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SUMMER

SPARK

2018

THE MAGAZINE FOR ALUMNI, PARENTS AND FRIENDS OF COLLEGIATE SCHOOL


CL A S S OF


Dear Collegiate School Community, As I reflect on Collegiate School’s Commencement Ceremony on May 25, I am grateful that it was a magnificent day. The sun shone brilliantly and seemingly with great purpose. The campus grounds were stunning with virtually every color of the rainbow well represented. Our more than 2,300 well-wishers filled the quad, bringing together Cougars from several generations. Most importantly, our 2018 graduates were radiant and joyful. It was a great day for our community — one that exemplified how very blessed we are. As always, Spark is filled with wonderful Collegiate stories. You will be reminded that a traditional part of our Commencement Ceremony is the awarding of our two most prestigious alumni awards. This year, Jay DeVoe ’82 and Janet Jarman ’85 received the Outstanding Service Award and Distinguished Alumni Award, respectively. Their recognitions are welldeserved and their commitments to service and outstanding achievement represent the very best of what it means to be a Collegiate graduate. In addition to honoring these amazing Cougars, the Outstanding Service Award was renamed in honor of Alex Smith ’65. Alex’s service to Collegiate is without equal, and naming this award in his honor is but a small token of our community’s appreciation for the nearly half-century of service he has given (and continues to give) to his alma mater. Sadly, you also will read about senior Jessica Joseph, who passed away peacefully on the Saturday morning after Commencement, after a lengthy battle with colon cancer. Jessica was determined to be with us long enough

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to receive her Collegiate diploma, and with the loving help of her family and brother Jonah ’20, who accepted her diploma on her behalf, she willed herself to do so. Her courage in the midst of her grave medical challenges was a testament to her remarkable spirit and inner strength. Her decision to tell her story through local media to help others was inspiring and touched many lives. She will be greatly missed. Also inside this edition, you will read about Penny B. Evins, our next Head of School, who will join Collegiate in July 2019. In selecting Penny, the Collegiate Board of Trustees could not have made a better choice. Penny will bring to our school extensive independent school leadership experience, demonstrated capacity for building community, strong commitments to our core values and strategic priorities and, most importantly, an unimpeachable character. I look forward to working with and supporting her during her transition. Throughout these pages, you will learn that by every measure we have had an outstanding school year. Much of the credit goes to the Class of 2018. Their individual and collective achievements are varied and noteworthy. In everything they have done, they have modeled our core values of respect, honor, excellence, love of learning and community. Quite simply, they have led us well. On behalf of the entire Collegiate School, I thank them for their leadership. We send the Class of 2018 into the world with confidence that they are well prepared to do their part in what Jon Meacham describes in The Soul of America as the ongoing battle between the forces of fear and hope. We believe these Cougars will be warriors for hope, always growing, always looking forward and always pulling everyone together. Godspeed.


Many thanks to all in our community for helping make 2017-18 another memorable school year. With much gratitude,

Steve Hickman Head of School

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COLL E GI AT E S C H O O L A D M I N I S T RATIO N

Erin Egan

Editor, SPARK Associate Director of Communications

Stacy H. Adams

Director of Communications Stephen D. Hickman, Head of School Stacy H. Adams, Director of Communications Charles L. Blair, Jr., Head of Middle School James M. Britto, Chief Information Officer Karen S. Doxey, Director of Athletics Susan R. Droke, Chief Academic Officer Patrick E. Loach, Head of Upper School Deborah I. Miller, Head of Lower School Phyllis Palmiero, Vice President - Finance and Administration James P. Watson, Assistant Head of School Kristen O. Williams, Vice President - Development

Lauralee Glasgow Allen ’03 Director of Alumni Engagement

James Dickinson Creative Manager

Weldon Bradshaw Contributor

Taylor Dabney, Angie Hutchison, Nathan Mitchell, Robin Reifsnider, Deb Totten, Doug Watkins Photography

BOARD OF TR US T E E S 2017-18

ALUMNI A S S O C I ATIO N B O A R D 2017-18

Frank F. Mountcastle III ’83, Chairman of the Board John W. Martin ’78, Vice Chairman of the Board Brude D. Stoever, Vice President, Development John D. O’Neill, Jr., Immediate Past Chairman of the Board Stephen D. Hickman, President/Head of School Phyllis Palmiero, Treasurer Susan C. Wiley, Secretary

Beth Flippo Hutchins ’88, President* Neelan A. Markel ’96, Vice President/President Elect* Meade Spotts ’75, Recording Secretary* Sarah Paxton ’84, Corresponding Secretary* Mayme Beth Donohue ’03 and Charley Scher ’83, Annual Fund Co-Chairs* Sarah Cook Martin ’94, Past President Laura Moore Hall ’68 and Barbara Robertson Burke ’68, Stewardship Chairs Evan Ocheltree ’05 and Camp Goodwin August ’99, Events Committee Chairs

Michael G. Bland ’83 Mark A. Christian ’77 David A. Gallagher Elizabeth F. Hutchins ’88** Eucharia N. Jackson Meg A. Johnson*** Michael S. Laming Peter E. Mahoney, Sr. Malcolm S. McDonald Morenike K. Miles Joan Olmsted Oates* Judy Wagoner Pahren Carter M. Reid Sheryl A. Robins ’85 Lisa E. Roday Kenneth P. Ruscio Danielle D. Scott L. Mark Stepanian ’89 Wallace Stettinius* Alfred L. Stratford III ’85 Robert S. Ukrop* Michelle P. Wiltshire * Life Trustee ** Alumni Association President *** Parents’ Association President

Katherine Thalhimer Adamson ’96 Clay Coleman ’89 Jo Ellen Constine ’87 John Fallon ’85 Noah Greenbaum ’03 Sarah Gray Tullidge Innes ’05 Martha Fleming Moore ’75 Scott Ruth ’91 Boo Florance Smythe ’56 Jasmine Turner ’11 Barbara Culpepper Townsend ’64 *Executive Committee

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SPARK SUMMER 2018

ON CAMPUS

Highlights of Spring 2018 ......................................................................................................................................................................................6 Fond Farewells .......................................................................................................................................................................................................24 Winter and Spring Sports Roundup .......................................................................................................................................................................29 Lower School Graduation .......................................................................................................................................................................................36 Middle School Final Exercises ...............................................................................................................................................................................38

CONGRATULATIONS CLASS OF 2018

Upper School Commencement ..............................................................................................................................................................................40 College Choices .....................................................................................................................................................................................................46 Legacy Families......................................................................................................................................................................................................48 Yearlong Look Back ..............................................................................................................................................................................................56 Friends Since Forever ............................................................................................................................................................................................61

ALUMNI NEWS

Distinguished Alumni Awards ................................................................................................................................................................................66 Alum Shares Vision, Sponsors Visitor .....................................................................................................................................................................68 Alum-Developed Medical Device Travels to Space .............................................................................................................................................69 Alums Participate in STEM Panel ...........................................................................................................................................................................71 Reunions ................................................................................................................................................................................................................72

CLASS NOTES

News from Alumni ..................................................................................................................................................................................................76

A TEACHER’S TAKE

We sit down with Middle School English teacher Rives Fleming ’83 ...........................................................................................................…...88

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ON CAMPUS COLLEGIATE ANNOUNCES

INCOMING HEAD OF SCHOOL

P E NNY B. E V I N S

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In May 2018, Collegiate selected a lifelong

Knoxville, before arriving at St. Paul’s School for

educator and independent school graduate to

Girls in 2013.Ms. Evins said she and her family

serve as its next Head of School beginning in

— husband, Sam Evins V; son Sam VI, 14; and

July 2019, upon the retirement of current Head

daughter June Friend, 13 — are thrilled to join

of School Stephen D. Hickman.

the Collegiate community.

Penny B. Evins will come to Collegiate after

“Throughout my career, I have admired

a six-year tenure as Head of St. Paul’s School for

Collegiate as a national model of independent

Girls in Baltimore, where under her leadership

school education. My esteem for Collegiate as

the

innovative

a compassionate, close-knit community grows

programs, incorporated inquiry-based electives

with each and every person I meet. I am honored

into the curriculum and experienced a healthy

that members of the Board of Trustees would

growth in enrollment.

place their faith, support and trust in me as

“On behalf of the Board of Trustees, we

Collegiate’s next Head of School. I look forward

are delighted to appoint Penny Evins as our

to working with everyone in the Collegiate

next Head of School,” said Frank Mountcastle

community to fulfill the mission sparked by

’83, Chair of Collegiate’s Board of Trustees.

Helen Baker and carried forward by past and

“Finding a new Head of School is one of the most

current generations.”

significant duties of the Board. We made this our

top priority and orchestrated an intentionally

selection of Ms. Evins and looks forward to

inclusive approach. This collective perspective

helping facilitate her transition to Collegiate

helped us clearly define the values and traits

over the next year.

we want in our Head of School — experience,

integrity,

community,

inspired choice in naming Penny B. Evins as

inclusivity, vision and passion for children

Collegiate’s next Head of School,” he said. “Penny

and independent school education. Our nine-

brings extensive independent school leadership

month national search led us to a person who

experience,

exemplifies these characteristics and more —

community-building and a proven commitment

Penny Evins.”

to

priorities. She is the right person at the right

school

launched

compassion,

numerous

love

for

Ms. Evins served in a variety of teaching,

Mr. Hickman said he fully supports the

“The Board of Trustees has made an

a

Collegiate’s

demonstrated core

values

coaching and administrative roles in both

time for the right reasons.”

secular and religious schools throughout the

Southeast, including Isidore Newman School,

video, visit collegiate-va.org.

The Lovett School and The Webb School of

capacity and

for

strategic

To learn more about Ms. Evins and view a


Collegiate earned the 2017-18 Connect the Dots Curriculum Award from The Center for Green Schools.

The School was recognized in May during the U.S.

Green

Building

Council

(USGBC)

Virginia

Leadership

Awards Ceremony at the University of Richmond for its work integrating sustainability into Collegiate’s JK-12 STEAM program.

Clare Sisisky, Collegiate’s former Institute for Responsible

Citizenship Director and Director of Strategic Planning, said this award is meaningful because it highlights the School’s strong focus this year on growing sustainability in the curriculum in partnership with the science faculty and the STEAM program.

“Collaboration and connection have involved faculty

and students from different departments, programs and divisions — all for a stronger sustainability curriculum and understanding for our students,” she said.

CO LLE G I AT E E A R N S CUR R I C U L U M AWAR D

The award, which includes a $300 prize to continue the

sustainability work, was accepted by Collegiate’s Institute for Responsible Citizenship Special Programs Manager Anne Rusbuldt, Middle and Upper and Middle School STEAM Coordinator Daniel Bartels and Collegiate parent and community mentor Bo Fairlamb.

COUGAR CLASSIC PROVIDES THRILLS The Cougar Classic, one of Collegiate’s most anticipated traditions, took place on the court of the Seal Athletic Center in February. After 40 minutes of exciting play, the green team earned a 43-40 victory over the white team. Twentythree faculty and staff members played in the game, which is organized each year by the Parents’ Association.

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ANNUAL 8TH GRADE PLAY:

TH E LI ON KING KIDS

Collegiate 8th Graders presented Disney’s The Lion King Kids as this year’s annual grade-level play in February in McFall Hall. The play, a pared-down version of the Disney classic, featured songs including Hakuna Matata and Can You Feel the Love Tonight?

For more than a month before the show’s opening, the 8th Graders worked hard

rehearsing and polishing their performances. The cast and crew of 126 featured actors, dancers and technicians who worked on the set, lighting, sound, makeup and costumes.

COLLEGIATE PLAYERS STAGE TWO SPRING PRODUCTIONS The Collegiate Players presented the Pulitzer Prizewinning play Proof by David Auburn in February as the first of two spring productions. The second production, the musical The Fantasticks, took place in April.

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ACCLAIMED AUTHOR VISITS MIDDLE SCHOOL Bestselling author Adam Gidwitz visited Collegiate in February and spent time with the entire Middle School, holding a writing workshop and three assemblies, during which he and the students discussed several of his books: A Tale Dark and Grim, The Inquisitor’s Tale or So You Want to be a Jedi? Middle

School

English

teacher

Rives

Fleming

coordinated the day’s activities and was delighted that each student was able to attend an assembly related to his or her chosen book.

“That really allowed the kids to connect with Mr.

Gidwitz’s talk and enjoy the whole experience even more,” he said. “The different ages connected with him on totally different levels. That is what we love about his books; there is something for everyone!”

AFRICAN MARKET SUPPORTS LIBRARY IN CAMEROON Collegiate’s 2nd Grade African Market opened in February and offered

“Our Collegiate students are so proud of their work and equally

a chance for the entire school to buy products the students made, using

excited to shop and support efforts to partner with Jam’s Academy to

bright and bold textiles (pagne) from Cameroon. As part of their Studio

increase literacy in Cameroon,” said Holly Smith, Collegiate’s recently

Two class, the 2nd Graders connected with children enrolled in Jam’s

retired Lower School art teacher, who oversaw the African Market and

Academy in Bertoua, Cameroon, and learned about the geography, culture,

helped foster the partnership with Jam’s Academy.

family life, holidays, religion and rituals of that country. All proceeds from the market go toward adding books to a library at Jam’s Academy.

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WELLNESS PROGRAM EARNS

ACTIV E R VA C E RT IF ICAT ION

STUDENTS VOLUNTEER AT VMFA EV E N T S

Kathy Wrenn, Collegiate’s Employee Wellness Consultant, served as a presenter at the Sports Backers Movement Makers Summit in March, where she highlighted the School’s wellness program. Gov. Ralph Northam was the event’s keynote speaker.

In 2013, Sports Backers established the

Active RVA certification and awards program to recognize the region’s exceptional employers and schools that implement innovative programs to promote wellness. The organizations and schools that become Active RVA certified serve as role models in the community.

Collegiate has received this certification

for five consecutive years for both the employee and school wellness programs. Mrs. Wrenn accepted these awards on behalf of Collegiate.

Collegiate students volunteered at ChinaFest, a celebration of Chinese culture in February, and Celebrate African and African American Art: Ethiopia in June. Both events were held at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. A third event, Celebrate the Art of Latin America: Patagonia, will take place on Sept. 15, 2018. Collegiate is partnering with the VMFA as the Exclusive Education Partner. This allows the School to show its support for various community-wide art education programs, while giving Collegiate students unique opportunities to engage with professional artists and participate in service learning opportunities at the museum throughout the year. The collaboration with VMFA was borne out of the museum’s and Collegiate’s collective commitment to supporting art as a vital and vibrant component of one’s life experiences and educational foundation. “We are delighted to partner with Collegiate School for these programs that engage intergenerational and diverse audiences with authentic objects, promote an exchange of knowledge and stimulate creativity,” said Celeste Fetta, Chief Educator at VMFA.

STUDENTS CELEBRATE PI DAY Collegiate students celebrated the 30th anniversary of Pi Day on March 14. With Lower School students cheering them on, six 4th Graders (one from each 4th Grade class) competed to see who could recite the most digits past 3.14. The winners earned the honor of throwing a whipped cream pie at their teachers, who donned goggles and shower caps!

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JUN I OR WI NS N AT I O N A L A R T AWA R D S In March, Collegiate junior Sophie Roberts earned two Silver Key honors in the national Scholastic Art Awards for her pastel on paper paintings Self Portrait and Through My Dad’s Eye.

“This has never happened in the 20 years I have taught,”

said Upper School art teacher Pam Sutherland.

Sophie, who will enroll in Honors Art next year, says she was

gratified to see all of her hard work recognized. “I am so thankful that I have such a supportive network of people encouraging me to challenge myself through my art, and it is so exciting to share these awards with all of them,” she said.

PERFORMANCE DEPICTS 4TH GRADERS'

S T UDY OF AM E RI CAN H IS T O RY

An American Mosaic, Collegiate’s annual 4th Grade-wide presentation, took place in March and highlighted the students’ study of U.S. history and many famous Americans who fought for people’s rights.

Some 4th Graders, wearing period costumes, played instruments and performed

songs, dances and recitations for parents and guests. Others contributed by creating artwork, displayed throughout the Lower School, that represented important historic individuals, including Tecumseh, Sojourner Truth, Thomas Jefferson, Susan B. Anthony and Maggie Walker.

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INTERNATIONAL EMERGING LEADERS CAPSTONE STUDENTS EXPLORE CHINA AND MEXICO Collegiate students enrolled in two senior Capstone classes spanned the

homestay with Collegiate’s partner school, Beijing New Oriental Foreign

globe in March, making connections with their peers at partner schools

Language School of Yangzhou. Collegiate’s former Director of the Institute

in China and Mexico and, upon their return, shared their experiences

for Responsible Citizenship and Director of Strategic Planning Clare

with fellow students, special guests and community organizations.

Sisisky and Chief Information Officer Jamie Britto served as team leaders.

Eleven seniors visited China as part of the International Emerging

After returning to Collegiate, students visited 1st Grade classes

Leaders (IEL) - Asia senior Capstone class. IEL - Asia focuses on

and shared videos and photos about their trip. They also answered many

examining the economic ties between the U.S. and China, and also

questions about how long the trip took, the food they ate and where they

explores current political, cultural and ethical issues arising from an in-

stayed. Later in April, they presented their ideas for new companies that

depth study of this topic through discussion and a series of guest speakers.

would serve a need they researched while on their trip to David Hudson,

a senior advisor for the Asian private equity firm ShawKwei & Partners,

While in China, students gained firsthand insight into manufactur-

ing and business in the country by visiting a Volkswagen car factory,

who has decades of experience working in China and Africa.

a toothbrush factory and the Shanghai office of WestRock, a global

packaging company based in Richmond. Students also experienced a

- Americas senior Capstone class traveled to Mexico to participate in the

From March 22-31, 13 Collegiate School seniors enrolled in the IEL

CreateAthon Capstone

STUDENTS DELIVER RESULTS A group of Collegiate students enrolled in the senior Capstone class,

CreateAthon: Working with Nonprofits, learned in April that the

students,” she said. “For them to be able to produce such a relevant,

strategies and ideas they shared with two Richmond-area nonprofits

thoughtful and visually appealing campaign, you all are doing

yielded meaningful results.

something very well at Collegiate School! They have amazing careers

ahead of them.”

