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PETER PAN The all-school musical production

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CSFeatures is designed to give past, current and future Canterbury families and friends a snapshot of what our students, faculty,

Please welcome our newest addition, our . . . NEW website!

parent volunteers and alumni are doing on campus and beyond.


Nancie Hobby


Often, when you work on a project for so long, it starts to feel like a part of your family. You take it home with you, sometimes you name it and talk to it, and when it’s complete, you celebrate it. This is how I feel about Canterbury’s new website, a project that I have been researching, designing, writing, and creating for the past 18 months. Flipping the proverbial switch to “turn on” our new site felt like giving birth, so it was no coincidence that I chose to launch the site on June 14--my daughter’s birthday. Nerves, exhaustion, and pride overcame me that day as feedback came rolling in: Congratulations to you for a phenomenal upgrade! You hit the nail on the head by showcasing ALL the highlights of CSF! -- Dr. Susan Boss l You knocked this one out of the park -- Lisa Johni l Love the website!! Very easy to navigate with great info! -- Mandy Carlson l

I imagine that is exactly how Plant Manager Steve Jay feels every time there is a groundbreaking or completed maintenance project on campus (page 4), or how Director of Marine Studies Jenna LoDico

Hannah Berman

Heather Lambie

Elise Schreiner

Hollis Plexico

Jeremy Quellhorst

TELL US YOUR THOUGHTS! Tell us your thoughts on this issue of CSFeatures. Share your stories and pictures with us for the next issue. We reserve the right to edit your letters for length and clarity. Email: communications@canterburyflorida.org Contact ADMISSIONS: feels every time another Canterbury Cup fishing tournament begins (page 12), and especially how Director of Summer Programs Meg Stevens feels at the end of a long summer session (page 16). Canterbury’s staff and faculty take great pride and care in everything they do. They do so because they believe in the mission of the school and all it has grown to become thus far as well as all it will become in the future. But they don’t do it alone. The physical, emotional, and financial support that parents, colleagues, and alumni provide goes a long way toward making things run smoothly. You hear it all the time, and it sounds cliché, but Canterbury truly is a family.

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“Jack [Kenyon] was like a father figure to me,” Steve remembers. “He respected me, and he loved Canterbury, and that’s why I fell in love with Canterbury as well. Over time, the people I met--not just the colleagues, but the families--the excitement and joy of watching the kids develop from lower school to middle and then upper... and now those kids are coming back as parents. I saw what family and legacy meant to that man, and I bought into it hook, line, and sinker. To be a part of something that’s a community is more rewarding than doing my own thing. It’s something bigger than me.” Kenyon and Steve worked closely together, and even ran the school’s first After Care program. “It’s not like now,” Steve says with a chuckle, “it was only three or four kids.” But enrollment, like the campuses themselves, began growing. Today Steve still works after hours, only now it’s not spent in After Care, it’s spent maintaining and upgrading the school’s many new buildings including the Kenyon Field House, Dollinger Center, three athletic fields, the Cousteau Center for Marine Studies, and the recent Knowlton building expansion that includes both the upper school classrooms, Carothers Family Library, and makerspace.

BY HEATHER LAMBIE At some point during the past 23 years, every student, parent, alumni, and visitor on Canterbury’s campus has crossed paths with either Steve or Melanie Jay, the school’s plant manager and business office assistant, respectively. You’ve probably waved hello to Steve as he zipped past on his golf cart, donned in a tool belt and a smile. Or you may have purchased textbooks from, asked about lunch orders, or brought an invoice to Melanie.

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Steve first came to Canterbury in 1990 when then-Headmaster Jack Kenyon (for whom our field house/gymnasium is named) was looking for help with a roof problem on campus. The roof job turned into helping with a/c units, which turned into fixing the water main, and by 1993, Steve Jay became Canterbury’s full time Plant Manager. What started as a job of roofing and plumbing, quickly turned into a mentorship and a belief system.

In 1995, just two years after Steve had been full time at Canterbury, and when their daughter Abby was entering Kindergarten, Steve heard the school needed assistance in the business office, and Melanie was hired the next day. “You want to know how long ago that was? We were on MS DOS and dot matrix printers and carbon copies,” she laughs. Today, Melanie is the Business Office Assistant, handling all payables, managing the lunch program, and acting as the Maintenance liaison, funnelling maintenance requests, and more. But ask Steve what his wife does and like a man in love he’ll tell you “she’s the official smile of the Business Office, with a good attitude and the best laugh.”


