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Summer 2011

In this Issue: Graduation 2011 In the Race

Virginia’s new high school mountain bike series

Having a Ball

The history behind the New York Auxiliary Ball



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Commencement 2011


In the Race


Blue Ridge Brothers


Having a Ball

Celebrating the Class of 2011 By Ashley Smith

How a new mountain bike series has given momentum to high school racers at Blue Ridge School and beyond By Ashley Smith

The family traditions of Blue Ridge School By Aristotle McDonald ’10


The history of the New York Auxiliary Ball By Ashley Smith

Departments 2 From the Headmaster’s Desk 3 Around Campus 9 Baron Athletics 12 Annual Fund 17 Alumni News & Gatherings COVER: Chad Holley ’11 as he prepares to take his seat for the Commencement Ceremony. BACK COVER: Chairman of the Board of Trustees Jean H. Hart and grandson Jesse M. Thomas ’11 after receiving his diploma. Blue Ridge School admits qualified young men of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the School. Blue Ridge School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national, and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, financial assistance and loan programs, athletic, and other administered programs.



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Blue Ridge School St. George, VA 22935 Switchboard: 434.985.2811 Please direct magazine inquiries to Ashley Smith: 434.992.0575

HEADMASTER Dr. John R. O’Reilly BOARD OF TRUSTEES Jean Hart, Chairman E. Turley Higgins, Jr., Vice Chairman Michael Boswell, Advisory Trustee Melissa Boswell Marion P. Brawley III ’68 William S. Carver II ’75 William J. Elliott IV ’71 Robert W. Groves III ’67 Barbara Harty-Golder S. John Joseph III ’70 Marla Magner James Moore ’75 Alice Parvin Ron Reed Xavier R. Richardson W. Mitchell Rue, Jr. ’81 Wendi Smith Jane Steves Hope Tate Honorary Board Graham F. Bennett Roger Mudd William A. Parker III Robert E. Trumpy, Jr. Board of Trustees Emeritus B. Nolan Carter II Richard D. Harrison Associate Headmaster William A. Darrin III Assistant Headmaster for Enrollment & Marketing Donald W. Smith Assistant Headmaster for advancement D. Franklin Daniels, Jr.

From the Headmaster’S Desk Dear Friends of Blue Ridge, We have begun a new tradition at BRS of having an overarching theme for the academic year. Doing so gives us focus and inspiration for the year that lies ahead of us. This year our theme was The Blue Ridge Renaissance Man. We challenged the boys to broaden their horizons by venturing into new arenas. For example, we urged those seeing themselves as “athletes” to become involved in the arts and those seeing themselves as “artists” to become more involved in the outdoors. Simply stated, we challenged students to seek personal excellence in heretofore unexplored venues. As I reflect on 2010-2011, I am filled with the belief that the Renaissance theme is thriving at Blue Ridge. Our students’ interests are wonderfully varied, and our course curriculum reflects their appreciation for the humanities, sciences, arts, athletics, healthy lifestyles and service to others. Our students are eager to expand their horizons – from our formal offerings and also through participating in clubs, taking up hobbies and, simply put, trying new things. As Headmaster, I am so proud of our young men and their diverse interests, and I hope that through this Summer Edition of The Bridge you will recognize the accomplishments of our latest group of Blue Ridge Renaissance Men. Now, I must practice playing the guitar, so I can be more like our boys!

Best regards,

Assistant headmaster for resources Thomas Colbert Director of Communications Ashley E. Smith Photography Eduardo Galliani, Ashley Smith, Cory Woods and the BRS yearbook team.


Around Campus Going Home Winners

The Blue Ridge School Men’s Chorus placed first at the “Music in the Parks Festival” in the Division A category. The festival took place at Busch Gardens, Williamsburg, VA, on May 13-14. With a rating of excellent, the Blue Ridge singers were presented with a trophy for their outstanding performance. “I was so pleased with the guys,” said Mrs. Dolores DeAngelis, Choir Director. “It was a tough group of judges so I am really very proud that they did so well.”

Seong-Do “Steven” Kim wins Southern Teachers Art Contest

Seong-Do “Steven” Kim was named one of twelve winners of the 2011 Southern Teachers Art Contest. This is the second year Southern Teachers has held the contest in which they feature the winners’ works in a calendar which will be distributed to hundreds of private and independent schools around the south. Steven’s work was selected from hundreds of submissions by students grades 8-12 depicting a scene from their school’s campus. Steven’s acrylic on canvas depicts an aerial view of Gibson Memorial Chapel and Martha Bagby Battle House.

2010-11 Parents’ Association Officers

Spring Parents’ Weekend marked the beginning term for 2011-12 Parents’ Association Officers. Past Presidents Suzanne and Greg Bush introduced the new slate of officers: President - Cynthia Weldon Parent of Chris Weldon ’12 Vice President - Juliana Riahi Parent of Michael Khalifeh ’12 and Alex Khalifeh ’14 Secretary/Treasurer – Kerry Jones Parent of Charles Jones ’14 Volunteer Coordinator - Suzette Gianturco Parent of Marco Gianturco ’12 The Parents’ Association seeks to nurture parent-to-parent and school-to-parent communication and foster participation in school activities. Through a network of volunteers, the Association promotes faculty recognition and appreciation, assists the School with fundraising initiatives in order to support school programs, and makes recommendations to the Headmaster all in an effort to enhance the boys’ experience while away from home. Become involved by calling the Office of Advancement at 434.985.2811.

