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Bob Tupper’s 40 Years at Holton • Technology • Reunion 2010 • Graduation 2010

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departments 3 Reflections 4 Trustees’ Turn 13 Spring Gala 2010 14 Middle School Mini-Mester 15 Kudos & Clippings 16 School Plays 18 Sports Wrap

Celebrating Bob Tupper Technology Graduation 2010 Reunion 2010

Front Cover: Holton’s Class of 1960 in front of the S Street Campus First Row: Anne DeVeau Eakin, Betty Euwer DeVeau, Mary Straight Warburton, Barbara Reid Jordan, Fredi Herrmann Ginther, Muffin Crocker Gillam, Second Row: Carroll Jones Nunnerley, Marfie Harrison Jackson, Lin Morss DeYoung, Nelie Clarke Tucker, Carolyn Kaufholz Taylor, and Beth Barrett Tilling

Corrections from Fall 2009 Emma Saunders ’15 and Lexy Manos ’15 were incorrectly identified as members of the Class of 2017 on page 17. Betty Halley Nicolson ’47 was printed incorrectly as Betty Johnson Nicholson on page 30. Emily Bien ’99 was incorrectly identified as a member of the Class of 2000 in her photo on page 53. We regret the errors.


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Back Cover: Mariah Sanguinetti, Mahima Govil, Veronica Leonard, and Anisha Gupta descend the stairway on their way to graduation. volume 7, number 2


E rrata The Advancement Center has identified errors in the 2009–2010 Annual Report. Please refer to the corrections below. Thank you for your understanding. We regret any inconvenience.

Giving from Parents Class of 2019 Mr. & Mrs. Mark Taylor

Giving from Alumnae The following alumnae should have been recognized for 10 or more years of consecutive giving:

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Class of 1964

Nancy Cann Purcell

Mimi MacCarteney Strassner

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Class of 1967

Barbara Menninger Sack

Margie Addison Shepard

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Debbie Camalier Walker

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Class of 1977 Diane Haase King

Class of 1978 Mary Martenson Rooney

Class of 1985 Carol Calomiris-Edmunds

Class of 1987 Colleen Sladkin Markham

Class of 1989 Sarah Landfield

Class of 1992 Adeline Vuylsteke Vanderver

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reflections Dear Alumnae, Parents and Friends,

Welcome to the latest issue of Doorways. As you read through these articles, I think you will be struck by the enduring aspects of a Holton education: the importance of fine teaching and the willingness to embrace new approaches while standing firmly on a foundation of proven methods and a commitment to excellence. All those students who were fortunate enough to have Bob Tupper as a teacher know that he epitomizes all those qualities. He is someone who embraces the power of technology as a learning tool while emphasizing the centrality of keen analysis, effective argument, and persuasive communication whether orally in a Harkness discussion or in written form. Moreover, he heads a department that arguably leads the school in the creative use of technology, both through the library and other venues, including the Online School for Girls. Above all, though, Bob knows and understands his students. He sets high standards and helps girls achieve their very best. Miss Brown, Miss Shearman, and the other teachers I hear about from alumnae showed the same commitment to their students. Last year, in addition to hearing the stories and visiting with classmates, our alumnae enjoyed the opportunity to visit the former campus on S Street. There, their stories came alive as we imagined Miss Brown teaching art history in this room, Miss Shearman Latin in that one. The school may have changed locations, but the most important aspect of the school continues: great teaching!

The school may have changed locations, but the most important aspect of the school continues: great teaching!

With warm regards,

Susanna A. Jones Head of School

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community | trustees’ turn

Letter from the Board

Photo: Kyle Samperton

The best teachers inspire us, and we remember them forever. They are the teachers who challenge us with academic rigor and high expectations but support us with individual attention. They lead us along a path of self discovery and enable us to find our own voice and then encourage that voice to grow stronger and bolder. They value the process of learning in its multitude of forms rather than any single product. Holton has been fortunate to have an abundance of teachers who know how to inspire young women and teach to the individual student. Many have spent their entire careers at Holton. They are the teachers who are remembered by alumnae when they return to visit the school each spring. They are the names seniors cite most often during exit interviews prior to graduation. Excellent, engaged teaching is a hallmark of Holton-Arms, and it stays with the students forever. Last year we celebrated the 40th anniversary of one such very special teacher, Bob Tupper. I single him out in the history of this school because he was my teacher. I remember his classroom as though it were yesterday, third floor opposite the stairwell, prior to air conditioning. I can remember many moments from his Contemporary Problems class, but the most vivid was the time Sally Alexander, another legendary teacher, literally stormed into his classroom screaming at him over an injustice. The two battled verbally back and forth. The argument escalated with gestures and rising voices. As quickly as the incident started it was over when Mrs. Alexander left the room slamming the door behind her. As the door slammed shut, Mr. Tupper turned quickly to his class and asked us to write down what we had just witnessed. It was an exercise in individual observation, journalism, and history all in the span of mere moments. It was an exercise that took place in a Holton classroom more than 35 years ago. I would like to thank all of the teachers who make learning here creative, exciting, and rewarding. A Holton education teaches that learning is not stagnant but continues for the rest of our lives. Superb teachers taught me that many years ago, and I would like to thank them and Holton for an exemplary education that is as relevant today as it was when I graduated. Inspired teaching lasts a lifetime.

Kimberly Hoffman Samperton ’73 Holton-Arms School Board of Trustees, Past Chair


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40 years of service:

Celebrating Bob Tupper

Throughout our school days, we encounter many teachers that shape our education and futures. Each one leaves an impression in some way, but it is the rare teacher that stays with us for years beyond our advancement to the “real world.” Even rarer still is a teacher that imprints himself on not just a few, but on generations of students who pass through his classroom.

Bob captivating 2010 seniors with his storytelling

Bob and his daughter, Laurie ’04, enjoying time together

Bob Tupper is that teacher. For 40 years, Mr. Tupper has been a fixture at Holton, sharing his love of history and teaching with hundreds of young women, advising It’s Academic, and entertaining us all with his stories and melodic guitar. Yet even still, after four decades of working in the same institution, grading papers, teaching the same subject, Mr. Tupper’s enthusiasm and passion have not waned. A day in his classroom reveals a man with boundless energy and new ideas; he takes risks in how he teaches his students, trying an exercise that may or may not achieve the desired outcome, but still manages to inspire Folk Club from the early 1970s thoughtful responses from his pupils. “Mr. Tupper has been such a great teacher to have because of his experience teaching,” said Meredith Korengold ’10, who was an AP Government student. “He really knows how to appeal to students in a challenging yet fun way.” “I loved having Mr. Tupper as a teacher,” exclaimed Khaki Martin ’10. “He is one of those teachers you need to have before you graduate

in order to get the full Holton experience. He makes you work hard and consistently, and respects his students and the effort they put into his class.” Mr. Tupper is also one of those teachers whose legend precedes him. Although he has mainly taught in Upper School, his reach, and his appeal, extend throughout the school. “In fifth grade, [Mr. Tupper] came to Ms. Kuspa’s class and read us The Wizard of Oz,” recalled Lisa Lin ’10. “As a Lower Schooler, I was mesmerized by his ability to make the most hilarious voices when he read. Although the Lower School sometimes seems distant from the rest of the school, Mr. Tupper was the one Upper School faculty members I recognized and felt like I was connected with. With his singing presence in schoolwide assemblies to his cheerfulness when simply walking down the hall, he is known and loved by all.” In the spring of 2010, Holton celebrated Mr. Tupper’s amazing 40-year tenure with the school. In honor of his contributions and dedication to our students, a memory book filled with notes from current and former students, faculty, and staff, along with photographs that illustrate his life with Holton, was presented to Mr. Tupper. What follows are excerpts from his book. volume 7, number 2


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Excerpts from the Memory Book for Bob Tupper

Mr. Tupper inspired in me a love of history and an appreciation of really great teaching (I still tell my children about the makeyour-own-test test that he administered to us in Modern European History class more than 25 years ago). He also introduced me to the joys of newspapers. To this day I read the Washington Post assiduously (online now that I live in Massachusetts), a habit I acquired in his Current History class. Heather King Allen ’86 During my three-year stint on the It’s Academic team, I learned so much more than just the answers on the backs of those index cards. You encouraged my sense of curiosity and fostered my overall love of learning. You taught me about teamwork and strategy and patience. You taught me to “wait for the what,” and that the first answer is not always the best answer. You taught me that listening is far better than talking. And you taught me never to give up. Lisa Wellen Heller ’88 Contemporary History was one of my favorite classes as I have never felt more informed and intelligent than when I was in that class. We were so well-aware of issues of the day! I would love to have


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the opportunity for the rest of my life to come together with an intelligent group of people and discuss such timely and topical issues. Your leadership in that class drove me to see global issues in a new light and gain a new perspective on the Middle East. This is a mindset I carried with me throughout college and into graduate school in understanding parts of the world, business practices, or cultures that are less familiar to me. I am so lucky

Mr. Tupper took a trio of girls in plaid uniforms and gave us the confidence required to compete—and win—against co-ed and all-boys teams, on television. … He taught us to focus on the question and block out all else, including the studio audience; to speak clearly and not to use filler words, which can cost you points; and to listen to our teammates when they had the answer, while speaking up when we were sure that we were right. Drama loses games. Hard

to have had you as a teacher in high school as you prepared me in a way I did not understand for future challenges and experiences. I owe you a debt of gratitude for teaching me such lessons earlier than my peers. Lise Brown Hinton ’91

work pays off. Hit the button before someone else does. Like so much else I learned at Holton, this advice went far beyond quiz-show matches. Chana Schoenberger Zimmerman ’95

My earliest memories of Mr. Tupper are from the time I was in Lower School and he was one of Santa’s reindeer, if not Santa himself, parading in during the finale at the winter assembly in the old gym. I didn’t know who he was, but I always thought he and the other teachers were wonderful for dressing up for us. Dana Sears Schaefer ’93 Mr. Tupper taught me that I could be President (even if it was only of an imaginary square country), that I could be captain (even if it was on a TV game show), and that I could conquer history (even if it was only by learning it years later). Because of Mr. Tupper, I still read the paper every day, and I still collect things in my “garbage can” mind. Most of all, because of Mr. Tupper, I honestly believe that I can accomplish anything. Is there a greater lesson to learn? Jackie Sadker Kamins ’93

Being new to Holton my sophomore year, my natural drive found a perfect home in the high demands placed on us as students. As my advisor, Mr. Tupper sat down with me one day because he was concerned that perhaps my 4.0 GPA was due to a demanding family. No, I told him, I was the one pushing myself, but I worried that I didn’t yet know what I wanted to

community | tribute During the Clinton impeachment hearings our class got into a heated debate over the meaning of “high crimes and misdemeanors.” Mr. Tupper used Madison’s Notes on the Constitutional Convention to compare the original intent of the Founders to the arguments being made by members of Congress who were investigating/trying the President. I think that my enthusiasm for those conversations was one of the primary catalysts for my decision to study political philosophy in college and, years later, to go to law school. Caitlin Vaughn ’99 do for my life’s work. I will never forget his response: “When I was growing up, I always knew what I wanted to be…a lawyer.��� Then he shared with me the story of how he had gone so far as taking the bar, only to decide that this wasn’t what he wanted after all. More than 10 years later, I often feel that I am still trying to decide what I want to be when I “grow up,” and I frequently think of that story and feel encouraged. I can only be thankful that Mr. Tupper made the choice that he did, and found his true calling as a teacher. I know that many young women, including myself, would not have been the same without him. Kristina Chacanaca (f.k.a. Kristy Bayman) ’96 Two lessons Bob Tupper imparted to me in high school were the perils of the vague word “aspect” and the meaning of the useful word “specious.” The former item I am delighted to pass on to my students now that I teach at Holton as well. The latter is ironic since nothing Bob ever taught me was specious. Instead, his classes were full of revelations and nuggets. Most of all, he helped me learn how to think. Thus, when I decided to come back to Holton to teach, one of the reasons was to do the same for my students. Maggie Kozicharow ’98

Mr. Tupper did not just teach me history, he taught me how to think, how to learn. It was Mr. Tupper who helped me start to realize I was a pretty good writer and had a knack for organizing concepts into themes and seeing the bigger picture. Meryl Conant Governski ’99 Belief and confidence in oneself are perhaps the most important gifts that a teacher can impart upon a student. Through your steadfast encouragement and unwavering high expectations, you challenged me to write cohesive and coherent arguments on Talleyrand, the Whiskey Rebellion, and Tocqueville. I credit you with teaching me how to write. Rachel Shaw Beaton ’00

Why do I respect the news, politics, theater, history, Thomas Friedman, folk songs, and Baltimore’s recovering drug addicts? Why do I value reading, writing, education, and brilliance? Because of Mr. Tupper. Aditi Raturi ’02

Every time I mentor and tutor a younger student (which I love doing!), I am reminded of the patience and kindness you showed me when we would meet after class to discuss in further depth, questions I may have had on the reading. I often find myself trying to model you when I teach, though I certainly have a long ways to go before I reach your ability of engaging a student. I always knew that you truly cared about me as an individual, and you took the time and effort to consider how I (and every one of my classmates) could best be guided, encouraged, pushed, and nurtured into a better learner and human being. Caroline Yeager ’02 Mr. Tupper, more than any other teacher, taught me how to believe in myself. His words of wisdom not only inspired me and reassured me in high school, but continued to rattle around in my head throughout college and beyond. Laura C. Johnson ’02

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I was approaching the end of my senior year when the United States officially declared war on Iraq. I didn’t know how I was supposed to carry on with a normal day at my astonishingly privileged, safe, nurturing school when girls my age and younger were having their lives torn apart on the other side of the world, in my country’s name. It was a dark time to say the very least. Everyone shuffled into class and sat silently. Mr. Tupper came in, took his place at his desk, and simply asked us to go around the room and, one by one, share how we were feeling. Emotions and opinions in the room ran the whole spectrum, from pride and conviction, to confusion and apathy, to shame and anger and heartbreak, but the important thing was that everyone was given a voice. That, to me, is at the foundation of a Holton education, and was undoubtedly an integral element of the time I spent in his classroom. He attentively listened to us all without judgment or agenda, and in doing so, fostered an atmosphere of respect, during a time that, to me, felt utterly devoid of it. Colleen Caleb ’03


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The thing about you, Mr. Tupper, is that you’re a teacher to the bone. The fact that I never took a class from you by no means prevented you from teaching me things. Granted, a large number of those things are only useful these days for doing the crossword, watching Jeopardy!, and impressing other people who do both. I never really expected anything else; it’s called It’s Academic for a reason. But it turns out you taught me more than that: that luck is the residue of design (Branch Rickey, apparently, did you know?), that the most important question is the next one, that it’s important to remember what they expect to hear, that creativity and intuition are both real and crucial but that, nonetheless, sometimes you just have to know stuff. Laurie Tupper ’04 But more than just a great teacher, Mr. Tupper is a great person. He coached It’s Academic and also took a genuine interest in all parts of the school, asking about a big game when we came to class in sports uniforms. I would seek his opinion on anything from current events to life decisions. When I was disappointed by the college process, a comment of his made me realize that where I went to school did not define me (and I ended up loving where I went). When I think about my years at Holton and what made it such a special place, Mr. Tupper is one of the first people who comes to mind. Sophie Meissner ’04 Your classes by far taught me the most, not just about history and government, but how to get the most out of my studies, and how to prepare, and about how to learn. The lessons I learned in your classroom have shown up across every discipline I have pursued in college and

the values you instilled in me have guided me in all other aspects of life. You not only gave your students the gift of knowledge and true compassion, but also inspired us to be the best versions of ourselves. Kimmy Feinstein ’06 Mr. Tupper’s classes were some of the most challenging that I’m likely ever to take. I learned so much in the process, not just about academic subject matter, but about how much I could really achieve. Mr. Tupper is one of those teachers. His sensibility, commitment, and smile will always stay with me. Cassie Murray ’08

Most people in the audience at games probably had no idea just how much energy Mr. Tupper put into It’s Academic and how many hours he spent figuring out the systems of which word to buzz in on, typing up questions, recording shows, and putting together the infamous, enormous spreadsheet of facts. His commitment and dedication to helping us learn was admirable. He convinced us that we would only succeed when we took advantage of the combined brain power of our three

community | tribute distinct minds. He also knew that each team was different, and he made a point to get to know each individual so he could help us figure out better ways to work as a team. Lauren McDonald ’08 Easily my favorite memory of being Mr. Tupper’s student was having the privilege of listening to him sing. No matter how stressed out we were over our most recent essay or failed pop quiz, when Mr. Tupper brought out his guitar and pulled out his stool, everything else that was cluttering our brains fell away. Sara Cohen ’08

I cannot tell you how much I owe this man—he taught me how to study well, how to grow from the knowledge you gain, and, most importantly, how to never judge a book (or a person) by its cover. He opened my eyes to things I would have never discovered, enriching my life with movies and novels and theories that made me happy to come to class the next day (even though the pop quizzes were rough). I owe Mr. Tupper the success I maintained my senior year—he gave me the reason, the work ethic, to continue

to work hard through second semester senioritis. I can’t even express with words how wonderful of a teacher he is, how worth it every single grueling day of study in AP Core and every newspaper quiz was because he was teaching the class. I honestly believe that if you go through Holton without ever having Mr. Tupper as a teacher, you’ve clearly missed out. He is such an intrinsic part to the Holton path, and he is someone I will never, ever forget for as long as I live. Amalia Namath ’09 Mr. Tupper, you were an incredible teacher, advisor, and friend; words cannot describe the impact you have had on my life. I entered college more confident and excited because of you and how you shaped me as a student. I now study, think, comprehend, and learn in a totally different way, all results of your passion of teaching and for your students. Mr. Tupper, you are truly an inspiration, and I am so blessed to have you in my life. May you continue to touch the lives of all Holton girls for as long as you possibly can. Carly Rushford ’09 I’ve only taken one class with Mr. Tupper, but he has definitely impacted my Holton experience. … Because I have been in awe of Mr. Tupper throughout my Holton years, I was extremely excited to have the opportunity to take AP Gov with him this year. This class, although extremely challenging, has been one of my favorites. Mr. Tupper is able to create an atmosphere in the classroom that few other teachers can replicate. As students, we can easily tell he is excited about the subject matter and eager to teach us. He is always willing to tell stories in order to better explain certain topics. Although he knows everything there is to know about anything,

he is extremely modest and encourages students to take an active role in discussions. It has been an honor to be in Mr. Tupper’s class this year. I’ve learned not only about government, but also important life lessons that will stay with me even after graduation. Lisa Lin ’10

I have really loved and appreciated having Mr. Tupper as a teacher this year. I have only taken one class with him, AP Gov. Mr. Tupper has been such a great teacher to have because of his experience teaching. He really knows how to appeal to students in a challenging yet fun way, and we all love when he plays his guitar and sings songs in class. He’s always available to help you if you need it, and he’s always smiling! Meredith Korengold ’10

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technology | online school for girls

Holton Venture Leads the Way in Online Education By Brad Rathgeber, Holton-Arms Director of Technology and President of the Online School for Girls

I stopped a senior in the hall earlier this year to inquire about her class through Holton’s joint venture in online education, the Online School for Girls. The senior was taking a course in Genetics, taught by a wonderful teacher from the Westover School in Connecticut. I was hoping for her to tell me that she was enjoying the course materials, that she was engaged with the content of the course, and that she was developing a passion for the subject. What she said, though, surprised me, and made Brad Rathgeber unveiled the Online School for Girls in June 2009 at the National Coalition of Girls’ me happier than I could Schools Annual Conference hosted at Holton-Arms. have been with any other answer. “Mr. Rathgeber,” she said, “I love my classmates.” How great is that? This senior was studying with classmates in Ohio, Connecticut, and Nashville, and found great, real connections to them. When the Online School for Girls started, we set a goal to make sure that the girls felt connected with each other and collaborated with each other frequently. We know that girls learn best when they are working in environments that promote those two characteristics, and we knew that those characteristics were particularly important in online settings, where they do no happen as seamlessly. To have this senior say that was happening, was great to hear. (And, yes, she did like the course material that she was learning and has developed a love for the subject, too.)


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So, we are proud to report that things are going well with the Online School for Girls. And, we want to let the community know two exciting pieces of news: • Alumnae children can now take online classes from Holton teachers and other teachers from top girls schools; • And, the Online School for Girls is now coast-to-coast with schools involved stretching from Connecticut to California. For alumnae with children who no longer live in Washington, DC, your daughters can experience some of the same great teaching and learning that you had as a student. Science teacher Patty Carver is offering a year-long course on Environmental Science. In addition, teachers from other top girls schools are offering courses on topics that range from AP Statistics and AP Psychology to Graphic Arts and Genetics. Moreover, there are a number of summer course opportunities for students, too, including a writing course for high school students called Writing with Clarity, Confidence, and Purpose and Introduction to Computer Science. If you are interested in more information about the courses being offered go to or e-mail Forty girls schools (and growing every day) are now part of the Online School for Girls. Last year, we started this project with three schools: Laurel School (Shaker Heights, OH), Harpeth Hall School (Nashville, TN), and Westover School (Middlebury, CT). Now, 12 schools have become members of the consortium, including those as far away as Hockaday School (Dallas, TX), Miss Porter’s School (Farmington, CT), and Marlborough School (Los Angeles, CA). And, 28 other schools (including Chapin in New York and Winsor in Boston) have affiliated with our program. It has been wonderful to see such a strong group come together to create a wonderful learning experience for girls; and it is wonderful to have girls schools leading the way for other independent schools in online education.

technology | laptop program

10 Years of Laptops Enhance Student Learning By Craig Luntz, Director of Academic Technology

As the Holton-Arms laptop program turns 10 years old, it’s hard to imagine life before laptops. The program has evolved from supporting the occasional technology project to an integral part of how students regularly organize, communicate, collaborate, create, and gather resources to support their coursework. With their laptops, students can easily use digital notebooks (through Microsoft OneNote) to organize their work, research information within our library subscription databases, create movies and podcasts, and collaborate asynchronously for class activities and projects. In my Math 7 class, for example, students use a variety of tools on their laptops to support their learning of pre-algebra concepts. Using motion sensors and the program Logger Pro, students can view data graphed in real time as they move

“I can hear every student explain how they solved a particular problem, something I would never have time for in a given class period.”

away from and toward the sensors. Students could see that moving faster (increasing the rate) led to a steeper line (slope). Voicethread, a web-based application where students can post text, audio, or video comments to posted slides, is used regularly to assess their understanding of mathematical concepts. I can hear every student explain how they solved a Seventh graders Molly Pennington ’16 and Samantha Danshes ’16 listen particular problem, some- to Craig Luntz explain a math problem. thing I would never have input with a stylus (digitized pen) and time for in a given class period. Students has a screen that can be rotated so that use Geometer’s Sketchpad for exploring the device can be held and used as one geometric properties and relationships; would a legal pad. The ability to complete websites like for observwritten work, annotate images or diagrams, ing characteristics of functions; Wolfram and draw or sketch on the tablet further Mathematica Player for maincreases the laptop’s versatility as a tool nipulating math models; and for learning. online journals for writing Anywhere, anytime access to resources reflections on errors made like these has allowed for a more studenton tests and quizzes. centered environment where students can Today, Holton’s oneexplore content and solve problems in a to-one laptop program will variety of different ways that would not be begin in the Lower School possible without their own laptop. Teachwhen the sixth grade ers have infinite possibilities as to how students receive tablet they can facilitate, support, and individualcomputers. A tablet comize student learning. puter allows for handwritten

During orientation, the Class of 2016 received laptop training led by Craig Luntz. Traditionally students have received laptops in the seventh grade. This school year the sixth grade began laptop use in the second semester to better prepare them for using technology in the Middle School.

