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The Morristown-Beard School Magazine
BOARD OF TRUSTEES M. Thomas Conway, President Michael Ranger, Vice President Katherine Rohrer, Vice President John Taylor, Treasurer Richard Markee, Secretary
BOARD MEMBERS John Adams Penny B. Boorman ’51 Patrick Burke ’84 Mary-Ellen Campbell (Honorary) Paolo Cucchi John M. Egan John F. Fay Willfredo Fernandez Linda S. George David V.H. Hedley ’64 (Honorary) Allan P. Kirby, Jr. ’49 (Honorary) Sheila Klehm Michael Magner Betsy Patterson John Peirano Joe Robillard Debra Roth Lee Kellogg Sadrian ’89 Barbara Sandelands Roger Schwarz ’66 Haleh Shafaie Monya Taylor ’88 Siobhan A. Teare ’77
p.10 The Graduation Gallery
Commencement Cover Page
Remarks from the Headmaster
Remarks from the Student Government President
Remarks from the Valedictorian
The Graduation Gallery
Moving Up Awards
The Moving Up Gallery
Moving Up Remarks
Moving Up Class of 2011
Class of 2011
Class of 2011 Matriculation List (Class Photo on Fold-Out)
Director of Development
Morristown-Beard Celebrates Alumni Weekend
Director of Communications
MBS News Briefs
Varsity Sports Round-Up
MBS Welcomes Peter Caldwell as New Headmaster
Class Notes & In Memoriam
Alumni Relations Associate Greg Williams ’05
Features Writer Carol Selman ‘64
David Kramer ‘69, Steve Patchett
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THE MOVING UP GALLERY
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“ I hope you understand something hugely important – something that I have never forgotten amidst all of the blueprints and hard hat tours, glass and steel, and grand openings and ribbon cuttings: it’s not about buildings; it’s about people. It’s the people inside these spaces that bring them to life.”-dr. alex curtis 1
REMARKS FROM THE HEADMASTER
“I knew that this day, this speech, your class would hold a special place in my heart, but for obvious reasons, they are even more poignant and meaningful than I could have ever imagined.
I have long anticipated this graduation ceremony for we began at Morristown-Beard seven years ago – together. I knew that this day, this speech, your class would hold a special place in my heart, but for obvious reasons, they are even more poignant and meaningful than I could have ever imagined. Indeed, Morristown-Beard has been a shared journey which we began together, and which we conclude together. Most likely, we first met at an Ice Cream Social that probably seems like forever ago to you. Certainly, so much has changed in those years. For starters, believe it or not, I think for a short while in your sixth grade, I was probably taller than your whole class…well, just about your whole class! That, and so much more, has changed…in a way everything has, to some degree. And it should, that after all is life…ever evolving. In our time, for example, the campus has been transformed dramatically. You were one of the first classes to enjoy all of our new athletic fields and playing surfaces. 2
You bore witness to the renovation of South Wing and to the expansion of the Middle School. You saw firsthand the construction endeavor of Founders Hall. And most recently, you have seen the beginning stages of the rebirth of Wilkie Hall. But I hope you understand something hugely important – something that I have never forgotten amidst all of the blueprints and hard hat tours, glass and steel, and grand openings and ribbon cuttings: it’s not about buildings; it’s about people. It’s the people inside these spaces that bring them to life. Without the dedication and passion of their dwellers – our faculty, staff, and of course, you our students – those buildings would be mere shells. But instead, because you have graced them with your imagination, your talent, and your quest for excellence, they are anything but simple structures. The facilities were here, but you provided everything else, everything that matters – spirit, curiosity, laughter, energy and a love of life – and through it all, brought us tremendous pride. As a class you have demonstrated strength and resilience, hope and joy, success and immense potential. I have seen you exhibit these qualities hundreds of times in the last seven years and to attempt to cite them all would not only be a challenge, but it would certainly keep me talking far too long. So perhaps I can choose one example which can stand for the rest. Picture it: Princeton (Princeton Day School, to be more precise), Winter 2004, Girls Ice Hockey Prep Championships. I had just recently been appointed Headmaster and this was one of the first big sporting event which I attended for MBS. Our recently created girls ice hockey team was just starting to be good…but we were no match for Lawrenceville. They toyed with us and almost couldn’t help but score; they went on to beat us 10-0…it may have been worse had it not been for the mercy rule. And now, seven years later, it’s quite a different story. Our girls are now the undisputed best team in the state and they beat Lawrenceville twice this season, home and away, 3-1 and 2-0. Look at that evolution: MBS had just formed a girls hockey team from nothing…and within a short period of time, they found themselves playing for a prep championship. Now, today’s team has built on that accomplishment – which was so remarkable at the time – and taken it to places that the members of the 2004 team could hardly have imagined. There are hundreds of stories just like that one…think about nearly every other athletic team, think about CMW
and our musicals, think about the projects and presentations happening in our classrooms…at every turn, you have contributed to the evolution of MBS into, as you so have aptly put it, Morristown-Beard – School of Excellence. It’s moments such as these where I proudly say, “What we do at MBS, we do better than anybody else.” Surely, that does not necessarily mean we win every championship, but it does mean we thoughtfully set our goals, and put forth the greatest effort to achieve them. No one does that better than Morristown-Beard. Mind you, more often than not our tenacity pays off, but even on the rare occasion where we might fall a bit short, we never fail to recognize the honor and worth that come simply in striving. That philosophy is based on a legacy handed to all of us when we arrived together at MBS by those came before us. When you’re on a journey – just as you and I are – do not look eagerly only to the future, but spare a moment and look gratefully to the past. For without the carefully crafted vision and hard work of those who came before us, our present would be far less rich than the one we enjoy today. The predecessors of our MBS community lived in their present, but always gave thought to the future, the future we call our present. In fact, today, you walked right by an example of that. David Hedley, Class of 1987, had such pride for his school that he created the time capsule buried somewhere at the entrance to this very tent that generations beyond us will be able to look back upon. We are obliged to do the same… creating time capsules of our own, with our actions. We must be grateful for what those who came before us made possible, and you must recognize that you leave a legacy for all those who follow. Just last weekend, MBS hosted another Ice Cream Social…those young, energetic (shorter than both you and I) incoming sixth graders will follow in your footsteps and will look to the example you have set. In short, we must never lose sight of the fact that we are part of the Circle of Life. As an art historian, I can see – just as you can – how people have tried to improve the aesthetics of the world through art and architecture. They create beautiful landscapes, stunning buildings, and awesome physical testaments. But the power of nature, extends far beyond that of mankind. So what happens if those gardens, and edifices, and structures are not properly tended, cared for, and nurtured? In time, they will become overgrown; they will crumble; they may even disappear. The unstoppable march of nature means that if the following generations don’t care for those things that were gifted to them, they will not endure. In other words, never take more than you give; always give more than you take. That is part of our culture here at Morristown-Beard, and living by that guiding rule will benefit not only this community, but every community in which you participate…in all of your future endeavors. Indeed, if you can continue to uphold that
principle, your college experiences, professional careers, and family lives will be better for it, you will be better for it – but most significantly, the world around you, for generations to come, will be better for it. I also want to urge you to listen to the words of the great Bohemian-Austrian poet Rainer Maria Rilke. In 1903 he wrote: “Resolve to be always beginning – to be a beginner.” If life is a circle and time is a continuum, Rilke is right: we must always be willing to try our hand at something different, to test uncharted waters…to be a beginner. You are on the verge of a new beginning…so am I. And we are each indebted to Morristown-Beard School. It is our foundation, and it is our family. The new set of experiences that now lie before you will not diminish what we have enjoyed for the last seven years, indeed they will be enriched by them. MBS will be with all of us…always. With that, Class of 2011, I must thank you. I thank you on behalf of all your teachers, advisors, coaches, and of course your families. You have made us all so proud and we can’t wait to see where your journey takes you next. I must also thank you, personally. As a class, and as 92 individuals, you have touched my heart and enriched my life. Earlier this week, you made me an honorary member of your class, and I can’t tell you how much it means to me to be in the Class of 2011. We’ll get the same mailings, we’ll be invited to the same events, and we’ll come together to share and celebrate our Morristown-Beard memories. And last month, you bestowed upon me one of the greatest honors I could possibly receive. Your dedication of the Salmagundi rendered me speechless and moved me more than you can imagine for there is no greater tribute to a teacher than one directly from his students. Time and again, your actions, your achievements, and your attitudes have inspired me. Today is the pinnacle of such moments; my heart is a bit heavy as it overflows with pride. Throughout our seven years together, we as a faculty have tried to provide you with lessons and experiences that will serve you well at Morristown-Beard and beyond. Now, allow me to ask three things more of you: savor this moment…it is one to cherish forever; always remember MBS and its guiding principles…they will serve you well; and with this as your foundation, don’t let us down…passionately pursue your dreams. Undoubtedly, that is a tall order, but I have every confidence in each of you to do so with grace and determination. And by so doing, you will build upon the legacy that is Morristown-Beard. With heartfelt gratitude and immense pride, it is indeed my honor to say, “Congratulations, Morristown-Beard Class of 2011!”
