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Nurturing the Spirit

Inspiring the Mind

INSIDE Focus on Technology Part 2. . . . 3 David Greenlee Profile . . . . . . . . 4 Harding Auction Goes Online. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Hayley Phipps ’00. . . . . . . . . . . . 7

CALENDAR February 14–16 The Little Mermaid All-School Musical February 18 School Holiday February 21–22 Parent/Teacher Conferences K–8 March 12 Alumni Gathering Dog collages by seventh graders

March 15–25 School Holiday March 29 School Holiday April 2 Grand Opening of New Middle School Building April 11 Band/Choral Concert Grade 5–6 April 16 Band/Choral Concert Grade 7–8 Go to

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Circle of Stars is “Best in Show”


he Circle of Stars event was held September 27 as a thank-you to qualifying donors to the 2011–2012 Annual Fund. The theme this year—inspired by the first middle school art project of the year—was “Best in Show,” which refers to the top prize awarded each year by the Westminster Kennel Club to one of the seven dogs deemed Best in Breed (in the categories of sporting, hound, working, terrier, toy, non-sporting, and herding). Under the direction of art teacher Pat Ryan, eighth graders made clay dogs that decorated the tables. The small sculptures were as varied and creative as the students themselves. Seventh graders, meanwhile, used a variety of papers and old maps to create dog collages of favorite pooches. The dogs depicted were drawn from the full range of Westminster-approved breeds, with some mixed breeds, and perhaps even some multi-mixed breeds thrown in for good measure. The dog collages were arranged on one wall of the

Henderson Theater for Circle of Stars guests to enjoy. Harding Academy wishes to express its sincere thanks to the 2011–2012 leadership team for their dedication and commitment. Chairs for the year were current Harding parents Spencer and Meg Haley, Mary Glenn and Dave Vreeland (lower school chairs), and Craig ’77 and Patsy Wise (middle school chairs). ■ Clay dogs by eighth graders

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Lower School Learning At Its Best

xcitement is always in the air in the lower school at Harding Academy. This year we have much to be enthusiastic about with changes to the creek system in the lower school science lab, the expansion of the iPad program, and the updating of our life skills curriculum. Together these will enrich our efforts in providing a quality education and preparing our students for a world that continues to change at an increasingly rapid rate. Few schools can boast a lower school science lab that is as well equipped as Harding’s Discovery Lab. Recently the lab’s creek has been refurbished to make it habitable for ocellate river stingrays. Science teacher Brent Holden explains, “Ocellate river stingrays (Potamotrygon motoro) are native to several South American river basins. Two of these fascinating animals now glide along the bottom of the Discovery Lab’s new interactive biotope exhibit. The plants and animals allow me to deliver the curriculum in new and exciting ways. From animal and habitat studies to structures of life and systems, this dynamic new exhibit inspires wonder, curiosity, and learning in children of all ages.” More than ever we are using technology as a tool for teaching and learning, most recently integrating iPads in the second grade this year. Teachers use iPad programs and activities that allow students to work at their own pace and to receive immediate feedback. In addition, students will continue to have access to online reading and math programs that allow them to practice and build skills at their individual level and rate of growth both at home and at school. Under the guidance of Matt Powers, our director of information systems, Harding is carefully and thoughtfully choosing the most current tools that best support our curriculum and enhance student learning. The continuing emphasis on nurturing personal growth and developing essential life skills is an integral part of the lower school program. Lower school teachers, together with Rebecca Igleheart, Harding’s guidance counselor, work daily with our families to help students develop positive communication and relationship skills, respect for others, manners, etc. Through the use of class and/or grade level meetings, book/novel studies, individual discussions, and close supervision, teachers are able to guide students to make good decisions about their interactions with others and to help them to develop resilience and empathy when they, or others, make mistakes. This way, by providing immediate and age-appropriate suggestions to current situations, teachers are able to support parents in helping their children to develop the interpersonal skills needed to successfully navigate through life. At Harding we are committed to nurturing active, lifelong learners, staying current on the latest educational research and technological advances, and at the same time providing a nurturing environment that promotes the development of the whole child. It’s truly exciting to see.

