The Delphian Fall 2019

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The Delphian

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Annunciation Orthodox School The Delphian

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Letter from the Head of School

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On Target: Campus Security

Our Mission

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Ongoing Excellence in Athletics

Annunciation Orthodox School, having grown from a ministry of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral, celebrates the diverse and individual qualities of all children and their families.

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Fostering Community Through the Arts

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In Honor of Black History

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Being Whole People on Social Media

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Congratulations, Class of 2019!

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A Year in Review: Special Events

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AOS at Home

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Alumni Spotlight: Sister Sailors

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Class of 2015 College Choices

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Alumni Class Representative Committee

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Alumni Athletes

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Alumni Event Recaps

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Upcoming Alumni Events

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Alumni Class Notes

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AOS provides a superior education in a secure and stimulating Christian environment which encourages the individual child to achieve academic, spiritual, emotional, social, and physical excellence, and to become a responsible member of our society.

The Delphian is sent to alumni, current and alumni parents, grandparents, and friends of the school who wish to receive it. Have an idea for a story? Want to contribute something to AOS at Home? Feel free to contact the Communications Office at communications@aoshouston.org.

Cover: Arianna D. ‘19 and Lexi G. ‘19 at the pottery wheel in art class.

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Dear AOS Families,

Letter from the Head of School

The 2018-2019 school year represented a year of change for Annunciation Orthodox School. Many new faces walked the hallways, including new faculty, a new director of communications, a new director of extended day, a new middle school division head, and of course, yours truly. AOS continues to evolve and become stronger, while simultaneously remaining true to its traditions and spiritual roots. I personally could not have felt more accepted and welcomed as I grew into our community last year. Over the last year, I have aspired to absorb the nearly fifty years of history from the thousands of people that comprise the AOS community. My new AOS family supported me every step of the way, consistently reminding me of the uniqueness of our community. And while I still have plenty to learn, I enter my second year feeling more comfortable, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic for what is to come! Beyond our new people, AOS experienced a few exciting changes last year. Some of these changes were overt and easy to see, while others occurred “behind the scenes.” This magazine highlights a couple of those less visible changes. One of these changes entails a brand new approach to our alumni. We often hear from our alumni that “AOS friends are the friends you keep for life,” and we are at a point in our school’s history where we are seeing an increase in legacy applicants. Until now, however, we haven’t had a formal approach to connecting with our alumni. Mary Morgan Stevens stepped into a new position last year as our school’s alumni coordinator and quickly expanded our alumni database, formed an alumni council, and arranged several new alumni events. You’ll see some of these events described in this magazine as well as information about upcoming ones! Another set of behind-the-scenes changes occurred in the area of campus security. Our students’ parents have many aspirations for their children when sending them to AOS. The most basic expectation of AOS, however, is that we will keep our students safe. As a school, we promise to love every child as our own and keep our students safe in every way possible. To this end, we constantly seek new ways to improve the security of our campus. Our “On Target” article in this issue highlights some of our newest security improvements. We have far more happening on our campus than we are able to highlight in this magazine. Our staff and faculty have many surprises in store for our students and families as we focus on community strengthening and student engagement throughout the 2019-2020 school year. We look forward to engaging with every member of our community in new and different ways - and we challenge you to ask yourself the question, “How can I help to strengthen the AOS community?” I look forward to seeing all of you around AOS and wish you an exciting 2019-2020 school year!

Dr. Samuel V. Fragomeni Head of School

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Strategic Plan

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AOS adopted a strategic plan in May 2017 that laid out the institutional goals for the next five years. Below, you will find a list of those strategic imperatives.

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Mission and Diversity

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Reaffirm our commitment to sustaining a strong and diverse school community based on the spiritual core, traditions, and culture of the Greek Orthodox Christian faith and heritage.

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Campus Safety and Facilities Development

Update and refine the master plan for campus and facility improvements and additions.

Communication and Community

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Improve communications school-wide, internally and externally, to augment transparency while celebrating the AOS community to all current and future constituents.

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Curriculum, Teaching and Learning Evaluate the curriculum, its continuity, delivery, and effectiveness and the balance between traditional and innovative teaching.

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Faculty, Administration, & Staff Growth and Development Recruit, retain, evaluate, and reward faculty, administration, and staff talent so that we have the best employees possible for AOS.

Financial Sustainability

Foster and grow the culture of giving at AOS to ensure future generations will benefit from the same high quality AOS experience.

Student Health/Wellness and Preparation for Life

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Perpetuate and deepen an environment where all constituents (students, parents, and faculty/staff) recognize the importance of balance, self-advocacy, and resilience in the life of students at AOS.

Opposite Top: Landon D. ‘21; Left: Adam D. ‘28 Above Left (left to right): Taylor T. ‘27, Julia A. ‘27, Solaleh F. ‘27 Above Right (left to right): Langdon C. ‘22, Grace B. ‘22, and Laela A. ‘22

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On Target: Campus Security By Bryant Richardson Director of Finance and Operations

Student safety is a top priority at Annunciation Orthodox School. With the opening of our new Lower School building and the charge of our current strategic plan, we spent the last few years increasing the safety and security of our campus. From refined emergency drills and alarms to the installation of almost 200 security cameras, the improved measures have not only been comprehensive but vast in nature. The areas of improvement were carefully detailed following the completion of a security audit. While we have now addressed all of the recommended areas within the audit, we know that technical elements and safety procedures are always evolving. We are committed to monitoring those developments so as to continue to provide a safe and secure school environment for all our community members. This article details many of the security improvements in three categories: Door Access and Locks, Alarms and Alerts, and Security Cameras and Lighting.

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DOOR ACCESS AND LOCKS •

The entire campus now operates on one electronic door access system, eliminating the need for door keys. We can now assign appropriate access permissions to each employee.

Doors in both entrance foyers are programmed with an electronic door access system that requires visitors to be buzzed into the interior of the campus.

The field gate by the Modular Building now possesses panic hardware which allows people to exit campus in the case of an emergency.

The exterior-facing glass within the lobby foyers and Lower School offices now contains a security film which provides additional defense against break-ins.

Classroom doors are now equipped with new locking mechanisms which allow teachers to manually lock their doors in the case of an emergency.


ALARMS AND ALERTS

SECURITY CAMERAS AND LIGHTING

Public areas in the interior of the buildings and parking lots now contain security cameras. We now have almost 200 security cameras on and around campus.

To improve outside lighting, the perimeters of both the Caloudas Activity Center and the Lower School playground are now equipped with flood lights.

The roof of the Glassell Main Building now houses a lightning detection horn. The horn sounds when there is lightning in the area as an indication for people outside to come inside. The system then sends an all-clear signal when it is safe to return outside. The same system also sends an email alert to everybody on campus. Additionally, all coaches receive alerts via text message for both the AOS campus and McGovern Park.

