BOYSâ€™ LATIN SPRING 2018 / VOLUME 6
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Our focus always has been–and always will be–that each student is known and loved for who he is. He will be challenged and supported along this journey to become the very best version of himself.
To receive a copy, contact Lisa Anthony 410.377.5192 x1106 Editorial Team Alex Barron,
Upper School English Teacher
Pat Gugerty ’83, Assistant Headmaster for Advancement
Mac Kennedy ’76,
Director of Alumni Relations & Stewardship
Katie Reid, Director of Digital Media
Nick Shepherd ’12,
Taylor Stothoff ‘11,
Alumni Relations Coordinator
Creative Team Katie Reid,
Director of Digital Media
Campus Photography Annemarie Merow Mary Carole Curran Cathi Hilpert Katie Reid Derrick Thomas BL Yearbook Staff Larry Canner Whitney Wasson LifeTouch Mighty Engine Brian Schneider Photography
ON THE COVER
BL alumnus Alfred Barr graduated in 1918 and went on to become the first director of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City
POSTINGS Preparing young men for the opportunities of the 21st century is no small task, yet it’s one that Boys’ Latin is uniquely suited to fulfill. The world is changing at exponential rates, and the challenges for our boys are increasingly complex. Students who enter BL in the lower school are preparing for careers that may not even exist today. People are interconnected in ways we haven’t been before, making the development of skills like collaboration, reflection and empathy more important than ever. Recognizing this landscape, our Board of Trustees authored and adopted the School’s latest Strategic Plan. Over the past year, various working groups have been hard at work, developing and implementing solutions to the different programmatic facets of the plan. In this issue of our magazine, we share some of the ways we are laying the groundwork for achieving the vision we share for our School, a vision in which our boys are prepared not just to survive but to thrive. We are broadening the horizons of our students, faculty and community by establishing exchange programs and various partnerships, including with member schools of the International Boys’ School Coalition (IBSC). These initiatives will provide opportunities to challenge assumptions and explore other cultures while building relationships across the
globe. In fact, we’ve already welcomed our first students from China, and we’ll be hosting the varsity soccer team from a partner school in New Zealand in the fall of 2018. In addition to enhancing our academic and co-curricular programs, the Strategic Plan also seeks to reinforce the strength of our School’s community by deepening the lifelong bonds that set us apart from our peer schools. For example, in our feature story on the Laker Buddies program, you’ll hear from generations of Lakers about the strong impact that mentoring can have on a boy’s development and confidence. Our focus always has been–and always will be–that each student is known and loved for who he is. He will be challenged and supported along this journey to become the very best version of himself. Even in the midst of the rapid rate of change, this commitment–to forging enduring personal relationships–remains a cornerstone of the Boys’ Latin experience. All the best,
Christopher J. Post / Headmaster
Table of Contents Features Boys' Latin and the Arts .............................................. 4 Vision 2020: A Global View ..................................... .10 Big and Little Brothers for Life ...................................14 Student Spotlight: Carrington Scott .......................... 18 Faculty Spotlight: Stephanie McKew ......................... 20
Campus News Fall Sports Wrap-Up .................................................. 21 Fall & Winter Highlights ........................................... 22 Bull & Oyster Roast Recap ........................................ 26 A Historic Gift .......................................................... 28 A Lasting Impact ........................................................29 Living Like a Laker .................................................... 30 Reflections on Roboquake ......................................... 32
Connections Laker Stories .............................................................. 34 Planned Giving Highlight: The Wards ....................... 36 100% Laker Fund Participation.................................. 37 Homecoming Preview ................................................38 Kate Berger Scholarship ............................................. 39 Class Notes ................................................................ 40
by Cathi Hilpert, Communications Coordinator
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Alfred Barr poses among the collection at the Museum of Modern Art
Countless alumni, each intent on making a lasting mark across so many realms of human expression, got their start at Boys’ Latin. Francis Hopkinson Smith, a best-selling author and celebrated painter, served as the lead engineer who built the foundation for the Statue of Liberty. John David Whalen, a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, is a film actor who will appear in the upcoming American historical drama, First Man, later this year. And, Alfred H. Barr, Jr., an American art historian and the founding director of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), was one of the most influential forces in modern art. This spring marks the 100th anniversary of Barr’s graduation from Boys’ Latin. His dedication and knowledge ultimately allowed the MoMA to achieve the international distinction it still holds today. During the Great Depression, Barr ran the MoMA successfully and organized scores of exhibits, featuring everything from Frank Lloyd Wright to Vincent Van Gogh to Pablo Picasso. According to The New Yorker, Barr first became interested in modern art because his teachers made fun of it. Barr said, “I’ve always had to guard against a tendency to be in opposition for the sake of opposition. Maybe it’s got something to do with being Scotch and Presbyterian.” A stellar student at BL, Barr headed to Princeton after graduation, where he was roommates with his old Boys’ Latin friend and classmate, Ed King ’18. King, a fellow art history major, later became the first curator of paintings of Far Eastern Art at the Walters Art Gallery in Baltimore. A nationally recognized authority on painting, he was asked to catalog nearly 25,000 works of art that had been bequeathed to the city of Baltimore by Henry Walters in 1931. In 1945, he was named the administrator of the gallery and became its first director from 1951 until 1966, when he retired. The collective impact both Barr and King had on the modern art world is nothing short of remarkable. Their influences play a huge role in shaping how we learn, teach and appreciate art today. “Barr and King were not only great art historians but also great builders of institutions. It is no accident that, as young men in their formative years in Baltimore and while at Boys' Latin, they experienced firsthand the great era of public museum making in the United States. I often marvel at what it would have been like to be in Baltimore after the great fire of 1904 and especially in the decade after 1909, when the Walters Gallery first opened–
seasonally– as a private collection on view to the public in a brand new, monumental and purpose-built museum building,” says Julia Marciari-Alexander, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Walters Art Museum, who is also a BL parent. “There is no doubt that having access to world-class works of art in their hometown and living in a city that was, during their high school years, actively committing to hosting not just one but two great art museums would have indelibly marked Barr and King in their life’s work as art historians, teachers, curators, and ultimately, museum directors.” Paving the way While Barr and King may not have realized it at the time, they paved the way for future generations of Lakers to study and pursue art. Jarek Sparaco ’13, who describes his art as taking “a very abstract form,” is appreciative of the pioneering work of his fellow Lakers. Sparaco, who graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) last year with a BFA in general fine arts, has been featured in several area art shows. Most recently, his work was profiled in Metrics, which was presented by the Carroll County Arts Council in February. The show highlights his skills in a variety of mediums, including paint, paper and ink. His pieces focus on the accumulation of marks to form images from individual pieces that may be indistinguishable from one another. “Strips are bent at different degrees to create a distorted image, while maintaining a semblance of the original image,” he explains. “The concept of destroying something is turned into a process of creation, in which a new image is created from an old one.” Sparaco credits Upper School Art Teacher Amy Digges for inspiring him to continue his study of art in college. “She encouraged me to compile my first portfolio, and the classes she taught helped me to understand a wider range of art forms beyond drawing,” he says. Exposing students like Sparaco to a variety of art forms, techniques and experiences is exactly what BL’s fine arts curriculum aims to do. All students participate in visual art, performing art and music classes from kindergarten and pre-first all of the way through eighth grade. In the upper school, students have the option of choosing the electives they enjoy most and are required to take at least three classes in the fine arts. Options abound, from ceramics, studio art and painting to acting, chorus and jazz ensemble. No
“While we always hope creativity is a by-product, our fine arts curriculum also teaches discipline, focus, and teamwork...” BOYSLATINMD.COM
matter what path they ultimately choose, students engage in the process of creating art in a structured environment where they can learn the fundamentals while honing critical skills like problem solving. “While we always hope creativity is a by-product, our fine arts curriculum also teaches discipline, focus and teamwork, which are things you often learn in sports but not always in the classroom setting,” says Kathy Anderson, Fine and Performing Arts Department Chair. The score that senior Chase Bailey is writing for the upcoming spring concert is a perfect example. While Bailey has always wanted to play Star Wars music during his 13year music career at BL, he says there was never an arrangement that was a good fit. For his final spring concert, Bailey decided to take the task on himself and write a medley of seven different themes from Star Wars, including a part on the trumpet he’s writing for his teacher and Jazz Ensemble Director, Matt Pisarcik. “It took a lot of work and a lot of trial and error,” Bailey says, noting that his first cut was 12 minutes and 50 seconds long when it needed to be closer to six minutes. “It was hard to cut and still keep the feeling I wanted.” After finalizing the score and teaching his classmates – as well as Mr. Pisarcik – how to play the piece, he’ll be conducting in front of everyone at this year’s spring concert. “I’m really excited,” Bailey says. Making connections BL students have myriad opportunities to hone their artistic talents outside of the traditional classroom as well. When accomplished musician Mike Munford ’76 returned to campus this fall to perform during upper school lunch, junior Hunter Hine and Upper School Learning Specialist Steve Roche had the chance to perform alongside him. “Playing banjo with Mike was like playing guitar with Jimi Hendrix,” says Hine, who started playing the banjo about two years ago. Munford has played in front of thousands of fans at major venues near and far – including an appearance at Nashville’s legendary Grand Ole Opry. But playing at BL held special significance for him. “I learned so many important life lessons here,” he told the crowd, before dedicating a song to his old Latin teacher, the recently deceased Mr. John Bowling. While he didn’t see the correlation at the time, Munford says that studying Latin at BL was very similar to learning to play the five-string banjo. “Back then, there were only a few books on the banjo and you had to fill in a lot of gaps on your own. It took a lot of critical listening to connect what you saw in a book with what you heard on a record,” recalls Munford. “Learning Latin was the same kind of skill. There was a lot of abstract information you had to piece together and you really had to study it to get the flow.” Since his graduation from BL, Munford has steadily risen to the top of the bluegrass world. He plays with the critically acclaimed band Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, whose 2015 release Cold Spell earned
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Jarek Sparaco ’13 Biggest inspiration: “I find patterns in my surroundings to be particularly inspiring. A brick wall, wood patterning or even a bookshelf full of books. Anything that is comprised of smaller parts and tends to blend together from a distance. Lately, I’ve been very interested in the threecolor patterns seen in old color TVs - the red, green, blue pattern that is repeated with small variations to create the images on the screen.” Recent projects: The Colors You Gave Me - Under Pressure, paint and matte medium on bookboard and cut paper; When Does The Rain Come?, ink on cut paper in picture frame; and The Colors You Gave Me - For Natasha, acrylic paint and ink on cut paper and reflective polyester. See more at jareksparaco.com. Proudest moment: “Nothing can compare to the feeling of accomplishment I felt when I saw my work being bought after the Senior Exhibition Show at MICA. I was happy that someone liked my work enough to buy it, and proud that I was beginning my professional career as an artist on an encouraging note.” On BL: “Boys’ Latin really taught me to open up to people, to come out of my shell. It has an atmosphere of inclusivity that is irresistible. Even if we all don’t share the same interests, we can still enjoy our individual pursuits together as a community.”
"Under Pressure" from "The Colors You Gave Me" series, by Jarek Sparaco
Mike Munford ’76 Biggest inspiration: “There are so many musicians in the Baltimore area that are unique talents. Jon Glik is a great fiddler who had a huge impact on me. I’ve known him for 40 years and his music still inspires me.” Latest album: Cold Spell, which earned his band - Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen - a Grammy nomination for Best Bluegrass album in 2015 Proudest moment: “When I’m striving for a particular sound or technique and have a breakthrough – those are the moments when I feel a sense of growth and personal achievement … they come in small bits and pieces.” On BL: “There is always a special feeling about being on the BL campus and seeing the magical connection between students and teachers.”
