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a publication of Canterbury School of Florida


Summer! INSIDE

Study tips from Valedictorian Ched Milic


PAGES OF FUN PHOTOS FROM Recognition Awards Commencement & Summer Camps

Summer reading from our Director of College Guidance: Colleges That Change Lives

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profiles 4


the scene 12




STAFF PROFILE: MEG STEVENS Advancement Associate and Director of Summer Programs









the arts 18

programs & curriculum 10



BOOK REVIEW | Colleges That Change Lives

GET MOVING THIS SUMMER! Athletic Summer Camps

FULL OF (HE)ART Advanced Placement Art Students

crusader connections 20


reflections 22

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CSFeatures a publication of Canterbury School of Florida SUMMER 2015


CSFeatures is designed to give past, current and future Canterbury families and friends a snapshot of what our students, faculty, parent volunteers and alumni are doing on campus and beyond.


Megan Dobiesz

Donnamarie Hehn


Jason Cannon

Heather Lambie

Slow, relaxing summer? NAH!

Tori Lindenmeyer ‘18

Jeremy Quellhorst

Adrianna Rozycki ‘16

Summer is a time of joy and rejuvenation for students and faculty who wave goodbye with a giant smile and a, “See you next [school] year!” salutation that seems to come in slow motion as the door shuts behind them and I turn back to my desk. Where I will sit all summer.

Elise Schreiner

I’m not bitter, I swear. Summer is actually a very productive time for me. Many people forget that our school is also a business, and marketing our business doesn’t stop just because classes aren’t in session. There is much work to be done as I update the school website, keep up with marketing our amazing summer programs, and plan out advertising and social media calendars and campaigns for the upcoming school year. This summer I even took time to scratch my teaching itch (I was a high school teacher for five years before becoming an administrator) and ran a Photo Composition camp (see my campers, above right). I thoroughly enjoyed sharing my love of photography with students and introducing them to some rules of composition that will hopefully inspire them to be more creative and thoughtful about the images they capture. Admit-


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tedly, this camp was also a recruiting tool for me--a way to train students who have a natural affinity for capturing moments and introduce them to a big part of my job--photography. I hope this fall some of them will be interested in joining my Social Media Club and helping me with photo assignments for all the posts I just laid out in my 2015-16 social media calendar.

pictures with us for the next issue.

Until they can help me, though, it’s not hard to find things to photograph on the Knowlton Campus. It remains a bustling city, full of students taking summer for-credit classes, summer campers learning about archery, programming or cake decorating (see pgs. 4-5, 16-17 and 22), camp instructors creating fun and teaching life lessons, athletic teams practicing and busy administrators meeting, preparing and planning.

Stop by and see us this summer--we love visitors!

We reserve the right to edit your letters for length and clarity. Email: Contact ADMISSIONS: Michelle Robinson, Director of Advancement & Admissions | 727-521-5903 | @canterburyFL SPRING 2015 |


staff P R OF I L E Meg Stevens DIRECTOR OF SUMMER PROGRAMS BY HEATHER LAMBIE In the 2015-2020 five-year strategic plan recently released by Canterbury’s administration, one of the line items under extracurricular programs reads, “Increase enrollment in summer camps by 50% over the next five years.” This may seem like a tall order to some, but Director of Summer Programs Meg Stevens loves a challenge. Stevens got “pulled in to summer camps,” as she puts it, to help former summer program managers organize the programs and help with database management. Student staffer Dre’shia Scruggs ‘16 writes the week’s camps on directional signage.

“I started making some suggestions of different things that we do, and it kind of grew from there,” she says. The Administration saw Stevens’ creativity, drive and organizational skills and, “it went from first year ‘helping’ to second year, “You’re in charge!”” She adds that the previous camp managers, Upper School Math Teacher Kristy Alderson and former Director of Donor Relations and Special Events Lise Laurent had managed the program for five years or so and were both ready to move on. “They worked together to create a good foundation for me to grow from,” says Stevens.

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And grow she has. In this, her third year running Canterbury’s Summer Programs, Stevens seems to have hit her stride. “When I started, Week 1 we had eight campers, and four camps were cancelled due to lack of signups. This year, Week 1 started with 97 campers. In just two years time! The difference, I believe, is the offerings.” For example, Softball Coach Jody Moore--whose softball camps run at full capacity--has built a reputation in the community through her three state championships which, Stevens admits, helps. “And Youth Digital--with educational technology being such a buzz word and an interest of kids and parents, they want those types of offerings,” she adds. “And Bookin’ and Cookin’ plays on the success of lower campus enrichment programs with a week’s worth of fun experiences for that younger age group.” When talking about the success of the programs, Stevens also points to her grassroots marketing efforts as a way of getting the word out about Canterbury’s summer offerings. “I have a banner on the softball field of NE Little League, I’ve got a tent in downtown St. Pete’s family-friendly Movies in the Park in the spring, and that sort of thing,” she says. “Using my Tinny Tim mascot and

Meg Stevens

tapping into different marketing niches has brought brand awareness of the program. Our reputation [as a school] within the community has definitely driven more campers here as well. Numbers from outside students--non-Canterbury families--is growing exponentially each year.” The growth of outside students is important to Stevens, as she is not just the Director of Summer Programs. During the school year she is also an Advancement Associate working closely with Director of Advancement and Admissions, Michelle Robinson, to grow the school’s enrollment. “It varies week to week,” Stevens says of camp enrollment, “but last week, for example, we had 47% non-Canterbury students and 53% Canterbury students enrolled in camps. It will be interesting to see at the end of the summer what the overall percentages are, but I think it will be something close to that,” Stevens says with the excitement of an entrepreneur studying P&L statements. Stevens realizes the value in giving non-Canterbury families a positive Canterbury experience. “My hope is that they will be wowed by our campus, our kind campers and parents, our intelligent and compassionate student staffers, and realize that Canterbury is a great place to get an education, not just during the summer, but year-round!” That is Stevens’ basic approach to sum-

