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The Arrow The Arrow is published by the Development Office of Oak Hill Academy and is distributed to alumni and friends of the Academy. Oak Hill Academy 2635 Oak Hill Road Mouth of Wilson, VA 24363 276-579-2619

President Dr. Michael D. Groves Board of Trustees Rev. Robert Bailey Mr. Kenny Bowen – ‘78 Rev. Danny Collins Mr. Larry Conner Mr. Ralph Davis Mrs. Lisa Dockery Rev. John Duvall Mrs. Sidney Rose Fant Mr. Todd Fuller Mr. Dennis Gambill Mrs. Susie Garner Mr. Don Gibson Mr. Rodney Halsey Dr. Thomas Harvey Mr. Joel Jackson – ‘94 Mrs. Theresa Lazo Mr. Marty Parks Mr. Carl Rosberg Mr. Tom Saunders Mr. Jim Tapp Ms. Mary Thomas Dr. Dennis Throckmorton Mr. Taylor Vaughan Mr. Harold Wingate

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Front Cover – Students at opening picnic. (Can you find Dr. Groves?)

President’s Paragraph Following is the text of Dr. Groves’ Convocation Address: August 28, 2017


elcome to Oak Hill Academy, the little boarding school on “The Hill,” situated (proudly!) above the unincorporated town with the strange name—Mouth of Wilson, Virginia. Today with this Convocation Ceremony we begin officially our 139th year. The Oak Hill Academy family is a substantial community, woven together over centuries; like the Red Oak trees lining our walkways and driveways, our school is literally 100+ years old. That means our school is at least ten years older than me … and four seniors put together! Our theme for this year is “Piece of the Puzzle,’ as in everyone here is a piece of the puzzle, everyone has a role to play. I encourage you, take pride at being a part of such an historic puzzle. Yes, famous people you have likely seen on national television have indeed walked this campus, but know that they have done so alongside and even in the shadows of other less-famous superstars. People like Marge and Hal Eaton, who served here for 30+ years (Rev. Eaton was the chaplain and campus minister); after 71 years of marriage, Marge and Hal died this past summer, only three days apart. OHA legends like Ed and Carolyn Patton, retired President of Hill Academy and his wife who came to this community fifty years ago this week; you will get to meet and sit beside Ed and Carolyn in church on Sundays. We have OHA legends on campus routinely: Laura Bryant, who tirelessly volunteers her curating skills to document our generations of history in the Ussery Archives; Coach Steve Smith, who just keeps cranking out wins and great players; Rhonda and Steve Bowen, OHA alums like Mike Rodgers and Chris Hill. These fine folks are all significant, invaluable pieces of the decades-long OHA Puzzle. In fact, all current employees—teachers, residential life staff, maintenance, housekeeping, dining hall staff, members of the board, administrators—all pieces of the same great puzzle. And, yet, the most important piece of this puzzle I have yet to name … And that piece is: You—you, the members of the student body. You have arrived here from around the globe. Know that here you shall be challenged to be your best; you shall be encouraged, nudged, and cajoled to new levels of success. Over the course of this year I hope you will learn to value what we value: Community, Moral Courage, Responsibility, and Transformation. And through it all, through all of

the structure and lessons and homework, you will be reminded often that we care for you—that you are children of God, loved by God, created in the image of God. So, on behalf of the faculty and staff and board of trustees, and in honor and memory of the so very many folks who have made this school possible for so many years … I welcome you here where everyone is a piece of the puzzle—I welcome you to Oak Hill Academy. The Chiming of the Academy Bell

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On Monday morning, August 28th, the original school bell chimed as Oak Hill Academy officially began its 139th academic year. With this new beginning comes the anticipation of a successful year by students and faculty alike. This year our diverse group of students comes to us from 23 states and 16 foreign countries. All have come together to create our unique community on “The Hill� where we strive to provide a quality education for all who come our way. Amid all of the hustle and bustle of unpacking, finding room assignments, getting class schedules, and picking up supplies and uniforms a new sense of independence is discovered; new friendships are created; old friendships are rekindled; and another chapter in the history of the school is written. The entire Oak Hill Academy faculty and staff welcomes our students to campus and looks forward to another successful year.

Year Begins Oak Hill Academy Welcomes Students to Campus!

OHA Welcomes Mr. Byron & Mrs. MeShel Bussey Mr. & Mrs. Bussey join Oak Hill Academy as the resident managers of Williams-Berry Dormitory. The Bussey’s have dedicated their lives to working with youth and young adults, and are excited to be continuing their mission at OHA. Both are pursuing higher education at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Mr. Bussey is double majoring in theology and worship ministry. Mrs. Bussey is working toward a Master of Divinity in Ministry to Women and Next Generation Ministry. Mr. Bussey enjoys playing the drums and piano and is currently learning to play bass guitar. Mrs. Bussey enjoys reading and dance. The couple is blessed with four energetic children: Addy, Adah, Gideon, and Allona. As a family, they have a great love of music and enjoy spending quality time with each other eating good food, being loud, and playing games. The Bussey’s are thankful for the warm welcome they have received from the OHA family and look forward to doing great work!

Mr. Aaron Butt Mr. Butt joins Oak Hill Academy as the Director of Student Affairs. Originally from the Charlottesville area, he received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia. After graduating, he spent nine years teaching English at a military boarding school. While teaching he went on to receive his master’s degree in educational administration and supervision, also from the University of Virginia. Mr. Butt and his wife Nicole are busy raising their three children – Elijah (8), Lydia (6), and Jude (4). They enjoy canoeing, hiking, reading, and traveling the country in their pop-up camper! Mr. Butt and his family are glad to join the Oak Hill community, and invest in our next generation.