MAINTENANCE MAN as told by Steve Jay

“You’ve got to yard.” Steve adds, smile,” Melanie “There’s always says. “There are something to do good days and bad, back there, pruning but we love it here. or what have you. We’ve been here It’s peaceful, we’re through severSTEVE AND MELANIE JAY EAT blessed. We have al headmasters, LUNCH TOGETHER EVERY DAY. confederate jasgroundbreakings, mine and it smells and paint colors. so nice. But if I’m Remember the burgundy and grey not in the yard, anyone who knows me, walls?” she asks Steve with a laugh. knows they can find me in one of two places, either working or fishing. I love “We do celebrate the school and all the water, and back in the day when I its growth,” Steve says. “You feel like had time off I’d always be on the wateryou’re part of that legacy. I mean, we’re -even if I wasn’t catching--just watching about to have the 50th anniversary! The a sea turtle or a flying fish, or inshore teachers love the children and want watching tarpon role. I love Florida. I’m to see them succeed, and you can tell part salty dog.” they’re not just regular classrooms. Our WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR BIGGEST magic is what we have from within.” ACCOMPLISHMENT? Canterbury is clearly a huge part of their STEVE: Honestly, becoming a Christian. And professional lives that bled over into finding a loyal, honest, loving partner for the their personal lives as daughter Abby rest of my life, and a beautiful daughter who became a Canterbury “lifer” and gradI’m so proud of. Abby has a lot of her mom in uate of the Class of 2008. This becomes her—very compassionate and driven. evident when they are asked about their MELANIE: Abby graduated with both a biggest struggle in life. Bachelors and Masters degree from the Steve says his is “not being able to say no.” Melanie quickly answers, “That’s his problem. That is not my problem. My struggle is separating work and personal life. We go out with friends sometimes who go to Canterbury--guess what we talk about? Canterbury. Any normal couple would talk about work at home, but we eat lunch together every day and still talk about work at home. There have been times when we’ve come home and said “we’re not gonna talk about Canterbury today,” . . . and then it gets silent. (both laugh) What are we gonna talk about?” When they need to disconnect, they find comfort either on the water, or in their backyard. “We love our backyard,” Melanie says. “It’s our sanctuary, our evening with our dogs. If not out on the boat, we love working on the

University of Alabama. Roll tide! I’m from Alabama, not Steve. STEVE: The time I spent in South Central Florida, I lived on a ranch—that’s where I got the twang. Everyone assumes I’m from Alabama, but I say, “Nope, that’s my wife, I’m from Kansas.” MELANIE: You were a cowboy there for a few years. STEVE: It was a real life experience because some of them were third generation cattlemen. BELOW: ABBY, MELANIE & STEVE JAY

Not any day is predictable. My day can start at 2:00 a.m. with a call from the fire department regarding a broken main flooding the carpet on Christmas Eve. Today went like this: l l l




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Came in at 7:20 a.m. and sent an update from the truck about a building project Looked at the softball field to check what may or may not need to be done to it Went into the computer lab to pull measurements from the bottom of the ceiling angle to the brackets to figure out the template to move the Promethean boards Began training Steve Z. on mowing the infield, so he knows the range and mode of speed so he doesn’t do any damage to the turf. (Steve Zierden is Steve Jay’s new full time help on the Knowlton Campus--they jokingly call themselves The JZ) Coordinated with a guy to come look at the Knowlton main building soffit panels for replacement to find which supplier would have them, and then ordered them Circled back and finished moving and installing the Promethean board in the computer lab. Worked on the water fountain in the Field House (gym) Then I will give ‘new Steve’ more training in the equipment, but that is assuming nothing else happens between when I leave this room and when I meet up with Steve or that a maintenance support ticket doesn’t come through Oh, and at some point I’ll have to drive to our maintenance warehouse to get some of my tools for these projects; the paint sprayer, the welder, the ladders

Steve also maintains and fixes: l all lighting l doors and windows l plumbing l a/c units l roofing l painting and pressure washing l the total physical plant (including fixing holes in walls and any water damage) l all the grounds l all fire inspection items It seems sometimes like the S in Steve is for Superman. “I like to bring us up to another level with the work I do,” he says, “but it can be hard to keep up with the pace as both the campus itself, as well as the enrollment--and therefore the wear and tear on the campus--continue to grow.”

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beauty rebel [noun, reb-uhl byoo-tee] Someone who sees her infinite beauty. She has confidence in not only herself, but also in her voice, look, and actions. She encourages others, celebrates diversity, and promotes confidence in those around her.