mer camps. She runs it like a business, knowing that for many in the community, this is their first “Canterbury experience,” and she wants it to be exceptional. While she is the CEO of Canterbury’s Summer Programs, managing all the operations including facilities, finances, contracts and outside vendors, student and adult staff management, camp registrations, communications, customer service and more, the most important of these, to Stevens, is the service because, as she says, “the kids come first.” She tries to get to know every camper’s name so they know who she is as well “so, if there’s ever an issue, they’ll be comfortable coming to me.” She begins in December, seeking outside vendors and carefully selecting camp offerings that will appeal to all ages and all audiences. Once camp is open, she treats every camper and parent like a customer to whom she wants to provide the highest service, and trains her staff to do the same. She meticulously attends to every detail from the welcome letter families get when they register online, to the follow-up surveys they get after each camp, which she shares with counselors to again improve service and performance. Her goal of enjoyment in education is this: “Having some variety to your offerings allows kids to have different exposure during the summer than they might have during the year in a traditional classroom setting,” she says. “But we still have a conceptual relevancy to help expand upon things they’re already learning or gain exposure to things that can be beneficial to the whole child--

reaching the interest levels of different types of learning styles and interests.” About that strategic goal of growing by 50% in the next five years? “I think by continuing to meet and exceed parents’ expectations of camp quality and value, and continuing to have instructors who not only deliver exceptional content but exceptional service, I can make that happen,” Stevens says. We have no doubt she will.

IN THE WORDS OF MEG STEVENS: HARDEST TEST YOU EVER TOOK? The hardest test I ever took and continue to take is the testing of my parenting skills with my [three] daughters. I walk the line to continue to be the best parent I can be, but still allowing for the voice of my children to be present and heard while making decisions as a parent that sometimes don’t align with what their voice is saying but what, in my opinion, is the best avenue for them. I think being a parent always makes you a better leader, because there’s nothing more emotional than being a parent. HAPPIEST MOMENT OF THE PAST YEAR? I got to see my favorite singer live with someone I really care about. Music, for me, is very therapeutic. I danced, I sang, I was out in the fresh air and I rode on my bike to the venue. So I would say my bicycle and music are my happy places-and I was with someone I care about. WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GREW UP? I have very distinct memories of al-

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FREE “before care” for campers who need to be dropped off early Moving all camps to the Knowlton Campus (for transportation convenience) Hiring more outside vendors to instruct camps leading to more varied experiences for campers Organizational additions like online registration, a check-in/check our area and follow-up surveys to receive feedback Weekly albums on Facebook to share camp photos with families CSF student staff volunteers. By tapping the existing culture of community service, students can now assist instructors at camps that already fit their personal skill set. Students gain community service hours for the upcoming school year. Ex) Students who enjoy taking pictures were asked to document and photograph camps to help promote it. Students who enjoy working with younger kids help with Day Camp. Camper of the Week to celebrate excellence Food Truck Thursday Pop Craft popsicle vendor on Fridays Camp Night at a Rowdies soccer game (discounted tickets and group seating)

ways wanting to be a mom. I remember writing children’s names from an early age. I knew I wanted to have children. Secondly, I thought I was going to be a lawyer. But more like child advocacy or lobbying or something like that. According to the GRE I would’ve done very well analytically. SPRING 2015 |


alumna PROFILE

Helen Feinberg Class of 1980

BY MEGAN DOBIESZ The Canterbury School Board of Trustees created the Portrait of a Canterbury Graduate to convey the core values of our students. One element of a Crusader graduate is that our students “View the world with empathy, humility, and compassion.” This perfectly describes the character of Helen Hough Feinberg (‘80). She is first and foremost humble, seeming at times confused and a little embarrassed at us making a fuss over her by selecting her as this issue’s alumna spotlight. Helen’s resume is impressive. Her professional career as the Managing Director at RBC Capital Markets and former Senior Vice President of William R. Hough and Co. segued into her leadership roles in Washington D.C. on the Fannie Mae National Advisory Council and her appointment by Governor Jeb Bush as chair of the Affordable Housing Study Commission. However, to hear about these remarkable accomplishments in finance, government, and her

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philanthropic ventures in the community, you will have to ask someone other than Helen. She is much more comfortable discussing the accomplishments of her loved ones, including her daughter Alexandra Feinberg (‘10), or the causes that she is passionate about. Though she is too modest to mention it, Helen is the embodiment of the Portrait of a Canterbury Graduate, and we could not be more proud to call her a Crusader. WHEN DID YOU START AT CANTERBURY? In 1968, when I was in the second grade. HOW LONG DID YOU ATTEND? Until I graduated in 1980. WHERE DID YOU GO TO COLLEGE? ADVANCED DEGREES? Wake Forest University. WHY DID YOU FEEL IT WAS IMPORTANT TO SEND YOUR OWN CHILD TO CANTERBURY? It was an excellent education and I was

well prepared for college. I enjoyed the small class sizes. When it came time to choose a school for Alexandra, Canterbury had grown nicely, but still had the individual attention. That type of intimate learning environment allows students to understand material on a more in-depth level because they are really involved in the discussion of the subject matter. WHAT DOES A CANTERBURY EDUCATION MEAN TO YOU? It was the foundation of my education and it was an excellent one. The small class sizes and individual attention allowed the students to interact with teachers and allowed us to delve into subject matters and wander off into classroom discussions. BESIDES THE OBVIOUS NEW BUILDING STRUCTURES, IN WHAT WAY HAS CANTERBURY CHANGED SINCE YOU WERE A STUDENT HERE? The two main areas of growth are in

enrollment and technology. My graduating class in 1980 had 13 students and the most recent was 40. Technology has improved dramatically over the years and Canterbury has adapted with the times, providing the teachers and the students with incredible resources. In addition, it is wonderful to see that all students have a dedicated campus. In particular, the HELEN FEINBERG (R), CLASS OF 1980, additions made to WITH DAUGHTER ALEXANDRA FEINBERG (L), the Knowlton camCLASS OF 2010. pus have made a tremendous difference. The gymnasium, theater, athletic University. It was a start-up department fields, library, marine science building that recognized that students needed asand other resources are amazing. When sistance transitioning to the work force. I attended Canterbury, St. Peters CatheThe vision is that students would come dral housed the middle school and high in as freshmen and receive training and school, and later the upper school was testing to help determine the best majors moved to the language services section and the best path for graduation and of Eckerd College. beyond. YOU WERE RECENTLY GIVEN AN AWARD FOR PHILANTHROPY AT WAKE FOREST. TELL US ABOUT THAT. I was recognized as a Pro Humanitate honoree for my work with career services and development, higher education, and affordable housing. We were one of 12 families who supported the creation of the Office of Personal and Career Development at Wake Forest

WHAT OTHER CAUSES ARE IMPORTANT OR SPECIAL TO YOU? Affordable housing is a cause that is very close to my heart. Everyone deserves a safe and decent place to live. Even though I am in finance, I really enjoy the projects that provide help for working families to afford to put a roof over their heads.

