Brookstone Magazine Spring 2012

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Volume 28 Issue 3

Head of School Brian D. Kennerly Advancement Director Catherine B. Trotter, ‘73 Advancement Coordinators Judi Butler Emily David Connie Mansour Director of Print Communications/ Graphic Design Jennifer Reves Photography Contributors Kimberly Conner Patrick Graham Joy Sloan Southern Exposure Photography Catherine Trotter Brookstone Yearbook Staff

The Brookstone Magazine is produced by the Advancement Office for alumni, parents, and friends of Brookstone School. Letters and suggestions for articles are welcomed.

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440 Bradley Park Drive • Columbus, Georgia 31904 Phone: 706.324.1392 • Fax: 706.571.0178 Contact: ON THE COVER: The Brookstone Bell Tower served as a beautiful backdrop for the 2012 Commencement Exercises. ABOVE: Junior Heather Harris and first grader Cassie Mullinax enjoy the Country Fair.

Non-discriminatory policy Brookstone School admits students of any race, color, gender, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, or national or ethnic origin in administration of its education policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic programs, and other school administered programs.

contents Letters.........................................................................2 Commencement 2012.................................................4 Features.....................................................................19 Service........................................................................24 Athletics...................................................................28 Faculty & Board News............................................35 Alumni News & Class Notes ���������������������������������48 Our Mission: Brookstone School, a college preparatory school founded in the Judeo-Christian tradition and committed to academic excellence, endeavors to develop in its students a foundation for lifelong learning, integrity, personal responsibility, mutual respect, and service to others. Brookstone School Magazine • Spring 2012 Edition



| From the Head of School

The tagline of Brookstone is “The Independent College Preparatory School of Columbus.” Many individuals ask why this is important. How does this differentiate us from the other schools in Columbus? There are two basic answers to this question: the logistical answers and the educational answers. As an independent school we are set apart in that we are not tied to a larger organization that governs who we hire, how we teach, or what we teach. We have the ability to conduct nationwide searches to hire the best teachers we can find, those who understand the unique nature of an independent school education. This independence also allows us to design a curriculum and use our facilities in a way that best supports the mission of the school and represents the superior academic quality we desire to deliver. We can plan classrooms to center on discussion in the upper school, for projects in the middle school, or for centers in the lower school.

Another advantage of a Brookstone education is the school’s ability to develop a curriculum that interweaves social issues, character education, or service into our instructional time every day. We are not mandated by a larger organization and therefore have the freedom to approach the curriculum in both traditional and nontraditional ways. As we study the earth’s water supply, we can have a river project and actually go to the river and take samples; we can take time to help clean the river; and we can look at the propensity of that water to be drinkable. The freedom to make a lesson come alive and to teach to more than the mind can make a lifechanging difference for independent school students.

The downside logistically is that our budget is not covered by a larger organization. We do not have a church or a government helping to fund the school or even a larger institution providing funds to offset the difference between cost and tuition. Therefore, our tuition will always be more than schools that have organizations underwriting the cost of running the school. This is why the Brookstone Fund becomes so important to the school. Our parents and donor friends become that larger institution to help offset the cost of running the school and keeping tuition at a reasonable level.

“The Independent College Preparatory School of Columbus” was not coined on a whim, but after much thought and research. Like many independent schools around the country, Brookstone takes very seriously the privilege and responsibility of providing a true independent school education for our students. The leaders of our nation and of the world were educated at independent schools. We have the blessing of having this distinct opportunity right here in Columbus, Georgia, at Brookstone School!

The benefits educationally of attending an independent school far outweigh opportunities at other schools. As an independent school, we at Brookstone have 2

the freedom to invest ourselves in the whole child. This does not mean that other institutions do not care about their students, but they may not have the time or resources to devote to educating the whole child. Our schedule is purposefully designed to allow for guidance time every day in each division. We have also made it a priority to hire teachers who care about the whole child and truly desire to mold the heart. Our teachers/ coaches/ advisors invest their time and their hearts in our students both inside and outside the classroom. The school’s investment of time, personnel, and resources is of utmost importance as we strive to develop each and every student into a caring, contributing individual.

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Dr. Brian D. Kennerly

TOP LEFT: Ice Cream was a Country Fair favorite.; TOP RIGHT: Country Fair Chairman, Haley Arnold with Dr. Kennerly; CENTER RIGHT Lucy Jones, Pre-K, enjoyed the pony ride.; BOTTOM LEFT: Fifth Grade student, Blakely Parr, was thrilled to have a balloon hat.; BOTTOM RIGHT: Freshman Kaylen Long helped paint faces.

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| Graduation 2012

George Mortimer Adams, IV James Troy Amos, III Emily Shannon Badcock Hendley Elizabeth Badcock Christopher Haines Belman Steven Thomas Bentley Laura Hart Butler Robert Grandin Eakle, III Chelsey Amanda Edgar Ruth Anderson Flowers Emily Kathryn Gorum James Blanchard Graham Mary Frances Graham Mary Stamper Grogan Lexie Jean Hanko David Morris James, III Rosalie Boalt Jeffery Abby Claire Kamensky William Andrew Kamensky John Robertson Kinnett, IV Brooks Lokey Land Joo-Yeok Lee Yongtae Lee John Colquitt Logan, III Melinda Victoria Mann Samuel Thomas Martin Andrew Christian McCluskey Patrick Cole Miller Caitlyn Joyce Molnar Rachel Elizabeth Mullahy Henssey Tan Ngo Olayemi O. Olubowale Austin McCall Pair Gabriel William Pippas William Cook Pound, Jr. Margaret Delaney Alexander Poydasheff Carol Marie Raines Caroline Jewett Rothschild Katherine Hall Scarbrough Dalton Rudolph Schmittou Edward John Schwan, III Virginia Kathryn Smith Amanda Paige Snell Kathryn Lee Stroh Stephanie Lansdon Sudduth Katherine Grace Thorne William Chafee Whilden, III Blake Aaron Willoughby Manal Zafar

Senior Awards Dinner

Thursday, May 17 Baccalaureate Service

Friday, May 18 Commencement Ceremony

Saturday, May 19 4

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Senior Awards Dinner

Thursday, May 17 This year Brookstone began a new annual tradition as part of Commencement with the first ever Senior Awards Dinner. Graduates and their families gathered at Brookstone in a transformed Jordan Gymnasium to share a meal, memories, and to honor the outstanding members of the Class of 2012. Hallmark Award: Steven Thomas Bentley The L. Ashley Walters Memorial Scholarship Award: Andrew Christian McCluskey Martha K. Heard Community Service Award: Brooks Lokey Land Leadership Award: Laura Hart Butler, Abby Claire Kamensky, Gabriel William Pippas Cougar Spirit Award: Andrew Christian McCluskey, Margaret Delaney Alexander Poydasheff Walter E. Meinzen Award: Caroline Jewett Rothschild McKenzie Mathematics Award: George Mortimer Adams, IV Rothschild English Award: Katherine Grace Thorne Mary and Jack Passailaigue Foreign Language Awards French: Katherine Grace Thorne for Spanish: Chelsey Amanda Edgar for Latin: Yongtae Lee


Herndon Mathematics Award: Yongtae Lee Hazouri Science Award: Henssey Tan Ngo Kirven History Award: Katherine Grace Thorne Dramatics Award: Ruth Anderson Flowers Sarah Smith Hart Art Award: Stephanie Lansdon Sudduth Jordan Music Award: Caitlyn Joyce Molnar McConnell-Tucker Journalism Award: Virginia Kathryn Smith Coaches’ Outstanding Athlete Award – Girl: Mary Stamper Grogan Coaches’ Outstanding Athlete Award – Boy: Andrew Christian McCluskey The Charles J. Cumiskey Award: Andrew Christian McCluskey, Margaret Delaney Alexander Poydasheff The McKenzie–Johnston Award: John Colquitt Logan, III The James P. McCallie Valedictory Award: Joo-Yeok Lee The Doris and Tom Black Award: Ruth Anderson Flowers TOP RIGHT: Dee Dee Branham congratulates Rachel Mullahy.; MIDDLE RIGHT: Steven Bentley receives the Hallmark Award from Manning Weir, Upper School Principal.; BOTTOM RIGHT: Servant Leadership Coordinator, Meghan Blackmon, presents Abby Kamensky with one of the Leadership Awards.

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Baccalaureate Service

Friday, May 18 A lu mni A d d r e s s To the Class of 2012, thank you for letting me be part of this wonderful night, celebrating all you have accomplished. I wasn’t exactly sure how to begin the process of writing a baccalaureate speech, So I started reminiscing about my own graduation – the year was 1984. Ms. Clepper was in the front office, Mrs. Pate was the yearbook advisor, Coach Cole taught Anatomy, Mrs. Epperson gave the hardest English tests, Coach McKenzie and Mrs. Meeks led the varsity girl’s basketball team, Coach Cumiskey abandoned the tennis courts that fall to help out with the soccer team…and every time we heard (a Loud Owl Call) Mr. Pate would say, “Hey kid, check that out, barred owl.” Genus/species: strix varia


written by Betsy Rothschild, Brookstone Class of 1984

theme something a bit more obvious, something you have right in your hands…. Look down at your program, you will see that as part of the school crest are the three core values: Loyalty, Courage, Wisdom. – According to the student handbook, these are the “foundational virtues” of Brookstone – but let’s talk about what these 3 words say about your time at Brookstone, and what you are about to face in the future that lies ahead of you.

Some things, however have changed quite a bit: we had lockers that were only 3 feet in height, we took a class called typing, in PE class we had to wear schoolissued blue cotton gym shorts, and we made cool music recordings on our boom boxes that we called “mixed tapes!” (My bet is that some of your parents still have these cassette tapes stashed in a drawer somewhere.) Speaking of music – in the top 10 that year were songs like: What’s Love Got to Do with It (Tina Turner), Jump (by Van Halen), Thriller (by Michael Jackson), and Wake me Up Before you Go Go (Wham!).

The First: Loyalty: I did a little math and calculated that if you add up all the years of the entire class, the members of 2012 have spent more than 500 years at Brookstone! That represents over 90,000 collective days that you have spent in the classrooms, libraries, and cafeteria at 440 Bradley Park Drive. But you probably know, a school is not just the buildings as much as it is the people inside the buildings: your classmates, your friends, your teachers, your coaches. You have been through a lot together: challenging times, good times. Losses and triumphs. Heartache and celebration. What you have built here is a strong network – people to support you, cheer you on, and watch your back. Your Brookstone network will be there to encourage you as you take that next step. But as you walk across the stage tomorrow night – you will be stepping into the unknown.

I tried to think of an easy to remember “theme” for my speech – and, as a professor at a large university I set about on some real academic research for this speech and went directly to the best source of information: You Tube. I looked at lots of speeches – but nothing really seemed appropriate for Brookstone’s Baccalaureate. I even tried to come up with a 3 part “formula” for success – like some of the graduation speakers – something like the 3 keys to success in college: Go to class. Buy the book. Don’t forget to call home. But those You Tube inspired words of wisdom did not seem suitable to this occasion. I wanted something that was more applicable to you as Brookstone graduates, highlighting where you have been and celebrate where you are headed.

Over the next year you will meet all kinds of new people: classmates, professors, coaches, roommates (and, most likely, lots of pizza delivery guys. I encourage you to reach out a be a friend to someone – not just a virtual Facebook friend, but a real friend; that 2 a.m. friend that you can call when you get bad news from home, or need a shoulder to cry on. This is also the person that will celebrate with you when you make an A in Freshman English, make the starting team, and definitely that friend that will drive you to the nearest Krispy Kreme store and wait for the light to come on,! As Eleanor Roosevelt said, “Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart.” Be that loyal friend that walks beside a person through thick and thin.

First, I looked up the meaning of baccalaureate: According to the sources I found – Baccalaureate means: Farewell Sermon to the graduating class. I chose as a

Next we come to Wisdom: I challenge you to think back tonight to something you learned as a Brookstone student that you will take with you. If you had to pick one thing

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that you learned as a Brookstone student, what would it be? Most likely it is not a quote from a Shakespeare play or a physics formula that you memorized for test. But it may be something you learned the hard way. I remember the spring of my 6th grade year, there were two defining moments: making a D on a Social Studies test, and when there were 23 of us that all tried out for the cheerleading squad. That Friday was really tough as 17 of us did not make the team. At the time it seemed so important, so pivotal. But as it is with many things in life, it was definitely for the best as the next fall I went out for the soccer team and discovered not only was I much better at soccer, but I was much happier running around the grassy field outside and I was never required to do a single back handspring! So what is your “wisdom moment” from your years at Brookstone? Is there something you can remember that made you the person you are today? And finally we can talk about Courage: Maya Angelou had this to say about courage: “One isn’t necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.” Courage is something you developed over the number of years you have been at Brookstone. It began with courage to climb the big jungle gym on the playground of the lower school, leading the line to the cafeteria, or jumping on the trampoline during gym class. Courage is what enabled you to try out for the soccer team when you were in middle school, or the school play in upper school. I am sure it took courage to join the class in the middle of high school like Nick Lee did! The Brookstone handbook

says that courage is willingness to push ourselves beyond our comfort zones and the moral courage to stand for what we know to be right. For some of you it was going to the homeless shelter and working with the shower project. It perhaps wasn’t always the easiest place to be, but you participated in a project that helped to promote human dignity right here in our community. Or perhaps giving your time to Fox Elementary - listening to the kids’ stories of homes that are quite different from yours and a school classroom that is not equipped like the ones at Brookstone. And courage is definitely what inspired many of you to go to Liberia in the last few years. At Ricks Institute and the surrounding area – you impacted the community – you encouraged them, you inspired them, you gave them hope. Whether you were at Fox Elementary, the Open Door Clinic, or in Liberia. It took courage to go, to invest – but the reward is great: it opens your eyes and your heart to something bigger that yourself and the difference you can make in the world around you. One administrator had this to say about your class: What this class lacks in size, they have made up in their presence in the school, community and the world. As you walk across the stage tomorrow night to get your diploma, it is definitely a symbol that you have learned a lot. But as you begin the next chapter of your life –– don’t just make getting a good GPA your sole focus; but value the wisdom you can gain in the process. Be courageous, step out and be a real friend to others, and take time to give back to the community and the world that surrounds you. I wish you well. Congratulations to the Class of 2012!