Last fall, as part of the CreateAthon Capstone, nine students

assisted four organizations — Chesterfield Innovative Academy For

Girls, Milk River Arts, The Hawthorne Cancer Foundation and The

Innovative Academy, which brought a considerable challenge: Develop

READ Center — with their marketing campaigns. Five other students in

a new name and logo for the school. The pair came up with a new

the Digital Media class also took part.

name, The Garden Schoolhouse, and logo design. The school’s Board of

The team of Charlie Bugg, Jack Montague and Alyssa McDaniel

Directors approved the change and recently made the announcement

worked with the Hawthorne Foundation on the organization’s 2018

on its Facebook page. The name change will become effective in

major fundraising campaign. The group created Life and Spirit, an email

September 2018.

campaign sent to previous donors that incorporated several origami

animals to represent different giving levels.

and absorbed the spirit and energy of our learning community,” said

Haley Kellam and Meade Spotts assisted the Chesterfield

“Haley and Meade immersed themselves fully in the environment

“Having the foundation use our campaign and materials means the

Audrey Smith, the Academy’s Head of School. “Their understanding and

world,” Charlie said. “I had no idea through this course that I could help

synthesis of this experience was the genesis of The Garden Schoolhouse.

out a nonprofit with such a powerful message and mission. Knowing that

Overwhelmingly, people have responded positively to our name change

they used our idea shows that our hard work paid off and it was all very

and new logo.”

worth it.”

Cristelle

Brown,

Community

Relations

Manager

for

the

Hawthorne Foundation, let the group know that the Board of Directors enthusiastically endorsed and adopted their work.

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“They immediately asked me to extend additional kudos to the

Allen Chamberlain, former Head Librarian of Collegiate’s Upper

School Library, and Jere Williams, Upper School art teacher, co-taught the CreateAthon Capstone class.


5th Annual Youth Forum on International Dialogue, Thought in Action. Collegiate’s Director of Global Engagement and Inclusion Erica Coffey and Senior Capstone Coordinator Rhiannon Boyd accompanied students on the trip.

Prior to arriving in Mexico, students learned about Model UN

procedures and prepared position papers to participate in BIMUN, the Model UN portion of the conference held at partner school Colegio Carol Baur. While in Mexico, students debated various topics regarding human rights, security and sustainability.

Students also participated in a day of service, and had the

opportunity to visit several historical sites. They experienced two homestays, one in Querétaro and one in Mexico City, during the trip. Upon returning to Richmond, they continued the design thinking process to complete four different projects for Sacred Heart Center, one of Collegiate’s community partners. In early May, the students presented their work to representatives of the center.

“By participating in the IEL Capstone classes, students receive

firsthand experience in gaining cross-cultural communication, a skill that cannot be taught but that must be learned by actually doing,” said Mrs. Coffey.

ANNUAL ART WALK FEATURES

ST UDE NT W ORK

Collegiate’s campus transformed into an art gallery in April, with more than 800 pieces of JK-12th Grade student work on display during Art Walk. This year’s theme, Notice!, featured artwork in various media including sculpture, ceramics, drawings, prints and mixed media. “Notice! is an invitation to viewers to slow down with family and friends, and take time to discover the nuances and details of the works and world around them,” said Dana DuMont, Collegiate’s Visual Arts Department Chair.

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TO RCH 5804 R O B O T I C S T E A M

COMPETES AT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP For the second time in three years, Collegiate’s Upper School robotics team competed at the FIRST Robotics World Championship. The team, TORCH 5804, earned the opportunity after finishing as District Runner-Up in the Chesapeake District Championship in April, with a record of 31-19-0 and a ranking of 11 out of 126 teams.

TORCH 5804 competed at the World Championship in

Detroit, Michigan, on April 25-28 against high school students from around the globe. The team finished 46th out of 67

N IN T H G R A D E R S IN V EST IN T H E C O MMU N IT Y

participating teams.

Collegiate 9th Graders kicked off Community Engagement Week in

Daniel Bartels, Upper and Middle School STEAM

February, volunteering at 14 local nonprofit organizations and schools.

coordinator, serves as head coach alongside Upper School

The week is a key component of the grade-level Service Learning

science teacher Greg Sesny and Upper School math teacher

curriculum, and this year for the first time incorporated a narrative

Kristine Chiodo. He was thrilled with TORCH 5804’s

writing component, led by 9th Grade English faculty members.

performance and says this season was the team’s best year yet.

“Community Engagement Week is so important for students

“We have earned the respect of several world-class

to develop a sense of understanding and responsibility for broader

teams and I believe that we are on a trajectory to become one

community issues and to help them gain the skills necessary to make

ourselves,” he said.

a positive impact on those issues,” said Suzanne Fleming, Collegiate’s Director of Service Learning and Civic Engagement.

The theme this year was A Strong Community Invests in its People

and focused on three groups: youth, people with disabilities and the aging. Students took part in serious reflection throughout the week. Upper School English teacher Dr. Leah Angell Sievers received a grant in summer 2017, called an Alumni Grant for Faculty Excellence, to enhance the connection between Community Engagement Week and the 9th Grade English curriculum.

Her work led to the 9th Grade English faculty members, including

Mil Norman-Risch (pictured above), teaching narrative writing through the students’ experiences during Community Engagement Week. Narrative writing refers to the practice of first-person storytelling that relies on the author’s personal experience to offer the reader moral insight and increased understanding. In addition, teachers assign to students and teach from scholarly articles on the populations of focus during the week, implementing thinking routines and methods of

CHESS TEAM WINS TOURNAMENT The Collegiate chess team, Deven Pandya, Scott Phillips, Will Reid and Zach Cohen, won the Greater Richmond High School Chess League Tournament in March to end its season.

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reflection that represent best practices in service learning.

“We anticipate students’ acquiring narrative writing skills and

strategies,” Dr. Angell Sievers said. “Moreover, we intend to foster students’ knowledge about the needs of often-underserved populations.”


FIRST GRADERS PUT ON A SHOW Collegiate 1st Graders performed The House That the Pigs Built, based on the classic tale, The Three Little Pigs.

PHASE II OF ENVISION RICHMOND CONTINUES In April, Collegiate 8th Graders wrapped up Phase II of Envision Richmond, the Capstone experience that immerses the entire grade level in the local community with an intensive leadership and civic engagement curriculum.

Several groups of students revisited various sites where they had worked last fall. Students

put together re-entry baskets and bought one-day GRTC bus passes and new sheets for HomeAgain, a temporary homeless shelter. The group also collected gently used clothes for teens who receive support and guidance at Change the World RVA.

Another group of 8th Graders showed their thanks to police officers in our community by

handing out gift cards for Collegiate’s security team and delivering a Chick-fil-A luncheon to one shift of Henrico County police officers. One group planted jasmine and herbs, erected trellises, weeded and filled planters at Groundwork RVA. Still another group traveled to Oakgrove-Bellmeade Community Center on a Saturday morning to assist with the beautification and grand opening of the neighborhood bike shop and lawn maintenance business that will train youth in the community.

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Thirteen Collegiate seniors were inducted into the Cum Laude Society, a national honor society that recognizes academic excellence and citizenship. The students were recognized in April with the 13 students inducted in the fall. On the previous evening, the inductees and their families enjoyed a special dinner in their honor in McFall Hall. The Cum Laude Society spring inductees were: Lauren Brizzolara, Caroline Campos,

SENIORS INDUCTED INTO

CUM LAUDE SOCIETY

Kate Ferrell, David Hugo, Amy Kaplan, Lauren Lynch, Sean McHugh, Maya Mehta, Frances Melvin, Emily Mendelson, Ashray Namala, Annie Ryan and Madeline Smith. Collegiate’s fall Cum Laude inductees were: Catherine Alexander, Ellie Angle, Laine Beckler, Carson Coulbourn, Ashley Eastep, Hayden Gee, Jane Carlton Gremer, Wescott Lowe, Scott Phillips, Laney Reed, Sam Roberts, Taylor Ryckman and Emily Yue.

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ATLIS PILLAR AWARD

n Saturday, April 14, Collegiate 10th Grader Dylan Lyons (third from right) laced up her running shoes before hitting the pavement during the Monument Avenue 10k. She raced with Cougars Care, the organization she created as a 7th Grader to raise

money for the Massey Cancer Center.

Dylan remembers participating in her first Monument Avenue 10k when she

was 5 years old. She ran the 1-mile race with her dad to raise money in honor of her grandmother, who was battling cancer.

“I didn’t know anything about cancer,” she said. “It’s not like I could cure the disease

as a 5-year-old, so raising money and running the race was the only thing I could do.”

Her grandmother died in 2009, but since then, Dylan’s connection with the Massey

Cancer Center and the race has continued. She founded Cougars Care three years ago to expand her mission to raise funds for cancer research.

“I had always raised money, but it wasn’t as a community effort,” she said. “I thought

it would be a better idea to get all my friends and have them branch out to their family members so we could raise more.”

Cougars Care, which now includes 15 Collegiate students, raised $19,002 this year,

the largest amount the group has received to date. In the future, Dylan would like to grow Cougars Care membership and continue participating in the 10k after she graduates.

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“It’s just so much fun,” she said. “I like seeing all the costumes people wear and

when they cheer you on, knowing that you’re doing a good thing is just the best feeling.”

Jamie Britto, Chief Information Officer at Collegiate, was one of three recipients honored with the inaugural Association of Technology Leaders in Independent Schools (ATLIS) Awards for his dedication to providing the most up-to-date analysis and recommendations for technology and school leadership on the critical topic of cybersecurity.

Sarah

Hanawald, ATLIS

Executive Director, shared that “ATLIS initiated this award to bring attention to those often unsung heroes who exemplify the pillars of our mission.” Mr. Britto received the award at the ATLIS Annual Conference in April.


STUDENTS VISIT FROM PARTNER SCHOOL IN MEXICO For a week in April, 17 students and two teachers from Colegio Carol Baur, Collegiate’s partner school in Mexico, visited campus to experience life as Collegiate students and stay with families of 7th and 8th Graders. While at Collegiate, the students from Carol Baur attended classes with their Middle School hosts and met with Lower School students. They also gave a presentation and performed a traditional dance during an assembly for JK-2nd Grades and 6th-8th Grades.

R E N O WN E D A R T I S T

HOLDS MASTER CLASSES

Collegiate students spent three days in April learning from artist

Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr., whose work has been featured in the Museum

papermaker, discussed his series of works that connect to some

of Modern Art in New York, the Stamperia del Tevere in Rome, and in

of the historical figures Collegiate students have studied, such as

numerous other museums and university settings around the nation

Rosa Parks. In addition, he helped students create prints of their

and globe.

original quotes.

Mr. Kennedy is known for his letterpress posters, which he

During his visit, Mr. Kennedy, who also is a book artist and

“It was the best day in art ever!” said 4th Grader Addison Barnes.

uses to distribute messages and aphorisms related to social justice

Dana DuMont, Chair of Collegiate’s Visual Arts Department,

issues. He was in Richmond for the grand opening of the Institute

said the opportunity for students to learn about the letterpress,

for Contemporary Art at VCU, where his work DECLARATION! was

which once served as the medium for producing all printed materials

on display.

until computers and printers were invented, was extraordinary. Mr.

Kennedy is also special, she said.

Collegiate students in the Lower, Middle and Upper School met

with Mr. Kennedy to learn about the history of the letterpress and

about his journey as an artist — including his decision to leave a

fabulous example of following your own path when you know it’s the

“The essence of his soul and his work are beautiful. He’s a

computer programming job in corporate America at age 40 and turn

right thing to do and understanding that it takes years and years to

his focus to letterpress printing.

perfect your craft.”

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COL L E G I AT E H O S T S

SERVICE LEARNING WORKSHOP

SECOND ANNUAL GIVING DAY

C

ollegiate held a workshop in April for 12 service learning educators from

B R EA K S R EC O R D

independent schools across Virginia. The all-day workshop, spearheaded by Collegiate’s Director of Service

Collegiate held its Second Annual Giving Day, a 24-hour, online

Learning and Civic Engagement Suzanne Fleming, featured service

fundraiser, on May 3. All parents, alumni and friends were

learning professionals from Collegiate as well as Trinity Episcopal School,

invited to make a gift in honor of a cherished Collegiate teacher

St. Michael’s School, St. Catherine’s School, Norfolk Collegiate School, The

or coach who has made an impact on them and/or their children.

New Community School, Episcopal High School, The Steward School and St.

Christopher’s School.

friends dropped by the Alumni and Development Office to make

calls, drop off donations and just say hello.

Mrs. Fleming held a similar event 10 years ago with Richmond-based

Throughout the day, alums, board members, students and

service learning educators and felt it was time to reconvene with colleagues

from across the state.

in total. Because of the generosity of donors, Collegiate was

The goal was one gift for every Collegiate teacher, or 252

“The whole premise is to get to know each other, because in this realm

able to unlock a $25,000 matching challenge gift and surpassed

there aren’t too many people in your school who are in the same role,” she

the original goal. In total, Collegiate received more than 600

said. “It’s nice to be able to exchange ideas.”

gifts and raised more than $100,000. Gifts received provide

valuable funds to continue to support faculty professional

The group, which featured schools with strong service learning

programs and others with new programs, shared challenges, opportunities,

development opportunities.

ideas and questions that come with their jobs.

reasons, but primarily because the entire Collegiate community

“It’s exciting to be able to hear what other people are doing and also to

“Giving Day was a record-breaking success for many

help somebody who is just starting out,” Mrs. Fleming said.

came together to recognize our amazing teachers, past and

From the positive response, she hopes to make the event an annual one.

present,” said Kristen Williams, Collegiate’s Vice President of

“When you go to a service learning conference, you leave energized,”

Development. “We are incredibly grateful to the outpouring

Mrs. Fleming said. “I hope that’s what people walked away with today —

of support from parents, alumni, friends and students for

that they know there are people they can reach out to.”

their contributions in support of ongoing faculty professional development opportunities.”

ANNUAL COLONIAL DAY FEATURES LIVING MUSEUM Collegiate School 3rd Graders, wearing period costumes, led parents and friends through a Colonial Living Museum throughout the Lower School in April as part of Colonial Day, the annual culmination of the grade-level social studies curriculum.

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S TU D EN TS TR AV EL T O ITALY FO R MO D EL U N C O N F ERENCE

In February, Collegiate Upper School Spanish teacher Monique Voss and Vice President for Finance and Administration Phyllis Palmiero accompanied four Upper School students to one of Collegiate’s partner schools, Liceo Foscarini, in Venice, Italy. The purpose of the trip was for students to participate in

In May, Collegiate hosted the 31st annual Meet in the Middle, a Special Olympics event for Henrico County Middle School students run by Collegiate 10th Graders. Nearly 300 visiting students competed in multiple sporting events on Grover Jones Field.

FOSCAMUN, Liceo Foscarini’s annual Model UN conference that hosts students from around the world. While in Venice, students stayed with host families and enjoyed the city’s sights.

FO U R T H G R A D ER S C O MP LETE

GRADE-LEVEL CAPSTONE Collegiate 4th Graders gathered in May to present ideas conceived and developed in their yearlong, grade-level Capstone program, Envision Collegiate.

Collegiate offers Capstone programs in the

final year of each division of the School — 4th Grade, 8th Grade and 12th Grade — to create opportunities and challenges for students that help prepare them for the future.

“The Capstone program in each division

teaches students skills essential to thrive in our increasingly complex world,” said Clare Sisisky, Collegiate’s former Institute for Responsible Citizenship Director and Director of Strategic Planning. “Starting to challenge students to put skills like collaboration, negotiation, public speaking and design thinking into action as 4th Graders helps them develop these essential skills at a higher level throughout their time at Collegiate.”

The

theme

of

this

year’s

Envision

Collegiate was How might we use technology to improve Collegiate by 2026? The significance of the year 2026 is that it is when the current 4th Graders will graduate from Collegiate.

In November, 4th Grade teacher and

Envision

Collegiate

Coordinator

Jessica

Catoggio introduced the entire grade to individuals from around campus to learn what they do. In the months following, students interviewed and worked with members of the Facilities, Athletics, Academics, Admission,

Development

and

Responsible

Citizenship

Some of the ideas presented included a

departments to become experts about their

renovation of the 3rd and 4th Grade playground

respective responsibilities.

to incorporate a ninja course, climbing wall

In May, students visited nine different

and tire swing; a tablet complete with finger

Richmond-area organizations or businesses

scanner and credit card swipe to make it easier

including the University of Richmond Facilities

for people to donate to Collegiate; a watch to

Department, Richmond Ballet, Visual Arts

help exchange students translate their classes

Center, Community Ideas Station and Institute

and a more comfortable chair for students.

for Contemporary Art.

While at these locations, they conducted

and creativity that they bring to the process

interviews and took note of ideas that they

of the Capstone, and the process and skill

hoped to apply to their work with technology

development are the focus, not the final product,

at Collegiate. When they returned to campus,

said Mrs. Sisisky.

the students worked through the design-

thinking process in groups to create ideas

and how hard they are at this age, will help

for making real change in their School. They

these students feel empowered as learners and

then presented their creations before a panel

collaborators through their lives,” she said.

Fourth Graders have incredible strengths

“Helping see the value in these skills,

featuring Collegiate faculty and staff members, who offered feedback.

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S E V ENTH GRADE RS COMP LE T E C O MMU N IT Y S E R V IC E PROJECT In May, Collegiate 7th Graders finished their grade-level community

the community. Sites students visited included The Faison Center,

service project, Connect Richmond, during which they worked with

Circle Center, Sarah Dooley Center for Autism, YWCA Sprout

14 local nonprofit organizations.

School, The Hermitage, Lewis Ginter, Linwood Holton Elementary

School, Spring Arbor of Richmond and Shalom Farms.

Service Learning, one of the eight pillars in Collegiate’s

Institute for Responsible Citizenship, appears throughout the

School’s divisions and grade levels. It serves as a teaching strategy

Richmond, students develop empathy and a deeper understanding of

that integrates meaningful service with instruction and reflection

their surrounding community,” said Suzanne Fleming, Collegiate’s

to enrich the learning process.