It speaks volumes that Helen-- a woman with leadership roles in Washington D.C. on the Fannie Mae National Advisory Council, appointed by Governor Jeb Bush as chair of the Affordable Housing Study Commission--would send her daughter to Canterbury because, “That type of intimate learning environment allows students to understand material on a more in-depth level because they are really involved in the discussion of the subject matter.”

Helen says... WHO HAS BEEN THE BIGGEST INFLUENCE IN YOUR LIFE? My father and his company, of which I have been a part for my entire professional career. Watching how he created a successful company and how he approached municipal finance helping governmental entities was so fulfilling. WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST ACCOMPLISHMENT? I don’t know that I can say Alexandra is an accomplishment of mine, but being a mother has been the most fulfilling project. WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST FEAR? Global affairs including war, terrorism, and cyber electronic crime. WHAT DID YOU DO LAST WEEKEND? Watched the Stanley Cup Finals and had lunch with my daughter and her friend. WHO WAS YOUR FAVORITE TEACHER HERE, AND WHY? There were so many wonderful teachers, but I will share thoughts regarding my Cheerleading coach Pat “Murph” Murphy. She taught me the meaning of excellence because she would not settle for anything less than perfection and precision. She encouraged me to be a leader and had the greatest impact on me personally. She made sure all of her cheerleaders practiced excellent manners, including writing thank you notes, because cheerleaders were viewed as ambassadors for the school.



student PROFILE

Ched Milic, Valedictorian 2015

Attending The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill Our valedictorian has been a member of the Canterbury community since he entered Prekindergarten as a baby Crusader. Recognized as the winner of the William R. Hough Award, the highest award given to a senior, it is no surprise that he excels at everything. He is a member of the varsity tennis team and the captain of both the cross country and track teams. He is the president of Student Council, YUGA, and the World Languages Club. Since he began receiving letter grades in fourth grade, he has earned straight A’s every term. Yes, every single term for nine years! His cumulative high school grade point average of 5.0 is significant as he was consistently taking accelerated classes as well as 17 Advanced Placement courses. Just like his grade point average, his performance on every one of his AP exams has been a perfect 5. His achievements have earned him the recognition of AP Scholar with Distinction, National AP Scholar and National Merit Scholar. While our valedictorian’s achievements are quite impressive, I am most impressed by the person beyond the recognitions. When asked to describe his high school experience, he stated: “My favorite aspect [of high school] has been to explore and discover what I’m passionate about, while having the flexibility to do all these different things. When I’m really excited about academics, I create a challenging schedule. When I want to improve my 5K time, I go out there and I do it. German suddenly interests me? I learn it. I’m in that sweet spot where I’m old enough to be interested in a variety of subjects, but not settled into a routine of adult life. But then again, my high school experience could teach me this lesson - that I don’t have to reject new experiences, certainly not in college or beyond.” -- Introduction of Ched Milic as Valedictorian at the 2015 Commencement by Director of College Guidance Donnamarie Hehn

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On the past, present and future . . . SINCE YOU’RE A “LIFER”, TELL US HOW CANTERBURY HAS SHAPED WHO YOU ARE AS A PERSON TODAY. Canterbury has definitely shaped my personality and my morals. After going to lots of universities for scholarship competitions this year and seeing intelligent people from around the U.S., I’ve realized that there really is something special about the kids I know at Canterbury. They’re smart and well-rounded, but at the same time, they operate with social ease, maturity, and respect. So I think Canterbury has been a very nurturing environment in that regard. The individual attention and, quite simply, love that teachers put into their work and into the students they educate is what defines Canterbury in my mind. Mrs. Bridge began that trend for me [in Kindergarten], and it has held true for every year after. WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST STRUGGLE RIGHT NOW? Taking the big step from high school to college. I’m capable academically and socially; Canterbury made sure of that. It’s just bittersweet leaving a school I’ve attended 14 years in a row and friends I’ve known just as long. That first transition period is a little hard, but I doubt it will last too long. WHAT WAS YOUR SENIOR THESIS ABOUT? WHY IS THAT TOPIC IMPORTANT TO YOU? My senior thesis was an argument in favor of a federal tax on sugar-sweetened beverages in the US (so, primarily soft drinks). My interest in the topic arose from my dad’s health problems (including diabetes) and the investigative research he had done into the problem. After studying up for a while, he actually reversed the conditions he had, so that encouraged me to read up on it myself. That got me to thinking about health in America and what kinds of initiatives would have a significant impact. WHAT’S THE MOST VALUABLE THING YOU LEARNED LAST WEEK? How to rebook a flight. My United flight out of Raleigh-Durham

was delayed because of engine trouble, meaning that it would leave after my connection in Chicago. I had to get United to buy me a non-stop ticket from American Airlines from Raleigh-Durham to London or else I would have missed the first day of my trip with the UNC Honors College. I had to live two days without luggage, but I managed pretty well all the same. It’s important to be flexible when traveling!

WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GROW UP? I’m not entirely sure. I’m planning on majoring in Economics, Contemporary European Studies, and Computer Science. Who knows where that will take me? Maybe working as an analyst or consultant at a business firm, or perhaps doing a start-up? I feel like the three are firmly employable fields that still leave me a fair amount of space to explore and be independent.

