a message from the president Greetings! By any measure, the 2011-12 school year was truly outstanding. We had strong enrollment, the faculty, staff and students performed magnificently – and we graduated 81 terrific students. I’ll recap a few of the highlights. Please enjoy learning more of the details in this issue of The Sabre. Let me start with the bottom line of any first class prep-school – graduating seniors and college and universities President Maj Gen Henry Hobgood, USAF Ret, and placements. One hundred percent of the Class of 2012 were selected to one Mrs. Carolyn Hobgood present The Most Genteel or more colleges/universities, with 9 of Female Award to Jingyi “Arcadia” Chen ’12. 10 attending a four year school. The class earned $4.2 million in scholarship offers, with four students receiving ROTC scholarships, one to the U.S. Naval Academy PrepSchool and six total going to military colleges and universities. Numerous students were selected for nationally recognized prestigious universities and colleges, including Bucknell, The College of William and Mary, Fordham, Georgetown, McGill, University of Virginia, Boston University, Wake Forest, Villanova University and the University of Southern California. This was a truly great graduating class, which speaks to the quality of the cadets, their families and the rigor of the R-MA academic program. Stand by for the Class of 2013! The military department at Randolph-Macon Academy provides the structure, accountability and citizenship education necessary for students to be successful in their academic pursuits. It provides the “tract” for our students and it provides the “fuel” for achieving excellence. A small number will want military careers, but most will go to civilian universities and colleges. Either way, every graduate has experienced a school culture that is based upon solid ethical values and high standards. Thus, our military programs are critical to the success of our cadets. In this regard, we are blessed to have an outstanding Air Force JROTC unit that for the fourth consecutive year achieved the status of “Distinguished Unit.” This wonderful accomplishment is a tribute to the exceptional military professionals who operate our program and the outstanding cadet leadership. Congratulations to all! Randolph-Macon Academy was recently designated as an Air Force Academy prepschool for post graduate students seeking an appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy. This designation is called “Falcon Foundation Scholar.” Our first cadets will arrive this fall. They will complete one post graduate year at R-MA prior to appointment. We are delighted to be one of only eight institutions in the nation in this prestigious program. By now, you likely know that I plan to retire 1 July 2013 from R-MA. I pray that Carolyn and I will leave R-MA in good condition and prepared to move forward in the years ahead. I am grateful for the contributions of our faculty and staff and the governance provided by the Board of Trustees. You may be assured that our Board of Trustees has a thoughtful plan in place to select my replacement, who will have my full cooperation and support. Please come to see us and the wonderful things happening at your school.
Henry M. Hobgood Major General, USAF, ret. President
The Sabre The Magazine of Randolph-Macon Academy Affiliated with the United Methodist Church Summer/Fall 2012 Volume 91 Number 2
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inside this issue campus news Lockheed Martin Donates F-35 Lightning II Model.................2 Students Explore Music with MIDI Lab......................................2 Maj Gen Henry M. Hobgood Announces Retirement............3 Students Rock Middle School Gym with Stop Hunger Now...4 AFJROTC Earns Distinguished Unit Award................................4 Phenomenal Player....................................................................5 R-MA-Led Team Makes National Finals...................................5 Secretary of the Air Force Speaks at Graduation...................6 The Next Journey...the College Destinations and Acceptances of the Class of 2012...........................................8 Class Acts: The Upper School Awards...................................10 An Interview with Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley........................................................................13 Middle School Promotions: “Wow!”........................................14 Middle School Recognizes Its Top Stars.................................15 Record Year for Flight Program...............................................16 Remembering Col Ivan G. Mieth............................................17 Band and Chorus Amaze St. Louis, MO.................................18 New Traditions: Choir Added to Military School Band Festival......................................................................................18 Band Takes Top Awards at Apple Blossom...........................18 Students Shine at Spring Family Weekend............................19 Souled Out Returns to Military Ball..........................................19 Murder Box at Spring Family Weekend.................................20 R-MA Students Attend VMI Leadership Conference............20 A Trip to Remember.................................................................21 R-MA Parents’ Association......................................................21 Science Fair, Literary Magazine, and Speech Contest Awards......................................................................................22 College Admissions Counselor Tells Cadets the Facts.........22 Naomi Earp P’10 Named to Board of Trustees......................22 Spring 2012 Honor Society Inductions...................................23 Chaplain Spends Second Year with Voices of Youth...........23
development Tributes......................................................................................27 Remembering Ethel Garber....................................................27 Society of 1892.........................................................................28 Wendell “Jay” Kline ’88 Joins Society of 1892.......................29 A Memorable Legacy.............................................................29 Honor Roll of Donors.................................................................30 2011-12 Class Participation.....................................................34 Named Scholarships................................................................36
alumni Class Notes...............................................................................38 Final Farewell............................................................................39 R-MA Legacies: The McIntyre Family.....................................40 Homecoming Highlight...........................................................41 Alumni Chapters on the way to a location near you!..........42 Riddick Reconnects with R-MA at Chapter Event................42 50 Years of R-MA Authors........................................................43
athletics R-MA’s Dynamic Duo...............................................................44 Middle School Basketball Claims Championship Title.........45 Wrestling Coach Says Program is Back on Upswing............45 Winter Sports Awards...............................................................46 Varsity Girls’ Soccer Team Earns Co-Champion Title...........48 All DAC-Honors........................................................................48 Alexis Fleming ’12 Wins Two State Track Titles.......................49 Middle School Co-Ed Tennis Wins VMSC...............................49 Spring Sports Awards...............................................................50 R-MA Middle School Dominates New Flag Football Program.............................................................52
student features Frontier Space Industries Founder Named Salutatorian.......23 No Holding Back......................................................................24 A Quiet Example......................................................................24 A Most Unselfish Valedictorian...............................................24
employee news Reverend Jay Smith Named Director of Planned Giving.....25 Faculty & Staff Notes................................................................25 Staff & Faculty Quarterly Awards............................................25 CFO Joan Burke Retires After 35 Years at R-MA...................26 Desiree Kardashian Tapped as CFO......................................26
about the front cover The R-MA Class of 2012 celebrates their dismissal from the Final Parade on June 1, 2012.