Dr. Alex Curtis Headmaster 3
Class Valedictorian Emily Price
The Valedictorian is the senior with the highest grade point average over the junior and senior years.
Class Leader Award The Class Leader is the student with the highest grade point average in, strictly, the senior year.
Thompson D. Grant Award Forrestel Nugent
The Thompson Doane Grant Award is given to the senior who has shown the greatest academic improvement since the 11th grade.
Nancy Carolyn Hoyer Memorial Award Lauren Capo
Jr., is presented to that senior boy who best exemplifies the qualities of character, scholarship, leadership and service.
The Nancy Carolyn Hoyer Memorial Award is presented to the senior girl who has been judged by the faculty and her classmates to have best shown the qualities exemplified by Nancy of personality, integrity, responsibility, friendliness, cooperation and school spirit.
Arthur Lee James Award Mackenzie Keck
The Arthur Lee James Award is given to the young man judged by his peers to best exemplify the qualities of integrity, responsibility, cooperation and school spirit.
William H. McBride Prize
Dickinson W. Richards Cup Emily Price
The Dickinson W. Richards Cup, in memory of a wise counselor and devoted friend of Miss Beardâ€™s School, is awarded annually to that member of the senior class who has made the greatest progress in her studies and character during her years in the Upper School.
Hillas Citizenship Award
The William H. McBride Prize is presented by the faculty in honor of William H. McBride, a teacher of science at Morristown-Beard School from 1977 to 1996. The prize recognizes students whose academic vigor, enthusiasm and curiosity serve both as an example to other students and as a reminder of the spirit and dedication of Mr. McBride.
William C. Mules Prize Jeffrey Carter
The William C. Mules Prize is awarded annually to the senior who possesses a passionate love of learning and a fascination for an enormous range of facts and stories.
Lucie C. Beard Award
The Hillas Citizenship Award, in memory of Albert Fisher Weber,
The Lucie C. Beard Award is pre-
sented to the girl in the senior class who has shown the greatest all-around improvement.
Burke-Wilkie Trophy Forrestel Nugent
The Burke-Wilkie Trophy is awarded to the boy in the Upper School who has shown the greatest improvement in all-around development.
Mrs. Thomas W. Cauldwell Cup Alexander Fetchko
The Mrs. Thomas W. Cauldwell Cup is awarded for consistent, conscientious volunteer service to the School community.
Frederick Cross Remington Service Award Emily Collier
The Frederick Cross Remington Service Award is presented to a senior in recognition of his/her caring service to others, a demonstrated concern for fairness, and compassion for individuals in need.
Philip L. Anderson Prize Will Gerhard
The Philip L. Anderson Prize is presented to that senior whose enthusiasm, energy, and interest in the welfare of fellow students have served to promote school spirit and the sense of community at Morristown-Beard.
Hauserman Award Sarah Bayersdorfer
The Hauserman Award is presented to that senior who displays sincerity, compassion, and consistent dedication to those qualities best exemplifying human character. 5
Govern t en
In past speeches I have compared myself to the likes of President John F. Kennedy or used borderline inappropriate quotes from movies, but I knew stunts like those would not fit on a venue like this, our graduation day. As SGA President I have had to give many speeches, most of which have been pretty easy for me to deliver. One might say speaking is one of my natural abilities, if not too natural, but when deliberating upon how to address my class, the class of 2011, I was at a loss of words – a first for me. In past speeches I have compared myself to the likes of President John F. Kennedy or used borderline inappropriate quotes from movies, but I knew stunts like those would not fit on a venue like this, our graduation day. While I may not be the most 6
modest person graduating from this class, or the most humble, I will gladly admit when I am impressed by the accomplishments of others, and I am certainly proud of what my peers have been able to accomplish in our years at MBS. When I look at the Class of 2011, I see a diverse group of individuals from different races and religions, but beyond that, have many different hobbies and interests – like Clarence Williams’s award-wining movie making, Callie Smith’s competitive show jumping, or Ruth Frankel’s dedication to our student
publications. At the same time, when I look at my classmates, I see a cohesive group of well- rounded students. Why our class possesses these two characteristics in parallel is no coincidence, and in fact each quality thrives off of the other. The reason so many individuals have been able to enjoy particular success in each of their own areas is because our class has repeatedly been able to come together as a unified group in support of each other. Now many people out in the crowd are probably thinking, “What’s so great about that?” but community is truly
a special and rare quality that we are so lucky to have. I’m going to be honest in saying it’s pretty hard to have ninetyfive best friends, but I think we came pretty close. I look back upon the past year, and share so many memories with all of my classmates (that I’m not quite ready to leave behind), but a few stand out in particular. This past winter our boys’ hockey team had high expectations, but the season had not begun as planned. After a very slow start they looked to turn around the season by winning the conference championship, but in order to do so the boys would need to defeat teams they had previously lost to two times each. After stunning Randolph 3-2 in overtime, the team was set to face undefeated Morris Knolls in the finals. In order to take home the Mennen Cup for the third year in a row, our players would need all the help they could get. Around two hundred students lined the stands as if they were going to a Hawaiian Luau party in anticipation of the puck dropping to start the championship game. (Jake Fishter is probably shaking his head right now because he claims the Luau idea was his even though I know it was mine, but regardless, we all shed layers of clothing in the dead of winter in support of our team. Because we came together to cheer on the guys, they played incredibly hard for us, and shut out Morris Knolls 4-0. This is a prime example of support and success going hand in hand. However this does not only apply to sports. Over the past year, Contemporary Music Workshop – better known as CMW – organized several successful live shows. Right now, try to imagine a live rock concert with no audience. Pitiful, is one word that comes to mind, but this did not happen to our performers. The success of the shows rested largely in the hands of the au-
dience, which I am proud to say sold out the main seating level in beautiful Founder’s Hall. This is another great example of the individual successes of our students being enhanced by our community. As a result of the success of CMW, for the first time ever, in collaboration with the SGA, we were able to put on a full outdoor concert on the quad, from which we raised over fourteen hundred dollars donated to the relief efforts in Japan. As a class we’ve shared so many of these wonderful memories together, like tinfoil wrapping the entire school for our senior prank, or the festivities that ensued at Mackenzie’s house later that night, but our fond memories of high school should not only be shaped by such moments. As
we move forward in our lives we should not forget to also cherish the day to day activities that defined our MorristownBeard experience, whether it be arguing calls over a game of four square, hanging out in the library, or running to class late with a sandwich in hand because you have late lunch. I hope that you all hold these great memories as close to your heart as I do, as we share this final amazing accomplishment together. No matter how different we are or how different we become, we will at least always share these unbelievable experiences and have one very, very important thing in common: we are the graduating class of 2011 at the Morristown-Beard School of Excellence. Congratulations guys, we did it, and we did it together.
“ No matter how different we are or how different we become, we will at least always share these unbelievable experiences and have one very, very important thing in common: we are the graduating class of 2011 at the Morristown-Beard School of Excellence.”