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technology | online research

It’s Not Your Mother’s Research Paper By Anna Smink, Director of Library Information Services

It all began in the libraries, 20 years ago—the first, schoolwide student use of technology. In 1990, the libraries replaced their card catalogs with Columbia, an automated library system that included The Alice S. Marriott Library, built in 1981, provides students all the tools they Holton’s first online catalog. need for research. Twenty bulky computers in • The Internet provides access to a treasure trove of additional the Marriott Library and eight resources from around the world. computers in the Lower School This explosion of information is a mixed blessing. Too much Library provided terminals to information can be as bad as not enough. Students must learn access the white text on blue background displays. The Marriott efficient search strategies: “What do I know?” “What do I need to Library also featured a stand-alone research terminal that provided know?” “How much information do I need?” “What sources are access to a CD-ROM-based periodical index, supplemented by most suitable?” “Where do I find them?” “Are they reliable?” “How microfiche. The following year brought a CD server with networked do I focus and eliminate what I do not need?” “Have I sought out text databases, word processing, and PINE (e-mail via the Univerthe best sources, or have I taken unproductive shortsity of Maryland server), and we were state of the art! his explosion of cuts?” Information literacy is a basic 21st century The current ninth grade history research paper, a survival skill that enables students to navigate the endsix-week unit that culminates the year, demonstrates information is a less maze of possibilities available to them in today’s how the entire research process has been enriched mixed blessing. Too information glut. since those early days of information technology. After much information Online resources are just the start of the online choosing a topic of interest in ancient or medieval world can be as bad as not research revolution. Bibliographic citation and note-takhistory, the girls are asked to use at least six sources, inenough. ing are also facilitated by web-based software. Students cluding reference materials, books, a magazine or journal use NoodleBib to generate bibliographies and worksarticle, a primary source, and a reputable website. cited lists as well as to take notes. Teachers and librarians monitor • Each student has her own laptop for anytime, anyplace access and comment online as students gather and analyze information on to information; electronic notecards. No more shoeboxes full of index cards. They • Destiny, our web-based catalog, provides a colorful, interactive have been replaced by an onscreen “table top” on which students interface through which students can access library and web can group their cards into thematic piles and drag them into elecresources; tronic outlines. • Students have access to more than 50 web-based subscription And when the papers have been written, peer edited, and databases in all disciplines, including reference materials, online revised, the bibliographies edited and proofed, and the in-text citabooks, magazine and journal articles, newspaper archives back tions revised, the final fun begins—sharing what has been learned to the 1850s, primary sources, government documents, images with classmates in a variety of creative formats, not to exceed five and videos, and more. minutes. We’ve come a long way since the card catalog! holton-arms school | doorways



campus scrapbook | spring gala 2010

Blue and White Gives Way to Red and Gold for Holton Scholarship Last year, the Holton-Arms community

Lawley, Joel Susanna Jones enjoys the games with Leslie anco, and DeFr Liesl ow, Land Poretsky, Dana and Michael Richard Huber.

above: Lucile Huber with Alan and Patricia Cohen

right: Alumnae Board Presidents (’09–’10) Janine Peyser Lossing ’85 and Sharlene Petry Amitay ’85 donate the Alumnae Association contribution to Fund-a-Dream.

gathered on Saturday, March 13, to experience the allure of Monte Carlo Night. Guests entered a transformed Performing Arts Center lobby complete with lush palm trees and elegant music, before being transported to Monte Carlo via the Holton gym, decorated in reds, golds, and blacks. More than 300 guests attended the evening’s festivities, trying their hands at blackjack, poker, craps, Harr y and Vanessa Sm and roulette and enjoying delicious ith at the b lackjack tab le Mediterranean cuisine. Between hands or rolls of the dice, guests bid on unique silent auction items, class baskets, and mystery boxes, only breaking for the animated live auction. Lively, yet collegial, bidding ensued for favorite items, including a dinner prepared by Hell’s Kitchen sous chef Scott Leibfried and a Chesapeake Bay fishing trip with former Redskins player and Holton dad John Riggins. In concert with the online auction, last year’s Spring Gala Monte Carlo Night raised approximately $225,000 to support scholarships at Holton-Arms.

above: Staci Capuano, Cheryl Heller, and Deepika Prasad

Lisa DeMarco, Leonard Go ldman, and Ellen Shorb bid during the live auction .

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campus scrapbook | middle school mini-mester

Third “mester” added to Middle School iBox students’ projects culminated in a performance inspired by artist-in-residence and former Holton teacher Margo Klass.

Journalism students wrote articles for The Scoop, reporting on the other mini-mester courses.

The U.S. Space Program, cryptography, tea ceremonies in China and Japan: these are only a few topics Middle School students studied during the four-day mini-mester program leading up to spring break. Instead of attending regular classes, students participated in one of 11 course offerings developed collaboratively by teachers from different academic departments. Mini-mester was designed to “provide each student with an opportunity to delve deeply into a concentrated unit of study,” explained Tony Shawe, Middle School Director. “For many months, teachers from different academic departments came together to develop engaging course offerings … work[ing] hard to ensure that this menu reflected a wide range of interests that we believe resonated with seventh and eighth graders.” The 11 courses included: America! America!: an exploration of the American Continent to gain a clear understanding of what globalization and Pan-Americanism really mean;

Cryptography: an examination of encryption systems that have been used throughout history, linking the use of cryptology to several historical events (think spying during World War II); Cup of Humanity: The Japan–China Connection: an exploration of Japan and China through the lens of the tea ceremony; Ecosystems and Art: an exploration of the natural world that the students will capture through poetry and drawing; Exploring Impressionism: an introduction to an influential period in art history that originated in France in the late 19th century, including literature from the same period;

Past Olympian and world-class tennis player Zina Garrison delighted students as a guest speaker for Women and Sport.


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iBox: a project involving the disciplines of art, music, writing, and dance in which each student will create a shoe-sized box sculpture meant to be a personal “shrine”; Journalism: A Front Seat to History!: an in-depth look at the changing face of how people report the news including the latest in digital media; MindFind: an exploration of what is known about the anatomy of the human brain and how we use our senses to learn about the world around us; Renewable Energy: an exploration of renewable energy alternatives and a discovery of practical applications of clean energy; U.S. Space Program: an exploration of the United States’ outer space program as one of the great human adventures of the last 50 or 60 years; and Women in Sport: a focus on the history and growth of women’s athletics, as students explore the athletic offerings and opportunities for female athletes across the ages. Students are eagerly awaiting this year’s Mini-Mester which begins on March 11.

campus scrapbook | kudos & clippings The following reflects information collected from March to October 2010.



Four Holton delegates of the Holton-Arms Model United Nations Club received recognition at the North American Invitational Model United Nations Conference. Katie Kirk ’13 and Zahra Husain ’13 received a Verbal Commendation in the World Trade Organization; Nicole Bohannon ’12 received an Honorable Mention in the World Intellectual Property Organization; and Rachel O’Connell ’11 received Best Delegate for her work in the Uyghur Independence— People’s Republic of China Committee. Holton’s Robotics club, featuring Sarah Huber ’11, Bradley-Anne Naing ’11, and Meg Gardner ’10, was a semifinalist in the 2010 JETS/Ability One National Engineering Design Challenge. Sarah Hansen ’10 is a nominee for the 2010 United States Presidential Scholars Program. Abigail Cohen ’10, Sarah Hansen ’10, and Lisa Lin ’10 have been recognized as 2010 National Merit Scholars®, and Obianuju “Juju” Obioha has been recognized as a 2010 National Achievement® Scholar by the National Merit® Scholarship Corporation. Divya Angra, Veronica Leonard, and Corinne Tucker have been offered college-sponsored Merit Scholarship® awards. Divya has accepted the National Merit George Washington University Scholarship and will attend the Seven-Year Dual B.A./M.D. Program at GW in the fall. Veronica and Corinne have chosen to attend colleges other than those offering the awards. Caitlin Montgomery ’12 was accepted by the University of Maryland’s Jump Start Program for Biomedical Science to attend a one-week summer science immersion program. Olivia Zimmerman ’16 won the Holton-Arms National Geographic Society’s annual Geography Bee, earning her a championship medal and a National Geographic Society t-shirt.

Carmen Ferraro ’10 won first place, Briana Redd ’10 took second, and Sarah Baranes ’10 received Honorable Mention in the Ceramics/Sculpture category of the 2010 Best of the Independent Schools Art Competition at Landon. Holton’s orchestra won first place and Best Overall Orchestra at the Music in the Parks Festival in Hershey, Pa., in May. Ten Holton students participated in the 2009–2010 Maryland All-State Ensembles: Catherine Pang ’10, Priya Krishnan ’11, and Rhea Chung ’12 played in the MD Senior All-State Orchestra; Jazmyn McKoy ’13 sang with the MD Junior All-State Chorus; Rachel Unger ’10 joined the MD Senior All-State Mixed Chorus; and Maddy Carr ’10, Mahima Govil ’10, Khaki Martin ’10, and Amanda Rees ’10 sang with the MD Senior All-State Women’s Chorus. Nicole Kim ’11 was selected as an MD Senior AllState Chorus Alternate. Jocelyn Cayne ’10 performed Verdi’s Requiem with the Washington Chorus and the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in March 2010. The Holton and Landon Middle School production of Macbeth, originally performed in November 2009, was revived for the Folger Library’s Secondary School Shakespeare Festival in March 2010. The cast of Macbeth included seven Holton students: Sinclair Daniel ’15, Emma Freeman ’15, Sally Huizinga ’14, Sydney Johnson ’15, Jocelyn Krim ’14, Li-Shen Ooi ’15, and Mary Sheers ’14. Anne-Marie Huntington ’15 danced with a group of eight girls during the Orange Bowl half-time show January 5, 2010, in Miami. Clarinetist Marietta Catsambas ’11, oboist Hailey Cayne ’13, violinist Sara Hou ’12, and cellist Maddie Slack ’16 received the highest rating of “Superior” at the Maryland State Solo and Ensemble Festival. Violinist Helen Edwards ’15 and cellist Adia Robinson ’14, along with fellow musicians of the D.C. Youth Orchestra Program Junior Philharmonic Orchestra, performed

at the Hall of the Americas Organization of American States. Violinist Priya Krishnan ’11 performed with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center for the annual Youth Orchestra Day concert.

Athletics Holton’s varsity swimming and diving team won its seventh consecutive Independent School League (ISL) Championship and the Middle School swimming and diving team achieved its eighth consecutive win in the Washington Metropolitan Private Middle School Swimming Championship. Claire Baker ’13, Sarah Ettinger ’11, Liza Gurskis ’12, Maya Meltsner ’15, and Erin Nealer ’11 rode in the Inter-School Horse Show Association (ISHS).

Girl Scouts Sapna Khemka ’10 and Amanda “Alex” Poon ’10 received the Girl Scout Gold Award, the Girl Scouts’ highest honor. Amanda also received the Girl Scout Gold Award Scholarship. Alexandra Ervin ’13 received the Girl Scouts’ Silver Award, the highest recognition available to Cadette Scouts. Maryam Gilanshah ’17 earned the Girl Scout Bronze Award, the highest recognition available to Junior Girl Scouts.

Faculty/Staff Mariana McCormick ’94, fifth grade teacher, received a National Science Foundation grant with her sister Lilly Mujica-Parodi ’88 to study the use of control systems in education and develop a hands-on, fifth grade curricula in systems-based thinking. The end result of the grant work will be a website for teachers to download information and free materials, and engage in interactive discussion. Julie Treadwell, Director of Physical Education and Athletics, received the Athletic Director of the Year award for the Maryland State Athletic Director Association (MSADA) District 2A at the MSADA Spring Conference Banquet in Ocean City April 17. volume 7, number 2


campus scrapbook | upper school winter play 2010

Upper School Winter Play presents Dancing at Lughnasa The Dance and Drama Department presented the Upper School winter play, Dancing at Lughnasa, by Brian Friel. Performances of this multi-award winning and critically acclaimed Irish play took place on March 19 and March 20, 2010 in the Diana Coulton Beebe Black Box Theater. It is a memory play told from the point of view of the adult Michael Evans, the narrator. He recounts the summer in his aunts’ cottage when he was seven years old. This play is loosely based on the lives of Friel’s mother and aunts who lived in Glenties, on the west coast of Donegal. Set in 1936, during the summer before de Valera’s new constitution was approved by referendum, the play depicts the late summer days when love briefly seems possible for three of the Mundy sisters (Chris, Rose, and Kate), and the family welcomes home the frail elder brother, who has returned from a life as a missionary in Africa. Holton’s own Steven Cutts, Middle School Social Studies teacher, took on the role of Father Jack. He describes his character and the play: “I played Father Jack, the eccentric (bewildered) older brother of the five Mundy sisters. Jack had spent his entire priesthood ministering to a leper colony in Uganda (except for a short stint as a chaplain in the British Army during WWI—service that he apparently recalls fondly as he has saved his uniform over the years and appears in it tattered and soiled as it is—at the conclusion of the play). Jack has been sent home to Ireland by the Catholic hierarchy largely because he was too ecumenical and too willing to integrate Africa animist beliefs and rituals into his Catholicism. The eldest sister, Kate, although devoted to her older brother, is shocked by this liberal attitude of what we’d call today ecumenicalism—but then Kate is shocked by local Irish rural animist traditions that live side-by-side with Roman Catholicism. In spite of being a Catholic priest, for example, Jack is (after some initial confusion ) quite accepting of his illegitimate nephew. And that is one of the themes of the play: that there is a certain commonality of human experience—whether in Uganda or Ireland—and that often it is the people who are more laîssez-faire, more tolerant, more live-and-let-live, and least doctrinaire who are the most content.” The play was directed in the round by Christopher Townsend. The cast, including Holton students Erin Kirk ’10, Catherine Weiss ’10, Sarita Kvam ’10, Catherine Weiss ’10, Clare Mulligan ’11, and Erin Nealer ’11, were joined by Alex Duplessie (Landon ’10) and Jack Stonesifer (Wootton HS ’10).


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campus scrapbook | middle school spring play 2010

Middle School One-Act Play Festival


n May 14, 2010, the Middle School performed in a series of one-act plays. The plays included Show & Spell by Julia Brownell, Rapunzel Uncut by Mariah Everman, and How to Succeed in High School without Really Trying by Jonathan Rand. Directed by Alexandra London-Thompson, 32 Middle School students were cast in a variety of roles. They were abley assisted by Upper School drama students and the Middle School Production Technology students.

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campus scrapbook | winter 2010 sports wrap The following reflects information collected from March to October 2010.

Varsity Ice Hockey The ice hockey team had a good season, although coming up a little short of reaching its pre-season league goals. More importantly, all 24 players grew as hockey players and as cohesive members of the team. Unfortunately, the several severe snow-storms reduced the number of games played, and especially hurt the JV-level games scheduled to give our six new freshmen and three new sophomores valuable game experience. Our string of six straight MSHL Girls Division titles ended with a thrilling but disappointing 4-2 loss to Bryn Mawr School of Baltimore (which we had beaten in the four preceding title games); however, this game marked the 15th straight year Holton played for the MSHL girls crown. During the regular season we lost to Bryn Mawr, 5-3 (our first MSHL loss in 55 games), but came back for a 2-2 tie later in the season, setting up the rubber game in the finals. We finished 5-2-1 in MSHL. In WIHLMA, our very tough northern prep league, we finished eighth out of nine schools in the regular season (had the four snowed-out games been played, a better finish would have been likely). We finished 1-6 in WIHLMA. Our two senior captains, Alex MacLeod and Calyn Haley, were the glue that held the team together both on and off the ice; the hockey skills and leadership of these two seniors will be sorely missed next season. Our six freshmen improved greatly; our 12 sophomores took on larger team roles (a Holton record, with three of the 12 brand new to hockey this year); and our four juniors showed that they can lead the team next year. We had a real team effort this season, with a number of players scoring goals and/or adding assists.


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the game of her life and stopped the best offensive player for Flint Hill with her defensive execution, holding her opponent to eight points, as Holton lost by only six points. Holton graduates seven seniors from this year’s squad but will also return two starters in Haley Gibert and Anne Corrigan, so the Panthers will look to rebuild and move the program forward the next year. Coach: Julie Treadwell Sophomore center/wing Lise Courtney D’Amico received the Coaches’ Award. Sophomore defense Emily Meyer and sophomore wing Sarah Lincoln received the Co-Most Improved Award. The Most Valuable Player award went to senior wing, captain, and high scorer Calyn Haley, with senior captain Alex MacLeod earning AllWIHLMA Honorable Mention honors. We look forward to the 2010–2011 season with guarded optimism, as our underclass women have to elevate their game to regain the MSHL title and move up in WIHLMA. We have several strong current eighth graders on the Middle School team who should help the varsity. Coach: Ned Hengerer

Varsity Basketball The 2009–2010 basketball season was a very successful one for the Panthers under new head coach Julie Treadwell. Having a regular season record of 7-10 really doesn’t embody the growth of the program or individuals as basketball players transitioning to a new style of play. Holton competes in the very competitive upper division of the ISL, which translates into playing extremely tough opponents every night, and the Panthers were up to the challenge. Led by senior point guard Sequoia Austin, Holton went into the playoffs against Flint Hill— a team they had lost to twice during the regular season. Senior Abby Cohen played

Swimming The team completed another successful season with a dual meet record of seven wins and two losses. They went on to win the 2010 ISL Swim Championships, winning the title for the seventh consecutive year. It was a true team effort to get this one accomplished as we only had one individual event in which Holton won. Our depth was the reason for our success this year. During the WMPSSDL championships the team finished in fourth place out of 28 other private girls schools and finished 17th out of 48 girls schools in METROS Swim Championships. We had great contributions from every member of the team throughout this year, in particular seniors Lisa Lin, Alex Poon, Carmen Ferraro, and Maddie Smith, juniors Milly Huizinga and Nicolle Wainer, and sophomores Jenny Gathright and Ellen Carey, and freshmen Ella Cleary, Grace Cleary, and Nina Cohen. Other praise must go to the team captains Maddie Smith, Alex Poon and Lisa Lin for their leadership and enthusiasm, as well as the entire senior class for the way that they conduct themselves as our leaders. The team really rallied around our strong leadership and worked very hard all season to accomplish their goals. Congratulations and great job to the HoltonArms School varsity swim and dive team. Coach: Graham Westerberg

campus scrapbook | spring 2010 sports wrap The following reflects information collected from March to October 2010.

Varsity Softball Holton varsity softball had a very successful 2010 season. In addition to having a 6-2 ISL record and a 6-6 record overall, the team earned its first ISL Division A Championship for the regular season in many years. Freshman pitcher Claire Baker earned All-ISL honors. Our champions were works in progress, but progress did they ever! What our team had was heart, determination, desire, and a will to work—intangible attributes that cannot be taught. Hitting, bunting, throwing, catching, and sliding (well, maybe not sliding) are all skills that we could work with—but we were successful only because of what the girls had within them. Luci Perkins, Abby Cohen, and Beth Hansen were all four-year letter winners, and the coaches could not have asked for more enthusiastic, able, responsible, and intense captains for our young team. An integral part of our team on game days was one of our managers, Lizzie Axelson, who received the Coaches’ Award. Freshman Abby Hsieh received the Most Improved Player Award. It’s not easy knowing all of the “If-then” scenarios for every play, but Abby is a true student of softball, and has improved with her skills and her knowledge of the game. From a vote of her teammates, Claire Baker truly earned this year’s MVP award. To put it in perspective of how valuable she was, here are her stats. In the seven Division A games (five regular season and two tournament), she allowed only eight walks and struck out 30 batters! What’s even more impressive is that she was just as productive on the attacking end. As our three batter, Claire racked up eight RBI, scored 10 runs and had a .565 batting average and .643 onbase percentage. She generated momentum on both ends of the field. Coach: Cindy Tindall

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Crew At the start of the 2010 Holton-Arms crew season, the team ran into a lot of weatherrelated situations that prevented us from getting out onto the water. Despite the weather, the team continued to work hard off the water. The girls had really begun to work together as a crew during their spring break training trip. Their hard work was evident in the six boats raced throughout the season, four varsity boats and two novice boats. Highlights of the season include the Lightweight 4+ finishing second at Baltimore Invitational and earning silver at the Washington Metropolitan Interscholastic Rowing Association (WMIRA) Championships in the third Varsity 4+. The Novice 4+ placed first at the Baltimore Invitational and at the WMIRA Novice Regatta. The Novice 8 had strong showings and improved in all of their races. The Senior 4+ raced hard all season long with a fourth place finish at Maryland State Championships only .08 seconds off of third. The Junior 4+ finished 47th out of 69 during time trials at the prestigious Stotesbury Cup Regatta in Philadelphia, PA and qualified for finals at WMIRA Championships before weather forced the finals to be cancelled. Overall ours is a young team and we expect to have an equally successful program next year as the team continues to build and improve. Coach: James Augone

This was a very good track season. We came up a little short from winning the title, but we gave it our all. There were outstanding performances from the 4x800 relays that broke the school record with a time of 10:08.66. The team was comprised of Sarah Meyerhoff, Kathryn Scully, Haley Gordon and Bailey Jackson. The 4x100 team with Briana Redd, Rachel Williams, Natalie Berkman, and Bria Johnson broke the school record again set from this year with a time of 50.83. Kathryn Scully broke the school record in the 1600 meter run with a time of 5:18.41. To cap it off, Juju Obioha broke her own shot put record set last year with a throw of 35-01.00. I believe this record will be around for a long time. I would say everybody set either a personal best or a school record this season. I look forward to finishing what we have started next year, and to seniors Juju, Briana, Caroline, and Sarah, best of luck in your endeavors. Thank you for a great season. Coach: Ousman Sallah

Varsity Lacrosse The 2010 varsity lacrosse team enjoyed great success this spring, advancing to its second consecutive ISL semifinals before being defeated by eventual champion St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes. The team finished with a 7-11 record, a big improvement from last year’s 3-11 finish. The season was highlighted by two big conference wins: the Panthers first win against Bullis in four years and a quarterfinal win against Flint Hill in the ISL Tournament. Several Panthers earned recognition for their play on the field. Senior Sarah Hansen and junior Mikki Offit earned All-ISL honors. The Panthers hope to continue to show improvement next season as they look to return to the ISL Semifinals and compete for a championship banner. Coach: Trish Dabrowski volume 7, number 2


graduation 2010

Graduation 2010

On Thursday, June 10, 2010, 76 women concluded their days as Holton students and began another chapter

as Holton alumnae. The class of “twenty ten,” as they refer to themselves, crossed the bridge over Booze Creek dressed in the familiar white gowns, continuing tradition for the 108th Commencement Exercises. The Invocation was given by beloved former English teacher Nick Gilbert. Melody Barnes, Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council, delivered the Graduation Address. Following the ceremony, the faculty gathered in a receiving line in the Second Century Garden to greet and congratulate the new Holton-Arms Alumnae.

assists Abigail Betts ’98 cement. Alumnae Director en m m Co e morning of th lz Vo e lin ro Ca Alumnae mothers and daughters: Alisa Tarver Redd ’83 and Briana Redd, Saydee Schnider and Isabelle Schn ider ’82, and Millie Dent and Sara Greer Dent ’76


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Symone Bullock and Maddy Carr cross the bridge on the way to the Commencement ceremony.

vin nt: Seniors Calyn Haley, Ga Lining up for Commenceme cleod, Ma dra xan Ale , leema Cheek Taylor, Catherine Weiss, Ha s Bie ly Kel and Mandy Ghias, Sarita Kvan,

Trustee Emeritus Thomas Korengold and Head of School Susanna Jones present Meredith Korengold with her diploma.