Brittany McCoy

CLASS OF 2013 BY HEATHER LAMBIE “When people hear the phrase beauty empowerment, they often assume we’re talking about makeup, nails, and hair. What we’re doing is something so much more than that—we’re teaching girls how to love themselves.” This is the first declarative statement by Brittany McCoy (‘13), when we meet at Kahwa Coffee. McCoy, who was recently nominated for the Tampa Bay Business Journal’s 2016 Woman of the Year award, is clearly passionate about self expression and global acceptance, regardless of societal or media pressures. “Your expression could be no makeup and vintage clothing, or a brand new Prada suit and a full face of makeup.” Neither one is wrong in the world of Rebel Beauty, which is all about internalizing one’s own beauty and confidence, and embracing and respecting alternate beauty cultures. McCoy’s back story is the fuel behind Rebel Beauty. “I developed body dysmorphia around age 10,” she says. “It wasn’t something that was talked about, I didn’t have someone telling me that I needed to love myself. No one noticed until I was about 16 or 17 years old and

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having break downs. People just saw me as being emotional,” she says, adding, “. . . there are so many other people out there like me. There are people who are putting their value in someone else’s hands, waiting for that validation from others.” The idea for Rebel Beauty came when McCoy was trying to launch a hair product company for natural African

American hair. “I was fighting for the underdogs in the beauty world,” she says. “Being black and being natural is definitely . . . when you’re growing up in a world that doesn’t show your kind of beauty in the media, it’s hard to believe you’re beautiful. I grew up hating my skin and my hair. I wished I was lighter skinned or white. I was chemically processing my hair so it was shiny straight like Western hair.”

That natural hair company made McCoy realize how much more than hair there was to cover in the fight for beauty underdogs, who--to her--includes anyone who has a trait that society says isn’t pretty. She’s also fighting for the girls who society says are pretty, because even they are made to feel not pretty enough, she says.


McCoy and her business partner Cassie Brooks launched Rebel Beauty as a non-profit online community on October 9, 2015, with a mission to teach young girls self respect and empowerment regardless of race, gender identity, or any definitives. “It’s about being a good person to your fellow beauty rebels.”

An underdog, a fighter, and a survivor, McCoy also considers herself a dreamer by nature. “Even in my darkest moments, I never stopped believing in a happily ever after--but it’s not an end point,” she says. “It’s actually something you live every day of your life by embracing life, to be in a bad day but still be in love with life. I’m at that point now, but I’m nowhere near done or finished with my journey.”

Her online community has expanded into online content creation, courses

5 MI NU TES WITH WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GREW UP? At age eight I wanted to be a veterinarian. Our dog’s vet gave me some dog encyclopedias and I read them cover to cover. From ages 12-15 I wanted to be a model and actress. From 16-18 I wanted to be a photographer and artist. At 19 it was wedding planning, and now I’m 20. There are so many things I was meant to do. Right now I’m building my business as I’m a part time student and still trying to find who I am. I’ve written a book called Successfully Unsuccessful, which will be self published and comes out October 21, my twenty-first birthday. It’s geared toward millennials, college kids, and high school students. I tell them, “You’re going to make a mess, and

for young girls, a summer camp at Canterbury, speaking engagements with women’s groups and schools, life coaching, and soon, books and multimedia opportunities. Her goal is for girls to begin submitting their own blog posts and art depicting their experiences, to share what they see when they look in the mirror.


things aren’t going to work out the way you planned. That boyfriend isn’t gonna work. That job you love, you may lose it. Failure is just redirection.”

dreamers and doers--and that’s Disney. The cast members, walking up main street with a Dole whip in hand, looking at Cinderella’s castle. In that moment I feel like anything is possible.

WHAT IS YOUR TAGLINE? My tagline is “life should be just as magical as your favorite fairy tale.” I describe myself as a modern day princess—someone who knows her worth. I’m very big into fairy tales. A huge inspiration for me is Walt Disney. I have an annual pass to Disney. It’s a huge part of keeping my mental health in a good place. Like Holly Golightly who had a place where “her and things just go together.” That place for me is Disney World. I feel at home there. Some people go to the beach to relax, some go to Grandma’s. I go to Disney to be surrounded by non-stop positivity, by the SUMMER 2016 |




ALONDRA RIOS IS NO STRANGER TO THE STAGE. A Canterbury lifer with seven major CSF productions under her belt, and an avid member of Junior Thespians, she is a veteran of the stage at just 14 years old. So it came as no surprise to her family or Canterbury theater director Tara Quellhorst, when Rios was cast as Cosette in a production of Les Miserables.