Mr. Jeremy & Mrs. Robin Cannon Mr. & Mrs. Cannon join Oak Hill as resident managers in Ingram Dormitory. Mrs. Cannon will also be teaching math part-time. Mr. Cannon received a bachelor’s degree in social studies/ psychology from St. Martin’s University and Mrs. Cannon received a bachelor’s degree in math from Pacific Lutheran University. They attended Faith International University together and received their master’s degrees of divinity. Both Mr. & Mrs. Cannon were born and raised in Tacoma, Washington. They met in church and served as youth pastors in Tacoma and Houston for 12 years. Most recently, they served as house parents and store directors at a boarding school in Oregon. The Cannons are the parents of two children, Adeline and Jehu. The family enjoys games, sporting events, the Seattle Seahawks, Scooby Doo, and road trips.

Mr. Mike Castro Mr. Castro joins Oak Hill Academy as a Spanish instructor. He received his bachelor’s degree from Princeton University, his master’s degree from Rutgers University, and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Kansas School of Law. Mr. Castro was born in Havana, Cuba, and adopted from there as a baby. He grew up in New Jersey. Before resuming teaching 14 years ago, Mr. Castro worked at a few different jobs and became trained as a lawyer. Mr. Castro loves to read, especially novels and books about history or current events. He also enjoys watching movies and television, listening to music, and walking. Never having lived in Virginia before, nor teaching at a boarding school, Mr. Castro is enjoying both very much.

Mr. Tony Gloss Mr. Gloss joins Oak Hill Academy as a resident manager in Ingram Dormitory. Originally from Haymarket, he received his bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Virginia. Mr. Gloss is a twin and his brother graduated from UVA rival Virginia Tech. He is a huge Pittsburgh Steelers fan and enjoys riding his motorcycle and the outdoors. Mr. Gloss looks forward to working with the students at OHA.

New Faculty Members Mr. Gary Duranko Mr. Duranko joins Oak Hill Academy as a math and science teacher. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from Penn State University where he met his wife Gail. He left his job as an engineer in 2001 to pursue a career in education. Mr. Duranko taught math, astronomy, and physics at Salem High School in New Hampshire for 16 years before coming to Oak Hill. He also coached boy’s tennis for 10 years. Mr. Duranko enjoys playing tennis, riding bikes, astronomy, watching movies with his wife, reading, and playing with his two dogs. He and Gail have two daughters, Jill and Megan.

Ms. Gena Hall Ms. Hall is returning to Oak Hill as a resident manager in Hough Dormitory, a position she held at the school 12 years ago. During her time away from the school, she worked for the Blue Ridge Job Corps as a career counselor, case manager, and ACT college coordinator. All of these positions centered around assisting students. Originally from Marion, Virginia, Ms. Hall is close with her family and spends time with them often. She enjoys traveling, animals, cooking, reading autobiographies and documentaries, and visiting New York City. Ms. Hall is excited for the opportunity to return to OHA. She looks forward to meeting the students and getting reacquainted with the staff. She says both make it a place like no other.

Mr. Ken Hunnewell Having taught at Oak Hill during the 2013-2014 school year, Mr. Hunnewell has returned as a science and math teacher. Mr. Hunnewell received his bachelor’s degree in geology from Rutgers University and worked in the construction industry as a project manager and estimator until 2007. He then decided to pursue a career in education and received his master’s degree in physics education from Kennesaw State University. He has worked as a science teacher since 2010. Mr. Hunnewell enjoys gardening, skiing, stargazing, cartooning, and writing science fiction stories. He and wife Joan have two daughters, Erin, a recent University of Georgia graduate, and Tara, a University of Georgia student.

Mrs. Anita Perkins Mrs. Perkins joins Oak Hill Academy as a school nurse. Mrs. Perkins graduated from the Twin County School of Practical Nursing and has worked as a nurse for 30 years. She and her husband Denny have two children: Nick, a wild land firefighter, and Caysee, who is enrolled in paramedic school. Some of Mrs. Perkins’ hobbies include hiking, cooking, and reading. She also volunteers with the Rugby Rescue Squad as an Emergency Medical Technician and enjoys helping them with fundraising events. Mrs. Perkins looks forward to seeing the students when she is on duty.

Mrs. Yvonne Rodgers Mrs. Rodgers, a familiar face on campus, has recently taken on a full-time role at OHA as the registrar and academic office administrative assistant. She will also continue in her role as the uniform manager. No stranger to “The Hill,” Mrs. Rodgers has been on campus for 14 years as a faculty spouse and parent of two alumni. Mrs. Rodgers and her husband Mike (OHA Director of Admission) are the parents of four children, Khelan, Alex, Mikey, and Max. She is very happy to be more involved in the student’s experience at Oak Hill Academy and to be part of a team that she already considers friends.

