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2012 Magazine Special Summer Edition

Also Inside: Parents’ Association Events / 2 School Events / 8 Commencement Coverage / 16 Alumni News / 20

Flint Hill School M I S S I O N S TAT E M E N T Our commitment is to develop, in a caring community, an individual who seeks excellence and embraces the “Driving Spirit” of Flint Hill School.

BOARD OF TRUSTEES 2011-2012 Mr. Otis D. Coston Jr. Mr. Steven B. Alloy Mr. John M. Beatty Sr. Mr. David Boies III Mr. Nelson A. Carbonell Jr. Mr. Edward R. Carr Mrs. Jennifer deCamp, President, FHS Parents’ Association Mr. John M. Dowd Mr. L. Frank Field Mrs. Sarah D. Hazel Mr. Richard J. Hendrix Dr. John F. Hillen III Mr. Edward H. Kennedy Mr. Paul C. Kincheloe Jr. Mrs. Sally L. Merten Mr. John M. Thomas Mr. John T. Hazel Jr., Founding Chairman Emeritus Sister Martha Carpenter, O.S.F., Trustee Emeritus The Honorable Johanna L. Fitzpatrick, Trustee Emeritus Mr. Michael C. McCarey, Trustee Emeritus Mr. Norris E. Mitchell, Trustee Emeritus The Reverend Edwin M. Ward, Trustee Emeritus

FLINT HILL SCHOOL MAGAZINE John M. Thomas, Headmaster Ellen Turner, Communications Associate DESIGN: Frankl Creative Group, Inc. Published by the Flint Hill School COMMUNICATIONS OFFICE EAST CAMPUS 10409 Academic Drive, Oakton, VA 22124 WEST CAMPUS 3320 Jermantown Road, Oakton, VA 22124 Phone: 703-584-2300. Fax: 703-584-2369

Summer Magazine Supplement 2012 TA B L E O F C O N T E N T S :


From the Headmaster


Parents’ Association Events


Arts Jam


Spring Sports Wrap Up


School Events


Remembering the year

Gala, Golf Tournament, and more

Record attendance at events

Highlights and awards

Community Events

Home is Where the Huskies Are Lower School Closing


Striving for Courage


Honoring the Class of 2012


Grade 8 Promotion


Class of 2012 Picture College and University Selections


Upper School Awards


Alumni News

and Special Commendations

and Save-the-Dates

Photo Credits: Cover photo by Digipix Studio, photos pages 14-16 Digipix Studio, photos pages 6-7 Sue Spencer

Headmaster’s Message Dear Flint Hill School Family: Each school year has a rhythm

at the beginning of the year, to the 9/11 Memorial that was so moving,

that seems to take on its own

to the great accomplishments recog-

personality. This year, while filled

nized in this supplement in the

with great adventures and great

arts, athletics, and classrooms, were

accomplishments, was also a one

always positive, reflective, informa-

that raced by at an unbelievably

tive, and powerful. Whether it was

fast clip. Many people commented

the sportsmanship displayed by

how quickly it had passed and what

our athletes at various games, the

a great experience it had been for

quality of the ceramics and artwork

their children of all ages. Maybe

on display in one of the spring’s

the adage that “time goes fast

visual arts shows, or the energy and

when you are having fun” is the

passion that came through in our

best way to describe the 2011-2012

Student publications, from Volume

school year.

11 of the “Rough Draft,” the

As noted at Commencement,

Iditarod Yearbook, and the online

the Class of 2012 began the year

publication of our newspaper,

her doctoral studies and truly

with an earthquake, a tornado,

“The View,” this was a year that

earned the title “Doctor.”

a hurricane, and more rain than

made all of us proud and excited

we had ever seen before. After the

to be Huskies.

mildest winter on record, we had

This was also a year that featured

need. I look forward to seeing

a spectacular spring full of School

a “depth of learning” as we all

everyone back for another exciting

events. We were fortunate to have

embraced the concepts of “21st

school year.

a Senior Class that was poised and

Century Education.” The concept

graceful, students who were kind

Best wishes to you!

of globalization and the effective

and compassionate, and a class who


impact of technology and digital

took its responsibilities and leader-

learning were visible througout

ship very seriously.

both campuses. Hopefully

The experiences from the whole

this magazine gives you some

year, from the All-School Gathering

sense of that great experience.

Congratulations to everyone who actively “engaged” and took full advantage of our Driving Spirit. We were honored to learn that Howard Chang, Chair of the Classics Department, and Dr. Susan Biggs, Director of the Learning Center, were named “Educators of the Year” by professional organizations with which they are associated. Lower School Assistant Director Margo Isabel completed

Have a tremendous summer and get the rest and relaxation we all

John M. Thomas Headmaster



SMALL WORLD, BIG COMMUNITY, AND BIGGER HEARTS This year’s Gala theme, “It’s a Small World,” celebrated our School community’s cultural diversity. Gala Co-Chairs Sariah Najam and Roya Chadab, along with the help of their committee chairs, created the chance for attendees to go around the world in the course of one evening! The event created the atmosphere of a Moroccan bazaar when you first entered the West Campus, but from there you were whisked to different ports of call, courtesy of the Mariachi band, hors d’oeuvres, specialty drinks, and the geographically named silent auction tables! By the end of the evening, the Gala raised $251,097 for our School, as well as $76,750 from the Paddle-Raiser to bring an assessment workshop to campus for our faculty. To all of the Gala organizers, attendees, sponsors, donors, and supporters, thank you for your continued support of Flint Hill and your investment in our mission!