Meg Klingelhofer an d Natasha Samtani exit the ceremony all smiles.

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graduation 2010 | class day awards Carolyn Gott DuPont Drama Award Excellence in drama Maddy Carr ’10 Erin Kirk ’10 Phyllis Ehrlich Award in Drama Support of production aspects of drama Megan Gardner ’10 Photography Award Outstanding growth and consistently high level of excellence in photographic work Sapna Khemka ’10 Middle School Director Tony Shawe presented the Catharine P. Wheatley Middle School Award to Caroline McTaggart ’15 and Mary Sheers ’14. Also pictured: Susanna Jones, Head of School.

Catharine P. Wheatley Middle School Award Caroline McTaggart ’15 • Mary Sheers ’14 Suzanne Bailey Award Outstanding achievement in and contribution to interscholastic athletics Obianuju Obioha ’10 Betty Woods Nevitt Athletic Award Good sportsmanship, courtesy on the field, team play, perseverance to excellence, and adherence to the Holton motto, “Inveniam viam aut faciam” Abby Cohen ’10 • Austin Settle ’10 Cassie Johnson Athletic Award Enthusiasm, athletic ability, sportsmanship, and attitude Sequoia Austin ’10 Mary Happer Dance Award Most significant contribution to Orchesis Catherine Weiss ’10 Dr. Ross J. Clark Chorus Award Interest, enthusiasm, and willingness to further the aims of a performing group Maddy Carr ’10 National School Orchestra Award Superior musicianship, leadership, dependability, loyalty, and cooperation in orchestra Catherine Pang ’10 John Philip Sousa Band Award Superior musicianship, leadership, dependability, loyalty, and cooperation in band Sequoia Austin ’10


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David Glasser Studio Art Award Artistic growth evidenced in active involvement in the arts program Molly Carton ’10

Ceramics Award Excellence in craftsmanship, personal vision, and appreciation for clay as a medium Sarah Baranes ’10 • Carmen Ferraro ’10 Rensselaer Medal Outstanding achievement in mathematics and science by a junior Lucy Goldberg ’11 Bausch & Lomb Honorary Science Award Most outstanding achievement in science by a junior Kathryn Scully ’11 George Washington University School of Engineering and Applied Science Award Junior with the highest cumulative average in mathematics and science Lucy Dicks-Mireaux ’10

History of Art Award Greatest achievement in the study of art history Caitlin Lackner ’10 Nancy Ellen Cohen History Award Outstanding student in the study of history Kelly Bies ’10 Elaine Gelman Mathematics Award Consistently outstanding achievement in mathematics Abby Cohen ’10 Helen Shearman Latin Award Consistent excellence and enthusiam in classical studies Molly Carton ’10 Spanish Award Personal enthusiam and genuine interest in the study of Spanish language, literature, and culture Obianuju Obioha ’10 Chinese Award Consistent effort and outstanding achievement in the study of Chinese language Jocelyn Cayne ’10 Elise Gelman French Award A high level of achievement, active participation, sustained interest, and consistent progress in the study of French Caitlin Lackner ’10 Pam Farley Creative Writing Award Outstanding ability and achievement in creative writing Sarah Meyerhoff ’10

Science Department Award Greatist activity and interest in science Sapna Khemka ’10 Frederick Douglass & Susan B. Anthony Award in Humanities & Social Sciences Outstanding achievement by a junior in the humanities and/or social sciences Megan Dunlevy ’11

Holton’s yearbook, Scribe, was dedicated to History of Art teacher Christopher Wilson by the Class of 2010. Assistant Editor-in-Chief Sapna Khemka ’10 and Editor-in-Chief Anisha Gupta ’10 look on as he proudly displays his copy.

graduation 2010 | class day awards Leicester Rogers English Award Outstanding work in English, love of good literature, and consistently high level of achievement Saydee Schnider ’10 Corinne Tucker ’10 Sally Alexander Scroll Award Extraordinary contributions to Scroll and commitment to the highest standards of good writing Zoe Marquedant ’10 Michael Higgins Junior Class Award for Intellectual Leadership Awarded to a junior for academic excellence and intellectual leadership Rachel O’Connell ’11 Holton Junior Class Award Excellence in academics and significant contribution to the life of the school Kathryn Scully ’11 Diana Coulton Beebe Award Generous support of the unparalleled enthusiasm for all areas of Holton life Emily Pence ’11 Suzanne Melanie Phillips Leadership Award Awarded to a junior for exceptional and positive leadership Beebee Asamoah-Mensah ’11 Lorrie Lipscomb Booster Award Conscientious and dedicated support of volunteer service Sapna Khemka ’10 Community Service Award Outstanding contribution in service to the community at large Anna DeWitt ’10

Richard E. & Nancy P. Marriott School Service Award Outstanding leadership in school service Sapna Khemka ’10 Terrell McSweeny Prize Extraordinary dedication to an activity outside of the Holton community while remaining a positive influence and active participant in the life of the school Catherine Pang ’10 Joseph C. & Eve Kemp Richards Award Integrity, especially to one’s self, sensitivity to the needs of others, patience, and a remarkable ability to listen Beth Hansen ’10 James Whittier Lewis Award Pride in the school and respect for ideas, expressed with quiet leadership and enthusiam Megan Gardner ’10 Head’s Letters of Commendation Ariel Cohen ’10 Jordan Jackson ’10 Austin Settle ’10 Head’s Award Sruti Sriram ’10 Class of ’96 Award Outstanding scholarship, significant school leadership, and notable extracurricular accomplishments during time at Holton—“all that’s finest” in a Holton graduate Lisa Lin ’10

Members of Cum Laude Society Kelly Bies ’10 Molly Carton ’10 Abigail Cohen ’10 Sarah Hansen ’10 Lisa Lin ’10 Alex MacLeod ’10 Corinne Tucker ’10

New Members of Cum Laude Society Divya Angra ’10 Elizabeth Hansen ’10 Yizhou Luo ’10 Obianuju Obioha ’10 Lucia Perkins ’10 Elise Racine ’10 Saydee Schnider ’10 Sruti Sriram ’10 Marietta Catsambas ’11 Lucy Dicks-Mireaux ’11 Sophia DiPaolo ’11 Megan Dunlevy ’11 Lucy Goldberg ’11 Emily Manbeck ’11 Rachel O’Connell ’11 Kathryn Scully ’11

The Alumnae Scholar Award was presented to Sarah Huber ’11 by Sharlene Petry Amitay ’85, Alumnae Board Co-President 2010.

Alumnae Scholar Academic excellence, personal integrity, good citizenship, community responsibility, involvement in life of the school, deep respect for the Honor Code, strong sense of self—“all that’s finest” at Holton-Arms Sarah Huber ’11 Alumnae Senior Prize The senior who has contributed most significantly to the life of her class in the senior year, through her school spirit, her leadership, her service, and her character Mariah Sanguinetti ’10 Alumnae Award Enthusiastic interest and support of school activities, cheerful and constructive attitude toward school life, evidence of courtesy, kindness, and helpfulness, a genuine effort to fufill all academic responsibilities, and a strong sense of responsibility to self Sequoia Austin ’10 Door Prize For the class which has displayed particularly positive leadership, fostering school spirit Class of 2010

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Nick Gilbert, former English teacher, 1973–2007, gives the invocation.

Head of School Susanna Jones presents Erin Kirk ’10 her diploma.

ion continues the tradit Veronica Leonard ’10 lp of he tes Book with the of signing the Gradua . ae mn rector of Alu Abigail Betts ’98, Di

Susanna A. Jones, Head of School Remarks about the Class of 2010 at Commencement, June 10, 2010

Since Junior Rising Up Day last year, when you entertained us with an extremely funny and well-crafted video, we knew we were going to have a terrific year under your leadership. In every activity, you have aimed to instill spirit and humor, while you reached out to embrace the whole school community. First, those videos—all three have been fabulous, each funnier than the last: The SWOT team in search of cell phones surprising girls in the bathroom; the unicorn on the escalator in Barnes & Noble; and I’m not sure about the Pocahantas among the azalea blossoms. Your creativity and humor tickled your peers and the adults alike. You know how to poke fun without offending and how to laugh at yourselves—both real


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Catherine Weiss ’10 is joined by her mothe r, Trustee Christie Weiss , and Susanna Jones.

Melody Barnes, Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council, delivers the Commencement Address.

The Class of 2010 is presented to the audience.

gifts. My only concern is that Barnes & Noble is probably going to start charging Holton a location fee. Not only have the videos been very well done, but whether Harry Potter and Hogwarts or Disney, you outdid yourselves turning the school into a fantasyland. Likewise you successfully transformed the gallery and dining room into a Nutcracker set for Holiday Ball. And let’s not forget your holiday decorations around the Senior Lounge, which brightened the whole second floor for the month of December. You’ve infused fun and spirit into the school in other ways as well. Your leadership of HAA has brought both Panther of the Week and the Game of the Week to new prominence. For one thing, both have actually happened most weeks. And second, you’ve publicized the games of the week well enough and ensured there was

food—the ultimate motivator—so that more people have made the effort to attend those games. But your leadership has not all been about fun. Through Holton’s Helping Heroes, you’ve helped the community focus on those who support and protect us at home and abroad. You have heightened our awareness of environmental issues, and initiated the first-ever Holton Earth Hour candlelight dinner. In launching the first all Upper School Annual Fund drive, your leadership of Boosters has educated the students about supporting Holton through the Annual Fund. As the second senior class in a row to achieve 100 percent participation, you are part of what I hope is a longterm trend to increase alumnae support of this wonderful school. Over the years, you contributed significantly to many teams, and this year you helped lead us to yet an-

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the Ariel Cohen ’10 and Abby Cohen ’10, y read get lar, Scho ing Class of 2010’s Rank s. uate grad on Holt as e bridg to cross the

Sapna Khemka ’10, Kelly Bies ’10, Jordan Jackson ’10, and Juju Obioha ’10 gather before the Commencement ceremony.

other ISL tennis championship, our seventh ISL swimming championship, and the first ISL co-championship in softball in memory. Your performances on stage have moved us and your artwork has stirred us, and many of you have received outside recognition for your talent. Thanks to your leadership, we’ve had superlative student publications. You helped take Scroll to its first Columbia Scholastic Press Association Award, and I’m confident this year’s edition will experience similar success. Everyone has complimented you on a Scribbler that has been edgy and thoughtprovoking. And your beautiful Scribe successfully explores all aspects of school life. Perhaps most importantly, though, whether in student publications, BSU, SAC, Boosters, on teams or in performance groups, as leaders you have reached out to underclasswomen. You have felt approachable to them, and you have made an effort to get them

Holton faculty congratulate the graduates in a receiving line in the Second Century Garden. Lucy Perkins ’10 and Lisa Lin ’10

Taylor McTootle ’10 and Ale x Poon ’10 graduate to the ranks of alu mnae.

involved and have their voices heard—the school is certainly stronger for your efforts. A courageous group, willing to push yourselves outside your comfort zones, you enthusiastically embraced the new Global Education Program. Before we had to cancel the India trip, more than half your class had signed up to participate. You took on the challenges the trips presented—heat, digestive maladies, language barriers, uncomfortable living conditions, unfamiliar customs—with perseverance, open-mindedness, a willingness to learn from the local people, and a readiness to examine your own values. By your own testimony, you all grew enormously from these experiences, and I know they will influence your life as it unfolds. Though Barracuda often thwarted your forays onto the Internet, you were also pioneers in the world of technology, being

Khaki Martin ’10, Mariah Sanguinetti ’10, and Paige Stemerman ’10 celebrate.

among the first students ever to enroll in the Online School for Girls. Today we look at you as a class that is bonded, but you’ve come a long way from the hurt feelings of the Burn Book in Middle School. You’ve overcome a variety of challenges, including the disappearance of your PSATs. But you’ve come together to create those wonderful videos, to put on an outstanding LipSync that surely would have won the competition had there been one, and you even came through the PSAT crisis with the highest number and the highest percentage of National Merit Finalists in years. But your most lasting legacy will be your generosity of spirit that manifested itself in so many ways, culminating with your reaching out to the juniors on Senior Spirit Day. We’ll remember that spirit every time we pass the spirit rock perched prominently on the edge of the driveway. volume 7, number 2


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Mystery Photo • What can you tell us about this photo?

photo courtesy of the Holton Archives

Each issue of Doorways features a mystery photo. We ask for your help in identifying people or events, or just in telling the story behind the picture. We publish information shared in the subsequent issue. We are looking forward to sharing Holton history with you, and having you share it with us!

Holton has a tradition of faculty participation in Upper School drama performances. In 2007, Science teacher Chris Lee played the role of the Major-General in The Pirates of Penzance, and last spring Social Studies teacher Steven Cutts acted in Dancing at Lughnasa (see page 16). Here we see Bob Tupper acting in a play. What can you tell us about the play, the name of the student, and when it took place?


90 years ago

65 years ago

50 years ago

In the second year of the Obelisk, Holton’s first H.A.A. group is “firmly embedded in the heart of every Holton girl.” H.A.A. has emerged as a strong and lasting institution in the school, holding the admiration of those who are not the members and the deepest love of those who are.

With a large group of versatile actors, the Dramatic Club starts off this year with a bang. The club performs three one-act plays at Christmas time, which are a tremendous success, filling the theater both nights.

Holton’s second annual Fathers’ Club Rodeo is a success, with performances by real cowboys teaching the girls to rope, cut, and tie, all the necessary skills of a cowboy. The rodeo kicks off with Miss Brown, Miss Lurton, and some of the fathers driving into the ring in a two-wheeled, horse-drawn buggy, followed by a blue Model “A” convertible. Then the Glee Club leads the school in the Alma Mater and the National Anthem.


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mystery photo • Fall 2009 Mystery photo is the 1968 Upper School Glee Club yearbook picture. I instantly recognized nearly all the faces and then managed to put my hands on my yearbook to confirm!!! 1st row–Debbie Wilkinson Woodhall ’70, Puncie Harrison Rust ’70, Ann Stewart ’70, Sharon Graney Bibb ’70, Gail Merriam Clarke ’70, Krys Kornmeier ’70, M.L. Lang Bench–Diane Humphreys Stuart ’68, Lisa Surat Standing 1st row–Deborah Cooke Ruth ’69, Nancy Tieche ’69, Dede Upham Smith ’70, Poppy McBrier Johnson ’68, Meg Muirhead Mansfield ’70, Kim Viviano Wessel ’70, Dottie Row ’70, Marjorie Wadleigh Cottle ’69, Susan Carter Oldrieve ’70, Ellie Adams ’70, Jody Marsh ’70, Elaine Thiers Duke ’68, Kathy Ylitalo ’68, Anne Beukema Doggett ’70, Standing 2nd row–Margie Bucheit ’69, Jeannie Parker Phifer ’70, Lillian Hill Clagett ’67, Nancy Mills King ’69, M. Magruder, Libby Forsyth ’70, Mary Bowie ’70, Margaret Nohowel ’70, Meg Dworshak Waite ’70 Nancy Haden Padgett ’70 The current Doorways Mystery Photo is a Glee Club photo from the 1967–1968 school year. My sister is in the photo and recognizes people in the group. Melanie Dorsey


40 years ago

20 years ago

15 years ago

James Whittier Lewis becomes Holton’s first male Head of School.

The James Whittier Lewis Performing Arts Center is dedicated in the name and memory of former Headmaster Jim Lewis. The commemoration begins with a performance by talented Holton alumnae, including Julia Louis-Dreyfus ’79, Michelle Morrison ’88, and Lisa-Beth Lambert ’89. The show is sold out, and the theater overflows.

Under the supervision of Construction Manager Jim Wilson, the school undergoes a $5.2 million renovation in which long-awaited air conditioning systems are finally installed!

25 years ago Mr. Caussin wins at the Blue/White Assembly by being the first to eat a cracker and then whistle. Mrs. Berry crowns him reigning champion.

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reunion weekend 2010 Boosters welcomed alumnae for the Friday cocktail party.

Alumnae began arriving on campus Thursday evening, April

On Saturday morning alumnae received an insider’s view of Holton-Arms today with Ms. Jones and a panel of school leaders and students at a special brunch. Attendees also celebrated the recipients of the year’s Distinguished Alumna and the Rosemary Wire Anderson awards. Washington Post White House correspondent and author Anne Kornblut ’90 received the Distinguished Alumna award, while Nancy Skilling Littlehales ’45 received the Rosemary Wire Anderson Award, an honor that remained a secret until Mrs. Littlehales’ name was announced. Alumnae celebrating their 40th or more reunions gathered for a special cocktail party in the Granger House library Saturday afternoon, before heading off campus for individually planned class parties. Classes of 1955 and up remained on campus for the second Head’s Dinner hosted by Ms. Jones and Mr. Beguelin. Reunion weekend concluded Sunday with two memorable events. In the afternoon, A Walk Down Memory Lane transported alumnae to Holton’s S Street Campus, where Holton students studied until 1963. Residents of these now-private homes opened up their doors for tours of the old domain and a reception. The weekend ended on a high note with the Holton-Arms Spring Choral Concert featuring the Swing Choir, the Chamber Singers, and the Upper School Chorus.

22, as Alumnae Reunion 2010 kicked off with the annual Legacy Reception. This first event celebrated the connections of mothers, daughters, and family members that have attended or currently attend Holton, some going back for several generations. Friday, April 23, brought even more alumnae to the school as many former students came to visit with their favorite teachers, sit in on classes, interact with current students, or attend luncheons, receptions, and dinners. Alumnae eager for a taste of the academic life participated in the Women in Art and Literature Luncheon, a seminar with a special appearance by Marsha Scherbel, English teacher, and Christopher Wilson, Art History teacher, who have joined together to teach Toni Morrison’s Beloved through a cross-disciplinary approach. This year’s annual Pen Pal Luncheon brought together members of the Class of 1960, celebrating their 50th reunion, with the Class of 2019, Holton’s current third graders, with whom they have corresponded since September. A JV softball game and tours of the school filled in the afternoon hours, before alumnae gathered for the favorite All-Alumnae Cocktail Party. The Class of 1960 then headed to Granger House for the Head’s Dinner for the 50th Reunion Class, hosted by Head of School Susanna Jones and her husband, Rob Beguelin. Holton alumnae took

Save the Date!

Reunion 2011 April 14–17

a Holton school bus to the former campus on S Street.


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Legacy Reception Celebrating familial alumnae connections


2 Thursday, April 22, Legacy Reception—mothers, daughters, sisters, cousins, aunts, and grandmothers gather for the annual reception that honors Holton’s legacy connections.

1 Claudia Mispireta Hinsch ’85, her daughter Julia Hinsch ’12, and Martha Mispireta Shannon ’84 pose on the terrace.

2 Lin Morss DeYoung ’60 and Elizabeth Barrett Tilling ’60

Pen Pal Luncheon

reconnect at the reception.

50th Reunion and Third Grade


5 3 Cassie Thompson Furgurson ’60, Fredi Herrmann Ginther ’60, and Nelie Clarke Tucker ’60 reminisce before the luncheon.

4 Brooke Farland Oatley ’60 greets Pooja Addala ’19. The third grade wrote letters to the Class of 1960 asking them questions about their days at Holton.

5 Linda Slingluff Thompson ’60 and MacKenzie Kim ’19 get to know one another. 4 volume 7, number 2


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6 Classmates from 1970 pose for the photo booth camera.

7 Anne Schoellkopf Lacher and Ellen

Bowman Perman from the Class of 1965 reminisce over their yearbook.

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8 Joanna Manoranjan ’00,

Alumnae Director Abigail Betts ’98, and Neha Bhooshan

9 Past faculty member Nick Gilbert, Lee Hawfield Zampella ’85, History teacher Bob Tupper, and Jill Schwartz ’80 enjoy catching up with each other.

Granger House Reception

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10 Lucia Chandler Outlan ’52C, Mariann Roberts Harris ’52C, and Palline Plum ’60

11 Fredi Herrmann Ginther ’60 and 11

Mary Straight Warburton ’60

12 Albert Sturtevant, Sunny Sturtevant Toulmin ’50, and Lee Sturtevant


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13 Nancy Skilling Littlehales ’45 is the 2010 recipient of the

Rosemary Wire Anderson Award. Sharlene Petry Amitay ’85 and Janine Peyser Lossing ’85 (Co-Presidents of the Alumnae Association for the 2010 school year) present the award. Nancy’s son, Breton, and Ginny Ford Fletcher ’50 are on the right.