Dorm Enhancements

Updated dorm lobbies and hallways are creating a more homelike atmosphere. Hardwood floors and fresh, colorful paint enhance the lobby areas. Hallways throughout the living areas are decorated with famous works of art like the Picasso print pictured below. Kim, from Jeonbuk, Korea, was a four-year boy at Blue Ridge. From “I think it is important that Blue Ridge feels like a home, and this small project is helping to do his first year at BRS, he showed a remarkable talent for the visual arts and has proven himself as a master of sculptural form. His two- that,” said Headmaster Dr. John O’Reilly. “Our boys really seem to dimensional work shows great detail and accuracy. Steven received appreciate the new look.” an art scholarship to attend Pratt Institute in New York City where The School plans to continue he plans to study industrial design. to make enhancements with new furniture and TVs in Continuing to Reach the near future. Gifts to the Congratulations to William A. “Trip” Darrin Annual Fund made these III, Associate Headmaster, for completing his renovations possible. Blue M.B.A. from the University of Virginia Darden Ridge especially thanks School of Business in May 2011. alumnus Stuart Brown ’73 of Augusta Frame Crafters who gave a gift in-kind for a portion of the framing.


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Stay Connected! 2011/12 Underclassmen Awards Ceremony Acolyte Awards Jack Funk, Joe Randall, Austin Sommers and Mark Wright Citizenship 9th Grade Preston Billingsley, DoSung Justin Byun, Tate Coley, Zhen William Fang, Phillip Hunter, Alex Khalifeh, David Kim, James Lan, Torian Pegram, Joe Randall, Chris Taylor, Travis Ward and Mark Wright Citizenship 10th Grade Johnny Atkinson, Sung Bin Choi, Evan Hayon, Sang Hoo Steven Jeon, Sam Kalinski, Isaac King, Masa Mizuno, Tyler Pace, Nick Pashoian, Sam Pecor, Mason Schmidt and Sam Song Citizenship 11th Grade Mike Derrenbacher, I.J. Diakite, Thomas DuPuis, Mayn Francisco, Courtney Grant, Lance Gray, Matt Kim, Bon Jun Koo, Ben Nyavor, Michael Painter, Erich Sening, Nick Voso and Jerod Williams Faculty Award Students voted to honor Rob Murphy as this year’s Faculty Award recipient for his 18 years of service to the School.

2011/12 Officers and Leadership Committees Sophomore Class Officers Justin Byun, President; David Kim, Vice President Junior Class Officers Isaac King, President; Johnny Atkinson, Vice President; Mason Schmidt, Treasurer; Nick Pashoian, Secretary Senior Class Officers Chris Hickman, President; Mayn Francisco, Vice President; Matt Kim, Treasurer; Grey McAllister, Secretary Chapel Chris Weldon, Sacristan; Patrick Googe, Verger; Marco Gianturco, Crucifer Proctors Johnny Atkinson, Sung Bin Choi, Evan Hayon, Sam Kalinski, Isaac King, Tyler Pace, Nick Pashoian, Sam Pecor, Mason Schmidt, Nathan Stough Disciplinary Committee Thomas DuPuis, Michael Khalifeh, Grey McAllister, Erich Sening Honor Council Mike Derrenbacher, Courtney Grant, Jacques Homan, Matt Kim, Bon Jun Koo, Zhen Li, Michael Painter, Chris Spivey Prefects Thomas DuPuis, Mayn Francisco, Courtney Grant, Lance Grey, Michael Khalifeh, Matt Kim, Ben Nyavor, Michael Painter, Nick Voso, Spencer Wuthmann

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The Class of 2011

An excited group picture after Baccalaureate

Jamie Masterson and Zach Roberts


lue Ridge’s Class of 2011 will be remembered as a group of uniquely talented young men who, with determined spirits and good humor, forged their own paths to success. On the morning of May 28th, family and friends of the 59 members of the Class of 2011 gathered to celebrate the many successes that this group of young men achieved at Blue Ridge and to wish them the best as they look to their futures beyond St. George. The Class of 2011 graduated more four-year boys, 21, than any previous class in recent history, and stands out among recent classes for the wide range of talents possessed by its members. Malick Kone, Chad Holley and Isaiah Battle, for example, all secured positions on NCAA Division I rosters, while Stephen Kim and Henry Guerra, two incredibly gifted artists, earned scholarships at two of the most prestigious art schools in the country. Drew Trommer, who started the BRS news team in his two years here, will continue to study journalism at Ohio University next year, and Class President Jamie Masterson will continue to embody leadership at the US Merchant Marine Academy.

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While they will find themselves in different places next year, each member of the Class of 2011 leaves Blue Ridge with the understanding that success comes through hard work and perseverance. Undoubtedly, it will only be a short while before we hear stories about how these young men are making a difference in their communities and in the world.