Hal & Marge Eaton Remembered After more than 70 years of marriage, Rev. Hal & Mrs. Marge Eaton passed away within two days of each other – Marge on July 13, 2017, and Hal on July 15, 2017. The Eatons met while attending Southwest Baptist Junior College in Missouri and both went on to attend William Jewell College. Mrs. Eaton earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology and Rev. Eaton continued his education for the ministry at Central Baptist Theological Seminary. Hal started preaching at age 19 and spent more than 20 years as a Navy Chaplain. In 1971, he became the religion teacher and chaplain at Oak Hill and the pastor of Young’s Chapel Baptist Church. He served in these roles for 21 years. After their second retirement, the Eatons remained in Mouth of Wilson and were faithful members of Young’s Chapel. Hal enjoyed singing, reading, playing the guitar and piano, golf, canoeing, and fishing. In 2014, he published the book Moses, the Ten Commandments, and Me. Marge took much pride in caring for her home and family and loved supporting missions. She enjoyed playing the piano, singing, helping Hal with the church youth group, Sunday School and Vacation Bible School, and taking part in the activities of the church. The Eatons were also loyal and generous supporters of Oak Hill. Their continued interest in the Academy prompted them to establish the Hal and Marjorie Eaton Endowed Scholarship Fund in 2014. Their family suggested that memorials in Rev. & Mrs. Eaton’s honor be directed to this fund.

Allie Belle Candler Endowed Scholarship Miss Allie Candler passed away on July 25, 2017 at the age of 107 following a life of dedicated Christian service. After her graduation from Moody Bible Institute, Miss Candler worked at churches in numerous states during the 1960’s. She was then called to Grayson County and served faithfully here until her retirement from the Baptist General Association of Virginia. Following her retirement, Miss Candler went back to work with the NAMB and the IMB. She served in Japan as an ESL teacher before returning to Independence, Virginia. Miss Allie lost her sight in 2005 but did not let this deter her. She moved to a retirement community in South Carolina and remained active in local churches. Miss Candler’s family chose to honor her memory by establishing a scholarship in her name. They shared that she loved Oak Hill Academy and spoke often of how proud she was of the students and the faculty. The family believed nothing would please Miss Allie more than to know she made a difference in someone’s life as they pursued their education.

A Gift of Life On July 12, 2016 a team of surgeons removed one of Rev. Doug Turnmire’s kidneys. Moments later another team of surgeons placed the kidney in the body of Mrs. Joy Groves. Over a year later, both “Rev” and Mrs. Groves (Guidance Counselor, aka “The Nice Groves”) are back at work on “The Hill” and both are doing great. The story of this incredible gift represents another unique chapter in the special community at Oak Hill Academy. And, since we all live here together, our students were able to share in the experience first-hand. In fact, the very description of the event needs no amplification: Rev. Turnmire gave one of his kidneys to Mrs. Groves. Wow. Like her three sisters and late father, Mrs. Groves is diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease. She learned of her condition some thirty years ago, but recently her kidney function worsened. A living donor was considered, and four (!) friends/fellow OHA employees offered to Mrs. Groves one of their kidneys. What a testament to the values of our beloved OHA Community. Rev. Turnmire’s kidney was a perfect match, and the life-giving transplant helped Mrs. Groves avoid dialysis and continue as a life-giver herself, counseling and helping others. One year later Rev. Turnmire is hesitant to discuss the “deeply personal” decision to donate his kidney, adding only that “the world needs people like Joy Groves.” For her part, Mrs. Groves “can never say thank you enough” to her friend (and pastor). She says, “I thank God every day for Doug Turnmire.” Rev. Turnmire and Mrs. Groves ... their story is our story. The OHA Community is indeed a special place! July 2016 Mrs. Groves and Rev. Turnmire — home from the hospital three days after surgery.

September 2017

A Piece of t

the Puzzle

The theme for the 2017-2018 school year is Piece of the Puzzle. Advisee groups will participate in a variety of activities throughout the year that relate to the theme and our four core values – community, moral courage, transformation, and responsibility.

State of the Academy 2016 - 2017

DONATIONS June 1, 2016 – May 31, 2017 The The The The The THE OAK CLUB

Alma Dillon Trust Bob & Dolores Bailey Monica Cooper Frances Dixon A. J. Fletcher Foundation John & Susie Garner Joe & Carol Gigler Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation Tim & Debra Marburger T. R. Paul Family Foundation Carl & Cheryl Rosberg Ernie Surles Williams-Berry Charitable Foundation Harold & Millie Wingate


Ellen Clark Michael & Joy Groves Jim Herchenrider George & Leslie (Sims) Pelton Nancy Stone The Titmus Foundation Anne Vaughan Vaughan Furniture Foundation


Tom Barnard Kim Baughman Jerry & Allison Benson Kenny & Patti Bowen Billy Ray & Jeannette Cameron Jack & Leia Carpenter Larry & Ida Jane Conner Inez Cox Bill & Cissie Deane John Duvall Palmer & Sidney Rose Fant Marshall & Peggy Frank Todd & Lori Fuller Dennis & Wendy Gambill Don & Jayne Gibson Buzz & Cherry Harrison Aurelie Henry Tim Henry IBM Matching Gifts Bill & Nancy (Brown) Jackson Jerry & Barbara Johnson Tom Kaiser & Sallie Adams Ron & Lynn Kerr Lucas Kurtz Wayne & Dena Landsman Bob & Theresa Lazo Rex & Gina Liu Dwayne & Belinda Majors Richard & Joanne Mueller Karl & Becky Muenzenmayer Ed & Carolyn Patton Versie L. Perry Estate Otis & Mary Reamy Paul & Tatum Saunders Tom & Lyn Saunders Skyline National Bank Steve & Lisa Smith Michael & Karen Stevens