Laura Underwood, director of lower school

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My Fair Lady Professor Higgins (Patrick Andreen ’13) teaches Eliza Doolittle (Ava Boney ’13) how to speak like a lady. Colonel Pickering (George Merhoff ’13) escorts Eliza to the Embassy Ball.

the upper class. Adolescents often feel awkward, and like Eliza, may feel as if they are on the outside of certain social groups. “At Harding we try to be thoughtful in addressing and considering the ways we treat each other. Eliza has a great line in this regard: ‘You see, Mrs. Higgins . . . the difference between a lady and a flower girl is not how she behaves, but how she is treated.’ In my mind, that is a line that might be profitably pondered by parents, teachers, and, especially, students,” said Bell. By participating in a production such as My Fair Lady, students have an opportunity to role play as they contemplate how certain behaviors might make another person feel, thereby honing their empathetic skills. —adapted from Director Braden Bell’s program notes

Fall Play Teaches Lessons in Kindness Every year the single most important consideration in choosing the plays is the number of opportunities that will be created for the students. “Trying to find a play that will provide as many students as possible with significant opportunities is the most important thing I do,” says Director Braden Bell. Given that there are a finite number of plays with flexibly sized casts, good parts for boys and girls, and content appropriate for middle school students, Bell looks to choose a play that will provide teaching moments for Harding students. Bell’s fall choice of My Fair Lady accomplished one of his objectives by presenting the opportunity to discuss a character such as Eliza Doolittle, whose clothes, manners, and speech all make it seem as if she is on the outside, excluded from

Mrs. Higgins (Lucy Sohr ’13), center right, watches a race at Ascot with other spectators.

GENERAL NEWS Editors: Deb Anderson Faulkner and Leslie Virostek Contributors: Fran Scott and Leslie Virostek Photography: Steve Lowry and Kimberly Manz Design: Tracy Alia

Web address: For information or submissions contact: Deb Anderson Faulkner, 615-356-5510 x311

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Tech Devices

by Fran



n today’s digital world, the “smart classroom” refers to how students learn but not necessarily to where they learn. Harding’s 1-to-1 program is putting portable computers and other devices in the hands of students to enrich learning experiences for this digital generation. Harding’s 1-to-1 program for students in grades six through eight reflects a transition to e-books. These electronic textbooks can be accessed anywhere, anytime with the student’s log-in and are often accentuated with interactive videos and learning activities. In lower grades, Harding has added laptops, iPads and iPod touch devices so that students in every grade can work on age-appropriate topics both individually and collaboratively with teachers over Google Docs (see General News, Fall 2012). The fact that Harding now has 411 Apple laptops, 355 of which are for its 477 students, plus 20 iPod touches and 11 iPads gives a hint of how valuable technology has become as a teaching tool. The applications they make possible as described by Harding teachers are even more impressive. Here are a few examples: • iPod Touch in Kindergarten (Betsy Pylkas): In addition to smartboard and traditional manipulatives, kindergartners are using iPod Touch to practice recognizing and writing letters and numbers, practice patterns and sequencing, and learn math facts. Pylkas said, “The children are excited about being able to navigate the apps on their own and play with them outside school.”

iPads enhance learning in the lower school.

confidence in reading the cylinders,” explained Ferri, “ so I can then have them use the glassware in a hands-on lab with a higher degree of understanding.” Ferri also plans to use Gizmo for studying food chains and predators, allowing experiments obviously impossible to do in real life. • Gimp for Middle School Art (Pat Ryan): Similar to the graphics program Photoshop, Gimp helps sixth grade students create animated images while seventh graders learn about various techniques. Ryan explained how eighth graders have recently embarked on a new unit called “The Monster in Me.” “By using a Photo Booth image of their eyes along with partial images from the Internet,” Ryan said, “students are creating a fantasy creature in Gimp that portrays a mood and personality of its own.” • Math (Jake Madden): “The math textbook in electronic form allows for tremendous flexibility with assignments and study,” explained Madden, who also provides tech support for the school. The math e-book offers guided examples and personal tutoring videos on each topic. Students can screen share over Skype with Madden for homework help.