Our exterior spaces now contain fire alarm annunciators to alert people on the Moss Family Olympic Field or Lower School playground if a fire alarm goes off in one of the buildings.

We created automated procedures for any event that might require the lockdown of the school. With the push of a panic button by any faculty or staff member, all doors will automatically lock, and an automated message will announce over the intercom that a lockdown is in place. The automated locking of the doors is designed to keep people from entering classrooms while still allowing people within the classroom the ability to exit.

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Ongoing Excellence in Athletics At AOS, our student athletes excel in a wide variety of sports. With a cross-country team that is seemingly unstoppable and with a new football championship under our belt, we spoke with Athletic Director Michael Stovall to learn more about our athletics program and its continued success. How do you successfully sustain and ensure the continued success of a team and athletic program while also building a new championship program? MS: Having the right coaches is step one of sustaining success for our program. We have a coaching staff that coaches to their strengths. Combined, they have over 100 years of experience in the sports they coach. Step two is having the numbers to give each team a chance to compete. The final step is ensuring we continue to develop our students into athletes. From lower school through middle school, having athletics every day is a huge plus. Coaches are able to work on skill development at a younger age while focusing on team concepts as they get older. Our lap day program keeps our kids in the best of shape, which helps our cross country team stay on top and with conditioning for other sports. What has been the hardest part in the development of the football team? MS: That’s an easy question - it’s having the numbers! While there is certainly an interest in football, the possibility of injury is often a strong deterrent. However, at AOS, the injury rate for our football players is not any higher than the other sports teams. Injuries don’t occur as much in middle school. They increase in high school as the kids get bigger. Additionally, our equipment is top of the line. We use the safest helmets and shoulder pads. Our coaches also do a great job of regularly incorporating proper tackling techniques into their practices. 6 ANNUNCIATION ORTHODOX SCHOOL


What sets the AOS athletics program apart from the rest? MS: Giving all of our students a chance to play any sport they choose! Whether they’re beginners or have been playing for years, there is always a spot for them on an AOS team. We have close to 100% participation because our students want to be part of a team and the comradery that is built from that. We are a very competitive school in the Houston Junior Preparatory Conference, and our teams continue to work hard and strive to be a champion team. It’s been so much fun for me as the Athletic Director to go and watch these teams compete. They play the sport the right way and represent AOS with class and respect. Come out and catch a game sometime, and you’ll see that! To read more about how our student athletes excel both in the classroom and on the field, flip to our Alumni Athlete interviews on page 38!

Opposite Top: Members of the cross country team with their medals after winning the championship meet. Opposite Bottom: 8th Grade girl’s basketball team running onto the court to kick-off their Spirit Game. Above: The newly championship football team huddled in prayer prior to the start of a game.

AOS Sports Stats

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Cross country swept conference championships four years in a row. Boys volleyball made four straight finals appearances with three championship wins. Field hockey made three straight semifinals appearances. Girls volleyball made back-to back finals appearances with one win. Football earned their first championship in 2018-2019. Girls soccer made three straight finals appearances. Girls basketball has won two championships. Boys basketball has had five championship appearances in the past six years. Girls fastpitch softball has had five straight championship appearances with three wins.

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Fostering Community Through the Arts Started as a small initiative by former AOS parent Sonja Bruzauskas, pARTnerschools is now a certified non-profit organization whose goal is to create stronger communities through art. pARTnerschools believes that by making art together, students learn that they are more similar than they are different, which helps shape their understanding of diversity being a strength and an asset. Each year, pARTnerschools connects the music departments of two different schools. Each pair collaborates on interactive projects such as workshops, teacher visits, virtual visits, and joint rehearsals. Each collaboration culminates in a shared concert. After a three-year-long partnership, Annunciation Orthodox School Middle School Chorus Director Natalie Gray and Yellowstone College Prep Choral Director Tiffiny Reckley share how this program not only positively impacts the students but also them as teachers.* 8 ANNUNCIATION ORTHODOX SCHOOL

“My favorite thing about pARTnerschools is getting to meet and sing with kids from other schools, and the final concert - which was awesome!” Cecilia F. ‘19 Student, Annunciation Orthodox School

Above: Tiffiny Reckley directing both the AOS and Yellowstone College Prep choirs in the culminating pARTnerschools performance. Opposite: Members of the AOS and YCP choirs circled up prior to their performance.


What is the biggest benefit of this partnership for the students? NG: I continue to hear students reminisce about their experience working with the Yellowstone students and teachers as well as their visits to Yellowstone. The socialization is significant but so is the collaboration. By working with Tiffiny, they experience different choral direction which challenges them to be attentive, flexible in their practice, and patient in the process. These are not just choral lessons or music lessons but life lessons. TR: I think that the biggest benefits are truly the experience, the exposure, and, more importantly, the friendships. They share phone numbers and keep those connections outside of singing together. I know the YCP Choir members have run up to me the past two years at the beginning of the school year asking, “Are we going to pair up with AOS again this year?!” I love that they’re so excited about singing but also about spending time with their friends while doing something positive. As a teacher, what have you learned through this program? NG: It provides a significant opportunity to meet other teachers in the fine arts community who want to make important strides in student life through music. Personally, my experience directing both AOS and YCP has challenged me to develop a variety of choral practices that connect with a wider audience. I continue to find that music and its different styles transcend race, socio-economic differences, and communities. In this day and age, it is so important to see that we can all connect in some way.

“Music has no barriers at all. It doesn’t matter your ethnic background or if you can’t sing because together we all sound good!” Ne’leh K. Student, Yellowstone College Prep

TR: It is very easy to become used to teaching only your students. In turn, it’s easy for your students to become used to only your style of teaching. Through pARTnerschools, I have learned so much from the other music directors on how to continually grow my style and how to make it more effective for my students. I’ve also learned that it is okay to be more creative in musical choice selection. *Tiffiny Reckley’s interview formerly appeared in a Yellowstone College Prep publication. THE DELPHIAN I FALL 2019 9


In Honor of Black History

A New 4th-Grade Writing Project As the 4 th-grade unit on expository writing approached, 4th Grade Teacher Rhonda Brooks had a different idea for approaching the unit. Coincidentally falling in the month of February, Mrs. Brooks gathered the 4th-grade team to brainstorm combining black history with the writing lesson. After a bit of planning, this standard writing unit became a cross-division collaborative effort. With the 4th-grade team’s support and flexibility in their lesson plans, curriculum support from Mrs. Sharon Alexander, Ms. Jamie Jackson’s and Ms. Jennifer Hockless’ technical prowess, and a specially curated list of books from Lower School Librarian Tomisha Atkins, Influential African Americans was ready to launch.