Study tips from the master . . . WHAT’S YOUR BEST STUDY SECRET/TIP? Get pumped up, even for studying. Approach it with a positive attitude, or else it’s going to be a slog. Upbeat music usually helps. Sleep is also essential. So many people do not get enough, and they suffer for that. All-nighters are not the way to success. HOW DO YOU STAY ORGANIZED? I carry around a little lined notebook to use as a planner. When it gets to be crunch time with exams, and extracurriculars are starting to pile up on top of that, I make a pretty rigorous schedule/ spreadsheet to prepare. Of course, I inevitably end up not following it too closely, but I find that spilling out everything weighing on me is a good way to get a handle on what I have to do. HOW MANY AP CLASSES HAVE YOU TAKEN? WHICH WAS THE MOST CHALLENGING AND WHY? I’ve taken 17 AP classes, starting with Human Geography and French Language/Culture in 9th grade. AP Art History was the most challenging, just because of the enormous amount of material I had to learn (two massive textbook volumes, each about 600 oversized pages of tiny text). However, it was certainly one of the most valuable courses I took, because it combined aspects of many disciplines - society, politics, chemistry, history, and of course, art - and drew connections between these subjects that I had only studied separately before. I really got a sense of context for when and where things happened in the world. TELL US ABOUT THE HARDEST TEST YOU EVER TOOK? WHAT DID YOU LEARN FROM IT? Eleventh grade was a year-long test for me. I took seven APs, did three sports and participated in a fair number of clubs. Time management was crucial.

On personal influences . . . WHO HAS BEEN THE BIGGEST INFLUENCE IN YOUR LIFE? My brother [Tadeja, Kindergarten]! It’s impossible to discuss the past six years of my life without mentioning him. I’ve learned important lessons about responsibility and maturity from taking care of him, but even better, I’ve had fun acting like a kid. There’s a lot to be said for being a child at heart, and I think many people forget that. It’s not about being immature; it’s about enjoying the simple things in life and understanding that the world is not so dark and dreary a place.

WHERE DO YOU THINK YOUR ACADEMIC DRIVE COMES FROM? I would say my academic drive originally came from my parents’ high expectations. When I was little, they just assumed I would do well at school. I never felt pressured to succeed; it was just something I was supposed to do. They were definitely never tiger parents! “Loving and supportive” better fits the bill. When I got older, I felt that if I knew how to succeed, why would I pass up the opportunity to do so? It makes life more exciting to be active. TELL US ABOUT YOUR MOTHER. Best mom ever. (no offense to other moms intended). Very hard-working and smart and loving. She moved to Massachusetts for an exchange program when she was only 17. I can’t imagine how difficult that must have been to leave her friends and family. A year later, she got a scholarship to study at Bard College in New York, and has stayed here ever since. She has only ever been kind and supportive, and she did a great job of raising the two of us (although I don’t know how I turned out).


Canterbury has definitely shaped my personality and my morals.


After going to lots of universities for scholarship competitions this year and seeing intelligent people from around the U.S., I’ve realized that there really is something special about the kids I know at Canterbury. They’re smart and well-rounded, but at the same time, they operate with social ease, maturity, and respect.

Etcetera . . .

TELL US ABOUT THE BEST TRIP YOU EVER WENT ON. I went to London and Serbia the summer of 2014 with my aunt. I got to see both the most cosmopolitan city in the world and the quietest rural village where my grandparents have a country home. It was a great study in contrasts, and I enjoyed both immensely. TELL US ABOUT A TIME YOU WERE SCARED. A few years back, I went surfing on the west coast of France in a small beach town called Comtis. When I was swimming back to the shore, my cousin’s friend and I got caught in the riptide, and when we realized it, we just exchanged this look of absolute dread. I hadn’t been feeling well that morning which made the struggle back to the beach even worse. When we finally returned, thoroughly exhausted, I had to lie down in the sand with a towel covering my pounding head for an hour. When I came home the next day, I found out I had caught a nasty case of strep throat, which explained the headache! WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT RUNNING? I really enjoy the idea that every step I take makes me stronger and faster. My progress is determined primarily by my determination. I also love the camaraderie of the team. Even though the events are almost all individual, it’s definitely a team sport. And, of course, Coach Johnson and Coach Valentine have been incredibly influential in my life. WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST ACCOMPLISHMENT? My little brother says “being the best big brother!” I’ll gladly take that one! SPRING 2015 |


Valedictorian Ched Milic

Salutatorian Benjamin Bryant

Head of School Mac Hall presents the Head of School Award to Hunter Coia

Mrs. Melanie Heath presents the Faculty Award to Benjamin Bryant

Mr. Sean Murphy presents the Carolyn R. Horton Award to Ellen McMullen

Alumni Board President Webb Bond ‘06 presents the Alumni Award to Burchie Ellinger

Ms. Lucy Yeager ‘89 presents the Middle School Award For Academic Excellence to Emmy Murray

Ms. Claudine Cieutat presents the Middle School Principal’s Award to Margaret Cox

Mrs. Breck Moorefield presents the Betty W. Knowlton Memorial Award to Kai Tomalin

Mr. Ken Johnson presents the John H. Kenyon Award to Alex Gomez and Margaret Dai

Mrs. Helen Feinberg presents the William R. Hough Award to Ched Milic

Mr. Mike Davis presents the P. Michael Davis Award to Christian Renner

Coach Dave Smith presents the Canterbury Crusader Award to Alex Nestor

George LaBruce Founders’ Award was presented to Katie Parker

Mrs. Donnamarie Hehn presents the U.S. Principal’s Leadership Award to Caroline Skidmore and Emma Wells

The following middle school students earned the grade of A- or higher in each term of the 2014-15 school year: Margaret Cox Taylor Johnson Rivers Lenholt Alondra Rios

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Sophia Hicks Natalie Kaltenbacher Emmy Murray

The following upper school students earned the grade of A- or higher in each term of the 2014-15 school year:

KaLeigh Biss Lauren Cieutat Chloe Finch Alexandra Johni Ellen McMullen Ched Milic

Benjamin Bryant Jordan Cox Jessica Hanna Paige Liebel Bailee McQueen Damon Zhang

Knowlton Recognition Awards

“Canterbury has given many international students the chance to study here and meet new friends. Our class has been fortunate enough to have one of these students. Her name is Margaret Dai. She has been with us for the last few years and is one of the sweetest, most caring people we could ever ask for. The Class of 2015’s gift to Canterbury was donated by Margaret herself, and is a replica of Chinese artwork. This painting will hang in the hallways to welcome all international students that come to Canterbury. Thank you, Margaret, for your donation and sharing your culture with us. With this gift, we would like young-


er classes to be educated and influenced by other cultures to make the world more united.” -- Taylor Buck SPRING 2015 |


Class of 2015 Commencement

BILL MATHEWS, GUEST SPEAKER ADDRESS TO THE GRADUATING CLASS I have been an educator and coach for the past 36 years. The first ten years of my career, I worked with graduating high school seniors and for the last twenty-six, I have been working with incoming college freshmen, so speaking to this graduating class tonight is a real privilege for me, as I get to be a small part of your transition from high school to college. Throughout my professional career, I have been honored to work with high school and college athletes and National baseball teams for seven different European and Central American nations. Tonight, however, is particularly meaningful because Canterbury is where I was fortunate enough to begin my journey as a teacher and coach. ... Throughout my career my message to students and their parents has been constant: faith, trust, and patience will take you a long way in life’s journey. A personal commitment to these traits— faith, trust, and patience—will bring people closer to you, and as a result, you’ll grow exponentially as a person. Faith can mean so many different things to all of us, but I think it means that you need to have the inner strength to stand up for what you believe in. Our parents and teachers have taught us so much, but the next four years will provide you with the opportunity to first discover, and then practice, what faith really means to you. The faith I speak of is the quiet confidence to become someone who is identified by their actions, not by a student ID number or campus affiliations. As you leave home, you’ll quickly discover that the time has come to determine who you really are and what truths you believe to be best for you. You’ll find that making decisions about whom you trust, and why you trust them, will be key to earning the trust of

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others. You’ll be able to navigate these decisions a bit easier if you first trust yourself. Trust that you know what is best for you; trust that you know the real reason you’re in college; and trust the fact that this four-year segment of your life will construct some of the bridges that you’ll need to move on along your chosen path. ... The next four years will teach you how to live in a very diverse cultural climate and how to thoughtfully communicate with those around you. Remember that the goal of the next four years is not simply for you to receive a piece of paper, a diploma, at the end. It’s your responsibility, when it’s over, to become an integral part of the world of educated men and women. What are you going to do with your college-education? How will you impact the world in positive and meaningful ways? ... Be prepared to read and to digest the written word, and then to produce your own ideas to communicate with others what you’ve learned. I’ve traveled thousands of miles with teams on charter buses, and I’m always amazed that people on the bus are actually texting with the person on the other side of the aisle! In college, I URGE YOU TO LEARN HOW TO COMMUNICATE


writing skills have been honed quite well by the esteemed faculty seated to my left. Your Senior Thesis was a tremendous exercise in writing, and may prove to be easy in comparison to some of the written assignments you’ll receive in the near future. ... At the end of every class I ever taught at Eckerd College, I always finished with a simple salute that encapsulates what I think is missing in our society. I say, “Go out there, and make a difference.” And now, to the Canterbury Class of 2015, I say something more important—a message I hope you take into your heart from mine.”Go out there and BE the difference.”

The Class of 2015 Commencement was held at First Baptist Church in St. Petersburg. Graduates shared their excitement with friends and family. Family (bottom right) took photos of and recorded the moment they’ve been looking forward to for 18 years. SPRING 2015 |


Letter from an alumnus to current students... I heard you all were doing a teacher appreciation fundraising event in support of the amazing faculty at Canterbury, so I wanted to write in and share my experience. My years at Canterbury under the tutelage of its wonderful faculty Clark Gairing helped shape me Class of 2010 into who I am today. The foundation they helped build put me a step above the rest when I started college. You always hear from alums about how the writing skills learned in MS. BROWN’S ENGLISH

COURSES WERE THE SINGLE MOST HELPFUL TOOL THAT HELPED THEM ACHIEVE SUCCESS IN COLLEGE. They were right. Receiving that first “C” (the first of a slew to come) in Ms. Brown’s freshman English class was the exact sort of wake-up call I needed. While we certainly had our share of whining and griping about the “unfairness” of going from “A” and “high B” students to celebrating the rare “B-,“ I must admit that always being held to that higher standard is what allowed my peers and me to advance our writing and critical reading skills in leaps and bounds. Simply put, the work Ms. Brown does in shaping us into college-ready students is nothing short of incredible. But let’s not forget the rest of the amazing faculty that work so hard to ensure the future success of all who come through Canterbury. I think IF THERE WERE MORE MR.

JOHNSON’S, MR. MURPHY’S, AND MR. WYNESS’S IN THE WORLD (no, this is not the start of a bad joke), that WE WOULD ALL BE BETTER OFF. Each, in turn, taught me the necessary skills and knowledge needed to succeed in today’s world, ranging from Ethics and the art

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of giving a decent speech to Calculus, Chemistry, and the ever-amusing events that are Envirothon and Mu Alpha Theta. While I can’t say I actively utilize what I learned from them every day, you would be surprised how much being knowledgeable about a variety of subjects other than who won American Idol (do people still watch that?) can help you in your interactions with others.

