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Digital Art by Leea Yater '17


BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS IN THE BIG APPLE Allison Reaves Turner ’99 Notes to Younger Self





SaintsGLOBAL Trip to Israel, 2016

Gen Z and Why You Should Care


LOOK for Generation Z stats throughout this issue.





A Eulogy Excerpt in Memoriam of Nathan Lin ’26

Artist-In-Residence Makes an Impression





The Game

Brittany Zak ’17 Describes her Project


YOU’RE SAYING WE’VE GOT A CHANCE Chance Cook, Director of Tad Bird Honors College


7,000 MILES. 1 GOAL.



Craig Tredenick Says the World is Flat

Generation Z’er Talks Politics

Innovate Team





Director Communications and Marketing

Associate Director Communications and Marketing



Katie Berkovsky ’06 Tad Bird Annabelle Carsey Bryson Clark ’19 Chance Cook Kelsey de la Torre April Hahnfeld Gwin ’02 Sean Michael Pigéon ’17 Jaelan Price ’19 Craig Tredenick Allison Reaves Turner ’99 Eric Whitfield ’17 Brittany Zak ’17

Emily Balkenbush Aaron Beck Katie Berkovsky ’06 Tad Bird Daniel Carroll Susan Doyle Rosie Fanning Lynn Gant Mike Gonzalez Becky Grimmer Debra Koppelberger Angela Kornman Joey Menendez Yvette Messenger Robin Page Joy Rich Kathi Tiffany Mary Tracy Craig Tredenick Wally Worden


PHOTOGRAPHY Fluxtown Productions Steel Shutter Photography (Cover Story) Innovate is a semiannual publication of All Saints' Episcopal School.

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Outcome Statement A graduate of All Saints’ Episcopal School will exercise genius within through developing a relationship with God, by engaging the world, and by serving others.

All Saints’ Episcopal School of Fort Worth administers its personnel, academic, extracurricular and tuition assistance programs without regard to gender, race, religion, ethnicity or national origin.

Tad Bird at Holy Cross Anglican School, Belize Photograph by Delaney Fleming

From Tad’s Desk Confession: I am a Baby Boomer. You know or have heard of our not-so-becoming traits: the “me” generation, yielding the highest divorce rate, post-WWII radicals of the 70’s and yuppies of the 80’s, taught to question everything, spend now/ worry later, workaholics (invented the 50+ hour work week) and anti-establishment. On the other hand, other traits associated with my generation include more endearing characteristics such as being remarkably optimistic, team-oriented, focused on making transformational differences, extremely loyal, ethical and willing to take on tough responsibilities. But my generation isn’t the same as the “Greatest Generation,” the traditionalists, from whence my parents emerged. Certainly, they were not perfect, but their hard work, perseverance, integrity, frugality and humility are often recognized as transcendent qualities. And I admit I have had my frustrations with our youth appearing to spend countless hours social networking. (Whatever happened to such healthy behaviors as riding in cars without seatbelts?) If you listen carefully to the lyrics of “My Generation” by The Who, you might be able to apply the expressed sentiments to each generation, in that each wishes to grow into its own and make its own way – a rite of passage. When I look at characteristics of Gen X, Millennials and Gen Z, juxtaposed to Boomers, I am much more heartened than appalled. Unlike my generation, which has often been associated with provoking change, today’s emerging leaders are “…living in it.” As Innovate’s cover story shares, nearly half of Gen Z ranks working for a company that helps

make the world a better place as important as salary and nearly a third of Gen Z has raised money for noteworthy causes and are much more interested in solving issues. In other words, while there is good news aligned with their massively creative and entrepreneurial initiatives, the better news is they appear to be more keenly aware of taking responsibility for the impact of their actions. Parallel to the world, the educational landscape is experiencing tectonic shifts. And while some of what comes down the pike may stand us on our heads, it is quite exhilarating and affirming. Turn the pages and listen to our heartbeat. We endure loss and endear hope. Read ahead, friends, and join me in celebrating our multi-generational community and learning something new about the joyful and empathic group of servant leaders in our midst. People try to put us d-down (talkin’ bout my generation) Just because we get around (talkin’ bout my generation) Things they do look awful c-cold (talkin’ bout my generation) I hope I die before I get old (talkin’ bout my generation)* Blessings,

Tad Bird Head of School *“My Generation,” by The Who, 1965

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COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY MAY 21, 2016 Burnett Great Lawn Fall 2016


Class of 2016 Luke Edward Anthony Abilene Christian University

Austin Wesley Decker The University of Texas at Austin

Lucas Miguel Ivy-O’Donnell Pennsylvania State University

Carson Ray Pate Texas Christian University

Anna Ruth Salerno University of North Texas

Madison Grace Bailey The University of Alabama

Floyd Donshay Douglas Jr. Baylor University

Christian Michael Johnsen The University of Mississippi

Grace Perry Paukune Texas Christian University

Amanda Michelle Salinas University of Arkansas

Ashley Elizabeth Barham Franciscan University of Steubenville

Annabelle Littlefield Polk French The University of Mississippi

Quincy Alexander Jones Jr. Southwest Baptist University

Brazos Joe Pinto Texas A&M University

Kyle William Sherlock The University of Oklahoma

James Aubrey Barnett The University of Texas at Arlington

Carson Ridge Fricks The University of Texas at Austin

Alison Nicole Kaitcer Seattle University

Jacob Nicholas Popp Baylor University

Taylor Diane Simpson Dallas Baptist University

Tristan Keith Bond Duke University

Julianne Jean Garnett University of Southern California

Katie Michelle Karbo University of Houston

Martha Claire Prioleau University of Virginia

Sarah Grace Siratt Texas Christian University

Sarah Browning Boone Southwestern University

Maria Patricia Garza Texas Christian University

McKenzie Anne Keetch Texas Christian University

Sara Katherine Puff Southern Methodist University

Shandy Renee Smith Baylor University

Madeline Claiborne Brentlinger The University of Texas at Austin

Simon Preston Gaul Texas Christian University

Camille Finley Kelly The University of Texas at Austin

James Christopher Rainbolt Tulane University

Dresden Cyrille Sutherland Oklahoma State University

Emily Anne Brock Furman University

Jose Jesus Goite-Villarroel Blinn College

Marguerite Janice King Texas Christian University

Kelsey Taylor Ramsey University of Oregon

Zachary Steven Switalski Palm Beach Atlantic University

Jack Louis Brockermeyer Rice University

Jernee’ Savon Goods Texas Christian University

Marianna Rose Kline-Garson University of Arkansas

Riley Jane Rector The University of Texas at Austin

Caroline Conroy Taylor University of Missouri

Hannah Katherine Brown University of Arkansas

Natalie Paige Griffin Sewanee: The University of the South

Yuxing Li University of Florida

Colin Michael Reilly The University of Mississippi

Andrew Robert Tisdale Texas Christian University

Michael Chandler Carr North Carolina State University

Isaiah Khalil Harris Kansas State University

Yi Liu Stony Brook University

Theodore Forest Richardson Texas A&M University

Evelyn Grace Tracy The University of Texas at Austin

Abigail Louise Carroll Texas Tech University

Allena Elisabeth Heath Campbell University

Karlee Nicole Mansfield The University of Mississippi

Tanner Lane Rizenbergs Baylor University

Trystan Bryse Elizabeth Vanderford Blinn College

Anna Katherine Claunch The University of Arizona

Alexander Peter Hecht Rochester Institute of Technology

Victoria Christine Martin Baylor University

Jessica Eleanor Roff Abilene Christian University

Joseph Gabriel Daniel Wagner St. Edward’s University

Turner Brown Corbett Rice University

Elizabeth Diane Hodnett Texas Christian University

Renée Nicole Merrill New York University

Alyssa Deneah Rucker William Jewell College

Tayler Noelle Weathers Trinity University

Kristin Nicole Cosgrove University of North Texas

Huiqin Hu Wesleyan University

Truett Wesley Miller Baylor University

Marissa Leneah Rucker Baylor University

William David Whitaker The University of Texas at Austin

Logan Samuel Cowan Trinity University

Harris Anne Huckabee Baylor University

Noah Jacob Moreno University of the Incarnate Word

Walker Harrison Rynd The University of Mississippi

Michael Ray Williams III Stanford University

Imani Imuwahen Davis University of Southern California

Sophia Jane Iglesias Baylor University

Tien Quoc Ngo The University of Texas at Tyler

Anthony Michael Salazar Southwestern University

Philip Charles Williamson Jr. Auburn University

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Dee J. Kelly Managing Partner, Kelly Hart

President, All Saints’ Board of Trustees 2007-2013 Father of Cate ’12, Lynn ’14 and Camille ’16



85 Senior Saints 15 Senior Saints with Honors College Distinction $8.3 MILLION in Merit Scholarships Extended to Senior Class 170 Merit Scholarships Extended to Senior Class 79% of Senior Class Offered Merit Scholarships

NUMBERS Acceptances from 116 Different Colleges and Universities Acceptances from 30 Different States and 1 Foreign Country 23% of Senior Class Pursuing the Arts in College 15% of Senior Class Committed to Collegiate Sports 132 Average Community Service Hours Served Per Senior in Upper School Fall 2016


BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS IN THE BIG APPLE Fifteen years ago I never thought I’d be working for one of the largest investment banks in the world, much less in a senior management role. By Allison Reaves Turner ’99 Senior Managing Director and Relationship Manager, UBS Investment Bank

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My journey started at SMU’s Cox School of Business. After graduation, I worked in Capital Introduction for Banc of America Securities Prime Brokerage for five years, BNP Paribas for nearly two years, then landed at UBS Investment Bank in July 2010. My primary role was to introduce hedge fund clients to potential investors, (think TCU’s Endowment and Texas Teachers Retirement Pension), and vice versa. In July 2016, I transitioned into a senior role at UBS as Senior Managing Director and Relationship Manager. I work on a team which covers the top 10% of UBS’ clients. In addition to hedge funds, I now work with large money managers of all stripes. The idea is to focus my time on fewer clients and be their liaison for all UBS services.   Although  the day-to-day responsibilities of my new role  are quite different, the fundamentals remain the same. I like solving problems, I enjoy helping people and I love the people with whom I work. There is no ‘normal’ day. While the clients remain the same, rapidly evolving financial markets bring new challenges to solve almost daily. Since work will likely be the single greatest time commitment in my life, I’m thankful that I’ve found a job I love and look forward to every day.


When I reflect on my career, there are some basic thoughts that I would tell my 20-something self, all of which I realize now have been instrumental in shaping not only my career but also my life.

PLUG IN AND WORK HARDER For me, success has been possible because of a fantastic support network (including my family, friends and mentors in New York and Fort Worth), a little serendipity and hard work. Lots of hard work. Will it require you to spend more time in the office? 100%. Likely on the weekend? Absolutely. If it were easy, everyone else would be doing it. The best way to stand

out from the crowd is to know your company well and do your homework on people. Be curious. Ask thoughtful questions. Thirteen years into my career, I still research and prepare for every pitch and prospective client meeting.

FIND COMFORT IN FEEDBACK No one enjoys constructive criticism. I still ask for it and ask for specifics. You might not like what you hear, but you will grow. Failure is not the end; it’s the beginning. So ask for feedback and then ask again. 

DON’T BURN BRIDGES AS YOU CLIMB THE LADDER Humility is a critical skill and one in which the New York crowd sometimes fails. Because careers are dynamic and don’t forget, others are also making progress in their careers. You never know when you will cross paths with someone again. As a small example, I ask our team’s assistant, Mary, how candidates treat her on email and in person when they interview. If Mary has a negative experience, the candidate is out – no questions asked no matter what their qualifications.

CREATE A RIPPLE EFFECT Success is bigger than professional upward mobility. Along the way, I am thoughtful to pay it forward. I am both a formal and informal  mentor and sponsor for a number of younger women at UBS.  I feel passionate  about  empowering young women and I am confident they can contribute greatly to  any  organization,  whether  a  startup,  law  firm  or  bank.  But often young women get lost and no one has helped them navigate their career. Empowering women to  speak up and make a difference — in whatever they choose to do in life — will have a ripple effect and lasting impact on the world at large. It doesn’t matter if your work is managing an investment bank, raising your children or volunteering for a cause — your enthusiasm will be infectious if you love what you do. Others will feed on your energy. And that is the measure of success.