Invocation by The Reverend David McIlhiney

A very serious crew: Andrew Wilson, Andy Hughes, Zak Folks and Kody Te Kanawa

Stephane Kouagou & sister

Michael Kim

Henry Guerra after receiving the John L. Trimmer Citizenship Award

Stephen Crain

Class-selected faculty speaker Vinton Bruton addresses the crowd Post lake jump photo “op”


The Graduates of 2011 Cameron Lane Anderson

Charlottesville, VA | Hampden-Sydney College

Kwabena Ababio Asare

Sota Fukura *

Kanagawa, JAPAN | Penn State University

Ryan Mitchell Gibson §

Accra, GHANA | Robert Morris University

Charlottesville, VA | Christopher Newport University

Terrence Kimuary Barnes

Enrique Eduardo Guerra *

James Ian Masterson *

Charlottesville, VA | United States Merchant Marine Academy

Dillon Michael McBride *

Oakdale, CA | California State University, Monterey Bay

Linn, TX | School of the Arts Institute of Chicago

Timothy Cruz McDermott *§

Brooklyn, NY | Clemson University/Fork Union

Seung Hoon Shawn Ha *§

Alexander Sebastian McGill

Conor Daniel Burns

Denver Powell Harris

Kimani Jamal McLean

Thomas Alexander Bush *

Nicholas Hayes-Watts

Anderson William Francis Moss *

Mohammed Camara

Kyle Phillip Henderson *

Jared Walter Capner

Christopher Chad Holley *

Kissimee, FL | Undecided

Isaiah Arkeem Battle *

Charlottesville, VA | James Madison University Pensacola, FL | Auburn University New York, NY | Undecided Taber, Alberta, CANADA | Florida Institute of Technology

Hayden Mills Castle

Houston, TX | Undecided

Mitchel Cavallarin

Coquitlam, BC, CANADA | HampdenSydney College

Jae Suk Chang

Seoul, KOREA | Emory University King George, VA | James Madison University Coquitlam, BC, CANADA | Gap year Bethesda, MD | McDaniel College New York, NY | Mount Saint Mary’s University

Jin-Young Hong *§

Seoul, KOREA | University of California, San Diego

Andrew M. Hughes Kingston, PA | Susquehanna University

Seoul, KOREA | The George Washington University

Brett Cortland Hussey

Dae Sung David Cho

Sean Christopher Jones §

Seoul, KOREA | Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Myung Sung John Cho

Seoul, KOREA | Glion Institute of Higher Education

Stephen Andrew Crain

Nichols Hills, OK | University of Tulsa

Thales De Freitas

Bogota, COLOMBIA | University of the Arts London – London College of Communication

Chapel Hill, NC | High Point University Vienna, VA | Louisiana State University

Aurel W. A. Keller §

Washington, DC | University of Vermont

Dong Wook Michael Kim §

Seoul, KOREA | University of California, Berkeley

Seong-Do Steven Kim *

Jeonbuk, KOREA | Pratt Institute

Malick Kone

Manassas, VA | University of Richmond Miami, FL | Barry University

Falls Church, VA | Northern Arizona University Charlottesville, VA | The University of Alabama

Cameron Tenga Njomo *

Purcellville, VA | University of Delaware

Olaniyi Olumuyiwa Olaitan

Victoria Island, Lagos, NIGERIA | Davis and Elkins College

Patrick Fulton Painter *§

Richmond, VA | Virginia Commonwealth University

Zachary Lambeth Roberts

Durham, NC | High Point University

Ethan Garrett Scarborough

Earlysville, VA | University of Virginia’s College at Wise

Andrew Paul Snell

Forth Worth, TX | Tarrant County College

Xingda Sun

Dlian City, Liaoning Province, CHINA | Undecided

Kody Te Kanawa

Coquitlam, BC, CANADA | Dowling College

Jesse MacFarlane Thomas

Iowa City, IA | University of Iowa

Conakry, GUINEA | Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Andrew Lee Trommer

Fairfax Station, VA | Arizona State University

Lenus Stephane Kouagou * Annandale, VA | Undecided

James Crawford Weddington Coto De Caza, CA | Mesa State College

Juan D. Dominguez

Teerapat Sino Laomanutsak §

Joseph Allen Williams

Page Emery Davidson Sears Faunce *

Seung Jun S.J. Lee *§

Osman Dirie

New York, NY | University of Virginia’s College at Wise

Richmond, VA | Hampden-Sydney College

Zachery Paul Folks

Innisfail, Alberta, CANADA | Seton Hill University


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Bangkok, THAILAND | University of San Francisco

Lexington, KY | Ohio University

Brooklyn, NY | Duquesne University

Andrew Larkin Wilson *

Gyeonggi-do, KOREA| Purdue University

Chevy Chase, MD | Virginia Wesleyan College

Dillon Emmett Long *§

Sang Jun Yum *§

New Market, VA | George Mason University

Seoul, KOREA | New York University * Four-year boy § National Honor Society Member

Leadership Recognition and Awards Senior Class Officers

Recognition of the elected leaders of the Class of 2011 Jamie Masterson - Senior Class President Will Moss - Senior Class Vice President Tad McDermott - Senior Class Treasurer Michael Kim - Senior Class Secretary