LEFT: Trey Eakle, Ruthie Flowers and Steven Bentley perform Away written by Trey Eakle.; MIDDLE: Betsy Rothschild ’84 was the 2012 Baccalaureate speaker.; RIGHT: Senior Gabe Pippas sang Baptism written by Kenny Chesney.

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Baccalaureate Service

Friday, May 18 F aculty A d d r e s s First of all, I would like to say that I am honored that these seniors chose me to give their baccalaureate speech. I really think the reason was because they wanted to see if I could make a speech that was censored. I have been known to be brutally honest and to tell it like it is on occasion. I met a lot of these seniors 14 years ago when they were 4. I taught 4K then and YES they were very cool 4-year-olds! Do you remember the airplane bows and smocked dresses? I can remember on several occasions putting you girls in your car at pick-up time and your mom would ask me, “Dee Dee, what has she been doing to tear the hem out of her dress every day?” I would reply that you were hanging upside down on the monkey bars! After a loud gasp from your mom, she would say “Oh my gosh, I will make her wear shorts under her dress.” I believe one of you (I will not mention a name) even had monogrammed bloomers! Guys – do you remember arguing over who was going to play with the dump trucks in the sand on the playground and who was going to get to drive the red fire truck climbing apparatus that’s on the playground? Those of you who were bossy in 4K, (and I won’t mention any names) are still bossy today; or should I use the politically correct term “assertive!” Landy – I still remember our matching Winnie the Pooh sweatshirts! Unfortunately, I can’t wear mine anymore, can you? Speaking of shirts; it was my pleasure to be able to make your “5 shirt” and now this year make your “18” shirt. Of course, you guys were pretty persistent! We 4K teachers used to say, “I wish I had a dime for every time I tied a child’s shoelaces.” So I started a shoelace fund, and some of you parents that never purchased Velcro shoes can write a check payable to “D-e-e D-e-e.. and I will add it to my shoelace fund! When we moved up to lower and middle school, I had the pleasure of teaching most of you in PE. I taught all of the girls, and a lot of times I also taught the boys if Coach Sparks or Coach Durden had to be gone. There 8

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written by Dee Dee Branham, Upper School Science Teacher

are two very distinct memories that I have of teaching you in PE. The first one was how Mrs. Cumiskey and I taught you how to settle disputes. For instance, if you couldn’t agree on whether someone was safe or out during a game, we played “Rock, Paper, Scissors.” But it got to the point where we were settling disputes about who won “Rock, Paper, Scissors” and had to remind you to just play once that it was not “best out of 3.” The second distinct memory concerned many of the athletes in this class; you could not fathom why I would not put all of you on the same team. Really? Are we clear on that now? Then low and behold I moved up again to the upper school to teach Biology and then Marine Biology. You guys couldn’t get rid of me! Remember the dissections in Biology your first year in the upper school? I thought several of you were going to pass out! And some of you did not have the deftest of touch with a scalpel. You pretty much butchered the specimens. Hint: You probably don’t need to go into medicine and become a surgeon – or if you do – give me a heads up so I can go elsewhere! However, I will say that most of you had improved your dissection skills by the time we finished Marine Biology your junior or senior year. After dissecting sharks, fish, starfish, squid and clams your skills improved and maybe some of you redeemed yourselves to the point that I may reconsider using you as a surgeon! Call me and we’ll talk! Somewhere along the way, you nicknamed me “Deeds.” It has stuck and even some of the underclassmen call me that! I’m flattered! Some of my fondest memories of this class are the trips we took together. Getting to go to Liberia, Africa last summer together has changed all of us! It was awesome seeing how you guys responded to new and challenging situations. The marine trips to Panacea, Florida dragging nets in the Gulf, swimming with Manatees in Crystal River, Florida, and snorkeling down the Rainbow River have given us great memories. Some of you used extraordinary means to stay warm in your wet suit!! All I can say is that the manatees were offended!

LEFT: Liza Butler Hendricks (‘06), Laura Butler (‘12), and Sarah Butler (‘03) at the Baccalaureate service.; MIDDLE: Dee Dee Branham, Upper School Science teacher, was selected by the Class of 2012 to be the faculty speaker.; RIGHT: Senior Kate Thorne, middle, is surrounded by her father Ted, sister Kelley, mother Elizabeth, and brother Trey.

I hope that I didn’t only teach you your letters or teach you the rules to badminton, or about photosynthesis and DNA, or about our oceans. I hope that I taught you the more important things about growing up and life. That it is the relationships you have with others and how you treat others that matter most. Accomplishments and accolades are great, but they are only truly worthwhile when you build relationships with others in order to achieve those accomplishments. This is similar to the school’s servant leadership motto this year that is “Serving others while developing ourselves.” We all have felt the great satisfaction of participating in the upper school service projects–how all of us felt like we received more from the opportunity than we gave. Just remember that when you are approached in college to participate in a service project. I hope I taught you that it’s the daily decisions you make and the consequences of those decisions that matter. When you were in 4K it was pushing someone on the playground and having to sit in time out. When you were older, it was not about whether you were “safe” or “out” in “Matball” but it was more important how you played the game. It was about sportsmanship and realizing that it was more important to treat others well. I hope I taught you that there were consequences for turning in a Biology assignment late or that there were consequences for not studying for a Marine test.

You’ve all been given a wonderful gift of a Brookstone education from your family. The entire faculty at this school has poured their time, knowledge and skill into you. They have given you the knowledge to succeed. I am not just talking about the subject matter in the classroom. It is my hope that we have prepared you for college and the real world. You are beginning down a road where you are faced with decisions that will shape your entire life and future: what major to choose, what spouse to choose, where to live. In order to make these decisions, you must first figure out who you are as a person, what is important to you and how you want to live your life. So here are Branham’s 5 basic rules to live by: 1. Like yourself! Don’t engage in self-destructing behavior! Don’t set yourself up for failure. 2. Be true to yourself and your values; don’t let others make your decisions for you. 3. If you are going to do something, do it right! In other words, always bring your “A game” whether it is in the classroom, athletics, the arts, leadership positions, service to others, or relationships. 4. Be open minded. Just because someone is different from you does not mean that they are wrong. 5. It’s not just all about you! It’s what you do for others that matters.

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Commencement Service

Saturday, May 19 excerpts from speeches written by Drew McCluskey and Kate Thorne, Commencement Speakers for the Class of 2012 When thinking about this speech, I wanted to find the best words to describe our class as a whole…. The phrase “Quality over Quantity” popped in my head immediately. Out of all the students who have entered and exited our class throughout the years only 49 remain for graduation. – D.M.

We cannot be both wise and young. It’s saying “yes” that creates memories. Saying “yes” is how things and people grow. Saying “yes” leads us to knowledge and experience. “Yes” is for the young. So as long as we have the strength and the youth and the foolishness, let us say “yes” to every new opportunity that comes along. – K.T.

Our personal limitations do not provide us with excuses nor do they diminish us. Our value does not depend on what anyone else thinks about us. It is how we deal with our strengths and weaknesses that determine who we become. – D.M.

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Tonight, graduates, we sit in the shade of trees that were planted long ago. As the fortieth graduating class of Brookstone, we recognize that this is a moment that has been shaped by countless gestures of hope made by generations preceding us— their founding of this school, their creating of traditions that have been perpetuated for forty years, their hiring of teachers like the Pates and Mr. Chappelle who have successfully dedicated their lives to making their students better scholars and better people, the nurturing we have received from our communities and of course, from our parents and their parents before them… we will never forget any of you, and how could we? When you have put so much of yourselves into each of us. We will be carrying parts of you, pieces of our Brookstone family with us, when we leave. Tonight we celebrate our own achievement, but we also give thanks for everything and everyone that brought us here. And, graduates, let us be keenly aware that our good fortune carries with it an obligation to keep planting trees of hope for every living thing that is and is yet to be. – K.T.

...our strongest efforts have been in the area of servant leadership. My classmates have built houses for Habitat for Humanity and have fed hundreds of under-privileged citizens through Open Door and Feeding the Valley. Kate, through a 3 year project, recently published a book, “A is for Autism” for her autistic students and friends which is based on her volunteering at Bridges Learning Center. The girls soccer team participates in TOPSoccer every year, where they play with and coach children with special needs. We have donated blood and raised thousands of dollars for multiple causes like Blake and Mindy’s Heart for Haiti Fundraiser after the devastating earthquake a couple years ago. The list of projects could go on for pages. – D.M.

PREVIOUS PAGE: TOP LEFT: The Brookstone Concert band performs at the Commencement Exercises.; TOP RIGHT: Dr. Kennerly offers a welcome.; CENTER RIGHT: Mr. Weir congratulates Hendley Badcock.; BOTTOM LEFT: Student Government President Abby Kamensky receives her diploma.; BOTTOM RIGHT: Drew McCluskey is one of the two seniors chosen by the class to speak at Commencement. THIS PAGE: TOP RIGHT: Blake Willoughby receives his diploma.; CENTER LEFT: Kate Thorne addresses the audience.; CENTER RIGHT: Class of 2012 celebrates!; LOWER LEFT: Members of the faculty process; BOTTOM LEFT: Jack Key III, Chairman of the Board of Trustees announces Tom Black as the recipient of the Service to School Award.

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College Acceptances

Class of 2012 Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College

Savannah College of Art & Design

Appalachian State University

Savannah State University

Auburn University

Southern Methodist University

Auburn University at Montgomery

Southern Polytechnic State University

Baylor University

The Citadel

Berry College

The University of Alabama

Birmingham-Southern College

The University of Alabama at Birmingham

Carnegie Mellon University

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

College of Charleston Columbus State University Davidson College Emory University Furman University George Washington University Georgia College & State University Georgia Institute of Technology Georgia Southern University High Point University Huntingdon College Kennesaw State University Mercer University Middlebury College North Georgia College & State University Parsons the New School for Design Reinhardt University Rider University Samford University

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The University of North Carolina at Wilmington Trinity College Troy University Tulane University University of California at Berkley University of Denver University of Georgia University of Miami University of Michigan University of Mississippi University of South Carolina University of Tampa University of Virginia University of West Florida Valdosta State University Vanderbilt University Washington & Lee University Wofford College

Troy & Neal (‘09) Amos

Philip (‘80) & Hendley Badcock

Alexis VanBero (‘85) & Chris Belman

Sarah Butler (‘03), Laura Butler & Liza Butler Hendricks (‘06)

Victoria (‘10) & Chelsey Edgar

Emily & John Michael (‘09) Gorum

Elizabeth Dudley Graham (‘82) & James Graham

Erin Grogan Murphy (‘05), Mary Stamper, & Hannah (‘07) Grogan

Wynn (‘09) & Rosie Jeffery

Will, Bo (‘10), & Abby Kamensky

Jack & Sarah (‘10) Kinnett

Katherine (‘08), Brooks, & Clay (‘78) Land

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Linda Land Logan & John Logan

Bobby (‘06), Sam, & Cal (‘73) Martin

Milton (‘10) & Drew McCluskey

Patrick & Clay (‘09) Miller

Lucy (‘09), Bill, & Sally (‘06) Pound

Rob (‘79), Delaney, & Remmie (‘09) Poydasheff

Brooks Arnold (‘11), Rie Raines, & Joseph Arnold (‘09)

William (‘80), Betsy (‘84), Caroline, Alan, III (‘08), & Alan, Jr (‘78) Rothschild

Bill (‘77), Katherine, & Kyle (‘10) Scarbrough

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Elizabeth (‘10) & Landy Sudduth

Closing Exercises 2012

Underclassmen Awards George M. McCluskey Service Above Self Award Lisa Wilcoxson G. Gunby Jordan Scholarship Joanna Leger Merit/Scholarship Awards Furman: Max Williams, Joanna Leger, Duncan Fletcher, Adriana Embus Presbyterian: Claire Galbraith UGA Certificate of Merit: Joanna Leger, Ansur Ahmed, Sam Hatcher Book Awards Agnes Scott: Adriana Embus Sewanee: Andrew Dreelin Wellesley: Adriana Embus CSU Computer Science Award Menza Dudley, Braden Sanders Mike Kennedy Scholarship Award Duncan Fletcher

Class of 2014 Robert Benton Bruce Peyton Mitchell Good Hanseul Jang Mihir Sunil John Allison Jane McGregor Brittany Anne Marie Roman Nicholas Harold Sargent Kathryn Elinor Wilson Nadiya Zafar Class of 2015 Sahil Raman Arora Conner Brooke Dryden Michael William Gibbes Dudley Alexander Graham Da-Hye Kim MooYeong Lee Alexandra Darsey McCluskey Madison Maeve Ogletree Jensen Kapono Price Ishani Rajendra Rewatkar Emma Victoria Taghon Nicholas McDaniel Teague Mary Ashby Ward

The Faulkner Reader Award Emily Allmond Certificates of Merit Class of 2013 Ansur Ahmed Avery Elizabeth Arnold Charles Alexander Caves Adriana Cristina Embus Duncan Mackenzie Fletcher Samuel Lennard Hatcher Margaret Couldwell Holt Catherine Wellborn Hudson Joanna Hope Leger Rachel Dana Levy Alex David Ridley Sarah Jessica Stone

TOP RIGHT: Lisa Wilcoxin, 2012 recipient of the George M. McCluskey Service Above Self Award with Mr. George McCluskey; BOTTOM RIGHT: The 2012 Brookstone Laureate was dedicated to Ms. Marie Clepper, pictured here with seniors Mary Stamper Grogan (left) and Virginia Smith (right).