Gen Z expects to work for four or fewer companies in their lifetime.

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SaintsGLOBAL Trip to Israel, June 2016 By Bryson Clark ’19 and Jaelan Price ’19

Mount of Olives in Jerusalem

The recent trip to the Holy Land was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Our purpose for the visit to Israel was both faith-based and faith-reinforcing. Bryson: “I was interested in the religious pilgrimage section and looked forward to a chance to strengthen my faith.” Jaelan: “It was my first international trip, and I was both ecstatic and nervous.”

We were fortunate enough to be in Jerusalem on Jerusalem Day, an Israeli national holiday that commemorates the reunification of Jerusalem. While we were acutely aware of being in the Old City in light of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, our guide had masterfully planned for us to visit specific areas during appropriate times that eased any concern we had about our safety.

Our group consisted of nine All Saints’ students, Mother Hope Benko, (a.k.a. Momo Benks) and our guide, Mishi Neubach. Because we were small in number, we were able to share special moments together and get closer in our faith. One of our first excursions was visiting the Jordan River, where John the Baptist baptized Jesus. Jaelan: “Mother Hope actually baptized me in the River. The experience was more than life changing; it was indescribable. To have my friends there to support me while doing something so meaningful made the experience even more unforgettable.” Bryson: “Since I don’t remember my baptism as an infant, it meant a lot to be a part of such a special event for Jaelan.”

On the secular side, it’s important to mention that almost every restaurant had falafel, a traditional Middle Eastern food. We also tried other dishes such as schnitzel and kebob. Bryson: “Falafel wasn’t my favorite.” No matter the food, almost everything was served with pita bread!

Though our itinerary was packed, specific instances stand out more than others. One instance was when we all walked down the road where Jesus last walked and stopped to pray at each station. Bryson: “I never dreamed that I would do the Stations of the Cross outside of our church, much less where they actually happened. It was a humbling experience, considering that Jesus walked on the very sidewalk that we did.”

Jaelan: “After visiting Israel once, I would love to return again. The feeling of being so near to the things that make up my faith gave me an unexplainable comfort.”

The tour ended at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, built around Golgotha, the rock where Jesus was crucified. We even had the chance to kneel under the altar, and touch the rock where a hole had been cut into the floor. Jaelan: “I remember walking through the church and just coming to a standstill...I was taking in the things, people and atmosphere that surrounded me, perceiving a feeling that I had never had before.” It was a true moment of realization for the both of us.

The people in Israel were also very friendly. The majority of the Israeli citizens speak at least basic English, so small conversations were feasible. Many were surprised that we were traveling so far at such a young age. They embraced us and even asked to dance on the streets of Jaffa near the Mediterranean Sea.

Bryson: “I thought that it was important to capture the trip in some form, and a video ended up being the perfect way because it captured all of the sights, sounds, and emotions that we encountered. Kate Claunch and I put the video together as we went, so the ideas were still fresh on our minds and as accurate as possible.”

Watch our video at


Over 25% of GenZ post an original video weekly.

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SE Look who was caught on scene.




The annual celebration honors Annual Fund volunteers and donors who contributed $1,000 or more to the Annual Fund. This year's party was at the home of Melissa and Kevin Russell. 1. Jason and Kellie Cross 2. Alan and Wendy Barron 3. Kelley and Steve Purvis 4. Trey and Nicole Brown


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STATE OF THE SCHOOL FEBRUARY 16 The annual State of the School event provides an evening to socialize with parents of EC-12 students and hear strategic updates from the Head of School. 1. Rett and Kristy Everett 2. Pam Cable with Michael and Alyxis Stinson 3. Joanna and Brendan Bennett with Joy Rich


STAINED GLASS DEDICATION APRIL 12 An anonymous artist created four one-of-a-kind stained glass panels for Christine Martin, mother of Elizabeth ’12 and Victoria ’16. Christine donated a panel to each Division office and the Head of School office. Pictured are Fr. Mel, Robin Page and Christine Martin.

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DAY ON THE GREENS MAY 9 Alumni's All Saints’ Open and Booster's Golf Classic combined forces for a Day on the Greens at River Crest Country Club. 1. Nina Walker Holland ’04 and husband J.R., with Whit and Katherine Ambrose Wolman ’01 2. Blake Lloyd ’96, Jeff Needham ’91 and Kirk Coleman ’90


3. Jennifer Palko, Rachel Gralapp, Pascaline Berghmans, Lina Taylor, Chesleigh Lloyd, Sara Neville and Katie Coleman


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DONNA MICHELS VISITS ALL SAINTS’ MAY 10 Donna Michels toured the Early Childhood building and shared with PK students her prior roles at All Saints’ including the first PK teacher, bookkeeper, principal and even bus driver on occasion. Donna Michels is pictured with Suzanne Kent, mother to Chris ’97, Michael ’00 and Hollis ’06, with the 5-day PK class taught by Carter Goree and Hollis Kent ’06.

BLESSING OF THE PIETÀ MAY 18 Fr. Mel Bridge performed a special blessing during the LS Chapel service of a bust replica of Mary which was cast from the original Michelangelo sculpture, La Pietà, that resides at the Vatican. The bronze was donated to All Saints’ by John McNaughton, father of 3rd grade teacher Allison Edmonds. Pictured are Brian Edmonds, Tad Bird, Cara Edmonds ’23, Fr. Mel Bridge, Drew Edmonds ’26, John McNaughton, Allison Edmonds and Sally Dreschel.

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Celebrate Home. 25TH ANNUAL HOMECOMING FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 PEP RALLY: 2:30 p.m., Varsity Gym Show your school spirit with the entire student body. FAMILY PICNIC: 5:30 p.m., Practice Fields Join us for dinner, Hill Gliders, face painting and bounce houses. HOMECOMING GAME: 7:00 p.m., McNair Stadium Cheer your Saints to victory against ESD.



2016 AWARDS SEASON Fall 2016



Sarah Boone ‘16 as Janet Van de Graaf, The Drowsy Chaperone


Grace Evans ‘17 as The Chaperone, The Drowsy Chaperone


Brazos Pinto ‘16 as Man in Chair, The Drowsy Chaperone


Renée Merrill ‘16 as Kitty, The Drowsy Chaperone


Austin Decker ‘16 as Robert Martin, The Drowsy Chaperone

67 Competing Schools 12 Categories Eligible for All Saints’ 10 Nominations 1 Win ★

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BETTY LYNN BUCKLEY AWA R DS 32 Competing Schools 8 Categories Eligible for All Saints’ 5 Nominations 2 Wins ★



The first school in history to win both in one year! Fall 2016



Featured Saints: Hattan French '26 Hannah Gralapp '27 Dutch Sneed '26 Location: Craftwork Coffee Co.

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by Meg Hasten, Associate Director, Communications and Marketing

Confession: I’m a Millennial. I’m a member of a generation that older generations have generally criticized since we came of age with technology. As a result, everything is different — parenting, the workforce and of course education. This is a heightened time of stereotypes and the word change is in every other sentence. Last year alone, we saw the first female presidential nominee, same sex marriage decided in the Supreme Court and the rise of Snapchat (now valued at $20 billion). Tidal waves of change will continue to emerge as a new generation infiltrates universities and workplaces around the country. Hold on to your phones and get ready for Generation Z.

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WHO IS GENERATION Z? Defined as children born between 1995 and 2012, Generation Z will account for 1/3 of the U.S. population by the year 2020 (outnumbering Millennials by nearly one million). Gen Z already possesses an estimated $44 billion in purchasing power; their presence cannot be ignored.  They are independent, social and entrepreneurially-minded. A product of their environment, Gen Z members are pragmatic and open-minded,  particularly related to social issues. They have seen the nation’s first African-American president elected, witnessed a national (and heated local) transgender bathroom debate, and have watched the Black Lives Matter movement permeate the news (and in some cases, their neighborhood). In spite of the TV headlines about racial divisions, Gen Z will likely lead the charge in changing stereotypes:  multiracial children are the fastest growing youth group in the US with a 50% increase in the population since 2000. Growing up in the cloud of 9/11 and residual Great Recession, Gen Z has been raised in a time of uncertainty, increased racial diversity and shifting gender roles. They tend to be more anxious, mindful of the future and risk averse. “We’re not inciting change; we’re living in it,” said McKenzie Keetch ’16. Gen Z parents are primarily Gen X'ers who were raised in a time when daycares and the divorce rate skyrocketed. Therefore, these parents are determined to provide a sense of safety and security they may not have had growing up.  Look at Gen X Mommy Blogs (blogs written by mothers on a variety of topics from pregnancy and

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parenting to saving money and political issues), and you see the sometimes-extreme emphasis on safety, down to stainless steel sippy cups that are BPA free and the home prep of baby food. Every facet of Gen Z lives has been shaped by their immersion in technology from a young age – their brains, social lives, communication, classroom experiences and aspirations for the future. Cognitively, Gen Z adapts in response to and engagement in technology. They can process information at faster speeds and can tackle bigger mental challenges; however,


not uncommon. They are accustomed to quick and clever banter online or via text, and precision is not the goal. Gen Z is aware from an early age that their interactions and searches online form a personal brand, in a positive light or negative. They are cautious and don’t want to be tracked, which is why they are attracted to social media like Snapchat, Secret and Whisper. And the 24/7 access to technology presents another layer of challenges and opportunities at the dinner table, in the classroom, at parties and in the workplace. A new version of the American Dream is emerging. The DIY culture and

“We’re not inciting change; we’re living in it” MCKENZIE KEETCH ’16

keeping their attention is challenging. The current average American attention span is 8 seconds.

understanding of crowdsourcing through social media has shaped their goals and made notoriety more accessible than ever.

While Gen Z thinks more spatially and in 4D – thanks to zoom, pinch and surround sound – their reliance on devices makes them more situationally unaware and less able to perform functions their smart phones now handle, like giving directions and calculating tips. And let us not forget they are perhaps the most photographed and most photo taking generation yet.

“The new American Dream is having your name known,” said Grace Paukune ’16. The top celebrity influencers are people who have made it big with YouTube videos, a free way that anyone can reach billions of others.

As the ultimate consumers of snack media (a term describing the sound bite and addictive nature of new media), Gen Z communicates in images and symbols; entire text message streams in emojis are

However, while Millennials were taught to follow their dreams, Gen Z was told to focus on becoming great at something in which you already show potential. Combining their tech saavy and desire to make a difference, social entrepreneurship is one of the most popular career aspirations. In fact, entrepreneurship in general is the most desired career for this generation.


GEN Y/MILLENNIALS BORN 1980-1994 wise to technology entitled less brand loyal value transparency want to feel important feel pressured to succeed


Often raised in dual-income or single parent households, they are more involved in family purchases and desire a higher degree of work-life balance (more so than any previous generation). Due to the rise in technology, they have come to rely on instant gratification and feedback, often leading to them being categorized (sometimes correctly) as impatient and needy.



BORN 1966-1980 skeptical ethnically diverse cautious pragmatic apathetic highly adaptable to change independent


As the first generation exposed to increased levels of daycares and divorce, they tend to be more cynical but also more likely to coddle as parents to overcompensate for what they may have missed out on. They also have the lowest voting participation of any generation and harbor a general distrust of authorities –including government, churches and corporations—having witnessed Watergate, Iran/Contra, Clinton/Lewinski, Space Shuttle Disaster, 80s widespread layoffs, and the dot com boom/bust of the 90s.



“Me” generation high divorce rate team-oriented value personal growth hierarchial rely on “face time” at the office


Post-war babies who lived through Civil Rights, Vietnam War, Sexual Revolution, Cold War and Space Travel were raised in a time of optimism and economic stability causing higher spending rates. The social changes they saw also led to a focus on self-actualization.

1946 PERSPECTIVE Researchers agree that the generational categories can be grouped every 15-20 years, though few agree on exactly the same start and end year for each category.

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Every facet of Gen Z life has been shaped by immersion in technology.