Disciplinary Committee Dillon Long Jared Capner Jamal McLean

Honor Council Sota Fukura Ryan Gibson Davidson Faunce Hayden Castle Cameron Njomo Shawn Ha Alex McGill S.J. Lee Kyle Henderson


Will Moss Davidson Faunce Jamie Masterson Tad McDermott Patrick Painter Chad Holley Michael Kim Dillon Long Thomas Bush S.J. Lee

Headmaster’s List

To the seniors who have been named to the Headmaster’s List for academic excellence for the third trimester and for the entire 2010-11 academic year Shawn Ha Jin-Young Hong Michael Kim Sino Laomanutsak Seung Jun SJ Lee Patrick Painter

Dean’s List Ryan Gibson Jesse Thomas

Scholarship Award

Awarded to the senior who has the highest grade point average for the senior year Patrick Painter

Alumni Award

Given to two seniors chosen to be class representatives in the Alumni Association Dillon Long Davidson Faunce

Dudley A. Boogher Chapel, Service Award Hayden Castle Dillon McBride Alex McGill

Academic subject Awards

For excellence in the year’s work in various academic departments

Art Award

Henry Guerra Steven Kim

Drama Award

Drew Trommer

English Award Denver Harris

French Foreign Language Award Jesse Thomas

Spanish Foreign Language Award Sota Fukura and Patrick Painter

History Award Patrick Painter

Humanities Award Aurel Keller

Mathematics Award Mitchel Cavallarin

Music Award

S.J. Lee, Ryan Gibson and Stephen Crain

Outdoor Award Conor Burns


Sota Fukura

Athletic Awards Athletic Director Award Dillon Long Stephane Kouagou

Billy Pace Award for Athletics Will Moss

Frank Pendleton for Athletics Chad Holley

Eddie Ray Collier for Athletics Cameron Njomo

Stimp Hawkins Award for Athletics Malick Kone

12th Grade Citizenship

To the seniors who have demonstrated outstanding citizenship at Blue Ridge School Kwabi Asare Jared Capner Hayden Castle Stephen Crain Davidson Faunce Zak Folks Denver Harris Kyle Henderson Chad Holley Sean Jones Michael Kim Malick Kone

Thomas Bush after receiving the Thomas H. Willcox, Jr. Award Citizenship Continued... Jamie Masterson Cameron Njomo Drew Trommer

SAR Citizenship Award

To the senior who exhibits the qualities of dependability, cooperation, leadership and patriotism Jamal McLean

DAR Citizenship Award

To the senior who represents the qualities of honor, service, courage, leadership and patriotism Tad McDermott

John L. Trimmer Citizenship Award

To the senior whose citizenship is exceptional and deserves recognition Henry Guerra

Edward McFarlane Award

To the senior who has quietly but steadily embraced the Blue Ridge School’s offerings and program Sota Fukura

Headmasters Award

To the senior for outstanding contributions to Blue Ridge School Shawn Ha

Roy Petty Award

To the senior who has distinguished himself by unselfish service to the School Dillon Long

Thomas H. Willcox, Jr. Award To the prefect who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and service in the performance of his duties Thomas Bush

Clarke Worthington Award

To the senior who has had the most wholesome influence on the school community during his years as a student and a leader Patrick Painter

St. George Award

To the senior who has responded best to the Blue Ridge School philosophy and has demonstrated outstanding leadership Will Moss


Winter and Spring Wrap-Up

Basketball The Barons basketball team had a historic season in 201011 with a 26-2 record – the best in School history. During the season, the Barons won a number of tournaments and the Virginia Independent Conference (VIC) Championship. Chad Holley ’11 (back) and Malick Head Varsity Coach Kone ’11 at the State Tournament Bill Ramsey’s team was ranked number 1 in the state most of the year and made the state finals for the third straight year. The Blue and White played a tough game against the Benedictine Cadets but came up short for the title losing 52-45. Blue Ridge’s talented team also beat cross-town rival Miller School four times during the season, including wins in the VIC Championship and State Tournament. Many of the players received recognitions throughout the season. Malick Kone ’11 and Cameron Anderson ’11 were both nominees for the McDonald’s AllAmerican game, and both were named as 1st Team All-State players. Chad Holley ’11 and Isaiah Battle ’11 were selected as 2nd Team All-State. All four will go on to play athletics in college ranks: Malick Kone for Rutgers University (NJ), Chad Holley for Mount Saint Mary’s (MD), Cameron Anderson for Hampden-Sydney College (VA), Isaiah Battle for football at Clemson University (SC).