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Lockheed Martin Donates F-35 Lightning II Model to R-MA Secretary of the Air Force Michael B. Donley, President of R-MA Maj Gen Henry M. Hobgood, USAF ret., Lockheed Martin Vice President and Deputy of the F-35 Lightning II Program Lorraine M. Martin, R-MA Chairman of the Board of Trustees Joe Silek, William Camp ’12, and Kyle Cantarella ’13 stand in front of F-35 Lightning II. sleek lines, its stealthy characteristics, its aggressive profile, and the advanced technology. It’s truly a beautiful aircraft, and I believe it represents the height of aviation development. But I’d ask you to look even deeper and see something more. “This model really is a symbol of commitment, of innovation, and of education. This model symbolizes the commitment of the men and women who are flying and who will fly the F-35. They have sacrificed much to defend the freedom we hold dear, and it is our hope when you and the cadets of this Academy look at this model, you’ll honor and remember the dedication that they’ve given to a cause greater than themselves.” Martin then challenged the future students of R-MA to look at the F-35 and consider ways they might “give and Just a half-hour before graduation on June 2, 2012, Randolphdedicate to something bigger than” themselves. Macon Academy family and friends had the opportunity to witness “The F-35 is built on a spirit of innovation, of ideas and the unveiling of a model F-35 Lightning II in the lobby of Stan Fulton ingenuity,” she said, shifting her speech to give some more details Hall. The 1/5-scale model was donated to Randolph-Macon Academy about the aircraft. “This aircraft is capable of accomplishing that by Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company. which a decade ago was not even imagined. Just as the SR-71 The guest speaker for the presentation was Lorraine M. Martin, Blackbird, the F-16 Fighting Falcon, and even the F-117 Nighthawk Vice President and Deputy of the F-35 Lightning II Program at inspired generations of engineers to dream up and design unmatched Lockheed Martin. After the model was unveiled, she stated that she capabilities that now make the F-35 the world’s…fifth-generation was there to represent the “1,330 Americans, men and women around aircraft, we hope that the Lightning II will inspire today’s students to the world, that are developing, testing, and producing this aircraft, the invent what’s next, to push the envelope even further, and to discover F-35 Lightning II.” See F-35, page 12 “When you look at this model,” Martin said, “you can see its
Students Explore Music with MIDI Lab Last summer, students at Randolph-Macon Academy’s summer camp had the opportunity to take piano lessons on an 88-key weighted piano in a new music lab. R-MA Middle School students were then able to enroll in a keyboarding class in the fall. However, it wasn’t until this spring that the Academy’s new MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) lab was completed, and the students began composing for the first time. The MIDI lab consists of six keyboards for the students and one for the teacher. All are connected to computers-- complete with recording programs and composing programs such as Sibelius--and to a central sound interface that allows the instructor, Michael DeMato, flexibility and fun in his instructing. “I can be at my Chorus instructor and piano teacher Michael DeMato works with Olivia Katab ’17 in the Middle School’s new Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) lab. 2 The Sabre Summer/Fall 2012
station over there, and I can tap into what any of the students are doing,” he said. “I can listen in and see if they’re doing something correct or not.” DeMato said he can also instruct the students from his station, and via the headsets, the students are able to speak with him individually and with each other as needed. Middle School Principal Derrick Leasure noted that the need for a technology-based music class was recognized in 2008 when Randolph-Macon Academy made the decision to require a visual and performing arts (VPA) credit for graduation, in response to the demand from colleges for students to have such credits. “MIDI labs have been around since the 1980’s,” Leasure commented. “We thought that if kids aren’t interested in regular band or chorus, they might be interested in digital music creation. Our hope is that this course will pique their interest in something traditional— the 88-key weighted piano—that would segue into the digital realm. I worked at a school that had a similar program, and there was a waiting list for five sections of the class. Since in my opinion we have the best MIDI lab in the multi-county area, I would expect this course here at R-MA to become just as popular.” Emma Bunker ’16 said, “It’s modern so we are able to do things other people wouldn’t be able to do. It’s cool.” “We are grateful for special friends who have donated to this project,” said Kittie Abell P’13, Vice President for Development. Those donors included the R-MA Parents’ Association, Rev. Jonathan Bunker and Dr. Susan Gawalt P’14, ’16, Dr. Charles Chopak P’15, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur H. Fulton ’49, Ms. Louise Pinckernell, Mr. and Mrs. John A. Ross, Jr. ’62, Mr. Vernon Schoonover P’15, ’17, and Ms. Elise Young and Ms. Angela Powell P’16.
Major General Henry M. Hobgood Announces Retirement in 2013 9 July 2012
9 July 2012 Dear Chairman Silek and the R-MA Community,
Dear General Hobgood and the R-MA Community,
Carolyn and I respectfully announce my retirement from RandolphMacon Academy at the end of the next academic year: 1 July 2013. We believe the timing is right for the Academy and the entire R-MA community and the people that we respect and love.
