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Nurturing  the  Spirit

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The Kever Park dedication kicked off Field Day on April 29, 2011.

From left, Jamie Kever ‘00, Head of School Ian Craig, and Carol Len Frist Portis ‘84.

Kever Park Dedicated


ne of several major projects planned for Harding’s current capital fundraising effort (visit for more details), Kever Park was officially dedicated on April 29. The park, located directly across Windsor Drive from the school’s main campus, is a beautiful green space designed by Southern Land Company in conjunction with a board committee chaired by Carol Len Frist Portis ’84. The dedication was an all-school event attended by students, faculty, and staff as a kick-off to the school’s Field Day activities. Kever Park is being used daily to support Harding’s kindergarten through eighth grade experience in all disciplines—academics, arts, and

INSIDE Lower School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Melissa Ferri Profile. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Spring Break in England and Scotland. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Awards Recipients. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5–7 Distinguished Alum Marissa Moses Russ ’94. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Nashville Counts! Book Review. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

athletics. Science and art classes meet there to observe nature. Teachers and coaches bring students there for physical education and athletic practice. In addition, the local neighborhood enjoys use of the park. It is truly a winning combination. The park was made possible through the generosity of Jim and Erica Kever in honor of their children, Harding alums Lindsey ’98, Jamie ’00, who was in attendance as the family’s representative, and Adam ’04. ■

CALENDAR July 15 2011–12 Tuition Due: Plan A—Full Payment; Plan B—1st Payment; Plan C—1st EFT August 12 Opening Faculty Meeting Check August 17 Orientation August 18 First Day of Classes for up-to-date event August 21–25 Grade 7 to Camp Laney times and locations. August 24–26 Grade 6 to Tremont Alumni find us on August 24–25 Grade 8 to Hillmont August 26

Grade 8 Parent Breakfast


40 Years of Excellence


n that day back in 1971 the seven founders of the school set the tone for what Harding Academy would become. Over the years we have seen the school grow in tangible ways—from its curriculum and physical plant to its increased financial resources. The intangible things that make the school and its students special— students’ feeling known; a nurturing environment; self confident, wellrounded, thoughtful, kind, caring people—have remained the same. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe said, “The deed is everything, the glory naught.” Lyt Anderson, Hal Black, Ward DeWitt, Dick Freeman, Ira Lane, Jean Oldfield, and Herb Stuart, are people who have exemplified this sentiment. For 40 years it has been our parents, alumni, grandparents, parents of alumni, and friends of the school that have taken the school’s mission and vision and put wings to them with their volunteerism and philanthropic support. The process hasn’t always been as formalized as it is now, but the outcome has always been the same—providing for our students so that they can have the best educational experience possible. This year our Annual Fund team joins the ranks of those who have gone before them in securing the financial means necessary to keep Harding at the forefront of the best K through 8 schools in the region. Our sincere gratitude goes to this year’s Annual Fund chairs, Mickey and Dana Long; middle school co-chairs, David and Karen Mullendore and Seth and Caroline Scholer; lower school co-chairs, John and Denise Lewis and Phil 2010–2011 Annual Fund and Terrell McGuire; grandparent chairs, Bob and Patsy Weigel; and alumni parent Chairs Mickey and Dana Long with their children chairs, Pride and Cile Scanlan and Kevin Ethan ’12, Jackson ’14, and Katie Welsh, as well as our grade and rising fourth grader level chairs and alumni class agents who have Isabel. worked so hard to fulfill the school’s mission. On behalf of the students, teachers, and staff, I would like to offer a heartfelt thank you and deep gratitude for your continued participation. May you have a restful and fun summer. Sincerely,

Margaret Hubbard Director of Advancement and Alumni Relations

GENERAL NEWS Editors: Deb Anderson Faulkner and Leslie Virostek Contributors: Fran Scott and Leslie Virostek Photography: Steve Lowry and Kimberly Manz Design: Alia Design; Wallingford, Conn.