Wrestling The Baron’s wrestling squad had a tough season with eight of their eleven matches on the road. The young squad struggled early but gained confidence as the season proCameron Njomo ’11 and Jacques gressed. Torian PeHoman ’12 gram ’14 was named Most Improved Player, and Jacques Homan ’12 was given the Coach’s Award for his commitment and dedication to the sport. The 285 lb Cameron Njomo ’11 and 112 lb Ryan Gibson ’11 placed 4th and 8th respectively in their weight classes at the Virginia State Wrestling Tournament. 9

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Baseball The baseball team had a challenging 4-8 season. The Barons enjoyed big wins over Roanoke Catholic and Fishburne Military Academy but faced tough losses against cross-town rivals Covenant and Juan Dominguez ’11 St. Anne’s Belfield. There were some strong story lines inside this season. Zach Roberts ’11 persevered through a shoulder injury and played whatever position he could to give the team the best chance to win. Head Coach Chris Cunningham awarded Juan Dominguez ’11 the Most Valuable Player award because of his outstanding efforts. Dominguez anchored the team at short stop, pitcher and catcher -- a true utility player. While at the plate, Dominguez led the team in every major statistical category. Four-year player Sota Fukura ’11 received the Most Improved Player Award for his steady strides over the course of his time with the Barons, and Denver Harris ’11 was awarded the Coaches Award for his willingness to fill-in at a number of positions, great work ethic and positive attitude. Another role player, Garrett Scarborough ’11, made important contributions with a batting average of .481 with 12 RBI’s. The Barons look to rebuild next year after losing nine seniors in 2011. With only three underclassmen returning, Coach Cunningham will be looking for new talent on registration day.

Golf Summary The Blue Ridge golf team had a great year on the course, finishing 14-3. The Barons won their closest match by one stroke against Eastern Mennonite 168169. At season’s end, the Barons were ranked 6th in the VirJames Weddington ’11 ginia Division I state rankings, and ultimately finished third in the Virginia Independent Conference (VIC) Tournament. Chris Hickman ’12 had the second best individual score of the conference tournament, which helped him earn a 1st Team All-Conference spot. Joining him were Mason Schmidt ’12 and James Weddington ’11, who earned 2nd Team All-VIC honors. The strength of

the Barons’ season earned them a spot in the Virginia State Tournament where they finished eighth. Hickman, team MVP, was selected as a member of 1st Team All-State. Head Coach Trip Darrin recognized James Weddington with the Coaches Award for his consistent performance throughout the season, dedication and team leadership and John Cho ’11 with the Most Improved Player award for his steady development throughout his career at Blue Ridge. Thanks to the returning talent and up-and-coming new prospects, the 2012 season should be exciting for the Barons.

The Barons’ former Head JV and Assistant Varsity Lacrosse Coach Kyle Gardner will be taking the reins of the Lacrosse Programs from Coach Nic Bell in 2011-12. Coach Gardner will look to establish the Barons at the Division I level and across the Mid-Atlantic in the coming years. The future is certainly bright as the Barons return 17 Varsity lettermen and 7 starters from this year’s squad.


Lacrosse The Varsity Lacrosse team finished the 2010-2011 campaign with a 16-3 overall record. For the second straight year, the Barons captured Virginia Independent Conference (VIC) regular season and tournament titles after beating Virginia 2011 Varsity Tennis Team Episcopal School by a score of 19-2 in the Championship Cory Takahara ’12 vs. STAB game. The Barons proved to be the most potent offense in the state as they scored 289 goals on the season and on 70% of their extra man opportunities. Garrett Chan ’12 and Tanner Fisher ’12 led the group offensively scoring 81 and 63 points respectively. The trio of Ty Klarner ’13, Tyler Pace ’13 and Chase Fraser ’13 each scored in the 50+ point range and will be counted on to step up their production in their Junior campaigns. Cory Takahara ’12, Dave McSkimming ’12 and Tanner Fisher ’12 were the team’s leading groundball men, notching 81, 70 and 110 groundballs on the season respectively. Defensively the Barons were led by Kody TeKanawa ’11, Mitchel Cavallarin ’11 and Andrew Wilson ’11. Both TeKanawa and Cavallarin garnered All-VIC honors, and Wilson broke the single-season record for saves in a game during the Barons 2 OT win over Cape Henry Collegiate on Parents’ Weekend. In the past two years the Barons have moved from Virginia’s Division III to Division II and then from Division II to Division I. During that time, the Barons have amassed a 30-7 overall record. Also during that stretch, 15 individual and program records have been broken, 17 Barons have garnered All-Conference honors, 5 have been named All-State during that stretch, and 11 Barons have gone on to play in the NCAA. The following players in the Class of 2010-2011 will continue their playing careers at the next level: Jared Capner at Florida Tech (FL), Kody TeKanawa at Dowling College (NY), Zak Folks at Seton Hill University (PA), Nick Hayes-Watts at Mars Hill College (NC), Andrew Wilson at Virginia Wesleyan College (VA) and Mitchel Cavallarin at Hampden-Sydney College (VA).

Tennis struggled to find their rhythm on the court this year as the team experienced only one win verses Liberty Christian Academy. Head Coach Paul Fehlner recognized Davidson Faunce ’11 and Steven Kim ’11 for their positive attitudes and leadership with the Coach’s Award. Evan Bierly ’12 was named the Most Improved Player.