HOW DO I PARENT THIS KID? When it comes to raising a Gen Z kid, there are specific concerns you have as a parent. You know that you cannot deny access to technology and some studies even suggest students are more social and less hyperactive with moderate doses of technology at hand.

IT’S NOT YOU, IT’S THEM. But when the kid checks her phone every two minutes during dinner, you want to scream. Know that she isn’t being deliberately rude but rather she has a fear of missing out (FOMO) and is consciously trying to show respect for her friends by being responsive.

FIND YOUR OWN COMFORT ZONE. THEN TALK ABOUT IT. You desire to let them explore outside of your shadow but fear hypothetical strangers and the judgment of other parents; you also want to protect them from their own bad decisions. You feel overwhelmed by the task at hand given stories on the news, other parents who

Traditional workplaces that are not evolving have created vacuums for the sudden and focused rise of entrepreneurs. monitor what their kids eat and watch at every turn, and rumors about sexting and cyber-bullies. To complicate matters further, parents often learn about technology (games/apps) from their children and are more likely to

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adopt those technologies in parallel with their children (think Pokémon Go and Instagram). These shared activities blur the adult/child role and have led to Gen Z being described as ‘growing up too fast and also not at all.’

hard tasks. Since they are naturally riskminimizers, they need advocates in their corner telling them to try, even when they don’t know the outcome.


Openly monitor your kids’ social media presence; have conversations about questionable content and content that you like and note times of posting (school day or after bedtime). They are listening more than you think. And be encouraged that because of their greater and earlier presence online, they tend to have a strong moral and ethical compass when it comes to online behavior. 

It’s human nature to want to understand, “What’s in it for me?” But with access to information at the touch of a screen, the teacher will only be effective if reaching the student on a level that technology cannot. Gen Z expects constant feedback; try Google docs. Find ways to focus more on personal bests vs. grades, an especially challenging task with the way government and higher education currently reward and structure benchmarks and standards.



The industrial model of school is not only out of date but now causing gaps in learning. We’re seeing attention problems because Gen Z “brains are wired differently and actually function better with input from a variety of sources,” said Erica Orange, executive vice president of New York business consultancy, The Future Hunters, and a member of DeVry University’s Career Advisory Board. The widening gap between their formal schooling and the skill sets they need will leave many ill-equipped for their working future. We must acknowledge that change is necessary and good, even if it’s not easy. 

BE COLLABORATIVE. CHALLENGE THEM. Gen Z connects more easily with teachers as facilitators or guides (rather than a talking head up front), since they are highly capable of self-directed learning – but only when they feel what they are learning is important or valuable. They want to be active in their learning. Spend less time as a classroom leader and more time as a designer, editor and challenger of

Mastery of work-related skills is expected to be a greater value currency than mastery of a specific academic discipline. The continually increasing cost of college tuition isn’t curbing this trend. We have already seen an uptick in vocational training, (the U.S. government recently boosted vocational education funding to $1.1 billion). IBM has a six-year vocational high school where students zero in on essential STEM skills and leave with an associate’s degree and a priority path to an IBM position.  Venture capitalists are providing mentorship and funding for this trend to continue as well: Paypal’s Peter Thiel created a fellowship awarding $100k to 20 students under 20 years of age to drop out of college and create their own ventures.  Gen Z students want to do things and make things, not just learn about them. For example, instead of memorizing facts about the Civil War, the student will be on the battlefield in a virtual reality simulation. The increasing access to online learning means students believe they are able to

access the information they need without being taught by a teacher in a classroom. In fact, most Gen Z will tell you they are going to college less for the skills and more for the social and networking benefits. Teachers have to find ways to remain relevant and keep their content engaging. Make things with them and teach them by example how to solve complex problems.  

FOCUS ON COMMUNICATION AND DO IT IN MULTIPLE WAYS. Take note: their games, their apps, their methods of communicating are all primarily visual. By making the classroom and content more visual, you aren’t just


be correct — for these shifts, technology is not going away, and the students still need to be taught.

HOW CAN I HIRE THIS YOUNG ADULT? These collaborators, innovators and makers have big ideas and strong motivation already. Nearly 42% of Gen Z has already made plans to start their own business and over half are actively doing internships and gaining professional experience DURING HIGH SCHOOL as advised by their parents, who were either affected by the Great Recession or saw the difficulty Millennials had entering the

This generation could have a global impact unlike any before them.

catering to them, you are engaging them where they are. Use multiple platforms and break the content into bite-sized pieces. Simple does not always equal dumb.

workforce. Entrepreneurship is embedded in them and their dreams are being fueled by the visibility of startups making it big using social media.              


“Technology empowers creativity at any age and makes success feel more attainable,” said Caroline Taylor ’16. “We know we have good ideas and feel empowered to get them out there.”                      

Students tend to skim rather than read. (You know that their primary way of receiving news is through social media headlines, right?) They want answers quickly — and in black and white — rather than having to think critically or creatively and in grey. Although they are already agile communicators, speed and clever banter is the name of their game, while accuracy and precision are the name of yours. The teacher requires one style and they are constantly practicing the other. And while we can blame technology — and

A NEW FACE OF BUSINESS. Accustomed to the fast pace of technology and how that spurs communication, school and their social life, we should be prepared that Gen Z will expect the same pace and style in the workplace and from their colleagues. Traditional workplaces that are not evolving have created vacuums for the sudden and focused rise of entrepreneurs.

Gen Z is prepared to be flexible with the where, when and how of paid work but will expect the same from their employer. Say goodbye to the 9-5 and hierarchic models; they want a workplace that is more collaborative and without levels, less about the résumé and more about the network, skill sets and contributions.

LOYALTY FOR LOYALTY. They will not be loyal to a company unless the company is working for them too. The Top 7 Job Search Priorities for Gen Z members are 1) growth opportunities, 2) generous pay, 3) making a positive impact, 4) job security, 5) healthcare benefits, 6) flexible hours, 7) and a manager to learn from, according to a Robert Half Infographic. Gen Z wants to see personal success and recognition, sometimes more than they desire a higher paycheck. They want their ideas heard and valued. Offer regular feedback, development opportunities and meaningful work. And take heart, employers, if you can retain them: 54% of Gen Z expect to work until they are 61-70 years old.

PROPELLING FORWARD There is much to be excited about, much to learn and even more that should incite us to revolutionize the way we think about this generation and how we should respond to meet their needs and maximize their capabilities. Think for just a moment about the opportunity in Generation Z; with their altruistic nature and their ability to reach millions through maximizing social media, this generation could have a global impact unlike any before them.

We didn’t make this stuff up. Read more from the sources. “Step Aside Millennials: Gen Z Has Arrived,” “Who’s Up Next? Getting Ready for Generation Z,” Joeri Va den Bergh, Voxburner “Everything you need to know about Generation Z,” Laurence Benhamou, AFP, Business Insider “Gen Z Will Change Your World Again,” Daniel Burrus, The Huffington Post “The Future of Education According to Generation Z,” Alexandra Levit, TIME Magazine “Teaching Gen Z,” Erica McWilliam “Generation Y vs Generation Z At Work,”

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Incoming Kindergarten students enjoy the summer sun on the Burnett Great Lawn during Summer University’s “Reading and Writing for Kindergarten” class.

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SWEET SMILE, FULL HEART Without missing a beat and looking you straight in the eye, he would say, 'God is in my heart so it's okay.'

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by Annabelle Carsey, 2nd Grade Teacher I’ve known Nathan since he was three years old because his older brother, Andrew, was in my second grade class. If you knew Nathan, you knew he was an all-around great kid: happy, laid back, loved to laugh, always ready for what the day held. He enjoyed all subjects, but I think he really loved tricky math and chess challenges. He never complained about anything being too hard nor did he whine about homework. Even when he was exhausted from his day, drained from his cancer treatment, he would insist on completing his school work. I am so proud and impressed by Nathan’s work ethic and his self-motivation and drive.

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Nathan was a huge part of our class, and we missed him so much when he stopped coming to school. But he never stopped being a part of our day. We talked about Nathan daily, we prayed for him, we missed him, we saved all of his work, and we named a table group the “Chewbaccas” in honor of his love for Star Wars. In fact, any time Star Wars, Legos, swimming or TCU was mentioned, Nathan was too. These were small ways we kept Nathan close to us. I started the school year out very pregnant and gave birth to my first child — a boy — in October. Bringing my little guy into the world while simultaneously watching sweet Nathan fight so hard for his life humbled me greatly. I learned so much about what it means to be a mother from Nathan’s mom, Cathy. She has shown me what it means to be strong for her family. Not just brave or “keeping it together,” but how to truly hold your family up when they are all sinking. She was always able to find a silver lining and a positive in every part of the year. Nathan, too, had this characteristic and there’s no doubt that he got his perpetual positivity from his mother. Nathan also had an unwavering faith in the Lord. He spoke without doubt and with true trust. Without missing a beat and looking you straight in the eye, he would say, “God is in my heart so it’s okay.” Nathan made a difference in this world. He brought light and happiness to everyone he knew. His sweet smile and full heart lifted others up. I know he’s doing the same for everyone in Heaven.

The All Saints' community is planning to commission and dedicate a bronze memorial in Nathan's memory that will permanently reside on campus. If your family would like to be a part of this special gift, please make your check out to All Saints' Episcopal School, note that it is for the Nathan Lin memorial and deliver to Nancy Clark in the Lower School.

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“We want to understand poverty at the most basic level so we can inspire action toward systemic change in the world.� Chris Temple, Documentary Filmmaker and Co-Founder, All Saints' Artist-In-Residence, January 2016

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Gen Z students are more interested in solving underlying issues than just serving needs.

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A Reflection: Chris Temple

By Kelsey de la Torre, MS Spanish and Project Empathy Director


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Last January, as part of the Tad Bird Honors College Artist-in-Residence series, our community had the opportunity to meet and interact with perhaps one of the most inspiring human beings on the planet: documentary filmmaker and humanitarian, Chris Temple.

The Honors College leadership team reached out to the entire faculty in the spring of 2015 to announce Chris’ visit for the coming school year and to see if there were ways that we could intertwine the content of Chris’ first documentary, Living on One Dollar, with our curriculum. Many faculty members jumped at the opportunity. Little did we know the greatness that we were all about to encounter with our students, and how deeply impacted we would all walk away after spending a week with Chris. From Early Childhood all the way to the Upper School, Chris’ visit blossomed in to a campus-wide reflection on what extreme poverty looks like and what we can do to make a difference in a way that will empower others and create change. Early Childhood students had story time with Chris. Kindergartners spent time with Chris and were inspired to grow vegetables from the parts of veggies that would normally be thrown away. Prior to Chris’ visit, Middle School Spanish students read a novel in Spanish about poverty in Guatemala then engaged with Chris in a class discussion on the parallels between the novel and his film. He also addressed the entire Middle School student body and received a lot of questions from the inquisitive crowd. In the Upper School, all students experienced a Chapel Talk with Chris, and some classes including Spanish, Digital Film, Digital Journalism and Honors College worked one-on-one with Chris during the week.

attended a standing-room-only McNair Theater to watch the Texas Premiere of Chris’ latest documentary, Salam Neighbor. The film immerses the audience into life within a refugee camp. Everyone walked away from that evening truly having gained a brand new perspective on an issue that tends for so many to be out of sight, out of mind. Chris’ presentations and interactions with our community at every level were powerful, engaging and inspiring. It was so awesome to watch how our students identified with Chris. They saw themselves in him. Chris’ passion for effecting real change in a bigger, hands-on way was evident and contagious throughout his time with us. One month after Chris’ visit, the morning following the Overnight experience of Project Empathy, our entire community pulled together to raise more than six thousand dollars for “Living on One”, Chris’ production and social impact studio, whose mission is to bring an end to extreme poverty. Our donation went directly to educating women and children in the specific village featured in Living on One Dollar, Peña Blanca. The week that our community was blessed to spend with Chris is yet another example of how deliberate we are at All Saints’ about inclusivity and creating opportunities for students of all ages to make connections to the greater world.

One special evening during the week, members of our entire community – students, parents, faculty and board members –

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Sponsored by


Emily Pilloton Designer, Builder, Educator, Author and Founder, Project H Design SEPTEMBER 29-30

Pilloton will conduct workshops for MS and US students on how to harness the power that smart design can have on all areas of study; conduct workshops with faculty on how to incorporate design thinking in every classroom; work with Honors College students on how to apply a design thinking approach to global issues.