14 Anne Kornblut ’90 received the Distinguished Alumna Award for 2010. Anne is the White House correspondent for The Washington Post and authored the book Notes from the Cracked Ceiling: Hillary Clinton, Sarah Palin, and What It Will Take for a Woman to Win. It was published by Random House in December 2009.

15 Paula O’Rourke ’90 receives the first President’s Cup from

Amy Kaslow ’77 for the Class of 1990. The President’s Cup celebrates the Reunion class achieving the highest philanthropic leadership during the Reunion year.


16 The Class of 1985 received the Champagne Cup for achieving the highest participation in Holton’s Annual Fund.

17 A panel of current Holton students answered questions from alumnae at the brunch. Pictured from left to right are Mya Harris ’16, Olivia Thomas ’16, Elisabeth Bragale ’15, Sara Baranes ’10, Lauren Spak ’11, and Gabi Mayers ’13.

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Visit to S Street Campus 18



18 Ellen Bowman Perman ’65,

Head of School Susanna Jones, and Anne Schoellkopf Lacher ’65 in front of 2125 S Street

19 Joan Douglas Murray ’71, 23 22


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Mary Jane Sears Parks ’56, and Ann Douglas Cornell ’71

20 Past parents Sheldon and

Ruth Gorland (Kim Gorland Hirsch ’86) welcome Sally Colclough Alexander ’51 to their home at 2125 S Street.

21 Ruth Hale Buchanan ’35, Linda Slingluff Thompson ’60, and Bonnie Buchanan Matheson ’60 22 Sisters Carolyn Smith ’65 and Marion Smith ’68 23 Ginny Olds Goshdigian ’59 and Bini Herrmann ’61

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Oh my, where do I possibly begin to write about our 50th Class Reunion in April! We had 20 strong attending. For those of you unable to be with us, we missed you! Those attending were: Betty Euwer DeVeau, Lin Morss DeYoung, Anne DeVeau Eakin, Cassie Thompson Furgurson, Muffin Crocker Gillam, Fredi Herrmann Ginther, Abigail Thornton Givens, Marfie Harrison Jackson, Barbara Reid Jordan, Susan Laing, Bonnie Buchanan Matheson, Carroll Jones Nunnerley, Brooke Farland Oatley, Palline Plum, Carolyn Kaufholz Taylor, Margot Gardner Tewes, Linda Slingluff Thompson, Beth Barrett Tilling, Nelie Clarke Tucker, and Mary Straight Warburton…20 strong and happy classmates! We had the best time together starting from Thursday evening at the Legacy Reception where we ran into Ruth Hale Buchanan ’35, mother of our classmate Bonnie Buchanan Matheson; it was like old times with a ‘Mother’ for all of us! Perhaps the most touching part of our

reunion was our Pen Pal Lunch with the third grade students. This was so much fun; while they were a bit reticent (and we were, too!), they warmed up through our lunch and absolutely lit up when taking us around their classroom and other specialty classrooms. What a treat it will be to follow these young girls through their Holton-Arms years… and maybe attend their graduation in ????! The S Street tour on Sunday was the best! The Middle School building was absolutely still recognizable…all the way to the top. The History of Art room was the same…we remember these rooms as being HUGE, but they aren’t now! 2125 has been turned into condominiums and just beautiful; we actually remembered many of the rooms, and Lin Morss DeYoung was sure standing in her boarding room with a great view of the city! We have not seen Carroll Jones Nunnerley since graduation. She came from England with her wonderful daughter, Ayleen (living in Canada); Ayleen kept us in

stitches the entire weekend. Beth Barrett Tilling also came from England, and it was great catching up with her after so many years. Brooke Farland Oatley returned from St. Simon’s Island, GA, for her very first reunion since graduating in 1960. Abby Thornton Givens arrived from California with her beautiful daughter, Sarah…what fun we had with these energetic young women! They keep us moving! Thank you all for making the effort and time to return…it was truly a time for reconnecting…and that we did. I cannot begin to thank everyone for coming to reunion…it does take planning, time, and expense. And, thank you also for your Annual Gift contributions! Wow, we went from just over 10 percent to over 34 percent! Everyone at Holton is most appreciative. Thanks to all who contributed… let’s keep it up. Thank you for sharing your e-mail address with us. This is a big help in communicating with everyone and really helps us stay connected. I promise that it will not be abused with ‘silly stuff!’ Anyone else who would like to send me their e-mail address that would be wonderful and I would so appreciate having it. We have such a wonderful group of classmates! Reunion really made some bonds stronger and definitely created new ones…our treasures are our friends and family…they get us through tough times and keep us going…and add to the happiness of life. Please, let’s keep in touch! Take care! Muffin Crocker Gillam

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class of 1950 Hooray for us! Even with only eight alumnae returning for our 60th reunion in April, I am informed by Abigail Betts ’98, Alumnae Director, that we set a record for turnout at a 60th! And indeed, my daughter’s class of 1970, which was twice the size of ours, had only 10 returnees so I guess we didn’t do badly. The prize for coming the farthest to attend should go to Ginny Bayler Vincent, who came from California with her daughter. Sunny Sturtevant Toulmin, Patti Ennis Leggett, and I were the other out-of-towners, with Connie Theimer Lee, Sally Hayes Dorn, Peggy Hines Whitner and Dorothy Anselmo Moore all living in the DC area. Holton is a very different school from the one we attended, with a vastly broader curriculum, male teachers, and athletic facilities we could only dream about. But it was a real nostalgia trip to visit our old buildings on S Street, even if trying to figure out where classrooms, study hall, etc., were originally is next to impossible. Turning the S Street buildings back into living units (luxury condominiums) was accomplished, however, without altering the facades. The “Open Door” of 2125 is still there. Altogether a memorable weekend. Ginny Ford Fletcher

Front row: Sunny Sturtevant Toulmin, Virginia Ford Fletcher, Peggy Hines Whitner, Virginia Bayler Vincent Back row: Patti Ennis Leggett, Connie Theimer Lee, Dorothy Anselmo Moore

class of 1965 On April 24, 2010, Eileen Zola Joseph hosted a festive reunion dinner for the Class of 1965. The highlight of the evening was singing and dancing to a 1964 Beatles Concert video, recorded at Uline Arena in Washington, D.C. Many of our classmates had attended this concert. Thank you Eileen for hosting yet another reunion dinner (see photo on page 47). We missed our classmates who couldn’t attend and hope they will join us for our 50th in 2015. Anne Schoellkopf Lacher

Eileen Zola Joseph, Anne Schoellkopf Lacher, Ellen Bowman Perman, and Paige Buchholz


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class of 1970

Windy Hilgartner Bassert, Crin Hero Ephraim, May Toms, Meg Dworshak Waite, Jennifer Howlett, Kathy Minsch, Christina Olds, Debbie Camalier Walker, Lyn McClure Campbell, and Lisa Courtney Howe

class of 1975

class of 1980

Marcia Johnson Bateson, Mimi Conger, Lark Ledbetter, Melanie Richardson, and Cynthia Wein Lett

Heather Wright Maier, Alex Schweitzer, Joan Forrer Connolly, Kay Hechler, Faith Permutter Diamond, Carolyn Plumley Stombock, Carole Tyler Dulmage, Lynn Briceland Whalen, Lis Silby Petkevich, and Tina Smith West

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class of 1985

The Class of 1985 celebrated their 25th reunion at the lovely home of Claudia Mispireta Hinsch and her sister Martha Mispireta Shannon ’84. We were so excited that many of our classmates were able to attend from as far away as Belgium and San Francisco. Some even came to Reunion for the first time. See the rest of you for our 30th. Thanks, Claudia and Martha, for hosting!

Front row: Lee Hawfield Zampella, and Julie Cantor-Weinberg Middle row: Eleni Georgilakis Gianoplus, Carol Calomiris-Edmunds, Heidi Hookman Brodsky, Adrienne Cardella Cook, Sharlene Petry Amitay, Lauren Pantos Murphy, Aleta Margolis, and Courtney Hobbs Burnes Back row: Wendy Cutting Wishard, Hattie Croyder Buchholz, Karen Conant Rindner, Maren Hardy Hendricks, Debbie Zinn Shiffman, Elizabeth Monsein Greenbaum, Carla Bloom, Bea Spates de Lannoy, Karen Rapley, Janell Mayo Duncan, Laurie Havener Hunsicker, Martha Mispireta Shannon ’84, and Laurie Simms Smith ’84

At the Friday night cocktail party: Lee Hawfield Zampella, Bea Spates de Lannoy, Janine Peyser Lossing, Carol Calomiris-Edmunds, Courtney Hobbs Burnes, Claudia Mispireta Hinsch, Sharlene Petry Amitay, and Laurie Havener Hunsicker

class of 1995

Laura Hughes Greenbaum, Melissa Brinsfield, and Michelle Ghim


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Classmates from 1995 on Saturday at Reunion: Carroll Kilty, Lisa Collea, Emily Macht, Suzanne Saputo Mitchell, Arlyn Katzen Landow (her daughters: Charlie Landow, Blake Landow, and Brynn Landow, and Carroll’s daughter Drew Mallahan)

class of 1990 The Class of 1990 gathered for our 20th reunion in April. Friday night many attended the cocktail reception hosted at Holton. On Saturday night, Paula O’Rourke was kind enough to host 27 classmates at her beautiful home in Bethesda. In attendance were Natalie Burton, Cristina Taborga Kuhn, Molly Madigan Pisula, DJ Guerzon Plank, Lindsey Zeller Spindel, Michele Windsor Costa, Anne Kornblut, Amy Hookman Robins, Ashley Jeffress Craighill, Pauline Connell Loveland, Siobhan Roddy Wilan, Stephanie Pain Baglio, Nancy Burke Sargent, Maggie Slade Gooding, Kim Spurgeon Kale, Laurie Silverman Flynn, Tracy Stoer Reilly, Alexa Fischer, Sara Black Castle, Emily Fischer Ferraro, Elizabeth Wallman Davis, Maggie Slade, Silvy Nordquist Brookby, and Sheri Chilcote. Silvy Nordquist Brookby For more updates from Reunion attendees, see Class Notes on page 52.

Class of 2000 Saturday night of Reunion

Front row: Silvy Nordquist Brookby, Molly Madigan Pisula, Christina Mattar, Jennifer Myers Kashatus, Emily Fischer Ferraro, Michele Windsor Costa, Pauline Connell Loveland, and Liz Treanor Oesterle Back row: Kimberly Spurgeon Kale, Natalie Burton, Jill Edgar Curran, Paula O’Rourke, Laurie Silverman Flynn, Tracy Stoer Reilly, Siobhan Roddy Wilan, Stephanie Pain Baglio, and Nancy Burke Sargent

class of 2000

Joanna Manoranjan, Zoya Baker, Neha Bhooshan, Juliet Arnaudo, Ashley Greer, Taylor Mayo, Maggie Waite, and Carrie Townsend Williams

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class of 2005 The Class of 2005 celebrated their 5th reunion at the restaurant, George. See the pictures below. Lindsey McKan, Madelyn Korengold, Kristen Mastropole, Anu Bhooshan, Judith Barr, Gigi Childs, and Madi Ford on Friday at the All-Alumnae Cocktail Party

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Ann Carr, H olly Cornell, Sara Ickow, Anu Bhoosh Giselle Child an, and Den s, ise Castro, also at Geo rge

Upcoming Alumnae Events March 8, 2011, 6:30 p.m. Speed Professional Networking Event with Sidwell Friends, GDS, St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes, and Maret Alumnae, located in the Sidwell Friends Stewart Middle School April 14–17, 2011 Reunion 2011! May 10, 2011, 7:00 p.m. Sally Alexander’s Book Club June 5, 2011, 5:30 p.m. Alumnae Senior Dinner June 16, 2011, 7:00 p.m. Holton-Arms Professional Networking Workshop with Tracy LaLonde Are you a member of the Holton-Arms Alumnae Facebook Group or the Holton-Arms professional networking group on LinkedIn? Join today! For details on all of these events, please visit


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Alumnae Class Notes Notes reflect collection from March to October 2010. Notes received subsequently will be included in the next issue.

1933 Emlen Knight Davies Evers’ daughter, Mia Grosjean, is the guest curator of A Photographic Journey of the Ambassador’s Daughter: Moscow 1937–38, an exhibit at the Hillwood Museum, Estate, and Gardens in Washington, DC. Thirty photographs from the private photo albums of Mrs. Evers document vividly her family’s journey to Russia at a time when its potential role in the unfolding war remained unknown to the rest of the world. Just 20 years old, Emlen joined her father, U.S. Ambassador to the Soviet Union Joseph E. Davies, and his wife, Marjorie Post Davies, on this diplomatic adventure. Those with diplomatic access were able to photograph the awe and mystique of 1930s Russia. This exhibit runs through May 29, 2011.

1936c Carlyle Downes Mothersill—I am no longer driving, a real wrench. Life slows down when that happens!! I’m still in my house in Carmel Valley, CA.

1941 Julia Mills Jacobsen 4416 Edmunds St., NW Washington, DC 20007-1117

Dale Sayler Morgan would like to report that she has remained very active with a variety of activities including meetings, church, gardening, and needlepoint.

1947 Betty Browder Nibley 6200 Oregon Ave. NW Washington, DC 20015

Proud parents Anne Mearns Jacoby and Dick report their daughter Ashley gradu-

ates from Mary Washington University this May with a degree in English and Psychology. They will attend the graduation ceremonies in Fredericksburg, VA, overcoming a stretch of bad luck for Anne, who broke an ankle and spent a couple of weeks in Arlington Hospital recovering from complications. Alice Diggs Nulsen and Bob still live in Springfield, NH, on top of a beautiful hill near a lake. Alice attends opera performances, dinners with friends, and oversees the maintenance of their gardens and landscaping. Bob is recovering from a broken hip, and Alice is busy helping him in rehab. She hears from Anne Clifford Buell often and reports that Anne plans to leave her home in VT to spend time in her home in Maine this summer and hopes to visit Alice and Ireland, too! Somehow Betty Halley Nicolson’s name was changed in the last Class Notes after I sent them in. I spoke to Betty and she laughed about it, and the Alumnae Office has agreed to print a correction in this issue (see page 1). As you can see from the above address, I moved in January 2010. My house sold very quickly, and I beat the snowstorms by a thread! I am very happy here in my Independent Living apartment at Knollwood and hope you will send news to me or to the Alumnae Office. I am well, walking every day, attending five exercise classes a week, entertaining friends (come see me), and enjoying the many parties, performances, lectures, and trips available through our wonderful activities director. My aunt, Fran Mathews Selden ’31, is here and loves it, and Hats Off is the name of the musical she is in with the Knollwood Singers. Betty Browder Nibley Additional notes since October 2010 Trudy Tulley Surut—Exciting spring 2010! Grandson Andrew (son of Louisa Surut ’69) graduated from medical school. Grandson Keenan (son of

Chris Surut NCS ’70) awarded an MS in Computer Science, and youngest granddaughter, Natalie Surut (daughter of David Surut), graduated from high school. Natalie Hammacher Dawley—We are still enjoying sunny Florida as do our children and their families when they come for visits!

1948 Muffin MacArthur Thenault 7 Forest Gate Yarmouth Port, MA 02675-1459

Thanks to all who responded to my letter. Coincidentally, I received my first news from Ginny Patterson Moser, who left Holton in ninth grade. She and her husband are living in Rockville. Joan Burke Kennedy is still painting, shows at galleries in DC and in Martha’s

From the Editor... We wish we could announce engagements and pregnancies, but Holton’s policy is to announce only marriages, births, and deaths of alumnae. Photos are published as space permits. When submitting a photo, please provide full names for all in the photo and the date and location of the occasion. We can accept photos in digital format, but for use in print publications they should be at least 4” x 6” in size, with a resolution of at least 200-300 dpi. Class notes are compiled and edited by the class secretaries and Alumnae Office. More news? Contact the Alumnae Office:

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alumnae news | class notes Vineyard, where she summers. She was chosen with six other artists to participate in an exciting program at American U, with well-known artists, critiquing young artists. She also enjoys group play reading and bridge. Peggy Brice Devan lives at Westminster Canterbury in Charlottesville and enjoys the “carefree life or free to care.” She still volunteers at various organizations. Her five children, still married to their first spouses, produced 11 grandchildren and one G.G. Judy Snowden Neumeyer, also in C’ville, travels a lot with her art group, and spent two weeks in Florence, Italy, last year. Her daughter Ashby (my goddaughter) is the principal at an elementary school nearby. Jane Eichenlaub Sunier lost her husband in 2009. She is moving to a retirement community in Catonsville, MD, near her family. She volunteers in her church and with Food for the Needy. Jeanne Lamont James has moved to a retirement home in Conroe, TX, near her son. She volunteers at a busy animal shelter, loves long walks, communing with her cat, and enjoying her neighbors. Jan Marthinson Mewhinney lost her Fred last year, but is staying in her lovely, riverside house for a while. She is still involved in her church. Gwen Fairlamb Vest is in Norfolk at The Ballantyne, which she loves—plenty of nice people, great care, and many activities. The piece de resistance was my lunch with Edythe Rowe Crawford last Friday in Newton. A 3.5 hour lunch at the Marriott (no martinis!) gave us plenty of time to laugh and reune. She gave up her office in NYC, but continues her practice in her CT home. A move to the Newton area may be next. Joanne Holbrook Patton, a widow of six years, is working with a nearby college and its history interns to turn “The Patton Homestead” into a historic house with a mission. She will live next door and will continue to administer her organic farm. She encourages us to look her up at www. and to visit her and the farm in Hamilton, MA I filled you in on my life in my letter. I lost my dear Tom in January and find my


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time occupied with endless paperwork. Now that spring has arrived early on Cape Cod, I play golf, bridge, and am opening the house in Harwich Port, in preparation for a summer with family visits and a resident granddaughter. If you missed sending your news this time, please write. There’s always next time, and your classmates want to hear from you. Holton gave me so much, and it and you and our memories are always in my heart. . Muffin MacArthur Thenault

1950 Alden Reed West 37464 Purple Shadow Rd. Palm Desert, CA 92211-1328

Ginny Ford Fletcher—Sunny (Sunny Sturtevant Toulmin) and I, who started together at Holton in the fourth grade, were asked by the Alumnae Office to share some memories of our years at Holton for Story Corps. If you are an NPR listener you have undoubtedly heard some Story Corps interviews. We spent about a half hour “interviewing” each other and how we remembered different aspects of our Holton academic experience, including our five years of piano studies together with Mrs. Frost, the Holton music teacher. The ensuing CD will join ones from other reunion classes in the Holton archives as well as the Story Corps collection at the Library of Congress. Connie Theimer Lee passed this information on to me. She didn’t include any news about herself. Sally Hayes Dorn’s children are living in Pennsylvania and California, except for her son, a Foreign Service Officer, who lives in Washington DC. In 2008 she sailed from the Virgin Islands on a catamaran, visited with family in the south of France in Provence, and spent eight weeks at her place in New Hampshire. She volunteers at the Shepherd’s Center in Oakton, VA, which provides services for the elderly. She knits for relaxation when she is home, and

walks and cuddles with her little poodle. Dottie Anselmo Moore and her husband took a cruise in 2008 through the fjords of Norway and to the Arctic Circle, and in 2009 a cruise through the Black Sea. She still directs the Advanced Studies Program for visiting scholars at George Washington University. She has had students from Eastern Europe, Korea, Japan, and Turkey over the last couple of years. Peggy Hines Whitner is still working at the Defense Logistics Agency at Fort Belvoir, VA. Her eldest child, Elizabeth, lives in Baltimore with her husband and two children. The middle child, Bill, lives in Charleston, SC, with his wife and two children, and Tom and his wife live in Lorton, VA, with their two children. Alden Reed West is still in Palm Desert, CA, continuing to be active in local theater. I was in two shows this year and a couple of readings. I was just called today and told that I was to be given an end of the year Encore award for my activities in the theater here. I go in on Friday morning to be taped for the “Desert Entertainment Show” where I will be presented the award. I’m still responsible for my mother and Hugh. Neither is in pain, but that is the only good news. The Parkinson’s has taken Hugh’s voice, and I can’t transfer him. I have wonderful young men at least eight hours a day. Mother has had the same livein caregiver for over five years. I have been lucky. Don’t wait, enjoy life. My youngest daughter took me to New York last August and we saw some shows and had a great time. I am going with the McCallum Theater group to New York for a week the end of May to see shows and the sights. Alden West Additional notes since October 2010 Mary Ann Robb Freer—I would have loved to have come to Reunion, but my husband, Romeo, is in a nursing home here in Naples, and I didn’t feel right about leaving him. He has been in a wheelchair for so long that now he cannot get up and walk. If anyone gets to Naples, please let me know. We could have lunch and catch up! Romeo has since passed away; our thoughts go out to Mary Ann.

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1951 Donna Helsing Henderson

Sally Tooke Mull—No trips this year, taking care of medical problems. Thought of all in the DC area with your brutal weather. In Maine, very mild, only 30 inches of snow this year. Mary Lou King Wollmar—My husband, Dick, and I are active in sustainability issues; he farms and is on an agricultural commission. I’m on an energy committee for our Additional notes since October 2010 Sally Colclough Alexander and her husband are on an extended trip to Europe. They went to Sweden to pick up a new Volvo and then ferried to England to spend a month in Devon and two weeks in the Cotswolds. They will then cross the English Channel and drive to Tuscany where they’ll spend six weeks and then go back to Sweden to leave the car to be shipped and fly home from Copenhagen on December 9. Sounds wonderful! On a not so happy note, I received word from Kay Bowling Graham that her husband, Donald H. Graham, died on August 17. We, as a class, extend our sympathy to you, Kay. The Colcloughs were among 50 or more people who gathered at Politics and Prose, Washington’s premier independent book store to hear Mimi Clark Gronlund discuss the 30 years (since her father’s death) that she contemplated, researched, and wrote his biography. They enjoyed her talk, and Sally said she was pleased to be there as she was the only classmate attending. Mimi had a trip to Seattle, Vancouver, and Victoria in the spring of 2009, and last fall she spent two weeks in Egypt, including several days on the Nile. She said there were no signs of anti-Americanism! She said that she had seen Dan, husband of Sidney de Shazo Callahan, on TV recently in regard to his new book on health care.