Track and Field

Track and Field had a successful season placing 4th overall in the Virginia Independent Conference. Liberty Christian Academy, Eastern Mennonite School and Fishburne Military Academy took the top three spots at the conference meet, but Blue Ridge was able to hold off Carlisle Andy Hughes ’11 at high jump School and Virginia Episcopal with an overall score of 63. The 4x100 relay team of Dillon McBride ’11, Andrew Snell ’11, Cassius Hijarunguru ’12 and Sean Jones ’11 had a strong performance placing third. Andy Hughes ’11, Patrick Painter ’11 and Alex McGill ’11 all placed third in their individual events at the conference meet. Jacques Homan ’12, because of his second place finish in the triple jump and consistent performance throughout the year, earned the MVP Award. Head Coach Jerry Jared also recognized Masa Mizuno ’13 and Patrick Painter ’11 for the Most Improved and Coach’s Award respectively.



hen Blue Ridge School’s Director of Outdoor Programs Tony Brown initiated the mountain biking team nine years ago, he could not have imagined that just a few years later it would be one of the fastest growing high school interscholastic sports in the country. In 2011, the sport of mountain biking got a big break in Virginia with the conception of the first USA Cycling sanctioned high school series in the state, the Virginia High School Mountain Bike Series (VAHS MTB). The VAHS MTB was founded by Miller School’s head endurance team coach Peter Hufnagel. Brown and the Blue Ridge School Outdoor Program have worked with Hufnagel to organize the series, and the BRS mountain bike team has been an active participant in each race. The VAHS MTB hosted 6 events in 2011 including a technical 7-mile single-track course on Blue Ridge School’s 751 acre campus. All VAHS MTB events are open to all high school and junior high/middle school students in the Commonwealth. “In the past, our team would just participate with adults in the local weekend races,” said Brown. “The series has given our guys a gauge to see how they are performing, and they are competing against guys in their own age range. I think this is going to have a very 11

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positive impact on the sport in Virginia.” High school mountain biking teams and leagues have been successful in California for a number of years. Recent growth in popularity has led to major developments in states such as Colorado, Texas and now Virginia. The challenging terrain of Blue Ridge School’s campus offers cyclists some of the most technical and difficult trails in the state. Mountain biking is offered as a competitive sport at Blue Ridge both in the fall and spring trimesters. Popularity among the student body has grown, and participants have the opportunity to train on some of the most arduous trails in the region. In addition to the VAHS MTB sanctioned race, Blue Ridge hosts the annual Ride the Ridge event every spring that is open to both the student body and the public. Proceeds from that race are donated to World Bicycle Relief, whose mission is to provide access to independence and livelihood through the power of bicycles. This coming academic year the team will also host the “Bacon Hola Bonk” race to benefit Stop Hunger Now, an international hunger relief organization. Recent graduate Dillon Long finished 4th in the state according to the VAHS MTB polls for 2011. Six other members of the Blue Ridge team placed in the top 31 in the state with Hayden Castle ’11 and Daniel Nelson ’14 ranking 16th and 17th respectively.

Thank You!

The faculty, students and staff of Blue Ridge School thank you for your support of the Annual Fund. In 2010-11, we raised $820,785 and grew alumni participation by 5%. Your generosity exceeded budget needs and met academic, athletic and residential life priorities. The Annual Fund is the lifeblood of the School, allowing us to offer the outstanding, innovative programs our students deserve. Quite simply your gift makes it possible for us to continue our mission of “Teaching Boys to Reach.�

For ways you can support Blue Ridge School, please visit or contact Annual Fund Director JC Ignaszewski at 434.992.0510.


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A record number of nine sets of siblings attended Blue Ridge School in 2010-11. Aristotle McDonald ’10 shares his experience as a “younger” Blue Ridge brother.

Ty ’13 and Mitch Klarner ’12

David ’11 and John Cho ’11 Alex ’14 and Michael Khalifeh ’12

Bibi ’14 and Niyi Olaitan ’11

Torian ’14 and Cody Pegram ’13 Patrick ’11 and Michael Painter ‘12

Abdulah ’12 and Khaled Rafaei ’12 Brannon ’12 and Mason Schmidt ’13 13

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Sang Jun ’11 and Won Jun Yum ’12


Abraham ’08 (left) and Aristotle ’10 (right) with Mr. Frank DeAngelis

here are different meanings of the word brotherhood. It can be the relationship between brothers or an alliance between people who share a common experience. I am fortunate to understand both definitions. As one of five boys in my family, I certainly understand the relationship between brothers, and, by attending Blue Ridge School, I am part of the Blue Ridge Brotherhood.