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Closing Exercises 2012

Middle School Awards BELOW TOP: Eighth grader Molly Grier, Recipient of the Robert A. Newton Pursuit of Excellence Award with former Headmaster Newton; BELOW BOTTOM: Middle School Principal Chris Moore with Principal’s Award winners: Eighth grader, Liam Goldman, Sixth grader Grace Cerpero-Lopez, and Seventh grader Wynn Mullin

Best Citizen Award Mackie Amos, 6th Grade Russell Blanchard, 6th Grade Hallie Turner, 7th Grade Sam Dismuke, 7th Grade Redding Byrd, 8th Grade Jack Dudley, 8th Grade

Rogers Scholarship Jack Pease

Fort Scholarship Jona Rische, 6th Grade Maylyn Hinson, 6th Grade Max Dudley, 7th Grade Gabriela Caligaris, 7th Grade Emily Pease, 8th Grade

Scott Wilson Cougar Spirit Award Shannon Sloan Sam Ndem

Outstanding Athlete Redding Byrd Prather Hudson Shannon Sloan Helen Snavely Outstanding Scholar Brandon Cho Ariel Steele Outstanding Speech Patrick Crowley Emily Pease Principal’s Award, 6th Grade (Courage) Grace Cerpero-Lopez Principal’s Award, 7th Grade (Loyalty) Wynn Mullin Principal’s Award, 8th Grade (Wisdom) Liam Goldman Robert A. Newton Pursuit of Excellence Award Molly Grier Jack Henslee

Scholar Athlete Chandler Ciuba Scholar Athlete Prather Hudson

Excellence in English Award Grace Lewis, 6th Grade Grammar Josie Yancey, 6th Grade Grammar Sarah Scoggins, 6th Grade Literature Andi vonHilsheimer, 7th Grade Chandler Ciuba, 8th Grade Excellence in French Award Hugh Page, 7th Grade Ameena Ali, 8th Grade Linda Wallman Excellence in Latin Award Jack Dudley Excellence in Latin Award, 7th Grade Augusta Graham Excellence in Math Award Morgan McGrory, 6th Grade Hallie Turner, 7th Grade Abby Courville, 8th Grade Pre-Algebra Fate Amos, 8th Grade Pre-Algebra Kathleen Sway, 8th Grade Algebra G Barnes, Algebra Will Byrd, Pre-Algebra Ariel Steele, Honors Geometry Excellence in Science Award Uma Alappan, 6th Grade Russell Blanchard, 6th Grade Abbie Dillon, 7th Grade Lauren Roman, 8th Grade Excellence in Social Studies Award Will Byrd, 6th Grade Emily Teague, 7th Grade Koyal Ansingkar, 8th Grade Excellence in Spanish Award Cohen Chong, 7th Grade Lizzie Flournoy, 8th Grade

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Final College Choices

Class of 2012

George Adams ��������������������������University of Georgia Troy Amos..........Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Emily Badcock ������������������������University of Alabama Hendley Badcock....... Washington and Lee University Christopher Belman ���������������������Samford University Steven Bentley.................. Columbus State University Laura Butler �����������������������������University of Georgia Trey Eakle......................Georgia Southern University Chelsey Edgar...........Georgia Institute of Technology, Honors Ruthie Flowers �������������������������University of Georgia Emily Gorum ������������������������������������ Parsons Design James Graham ������������������������������� Mercer University Mary Frances Graham ����������University of Mississippi Mary Stamper Grogan ����������University of Mississippi Lexie Hanko �������������������������������� Auburn University David James ��������������������������������Huntingdon College Rosie Jeffery...................University of South Carolina Abby Kamensky ����������������������� University of Virginia Will Kamensky ����������������������������� Tulane University Jack Kinnett ��������������������������������Furman University Brooks Land.................University of Georgia, Honors Joo-Yeok Lee ��������������������������� Vanderbilt University Yongtae Lee.......... University of California at Berkeley John Logan ������������������������������������������ Berry College

Mindy Mann............University of Alabama, Int’l. Honors Sam Martin ��������������������������������������Davidson College Drew McCluskey ������������������������������������ The Citadel Patrick Miller......... Southern Polytechnic State University Caitlyn Molnar......... Savannah College of Art and Design Rachel Mullahy ��������������������������University of Georgia Henssey Ngo.................University of Georgia, Honors Yemi Olubowale.......... Georgia Institute of Technology Austin Pair........................Kennesaw State University Gabe Pippas................ Georgia Institute of Technology Bill Pound.............................University of Mississippi Delaney Poydasheff ��������������������University of Georgia Rie Raines ������������������������������������ Auburn University Caroline Rothschild �������������������University of Georgia Katherine Scarbrough ����������Valdosta State University Dalton Schmittou ������������Georgia Southern University E. J. Schwan....................Georgia Southern University Virginia Smith �������������������������University of Alabama Amanda Snell............. Georgia Institute of Technology Katy Lee Stroh ����������������������������������� Troy University Landy Sudduth................University of South Carolina Kate Thorne................. University of Virginia, Honors Will Whilden...................Georgia Southern University Blake Willoughby ������������������������� Auburn University Manal Zafar ������������������������������������ Emory University Brookstone School Magazine • Spring 2012 Edition 17

Joo-Yeok Lee • Siblings: Joo-Sub Lee, 21 years old, who attends University of Georgia; Joo-Ri Lee, 23 years old, currently teaching English in South Korea. Both are Brookstone graduates. • This fall will attend: Vanderbilt University



• In college, what do you plan on majoring in? Medicine or business • Why did you choose this major? My strengths lean toward science and economics. • What are your favorite subject areas of study at Brookstone? The sciences and social sciences because these subjects challenge you to think multiple ways and dig for the answer. • What extracurricular activities do you participate in at Brookstone? Varsity Tennis, Habitat for Humanity, and Writing Fellows • Describe one standout experience you’ve had at Brookstone: Going to the state finals for tennis my senior year but losing in the third set. Even though we lost, it was one of the most exciting and best matches I’ve ever played.

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• What inspires you as a student? From a young age, my parents have instilled in me the importance of education, so I have also strived for excellence in this area. • What have you enjoyed most about your experience at Brookstone? The freedom you have, and the close relationships you get to form with your classmates and teachers. • Describe one unique or special feature about Brookstone that may not be obvious to others outside the Brookstone community: Brookstone is a place full of caring and genuine hearts.


faculty perspective: First Year as Grade Chair written by Tracé Copeland, Sixth Grade Chair and Middle School Mathematics Teacher

As the Sixth Grade Chair, I have truly enjoyed getting to know this group of students and their parents. We kicked off the year with Where Everybody Belongs (WEB) Orientation the day before school started. The WEB program is a middle school transition program that centers on team building and decision making. We spent three hours reacquainting ourselves with Brookstone and each other. This set the stage for a great year! To follow up, each Monday during the year, I have met with the entire sixth grade class. We spent this time working on character and talking about who we are, who we want to be, and the impact of each and every decision we make. Communication with parents has also been a top priority for me. The early months of school involved meeting with each parent and getting to know each family. The time spent building these relationships that would take us through the school year was such a pleasure for me. Throughout the year I have also sent home emails every Friday entitled “6th Grade News.” This kept me in touch with parents and gave them the information they needed, but also kept our lines of communication open. Finally, my Grade Chair privilege involved meetings with the 6th grade teachers every other week to discuss sixth grade issues. This experience has helped me prepare for assuming the role of Intermediate School principal next year. I am thrilled about this opportunity and am eager to serve Brookstone and the Intermediate School students, teachers, and parents. My thanks go out to the Middle School faculty, students, and parents. The last two years have been a pleasure, and I have learned so much from all of you!

TOP: Bradford Sikes reviews his work with Mrs. Copeland.; MIDDLE: Sixth grade students enjoy many ways of learning math.; BOTTOM: Using a tablet, Isabella Pitts confirms she has the correct answer.

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written by Kenneth Hoats, Lower and Intermediate School Counselor When Jen Reves contacted me and asked me to write a short article about my first year at Brookstone as the Lower and Intermediate school counselor, my first thought was where do I start. There have been so many rewarding aspects to this job. So I thought I would take my cue from the master of presenting important information in a format that is easily understood – David Letterman and his Top 10 list. So without further ado, here is my Top 10 list of reasons I have thoroughly enjoyed my first year here at Brookstone.

#10. Lunch. At this point many of you may stop reading this, thinking to yourselves – REALLY?! Yes, really. The opportunity to sit and relax and “visit” for 30 minutes with my peers is something I look forward to everyday. And if you have ever taught in the public school system, lunch can get expensive! Guys always keep an eye on the bottom line. The food itself is wonderful. I commend Judy and Ken. #9 Working with an all-female staff. I felt welcomed by this staff from day one. They have kept me on track and I am thankful for it. If I have carpool duty, Stacy will gently remind me not to forget. And when I forget anyway, Sara will re-remind me. They have kept me informed of all the Brookstone traditions and where I am supposed to be and when. They are wonderful surrogate spouses! #8 The drive. I drive from West Point to Brookstone each day. You may think driving 35 minutes to work would be a burden. Actually it gives me time to gather myself, think, contemplate, and listen to NPR every morning and afternoon. I arrive at work relaxed and ready to start my day with your wonderful children. #7 The facilities. As if you were not already aware, we have a beautiful campus with outstanding facilities. The Board has done an outstanding job of moving Brookstone forward, always with an eye on the future.

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#6 The Parents. You do a good job with your kids. Is there room for us to improve as parents – of course, just ask my three kids! Being appropriately involved in our children’s lives is always a balancing act. My sense is most of you are willing to struggle with finding that right balance, and that is a good thing. I appreciate parents who make raising their kids a priority and that is the impression I get from Brookstone parents. #5 Cindy & Meghan and the Servant Leadership Program. There are a lot of hard-working people on this campus but none work harder than these two women. I have had the opportunity to collaborate with them on several projects, and their dedication to this program is evident. The programs and opportunities they present to the Brookstone family are invaluable. They live the program they represent. They are Servant Leaders here at Brookstone. #4 Chris Moore and the Middle School staff. In addition to working with the children in the Lower and Intermediate Schools, I have had the pleasure of spending some time in the Middle School as well. I “cut my teeth” so to speak on Middle School students as I spent seventeen years in the Middle School at Woodward Academy. Having the opportunity to work with this unique age and the professional staff that works with them has been like returning to my roots.

#2 Marci. I met Ms. Mathis years ago. She was at Deerfield-Windsor in Albany when I spoke to parents there. We became reacquainted when she came to Brookstone, and I had the pleasure of doing some work with parents and staff here. Marci was instrumental in my coming to Brookstone. I appreciate her inviting me to be a part of this wonderful school. Having someone with her experience and knowledge in the world of children and education is a tremendous asset. Regardless of the number of years I have been in education, I welcome her advice and guidance. #1 Your children! I have been around a lot of kids and schools in my many years as an educator and I have found yours to be bright, well-behaved, and spirited. As an educator I realized early on that there are some things which are more important than money. Hugs, a

ABOVE: Fourth grade students respond to Mr. Hoats.

#3 My colleagues. I mentioned earlier the benefits of working with an all-female staff. I need to revisit that and reiterate the benefits of working with this staff regardless of gender. One of my first observations regarding the teachers was the generational diversity – a fancy way of saying we have some young teachers and those of us who have “been at it a long time.” The combination of experience and enthusiasm for teaching creates a wonderful learning environment for our students. This group of teachers is talented, cares about their students and is always open to learning new things. They are professionals, and I am honored to work with them.

child’s smile and shouts of “Mr. Hoooooats” as I walk past the playground, a tear wiped away and a child comforted, a colleague taking the time to mention that my interaction with a child was evident to her in that child’s behavior. These things are priceless to me. And this would not be possible if not for your kids. I have enjoyed my first full year at Brookstone. I appreciate the nice things that some parents have had to say concerning my work with their children. When my friends ask me how it is going at Brookstone, I always respond by saying my work here is a blessing. I am fortunate to be here. Brookstone School Magazine • Spring 2012 Edition 21


We asked teachers from each division at Brookstone to describe how they prepare their students for the ultimate goal, their Commencement. Together they detail the journey from Pre-K, where school is a new idea to young minds, to the final years of Upper School, where sights have turned to the next steps that will take them away from our campus and on through life. The Holy Grail of education surely begins in Pre-Kindergarten. Or, at least, I think so! The academic journey begins here; but the broader perspective is not ignored. Yes, we need the ABCs of learning, but not at the expense of a happy, well-rounded, confident child. Brookstone School offers a family culture, a shared vision, and a focus that is second to none. Pre-Kindergarten is not a lottery at Brookstone, it’s an investment that pays lifelong dividends! Guaranteed! – Dawn Burts, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher My career as a teacher has spanned twenty years, but my philosophy about educating children has not changed much. In my first year in the profession, I discovered that teaching

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is much like living your life under a microscope. The children are watching every move you make and observing how you treat each of them. They are quick to tell you what they like about you and what they don’t like about you. This entails everything from how you dress to how you treat them. I knew then that I needed to use honesty and fairness when I interacted with a group or an individual. From my perspective, this has been a rewarding process for the students and for me. Although this has been a major premise with my classes, I never stop looking for new approaches to instilling basic character building traits in my students. One of the most successful means I have used is children’s literature. Fourth graders still love to have someone read to them. I have used “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein, “P.U. You Stink” by Rhonda Friend, and “Yeh-Shen- A Cinderella Story from China” retold by Ai-Ling Louie. Often I have referred to the Charlie Brown comic strips and Mr. Fred Rogers of “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood.” They are entertained by each story, and I often overhear them making connections between the literature and their own lives. Just this year, I garnered a new ploy from Hal Urban, the author of “Lessons From

the Classroom.” He uses an empty spray can in his room marked “Toxic Spray.” I wasn’t sure the students would totally identify with that so I call mine “Unkind Spray.” When a situation arises in the classroom involving inappropriate or unkind behavior, I pretend to clear the air in the room with the spray. Boy, do they notice! I am using it less and less now. As the children grow, I continue to grow as well. They teach me new lessons every day, and I HOPE I am having a positive impact on them throughout the year they under my care. – Kathy Robison, Fourth Grade Teacher Middle School students are such vulnerable and mercurial creatures. Sometimes the responsibility of being with them and influencing them seems like a daunting task. I consider the classroom to be an arena for promoting emotional as well as intellectual growth. I try to honor the strengths in each individual and recognize the positive. Being an English teacher, I am able to choose literary works which reflect how true character is built through the grace with which one faces the challenges that life inevitably brings. We all learn through example, and our imaginations are challenged by reading great literature. Through respectful discussions, shared ideas, and recognition of our common human experience, students discover their own strengths and goals. I strive to emphasize honor, equality, kindness, and tolerance every day. My interactions with and expectations of students reflect what I strive to give them each day; my presence and passion in the classroom show them, I hope, that I truly care. – Cynthia Strange, Middle School English Teacher and Eighth Grade Chair