Brandon Baron ’11 7
All of them are truly invested in our education. Doctor Molowa spent hours with me and my gargantuan AP Chemistry book after class, trying to explain the concepts of general chemistry from redox to equilibrium and everything in between. He wanted me to succeed, and I did. Mr. Brescher cheered me through AP Calculus, even though he
per due date. I know, I know, I am what I am. With your support, I made it here, and I thank you for everything, from the bottom of my heart. We’re here in suits and dresses to get our diplomas and finally graduate, but that’s only the beginning. We each have our own goals in life – doctor, lawyer, CEO, legislator, artist, engineer – and I
wasn’t my teacher for that class. We may not value enough that our teachers wanted to see us do well not for their benefit, but for our own. And now we’ve got to do them proud. My family and friends have put up with me and my ridiculous nature to over-react on the eve every test and pa-
ic to ria
We’re here in suits and dresses to get our diplomas and finally graduate, but that’s only the beginning. We each have our own goals in life – doctor, lawyer, CEO, legislator, artist, engineer – and I know we’ve worked hard to get this far. I’d like to thank all of you gathered on Senior Circle for celebrating with us. For us, it’s seemed like an eternity to get from last September to now; crossing months, weeks, even days off our calendars. For everyone else, we only started kindergarten a few years ago. On September 4th, 1997, I ran out the door with my 101 Dalmatians backpack, ready to take over the world. Sometimes, I think about returning to that day I started kindergarten. It wasn’t such a bad gig - snacktime, naptime, what more could you ask for? I mistakenly posed this question to a friend who quickly provided a very colorful list of
when I returned, my teachers we’re glad not only that I was back, that I was back and healthy. When I came to campus to re-enroll, finally done being the patient, Doc Cooper shook my hand, smiled a wide smile, and said, “Glad you’re well.” I’m not an alumna; I’m a part of the family here.
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advantages to not being in kindergarten. The most poignant being, “the furniture is tiny.” We’re adults. I’m not sure if that’s scarier for us or our parents. My mom must be thinking, I’m not old enough to have an adult as a daughter. She’s nodding. I’m sure I didn’t start MorristownBeard as an adult; I was a freshman in my brand-new polo shirt, ironed khakis, looking around this campus in awe. I was just a kid. The people that sit beside me today helped me get to this podium. My classmates, you found a place for me
in this class, and I am proud to graduate among you. Before I confuse everyone, I must admit that I am an adopted member of the class of 2011. I spent what should have been my junior year on what I called “medical sabbatical,” and returned in the fall of 2009, older, maybe wiser, and with less intestine. But, I found friends here again - welcoming me with either a hello or, in the case of Nicolas Strunc, a humongous bear hug. When I returned to campus, I knew the fabulous cast of characters that are the Morristown-Beard faculty would be here, ready to challenge me. Each one of them embraces us as members of the family—
Senior Gift Dedication
mACKENZIE kECK, ’11
know we’ve worked hard to get this far. We have college, grad school, internships, and whatever else necessary to reach the goals we want to reach. And I have no doubt that all of us will get there in some shape or form, maybe in 4 years, maybe in 6, maybe in a university filled with like-minded people, maybe abroad. But while we’re getting there, think about the people around you and help them when you can. Our teachers, our parents, our friends – all did it for us. Pay it forward. The Golden Rule. Guys, take all that we’ve learned here and run. Find the best pair of Nikes you’ve got, and go. The only place to go is forward. Remember all that we’ve accomplished and the people who got us there. Do them proud – it’s time to become an adult. It’s scary, it’s mindboggling, it’s unknown, it might be messy, but it’s life. Live it. If we try to go back, we’ll break the tiny furniture. Congrats Class of 2011, let’s take this show on the road. Thank you. Emily Price ’11
On behalf of the class of 2011, I would like to present the Morristown-Beard School community with a gift. This year, a Crimson Maple Tree will be planted right here, on Senior Circle, in honor of the class of 2011. Upon considering Morristown-Beard’s commitment to sustainable living, it is apparent that the Crimson Maple is an excellent way to honor our school and remember our class. While some gifts may fade out of style or wear down, the Crimson Maple, part of the red maple family of trees, has a lifespan of about 150 years. They reach maturity around 70-80 years into their lifetimes. This means that classes for the next 4-5 generations of students will be able to appreciate the growth of this tree that will probably outlive all of us here. The Crimson Maple radiates some of the most vibrant shades of crimson I’ve ever seen. When the new freshmen class and returning students arrive in the fall, they will be greeted with the radiant glow of crimson leaves against the crisp white of Beard Hall. We look forward to being able to watch the tree’s progress as we return to campus throughout the years. A tree is a gift that keeps on giving, providing shade from the hot sun, holding together the soil beneath our feet, and continually flying the colors we have honored in our time at MBS. 9
“As a class you have demonstrated strength and resilience, hope and joy, success and immense potential.” -dr. alex curtis
The Graduation Gallery The class of 2011
“The people who sit beside me today helped me get to this podium. My classmates, you found a place for me in this class, and I am proud to graduate among you.” -EMILY PRICE ’11
Instrumental Music Award
Theatre Award Will Laud
Performing Arts teacher Andrea Deventer congratulates Oliva Schreiber. Director of Middle School Athletics John Sheppard congratulates John McDonald and Anna Rudinski.
World Language teacher Juan Tejeda congratulates Tyler Smith.
Physical Education Award Andrew Howarth Maddie Morris
Performing Arts, Department Chair Susan Speidel congratulates Will Laud.
Francis Perrelly Science Award J.D. Parker Physical Education teacher Mike Sturgeon congratulates Andrew Howarth.
English Award Jared Gaby-Biegel
Kay Drake History Award Connor Cairoli
Math Award Danielle Sclafani Darren Burns congratulates J.D. Parker
Spanish Award Olivia Schreiber
Class Leader J.D. Parker
Leona Fagan French Award
Slattery Award for Sports
Vocal Music Award
John McDonald Anna Rudinski
Performing and Visual Arts teacher Jeanine Erickson congratulates Lux Saravanapavan.
Tyler Smith English teacher Holly Darby congratulates Jared Gaby-Biegel
“ We are all happy for your progress and development – and sad to see you go. We will miss you as we cheer you onward.”
“We have seen tremendous development in this group because their teachers, advisors, and coaches have nurtured their social and emotional growth as much as their academic growth.” -Darren burns
Moving Up Remarks
Moving Up Class of 2011
Head of the Middle School Darren Burns speaks to the Class of 2015
It is wonderful to see so many members of our school community gathered here today to celebrate the moving up of our 8th graders. Looking back, amid the joy of our end-of-year rituals and the pomp and circumstance that surrounds them, I am struck by just how much these young scholars have contributed to every area of School life – from the classroom… to the playing fields… to the stage… this 8th Grade group has been the heart and soul of the Middle School. And I am excited by the thought of how much they will continue to achieve, and to contribute, as they move on in their academic careers at MBS. Watching the growth of our 8th graders each year as they make the difficult transition from childhood to adolescence is an incredibly rewarding experience, and every teacher, every advisor, and every coach is proud of your accomplishments and looks forward to great things from you in the future. This class includes seven inductees into the National Junior Honor Society; they served as the editors of the yearbook; they comprise the majority of contributors to the School’s newspaper and literary magazine; they starred in the lead roles on the stage and in the band. They led two undefeated athletic teams – not to mention a dozen other teams with outstanding win/loss records. Their impressive resumé has as much to do with the nurturing relationship with their teachers as it does with their relationships with each other. We have seen tremendous development in this group because their teachers, advisors, and coaches have nurtured their social and emotional growth as much as their academic growth. They feel connected to the teachers in a meaningful way; they have thrived in a safe environment that encourages them to take academic risks. They have learned from failure and discovered how good decisions come from bad experiences. They challenged established perceptions, asked critical questions, and gave new voice to their creativity. I was reminded of how important and precious this connection is to our students earlier this year when I was at the NAIS conference in
Washington, DC, and Pat Bassett, the President of NAIS, spoke about a meeting he had just had at the White House. While Mr. Bassett had planned on meeting with President Obama, the President was called away at the last minute, so he met instead with Vice President Biden. Basset asked the Vice President—who had himself attended a private school—if he had had any teachers who had changed the course of his life. This question prompted 20 minutes of impassioned and personal reflections from the Vice President. (Even for Vice President Biden, that’s quite a lot of recollection!) He disclosed that, while in school, he had suffered from a very serious stutter, of the magnitude of King George VI of England, whose story was so movingly told in The King’s Speech. The course of the Vice-President’s life was forever changed by the middle school teacher who taught him how to speak in cadences, but, perhaps just as significantly, also told him that he had other gifts that would compensate for his stuttering. The teacher believed in him, and saw his unique potential. That type of critical personal relationship is what we all hope our children will encounter in school, and it is what we strive to create at MBS. But what distinguishes this year’s class, what makes it a bit magical… is that this level of nurturing, support is not provided just by the teachers, but it also flows in a network of connections providing mutual support among classmates as well. As students, friends and colleagues, you were there for each other to help bring ideas and concepts to fruition in the classroom… You were there for each other as you took on new challenges in the arts, whether tap dancing, performing at CMW or at the spring art festival…. You were there for each other when a classmate lost his brother, and you took on his grief as your own… In so many different ways, your selflessness and self-awareness demonstrated maturity beyond your years. One of my favorite morning routines is taking a stroll down the 8th Grade hallway on any given morning. Talk about connectivity! There is about a 20-minute window – between 7:45 and 8:05 – that feels like a “flash rave” hitting the hallways. Kids are everywhere – and the positive energy is contagious. Students are catching up and acting like they haven’t seen each other in weeks, the girls screaming out hellos and the boys grunting some version of a greeting and giving out bro hugs. There are groups of students on the floor studying, debates with teachers about house challenges, and – depending on the season – there may even be a furtive game of football or lacrosse breaking out in the upper lobby. And then—as quickly as they come together, they disperse – off to class and ready to start the day – a day that is grounded in the supportive and collaborative environment of students and teachers alike. As this class enters its freshman year, I ask that you continue to develop those connections with your teachers and classmates. Take that same approach in exploring your studies, continue to push outside your intellectual comfort zone, take on healthy risks, travel abroad, act, sign up for a cool elective, reach for the stars, and be ready also to reach out a hand in support when one of your MBS brothers or sisters stumbles. And in the end, perhaps that’s all I really want to say to you today: continue to be there for each other, in good times and bad. May your next four years, and the years beyond, be as fruitful as these last three have been. Congratulations to a most memorable class: the Morristown-Beard Moving Up class of 2011 and Graduating class of 2015! I’ll see you in September.
