It’s almost that time of year again . . . time for the fifth annual Walnut Hill Telethon! Telethon has become a beloved school tradition since its inception in 2014, and we are looking forward to this year’s iteration, taking place from 4:30pm to 8:30pm on Sunday, December 9. As we are in the midst of our 125th Anniversary year, this Telethon will be extra-special as we celebrate the rich history of our School and raise vital funds to support our programs and students. Keep an eye on your phone that evening for a call from one of our student volunteers, and make a gift to support the Annual Fund. We also hope you’ll tune into the show on our Livestream channel and join in on the fun! Four wonderful alumni have agreed to serve as our hosts for the evening, each hosting one hour of the four-hour program. Read on below to get to know these distinguished Walnuts!
Jennifer Caudle ’95, also known as Dr. Jen, is a family medicine physician and associate professor at Rowan University–School of Osteopathic Medicine. After graduating from our music program, Jen graduated with honors from Princeton University and earned her medical degree at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey–School of Osteopathic Medicine. Prior to her current position at Rowan, she was a faculty member at Johns Hopkins University. Jen frequently appears on-air as a health expert for many local and national news programs, and has been seen on programs such as Megyn Kelly Today and The Dr. Oz Show, as well as on HLN, FOX News, and CBS Philly 3 News.
Joshua Holden ’01 graduated from Walnut Hill’s Theater Department and went on to receive his B.F.A. in acting from the Chicago College of Performing Arts, Roosevelt University. He is an award-winning puppeteer based in New York and recently toured the country with his one-man puppet show, The Joshua Show. Named one of “20 Theatre Workers You Should Know” by American Theatre magazine, Joshua has toured with Avenue Q, served as Lead Puppeteer for Peter Pan 360, and even collaborated with international street artist Banksy. You may remember Joshua as the host of our second annual Telethon in 2015, and he’s back this year for more!
Nicole Gakidis ’81 is a graduate of our former gymnastics program. After graduating from Walnut Hill, she earned her B.S. in mass communications from Emerson College with minors in theater and psychology. After a successful career in healthcare marketing and communications, Nicole launched her own executive search practice, helping nonprofit organizations with their recruitment needs. Nicole is a recent addition to our Board of Trustees, as well as a member of our Ambassador Circle. In addition to these roles, Nicole has another important connection to our School: she is the mother of Tori Cargill ’18, who graduated from our Theater Department this past spring.
Nicholas Christopher ’08 might be a familiar face to anyone who has seen the national tour of Hamilton, which performs at the Boston Opera House through this weekend. Before his current stint as Aaron Burr, Nick also appeared in the Broadway version of the show as George Washington, replacing Christopher Jackson, and was even part of the early readings and workshops of the show before it hit the stage in 2015. Other credits include the national tour of In the Heights and the Broadway productions of Motown and Miss Saigon. Nick recently visited Walnut Hill to speak to our student body about his career and time at Walnut Hill, and we are thrilled to welcome him to campus yet again on December 9.