Alex Sheen

Dr. Greg Gage Co-Founder, Backyard Brains JANUARY 23-27

Gage will show students in all Divisions how the brain works through hands-on experiments and break down the very complex study of neuroscience using humor; conduct workshops with faculty on how to incorporate neuroscience in the classroom; talk with Honors College students about his entrepreneurial journey in transforming a personal passion into a well-run organization.


Jenn Pharr Davis

Founder, Because I Said I Would

Founder, Blue Ridge Hiking Co., Author and Fastest Woman on Record for hiking the Appalachian Trail



Sheen will explain to MS and US students the meaning of “because I said I would” and how we can fulfill our promise as individuals; reflect with students on our School’s core values and building character and community.

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After hiking with the Honors College 2020 Cohort during their summer retreat in Maine, Davis will reflect with students on their experiences how they strive toward personal and professional greatness; will also work with US English students on creating a narrative around personal experiences that creates universal relevance.

Are You All In?




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The choir received an EXCELLENT rating from all three choral judges after performing on stage and they received a GOOD rating from the sight reading judge. This was the first time the MS Choir has ever attended a group choral contest.

ROCKETRY IS SOARING Connecting Young Worlds


Pre-K students Skyped with a preschool class from Holy Cross in Belize. Our students asked about what their school looks like, what they were learning about, if they had a playground, etc. Then, Holy Cross students asked our All Saints’ students questions!


The 5th grade took a field trip to John Bunker Sands Wetland Center in March, where they tested water quality and learned about water conservation in conjunction with their science curriculum.


Guest Author Sarah Weeks visited with Lower School students in February. She is best known for her novel, So B. It, which won the Rebecca Caudill Young Reader’s Book Award and William Allen White Children’s Book Award.


Sixth grade students volunteered at the Trinity River Vision Office in May, preparing volunteer bags for the Trinity Trash Bash.

A group of MS students competed in a rocket competition this spring, constructing rockets and running test flights. The competition required that the rockets fly 850 feet in the air and deploy their parachute in order to keep their 2 eggs from cracking. To qualify for nationals, teams had to have 2 out of 3 qualifying flights which are each assigned a score as determined by a formula based on flight duration and altitude. Although All Saints’ did not qualify for nationals, all four teams had at least one successful flight, and one team even had an outstanding score. In conjunction with this competition, Bernard R. Suchocki, a former NASA engineer, spoke to MS students about his experience training Apollo XIII astronauts, the events leading up to the oxygen tank explosion and the procedures for rescuing the Apollo XIII crew.

MS SCORES HIGH MARKS LS SHARES A LOVE FOR The MS Choir went to Texas Private BOOKS School Music Educators Association (TPSMEA) Concert and Sight Reading Contest in April at The Oakridge School to compete against 30 other schools.

5th Grade Tests the Water

In May, the LS combined forces to collect books for a division-wide book swap. The remaining 144 books were donated to Rivertree Academy in Como.

MS Scores High Marks

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Whiz Kids Place 2nd





The MS Whiz Quiz team placed 2nd in the annual competition in May. This year, they faced Brewer Middle School, Aledo Middle School and Irma Marsh Middle School. The Whiz Quiz competition requires academic teams to accurately answer brain stretching questions faster than their opponents and is a tradition in the Fort Worth area.

In March, Zak Hamilton ’17, Thurman Hogan III ’17, Brendan O’Toole ’17 and Max Palko ’17 competed against area schools in the Rotary District 5790 Club Speech Contest. Each student chose an issue they face daily as a teenager, addressing gender inequality, athletics and social media. Brendan and Max placed 2nd and 3rd respectively.

The All Saints’ wrestling team finished 5th overall in the winter SPC tournament. The following student athletes placed in their respective weight classes: Hunter Balk ’19 - 1st Place; David Drez ’19 - 4th Place; Holden Fricks ’18 - 2nd Place; Thurman Hogan III ’17 - 2nd Place; Caleb Silvia ’18 3rd Place; Andrew Tisdale ’16 - 4th Place.  

Twelve MS Saints took 12 1st place vocalist medals at the TPSMEA Vocal Solo and Ensemble Contest held at Oakridge in February. They were all awarded a Division One rating, aka, superior.


Cori Greenfield ’17 won 2nd Place in the annual Congressional Art Contest, a nationwide high school arts competition. The Artistic Discovery Contest is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent in the nation, as well as in our congressional district. Cori’s work will hang in Congresswoman Kay Granger’s office in Washington, D.C., for a year.

US Junior’s Art to Hang in Capitol

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Sarah Boone ’16 received the prestigious Daughters of the American Republic (DAR) Good Citizen Award in February for her outstanding qualifications of dependability, service, leadership and patriotism, as well as her essay on the meaning and importance of rights guaranteed to citizens by the Constitution of the United States. Sarah is pictured with DAR members Virginia Brown, Karen Johnson and Paula Smith.

Senior Honored by DAR



The Entrepreneurial Studies and Junior Thesis Honors College students attended the Value and Ventures Business Plan Competition at TCU in April.


All Saints’ Track & Field Men’s 4x100 was the only team from SPC to qualify for Texas Relays Men’s Final, and finished 8th overall with a time of 43.28 sec, 0.1 sec off an All Saints’ record. Members of the relay team were Turner Corbett ’16, Isaiah Harris ’16, Quincy Jones, Jr. ’16 and Walker Rynd ’16.


Sienna DelConte ’19 won 2nd place & the People’s Choice Award for “Bluebell” at Mid Cities Fine Artists Show in May.


This spring, eight student athletes committed to play collegiate football: Luke Anthony, Abilene Christian University; Logan Cowan, Trinity University; Isaiah Harris, Kansas State University; Quincy Jones Jr., Southwest Baptist University; Noah Moreno, University of the Incarnate Word; Walker Rynd, University of Mississippi; Anthony Salazar, Southwestern University; and Mike Williams, Stanford University. When you add the three student athletes who committed in Fall 2015 to play collegiate volleyball, (Imani Davis, University of Southern California; Allena Heath, Campbell University; and Katie Karbo, University of Houston), All Saints’ has a total of 10 students committed to play collegiate athletics this fall.

All Saints’ Racks Up Mayfest Art Prizes


All Saints’ had eight student winners in the 2016 Mayfest Art Contest: Elizabeth Honeycutt ’25 - 3rd Place, Mixed Media; Victoria Pipinich ’21 - 2nd Place; Payton Hefner ’20 - 3rd Place; Clark Mills ’18 2nd Place, Drawing; Avery Allen ’17 - 3rd Place, Photography; Vicky Arenas ’17 - 1st Place, Mixed Media; Amanda Lin ’17 - 2nd Place, Mixed Media; Leea Yater ’17 - 2nd Place, Photography.


Christophe Chaumont ’18 sailed on the National sailing team in Argentina in March, and sailed on Team USA for the Junior Olympic event in Belgium this July.

Seniors Commit to Collegiate Athletics

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Sophomore Scores at FWSSR



Eagle Scout Eric Whitfield ’17 recently began his second term as Junior Assistant Scout Master with Troop 499. Prior to his appointment to this position, Eric served in the troop’s top elected position as Senior Patrol Leader.

Ali Evans ’19 won Reserve Grand Angus at the 2016 Fort Worth Stock Show in February.

SOLAR CAR STILL ON TOP The Solar Car team took 2nd place in the Veterans Classic Division in the annual Solar Car Challenge. They also earned a trophy for Day 5 of racing for covering more miles than any other team in their division on that day.


Ten US boys have created their own “Wildcat Club” where they arrive at Westpark Elementary School at 7:15 a.m. on Friday mornings with breakfast treats and big smiles for their buddies; each boy has been partnered with an at-risk Westpark boy from kindergarten to fifth grade. They eat breakfast in the cafeteria, help with homework, and participate in activities with the Westpark students. The Assistant Principal said he’s offered to complete a community service form but no one has asked for credit. Wildcat Club members: Lane Auth ’17, Jordan Cisco ’17, Branden Condit ’17, Zak Hamilton ’17, Carter Krzeminski ’17, Jake Mares ’17, Chris Reinke ’17, Michael Reinke ’19, Ty Smelley ’18 and Mason Suitt ’18.

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Solar Car Still on Top


Two seniors threw their hats into politics this spring. McKenzie Keetch ’16 was asked to be a page at the Republican Party of Texas State Convention in Dallas, May 12-May 14. Brazos Pinto ’16 was a delegate at the Texas Democratic Party State Convention for Bernie Sanders in San Antonio, June 17-19. Brazos was elected at the Precinct Convention on March 1 to be a delegate at the District Convention, and at the District Convention on March 19, he ran for delegate to the State Democratic Convention and won.

GREAT MOMENTS IN HISTORY HAVE GREAT ENDINGS. Without the Annual Fund, our School’s Great Moments could be cut short.

WE CAN’T LET THAT HAPPEN. #SupportGreatMoments ANNUAL FUND 2016 2017 The Annual Fund for All Saints’ Episcopal School Fall 2016


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WHITFIELD HONORED WITH CAMERON PHELAN CREATIVE WRITING AWARD To honor the memory of Cameron Phelan ’99, an endowed award is presented annually to a junior who excels in creative writing. Selected by a panel of English Department faculty members, Administration members and Cameron’s father, Wes Phelan, each winner receives a $500 tuition grant. This year’s winner is Eric Whitfield ’17.

The Cardsharps, Caravaggio (Michelangelo Merisi); Italian (1571–1610), 16th century, c. 1595, Oil on canvas.

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By Eric Whitfield ’17

The boys had been there for a number of hours now and it was quite obvious that they were the center of attention. The name of the game was Primero, played best with four to six players; however, it was just the two of them, Allen and Travers. What started as pure fun quickly became a betting war amongst every man in the tavern. No one had seen the boys around town before and although they were obviously too young to be playing, the games went back and forth all night and the gambling sensation proved incredibly infectious. Allen, who was five years older than Travers, sat to the left, confident in his hand. Ironically, Travers, who had the better hand, came across as much more doubtful and unsure of his odds, the reason he had resorted to hiding cards behind his back. Body language was everything to these people; consequently, almost all the bets fell to Allen, who had seen the likes of this crowd before. Not quite paying attention, Allen thought to himself, “Every pub had the same thick, smoky air, the same secretly sad people escaping the stress of the outside world, and the same gambling fools playing ridiculous games and making outrageous bets. Everyone who partakes in this sort of gambling is a fool, and I count myself too. But, at least as I draw a card, I see my fate before anyone else does.” The last game just started, and it could still go either way. Then without a thought or care, Allen drew a card just to keep the game going. But with only one move, he now held supremus, the highest flush in the game and the second highest hand possible. The bettors groaned and feared for their pockets as Allen rolled his eyes. “Where is the element of surprise, when the audience is calling all my hands?” Allen cried out with exasperation. The crowd grew anxious, especially the older Mr. O’Connor, who had bet heavily on Travers and now, stood in close. However, Travers remained calm. Despite his young age, Travers knew one misconception of gambling was that it was only for the well-off and financially secure. However, those people are too smart to gamble or too attached to their material possessions to take unnecessary risks. Yet a game of chance draws in others who find absolutely no satisfaction in the numerous possessions they have and foolishly bet them all away in a fit of self-proving bravery. The advantage these boys had was that they had nothing. At least nothing material and nothing for which they were liable, as did most of those betting men in the tavern that night. Travers’ move came and went as he swiftly utilized the cards behind his back. Allen thought, “Another cheating move…It’s as if I’m the only one who notices the cards behind his back. If there were not as many bets on me, I’m sure someone would have spoken up by now.” Allen pulled a seven. He knew by returning his six to the deck, he could win and finally leave. Carelessly, he returned the seven. “That’s absurd!” “What is this boy doing?” “Has he never played the game before?” Angry shouts and threats came from every corner of the tavern, but the game continued. Mr. O’Connor, who had taken almost every bet against Travers, was not looking to lose tonight and stood behind Allen, secretly signaling all of his cards to Travers. Still skeptical of the game, Travers trusted Mr. O’Connor and drew Allen’s discarded seven. For the first time all night, Travers smiled wide and called the game. “Primero!” he shouted. Mr. O’Connor’s cheers were met almost immediately with dozens of groans and glares. As he collected the money from all the bitter losers, one man violently grabbed Travers and revealed the hidden cards tucked behind his back. “The bets are off!” the man demanded. “This brat’s been cheating!” Many of the men began to crowd around Travers, making threats and demanding their money be returned. Mr. O’Connor ran from the tavern with the illegal winnings, fearing the crowd would turn on him. They reacted exactly as he thought they would and immediately chased after him, but O’Connor disappeared into the night, as did Travers and Allen. It was well past dark and the tavern cleared out pretty quickly after the uproar. Soon Mr. O’Connor came upon the boys in the dark and exclaimed, “Good game boys! We better head out before the mad men come back through.” As they adjusted their belongings, Allen thought of his longtime wish to stay in the next town, even if only for a few weeks. But they never stayed. Travers never questioned it; the younger brother simply asked, “Father, where are we going now?” Mr. O’Connor thought for a while, then told him, “Well, I suppose to the next town over. There are always foolish men with foolish ways, waiting to be had. Maybe we’ll let Allen win this time. How’s that sound, Allen?”  “Of course, Father.” Allen reluctantly answered, brushing off his own feelings.   Allen could only hope that things would be different next time. Fall 2016



