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Erin Egan Editor, SPARK Associate 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, Academic Dean 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

Stacy H. Adams Director of Communications Jennifer Robertson Wilkins ’92 Alumni Director James Dickinson Creative Manager Weldon Bradshaw Contributor



Drew Atiyeh, Rob Cabaniss, Taylor Dabney, Angie Hutchison, Beth Kondorossy, Kyle LaFerriere, Robin Reifsnider, Lindy Thackston, Allison Williams, Abigail Winfree Photography

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

Sarah Cook Martin ’94, President* Beth Flippo Hutchins ’88, Vice President/President-Elect* Alan Vaughan ’91, Recording Secretary* Barbara Robertson Burke ’68, Corresponding Secretary* Chris Kulp ’84, Finance Chair* Mayme Beth Donohue ’03 and Lizzie Cullen Cox ’00, Annual Fund Chairs* Marshall Schutt ’98, Past President Laura Moore Hall ’68, Town School Representative Evan Ocheltree ’05 and Neely Markel Winston ’96, Volunteer/Community Service Chairs

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Stella Crane Alexander ’85** Richard L. Bennett, Jr. ’90 Michael G. Bland ’83 Mark A. Christian ’77 David A. Gallagher Eucharia N. Jackson Peter E. Mahoney, Sr. John W. Martin ’78 Sarah Cook Martin ’94*** Malcolm S. McDonald Gaye C. Montgomery Joan Olmsted Oates* Judy Wagoner Pahren Tracey A. Ragsdale Carter M. Reid C.B. Robertson III* Sheryl A. Robins ’85 Lisa E. Roday Danielle D. Scott L. Mark Stepanian ’89 Wallace Stettinius* Brude D. Stoever Alfred L. Stratford III ’85 Robert S. Ukrop* Michelle P. Wiltshire * Life Trustee ** Parents’ Association President *** Alumni Association President

Boo Florance Smythe ’56 Barbara Culpepper Townsend ’64 Martha Fleming Moore ’75 Meade Spotts ’75 Jeff Modisett ’78 Charley Scher ’83 Sarah Paxton ’84 John Fallon ’85 Jo Ellen Constine ’87 Jack Woodfin ’87 Clay Coleman ’89 Stephen Spraker ’92 Katherine Thalhimer Adamson ’96 Camp Goodwin August ’99 Liza Jarvis Scott ’99 Sarah Gray Tullidge Innes ’05 *Executive Committee

B&B Printing Printing Thanks to all parents, students, alums and friends who generously share their information, photographs and archives. The Spark is published by Collegiate School. We welcome letters from readers, though we may not have room to publish them all. Submissions may be edited for publication. Photographs deemed unsuitable in quality by the Spark’s designers may not be included. We make every effort to return photographs shared with us — please send high-resolution (300dpi) digital images whenever possible (to: Class Notes and Photographs Please send your news and photographs, and we will use them in an upcoming issue. Digital images must be high resolution (min. 300dpi). Address Spark Editor Collegiate School/Communications Office 103 North Mooreland Road/Richmond, VA 23229 Email Visit our website at Phone Spark: 804.741.9781/Alumni Office: 804.741.9718

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Charlie Blair, Head of the Middle School, greets rising 5th Graders as they take part in the Collegiate tradition, Crossing the Bridge.



Summer 2017


Highlights of Spring 2017 ........................................................................................................................................ 6 Fond Farewells ..................................................................................................................................................... 24 Faculty Accolades ................................................................................................................................................ 26 Winter and Spring Sports Roundup ...................................................................................................................... 27 Lower School Graduation ..................................................................................................................................... 34 Middle School Final Exercises .............................................................................................................................. 36 CONGRATULATIONS CLASS OF 2 017 - A special look at this year’s graduating class

Upper School Commencement ........................................................................................................................... College Choices .................................................................................................................................................. Legacy Families .................................................................................................................................................... What a Year! ......................................................................................................................................................... Words of Wisdom .................................................................................................................................................

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Cultural Experience ............................................................................................................................................ 62 As part of our Responsible Citizenship programs, forging connections with French students at home and abroad enhances educational experiences for Cougars. ALUMNI ACTIVITIES

Q&A with Alumni Board Member Marshall Schutt ’98 ......................................................................................... Distinguished Alumni Awards ............................................................................................................................... Alumni-Created RAMPS Club Continues to Change Lives .................................................................................. Reunions .............................................................................................................................................................

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News from Alumni




We Catch Up with Upper School Math Teacher David Bannard.



ON THE COVER The Class of 2017 at Collegiate’s 102nd Commencement on June 9

CORRECTION In the spring 2017 issue of Spark, the obituary for Alan G. Fleisher should have included his daughter Leslie Fleischer Aidman ’66. We regret the omission.

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“Each person has inside a basic decency and goodness. If he listens to it and acts on it, he is giving a great deal of what it is the world needs most. It is not complicated, but it takes courage. It takes courage for a person to listen to his own goodness and act on it.” – Pablo Casals

Dear Collegiate School Community, Welcome to the inaugural edition of summer Spark. Several years ago we issued an abridged special edition of the alumni magazine that focused primarily on Upper School graduation; however, this addition to the Spark family includes numerous highlights from the entire spring semester, a feature story on Collegiate’s enduring partnership with a school in France, and coverage of Lower School and Middle School final exercises. In addition, we have included a special keepsake section for the Class of 2017 graduates. I hope you’ll enjoy reading our new summer Spark.

Have the courage to be decent. In my remarks to the Class of 2017 at graduation, I shared with them my belief that the willingness and the strength to seek out and act upon the basic decency and goodness of which Pablo Casals speaks, and that is in all of us, is diminishing. In today’s competitive world, we readily appreciate the need for a tough mind, but struggle to similarly value treating people with dignity and respect. Our convictions, and standing up for those convictions by whatever means necessary, seem to have taken precedence over all else. We continue to drift further and further apart.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. reminded us that to be your best, you need not only a tough mind, but also a tender heart. “Tough-mindedness without a tender heart is cold and detached, leaving one’s life in a perpetual winter devoid of the warmth of spring and the gentle heat of summer … The hardhearted person lacks the capacity for genuine compassion. He is unmoved by the pains and afflictions of his brothers. He passes unfortunate men every day, but he never really sees them. He gives dollars to a worthwhile charity, but gives not of his spirit … The hardhearted individual never sees people as people, but rather as mere objects or as impersonal cogs in an ever-turning wheel … Life for him is a mirror in which he sees only himself, and not a window through which he sees other selves.” To our recent graduates, alums and current Cougars, let us remember Minds That Seek and Hearts That Serve. ... You know what decency and goodness are. Spread that Cougar spirit in all of your days to come. Have the courage to be decent. Our world needs it. Have a wonderful summer,

Stephen D. Hickman Head of School



I read once that ‘Nothing is perfect. Life is messy. Relationships are complex. Outcomes are uncertain. People are irrational.’ Sounds like school some times doesn’t it? Life is not only filled with great joy and celebrations, but also with hard times, darkness and risk. In his book Let Your Life Speak, author Parker Palmer argues that adults sometimes do young people a disservice by limiting and minimizing exposure to failure and disappointment. Too often, we pretend to you that our successes are the only things that we have ever known. Although we may have the best of intentions, life is a bit more complicated than that. Along with joy and contentment, misery and misfortune make the human experience complete … they are a part of our shared humanity. Experiencing it all is part of the journey. So, by all means, embrace the joy that comes your way … But don’t dismiss, run from or be shut down by the hardships. Be ready for it all.

Have the courage to accept that life is messy.

A L UMN I DATEBO O K All Collegiate alumni are invited to attend the following events. For more information, contact Director of Alumni & Special Events Jennifer Robertson Wilkins ’92 at or Associate Director of Alumni & Special Events Lauralee Glasgow Allen ’03 at


Cougar Bites Social, Kabana Rooftop Hosted by the Alumni Board 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Annual Fund-Reunion Challenge Kick Off Reunion classes compete for Annual Fund participation.

O C T O B E R 2 7 R EU N IO N WEEK END Oyster Roast, Tuckahoe Plantation 6-8 p.m.

O C T O B E R 2 8 H OMEC O MIN G Legacy Society Lunch for Classes of 1966 and beyond McFall Hall 11:30 a.m.

50th Reunion Lunch for Class of 1967 Alumni Office 12 p.m.

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Homecoming Food Trucks Between West Gym and Burke Hall 12:30 p.m.

Homecoming Football Game vs. Norfolk Academy Grover Jones Field 1 p.m.

Cougar Bites Social, East Coast Provisions 5:30-7:30 p.m.

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Collegiate Participates in First High School CreateAthon Six teams of Collegiate students brainstormed during a CreateAthon on Campus in March as part of their senior seminar, CreateAthon: Working with Nonprofits, during which they helped area organizations with their marketing campaigns. Collegiate was the first high school nationwide to participate in a CreateAthon. A national nonprofit pro bono marketing marathon, CreateAthon “harnesses skills-based superpowers for social good,” according to the organization. Collegiate partnered locally with CreateAthon@VCU, a volunteer program that gives students the opportunity to use their creative talents to help fulfill the marketing needs of nonprofits in the Richmond community. Students in the Collegiate senior seminar co-taught by Allen Chamberlain, Head Librarian of the Upper School Library, and Jere Williams, Upper School art teacher, were matched with six local nonprofits that serve a wide range of populations in the community: Reach Out for Life, Partnership for Families, Miracles in Motion, Tech for Troops, Chesterfield Innovative Academy for Girls and Puppets Off Broad Street.

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Professional mentors in the fields of print design, web design, illustration, copywriting, strategic planning and social media spoke to the students over the course of the semester. During the CreateAthon, all participants (students, nonprofit directors, volunteer professional designers, copywriters and brand managers) gathered for an intensive, strategic and creative session to generate ideas for the marketing campaign. The student teams presented their work to their clients in April. The deliverables ranged from donor plans to brochures to logos to websites to videos. “What is unique about CreateAthon is that students have the opportunity to engage in strategic work that has real-world application,” said Mr. Williams. “They are serving the nonprofits and learning about doing business in that market segment by providing the much-needed donor campaigns, branding designs and web graphics. The nonprofit companies are doing our students a great service as well by collaborating with them in the learning process.”

JOUR NA L I S T A L U M SP E A K S T O M I D D LE S C H O O L E RS Jasmine Turner ’11, a reporter for Richmond’s WWBT NBC12 news station, returned to Collegiate in March to talk to Middle Schoolers about what it’s like to be a journalist. Ms. Turner attended Elon University, where her love of broadcast journalism blossomed. She anchored the student news and interned at WXII in Winston-Salem, NBC4 in Washington, D.C., and at 60 Minutes. Ms. Turner joined the Richmond NBC affiliate last October. To give the audience a glimpse at her day-to-day responsibilities, she showed video clips of her on-air work and shared what went into reporting, writing and producing each story. Ms. Turner described her passion for her job and what fuels her to go out every day and produce great work. “What makes it worth it are the people you get to meet and the stories you get to tell,” she said. “I’m honored to be able to share that with the community. I cannot imagine doing anything else.”

N IN TH GR A D ER S ENGAGE WITH TH E CO MMU N ITY In February, Collegiate 9th Graders wrapped up the annual Community Engagement Week. This year’s theme was A Strong Community Invests in its People and focused on three groups: youth, people with disabilities and the aging. After preparing for the week on Monday, the 9th Graders spent Tuesday through Thursday at 13 partner organizations that work with members of these populations, including Lakewood Manor, The Hermitage, Faison School, Ridge Elementary School, St. James Children’s Center and the Children’s Museum of Richmond. The students interacted with residents and students and performed various duties depending on the organization’s needs. On Friday, the class reflected on their week’s work and heard from Rev. Ben Campbell, an Episcopal priest and author of Richmond’s Unhealed History, who spoke on poverty and race in the Richmond region. The students then participated in four different “advocacy workshops” related to public speaking, letter writing, social media and community relationships to learn skills and opportunities for impacting local issues. “We want them to have a deeper understanding of the issues and provide them with the tools to go out into the community and have their voices heard,” said Suzanne Fleming, Collegiate’s Director of Service Learning and Civic Engagement.

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S T UDENTS E ARN SCH OL A S T IC A R T A N D WR IT IN G AWARDS Several Collegiate students earned gold, silver and honorable mention honors in the art category of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, which for 94 years have stood as the nation’s longest-running and most prestigious recognition program for creative teens.

Drop, Jane Fergusson

T HE F O L L O W I N G C O L L E G I AT E S T U D E N T S ’ W OR K R E C E I V E D H O NO R S FO R 2 0 1 7 :

Insecure, Douglas Williamson

G O LD K EY Jane Fergusson: Drop (Sculpture) Julia Mitchell: You Built Palaces out of Paragraphs (Sculpture) Slade Woo: Paper Wall (Drawing and Illustration)

You Built Palaces out of Paragraphs, Julia Mitchell



Jane Fergusson: Pax (Mixed Media) Douglas Williamson: Insecure (Mixed Media)

Jane Fergusson: Barely Palette-able (Sculpture) Brooks Moore: Cosmic (Digital Art) William Pohlmann: Gift (Sculpture) Douglas Williamson: Look (Mixed Media) Christopher Johnson: Ergo Sum (Mixed Media)

Collegiate Players Present Spring Play The Collegiate Players presented Book of Days by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lanford Wilson at the Oates Theater in the Hershey Center for the Arts for three nights in April. The cast included 12 actors, while backstage 15 crew members and four stage managers kept the show running. In addition, nine students assisted in building the set.

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First Graders Put On Spring Production


Three classes of Collegiate 1st Graders performed their spring play, The House That the Pigs Built, based on the classic tale, The Three Little Pigs, in front of a packed house in the Estes Multipurpose Room in April.

The Upper School Dance Concert in April featured faculty and guest-artist choreography, as well as select student pieces. This was the first year that the Upper School dance program staged its own featured concert.

8 T H GRADE RS PE RF ORM S T UDENT-W RI T T E N W OR K Collegiate 8th Graders presented their annual student-written play, Matter of Time, for two February performances in Oates Theater. Beginning in early January, the 8th Graders worked on creating the original script, which included a student-written soundscape and student choreography. The cast and crew of 120 included actors, dancers and

technicians who worked on the set, lighting, sound, makeup and costumes. “The play is a culmination of the fine arts curriculum in Middle School,” said drama teacher Jenny Hundley, who served as the production’s director. “We’re building on lessons we’re learning in the classroom, but it’s also a rite of passage.”

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AREA HI G H S C H O O LE RS PA RT I CI P ATE I N AR T S C O LLA B O R ATION Collegiate welcomed students involved in the arts from six area high schools in March to artsPOWER, an event the School has participated in for 10 years. The daylong event, themed The Adjacent Possible, served as an opportunity for 56 students from St. Christopher’s School, Trinity Episcopal School, St. Catherine’s School, Henrico High School, Appomattox Regional Governor’s School, Saint Gertrude High School and Collegiate to collaborate with like-minded individuals who enjoy the process of creating art in any form, be it music, visual arts, writing, dance or theater.

Participating students gathered in the Hershey Center for the Arts and Sharp Academic Commons for various workshops throughout the day. Students then worked together on original pieces that they shared with fellow participants later in the afternoon. “One of the added benefits to the day is that the students work together rather than compete on an athletic field or academic event,” said Mike Boyd, Collegiate’s Director of Performing Arts. “The day is all about building community and strengthening partnerships with people who share the common bond of being an artist.”

Spring Concert Season Concludes Collegiate musicians were busy in April and May with various performances, including the Lower School Spring Concert, which featured students participating in string ensembles, band and Cantorion, as well as several piano recitals. Guitar students in the Middle and Upper School also held a concert, as well as a Middle and Upper School Jazz Concert, a Middle and Upper School Instrumental Concert and a Middle and Upper School Choral Concert.

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Collegiate transformed into an art gallery in mid-April, showcasing a campus-wide exhibition of more than 700 JK-12th Grade student works during the annual Art Walk. The 2017 event, themed Unite!, featured artwork in various media, including painting, sculpture, photography, woodworking, ceramics, drawing and printing.

Select works by painters Susan Dull '70, Cabell Warner Gorman, Curney Nuffer and Greig Leach, as well as Honors Art Portfolio students, were available for purchase, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Stephen R. Anderson Endowment for Arts. “Art Walk is a chance for the entire community to take in the tremendous

Connect Richmond Teaches Empathy to 7th Graders

Now in its second year, Connect Richmond aims to foster interaction and connection between students and the individuals they meet in the community. Sites students visited included the Faison School, Children’s Museum of Richmond, Doorways, Amelia Street School, St. James Children’s Center, YMCA, Lakewood Manor and Founders Center for Autism. Over the six weeks, students truly engaged with individuals at these organizations and explored their needs, said Suzanne Fleming, Collegiate’s Director of Service Learning and Civic Engagement. Mrs. Fleming sees a lot of self-discovery over the course of the program, as students who have never spent time with adults with

For six weeks during March and April, Collegiate 7th Graders worked with 13 Richmond-area nonprofit organizations as part of Connect Richmond, their grade-level community service project. As one of the eight pillars in Collegiate’s Responsible Citizenship initiative, service learning appears in every division and at every grade level and serves as a tool that integrates meaningful service with the curriculum.

depth and breadth of the Collegiate Visual Art experience while reflecting on the creative discovery and connections being made in our art studios each day,” said Dana DuMont, Collegiate’s Visual Arts Department Chair. “It’s a visual and conceptual feast that invites celebration and conversation.”

