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Congratulations The Magazine of Hampton Roads Academy


Summer 2011

In this Issue

The Mission of the Academy Think



Hampton Roads Academy prepares students in Prekindergarten through Grade 12 intellectually, artistically, physically and morally for higher education and for life within an inclusive community of service, compassion and excellence.

The Class of 2011 walked across the stage to receive their diplomas. See where they are going to college, photos from the big event and read more about the speaker. Coverage begins on page..........................4

Peter W. Mertz Headmaster Leanne Reynolds Associate Head of School Dean of Faculty

Faculty, trustees, former trustees and alumni are featured with their graduating son or daughter in our legacy photos on page.........................8

Karen Gillespie Upper School Susanne Swain ‘78 Middle School

Seniors and students from each division were recognized at separate awards ceremonies..................11

Jason Hooper Lower School Max Gillespie Athletics

Thirteen juniors and seniors were inducted into the Cum Laude Society..........................14

Rebecca Bresee Admission Audrey Smith Advancement

Ceremonies transition lower school and middle school students into next division.......................15

Ron DeChirico Business

Faculty go beyond the classroom with grants and technology achievements.......................18 The Founders Day ceremony on April 21 highlighted faculty and visionaries............................23

The winter and spring athletic seasons were full of highlights and seniors receive awards................................24 Where are they now? What are they doing? Do you want to become more involved? See what your former classmates are up to...............................33

Elli Goyette Publications Admission: 757.884.9148 Business: 757.884.9153 Advancement: 757.884.9151 Guidance: 757.884.9163

Please let us know if you are receiving more than one copy of the Navigator. at this address. Contact Joni Hafley, 884-9177 or email Cover photo by Christie Buie The Magazine of Hampton Roads Academy

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Graduation The college counseling office would like to join with the trustees, faculty, staff, parents and friends in congratulating the Class of 2011 on a job well done! As in the past years, all Hampton Roads Academy seniors who applied to college were offered admission to four-year institutions.

Congratulations Class of 2011

The Board of Trustees, faculty and administration congratulate each member of the Hampton Roads Academy Class of 2011 on his or her college selection.

Photo courtesy John Warters, Photo Reflections

Statistics Related to the Class of 2011

Thomas Kervin Andersen...Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Jolie Renee Kipper.......Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Matthew Chase Anton.................................................Radford University

* Charles Benjamin Lanning......................................University of Virginia

William Taylor Atkins...................................................Hofstra University

Molly O’Brien Lash.......................................................Boston University

Benjamin Gordon Avery.................................Carnegie Mellon University

Andrew Fleming Maser.....................................Hampden-Sydney College

Katharine Wickes Bacon....Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Alexander Blaine Masters........................................University of Alabama

William Justis Banning.....................................Hampden-Sydney College

Kerry Pace McGee.............................................George Mason University

* Aleck Dean Berry.....................................................University of Virginia Alexandra Klara Luciana Botlo...........................,.....University of Virginia

James Alan Mitcham....United States Military Academy Preparatory School

* Nicholas Dean Mobley.........................................University of Richmond

David Charles Bowen, Jr...................................................Elon University

Benjamin Alan Morter...........................................University of Maryland

Zachary Vincent Braig.................................College of William and Mary

* Lynn Lucia Nakamura.................................College of William and Mary * Gemma Lee Pansch..............................................University of Richmond

* Samuel Robert Brecker.................................College of William and Mary Samuel David Brody-Boyd..............................................Grinnell College

Ian David Peterson........................Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Parker Joseph Bryant.........................................Randolph-Macon College

Jackson Jon Peterson....................................College of William and Mary

• Seniors made 481 applications to 150 colleges/universities.

Caelen Tyler Burke..................................Christopher Newport University

Marshall Alexander Pierce.....Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Imari Tiana Elizabeth Caldwell.........................Virginia Wesleyan College

John Moran Quarstein.......................Virginia Commonwealth University

• Seniors earned 279 offers of admission to 97 institutions.

Brittain Alexandra Campana.............................James Madison University

Jacob Grove Ramey..................................................Longwood University

Samuel Clark Campbell.....................Virginia Commonwealth University

* Nicole Marie Rento........................................................Brown University

• 68 seniors or 96% were admitted to a “top choice” college.

Leigh Anne Casey....................................................University of Alabama

Benjamin Lewis Rhodes...................................Hampden-Sydney College

Mara Albany Chandler.............................University of Mary Washington

Taylor Rochelle Ridley.....................................................Spelman College

* Peter Laurence Chiappa..................................Carnegie Mellon University

Aidan Alexander Rogowski............................................Davidson College

Shaun Michael Chopp...................................................Randolph College

Reem Safadi.......................................................George Mason University

• 6 seniors were recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

Edward James Clark.....................................................Auburn University

* Austin Mayhew Sarfan.............................................University of Chicago

• 8 seniors will play collegiate athletics; 4 will play at the Division-I level.

Jordan Peirce Connell........................................James Madison University

Sydney Renee Sarfan....Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Christopher Michael Connolly.....................College of William and Mary

Emalee Lloyd Sarrett......................................................Meredith College

• Seniors earned a total of $4,104,602 in merit-based scholarship money.

Sean Morgan Davis..............................................East Carolina University

Joseph Braden Saunders................................University of South Carolina

Justin C. DeChirico..........................................Hampden-Sydney College

David John Schengber, Jr..................................James Madison University

• 142 early applications, Early Action and Early Decision, were made, while 339 regular applications were submitted;

Shivani Manu Desai.....................................................Radford University

* Kathryn Graham Schwarting...................................University of Virginia

• 41 seniors or 58% will attend Virginia schools; 30 seniors or 42% will attend out-of-state schools. • 71 seniors took a total of 284 AP Exams in grades 10-12.

30% of applications were submitted for early consideration, while 70% were submitted at regular deadlines. • Graduates will be attending 40 different colleges/universities.

John Patrick Dunnigan........................................East Carolina University

Jaielle Amelia Scott...........................................Old Dominion University

Eva Maren Erb...........Friedrich-Magnus-Schwerd-Gymnasium, Germany

Anthony Jamal Sibley...............EF Academic Year Abroad; Beijing, China

* Brian Alexander Fuller.................................College of William and Mary

Lauren Winter Strup.........................................James Madison University

(William and Mary Scholar)

* Chuxi Sun...............................................................University of Virginia * Siyao Sun......................................................................Cornell University

• The highest number of applications were submitted to Virginia Tech and UVA: 32 and 22 respectively.

Elizabeth Anne Geier...................................Franklin College, Switzerland

• 50 applications were submitted to Virginia private colleges.

Christina Ellen Hudson...........University of North Carolina, Wilmington

Jessie Elizabeth Suttle....................................University of South Carolina

• 141 applications were submitted to Virginia public colleges.

Erik William Joseph..........................................James Madison University

Trevor McNeil Topping.......................................East Carolina University

Bo Mi Kim...................................................Pennsylvania State University

* Caitlyn Nicole Unsworth..........................................Columbia University

• 17 Early Decision applications were submitted; 11 students were admitted Early Decision.

* Young Kyoung Kim..................................Georgia Institute of Technology

Robyn Kelley Walters...Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Marika Sophia Yasuda...............................Oberlin Conservatory of Music

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Cathy Lewis speaks to Class of 2011 Cathy Lewis knows Hampton Roads. As one of the region’s most veteran broadcasters, Cathy also has the distinction of directing a major regional leadership organization, which gives her a unique opportunity to engage the people of Hampton Roads in the issues we face. Cathy is the founding host of “HearSay with Cathy Lewis” on 89.5 WHRV-FM. Launched in 1996, the program quickly became a “must” for those with a message for Hampton Roads. President Barack Obama appeared on the broadcast during the presidential campaign. Six Virginia governors along with members of the Hampton Roads congressional delegation have appeared regularly. Cathy is best known, though, for her ability to connect with listeners. She was named one of the “50 Very Important People in Hampton Roads” by Hampton Roads Magazine and is a frequent favorite in reader polls. In 2008, Cathy developed the concept for “What Matters.” The program quickly found a following in the Friday night public affairs line-up on WHRO-DT 15.1. She serves as host and Executive Producer of both broadcasts.

Cathy Lewis and Tom Harvey

Since 2001, Cathy has also served as Executive Director of the CIVIC Leadership Institute, developing the program from its early days into a robust, significant organization that brings together high-level leaders from the public and private sectors in service to Hampton Roads. In 2009, Cathy received an honorary doctorate from Virginia Wesleyan College and was inducted into the Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame. She was also named a Woman of Distinction by the YWCA in 2002 and was an inaugural recipient of the Women in Business Achievement Award from Inside Business in 2003. She spent eight years on The Williams School Board of Trustees, serving two terms as President. A popular keynote speaker and facilitator, Cathy is a professional member of the National Speakers Association. In addition to speaking on topics from leadership and media to youth sports, Cathy’s humor essays on life as a clergy spouse have appeared nationally on The Hallmark Channel. She is married to The Rev. Canon Win Lewis, Canon to the Ordinary for the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia. Their daughter is a distinguished scholar athlete who entered the University of Virginia in the fall of 2009. Cathy is a cum laude graduate of the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism at Marshall University. - Source,

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Trustees, Alumni & Faculty

Caroline Lash, Wendy Lash, Molly Lash ‘11, Frank Lash III ‘79 and Hunter Lash.

Elizabeth Sarrett ‘89, Dr. Kemper Sarrett, Barbara Sarrett, Mark Sarrett ‘79 (trustee), Emalee Sarrett ‘11, Lorie Sarrett, Carol Davis, Wendy Harris and Garrison Sarrett ‘08.

Scott Ridley ‘10, Derrick E Ridley, Sr. (former trustee), Taylor R. Ridley ‘11, Grace Ridley, Derrick Emerson Ridey, Jr. ‘07 surrounded by family on either side.

Robert Smola, Jane Smola, Dawson Connell, Sherry Connell ‘79, Jordan Connell ‘11, John Connell and Logan Fitchett.

Randy Bryant, Bentley Bryant ‘09, Parker Bryant ‘11 and Susan Freeman Bryant ‘74 (former trustee).

Kathryn Braig, Jacob Braig, Rob Braig (trustee),Chris Braig, Zach Braig, Rachel Braig, Class of 2014, John Braig, Nancy Tobin and Paul Tobin.

Ryann DeChirico, Class of 2013, Justin DeChirico ‘11, Rhonda and Ronald DeChirico (staff) and Kellyn, Class of 2015.

Back row: Joe Strup, Helen Coleman, Doug Strup (trustee), Pat Vaira, Molly Strup, Dan Strup. Front row: Sarah Strup, Lauren Strup ‘11 and Mary Strup.

Reed Atkins, Jr. ‘77, Nancy Taylor Atkins,William Atkins ‘11 and Mandi Atkins ‘10. Page 87


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Senior Honors and Awards

Senior Awards

The Hampton Roads Academy Senior Headmaster’s Honors Award, sponsored by Dr. and Mrs. Thomas A. Wash, is presented to the graduating senior who has attained the highest academic achievement in all courses during the current year. The recipient was Caitlyn Nicole Unsworth.

The Lee Award is presented annually in memory of Mr. Joseph E. Carpenter, who was a trustee of Hampton Roads Academy for 30 years. The recipient is a graduate who, through genuine enthusiasm for school activities and active concern for the rights and feelings of other people, has contributed significantly to the development of school spirit and morale. The recipient was Brian Alexander Fuller.

Hampton Roads Academy Navigator Award is the highest honor the Academy presents. It was established in memory of Mrs. Elinor Hedrick Buxton, by her family, and is based upon significant scholastic achievement, outstanding leadership, high personal standards and demonstration of sound citizenship. The recipient was Lynn Lucia Nakamura.

The Hampton Roads Academy Service Award is presented in honor of Mrs. Robert L. Trimpi to the student who has most unselfishly served the Academy during the past year. The award is based on consistency of effort and loyalty to the ideals represented by the founding of the Academy. The recipient was Peter Laurence Chiappa. Page 10


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The Senior Valedictory Award is presented in honor of Dr. and Mrs. Robert E. Cox to the graduating student who has maintained the highest academic average during his/her career at the Academy. The recipient was Peter Laurence Chiappa.