GRANDPARENTS AND SPECIAL FRIENDS DAY We were very excited to welcome over 300 visitors to the Lower and Middle School Campus for Grandparents and Special Friends Day on April 16. The morning’s activities provided a unique insight into a day in the life of the guests’ grandchild or special friend. The combination of attending classes, watching performances, and spending time with their student left the FHS guests feeling proud and special. Thank you to all those who attended and made this a memorable day! A huge thank you to Lorna Kadunce for all of her hard work in organizing this meaningful event for our community.

HITTING THE LINKS The Parents’ Association hosted its annual Golf Tournament at Westfields Country Club on May 29. Over 104 alumni, board members, parents, and special friends participated in the event. It was great to see so many people from our School on the course taking advantage of the beautiful scenery and enjoying some friendly competition. Event Co-Chairs Beth Ann Horey, Ellen Fishbein, Molly Singerling, and Justin Wheeler organized the activities of the day while many volunteers performed other roles, from driving the beverage cart throughout the course to keep everyone hydrated to offering golfers a game of chance at the Las Vegas hole. Special thanks to B.J. Stone and Roy Phillips for providing the delicious dinner from Bonefish Grill! The Parents’ Association would also like to thank Kevin Farrish and Cardinal Bank for sponsoring two of the holes on the course. Make sure you get in on the action next year! The Golf Tournament returns May 29, 2013.



ARTS JAM Packs The House


s students and faculty returned from Spring Break, they were greeted with a smorgasbord of artistic offerings. In April alone, there were two plays, four art show openings, and the second annual Spring Music and Dance Concert at the George Mason University Center for the Arts Concert Hall on April 19. Arts Jam is an annual celebration spotlighting students’ artistic achievements. This year, more than 2,300 people total came to both campuses to see the Performing Arts and Visual Arts events. Lower SchooL highLightS

• The Grades JK-1 Spring Concert and Grades 2-3 Spring Concert each featured round singing as well as pieces in foreign languages.



• The Grade 4 Spring Concert included students singing, playing recorders and barred instruments, and performing African dancing and drumming. • As part of an art project, the First Grade used iPads to make claymation movies. The students wrote their own scripts, made the characters out of clay, built the sets, and then filmed the movie using specially-made frames to hold the iPads. MiddLe SchooL highLightS

• The Grades 7-8 production of “Guys and Dolls” presented the first musical done in the Middle School. • The Grades 5-6 play, “Dreamcatchers,” featured a collection of scenes, songs, dances and poetry all on the theme of dreams. The work of 22 students was incorporated into the script.

• The Middle School Orchestra, Band, Percussion, and Choir participated in the Music in the Parks Kings Dominion Festival on May 12. The Orchestra received a rating of First Place – Superior as well as Best Overall in the festival, which included High School Orchestras. The Band received a rating of Second Place – Good, Percussion received a rating of First Place – Good, and the Choir received a rating of First Place –Excellent. • The LS/MS Visual Arts Show displayed close to 500 pieces of art. The show included Middle School students’ work with batik and included the great art produced throughout the year and artist statements from the Grades 7-8 artists. UPPER SCHOOL HIGHLIGHTS

• The Spring Music and Dance Concert included over 125 performers, a Broadway show stopper from the “Will Rogers Follies,” The Rite of Spring performed by Orchestra and Dancers, Faculty singers with the Choir, Poetry Out Loud with the Jazz Band, and, “ The Pink Panther: a Grand Finale.” • The first annual Ceramic Arts Show complemented the Portfolio Art Show and the Digital Art and Photography Show.

• The Major Minors released its latest album, “If I Were a Major Minor” on iTunes. • Upper School Dessert Theater performed “Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon.”

Institute of Music; Pulitzer Prizewinning book critic Michael Dirda; and Latin Grammy Winner and jazz musician Jim McFalls.

Arts Jam is an annual celebration spotlighting students’ artistic achievements. This year, more than 2,300 people came to both campuses to see the Performing Arts and Visual Arts events.

One of the full-year components of Arts Jam is having visiting artists come to campus to share their talents through master classes, workshops, and receptions. This year’s artists in residence included sculptor Larry Pollans; clay artist Jim Dugan; ballet dancer Dustin Kimball; flutist Dr. Susan Hayes; Rob Holmes of the US Navy Commodores Jazz Ensemble; Marcia Ferritto of the Cincinnati Pops and Cleveland



Spring Sports Wrap-Up






The team completed a very successful season with an 18-10 record, capturing second place in the MidAtlanic Conference (MAC). Throughout the year the team battled through injury and many young players had an impact on the team. The Senior leadership provided by Harrison Gray, Nick Bazzarone, Felix van der Vaart, Rick Armstrong, Jordan Davis, Daniel Giguere, and David Belt held things together when other teams may have given in. Sophomore Tommy Doyle emerged as the leading pitcher with a 5-2 record and an ERA of 2.86. The squad also finished ranked sixth in the state and lost in the state quarterfinals to St. Christopher. The culminating activity for the team was the Challenger Day, when the team held a baseball clinic for handicapped children.