Colin Andrews Sean Andrews Kevin Budd Connor Cairoli Ascari Chotoosingh Margaret Collier Gregory Comito Jessica Compton Kendall Cornine Samuel Curtis Abigail Dellapina William DeMartin Jordan Earlywine Jared Gaby-Biegel Jillian Garfunkel Hannah Guenther Edward Hatfield Andrew Howarth Gabriela Hyman
Dylan Iuzzolino Liam Jago Marc Kamil Mahdiyyah Karriem James Kellogg Chelsea Kramer William Laud Jordan LiVolsi Elizabeth MacCowatt Kyle Maslan John McDonald Elizabeth Mignon Robert Mitchell Sarina Morales Madeleine Morris Kathryn Movsovich Jeffrey Parker Thomas Rago Lindsay Reeth
Nicholas Rella Anna Rudinski Nicholas Sanford Timothy Sanford Peter Sanna Luxshman Saravanapavan Benjamin Schreiber Olivia Schreiber Danielle Sclafani Matthew Sefcik Tyler Smith Carina Steficek Aaron Tabak Nathaniel Taggart Kayla-Renee Terry Hannah Toohey Thomas Urciuoli
Class of 2011 Claire Elizabeth Abely
Lauren Taylor Feldman
Jashiel Joyce Llana Apolinario Alexander Crane Fetchko
Montclair State University
University of Colorado
University of Vermont
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Pennsylvania State University
University of Maryland
Loyola University Maryland
Cerea Elizabeth Steficek
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
George Washington University
New York University
Nicholas Vladimir Strunc *
North Carolina State University
University of Colorado
Washington University in St. Louis
Catherine Anya Miller
Taina Yasmine Bey
Conor James Molke
Jeffrey Kimball Carter Nevin Bivek Chetry
Anthony S. Guerrieri, Jr. Andrew Robert Hartel Catherine Alissa Harwood
Emily Kathryn Collier
Kathryn Johanna Hentenaar
John Kenneth Desmond
Caroline Grace Hollander
Ciara Emily Devereux
Ashley Alicia Hutchinson
Ellen Frances Dey Lucy Smith Donnally Timothy M. Donovan, Jr.
Stephanie Claire Ironson Dylan Arielle Joskowitz Janice Michelle Karbachinskiy
Alexander William Dranetz
Mackenzie J. Keck
Dante Alexander Durso
Gregory Gordon Kirk
John Francis Fay IV
Matthew Tyler Kleinberg
Sarah Elizabeth Bayersdorfer Ruth Laurel Frankel
Lauren Constance Capo
New York University
Ana Cristina Mendoza
Tyler James Gilsenan
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Reunion events on Saturday, May 14th included the Lehman Lecture presented by renowned garden historian Marta McDowell, campus tours, a full slate of athletic events, an Alumni Bar-B-Que, and a cocktail party later in the evening.
Celebrates Alumni Weekend
Graduates from the Beard School, the Morristown School, and MorristownBeard School gathered on campus on May 13th and 14th to reunite with old friends and enjoy a full slate of activities as part of Alumni Weekend 2011.
The festivities began on Friday, May 13th as members of the MBS community gathered in Founders Hall to honor Athletic Hall of Fame inductees Amy Arnold ’97, Taryn Barnes Peppo ’86 and Jyles Tucker ’02.
From left to right: Brittany Doyle ‘06, Matt Kruvant ‘06, Pat Yannotta ‘06, Jordan Deombeleg ’06 Lehman Lecture presented by renowned garden historian Marta McDowell
Amy Arnold ’97 and Benjamin “Spike” Billings Joseph Farmer ’91 and Chip Rollinson ’91
MBS Hall of Fame Athletes/Members
Class of 1961 Amy Arnold ’97, Jyles Tucker ’02, and Taryn Barnes Peppo ’86
Julie Beckman ’91 and Matt McKenna ’91
Peter Chavonelle and George Fessenden
Patrick Burke ’84 and Fred Greenberg ’55
At the Alumni Bar-B-Que, the MBS community honored those classes celebrating a milestone, as well as our departing Headmaster, Alex Curtis. The festivities continued well into the night with individual class gatherings off campus.
Valerie Riback ’82 and Virginia Ranger
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Class of ’51 Penny Boorman, Gail Thomas Gray and Hope Harrison Lampe Patrick Burke ‘84, Alex Curtis, Audrey Parker ’46 and Henry Parker
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Dan Scansaroli ’01 and Katie Harrison ’01
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Totton Golf & Crimson Night a Success!
the way. This year’s event also marked the return of tennis, as players competed in a round-robin tournament on Morris County Golf Club’s clay courts. In the evening, members of the MBS community enjoyed Crimson Night - a cocktail reception, dinner, and live and silent auctions. Parent and professional auctioneer Kathy Shepperly auctioned off golf trips, vacations, and a large puzzle representing the Crimson athletic program. In a silent auction, guests had an opportunity to bid on tickets to sports events, jewelry, autographed memorabilia and much more. Thanks to all of those who participated and made this such a fun evening! All proceeds from the event support the Morristown-Beard School athletic program. The tournament is named in honor of Larry Totton who was a 1955 graduate of the Morristown School and a 1960 graduate of Lehigh University. After serving several years in the U.S. Marine Corps, he returned to the Morristown School in 1964 to begin his teaching career. Larry taught in the Social Studies Department and was an outstanding coach of track, wrestling and cross-country. He was responsible for founding the MBS Alumni Association after the merger in 1974 and served as its President until his death in 1977. He was inducted into the MorristownBeard School Athletic Hall of Fame in 1987.
MBS Celebrates Dr. Curtis
The 34th Larry Totton Golf Classic & Crimson Night was hosted by The Crimson Club on May 23rd, and was a huge success thanks to the very generous support of MBS parents, alumni and friends. The event, led by Chair Moira O’Connell, not only raised funds for MBS student-athletes and the athletic program, but it also raised school spirit and a sense of community. More than 70 golfers braved the mist and drizzle and enjoyed a wonderful day on the course, participating in numerous contests and opportunities for prizes along 24
Some farewells are done with a simple speech and maybe a few pictures. This clearly wasn’t one of them. In a touching and fun-filled farewell celebration for Headmaster Alex Curtis on May 27th, the MBS community showed plenty of heart – and soul. The celebration began at Morning Meeting with a rollicking performance of “Soul Man” featuring faculty, staff and students decked out in Ray-Ban sunglasses, skinny ties and fedora hats. During a Britishthemed picnic, MBS faculty, staff, students, parents and alumni gathered on the Quad to say goodbye to Dr. Curtis, play Frisbee, have their pictures taken with cut-outs of Prince William and Kate Middleton, bask in the sun and enjoy the some of Dr. Curtis’ favorite music ranging from
Deep Purple to Katrina & The Waves. During his seven years at Morristown-Beard, Dr. Curtis has worked tirelessly to enhance the MBS experience for students, faculty and staff, alumni, parents and friends. With the Strategic Plan as his map, Dr. Curtis’ dedication to moving the institution forward has been unwavering. Beyond new facilities, cutting edge curriculum and the highest caliber community, Dr. Curtis leaves MBS at the forefront of its peers with technology. On the eve of a school-wide iPad program and a Wilkie Technology Center, Morristown-Beard is setting expectation for innovation and creativity in relation to technology. In honor of Dr. Curtis and his contributions to MBS, tribute gifts in honor of Dr. Curtis can be made to the Wilkie Technology Center Project. To make a gift, please send a check to the MBS Development Office, 70 Whippany Road, Morristown, NJ 07960 or call the Development Office at (973) 539-3032. You may also make a gift online by visiting www.mbs.net.