THE BEAUTY OF CANTERBURY IS THAT IT IS SMALL ENOUGH TO ALLOW YOU TO DO ANYTHING AND LEARN ANYTHING YOU WANT (WITHIN REASON, OF COURSE), YET BIG ENOUGH TO HAVE THE RESOURCES TO MAKE IT POSSIBLE. I remember how it was the norm toEMILY be on aMCMULLEN variety of athletic ‘14 teams, while also doing the school play or participating in one of the many clubs. People in college won’t believe you when you say you did all of those things in high school, but believe me, you are far better off for having done them. The point of a Canterbury education is to become the Renaissance men and women of tomorrow. I know I have named barely a fraction of the incredible educators that Canterbury has to offer, but I can tell you that they are all there to see you become the best you can be. Cherish your time at Canterbury, but also take advantage of the opportunity it represents and realize that it is the first step in a long and interesting journey to come. Most of all, appreciate the incredible teachers that you have. Not everyone has the opportunity to be raised in the Canterbury environment. It certainly had its ups and downs when I was there, but one thing that never changed was that the faculty cared about you and wanted you to succeed. I cannot say this enough (and I wish I had been more cognizant of it when I was in school), but the faculty at Canterbury are all truly amazing people, representing incredible resources from which the foundation of what you are to become in this world is built. Sincerely, Clark (Class of 2010) Clark M. Gairing Research Associate – Real Estate Equity Research Raymond James & Associates, Inc.

A Model Student


ABOVE (2ND FROM RIGHT) AND BELOW: SOPHIE WALKING THE RUNWAY FOR LA FASHION WEEK Sophie Fullerton ‘15 spent the second half of her senior year pursuing a modeling career in Los Angeles after signing with NEXT Model Management. She was accepted to Rollins College and Lynn University (with a full scholarship), but for now will be fulfilling her dream in Los Angeles. When she’s not modeling, Sophie enjoys going to museums and movie openings with Canterbury grad Hannah Updegraff ‘12, who also is modeling in L.A., but currently on assignment in Asia. BELOW: SOPHIE IN A FASHION SEGMENT ON EXTRA.

When students and parents ask me for a “self-help” book for the college search and selection process, Colleges That Change Lives immediately comes to mind. First written by Loren Pope, independent college counselor, and later revised by journalist Hilary Masell Oswald in 2012, this book encourages students to consider why should a college “change a life” and how the most successful colleges actually accomplish that goal. Chapters such as “Getting Beyond the Hype (or Why You Can Relax and Enjoy Your College Search)” validate the idea that students should actually choose the best college for them and not the idea that the media (or college propaganda material) is trying to sell to them. Students are encouraged to “Be bold. Set your expectations high.” In the book, students are asked to consider not just the end result of college, but also “the means, the process, the path you take to earn your degree, whom you meet, and who inspires and mentors you.” Every college in the book is based in liberal arts education and the book is organized in regions for easy reference. Information such as admissions standards, unique aspects of the curriculum, extracurricular activities and quotes from faculty make this more than a listing and ranking of “best colleges.” Instead, I would call this a “best practices” listing of colleges. Our current seniors were accepted to schools in the book such as Centre College, Eckerd College, Rhodes College, and Knox College. In fact, three of our current graduates are matriculating to Ursinus College, College of Wooster, and University of Puget Sound, all of which are highlighted in Colleges That Change Lives. This is a “must read” for any student and parent who wants to look beyond the veneer of the traditional college guidebook.


Required freshmen reading for some of our recent graduates: BARD COLLEGE (Benjamin Bryant, ‘15) Radical Hope: Ethics in the Face of Cultural Devastation by Jonathan Lear UNIV. OF NORTH CAROLINA AT CHAPEL HILL (Ched Milic, ‘15) Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson HIGH POINT UNIVERSITY (Alex Nestor, ‘15) The Work: My Search for a Life that Matters by Wes Moore TULANE UNIVERSITY (Caroline Wilder, ‘15) Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward MERCER UNIVERSITY (Max Burgess, ‘15) The Whisper of the River by Ferroll Sams GETTYSBURG COLLEGE (Margaret Dai, ‘15) Secrets to Happiness by Sarah Dunn KENT STATE UNIVERSITY (Hailey Hopkins, ‘15) The Terrorist’s Son by Zak Ebrahim with Jeff Giles SPRING 2015 |


Get Movin’ This Summer! SOFTBALL SKILLS

Summer is a great time to go outdoors (or stay indoors!) and get active. As Canterbury’s summer programs continue to grow, the athletic offerings are varied enough to keep kids ages 4-17 entertained. Does your child have an athletic affinity but is too old to attend the camp? He or she can volunteer to “intern” at a camp and help out with younger students. Community service hours will be applied to the next school year. 16 | SPRING 2015

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One of the great advantages of attending an independent school is that if your child has an interest in something not currently offered, a club or class can be created to stimulate and nurture that interest. Case in point: Veteran Art teacher Carole Rosario teaches Advanced Placement Art, and this year, there were only two students in the class.

Katie Parker ‘16, Designer

Rising senior Katie Parker began drawing in elementary school. “I’ve always thought it was fun to draw and paint and do creative things,” she says. “Sculpting and 3D design started my freshman year with ceramics, and that’s when I decided I wanted to do 3D stuff so I went to my grandparents’ house and learned how to weld and work with plaster of paris.”

At the 2014-15 District competition, Katie applied her prior knowledge from past experiences and, “I got Honorable Mention at Districts, which is like 2nd place, but it meant I got to go to State. I took their comments into consideration, made some changes and got a perfect score at State, as well as Critics Choice, which is best in the state.”

Handy and always helpful, Katie found a love of the theater as a crew member and stage manager, helping to build sets and work costumes. This year, Katie took some of her costume designs to the Thespians District competition.

This year, Parker will again be working on design for both costume and sets for this fall’s Upper School production of Steel Magnolias. She will also be competing in districts and hopefully state competitions again, as well. Will she continue in college?

At Districts, “they give you a list of shows, and you pick one and do five designs of different characters or one character’s appearance. Presentation, embellishments/ trim, fabrics picked--color and texture-it’s a long process to get one worthy of Honorable Mention or Critic’s Choice,” she admits.

“I find it fun and I’m going to try to keep doing it in the future,” she says. “College is looking like a dual major in art and theater.” Technical Theater teacher Ian Beck has a true appreciation for Parker’s gifts, and has offered to help her reach out to local theaters to gain work experience outside of school.