Director of Service Learning and Civic Engagement. “When that

experience is coupled with curricular ties to English and Advisory,

Connect Richmond, now in its third year, fosters interaction

and connection between students and the individuals they meet in

LO C A L H I G H S C H O O L STU DEN TS V IS IT

COLLEGIATE FOR artsPOWER Seventy-five high school dancers, musicians, artists and thespians from around the region gathered on Collegiate’s campus in April for a host of master classes to hone their skills. The students from area public and private schools participated in artsPOWER, an annual daylong event during which the students learn from local professionals and collaborate with like-minded peers in the visual arts, music, dance and theater. It was Collegiate’s fourth time hosting artsPOWER since the program was established 12 years ago.

This year’s students hailed from Collegiate, Appomattox

Regional Governor’s School, Benedictine, Henrico High School Center for the Arts, St. Christopher’s, St. Catherine’s, St. Gertrude’s and Trinity Episcopal. They were grouped together to attend a workshop in each area of art — music, art, dance and theater — then used what they learned to develop a piece for their group to perform at day’s end.

“Seeing how students from different schools come

together and realize how much they have in common with one another is the best part of the experience,” said Mike Boyd, Collegiate’s Director of Performing Arts. “They start the day as strangers and end the day as friends, having discovered that the arts are a form of creativity and communication they all share. This day always provides justification to those in the arts as to why their passion is so enriching and meaningful when it brings so many of them together.”

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“By engaging with various organizations and people throughout

the experience becomes richer and more meaningful.”


V I LLAGE G RE E N FAI R GO E S V IN TA G E

Crowds of Collegiate families and friends enjoyed a picture-perfect day for the 53rd Annual Village Green Fair, this year themed Vintage. Organized by the Parents’ Association, the spring event is the School’s largest fundraiser in addition to gathering the community for food and fun! Thanks to event co-chairs Katherine Adamson ’96, Nancy Jo Kantner ’95, the organizing committee and all of the volunteers who made the day such a success!

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The spring season featured multiple music and dance concerts by students in all divisions.

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COLLEGIATE PLANS NEW ROPES COURSE Collegiate will install a high and low ropes course on the Mooreland Road campus to enhance curriculum in the Middle School and Upper School.

The new ropes course will be named in honor of alum Stephen

P. Adamson, Jr. ’92, a dedicated husband and father who enjoyed a passion for the outdoors. Construction is slated to begin this summer. Donations from several generous Collegiate supporters made this

project possible.

boundaries and pushing limits with static and dynamic elements high

High ropes elements will focus on individual growth, overcoming

The course will serve as an extension of Outdoor Collegiate,

off the ground. Students will move through problems and elements

which was created in 2011 to expose students to nontraditional

that will challenge them to focus, breathe, trust, set goals, fail, become

athletics and the James River, with a focus on best practices in

self-aware, recognize resilience and celebrate success.

outdoor skills. Outdoor Collegiate, which has grown exponentially

since its inception, strives to create lifelong lovers of the outdoors

will be fortunate to have a high and low ropes course on the Collegiate

through exposure to climbing, biking, hiking, paddling and advocating

campus that allows teachers to incorporate it into the curriculum in

for the environment, as well as to enrich team building, confidence

various ways.

and leadership development.

leadership skills and build on how groups work together,” he said.

Low ropes elements will create opportunities for team building,

Brad Cooke, Outdoor Collegiate Program Leader, says the School

“These courses are laboratories where you can really build on

confidence and leadership development and challenge students to

organize, lead, disseminate information, allocate resources, fail,

like to support this project, please contact Jennifer Wilkins at

communicate, follow, delegate, speak and listen.

jwilkins@collegiate-va.org or 804.741.9718.

Fundraising is ongoing. For more information or if you would

In May, Charlie Blair, Head of the Middle School, led the way for rising 5th Graders as they participated in the Collegiate tradition, Crossing the Bridge.

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FOND FAREWELLS

At a ceremony in the Sharp Academic Commons on May 17, 2018, the Collegiate community celebrated the careers and combined 255 years of service of this year’s retiring faculty and staff members. These reflections were written by Head of School Steve Hickman.

Allen Chamberlain Allen Chamberlain arrived at Collegiate in the fall of 1987 as the head librarian of the Reed-Gumenick Library, which at the time served both the Middle and Upper Schools. As technology became more available at Collegiate, Allen was instrumental in transitioning the library to an electronic catalog and in migrating the reference collection to online databases. She worked closely with the School’s technology team to support the integration of technology into the curriculum, including teaching many classes and summer workshops. Allen has consistently been an early adopter, embracing enthusiastically many of the School’s new initiatives. She was a Senior Seminar teacher for

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many years, partnering with colleagues to teach the TEDxYouth@RVA and the CreateAthon classes. She is an active supporter of the new senior Capstone program. One of Allen’s most significant and lasting contributions was her influential work in helping design the Sharp Academic Commons. When asked about what she will miss most about her 31 years at Collegiate, her response was immediate: “the people.” Insightful, perceptive, collaborative, committed, empathetic, inclusive and grateful — this Renaissance educator, compassionate colleague and devoted friend has forever changed our School.


Sally Chambers From the moment she arrived at Collegiate 33 years ago, Middle School counselor Sally Chambers has helped make this community a better place for all. In 1986, she developed and led the implementation of the Middle School Advisory program, an innovative and nationally recognized program known for its student-centered approach. Sally has also provided important leadership in Collegiate’s diversity and inclusion efforts and has supported the work of our Inclusion Team for many years. Through her early involvement, key initiatives, such as Mosaic, were developed. Sally was part of a team that developed a series of thematic religion assemblies for Middle Schoolers that have offered meaningful student learning opportunities. She also laid the groundwork

for our coordinated service learning approach, which stretches across all four Middle School grade levels. She served as the first Middle School service coordinator, and her initial work paved the way for our current Envision Richmond Capstone program. Her compassion and empathy when working with Middle School students and families to help them navigate the challenging pre-adolescent/adolescent years is truly a gift. She also has been a trusted advisor and friend to many colleagues, always serving as a voice of reason, bringing calm and grace to difficult situations. Her moral compass and wisdom are without equal. As one colleague once shared, “Sally is the heart and soul of the Middle School.”

Ellen Clore Ellen Clore started at Collegiate as a substitute teacher in 1991. Two years later, she was asked to assume a full-time position and was charged with growing the burgeoning Lower School science program. In her 25 years at Collegiate, Ellen has instilled in our young people what it means to think like a scientist. Her lessons allow our students to get their hands dirty and practice the persistence it takes to make discoveries. A fine example is the Lower School garden, which Ellen led the way in establishing, to ensure that students learned to appreciate how the natural world works and what part we must all play for nature to thrive.

For many years, you could find Ellen here during the summer months tending the garden, ensuring that this outdoor laboratory would be ready to go when Lower Schoolers arrived. Her projects have pushed students to be creative problem solvers and inquisitive thinkers. More recently, she has worked closely with Frank Becker to integrate science and engineering and to develop her students’ visual thinking skills. Ellen considers Collegiate her second home and will greatly miss her daily interactions with her colleagues and students. As many of you kncvow, she is quick to downplay her many contributions and deflect praise for her great work. We all know better.

Ray Crouch The often-quoted U.S. Postal Service creed “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds” must have been written with Ray Crouch in mind. Day after day for the past 10 years, Ray makes sure that the Collegiate mail is delivered on time and to the right place. Nothing stands in his way in making sure that he gets the job done. If you are new to Collegiate, it does not take long for Ray to seek you out and befriend you. Within minutes, he will make you feel like he has known you for years and that you have always been an integral part of the Collegiate

community. Always quick with a warm smile and lively conversation, Ray brings much joy to the many he comes in contact with every day. His genuine concern for his colleagues is just a part of who he is. When Ray wishes you a great day, not only does he mean it, he’ll also do his part to ensure that it happens. For several years, Ray also coached Cub football. His influence on his players went well beyond the X’s and O’s of the game. His real interest in coaching was sharing with young people the life lessons that the game offers. Ray represents the very best of what it means to be a part of our caring community.

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Helen Coulson In 1993, the Hershey Center for the Arts was scheduled to open and the community excitedly awaited this much-anticipated event. Headmaster Rob Hershey knew, however, that he needed to find the right person to lead the budding instrumental program and to ignite interest in it among Collegiate students. When he handed the reins over to Director of Instrumental Music Helen Coulson 25 years ago, it was arguably one of his very best decisions. Starting with an inspired vision, a relentless drive and just 10 students, the K-12 instrumental program now numbers more than 300. The impact of the program is felt throughout every division. Among her many accomplishments, Helen was one of the key architects of several of our most

successful instrumental classes. Her orchestras have consistently received superior ratings at instrumental festivals and adjudications. For 25 years, when the lights dimmed, the audience fell silent and the baton went up, something special always followed. Always composed, even during the most difficult of circumstances, this remarkable visionary leaves a legacy of excellence that will always be with us. However, what Helen will be most remembered for and what she values more than anything else are the countless relationships with students and colleagues she has nurtured and built over the course of her many years here. She is a trusted mentor, inspirational guide, wise counselor and steadfast friend.

Laura Fields Whether urging on her treasured Campus Cubs, encouraging more robust singing in Town Hall meetings or calming down an upset child, Assistant Head of Lower School Laura Fields can usually be found right in the thick of Lower School campus life. With so many moving parts in the Lower School, Laura somehow keeps all the trains running and running on time. If things are working well in the Lower School, it is likely Laura had something to do with it. Laura’s enduring contributions to Collegiate’s academic landscape over 16 years are many. In particular, she was instrumental in supporting the development of our current Lower School math program, adding a Lower School math specialist, establishing a Lower School

Karen Hurd It is hard to know where to start when describing Lower School technology teacher Karen Hurd’s many significant accomplishments and contributions to Collegiate over 31 years. After arriving on Mooreland Road in 1987, this innovative trailblazer hit the ground running. Beginning her Collegiate career as a lead classroom teacher, Karen was one of our School’s early technology adopters. It was in these early years at Collegiate that her love for technology and the exciting opportunities it offered Collegiate’s young people emerged, and her classroom became a hub for those who wished to see technology in action. Karen has also been a leader in the School’s focus on economics. Her 4th Grade classroom’s project, Techie T’s and Arizona Imports, was recognized locally, regionally and nationally. Karen was recognized with the

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1995-96 National Award for Teaching Economics for this groundbreaking work. Geography has not limited Karen’s thirst for great ideas and thinking. In 1998, she was awarded a fellowship by the Keizai Koho Center. Joining 21 other educators from around the globe, she spent 16 days visiting and studying schools and businesses in Japan, bringing back to Collegiate students and faculty all that she had learned. In 2006, she attended a conference at Colegio Carol Baur, becoming the first faculty member to establish our relationship with one of Collegiate’s most important global partners. More recently, Karen introduced our Lower School students to coding, through our participation in the Hour of Code, and adding Scratch and Scratch Jr. to the curriculum.

Math Lab and supporting the implementation of the guided math approach as our standard Lower School classroom instructional method. Laura was also actively involved in starting our Lower School team-teaching model, through which our Academic Services faculty work collaboratively in the classroom with our grade-level teachers. This studentcentered approach has expanded our capacity to meet the needs of all of our young people. Most importantly, Laura will be remembered for the many relationships she has developed and nurtured during her tenure at Collegiate. Colleagues, students and parents have all been the beneficiaries of her wise advice, unwavering support and faithful friendship.


Robert Moore Robert Moore began his service 20 years ago as Collegiate’s grounds supervisor. His knowledge and skill played a large part in professionalizing our Grounds Maintenance Program. It was during his early years that, by introducing new concepts and practices into our program, Robert set new standards for athletic field maintenance and campus beautification. He ultimately developed the framework for later stewards of our campus landscape. After several years, Robert took a break from Collegiate, but returned after a short while,

noting that the grass wasn’t necessarily greener at other educational institutions. During his second tour of duty as a Cougar, his skills in facility management helped further shape the routines, practices and composition of the Physical Plant. Whether he was resolving a request for assistance, tackling a unique challenge or mentoring a staff member, Robert could be counted upon to keep Collegiate’s best interest in heart while developing fair and equitable solutions.

Holly Smith For 24 years, Lower School art teacher Holly Smith’s welcoming spirit has always warmly invited others into her classroom, letting you know quickly that special things happen in this place. For many years, Holly has inspired her students and colleagues to reach a little higher, do things a little differently and push boundaries a bit further. Enthusiastically sharing her passion for art with her students, it is evident that Holly is answering a call to help young people find their voices and unleash their creativity. Her impact on the Lower School and its curriculum is impressive and highlights the lofty aspirations she has for her students and their growth. Three years ago, Holly was asked to develop a JK program that challenged her to think about how to introduce to our youngest Cougars the concept of being an artist, the tools artists use and how to observe and appreciate art in the world. The curriculum

she has crafted meshes beautifully with so many areas of the JK program. As her JK colleagues will tell you, what she has created is magical! Holly has enthusiastically incorporated empathy and service learning into her work with her students — planting the seeds for life-changing growth for years to come. The recent publication of two children’s books with her students, Pagne Pals and Ari and Isla Ride Out the Storm, are timely demonstrations of this essential work. Holly also created Studio Two-Global Connections through Art and Social Entrepreneurship, a program through which students create products for a Lower School African market. This effort has raised more than $5,000 in four years to fund a growing library for our partner school in Cameroon. Holly models well the pioneering spirit that goes to the heart of teaching at Collegiate.

Stojan and Zrinka Yerkic After 20 years of dedicated service, Lower School custodians Zrinka Yerkic and Stojan Yerkic will leave Collegiate in the same way they arrived — together. The Yerkics came to Richmond in 1998, about six years after fleeing their war-torn homeland, Bosnia. Stojan joined Collegiate soon after they settled in the area and Zrinka was hired just one week later. The Yerkics have served our School community with distinction ever since. By helping ensure that the Lower School is a welcoming and warm space, their service has extended well beyond the important duties of making sure the buildings are clean, safe and healthy environments. Zrinka’s kindness, compassion and love of life have touched Lower School teachers, students and parents. Her

gentle ways are endearing, and she is always willing to step in and support anyone in need. On occasion, she has also been known to share delicious homemade treats made with recipes from her home country. Stojan’s warm smile and heartfelt hello are a familiar and welcomed greeting on the Lower School campus. His tireless work ethic and positive attitude have served as an inspiration to us all. On several occasions, Stojan has spoken to Lower School classes about his home country, the journey his family endured moving here and the love he and his family have for the United States. It takes only a few minutes of listening to his story for our young people to appreciate how special his family is to our community.

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ADDITIONAL DEPARTURES • • • • • • • • •

Middle School science teacher Cindy Cargas, after 24 years

After 14 years, Upper School Counselor and Mindfulness

teaching, 10 with Collegiate, left to pursue other endeavors.

Instructor Alex Peavey joined Health and Family

Upper School history teacher Ashley Sipe decided to teach

Psychologists of Virginia as the practice’s

part time. Grounds Supervisor Allison Moyer left for a position at the

closer to family in New York. Middle School history teacher Ken Miller left after four years to teach closer to his home in Urbanna, Virginia.

• •

Junior Kindergarten lead teacher Ann Woods Byrne decided to leave Collegiate to be a stay-at-home mom. Kindergarten teacher Sydney O’Neill decided to leave Collegiate to take care of her new baby. Kindergarten teacher Molly Revere decided to step away from Collegiate to spend more time with her family. After eight years at Collegiate, Institute for Responsible Citizenship Director and Director of Strategic Planning Clare

After five years, Technical Director/Set Designer Zach Townsend accepted a position as performing arts technical

University of Richmond. Computer Systems Administrator Jason McKend left to be

mindfulness consultant.

coordinator at Westminster Canterbury. Technical Theater Director Jon Shelley decided to leave Collegiate after 17 years to pursue other opportunities. Irrigation Technician/Groundskeeper Bryant Logan departed Collegiate after several years to pursue

• • •

new opportunities. Third Grade teacher Monique Boston decided to pursue teaching opportunities closer to family in New York. Winter Party and Auction Assistant Susan Brizzolara decided to step away from special events after four years. After three years, Director of Choral Music Lynn Atkins accepted a position at Falling Creek Middle School.

Sisisky accepted the position of Executive Director of the Global Education Benchmark Group.

ON THE MOVE • • • • • • •

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Tammy Dunn moved from Technology Department office manager to Physical Plant facilities manager. After nine years, Katie Musick moved from teaching 3rd Grade to the Middle School. Cheryl Gahagan moved from Lower School Curriculum and Instruction Coordinator to Assistant Head of Lower School: Curriculum and Instruction. LaNessa West moved from Co-Chair of the Academic Services Department to Assistant Head of Lower School: Student Progress. Tia Owen moved from Junior Kindergarten associate teacher for the past three years to lead JK teacher. Beth Wilson moved from Kindergarten assistant teacher to Kindergarten teacher. Jackie O’Toole moved from teaching 1st Grade to 3rd Grade.


