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The Arrow SPRING 2017

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 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

P – Parent of OHA Alumnus

President’s Message Martin Luther King’s seminal work, Strength to Love, was somewhere on my bookshelves. I just knew it was there. And, after a few too many frustrating minutes scanning titles side to side and shelf to shelf, finally, I found the small paperback. Dog-eared and wellmarked from my dissertation days, I began searching for a certain phrasing of words (that only MLK could coin) for a devotional reference. But, before I found the correct page, I discovered something else. Tucked in the middle of the book was small piece of old Oak Hill Academy stationery—the style we have not used for at least ten years. In my handwriting, four words: Lights … Tricycle Drama Mission Hmmm: “Lights …, Tricycle, Drama, Mission.” When did I write this? Is it a “todo” list? Are the words somehow connected? Other than a singular wise decision to marry Miss Joy Cunningham 30 years ago I have few evident skills. But I have been told by many that I do possess an aboveaverage memory. Nevertheless, after two weeks of wrestling and pondering, why I ever decided to jot down these (apparently) disconnected objects/themes remained a mystery. Even more puzzling, why was this paper with these four words in this book? Strength to Love is, after all, a book of Christian Ethics about loving one’s enemies. When my children were small I used to ask them to list a mish-mash of words and then I had to create in the moment a bedtime story using the words collectively. It often led to laughter instead of sleepiness. This sheet of paper was reminiscent of those story-telling nights. “Lights …, Tricycle, Drama, Mission.” Maybe the lights went out at the Spring Drama performance while a student was riding a tricycle, thus the mission of our school was affected? Unlikely. Let’s look at the first three terms and hazard a guess.

Lights: We always have lights somewhere on campus that need new bulbs or need the timers adjusted with the seasons. This is the most plausible explanation. (I have no explanation for the ellipses ….) Tricycle: Several years ago we used to host faculty and staff tricycle races during halftimes of our basketball games. What other explanation could possibly exist? Drama: Well, we work with adolescents, in a small community, so we certainly incur our fair share of “drama.” We also host annually a production sponsored by our DRAMA and Theater Department …. Maybe it was something about the Spring Play? What about that last word? Mission. Well, at least I know this one (for sure!). No matter what maintenance needs arise (lights needing replacement); no matter what silly activity we are offering (faculty tricycle races); no matter what drama may be unfolding here on campus (it happens everywhere, after all, and we are not immune), there is one “thing” that is always on my mind … the MISSION of our school. Like a filter for all decisions that cross my desk, the mission of Oak Hill Academy is sacrosanct—it guides us regardless of circumstances. In fact I always read aloud the Oak Hill Academy Mission Statement at the beginning of the opening day of faculty and staff orientation, word by word. We are mission-driven. We seek mission-appropriate students. Faculty, staff, and administrators are at OHA because of its mission. The OHA mission is not easy to achieve, and sometimes it may be difficult to understand fully, but it all makes sense at the end of the year when a graduate finally turns the tassel on that mortarboard, having embraced a new future by attending our school. That’s why on any list on any sheet of paper, the word MISSION always resonates, especially for those of us who serve here on “The Hill.” May the Mission continue for another 138 years!

Follow Dr. Groves on Twitter @DrGrovesOHA.

Parents’ Days 2017 Parents’ Days 2017, held April 13th and 14th, was a great showcase for Oak Hill Academy’s students. Parents witnessed first-hand all of the activities and ways our student body is involved in “life on the hill.” Thursday afternoon’s events included a career fair, an in-house horse show, a basketball exhibition and performance by our cheerleaders, recognition of the spring sports teams, a half-court shot contest, and a college application presentation. Everyone then enjoyed the Parent/Student Banquet in Vaughan Dining Hall. The evening was capped off with performances by the OHA music students and string band and a play by the drama club. Parents attended classes with their children on Friday morning followed by the President’s Forum. There was also a student art show throughout the two day event. The annual Parents’ Days silent auction was once again a big success raising approximately $5,900 with the proceeds being used toward the purchase of a new student activities van. Oak Hill Academy would like to thank all of the parents and supporters who donated and bid on items and made cash contributions to the auction!


Donor Appreciation Events Each year Oak Hill Academy hosts two Donor Appreciation Events. On February 24, Dr. and Mrs. Michael Groves hosted the annual Donor Appreciation Dinner. The evening began with a social time and musical performance by the OHA String Band. Dinner and a gold team basketball game followed. The Donor Breakfast was held graduation morning on the lawn at the Hough Dormitory Picnic Shelter. The dinner honors members of the Oak Club and Founders Club and the breakfast honors the members of the Oak and Founders Clubs as well as members of the President’s Club, the Red and Gold Club and our Legacy Associates. For more information on becoming a member of one of these giving circles or any other giving circle, please contact Tim Henry in the Development Office.