• iPads in Second Grade (Tandy Perkins): Apps include Noun Town for identifying each noun as a person, place, or thing, and Using I and Me for reinforcing correct pronoun usage. Students are encouraged to think creatively and practice replacing nouns with pronouns by writing how-to directions for popular game apps. Perkins noted, “Students using iPads in the classroom are completely engaged and excited to learn.” • Gizmo in Grade 5 Science (Melissa Ferri): One use of this computer simulation is for measuring volume using a graduated cylinder—doing measurements and getting immediate feedback. “Students gain

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Middle school students collaborate using Google Docs on their MacBook Airs.

•R  everse Instruction in Eighth Grade (Ray Berry): Mrs. B’s: Essential Grammar for

Apple Devices Engage the Digital Generation

MacBook Airs ready for distribution to middle school students

8th Graders, an e-book written by Berry, contains web pages that explain each topic and have interactive videos and activities for students to complete. One assignment asks students to create a “Voki” or avatar to state examples of the four different kinds of sentences. “Some say having students view pages and complete worksheets prior to class discussion ‘reverses’ the process where a teacher would present materials and then assign homework,” explained Berry. “The website surely has opened our class time for more in-depth discussion on topics since students come to class already acquainted with the material.” These and numerous other applications across Harding are testament to the benefits that using technology for teaching has on a K–8 program. Perhaps computer teacher Catherine Vrettos summed up best the value of 1-to-1 computer programs: “We don’t ask students to share pencils, so why should we ask them to share laptops or iPads,” she said. With Harding’s 1-to-1 and 2-to-1 programs, students don’t have to share their laptops, but they surely are sharing in a wealth of collaboration and learning. ■

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Harding Happenings

Staff Profile

Grandparents Chocolate November 20 Grandparents Chocolate, the annual grandparents event for students in grades kindergarten through four, is always a fun-filled morning for all. From the musical program that is sprinkled with original poetry and essays written by individual students in tribute to their grandparents, to the classroom visits afterwards, smiles can be seen and laughter heard throughout the Harding campus. The morning begins with a breakfast for grandparents where fifth graders serve as “ambassadors” to ensure that visitors find their way to the musical program and to classrooms. Pictured are Emma Mirnics and Brittney Griffin. During this year’s musical program, “Harding Garden of Verses,” second graders sang Johnny Prill’s “A Song for Grandma and Grandpa” during the 45-minute performance. Grandparents Chocolate always includes the formal dedication of all the food contributed during the annual drive for Second Harvest Food Bank. During this year’s effort students were given reusable grocery bags and were challenged to fill their bag and bring it back. There was almost 100% participation, which culminated in nearly twice the usual amount of food being brought to the school for the project.

The Grandparents Chocolate program provides Harding Academy students with the opportunity to learn to speak in public. In the classroom after the program, students have a chance to show grandparents some of their class work as they enjoy chocolate milk and cookies.

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David Greenlee


s Director of make sure facilities use is Facilities and coordinated, ensuring, for Transportation example, that no one has at Harding, David scheduled a noisy Greenlee is definitely a basketball practice in the big-picture planner. gym at the same time as Along with managing a a donor event in the staff of several theater. employees, he is After nine years on Education & Experience responsible for the the job, David knows David has studied at Santa Ana oversight of Harding’s Harding’s facilities well College and Saddleback College, 5-acre main campus, and strives to make the both in California. His varied work 7-acre Highway 70 fields, experience includes manufacturing physical plant “a and 3.3-acre Kever Park. and sales positions in the computer wonderful place to learn industry; working for the Vanderbilt and work.” But what he He is one of the main University Police Department; and liaisons for Harding’s big enjoys most about his job owning and operating a landscape construction project, the maintenance company in California is “the people—both current middle school Harding employees and and a home maintenance and and arts expansion, and parents.” He says, “I repair company in Tennessee. he works with the enjoy developing construction company and architects relationships with both.” He hopes that alongside trustees and the head of school he can set a good example in terms of to ensure that deadlines are being met his work ethic and attitude by being the and that any plan changes are duly type of boss and colleague who would communicated. never ask anyone to do anything that he But David is also a small-details guy. wouldn’t be willing to do himself. Any maintenance that is required on David says that while his wife, campus—from a burned out fluorescent Marion, and daughter, Ann Walker ’06, bulb to the setup and takedown of inspire him to do his best in his work, he campus events—runs through his also takes inspiration from the physical department. When Harding employees place. He says, “I love the Compass fill out the online work request form, Rose, as it reminds me to keep moving he’s the one who assigns a facilities in the right direction, and the big oak staffer to do the job. He even attends tree in the middle school courtyard; it the school’s weekly calendar meeting to reminds me to stay strong.” ■ Former interim Head of School Jack Stanford, the eponym of our very own Stanford House, passed away on December 7. Jack had been in the hospital for a planned heart procedure that, by all accounts, had gone well. So, it was all the more unexpected to learn of his passing. Jack was a legendary school leader who guided Harding very successfully through challenging times, leading the searches that brought both Don Schwartz and Ian Craig to the school. Jack was fuller than life and had an exuberance that belied his age. He loved being a ”school man,” and hundreds of former students and faculty throughout the state are the better for having known him.