WINTER AND SPRING

SPORTS ROUNDUP

Travis Reifsnider ’18

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WINTER 2018 BOYS’ SWIM AND DIVE 12-2

BOYS’ INDOOR TRACK

All-Prep: Charles Armstrong ’20; Zach Cram ’19 (Prep League record 51.38 in

All-Prep: Brett Oney ’18; KJ Rodgers ’19 All-State: Oney ’18; Rodgers ’19 (Second Team); Kitchy Hyman ’21

Prep League Champion // 2nd in VISAA

100 fly); Stephen Laming ’19; Christian Mayr ’22; Iain Moore ’19; Liam Ryan ’21; Andrew Scott ’18 (diving - 3rd straight Prep Championship; Prep and School record 568.95 points) Prep League Coach of the Year: Mike Peters All-State: 200 medley relay state champions (Armstrong ’19, Cram ’19, Moore ’19, Ryan ’21); Cram ’19 (100 fly); Laming ’19 (200 free); Scott ’18 Richmond Times-Dispatch All-Metro: Scott ’18 (First Team); Cram ’19 (Second Team) Boys’ Diving Coach of the Year: Diane Maiese

GIRLS’ SWIM AND DIVE 12-3 2nd in LIS // 3rd in VISAA

All-LIS: Leslie Albrecht ’20; Caroline Baber ’18 (school record 421.40 points); Sally Ennis ’19; MacKenzie Ferguson ’22; Caroline Hall ’18 (diving) All-State: 200 medley relay (Albrecht ’20, Baber ’18, Ennis ’19, Avery Rogers ’20); Baber ’18 (100 breaststroke); Hall ’18

4th in Prep League // 3rd in VISAA (Honorable Mention)

Richmond Times-Dispatch All-Metro: Oney ’18 (shot put); Rodgers ’19 (500 meters)

GIRLS’ INDOOR TRACK 2nd in LIS // 2nd in VISAA

All-LIS: Caliyah Bennett ’20; Maggie Bostain ’20 All-State: Maisy Fling ’18; Maddy Watkins ’19 (Second Team); Bostain ’20, Emily Mendelson ’18; Grace Stratford ’18; Kathryn Sutherland ’22 (Honorable Mention) Richmond Times-Dispatch All-Metro: Mendelson ’18 (pole vault); Regan Berger ’21; Bostain ’20; Izzy LeBey ’18; Sophia Warner ’21 (4x400 relay team)

State Sportsmanship Award

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL 14-11

WRESTLING

All-LIS: Tierra Morris ’18 Richmond Times-Dispatch All-Metro: Morris ’18 (Third Team)

LIS Semifinalist

5th in Prep League // 16th in VISAA All-Prep: Marshall Campbell ’20; Walker Cummins ’19; Eli Gee ’19, Ethan Ruh ’18; Sky Song ’19 All-State: Campbell ’20; Gee ’19; Ruh ’18

BOYS’ BASKETBALL 21-6 Prep League Runner-up

INDOOR SOCCER

Green 16-4-3 // Valentine Classic Champion Gold 5-11-2 // Valentine Classic Quarterfinalist

All-Prep: Robbie Beran ’19; T Brewer ’18; Jack Wyatt ’18 All Tournament Team: Beran ’19; Wyatt ’18 Sportsmanship Award: Collegiate and Fork Union Military Academy

Valentine Classic Tournament MVP: Ned Schutt ’18 Valentine Classic All-Tournament Team: Akum Dhillon ’20; Shaan Kapadia ’19

Andrew Scott ’18

Stephen Laming ’19

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Caroline Hall ’18


Caroline Baber ’18

Carson Groce-Wright ’18

Brett Oney ’18

Credit: Tom Veazey (Milestat)

KJ Rodgers ’19

FORMER WRESTLING COACH

INDUCTED INTO HALL OF FAME

Don Pate, founder of the Collegiate School wrestling program, was inducted into the Virginia Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame on April 21, 2018. Mr. Pate not only started the Collegiate wrestling program in 1982-83, but as coach, he led the team to back-to-back state championships in 1988 and 1989. He also served as an assistant coach under one of his former wrestlers, Wortie Ferrell ’88, as the team won a third state championship in 1999. In his eight-year tenure at Collegiate, Mr. Pate was named Coach of the Year three times. Several former wrestlers from Collegiate were on hand for the induction. Congratulations, Coach Pate!

Ethan Ruh ’18

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TWO BASKETBALL PLAYERS REACH 1,000-POINT MILESTONE Tierra Morris, senior point guard on the Collegiate girls’ varsity basketball team (No. 10), scored her 1,000th point against Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School, making her the fourth girl in Cougar basketball history to reach the milestone. She joins Dominique Meeks ’09, Annie Hawthorne ’14 and Anna Wilson ’16. Tierra will continue her basketball career at Gettysburg College in the fall.

Collegiate senior forward Jack Wyatt, a member

of the boys’ varsity basketball team since the 201516 season, also scored his 1,000th point. He joins Rick Wiltshire ’64, Sanford Boisseau ’68, Gus Collier ’70 and Jake McGee ’10 in the 1,000-point club. Jack will play basketball for Hampden-Sydney College in the fall.

COLLEGIATE TO HOST

U SA BASKE T BAL L CAM P Collegiate will host the 2018 USA Basketball Richmond Boys Regional Camp on Aug. 4-5. The camp, the first to be hosted in the mid-Atlantic region, will provide an opportunity for boys 10-16 years old to learn from USA Basketball-licensed coaches. Del Harris, Collegiate School’s Head Boys’ Varsity Basketball Coach

VARSITY BOYS’ BASKETBALL TEAM HAS BEST SEASON

IN 45 YEARS

and Program Leader (pictured at right), will serve as the lead coach for the camp and direct about 30 volunteer coaches from around the region. Collegiate athletic trainer Shannon Winston will serve as the camp’s lead trainer. “To have USA Basketball come to Collegiate is an honor, and this is a great opportunity to invite the Richmond community to our campus,” he said.

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The 2017-18 team finished 21-6 and played in the Prep League finals against Trinity Episcopal School, which won the title.


SPRING 2018 SOCCER 18-3-2

TENNIS 16-3

All-LIS: Julia Edwards ’20; Maisy Fling ’18; Maggie Fralin ’20; Kate Johnston

All-Prep: Dorsey Ducharme ’18 (#2 singles, #1 doubles); Shaan Kapadia ’19 (#5 singles);

’19; Kaitlyn Sanderson ’19

Scott Phillips ’18 (#1 singles, #1 doubles, Prep League tournament MVP); Charlie Willard ’19 (#6 singles) All-State: Ducharme ’18 (First Team); Phillips ’18 (Player of the Year, First Team) Coach of the Year: Karin Whitt

LIS Runner-up // VISAA Champion LIS Coach of the Year: Rob Ukrop All-State: Edwards ’20; Fling ’18; Fralin ’20; Johnston ’19; Marianna McComb ’21; Sanderson ’19

SOFTBALL 15-9

Prep League Champion // VISAA Champion

All-LIS: Bailey Andress ’19; Madison Flinchum ’20; Avery Freeman ’18;

Two Collegiate girls’ tennis players, Helena Huff ’21 and Sophie Mitchell ’19, received awards from the Richmond Tennis Association in February recognizing their commitment and dedication to the sport. Helena received Most Improved Player Honors and Sophie received the Sue Cain Award for sportsmanship.

Claire Powell ’18 All-State: Andress ’19; Flinchum ’20; Powell ’18 (First Team); Freeman ’18 (Second Team)

BOYS’ TRACK AND FIELD

LIS Runner-up // VISAA Runner-up

BASEBALL 16-7

2nd in Prep League // VISAA Semifinalist All-Prep: Trey Boll ’20; Travis Reifsnider ’18; Lew Rice ’19;

Michael Stewart ’20 All-State: Reifsnider ’18 (First Team); Rice ’19 (Second Team)

BOYS’ LACROSSE 14-8

3rd in Prep League // VISAA Quarterfinalist

All-Prep: Andrew Cooke ’18; Jack Piland ’19; Joe White ’18 (Co-Player of the Year); Garrett Wilson ’18 All-State: White ’18 (First Team); Cooke ’18 (Second Team) Prep League Sportsmanship Award (shared with St. Christopher’s School)

GIRLS’ LACROSSE 11-10 LIS Runner-up // VISAA Quarterfinalist

All-LIS: Maggie Bostain ’20; Caroline Hall ’18; Rachel Lifson ’19; Harper Zaun ’18 All-State: Bostain ’20 (First Team); Lifson ’19 (Second Team)

5th in Prep League // 6th in VISAA

All-Prep: Liam Bellamy ’20; John Diemer ’18; Will Neuner ’22; Johnny White ’20 (1st in 4x800) All-State: Kitchy Hyman ’21 (First Team, 1st in shot put); Bellamy ’20, Diemer ’18, Neuner ’22, White ’20 (Second Team, 2nd in 4x800); Thomas Graeber ’18 (Honorable Mention)

Sportsmanship Award

GIRLS’ TRACK AND FIELD 2nd in LIS // VISAA Runner-up

All-LIS: Izzy LeBey ’18 (1st in 3200); Emily Mendelson ’18 (1st in 300 hurdles); Elyse Cram ’21, Mohini Johri ’19, LeBey ’18, Maddy Watkins ’19 (1st in 4x800); Sadie Woodhouse ’20 (1st in shot put) All-State: Mendelson ’18 (First Team; state champion in triple jump; most valuable field events); Eliza Stone ’22 (First Team, state champion in high jump); Mendelson ’18 (Second Team, 2nd in long jump, 2nd in pole vault); Woodhouse ’20 (Second Team; 2nd in shot put); Kathryn Sutherland ’22 (Second Team; 2nd in 3200); Cram ’21, Johri ’19, LeBey ’18, Watkins ’19 (Honorable Mention, 3rd in 4x800)

GOLF 8-5

3rd in Prep League // Tied for 4th in VISAA All-Prep: Hunter Milligan ’21

Collegiate earned the Prep League Sportsmanship Award for 2017-18.

Liam Bellamy ’20

Jack Montague ’18

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Maisy Fling ’18

Maggie Bostain ’20

Collegiate girls' soccer and boys' tennis teams each won their respective VISAA state title in 2018.

Scott Phillips ’18 was a finalist for the 2018 Richmond Times-Dispatch/Sports Backers Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

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ATHLETIC DIRECTOR NAMED TO VISAA HALL OF FAME Collegiate School Athletic Director Karen

Doxey was elected to the 2018 Class of

Associate Athletic Director in 1990 and

the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic

began serving as Co-Athletic Director in

Association Hall of Fame. She, along with

1999 — a position she held until being

four other individuals, was honored at the

named Athletic Director in July 2013. She

Hall of Fame Banquet in April 2018.

said it’s an honor to be recognized by her

peers and also to have an opportunity to

Mrs. Doxey’s coaching and athletic

Mrs. Doxey was named Collegiate’s

leadership career in Virginia spans nearly

coach such wonderful young athletes.

40 years. She started her career at Norfolk

Academy before coming to Collegiate in

me,” she said. “I’ve had so many kids that

1987 to teach health and physical education

have gone on and done really well as people,

and coach varsity field hockey and lacrosse.

as captains of their teams in college and

She was head coach of both sports for more

in their professions. What has been so

than a decade before shifting her focus

rewarding has been seeing them do so well.”

“Along the way, the kids have taught

solely to field hockey.

On May 2, Joe White ’18 became the first player in Virginia history to reach 400 career points in a game against Benedictine College Preparatory. He scored two goals and two assists to reach the milestone. Joe will continue his playing career at Penn State University in the fall.

Claire Powell ’18

Emily Mendelson ’18

C O LLEGIATE NA MED S A FE SPORTS 1ST T E A M S C H O O L Collegiate earned recognition from the National Athletic Trainers' Association and was named a Safe Sports 1st Team School — a designation granted to leaders in sports safety who serve as model communities concerned with their student-athletes and their care.

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LOWER SCHOOL GRADUATION

June 1, 2018

Debbie Miller, Head of Lower School, handed out certificates to 116 4th Graders at the Lower School Graduation on June 1, 2018. “As this class makes its way across the bridge, I can’t wait to see what new, unexpected adventures await them,” she remarked.

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1. Aashna Gupta beams as she strides into the graduation ceremony. 2. Caroline Benjamin accepts her certificate from Head of Lower School Debbie Miller. 3. Alex Yu processes into the Seal Athletic Center. 4. Reid Campbell looks sharp for graduation. 5. Head of Lower School Debbie Miller shares her thoughts on the Class of 2026. 6. Rita Taylor walks into the ceremony with her classmates. 7. Lower School faculty members look on with pride. 8. Zach Jarvis is officially a rising 5th Grader. 9. Graduates recite the Pledge of Allegiance.

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MIDDLE SCHOOL FINAL EXERCISES

June 1, 2018

AWA R D S

Middle School faculty choose recipients.

HUGH H. ADDY AWARD

ADELINE COWLES COX MUSIC AWARD

Christian Mayr

Piano - Isabella Lee Strings - D’yan Robinson Band - Amanda Tan

DIRECTOR'S AWARD

Harry Shaia 1

CHORAL MUSIC AWARD D.A.R. CITIZENSHIP AWARD

Maria Bonwell

Jay Seevers Zehma Herring

SCIENCE AWARD

FRY CUP

Olivia Fairlamb Grant Armstrong

Isabella Lee LANGUAGE AWARDS

DRAMA AWARD

Latin - Catherine Horner and Will Neuner French - Madie Vincent and Will Neuner Spanish - Maggie Bowling and Will Porter Chinese - Kate Riopelle and Jack Hill

Alice Hallock Hugh Williams

FERNEYHOUGH ENGLISH AWARD

SUE H. JETT AWARD

Natalie Ford ART AWARD

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Anju Natarajan Dylan Robinson 3

Catherine Horner DANCE AWARD

Lauren Handley

JOHN P. COATES ENGLISH AWARD

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PHYSICAL EDUCATION AWARD

HISTORY AWARD

HIGHEST ACADEMIC AVERAGE - 8TH GRADE YEAR

Lauren Handley Ian Quindoza

Alice Hallock Mason Chapman

Isabella Lee Will Neuner

TECHNOLOGY AWARD

MATH AWARD

HIGHEST ACADEMIC AVERAGE - FOUR YEARS

John Cheek Ella McDaniel

Isabella Lee Joshua Warner

Cassie Buxbaum Isabella Lee Joshua Warner

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1. Patrick Brennan shakes hands with Head of School Steve Hickman. 2. Angelo Parker prepares to hear his name called. 3. Dance teacher Stacy Dudley hugs award winner Lauren Handley. 4. Joshua Warner receives the John P. Coates English Award from Mr. Coates. 5. Brock Smullen strides across the stage after earning his certificate. 6. Isabella Lee receives the first of several awards. 7. SCA co-chair Jay Seevers reflects on his class and the 2017-18 school year. 8. Graduates get ready to receive their certificates. 9. Head of Middle School Charlie Blair congratulates Lena Bullard.

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Congrats to the Class of

HERE’S TO YOU, COUGARS EN J O Y TH IS LO O K B A C K AT Y O U R S ENIOR YEAR!

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Not too many months ago, we began the 2017-18 school year. As always, the anticipation and excitement were evident from opening week. ‌ We were filled with lofty expectations. I believe we would all agree that our high hopes were not misplaced. We have had an outstanding year and much of the credit goes to the Class of 2018. They have led well, and I thank them for a job well done. Class of 2018, we send you off with great hope and confidence to move us forward. We do so with much excitement and love.

– Steve Hickman, Head of School

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Upper School Commencement

UPPER SCHOOL cOMMENCEMENT May 25, 2018

AWARDS GIVEN AT COMMENCEMENT GREENBAUM AWARD - VALEDICTORIANS Highest four-year academic average

Emily Yue and Taylor Ryckman ROSEMARY MEDAL Caroline Hall

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E. ANGUS POWELL AWARD David Hugo CHARLES F. WILTSHIRE CITIZENSHIP AWARD Brett Oney JOHNEL TATE POFFENBERGER AWARD Emily Mendelson LOUISE MATTERN COLEMAN AWARD Avery Freeman

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HONORS ASSEMBLY AWARDS Recipients, who were selected by Upper School faculty and administrators, were honored on May 23, 2018.

HARVARD PRIZE BOOK AWARD Jensen Richardson ’19 WELLESLEY BOOK AWARD Laura Fairlamb ’19

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JEFFERSON BOOK AWARD Matthew Barbieri ’19 Eliza Goggins ’19 BROWN BOOK AWARD Will Hutchins ’19 Maddy Watkins ’19 DARTMOUTH BOOK AWARD Virginia Kauders ’19 Stephen Laming ’19 MALCOLM U. PITT, JR. SERVICE AWARD Caroline Campos ’18 CIVITAN HONOR KEY Lauren Brizzolara ’18 VIRGINIA COURTNEY SIMPSON AWARD Anika Prakash ’19 ELIZABETH BRYSON POWELL AWARD Wescott Lowe ’18 WILLIAM & MARY LEADERSHIP AWARD Annie Mahoney ’19

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HELEN MOON SENIOR ENGLISH AWARD Zach Bostic ’18 Madeline Smith ’18 SENIOR CREATIVE WRITING AWARD Olivia Dimond ’18

1. Co-valedictorian Taylor Ryckman finishes his address to the Class of 2018. 2. Upper School Head Patrick Loach hands co-valedictorian Emily Yue the Greenbaum Award. 3. Caitlin Allocca lines up with her fellow graduates-to-be. 4. SCA co-chairs Kieran Cottrell and Lee Kennon lead the recession. 5. The 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award recipients were Janet Jarman ’85 and Jay DeVoe ’82. 6. Lizzie Turner and Tyler Tunstall revel in the festivities. 7. Head of School Steve Hickman presents Dorsey Ducharme with his diploma.

CHARLOTTE STEVENS JUNIOR ENGLISH AWARD Natasha Makarova ’19 Charlie Willard ’19 BRITTEN SENIOR MATH AWARD Scott Phillips ’18 Emily Yue ’18

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PERROW SENIOR HISTORY AWARD Spencer Lyons ’18 Madeline Smith ’18 MARGARET DANIEL SENIOR SCIENCE AWARD Emily Yue ’18 OSBORNE SENIOR SCIENCE AWARD David Hugo ’18 DR. TAPAN HAZRA SCIENCE AWARD Avery Schebell ‘20

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HIRSCHLER SCIENCE RESEARCH AWARD Charlie Willard ’19 ENGARD SENIOR ART AWARD Izzy LeBey ’18 Meade Spotts ’18 JAKE MACNELLY SENIOR ART PURCHASE AWARD Sponsored by the Class of 1990

Haley Kellam ’18 Madeline Smith ’18 SCOTT HARDEN SENIOR PERFORMING ARTS AWARD Ashray Namala ’18 Emily Yue ’18

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CAROLYN LEVEY MUSIC AWARD Georgia Vaughan ’18

1. Thomas Graeber soaks it all in. 2. Ashray Namala receives the Dr. Martha E. Kolbe Award. 3. Chelsie Cheon heads to the stage. 4. Caroline Hall receives the Rosemary Medal. 5. Alex Hartmann reaches out for a fist bump. 6. Alumni Association president Beth Flippo Hutchins ’88 congratulates Alex Smith ‘65 on the renaming of the Distinguished Alumni Service Award in his honor. 7. Family members enjoy Commencement. 8. The Class of 2018 files out.


