Oscar contender in the Hollywood Reporter. The film, Mum’s Spaghetti, is a stop-motion rap operetta (rap-eretta) about a girl and her beatboxing dog who aspire to become the best rap duo in North England. Currently, I’m working on a new live-action short funded and developed by BBC Film.” Congratulations, Jack!

And congratulations to Julia Black and John MacIntosh ’16! They married on June 17, 2023, in Darien, Connecticut. Julia said, “We met between Usdan and Foss Hill in the fall of 2014.

John and Julia

“We were surrounded by love and friends from Wesleyan: six bridesmaids were also Class of 2018 (Dana Mitchell, Elizabeth Spitz, Christina Vyzas, Tierney Behles, Brooke Hodgson, and Kayla Bigelow), and four groomsmen were also Class of 2016 (Lyle Mitchell ’16, Niall Devaney ’16, Joey Amendola ’16, and Jackson Arnold ’16).” 

The Black-MacIntosh wedding party with Wes friends

And more wedding news: Carter Armendarez wrote, “Dom Pirraglia had a legendary Long Island wedding. Matt Winchester, Alina Pham, Isaiah Bellamy, Alex Horton, Joe Bongo, Maeve Vitale, Ed Pierce, James Matias ’19, Coach Black (Wesleyan wrestling coach), and I all went.” 

Ciarra “Cici” Frattasio started a business this year. Short Girl Jean ( provides luxury denim for shorties 5’3” and under, with two different inseam lengths, 24 inches and 26 inches. She says, they are “sustainable and comfortable.”  

Katherine Paterson said she will be very busy in early 2024, and depending on when you read this, she “will either be touring the East Coast with her debut album, Wake (February 27–March 12), or recovering aggressively at home with her partner and dog (March 13 onward). Check out her website or follow her on Instagram (@kpatmusic) to find a show near you!”

A J Wilson wrote that he and his “partner, Taylor McClain ’17, both took and passed the Georgia bar exam in October 2023. We now live in Atlanta, where I work as a corporate associate at King & Spalding LLP, and Taylor will be a senior strategist focused on corporate purpose and social impact at BCG Brighthouse!”

Caroline Diemer is “currently the programming coordinator at the Wisconsin Maritime Museum in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. I run a free speaker series that happens on the first Thursday evening of the month called Think & Drink and is available online and in-person. If anyone would like to watch or listen, visit”

Giorgia Peckman lives in San Francisco and works as a designer at a small studio. In their free time they advocate for a ceasefire in Gaza and an end to Israeli occupation. They signed the petition demanding that Wesleyan divest from Israel and encourages other alumni to do the same.

Hailey Broughton-Jones, Matilda Hague, Caroline Liu,  Djuna Schamus, and Rebecca “Bex” Sussman have also been advocating for a ceasefire and signed the petition for Wesleyan divestment from companies profiting off Israeli occupation and apartheid.