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Class of 2016 Tristan Bond, Jack Brockermeyer, Simon Gaul, Amy Hu, Renée Merrill, Brazos Pinto, Teddy Richardson, Grace Tracy, David Whitaker; Class of 2017 Caleb Albritton, Maddie Comtois, Grace Evans, Jared Moody, SeanMichael Pigéon, Coby Vida, Brittany Zak


Class of 2020 Mitchell Bothwell, Adam Carroll, Savanna Chada, Katherine DeBerry, Jack Delk, Nandi Dube, Brooklynn Floyd, Mary Caroline Hatcher, Maddie Hiley, Aliya Lackan, Jade McMillan, A.J. Mendolia, Chase Parrish, Sam Parrish, Hayden Siratt, Aidan Steuart, Sarah Tyree, Khauri Williams See page 53.

US International Cum Laude Society Induction


Class of 2021 Kennedy Allen, Audrey Baker, Claire Bothwell, Blaine Bowman, Jessica Clark, Ella Coleman, Sophia DelConte, Shani Drobnich, Kole Kuenstler, Katie Leu, Emily McLaughlin, Victoria Pipinich, Logan Simpson, Joey Smat, John Spinks, Charlotte Venhaus, Anna Claire Wilson, Mathis Wilson



Division Head Award Blakley Byrd ’22; St. Francis Award Caden Vastine ’22, Elizabeth Miller ’22; All A’s for 6 Years Olivia Loffland ’22, Benton Phillips ’22; All A’s for 3 Years Blakley Byrd ’22



Division Head Award Mathis Wilson ’21, John Spinks ’21, Claire Wallace ’20, Cami Krzeminski ’20, A.J. Mendolia ’20; Faculty Award Ella Coleman ’21, Garrett Barber ’21, Jade McMillan ’20, Jack Delk ’20; St. Francis Award Savanna Chada ’20, Mitchell Bothwell ’20; Daughters of the American Revolution Award Maddie

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Christophe Chaumont ’18, Ben Henderson ’18, AJ Jablonski ’18; Latin III Maxima Cum Laude Nicole Adams ’18; Latin III Summa Cum Laude Michael Smat ’18; Latin IV Cum Laude Caleb Albritton ’17; Latin IV Magna Cum Laude Will DeBerry ’17; Latin IV Maxima Cum Laude Maddie Comtois ’17; Latin IV Summa Cum Laude Brittany Zak ’17; Latin V Maxima Cum Laude Tayler Weathers ’16; Maureen O’Donnell Award Brittany Zak ’17


SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS Bradley Jameson Award Thurman Hogan III ’17; Barnabas Award Turner Corbett ’16, Caroline Taylor ’16; FAME Fine Arts Award Ali Kaitcer ’16, Riley Rector ’16; Cameron Phelan Creating Writing Award Eric Whitfield ’17; see page 44.

MS Awards Hiley ’20; Spirit Award Maria Martin ’21, Kole Kuenstler ’21, Claire Luig ’20, Briggs Key ’20; Front Door Award Alana Shannon ’21, Peyton Kramer ’21, Cierra Bennett ’20, Nicholas Greve ’20; National Mythology Exam John Spinks ’21, Ryan Pannell ’21, Caroline Simpson ’21; National Latin Exam: Certificate Kennedy Allen ’21, John Spinks ’21, Kole Kuenstler ’21, Ryan Pannell ’21, Elle Williamson ’21, Blaine Bowman ’21, Caroline Simpson ’21, Charlotte Venhaus ’21, Emily McLaughlin ’21, Emma Sneed ’21, Conrad Schuster ’21, Connor Leu ’21, Taylor Deshmukh ’20; Cum Laude Hannah Roff ’20, Max Guerra ’20; Magna Cum Laude Blaze Jones ’20, Savanna Chada ’20, Maddie Hiley ’20, Jade McMillan ’20, Emily Parsley ’20, Charles Wright ’20, Reagan Jones ’20, Grace Needham ’20, Alicia Lary ’20, Andrew Heath ’20, Alex Wright ’20, Cami Krzeminski ’20, Katherine DeBerry ’20, Cameron Pate ’20; Silver Maxima Cum Laude  Karen Heath ’20, Adam Carroll ’20, Hayden Siratt ’20, Grayson Poulson ’20, Addison Whelan ’20, Jack Comtois ’20, Cierra Bennett ’20, Alyssa Arnold ’20, Nicholas Greve ’20, Mitchell Bothwell ’20, Carson Brown ’20; Gold Summa Cum Laude Jack Delk ’20, Sarah Tyree ’20, Chase Parrish ’20, Sam Parrish ’20, Vivian Chambers ’20, Aidan Steuart ’20, Brooklynn Floyd ’20, Holden Hiley ’20, Mary Caroline Hatcher ’20

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St. Francis Award Grace Tracy ’16, Simon Gaul ’16; Spirit Award Austin Decker ’16, Leea Yater ’17, Jermaine Rucker ’18, Bryson Clark ’19; Saints Award Cade Crow ’17, Michael Smat ’18, Sienna DelConte ’19; Faculty Award Jack Brockermeyer ’16; Division Head Award David Whitaker ’16; Head of School Award Renée Merrill ’16; Community Service Award Victoria Martin ’16, Claire Prioleau ’16; Student Ambassador Awards: Outstanding Participation Nicole Adams ’18, Preston Dean ’18, Christophe Chaumont ’18, Cade Crow ’17; Leadership Corynne Hammit ’17; Ambassador of the Year Jack Brockermeyer ’16; National Latin Exam: Latin I Cum Laude Rebecca Bohmann ’19, Sarah Steffen ’18; Latin I Magna Cum Laude Lauren Wallace ’18, Annilee Kremling ’19, Trip King ’19; Latin I Maxima Cum Laude Cedric Bowman ’19; Latin II Cum Laude Chase Stadtler ’19, Parker Boyce ’18; Latin II Magna Cum Laude Nathan Hughes ’19 ; Latin II Maxima Cum Laude Ali Evans ’19, Phoebe Bloomfield ’19, Jackson McKechnie ’19; Latin II Summa Cum Laude Celia Nowlin ’19, Kennedy Zak ’19, Gwyneth Baker ’19; Latin III Cum Laude Gracie Comtois ’18; Latin III Magna Cum Laude Amy Hu ’16,

PRESENTATION OF GRADUATION REGALIA Valedictorian Medallion Claire Prioleau; Salutatorian Medallion Tayler Weathers; Head’s Scholar Stole Claire Prioleau; Honors Classics Stole Kate Claunch, Carson Fricks, Julianne Garnett, Ali Kaitcer, Marti King, Brazos Pinto, Kelsey Ramsey, Tayler Weathers; Tad Bird Honors College Medallion Sarah Boone, Imani Davis, Austin Decker, Julianne Garnett, Simon Gaul, Alex Hecht, Camille Kelly, Renée Merrill, Brazos Pinto, Claire Prioleau, Riley Rector, Teddy Richardson, Grace Tracy, Tayler Weathers, David Whitaker; Merit Scholarship Cord Luke Anthony, Maddie Bailey, Ashley Barham, Tristan Bond, Sarah Boone, Madeline Brentlinger, Emily Brock, Jack Brockermeyer, Kate Claunch, Turner Corbett, Kristin Cosgrove, Logan Cowan, Imani Davis, Austin Decker, Floyd Douglas, Annabelle French, Carson Fricks, Julianne Garnett, Simon Gaul, Jernee’ Goods, Natalie Griffin, Isaiah Harris, Allena Heath, Alex Hecht, Harris Huckabee, Sophia Iglesias, Lucas Ivy-O’Donnell, Quincy Jones, Ali Kaitcer, Katie Karbo, McKenzie Keetch, Camille Kelly, Marti King, Rose KlineGarson, Lee Li, Karlee Mansfield, Victoria Martin, Renée Merrill, Truett Miller, Noah Moreno, Carson Pate, Grace Paukune, Brazos Pinto, Jacob Popp, Claire Prioleau, Sara Kate Puff, Jack Rainbolt, Riley Rector, Colin Reilly, Teddy Richardson,


Tanner Rizenbergs, Jessica Roff, Alyssa Rucker, Marissa Rucker, Anthony Salazar, Amanda Salinas, Kyle Sherlock, Taylor Simpson, Shandy Smith, Dresden Sutherland, Zack Switalski, Caroline Taylor, Andrew Tisdale, Grace Tracy, Joseph Wagner, Tayler Weathers, David Whitaker, Mike Williams; International Cum Laude Society Cord Tristan Bond, Sarah Boone, Jack Brockermeyer, Austin Decker, Carson Fricks, Julianne Garnett, Simon Gaul, Alex Hecht, Amy Hu, Renée Merrill, Brazos Pinto, Claire Prioleau, Teddy Richardson, Grace Tracy, Joseph Wagner, Tayler Weathers, David Whitaker; National Art Honor Society Cord Hannah Brown, Abby Carroll, Annabelle French, Mimi Garza, Natalie Griffin, Elizabeth Hodnett, Sophia Iglesias, Quincy Jones, Marti King, Lee Li, Yi Liu, Karlee Mansfield, Victoria Martin, Sara Kate Puff, Kelsey Ramsey, Riley Rector, Shandy Smith, Dresden Sutherland, Zack Switalski; International Thespian Society Cord Ashley Barham, Sarah Boone, Kate Claunch, Austin Decker, Ali Kaitcer, Renée Merrill, Brazos Pinto, Tayler Weathers; Balfour’s Journalism Honor Cord Maddie Bailey, Jack Brockermeyer, Harris Huckabee, Camille Kelly, Renée Merrill, Claire Prioleau, Riley Rector, Jessica Roff, Sarah Grace Siratt, Grace Tracy; International Tri-M Music Honor Society Cord Ashley Barham, Madeline Brentlinger, Kate Claunch, Kristin Cosgrove, Imani Davis, Austin Decker, Floyd Douglas, Christian Johnsen, Ali Kaitcer, Anna Salerno, Taylor Simpson, Tayler Weathers

Award Taylor Simpson ’16, Caroline Taylor ’16; Excellence Award in Dance Sarah Boone ’16; Filmmaking Award Brazos Pinto ’16, Teddy Richardson ’16