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“Because of this project, I got to learn about Mamie ‘Peanut’ Johnson. She is inspirational because she was one of three women to play professional baseball. I liked this project because we focused on many black historical people that I didn’t know about.” Emily P. ‘23


From political activists to athletes, some more well known and some more obscure, Mrs. Brooks and Mrs. Christy Naponic created a list of individuals approved for the project and shared each of their histories with the students. Students were then asked to identify a few individuals they were curious to learn more about and to express that interest in writing. Based on their submissions, Mrs. Brooks and Mrs. Naponic assigned each student a famous African American. By using the books selected by Ms. Atkins and with Mr. Adam Flores’ guidance on composing timelines, each student researched the biographical history of their noteworthy individual and executed their expository writing assignment in the form of a newspaper. In preparation for the culminating event, Mrs. Amy Bento assisted each student in turning their newspaper article into a well-produced presentation. Each student then presented their influential African American to the class. Afterward, Mrs. Brooks thoughtfully printed and bound all of the newspaper articles as a memento for each student.

4TH-GRADE STUDENTS’ INFLUENTIAL AFRICAN AMERICAN PROJECTS

Opposite: Emily P. ‘23 giving her Influential African Americans presentation on Mamie “Peanut” Johnson.

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Being Whole People on Social Media According to a myth from Romania, when the Earth was first created, it was transparent, like glass. You could look down at the ground and see through it to the other side. According to this myth, after Cain murdered his brother Abel, he covered the transparency of the Earth so that he could hide his brother’s body. Of course, this myth does not describe any physical reality. Yet, in a spiritual sense, it is true. God meant for creation to be a means of communication, of dialogue with himself and our fellow human beings. Like any good means of communication, it was meant to be transparent; it was not noticed, but we could look through it to see one another. We human beings are also meant to be transparent in the sense that our lives are called to point people toward God; people who see us should see God working in us. This is what it means to be made in God’s image. When mankind fell through sin, creation stopped being transparent. When we began to focus on creation not as a means of communicating with God and with others, but rather as an object in itself, as something for us to manipulate for our own sake, then creation stopped being a transparent means of communication with God. This shift in our way of being in the world has two consequences: a loss of integrity and a loss of presence. Instead of acting with personal unity and wholeness, we become incomplete, compartmentalized people with totally different personalities in different scenarios, among different people. And our minds are constantly wandering, roaming everywhere other than the actual situations that we find ourselves in, a condition that prevents us from being truly open to God and others.

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By Fr. Jeremy Troy Religion Teacher and Associate Priest at AGOC

On its surface, social media seems to bring with it the promise of solving the problems that we are facing as fractured, distracted human beings. And yet, there is a growing awareness of the many dangers associated with social media use. Studies from top research universities around the world have shown that social media use tends to decrease our overall happiness and sense of life-satisfaction, to increase our perceived sense of social isolation, to increase the polarization of the political spectrum, and to make us more distracted than ever. Far from solving the problems that we are facing today, social media has become our contemporary way of expressing the incompleteness that we feel at the core of who we are. The solution to this problem is not necessarily to throw away our phones and delete our Instagram accounts. Rather, the solution is to become transparent to God and others in the way that God intends us to be. This can only be done by “coming to our senses”; by returning to ourselves and cultivating an attitude of prayer that seeks to find God working inside us. As human beings created in the image of God, the best way to get to know God is to look inside of our own selves and see the things that He is doing there. When we come to understand the truth of who we are, when we return to ourselves and start to untangle ourselves from the distractions of the world, then we have begun to walk the path toward re-uniting with God and with our neighbor. When we rediscover who we are as redeemed human beings, our interactions with others, both in-person and in the digital realm, start to reflect the wholeness that we have found inside ourselves. There are a few practical steps that we can take to ensure that our social media use is not contributing to the “noise” that is so prevalent in the world around us.


First, we need to cultivate goal-oriented behavior in our digital lives. We need to look at our expectations in using social media and see to what extent those expectations are being met. Ask yourself “What do I want to get out of my social media use today?” If I know what I want to do by using social media, then I can see how well my current habits are meeting those goals, and I can make changes as needed. But if I am going into social media use without a clear sense of what I am trying to accomplish, then I am setting myself up to have my time, energy, and happiness wasted. Second, we should try to make sure that our behavior online is consistent with who we are in person. Do we present ourselves to others in ways that are reflective of our whole experience, or do we only show the positive, scenic aspects? From the standpoint of our culture of Instagram influencers, this may make us bad social-media users, but that is a consequence we can accept. For some people, the option of disengaging from social media as much as possible is a very viable one. But in and of itself, that approach cannot solve the problems that we face as fallen, fractured human beings. Only a real encounter with God dwelling in our hearts can do that. And if we have had that encounter, if we truly know God through having experienced His action in our lives, then we are free to engage with others in ways that spread that healing relationship.

Right: Lynsey W. ‘23

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Congratulations to the

Class of 2019!

Strake Jesuit College Prepatory 21 Students

Episcopal High School 13 Students

St. John’s High School 12 Students

St. Agnes Academy 6 Students

The Kinkaid School 6 Students

Lamar High School IB Program 4 Students

Awty International School 3 Students

Emery/Weiner School 2 Students

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Incarnate Word Academy 2 Students

St. Thomas High School 2 Students

Austin Tennis Academy College Prep 1 Student

Grand Oaks High School 1 Student

Memorial High School 1 Student

St. Pius X High School 1 Student

Bellaire High School 1 Student

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Class of 2019

Parting Thoughts

“As you continue your journey forward, remember to embrace being uncomfortable, that every decision you make matters, and you should not assume you know what the future holds...And you will always have your AOS family to help guide you.” Dr. Samuel V. Fragomeni

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“Not everything I learned at AOS is related to getting better grades. There were things I learned that were not exactly taught in a class by a teacher. My classmates and I grew older, more mature, and at least some of us taller. We were on our way to becoming what AOS stands for. AOS will always have a place in my heart, and it will always be a part of me when I leave this school.” Liam S. ‘19

Elected graduation speaker

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“AOS is such a unique school, and we are blessed that we got to grow up at a place where most of us learned about a religion different from our own. I’m here to remind you that even if you wanted to, you couldn’t forget this place...The friendships and memories we all have made here at AOS aren’t going anywhere. Even when we all leave and go our separate ways in high school, this will still be the place where we grew up...The place we will always call ‘home.’” Emma P. ‘19

Elected graduation speaker

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Class of 2019

What I’m Taking With Me “AOS helped develop not only my work ethic but also academically prepared me for high school. I feel like I have a solid foundation, and I truly feel that I am ready.” Ethan B. ‘19

“I came to AOS as a quiet and shy fifth grader. AOS gave me many opportunities to perform and shine for the school. The supportive and positive community helped me grow into the person I am today.” Lexi G. ‘19


“AOS allowed me to learn and be creative through working with the Audio-Visual Team. The experience over the years has helped me be a leader.” Shaan P. ‘19

“When I leave AOS, I will take my character which has molded me into the person I am today. AOS has taught me to be an upstander for others, someone who values all the different contributions that others have to offer.” Emma P. ‘19

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2018-2019: A Year in Review

Special Events Events August 18, 2018 Back to School Breakfast Back to School Breakfast - August 18, 2018 November 11,hosted 2018 its annual Back to School On August 18, AOS 1970 Circle Reception Breakfast. This year’s breakfast was chaired by Fawn Galbraith and Elna Griggs and underwritten by the PTC and25, Advancement Office. SAGE Dining October 2018 Services served breakfast to nearly 700 attendees, Book Fair a record-breaking number!

