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Archways catches up with Karen Crenshaw Swenson ’74

need for more diversity at St. Andrew’s, it also resulted in by Karen Crenshaw Swenson ’74, a lot of laughter along the way as we Southerners tried a member of St. Andrew’s first senior class to understand Mrs. Roy’s Indian accent and the compli My fondest memories of St. Andrew’s are of the peo- cated-to-us Indian names. ple I knew there and our shared experiences: the stu- Another “first” in a public or independent school in dents, from both junior high and senior high; the won- the state was our newly formed soccer team. In the winderful teachers; the spirited coaches and sports teams; ter of 1974, we joined together to keep each other warm and the many extracurricular activities. My family had and to cheer on our team as they displayed their skills at moved seven times before I was 15 years old, so it was a sport still rarely played in the southern United States. heartwarming for me to immediately have so many This endeavor, too, exhibited the willingness of our spirclose friends. And even then, we knew St. Andrew’s its to try something new and different. “Dedication to excellence” and was one of the best schools in MissisST. ANDREW’S WISHES “respect for differences” are phrases sippi and had a bright future. a happy 40th reunion to the eleven that come to mind when I think of The extraordinary teachers, staff, and coaches – including Bee Donley members of the Class of ’74, the the experiences of the first graduating class at St. Andrew’s. Individuality and Dorothy Davis (English), Mrs. first graduating senior class of Ruth Butler (Latin), Andy Mullins (his- St. Andrew’s Episcopal School. truly was valued. Teachers and student leaders helped friends find their niche tory and football coach), Anita Vance in life and discover and explore their (math), Elizabeth Dyess (science), BarKim Alliston Brake • Ann Coe gifts and talents. bara Adams (counselor), Suzanne SarKaren Rushing Crawford Whenever we as the Class of ’74 gent (social studies), Bob Rutledge Dave Davis • Dennis Graham have gathered together – at the 10-, (football), and headmasters Rev. Robert Lulu Le Master Heiney 15-, 25-, 35- and now 40-year reunions Battin and Dr. Allen Becker – all aspired Kyle Hendrix • Al Horton for St. Andrew’s to offer the best aca- Rem MacNealy • Jack Stripling – these themes have still been evident. There is an undercurrent of camaradedemic education possible. Karen Crenshaw Swenson rie for each other that is grounded in This goal, coupled with the dedication to the Episcopal tradition, brought about a focus on respect for individuality. addressing the importance of diversity in our school in To Kim, Ann, Dave, Dennis, Kyle, Al, Lulu, Rem, 1972. The administration committed to this philosophy Karen R., and Jack, we’ll always be the first graduating with the hiring of Mrs. Minati Roy, a teacher from Cal- class! And to say that about the school that St. Andrew’s cutta, India, who taught us about eastern literature and was then and has become today is something of which Indian culture. While this one-year program spoke to a we can all be very proud.

“‘DEDICATION TO EXCELLENCE’ AND ‘RESPECT FOR DIFFERENCES’ ARE PHRASES THAT COME TO MIND WHEN I THINK OF THE EXPERIENCES OF THE FIRST GRADUATING CLASS AT ST. ANDREW’S. INDIVIDUALITY TRULY WAS VALUED. TEACHERS AND STUDENT LEADERS HELPED FRIENDS FIND THEIR NICHE IN LIFE AND DISCOVER AND EXPLORE THEIR GIFTS AND TALENTS.”

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— Karen Crenshaw Swenson

Archways 19 - Spring 2014  
Archways 19 - Spring 2014  

Archways is the flagship publication from St. Andrew's Episcopal School, an independent, coeducational, preparatory day school serving stude...