National Merit Scholarship Recipient - Aleck Dean Berry National Merit Finalist - Peter Laurence Chiappa National Merit Commended - Aleck Dean Berry, Nicholas Dean Mobley, Lynn Lucia Nakamura, Austin Mayhew Sarfan National Achievement Scholarship Finalist - Anthony Jamal Sibley National Army ROTC Scholarship - Ian David Peterson Engineers Club of the Peninsula Award - Peter Laurence Chiappa Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen Award - Anthony Jamal Sibley Dr. John Orders Senior Project Award - Molly O’Brien Lash, Justin C. DeChirico, Peter Laurence Chiappa, Benjamin Lewis Rhodes, Charles Benjamin Lanning, Benjamin Gordon Avery, Aidan Alexander Rogowski, Gemma Lee Pansch, Samuel Robert Brecker Theater Award - William Taylor Atkins Technical Theater Award - Peter Laurence Chiappa Director’s Award (Strings) - Brian Alexander Fuller AP Studio Art Award - Austin Mayhew Sarfan AP Senior English Award - Charles Benjamin Lanning Senior English Award - William Taylor Atkins French Award - Elizabeth Anne Geier Spanish Award - Kathryn Graham Schwarting AP Government Award - Brian Alexander Fuller Senior Government Elective Award - Anthony Jamal Sibley AP Psychology Award - Sydney Renee Sarfan Katherine W. Booth Award - Caitlyn Nicole Unsworth Mu Alpha Theta Award - Young Kyoung Kim Ann B. Fichter Senior Mathematics Award - Peter Laurence Chiappa AP Physics - Siyao Sun Physics - Charles Benjamin Lanning AP Biology - Kathryn Graham Schwarting Sydney Sarfan accepts the AP Psychology award from History Department Chair Rachel AP Environmental Science - Thomas Kervin Andersen Donavant. AP Chemistry - Peter Laurence Chiappa Yearbook Award - William Taylor Atkins, Charles Benjamin Lanning Outstanding Senior Athletic Awards - William Justis Banning, Nicole Marie Rento

The Moonves Prize is presented in memory of Mrs. Sylvia F. Moonves to the graduating student who, through conscientious effort, high ambition and courage, outstanding character and excellent deportment, has made Hampton Roads Academy a better and friendlier place to live. The recipient was Gemma Lee Pansch.

Lynn Nakamura (center) accepts the Hampton Roads Academy Navigator Award from last year’s recipient Margot Mellette ‘10 and Headmaster Tom Harvey. Page 11


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Class of 2011 president AJ Sibley passes the Navigator Senior Wheel to Class of 2012 president Chloe Rento.

Upper School Awards Awards and Honors, Recognitions American Legion Boys State of Virginia Award (William Michael Steinberger) American Legion Girls State of Virginia Award (Kelsey Elizabeth Galantich) Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Seminar (Dakota Marie McManus, You Na Ha) Virginia Governor’s School Foreign Language in French (Marnie Lalon Blalock) Foreign Language in Japanese (Megan Ellen Shuford) Foreign Language in Arabic (Matthew William Lustig) Chinese Starspeak (Dakota Marie McManus) Foreign Language in Russian (Taylor Nicole Wingo) Foreign Language in Latin - alternate (Taylor Helen Ferebee Math, Science & Technology (Kurt Jesperson Hilburger) Humanities (Marissa Glenn Wheeler) Theater (Megan Lane Burnett) Instrumental Music (Linda Cristina Moses) Vocal (Timothy Robert Ayres-Kerr) Awards and Honors, Presentations Harvard Book Prize (Marissa Glenn Wheeler) Dartmouth Book Award (Wilson Waddill) Wellesley Book Award (Taylor Nicole Wingo) Sewanee Book Award (Catherine Gates Goodson) Randolph-Macon Book Award (Matthew William Lustig) Hollins Creative Writing Award (Morgan Lee Blalock) William & Mary Leadership Award (Chloe Tate Rento) Rensselaer Medal (Jonathan Lee Underwood) Bausch & Lomb Honorary Science Award (Brandon Michael Hogge) University of Rochester Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony Award (Erica Cassanda Smith) University of Rochester George Eastman Young Leaders Award (Marnie Lalon Blalock) Xerox Award for Innovation and Information Technology (Dwight Scott Wolf ) Salem College Book Award (Claudia Pauline Fass)

Departmental Awards Performing Arts John Philip Sousa Award - Instrumental (Kimberly Ann Jurczyk) Director’s Award - Vocal (Timothy Robert Ayres-Kerr) Visual Arts Ceramics (Chandler Sanders Davis) English 9th Grade Award (Emily Rose Vogt) 10th Grade Award (Phoebe Louise Warren) 11th Grade Award (Erica Cassandra Smith) AP Junior English (Morgan Lee Blalock) Foreign Language Latin (Morgan Lee Blalock) History World History I (Manpreet Kaur Dhindsa) World History II (Rachel McKenna Waller) AP World History (Latane MacGill Harris) United States History (Matthew William Lustig) AP United States History (Taylor Nicole Wingo) Mathematics Zehmer Junior Mathematics (John McLaurin Geddy) Mary Ann Johnson Geometry (Manpreet Kaur Dhindsa) Hunter Award - Algebra I (Kylie DeBoer)- Middle School Science Biology (Jennifer Hoi-Ping Lawrence) Marine Biology (Lauren Elizabeth Gessner) Chemistry (Ahn Hong Le) Anatomy & Physiology (Julianne Osborne) Honors Physics (Brandon Michael Hogge) Headmaster’s Honors Awards Freshman (Manpreet Kaur Dhindsa) Sophomore (Anh Hong Le) Junior (Taylor Nicole Wingo)

Yearbook Dedication

Ahn Le accepts the Chemistry Award from Gene Arcand. She also received the Hampton Roads Academy Headmaster’s Honors Award for 10th grade. n

Middle School Awards 6th 7th 8th

CITIZENSHIP Kyara Rivera John Vasapoli Grace Prillaman

FACULTY Michael Nachman-Adelson William Hunt Evan Waddill

ACADEMIC Nicole Shuford Tallak Meland Lillian Waddill

6th Grade Reading - Elizabeth Stanley Science - Harry Ross

English - Alexis Forbes/Chase Bartol Math - Jack Teagle

Social Studies - Charles Miller

7th Grade English - Mary Hellauer Science - Chris McCord Foreign Language: French - Ben Nochimson Latin - Hanna Perry Spanish - Scott Jones 8th Grade English - Brianna Underwood Science - Benjamin Motter Foreign Language: French - Jake Scott Latin - Courtney Montgomery Spanish - Patty Schengber MS Blog - Matthew Gendreau Performing Arts: Vocal Music - Allison Reynolds Band - Ben Nochimson Visual Arts MS (8th Grade) - Anne Casey

Geography - John Wieliczko Pre-Algebra - Claire Lennarz

Lower School Awards Art History - Joey Rento Pre-K – 2nd Grade Algebra - Kylie DeBoer Kylie Sandberg 3rd – 5th Grade Cassie Davies Music Pre-K – 2nd Grade Christina Boehm 3rd – 5th Grade Blake Rouzie Strings - Benjamin Motter Physical Education Theater - Kylie DeBoer Pre-K – 2nd Grade Colyn Crowe

3rd – 5th Grade Ford Silberhorn Spanish Pre-K – 2nd Grade Niya Patel 3rd – 5th Grade Mica Florance Technology Pre-K – 2nd Grade Will Patten 3rd – 5th Grade Adriana Shockley

Endowment & Memorial Awards

The Log 2011 was dedicated to Mr. Gene Arcand. Gene arrived at HRA in 1984. In addition to serving as the science department chair, Gene teaches upper school chemistry and is the junior class sponsor. He has served as JV and Varsity assistant boys basketball coach.

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Other Awards

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Each year Hampton Roads Academy awards six memorial awards or scholarships to accomplished students in grades PreK through 12. These awards and scholarships are named and/or funded by generous endowment gifts in memory of individuals who as parents, faculty, students or friends of HRA had a special connection to the school that inspired them or their families to honor them in perpetuity. Through these special awards, the memories of these very special individuals and their loved ones will be honored and remembered each year. For more information about endowing a memorial award or scholarship, please contact Executive Director of Advancement Audrey Smith, or 757-8849151.

Karen Schappert Memorial Award - Maxwell Clark Baldwin Tony Hux Memorial Award - Jordan Patrick Witt The Tayloe Enrichment Award - Lucy Thornton Smith, Chandler Sanders Davis John C. “Kit” Scull Memorial Award - Chloe Tate Rento Rona Mound Drucker Awards - PreK – 1st Grade: Zoe Epstein Grades 2nd – 3rd: Molly Rouzie 4th Grade: Ford Silberhorn 5th Grade: Mackenzie Burckbuchler

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Cum Laude Society Welcomes 13 On April 27, the Cum Laude Society held its induction ceremony before an assembly of the student body and parents of the new inductees. Thirteen new members were welcomed into the school’s academic honor society by current faculty and student Cum Laude members. The Cum Laude Society, founded in 1906, has as its mission to honor academic achievement among juniors and seniors at member institutions for the purpose of promoting Areté (excellence), Diké (justice) and Timé (honor), and is the secondary-school equivalent of the collegiate honor society, Phi Beta Kappa.  According to the wishes of its founder, Dr. Abram W. Harris, only schools of superior academic quality can maintain a chapter of the Cum Laude Society.  The HRA chapter was founded 40 years ago, in April of 1971.  At present, only

Crossing the Bridge

12 other schools in Virginia have been awarded Cum Laude Society charters. The seniors who were inducted have grades that rank them among the top 20 percent of their class, and the newly inducted juniors represent fewer than 10 percent of the class of 2012. After the introduction of new members, the HRA community was honored to hear remarks by former HRA Latin teacher Spencer Dicks.  A reception for faculty, new and current student Cum Laude members and invited guests was held after the ceremony in the Phillips Commons. Congratulations to all for this commendable achievement.                           Eighth-graders “Cross the Bridge” into the upper school.

2011 Inductees Seniors Sam Brecker Brian Fuller Young Kyoung Kim Nick Mobley Lynn Nakamura Nicole Rento Chuxi Sun Caitlyn Unsworth Juniors Marnie Blalock Chloe Rento Erica Smith Wilson Waddill Pictured left to right: Chuxi Sun, Nick Mobley, Marnie Blalock, Nicole Rento, Caitlyn Unsworth, Chloe Rento, Brian Fuller, Marissa Wheeler Young Kyoung Kim, Sam Brecker, Marissa Wheeler, Wilson Waddill, Erica Smith and Lynn Nakamura.

Holocaust Writing Contest Winners The United Jewish Community of the Virginia Peninsula winning entries for the NinthAnnual Holocaust Writing Competition were: in the High School Creative category: first place: Rachel Waller; second place: Alexandra Botlo; third place: Lucy Smith; finalists were Samuel Brody-Boyd, Anna Le, James Mitcham and Abby Smith. In the High School Essay category winners were: first place: Benjamin Lanning; second place: Lathem Koerner; finalists were Ward Cherry, Brian Fuller, Rachel Hirsch and Anthony Sibley.

An HRA Hero Tenth-grader Thomas Guss was a finalist in the Cox Conserves Heroes award program created by Cox Enterprises and The Trust for Public Land to honor heroes who “work to create, preserve, improve or enhance the shared outdoor places in our communities. His project, which began as an Eagle Scout project to clean up litter, planted 1,000 pine seedlings to provide a natural filter for rainwater runoff into Chatham Pond and the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. The treeline restoration also increases beautification and provides a wildlife habitat to many small creatures. Guss was one of four finalists selected in the Newport News area. As a finalist, he received $1,250 to donate to his nonprofit of choice, Newport News Green Foundation. Page 14


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by Susanne Swain ‘78 On May 24 the eighth grade class marked their completion of middle school and advanced to the upper school with a special ceremony. Eighth grade science teacher Jim Taylor was selected by the eighth grade as the faculty speaker, and Joey Rento was selected as the class speaker. Margot Mellette ‘10, who is currently enrolled at Yale, returned to address the class on the value of an HRA education. She reminded the eighth-graders to balance their upper school years with academics and extracurricular activities. The Class of 2015 presented Hampton Roads Academy with a perennial gift through their graduation year - two decorative planters at the upper school entrance which they maintain for the next four years.