Alzheimer’s or children with autism show patience, compassion and empathy. “They learn a whole lot about themselves and they’re stretched beyond their comfort zone,” Mrs. Fleming said. “Learning the empathy piece is a huge thing that will serve them well later on.”

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52 ND V ILLA G E G R EEN FA IR D R AW S B IG CROWD Rain did not dampen the enthusiasm of Collegiate families and friends who attended the annual Village Green Fair. The 2017 event fell on Earth Day and was dubbed “Planet Cougar.” Organized by the School’s Parents’ Association, the spring tradition serves as the School’s largest fundraiser as well as a fun community-building event. After an exciting Fun Run on the School’s Jim Hickey Track, Cougars and guests alike enjoyed games, inflatables, face painting, shopping, food, dodgeball, a lip sync contest and more. Thanks to co-chairs Karen Berson, Bryn Smutz, the organizing committee and all of the volunteers who made the day so special!

Collegiate’s development staff poses in their green and gold on Giving Day.

Giving Day Honors Teachers Collegiate held its first-ever Giving Day on National Teacher Appreciation Day in May and invited parents, grandparents, alumni and friends to remember the teacher or teachers who made an impact in their lives or the lives of their children and grandchildren by making a gift to the Annual Fund in their honor. The goal during the 24-hour period was 199 gifts, one for every teacher on campus. That goal was met — and surpassed — with 350 gifts raising $75,956, which will support faculty professional development opportunities!

Thanks to everyone who contributed!

$75,956 RAISED

from 359 parents, grandparents, alumni and friends

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#1Day1Teacher impressions on Facebook and Twitter

made a gift, many honoring a special teacher

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Seniors Earn Cum Laude Society Induction In April, 14 Collegiate seniors were introduced at an Upper School Assembly as inductees into the Collegiate chapter of Cum Laude, a national honor society that recognizes academic excellence and citizenship. The students were joined by 13 other seniors who were inducted last November. The honorees for the spring were: Claire Andress, Morgan Baxter, Parker Conquest, Destana Herring, Anna Johnson, Sonja Kapadia, Julia Mitchell, Cristina Muncy, Claire

Murphy, Mary Ottley, Excellence Perry, Catherine Pommersheim, Quinn Schebell and Margaret Wadsworth. The fall honorees were: Georgia Beazley, Reese Bowling, Sumner Brinkley, John Bullock, Felipe Campos, Jane Fergusson, Elizabeth Harrison, Parker Johnson, Mia Jackson, Gillian Laming, Matty Pahren, Michael Warker and Price Withers.

Buck Institute Revisits Faculty More than 30 teachers from all three divisions of Collegiate have spent the past year participating in Project Based Learning (PBL) training with the Buck Institute for Education, a nonprofit organization that offers professional development for teachers on how to design, assess and manage projects that engage and motivate students. In summer 2016, Collegiate welcomed on campus a PBL instructional coach from the Buck Institute to lead a three-day PBL 101 Workshop for these 34 faculty members. Each teacher who attended created a PBL unit to implement in his or her classroom.

After the workshop, the Buck Institute conducted a survey of the participating teachers and administrators and used that data to develop a session tailored to the teachers’ goals and to provide instructional coaching. A few months into the 2016-17 school year, a Buck Institute coach returned to campus for a follow-up visit with those teachers, and in March returned to lead a final session. (This summer, a new group of Collegiate faculty will participate in another PBL 101 three-day workshop.)

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LACROSSE PLAYERS FORGE PARTNERSHIP WITH LOCAL TEAM As part of ongoing effort to create community partnerships through lacrosse, Collegiate’s varsity boys’ lacrosse team hosted players from Highland Springs High School, located in eastern Henrico County, in March. Highland Springs has recently developed its lacrosse program and the Cougars met them a few times throughout the season to help improve players’ skills as well as share a love of the game.

L OW E R SCH OO L E R S W E L C O ME GRAN DPARE N T S A N D S P E C IA L F R IE N D S During the long-standing tradition of Grandparents and Special Friends Day, Collegiate Lower School students spent time in April showing their classrooms to their nanas, pop-pops, mimis, papas, yayas, grannies and grand-daddies.

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Innovation Expo Showcases 4th Grade Designs Collegiate 4th Graders presented 48 creative designs to 3rd Graders at the Lower School’s annual Innovation Expo in May. The projects incorporated all of the engineering, technology and science skills the 4th Graders have learned since Kindergarten.


Collegiate hosted the 30th annual Meet in the Middle, a Special Olympics event for Henrico County Middle School students run by Collegiate 10th Graders. The more than 200 visiting students competed in multiple sporting events on Grover Jones Field and in tennis on the Robins campus. Missy Herod, Upper School Associate Director of Student Life, started the event in 1987. She said Meet in the Middle is one of her favorite days of the year at Collegiate because of what it provides for all of the students involved. “Special Olympics provides our students the opportunity to learn how easy it is to serve others and how an event such as Meet in the Middle can bring out the best in intellectually challenged athletes who only want to do what most of us at Collegiate have always been able to do,” she said.

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Third Graders Present Colonial Day Collegiate 3rd Graders performed the annual Colonial Day in front of parents and friends in April. The event serves as a finale to the grade level’s Project Based Learning unit on research. The 3rd Graders posed a driving question to focus their study of Virginia history: How can we get 2nd Graders excited about Colonial Williamsburg? The students picked the topic they wanted to research more deeply: plantation life, colonial trades or the life of a colonial child. The students also chose the method to “show

what they know” by creating a Google slide presentation, a ThingLink, a picture book, a WeVideo or by becoming a wax figure character come to life and invited 2nd Graders to view the projects. The 3rd Graders donned period costumes as a fife and drum corps, town criers and members of 1773 Colonial Williamsburg society. Using a combination of songs and dances, the students demonstrated what life was like at that time in our nation’s history.

STUDENTS EXPERIENCE MODEL UN OPPORTUNITIES A group of Collegiate Middle Schoolers enjoyed participating in the 17th Annual William & Mary Middle School Model United Nations Conference in Williamsburg in February. Two 7th Graders and eight 8th Graders researched world issues, including the refugee crisis, human trafficking, education and biological warfare. Students

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wrote position papers that presented their country’s stand on the issues so that they could form coalitions and put forth resolutions during their committee sessions. And in March, four Upper School students traveled to Venice, Italy, for Foscamun, an annual Model UN conference held with Liceo Foscarini, one of Collegiate’s partner schools.

Collegiate junior Emily Mendelson, a

TORCH 5804 Finishes Season Torch 5804, Collegiate’s robotics team, competed with their robot “Overkill” at the FIRST Hampton Roads District and the FIRST Chesapeake District competitions in March. (FIRST is an acronym that means “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology.”) While the team did not move on to April’s District Championship, team coaches Daniel Bartels and Greg Sesny felt pleased with the team’s results. At the Hampton Roads District event, Torch 5804 assisted two other teams in building their climbing mechanisms (in one hour!), making those team more competitive. In fact, Torch ended up facing those teams, and losing to them, the next week at the Chesapeake District.

“The fact that we did not advance gave the team a chance to look back and analyze things,” said Mr. Bartels. “We had to decide what kind of team we should be, a team that wins or a team that helps. We want to be the community that helps.” Senior and team captain Quinn Schebell feels optimistic about the team’s future because of the relationships it forged with other competitors. “Working with other teams will encourage students to pursue their interests to a greater depth and offer more resources to support that,” he said. “After all, FIRST is about preparing students for the real world after high school, and collaboration is a huge part of working in the real world.”

member of the robotics team TORCH 5804, was named a FIRST Robotics Competition Dean’s List Finalist. She was one of four finalists from the FIRST Chesapeake District, which includes Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C., and comprises more than 130 teams. Emily was one of roughly 140 finalists from more than 3,000 teams around the world. Begun in 2010, the Dean’s List Award celebrates outstanding student leaders whose passion for and effectiveness at attaining FIRST ideals is exemplary.

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Internet Safety Expert Returns to Collegiate As part of Collegiate’s wellness initiative to keep students healthy, Katie Greer, nationally renowned Internet and social media expert, returned to campus in March as a finale to her year of educating parents, students, faculty and staff about how to have a healthy relationship with technology, as well as age appropriate social media awareness and use. Mrs. Greer visited Collegiate last fall and spoke to students in each division during the school day. Her return focused on 5th and 6th Graders, an age at which children become more involved with technology. In the morning, she spoke to parents of JK-5th Graders and that evening, she talked with 6th Grade parents.

Fourth Graders Perform Annual An American Mosaic Collegiate’s 4th Grade classes presented An American Mosaic – From Sea to Shining Sea in the Estes Multipurpose Room in March to highlight their study of U.S. history and the country’s citizens. During the production, which is performed by the 4th Grade annually, students played instruments and performed songs, dances and recitations for parents and guests. Others participated by providing artwork, displayed in Nunnally Hall and Burke Hall, that represented important historic figures.

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Buddy Benches Teach Inclusiveness Two new “Buddy Benches” on Collegiate’s Lower School campus — one near Fort Cougar and the other near the Estes Multipurpose Room — were installed last winter to teach students about empathy and inclusiveness. Buddy Benches, the brainchild of a student at an elementary school in Pennsylvania, aim to spread inclusiveness and kindness by fostering friendship and eliminating loneliness on the playground. In spring 2016, 1st Grade teacher Sallie Tinney, who is now retired, shared the idea of bringing Buddy Benches to Collegiate. Two benches were purchased with the help of Assistant Director of the Physical Plant Robert Moore. A committee of 3rd Graders, now in the 4th Grade, met with former Lower School guidance counselor Marella Gregory to help educate Lower School students about the benches and their

purpose. Two other students served as designers and met with Visual Art Chair and Lower School art teacher Dana DuMont to decorate the benches. The benches, which students can use at recess, reflect who Collegiate is as a school and supports our values and pillars of Responsible Citizenship, said Laura Fields, Assistant Head of the Lower School, who spearheaded the project. “It’s a simple idea that teaches our students to be mindful of including others who may feel left out or need some help joining in,” she said. “But it’s also about recognizing when that is happening and approaching someone in a respectful way. “The students have told me they think the benches are a good idea because being lonely on the playground is just unacceptable.”

A S S EMB LY FO C U S ES O N MENTAL HEALTH In an effort to emphasize the importance of wellness in the lives of Collegiate students, 10th, 11th and 12th Graders listened last February to the story of Drew Bergman, a senior at Temple University and speaker for Minding Your Mind. Minding Your Mind provides mental health education with the goal of reducing the stigma and destructive behaviors often associated with mental health issues. Prior to Mr. Bergman’s appearance, Collegiate’s 10th Graders had focused on mental health in their advisories, with conversations facilitated by representatives from Minding Your Mind. “Our students will be faced with mental health issues at some point in their lives, whether personally or through a friend, family member or community member,” said Beth Kondorossy, Collegiate’s Director of Student Life. “It is vital that they are equipped with tools to understand the bigger picture and learn how to help themselves or others cope.”

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IEL - Americas Explores Central America

Sixteen Collegiate seniors traveled to Mexico in February to participate in the 4th annual Youth Forum on International Dialogue, as part of Collegiate’s International Emerging Leaders - Americas program. The forum, hosted by Collegiate’s partner school, Colegio Carol Baur, welcomed more than 200 delegates from Thailand, Italy, Mexico and the United States. Collegiate was the only U.S. school in attendance. During the event, students debated and negotiated in Spanish about some of the region’s and the world’s most pressing challenges and worked together to form resolutions through discussion and collaboration.

During the spring semester, IEL - Americas students focused on an in-depth service-learning program with Sacred Heart Center, a nonprofit serving South Richmond’s Latino community. They visited the center twice to interview staff members about the organization’s needs. In April, the students returned to Sacred Heart and presented three final ideas to assist the center in its mission: a volunteer manual, a screening and hiring process for volunteers and recommendations for ways to follow up with individuals once they leave the center, including a registration form, a more active social media presence and face-to-face evaluations.

Global Scholars Embark on International Trips Collegiate students traveled the world last semester on trips designed to teach them about other cultures and, in the process, more about themselves. As part of the School’s global education program, Collegiate students traveled to Morocco, Mexico, Italy and China between January and May.

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Third Year of IEL - Asia Program Concludes The first part of the 3rd Annual International Emerging Leaders (IEL) - Asia program concluded in January as 11 Collegiate seniors and 12 students from Collegiate’s partner school in Yangzhou, China, presented solutions for economic and social issues facing both countries to Richmond-area business leaders. During IEL - Asia, participants from Collegiate and from the Beijing New Oriental Foreign Language School examined the economic ties between the U.S. and China, while also exploring the two nations’ current political, cultural and ethical issues. “The cross-cultural communication and collaboration skills our students gain through this type of real-world learning are key to their future ability to thrive in the global and diverse worlds of both college and their future work environments,” said Clare Sisisky, Collegiate’s Director of Responsible Citizenship Initiative and Director of Strategic Planning.

Seven senior French students and their trip leader, pictured at left, visited Morocco in January for a weeklong language and cultural immersion experience. While in Morocco, students visited the cities of Casablanca and El Jadida, and spent time at Collegiate’s partner School, George Washington Academy, where they engaged with the students. “It’s important for students to travel abroad to countries like Morocco in order to have a truly immersive experience,” said Collegiate senior Sonja Kapadia. “The deeper learning happens when a student is placed in a new situation and experiences everything first hand. I learned so much on the trip and hope that future students will have the same opportunity.” In February, as part of Collegiate School’s International Emerging Leaders - Americas program, students participated

In March, the 11 Collegiate seniors visited China as the second part of the IEL - Asia program. The students, accompanied by Lower School Chinese teacher Xin-Yi Fergusson and Director of Economic and Entrepreneurship Education Trina Clemans, stayed with host families while in China. During their weeklong trip, they visited the Shanghai offices of the Richmond-based company WestRock; spent time at Collegiate’s partner school, Beijing New Oriental in Yangzhou; and attended various workshops and classes. The students also found time to try their hand at ping pong, badminton, tai chi and calligraphy. In that lesson, the characters they practiced meant “everlasting friendship” — a fitting phrase as their week of connecting with new friends came to a close.

in the International Youth Symposium in Mexico with our partner school Carol Baur. Students also visited Collegiate’s partner school in Venice, Italy, in March and participated in a Model UN debate. Later that month, students involved in the International Emerging Leaders - Asia program traveled to China. (See stories above and on Page 16.) “There are travelers and there are tourists,” said Director of Global Engagement and Inclusion Erica Coffey. “The trips we offer our students help them become travelers of the world. They immerse themselves in the cultures of other countries and build relationships that last — celebrating our differences but discovering the similarities we all share.”

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FO U R T H GR A D E CA P S T O N E PR O JE C T LA U NC H E S WHAT STUDENTS SAID: Collegiate introduced a capstone program for the 4th Grade in April, called Envision Collegiate, to build upon the existing capstones for 8th Grade (Envision Richmond) and soon to be launched 12th Grade (Envision Your World). All three programs bring to life students’ classroom learning in a realworld context. In its pilot year, the program centered around the Responsible Citizenship pillar of sustainability. Students used the Lower School garden as their focus for learning about collaborative design and developing their communication and leadership skills. Under the supervision of Academic Dean Susan Droke, Director of Responsible Citizenship Initiative and Director of Strategic Planning Clare Sisisky and Capstone Coordinator and 4th Grade teacher Carolyn Villanueva, the 4th Graders immersed themselves in the design thinking process to address the challenge How might we design a learning garden for our school community? Students ventured to Richmond-area learning garden sites to get ideas for re-inventing the Lower School garden. They then interviewed teachers, students and administrators about the current garden, brainstormed and created prototypes based on the information they gathered. On the third and final day of the program, students presented their designs to a panel and the community. The student-designed gardens in Joya Sellers’ and Heather Garnett’s classrooms included features such as rain barrels, gazebos, compost bins, areas for seating, a water system incorporating sponges, a robot that could sense when plants needed watering, as well as areas for growing fruits, vegetables and plants that attract pollinators. “The program has been a great learning experience for them,” Ms. Sellers said. “It encompassed so many of the soft skills that they need. But they feel like they are making a difference.”

“It was as fun as riding a roller coaster into a pool.” “Envision Collegiate was like moving into a new house, different, new and exciting.” “I was working harder than a dog digging in a big pile of dirt.” “I was a creative artist waving her paintbrush in the air.” “The gardens we saw were mazes we’d never grow tired of.” “Wandering through Shalom Garden, I ate lettuce that tasted better than chips.” “It was tough, rough, jubilant and joyous; like feeling happiness for the very first time.”