16, 2018- November 11, 2018 1970November Circle Reception Grandparents & Special Friends Day

New this year, the 1970 Circle, named for the year AOS was founded, recognizes donors who make December 2018 leadership gifts to3,the 2018-19 Annual Fund totaling $1,970+. These donors special recognition Dads Club Golf receive Tournament and an invitation to a dinner reception.

February 23, 2019 GalaEmbark - February Gala

Thank you to everyone who made this year’s Gala such March a huge success! Through your generosity, we 30, 2019 were able to raise over $600,000! This event Dads Club BBQ Cook-off would not have been possible without tremendous support from our underwriters, sponsors, donors, April 29 - May 2019 members. faculty volunteers, and3, committee

Fine Arts Week Book Fair - October 25, 2018 May 17, 2019 BookOlympics Fair - October 25, 2018

Grandparents & Special Friends DayMay 21, 2019 November 16, 2018 Dads Club Clay Shoot Fine Arts Week - April 29 - May 3, 2019

Right (top to bottom): Back to School Breakfast Co-Chairs Fawn Galbraith and Elna Griggs; Fine Arts Week Co-Chairs Jaime Merideth and Kathy Pazmino-Mudunuri with Art Teachers Meredith Wise and Amy Ailor; Gala Attendees Meredith Wiersma, Nicole Davenport, and Koetting Jackson Opposite Top: Book Fair Volunteers Tracy Hale, Eyvette Hetherington, Angela Ramm, Laura Conner (Co-Chair), Leslie Huang (Co-Chair), Val Burguieres, Jaime Merideth, Katrina Stilwell Opposite Middle (left to right): Jocelyn V. ‘22 and her grandmother on Grandparents and Special Friends Day; John Donnelly, Jason Ahlgren, Tammy Ahlgren, Daryl Williams; Charles Koerth and Stewart Gagnon Opposite Bottom: Annual Fund Co-Chairs Shelly Katz and Lauren Cancienne; Olympics Chair Marina Christensen and Molly Khalil; George Fibbe, Doug Mullen and John Field

Olympics - May 17, 2019

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AOS at Home AOS at Home celebrates the parts of our lives that we may not be privy to during daily interactions at school. This section allows for members of the community to share something special from their homes, often with an invitation for other families to try it in theirs.

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Rubik’s Cube After discovering a Rubik’s cube competition on YouTube, Eli S. ‘23 was hooked. He and friends Alex X. ‘23 and Simon Z. ‘23 regularly watch Rubik’s cube competitions online, known as “cube tube.” After significant practice and studying of Rubik’s cube strategies, the three boys competed in the Lone Star Cube Competition held in Katy, Texas, in May.

Eli’s Pro Tip:

“Learn PLL.”

Translated: Learn Permutation of the Last Layer. This means you need to get the white and yellow side solved on a 3x3 and the bottom two parts of the other four sides. (There are 21 such cases.)

Above: Eli S. ‘23, Simon Z. ‘23, and Alex X. ‘23

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Cup Stacking Perhaps known to few, cup stacking is a unique sport that is taking over the world. Both an individual and a group sport, the aim of the game is to stack cups as fast as you can in a predetermined sequence. As reported by The New York Times, cup stacking has grown from a pasttime at the Boys & Girls Club using Dixie cups to an AAU Junior Olympics designated sport that now has custom made cups for optimal, swift stacking. Hunter R. ‘23 and Henry B. ‘23 are not only fans of this sport but also practitioners. Hunter and Henry spend many weekends together, competing against one another, as they work to improve their speed and cup-stacking abilities.

Above: Hunter R. ‘23 and Henry B. ‘23

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Hunter’s Pro Tip

“Keep your hands loose on the cups.”


Slime OLIVIA’S PRIME SLIME

1 bottle Elmer’s Glue

Knead the ingredients with hands.

3-4 pinches baking soda

If slime is sticky, add a squeeze of contact solution until you achieve desired consistency.

4 squeezes contact solution

Optional: Glitter, Beads, Food Coloring Store in a sealed container.

CAROLINE’S CAKE BATTER SLIME

½ cup of Elmer’s Glue ¼ teaspoon of baking soda 1 tablespoon of contact solution or more as needed Squirt of your favorite lotion Dash of yellow food coloring

Combine glue and baking soda. Add a squirt of lotion. Add a small drop of yellow food coloring to achieve the cake batter color. Start by adding 1 tablespoon of contact solution. The mixture should pull away from the bowl and be sticky. If it doesn’t pull away from the bowl, add more contact solution until it does. Knead with your hands until soft. Top with your favorite beads or other decorations.

Multi-colored beads

ELENI’S GLITTER SLIME

2 cups of Elmer’s Glue 1 cup of shaving cream Tide detergent Food coloring Glitter

Combine the glue and shaving cream. Add a small amount of detergent until slime forms. Knead with your hands until you are happy with the consistency of your slime. Add food coloring and glitter. Above Left: Olivia B. ‘23 and Caroline B. ’23 with their slime supplies in Michael’s. Above Right: Eleni G. ‘23 holding her Glitter Slime.

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Coding for a Cause Karina D. ‘19 and Madison S. ‘19 are dedicated Girl Scouts who decided to work towards the Silver Award in their final year of middle school. Particularly moved by victims of domestic abuse and frustrated with the lengthy legal process each victim must face, both Karina and Madison decided to put their technology-apt minds to work. After taking a five-day course to learn the coding language Python, Karina and Madison spent three months turning the court-required protective order form from hardcopy to a chatbot. Karina and Madison have designed this chatbot to read the questions aloud and automatically populate answers to any duplicate questions. Their refining of this process has turned it from an expensive, hours-long process often requiring a lawyer’s assistance, to a three-minute experience accessible through any computer. Currently in the final stages of their project, they have already received interest from domestic violence shelters, law enforcement, and attorneys.