Louise Nunnelly Green wrote that the American Planning Association announced that the Downtown Franklin Historic District has been designated one of 10 Great Neighborhoods for 2009 by APA’s Great Places in America program. APA Great Places exemplifies exceptional character and highlights the role planners and planning play in creating communities of lasting value. Franklin is the first city in Tennessee to be selected for a Great Places in America designation. On another note, Louise’s husband, John, was inducted into the Boy Scouts of America National Hall of Leadership. He was among only 309, out of 108,000, recognized at the national ceremony July 15 in Washington, DC. His own troop #137 recognized him for 60 years of service to the BSA. Brant, my oldest son, his wife, and three sons went with me to the big island of Hawaii this past summer for two weeks, to visit my sister Hannah Helsing Packard ’55. She has a beautiful house overlooking the ocean, the weather was perfect, and we all had a glorious time. Donna Helsing Henderson Janet Vallance Frankmann—My husband, Raymond W. Frankmann, passed away in 2007.

1952 Jean Bromberg Lathram and husband John have their first great-grandson. Their granddaughter is getting married this July. In August and September they plan to travel to cooler places than Alabama, at this point destination unknown. Otherwise they have taken a few cruises, which are the ideal vacations for the aged. Jean does some volunteering, and they enjoy their family and are in good health. Jane Hadley Perry and husband Matt have also become great-grandparents this year! Her name is Ellie. She is the daughter of their daughter’s son Matt and Jessie Owen. Fortunately they live in Purcellville, VA. And Jane is able to visit frequently.

They had lunch with Mimi Clark Gronlund ’51, who has recently published a biography of her father, Supreme Court Justice Tom Clark. Helen-Louise Simpson Hunter attended the nostalgia trip back to Holton on S Street, which was part of the reunion activities. 2125 S Street is now eight beautiful condominiums. Three of them were open for viewing. 2129 is now the Washington Studio School, for which a current art teacher at Holton, Lee Newman, is a founder. Also open was 2119 S Street, which is now a beautiful four-story house. Miss Sherman’s classroom was in that building, and it is owned by Steve and Blair Raber. They were the couple that found the original deed that showed that Miss Brown had bought that house for Holton. Helen-Louise said it was a real treat to return to the old Holton and see how it has evolved. “Scoop” Heuer continues to play golf, bridge, and participate in DC politics. I have joined an investment club, which has become a real learning experience. I still alternate trips between New Orleans and California to visit my grandchildren who are always a joy. Ann Lynch Heuer

1953C Ann May Harrison

Ann May Harrison reports that she is in excellent health, has eight grandsons and another grandchild due in November, and enjoys golf and painting pastel landscapes.

1954 Judith Tipton Miller

Priscilla Van Sickler Noah—Our two granddaughters are married. Marilyn Moulton is working on a master’s degree in epidemiology. Tori Beut is going to be a special education teacher. Cadet Dan volume 7, number 2


alumnae news | class notes in remembrance We sadly report the loss of the following alumnae. Our condolences to the friends and families of… Leila Scott Dunn ’26 1/21/05

Dorothea Hagedorn Parfit ’32 12/4/09

Alice Fleming Renchard ’33 9/26/09

Sarah (“Sally”) Mitchell LeFevre Swain ’35 6/20/10

Caldwell Smith Ryder ’38 2004

Bettie Beebe Losee ’39 6/26/09

Alice Ingersoll Nagle ’39 1/18/10

Betsie Greene Schrenk ’39 10/11/09

Mary Clarke White Walton ’43C 6/30/08

Constance DuBois Hansen ’46 10/21/09

Elizabeth Johnston Ray Merrick ’46 1/24/08

Dudley Nicolson Semmes ’47 6/5/09

Marka Uncles Huffman ’47 10/6/09

Ruth Allen Cooper Demarest ’47C 7/1/09

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Moulton is graduating from West Point. He will be an Infantry Officer. Thirteen grandsons are in universities. Michael Weirt has been studying in Metz, France, with a program out of Georgia Tech. Max, Dabney, and I had a lovely cruise. Diane Montague Belford—I love our life in the VA countryside with our horses and dogs. Lots of little and big grandchildren. Trips and cruises! Life is good!

1954C Roberta Graham Carter—I moved to Roanoke in November to be near my son and family, and daughter and family in Richmond. I enjoy Roanoke a lot. Virginia Kautz Borkenhagen—I have good memories of Holton-Arms, and I live in the same house I lived in when I went to Holton-Arms Junior College. I have fond memories of, and often remember, Miss Brown and Miss Lurton.

1955 Jane Deo McKaig—I have relocated to the East Coast and I am building a house in Milton, DE. I have 11 grandchildren between the ages of 4-20 and all are well. Amy Bunting—Recently, 40 students of solar energy from San Francisco Community College came to see my 15-year-old solar-powered home. Has renewable, finally, made a rebound?!

1956 Mary Warner Middleton Schneider— Since very little information has been received from my classmates, your secretary can only hope that “no news is good news.” I know my classmates do not want to drift off into anonymity. You are somewhere doing something with yourselves. I am sure your classmates would love to hear about you. In my last column I described a lovely evening at the Mathesons in Middleburg.

I failed to mention it was Gail Crisp and Malcolm’s 50th wedding anniversary. Shearer Norris Weigert sent me Monika Zahn’s e-mail address. Monika responded promptly. HINT! Shearer has been traveling in the United States and is off to Hawaii in July. She is an adventurer in every sense of the word. Elie McConihe Cain—As I sit here writing news of this last year for our class column, I still have a hard time running all the e-mail address words together to send it in to the school after all the years of learning rules of writing correct English at Holton, one of the many lessons of the great education I had there. So many things have happened this spring that I am even late getting this off to meet the deadline for sharing news with classmates that I see way too seldom (we really need to connect more than just in this column—I miss you all). Many months ago when asked to be part of the Maryland House & Garden Pilgrimage, Ted and I agreed to participate, which sounded like a great idea then. All of a sudden things started to pile up. We needed to paint the outside of the house, which hadn’t been done in too long, and dig out of the winter weather damage to qualify for even lightly referring to the outside as a garden for the tour! My daughter’s husband, who was the light of her life, became very ill and passed away after a long illness so we had been running to doctors and hospitals all spring and then arranging to celebrate his life as a musician, jack of all trades, friend to those in need, father to two great kids, eldest member and mentor to his sister and brothers, but most of all being a great friend and soul mate to my daughter, Suki. One of my longtime friends, a Canadian by birth, recently returned to her homeland very reluctantly, on the demand of her daughters, to be near her family for health care and for the birth of her first great-grandchild so I was part of helping to celebrate her many accomplishments in our community over the last 40 years before she moved away. I am supposed to be putting a history of Potomac, MD, together with lots of pictures of “now and then” and telling tales of its amazing

alumnae news | class notes development from a rural farming region to a multicultural, well-educated bedroom community to our nation’s capital with great schools that graduate students who accomplish high levels of skill in academics, the arts, and in sports about which I am very excited to move forward on—but just when becomes the question! My elder son is an attorney and computer whiz, lives in Potomac, and is often seen on stage with our now 21-year-old community theater. My younger son lives in Boynton Beach, FL, with his 14-year-old son who will go into the academy program next fall in preparation to become a doctor, having been chosen as one of 300 out of 6,500 to participate—I say WOW as one who probably couldn’t even get into Holton with the high academic standards it holds to these days. I am dazzled to go to graduations, having served on the board, and listen to all of the students’ accomplishments during their years there! Happy summer to you all. Elie Taylor Newton Ikin—The following appeared in a write-up for the Nuance Galleries in Tampa, FL, regarding a show that opened Saturday, May 1. The exhibition ran through May 31. Taylor Ikin has been called the Queen of YUPO. Her pioneering in painting on this plastic paper has been featured in American Artist, The Artist’s Magazine, and Watercolor Magic. YUPO requires a spontaneity and exciting way to paint. Many artists are frustrated by this plastic paper, because its surface is so smooth it allows the paint to flow rather than attach. Taylor has always approached painting with a beginner’s mind and a sense that each painting is a fresh collaboration between her, the subject, and the medium. It also is a very impressionistic style that invites the viewer to feel the landscape, and Taylor’s enjoyment of color furthers that experience of feeling and wonder. Taylor’s 2004–05 exhibition, The Hillsborough Collection, traveled to the Leepa-Rattner Museum, the Cornell Museum, the Governor’s Gallery in Tallahassee, the Florida State House in Washington, DC, and the Norfolk Botanical Garden, Norfolk, VA. Taylor has always been committed to preservation

and conservation of our natural resources, and her Hillsborough Collection made her an ambassador of our county’s effort to preserve environmentally sensitive land. The latest works were recently premiered at the Dunedin Fine Arts Center and focuses on her latest explorations of some of Hillsborough County and nearby area’s hidden treasures. Taylor has also been an active supporter of the Tampa arts community, teaching children the fun of watercolors at the Kaleidoscope Arts Festival, and has regularly donated her art to many non-profit organizations. Monika Zahn—In an e-mail response to Mary Warner—What a surprise! Yes, I had a very nice visit with Shearer and after that with Winky Eddy MacKaySmith and her family in Virginia. Then on to see my husband’s American “family” in Alabama (he was an exchange student in 1952). Elie McConihe Cain and Gregg McCornack ’57 came over here for a visit. I would not have thought that anyone else would remember me. After all I was only part of the class for 18 months, and that was 56 years ago. Plus, I have no idea what would be interesting enough for you to put into your column!! You know, I’ve had a very happy and satisfying life: no problems, no tragic events. I am very grateful for my life: It was very stable, satisfactory, affluent, healthy, personally happy, politically free!!!!, interesting professionally, etc but that does not make interesting reading for anyone else. After Holton I went back to Germany with Shearer and Gregg, who spent the summer with me. Both kept up with me. So did Winky Eddy Mackay-Smith whom I proudly count among my lifelong closest and truest friends! After graduating from high school I studied medicine, became a doctor, became a psychiatrist, then a shrink, got married at 25, which was 45 years ago. I am still married to the same husband. No children, but 19 godchildren, now “grandparents” of three lovely kids. My husband and I live in Hamburg; we are both retired and engaged in work for our art museums and a big music foundation, plus other foundations. I still play the cello (chamber music); my husband plays the

in remembrance (continued)

Erveane Massey Portner 7/29/10

Bette-Barron “B.B.” Smith Stamats ’50 2009

Elizabeth Wolfenden Collins La Motte ’51C 4/6/09

Cathie Traeger ’57 10/11/09

Monkie Grant Baker ’57 2/15/09

Stephanie Trust Antonelli ’86 10/1/09

Lisa Lyman ’59 2010

Nancy Regan Lombard ’59 3/27/10

Winkie Young Hopkins ’63 8/09

Lisa Connor ’68 2/16/10

Brooke Linsley Phillips Dorman ’73 2/24/10

Wendy Van Cott Johnson ’75 1/24/10

Margaret Rouse Berliner ’77 1/31/10

Rashmee Tadvalkar ’00 5/20/10

Simon Patrick Carr—Current Parent 5/16/10

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alumnae news | class notes clarinet. I started to paint after retirement, which I enjoy immensely and now my file is completely empty. Hopefully, it will overflow by the next issue of Doorways. Stay well and please send me news. Mary Warner Middleton Schneider

more golf. Having never before visited Colorado, they took in all the famous sights. The Garden Club of Bermuda invited the Garden Club of Charleston to come for a visit. So a group of 40 sailed from Charleston and were toured, wined, and dined beautifully during their stay in Bermuda. As part of Reunion, Holton alumnae were invited for a tour by some of the owners of the S Street properties. Mary Jane Sears Parks was there, wearing her 1950’s HAS blazer. Fitting into a school uniform 50+ years later is a remarkable achievement which not many of us (certainly NOT me) can claim. Suzanne Frazier Martin

1956C Eleanor Halley Tankel 17275 W. Madison St. Goodyear, AZ 85338-6026

Priscilla Van Sickler Noah—Our two granddaughters are married. Marilyn Moulton is working on a master’s degree in epidemiology. Tori Beut is going to be a special education teacher. Cadet Dan Moulton is graduating from West Point. He will be an Infantry Officer. Thirteen grandsons are in universities. Michael Weirt has been studying in Metz, France, with a program out of Georgia Tech. Max, Dabney, and I had a lovely cruise.

1957 Pamela Caldwell Foggin and husband Tom retired in spring ’09, put their DC house on the market, and headed west. They finally settled into their new home in Anacortes, WA, in November. Pamela says they have a beautiful view of the water, and plenty of room for guests! Allan Hoyt Lees also headed west, but only for a short time to meet up with Berry Powers Robison at the Winter Olympics. Pictures being “worth a thousand words,” (see their photo on the next page)—clearly they were having a great time. Carolyn Gott DuPont has become a nun. Well, not exactly. She moved back to Newport, RI, this winter, and her apartment, with a lovely water view, is part of what once was a convent. I could take up all the allotted space to report on Edie Feiss Anderson and Gerry’s almost constant cruise adventures. During the winter holidays they


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Suzanne Frazier Martin ’57 with granddaughter Grace Martin, a spa day outing for a cut and style!

sailed on Silversea to exciting spots such as Dubai (“Vegas on Steroids,” she says), to the Seychelles, and on to visit the Taj Mahal for their second time. They passed through 14 time zones flying back home to Hawaii. Then in March they were off to Buenos Aires to visit friends and from there hopped aboard another Silversea ship to travel to Antarctica. Barbara Stanford Mason reports that she and Keith continue to teach a pre-teen class at their church, and she is family-record indexing coordinator of the volunteers who copy data from vital records to preserve and make available over the Internet. Their two daughters and six grandchildren are thriving. Last fall Liz Kibler Diedrich and Terry took a 5,000 mile road trip covering 13 states. Daughter Wendy is in her 15th year with American Airlines (where Liz worked more years ago than we care to count!). Son Matt is in the Legal Division of the Texas Legislative Council. Son Guy is Vice Chancellor of the Texas A&M system. His wife, Lisa, is kept busy chasing after their two boys. In 2009, Randy Waring Berretta accompanied her golfer husband, Bob, for a return visit to The Cloister in Sea Island, GA, and later on to Colorado Springs for

Sally Lipscomb Holderness—Kyndra Coplen, my oldest granddaughter, is living with me in Florida and attending the Art Institute in Ft. Lauderdale. Additional notes since October 2010 Mary Jane Sears Parks—My oldest granddaughter, Kelley Parks Hower ’06, just graduated from VA Tech summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa—what a great testament to the value of her Holton education.

1958 Joyce Leverton Mauney

These notes should have been printed in the last issue of Doorways. Our faithful, long-serving class secretary, Nancy McDonald Hervey, has retired and asked me to take over the job. We owe her a great big thank you for her years and years of keeping track of us. Please send your news and pictures to me anytime; we all want to hear from everybody. Nancy and her two sisters (one is Donnie McDonald Middleman ’63) recently celebrated their mother’s 94th birthday in California with a tour of the wine country. Brad Rock, the youngest son of Betty Ann Dasher Cravato, is battling a rare form of stomach cancer. With the prayers

alumnae news | class notes and energy of our Betty Ann going for him, Brad will win the battle. Sylvia Bogley Biggar and Bob, who kindly hosted our terrific 50th reunion party, have relocated to a lovely condo in Old Town Alexandria. They are still busy in real estate, and with their combined 10 grandchildren. Sylvia has a granddaughter in the sixth grade at Holton. Judy Conger Shaffer was in DC recently to celebrate her darling grandchildren’s first and fourth birthdays. Her daughter, Kimberly, teaches at Sidwell Allan Lees ’57 and Berry Powers Robison ’57 at the 2010 Friends, thus, Judy is a regular on the Vancouver Games coast-to-coast junket. Ann Mitchell Brasfield has moved to at our age one cannot afford to postpone the Tampa Bay area and luckily missed doing anything that matters to one.” the awful winter in Washington. She was And we have found a long-lost recently blessed with her first grandchild, classmate: Sheila Farr Nielson, who a boy. left Holton to go to high school at My sister, Joanie Leverton Covell, and Madeira. Sheila went to brunch with Kit her husband, Mike, had a wonderful cruise McCarteney McSweeney, Kit’s sister through the Mediterranean; except for Mimi, and Ginny Olds Goshdigian before breaking her leg while exploring Pompeii, attending the Holton visit to S Street, Joanie thoroughly enjoyed it. Joanie conwhere they also saw Penny Marshall tinues her painting and exhibits and sells Mallory, Vivian Tribby Adle, Bobbie in a gallery in Flat Rock, NC, where they Dusbabek May, and Kathy Hayes. live. Marian Britton Torre: Life is good; Sally Dusbabek Holloway and Gene doing what l love. l have my husband, Bob, are delighted that their daughter, Carrie, my two children, and my six stepchildren, and her family are relocating with the 16 grandchildren between us, and my four Navy to Patuxent River, close enough for horses right on our property with 130 easy visits. miles of trails. We all have our health at My youngest daughter, Kimbrough, lives this moment with ups and downs from in Anchorage, so Hal and I have visited time to time. l thank God every day for his that gorgeous state several times, most blessings. recently via a cruise. Kimbrough works for Bobbie Dusbabek May—It was great the Alaska Center for the Environment. seeing you, Penny, Vivian, and other Joyce Leverton Mauney classmates at the Tour of S Street last month. Wasn’t that fun? What a tragedy—Lisa Lyman’s death. Also, so sorry to hear about Nancy Regan’s death. Here are my class notes. I don’t know when I Ginny Olds Goshdigian last wrote you but here is what we’ve been up to—lots of traveling: We have lost two members of our class, Last June we returned to Hawaii for two Lisa Lyman, who was killed in a terrible weeks and had lunch with Pat Thomson car accident, and Nancy Regan Lombard. while we were in Honolulu for a couple of I do not have any additional information days. We went on to Maui, which is where about Nancy. As Harriet Strong Barlow we like to spend most of our time. We wrote, this “is yet another reminder that continue to visit NYC four times a year,


spending a week there each visit, to catch a few shows and just enjoy the city. We went out to Colorado Springs, and Charlie introduced me to the Air Force Academy, where he attended school, and spent a few days at the Broadmoor, which I fell in love with. We visited our children and grandchildren in various states: CA, FL, NE, NC, OH, VA, and WV. Went to TX a couple of times and visited with my niece Carrie, daughter of Sally Dusbabek Holloway ’58, and her family. We took a fabulous 14-day cruise through the Panama Canal in November with one of Charlie’s brothers and sister-in-law. It was a fabulous trip. We flew to Ft. Lauderdale and cruised to the Grand Caymans; Cartagena, Columbia; Puntarenas, Costa Rica; Huatulco, Acapulco, and Cabo San Lucas in Mexico; and ended up in San Diego. We went through the canal after we were in Cartagena and then cruised on to Puntarenas, Costa Rica. We went through the first locks at 7:30 a.m. and got through the last lock (#6) at 3:30 p.m. It was truly an amazing experience. We just finished having the entire inside of the house painted and other than all the above, things have been quiet. Jennifer Fitch Conover—Gosh, what a reunion it was! And to think it’s already been a year. That really boggles the mind! Just got home from a trip around the world, and from Antarctica in the South to just below the Arctic Circle. I’m not yet unpacked, but thought I���d put finger to keyboard. It was a fabulous trip on the Amsterdam, a series of marvelous lecturers, gourmet dining, magnificent ports, and incredible time. I hadn’t been sure I could even go as I had a freak fall last year and had compound fractures of both shoulders. I have never endured such pain but enough said, and I now just get sore at times. I have only one word of advice to any deciding on a similar cruise: definitely advise going from East to West. I’ve done it both ways and, trust me, the body prefers East to West! Hope I get a few great articles from it! On the Amsterdam, this gal asked if I’d gone to Holton-Arms. volume 7, number 2


alumnae news | class notes I almost fell off my perch. She is a delight, and her name is Dee Keiser Wescott ’63. We got to be old friends very quickly— she did a great deal of scuba diving on the trip. Just goes to show you can find a Holton girl anywhere—on a ship around the ocean or under the sea! Kathy Hayes—Kathy and her son Tom are planning a June trip to Provence, France. Olive Moore Mullet—Dan and I are catching up on years of not traveling—maybe a bit too much. We started in November going on the Clelia II’s cruise of Chile’s fjords, a repositioning for Antarctica, where we almost went. The Chilean scenery was “awesome” in the true sense—snow-capped mountains on both sides of the ship (mostly the Andes), inaccessible, pristine snow with innumerable slivers of waterfalls and even glaciers down to the water’s edge. The wildlife included the thermal-riding condors with the largest wingspan of any bird, the albatross, the charming long-necked tan guanacos; the flora included smooth redbarked trees, trees growing into water, and bottomless jungle-like terrain, and even a plant that’s supposed to banish fear! The terrain, mostly glacier-formed, included volcanoes (they have 2,100) and blue ice. And the weather? Spring was rainy, sleeting, snowing, and with wind gusts of 80 mph, which knocked one passenger down where she broke her femur out in the wilds of the 600,000 acre park called Torres del Paine. Santiago was in the 90s, full of raging mountain streams and gentle people. We were devastated by what happened to that country, which seems as yet unspoiled by tourists. The ship itself had its own misadventure on its third trip to Antarctica where it was caught in a fast current and slammed against rocks, losing its electricity, and limping back to Ushuaia with fortunately no one hurt. This April we went on quite a different cruise—the Seabourn, top of the line for small ships though it was larger than the Clelia II. If you like a restful, totally indulgent experience, this repositioning is it: 13 days on the Atlantic from Ft. Lauderdale, an