Gateway Ceremony by Karen Massengill On June 3 a ceremony honored 27 fifth grade students as they transition to the middle school. Head of Lower School Jason Hooper honored each fifth grade student with a lower school completion certificate. Upon passing through the gate to middle school, each student was greeted by Head of Middle School Susanne Swain ‘78. The fifth grade class presented HRA with a large tool box for use in the lower school garden. Ally Motter, SCA president, was the spokesperson for the class.

The Gateway ceremony marks the transition for fifth-graders to middle school.

Fourth-graders also “graduated” to middle school as fifth grade will move into the middle school in the 2011-12 school year. Lower school graduation photos courtesy Christie Buie. Page 15


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Year Honor Rolls

Grade 12 Highest Honors

(3.75 average with all A’s)

Peter Chiappa Charles Lanning Gemma Pansch Chuxi Sun Caitlyn Unsworth Honors

(3.5 average with no grade below a B)

Thomas Andersen William Atkins Benjamin Avery Aleck Berry David Bowen Samuel Brecker Brittain Campana Brian Fuller Elizabeth Geier Young Kyoung Kim Molly Lash Lynn Nakamura Jack Peterson Nicole Rento Austin Sarfan Sydney Sarfan David Schengber, Jr. Kathryn Schwarting Anthony Sibley Faculty List

(3.0 average with no grade below a B-)

Katharine Bacon William Banning Alexandra Botlo Zachary Braig Erik Joseph Bo Mi Kim Andrew Maser Alex Masters James Mitcham Ian Peterson Jacob Ramey Lauren Strup Siyao Sun Jessie Suttle Robyn Walters

Grade 11 Highest Honors

(3.75 average with all A’s)

Marnie Blalock Ronja Fink Erica Smith Wilson Waddill Marissa Wheeler Taylor Wingo


(3.5 average with no grade below a B)

Danielle Bebout Morgan Lee Blalock Chandler Burckbuchler Claudia Fass Kelsey Galantich John Geddy Lauren Gessner Catherine Goodson William Griffin Shelby Harris Kurt Hilburger Brandon Hogge Kyle Imhof Hanna Johnson Kim Jurczyk Alfred Knight Zachary Lawrence Matthew Lustig Linda Moses Julianne Osborne Chloe Rento Martin Salgado-Flores Matthew Sarfan Helen Sporkin William Steinberger Edwin Ward Jordan Witt Faculty List

(3.0 average with no grade below a B-)

Richard Bagley Mary Webb Banning Megan Burnett Ho Gyu Choi Michael Daniels Jordan Foote Adam Glagola John Houlahan Christopher Hunt Stephanie Parker Megan Shuford Andrea Straughter Jonathan Underwood J. Forrest Wineinger Dwight Wolf

Grade 10 Highest Honors

(3.75 average with all A’s)

Nicholas Denninger Latane Harris William Hodges Anh Le Nicholas Rall Alyssa Rogowski Stephanie Shields Rachel Waller Phoebe Warren Honors

(3.5 average with no grade below a B)

Samuel Bateman Brittany Duguay Joy Fan John Gaffney

Thomas Guss You Na Ha Lathem Koerner Timothy Leavey David Maser Charles Montgomery Casey Morrison Anand Patel Meredith Rauch Philip Schwarting Christine Smith Lucy Smith Trent Topping Lucy Trieshmann Trevor Vonu Lauren Yevak

Samuel Foxx Victoria Gessner Shelby Houlahan Brady Hunt Andrew Kipper Ji-Seok Lee Alexandra Olney Gerard Owens-Fryar Richard Perry Bruce Reid

Grade 8 Highest Honors (All A’s)

Kylie DeBoer Conor Duffy Luke Fitzharris Courtney Montgomery Benjamin Motter Nicole Piercy Grace Prillaman Joseph Rento Taylor Shuford Alan Taylor Brianna Underwood Evan Waddill Lillian Waddill Leanna Yevak Kristin Zwicklbauer

Faculty List

(3.0 average with no grade below a B-)

Genna Bacon Claire Bresee Chandler Davis Jamie Eisner Alyson Haynes-Traver Allen Jones, III Elizabeth LoCicero Saskia Price Rebecca Schell

Grade 9


Highest Honors

(All A’s and B’s)

Claudia Arce Peyton Baldwin Nathan Berelovich Anne Casey Kellyn DeChirico Elizabeth Gartsman Tyler Jones Asif Khan Emery Letter Braden Miller Andrew Moyer Rumit Patel Allison Reynolds Caleb Rinderer Christian Rivera Ransom Satterlee Patricia Schengber Jake Scott Jeffery Stout Mallory Whitten

(3.75 average with all A’s)

Maxwell Baldwin Manpreet Dhindsa David Evans Emma Fass Laura Killough Jennifer Lawrence Jeb-Stuart Montgomery Linnea Patterson Brian Posadas Brianne Spence Emily Vogt Honors

(3.5 average with no grade below a B)

William Arcand Grace Bowen Christian Burnett Grayson Campbell Nicholas Canavos Brittany Horne Tess Lawson Drew Lustig Eric Massengill John Phillips Ari Snyder Coleman Swaim Zayba Syed Kathryn Tracy William Wall George Ward David Watlington

Grade 7 Highest Honors (All A’s and B’s)

Troy Clark Mary Hellauer William Hunt Audrey Kent Claire Lennarz Christopher McCord Tallak Meland Benjamin Nochimson

Faculty List


Rachel Braig Andrew Canavos

Cameron Bresee Jonathan Brownbill Serafim Canavos

(3.0 average with no grade below a B-)

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Shea Davis Jalen Johnson M. Scott Jones John Kelly Christopher Leavey Cameron Miller Paul Mumford Jared Norton Zachary Payne Hanna Perry Karim Safadi Faith Shaw Evan Tyler Leah Tyson Brandon Westby John Wieliczko

Grade 6 Highest Honors (All A’s)

Donald Bartol Alexis Forbes Matthew Gendreau Michael Keller Rachel Lia Michael NachmanAdelson Kannon Noble Kyara Rivera Harry Ross Andrew Scott Nicole Shuford Jackson Teagle Honors

(All A’s and B’s)

Katherine Amott Greg Arcand Leigha Arcand Andrew Forrest Virginia Foxx Sophia Kingsbury Megan Leavey Jeivi Rivera Elizabeth Stanley Matthew Tiller Maxwell Warren Phillip Whitten Erik Zwicklbauer

Grade 5 Highest Honors Jaguar Buie-Smith Mackenzie Burckbuchler Emma Howard Ally Motter Angela Payne Emily Payne Angela Pyo Lauren Shohan Eliza Spencer Katie Weaver Honors Weezie Campbell Josh Higdon Nessa Kent Jack Lawson Adam Stein Mauri Ware

Grade 4 Highest Honors

Mrs. Weaver’s Class

Olivia Basco Cassie Davies Connor Duggan Anna Hohlrieder Jack Hopson Will Plante Trevor Ramer Grace Rietscha Sophia Scott Ford Silberhorn

Mrs. Stinson’s Class

Ben Eisinger Alexandria Grigsby Ryan Post Adriana Shockley Tate Tanguy Isabella Weiner Honors

Mrs. Weaver’s Class

Grace Campbell Finna Kent Kristian Meland Sean O’Connor

Mrs. Stinson’s Class

Mark FitzHarris Thomas Flagg Peter Galantich Michael Keel Kate Keller Nicolas Lennarz Schuyler Price

Grade 3 Highest Honors Reilly David Olivia Ferrare Mica Florance Colin Glavas Jack Howard Anne Heaton Noble Blake Rouzie Molly Rouzie Peneeta Wojcik Honors Barrett Amott James Brownbill Lea Carter Brianna Ilas Kaleigh Miller Becky Mills Colt North James Reid Cody Weaver Tom Wieliczko

Language French Contest - French students in eighth through twelfth grades participated in the National French Exam in March, sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of French. Students from top independent and public schools in the Contests nation participated in the contest, and many HRA students achieved outstanding results. Below are the award winners. Recipients of Certificats de Lauréat National (ranked top 10 % nationally) Level 2: Emma Fass, Manpreet Dhindsa, Brittany Horne, Drew Lustig Level 3: Alyssa Rogowski, Joy Fan Recipients of Certificats d’honneur: (ranked within the top 10th% in Virginia) Level 1: Kellyn DeChirico, Karim Safadi, Evan Waddill Level 2: Emma Fass, Manpreet Dhindsa, Brittany Horne, Drew Lustig, Brianne Spence, David Evans Level 3: Alyssa Rogowski, Joy Fan, Nicholas Rall Level 4: Anh Le, Linda Moses, Chloe Rento Level 5: Ben Avery Recipients of the Certificats de Réussite: (ranked within the top 25% nationally) Level 1: Nathan Berelovich, Peyton Francum, Clara Glagola, Rumit Patel, Joey Rento, Jake Scott, Jeff Stout, Coe Taylor, Chloe Vasapoli Level 2: Christian Burnett, Tori Gessner, Paul Lapointe, Jennifer Lawrence, Eric Massengill, Ally Olney, Zayba Syed, Emily Vogt, Grace Saunders Level 3: Claire Bresee, Brittany Duguay, Elizabeth LoCicero, Gayal Perera, Rebecca Schell, Maureen Slattery, Lucy Smith Level 4: Danielle Bebout, Marnie Blalock, Nicholas Denninger, Claudia Fass, Kelsey Galantich, Catherine Goodson, Chloe Rento, Wilson Waddill , Forrest Wineinger, Marissa Wheeler, Taylor Wingo Level 5: Brittain Campana, Elizabeth Geier, Molly Lash, Lynn Nakamura, Aidan Rogowski, Joe Saunders Congratulations to these students and to Mrs. McDermott and Mrs. Waddill for preparing them so well! Spanish Contest - Each year, Spanish students participate in the National Spanish Exam sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese. This year, all students took the exam over two days in March in its online format. Students from the best independent and public schools across the nation compete to earn medal recognition, and this year the HRA contingent again achieved notable success. Recipients of the Premio de Oro: (top 5% nationally) Level 1: Ronja Fink, Taylor Shuford, Kristin Zwicklbauer Level 2: Brian Posadas Recipients of the Premio de Plata: (top 15% nationally) Level 01: Scott Jones, Harry Ross Level 1: Angelika Botlo, Anne Casey, Grace Letter, Braden Miller, Patty Schengber Level 2: Linnea Patterson Level 5: Peter Chiappa, Ben Lanning, John Schengber, Katie Schwarting Recipients of the Premio de Bronce: (top 25% nationally) Level 01: Christopher McCord, Leah Tyson Level 1: Claudia Arce, Grace Prillaman, Adam Snyder, Leanna Yevak Level 3: Jordan Owens-Fryar, Phoebe Warren Level 4: Andrew Carpenter, Matthew Lustig, Helen Sporkin, Dwight Wolf Level 5: Ben Morter, Austin Sarfan Recipients of the Certificado de Honor (Honorable Mention) Level 01: Jonathan Brownbill, William Hunt, Kellen Knight, Jared Norton, John Wieliczko, Roger Romero Level 1: Joel Daniels, Claudia Dockery, Liz Gartsman, Tyler Jones, Michael LoCicero, Quincy Mock, Drew Moyer, Ransom Satterlee, Sydney Smith, Christian Rivera Level 2: Will Arcand, Sam Foxx, Brady Hunt, Laura Killough, Ari Snyder Level 3: Ryann DeChirico, Tim Leavey, David Maser, Phil Schwarting, Lucy Trieshmann, Trevor Vonu, Rachel Waller, Lauren Yevak Level 4: Chandler Burckbuchler, Jordan Foote, Jolie Kipper, Trey Knight, Juli Osborne, Matt Sarfan Level 5: Aleck Berry, Shivani Desai, Christie Hudson, Matt Rivera, Martín Salgado-Flores Congratulations to these students and their teachers, Mrs. Schindler, Ms. McDermott, Mr. Kiser and Mrs. Gillespie Latin Contest - In March all HRA Latin students participated in the National Latin Exam and performed customarily well. Approximately 150,000 students from all fifty states and thirteen countries took the exam this year, and awards are given based on the percentage of questions students answer correctly. Congratulations to all these award winners: Summa Cum Laude (Gold Medal designation) Level I: Ben Motter, Lillian Waddill, Asif Khan, Kylin Deboer Level II: Macrae Montgomery, Brandon Hogge, David Watlington, Kurt Hilburger, Max Baldwin Level III: Ben Trainer, Taylor Ferebee, Stone Montgomery Maxima Cum Laude (Silver Medal designation) Level I: Allison Reynolds, Conor Duffy, Brianna Underwood Level II: Connor Houlahan, Bomi Kim Level III: Joel Nochimson, Ben Allen, Dakota McManus Level IV: Morgan Blalock Magna Cum Laude Level I: Nicole Percy, Courtney Montgomery, Youna Ha, Edwin Ward Level II: Banks Wall, Grace Bowen, Katie Galantich, Jack Phillips Level III: Dawson Hodges, Abby Smith, Pete Teagle Level V: Gemma Pansch Cum Laude Level I: Mallory Whitten, Kyle Arcand, Lucy Smith, Laura Killough, Shelby Houlahan Level II: Austen Choi, Rachel Braig Level III: Saskia Price, Thomas Guss Level IV: Megan Burnett, Kim Jurczyk Level V: Nick Mobley, Lynn Nakamura Congratulations to Mrs. Joyce , Dr. Rubinstein and all their students for these fine results! 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Campus News