S E N IO R S V IS IT P O LY FA C E FA R M Collegiate students in the Senior Seminar: Food in America and AP Environmental Science classes visited PolyFace Farms in Swoope, Virginia, on a misty day in April. The farm visit provided a case study of sustainable alternatives to the conventional food system as well as a chance to evaluate the contrasting issues between sustainable and conventional food production. The trip allowed students to see what’s possible for the future in a fully experiential manner and went beyond the simple learning of facts and information, said Rhiannon Boyd, who teaches the senior seminar. Throughout the day, discussion topics seamlessly moved from one to the next. “In minutes, we went from conversations about soil quality to exothermic reactions, to vertical integration, the economics of land management decisions and USDA regulations,” she said. “There is no better way to learn.”

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A group of 4th Graders unveiled a Lower School food waste recycling program they developed during the 2015-16 school year as 3rd Graders. The program was then implemented in the Lower School in March. In spring 2016, after reading a magazine article about the problem of food waste and how it affects the environment, the students were moved to take action, said their teacher Katie Musick. They wrote a letter to Debbie Miller, Head of the Lower School, asking her to allow them to begin a food waste recycling program in the Lower School cafeteria. She agreed. Mrs. Miller asked the students to present the idea to Collegiate’s Business Office and other School leaders in fall 2016. The then-3rd Graders committed themselves and continued the work they had begun. When they returned to school as 4th Graders, they established a 19-member Food Waste Recycling Task Force, and met with Mrs. Musick once or twice a month before school to see the program to fruition. “I am so impressed with their dedication, their excitement and their enthusiasm,” Mrs. Musick said. “They wanted to keep working on this even though it wasn’t part of their class work anymore. They had no obligation to do it other than they just wanted to make a change.” In addition, Collegiate has partnered with Natural Organic Process Enterprises (N.O.P.E.), a local organization that works with companies and institutions throughout Central Virginia to develop and implement food waste recycling programs. For every 2,000 lbs. of food that N.O.P.E. collects from Collegiate, N.O.P.E. will return 40 lbs. of compost to the School to be used onsite for landscaping and gardening. In April, the project won the Connect the Dots Green Schools Challenge, a U.S. Green Building Council Greater Virginia program that challenges K-12 schools across the state to develop and implement creative, effective, no- or low-cost sustainable practices for their school. Mrs. Musick represented the group and accepted the award at a ceremony in May.

During March and April, as the second phase of Envision Richmond, Collegiate’s capstone program for 8th Graders, students continued their connection with the Richmond-area nonprofit organizations they learned about last fall. Last October, the entire 8th Grade spent time with 20 local nonprofits, including the ARC Center, Richmond Cycling Corps, Sitter & Barfoot Veteran’s Center, Northstar Academy, Virginia War Memorial, Living with Sickle Cell RVA, Sportable and the Virginia Home for Boys and Girls. The students assessed their assigned organization’s needs and designed a project aimed at fulfilling that need. As a continuation of the program, students delivered fresh fruits and vegetables to two homeless shelters, ate a meal and played games with individuals at the ARC Center, took a group of English as a Second Language students from Douglas Freeman High School bowling, helped plant greenery and spread mulch at Abner Clay Park, delivered two projectors and 13 dissection kits to Church Hill Academy, distributed entertainment items to military residents at a veteran’s center and delivered winter coats, hats and gloves to Ms. Dionne Bobo, founder of Living with Sickle Cell RVA, after collecting the apparel across school divisions. Another group of students, who teamed with Sportable, an organization that works to transform the lives of people with disabilities through sports, wanted to educate other Middle School students about the needs of these individuals. They invited Sportable’s volunteer coordinator, Cat Anthony, and Collegiate alum Richard Bagby ’02, who broke his neck and is now a quadriplegic, to speak at an assembly. “The second phase of Envision Richmond is important because it’s a way for our students to give back to the people that they met in the fall and round out their last year in Middle School by demonstrating responsible citizenship,” said Laurie Shadowen, Middle School humanities teacher and Envision Richmond Coordinator.

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FROM LEFT: Blair Chewning, Beth Tracy, Kathryn Oden and Susan Overton


On May 18, 2017, family friends and colleagues celebrated the careers and 124 years of service of this year’s retirees at a ceremony in the Sharp Academic Commons. Forty-four years ago in a 2nd Grade classroom in Roanoke, Virginia, Collegiate teaching legend Blair Chewning’s career was launched, fulfilling her lifelong dream of working with children. In 1984, Blair brought her passion for young people and her extraordinary energy to Collegiate School. Our School was forever changed. For Blair, her students always came first. It is for that reason that she led the way in implementing teaching strategies and student experiences that helped her students grow and realize their potential. Taking her cue from the teachers who inspired her, Blair was at the forefront of many of Collegiate’s key programs, initiatives and enduring traditions, including the Lower School Bank and the 4th Grade Washington, D.C. trip. In addition, she helped launch the 2nd Grade States Fair and was an early adopter and leader in the implementation of the Lower School’s Everyday Mathematics program. For her outstanding work, Blair was named the recipient of the 1996 Martha Elizabeth Schwarz Award. She also received the 1999 and 2012 Alumni Grant for Faculty Excellence. Blair’s love for Collegiate School is unconditional, and its impact on her and her family has been profound. As she shared with her colleagues, “Collegiate has been home for half my life! Collegiate has nurtured me, challenged me, trained me, driven me, honored me, inspired me and been my lifeline during the darkest, most difficult days of my life. Collegiate has been my family. YOU

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have been my family. Each of you, in your own way, has had a part in making me the teacher I am today. You shared ideas, you asked questions, you introduced me to new ways of thinking, you challenged me to stand firm in my resolve, you urged me to reach each and every child, you reminded me to follow my husband’s mantra: ‘Remember who you are.’” Beth Tracy came to Collegiate in 1979 as a “scared” rookie right out of college. She departed as a Collegiate icon, leaving a legacy that represents the very best of what teaching at our School means. Beth helped create and/or lead many of our School’s iconic programs, including States Fair, Colonial Days and Mosaic. Over the years, she was instrumental in developing and supporting Town Meetings, chapel programs, Seder and High Holy Days celebrations, Veterans Day celebrations, Stone Soup programs, Convocation and pep rallies, just to name a few. In 1990, she started Cantorion, our 4th Grade chorus. Cantorion comes from a Welsh word meaning “to sing with your heart.” Nothing captured Beth’s outlook better. Beth had the distinctive ability to bring together numerous students and adults and get the best out of each and every one. She had incredible patience amidst chaos, never failing to encourage in a positive way all of those in her care, and a willingness to embrace programmatic opportunities to celebrate all in our community. Her unflappability, openness and approachability were much appreciated by all who worked with her. What she did, how she did it and what she was able to accomplish were nothing short of magic. Over the years, 38 to be exact, Beth was honored many times for her outstanding work, including receiving the 1996 Clarence B.

Williams Award, the 2002 Arthur S. Brinkley, Jr. Grant of Faculty Excellence and the 2016 Lower School Craigie Teaching Award. She was also the recipient of the 1996, 2006 and 2007 Alumni Grant for Faculty Excellence. After 19 years of teaching at Collegiate, Kathryn Oden retired at the end of the 2016-17 school year. First as a Kindergarten Assistant and later as a 1st Grade lead teacher, Kathryn inspired a generation of students to reach their full potential, while finding joy in the journey. Believing each student has unique gifts to offer, Kathryn’s classrooms were designed to take children where they were and encouraged and guided them to new levels of success. Her willingness to know all of her children well motivated her to explore creative teaching strategies and learning experiences that enhanced the learning for all of her students. Her creativity was a driving force behind the 1st Grade plays, many of which were written by her. Her commitment to a collaborative teaching and learning model provided her many students with the much-needed and highly effective small group approach. While providing an exciting learning environment for her 1st Graders, she adeptly incorporated structure and gentle guidance. Her students always left her prepared and confident. Kathryn’s influence extended well beyond her own classroom. She modeled well what it meant to grow professionally and possess an openness to new ideas. Her experience as both an assistant and lead teacher inspired her colleagues to seek her out and benefit from her wisdom, and she became a trusted mentor to many of them. For her many contributions, Kathryn was named the recipient of the 2015 Craigie Endowment for Teaching Excellence. Lower School Librarian Susan Overton spent nearly 48 years teaching and working with students, including 37 years at Collegiate. She wore many hats, including 1st Grade teacher, reading specialist, tutor and librarian. She left a legacy noted for her commitment to education and love for her students. Her Collegiate memories are vast and her contributions are numerous. In addition to her many years in the library, spent inspiring the youngest Cougars to explore the world through books, she generously shared her extensive travel experiences with students, acquainting Cougars of all ages with the Galapagos Islands, Africa and architecture. In recognition of her many contributions, Susan was awarded the 2002 Clarence B. Williams Award and the 2016 Alumni Grant for Faculty Excellence. Susan’s active community involvement modeled for Cougars what it meant to serve. She supported multiple drives for organizations such as George Mason Elementary School in Church Hill and VCU Medical Center’s programs for new mothers; and she and her husband, Bill, served as chairs of Collegiate’s Annual Fund when their children were students. Collegiate was an important part of the Overton family. That joy continues as she watches her younger colleagues inspire our youngest Cougars. Reflections on retiring faculty and staff by Head of School Steve Hickman

A D D ITIO N AL D EPAR TU RES Julie Bennett, 4th Grade teacher since 2002, took a position at Bentley School in Northern California. Shayna Cooke, Upper School biology teacher, left Collegiate to become Director of Educator Development of the World Leadership School. Kathy Etheridge departed Cougar Quest after 10 years. Dave Fuller joined Collegiate as a Middle School history teacher and coach in 2005. He has moved to Washington State. Marella Gregory, Lower School Counselor since 2002, left Collegiate after 15 years. Kristi Hillyard came to Richmond and Collegiate in 2015-16 as a Middle School math teacher and has moved West. Carole Kahwajy, director of Collegiate’s after school programs, retired after 13 years. Jennifer Keiper, Middle School math teacher since 2009, will not return for 2017-18. Dani Mendonsa, a 3rd Grade teacher since 2012, decided to stay home with her baby boy. Bayu Purnomo, sports performance coach since 2014, left to pursue other opportunities. Libby Rosebro, administrative assistant to the athletic directors, left Collegiate to pursue an internship with Initiate-It, a digital-first marketing agency. Mandy Salhab will not return as a Middle and Upper School part-time nurse, but will return regularly as a substitute. Mike Stott, head coach of Collegiate’s swimming and diving program, retired after 15 years. Chris Williams, field and equipment coordinator since 2009, moved to Georgia. Jan Wise, accountant in the Business Office, retired after 12 years. After 17 years, Kathy Wrenn, Collegiate’s Wellness coordinator, left to accept a position with The Virginia Center for Addiction Medicine as assistant director of recovery support services. She will continue to support the program as a consultant. We thank them for their contributions to Collegiate and wish them all the best.

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O N TH E MO V E Michael Brost, former Director of Development, will return to teaching Middle School history. Upper School history teacher Kevin Coffey will move to the Middle School and teach physical education.

Fourth Grade teacher Carolyn Villanueva will move to the Middle School to teach English and reading, as well as serve as an advisor. Fourth Grade teacher Kate Featherston will move into the role of Lower School librarian.

Frank Becker will assume the position of Lower School STEAM Coordinator and engineering teacher. Melanie Gregory will continue in her role as Lower School Tech Integrator full time.

FA C U LT Y ACCOLADES George Wickham, Middle School English and history teacher, published a young adult novel, Evie’s Been Eavesdropping, through Finisterre Press. The book tells the story of an adventurous, book-loving, 6th Grade orphan, Evie, who is willing to risk everything to save Ferngarden School, the only real home that she has ever known. For more information, visit


Upper School English teacher Pete Follansbee had a poem accepted for publication in the online Atticus Review; three of his haikus will be published in a small volume called Everyday Haiku, and as a result of being named a finalist in The New Guard Literary Review’s Knightsville Poetry Contest, his poem Rug was published in mid2017. Mr. Follansbee’s writing also garnered him an opportunity to serve as a Teaching Assistant in June to one of the nationally known poets for The Writer’s Hotel, a week-long conference and writers workshop that takes place every summer in New York City. Upper School English teacher Leah Sievers, Ph.D. was published in Dapim - Studies on the Holocaust, a bilingual academic journal published annually by the Institute for Research on the Holocaust at the University of Haifa and the Ghetto Fighters House. Dr. Sievers wrote about how Holocaust museums create connections between Holocaust memory and the traumatic pasts of many nations and cultures in pursuit of a diverse, multidirectional museology

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of relevance. This effort exemplifies the museums’ collective function as moral institutions in the United States, she writes. Dapim, which is published both in Hebrew and English, is an interdisciplinary publication which promotes the study of the Holocaust period and the issue of anti-Semitism through the various disciplines and methodologies.

the contribution and impact that art education can have on civic education. He was also awarded Honorable Mention at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art’s juried exhibition, New Waves 2017, in Virginia Beach. His sculpture, It Will Return Even Without the Receipt, made of carved walnut, was one of 27 works included in the exhibit out of more than 400 submitted.

Paige Tinney-Reed, Kindergarten assistant teacher, was awarded the Virginia State Reading Association’s 2017 “Teacher as Researcher” grant at the organization’s annual conference in Roanoke, Virginia, in March. The award program states, “Teacher research is a way that educators may examine their instructional practices in order to improve teaching and learning conditions for students.”

Clare Sisisky, Collegiate’s Director of Responsible Citizenship Initiative and Director of Strategic Planning, led a workshop for independent school leaders from around the state in April on how to make diversity and inclusion a core part of their schools’ curriculum. Mrs. Sisisky served as the featured workshop leader for the Virginia Diversity Network’s spring conference, which was held in Charlottesville at St. Anne’s-Belfield School. The interactive program afforded faculty and school administrators who participated opportunities to share and learn from each other’s experiences, as well as a chance to gain insight on proven strategies.


Allen Chamberlain, Head Librarian of the Upper School Library, had her poems, Buttermilk Trail and After the Stroke, published in the Raleigh Review, volume 4.2, and Pembroke Magazine, volume 47, respectively. Jere Williams, Upper School art teacher, published a paper on art education in the Journal of Social Science Education (Volume 15, No. 4, Winter 2016). The paper covers the value of art education and




Grace Boll ’21

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t an assembly in early May, Patrick Loach, Head of the Upper School, announced that the previous afternoon, Collegiate’s girls’ lacrosse and soccer teams had won their League of Independent Schools tournament championship games and the boys’ lacrosse squad had ended its regular season with a resounding victory. Everyone in Oates Theater that Friday morning knew the outcomes already, yet cheers erupted spontaneously and euphoria reigned. “Our students were celebrating victories over their rivals,” Mr. Loach said. “They were also celebrating the success of their classmates and friends. All year, student support for their peers has been great. “You see a lot of little things when you watch our teams. Our kids don’t stand over an opponent and gloat. They’re more likely to pick them up off the ground instead of letting them know they bested them. Our kids are great about that. They embody the spirit of Petey Jacobs and Mac Pitt.” There were other high points during the winter and spring. Each Collegiate squad qualified for end-of-season state-level competition. Collegiate earned 2nd place in the Prep League Director’s Cup standings. Boys basketball (18-11), girls lacrosse (176) and girls soccer (16-3-1) had resurgent seasons. The Cougar golf team (11-3) earned runner-up status in the VISAA State Tournament, with players Caroline Curtis ’19 and Jack Montague ’18 receiving co-player of the year honors. Scott Phillips ’18 was named VISAA tennis player of the year. Evan Justice ’17 was selected Prep League and VISAA baseball player of the year. He batted .506 with five home runs and 40 runs batted in. A left-handed pitcher, he compiled a 7-1 record and 1.05 earned run average, recorded 70 strikeouts, and allowed only 15 walks in 60 innings.

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Mia Jackson ’17

Jess Speight ’17 (a school record 55 feet in the shot put and 137-5 in the discus), KJ Rodgers ’19 (49.77 in the 400) and the 4x400 relay team of Willie Hunter ’17, Jake Darling ’19, Carson Groce-Wright ’18 and Rodgers (3:26.55) won VISAA championships in track and field. “Because of great kids and great coaching, we outperformed ourselves,” said athletic director Karen Doxey. “I don’t think people would have predicted across the board the number of high seeds or high finishes Collegiate had throughout the school year. Our kids showed school spirit throughout the year. We really competed with grace, dignity and sportsmanship.”



Cougars Compete at Penn Relays At the end of April, Collegiate sent 12 Cougars to participate in the Penn Relays. The girls 4x400 team finished 5th in their heat, with a time of 4:16. The boys 4x400 team — Willie Hunter ’17, KJ Rodgers ’19, Barry Burgess ’17 and Carson Groce-Wright ’18 — set a new school record, with a time of 3:24.26!