KATIE PARKER’S ADVICE ON TAKING AP ART Everything kind of starts with drawing. Before you start a sculpture you have to figure out what you’re going to make and have a rough sketch to know what you’re doing or it won’t end well. Do your best to build it as you see it, scrap it, and try it again. The more you do it the better you’re going to get. With 2D and 3D, all it is is practice. Your first semester is spent on breadth work. Skill range, and the different things you can do, like, “This is my style.” Second semester is the time to pick your concentration, which is a group of sculptures or photos that will have an underlying theme or concept that’s being explored throughout it. You work all of second semester on that. Everything gets turned in online except for five pieces that get mailed in for quality. Ro (Carole Rosario) is a great teacher. She pushed both of us to meet our deadlines and do our very best. Whenever I’d hand her something, she’d make suggestions that really helped push me in the direction that I went--and made my work better than it would’ve been.

ABOVE: Katie Parker (L) with Canterbury’s Theater Director Tara Quellhorst (R), both wearing original designs made by by Katie at the 2015 Thespian State Competition. FAR LEFT: Katie’s costume designs for State competition. LEFT: Two of Katie’s dresses, both of which had textured materials. One had a chainmail overlay, the other was made entirely of plastic bottles she melted with a blowtorch to create the bodice form and the “flowers” on the tulle skirt.

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Adrianna Rozycki ‘16, Photographer By Malcolm Gladwell’s 10,000 hour hypothesis for mastery, rising senior Adrianna Rozycki is a latecomer to the game of photography. “I’ve always liked photography since freshman year,” Rozycki says. “My dad got me my first Cannon camera--a Rebel 23I my freshman year, and that’s when I started using it.”

She quickly gained confidence, however, using her friends and nature as models. “I love shooting rocks and water and working with different aspects of nature, but also, my friends like it when I get photos of them, and that’s really fun to do,” she says. “I like the different apps available now, and using filters and editing.” She admits that when she posts a photo on Instagram, she edits it on her computer first with Afterlight and sometimes Instasize, which changes the photo size to fit on Instagram. “I don’t use Instagram filters too much.” And truthfully, she doesn’t need to.

Rozycki has a photographer’s eye and sees the beauty in simple scenarios. “I don’t think it matters what kind of camera you have,” she says. “You can use your iPhone and still take fabulous photos. Use your imagination and how you see different things, just a door in the sunlight, how you see an image in your head, like framing.” Rozycki isn’t finished learning yet and admits she still references her books on the art elements of photography. “I have a lot of books on photography--I haven’t read them all but… I will.” SPRING 2015 |


a minute with Megan . . . MEGAN DOBIESZ ‘06 ALUMNI RELATIONS COORDINATOR On June 3 we welcomed 40 Crusaders to the ranks of alumni. As I listened to the impressive collective resume of the Class of 2015, I felt fortunate and proud that these talented people were joining a club of which I am a member. The Class of 2015 had 1 National Merit Scholar and 1 National Merit Finalist, and was awarded $5,110,834 in scholarships; 83% of the class took AP courses, and six students will play collegiate athletics. It’s clear these young people will move mountains in life after Canterbury. Obviously, Canterbury--and the time they spent here--will always be a part of their lives, but how can the Canterbury Alumni Association be an equally impactful relationship? My hope is that these future movers and shakers of the world won’t just look to us for the occasional, nostalgic walk down memory lane, but will see us as an invaluable resource for anything life throws their way. Over the last 47 years this extraordinary community has been cultivating a diverse and dynamic group of alumni, and together we can make a difference in each other’s lives. In order to make good on this offer of a supportive and powerful network to Crusader Alumni, new and old, we need your help. Keep your Canterbury family updated on the details of your life. Move to a new city? Get an advanced degree or a promotion? We want to hear about it! The more we know, the stronger our network is. Send any updates to alumni@ Your fellow Crusaders need you and we can’t wait to see what you’ve been up to. Congratulations Class of 2015! Welcome to the club.

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Crusader BABY CRUSADERS 2015 has been full of changes for the Knowlton Bulleit family! They moved and renovated a house in Northeast St. Pete and GREG BULLEIT (‘03) accepted a new position with Directed Capital Resources as the Vice President of Portfolio Management. On April 21, 2015 at 7:44 a.m., Greg and LIBBY KNOWLTON BULLEIT (‘03) welcomed their son Beau Knowlton Bulleit at 8 pounds 5 ounces and 19.5 inches long. Big sister, 2-year-old Evvie, has been a huge help to mom and dad with their new addition. MAGGIE WATTS SMITH (‘00) and her husband Jeff Smith welcomed a new addition to their family on May 5, 2015 at 6:32 p.m., Grady Patrick Smith joined the world at 7 pounds 1 ounce, just one day after big sister Eva’s 4th birthday.


graduate of St. Petersburg Catholic, met Macey at Florida State University during a fraternity/sorority community service project. Macey is studying to become a nurse and Quinn works as a sales representative for Hertz Construction Equipment. The couple became engaged in Sanibel, Florida, while celebrating Quinn’s birthday. The two plan to marry on June 11, 2016 at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church and the St. Pete Yacht Club. LAURA WINKLER (‘07) recently celebrated her engagement to Taylor Blackburn. The couple started dating during their junior year at Elon University after discovering a mutual love for travel and outdoor adventures. Taylor proposed to Laura during a surprise trip to Mexico last May and they plan to wed in 2016. She is pursuing a Masters degree in Speech-Language Pathology and he is earning an MBA from USF. TRAVIS WINANS (‘03) married Jessica Kapkowski on May 30, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Travis and Jessica live in St. Petersburg. Travis is a Personal Trainer at Gold’s Gym and Jessica is an RN.


Congratulations to MACEY HALL (‘09) and fiance Quinn Lyons on their recent engagement. Quinn, a St. Pete native and

RACHAEL RUSSELL (‘05) graduated from Western Michigan University Cooley Law school Cum Laude this past April. Rachael is pictured in next column with her mother and grandmother, former Canterbury teachers, Carol Russell and Sarah Lonquist.



