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Walter Panas High School
Lakeland Central School District graduates can be found in a wide variety of occupations throughout multiple geographic areas. On this page, we will be highlighting some of those graduates while providing a glimpse into their lives after graduating from Walter Panas or Lakeland high school.
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Matthew Swift, Class of 2014 Walter Panas High School
Matt graduated from Iowa State in December 2018 with a dual major in Materials Engineering & Physics and minors in Math & Biomedical Engineering. In January 2019, Matt joined Space X in Los Angeles, CA as a "Falcon Build Engineer," working to improve the world's first reusable space rocket. Walter Panas gave me a solid foundation of knowledge to build off of in college -- everything from physics to trigonometry to writing skills. All of this base knowledge helped me to understand the new knowledge I gained and then to excel in my classes, labs, student organizations, and internships. Writing reports coherently or calculating geometries of beams and other rocket components are tasks I'll be doing daily in my job. Panas taught me these skills and college sharpened them. I'll be honest, I learned more in some of my high school classes than in the "more advanced" versions in college, like in AP Bio. Read more about Matt.
Akshay Ramaswamy, Class of 2015 Lakeland High School
Akshay is one of the co-founders of Alma Campus, a new social networking startup that has now gone live at seven universities. Earlier this school year, they announced they had raised $1 million seed round from various Silicon Valley donors including the CEO of Yahoo and Linkedin executives. The Stanford University senior designed the network with fellow Stanford Senior Chetan Rane. Ramaswamy and Rane initially developed a tool to help students simply compare class schedules, but realized that students wanted more information on each other. “At places like Stanford and Berkeley and the universities we’re going to, there are thousands of students across campus, and classes that have over 1,000 people,” Ramaswamy told VentureBeat magazine. “Especially our freshman years, we found it was really hard to figure out who was in our classes and connect with them." Read more about Akshay.