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Green Week Teaches Healthy Habits

Hanging sculpture made from plastic bottles


to eat a no waste lunch uring the week of and “Drink Green” day March 28, the on Wednesday found school celebrated students reusing water Green Week. Each containers rather than day was devoted to throwing out disposable an awareness of green water bottles. Sean Siple issues and action to from Good Food for do something green. Good People* taught Monday was “Wear students about healthful Green” day. From eating and growing one’s green shorts to green own food. “Drive Green” hair ribbons to green day on Thursday saw a t-shirts designed by high percentage of Middle school math teacher the Green Team, John Gorham celebrated Harding families carstudents and faculty “Wear Green” day in a bright pooling to save gas. wore all sorts of green leisure suit. There was nearly a 30% different shades increase in carpooling. of green. They The week culminated in Friday’s “Live participated in an assembly to learn Green” day where Harding turned out why they are encouraged to recycle, classroom lights and computers to reuse, and reduce. To highlight the conserve energy. ■ importance of this lesson, middle —Jonathan Sheahen, Math Team leader school students created a hanging sculpture made from plastic bottles *Good Food for Good People creates collected on campus for one week. A situations in the Nashville community Nissan Leaf was also on display for where more people can regularly eat what students to learn about the efficiency is good for them. They do this through a and environmental friendliness of combination of strategic partnership, electric cars. For Tuesday’s “Eat community organizing, and education. Green” day, students were encouraged

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Focus on Lower School Building

Lower School Building

A Happy Space Means Happy Children By Fran Scott


critical to Harding’s reading program. In this space, teachers can conduct reading exercises with students using the Smart Board. “These activities are much more fun—and more effective—than the phonics

t’s spacious yet small enough for students to feel comfortable and safe. It has vibrant, bright colors but still feels cozy. The classrooms provide space both for individual study and group, interactive learning. Younger students can see older ones as role models while still having their own ageappropriate experiences. The atmosphere is peaceful yet filled with energy. It’s all of this and more at once, and when you enter the wing, welcomed by brilliant shades of red, purple, turquoise and Kelly green, you know you have arrived in the lower school. Harding’s lower school wing opened for the 1992–1993 school year and is still considered first rate in every way. “It’s amazing that this building still meets current needs, but that’s an understatement,” said Lower School Director Laura Underwood. “This environment has such a huge impact on our attitude. It has bright colors, and it’s so cheerful. When children come to school, they should be happy. And this is a happy place,” she explained. Today, the three-story building houses three classrooms each for grades one through five, as well as the Discovery Lab, the middle school science laboratory, the First grade assistant Catie Caldwell uses SmartBoard technology in the classroom for conducting reading lessons. computer lab, and Harding’s cafeteria. On campus, it is workbooks that I remember using,” recalled considered part of the “main” building since it Underwood. “In addition, each classroom has a joins the facility housing administrative offices. couch for independent reading where students Ask teachers in these grades why the facility is can practice their reading skills, which has been special, and you’ll quickly hear that the people shown to vastly improve reading ability.” and resources inside are what help students Apparently, it’s working. Harding’s reading grow academically yet feel secure and nurtured. levels are well above average; fourth and fifth However, each will point out features of the graders, for example, are reading past the ninth wing that create an environment perfect for grade level. learning. Other things teachers and students love The first grade common area is a favorite about the building include: because it facilitates group skills work that is

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A 1992 photo showing the lower school wing during construction.

Large classrooms that enable teachers to offer different types of activities and movable cubbies for changing the dynamics and set-up of each room. Bathrooms, sinks, and drinking fountains within the rooms mean that students don’t leave the classroom for such needs. Teachers can therefore keep a watchful eye on students instead of having to peer down the hall awaiting their return. The second grade reading corner where parents and visitors can come to read and share stories with the children. Fourth and fifth grade classrooms on a separate hallway to facilitate rotating classes. The front lawn and Compass Rose, where fifth graders can be found surrounded by beautiful shade trees and landscaping as they seek inspiration for their seasonal writing pieces. The Discovery Lab, of course, where a real stream runs through the science lab to provide students with hands-on learning about a variety of creek critters and aquatic life. Laura Underwood said that the lower school wing is the perfect space to support Harding’s philosophy of both nurturing the spirit and inspiring the mind. “What I love about Harding,” she explained, “is that we achieve a balance between working hard and playing hard. We offer a challenging academic environment, yet our children also learn to have fun and enjoy each other. This facility creates environments where they can do both every day.” ■