Led by Senior Captains Maggie Jardot and Michelle Webber, the team experienced great success this season, including the first victory over Georgetown Visitation in program history and a regular season record of 11-4. After a six game winning streak (including four games in seven days!), the team finished the season in second place in the Independent School League (ISL) and eighth place in the state. The winning streak continued in the first two rounds of the ISL Tournament, but ended in the championship game against St. Stephens/ St. Agnes. Despite a loss in the first round of the State Tournament and the loss of Seniors Maggie, Michelle, Maddie Ayers, Natalie Chanfreau, Nicole Freeman, Rachel Thompson, and Heba Zaky, the coaching staff is excited by the successes of the year and is looking forward to next season.

With a strong junior class leading the way, the team played up to its potential and brought back the tradition of fielding a strong team. The team finished second in the MAC again, coming very close to beating Potomac and tying for the league. By the end of the season, the team compiled a league record of 10-2 and finished with an overall record of 12-3. Juniors Jesse Nayak, Blake McGinley, John Marosek, Ricky Tischner and Sahil Chaudhary made up the core of the squad. However, Sophomores Corey McCarten, Evan Harrington, Ben Hillman and Daniel Martchek and Freshmen Hooks Johnston and Matt Middleton contributed greatly to the success of the team. With all of these players back next year, 2013 is shaping up to be a very good year.

The team finished the regular season with an overall record of 8-10. Led by Senior Co-Captains Pat Farrell and Andy Rehberger, the team had a total of 11 Seniors: Sebastian Abrigo, Ramon Burris, Matt Koger, Scott Kuras, Kevin McNerney, Matt Montagne, Robert Rucks, Patrick Shumway, and Danny Weiss. Offensive leaders Juniors Connor Chess and Steven Peterson and Sophomore Nick Peterson helped the team finish as the runner-up in the MAC Tournament. Andy and Nick were named the team’s Co-MVPs, and Pat was named Washington Post All-MET Honorable Mention for his performance as a goalie.



SPRING ATHLETICS AWARDS ALL-ISL Shae Bouchard ’14: Softball Monica Brendsel ’15: Softball Catherine Chess ’14: Lacrosse Hannah Donegan ’13: Lacrosse Margaret Jardot ’12: Softball Britt Savage ’12: Track ALL-MAC Nicholas Bazzarone ’12: Baseball Darron Coley ’15: Track Patrick Farrell ’12: Lacrosse Nate Folger ’14: Track Harrison Gray ’12: Baseball Anthony Lynch ’12: Track Blake McGinley ’13: Tennis Jesse Nayak ’13: Tennis Nicholas Peterson ’14: Lacrosse Thomas Rehberger ’12: Lacrosse Raynal Singh ’14: Track ALL-STATE Natalie Chanfreau ’12: Academic All-State Softball Harrison Gray ’12: Baseball 1st Team Jesse Nayak ’13: Tennis 1st Team

The program had another record-breaking season, finishing the season with an overall record of 13-10, third place in the ISL AA Division (the highest league finish in School history) and fifth place in state rankings. Freshman Lizzy Schwien led the team in goals with 65 and also had 20 assists for 85 total points, a new School record for a freshman. Junior Hannah Donegan had 57 goals with 34 assists (91 total points) and Sophomore Catie Chess had 54 goals and 19 assists (73 total points). Junior goalkeeper Ansley Gibson had 156 saves on the season. The team had fabulous leadership from its captains: Seniors Caroline Stottlemyer and Mary Lewis and Juniors Jillian Goulding and Ansley. The Seniors (Shea Patrick, Abigail Singerling, Mary and Caroline) leave a legacy behind them, having built the program from 18 players on a single team as Sophomores to 40 players on two teams as Seniors.

TRACK AND FIELD The Boys’ Track Team entered the year hoping to rebound from its sixth place finish last season. Re-energized by a strong Freshman class and led by Senior Captains Greg Pawlow and Anthony Lynch, the team made tremendous improvements. At the MAC Championship, the boys placed fourth, one place above rival Potomac. Leading the team on that day was the 4x800 team of Greg, Sophomores Nate Folger, Raynal Singh, and Freshman Darron Coley. They impressed everyone by running faster than any 4x800 team ever had at the MAC championship, setting a meet record. As they have for the past two years, Seniors Britt Savage and Brittany Sweatman led the Girls’ Team this year. Britt Savage, this year’s MVP, led the team by capturing her third straight ISL championship in the 300 hurdles. She graduates holding the school record in the 200, 400, 300H, 100H, and 4x400. She and Brittany, have built an impressive legacy for the girls’ track program.

