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2017 – 2018

Tulsa’s PreK through Grade 12 Independent Episcopal School

2017 – 2018

5666 East 81st Street Tulsa, Oklahoma 74137 (918) 481-1111 Thank you to contributing photographers: Madison Rahhal ’11, Heather Brasel, Shirley Sokolosky, Greg Spencer ’99, and many parent, faculty, and staff volunteers. Please submit general questions, corrections, omissions, address changes, letters to the editor, and/or material for publication to Heather Brasel, Director of Communications and Marketing, at Please contact Christy Utter ’92, Director of Alumni Relations, at with questions, corrections, and/or submissions concerning alumni. MISSION STATEMENT: Holland Hall provides a challenging, comprehensive educational experience grounded in a rigorous liberal arts, college preparatory curriculum that promotes critical thinking and lifelong learning. A PreK-12 Episcopal school, we seek to foster in each student a strong moral foundation and a deep sense of social responsibility. Holland Hall shall provide equal opportunity in education and employment for all persons without regard to race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, disability, military status, sexual orientation, or any other status or condition protected by applicable state or federal laws, except where a bona fide occupational qualification applies.


From the Head of School


SPECIAL: Classes of 2017 & 2018


CAMPUS VIEW: A Look at School Activities


FEATURE: Why is Holland Hall So Expensive?


SPOTLIGHT: Focus on School Stories


Advancement News


Alumni Matters


LANDMARKS: Transitions & Announcements

2017 – 2018


2017-18 BOARD OF TRUSTEES J.W. Craft Chair

Courtney Knoblock Vice Chair

Stephen J. Brady Treasurer

Amy Fogleman Koontz Secretary

Scott Asbjornson Robin J. Ballenger ’63 Kenneth D. Busby ’85

Past Alumni Association President 1998-2002

Tammie L. Maloney

Kevinn L. Matthews ’88


Tim McFerrin

Philip B. Allen ’73

Susan Stuart Peterson ’97

Katherine G. Coyle

Past Board Chair 2011-2013

David B. Ragland

Elizabeth G. Hagans

Lynn Frazier Goldberg ’86

Brett Riley

John B. Hawkins

K. Michael Saliba, MD

Thomas J. Hughes

Harold W. Salisbury

David A. Johnson

Joseph Wignarajah ’00

Edward C. Lawson

Roger B. Collins

Past Board Chair 2006-2009

Past Board Chair 2013-2017

The Rev. Irving T. Cutter Rabbi Marc Boone Fitzerman Keith C. Goddard ’87

Parents’ Association President

Stephanie Jackson Anthony S. Jezek Deana N. Johnson

Alumni Association President

Rt. Rev. Dr. Edward J. Konieczny

Kelly Wilkerson

William C. Lawson ’81

Jamie Zink

Susan C. Stone Barbara D. Sturdivant

Scott Mabrey


Justin Butler ’04

Steve Heldebrand

Richard Hart

Brent Casey

The Rev. Art Scrutchins

Steve Dyer

Jennifer Whisenhunt White ’89

Head of School

Director of Admission & Financial Aid

Assistant Head of School for Academic Affairs

Director of College Counseling

Leslie Kelly

Director of the Walter Arts Center & Fine Arts

Assistant Head of School for Financial Affairs

Henry Finch ’76

Bert Bibens

Director of Technology

Head of Primary School

Athletic Director

Upper School Chaplain Head of Middle School

Christy Zahn

Advancement Director

Frances Fondren-Bales

Heather Brasel

Head of Upper School

Director of Communications

Connect and keep up with current Holland Hall events on social media.


@holland-hall HOLLAND




Welcome from the Head of School. Dear Holland Hall Families, Friends, and Alumni, Volatility. Uncertainty. Complexity. Ambiguity. VUCA, for short. While the theme at the most recent meeting of the National Association of Independent Schools was more uplifting, it’s notable that the organization’s president and several senior leaders made specific reference to these general conditions. We’re living in a time of remarkable volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity. It’s hard to imagine that changing anytime soon—new normal comes to mind. Accepting this truth and resisting the ever-present temptation for nostalgia about any non-VUCA time in the life of Holland Hall, what are we doing to ensure our students are ready to lead in this kind of environment? We have to keep doing what we have always done: investing in great teachers devoted to developing great leaders. Small classes foster close relationships where the knowledge of how to lead is passed from one generation to the next. Positive, high expectations around intellectual inquiry, research, and creative problem-solving ensure that confidence is born in our students, so they have the courage to lead as they garner increasing responsibility and self-discipline. Holland Hall students are pushed through the arduous processes of learning how to think well, how to critique and collaborate, how to build the ladder of an idea or process, and how to defend it courteously, rigorously. Additionally, we have to demonstrate and reflect on the joys present in the opportunities to lead. The most consistent finding in psychological research for decades points out the powerful impact of role modeling. Our children see everything we do, and they incorporate our behaviors and attitudes into their lives. How powerful is the everyday experience they have with our teachers, who show them the joys of what it means to do good work, to give of one’s vast talents and gifts to another, and to live a zestful life that impacts others positively and consistently? Watch kindergarten teacher Meredith Andrews with her students. Watch theater teacher Leslie Long as she prepares her actors for a play or coordinates students to help with our partnership with the Down’s Syndrome Association of Tulsa. Listen to Middle School science teacher Becca Parker encourage and motivate students to be the best version of themselves. Their commitment – and that of so many others – is infectious, and it shows up in our students. To encourage the next generation to lead in the VUCA environment, we have to demonstrate how to do so through our own actions. Our esteemed Holland Hall teachers provide this role-modeling to our students. Seeing this work in action every day, I could not be more hopeful for our collective future. In Community,

J.P. Culley Head of School

Thank you to our contributors! Keeping up with Holland Hall students, faculty, and alumni requires all hands on deck. From our students and faculty learning and discovering in the classroom and the Tulsa community to our alumni making an impact across the United States and beyond, it takes many people to track down the information and details included in the stories shared in our school magazine. Thank you to everyone who responded to an inquiry for information and thank you to our behind-the-scenes writers and proofreaders Beth Goddard ’86, Christy Zahn, Mary Culley, Charlie Brown, Christy Utter ’92, Greg Spencer ’99, and Madison Rahhal ’11.

2017 – 2018





The 69 graduates of the Class of 2018 were awarded more than $7.6 MILLION IN SCHOLARSHIPS & will attend 31 INSTITUTIONS in 17 STATES.

OF 2018 2017 – 2018








SOPHIE RUIXIN FEARS: University of Oklahoma

Holland Hall is the only Cum Laude Society school in Tulsa and one of only 3 Cum Laude Society schools in OK. The Cum Laude Society is a selective national organization similar to Phi Beta Kappa. Schools must apply via a rigorous application process. Having a Cum Laude Society chapter is seen by colleges as the most critical mark of academic excellence.

IRELAND KATHRYN-GRACE ROWAN: University of St. Andrews (UK)

In 2017-18, 7 students from the Class of 2019 and 8 students from the Class of 2018 were inducted into the Cum Laude Society at a ceremony held on April 6, 2018. Keynote speaker and Alumni Board President Joey Wignarajah ’00 entertained inductees with anecdotes about his time at Holland Hall and how being well-rounded contributed to his own Cum Laude Society induction. Andrew Draheim ’18 presented the Cum Laude motto: Areté. Diké. Timé. The word Areté includes the concept of excellence in the moral sense and is not limited to the ideal of superiority in scholarship, nor does it involve the endeavor of competing primarily for academic grades. The word Diké includes the concept of what is suitable and appropriate, as well as just. An interpretation of the Timé includes the concept of dignity and true worth, as well as honor.

EDWARD MACLEOD LAWSON: Washington University in St. Louis DAVID JOHN NEUMAIER: University of Missouri ASHA SHARMA RICHARDSON: Barnard College of Columbia University

NATHAN KENT WASHECHECK: Loyola Marymount University

COLLEGE ATHLETES DARIN ARNOLD: NEO A&M College – Football CORBIN DANIELS: NEO A&M College – Football OLIVIA HICKS: Tulane University – Track & Field BRYCE MCCONNELL: Oklahoma City University – Track & Field JACKSON OSTROSKI: Drake University – Football JOE SMITH: NEO A&M College – Football

DID YOU KNOW... The average ACT composite score for the Class of 2018 was 27. (The state composite average is 20.7.) The middle 50% SAT average score for the Class of 2018 was 1370. (The state average is 1047.) The Class of 2018 included 26 “lifers” who have attended Holland Hall since at least 1st Grade. 10% of the Class of 2018 had a 4.0+ GPA. Four 2018 graduates have parents who work at Holland Hall: GRANT BAGWELL: Mother – Shelly Bagwell, PreSchool Teacher JOHN CONNOR: Mother – Susan Connor, 1st Grade Teacher JACKSON OSTROSKI: Mother – Jayme Ostroski, Assistant to the Director of the Walter Arts Center; Father – Jerry Ostroski, Part-time Football Coach

LIAM SHINGLETON: Mother – Keri Shingleton, Upper School

Biology Teacher

Congratulations 2017-18 inductees!

2017 – 2018





The 81 graduates of the Class of 2017 were awarded more than $8.7 MILLION IN SCHOLARSHIPS and attend 39 INSTITUTIONS in 17 STATES.

OF 2017 2017 – 2018





NATIONAL MERIT FINALISTS JACK CRAWFORD: Villanova University HAILEY FISHER: University of Oklahoma GRANT GEBETSBERGER: Tufts University TOM LOVOI: Oberlin College MAX MARTUCCI: Rice University BEN WATKINS: University of Southern California

NATIONAL HISPANIC SCHOLARS U.S. PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLAR – THE HIGHEST HONOR BESTOWED UPON GRADUATING HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS. Congratulations to Holland Hall senior Grant Gebetsberger ’17 for being named a 2017 U.S. Presidential Scholar! Inclusion in this program is one of the highest honors bestowed upon graduating high school seniors. Scholars are selected on the basis of superior academic achievements, leadership qualities, strong character, and involvement in community and school activities. Grant was selected from more than 5,100 qualified candidates and represented Holland Hall and Oklahoma at the Presidential Scholar Medallion ceremony in Washington D.C. in June 2017. “My life philosophy is to live every day like human glitter; never stop shining, and when people try to contain you, make an even bigger impact than before. I’d like to thank my supportive parents, generous teachers, and amazing friends for always letting me be my sparkly self. Never stop breaking barriers, blazing trails, and being true to yourselves, my friends.” – Grant Gebetsberger ’17

BRENDON FELICIANO: University of Tulsa BEN WATKINS: University of Southern California


COLLEGE ATHLETES MIKEY BURKE: Florida SouthWestern St. – Baseball KENNEDY COX: Emmanuel College – Basketball MADDIE MURPHY: Slippery Rock – Field Hockey CRAE PFANNENSTIEL: Newman University – Baseball CJ THOMPSON: Fort Hays State – Football SUMMER THOMPSON: Oklahoma State – Track & Field KRYSTAL WANG: Case Western – Volleyball CASEY WHITE: Hesston College – Baseball COOPER WILLIAMSON: Wheaton College – Golf ANNIE WISE: Trinity University – Basketball and Tennis

DID YOU KNOW... The average ACT composite score for the Class of 2017 was 27. (The state composite average is 20.7.) The middle 50% SAT average score for the Class of 2017 was 1260 – 1450. (The state average is 1047.) The Class of 2017 included 30 “lifers” who have attended Holland Hall since at least 1st Grade. 16% of the Class of 2017 had a 4.0+ GPA. Three 2017 graduates have parents who work at Holland Hall: ELLEN ELIZABETH GODDARD: Mother – Beth Lieser Goddard ’86, Assistant Campaign Director, Advancement Office

NATHAN EMORY STOLPER: Mother – Angie Stolper, Accounting

Manager, Business Office

SUMMER RENEE THOMPSON: Father – Brian Thompson, Middle School Dean, Track and Football Coach

2017 – 2018



Stephanie Faasch

Tom LoVoi

Lily Taylor

Kyla Alexander

Brendon Feliciano

Loren Marshall

Will Taylor

Goher Ayub

Casey Ferguson

Max Martucci

Victoria Terry

Caroline Bair

Hailey Fisher

Erin May

CJ Thompson

Dune Beard

Luke Fox

Spencer Moore

Summer Thompson

Maddie Murphy

Rohan Trehan

Morgan Nall

Benjamin Truong

Lane Norris

Cole Turgeau

Max Nunnelee

Krystal Wang

University of Oklahoma University of Tulsa University of Tulsa University of Oklahoma University of Arkansas

Regan Beyers

University of Southern California

Punit Bhakta

University of Oklahoma

Shea Bhasin

University of Oklahoma

Brenden Broermann

University of Tulsa University of Tulsa University of Tulsa University of Oklahoma University of Oklahoma

Brody Gardner

University of Denver

Grant Gebetsberger Tufts University

Ellen Goddard

Texas Christian University

Emma Goldberg

Pratt Institute

Washington University in St. Louis

Joseph Bufogle

Aaron Gonders

Michael Burke

Alex Henry

Arizona State University Florida SouthWestern State College

Bryan Byrd

University of Oklahoma Oklahoma State University

Jacob Herring

Oklahoma State University

North Carolina State University

George Carrington

Austen Hubbard

Christopher Chaney

Erin Hyde

Graham Cifelli

Jake Ichinose

Kennedy Cox

Ashton Isaacson

Ben Crawford

Lydia Jeong

Jack Crawford

Emily Johnson

Sierra Dale

Henry Kane

Blair Dieterlen

Bella Kohrs

Chandler Doudican

Andrew Le

University of Tulsa Purdue University Hendrix College Emmanuel College Villanova University Villanova University High Point University University of Oklahoma University of Oklahoma