OSBORNE MUSIC AWARD David Hugo ’18

WEBB SENIOR SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD Caroline Hall ’18

THESPIAN AWARD Olivia Dimond ’18 Turner Wood ’18

JACOBS SENIOR SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD T Brewer ’18

TECHNICAL THEATER AWARD Ashray Namala ’18

REED SENIOR ATHLETIC AWARD Avery Freeman ’18

DANCE AWARD Ellie Angle ’18 FRANCES LEIGH WILLIAMS JOURNALISM AWARD Bailey Andress ’19 Olivia Dimond ’18 Jane Carlton Gremer ’18 Lee Kennon ’18 Elizabeth Klevana ’19 Emily Mendelson ’18

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OUTSTANDING SENIOR ATHLETE AWARD T Brewer ’18 RICHMOND TIMESDISPATCH/SPORTS BACKERS SCHOLAR-ATHLETE AWARD Caroline Hall ’18 Scott Phillips ’18

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JESSICA EDEN JOSEPH ’18 NOV. 17, 1999-MAY 26, 2018

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Jonah Joseph accepts his sister’s diploma.

ollegiate senior Jessica Eden Joseph, who battled colon cancer for nearly two years, died May 26, 2018. At age 17, she was diagnosed, and immediately became an advocate for early detection and awareness. Jessica showed deep compassion for others up until the day she passed. Whether it was donating her hair to Locks of Love at age 5, working with special-needs children or volunteering with seniors at Beth Sholom Home, she always cared more about the well-being of others than herself. Jessica was a member of Congregation Beth Ahabah and was active in BBYO. A straight-A student at Collegiate, she especially loved anatomy and art. Jessica would have graduated with honors, and planned to pursue pre-med to become a surgeon like her grandfather, a dream she had since childhood. She had a deep love for children and enjoyed spending time with her Kindergarten buddy, as well as volunteering for open gym. She fought hard to make it to her high school graduation from Collegiate, the day before she died. Jessica was a loving daughter to Jonathan Joseph and Susan Wysoki; and a loving sister to Jordan Joseph ’15 and Jonah Joseph ’20, who accepted and presented her high school diploma

to her. She also loved and was loved by her husband, Caleb Shaw. She is survived by her grandfather, Jay Joseph; aunts, Jackie and Maureen; and cousins, Lauren, Justin and Brandon. This excerpt from Jessica’s college essay offers a glimpse into this remarkable young woman’s spirit and the inner strength she summoned in the midst of her devastating disease: “When I look deeper, being a survivor really means I woke up and made it one more day. It means I’m lucky. There are others who don’t wake up. Am I just better than them? Did they do something wrong? They didn’t wake up and I did so I am a survivor. Every day I fight physically and mentally. It’s exhausting. Sometimes I want to quit, and then I see someone else fighting an even harder battle and I find the strength inside to keep going. I see the world differently. I never asked to see it this way, but now that I do, I’ve learned to appreciate what I have. Being a survivor means I continuously carry the hardships I face. It means I continue to make more memories, happy and sad, but all worth it.” 45


COlLeGe CHOicES

Colson Williams

Olivia Dimond

Zach Bostic

Carter Norfleet

Turner Wood

Libbie Alexander Thomas Graeber Haley Kell Jack Mairs Maya Pavan Vaden Reid Travis Reifsnider Georgia Vaughan

James Geho

Claire Powell

Daniel Patterson Dusey Hyman

Emily Yue

Catherine Alexander Ellie Angle Laine Beckler David Hugo

Brett Glover

Lizzie Turner

Rebecca Robins

Claire Wilson Dorsey Ducharme Vivian Xu Steele Viverette

Chelsie Cheon

Haley Kellam Duncan Owen Tierra Morris

Spencer Lyons

Brad Cornell Logan Little Polly Sommers Zach Thomas

Nichole Gould Owen Scher

Gabbie Spurlock Will Thexton Harper Zaun

Kenya Minor Ashray Namala

Joe White

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Aidan Mickleburgh

Winston Sisk Meade Spotts Nick Stepanian Jack Wyatt

T Brewer

Claire Thalhimer Garrett Wilson

Jane Carlton Gremer Izzy LeBey


’18 Anna Catherine Martin Helen Stoever

Abby Cole

Hayden Gee Scott Phillips Sam Roberts

Kieran Cottrell

Caroline Baber Caroline Hall Robertson Reed Somers Wilton

Sarah DuBose Austin Tyner Charlie Willingham Lauren Brizzolara

Colleen Marlatt

Amy Kaplan Will Reid Lila Donahue

Reilly Gallagher

QiuQiu Dempsey Addison Ratchford Caitlin Allocca Andrew Cooke Connor McGloin Ted Phillips Grace Stratford Ben Tavenner

George White

Alex Hartmann Mack Murray

Charlie Bugg Carson Groce-Wright Emily Mendelson Madison O’Neil

Zach Cohen

Savanna Ellis Caroline Campos Catherine Clark

Evan Clark Carson Coulbourn Hannah Feder Kate Ferrell Spencer Gorsline Wescott Lowe Sean McHugh Frances Melvin Jack Montague Brett Oney Annie Ryan

Helen Boyd Andrew Ciszek John Diemer Katie Fleming Lee Kennon Matt Kollmansperger Liza Miller Sid Negus Ned Schutt Andrew Scott Tyler Tunstall Eva Whaley

Mohith Dhillon Ashley Eastep Maisy Fling Avery Freeman Ethan Ruh Madeline Smith

Lauren Lynch

Taylor Ryckman

Freddie Saint Attending university in the U.K. Maya Mehta Laney Reed Hayden Vassey

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LEGACIES

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6. Vaden Reid with mother Lee Wallace Reid ’88 7. Charlie Bugg with father Joe Bugg ’82 8. Sarah DuBose with uncle Clay Hilbert ’92, mother Emily Hilbert DuBose ’89 and sister Millie DuBose ’16 9. Brett Oney with mother Emily Baskerville Oney ’89 and aunt Anne Bruce Baskerville Ahearn ’87 10. Claire Thalhimer with father Stanton L. Thalhimer ’82

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1. Duncan Owen with aunt Meda Barnes ’89, father Duncan Owen ’86, aunt Frances Coleman ’92, uncle Clay Coleman ’89 and uncle Robert Owen ’90 2. Hayden Gee with mother Shelia Carreras Gee ’87 and sister Madelyn Gee ’15 3. Haley Kellam with brother Reed Kellam ’15, mother Sarah Goode Kellam ’87 and uncle Eddie Goode, Jr. ’85 4. Frances Melvin with aunt Teresa Alvis Given ’82, uncle Kevin Alvis ’84 and mother Lindsey Melvin ’88 5. Dusey Hyman with father Christian Lee Hyman ’79, sister Emma Hyman ’17 and mother Elizabeth Andrews Hyman ’83 1

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YEARLONG LOOKBACK 1. The final Convocation for the Class of 2018 2.-5.The special bond seniors have with their Kindergartners

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APRIL 1. Prepping for the Annual Art Walk 2. Chatting at the Cum Laude dinner 3. Spring dance concert 4. Gardening with the Kindergartners

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FRIENDS SINCE FOREVER

20052018 In the Class of 2018, there are 87 seniors who have attended Collegiate since Kindergarten. We photographed just some of these lifelong friends who demonstrate that no matter how much they have grown and changed, the strong bonds they formed as 5-year-olds and 6-year-olds still remain.

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Carson Coulbourn & Helen Stoever

Ethan Ruh & Owen Scher

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Sarah DuBose & Caroline Hall

Anna Catherine Martin & Kate Ferrell

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Olivia Dimond & Nichole Gould Ned Schutt, Spencer Lyons & Logan Little

Maya Mehta & Wescott Lowe

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ALUMNI NEWS DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI AWARDS

Two Collegiate graduates were honored at this year’s Commencement, one for her professional excellence and one for his service to the School. Alumni Association President Beth Flippo Hutchins ’88 presented the awards on May 25, 2018. Excerpts from these tributes were written by Robin Ashworth ’85 and Weldon Bradshaw.

Janet Jarman ’85 with her parents, Larry Jarman and Pat Jarman

Janet Jarman ’85 DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI AWARD

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t is often said among photojournalists, the best pictures augment

written stories. In Janet Jarman’s case, the pictures are the story.

development issues, Janet and her husband eventually relocated to

In an industry overwhelmingly dominated by men, Janet has

Mexico, where she began her foray into micro-storytelling, focusing

cultivated tenacious professional grit and solid storytelling instincts

on a long-term documentary approach to the struggles of one young,

to push for meaningful and sometimes risky assignments that have

immigrant Latina girl and her garbage-gleaning, migrant family

become defining aspects of her work.

over the course of nearly two decades.

As a staff photographer for the Miami Herald in the early 1990s,

After earning a graduate degree in environment and

The resulting project focused attention on U.S.-Mexican border

her coverage of Haiti documented devastating street violence, fueled

issues. Marisol gave a name, a representative face and human

by political instability and Jean-Bertrand Aristide’s early rise to

significance to an otherwise dehumanizing political phenomenon.

dominance. But her work in Haiti also captured the spirit and color of

That project, which she presented to students during Collegiate’s

a vibrant, resilient culture with surprising intimacy and compassion.

Centennial Celebration, garnered her a spot in the highly respected TEDx talks.

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Within the last year, Janet filmed Con Madre, a short

the preservation of indigenous traditions associated with

documentary feature commissioned by Every Mother Counts,

childbirth and the intimate, vital relationships of midwives

an international organization founded by model and activist

among their communities.

Christy Turlington, which champions the critical need for

appropriate medical care for women all over the world.

of traditional photojournalism, Janet demonstrates a clear

National Geographic.com selected that project for its short

ability to meet the challenges of an evolving industry. Beyond

film showcase.

simply leading, she uses her platform to draw attention to

issues that demand consideration and, by extension, demand

Recently, Janet was awarded a prestigious, highly

Though already a consummate professional in the realm

competitive MacArthur Fellowship grant to produce a

our attention and concern.

feature-length

documentary

film,

focusing

on

women

in rural, southern Mexico. The work further highlights

For these reasons, we honor her as the 2018

Distinguished Alumna.

critically important reproductive health care among women,

Jay DeVoe ’82 with his sister Mary Garner DeVoe ’79, mother Mary Bruce DeVoe ’56 and wife Amy DeVoe

The Award for Outstanding Service was renamed the Alex Smith Alumni Service Award in honor of Mr. Smith, a member of the Class of 1965, who served his alma mater for 47 years as a teacher and coach, and later as Vice President of Development.

Jay DeVoe ’82

ALEX SMITH ALUMNI SERVICE AWARD

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his year’s recipient of the Alex Smith Alumni Service Award

has immersed himself in the life of Collegiate School. He

and community building. It’s about loyalty and teamwork. It’s

has served on the Alumni Board and as a class agent, telethon

about morale. And it’s about paying forward the many gifts he

caller and reunion volunteer and host.

received when he was a student.

He’s a long-time member of the chain gang at varsity

With Jay, it’s all about connections, enduring friendships

While Jay has given freely of his time and talents, he’s

football home games and, as one of the renowned, culinarily-

done so with absolutely no expectation of credit or recognition.

talented “Three Amigos,” he’s spent countless hours behind

His reward has been and will always be the satisfaction of

“Grillzilla,” sharing in the preparation of creative and tasty

making those around him better and making Collegiate better.

fare for myriad Collegiate functions.

In all that he has done, Jay DeVoe has honored Collegiate.

Jay DeVoe’s service to Collegiate has always been a labor

of love. His smiling countenance, positive attitude and abiding

The recipient of the 2018 Alex Smith Service Award is

Jay DeVoe, Class of 1982, and we honor him.

devotion to his family, friends and alma mater reflect the joy with which he goes through every day of his life.

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ALUM SHARES VISION, SPONSORS VISITOR

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n April, Collegiate alum Kemp Gouldin ’98 met with two groups of students interested in social entrepreneurship and social change — the Middle School Changemakers Club and the International Emerging Leaders – Asia Capstone

class for seniors — to share his vision for a charitable organization he established in Egypt several years ago called Because Baseball. Through Because Baseball, Mr. Gouldin and his team are teaching the sport to citizens of all ages in Cairo to build bridges among families, communities and cultures. In addition, he talked with students about his career developing software technology that translates Arabic and about working throughout the Middle East. Mr. Gouldin also sponsored the visit to Collegiate of one of his Because Baseball coaches, Waleed Abo-Elnour, who serves as the P.E. Lead Teacher at New Generation International Schools in Cairo. During his month-long stay, Mr. Abo-Elnour assisted with coaching Collegiate’s varsity baseball team, explored all aspects of the School’s athletic, physical education and coaching programs, and visited classrooms. He shadowed Athletic Director Karen Doxey, Associate Athletic Director Andrew Stanley and other members of the athletics staff. He spent most of his afternoons with head varsity baseball coach Andrew Slater, assisting at practices. “I’m having fun with the kids,” Mr. Abo-Elnour said. “Maybe they haven’t heard anything about Egypt except seeing pictures from the news. It’s the same for me. I’m here to learn about the U.S. and the people here. And the people are giving me the experience that I am welcome.”

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Kemp Gouldin ’98, with Waleed Abo-Elnour (left), established the nonprofit Because Baseball in Egypt to build bridges among families, communities and cultures through the sport.


ALUM-DEVELOPED MEDICAL DEVICE TRAVELS TO SPACE

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rivate aerospace company Blue Origin launched its New Shepard space vehicle in December 2017 with a payload that included a medical device to treat

traumatic chest trauma in a zero-gravity space environment. The Evolved Medical Microgravity Suction Device was developed by Collegiate alum Charles Marsh Cuttino, M.D. ’86 and his team at Orbital Medicine Inc. in Richmond. Orbital Medicine was founded to develop and provide health care solutions for the space environment. The Evolved Medical Microgravity Suction Device could assist in treatment of a collapsed lung where air and blood enter the pleural cavity. The payload — which included the device along with a hemothorax simulator — was constructed in collaboration with the Purdue University School of Aeronautics and Astronautics. In the event an astronaut suffers from a collapsed lung in space, he or she must return to Earth quickly for medical treatment with gravity-dependent collectors that will not work in a zero-gravity environment. The Evolved Medical Microgravity Suction Device, however, is able to collect blood in microgravity, and still allows for the suction to continuously inflate the lung and help it to heal. The device is constructed so blood can be collected and transfused into an injured astronaut. The payload test apparatus has a microgravity suction system, collection device and pneumothorax simulator. The apparatus simulates an injured person, and shows how the device removes the air and blood to promote healing. “My hope is that in the future, this type of medical device will be able to save the life of an astronaut, to continue their

Charles Marsh Cuttino, M.D. ’86 (far left) with his team at the launch

mission of exploration,” Dr. Cuttino said. “These types of medical treatment options will be required to explore the moon and Mars.” The Orbital Medicine payload flew onboard Blue Origin’s New Shepard system, a space vehicle capable of vertical takeoffs and landings and able to carry hundreds of pounds of payloads per flight. New Shepard is expected to ultimately carry six astronauts to altitudes beyond 100 kilometers, the internationally recognized boundary of space. Orbital Medicine’s suction device technology was selected in November 2015 under a NASA Flight Opportunities Grant and has already flown on parabolic flights with program funding. Previous parabolic flights helped to refine the design and paved the way for the current private test with Blue Origin.

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Liza Jarvis Scott ’99, who joined the University of Richmond-owned investment firm Spider Management in 2009 with a focus on public equities and real estate, served as keynote speaker for the Collegiate Cum Laude assembly in April. A Cum Laude inductee herself as a student, she offered remarks on her career and how Collegiate instilled in her a love of learning and a desire to achieve.

Karin and Al Stratford ’85 generously hosted the annual Leadership Giving Society Reception on May 11, 2018. The year-end celebration recognized Collegiate donors who contributed $1,000 or more during the 2017-18 school year. With more than 150 guests in attendance, it was a wonderful night of Cougar camaraderie.

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AL UM S PART I CI PAT E I N S T E M PA N E L

Collegiate hosted six local alums for a Women in STEM panel in April to share with Upper Schoolers their experiences, challenges and opportunities in science-, technology- and math-related careers.

Emily Mendelson, a senior at Collegiate (pictured at far right), organized

the panel and worked with Upper School faculty and the Alumni Office to

Collegiate Upper School students gathered in March in the Development Office to fill care packages full of goodies to send to Class of 2017 alums.

connect with female alums who have pursued STEM in college and in careers in the fields of medicine, technology, health care, management and robotics.

The panel featured the following alums (pictured above):

 Barrie Miller Sutton ’70 - Assistant Director, Project Management Office (IT Services)

Lauren Siff, M.D. ’02 - VCU Health, Obstetrics and Gynecology  Liza Little ’81 - Principal, Partner Relationship Manager, Healthcare Independent Software Vendors at Citrix Ava Gorman ’06 - Senior Scientist at PPD Pharmaceuticals  Rachel Burgess ’01 - Principal at Southeastern Institute of Research (SIR) Alexandra Povlishock ’03 - Senior Vice President, Clinovations

The panel format included a question-and-answer session as well as time

for the 30 students in attendance to engage with the alums in smaller groups. Emily was pleased with the turnout and was excited for students who excel in math or robotics to see the connection to other careers.

“I want young women to be confident in themselves,” she said. “The gender

gap in STEM fields is closing and I hope these alumni sharing the challenges they’ve faced will offer insight to everyone here.”

ALUMNI EVENTS SAVE THE DATE!

OCT. 18

COUGAR BITES

NOV. 2-3

HOMECOMING REUNION WEEKEND

5:30-7:30 p.m. - Kabana

Nov. 2 Legacy Lunch for Classes 1915-1967 Noon - Sharp Academic Commons, Craigie Board Room

The Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held on Jan. 11, 2019, at halftime of the Collegiate School boys’ varsity basketball game versus St. Christopher’s School in the Seal Athletic Center.