Entering the 21st Century

by Leanne Reynolds, Associate Head of School/Dean of Faculty ast summer, Tom Harvey, encouraged me to attend a 21st Century Leadership Boot Camp hosted by Powerful Learning Practice (PLP). He had heard one of the founders, Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach, speak about 21st Century Learning and Technology at a Headmaster’s Conference in the spring. I eagerly registered for the boot camp, not really understanding what I was getting into. Three days at the Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia, PA, changed my life. I learned more in those three days about the future of education than I have learned in 20 years in the field. I returned to HRA a different person and I wanted to share my new found passion for collaborative, connected and technology-infused learning with my colleagues. With the help of a grant I received from Newport News Public Schools (yes, HRA received the entire funding from Newport News!), we were able to recruit a team of six self-nominated teachers and The HRA Digital Learning Team was born. The team, comprised of Becky Deeley (Team Leader), Elizabeth Hollingsworth, Ashley Diette, Bridgitte Thompson, Patti Grayson, Rhonda DeChirico and me, committed to a year to the development of a personal learning network so that we could begin to grapple with how best to prepare children for a technology-rich global world. We immersed ourselves in the learning and spent countless hours of personal time growing professionally.


Our goals: 1) To understand the power of social networking, web 2.0 tools, online collaborative tools, blogging, etc. 2) To become comfortable with 21st century terminology so that we can serve as resources to help teachers connect students to learning utilizing technology tools, when appropriate. 3) To learn how we can create a culture that understands that if we want our students to compete in a global world, we have to teach them how to collaborate and connect globally. Part of the PLP process includes making a difference at your own school. Thirty-five teams participated in our cohort and each one had to develop a transformational Action Research project to be implemented at their school. Our project and our faculty’s response to it have been nothing short of amazing. We had such incredible results that we were one of three teams chosen to present our project in Dallas, Texas. Third grade teacher Patti Grayson has become so good at blogging that she has been asked to write blogs for PLP’s Voices of the Learning Revolution. Below is an excerpt from one of her blogs. It is about our experience this year as seen through her eyes.

Our first idea was entirely too broad. When we presented it during an Elluminate session with our cohort, we got shot down – hard. We were angry, frustrated, and went back to our corner sulking and fuming…for a day. Then we took a deep breath, pulled together, and got down to business. What emerged from that point was an incredibly successful effort I would love to share.

Choosing the topic that mattered most to us

Our team decided to choose one area where the faculty most needed to grow – collaboration. We have three separate divisions that hardly see each other. We wanted to find a way we could bond as a faculty with the assistance of some new technologies that we hoped would excite our staff. We would share ideas and resources, and demonstrate the power of collaboration. Although the tasks were required of them, we chose to make it fun.

We decided on two tasks each faculty member would complete.

THE GAME: To make it fun and supportive, we divided the staff among the seven of us, so that everyone would have a team member for support. We created a game called Ningo Bingo. Everyone received a bingo card with nine activities. Teachers weren’t required to play the game. You could just do the 2 required assignments and be finished. But… if you did just one more, you could earn a Bingo! Those who really wanted to have some fun had the option of completing all nine tasks on the card for a “blackout.” These tasks took the development of a personal learning network a step further and included things like commenting on a blog, creating an RSS reader, etc. Those who earned a blackout could choose a $10 gift card to a local business AND have their name put in the drawing for an IPAD 2!!! Names of those who have earned a blackout were posted on our Ning for all to see.

The faculty response has been nothing short of incredible. Folks who swore they would NEVER use technology are all over our Ning. They’re posting articles, asking questions, and exploring well beyond what we’ve asked of them. Administrative support staff (who we did not require to participate) are emailing us, asking if they can “play”… Wow. Want to read more from Patti? Read her latest blog Will My 3rd Graders Be ‘Educated’ When They Grow Up? | Powerful Learning Practice for the PLP blog, Voices from the Learning Revolution. The HRA Digital Learning Team will continue next year and with funding, again from Newport News Public Schools, we will create a second team to follow in our footsteps. If you are interested in learning what we are learning, follow us on Twitter: Patti Grayson: @pattigrayson Leanne Reynolds: @lreynolds65 Elizabeth Hollingsworth: @elizholli Ashley Diette: @Ashleydiette Becky Deeley: @bdeele Rhonda: @rsdechirico Bridgitte: @bmt876

or friend us on Facebook!

Powerful Learning – Put into Practice

(Posted by Powerful Learning Practice on May 6, 2011 by Patti Grayson) Read full blog, In many of my blog posts I’ve mentioned my experiences with PLP (Powerful Learning Practice), and the journey our Digital Learning Team has traveled this year as part of this transformative professional development program. Most recently, our team has created and begun implementing our action research project, the culminating project for the year. It took an enormous amount of brainstorming, patience, and determination to create a project that would work for our entire Pre-K to 12 faculty. And there was an extra challenge: the project had to be completed in the last 2 months of the school year, when we guessed faculty might be most resistant to having yet more work heaped upon them. Page 18


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The Digital Learning Team (left to right): Patti Grayson, Elizabeth Hollingsworth, Becky Deeley, Leanne Reynolds, Bridgitte Thompson, Rhonda DeChirico, Ashley Diette. n Summer 2011 Page 19

New Faculty Appointments

• Michael O’Brien will join the faculty as teacher and coach beginning in the fall of 2011. Mike is a graduate of the Gunnery School in Connecticut and Hobart and William Smith colleges in New York, where he studied the sciences and history. Michael played four years for the tradition-rich Division I lacrosse program and was team captain as a senior. A three-sport athlete in high school, Mike will take over for Mark Schindler as head of the HRA lacrosse program and will assist the Navigator football team. He will teach both biology and middle-school social studies, and is interested in starting an outdoor education program for our younger students. Mike already has connections in this area: his coach at Hobart is an NSA graduate who describes him as “easily the strongest captain I’ve had in my 15 years coaching at the collegiate level.” Michael becomes the second former Hobart player to lead a TCIS lacrosse program as Charlie Lonergan, from Cape Henry, is also a Hobart graduate. • Jenny Phelan will be joining the HRA community in the fall as a member of the foreign language department and head of the field hockey program. A graduate of Notre Dame Prep in Maryland and Denison University, Jenny played field hockey four years at Denison, serving as captain her senior year. As a senior, she was selected all-conference, and named to the NFHCA Coaches’ Association All American team. A Dean’s List scholar and Spanish/International Studies major, Jenny studied in Spain during her college years. She has since had experience both coaching at her alma mater in Maryland and working for the U.S. Nuclear Security Administration. Jenny is recently married (June 2011), and she and her husband will live in Williamsburg. • Angela Thomas will serve as the long-term sub for Mrs. Diette during her maternity leave in the fall. Angela has her B.A. in American Studies from Wellesley College and her Juris Doctor from Case Western Reserve University School of Law. She has been a part of the HRA family for the last year, serving as the Assistant J.V. Field Hockey coach and substitute teacher at HRA. Angela has a wealth of legislative experience to bring to Mrs. Diette’s classes. • Jackie Bailey will be on maternity leave this fall, as well. We are thrilled to have Melissa Miller serving as her long-term substitute. Ms. Miller has her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from James Madison University. She has been an intern with Mrs. Bailey and served as Assistant Middle School softball coach this year. Mrs. Bailey is excited to keep Ms. Miller involved in HRA because she has done such a good job working with our students and acclimating into the HRA culture. • Joining our Lower School faculty is Christina (Tina) Silberhorn. Tina is the parent of Ford (Class of 2019). Addy (Class of 2022) and Jack (Class of 2025). She has her Master of Education from The College of William and Mary and she has taught elementary school in Gloucester County Public Schools since 1992, most recently teaching 4th grade at Abingdon Elementary. Tina has served in numerous leadership capacities with Gloucester County Public Schools and we are thrilled to have her bring her teaching experience and leadership qualities to our faculty. • Tracy Andrus will be our new athletic trainer. Tracy graduated in May of 2009 from Old Dominion University with a MS.Ed in Athletic Training. Tracy was highly recommended by Kristin Hultin as the perfect replacement. Among other things, Tracy recently worked as an athletic trainer for Hampton University. Tracy loves the idea that she will teach a Sports Medicine class. She describes her philosophy of teaching as one that promotes self-directed learning and discovery. • We are pleased to have Lisa Mertz as a part-time Spanish teacher in the Upper School. Lisa was born in Havana, Cuba and at the age of 3 came to Miami, Florida with her family. At the age of 8 she moved to Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico where she lived for 5 years before returning to Florida. She has taught all levels of Spanish starting with Lower and Middle School Spanish at Walden School in Louisville, KY to Upper School (Levels I through V) at Annie Wright School in Tacoma, WA. While at North Yarmouth Academy, she volunteered at the Middle School front office, managed the school store, and tutored students from NYA and other schools in Spanish Levels 7A through AP. Lisa has a BS in Business from Thomas University, Ga. • Joining HRA after two decades in elementary education with Isle of Wight and Hampton Public Schools is Melissa DeBoer. Melissa is the mother of Jared ’06 and Kylie (Class of 2015). She has Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Computer Information Systems from East Carolina University and a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Christopher Newport University. Melissa’s Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction is from Old Dominion University. Melissa is excited to work with HRA’s wonderfully talented faculty using today’s technology as a tool to enhance our curriculum and develop 21st century learners. • Kathy Shepherd is undertaking a new role next year. She will be our receptionist. Kathy will need no time to get to know us as she is a lower school veteran and has she knows many of our Upper School and Middle School students because she assists the Theater Department with the plays and musicals. We are thrilled to have her at the front desk.

Faculty honors Middle and Upper School English teacher and English Department Chair Christy Lumm won second place in the Daily Press poetry contest.

Government and Economics teacher Ashley Diette has been awarded a grant to study the stock market. Diette will be spending a week in New York City at the stock exchange learning with other educators from around the country. Only one teacher per state was selected, and Diette will represent Virginia.

