GENERAL NEWS Harding Academy
Nurturing the Spirit • Inspiring the Mind
2013 House Captains. . . . . . . 2 Focus on the Curriculum. . . . . 3 Cami Weber Profile. . . . . . . . . 4 Brian Emerson ‘91 . . . . . . . . . 5 Class Notes. . . . . . . . . . . . . 5–8
CALENDAR November 1 First trimester ends November 11–15 Second Harvest Food Drive November 25 Grandparent Donor Reception
Phase II of The Campaign for Harding Academy Completed
fter 15 months of hard hats, safety fences, and construction, the campus construction officially known as Phase II of the school’s capital campaign effort is complete. As reported in the summer issue of the General News, middle school students moved into their new home, and the fine arts expansion became fully functional shortly after spring break. But, there was much left to be completed. The summer saw extensive landscaping to the middle school area, and the demolition of the old middle school building, as well as the start of new construction for the after-school space (known as Pursuit), hook up area, playground, and turf field. The
November 26 Grandparents Chocolate for K–4 grandparents and special friends
dance entrance, too, received a facelift with a new entryway. Pursuit was ready when school opened on August 15, the turf field shortly thereafter, and the playground was ready for use on September 16. Finally, on September 21, the loop road was paved, bringing Phase II to a close. Naming opportunities for some of the new spaces are still available. Visit campaign.hardingacademy.org or the office of advancement at 615-277-2160 for more information on how to become part of this very exciting time in the life of the school. u More photos on page 6 Side entrance to new middle school
November 27–29 School holiday December 2 Classes resume December 5–7 Evergreens pick-up at Hwy 70 fields December 8 Alumni Basketball Game December 10–12 Toy Event December 19 Winter Music Concert (grades 5–8 performing) December 23–January 3 School holiday January 6 Classes resume Check for up-to-date event times and locations
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Curriculum Goes Beyond Academics
2013–14 Student Council
ach year we choose an area of school life on which to focus throughout the different issues of the General News. This year we have chosen “curriculum” as the theme. Most people, when thinking of curriculum, understandably think of the academic curriculum—math, science, English, history, languages, and the like. These subject areas give us many opportunities to measure our success by comparing ourselves to national standards, state standards (and now the Common Core), and best practices in independent school education. Additionally, these areas are the easiest to quantify. We have (literally) stacks of data in our office to confirm that our students are learning beyond even the average independent school yardstick. Our high schools also affirm that our students are extremely well prepared for the rigors of high school in every way. Additionally, for me, curriculum goes way beyond achieving success in academics and enters into a realm that is difficult to measure. It is this hidden curriculum—the development of skills and personality traits that will allow our young people to be successful, positive citizens—that is equally as important as memorizing math facts. At its core is our Community Code, which states that as a member of the Harding Academy community I will: • Be Kind • Be Open • Be a Learner • Be Honest • Be Dependable • Be My Best • Be Respectful We work diligently to instill in our students these traits and characteristics. We want our graduates to enter high school as kind, generous, caring, and compassionate citizens who are ready to engage and be active participants in their own lives. There are, however, no national or state standards for measuring our success. We, therefore, rely on anecdotal evidence such as an older student stopping to tie the shoes of a younger one, or a student moving to sit with a classmate who is sitting alone at lunch, or a youngster inviting a classmate to play on the playground. Just as difficult to measure are skills such as critical thinking and communication. More important than having a reading level that is well above average is the ability to think critically, and ask the why and the how questions, instead of just what. More important than being able to identify parts of speech in a sentence (though that is still important) is the ability to truly communicate, in writing, and in a thoughtful and intentional way. It’s a balance, and sometimes a precarious one, but we are successful because we have an amazing faculty who are deeply committed to all of the above—to being sure that our students know their ABC’s and 123’s backwards and forwards, while also understanding the applicability, and knowing that underneath it all we have very high expectations for their citizenship, and expectations for how we treat one another at Harding, and beyond.
