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Husky Meets Husky on Dogsled Trip Flint Hill’s 4th dogsled trip to Maine. (Photo/Tracy Peterson) 2 | FLINT HILL SCHOOL



Board of Trustees 2014-2015 Mr. Otis D. Coston Jr., Chairman Mr. Nelson A. Carbonell Jr., Vice Chairman Mr. Richard J. Hendrix, Treasurer Mr. John M. Thomas, Secretary Board Members Gen. John R. Allen, USMC (Ret.) ‘71 Mr. Steven C. Anderson Mr. John M. Beatty Sr. Mr. Randall W. Byrnes Mrs. Jacqueline M. Copeland Mr. William C. Fleeson ‘03 Mrs. Sarah D. Hazel Mr. Edward H. Kennedy Mr. John M. Kudless Mrs. Lisa R. Lisker Mrs. Sarah L. Merten Mr. Gary D. Rappaport Mrs. Liza Wright Renner Ms. Lucia Anna Trigiani Trustees Emeriti Mr. John T. Hazel Jr., Founding Chairman Emeritus Sister Martha Carpenter, O.S.F. Mr. Edward R. Carr Mr. John M. Dowd The Honorable Johanna L. Fitzpatrick Mr. Paul C. Kincheloe Jr. Mr. Michael C. McCarey Mr. William N. Melton Mr. Norris E. Mitchell The Reverend Edwin M. Ward














Editorial Team Angela Brown, Jackie Viteri, Magazine Design Eve Shade, Photo Contributors Susan Spencer, Perfect Shot Photos, LLC Victor O’Neill Studios FLINT HILL SCHOOL 3320 Jermantown Road Oakton, VA 22124 Flint Hill School is a Junior Kindergarten through 12th Grade independent school. 4 | FLINT HILL SCHOOL

There should always be a true joy in learning, and as educators, we are ever mindful of the innovation, creativity and excitement that active engagement can bring to our learning environment. The joy of learning is why we continue to expand programs like Maker Education and Robotics, and increase the availability of classes like Digital Design—always with a considerable focus on the academic and personal success of our students.






Dear Flint Hill Community,

“Try it again” is a phrase that captures the essence of Maker Education, a method of instruction from which students learn problem-solving skills. Classes in Maker Education —commonly referred to as Makers—were introduced as Flint Hill Middle School electives in the Fall 2013 semester.

Our faculty members also continue to inspire and mentor outstanding young leaders. They are the mainstay of our educational work here, and through their role modeling, they teach our students lessons that range from classroom studies to the importance of building and maintaining strong and vibrant relationships. To extend those lessons of positive role modeling and good mentorship, our teachers often invite guest presenters to teach students. Guest presenters have instructed, enlightened, challenged, entertained and, ultimately, motivated all of us. Flint Hill is entrepreneurial in all that we endeavor to do and sincere in the commitments we make to fully educate our wonderful Huskies of today and tomorrow. This year, we began the process of updating our strategic plan. Trustees, faculty and staff, school leadership, parents and alumni, have all been active participants in the process that will galvanize our vision for the next three to five years. I encourage you to review the Strategic Planning section of our website: It is very much a part of our present-day thinking as we plan for the future. In this issue of the magazine, you will learn more about our dynamic Maker Education program, how guest presenters enhance our students’ learning, and you will get a sense for the momentum that is a part of our everyday lives. Whether it is in the classroom, our studios, the courts and fields, or at the podium as a guest, you will see how everyone here is part of our team. Everyone here has something to contribute to our entire School community. If I can ever be helpful in any way, please do not hesitate to call on me. Sincerely, John M. Thomas Headmaster

Throughout the school year, experts are invited to share their unique experiences, distinct skills, and diverse perspectives with Flint Hill students. The valuable lessons they provide to students are beyond informative, often inspiring, and, at times, life changing. FLINT HILL MAGAZINE | 3

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FOUNDER’S DAY CELEBRATES 25 YEARS Lighting the Way at the All-School Gathering The All-School Gathering is held annually in September to celebrate the start of the school year. The lantern is a significant symbol at Flint Hill that is lit at the Gathering and remains ignited until the final Senior graduates at the end of the year. This year, students

in Junior Kindergarten (JK) and their Fourth Grade buddies worked together to help light the way by making paper lanterns prior to the event. On the day of the ceremony, the JK’s Senior buddies took them by the hand and helped them carry their handmade lanterns.

Week of Thankful Giving In the days before Thanksgiving, students, faculty and staff participated in the Week of Thankful Giving by donating food and items of basic need. Collection boxes were placed near each divisional office, and the donations were sent to three different nonprofit organizations: the Lower School to Food for Others; the Middle School to SHARE, Inc.’s food pantry; and the Upper School to Cornerstones. 6 | FLINT HILL SCHOOL

Together, they sat and watched the official lantern lighting, an honor given to “lifer” Seniors who have been at Flint Hill since they were in JK. This year, 17 lifers took part in the tradition.

Flint Hill School reorganized, from its days as Flint Hill Prep, 25 years ago with 425 students in one building. Today, there are two campuses and more than 1,000 students. At Founder’s Day, on January 8, Founding Chairman Emeritus Til Hazel described Flint Hill as a “success story” that took “courage, vision and determination” to establish and continue. The event celebrated the many people who have been instrumental to the growth of the School and nurtured it into the educational institution it is today. Reverend Edwin Ward, Flint Hill’s first president, reflected on the School’s history and accomplishments. “Some of the schools around you were founded 50 years ago, 75 years ago, a century ago, and here you are standing shoulder to shoulder with everything

“Their shared vision, leadership and commitment to education paved the way for Flint Hill to become the exceptional, vibrant school it is today.” that they can provide and, in most cases, probably a lot more. More has been done in 25 years in producing what we have today than any other school I’ve ever heard of.” Looking to the future, current Board Chairman Skip Coston said, “It’s been an exciting trip that we’re only beginning.” Alumnus Chris Nittle ’91—from Flint Hill’s first graduating class—sent a letter to Headmaster John Thomas that he read in Nittle’s absence. “Twenty-five years ago our founders saw a need and filled it. We started new traditions and made meaningful decisions. We realized that when we see an opportunity, we should pursue it. That attitude. That founding legacy persists to this day at Flint Hill. It defines Flint Hill. It is Flint Hill.”

To honor the inaugural Trustees and Founding Faculty and Staff, Headmaster Thomas announced that a plaque with all of their names would be permanently displayed at The Miller House, the oldest structure on campus that once served as an academic building and is now an administrative building. Engraved on the plaque is the inscription, “Their shared vision, leadership and commitment to education paved the way for Flint Hill to become the exceptional, vibrant school it is today.” A few of the School’s inaugural visionaries attended a Founder’s Day reception, including: former Headmaster Hank Berg, Gail Nittle, Ed Kline, and Susan Rodgers, as well as Fred Atwood, Maddie Krug, and Abigail McKenzie, who continue their dedication to teaching at Flint Hill.


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Homecoming 2014: Pep Rallies, Bonfire, Games and Spirit! Spirit Week kicked off the momentum of the Homecoming festivities, starting with the annual doghouse painting at the Upper School. Throughout the week, enthusiasm built with themed days in all three divisions; Lower, Middle and Upper School students, faculty and staff took part in Advisory Pride Day, Color Day, Crazy Mismatch Clothing Day, Favorite Jersey Day, and more. By Friday afternoon, the energy was palpable at the pep rallies on both campuses. Friday evening’s powder puff game and bonfire brought many

families out to join the celebration, and an alumni reunion at the old Miller House completed the night with longtime friends reminiscing about Homecoming festivities of past years. Homecoming Saturday was a bright, sunny day filled with games and activities. And our student-athletes played with heart as the Girls’ and Boys’ Varsity Soccer teams held the visiting teams to tie games. Bringing the festivities to a roaring close, the football team earned a commanding 47-7 win against Maret.

ROBOTICS SCRIMMAGE PREPS TEAMS FOR COMPETITION Family Math and Engineering Nights On January 9, the Lower School hosted Family Math Night and on January 23, a Family Engineering Night was held for Junior Kindergarten-Sixth Grade families at the Lower/ Middle School gym. Both events were offered for the first time for families to engage in math and engineering-related activities together. On Math Night, coordinated by JK-12 Mathematics Chair Joe Vignolini, teachers shared fun interactive games and strategies. On Engineering Night, Director of Maker Education Lindsey Nelson organized the materials and instructions for families to create pop-up books and explore the mechanisms involved in making the various parts work. At both events, parents were given ideas and resources to take home. 8 | FLINT HILL SCHOOL

On Saturday, November 22, Flint Hill hosted a Meet the Field robotics event for the first time, partnering with the For Inspiration & Recognition of Science & Technology (FIRST) program. The event was a scrimmage for teams to practice and prepare for competition events later in the year. Five of 11 teams that participated were from Flint Hill. All the teams designed, built and programmed their own robots. As in competition, this event had referees, and tables were set up with power in the pit areas for teams to work on their robots. In addition to gaining practice in an authentic competition setting, the event also gave the teams the opportunity to network with and learn from each other. Read more about the FIRST program at FLINT HILL MAGAZINE | 9

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Student Journalist Becomes Washington Post Contributor At the end of the summer, Arman Azad ‘16 participated in the Washington Post’s Multimedia Storytelling Workshop as part of their Young Journalists Development Program (YJDP). He co-authored the article, “A National Crisis: Mental Health in the Wake of Robin Williams’ Death,” and he co-

produced an accompanying video. Of the unique experience, he said, “Working side-by-side with Post journalists and staff, we spent a week discussing media and journalistic techniques. After doing preliminary research, we went into the city, conducting interviews, writing an article, and creating a short video piece that was posted on the Washington Post website and PostTV. It was incredible to hear from some of the world’s most talented journalists and even more amazing to see our work posted on the Washington Post website.” In the fall, Arman became one of six Washington area students chosen to participate in the YDJP’s Correspondents Program. He was issued a Washington Post press badge and is now covering various events under the mentorship of a Post reporter. A highlight for him in December was to interview singer Sheryl Crow. The article he wrote, “At Post POV, Sheryl Crow and Barry Levinson Take a Seat in Signature Theatre’s ‘Diner,’” is one of a few he has now contributed.