Congratulations to Brett Barnett ’12, Daniel Mangum ’11, Rajiv Patel ’09, and Chandler Telfer ’10 for their State Championship in football at Ensworth.

Four alumni competed in the State Championship Soccer Games Izzy Creavin ’11 and Caroline Hollahan ’12 for University School of Nashville, Sydney Hunt ’12 for Franklin Road Academy, and Joy Morgan Meyers ’12 for Christ Presbyterian Academy.

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Athletic Awards

Cheerleading Coach—Sara Sizemore Most Valuable Cheerleader— Taylor Farrington ’13 Most Improved Cheerleader— Anna Perrone ’15 Spirit Award—Emmie Wade ’13 Coaches Award—Anna Barker ’13

2012 Fall Athletic Awards

Coach—Angela Moreira Assistant Coach—Alison West Most Valuable Player—Zara Bracegirdle ’14 Most Improved Player—Megan Rolapp ’13 Hustle Award—Emma Wuerth ’13 Coaches Award—Lauren Stringfield ’13

Coach—Jason Embry Assistant Coach—Sara Neuss Most Valuable Runner-Girls— Emma Wuerth ’13 Most Valuable Runner-Boys— Jacob Bressman ’15 Most Improved Runner—Elijah Beyer ’15 Coaches Award—Lauren Stringfield ’13 Hustle Award—Ellie Faber ’14 Coach—Corby Lucas Assistant Coaches—Ken Pettiford, Shannon Potts, Kyle Anderson, and Willie Haile Most Valuable Player—Clay Close ’13 Most Improved Player—Chandler Schultz ’13 Coaches Award—Wilder Mason ’13 Hustle Award—Montgomery Owen ’13

Golf Coach—Edna Pearson Most Valuable Player—Clarke Aron ’13 Most Improved Player—Clint Blackwell ’14 Hustle Award—George Merhoff ’13 Coaches Award—Ian MacDonald ’14 The 2012 Harding Academy varsity football team finished with a 5-1 record.

Coach—Josh Severns Assistant Coach—Patrick Noon Kelly McClain MVP Award—Michael McGuire ’14 Coaches Award—John Fioravanti ’13 Hustle Award—Ian MacDonald ’14 Most Improved Player—Owen Alsup ’14


Cross-Country—Boys and Girls




Lauren Stringfield ‘13 was sweeper for the 2012 Girls Soccer HVAC Runners-Up (Div. A).

Coach—Carol Green Assistant Coach—Stephen Rhein Most Valuable Player —Lowery Nickels ’14 Most Improved Player—Lizzie Rohricht ’13 Leadership Award—Emily Myers ’13 Best Offensive Player—Maddie Forbes ’13 Best Defensive Player—Emily Boone ’13

Wrestling The 2012 Harding Academy golf team won the 2012 HVAC Championship.

Coach—Corby Lucas Assistant Coaches—Sammy Cribb, Jeff Price Most Valuable Wrestler—Chandler Schultz ’13 Most Improved Wrestler—Montgomery Owen ’13 Coaches Award—Connor Mulloy ’13 Hustle Award—Riley McCormick ’13

Team Accomplishments: 2012 HVAC Boys Golf Champions 2012 HVAC Girls Soccer Division A Runners-Up