Ian Craig Head of School
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Representatives for the year are as follows: Sixth Grade Meg Beuter Wesley Hirschman Ellie Slagle Seventh Grade Maggie Cannata Cliff Goidel Micah Kimble Eighth Grade Betsy Beuter Jackson Long Philip Scholer
From top left clockwise: Elizabeth Perrone ’15 (secretary), CeCe Bayliff ’15 (treasurer), Denee Stewart Freeman ’14 (president), and Shayna Beyer ’14 (vice president)
2013–14 House Captains
Back row from left: Watson Dill (Schwartz), Jake Ferri (Freeman), Jack Smith (DeLoache), Neil Schilling (Oldfield), Ben Ambrose (Stuart). Middle row: Maggie Franck (Anderson), Belle Storms (McPherson), Ellie Faber (DeWitt), Carrie Lee Sullivan (Lane), Emma Farrington (Black). Front: Liza Sweeting (Stanford)
GENERAL NEWS Editors: Deb Anderson Faulkner and Leslie Virostek Class Notes: Katherine Miller Contributors: Fran Scott and Leslie Virostek Photography: Steve Lowry Design: Tracy Alia
Web address: www.hardingacademy.org For information or submissions contact: Deb Anderson Faulkner, 615-356-5510 x311
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Focus on Curriculum
Step by Step to Success: Harding’s K–8 Approach Prepares Students for What’s Next research trends, current resources and others may need help setting materials, testing data, high school limits for themselves.” needs, and other areas,” she explains. Throughout kindergarten • Building leadership and character “We make sure there’s a continuum and lower school, learning • Learning life skills from one level to another—a steady life skills is a high priority. • Experiencing developmentally progression of skills with no gaps and no In kindergarten, for appropriate academic studies unnecessary repetition.” example, students sit at Middle School Director round tables instead of desks he benefits of Harding Jay Codispoti says that so that they have an Academy’s K–8 Kindergarteners focus on a progressive learning is opportunity to share and educational model are balanced development of concerned with more than foundational academic skills. express themselves with one many. When you ask students, just academic knowledge. another. They also come they’ll say they feel loved and “We are continuously creating good together in the activity room for group handssafe at Harding; when you ask habits along with strong learning— on learning. “You have to teach children how to faculty and administrators, habits and knowledge that will lead work in a group and understand the art of they’ll tell you it’s a nurturing, to success once students leave compromise,” says Laura Underwood. “It’s not inspirational environment here,” he notes. “Throughout our instinctive.” Students also learn about honesty, that prepares children, step by program, the leadership experience respect, kindness, empathy, and having a strong step, for further education— Harding students have is vertically work ethic. Two programs that especially foster and for life. connected and allows younger kids leadership and life skills learning are Harding’s Harding’s curriculum from to see and experience opportunities kindergarten through eighth Harding’s Buddy System pairs “If I could design psychologically safe they will have and to know what’s grade is carefully planned to older students with younger schools, every elementary school in the ahead. And the preparation that ensure continuity and students for monthly activities. United States would go from our lower school does to put comprehensiveness. Lower kindergarten through eighth grade.” children in a position to be successful is a great School Director Laura Underwood emphasizes foundation for their middle school journey, both the importantance of the process that Harding —Noted psychologist and author Michael Thompson academically and emotionally.” faculty use to develop the curriculum. “We have That foundation in lower school begins, of Buddy System and weekly assemblies, where curriculum committees in content areas that course, in kindergarten, where three lead even kindergartners learn to perform with The Harding Handoff teachers and two assistants support three classes confidence in a safe, comfortable environment. with 18 children each. Harding’s kindergarten Harding’s approach exposes each grade level A good example of Harding’s K–8 academic focuses on a balanced development of to distinct, developmentally appropriate preparatory experience is how writing skills foundational academic skills and fundamental learning, but several threads run throughout the develop: life skills. Kindergarten teacher Anne Swift K–8 experience. Harding is consistently a place Kindergarten—acquiring confidence in notes that helping children and families from where students feel safe, know they are loved, the writing process and learning to develop sentences many different backgrounds learn what it means can take risks, try new things, and make lifelong to be at Harding and assimilate into the friends. So often, that’s what alumni recall when First/second—adding basic parts of speech community are important first steps. “By the asked about their Harding experience. u (e.g., noun, verb, action word) time they are getting ready for first grade Third—learning more parts of speech and In kindergarten, students learn how to work in students have more confidence and can navigate a group and understand the art of