Students Expand Programming Skills with Hour of Code

Geology and the Beach

For Computer Science Education Week, December 8-14, Lower and Middle School students participated in the Hour of Code, a global effort to make basic computer programming an understandable and achievable skill. The students were given problem-solving activities geared to their age groups. In the youngest grades, Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten students created code to make their Bee-Bots (hand-sized robots) move. The challenges increased incrementally with Middle School students taking on logic-based scripting to


complete 20 coding puzzles. Technology Integration Specialists Sam Moser and Lisa Waters, who coordinated the activities, encouraged students to take calculated risks and to persevere through the coding challenge. Learning to code was compared to learning a new language—a digital language—that takes time to understand and improve. Called the “largest learning event in history,” nearly 100 million students worldwide participated in the Hour of Code.

Middle School Student Wins Gold in Fencing Hadley Husisian ’21 won two gold medals in fencing— Y-12 Women’s Epee (girls 12 and under) and Y-14 Women’s Epee (girls 14 and under)—at the Winter Regional Youth Circuit tournament in Richmond. This makes Hadley the

Eighth-graders discovered how ocean waves impact the geological formation of a beach. In science lab, students experimented with a pan of sand, water and an empty bottle, which they pushed up and down to mimic changes in wave height. They learned how various situations—like climate changes—impact wave height and contribute to sand and large mineral erosion of beach shorelines.

In Fifth Grade science class, the students looked like detectives as they investigated the structure of vascular plants. They used every tool at their disposal to investigate how plants transport and circulate water and nutrients: magnifying glasses to see beyond the surface, laptops to research the facts and to document, notebooks to sketch their observations, rulers to measure parts of the plant, and their hands to touch the leaves and sift through soil. Their detective work was done in pairs, encouraging the students to discuss their findings. Through their research, the students learned to synthesize information and use reasoning to reach conclusions about their scientific observations.

top women’s epee fencer in her age group in the twelve-state Southeastern region. Fencing is an off-campus activity in which Hadley participates diligently and enthusiastically. 10 | FLINT HILL SCHOOL


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Discussing the Evolution of the Biosphere


Modeled after a professional scientific conference, students

from several teachers who attended. Evolution of the

in the Evolution of the Biosphere class participated in a poster

Biosphere is a one-semester course that focuses on the

presentation session on their research of: the origin of life,

relationship between the evolution and interactions of life

origin of water on Earth, life in the solar system (Mars), life

on Earth and the physical and chemical processes that

Jack McCaffrey ’15 won the grand prize of the Virginia Film Festival’s High School Director Competition for his claymation film, “Magic Marker.” Jack has taken several art courses at Flint Hill, including Portfolio Art this year, and he has a

on Mars, and extrasolar planets and life. All of the students

shape the world.

displayed their posters concurrently and fielded questions

particular interest in animation. He says, “I’ve been animating for more than seven years now. It’s not just a hobby for me but something I seriously want to pursue.” Watch the film at

International Athletes with U.S. State Department Program Welcomed

Flint Hill’s Modern Language Program in the News

The Varsity Girls’ and Boys’ Basketball teams welcomed 12 youth basketball players and their coaches from Sri Lanka and the Maldives. Head Varsity Girls’ Basketball Coach Jody Patrick coordinated the visit with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs via their Sports United diplomacy program. The international athletes accompanied the Flint Hill student-athletes to classes, had lunch together and ended the day with a basketball clinic in the Upper School gym.

Classics Students Win Top Awards Director of the Lower School Sheena Hall, Modern Language Department Chair Jill Moore and Spanish teacher Wanda Ocasio were interviewed for The Gazette newspaper article, “Private Schools Use Language as a Window on the World.” Mrs. Hall was quoted, “We try hard to think about the world we live in and that, as global citizens, our students will need to be interconnected and able to collaborate in the world arena. We want our students to approach the world with empathy, optimism and an appreciation of diversity.”


At the Virginia Junior Classical League Convention (VJCL) in November, 97 Middle and Upper School students in the Latin program won more than 200 individual top-10 awards for their work in academics, graphic arts and creative arts; nearly 150 of those awards were in the academic contests. Priya Gill ‘16 was the highest scorer in the entire convention on the grammar test, winning the Maureen O’Donnell Grammar Award and making her the top Latin language student in the state of Virginia. Trinidad Kechkian ‘17 was elected to the office of 2nd Vice President, a major position with the VJCL. Merritt Schwartz ‘18 was named the overall academic winner, earning the Hugh Himwich Academic Award, and Reza Akhtar ’15 won “best in show” for the modern myth he wrote. FLINT HILL MAGAZINE | 13

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3rd Annual Day of Play: Building a Playground On Friday, October 3, Lower School students, from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 4, became engineers and architects for the 3rd Annual Day of Play. The students worked collaboratively to transform ordinary cardboard pieces into structures found in a playground—rockets, houses, submarines and anything the students could imagine and create. The day began with the students brainstorming, planning, designing, building and testing their work. Later,

they brought their completed structures to the gym to form one large playground for everyone to enjoy. The Day of Play is a learning opportunity for young students, which emerged from Flint Hill’s innovative curriculum design. This project-based event introduces young students to the design skills used by engineers, architects and other creative professionals and teaches them how to apply those skills toward creating functional objects.

Students became engineers and architects for the 3rd Annual Day of Play.

Cunningham Makes USA Triathlon Team Logan Cunningham ’15 qualified for Team USA in triathalon. Logan will represent the USA at the World Championships in September 2015. While she trains with Team USA to compete against the world’s best triathletes, Logan will continue to represent Flint Hill on the Varsity Swim, Cross-country and Track teams as well as in the classroom, where she’s managing the workload from various AP and Honors classes. Logan will also continue serving as a student host and ambassador with the

ENVIRONMENTAL CAMPUS SOLUTIONS New environmental efforts have been implemented campus-wide with the use of an innovative technology that replaces conventional cleaning products. An on-site generator uses only electricity and water and a small amount of salt to produce both a multisurface cleaner and disinfectant/ sanitizing solution which are colorless, have no VOCs, are non-irritating to skin and are Green Seal certified. “The new system reduces the exposure of the School community to chemicals and reduces our environmental footprint,” said Director of Facilities Dennis Giuliani. Micro fiber cleaning pads have also replaced the use of the wet-mop and bucket. “It’s like a magnet for dirt,“ said Director of Auxiliary Services Thomas Hill. “By industry standards, it’s the best way to clean.” Overall, the new practices also streamline the cleaning process for the custodial staff. Added Hill, “In my 20 years in the field, this is revolutionary.” 14 | FLINT HILL SCHOOL

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Upper School Students Attend Leadership Conference On November 19, eight Upper School students spent the day at the Highland School Leadership Conference in Warrenton, Va., participating in student workshops focused on the theme of advocacy and leadership. The students who attended— Sonia Schmidt ‘17, Annie Hajost ‘16, Francesca Coe ‘16, Nadine Krill ‘16, Arman Azad ‘16, Hayden Garrett ‘16, Kylie Miller ‘16 and Lauren Simons ‘16—are involved in at least one of the following groups: the Student Council Association, Ambassadors program or Athletic Advisory Council. The group took a photo with the keynote speaker, Jennifer Sheehy, Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Office of Disability Employment Policy at the U.S. Department of Labor. FLINT HILL MAGAZINE | 15

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MUSICAL HIGH NOTES Congratulations to the students selected to represent Flint Hill in the Virginia Music Educators Association’s 2015 All-District Honors Choir: Upper School: Michelle Pawlow ’16, Olivia Hernandez ’17, Sonia Schmidt ’17, Jack Lovelace ’17, Arman Azad ’16, David Ross ’17 and Conner McBride ’16, first alternate. Middle School: Rachel Hall ’19, Maya Jaffe ’20, Nicole Facchina ’20, Julianne Cuevo ’20, Olivia DeWitt ’19, Simon Van Der Weide ’20, CJ Nkenchor ’20 and Ian McDuffie ’20. This is the largest number of Seventh- and Eighth-graders yet to represent Flint Hill’s Middle School.

Congratulations to our orchestra students: Middle School: Grace McKay ’20 for being selected for first violin section in the District Honors Orchestra. Upper School: Sydney Ebersohl ’17, violinist, who was selected for the Senior Regional Orchestra, qualifying her to audition for the state-level honors orchestra.

The 2014-2015 Season Begins “Midsummer Jersey” was first in the spotlight during the fall, as the Upper School Dessert Theater production combined Shakespeare with the Jersey Shore. The outstanding performances from the 18-member cast made the play a huge comic hit with audiences. “The Nutcracker” was re-envisioned with all new staging, lighting and set pieces to commemorate the production’s 5th anniversary at Flint Hill. Guest performing artist Marshall Whiteley, of the Washington Ballet Company, returned to join the cast for his second year in the role of The Nutcracker. New numbers were introduced for Upper School dancers, new roles were introduced for the Middle School dancers, and the Lower School dancers had more stage time. Even a robotic mouse, designed and built by students, was introduced into a scene.


The Major Minors were selected for the Best of High School A Cappella (BOHSA) competition—recording for the 9th consecutive time—with the song “Breakeven,” featuring Sophia Carbonell ’14 and Diana Cox ’14. The song can be purchased online via iTunes, Amazon and Loudr.