Brookstone’s mission states that we are working to develop, in our students, “a foundation for lifelong learning, integrity, personal responsibility, mutual respect, and service to others.” By the time our students reach the Upper School, so much of that wonderful foundation has been laid. In teaching ninth and tenth graders math, I’m working on some of the last steps in this process as they now turn their eyes toward the goal of college. To help them, I try to emphasize study skills (taking ownership of their own learning), and the process of solving the problem (not just the final answer). Each student is unique, so one explanation to approach a problem will not always work for everyone. That leads to “hands on” math or projects on “Geometry in Life” or being available for extra help before and after school. To answer how I lead students, build character, and encourage service, I went to those who know me best – the students who’ve been in my classroom for the last two years. This is what they said – character is taught by putting birthdays of the month for all to see, by encouraging students not to give up, by being involved with students and by showing I care about them as I try to find where they are in understanding and meeting them there to move forward (and, spring break homework was “wear sunscreen!”); service reminders about the current service projects encourage all to participate; and technology is used as an effective tool for communication by sending copies of Smartboard notes to absent students. – Mary Lou Jarrell:, Upper School Mathematics Teacher and Mathematics Chair

ABOVE: A Brookstone education is in many ways about the journey from Pre-K to 12th grade, and how each step along the way prepares you for the next and for college.

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written by Jimmy East, Class of 2014 For twelve weeks, twelve Saturdays, the Cougars with the guidance of the Habitat staff worked to build a home for the Perez family. This year, like others, was remarkable because of the steady and spirited participation, the predictability of each stage of the work, and the unbelievable feel of having helped in some small way to make someone’s first home.

THIS PAGE: Habitat advisor, Butch Chappell, with his grandson Chris Bellman (‘12) and Habitat Area Director Brinkley Pound at the April dedication ceremony.; NEXT PAGE: Nicheol Perez thanks junior Tim Kennedy and sophomore Jimmy East for all the work they did on her new home.

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Participation was strong and representative this year: all classes, many faculty members, and some clubs or special groups chose to serve at the house: 71 students, a dozen teachers, and Mr. Butch Chappell. Sometimes groups would band together to serve a weekend like Spanish club, or often times a Saturday would be designated for a single class, freshman, sophomore, junior and senior. But none of it could have been done without the leadership of Mr. Chappell

who we will miss next year. We can’t imagine that many teams have such a wonderful leader—Purple Heart and Medal of Honor—and strong math teacher. But under the leadership of senior Tim Kennedy and others, we will start our new house sometime in September and are looking forward to another solid year of participation. In addition to this year’s great turnout, the activities of each Saturday were determined by the stage the house was in at the time of our arrival. Once the slab was poured and ready, we would frame up the walls; once siding was up, we would paint the house. This year’s house was a cheerful yellow. The Habitat staff had to do a thorough job of explaining every individual job because if they didn’t teach us how to hammer in a nail, put a ladder up the right way, and paint in small portions, the job would have been extremely inefficient and could not have been done in such a fashionable manner.

Although the feeling of riding home with a slight ache in our hands was always good, there was nothing like the feeling we had on the April day that the house was turned over to the Perez family. We got to the house, and one of the little Perez children proudly showed us the house. Then we all stood on the lawn listening to the devotional and the small speeches of thanks and congratulations. Participation, work, and the pleasure for having done something good–there is nothing like it. And next year promises to be more interesting as Mrs. Sparks has promised that we will be building one of the historical-type homes called a “shotgun” house. That’s one of the houses that is long and narrow and can be seen in many places throughout Columbus. Even though the participation for the Habitat project was outstanding this year, I hope to see many more faces working on next year’s project because we can always create new and better Habitats.

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Blake Willoughby



• Siblings: Collin, age 10, and Samuel, age 5, who both attend Smiths Station Elementary

“It Hurts Me” gave me joy. This experience allowed me to end my senior year with a bang.

• What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? Helping around my church, Philadelphia Baptist Church, as a youth leader, playing with my little brothers, hanging out with my friends, and spending time with my family

• Why do you enjoy fine arts? The fine arts, as well as sports, at Brookstone are a great way to express yourself; but I found my place in theatre. I was able to grow personally and as a student at Brookstone.

• Where do you plan on attending college? Auburn University

• What are you inspired by when you are creating/ participating in the arts? I am inspired by the work, time, perseverance, and care Ms. Jiles has placed into every performance I have been in, ones I have not been in, and all the plays she does outside of the Upper School.

• What do you plan on majoring in? French, with a minor in Theatre and Political Science • Why did you choose this major? I decided on a French major because Monsieur Gisselbrecht took me on a trip to France, along with teaching me French, which opened my eyes to a language I appreciate and I would enjoy learning more about.

• What have you enjoyed most about your experience at Brookstone? The people here–teachers, and classmates–are great people who support each other through everything. I have made friendships and bonded with teachers. One • What aspects of fine art do you particularly enjoy lasting memory that will always be with me, at Brookstone? I enjoy the Theatre Department which gave me a grateful heart to everyone, is the most because of the fun and the great guidof those who took the time to say “hi” to me ance from Ms. Jiles. when I started here freshmen year. • What extracurricular activities do you participate • Describe one unique or special feature about in at Brookstone? One Act Team for the past Brookstone that may not be obvious to others two years, which has won the region compeoutside the Brookstone community: The most tition twice and placed fourth in the state unique feature of Brookstone is the “care competition; I have performed in the Spring factor” in the teachers. Just to name a few, Musical and have been a part of the theatre but not all of the teachers that have had an class play since my sophomore year. impact on me: Mr. Cory Loomis, Mrs. Nan Pate, Ms. Sharon Jiles, and Mr. Edward Gissel• Describe one standout experience you’ve had brecht. Brookstone gives you the opportunity at Brookstone: During my senior year in the to form a bond with teachers that could last Spring Musical, “All Shook Up,” Ms. Jiles gave forever. Being a part of the Brookstone family me the part of Dennis. Although I was hesitant is one of the greatest gifts God has given me. about playing this role, I became fully enveloped into Dennis. The experience of having a lead role was a great feeling and the solo song,

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| Country Fair Play

TOP LEFT: Marci Mathis, Lower School Principal, entertains the audience with I’ve Got Rhythm.; TOP RIGHT: Second Grade student Bo Trotter; TOP CENTER LEFT: The First Grade Class performed for the audience.; TOP CENTER RIGHT: Alice Barngrover, Kathleen Henslee, and Sara Spencer dance to Boot Scootin’ Boogie.; BOTTOM CENTER LEFT: The Fourth Grade Class sang a medley from A Chorus Line.; BOTTOM CENTER RIGHT: Teachers Kay Kennedy, Karen Russell and Billie Flowers got into the act.; BOTTOM LEFT: Walter Blanchard, First Grade, did his best MC Hammer impression.; BOTTOM RIGHT: Fourth Grade student Nicholas Shadburn.

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Team with ten players earning that honor. Drew Lingo was the region Player of the Year, along with 1st Team recipients Austin Pair, Max Williams, Cannon Jarrell, Tim Kennedy, and Matt Jones. Jordan Waddell and Hunter Green were 2nd Team All-Region, with Duncan Fletcher and Keith Pridgen earning Honorable Mention recognition. The Cougars have an abundance of talent returning in 2013 and with continued improvement, should be able to compete at a very high level again next season. Several players from the JV and MS teams will make an immediate impact.

Boys Golf The middle school baseball team, coached by Matt Lage and Jeff Jones, finished 2nd place with a record of 9-5-1. They struggled hitting at the beginning of the year and began with a disappointing 0-2-1 start. After that, they reeled off 7 wins in a row and eventually made it to the championship game by defeating their rival St. Anne’s in extra innings of the semi-finals. The improvements made individually and as a team were substantial throughout the year. The 7th graders will be ready to lead the team to another successful season next year and numerous 8th graders will make an immediate impact on the JV and Varsity teams. The future for Brookstone baseball is bright. The junior varsity baseball team, coached by Brody Howard and Josh Browning, finished their season with a winning record of 7-6-1. After beginning the season 0-2, the JV Cougars won five in a row including a big 4-2 victory over Northside High School. What is far more important than their record was that the boys made significant strides in expanding their knowledge of the game, becoming strong teammates and improving their individual offensive/defensive skills. Through their continued commitment and hard work in the off season, the future is bright for our young players in 2013. The varsity baseball team had an outstanding season, finishing 21-9 and making it to the “Sweet Sixteen” of the GHSA state playoffs. In dealing with the loss of their top two pitchers from 2011, the Cougars had several young men fill the void left on the mound. The team finished 14-2 in Region 4-A, just one game behind champion Hawkinsville. Brookstone defeated Hawkinsville two out of three times this season. The team was led by its only senior Austin Pair, who had a stellar Brookstone career. Brookstone was represented well on the All-Region

The Brookstone boy’s golf team, coached by Todd Stanfill, wrapped up their regular season in a big way by capturing the title at the Hardaway/Larry Gaither Invitational on April 13-14. Brookstone shot an opening day score of 304 to find themselves in third place behind Etowah High School (302) and Veterans High School (303). Parker Derby shot an opening round 71 to lead the Cougars. James and Mercer Clark both shot 76 on the first day of play. Brookstone charged from behind on the second day with a team score of 298 to win the tournament by thirteen shots over second place finisher Columbus High School. Parker Derby followed up his first-day performance with a 70, giving him a two-day total of 141 (3 under par), which was good enough to capture the low medalist honors. James Clark shot 74 (150), Mercer Clark 76 (152), and David James 78 (159). James Clark was also selected to the all-tournament team. The win marked the first time in 27 years that a Brookstone team has captured the Hardaway Invitational, and the first time in 20 years any team from Muscogee County has won the event. Brookstone School Magazine • Spring 2012 Edition 29

ATHLETICS REVIEW: SPRING 2012 The victory at the Hardaway tournament was the sixth win in nine events for the Cougars this season. They opened the season with a victory at Jekyll Island in the Glynn Academy Tournament. The team followed that up with a sixth place finish at the Auburn Invitational. Then they won the Brookstone Invitational at Green Island and the Muscogee County Invitational at Maple Ridge. After a third place finish at the Warrior Invitational in Cleveland, Georgia, the Cougars won the Packer Invitational in Moultrie and the High School Invitational at the Atlanta Athletic Club, and followed those two victories with a second place finish at the Blue Devil Invitational in Tifton. On April 24, Brookstone traveled to Hawkinsville for the Region 4-A Golf Tournament. James Clark shot a one over par 73 in extremely windy conditions to claim the low medalist title and lead the Cougars to another region title. Parker Derby and Mercer Clark each shot 75 and Sam Hatcher carded an 80 for a team score of 303. On May 7th at Forest Hills Golf Club, the Cougars made it three state championships in a row. They faced some stiff competition on a very challenging golf course, but showed tremendous skill and determination, capturing the title.

Girls Golf

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members are sophomores Sydney Hollingsworth, Kali Spitzmiller, and Amanda Schilling. Both Weaver and Hollingsworth were selected to the All-Region team in 2012. The girls competed on April 24th at Southern Hills Golf Club in Hawkinsville, GA. They were successful in attaining their 13th consecutive Region Championship. Sydney Weaver was also the region low medalist for the 2nd consecutive year. At the golf banquet, Sydney Weaver was recognized as the Most Valuable Player along with her All-Region selection. Sydney Hollingsworth was recognized for her All-Region selection as well. Kali Spitzmiller was recognized for her improvement this season. She was sidelined with a MCL knee injury until right before the region tournament. Amanda Schilling was sidelined early in the season because of a shoulder condition which did not allow her to play. With all of the girls returning for next year, the 2013 season looks bright. Coach Dee Dee Branham is excited with that prospect, hoping to return to the State Championship form from 2007.

Boys Soccer

The 2012 Brookstone Boys Soccer team completed a competitive and exciting season on Tuesday, May 8. Playing in the second round of the class A state playoffs the Cougars lost a hard-fought game to the Atlanta International School. The boys finished the season 10-6-2 with an Area record of 7-2. The Cougars tied for second place in Area 2-A. A wide range of players contributed to this year’s success. Twelve different Brookstone players scored goals

ATHLETICS REVIEW: SPRING 2012 in varsity play this season. The dynamic sophomore forward and midfielder Martin Ramos led all scorers with 17 goals. Miller Page had 10 goals and Bill Pound had 8. A goal is rarely a solo effort. Nine different Cougars contributed to the scoring process by assisting this season. Senior forward and team Captain Sam Martin led the Cougars in assists with 10. Senior left-wing Nick Lee also had 6 assists, while Miller Page and Hwan Chong had 5 assists each. Despite returning only one starter from 2011, the Brookstone defense proved itself to be one of the most consistent elements of the team. The group was led by stalwart seniors Trey Eakle and Troy Amos. Like the defense, our goalkeepers entered the season with little experience. However, freshman Ben Holt and rookie senior Chris Belman both proved themselves worthy of the job time and time again. Holt had over 100 saves on the year culminating with an astonishing 37-save-night in the playoffs against Atlanta International. A number of Cougars earned individual honors this year. Seniors Bill Pound and Sam Martin, junior Hwan Chong, and sophomore Martin Ramos were all selected to play in the 2nd Annual Southwest Georgia High School All-Star Game at Columbus State University. For the second year running, Coach Billy Byrd was chosen to lead the All-Star team. On the JV side, Cougars were very young this year. Six 8th graders and eight 9th graders played, often facing teams composed of 10th and 11th graders. Through the JV season these young JV Cougars played well and gained valuable experience. Several earned promotion to varsity at the end of the JV season and this experience will surely benefit next year’s team. After concluding such a fun and competitive season, all of the Cougars, JV and varsity, are already looking forward to next year’s campaign.