Middle School Boys’ Lax Takes County Title Congratulations to the MBS Middle School boys’ lacrosse team, which captured the County Championship on May 26th following a thrilling 10-9 overtime victory over The Peck School. With the win, Morristown-Beard finished the year undefeated with a perfect 7-0 record. They are the second MBS Middle School team to finish the year without a loss. This winter, the boys’ ice hockey team wrapped up a perfect 10-0 season. Morristown-Beard advanced to the County Finals following an 8-2 semifinal win over Pingry and a 14-0 shutout of Chester. In the finals, both MBS and Peck showed tremendous determination and perseverance as temperatures on the artificial turf measured 95 degrees. The MBS team, captained by John McDonald ’15 and Matt Sefcik ’15 and coached by Kevin Meany and PJ Scriff, was rich with 8th Grade talent. In addition to John and Matt, this year’s team’s three-year veterans were Will deMartin ’15, Jimmy Kellogg ’15, Teddy Hatfield ’15, Nick & Tim Sanford ’15, Nate Taggart ’15, and Thomas Urcuioli ’15. Over the past two years, the 8th Grade cadre has been expanded by Colin & Sean Andrews ’15, Connor Cairoli ’15, Jordan Earlywine ’15, Liam Jago ’15, Thomas Rago ’15, Nick Rella ’15. And balancing out the team were 7th Graders Casey Andrews ’16, Spencer Bridges ’16, Zachariah Buteux ‘16 and Har-
ris Johnson ’16. “This season was a dream season,” said Coach Meany, “The boys worked hard and deserve all the credit for staying focused through the entire season.” “It’s not often that a team has so many talented players, and yet not one boy put himself before his teammates,” added Coach Scriff. “This group really knows how to pull together.” “This has been an excellent year for MBS Middle School sports,” said Darren Burns, “and this 8th Grade class is perhaps the most athletically talented class of my tenure as Head of the Middle School. There are several boys on the 7-0 Lacrosse Team who were also members of the 10-2 Soccer team and the 10-0 Ice Hockey Team. It’s unbelievable, really.”
Four MBS students receive Princeton Prize Congratulations to Morristown-Beard School students Diana Williams ’11, Lamar Harmon ’12, Ashley Hutchinson ’11 and Tiffany Taylor ’11, who received Certificates of Accomplishments from the Princeton Prize in Race Relations of Northern New Jersey for their development and organization of the 2011 Morristown-Beard School Student Diversity Summit. The Princeton Prize in Race Relations awards young leaders in promoting harmony, understanding and respect among people of different races within their schools or communities. The Princeton Prize is awarded to high school students in 24 regions throughout the U.S. The 2011 Student Diversity Summit at MorristownBeard School engaged over 75 students from area schools in discussions about the social and cultural experiences and challenges many students encounter in their daily lives. One of the highlights of the Student Diversity Summit was the screening of the film, “The Prep School Negro” with a special keynote presentation by the filmmaker, Andre Robert Lee. In his documentary film, Andre Robert Lee, born and raised in a rough section of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania recounts his life story and experiences of attending Germantown Friends School, an elite-predominately white private school on the “other side of town.” “The Prep School Negro,” illustrates Lee’s experiences interacting with people much different than in a private school setting. The film has been shown in many venues including the 2009 People of Color Conference as well as other independent schools, 25
colleges and universities around the country. This was the first time that his film has been shown in northern New Jersey. Mr. Lee’s presentation included a screening of the film and a 45-minute Question & Answer session afterwards. Following the film, the students facilitated discussions which provided the Summit participants with the opportunity to have an open, thoughtful and focused conversation about social differences through the lens of the film and the following cultural identifiers: race, gender, class, sexual identity, ethnicity and religion.
Cum Laude Inducts Nine New Members
Nine Morristown-Beard School students were inducted into The Cum Laude Society at a special dinner in Founders Hall on April 26th. This year’s inductees are: Jared Friedman ’11, Dylan Krouse ’12, Harsh Patel ’11, Molly Radin ’11, Jillian Raia ’12, Rebecca Saltzman ’11, Nicholas Strunc ’11, Cynthia Tremonte ’12, and Zoe Zisis ’11. The students join senior Emily Price ’11, who was inducted into The Cum Laude Society last year. The Cum Laude Society, modeled on Phi Beta Kappa, was founded in 1906 at the Tome School in Port Deposit, Maryland, to promote learning and scholarship in secondary schools. The Beard School received its Cum Laude Society charter in 1950, the Morristown School in 1958, and Morristown-Beard School in 1976. Each chapter elects to membership those members of the senior and junior classes who have demonstrated academic excellence, intellectual curiosity, and good character.
Holocaust Survivor Shares Story In honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day, Holocaust survivor Ann Monka visited Morristown-Beard School on May 17th to share her emotional story with students and faculty at Morning Meeting. The visit was coordi26
nated by Morristown-Beard junior Jessica Greene ’12. Ann Monka was born in Poland and was 10 years old when World War II broke out. After a heavy bombing in 1941, her city of Lida was occupied by the Germans and her home was burned down in front of her eyes. “One house after another went down in flames,” she said. “We didn’t know where to turn.” She recalled hiding in an attic above the brewery where he father worked. Many other members of her family were incarcerated by the Nazis in a Jewish ghetto on the outskirts of the city. Eventually, she learned that the Nazis took 6,700 residents of the ghetto – including her grandmother, aunts and uncles - out to a field and massacred them. Her father, brother and sister were put on a cattle car to be sent to a concentration camp, and she and her mother escaped and fled for the woods. “During this time, there was only one thing on our minds and that was to join the Partisans,” she said. “Life as a Partisan in the forests was difficult. People had to move from place to place to avoid discovery.” Amazingly, Ann was reunited with her
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Alumni Weekend May 18-19, 2012 sister, brother and father, who had jumped from the moving train. Her family reunited in the woods and joined the partisan group in the forest under the command of Tuvia and Zeush Bielski. “We had to build our own shelters and food was scarce, but our will to survive was so strong,” said Monka. “We hoped and prayed that we would be liberated.” After spending two years in hiding with the Bielski Brothers, the camp was liberated in December 1944 by Russian soldiers. The incredible story of Ann Monka and her family is told in the 2008 movie, Defiance. After coming to the United States with her family in 1949, Ann Monka helped to create a speaker’s bureau that enables Holocaust survivors to share their stories and lessons with the next generation.
Morristown-Beard welcomes all alumni back for our Alumni Weekend in May!
Alumni Bar-B-Que • Alumni Cocktail Party Class Get-Togethers Campus Tours • and much more! For more information, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 973-539-3032 ext. 549. 27
Varsity Sports Round-Up SPRING 2011 Baseball It was another stellar season for the MBS baseball team. The Crimson finished with a 16-9 record and advanced to the semifinals of the Morris County Tournament after knocking off higher seeded Hanover Park and top seeded Delbarton. Morristown-Beard also made it to the quarterfinals of the State Tournament before falling, 9-7, to Newark Academy. Head Coach John Sheppard finished the year at 299 career wins – just one short of the 300win milestone. Pitcher Jack Fleming ’11 was the ace for the Crimson for the past two seasons, finishing with an 18-5 record. He earned All-Prep, All-Conference and All-Area honors. Second Baseman Tom Moore ’11 batted .453 and led the teams in runs scored. He earned All-Prep, All-Conference and All-Area honors as an infielder. The Crimson were also led by first baseman Zach Gray ’12, who batted .489 and was named to the All-Prep, All-Conference, All-State and All-Area teams. Shortstop Jackson Kramer ’12 batted .378 and earned All-Prep, All-Conference and All-Area honors as an infielder. Nick Naples ’13, Nick Ferry ’13 and Shaine Carpenter ’13 are also expected to provide leadership next year.