Oak Club.....................................................$10,000+ Founders Club...................................$5,000 - $9,999 President’s Club.................................$1,000 - $4,999 Red and Gold Club..................................$500 - $999 Friends Club..............................................up to $499 Greg & Dawn (Cawthon) Tew Dennis & Missy Throckmorton Ted Ussery Joe Vanderdys Taylor & Celia Vaughan Virginia Baptist Foundation Dan & Geneva Walters Young’s Chapel Baptist Church


Ross Allen Barbara Anderson Steve & Rhonda Bowen Christie Boyd Bonnie Burke Blaine Butterworth & Phyllis Ponder Alice Calabrese Randy & Patty Conn Ralph & Cindy Davis James Doffin Hal & Marge Eaton (deceased) Lori Feezor Rita Foley John & Ruth Gordon Jon & Judy Groesbeck Hardin & Janet Halsey Rex Halsey Doug & Janice Hawks Gregory & Diana Javornisky Jeff & Carol Jeffries Darryl & Kathy Lundgren M. A. & Mary Lunsford Michael & Jackie Mickiewicz Russell Montgomery John & Melanie Musgrove Ramona O’Bryant Marty & Cathy Parks Scott & Cleta (Haga) Roberts Jane Sheffey Dan & Kim Slemp Dwight & Jimmie Ruth Speeks Jim & Pam Tapp Mary Thomas Doug & Ruth Turnmire Vannoy Construction Alton & Susan Vick Tom Wheeler


Elaine Alton Jacky Anderson Rex Anderson Ronnie & Joan Anderson Wallace & Merle (Watts) Angle Randy Berry Louis & Claude Boyle Angela Bradwell Dan Browder Joyce Browder Hannah Bruck Julie Bruck Doug & Kathy Bryant Diann Cramer Butler Tina Carico Tom Carpenter & Margaret Hayden

Dexter Cleveland Jann Coles Danny & Patricia Collins Scott & Beth Cook David Cox Ken & Phyllis Cox Priscilla Cox Gary & Katherine Crede Henry & Lisa Crede Judi King Creech John & Peggy Crowder Paul & Patricia Cruz Patrick & Eileen Culhane Jean Cunningham Lee Roy Davis Jaclyn Dickens Juanita DuBose Dotson Terry Dyroff & Patricia Darsie Marion Eugeno James & Nancy Evans Marius & Eileen Evans Doug & Donna Fender Paul & Karen Fisher Lynn & Lee Ann Fogwell Donald & Tammy Francis Joe & Leslie Gallagher Mary Guynn Tihira Haffoney John Hallagan Jeanne-Marie DuBose Halley Gwyn & Gioia Halsey Hampton Inn of Galax Carroll & Jo Ann (Watkins) Harvey Tom & Nancy Harvey Shirley Halsey Hash Amber Brown Hayes Dwayne & Rose Hemmings David & Andrea Hilliard John Hoffman Sandra Haines Hooks Isabell Howell Jerry Hughes Walter & Elizabeth (Douglass) Hunting Bob & Sandra Jackson Brad James David & Sheri Jocis John & Joy Jones Joe Judkins Cindy Kaufelt Oliver & Jennifer (Alexander) Keeley Norman & Edith King Micah Kurtz Stephanie Lanier David Larkin Patrick & Sue Laughran Mickey & Melody Leech Legacy Media & Promotions Sherri Beckwith Lester Kemper Holt Lillard Harry & Jean Lindsey Sarah Lofton Paul & Carol Long Linda Maynard Barry & Emily McCarthy Clete & Jeannie McQuinn

Meriwether-Godsey, Inc. Russell Miller Bill Minson Jason & Ava Mitchell Randy & Laura Moorhead Sandy Morris Alan & Glenna (Halsey) Morton Jimmy & Mary Mullins Donald & Letty Nance Darlene Neitch Lila Noonkester Northwest Lawn Care – Thomas & Karen Reed Gary & Libby Osborne Mark & Colleen Patton Christopher & Margot Patzer Leland & Louise Paulson William Peery David & Karen Pensak Shirley Perkins Zane & Laura Phipps Dale Presnell Mike & Yvonne Rodgers Mark & Linda Ross Edward & Therese Russo Sola & Modupeola Salami Harry & Sarah (Ussery) Sink Rebecca Skoloff Stuart & Susan Smith Winston & Lynn Smith Patsy Pilkins Snow David Starkey Dave Sterrett Ken & Patricia Thomas Donald & Leah Tudor Julie Tupper Valley Boiler, Inc. Joe & Joy Walker John & Nila (Stevens) Wehrenberg Susan Widener Robert & Nancy Wildrick Judy Thacker Williams Robert Wilson Harry & Alana Yates Dale Young


Nick & Carol Antich Bob & Dolores Bailey The Blossom Shop at Halsey Drug Joe & Ruth Bunn Clay & Leia Carpenter Gary & Katherine Crede Marius & Eileen Evans Sid & Lisa Finklea Catalina Fortino Donad & Tammy Francis Bill & Meg Fryling Tom Galbreath John & Susie Garner Grayson Inn & Suites Guynn Furniture Harmony Hill Bed & Breakfast Larry Hartsock Carroll & Jo Ann (Watkins) Harvey Marian Hunt Tony Ingram Jeff & Carol Jeffreys David & Sheri Jocis Jerry & Barbara Johnson Wayne & Dena Landsman Jim & Julianne Lynch Mangum Pottery Melissa Martin Alan & Glenna (Halsey) Morton John & Melanie Musgrove Corrine Pluska Neil & Wilma Price Tommie Sargent Virginia Smith Jack & Jennifer Stenner Janine Stringham