The summer of 1997 represented a turning point in the long history of Randolph-Macon Academy. Major General Henry M. Hobgood and Carolyn, his wife, came to us after having served 32 years on active duty with the U.S. Air Force. Like his military service, he has served this institution with dedication and character. His service is marked by significant quality enhancements of the institution we respect.
I have been honored and privileged to serve as the President of R-MA and the senior leader of our Academy community. Working with the Board of Trustees and the faculty and staff, we have enhanced every aspect of our school – its faculty, its staff, its plant, its students and its programs and curriculum. The people of R-MA deserve all of the credit for our accomplishments! Indeed, R-MA now stands at the very top of military prep-schools in America and we compare exceptionally well with the best private civilian prep-schools.
After 16 years at R-MA, General and Mrs. Hobgood will retire from R-MA, effective 1 July 2013. All told, General Hobgood has proudly worn the uniform of our nation for 48 years. Indeed, his life has been characterized by service to others. He and Carolyn have richly earned their retirement.
The Hobgoods have made R-MA a better place – a better place to educate our children and a better place for the faculty to live and work. I am particularly pleased that the R-MA They have supported the students, the faculty and Board of Trustees, the faculty and the staff the staff with passion and love, and at the same have consistently improved the quality of our time, General Hobgood has worked tirelessly to school while remaining true to our foundational Randolph-Macon Academy President, accomplish the vision of the Board of Trustees. principles: Knowledge, Leadership and Character. Major General Henry M. Hobgood, Not only will General and Mrs. Hobgood leave Indeed, R-MA is unique in its focus on character USAF Retired, has announced his intent R-MA better than they found it, they will leave development, the principle which makes the to retire from R-MA next year. the school high-spirited, confident and on solid, most significant difference in the success of its financial footing. Indeed, R-MA is now one of graduates. the top prep-schools in the nation. The Board of Trustees has a well-reasoned and deliberate process in I want to personally assure the R-MA community that your Board of place to identify and select my replacement. I ask, please, that you support our Board and their decision and that you dedicate yourself to Trustees has an excellent plan in place to recruit and hire the right leader to replace General Hobgood – one that has the capability, the successful transition of leadership. Finally, I pray that we use this leadership change opportunity to continue our progress towards being experience and energy to accomplish the vision which we have established for R-MA. the top military prep-school in the nation. Our students will be the beneficiaries. In coordination with General Hobgood, we have thoughtfully selected the timing of this change so that R-MA continues its outstanding work Carolyn and I look forward to continuing our service to R-MA well into the future. Thank you, General and Mrs. Hobgood! We students and families until our last day at the Academy and beyond. wish you both God’s richest blessings of good health and happiness in We are eternally grateful for the many friendships which we will the years ahead. cherish forever. May God bless Randolph-Macon Academy and the wonderful professionals who serve and support it. Most sincerely, Most sincerely, Joseph F. Silek, Jr. Chairman, R-MA Board of Trustees Maj Gen Henry M. Hobgood, USAF, ret President, Randolph-Macon Academy
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Homecoming is October 19th & 20th--Register online at www.rma.edu/Homecoming or fill out the registration form in the center of The Sabre. Fall Family Days--Join us on Thursday, November 15th and Friday, November 16th for the Fall Parade, the Honor Society Induction and Scholarship Recognition Ceremony, the Fall Play, and other activities. Then take your student home for Thanksgiving Break! 3 The Sabre Summer/Fall 2012
Students Rock Middle School Gym with Stop Hunger Now By Cozette Boakye ’13 Margaret Mead once said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” That is exactly what a group of high school students at Randolph-Macon Academy were able to do just this past spring. This year, the Cadets In Action (C.I.A) accomplished a goal they had been pursuing for a very long time. For three years, the small club had been struggling to have Stop Hunger Now come to R-MA. Stop Hunger Now is an organization that helps feed and aid schoolchildren in other countries. In order to achieve the goal, the C.I.A. had to raise five thousand dollars. After raising the money, one of the directors from Stop Hunger Now came to the school to help the C.I.A. and other volunteers package twenty thousand bags of rice. Fortunately, there was a great turnout from the student body, and even faculty members showed up to help. On May 3, 2012, more than seventy students and faculty volunteers showed up to help package
Students from both the Upper School and the Middle School laugh together as they package meals for Stop Hunger Now.
20,000 meals in less than three hours. There was gong-hitting, dancing, yelling, and music playing. Everyone was having fun while helping towards a cause. Before the assembly line was initiated, Troy Henson, the Stop Hunger Now representative, told the group about the impact they were making on people’s lives. Just one meal can help a child make it to another day. Henson helped the volunteers realize that what they were doing was major; they were saving lives. Reverend Chad Hrbek, who has participated previously in Stop Hunger Now, was also a big help. “I enjoy being the facilitator. Being able to supply these students with information about the cause makes me feel great.” Stop Hunger Now was great fun for students and faculty members, but it was also a valuable experience. “I was inspired by Mr. Henson after he told us stories about the children he met,” said Bianca Clement ’13, a C.I.A. member. “I was thrilled that there were people who were just helping for the cause. There was so much enthusiasm. Overall, it was a great learning experience.” Many of the faculty members were impressed with the level of cooperation everyone showed, including English teacher Kim Cramer P’12, ’14. “What I enjoyed more than anything else was everyone being able to work closer together,” she said. “We were like a machine, and it just kept running.” For Stop Hunger Now, the C.I.A. was able to reach their goal of making twenty thousand meals in order to feed those in need. English teacher Lynne Schoonover P’15, ’17, who is the faculty advisor for C.I.A. reflected on this, saying, “I loved the energy and fun we had this year. It makes me believe that the students I teach will change the world for the better.” This is just one of the many projects C.I.A. has accomplished. The small club plans to take things to the next level in the upcoming school year. View the video on YouTube!