Coach’s Award. Two seniors, Brooks Land and Delaney Poydasheff, along with junior Kristen Young were chosen to play in the SOWEGA All-Star Game. Other players that received awards this year include: Kristen Young for Best Offensive Award, Collie Holt for Best Defensive Award, and Mary Ellen Blackmar for Most Improved Award for the 2012 season. The Lady Cougars ended with a season record of 10-5-1 and look to be strong for the next season with 8 seniors returning. Those include: Kristen Young, Claire Galbraith, Carsyn Ciuba, Meg Harris, Caroline Patton, Kathleen Chancellor, Crawford Pierson, and Collie Holt. The program will look to a core group of upcoming juniors and sophomores to help lead the team along with a strong upcoming freshmen class to provide depth.

Boys Tennis

Girls Soccer Brookstone varsity girl’s soccer team ended up their season advancing to the 2nd round of GHSA State playoffs. They were knocked out of the tournament by Calvary Day from Savannah, GA. The varsity team was led by seniors Brooks Land, Abby Kamensky, Mary Stamper Grogan, Landy Sudduth, and Delaney Poydasheff. All seniors were great leaders on and off the field and pushed through the team’s many injuries. Brooks Land was chosen as the 2012 MVP for the team while Delaney Poydasheff was chosen to receive the

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ATHLETICS REVIEW: SPRING 2012 singles positions were held down by Kazuki Onoe, Baran Baris, and George Adams. The doubles positions were staffed by Joo-Yeok Lee, Jonathan Dreelin, Trey Thorne, Sahil Arora, Sloan Jinks, and Jarib Beazer. The players performed well at the Granger Tourney (winning two of 3), the Buckhead Rotary (winning the championship round against Athens Academy), and at the State Tournament (ending up as the runner up of state). While the coaches celebrated everyone’s effort throughout the year, the special awards went to Kazuki Onoe (Most Valuable), Baran Baris (Most Improved), Joo-Yeok Lee (Coach’s Award), and George Adams (Coach’s Award).

Girls Tennis

to a winning record with big wins over Alpharetta, Pace Academy, and Savannah Country Day. This was a ‘rebuilding’ year of sorts; having lost 5 girls to graduation, including 2 of 3 singles players, as well as the #2 doubles team. However, once the lineup was established the team gained confidence and was prepared to meet the challenges ahead. The highlight of the season came in the third round of state against longtime rival Savannah Country Day. Each team member played to her full potential as the Cougars won 5-0 , only losing a total of 11 games. Coach Cumiskey counted on great leadership from # 1 player Henssey Ngo, the team’s MVP who was awarded the Nelson Tyrone Award recognizing a team player for superior leadership and community service. Coach Cumiskey was happy to reach the final four again this year. “We had a lot of obstacles in getting there this year,” she asserted. “But we really came together and proved what we could be successful as a team. Losing to a strong Wesleyan team in the semis was difficult but educational. This team is always willing to work in the off season to improve and prepare for next year.” Members of the team included Hendley Badcock, Rosie Jeffery, Henssey Ngo, Avery Hudson, Catherine Hudson, Rachel Levy, Mary Hall Slaughter, Abby White, Jessica Lewis, and Emmie Patton.

Track & Field Brookstone’s JV Girls Tennis Team finished its season with a 6-1 record. This young team of 8th graders proved it could handle playing larger schools and older players accumulating impressive wins over LaGrange, Auburn, Harris County, and Columbus High. Throughout the season, each member of the team was able to compete in singles and doubles play which was very important for Coach Cumiskey as she wanted the girls to learn both aspects of the game. The overall success is a positive sign for Brookstone’s continued success in tennis at the varsity level. This year’s JV team members included Abby Courville, Rachel Hemmings, Kate McVay, Madison Quinn, and Isabel Schley. The Brookstone Girls Varsity Tennis team won the region tennis championship for the 41st consecutive time and proved once again that it was among the elite as it reached the final four in the GHSA state tournament for the 13th straight year. Having experienced players helped the team 32 Brookstone School Magazine • Spring 2012 Edition

The 2012 Brookstone Track and Field team started the season with a new six-lane rubberized track. The new track facility allowed Brookstone an opportunity to have home track meets for the first time in over three years. We were able to have six home meets this year

ATHLETICS REVIEW: SPRING 2012 and look forward to more home meets next year. The home meets allowed us the opportunity to showcase our track athletes. Our young team boasts thirty-one student athletes. The team has eleven girls (nine freshmen, one sophomore, one junior) and twenty boys (five freshmen, two sophomores, ten juniors, three seniors). Everyone participated in all nine of our regular season track meets. We stress performance over placement, and improvement over winning. The strong veteran runners were quick to help the young new runners become part of our team.

The track teams were very successful throughout the season. The boys placed 7th and the girls placed 5th out of ten teams in Region 4-A. The season was highlighted by two female vaulters, Heather Harris and Theresa Lunsford, tying the season record. The 400 meter relay team of Drew McCluskey, Alexander Caves, Madison McCluskey, and Grant Janks set a new school record.

Individual Athletics Honors 1 | Hendley Badcock, Class of 2012, Female Winner, Columbus Regional Student Athlete Achievement Award 2 | Duncan Fletcher, Class of 2013, All Region Baseball, Honorable Mention 3 | Hunter Green, Class of 2015, All Region Baseball, 2nd Team
















4 | Sydney Hollingsworth, Class of 2014, All Bi City Girls Golf, 2nd Team 5 | Cannon Jarrell, Class of 2013, All Region Baseball, 1st Team 6 | Matt Jones, Class of 2015, All Region Baseball, 1st Team 7 | Tim Kennedy, Class of 2013, All Region Baseball, 1st Team 8 | Drew Lingo, Class of 2013, All Region Baseball, Player of the Year 9 | Drew McCluskey, Class of 2012, Brookstone Nominee for Columbus Regional Student Athlete Achievement Award 10 | Austin Pair, Class of 2012, All Region Baseball, 1st Team 11 | Keith Pridgen, Class of 2014, All Region Baseball, Honorable Mention 12 | Neshia Thomas, Class of 2014, All Bi City Girls Basketball, Honorable Mention 13 | Jordan Waddell, Class of 2013, All Region Baseball, 2nd Team 14 | Sydney Weaver, Class of 2013, All State Class A Girls Golf; All Bi City Girls Golf, 1st Team 15 | Max Williams, Class of 2013, All Region Baseball, 1st Team

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Brooks Land • Siblings: Katherine, who attends the University of Alabama; Clay, age 15, who attends Brookstone • What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? Spending time with my friends



• Where do you plan on attending college? University of Georgia Honors Program • What do you plan on majoring in? Right now I’m in the school of Political Science and International Affairs at UGA and am planning on majoring in both • Why did you choose this major? I enjoyed the Honors Law and AP government classes I took from Mrs. Pate junior year. I also want to have a job that works internationally, benefitting other countries as well as the U.S. • What sports do you participate in at Brookstone? Just soccer! • What extracurricular activities do you participate in at Brookstone? Student government, Upper School Servant Leadership Committee, Capstone, Habitat for Humanity, Newspaper, LEADS service program, and Young Life. • Describe one standout athletic experience you’ve had at Brookstone: I’ll never forget beating Westminster my freshman year. To so many, that task seemed impossible, but we accomplished it. It was a great way to start off my high school experience with Brookstone soccer, because even though our school is so small, we are still able to prove ourselves athletically to Atlanta teams. • Why do you enjoy athletics? I love being a part of a team and the competition that comes along with it. There is nothing that really can

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compare to the feeling of everyone working incredibly hard to accomplish one goal. It’s awesome to see our hard work pay off in games, knowing how many practices and how much conditioning it took to get there. • What are you inspired by in athletics? I have played soccer since I was four years old, so I am very passionate about the sport itself which is why I keep playing it. It is awesome to find a sport that you would do anything for just to play it. It has taught me what a passion for something looks like and how important it is to find something I’m passionate about in my future endeavors. Besides the sport itself, I am very inspired by the soccer coaches I have had. Seeing how much they care for us on and off the soccer field is awesome. They have taught me that the most important thing may not be winning or losing a soccer game but how you handle a win or a loss in life. • What have you enjoyed most about your experience at Brookstone? The friendships I have made while at Brookstone will definitely be ones that will last a lifetime. • Describe one unique or special feature about Brookstone that may not be obvious to others outside the Brookstone community: Students here are able to become involved in so many different types of activities. It truly develops well-rounded individuals. For example, you may have the president of the Honor Council play on the soccer team who also plays football in the fall and is in charge of Habitat for Humanity. It is incredible to see every student be given the opportunity to expand their horizons and become involved in whatever triggers their interests. The Brookstone family is a wonderful one to be a part of.

Mary Cain is retiring this year after 28 years at Brookstone. Mary taught second grade for 23 years and has been teaching in the Learning Center assisting third and fourth grade students in reading and math for the past five years. What do you think makes Brookstone unique as a PK -12 school? I think that the interaction between students in the lower, middle, and upper schools is unique to a PK -12 school. The relationships formed and the way the little ones look up to the big ones is priceless. Describe one standout experience you had at Brookstone. Rather than one particular experience I would say that the opportunity to share in the life of so many students at an early age, and then to follow them closely as they move through the school was the most outstanding and rewarding aspect of teaching at Brookstone. What will you miss most about your day-to-day experiences at Brookstone? I will certainly miss working with the children. I will also really miss seeing friends and colleagues on a daily basis. What will you miss most about the Brookstone community? I will miss being such an active part of this school community. What do you look forward to most about retirement? After 40 years of teaching I think I will enjoy having more time to myself, spending more time with grandchildren, traveling at any time during the year, and having more time for my hobbies of cooking and painting.

John (Butch) Chappelle is retiring this year after 28 years at Brookstone. Butch has taught all levels of mathematics at Brookstone in the past, and taught Honors Calculus, AP Statistics, Algebra II, and sponsored the Math Team and the Habitat for Humanity effort. What do you think makes Brookstone unique as a PK -12 school? Quality of teachers and students, parent support and interest; in particular the freedom a teacher has to develop classes as he/she feels is appropriate. Describe one standout experience you had at Brookstone. Students coming back and saying how much they learned and expressing their appreciation. What will you miss most about your day-to-day experiences at Brookstone? The opportunity to watch the students grow and mature over four years. What will you miss most about the Brookstone community? The students and my peers. Education is about making a contribution to the future of our nation and society in general. Being part of that is the real reward. What do you look forward to most about retirement? Opportunity to work in my yard and house and do things I have not been able to do because of work, spoil my grandchildren, and travel.

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Nan Pate is retiring this year after 42 years at Brookstone. Since 1970, she has held many positions including the Kathelen V. and Daniel P. Amos Chair of History, all-school History Department Chair, and advisor to the Upper School Student Government and Young Historians. What do you think makes Brookstone unique as a PK -12 school? Brookstone has always been characterized by students who were willing to try something if it was well planned. The first year we did Mock Trial we had nine students and placed third at State. The next year we had almost 80 students try out, won the state championship three of the next four years and represented Georgia in the national competition. Describe one standout experience you had at Brookstone. The ultimate field trip, taking 30+ Brookstone students and alumni to Boston where we were hosted by David McCullough. To go through the Adams properties in Quincy with the historian who won the Pulitzer Prize for his biography of Truman was overwhelming. And now to receive emails and notes from former students who said, “I am what the school wanted me to be…a life-long learner.” It doesn’t get better than that. What will you miss most about your day-to-day experiences at Brookstone? What will you miss most about the Brookstone community? I shall miss the daily contact with my students and colleagues. I have always loved that aspect of life-long learning and will miss reading something and hearing the students viewpoint. I have learned much from my students over all those years. What do you look forward to most about retirement? Sam and I hope to spend time in New England so that he can be there for the fall bird migration. We hope to be sailing with friends in the middle of the wooden sailboat race, to travel, and to catch up on those stacks of books that are waiting.