Willowbank Farm Harold & Millie Wingate Dale Young

VOLUNTEER WORK Joan Anderson Ronnie Anderson Laura Bryant Diann Cramer Carroll Harvey Jo Ann Watkins Harvey Jim Herchenrider Don Krauss Mary Reamy Otis Reamy Sarah Ussery Sink Ted Ussery


In Memory of Jim Perkins Shirley Perkins In Memory of Leona Porter Rowland – Class of 1935 — Ken & Phyllis Cox Darlene Nietch In memory of Roy Shupe Harry & Sarah (Ussery) Sink In Memory of Ted & Edna (Class of 1959) Ussery — Ted Ussery In Memory of John Vaughan Anne Vaughan In Memory of Harold Dean Wilson – Class of 1952 — ­ Robert Wilson

In Memory of Elizabeth Leech Bailey Darryl & Kathleen Lundgren


In Memory of Anna Beaty Michael & Jackie Mickiewicz

In Honor of Bob & Dolores Bailey Donald & Leah Tudor

In Memory of Yeardley Blackwell Judy Thacker Williams

In Honor of Maren Boyle – Class of 2003 Louis & Claude Boyle

In Memory of Abby Blair – Class of 2017 Harry & Sarah (Ussery) Sink

In Honor of the Class of 1974 Jim “Yogi” Herchenrider

In Memory of Lavaun Halsey Callison – Class of 1944 — Patsy Pilkins Snow

In Honor of the Class of 2012 Lori Feezor

In Memory of Deceased Members of the Class In Honor of Lisa Dockery of 1974 — Jim “Yogi” Herchenrider Mark & Linda Ross In Honor of Joy Groves In Memory of Sue Groves Susan Widener Jane Sheffey Harry & Sarah (Ussery) Sink In Honor of Michael and Joy Groves Lori Feezor In Memory of Lynne Parsons Ham – Class of Ramona O’Bryant 1986 — Paul & Patricia Cruz In Memory of C. W. (Class of 1946) & Gladys Hawks — Doug & Janice Hawks

In Honor of the Daryl J. Henry Family Aurelie Henry

In Memory of Linda Isner Joe Vanderdys

In Honor of Alec Hilliard – Class of 2001 David & Andrea Hilliard

In Memory of Robert & Linda Isner Patrick & Sue Laughran

In Honor of Elizabeth Douglass Hunting – Class of 1972 — Walter Hunting

In Memory of James S. Lofton – Class of 1961 Sarah Lofton

In Honor of Jeremy Jackson – 1990’s student Bob & Sandra Jackson

In Memory of Mike Maynard Linda Maynard

In Honor of Joel Jackson – Class of 1994 Bob & Sandra Jackson

In Memory of Dolores Austin Moser – 1940’s student — Monica Cooper

In Honor of Austin Kloberg – Class of 2015 Robert & Nancy Wildrick

In Memory of Rachel Muenzenmayer – Class of 1986 — Russell Miller Karl & Becky Muenzenmayer

In Honor of Ardena Landsman Wayne Landsman

In Memory of J. Ralph Noonkester – Class of 1940 – and Naomi Noonkester Lila Noonkester In Memory of Jewell Ford Patton Ed & Carolyn Patton Mark & Colleen Patton

In Honor of Julie Moorhead – Class of 2009 Randy & Laura Moorhead In Honor of OHA’s 2016-2017 Students, Faculty, and Staff — John Duvall In Honor of Eleanor Patton Rita Foley

In Memory of William K. Patton Rita Foley

In Honor of Steve & Lisa Smith Stuart & Susan Smith

In Memory of Geoffrey Reed Pelton – ’92 Non-graduate — George & Leslie Pelton

FACULTY AND STAFF GIVING Steve & Rhonda Bowen Laura Bryant (former staff) Scott & Beth Cook (former staff) Gary & Katherine Crede

Henry & Lisa Crede (former staff) Jaclyn Dickens (former staff) John Duvall (former staff) Hal Eaton (deceased) Doug & Donna Fender (former staff) Sid & Lisa Finklea Paul & Karen Fisher Michael & Joy Groves Tim Henry Cindy Kaufelt Stephanie Lanier (former staff) Sue Laughran (former staff) Linda Maynard (former staff) Gary & Libby Osborne Ed & Carolyn Patton (former staff) Mark & Colleen Patton (former staff) Shirley Perkins (former staff) Laura Phipps Mike & Yvonne Rodgers Tommie Sargent Steve & Lisa Smith Mary Thomas (former staff) Doug Turnmire


Bob Bailey Kenny Bowen Bonnie Burke (former trustee) Danny Collins Larry Conner Ralph Davis John Duvall Sidney Rose Fant Marshall Frank (former trustee) Todd Fuller Dennis Gambill Susie Garner Don Gibson John Gordon (former trustee) Rex Halsey (former trustee) Tom Harvey John Jones (former trustee) Wayne Landsman (former trustee) Theresa Lazo M. A. Lunsford (former trustee) Russell Miller (former trustee) Marty Parks George Pelton (former trustee) Carl Rosberg Paul Saunders (former trustee) Tom Saunders Karen Stevens (former trustee) Jim Tapp Mary Thomas Dennis Throckmorton Taylor Vaughan Harold Wingate