compromise. participating in writers’ workshops the school,” she says. Fourth/fifth—writing personal narratives and Swift also mentions the portfolio that follows knowing all eight parts of speech so students can analyze their own writing and correct each student from year to year, which is a common mistakes snapshot of where each is academically. “Our Middle school—using various forms for kindergarten teachers will meet with first grade varying purposes: e.g. paragraph, letter, faculty to share information so that every child narrative, descriptive, essay, research paper; can be most successful,” Swift explains. “We developing complexity of sentence structure, might pass along that a particular child is really style, and figurative languagecomplex sentences shy, while another is outgoing. Or some may by graduation time need to be encouraged to take risks, while by Fran
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career. Her first was in ome of the best fashion, as a sales learning representative for a moments in a sportswear company in classroom are New York City. After unscripted and that, she worked in the unplanned. A travel industry, first in confident and New York and later in versatile second-grade CAMI WEBER Nashville, where she teacher, Cami Weber co-founded a travel knows how to Education: agency specializing in capitalize on the Cami earned a bachelor’s degree with K-8 teaching corporate travel. Ready times when a certification from Tennessee for a change in the late discussion goes a little State University in 2000. 1990s, she went back to off topic, or when Experience: school to get her great questions make After stints in the fashion teaching certification. a lesson take longer and travel industries, Cami Now in her eleventh than anticipated. took up teaching. year at Harding Fortunately, Harding Substituting in both public Academy, Cami says is a school that and private schools, she also she appreciates the supports that kind of taught for a year at Akiva great work environment School of Nashville. fluid teaching style. of the school, where she “We are not tied to enjoys “teaching alongside co-workers strict timetables or lesson plans that who are my friends”; having students are set in stone,” she says. “We know who “come speeding down the hall, what needs to be accomplished during with giant smiles on their faces, to get the school year, what skills must be to class in the morning”; and secure by the time students leave our interacting with “an amazing group of grade, but the pacing is flexible. Being parents, always there to help out in able to take advantage of those the classroom and be supportive on moments when students are engaged, the home front.” interested, and invested is priceless!” Meanwhile, the challenges of her That kind of versatility and job prevent her from ever getting confidence is something Cami hopes bored or complacent. “From year to her students ultimately take away year there are so many new things— from their experiences at Harding. “If instructional materials, literature, we have done our jobs well, they will technology components, techniques,” leave knowing they can face whatever she says. “You have to keep current comes their way, and they will know and stay informed. To do this job well they have the tools to be successful,” you can’t sit back and coast. The she says. responsibility of educating the whole She may sound like a born teacher, student is too great.” u but in fact teaching is Cami’s third
Harding Continues Efforts to GO GREEN!
here’s a big change to the front parking lot on campus. Due to the generosity of current parents Ron and LaDonna Merville, employees or visitors will now be able to use one of the two charging stations installed by Energy Source Partners to power up their electric vehicles. The chargers use a 240 volt AC input and can fully charge a battery in two to three hours. It charges Blink members $1 per hour and guests $2 per hour and is equipped with a smart phone to send users a message when charging is complete. Along with the solar panels they also donated that were installed on the roof of the middle school over the summer, it’s just another way Harding is going Green!
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New Faces Faculty/Staff
ELIZABETH FIORAVANTI—Accounting Manager With a B.S. in economics and management from Centre College and an M.B.A. from The University of Tennessee, Elizabeth’s prior work includes 13 years at FedEx as a manager and analyst including strategic and business planning, pricing, forecasting and operations finance. Most recently she was the assistant corporate controller at Centerstone. BEN KREPS—Technology Coordinator With a B.A. in telecommunications and film from the University of Alabama, Ben worked at the retail chain Best Buy for five years where he served as a supervisor, district trainer, and a corporate consultant. Ben is an Apple-certified technician assisting Matt Powers in the day-to-day maintenance and troubleshooting of all Apple devices and technology at Harding. LAURA MCCARLEY—Lower School Spanish With a B.A. in Spanish and an M.A. in educational administration from Lipscomb, Laura has taught lower school Spanish for the past nine years at Lockeland Design Center, and taught English at Escuela Primaria Rafael Buelna in Mexico for a year. She will assist with JV tennis in the spring.