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experience that had Dan still riding the waves when we got home. Lots of different entertainment on board, all geared to our age group with our style dance and cocktail music, lectures on opera singers, a “spy guy” lecturer, former British MP and undoubtedly a former spy, who was full of fascinating stories. And wonderful food, a bit more experimental than Clelia’s but both cruises had excellent GermanAustrian cooks. Lisbon, our final port, had gorgeous weather, was full of palaces but also, unfortunately, beggars. Florence, Italy, where we were revisiting elderly friends, was already chock full of tourists, the Ponte Vecchio like Times Square and the Pitti Palace area like Oxford Street in London. According to our friends, there is no longer any down time for tourism in small medieval Florence, not even winter. Still it was beautiful weather, already getting hot, with white and lavender wisteria everywhere and those wonderful church bells, and we saw the most extraordinary exhibit of large crystals of every color and shape from all over the world. Still ahead of us, at the end of May, a boat trip from Moscow to St. Petersburg—I think we may collapse after. Carol Murff Oates—We have loved having our daughter (Murff) and her husband and 2-year-old live with us since December. The construction on their new house has been finished now and they have just moved out. It was wonderful having them here and having my little granddaughter (Day) here full time. We will miss them, even though it is quieter around here now. Our son, Taliaferro, has just gotten out of the Navy as a Lieutenant and is busy charting his next course. He was in Japan where he traveled extensively and then in Germany with lots of travel there as well. Our other son, Dixon, is getting his Ph.D. in green building. They are all smarter than I ever was, thank goodness. I was in DC for the wedding of a friend’s daughter. I was sitting in the pew and looked up to see Penny and King Mallory sit down next to me. Great fun!! Tommy and I saw Ned (Ginny Olds Goshdigian’s

brother) and Carol down at Hammock Beach. Ned is doing a great job as the President of the Southern Seniors, and Carol is a gracious First Lady. Harriet Strong Barlow—The reality is that my life is much the same (I am grateful for that!). This month at Blue Mountain Center we are hosting a gathering of artists and activists on the theme of “The Costs of War(s).” I raise my glass to those who refuse to forget the soldiers, their families, those in the war zones, the economic “trade-off” of financing the drug wars, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and Pakistan, the 700 U.S. bases abroad, the mental and physical health of veterans, etc. Remarkable work! Lisa Lyman’s death was a true shock. She and I had a lengthy and rich “catch-up” call a year ago and had pledged to visit, given that I was unable to come to Reunion. That we had not acted on that promise is yet another reminder that at our age one cannot afford to postpone doing anything that matters to one. Betty Strauss Kosco—Yes, lots of news since I last wrote. Our daughter Jordan has moved back to Carlisle, and she, Ben, and brother Jacob welcomed Elizabeth Isla to the family last March. It’s wonderful having them so close. Leigh returned from Iraq and was married at West Point last October. Daughter Hollis worked for the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, and we had a great visit with her there. Bill is off to Vietnam tomorrow for a two-week trip down memory lane. I’ll take him to the airport and spend the time in Williamsburg. Pat Thomson lost her mother. Sara DuRoss, Penny Marshall Mallory, Ginny Olds Goshdigian, and Vivian Tribby Adle attended the funeral at All Saints’ Church in Chevy Chase and the sumptuous reception at Columbia Country Club. Judy Tipton Miller—Hello to everyone! I’m really sorry I missed our reunion but will try to catch up with Holton friends next time I’m in Washington. My latest news is that I’ve joined a flute choir, after not playing my flute for 25 years—so that is a challenge, but really exciting. I’m a bit

alumnae news | class notes of a choir-nut as I still sing in two choirs as well. One performs in the Sydney Opera House several times a year. Work is still great; can’t believe I’ve been with IBM for 25 years now. I’ve just got a new ‘global’ job, which I hope means that someone will decide that we need to meet in the U.S., but unfortunately it will probably mean having teleconferences at some impossible hour of the night! As for travels—I’ve been ‘brushing up my French’ for the past two years, so I want to spend more time in France whenever possible, and a friend and I are planning to go on a walking tour with donkeys—the donkeys carry your packs and hopefully know where to go each day—if anyone else has done these walks, please let me know. Nancy Tucker—A year ago I had a spinal fusion on my back that didn’t take so now I am in constant pain. The pain isn’t terrible but it restricts some activities. The doctor doesn’t offer any hope that it will get better, but now I am used to it. A year ago I also had surgery on my ear to remove skin cancer which was benign, but again it hasn’t healed completely. My husband and I are leaving Monday for a trip to Minnesota to visit my son and his family. We are driving so we can take some of his things to him (he’s 45). We plan on driving five hours a day and hope that my back holds up. The rest of my family is here in Berkeley Springs and doing well. The grandkids are practically grown. At least they are going off to college. Ginny Olds Goshdigian

1960 Muffin Crocker Gillam

Fredi Herrmann Ginther—We spent Christmas in Seattle, WA, with Charlie, Karen, and Grace, and enjoyed the holiday very much. In January, we took a cruise from San Francisco to Sydney!

Class of 1965 reunion dinner at Eileen Joseph’s house Front row: Eileen Zola Joseph, Paige Buchholz, Courtenay Jones Culp, and Carolyn Smith Back row: Carolyn Cummings Glenn, Ellen Bowman Perman, and Anna Schoellkopf Lacher

1961 Deborah Drum English—We are both retired and splitting time between Vero Beach, FL, and Essex, CT, and we are in good health—no grands—I hope to attend Reunion. Nina Blandi White—Still doing psychotherapy with the use of horses, and I am the Maryland State Leader for Goooh (go), a non-partisan group with a plan to take back our country. Visit

1963 Kevi Powell Crawley

Karen Spigel Bralove is right on top of things, making plans for our 50th reunion in April 2013. With her encouragement we should have a fantastic turnout! Karen reports that she and Elizabeth “Bitsy” Bunker spent a lovely weekend in Kripalu, MA, along with Karen’s daughters, Mara and Brooke, doing yoga and meditation. Deborah “Debbie” McClintock Cooke writes that she moved to Seattle 25 years ago and became a hiker, backpacker, VW

Westfalia kind of person and ended up writing about it in published pieces on travel and solo hiking. At age 55 Deborah served in the Peace Corps in Macedonia. She has two delightful children and had a great long second marriage until her husband passed away nine years ago. Deborah involves herself with grandchildren and volunteering for an organization that promotes passion, purpose, and power for older women. YES! For more information see www. Kim Leverton Cavendish is Director of the Museum of Discovery and Science in Fort Lauderdale, FL, and is excited to report that the museum is proceeding with construction of a new $25 million EcoDiscovery Center wing, which should open in the fall of 2011. Exciting new additions will include a live indoor-outdoor otter exhibit and a simulated airboat ride through the Everglades. Congratulations, Kim! This summer Kim and daughter Lauren are planning a trip to Italy. Damaris “Dee” Keiser Wescott and husband Wells took another exciting cruise around the world. To see Dee’s incredible travel and underwater pictures be sure to check out her website http://gallery. While in India, Dee ran into Jennifer Rahel Fitch Conover ’59 and they were photographed together in Indian garb. Jennifer has written a book called Toasts for Every Occasion, which is available from Amazon. The weekend of May 14, I am flying to Greenville, SC, and staying with Judy Coe. Susan “Susie” Spence Biggs and husband Bill are coming in from Frisco, CO. We will all be there to help Edie Elmore Campbell celebrate her “Cheers to 65 Years!” birthday. You are a very special and interesting class! Love to all. Kevi Powell Crawley

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1965 Anna Schoellkopf Lacher

Mary Rodenberg Allen—I was very saddened to hear of Mrs. Rogers’ death. I credit her with making me a better journalist than I would have been without her gentle nudging. Frances Cleveland recently led a Sierra Club trip to the Sierra Nevadas. She also traveled to Alaska where she rafted on the Tatshenshini River. Her son was married on September 18, 2010. Frances stays extremely busy on “Smart Grid “ automating and securing the electric power grid as Smart Meters are installed. Another Sierra Club enthusiast, Alice Clagett, is planning a trip to Arizona in November with some Sierra Club friends. Alice has moved to the town of West Hills in the San Fernando Valley where she has a nice view of the Chatsworth Reservoir and the mountains. She reports that coyotes palaver near her house at dusk and dawn. Alice sends her greetings to all her Holton classmates. As a result of the economic woes of our time, Courtenay Jones Culp has been seeing lots of clients. She is trying to publish a book of poetry she wrote while in her 20s. Playing tennis, meditating, and going to the beach as often as possible, she says, keeps her centered. She loves spending time with her six grandnieces and nephews and her two nieces and one nephew, Melissa, Kristen, and Trevor. Courtenay still misses her sister Melissa a lot! As acting Vice President of the Holton Alumnae Board, Eileen Zola Joseph and Board President Paula O’Rourke ’90 are inviting alums to periodic informal lunches to share memories and talk about the future of the school. Kay Heard Hanson was sorry to have missed the reunion because she and Peter were on an extensive trip to the Middle East on which they toured Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, the West Bank, and Israel. Kay observed, “We were struck by the ter-


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rible price the people in all those places pay for their tribal heritages and religious cultures—everyone seems to emphasize their otherness rather than look to see any commonalities.” Late in the summer (2010) Kay had a bout with DCIS breast cancer. The cancer was discovered early and after a lumpectomy followed by radiation, Kay expects to be fully clear. She feels well and is going about life with zest. This fall, Carolyn Cummings Glenn had a two-week visit from her daughter who lives in St. John. Her daughter brought along her 10-month-old and 6-yearold. With five other cousins dropping in almost every day, it was a whirlwind of grandchildren. Querube Arias spent most of the summer in Italy. When in New York she is thrilled to spend time with her 10-monthold grandson, Lucas, and her 18-monthold twin stepgranddaughters. She says she really loved her time at Holton and misses all her old classmates. Querube reported that her sister Rosita Arias Vallarino and husband Juan Ramon just returned to Panama from an enjoyable trip to Turkey and Portugal. At the beginning of November, when school is out in Panama, they plan to visit Disney World with their four grandchildren. Anna Schoellkopf Lacher and her husband, Scott, welcomed their first grandchild, a boy, named Maddox Wyatt Lacher. He was born on September 4, 2010, in Columbia, SC, to proud parents Peter and Jezabel Lacher. Our sympathy goes out to the Portner family on the passing of Erveane Massey Portner, on July 29, 2010. Erveane, who was just four days shy of her 96th birthday, was the mother of Shelley Portner Murray ’65 and Peggy Portner ’62 and grandmother of Laurie Johnston Martin ’93.

1966 Tami Rudnick Rabin is as busy as anyone could be. She is launching an infomercial on The Magic Mat. “This is a new product that my friend and I created, which from

my note you can tell launched today. I haven’t had a minute as bringing a new product to market has been an amazing project for the past few years. I would be so pleased to share this with my former classmates as this has been quite an undertaking. This is how they test market a project. Regards to all, Tami Rudnick Rabin,” I hope everyone will make the effort to come to this year’s 45th reunion, April 15 & 16, 2011. It will be lots of fun to get together—especially to see if we recognize each other. The Smithsonian Craft Show is also that weekend. I am looking forward to both. Carol Paine Murphy

1969 Kearby Bon Parker

Jo Marshall Cooper—I’m enjoying working for The Center for Mind-Body Medicine (, where I am Senior Program Manager and Director of Nutrition Programs. I manage Food As Medicine, a professional nutrition training program for physicians and other health care givers, and am also Marketing Director for the center, doing web writing and design, blogging, tweeting, and otherwise building community. I love walking to work and mentoring younger people I work with, as well as taking nature walks and hanging out with my husband and our three gorgeous sons, 15, 17, and 22. I publish my poetry and photographs on my personal blog, and am on Facebook. Come visit! Additional notes since October 2010 Lynda Hill—The Road to Publication: In 2005, after years of querying literary agents, I finally landed one and being a neophyte, I thought my novel would be on bookshelves within months. My agent felt the book was good enough to publish with a big NY publisher, and so we sent out the manuscript of Full Mortality, waited for months, got rejected, sent the manuscript

alumnae news | class notes back out, waited for months, received more rejections, etc. My agent continued to steer me away from the small publishers—there just wasn’t enough money in it for her. In the meantime I wrote a second Nicky Latrelle novel, with the working title Racing from Death. It lingered at Bantam, New American Library, and Berkeley for a total of 13 months and was rejected. And so, five years crawl by. A year or so ago, John Betancourt, pubisher of the small, upand-coming Wildside Press, offered to publish Racing from Death. I said thanks, but I want to wait for a NY publisher and the “big deal.” I waited and waited and waited on these NY publishers. The stock market and horse market crashed. Finally, I couldn’t stand it anymore. With the blizzard of 2010 scheduled to hit the next day, I e-mailed the first in the series, Full Mortality, to Betancourt. He read it and accepted the manuscript for publication that night! And so: Full Mortality, A Nicky Latrelle Racing Mystery: When jockey Nicky Latrelle stumbles over the body of a gunshot victim at Maryland’s Laurel Park Racetrack, she quickly becomes the prime suspect in a murder case. Ruled off the track, deprived of income, and trapped in a frameup, Nicky must find the killer. Following a crooked trail of insurance scams and betting fraud, she runs into the most deadly kind of trouble. Published by Wildside Press and available now.

1973 Kate Perry

Brooke Phillips Dorman passed away unexpectedly of a heart attack at her home in Santa Fe, NM, on February 24, 2010. Brooke had been living in Santa Fe since the early ’90s. Over the years, she worked as a journalist and an editor, early on for The Washington Times and most recently for The New Mexican. After Holton, Brooke went to Mercersberg Academy, from which she graduated. She then attended Finch

1978 Karen Brown Beveridge Anne Lyon League

Members of the Class of 1979 Cathy MacNeil-Hollinger, Jan Abraham, Toneema Haq, and Charlotte Hanstad gathered at Clyde’s in Friendship Heights with former faculty member Irene McGarry.

College in New York City, the University of Colorado at Boulder, and ultimately received her B.A. from George Washington University. Brooke was married twice. Her second husband, Scott Dorman, died of cancer in 2006. It was a blow from which Brooke never recovered. That being said, she never lost her sense of the absurd or her big laugh and, as recently as the last month of her life, we talked about Holton and the horses at Pegasus-Meadowbrook and riding Carter’s bus. May she rest in happy peace with her beloved. Those of us she left behind will always treasure her. Written by Caroline Thompson ’74

1976 Cathy Garrett Frank Caywood Farm 2306 Moores Mill Rd. Rougemont, NC 27572-9665

Cheryl Henson Everson-Mack—My daughter, Brittani Everson ’05, will be graduating from Smith College in May. Additional notes since October 2010 Lee Dudley Blackwood—Newly divorced, but still living on the water in Annapolis. Any classmates coming through town should definitely call me!

Most of the class of ’78 will be celebrating a special birthday year in 2010. Suzy Teare Morris, Leanne Monroe Gill, and Wendy Dworshak Pullano recently reunited for a weekend in West Palm Beach to celebrate their birthdays in February. They agree that it was fun (and also a bit strange) to talk about their high school and college-age children’s experiences as compared to their own days at Holton and college some 30-plus years ago. Carter Foley Kirks is working to get a BS in Management. I know a lot of our classmates are on Facebook so join Facebook and catch up. For some reason, I have a Facebook acct.—not quite sure the purpose. Hope everyone is well. Stay in touch. Karen Brown Beveridge

1979 A group of alumnae from the Washington, DC, contingent of the Class of 1979 met with past Holton faculty member (Biology) Irene McGarry at Clyde’s in Chevy Chase over the 2009 holidays. Present were Cathy MacNeil-Hollinger, Jan Abraham, Toneema Haq, Irene McGarry, and Charlotte Hanstad. They shared stories of careers since Holton days and reported that it was so much fun catching up that another get-together may ensue this year.

1981 Kitty Lichtmann Dockser Suzanne Huguely

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I am pleased to have heard back from several classmates in response to my e-mail request for news. Here is the latest… After 16 years of life in London, Rahel Kathryn Bowsher ’83 and husband Peter welcomed Alexa Crowley and her family decided to Bowsher Heinecke on March 29, 2010. forgo ridiculous taxes and repatriate. She and her husband debated this for Lordy! I can’t believe our 30th reunion is years but never could agree on where to fast approaching! I swear I feel like we just settle so the years accumulated. They argraduated yesterday!” Many of us share rived in San Francisco Christmas Eve kickDale’s sentiments. Dale has a 10th grade ing and screaming, only to zip it on day daughter who LOVES to ride her horse #3. The gorgeous American West inspired and competes regularly. Her daughter also Rahel to take her daughter on a 1,000 plays field hockey and softball. Dale also mile road trip this last spring break. Her has a son, a junior in high school, who kids (15, 14, & 9 years) all hit the ground plays football, basketball, and baseball and running and sound like Yankees for the has seriously begun the college search. first time. The whole clan has embraced Dale and her husband, Scott, have lived the outdoor lifestyle (no idling in Marin), in Newport News for 19 years. He’s a and Rahel is rowing on the Masters Crew practicing physician and an avid hunter team (after a 25-year gap) with the Marin and fisherman! Dale does a lot of volunRowing Association. 5:40 a.m. practices teer work at her children’s school, for her are tough, but she loves gliding past San church, and Garden Club. They don’t get Quentin when the sun rises and birds up to DC much anymore but do keep in flap about (plus she opts out of the kids’ touch with Lisa Meek Banfield as she is fighting at “breakky” which might be the married to her brother Landon!! She also biggest benefit of all). Rahel’s hubby rides hears from Suzanne Huguely and Gail his bike across the Golden Gate Bridge at Graeub Atwood! least twice a week to work. They are loving Lisa Meek Banfield chaperoned life back in sunshine and firmly agree it’s Holton’s fifth grade class on their New great to be back. Rahel looks forward to York field trip this past spring. Her daughseeing classmates at our 30-year reunion ter, Breyer, is in fifth grade and has been next spring. at Holton since third grade and loves it. I, Kitty Lichtmann Dockser, did not Lisa and Landon live in Potomac, MD, with know that Rahel was living outside SF their three children. until receiving her news. My husband, Carol O’Neill just accepted a posiEvan, daughter Samantha (15) and son tion as SVP of Packaging Technologies Drew (13) enjoyed a wonderful 10-day at Spartech Corporation in St. Louis. spring break together this year on the Spartech is a publicly traded company West Coast exploring San Francisco, Marin that makes compounded plastics, rigid County, Napa, and the coastline to Big plastic sheet, and formed containers. The Sur. If Tibron was on the East Coast, I packaging business is one that they’d would live there. like to grow, and they were looking for Dale Banfield Banning writes “Good someone to run the business. It will


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require Carol and her family to relocate from Chicago (where they moved so she could run a $300 million food company), which saddens them because they liked Chicago. That said, Carol and her family love what they have seen of St. Louis so far, and Carol looks forward to spending time with Mary Danforth Stillman who lives in St. Louis with her family. Carol’s family includes her husband, Albert, their daughter Cassandra who is 10 and in fourth grade, daughter Gabriella who is 8 and in third grade, and son Emmett who is 5 and in Pre-K. A few months ago my husband, son, and I enjoyed a nice concert outing to Strathmore with Foree McCauley Biddle, her husband, Jack, and their oldest son, Jackson. Foree and Jack are planning a summer trip to Greece with their three boys (10, 14, 15). Foree writes, “Teenagers have their exasperating moments (years!). Can’t wait for school to be over. Other than that all is well.” Virginia Miller McDonough is still living in Winchester, MA, with her husband and two boys (Alex, 16, and Henry, 11). She is teaching fourth grade and loving it, though says that life as a first-year teacher is exhausting! Her favorite moment so far was when one of her special ed kids happily gave her a note that she thinks was supposed to say “You’re the best!” but actually said “Your the beast!” Virginia’s response to the note was “I didn’t know it was so obvious.” She still has her great sense of humor. Heather Bock is still working as the Chief Learning Officer for a law firm in DC. She also teaches a course on Leadership and Team Skills at Georgetown Law School as an Adjunct Professor. Her new achievement this year has been completing her first Olympic triathlon, the St. Anthony’s Triathlon in St. Petersburg, FL. Heather is looking forward to the summer when she will be white water rafting in Colorado, taking a course at Regent College in Vancouver, and vacationing with her family in Santa Barbara. Kitty Lichtmann Dockser

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Additional notes since October 2010 Beth Vance—Still love living in West Florida and hoping the oil doesn’t make it down to our beaches!

Lisa Ammerman


Christine Aquino 7725 Arrowood Ct. Bethesda, MD 20817-2821

Beanie Sidey Burr

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Theresa Hatfield Cooney

Salima Ikram—Professor of Egyptology at the American University in Cairo. Until January 10, Salima and her team were on a quest for attractive rock art and amazingly informative Pharaonic inscriptions and hope to come upon some Persian remains that will help fund the expedition indefinitely … she has been known to be foolishly optimistic. Additional notes since October 2010 Sarah Ginnings Nowlin—Working at Yahoo as Chief of Staff for cloud computing—loving it!

1983 Kathryn Bowsher and husband Peter are thrilled to announce the birth of their daughter, Alexa Bowsher Heinecke, March 29, 2010, at 9:02 p.m.: 8 lbs., 8 oz., 21.5 inches and in excellent health. Mom, Dad, and daughter are all doing well. See photo on page 50.

1984 Catherine Mary Rafferty—I am completing my second term as Co-Chair of the DC Bar’s Estates, Trusts, and Probate Law Section. I chaired our 20th Annual Judicial Reception at the Greek Embassy in April. Susan Pinckernell Denecke—Both of my kids attended Creative Summer and loved it!!

Kirsten Naegele Flaherty

Children of Alison Ralph Rhein ’89: Charlie and Sascha holding 2-month-old baby brother Dylan

1986 Victoria Clements—Looking forward to seeing everyone at our 25th reunion in April 2011.

1987 Liz Goldberg Adrena Ifill Sammy Rosenberg

Lydia Snider is living in Santa Cruz, CA, and spending her days kite boarding on the Pacific Ocean. She has been signed on as a team rider for the F-One Kites. Her company,, recycles kite boarding kites into eco-chic products such as reusable grocery bags, yoga bags, and baby bibs. Kitecycle is partnering with a local high school and providing muchneeded job training skills programs.

Anne Landfield Greig Emily Moody Traci Meakem Richmond Liz Nanni Roddy

Traci Meakem Richmond—My husband, Brian, and I are thrilled to announce the birth of Graham Bernard Richmond on March 1, 2010. He joins big brother Thomas and big sister Soliday, who think he is the best baby on the planet.

1989 Leslie Galloway Connolly Lisa Miller Hertzberg Jill Karpa Tammy Marshall Shea

Alison Ralph Rhein—On February 11, 2010, the day after the big blizzard, our family welcomed a beautiful, healthy baby boy, Dylan Maxwell Rhein. He joins proud big sisters Charlie, 6 ½, and Sascha, 4 ½.

