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Meet our Alumni Award Winners

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

The Breck Alumni Association will honor a number of alumni during our annual Homecoming festivities. Please help us congratulate these award winners by attending one of the many homecoming ceremonies or follow us on Facebook @breckalumni. For more information or to attend an event, contact the Advancement Office at 763.381.8129.

2016 Alum of the Year

Christoph Welsh ’90

Chris Welsh '90 has been an active Alumni Council member since 2008. As a council member he chaired Homecoming two times and served as Alumni Co-chair of the Annual Fund in 2011-2012. As President (2014-2016), Chris successfully led the council through its strategic plan, redesigned bylaws, and led efforts to create a more effective leadership structure.

2016 Distinguished Alumni Award

Murisiku “Muri” Raifu ’93   

During the early 1990s in Ghana, Muri Raifu routinely visited the Joint American and British council library to read whenever he wasn’t helping his mother sell goods in the city market. During one trip, he found a guide to independent secondary schools in America, hand-wrote letters to several schools, and hoped for a chance to change his life. Breck answered. Muri was selected as a student in the International Program and came to Breck in 1991 where he then graduated in 1993.

Muri received his Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Amherst College in 1997, followed by medical school at the University of Minnesota where he graduated in 2002 at the top of his class. Muri went on to receive his Masters in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. After graduating from medical school, Muri accepted a residency in neurosurgery at UCLA. He then became a neurosurgeon at New York Hospital in Queens. Muri currently serves as Director of Neurosurgery at the California Hospital Medical Center and is attending neurosurgeon at ProMed Spine in the Los Angeles area.

Knowing firsthand the challenges that people in the developing world face, Muri has been able to utilize his success to support sustainable causes and help talented individuals. He has been a financial contributor to various charitable organizations and is involved in many humanitarian causes such as  Brotherhood/Sister Sol, an organization which sends underprivileged youth to Ghana as part of the organization’s International Study Project and Africa Unite for Haiti.

2016 Breck Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees

Meade McCarthy Arseniadis ’00

While at Breck, Meade earned 16 varsity letters. On the soccer field, she earned All-Conference Honorable Mention in 1996, All-Conference honors in 1997, 1998, and 1999, earned All-State honors in 1998 and 1999, and All-State Honorable Mention in 1997. Meade also excelled at hockey and made the All-Conference team in 2000.  On the softball field, she earned All-Conference Honorable Mention honors her senior year.  She was the recipient of the Allen Dunn Award and the Fred B. Anderson Award.

David O’Hagan ’00

David was a three-sport athlete participating in football, hockey, and baseball. In football,  he received All-Conference Honorable Mention in 1998 and All-Conference in 1999.  On the ice, David was named to the All-Conference team his senior year.  In baseball, he earned All-Conference Honorable Mention his sophomore year and was named to the All-Conference team in 1999 and 2000. He was also the recipient of the Allen Dunn Award and the Fred B. Anderson Award.

Andrew “A.C.” Christopherson ’99

A.C. earned 9 varsity letters during his time at Breck. In the fall, A.C. excelled at football and was the recipient of Most Yards in a Season Award and the Conference Rushing Title his senior year. He was named to the All-Conference Team in 1997 and 1998.  A.C. also was a strong baseball player and was named to the All-Conference team in 1998 and 1999 and All-State Honors in 1999. A.C. was the recipient of the Fred B. Anderson Award.

Boys Hockey Team 1999-2000  

The team was 8-0 in conference play and received first place in the Tri-Metro Division. They went on to be champions of Section 5A and Class A State Champions.