At the Winter Concert Series, more than 1,350 people attended the four concerts for Grades 5-12, showcasing the talents of Middle and Upper School students in the orchestra, percussion, band and choir. This year, the orchestra played to its largest audience, the percussion concert featured movie and video game music, 86 band members played selections from “Frozen” together, and 116 choir students joined as one for the Flint Hill tradition of singing “Carol of the Bells.” The Lower School’s Holiday Concerts featured three separate events to highlight the work that students in Grades JK-4 prepared especially to celebrate the season and the new musical skills they learned throughout the fall.


Highlights BY GRADE

JK. On a field trip to Riverbend Park, in Great Falls, Va., students learned about the daily life of local Native Americans. K. Students participated in a math activity in which they added the numbers from a rolled pair of dice and used the total amount to stack that many blocks onto the same number shown on their game board.


1. Students visited a planetarium after studying space—the moon, stars, sky and sun patterns —in the classroom. 2. Using engineering principles in science class, students worked in pairs to design and construct bridges using materials that would be strong enough to hold ten wooden cubes and withstand a mock rainstorm. Along the way, they tested, problem-solved and then gave a final presentation to their classmates.



3. Students practiced using microscopes in science class by viewing several slides prepared with different objects. 4. To celebrate their studies of Shakespeare and the Elizabethan era, students hosted a Shakespeare Festival and performed in select scenes from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “The Tempest” and “Macbeth. They made props, backdrops and costumes, and composed original prose to add a modern-day interpretation.



5. Working on individual research projects, students spent time on topics of personal interest including robotics and programming.

6. During a challenge to design and build the tallest moveable, freestanding tower from various recycled materials, students learned about the engineering and architectural factors involved in the structural integrity of buildings. 7. On Service Day, students traveled to several different off-site locations to help at a family shelter, thrift shop, eyeglass recycling center and food pantry.


8. For “A Day at the Museum,” students created digital exhibits about great leaders in history; the exhibits were circulated in class on iPads for other students to learn about the topics studied. 9. In early fall, students established a “smart goal” in their advisory to lend an extra hand to others once a week throughout the year. 10. Contemporary World History students went to the Newseum, in Washington, after completing their studies of news analysis.





10-11. Students attended a programming workshop sponsored by a global engineering, project management and construction company. 11. In biology lab, students examined the rate of the enzymatic decomposition of hydrogen peroxide to study how fast the liver can breakdown different types of sugars. 12. Physics students studied the variables involved in motion.










ore than 300 Upper School students participated in the 2014 fall athletics season. Four teams brought home conference titles—Girls’ Volleyball and Girls’ Tennis from the Independent School League (ISL) and the Boys’ Soccer and Golf teams from the Mid-Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAC). The Varsity Volleyball team won its third straight Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association (VISAA) state championship, and the Boys’ Soccer team put together a string of exciting wins on its way to becoming a finalist in the VISAA state championship game. History was also made as Field Hockey was introduced into Flint Hill athletics.

CROSS-COUNTRY The boys’ and girls’ teams were very competitive this fall, both finishing with an overall 4-4 record. For the girls, Genna Landy ’16 placed 17th at the ISL Championships and 22nd at the VISAA State Cross Country Championships at Woodberry Forest. The boys had a strong finish with John Moxley ’18 leading the charge and placing 15th in the MAC Championships. Husky Awards Boys: Brendan Metz ’15 | Girls: Liz Piper ’15 MVP Boys: Alec Singer ’16 | Girls: Genna Landy ’16


In its first year as a newly-formed program, the Field Hockey team improved tremendously throughout the season. The team consisted of 25 players and was led by Hayden Garrett ’16, who either scored or assisted in every goal during the season. The Huskies defeated Middleburg Academy 6-0 in September to record the program’s first win.

Husky Award Taylor Curtis ’15 MVP Hayden Garrett ’16 All-ISL Hayden Garrett ’16

FOOTBALL The Huskies opened the season with a victory over cross-town rival Paul VI Catholic High School, by a score of 34-27. The team celebrated Homecoming with a 47-7 win over conference-opponent Maret. Contributing to the victories throughout the season was running back Cameron Vaughn ’15, who led the offensive with 1,233 rushing yards. To conclude the season, the team battled Sidwell Friends for a share of the MAC title, finishing just short in a high-scoring game that ended 58-45. Husky Awards Varsity: Jason Police ’15 and Reid Lavin ’15 JV: Matthew McClements ’18

All-MAC Nicky Fouty ’16, Matt Robinson ’15, Jack Swart ’15, Cameron Vaughn’15, and Malek Zahed ’15.

MVP Offense: Cameron Vaughn ’15 Defense: Matt Robinson ’15

All-State First Team: Matt Robinson ’15 Second Team: Cameron Vaughn ’15

GOLF The team went undefeated, 12-0, and won its fourth straight MAC Championship, where they set a School record with a score of 297. The team’s success was due in large part to Jamie Agnew ’15, Will Snyder ’15, Will Krisko ’15 and Justin Ayanian ’16, each of whom placed in the top seven at the championship. Husky Award Varsity: Will Krisko ’15 JV: Brian Riggione ’17 MVP Will Snyder ’15

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The team won eight of its last ten matches and gained a share of the ISL A Division Championship. Making it to the ISL Tournament final, the Huskies finished second to St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School in a close contest. Christina Harris ’16 and Marie Berthiaux ’17 led the team in wins over the course of the season.

In the fall, members of the Outdoor Sports Club explored many of the wonderful adventure spots that the Washington area has to offer. The group learned about proper rock-climbing technique—including how to build their own climbing anchor—on a trip to the Carderock Recreation Area, in Maryland. On separate trips, they paddled the Potomac to try their hands at properly maneuvering a canoe downriver, after which an entire day was spent kayaking the Shenandoah River on an adventurous Saturday excursion. Later in the season, the group explored a trail on mountain bikes and learned the proper technique for riding on hilly terrain.

Husky Awards Varsity: Becky Harrington ’16 JV: Michelle Cole ’16

All-ISL Christina Harris ’16 and Marie Berthiaux ’17

MVPs Christina Harris ’16 and Marie Berthiaux ’17

All-State Christina Harris ’16

SOCCER The Boys’ Soccer team went on a magical post-season run, winning six straight contests in a span of nine days. A major highlight for the team was winning the MAC Tournament Championship in a 2-1 comeback victory against The Potomac School on their home field. The Huskies ended the season one win short of a state title against St. Christopher’s in the State Championship game. Husky Awards Varsity: Alexander Arey ’15 JV: Logan Yager ’18

All-State Aaron Cargas ’16 and Zach Marumoto ’15

MVP Zach Marumoto ’15

All-Met Washington Post Second Team: Zach Marumoto ’15 Honorable Mention: Aaron Cargas ’16

All-MAC Cris Abrigo ’15, Aaron Cargas ’16, Sean Garrett ’15, Zach Marumoto ’15, and Ali Talaksi ’15

The Girls’ Soccer team began the season winning five out of its first six games. The Huskies won the Episcopal Tournament by defeating Episcopal and WCAC opponent St. Mary’s Ryken. In a 2-0 win over rival Potomac, goalkeeper Marissa Magnani ’15 recorded eight saves. Lindsey Wiley ’16, Madison Crowe ’15 and Kaitlyn Kim ’15 contributed with great offensive play throughout the season. The team finished with an overall record of 8-6-3. Husky Awards Varsity: Marissa Magnani ’15 JV: Hailey McDonnell ’17 MVP Madison Crowe ’15

All-ISL Honorable Mention: Madison Crowe ’15 and Marissa Magnani ’15

VOLLEYBALL Led by eight seniors, the team captured a perfect season, making it through a competitive schedule with a 34-0 overall record. First winning the 10th Annual Flint Hill Invitational Championship, in late September, the team built momentum by winning its third straight ISL, City, and State Championships before finishing #1 in both the VISAA Division I and Washington Post polls.

Husky Awards Varsity: Kierston Forney ’15 JV2: Danielle Effley ’18 JV1: Sierra Coley ’17 MVP Allison Ford ’15 All-ISL Michelle Abt ’15, Gracie Anderson ’15, Allie Fellows ’15, Allison Ford ’15, and Morgan McKnight ’16


All-State Allison Ford ’15 (VISAA Division I Player of the Year), Allie Fellows ’15, Morgan McKnight ’16, and Michelle Abt ’15

VISAA Division I Coach of the Year: Carrol Anderson All-Met Washington Post Player of the Year: Allison Ford ’15 Second Team: Allie Fellows ’15 Honorable Mention: Michelle Abt ’15, Gracie Anderson ’15 and Morgan McKnight ’16 Virginia Gatorade Volleyball Player of the Year: Allison Ford ’15




Winterfest Fans cheered on the basketball teams at four, exciting back-to-back games against Potomac. The Huskies were victorious in three of the four contests: Girls’ JV, 55-13, Boys’ JV, 54-46, and Girls’ Varsity, 45-29. The Boys’ Varsity team was edged out, 60-58, in a nail-biting finish.


SWIMMING The Girls’ Swim team enjoyed a record-breaking season, placing second at the ISL Championships and fourth at the Washington Metropolitan Prep School Swim Dive League (WMPSSDL) Championships; both finishes were the highest ever recorded by the Flint Hill Swim program. Two individual champions emerged: Team Captain Lauren Freeman ’16 in the 100 breaststroke (School record 1:08.19) and Jasmine Hellmer ’18 in the 100 backstroke (meet record 59.08). Additionally, Freeman placed second in the 200 individual medley; Hellmer, third in the 100 butterfly; and Sisi Baker ’18, fourth in the 200 and 500 freestyles. Mimi Baker ’17, Elli Hausamann ’17, Bridget Kennedy ’17 and Senior Captain Logan Cunningham had top-10 individual finishes. The Huskies also finished second in the 200 medley and 400 free relays and fourth in the 200 free relay. During the season, Sisi Baker broke the School record in the 500 free by more than seven seconds. Eleven girls qualified for the state meet in Richmond with hopes of placing in the top five.