ALL-MET Hannah Donegan ’13: Girls’ Lacrosse Honorable Mention Patrick Farrell ’12: Boys’ Lacrosse Honorable Mention Jesse Nayak ’13: Boys’ Tennis Honorable Mention



because we have a strong program that is part of a rigorous academic environment. It is fabulous that we are a role model and that other schools want to emulate us.” The workshop also gave the particiSupporting Learning Differences



On May 4 and 5, the FHS Learning Center hosted the “Supporting Learning Differences in Independent Schools” workshop. The event focused on helping participants identify ways in which they can continue to support learning differences in their communities. Fifteen participants from thirteen schools nationwide participated in discussions and panels. “One to two people each month come to observe our Learning Center,” said Dr. Susan Biggs, Learning Center Director. “It is appealing to others

pants a chance to see the full picture of how our Learning Center works and to receive an experience more personally tailored to the assets and obstacles for their own school communities.

Video observations of the Learning Specialists’ interactions with students was the highlight of the event. When people come to observe the Learning Center, they want to see the different types of support in the classroom. However, this does not always happen depending on the day’s schedule and the students’ needs. Technology Integration Department Chair Rick Alfonso helped Dr. Biggs find a solution that allowed for observations

with little disruption to the students’ learning process. Using iMovie and other software available on the MacBook Air, Mr. Alfonso and Dr. Biggs were able to record the Learning Specialists working with students in all of the grade levels. These videos were shown at the workshop and the Learning Specialists were available to provide more detail about the interactions with the students and answer questions.


“PROJECT”ING INTO THE FUTURE A Senior’s year is often defined by a list of “lasts”: last Homecoming, last Town Meeting, last School Dance. However, Flint Hill Seniors also complete a Senior Project as a graduation requirement, providing many students with their first work experience and taste of the world outside of academia.



Seniors selected their faculty mentors and projects in the first semester of the school year. Many students, including Matthew Koger and Hailey Farrell, chose projects that allowed them to explore possible areas for college study. “For my Senior Project I interned with a money manager. I chose the project because it lies within my area of

interests for college — finance and accounting. I felt like I learned so much, both personally and practically,” said Matthew. Hailey, who worked as a social media intern for Surefire Social, a company that uses technology and marketing services to help business with their online presence, “was immediately attracted to the company because I am planning on studying Communications and Marketing in college, and Surefire

VIEW FROM THE “SUMMIT” Flint Hill’s commitment to technology in the classroom is no secret, especially after the recent article in the Washington Post, but did you know that our School is just as committed to helping other schools start their own 1:1 programs? As the Apple Visit Site School for Virginia, Flint Hill receives many questions and visitors about our 1:1 program and how we integrate technology in all Grades. In order to help a wider audience and to provide a more in-depth view of our integration process, Flint Hill hosted a two-day iPad Summit called “Transforming Our Community of Learners.” The conference kicked off on May 4 when fifty participants arrived at Flint Hill. Attendees were able to receive the complete view of our integration

Social works in both of these fields together.” Harrison Gray wanted “to gain a better understanding of the development of a company,” so he worked with a local business owner who makes baseball bats. At the end of their projects, both Matthew and Harrison reflected on why Senior Projects are an essential part of the Flint Hill experience. “I feel as though it is important for Flint

process—from financing to implementation—thanks to the schedule put together by Dean of Faculty Shannan Schuster and Lower School Technology Integration Specialist Melissa Scott. The agenda for the day included visits to classrooms to see how the iPad and MacBook Air are transforming the educational experience, as well as opportunities to speak with students about recent projects. Additionally, there were breakout sessions with faculty and technology integration specialists and a panel discussion led by current Students and Faculty to talk about how Flint Hill uses technology. “The Summit was a great opportunity to showcase the creativity that can be produced on the iPad. Here at Flint Hill we want to challenge the conception that the iPad is merely for consumption. What is so great about integrating the iPad into our curriculum is that it lets our Students experience a freedom of choice that has previously been absent from the educational system. The abundance of apps for the iPad allows the Students to find inspiration and engage in production and collaboration at higher levels,” said Mrs. Scott.

Greenock, Scotland, gave the keynote address on May 5. As an educator at the world’s first 1:1 iPad School, Mr. Speirs spoke about next-generation educational technology, teaching practice, and curriculum to an audience of 100. The iPad Summit received rave reviews from attendees. One attendee provided the following feedback, “The whole thing was overall very inspiring, and a great opportunity to meet colleagues from neighboring schools! Thank you!” while another said, “The enthusiasm exhibited by everyone at FHS was wonderful! Clearly you’ve learned a lot in implementing iPads and I appreciate your willingness to share!” As our School continues to integrate technology into the classroom, we look forward to acting as a resource and model for other schools.

Fraser Speirs, an Apple Distinguished Educator and Head of Computing and IT at Cedars School of Excellence in

Hill to require a Senior Project because it takes all the skills that you have learned in the classroom and apply them to the real world,” said Matthew. Hailey felt that the project gave her the opportunity to “expand my knowledge and work ethic beyond the boundaries of the School walls and experience the working world outside of high school in a new light.” Harrison said, “I have also taken away many valuable lessons

that I feel will help me in my future endeavors. [The project] also introduced me to the life of a small business and how grueling and tough it is to survive as a small business owner.” This year, 14 Seniors received Honors for their presentations and personal reflections at the end of their projects (for a complete listing, please see page 18).