Sam Pate is retiring this year after 35 years at Brookstone, and 51 years total in the classroom. Sam taught Zoology, Ecology, and Ornithology, as well as Lower School classes. What do you think makes Brookstone unique as a PK -12 school? The campus is magnificent. The facilities are wonderful. The teachers are a fine group of educators. Education is contagious! We try hard to spread it in unique ways. Describe one standout experience you had at Brookstone. As I was leaving lunch it was time for my Ornithology class. Overhead there were dozens of birds heading east. Huge birds! I started running toward Ms. Clepper’s office! I was out of breath when I told her I needed a van key. She said, “Are you alright?” I told her that I needed a van right now. I hurried down to class and yelled for everybody to run toward the vans. We grabbed a van key and headed out. Just past eight miles we spotted them! 64 of the migrants! All of us agreed that the experience was fantastic. What will you miss most about your day-to-day experiences at Brookstone? The students and the many support personnel. Ken and Judy’s meals. The outdoor and indoor facilities. And, most of all, getting to teach for 35 years in the same school with my wife. What will you miss most about the Brookstone community? The tremendous support of so many friends in the area. What do you look forward to most about retirement? Enjoying life with my wife and black lab, Mille. 36 Brookstone School Magazine • Spring 2012 Edition

Ann Stahl is retiring from teaching after 27 years at Brookstone. Ann taught fourth grade literature, served on the Social Studies Committee, and sponsored the school’s Westville field trip. What do you think makes Brookstone unique as a PK -12 school? Brookstone is unique because we have the opportunity to interact with many different grades: my classes have had Pre-K buddies, studied science with Upper School students, and been tutored by older students. Describe one standout experience you had at Brookstone. My favorite part is going somewhere off campus and running into students. They all act like I am a movie star and get very excited to see me. They even remind me about it the next day when I see them in class. What will you miss most about your day-to-day experiences at Brookstone? I will certainly miss all the day-to-day interaction and finding new things to motivate the children. That will take away my excuse for buying so many souvenirs on vacation for use in the classroom as “show and tell.” What will you miss most about the Brookstone community? I will miss not seeing my Brookstone family every day. They are a great support for all things happy and sad. What do you look forward to most about retirement? Most of all I look forward to spending more time with my husband, four grandchildren, and traveling. I also look forward to focusing on some of my hobbies. Since I am a Master Gardener I love to work in the yard, and I’ll also now have more time to read the books I enjoy. Linda Wallman retired from Brookstone in December of 2011 after 30 years of service. Linda taught Eighth Grade English and Literature from 1982– 2008, and since then has taught Seventh and Eighth Grade Latin. What do you think makes Brookstone unique as a PK -12 school? Our safe and beautiful campus; the opportunity for all students to experience sports and the arts in addition to a challenging academic program; strong administrative support for professional development and growth Describe one standout experience you had at Brookstone. First of all, in 1995 I received the Spencer Travel Study Grant which funded a three-week study program at Oxford University. This was a life-changing experience which enhanced my teaching and my personal growth in countless ways. Secondly, in 2005 the Middle School Academic Team won the state academic bowl championship. This was an opportunity to work with a committed, talented, and energetic group of students who saw their dream come true. What do you miss most about your day-to-day experiences at Brookstone? I miss my relationship with my students and interaction with the faculty. What do you miss most about the Brookstone community? Seeing the number of administrators, parents, and former students who attended the retirement event reinforced my appreciation of the warm and supportive environment we enjoy as teachers at Brookstone. Faculty at Brookstone feel valued and respected. What are you enjoying most about retirement? I do not miss “bells” and schedules, and flexibility has already allowed me the opportunity to experience the joy of travel. I continue my love of reading and lifelong learning and will also experience a bit of volunteer service. I am hopeful for continued good health, and I am thankful every day for my loving and supportive family. Brookstone School Magazine • Spring 2012 Edition 37

FACULTY PROFILE: 5 Years of Service

Amy Smith

•I was born and raised in Columbus, Georgia. I went away for four years to boarding school. • Married to James “Jim” for 34 years, a math instructor at Columbus Technical College • Children: Son, James, age 27, lives with his wife Dorri in Atlanta, GA; daughter, Emily, age 26, lives in Columbus; son Walker, age 21, is in his senior year at Columbus State University • Hobbies: I love gardening, dancing, and reading historical romances. I enjoy a variety of music and live comedy. • Where did you attend high school? Cushing Academy, Ashburnham, MA, where she graduated Valedictorian for the class of 1977. • Undergraduate degree(s): Columbus College, Summa Cum Laude with a B.A. in History; Columbus College, B.S. in Accounting; Also certified to teach middle grades math, science, and social studies • Graduate degree(s): Columbus State University, M.Ed.; Walter F. George School of Law (one year) • Why did you choose education as your current field? I love working with children. No matter how old I get, their perspective is always new. • What is your current title/position at Brookstone? I currently teach eighth grade science and one section of sixth grade science. I am also an advisor for the Student Council. • Have you had any previous titles/positions at Brookstone? I have taught sixth grade math and seventh grade science at Brookstone as well. I co-coached the Science Olympiad Team for three years.

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• Have you had any previous titles/positions elsewhere? I taught seventh grade science and math and sixth grade math at Fort Middle School (8 years), and eighth grade science at Richards Middle School (2 years). I co-coached the Science Olympiad Team at both schools. I was an advisor for the National Junior Honor Society at Fort. • Describe one standout experience you’ve had at Brookstone: Being able to build bottle rockets with all my students and not just a select few. • What have you enjoyed most about your experience at Brookstone? The atmosphere and conditions in which I teach. I feel supported by the parents, administration, and other teachers. • Describe one unique or special feature about Brookstone that may not be obvious to others outside the Brookstone community: TRUST AND RESPECT. I am aware of very little theft at Brookstone. In other schools lockers without locks would not exist. Even with locks, things would be stolen. Furthermore, the students are respectful to teachers and towards each other. Although we may have some bullying behaviors from time to time, it is nothing in comparison to what I have seen in the public sector.

• Grew up in Cartersville, GA • Married to Luke for 24 years, who works in Group Executive Sales for Synovus Financial • Children: Luke, age 20, Brookstone Class of 2010, now attends the University of Georgia, Terry School of Business; Jackson, age 17, a Brookstone rising senior; Hal, age 15, a Brookstone rising sophomore • Hobbies: family, friends, reading, running and Cougar sports! • Where did you attend high school? Cartersville High School • Undergraduate degree(s): University of Georgia, A.B.J. Degree, Grady School of Journalism • Graduate degree(s): Completed some graduate level work at Auburn University

getting to know him during the time he was with us. I had originally thought we would be teaching Samukai things about our country and culture, but he taught us so much more. He showed us through his actions tremendous courage, kindness, and optimism. We continue to stay in touch with Samukai, through email and talking with him on the phone (when he forgets about the time difference and calls at 3:00 a.m. that can make for an eye-opener). I am thankful that Brookstone gave my “son,” Samukai, the opportunity to be an exchange student here and my family the opportunity to gain so much by serving as a host family.

• What is your current title/position at Brookstone? Advancement Coordinator where she is responsible for managing the database of donor records, helping manage the Brookstone website, serving as part of the communications channel to include electronic correspondence, the Brookstone directory, calendar, and website news, and assisting with coordinating • What have you enjoyed most about your experience at and organizing special events Brookstone? It has been so enjoyable to be a part of • Have you had any previous titles/positions elsewhere the school my children have grown up in. Seeing and for how many years? Twelve years in the first-hand the incredible opportunities they have Financial Services industry: Southeastern Regional on a daily basis is so reassuring. The people I work Retirement Plans Manager, Merrill Lynch; Product with, both school employees and parent volunteers Development Officer, Columbus Bank and Trust; are what make it special. Vice President Business Development, Synovus • Describe one unique or special feature about Brookstone Financial that may not be obvious to others outside the Brookstone •Describe one standout experience you’ve had at community: In addition to the excellent academic Brookstone: Two years ago my family had the program are the many athletic opportunities opportunity to serve as a host family for one of our available. As the mother of three boys, I have Ricks exchange students, Samukai Sarnor. I worried learned the value of sports in developing children a little beforehand how it would work, feeling our of character while offering them a healthy activity house was pretty full and hectic already. It could that they enjoy. Brookstone has offered my children not have been a better experience. My oldest son, the chance to participate and contribute in a variety Luke, had been a part of the first team of Brookstone of quality high school sports – even as many as three students to travel to Liberia in 2009 and was able sports a year. They are not the only ones doing this, to meet Samukai then. I was introduced to him many Brookstone students participate in two or by email when he and Luke were working on the more sports each year and that probably would not new computers the students had set up at Ricks. be possible in most other school settings. Through He addressed his email to “Mom” and from that sports our students learn leadership, self-confidence, point on I felt like his “mom.” We had so much fun time management, and teamwork.

FACULTY PROFILE: 8 Years of Service

Connie Mansour

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FACULTY PROFILE: 21 Years of Service

Greg Gregory

• Grew up in Meriwether County in Georgia • Married for 33 years to Nancy, who is retired from MCSD • Children: Lauren, a graduate of Auburn University, now attending Art Institute of Culinary Art; Jennifer, a graduate of University of West Georgia, now attending Riverside School of Beauty • Hobbies: Music, Studio & Live Music Production, Hunting • Where did you attend high school? Woodbury & Greenville High. I was the Woodbury High School STAR Student & Salutatorian in 1971. • Undergraduate degree(s): LaGrange College, B.A. in Mathematics and Psychology • Graduate degree(s): Auburn University and LaGrange College, M.Ed. in Mathematics; Columbus State University, Ed.S. in Secondary Mathematics, where he maintained a 4.0 GPA • Why did you choose education as your field? Graduate Teaching Assistantship at Auburn led me toward teaching. Still teaching after 37 years plus numerous years of adjunct teaching at LaGrange College, CVCC, & CSU. • What is your current title/position at Brookstone? Mathematics Teacher • Have you had any previous titles/positions at Brookstone? Head Girls’ Basketball Coach from 1990-2003 (Varsity Girls teams won 225 games over my 17 years while at Woodbury and Brookstone). Middle School Football Coach, Upper School Mathematics Department Head 2009-2011

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• Have you had any previous titles/positions elsewhere, and for how many years? Mathematics Department Head at Woodbury High School for 13 years. Head Football Coach & Head Girls Basketball Coach at Woodbury High (1980-84). Math Team Coach (1980-89) at Woodbury High School. • If you’ve taught at other schools, are there any unique aspects of teaching at Brookstone? Brookstone is unique and requires a delicate balance. Brookstone students will commit to doing more than is humanly possible if we push them too hard. • Describe one standout experience you’ve had at Brookstone: Athletically, that moment is the night that we beat Taylor County at their place (their first loss ever in their relatively new gym). Academically, it has to be the year that my AP Calculus class had 17 students who scored the highly coveted “5” while the other two students received excellent scores of “4.” • What have you enjoyed most about your experience at Brookstone? Interaction with our outstanding students from Algebra 1 through BC Calculus, and especially the “8th period” group. • Describe one unique or special feature about Brookstone that may not be obvious to others outside the Brookstone community: Close-knit family atmosphere which permeates all phases of the educational experience.


| Retiree Party

TOP LEFT: Dr. Kennerly addresses those gathered for the Retiree Party; TOP RIGHT: Yongtae Lee (‘12) with retiree Butch Chappelle; MIDDLE TOP LEFT: Retiree Mary Cain with Jack Key (‘11); MIDDLE TOP CENTER: Retiree Ann Stahl with Rachel Mullahy (‘12); ABOVE RIGHT: Treats at the reception; MIDDLE BOTTOM LEFT: Ashley Sexton Turner (‘98) with retiree Sam Pate; MIDDLE BOTTOM CENTER: Bin Minter (‘98) with retiree Linda Wallman; BOTTOM LEFT: Framed prints of Bo Bartlett’s (‘74) painting Hopes and Dreams were given to each retiree; BOTTOM RIGHT: Kathelen VanBlarcum Amos (‘75), retiree Nan Pate, and John Spencer (‘09).

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Lindsey Bader will work as an assistant teacher in second grade with all three classroom teachers. Lindsey graduated from Thomas University where she played soccer and earned a B.S. degree. She previously taught kindergarten and first grade at St. Anne-Pacelli Catholic School. Lindsey, her husband David, and their two sons, Avery and Case will be moving to Columbus from Fortson, GA. The Bader family is also expecting a baby girl in July! Sara Berry, a 2004 graduate of Brookstone School, will join the Lower School faculty as a second grade teacher. Sara has a B.A. in Elementary Education from the University of Mississippi and an M.Ed. with a specialization in reading from Southern Methodist University. She has worked as a kindergarten teacher at All Saints Episcopal Church in Birmingham, AL, and instructional assistant at a preschool program for children with disabilities, and most recently as a literacy coach at University Park Elementary in Highland Park, TX. Dorothy Cheruiyot will teach Biology in the Upper School and assist with Varsity Cross Country and Varsity Track. She obtained a B.S. in Biology and an M.S. in Environmental Science from Columbus State University. She will complete a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from Auburn University in August of 2012. Currently, Dorothy is working as a part-time lecturer and graduate teaching assistant at Auburn in the department of Biological Sciences. A native of Kenya, Dorothy has a thirteen-year-old daughter, Elenor Jeruto, a freshman at Kabarak High School in Kenya. Lea Ciuba will teach seventh and eighth grade Latin part-time in the Middle School. She has a B.S. in Middle Grades Education from The University of Georgia. She previously taught at Haynes Bridge Middle School in Alpharetta, GA, and Evans Middle School in Augusta, GA. Lea currently lives in Columbus with her husband of twenty-one years, Doug, and their four children, Cady, Hunter, Carsyn, and Chandler. David Cowser will assume the position of Fourth Grade Teacher in the Intermediate School and serve as Assistant Middle School Cross Country Coach. David has a B.A. in Elementary Education with a Psychology Concentration, and a Middle School Social Science Endorsement from Trinity International University in Deerfield, IL, and a Master in Educational Leadership from the University of Nevada. He has taught second and fifth grades at Twitchell Elementary School in Henderson, NV. David will be moving from Las Vegas, NV to Columbus, where he and his fiancĂŠe, Bethany, will be married on July 6.

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Brad Dehem will teach Algebra II in the Upper School and also serve as Head Football Coach and Athletic Director. Brad holds a B.B.A. degree in Finance from the University of Georgia, and is also certified for both High School and Middle School math. This April, Brad graduated with a Masters in Sports Management in Interscholastic Athletic Administration. Previously, Brad has served as the Math Lab Coordinator at Wesleyan School, served as the Head Coach for boys and girls tennis, and also the Offensive Coordinator for the football team. Brad will be moving from Dunwoody, GA with his wife, Megan, and their son, Cade. The Dehem family is expecting a baby boy in early September! Stephanie East will teach French part-time in the Upper School. Stephanie has a B.A. from The University of Tennessee and has done coursework at Institut Catholique de Paris and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She taught at Cook Middle School and Kingswood School in Winston-Salem, NC, and Red Bank High School in Chattanooga, TN. Stephanie has most recently been a part-time and substitute teacher at Brookstone. David Joyce will join the Upper School Social Studies Department. He has a B.A. in American History and Government from Dartmouth College, and an M.A. in History from Duke University. David has taught at Robert Louis Stevenson School in Pebble Beach, CA, Lovett School in Atlanta, GA, Wheeler School in Providence, RI, and Viewpoint School, Calabasas, CA. David will also sponsor Mock Trial and serve as an Assistant Varsity Tennis Coach. He currently resides in Arizona.