The Ice Hockey team competed for the first time as a varsity team in the Northern Virginia Scholastic League (NVSHL) and had a successful overall record of 6 wins, 3 losses and 1 tie. Justin Cho ’16, Thomas Eberhardt ’18 and Ben Chajet ’15 led the way on offense, while Captain Christian Tailor ’15 and goaltenders Jack Jenet ’15 and Sami Morse ’16 anchored the defense. Their biggest victory of the season thus far, is the 4-1 win over rival Potomac for the Dominion Cup. The Washington Capitals covered the matchup in their High School Showcase Game and interviewed players after the win. After leading the division for most of the season, the team went into the post-season in second place.

College-Bound Student-Athletes In November, four Seniors signed letters of intent to play Division I sports: Darron Coley, Clemson University, track and field; Allison Ford, University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, volleyball; Chris Farrell, The College of William & Mary, baseball; and Christian Tailor, Bucknell University, baseball. In February, two more students made their official commitments: Matt Robinson, Bucknell University, football; and Madison Crowe, Villanova University, women’s soccer.

The Boys’ Swim team competed well this season with several top-25 finishes at the WMPSSDL Championships. Sam Lisker ’15, Will deCamp ’17 and Henry Park ’18 led the team through their hard work and leadership.




Acting Assistant Director of the Upper School Debbie Ayers presented, “The Modern History of Turkey and Turkey’s Role on a World Stage: Using CHOICES Curriculum in the 9-12 Classroom,” at the Virginia Council for the Social Studies Conference in October. Director of Counseling Barbara Benoit received a Clinical Supervision Certification in September. Lower and Middle School nurse Theresa Ferlotti and Director of Health Services and Upper School nurse Beverly Webster attended the Virginia Association of School Nurses conference in Williamsburg, Va. in November. Upper School art teacher Cianne Fragione exhibited work at the Art Basel visual arts show, in Miami in December. Middle School history teachers Beth Gryczewski and Katie Knicely presented, “Inspiring Creation in Middle School History: Digital Timelines, iBooks and Augmented Reality,” at the National Association of Independent Schools, in Boston in February. Kindergarten assistant Lisa Hoff attended a seminar, “Increase Student Learning by Using iPads and Other Mobile Devices in Your Pre-K or Kindergarten Classroom,” in November.

Director of Diversity and Inclusion Mia Burton, Upper School Latin teacher Howard Chang, Upper School history teachers Claire Compton and Taylor Johnson, Assistant Director of Counseling John Magner, Director of Fine Arts Tim Mitchell and Upper School math teacher Molly Tanner attended the National Association of Independent School’s People of Color Conference/Student Diversity Leadership Conference in Indianapolis in December. Students who attended included: David Akinyemi ’17, Arman Azad ’16, Ekaterina Gaetjens ’16, Priya Gill ’16, Laura Statman ’15, Gabrielle Turner ’15, and Misha Wooden ’16.

Grades 7-12 Science Department Chairs Cyndi Hoffman and Upper School science teachers Desmond Frost and Ed Mathieu attended the National Science Teachers Association regional conference in Richmond, Va. in October. Middle School English teachers Travis Keatley and Chelsea Platt, Upper School English teachers Valerie Morehouse and Aimee Lim, Grades JK-6 Language Arts Department Chair Joey Starnes, and Sixth Grade teacher Bruce Wyman attended the National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention in November. Upper School science teacher Zack Krug joined The Paleontological Society’s Committee on Education. He also presented, “Phylogenetically Random Extinctions and the Preservation of Phylogenetic Diversity During the Late Ordovician Mass Extinction,” at the Geological Society of America Conference, in Vancouver, Canada in October.

Diversity Workshop

Driving Spirit Awards

On November 25, the entire faculty and staff attended a day-long professional development workshop on diversity and inclusion led by Gene Batiste, executive director of Independent Education and a consultant in diversity training and leadership development.

In a Founder’s Day tradition, the Driving Spirit Awards were presented to “recognize current members of the Flint Hill School faculty and staff, who have demonstrated ethical leadership, diligent intellectual scholarship, and a commitment to teaching, coaching, and mentoring students.”

2015 Winners: • Sharon Grigely, Middle School Learning Specialist

• John Magner, Assistant Director of Counseling/Middle School Counselor

• Rachel Hinnant, Fourth Grade teacher Headmaster John Thomas and Director of Diversity and Inclusion Mia Burton with Gene Batiste. 28 | FLINT HILL SCHOOL

“It’s been a long but rewarding two and a half years. We have each grown as educators, thinkers and individuals.” –Naa-Adei Kotey

Associate Director of Admission Dawn Hopke, Assistant Director of College Counseling Andrew Kane, Interim Grades 7-12 English Department Chair Naa-Adei Kotey, Assistant Director of the Middle School Tanya Salewski, and Upper School Spanish teacher Brian Siegel each graduated with a Master of Education in Social Foundations of Education, through the Flint Hill-University of Virginia cohort, in December. Associate Director of Admission Dawn Hopke presented, “The Admission Director’s Role with Advancement,” at the Secondary School Admission Test Board Conference in Orlando, Fla. in September. Upper School science and robotics teacher Alex Lester attended the Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy program in Pittsburgh. He also gave a poster presentation, “Consensus Building in the Science Classroom,” led a session called “Rethinking Grading,” and co-organized a collaborative working group, “The Alpha and Omega of Project-Based Learning,” at the Knowles Science Teaching Foundation annual meeting in Cherry Hill, N.J. Upper School science teacher Ed Mathieu graduated summa cum laude with a Career Studies Certificate for Biotechnology Lab Technicians, from Northern Virginia Community College in August.

Online/Blended Education Symposium for Independent Schools: Classes of the Future Los Angeles — ­ January 2015

Flint Hill was the only school from Virginia to participate. • Acting Assistant Director of the Upper School Debbie Ayers presented, “Blended Learning in AP European History.” • Dean of Faculty and Director of Online and Blended Learning Emily Sanderson presented on the topic of Design Thinking and Social and Environmental Sciences. • Upper School math teacher Molly Tanner presented on the topic of technology in the math classroom; she discussed how she uses tech tools to make algebraic concepts more visual and videos to supplement in and out of class instruction. • Upper School Dean of Student Affairs Lisa Williams and Grades JK-6 Language Arts Department Chair Joey Starnes presented on the topic of Social Innovation.

Virginia Association of Independent Schools Annual Conference

Middle School English teacher Jennifer McKain attended the Teaching, Learning, Coaching Conference in Lawrence, Kan. in October. Based on a workshop from that conference, she presented, “Positive Psychology in Education,” to Flint Hill’s Middle and Upper School faculty, during a professional development day in November.

Richmond, Va. — November 2014

Technology Integration Specialists Sam Moser and Lisa Waters attended the EdTechTeam Northern Virginia Summit featuring Google for Education in August.

• Upper School Learning Specialists Matt Philipp and Stephanie Hulke presented, “Tips and Techniques for Empowering High School Students with Learning Differences in your Classroom.”

Director of Modern Languages Jill Moore presented on using authentic French to engage students in language learning, at the Greater Washington Association of Teachers of Foreign Language conference in November. Director of Security and Risk Management Doug Morency was inducted in the Howard University Athletic Hall of Fame along with his 1993 football teammates for their 11-0 season, in which they also broke several National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference records, went to the 1AA NCAA playoffs, and were named black college national champions.

• Middle School history teacher Beth Gryczewski presented, “Key to Online Presence: Establishing a Strong Digital Footprint.”

• Dean of Faculty and Director of Online and Blended Learning Emily Sanderson presented, “Developing 21st Century Skills Through Design Thinking in MS and US.” • Headmaster John Thomas and Assistant Head of School for Academics Bill Ennist attended conference sessions including one in which Upper School student Zane Homsi ’15 spoke about TED talks.

Lower School music and Middle School drama teacher Angela Ramacci graduated summa cum laude from The Catholic University of America, with a Master of Arts in Theater Education in May. Grades JK-6 Language Arts Department Chair Joey Starnes and Upper School Dean of Affairs Lisa Williams presented, “We’re Creating Social Entrepreneurs Today,” at EduCon, in Philadelphia in January. Lower School Learning Specialist Shannon Titmas attended a workshop in Executive Functioning from the Learning and the Brain Institute. FLINT HILL MAGAZINE | 29


“Try it again” is a phrase that captures the essence of Maker Education, a method of instruction from which students learn problem-solving skills. Classes in Maker Education—commonly

Making a Better Design

in Makers embrace the challenge. To them, the question “Why doesn’t my design work?” is a starting point for determining how to make it work. They learn to take a systematic approach to problem solving: define the problem, brainstorm potential solutions, evaluate ideas, build working models, incorporate feedback to improve a design, and document progress.

The Makers electives are currently offered to students in Seventh and Eighth Grades. Director of the Middle School Brian Lamont explains, “Our Middle School students are naturally inquisitive and willing to try, tinker and take risks. Learning at this level needs to be active and dynamic. Using their hands to make and build activates their brains differently and is an important supplement Communication with peers—how to ask for and offer assistance to the digital learning that we also embrace. Students in Grades to another student—is taught as a critical part of problem-solving. 5 and 6 have a lot of hands-on projects incorporated into their “Makers is inherently social. You have to help each other, share classes, and we think that formal Maker Education classes are ideas and talk about them,” said Nelson, who wants the students necessary in Grades 7 and 8, as courses become more specialized to learn the deeper life lesson that “it doesn’t need to be something and as we seek to expand our elective offerings.” I’m making in order to make a contribution to something else being made.” As the students evolve to constructing more Positivity surrounds the Maker Education philosophy; possibilities intricate projects, their problem-solving skills become second are endless and failures are seen as opportunities to make nature, as does their ability to make connections that are something better. When facing a roadblock in a project, students broader in scope.


referred to as Makers—were introduced as Flint Hill Middle School electives in the Fall 2013 semester. Concurrently, an Innovation Department was formed and structured to oversee Makers, in addition to courses in Design Thinking and Robotics at the Upper School, and to support programs such as the Lower School’s Day of Play. Hands-on projects based on engineering principles encompass the majority of the time students spend learning in Makers classes, which are held in a dedicated Makerspace. A reconfigured classroom—with ample floor space, long tables and walls of shelving built to hold multiple storage bins for tools and supplies—was designed intentionally for students to work, independently and collaboratively, on creating, testing, redesigning and retesting

their projects. “Makers is a about a journey from imagination to reality. It’s about connection and developing a consciousness about how things work,” said Director of Maker Education Lindsey Nelson. “Students in Makers will develop a deep appreciation for what is needed to take ideas that start in their heads and use materials creatively to build three-dimensional representations of those ideas.”