Nov. 2 Oyster Roast 6-8 p.m. - Tuckahoe Plantation

Nov. 3 Class of 1968 50th Reunion Lunch 11:30 a.m. - Sharp Academic Commons, Craigie Board Room

Nov. 3 Homecoming Game (Collegiate vs. St. Christopher’s School) 1 p.m. - Grover Jones Field

Nov. 3 Parties for Classes ending in 3 and 8

NOV. 30

PAGEANT LUNCH Noon - Sharp Academic Commons, Craigie Board Room

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NEW YORK REUNION

Collegiate Cougars gathered at The Palace Hotel on Friday, Jan. 26, 2018.

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1. Ken Marschke, Meredith Hurst ’02, Teo Mendez ’01 and Buddy Carter ’08 2. Ellen Marsteller ’08 and Moore McMahon ’74 3. Carolyn McCandlish ’03, Taylor Beck ’03, Elsa Kaminsky ’04, Kevin Sutherland, Pam Sutherland, Brenna Koorse Stone ’03 and Jett Stone 4. Philip Mabry ’07, Stephanie Putter and Kent Covington ’76

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5. Radik Kizhnerman, Jennifer Robertson Wilkins ’92, Danny MacNelly ’92, Chris Rivers ’92, Mary Gill Lawson, Estelle Perera ’92, Sarah Corcoran ’92 and Lewis Lawson 6. Kristen Williams, Joaquin Matias, Jon Scher ’80 and Charley Scher ’83 7. Michael Parker, Ellen Taylor Sisson ’72 and Ginny Reynolds Parker ’76 8. Tyler Brownell, Maddie Jecklin ’11, Betsy Mastropieri ’09, Ian Hartz ’08, Sarah Rose ’11 and Brooks Jung ’09 9. Wes Butler ’10, Angela Shi, Amy Matson ’10, Gracie Verkamp and West Cuthbert ’10

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CONNECTICUT REUNION

Ginny Reynolds Parker ’76 hosted Collegiate alums at her home in Greenwich, Connecticut, on Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018.

Back Row: Lauralee Glasgow Allen ’03, Chip Weismiller, Shep Lewis ’96, Stuart Carr Weismiller ’69, Beth Jacobs Appel ’98, Alexandra Meade Codraro ’95 and Jennifer Robertson Wilkins ’92. Front Row: Laura Holmes ’71, Ginny Reynolds Parker ’76 and Michael Parker

WASHINGTON, D.C. REUNION On Thursday, April 26, 2018, Collegiate alums met at the Metropolitan Club.

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1. Anne McCormack Jones ’79 and Freeman Jones 2. Slaughter Fitz-Hugh, Sally Sommers, Will Coor, Carter Reifsnider and PJ Melnick (all ’12) 3. Claire Gentil, Lina Scott, Molly Bance Shepherd and Anne Larimer Hart (all ’06) 4. Lauralee Glasgow Allen ’03, Conner Gentil ’03 and Claire Gentil ’06 5. Josh Raine, Liza Carter, Bayley Wood, Ali Moore, Courtney Viverette and Hans Prakash (all ’13) 6. Steve Hickman, Beth Flippo Hutchins ’88, Joe Brennan ’78, Jennifer Robertson Wilkins ’92 and Kimi Das ’86 7. Claiborne Haw ’12, Shep Lewis ’96, Liza Carter ’13, Tosh Bance ’07, Ramsey Carter ’08 and Charlie McFall

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CLASS NOTES 1933

1946

Williams Fowlkes Miller, writes, “My mother,

Peggy was raised in Ginter Park, attended

Rives Fowlkes Carroll, daughter of Elizabeth

to talk with anyone with respect, warmth

DIED: Margaret Ellett Guy on Jan. 30, 2018.

at age 101, is living at Whitney Center, a

Ginter Park

retirement home in Hamden, CT. Her early

Elementary

athletic training at Collegiate holds her in good

School, went to

stead. She recently stopped her daily swims to

Collegiate School

the disappointment of those who marveled at

for Girls, where

her beautiful and graceful strokes. Her prowess

at graduation

at pingpong and pool have made her a resident

she received

champion. She continues to be a favorite. As

the Rosemary

one nurse said, ‘I wish I had 20 more like her.’”

Award; then graduated from Hollins College,

1940

where she was

DIED: Mary Nolde Foster on Feb. 6, 2018. Born and raised in Richmond, VA, she was a graduate of Collegiate School for Girls and Hollins College. Throughout her life, Mary was a dedicated community volunteer. She was a former member on the Board of Trustees of The Virginia Home and also Collegiate School for Girls. A talented flower arranger, she was a member of The Boxwood Garden Club of The Garden Club of Virginia

a member of “Freya.” She was a member of Monumental Episcopal Church, where she was married, after which she joined St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. A lover of classical music and European travels with her husband, she was a member and past President of the Antiquarian Society of Richmond. She was also a member of the Tuckahoe Garden Club of

friendships. She considered herself shy, but was fiercely outspoken when defending her family or anyone she felt was treated unfairly. She loved to travel, especially to visit friends and family. She gave her time widely and deeply to the Groton Music Association, Charlottesville Oratorio Society, Dolly Madison Garden Club, Albemarle Garden Club, Fort Orange Garden Club, Albany’s Downtown Daycare Center, Charlottesville’s Tuesday Evening Concert Series, Friday Morning Club in Albany, Upper Saranac Lake Association, and the Church of the Ascension on Upper Saranac Lake. She is survived by her three children, Edie Patterson (Bob), Anne Sheerin (Joel Kolker) and Charlie Sheerin; and six grandchildren, Isabel Patterson, Rob Patterson, Merrill Shoup, Ella Shoup, Jeff Kolker and Adam Kolker.

1951

DIED: Barbara Sloan Kelly on Jan. 18, 2018.

Westhampton, the Woman’s Club, The Country

As a senior at Collegiate School, she was chosen

Club of Virginia, the Virginia Historical Society,

by her peers to play Madonna in the annual

Historic Richmond and the Virginia Museum

pageant, one of the highest honors a senior

of Fine Arts. She was the daughter of Grace

girl can receive.

Horgan Ellett and Dr. Charles Ashley Ellett,

Barbara was also

now deceased. She also was preceded in death

voted “Best All-

by her husband, Briscoe Baldwin Guy. She is

Around” by her

survived by her son, Briscoe Baldwin Guy, Jr.;

senior class. She

and her daughter, Margaret Ashley Ellett Guy.

attended Hollins

1948

DIED: Edith Parrish Barton Sheerin on Jan.

and a former Chairman of Historic Garden

23, 2018. She attended Collegiate School for

Week in Virginia. Mary was the daughter of the

Girls and graduated from Miss Porter’s School

late Henry Adam Nolde and Josephine Black

and Wellesley College. In 1952, she married

Nolde. She was also preceded in death by her

Charles W. Sheerin and began her journey

husband of 62 years, Dr. Merritt W. Foster,

as an independent and graceful clergyman’s

Jr.; and sister, June Nolde Butler ’44. She is

and faculty wife with adventurous stays

survived by her son, Merritt W. Foster III ’69

in Virginia, Massachusetts, New York and

of Richmond; sister, Anna Nolde McKenney of

summers at her beloved Upper Saranac Lake.

Richmond; many devoted nieces and nephews;

Maintaining her own career while supporting

and a special family friend, Pamela Braxton.

Charlie’s, Edith invariably created a loving and lively environment, which sustained her family though all of life’s events. A gracious and charming hostess, she had an innate ability

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and humor. Everywhere she created lifelong

College. Her working career began in the Trust Department at State Planters Bank in Richmond and was followed by a short period working on Capitol Hill for a U.S. senator from Virginia. Barbara greatly enjoyed her years working and volunteering at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church. She was the daughter of the late James and Virginia Donnan Sloan and a direct descendant of the Rev. Dr. Thomas Dewitt Talmage, one of the most prominent religious leaders in the United States. She is survived by four children, Katheryn Sloan Kelly, Charles


Brian Kelly, Jr., James Kirkpatrick Kelly and

Grace became a school librarian and put her

Elizabeth Kelly Parker (Jeffrey); and seven

husband through law school. She was a member

grandchildren, Benjamin, William, Cabell and

of Grace and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church

Colette Kelly and Aven, Blake and Carleigh

in Richmond, where she served on the vestry,

Parker. She is also survived by her former

chaired an Altar Guild team for many years

husband, Charles Brian Kelly.

and was active in many other capacities. She

1968

DIED: Dr. Charlie W. Suttenfield on March 29, 2018. After graduating from Collegiate, he earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Richmond, his master’s at Virginia Commonwealth

also loved attending Grace Episcopal Church

1955

in Kilmarnock, when in residence at the river.

Susan Durham writes, “In March, my good

the Daughters of the American Revolution,

friend Diane Wilkerson and I returned from

the Tuckahoe Woman’s Club and Indian Creek

another great Holland America two-week

Yacht and Country Club. She loved her family

Caribbean cruise. (Where else to go in the

and continuously supported the endeavors

winter?) Mostly, we revisited some favorite

and activities of her husband, children and

islands, especially Curaçao, Aruba, St. Thomas

grandchildren. She enjoyed volunteering at the

and Grand Cayman. And we relaxed on the

Massey Cancer Center, where she received the

ship while being totally pampered! Between

Lois Trani award for exemplary service and at

us, in the last months, we’ve successfully

the Episcopal Book Store, where she indulged

come through one eye surgery, two total knee

her passion for her church and books. She is

replacements and a hip revision. We both

survived by her husband of more than 53 years,

managed to recuperate enough that we thought

William G. Broaddus; her daughter, Elizabeth

we could handle another ‘travel experience’

Broaddus Scioscia ’90 and son-in-law, Dr.

(never easy these days, even with my airline

Tom Scioscia and their children, Ashley Grace,

background/travel experiences). And handle it

Colby and Brady; her son, Billy Broaddus ’91

we did! We moved along a little slowly, but we

and daughter-in-law, Erin Binney; her sister,

did it! (We’re sort of like the proverbial turtle:

Ginger Whitehead Chalkley ’66 and husband,

We might be slower than we used to be, but we

Tom; her sister, Betty Whitehead Richmond

get there!! It’s called patience!)

’69 and husband, Rob; numerous nieces and

a nephew, and great-nieces and nephews.

his doctorate at

Grace was a member of the Colonial Dames,

Life here at our wonderful retirement

community, The Cypress Club of Charlotte,

She is also survived by beloved cousins, the

has proven to be just the right timing and

Gruenewald family of Brownsville, TN.

‘happening!’ We both love it here: the lovely grounds, the Clubhouse, our villas and terrific old and new friends! Never knew life could be so easy! We have amazingly got villas next door to each other — easy to help with all this surgery we’ve had.

University and

I am so sorry I had to miss our class

18, 2018. He attended Benedictine High School and graduated from Collegiate and Virginia Commonwealth University. He was a successful businessman. Larry was preceded in

everybody at her house! It was really good to

death by his

hear from some of you afterwards, filling me in!

mother, Audrey

I appreciated that so much. Let me know if you

Shelton Moates;

get down to Charlotte. That would be a treat!

and brothers,

And carpe diem!”

Vincent, James and Joseph Moates. He is

1960

DIED: Grace Whitehead Broaddus on Jan. 11, 2018. A graduate of Collegiate, she was a member of the last class to graduate from the downtown

survived by his daughter, Courtney Moates Paulk (Matt); his sister, Theresa Moates Wicker; his brothers, David (Doris) and Johnny; and many nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and nephews.

Suttenfield was a dedicated clinician at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and previously at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Case Western Reserve University. He was an attentive, caring and tirelessly devoted therapist/teacher/mentor. He was predeceased by his parents, Dr. Charles M. Suttenfield and Jean P. Suttenfield. He is survived by his wife Nancy Dezort Suttenfield; sisters Paige Freeman, Dr. Sally Suttenfield and Ms. Kelley Suttenfield; and sister-in-law Carol Dezort.

1969

DIED: Susan Dorr Pastore on Feb. 7, 2018. Freeman High School and Stratford College.

DIED: Lawrence Anthony Moates on Jan.

to Adrienne Gould Constine for hosting

University. Dr.

She attended Collegiate School, Douglas

1966

reunion in Richmond last year. Kudos again

George Mason

Susan worked as a paralegal for many years. She had a great love for family history and enjoyed many discussions of stories passed down to her. She was a generous soul and shared her talents and treasures with many. She was passionate in life about philosophy, religion, politics and animals of all kinds. Friendship was important to her with many lifelong friends. Susan was very creative, a robust reader, a talented knitter, quilter, needle pointer, weaver and fiber artist. Susan was a past state fair blue-ribbon winner for her handiwork. Her sweaters, vests, socks and quilts were works of art. Susan loved her wonderful Richmond neighborhood friends. She was predeceased by her father, Dr. John N. Pastore; and her mother, Ellen Pastore. She will be missed by her many cousins; and her three beloved cats, Maverick, Milton and Calvin.

school, and of Hollins College.

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Wilson Pickrell “Bill” Patteson III on

Sarah James, who Linda considered to be her

poverty and homelessness for families and

second mother; her good friend, Judy Knauf;

children. We’ve raised $10.1 million of our $15

grandfather, a Rotarian

her friend and caregiver, Shelia Hargrove; and

million goal in about 2 1/2 years. I never thought

and enjoyed golfing and

dozens of friends from her life and work. She

I would be good at raising money!”

travel. Survivors include his

dearly loved her cats, Amber and Madam.

March 7, 2018. Bill was a loving father and

daughter, Margaret Morris; his son, Austin Patteson; four grandchildren; and his girlfriend, Ingrid Jordan.

Jonathan Hendricks

writes, “I am now semiretired from the yacht sales business, which I entered into some 40-plus years ago. Now living in Boston, MA, and enjoying more free time to take advantage of all the great things the city of Boston has to offer. Still passionate about being involved with track and long distance running, which was instilled in me by my former Collegiate track coach Jim Hickey.”

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1975

Anne Margaret Daniel, a literature professor

Sarah Kay writes, “I had a great visit with

at the New School in New York, was invited

Ellie Garnett Ferguson and her husband Ned

to edit F. Scott Fitzgerald’s last complete

in December at their new home in Worthington,

unpublished short stories, published last

MA, near the foothills of the Berkshires. They

year by Scribner. To date, the book has been

moved there from Arlington, VA, in fall 2016

translated into 10 languages and counting, and

after Ned retired from Boeing. We took a day

has been well reviewed around the world. Anne

trip to Woodstock, VT, and Hanover, NH. We

is currently finishing a biography of Fitzgerald

also had snow (unexpected for me) while I

during his Hollywood days in the late 1930s.

was visiting!”

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Ladies from the Class of 1982 got together

DIED: Susan Virginia Lipsey on Aug.

on April 19 at the home of Kelly Ivey King.

29, 2017. After Collegiate, she attended

In attendance were Sally Wyatt Roddey,

DIED: Linda Gaye Davis Cox on Dec. 28, 2017. After graduating from Collegiate, Linda attended Duke University and worked at Richmond Behavioral Health Authority for more than 20 years. She was an accomplished piano player as well as a ballerina and tap dancer. Linda was preceded in death by her beloved husband,

1981

James Madison

Courtney Allen Van Winkle, Buffy Scott

University, where

Cech, Teresa Alvis Given, Jackie Whitmore,

she graduated in

Mimi McDaniel Ziletti, Linda Martin

1981. Susan was

Geho, Mary Koontz Hayes, Cathy Ratcliffe

a member of St.

Plageman and Henrietta Gwathmey Beightol.

James the Less

Episcopal Church.

the home of Jim Klaus as a location during

She was preceded

filming of the show’s seventh season. “It was a

in death by her

pleasure working with the cast and crew during

parents, Hazel P.

the filming of the five episodes that included

Lipsey and James

my house,” Jim said. “They were very respectful

The Showtime series, Homeland, used

L. Lipsey; and her sisters, Marjorie Lewis

of the furnishings, and always ensured that

Lipsey and “Baby” Lipsey. She is survived by

the house was returned in perfect condition

her two sisters, Sharon Lipsey Drelick ’76

after shooting. I would definitely recommend

and Martha Lipsey Michaels ’74; and nephew,

working with them if they decide to come back

James Ahern Drelick ’11.

to Richmond for the next and final season!”

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including her brother, Skip Davis; her nephews

of The Campaign ForKids, the first-ever capital

at Scott and Stringfellow in February 2018.

and nieces, Daniel Davis, Christie Bailey, John

campaign for ForKids Inc., a Hampton Roads

Davis and Jennifer Davis. She is also mourned

nonprofit that works to break the cycle of

James B. Cox; as well as by her parents, Roy and Dorothy Davis; and her brother, Christopher Davis. She is survived by those who mourn her passing,

by many loved ones and friends, including

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Marie Achtemeier Finch writes, “I am chair

Alex Cecil was honored with the Impact Award


1. Members of the Class of 1982 gathered at the home of Kelly Ivey King (front). Pictured are (back row): Sally Wyatt Roddey, Courtney Allen Van Winkle, Buffy Scott Cech; (middle row): Teresa Alvis Given, Jackie Whitmore, Miimi McDaniel Ziletti, Linda Martin Geho, Mary Koontz Hayes, Cathy Ratcliffe Plageman and Henrietta Gwathmey Beightol. 2. Sarah Kay ’75 visited with Ellie Garnett Ferguson ’75 at her new home in Massachusetts. 3. Anne Margaret Daniel ’81 edited F. Scott Fitzgerald’s last complete unpublished short stories. 4. The Showtime series, Homeland, filmed five episodes at the home of Jim Klaus ’82.

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Randy Reynolds, Jr. was nominated to the Board of the Henrico Police Foundation in May. In addition, he writes, “Reynolds Development is close to completion on the new Virginia Eye building located at 6946 Forest Avenue adjacent to Walmart inside of the Reynolds Crossing development in Henrico, VA.”

provides coursework in moral, pastoral,

was a member of Omicron

sacramental and liturgical theology

Delta Kappa, a prestigious

from the bachelor’s through doctoral

national leadership honor

levels. As part of his teaching mission,

society. While a student

he goes annually to Changanacherry,

at Hampden-Sydney, he

Kerala, South India, to provide

enrolled and completed

licentiate and master’s coursework

the Emergency Medical

in his specialty area of marriage and

Technician course. He

family studies. He is always very

became a firefighter with

happy to welcome the Cougar family to

the Hampden-Sydney

Rome (and even to India)!