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Faculty Profile

Melissa Ferri


sing the fuzzy body of a dried bee to gather pollen from the anthers of one plant and brush it across another flower’s stigma is a great way to actively learn about pollination. But Melissa Ferri’s fifth grade science students get to go further. “In my class, we become the bee,” she says. Students wear bee headbands with bee antennae and make their best buzzing sound, while a recording of “Flight of the Bumble Bee” spurs them on. “Using all the senses in a lesson adds fun and makes the lesson unforgettable,” says Melissa. “I enjoy finding ways to make the subject more enjoyable for the students.” Melissa, who has loved science since high school, came to Harding in 2002 to teach science, but soon took on additional responsibilities. With academic degrees in physical education, she teaches lower and middle school PE, nurturing skill development, good sportsmanship, and teamwork. A kayaker and scrap-booking enthusiast, she is also involved with Harding’s after school table tennis program. She notes, “Our program has some very talented players and some, like me, who really enjoy the

Melissa Ferri Education: Delta State University in Cleveland, B.S., M.S. (1993), and M.Ed (1995) in physical education from Delta State University


By Clay Andreen ’11

Science teacher, Lee Academy, Clarksville, MS, 1995-1999; Bayou Academy, Cleveland, MS, 19992001; Harding Academy 2002-present

fellowship and always like a good match.” Melissa enjoys many things about Harding, including the K–8 environment and the school’s commitment to using new technology to enhance teaching and learning. Utilizing both Active boards and laptops in the classroom, Melissa notes, “I love the ability to find great short videos to show in class to enhance the lesson we are discussing. My generation could only read about the ‘secret life’ of an animal in an encyclopedia. Now anyone can find a YouTube video on any number of endangered animals in their natural environment.” She continues, “Sites like Quizlet allow us to make our vocabulary words into fun, fast-paced quiz games, adding a new element to the idea of studying.” Day to day, Melissa is motivated by “seeing the ‘light’ come on in a student’s eyes when they understand a concept they have had some difficulty with.” But she also appreciates the long-term impact Harding has on students. She says. “Seeing alums send their own children to Harding speaks volumes about the parents’ experience.” ■

The Thistle and the Rose A Travelogue—March 10 to 18, 2011


London Bridge

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his year’s Harding Academy spring break trip—The Thistle and the Rose—was to England and Scotland. It was an amazing experience. Some of my personal favorite spots were the old town of Edinburgh, the amazing ancient city of York, and the great sights of London. Edinburgh, Scotland, was fairly cold, but very sunny. We walked along the Royal Mile and up to Edinburgh Castle, and drove along snowy roads to Stirling Castle, where we absolutely learned all about Scottish history. A ghost tour, where we got to learn about witch trials, and met Steve, the coolest tour guide ever, was a highlight. York, England, a medieval city with an ancient Roman wall that is almost entirely still intact, was filled with Roman and Viking heritage, and York Minster, an immense Anglican cathedral, was impressive. Our guide, Paul, showed us some of the places where the Harry Potter movies were filmed. On March 15, we arrived in the famous city of London. We saw many great places, like Big Ben, the London Eye, Buckingham Palace, and a reconstruction of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. The night we took a journey to the London Eye—a giant Ferris wheel—all 18 of us fit in one enormous glass capsule. We got to see all of London at night. At Buckingham Palace, we saw where some of the bombing of the Blitz in World War II caused some damage. At The Globe, Paul told us the reason it was across the Thames was because hundreds of years ago, the Church of England said that going to watch a play was unholy, so it could not be inside the city. When we got back home, we told our English teacher, Mrs. Berry, our knowledge of the structure. After nine days of seeing great sights, we boarded our plane for the eight-hour flight back home, knowing we had learned a great deal about our mother country and all of the United Kingdom. ■