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FEATURES a Grammy nomination for Best Bluegrass album. And in 2013, the International Bluegrass Music Association named him Banjo Player of the Year.
Zielaskiewicz, during middle school. “I always loved music and gravitated toward it,” says Wilcox, who later discovered the guitar and writing music.
Passing it down
In the upper school, Wilcox played drums in BL’s ensemble. “The music program at BL broadened my horizons,” he says. After graduating from BL, Wilcox headed to College of Charleston to study history. And while he considered going to law school as he approached the end of his senior year in college, he decided to move to Nashville instead.
Listening to Munford play, it’s easy to see the reason for the praise he has received. On tunes like “Yeah Man,” a Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen staple, his nimble fingers produced a barrage of sparkling notes: it’s a sound at once wild and highly polished. For Roche, an excellent bluegrass musician in his own right, the chance to play with a legend was both humbling and exhilarating. “It was a bucket list experience,” says Roche. The tradition of one musician passing down what he’s learned to another is something that Munford values tremendously. “It’s what’s so great about the folk tradition. It’s handed down from generation to generation,” he says. In a similar fashion, singer and songwriter Chris Wilcox ’10 got his start in music by learning drums from his math teacher, Rich
“This music thing was always itching at me,” says Wilcox, who describes his current style of music as alternative country/southern rock. Drive, his latest single, was released in 2017. Since then, he’s been busy playing at a variety of venues across the Southeast. Earlier this fall, Zielaskiewicz was able to catch up with his former student and see him perform. “It was incredible to see what he had become as a musician and as a person,” Zielaskiewicz says. “I think he’s going to blow up.”
Chris Wilcox ’10 Biggest inspiration: “When someone tells me that one of my songs has made a difference for them. The way a song can make someone feel is really special. It’s why I love music.” Current project: A new CD to be released in June. “I’ve never been more excited about a group of songs.” Proudest moment: “Playing at The 8X10 in Baltimore was really special to me because it was my first chance to come back to Baltimore and play my new style of music. The crowd was about 20 people shy of a sellout and there were a ton of BL guys there, which was great.” On BL: “At BL, I had the unique opportunity to explore the way I think about writing. I learned to focus and organize my thoughts.”
Part one of a two-part series by Chris Post, Headmaster
One year ago, the Boysâ€™ Latin Board of Trustees adopted our current strategic plan, VISION 2020. Building on BLâ€™s rich history and tradition of striving for academic and personal excellence, this plan ensures that each boy is well prepared for the opportunities of the 21st century while also reaffirming our commitment to the core values of courage, integrity and compassion as embodied in our motto, Esse Quam Videri: To Be, Rather Than to Seem.
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FEATURES Implementation efforts are well under way and focus on four key areas: teaching and learning; community and culture; branding and marketing; and financial sustainability. Our trustees– together with faculty, staff, alumni and friends–have carefully and thoughtfully identified specific strategies to help us grow institutionally in each area. Part one of this two-part series explores how BL’s academic and co-curricular programs will be enriched over the next few years, as well as how the school is fostering a stronger and more unified community and culture. Developing culturally competent citizens Our world is more interconnected than ever. Rapid globalization has changed not only the way we interact with one another, but also with whom we interact. Preparing our students to lead in an ever-changing world requires teaching new and different skills that will allow them to become creative problem solvers, intellectual risk takers and innovative thinkers. Our responsibility as educators is to teach today’s generation how to empathize, collaborate and reflect so they can see things from a variety of perspectives, learn from those around them and be more effective leaders. In addition to offering myriad opportunities to cultivate an inventory of these skills in the classroom and on the BL campus, we are pleased to announce that we will be launching a number of local and global programs to further support the development of our students as culturally competent citizens. For Stephen Wright ’69, a member of the Boys’ Latin Board of Trustees, this is particularly important. During his career in higher education, he served in a variety of leadership and administrative roles, including Associate Dean and Associate Director of the University of Maryland Extension (UME) and Regional Director and Associate Department Chair of Extension at The Ohio State University. Throughout these experiences, he witnessed that being a champion for cultural competence means engaging in a process that seeks to understand culture through education and crosscultural exchange. “What’s important for young people and adults to understand is that culture is not about what’s good and bad but what’s different,” explains Wright. “Differences between cultures are not something to be feared but something we should seek to understand.” The strategic plan highlights a number of ways BL plans to help boys explore variances in culture. These initiatives include everything from participating in volunteerism and service learning programs to studying languages in more immersive ways to traveling to another continent for a year abroad. “The beautiful thing about getting boys involved in an experience is that it becomes the teacher,” Wright says. “They are entering a place they’ve never been exposed to and now they have a real-life example. It’s not just words anymore.” Through BL’s relationships with peer schools in the International Boys’ School Coalition (IBSC), a new upper school exchange program with schools in Australia and New Zealand is planned for the 2019-2020 school year. To support these efforts, BL has appointed Kristen Tubman, chair of the World Language
Department, as the school’s first coordinator of community and global programs (see page 12 for a Q&A). In this capacity, she assists with developing programs that will broaden the horizons of our students and the community, including exchange programs that take our students to other countries as well as those that bring international students here. One of the family In September, BL welcomed Bohang “Brandon” Wu, a junior from Yiwi, a city located in the Zhejiang province of China, who is living with fellow junior Alex Stengel and his family. “It’s like having a brother,” says Alex, adding that his experience serving as a host for Brandon has also raised his cultural awareness. “We tend to generalize what’s happening in China. I’ve said things and Brandon has corrected me or he’s told me things and I had no idea, like how strongly people feel about Taiwan being part of China. He’s really passionate about it. We have a view that China is all one culture but it’s actually so many different cultures.” Likewise, Brandon has learned a great deal about American culture. For him, one of the biggest adjustments has been in the classroom. “School here is a lot of discussion,” he says. “In China, most of the class is lecture so we just listen.” For BL junior Tommy Hurley, having Brandon as his lab partner in AP Physics has brought a valuable perspective to the class. “In the past when I’ve worked with lab partners, we’re usually thinking the same things and making the same errors,” Hurley says. “Since Brandon and I come from different backgrounds academically, we have contrasting ideas and we can help each other with our mistakes.” The pair also worked together on a design thinking project in their Innovation LAUNCH class, which gave Hurley additional insight to what life in China is like. “It made me realize [China] is really similar to here. It’s not that different of a place,” Hurley says, pointing to the fact that many of Brandon’s favorite movies are also his own. Giovanni Biggers, a junior, agrees. He says being in class with Brandon has given him a better perspective on not only what’s different between them, but also what is the same. “When I talk to Brandon, I appreciate where I am a bit more,” says Biggers. “At the same time, we’re both teenagers, and we get to talk it out, overcome stereotypes, have conversations and really get to know one another.” For Wright and the Board of Trustees, that’s exactly the goal: to create culturally competent citizens who are prepared to thrive in the 21st century. “Collectively, these efforts will take us to a place where we’re much more vibrant and supportive of each other,” Wright says. “Things that thrive do so because of diversity.” Are you interested or willing to host an international student? For more information on ways you can be involved in hosting, please contact Kristen Tubman at email@example.com. BOYSLATINMD.COM
Kristen Tubman is BL's new community and global programs coordinator
Meet Kristen Tubman, BL's Community & Global Programs Coordinator by Cathi Hilpert
When Boys’ Latin went through the latest reaccreditation process, issues of diversity, equity and inclusion were identified by AIMS (Association of Independent Schools of Maryland/DC) as areas of focus for the school over the next 10- year period. Since that reaccreditation, the Board of Trustees has authored and issued a diversity statement, and we, as a school, have augmented our efforts through intentional professional and programmatic development. In August, Kristen Tubman was named BL’s first Community and Global Programs Coordinator. She is responsible for directing the school’s equity and diversity programming and professional development as well as administering the international student and student travel programs. Since joining Boys’ Latin in 2007, Tubman has developed a reputation as an activist who cares fiercely for her students and for her colleagues. Over her 10-year tenure, she’s assumed a variety of leadership roles on Lake Avenue and beyond, including World Language Department Chair, Faculty Co-Sponsor of the Diversity Co-Existence Club and Common Ground Club, and White Affinity Group Facilitator at the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) People of Color Conference. She also participates in and hosts regional AIMS Diversity Practitioners’ meetings and is a planning committee member of the Baltimore Student Diversity Leadership Conference and Middle School Leadership in Diversity Conference.
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In this Q&A, Tubman shares her thoughts about her role and some of the initiatives that are currently under way. Why did you want to take on this position? For me, personally, it goes back to growing up in Baltimore, straddling a variety of worlds and seeing that not all people were always welcomed or embraced. I want to use my privilege to help change this reality. My greatest joy comes from connecting with and learning from different people and I hope to be able to share this joy with my students. What are some of the specific ways that Boys’ Latin is improving understanding between students of different backgrounds? One way is through the Diversity Co-Existence Club, or DC 2. We call it that because we want people to know that the club is for everyone. Our two goals are to understand ourselves and to educate the BL community through activities like class meetings, grade-level seminars, open discussions and our annual coffee house event. Club members also attend and help to plan local and national diversity conferences. It is particularly exciting to broaden our global programs, through hosting international students and offering travel opportunities, because this brings many more perspectives and experiences into our community and helps us grow.
FEATURES This year, our students have also had the chance to better connect with one another because we’ve created a physical space in the upper school to make that happen. My office doubles as a lounge area so students can interact across grade levels, get support from one another and just be themselves. We all share ownership of it and even have a cleaning schedule! In its Principles of Good Practice, the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) states that schools should establish a commitment to equity and justice in its defining documents and affirm the dignity and worth of each member of its community. Why is this so important? Our world is incredibly diverse and in order to function as a society, we need to be able to accept others’ truths as true, even if we don’t experience them as our own or choose to live by them in our own lives. What is the relationship between diversity and excellence? I believe that there is no excellence without diversity. To be excellent, you have to be high-functioning in a wide variety of areas and settings. Take problem solving as an example. When there are problems you need to solve, you have to modify your behavior in order to move forward, and this requires a wide range of knowledge as well as the capacity to look at the world from different perspectives. Having the ability to interact authentically and embrace differences makes this possible. What excites you the most about this role? Our students want to be empowered to make a positive difference in the world. That’s what brings me here every day – my drive to support them and to keep learning from them. What will the next few months look like for you? It’s going to be a busy spring. I’m presenting at the 2018 AIMS Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Conference. My colleagues and I, along with the student leaders, are planning for the third annual Middle School Student Leadership in Diversity Conference in late April. On the BL campus, we’re planning an event for the spring where parents, faculty and staff can gather and spend time exploring topics related to diversity and inclusion. Students are attending conferences, planning field trips, running peer education and hoping to do outreach to the younger divisions. I’m also actively working to stay in contact with BL alumni so that I can connect them with current students as mentors. Lastly, our BL faculty in all divisions will continue the professional development work we’ve been engaged in throughout the year with Diversity Consultant Jen Cort.