ATHLETIC RECOGNITION Baseball: Blue & White Brendan O’Toole ’17, Upper Room Jake Mares ’17, MVP Logan Britt ’19; Basketball (Men’s): Blue & White Logan Medina ’18, Tanner Rizenbergs ’16, Upper Room Floyd Douglas ’16, MVP Brendan Harmon ’18, MIP Mason Suitt ’18; Basketball (Women’s): Blue & White AJ Jablonski ’18, Upper Room Jernee’ Goods ’16, MVP Lauren Wallace ’18, MIP AJ Jablonski ’18; Cheerleading: Blue & White Harris Huckabee ’16, Leea Yater ’17, Upper Room Maddie Bailey ’16, Sarah Grace Siratt ’16, Rose Kline-Garson ’16; Cross Country: Blue & White Teddy Richardson ’16, Upper Room Preston Luig ’18, MVP Annilee Kremling ’19, Truett Miller ’16, MIP Preston Luig ’18, Finn Wilson ’18; Field Hockey: Blue & White Mimi Garza ’16, Grace Tracy ’16, Upper Room Abby Carroll ’16, MVP Emily Brock ’16, MIP Alyssa Rucker ’16; Football: Blue & White Jack Brockermeyer ’16, Logan Cowan ’16, Upper Room Luke Anthony ’16, Turner Corbett ’16; MVP Isaiah Harris ’16 (Team), Luke Anthony ’16 (Offense), Mike Williams ’16 (Defense); MIP Lucas Ivy-O’Donnell ’16; Golf (Men’s): Blue & White James Barnett ’16,

FINE ARTS RECOGNITION Excellence Award in Music Ali Kaitcer ’16; Choir Award Ali Kaitcer ’16, Grace Evans ’17, Anna Salerno ’16; Instrumental Music Award – Piano Carson Pate ’16; Jazz Rock Ensemble Award David Vega-Pulido ’17; Percussion Award Kyle Sherlock ’16; Excellence Award in Theatre Arts Ali Kaitcer ’16, Sarah Boone ’16; Theatre Arts Award Grace Evans ’17, Brittany Zak ’17; Excellence Award in Visual Arts Riley Rector ’16, Victoria Martin ’16, Marti King ’16; Artist Award Sienna DelConte ’19, Mary Frances Burnett ’18, Clark Mills ’18, Emma Speaker ’17; Digital Photography

Upper Room Carson Pate ’16, MVP Carson Pate ’16; MIP Jack Taylor ’19; Golf (Women’s): Blue &White Riley Weeden ’18, Upper Room Abbi Freeman ’18, MVP Abbi Freeman ’18, Riley Weeden ’18, MIP Noemi Gallegos ’18; Soccer (Men’s): Blue & White Jose Goite-Villarrael ’16, Upper Room David Whitaker ’16, MVP Jermaine Rucker ’18, Mark McDaniel ’17, MIP Mathew Drobnich ’18; Soccer (Women’s): Blue & White Bella Vrana ’18, Upper Room Sophia Iglesias ’16, MVP Samantha Green ’18, MIP Megan Smith ’19; Softball: Blue & White Hannah Brown ’16, Upper Room Marti King ’16, MVP Marti King ’16, MIP Amanda Hartmann ’17; Swim Team: Blue & White Joseph O’Riordan ’17, Upper Room Kaitlyn Klvac ’18, MVP Kaitlyn Klvac ’18, MIP Claire Marcho ’19; Tennis (Men’s): Blue & White John Mark Bayouth ’18, Upper Room Will DeBerry ’17, MVP Sean-Michael Pigéon ’17, MIP Marcel Bohmann ’17; Tennis (Women’s): Blue & White Corynne Hammit ’17, Upper Room Grace Tracy ’16, MVP Virginia Leidner ’17, MIP Emily Brock ’16; Track and Field: Blue & White Quincy Jones ’16, Upper Room Turner Corbett ’16, MVP Isaiah Harris ’16, Turner Corbett ’16, MIP Preston Luig ’18, Finn Wilson ’18; Volleyball: Blue & White Caroline Taylor ’16, Upper Room Imani Davis ’16, MVP Katie Karbo ’16, MIP Sadie McCarter ’19; Wrestling: Blue & White Hunter Balk ’19, Upper Room Andrew Tisdale ’16, MVP Hunter Balk ’19, MIP Andrew Tisdale ’16; Booster Club II Timothy Austin Decker ’16, Jernee’ Goods ’16, Marti King ’16, Anthony Salazar ’16, Lane Auth ’17, Corynne Hammit ’17; Saints Award Trystan Bryse Vanderford ’16


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New Head’s Scholars Trevor Dugan ’19, Kristen Godby ’18; Continuing Head’s Scholars Caleb Albritton ’17, Grace Evans ’17, Brittany Zak ’17, Trent Barron ’18, Michael Smat ’18, Bryson Clark ’19, Jack Delk ’20, Sarah Tyree ’20 Continuing Endowed Scholars: Dillard Head’s Scholar Matt Albritton ’18, Ford Foundation Scholar James Kirkland ’17, Rhodes Fine Arts Scholarship Jaelan Price ’19

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Journey to Junior Honors Thesis

By Brittany Zak ’17

The Junior Honors Thesis was, to date, the most difficult, yet equally rewarding, academic project I have ever undertaken.

The Junior Honors Thesis was, to date, the most difficult, yet equally rewarding, academic project I have ever undertaken. Writing a college-level research paper, compiling a thorough annotated bibliography, defending my research before my superiors, and presenting my completed work to my peers seemed overly ambitious, especially in the middle of the most rigorous year of any high school student’s life. Thankfully, all of the hours put into this colossal task served a purpose. The goal of the Junior Honors Thesis, or “JHT,” is to acclimate juniors to the high academic standards of college while encouraging students to delve deep into a subject of their own interest and passion.

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While the JHT is required for Honors College students as a step toward the Senior Capstone project, it is definitely not limited to Honors College students. In fact, out of twenty participants, one third was students outside of the Honors College program. Since the JHT was originally offered a few years ago, the number of participants has increased substantially. My thesis was centered on Oresteia, the ancient Greek tragedy written by playwright Aeschylus. Specifically, I analyzed and reported on the manipulation of gender dynamics in his trilogy and how that has influenced modern drama. Oresteia unfolds a series of murders that

takes place when King Agamemnon returns home after the Trojan War. Aeschylus’ characters are rich with moral ambiguities and grey areas to depict the dangers that occur when men and women do not stick strictly to their defined gender roles. For me, the ThesisX presentation was the most challenging part of JHT. I was tasked with condensing nine months of research and a fifty-eight page argument incorporating defense feedback into a succinct 10-15 minute “Ted-like” talk. Think about giving a plot summary of thousands of lines of Greek tragedy… Thankfully, faculty mentors were extremely helpful in this process. They encouraged me to step away from the detail and critically analyze my work through an objective lens. Specifically, James Venhaus, Director of Theatre Arts, K-12, kept emphasizing I need a “hook” at the very beginning to get the audience engaged. He also worked with me on visuals that helped demystify such a complex topic. I feel very accomplished in completing such a sophisticated project like the Junior Honors Thesis. I now feel I have a slight edge when it comes to spending time in the trenches of college research. Not only did I gain experience in gathering and organizing information into a cohesive essay, but I grew accustomed to professional correspondence etiquette, receiving critical feedback and publicly defending my work. I would advise any rising junior or underclassman to consider participating in the JHT program, because, most importantly, I learned how to cultivate the endurance to spend an entire year devoted to a single project.

MADDIE COMTOIS Women in Tech: Increasing their Numbers BRANDEN CONDIT Concussions: Are Sports Worth the Risk WILL DEBERRY Electronic Dance Music: The Transformation of a Music Culture GRACE EVANS Promoting Empathy Through Theatre WILL GENTRY How Hunting is Beneficial for the Conservation of Wildlife DYLAN KEARNEY Implementing Music as a Core Class VIRGINIA LEIDNER Time in School, Educational Performance, and Happiness JACOB MATTHEWS Cosmic Theology: Evidence for the Supernatural in a Scientific Universe JARED MOODY Listen to Your Gut: How Bacteria in the Gut Affects Body and Brain JOSEPH O’RIORDAN The Experience of World War II for an American Soldier SEAN-MICHAEL PIGÉON History: The Past Shaping the Present EMMA SPEAKER Correlation between Stress and Performance in Adolescents DAVID VEGA-PULIDO Misconceptions and Complexities of Hispanic Immigrants in the United States COBY VIDA Examining the Culture of Violence in the NFL BRIANNA VINSON Psychiatric Service Dogs for Veterans with PTSD ERIC WHITFIELD Concussions: The Importance of Peer Awareness BEN WIGGINS B-52: Keeping the Legend Alive SAM WILHELM The Ecology and Importance of Native Bumblebees SKY YACULLO Overcoming Extreme Poverty in SubSaharan Africa BRITTANY ZAK Oresteia: A Gendered Picture of Justice

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You’re Saying We’ve Got a CHANCE CHANCE COOK steps in as Director of the Tad Bird Honors College How has your background led you to this role at All Saints’? As a veteran teacher and department chair, I always focused on student-centered and student-driven initiatives. The Honors College, to me, is a place where students have the opportunity to take ownership of their learning, accept challenges, collaborate and innovate. What is your favorite thing about Fort Worth thus far? Many colleagues have told me Fort Worth is a “big small town,” and the people I have met from every walk of life definitely have shown me that small town hospitality and friendliness. What is your favorite thing about All Saints’ thus far? Everyone at All Saints’ is fully committed to helping students identify their talents and develop as thinkers, learners and community members. Having timeless values at the core of everything we do at All Saints’ helps us appreciate students’ unique gifts they should share with the world. What are your goals for this first year as Director? A smooth transition is paramount as I transition into my new role, and I hope we continue to build bridges with community organizations whose values of service, scholarship and leadership reflect our own. What are you long-term goals for the program? My long-term goals are to ensure our entire All

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Saints’ community benefits from the programs we develop in the Honors College and help make All Saints’ a nationally renowned independent school. How many classes will you teach this year? I will be teaching three courses this year. Two are Honors College courses for our 9th and 10th grade Honors College cohorts, and I also will be team-teaching our Entrepreneurial Studies elective alongside the indomitable Coach Beck. What is your proudest moment in education? While it is tough to identify my proudest teaching moment, I have enjoyed mentoring students and new teachers as they find their footing and gain confidence in their leadership abilities. As educators, we feel we are successful when we help others succeed. What trait do you most admire in a colleague? Every great educator possesses two key traits that work in tandem: a healthy penchant for self-reflection and an unquenchable thirst for improving his or her practices. What trait do you most admire in a student? Accepting challenges and taking advantage of opportunities for growth are wonderful traits for students to develop. Education should be about selfimprovement and recognizing the depths of our potential. Challenging ourselves is the best way to understand and realize that potential. What book are you reading currently? Recently I have been revisiting the works of early 20th century educational philosopher, John Dewey, as I always find his works inspiring and highly relevant. What’s your favorite city abroad? I adore York, England and the wider Yorkshire countryside. What music is on your playlist? My musical interests run the gamut from early 90s alternative to bluegrass and many other genres. What are your favorite hobbies? I enjoy playing mandolin and guitar, enjoy coaching soccer and am a fairly serious bowler.

Honors College Class of 2020 in Maine this August

What was your favorite part of the new cohort retreat in Maine? It was incredible to see how our students challenged and supported each other during some intense and strenuous activities. They came together as one, which is precisely what I had hoped to see.

Jenn Pharr Davis (page 36) at the top of Katahdin with Chance Cook and Honors College students

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Jeff R. Dillard Family Award for Excellence

Head’s Awards for Faculty Excellence

DAR Outstanding History Teacher Award

FACULTY AND ADMINISTRATION SPECIAL RECOGNITION FACULTY EXCELLENCE AWARDS The Jeff R. Dillard Family Award for Faculty Excellence recognizes exceptional faculty who demonstrate a passion for teaching, exhibit a deep loyalty to and appreciation for our mission, are innovators in the classroom and are committed to creating a more dynamic model of excellence for the entire School community. This year’s Jeff R. Dillard Family Award was given to Lynn Wood, a member of our Middle School faculty, who will be designing a new model for Parent-Teacher conferences. This year, we also named two recipients of the Head’s Award for Faculty Excellence. This Award honors outstanding faculty who bring innovation and excitement to the classroom, and can be awarded in a variety of disciplines.  The first recipient of the Head’s Award was Amy Wright, a member of our Upper School English faculty, whose proposal will allow All Saints’ to partner with Stanford University to implement its “Challenge Success” program. The second recipient of the Head’s Award, James Venhaus, is a member of our Fine Arts faculty and is responsible for the resounding success of our Theatre program. An enthusiastic advocate for the performing arts, he will be creating and teaching a new Technical Theatre course, which will include set design and construction, lighting, costume design and sound design.