Community Service Hours for the 2011-12 School Year Middle School Students: 1,890 Upper School Students: 8,792 Total Hours: 10,682
AFJROTC Earns Distinguished Unit Award Senior Aerospace Instructor Lt Col R.G. McManus, R-MA President Major General Henry M. Hobgood, and Cadet Colonel Sean Knick ‘12 place the Distinguished Unit Award ribbon on the R-MA flag during the Final Parade.
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For the fourth consecutive year, Randolph-Macon Academy’s VA-091 Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) has been named a recipient of the “Distinguished Unit Award.” “I would like to not only recognize MSgt [Doug] French [P’10], MSgt [Michael] Hall, and MSgt [Stephen] Pederson [P’13, ’15] for their hard work and dedication but also every other member of the faculty and staff,” said Lt Col RG McManus, P’08, ’13, ’13, Senior Aerospace Instructor and head of the Air Force JROTC program at R-MA. “We would not be able to win this award without the support of the entire school. Thank you again for another great year.”
Organist returns to Randolph-Macon Academy for two-part concert series Editor’s Note: The following article was written by Kim Walter and printed in the Northern Virginia Daily on March 16, 2012. It is reprinted here with permission.
FRONT ROYAL - Felix Hell has been all over the world showcasing his talents on the organ, but when he drove into the area Thursday morning, his “whole mood changed.” “I was so glad to see that one doesn’t have to go far to step away from this busy life,” Hell, 26, said of his arrival into Virginia. Thursday afternoon marked Hell’s second visit to Front Royal and Randolph-Macon Academy to perform on their organ -- he was the first to play the organ four years ago when it was dedicated. Hell will be back Sunday evening for a concert that’s open to the public. Hell began playing the piano at 7 years old, and by age 9 he was performing all over Germany, where he was born. He moved to the United States when he was 13, established himself at Juilliard and then graduated from The Curtis Institute of Music at 18. Hell currently resides in Baltimore, Md., but he has played in a variety of places, including Germany, France, Korea, Jamaica and 44 states in America. Middle and Upper grade students attended the special performance, which included four classical pieces. In between songs, Hell gave brief descriptions of the organ -- how it works, what it can offer and why it’s important. “Think of the organ like an orchestra ... there are endless possibilities to make sound,” he said. After the concert, Hell took questions from students and after they filed out of the chapel, he continued meeting with those who had more to ask. Sophomore Brandon Pizarro, 15, said he really enjoyed Hell’s rendition of Samuel Barber’s “Adagio for Strings.” “It made me think a lot,” he said. “It put thoughts in my head that I haven’t thought about in a while.” Senior Ryan Sanders, 18, plays trombone and hand bells at the school, and called Hell’s performance “a truly magnificent experience.”
“We can’t explain what music does to us, but it reminds me that we have souls,” Hell said. While he’s an advocate for the organ, Hell said his ultimate goal is promoting more conscious listening. “Especially during these times -- with the economy and war -we need music more than ever. It’s like a mirror for the soul, it lets us look inside ourselves,” Hell said, and noted that “the medium of creating music is not as important as the music itself.” Hell admitted that his favorite artists are classical composers, but he mentioned the band The Beatles when talking about good music. “It was high quality [music], because it mattered to them,” Hell said. “In today’s music scene, there is a place for the organ, but really for any art that is created passionately.”
Felix Hell stands in front of Randolph-Macon Academy’s organ in Boggs Chapel shortly before the performance he gave for the Middle School and Upper School students.
R-MA-Led Team Makes National Finals in Spirit of Innovation Challenge “Frontier Space Industries,” a multi-school student team sponsored by Randolph-Macon Academy physics teacher David Gillis P’14, was named one of the 15 finalists in the Conrad Foundation’s 2011-12 Spirit of Innovation Challenge this past spring. After the judging was completed, the team took third place overall in their category of Aerospace Exploration. “The annual competition, presented by Lockheed Martin Corporation and PepsiCo, challenges high school student teams around the globe to combine innovation and entrepreneurship along with STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) to create commercially-viable products to solve global and local challenges,” stated a news release put out by Business Wire on February 17, 2012. “Finalist teams will present their product concepts at the Innovation Summit, March 29-31, to a panel of industry experts, leading entrepreneurs, government officials and world-renowned scientists at NASA Ames Research Center in Northern California. Products will be evaluated for technical content and marketplace viability. This year’s competition challenged students to develop new ideas in the areas of aerospace exploration, clean energy, and health and nutrition.” Frontier Space Industries was one of five finalists in Aerospace Exploration, in which the challenge was to create an innovative product for use in the aerospace industry.
The members of Frontier Space Industries were all graduates of the Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars (VASTS) 2011 program. Randolph-Macon Academy cadet John Christoph ’12 founded the group, which consisted of Beck Giesy, a senior at Freedom High School; Connor Hedges, a senior at Culpeper County High School; Steven Woodburn, a senior at Rye Cove High School; and Ben Kapp, a senior at Freedom High School. As stated on their project page at http://www.conradawards.org/group/43, their goal was “to use a fleet of spacecraft to mine precious metals from asteroids for sale on global markets.” “The experience at the Conrad Foundation ‘Spirit of Innovation’ Finals was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the students to meet and share ideas with major players in all aspects of the innovation world, with the likes of Vinton Cerf, founder of the Internet, Rickson Sun, Chief Technologist of Ideo, Gina Rudan, Author of Practical Genius to name few,” said Gillis. “A truly remarkable time to appreciate how you can pursue your passion and change the world in the process.” Business Wire release can be accessed at http://www.marketwatch.com/ story/best-of-the-best-high-school-teams-advance-to-finals-of-global-productchallenge-2012-02-17.