Baltimore Ravens Eric Weddle (left) and Ben Watson (right) pose with senior Carrington Scott, who moderated the discussion
by Alex Barron, Upper School English Teacher
Murmurs were already audible as the upper school boys filed into the Gelston Athletic Center. “Did you see those guys?” “Is that who I think it is?” All suspicions were confirmed just moments later when Upper School Head Brian Mitchell introduced current Baltimore Ravens Benjamin Watson and Eric Weddle to the packed room. The surprise visit was coordinated by Harry Swayne, the father of junior Chris Swayne, a former NFL offensive tackle who now serves as the Ravens’ Director of Player Engagement. The assembly proved to be a highlight of BL’s commemoration of Black History Month, a month full of conversations about diversity and inclusion. “In December, [Mr. Swayne] called me to talk about some of the things he heard we were working on at BL,” said Mitchell. “He knew that the Ravens organization had done similar work and he wanted to offer his help in support in our conversations.” The event was designed as a panel discussion: Watson and Weddle sat on chairs on either side of senior Carrington Scott, who moderated the conversation. Both Ravens have spoken previously about racial identity, especially Watson, who wrote a book on the topic, entitled Under Our Skin. The conversation occasionally drifted to football, but for the most part, the topics of the day were empathy and understanding. “Empathy is being willing to feel what someone else is going through. To suffer along with them,” said Watson. To the BL community, he advised, “It’s imperative, if it’s going to be a true brotherhood, that you’re willing to have empathy for each other.” Following the players’ remarks, they asked their own questions to the audience, and were greeted with honest answers from several students, including juniors Carlos Davis and Josh Pugh and seniors Jaylin Andrews and Justus Brown. At the close of proceedings, flocks of students stayed behind to shake hands and take pictures. “The boys’ eagerness to engage [was] astounding,” reflected Mitchell afterward. “Moments like this have the power to define schools and everyone who is a part of them.” BOYSLATINMD.COM
Senior Chase Bailey gives a fist bump to fourth grader Charlie Miller at lunch
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Laker Buddies A closer look at BLâ€™s unique approach to brotherhood by Katie Reid, Director of Digital Media
Brothers for Life is an oft-uttered phrase on the Boysâ€™ Latin campus, and it is perhaps best embodied in the Laker Buddy program, where older students are paired with lower school students and cultivate relationships with them throughout the school year.
The Laker Buddy program owes its origins to Upper School Math Teacher Molly Mullally. In 2006, Mullally had two sons in the lower school and thought it would be a good idea if upper and lower school students spent more time interacting with one another. At first, just a few upper school students started going across the bridge to visit with lower school classes during recess and then, Mullally said, it just caught on. Thus began Laker Corps, a program that sent upper schoolers to spend time with lower school classes. One of those Laker Corps pioneers was Assistant Director of Upper School Admissions and Head Varsity Lacrosse Coach Brian Farrell ’06, who was a senior at the time. “We just had fun. It was as easy as it sounds,” said Farrell. “We had a good time together and obviously connected with some of the kids.” By 2010, Mullally and Lower School Counselor Shirelle Flowers noticed that some of those connections might be better suited for one-on-one friendships, so they decided to pair buddies up individually rather than by class. The Laker Buddy program was born and quickly exploded in popularity. “I just really enjoy it because of so much unique bonding time, getting to know someone,” said fifth grader Truman Gavin. “I’m an only child so it feels good to just have someone around.” From homework help to social support to having positive role models, it’s easy to see why lower school students like Truman are so excited to spend time with their older buddies. So much so that over the years, the Laker Buddy program has expanded to create more opportunities for younger and older Lakers to interact with one another. In addition to the buddy pairs, Flowers said, each fifth grade student is paired with a kindergarten or pre-first student, and the middle school advisories rotate through different lower school classes throughout the year. Senior Jaylin Andrews was paired with his buddy, Sameer Roberts, almost four years ago and this consistency throughout their time at Boys’ Latin has allowed them to build an especially strong bond. In addition to spending time with Sameer every week, playing with Legos or helping with homework, Jaylin has had a front row seat as Sameer developed his own unique personality. “The first thing I would call Sameer is energetic. Even in the library he’s running around, looking for books. He’s really curious about learning about other people, so he’s a people person,” said Jaylin. “And he’s smart, he loves history.” Sameer, now in second grade, just loves being around Jaylin. “Jaylin is like a brother to me. I’m happy that I have someone to play with.” And while many older students enjoy celebrity status among their younger Lakers, it’s not just the lower schoolers who benefit from their buddies.
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Jaylin Andrews and Sameer Roberts in 2016
“I always wanted a little brother and he's been the perfect little brother to me, really.” “You come from a long day of school–you could be tired from all the work you did or just irritated throughout the day–and you see your buddy and it’s like you’re a superhero to them,” said Jaylin. “You just forget about everything that went on throughout the day and they just brighten your whole mood up.” Farrell had a similar experience during his time in Laker Corps. “It’s a give and take from both sides. The give of being a mentor to a younger guy, but then also the experience you get as an older mentor to tell them what you’ve learned or to show them how to read or to go out and just play on the playground,” said Farrell.
“It’s just who we are, it’s this small, tight-knit community.” That small, tight-knit community became even more real to Farrell when he realized the boys who were in the pre-first class he worked with when he was a senior are now seniors themselves and have lower school buddies of their own. Chase Bailey is one such senior. He remembers Farrell and other upper school students coming to play with his class at recess, and he’s one of several students whose positive experiences with the program in the lower school motivated him to become involved, first in Laker Corps and then, later, in Laker Buddies. “Whether it’s just playing or talking with them or helping them solve a problem of the day–I just love building the connections,” said Bailey. “Seeing how they all grow up and helping them out with their work is just a ton of fun.” More than ever, upper school students agree. With 30 upper school students involved, Laker Buddies is enjoying its highest level of participation yet.
“Showing them how to act, showing them how to be a real Laker– it’s just really an honor to be able to do this, it’s really awesome,” Bailey said. Jaylin and Sameer might not technically be brothers, but brotherhood on Lake Avenue is about something different. It’s about showing up. It’s about being there. It’s about relationships. “Creating this relationship with my little brother Sameer, it’s something I’ve always wanted,” said Andrews. “I always wanted a little brother and he’s been the perfect little brother to me, really.” Sameer couldn’t agree more. He didn’t hesitate at all when asked to describe Jaylin: “Nice, kind, playful, someone when you’re sad you can go to and he’ll make you feel really happy and better. And when you’re hurt he’ll make you happy too.” What more could you want in a big brother?
Eighth Graders Cam Carrigan and Will Beckford help lower schoolers during an art activity
Carrington Scott ’18 by Alex Barron
The keynote address for BL’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) assembly is usually delivered by either a faculty member or an outside speaker. But this year the honor fell to senior Carrington Scott who, among his many other roles at BL, is a student leader in the Diversity Club. It’s a tall order for any high school student to speak about race to an auditorium filled with peers and teachers, but Carrington was more than up to the challenge. With maturity and poise, he talked of his responsibility to uphold Dr. King’s legacy by promoting tolerance and inclusion throughout the community. “MLK’s work was to guide this nation towards the mountaintop of enlightenment and acceptance,” he said. “His teachings did not die with him: they live on in those that take to the streets, to classrooms, to rallies, to social media, to petitions and in those that tackle their everyday lives to make the world better than it was when they woke up.” Throughout his academic career at BL, Carrington has worked to model Dr. King’s teachings. Last year, Carrington honored Black History month by reading facts about prominent African-American pioneers every day in the Student Commons after lunch. At other all-school functions, he has read original poetry relating to the themes of diversity and African-American identity. Carrington reports that his experience attending conferences as a member of Diversity Club has made him feel like “an activist and an educator,” and certainly he has done his part to educate his peers. The Diversity Club has been central to Carrington's experience at Boys' Latin, and in turn, his contributions to the club have been invaluable.
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“The Diversity Club is an outlet for me to discuss the most critical issues that society faces,” he says. “I have been a member since my freshman year and I love how I can see the amazing growth the club has had.” Kristen Tubman, the club's faculty advisory, credits Carrington with much of the club's recent success. “He has become one of the strongest leaders of Diversity Club,” she says. “He maintains his high ideals of respect for others, compassion and personal accountability regardless of the situation. He may disagree with your views, but will always listen and present his argument respectfully.” In November, Carrington, along with three of his Laker peers - Carlos Davis, Lowell Hairston and Emre Yavalar – represented BL at the Student Diversity Leadership Conference in Anaheim, California. The conference, which he calls “amazing, fantastic, eye-opening,” introduced Carrington to a diverse range of student leaders from around the country. “At that conference, I didn't feel alone or in the minority. I was surrounded by other leaders of their communities, all working for a better, stronger and loving America,” he says. “I learned so much about myself and others that I felt comfortable to open up to them in a short amount of time and they felt comfortable to open up to me.” Carrington’s work with the Diversity Club is just one piece of his rich and busy life at BL. In the classroom, both his grades and his effort have been consistently solid. Terry Howell, his French teacher and advisor, is one of the many upper school teachers who will miss teaching Carrington next year. “It has been a sheer joy teaching him for years. He is among the most enthusiastic and energetic students I've ever taught,” she raves. “As he appreciates learning for its own sake, Carrington endeavors to learn every nuance of the French language.” The admiration goes both ways: Carrington calls Mrs. Howell his favorite teacher. “Madame is the first one to talk to me if anything is going wrong,” he says. “She pushes me to grow, whether that is being
a better student, better leader or a better person.” Carrington has put together an impressive athletic resume during his time on Lake Avenue as well. He is a three-season athlete, who has lettered multiple times in cross country, wrestling and lacrosse. Head lacrosse coach Brian Farrell has found Carrington an invaluable presence both on and off the field. “He always has a smile on his face,” says Farrell. “His positive attitude and friendly demeanor help to strengthen our team's chemistry while building the brotherhood we talk about so much here at Boys' Latin.” It's hard for Carrington to choose a favorite sport of the three, but it's safe to say that for him, the best part of athletics at BL has been the comraderie. “I've loved competing for my school,” he says. "My main driving force is my love of my friends, because with them, everything becomes fun.” Not many three-sport scholar athletes find the time to seriously pursue music as well, but Carrington has been heavily involved in instrumental and vocal ensembles since he first enrolled at BL. A skilled piano player, he started in seventh grade band and, once in upper school, advanced to chorus and eventually Jazz Band. “My best memory of music at BL hasn't happened yet because my best memory will definitely be the spring concert, my last full performance here on Lake Avenue,” he says. “All good things must come to an end.” As he prepares to leave Lake Avenue, Carrington has mixed feelings. “I'm going to miss being able to wake up and walk through the front doors of my school as if I'm walking through the front door of my own home,” he says. Still, he is excited for the next chapter, which he hopes will ultimately lead him to serving in the United States military. “I knew before I was 10 that I wanted to serve,” says Carrington, “And since then my goal has never faltered or changed, and I'm super excited to be nearing the finish line, slowly seeing everything come to fruition.”
FACULTY SPOTLIGHT: Stephanie McKew by Alex Barron
Stephanie McKew spends most of her classroom time helping lower school students learn strategies to improve their writing and reading comprehension. But on one afternoon in January, she found herself addressing a group of juniors and seniors about a serious and sensitive topic. Although many of her students don't realize it, McKew is also a certified volunteer on the human trafficking crisis facing our country. In an attempt to raise awareness, she frequently speaks to a variety of groups. On this day, a class of BL LAUNCH students were the beneficiaries of her knowledge.
In addition to her work with Araminta, McKew spends her summers volunteering for Beans and Bread, an outreach center in Fells Point. At school, she speaks candidly to her students about homelessness, often attempting to clear up widely held misconceptions and stereotypes.
McKew opened with a seemingly simple game modeled on The Price is Right, in which she asked students to guess the prices of various objects. The questions began innocuously enough: “How much do you think a Starbucks Frappucino costs? How about an XBox?” But her final question hit her listeners hard: “What do you think is the monetary value of a human life?”