Students learn to solve monumental problems.

Materials that students commonly use in class range from simple to complex: brass fasteners, balsa wood, motors and gears, wires and switches, and non-programmable and programmable circuits with diverse sensors. The tools follow the same pattern of complexity—scissors, hot glue guns, pliers, wire cutters, soldering irons and computers. As project difficulty levels increase, the students gain better knowledge and understanding of how and when to use certain materials and tools.

Students explore ways to build bridges together.

Design journals are required for students to write notes about the materials and tools used, modifications made to projects, and progress detailing what worked and what didn’t. With each attempt at improving their projects, the students build a stronger foundation of critical–thinking skills in addition to technical skills. “Many designs do not work as expected,” said Nelson. “When students have basic familiarity with the technologies they are using, they experience much greater success in troubleshooting.”


Students think outside the box and make connections.


by learning to identify and construct thoughtful questions that would provide them with detailed, informative answers. To gain understanding about the life and work of an archaeologist, they asked, “What is your proudest discovery and why?” and “What is your favorite tool for excavation?” Related to their studies, a student asked if it’s possible to determine from a dig whether findings are from Paleolithic or Neolithic times? “Yes,” Dr. McCane said, “The shapes of jars, pots and other ancient pottery vessels have changed over time. For more than 100 years, archaeologists have been carefully tracking what kinds of shapes are found” in certain layers of the earth that are known to be of a specific period. The students got the opportunity to see Dr. McCane’s office, while he showed them artifacts from some of his excavations. Holding up pieces of objects, he challenged

you became an archaeologist? What got you interested?” They discovered that he began his archaeological career in his 30s. He told them, “What keeps me inspired about what I do is that I never know what I might find each time I climb a hill to start excavating a site. There’s a constant excitement about discovery. Every day I go out and excavate something that hasn’t seen the light of day in thousands of years. I don’t know what else I could possibly do that could be as fulfilling as that is.” The students discovered a similarity between an archaeological dig and digging for answers—both lead to newfound knowledge that deepens the understanding of topics and of people.

Inspiration for the Future “Our students really enjoy and benefit from the real world experiences shared by guest speakers and the opportunity to

Invitation to Teach Visitors Share Expertise with Students


hroughout the school year, experts are invited to share their unique experiences, distinct skills and diverse perspectives with Flint Hill students. The valuable lessons they provide to students are beyond informative, often inspiring, and, at times, life changing. Aware that students can benefit greatly by learning from guest presenters, our teachers look for experts who reinforce classroom studies and introduce related topics that further pique curiosities. “All of the guests I invite are people doing inspiring things in the art and design world,” said Upper School Digital Arts and Photography Teacher Catherine Huber. “I want students to understand that they can have a career doing things similar to what we are doing in class and to understand the value and marketability of their skills.” From authors visiting in the Lower School and engineers in the Middle School, to research scientists in the Upper School, guests are carefully selected to cover a variety of topics appropriate for the students’ ages, interests and areas of study. Marc Starnes, a statistician with the U.S. Department of Transportation, understood his audience of Third Grade students and tailored his presentation to include M&Ms.


He immediately had their attention and challenged them to guess how many pieces were in a jar. Before the students knew it, they were learning how estimation, probability, population and sample size relate to data collection. The teachers timed Starnes’ visit to coincide with the students’ math lessons about investigation, measurement and interpretation of categorical and numerical data. Starnes also discussed his role at work and how he uses data analysis to improve car safety for the population at large. He encouraged the students to continue their studies and to think about how useful math skills are to helping improve other situations of daily life for many people.

Digging for Answers with Thoughtful Questions In the midst of studying ancient civilization, Fifth Grade students contemplated the question, “How do social scientists interpret the past?” To help them dig deeper for answers, a virtual presentation was arranged via Skype with Dr. Byron McCane, an archaeologist with Wofford College, in South Carolina. The students prepared to speak with Dr. McCane

them to identify what they were and how they might have been used. They learned that a piece of pottery with a wide opening indicated it was likely a saucepan or casserole dish. A small rim from a big jar would have been used for pouring liquids. From archaeological research, Dr. McCane explained, “We can now say with a very great degree of confidence that this type of water jug rim comes from the time of the ancient Greek Empire, the Hellenistic period in which Alexander the Great lived.” By the end of their time together, even more fascinated by Dr. McCane and his work, they asked, “How old were you when

ask specific questions about current issues to professionals who are champions in their fields,” said Director of the Upper School Rico Reed. “The experience motivates our students to think about their futures.” When Shawn Domogal-Goldman, an astrobiologist and research space scientist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, spoke with students in the Evolution of the Biosphere class last year, Alfred Pardoe ’14—unbeknownst to him at the time—met the future mentor for his Senior Project with Blue Marble Space, an organization where Domogal-Goldman is an advisor. The project, which involved coding and


developing models to search for life on planets and moons outside of our solar system, won honors for Pardoe, who is now studying physics and math at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand. Domogal-Goldman returned in January to give a presentation to this year’s Biosphere students. In a more literal approach to demonstrating what their professions entail, Skip Skowron, an accomplished master printer, and Marshall Whiteley, a dancer with The Washington Ballet’s Studio Company, gave workshops to Upper School students, putting them into motion and teaching them techniques from their particular fields. Skowron taught art students how to operate a large printing press and prepare etched glass plates with ink. In the process, they realized that hands-on learning also means allowing enough time to wash ink off their hands before going to their next classes. As a resident performing guest artist, Whiteley spent several days teaching students in dance classes. He also practiced

a performer, making the transition from the studio to the stage effortless. In class, he would make references to his work at the Washington Ballet, which made for an engaging and informative experience for us as students,” said Charlotte Sadar ’15. “Marshall also coached our pre-professional students on preparing for auditions and company life,” added Dance Teacher Jenelle Mrykalo. “It was an incredible opportunity for all of our dancers to learn from and dance alongside a professional.” Access to such expertise gives students the chance to expand their knowledge and skills and to be inspired to fulfill dreams they have for their future. Though the moments that guest presenters spend with students are relatively brief, the lessons and mentorship they provide often leave a lasting impression.

for many hours with the dancers who were to perform in Flint Hill’s production of The Nutcracker, in which he danced the male lead. “Partnering with him is truly an invaluable experience, because he helps you grow technically as a dancer, giving you advice on how to move more efficiently, and as

MEET OUR GUEST PRESENTERS Lower School’s Brown Bag Lunch Series

Judy Caplan

Michael Dirda

• George Arrington—former Flint Hill science teacher • Iris Beckwith—trainer and educator, connectED4safety LLC, Internet & Technology Safety • Matt Bellace—motivational speaker and psychologist • Black Cherry Puppet Theater • Alli and Erin Blakely—Georgetown Pie Sisters • Jonathan Blocksom—software developer • S.A. Bodeen—author • David Brooks—journalist, political and cultural commentator, New York Times • Judy Caplan—registered dietician • Mike Corrigan—retired NCIS Special Agent • Dr. Ray Cuevo—internist, hematology specialist, oncology specialist • Chip Deutsch—associate research scientist, Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission • Michael Dirda—Pulitzer Prize–winning book critic, Washington Post • Shawn Domogal-Goldman—astrobiologist and research space scientist, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center • Jim Dugan—ceramic artist, Baltimore Clayworks • Kwasi Dunyo—master drummer / Ghanaian musician • David Egan—athlete and advocate, Special Olympics • Dr. John Egan—retired chief scientist, CIA 34 | FLINT HILL SCHOOL

Jay Harris

Jim Dugan

• Fairfax County Fire Department, Fire Safety Puppet Show • Helen Frederick—associate professor and director of printmaking, Department of Art and Visual Technology, George Mason University • Nesse Godin—holocaust survivor • Linda Gorham—storyteller • Jay Harris—ESPN sportscaster • Grant Heinlein—art director, Visual Supply Co (VSCO) • Cathy Hoskinson—director of annual fund and volunteers, Cornerstones community shelter • Sandeep Khandhar—thoracic and cardiac surgeon • Steve Klein—retired journalist, USA Today • Joshua Korenblat—artist and art director, Graphicacy Creative Analytic Design/Timeplots • Kukuwa Kyereboah-Nuamah—African Dance performer, choreographer and educator • Shirley Little Dove—member of the Mattaponi Tribe • David MacDonald—potter and Syracuse University emeritus professor of ceramics • Byron McCane—archaeologist and professor, Wofford College • Kathryn Otoshi—author • Dick Patrick—former sports journalist • Jewel Parker Rhodes—author

Kukuwa Kyereboah-Nuamah

• • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Emily Richard—senior visual designer, Microstrategy Debbie Roffman—health educator Ty Sell—drug and alcohol education presenter Jay Silver—inventor of the Makey Makey kit Rachel Simmons—educator and New York Times best-selling author Holly Goldberg Sloan—film director, producer, screenwriter and novelist Warren St. John—author and journalist Marc Starnes—statistician, U.S. Department of Transportation Scott Tenet—engineer Speak About It—performance-based presenters of healthy relationships Step Afrika! dance group Marvin Thompson—educator Tuskeegee Airmen Marshall Whiteley—dancer, The Washington Ballet’s Studio Company Doug Wilhelm—author Andrew Wilson—founder, Under the Sea, marine life educators Michael Wilson—research biologist, The Center for Conservation Biology Aasiyeh Zarafshar—PHA engineer, Micron Technology

In this enrichment program for students to explore their interests and talents, guest presenters have included: a judge, engineer, photographer, attorney, FBI agent, pediatrician, a wildlife educator, college professor, horse trainer, ophthalmologist, professional baseball player, a deputy sheriff and astrologist.