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4th in Prep League // 5th in VISAA All-Prep: Zachary Cram ’19, Andrew Scott ’18 All-State: Cram ’19, Scott ’18 VISAA Co-Dive Coach of the Year: Diane Maiese National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association Outstanding Service Award: Mike Stott

Green 13-6 // Valentine Classic Runnerup Gold 3-9-4 Valentine Classic Quarterfinalist Valentine Classic All-Tournament Team: Meade A. Spotts ’18, Giles Thaxter ’17

2nd in LIS // Tied for 3rd in VISAA All-LIS: Brigid O'Shea ’17 LIS Co-Outstanding Field Performer: O'Shea ’17 All-State: O'Shea ’17 (First Team), Grace Stratford ’18 (Second Team)



3rd in Prep League // 13th in VISAA All-State: Alex Britto ’17, Marshall Campbell ’20, Ethan Ruh ’18 Prep League Sportsmanship Award National Preps Wrestling Championship: Britto ’17, Ruh ’18 (qualifiers)

Prep League Semifinalist // VISAA Quarterfinalist All-Prep: Evan Justice ’17, Jack Wyatt ’18

GIRLS' SWIM AND DIVE 14-2 3rd in LIS // 4th in VISAA Sportsmanship Award Spirit Award All-State: Caroline Hall ’18, Jasmine Harper ’17 VISAA Co-Dive Coach of the Year: Diane Maiese National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association Academic All-Americans: Jane Fergusson ’17, Harper ’17, Gillian Laming ’17, Cristina Muncy ’17


GIRLS’ BASKETBALL 10-13 LIS Quarterfinalist // VISAA Quarterfinalist All-LIS: Tierra Morris ’18 All-State: Morris ’18 (Second Team)

4th in Prep League // 3rd in VISAA All-Prep: Excellence Perry ’17, Barry Burgess ’17, Jess Speight ’17 All-State: Perry ’17, Speight ’17 (First Team), Adam Bowes ’17, Burgess ’17 (Second Team), John Diemer ’18, David Hugo ’18, Hayden Johnson ’20, KJ Rodgers ’19, Johnny White ’20 (Honorable Mention)


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A TRIBUTE: AFTER 15 YEARS OF LEADING THE COLLEGIATE SCHOOL SWIMMING AND DIVING PROGRAM, MIKE STOTT RETIRED AT THE END OF THE 2016-17 SEASON. HE LEAVES THE SWIMMING AND DIVING PROGRAM IN GREAT SHAPE, HAVING COMPILED AN EXTRAORDINARY RECORD OF SUCCESS. Known as a passionate competitor and focused tactician, Mr. Stott’s many teams reflected his drive and determination. As a program leader, he has been organized and detail-oriented. For Mr. Stott, there was never an “off-season,” as he was always planning for the next season. He has been an active student of his sport, constantly taking advantage of every professional development opportunity offered on campus as well as participating in swimming and diving clinics around the region and country. An invested member of the school community, Mr. Stott often attended many different activities throughout the year in support of his swimmers and divers. He appreciated and recognized the success of his athletes in all their endeavors. Mr. Stott holds a Level 5 American Swim Coaches Association certification, a designation only achieved by 3% of our nation’s swim coaches. He has led nine teams (six girls and three boys) to state championships, including five straight girls state championships. His teams captured 12 LIS and Prep League titles. During his tenure, his girls’ teams won 94% of their dual meets, with the boys’ teams winning 73%. Twenty-three of his athletes were named All Americans and 55 were named All State. Mr. Stott was named VISAA Boys Coach of the Year in 2008 and 2009. The list goes on and on.



1. T Brewer ’18 2. Tierra Morris ’18 3. David Hugo ’18

4. Carolyn Hall ’18 5. Andrew Scott ’18 6. Cristina Muncy ’17

WE THANK MR. STOTT, not only for what he has done for Collegiate School and its athletics program, but also, most importantly, for the significant impact he has had on all of the young people he has coached.





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3rd in Prep League // VISAA Quarterfinalist All-Prep: T Brewer ’18, Excellence Perry ’17, Ben Tavenner ’18, Joseph White ’18, Garrett Wilson ’18 All-State: Perry ’17 (defense), White ’18 (attack) US Lacrosse Awards (Virginia-Private) All-American: White ’18 Academic All-American: Perry ’17 Man of the Year: Andrew Stanley

LIS Runnerup // VISAA Quarterfinalist Coach of the Year: Robby Turner All-LIS: Claire Andress ’17, Morgan Baxter ’17, Madison Flinchum ’20, Claire Powell ’18 All-State: Andress ’17, Powell ’18 (First Team), Flinchum ’20 (Second Team)

LIS Champion // VISAA Semifinalist LIS Coach of the Year: Rob Ukrop ’88 All-LIS: Julia Edwards ’20, Maisy Fling ’18, Maya Jackson ’19, Mia Jackson ’17, Kate Johnston ’19 All-State: Mia Jackson ’17, Johnston ’19 (First Team) Fling ’18, Kaitlyn Sanderson ’19 (Second Team)

GIRLS’ LACROSSE 17-6 LIS Champion // VISAA Semifinalist All-LIS: Maggie Bostain ’20, Caroline Hall ’18, Jordan Marcus ’17, Gwin Sinnott ’17, Harper Zaun ’18

TENNIS 9-8 3rd in Prep League // VISAA Semifinalist Coach of the Year: Karin Whitt All-Prep: Colton Jones ’17, Scott Phillips ’18 All-State: Dorsey Ducharme ’18, Phillips ’18 (Player of the Year)

BOYS’ TRACK AND FIELD 5th in Prep League // 5th in VISAA All-Prep: Jess Speight ’17 (Shot Put Champion), Ayinde Budd ’18, Carson Groce-Wright ’18, Willie Hunter ’17, KJ Rodgers ’19 (4x400 Relay) All-State: Speight ’17 (Shot Put Champion*, Discus Champion); Rodgers ’19 (400-meter Champion); Jake Darling ’19, GroceWright ’18, Hunter ’17, Rodgers ’19 (4x400 Champions) *new school record: 55 feet

3rd in Prep League // VISAA Runnerup All-Prep: Caroline Curtis ’19, Hunter Milligan ’21, Jack Montague ’18 All-State Co-Players of the Year: Curtis ’19, Montague ’18 Richmond Golf Association Champion: Montague ’18 Richmond Women’s Golf Association Champion: Curtis ’19 USA Today All-USA Girls Golf Team: Curtis ’19 (Second Team)


5th in LIS // 6th in VISAA All-LIS: Brigid O’Shea ’17 All-State: O’Shea ’17 (Second Team)

2nd in Prep League // VISAA Semifinalist All-Prep: Evan Justice ’17 (Player of the Year), Travis Reifsnider ’18 All-State: Justice ’17 (First Team and Player of the Year), Reifsnider ’18 (Second Team)


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1. Boys’ Lacrosse on defense 2. Georgia Beazley ’17 3. Girls’ Lacrosse Champions 4. Scott Phillips ’18 5. Claire Andress ’17 6. Jess Speight ’17


7. Brigid O’Shea ’17 8. Girls’ Soccer Champions 9. Jack Montague ’18 10. Caroline Curtis ’19 11. Evan Justice ’17

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June 2, 2017

Lower School Head Debbie Miller handed out certificates to 125 4th Graders at the 2017 Lower School Graduation on June 2, 2017. Mrs. Miller remarked that this class will leave behind their passion, joy and love of life as they move on to 5th Grade. “They have big hopes,” she said. “They are going to do wonderful things and impact the world.”





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1. Ben Street enters Seal Athletic Center with his classmates. 2. Debbie Miller, Head of the Lower School, offers her remarks about the Class of 2025. 3. Chase Anderson and Cameron Jones team up at the microphone. 4. Xavier Davis and Alice Davis process toward the stage. 5. The rising 5th Graders sing Hail Collegiate.



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6. Ellie Featherson and Madelyn Ford prepare to receive their certificates. 7. Fourth Graders recite the Pledge of Allegiance. 8. Iris Shi receives her certificate. 9. Fourth Grade teacher Julie Bennett congratulates her students. 10. The Class of 2025 officially advances to Middle School. 11. Gerald Burr accepts his certificate from Mrs. Miller.




June 8, 2017



Recipients are chosen by Middle School faculty.

Strings - Donovan Williams Piano - Chase Conquest Band - Andrew Eastep

HUGH H. ADDY AWARD Andrew Eastep



D.A.R. CITIZENSHIP AWARD Spencer Billings Lily Hunnicutt

FRY CUP Anna Port


SUE H. JETT AWARD Sarah Grace Clarke

Hayden Luckert

ART AWARD Emilie Yang Hayes Greenberg



DRAMA AWARD Garland Moorman Archie Saint

DANCE AWARD Taly Leibowitz

SCIENCE AWARD Anna Port Adam Nimaga

LANGUAGE AWARDS Latin - Amanda Perez, Joseph Ferry French - Katie Mulligan, Chase Conquest Spanish - Cameron Ruh, Teagan McCluskey Chinese - Becky Pahren, Andrew Eastep



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1. SCA co-president Bella Zaballos addresses the crowd. 2. Ivan Soria-Hawkinson accepts his certificate from Assistant Head of School J.P. Watson. 3. Tyler Ewing walks back after receiving the History Award. 4. Donovan Williams earns his certificate. 5. Collegiate musicians sing and play for the crowd.





Liam Ryan

Amanda Perez Andrew Eastep


Emily Merchant George Montague

Amanda Perez Chase Conquest

TECHNOLOGY AWARD Sammy Tyner Jacob Herring

HISTORY AWARD Charlotte Harrison Tyler Ewing

MATH AWARD Amanda Perez Trey Hepp






6. Charlie Blair, Head of the Middle School, welcomes everyone. 7. Attendees applaud the graduates. 8. Anna Port accepts the Fry Cup from last year’s recipient, Shreya Sharma. 9. Liam Ryan accepts the John P. Coates English Award from former Collegiate English teacher Mr. Coates. 10. Jacob Herring earns the Technology Award. 11. James Kulp, SCA co-president, offers thoughts on gratitude.

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any months ago we entered Collegiate’s 102nd year. Our hallways and our classrooms were infused with eager anticipation and hopefulness. Looking back, I think most of us would agree that this year did not disappoint, but boy, did it fly by. I have no doubt that for many of our families the past 18 years or so have also gone by very, very fast. So, we celebrate the Class of 2017. We celebrate the time that they have spent with us as well as their many contributions to the Collegiate School community. We also rejoice with them as they await the exciting journey that lies ahead. Class of 2017, you are prepared. You are prepared to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate and to make a difference.

– Steve Hickman, Head of School

Alex Peavey, Collegiate’s Upper School counselor and mindfulness teacher, spoke at the 2017 Baccalaureate. To read his inspiring words, visit

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June 9, 2017




Emily Yue ’18

David Hugo ’18


Highest four-year academic average Georgia Beazley and Price Withers

Avery Freeman ’18 Ashray Namala ’18



Kate Surgner


Caroline Campos ’18 Taylor Ryckman ’18

E. ANGUS POWELL AWARD Excellence Perry

DARTMOUTH BOOK AWARD Catherine Alexander ’18 Scott Phillips ’18




Olivia Hess ’17

Matty Pahren




1. Catherine Pommersheim, Mia Jackson, Mary Ottley, Caroline Ritter and Kate Kinder get excited for the day’s events. 2. Head of School Steve Hickman and Chairman of the Board of Trustees John O’Neill pledge allegiance to start the ceremony. 3. The 133 diplomas await delivery.

HONORS ASSEMBLY AWARDS Upper School faculty and administrators select recipients, who were honored on June 6, 2017.


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CIVITAN HONOR KEY Jess Speight ’17





HELEN MOON SENIOR ENGLISH AWARD Jane Fergusson ’17 William Johnson ’17



BRITTEN SENIOR MATH AWARD Matty Pahren ’17 Price Withers ’17


SENIOR SPANISH AWARD Elizabeth Harrison ’17

SENIOR LATIN AWARD Price Withers ’17








4. Middle School musicians serenade the audience. 5. Valedictorian Price Withers addresses the crowd. 6. Elizabeth Harrison processes to the stage on Flippen Hall’s front lawn. 7. Members of the Class of 2017 take it all in. 8. Faith Emba gets ready to graduate. 9. Valedictorian Georgia Beazley braves the heat to speak about kindness.

Emily Mendelson ’18

PERROW SENIOR HISTORY AWARD Claire Andress ’17 Michael Warker ’17

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ENGAR SENIOR ART AWARD Lily Cardozo ’17 Quinn Schebell ’17

JAKE MACNELLY SENIOR ART PURCHASE AWARD Sponsored by the Class of 1990 Lydia Aveson ’17

SCOTT HARDEN SENIOR PERFORMING ARTS AWARD Destana Herring ’17 Jane Fergusson ’17




THESPIAN AWARD Bobbie Edmunds ’17 Michael Warker ’17


DANCE AWARD Isoke Wright ’17

FRANCES LEIGH WILLIAMS JOURNALISM AWARD Olivia Dimond ’18 Jane Carlton Gremer ’18 Elizabeth Klevana ’19 Tana Mardian ’17 Frances Melvin ’18


REED SENIOR ATHLETIC AWARD Gwin Sinnott ’17 Jordan Marcus ’17



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Excellence Perry ’17


17 1. Toler Innes gets a hug from John O’Neill. 2. The seniors sing Hail Collegiate one final time. 3. Distinguished Alumni Award winners Steve Markel ’66 and Tad Thompson ’66 congratulate each other. 4. Head of Upper School Patrick Loach presents Shaan Sharma with the Charles F. Wiltshire Citizenship Award. 5. Sonja Kapadia applauds during the festivities. 6. Family members cheer for their graduate. 6




7. Isoke Wright receives her diploma. 8. Grant Villanueva accepts congratulations from John O’Neill. 9. Michael Warker holds his Thespian Award. 10. After the ceremony, SCA co-presidents Kyle Riopelle and Kate Surgner lead the graduates out.


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Lucy Diggs Zach Moelchert

Parker Johnson

Will Woods

Lydia Aveson Alex Britto Anna Galanides

Berkeley Geho Nick Morrison Fisher Mountcastle Kate Surgner Giles Thaxter

Adam Bowes

Allen Condyles Parker Conquest Will Hidell McGee Roman

Sydney Lenz

Matty Pahren

Destana Herring Olivia Laskin

Elizabeth Howell Willie Hunter Ah’rea Jones Patrick Kirchmier Bo Little Scotty McCracken Bryce Ritter Jack Sroba

Isoke Wright

Sumner Brinkley Faith Emba Jordan Marcus

Luke Kiczales Jane Fergusson Kate Kinder

Hayden McMillian

Spencer Rider

Elizabeth Murphy Will Pohlmann Aidan Berger

Marnie Brennan Mabry Kulp

Noah Coleman Frederic Davis Kimberly Jeans Evan Justice Adam Kimbrough

Ann Hammond Gift

Alex DiNardo Max Donnelly Emily Stallings

Olivia Hess

Caroline Ennis Olivia Brown Bobbie Edmunds

Michael Romer Connor Ferwerda

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Connor Shinn

17 Ben Granger

Tess Perry Quinn Schebell Jess Speight

Austin Jupe

Natalie Glasgow

Jack Kachel

Matthew Hamner

Libby O’Neill

Felipe Campos

Brenton Hayward Lily Cardozo

Morgan Baxter

Kevin Cross Sam Cuttino Sam Hunter

Excellence Perry Carson White

Elizabeth Harrison Alex McDonald

Cole Eck Toler Innes Blayney Klein Emma Klein Rob Sheehy Douglas Williamson

Barry Burgess Hatcher Chucker Olivia Garrett Olivia Messer Justin Schrujier Chase Smullen Ginx Williams

Ben Stein

Michael Warker

Claire Andress Georgia Beazley Reese Bowling John Bullock Ellie Casalino Olivia Jacobs Anna Johnson Christopher Johnson Sonja Kapadia Tana Mardian Julia Mitchell Cristina Muncy Claire Murphy Mary Ottley Brigid O’Shea Kate Partlow Catherine Pommersheim Kyle Riopelle Gwin Sinnott Virginia Syer Margaret Wadsworth

Price Withers

Jamison Blank Matthew Gelozin Colton Jones David Kish Jacqui Marchetti Parker Reed Grayson Richmond Caroline Ritter Taylor Thackston Abigail Winfree

Grant Villanueva

Gillian Laming

Jasmine Harper Bennett Hayes Jake Johnston Shaan Sharma

Mia Jackson

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2017 Graduates with Cougar Lineage

1. Bobbie Edmunds with grandmother Ann Chesley Edmunds ’53 2. Frederic Davis with mother Beverly Call Davis ’79 and sister Camilla Davis ’13 3. Christopher Johnson with aunt Sara Johnson Hallock ’85 and father Charles H. Johnson ’84 4. Julia Mitchell with mother Cathy Ratcliffe Mitchell ’82 5. Marnie Brennan with father Chris Brennan ’84

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6. Mary Ottley with mother Haley Coulbourn Ottley ’87 and uncle Clarke Coulbourn ’93