Above: Karina D. ‘19 and Madison S. ‘19

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DIY Garden Boxes Once school is out, I take a few days to adjust to a summer schedule and then plan summer projects. It is hard to move from the rigidity of a school schedule into a time lapse of doing nothing. I have an obsessive need to create things, and I tend to dream up a lot of ideas. One of my more successful ventures was a DIY vertical planter from recycled wood pallets. It was a great deal of heavy work, and it took some fancy engineering, courtesy of my husband, to get them safely mounted on our back fence. I completed these about three summers ago, and I replant them every fall and spring. While they will begin to show some wear and tear and will eventually need to be repainted, they continue to be an easy way to add color to our backyard. Should you want to build them for yourself, you only need the pallets, a roll of landscape fabric, a staple gun, and paint. Mount them before you plant because they are quite heavy.

By Sami Mossbarger, 8th Grade Science Teacher

Materials Needed: Pallets Landscape fabric Staple gun Paint

Steps for Assembly: After obtaining your pallets (I repurposed some wood pallets that we took from either Lowes or Target), you will need to clean them. After cleaning, you get to paint them! Once paint has dried, staple landscape fabric to the back. Fix pallets to the fence posts. Pick out your favorite flowers and plant! I change the plants out every season.

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Alumni Spotlight

Sister Sailors AOS alumnae Sophia Solé ‘13 and AnaClare Solé ‘15 are sisters and were both “Lifers” at AOS. Both accomplished sailors, they attribute lessons they learned from attending AOS as part of their success on the water, specifically focusing on doing their best and never giving up. As AnaClare prepares to join Sophia on the sailing team at Stanford University, we caught up with them to learn more about their accomplishments and seek any advice they may have for aspiring sailors. Who or what had the biggest influence on you during your athletic time at AOS? Sophia: My 8th grade sports teams had the biggest influence on me. We had an athletic group of girls in my grade and, in our final year, we won cross country, soccer, and lacrosse HJPC conference championships. We really came together, and everyone did their very 30 ANNUNCIATION ORTHODOX SCHOOL

best for our teams. Coaches Marti Carr and Tiffany Deinzer led us in this and were great role models for us. AnaClare: Eleven years of Olympics and competing at lap day to be a torchbearer had the biggest influence on me. A favorite memory of mine is running the relay with the Olympic flame, which was the fire stolen from the gods to make the world better. All my coaches at AOS always encouraged me to do my best and emphasized that, through sports, we can make the world better. What has sailing taught you? Sophia: There are no shortcuts in sailing, every small detail from rigging your sail to practicing in all kinds of conditions helps you to be a better sailor. Sailing has also taught me to set clearly defined goals, (i.e. not to


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win the regatta but to be in the top ten at every start); these small, measurable goals prevent me from getting overwhelmed and discouraged, and help me grow in confidence in myself and in my abilities. AnaClare: To be really great at something, you have to put in 10,000 hours so it’s a lot of time on the water, but, fortunately, I love being on the water. It’s where I’m happy. What advice would you give to young sailors at AOS? Sophia: If you have not tried sailing, you definitely should. The ancient Greeks were the best sailors in the world, and they told stories about their adventures like in The Odyssey (which we performed in 4th grade at AOS). Sailing is a sport you can do your entire life, and it can connect you to people from past and present. I have friends from all over the world thanks to sailing. AnaClare: Take advantage of being so close to the water - Galveston Bay! We used to go straight from AOS to Houston Yacht Club in LaPorte and sometimes sail in our school uniforms for a few hours before sunset. We would eat dinner and do homework in the car on the way home from the bay! What is your favorite AOS memory? Sophia: There are so many - Olympics every year, Chapel Buddies, putting our shoes out on St. Nicholas Day. But a vivid memory I have is the Jones Center playground. We had a trike path which circled a wooden storefront where everyone stopped to refill the “tanks” on their trikes and buy important things like ice cream (scoops of sand) and clover crowns. We paid for our gas with unique rocks and playground bark. If you continued along the road you came to a yellow play house where we all played family. The lessons we learned on the Jones Center playground at recess were just as important as the lessons we learned in the classroom. AnaClare: My sister was at AOS for two years before I started. Every day, when she got dressed for school, I would dress up in one of her AOS uniforms and pretend like I was going with her. When I finally got to go to AOS, I remember the playground, dressing up and playing house, going to chapel with Mrs. Connie 32 ANNUNCIATION ORTHODOX SCHOOL


Koinis, and having nap time (which I hated). I have a special memory of Ms. Kathy Stratas letting us take off our shoes once during nap time. I remember all of my teachers and coaches- from Ms. Stratas to the 8th grade team - who were encouraging and caring, always lifting you up. I am so glad that I was able to grow up in this loving, positive environment. Where are they now? Sophia graduated from Kinkaid in 2017 and is currently at Stanford University where she is on the varsity sailing team and majoring in Management Science and Engineering. AnaClare graduated from Kinkaid in May 2019. She also attends Stanford and joined the sailing team in the fall of 2019. She plans to major in Product Design. Sophia and AnaClare have twin siblings, Charlie and Camille, who graduated from AOS in May 2019 and now attend Kinkaid.

Italy). They were the top female American team at the 2016 Kieler Woche in Germany, which is the largest sailing event in the world. They also competed in several US Sailing Youth Championships before Sophia graduated to college sailing, and AnaClare began sailing other boats: a 29er skiff and ultimately a Nacra 15, a high-performance catamaran. AnaClare and her partner qualified to represent the USA at the 2018 Sailing Youth Worlds in July 2018 where they placed seventh. Next, they were amongst 100 American Athletes and 4000 International Athletes from over 200 countries to compete in the Youth Summer Olympics in Argentina in October 2018 where they placed sixth. AnaClare is currently making the transition to college sailing, which is organized by the Intercollegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) and is made up of around 300 colleges divided into conferences based on geography.

Sailing Careers Sophia and AnaClare both learned to sail Optimists on Galveston Bay and traveled to national and international regattas. From Optis, Sophia moved into the Laser Class (a single-handed boat) where she competed for a few years before moving into the International 420 (a double-handed boat) which she sailed with AnaClare. Together they competed in two World Championships (2015 in Japan and 2016 in THE DELPHIAN I FALL 2019 33


Class of 2015 College Choices

Oh, The Places You’ll Go! American University Arisa Alaei

Brown University Alexandra Herrera

Colorado School of Mines Johnny Evans

Austin Community College Rex Bowen

Cal Poly, San Louis Obispo Cameron Trainer CPS National Green and Gold Scholarship Zoo Crew Scholarship

Gap Year Mae Bennett

Baylor University Santiago Perez-Lodeiro Adelaide Stieneker Leah Teague Deans’ Gold Scholarship Blinn College/Blinn Team Cam Moseley Boston Conservatory Olivia Taylor

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Case Western Reserve University Joe Simon Academic Scolarship College of Charleston Natalie Peterson Colorado College Katherine Granberry

Loyola Marymount University Isabella Shin Merit Scholarship Oregon State University, Cascades Sam Stroh Provost Scholarship Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Kenji Chevray Rensselaer Leadership Award