University of Tulsa University of Arkansas San Diego State University University of Arkansas University of Tulsa University of Arkansas University of Kansas Denison University University of Tulsa


Oberlin College Hendrix College Rice University Abilene Christian University University of Arkansas Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania University of Kansas Clemson University University of Denver

Kavita Patel

University of Oklahoma

Hagen Petre

Oklahoma Christian University

Crae Pfannenstiel

Newman University

Vaishnavi Reddy

University of Tulsa

Keonni Reed

Oklahoma State University

Laurel Salisbury

University of Kansas

Cybil Seneker

Temple University

Ryan So

University of Tulsa

Michaela Steefel

Regis University

Katarina Stewart

Boston University

Nathan Stolper

University of Oklahoma

University of Oklahoma University of Oklahoma Baylor University Fort Hayes State University Oklahoma State University Southern Methodist University University of Tulsa University of Oklahoma Case Western Reserve University

Ben Watkins

University of Southern California

Todd Webb

University of Denver

Hannah Whitaker

New York University

Casey White

Hesston College

Reese Williams

Oklahoma State University

Cooper Williamson Wheaton College

Adrienne Winchester University of Tulsa

Annie Wise

Trinity University

Alex Wright

University of Arkansas

Ece Yurt

University of Tulsa


Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College

Nabeel Ayub

University of Oklahoma

Grant Bagwell

Oklahoma State University

Mariah Battle

Nadia Geer

Laura Marshall

Tom Smith

Jackie Gibson

Gray Martucci

Sarah Stinnett

Julia Gross

Kellen Mayberry

Olivia Studebaker

Jack Grossman

Bryce McConnell

Kobi Thompson

Graham Nelson

Samantha Todhunter

David Neumaier

Addie Grace Wallace

Jackson Ostroski

Nathan Washecheck

University of Oklahoma University of Oklahoma Kansas State University

University of North Texas

University of California at Los Angeles

Ali Bovasso

Ryen Guthrie

Colin Broermann

Katie Hawkins

D.J. Carter

Reed Herndon

John Connor

Olivia Hicks

University of Oklahoma Oklahoma State University University of Arkansas University of Oklahoma

Olivia Cooper

University of Oklahoma

Blake Curlee

University of Rochester

Corbin Daniels

Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College

Boston University University of Oklahoma University of Michigan Tulane University

Bobby Hughes

University of Oklahoma

Jared Isaacson

University of Oklahoma

Lucy Johnson

University of Texas at Austin

University of Oklahoma Trinity University University of Oklahoma Oklahoma City University Baylor University University of Missouri Drake University

Nikhil Patel

University of Oklahoma

Tejal Patel

University of Oklahoma

Micah Patrick

Oklahoma State University

Matthew Pearson

University of Oklahoma

Madalyn Davidson

Ryan Jones

Taryn Davis-Booker

Max Kazarian

University of Oklahoma

University of St. Andrews (UK)

Alley Doyle

Brendan Kiely

Salehe Saidi

Andrew Draheim

Vaishnavi Kumar

Gracie Schiffmacher

Sydney Edwards

MacLeod Lawson

Megan Self

Baylor University

Oklahoma State University University of Tulsa St. John’s University Oklahoma State University

Emily Elmburg

University of Oklahoma

Sophie Fears

Indiana University

Grant Freeman

University of Oklahoma

University of Oklahoma

University of Oklahoma University of Oklahoma Washington University in St. Louis

Blake Mabrey

Savannah College of Art and Design

Spencer Makhani

University of Tulsa

Tulane University Langston University University of Oklahoma Texas Christian University Loyola Marymount University

Zoe Weinstein

Indiana University

Keegan Whisman

North Carolina State University

Jonas Yona Ludomya

University of Oklahoma

Carleton College

Ryan Johnson

University of Oklahoma

Oklahoma State University

Sarah Redmond

Katie Darden

Baylor University

University of Puget Sound

Asha Richardson

Barnard College of Columbia University

Lily Rowan

University of Oklahoma Samford University

Oklahoma State University

Liam Shingleton

University of Tulsa

Jake Simmons

Baylor University

Joe Smith

Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College

2017 – 2018











1 Graduating seniors laugh at faculty speaker Richard Hart’s speech.

3 CJ Thompson ’17 is congratulated by board member Keith Goddard ’87.

2 Austen Hubbard ’17 celebrates across the stage.

4 Emma Goldberg ’17 receives her diploma from her grandmother, former Trustee Linda Frazier.



8 5.6 7 Students pose for the traditional senior class photo taken behind the Chapel. 8 Cooper Williamson ’17 is presented with the Charles H. Brown award by Head of School J.P. Culley.








1 2 Students pose for the traditional senior class photo taken behind the Chapel.

4 Robert Hughes ’18 receives his diploma from his father and grandfather, both former Trustees.

3 Sophie Fears ’18 is awarded with the Fine & Performing Arts Music Award.

5 Jackson Ostroski ’18 receives his diploma from his parents Jayme and Jerry, both Holland Hall employees.


7 6 Bryce McConnell is congratulated by Head of School J.P. Culley. 7 Kobi Thompson ’18 blows a kiss to her fans, diploma in hand.

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1 Will Hurley ’27 walks across the bridge to the Middle School in the traditional 3rd Grade Bridge Crossing Ceremony. 2 Sloan Meier ’27 poses with her celebratory flowers.




3 Head of School J.P. Culley welcomes each student to the Middle School.

6 Luna Abufadil ’27 and Emily Little ’27 posing after the Bridge Crossing.

4 Head of the Primary School Bert Bibens congratulates students and hands them their certificates.

7 Gregg Ford ’27 is welcomed across the bridge by Mr. Culley.

5 Adison Hill ’27 is all smiles after crossing the bridge.

8 Addy Oneal ’27 receives her Bridge Crossing medal from Mr. Bibens.

2 01 8 8 T H G R A DE G R A DUAT ION








6 1 3 5 6 7 Head of the Middle School Jennifer White congratulates students graduating from the Middle School as they receive their certificates.

8 2 Hanna Pappas ’22 heads excitedly towards the stage. 4 Student-nominated speaker Ike Walker ’22 delivers the 8th Grade graduation speech.

8 Students proceed through the aisles of parents, grandparents, and special friends on the way to receive their 8th grade graduation certificates.

2017 – 2018










1 2 1st Graders dissect owl pellets. 3 National Merit Semifinalists Jack Grossman ’18 and MacLeod Lawson ’18.



4 4th Graders host and teach the 1st Graders at the annual outdoor Bird Festival.

5 6 Ms. Vrooman's 4th Graders work with and design “Ozbot” and “Littlebit” equipment in the Middle School Design Center (materials provided by an anonymous donor).






11 7 At the end of a physical science STEM unit on flight, 4th Graders have a paper airplane competition. 8 10 5th Graders compete with handmade cars in the Engineering Fest race.


12 9 Primary Schoolers bring their pets to class for their “Animals” unit.

12 2nd Graders show off their projects and experiments at the 2nd Grade Fair.

11 Academic Team battles the faculty in Morning Meeting in preparation for an Academic Bowl competition. 2017 – 2018











1 Mr. Shen teaches the JrK students about painting like Van Gogh.

3 Orchestra students perform at the Winter Solo and Ensemble Concert.

2 4 Seniors display their work at the Senior Art Reception.

5 Middle Schoolers perform at the Winter Choir Concert. 6 Upper School dancers perform at the Spring Exposition.



8 7 Middle Schoolers share a scene from “The Not So True Tale of Robinhood” with the Upper Schoolers in Morning Meeting. 8 Upper School Thespians perform “The Lorax” for Junior Kindergarten.












9 Show Choir takes a bow at their final performance.

12 Upper Schoolers visit the Philbrook Museum of Art.

15 Primary Schoolers sing holiday carols in Morning Meeting.

10 The cast of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”.

13 Hatcher Heldebrand ’31 shows off his work at the JrK Art Show.

11 Andrew Tirado’s ‘Lacuna,’ on permanent display in the Upper School Commons.

14 Upper School Choir performs at the Spring Concert.

16 TTC Signature Symphony Quartet teaches and plays with the Middle School Orchestra. 17 Middle School Dance performs at the Spring Show. 2017 – 2018










1 Middle School students compete in the annual Sakawa-Wanata Track Meet. Wanatas won in 2018! 2 4th Graders pose at the 30th Annual B.E.A.R. Night.



3 Juniors win in the Junior vs. Senior Powderpuff Football game. 4 Dutch Football heads to the field at the 50th Annual Hall Brawl. They beat Cascia 21-7! 5 Freshmen hike with their Senior leaders at Freshman-O.


6 Upper Schoolers introduce their guests at Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Day. 7 Field Hockey kicks off Alumni Reunion Weekend with the annual Alumni Field Hockey Tournament.











8 4th Graders sing at the America Day celebration. 9 8th Graders race at the annual Cardboard Boat Regatta. 10 An Upper School student performs traditional Indian dances during Culture Week.

11 12 Primary Schoolers walk with Upper Schoolers to the all-school assembly at Convocation. 13 Junior Kindergarteners bring their favorite stuffed friends for the Teddy Bear Picnic.

14 2nd Graders perform royal scenes at the Fairytale Play. 15 Primary Schoolers sing songs, play instruments, and perform dances at the Music Sharing Program.

2017 – 2018




Fall Sports

Cross Country

Both teams qualified for the 3A state meet; boys were 4th and girls 16th. Clinton Baird ’19 won the school’s first state cross country title along with winning regionals and setting a new 3200m school record of 10:05. Baird was named to the Tulsa World AllMetro Cross Country team and was a finalist for Runner of the Year. Also medaling at the state meet to earn AllState honors were Johnny LaFortune ’19 and Emily Grace Moore ’19.

was named to several All-State teams and was a finalist for the Tulsa World Football Player of the Year.


The softball team was led by four seniors: Olivia Cooper ’18, Madi Davidson ’18, Katie Darden ’18, and Samantha Todhunter ’18. Abi Koch ’20 pitched two shutouts at the Chouteau tournament.


Field Hockey

The Dutch Field Hockey teams had a solid year yet again under the leadership of eight dedicated seniors. A final four finish at the inaugural Episcopal Cup in Ft. Worth and the program’s first home turf match at Hardesty Field were just a few highlights of the season.


The team went undefeated in the regular season, outscoring their opponents 425 to 108. They also won their first district title in 2A-7. They lost in the quarter-finals of the state tournament to Davis. Corbin Daniels ’18



The team won their regional tournament and qualified for the state tournament for the first time. They made it all the way to the semifinals before losing to the eventual state champions. Laura Marshall ’18 was named to the All-State team and was selected to the Tulsa World All-Metro Volleyball team.

Winter Sports


The girls qualified for the state tournament for the 2nd straight year and had another 20-win season. The team was invited to play in the prestigious Tournament of Champions where Gabby Gregory ’19 broke the 3-day scoring record. Gregory was named the Tulsa World Basketball Player of the Year. The boys improved from last year’s performance with a regional final appearance vs. Tahlequah Sequoyah before falling to Beggs in the first round of the Area tournament. Brock Davis ’20 was selected to the All-Pinnacle team.


The inaugural year for the wrestling program had many firsts. Mac O’Brien ’23 picked up the first win on the mat in school history, and Olivia Brown ’21 won a national tournament in the girls division at US Marine Corps National Championship (see pg. 31 for more info).




The cheer program enjoyed the largest squad in school history with 22 girls. It is expected to have 35+ members for next year. The girls competed at NCA in Dallas and had a top-10 finish out of 32 teams from across the country.

Spring Sports

season with a runner-up at the Jenks Invitational. Colin Broermann ’18 was named to the All-State team.



The baseball team played four of the top 8 teams in 3A, losing by just a combined six runs. The boys lost in the third game of the best-of-three series at the district playoff. Kellen Mayberry ’18 and Caden McClure ’19 were selected to the All-Pinnacle Team.

The boys posted an outstanding record of 14-4, winning the 4A-5 District title for the 2nd straight year and qualifying for the state tournament. They went undefeated in district play, 8-0, and outscored their opponents 48-7. Saleh Saidi ’18 and Nathan Washecheck ’18 were selected to the All-State team. The girls improved their win totals from last year. They also won the 4A-5 District and made another appearance in the state tournament. Addie Wallace ’18 was selected to the All-State team along with Coach Stephanie Abbott.

doubles teams won Regionals and came in 5th place overall at State with Ruston Farrington ’21 and Kyle Hook ’20 at 1 Doubles (7th) and Robert Ragland ’19 and Matthew Stolper ’19 at 2 Doubles (4th). The girls team won 2nd place at Regionals and 2nd place at State with Seerut Parmar ’20 at 1 Singles, Amie Lehman ’21 at 2 Singles, Emily ’18 and Elle ’20 Elmburg at 1 Doubles, and Maggie Smith ’21 and Lauren Kramer ’20 at 2 Doubles.

Track & Field


The boys golf team had another outstanding season with a 3rd place finish at the 3A state tournament, placing three players in the top 20. The team had several top-3 finishes this


Graham Nelson ’18 played line-2 Singles all season and was moved up to line 1 for Regionals and State, coming in 2nd at Regionals and 3rd at State. Both boys

Both teams finished in the top 8 at the 3A State Meet and were runners-up at Regionals. Three individuals won state titles: Olivia Hicks ’18 (Long Jump & High Jump), Carrington Jones-Jackson ’20 (100m), and Jake Martens ’20 (400m). 2 school records were broken: girls 4x200m and boys distance medley.