McKew identifies her work with the Madieu Williams Foundation–founded by the football standout who played for both the University of Maryland and the Cincinnati Bengals–as one of her richest and most memorable experiences in global community service. As a volunteer teacher in the program, she journeyed three times to a rural area of Sierra Leone. There, along with an American teaching team that included Assistant Lower School Head Greg Schnitzlein, she taught classes and provided education supplies. She hopes to return to the same school again in the future. “Traveling to that community gave me such a sense of perspective,” she says.
For students like junior Reward Odilatu, it was a moment that left quite an impression. “I had no idea that human trafficking was such a profitable business,” he remarked. “There was actually a lot I didn't know about the subject, but Mrs. McKew allowed us to ask a lot of questions, and she was open to answering all of them.” Following the presentation, each student in the class wrote McKew a thank you note that included a few follow-up questions. The fact that she responded to each note with a personalized one of her own speaks to her deep commitment to both social justice and to education. McKew became involved in the anti-human trafficking cause just over five years ago, when a representative from a local organization called Araminta Freedom Initiative made a presentation at her church. It wasn't long before she had joined the effort and was making presentations as a representative of the organization: at churches, at schools, at foster care agencies and, of course, at BL. Over time, McKew has honed her presentation to hook audiences of all ages. Ann Gazin, who co-teaches the LAUNCH class that McKew visited along with Upper School Learning Specialist Steve Roche, was impressed with her ability to connect with her audience. “Her presentation was informative and interactive, and it reflected her passion for a worthy cause,” Gazin says. “Students were engaged and asked great questions. They admired her commitment to exposing this societal ill.”
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“A large number of the men coming in are war veterans who have endured some sort of trauma,” she says. “It's important to remember that our responsibility is to help them. We're not their judges.”
On top of everything, McKew continues to be an innovator in the classroom. Just this past fall, she presented at MassCUE, an education conference held at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass. The topic was “Infercabulary,” a unique and dynamic way of teaching vocabulary: the technique has already yielded excellent results from her boys at BL. As McKew continues to transform her boys into better readers and writers, she simultaneously models empathy and good citizenship. “Giving a voice to the voiceless, and sharing our knowledge and resources is a way to give back for all that we have received,” she says. “It is what we are called to do: to take care of each other.” Stephanie McKew co-teaching a reading lesson to fourth graders in Freetown, Sierra Leone
FALL SPORTS wrap-up
CROSS COUNTRY Coach Jeff Hindes
The varsity cross country team finished the season 7th in the MIAA team standings. Despite missing several weeks with a broken collarbone, senior Ben Witham earned All-Conference honors at the MIAA Championship meet, finishing 7th overall with a personal best time of 17:24. A number of other Lakers had personal bests at the championship as well. As a young team composed primarily of freshmen and sophomores, the Lakers have a bright future ahead. The JV team had a great season as well thanks to many excellent runners who will advance to the varsity level next year.
Coach Ritchie Schell BL’s varsity football team had a tremendous year, finishing with a record of 4-2 in the conference and 5-5 overall. Going into the last game against rival St. Paul’s, the Lakers had the opportunity to solidify a spot in the championship, but lost 34-14. Quarterback Brenden Crouse was an All-MIAA performer and the catalyst on offense. Michael O’Neil
earned All-MIAA honors as well, proving to be both versatile and tough playing multiple positions. Senior Rashawn Evans and junior Giovanni Biggers were terrific defensively and also named All-MIAA, along with stellar linebacker Justus Brown. Coach Al Locey and the JV squad also played hard this season, earning the Lakers a co-championship title. The team completed the season with a 4-2 conference record, 5-4 overall. C.W. Smith, Adam Shuster, Mason Alford-James, Braydon Hill, Landon Bruce and Garrett Glatz, along with many others, will be big contributors at the next level.
VOLLEYBALL Coach Lon Engel
Our BL volleyball players had an outstanding season, earning a #6 seed in the playoffs. While the Lakers won the first two games in a tough quarterfinal final match at Gilman, they ultimately lost to the eventual champs and ended the season as a 6-10 quarterfinalist. Kenny Lewis, Will Alokones, Connor Stevens, Bryce Milton and Christian Griffin were tremendous for the Lakers. The JV volleyball team showed great improvement, finishing 10-4 in conference play. Looking ahead to
next fall, many of the JV players will transition to the varsity level, promising another exciting season of volleyball for the Lakers.
Coach Aaron Urban-Zukerberg After a slow start to Coach Urban-Zukerberg’s first season at the helm, the Lakers broke through against Severn to secure their first B conference win. As a young team with four freshman and several sophomores playing at key positions, the Lakers competed at a high level and with great effort to finish with a 5-10-4 record. Louis Marchese, Nate Brown, Blake Shepherd, Daniel Clime, Harold Loyd, Sam Grace and the four returning freshmen will give the Lakers a solid footing for next fall. The JV squad, under the direction of Head Coach Matt LaFreniere, played strong and wrapped up the season at 12-1-1. The Lakers secured a #2 seed in the playoffs, but fell to the Friends School in the championship game. This year’s roster was loaded with talent, including Riar Schell, Pierce Rubin, Harry Hinkle, Braden McClure, Liam Hescox, Jack Fishel and Matt Barger.
Fall & Winter HIGHLIGHTS
Tie Ceremony: At the Father-Son Breakfast, our fifth grade boys were joined by fathers and special guests for an unforgettable breakfast to honor the upcoming transition to middle school. Each boy accepted his BL tie with great pride and understanding of what it means to be a Laker. Headmaster Post reminded everyone how the three white stripes on the tie represent the three words of our motto, Esse Quam Videri, as the two black stripes represent the values of pride and tradition. Our fifth grade class will honor this milestone by embodying these values every day and by wearing the tie at least once a week.
Signing Day: BL is proud to honor nine seniors who have signed National Letters of Intent to play Division I athletics next year. Congratulations to Brenden Crouse (Air Force Academy - Lacrosse), Michael Ubriaco (Villanova University - Lacrosse), Matt Brandau (Yale University - Lacrosse), Basil Aburn (Syracuse University - Lacrosse), Ned Ruffin (College of William and Mary - Baseball), Chris Brandau (Georgetown University -Lacrosse), Cole Jarrett (New Jersey Institute of Technology - Baseball), Connor Walsh (Stonehill College Football and Basketball) and Devon Brewer (Cornell University - Football).
Grandparents & Special Friends Day: Our lower school boys were delighted to sing their songs, recite their poems and perform their skits for their loved ones during Grandparents & Special Friends Day. Thank you to the many guests who came to this year’s program, which included many unique and memorable expressions of music, art and drama.
Veterans Day: This fall, a group of lower school students wrote letters to servicemen and women on active military duty. The initiative allowed our boys to create meaningful bonds with those who protect our great nation and paved the way for our annual Veterans Day Assembly and wreath dedication. During the gathering, highly-decorated naval veteran Mitch Hendler ’01 spoke about the true meaning of service. Later that day, our boys took advantage of various educational opportunities at the Boys’ Latin Center for Military History.
Upper School Play: Leading Ladies was a smashing success! This year’s fall theater arts production displayed an outstanding team effort. For the spring production, Carson Rehfield ’18 and Will Krulak ’18 will participate in their final BL production when they direct Peter Shaffer's Black Comedy.
Middle School Play: This year’s Middle School Winter Production, An Evening with Sherlock Holmes, received rave reviews from audiences. The triad of one-act plays was the culmination of an incredible amount of time, energy and effort invested by our boys and producers. Thank you for a wonderful set of performances filled with mystery and fun!
Fall & Winter HIGHLIGHTS
Holiday Concert & Art Show: A showcase for BL’s many talented artists and musicians, this year’s All-School Art Show featured outstanding projects of all shapes and sizes, followed by a holiday-inspired performance from our upper school musicians.
MLK Assembly: In January, Boys’ Latin gathered to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The student-led assembly encouraged us all to act in love, kindness and conviction. Headmaster Post talked about the power of one light and the impact it can have, offering a direct application through one of our own boys, second grader Aden Edwards, who planned a toy drive for children in Puerto Rico. See page 30 for more of Aden’s story. Polar Bear Plunge: More than 25 members of the Boys’ Latin community banded together to participate in this year’s Maryland State Police Polar Bear Plunge. BL’s team, The Icy Lakers, raised over $3,000 in support of the charitable affiliate, Special Olympics Maryland. After collectively plunging into the frigid waters of the Chesapeake Bay, team members described the experience as “exhilarating, exciting and a little scary all at once.” BL was one of 73 schools to take part in the Cool Schools Plunge Day, which collectively raised over $375,000.
Final Game for Beloved Coach: Hugh “Snuffy” Gelston ’56 coached in his last athletic event – a sixth grade basketball game - at Boys’ Latin in February. Gelston’s BL coaching career began in 1965, when he coached varsity soccer, varsity cross country and JV basketball. In 1969, he became the varsity basketball coach and led the Lakers to 474 wins and seven championships before retiring in 1998. He also served as the school’s athletic director from 1972-2002 and was inducted into the Boys’ Latin Athletic Hall of Fame in 2008. Model UN: In February, BL’s Model UN team participated in AmeriMUNC, a conference designed to simulate a United Nations Summit. The BL team was tasked with resolving myriad issues, ranging from migrant crises to Catalonian independence – and they rose to the challenge. After a busy weekend of debate, the Laker delegates won three awards. The first two commendations were received by Zach Lutzky, a sophomore, and Alex Stengel, a junior. The third - a diplomacy award - was earned by BL Junior David Giordano, who was attending his first-ever Model UN conference.
New Basketball Scoring Record: Senior Jaylin Andrews broke BL’s 41-year-old basketball scoring record during a home game against Pikesville to become the program’s new all-time leading scorer. The previous record holder, Kevin Waters ’77, scored a total of 1,446 points while Jaylin reached 1,451 by the end of the game. Jaylin has started all four years of his high school career and averages 19 points a game.
J.P. Woodward and Bennett Gaines stand in front of their mural
58th Annual Bull & Oyster Roast by Cathi Hilpert
In November, nearly 900 members of the BL community came together at the 58th Annual Bull & Oyster Roast. The evening, held in the Gelston Athletic Center, is always a wonderful opportunity to re-connect with old friends and meet some new ones as well. Jointly hosted by the Boys’ Latin Alumni Association and the Boys’ Latin Parents’ Association, this year’s Bull & Oyster Roast raised a record-setting amount, all of which goes directly back to the school and benefits all Lakers. Special thanks to Brian Rudick ’87, president of the Alumni Association; Caroline Evans, president of the Parents’ Association; and Deb Wood, Monica Levine and Shawn Walter ’95, Bull Roast Committee members. These individuals, along with a host of alumni and parent volunteers, worked diligently to manage every single detail of the event, from organizing the silent and live auctions to facilitating the raffles to securing the new caterer, J. Burke Catering. We look forward to seeing you again next year. Remember, if it’s the Saturday before Thanksgiving, it’s time for the BL Bull & Oyster Roast!