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Secretary of the Air Force Speaks at Graduation The Class of 2012 continued Randolph-Macon Academy’s tradition of exceptional college acceptances and large scholarships. The 78 seniors and three postgraduates deserved to enjoy each and every moment of their graduation events, and that’s just what they did.
control what you believe, because once they can influence the way you think, your true self is nonexistent.” During the evening, Carly Cramer ’12 brought tears with her solo of “Beautiful City” and the handbell choir performed “Blue Moon.” The chorus performance of “We Are Young,” brought Athletic Banquet raised eyebrows as only half of the chorus got For the first time, the guest speaker at the up to sing. The confusion quickly gave way to Athletic Banquet on Thursday, May 31, 2012 cheers, however, as the other chorus members, was not a famous athletic coach or player. who had strategically sat along the main aisle Instead three of the student-athletes who had in Boggs Chapel, stood and began singing as been playing sports at R-MA for a number of they walked forward to join their classmates. years were offered the chance to talk about The performance brought an element of fun to what sports at R-MA had meant to them, and the evening, adding to the celebratory air. what lessons they had learned. As is tradition, the salutatorian spoke “After all the sufferings and failures during Class Night: this year it was John I made during sports seasons, the lesson Christoph ’12 of Front Royal. Christoph I learned is that I am now never easily recited the wealth of knowledge available to discouraged when facing new challenges. the college-bound students via the internet, Instead, I believe every wrong attempt then posed a question: “So what? Why do we discarded is another step forward,” said Gwi care about this wealth of information? What Woong Jung ’12, who had been on both the can we possibly do with it?” He paused, then cross-country and swimming teams. Secretary of the Air Force Michael B. Donley said, “The answer is, we can do anything.” Erin Dullahan ’12, who participated speaks to the graduates and their families. “Find something you love to do,” he in volleyball, basketball, and soccer, said, challenged his classmates. “Then nurture “Every year I have played sports, I have made it, develop it, dedicate your life to it, put everything else aside until friendships that I know will last a lifetime and memories that will you’ve perfected it, and then use it to change the world.” never be forgotten.” She went on to laud the coaches she had played for over the years, including Tiffany Walker, who Dullahan said “made me realize that playing on a team meant working together,” and Brandy Hudson. “You took me under your wing,” Dullahan said to Hudson, “and taught me not only how to be a better soccer player, but more importantly, the meaning of life.” Ian Richardson ’12, who played a wide variety of sports during his six years at R-MA, commented, “R-MA sports…have made me mentally and physically tough. They have taught me the true meaning of brotherhood.”
Class Night Class Night was filled with anticipation—it was the first graduation event that required all the seniors to be in attendance, where the most prestigious awards of the year would be handed out, and where some students would be giving their final performances. Class President Donovan Farmer ’12 presided over the Class Night events and also gave a speech in which he offered some advice to his fellow graduates. “Next, we head off to college, where we are blessed with a clean slate. No mistakes, no baggage. Nothing but the lessons that we have learned in the past 12 years. And as we venture off our separate ways, all of our canvases have been wiped clean. With that, paint your life the way you want it to be painted. Let no one taint your individuality. Let no one Class President Donovan Farmer ’12 spoke to his fellow graduates and students, as well as their families, during Class Night. 6 The Sabre Summer/Fall 2012
Senior Luncheon As Logan Usmani ‘12 said, “I’ve made some great friends, had some awesome memories, and had the pleasure of being taught by some fantastic teachers.” Senior Luncheon is a time for the students to reflect on all three. Saying that as an “Asian woman, actually still a girl” she was expected to bring tears to the event, Jingyi “Arcadia” Chen ’12 did anything but that. “R-MA has changed me many ways except my height,” she joked. “Yea, life is going to change you a lot, so let it. I learnt my English here so I know life is more about doing things we used to think we can’t…. I was ditched by an Oregon boy and got Apple Blossom Princess the same day, [so] I know no matter good or bad, life is only and always ours. We did not choose our life, our life chose us….. Life only has two choices -- go big or go home.” “When I first heard from my dad that I would be attending a boarding school, I was speechless,” admitted Birahim Thiam ’12. “I had always been acclimated to going to a private day school. I was surprised and I did not know what to expect at Randolph-Macon Academy. At R-MA, I first felt homesick for the first few weeks, but then I realized it was not bad after all.” Thiam described an important lesson he learned as a result of being cut from the R-MA Middle School soccer team in 7th and 8th grades. “My parents…told me that in order to be successful not only in soccer, but in life, I had to change my habits…. It was at RandolphMacon-Academy that I realized I needed to change, focus on what’s important and strive for success.” Thiam tried new sports, improved his grades, and even tried out the flight program. “Now towards the end of my high school career,” he said, “I see that there has been a dramatic change in my life that I am grateful for.” Lindsey “Annie” Jones ’12 also acknowledged that R-MA had made a huge difference in her life. “Throughout these two years I’ve been here, I’ve learned so much, I’ve had to change so much,” she said. “Just being here at R-MA has changed me, like who I used to be and where I came from is so different. ....I’ve probably written more