The Blossom Shop at Halsey Drug Four Gals & A Florist First Team Hyundai Grayson Inn & Suites Guynn Furniture Hampton Inn of Galax Harmony Hill Bed & Breakfast IBM Matching Gifts Legacy Media & Promotions Mangum Pottery Meriwether-Godsey, Inc. Northwest Lawn Care Skyline National Bank Valley Boiler Vannoy Construction Willowbank Farm


Virginia Baptist Mission Board Young’s Chapel Baptist Church


A. J. Fletcher Foundation T. R. Paul Family Foundation The Titmus Foundation Vaughan Foundation Virginia Baptist Foundation Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation Williams-Berry Charitable Foundation

PARENT GIVING (current and

former parents and grandparents) Barbara Anderson Jerry & Allison Benson Louis & Claude Boyle Angela Bradwell Julie Bruck Bonnie Burke Alice Calabrese Jack & Leia Carpenter Ellen Clark Jann Coles Gary & Katherine Crede Paul & Patricia Cruz Patrick & Eileen Culhane Bill & Cissie Deane Terry Dyroff & Patricia Darsie Marion Eugeno James & Nancy Evans Marius & Eileen Evans Lori Feezor Donald & Tammy Francis Marshall & Peggy Frank Bill & Meg Fryling Joseph & Leslie Gallagher Jon & Judy Groesbeck Tihira Haffoney Dwayne & Rose Hemmings David & Andrea Hilliard Sandra Haines Hooks Isabel Howell Bob & Sandra Jackson Gregory & Diana Javornisky David & Sheri Jocis Jerry & Barbara Johnson Tom Kaiser & Sallie Adams Norman & Edith King Wayne & Dena Landsman Mickey & Melody Leech Paul & Carol Long M. A. Lunsford Jim & Julianne Lynch Dwayne & Belinda Majors Melissa Martin Barry & Emily McCarthy Clete & Jeannie McQuinn Michael & Jackie Mickiewicz Randy & Laura Moorhead Richard & Joanne Mueller Karl & Becky Muenzenmayer John & Melanie Musgrove Colleen Patton Ed & Carolyn Patton Christopher & Margot Patzer Leland & Louise Paulson George & Leslie Pelton David & Karen Pensak Corinne Pluska Mike & Yvonne Rodgers Sola & Modupeola Salami Rebecca Skoloff Dan & Kim Slemp Virginia Smith Jack & Jennifer Stenner Janine Stringham Ken & Patricia Thomas Julie Tupper Joe & Joy Walker Susan Widener Robert & Nancy Wildrick

ALUMNI GIVING (by classes) 1940-49 1950-59

Gwyn Halsey Shirley Halsey Hash Rex Anderson Merle Watts Angle Lee Roy Davis Rex Halsey Nancy Brown Jackson Rex Liu Glenna Halsey Morton Cleta Haga Roberts Patsy Pilkins Snow Dwight Speeks Robert Wilson


Ronnie Anderson Tom Barnard Billy Ray Cameron Jo Ann Watkins Harvey John Hoffman Sandra Haines Hooks Joe Judkins Don Krauss Bill Minson Russell Montgomery George Pelton Leslie Sims Pelton Neil Price Otis Reamy Harry Sink Sarah Ussery Sink Ernie Surles Ted Ussery Alton Vick Susan Worsham Vick Nila Stevens Wehrenberg Judy Thacker Williams


Kenny Bowen Steve Bowen Diann Cramer Butler Judi King Creech Juanita DuBose Dotson Jeanne-Marie Dubose Halley Amber Brown Hayes Jim Herchenrider Elizabeth Douglass Hunting Kemper Holt Lillard David Starkey Joe Vanderdys Tom Wheeler

1980-89 Sherri Beckwith Lester Russell Miller Mark Patton Mike Rodgers Edward Russo Dawn Cawthon Tew 1990-99 Jennifer Alexander Keeley Dave Sterrett 2000

Randy Berry Hannah Bruck


(Current or former parents and grandparents may become a member of the President’s Parent Club by donating $500 or more.)

PARENT MEMBER SON OR DAUGHTER Barbara Anderson Linnea Jerry & Allison Benson Chris Bonnie Burke Liz Alice Calabrese Patrick Jack & Leia Carpenter Jack Ellen Clark Vanessa Meghan Bill & Cissie Deane Amber Lori Feezor Chase Marshall & Peggy Frank Meredith Jon & Judy Groesbeck Cade Gregory & Diana Javornisky Cassidy Jerry & Barbara Johnson Crissy Tom Kaiser & Sallie Adams Nick Wayne & Dena Landsman Alexa M. A. Lunsford Andrew Dwayne & Belinda Majors Graeme Michael & Jackie Mickiewicz Doug Richard & JoAnne Mueller Stephanie Karl & Becky Muenzenmayer Rachel (deceased) John & Melanie Musgrove Camille Ed & Carolyn Patton Mark Dan George & Leslie Pelton Geoff (deceased) Dan & Kim Slemp Amanda

YEAR GRADUATED 2012 2015 2007 2011 Non-graduate 1996 1997 Non-graduate 2012 2008 2014 Non-graduate Non-graduate 2017 2006 Non-graduate 2017 2004 2002 1986 2017 1984 1986 Non-graduate 2006