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17 7. Georgia Beazley with father Wyatt Beazley IV ’85, grandmother Mason Henley Beazley ’58 and mother Tenley Fleischer Beazley ’86 8. Allen Condyles with father Michael Condyles ’80 9. Sam Hunter (left) and Willie Hunter with mother Jill Patton Hunter ’83 10. Sumner Brinkley with sisters Archer Brinkley ’13 and Maguire Brinkley ’11 and father Arthur S. Brinkley III ’84 11. Mabry Kulp with uncle Scott Kulp ’88 and father Chris Kulp ’84






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2017 Graduates with Cougar Lineage




1. Evan Justice with uncle Todd Justice ’92, sister Meagan Justice ’14 and father Brian Justice ’85 2. Alex McDonald with brother Edan McDonald ’20 and father Malcolm S. McDonald, Jr. ’87 3. Matthew Hamner with father Thomas Nelson Hamner ’85 4. Justin Schruijer with aunt Amy Gilman Remke ’78, mother Anne Gail Gilman Jennings ’88 and uncle Chris Gilman ’82 5. Berkeley Geho with brother Harrison Geho ’14, uncle Frank Geho ’79, uncle John Martin ’78, cousin Becca Martin ’11, father Moncure Geho ’83, mother Linda Martin Geho ’82, cousin Derek Martin ’10 and cousin Franklin Geho ’09 6

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6. Fisher Mountcastle IV with aunt Anne Mountcastle Rusbuldt ’85, father Frank Fisher Mountcastle III ’83, grandmother Deane Hotchkiss Mountcastle ’59 and cousin Jack Rusbuldt ’16







7. Luke Kiczales with aunt Missy Patterson ’87, uncle David Patterson ’85, mother Leigh Compton Shobe ’83 and brother Michael Kiczales ’15 8. Patrick Kirchmier, Jr. with mother Cathy Black Kirchmier ’84 and father Patrick Kirchmier ’83

9. Scotty McCracken with uncle Scott McCracken ’78, father Chris McCracken ’79, aunt Anne McCracken Rogers ’75 and brother Jack McCracken ’16

10. Sam Cuttino with father Charles Cuttino ’86 and uncle David Cuttino ’90 11. Olivia Laskin with great uncle David Dumville ’74, mother Heather Robinson Laskin ’90, father Glenn Laskin ’89 and uncle Steve Laskin ’93

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2017 Graduates with Cougar Lineage






1. Gwin Sinnott with cousin Virginia Parks ’11, aunt Tracy Mason ’81, cousin Austin Parks ’14, father Ned Sinnott III ’86 and aunt Mary Lloyd Parks ’79 2. Reese Bowling with cousin Owen Nott ’13, mother Cindy Nott Bowling ’89 and cousin Landon Nott ’16 3. Kate Surgner with mother Amanda Little Surgner ’83, sister Walker Surgner ’11 and brother Reeves Surgner ’14 4. John Bullock III with uncle Gerald Bullock ’88 and father John Boyd Bullock, Jr. ’85 5. Ginx Williams with father Isham Rowland Williams III ’79 6

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6. Kyle Riopelle with brother Fain Riopelle ’12 and father Brian Riopelle ’80

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1. One last hug for Cougie at Convocation 2. Senior football players welcoming Lower Schoolers on the first day 3. Seniors and Kindergartners joining in a sing-a-long 4. The year’s first Upper School Assembly



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SEPTEMBER 1. Seniors signing Collegiate’s Honor Code at September’s assembly 2-3. Kindergartners hanging with their seniors 4. Seniors interacting with 7th Graders at the Community, Challenges and Leadership program









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1. Performing in the fall musical, Into the Woods 2. Discussing the writing process in class 3. IELC participants collaborating


NOV E M B E R 1. Pep Rally fun and games 2. Homecoming court 3. Warming up the crowd at the Pep Rally 4. The final Brunch for senior girls







1. Collegiate’s Ethics Bowl team preparing 2. Feast of Juul never disappoints


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1. The state Ethics Bowl team before competing 2. Performing the winter play, Photosynthesis and Dramamine 3. Presentations coming together during IEL - Asia



1 3

1-2. Catching up at the annual faculty-senior breakfast 3. Spring retreat day featuring self-defense demos


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1-2. IEL - Asia students visiting China and trying out calligraphy 3. The intensity of the CreateAthon 2

AP R I L 1. Mr. Hickman introducing Cum Laude Society members 2. An example of work displayed at Art Walk 3. Recognizing senior orchestra members at their final concert 4. Collegiate Players presenting Book of Days, the Upper School play 5. Senior seminar students visiting Polyface Farm 1





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1. The final senior assembly 2. May Senior Dog Day – the best! 3. Heading to college with the appropriate gear 4. Hanging with the Kindergartners one more time 5. Col. Arthur T. Aylward presenting Ben Granger with his appointment to the U.S. Military Academy 6. Remember how amazing graduation was?

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WORDS OF WISDOM Fifteen members of the Collegiate Class of 2017 have a younger brother or sister in the 8th Grade. We asked the elder of the pairs to offer advice to their younger siblings who, next year, will enter the Upper School.

Take freshman year seriously, but get involved in things that you enjoy.

” Grace Marchetti ’21 and Jacqui Marchetti ’17

High school is a long time. Take things slow and don’t take things too seriously.

” Aidan Berger ’17 and Regan Berger ’21

Classes matter a lot in high school, so pick ones you will like taking. High school does fly by so make sure you enjoy what you’re doing.

” Catherine Pommersheim ’17 and William Pommersheim ’21

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Douglas Williamson ’17 and Katherine Williamson ’21 Elizabeth Harrison ’17 and Charlotte Harrison ’21

Collegiate is such a great school. Enjoy your time and take advantage of all the opportunities, especially the chances to study abroad.

Don’t take anything too seriously. You won’t find what’s best for you at first, but you will figure it out. Don’t worry.

Have fun and don’t work yourself too hard. As far as golf goes, don’t get mad at yourself. Have fun when you play because that’s when you play best.

” Bennett Hayes ’17 and Peyton Hayes ’21

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Have a good relationship with your teachers so if you need help you can go to them.

Henry Mountcastle ’21 and Fisher Mountcastle ’17

Don’t hesitate in your freshman year. Go out and do things you never knew you would like to do. But find a balanced life.

” Parker Conquest ’17 and Chase Conquest ’21

Be on time each morning and develop relationships with your teachers.

” Libby O’Neill ’17 and Buck O’Neill ’21

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Go to everything you can — football games, events — because you’ll regret it if you don’t. Get to know as many teachers as you can because they will help you out and might become good friends later.

” Noah Kiczales ’21 and Luke Kiczales ’17

Always do your homework. No question is a stupid question. And go to your teachers if you need something. Actually, ask anyone for help if you need it.

” Olivia Brown ’17 and Bo Brown ’21

All the teachers in the Upper School are really great so seize those opportunities to have relationships with them. And don’t be afraid to try new things.

” Becky Pahren ’21 and Matty Pahren ’17

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Bo Little ’17 and Connor Little ’21

Johnny Galanides ’21 and Anna Galanides ’17

Connor Little ’21 and Bo Little ’17

Take a class you want to take and not one your friends are taking. Find a good group of friends and stick with them.

“ Hit the books because everything really matters. Freshman year sets you up for everything later.

Put yourself out there and do what you want to do. She can call me if she has any problems, but she’s going to be fine.

” Grant Villanueva ’17 and Cami Villanueva ’21

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Illustration by Ally Hodges




Through a four-year partnership with SaintDenis International School in Loches, France, this year more than ever, Collegiate students enjoyed the opportunity to live and study in the country, as well as serve as hosts to the school’s students in Richmond.

t JENSEN RICHARDSON In fall 2016, Collegiate 10th Grader Jensen Richardson spent a semester studying at Saint-Denis. He had been inspired by his experience as an 8th Grade French student who traveled to the country during spring break with Middle School French teachers Monica Johnston and Maria Benson. Jensen seriously began considering the possibility of an extended study experience abroad, and after he and his family did their due diligence, they made the decision. “Once I said yes, I was committed,” he said. “I had doubts, but I was not going to change my mind.” During his stay, Jensen boarded at Saint-Denis during the week and spent weekends in Chartes, with the family of his host, Baptiste Roussel. (Baptiste also spent a semester at Collegiate.) At school, he took French, history, English, math, physics, chemistry, physical education and religion. “I had to seek out teachers,” Jensen said. “When I got there, I wasn’t taking classes in French as a foreign language. I was taking regular classes in French. I could get by in conversation, but I had to get things repeated quite a bit.” During a two-week fall holiday, he and his host family visited numerous landmarks, including the Eiffel Tower and Normandy. Overall, Jensen says the experience was extremely positive. “My French improved a lot, which was very helpful,” he said. “Everything was completely new, and I feel like it gave me a different world perspective. I’ve seen how other people live. I’m less judgmental.” Jensen Richardson visits Paris with his host family.

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z SAINT-DENIS STUDENTS In February, eight students and a teacher from

students have so many opportunities to see and

teacher Monica Johnston and Lower School

Saint-Denis experienced life at Collegiate School

do things,” said Mattieu Mosettig, the French

French teacher Linda Combs, traveled with

during a month-long stay. Collegiate and Saint-

students’ teacher.

them to spend Collegiate’s spring break

Denis have maintained this annual academic

Marie Lys de Charette, a 10th Grader, enjoyed

experiencing French hospitality with host families

partnership since 2013.

the unseasonably warm weather during her

and working with Saint-Denis Lower School

The students — two Upper Schoolers and six

stay, and said what surprised her the most about

students on their English.

8th Graders — lived with Collegiate families and

spending a month here was Collegiate itself.

From the moment the Collegiate students

attended classes with their student hosts. They

“The School is amazing,” she said. “It has

boarded the plane until they returned home, they

participated in the 8th Grade play and cheered

more space, more sports and more freedom for

spoke only French.

from the stands at athletic events. The visitors also

the students than Saint-Denis.”

“The immersion is key for the students to

took in the sights during travels to Monticello,

The group returned home on March 2. A

get the most from the experience,” said

Washington, D.C. and Jamestown.

few days later, 10 Collegiate 8th Graders,

Madame Johnston.

“The Collegiate families are so kind and our

accompanied by Middle School French

As an 8th Grader, Pierre Pée Dit Grabet

Students from Saint-Denis purchase souvenirs in Charlottesville.

While at Collegiate, Saint-Denis Middle Schoolers attended classes and experienced extracurricular activities.

Collegiate Cougars take in the sights during their spring break trip to France.

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Pierre experienced Collegiate as an 8th Grader and again as a 10th Grader (below).

experienced life at Collegiate for a month as part of

homework. I takes tests and quizzes.”

the Saint-Denis International School exchange program.

Pierre says that he felt welcomed by students

This year as a 10th Grader, he returned for a three-

teachers and his host family immediately. He enjoyed

month stay from January through March 2017.

all of his classes, even his challenging writing and

“I was excited to come back here because I

composition class.

knew people and knew the main rules of the school,”

“That was really hard,” he said. “But my English has

he said.

improved, especially in writing,” he said. “I think I’ve

Pierre also enjoyed becoming more a part of

gotten better.”

the community during his longer tenure at Collegiate.

And even though Pierre found English slang the

He joined the swim team and played junior

hardest part of the language to learn, he feels sure that

varsity lacrosse.

a return to the U.S. is in his future.

“It was really fun. If you’re not involved, you miss

“I feel confident I could come back and do this

something from the school,” he said. “When you’re

again,” he said. “If I could restart these past three

an exchange student for three months, you really

months, I would.”

know what’s happening. I’m in the classes. I do the

Y ANNE-CLAIRE QUINDOZA Collegiate 10th Grader Anne-Claire Quindoza,

it’s going to be, but it’ll be OK.”

who also visited Saint-Denis as an 8th Grader,

At press time, she had finished up her school year

accompanied Middle School French teacher Monica

and was traveling a bit around Europe before returning

Johnston, Lower School French teacher Linda Combs

to Richmond.

and 10 8th Graders to France over Collegiate’s 2017

Madame Johnston says students who want to

spring break. While the others returned in March,

embark on an immersive experience must be willing

Anne-Claire remained for three months.

to take a risk. When they go abroad, they don’t know

The opportunity to go to France and live and study

what to expect and have to learn to navigate new

there was one she couldn’t pass up.

experiences. Without a doubt their language skills

“I love learning here (at Collegiate),” Anne-Claire

improve greatly but something else occurs.

said, “but I realize there’s only so much I can learn

“There is so much other growth that happens,” she

in the classroom. Taking classes in French rather than

said. “They have to problem-solve day to day. They

English is kind of scary, but that’s the best way to learn

have to troubleshoot from within and figure out how

the language. The less help I have, the more I’ll learn on

to work through difficult situations. By doing that, they

my own. That’s what I’m hoping.”

become empowered.”

The time commitment seemed daunting, but she felt confident she could handle it. “I’ve never been away from home for more than two weeks,” Anne-Claire said, “so I really don’t know how

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Weldon Bradshaw contributed to this story.

Jennifer Quindoza and SaintDenis student Marie Lys de

The Rouse-Richardson family gathers with one of the many students they have hosted, John Lim ’13.

Charette visit Monticello.

HOSTS WITH THE MOST Collegiate Middle School students pose in front of the Arc de Triomphe along the Champs-Élysées.

Jennifer and John Rowe, parents of Collegiate 8th Grader Matthew and 10th Grader Jack, have welcomed three exchange students into their home over the years. This past February, they hosted Martin Barberousse from Saint-Denis International School for two weeks.

“It’s a great experience for our family,” Mrs. Rowe said. “He learned

things, we learned things. And through him, we’re finding out about how French families live.”

As a college student, Jennifer Quindoza, controller and risk manager at

Collegiate, studied abroad in France and was so moved by the experience she vowed to serve as a host when she got older.

Her family — which includes husband Gerry, Kindergartner Miles, 7th

Grader Ian and 10th Grader Anne-Claire, who recently spent three months as an exchange student at Saint-Denis International School — has hosted a visiting student four times, including Marie Lys de Charette from Saint-Denis, for a month.

“I love meeting these people and hearing their stories,” Mrs. Quindoza said.

“We are always stressing to our children the importance of knowing all types of people. This exposes them to more diversity.”

Growing up in Loyalton, California, Upper School English teacher Linda Rouse

met students from Argentina, Australia and Japan when her family hosted them.

“It was one way to bring the world into our home,” she said. “We learned

that we are different and not so different.” Collegiate students enjoy ice cream on a picturesque street in France.

Now, she and her family, including husband Kirk Richardson, 10th Grader

Jensen Richardson and 6th Grader Finian Richardson, regularly open their home to exchange students. Among their guests have been John Lim ’13, a student from Seoul, Korea, who lived with them for two years while he attended Collegiate, as well as two French students, Baptiste Roussel and Pierre Pée dit Grabet. (Jensen

Editor’s note: Collegiate also enjoys active partnerships with schools in China, India, Italy, Mexico, Morocco, South Africa and Spain. The School also has multi-year partnerships with schools

also spent a semester at Saint-Denis School in fall 2016.)

“My sons now have brothers around the world,” Ms. Rouse said. “The more

we experience cultural immersion, the more we learn about them and they learn about us.”

in Cameroon, Kazakhstan and Malaysia.

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“It was the logical choice to send me to Collegiate.” Marshall Schutt ’98 has served on the Collegiate Alumni Association Board for eight years, including a stint as president in 2015-16. He started at Collegiate in Kindergarten when his brother Chris Schutt ’87 was a junior. “I’ll speak for my parents and say it was the logical choice to send me to Collegiate,” he said. We chatted with him about his involvement with Collegiate and his life in Richmond with wife, Katherine, and daughters Evie (who will enter Junior Kindergarten in fall 2017) and Sawyer.

FAVORITE THINGS » Restaurant: “Dinamo. It’s Italian with a Mediterranean twist. It’s terrific.”


Collegiate tradition: “I like senior

Collegiate memory: “It had to do with

speeches. I think it’s a great ritual to have a person that age go through that process. It’s great for the individual and it’s great for the community. You learn a lot about each other.”

the band. We had been together for four years. We were heading our own ways and had our last show in Oates Theater. We had a lot of people come and it was a lot of fun and I won’t forget that.”

SO MUCH OF MY OWN EXPERIENCE WAS THE RELATIONSHIPS AND THE QUALITY OF THE COMMUNITY. I had such a great experience at Collegiate and being so involved the last handful of years. The year I was president of the Alumni Board I got to sit on the Board of Trustees and had a really current view of the school. I just felt so good about the quality and what’s happening here. I know the level of care the faculty and staff have for the students. So much of my own experience was the relationships and the quality of the community and a lot of my peers are back here teaching and coaching and working in administration. I just have a lot of really close friends and connections with the people that are here.

WE CAN REALLY BE ARMED WITH INFORMATION AND BE AMBASSADORS. The people that I’ve gotten to know through the Alumni Board and the Board of Trustees share this common love for Collegiate. To come back and serve has been great. The big thing is to act as ambassadors for the school to alumni and to the community as well. We hear from administration, faculty and staff about different things that are going on at Collegiate. So we’re very well informed. The main purpose behind those meetings is so we can really be armed with information and be ambassadors.