2017 – 2018


Why is Holland Hall so

by JP Culley Head of School, Holland Hall 26


Holland Hall believes great leaders are developed by great teachers and a culture that values excellence. Every one of our graduates is well prepared for their collegiate studies regardless of where each chooses to attend. Also, our students experience opportunities to engage with service, arts, and athletics in ways that, unfortunately, the vast majority of American students do not. That’s what differentiates Holland Hall from any other school in Tulsa. We don’t just make the promise of academic preparedness by focusing on critical thinking, we deliver. Additionally, our students are not simply exposed to an array of extraordinary, extracurricular offerings, they are, many times, required to participate.


Perhaps the most frequent question I enjoy receiving revolves around the cost of a Holland Hall education. In conversational terms, it tends to sound something like this: WHY IS HOLLAND HALL SO EXPENSIVE? While most of us have an aversion to conversations about money, I love this question. In the conversation, it places what we value front and center, especially in light of the historical teacher walkouts in Oklahoma this past spring. If you ever want to get a sense of what a school values, I encourage the study of two documents: the academic schedule and the budget. The primary response to the question of tuition at Holland Hall rests in the latter. Tuition at Holland Hall costs what it does because we believe in paying our teachers salaries competitive with independent schools in other parts of the country. The Board of Trustees made the strategic and wise decision many years ago not to tie, or even benchmark, our faculty’s salaries to local public school districts, because Holland Hall wants to recruit nationally and, ultimately, retain the best of the best.

Our teachers teach students who love learning and whose families deeply value education, investing in it heavily. An average classroom contains about 15 students. 97% of our parents feel the class sizes are outstanding. But that comes with a cost, a cost that shows up in our tuition. Holland Hall’s Upper School tuition eclipsed the $20,000 threshold this year. (Note that schools with similar academics and missions in Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, St. Louis, Kansas City, and Denver did so many years ago.)

Almost 85%, or approximately $17,000, of that tuition goes to faculty salaries, benefits, and professional development. (This number does not include tuition assistance, when needed, to faculty children, which has been about $4.5 million over the last five years.)

Almost 85% (appx. $17,000) of tuition goes to faculty salaries, benefits, and professional development. 85% OF EVERY TUITION DOLLAR! That’s a huge portion for any independent school, and that’s the way it should be. The rest helps purchase curricula and materials, maintains the campus, covers insurance, creates access to technology and field trips, etc. Holland Hall has one of the most beneficial ratios of tuition to faculty salaries against schools in the aforementioned cities and regions. Again, this reality derives from the Board’s decision many years ago to pay our faculty well so that our students will have ample leadership opportunities. So, when I receive the question about Holland Hall’s cost, one of my first responses harkens to a response a good friend with a child attending Holland Hall offers: Our children are worth it. My second response highlights our teachers: They are worth it too.

Investing in teachers shows up in the leadership dispositions that our students develop. One cannot exist without another.

DID YOU KNOW... While Upper School tuition at Holland Hall is hovering around $20,000, our benchmark schools are in the range of $24,000 to $30,000+. Holland Hall might be the most expensive school in Tulsa but the value – compared to similar, outstanding schools throughout the country – is excellent. Normally after explaining the expense, this follow-up question emerges: SO WHAT’S THE RETURN ON INVESTMENT (ROI)? This has to start with what the actual investment is in the first place, aside from meaningful benefits of becoming a lifelong learner. Assuming current tuition dollars and a modest 2.5% annual increase to continue to support our faculty, the fifteen-year tuition cost for one child attending Holland Hall is about $300,000 — a significant investment. When you add to the equation that Holland Hall graduates are significantly more likely than their peers at other schools to finish college and either attend graduate school or immediately jump into the workforce AND end up in the top 5% of earners in their careers, the potential return of this investment is clearly worth it.

ACADEMIC FACTS AND STATS: COMPARED TO OTHER 4-YEAR HIGH SCHOOLS IN OKLAHOMA, HOLLAND HALL HAS THE HIGHEST ... ... percentage of students recognized in the National Merit Program — historically, 10–20% of the senior class. ... SAT results in the state and is in the top 10 of nationally recognized PreK-12 coed independent schools in the country. Holland Hall’s SAT average this year was 1370. In comparison, the state average is 1047. ... ACT results with an average of 27.2. ... AP test results — historically, 90% of students who take an AP exam earn at least one score of 3 or above on a 5-point scale.



IT’S WORTH IT SOME IMPORTANT DATA POINTS: Holland Hall graduates are significantly more likely than their peers at other schools to FINISH COLLEGE and either attend GRADUATE SCHOOL or immediately JUMP INTO THE WORKFORCE. This translates into significantly increased LIFE EARNINGS. Just this year, 80% OF OUR SENIORS RECEIVED TALENT OR MERIT-BASED SCHOLARSHIPS from colleges and universities. (This percent does not include need-based grants.) Several of these scholarships essentially

cover the ENTIRE TUITION COST for four years of undergraduate education—around $175,000 in some cases. The AVERAGE ANNUAL SALARY for a Holland Hall alumnus is in the TOP 5% OF EARNERS, roughly $195,000, according to an average of three sources. The intangible benefits of being exposed to GREAT LITERATURE and learning how to understand it, of forming a PHILOSOPHY OF LIFE AND LEARNING, alongside TEACHERS WHOLLY DEVOTED TO STUDENT LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT will last a lifetime. These are just as important as the numbers.

When it comes to the reality of the investment and the potential return, the investment is clearly worth it. 2017 – 2018




Building classroom chemistry. By Neil Bergenroth, Upper School Science Faculty At the beginning of the school year, I don't know many of my students very well. It’s important to understand their personalities because I want to be the most effective teacher for them. Also, I want them to be self-aware, know how they operate, and what aspects of their personality they most favor. Finally, I want all of us to function as a team to establish a productive learning environment. The chemistry in our classroom does not stop with the reactions performed. A few years ago I discovered a free web and mobile app called E-Colors by Equilibria. The application provides a series of questions that each feature four words. The person must choose the word that they think they are most like, and then choose the word that they feel is least like them. There are thirty-five questions, and the assessment takes about fifteen minutes to complete. The app provides a full report based on the responses. There are four categories: Red, Yellow, Green, Blue. Every personality has a mix of all four colors. However, usually one or two colors are prominent. The two highest colors are a person’s primary colors. For example, an individual who is predominantly Red/Yellow is a Doer/Socializer. This person tends to be practical, strong-willed, talkative, and peopleoriented. As a basis of comparison, a person who is a Blue/ Green would be analytical, persistent, orderly, supportive, and dependable. I find that students who have Red as a primary color tend to be more talkative during class when answering questions. A student who has Blue as a primary color is usually pretty quiet, true to their personality results.

RED “Doer” Takes action & gets things done.

YELLOW “Socializer” Interacts & engages with others.

GREEN “Thinker” Plans & analyzes information.

BLUE “Relater” Supports & empathizes with others.

In my Chemistry lab, we are often conducting experiments, and I use the results from E-Colors to set lab partners. I’ve been doing this for three years now, and I have seen productive, collaborative relationships built between students with different primary colors. When the students receive their results, I ask them to put stickers on their lab notebooks with their two primary colors. By providing the means to display colors, it helps the other students see which colors predominate in the person with whom they are working. When you have that knowledge, it provides a frame of reference for everyone that helps with lab work or other collaborative efforts. The colors also aid me as the instructor in the classroom to adjust my teaching style to suit the students. For example, if I have a class that has a majority of students who have Blue as a primary color, it will require more thought about my approach to achieve a higher level of interaction in the classroom. Also, there is a comfort for those students who are reluctant to speak up that there are others in the room that may also be nervous about contributing. On the flip side, the Red personality color students are aware that they may be dominating the conversation and should allow the blues the chance to take a risk and answer a question. As my understanding of personality traits continues to grow, I am always looking for more ways to leverage this knowledge. This concept could be used in many team environments such as athletics or diversity and inclusivity groups. E-Colors is a copyright of Equilibria. Learn more about E-Colors by Equilibria at





From first pins to national titles: wrestling takes hold of Holland Hall athletes. Thanks to a generous donation from the O’Brien family, 2017-18 marked the inaugural year of the Holland Hall wrestling program, coached by returning Upper School math teacher Rick Cameron. The first year had six Middle School and eight Upper School athletes participating. The focus was introducing the wrestlers to basic techniques and giving them an opportunity to compete in a variety of matches. “I was very pleased with the attention and desire to learn that each wrestler demonstrated and was impressed with their willingness to challenge themselves physically and mentally,” Coach Cameron said. “Being new, they understood that nearly every time they competed, they would be wrestling an opponent that was more experienced. That kind of positive attitude takes a lot of courage and resilience.” A few highlights from the season were the first win in a Holland Hall uniform by Mac O’Brien ’23 at a JV tournament in Okmulgee and the first win at the Varsity level by Olivia Brown ’21 with a 5-3 decision over a young man from Morris. Gabe Catalano ’20 recorded the first pin by a Dutch wrestler at a home dual meet. With a small number of wrestlers, it was mathematically impossible for the team to win most of the dual meets, but they did end the season with dual meet victories over Gore and McClain. The highlight of the year was when Olivia Brown ’21 pinned a senior boy from McClain in the third period of a close match. Her victory secured the dual meet victory for the Dutch and was an exhilarating conclusion to the match.

“The wrestling program at Holland Hall is off to a strong start under the leadership of first-year Coach Rick Cameron,” Athletic Director Steve Helebrand said. “The most encouraging part for me was seeing each wrestler’s confidence grow as the season progressed. I expect we will see some really positive growth from year 1 to year 2.” In addition to the Middle School and Upper School programs, a Dutch wrestling club for Primary and Middle School students was started in spring 2018, and there was a threeweek wrestling PE unit for the 6th Grade boys. The Dutch Wrestling Club is run by Patrick Lopez (husband of 3rd Grade teacher Lynne Lopez), and he is looking forward to building up that program in the future. Next year, Coach Cameron hopes to expand his numbers and continue to develop technique and experience.

Olivia Brown ’21 takes national championship title. Freshman Olivia Brown ’21 took competitors by storm from her very first match. After a successful season with several wins, Olivia went on to compete in the U.S. Marine Corps Girls National Wrestling Tournament where she won the Cadet National Champion Title and came in 4th in the Junior Division. Coach Rick Cameron said, “From the moment we first wrestled live, I knew Olivia was special. She is one of the most coachable athletes I have ever worked with and underneath the calm facade is a fierce competitor. She was new to the sport of wrestling and quickly made a name for herself, locally, state-wide, and nationally while earning the respect of her teammates and competitors.” Congratulations, Olivia!

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Regina Scott ’20 fiddles her way closer to Cherokee culture. By Kenlea Henson, Reporter (excerpts from the Cherokee Phoenix, 10/17/2017) “The violin and fiddle are very different styles, but both benefit each other. The violin is classical music and is technically difficult and you sight-read the music to learn it. But fiddling you learn by ear, so the comparison is more like reading a book versus storytelling,” Regina said. As early as 7 years old, Scott traveled statewide to fiddling contests and performances, learning and watching some of the best fiddle players. Now she plays among them, continuing to make her mark. She has competed in over 50 fiddling contests in surrounding states and as far away as Idaho.

For some, it’s traditional games such as stickball or marbles. For other Cherokees it may be weaving baskets with traditional materials that bring them closer to their culture. But for 15-year-old Regina Scott (Holland Hall sophomore), it’s the love for the fiddle and fiddle music that brings her in tune to Cherokee culture. “I think it’s really cool that I am Cherokee and that I play the fiddle because the fiddle was part of the Cherokee culture,” Regina, a Cherokee Nation citizen, said. “I know there are a lot of people that are Cherokee that probably don’t have a direct connection to their culture, so I am really proud that I have the fiddle because I feel like it brings me closer to my Cherokee culture.” The Tulsa native found an interest in the bowed-string musical instrument at age 5 when she began taking classical violin lessons from longtime violinist Jody Naifeh. “I started off with classical violin from Mrs. Naifeh, who I am still working with today. The cool thing about her is a lot of classical teachers don’t really do fiddling and aren’t super into that side of music. But she took me to my first fiddle contest, and so because of her I kind of got started in fiddling,” she said. Although fiddle and violin appear the same, Regina said the styles are different.



For her accomplishments, Cherokee Nation officials proclaimed Feb. 10 as “Regina Scott Day.” Tribal Councilor Keith Austin presented her with the proclamation after her performance at the National Fiddler Hall of Fame Ceremony and Concert in Tulsa in front of an audience of celebrated fiddlers and country musician Vince Gill. “The National Fiddler Hall of Fame inducts people every year, so I got to play for Randy Howard who was being inducted. So I was on stage and I had just finished and it was a really great moment, and one of the Cherokees came on stage and he said ’wait, don’t go yet,’ and I was very confused, but then he read a proclamation from the chief that basically said that the day February 10, 2017, was a day dedicated to me and my accomplishments,” she said. “I was thinking ’is this real?’ like, ’is this a prank?’ but it was amazing and I have it framed at home.” As for her violin, Scott still plays. She is part of the Tulsa Youth Symphony and the Holland Hall Orchestra and Honors Orchestra, in which she is first chair violin. She also teaches a beginner’s orchestra class to help her violin teacher. She advises young musicians who are pursuing their dreams to keep practicing. Regina said, “Practice, practice because sometimes you don’t feel like practicing or it’s just not in your schedule, but if you really like it you can make time for it... if it’s something you are really passionate about, that’s the only way to get good.”