Boys’ Track & Field The MBS boys’ track & field team continued to shatter records in 2011 as Zaki Williams ’12 set a new school mark in the 400 meters (49.42), won four gold medals at the state sectional meet (100m, 200m, 400m, 4x400m relay), and had two second place finishes at the Non-Public B State Champion28
ships. The boys 4x400 meter team of Drew Hagerstrom ’12, Mackenzie Keck ’11, Kyle Larsson ’14, and Zaki Williams ’12 captured first place at Sectionals in impressive fashion. Jeff Maser ’11 qualified for the Meet of Champions in high jump and the 110 meter hurdles. He also won the Javelin at Sectionals with a big personal record, throwing 152’. Tyler Meller ’11 also fared extremely well in the Javelin and all the jumps while Dan Collins ’13 was the team’s top overall thrower. In the distance events, a highlight was Nick Cornine ’13 and Kyle Larsson ’14 both breaking the 5-minute barrier in the 1600m, running 4:58 and 4:59 respectively.
Girls’ Track & Field The girls’ track & field team was once again led by MVP Tatiana Johnson ’12, who set two school records this year, was crowned Morris County Shot Put Champion, and was ranked fifth in the state in that event. She was undefeated in the shot put circle this year and was equally as tough in the discuss circle. The team was also led by Unsung Hero Alison Maser ’13, who was a critical member of the MBS sprint relay teams and is a member of the school recordholding 4x400m relay. “Her quiet determination and growing strength on the track will make her a force to be reckoned with in the coming years,” said Coach Stephanie Puchalski. Captain Lauren Capo ’11 served as the anchor on all of the MBS spirnt relay teams and was a member of the record-holding 4x400m relay team. “Her leadership was valued by all the coaches and easily followed by her teammates,” said Coach Puchalski.
Softball Despite an overall record of 4-17, the girls’ varsity softball team had plenty of highlights. The team finished on a high note as MBS topped Montclair Kimberley, 3-0, in the final game of the season as Emily Vnencak ’11 pitched a 2-hitter with seven strikeouts. The Crimson also had a memorable comeback win over Morris County Vo-Tech this year, as they erased a 6-0 deficit to pull out a 7-6 win in 9 innings. Emily Vnencak led the team in batting with a .340 average and earned co-MVP honors along with junior catcher Jill Raia ’12.
Raia threw out 12 of 17 base runners who tried to steal, she batted .309 and was named Second Team All-NJAC. Junior shortstop Taylor Silvestri ’12 earned Honorable Mention All-Conference honors while junior right fielder Rubana Islam’12 was named Honorable Mention All-Prep. The team’s most improved player was junior outfielder/third baseman Jaynie Siegel ’12.
Award for being “an integral part of the midfield and a sly addition to our attack” according to Coach Meredith Locasto. Brette Brier ’13 was also given a Coaches Award for her tireless work and her positive nature. Newcomer Laura Mead ’12 was able to grasp new concepts quickly and became an integral part of the starting line-up, earning the team’s Most Improved Player Award.
Although they got off to a slow start this season, the golf team finished the year on an eight-match winning streak and a solid 10-7 record. The team also enjoyed another strong showing in both the County and Prep Tournaments. The team was led by MVP captain Greg Kirk, who placed fifth in the County Tournament with a score of 76. Over his fouryear varsity career, he has been a County and Prep medalist and has participated in the Tournament of Champions. This year, he was named First Team All-Conference. Freshman Spencer Shepperly ’14 was an important contributor to the team since the first day. He played in every single match and tournament except one and was a positive presence on the team. Shepperly earned a Coaches Award, as did sophomore Pat Kennedy ’13. Through the season, Pat dropped three strokes off his average and showed nice improvement in the major tournaments.
The varsity boys’ lacrosse team did not enjoy success in terms of wins and losses, but there were plenty of highlights and individual accomplishments this year. Senior Timothy Donovan ’11 led the offensive attack, notching a teamhigh 40 goals for the season. He was named the Crimson’s Offensive MVP and also earned First Team All-Watermen Division and First Team All-Prep B. Coaches Award winner Jake Fishter ’11 led the team in total points, scoring 25 goals and adding 22 assists. He was named Second Team All-Watermen Division and First Team All-Prep B. Junior Ryan Martin ’12 led the team in face off wins with a .629 percentage and was named Second Team All-Watermen Division and Second Team All-Prep B. Senior Forrestel Nugent ’11 was solid in goal all season long and was named the team’s Defensive MVP.
Girls’ Lacrosse It was a growing year for the girls’ varsity lacrosse team. Although they did not post a winning record, the team achieved many goals that they set for themselves with the help of senior captains Hilary Smith ’11 and Sarah Bayersdorfer ’11. Smith motivated her teammates on and off the field and was named the Crimson’s Most Valuable Player. She and Sarah Bayersdorfer were named First Team All-Prep B, and they also earned Second Team All-Conference Honors, as did Lizzie Pellicane ’12. Alyssa Bufis ’11 was awarded Honorable Mention All-Conference and earned a Coaches
Boys’ Tennis The boys’ varsity tennis team finished the year with a stellar 12-3 record and shared the Conference Championship with Mountain Lakes. Team MVP Maximillian Schmidt ’12 posted a 15-2 record at first singles and was named First Team All-Conference. E.J. Gordon ’14 was 13-3 at third singles, and also earned First Team All-Conference honors. At second singles, Pete Daly ’14 racked up an impressive 10-5 record. The first doubles team of Hugh Daly ’13 and Brandon Baron ’11 advanced to the Prep Finals as did Max Schmidt. The Crimson’s second doubles team of Jonah Price ’11 and Sal Sclafani ’11 advanced to the quarterfinal round of the County Tournament. BY STEVE PATCHETT
A Chat with
New Headmaster Peter Caldwell A new era officially began on July 1, 2011 as Morristown-Beard School welcomed its new Headmaster, Peter J. Caldwell.
BY STEVE PATCHETT
a new era officially began on July 1, 2011 as Recently, Crimson Magazine invited Mr. Caldwell to reflect on his new Morristown-Beard School welcomed its new Headmaster, position at Morristown-Beard School. Peter J. Caldwell. Peter comes to MBS from St. Andrew’s School, a coed prepa- Q: What attracted you to MBS? ratory boarding school in Middletown, Delaware, where he served A: The culture of a school is more imas Assistant Headmaster. The son of boarding school teachers, portant to me than any other quality. I was drawn to Morristown-Beard bePeter has been deeply immersed in the life of an independent cause of its strong sense of community, school community since childhood, and his professional experi- warmth, and energy; it is a place where every student is valued. Also, I am exence reflects this fundamental truth: he is a life-long educator. about the innovative curriculum, Peter received his undergraduate degree in History and Mu- cited which emphasizes skill and process over sic from Bowdoin College and his Master’s degree in Education content. The academic program will be from Harvard University. He taught, coached soccer, skiing, and increasingly focused on learning for unlacrosse and served as corridor parent at Vermont Academy, derstanding, and I think students will find this new curriculum even more inspiring where he was appointed Dean of Students at the age of 26. and transformational. Additionally, it is Subsequently, he served as Director of Admission and Financial clear to me that the adults of the comAid at Riverdale Country School in New York before joining St. munity work very collaboratively with the students, and this, too, drew me to the Andrew’s in 1991. During his twenty-year tenure at St. Andrew’s, School. Peter has been involved in all facets of the school: serving as a history teacher; academic advisor; soccer coach; cello instructor; Q: What impresses you most about the student body at MBS? Director of Admission and Financial Aid; and for the last twelve A: Although it is too early for me to years, Assistant Headmaster. know the student body well, what struck 30
me immediately is the students’ desire to know the adult members of the community. When I asked students what advice they had for me as a new Headmaster, they unanimously said, “Get to know us! Come to our games, stop by and visit at the lunch table, pop in on our classes.” Their interest in developing personal relationships with the faculty is very healthy. Not every group of adolescents actively seeks the respect, advice, teaching, mentoring and friendship of the adults around them. The Morristown-Beard student body strikes me as a happy, inclusive, engaged and talented group that wants to take advantage of all that MBS has to offer.