Rice University Helena Nammour Julian Zeidenstein Santa Clara University Camille Spence SCU Incentive Grant Savannah College of Art & Design Brandon Shin Merit Scholarship Southern Methodist University Carolyn Hammond SMU Distinguished Scholarship & Pre Law Scholar Southwestern University James Lilly Academic Scholarship & Lacrosse Jake Tanner University Scholarship & Baseball Stanford University AnaClare Sole Sailing Texas Christian University Parker Siegel Dean’s Scholarship Texas A&M University David Bebczuk Cooper Cavender Julia Corbett Cole Dutherage Georgia Elgohary Sam Elmer Alex Ham Sarah Katzen Plato Pappas National Hispanic Scholarship Award Jack Watson

Texas A&M University at Galveston Camren Ordaz Texas Tech University Elena Edwards Grant Gerhardt Scholastic Success Scholarship Trinity University Alexander Haney Samad Hirani Academic Scholarship Drew Mytchak Trustee’s Scholarship Tufts University Emma Stout Tulane University Nicholas Elliott Academic Recognition Award Walker Whitney Merit Scholarship University of Arkansas Rachel Boeker Griffin Thompson Alumni Legacy Scholarship University of Chicago Matthew Guyton Baseball University of Florida Jillian Bartol University of Houston Luke Williams University of Kansas Caroline Sharp KU Achievement Scholarship

University of St. Andrews Isabel Frasier James Henry Ray University of St. Thomas Dimitra Kouzounis University of Texas at Austin Matthew Allen Hannah Barnes Emeline Birdwell Kendall Crow Caroline Keller Mary Grace Gilbert Claire Nesbitt Megan Niermeyer Brian Ross Anne Aresty Naman Memorial Scholarship The Woodlands Running Group Scholarship Lauren St. Paul Mia Wei University of Texas at San Antonio Max Dubose Antonio Neal University of San Diego Olivia Synek Presidential Merit Scholarship Vanderbilt University Thomas Hunt Ben Ledig Ellie Ragiel Wake Forest University Elyse Pedrick

University of North Carolina Galen Gray Field Hockey

Whitman College Sydney London Volleyball

University of Southern California Michaela Skaribas

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Letter from the Committee Chair

Dear Fellow AOS Alumni, I think we can all agree, AOS was an amazing childhood experience that will forever be a part of our lives and the people who we have become. In relative terms, our history is short but that does not diminish its richness. From its beginnings as a premier lower school, to the development and the addition of the middle school in the ‘90s, AOS has always been a school that we love and a source of pride. It is a place that we all want to support. Last year, we initiated an Alumni Class Representative Committee to further the mission of AOS. With your help, this committee will work to re-engage beloved AOS alumni, friends, and families. Whether you graduated in 1989 or 2019, we want to reconnect with you and share your alumni milestones and accomplishments. Please look for opportunities to participate in alumni activities like social gatherings, networking events, and reunions. We look forward to connecting, reminiscing, and celebrating all things AOS with you.

Warmest Regards,

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2019-2020

Alumni Class Representative Committee

To learn more about the Alumni Class Representative Committee, email Annual Fund & Alumni Coordinator Mary Morgan Stevens at mstevens@aoshouston.org.

Anderson Clark ‘10

Megan Kaldis Williams ‘01

Izzy Detmering ‘10

Janikka Bratton ‘00

Nick Pefanis ‘09

Daniel Romero ‘00

Katerina Stevens ‘09

Keefer Lehner ‘99

Sarah Farley ‘08

Winnie Simmons Phillips ‘99

Steven Gossett ‘08

Aron Will ‘99

Luca Mariotto ‘07

Emma Simmons Anselmi ‘98

Laine St. Paul ‘07

Percy Creuzot ‘98

Trevor Konopka ‘06

Julie Martin Thomas ‘98

Charlsie Neutzler ‘06

Jackie Effenson ‘97

Mel Lilienstern ‘05

Sara Kelly ‘97

Tashi Stolte ‘05

Becky Moriarty ‘97

Holly Hughes ‘04

Kelli Lilienstern ‘96

Andrew Thorington ‘04

Alan Bradshaw ‘95

McCay Dickson ‘03

Kimball Tyson ‘91

Kathleen Garson Crosset ‘03

Laura Kamas Wheeler ‘91

Maggie Giles ‘02

Ada Kyriasoglou Stehl ‘89

Corey Howell ‘02

Maria Germanides ‘88

James Brooks ‘01, Chair

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Alumni Athletes Class of 2014

Michael Neary High School: Episcopal High School and Darien High School

College: Brown University College Sport: Football Current Major: Economics/Applied Math Favorite Football Player: Tom Brady. As a Patriots fan, I’m a little biased, but he is the greatest player to have ever touched the field. Biggest Football Accomplishments: Captain of 2017 Connecticut Class LL State Championship Winning Team and #1 ranked in CT (Darien High School) 2017 Gametime CT Top 25 Selection (top 25 football players in the state regardless of position) 2017 USA Today All USA Connecticut Football Team Selection What part of your game are you always working on? You can almost always find me in the weight room. I love to work out, and it has shown on the field. As a defensive line man, I need to be able to go up against guys that are often pushing 300 pounds. What advice would you give to current members of the AOS football team? Work hard, listen to your coaches, and always put the team’s success before your own.

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How do you best manage your time being a college athlete at an Ivy League school? There have definitely been some long nights, but I have found that blocking out time for certain things has helped me a lot. There is a time for school, a time for athletics, and time for yourself. What’s your favorite AOS memory? It would have to be the end of season football party when a few of the coaches jumped into the pool with us! Also, as a shy person, another favorite memory is the feeling after I gave my 8th grade Agape speech it will stay with me forever.


Class of 2014

Barron Brown High School: Lamar High School College: Cornell University College Sport: Baseball Current Major Goals: Economics Favorite Baseball Player: Justin Verlander (Go ‘Stros!) Biggest Baseball Accomplishments: My biggest accomplishment was hitting the go ahead run in the twelfth inning of the 2015 Senior League World Series that went on to decide the game. What part of your game are you always working on? Velocity training and flexibility. As a pitcher, I am always striving to throw harder but safely. What advice would you give to current members of the AOS baseball team? There’s always someone better than you. Work as hard as you can to be the best “you” that you can be. You will make it to high school baseball, college baseball, and maybe even the pros if you truly become the best that you can be.

What’s your favorite AOS memory? Mr. Phillips’ drama class. That was great. Also, making it to the championship for basketball in 8th grade was unforgettable!

How do you best manage your time being a college athlete at an Ivy League school? It’s crazy how little time there is in a day. Juggling baseball and academics means there is not much time for anything else. I try my best to fully commit to both.