Middle School’s Mini-Speaker Series Students learned about the career and life paths of: a retired CIA scientist, a music industry expert, former military officers, a space systems engineer, security specialists, a budding entrepreneur and successful business owners known for their pie-making.

Upper School Town Meetings At a gathering for all students in Grades 9-12, guest presenters have included motivational speakers, educators, journalists and authors.


Parents’ Association News

The Parents’ Association has had an active year thus far with a wide array of events to support the School community and promote parent involvement.

Tennis Social On Friday, September 19, more than 30 Flint Hill parents took to the Upper School tennis courts for the annual Parents’ Association Tennis Social. A past Flint Hill parent, Ken Whitaker, ran drills and advised the beginning courts, while representatives from the Fairfax Racquet Club practiced with players as a warm up before the matches

began. Players of all skill levels enjoyed four rounds of mixed doubles tennis. Each round began with a conversation starter to help everyone get to know one another. Conversations continued over lunch with prizes and raffles. A special thanks to Co-chairs Gina Wasson and Teri Dungan for their efforts in organizing a wonderful event.

HOLIDAY SHOPPES On Saturday, November 15, approximately $13,000 was raised from the Holiday Shoppes in support of the Parents’ Association Endowment for Financial Aid in Honor of Sally Hazel. The event kicked off the holiday season and also served as the first Parents’ Association fundraiser of the year. The hallways of the Upper School were completely transformed into a boutique marketplace, and shoppers enjoyed browsing a mix of jewelry, clothing, accessories, home decor, menswear and holiday decor. Students and parents alike made the day a success by volunteering in the Kids’ Space, decorating and transforming the hallway into a festive market, greeting shoppers, and ensuring vendors had plenty of refreshments throughout the day. Past parents returned to shop and reconnect with one another. Whether you volunteered, contributed to the PA Bake Sale, or just came and shopped, thank you for your support! A very special thank you to our Co-chairs Karen Eye and Lauryn Pomeroy for a wonderful event and for their year-long efforts in planning the Shoppes, and to the parents who chaired each part of the Shoppes: Lisa Benn, Volunteer Coordinator; Donna Butler, Greeters; Daphne Rappaport, Bake Sale; Ginny Shevlin, Decorations; Sibel Unsal and Regina Gramss, Kids’ Space; and Amanda Yousefi, Hospitality.



The Parents’ Association had the pleasure of creating Spirit Alley and providing spirit accessories—cow bells, pom poms, boom sticks and foam Husky dog bones—to add to the excitement of Homecoming weekend. They helped transform the Upper School campus into a fun and festive environment to cheer on the Husky athletes competing throughout the day. Spirit Alley was lined with an array of activities for all ages, including poster-making, face paint, hair color spray, temporary tattoos, candy raffles, the traditional Classics Club pumpkin decorating and The Major Minors’ Cake Walk, and even an interactive robotics booth sponsored by Upper School Robotics students. The moon bounce and velcro wall were also a hit with younger Huskies.

On Saturday, January 31, parents and students warmed up from the cold weather at the Upper School campus with a day of indoor activities: amusement games (mini-golf, hoops challenge and quarterback toss) and crafts (snowglobe and poster making). Fans cheered on the basketball teams for four exciting games—JV Girls’, JV Boys’, Varsity Girls’ and Varsity Boys’—against Potomac. The Middle School and Upper School Dance teams performed at halftime shows, and The Major Minors and choir soloists sang the national anthem. Many thanks to Co-chairs Shaza Andersen and Susan Hernandez and the many volunteers who helped with decorations, activities and selling concessions and Husky pride spirit wear.

Thank you to the many student volunteers and countless, dedicated parent volunteers who decorated, served food, worked at a booth on Spirit Alley, and helped in the School store. Special thanks to Homecoming Co-chairs Carla Seebald and Mike McClements, Volunteer Coordinator Lisa Benn, Concessions Coordinator Carla Becker, and Decorations Coordinator Ginny Shevlin. All contributed in creating a fun-filled weekend for our Flint Hill School community. 36 | FLINT HILL SCHOOL

GET INVOLVED There are multiple opportunities to get involved in the remainder of the School year, to support the Parents’ Association and to connect with other parents. Visit to learn more and sign up for volunteer opportunities or contact Director of Parent Relations Tiffany Parry at or 703.584.2364. FLINT HILL MAGAZINE | 37

Lindsi Dec ’99 performed at Wolf Trap with the Pacific Northwest Ballet Company. (Photo/Andrew Propp) Read more on p. 40 38 | FLINT HILL SCHOOL


Alumni Class Notes

APRIL 24–25: REUNION WEEKEND (More information on page 47)

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Scooter Vertino ‘89 won two Emmy awards in 2014 as an executive producer. One was for his work with “Inside the NBA,” on Turner Network Television (TNT), for Most Outstanding Weekly Studio Show— Sports; the second award was for “Inside the NBA on TNT: Playoffs,” which won for Most Outstanding Daily Studio Show—Sports. Scooter now has four total Emmys. Also in 2014, Scooter was named senior vice president of programming for Turner Sports, as well as general manager of NBA Digital. His son, Tommy, is pictured with Scooter’s two newest Emmys.

Lindsi Dec ’99 performed at Wolf Trap, with the Pacific Northwest Ballet Company, in August. An extensive article was written in the Washington Post about the dance company and the performance. Two of Lindsi’s former teachers, Maddie and Andy Krug attended the show.

Christina Schlegel ’04 married Alexander Morss in Bretton Woods, N.H., on October 4, 2014. Flint Hill alumni in attendance were: her two sisters, Sara ‘08 and Catherine ‘09, who served as bridesmaids, as well as former Flint Hill science teacher Fred Chanania and his wife, Elisa Grammer. The couple honeymooned in Fiji and New Zealand. Christina currently works as a manager at Deloitte & Touche in Boston, and her husband works as a cardiologist.

Eugene Bednov ’05 served in the U.S. Army as a combat medic after graduating from Flint Hill. He also earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Virginia Commonwealth University, where he was a member of the Delta Chi fraternity. Eugene completed a 16-month program at Ross University School of Medicine in the Caribbean and is now finishing his last year of medical school in Chicago, while applying for residency. He has traveled to many places around the world, from doing medical relief work in Haiti—after the 2010 earthquake—to leisure trips in Europe, Thailand and China. He is engaged to Brittany Smith, who he met in medical school; she too will be applying for a residency, specializing in neurology. Eugene is looking forward to catching up with friends at Reunion Weekend (April 24–25)!

1993 1971 Rod Brown ’71 recently moved back to Northern Virginia and is excited to reconnect with Flint Hill and his fellow alumni.

1973 Sandy Pless ’73 and her family live in Staunton, Va. After a break of several years from the field of veterinary medicine, Sandy is once again working as a licensed veterinary technician. She works at the CharlottesvilleAlbemarle Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), a no-kill shelter, which operates a high-volume spay-neuter practice, and cares for the hundreds of resident shelter animals. The cases range from the most heartwarming rescues to the most heartbreaking abuse cases. The SPCA usually does 95 to 120 surgeries every week, including shelter animals, pets owned by the general public who cannot afford the cost at a private practice, and feral cats under trap-neuterrelease programs. Sandy joins all shelter workers and volunteers in encouraging everyone to spay and neuter their pets, to adopt rather than to purchase, and to support their local animal shelters and rescue organizations. Sandy’s daughter Beth also works at the SPCA.


Jessica (Aspinwall) Springsteen ’93 is an international project finance lawyer at Clifford Chance US LLP, an English law firm with a large U.S. presence. Jessica advises multilateral organizations, commercial banks and institutional investors in the development of projects in Latin America. She has been actively involved in all aspects of project development and project financing. Jessica and her husband George, a chief legal officer for IFC Asset Management Company, live in the Chevy Chase neighborhood of Washington, DC with their sons Nick (attending Wesleyan University), Lucas and Geordie. Read more about Jessica on Flint Hill’s alumni webpage, “After Flint Hill,”

1995 Erica Plunkett ’95 transitioned to a position supporting the U.S. Army, PEO Soldier PM SPIE, after working with U.S. Customs and Border Protection for six years, a role in which she contributed to ensuring that our soldiers have the best gear to successfully achieve their missions and return home safely to their loved ones. She currently lives in the quiet Fredericksburg countryside with two dogs, a cat and a horse. She is excited about reconnecting with her fellow classmates at the 20-year reunion, during Reunion Weekend, April 24-25!

2005 Allison Ayers ’05 graduated from Barry University with a Master of Clinical Medical Science as a physician assistant in December in Miami. Allison received the highest honor, the President’s Award, “awarded to a student who demonstrates overall excellence and who best epitomizes the values of the PA profession.” Twelve years after teaching her at Flint Hill, former Science teacher Fred Chanania attended the graduation ceremony to celebrate Allison’s achievement. Allison has accepted a job in Connecticut with an orthopedic surgery practice that specializes in disorders of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine.