How has your background helped to prepare you for the role of Headmaster? A: I have been involved in education
for over 30 years in a wide range of schools and positions. I began my career teaching four sections of history, coaching three seasons, and living in a dormitory with 40 junior and senior boys. We called this “working in the trenches” because we were heavily involved in every moment of the students’ day. For the last 20 years, I have been lucky enough to have had a myriad of administrative positions. This work has allowed me significant experience both internally, with the day-to-day work of a school, and externally, with the long range planning of an institution. As Assistant Headmaster at St. Andrew’s, I was involved in virtually every facet of the school. During my first year at MBS, I plan to do a lot of listening and learning. I will rely on the wise counsel of faculty and staff alongside my years of experience.
What would you like someone to think of when they hear the words “Morristown-Beard School.” A: When people hear the words “Mor-
ristown-Beard School” I hope they think of balanced, happy students who are inclusive, generous, spirited, well-rounded and smart. I hope they envision a school
I was drawn to Morristown-Beard because of its strong sense of community, warmth, and energy; it is a place where every student is valued. that offers a rigorous academic program energized by warmth and inclusion.
What are you looking forward to most as you prepare for your first semester as Headmaster? A: Without a doubt, I am looking for-
ward to getting to know the MBS community. Since I arrived in July, I have been meeting the faculty and staff who have been working during the summer. As the students have begun to return for sports practices, I have been watching them in action. I look forward to watching the community; faculty, staff, students, alumni and parents come to-
gether as a whole. The best way to understand an institution is to get to know the people.
Q: What do you enjoy doing in
your free time? A: In my free time I enjoy spending time
with my family. Now that the children have moved out of the house, I enjoy reading, exercising, cooking and playing the cello. I have a string quartet that I have been playing with for the past couple of years. We all have homes in Vermont, but as it turns out, the two violinists live in New Jersey, so I plan to continue to play music with them. 31
1947 Mary Pennywitt Lester writes, “My grandson, Bobby Raynolds’09,
graduated from Morristown-Beard School and is now at Washington & Lee. He will be at the University of South Wales for the fall semester. Skip and I are plugging away – six months in Maine and six months in Florida.”
1948 Anne DeLamater Hansen says
she has had a rough year in terms of health, but the rest of her family is doing well. Norman J. Merksamer was
recently honored by his college alma mater, Lehigh University, for his volunteer efforts there. Norman is a certified public accountant and was an independent member of the New York Stock Exchange, active on the trading floor for approximately 25 years. He is still active on Wall Street on a part-time basis.
ing to see Mary Foster Orben as well.
1956 John Bertha is retired and is living
in North Bend, Oregon. He has been married for 50 years and has two children and two granddaughters. John is interested in catching up with former classmates, who can write to him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Ann Linen Probert tells us that her elder son, Ted, was recently named Director of Alumni Affairs and Development at Phillips Exeter Academy. Her daughter, Leslie, lives in Jacksonville, Florida and has three children. Her youngest son, David, works for Pfizer and lives in Shanghai Cary Wiedenmayer Smallhorn says she is “still finding reasons
to wear my Beard School uniform. Funnily enough, it now looks quite chic!”
1961 Caroline von Hessert Hodge writes that “The Class of 1961
had a wonderful reunion thanks mainly to the amazing, helpful and caring efforts of Lisa Bevacqua. The Morristown-Beard School campus is amazing! If only we could go back in time and go to school there. Thank you all for making our 50th Reunion very special.” Anne Baker Seawell is a proud
with his class president – Bob Smith.
grandmother and now serves as president of The Friends of Spring Township Library. She sends her best wishes to her classmates.
Peg Pattyson Greene writes that she sees Robin Reynolds Rockafellow every summer when
Jon Vlachos will be inducted
George Tiger recently had lunch
she comes east. She also tries to get together with Susie Meyers Barrett at least once a year, and is hop-
posthumously into the New Jersey High School Ice Hockey Hall of Fame in 2012. Vlachos, who passed away last September, received unanimous approval from the selection commit-
tee and will be honored at the ceremony next March. At Morristown School, Jon was the MVP during his senior season and won the School’s prestigious Halvoran Trophy. As a center, Jon later played hockey for Norwich University in Vermont and for the New Jersey Rockets. He was inducted into the MorristownBeard School Athletic Hall of Fame in 1990.
Ashley Elder Bishop and her
This summer, Kyle Wiswall biked from Eugene, Oregon to Lake Placid, New York on a handmade cargo bike and blogged about his cross-country adventures on http:// mylonghaul.tumblr.com. Kyle set off on his trek on June 17th and arrived in Lake Placid more than 3,000 miles later on August 8th.
Interim Superintendent of Schools for the Middletown Township School District in Middletown, New Jersey.
husband, Brian, welcomed their second son, Garrett Paul Bishop, on February 14, 2011. Ashley and Brian also have a two year-old son, Nathaniel Baird Bishop.
Thomas Pagano is currently the
Barbara Kennard Millican
just completed 30 years of teaching English on the middle school level. She is now teaching at Milton Academy in Massachusetts, but has taught in California, New York, Boston and England.
1982 Julie Simon Munro is living in
Marin County, California and is the proud mother of two daughters ages 10 and 12.
1988 Alyssa Tierney Angelbeck
and her husband, Chris, are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Ella Marie Angelbeck on March 28, 2011. Alyssa tells us that all is well and that she and Chris are enjoying parenthood. On another note, she recently opened a shop in New York City, Monograms off Madison.
1989 Chris Thayer writes that he is busy
with his two boys as his family enjoys life in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.
honor and everyone had a great time.” Morristown-Beard alumni who attended were (from left to right): Shane Vince ’04, Jackie Grant ’02, Lindsay Eiler ’02, Ryan Egan ’01, Brian Roos ’02, Bill Monteith ’03, Todd McConnell ’02, Tucker Pribor ’08, Corey McConnell ’98, Andrew Gaertner ’01, J.D. Pribor ’04, Dave Starr ’02, Jill Selby ’04, Jared Stroud ’03, Robert Elliot ’04, Tyler Malmstrom ’03, Dan Pellenberg ’02, Brian Fehon ’02 and Robert Skinner ’02.
Peter C. Hedley and his wife Clare
are happy to announce the arrival of their twins born on July 20, 2011: a son, Peter Caleb Hedley, Jr. and a daughter, Taylor McLean Hedley.
2001 Tiffany Halo graduated from Yale University with a Ph.D. in Chemistry and is now at Northwestern University working in a post-doctoral position.
2002 Todd McConnell wrote to tell us that the annual “Remmey Roast,” a congenital heart disease fundraiser in
honor of Remmey Bumsted ’03, was a huge success. “We have held the event at Gettysburg College in the past, but this year decided to do a boat cruise around New York City,” said McConnell. “Given its new location many other MBS alumni were able to attend. We raised a lot of money in Remmey’s
2004 Jonathan David Weiss
and Mabel A. Hwang were married last December in Pasadena, California. Jonathan is in his final year of law school at the University of Southern California. He graduated from Georgetown University, summa cum laude. Upon graduation, he is to become a litigation associate in the Los Angeles office of Jenner & Block, a Chicago law firm.
Christine Gallagher and her
band, “The Bad News,” continue to tour and recently played at The Famished Frog in Morristown.
Romy Dewar graduated magna
cum laude from Bryn Mawr College in May.
jyles Tucker ’02 Holds Football Camp at MBS
Local youngsters got a thrill on June 24th and 25th as MBS graduate and current San Diego Chargers linebacker Jyles Tucker ’02 held a football camp at Morristown-Beard School. The “Jyles Tucker Future All-Pro Football Camp” was designed to help youngsters and high school athletes learn football fundamentals essential to offense, defense and special teams. “Hard work, determination, persistence and attitude are the cornerstones of great athletes. These are the qualities that we emphasized each day in camp,” said Tucker. “Our goal was for the kids to have fun and become the best player and the best person that they can be.” In addition to Tucker, the all-star coaching staff included quarterback Drew Willy of the New York Jets and MBS head football coach Tim Fell. Jyles Tucker ‘02 participated in basketball and football while attending Morristown-Beard. Jyles also participated on the track and cross country teams and won the conference championship in shot put. On the basketball court he scored more than 1,600 points and was named to All-Morris County Basketball Team in 2001. He was a four year starter as Defensive End and Quarterback for the football team, tallying 28 sacks and 128 tackles in just his junior year. He continued on to Wake Forest, focusing his attention on Football. He won Honorable Mention as a senior in the All Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and was ACC Rookie of the Week after his first career start against Clemson. Tucker was signed to the San Diego Chargers in 2007 as an undrafted free agent. He was awarded the AFC’s Defensive Player of the Week after sacking thenRaiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell three times, forcing two fumbles and recovering one of them in the end zone for a touchdown. In 2008, he was signed to a five-year contract extension with San Diego, where he continues to enjoy tremendous success. Last spring, Tucker was inducted into the Morristown-Beard Athletic Hall of Fame.