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A packed house at the Bull Roast
Katie Clark P’29 and Tanya Moore P’24 Class of 2021 Neelen McMillan, Justin Illiano, John Bryan, Mathew Bailowitz, John Maranto and Xander O’ Malley
Seniors Ryan Hurley and Chase Bailey
Adrienne and John Barnes
Boys' Latin Donates Artifact to Reginald F. Lewis Museum
The photograph case that Butch Maisel found dates back to the Civil War
by Cathi Hilpert
Over the years, Butch Maisel, upper school history teacher and curator of the Boys’ Latin Center for Military History, has collected tens of thousands of objects for his extensive collection of military memorabilia. When he found a small photograph case at an antiques shop in Ephrata, Pennsylvania, his plan was to restore it and then use it for one of his own photographs from the Civil War era. But, as he stood in the checkout line and opened the case, his plan quickly changed. Inside the case, he was surprised to find a photo of an African American woman holding a book and a pair of shears. “I’ve seen a huge number of military photographs but I’ve not seen many of African American females from this period. I knew right away this one was a keeper,” says Maisel, who after purchasing the object for just $15, took it home and restored it back to its original condition. Based on the style of the case and the type of clothing the woman was wearing, he approximates that the case dates back to either the 1850s or 1860s. “When I blew up the image, I looked at her face and realized that I could not do her justice,” says Maisel. “She needed to go where she will be seen by a lot more people.” With that in mind, Maisel reached out to BL Alum
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Keiffer Mitchell Jr. ’86. Mitchell quickly put Maisel in touch with his contacts at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum in downtown Baltimore, and arrangements were made for the case, called an ambrotype, to be donated to the museum.
When Bethea visited Boys’ Latin to receive the ambrotype, he discovered a lot of common ground with Maisel. Both are committed to being an educational resource and to paying tribute to Maryland residents for the impact they’ve had throughout the state’s history.
“We are happy and pleased to be able to get this object,” says Charles E. Bethea, former Director of Collections and Exhibitions at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture. “One of the things we’re excited to build is our collection of African American history, particularly as it relates to slavery, emancipation and civil rights. This piece in its current condition would cover those three areas.”
Looking ahead, both organizations hope to find additional opportunities to collaborate and support one another in achieving their missions.
The Reginald F. Lewis Museum is Maryland's largest African American Museum with 82,000 square feet dedicated to highlighting the history and accomplishments of African Americans with a special focus on Maryland’s African American community. A Smithsonian affiliate, the museum’s mission is to provide information and inspiration about the rich contributions of African American Marylanders from the state’s earliest history to the present day.
Charles Bethea and Butch Maisel
Jimmy Peacock '12 traveled to Costa Rica as a Williams Scholar
A Lasting Impact
by Cathi Hilpert
For Jimmy Peacock, a graduate of the class of 2012, the Williams Scholar program was a springboard to greater accomplishment that shaped his academic, personal and professional life. “It opened my eyes to what true political service is all about,” said Peacock during his remarks at the upper school’s annual fall induction of the new Williams Scholars. Named after longtime headmaster Jack Williams ’38, the designation of Williams Scholar is one of Boys' Latin's highest academic honors. In order to be eligible, students must maintain a 3.5 weighted GPA with at least two honors-level courses. Peacock, who now works as a senior associate of political operations at FP1 Strategies, has garnered a wealth of professional experience during his short career. Two days after graduating from Furman University in 2016, Peacock moved to Arlington, Va., where he worked as a special assistant to Republican Virginia gubernatorial candidate, Ed Gillespie. In this role – often referred to as the “body man” – Peacock traveled with Gillespie to all political events, keeping him on schedule, ensuring he made the most of each outing and staying in constant communication with the campaign team. “We traveled over 100,000 miles together, and ate at every Wawa and Sheetz in Virginia,” he said. “It was an honor to be his guy.” While a student at Furman, Peacock also interned in a variety of campaign roles for U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham, State Senator William Timmons and former Florida Governor and presidential candidate Jeb Bush. He credits his years at Boys’ Latin – including his time as a Williams Scholar – for inspiring his career path. “I committed to pursuing a life of public service because of my experience with William Scholars, and I will forever be grateful,” Peacock said. As a Williams Scholar, the former class officer and soccer and baseball co-captain received a grant that
allowed him to participate in a service trip to Costa Rica with other high school students from across the country. During the trip, he helped to renovate an elementary school in La Lucha, a rural area about 35 miles south of San Jose. “In Costa Rica, I was exposed to a world of very different struggles,” he said. “I thought to myself: it is great that we are helping renovate a school, but what can I do to really make an impact and help those who aren’t as fortunate as me?” His experience in Costa Rica led him to seek out opportunities for service through organizations like Habitat for Humanity and Shootout for Soldiers, which was founded by Peacock’s BL classmate, Tyler Steinhardt ’12. Peacock’s time in Costa Rica also showed him that politics could be a way to find viable solutions to real-world problems. “I came back to Baltimore knowing I had been called to serve and that I had a pathway to do it,” he said. “I had always loved politics since I was little, but I had viewed it as a game, a competition where there’s a winner and a loser. When applied correctly, politics is a vehicle to policy, which in turn is a vehicle to solutions for the most vulnerable among us. I wanted to get involved in politics and fight for the candidates and the policies that I thought would make life better for those with the least amongst us. Politics wasn’t just a game to me after this experience.”
Named for Jack Williams ’38 who served as headmaster from 19621978, the Williams Scholars program recognizes students for outstanding academic achievement and a proven commitment to the life of the school. Boys’ Latin is proud to welcome the following inductees into the Williams Scholars Program: • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •
Jared Archer Cole Berger Dean Berger Chase Brown Connor Cadigan Andrew Cohen Stephen Davis Zachary Dudley Cole Erickson Michael Foster Blake Gable Payton Giberson Brendan Grimes Edward Heider Darius Kulchyckyj Jack Levine Braden McClure Edward McDermott Reagan McNemar Aidan McNulty Jacob Miller TyQuan Miller Chase Murdoch Jackson Nichols Edward Roebuck Frank Rosiak Kendall Walker Alex Westerkamp Emre Yavalar Igor Zaporozhski
Jimmy Peacock '12 and former President George W. Bush BOYSLATINMD.COM
Aden poses proudly in front of some of the toys wearing his BL gear
Living Like a Laker For most kids, cleaning their rooms is a task they donâ€™t particularly enjoy but one they have to endure. And while BL second grader Aden Edwards might agree, heâ€™ll also be the first to tell you that routine tasks like this one can lead to amazing things. by Cathi Hilpert
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CAMPUS NEWS When Aden Edwards was tidying up his room this fall, it made him wonder – would the kids in Puerto Rico have a nice Christmas this year? And, if he could give away some of his toys to the kids in Puerto Rico, would that make it better?
Aden took a lot of luggage on his trip to Puerto Rico
“Our family has regularly visited Puerto Rico, and Aden believes it is our second home,” says Mareco Edwards, Aden’s dad. “When Hurricane Maria hit, it made Aden sad and he suggested giving some of his own toys away to make the kids happy.” Aden’s generosity quickly set in motion a toy drive for the children of Puerto Rico. His goal was to collect or purchase 500 toys and gifts. With the help of his parents, Aden created a GoFundMe page and put pleas out on Facebook. The Edwards family also hosted a party at their home and asked guests to bring donations of toys. As word spread about the drive, Aden attracted the attention and support of numerous local and national organizations. Representatives from the Airport Minority Advisory Council, Pitt Electric, Suaoki, Toys for Tots and more supported the cause with donations of toys and funds. Enterprise Rental Car, Southwest Airlines and Sheraton Hotels & Resorts helped to offset travel costs. And, Headmaster Chris Post presented Aden with a $500 contribution from Boys’ Latin to support his efforts during the school’s annual assembly honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “In acts of kindness like Aden’s, we can live out the legacy of Dr. King, who embodies the essence of our school motto: Esse Quam Videri: To Be Rather than to Seem,” says Post. In total, Aden collected almost 2,000 toys and raised more than $7,000 for the children of Puerto Rico. Once all of the items were collected, Aden and his family traveled to Puerto Rico to distribute the toys to kids at shelters, churches and housing projects in locations ranging from cities to remote mountainous regions. “The project truly impacted different parts of the island,” says Mareco. Aden’s efforts were recognized by the Secretary of Housing for Puerto Rico. In addition, Residencial César Cordero, a public housing project where Aden distributed toys, made him an honorary member of the Quintana Soccer Club. Aden was delighted to join the team’s practice that evening, wearing his new jersey with pride and keeping pace with the other boys even though they could only communicate in Spanish.
Aden distributed toys to children all over the island
“I learned a few new Spanish words,” says Aden, who was more than happy to add to what he has been learning in Ms. Eley’s Spanish class. His experience in Puerto Rico also reinforced the values he’s learned through BL’s Live Like a Laker program. Every month, the lower school focuses on a specific value, like compassion or cooperation. Shirelle Flowers, lower school counselor, leads activities and discussions twice a month in each grade level related to that month’s value. Students can then earn “Lakers Slips” when they demonstrate the value of the month at school. “What Aden did speaks to the power of one child having an empathetic heart and putting his thoughts into actions,” says Flowers. “There is no amount of Laker slips for what Aden did for the kids of Puerto Rico. Maybe next year Aden can help to lead our Laker Lessons!” Aden’s teacher, Beth McClung, agrees. “Aden is a very thoughtful and kindhearted boy who cares deeply for others,” she says.
A note of thanks from children in Puerto Rico BOYSLATINMD.COM
critical life skill. BL’s robotics programs help bring abstract concepts to life by involving students in hands-on projects, but it’s not just about mastering basic engineering concepts and programming skills. In competitions, teams also are also judged on core values and must participate in a 10-minute teamwork exercise.
one robot at a time by Cathi Hilpert
For the HydroLakers, BL’s lower school robotics team, their journey to the Maryland FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Championship took them to some unusual locations, including the Baltimore City Department of Public Works Ashburton Water Filtration Plant near Druid Hill Park. As a part of this season’s Hydro DynamicsSM challenge, the team of fifth graders took a field trip there to find out where our water comes from and what happens to it as it travels from source to tap. Based on their findings, they had to identify a problem in the water cycle and suggest a researched solution. Then, for the Robot Game portion of the challenge, the team had to create a LEGO robot with programmable motors and sensors. The team could then earn points by having the robot autonomously complete missions on the game board. The missions included tasks like moving a broken pipe, flipping manhole covers and collecting rain water.
“Kids are working together and learning. It’s competitive but it’s also about helping others so we all benefit,” says Floccare. For Lower School Technology Coordinator Debi Krulak, who coaches along with Floccare, robotics has been a way for her to help others beyond the BL community. This summer, Krulak talked with Jack Pannell, executive director of Baltimore Collegiate School for Boys, about the possibility of helping the all-boys charter school form their first-ever robotics team. “I thought it would be a really good way for our boys to connect over something that’s fun,” Krulak says. As a first step, Krulak met with the two faculty leaders from Baltimore Collegiate that would coach the team, Grady McClinton and Jacob Ecker. She shared a wealth of resources and expertise to help them navigate the process as a first-year team. From there, the new coaches did all of the legwork, taking advantage of Krulak’s guidance and advice along the way. Both Ecker and McClinton came to Boys’ Latin to see a robotics practice in action and to gain some additional insight on how to start not just one–but two– robotics teams.