New Duties SHEILA COURE has recently been assigned new duties in the school’s facilities department. She is now working as one of the custodial staff in addition to her role as the bus driver. Sheila is a Nashville native who attended Tennessee State University and has driven professionally since 1981, and has driven for Harding since the fall of 2008. She enjoys reading, jazz, R&B, and Gospel music, and is a huge Titans fan.
MARGARET SMITHEY is a retired associate professor at Peabody College of Vanderbilt University. In addition to teaching, she was director of the Graduate Teaching Internship at Peabody and co-authored the Mentor Teacher Handbook and Mentor program she presented to many school systems in the US. She now enjoys her four grandchildren, ages 8, 7, 6, and 4, and spends time traveling with her husband, Jim. DAVE VREELAND is co-founder and partner of Cumberland Consulting Group, a consulting firm specializing in health information technology project management. He oversees the company’s marketing and business development functions, leading the firm’s strategic planning, thought leadership, public relations and communications initiatives. Dave and wife Mary Glenn are current Harding parents of William, who is in the fifth grade.
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Class Notes 1981
Jay Brothers is honored to be working on the Harding Academy Alumni Board. After Harding Academy, Jay graduated from MBA in 1985 and Centre College in 1989. Then he earned an M.Ed. from Lipscomb University. He has been involved with Harding as a class agent; as a kindergarten grade level chair with wife Laura for last year’s Annual Fund effort; and as a parent. Jay has two daughters at Harding: first grader Sarah and fifth grader Laura Grace, and he has enjoyed coaching Sarah’s soccer team since kindergarten.
Trey Kelley married Viva Austin on April 27. Earlier in the year he became a grandfather for the second time, when daughter Karrie gave birth to his first grandson, Carson Gaskin. Trey left Cubic Defense Applications and accepted a job as a senior analyst with Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) on June 17, supporting the U.S. Army Fixed Wing Project Management Office.
Local artist Troy Duff painted a live graffiti piece during the CMT Music Awards on June 5. With only three minutes to complete his piece, he was the last act of the evening, during which Florida Georgia Line, featuring Nelly, performed the song “Cruise.” continued next page
Brian Emerson ’91
pediatric anesthesiologist at the Monroe Carrell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, Brian Emerson, M.D., enjoys working in the operating room as a member of a team of highly trained specialists. “My major goals during surgery are to keep a child safe and comfortable, and to allow the surgeon to focus on whatever the issue may be,” he says. The most rewarding part of the job, however, happens when his young patients are awake and he can interact with them and their families. Unlike a surgeon, who sees families in pre-op office visits, Brian generally sees families for the first time right before surgery. “The challenging part is that I may meet with a family for 5 to 10 minutes to talk about what’s going to happen, and then they have to trust me with their children,” he says. “We have to build a relationship in a very small window of time.” Brian became a doctor in part because of the influence of his father, also an anesthesiologist, and because he knew he wanted to help people, and medicine was the best fit. He notes, “In medicine, you see people when they are most vulnerable, and I have the chance to support them. I am extremely grateful for that opportunity.” Harding was a big influence too, he says. First, it exposed him to several “wonderful educators.” Today, they influence him when he
is interacting with patients and families, and when he is teaching residents, nurse anesthetists, and other professionals-intraining in his duties as an assistant professor of clinical anesthesiology for Vanderbilt’s School of Medicine. More broadly, Brian says Harding taught him about caring for others. Back when he was a quiet, somewhat introverted student, the supportive relationships with teachers, classmates, and Harding families helped him to grow and develop the skills he needed to succeed. Those relationships sustain him to this day, he points out. When his mother passed away, his former teachers and other members of the Harding family were right there to support him. Although Brian received training and early practice experience at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., and Seattle Children’s Hospital, he always hoped he would eventually come back to Nashville. He began at Vanderbilt this past summer. He starts work most days at 6:00 a.m. and leaves only when all of his cases are taken care of—generally five to fifteen patients per day. He regularly works on weekends. It’s busy but meaningful work. Like Harding, it’s a child-centered environment where taking an extra moment to explain something to a family or to comfort a child can make all the difference. “I really enjoy being part of that bigger mission of caring for children,” he says. u