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Harding Sports

Winter/Spring Athletic Award Recipients 2011 Cheerleading

Girls Lacrosse

Head Coach Nikki Diaz Assistant Coach Kim Heaney Leadership Award—Carly Griffin ’11 Coaches Award—Katie McGuire ’12 Spirit Award—Lorna Ramage ’13

Head Coach Leslie Embry Assistant Coach Alison West Most Valuable Player—Carly Griffin ’11 Most Improved Player—Ali Telfer ’11 Offensive Award—Sara Shipp ’11 Defensive Award—Caroline Lewis ’11 and Madison Shirey ’11

Girls Basketball Head Coach Jason Embry Assistant Coach Amanda Jankowski Most Valuable Player—Emma Alsup ’11 Defensive Award—Annie Stevens ’11 Offensive Award—Susanna Andrews ’13 Hustle Award—Sydney Hunt ’12

Boys Basketball Head Coach Jay Codispoti Most Valuable Player—Jack Barnes ’11 Most Improved Player— Montgomery Jackson ’11 Coaches Award—Clay Cavallo ’11 Hustle Award—Daniel Mangum ’11

Swimming Head Coach Chris McPherson Assistant Coach Annie Taylor Most Valuable Swimmer—Seth Kyriakidis ’13 and Annie Kyriakidis ’13 Most Improved Swimmer—Clem Smith ’13 and Maddie Murphy ’11 Coaches Award—Jack Runyon-Hass ’11, Meghan McPherson ’11, and Corinne Brooks ’12 Spirit Award—Luke Kirkpatrick ’11 and Caroline Hollahan ’12

Baseball Head Coach Eric Fruechtemeyer Assistant Coach Trey House Most Valuable Player—Clay Cavallo ’11 Most Improved Award—Thomas Greiner ’11 Offensive Award—Chandler Schultz ’13 Defensive Award—Gaines Allen ’11

Boys Lacrosse Head Coach Franklin Pargh Assistant Coach Andrew Wheat Most Valuable Player—Morgan Shirey ’11 Most Improved Award—Willo Weinstein ’11 Coaches Award—Peter Srebnick ’11 Hustle Award—Jack Barnes ’11

Girls basketball won the GNAC championship.

Girls Tennis Head Coach Carol Macpherson Assistant Coach Gena Moran Most Valuable Player—Emma Alsup ’11 Most Improved Player—Leah Portis ’11 Coach’s Award—Lucy McAndrew ’11 Hustle Award—Ollie Storms ’11 and JoHelen Baulch ’11

Boys Tennis Head Coach Jonathan Sheahan Assistant Coach Gena Moran Most Valuable Player—Will Johnston ’11 Most Improved Player—Will Bayliff ’11 and Devin Kellett ’11 Coach’s Award—Clay Andreen ’11 Hustle Award—Ian Scholer ’11

Girls lacrosse had an undefeated season and won the Middle Tennessee Tournament championship.

Track and Field Head Coach Jason Embry Assistant Coaches Sara Neuss and Melissa Ferri Most Valuable Runner— Mary Winston Reames ’12 Most Improved Runner—Brad Johnson ’12 Coaches Award—Aaron Valentine ’11 Hustle Award—AJ Beard ’12

Girls tennis won the Division A HVAC championship.

Special Recognition

Teamn Honors

Individual Honors

G.N.A.C. Champions— Girls Basketball G.N.A.C. Runners-Up— Boys Basketball H.V.A.C Champions— Girls Tennis (Division A) Middle TN Tournament Champions— Girls Lacrosse Undefeated Season— Girls Lacrosse

Annie Kyriakidis ’13—1st in 200 IM, 1st in 100 Breast (Southeastern MS Swimming and Diving Championships) Seth Kyriakidis ’13—2nd in 500 Free (Southeastern MS Swimming and Diving Championships) Will McCall ’13—3rd in 200 IM (Southeastern MS Swimming and Diving Championships) Jack Runyon-Hass ’11—3rd in 500 Free  (Southeastern MS Swimming and Diving Championships) Emma Alsup ’11—H.V.A.C Girls Tennis A Champion (#1 Singles Division) Ollie Storms ’11—H.V.A.C Girls Tennis A Champion (#2 Singles Division)