THERE ARE THINGS WE DO THAT ARE DESIGNED TOWARD KEEPING PEOPLE CONNECTED. We are involved in a lot of the events around Homecoming weekend, including the Oyster Roast and a cookout for

returning alumni. With the Parents’ Association, we host an opening of school lunch for faculty and staff, which is a great way to honor the folks working here. We help with the alumni piece of the Annual Fund. And then there are other things we do that are designed toward keeping people connected at the School. We send out notes to alums who have reached milestones in their lives or if someone passes away so they are hearing from Alumni Board.

LIVING IN CHURCH HILL HAS BEEN WONDERFUL FOR US. We’ve lived there for 11 years. It’s a wonderful urban neighborhood in Richmond. It was built and designed before automobiles so it’s a great work, live, walk, play neighborhood. There are a lot of great parks, playgrounds, corner stores. We could spend a lot of weekends there and not leave. It’s an interesting cross section of people of all backgrounds and walks of life, which we really enjoy. It suits us and for the foreseeable future we’re there.

MY DAY TO DAY IS ALMOST PLAYING THE ROLE OF INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALIST IN RESEARCHING INVESTMENT IDEAS. About eight years ago I started this business, Schutt Capital Management. I’m an investment manager. It’s something that I really enjoy and I’m passionate about. Most of my day to day is almost playing the role of investigative journalist in researching investment ideas, trying to put pieces of the puzzle together and see enough to make a good decision on an investment opportunity. I started my own business largely because I wanted the flexibility to express it the way that I wanted and not be constrained. So we

invest in a lot of different areas which is fun and somewhat creative. I like the work a lot.

I’M SORT OF IN A BAND. It started at Collegiate. We were 9th Graders. At that time the band was called Number 22 with five other guys from Collegiate and myself. These are some of my greatest memories of high school, period. Once college came along, a couple of us stuck together. Others scattered far and wide. We started another band called Poston Brown Project. And that group still plays. We played all through college and kept going and still have fun doing that. It’s kind of tapered off. Some of us had babies, some of us had Yokos, the things that bring a band down. We will play The Band, Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, some Rolling Stones, stuff that we like. That’s kind of the rule of thumb.

I REALLY GREW THROUGH THOSE EXPERIENCES. It would be hard for me to imagine someone coming out of Collegiate with not one, but three or four really influential relationships they had that changed them, challenged them and helped them progress. I ran cross country for five years so I had a very long tour with Weldon Bradshaw. I’m still really close to him. I had two teachers in the Upper School, David Muller, now the head of school somewhere else, and Ann Griffin, who is retired. Both really pushed me beyond what I thought I could do. Theirs were the hardest classes I ever took and probably not until I was an adult looking back did I realize how much I really grew through those experiences.

Outdoor activity: “I love

Park: “Libby Hill Park,

Book: “The Song of the Dodo by

Song: “Gillian Welch’s One More

hiking the North Bank and Buttermilk trails which are part of the James River Park. I love being outdoors.”

which is in Church Hill, with the beautiful view is unbeatable for me. The sunsets there are unbelievable.”

David Quammen. The author is a science writer and he takes these amazing field adventures with real scientists. It’s a very fun tale and it’s really well-written.”

Dollar. She plays with David Rawlings. They’re amazing.”

Piece of advice: “Be the best version of yourself as possible.”




Two Collegiate graduates were honored at this year’s Commencement, one for his service to Collegiate and one for his professional excellence. Alumni Association President Sarah Cook Martin ’94 presented the awards at Commencement on June 9, 2017. These tributes were written by Weldon Bradshaw.

Tad Thompson ’66 with son Daniel Thompson ’02, daughter Peyton Thompson Wilson ’04 and wife Susan Thompson

TAD T HO M P S O N ’6 6 OUT STAN D I N G S E R V I C E AWA R D Tad Thompson truly embodies the spirit of Collegiate. He believes in its mission. He believes in “giving back.” When he puts his mind to a task, you can bet he’ll see it through to the very end. Tad served on the Alumni Board from 1977 through 1981 and on the Board of Trustees from 1988 through 1993. A year ago, he galvanized his classmates and spearheaded the creation of the inaugural 50th Reunion Class Endowment for faculty support and professional development, an initiative which set the bar high for future reunion gifts. And for 33 years, Tad and his wife Sue have opened their home – Tuckahoe Plantation – for the annual

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Oyster Roast, a much-anticipated, well-attended staple of Homecoming weekend. Tad, who earned a B.A. in history from Princeton and a law degree from University of Virginia, is a business development and planning associate with Canal Capital Management in Richmond. He directs and manages farming operations, tourism and activities held at Tuckahoe Plantation. He has served on numerous boards, including those of the Virginia Board of Historic Resources, John Marshall Foundation, Battersea Foundation, Preservation Alliance of Virginia, Preservation Virginia and the Council for America’s First Freedom. Tad is extraordinarily talented and generous to a fault. He loves his community. He loves Collegiate. He has honored it. An now we honor him as the recipient of the 2017 Outstanding Service Award.

Steve Markel ’66 with daughter Neely Markel Winston ’96 and wife Kathie Markel

ST E VE M A R K E L ’6 6 DI ST I NG U I S H E D A L U M N I AWA R D Steve Markel has earned the reputation as an astute, honest businessman with a keen social conscience. As vice-chairman of Markel Corporation, he has used his financial acumen, wisdom and mentoring instincts to grow a small agency into a global holding company for insurance, reinsurance and investments. Steve was a guiding force when the company went public in 1986. Since then, Markel’s stock has appreciated 109 times, an annual growth rate of 17%. Because of its excellent management, outstanding investment yields and exceptional shareholder returns, Markel has often been compared to Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway. Steve played an influential role in designing, implementing and reinforcing The Markel Style, a philosophy which empowers employees to be creative and challenge management if they discover a better way to operate and encourages them to work diligently to achieve

success while maintaining a sense of humor and finding joy in the journey. Steve has also devoted his time, energy and resources to support the community, the arts and education. He served as finance chair of Collegiate’s Board of Trustees from 1993-2000. He was chair and founding trustee of the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Business Foundation. He is a founding supporter – with his wife Kathie – of the VCU Institute for Contemporary Art. He has served on the board of many organizations, among them VCU Health System, Childfund International and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Most recently, he spearheaded a project to bring a new grocery store – Jim’s Local Market – into an underserved area of Richmond’s East End. Steve lives his life humbly and unpretentiously. He does not seek tangible rewards nor does he expect them. We respectfully give him his due as the recipient of the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award.

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FROM LEFT: Gray Fein, Coleman Wortham and Mike Dowd help build one of the first ramps in 2005.

Alumni-Created RAMPS Club Continues to Change Lives Imagine having the power to bring joy to those who struggle. Imagine having the power to grant freedom. Imagine having the power to change lives. In the summer of 2005, Collegiate students Mike Dowd, Coleman Wortham and Gray Fain (all Class of 2007 graduates) convinced a group of friends to do just that. In the ensuing 12 years, a host of successors have continued. The result has been beyond the wildest imagination of all involved in Ramp Access Made Possible by Students (RAMPS). From the outset, RAMPS was a win-win endeavor. The Collegiate students, thanks to generous contributions and their own fundraising efforts, purchased modular metal ramps, then installed them during their free time at the homes of wheelchairbound individuals recommended by Elder Homes Inc. “Collegiate was the birthplace of RAMPS,” said Mr. Dowd, who works with HS Engineering & Construction in Richmond. “We had fun building the program. We had a model that we hoped to replicate at other schools.” Eleven local schools now comprise the RAMPS family. Mr. Dowd, Mr. Wortham and their classmate Will Stettinius serve on the Board of Directors. Approximately 600 students have

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installed 330 ramps in Central Virginia. Collegiate leads the way. On a Friday in April, the club constructed and placed its 100th ramp. “When you go to college, you leave high school behind,” said Mr. Wortham, now a financial advisor at Davenport & Co. “It was really nice to come back to Richmond and see that RAMPS was going so well.” In 2005, a ramp cost between $2,000 and $3,000 depending on its height, length and configuration. The plan was for the school club to raise one third of the cost and the RAMPS parent organization and Elder Homes to provide the other two thirds. The cost now ranges from $2,500 to $4,000. The RAMPS organization has approached foundations and corporate partners to augment the students’ fundraising efforts. “We’re trying to change our model to focus on year-round fundraising,” Mr. Dowd said, “so that when there’s someone who really needs a ramp, we can service that immediately. Since the ramps are temporary, there are some cases where the previous recipient no longer needs it and we’re able to repurpose it for another recipient.” The current waiting list numbers 65. Recommendations now come from a variety of sources including ProjectHOMES, state agencies, social services, health care providers and health insurance companies.

Collegiate students have worked a combined 73,375 hours to construct the first 99 ramps. They’ve constructed 2,937 linear feet of ramps and installed 1,958 top or side rails using 622,846 nuts, bolts and washers. Thirty-six ramps have been refurbished, recycled and reset.

As the fundraising procedures have evolved, the mission remains the same. “The Richmond community has such a need for ramps,” Mr. Wortham said. “The waiting list grows every day. Once a club builds one ramp, everybody’s eyes light up when they see how happy someone is to get out of their house. We’ve had people who’ve said they hadn’t been outside for six months without assistance. Now, they can go outside just to sit in the sunshine or smell the flowers by themselves. That’s powerful.” While RAMPS has provided a new world for recipients and their caregivers, it’s revealed a world beyond North Mooreland Road for its club members. “RAMPS has opened my eyes to the community,” said Shaan Sharma, a senior and president of the Collegiate organization. “Before I joined RAMPS, I don’t think I had an understanding of what went on in the community, honestly a few miles from my own house.” David Headly, an Upper School science teacher, has been club sponsor for eight years.

“The kids get to see a part of town they would never see otherwise: real-world Richmond and real-world suffering,” he said. “They also get to see how easy it is to be helpful. We have to be involved in something that helps somebody who has no ability to return the favor. That’s a basic spiritual law.” On that Friday morning in April, a crew of five Collegiate students and representatives from the RAMPS parent organization traveled to the Northern Henrico County home of a young girl who is wheelchair-bound and ventilator-dependent. With a couple of hours of work, they provided a measure of freedom and accessibility for her and her family and allowed them to regain some sense of normalcy. “You can see the reactions in people’s faces,” said senior Julia Mitchell, who serves as communications officer of the Collegiate RAMPS group. “They actually cry out of happiness because we’ve given them something they couldn’t accomplish on their own. The ramps we build are really changing their lives.” – Weldon Bradshaw


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NE W Y O R K R E U N I ON Collegiate friends reunited at 21 Club on Friday, Feb. 3, 2017.



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1. John Walker, Austin Pruitt ’12 and Jackson Cantor ’12 2. Clay Timmons ’09, Shep Lewis ’96, Mary-Gill Lawson, Michael Brost ’85 and Lewis Lawson 3. Emily Fisher, Murray Fisher ’93, Arun Jesudian ’97 and Aimee Lucas 4. Brooks Jung ’09, Gracey Duthe ’08, Philip Mabry ’07, Graham Mandl ’08, Ellen Marsteller ’08, Clay Timmons ’09, Taylor Christmas ’08 and Tara Doyle 5. Meg Marchant ’98, Beth Marchant ’72 and Ry Marchant ’71 6. Tressa Cunningham, Gracey Duthe ’08, Vice President of Development Kristen Williams, Virginia Richardson ’05, Jessica Longo ’05 and Lauralee Glasgow Allen ’03 7. Mayme Donohue ’03 and Phoebe Willis 8. Robert Mertens ’09, Leigh Kendrick and Morgan Tarrant ’09 9. Alex Wright ’84 and John Woodward ’84 10. Virginia Richardson, Jessica Longo, Devon Kelley and Meredith Judkins (all ’05) 11. Murray Fisher ’93, Emily Fisher and Michael Jarvis ’06 12. Carter Judkins Greendyke, Carter Hamill Backus and Elizabeth Edmunds Altman (all ’01) 13. Lauralee Glasgow Allen ’03 and Neely Markel Winston ’96 14. Kendall Berents ’12, Anthony Vita ’12, John Walker and Tim McGraw ’12 15. Sarah Portlock Fellman, Carolyn McCandlish and Amy Rosenthal (all ’03) 16. Jennifer Robertson Wilkins ’92, Will Wiltshire ’92, Lewis Lawson and Estelle Perera ’92

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On Wednesday, April 19, 2017, Cougar friends in the Washington, D.C. area gathered for the evening.

Dottie Grover ’10, Claire Adams ’10, Conrad Wharton ’09, Lauren Cricchi ’10 and Kathleen Melnick ’10

David Thalhimer ’11, Molly Bance ’06, Tosh Bance ’07 and Hayley Bance ’11

Ramsey Carter ’08, Catherine Barnett ’07, Steffi Ross ’07 and Gracey Duthe ’08

Joan McCormack Ferrill ’73, Joe Brennan ’78, Mary Garner DeVoe ’78 and Anne McCormack Jones ’79

Elizabeth MacKinnon Fraley ’96, Anya Elizabeth Schwender ’94, Head of School Steve Hickman and Catherine Breen Richards ’96

Anne Larimer Hart, Katie Bo Williams and Molly Bance (all ’06)

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AUS T I N R E U N I O N On Monday, Jan. 23, folks from Episcopal High School, St. Catherine’s School, St. Christopher’s School, Norfolk Academy and Collegiate gathered at The Rattle Inn for a joint reunion with local alums while attending a conference in Austin, Texas.

Class Years Ending in 7 & 2 Save the Date for your Class Reunion!

October 27-28, 2017

Homecoming and Reunion Weekend Look for more information from your classmates soon!

Questions? Want to Volunteer? Contact: Jennifer Robertson Wilkins ’92 or Director of Alumni and Special Events at 804.741.9718 or Email:

Lauralee Glasgow Allen ’03 Assoc. Director of Alumni and Special Events at 804.741.9757 or Email:

R EU N IO N PLA NNING INFO R MAT IO N Join us to help plan your Collegiate Reunion! Email your class contact or Associate Director of Alumni & Special Events, Lauralee Glasgow Allen ’03 at




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CLASS NOTES 19 3 5 DIED: Elizabeth Broaddus Hill on April 21, 2017. Widow of Dr. William R. Hill, she graduated from Collegiate School, Averette College and the College of William & Mary. Prior to her marriage, Elizabeth worked for many years for the New England Mutual Life Insurance Co. in Richmond. She is survived by her children, Beverly Hill Almond and Sherrard Steele Hill Howen and her husband, Tom; grandchildren, Robin Wilson Jones, Leigh William Wilson and John Parrish Hill II; and four great-grandchildren. Also surviving her are nephews, J. Alfred Broaddus Jr. and his wife, Margaret, William G. Broaddus and his wife, Grace Whitehead Broaddus ’60, and daughter Elizabeth Broaddus Scioscia ’90 and son William Broaddus ’91; as well as nephews, Dr. Lawrence K. Hill and James Hill. Additional survivors are friends Dolores Welch, whom she loved like a daughter and her husband, Jim; her cousin, Ann Gray Wood and her husband, Matt; her cousin, Pat Broaddus Pearman; goddaughter, Jane Barton and her husband, James; and dear friends, Dr. Glen Crawford and his wife, Karen. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by her sister and three brothers; by her son, John Parrish Hill; and by her son-in-law, Billy Almond.

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1 94 8 DIED: Ellen Roxane “Riki” Harrison Mitchell on April 23, 2017. Riki attended Collegiate School and Bennett College in New York. In 1951, she married Bob Mitchell and after his tour in the U.S. Navy, they settled first in Richmond, and then New York City, followed by Connecticut where she dedicated her life to raising her four children. She spent considerable energy on volunteer activities, most notably Nathaniel Witherell, a nursing home, and numerous events at her children’s schools. When the last of their children left for college, Riki and Bob moved to Georgetown, SC, where they both established active lives with Prince George Winyah Episcopal Church, Historic Rice Fields Foundation and various community organizations. After Bob’s death in 2000, Riki moved to Williamsburg and lovingly continued her volunteer work as a mentor in the local elementary school and at Williamsburg Landing where she lived. Although she worked hard to avoid the limelight, she was nevertheless recognized by the Virginia Gazette for her community service and also by Williamsburg Landing, where in 2016 they established the Roxane Mitchell Volunteer Award, which is given annually to volunteers at Williamsburg Landing. Riki was predeceased by her parents, Pinckney

and Nell Harrison; her husband, Bob; and her brother, Jimmy Harrison. She is survived by her four children and their spouses: Rob and Betsy Mitchell of Richmond; Kathy and Cabell Williams of Bethesda, MD; Sally and Steven Cordovano of Rowayton, CT; and Ed Mitchell and Katherine Mitchell of Richmond. She is also survived by 12 grandchildren, including Carolyn Mitchell ’12, Frances Mitchell ’14 and Julia Mitchell ’17, and two great grandsons.