class; we are a family. The friends that we have made, and the dreams that we have had – never forget them.” “As we go forth in life, although our paths will vary, we all share a common bond – a legacy. We will choose our own destiny. No matter what happens, we will always prevail. We are the Class of 2012, and this is our time,” he concluded. Before receiving their diplomas, R-MA’s Class of 2012, along with those gathered to celebrate them, had the unique opportunity to listen to a very special graduation speaker: Secretary of the Air Force Michael B. Donley. One graduate who plans to go into the Air Force said before graduation, “I think it’s cool that he’s going to be here to speak. He’s sort of my future uber-boss, the way I see it.” Donley did not disappoint. After congratulating the students on their accomplishments, the parents on the job they had done raising their sons and daughters, and the teachers and staff at R-MA for the part they had played in the students’ lives, Donley went on to make a very important point about The Class of 2012 gathers in front of Melton Memorial Gymnasium for one the students’ education at Randolph-Macon Academy. final photo before graduation. “When I graduated from high school in 1970,” he said, “the United States was in a Cold War with the Soviet Union, a nation essays and done more papers than I’ve ever done in my life, here at that no longer exists, a hot war in Vietnam, a nation with which we R-MA.” have increasingly warm relations, the Watergate was just another hotel Erin Mannion ’12 encouraged her peers to look to the future. in Washington, and I can assure you my parents had no indication that “Let us realize that our past failures are no indication of our future I might someday be part of the world’s finest Air Force. performance. Let us think about the people we care about the most, “Let’s face it, today’s grads are living in a much different world and how they fail or disappoint us, but we still love them, we still than the one I knew when I received my diploma. And an enormous give them chances, and we still see the best in them. Let us extend amount of change has already occurred just during the span of our that generosity to ourselves,” she said. “Let us remember that our graduates’ lifetimes. courage is like a wild dog, it won’t just come when you call it. We “Consider the pace and magnitude of technological change. In have to chase it down and hold on as tight as we can. There’s no need the mid-1990s, the Internet revolution had not yet taken hold; cell to sharpen our pencils anymore, they’re sharp enough. Even the dull phone communication was just taking off, if you didn’t mind carrying ones will make a mark.” a phone the size of a large brick; GPS was the gee whiz technology of In spite of the rain shower that passed through during the Senior the Gulf War and had not yet become embedded in cars; nobody had a Luncheon and the continued threat of storms, R-MA President Major computer tablet; tweeting was something only birds did; a blackberry General Henry M. Hobgood assured the families gathered that the was just fruit; and droids were something you read about in science Final Parade would go on as scheduled. Mr. Tom Laourdarkis and the fiction…now you can carry them in your pocket. rest of the R-MA grounds crew wiped down the bleachers, used leaf “These observations don’t even take blowers to dry them further, and managed to get them into account the geopolitical dynamics ready for the families who were eager to watch their prompted by the end of the Cold War, or the soon-to-be graduates toss their hats in the air. Halfway rise of asymmetric threats around the world. through the parade, it seemed that even God might want Considering all these changes we’ve experienced to show His approval of this class, as the sun broke in the lives of these graduates, who can say what through the clouds and shone down on the cadets just the next 20 years will bring? before they completed the infamous hat toss. “But if you put technology and geopolitics As if to further prove that it was only the prayers of aside, some important life principles endure Hobgood and the graduates’ families that had held the through the passage of time. As a matter of rain off, later that evening a violent storm blew through, fact, I would argue that by your attendance sending people scurrying for cover as a tornado warning at Randolph-Macon Academy, and by your was issued for Warren County. In spite of the wild acceptance of R-MA’s values and the Air Force weather, however, nothing could dampen the spirits of core values introduced to the Cadet Corps, you the Class of 2012. have already learned and experienced many of Graduation the life lessons that will continue to help you Valedictorian Chris Munden Graduation day dawned beautifully and without chart your course – in your personal and family addressed the audience during humidity, with temperatures reaching only the mid-70’s life, in your future career and professional life, graduation. at mid-day. It was a slightly ironic twist as this was the and in your life as a citizen with obligations to first graduation held in the renovated and newly airyour community and your Nation. conditioned Melton Memorial Gymnasium. “By holding on to R-MA’s foundational principles – Leadership, Valedictorian Chris Munden ’12 brought the student speeches Knowledge, and Character – and doing your utmost to live according full circle as he challenged his classmates, just as salutatorian John to the Air Force’s core values – Integrity First, Service Before Self, Christoph had done less than 48 hours before. “I challenge everyone and Excellence In All We Do – you will be miles ahead of many of in our class to do just this – to change the world,” he said. “All of us your peers, and you will benefit from having ethical guideposts to have many doors open to us, each holding a different opportunity. As point the way, no matter which path you choose.” we go through life, on whatever path we may choose, we will always Donley had three charges to the graduates. “First, I encourage remember the time we have spent together. We are more than just a See “Graduation,” page 12 7 The Sabre Summer/Fall 2012
The Next Journey...the College Destinations and Acceptances of the Class of 2012 College destinations are listed in bold.