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Alumni Event Recaps Spring Alumni Happy Hour Over seventy AOS alumni reconnected with old friends and met new ones at the Alumni Happy Hour at Present Company in Montrose this past April. AOS partnered with the Alumni Chapter of our friends at Presbyterian School for this fun evening with drinks and great food!

CLASS REUNIONS

Class of 2009 The AOS Class of 2009 flocked to Holman Draft Hall for their 10 Year Reunion this past May! Our alumni had a blast reminiscing and enjoying an evening of fun, food, drinks, and friendship!

Class of 2015 In May, AOS welcomed back 40 members of the Class of 2015 and their parents for a reunion and college send-off party! Our alumni, former parents, and faculty and staff enjoyed this special time as they shared old memories of their days at AOS and caught up on exciting college plans! It was so much fun to celebrate this class and bid them a fond farewell before they head off to colleges around the country (and the world!) where we know they will achieve amazing things!

Right (top to bottom): Kendall Wood ‘06, Winston Knapp ‘06, Katy Leven Kimmel ‘06, Helen Frierson ‘06; Emma Morgan ‘09, Homa Shalchi ‘09, Leslie Moseley ‘09 Opposite Top: Attendees at the Spring Alumni Happy Hour at Present Company Opposite Middle (left to right): Mel Lilienstern ‘05 with sister Kelli Lilienstern ‘96; Members of the Class of 2015 with 3rd Grade Teacher A.T. Williams ‘89 Opposite Bottom: Class of 2015 reunion attendees

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Upcoming Alumni Events

Save the Date Alumni Night at The Original Greek Festival Date: Thursday, October 3, 2019 (5-6 PM) Location: AOS Stop by AOS and meet up with other alumni to enjoy a brief tour of the school’s newest capital improvements before heading next door to The Original Greek Festival. Opa!

College Alumni Holiday Fiesta Lunch Date: Tuesday, December 17, 2019 (11:30AM -1:30PM) Location: AOS 2nd Floor Commons AOS welcomes back young alumni who are current college students for a special holiday fiesta lunch during winter break!

Spring Alumni Happy Hour Date: Thursday, April 9, 2020 (5:30-7PM)

Alumni Class Notes Jackie Hasling ’91 now lives in Townsville,

Queensland, Australia with her husband, Dan. The two welcomed their first child, Cody, in 2017, and they own and operate a business called Hands on Wildlife. At Hands on Wildlife they run conservation education programs for schools, day cares and community groups. Jackie misses Houston so much, but there is a Greek festival in Townsville every year, so that always brings back great memories of her time at AOS!

Richard Collins ’96 is currently the Head Coach and Director of Rugby for Southern Methodist University’s Rugby Club.

Sarah Summers ‘96 started the company Front Door Dental which brings dental hygiene to seniors and people with special needs in Western Colorado.

10th Reunion (Class of 2010) Date: Thursday, April 30, 2020 (5:30-7:00 PM)

Class of 2015 College Send-Off Date: Monday, May 18, 2020 (4-6PM)

Jackie Effenson ‘97

has a son Evan who is in Kindergarten at AOS, and she recently got married to Patrick Cowherd in May at the Houstonian.

Caroline (Giles) Hadlock ‘97 is married to Dr.

Christopher Hadlock, whom she met at Episcopal High School but was reintroduced to at The Owl Bar in 2011. They have a three-year-old (going on sixteen) daughter named Campbell and a fourteen-month-old daughter named Collins.

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On October 19, 2018, Melissa

(Marsac) Semmler’s ‘97 baby boy, Dylan, was born!

Arabella (di Bagno Guidi) Hibbert ‘98 and her husband, Jamie Hibbert, welcomed their son George to the world on December 28, 2017.

Leigh (McCormick) Kindley ‘98 is married to

In July 2018, Emma (Simmons) Anselmi ‘98 and her husband Michael welcomed their second child, Thea Lenzi Anselmi to their family. Thea’s brother, Elias, adores her and has been loving being an older brother. The Anselmi’s recently moved to Boulder, Colorado, from Sausalito, California; and they are enjoying living in Colorado, especially during ski season!

Nick Kindley who grew up in Austin. They met a few years ago through work, as Nick was Leigh’s Customer Success Manager and she was in sales. The couple lives in South Austin, and they both work in Software Sales. They have a pitbull/boxer mix named Bodhi who is 12!

Lindsay (Feldman) Kramer ‘98 currently lives

in Atlanta with her husband and two sons, who are one and four. She works as a health scientist at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, which she really enjoys!

Kathryn (Welsh) Smith ‘98 is currently living on Lanier Brooks ‘98

was sworn into the South Carolina Bar in February 2019.

the eastern shore of Maryland but she and her husband are relocating back to Houston before their first child is due in October!

In 2016, Lindsay

(Reed) Townsend ‘98 married her longterm

Katie Hall ‘98 got married in May 2019 in New Orleans!

boyfriend, Jonathan. After a couple of fun married years, neat trips, and two crazy animals — a cat, Zoey and a dog, Alice — they had their first child, a girl, in July. They are thrilled! THE DELPHIAN I FALL 2019 43


Alumni Class Notes Anoush (Dekmezian) Vart ‘98 moved to Ventura, California about six years ago and has been soaking in the perfect weather and beaches, but hopes to one day make her way back to Texas. Anoush also recently got married in February 2019 in Santa Barbara, CA!

George O’Leary’s ‘99 eldest son Michael is in

Kindergarten at AOS and following in dad’s footsteps!

Winnie (Simmons) Phillips ‘99 and her husband Nic Phillips had their first child, Laurence, a baby girl, born in March 2019. They are very excited to have this little one and start their family!

Roula (Zoghbi) Smith ‘99

and her husband Tyler Smith welcomed their second baby, Tate Finley Smith, into the world on January 10, 2019. Big Sister Camila is embracing her role and loves her baby brother.

Nathan Starke ‘99 finished his fellowship at

University of Virginia in andrology/men’s health in 2016 and is now full time staff urologist and co-director of Men’s Health Center at Houston Methodist Hospital.

Rebecca (Hamaker) Bertot ‘01 has been a

costume designer for the film industry for the past fifteen years. She has worked on many independent feature films, some of which can be found on Amazon including “Puncture,” “Lars the Emo Kid,” and “Texas Heart.” Rebecca is now based out of the small town of Silverton, Colorado where she is working with San Juan County and The Colorado Film Commission to encourage economic diversity through film projects in the beautiful, yet economically depressed, region. She has spoken on a discussion panel for the Durango International Film Fest and is also a trained EMT and on the San Juan County Search and Rescue team.

James Brooks ‘01 and his

wife Alexandra welcomed to the world their son James Rodgers Brooks III on March 16, 2019.

John D. Furlow ‘01 was promoted to Partner at the global law firm of Kirkland &

Ellis LLP in October 2018, where he specializes in private equity, M&A and corporate law matters with a principal focus on the energy sector. John was also named a “Texas Rising Star” in the field of Mergers & Acquisitions by Texas Monthly in April 2019. John and his wife Jackie have a two-year-old son and are expecting their second child this coming fall.