Home is Where the Huskies Are

HOME IS Where the Huskies Are M


embers of the Lower School community gathered in the East Campus gym on the morning of June 1 to celebrate the end of the school year. Led by Lower School Director Sheena Hall, the ceremony highlighted events and achievements for all grade levels and commended students for their participation in the First Six Weeks of School program and Student-Involved conferences.

commended the class for their leadership throughout the school year. “Your generous spirit and thoughtfulness was especially evident in the wonderful ways in which you worked with your JK, Kindergarten and First Grade buddies. …I would like to wish you everything of the best as you begin this new chapter in your lives but do remember that the Lower School is just a floor away and we would so love for you to stop by and visit us,” said Mrs. Hall.

Special attention was given to Fourth Grade students, members of the FHS class of 2020, who will be joining the Middle School in the fall. Mrs. Hall

Four students from the Class of 2020 had the opportunity to share their reflections on their Lower School experience.


“I have been at Flint Hill since I was in Kindergarten and I can’t believe how fast the time has gone,” said Al-Mohsin Al-Hussain. “During the past five years I have learned the importance of the Husky Promise and that we need to follow the four words Respect, Responsibility, Honesty and Compassion. …My message to the Lower School students is always try your best and do the right thing, and look for ways to help others….I will always remember these few words: ‘Once a Husky, always a Husky.’” As a new student to Flint Hill this year, Julianne Cuevo shared her

experience with her class. “When I first came to Flint Hill, I didn’t expect this much kindness and support from everybody. Here, I got to experience a fun way of learning, and I think this school is really great. I enjoyed the Shakespeare plays. I was Lady Macbeth. I also really enjoyed going to Williamsburg. One of my favorite experiences was going to writing club every B day and Dday with Mrs. Hinnant. I also loved meeting with my Kindergarten buddy, Bronwen. And you’ve got to love the Madagascan Hissing cockroaches. They were so cool. I’m so glad my parents sent me to FHS. It’s been the best time of my life.” “Even though I will miss Lower School, I am really looking forward to Middle School,” shared Olivia Farrell. “I can’t wait to eat chocolate ice cream and cookie sandwiches. I am looking forward to meeting new friends and new teachers. It will be like when I was in First Grade all over again, but this time I’ll speak up! Over the past four years in Lower school I have become more mature and a little more serious about homework, schoolwork, and what I am supposed to do in class. I’m more mature because I recognize that it is a privilege to even walk into this school and be called a Husky. My message

to the Lower School is that while it might be frightening and a little sad to leave your teacher and some of your friends who might not be in your class next year… just remember that next year you will once again be welcomed with loving hands.” “I remember my first day in JK. I remember holding on to my mom, not wanting to let go. I remember standing there, scared, but I can honestly say as soon as I opened the door, I felt like it was already my second home,” said Brian Scherer. “After six years in the Lower School I would like to thank all the amazing classmates and teachers and family who have been a part of my life… I thank you for making me a Husky, a citizen of this school. But now I’m leaving Field Day and Inspirations for Color Games and Town Meeting. So I say goodbye, to you, my second family. The ceremony ended with an official welcome from Middle School Director Barry Davis, who then led the new fifth graders out of the gym while the Lower School students sang the school song.

During the past five years I have learned the importance of the Husky Promise and that we need to follow the four words Respect, Responsibility, Honesty and Compassion

Congratulations to the newest members of the Middle School, and a happy summer to the Lower School community!




n the afternoon of June 1, the Class of 2016 met in the East Campus gym as members of the Middle School for one last time. Surrounded by family, friends, and faculty members, the once Eighth Graders – now Freshmen – celebrated the conclusion of one journey and the beginning of the next.

I believe that with courage, talented individuals can change the world and make it better.



Middle School Director Barry Davis told the audience “this group of students is very special to me, as they came into Middle School the same year that I did. Watching them grow over the past four years has been a pleasure. I believe we have all learned from each other things that have made us better people.”

Headmaster John Thomas and a group of faculty members presented special end-of-year awards to a number of students based on their academic, artistic, and athletic achievements, as well as for citizenship and overall accomplishments (see sidebar). In his Class Address, SCA President Eric Tsang advised his classmates to remember their accomplishments from Middle School while looking for new challenges in High School. “Flint Hill impacts each of us in many different ways. I have had two fantastic and memorable years in Flint Hill….All the teachers tried to teach us as best they could and be as helpful as possible… We are here to celebrate this very proud time in our lives. We know we worked very hard to get to where we are right now, but it is just a beginning. We are going to a new journey called “high school.” Let’s remember our last success and memories we had in Flint Hill Middle School and look forward to new friends, new challenges, and excitement that high school brings us. Good bye Flint Hill Middle School, I will never forget you.”