She auditioned in late May 2016 for the Patel Conservatory Theater at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts with a song, dance and a monologue. The Patel Conservatory stages six professionally produced and student-performed musicals annually, three school-year productions, and three summer productions. Students in grades 7-12 can experience the production process just as a professional would, by participating in auditions, call-backs, and a rehearsal process which caters to the developing performer. A week after her audition, Rios received an email which said she had made it into the show, but didn’t tell her which role she would play. A partial cast list was posted when she showed up the first day, and the only character not cast was Cosette. “We had to learn her song, sing a high A/B flat, and then we had to sing again,” she says. When she found out she had won the part she was thrilled and surprised because she is one of the younger members of the production. The show was open to the public and ran July 7 - 17 in a black box theater at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts. “It’s a smaller theater, but this is probably the biggest audience I’ve had because there are 12 shows with a 150room theater,” she says. That didn’t ruffle Rios’s feathers, however. “Before the show I do get butterflies, but once I get on stage I lose all that and get into character.” This is the second summer that Alondra has spent in an acting intensive. In July 2015, she was invited to participate in the Young Actors Camp in Hollywood. The ten-day, invite-only program immerses participants in movie and television acting techniques, as well as workshops and tal-

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ent agents, professional acting coaches, and working actors. “I got to know how casting in Hollywood and how filming works. I got to go around sets, meet celebrities and had Q&As with them,” she says. The acting bug bit Rios in second grade when her sister, Maria, tried out for the school production of Pirates of Penzance. “I kept doing it, and around middle school I realized this is really what I want to do,” she says. She credits her parents with nurturing her passion. “They’ve supported me through everything I’ve wanted to do,” she says, adding that both her parents have come to every single show she’s ever done. “I want to be an actress. I think I’d want to go more into film, but I’d definitely want to dig into theater as well. For a profession that is really hard to get into, their support

“I’m especially proud of getting through my eighth grade year, taking two high school classes while balancing my theater, and getting Critic’s Choice for a one-act performance at Junior Thespians competition.”

OPPOSITE PAGE: ALONDRA SPENDS HER SUMMER 2015 IN AN ACTING INTENSIVE IN HOLLYWOOD. ABOVE: ALONDRA PERFORMS THE ROLE OF HER LIFE AS COSETTE IN THE STRAZ CENTER’S PRODUCTION OF LES MISERABLES. has made me more confident [about going for it].” Ask specifically about her mother, and Rios will tell you, “she’s kind of a superhero. She takes me to and from rehearsals, she helps me run lines a lot. She loves to hear the music with me, which helps me practice.” Just as important as practice, however, is rest. During the rehearsals for Les Miserables, Rios learned the importance of quiet time. “[My voice is] my instrument, my tool kit, and I have to learn to rest it. I try to talk less, and I can’t sing at home. It’s tempting to practice, but I know if I do that it’s not going to sound good the next day.” Rios will continue to hone her instrument when school starts back this fall. In addition to taking Drama at Canterbury, “I take acting and voice lessons out of school, usually

once or twice a week,” she says. Balancing school and theater--making sure her grades stay up while also attending nightly rehearsals--is both her biggest challenge and her biggest accomplishment. “Both academics and theater mean so much to me,” she says. “I’m especially proud of getting through my eighth grade year, taking two high school classes while balancing my theater, and getting Critic’s Choice for a one-act performance at Junior Thespians competition.” Her advice to future thespians? “Try not to leave [schoolwork] to the very end. And even if it might seem embarrassing, don’t be afraid to ask teachers for help. At Canterbury I can go up to any teacher and ask [him or her] for help. They really care for their students.” SUMMER 2016 |






Neil Goldenberg and his wife, Ann, moved to St. Petersburg with their three sons in 2012. This will be the Goldenberg’s fifth year at Canterbury

Joe Rogers has been a member of the Canterbury family since 2013 when his sons, Tyler and Collin, entered Grades 3 and 4 at the Hough Campus. The boys now enjoy the Knowlton campus!

Jon received his Bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University and has since worked exclusively in the futures and commodities industry, focusing on NASD brokerage firms and hedge funds, providing clients access to the global futures marketplace. He is currently the Director of Institutional Sales at Archer Financials (Division of ADM Investor Services).

Noah, Class of 2023 Zach, Class of 2023 Cole, Class of 2025

Neil was familiar with St. Pete through his residency program in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at USF from 19982002. He followed that with a three-year fellowship in Pediatric Hematology/ Oncology/Bone Marrow Transplantation at the University of Colorado in 2005, at which time he was brought on as faculty in their School of Medicine. Neil earned his PhD in Clinical Science from the University of Colorado in 2008 while active in clinical care, research and teaching in Pediatric Hematology. He is based at John’s Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, where he serves as Chief Research Officer, Director of the Thrombosis Program, and Co-Director of the Stroke Program. The Goldenbergs love “The ‘Burg,” and are passionate advocates for both Canterbury and Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital.

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Collin, Class of 2022 Tyler, Class of 2023

Joe and his family enjoy anything that involves being in the water, so it seemed like a natural fit that they are active in all CLAMS (Canterbury Leaders Assisting Marine Studies) events. His wife, Shelby, is also active at Canterbury and is currently a Middle School Coordinator for the Parents Association. Joe is a University of Maryland graduate and has been in technology sales management for most of his career. His primary customer focus is the Federal Government. He has worked in senior management positions at Cisco Systems, Avaya and Brocade Communications. Although he travels a fair amount, he is always happy to be home with his wife and children, Tyler, Collin, and Kourtney. Joe’s two oldest children, Joseph and Kimberly, live in Maryland.