Individual Accomplishments: HVAC Boys Golf Champion Clarke Aron ’13 HVAC Girls Cross-Country Ellie Faber ’14, Top 15 Medalist (6th Place) Emma Wuerth ’13, Top 15 Medalist (13th Place) HVAC Boys Cross-Country Jacob Bressman ’15, Top 15 Medalist (6th Place) HVAC Wrestling Champion Seve Ortale ’15, 95 lbs. Chandler Schultz ’13, 120 lbs. Montgomery Owen ’13, 135 lbs. Garrett Schultz ’15, 82 lbs. HVAC Wrestling Champion Runner-Up Wilder Mason ’13, 160 lbs. All-Tournament Girls Soccer Team Division A Lauren Stringfield ’13 Emma Wuerth ’13 All-Tournament Boys Soccer Team Division A Michael McGuire ’14 John Fioravanti ’13

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Class Notes

Alumni Profile

Hayley Phipps ’00


eterinarian Dr. Hayley Phipps ’00 enjoys even the routine aspects of her job, such as giving vaccinations to puppies and seeing adult cats and dogs for annual exams. She likes the head-scratching, problem-solving challenge of caring for patients who can’t speak and who sometimes aren’t displaying in the exam room the problem that the owner is seeing at home. And then there is the technical side—mostly routine spaying and neutering surgeries, or operations to remove a foreign object a dog has swallowed. “It’s pretty fun, actually,” Hayley says of the operating room experience. “I find it therapeutic.” Perhaps this is not an unexpected sentiment from the former Harding lower school student who found dissecting a worm to be “cool” rather than gross. “I was definitely a nerdier kid,” she says. Hayley was inspired by the science program at Harding; she loved the little world of the science lab with the creek running through it and the animals to observe and to care for at home during holiday breaks. She says, “I’ve always had this really big love for animals. I can remember being in fifth grade and saying I wanted to be a vet.” In retrospect, though, Hayley realizes that Harding did more for her

H Leon and the Revolfusion

From left, Parents Party attendees and current Harding parents Byron Hall, Tom Weir, and Tanisha Hall

Week-End in Havana, a Carmen Miranda movie featuring Alice Faye and Cesar Romero, played on the wall at Ruby, the chic new venue used for the Parents Party event.

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than just nurture her love of science. She says that the emphasis on character building and developing a strong work ethic certainly helped her as she continued her education at Harpeth Hall, then Auburn University for undergraduate studies, and then four years of vet school at Ross University in the Caribbean. “I think a lot of people don’t know how much school we go through [to become a veterinarian],” she says. Having completed her studies at the start of 2012, she moved back to Nashville, began her career as a small animal vet at Cool Springs Animal Hospital, and got herself a black Lab puppy. Hayley, who enjoys gardening, cooking, and waterskiing, is glad to be near her family again and also to her alma mater. She enjoyed attending Harding’s Art Show in the spring and looks forward to other alumni opportunities and gatherings. Describing herself as “passionate” about her work, Hayley says that bonding with pet owners during an animal’s illness has been one of the unexpected rewards of the job. She hopes to have her own practice someday. In the short term, her goal is to set up a charitable organization that would provide low-cost spaying and neutering for rescue cats and dogs. ■

arding held its first online auction this fall, inviting parents, alumni, faculty, staff, grandparents, and parents of alumni to log on and bid to support the Parents Auxiliary. The auction raised more than $34,000 toward Parents Auxiliary projects like new technology, the Kaleidoscope visiting authors and illustrators program, scholarships, and The Campaign for Harding Academy. The committee of dedicated volunteers solicited the community for donations throughout the fall, ultimately offering more than 165 items, including tickets to sporting events, wine from private cellars, CMA and ACA awards show tickets, parties, jewelry, art, and special school events. Top selling items included vacations to Monteagle and to Florida locations at Perdido Key and Anna Maria Island, as well as event tickets to the CMA Awards, and to the Lady Gaga concert. After considering the growing trend toward internet-based shopping and charitable giving, auction chairs and current Harding parents Kelly Frazier, Meggin Grobmyer, and Mary Glenn Vreeland created an online auction using a website called Bidding for Good. Bidders viewed and bid on items in a variety of categories, and were notified via email if they had been outbid on an item. Bidders also had the option to create a confidential “proxy bid” for an item, which would incrementally raise their bid as necessary to keep their bid in the lead.