2001 Patrick Emery ’01 is a sixth-year associate at Reed Smith LLP in Pittsburgh, focusing on commercial and financial services litigation. Notable trials include a federal jury trial, representing a former guest of the Daily Show in a civil rights action, and a fraud case that inspired John Grisham’s “The Appeal.” Patrick and his wife, Ellen, welcomed their third daughter, Lydia Mary, on August 8, 2014. Isla (age 5, left) and Fiona (age 3, right) love being big sisters. Bannister McKenzie ’04 has artwork on display in the exhibition, “A Fine Arrangement,” at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) museum, in Philadelphia. The still life art exhibition opened in October and runs until April 12, 2015. McKenzie studied at PAFA, receiving a master of fine arts in 2013. He completed his undergraduate work at the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2008.

Melissa Bosco ’05 is helping to coordinate the 10-year class reunion on April 25 and is very excited about seeing everyone. After graduating from Flint Hill, she earned her bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech through the University Honors program. While there, she studied abroad for a semester in the Italian-speaking region of southern Switzerland. Melissa is currently working at Protiviti, a risk and advisory services consulting group, where she has been for the past five years, specializing in business process improvement and risk management consulting. Melissa has earned an Internal Auditor Certificate and a Quality Assessment Reporting certification. She recently adopted a dog and purchased her first home in Arlington, Va. She spends her free time practicing yoga and volunteering at the Lost Dog and Cat Society, and is an avid reader.


Nikhil Dewan ’05 graduated from Georgia Tech, with a Bachelor of Science in biomedical engineering, in 2009 and then earned a Master of Science in biotechnology, from Johns Hopkins, in 2010. Since then, Nikhil has primarily worked for St. Jude Medical in Miami as a field clinical engineer, helping to train, support and promote their cardiacrelated technologies to relevant physicians and hospitals. He loves Miami and the fastpaced nature of his field, with cases and appointments popping up at a moments notice; he is hardly ever sitting behind a desk. “It is certainly an exciting and different career, requiring one to travel from hospital to hospital with just an outline for a daily schedule.”

(L-R) Brian Eskew ‘05 and Nikhil Dewan ’05

2006 Sean Donnelly ‘06 is a captain in the U.S. Army. Since graduating from the Air Force Academy in 2010, Sean crosscommissioned to the Army as an infantry officer. He completed Ranger School, Airborne School and the Reconnaissance and Surveillance Leader’s Course. Sean’s first post was with the 173rd Airborne Brigade out of Vicenza, Italy. In 2012, Sean deployed as a platoon leader to the Logar and Ghazni Provinces of Afghanistan. He led a platoon of 25 paratroopers in combat and successfully returned to Italy in February 2013.


2007 Eric Breese ’07 recently enrolled at the College of William & Mary, where he is pursuing an M.B.A., and is scheduled to graduate in 2016. He is having a fantastic experience learning from his classmates, who come from all walks of life and different industries.

Olea Morris ’07 received a Master of Arts in cultural anthropology, from San Diego State University, in December 2014. Her research focused on indigenous groups on the U.S.-Mexico border and how immigration policy can be revised for in-need populations that would support sustainable community development. Olea received two scholarship awards from her department and one last semester—the most for a student on the cultural track at SDSU. Olea also received a grant from the Tinker Foundation to conduct pre-doctoral research in Latin America. In October, she conducted research in Guadalajara and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, on grassroots movements for food and environmental sustainability. Olea hopes to continue working in environmental anthropology at the Ph.D. level and has begun the application process.


the F/A-18 Super Hornet out of NAS Oceana in Virginia Beach, Va., where he will soon be living.

Nic Abrigo ’08, Sebastian Abrigo ’12 and

Cris Abrigo ’15 spent their winter break traveling to Peru and volunteering for a shelter called Peru: Ninez. The Abrigo brothers collected toys and donations for medicine and child care products. Once in Peru, they hosted a Christmas party for 70 children facing serious illnesses, and their families. This was the Abrigos’ second trip to deliver toys to those in need and to bring joy to the families of Peru: Ninez.

2010 Calla McCabe ’10 graduated from the College of Wooster, with a Bachelor of Arts in history, in May 2014. She then went to Ghana with a non-profit organization associated with her college, called the Akaa Project. Along with six other volunteers and the founder of the project, she lived in a rural village—without running water and electricity—in the eastern region of Ghana. They spent their days teaching in the community school, helping to build a community store, traveling to the city market, traveling around Ghana, exploring slave castles, and hiking. Since returning from Ghana, Calla has been working in international development. She hopes to return to Ghana for an extended period of time.

Jeff Zeberlein ’08 has been in Naval Intermediate and Advanced Jet training in Meridian, Miss., since November 2013. He flew the T-45 Goshawk, training on closeformation flying, dynamic-fighter maneuvering and ordnance delivery. Training culminated with ten aircraft carrier landings aboard the USS Harry S. Truman on September 29, 2014. Jeff received his naval aviator wings on October 9, 2014, and has been selected to fly

Samantha Unger ’07 married A.J. Coston ’07 in a beautiful wedding ceremony, at Breaux Vineyards, in Purcellville, Va., on August 30. They shared their special day with many Flint Hill alumni including Greg DiMattina ’07, Erin Doppelheuer ’07, Katie Gregg ’07, Patricia Guillen ’07, Jenny Hawkins ’07, Kelly Ledoux ’07, Greg McIntosh ’07, Gonzalo Rivas ’07, Chris Melisi ’07, and Florencia Rivas ’08. The happy couple is now living in Ashburn, Va.

Sara Schlegel ’08 is in her last semester at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health studying infectious disease epidemiology. In the summer, she traveled to Kintampo, Ghana, where she worked on a research study in collaboration with the Ghana Health Service-Ministry of Health and Columbia University. The project focused on analyzing the health impacts of traditional biomass cooking on respiratory outcomes of pregnant women and their children. In the fall, she interned with the Clinton Foundation’s Health Matters Initiative, which focuses on improving health outcomes related to chronic diseases as well as reducing health disparities within the United States. By working with key stakeholders and organizations within the public health community, Sara has gained experience working with change agents creating solutions to the largest national health issues prevalent today.

Megan Donnelly ’10 is completing her fifth and final year at Tufts University/School of the Museum of Fine Arts-Boston, majoring in anthropology and fine arts. Last fall, Megan went to Nepal with the School of International Training, where she studied development and social change as well as Nepali language and culture. She also completed an independent research project, in which she analyzed an aspect of Nepali society, and presented her findings to a panel of scholars in Kathmandu.

Her research is now published. Last summer, Megan worked in the U.S. Embassy in Brussels, Belgium, where she worked with the Executive Office of the Ambassador. Megan enjoyed her time in both Nepal and Belgium and hopes to continue her work overseas upon graduation. Andrew Ross ’10 attended Syracuse University for four years, where he majored in sport management while also working for the local Major Indoor Soccer League team, the Syracuse Silver Knights. After finishing at Syracuse, Andrew moved to Tampa, Fla., to work in operations for USL PRO, the minor league for professional soccer in the U.S. He now works as an account executive for Orlando City SC, the 21st team to join Major League Soccer.

2011 Audrey Dotson ’11 is one of the integral players on the Bucknell Women’s Basketball team. So far this season, Audrey is the team’s leading scorer, averaging 13.6 points per game, while also leading the Bison in blocked shots, steals and minutes per game. She is second


on the team in assists, with 2.4 per game, and rebounds, with 7.6 per game. She is having a stellar start to her senior season!

Marilyn Peizer ‘11 finished her volleyball career at Fairfield University with 604 kills and 95 blocks. Marilyn was selected to the first team all-conference following her junior season.



Ratna Gill ’11 is a junior at Harvard College studying economics and classics. She worked at the Environmental Defense Fund last summer and was recently named chief of staff for Sense & Sustainability, a blog and podcast that employs a multidisciplinary approach to exploring issues of sustainable development. Through this start-up, she had the opportunity this semester to interview Bina Venkataraman, the former senior advisor on Climate Change Innovation to the Executive Office of the President. In her free time, you can find Ratna performing at coffee shops in Harvard Square, consuming copious amounts of caffeine or curled up somewhere reading David Foster Wallace.

Tori Janowski ’11 finished her amazing collegiate volleyball career with a stellar senior season, starting all 31 matches and playing in all 124 sets, averaging 3.00 kills per set—tops for the Cavaliers. Tori finished her senior year with 1,202 career kills, the tenth most in University of Virginia history.

(L-R) Bennet Chess ’21, Christian Grey ’17, Zane Grey ’14, Cate Chess ’14, Robert Grey ’12, Hunter Windmuller ’12, Jesse Anderson ’13, Connor Chess ’13, Phoebe Chess ’18, and Gracie Anderson ’15


Hunter Windmuller ’12, a punter at William & Mary, and long-snapper Jesse Anderson ’13 are teammates again. The last time they played together was during the 2011 football season at Flint Hill. Jesse began his freshman year at William & Mary as one of the football managers before getting the chance to try out. His speed and accuracy awarded him a walk-on spot on the roster, and his hard work ultimately gained him the first string spot as a sophomore. His first snap was against Virginia Tech in front of 66,000 fans. Though an unfamiliar feeling, he was snapping to Hunter, a familiar face. Hunter played his first two seasons at Virginia Tech before transferring to William & Mary, during the summer of 2014, to become their starting punter. His first punt—on a great snap from Jesse— was a booming 62-yarder. The duo had a great season for the Tribe’s special teams, successfully connecting on 100 percent of the snaps. Hunter’s performance, averaging 43.6 yards per punt, placed him in the top 10 of the NCAA Division I-AA. Several Flint Hill alumni watched Hunter and Jesse’s first game, both on ESPN and from the stands. After that game, the two reconnected with some Flint Hill friends.

Alex Long ’12 is making a big impact with the Davidson Women’s Basketball team this season. So far, she has started all 15 games, averaging 5 points and 4 assists, while playing 28 minutes per game. Shea Patrick ’12 is in her junior year at Hamilton College. She participated in the study abroad program this past semester in

Siena, Italy, and lived with the same family that hosted Kristina Burger ’09 in 2012. During her travels, she reconnected with a former teacher, Trish Deveneau, who was in in Tuscany, and they reminisced about their shared love for AP U.S. History. While abroad, she taught English to a Third Grade class at an Italian elementary school. Shea’s time abroad came on the heels of an internship with the Department of State, and she looks forward to more international education experiences.