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Becky Kenimer will teach sixth grade Earth Science and sixth grade Literature and Grammar. Becky has a B.A. in Business Administration from Columbus State University, where she has also completed work for Middle Grades certification. She previously worked as a middle grades teacher for the Chattahoochee County Educational System. Becky, along with her husband, Guy, reside in Columbus and currently have three children attending Brookstone School, Guy, Meg, and Katie. Jarrett McCall will teach seventh grade Life Science and eighth grade Physical Science. Jarrett has a B.A. in Middle Grades Education from Brewton Parker College in Mount Vernon, GA. He currently resides in Stephens City, VA and teaches at Skyline High School in Skyline, VA. Jarrett will also serve as Assistant Varsity Soccer Coach and Assistant Middle School Football Coach.

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James McKeel will teach Physical Education and also serve as Assistant Varsity Football Coach and Assistant Track Coach. He has a B.A. in Health and Physical Education from Louisiana College and a M.Ed. in Administration/Supervision from Liberty University. Currently, James lives in Norcross, GA and is employed at Wesleyan School where he teaches eighth grade PE, serves as Eighth Grade Boys’ Grade Chair, and coaches football and track and field. He has also taught and coached at Evangel Academy in Shreveport, Louisiana. Mundy McQuinn joins Brookstone as a Development Associate. Mundy attended Columbus State University and has worked for the TSYS/Synovus family for the past 28 years in various positions. Most recently, she held the title of Business Analyst in the IT OPS Financial Management Department within the Operations Division. Mundy lives in Midland, GA with her husband, Ron, and their daughter Rachel. Hannah Mize has accepted the position of Director of Guidance and will concentrate on guidance activities in the Middle School. Hannah has a B.S. in Family and Consumer Sciences and Child and Family Development from the University of Georgia and a M.Ed. in School Counseling from Georgia State University. Hannah currently resides in Atlanta, GA where she has served as School Counselor at Saint Francis Elementary School in Roswell, GA for the past two years. Hannah will be relocating to the Columbus area with her husband, David. Bonnie Smith will teach Middle School technology classes and will assist teachers in all divisions with integrating technology into classroom lessons. Bonnie has a B.A. in English from Mercer University. She is presently teaching at Wichita Collegiate School where she has served as Sixth Grade English Teacher and Sixth Grade Team Leader for the past seven years. Bonnie, along with her husband, Brumley, and two children, Elley, a future eighth grader at Brookstone, and Clark, a future fifth grader at Brookstone, will be moving to Columbus from Wichita, Kansas. Bentley Sparks will teach Physical Education and serve as the Head Varsity Boys Basketball Coach, Head Boys Golf Coach, and Assistant Varsity Football Coach. Bentley has a B.S. in Exercise Science form Berry College and an M.A. in Teaching in Health and Physical Education. Most recently, Bentley worked as a Graduate Assistant for the Columbus State University Athletic Department, specifically with the men’s basketball team, and has previously served as Football Strength and Conditioning Coach for Brookstone. Bentley currently lives in Columbus and is engaged to Mary Brugh, a Ninth Grade English Teacher at Brookstone.

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Elizabeth Thorne will teach seventh and eighth grade French and sixth grade English Literature and grammar, and will also serve as the Beta Club sponsor. Elizabeth holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Virginia, where she also earned a minor in French. Elizabeth has been a Brookstone parent since moving to the area in 1996, residing in Columbus with her husband, Ted, and three children, Kelley, Kate, and Trey. Cindy Todt joins the Upper School Math Department and will also serve as Head Volleyball Coach and Assistant Tennis Coach. She has a B.S. in Mathematics with a minor in Bible from Milligan College and an M.A. in Applied Linguistics/ TESOL from Georgia State University. For the past two years, Cindy has worked as an Adjunct Instructor of math and ESL at Gadsden State Community College. Cindy will be relocating to the Columbus area from Anniston, AL with her husband, Ryan, and her three children, Hailey, Sam, and Elijah. Garrett Tovey will teach Life Science in the Middle School and Ecology in the Upper School, and will assist with Wrestling and Varsity Baseball. He has a B.S. degree in both Biology and Ecology from the University of Georgia. He has worked as a Wildlife Biologist with Chiulista Management, Inc. and as a Naturalist with Girl Scouts of Historic GA, Inc. Recently, Garrett relocated to Columbus from Atlanta, GA and served as the Long-Term Substitute at Brookstone for the month of May. Erin Trotter will serve as Assistant Teacher in Tammy Shortnacy’s kindergarten class. Erin earned a B.A. degree in Spanish from Wofford College, and completed studies at the Educator’s Preparation Institute at Polk State College in Winter Haven, FL. Previously, she taught first grade at Pinewood Elementary School in Eagle Lake, FL and Pre-kindergarten and Spanish at First Presbyterian Day School in Columbus, GA. Erin resides in Columbus with her husband, Collier.

Faculty Milestones


(left to right) BACK ROW: Vince Massey and Frank Bonner; FRONT ROW: Shirley Garrett, Jodi Waldrep, and Shelley Wiseley


(left to right) Cynthia Lingo, Cynthia Strange, Sara Wilson, and Alice Kay McFarland


(left to right) Frances Berry and Kathy Robison

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Dee Dee Branham, current Eleventh Grade Chair will transition to Tenth Grade Chair as well as assume the duties of Upper School Dean of Students. Dee Dee will also continue to teach Upper School science classes. Billy Byrd, current Upper School Social Studies Teacher and Ninth Grade Chair will transition to the position of Social Studies Department Chair. Aimee Connors, Second Grade Assistant Teacher for the 2011-12 school year, has accepted the Business Office Accounts Receivable position for the 2012-13 year. TracÊ Copeland, current Sixth Grade Chair and Middle School Mathematics Teacher will serve in the newly created position of Intermediate School Principal. Jacob Crowder, current Twelfth Grade Chair and Upper School Computer Science Teacher will assume the duties of Upper School Guidance Counselor. Nicole Farley, current Administrative Assistant for Middle School, will also fill the role of Head Varsity Cheerleading Coach for the 2012-13 year. Mitzi Gaynor, current Upper School Science Teacher will also coach Middle School Cheerleading for 2012-13. Georgia Haywood, current Middle School Computer Teacher will transition to the position of Substitute Teacher Coordinator and Servant Leadership Assistant for 2012-13. Brody Howard, current Upper School Social Studies Teacher will also serve as Ninth Grade Chair. 46 Brookstone School Magazine • Spring 2012 Edition

Vince Massey, current Physical Education Teacher will transition to the newly created position of Middle School Dean of Students. Stacy Pease, current Fifth Grade Grammar Teacher will transition to the Middle School to teach Language Arts and serve as Sixth Grade Chair. Jodi Saunders, current Extended Day and Summer Camp Coordinator will assume the title of Director of Extended Day. Sandi Smith, current PK-8 Testing Coordinator and Middle School Social Studies Teacher, broadens her responsibilities to Testing Coordinator for all Academic Areas. Jon Terrell, current Assistant College Coordinator will also assume the role of Twelfth Grade Chair. Jimmy Thompson will assume the new role of Assistant Athletic Director for Facilities and Game Management, as well as continue to serve as Student Activities Coordinator and Security Coordinator. Catherine Trotter, current Director of Institutional Advancement will assume the newly created role of Assistant Headmaster for Institutional Advancement. Jodi Waldrep, current Second Grade Teacher will transition to a full-time position in the Learning Center. Sara Wilson, current Fourth Grade Teacher will transition to a full-time position in the Learning Center. Brookstone School Magazine • Spring 2012 Edition 47

Alumni Spotlight written by Catherine Trotter Director of Advancement Bo Bartlett ’74 is one of Brookstone’s most distinguished graduates. He is an accomplished internationally renowned artist who is described as having an aesthetic viewpoint that looks to the European tradition and the American realist painters. Many people have likened him in particular to his close friend and mentor, Andrew Wyeth. Bo recalls, “When I was young, I always said that I wanted to be an artist. Drawing was one of the things that made me feel most comforted. Briefly, I considered possibly being a minister, or perhaps a clown, because I didn’t really know at the time what an artistic life might look like. A.T. Nicholson was my art teacher and Jan Miller was also an art teacher at Brookstone and I spent time in her class. I was fortunate to be tutored by Chuck Johnston’s wife after school. She gave me very specific exercises. At some point I believe my English teacher Mrs. Hugenberg suggested that I read Chaim Potok’s newest book (in 1974,) My Name is Asher Lev. In the book Asher goes to Florence, so that’s what I did. (Interesting enough with classmate Boonie Hugenberg.) My path was set to become an artist.” In the Fall of 1974, Bo met Ben Long, an American expatriate, who was studying with Pietro Annigoni in Florence, Italy. Bo says, “Ben taught me how to draw.” Later, he moved to Philadelphia and studied at The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and he studied privately with Nelson Shanks. According to Bo, “Nelson taught me how to paint.” He also studied anatomy at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and Thomas Jefferson University. In addition to painting, Bo received a filmmaking degree from New York University in 1986 which led to his filming, directing, and editing a documentary “Andrew Wyeth, Self Portrait: Snow Hill.” During this process Bo and Wyeth became best friends. “It was a dream come true because when I was a kid, he’d been one of my idols. Andy taught me why to paint. He taught me how to stay motivated and he encouraged me in my work. He told me that I had my own personal vision and touch and that I should paint exactly what I wanted to paint.” 48 Brookstone School Magazine • Spring 2012 Edition

ABOVE: Bill Turner accepts Bo Bartlett’s painting Hopes and Dreams from the artist and his wife Betsy Eby.

Since being named an artist in residence at Columbus State University, Bo and his wife and inspiration Betsy Eby have been dividing their time between homes in Columbus, Seattle, and Wheaton Island in Maine. It is our community’s good fortune to have both of these talented artists in our midst. This spring CSU announced it was going to create the Bo Bartlett Center as the centerpiece of the College of Arts’ Riverpark campus which will bring national and international attention to Columbus as a cultural arts center. At the announcement ceremony Bo mentioned how fitting it was for the Center to be located on the banks of the Chattahoochee River that his Brookstone classmate John Turner is helping transform into a whitewater rafting mecca. Bo’s decision to feature his life’s works in Columbus, his hometown, is truly a blessing for our city, region, and state. In May Bo returned to the Brookstone campus to make a special presentation in honor of Mr. Bill Turner. His painting, Hopes and Dreams, was given to the school at the May Board of Trustees meeting as a tribute to Mr. Turner. At the presentation, Bo acknowledged the years of support and guidance he received from his classmate’s father. He thanked Mr. Turner for the good advice he had given him over the years. Prints of this wonderful painting were given to each of the faculty members who retired this year along with three Board members who were named Emeritus Trustees. Bo remembers that Andrew Wyeth said, “Your art goes as deep as your love goes.” And Bo adds, “All we can do is attempt to love broadly and deeply. Sometimes at its best, my art reflects this endeavor.”

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Oyster is having a semi-private screening at the Carmike Ritz 13 on June 28th. Tickets are only available through www. (2012 The Taiwan Oyster)

Marta L. Clepper is currently living in Lexington, KY and graduated from the University of Kentucky in December 2011 after completing her Doctorate (PhD) in the field of Geology, specializing in Carbonate Sedimentology and Stratigraphy. She has taken a full-time Lecturer position in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Kentucky teaching geology courses.


Jennifer Wallace Yancey completed the 116th Boston Marathon in April in record-breaking heat. She placed 140th out of 1437 in her division.


Copper Morgan Gyer was named in the LA times for her Design work.

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Bing Kao completed his first marathon on January 15 in Houston with a time of 4:23:00. He followed that up by finishing his first Half-Ironman triathlon on April 1 in Galveston (Ironman 70.3 Texas) with a time of 6:43:21. Bing’s next major goals are to compete in a 36-hour adventure race and to finish a 50K trail run.

Austin Toflinski graduated with his executive MBA from University of Georgia’s Terry College in May 2012.


Sarah Crawford Lowry and her husband, Scott Lowry (2005) welcomed a daughter, Madison McLendon Lowry, at 11:31 p.m. on December 24, 2011. Madison weighed 6 lbs 2 oz.


Philip Adams went on a vacation with his family this past May to the Pacific Northwest. While in Seattle, Philip got together with classmate Mack Strong, a former Seattle Seahawks player who still lives in Seattle with his family. Pictured are Philip, Mack, and Philip’s children Philip, Locke, & Sally David Dault has started a new project. As of July, 2012 he will be the host and executive producer of a new radio show in Memphis, “Things Not Seen: Conversations about Culture and Faith.” The show will be heard weekly on KWAM 990 AM News Talk, at 11 a.m. on Sunday mornings, and will feature interviews with authors, musicians, and other notable guests discussing faith lived in the doubts and complexities of the contemporary world. The show can also be heard at He continues to live with his family in Memphis, and to work as assistant professor of Religion at Christian Brothers University.

Tommy Greene visited Nan Pate’s class while he was at Ft. Benning getting some military training. He is part of the Army’s Special Forces.


Mark Jarrett’s directorial debut, The Taiwan Oyster made a great impression in the Narrative Feature Competition Category at this year’s South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival. The film derives from Jarrett’s experiences teaching ESL in Taiwan and is considered a “Jarrett Bros. Picture” as it is a collaborative project with his brother Mitchell Jarrett (1998) who produced and co-wrote the film with Mark. Among others involved in the film’s production are Brookstone Alum’s; Jeff Beck (1995), Chris Cochran (1995), Daniel Griffith (2002), Scott Hart (2004), Mason Jarrett (1999), Ben Link (2002), Gilbert Miller (1995), and classmate Walker McDaniel. The Taiwan


Matthew Norris Massey and Amy Caroline Burke were married on October 22, 2011 in Dallas, Texas. Groomsmen that went to Brookstone include; Jon Godfrey (2000), Miles Hendrix (2002), Thompson Turner (2002), Wilkes Evans (2002), John Banaszak (2002) and Johnson Trawick (2002).