My brother Abraham “Abe” ’08 arrived at Blue Ridge midway through his sophomore year in the fall of 2005. I was a less-than-reputable eighth grader at the time. In 2001, we had lost our father, and over the course of the following years we were grief stricken. We acted out and let our grades plummet. An educational consultant and family friend told my mom about Blue Ridge, and the following week Abe was in the dorms. I followed the next year. Abe was a role model for me. In his first year, he befriended just about everyone in St. George. From freshmen to faculty, Abe knew and was liked by everyone. I remember him coming home for breaks that first year, telling stories of his new “brothers” and teachers. It was remarkable seeing him in his coat and tie and feeling his confidence as he walked into the room. I remember thinking my dad would be so proud. It was a lot to live up to, but I was excited for the following year. Having Abe at my wing made the transition to boarding school life easy. My brother and I always lived on the same hall, and I was able to make friends easily with his encouragement. Like most teenage brothers, we would bicker and argue, but teachers always guided us to a resolution - they understood it was just brother stuff. I felt that the faculty and staff were trying to strengthen our bond as brothers. I think we probably had less to argue about being at Blue Ridge than if we were at home. I watched as my brother became a leader. During Abe’s senior year, he was a Prefect and member of the Honor Council and Student Council. I saw how he was acting as a role model for the other students, not just me. The community respected him, and I respected him. Sometimes it was difficult having a brother who was so well thought of and liked. I felt I had to live up to his example, and I did. I become a Prefect, Class President and, unlike Abe, I was a Four-Year Boy. I like to think that, even though I followed in his footsteps, I made my own mark on the School. Each boy’s experience at Blue Ridge is different, and for me my brother’s presence was a part of it. I cannot imagine it any other way. Now that we attend different colleges, our time at Blue Ridge is something we always can remember together – the pranks we pulled in the dorms or Mr. Niederberger’s final exam. Whatever it was about being at Blue Ridge with my brother, it strengthened our relationship and is something I cherish. I hope all the other brothers who attend school together have the same great experience we had.


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The history behind one of New York City’s longest running charity balls and its fortuitous relationship with Blue Ridge School.


he New York Auxiliary was founded in 1909 - the same year as Blue Ridge School. Through a number of coincidences and the determined spirit of a young Reverend, the School cultivated strong ties with a philanthropic group of women in New York City who have continued their support of the school for 100 years and have organized one of New York City’s longest running charity events. The story of the New York Auxiliary began in 1905 when The Reverend George Pickett Mayo spoke of the need for a school in the Blue Ridge Mountains at St. Faith’s Training School for Deaconesses in New York. Captivated by The Reverend’s message, a young Deaconess in the audience named Bertha Lawrence traveled south to Virginia to aid in Reverend Mayo’s mission work. She and The Reverend formed a close friendship and shared a dream of one day opening an industrial school in the area in order to equip young people with the skills necessary to better their lives. Deaconess Lawrence’s sister Harriett soon followed in her footsteps and began teaching at a nearby mission school. In 1909 this group’s dream was realized when Blue Ridge School opened its doors. Also in 1909, Reverend Mayo married Harriet in New York. Before the wedding, Reverend Mayo and Deaconess Lawrence made a special visit to Mr. George Gordon Battle, a prominent New York lawyer and friend of the Lawrence family. Mr. Battle and his wife Martha Bagby held a strong interest in serving Blue Ridge School. Martha believed so strongly in the School’s mission that she founded the New York Auxiliary, to fundraise for the new school. Mrs. Martha Bagby Battle enlisted the help and interest of her friends, chiefly those with southern heritage living in New York. The Auxiliary began its charity work by hosting “silver

“The New York Auxiliary Ball is one of Blue Ridge School’s great traditions.” Dr. John R. O’Reilly Headmaster


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New York Auxiliary Members Sarah Stein, Alexandra Gregg Smith, Ann Briet, Catherine Makk, Holly Hunt, and Amy Glynn at the 2011 Ball.

teas,” a benefit event popular at the time in which ladies would have tea together, leaving donations in a silver bowl. The Auxiliary expanded from teas to bridge parties to a charity ball in 1924. The New York Auxiliary Ball has been held annually since and is said to be the oldest charity benefit, held in unbroken succession, in New York City. Not even two World Wars and the Great Depression could hinder the Auxiliary’s passionate fundraising on behalf of the School. “The New York Auxiliary Ball is one of Blue Ridge School’s great traditions,” says Headmaster Dr. John O’Reilly. “It is really wonderful to have supporters, faculty, parents and alumni together in celebration of the School: it is truly a spectacular party! The fact that this wonderful group of women has been supporting our school since our foundation is, quite frankly, amazing.” Dr. O’Reilly explained that the Auxiliary has remained supportive not only through the major global events of the past 100 years but also through the School’s transitions. During Blue Ridge’s shift to a college preparatory school in 1962, the Auxiliary supported the change citing a great need for a school for children whose potential is not being realized in traditional school settings.

The New York Auxiliary of the Blue Ridge School’s Blue and White Ball

The Year of the Dragon January 28, 2012 - The university club - New York City Tickets available in october for more infor mation. “The history of the Auxiliary is amazing, and their impact on the School can be seen just by touring campus,” said Dr. O’Reilly. The Auxiliary’s efforts support scholarships, capital projects and numerous other School fundraising efforts. In addition to providing financial support, various Auxiliary members have served on the Board of Trustees.

The Alex Donnor Orchestra performing at the 2009 Vintage Ball.

“For many of the members, myself included, involvement in the New York Auxiliary is like being part of a family,” remarked Alexandra Gregg Smith, President of the New York Auxiliary. Alexandra’s mother Mrs. John C. Smith was a longtime member of the Auxiliary and co-chaired several balls through the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. Additionally, Alexandra’s grandmother Mrs. Will R. Gregg was a close friend of former Headmaster Hatcher C. Williams and also was President of the Auxiliary for a time. Mrs. Gregg’s portrait hangs today in the Hatcher C. Williams Library. “While the school is not close to us in proximity, the mission is near and dear to our hearts.” Mrs. Smith continued, “We have made it a tradition to sponsor faculty and/or staff members to attend the Ball so that we can express our deep appreciation to them for their commitment to the students. We want them to see firsthand our efforts to support them in their mission to teach young men to reach.”