OAK HILL ACADEMY ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIPS AND FELLOWSHIPS: 1. Elizabeth Leech Bailey Endowed Scholarship 2. William Bruce Memorial Scholarship Fund 3. Allie B. Candler Endowed Scholarship Fund 4. Mattie Duncan Cox Endowed Scholarship 5. Ann Elizabeth Dickson Endowed Memorial Fund 6. Hal & Marjorie Eaton Endowed Scholarship 7. Ruth Echols Endowed Scholarship 8. Ann Elizabeth Cox Hampton Endowed Scholarship 9. Rev. C. W. Hawks and Gladys Hawks Endowed Scholarship Fund 10. Edith H. Ingram Endowed Scholarship 11. Marie LeBouf Endowed Scholarship 12. Dolores Austin Moser Endowed Scholarship 13. Rachel Muenzenmayer Endowed Scholarship 14. John M. and Collina Caldwell Pair Endowed Scholarship Fund 15. Jewell Ford Patton Endowed Memorial Fund 16. Geoffrey Reed Pelton Endowed Memorial Fund 17. Jim J. and Stella Todd Endowed Memorial Scholarship 18. Harry & Patsy Williams Endowed Scholarship Total Endowment May 31, 2017 - $2,246,101 Total Endowment May 31, 2016 - $2,082,302 One of the most important needs for Oak Hill Academy is in the area of endowment. The future of our mission to girls and boys can be assured only if endowment exists. Would you consider creating an endowment to provide ongoing support for the Academy? A gift of ten thousand dollars or more will establish a named endowment by the donor. The endowment could be used in whatever area the donor chooses. If you wish to establish an endowment at Oak Hill Academy, please contact the President’s Office or Mr. Henry, our Director of Development, at 276-579-2619. The President’s Office of Oak Hill Academy has made every effort to list all individuals, corporations, churches, and other organizations that were Oak Hill supporters from June 1, 2016 to May 31, 2017. If your name has been omitted or listed incorrectly, please contact our office so that we may correct our records. Thank you for your support! TOTALS Annual Fund $165,363.26 Endowed Funds $ 20,800.00 Scholarship $206,600.00 Boys Dorms Campaign $132,470.22 Capital Improvement Projects $ 40,952.00 Other $ 36,245.00 Virginia Baptist Mission Board $ 30,046.78 TOTAL OF ALL CASH GIFTS


OAK HILL ACADEMY LEGACY ASSOCIATES A future gift in the form of a bequest has been provided to the Academy by the following: Anonymous Mr. Tom Barnard Ms. Bonnie Burke Mr. Richard Burke Rev. John Duvall Mrs. Betty Harmon Edwards Mrs. G. C. Eller (Jeffrey Jefferson) Mr. Donald L. Hasler Mr. Jim Herchenrider Mrs. Mary Holbrook Mr. & Mrs. Jeff Jeffreys Dr. John Jones Lt. Gen. Claudia Kennedy Mr. Tommy Searles Mrs. Patricia Stevens Mrs. Frieda Anders Willey

Oak Hill Academy Cumulative Giving Founders Society Laureates Society Benefactors Society Oak Hill Society Guardians Society

$1,000,000+ $500,000 - $999,999 $100,000 - $499,999 $50,000 - $99,999 $25,000 – $49,999

FOUNDERS SOCIETY Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation W. C. English Foundation Williams-Berry Charitable Foundation LAUREATES SOCIETY BENEFACTORS SOCIETY A. J. Fletcher Foundation Alma Dillon Trust Frances Dixon Hal & Marge Eaton (deceased) John & Susie Garner C. M. Gatton Carl & Cheryl Rosberg Skyline National Bank Nancy Stone The Titmus Foundation Anne Vaughan Virginia Baptist Foundation Harold & Millie Wingate OAK HILL SOCIETY C. E. Richardson Foundation C. W. Bolling Charles & Mary Helen Dickson Dixon Lumber Company Joe & Carol Gigler Michael & Joy Groves Lenore Family Trust Tim & Debra Marburger Mary Morton Parsons Foundation T. R. Paul Family Foundation George & Leslie Pelton Paul & Tatum Saunders GUARDIANS SOCIETY Billy Ray & Jeannette Cameron Marshall & Peggy Frank Xiangpeng He & Xuhui Niu Ron & Lynn Kerr Wayne & Dena Landsman McIntosh Charitable Fund Morgan Foundation Karl & Becky Muenzenmayer Ed & Carolyn Patton Jerry & Nina Patton Jacqueline Peer Josh Smith Ernie Surles Mark Todd Vannoy Construction Taylor & Celia Vaughan Vaughan Furniture Foundation

Alumni Weekend 2017

Another great Alumni Weekend was held July 14-16 with many former students and their families in attendance. This annual event is open free of charge to all alumni and former students and their families who wish to attend. The Welcome Home Reception at the Alumni Campus Store on Friday evening kicked off the weekend. Saturday morning began with the annual alumni meeting led by OHA president Dr. Michael Groves. Class pictures, campus tours led by current students, and lunch in Vaughan Dining Hall followed. The afternoon events began with a brief memorial service to remember alumni who had passed during the previous year. The tolling of the campus bell and singing of the Alma Mater marked this occasion. Our summer school

students then joined the group for an ice cream social. The Lonesome Willow Band provided live bluegrass music throughout the afternoon. The day’s events were capped off with dinner, dancing, a prize wheel, and silent auction at the Mississippi Pavilion in Noonkester Park. The weekend wrapped up on Sunday morning with a continental breakfast in the dining hall and worship service at Young’s Chapel Baptist Church. Our goal is to make this weekend the best it can possibly be for all OHA alumni and former students and their families. If you have never attended or if its been several years since you have been to an Alumni Weekend, please join your classmates and come celebrate with us July 16-17, 2018!