Meanwhile, BL’s third grade teams – who also went on the field trip to the Ashburton plant – were tasked with creating a LEGO model with at least one motorized part that represented their research of the water cycle, along with a poster that explained their idea and documented their work for the FLL Jr. Aqua Adventure Challenge. BL’s two middle school robotics teams–the Lumberjacks and the Lakers–also spent the season hard at work identifying problems with the water cycle, devising solutions and then building robots for the Robot Game. For their solution, called the “Roof Wildfire Prevention System,” the Lakers spoke with a fireman from the Pebble Beach Fire Department and a local plumber to develop a drip system designed to prevent roof fires caused by wildfire embers. Similarly, the Lumberjacks researched and suggested improvements to the SODIS water disinfection method. “When learning is connected to the real world, that makes it authentic,” says Lower School Head Kathy Arnold. “Hands-on experiences like these help them remember. It also encourages collaboration–and those who are good at teamwork are more successful.” Terri Floccare, lower school librarian and a coach of the lower school robotics team, echoes Arnold’s remarks: team building is a
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The Upper School Robotics team congratulates the HydroLakers after the tournament
CAMPUS NEWS Eigth Graders Noah Goldstein and Saad Razzak make adjustments to their robot
Lower Schoolers Connor Franklin and Hayden Freund hard at work as coach Terri Floccare looks on
The Middle School Lumberjacks pose with their trophy
Baltimore Collegiate’s efforts were successful and its two rookie teams – the Slingshots and the Underdogs – performed well during their first competition at Roboquake on Lake on January 20th. Hosted by Boys’ Latin, Roboquake on Lake includes a FIRST LEGO League Maryland Qualifier tournament and a FIRST LEGO League Jr. Expo. More than 30 local teams competed and shared their project solutions and team values with judges. “As a rookie team, we couldn't be sure how the team would respond when something went wrong on competition day, but I was very impressed by the resilience and on-the-fly problem-solving our team displayed,” says Ecker. “Those moments when our team really dug deep to work together and solve a problem were exactly what we started this team to do. They showed why they are going to be the solution-makers of tomorrow. Isn't that what any of the coaches want for their team?” Like Ecker, BL’s coaches saw the same sort of determination and drive from all three of its FLL teams, ultimately allowing each to achieve goals, win awards and reach new milestones. The lower school team tied for second place overall in the Robot Game. In addition, they received the Champions Award – second place and the Global Innovation Award, a first for BL. The team also secured a bid to attend the Maryland FLL State Tournament at UMBC. The hard work of the middle school teams also paid off. The Lakers finished fifth overall in the Robot Game and received the Robot Design Award – 1st place. The Lakers also advanced to the Maryland FLL State Tournament. The Middle School Lumberjacks tied for second overall in the Robot Game and received the Robot Design Award – 2nd place. The Lumberjacks, guided by Middle School Science Teachers Don Newman and Julia Williams and BL parent Glenn Richard, reached the State Championship in 2017. “The boys worked diligently for months to prepare for the competition. We are so proud of their efforts. They performed
exceptionally well and one could see their joy in working with one another,” says Middle School Head Brandon Mollett. “We appreciated the incredible outpouring of support from our community. We had more than 100 student, parent and faculty volunteers supporting the boys, our school and this event. We also had a fantastic group of community volunteers from local businesses that served as judges. The opportunity for all of us to share in this wonderful day is something very special.” Annemarie Merow, director of academic technology, agrees. “The entire community atmosphere of Roboquake is difficult to put into words. From the committee leadership preparing for the day, to the number of volunteers who step up to make the competition run smoothly, it is definitely a community effort,” says Merow, who coaches the Lakers along with Middle School Librarian Eric Hanson. “One of the primary goals for the event is to provide an incredible experience to veteran and rookie participants, and I think we have succeeded.” For Anne Kellerman, upper school robotics coach and head of technology programs, this year’s Roboquake was about much more than helping students hone their skills. She points to Merow, who like Krulak, devoted her time to help a new team from Roland Park Country School (RPCS) to get up and running. The entire RPCS team visited BL early in the season and it was exciting that by the end of the practice, the two teams were programming side-by-side. “While seeing BL’s team succeed in competition is exciting, it was equally if not more rewarding to see teams like Baltimore Collegiate and RPCS competing successfully,” she says. “The hard work of our lower and middle school coaches allowed us to go from ordinary to extraordinary. The collective efforts of our coaches to help so many Lakers and non-Lakers were every bit as satisfying as the awards. It was simply incredible to see the positive impact beyond the BL community.”
STORIES BL alums go on to succeed in virtually every field and every industry. Meet an executive who wants to take you from Baltimore to Washington D.C. in just 15 minutes and an Inkwell editor turned author who’s receiving national acclaim. Each one has a remarkable story. Each one started on Lake Avenue.
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Revolutionizing the Northeast Corridor by Taylor Stothoff ’11, Alumni Relations Coordinator
Imagine a commute from Baltimore to D.C. in just 15 minutes. You may think it’s impossible, but Bill Scott, Class of 1990, will tell you otherwise. Scott is the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of The Northeast Maglev (TNEM), the fastest operating ground transportation system in the world. As the CFO, Scott is responsible for the financial and general administrative groups, which are the backbone of TNEM. Their focus is supporting the completion of the environmental impact statement, building the financial models and raising capital to build the Super Conducting Magnetic Levitation (SCMAGLEV) train system. Unlike traditional trains, the SCMAGLEV is an environmentally-friendly system that runs on electricity with minimal noise and vibrations. “The SCMAGLEV technology is a proven and successfully operated system in Japan. The train will safely travel at speeds up to 311 miles per hour on dedicated tracks along the Northeast Corridor, one of the busiest corridors in the United States,” Scott says. “Travel and commuting between Baltimore, BWI Airport and downtown Washington, D.C.
CONNECTIONS will take only 15 minutes. Eventually, we plan to extend to New York City, getting passengers from D.C. to New York City in less than an hour.”
walls of the classroom in action in the real-world. It makes learning more personal for them and gives them an opportunity to see things in a different way,” says Inkwell Advisor and Upper School English Teacher Stephanie Fenstermaker.
Scott’s goal is to have the SCMAGLEV in place by 2025, and he does acknowledge that there are some challenges ahead.
Upper School History Teacher Mac McDonald concurs. McDonald brought his History Through Narrative class to hear Wartzman discuss the book. The class had recently studied the history of the labor movement, and his talk provided some valuable context for students as they continue to investigate the relationship between labor and capital, the role of unions and issues such as wealth stratification.
“Most people don’t quite grasp the potential impact of this project and how it would truly revolutionize the East Coast,” he says. “The SCMAGLEV is a game changer. It will impact millions of people and how they travel, commute, shop and spend.” Working at TNEM is an entrepreneurial experience for Scott. He wears many hats, due in part to the organization’s small size and rapid growth.
“At BL, you couldn't fade into the background. You had to work with others to accomplish a project or goal.” “I get to be hands-on in every aspect of the company,” he says, adding that his experience at BL – including the small class sizes and opportunities to play sports – fostered the teamwork skills needed to be successful today. “At BL, you couldn’t fade into the background. You had to work with others to accomplish a project or goal. In my role at TNEM, you must be an active leader, proactively drive projects and have the ability to work with both internal and external parties to succeed.” Travel has been a big part of Scott’s career, taking him around the globe from France, China and Australia to Brazil and Saudi Arabia. He credits Upper School French Teacher Terry Howell for helping to pave the way for this unique aspect of his work. “The ability to understand and speak other languages helped me early on in my career,” says Scott, who at one point was the only student in Howell’s French 3 and 4 classes. “It certainly played a part in promotions and opportunities to work internationally.” With his passion for technology, innovation and travel, Scott is excited about changing the travel experience for others – at a speed they’ve never experienced before.
Beyond the Inkwell
“When our guys can see a former Laker living their passion and doing it so successfully, especially in areas that relate to curriculum, it really extends what we do in the classroom into real life,” says McDonald.
by Mac Kennedy ’76, Director of Alumni Relations & Stewardship
“It's always wonderful to come back and visit BL because the school played such an important role in shaping my life...”
With the May 2017 release of The End of Loyalty: The Rise and Fall of Good Jobs in America, former Inkwell editor Rick Wartzman ’83 now has four books under his belt. His latest work explores the social contract between employees and employers by taking an in-depth look at four iconic American companies: General Electric, General Motors, Kodak and Coca-Cola. Through a detailed narrative history, Wartzman’s account shows readers everything that American workers have lost since the end of World War II, from job security and consistent raises in pay to pensions and health benefits. Selected by strategy + business as one of the Best Business Books of the year, The End of Loyalty has been hailed by Forbes as “brilliant,” by Fortune as “fascinating” and by Daniel Pink as a work that “people will be reading for many years to understand the American experience.” In September, Wartzman visited campus to talk about his latest book with alumni and students, including the current Inkwell staff. “It was amazing for our students to see something they are learning in the four
Wartzman currently serves as Director of the KH Moon Center for a Functioning Society at the Drucker Institute, a part of Claremont Graduate University. A seasoned reporter, editor and columnist, Wartzman has covered management, leadership and the world of work at The Wall Street Journal and Los Angeles Times, and he currently contributes to Fast Company and hosts a podcast on the intersection of business and society called The Bottom Line. He also helped edit the 2004 Pulitzer Prize-winning series, “The Wal-Mart Effect.” “It's always wonderful to come back and visit BL because the school played such an important role in shaping my life and fueling my interest in writing,” Wartzman says. “But to get to interact with a group of students was really something special. They were really engaged and asked great questions, and it was a true honor to try to share some of what I've learned over the years with them.” BOYSLATINMD.COM
Likewise, Conner credits the faculty at BL for going far and above their classroom duties. “BL teachers are not only incredible role models who I’d still call mentors three years after graduating, but are truly selfless people who care tremendously about the experiences of every student,” says Conner. “I think that Mr. Dagenais had the biggest impact on me as a person, Mr. Osborn on me as an academic, Mr. LaFreniere on me as a reader, Coach Magee on me as an athlete and Ms. Mullally on me as a thinker.” The Ward family is proud to honor the hard work and dedication of BL’s teachers through their participation in the Esse Quam Videri Society, which honors those individuals who remember Boys’ Latin in their estate plans. Over the years, Boys’ Latin has received generous support from estate gifts like these, allowing the school to advance its mission and enhance the educational experience for all students. The Ward Family
To learn more about how to make a gift through your will or to discuss other planned giving options, please contact the Development Office at 410-377-5192, ext. 1105.
Planned Giving Profile: Dave & Jill Ward
by Pat Gugerty ’83, Assistant Headmaster for Advancement
Having been affiliated with Boys’ Latin for close to 20 years, Dave and Jill Ward have found many ways to express their gratitude to the school. Both have been active volunteers – Jill through the Parents’ Association and Dave through the Board of Trustees and its committees. In addition, the couple’s generous level of philanthropic support includes annual contributions to The Laker Fund, a capital gift to the Laker Legacy Campaign and most recently, a bequest to Boys’ Latin as part of their updated estate plan. “Spencer and Conner had such terrific experiences at BL. Jill and I have always felt that we needed to do our part to give back,” says Dave Ward. “They were very well prepared for college and maybe more importantly, the connections they made will remain strong well into the future.” Spencer ’12, a 2016 graduate of Hobart and William Smith Colleges with a degree in environmental studies and a minor in English, is currently working in the commercial real estate business in Washington, D.C. Conner ’15, a third-year student at The University of Virginia, is a double major in computer science and math. Both recall fondly their Boys' Latin days and the teachers that made the most impact on them. “The faculty and staff, and the approach that they take, really helps each student reach their maximum potential,” says Spencer. “Mrs. Rosiak, Mrs. Gazin, Mr. Dagenais, Mrs. Rodriguez and Mr. Whitehair – and the lessons that they taught me – come to mind frequently.”
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In his valedictory speech during the Class of 2015 graduation ceremony, Conner spoke directly to the upper school faculty, saying, “You have given us an environment to be thoughtful and hungry for understanding. You’ve given us direction, your true selves and your passion every single day for four years. You guys do much more than teach, you all give, wholly and selflessly, to make us better people.”