Volunteer Fire Department and an EMT with the

1990

Prince Edward Volunteer

Beth Vetrovec Smith writes, “After years of promising to visit, and sick of the cold Richmond winter, Hylah Boyd Ballowe and I flew down to spend a few warm days with Buffy Gilman Mackenzie and Ross Mackenzie in Jacksonville, FL! We had a fabulous time catching up. Lots of talking and laughing, touring St. Augustine, sunset

1986

cocktails and hanging with her cute boys Stuart

Ellen Turbeville Bonbright and her family

(16) and Cameron (14) and, of course, her cute

visited Elisabeth Arnold Weiss and her family

husband Ross. :) We laughed at how I was

in Palos Verdes, CA, over spring break. The kids

totally sending this in to the Spark news. How

— Hannah, James, Jasmine and Jake had their

is it we really graduated in 1990?”

first sleepover together!

Rescue Squad. While a member of the Prince Edward Volunteer Rescue Squad, Eric became certified as an EMT-Cardiac Technician and was qualified to operate the agency’s Heavy Rescue truck. He served as both the president and the captain of the Rescue Squad. He was instrumental in the construction of the agency’s new building in 1999. Eric was a longstanding and involved member of the Farmville community. He obtained his law degree from the T.C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond in 2000, graduating cum laude. In his 18-year practice as an attorney, he served

1993

as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney

DIED: Eric Amos Tinnell on Feb. 12, 2018.

Edward County. He was qualified to act as a

Rev. Gregory Gresko has been appointed

After Collegiate, he attended Hampden-Sydney

Guardian ad Litem for both adults and children

professor of theology at the Pontifical Athenaeum

College and graduated magna cum laude. Eric

and worked frequently with the Department

1988

from 2005-09 for Fluvanna County and Prince

of Social Services. Eric was appointed as a

of Saint Anselm in Rome, where he

substitute District Court Judge in 2015 for the 10th Judicial Circuit while he maintained

1. Andy Stepanian ’93 and Mason Brent ’97 have a new music project called Leon III and the duo released its self-titled debut album in May. 2. Rev. Gregory Gresko ’88 has been appointed professor of theology at the Pontifical Athenaeum of Saint Anselm in Rome. 3. Beth Vetrovec Smith (left) and Hylah Boyd Ballowe (right) visited Buffy Gilman Mackenzie (all ’90) in Florida. 4. Ellen Turbeville Bonbright ’86 and her family visited Elisabeth Arnold Weiss ’86 and her family in California over spring break.

a private practice. Eric was predeceased by his mother, Frances Randolph Tant Tinnell. He is survived by his father, Lambert Amos Tinnell, his brother Michael (Stephen) Tinnell and wife Angie, his two nephews Matthew and Gavin, and his beloved dogs Cassie, Travis and Amos, Jr. He is also survived by many members of his extended family and devoted friends and colleagues.

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Andy Stepanian and Mason Brent ’97

have a new music project called Leon III. The

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duo’s self-titled debut album was released May 11, 2018, on Cornelius Chapel Records. The album, a departure from their work with Wrinkle Neck Mules, is being called “poetic” and “wildly inventive” by critics. The album is available on all major streaming services and on vinyl and CD. Learn more at www.leoniii.com, on Facebook at www. facebook.com/leonIIIrd or Instagram @ leonthethird.

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After 15 years in New York City creating

the New York Harbor School and the Billion Oyster Project, Murray Fisher has moved to the country an hour north of New York City. much more time outdoors with their three kids, Grayson (6), and twin boys Alex (2) and Pen

Tim Martin writes, “I was elected

Commonwealth’s Attorney for the County of Augusta in 2015. Recently, United States Attorney for the Western

childhood he had out on Brookview Farm in

District of Virginia. Thomas paid a

Goochland, VA. Professionally, Murray has

visit to my office in Staunton so we

transitioned to the role of Chairman of the

could discuss ways state and federal

Board of the Billion Oyster Project and is pursuing other ways — perhaps in the for-profit world — to engage youth in protecting and

law enforcement can work together to increase public safety. We took some time to reminisce about our days at

restoring the natural world. Rich Minor writes that in late July, “he

will compete on the game show Beat Shazam, hosted by Jamie Foxx. The objective of the game is to identify songs quicker than the other contestants and quicker than the popular app, Shazam. The top prize is $1 million. I’ve worked in radio for over 24 years. Currently, I’m the program director for two radio stations morning show personality here.”

Meredith Diehl on Feb. 14, 2018.

Thomas Cullen ’96 was appointed

(2), as Murray tries to recreate the incredible

in Danbury, CT, as well as the No. 1-rated

BORN: Henry Douglas Diehl to

There, he and his wife Emily are spending

1995

Collegiate and the summers we spent together at Camp Virginia. I’m thrilled

Former Collegiate teacher, coach and administrator Pete Sanders met up with Anne Wesley Gardner Gehring ’97 and Hart Roper ’96 at the International Boys’ School Coalition in Nashville, TN. Pete is headmaster of Memphis University School, Collegiate Head of School Steve Hickman’s alma mater. Anne Wesley is director of Lower School admission at St. Christopher’s School. Hart, who formerly worked at Montgomery Bell Academy, will next year be headmaster of Oak Hill School in Nashville.

for him and for the Western District, as I am confident he will prove to be

that includes 52 counties and 38 cities in the

a tremendous asset. It’s also nice to be able

western half of the Commonwealth. He directs

to skip the relationship building part of the

64 employees, including 25 Assistant United

process and get to work, since we have known

States Attorneys and 39 support personnel.

each other for (gulp!) over 30 years.”

The office also partners with approximately 17 Special Assistant United States Attorneys

1996

from the Virginia Attorney General’s Office and local Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Offices,

Thomas T. Cullen was confirmed as United

1994

who prosecute federal cases under the office’s

States Attorney for the Western District

BORN: Margaret Louise Dettbarn to Ernie Dettbarn and wife Sarah on Sept. 16, 2017. She is their second child.

supervision. Thomas received his J.D., Order of

of Virginia on March 22, 2018, after being

the Coif, from William and Mary Law School,

nominated by President Donald J. Trump on

and his B.A. from Furman University.

Feb. 27, 2018. He took office March 30, 2018.

As U.S. Attorney, Thomas is the highest-

BORN: Gemma Quinn Ellis to Rob

Ellis and wife Rachel and on Sept. 22, 2017.

ranking federal law enforcement official in the Western District of Virginia, a judicial district

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1. Henry  Douglas Diehl, son of Meredith Diehl ’95, was born Feb. 14, 2018. 2. M  argaret Louise Dettbarn, daughter of Ernie Dettbarn ’94, was born Sept. 16, 2017. 3. A riel Jakob “Koby” Massey, son of Nik Massey ’98, was born Sept. 25, 2017. 4. C ollegiate Cougars Brendan O’Toole ’98, Stephen Lecky ’98, Bryson Powell ’98, Toby Long ’98, Bo Vaughan ’97 and Marshall Schutt ’98 gathered at an annual Easter egg hunt. 5. G emma Quinn Ellis, daughter of Rob Ellis ’96, was born Sept. 22, 2017. 6. J oseph Anderson Janney, son of Mac Janney ’96, was born Oct. 12, 2017.

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She is their first child and the family lives in

have the same job, but have been promoted

logistics. She also takes an active role with

Charlotte, NC.

internally to Vice President of Development

senior management in executing strategic

and was awarded by the International Council

priorities for the company. Prior to joining

of Shopping Centers to the 40 under 40 list for

Nutriati, Tatum founded Jutatu, a national

2017. Each year we make it back to Richmond

wholesaler of responsibly-sourced, custom jute

for Labor Day and Memorial Day weekends to

handbags and associated accessories branded

spend time at the river house of my dad, Ivor

for women on-the-go who value fashionable

Massey ’66.”

simplicity, their community and their

Joseph Anderson Janney to Mac Janney

and wife Britta on Oct. 12, 2017.

1997

Mason Brent and Andy Stepanian ’93 have a new music project called Leon III. The duo’s self-titled debut album was released May 11, 2018, on Cornelius Chapel Records. The album, a departure from their work with Wrinkle Neck Mules, is being called “poetic” and “wildly inventive” by critics. The album is available on all major streaming services and on vinyl and CD. Learn more at www.leoniii.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/leonIIIrd or Instagram @leonthethird.

Boz Boschen writes “I recently joined

McKesson Medical-Surgical as a marketing manager, and am excited to join a growing and fast-paced team. Most recently I was director of digital media at local advertising agency ndp. I have also become involved with Startup Virginia as a marketing mentor and enjoyed participating in their grand opening events surrounding the unveiling of the business incubator space at 1717 E. Cary Street. I’ve

environment.

1999

BORN: Clara Morgan Hallett to Matt Hallett and wife Kelly on Nov. 3, 2017. The Halletts live in Washington, DC.

Albert “Tappan” August V to Camp

Goodwin August and husband Tappan on March 9, 2018.

1998

already reconnected with a few Cougars and

Nik Massey writes, “My wife Ilana and I

nurse Laura Hall ’68, continues to enjoy

are still living in Miami. Sadly not too many

retirement and grandmotherhood, with our

Dormuth on October 7, 2017. Courtney

Cougars down here, although I did run into

three kids definitely helping keep her busy.”

McDonald Fain, Lizzie Thompson and

Will Hartwell ’97 on the street the other day

who recently moved to Miami. We had another

Nutriati, an ingredient tech company, as

baby on Sept. 25 of last year named Ariel Jakob

logistics manager. She is responsible for office

Hume Bokinsky and Eric Bokinsky in

Massey and we’re calling him Koby. I still

administration and managing the value chain

former Capital One colleagues. My mother,

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2001

MARRIED: Laura Johnson to Adam

Tatum Gallienne Nolde joined

Suzanne Smith Stovall served as bridesmaids. BORN: Madelyn Ford Bokinsky to Carol

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1. Clara Morgan Hallett, daughter of Matt Hallett ’99, was born Nov. 3, 2017. 2. Albert “Tappan” August V, son of Camp Goodwin August ’99, was born March 9, 2018. 3. Laura Johnson ’01 married Adam Dormuth on October 7, 2017. 4. Madelyn Ford Bokinsky, daughter of Carol Hume Bokinsky and Eric Bokinsky (both ’01), was born in December 2017. 5. Emily Jane Greendyke, daughter of Carter Judkins Greendyke ’01, was born Dec. 18, 2017. 6. James Harrison Culp, son of Julie Heiner Culp ’01, was born Oct. 13, 2017. 7. Andrew Gregory Washo, son of Mary Catherine Williams Washo ’01, was born March 27, 2018.

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1 December 2017. Eric finished his residency in May and got his first job as a dentist.

Andrew Gregory Washo to Mary Catherine

Williams Washo and husband David on March 27, 2018. He joins big brother Mikey.

James Harrison Culp to Julie Heiner Culp

and husband Jason on Oct. 13, 2017. James joins his brother John, who is now 3.

Carter Judkins Greendyke writes “Emily Jane

Greendyke was born Dec. 18, 2017. She surprised us arriving five weeks early, but is strong and growing. We are settling into life as family of four. I’m still teaching high school Spanish. We get to see my sister,

2

Meredith Judkins ’05 lots and we enjoy play dates

4

with the other ’01 Cougars who live in the city and

3

1. James Joseph Martin and Penelope (Penny) Claire Martin, twins of Liz Longo Martin ’02, were born Dec. 18, 2017. 2. As part of Missy Chiles & Exebelle, Missy McGurn Chiles ’03 released an EP, About A Horse, in December 2017. 3. Elliott Gray Farrell, daughter of Stuart Farrell ’03, was born Feb. 7, 2018. 4. Storey Mills, daughter of Laura Martin Mills ’02, was born Dec. 22, 2018. 5. Ryan Ferguson Schilling ’02 married Kylee Ruth Ponder on Dec. 30, 2017. 6. David Scott “Tripp” Cheatham III, son of Morgan McCrocklin Cheatham ’03, was born Nov. 22, 2017. 7. Sarah Latham Moore ’03 married Erik Jensen Cumming on Aug. 26, 2017. 8. Robert Tolley Goodwin, son of Peter Goodwin ’03, was born Feb. 9, 2018.

their kiddos.”

Meaghan Enright continues to be actively

involved in disaster recovery in St John, U.S. Virgin Islands. After back-to-back Category 5 Hurricanes Irma and Maria devastated the island in September 2017, she became involved with multiple organizations active in relief. She currently serves as Executive Director of Love City Strong (www.lovecitystrongvi. org), a grassroots nonprofit organization committed to supporting the health and well-being of the most vulnerable members of the St. John community. She also continues to handle community relations for Kenny Chesney’s Love for Love City Foundation (www.loveforlovecity.org).

2002

MARRIED: Ryan Ferguson Schilling to Kylee

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Ruth Ponder on Dec. 30, 2017. Cougars in the wedding party included Kathryn Cooper Schilling ’03 (bridesmaid) and Jeffrey Scott Gottwald (groomsman).

BORN: Storey Mills to Laura Martin Mills and

husband Brian on Dec. 22, 2018.

James Joseph Martin (6 lbs., 4 oz.) and Penelope

(Penny) Claire Martin (5 lbs., 4 oz.) to Liz Longo Martin and husband Jimmy on Dec. 18, 2017. The twins join big sister Julia (3 years old).

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In December 2017, Sarah Shulman Lantz ’03 took her 15-month-old son James to the Children’s Museum of Richmond and enjoyed the Collegiate exhibit. Pictured from left to right are Sarah, James, her brother Matt Weber and his fiancée Nicole Barr (both ’10).


2003

Jamie Whitten Montgomery was named the new head coach for the University of Richmond women’s field hockey program in February. She joined the Spiders after spending last season as an assistant field hockey coach at Wake Forest University.

Missy McGurn Chiles is part of Missy

Chiles & Exebelle, an Americana alt country rock band that draws inspiration from Ryan Adams & the Cardinals, Lucinda Williams, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Gram Parsons & the Fallen Angels, among many others. The band recorded its EP, About A Horse, in May 2016, and released it in December 2017. MARRIED: Sarah Latham Moore to

Midlothian about two years ago now and love

excited to finally be settling down after many

our new neighborhood. We are excited that

years of medical training.”

Caitlin Kelly Dillon will be moving to the

2005

neighborhood this summer with her husband Zach and son Wyatt.”

MARRIED: Bryce Andrews Carter to

BORN: Robert Tolley Goodwin “Bobby” to

Alexandra Bennett Early on June 3, 2017.

Peter Goodwin and wife Cara on Feb. 9, 2018.

Christopher Will Cosby served as a reader.

He joins big sister Eberly.

Elliott Gray Farrell to Stuart Farrell and

BORN: Elizabeth “Libbie” Brady Manson

to Michael Manson and Lauren Brady

wife Mary on Feb. 7, 2018. She joins big brother

Manson on Aug. 30, 2017.

Thomas and sister Sillers.

Elizabeth “Libby” Bowman Feinberg to

2004

Katelyn Bowman Feinberg and husband Alex

MARRIED: Meredith Ann Newton to Daniel

Alan Tamagni on July 29, 2017. Cougars in the

Reutinger Croce and husband Craig on March

on Jan. 8, 2018. Marjorie “Maisie” Grace Croce to Emily

wedding party included Dr. Palen Powelson

3, 2018.

Erik Jensen Cumming on Aug. 26, 2017, in

Mallory, Dr. Kasey Johnson Archer and

Longmont, CO. The wedding party included the

Dr. Daniel Newton and Scott Newton ’12

McGurn Mason and husband Trey on

bride’s father, William B. Moore III ’71.

(brothers of the bride).

Oct. 19, 2017.

Morgan McCrocklin Cheatham writes,

Palen Powelson Mallory writes, “Our

“David Scott Cheatham III, going by Tripp,

family is moving to North Carolina! I will

was born Nov. 22, 2017. His older sisters,

be joining the Duke Pediatric Critical Care

Zoe and Tessa, are great with him! I am still

division as an attending physician and my

working at Chippenham and Johnston-Willis

husband Bryan has accepted a vice president

as both an adult hospitalist and pediatric ER

position with Duke University Hospital. We are

Evelyn “Evie” Jean Mason to Gracie

2006

MARRIED: William “Dixon” Snukals to Alexandra Lee Couch on March 18, 2017, at Duke University Chapel in Durham, NC. Billy Oden and Hunter Phillips served

physician. Scott and I moved to Hallsley in

as groomsmen.

1

3 1. Elizabeth “Libby” Bowman Feinberg, daughter of Katelyn Bowman Feinberg ’05, was born Jan. 8, 2018. 2. Elizabeth “Libbie” Brady Manson, daughter of Michael Manson and Lauren Brady Manson (both ’05), was born Aug. 30, 2017. 3. Caroline Cannon ’06 married John Arthur Martin on June 17, 2017. 4. Evelyn “Evie” Jean Mason, daughter of Gracie McGurn Mason ’05, was born Oct. 19, 2017. 5. Marjorie “Maisie” Grace Croce, daughter of Emily Reutinger Croce ’05, was born March 3, 2018. 6. Bryce Andrews Carter ’05 married Alexandra Bennett Early on June 3, 2017. 7. William “Dixon” Snukals ’06 married Alexandra Lee Couch on March 18, 2017. 2 5

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1. Mason Davis ’06 married Steven Wright on Jan. 6, 2018. 2. Virginia Flournoy Layfield ’07 married Sean Patrick McAndrew on Jan. 20, 2018. 3. Maggie Glasgow ’10 married Grayson Negaard on Nov. 11, 2017. 4. Genevieve Costello ’06 is pictured with her parents and her brother Joseph before he embarked on his own study abroad in Madrid in fall 2017. 5. Margaret Betts McGurn ’07 married Ralston Collins King on Dec. 2, 2017. 5

Caroline Cannon to John Arthur

Virginia Flournoy Layfield to Sean

and my adopted family since living across

Martin on June 17, 2017. Bridesmaids

the pond — Phoebe, Yas, Becky, André, Lucy,

Patrick McAndrew on Jan. 20, 2018. Virginia

included Ellen Munson Krifman, Katie

Charlotte, Eline, Joe Joe and cousin Aidan.”

is the daughter of the late Julia Williams

Carter and Lauren Boswell.​

Megan Jessee Holley, screenwriter

Layfield ’70 and Gaylon Layfield III ’69.