Primary School PE: the greatest show on earth! Dodgeball. Kickball. Soccer and volleyball. Something called Pin Bombardment. These are some staples of traditional physical education programs. Holland Hall alumna and current parent Tobey Ballenger ’91 remembers her time as a student at Holland Hall fondly, but PE wasn’t her favorite part of the day. “I was always trying to trade away my turn in PE,” she said. Tobey and husband Jeffrey Alderman are now parents of four Holland Hall students, Abigail ’20, Sebastian ’23, Vivian ’26, and Jude ’29. “Abigail wasn’t too into competitive sports,” said Tobey. “She’d played soccer, maybe some tennis, but they just weren’t for her.” Abigail had always been good at dance, however, and loved Middle and Upper School dance teacher Tyne Shillingford, so her mom encouraged her to participate in more dance at school. At the same time, Abigail and several Holland Hall friends had found a creative outlet outside of school in an organization called Calliope Youth Circus, a group that teaches the circus arts to children and youth. As her children became more involved in these and other activities, it occurred to Tobey that Holland Hall might be interested in exploring programming that fosters noncompetitive sports and creative movement. After visiting with Head of School JP Culley, Tobey and her husband decided to make a donation to the school to fund additional PE programming for Primary School and Middle School students, with the stipulation that it be creative and movement-based. Coincidentally, Primary School PE coordinator Brian Underwood was also familiar with Even faculty got in on the fun. Pictured: Coach Christy Utter on the Rolling Globe.

Calliope Youth Circus. So over the course of two weeks, one in January, one in May, trainers from the Calliope Youth Circus arrived at the Holland Hall Primary School with some very unusual PE equipment. Aerial silks. Slack Wire. Rolling Globe. Lyra. The students learned how to walk on a tight wire, dive through hoops, propel themselves forward by walking on top of an oversized ball, and twist and contort their bodies in midair while being supported by sashes of vibrant red silk. Mr. Underwood said, “The Calliope Circus was so much fun for the kids. There was a definite buzz in the hallways with the excitement of learning new acrobatic skills.” Tobey Ballenger attended part of the day, and Abigail and her friends were able to help teach the younger students alongside the circus instructors. They all felt the program was a big hit and will open the door to more non-traditional PE programming in the future. “What I really like about Holland Hall is they provide multiple pathways to success,” Tobey said. “Sports were definitely a pathway to success for many people, but not for me. I wanted to help create more ways for students to succeed.” Learn more about the Calliope Youth Circus on Facebook @calliopeyouthcircus. 2017 – 2018




Chaos vs. community: an interview with Bishop Michael B. Curry. By Katie Darden ’18 On November 2, 2017, Bishop Michael Bruch Curry, 27th presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, came to visit Holland Hall. Rev. Curry is the first African-American to have this position. He met with Upper School students to discuss his experiences and what it is like to be the Episcopal Church's primary ambassador. The Bishop was in Tulsa for an annual convention where the clergy make decisions on how to function. Rev. Curry was born in Chicago and moved to Buffalo, New York, where he spent the majority of his childhood. Growing up, the most influential people in his life and faith were his grandmother and his father. Rev. Curry’s father was also an Episcopal priest. When Rev. Curry was a high school senior, his father told him, “Remember this one thing: treat every girl the way you would want someone to treat your sister.” Rev. Curry said this advice is still relevant now and applies to all people, not just women. Treating all people with love and respect can change someone’s life. In reference to the recent violence in the world today, Rev. Curry said, “We have a choice between chaos and community. In this life, we must choose community.” He said this means we have the power to make progress. It seems like every week there is a new news story about an act of violence somewhere in the world. So how do we create a counter-narrative? Rev. Curry believes in the power of getting to know someone who is different from ourselves and the people with whom we surround ourselves. He said, “Since like-minded people tend to segregate themselves, we do not have cross-fertilization of different ideas.”



We have a choice between chaos and community. In this life, we must choose community. Having diverse schools and churches that foster relationships between people of different faiths is key. Diversity helps us learn to experience, know, and understand people who are different from ourselves. “God created a diverse world. Our community has been compelled to realize we need to come together to not go down this path of hatred. Think through what are the values and way of faith that help me make a difference in this world.”



The Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma funds free workshop for public school teachers with $50k grant. Inspiration strikes daily in classrooms across Holland Hall, and one could say that happened during the recent visit of Bishop Konieczny and Bishop Curry. While visiting the Upper School, they stopped in Dr. Keri Shingleton’s classroom where she gave them a tour and discussed her dream of facilitating a molecular modeling workshop for public school teachers. “When I first learned how to teach abstract molecular concepts through modeling, everything changed for my students,” Dr. Shingleton said. “Their learning gains were enormous and I knew I had to find a way to help other Oklahoma teachers by training them to teach through modeling.” Her description of this professional development opportunity for others in the extended Tulsa community combined with her passion prompted an immediate and spontaneous offer of a $50,000 grant from the Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma to fund the project. Dr. Shingleton hosted her “sold out” free workshop June 18-22, 2018, at Holland Hall. Teachers who participated in the workshop were provided with classroom sets of all the 3D models used during the workshop, worth approximately $2,000, free of charge. In addition to the diocese’s grant, 3D Molecular Designs, the small business that manufactures and sells the models, sold them to Holland Hall at a 40% discount. The models are reusable and will impact the learning of students in Oklahoma for years to come.

L to R: Bishop Michael Curry, J.P. Culley, and Bishop Ed Konieczny

Bishop Curry stole the show at the Royal Wedding. Millions tuned into the Royal Wedding to see Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, but they ended up falling in love with Bishop Michael Curry. Reportedly invited to speak at the ceremony by Meghan herself, Rev. Curry spoke animatedly about the power of love and even quoted Dr. Martin Luther King. “There’s power in love,” Rev. Curry said. “Don’t underestimate it. Don’t even over-sentimentalize it. There’s power, power in love.” News and social media coverage from around the world report high praise for Rev. Curry’s words and his ability to bridge cultural differences that span decades and an ocean.

Upper School journalists work the Dutch beat. Dutch journalism students are building the Holland Hall journalism program via the production of the Upper School “Hallway” magazine and the all-school “Eight Acres” yearbook. Hands-on learning takes place daily as students work together planning, designing, interviewing, writing, photographing, and laying out print stories. In 2017, all designs and layouts were done in Adobe InDesign for the first time. Small groups traveled to national conventions in Dallas and San Francisco and will have the option of attending the Columbia Scholastic Press Association meeting in New York next March. Rev. Curry’s visit to Holland Hall is just one example of Dutch journalists at work. “Hallway” editor Katie Darden ’18 met with Rev. Curry then wrote and published her article in the winter 2018 “Hallway.” Of her chance to interview Rev. Curry, Katie said, “I was both intimidated and excited. As soon as we started talking, my nerves quickly went away. Talking to Bishop Curry, he seemed so genuine and down-to-earth.” Pictured left: Katie Darden ’18 documents an Upper School field trip to downtown Tulsa. 2017 – 2018




Brenda Tracy – setting the expectation. By Guerin Emig (Excerpts from the Tulsa World, 9/7/2017) Brenda Tracy, a rape survivor, advocate, and public speaker who has spent the past two years talking to college football teams about stopping sexual assault, visited Holland Hall to speak with Upper School students in September 2017. After working with more than 40 college football teams, she was addressing high school students for the first time to present her “Set the Expectation” student pledge, created with high school students in mind. “I do a lot of work with college kids,” Brenda explained, “but we’re asking administrators and colleges to take an 18-year-old and kind of deprogram them and reprogram them. And then make sure they don’t do anything when they’re in college. I think that’s a huge undertaking. It’s important to get to our younger people sooner. I’d like to see kids understand what consent is and how relationships are before they get to college.”

Thank you for having the fortitude to host this the first high school in America to do so, I think that speaks for itself where Holland Hall is among its peers. – Jim Dean, Upper School Parent

As Brenda detailed her rape, Holland Hall’s Upper School student body put their phones away and their social media accounts on hold and locked on to their guest speaker. She told the Dutch what she has told the Sooners and Golden Hurricane and Huskers and Nittany Lions before: Men are the ones who can stop sexual assault. Men are the ones who must not shirk responsibility. Men who play sports, given the value we place on these athletes and their exploits, are especially critical to a changed course.


And to the women sitting in the gymnasium bleachers: You have an advocate. Brenda concluded her remarks after an hour or so, and the students stood and applauded. She smiled, shaped her hands in a heart, and then began receiving her audience personally. Brenda shook hands with some, embraced many others. Male and female students hopped down to the floor to thank her. One of them was a junior named Erin Dean ’19. “I first learned about Brenda when she came to OU to speak,” Erin said, referencing Brenda’s talk with the Sooners in August 2016. “I was interested in her and went to her website to do some research.” Erin leads Holland Hall’s social justice club and plays field hockey. She had a natural inclination toward someone using athletics to help lead a sea change in a vital social cause. “It’s not OK and it needs to change,” Erin said. “I really like how Brenda talks directly to the boys and says they’re the solution. I agree when she says if girls could have stopped it, we would have stopped it a long time ago. People in high school need to hear the message so that going into college they realize what’s going on here.” Erin emailed Brenda last summer and the two made an immediate connection. She began working with both Brenda and Holland Hall’s administration to get Brenda’s message in front of the school. Asked if the day left her hopeful, Dean said, “I’m extremely hopeful. I saw a lot of male athletes talking to Brenda. I’ve heard nothing but positive feedback so far. I plan on asking others for more.” “I hope there’s more students like her out there,” Brenda said of Erin. “It was exciting to have that happen. I’m glad that I came here.” Learn more about Brenda Tracy and the “Set the Expectation” pledge at


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Masterclass with Jeremy Hays ’99. In an environment like Holland Hall, classroom settings often differ from traditional school setups and lesson plans. Holland Hall faculty vary in instructional approaches and tailor day-to-day classroom experiences to meet the individual needs of each student. As a result, it is no surprise that student singers and actors found themselves at ease in an alumni-led masterclass held over the winter holiday break. Typically in a masterclass, students and Jeremy works with Wyatt Smith ’19 on exploring the subtle undertones of Oklahoma!’s spectators watch and listen as the “master” “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'.” works with one student at a time. The student performs a single piece that they have prepared, and shows such as The Affair, America’s Got Talent, The Tap, The the master will give them advice on how to perform it, often Blacklist, and Turn: Washington Spies. including anecdotes about the composer, demonstrations of Jeremy also runs ‘J Landon Hays Productions’ and founded how to play certain passages, and explanations of common the non-profit, non-partisan organization ‘Broadway Votes.’ technical errors. The student is then expected to play the As student-performers in the masterclass bravely sang piece again, in light of the master’s comments, and the and acted in front of their peers and responded to Jeremy’s student may be asked to play a passage repeatedly to attain expert feedback, the transformation in each student’s perfection. As fellow performers and spectators watched, performance was immediate. In just that one masterclass, it alumnus Jeremy Hays ’99 facilitated just this as he led was clear to see how a teacher with real-world experience students one-by-one through the masterclass. can inspire and educate students in a unique, authentic way. Jeremy is uniquely qualified to lead a masterclass like this at Holland Hall. As a student, Jeremy found his place on the stage and began what would turn out to be a lifelong journey as a professional actor. “The arts programs at Holland Hall quite literally changed my life,” Jeremy said. “As a young kid with a stutter I didn’t always have the confidence to express my thoughts and ideas. Theatre and choir — and their gifted teachers — helped me find my voice and inspired me to excel in academics as well. Coming back years later and teaching Holland Hall prioritizes attracting and retaining the best a masterclass feels like I have come full circle. This time I faculty in the region — teachers who embrace the freedom am inspired by the students and their wealth of creativity and opportunity of experiential learning and a community and talent. Holland Hall continues to push me forward. I am environment. Professional alumni like Jeremy make the thankful to still call the Walter Arts Center home.” perfect addition to supplement this learning environment. After finishing college, Jeremy’s path took him to Broadway, By returning to his alma mater in this capacity, Jeremy where he has starred in The Phantom of the Opera and demonstrates both the amazing accomplishments of our Les Misérables. He has also performed with the Chicago alumni and the power of the educational experience found Symphony Orchestra, toured the U.S. with Cats, and only at Holland Hall. performed in regional productions of Into The Woods, Hair, Learn more about Jeremy Hays ’99 and his current and Camelot, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Oklahoma!, and West upcoming work at Side Story. Off the stage, he’s been seen on the TV screen on 2017 – 2018




Art & Writing Awards. This year, nearly 350,000 works of art and writing were submitted. Less than 1% were recognized at the national level. These students have been invited to attend a ceremony at the world-famous Carnegie Hall on June 7, 2018.

Middle School Honor Choir members in New York City with Ms. Harper.

MIDDLE SCHOOL HONOR CHOIR AT LINCOLN CENTER. 12 students from the Holland Hall Middle School Honor Choir performed at Lincoln Center in New York City on March 17, 2018. The students worked with Dr. Martha Shaw, a renowned conductor who specializes in children’s and collegiate choirs. The concert, “Reflections of Light,” was live streamed on Facebook. Participating students included Bridgette Dieterlen ’22, Adison Tunnell ’22, Claire Paris ’22, Katie Swanston ’22, Micaela Atkinson ’22, Jonathan Atkinson ’20, Alice Milton ’22, Annika Bartlett ’22, Harley Smith ’23, Tanvi Kiran ’23, Elyse Clark ’24, and Katie Eckersley ’24.