1963 Ann Schouler Stewart writes that she is still living Jacksonville, FL, “So we are a good stopping off point for Gail and Alex Smith ’65 when they head down to south Florida to visit their son and then the car show at Amelia Island. I traveled to Winston-Salem for my 50th reunion at the end of April and saw Jeanne Yager Dortch. She is enjoying her three granddaughters, one in Tallahassee and the other two in Chicago. This New Jersey girl will have to regroup for cold weather. Hope it won’t be too much longer before another visit to Richmond. Such fond memories for just two years at Collegiate.”

1965 Ladies from the Class of ’65 met at Barrel Thief this spring for crab dip, wine and catching up with old friends. The prize for coming the farthest went to Fleet Gregory Hurlbatt, who came from her home in England!

19 6 6 On her visit to Richmond, Martha Susan Fultz Johnston spent time with her sisters and attended the Tuckahoe Woman’s Club meeting on March 8, 2017. Nancy Archbell Bain, who had been Martha’s piano teacher at Collegiate for many years, played the piano during the coffee hour, and they were able to get in a short visit before she had to leave. Martha writes, “She is such a wonderful and kind person, and I am truly glad that I got the chance to see her again.” DIED: George Edward “Ted” Allen III on March 29, 2017, after a courageous battle with mitochondrial disease. He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Anne Cary Hall Allen ’74; his mother, Elizabeth Stone Allen; three children, Cary Allen Whiteside ’99 (Pierce), William George Allen ’03 (Lauralee Glasgow Allen ’03) and David Hall Allen ’10; three grandchildren, Clyde Allen Whiteside, Margaret Grace Allen and Rebecca Noelle Allen; his sisters, Elizabeth Allen Cuthbert (Charles) and Meredith Allen (Mark Ronquest); his sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Susan and Russell Harper; and his beloved nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father, George E. Allen, Jr.; and his sister, Dr. Margaret Allen Aiesi; and his wife’s parents, J.B. and Sue Hall. Mary Stone Rowe is working part time as an Episcopal priest in St Paul, MN. Her husband is retired, and they’ve been spending several months each year exploring the Southwest. Moab is their favorite go-to place!

ABOVE: Members of the Class of 1966 got together when Martha Susan Fultz Johnston was in town. Pictured (from left, front row) are Mary Jane Baker Walls, Martha Susan Fultz Johnston, Trygve Lee Garter, Bettsie Adamson, Carter Butterworth Felvey, Chris Ziebe Blanton; (from left, back row) Robyn Ransone Kay and Sandy Davis King. LEFT: Ethel Fultz Walker ’63, Martha Susan Fultz Johnston ’66, Nancy Archbell Bain and Margaret Ann Fultz Raddin ’64

1 96 7 Tom Smith, M.D. was named to Texas SuperDoctors list of best allergists, an honor he has held since 2003. A member of the Expert Panel for Allergy of the Texas Medical Board, he has been included in Best Doctors in America since 1994.

1968 DIED: John Sanford Boisseau on May 21, 2017. He was the first inductee into the Collegiate School Athletic Hall of Fame. Sanford graduated from the College of William and Mary in 1972, where he starred on both the basketball and baseball

teams. He coached for over 20 years in numerous schools and organizations, including, but not limited to, Collegiate School, Douglas Southhall Freeman and American Legion Post 125. Additionally, Sanford enjoyed a long career in real estate, appraising both in Richmond, VA, and Charleston, SC. He is survived by his wife, Robin Walker Boisseau; his sister, Eleanor Boisseau McGuire; daughters, Hallie Stephenson (Shep), Leland Boisseau (Bryan Wallace), Wesley Boisseau, Taylor Boisseau; his stepchildren, Amy Schaaf ’00 (Chris ’00), Emily Gottwald (Sam ’02), Evan Ocheltree ’05 (Alexis ’08) and six grandchildren.

Class of 1965 members gather at Barrel Thief. Pictured (from left to right) are Nancy Unger Payne, Judy West Kidd, Jane Longan Caldwell, Debbie Yager Epes, Molly Leary Rabb, Anne Dobbins Brasfield, Fleet Gregory Hurlbatt, Claiborne Chapman Jenkins, Lee Torrance McAllister, Kate Donnahoe Vaughan, Blair Penick McIlwain and Mary Flinn.



19 7 1 DIED: Dr. Catherine Dunnington Ennis on April 8, 2017. She attended Lynchburg College, where she received her B.S. degree in 1975 and thereafter, attended the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, graduating with a Master of Science in physical education degree in 1977. Upon graduation, she was hired as head field hockey coach at Duke University, where she continued until leaving to pursue a Ph.D. in curriculum theory and development in kinesiology at the University of Georgia (1984). She held faculty positions at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Maryland-College Park before returning to UNCG as a professor of kinesiology in 2008. Dr. Ennis received grants from the National Institutes of Health to design, implement, evaluate and disseminate curricula to increase children’s and adolescents’ eagerness to participate in physical activity and to enhance their interest in the scientific basis of physical activity. She was selected as the Alliance Scholar for the American Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance in 2010. She was a Fellow in the National Academy of Kinesiology and the American Educational Research Association. Among her many awards and recognitions, she received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the UNCG School of Health and Human Performance in 2009, and the Luther Halsey Gullick Medal in 2017, the highest award from SHAPE America for exemplifying the highest standards of accomplishment, innovation and leadership in the profession. She is survived by her partner JoAnne Safrit, her mother Shirley Merchant Ennis, her brother Jay Ennis and wife Kristina, her nephew Sean Ennis, her niece Julia Ennis Batters and husband Samuel, her great-niece Chloe Batters and her beloved Schnauzer Keri.

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Elizabeth Cockriel ’71 visited Beth Anne Shelly’s Kindergarten class in March. (Elizabeth’s grandson is a student in the class.) Grandma Betsy played her guitar and sang for the class. She told the students that she is in a band that started when she was 13! Needless to say, the class loved her!

RIGHT: Hunter Sydnor ’80 accepts the Diversity Leadership Award.

1 98 0 Hunter Sydnor won the Diversity Leadership Award 2016 for Advancing Women in Transportation Colorado at the organization’s award luncheon on Jan. 24, 2017. The international organization, with more than 6,500 members, is dedicated to building the future of transportation through the global advancement of women. David Shannon, chef and owner of L’Opossum, won two awards at the sixth annual Elbys, the Richmond region’s restaurant awards. He earned Chef of the Year, and L’Opossum was named Restaurant of the Year.

1981 DIED: Aimee Porter Harrison Parris, sister of Scott Preston Harrison ’86, on Feb. 9, 2017.

1987 Charlotte Remick Wetzel is now a Broker Associate with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elevated Living in Evergreen, CO. She serves the Denver area and foothills regions of Colorado.

1988 Diane Long Cafritz is now chief human resources officer and senior vice president for CarMax Inc. where she will lead the human resources and loss prevention areas.

1989 Libbie Crane and Donna Suro have opened CycleBar, a franchise stationary

cycling studio, in GreenGate, a 75-acre mixed use project west of Short Pump Town Center. The studio, on of Virginia’s first Cycle Bar locations, features three tiers of cycling stations with 50 bikes. Colyer Brubaker Robison and her family live outside New Orleans, LA. She’s entering her 20th year working with Ministry Architects (ministry, a consulting firm that serves churches throughout the country and many in the greater Richmond area. Colyer’s husband Drew, continues to pursue his passion working with high school student-athletes, coaching them in the classroom, on the football field and on the basketball court. Their oldest child, Allie, is student at the University of Miami pursuing a degree in sports management and enjoys working with the Miami Hurricanes football team. Their sons, Andrew (17) and Luke (11), are happily continuing the family sports tradition, and both hope to play football and basketball for a long time to come.

19 9 0 At the sixth annual Elbys, the Richmond region’s restaurant awards, Reservoir Distillery, co-owned by David Cuttino, earned the Elby for Local Food and/or Beverage Product of the Year (excluding beer) for Reservoir’s rye whiskey.

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ABOVE: Colyer Brubaker Robison ’89 and her family

around the state invited to present the 2016 Report to the Commonwealth on the Impact of the Boy Scouts of America in Virginia to the state legislature. Don’t be surprised if Beck knocks on your door this fall!”

1 99 2 The Christian Science Board of Directors has named Mark Sappenfield as editor of The Christian Science Monitor, effective March 20, 2017.

April Sharp Garnett writes about her son, “Congratulations to Cougar Beck Garnett for being the No. 2 salesmen in the nation of Trail’s End popcorn with $23,365 in sales last fall! Beck, a rising 7th Grader, has raised more than $46,000 for local Scouting by selling over $63,000 worth of Trail’s End popcorn since he joined Cub Scouts in 1st Grade. Beck has been the top seller in Virginia for the last three years in a row, and is now the top salesman on the East Coast! Beck was one of 10 boys from

Beck Garnett, son of April Sharp Garnett ’91, meets Gov. Terry McAuliffe.

LEFT: Atlas Swain McInnis, son of Ryan McInnis ’93, was born Sept. 27, 2016.

1993 BORN: Atlas Swain McInnis to Ryan McInnis and wife Meredith on Sept. 27, 2016, in Wilmington, NC. Ryan writes, “He’s a blue-eyed ginger already enjoying his parents’ love of travel for which he was named. “After 20 years of pursuing my career as a globetrotting underwater/outdoor cameraman and educator, I have now segued to more domestic pursuits in the interest of becoming a more highly involved family man. Along with the continual development of my apparel line, IN-SEA, I am anxiously anticipating the opening of Waterman’s Brewing Co. Partnered with the best beer business minds in North Carolina and located at the doorstep of Wrightsville Beach, this brewery will represent much of what I have grown to appreciate about life on the ocean. “Allen Thornton has remained my steadfast friend and surf buddy. He has

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CN steadily transformed his love and talent for hand-shaping surf craft from hobby to highdemand business, providing custom shapes for much of our local community along with striking strategic promotional partnerships with lifestyle industry brands, including the Howler Bros (also of Collegiate origin). Seagate Handshapes continues to grow along with Allen’s own primary business, Masonboro Environmental, as well as his family, expecting their second child later this year. He’s a busy boy!”

199 5 BORN: Twins Mary Virginia Lee Greene (Virginia) and Elizabeth Ainsworth Greene (Libby) to Chris Greene and wife Katie on May 25, 2016. The twins join older siblings Jack and Rebecca. In February, E.A. Jackson was named head field hockey coach at Towson University, the 12th coach in the school’s program history. Previously, she had coached at Eastern Mennonite University, where she doubled the team’s win total for the 2016 season and helped the team record its most wins in a season since 2011. During her second season there as head coach, she increased the team’s goals for by 28, while decreasing the goals against by 34.

199 6 BORN: Charlotte Elise Grande to Christina Vranian Grande and husband Bryan on May 16, 2016. “Haley is so excited to be a big sister. Also, I have been working at Trinity Episcopal School for 15 years where I teach English.”

199 9 BORN: Oliver Byron Merritt to Katie Chandler Merritt and husband Tim on Nov. 18, 2016. “Oliver was 8 pounds 3 ounces and

Oliver Byron Merritt, son of Katie Chandler Merritt ’99, was born Nov. 18, 2016. He is shown with big brother Owen, age 3.

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ABOVE: Twins Mary Virginia Lee Greene and Elizabeth Ainsworth Greene, daughters of Chris Greene ’95, were born May 25, 2016. They are pictured with older siblings Jack and Rebecca. LEFT: Charlotte Elise Grande, daughter of Christina Vranian Grande ’96, was born May 16, 2016. She is pictured at her baptism with her parents.

20 inches long. Big brother Owen is 3 years old.” Claud Crosby writes, “In July of 2016, I was privileged to begin medical school here in Atlanta, and in May of 2017 our eldest daughter, Busisiwe, graduated from high school. Busisiwe’s resilience is nothing short of remarkable, going from a critical burn patient in Africa to becoming a high school

Nondumiso, Mary, Claud ’99 and Busisiwe Crosby pose at the Morehouse School of Medicine White Coat Ceremony.

graduate! She is undoubtedly my hero and very much the reason I am now becoming a physician.” In April, Liza Jarvis Scott, director of public equities and real estate for Spider Management Co. LLC, served as one of three panelists who spoke at the Eighth Annual Commercial Real Estate Forum hosted by Commonwealth Commercial, a commercial real estate firm in Henrico County. Spider Management Co. provides investment management services to the University of Richmond and affiliated foundations as well as non-affiliated foundations and endowments.

20 0 1 BORN: Lydia June Brown to Sarah Clore and husband Peter Brown on March 9, 2017. MARRIED: Elizabeth Edmunds to Mark Altman on Feb. 18, 2017. Fellow Cougars in attendance included Lauren Worland Ransone ’01 and Claire Wyckoff Satterfield ’99, as well as the bride’s brother, Easley Edmunds ’99.

TOP LEFT: Lydia June Brown, daughter of Sarah Clore ’01, was born March 9, 2017.

TOP RIGHT: Elizabeth Edmunds ’01 married Mark Altman on Feb. 18, 2017.

BELOW LEFT: Turner Leon Ricks, son of Lindsay Lansing Ricks ’02, was born July 2, 2016. He is pictured with his parents and brothers Cooper and William.

BOTTOM LEFT: Lauren Siff Anderson ’02 and husband Chris return to Richmond with their children Ethan and Elizabeth.

BOTTOM RIGHT: Elizabeth Burch Crittendon, daughter of Hillary Robertson Crittendon ’02, was born Aug. 1, 2016.

20 0 2 BORN: Turner Leon Ricks to Lindsay Lansing Ricks and husband Dan on July 2, 2016. “He weighed 7 lbs. 13 oz. and was welcomed by two older brothers, Cooper and William. We are in love!” Elizabeth Burch Crittendon (“Lilla”) to Hillary Robertson Crittendon and husband Burrell on Aug. 1, 2016. She joins big brother Hamill (3). Lauren Siff Anderson and husband Chris are so excited to move back to Virginia this summer with their children Ethan (3) and Elizabeth “Ellie” (9 months). They returned to Richmond after Lauren completed a fellowship in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive surgery at

the Cleveland Clinic. She will be joining VCU as a urogynecologist. She is thrilled to launch the new multidisciplinary Pelvic Health Center at Stony Point with this group. Chris will continue his work as a fulltime writer for CBS Sports, where he has

covered football, basketball and recruiting since 2011. Chris and Lauren can’t wait to reunite with all of their local Collegiate and Godwin friends and start Ethan and Ellie on the path to becoming “lifers.”

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20 0 3 Brad Jones, Jr. is director of sales for Buckingham Slate Co. in Arvonia, VA. He joined the business in 2009 and manages the 40-employee company with his father, Brad Jones, Sr.

ABOVE: Elizabeth Harrison Huber, daughter of Samantha Price Huber ’03 and Hunter Huber ’02, was born Jan. 21, 2017. She is pictured with her big brother Winn. ABOVE RIGHT: Robert Burke, Jr., son of Robbie Burke ’03, was born April 10, 2017. ABOVE: Rebecca Noelle Allen, daughter of Lauralee Glasgow Allen and Will Allen (both ’03), was born Aug. 2, 2016. She is pictured with big sister Grace.

BELOW: Luke Joseph Koenig, son of Jackie Thompson Koenig ’03, was born March 13, 2017. He poses with big brothers Ben and John. BOTTOM: Ginny Wortham ’03 participates in Dancing with the Richmond Stars.

BELOW: Virginia Audrey Saunders, daughter of Alexandra Squire Saunders ’03 and Brock Saunders ’02, was born Dec. 21, 2016. BOTTOM: William Henry “Hank” Harris, son of Joanna Parker Harris ’03, was born Aug. 22, 2016.

BORN: Rebecca Noelle Allen to Lauralee Glasgow Allen and husband Will Allen on Aug. 2, 2016, her dad’s

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birthday. She joins big sister Grace Allen. Virginia “Gigi” Audrey Saunders to Alexandra Squire Sanders and husband Brock Saunders ’02 on Dec. 21, 2016. William Henry “Hank” Harris to Joanna Parker Harris and husband Clay on Aug. 22, 2016. Elizabeth “Libby” Harrison Huber to Samantha Price Huber and Hunter Huber ’02 on Jan. 21, 2017. She joins big brother Winn. Robert “Owen” Burke, Jr.,

to Robbie Burke on April 10, 2017. He couldn’t wait for Mom to go to the hospital, so he was delivered by a fireman and two EMTs on the bathroom floor at his parent’s house! Luke Joseph to Jackie Thompson Koenig and husband Brenden on March 13, 2017. He joins big brothers John (5) and

LEFT: Jonathan Scott Edwards, Jr., son of Peyton Cheely Edwards ’04, was born Sept. 2, 2016. RIGHT: James Christopher Walker, son of Caroline LaGow Walker and Jack Walker (both ’04), was born Dec. 5, 2016. He is shown with big sister Maddie.

Ginny Wortham won the People’s Choice award and Most Athletic Dance award at this year’s Dancing with the Richmond Stars, a fundraiser benefiting the Children’s Hospital.

ABOVE: Professional painter Tyler Helfrich ’04 with her children BELOW: Ellen Sommers Geiger, daughter of Margaret Overton Geiger and Paul Geiger (both ’04), was born March 10, 2017.