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Founder’s Day

Founder’s Day, held on April 21, recognized 11 faculty and staff for years of service, added a new name to the Wall of Honor and honored Headmaster Thomas D. Harvey. Rona Mound Drucker, HRA Board of Trustee 1969-1978, was added to the Wall of Honor for her contributions and years of service to Hampton Roads Academy. Her plaque reads: Established Parents Association, Development Office, Spring Carnival, Founders Day Festival and chaired fundraising efforts. Strong advocate of expanding to full Pre-K – 12 curriculum at the only non-parochial private school on the Peninsula. The late Rona Drucker is the mother of Wendy ‘76 and David ‘72 and the grandmother of Evan and Nicole Piercy, rising ninth-graders. Wendy Drucker ‘76, David Drucker ‘72, both children of Rona Mound

Headmaster Tom Harvey was recognized by former Chairman of Drucker, and Erwin Drucker, husband, stand next to the Wall of Honor the Board Monty Hargrove in a heartfelt speech. Visit the News plaque to honor Rona Mound Drucker. and Events page of the HRA website under “Headlines” dated April 21, 2011, to read the full speech and see more photos.

Headmaster Tom Harvey received a special Hampton Roads Academy chair for his years of service to HRA.

Lisa Thatcher is honored for her 15 years of service to HRA.

Tony Lawrence is honored for his 5 years of service to HRA.

Recognized Faculty Lisa Thatcher, 15 Years Katie Gunderson, 10 Years Ben Rous, 10 Years Jim Gandolfo, 5 Years Scott George, 5 Years Elli Goyette, 5 Years

Mary Jefferson, 5 Years Tony Lawrence, 5 Years Karen Massengill, 5 Years Mark Schindler, 5 Years Tom York, 5 Years

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Mark Schindler, Jim Gandolfo and Scott George enjoy lunch following the Founder’s Day ceremony. All were recognized for five years of service. Summer 2011

Advancement News

The bus stops here

It starts at home

by Elli Goyette Eighth-grader Connor Hall knows what it means to give back. Every year he participates in the Virginia Beach Billfish Tournament. The VBBT is geared solely toward having fun and raising money to give back to the community. According to Connor’s father Earle, who chairs the tournament, each year the organization gives back to the community, including the Boys and Girls Club, D.A.R.E., Children’s Workshop and Friends for HIS Children. Connor Hall, rising ninth-grader. So, it’s no wonder that Connor would do the same. At the end of the year, the tournament had approximately $4,000 to donate. When asked where it should be donated, Connor said he would like to see it given to Hampton Roads Academy in honor of his math teacher Tom York. “There are a couple of teachers who have influenced him in a positive way,” said Earle. “Connor holds Mr. York in high esteem.” Connor plays soccer, basketball and lacrosse at HRA, is a member of the Chess Club sponsored by Mr. York and plays the drums in the band. “Like many middle school students, Connor works hard to contribute to the HRA community. He is often the first to give when the middle school sponsors a service campaign,” said Head of Middle School Susanne Swain ‘78. Outside of school, in addition to fishing, Connor loves racing. He travels to Grand Rapids, Mich.; Charlotte, N.C.; and Richmond to compete. Locally he drives at the Langley Speedway in Hampton. “HRA has been really good to me throughout my middle school years,” said Connor. “I really like Mr. York. He even comes in on Saturdays to help. He’s not really here for a job. He just likes to help.” And the feeling is mutual. According to Tom York, Connor is a young man with many different sides – a free thinker. “When I think of Connor, I think of a very creative person who will do something special with his life,” said York. “He has many special thoughts of things that most of us never ever consider.”

S ave the D ate ! and support our HRA athletes Monday, October 3, 2011 James River Country Club

The Fifth Annual Svein Lassen Classic Tournament 2011

12:00 Lunch 12:30 Shotgun Start For more information contact Debbie Tanner ‘70 884-9113 or

Hosted by the Hampton Roads Academy Navigator Club Page 22


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The Navigator Club co-presidents Dan Clark (right) & Lorie Sarrett present a check to Athletic Director Max Gillespie and Headmaster Tom Harvey for $43,000 to complete the Navigator Club pledge to fund a coach bus for Hampton Roads Academy. The gift of the bus greatly reduced bus rental costs, allowing those funds to go back into the school for other areas.


Fall Festival 2011

The HRA PA’s Used Textbook Sale is about to begin, and we have done your comparison shopping for you! At our VERY competitive prices, simply buy your used textbooks online from the HRA website on the Parents page.

Pick up dates: Thursday, August 18 5-7 p.m. Friday, August 19 9-11 a.m. Monday, August 22 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, August 23 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

September 24 Questions? Call

Nancy Duguay 249-9830 or email For HRA families, faculty, alumni & friends Sponsored by the HRA Parents Association

Books will be in the Svein J. Lassen Auditorium. You may pay using cash, check or credit! Page 23


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Athletic News

A great year for athletics by Max Gillespie

The 2010-2011 year proved to be another rewarding year for Hampton Roads Academy athletics. Nineteen of our 22 varsity teams were eligible to participate in a State Tournament. This year 14 of those 19 teams participated in state tournaments, bringing home a State Championship in girls tennis. State Tournament teams during the fall season were girls tennis, cross country, football and girls volleyball. The winter season had the boys and girls basketball teams as well as both swimming teams competing in the state events. Finally, the softball, lacrosse, boys tennis and both track teams were in their state tournaments during the spring. In addition to these state tournament berths earned by our teams, an increased number of our athletes received individual recognition for their accomplishments. Below is a listing of HRA athletes selected as members of 1st Team All Conference or 1st Team All State Teams. Congratulations to all the varsity athletes and coaches for a great 2010-2011 year. Listed below are HRA athletes selected as members of 2010-2011 TCIS 1st Team All Conference Teams

Listed below are HRA athletes selected as members of 2010-2011 VISAA 1st Team All State Teams

Girls Basketball Boys Basketball Field Hockey Football Football Lacrosse Lacrosse Girls Soccer Softball Boys Swimming Boys Swimming Boys Swimming Boys Swimming Girls Swimming Girls Swimming Girls Swimming Girls Swimming Boys Tennis Girls Tennis Girls Tennis Girls Tennis Boys Track Girls Volleyball

Girls Basketball Football Football Football Lacrosse Lacrosse Boys Swimming Girls Swimming Boys Tennis Boys Tennis Girls Tennis Girls Tennis Girls Tennis Girls Volleyball

Caitlyn Unsworth Chris Tang Missy Flowe Marshall Pierce Tylee Smith Andrew Maser Philip Schwarting Chloe Rento Lauren Yevak Hollis Allen Joey Rento John Schengber Ari Snyder Peyton Baldwin Chandler Burckbuchler Nicole Piercy Nicole Rento Zach Braig Shelby Harris Maureen Slattery Taylor Wingo * Jonathan Underwood Danielle Bebout

Caitlyn Unsworth Justin DeChirico Marshall Pierce Tylee Smith Andrew Maser Philip Schwarting Hollis Allen Nicole Piercy Zach Braig Harrison Suttle Shelby Harris Maureen Slattery Taylor Wingo * Danielle Bebout

Rento, Unsworth Announce Commitments Hampton Roads Academy seniors Nicole Rento of Newport News and Caitlyn Unsworth of Suffolk recently announced their commitments to continue their athletic careers competing in the Ivy League. Rento, a breaststroke swimmer for the HRA Navigators for the past five years, will swim at Brown University, where she plans to study biology. Rento, the 2010 TCIS Meet MVP and a member of the 2010 TCIS All-Conference, 2010 All-State and 2011 TCIS All-Conference teams, is the daughter of Dr. Richard Rento and Dr. Lisa Casanova. Unsworth, a shooting guard for the HRA Navigators for the past two years, will play basketball at Columbia University, where she plans to study mathematics. Unsworth, the 2009 DIII State Player of the Year as well as member of the 2010 and 2011 TCIS AllConference and All-State teams, is the daughter of Phil and Kellie Unsworth.

* Indicates State Player of the Year

Front row (left to right): Nicole Rento, Caitlyn Unsworth. Back row (left to right): Dr. Richard Rento, Dr. Lisa Casanova, Headmaster Tom Harvey, Kellie and Phil Unsworth.

HRA honored For the second consecutive year, HRA has been selected as the recipient of the 2011 TCIS Sportsmanship Award. This award, given annually by the Tidewater Conference of Independent Schools, is presented to the member school who has demonstrated the best sportsmanship during its athletic contests for the entire school year. The ten member schools vote for the school they feel has best demonstrated the desired qualities. It is notable HRA won this award while also finishing in the top half of the league in a majority of its varsity sports. Congratulations to everyone who has supported the athletic program, and a special congratulations to all the athletes and coaches for their roles in winning this most prestigious award.

Varsity Boys Tennis

* Indicates Conference Player of the Year

by Justin Smith

MS Girls Soccer by Scott George

The middle school girls soccer team finished with a record of 2 wins and 3 losses; however, that record does not begin to reflect the achievements these girls made. Starting with a group of 11 girls (a 12th joined a few weeks into the season), the HRA girls did not have the luxury of substitutions – they played the entire game! Fatigue, injury, heat – these girls showed immense fortitude in staying on the field. Furthermore, several of the girls were “first-timers,” having never before played soccer. The fact that they were able to come together quickly as a team, score goals, win some games and lose the rest by slim margins speaks volumes about their character and ability. Page 24


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Led by seniors Zach Braig, Sam Brecker, Shaun Chopp and Jack Peterson, the boys tennis team had its best finish since 2005. After a 7-0 start, the team finished third in the TCIS with a 10-2 record (6-2 in the conference). A third-place finish in the TCIS Tournament was followed by the team's fifth straight appearance in the state tournament. The Navigators earned a quick victory over Virginia Episcopal School by a score of 6-0. Unfortunately, the season ended with a tough, hard-fought semifinal loss to Middleburg Academy 5-4. Braig earned first team all-conference honors in singles and doubles. His partner, junior Harrison Suttle, was also recognized on the doubles first team and was named to the second team in singles. Both Braig and Suttle were finalists on the VISAA All-State Team in Division II. The challenge of replacing the leadership and experience of the Class of 2011 will be the early focus of next season. The 2012 team will lean heavily on talented juniors Suttle and Jack Geddy. With young, eager players returning next year and the standard set by the 2011 squad, the HRA boys tennis team should continue its successful run. Page 25


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Varsity Track

Varsity Boys Basketball Makes State Tournament for Fifth Straight Year

by Chris Joyce

By any measure, the 2011 varsity track and field teams enjoyed notable success. The boys and girls teams both finished in the top half of the standings at the TCIS championship meet and combined to score 98 points, the highest total the HRA program has achieved in over a decade. The team’s 15 seniors contributed more than outstanding results in competition; even more importantly, they provided maturity and leadership. Several athletes were recognized for their achievements at the conference and state levels. Junior Jonathan Underwood earned All-TCIS honors as the conference discus champion and placed ninth at the VIS state championships. Junior Kelsey Galantich placed second in the 800 meter run at the conference meet and finished eighth in that race at the state meet. Kelsey also joined ninthgrader Gabby Buffa, eleventh-grader Ronja Fink and senior Taylor Ridley on a 4x400 meter relay team that finished eighth at the VIS meet. Versatile eighth-grader Brianna Underwood scored points in four different events at the TCIS championship meet and placed fifth in the high jump at the VIS championship. The 2011 teams took huge steps toward embracing the concept of track and field as a team sport, rather than a series of individual competitions. Assistant coaches Katie Clover, Ashley Diette, Justine Fenker and John Hilburger join me in thanking the parents and students who supported us throughout the season and, most of all, the athletes who made Senior Ben Rhodes prepares to sling the discus. the 2011 season so successful and satisfying.

Varsity Girls Soccer by Jackie Bailey

The varsity girls soccer record did not reflect the amount of effort and dedication that the girls put into every practice and game. They made tremendous strides and came close to TCIS playoffs. This year the girls were very young with three starting eighth grade players and only one senior who will be missed greatly next year. The girls kept a positive attitude and had fun this year from the start to the finish. I am excited to see what next year brings.

by Max Gillespie

To still be playing in March is the ultimate goal of all high school basketball teams. The 2011 Navigators achieved that goal by making it to the state tournament for the fifth consecutive year. Playing what has become a customarily challenging schedule, the Navigators played 14 games against teams that were ranked in the state poll during the season. Led by an outstanding group of seniors, this squad provided ‘gator fans with many exciting moments. With six returning lettermen, the 2012 season promises to be full of more thrilling games in Spencer Gym. We would like to thank everyone who supported the basketball program this year. The team parents have made untold sacrifices as families to support the team through the lengthy season, and we thank them for all they do. The enthusiasm and involvement of students and faculty at the games remains unmatched. We look forward to seeing everyone next year on the hardwood!

