During Founders’ Week at Shanghai American School, we celebrate the day we first opened our doors on September 17, 1912 by featuring some of the people who have walked through those doors since. Like Daniel Rice ’15, who attended SAS from pre-k to high school, and has since co-founded a company with a group of fellow Eagles.
“I was born in Beijing, but grew up in Shanghai. I lived in Shanghai for 16 years, and only ever went to SAS,” says Daniel. “My first experience leaving Shanghai was going to Emory University. I spent two years there before transferring to USC Marshall to pursue a Bachelors in Business Administration.”
If there’s one thing Daniel misses about SAS, it’s the opportunity to compete in sports. “It’s commonly overlooked but competing in China Cup and APAC is a once in a lifetime opportunity for many.” Daniel goes on to explain just how big a role sports at SAS has played into shaping who he is as an individual. “Without sports, I don’t think I would have the drive, determination, team-work and leadership skills to be the person I am today. This shows in our business as well. Everyone here at Upside Health (that are also from SAS) has played rugby under Mr. Dachpian! Without rugby and Mr. Dachpian, we would not be the adults we are today.”
Upside Health, a derivative business of a supplement under the same brand — Upside — is co-founded by Daniel, and where he is currently serving as president. The company develops, imports, and distributes FDA 510(k) approved face masks to a client base that includes health care organizations, first responders, and the federal government.
“The majority of our team consists of lifelong friends from SAS,” Daniel says. “Despite attending different universities, all of us stayed in close contact. We have friends from college, and after college, but nothing tops the friendships we had from our formative years in Shanghai.”
And that connection, to Daniel, sums up the Eagle experience best. “SAS gives you all the resources you need to not only get a good education, but make good friends. Being an Eagle means I’m proud to be from Shanghai, and forever grateful for the teachers, experiences, and friends I’ve made along the way.”
SPIRIT. EVERY DAY AT SAS.