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Katherine (Koinis) Monk ‘01 joined AOS in November 2018 as the new Special Events & Parent Liaison.

Lauren (Rosin) Spannuth ‘02 got married on March 2, 2019, and honeymooned in Australia! Fellow alumna Roseanne Bodin was one of her bridesmaids.

In the summer of 2016,

Clifton Gillock ‘03

Elizabeth (Frierson) Taaffe ‘01 is married to

Brett Taaffe and has three children: William (5), Thomas (3), and Isabelle (1). Elizabeth is a Manager at Deloitte Tax in Houston.

Maggie Giles ‘02 has

spent the past year at The Council on Recovery working with adolescents and adults in a therapeutic environment. Through this work, Maggie has been educating youth from various Houston schools through interactive presentations to inform them on topics such as vaping, depression, and peer pressure. Maggie has had the pleasure of presenting at AOS to the faculty, staff and students (Grades 7 and 8), which allows her to give back to the community that gave her so much!

Corey Howell ‘02 married

ventured into the food manufacturing business and started KICPOPS. All of the popsicles are made from locally sourced market fresh ingredients. With three different lines KICPOPS offers decadent creamy flavors as well as gluten free and vegan options. The ability of KICPOPS to deliver outstanding experiences for clients starts with Clifton’s team of smart, capable catering experts who come from diverse backgrounds.

Alena Chinault ‘04 recently

premiered on an episodic series at the 2019 SXSW Film Festival in which she play the lead. The series, shot on location in Patagonia, Argentina, is called “M.”

Bailey Teas ‘04 just moved back to Houston from Santa Monica and opened a new restaurant, Eugene’s Gulf Coast Cuisine, in the River Oaks area!

Mary-Margaret (Malone) Howell on December 8, 2018. The ceremony was at Second Baptist Church and the reception took place at The Forest Club. THE DELPHIAN I FALL 2019 45


Alumni Class Notes Jane Schmidt ‘12 has a 4.0 average at the University of Texas and was accepted into the University Honors Program in January 2019.

Above (left to right): James Van Sweringen, Roy Pruden ‘04, Isabel Greiner ‘04, Cullen Avidan, Kate Winderman ‘04, Stuart Makris ‘04

Isabel Greiner ‘04 married Cullen Avidan on May

25, 2019, at Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, New Mexico! Cullen was in the class above Isabel’s at St. John’s, and though they had some overlapping acquaintances, they never knew of each other until a momentous Tinder swipe! Isabel is also finishing up the first year of a Master of Social Work degree.

Sarah Grant ‘13 was named a UT 2019 Honors Day College Scholar for both McCombs School of Business (Finance) and the College of Liberal Arts (Plan II). In order to be named a college scholar, students have to have completed 60+ hours and rank in the top 20% of their class in each college in which they are pursuing a major. In November 2018, Socratis Zavitsanos ‘14 and Diamantis Zavitsanos ‘14 showcased two of

their film shorts “Two of Five Million” and “Confined” in the Houston Greek Film Festival. They graduated from AOS in 2014 and have been independent filmmakers ever since!

Arianna Krajcer ‘06 married Kyle Eichman on November 4, 2017.

Molly (Johnson) Stone ‘07 had a daughter named Cameron Kate Stone in May 2018!

Adam Drexler ‘08 participated in the NBA summer league in the summer of 2018 with the Boston Celtics. He is currently a professional basketball player with the Gifu Swoops (Japan).

Aby Craft ‘12 received high honors in her academics at St. Agnes Academy, and she also received a Texas all-state field hockey award!

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Eight students from AOS Class of 2015 were recently awarded Eagle Scout status! Luke Williams,

Alexander Haney, Cooper Cavender, Plato Pappas, Cameron Ordaz, James Lilly, James Henry Ray, and Drew Mytchak received this honor just five years after they stood together on the AOS stage for National Day of Prayer!


Brian Ross ‘15 was named a National Merit Finalist.

Evan Ecklund ‘18 and her twin sister Elliott Ecklund ‘18 ran the Aramco Houston Half Marathon!

Ryan Doughty ‘16 was named to the 2018-19

Southwest Preparatory Conference All-State soccer team. Doughty is a senior at St. John’s and was selected to the first team by the conference’s coaches.

Thirteen boys from the AOS Class of 2017 were inducted into the National Honor Society at Strake Jesuit. Front Row (left to right): Zane Gillan, Christopher Lewis, Mills McCormick, Miles Gillan, and

McLean Dickson.

Back Row (left to right): Basil

Anaipakos, Jack Teheng, Quinn Lane, Roberto Cortes, Kevin Schott, Carter Bentsen, and Beck Hassen. Not pictured: Christopher Kelley

Former AOS cross country teammates, Julia Moody ‘12 and Carrie McIntyre ‘13 , reunited in November 2018 as they both made it to the NCAA South/Southeast D3 All Regional team. Julie Moody attends Washington and Lee University, and Carrie McIntyre attends Emory University.

Want to share your news?

Email Mary Morgan Stevens, Annual Fund & Alumni Coordinator, at mstevens@aoshouston.org.

Dylan Wilson ‘18 placed Bronze in the Classical

Singer Magazine Vocal Regionals and earned a firstround place in Classical Singer Magazine’s Chicago finals in May. She and her voice coach Melissa Truitt, who has worked with Wilson since elementary school, are preparing for performances in Carnegie Hall as well as roles with the New York Lyric Opera. Dylan has signed a contract with the opera and will play Noeme in ‘Cendrillon’ and Barbarina in ‘Le Nozze de Figaro.’ Dylan has loved singing since she was three years old and began taking voice lessons at age eleven. At AOS, Dylan performed in the school musicals and chamber choirs. THE DELPHIAN I FALL 2019 47


The Delphian

Fall 2019

Senior Editor Isabelle Dom Contributing Editors Jill Buja and Mary Morgan Stevens Graphic Design Danielle Garbouchian Photos Courtesy of Meredith Flaherty and AOS Faculty and Staff Special thanks to Jeri Lodato

ADMINISTRATIVE TEAM Head of School Dr. Samuel V. Fragomeni Director of Extended Day Center Emily Benton Director of Advancement Jill Buja Head of Early Childhood & Lower School Sharon Corbett Director of Communications Isabelle Dom Assistant Head of Lower School Kelley Elliott Director of Curriculum & Instructional Support Alisa Eng Director of Information Technology Patrick Foye Head of Middle School Heather Haas Director of Finance & Operations Bryant Richardson Assistant Head of Middle School Roxanne Szumilas Assistant to the Head of School Colleen Wade

Joshua M. ‘26 and Maggie D. ‘26

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