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All Tournament Teams Emma Alsup ’11—Girls Basketball (1st Team) Susanna Andrews ’13—Girls Basketball (1st Team) Annie Stevens ’11-Girls Basketball (Honorable Mention) Jack Barnes ’11—Boys Basketball (1st Team) Brett Barnett ’12—Boys Basketball (Honorable Mention)

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Will Johnston

Harding Happenings


2011 AWARDS ASSEMBLY FOR GRADES 4–8 Accelerated Reader 4—Caleb Wilkinson (907.4 first place); 5—Meredith Miller (398.8 third place); 7—Marco Mirnics (482.8 second place) Artist Readings Awards 4—Sarah Matthews; 5— Ellie Faber Continental Math League Medal Winners 4—Mohini Misra; Certificates—Jackson Buschmann, Adison Fields, and Alex Massad; 5—Jacob Siegel-Zeserson; Certificates—Ben Ambrose, Michael McGuire, and Franklin McKenzie; 6—Eleanor Koch; Certificates— Edward LeMaster and Clem Smith; 7—Brad Johnson; Certificates—Brett Barnett, Emaun Irani, Ethan Long, and Alex Stevens; 8—Clay Cavallo; Certificates—David Allen and Morgan Shirey Duke TIP Recognition—for achievement on SAT and ACT in the Seventh Grade National Recognition—Holden Craig, Emaun Irani, and Ethan Long State Recognition—Abby Anderson, Brett Barnett, Corinne Brooks, Holden Craig, Fred Crumbo, Marie DeWitt, Laura Draughn, Carly Henderson, Caroline Hollahan, Sydney Hunt, Emaun Irani, Jake Jacobson, Brad Johnson, Lauren Lewis, Ethan Long, Katie McGuire, Marco Mirnics, Joy Morgan Myers, Harry Ossolinski, Eleanor Smith, and Alex Stevens National French Exam 7— Emaun Irani (19th in state); Abby Anderson, Marie Dewitt, Laura Draughn, Carly Henderson, and Claudia Rhett (20th in state) 8—Mae Rowland (5th in state, 11th in nation); Julia Matthews (6th in state, 12th in nation); Annie Stevens and Carly Griffin (7th in state, 13th in nation); Emma Alsup and David Allen (10th in state, 17th in nation); Chandler Bailey and Avery Hannon (11th in state); Mary Jordan Burns and Isabelle Creavin (13th in state); Jack Runyon-Hass (14th in state); Victoria Bell, Madeline Levy, Corinne Owen (15th in state); Thomas Greiner and Brock Wright (18th in state) National Spanish Exam 7—Mencion Honorifica (Honorable Mention) Matt Garside; Premio de Plata (Silver Medal) Alex Boone 8— Mencion Honorifica (Honorable Mention) Luke Kirkpatrick, Lucy McAndrew, Ollie Storms; Premio de Bronce (Bronze Award) Curtis Turner; Premio de Plata (Silver Medal) Lanie Herndon, Maddie Murphy

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Kindergartners traditionally escort the graduating eighth graders out of the awards assembly each year. From left are Mae Rowland with escorts MeiMei Dellinger and Cora Villere; Silas Wuerth with Oliver Beaulieu; and Ali Telfer with Layne Witherspoon

National Latin Exam 7—Latin Outstanding Achievement Brad Johnson, Harrison Kaminsky, Lauren Lewis, Marco Mirnics, Eleanor Smith, Alex Stevens; Certificate of Merit Corinne Brooks, Davis Cavallo, Rebekah Greenberg 8—Summa Cum Laude Clay Andreen, JoHelen Baulch, Clay Cavallo, Parker Logan, Ian Scholer, Morgan Shirey, Will Weinstein; Magna Cum Laude Daniel Mangum; Cum Laude Will Johnston President’s Award of Educational Excellence Eighth Grade David Allen, Jack Barnes, Victoria Bell, Mary Jordan Burns, Clay Cavallo, Avery Hannon, Parker Logan, Daniel Mangum, Julia Matthews, Amanda Moore, Corinne Owen, Leah Portis, Ian Scholer, Morgan Shirey, Mae Rowland, Madison Shirey, Annie Stevens, and Silas Wuerth Fifth Grade Ty Allen, Ben Ambrose, Betsy Beuter, David Brooks, Noah Crawford, Jackson Long, Ian MacDonald, Michael McGuire, Franklin McKenzie, Meredith Miller, Clay Mudter, Ford Ray, William Sell, Jacob Siegel Zeserson, Denee Stewart Freeman, and Emily Trichel President’s Academic Effort Award Eighth Grade Lucy McAndrew, Maddie Murphy, and Ali Telfer Fifth Grade Abbie Browder, Kate Mabry, Alex Renkis, and Neil Schilling