Andrew, Class of 2023

Jon’s career began in 1994 in New York City working for an introducing broker. From there he accepted an invitation to join Refco as Vice President of Institutional Sales. When Refco was acquired by MF Global (formerly Man Financial) he maintained the same senior role of acquiring and managing all aspects of client relationships. In 2011 Jon joined Archer Financials and ultimately opened their first branch office in St. Petersburg, Florida. He formerly served on the board of Wilbraham & Monson Academy. Jon is an avid tennis player and golfer, and he enjoys doing both with his wife, Robbie, and son, Andrew.


BY NANCIE HOBBY, LOWER SCHOOL PRINCIPAL In Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change the World, Harvard University’s Tony Wagner describes the predicament facing education in the United States. If the U.S. is to thrive in the future, schools must support the development of innovation and creativity as a top goal. Creating Innovators is the result of a broad study based on Wagner’s interviews with young innovators, parents, educators, school leaders, business leaders, and even high-ranking military generals. Wagner begins the book by stating that most leaders agree that the health and stability of our economy and economic recovery depend upon innovation. New ideas, new products, and new services help create jobs and wealth. More young people who can create innovations in the areas of technology, science, and engineering are needed. Canterbury has laser-like focus on creating innovators through educational techology and integrated learning that support STEM initiatives, both in the classrooms and in our new makerspaces on both campuses.


As a parent, are you structuring every moment of your child’s “free time”? Does

your child have the time to think and make up their own games? Wagner’s study of many top innovators related that their parents encouraged play. Research indicates that we are born with an instinctive need to explore, experiment and imagine new possibilities–to innovate. Children learn these skills through play! These young innovators had the opportunity to explore, experiment, and discover through trial and error. Play is part of human nature and an intrinsic motivation. And when it comes to play... less is more. Fewer toys, but toys that encourage imagination and invention are essential. LEGOS, a cardboard box, tubes from the roll of paper towels, sand, water, clay, paint, blocks…anything that they can create and construct and do--then do differently the next time.


It may take hours of work to reach a level of mastery, and it is passion that drives a person to reach it. The passion not only to learn something new, but to explore, to really understand something more

deeply, we see children experiencing this daily. How many times have you heard a child say, “Don’t tell me, I can figure it out”? Passion helps children persevere through a problem and become innovators. Encourage your child to find his or her passion, and then be a supportive parent.


Wagner observed that the young innovators who developed a passion to learn or do something as young people, their passion then grew into something much deeper through learning and exploration–purpose. Each innovator really wanted to “make a difference.” From play to passion to purpose, these young innovators learned creative thinking skills and this encouraged the intrinsic motivation. They also learned the importance of persevering and the role of failure as part of the learning. Wagner states that there are many challenges facing the educational classrooms of today. The traditional approach to learning can be dull and boring–it is often just the

transferring of knowledge without opportunities for discovery. However, in this twenty-first century, what you know is far less important than what you can actually do with what you know. The ability to create new knowledge to solve problems is one of the most important skills a student needs to gain. The culture of the schools that help the development of young students’ capabilities to innovate are: collaboration multidisciplinary learning thoughtful risk taking, trial and error creating intrinsic motivation: play, passion, purpose

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When writing Creating Innovators, Wagner practiced what he preaches, and made the book innovative as well. It not only explores his subject matter through the written word, but he also scatters nearly 60 QR codes throughout the book, all linked to professionally produced videos that connect the reader to the individuals interviewed in the text. SUMMER 2016 |




ABOVE: The 2016 Canterbury Cup winners: Captain John Wallace, Tom Wallace, Steve Burns, and Bragg Crane with a total length in fish of 89.5”. LEFT: Lower school boys enjoy their snow cones. RIGHT: Junior Division 1st Place winner Cley Pickel (Class of 2020) caught a 29.5” snook. BELOW LEFT: CLAMS members and volunteers Rick and Debbie Coakley. BELOW RIGHT: Middle School teacher Julie Cove helps her daughter with her snow cone.

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LEFT: Director of Marine Studies Jenna LoDico announces team winners. BELOW: The after party. BOTTOM: Logan Lambie, Sawyer Dann, and Aidan Lugo (all Class of 2021) post-fishing.

Congratulations to all the recipients of the 2015-2016

Knowlton Recognition Awards

* Grade-level department/class awards not listed.