EIGHTH GRADE AWARDS Congratulations to the following students who received special commendation at the Promotion Ceremony. FINE ARTS: MASTER ARTIST:

Christina Mazziotta MASTER MUSICIAN:

Middle School History Teacher Tim Laramy delivered the Charge to the Class of 2016, urging the students to believe in and exhibit courage. “If I could pick a 5th core value for Flint Hill students to embody, it would be courage. I think that the values of respect, responsibility, honesty and compassion create an environment where students are healthy and happy. These core values create a safe environment in which students can feel free to take risks, to go beyond their comfort zones, to learn how to grow into young adults. But, the real challenges, I believe, take place beneath the surface of the academic day. How we interact with each other, how we treat each other is often dependent on how we decide to react to situations that challenge us. …It takes great courage to be yourself and even greater courage to accept others for who they are, regardless of their differences. Having the courage to stand up for what is right is often the simple difference between making the world a better place or not…

“Eighth Graders, you are here today for your Promotion Ceremony. The promotion is a rite of passage. In your life you will have many such rites. This promotion is the recognition from your parents, your teachers and your coaches that you have earned for your hard work. And, you have worked hard during your academic careers. You have developed your skills as artists, athletes, musicians, community servants. You have learned how to be better friends to each other, you have challenged yourself to give your best, and you have earned the right to move on to the next stage of your development…What will that next phase of your life require of you? I believe the answer to that question is courage. Go forth, young women and young men, and live courageously. Have the courage to change the world and make it better.”

Priya Gill


Hailey Scherer ATHLETICS:

Ryan Finlay Brittany Hendrix Katherine Herlihy CITIZENSHIP:

Ella Hamilton Rebecca Harrington Adam Shiveley Varvara Troitski FACULTY:

Arman Azad Rachel Lippman Hailey Scherer FELLOWSHIP:

Arman Azad

Congratulations to the newest Freshen! Enjoy your last summer before moving on to high school.



“I’d like to…remind everyone that graduation is just one day,” said Britt. “Do not forget to reflect upon and celebrate all the other days that brought you to this moment…don’t celebrate being done with Flint Hill—celebrate what it has given you, and I guarantee that it is much more than an education.”



ith the seats overflowing in the West Campus Gym the morning of June 8, the feeling of anticipation kept proud parents, friends, and family members on the edge of their seats until the Upper School Symphonic Band and Orchestra began playing Sir Edward Elgar’s “Pomp and Circumstance.” The first notes wafted through the gym, audience members rose to their feet and craned their necks, swiveling their heads from side to side, hoping for the first glance of the day’s stars: the Class of 2012.



As Headmaster John Thomas and the Board of Trustees led the faculty procession down the aisle, cameras and phones were raised and held ready. When the first few blue and white caps entered, a roar of applause and cheers greeted the graduates, as well as a multitude of camera flashes.

Natalie reflected on the change she and her classmates saw in the world during their four years of High School and thanked the teachers, coaches, families, and adopted aunts and uncles for their determination, support, and trust that helped the Class of 2012 along the road to graduation. Natalie also gave advice to her classmates: respect others and be nice, remember that each of us is “no more special and talented than the person sitting next to us,” and to accept the responsibilities that come with adulthood.

Mr. Thomas praised and congratulated the Class of 2012 for its wide-ranging accomplishments as students, athletes, leaders, and friends before presenting three Commencement Awards (see sidebar).

Jim Fitzpatrick ’95, Associate Director of Admissions at Episcopal High School, delivered the Commencement address. Jim said, “I hope that each of you will find what you are passionate about, and in doing so will give back to your community, your schools, and your country.” Jim also quoted basketball coach John Wooden, telling students to “‘Be quick, but don’t hurry.’ This quotation is magnificent in its simplicity, but it is also timeless in its meaning…If you are so worried about what will happen next, you will never enjoy the moment that is now. It is good to be quick…we all want to be efficient. But if you live your life at a hurried pace, the time will pass you all by without creating great memories. Cherish your years in college…be quick, but don’t be in a hurry.”

Salutatorian Britt Savage and Valedictorian Natalie Chanfreau each had a chance to address the audience.

After the diplomas were distributed, the graduates were officially recognized as alumni of Flint Hill and processed

Once the graduates reached their seats, the US Concert Choir started the ceremony with the “Star Spangled Banner.” Nicholas Bazzarone read the invocation, followed by prayers and readings by Ryan Ackerman, Daniel Giguere, and Hebatalla Zaky. The Seniors in the Concert Choir then had one final performance, singing “For Just a Little While” by Sally K. Albrecht and Jay Althouse.

2012 outside for one final school tradition: the celebratory throwing of the graduation caps while surrounded by the faculty and staff. After the caps fluttered through the air and were

reclaimed by their owners, the alumni searched the crowd for teachers, family members, and friends, eager to share the accomplishment with those who helped make it possible.

COMMENCEMENT AWARDS GRADUATION DAY PRIZES The Edwin M. Ward Leadership Prize Given to a Senior who has demonstrated not only leadership but also humility, respect for others, and devotion to the School, and in so doing has proved worthy of the prize named for Flint Hill School’s past president.

Madeline Ayers

The Scholar-Athlete Award

Given to the Senior best exemplifying the ideals of fair play, team spirit, and concern for others in athletics while maintaining academic excellence.