Student section in action during a game in the Charles R. Spencer , Jr. Gymnasium.

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Varsity Softball

by Laura Stoner

Varsity Lacrosse by Mark Schindler

The varsity lacrosse team had a super 2011 season, one that will be remembered for a lot of notable team accomplishments. First and foremost, we finished the year with an overall team record of 12-5. Four of our five losses came to tough TCIS opponents such as Norfolk Academy (twice) and NSA, as well as eventual TCIS Champion, Cape Henry. However we beat nearly everyone else we played, including teams from New Hampshire, the Peninsula District and from the VISAA Division II. We were a combined 5-1 vs. VISAA teams “like us”, with our only loss coming in sudden-victory OT in the state tournament semifinal vs. perennial power Highland. Our home record of 9-1 (wow!) and an 8-0 start to the season are notable accomplishments and earned us home playoff games for both the TCIS and State tournaments for the first time in six years. In addition to these team accomplishments, three Navigators were selected to All-TCIS teams (Andrew Maser and Philip Schwarting, 1st Team; Andrew Carpenter, 2nd Team). Andrew M. and Philip were also selected to the VISAA DII All-State team. Congratulations to them! The 2011 season was a lot of fun to watch if you were a spectator. The team scored an average of nearly 12 goals per game, allowed less than seven per game, and won more than half of the games by seven or more goals. More importantly, 15 different players earned a point in at least one game this season and every player earned lots of time on the field! On behalf of the coaching staff I’d like to say how proud I am of these young men. It’s been a long road to achieve the successes we experienced this season, but I wish them “more of the same” in years to come! Thanks for the fun! Page 26


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Thanks to the leadership of our six dedicated, unselfish and seasoned seniors, the 2010-2011 varsity girls’ basketball season was a memorable and successful one. Jordan Connell, Eva Erb, Jolie Kipper, Emalee Sarrett, Jaielle Scott and Caitlyn Unsworth were the largest group of seniors we have had since I have been at HRA and with their leadership, guidance and dependability, our 16-10 season had several noteworthy team and individual accomplishments. The season opened with a nail-biter of a win at Fredericksburg Christian, had an exciting mid-season win over Tabb High School during our “pink out” fundraiser in honor of Amaya Sims and concluded with trips to both the TCIS and Division II State final four tournaments, proving once again that HRA girls’ basketball ranks among the best at both the conference and state levels. Special recognition during the season was awarded to two players who together created an exciting inside-outside game for our team. Braysia Hicks was recognized as a member of the Division II State AllTournament Team as well as the TCIS Second Team while Caitlyn Unsworth, a 2,000+ varsity point scorer headed next year for the hardwood at Columbia University, was named to both the TCIS First Team and Division II All-State Team. Thank you to our 11 team members, our four assistant coaches, their many families and all our Navigator fans for their contributions to the success and excitement of the season. Page 27


by Ron Sims

This year’s softball season was a rollercoaster to say the least. After starting off very slowly the team picked up momentum and won 6 out of 7 at the end of the season. A couple of highlights had to be a 5-1-1 record in the TCIS and a 3rd place finish as well. The final record ended up being 8-8-1, even after having to deal with several injuries during the early part of the season. In the end, we were able to play under the lights in the TCIS semifinals and traveled to Brunswick Academy for a first round state playoff game. We ended up losing that game, but it was a great bonding experience for the team. Losing the three seniors Gemma Pansch, Emalee Sarrett and Jolie Kipper will be a big blow to the program, but hopefully we will continue to be a force to be reckoned with in VISSA softball. This was the softball team’s 3rd straight TCIS semifinal and state playoff bid. Other players included Juniors Marika Beale, Mary Webb Banning and Megan Williams. The sophomores were Lauren Yevak and Brittany Duguay. We only had one freshman, Ellie Ferguson, and three eighth-graders: Anne Casey, Leanna Yevak and Kristin Zwicklbauer. Gemma was Academic & 2nd Team All-state. Lauren was on the TCIS first team and 2nd Team All-state. Anne ended up being 2nd team all conference as well. The anticipation for next season is great even right now as we look toward our goal of once again finishing in the top of the TCIS and securing a state tournament bid. Summer 2011

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Varsity Cheerleading by Rachel Donavant

From cheerleading camp to the football season, the girls were full of spirit and enthusiasm with each and every football game. As the fall squad grew in membership, they enjoyed showing all that they learned from camp, in addition to improving their skills with every practice and game. Each girl was excited to cheer on the football team as they dominated their opponents, as well as pumping up the very “spirited” crowd. As the football season came to a close, the basketball season began. The winter cheerleading squad more than doubled in size from last year’s group. The excitement and spirit from the fall trickled over onto the court. We were well on our way for great things. The girls worked hard together the entire season to cheer on the varsity boys and varsity girls basketball teams. After such a great and promising year for HRA cheerleading, I, as well as the girls am anticipating another outstanding camp experience in August and another great year of HRA cheerleading to come. Stay tuned to see this young and now experienced squad grow and become an even better squad.

Basketball cheerleading squad (back row, left to right): Courtney MacMasters, Brittain Campana, Miranda Gilbert, Dakota McManus, Genna Bacon, Danni Pacheco, Abby Smith. (front row, left to right): Mahari Chabwera, Andrea Straughter, Leigh Sugg, Ryann DeChirico, Joy Fan.

Football cheerleading squad (left to right): Joy Fan, Courtney MacMasters, Ryann DeChirico, Genna Bacon, Coach Rachel Donavant, Leigh Sugg, Jamie Eisner, Abby Smith, Bree Kitchens, Brittain Campana.

Varsity Golf by Ben Rous

The 2011 golf team finished the season well with a good showing in the TCIS tournament. Banks Wall (9), Max Baldwin (9), Clai Kenney (9), Dawson Hodges (10),Jordan Witt (11) and Kyle Imhof (11) comprised the varsity team, with seventh-grader Trip Gilmore being a one-man JV squad. The team shows much promise and hopes to build on the end of this season’s momentum. Highlights of the season were Max Baldwin’s 73 (the low score for the Navigators in a match this season) and avenging regular season defeats by soundly defeating both Walsingham Academy and Norfolk Christian in the TCIS tournament.

Varsity Baseball by Tommy Yevak ‘83

The 2011 Baseball season began with cautious anticipation. The Varsity team had lost lots of experience from the previous year and wasn’t sure where things would go. Would the youthfulness somehow not be apparent? The youthfulness was apparent but the youthful level of desire and effort more than compensated. Our team did compete, day in and day out, with every opponent. We were never clearly outmatched. We just didn’t have that experienced level of team defense that gets you into the late innings against quality teams. A 5-13 record seems dim for future hopes but this team will make that leap required to be in the top half of the TCIS (as good as it’s ever been by the way). With young talent that will improve with age, we expect to be competing right to the end with all opponents in 2012. We will see you “on Thursday,” at minimum, of the TCIS tournament week 2012. The Baseball program has been fortunate to have had Thomas Andersen, Will Banning and Jacob Ramey as its Captains in 2011 and as team members for many years prior. We want to wish them the best of everything and thank them for their time here. Each has made a difference in his own way and we do not forget that. The team wants to also thank Diane Davis (Team Mom) for everything she did and has done for years now. Thank you, Diane, especially for coordinating and supplying meals for away games. It truly does make a difference and is appreciated. Lastly, we as coaches want to thank the parents for all their understanding through every issue that has arisen but mostly for your willingness to trust us to help guide and train your student-athletes. See you in 2011-2012….soon! Page 28


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BOYS CROSS COUNTRY Most Improved Connor Houlahan Coach’s Award Brian Fuller Most Valuable Bruce Reid GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY Most Improved Catherine Goodson Coach’s Award Kim Jurczyk Most Valuable Grace Letter FIELD HOCKEY Coach’s Award Missy Flowe Unsung Hero Mary Webb Banning Most Valuable Lauren Gessner FOOTBALL Coaches’ Award Will Banning Most Valuable Justin DeChirico Most Valuable Andrew Maser SAILING Most Improved Matt East Coaches’ Award Zach Lawrence Most Valuable Peter Chiappa BOYS SOCCER Coaches’ Award Ben Lanning Most Valuable Sam Brecker GIRLS TENNIS Coach’s Award Shelby Harris Coach’s Award Gemma Pansch Most Valuable Player Taylor Wingo VOLLEYBALL Coach’s Award Jaielle Scott Most Valuable Player Danielle Bebout Most Valuable Player Katie Schwarting FALL CHEERLEADING Most Improved Ryann DeChirico Coach’s Award Peyton Kitchens Most Valuable Brittain Campana WINTER CHEERLEADING Most Improved Genna Bacon Coach’s Award Dakota McManus Most Valuable Leigh Sugg BOYS BASKETBALL Most Improved Aleck Berry Coach’s Award Will Banning Coach’s Award Trevor Topping GIRLS BASKETBALL Outstanding Performer-Guard Caitlyn Unsworth Outstanding Performer-Post Braysia Hicks Coach’s Award Jaielle Scott BOYS SWIMMING Most Improved JP Gaffney Coaches’ Award John Schengber Most Valuable Hollis Allen Page 29

GIRLS SWIMMING Most Improved Coaches’ Award Most Valuable BASEBALL Coaches’ Award Most Outstanding Most Valuable LACROSSE Most Improved Coach’s Award Most Valuable GOLF Coach’s Award Most Valuable GIRLS SOCCER Most Improved Coach’s Award Most Valuable SOFTBALL Team Award Team Award Most Valuable BOYS TENNIS Coach’s Award Coach’s Award Most Valuable BOYS TRACK Coaches’ Award Coaches’ Award Coaches’ Award GIRLS TRACK Coaches’ Award Coaches’ Award Coaches’ Award

Brianna Underwood Molly Lash Nicole Rento Jacob Ramey David Scheiderer Brian Vincent Andrew Carpenter Andrew Maser Paul Lapointe Kyle Imhof Max Baldwin Mallory Whitten Elizabeth LoCicero Chloe Rento Anne Casey Gemma Pansch Lauren Yevak Sam Brecker Harrison Suttle Zach Braig Marshall Bagley John Schengber Jonathan Underwood Brianna Underwood Kelsey Galantich Jessie Suttle


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Alumni News

Homecoming Weekend September 23-24 Friday Sept. 23 - Tailgate party and Football Game Saturday, Sept. 24 - Alumni Soccer Game and Fall Festival

Be sure to check the Alumni page of the HRA website for more information.

Homecoming Reunions

Alumni Council Ballot The Alumni Council is composed of members of the Alumni Association elected at large. It is responsible for organizing all HRA alumni activities, special events and re-unions. Members attend four board meetings per year and also take a lead role in securing Alumni support for HRA’s First Campaign. The following alumni have been nominated as new members to the HRA Alumni Council:

Proposed New Council Members

Rob Dick ‘95 Rob Dick is a Financial Advisor in the Newport News Branch of Wells Fargo Advisors. He holds a degree in Economics and Business from Randolph-Macon College. He has held positions in the healthcare, education and small business management sectors of the Hampton Roads community. Rob, a Newport News native, serves on the Bronze Door Society Steering Council of the Mariners’ Museum. He is also a member of Business Networking International, the Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, the Peninsula Housing and Builders Association and Rotary International. Rob enjoys boating, fishing and golf. He and his wife Jennifer live in the Brandon Heights neighborhood of the city with their Labrador retriever, Bruiser. Will Ouzts ‘06 Will attended Virginia Tech and graduated in 2010 with degree in Finance from the Pamplin College of Business. He currently lives in the West End of Richmond and has started a career as a Financial Advisor with Morgan Keegan. When he is not in the office he enjoys working out and taking care of his chocolate lab “Mocha.” He looks forward to becoming more involved at HRA.