wish I could fully describe how my experience in Tanzania changed me—but I am honestly still discovering new things every day. While I was living with my homestay family, I spent a lot of time with a three-year-old girl named Husna. Believe me by Ashley Wines ’10 when I say that she is the epitome of the phrase “a bundle of joy.” One day while I was sitting in the house, Husna came up to is that color? Wait, you have a hand? I have a me. I picked her up and set her on my lap. She instantly put her hand too!” She is three years old, but in three head back against my chest, looking up at me. She smiled. I smiled seconds had come to realize that she and I back. That was basically our form of communication, since she were not different. Those three seconds have spoke Swahili and I spoke English. Then she placed her right hand been ingrained in my memory—a personal short in mine, and the three seconds that followed run through my mind film for me to watch every day. almost every day. One: She looked at my hands and, realizing I will never forget the sweet faces of the Ashly traveled last summer to Tanzania that they were different from hers in color, lifted her hand for a with a group from Ensworth High School people I met while I was in Karatu, Arusha, in where she is a senior. moment. Two: She put her hand back in mine, and I closed my Tanzania. I will never forget that they frequently fingers around it. Three: She giggled and looked at me with dark, called me “Asha” instead of “Ashley.” And I will glistening eyes. I could see the look on her face as she examined my hands, and never forget the perfect smiles I had the privilege of seeing every day. I challenge then I instantly saw her mind at work. She seemed to be thinking: “Hey, what you, then, to see the smiles on the faces around you—not the differences.
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The Campaign for Harding Academy
Class Notes continued from previous page
Christy Collier Carey and husband Alex welcomed a baby girl, Sylvia Evangeline, on July 5.
New Pursuit area
Christopher Jones and wife Miwa have welcomed their second child, Julie. The family resides in Japan.
Courtyard area between Schwartz Center and middle school building
Playground area Depot area used for morning drop off and afternoon pick up
Revamped walkway between Schwartz Center and kindergarten with new turf field and playground in background
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William Gilmore is joining the Harding Academy Alumni Board. After Harding Academy, William attended MBA and then Vanderbilt University. He lived in London for several years, and then moved back to the U.S., eventually settling back in Nashville in 2006. William is pursuing his M.B.A. at Belmont University. He and wife Michelle have newborn twins. Erin Hirsch Zagnoev is thrilled to be joining the Harding Academy Alumni Board. She graduated from the University of Arizona and went on to get an MBA in non-profit management while living in Los Angeles. After working for six years in fundraising in Atlanta, Erin moved back to Nashville with husband Greg and daughter Rena. For the past three years, Erin has been working in fundraising, development, and membership at The Temple. Erin welcomed her second daughter, Sari, in May. She loves spending time with her family, traveling and cooking.
P.G. Banker is currently working on a documentary film, Red V. Blue, about “the greatest instate rivalry in college basketball” between the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville. He studied music and creative writing at King’s College in London, England, and graduated from Boston College with a B.A. in music and English literature. He wrote and produced Toxic Soup and Mountain Man in collaboration with director Rory Owen Delaney. Mountain Man received the Silver Sierra Award at the 2011 Yosemite Film Festival. Previously, he programmed, operated, and designed content for an internal television network at Nashville local shoe retail corporation
Genesco, Inc. In 2012 he became an official member of the Writers Guild of America’s Nonfiction Writers Caucus. Congratulations to Brandt Snedeker for his three-stroke Canadian Open win in July.
Elizabeth Townsend Ecker and husband Brandon welcomed their first child, Joseph Reed, on July 6, weighing 7 lbs., 15 oz.
Ann-Stewart Banker Pendergrass and husband Bradford have welcomed daughter Liza. The family resides in New York City.
Amy Warner Greathouse, along with husband Will and daughter Margaret, welcomed baby William Warner to their family on August 5. Philip Hutcheson “Hutch” Martin is joining the Harding Academy Alumni Board. He attended Harding Academy with his siblings, Davis Martin ’01 and Alexander Martin ’04 (deceased). Hutch graduated from MBA in 2002 then Vanderbilt University in 2006. He is currently an account executive at Phil Martin Affiliates, as well as owner of The EveryMan. He was formerly the chief operating officer for Zingo Transportation. Hutch enjoys waterskiing, duck hunting, and hands-on volunteer work in the community with agencies such as Preston Taylor Ministries, Nashville Cares, and Room in the Inn.