Betty W. Knowlton Memorial Award Ariana Sparling Middle School Award For Academic Excellence Rivers Lenholt Middle School Principal’s Award Alondra Rios George LaBruce Founders’ Award Dalton Shettle P. Michael Davis Award Lauren Cieutat Carolyn R. Horton Award Jordan Cox Canterbury Crusader Award Lauren Bond

MU ALPHA THETA (MATHEMATICS HONOR SOCIETY) Newly initiated: Cameron Ball Manvi Bindal Georgia Brousseau John Chang Daniel Kaplan Jonathan Kreidler Emmalyn Murray NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY Newly qualified for initiation:

Julie Bulleit

NATIONAL JUNIOR CLASSICAL LEAGUE (LATIN HONOR SOCIETY) Newly initiated: Rivers Lenholt Taylor Johnson SPANISH NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY Newly initiated: William Bond Jacob Conyers-Holifield Grant Dobbs Catherine Hyden Alexandra Johni Grace Landers Tinsley Moorefield Stephanie Mortimer Danielle Romanello Hunter Skidmore Madelyn Wilson

Alumni Award Matthew Deskin Upper School Principal’s Leadership Award The Class of 2016 Faculty Award Christian Renner John H. Kenyon Award Katie Parker and Nathan Carter Head of School Award Burchie Ellinger William R. Hough Award Ellen McMullen Salutatorian Christian Renner

2015 DUKE UNIVERSITY TALENT IDENTIFICATION PROGRAM’S (TIP) 7TH GRADE TALENT SEARCH The following students were invited to take the SAT or ACT college entrance exams based on their high ERB scores. Those with an * took the exam. Beverly Bassett* Ella Dayton-Yaeger* Charlotte Florell Keenan Haugabook Sophia Hicks* Derek Hochadel Aidan Lugo* Elizabeth Tibbs* Chloe Wilder Sarah Young Four students qualified for State Recognition by scoring at or above the national average of recent high school graduates on at least one part of the exam. Max Dayton-Yaeger* Adam Given* Caleb Meyers* Matigan Tomey*

Valedictorian Ellen McMullen The following upper school students earned the average of A- or higher in each term of the 2015-16 school year:

William Bond Lauren Cieutat Chloe Finch Kaitlyn Hanna Paige Liebel Maria Rios

Georgia Brousseau Jordan Cox Madison Flynn Alexandra Johni Ellen McMullen Connor Wright

The following middle school students earned the average of A- or higher in each term of the 2015-16 school year: Jacob Applebaum Robert Burton Dory Donatelli Farrell Given Austin Im Taylor Johnson Natalie Kaltenbacher Rivers Lenholt Alondra Rios Collin Rogers Emory Smithson Bonnie Snell Benjamin Sun Weston Weintraub Lainey Wilemon SUMMER 2016 |





Class of

ABOVE LEFT: Eric Peterman, Class of 1994, addressed the Class of 2016. Peterman was the Valedictorian of his class, and a National Merit Scholar. Peterman earned a B.S. in Neurobiological Sciences in the Honors program at the University of Florida, then went to Georgetown University for post-graduate studies in embryology, physiology, endocrinology, histology, and biochemistry. He graduated from the Georgetown University School of Medicine in 2008 and is currently an attending physician at Oak Street Health in Chicago, Illinois, specializing in Obesity Management, Diabetes, Hypertension and Men’s Health. ABOVE RIGHT: National Merit Scholar and Valedictorian Ellen McMullen addressed peers and family.

MEMBERS OF THIS CLASS WERE ACCEPTED TO THE FOLLOWING COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES Alabama State University The University of Alabama AMDA - College and Conservatory of the Performing Arts Arcadia University Arizona State University Auburn University Babson College Baylor University Beacon College Bethany College Birmingham-Southern College Boston University Brown University California Baptist University California State University, Northridge University of Central Florida Centre College Clemson University Colgate University University of Colorado at Boulder Colorado State University Cornell University Davidson College University of Delaware Drexel University Eckerd College Elon University

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Emory University Florida Atlantic University Florida Gulf Coast University Florida International University Florida Polytechnic University Florida Southern College Florida State University University of Florida Fontbonne University Fordham University Furman University The George Washington University Graceland University Grand Canyon University High Point University Johnson & Wales University University of Kansas Louisiana State University Loyola University Maryland Lynchburg College Manhattanville College Mercer University University of Miami University of Mississippi University of Nebraska at Lincoln University of North Carolina at Asheville The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill University of North Florida

Oklahoma City University University of Oregon Portland State University Regis University Rice University Ringling College of Art and Design Rollins College Savannah College of Art and Design University of South Florida St. Petersburg College Stetson University Stevens Institute of Technology SUNY Fredonia Texas Christian University Tiffin University Tulane University Tuskegee University Vanderbilt University University of Vermont Virginia Commonwealth University University of Virginia Wake Forest University Washington State University Washington University in St. Louis University of West Florida West Virginia University Worcester Polytechnic Institute Xavier University of Louisiana

ABOVE: Members of the Class of 2016, many of them Thespians, pose for a selfie.