ABOVE: Elizabeth Evelyn Marchant, daughter of Lizzy Gehr Marchant ’04 and Reilly Marchant ’03, was born March 4, 2017. BELOW: Josie Bannon Williamson, daughter of Blair Northen Williamson ’04, was born Dec. 16, 2016. Ben (2). Jackie’s painting business also keeps her very busy these days. She writes, “During Brenden’s and my time living in the Outer Banks, I thought of the idea to print my original art on trucker style hats that have appealed to the outdoor and beach crowd. They are called White Cap Designs and can be found in my shop as well. I also have been working with several real estate agents doing house portraits as closing gifts to their clients.” www.jackiekoenigpainting

20 0 4 Tyler Helfrich started painting professionally in 2012, largely by accident, after creating a collection of expressive pet portraits for friends and neighbors. Soon thereafter, she garnered attention from collectors and publications regionally for her pastoral animal series and coffee grower portraits. She has displayed in various design centers and galleries in North Carolina, and enjoys opportunities to create custom pieces for clients and designers. Currently her work is available for purchase directly through her website (, through Art House Charlotte in Charlotte, NC, Summit Coffee in Davidson, NC, and Bee Street Studio in Dallas, TX. BORN: Ellen “Ellie” Sommers Geiger to Margaret Overton Geiger and husband Paul Geiger on March 10, 2017. She joins big brother Thomas. Josie Bannon Williamson to Blair Northen Williamson and husband Samuel Josiah Williamson on Dec. 16, 2016. “She is named after her daddy and her uncle Bannon Williamson who passed away at Thanksgiving in a tragic bicycle accident.” Jonathan Scott Edwards, Jr. to Peyton Cheely Edwards and husband Jon on Sept. 2, 2016, in Virginia Beach, VA. James Christopher Walker to Caroline LaGow Walker and husband Jack Walker on Dec. 5, 2016. “Big sister Maddie is in love.” Elizabeth Evelyn Marchant (Liza) to Lizzy Gehr Marchant and Reilly Marchant ’03 on March 4, 2017.

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Jessica Groopman writes, “Check out my rock band, Remember Karen. For the last year, we’ve been brewing up a curious blend of angsty, mushy ’loverock’ in our little cave in Oakland. Next: world domination.”

DIED: Katherine Hill “Kate” Childrey on April 17, 2017. She graduated from the University of Richmond in 2008. After graduation, she became a 4th Grade teacher at Ravenscroft School in Raleigh, NC, for six years. While at Collegiate, she was a fearless athlete playing both field hockey and lacrosse. As a senior, she was named Honorable Mention All-American in lacrosse. Her love of sports was secondary to her love for her students and the athletes she coached. She will always be remembered for her infectious smile, her dry sense of humor, her tender heart, and her deep love for family, friends, and students. She will be sorely missed by many. Kate is survived by her parents, William C. Childrey and

ABOVE: Jessica Groopman ’04 and members of her band, Remember Karen CENTER: Eric Thomas Crawford, son of Sarah Byrd Crawford ’05, was born Nov. 22, 2016. BELOW: Meredith Judkins ’05 and Michael Jarvis ’06 attend the Nasdaq Opening Bell Ceremony with the One Love Foundation.

Elizabeth Thompson Childrey ’68; and her beloved brother, William Thurston Childrey; her grandparents, Stella and Wardy Thompson; her aunts and uncles, Mike and Christy Thompson, Litt and Kathy Thompson, Tommy and Weezie Thompson, Cynthia Tucker, and Ed Childrey; and many amazing cousins.

2 00 5 Adriaan Follansbee Gomez owns Beego Handmade, a pillow/greeting card business. In March, Dianne Carter joined Davenport & Co., an employee-owned wealth management services and investment advisory firm, in the role of Client Services.

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BORN: Anna Carraway to Carmen Thornton Carraway and husband Andrew in December. Eric Thomas Crawford to Sarah Byrd Crawford and husband Eric on Nov. 22, 2016. Meredith Judkins writes, “I wanted to share the photo of Michael Jarvis ’06 and myself at the Nasdaq Opening Bell Ceremony on Feb. 10 with the One Love Foundation. We joined other members of the One Love NYC network in celebrating the One Love Foundation reaching over 100,000

TOP: Jessica Claire Armes ’07 married William Henry Craig IV on Sept. 17, 2016. ABOVE: Laura Bagby ’07 ran the Boston Marathon in April. BELOW: Sarah Gray Innes, Alice Gnall, Ellen Wright, Carmen Carraway and True Hooper (all ’05) gather as Carmen holds her daughter Anna, who was born in December.

Brooke Williams ’08 got engaged in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 3, 2016.

students with the Escalation Workshop. I believe that the Upper School or one class also participated in the workshop around the same time. I was so proud and excited to hear that Collegiate had participated in the workshop and hope that the students (and parents) stay involved with this amazing organization.”

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Taylor Daniels is performing as a member of the ensemble in the national tour of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella. The show performed in Richmond in March.

MARRIED: Jessica Claire Armes to William Henry Craig IV on Sept. 17, 2016, at Winfree Baptist Church in Midlothian, VA. The bride’s parents hosted a beautiful reception with dinner and dancing at their country home in Powhatan, VA..The couple honeymooned to the Dominican Republic and now reside in Cary, NC. Laura Bagbey ran the Boston Marathon on April 17, 2017.

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20 0 8 Brooke Williams got engaged Sept. 3, 2016, in front of the Lincoln Memorial with Jenny Cowley and Missy Coates present. Eva Samford Cherepnya is coming up on her four-year wedding anniversary to Yuriy Cherepnya. They have two boys, Cole, who is turning four in August, and Parker, who will turn two in November. This summer they will have been in their new home for a year and they love it. It is a perfect fit for their family. Eva works full time at Markel Insurance in the Equine Mortality Underwriting Team and is continuing her insurance education, currently working toward her AINS and CPCU designations.

ABOVE: Cole and Parker Cherepnya, sons of Eva Samford Cherepnya ’08

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Caroline Rayner is currently working on her MFA in poetry at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Her first chapbook of poems, calorie world, was released on June 20 via Sad Spell Press. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Peach, No Tokens, and Shabby Doll House, as well as other journals online and in print.

Anna Nott writes, “After living and teaching English in Besançon, France, last school year, I am now living in Stony Brook, NY, doing a teaching fellowship at The Stony Brook School. My responsibilities include co-teaching two class sections of 12th Grade Faith and Culture (yearlong, required capstone Socratic seminar), assisting with 9th Grade English literature (focusing mainly on Homer’s The Odyssey), proctoring a 7-12th Grade study hall, managing, explaining and supervising the Middlebury College online French course at levels I and III, co-teaching weekly minicourse topics including art history, STEAM (science, tech, engineering, art, math), Food & Hunger design, and Global Terrorism, head coaching middle school P.E. after school, assistant coaching JV girls’ lacrosse and completing library duty and dormitory duty. This summer, I will be working for a company called Moondance Adventures, leading a trip to Morocco and Spain ( spain-morocco).”

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20 1 2 Turner Willet and Anthony Vita visited Cole Phillips in Amman, Jordan, during his time in the country for his Fulbright Scholarship. The friends visited from March 10-21.

20 1 4 Phillip Colon studied in Beijing last semester in an intensive language program at Peking University. He began his Chinese language studies as a freshman at Collegiate and is now in his seventh year of language studies. Phillip is majoring in international relations with a double minor in Chinese language and statistics at American University. Kristie Turkal has been living in Florence, Italy, since January and writes that it is a wonderful city. Check out her blog,

ABOVE: Turner Willet and Anthony Vita spent time with Cole Phillips (all ’12) at Wadi Rum in Jordan. BELOW: Ben Kelly ’14 and Emily Gerber ’15 pose above Salzburg, Austria, from the Hohensalzburg Fortress overlooking the city.

20 1 5 In March 2017, Emily Gerber and Ben Kelly ’14 traveled to Germany and Austria for 10 days. They stopped in Munich, Fussen, Salzburg and more, and had a great time!

20 1 6 Grant Willard was awarded the William J. Branstrom Freshman Prize for being in the top 5 percent of his class at University of Michigan’s Engineering School.


Our condolences are offered to these members of the Collegiate family.

Janice H. Loughrie, mother of Blair Elizabeth Loughrie ’03 and Neil Aaron Loughrie ’01, died March 10, 2017.

Aimee Porter Harrison Parris ’81, sister of Scott Preston Harrison ’86, died Feb. 9, 2017.

Richard D. Harrison, grandfather of 2nd Grade teacher Samantha Huber ’03, died March 3, 2017.

George Warthen Downs, husband of Elizabeth Ann Temple Downs ’54, died Sept. 6, 2016.

Gordon E. Granger, Jr., father of Doug Granger, and grandfather of Scott Granger ’08, Jesse Granger ’11, Gordon Granger ’16 and Ben Granger ’17, died March 2, 2017.

Julian Darold Hart, uncle of Upper School art teacher Steve Hart, died in March 2017.

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Dr. William Allen Thurman, Jr., grandfather of Isabelle LeBey ’18, died March 6, 2017.

Dr. William Curran Day, husband of Suzanne Welchons Day ’59 and father of Austin Clinton Day ’86 and Catherine Day McGowin ’88, died March 8, 2017. Monica Hutson, daughter of Debbie Jenkins Gibson ’69, died March 12, 2017. Martha Reichert, grandmother of Kindergarten assistant teacher Laura Matthews, died March 14, 2017. Doris R. Lansing, mother of former Collegiate Board Chairman Chris Lansing, grandmother of Ted Lansing ’98, Hunter Lansing ’00 and Lindsay Lansing Ricks ’02 and great grandmother of Theo Lansing ’29, Amelia Lansing ’26, Hunt Lansing ’29 and Kate Lansing ’23, died March 14, 2017. Martha D. Newell, mother of Pattie Williams ’66, Scottie Slater ’69 and Meg Gottwald ’74, grandmother of Kindergarten teacher Molly Revere ’94, Mason Brent, Jr. ’97 (Maria Enochs Brent ’99), Sam Gottwald ’02, James Gottwald ’05, Chase Gottwald ’08 and Addie Gottwald ’10 and great grandmother of Eloise Newell Revere ’23 and Teddy Revere ’26, died March 18, 2017. Louis Albrecht father of Chris Albrecht, father-in-law of 2nd Grade teacher Beth Albrecht and grandfather of Heidi Albrecht ’24, died March 25, 2017. Mark VanRoekel, father of Bradley VanRoekel ’24 and Bralyn VanRoekel ’20, died March 23, 2017. Hui Liu, mother of Lower School Chinese teacher Xin-Yi Fergusson and grandmother of Ted Fergusson ’12, Vivien Fergusson ’14 and Jane Fergusson ’17, died March 26, 2017. Ted Allen ’66, husband of Anne Cary Hall Allen ’74, father of Cary Allen Whiteside ’99, Will Allen ’03 and David Allen ’10 and father-in-law of Lauralee Glasgow Allen ’03, Collegiate’s Associate Director of Alumni and Special Events, died March 29, 2017.

Mary Noble, grandmother of 1st Grade teacher Sarah Williamson, died April 3, 2017. Dr. William R. Fields, father of Lower School Assistant Head Laura Fields, died April 4, 2017. Catherine Dunnington Ennis ’71 died April 8, 2017. Amy Rennie, mother of Help Desk Manager Kris Mock, died April 9, 2017. Alfred Louis Stratford, father of Al Stratford ’85 and grandfather of Kelsey Stratford ’16, Grace Stratford ’18 and Alfred Stratford ’21, died April 12, 2017. Kermit Marshall Cook, father of Sarah Martin ’94, Elizabeth Miller ’99 and Susan H. Cook ’04 and grandfather of Katherine Martin ’24, Sallie Martin ’26 and Douglas Miller ’28, died April 14, 2017. Mary Campbell Shuford, mother of David Gant Shuford ’71 and Mark Campbell Shuford ’78 and grandmother of Alice Ambler Shuford ’02, 1st Lt. David Gant Shuford Jr. ’08 and Ruth Shuford Poole ’11, died April 15, 2017. Katherine Hill “Kate” Childrey ’04, daughter of William C. Childrey and Elizabeth Thompson Childrey ’68, died April 17, 2017. Jean Meyer, grandmother of 3rd Grade teacher Dani Mendonsa, died April 18, 2017. Patricia A. Word, mother of Scott Word ’79 and grandmother of Lacey Word ’22 and Thomas Word ’24, died April 21, 2017. Elizabeth Broaddus Hill ’35 died April 21, 2017. Roxane “Riki” Harrison Mitchell ’48, mother of Collegiate parent Ed Mitchell and grandmother of Carolyn Mitchell ’12, Frances Mitchell ’14 and Julia Mitchell ’17, died April 23, 2017. Hugh C. Waters, father of Collegiate parent Druanne Cummins and

grandfather of Cailey Cummins ’16 and Walker Cummins ’19, died April 24, 2017. Major General James A. Baber III, father of Collegiate parent Jim Baber and grandfather of Caroline Baber ’18, died April 29, 2017. Joan Sullivan, grandmother of 2nd Grade teacher Jess Catoggio and great grandmother of Linley Catoggio ’28 and Brady Catoggio ’27, died April 30, 2017. Betty Wiley, former Assistant to Head of School under Malcolm U. Pitt, Jr. and F. Robertson Hershey, and mother of Andy Wiley ’77, mother-in-law of Susan Wiley, Assistant to Head of School, and grandmother of Colscon Wiley ’11 and Nash Wiley ’15, died May 3, 2017. Leonard A. Esquire Paris, father of Leonard “Bubba” A. Paris, Jr. ’82, died May 4, 2017. Sara J. Bruni, mother of Frank Douglass Bruni ’70 and Elizabeth Bruni Downey ’73 and grandmother of Benjamin Lindsay Bruni ’10, John Robert Downey III ’01, Laura Corbin Downey ’98 and Elizabeth Downey Rand ’04, died May 6, 2017. Robert “Bob” Anthony Ciucci, husband of Jo Ellen Redford Ciucci ’58, died May 20, 2017. John Sanford Boisseau ’68, stepfather of Amy Schaaf ’00, Emily Gottwald (Sam ’02) and Evan Ocheltree ’05 (Alexis ’08), died May 21, 2017.

A LU MNI Ted Allen ’66 John Sanford Boisseau ’68 Katherine Hill “Kate” Childrey ’04 Catherine Dunnington Ennis ’71 Elizabeth Broaddus Hill ’35 Roxane “Riki” Harrison Mitchell ’48 Aimee Porter Harrison Parris ’81 *Please note: These obituaries were received as of May 23, 2017. To submit a condolence, email

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avid Bannard arrived at Collegiate School in 1989, after relocating from Massachusetts where he taught at Groton School. A familiar face in the Upper School, he teaches 9th-12th Grade classes in geometry, calculus, modeling and fractal geometry, which, Mr. Bannard says, did not even exist when he began his career.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE COLLEGIATE TRADITIONS? I love the senior speech program. [Also], this is more of a practice than a tradition, but I love the fact that students say thank you at the end of classes. I think that is fostered long before they get to us in the Upper School. Back when I started, students used to stand up for the teacher when you walked into class. That doesn’t happen anymore. But they still say thank you, which is nice.

WHAT HAS BEEN THE BIGGEST CHANGE AT COLLEGIATE THAT YOU’VE SEEN? I would say the whole technology side of things has changed pretty dramatically. When I started here, I was in charge of Upper School technology. We had one lab and at that time the budget was about $20,000 for everything — equipment, software, everything!

WHAT THREE WORDS WOULD YOU USE TO DESCRIBE COLLEGIATE? I would go back to the values. I would certainly use excellence because I think there is a lot of that around here. I would certainly say community. I love the honor code, so honor might be a third. But I might say appreciative. I do think it makes it very special that the kids appreciate what’s being given to them.

WHAT DO YOU HOPE YOUR STUDENTS TAKE WITH THEM WHEN THEY LEAVE YOUR CLASSROOM? I certainly want my kids to feel challenged. I think it’s really important that they make connections. To me, the only thing that makes math easy is if you realize that things are connected. We’re not learning 20 different topics. We’re learning two topics that are intimately connected in 20 different ways. And if they can do that, they can start to get confident. I hope they have the confidence to think they can use their minds to accomplish much bigger things than they thought they could. That they understand the world around them and how what they’ve done applies beyond what they’ve done in the classroom. One thing I like to express to them is that there should always be another question. When you observe something, have the curiosity to ask more questions.

WHAT IS IT ABOUT COLLEGIATE THAT MAKES TEACHING HERE SO SPECIAL? It’s a combination of the students and my colleagues. The students are fun to work with. I often think about when I retire that those are two things that I will really miss and I will somehow have to find a way to replace.

WHAT KEEPS TEACHING INTERESTING FOR YOU? When I started teaching I really worried whether teaching the same things over and over again would get boring. And it just hasn’t ever happened. There’s always something new going on. The math is changing. The way we teach it is changing. There’s a lot that’s still the same, of course, but there’s enough that has changed that it’s really exciting.

Editor’s note: Recurring feature on faculty and staff with long tenure

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