On the dance floor at the 2010 Cole Porter themed “Anything Goes” Ball.

The Ball, which is always held in January, will have an Asian theme in celebration of 2012 – the Chinese Year of the Dragon. This year’s Ball co-chairs are Mrs. E. Franklin Harris II and Mrs. Ernest E. Hunt IV. Tickets will go on sale in October 2011 and will be available online at For more information about the Ball, please contact Ashley Smith at


Alumni News The BRS Alumni Council Welcomes New Officers and Members in 2011-12

1991 to 1999, and then as the Alumni Relations Director from 1999 to 2007. He and his wife live in Franktown, VA.

Jim Moore ’75 was voted as the next President of the Alumni Council at the annual winter meeting in February. Moore, who will be taking the reins from Willie Nelson ’86, will begin his tenure at the fall Alumni Association meeting, October 15, 2011. Jim was a Prefect and member of the Honor Council at Blue Ridge. He was also on the BRS 1975 National Prep Wrestling Championship team and placed third in the nation in his weight class. Early in Jim’s career in education, he taught history and coached wrestling and lacrosse at Blue Ridge School for two years. Jim, his wife and two children live in Hagerstown, MD. Willie Nelson ’86, Jim Moore ’75 and Bryan Wood ’86.

Peter Holland ’66, who has recently returned to the Council, will serve as Vice-President. Peter served on the original BRS Alumni Council during the mid70’s. While a student at Blue Ridge, he was a Prefect and member of the Honor Council. Additionally, Peter served on the Board from

Bryan Wood ’86 will serve as the new Alumni Council Secretary. Bryan has served as Co-Chair of the Alumni and Friends Golf Classic since 2008 and has been a member of the Council since 2007. He was a Prefect while at Blue Ridge. He, his wife and three children live in Yorktown, VA. Ben Hiatt ’71 will continue to serve as Treasurer. Ben has served on the Council since 1992 and has earned lifetime membership. He, too, was a Prefect while at Blue Ridge. Ben served as Co-Chair of the Alumni and Friends Golf Classic from its inception in 1991 to 2007. He, his wife and three children live in Fairfax Station, VA. New members to the Alumni Council are Rory Bosek ’04 of Lynchburg, VA; Cliff Curlee ’81 of Richmond, VA; Mark Dreux ’94 of Glen Allen, VA; Huntley Galleher ’80 of Saluda, VA; and Bruce Lee ’79, of Mystic, CT. The Alumni Council serves as the governing body for the Alumni Association whose mission is to inform, connect and engage alumni of Blue Ridge while supporting the School’s mission and goals. All BRS alumni are inducted into the Alumni Association upon graduation. The Alumni Association raises money for the School by way of the Annual Alumni and Friends Golf Classic as well as other fundraising efforts.

Alumni Gatherings

Here are just a few pictures of the 2011 Blue Ridge events. Check to see upcoming alumni gatherings.

Bill Tilman ’65, Rory Bosek ’04 and David Godfrey ’02 in Glenmore, VA

Lee Shore ’90 and Andrew Lehner ’99 in Dallas, TX


Bill Mitchell ’78 with Alumni Parents Gayle & Eldon Armstrong in Columbia, SC

Lawrence Ritter ’83 and Richard Hickey ’75 in Virginia Beach, VA

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Bill Bissell ’85, Jim Niederberger and Greg Symthe ’85 in McLean, VA

Jacques Carrere ’97 and friend Regan in New Orleans, LA

Frank DeAngelis and Andrew Genova ’03 in McLean, VA

Show Your Baron Pride

The Alumni Association will soon be releasing its own product line featuring the Association Logo. The product line will include high-quality clothing like the collared shirt shown right and other great items. The products will be sold online at Proceeds from sales will support the Alumni Association and Blue Ridge School. Look for the store launch this fall!

We want to share your news! Share your exciting news with us, and we will include it the upcoming Winter Bridge Magazine. All news and pictures may be sent to Alumni Relations Director Dan Dunsmore at dandunsmore@blueridgeschool. com or posted within the Alumni Notes Board on the website Speak with Dan at 434.992.0529.

Robin Ware and Martha Ware Bryan, alumni spouses, in Richmond, VA Trustee John Joseph ’70 and Todd McFarlane ’86 in Richmond, VA

KC Camp ’10 and friend Caryn in Charlottesville, VA

Kyle Oliver ’05 and Lyle Beckner ’04 during the 2nd Annual Alumni Lacrosse Game on campus


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A H i s to r ic Mo m e n t

For the first time in Blue Ridge School’s history the Chairman of the Board of Trustees awarded a diploma to a relative. Chairman Jean H. Hart looks with pride at her grandson Jesse Macfarlane Thomas ’11.

The Bridge | Summer 2011  
The Bridge | Summer 2011  

Blue Ridge School's bi-annual magazine.