DISTINGUISHED TEACHER ENDOWMENT In 2012, a philanthropic leader in Fort Worth and donor to the School made an endowment gift earmarked for the continued expansion and elevation of our Fine Arts program. As part of securing and retaining faculty leaders in Fine Arts, the School created a Distinguished Teacher position to both recognize outstanding contributions and encourage new and innovative programming. Accompanying the title is an annual stipend given to the recipient. To recognize his extensive resume in teaching Theatre Arts; his work as a playwright, adult comic book author, actor and director; his dedication and success in driving the School’s Theatre Arts program to an award-winning level; and, his commitment to expanding our Theatre Arts curriculum with the addition of a new class called Technical Theatre, which will include the study of lighting, sound and set design, James Venhaus has been named the Head’s Distinguished Teacher for Theatre Arts and will serve as Director of Theatre Arts, K-12.

OUTSTANDING TEACHER AWARD On February 4, the Mary Isham Keith Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution presented Bart Pointer, US History, with the Outstanding History Teacher Award based on his high academic standards, teaching qualifications and his ability to help students relate history to modern life and events.

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20 YEARS Father Mel Bridge, Director of Religious Studies, EC/LS Chaplain and LS Religion Jim Osborne, Grounds Manager and Varsity Golf Coach

15 YEARS Ann Baldwin, US History and History Department Chair Lynn Gant, Executive Assistant to Head of School Greg Nowlin, US Math and Science and RANGE Coordinator Lynne Pendergrass, First Grade

NEW FACULTY AND ADMINISTRATION (Pictured below) BACK ROW: Margaret Zimmerman, Natalie Vacirca, Laura Dickinson ’93, Chance Cook, Julie Siratt, Stacy Parks FRONT ROW: Amanda del Mas, Morgan Aguilar, Linnéa Hamilton, Kelly Nickell, Becky Grimmer, Margie Nowlin, Claire Miller, Jarrett Goodchild


10 YEARS Charlotte Cowser, US Math Nancy Crossley, US English Mary Tracy, Director of Admission

5 YEARS Bob Kershaw, US Math, 15 Years

Frank Tilley, Chief Financial Officer, 4 Years

Shon Adams, Athletics/PE Debra Koppelberger, LS Division Head Angela Kornman, Director of College Advising James Venhaus, Director of Theatre Arts, K-12 Amy Wright, US English

MARRIAGES Morgan Aguilar, Fourth Grade, married Nate in Fort Worth on June 11. Elizabeth Barajas, US Spanish, married Carlos Casamajó in Spain on March 11 and in Fort Worth on July 23. Lindsey Tieken, First Grade, married Greg Ralston in Pebble Beach, California, on July 2.

New Faculty and Administration

YEARS OF SERVICE 30 YEARS Bill Fanning, US History and Curriculum Biographies Coordinator

Casamajó Wedding

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Ralston Wedding

Shepherd Anniversary


Liam Francis Koppelberger

Ella Grace Tiffany

ANNIVERSARIES Michelle Shepherd, Payroll and HR Administrator, and her husband, Troy, celebrated 20 years of marriage on April 27.

BIRTHS Debra Koppelberger, LS Division Head, and her husband, Aaron, welcomed son Liam Francis on March 19. Kim Moore, MS/US Librarian, welcomed grandson Jack Robert on May 3. Parents are son Travis ’06 and Kristi; aunt is Whitney Brown ’04, US History. Jimmy Samis ’02, US Digital Video, and his wife Caroline ’01, welcomed Ann Frances on January 12. Kathi Tiffany, Fine Arts Department Chair, welcomed granddaughter Ella Grace on June 16. Parents are son De ’93 and Sarah.

Jack Robert Moore

Anne Francis Samis

Holy Cross Anglican School, Belize

IN THE COMMUNITY Mike Albritton, US Dean of Academics, Carter Goree and Hollis Kent, Early Childhood, and Tex Nolan, Technology, traveled to Belize over Spring Break to work with Holy Cross Anglican School. They wired the school for WiFi, installed 20 personally funded ChromeBooks and trained the teachers on their use. In addition, Carter and Hollis’ EC class donated 38 backpacks full of supplies. Ted Arrington, US History, presented a professional paper at the Southwest Educational Research Association meeting in New Orleans last February. His topic was “The State of Writing Skills in Secondary Schools.” Elise Lavallee, All Saints’ part-time choreographer and dance teacher, was featured by the Star-Telegram on June 21 for her work in the 35th Annual Summer Dance Concert. Lavallee choreographed the US production of The Drowsy Chaperone last spring, which received Dallas Summer Musicals High School Musical Theatre Award for Best Choreography and the Betty Lynn Buckley Award for Best Musical.

Kim Moore, MS/US Librarian, was a presenter at both conferences held by the Knowledge & Information Professional Association and Texas Computers in Education Association (TCEA). Her topic was “Digital Youth: Technologically Savvy but not Literate.” Two plays written by James Venhaus, Director of Theatre Arts, K-12, were performed recently. Teenage play Romeo and Juliet at Verona High was performed at the Raffles Girls’ School in  Singapore (it has performed more than 100 times in 9 countries). And a new short play, Speak of the Devil, made its world premiere with Allen’s (Texas) “Dark Night Players.” Dr. Robin Ward, Assistant to the Head of School for Math Development, and second grade teachers, Jennifer Albritton, Annabelle Carsey and Vanessa Morales, were published in the April 2016 edition of STEAMed. The article titled “Wondering about Worhol” describes our second graders putting on their math goggles to see math in the arrayed art of Andy Warhol.

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By Craig Tredenick, Director of Enrollment Management

The world is flat. Christopher Columbus proved it from a geographical perspective in 1492, and Thomas Freidman wrote about it in his book The World is Flat more than 500 years later in 2005. Both perspectives, though theoretically unrelated, do find alignment as it relates to the idea that our world is a small one, that we are all connected in some way, and, most acutely, that our ability to interact and impact others has never been so prevalent. We are no longer individual communities spread out around the globe, but a single marketplace with over 7 billion members. The impact of this globalization on education has been profound. Since 2005, the number of international students studying in the United States has increased by 73%, from some 565,000 to almost 975,000. Of these nearly one million students studying in the U.S., 31% of them come from China, where the perception is the educational system focuses solely on academic rigidity and not the balanced approach taken by many institutions in our country. This, for many families, serves as the impetus to move their students here for high school. In 2013, All Saints’ embarked on a journey to widen our global footprint and to create a more real-world experience for our students, one focused not only on academic development, but one designed to develop the cultural competency required to be a dynamic and an empathic leader in the world. From classroom experience to program enhancements, we have experienced the benefits of such a community, and we believe our international students have not only contributed greatly to this, but they have benefited from it as well. This is evidenced by one of our first graduates, Amy Hu ’16, who is now attending Wesleyan University, one of the premier liberal arts colleges in the country. In addition to being a motivated student (taking seven Advanced Placement courses during her three years here), Amy was also a dedicated member of the community. She served as a Student Ambassador and contributed greatly to the design and implementation of the International Student Club at All Saints’. Students like Amy make our community a stronger, more vibrant and more relevant place for our students to learn and grow.

In an effort to build upon the program’s success, by identifying and attracting more students like Amy, I traveled with one of our educational partners to China this past June. During the two-week stay, we visited seven different cities, toured a number of schools, met with educational consultants and agents, spent time with current and prospective families and interviewed dozens of students interested in All Saints’. Not only did the trip provide an opportunity for All Saints’ to build awareness about the uniqueness of the educational experience offered here, it also provided opportunities that will help shape our international program, specifically in ways we can create a more welcoming and inclusive community for our international students and families. We have effectively modeled our international student program at All Saints’ after the experiences of Christopher Columbus and the works of Thomas Friedman. We are navigating through a whole new world, one that is both exciting and full of promise. Yet, at the same time, it’s very familiar  a parent’s desire to seek the best educational experience available, and our School’s responsibility to provide. The world is flat, indeed.


Gen Z will be the most racially and ethnically diverse generation yet to populate the American workforce.

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by Sean-Michael Pigeón ’17

THERE IS A MAJOR PROBLEM IN AMERICAN POLITICAL LANDSCAPE TODAY THAT FEW ARE TALKING ABOUT. It’s not Congress’s deplorably low approval rating (17%) or the fact that both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump form the most disliked major candidate duo ever. Somehow, it’s actually worse. Voter turnout across the entire nation, but particularly young adults, is reaching historic lows. The voting patterns of young adults have reached an all-time low, and the trend isn’t slowing down. Why are we simply not voting? The very liberty the founding fathers fought for isn’t being taken away; it’s being ignored. We can simply no longer ignore the deplorable voting trends in America. Voting percentages for those between 18-24 years old have decreased by almost 10% since 1972. Only 49.4% in that age range actually cast a ballot. That’s less than one half!! There are a number of reasons we as an entire generation are not voting. Some are valid. Some are not. One issue is that election day is busy, and voting takes up too much time. Others claim that they don’t like the candidates. Both of these points should not be dismissed. Voting at times can be cumbersome, long polling lines can take hours to cast a single vote. Many seem to think that the process simply is not worth the hassle. For others, the candidates for both major parties are not appealing, and voting independent or writing in a vote may seem like a waste of time. While both aforementioned problems may be true, I suspect the real reason is that young people, and many citizens in general, simply don’t think their vote counts. This might be the root problem, the real reason people are not willing to create time in their day to vote: we don’t think it matters. There were significant lines to see installments of the Twilight saga movies, movies that were overwhelmingly panned by critics. The reason people were willing to wait was because Twilight mattered to them. Voting does not seem to galvanize us as much as Twilight, the Avengers, and Star Wars does, which is insane! How can (fictional) movies engage us so much more than electing the (real) leader of the Free World? Ironically, I am sometimes part of that group, thinking my singular vote may not make a difference. Sometimes I, too, fall into the trap that my lonely voice is not heard. However, despite these reasons to not vote, there are much better ones for why we should vote. The best reason to vote is the most intuitive: Voting is a duty that we, as citizens of the United States of America, owe to our

government and to each other. Voting is not a privilege but rather a calling to be active citizens who take pride in their government and are willing to take a role in it. Rather than thinking of our vote as “our say” maybe it is a little better to think of it as our duty. The idea of duty is something that we as a society have decided to push aside in the name of personal freedom. There is a real danger to the thinking that we are not accountable to each other, that we do not inherently live in a community that relies on one another. Part of that interdependence must involve our collective willingness to vote. If we fail to do our duty, it’s hypocritical to complain about our government. If only 50% of citizens vote, the other 50% cannot logically complain about the political system they chose not to be a part of. Isn’t getting “your say” – however slight and insignificant one may think it is – and being part of the election process important enough to go through the fairly minor inconveniences of the voting process? Beyond our civil obligation to take an active role in the government, voting actually does make a difference. Voter turnout is a major reason why both political parties claim victory. Many Democrats and liberal-leaning politicians have lamented the lack of turnout, urging those who do not vote to turnout in numbers. A poll by Al-Jazeera found that those who did not actually vote preferred Obama to Romney 59-to-24 hence the reason Democrats urge high voter turnout. Many other news articles claiming that if America were to have a 100% voter turnout, the Democratic party would gain a significant number of delegates. Republican candidate Donald Trump has said many times that he is “bringing in millions of people,” referring to the high turnout in the Republican primaries. The rallying cry to what Mr. Trump calls “the silent majority” is inherently a plea to those who do not usually vote to voice their opinion in the democratic process. Whether the conclusions drawn by both sides are true or not, turnout is a major factor into whether a certain politician or party wins the presidency and senate seats, and both sides of the aisle urge their supporters to understand that their vote does matter, and that they truly can change politics. In the end, voting simply matters. Yes, there are literally millions of people who will vote in November’s election. Yes, having “national voting day” as a work-exempt holiday would make things easier. But election time is about more than simply voting for the candidate you think should be the president, in the senate, your mayor, or a judge; it is about exercising the freedom that so many people fought for since the Magna Carta was signed in the 13th century. Voting is about making your voice heard, whatever affiliation or party, and taking part in our system to elect the leader of the Free World. Let’s do our duty.