Proposed New Council Members

Loughan Campbell ‘85 - President Loughan attended UVA as an Echols Scholar and then received her MBA at NYU. She is currently working as vice president of investments with The Optimal Service Group of Wells Fargo Advisors. Her hobbies almost all revolve around dogs and dog sports. She has two labs, Glinnie and Luna, and they train and/or compete in agility, obedience, rally and tracking. Glinnie is also a certified therapy dog and Reading Education Assistance Dog. Loughan volunteers for Ring Dog Rescue out of Richmond and helps train foster and shelter dogs. She and Glinnie also volunteer at kid’s camps, schools and fairs by demonstrating tricks and the sports in which they compete. She lives in Williamsburg.

The Classes of 1990 & 19991 are planning a joint reunion during the Alumni Reunion Weekend, September 23-24. The Classes of 1971 & 2001 are hoping to also have a reunion. For more information, please contact: David Holt ‘91, Steve Leong ‘90, Roberta Fife ‘71, Grey Ligon ‘01, or Jack Cooper ‘01,

John W Stout ‘82 - President elect After graduating from HRA John attended and graduated from the University of Virginia in 1986 with a degree in Communications, with a focus on mass media – TV, print and radio. John is currently a Director of Business Development with Metro Productions, a full service video and interactive media production company with offices in Hampton, Richmond and Old Towne Alexandria. John began with the company in 1987 and progressed through the ranks while holding nearly every position within the company. He has spent time as Grip, Writer, Producer, Director and Videographer for Metro. John currently lives in Williamsburg with his wife Molly (UVA Class of ‘85) and their two boys Jeff and David. Jeff is a member of HRA’s class of 2015. John enjoys spending time with his family, fishing (whenever possible) and running. Please vote on the ballot below and return it to: Debbie Tanner `70 Hampton Roads Academy 739 Academy Lane, Newport News, VA 23602 Phone: 757-884-9113; Fax: 757-884-9173 or email the below information to: I accept ballot________

I do not accept ballot___________

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Alumni Association welcomes Class of 2011

THE SIXTIES Class of 1961 David L. Ferguson The Class of 1961 was invited to participate in the 2011 Graduation ceremony. Tom Cowdrey, Pam Brown Michael and Doug Tillberg each received an honorary diploma from Headmaster Tom Harvey, 50 years after their original graduation from HRA. They also presented a wonderful banner to the Class of 2011 and warned them that “2061 will come sooner than they think!”

Alumni Council President Mark Sarrett ‘79 and Loughan Campbell ‘85 speak to the Class of 2011 during the senior release breakfast.

Trustee Mark Monroe, president, Chesapeake Investment Group, presents a check to Sam Brecker ‘11. Chesapeake Investment Group matched the gifts received from the Class of 2011 to the annual fund.

Alumni, Save the Date!

The 5th annual “Alumni versus Varsity” soccer game is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011. The game will be held at HRA at 11 a.m. on Fall Festival weekend. All former varsity soccer players, whether male or female, are welcome to play in the game, but you must let Barclay Shepard ‘87 know as he is keeping a list of players, coordinating jerseys and giving updates prior to the game. We encourage alumni, including the class of 2011, to come out to play. You may contact Barclay at: or 757-810-8599. Page 32


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Hampton Roads Academy Alumni Association

THE SEVENTIES Class of 1970 Debbie Tanner

Class of 1966 Debbie Tanner Class of 1967 Trip Ferguson

Class of 1971 Debbie Tanner

Class of 1962 Debbie Tanner

Class of 1964 Debbie Tanner Class of 1965 Debbie Tanner Richard Joyce has had photographs on exhibit at Positive Vibe Café in Richmond.

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Class of 1972 Cam Nerdahl Peter Bryan Samuel Fairchild

Valerie Jill Postman Podet has enjoyed a life filled with education and a variety of interests. She originally graduated from Emory in 1973 with a double major in biology and religion. She then received a Masters degree in Zoology and later pursued doctoral work in Geology. After working as a researcher in a soybean lab and a chemist, she joined the US Navy, taught at the Naval Academy and eventually became a Communications Officer. While in Officer Candidate School, she met and married a Navy Chaplain, Rabbi Allen Podet! They have lived in London, Jerusalem, Germany, Flagstaff (Arizona) and are now settled in Buffalo, N.Y. where Allen is a professor of religious studies at Buffalo State College. She enjoys horseback riding, ballet and volunteering at the local science museum’s nature preserve and the SPCA. Debbie Griffin Tanner enjoyed catching up with her at Col. Dick’s memorial service this spring.

Class of 1963 Ken Harkavy

(Left to right): Lauren Strup, Trevor Topping, Parker Bryant and Jordan Connell. enjoy the Senior Release Breakfast.

Class of 1969 John and Gaye Deal

Class of 1968 Brad Carmines

Class of 1973 Debbie Tanner Bruce Hornsby has created a new musical called “SCKBSTD” which premiered in Norfolk at the Virginia Stage Company in January of this year. He wrote all of the music and classmate Chip DeMatteo helped co-write the lyrics.

Class Notes

Class of 1974 S. Leigh Morris Class of 1975 Ward Blalock Marsha Zanks Class of 1976 Wendy Drucker Robert Locher

The Class of 1961 at the Class of 2011 graduation. (left to right): Doug Tillberg, Pam Brown Michael and Tom Cowdrey. Photo courtesy John Warters, Photo Reflections.

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Class of 1977 Debbie Tanner Class of 1978 Michael F. Carpenter Jonathan West returned to HRA to speak to the seniors about financial planning on Transition Day. He is married to Milby Amott West ‘79 and they live in Richmond. Class of 1979 Mary G. Waddill Bonnie Fass Offit and family live in the Philadelphia area. She has recently opened a new frozen yogurt shop in Avalon, N.J. called “Toppings of Avalon.” They are thrilled that their son is attending University of Richmond and they will have occasional visits to Virginia. Kimberly Jones McKinney works in NYC and is the director of Pace/MacGill Gallery. She is in her 20th year there and has been enjoying the privilege of working with some of the top photographers, museums and collectors in the world. Her husband Mark is a webdesigner and the creator of, an arts website for kids. They have two sons, Owen 12 and Perry 9 and they live in Glen Ridge, N.J.

THE EIGHTIES Class of 1980 Debbie Tanner

Class of 1981 Sherri L. Gretka Ray Suttle

interior designer.

Class of 1982 John Stout

Sharon Groom lives in Los Angeles and works for an electronics firm in computer analysis and programming. She also sings, writes music and performs in clubs in her spare time. Selene Gorman-Rose was married on Oct. 2, 2010 to John Allen Rose in Williamsburg. The ceremony was at Bruton Parish Church with a reception following at The Williamsburg Inn. Former classmates attending the ceremony included Andrea Adams Colburn, Bobby Murphy and Joel Weiss ‘90. Melissa Lerner Schein is living in Alexandria, Va., and a second daughter, Anna West Schein, was born on April 29, 2011. She joins big sister, 2-year old Libby. Melissa works for McKinsey and Company in D.C. Spencer Abbot was married on May 28, 2011 to Laura Winthrop in Ipswich, Mass. David Holt was a groomsman in the wedding, along with Spencer’s brothers Matthew ‘96 and Sebastian

Class of 1991 David B. Holt

Class of 1983 Eric M. Mazur Members of the Class of 1986 at its 25th reunion with their families.

Lee Matney has opened a contemporary art gallery in Williamsburg. The gallery, the Linda Matney Fine Art Gallery, is named after his mother who passed away in 2001 following a courageous battle with breast cancer. Some of the artists have worked creating official art for musicians such as Dave Matthews Band and the B-52s. He and his wife Susan were recently married in July 2010. Lee has also created a music video for Vanessa Briscoe Hay for her band Supercluster and their song “I’ve Got the Answer.” Vanessa is the singer for the legendary Athens band Pylon. Lee’s video was shown at the Post Punk Film Festival in Los Angeles along with Athens, Georgia Inside/ Out.  It was also featured in Paste Magazine. Vanessa’s band opened for the B-52s this past summer and they had 3rd row “meet and greet” VIP tickets.

Class of 1985 Steve Lee Class of 1986 Norma C. Barrett The Class of 1986 held its 25th Reunion in Newport News over the May 13-15 weekend. The event was organized by Susie Leong, Matt Fass and Lisa Buxton Qualls. The group toured the campus of HRA on Saturday followed by a picnic on the grounds with their families. That evening they attended a dinner party hosted by Lisa.

Class of 1987 Peter P. Reid Jane N. Woods Class of 1988 Courtnay B. Gilmore Class of 1989 Laura E. Freed

THE NINETIES Class of 1990 Stephen J. Leong Sara Knowles Amott has joined Jackson Thomas Interiors in New Town of Williamsburg as a part time

Spencer Abbot ‘91 with wife Laura Winthrop.

‘94. Spencer is a Navy FA-18 Hornet pilot and will begin preparation in November for a squadron command assignment at the Naval Air Station in Atsugi, Japan. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy and received a Master of Arts and Law in diplomacy and a Ph.D. in international relations from Tufts University. He also received an M.B.A from the Instituto de Empresa in Madrid. Class of 1992 Allison P. Hale Class of 1993 Mary B. Sherwin Celine Gounder finished 10 years of medical training last summer and joined the faculty at Johns Hopkins where she continues to work on tuberculosis and HIV. Since living in South

Class of 1984 Birgit R. Kingsbury Tu Ritter

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Sharon Groom ‘91 enjoys singing, writing music and performing in clubs in her spare time. Summer 2011

Jennie Sutton ‘93 with husband and Amy Probsdorfer Kelley ‘93 at the Cliffs of Moher. Page 35 n

Kristina Pitsilides Chastain ‘95 with daughers Ruby, Lilly and Caroline.

Africa from 2008 to 2009, she’s been traveling to sub-Saharan Africa (South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, Botswana, Malawi, Ethiopia) every other month. Celine’s husband Grant Wahl is a Senior Writer at Sports Illustrated magazine, and went from covering college basketball to soccer (check out @GrantWahl on Twitter) last year. Celine and Grant have become experts at scheduling work trips to allow them time together in Baltimore, on the road and on vacation in the past year (Puerto Rico, Marrakech, France, Mexico and Argentina). Amy Probsdorfer Kelley and husband Mike recently visited fellow classmate, Jennie Sutton and her husband in Dublin and then joined them again in County Clare. Class of 1994 Petra Buzzell Robbie Bivens was married to Kristin Massey on September 25, 2010. They currently live in Newport News where he is a project manager for Ritchie Curbow Summer 2011

Commercial Construction. Class of 1995 Rebecca M. Hurt Rob Dick is currently working at Wells Fargo Advisors as a Financial Advisor in the Newport News office. He is a graduate of Randolph-Macon College with a degree in Economics/ Business. He and his wife Jennifer live in the Brandon Heights neighborhood of the city with their Labrador retriever, Bruiser. Kristina Pitsilides Chastain had her third daughter, Ruby on April 5, 2010, and she was warmly (sometimes) welcomed by her oldest sister Lilly, 6, and her middle sister

Rob Dick ‘95

always had a great love for the outdoors and coming to Revelstoke has been the start to a great adventure. Mark Imhof has announced his engagement to Jamie Bedard. Mark has completed his flight training at ATP Flight Training in Jacksonville, Fla., and is now a pilot with Colgan Airlines

Harper Grace Rose, daughter of Tasha Young Rose ‘98.

Caroline, 4. The Chastains reside in the North End area of Virginia Beach and are enjoying another successful year with the family business, Captain George’s. The latest location was opened in the outer banks of North Carolina last spring and the family is honored to be a part of that community.  Kristina is busy balancing home life, professional pursuits and giving back to the community. Class of 1996 Katherine M. Wheeler Hunter Stolldorf traveled on the USNS Mercy, one of two of the Navy’s hospital ships, last summer.  He met the ship in Singapore, traveled through Indonesia and did humanitarian cataract surgery and then disembarked in Darwin, Australia. Class of 1997 Holli A. Kubicki holli.

Hunter Stolldorf ‘96 wears his American flag socks during surgery.