Outstanding Student Awards French Band 7—Emaun Irani 5—Carter Smith 6—Nathan Baulch Latin 7—Marco Mirnics 7—Eleanor Smith Chorus 5— Eliza Ossolinski and Gray Patterson 6—Alex May 7—Lauren Lewis Music 4—Webb Powell Computer 4—Nealy Anderson 5—William Bradshaw Physical Education 4— Maggie Cannata and Sam Shipp 5— Betsy Beuter, Michael McGuire, and McClain Portis English 4— Mohini Misra 5—Jackson Long 6—Rachael Johsnon 7—Matt Garside Writing 4— Anna Askew and Megan Murphy 5— Denee Stewart Freeman

Spanish 4— Andy Garside and Alex Massad 5— Philip Scholer and Emily Trichel 7—Joy Morgan Myers Social Studies/History 4—Alex Massad 5—Philip Scholer 6—Clem Smith 7—Fidan Baycora Math 4—Alex Massad 5—Alex Renkis 6—Edward LeMaster 7—Emaun Irani Science 4—Matthew Haley; 5— Betsy Beuter and Michael McGuire; 6—Jackson Arnold; 7—Marco Mirnics Outstanding Citizens 4—Maggie Cannata and Grant Hollomon 5—Eliza Ossolinski and Carter Smith

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Middle school art teacher Pat Ryan further explains to her group how to finish the preparation process.

Middle school English teacher Ray Berry helps rising fifth grader Avery Sweet finish preparing her shirt.

Originally planned as an outdoor activity, weather forced volunteers to quickly mobilize to set up t-shirt prep areas in designated classrooms.

It Takes Rising first grade Quinn Lewis carefully chooses her colors and applies them to her shirt.

Rising third graders from left, T.J. Hillenmeyer, Rob McCall, and Ben Locke begin applying permanent ink to their shirts.


his year’s Spring Arts Festival, held on May 3, went way beyond its usual borders. Yes, there were guest artisans—Harding Art Show Featured Artist Kris Prunitsch, glass fusing expert and middle school math teacher John Gorham, Polynesian Dancers, sculptors Lisa Ruttan Wolff and Kathy Slocum, and guitarist Chris Dunnett— on hand to demonstrate their considerable talents to students. And there were student performances by the choral and band groups to entertain grandparents of students in grades

Parent volunteers and lower school art teacher Carol Chambers (right) work on cleaning up after nearly 500 individuals finished the ink application process.

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Tie-Dye expert Pat Culbertson demonstrates several different techniques.

A Village

fifth through eighth. But, the highlight of the day was a school-wide tie-dying activity led by guest artist Pat Culbertson. The behind-thescenes organizational details required to make the activity a success took nothing less than scores of volunteers. Thanks to the capable management skills of Parents Auxiliary art committee co-chairs Sonda McEver and Tiffany Bright, as well as art teachers Carol Chambers and Pat Ryan, parents, faculty and staff, and middle school students, the day went off without a hitch. ■

Friday was designated “Wear Your Tie-Dye Shirt Day.” Rising first graders from left Clayton Lee, Miles Scarpero, and Charlie Berry enjoy recess time in their new tie-dye t-shirts.

2011 graduates from left, Sara Wilson, Corinne Owen, and Leah Portis show off their creations.