2014 Tony Fortkort ’13 is now enrolled in the aviation program at Liberty University. This photo shows him on his first flight.

Lauren Smith ’13 is a sophomore at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, N.Y., majoring in painting. She aims to earn her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 2017. Lauren’s hard work paid off recently when her professor selected her 4’ x 5’ self-portrait as one of the few chosen for a spring exhibition at Pratt. The painting, which Lauren says was among the most challenging she has ever done, was inspired by well-known Brooklyn-based artist Alyssa Monks, whom Lauren hopes to meet in person some day. Lauren also does commissioned work and has a work-study job on campus as a ceramics studio assistant.

Alfred Pardoe ’14 had about two weeks after graduating from Flint Hill to pack and prepare to leave for the University of Otago. On July 1, he flew 19 hours / 9,300 miles to arrive in Dunedin, New Zealand. He is thoroughly enjoying the new experience, acclimating quickly, and has made time to climb mountains and hike. He is excited to continue his studies and adventures. Sebastian Landy ’14 has made time to succeed on the racetrack while beginning his first year at Babson College, where he is pursuing a degree in business administration. Winning the 12th round of the Mazda MX-5 Cup at Road Atlanta, on October 3, placed him at third overall for the race season. It was also his second career win and first weekend sweep.

Photo/Al Merion Padron

Cole Herdman ’14 completed his redshirt freshman year at Purdue University. The 6’4” tight end made Purdue’s travel roster and dressed for all of the Boilermakers’ games, including a trip to Indianapolis for a rivalry game against Notre Dame in Lucas Oil Stadium. Cole thoroughly enjoyed this season and is very excited for his next four years on the field. Stephen Boll ‘14 played in 11 matches in his freshman year on the Washington College Men’s Soccer team, starting in one and helping the Shoremen secure two shutout victories.

Matt Kennedy ’14 made the Villanova Men’s Basketball team as a walk-on. Matt had a great high school career at Flint Hill and is now making the most out of his opportunity to play for one of the best college coaches in the country, Jay Wright.

She wrote, “Even though it’s been a very intense journey so far, I also know that I felt more than prepared, thanks to Flint Hill’s amazing art program. My peers often tell me that their high school had very limited art options, if any options at all, and they felt very overwhelmed when starting classes at Pratt. I’m blessed to have graduated from where I did.” Lauren has high praise and gratitude for her Flint Hill art teachers, Cianne Fragione and Julia Cardone. Marlo Sweatman ’12 transferred to the University of Oregon as a member of the Women’s Soccer team. As a sophomore, she played in all 19 games, starting 17 of them and logging an astounding 1,331 minutes on the year. Marlo attempted 14 shots and scored her first career goal against Eastern Michigan—a late, game-tying goal—helping the Ducks preserve a five-game, unbeaten streak.

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On Friday, October 24, 31 alumni and 4 former teachers from the Classes of 1974 to 1986 returned to campus for Homecoming weekend and a reunion. A reception was

Alumni Events In late August, the Class of 2004 rented a private room at the Darlington House in Washington, DC to celebrate a 10-year reunion. The Class of 2004 has a close bond, and more than half of the class attended the event, which lasted long into the night. Thank you to Christina Samra ’04 and Russ Watts ’04 for helping to plan this reunion.

LADIES LUNCHEON On September 30, Elise Abt (P ’13) helped organize the third annual Ladies Luncheon as a part of the Parents of Alumni Connections group, which was formed to bring alumni parents together for events. The luncheon was held at the beautiful Westwood Country Club, where Sally Hazel (P ’07, P ’09) spoke

to the group about the importance of staying connected with the Flint Hill community and making sure the alumni network continues to grow. The Parents of Alumni Connections group is interested in hosting an evening event this spring. If you have any ideas or interest in helping out with this event, please contact Director of Alumni Relations Kavon Akhtar ’06 (

LOS ANGELES GATHERING In early October, Headmaster John Thomas, Assistant Head of School for Academics Bill Ennist and Dean of Faculty Emily Sanderson traveled to Los Angeles to host a cocktail reception that was planned and organized by Becca Sigal ’08. In attendance were Brian Aspinwall ’00, Harrison Burka ’08, Hena Naghmi ’08 and Steven Lederer ’07.

in Arlington, Va., for a great evening of reminiscing, reconnecting and fun! Many thanks to Catherine Schlegel ’09 for her help in coordinating that event. It was also nice to see alumni from other classes attend to celebrate with the Class of 2009.

TURKEY BOWL The 2nd annual Alumni Turkey Bowl took place the day after Thanksgiving. Braving the 24-degree temperature, 14 alumni met for a 7-on-7 touch football game on Flint Hill’s turf field, where Doug Howard ’09 led his team to victory.

5-YEAR REUNION The Class of 2009 celebrated a 5-year reunion on November 28. More than 60 alumni from the class gathered at Whitlow’s


On January 5, the Alumni Association hosted the inaugural Chipotle & Trivia Night exclusively for the Classes of 2012 to 2014. More than 45 alumni attended along with a dozen of their former teachers. The event was organized by class representatives: Catie Chess ’14, Ahren Ellison ’14, Sarah Kashef ’14, Kendall Gibson ’13, and Jillian Goulding ’13. The quizmasters for the night were the entertaining duo of Jesse Anderson ’13 and Connor Chess ’13. It was a fantastic evening that is sure to become a winter break tradition for Flint Hill alumni in years to come!


ALUMNI BACK-TO-SCHOOL NIGHT • All of our alumni are welcome to come back to campus to see some of your favorite teachers host a few lighthearted lessons. It’s an opportunity to reconnect with former teachers and classmates! • Preceded by a cocktail hour hosted by Headmaster John Thomas.


• All-day activities and events for the entire family on Flint Hill’s Upper School Campus. • Fun Run • Alumni Barbecue • Flint Hill Lacrosse and Baseball games • Class Pictures

SATURDAY EVENING Each of our milestone classes (ending in 0 or 5) will have their own separate reunions around town. Class Representatives: Class of 1995: Jim Fitzpatrick and Tim Csontos Class of 2005: Melissa Bosco Class of 2010: Monica Akhtar and Lauryn Harris Don’t see your class mentioned? Email to help organize your class reunion now! It’s a fun and easy way to get involved!


FALL BREAK FOOTBALL In October, during a time when many colleges had a fall break, dozens of Flint Hill alumni returned to campus to take in a Flint Hill football game.

Two days earlier, George Arrington, who taught at Flint Hill from 1977 to 1986, accepted an invitation to teach an AP physics class in the Upper School, as a guest lecturer. Mr. A, as his former students called him, now lives in California and is retired from teaching. He easily stepped back into the teaching role, engaging students in the lesson he planned and making it obvious why he was such a popular teacher during his time at Flint Hill.




held at the Miller House, and everyone enjoyed reminiscing and walking through memory lane as they stepped back in time to tour their old stomping grounds.

SATURDAY APRIL 25, 2015 (L-R) Jonathan Giguere ’14, Jerrod Reed ’13, Bryan Gross ’11, Jonny Howard ’14, Greg Pawlow ’12, Doug Howard ’09, Daniel Giguere ’12, Anthony Lynch ’12, Felix van der Vaart ’12, Andy Rehberger ’12, Rick Armstrong ’12, Kavon Akhtar ’06, Kevin McNerney ’12 and Bryan Tudor ’12.

Mark your calendar and plan to come out for a fun-filled day cheering on our spring athletes and celebrating spring with our Flint Hill School community. This event is similar to Homecoming and Winterfest, a day filled with sporting events, food and fun activities for kids of all ages. Volunteers are needed to work in the Hut, staff the activity booths, help with face-painting, set up and decorate. For more information or to volunteer, visit Go Huskies! FLINT HILL MAGAZINE | 47

SPRING 2015 FLINT HILL FUND: The Impact of Your Support

Thank you to the 671 community members who have already supported the Flint Hill Fund this year. Contributions to the Flint Hill Fund make an immediate and direct impact on every student and every teacher, every day.


Grandparents & Special Friends Day Friday, May 8, 2015 This is a special day for our Lower and Middle school students to showcase their work and talents for their grandparents and special friends. Volunteers are needed to help promote the event, welcome guests, set up for breakfast and guide our grandparents and special guests around the School. For more information or to volunteer, visit or contact Tiffany Parry at or 703.584.2364.

Thank You! Whether you donated an item, contributed to the class baskets, volunteered or attended, we thank you for making “A Night in Oz” a great success! Proceeds from the event directly support the Flint Hill Parents’ Association Endowment for Financial Aid in Honor of Sally Hazel. Special thanks to Co-chairs Katie Helmer and Kristen Shiveley for their leadership and efforts. There truly is “no place like Flint Hill!”


Flint Hill Golf Invitational

Thursday, May 28, 2015 Westfields Golf Club Clifton, Virginia

“As our second son makes his way through Flint Hill, we are grateful that he is part of such a positive and supportive community. While Flint Hill values high academic standards, we appreciate perhaps even more the emphasis on honor, tolerance and graduating well-rounded individuals. Our annual gift to the Flint Hill Fund is a testament to the wonderful experience that both of our boys had at Flint Hill.” JEANNE & ROSS BIERKAN, P ‘13, ‘15

At any level, your gift: • Supports the innovative programs that make Flint Hill unique and help it to remain on the cutting edge of education

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We ask every member of our community to consider making the Flint Hill Fund a priority each year.


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• Allows our faculty members to continue the tradition of excellence that brings learning to life and drives real-world applications • Helps maintain the breadth and depth of our program offerings, allowing all of our students the opportunity to identify and pursue their passions




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