Joyce Barnett, Alan Locey and Barbara Starkey were divisional Laker Fund representatives
Faculty & Staff Achieve 100% Laker Fund Participation by Nick Shepherd ’12, Communications Intern
In a remarkable display of Boys’ Latin’s motto - Esse Quam Videri: To Be, Rather Than to Seem, 100 percent of the school’s faculty and staff contributed to this year’s Laker Fund. This achievement is a testament to each faculty and staff member’s commitment and dedication to our current and future students. “Our faculty and staff pour their hearts and souls into the experience of each Boys' Latin student on a daily basis,” says Pat Gugerty, assistant headmaster for advancement. “Extending the scope of this commitment to include a generous gift to the Laker Fund is simply amazing.” The Laker Fund, Boys' Latin's annual fund program, helps sustain the school and enrich the educational experience for all students. By supporting The Laker Fund this way, BL’s faculty and staff help to supplement the school's budget to fund an array of academic, athletic and co-curricular programs and to garner additional funding from private donors and foundations that look favorably on strong faculty and staff participation. Boys’ Latin is one of the few Baltimore area independent schools to achieve the 100 percent participation milestone.
This year’s effort was greatly assisted by two generous trustees who pledged to give an additional $20,000 if faculty and staff reached full participation by the beginning of December. The support of divisional Laker Fund representatives, including Joyce Barnett, Barbara Starkey and Alan Locey (pictured), was also instrumental to achieving this goal. “Giving back to BL is important because it shows we are all in this together – faculty, staff, students, parents and trustees,” says Locey, who teaches math in the middle school. “To be part of the 100 percent milestone is both exciting and rewarding. I was always taught and coached to give 100 percent, so it only made sense to go all in and help us meet the challenge. Having the extra trustee incentive also helped as that was considered a bonus.” The Laker Fund has experienced exponential growth in the last few years. With the unrestricted portion totaling $721,000 in 2014, it grew to just over $1,000,000 for the 2017 academic year. The Fund is expected to reach $1,250,000 in 2018 through the support of generous benefactors, including faculty, staff, alumni, parents, alumni parents, grandparents and friends. “The growth has been phenomenal,” says Headmaster Chris Post. “We are incredibly grateful for the exceptional generosity of the Boys’ Latin community.” For more information on the Laker Fund, please contact the Development Office at 410-377-5192, ext. 1105.
Homecoming 2018 The following individuals will be recognized for their service and dedication to Boys’ Latin during Friday's Homecoming Luncheon:
Save the Date for May 4 & 5 Once again, Homecoming weekend will include two exciting home athletic events on Friday, followed by an alumni reception that night and a cocktail party on Saturday evening. Register at boyslatinmd.com/homecoming
2018 DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI • Douglas K. Loizeaux ’68 • Keiffer J. Mitchell ’86 • Richard Wartzman ’83
2018 HONORARY ALUMNI • W. Lehr Jackson • James “Jamie” C. Alban IV
HODGES CUP RECIPIENT • Leigh Brent ’72
JACK KERNS CLEARLY EVIDENT AWARD • Al Freihofer
RALEIGH BRENT '44 AWARD • Caroline Evans
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A Tale of Two Championships At the Homecoming Luncheon, Boys’ Latin will recognize two very special milestones: the 40th anniversary of the 1977 varsity football team’s undefeated season and the 30th anniversary of the 1988 lacrosse team championship. Both teams were remarkable and both fought hard in the final games of their seasons. The ’77 team faced the undefeated Crusaders from St. Paul’s in front of a crowd of almost 1,000 spectators. Seamus Gilson ’78 started the scoring day with a 61-yard run to give BL a 6-0 lead, and a Tim Daly ’78 pass to Brad Glaser ’78 was good for the twopoint conversion. St. Paul’s answered with a touchdown of its own. BL increased its lead to 14-6 in the third quarter when Glaser pounced on a BL fumble in the end zone for a touchdown, but the conversion attempt was no good. In the fourth quarter, the Crusaders scored on a 24-yard pass and had a chance to tie the score but they failed on the conversion when Glaser tackled the opponent on the one-yard line. St. Paul’s recovered its third fumble late in the fourth quarter and drove from its 47 to the Boys’ Latin six-yard line where on fourth down and two yards to go, BL held the
Crusaders one yard shy of the first down and took possession of the ball. The Lakers held on to the ball as the clock ran out for a 14-12 victory. With the win, The Lakers finished the campaign 9-0, becoming the school’s first undefeated team since 1964. A decade later, the BL lacrosse team faced the top-ranked Dons of Loyola Blakefield for the fourth time in five years in front of a crowd of more than 3,000 spectators. Loyola seemingly possessed all of the momentum going into the halftime break and eventually went up in the second half by a score of 7-4. Most in the crowd believed the game was over since the Dons were known for maintaining a lead, but the Lakers went on a three-goal scoring spree and tied the game at 7-7. BL took its first lead of the game with 5:50 left in regulation when Mike Lutz '88 scored on a bounce shot from in front of the goal. The final minutes were frantic ones with both teams running up and down the field trying desperately to maintain possession of the ball. The clock finally ran out on the Dons, and the Lakers won their second championship under Coach Bob Shriver '69. After the game, Shriver told The Baltimore Sun that it was the biggest victory in his career as head coach.
Remembering Kate Berger by Cathi Hilpert
In September, Boys’ Latin lost its long-time director of lower school admissions, Kathleen M. Berger, who passed away at the age of 65 from complications in her battle against brain cancer. Kate started her 30-year career at BL in 1987 as a first grade teacher. In her application, she wrote that she hoped to “teach and implement a math curriculum that would meet the needs of each, individual child.” According to Headmaster Chris Post, Kate did that and so much more, changing the lives of countless boys and families.
welcoming. We fondly recall Kate's calming spirit that made us and our son feel at ease during the application process. Her warm demeanor was instrumental in setting the stage for our family’s positive experience at Boys’ Latin. Kate gave our son, Matthew, the opportunity to be a part of this wonderful community, and for that we are forever grateful,” says Stephanie Kleiser P’17. In 2016, Kate was honored with the John S. Kerns, Jr. “Clearly Evident” Award for the person who epitomized the mission and values of the school.
Kate taught under the leadership of Sue Szczypinski, with co-teachers Ellen Oesterle, Rosemarie Kistenmacher and Linda Tooma. Her colleagues remarked that she was a natural teacher and her enthusiasm for her work was contagious.
“She was loved by all who knew her and is greatly missed here on Lake Avenue,” says Post.
“She loved the classroom, but more than that, she loved the boys she taught,” says Joyce Barnett, lower school administrative assistant. “After Kate moved to admissions, she took every opportunity to sponsor a club or cover a class so she could be back with the boys. Kate brought out the best in every one of them – and in every one of us.”
In honor of Kate and her countless contributions to Boys’ Latin, more than 100 donations totaling more than $50,000 have been made to establish the Kathleen M. Berger Scholarship Fund. For more information on how to make a gift and honor Kate in this meaningful way, please contact Pat Gugerty, assistant headmaster for advancement, at 410-377-5192, ext. 1105.
Pre-first teacher Barbara Starkey agrees, adding, “Kate was a hard-working, humble and thoughtful colleague who always looked for areas where she could make a difference. No task was too great or too small. Through it all, her optimism and positive attitude marked every interaction.”
All three of Kate’s sons, Tim ’95, Brian ’97 and Dan ’00, are proud graduates of Boys’ Latin.
In 1999, Kate was named director of lower school admissions. In this role, she was the first experience of Boys’ Latin for generations of boys and families. Over nearly two decades, she calmly reassured uncertain students and gently counseled parents, anxious about what was best for their son. “Kate was the first person we met at Boys’ Latin when we were applying to the school. She was so kind and
Kate Berger in her classroom in the 90's
Class Notes Andy Coleman ’68 is now working at Universal Pictures production company Hollywood Media Bridge as the Head of Business Affairs. Andy is looking forward to returning to BL next May to celebrate his 50th reunion.
ABOVE: For the first time in its 12-year history, the Alumni Soccer Game ended in a 2-2 tie. The “senior” Lakers, coached by Butch Maisel H’09, found themselves in a 2-0 hole to the varsity Lakers. However, the “elder” Lakers got within a goal when Greg Wiatrowski ’01 scored on a feed from Andrew Walsch ’17 and then tied the score with a goal by Luke Shilling ’17 assisted by Aaron Leeds ’13. Corey Sekulow ’16 was named the “Butch Maisel MVP” of the game. Matt Thanner ’97, MVP of the 2016 game, continued his amazing streak of not having ever missed an alumni soccer game.
BELOW: Charlie Black ’73, Rob Wilder ’75, Myrt Gaines ’74 and Tommy Gaines ’82 enjoyed some time together in Stuart Island, Florida, after bringing Myrt's boat from Baltimore to Florida.
Mark English ’68 was on campus earlier this year to watch his grandson, a middle school Laker, play soccer. He is looking forward to his 50th reunion next spring. Mark is the proprietor at the Patuxent Run Stables, an organization that specializes in instructing all levels of riders in hunter/ jumper and equitation, in Prince Frederick, Md.
BELOW: Dan MacLea ’74 once again returned to campus this fall to speak with Mrs. Clark’s AP Spanish class (in Spanish)! Dan continues to live in Houston.
ABOVE: Several Lakers gathered together in London after watching the Baltimore Ravens game against the Jacksonville Jaguars (left to right): Brandon Mollett ’94, Ryan Mollett ’97, Bob Shriver ’69, Kip Edwards ’99 and Richard Mollett ’69. Coach Shriver also reports that he and John Daue P’99 had lunch with Huston McCollough ’69. Huston and his wife, Joan, live in southeast England and have been there for the past 17 years.
ABOVE: Hugh Gelston ’56 (sitting) celebrated his 80th birthday with several other Lakers (left to right): Don Rickels H’15, Dyson Ehrhardt ’59, Mac Kennedy ’76, Kelby Gelston ’90, Trey Gelston ’88, Brian Kowitz ’87, Keiffer Mitchell ’86, Guy Matricciani ’81 and Mark Knobloch ’81. Michael Thomas ’87 and Jason Barnett ’91 also celebrated with the coach. RIGHT: Bill Gilroy ’65 recently celebrated his 70th birthday with family and friends (left to right): Brad Gilroy '95, John Sieverts H’07, Bill Gilroy '92, Bill, Pam O'Brien (Pat '65), Butch Hilliard '64, Bruce Regan '66 and Harry Bowie '65.
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RIGHT: Tom Xenakis ’70 celebrated his daughter’s wedding in October at the Sailfish Club in Palm Beach, Florida, with several fellow Lakers (left to right): Tom, George Karavedas ’74 (Tom’s cousin), Watson McLeish '01, Deny Xenakis '71, Bruce Levan '70 and his daughter, Aileen. Watson is wearing his BL bow tie and Aileen, a graduate of NDP '00, was in many of Gina Molling's BL plays during her high school years. RIGHT: Hugh Andes ’76, Mike Dembo ’76 and Scott Caddell ’76 (left to right) got together late last summer in Annapolis. The three were stars together on the 1975 BL varsity football team. Scott had not seen Mike in 41 years.
Class Notes Henry Ciccarone ’79 was inducted into the Greater Baltimore Chapter of the U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame. He is the oldest son of Johns Hopkins University’s Hall of Fame coach, Henry Ciccarone, Sr. Two of his brothers, Brent ’80 and John ’84, are also BL graduates. BELOW: Brooks Shumate ’85, Dick Bagby ’82, John Wolff and Josh Dreiband ’93 are pictured with their sons Blake ’25, Will ’25, Mitchell ’25 and Jake ’25 at the Fifth Grade Father-Son Breakfast. Mitchell is the grandson of former Board of Trustee member and honorary alumnus Bart Mitchell H’07.
