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Sergeant Fitzgerald – 2001 Graduate

Sergeant Fitzgerald – 2001 Graduate

Meet Sergeant Brian Fitzgerald, a 2001 Tom Thumb Graduate

Currently, Brian is a sergeant in the United States Army stationed in Hawaii.

Brian attended  Tom Thumb Preschool from September 1999 through June June 2001
He enlisted in the US Army in January 2017 with a job (Military Occupation Specialist: 88M ) as a Motor Transport Operator.
Brian is not married and lives at the Scofield Barracks in Oahu, Hawaii.
He plans to make a career in the US Army and wants to stay for at least 20 years.

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brain fitzgerald at tom thumb preschool graduation

Brian Fitzgerald at the 2001 Tom Thumb Graduation

Briab fitzgerald as an adult

Brian Fitzgerald – US Army Sergeant


Lakeland 2021 Valedictorian

Lakeland 2021 Valedictorian

Lakeland High School 2021 Valedictorian, Tom Thumb Graduate of 2008

“At Tom Thumb, we are all proud of Sayani Aggarwal for her achievements and the person she has become. It’s with warm affection I look back at the past. It seems almost like yesterday when Sayani was a little kid with a big smile in her cap and gown at her Tom Thumb Graduation in 2008. Now, she is a young woman with a wonderful future ahead.  Sayani is part of the Next Great Generation of Americans that will change this world.”, Nancy Brophy

image of press artical of tom thumb class of 2008 student, Sayani Aggarwal

GRADUATION SECTION — Special Supplement to Yorktown News – July 8, 2021

GRADUATION SECTION — Special Supplement to Yorktown News – July 8, 2021


Lakeland High School


Valedictorian – Sayani Aggarwal


By Nick Trujillo Staff Writer


Under the scorching sun at Dutchess Stadium, Lakeland’s Sayani Aggarwal addressed her classmates, faculty, and parents, reflecting on the past four years and how the unique end to her high school career allowed her class to appreciate aspects of her school in ways they would not have.

“We had no choice but to cherish the moments we had in high school as we sat in our homes for days on end,” said the valedictorian. ‘As we figured out how to express emotions behind a mask, we cherished the times when we could clearly see a classmate’s smile across a room.”

When COVID-19 regulations started to lift, and Lakeland students could begin – to meet in person again, Aggarwal said that this added to the impact those moments would make on their high school memories.

“When we were given opportunities to gain back some sense of normalcy, we cherished these moments even more because we knew that these were the final chances we had to make lasting memories, even if they were not the memories that we planned to make as freshmen,” said the National Honor Society member.

Aggarwal thanked many people who have supported her throughout her life and through an unprecedented time in her life. She thanked her friends for bringing out the best in her on her darkest days. She thanked her teachers for their influence and guidance. She thanked the parents of the volunteer group, “Class of 2021 Let’s Get it Done!” for their work in celebrating Lakeland’s seniors. She thanked and expressed her gratitude to her parents for their unconditional love and support.

“We are walking away with a shared experience, an experience that will continue to connect us as we journey through the various chapters of our lives,” said Aggarwal. Our shared experience, our memories, will be the source behind each word written in the history of these times, and through those memories, we will be immortalized.”

Aggarwal had a weighted GPA of 101.73 and never earned less than an “A” in any subject, including in her lauded science research work. She is interested in pursuing the area of chemistry

Meet Thomas a Tom Thumb Graduate – College Bound

Meet Thomas a Tom Thumb Graduate – College Bound

The Benefit of Tom Thumb’s “Gift of Time” Program

The Gift of Time” Program is for students turning five years old by November 30th and eligible for Kindergarten next September. A child’s readiness for school is highly correlated to his or her emotional and social maturity. This program gives them more time to mature and excel.

“Thank you, Nancy, for his preschool foundation. You are always in our thoughts and hearts. We appreciate the “Gift of Time” for Thomas now that he is in his senior year of high school. It was proven to be the right choice. He is getting ready to attend Dartmouth University in August 2019.” paraphrased from information provided by Thomas’ Mother.

Thomas in the Past, Present and Striving for the Future

Thomas tom thumb graduate

Thomas a Tom Thumb Preschool Graduate – Class of 2006

thomas a tom thumb graduate

Brother, Mom & Thomas

thomas tom thumb graduate today

Thomas ready for college life, 2019

Please Join Us in Congratulating Thomas and Wishing him Continued Success in Making his Dreams Real!

How Many are Tom Thumb Graduates?

How Many are Tom Thumb Graduates?

The answer is 13. Nancy Brophy and the Bride, Jessica Greene Stoke, are not Tom Thumb Graduates. All the others that appear in the larger picture below are Tom Thumbers that have graduated from 1990 through 1999.

tom thumbers at a wedding

From left to right: Raymond Stokes, Jon Wagner, Stefanes Marcopoulous, John Hagens, Christopher Hagens, Bridget Stokes, Alex DiMarco, Nicole DiMarco, Lucky McFadden, and Timothy Stokes. From the Bride, clockwise: Jessica Greene Stokes, Nancy Brophy, Lindsey Rutcofsky, Max Rutcofsky, and Jennifer Greene.

Timothy Stoke and Jessica Greene Stoke Wedding July 22, 2017

tom thumb graduate gets married

Nancy Brophy, Jessica Greene Stoke and Timothy Stokes

We salute Tom Thumbers everywhere as the Generation of Americans that will shape this world!

Thank You Note by Ingrid O

Thank You Note by Ingrid O

thank you note to tom thumb preschoolDear Mrs. Brophy,

I know you don’t like gifts but I wish I had something fabulous for you anyway. Nothing would express how grateful I am for you and your school and what you have done for my children over the past 5 years. Have a restful summer. See you next year with my last Tom Thumber, Patrick. He can’t wait!

You will always be one of the greatest people I know and you will always hold a special place in my heart.

Many thanks, Ingrid O.

Cullen Malzo Hero

Cullen Malzo Hero

picture cullen malzo tom thumb graduate and hero of rescuing 2 girls

Cullen Malzo 2001 Tom Thumb Preschool Graduate

Cullen Malzo, Tom Thumb Graduate

Cullen Malzo, a 2001 graduate of Tom Thumb, is nothing short of a hero. After two teenage girls from Mahopac were involved in a car accident on Thursday, November 10, 2016, Cullen sprung into action. The accident left them trapped in their car, upside down in Lake Mahopac.

Cullen to the Rescue

Police said that 19-year-old Cullen Malzo was nearby when he heard the crash. He dialed 911 and ran to the scene. Without hesitation, Cullen ran into the murky water and quickly pulled the girls out of an open window. Thankfully, the girls only suffered minor injuries.

We Salute Cullen Our Local Hero

Cullen Malzo is just that kind of person; compassionate, confident and fearless. From a very young age, Cullen has exhibited these characteristics and his actions are nothing less than heroic. Our community is very proud of him. We all have such confidence and pride in our Next Generation of Great Americans, where Cullen Malzo is a remarkable example.

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