MIDDLE SCHOOL SPELLING BEE. Khadeeja Arastu ’25 won the 2018 Middle School Spelling Bee.



MATHCOUNTS. Middle School MathCounts Team took 2nd at the Regional competition and qualified for the State MathCounts competition. David Wang ’22 placed 9th and participated in the Countdown Round. The team included Tanvi Kiran ’23, Anna Teoh ’23, Ike Walker ’22, and David Wang ’22.

OKSTARS. After participating in OKSTARS this past summer, Vaishnavi Kumar ’18 had the opportunity to present her research at the Tulsa Citywide Research Day hosted at the OU Schusterman Center on Friday, November 10, 2017. Vaishnavi and other researchers presented their data to each other at this poster presentation.

SCHOLASTIC ART & WRITING AWARDS. Kobi Thompson ’18, Ava Bumgarner ’19, and Megan Self ’18 have been identified by panels of creative professionals as among the most talented young artists and writers in the nation, earning “Gold Key” recognition in the 2018 Scholastic

THE NATIONAL COUNCIL ON EDUCATION FOR THE CERAMIC ARTS. Ceramics piece “Hallucinate” by Callen McFadden ’19 was accepted for display in the National K-12 ceramic competition. 150 pieces are selected out of 1200 submissions from schools across the country. Callen’s piece will be displayed at the 2018 national exhibition, held in conjunction with the annual international conference of NCECA, The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts.


BARCELONA SOCCER TRAINING CLINIC. Max Hunt ’24 and Ben Knoblock ’22 were two of only 100 children in the 05 soccer division selected from around the world to participate in the seven-day intensive Barcelona Soccer Training Clinic hosted by ISL Futbol.

HOLLAND HALL GEOGRAPHY BEE. Eshan Salimi ’25 won 1st place and William Barron ’25 came in 2nd place in the 2018 Holland Hall Middle School Geography Bee.

AMERICAN CHORAL DIRECTORS ASSOCIATION’S NATIONAL HONOR CHOIR. Several of the finest singers from the Middle School Honor Choir were selected to be a part of the southwest region American Choral Directors Association's National Honor Choir (SWACDA.) These students were selected from a blind audition to be a part of this prestigious choir. On March 7-10, 2018, these students performed in Oklahoma City with other students from a 7 state region. SWACDA Treble Choir Members: Reagan Bieligk ’25, Beau Broermann ’25, Garrett Conner ’23, Kingsley Craft ’25, Lily Koontz ’25, Jonathon Krueger ’24, Madeleine Phillips ’25, Bella Ricci ’25, Julia Roark ’25, and Scarlett Wright ’24 SWACDA High School Women's Choir: Emily Milton ’19


TU HURRICANE MATHFEST. On February 17, 2018 at the University of Tulsa Hurricane Mathfest, a math competition for high school students involving individual and team competitions, Elaine Wang ’19 placed 1st and Allan Kalapura ’19 placed 5th in the individual competition. The all-female team of Marta Almazovaite ’20, Anna Byrd ’19, and Elaine Wang ’19 placed 2nd in the team event. The Holland Hall group, as a whole, received the “School of the Day” Trophy for the highest average score on the individual test.

DAVID BISHOP MOFFETT AWARD. John Connor ’18 was the first recipient of the David Bishop Moffett award. The Moffett family has endowed an award in memory of their son, David ’10, to carry on his legacy and love of the arts. David’s mother presented the award.

SWACDA High School Men's Choir: Jonathan Atkinson ’20

OKLAHOMA GEOGRAPHIC BEE. 2017 Holland Hall Middle School Geography Bee champion, Anna Teoh ’23, represented Holland Hall at the Oklahoma Geographic Bee in fall 2017. The Bee included the 100 top scorers among all the school champions in Oklahoma, and Anna was randomly sorted into a room with 20 other contestants for preliminary rounds. Anna was one of only four students in the entire contest to earn a perfect score in preliminary rounds, answering all eight questions correctly!

The University of Tulsa Hurricane Mathfest team with coach Ms. Karen Holmes.

2017 – 2018




Holland Hall special projects: gifts as unique as you are. Every year there are innovative and exciting programs, activities, and equipment approved for use in the classrooms or elsewhere on campus that are not able to be included in the annual operating budget or the school’s maintenance and capital endowment expenditures. Donors find their way to funding a special project either through following their personal interests to see if a passion project aligns with the school’s needs or by reviewing our special projects “wish list.” We are grateful to donors who provided the funding for several of these special projects this year. To see our “wish list” of current unfunded special project needs or to discuss an idea you have for a project, please visit or contact Christy Zahn at (918) 879-4749 or

Memorial Gifts THE DAVID BISHOP MOFFETT ’10 VOCAL MUSIC AWARD. The David Bishop Moffett ’10 Vocal Music Award was established with a gift from Denny and Mary Moffett in memory of their son. Given annually to a graduating senior who has demonstrated exceptional talent in the field of vocal performance and whose leadership has made a positive impact on the music program at Holland Hall, the award provides a plaque and a monetary stipend to the honoree. The inaugural award was presented to John Connor ’18. THE SARAH ADAMS EXPRESS. The Sarah Adams Express, a 6-seat, Holland Hall-red golf cart, was donated to the school in memory of Sarah Adams ’99 by her parents, Jan and Roger Adams, longtime Holland Hall employees. The vehicle will be used by the field hockey program, a sport Sarah loved, and by other departments as needed. The gift of a customized golf cart was inspired by the golf cart donated by the Beard family in honor of their son, Dune Beard ’17, which is used by Admission for campus tours.



The Sarah Adams Express, donated by the Adams family in memory of Sarah Adams ’99.

Academic Support SUPPLEMENTAL SCIENCE AND STEM FUNDING. Kristie and Roy Grossman, parents of graduate Jack Grossman ’18, provided supplemental funding for the Sciences at Holland Hall. The gift is being used to develop an interdisciplinary program between the Upper School and the Primary School. An anonymous donor provided funding for additional STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) curricula and resources for the Middle School.

THE PRIMARY SCHOOL GARDEN. Parent Ashley Bray and her son Barrett ’30 enjoy gardening together at home. After seeing a list of unfunded special project requests, Ashley made a donation to the school to provide a greenhouse and related materials to be used in the Kindergarten science curriculum.

Community Outreach TRAINING AND RESOURCES. The Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma funded a program presented by



Middle School STEM students were provided special supplies and equipment in the Design Center thanks to an anonymous donor.

Holland Hall faculty member Dr. Keri Shingleton to provide STEM education training and resources to Tulsa-area public school teachers.

audiences comprised primarily of male college athletes. Holland Hall was the first high school group that invited her to speak.

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Read more on page 36.

Special Speakers

Athletics and Wellness

JEFF RUBY. Gail and Kip Richards, parents of alumnus Eric Richards ’00 and grandparents of Dylan Rose Richards ’31, provided funding for author Jeff Ruby to speak to Holland Hall 4th and 5th Graders about his novel, Penelope March is Melting.

BRENDA TRACY. Lise and Jim Dean, parents of Erin Dean ’19 and Evan Dean ’21, underwrote the speaker’s fee for Brenda Tracy, who spoke to Upper School students in the fall. Ms. Tracy, a rape survivor, travels the country telling her personal story and promoting her “Set the Expectation” platform of rape prevention to

CALLIOPE YOUTH CIRCUS. Tobey Ballenger ’91 and Jeffrey Alderman, parents of Abigail ’20, Sebastian ’23, Vivian ’26, and Jude ’29, funded a special physical education program that featured the Calliope Youth Circus. Read more on page 33. L.A.S.T. (LEG AND SHOULDER THERAPY). Keith and Laurie Simmons, parents of graduates Dylan ’15 and Jake ’18, have a passion for athletics and funded the purchase of a L.A.S.T. (Leg and Shoulder Therapy) table, which will allow Athletic Trainer Jim Mansfield to

provide therapy to athletes according to the most current recommendations of experts in the exercise science field.

GOLF PRACTICE FACILITY. Upper School golf teams haven’t had a place to practice together and younger students have had limited exposure to golf due to a lack of appropriate teaching spaces. A new chipping, putting, and hitting practice area has been built south of the Upper School building with generous funding from Lisa and Dane Tucker, parents of Holland Hall students Griffin ’23 and Knox ’29; Dale Forest, father of Andrew ’19; and Randy Heckenkemper of Heckenkemper Golf Course Design.

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Celebrating 40 years of ARTworks with 2017 featured artist Desmond Mason. My Art, My Terms – the Journey of an Artist by Desmond Mason. For the 40th anniversary of ARTworks, we were pleased to welcome artist and former NBA star Desmond Mason as the 2017 artist-in-residence. Desmond presented his current collection My Art, My Terms – the Journey of an Artist,

which included large-format mixed media on canvas or wood panels, ink on paper, and never-before-exhibited copper plate prints. For those lucky enough to purchase a copper plate print, they now own a true one-of-a-kind Desmond Mason, as the copper plates used to make the prints have been destroyed.

2017 marked the 40th year of ARTworks at Holland Hall. The ARTworks program is in keeping with the school’s core belief that an appreciation for and experiences in the arts are essential. The program also supports arts education at Holland Hall through patronage opportunities and artwork sales.

In honor of the 40th anniversary, the Gallery Opening was free and open to the public for the first time ever. Fans traveled from as far as Oklahoma City and Wichita, KS to meet Desmond and see his work at the Gallery Opening. Thank you to 2017 ARTworks chairs Liz White and Brandy Laird along with all of our patrons for making this community event possible!

Each year, ARTworks includes a Gallery Opening, a week-long artist-in-residency program, a month-long art exhibit, and a Patron workshop. During this unique time, Holland Hall students of all ages, faculty, and Patrons participate in workshops and gallery visits with the artist, learning and gaining inspiration from their personal journey and creative expression. As well, the Gallery Opening presents an opportunity for the Holland Hall and Tulsa community to meet the artist and purchase original art.


View a list of 2017 ARTworks patrons at HOLL AND HALL MAGA ZINE


AdvancementNews Annual Retirees Coffee Each September, Holland Hall welcomes retired faculty back to campus for a coffee and conversation hour in the Holliman Gallery. Head of School J.P. Culley greets guests with a brief state-of-the-school address, and invitations are extended for upcoming school events. Just as alumni remain a part of the Holland Hall community after graduation, our retirees are always welcome and encouraged to visit and attend events. Holland Hall is a home for life for students and faculty! Go to pg. 62 for a tribute to this year’s retiring faculty members.

59th Annual Book Fair Each year, the greater Tulsa community looks forward to the annual Holland Hall Book Fair. The state’s largest and longest-running book fair, it provides access to discount-priced, gently-used books, toys, games, educational resources, and more. 2018 marked a successful first year in the event’s new location, the Primary School gym. The Book Fair would not be possible without the committee and the hundreds of volunteers required to prepare for and execute the Book Fair. Thank you to 2018 Book Fair chairs Nicole Masullo and Heather Pohl ’89 and to all of our volunteers! Save the date for the 2019 Book Fair: February 23, 2019.

2017 Grandparents’ & Special Friends’ Day

2017 & 2018 Holland Hall Golf Tournaments

Grandparents’ & Special Friends’ Day is a time for each child to share school with his or her grandparent(s) or special family friend(s). This year, grandparents and special friends gathered in the Branch Theatre for a special presentation of the traditional back-to-school Convocation video along with choir and jazz band performances. Afterwards, guests dispersed to their grandchild’s or student’s branch and enjoyed time in the classroom.

The Holland Hall Golf Tournament is a fun annual fundraising event hosted by the Advancement Office. The proceeds help fund Holland Hall’s physical education and athletic programs at all grade levels. Both the 2017 and 2018 tournaments were sold out and proved to be beautiful and enjoyable days at the Patriot Golf Course.

Save the date for the 2018 Grandparents’ & Special Friends’ Day: November 20, 2018.

Thank you to our $3,500 Eagle Sponsor TRIAD BANK for your support of Holland Hall! Save the date for the 2019 Golf Tournament: June 11, 2019.

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“The Tandy”

Photo taken June 7, 2018.

The A.R. & Marylouise Tandy Dining & Wellness Center & Chapman Green Progress continues on the newest addition to the Holland Hall campus. The Tandy, one component of the $50 million Enhancing Our Common Ground campaign, will be ready to welcome students and faculty in the fall of 2018.

Building Highlights The DutchZone

The school’s spirit store gets a brand new space. Staffed by volunteers and open for business more hours and days of the week, the DutchZone will be the hot shopping spot on campus for all the latest Dutch gear.

Common Grounds

The campus coffee shop, donated by the David and Lynda Tippeconnic Family Foundation, will be a place for Upper School students to grab a coffee and visit with other students or teachers, for Middle School students to pick up a smoothie after school, or for parents to meet to discuss school business or just socialize. Watch for “open mike” nights and other gatherings at Common Grounds.

Stuart Family Foundation Alumni Center and Terrace

The best view of Hardesty Field is now from above. The new Alumni Center and Terrace provides meeting spaces for school functions and an outdoor terrace with a spectacular view of all the soccer, football, and track & field events going on below.



Thank you to our Major Donors to the Tandy & Chapman Green ($500k and up) The A.R. and Marylouise Tandy Foundation The Mary K. Chapman Foundation Roger and Francy Collins The Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma The Pauline McFarlin Walter Trust David and Tammie Maloney The Stuart Family Foundation J.W. and Mollie Craft The John and Jerry Marshall Foundation The David and Lynda Tippeconnic Family Foundation



Photo taken November 15, 2017.