College Acceptances 2017 Alabama State College American University Appalachian State University Bellevue College Bluefield College Bridgewater College Caldwell University Campbell University Cape Fear Community College Christopher Newport University Cleveland Community College Community College of Philadelphia Concordia University Wisconsin Creighton University DePaul University East Carolina University Elon University Emory and Henry College Empire Beauty School Florida Institute of Technology Florida Memorial University Florida Southern College Furman University Gallaudet College George Mason University Gettysburg College Gonzaga University Grove City College Guilford College Hampden Sydney College High Point University Hollins University Houston Baptist University Howard University Iona College Iowa State University John Cabot University Rome Johnson and Wales University Lehigh University Lenoir-Rhyne University Liberty University Longwood University Louisburg College Louisiana State University Lurleen B. Wallace Community College Lynchburg College Lynn University

Manhattanville University Marquette University McCann School of Business and Technology Medaille College Meredith Manor International Equestrian Inst. Monmouth University Montreat College Mount Olive College New York Institute of Technology Niagara County Community College North Carolina Central University Orange Coast Junior College Philadelphia University Providence College Radford University Roanoke College Samford University Santa Clara University Santa Fe College Seton Hill University Southern Methodist University Southwest Tennessee Community College St. Johns University Stetson University Susquehanna University The College of St. Scholastica University of Arkansas University of California at Riverside

University of California at Santa Cruz University of Dayton University of Kansas University of Louisiana at Lafayette University of Mary Washington University of Maryland Eastern Shore University of Minnesota Twin Cities University of Mississippi University of North Carolina at Charlotte University of North Carolina at Pembroke University of North Carolina at Wilmington University of Northern Alabama University of the Pacific University of Sciences at Philadelphia University of Tampa University of Texas at Austin University of Virginia at Wise Utica College Virginia Commonwealth University VCU Honors College Virginia State University West Virginia Wesleyan Western Carolina University Wheeling Jesuit University Winston-Salem State University Xavier University York College

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Graduates Receive Scholarships and Honors Graduates Receives Scholarships and Honors The following members of the Class of 2017 were recognized during graduation weekend as receiving academic scholarships: Nahum Belayhun – Cary, North Carolina – Campbell University (Scott-Ellis Scholarship, Administrative Scholarship, and Outof-State Scholarship) Umberto Brusadin – Rome, Italy – Seton Hill University (Aloysia Lowe Scholarship); University of the Sciences (President’s Scholarship); Wheeling Jesuit University (High Honor Scholarship); Caldwell University (Presidential Scholarship); High Point University (Academic Scholarship); Philadelphia University (Faculty Scholarship); Florida Institute of Technology (Technology Panther Fund Scholarship); Florida Southern College (Danforth Scholarship); University of Tampa (Dean’s Scholarship); John Cabot University Rome (Presidential Scholarship); New York Institute of Technology (Presidential Scholarship) Connor Caffrey – Richmond, Virginia – Bridgewater College (Eagle Scholarship and Bridgewater College General Grant) Josh DeLacerda – Lafayette, Louisiana – University of Louisiana at Lafayette (Merit Scholarship) Alpha Diallo – Conakry, Guinea – Manhattanville College (President’s Scholarship); Stetson University (Hatter Scholarship) Andrew Evans – Chesterfield, Missouri – Gonzaga University (Dessault Scholar Award); DePaul University (St. Vincent de Paul Scholarship); Xavier University (Xavier Scholarship); Marquette University (Academic Scholarship); University of Dayton (Academic Scholarship) Chris Evans – Mouth of Wilson, Virginia – Radford University (Merit Scholarship) Shamar Henry – The Bronx, New York – Iona College (Gael Scholarship) Camden Hughes – New Bern, North Carolina – Emory and Henry College (Presidential Scholarship) Nick Kaiser – Alton, Virginia – Hampden Sydney College (Presidential Scholarship) Sam Lewis – Ashburn, Virginia – Emory and Henry College (Presidential Scholarship) Kelly Mac Lean – Potomac Falls, Virginia – Bridgewater College (Eagle Scholarship); Concordia University Wisconsin (Regent’s Award); Emory and Henry College (Choral Scholarship)

Graeme Majors – Atlanta, Georgia – Utica College (Achievement Award); St. John’s University (Academic Promise Scholarship); Xavier University (Xavier Award); St. Scholastica (Benedictine Scholarship and Travel Grant); Monmouth University ( Shadowlawn Grant) Ian McCrory – Falls Church, Virginia – Susquehanna University (Trustee Scholarship); Hampden Sydney College (Presidential Scholarship); Gettysburg College (Gettysburg College Grant) Bello Razgallah – La Marsa, Tunisia – University of Mount Olive (Leaders Scholarship and Residency Scholarship) Shawn Roache – Freeport, Grand Bahama – Lynn University (Merit Scholarship) Aidan Stenner – Chapel Hill, North Carolina – Lynchburg College (Founders Scholarship); Florida Southern College (Watson Scholarship); Roanoke College (Dean’s Award, Commonwealth Award), and Roanoke Area Award); Guilford College (J. Floyd Moore Scholarship) Alex Stenner – Chapel Hill, North Carolina – Florida Southern College (Ordway Scholarship); Roanoke College (Dean’s Award, Commonwealth Award, and Roanoke College Area Award Sammy Surdu – Severn, Maryland – York College (York Achievement Award); West Virginia Wesleyan College (Wesleyan Grant); Florida Institute of Technology (Yellow Ribbon Grant) Tsehaye Vener – Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – Stetson University (Dean’s Scholarship, Travel Scholarship, and Achievement Award); Virginia Commonwealth University (Academic Excellence Award) Natalie Zhang – Cupertino, California – Virginia Commonwealth University (Academic Excellence Award) The following student athletes were recognized for receiving athletic scholarships: Ty-Shon Alexander – Charlotte, North Carolina – Creighton University Matt Coleman – Norfolk, Virginia – University of Texas Oliver Lynch-Daniels – Chapel Hill, North Carolina – Houston Baptist University Devontae Shuler – Columbia, South Carolina – University of Mississippi Lindell Wigginton – Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada – Iowa State University