Thomas Rehberger

SPECIAL AWARDS Valedictorian

Natalie Chanfreau Salutatorian

Britt Savage Flint Hill School Medal Given by a vote of the faculty to a Senior whose achievements and contributions to the School have been exceptional.

Madeline Ayers Natalie Chanfreau Daniel Giguere

To read Jim Fitzpatrick’s Commencement address in its entirety and to see the student speakers’ remarks, please visit the website.



CONGRATULATIONS TO THE CLASS OF 2012, WHO WILL ATTEND Arizona State University • Babson College (2) • Bennett College • Bethany College • Bridgewater College • Brigham Young University • Bryant University • Bucknell University • Coastal Carolina University • Christopher Newport University (3) Clemson University (2) • College of Charleston • College of William & Mary (4) • Davidson College • Dickinson College • Duke University • Elon Un iversity (2) • Emory University • Endicott College • Ferrum College • George Mason University (3) • Georgia Institute of Technology • Gettysburg College • Goucher College • Guilford College • Haverford College • Hamilton College • Hampden-Sydney College • High Point University (3) • Indiana University • James Madison University (9) • Kenyon College (2) • Lehigh University • Liberty University • Miami University of Ohio • Moses College • Mount Saint Mary’s University • Northeastern University • Northwestern University • Oberlin College • Parsons The New School



THE FOLLOWING COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES NEXT YEAR: for Design • Pitzer College • Pratt Institute • Radford University (2) • Randolph-Macon College • Rochester Institute of Technology • Stanford University • State University of New York at Albany • Union College • United States Naval Academy • University of Arizona • University of Calgary • University of California at Los Angeles • University of Cincinnati • University of Colorado, Boulder (3) • University of Delaware (3) • University of Mary Washington • University of North Carolina-Greensboro • University of Ottawa • University of Richmond • University of San Diego (2) • University of Southern California • University of Virginia (8) • Vanderbilt University (2) • Villanova University (2) • Virginia Commonwealth University • Virginia Tech (9) • West Virginia University • Washington and Jefferson College




Congratulations to the following students who received special commendation at the 2012 Closing Ceremony.



Classics: Nora Okoth ’12 and Nizar Zahed ’12 English: Anthony Lynch ’12 Math: Natalie Chanfreau ’12 History: Matthew Koger ’12 Science: Allison Kennedy ’12 and Nizar Zahed ’12 Dance: Brittany Sweatman ’12 Visual Art: Grace Kim ’12 Vocal: Michelle Webber ’12 Instrumental: Aaron Frederick ’12 Drama: Kyle deCamp ’12 Chinese: Olivia Choi ’12 and Elise MacGuidwin ’12 French: Natalie Chanfreau ’12 Spanish: Hailey Farrell ’12 and Britt Savage ’12

James Russell Lehrer Memorial Scholarship Given to the rising Sophomore, Junior, or Senior of good moral character and a gentle love of nature who has a compelling inner drive to succeed academically, even when studies come hard.

Dale Garrett ’13 Jasper P. Horne, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Given to the Junior who best exemplifies those qualities of the Scholar/ Athlete, which Mr. Horne values and demonstrated in his own life.

Rachel Swarts ’13 Col. Alan Ferguson-Warren Memorial Scholarship Award Given to the rising Senior who has demonstrated excellence in the English curriculum at Flint Hill School.

Adam Cleland ’13 Selma R. Brody Award for Excellence in Music Given to the student who demonstrates excellence in, dedication to, and love for music.

Keelyn McLaughlin ’13 Col. Wilber M. Gaige Scholarship

SPECIAL AWARDS Senior Project Honors

Dana Alloy Brandon Anderson Matthew Davisson Alexander Dreo Nikki Dutta Hailey Farrell Harrison Gray Robert Grey Matthew Koger Robert Pfeiff Brittany Sweatman Rachel Thompson Felix van der Vaart Erich Windmuller

Established by Col. Gaige and his family and given to a rising Senior who has demonstrated consistent commitment and accomplishment in the history curriculum and is in good standing and citizenship.

Seniors’ Prize

Jared Busby ’13

Community Service

Connor Chess ’13 Grace Carter ’12 and Maeve Fleming ’12 Thomas C. Whitworth Publication Award

Shea Patrick ’12 and Michelle Webber ’12 Husky Spirit and Pride Award

Dana Alloy ’12 and Alexandra Burger ’12 Athletic Excellence Award

Shea Patrick ’12 and Thomas Rehberger ’12



CUM LAUDE SOCiEty Previous Class of 2012 Inductees

Given to a member of the Junior Class who ranks in the top ten percent of the Class and has demonstrated intellectual leadership and made a positive contribution to the extracurricular life of the School.

Ryan Ackerman Richard Armstrong Natalie Chanfreau Olivia Choi Hailey Farrell Brittany Heck Matthew Koger Elise MacGuidwin Kevin McNerney Jackson Olsen Britt Savage Brittany Sweatman

Patrick Sanguineti

New Class of 2012 Inductees

BOOK AWARDS The Dartmouth Book Award

The Harvard Book Award Awarded to an outstanding student in the next-to-be-graduating class who displays excellence in scholarship and high character, combined with achievement in other fields.