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Alumni News: Class Notes 2004

Garett Toflinski married Meredith Armstrong from Daphne, Alabama on June 9, 2012 in Mobile. The couple resides in Tuscaloosa, AL.

tledge (2004), Hugh Cheek (2004), and Robert Gunby (2004). Ushers included William Harcourt (2002), John Harcourt (2005), and Franklin Harcourt (2006). The couple will reside in Columbus, GA.


Martha Johnston is a special education teacher in Birmingham, AL for Mountain Brook Elementary. She will be attending UAB this summer to get her Masters in Special Education.


Holly Anne Cheek and Darrell Jay Thaw, Jr. were married March 17, 2012 at St. Paul United Methodist Church. The reception was at the Cheek home. Sara Frances Berry (2004), Mary Caroline Jarrell (2004), Leslie Anne Heard Jones (2004), Sarah Shepherd Knight (2004), Alee Morrison Link (2004), Elizabeth Parker Swift (2004), and Mildred Marie Turner (2004) were bridesmaids. Arthur James Cheek (2010), Hugh James Cheek (2004), David Lawrence Mize (2004), and Larry Hughes Neal, Jr. (2002) were groomsmen. Kathleen Flournoy Pease (2005) was the scripture reader and Lulie Martin Wallace (2005) was the soloist. The couple lives in Atlanta where Jay is employed by Weathington Smith and Holly is employed by Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

Grady Bunn graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology in May of 2012 with Honors and a major in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Business Administration. Grady has accepted a job as an Associate Consultant with Manhattan Associates based out of Atlanta, GA. Lindsey Epperly was recently awarded by WTVM for her luxury brand of travel planning, Vacations by Lindsey, as the Best All Around Travel Agency in Columbus. Lindsey manages her brand through Columbus Travel and writes the monthly travel section for Southern Views Magazine. She has recently traveled to South Africa, French Polynesia, and Turks & Caicos to research some of the most popular destinations for her clients. She writes about her adventures on her travel blog at Rachel Brent was accepted to the Interactive Media masters program at Elon University. Additionally she received a $10,000 scholarship; the highest granted for merit.


Jalyssa Turner graduated in 2012 from Tuskegee University.

David Lawrence Mize and Hannah Elizabeth Teaver were married on March 3, 2012 at St. Luke United Methodist Church in Columbus, GA. The reception was held at the Rivermill Event Centre. Groomsmen included Patrick Mize (2007), Robert Mize (2011), Cosby Car-

Nicole Penn received her Bachelor of Arts degree, Summa Cum Laude, from Georgia Southern University on May 12. She earned a perfect 4.0 cumulative GPA, and completed the GSU honors program with a thesis on the public perception of attorneys, which she researched using her own original survey analysis. Nicole served as treasurer of Phi Alpha Delta pre-law fraternity, Honors Ambassador, and Student Advisory Board member on behalf of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, and was a member of Phi Kappa Phi honor society, Phi Eta

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Sigma national honor society, and Phi Mu social sorority. She was employed for three years as a post-closer for Franklin, Taulbee, Rushing, Snipes and Marsh Law Offices in Statesboro, and was recently awarded the Martin-Davis Pre-Law scholarship. After being accepted to 13 law schools, Nicole has chosen to attend University of Georgia Law School.


Jackie Henson recently earned the Daniel Blain Woods Award at Davidson College. This award is presented to the rising senior premedical student who best exhibits the qualities of a good doctor; wisdom, compassion, desire to serve, the ability to analyze problems, integrity, and academic excellence. Kenny Henson, a student at Davidson College, will spend most of his summer in Peru helping The Fuller Center prepare for the Millard Fuller Legacy build in La Florida, Peru. Preparations are well under way to build 10 new homes and plant 2,500 trees as the international hub of the 2012 Millard Fuller Legacy Build Sept. 1-8. While in Peru, Kenny will help build houses and will serve as a liaison between headquarters and the leaders of the Fuller Center of Peru. Samuel Coffin is working in Congressman Len Westmoreland’s office until July 6th and then he will be working for Sen. Saxby Chambliss from July 6 – August 10. After his summer in DC he will return to Harvard.


Amber Coleman is attending Mercer University and is the new Vice President of Fellowship for Alpha Phi Omega, the National Service Fraternity. She also has her artwork displayed in the Breakthroughs in Engagement, the Arts, and

Alumni News: Class Notes Research (BEAR) Day at Mercer University (April 2012).


Taylor Hollingsworth received the Academic Achievement Award for Women’s Track and Field at the University of Georgia. The award recognizes a select group of student-athletes who have excelled in leadership, service and academics. Hollingsworth is a freshman majoring in nutrition science. The inaugural Circle of Honor Gala celebrated athletic and academic excellence at UGA on April 13 in the Grand Ballroom of the Tate Student Center. The UGA Athletic Association honored student-athletes from all 21 varsity sports at the awards banquet. Kate Waddell, Brewton McCluskey, Ryan Chitwood and Jack Key all traveled to Tanzania with Young Life Africa the beginning of their 2012 summer, led by Brookstone Upper School Social Studies Teacher, Matt Lage. They spent their time with the local Tanzanian Young Life leaders, visited a local Young Life club, renovated the local Young Life office and volunteered at an orphanage. It was a pretty amazing trip.


Kate Thorne, Lexie Hanko, Caroline Rothschild and Emily Gorum worked with students from Bridges Learning Center to publish a book entitled, A is For Autism. The girls were the guides for the Bridges students in a project that spanned about three years.


Keep us Updated! Contact Emily David, Alumni Coordinator, with any Class Notes news or updated contact information.


In Memoriam Mary Sparks March 14, 1959 – January 14, 2012

Alumni Council Members Mrs. Becky Whisnant Roddenbery, 1972 Mrs. Margie Thrasher Richardson,1973 Mr. F. Anderson Philips, Sr., 1973 Mr. James K. Pound, 1976 Mr. Richard I. Norman, 1976 Mr. John C. Martin, 1978 Mr. Robert S. Poydasheff, Jr., 1979 Mr. J. Bruce Chambless, 1979 Mrs. J. Passailaigue Mize, 1979 Mr. John P. Grantham, Jr.,1980 Mr. Bemon Gilmore McBride III, 1980 Mrs. Maureen Elia Akers, 1981 Mrs. Linda Land Logan, 1982 Mrs. Leslie Hall Slaughter, 1982 Mrs. Mint Jordan Flowers, 1983 Mrs. Kimberly Eason Rozycki, 1983 Mr. Rusty Rustin II, 1983 Mr. James C. Clark, Jr., 1983 Mrs. Gantt Leebern Shadburn, 1984 Mr. Andrew S. Mullin, Jr., 1984 Mr. Benjamin A. Land, 1985 Mr. Paul V. Kilpatrick III, 1986 Mrs. Brantley Christie Manderson, 1986 Mr. Charles K. Briscoe, 1987 Mrs. Sue Beth Hargett Bunn, 1987 Mrs. Christy Griffin Barnes, 1987 Mr. Brian C. Alford, 1987 Dr. Mark A. Lawrence, 1988 Mr. William L. Amos III, 1988 Mrs. Rebecca Hoffman Sigman, 1989 Mrs. Amy Humes Norris, 1989 Dr. Scott O. McLaurin, 1989 Mrs. Gardiner Zollo Church, 1990

Mr. Judson P. Grantham, 1990 Mr. Jason B. Branch, 1991 Mrs. Carter Page Schondelmayer, 1991 Mrs. Buffy Marks Swinehart, 1991 Mrs. Helen Waldrop Brooks, 1992 Ms. Ann B. Howard, 1992 Mrs. Suzanne Jones Hughston, 1992 Mrs. Jarrell Palmer Schley, 1992 Mrs. Olivia Cheves Blanchard, 1993 Mr. Travis F. Wade, 1994 Mr. Clayton M Adams, 1994 Mrs. Cile Swift Branch, 1995 Mrs. Dorsey Staples Hannahan, 1995 Mr. Mal J. Waldrep, 1996 Mrs. Christi Lynch Bell, 1996 Mr. Jack J. Pease IV, 1996 Mrs. Katie Heard Waldrep, 1998 Mr. R. Kendrick David III, 1998 Dr. Alice Ford Cellino, 1998 Mr. Mason Holt Jarrett, 1999 Mrs. Mary Lovett Varner Beck, 2000 Miss Elizabeth Lane Woolfolk, 2001 Mr. J. Britt David, 2001 Mrs. Catherine Swift Addison, 2002 Mr. Matthew Norris Massey, 2002 Mr. E. Buford King IV, 2003 Mrs. Sheridan Calhoun King, 2003 Mr. Carter D. Wallace, 2005 Miss Frances Elise Knight, 2006 Miss Sallie Irene Robbins, 2006 Miss Katherine W. Brandon, 2007 Mr. John C. Martin III, 2008 Miss Mary Reynolds Porter, 2010

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Excerpts from a speech by Nan Pate, 2012 Brookstone Retiree Delivered to the Brookstone Faculty at an all-school faculty meeting on May 2, 2012

We have had many inspirational stories presented this year and a beautiful solo...I promise that I won’t sing, but I do want to talk about inspiration and institutional memory. I was recruited to come to Brookstone in the winter of 1970 when the trustees had decided to add an Upper School the following September. I was recruited by Mr. Taliferro, a Brookstone trustee, who had been my principal at Jordan where I practice taught. That wonderful old man sat in the cafeteria every Monday through all of the lunch periods to talk to each of the practice teachers. “How did things go this week? What went well? What didn’t and how can we fix that?” I learned much from him.

thought each faculty member must get a cool yellow mustang too and about that 10 day mid-winter ski week that he talked about. ...

The trustees were discussing what to name the school and were leaning toward the North Columbus School for Boys and Girls. Sounds like a juvenile detention facility to me. When Mrs. Taliferro suggested Brookstone from Sidney Lanier’s “The Song Of the Chattahoochee”... where the river splits at the “Smoothe Brookstone.” A much better was passing over the suggestion that the school mascot be the collie dog...”Go Collies!”... just doesn’t have as much “umph” as “Go Cougars,” does it?

The Upper School began with students through grade eleven because the trustees felt that to have a true Brookstone education you must go here at least two years. What excitement as the school opened!

Brookstone began in the early 1950’s as Trinity School, a part of Trinity Episcopal Church. In the mid-1960’s the board decided to become an independent school, breaking away from the church. For my interview, Mr. McCallie, Brookstone’s first headmaster, sent the athletic director in the school yellow mustang to pick me up because the new campus on Bradley Park Drive was so far out of town that he thought I would not be able to find the campus. In the course of the interview I mistakenly 52 Brookstone School Magazine • Spring 2012 Edition

Throughout the summer the faculty met weekly at night to talk about the philosophy of education and where the direction of the new Upper School should go. What a great opportunity for one so young to be department chair and to help design the curriculum, select texts, library books, and extra curriculars of the new school.

A few days ago I had a long conversation with Betty Woolbright, a truly great and wise woman who will soon turn 80; I am always reminded of a conversation with her as she and Willis entered their two daughters, Laura and Martha. I was talking about how brave it was to send your students to a new school. Her reply was, “Oh no ...this place stands for what is good and right and it will succeed.” From the beginning Brookstone has followed the three words on our crest...loyalty, courage, and wisdom. And I am proud of that. Our first quarterback came from Pacelli. The football team had no field for a while and practiced around the Lower School flag pole–a fact that our coaches and team

hoped no opposing team knew. I vividly remember that quarterback, Joe Smith, in our first game with Pacelli, being decked by his former Pacelli teammates who were angry that he had defected to Brookstone. Joe has been a member of the Brookstone Board of Trustees for many years and his youngest daughter, Virginia, is in the current senior class. Joe’s mother, Lenora Smith, taught me much about the history of this area; I have the honor of teaching in a classroom that is named in her honor. One of the first Baccalaureate addresses was given by Mr. Bill Turner. The title was “The love of learning and the learning of love;” a talk I still remember all these years later. Mr. Turner, also decades ago, gave a talk to the faculty at the opening of school in which he posed a question that I have thought about often ever since. His question was what would your last lecture be to your students? Probably not about your subject matter, but about life...he admonished us to talk to our students about what matters in life. I have done that each year since. That question looms large above me this year. Brookstone worked hard to establish a reputation among colleges. The first years the faculty fanned out to our undergrad and grad universities to talk to admissions officers about Brookstone, the depth of academic commitment, and to give our students a chance at admission even though we did not have a track record, and of course to try to explain our grading system–no numbers, just letters. We gave E.G.S.N–Excellent, Good, Satisfactory, and Needs Improvement. In sports, we worked to establish teams too. Brookstone began with only male teams (well Kathelen Amos was the only girl on the varsity boys golf team). The female faculty would have nothing of that and got a commitment from the headmaster to fund travel if we would coach girls teams for free for a couple of years. The inspiration for this morning is where it has always been... you–my colleagues–the great Brookstone faculty. Not the irritating title of that book, From Good to Great, because in reality Brookstone has been great for a long time. I suggest a better title, from great to greater! It is you, the great Brookstone faculty, you are the ones who inspire your students, their parents, their grandparents, and the board. You are what makes the difference–you are the inspiration. As has been said, “if you don’t know where you have been, you won’t know where you are going.” Institutional memory. You are simply, the best. A round of applause for each other and your commitment to the best interest of the children that we teach.

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SPRING 2012 RIGHT: This year’s graduating Class of 2012 marked the 40th graduating class from Brookstone. Here, members of the Class of 1972 stand with their class banner. (left to right): Joe Smith, Janie Wall Coggins, Becky Sue Whisnant Rodenbery, Joe Moon, and Paul Webber.