Andrew Samuel Cassone Old Dominion University
Valedictorian Christopher James Munden University of Virginia
Bethany College Ferrum College Liberty University Radford University Shepherd University
Purdue University Virginia Tech College of William and Mary
Salutatorian John Moffatt Christoph College of William and Mary (Early Decision) Maria Aleksandrova Radford University Eckerd College Flagler College High Point University Hofstra University Longwood University Old Dominion University The University of Tampa West Virginia University
William Casey James Barr Virginia Commonwealth University George Mason University Lynchburg College
Clifton Wayne Borden Virginia Tech George Mason University James Madison University
Jason Freeman Branch West Virginia University
Dominick Vincent Cedeno Drexel University Jingyi Chen McGill University
Daniel Marshall Finn Guilford College
University of Connecticut University of Connecticut at Stamford Georgetown University Georgia Institute of Technology
Ian Campbell Cochran Virginia Military Institute James Madison University West Virginia University
Seth Christopher Conner Flagler College Florida Institute of Technology Jacksonville University
Carly Cramer Randolph-Macon College Mary Baldwin College Old Dominion University University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
Sable A. Daniel-Stratton University of the District of Columbia
Michael Ryan Brooks Virginia Tech
Nhan Chi Dinh Northern Virginia Community College - Manassas Campus
The University of Arizona The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina University of Mississippi Texas A&M University
GeorgiAnna Irene Carbone-Wynne Wake Forest University Fordham University University of Puget Sound Southern Methodist University University of Washington
Donovan Cornell Farmer Virginia Tech
Florida Institute of Technology
The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale
William Robert Randolph Camp Virginia Military Institute
University of California at Irvine University of Miami Michigan State University University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - FL
Belhaven University Marist College Randolph College Virginia Military Institute
Shujun Fan Boston University
Lynchburg College West Virginia University
Erin Theresa Dullahan Mary Baldwin College Lynchburg College
Khaleeq Divine Everett Mount Saint Mary’s University Elon University George Mason University High Point University Marymount University Randolph-Macon College Rollins College St. Mary’s College of Maryland Washington College
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University of Bridgeport High Point University Roger Williams University Roosevelt University Chicago College of Performing Arts Stevenson University
Alexandria Alexis Fleming University of North Carolina at Charlotte George Mason University High Point University Pacific Lutheran University Rollins College Spelman College University of Washington Western Washington University
Joseph Hall Gillette Randolph-Macon College Bridgewater College The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina
Julia Pauline Griesbaum Murray State University Eastern Kentucky University Kentucky Wesleyan College Mary Baldwin College
Lingyu Han University of California at Los Angeles Boston University University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign New York University University of Rochester
Shengmin Huang Syracuse University University of Denver Drexel University Michigan State University Rochester Institute of Technology
Trevor Marc Illman Virginia Commonwealth University Hampden-Sydney College Pennsylvania State University, Altoona West Virginia University
Benjamin Isenbarger Lynchburg College Ferrum College Radford University
Lindsey Allie Jones Ferrum College University of Virginia’s College at Wise
Gwi Woong Jung Emory University University of California at Davis University of California at Los Angeles University of California at San Diego University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign University of San Diego
Danneh Kumba Kainessi Mary Baldwin College Jae Hyun Kim University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign Purdue University
Emile Kibe Kimani Shepherd University Barton College Wesley College
Sean Michael Knick Virginia Military Institute Bridgewater College Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - FL Hampden-Sydney College Randolph-Macon College West Virginia University
Emerson William Koerber University of Maryland, College Park Hofstra University University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Dong Hyun Lee Purdue University Drexel University Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - FL Florida Institute of Technology Virginia Tech University of Washington
Jun Young Lee University of California at San Diego University of California at Davis University of California at Irvine University of California at Santa Barbara University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign Pennsylvania State University, University Park Purdue University University of Washington
Qinyi Li University of California at Irvine The University of Arizona George Mason University Indiana University at Bloomington James Madison University Pace University, New York City
Ruonan Li George Mason University James Madison University University of Mary Washington
Daniel McCassy Maloney Hampden-Sydney College Christopher Newport University James Madison University Old Dominion University Virginia Tech
Erin Nicole Mannion Bridgewater College Drexel University Mary Baldwin College Regent University Virginia Wesleyan College
Ruben Dario Marmolejo Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey at New Brunswick Drexel University Hofstra University Virginia Commonwealth University West Virginia University Widener University
Collin Thomas McCabe West Virginia University Coastal Carolina University Lynchburg College
Nicholas Patrick McCormick Bucknell University University of Pittsburgh Saint Louis University University of Tulsa
Jake E. Mello University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth
Brandon Kyle Morris Regent University Ferrum College Hood College
Kyle Edward Mountjoy Northern Virginia Community College - Annandale Campus Steven Douglas Multog Virginia Western Community College Bo Na The Universities at Shady Grove Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - FL Lynchburg College University of North Dakota West Virginia University