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Only 26% of GenZ trust elected officials.

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The Classes of 1994 and 1995 celebrated their 20-Year Reunion with a joint party on November 28, 2015, at HG Sply Co. in Dallas.



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De Tiffany ’93 and wife Sarah celebrated the birth of Ella Grace on June 16 in Austin, TX.



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shows - CMT After Midnite, CMT Radio Live and CMT All Access can be heard on over 300 radio stations across America, recently winning two Academy of Country Music Awards. He has also added writer/ producer to their flagship TV show, CMT Hot 20 Countdown, which airs every Saturday and Sunday morning at 9/8 central on CMT TV! Brett currently lives in Nashville with his wife and three sons.

Samantha Tiffany Soules ‘95 was honored by Engineering News Record as one of the top 20 under 40 engineering professionals in California. Samantha is the western regional division manager for transportation at Atkins North America, a global engineering firm. As a national expert, she delivers large-scale infrastructure and programs that enhance mobility through intelligent transportation systems and innovative financing. Samantha resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, Jeremy and son, Benjamin.


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Class Rep: Jared Harwell Caroline Stephens Samis and husband, Jimmy ‘02, welcomed daughter, Ann Frances on January 12 (picture bottom, left). Caroline works at The Northern Trust Company and Jimmy manages his own video production company, Fluxtown Productions, and works part-time teaching Digital Video at All Saints’.


Class Rep: Kelley Berkovsky Burt Elizabeth Hudson Longo and her husband, Ross, welcomed son, William Michael, on January 26. William joins big brothers, Matthew and Charlie. They live in Dallas.


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1999 Brett O’Brien was recently promoted to Co-Executive Producer and Operations Manager for CMT (Country Music Television) radio brands. Their three radio

Caroline Stephens Samis '01 and husband, Jimmy ‘02, welcomed daughter, Ann Frances on January 12.

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Amy Kemble Fierke and husband, Shelby, welcomed twin sons, Max Ryan and Milo James on November 17, 2015.

The Class of 2005 celebrated their 10-Year High School Reunion with a celebration at The Original. A good time was had by all!

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Allie Kobs ’07 wed Walker Turney ’03 on June 11. Meredith Ray launched her own luxury handbag line, Meredith Ray Handbags, which focuses on classic, timeless designs coupled with exotic skins. To view and shop her work, visit Ryan Henry ’06 married Holly Haney on May 28.

Blair Uberman got engaged to David Dietrich on July 8.

Emilie Peloubet Watson and husband, Kent, welcomed son, John Marshall on July 5. John Marshall joins big brother, Asa (3).


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Quinlin Germany married Awnya Miles on July 10 in Charlotte, North Carolina.


Class Rep: Jordan Harwell Hawkins Caitlin Byrne Milligan and husband, Zac, welcomed daughter, Micah Marie, on December 29, 2015. Lindsay Smith and fiancé, Nicholas Campbell, welcomed a baby boy, Axton David Campbell on July 13. 64 | INNOVATE Fall 2016

Katy Walker got engaged to Matt Rush on February 5. Their wedding is set for October 28 in Fort Worth.



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Class Rep: Hollis Kent Dakota Shaw married Victoria Thomas on April 2.

Allie Kobs wed Walker Turney on June 11 in Carmel, California, at the Monterey Peninsula Country Club on the 14th Fairway of the Dunes Course. The bridal party included: Kendall Berry ‘07, Madi Shoppa Davis ‘07, Staley Hawkins Moore ‘07, Callie Tennison Jennings ‘07, Addie McGraw Bowen ‘07, Julie Anthony ‘04, Shelby Beckman and Liz Sowa Coleman. The groomsman included: Riggs Brown ‘03, Craig Team ‘03, Jeffrey Kobs ‘09, John Shaw and Chase Blackmon.

Tiffany Schram married Chris Wallace on July 23. The wedding party included matrons of honor, Amanda Schram Endsley and Meredith Claunch and Barrett Tanner ‘11.

Bryan Song is currently a neuroscience graduate student at Harvard University.

Kevin and Meredith Claunch welcomed daughter, Reese, on January 28.

Sterling McDavid is the CEO and Founder of The Starling Project, which is a charitable home candle line that helps provide solar energy to impoverished communities around the world. To learn more about The Starling Project and to shop candles, visit


Curtis Knox is currently working as an Account Executive of Membership Sales for DFW’s first ever WNBA team, the Dallas Wings. Travers Pinkerton married Afton Dean on January 23.

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Travis Moore and wife, Kristi, welcomed son, Jack Robert, on May 3.

On June 17, Hudson Moore released his new album, ‘Getaway.’ You can find his music on iTunes.

Ryan Henry married Holly Haney on May 28.



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Courtney Uberman got engaged to Casey Scull on November 21, 2015.

Riley Gill got engaged to Lai-Sin Ley on January 10. Their wedding will take place in May 2017.

In October of 2015, Thomas Balcom and Cameron Mosier ‘10 started their own production company, Aminal Productions, where they produce commercials, music videos and much more.

This June, Jordan Tolbert signed on for NBA Summer League with the Atlanta Hawks.

Kiley Blackmon married Hugh Armstrong on July 20, 2015.


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Tiffany Schram ’10 married Chris Wallace on July 23.

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This June, Jordan Tolbert ’11 signed on for NBA Summer League with the Atlanta Hawks.

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Class Rep: Emma Grace Laird Haley Walraven got her second article, Why comScore Will Be OK published in Seeking Alpha.


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Class Rep: Larkin Rich Lauren Godby started a jewelry business, LoJewels. Visit to see her amazing work.



MIX, MINGLE & JINGLE NOVEMBER 29, 2016 6:00 PM Home of Megan and Victor Boschini

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Tiffany Isom Cason ‘97

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Come Home. 25TH ANNUAL HOMECOMING FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 NEW! ALUMNI CAMPUS TOUR: 2:00 p.m., Meet in Varsity Gym Kick off Homecoming weekend with a campus tour.

PEP RALLY: 2:30 p.m., Varsity Gym Renew your school spirit with the entire student body.

NEW! TAILGATE: 5:00 p.m., Home of Hollis Kent ’06

Stop by for a cold drink and good conversation with old friends. FAMILY PICNIC: 5:30 p.m., Practice Fields Join us for dinner, Hill Gliders, face painting and bounce houses. HOMECOMING GAME: 7:00 p.m., McNair Stadium Cheer your Saints to victory against ESD.





CLAY SHOOT APRIL 2 The Annual Clay Shoot at Wash Ranch raises money for the Kent Henning Alumni Scholarship Fund. 1. Allen Kent (Forever Saint), Hollis Kent ’06, Michael Kent ’00 and Vaishali Kent (wife of Chris ’97) 2. John Wynne ’02, Bailey McGuire ’03, Bradley Hickman ’03 and Walker Turney ’03           3. John Wynn ’02, Walker Turney ’03, Bailey McGuire ’03 and Bradley Hickman ’03




DAY ON THE GREENS MAY 9 Alumni's All Saints’ Open and Booster's Golf Classic combined forces for a Day on the Greens at River Crest Country Club.


1. Whitney Newton Wynne ’01 and Kristin McGuire (wife of Bailey McGuire ’03) 2. Matt Long ’01 3. Jimmy Samis ’02, April Hahnfeld Gwin ’02, Matt Long ’01 and Lissa Thomas Harrison ’02

Fall 2016


Read this, Alumni.

On behalf of the All Saints’ Alumni Association - THANK YOU! Thank you to everyone who supported the All Saints’ Alumni Association throughout the 2015-2016 year. Thanks to your time, talents, and financial assistance, two deserving alumni families have been awarded partial scholarships for the 2016-2017 school year. Many have recently inquired about the activities and the role of the All Saints’ Alumni Association. The main goal of the Association is to keep alumni connected to the School and to one another. In addition, the Association decided, in 2006, to establish the Kent Henning Alumni Scholarship Endowment Fund as a way to give back to alumni and their legacy children. Named in honor of beloved teacher, Upper School Principal, Interim Head of School, Middle School Principal, Director of Development and Alumni Director, Kent Henning—the scholarship has been awarded annually since 2006 to at least one child of an alum who is attending All Saints’ Episcopal School and who has demonstrated financial need. The Association holds two large community and fundraising events each year—the Clay Shoot and the Tennis Tournament. Alumni help plan each event and are definitely attendees; however, many other All Saints’ community members and even those who do not have connections with the School attend and support both events. ALL proceeds from these events go directly to the Kent Henning Scholarship Endowment Fund. Originally established to award one scholarship per year, with the growing success of both events, 2016-2017 marks the second year in a row of awarding two scholarships to children of alumni. As an alumna, I am proud of the Association’s growth and accomplishments. Although our Association is “young” considering our School’s founding was in 1951, and our first full graduating class was in 1989, we work hard to make the All Saints’ community stronger, and more importantly, to keep our legacies in the family.


April Hahnfeld Gwin April Hahnfeld Gwin ‘02 Alumni Association President

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2. A N T S I R G M A

3. T Y U O B E U

4. C A T E R E

How many words can you name that start with Z?

Fall 2016


TOLLING OF THE BELL May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercies of God, rest in peace. And, may light perpetual shine upon them. Amen.

DECEMBER 4, 2015 Frances Dixon Arlene Hayes Shockley JANUARY 8, 2016 Joe Wayne Curry Dorothy Jeanne Smith Ferebee George Claiborne Sumner Alice Inskeep Grant Henry Grady Neeson Jr. Herb J. Carnahan JANUARY 15, 2016 Frank Caballero JANUARY 22, 2016 Virginia Mitchell Fitzhugh JANUARY 29, 2016 Frederick “Jay” Dryer Marilyn McKnight Enterline Jacob J. “Jake” Moreno Max Hugo Tieken Connie Rae Leavitt FEBRUARY 5, 2016 Michael Sims FEBRUARY 19, 2016 Dr. Wishard Speer “Bill” Lorimer Jr. Geraldine “Gerry” Martha Barstow FEBRUARY 26, 2016 Jane W. Norris Shirley Brock MARCH 4, 2016 Helen M. Ubaldino Deidre Kay Martin Charles “Chuck” A. Wills Jr. David Michael Wooldridge

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APRIL 1, 2016 Elizabeth Ann Owens Goodrich Patrick Leonard Sumner Jannelle “Nell” Fulgham Clarence Ottis Turner Edna Louise Jones “Nanny” Maples Sammie Joyce Volmert Delia Francis APRIL 8, 2016 Joseph V. Drobnich APRIL 15, 2016 Janet Loretta Beasley Colvin Charles “Chas” Thomas Sellers Jr. APRIL 22, 2016 Col. Warner F. “Tex” Rankin Jr. Don Jones Mary Jo Wilson Donald “Donnie” Ray Williams MAY 6, 2016 Richard B. Hume Gail Tilley Virginia Owens Street Mary Elizabeth “Betty” Bostain Adams MAY 13, 2016 Lester G. Maples Terry T. Morris Virginia Harth Richards Rachel J. Roth Taylor James “Pepa” Lester Ward MAY 20, 2016 Dee J. Kelly Sr. James W. Young Rodney Dick Helm Jr.


2016-2017 Board of Trustees OFFICERS





Vice President

Vice President




Vice President



Andrea Halbach The Rev. Christopher Jambor Bob Jameson Matt Johnson Craig Kelly H. Peter Ku Matt McLaughlin Matt Mildren Mark Paukune Gary Randle Janie Rector

Maurie Reynolds Natalie Richardson Ramsay Slugg Whit Smith Sallie Trotter Cheryl Vinson Brad Wallace George Young Jr.

TRUSTEES Wendy Barron Stephanie Brentlinger Lance Byrd Richard Chowning Brad Clark Brad Corbett Jr. Jeff Dillard Wende Dwyer-Johnsen Jim Garnett Kori Green April Hahnfeld Gwin ’02

TRUSTEES EMERITUS Richard Bourland Bob Simpson

Tad Bird, Head of School

9700 Saints Circle, Fort Worth, Texas 76108




Innovate Magazine, Fall 2016  
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