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Ari Goldfarb 06 Receiving Literary Attention
Thursday, April 17, 2014

Ari Goldfarb's poem "Blue Balloon" was featured on the literary blog Americana Lit. Ari also has work forthcoming in Spitmag and fiction terrifica. He recently published his first book of poetry, entitled Over Growing Childhood, available on Amazon, and is currently working on a novel. Check out Ari’s book (written under the pen name R. K. Gold) at

Nick Cappuccino 07 Blogs from Abroad
Friday, February 28, 2014

Nick Cappuccino, a junior at CUNY Hunter College in New York City majoring in Russian and double minoring in geography and German, is currently spending a grant-funded semester abroad in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan in Central Asia, studying Russian and Tajik. A true polyglot, Nick has also studied Persian Farsi and Turkish.

Crowning Achievement
Friday, February 7, 2014

EFS Class of 2011 graduate Maria Victoria (Marivi) Howell-Arza was a featured speaker at the TEDxBuffaloWomen event held December 5 at the Buffalo central library. Now a 16-year-old high school junior, Marivi served as Miss New York Jr. Teen 2012 and hopes to one day hold a title in the Miss America Scholarship Organization. Her talk, entitled “Obstacles to Opportunities,” addressed some of the misconceptions about the world of pageantry and about the positive ideals that it can instill in girls and women.

A Song in Your Heart
Friday, February 7, 2014

Vocalist Jay Dref ’05, a graduate of the prestigious Juilliard School of Music, will be performing in Elmwood Franklin’s Johnston Theatre the evening of February 13. Jay, who’s described as a classical-crossover artist, will sing selections ranging from pop tunes to operatic arias.

Doing a World of Good
Friday, December 20, 2013

The fourth grade history curriculum at EFS includes an extended, multi-component study of immigration. Students study their family lineages, perform an original play on immigration, and create a family artifact museum in the library for attendees to visit after the performance. To bring service learning into the unit, students also ran a winter clothing drive that benefited the families of Buffalo Public School 18, which has a large immigrant and refugee population as part of its student body.

Alumnus Jay Dref 05 to give two concerts in Buffalo
Friday, November 22, 2013

A graduate of the prestigious Julliard School of Music, vocalist Jay Dref ’05 will be performing in Elmwood Franklin’s Johnston Theatre at 7 p.m. on February 13. Jay, who’s described as a classical-crossover artist, will sing selections ranging from pop tunes to operatic arias. To hear a sample of Jay’s breathtaking vocals, visit Watch for more information on this homecoming concert in the coming weeks.

All Over the Map
Tuesday, October 29, 2013

We recently heard from four Elmwood Franklin alumni—all from the Class of 2007—who are currently studying abroad. Read what they’re up to as they make tracks around the world.

Dayle Hodge 97 to Speak at EFS Commencement
Friday, May 17, 2013

Dayle Hodge, a 1997 EFS alumnus, will be the commencement speaker at Elmwood Franklin’s Class of 2013 graduation ceremony on June 12 at 5 p.m. Dayle is currently an MD/PhD candidate at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, specializing in mammary stem cells and breast cancer biology. Prior to beginning that highly competitive program, Dayle worked as a medical design engineer in San Diego. He holds an MS mechanical engineering, a BS in aerospace engineering, and a BS in mechanical engineering, all from the University at Buffalo.e

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