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Class Notes

Alumni Profile

ClassNotes As we continue to support environmentally friendly modes of communication, it is most helpful for us to have your updated email addresses. Please notify Katherine Miller at even if you think we may have your current address, we’d like to double check it. There is so much news about Harding, we don’t want you to miss a thing!


Ashley Weigel Henry was the alumni representative for the Counseling Department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s ribbon cutting ceremony for their new medical school building, Boundurant Hall. She was also recognized in the Atlanta Social Season Magazine as one of the Nashville Notables, a listing of the top 100 community leaders for 2011.


Kurt Gilliland, assistant professor in the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, was selected by the students as the 2010 Whitehead Lecturer. The title of his lecture was “Millennial Medicine: From Manteo to Murphy.”


Katherine Bomboy married David S. Thornton on October 30, 2010.


Emily Haynes Huff and her family have moved to Knoxville, Tenn., where she works part-time as a supervisor for student teachers in the Urban Multicultural Teaching Program at the University of Tennessee. Her husband, Jason, is heading up a new principal training program at the University. They have two children: daughter Anna in second grade, and son Taylor in kindergarten.


Noni Nielsen, senior vice president of Consumer Credit Risk Management for Bank of America, participated in the Back to Basics—Traditional Careers in the 21st Century section of Harpeth Hall’s 2010 Career Day. continued on page 10

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Marissa Moses Russ ’94


hen Distinguished Alumni Award parties collaboratively can make those decisions winner Marissa Moses Russ took the for themselves and their family.” The process is stage at Harding’s graduation in the very early stages of development in ceremony on May 27, she told the graduates in Tennessee, but has been very successful in other the audience, “I encourage you to take what you states. Says Marissa, “I believe that it will have learned at Harding and give back to your advance the legal profession with respect to community. It is so rewarding to support and be family law cases and will positively serve the a part of the success and families who involve growth of the community themselves in this in which you live.” process.” Marissa should know. Marissa, who has For the last several years volunteered for the she has contributed to the Nashville Symphony, her Nashville community both secondary school alma through her professional mater, Harpeth Hall, and accomplishments and her children’s preschool volunteer activities. As on the advisory board, the Distinguished Alumni 2011 Distinguished Alum Marissa Moses Russ ’94 has focused much of her Award acknowledges, volunteer efforts at (second from right) was joined by parents Bob and Marlene Moses and husband Ben Russ for Marissa embodies the Harding, where she has thoughtful, lifelong learner her graduation day honor. served on the Alumni and responsible, caring Board and the 40th citizen of the Harding Mission Statement. Anniversary Committee. As for her involvement A graduate of Tulane University and the at Harding, she says, “I did not need much University of Tennessee College of Law, she is a motivation. I cherished my experience at partner at Townsend & Russ, PLLC, practicing Harding and being back in the same community, family law. A member of the American Bar I, of course, wanted to give back and serve Association, Tennessee Bar Association, Harding in any capacity that I was needed.” Nashville Bar Association, and Lawyer’s While her education at Harding has served Association for Women, she is one of the her well professionally, Marissa says that the founders of the new Middle Tennessee school’s influence goes beyond academics. As the Collaborative Alliance, an organization created mother of two children under the age of three, to bring a collaborative law approach to divorce she notes, “Absolutely the lessons I learned at cases. Notes Marissa, “It is a team approach that Harding have influenced the kind of mom that I is tailored to the needs of each individual family am today. I aspire to teach Miriam and Eli how and instead of a judge making important to be good citizens in our community and decisions for your family’s lives and futures, the beyond.” ■ Sponsored by SunTrust, the 2011 Alumni Reunion at the Art Show was the largest reunion to date, with approximately 130 alums in attendance, some of whom had not returned to campus for years until this night. Amy Warner Greathouse ’98 (right) chaired the event, and alumni board members served as bartenders and greeters, including Julie Colton Jones ’88 and Andrew Hall ’77. Door prizes were provided by SunTrust and Best Brands, and fun was had by all reminiscing with former classmates and teachers while enjoying margaritas and Mexican fare, provided by Moe’s Southwest Grill.