Community Events Groundbreaking

An official groundbreaking ceremony for the Tandy was held on May 5, 2017 and welcomed all members of the Holland Hall community. Students, administrators, Board members, lead donors, and local dignitaries joined together to turn over the first ceremonial shovels of dirt for the new dining and wellness facility. Said the then-chair of the Board of Trustees Roger Collins, “The new facility will expand opportunities for students and faculty to be together outside the classroom, furthering Holland Hall’s inclusive environment of learning, collaboration, and community.”

Beam Signing

On March 29, 2018 more than 1000 students, faculty, staff, parents, and donors signed their name to a steel beam to be used in construction of the Tandy, a tangible symbol of our belief that the members of our community are the structure and the strength of Holland Hall. Attendees also enjoyed refreshments, music, and photo opportunities with construction-themed photo props.

Want to honor a student, teacher, or coach? Naming opportunities are still available in the Tandy! Learn more at OR contact Margie Warren Diaz ’82 at (918) 879-4720 or $5,000 per locker

$50,000 per table

$15,000 per bench

$25,000 per column

Name a locker in the girl’s, women’s, boy’s, or men’s locker room. Bench on the Chapman Green.

Terrace dining table overlooking the Chapman Green. Exterior brick column on the loggia.

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The Holland Hall Annual Fund Holland Hall is thankful for each donor who invests in our school, our students, and our community. Their generosity and commitment to Holland Hall ensure our ongoing ability to impact the lives of future generations. To view the complete list of donors by giving level, tribute gifts, and financial information, please visit





Thank you for supporting the unique & exceptional Holland Hall experience. As we near the end of another school year I am grateful for your support of the Annual Fund. Alumni, alumni parents, current parents, grandparents, retirees, faculty, and special friends are crucial to the endeavors and successes of the school. Your support is an essential affirmation to the greater Tulsa community of your belief in the value of a Holland Hall education. It has been an exciting year as we are nearing the completion of the Enhancing Our Common Ground campaign and construction of the new Tandy dining and wellness building. Before we know it, the students will return in the fall enthusiastic to see their friends and exchange stories in their second “home.” Our halls will be filled with laughter and fellowship, and our classrooms will find students and teachers engaged in learning. I am thankful for your commitment and generosity, which ensure that Holland Hall can continue to make an impact on each and every student. We are all ambassadors of this great community that we call Holland Hall.

Every gift matters. Holland Hall provides the highest quality education to our students thanks to the generosity of our community. Your gift to the Holland Hall Annual Fund has an immediate impact on the student experience by supporting academics, the arts, athletics, faculty, technology, and financial aid. However you choose to support Holland Hall, your generosity is appreciated and essential to advancing the school’s mission.

Learn more or give online now at


Christy Zahn, Director of Advancement

James & Leta Chapman Bequest Society The James and Leta Chapman Bequest Society is a group of donors who have included Holland Hall in their estate plans. Donors who include Holland Hall in their estate plans play a key role in the school’s financial stability and provide support for the school’s mission for years to come. Judith Pape Adams ’57* Anonymous Miriam Parrish Baird ’28* Horace G. Barnard, Jr.* Margery Mayo Feagin Bird ’33* Ashley N. Bray Genevieve Ann Alcott Causse ’55 James & Leta Chapman* Ena B. Cochran* J.P. & Mary Culley Margret Harned Diaz ’82 Jeffrey & Mendi Dunn Rod & Danette ’85 Elliott-Mullens Bill & Karen Freudenrich

Audra Hewgley Gallegos Charles Gregory Gephart ’71* Keith ’87 & Beth Lieser ’86 Goddard Jackson Goddard ’15 Robert Hughes ’84 Shelley Smith Jackson ’64 James L. Kincaid Jonathan Knoblock & Courtney Latta Knoblock J. David & Tammie Maloney Eugene L. McCarthy, Jr. ’77 Jack G. Morris* Wayne and Victoria MacNaughton Thomas D. Neal ’76 Grace Porter*

David Rossetti ’70 & Jan Avent K. Michael Saliba & Lodie Naimeh-Saliba Hal & Tracy Lorton ’82 Salisbury Shelby H. Scott Nancy Seay* Eric Sherburn & Leigh Ann Moss Katherine Q. Sinclair* Edward C. Sloan, Jr.* Joanne L. Farmer Suppes ’39* Atul & Ashwini Vaidya Jay P. Walker* Pauline McFarlin Walter* Peter M. Walter Mary Frances Walter O’Hornett ’35*

Holland Hall and nearly 60 Tulsa-area non-profits partner to secure the services of The Advancement Group through the Tulsa Community Foundation’s Planned Giving Partnership Program. They offer financial- and gift-planning services at no charge to members of the Holland Hall community. To learn more about estate planning or to notify the school of a bequest, please contact Christy Zahn at or (918) 879-4749. *Deceased

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The power of the Holland Hall network. Dear Dutch, After six years on the Holland Hall Alumni Association Board, I write to you today for the first time as its President. When I joined the board, I had a strong desire to improve what I viewed as a significant deficiency in how the community thinks of and engages with the Alumni Association. During my last year of business school, I decided that I wanted to move back to Tulsa. I started applying for jobs for which I was well-suited. And I was wildly unsuccessful. Despite having a bachelor’s and two masters’ degrees in engineering, public policy, and business from Tulane, Harvard, and MIT, respectively, and despite having served as a U.S. Naval Officer with tours in Guantanamo Bay, Iraq, and DC, I failed to earn even a single invitation to interview, and I accepted a management consulting job in DC. During a subsequent trip home, I ran into my former football coach, Dave Owens, and told him about my failed job search. He asked, “Did you even reach out to Holland Hall? It has an alumni network that rivals any college, knucklehead.” I sheepishly admitted I had not and quickly changed the subject. Even though I glossed over his question in conversation, I dwelled on it in my mind. I didn’t know why I didn’t reach out to Holland Hall. I couldn’t understand why I was readily using the Harvard and MIT networks and hadn’t even once considered tapping Holland Hall’s network. After much deliberation, I drew two conclusions. First, when I graduated, I had no idea what it meant to cultivate a professional network. Without understanding that, I couldn’t view Holland Hall as anything more than the nurturing community it is, working to develop me into a principled, empathetic young adult. In my mind, Holland Hall’s work was done when I graduated. Second, even if I had understood the power of Holland Hall’s network, I had no means to access it. We lacked processes and systems to facilitate meaningful professional connections among alumni.

When I joined the Board, the other members were aware of these issues but had insightfully discovered a more urgent problem to solve. We had to improve the way we showed the value of being a Holland Hall alumnus. To that end, we made the strategic decision, which the school backed wholeheartedly, to deemphasize alumni giving while providing direct value to alumni through better, more fun opportunities to meet other alumni. Since that time, we’ve dramatically improved alumni engagement at our existing events and have created several new, successful events that have exceeded expectations. On the heels of that success, we’re building a new and improved alumni database that enhances the way alumni find each other and are developing processes through which graduating seniors will learn to use the database to find senior internships, summer internships, and full-time jobs after they graduate from college. We are also learning how to cultivate the alumni network for financial support. Of the school’s roughly 4,100 alumni, fewer than 200 regularly donate to the annual fund. I share this metric not to say that we need alumni to give more money (even though we do want that), but rather to say that I view it as a measure of how well we are engaging our alumni and demonstrating the lifelong value of Holland Hall. Clearly, we still have a lot of work to do. But, we made a bet those years ago that if we focused on reconnecting alumni through enriching experiences, the rest would take care of itself. So far, it looks like a winning proposition, but in the end, our success as an alumni network is truly not a game of chance; the alumni network will be what we all make it.

Joey Wignarajah ’00 President, Holland Hall Alumni Association





Tapping into alumni talent & diversity. Dear Alumni, We are making a big push to more efficiently connect our alumni base to each other and the school. A few years ago, we had an alumni directory mobile app that got us started on our way to a better network. We have since suspended that first mobile app while we work to finalize a newer, more detailed, more robust directory and networking tool. As Director of Alumni Relations, I am happily tasked with trying to match current students and alumni with other alumni in designated cities and professions. This endeavor has become a passion of mine. I have said this before, and I will say it again, our alumni base is incredibly talented, incredibly impressive, and incredibly diverse. The one thing we can offer our constituent base is the ability to help each other land on our feet in a new internship, job, or city. We have a wealth of experience at our fingertips, and yet it remains largely untapped. So, herein lies my quest. I want to create our most informative and extensive alumni network to date. I will be soliciting help from our Alumni Board and through the Clog Blog newsletter along with other media outlets to fill in the information gaps in our database. With information being power, we are seeking to update ours every chance we get. At our most recent alumni receptions, we asked our guests to confirm their industry/profession, mailing addresses, and other contact information. With this information, we will be able to more effectively and more mindfully connect with each other in far more meaningful ways. How can you help? Please update your information as it changes and stay connected. I am wowed daily by the successes of our alumni and simply want to learn more about each of you! Let’s share our wisdom and experience with each other and help future alumni better navigate the world.


Connect and keep up with current Holland Hall events on social media.

Utter ’92

Director of Alumni Relations

@hollandhall.alumniassociation @hhallalumni @holland_hall_alumni

2017-18 ALUMNI ASSOCIATION BOARD Joey Wignarajah ’00 President

Darin Alred ’84 Past President

Kimberlie Dullye ’83

Sanford Roberds ’93

Anne Darnell Gillingham ’88

Christy Utter ’92

Noel O’Haren Groves ’94

Kara Beair Butler ’02

Paige Miller Hulse ’08

Vice President

Caroline Lindemuth ’08

Amanda Josserand Campbell ’98

Nancy Rizley Lipotich ’76


Megan Rule Beck ’98 Lindsey Hawkins Bristow ’95 Charlie Brown

Director of Stewardship

Ashley Parrish ’93

Director of Alumni Relations

Regan Mahl Watts ’06 Rachael Pearson Wilson ’06 Nan Hawkins Winton ’91 Julie Yeabower ’77

B.J. Pohl ’89 Susan Pray Rainey ’85 Adrian Reents ’06

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Making an “honest” living. When Alex Carone ’04 was in college at the University of San Diego, she discovered that she had a gluten allergy. She began experimenting in the kitchen and re-creating her favorite recipes to be gluten and dairy free. Alex used her boyfriend Jeremy Day as a taste tester, and he consistently couldn’t tell the difference between her gluten free/dairy free version and the “real deal.” With Jeremy’s seal of approval and her mother’s help, Alex developed a line of gluten-free plant-based dips she named “The Honest Stand.” After moving to Denver for graduate school at the University of Denver, Alex and Jeremy began selling The Honest Stand dips at a local farmer’s market just for fun. However, each week she sold out and realized there was a broader market for this product than they realized. After gaining visibility at the farmer’s market, a few local Denver retail stores picked it up, and she found herself entering the retail game. After graduating from DU in 2015 with her Masters in Social Work, Alex and Jeremy started selling The Honest Stand products full-time. In 2016, after a re-brand and packaging pivot, Whole Foods, Natural Grocers, and Lucky’s Markets picked up the brand. In December of 2017, Alex and Jeremy purchased and opened an 8,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Louisville, CO to accommodate growing demand. The duo now has a team of eleven including front and back of the house team members.

Jeremy and Alex won the Naturally Boulder 2017 small business idea “Pitch Slam” competition.

The Honest Stand now sells its five flavors of gluten free, dairy free Cheese Style Dips in over half of the U.S. including the Northwest, Southern Pacific, Southwest, Rocky Mountain, Southeast, and Midwest regions. The brand can be found in over 400 stores and will be selling in over 1500 locations by the end of 2018 with a projected 2018 revenue of $2M. Alex credits Holland Hall with preparing her for her career by teaching her invaluable time-management and critical-thinking skills. A combination of the modular schedule, curriculum, and skilled teachers helped Alex learn how to work efficiently and effectively, think critically, and pivot quickly. To learn more about The Honest Stand and find a retailer near you, visit





Building bridges & connections. Holland Hall moved to the 162-acre campus we now call home in the fall of 1970. At the time, there was only one way across the creek that divides the campus. Alumnus James Boswell ’81 took notice of the lack of accessibility and decided to put his interest in architecture to use for Holland Hall. During his summers in the early 1980’s, James worked with the director of maintenance, Hubert Wickline, to design and build the two bridges that allow Primary School students to cross the creeks and access the firepit area and the football stadium area. After graduating from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in architecture in 1987, James returned to Holland Hall to design and build two new projects. The first is the largest bridge on campus – the beautiful rustic suspension bridge that connects the football stadium area to the outdoor classroom and tennis courts. Construction of the suspension bridge made use of four wooden light poles that were initially used to light the football field and heavy wire cable that was once fencing on the north side of the campus. The second project was the firepit located near the tennis courts.

All of James’ projects were constructed mostly of donated or recycled materials. He not only provided the design for the bridges but also the

The schematic rendering of the suspension bridge by James Boswell ’81.

Today as cross-country runners navigate campus on the wooded 5k course, students visit the firepit for School-out-of-Doors and other events, and as the community enjoys excursions through the woods and the walk to the baseball fields and tennis courts, they have James Boswell ’81 to thank for connecting the campus.

ingenuity to assemble the parts without the help of any heavy equipment and the intensive manual labor required to construct them by hand. Pouring concrete from a wheelbarrow in the heat of the summer is no vacation! His work ethic matched his architectural vision, making an enduring impact on the Holland Hall campus.