Hooman Azad The Kenyon College Presidential Book Award Given to the member of the Junior Class who embodies the highest level of engagement, creativity, and commitment to community that are central to the liberal arts and sciences.

Adam Cleland The Randolph-Macon College Book Award Given to a member of the Junior Class who is an excellent student scholastically, is enrolled in a solid college preparatory program, and is a well-rounded individual who excels in the classroom and is also an active participant in extracurricular activities (in school, church, or the community), especially in leadership roles.

Jesse Anderson The Wellesley College Book Award Given to a female student in the Junior Class who not only excels in the classroom but is involved in school activities as well as with her community.

Haley Hickey

Dana Alloy Alexander Dreo Cameron Field Allison Kennedy Anthony Lynch Melanie McGhee Gregory Pawlow Thomas Rehberger Robert Rucks Felix van der Vaart Michelle Webber Nizar Zahed New Class of 2013 Inductees

Hooman Azad Sahil Chaudhary Adam Cleland Kyle deCamp Charlotte Garrett Robert Griffiths Haley Hickey Nicole Keister Jesse Nayak Patrick Sanguineti Jacob Shor Rachel Swarts Richard Tischner



Alumni News F L I NT H I L L

GOING BACK TO SCHOOL Alumni came back to school (at least one for night) on May 23 to visit with classmates and former teachers. Eighty alumni – ranging from the Class of 1972 to the Class of 2011 – gathered on West Campus for receptions with a number of current and former members of faculty and staff, and had an opportunity to attend classes held by current faculty members. Trish Deveneau and Taylor Johnson welcomed students back to the History Department with courses called “History in the News…What Goes Around Comes Around!” and “Al-Andalus: Islamic Spain in the Middle Ages,” respectively. Meanwhile, Science teacher Kim Duncan told the “students” in her classroom, “If it goes BANG and STINKS, it’s chemistry!” The course offerings also provided alumni the chance to take one more class with two retiring faculty members: Science teacher Fred Chanania and Choir Director Kay Maddox. Mr. Chanania presented “Looking Backward and Looking Forward” while Kay offered “FHS Concert Choir – the Reprise.” FHS alumni enjoyed catching up with former classmates and visiting with faculty. The evening’s official program concluded with a choral presentation in the Commons, as Mrs. Maddox’s former students sang under her direction for one final time. Thank you to Sabrina Bells ’01 who organized a gathering at PJ Skidoos so alumni could continue socializing at the end of the event. Start planning now to attend next year’s event on May 16.




SAVE THE DATES The Flint Hill Alumni Association is looking forward to a great year, and hopes to see you! Dear Alumni, Over the past few years, Flint Hill has created a strong foundation for the Alumni Relations program. Having been part of the Flint Hill community since 1993, I am excited and honored to be taking the reins as Director of Alumni Relations, and will continue to build on the great work begun by Bridget Montagne. We have a great group of Alumni who will contribute to the Alumni Association and help Flint Hill reach the level of participation that we want from our former students. I look forward to connecting with you at Homecoming, Alumni Association meetings, Networking Breakfasts, Happy Hours, or even just seeing you back on campus to catch up with a teacher or watch your former coach in action. I am very excited about the future of Alumni Relations, and I hope you are too! Thanks, Kavon Akhtar ’06

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Alumni Association Meeting 6:30 p.m., Upper School Large Conference Room Saturday, October 13, 2012

FHS Homecoming Alumni Tailgate Upper School Campus Saturday, November 10, 2012

Husky Holiday Mart 10:00 a.m., Upper School Campus Wednesday, November 21, 2012

FHS Alumni Association “Happy Hour” 6:30 p.m., Location TBA Tuesday, January 15, 2013

FHS Alumni Association Meeting 6:30 p.m., Upper School Large Conference Room

CALLING ALL FALCONS There have been a lot of changes since you were a student at Flint Hill Prep—our name, location, colors, and our mascot, for starters! But here’s what hasn’t changed, and what we hope will still ring a familiar bell for you: our mission, goals, and impact on the next generation of innovative minds and outstanding young adults. We still value the same things you took away from your educational experience, and we hope those memories will allow you to feel connected to Flint Hill School in 2012. We strongly believe that our “founding” students should be an important part of our Flint Hill community, and we want to recognize and celebrate all that the Falcons have done for Flint Hill. That’s why, this year, we are making plans to create “The Falcon Society” to honor those original students who helped make Flint Hill what it is today. This is very much a work in progress, so we’d be grateful for input, suggestions, and even active involvement from those of you who like the idea and would enjoy being, once again, “founding” members! Please be on the lookout for more information about the Falcon Society when the new school year begins. If you have questions or ideas for the Falcon Society please contact Kavon Akhtar at

Monday, April 22, 2013 FHS Alumni Association Meeting

6:30 p.m., Upper School Large Conference Room Thursday, May 16, 2013 FHS Alumni Back-to-School Night 6:00 p.m., Upper School Campus

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 FHS Golf Tournament, Westfields Golf Club Questions: Please contact Kavon Akhtar at kakhtar Look forward to seeing you! Home of the Driving Spirit

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