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Cooper Samuels married Kendall Fort on June 5, 2010. Brandt Snedeker claimed victory at The 2011 Heritage in Hilton Head, South Carolina, in a three-hole playoff for his second career AFP PGA Tour win.


Tsinsue Chen graduated from the University of California at San Diego Medical School in June 2011. She starts neurosurgery residency at the Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Phoenix, Ariz., in July. Christian Cornelius has returned a staff sergeant from his latest deployment in Afghanistan and is at Camp Pendelton in San Diego, Calif., with wife Jenny.


Corinne Hartong is working in the development office at National Presbyterian School in Washington, D.C.


Rohini Chakravarthy spent six weeks in Alexandria, Egypt, living with an Egyptian host family for an Arabic language intensive program funded by the United States State Department in the summer of 2010. Turner Henderson qualified for the College Board’s National AP Scholar with Distinction Award by earning an average score of at least 3.5 or higher on a five-point scale on 5 or more AP exams taken. Alex Karpos qualified for the College Board’s National AP Scholar Award by earning an average score of 4 or higher on a five-point scale on all AP exams taken, and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams, as well as the AP Scholar with Distinction Award by earning an average score of at least 3.5 or higher on a five-point scale on 5 or more AP exams taken.


Paige Gawley made the third quarter honor roll at St. Cecelia Academy. Mary Liza Hartong was elected to be Harpeth Hall’s president of Student Council for the 2011–12 school year. Hailey Turner competed in the regional diving competition, and placed 4th. She went on to the state

level competition and placed 14th in the state.


Ellie Hitt traveled to San Diego, Calif., for the annual Student Diversity Leadership Conference, hosted by the National Association of Independent Schools. She co-wrote an article detailing her experiences titled “Coast to Coast, Seek to See—Anchoring Ourselves in a Community Harbor,” which was published in her high school magazine, Harpeth Hall’s Hallways.


Ann-Houston Campbell made the third quarter honor roll at St. Cecelia Academy. She also is featured on this summer’s Theatre Performance Youth Camps & Workshops at The Boiler Room in Franklin, Tenn., promotional poster.


Austin DeMoss has been accepted to Virginia Commonwealth Medical School for a two-year master’s program specializing in genetic counseling. Ellen Regan graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.A. in journalism and mass communication with a minor in business. She was one of five undergraduate business students who helped Kenan Institute Faculty Fellow Nick Didow with community outreach, research, and editing of the successful application for federal broadband funding for rural North Carolina and with a related research project examining best practices for mapping broadband services. She is now working as a marketing associate for Deloitte Services, LP, in Atlanta, Georgia.


Graham Hartong graduated in May from Southern Methodist University with a degree in psychology, and is working in Dallas, Texas, at Compass Professional Health Services.

The Class of 2007 reunited one last time on Sunday, May 15, before heading off to college this fall. After sharing their college choices, everyone enjoyed catching up with one another while reminiscing on the great times they shared while at Harding. They viewed their kindergarten play and eighth grade videos. They also enjoyed a pizza party in celebration of achieving 14% participation in Harding’s Annual Fund—the highest percentage of the current high school classes.


Paige Cahill, a Vanderbilt lacrosse player, has helped lead the Commodores to a No. 19 national ranking last season.

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Jonathan Sheahen received Tennessee’s Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science in a Washington, D.C., ceremony where he met Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, the first American woman to walk in space.

ower school science teacher Brent Holden and Math Team leader Jonathan Sheahen received the 2011 Spirit Award. The award, established by Ed and Hettie Stuart in December 2007, is an endowment fund set up to recognize any member of the faculty or staff who has gone above and beyond in his or her service to the school. Brent and Jonathan have both devoted untold hours to the school’s Green Week initiative and environmental awareness. In addition, Brent has implemented an after-school robotics program where students use Legos™ to learn about practical applications in science, technology, engineering, and math. Jonathan not only coaches volleyball and tennis, and works with students over the summer to hone their math skills, but he is also Tennessee’s 2010 recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science. Please visit www. for more information. It is their investment of both time and energy in the life of the school that is appreciated and recognized with this award.

Brent Holden

Harding Academy General News  

Summer 2011

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