Ellen Byrd is joining the Harding Academy Alumni Board. After Harding Academy, Ellen continued her education at The Harpeth Hall School and Centre College. She received her master’s in European fine and decorative arts from Christie’s Auction House’s graduate program in London, England, and is a certified gemologist from the Gemological Institute of America. Ellen is an independent art and jewelry appraiser working throughout the U.S.
Anna Crawford is an intern with Inverness Vineyard Church as a leader of Samford University’s on-campus ministry called Rain.
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Kristen Maxwell is a senior at Trinity College majoring in biology. She’s a member of the 9th ranked Division III women’s ice hockey team.
Tilar Bell is a member of the Minority Association for Premedical Students at the University of Memphis, where she is pursuing a double major in biology and chemistry with a minor in pre-health studies. She volunteers with Student Health Services as a certified nursing assistant. Paige Gawley is a resident advisor at Marymount Manhattan College in NYC for the 2013–14 academic year. She is in charge of more than 35 male and female freshmen at her 55th Street dorm. She went through the application process at the end of her freshman year, during which her academic accomplishments earned her election to the Dean’s List. Kaitlyn White is a broadcast journalism major at Texas Christian University, where she is a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority and the Make Winning Choices Team to promote student awareness.
Margaret Andrews was named to the 2013 U.S. Lacrosse All-Academic Team. Mary Catherine Davidson is currently studying chemistry, calculus, writing, and beginning Russian at St. Olaf College. She is actively involved with campus life as a member of Manitou Choir, Photography Club, St. Olaf’s Christian Outreach, Women’s Ultimate Frisbee Club, Swing Dancing Club, and the Nightingales, a program that mentors middle school girls. Andrew Karpos was selected to the all-midstate doubles tennis first team. Matt McPherson competed in July in the 2013 World Maccabiah Games in Israel, the third biggest organized sporting event in the world, swimming alongside an Olympic gold medalist and an NCAA champion. Penn Murfee was selected to the all-midstate baseball first team.
During his senior year at Montgomery Bell Academy, he hit .318 with 30 RBIs and a .426 on-base percentage for the DII-AA runner-up team. He is currently playing for Vanderbilt University. Alexander Roaldsand is on track at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to become a nuclear engineer. He’s a member of the American Nuclear Society, the Rensselaer Student Association, the RPI Quiz Bowl Club, and the Cantonese Student’s Association. Alexandria White is a business major at Texas Christian University, where she is a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority and the TCU Showgirl Performance Team.
Coleman Kelley was the recipient of a Warner Exchange from Montgomery Bell Academy, and spent his summer at the Bishops School in Cape Town, South Africa. Three Ensworth High School seniors were selected to the TSLA All-Region team in boys lacrosse: Chandler Telfer as first team midfield, Charles Sell as second team goalie, and Hutt Cooke as second team defense.
Emma Alsup was selected to the all-midstate doubles tennis second team.
Eve of Janus
he 43rd annual Eve of Janus Presentation Ball was held at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center July 27, sponsored by the Nashville alumnae chapter of Delta Delta Delta sorority. This event is the Monroe Carrell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt’s longest-running fundraiser, supporting the Tri Delta Pediatric Hematology Oncology Clinic, a highly specialized medical facility offering comprehensive treatment to children with cancer and blood diseases. Parker Logan ’11 was the junior honorary chairman, and 23 Harding Academy alumni from the Class of 2008 were presented: Signs of the Times Marshalls Carol Allen Henry Beveridge (4) Emily Barnes (2) Drew Haynes (1) Kate Barnes (2) Jack King Mary Liza Hartong (4) Will Logan Mary Graham Harvey (1) John Morphis (2) Meg Jarratt William Reames Meredith Manning Nick Scanlan Keely Shearer (3) Parker Stallworth Sydney Solarek Logan Standard Kaitlyn White Mark Sullivan Morgan Wilson Hunter Woolwine Harry Woosley (3)
2013 Congratulations to Lucy Sohr for creating the winning design for the Safe Haven Family Shelter “Hike for the Homeless“ t-shirt contest. Her design will be printed on 500+ t-shirts, as well as posters advertising the event. The event takes place on November 2 at Edwin Warner Park.