Class of 1998 William D. Francavilla Youngeun Kim Tasha Young Rose gave birth to her second daughter, Harper Grace, on January 27, 2011. She weighed 7 lbs. 20 oz. Josh Ring and spouse Meredith Hornsby Ring ‘00 have moved to Atlantic Beach, Florida due to his job with Smithfield Foods. They welcomed the arrival of their first child, son Gavin, on December 26, 2010.

Class of 2000 Kari Ring Tiffany Haas has been selected as the understudy for Glinda in the Broadway touring production of “Wicked.”

Class of 2001 William G. Ligon Meghan Hatchett was married to Clinton James Hodges on Oct. 2, 2010. They live in Newport News. Class of 2002 Dan Hofmeister Edy Wilson will be in

Class of 1999 Stacey M. Chin Dena M. Heath Allison Knowles Sarah Welsh married James Burgdorf, Jr. on Oct. 9, 2010, at the Williamsburg Winery in Williamsburg. Sarah is currently pursuing both an M.D. and Ph.D. in biomedical sciences at UC/ San Diego Medical School. Sarah Welsh ‘99 married James Burgdorf, Jr. on October 9, 2010. Page 36


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in Houston. Joe Rubinstein graduated from Columbia in 2008. For the past three years he has been working for Boosey and Hawkes music publishers in NYC. Next year he will be attending graduate school in Music Composition at Juilliard.

Chris Coleman, Lauren Wood and Joe Nagraj, all Class of 2003, got together for “match day.”

Philadelphia for the next two years getting her MBA at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Class of 2003 Lauren L. Williamson Ben Joseph writes that he is still in New York and is a full time writer and the Creative Director at the website He has also written for the show MAD on Cartoon Network and just recently wrote an episode for The Simpsons that will air late 2011. Chris Coleman, Lauren Wood and Joe Nagraj recently got together at UVA on “match day” for medical students. Nathalie Cooper returned to HRA in May to tell Upper School Spanish students about her experiences in Ecuador with the Peace Corps. She spent two years working with teens and their families. She is completing her Masters in Education/ Administration at UVA and will be teaching on the Peninsula.

Class of 2004 Kyle L. Webb Braeden Doane is currently living in Revelstoke, British Columbia, in the heart of the Canadian Rockies, snowboarding and pursuing creative endeavors. Revelstoke is a town of 5,000 people that sits on the banks of the Columbia River. It is an old town with a rich history as it was a major outpost for the Canadian Pacific Railway. She will be there for another year, after which she will continue traveling. On average, she rides 8,000-10,000 vertical feet 3-5 days a week. It was -47 degrees outside in February and her house was literally buried in snow. She is also in the heart of avalanche country and the roads are frequently closed, with no one able to come in or out of the town for days at a time. For employment she is working at a heli-skiing lodge. Revelstoke is also known for its rock-climbing and mountain biking, so there will be plenty to do once the snow melts. She Page 37


Nathalie Cooper ‘03 speaks to upper school students about her experience in the Peace Corps. Photos from Ecuador below.

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Class of 2005 Diane E. West

Class of 2007 Brigham L. Wall

Emmy Bateman, Page Otey, and David Schmidt recently had dinner together at Plaza Azteca. It wasn’t the one on Jefferson though! It was the new one in Williamsburg.

Christian Robin has graduated from Lynchburg College with a degree in English and Sports Medicine. He will begin law school at Elon in the fall. Lacey Bohnaker recently started a Scribe Program in the ER at Riverside Hospital. Tyler Branscome will be the Program Assistant to a peace building and human rights delegation to Bosnia and Herzegovina this summer. This will be her third time to Bosnia so she is really looking forward to it. She also just got into graduate school! Starting in the fall of 2011, she will be a Masters candidate at the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, a Conflict Resolution graduate program at George Mason University. Abby Broughton is going to be an English Teaching Assistant in the Montpellier district of France starting in the fall. Rebecca Chabot recently graduated from Massachusetts College of Art and Design with a Bachelors degree in Fibers and Art History. She is excited to continue dying and weaving her own fabrics. She recently purchased a loom from our own Mrs. Bailey. You can see Rebecca’s work at www. Cary Clark has been accepted to the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. Mackenzie Cope graduated in December and is working for a non- profit organization called dance4liberation. They

Class of 2006 Raymond S. Herbert Alexandria Brown left for Cochabamba, Bolivia, in February 2011 for a 6-month internship focusing on promoting HIV and AIDS awareness. HIV is epidemic in Bolivia and family members with the illness are being treated as outcasts. She is hoping this type of education through the Foundation for Sustainable Development will help. Upon her return, she will apply to medical school. Sarah Rossow is engaged to Lt. Nicholas Griese and is planning a summer wedding. She is currently pursuing a nursing degree. Lauren Garner returned to the HRA campus, representing TowneBank, to teach a lesson on saving money to the fifth grade class. It was part of the national “Teach Children to Save” campaign. Rayna Reid is currently Miss Norfolk and competed for the title of Miss Virginia (June 23). Her platform was “Closing the Achievement Gap: America’s Promise Alliance.” She tap danced to “Proud Mary” for her talent. Julie Hatchett has just completed a year of teaching in South Korea.

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Lauren Garner ‘06 came back to the HRA campus to talk to fifth-graders on April 12 as part of TowneBank’s Management Associate class’s program Teach Children to Save.

put on fashion shows to raise money for non- profits. Sophia Bush came to their last show in Wilmington! She is also doing some event planning at a venue in downtown Wilmington, NC! Zach Gross has been accepted into the Coast Guard Flight School, and after graduation this May, will be stationed in Pensacola, FL for the next few years while he trains. Jordan Le Noach is graduating in a few weeks. He will be doing an internship this summer at a defense research lab, called Lincoln Laboratory, in satellite communications and will be going to University of Michigan next year for a PhD in electrical engineering. Kristen Lim is going to the University of Baltimore School of Law on a full scholarship. Lindsay Nachman will be going to graduate school for her Master in Arts in Elementary Education at William and Mary’s School of Education.  Summer 2011

Nick Orsino is commissioning as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps and will be on active duty for at least four years, probably more. Taylor Otey will be moving to Ireland to be an au pair for a year.  Monal Patel  graduated with a B.S. in business, with a major in hospitality and tourism management, from Virginia Tech. She will be moving back to the Hampton Roads area to work in sales with a hotel management group called Crestline Hotels & Resorts.

Rayna Reid ‘06 competed for the title of Miss Virginia on June 23.

Sarah M. Horne ‘08 is engaged to Christopher J. Vogt.

Elyse Patterson graduated from UVA with a B.A. in English and French. She will be attending Cardozo Law in NYC. Madeline Raines graduated from Longwood with a BS in Psychology. Emerson Ridley graduated with a degree in Chemistry from UVA and will be in Nashville next year doing diabetes research at Vanderbilt. Christian Robin graduated from Lynchburg College with a B.A. in English and will be attending Elon School of Law in downtown Greensboro this fall. He was also the president this year of Lynchburg’s club lacrosse team and they won the national championship the first weekend of May in the National College Lacrosse League! Vince Slade graduated with a B.S. in biology from Bridgewater College. James Spencer III graduated

with a degree in Business Management, after playing basketball for four years at Liberty. Koray Tosunoglu is currently working towards earning his B.S. in Biological Systems Engineering at Virginia Tech. Chelsea Vonu recently went through a big knee surgery but is re-cooperating and will have a job in Aspen teaching kids skiing this winter season. Brigham Wall graduated with a B.A. in Psychology and Studio Art and has received a 2 year fellowship to work in Wake Forest University’s Advancement Department. Ali Warters graduated with a B.F.A. in Drawing from the Maryland Institute College of Art and after school she will be staying in Baltimore to continue working for Corradetti Glassblowing Studio. She will also do some free lance from Newport News.   Class of 2008 Robert D. Abbott For the spring semester, Ariel Rosenbaum, a student at University of Pennsylvania, studied abroad at the historic La Sorbonne Université in Paris, France. While in Europe she also visited Belgium, Amsterdam, Spain and England. James Abbott spent his spring break in Belize and Guatemala as part of a joint trip of anthropology students and ecology majors at UNCW. James observed several tropical bird species and compiled a database recording the various bird Page 39


James Abbott ‘08 spent his spring break in Belize and Guatemala observing several tropical bird species.

sightings. This summer, James will be living in Carolina Beach, NC to continue his research with PBOT on Carolina painted buntings. This will be his second year with the UNCW group and James will be leading a team of student interns observing and tagging painted buntings across coastal North Carolina. This past spring, Mary Badavi, a student at the College of William and Mary, travelled to Ho, Ghana, as part of a volunteer organization; Student Partnership for International Aid (SPIMA). While in Ghana, Mary helped run temporary health clinics and assisted in giving out prescription medications to local citizens. Sarah M. Horne became engaged to Christopher J. Vogt this past December. Both are students at the University of Virginia, where Sarah is majoring in English and Religious Studies. The couple will be graduating in

May 2012 and a wedding is planned for June of the same year at St. Basil the Great Antiochian Orthodox Church in Poquoson. Blakely Brown is having a wonderful time at Dartmouth and studying abroad. Majoring in linguistics, she is fluent in both Arabic and French. Blakeley and other Dartmouth students traveled across the Sahara Desert on camels after spending an evening at a Bedouin camp in the fall of 2010. Class of 2009 Cole Wheeler Nora Blalock went to Turkey through a UNC Study

Nora Blalock ‘09 takes a ride on a camel.

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Abroad Program. She spent three weeks in Istanbul, Bursa, Ankara, Cappadocia and Konya. Led by a Religious Studies Professor at UNC, they visited mosques, churches, synagogues, palaces and museums. The group met with various scholars, writers, politicians, religious leaders and artists. Staying in Turkey, she was immersed in many different languages, cultures and customs. She highly recommends this country for anyone who wants to travel or study abroad. Class of 2010 Debbie Tanner Class of 2011 Nicole Rento

to all the Alumni who returned to campus to present during our annual awards ceremonies and events. Endowment & Memorial Awards Shawen Kane Bartol ‘85 The Hon. Herbert H. Bateman, Jr. ‘76 Laura Doss Geddy ‘75 Shannon Yevak Leskin ‘77 Jason O. McAdam ‘99 Senior Breakfast Loughan Campbell ‘85 Mike Mendelsohn ‘99 Mark Sarrett ‘79

Nora Blalock ‘09 in Turkey.

Class Agents Needed Class agents are needed for the following years: 1962, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1971, 1973, 1977 and 1980. Most of the work is done via email. Please contact or 884-9113 for more information.

Founder’s Day David Drucker ‘72 Wendy Drucker ‘76

Catch up with former classmates and let them know what you’ve been up to since graduation. If you would like to become a Class Agent or submit class notes, e-mail Debbie Tanner ‘70, or call 757-884-9113. Find us on facebook! Hampton Roads Academy Alumni Association Page 40


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If you aren’t getting alumni emails, please contact Debbie Tanner ‘70 (757) 884-9113 or

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In Memoriam Our condolences to the families of the following members of the HRA community: Nancy Miller Phillips (March 17, 2011), mother of Judy Phillips ‘74 and Henry Phillips ‘77. Gabriel John Glasheen (April 1, 2011), father of Alice Glasheen Bonne, Betty Ann Glasheen DesRoches ‘68, Mary Lou Glasheen Dietler ‘69, Jack Glasheen ‘70, Bill Glasheen ‘72, Susie Glasheen ‘72, Peggy Glasheen ‘74 and Virginia Glasheen Alling ‘78. Donna Fleming Borges (April 16, 2011), mother of Josh Borges ‘04 and David Borges‘06. Auton A. Hess (April 21, 2011), grandfather of Alex Masters ‘11 and Allison Masters, Class of 2022. Dare Brittingham Findley (May 23, 2011), grandmother of Lindsay Ferguson ‘07. James Elwood Reid, Jr. (May 25, 2011), father of Scott Reid ‘84, Peter Reid ‘87, Jim Reid ‘89, Dan Reid ‘90 and grandfather of James, Class of 2020, and Ryan Class of 2022.

For more information contact Debbie Tanner, 884-9113 or

Nancy Gentile Grier (May 27, 2011), mother of John Donne ‘71, Nancy Donne Brooks ‘74 and Robin Donne Wingfield ‘76.

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