Mason Davis to to Steven Wright on Jan.

of the critically acclaimed film Sunshine

Cougars in the wedding party were Elizabeth

6, 2018. Cougars in the wedding party included

Cleaning, shadowed Lesli Linka Glatter,

Walker Layfield ’09 (maid of honor); and

Sarah Tashjian Peebles (matron of honor) and

Homeland’s executive producer and director, for

Megan Jessee Holley ’06, Elizabeth Cooper

Ginny Wortham ’03 (bridesmaid).

a month when the show filmed in Richmond.

Jessee ’09, Carly Golliday Robertson, Claire

She watched how Lesli blocked out a scene,

Margaret Gentil ’06, Stephanie Thomas

share that having completed my master’s in

worked with the director of photography and

Ross and Caroline Terry Turner.

arts and cultural at University of Amsterdam

talked to the actors. She told the Richmond

in 2016, I have since been awarded the

Times-Dispatch, “She set the tone and moved

Illuminating the Arts in the fall 2017 issue of

Leverhulme Magna Carta Doctoral Scholarship

everybody toward her vision. But she was also

Spark, writes, “The show I’m in off-broadway

by Royal Holloway, University of London in

open to collaboration. She said over and over

[Puffs, or: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at

March 2018. I am excited and honored to be

that she was striving for a sense of authenticity,

a Certain School of Magic & Magic] actually

able to conduct full-time doctoral research

not forcing an actor to move in a way that

got funding and was filmed professionally and

between the Media Arts Department and

didn’t feel natural to them.”

shown in movie theaters across the country

Genevieve Costello writes, “I wanted to

Information Security Group on my project titled Communities of Care for Technofeminist Futures: Exploring Narratives of Social Reproduction and Vulnerability in Concepts of Security. In addition to my theoretical dissertation, I am creating a children’s fantasyfiction radio program for early childhood feminism within the scholarship theme of digital citizenship! My research abroad in The Netherlands and the UK have been made possible by the great support of my parents, Paul and Josette, brothers, Patrick and Joseph,

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MARRIED: Margaret Betts McGurn to Ralston Collins King on Dec. 2, 2017. Cougar alums in the wedding party included Betts Wiltshire McGurn ’71 (mother of the bride), Virginia McGurn Chiles ’03 and Gray McGurn Mason ’05 (matrons of honor), Meredith Clarke Ascari and Bonnie Beth Zimmer Bedell (bridesmaids) and Caroline Terry Turner (reader).

Zac Moon, who was featured in Alumni

via Fathom Events on May 9 and 12 (with the potential for future dates as well). It will also be available for digital download later in the year.”

George Bokinsky will finish his

stint in the U.S. Navy at the end of this summer as a lieutenant after completing the Navy Nuclear Propulsion Officer Candidate program. He is looking to move out West and continue his education.


2008

2014

Angel Morin, Jr. on Dec. 24, 2017.

April 2018, as a senior at Georgetown, titled,

MARRIED: Lauren Wesley Hyslop to Juan

2010

MARRIED: Maggie Glasgow to Grayson Negaard on Nov. 11, 2017. Lauralee Glasgow Allen ’03, Gracey Glasgow Duthe ’08, Abigail Glasgow ’14, Natalie Glasgow ’17, Addie Gottwald and Carson Strange Smith ’11 served as bridesmaids.

the excitement in the people that attend our

Abigail Glasgow published her first book in La Vie en Femme. The book explores how the socialization of gender molds the lives of women. In this collection of personal stories, Abigail explores common occurrences, family dynamics,

part of fostering understanding and acceptance toward an often-neglected population.”

2016

Landon Nott went on a mission trip to Haiti

systemic phenomena and other narratives

with other students from the University of

through the lens of her experience as a woman.

South Carolina, including Jack Fallon, during

From sex work to suicide, she questions social

their spring break 2018.

expectations and gender norms in an effort to paint an empathetic picture of humanity.

2011

Her honest and upfront approach aims to

Jasmine Turner was one of Elon University’s

understanding. As a result, readers might just

2018 Top 10 Under 10 Alumni Award recipients

learn how to see the other side — perhaps a

who were recognized on April 14. The honorees

story they are unfamiliar with or a truth they

include young alumni who have achieved major

have never faced.

professional success, serve as difference-makers

shows is incredible. I am so thankful to be a

capture and challenge the reader’s previous

2017

Alex Britto writes, “After graduating, I decided to take a year away from school in an attempt to gain a wider array of self-knowledge. Essentially, I was looking to find out what types of activities I lose track of time during, or where I am enjoyably engaged and thus,

2015

happy. One field, that I am sure my classmates

Anna Morgan writes, “Since my first year of

the aesthetically pleasing kind. I began

college, I have been part of the student group,

deconstructing and reassembling Air Jordans,

Accessible Theatre Project (formerly Autism

specifically the Air Jordan 1. I decided to call

Theatre Project), which partners with theaters

my brand Zen Customs. I released a few shoe

to put on sensory-friendly performances for

designs and launched a website, along with

individuals with autism and other disabilities

Instagram, Facebook and Twitter accounts for

and their families. We received a grant last

the brand. Recently, I have begun to transfer

fall to work on and publish our research and

my shoemaking skills to make modified Levi’s

presented that this spring. I am the community

denim jackets. You can find out more about Zen

2012

outreach chair, so I communicate with our

Customs at zen-customs.com, on Instagram

community partners, theaters, families and

@zencustoms, on Facebook @Zen Custom

Ann Catherine Bokinsky graduated with a

schools about our shows and opportunities. It is

Sneakers and on Twitter @zen_customs. Also

degree in aerospace engineering from Virginia

so incredible being able to offer such a wonderful

feel free to contact me about anything, related to

Tech last spring.

and typically inaccessible opportunity to people

fashion or not, at zencustomsneakers@gmail.com.”

in their communities and loyally support Elon as partners, advocates and investors.

Christopher Risch released a short

documentary in January about the preservation of Stadium Woods. Visit YouTube and search Preserve Stadium Woods to view it.

Peyton Spivey graduated from Denver

College of Nursing in March 2018, and returned to Richmond to work at VCU Medical Center in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

could guess my interest in: shoes, specifically

who genuinely enjoy and benefit from it. Seeing

1. Alex Britto ’17 has started a custom sneaker company, Zen Customs. 2. Abigail Glasgow ’14 published the book La Vie En Femme by New Degree Press in April 2018. 3. Landon Nott ’16 went on a mission trip to Haiti with other students from the University of South Carolina.

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I N MEMOR IAM Our condolences are offered to these members of the Collegiate family.

C. B. Robertson, Collegiate School Life Trustee, died Jan. 27, 2018. A longtime supporter of Collegiate who cared deeply about the School, his involvement at Collegiate spanned five decades.

Mr. Robertson is survived by his wife of more than 60 years, Martha

Luck Robertson; and children, Anne Preston Farmer ’76 (Neil ’74), C. Broocks Robertson IV ’79 and Martha Gregory Bowden ’82 (Marshall); and grandchildren, Will Farmer ’05 and Molly Farmer ’08 and Ned Bowden ’10, Harrison Bowden ’12 and Clay Bowden ’16. He is also survived by his sister, Mary Robertson Morgan of Red Oak, Virginia. He is predeceased by his parents, Clarence Broocks Robertson, Jr. and Annie Clay Robertson.

Susan Virginia Lipsey ’76, sister of Sharon Lipsey Drelick

Margaret Ellett Guy ’46 died Jan. 30, 2018.

’76 and Martha Lipsey Michaels ’74 and aunt of James Ahern Drelick ’11, died Aug. 29, 2017.

Carlton E. Wilton, Sr., father of Peggy Wilton Larmore ’73, died Jan. 31, 2018.

Linda Gaye Cox ’71 died Dec. 28, 2017. Barbara Reece Robinson, mother of Middle and Upper Mary Louise Fergusson, mother-in-law of Lower School

School guitar teacher David Robinson, died Feb. 5, 2018.

Chinese teacher Xin-Yi Fergusson and grandmother of Ted Fergusson ’12, Vivien Furgusson ’14 and Jane Fergusson

Mary Nolde Foster ’40, sister of June Nolde Butler ’44 and

’17, died Jan. 10, 2018.

mother of Merritt W. Foster III ’69, died Feb. 6, 2018.

Grace Whitehead Broaddus ’60, sister of Ginger

Susan Dorr Pastore ’69 died Feb. 7, 2018.

Whitehead Chalkley ’66 and Betty Whitehead Richmond ’69 and mother of Elizabeth Broaddus Scioscia ’90 and

Eric Amos Tinnell ’93 died Feb. 12, 2018.

Billy Broaddus ’91, died Jan. 11, 2018. Calvin “Buddy” Wilson, father of 4th Grade assistant Lynne Willoughby Gage Ellis Meyns Adams, mother of Elizabeth

Tulou, died Feb. 24, 2018.

Adams ’11 and Charlotte Adams ’14, died Jan. 16, 2018. Dolores Skinner Tuohey, wife of James Michael Tuohey, Barbara Sloan Kelly ’51 died Jan. 18, 2018.

Sr. ’80, died March 1, 2018.

Lawrence Anthony Moates ’66 died Jan. 18, 2018.

William Pickrell “Bill” Patteson III died March 7, 2018.

Edith Parrish Barton Sheerin ’48 died Jan. 23, 2018.

Jacqueline Holmes Darr, mother of Susan Darr ’89 and William Darr and mother-in-law of Berkeley Darr ’92, died

Brenda G. Vaughan, grandmother of Vaughan Syer ’15 and Virginia Syer ’17, died Jan. 28, 2018.

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Paul O’Connor, Jr., husband of the late Carolyn Ann

James Allen Pruitt, Jr., father of 1st Grade teacher Sarah

Morris O’Connor ’81 and father of Jane Mallory

Pruitt Smith and grandfather of Walker Smith ’24 and

O’Connor ’10 and Katherine McQuillan O’Connor ’12,

William Smith ’26, died May 2, 2018.

died March 23, 2018. Virginia Tyree Woodward, former faculty member and Mann Quarles Brown, Jr., husband of Elizabeth Bramble

mother of R. Carey Woodward, Jr. ’80 and John W.

Brown ’52, father of Lisa B. Elliott, father-in-law of William

Woodward ’84, died May 2, 2018.

R. Elliott ’69 and grandfather of Colin M. Elliott ’09 and Andrew B. Elliott ’11, died March 28, 2018.

John Donald Bruch, father Business Office staff member Susan Trenkle, died May 8, 2018.

William L. Chandler, Jr., father of Neil Chandler ’94, died March 29, 2018.

Maria Amparo Polomares Nunez, mother-in-law of Physical Plant Department custodian Lourdes Rodriguez,

Dr. Charlie W. Suttenfield ’68 died March 29, 2018.

died May 13, 2018.

Richard Tylden Mosby, grandfather of Taylor Mosby ’26

Dr. Raymond Stanley Kirchmier II, father of Dr. R.S.

and Cheney Mosby ’29, died March 30, 2018.

Kirchmier, Jr. ’80 (Zorina), Lynn Kirchmier Melnick ’81 (Paul) and Patrick H. Kirchmier ’83 (Cathy ‘84)

Garland Waddy Garrett, husband of Cornelia “Connie”

and grandfather of Ray Kirchmier ’08, Fleet Kirchmier

Whittet Garrett ’61 and father of Christopher Garland

’10, Brooke Kirchmier ’11, Cameron Kirchmier, Ava

Garrett, Caroline Bache Garrett ’96 and Leete Parker

Kirchmier and Emmy Kirchmier; Kathleen Melnick ’10,

Garrett ’97, died April 2, 2018.

PJ Melnick ’12 and Jimmy Melnick ’16; and Mackenzie Kirchmier, Claire Kirchmier and Patrick Kirchmier ’17,

Vivian M. Jackson, mother of Upper School Associate

died May 18, 2018.

Director of College Counseling and Upper School Counselor Liz Jackson, died April 2, 2018.

Jackie Atiyeh, mother of Wes Atiyeh ’84, Karen Atiyeh Stephens ’80, Benita Atiyeh Miller ’76 and grandmother

Pace Mahood Fonville, father of P. Mahood Fonville, Jr.

of Andrew Atiyeh ’23, Carter Stephens ’09, Thomas

’88 (Walker ’88), Stacy Tyler McNeely ’90 (Grady) and

Stephens ’11 and Anne Miller ’16, died May 17, 2018.

Charlie T. Fonville ’93 (Emily ’90); and grandfather of Lucy Fonville, Pace Fonville, Avery Fonville and Josie Fonville, Ella McNeely ’22, Grayson McNeely ’25 and Clara McNeely ’27 and Reed Fonville, Annie Fonville and LuLu Fonville, died April 15, 2018. Mary Sue Strupe Neal, mother of William H. Neal III ’73, died April 17, 2018. Robert Lee Crump, brother of Lower School custodian Ernest Crump, died April 18, 2018. Mamie S. Wallace, mother of Physical Plant Department administrative assistant Cherylrena Watts, died April 25, 2018.

ALUMNI

Grace Whitehead Broaddus ’60 Linda Gaye Cox ’71 Mary Nolde Foster ’40 Margaret Ellett Guy ’46 Barbara Sloan Kelly ’51 Susan Virginia Lipsey ’76 Lawrence Anthony Moates ’66 Susan Dorr Pastore ’69 William Pickrell “Bill” Patteson III ’69 Edith Parrish Barton Sheerin ’48 Dr. Charlie W. Suttenfield ’68 Eric Amos Tinnell ’93

Grace Charlotte Atkins, mother of former Director of Choral Music Lynn Atkins, died March 13, 2018.

Please note: These notices were received as of May 31, 2018. The In Memoriam section is taken from printed obituaries. Please contact our office if the information is incomplete. The information included is compiled from our database, which is continuously updated. To submit a condolence, email spark@collegiate-va.org.

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A TEACHER’S TAKE

SPARK SITS DOWN WITH MIDDLE SCHOOL ENGLISH TEACHER

RIVES FLEMING

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IVES FLEMING ’83 HAS TAUGHT MIDDLE SCHOOL AT COLLEGIATE FOR 29 YEARS. His Collegiate roots run

HOW HAS COLLEGIATE CHANGED DURING YOUR TENURE? I think Collegiate is really good at trying to stay ahead of

deep, as his mother, Mary Pease Fleming, taught at the

the curve so we keep our edge and keep ourselves being a

Town School. “That’s where the connection started,” he said.

successful school, a great school. I think we’ve done a nice job

His birth announcement also appeared in The Match as he

of getting bigger. I’m not sure what the numbers were when

was the fifth child in a family of girls. “There were four girls

I was in Kindergarten or when I was first teaching here,

already ahead of me at Collegiate, so I was brought in for

compared to what they are now, but it’s obviously a much

Show and Tell,” he said. Mr. Fleming talks about teaching

bigger place. I think we do a good job of balancing that out.

Middle Schoolers, what makes him proudest and how much he enjoys a good Brunch, the annual performance that 11th Grade girls stage to honor the senior girls.

WHAT DO YOU HOPE YOUR STUDENTS TAKE WITH THEM WHEN THEY LEAVE YOUR CLASSROOM? Hopefully, they are better prepared to handle what’s coming

WHAT MAKES TEACHING AT COLLEGIATE SO SPECIAL?

in their life, be it 6th Grade math or whatever it is. I don’t

The thing that stands out to me about Collegiate is the

love the word empowerment. It’s so trendy. Independence

community, the people here and the way we look out for

might be a slightly different take on it.

each other. The vibrancy of the people who work here and go to school here brings a real dynamic energy that makes

WHAT ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF?

it exciting. There are just so many great ideas and so many

When I see the kids come back. That’s a proud moment. As

motivated, passionate people. It’s not just the teachers. It’s

a 5th Grade teacher, it is harder to feel as though I am part

the students, too. You’ve got great kids here doing great

of the finished product. That is more of an Upper School

things. And I love the independent school model, at least the

thing because they’re closer to becoming adults. But I feel

Collegiate model. It’s not just academics. It’s a whole person

like I didn’t mess them up. I’m part of a chain that’s keeping

experience and Collegiate always stresses character as No. 1.

them in a good direction, building them into what they are. Occasionally, you have those kids for whom you really make

WHAT IS YOUR TEACHING PHILOSOPHY?

a difference. When I’m teaching and I see kids’ academic

Every year on Parents’ Night I say, “Here’s my teaching

breakthroughs or that they are excited about things and

philosophy.” My teaching philosophy is I think kids get better

I see them leave my class with confidence that they didn’t

at things by doing them rather than me talking about them.

have before, that feels really good. You know it’s been a great

And then I think it’s got to be a little bit fun. Kids have to

experience for them and that to me is what we’re here to do:

be engaged and it has to be fun for them. Those are the two

Help them and and make it a great experience for them.

things I always try to use in my teaching.

WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT COLLEGIATE? WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE COLLEGIATE TRADITION?

The people and what we’re about. To me it would be hard

As a girls’ basketball coach, one of the big traditions I always

to work somewhere if you didn’t totally believe in what it’s

find to be the most fun is Brunch. As a male faculty member,

about. I’ve lived it as a former Collegiate student, which

that’s honestly my favorite because the girls get to turn it

hopefully broadcasts to the people I’m teaching. It’s just great

loose. I love to see kids when they are as unfiltered as they

to get out there and connect with people.

can be but they are not doing anything bad. They are just having a lot of fun and being successful. It’s great when they are in charge. And I think Brunch is when they are the most in charge.


Senior Polly Sommers rides off to new adventures.

SPARK Magazine Summer 2018  
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