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alumnae news | class notes Marriages 1994 Joanna Weber to John Rieger, 8/29/09 1995 Sarah Beale Demarest to Brady Demarest, 4/10/10 1995 Jennie Powell Norton to James Norton IV, 9/12/09 1996 Sabine Kretchmann Werner to Rick Werner, 8/16/09 1996 Tracy Klein Pickar to Matt Pickar, 5/10 1996 Bonnie Liu Wang to Dick Wang, 2/10 1998 Laura Davis to Adam Stifel (Landon ’98) 10/2/10 1998 Ashley Fields to Justin Hedge, 4/24/10 1998 Elizabeth Larson de Faria to Bruno de Faria, 8/05 1998 Laura Schweitzer Meins to Robert Meins, 4/25/10 1998 Emily Yeskel to Carl Rubin, 10/2/10 1999 Dani Beyda Aronson to Josh Aronson, 10/3/09 1999 Dede Kane Zecher to Michael Zecher, 12/5/09 2000 Elise Fullerton Goldstein to Andy Goldstein, 5/22/10 2000 Annie Manion Genkinger to Robert Genkinger, 8/22/09 2000 Abby Rotman to Ben Stoll, 10/2/10 2003 Jennifer Kirstein Czekaj to Andrew Czekaj, 6/12/10


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1990 The following updates are from Reunion 2010 attendees. Natalie Burton says, “I’m currently living in Beirut, Lebanon, working for UNRWA. I am the field HR Officer. I live with my four-legged best friend, Marlowe (yellow lab).” Christina Taborga Kuhn is living in Arlington with her husband, Bill, and their three children, August (7), Gillen (4), and Ellis (1). She is teaching yoga in a few area studios and is loving being able to find a balance between her two greatest passions: her family and yoga. Molly Madigan Pisula moved back to Bethesda in the fall of 2008. “My two girls are 3 ½ and 15 months old. I am a personal chef (Vanilla Bean Cuisine), and I am teaching classes at the Boys and Girls Club.” DJ Guerzon Plank is living in Baltimore with her husband, son James (7), and daughter Katherine (3). “I am busy doing the mom thing. Cheering James on during his lacrosse games (full pads)!” Lindsey Zeller Spindel says, “Everything is wonderful! I survived the 14-month saga of health care reform at work, and am having a ball with husband David, and children ages 7 and 2.” Michele Windsor Costa writes that she lives in Washington, DC, with her husband, Jorge, and 2 ½-year-old son, John Michael. She has been working at Discovery in Silver Spring for over seven years in the Digital Media group. Anne Kornblut is thrilled to have received the Distinguished Alumna Award at this year’s Holton Reunion. She lives in Cleveland Park and enjoys covering the White House for The Washington Post. Aimee Hookman Robins has two beautiful boys ages 3 ½ and 4 months. She is happy living in Potomac with her husband, Brian, and is working from home. Ashley Jeffress Craighill “just moved back to Arlington from North Jersey and works as an environmental consultant for SRA International.”

Pauline Connell Loveland lives in Gaithersburg with her husband, Mark, and her dog. She is working in IT for a public middle school in Olney. She enjoys reading, pool (8-ball league), and karate. Siobhan Roddy Wilan was married in November to Jonathan. She runs the elementary/middle school at a special education school for students with severe behavior issues. Holton graduates at Siobhan’s wedding included Rachel Touban ’89, Jennifer Myers Kashatus, Jill Edgar Curran, Liz Treanor Osterle, and Christina Mattar. Stephanie Pain Baglio lives in Charlottesville with her husband, Rob, and two boys, Cole (4) and Christopher (3). She has her own recruiting firm specializing in risk management professionals. Nancy Burke Sargent and her husband welcomed their daughter Emma Maeve on Nancy’s birthday, November 9, 2009. Maggie Slade Gooding says, “My husband, Tim, and I are living in Silver Spring, and I am currently working as a Budget Analyst for U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Tim and I took up scuba diving several years ago and plan to try and fit at least one if not two diving trips in this year AND we are planning our much-delayed honeymoon to either Hawaii or Italy!” Others in attendance at Paula O’Rourke’s house during Reunion included Kim Spurgeon Kale, Laurie Silverman Flynn, Tracy Stoer Reilly, Alexa Fischer, Sara Black Castle, Emily Fischer Ferraro, Elizabeth Wallman, Maggie Slade, Silvy Nordquist Brookby, and Sheri Chilcote. I am living in Boston with my husband, Rob, and two boys. I am an Assistant Professor at a small state university in Massachusetts teaching mathematics education classes. It was wonderful to see everyone at Reunion. Please keep us all updated through our Facebook group! Silvy Nordquist Brookby

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1992 Susan Hanna Holly Smith Lynde

Holly Smith Lynde writes, “We moved from Tampa, FL, to Atlanta at the beginning of the year and absolutely love it! My husband, Grant, took a new job as a Professor at Emory University and an Attending Anesthesiologist at Grady Memorial Hospital. Jenny Mayer Rachwalski and I have reconnected— we live only about a mile apart, and she has been an invaluable resource for me in learning about the city. I’ve also reconnected with Katya Khripunova, who also lives nearby. My twins are growing like weeds—they are almost 4! And I am thinking of going back to work ... not so sure about that. I also had a visit from Melissa Prather in the advancement center and we are hoping to put together a local alumnae event sometime this fall. My cousin Lucy Perkins ’10 graduated from Holton in 2010!” Katie Wex writes, “Mark and I are living outside of Philadelphia in Bryn Mawr, PA. We welcomed our little girl, Ashton, in November. She joined Hayden (2), Ethan (5), and Morgan (7). I recently changed jobs and now work at Lankenau Hospital in Wynnewood, PA, as an Anesthesiologist. Yes, I have my hands full, and, yes, that’ll be the last of the babies until we have grandkids.” Meghan Agresto is still happily living on the Outer Banks, working for the historic preservation organization that owns the Currituck Beach Lighthouse. “Right now I am waiting to hear on how the efforts of the non-profit I started (Corolla Education Foundation) are doing at the state level for getting an elementary school started in the small town where I live with my two little boys. In the middle of April I helped coordinate the removal of what may prove to be the oldest shipwreck on the

Laurie Johnston ’93 and Lydia, born January 30, 2010, in Venice

mid-Atlantic coast. Though it may soon head off to a state museum, it was great to get the local residents, visitors, state organizations, and local fire station to work together to get the wreck safely off the beach where the ocean was trying to tear it apart. Between these things and keeping up with my two boys (my 3-year-old just learned how to ride a bike, and it’s all I can do to run after him before he throws himself to stop...), things are nicely busy. Nazera Wright writes, “I am an Assistant Professor of English at the University of KY. I love my job, where I teach African American literature. If anyone visits Lexington, Kentucky, be sure to contact me! I would love to show you around.” As for me, Susan Hanna, I have moved back to my beloved Boston after four years in San Francisco. Although SF was a great experience I am very happy to be back in Boston, and I am currently working as a Financial Consultant for Santander/Sovereign Bank. Susan Hanna

1993 Christina Favretto Morris ’95 and son Nicholas Richard Morris

Susie Farhandi Simone Fogarasi Catherine Knowles Simone Ledeen Mandi Boehly Schmauch Kendra Walker Sirolly

Newlyweds Jennie Powell Norton ’95 and James Norton IV

Frances McConihe Botsford had twins in January, Leo and Athena. Leanne Sharoff Berry—My daughter, Madeline Stryker Berry, was born on November 7, 2009. She is doing great and loves doing webcam chats with her long-distance friend, Mason Rotblat volume 7, number 2


alumnae news | class notes (son of Wendy Adcock Rotblat), who was born just a few days earlier. Additional notes since October 2010 Laurie Johnston welcomed daughter Lydia, born Jan. 30, 2010. She joins big siblings Daniel, 5, and Greta, 3. Lydia crossed the pond with Laurie in July when she attended an academic conference in Italy.

1994 Alissa Isikoff Dorfman Lindsay Koval Amber Nelson

Brooke Hanna Irving—My husband, Scott, and I moved to New Zealand in January (my husband is a Kiwi), and we are living on the North Island in a town called Ngunguru. It is on the Tutukaka Coast and is a beautiful place to visit, so if any Holton alum are planning to visit NZ, we would love to have you! I am currently working in a cafe as a chef and loving it. Our front door looks out to the Ngunguru Sandspit, and I have to say it is a beautiful sight every morning when I am walking or driving to work. The people here are amazingly friendly and welcoming, and I love my new home. I am an avid golfer and have joined the ladies league at our local golf club and hope to plant an organic garden this year in our backyard. All the best to all the Holton alums out there! Joanna Stuart Weber married Michael John Rieger on Saturday, August 29, 2009, at All Saints Church in Chevy Chase.

Molly Nicholson Peacock ’95 with son Henry and baby brother Max

Marguerite McConihe Vogel is an Environmental Attorney, practicing in Houston. Tasha Afanasenko Tower and her husband, Don, have been traveling around the country while he finished his medical school rotations. They will be moving to Western Massachusetts for one year, and then to Richmond, VA, for three years. Marisa Dahlman practiced general OB/ GYN in an urban health center in Boston while her husband finished his fellowship. Now she is starting her fellowship in laparoscopic and robotic surgery in July in Detroit. They are looking forward to introducing their daughter Sophie (18 mos.) to real Midwestern winters.

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Sarah Beale Demarest ’95 at her wedding reception From left to right, they are Katie Lamb Owens, Meredith Groban Conte, Molly Nicholson Peacock, Emily Carleton Vaughan, Laren Rusin, Sarah Beale Demarest, Brady Demarest, Taylor Larsen, Elaine Menotti, and Alice Wylie.

Katherine Lamb Owens has two children: Emily is 4 years old and loving her first year of school at Washington Episcopal School in Bethesda, and her brother Elliott is 1½ years old. She works part time handling the legal negotiations for Sherwood Brands’ confectionery and gift licenses. She enjoyed Sarah Beale’s wedding this spring and saw Elizabeth Woodcock this spring when she blew through DC for a quick visit. Margaret Baker is currently in Connecticut shooting a movie. Melissa Brinsfield lives in Bethesda and works for NRI as a Senior Recruiter where she specializes in both temporary and permanent legal and administrative placements. She lives around the corner from Susan Dyer Grey and sees her often. Melissa also frequently sees Jen Schoolfield, who lives in San Francisco and works as a school counselor. Sara Hallal and friend had a baby girl, Hannah Sophia, in July 2009. She is currently taking time off from teaching to be home with her. Zeina Mobassaleh and husband George just moved back to Abu Dhabi where she spent part of her childhood. She has been helping her law firm establish their branch office in Abu Dhabi for the last couple of years and had been traveling there about once a month. Laura Hughes Greenbaum and husband David had a baby girl, Kathryn Sophia Greenbaum, on September 11, 2009. All three are enjoying life together in New York City. Elaine Menotti had a baby boy, Darren Gillespie, on September 12, 2009. She is working at USAID in Washington on international maternal and child health. Christina Favretto Morris and husband Sean report the birth of their son, Nicholas Richard Morris, on September 29, 2009. He was born three weeks early, but was completely healthy, just a little small at 5 lbs., 11 oz. They live in Bethesda and both work as attorneys in Rockville. (See photo on page 53.) Jennie Powell Norton married James

alumnae news | class notes Norton IV at the Wild Dunes Resort in Isle of Palms, SC, on September 12, 2009. Meg Sylvester Foster, Lisa Collea, and Katie Barr Cornish were in attendance. She met James as her next door neighbor in college, and they were great friends for nine years before they finally decided to try dating. They now live in Atlanta, GA, where she is the manager of a boutique and James is a Sr. Vice President with BB&T. (See photo on page 53.) Sarah Beale Demarest married Brady Demarest on April 10, 2010, at St. John’s Church in Washington, DC. She is still working at Friends of the National Zoo, which she loves! (See photo on page 54.) Scotty McConnaughey took the last year off from asset management to fulfill her long-held dream of traveling far afield and doing international volunteer work. She hit Japan, Greece, Turkey, Australia, New Zealand, and Argentina. She’s getting back into life in Boston now. Molly Nicholson Peacock and her husband, Glen, are living in McLean, VA, and recently welcomed a new addition to the family, their second son, Max. He was born December 15, 2009, and his older brother, Henry, is kindly showing him what’s what. (See photo on page 54.) Lisa Collea and a group of classmates visited Holton on Saturday to see the campus. (See photo on page 36.) Lisa is finishing a cornea surgery fellowship in NYC at Cornell Medical Center and was moving to Orange County, CA, in July 2010. Elizabeth Kramer is working as a Senior Genetic Counselor in Maryland, and passed her boards in 2009! She celebrated the fifth year of her diabetes fundraising organization, Dodging DiabetesTM in March and raised almost $20,000 at this year’s event! Elizabeth, Michelle Ghim, and Laura Hughes Greenbaum enjoyed seeing teachers and classmates at Holton Reunion 2010. (See photo on page 36.) Additional notes since October 2010 Jenn Wolinsky Drujak gave birth to Leigh Rose Drujak on April 26, 2010.

Catherine Baker Boyd’s ’96 children, Caroline Anne and brother Christopher J. Boyd, Jr.

Katherine Andringa Fredriksen—I just had a baby boy! Calvin Kenneth Fredriksen was born May 25, 2010, and joins big sis Ashleigh. Susan Bernabucci Charnaux—My husband, Christian, and I have recently relocated to Old Town, Alexandria, and also have a new member of our family— Catherine Marie, born in March.

1996 Katie Uhre 8513 Brickyard Rd. Potomac, MD 20854

Lots of happy news to report. Caroline Shipps Collier writes she and her husband, Jason, welcomed a son, Nicholas Kingston Collier, on September 15, 2009. The Colliers live in Federal Hill in Baltimore, and are amazed at how

quickly he is growing up. She also recently ran into Tammy Bhalla at a neighborhood restaurant. Giulia Verzariu Mason reports she and her husband welcomed their son, George Ryan Mason, on November 3, 2009. Giulia writes, “He truly is the light of our lives!” Giulia also shared Erin Earnest Segreti and her husband welcomed a daughter, Margaret May Segreti, on December 30, 2009. Sabine Kretchmann Werner shared that she married her husband, Rick Werner, at the Yale Club on August 16, 2009. She wrote, “We actually met as I was leaving the 2008 annual New York City Holton reunion event held at a restaurant very close to where we live now. His friend stopped me as I was walking out the door. That was January 15, 2008. Tracy Klein Pickar met him that first night!” Sabine graduated from Columbia’s Graduate School of Business in May 2010. Bonnie Liu Wang married Dick Wang, a fellow classmate of hers from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, in February 2010. They live in New York City where Bonnie is working for the Gilt Groupe, a high-end online retailer. Tracy Klein Pickar married Matt Pickar in May 2010 at the Decatur House in Washington, DC. Torrey Stifel Kist and I both attended. Tracy and husband live in NY. Katie Uhre Additional notes since October 2010 Catherine Baker Boyd, husband Chris Boyd and son Christopher J. Boyd, Jr. are delighted to announce the arrival of their newest addition, Caroline Anne Boyd: born October 8, 2010, at 8:23 a.m., 8 lbs. and 20.25 inches.

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Anne Lackritz ’97 with Alisa Tugberk de Macedo ’97

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alumnae news | class notes Family Additions 1983 Kathryn Bowsher Alexa Bowsher Heinecke, 3/29/10 1988 Traci Meakem Richmond Graham Bernard Richmond, 3/1/10 1989 Alison Ralph Rhein Dylan Maxwell Rhein, 2/11/10 1993 Laurie Johnston Lydia Johnston, 1/30/10 1993 Frances McConihe Botsford Leo Botsford, 1/10 1993 Leanne Sharoff Berry Madeline Stryker Berry, 11/7/09 1995 Katherine Andringa Fredriksen Calvin Kenneth Fredriksen, 5/25/10 1995 Susan Bernabucci Charnaux Catherine Marie Charnaux, 3/10 1995 Christina Favretto Morris Nicholas Richard Morris, 9/29/09 1995 Sara Hallal Hannah Sophia, 7/09 1995 Laura Hughes Greenbaum Kathryn Sophia Greenbaum, 9/11/09 1995 Elaine Menotti Darren Gillespie, 9/12/09 1995 Molly Nicholson Peacock Max Peacock, 12/15/09 1995 Jenn Wolinsky Drujak Leigh Rose Drujak, 4/26/10 (continued on page 57)


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female cook … and non-cook! Check it out on Life’s Too Short to Chop Onions: 99 Dinners to Make When You’d Rather Be Doing Something Else, available now. Annie Lewis is halfway through her Executive MBA program at Wharton. She has recently enjoyed several fun dinners with Kathryn Hoffman Young and Sonya Chawla. In addition, she Kim Palmer ’97 and daughter Kareéna just started a job in the K-12 Marketing group at Blackboard and loves being downtown. Sophie Aiyer lives in Charlottesville and is about to begin the final year of her doctorate program at UVA. Melissa Vogel McViney is proud to announce the birth of her daughter, Charlotte Louise McViney, born April 1. After practicing law for a few years, she has switched gears and is currently Assistant Director of the Office of Career and Professional Development at Catholic University Law School. She really enjoys the job and working with Courtney Rodgers Fletcher ’97 and son Quinn James students. Fletcher Alex Lowe is completing her MA in International Studies & Diplomacy in London, where Organization and Strategy business in she simultaneously helped organize an Denver. “Education Without Borders” forum Erinn Gosnell Walsh is excited to ansponsored by the UAE Royal Family for nounce the birth of her second child, a University Presidents from all over Europe, daughter, Caileigh Maureen, who joins big the Middle East, and the UK. brother Timmy. Kim Palmer is pleased to announce the arrival of her daughter, Kareéna Palmer Additional notes since October 2010 Dave, born October 23, 2009. In addiKitty Greenwald—Kitty has worked in tion, Kim���s book, Generation Earn: The catering in New York for many years but Young Professional’s Guide to Spending, spent the last five years traveling and Investing, and Giving Back (Ten Speed cooking in Portugal, France, Italy, and Press), is out as of last fall. California. Anna Wiste has graduated with an MD Dominique Pichard Coloton welcomed and PhD from Emory University, and will Francisca Corinne Coloton on August 10, move to Boston to start a post-doctoral 2010. fellowship at Harvard. Marianne Koszorus moved to Denver, CO, in December 2009. She consults with Booz Allen Hamilton and is growing their

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Members of the Class of ’97 Elizabeth Murry, Lindsay Shorr Newman, Caroline Walsh, Courtney Rodgers Fletcher, Brooke Jaffe Scott, and Jana Taylor

Whitney Crisman Murphy’s ’98 kids Grace, Ford, and Tripp

Ashley Fields ’98 married Justin Hedge on April 24, 2010.

Whitney Crisman Murphy is currently living in the Philadelphia suburbs with husband Jerry and three lively kids, Grace (4), Tripp (2), and Ford (2 mos.). Ashley Fields married Justin Hedge (’99 graduate of Georgetown Prep) on April 24, 2010, at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington, DC. Celebrating with the happy couple were Claire Brown, Whitney Crisman Murphy, Elena Schoenberger Resnick, Dana Cohen Fields ’94, Emily Roberts Randazzo, Elizabeth Larson de Faria, Kathryn Cleaver Humm, Laura Davis, Carolyn Dudley George, Jennifer Berson, and Megan Kelly Walter (see picture below). Constance Lindsay is finishing up her PhD in Human Development and Social Policy at Northwestern this summer, and will be moving back to DC in July. Elizabeth Vary just moved back to Hawaii and works from home on the North Shore. She is still playing soccer and has taken up yoga and stand-up paddling, in which she competes. When she is not busy doing a tree pose she sells command centers to the military, government, and large corporations—custom workspaces like you see during NASA’s space-shuttle launch. “Visitors are always welcome to stay with me—I’m usually traveling so it saves on a hotel!” Abigail Betts and Sarah Eby enjoyed a long weekend filled with lots of catching up in Ocean City in June. Sarah is conducting her residency in Charlottesville, VA. Laura Davis made a great career change last year and loves

Family Additions (continued) 1996 Catherine Baker Boyd Caroline Anne Boyd, 10/8/10 1996 Caroline Shipps Collier Nicholas Kingston Collier, 9/15/09 1996 Giulia Verzariu Mason George Ryan Mason, 11/3/09 1996 Erin Earnest Segreti Margaret May Segreti, 12/30/09 1997 Melissa Vogel McViney Charlotte Louise McViney, 4/1/10 1997 Kim Palmer Kareéna Palmer Dave, 10/23/09 1997 Erinn Gosnell Walsh Caileigh Maureen Walsh 1997 Dominique Pichard Coloton Francisca Corinne Coloton, 8/10/10 1998 Elizabeth Larson de Faria Isabel Marie, 2/10 1998 Elena Schoenberger Resnick Alexander Davis Resnick, 9/27/10

her position at Sally Steponkus Interiors. She says it’s great to be learning something new every day! Her new employer designed the master bedroom of this year’s DC Showhouse. Laura Schweitzer Meins married Robert Meins on April 25, 2010. They currently live in Rome, Italy, and both work for the United Nations. Laura more specifically works for the Food and Agriculture Organization, and Robert works for the International Fund for Agricultural volume 7, number 2


alumnae news | class notes Development. They are enjoying their time living in Europe and welcome visitors anytime! Elizabeth Larson de Faria married Bruno de Faria in August of 2005. They just welcomed their first baby, Isabel Marie, in February 2010. Liz and Bruno were recently in town for the wedding of Ashley Fields Hedge and for the baptism of their daughter at the Washington National Cathedral. They are currently living in Chicago but moved to Buffalo, NY, in August 2010. Liz is now a stay-athome mom. Cara Spicer Pearlman is still selling residential real estate in the Washington Metropolitan area and has just been selected as one of REALTOR® Magazine’s “30 under 30” for 2009. She returned to Holton-Arms to watch her sister, Cassandra Spicer ’10, graduate from Holton-Arms last June. Abigail Betts Additional notes since October 2010 Elena Schoenberger Resnick and her husband, Jed, welcomed Alexander Davis Resnick on September 27, 2010. The family lives in New York City, where Elena is a second-year allergy fellow at Mount Sinai Medical Center.

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Danielle Beyda Aronson—She married Josh Aronson on October 3, 2009. Dede Kane Zecher—I married Michael Zecher on December 5, 2009. The ceremony was in Arlington, at the church I grew up at, and the reception was at the Anderson House on Embassy Row. It was during the first snowfall (not the first blizzard), which made it even more amazing! My sister and I had a great time at the beer tasting. I am hoping to attend a lot more Holton events in the future.


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Elizabeth Larson de Faria ’98 with her husband, Bruno, and baby girl, Isabel Marie, at Isabel’s baptism in April of 2010

Chicago to name a few. Some of our friends were telling stories about married life while others are planning weddings. Our class has been busy establishing careers in medicine, law, marketing, research, graphic design, theater, writing, and much more. I expected everyone to talk about our past experiences together as a way to connect but instead we discussed what we have been doing during the last 10 years and how Holton helped get us to where we are today. We had such a good time that we are planning to have another get together next year. I was just promoted to Senior Events Coordinator at the law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP. Blake Mausner Additional notes since October 2010 Annie Manion got married. Elise Fullerton Goldstein married Andy Goldstein May 22, 2010.