While a student at Holland Hall, James was celebrated for his accomplishments as both an artist and an athlete. His paintings rivaled his competitive toughness as a football, basketball, and tennis player. Today James is a successful local architect known for his unique style in buildings and homes all over Tulsa and Oklahoma City. He offices in Station 8, a renovated fire station at 13th and Trenton. See James’ current work at

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and women who were pioneers of Silicon Valley in the 1970s and 1980s. To learn more about her book, go to


1998 ERICKA BUTLER ’98 married Victoria Cly on August 30, 2017. The couple resides in Tulsa.

1992 CANDACE CONLEY ’74 was selected as the only chef to represent Oklahoma at the Flavored Nation Food Festival. In 1985

CHRISTY UTTER ’92 successfully completed the State Divided Bike MS Ride in September 2017. The ride was 100 miles total from Norman, OK to Stillwater, OK and spanned the course of two days with an overnight stay in Guthrie, OK. Christy completed the ride with her step-sister Heather Brasel and friends Priscilla Boegh and Chris Hernandez. She raised almost $9,000 for the National MS Society. 1999

the fall of 2017, Best Things Oklahoma selected Candace and her catering/ cooking studio, “The Girl Can Cook,” as one of the ten best cooking classes in the state. 1985 DR. LISA ECKENWILER ’85 was named to the Board of Directors of the International Association of Bioethics and is now Associate Chair in her Department at George Mason. She received a grant to attend the 1st World Congress on Migration, Ethnicity, Race, and Health held May 17-19, 2018, in Edinburg, Scotland.

1997 DR. AMELIE CARLTON ’97 was selected as the Outstanding Faculty Associate at Baker College of Rice University for the 2017-2018 academic year. She has been an Economics professor at Rice for the past 2 ½ years.

BEN THOMPSON ’99 was a singer in the ensemble for the song “This Is Me” from the movie/musical The Greatest Showman. Ben was a singer on the original hit that won the Golden Globe for Best Original Song in January 2018.


LESLIE BERLIN ’87 published her second book, Troublemakers: Silicon Valley’s Coming of Age in the fall of 2017. It chronicles the handful of men



Ben Thiery ’03 and wife Kate welcomed daughter Savannah Grace on November 07, 2017. Photo credit: Bella Baby Photography.




GILLIAN RYAN CAWIEZELL ’01 married Pat Cawiezell on February 9, 2018, at First United Methodist Church in Tulsa. Gillian now works as a Grant Writer for the Mental Health Association Oklahoma, and Pat is a Coordinator of Annual Giving at the University of Tulsa.

Sally Hartman ’02 married Maggie McIntosh on November 18, 2017, in Austin, TX.

won the 2017 Health Care Service Corporation Raymond F. McCaskey Diversity & Inclusion Award. It is awarded annually to the employee who exemplifies diversity and inclusion in the workplace and the community. 2004 WHITNEY DAVIDSON MCCLENDON ’04 and husband Jack welcomed the birth of their son Charles Connor McClendon (Charlie) on January 12, 2018.

restored Marriott Syracuse Downtown. The couple honeymooned in Italy and now reside in Boston, Massachusetts. MaryKate is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker for a community mental health agency in Boston. Joe was named Associate Attorney for Morse Barnes-Brown Pendleton in October 2017.

MICAH FITZERMAN-BLUE ’01 wrote a screenplay about the life of Fred Rogers titled You Are My Friend. The screenplay was acquired by Tristar Pictures and will feature Tom Hanks as Fred Rogers. The movie is set to begin production in September 2018 and Micah will be an Executive Producer. 2002 SALLY HARTMAN ’02 married Maggie McIntosh on November 18, 2017, in Austin, TX. Sally is an associate specializing in taxation and biotechnology at the law firm Brorby, Crozier, & Dobie. Maggie is an architect and partner at Moontower Design Build. BEN THIERY ’03 and wife Kate welcomed daughter Savannah Grace on November 07, 2017. She weighed 6 lbs 8 oz and was 19.5” long. Ben recently

2005 JOE HUNT ’05 and MaryKate Hodgens were married on September 24, 2016, at The Most Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Syracuse, New York, with TAYLOR JOHNSON ’05 serving as Joe’s Best Man. Fellow Holland Hall alumni RYAN DARROW ’05 AND DANIEL JOUAS ’05 were also in attendance. The reception was held in the Grand Ballroom at the newly 2017 – 2018





TORY CAMERER KEETER ’05 and husband Grant welcomed Clara June Keeter (June) on Monday, January 29, 2018. She weighed 7 lbs 8 oz and was 20.5” long. She joins big brother Teddy.

Brittny Baldwin ’07 and daughter Starrla Marie Baldwin at their adoption ceremony.


JEREMY COMAN ’09 is a Post Production Coordinator for Netflix, Inc. He is currently working on the third season of the hit series Stranger Things and was hired in February 2018 to work on the Netflix series Lemony

Snicket’s Series of Unfortunate Events.

MEAGHAN OPPENHEIMER ’05, a Hollywood screenwriter, has created a new series for Facebook Watch, a video-on-demand service, called “Queen America.” It stars Catherine Zeta-Jones and is set in Tulsa.

2012 THOMAS ADAMS ’12 founded an event called The Blues Ball in June 2017. The event’s mission was to educate men and women about men’s cancers while promoting local artists and encouraging openness and diversity. In March 2016 at the age of 23, Thomas was diagnosed with testicular cancer. One of the more powerful parts of his journey was how he was too afraid to discuss openly a mass he had discovered. After surgery and chemotherapy, Thomas made a full recovery. Thomas is passionate about being forthcoming about these more personal types of cancers and his goal is to be as transparent as possible with men’s health issues.

2007 BRITTNY BALDWIN ’07 became a foster parent in June 2016 and formally adoped her daughter, Starrla Marie Baldwin, just three short weeks later.



SETH HEDMAN ’09 was hired as the Director of Spiritual Formation at First Reformed Church in Pella, Iowa. Prior to this job, right after college, Seth worked as a Campus Staff Minister with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at Central College in Pella, Iowa.

COURTNEY HOLMES ’12 joined 50 young adult leaders from her church in February on a trip to Israel and plans


on leading a mission/service trip to Honduras June 2019.

Until her next trip to Honduras, Courtney will be working a new job at Ryan Transportation Service. Ryan has long been one of the country’s leading freight brokerage and third-party logistics (3PL) companies. For more than 30 years, Ryan Transportation has helped companies throughout North America take control of their shipping with a wide range of logistics expertise. In addition to delivering capacity across all trucking modes, Ryan Transportation helps customers improve their supply chains with transportation management solutions. JENNY MOFFETT ’12 was recently named Donor Relations Manager for The Nature Conservancy in Vermont. During her time at Holland Hall, Jenny developed a passion for nature and wanted to make a difference. Jenny organized Earth Week activities and raised money for The Nature Conservancy. Fast forward a few years and she has landed her dream job. 2013 CAROLINE HOLMES ’13 is pursuing a Masters of Arts in Religion and the Environment at Sewanee. She recently accepted a team leader position with A Christian Ministries in the National

Parks ( and will be spending her summer in Yosemite National Park in California. “The opportunity to live out faith in such a magnificent place and to share in the blessings of God’s creation with my team and the visitors at the park is life changing,” says Caroline. She hopes to use the experience to aid in writing her thesis as well as help her discern her next steps after graduating from seminary. As this is a volunteer position, she will have a full-time paying job in Yosemite Valley. The rest of her time will be spent leading worship, being in relational ministry with her co-workers and visitors to the park, and exploring the wonderful landscapes and wildlife in the area.


2015 TJ GIVENS ’15 served at an internship for an NFL Agent and General Counsel at Roc Nation Sports from August 2017 – May 2018. She worked on the acquisition of Saquon Barkley and attended shows such as Good Morning Football and JuJu Smith-Schuster’s Bleacher Report HQ appearance with Call of Duty. Beginning in June, TJ will start an internship at Horizon Media’s Scout Sports and Entertainment division. TJ also volunteers her time at her alma mater Columbia University. She is a member of the Undergraduate Recruitment Committee, an Alma Mater Ambassador, and serves on the Executive Board of Columbia Sports Business Club and the Executive Board for Gamma Phi Beta as the Vice President Public Relations. While teaching speech and debate classes in the NYC area with Youth for Debate, TJ was elected to the Executive Board for Youth for Debate as the Events Director and was the Senior Sports Graphics Deputy Editor and Sports Social Media Editor for the Columbia

Daily Spectator.

Class Note Submissions. Keep the Holland Hall community updated with your news & announcements!

If you have news or updates to share, please email Christy Utter anytime throughout the year at If your contact information has changed, please update it at Thank you for helping us keep our records current and for staying connected to Holland Hall!

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Celebrating alumni talent at Dutch Divine. Over the past three years, Dutch Divine has become an event that alumni, parents, and faculty all appreciate. The opportunity to bask in the talent of Holland Hall alumni chefs, vintners, and musicians combined with raising money for financial aid has proven to be a huge draw. 2018 was no exception. The theme was “Brunch for Dinner,” and included a twist on brunch menu items from chefs Justin Thompson ’98 and Myles McClanahan ’98 paired with beer selections from Heirloom Rustic Ales, fine wines from Darms Lane and 32 Winds, and other premium spirits. Guests enjoyed pork belly crepes, lobster quiche, and pain perdu (just to name a few of the delicious dishes served!) while listening to the sweet rockin’ harmony of Greg Hosterman ’90 and Devan Yanik ’90 of the band November. True to form as seen at last year’s Dutch Divine and the 2017 Homecoming party in the Commons, November entertained guests throughout the evening and kept the infamous post-dinner dance party alive. Dutch Divine was held once again at Spain Ranch, the gorgeous 44-acre venue in Jenks run by retired teacher Cindy Spain and husband Michael Spain, John Spain ’07, and Emily Spain Avalos ’02. The mission of Dutch Divine is to highlight talented alumni in the culinary and musical arts and reconnect classmates, faculty, parents, and grandparents. Proceeds benefit financial aid, and the 2018 event raised over $20,000.


Dutch Divine returns in 2020! Spring of 2019 sets the stage for the Holland Hall Auction, which occurs every other year. This will be the first auction to be held in the new Tandy building and it is sure to be a fun evening of food, dancing, music, and fabulous auction items! Join us for the auction and look forward to the return of Dutch Divine in 2020.



3 1 Director of Alumni Relations Christy Utter ’92 and Nancy Rizley Lipotich ’76. 2 Greg Hosterman ’90 and Devan Yanik ’90 of the band November. 3 Chef Justin Thompson ’98 introduces the menu he created with chef Myles McClanahan ’98.




4 Bryan & Betsy Hendershot. 5 Upper School Wellness Coordinator and Strength & Conditioning Coach Phil Muir, Director of College Counseling Brent Casey, and Dr. Jeff Broermann.

6 6 Scott Sadeghi, Farzi Sadeghi, Lorna Denslow, Wes Douglas, & Dr. Gary Denslow.



The Tim S. O'Halloran Young Alumni Faculty Award

2017 Reunion Weekend kicked off with the Distinguished Alumni Awards. The Alumni Board honored two distinguished alumni, Dr. Jay Wohlgemuth ’88 as the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award winner, and Dr. Kara Beair Butler ’02 as the 2017 Young Alumni Achievement Award winner.

This award is named after the late Tim S. O’Halloran. Tim was a teacher, coach, award-winning scientist, innovator, scholar, artist, athlete, and visionary. It was his love of teaching, exceptional care for his students, dedication to Holland Hall, and passion for learning that made Tim such a special individual. Each year, the class celebrating its 10year reunion selects the faculty member who best represents the qualities we celebrate and appreciate in Tim. In 2017, the class of 2007 selected Upper School American Studies teacher and coach Phil Sweeney. The award reads, “By word and deed, your presence has enriched the lives of students and served as an example for all.”

Dr. Jay Wohlgemuth ’88 & Dr. Kara Beair Butler ’02

Class of ’82 represented at the afterparty in the Commons.

Presenting the award are Tim O’Halloran’s wife Pam, her son Sean, members of the class of 2007, Alumni Association President Joey Wignarajah ’00, and Director of Alumni Relations Christy Utter ’92.

Distinguished Alumni Awards

The Commons decorated with the traditional canopy for Homecoming.

Reunion Weekend Hundreds gathered to tailgate and watch the varsity football team cruise to a 52-6 win against Choteau at the Homecoming game. Alumni from across the U.S. enjoyed a special tailgating section behind the south goalposts then gathered in the Commons for an afterparty featuring entertainment from Greg Hosterman ’90 and Devan Yanik ’90 of the band November. 2017 – 2018




Basil Gang-Lea takes the Trivia Night win for the 3rd time in 4 years. Overdeveloped competitive streak or overdeveloped prefrontal cortex? Either way, it’s paying off for the reigning Holland Hall Alumni Trivia Night champions, Basil Gang-Lea. Due to construction on the Tandy dining and wellness building, Trivia Night was hosted in the Primary School Gym in 2018. Guests enjoyed the change of scenery and while it was mentioned by the brainy winners of the evening that some of the pop-culture questions lacked depth, most enjoyed a fun evening filled with TV pets, Tulsa tidbits, and delicious food provided by In the Raw.

Welcoming 2018 inductees to the Dutch Athletic Hall of Fame.

Mildred Blocker (Special Award), Laura Adams-Allen ’03, Mike Hicks ’84, Mark Matheson ’88, Jackie Blocker (Coach), Julian Frazier ’09.

Members of the ’93 Girls, ’94 Boys, & ’95 Boys Track teams.