More than 180 registered users placed nearly 900 bids throughout the two-week auction, with hundreds of bids placed on the exciting final day. The auction committee chairs wish to thank Harding’s generous faculty, staff, alumni, and parents for contributing donations to the online auction. They are pleased that so many in the Harding community participated. The successful auction was then celebrated at the annual Parents Party, which this year was held at the chic new venue, Ruby, on November 16. The mood for this Latin-themed party was set with the music of Leon and the Revolfusion. To add to the atmosphere, a Carmen Miranda movie played on the wall, and beautiful palms and bright flowers decorated the party tables. Mojitos and cigars were offered to partygoers as well as hot Latin food, which was provided by Karla’s catering. The menu included empañadas, tostadas, Cuban black bean soup, churros, and more. A surge of energy went through the party as a drumming performance worked its way through the crowd. Co-chairs and current Harding parents Jackie Daniel, Allison Sisk Jones ’88, Nicole LeAnna, and Sarah McKay agree that the party was full of great food, fun, and people. Thank you to everyone who made this party a success, including all of the party guests, faculty and staff, Ruby owners: the Cook family, and all the wonderful volunteers.—contributed by Meggin Grobmyer and Sarah McKay ■

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Reese Witherspoon received the Grace Kelly Award from the March of Dimes on December 7. The award recognizes celebrity parents committed to healthy pregnancies and families. She and husband Jim welcomed a baby boy, Tennessee James, on September 27.


Mark Dunkerley was the keynote speaker for the November Junior League of Nashville’s general membership meeting. He discussed his role and the importance of Oasis Center and its partnership to the league. He also married Beville Darden on September 29 at Westminster Presbyterian Church. Mary Creagh Graf and Jenny Mudter Moore have started a web-based home accent business together in San Francisco, Calif. Nashville producer Matthew Parker’s Mother of George is this year’s Sundance USA Screening selection at the Belcourt Theater. The movie will screen on January 31.


Chad Baker’s business, The Dog Spot, was rated #1 for best doggie daycare and doggie boarding in the Nashville Scene’s reader poll.


P.G. Banker married Leah Conners on June 2, 2012. His sister, Ann Stewart Banker Pendergrass ’97, was in the wedding party. The couple resides in Ft. Worth, Texas. Hunter Hillenmeyer was recognized at the SEC Championship Legends Dinner as well as during the Pregame SEC Championship Festivities on December 1, as a member of the “2012 SEC Legends” for his football career at Vanderbilt University. Brandt Snedeker and wife Mandy welcomed Austin Jones on October 14. He weighed 6 lbs., 12 oz., and measured 19 in. Sara Zare and her husband welcomed a baby girl named Ava. The family resides in Atlanta, Georgia.

ClassNotes 2002

Monisha Chakravarthy interned for Jim Cooper (Tennessee 5th Distric Congressman) and is attending Boston University Law School.


Harding extends its deepest sympathy to Emily Simon on the passing of her mother, Teri, on December 16.


Elizabeth Belk graduated from Southern Methodist University with a major in psychology and a minor in education. She is attending Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College working on her master’s in elementary education. Glory Beveridge was one of only two women volunteer firefighters with the Sewanee Volunteer Fire Department during her time in school at the University of the South, where she graduated with a degree in American studies. She is now attending the premed program at Lipscomb University. Beth Binkley earned her sociology degree from Princeton University and is working for M&T Bank in its management development program. Frances Phipps earned her degree in hospitality management from the University of Mississippi and is working as the rental group sales coordinator for Travellers Rest Plantation. Lauren Quinn earned her degree in history from the Howard College of Arts and Sciences at Samford University.


Harding extends its deepest sympathy to Taylor Simon on the passing of her mother, Teri, on December 16.


Taylor Grant plays football at the University of Richmond.


As Ensworth seniors, Carol Allen, Emily and Kate Barnes, Lauren Barnett, Lizzie Hogan, Libby Rush, and Elam Mangum earned national AP honors.


Penn Murfee has committed to Vanderbilt University as a baseball player. Andrew Karpos and Jake Simons are National Merit Semifinalists at Montgomery Bell Academy. Harding extends its deepest sympathy to Joey Simon on the passing of his mother, Teri, on December 16.


Abby Mudter was accepted into and participated in the Oxford Advanced Studies Program at Oxford University in Oxford, England, over the summer of 2012. Along with visiting and learning about Oxford and London, she also earned A’s in college-level courses in Arts and Architecture and Creative Writing. Justin Yoon is a nationally ranked football placekicker for Milton Academy of Mass.