BELOW: Keiffer Mitchell ’86 (center) works as a Special Consultant for Maryland Governor Larry Hogan (left) and ran into classmate Luke Miller ’86 (right) at the Power Plant downtown.
Mark Nichols '94 and his wife, Jessica, had their first baby, a girl, Anastasia Lee Nichols, on September 26th. Mark reports that mom and daughter are doing great.
Maryland, Washington D.C. and Ontario. His wife is a professor of architecture at the University at Buffalo. Will has “two amazing kids”.
BELOW: Marc Hassan ’95 (second from left) was married last fall in Baltimore. In attendance were fellow classmates Brad Bernstein ’95, Elliot Steelman ’95 and Marc Greenfield ’95.
Jamie Daue ’99 is an account executive working for Goldsborough Independent Insurance Services in Towson.
BELOW: John Daue P’99, Brian Farrell ’06, Bob Shriver ’69, John Pie ’69, Bill Shriver ’64, Pat Gugerty ’83 and Brian O’Neil ’75 all gathered to watch the Orioles take on the A’s at Oriole Park.
Mitch Hendler ’01, a 2005 graduate of the Naval Academy, recently accepted a position at Sabal Financial, L.P. based in Newport, Calif. Mitch will be working from a Towson-based office on the lending side of the business working on Freddie Mac loans. His territory will include New York and New Jersey, all the way down to the Carolinas and some of Tennessee and Kentucky.
ABOVE: Dan Mroz ’02 was married last fall and celebrated with his BL friends (left to right): Dan, Dan Lacher ’01, Christian Cummings ’03 and Matt Melnick ’01. Quin Revel ’03 works for the University of Southern California’s Department of Contract and Grants. He is a research administrator, facilitating Alzheimer’s research. He writes, “My family is doing well. My daughter, Rowan, just turned one.”
RIGHT: Shawn Walter ’95 (right) has two boys currently attending Boys’ Latin: Wyatt ’29 (pictured) and Jamison ’30. Recently, he learned that Alison Waters Hoffberg, Wyatt’s first grade teacher, is the daughter of Bert Waters ’71 (left). Bert taught and coached Shawn when he was a student here on Lake Avenue. Shawn, an officer on BL’s Alumni Board, was amazed at all of the BL connections. “This is incredible, and what I believe makes BL so special,” he said. Will Ransom ’98 is an architect living in Amherst, NY. He is a senior project designer for CannonDesign, a global architecture and engineering firm. Will primarily works with teams in New York,
Judson Arnold ’04 and Anne Hughes Fallon were married on December 23 at Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church in Baltimore. Judson is an assistant state's attorney representing Maryland for the Baltimore City Homicide Unit. He graduated from Emory University, and received a law degree from the University of Baltimore. He is the son of Kathy Arnold, current Head of the Lower School at Boys’ Latin. The bride works in the office of development for the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore.
day-to-day operations and supervising all client relationship managers. Ian Obligin '07 is attending Syracuse University College of Law as a member of the class of 2020. He hopes to pass the bar and become a lawyerjack! Peter Krause ’08 is a first-year Ph.D. student in the English Department at Fordham University in New York City.
Peter Bonsall ’06 is a geographer for the Conservation and Outdoor Recreation Division of the Department of the Interior. He recently ran into BL football coach Jim Sandusky H’17 in the Denver airport. Peter is going to be working in Golden, Colorado. Gordon Kellerman ’07 is vice president at Skybox Datacenters in Dallas. RIGHT: Craig Martin ’07 married Emily Moskios on June 9 in Stevensville, Md. The groomsmen included Jeff Gaines ’07, Sam Colonell ’07 and current BL Middle School English teacher Matt Stone. Many other Lakers were in attendance as well. After returning from their honeymoon, Craig was promoted to vice president – director of operations and risk at Harbor Investment Advisory, LLC. Craig will be responsible for managing the firm’s workflow, overseeing
BELOW: Chris Wilcox ’10 released "Drive", the first single from his current album. "Drive" and the associated video are a tribute to Chris' late father, Brian Wilcox, who passed away five years ago and is the man behind the camera for much of the old footage seen in the video.
BELOW: Nick Sutton ’08 and his wife, Morgan, were married in late July. Pictured (left to right) are: Thomas Thibeault '08; Peter Bonsall '08; Paul Cochran '08; Geoff Brent '77; Erik Tilghman '08; Hunter McKissock '08; Richard Sutton '76, father of groom; Devon Jerrard, '08; Morgan Sutton; Nick Sutton ’08; Lee Blake '08, groomsman; Justin Radebaugh '08, groomsman; Rich O'Neil '78; Brent Radebaugh '12; best man Will Sutton '13; best man Jack Sutton '19; and Charlie Kenny '19.
Jonathan Brennan ’12 has been living in Arlington, Va., since graduating from American University. He works at Cambridge Associates as an Investment Performance Associate.
ABOVE: Marc Dipasquale ’05 was married September 23rd to Marissa McDonald from Kingsville. They live in Jarrettsville. Marc is a special needs teacher at the High Roads School in Belcamp, Md., and Marissa is an ER nurse at Harford Memorial Hospital. James Eaton ’05 recently passed the Virginia Bar and is now working as a patent attorney in Northern Virginia. James graduated from the University of Richmond Law School this past May. He also has his Ph.D. in Pharmacology from the University of Virginia.
Steven Schrum ’10 is now the Director of Player Personnel for Kent State University’s football team.
Eric Tillman '08 is now an investment liaison with Fixed Income Investments at T. Rowe Price in Baltimore.
BELOW: Casey Roohan ’12 (white shirt) and Will Roohan ’09 (sunglasses) are shown weighing a qualifying white marlin in the White Marlin Open in Ocean City, Md. Will was the captain of their boat the "Team Player".
Christian Walsh ’09 has moved from New York City to Los Angeles and is working as an AVP for High Yield & Distressed Sales at Barclays. Ty Holub ’10 recently accepted a job as the North Carolina and South Carolina Area Scout for the Seattle Mariners. He worked with Baltimore Orioles for the last five years. Ty writes, “It was truly an honor to work for the Birds, and I will always be humbled by the chance the Orioles took on me. Now, I am ready to get to work for the Mariners and ecstatic to be given such an awesome opportunity with such a sensational organization. Go Mariners!”
Christian Knight ’13 will be one of this year’s captains for Cornell University men’s lacrosse team. Christian will enter the 2018 season ranked eighth in Big Red history for career saves (441) and career wins (22).
Class Notes After completing his lacrosse career at Salisbury University as an honorable mention All-American, winning backto-back NCAA Division III National Championships in 2016 and 2017, Aaron Leeds ’13 is now Assistant Men's Lacrosse Coach at Ferrum College in Ferrum, Va. Ohio State’s men’s lacrosse team announced that Colin Chell ’14 will be one of the team captains this spring. Stonehill College opened its 30th season of varsity football with a commanding 44-28 triumph over Bloomsburg University last fall. Jerel Archer ’15 had a careerhigh seven tackles, including six solo, with a breakup, while Billy Wingo ’15 chipped in with seven tackles, four solo, and 1.5 sacks for a loss of 12 yards. Joey Celentano ’15 finished his sophomore year at University of New Hampshire on the Dean’s List and is an Athletic Training major. In addition to classes, he is assigned to the athletic training staff on the UNH Wildcats Men’s Hockey team that plays in the competitive Division 1 Hockey East Conference. As well, Joey is President of UNH’s Student Athletic Training Organization and he is active in his Alpha Tau Omega (ATO) fraternity. He says, “BL provided me with the academic and organization discipline to be successful at this level. I’m pursuing the program I want and enjoying it.”
BELOW: Andrew Brennan ’16 (far right) is a sophomore at Washington & Lee University. This past November, he participated in a case competition hosted by PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PWC.) His team was given a consulting case involving a pretend company that needed help with certain parts of their organization and they had to come up with suggestions. Andrew and his team won a cash prize and will be featured in an upcoming accounting publication.
Dom Maggio ’16, the punter for Wake Forest University, was named honorable mention All-ACC in football. Brock Sassler ’17 finished his first year as a long-snapper for the University of Maryland football team. RIGHT: Ryan Trupia ’17 is a freshman at Virginia Tech. After watching the Hokies play Duke in football, Ryan waited in the rain to see his classmate, Victor Dimukeje ’17, who plays football for Duke, before he got back on the team bus. Victor Dimukeje ’17 was named to the 2017 Freshman All-America team. Victor’s 7.5 tackles for loss were tops among ACC freshmen. He chipped in with 39 tackles, two sacks and four QB hurries to go with an interception in a critical win over Georgia Tech. His impact was huge for a Blue Devils defense that allowed eight fewer points per game than it had in 2016.
ABOVE: Liam Frerichs '15 recently completed the rigorous United States Marine Corps Recruit Training program. Private First Class Frerichs enjoyed a well-deserved ten day respite before reporting back for duty and Infantry Training. Liam, along with his proud parents Mary and Herb Frerichs, posed for this picture after his graduation ceremony in Paris Island, South Carolina.
BELOW: Twenty-six BL alums laced up their skates and played in the annual Alumni Hockey game at Patterson Park Ice Rink just before Christmas. The “older” Alumni in the maroon sweaters defeated the “younger” Alumni 8-5. For the second time in five years, Chris Maisel ’04 was awarded the Gene Ubriaco ’89 MVP Award, scoring four goals for the winning maroon team.
BELOW: The Turkey Bowl tradition continued as many young Lakers gathered at BL on Thanksgiving Eve to play touch football.
BELOW: Alumni Basketball Game: This year’s Alumni Basketball game was one for the books as the ‘Odd’ Years prevailed over the ‘Even’ years, 62-58. Lou Fritz ’77 coached the ‘Odd’ Years, while Todd Guntner ’72 coached the ‘Even’ Years. Pat Spencer ’15 and Colin Heacock ’13 were the stars of the ‘Odd’ team, scoring most of the teams points and adding flair to the game with their high flying dunks, while Devon Jerrard ’08 and Tyler Steinhardt ’12 lead the ‘Even’ years. Tim Mering ’72, the most experienced Laker chipped in with six points for the “evens.” Lowell Sherrod ’73 was the most experienced “odd” year Laker.
BOARD OF TRUSTEES Frank S. Jones, Jr. ’77 President Nicholas King First Vice President Richard H. Bagby ’82 Treasurer Geoffrey H. Brent ’77 Secretary Georgette D. Kiser Assistant Secretary Gregory S. Horning H’16 Past President Charles F. Black, Sr. ’73 Theodore W. Bauer H’17 James R. Brooks ’73 James A. Callahan, Jr. ’71 Herbert D. Frerichs, Jr. W. Kyle Gore ’80 Kathy H. Gray G. Todd Guntner ’72 Shelly Hairston-Jones Harold G. Hathaway III ’66 Henry A. Lederer ’80 Andrew Makris Jeffrey C. Mason ’81 Warner P. Mason H’12 William H. May ’60 Ryan McClernan ’85 Ryan D. Mollett ’97 Matthew D. Nichols David Oestreicher Brian H. O’Neil ’75 Robert B. Rice Stephen W. Shaw J. Duncan Smith ’73 Peter B. Snyder Stacy J. Walsh David A. Ward Eileen Wilcox Stephen E. Wright ’69 Brian J. Rudick ’87 Alumni Association President Caroline Evans Parents’ Association President TRUSTEES EMERITI Raleigh Brent II ’44 Robert E. Carter ’64 Philip C. Federico ’75 Henry H. Hopkins H ’03 Craig Lewis Frederick W. Meier, Jr. J. Duncan Smith ’73 H. Mebane Turner H ’08
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