The Dutch Athletic Hall of Fame was established in 2007 to recognize individuals and teams who, through their athletic achievements, have brought honor to themselves, their school, and the community. 2018 inductees were honored along with current student-athletes at the Dutch Athletic Hall of Fame and Sports Ceremony held on May 19, 2018, in the Upper School Commons. The Class of 2018 includes Laura Adams-Allen ’03, Mike Hicks ’84, Mark Matheson ’88, and Julian Frazier ’09, coach inductee Jackie Blocker, special award winner Mildred Blocker, and the 1993 Girls Track, 1994 Boys Track, and 1995 Boys Track teams. Welcome, inductees to the Dutch Athletic Hall of Fame!





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Distinguished Alumni Awards SEPTEMBER 12, 2018 6:00 pm

Homecoming and Reunion Weekend

Lessons & Carols DECEMBER 9, 2018 55th Anniversary, Special Alumni Chorus 5:00 pm, Trinity Episcopal Church

Trivia Night JANUARY 26, 2019 5:30 pm

SEPTEMBER 14-15, 2018


Book Fair

OCTOBER 23, 2018 Featuring Bob Sober

FEBRUARY 23, 2019 Primary School Gym

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Alumni JEAN MCINTYRE BANKS August 9, 2017; Midland, TX.

MARK HARRIS ’66 January 1, 2017; Claremore, OK

NANCY CANARY BARNARD ’46 August 13, 2017; Tulsa, OK; sister of Betty Canary Walker ’35.

SAM KIMERY ’78 March 2018; Tulsa, OK.

FRANCES MCMILLIN BERG ’48 October 24, 2017; OK; sister of Virginia McMillin Eggers ’46.

ELIZABETH “BETTY” PAGE KLINE ’38 December 4, 2017; Tulsa, OK.

JILL KREAGER BRETT ’56 February 27, 2018; Oklahoma City, OK.

ALENE DAVISSON LANGSDORF ’64 May 15, 2017; Oklahoma City, OK; daughter of former trustee Dan and wife Jean Davisson.

RICK CHADSEY ’75 July 9, 2017; Towson, MD; husband of Ginger Ashley-Chadsey ’77.

THERESA MCMICHAEL ’80 March 22, 2017; Tulsa, OK.

MARY HERNDON DAVIS ’69 February 21, 2017; Tulsa, OK.

MARY MULHALL ’49 September 23, 2017; Aberdeen, NJ.

LISA LOCKE DEASON ’84 November 12, 2017; Tulsa, OK; sister of Charles Locke Jr. ’77, Mark Locke ’79, and Todd Locke.

JON WILLIAMS ’83 July 14, 2017; Fallbrook, CA.

ELLEN MCEWAN ENOCH ’46 August 24, 2017; Colorado Springs, CO.

MARY MALLOY WILLIAMS ’67 November 20, 2017; Tulsa, OK.

Friends and Family KENDALL ADAMS November 10, 2017; OK; father of Nicole Wilburn McCants ’96 and Kasey Fennell; father-in-law of Dylan McCants ’96 and Andrew Fennell. DOTTIE BOSWELL April 11, 2017; Tulsa, OK; mother of Doug Boswell ’78, James Boswell ’81, and Phyllis Boswell McKenzie ’84 (non-grad alumna). JOHN W. BUNDREN April 23, 2017; Bartlesville, OK; grandfather of Jonathan Bundren ’02, Michelle Bundren Teeter ’04, Kara Bundren ’08, and Gary Fennema ’09. Great-grandfather of Jackson Bundren ’30, and Claire Bundren. DAVID BURGERT July 7, 2017; Houston, TX; father of Melissa Burgert ’11 and Grace Burgert.



STAN BURNSTEIN March 5, 2018; Tulsa, OK; grandfather of Adam Coretz ’08, Mindy Coretz ’11, Tyler Coretz ’12, and Ryan Coretz ’14. GINNY BUTLER February 24, 2017; Tulsa, OK; mother of Robert Butler ’92. DICK DICKASON August 5, 2017; Tulsa, OK; father of Chris Dickason ’89; grandfather to Connor Dickason ’24; uncle to Anne Dysart Vergeils ’87. TERESA DUNCAN February 27, 2018; Tulsa OK; mother of Lexi Enloe ’16. JOY GREER September 8, 2017; Tulsa, OK; mother of Jon Greer ’92, David Greer ’95, Paul Greer ’96, and Beth Greer Monroe ’98.


GARY GREESON December 17, 2017; brother of Gigi Greeson Correll ’79. ELVA HARMON February 22, 2017; Tulsa, OK; retired Holland Hall Librarian. PHILIP HART April 12, 2017; Oklahoma City, OK; grandfather of Adrienne Winchester ’17 and Trent Winchester. DICK HAY February 1, 2018; husband of Robyn Watson ’75. MARSHALL HILL February 6, 2018; father of Martin Hill ’96. RICK HOLCOMB January 19, 2018; Tulsa, OK; father of Lance Holcomb ’21. ANNAHLEE JONES December 7, 2017; Tulsa, OK; mother of Janell Jones Helmerich ’72, Jill Jones Deck ’76, and Jarry Jones; mother-in-law of Rik Helmerich ’71, James Deck ’76, and Laura Turnbull Jones ’67; grandmother of Laurie Jones ’91, Jennifer Jones Carroll ’93, Chris Jones, Jimmy Jones, Jordan Helmerich ’90, Erika Helmerich Massey ’01, Jason Deck, ’02, and James Deck ’04; great-grandmother of Harper Jones ’26, Theo Jones ’29, Max Jones ’29, and James Jones 28. DORIS JOUAS March 3, 2017; Tulsa, OK; mother of Daniel Jouas ’05 and Gabe Jouas ’07. MR. KIM January 29, 2018; Chandler, AZ; father of Michael Kim ’89. SHARON LIEBERT November 25, 2017; Tulsa, OK; mother of Laura Liebert Walters ’92. BOB LUCY February 13, 2018; grandfather of Kelsey Birkes Ney ’10. SEAN MAGUIRE November 2, 2017; Englewood, CO; husband of Mary Jo Kellough Maguire ’56. RICHARD MARTINEZ March 10, 2018; Tulsa, OK; husband of current parent Trudie Martinez; father of Ryan Martinez ’19 and Richard Martinez Jr.


EDWIN MCCLANAHAN March 8, 2017; Tulsa, OK; father of Evan McClanahan ’97 and Myles McClanahan ’98. JOE MEYER February 4, 2017; Tulsa, OK; father of Daniel Meyer ’69 and Scott Meyer. STEPHEN NAY Brother of Connie Nay Ellis ’82. LEROY OGLE February 27, 2018; grandfather of Abby Kurin ’03 and Claire Reaves ’14. ROBERT B. PHILLIPS February 2, 2017; Tulsa, OK; father of Brian Phillips ’77, Linda Phillips, and Randolph Phillips. PAULINA PRESSLAUER January 27, 2017; Tulsa, OK; grandmother of Alex Presslauer ’08 and Johnny Presslauer ’13. ROBERT RENBERG February 9, 2018; Tulsa, OK; father of Mitch Renberg, Elissa Renberg ’92, and Devin Renberg ’97. LEXI RICE January 30, 2017; Knoxville, TN; wife of Tanner Rice ’98; sister-in-law of Winston Rice ’93 (non-grad alumnus). PEGGY JONES March 9, 2017; Paris, MO; mother of faculty Shirley Sokolosky; grandfather of Nick Sokolosky ’07, Alex Sokolosky ’08, Molly Sokolosky ’12, and Anna Sokolosky ’15. THOMAS L. JONES October 29, 2017; Paris, MO; father of faculty Shirley Sokolosky; grandfather of Nick Sokolosky ’07, Alex Sokolosky ’08, Molly Sokolosky ’12, and Anna Sokolosky ’15. CINDY WILSON March 22, 2017; Tulsa, OK; mother of Brandon Wilson ’11 and Emily Wilson ’14; aunt of Colin Campbell ’13, Abi Campbell ’16, Grace Campbell ’16, and Eva Campbell ’19 (non-grad alumna). JOHN WRIGHT December 30, 2017; Tulsa, OK; father of John Wright Jr ’67, William Wright ’71, David Wright ’73, and Sarah Wright ’75. DANNY ZELIGSON February 11, 2017; Tulsa, OK; father of Kate Zeligson ’07.

Listing includes memorials through April 2018.

2017 – 2018




“If you’re brave enough to say goodbye, life will reward you with a new hello.”

– Paulo Coehlo

Three of our very best are retiring this year: Maureen Burke, Upper School Spanish; Mary Kay Hobbs, 4th Grade Social Studies; and Phil Sweeney, Upper School History. They recently shared some thoughts on their combined 64 years of service and what the Holland Hall experience has meant to them. Watch the video at

Maureen Burke

Phil Sweeney

Upper School Spanish Teacher from 1997-2018

Upper School History Teacher from 1996-2018

“Maureen is one who daily models her beliefs. She has dedicated her life to teaching languages and sharing the joy that comes from interacting with the larger world. Who else do you know that would travel several summers to another country to work on a Masters? And once a cycle she takes her advanced students into the community to practice their language skills. Year after year her former students come back to share their own experiences of travel and connecting to the larger world.

“Mr. Sweeney has certainly contributed a lot of things that can be listed on a supplemental employment contract... advisor, cross country and track coach, department chair, admissions committee, book club... if you want to count beans Phil has a pile of them! But Phil never – not once – counted beans in my lucky years of knowing him; rather, he just rolls up his sleeves and does the work, required or not, that needs to be done. And up until fairly recently at least, he has done that pretty tirelessly without complaint! He is one-of-a-kind and one hell of a guy!”

Diligent. Conscientious. Persistent. Compassionate. All words that define our friend Maureen.” – Ann Marie Moore, Upper School Math Teacher

– Jamie Reichard, Upper School History Teacher

Mary Kay Hobbs

Middle School Teacher from 1997-2018

“Mary Kay is a remarkable colleague and friend. When I’ve asked people how they would describe Mary Kay, here are some of the most mentioned words: genuine, kind, thoughtful, encouraging, lovely, honest, reliable, resourceful, talented, patient, positive, warm, compassionate, caring, understanding, and loyal. These are just a few of the positive qualities and personality traits that describe Mary Kay. Mary Kay’s contributions towards our shared success will stay in our hearts forever. Although her leaving makes us sad, we will cherish the sweet memories of working with her.” – Vicki Vrooman, 4th Grade Science Teacher

Kim Schale follows her dream to Montana. Kim Schale, Assistant to Head of Upper School, will be leaving Holland Hall at the end of June 2018 after being a Holland Hall fixture for over 14 years. “Kim does so much for so many in the Upper School,” said Frances Fondren-Bales, Head of Upper School. “She is my right arm (not just my right hand), and she goes above and beyond the call of duty.” While we are sad to see Kim go, we are excited about her new adventure. Kim is going to pursue a dream of hers — she and her mom bought a little shop in Lewistown, Montana, and Kim will be moving there full time to run the shop. So, if you are ever in Montana, find your way to The Country Junction, buy some darling items, and say hello to Kim!




Richard Spencer, US Dean, would like to announce that he is married, he has moved before in his life, he welcomed a new grand-baby in fall 2017, he has a new pet rock, he was awarded the title of “Most Reasonable Man” (we’re not sure by whom), he has had starring roles in several “What’s up Wednesday” videos this year, he took many trips to Bixby over the Christmas break, and finally, he’d like to share that at some point, he will retire. Be sure to congratulate Mr. Spencer and thank him for his submission to the Faculty & Staff Announcements. Jane Beckwith, US Faculty and Co-director of Tulsa Term, completed training for certification in Trauma Informed Yoga Therapy (TIYT) in October 2017. She is also currently working toward completion of a 300-hour advanced yoga teacher training and a 200-hour meditation teacher training.

Middle School Head Volleyball Coach & Assistant Varsity Coach Nikki Cool welcomed twin girls in September 2017! Athletic Trainer Jim Mansfield completed OkFreewheel, a week long bicycle tour across Oklahoma in early June 2017. Cyclists rode from Wichita Falls, TX to South Haven, KS – 440 miles in 7 days! * Not pictured: Greg’s new car.

Greg Spencer ’99, Website Coordinator and Cross Country Coach, ran in a very cold and wet 2018 Boston Marathon and finally got a new car*. He plans to take his new car on a road trip to California this summer and will run his next marathon in Indianapolis in November 2018. Laurie Spencer, US Ceramics teacher, spent summer 2017 in her studio completing new works for upcoming exhibitions, including a solo exhibition in Joplin, MO at the Spiva Art Center and also a small show at the Durango Art Center in Colorado.

Lauren Harper, MS Music Teacher, got engaged to Patrick Fogarty on New Years Eve 2017 at The Plaza in Kansas City, MO. They are getting married on October 13, 2018, at College Hill Presbyterian Church.


MS/US Spanish Teacher Janice Moore ’72 welcomed granddaughter Marta Sofia on May 4, 2017 in Tenerife, Spain. (Father: Gabe Estirado Moore ’98.) US Spanish Teacher Amy Cauthon adopted Winsome Winifred, aka “Winnie,” in July 2017. Winnie is known for her beauty and athleticism.

Nikki Johnson, Coordinator of Facilities Use & Transportation, welcomed her first granddaughter Graceyn Rose Dean, on May 1, 2018. She joins big brothers Evan Dean ’30 and Noah ’31.

Madison Rahhal ’11, Communications Coordinator, will be moving to the Denver area in June 2018. We will miss the way her photos and videos truly captured the heartbeat of Holland Hall, but most of all, we will miss her (especially her BFF Greg ’99). Best of luck in Colorado and stay in touch Madi/Maddie/Maddy/Maddi! 2017 – 2018


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