Parker Logan ’11 with parents Gage and Shelley
1 Class of 2010 alumni gathered for a photo at Harpeth Hall’s Senior Recognition Day on September 16. From left are Maggie Draughn, Betsy Buzhardt, Katie Buzhardt, Erin Anderson, and Katherine Woosley.
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Joseph and the
Amazing ® Technicolor Dreamcoat
ith energetic music from different time periods, tongue-in-cheek narration, and a great deal of flexibility in the staging, Director Braden Bell chose Joseph as the perfect play for “our current crop of students and their talents.” The production was presented in the Henderson Theater on October 3, 4, and 5. Bell states that he also chose the play because “it provides a wonderful opportunity to think about our relationships with others. The story of Joseph reminds us to treat each other with more empathy.” Pictured are, from left: eighth graders Jake Ferri (Reuben), Watson Dill (Joseph), and Jackson Long (Jacob). —adapted from Braden Bell’s Director’s Notes
Current students of Harding alumni (parent names in parentheses) are from left, first row: Max Miller (Jimmy ’84), Caroline Thomas (Elizabeth Crocker ’91’), Max Dougherty (Holley Phillips ’88), J. B. Frederiksen (David ’84), Ethan Caldwell (Robert ’86), Gracie Meriwether (Kate Tarleton ’94). Second row: Brooklynn Gauthier (Nicole Crossland ’92), Draper Witherspoon (John ’87), Margaret Rauth (Lindsay Mallard ’90), Ryan Van Mol (Derek ’88), Meg Winston (John ’87), Evie Frist (Robert ’81), Sarah Brothers (Jay ’81), McKenzie Locke (Kristin Stegall ’92 and Graham ’90), Emaline Cash (Millicent Van Mol ’91), Katherine Thomas (Elizabeth Crocker ’91). Third row: Riley Jones (Allison Sisk ’88), Lilly Caldwell (Robert ’86), Morgan Dawson (Carter Murray ’85), Beckett Proctor (David ’88), Sarah Kate Faber (Robin Jackson ’85 and John ’86), Walker Derryberry (Vance ’85), Carly Frist (Robert ’81), Abby James Witherspoon (John ’87). Fourth row: Middleton Henry (Ashley Weigel ’82), Chase Fields (Christy Crutchfield ’84), Lain Orndorff (Marguerite Nielsen ’86), Lilly Rauth (Lindsay Mallard ’90), Grant Gilmour (Anne Breinig ’84). Fifth row: Ryan Estrin (David ’75), Kendall Burch (Christopher ’83), Billy Jones (Allison Sisk ’88), Harrison Mabry (George ’82), Charlie Goidel (Jeff ’87), Mary Holine Van Mol (Derek ’88), Rosemary Frederiksen (David ’84), Cate Frist (Robert ’81), Crissa Portis (Carol Len Frist ’84). Sixth row: Laura Grace Brothers (Jay ’81), Norris Orndorff (Marguerite Nielsen ’86), C.H. Henry (Ashley Weigel ’82), Weatherly Spence (Meredith Weigel ’87), Macy Gilmour (Anne Breinig ’84), Maggie Faber (Robin Jackson ’85 and John ’86), Hutch Morel (Katie Pirtle ’89), Taylor Dawson (Carter Murray ’85), Ben Locke (Kristin Stegall ’92 and Graham ’90). Seventh row: George Mabry (George ’82), William Tyrone (Frances Shears ’86), Ellie Frist (Robert ’81), Caroline Frederiksen (David ’84), Anneliese Evans (Carrie Leigh Willis ’88), Catherine Derryberry (Vance ’85). Eighth row: Jack Easter (Josh ’82), Cliff Goidel (Jeff ’87), Abby Andrews (Tom ’80), Savannah Gauthier (Nicole Crossland ’92). Back row: Eliza Ossolinski (Lauren Doolittle ’82), Kate Mabry (George ’82), Ellie Faber (Robin Jackson ’85 and John ’86), Ally Williams (John ’80), McClain Portis (Carol Len Frist ’84), Owen Alsup (Muff Warfield ’76). Not pictured: Juliana Dougherty (Holley Phillips ’88), and Billy Coble (Will ’78).
Next Time: Focus on the Curriculum (grades first through fourth); Grandparents Chocolate; Fall athletics; Golf Tournament; Fall Auction; and Parents Party