MADISON KEBLER (‘07) received her Juris Doctor with Honors degree from the Stetson University College of Law in May 2015. She earned the National Order of the Scribes and the “Against All Odds” Scholarship awards, was the Outstanding New Associate, served as an Articles and Symposia Editor for the Stetson Law Review, and competed in appellate advocacy competitions with Stetson’s award-winning Moot Court Board. In September, she will begin working as a commercial litigation attorney for a southeastern regional firm in its downtown Tampa office. JACQUELINE GARCIA (‘07) graduated from University of Florida College of Dentistry with her Doctorate of Dental Medicine. Jacqueline was awarded a certificate of merit recognizing her interest and outstanding clinical ability in the field of Clinical Endodontics. Jacqueline is engaged to fellow crusader alumni CHRIS VINEYARD (‘06).


Former Canterbury student JOHNNA WEBB BRADDOCK is returning to the Knowlton Campus as the new Middle School Art Teacher starting fall 2015. Johnna attended Canterbury in elementary and middle school. Johnna’s time at Canterbury was very influential and

it was here that she realized she was meant to pursue a career in a creative field. After graduating from Florida State University in 2011, she moved to New York where she worked as a clothing designer for Elizabeth and James for nearly four years. She married her high school sweetheart, Vance Braddock, on New Year’s Eve this year and the two decided to settle down in their hometown where Johnna planned to pursue her dream of teaching art. The first place she looked was Canterbury. Johnna said “It seemed right to look to the place that started it all for me.” Welcome home, Johnna! J. MARK LAWSON (‘88) recently visited the Knowlton Campus where he

snapped this picture with daughters Kate and Erin under his name on the Crusader Varsity Club sign. Mark now lives in Atlanta with his family and works in real estate. Several alumni attended the Class of 2015 graduation on June 3. KATIE WELLS (‘09) and LIZZY WELLS (‘11) celebrated their sister EMMA WELLS’ (‘15) graduation with friend EMORY WOLF (‘11).


The Alumni Association invites you to attend the second annual Crusader Summer Reunion at Moscato’s Bella Cucina in downtown St. Pete. Enjoy appetizers, beer, and wine while you catch up with fellow Crusaders.

CRUSADER COCKTAILS 4th Thursday of every month, 6:00 PM

This is a fun, casual and FREE networking happy hour with food and drinks for all alumni and former CSF students over 21 years old. LIKE the Canterbury Alumni Association Facebook page for event details. If you would like to sponsor an upcoming Crusader Cocktails, email

CLASS OF 2015 VS. ALUMNI SOFTBALL GAME RECAP On Saturday May 30, 2015, the Alumni Association challenged the Class of 2015 to a softball battle in the annual Seniors Vs. Alumni game. Nearly 50 alumni and seniors came out to prove they had what it takes to be champions. The game was nail biter, but the alumni came out victorious. Join us next year and help the Alumni Association defend our title! SPRING 2015 |


We are counting down the TOP 50 favorite traditions, events, classes and people at Canterbury to honor our upcoming 50th Anniversary! (in the 2018-2019 school year)

FALL 2014 50 Pink-shirt Thursdays 49 College Guidance Parent Coffees 48 Honor Books at Flag 47 Overnight class trips 46 Harvesting/planting marsh grass 45 Cross-curricular learning WINTER 2015 44 Senior/5th Grade Buddies 43 Gala Signi-Up Parties 42 Miniterm SPRING 2015 41 “Thank you” Song at Chapel 40 3rd Grade Invention Convention 39 Dress Down Days

It may seem redundant in this issue

SUMMER CAMPS & PROGRAMS are on the list of the to say that

Top 50 things that make Canterbury great, but each year as our camps get more diverse, and fun summer extras like Food Truck Thursday and Rowdies game Camp Night with


block seating become a part of the program, it bears repeating. While some schools close for the summer, the education and fun continues at CAMP: INTRO TO OCEAN EXPLORATION WITH ROVs (remote operated vehicles)

Canterbury all year long!

Since so many of our students are “lifers”--that means they have attended our school since PreK or Kindergarten, the annual SENIOR

DINNER is a feel-

good way to recognize and pay tribute to 13-14

Want to be part of the

50th Anniversary Planning Committee?

There are plenty of opportunities to help out in a variety of capacities. Contact Heather Lambie if interested in any of the committees below.

years of traditions, memories, and the parents who made it all possible.

37 EVENT PLANNING 12 volunteers

MEDIA/PR 8 volunteers for photography/photo editing, videography/editing, press releases, and social media help OUTREACH 5 volunteers to re-engage and invite alumni and past faculty, staff, parents, and non-alumni students to attend events SPONSORSHIPS/SOLICITATIONS 6-7 volunteers ARCHIVES 2-3 volunteers

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At only 47 years old, we still consider ourselves young enough to have a relatively new alumni program (our first graduating class was the Class of 1977), but old enough to have established some fun ALUMNI

TRADITIONS. One of the

most recent and most fun is our Alumni vs. Senior Class Softball Game. It happens each spring as a way to welcome the graduating class into alumni status. The game is followed by a lunch at a fun location, and acts as the first step in our seniors realizing that even though they will move away in a few months, they will always have a home at Canterbury.



August 8

CSF Camp Night @ Rowdies Game 7:30 p.m.

August 13

Knowlton “Welcome Back” Day 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

ALL families welcome! Advance ticket purchase required. See CSF Facebook event for details.

Students return to turn in any remaining required paperwork, pick up their schedules, books and iPads/Chromebooks and to set up lockers.

August 14 New Parent Social 6:30 p.m. August 16 Crusader Pool Party ALL families welcome! 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. August 17 Hough “Welcome Back” Day 8:00 - 10:30 a.m. Knowlton New Student Orientation 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. August 18 First Day of Classes Noon Dismissal

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CSFeatures is the quarterly magazine of Canterbury School of Florida in St. Petersburg, FL. It is designed to give past, current and future...

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CSFeatures is the quarterly magazine of Canterbury School of Florida in St. Petersburg, FL. It is designed to give past, current and future...