ABOVE: Dre’shia Scruggs and Adriana Rozycki walk down the aisle after receiving their diplomas.

ABOVE: Christian Moser gets a post-grad hug. BELOW: The Class of 2016 throw their caps up in celebration of the next step in their lives.

ABOVE: PK4 teacher Jan Herzik was recognized with the Sarah Longquist Award. Jan is pictured with husband David, daugter Angie Herzik Kaczor (‘98) and granddaughter Auggie (‘30). SUMMER 2016 |




Summer Programs: Watch ‘em grow!


Canterbury’s Summer Programs have grown tremendously in the past four years under the direction of Summer Program Director Meg Stevens. For instance, did you know . . .


total # of campers and daycampers this summer


% of non-Canterbury campers


number of themed camps offered


number of food trucks that served kids


CSF student volunteers assisting in camps

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1. Volleyball

8. Intro to Ocean Exploration with ROVs

2. Indoor Camping

9. Wacky World of a Mad Scientist

3. Minecraft

10. Light It Up - Wearable Designs

4. Star Wars Camp

11. Archery / Hunger Games

5. Strength and Conditioning

12. Creating Code

6. Cake Decorating


7. Pop Craft popsicle break!



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THE START OF SOMETHING AMAZING . . . Several projects on our five-year strategic plan have been completed, or will be completed this year thanks to generous gifts from some of our amazing families who have funded them. RECLAIMED WATER PROJECT We are almost done connecting the sprinkler system for our athletic fields and green spaces to the city’s reclaimed water system, which will greatly reduce our need for well water and the cost associated with it. Not only will this project save Canterbury more than $3,000 a month in water costs, it will also improve our environmental footprint. Thank you to an anonymous donor for funding this water conservation and money-saving project!

KNOWLTON SECURITY CAMERA PROJECT Increased security on the Knowlton campus was already on our fiveyear strategic plan, but it became clear with our most recent parent survey that this was a priority for parents. Thanks to a generous lead gift from the Mahaffey Family and supporting gifts from the Specter Family and Dubina Family, monitored security cameras were installed over the spring break. These cameras are the cornerstone of a threeyear phase in Knowlton Campus security upgrades, and will make our campus less susceptible to vandalism and intruders.

CONCESSION STAND/LOCKER ROOM RENOVATION PROJECT Canterbury’s concession stand, a 15-year-old structure by the baseball field, is in need of an overhaul to ensure building safety and longevity. Thanks to the generous support of the Deskin Family, generations of spirited Crusaders will get to suit up for games, and fans can continue to enjoy snow cones and popcorn for years to come!

If you see an area of improvement on the Hough or Knowlton Campuses that you are interested in supporting with a capital gift, please contact our Development Director Pam Walker at pwalker@canterburyflorida.org. These gifts make a difference for our entire community and are an amazing way to leave your legacy here at Canterbury.

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O PPOR T U N I T Y If you’ve been touched by the stories in this issue of CSFeatures magazine, these windows (below) can open up ways for you to turn your inspiration into action. Here you’ll see how you can invest in the people, places, and programs found in these pages and beyond. Gifts to Canterbury School of Florida produce powerful, lasting returns; they help create knowledge, advance opportunities, strengthen communities, and much more. For more information on the opportunities below, contact Director of Development Pam Walker at 727.521.5915 or pwalker@canterburyflorida.org



The office of Marketing and Brand Communication hopes you enjoy every font, color, word, headline, photo, and video choice within our new school website. It was written and designed with emotion and inspiration, not just information. It is a destination for sharing the unique stories of our students, faculty, alumni, parents, and programs. We hope it conveys to families that, “We get you, and

you belong here. We understand your child’s challenges, fears, hopes, and needs. When it comes to a challenging curriculum that helps your child reach his or her full potential, there is no better choice in St. Petersburg.” Email Heather Lambie with questions or comments at hlambie@canterburyflorida.org


THE TOOLS FOR SUCCESS As Canterbury grows, the unexpected need for new or specialized tools increases. Any donations of new or used tools, or funding for maintenance supplies (including a golf cart or onsite maintenance trailer for tool storage) are welcomed.

back seat of Steve Jay’s truck



LIGHT UP THE STAGE Canterbury’s Arts program touches so many Crusaders past and present. However, the original house lights and sound boards from 2001 when the Dollinger Center for the Arts was built, are quickly becoming antiques. Donations to our Arts program benefits students on both campuses. SUMMER 2016 |




The all-school musical production of Peter Pan had 51 cast and 19 crew members in grades 3-12. With Theater Director Tara Quellhorst away on materinity leave, Tech Theater Director Ian Beck stepped in to help direct the show. However, he is adamant that this show was truly student-run. The stage crew ran rehearsals, and the senior Thespians took on mentor roles, helping younger actors with lines and blocking.