Cate Thompson was elected as Student Council representative by her classmates at St. Cecilia Academy.


Sutton Lipman married Peter Costanza on March 31, 2012. Amy Scruggs married Kenneth Adams on May 17, 2012.


Lauren Campbell Hancock and husband Matt welcomed Ella Harper on November 8. Caroline Moses married Lee Sprouse on October 20.


Ellen Hammer is working as an insurance producer for Martin & Zerfoss, Inc.

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Alumni Winners in the 2013 Scholastic Art Awards for Middle Tennessee Region Art Portfolios Honorable Mention to Bennet LeMaster ’09 Ceramics & Glass Gold Key to Chantal Striepe ’10 Digital Art Silver Key to Perry Davis ’12; Honorable Mention to Sophie Eden ’09 Drawing 2 Gold Keys, 1 Silver Key, and 3 Honorable Mentions to Bennet LeMaster ’09; Honorable Mention to Betsy Buzhardt ’10

Photography Gold Key to McKenna Monk ’09, Mae Rowland ’11; Honorable Mention to Avery Hannon ’11, McKenna Monk ’09, Mae Rowland ’11, Jack Runyon-Hass ’11

Drawing Gold Key to Eleanor Koch ’13; Silver Key to Ames Mullendore ’13; Honorable Mention to Susanna Andrews ’13

Current Student Winners in the 2013 Scholastic Art Awards for Middle Tennessee Region

Fashion Silver Key to Neil Schilling ’14

Ceramics & Glass Silver Key to Eleanor Koch ’13 Digital Art Gold Key to Jackson Arnold ’13; Silver Key to Catherine LeMaster ’14, Eliza Ossolinski ’14; Honorable Mention to Emma Wise ’13

Film & Animation Honorable Mention to the team of Holden Craig ’13, Carly Henderson ’13, Marco Mirnics ’13 Sculpture Silver Key to Courtney Edington ’13, Eleanor Koch ’13

Bal d’Hiver On Saturday, November 25, the alumnae chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta held their annual Bal d’Hiver, a debutante ball to benefit Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) in Nashville. Present from the Class of 2005 were:

The Grandparent Donor Reception was held on November 19 to thank grandparent donors for contribtuing to the annual fund. Pictured are Lisa Cullum ‘72 Brace and Doug Brace, the 2011–2012 annual fund grandparent chairs.

Sarah Andrews Lauren Bounds Elizabeth Broadnax Paige Cahill Anna Linn Currie Anna Kate Dunn Kara Earthman Elizabeth Floyd

Lauren Hill Meredith Lawrence Ryllis Lyle Sabin Nettles Emily Sangervasi Junie Welsh

Jackson Arnold ‘13 won a Gold Key for his digital art piece titled “Write Your Story”

Eleanor Koch ‘13 won a Gold Key for her drawing titled “Waiting, Watching . . . “

KBE, LLC took home the winning trophies with a score of 56.Pictured here are John Holmes, Mike Bone, John Teas '84, and Jody Tootle.

The third annual Harding Academy Golf Tournament was held on Monday, October 15, at Westhaven Golf Course. With noon registration and a 1:00 shot-gun start, about 100 golfers experienced perfect fall weather at one of middle Tennessee's most beautiful courses. The awards dinner was held after, as well as a silent auction. The tournament netted $22,000. Proceeds support the Campaign for Harding Academy, a campus expansion project.

The Seventh Annual Alumni Basketball Game was held in the Roberts Gymnasium on Sunday, December 9. Harding alumni who are currently in high school took a break from studying for finals to return to campus and take to the court. It was a nail-biter that went into double overtime. The Red Team, coached by Ken Folger, pulled off a historic win against Pam McKnight’s reigning champions, the Blue Team. A fun time was had by all, and everyone enjoyed reminiscing over yearbooks in the Gym Lobby with refreshments after the event.

Members of the 2012 Blue Team


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The Red Team won the 2012 Alumni Basketball Game.

Focus on Technology Part 3; Summer Programs; Winter Athletics; The Little Mermaid; New Middle School Building

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Harding Academy General News --Winter 2013  
Harding Academy General News --Winter 2013  

newsletter for alumni and parents