Alumni News Dan Thomasson – ‘62 8275 105th Avenue Vero Beach, FL 32967 Dan retired from his job as a director of quality assurance. Bonnie Collier – ‘79 5828 Colorado Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20011 Deaths Terry Highfill – ‘68 Michael Martin – ‘71

Become Part of the “Over the Hill Alumni” Gang A Great Way to Give Back to Your School! Attention alumni and former students – Are you willing to get a little dirty, sleep in a dorm room, eat in Vaughan Dining Hall, laugh a lot, and sweat a little? If so, give Dr. Groves or Tim Henry a call about becoming part of the “Over the Hill Alumni” Gang. The 2018 work week will be July 9-13!

“Over the Hill Alumni” Gang The 2017 alumni work week was again a great time for all. The “Over the Hill” Gang made their way to campus for a week of work and fun. They completed their usual gardening tasks and refinished the elephant/preacher steps that lead to Hough Dormitory. A special thanks to all of the workers, Don Krauss, Harry and Sarah (Ussery) Sink, Ted Ussery, Mary and Otis Reamy, Jo Ann (Watkins) and Carroll Harvey, Jim Herchenrider and Havelenna, and Lynn Smith Campbell.

Become Part of the “Over the Hill Alumni” Gang A Great Way to Give Back to Your School! Attention alumni and former students – Are you willing to get a little dirty, sleep in a dorm room, eat in Vaughan Dining Hall, laugh a lot, and sweat a little? If so, give Dr. Groves or Tim Henry a call about becoming part of the “Over the Hill Alumni” Gang. The 2017 work week will be July 10-14!

$1 Per Year Campaign Update In order to get as many alumni and former students as possible involved in the mission of OHA and listed on our Alumni “Honor Roll” the “$1 Per Year Campaign” was launched in 2011. The “$1 Per Year Campaign” asks alumni and former students to give back to their Alma Mater by donating at least $1 for every year since they graduated from or attended Oak Hill Academy. Our goal for 2017-2018 is to have as many alumni as possible listed in the Alumni Giving section of the “State of the Academy Report” and on our web site. We challenge all former students to give back to your Alma Mater in this easy and affordable way. Thank you to the following alumni and former students who made a contribution to OHA between June 1 – September 28, 2017


Nancy Brown Jackson Carol Osborne McGrady Kate Rutherford Moore Glenna Halsey Morton Patsy Pilkins Snow Robert Wilson


Billy Ray Cameron Jo Ann Watkins Harvey Bill Minson George Pelton

Leslie Sims Pelton Neil Price Harry Sink Sarah Ussery Sink Ernie Surles Ted Ussery


Steve Bowen Lynn Smith Campbell Judi King Creech Jeffrey Jefferson Eller Amber Brown Hayes

John Hassell Jim Herchenrider Marcia Lockamy Lewis Joe Vanderdys


Mike Rodgers Mark Patton

UPCOMING EVENTS Trustee Meeting.......................................................................................October 27, 2017 Homecoming.......................................................................................November 11, 2017 Thanksgiving Break.......................................................................November 17-27, 2017 Christmas Break Begins...................................................................... December 15, 2017 Second Semester Begins............................................................................January 2, 2018 Trustee Meeting/Donor Appreciation Event........................................ February 16, 2018 Spring Break..................................................................................March 16-April 2, 2018 Parents’ Days.......................................................................................... April 19-20, 2018 Graduation....................................................................................................May 19, 2018 Summer School............................................................................. June 18 – July 20, 2018 Alumni Weekend...................................................................................... July 13-15, 2018

The President’s Welcome to OHA Picnic was held Saturday, September 3rd at the pavilion in Noonkester Park. At this annual event, Oak Hill Academy President Dr. Michael Groves and his wife Joy welcome all OHA students and faculty for the start of a great year.

Oak Hill Academy Fourth Annual Alumni Homecoming November 11, 2017


Oak Hill Academy’s Fourth Annual Homecoming will be held on Saturday, November 11, 2017. The one-day event will be held in conjunction with the home Gold Team basketball game against Bristol Prep. All alumni and former students are invited to participate in the activities. Plans include a campus wide homecoming parade (alumni are encouraged to be creative by making small scale floats or getting together themed marching groups) and pregame tailgating for alumni and current students. Meriwether-Godsey, OHA’s food service, will provide main course selections. Alumni classes or groups may participate by providing a favorite tailgating staple to share. We will have reserved seating at the game for all alumni and their families. Please visit the “Alumni” page of the OHA web site for the complete schedule and to RSVP for the event!

Gold Team News 2017-2018 Season Outlook The Warriors are heading into a new season with

focused minds and fire in their bellies. Oak Hill will play in a dozen different states against the best teams in the country so they’ll need to bring the heat to each and every game. Fortunately, the Warriors are loaded with some great talent to help buoy them through the nation’s toughest high school schedule. Running the point is senior Will Richardson and our presence in the post is senior David McCormack. Senior Guards leading the way are Keldon Johnson and Keyontae Johnson. Other seniors that will play significant minutes and provide the team with depth are Eddy Kayouloud, Maurice Calloo, Jackson Redmon, and Akrum Ahemed. Underclassmen that will fill the stat sheet and help the Warriors achieve their goal of another championship season are juniors Josh Nickelberry and B.J. Mack and sophomores Joshua Hemmings and Darrick Jones, Jr. The Warriors look forward to the challenge of representing Oak Hill Academy in a winning way both at home and on the road.

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