Alumni Weekend 2017 Schedule


6:00 – 8:30 p.m. Alumni “Welcome Home” reception at Alumni Campus Store SATURDAY, JULY 15TH 11:00 – 11:30 a.m. Reunion registration 11:30 – 12:00 Alumni meeting in Fletcher Chapel – class photos to follow Campus tours – led by current students and staff

12:00 noon Lunch and social time in Vaughan Dining Hall

1:30 p.m. Gathering for tolling of the Academy Bell in memory of those who have passed (followed by ice cream social for alumni and families, current students, faculty and staff at the Alumni Campus Store) All afternoon Noonkester Park open for swimming, hiking, etc.

Noonkester Park-includes music, dancing and a message from the President SUNDAY, JULY 16TH 9:45 – 10:45 a.m. Floating continental breakfast in Vaughan Dining Hall 11:00 a.m. Worship service at Young’s Chapel Baptist Church Note: Event locations subject to change due to weather, etc.

2:00 – 5:00 p.m. Music in the Park (live bluegrass music) 5:00 p.m. Reunion dinner, silent auction, and party at Mississippi Pavilion in

Alumni News

Vernon Fuller – ‘78 3724 Ensign Road, NE Apt. 2013 Olympia, WA 98506

Michelle Clary Moore – ‘87 3414 Washington Commons Avenue Kennesaw, GA 30144 Michelle is Vice President of Client Relations for a national mortgage company based in Atlanta. Jennifer Eybers – ‘92 4980 Trinidad Drive Land O Lakes, FL 34639


Lavaun Halsey Callison – ‘44 Lois Wilson Cornett – ‘46 Frank Koger – ‘47 Oscar Adams – ‘55 Mary Lou Bonham Davis – ‘55 Harry Lee Speeks – 1950’s (non-grad) George Kulla – ‘64 Carlin Jacobs – ‘78 Steve Ferguson – ’83 (non-grad) Lynne Parsons Ham – ‘86 Abby Blair – ‘17 (non-grad)

Faculty Recognized for Years of Service Dr. Groves recognized the following faculty and staff members for their service to OHA during the graduation ceremony. These folks have a combined 155 years of service to the Academy and her mission! Betsy Anderson – School Nurse – 5 years Eddie Knudsen – Math and Health/PE Teacher – 5 years Matt Pease – English Teacher – 5 years Cyndie Richardson – Director of Academic Affairs/ Principal – 10 years Eon Slemp – Resident Manager – 10 years Joy Groves – Director of Counseling – 15 years Bryan Meagher – Health/PE Teacher – 15 years Paula Phelps – Business Office Administrative Assistant – 15 years Gary Osborne – Maintenance – 15 years Brian Bunn – Social Studies Teacher – 25 years Rhonda Bowen – Director of Financial Affairs – 35½ years

Season in Review The 2016-17 Warriors once again played through the most challenging high school basketball schedule in the nation. They were led by team MVP Matt Coleman, University of Texas signee, to a respectable 38-5 record. Also contributing to the team’s success were three year players Lindell Wigginton (Iowa State) and Ty-Shon Alexander (Creighton University) and two year Warrior Devontae Shuler (Ole Miss). Also giving positive contributions to the team’s success were senior Ben Davis and underclassmen David McCormack, Kenny Nwuba, Eddy Kayouloud, and Josh Hemmings.

Wish List

Are You Interested in Filling a Specific Need at Oak Hill Academy?

Current Giving Opportunities GoPro Cameras $200 each Laptops for teachers $750 each Smart Boards for Classrooms $3,000 - $5,000 each Minivan for Student Activities $20,000 6 Horse Trailer $22,000 12-Passenger Van for Student Activities $25,000 Halsey House Remodel and Upgrade $50,000 For more information or to make a gift to Oak Hill Academy, please contact Tim Henry, Director of Development, at 276-579-2619 or

Other Giving Opportunities (partial list) Alumni Campus Store Tile Memorial Oak Tree Named Display Case for Ussery Archives Room Named Scholarship Fund Technology Upgrade for Library Faculty Professional Development Fund

$500 $1,000 $5,000 $10,000 $15,000 $50,000

Gifts in Kind* Backhoe or backhoe attachment for tractor Used vehicles, vans, or minivans 6 Horse Trailer *Potential gifts are evaluated by the school for condition and suitability prior to acceptance.

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