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Jeanne Jones came to Canterbury as a parent in 1997 for her daughter, Katherine, who was entering Kindergarten. In 1999, Mrs. Jones began teaching Kindergarten, where she nurtured little ones for five years. For the past 12 years she has served as the Lower School Science Specialist, teaching science labs to all children on the Hough Campus and starting the Hough Marine Studies program. She initiated both the LEGO Education and STEM programs as well. As Assistant Principal, Mrs. Jones wore many hats with quiet, organized, and efficient leadership. Mrs. Jones received a special send-off with notes and gifts from all her students, present and past, and the garden in the Hough courtyard was re-named the Mrs. Jones Garden. Jones plans to become a master gardener.

GRADE 2 TEACHER PAM KEMPER RETIRES AFTER 13 YEARS Pam Kemper came to Canterbury as a second grade teacher in 2002. For the past 13 years she has instilled in her students the love of reading, and for many, her love of sewing. From the “Turn of the Century” school house days, to the “St. Pete Experience” community project, Mrs. Kemper has made social studies come alive for her students. Her morning meetings start the day with each child greeting a friend which sets the tone for making every child feel special and a part of the group. As she closes out a 40-year teaching career, there are so many thankful students who came to say goodbye at her Flag farewell.

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Be part of CSF’s

50th Anniversary Planning Committee!

There are plenty of opportunities to help out in a variety of capacities. If interested in any of the committees below, please email the appropriate committee chair or contact Anniversary Coordinators Donnamarie Hehn at dhehn@canterburyflorido.org or Mimi Bridge at mbridge@canterburyflorida.org EVENT PLANNING Chair: Gina Stephens gstephens@canterburyflorida.org Co-Chairs: Breck Moorefield, Dave Smith Events will begin August, 2018 MEDIA/PROMOTIONS Chair: Heather Lambie hlambie@canterburyflorida.org (photography/photo editing, videography/ press releases/social media) ALUMNI OUTREACH Co-Chairs: Jan Herzik, Molly Smith msmith@canterburyflorida.org SPONSORSHIPS/SOLICITATIONS Chair: Pam Walker pwalker@canterburyflorida.org ARCHIVES Chair: Lucy Yeager lyeager@canterburyflorida.org



Anniversary Countdown

In each issue of CSFeatures leading up to our anniversary, we are counting down the TOP 50 traditions, events, classes and people at Canterbury.


to date . . .

SPRING 2016 34 Knight Day FALL 2015 35 Powder Puff Football Game SUMMER 2015 38 Summer Camps & Programs 37 Senior Dinner 36 Alumni Traditions

33 UPPER SCHOOL TREATS. Once a month, upper school faculty members serve students a free treat at break of either homemade food or candy treat bags. At what other school do the teachers cook for and serve their students once a month?

SPRING 2015 41 “Thank you” Song at Chapel 40 3rd Grade Invention Convention 39 Dress Down Days WINTER 2015 44 Senior/5th Grade Buddies 43 Gala Signi-Up Parties 42 Miniterm 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


LOWER SCHOOL BOOK FAIR. This annual event is organized by our librarian with the help of parent volunteers. The Fair is a weeklong celebration of reading that includes dress-up days, reading minute competitions, book sales, and breakfast and spaghetti night. SUMMER 2016 |



Aug. 12

Knowlton Welcome Back Day

Aug. 15

Hough Welcome Back Day

Aug. 16

First Day of Classes *Noon Dismissal Parents Association (PA) Volunteer Coffee, Knowlton Campus

Aug. 19

PA Volunteer Coffee, Hough Campus

Aug. 25

Knowlton Parents Night

Sept. 1

Hough Parents Night

Sept. 9

First Home Football Game

Sept. 10

CLAMS Rainbow River trip Contact Jenna LoDico for details

Sept. 17

Maker Manufactory: Sewing & Hemming Contact Erica Whiteman for details

Sept. 22 CSF Gives Day Support your favorite non-profit... Canterbury! Visit canterburyflorida.org/donate Sept. 27 PA General Meeting

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Profile for Canterbury School of Florida

CSFeatures Summer 16  

CSFeatures is the magazine of Canterbury School of Florida, an independent PK3 - Grade 12 co-ed prep school in St. Petersburg, FL

CSFeatures Summer 16  

CSFeatures is the magazine of Canterbury School of Florida, an independent PK3 - Grade 12 co-ed prep school in St. Petersburg, FL

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