2001 Mira Lezell reports that she is having a fabulous time working for Northern Virginia Congressman Frank Wolf. Jenny Albinson is in Oakland, CA, ’98 classmates Alana Feld, Emily Yeskel, Cara Spicer and teaching at Aspire Millsmont Pearlman, and Jennifer Schaeffer Miller at Emily’s bridal Academy. Her school is part of a netshower in September work that recently received a million dollars from Oprah! She was recently visited by Alicia Pichard. April Gordon Huckstadt reports that she enjoys working at Coca-Cola, doing Mara Gandal-Powers payroll as the Sales Center Administrator in Park City, IL. She fills her free time with house projects and just returned from a Jessica Garrett trip to Maui and Kauai. Cassie Good is still busy writing her disLauren Lerner sertation at the University of Pennsylvania and looks forward to connecting with several classmates that have recently moved We had a great turnout at our 10-year to the Philadelphia area. reunion that Saturday night—even better I am currently a junior M&A attorney in than we expected! It was wonderful to the Washington, DC, offices of Skadden, reconnect with old friends. Many traveled Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom and enjoy to get there—from Florida, New York, and


alumnae news | class notes reconnecting with other classmates that have returned to the DC area. Mari, Priya, Vanessa, and I look forward to seeing many of our 2001 classmates at our upcoming 10-year reunion in April. Please be sure to keep an eye out for more announcements! Jessica Leigh Rosenthal

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Catelyn Slattery is in Boston finishing her second year at New England School of Law. She will graduate from law school in May 2011. Betsy Kolmus is working in the DC area as a freelance marketing and sales writer. Outside of work, she enjoys singing with several local groups. She performed in three May Day concerts with the Washington Revels and will be singing with the Six Degree Singers at their concerts on June 6 and June 19. Julia Crantz continues to work in the DC area for National Geographic. She had a chance to travel earlier this year and visited Hong Kong, Macau, and Thailand. She also recently attended a Kentucky Derby party that was hosted by Taylor Mayo ’00 and Regan Mayo ’97. Sasha Berkoff started a Ph.D. in Computer Science at Brown University this past fall. She is conducting research in cryptography. Laura Johnson graduates this summer with a Master of Arts in Teaching from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, OR. She plans to teach middle school science. On her trips home to Maryland, she has enjoyed visiting with Kelly Townsend, who continues to work for the Humane Society. Jackie Schmitz just finished her Certificate in Professional Photography at the Boston University Center for

Dede Kane ’99 married Michael Robert Zecher on December 5, 2009.

Class of 2000 Lola Keyes, Carrie Townsend Williams, Maggie Waite, Blake Mausner, Meredith Wright, and Annie Manion Genkinger

Digital Imaging Arts in DC. Her portfolio can be seen at She will be traveling to Italy and Germany this summer. Courtney Williams Ziefle will be starting a PhD program in Industrial/ Organizational Psychology at NC State University. Amelia Moorstein graduated from George Washington Law School in 2009. She has spent this year in DC clerking for a judge on the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. She will continue her clerkship through the summer of 2011. Ouida Maedel finishes her master’s in International Communication and Arts Management at American University this August. While in DC, she has enjoyed seeing Rachel Fradkin and Bobbie Dougherty ’03. She can also be found many weekends at the Eastern Market, where she sells salsa and hummus at the Wisteria Gardens stand. Caroline Yeager is wrapping up a second elective year of clinical research. She looks forward to returning to the wards in June to begin her last year of medical school at Duke University. Erica Gordon Additional notes since October 2010 Caroline Mullen and Krys DeMauro started a jewelry company called Icaurs & Co. and had a jewelry show at Sequoia on the Georgetown Waterfront in July. Many Holton girls were in attendance and Marcy Tickner ’04 snapped a picture (see photo on page 60).

2003 Jennifer Kirstein Czekaj married Andrew Czekaj at the Woodmont Country Club in Rockville, MD, June 12, 2010.

Caroline Mullen ’02, Marcy Tickner ’04, and Krys DeMauro ’02 at Caroline’s jewelry show

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Christine Brown is now living in NYC and working as a first-year Analyst with The Jeffries Group, an investment bank. After graduating from Vanderbilt University, she worked briefly as an Analyst with Wells Fargo Securities in Charlotte, NC, before moving to New York. Ann Carr—I’m in graduate school getting my Ph.D. in Entomology and Biotechnology. As part of my program, I do a lot of student outreach events, where we go around to elementary schools and give presentations and talks on insects, studying them, and what we do at our university. Cristina Burack is currently teaching English at a high school for media and graphic design in Vienna, Austria, while continuing to pursue her vocal and operatic studies. Alexandra Robinson—Namaste from Kathmandu! This February, I moved to Kathmandu, Nepal, to work with victims of human trafficking. I designed a research methodology to investigate law enforcement decision-making processes in foreign employment and trafficking cases, and am working with a coalition of anti-trafficking groups to conduct field work across rural Nepal. I have fallen in love with the country and the language, and will be here until at least November.

Jennifer Kirstein Czekaj ’03 surrounded by friends at her wedding reception in June 2010

Catherine Dooling ’04, Honora Talbott ’03, Sarah Smick ’03, and Jeni Sue Birnbaum ’04

2006 Autumn Hurley Katy Waldman

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Danai Mattison ’05 and Giselle Childs ’05 at their reunion class party at George

Hannah’s father, Peter Winkler, to Mary Jane Pagenstecher, Director of Fine and Performing Arts. The graduation ceremony was held at the Michigan Stadium (University of Michigan), which holds about 106,000

people. They had parts of the stadium blocked off, and attendance was limited to about 90,000. The ceremony was scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. and the doors opened at 6:30 a.m. Everyone was supposed to be in their seats by 9:30 to allow Obama, the featured speaker, to arrive in a secure manner. So, a lot of people were going to be sitting there a long time in advance of the program, and the school had arranged for a number of musical acts to perform during those hours. One of those was Hannah’s band, Groove Spoon. There was a major thunderstorm that morning, which tapered off about 10 a.m. A lot of people got wet and they had to cancel all but two of the musical acts. At about 10:15, the first of them, a group of students from the School of Music, took the stage and performed five or six songs. Then, at about 10:30 or so, Groove Spoon came out and performed for about 20 minutes. The stadium has about six of those jumbotrons scattered about, and there on the jumbotrons, for about 20 minutes, was Hannah. Graduation began shortly afterwards. In short, Hannah opened for Obama and in front of 90,000 people! Additional notes since October 2010 Camille Stanback—Graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering and will attend UVA Medical School in the fall. Chrisi Casey graduated from Duke with a major in Spanish and Latin American studies and a Certificate in Health Policy. She is returning to the DC area to work for the Advisory Board Company as a Health Care Research Analyst beginning June 21. Lizzie Tiernan ’04 also works at the firm. Chrisi is living in a condo in Arlington with her sister Meredith Casey ’04, who has just relocated back to DC. They are looking forward to being roommates. Mitra Haeri is joining the Teach for America Corps. She will be teaching secondary biology in Baltimore for the next two years as well as pursuing a master’s in Education at Johns Hopkins University.

alumnae news | class notes After her graduation from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business in May, Amy Johnson will join the Private Wealth Management office of JPMorgan Chase in Washington, DC, in September. She will be living with fellow Holton alumna Alison Joseph and is very excited about returning home! Jane Tipermas just moved up to New York City after graduating in December from UGA. She is currently working as an Academic Coordinator at Columbia Hannah Winkler ’06 and her band, Groove Spoon, on the University’s Earth Institute. She sees jumbotron at The University of Michigan performing at Kate Marshall a lot and ran into recent graduation Columbia grad Genny DeLeon in the subway a little while ago. Lauren McGrath reports: “After undergoing neurosurgery to battle a brain tumor before my junior year (I won Hope Adkins the battle), I am thankful to have ated on time with General Honors and Departmental Honors in Writing and Caitlin Girouard—I just finished my Anthropology and an Arts Certificate in junior year at Notre Dame and was abroad Dance from Johns Hopkins University. I in Rome in the fall semester. This sumlike to think that I’ve also graduated from mer I am looking forward to interning at Johns Hopkins Hospital, and am grateful to Common Cause along with fellow classthe Holton community for their support of mate Molly Moulton. my treatment and recovery these past two years. I look forward to spending time with Additional notes since October 2010 my favorite HAS people this summer!” Hope Adkins is interning at the University Teri Hoffman graduated from Williams of Maryland Medical Center on the Multi College in June. She majored in Economics Trauma Critical Care Unit. and Psychology. She had just returned Lily Graham was named Defender from a week of “lying on the beach” in of the Year and made first team allHilton Head. She writes, “I’ll probably be conference for the National Lacrosse back in DC this summer but I don’t know Conference. what I’m doing with my life yet. Oh well.” Yiyi Zhou is interning with Microsoft Allix Wilde just finished rowing for Yale in Redmond, WA. She also hosted a TEDx at the NCAAs, where her team placed conference at University of Pennsylvania in sixth! She is heading back to DC to look October. for a job. She plans on rowing for the Lauren Zoltick was elected to the stuPotomac Boat Club this summer, and says dent assembly at Hamilton and worked at she is excited to have graduated from Yale Legendary Pictures this summer. with an English degree. She adds that she can’t wait to get back home. Right now, she is in Orange County with the crew seniors. Kat Faley graduated magna cum laude Katherine Ness and Phi Beta Kappa from Georgetown University with a major in History and Reagan Thompson minors in Arabic and Italian. She works for a think tank in DC, specializing in U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East.



Hannah Baranes was abroad in New Zealand last winter, where she took classes, traveled, backpacked, kayaked, and ice climbed. She is majoring in Earth Science and playing ultimate Frisbee at Dartmouth College. Lindsay Brewster joined Alpha Delta Pi at Miami of Ohio and was inducted into the History honors society. She looks forward to studying in Luxembourg next spring! Sara Cohen joined the Honorary Degree committee on the Board of Trustees and is an academic mentor to a freshman seminar at Middlebury College. She is looking forward to studying abroad in Bordeaux, France, in the spring. Molly Dougherty worked at St. Mary’s this summer as Chair for Orientation, 2010. In the fall she will be studying Medieval English and Art at Oxford. Jessie Felling is studying abroad in Athens, Greece, with one of her best friends from Wooster for her junior fall semester. Katy Gathright declared majors in History and English at Williams College, and is spending her junior year at Oxford. Mary Hadley joined the Yale water polo team and traveled with the team to New Orleans over spring break, where she fell in love with the city. She also took the first English class of her college career! Melanie Herson is majoring in Communications and Psychology at Michigan. She traveled to Israel this summer and interned at Teen Vogue in New York City. Anne Huber spent her last spring semester abroad in London! She visited monuments, museums, and food tastings, in addition to traveling around the rest of Europe. Laura Klick set a new team record in the 200 IM for the Penn swim team. Last summer she studied in Florence, Italy. Katherine Ness is spending her junior year at Davidson as a hall counselor for freshmen. She declared a major in Psychology and is in the premedical program. Sabrina Papazian is double majoring in volume 7, number 2


alumnae news | class notes Archaeology and Art History at Cornell. She spent the summer in Italy and Peru on archaeological digs, and will be abroad at Oxford for her junior year. Dorsey Standish continued her research this summer in Penn’s Haptics Lab. In the fall, she’ll be studying at Saint Louis University in Madrid. Reagan Thompson is studying International Relations and Chinese at Stanford, and will be joining her classmates at Oxford to work on a tutorial on nuclear proliferation for the fall. Meghan Twible studied in Buenos Aires, Argentina, during the spring semester. She took all her classes in Spanish at two Argentinean universities. Courtney Wilkes is majoring in East Asian Studies and Human Rights at Barnard. She spent the summer in Beijing and the fall semester in Taipei studying Mandarin. Get in touch if you are visiting one of those countries! Lawren Wooten helped lead the Cornell club gymnastics team to a first place finish. This summer, she worked in an Infant Development Lab at Duke Children’s Hospital and volunteered at a rural clinic in Madagascar. Additional notes since October 2010 In October, Reagan Thompson, Katy Gathright, Sabrina Papazian, and Molly Dougherty had dinner together in Oxford, England. Lauren Pfeiffer (attending Duke) and Dorsey Standish (attending UPenn) are both studying abroad in Spain and met up recently at “El Rastro,” which is a huge flea market in the center of Madrid.

2009 This summer, Allie Bosch will travel to Salvador, Brazil, for a Portuguese study abroad program and then continue her language immersion next spring in Buenos Aires, Argentina, for Spanish. Dartmouth College has a system where you take one term off to work or intern, and Allie says she plans to take next year’s winter term off and work in DC. She hopes to major


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Lauren Pfeiffer ’08, Duke ’12 and Dorsey Standish ’08, UPenn ’12 in Madrid

Class of 2008 members in Oxford, England: Sabrina Papazian, Molly Dougherty, Reagan Thompson, and Katy Gathright

in History and minor in International Relations and Spanish. Moving from Treasurer of her grade for many years at Holton, Ashima Talwar is now Treasurer of Gallatin, her building at New York University. She plans to intern at JC Watts, a corporate relations and special interest firm this summer and is excited to come back and see everyone at Holton! Bianca Timiraos, Peeya Tak, and Katie Boe all pledged Kappa Kappa Gamma at their respective universities and are all enjoying sorority life! During her first year at Northwestern University, Jasmine Jennings declared an Art History and International Studies double major. She completed the Kaplan Humanities Scholars Program, an elite program for freshman dealing with relation-

ships in society. She was just accepted into the Brady Scholars Program in Ethics and Civil Life. Continuing her passions of photography and fashion, Jasmine photographs student productions and was involved as the main costume designer for the freshman musical that opened in May 2010. Jessie Altman loves Michigan University and is now a member of the Alpha Phi Sorority, along with fellow Holton alum Amy Johnson ’06. She is trying to join the Organizational Studies Program and was accepted into the National Society of Collegiate Scholars chapter. Sydney Liang continues her passion for gymnastics at the University of Maryland, but notes that it is much different from her old gym because it is much more laid-back and less of a time commitment. She is staying busy, however, loading up on courses and even taking on Organic Chemistry this semester! Sydney attends UMD with fellow classmates Tina Thomas and Hannah Allison, and she noted that although they live in different communities on campus and are all taking different classes, they try to have lunch or dinner a few times a semester. Maggie McDermott loves Trinity College and lived on the same hall as her twin, Mary McDermott. Maggie took a class on the Beatles, which she absolutely loved, and is planning to go through sorority recruitment in the fall. Lindsey Robinson is planning to major in Management and minor in Business and Italian at Gettysburg College. Her lacrosse team is currently sixth in the nation, and she hopes they make it to the NCAA finals. Carly Rushford has had a fantastic freshman year at Colby College, where she wrote for the college newspaper and plans to create her own Independent Major of Middle Eastern Studies. Carly and I can’t wait to reunite with the Class of 2009 this summer, and we hope everyone had a great freshman year at college! Amalia Namath and Carly Rushford

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2010 Abby Cohen (Dartmouth) and Sarah Hansen (Harvard) met in a club field hockey match-up mid-October. After a brief reunion, the game began and they played to a scoreless tie. Sequoia Austin is a walk-on member of the University of Maryland basketball team. Currently on the Atlantic Coast Conference squad, she was just recently notified of her inclusion on the team three weeks ago. Her basketball practices are about four hours a day, five days a week and will become seven days a week shortly. “It is weird to start thinking of new goals, since I’ve been striving to play college basketball for many years now,” she said, “but now that I am here my goal is to continue to work hard and try to do the impossible yet again. …Being the walk-on player, I can never be the weak link or let people question whether I deserve to be here, so from here on I must continue to prove myself no matter what.” She was recently interviewed about following her dream to play Division 1 basketball for UWire. See the interview at http://www. Kelly Bies—I’m loving my time at Duke thus far. Recently, I took a leadership position in the public policy think tank at Duke, the Roosevelt Institute, I started taking Italian, I joined Duke’s chapter of Best Buddies, and I am also on a team that promotes Duke Women’s Basketball games. I am so excited for this Blue Devil season—ready for another men’s national championship, and maybe a women’s too! Sapna Khemka is enjoying the University of Maryland. She was recently accepted into its tour guide program, Images, a very rigorous interview process. She has also joined EntouRAAS, an Indian folk dance team that competes all around the U.S. Practices are three times a week from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.! They had a campus performance on January 22.

Past Faculty/ Staff Our long-serving faculty secretary, Margo Dunlavey, has retired. We owe her a great big thank you for her years of keeping track of us. Please contact the Alumnae Office at 301-365-6005 if you have news to share or would like to serve as secretary.

October 2010 at UVA—Caroline Inglesby ’10, Gavin Taylor ’10, Camille Stanback ’06, Jordan Jackson ’10, Sarah Eby ’98, Abigail Betts ’98, Luci Perkins ’10, and Austin Settle ’10

Abigail Betts ’98 visited with Sequoia Austin ’10, Sapna Khemka ’10, and Amanda Rees ’10 at University of Maryland, College Park, this fall.

Amanda Rees is enjoying the University of Maryland. She likes the sense of community that the Art Scholars Program brings and is doing great. She is off to visit Caroline Volz for a weekend at Gettysburg. She is eager to see what life is like for Caroline in a smaller environment. Amanda is playing on the club tennis team and is in the University of Maryland Women’s Chorus. She had a performance in November.

In December 2009, I visited with Mary (French) and Manny dePinho in Newport, RI. They are living in a wonderful old house that was once the summer residence of Clement Clark Moore, who wrote “The Night Before Christmas.” The house is large enough for several apartments, and Mary and Manny have renovated two of them for their own living space. Their son Michael and his wife operate a bed and breakfast in Newport—another beautiful house. Shortly thereafter in January, I had lunch with Phyllis Ehrlich (Drama) in Southern California. Phyllis’ husband, Si, was still in the hospital at that point recovering from heart surgery. His recuperation was meticulously reported by their eldest daughter, Lynn, on, a website which allows family and friends to follow the patient’s progress. Si is at home now and doing well. I have been doing the Former Faculty notes for eight years now, and have decided to “retire.” If there is someone who would be willing to take on the task, please contact Abigail Betts at Holton’s Alumnae Office! Margo Dunlavey Donna Wilkinson—I am honored to be named to the first women’s football U.S. National team. I had a fabulous eight-year coaching career at HoltonArms as the varsity volleyball coach. During this time I also played tackle football with the DC Divas (www.dcdivas. com) who are currently playing in their 10th season. This is an exciting time in volume 7, number 2


alumnae news | class notes my life and women’s football history. displayArticle/7366/9220 The Potomac chapter of U.S. Lacrosse held its Eighth Annual Lacrosse Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Dinner on February 6, 2010, at The University Club of Washington, DC, to induct the members of the Class of 2010, which included Suzanne Bailey ’87 and Kim Hutcherson, former Athletic Director (1987-2005). Additional notes since October 2010 A number of retirees had lunch again on October 11. Lib Berry organized the event. Attending were: Lib, Rosalie Andrews, Pat Michener and husband Jerry, Livia Gatti, Jack Caussin, Alice Consolvo, Joan DellaValle, John Dineen, Carol Hillman, Judy White and husband Chris, Bill Paul and son, Eileen Pierce, and myself, Margo Dunlavey. If there are others in the area who would like to join our next gathering, please contact Lib: 301-229-0709 or

Bethany Beach Alumnae Gathering — Back row, left to right: Kay Kaufholz Jewel ’57, Casey Jewel Wainwright ’80, Abigail Betts ’98, Suzanne Frazier Martin ’57, Michael Schaefer, Dana Sears Schaefer ’93, Melissa Prather (Director of Leadership Giving at Holton), and Ann Hobbs ’78. Front row: Julia Mills Jacobsen ’41 and Zaida Shaw Wing ’61.

Alumnae Gatherings This past June much-beloved past faculty member and past trustee Mary de Pinho hosted an alumnae gathering at her lovely and noteworthy home in Newport, RI. Present were Carolyn Gott du Pont ’57, Lauri Fridovich Lee ’86, Anne Wotherspoon Ross ’40, Jane Miller ’68, Kimberley Townsend ’85, and Anna Hosea, Director of Advancement at Holton. Mary and her husband, Manny, live in the Christmas House in Newport, where Clement Moore wrote “The Night Before Christmas.” Hosted at the Bethany Beach, DE, home of Kay Kaufholz Jewel ’57, Abigail Betts ’98, Holton Alumnae Director, organized a July Coastal Gathering of Holton “girls.” A well-


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Liz Poppi, Assistant Director of College Counseling, and Tish Peterson, Director of College Counseling, at Washington University with Eliza Adelson ’07, Rachel Greene ’10, Carmen Ferraro ’10, Paige Stemerman ’10 and Jocelyn Cayne ’10

Members of the Holton Advancement Office staff Abigail Betts ’98, Dani Beyda Aronson ’99, and Katherine Kline ’97

represented group of 10, it collectively spanned six decades of Holton history and stories. (See top photo.) From Abigail Betts ’98, Director of Alumnae Relations, who sponsored a dinner in early October at UVA for Holton alumnae: “I had a great time last night with Austin Settle ’10, Luci Perkins ’10, Gavin Taylor ’10, Camille Stanback ’06 (first-year med student at UVA), Caroline Ingelsby ’10, Jordan Jackson ’10, and my (still) best friend, Sarah Eby ’98, in her residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in Charlottesville. They look fantastic and shared that it is hard, but very good and that they felt prepared. They were coming off of their mid-term exams and were delighted to have a dinner off campus—Holton food is voted better, and apparently has better peanut butter than UVA!” In early October, Tish Peterson, Director of College Counseling, and Liz Poppi, Assistant Director of College Counseling, attended the annual conference of the National Association for College Admission Counseling in St. Louis. Prior to the conference, they had dinner with six Holton alumnae currently enrolled at Washington University: Eliza Adelson ’07, Rachel Greene ’10, Carmen Ferraro ’10, Paige Stemmerman ’10, Jocelyn Cayne ’10, and Ashley Mitchell ’08 (See middle photo). Holton-Arms is fortunate to have three alumnae working in the Advancement Office. Katherine Kline ’97 is the Advancement & Alumnae Services Manager. She works alongside Abigail Betts ’98, Director of Alumnae Relations, and Dani Beyda Aronson ’99, Director of Constituent Relations (see photo on bottom). Stop by and say hi when you are on campus!

The 2010–2011 Annual Fund— Supporting Excellence in Teaching Teaching excellence is at the heart of a Holton education and reaches far beyond simply the rote instruction of knowledge. Our teachers inspire curiosity, confidence, and independence. They encourage, mentor, and nurture. Holton girls graduate with the necessary tools for their future endeavors, because of their teachers.

Mathematics teacher Timothy Sneathen is congratulated by Head of School Susanna Jones after he received the Class of 2003 Award on Class Day 2010. Mariah Sanguinetti ’10, Class President, presented the award.

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