Melissa Emily Katz gradu-
ated cum laude from Muhlenberg College on May 22 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology. She is a member of the international psychology honor society, Psi Chi, and recently presented research in Washington DC at the Association for Psychological Science’s annual convention. She will attend graduate school this fall in the field of speech-language pathology.
2009 Jenna Mandaglio
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has made the most of her first two years at the Fashion Institute of Technology. She placed second in the Freshman essay competition, modeled for Rusk Products at the International Beauty Show, appeared on the MTV program “The Seven” and on CBS News, taped an episode of Emeril’s Table and had a photograph of her selected to appear in the FIT Art & Design Student Exhibition. Jenna is currently interning at Goldstein Communications where she authors the company blog and recently worked publicity for a celebrity charity event to raise money for domestic violence awareness. However, her biggest thrill has been meeting Sid Bernstein, the man who brought the Beatles and the Rolling Stones to America, at an event she coordinated in his honor.
2011 Laura Palladino
recently won first place in F-Stop High School Photography Contest at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum. Laura took top honors in the Plants & People category for her photograph, “Vietnam.”
In Memoriam Ann Pope Okerson ‘39, June 2, 2011, age 90. After Miss Beard’s, Ann attended Barnard College. She married William Okerson and relocated to Greensboro, North Carolina. The couple and their two daughters lived most of their lives there, where Ann was a deeply engaged member of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, serving as head of Altar Guild, a study leader and a lay reader. She also completed a four year Education for Ministry course. In addition, Ann was active in the local Junior League and the Town and Country Garden Club. Special family time was spent during summers at Oak Island. She is survived by her two daughters, six grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Barbara Shaw Keller ’43, May 6, 2011, age 85. A South Orange native, Barbara long lived in Short Hills and Londonderry, Vermont with her husband of 60 years C.Lawrence Keller, who predeceased her. After Miss Beard’s, she received an A.A. in 1945 from Bennett Junior College and worked at J. Walter Thompson Advertising until her 1949 marriage. Survived by her four children and four grandchildren, Barbara went back to school later in life, receiving with honors a degree in occupational therapy from Union County Technical School in 1977. She was an occupational therapist at Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation and then studied therapeutic touch at NYU College of Nursing. She was to advocate, practice and teach contemporary healing modalities for the next 30 years. Barbara supported many humanitarian causes, serving nine years as a board member of Chesire Home in Florham Park, on the board of Canterbury Village in West Orange, a not for profit assisted living facility, and long supported the Interweave Center for Holistic Living in Summit. She was also an accomplished sportswoman belonging to many clubs including the Short Hills Club, Baltusrol Golf Club, Ekwanok Country Club in Manchester, Vermont, Sankaty Head Golf Club in Nantucket, Massachusetts and Tuscarora Club in Margaretville, New York. Margot Landon Visher ’44, March 11, 2011, age 84. Margot was born in Newark, grew up in West Orange and after Miss Beard’s, graduated from Vassar College in 1948. She was to live most of her life on the West Coast. After a few years teaching in Minneapolis and San Francisco, she lived with her husband Paul, whom she married in 1952, in Malibu, California for thirty years. The couple later retired to Cannon Beach, Oregon. Margo volunteered extensively in Malibu school’s
Great Book program, Boy and Girl Scouts, and as PTA president. She also volunteered in Planned Parenthood and Adult Literacy in Los Angeles. On moving to Cannon Beach, she was president of the local library, worked blood drives for the Red Cross and was on the area Democratic Committee. Her husband predeceased her in 2003. She is survived by her partner, Fred Carter, who had been a child hood friend, two sons, two daughters and 14 grandchildren. Robert E. Talmage ’53, May 27, 2011. Originally from Mountain Lakes, Bob attended Morristown for his senior year – an experience that had tremendous impact upon him. After Morristown, Bob attended Muhlenberg College and graduated from Northwestern University. He served as an officer in the Navy Air Force and enjoyed a successful career on Wall Street for nearly forty years. Bob was extremely philanthropic – and especially so with Morristown-Beard. A Charter Member of the MBS’ 1891 Founders Society, Bob was committed to supporting the institution which he felt gave him a second chance at success. Most recently, Bob made a leadership gift to the renovation of Wilkie Hall, establishing the Talmage Technology Lab. Bob is survived by many family members, including his brother Burton Talmage ’49, as well as his beloved dogs. Linda Roeder Pelant ’66, June 1, 2011, age 63. Linda lived in California and is survived by her husband and family. Charles J. O’Neill ex faculty, July 14, 2011, age 80. Charles was a Latin teacher and highly regarded baseball, hockey and junior varsity football coach at The Morristown School from 1961-1971. Born in New York City, he lived in Brooklyn until 1960, graduating from St. Francis Preparatory School and St. John’s University there and received a master’s degree from Seton Hall University. He taught for 58 years, first at St. Anthony’s in Brooklyn, then at his secondary school alma mater and Morristown. He was headmaster at St. Brigid Academy in Peapack before joining the faculty at Boonton High School, where he taught English and Latin for 37 years, retiring in 2010. At Boonton, he also coached baseball and football, announced the games and was summer school director, adult education supervisor, teacher mentor, president of the teachers union. Charles was a lector at St. Jude Parish in Budd Lake, where he lived. His survivors include his wife, daughter, two sons, two step daughters and 10 grandchildren from both his children and step children.
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2011 HOMECOMING WEEKEND
learned in the athletic arena. My coaches played a key role in my development by teaching me lessons in collaboration, leadership, and resiliency. My MBS experience has left me with strong lifelong friendships and an inspiration to pursue a career in independent schools.
How did MBS prepare you for your college career and your first work experience at Link Community School? A: Of course, learning the subject matter
of the courses was important, and MBS teachers made the material interesting, so I wanted to learn. Teachers also emphasized process so that in addition to learning facts, I learned various ways to confront problems. They made it clear that they expected success but were also willing to spend as much time as necessary to achieve that goal. This combination of high expectations and support led to success at Dickinson College and the development of new skills needed to tackle problems I faced in Newark at Link Community School.
Greg earned a B.A. from Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA, and went on to work and give back to the community at the Link Community School in Newark, NJ for two years. All the while, he has remained active with the MBS community as a member of the Alumni Board, Chair of the 2005 reunion committee, class correspondent, coach for the MBS freshmen boys’ basketball team, and MBS Q: Travel seems like it will be a day camp counselor. This June, Greg began working at major part of your job. Can you tell me about the kind of trips MBS full-time in the Alumni House as the Alumni Rela- you have planned so far? A: I have to admit that while the Intertions Associate.
AFTer graduating from MBS,
Q: You’ve been such an active member of the MBS community. What makes Morristown-Beard School so special to you? A: I believe that every school makes a dif-
ference in its students’ lives; MorristownBeard made the difference in mine. MBS 36
greeted me with teachers and role models like Ed Franz, Carol McGough, and the late Tony Daur, who taught invaluable lessons not only in the classroom, but in the halls, during advisory, and in chance meetings. Just as important to the classroom lessons were the ones I
net and social media websites are terrific outlets for fast updates and staying connected to alumni, there is something to be said about being able to sit down and having face-to-face conversations. I am excited that MBS feels the same way and has given me the opportunity to travel extensively to strengthen connections between alumni and our school.
October 14 & 15 Join us for MBS Athletic Events Running of the Kirby Mile Campus tours that include the new Wilkie Hall, Food, Fun And much more!
Crimson Magazine is a publication of Morristown-Beard School, a private Middle School and High School for students in the Morristown, NJ, ar...
Published on Jun 1, 2011
Crimson Magazine is a publication of Morristown-Beard School, a private Middle School and High School for students in the Morristown, NJ, ar...