Elaine Courtney Nalikka Washington and Jefferson College Converse College Drexel University Huntington University University of Pittsburgh Purdue University Randolph College Wittenberg University
Alexander Keenan Neumeier University of Southern California New York University
Anh Nguyen James Madison University Lynchburg College University of Mary Washington Saint Joseph’s University Binghamton University
Nathaniel Duy Nguyen West Virginia University The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina
Nhat Minh Nguyen Northern Virginia Community College - Annandale Campus Ryan Sanford Ochoa United States Naval Academy Prep School Purdue University Virginia Tech
In Kyu Oh University of California at Los Angeles University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign
Alfred Simo Okang University of Maryland, College Park The Catholic University of America Drexel University Hofstra University University of Maryland, Baltimore County University of Pittsburgh
Abraham Park Virginia Commonwealth University Allegheny College Pennsylvania State University, Altoona
Alana Parker Flagler College Yihao Peng University of California at Santa Barbara University of California at Irvine Pennsylvania State University, University Park
Matthew Spearman Clemson University North Georgia College & State University
Joyslin Celezte Sullivan University of Mary Washington Ji Yuan Sun University of Maryland, College Park Loyola University Maryland University of Maryland, Baltimore County Northeastern University Pennsylvania State University, University Park University of Pittsburgh University of San Diego Towson University West Virginia University
Birahim Idrissa Thiam University of Virginia
Jared Michael Purcell Emory & Henry College
American University University of Maryland, College Park Mount Saint Mary’s University Pennsylvania State University, University Park St. Mary’s College of Maryland Ursinus College Villanova University College of William and Mary
Jiling Quan George Mason University
Thanh Thai Truong Johnson & Wales University
Pavel Vadimovich Potapov Northeastern University
Newbury College Suffolk University
Ian Alexander Richardson Shepherd University University of Maryland, Eastern Shore Wesley College West Liberty University
Ryan Richard Sanders Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - FL Kent State University
Jae Hoon Shin University of California at San Diego Boston University University of California at Davis University of California at Irvine University of California at Santa Barbara Indiana University at Bloomington Michigan State University Purdue University State University of New York at Albany
Virginia Commonwealth University
Dacoda Allen Shaw Twenhafel Jacksonville University Arizona State University University of North Dakota
Logan Khan Usmani College of William and Mary George Mason University
Jessica C. Vaughan University of Mary Washington Ziyu Wang George Mason University Chinenye Willie-Nwobu Radford University Averett University
Sirui Zhang University of Richmond American University Boston University Lehigh University Pennsylvania State University, University Park
Philippe-Henry Siclait Mount Saint Mary’s University Stevenson University
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campus news Valedictorian Christopher Munden ‘12
Salutatorian John Morgan Moffatt Christoph ‘12 U.S. Air Force ROTC Scholarships William Camp ‘12 – Virginia Military Institute Ian Cochran ‘12 Ryan Ochoa ‘12
U.S. Army ROTC Scholarships Ian Cochran ’12 – Virginia Military Institute Matthew Spearman ‘12 – Clemson University U. S. Naval Academy Ryan Ochoa ‘12 – U.S. Naval Academy Prep School
Academic Scholarships Carly Cramer ‘12 – RandolphMacon College Khaleeq Everett ‘12 – Mount St. Mary’s University Annie Jones ‘12 – Ferrum College Scholastic Excellence Award Birahim Thiam ‘12
Distinguished Athlete Award Clifton Borden ‘12 Semper Fidelis Award Ryan Sanders ‘12 Pat Spears Jr. Mile McKenzie Marshall ‘13 Pat Spears Sr. Mile Donovan Farmer ‘12
Pat Spears Most Improved Award Uzoamaka Njoku ‘14
Football Sportsman Award Collin McCabe ‘12
Outstanding Sportsman Award McKenzie Marshall ‘13 Athletes of the Year Ian Richardson ‘12 Anastasia Voellm ‘13
U.S. Army Reserve National Scholar/Athlete Award Tanner Blankenship ‘13 Allyson McManus ‘13
Cadet in the Arena – Leadership Award GeorgiAnna Carbone-Wynne ‘12 Jared Purcell ‘12 AFA AFJROTC Award Michael Brooks ‘12
Class Acts: The Upper School Awards James M. Mills Award William Camp ‘12
Commandant’s Award Sean Knick ‘12
Herbert Gray Wyatt Band Medal Ryan Ochoa ‘12
Outstanding Instrumental Musician Medal Shengmin Huang ‘12 John Philip Sousa Band Award Julia Griesbaum ‘12
Outstanding Choral Musician Medals Carly Cramer ‘12 Emile Kimani ‘12 Brandon Morris ‘12 Chinenye Willie-Nwobu ‘12 Yearbook Editor Award GeorgiAnna Carbone-Wynne ‘12 National Honor Society Scholarships GeorgiAnna Carbone-Wynne ‘12 John Christoph ‘12 Gwi Woong Jung ‘12 Christopher Munden ‘12 In Kyu Oh ‘12 Logan Usmani ‘12 German Medal Michael Brooks ‘12
Spanish Medal Nicholas McCormick ‘12 Drama Medal Carly Cramer ‘12
Art Medal Julia Griesbaum ‘12
English As A Second Language Medal Kai Liang ‘14
English Medal Christopher Munden ‘12 Math Medal John Christoph ‘12
Journalism Medals Casey Barr ‘12 Louisa Stanwich ‘14 Science Medal John Christoph ‘12
Social Studies Medal John Christoph ‘12
Kemper History Medal Christopher Munden ‘12
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Jesse K. Brennan Religion Medal Siqi Xie ‘14 Sewanee Award for Excellence in Writing Allyson McManus ‘13
Daughters of American Colonists Award Ashley McManus ‘13
Shenandoah Valley Chapter United States Daughters of 1812 Award Erin Dullahan ‘12
Academy President’s Award Jun Young Lee ‘12 Ian Cochran ‘12 Daniel Maloney ‘12 Athena Award GeorgiAnna Carbone-Wynne ‘12 Lincoln Award John Christoph ‘12
Most Genteel Female Award Jingyi Chen ’12 Most Genteel Male Award Birahim Thiam ’12 George M. Wines Most Unselfish Service Award Christopher Munden ‘12 Best All-Around Cadet Sean Knick ‘12
Outstanding Cadet Awards 9th Jacob Dodson ‘15 10th Grace Alexander ‘14 11th Ashley McManus ‘13 12th Jared Purcell ‘12
Outstanding Performance In Ground School Thomas Abell ‘13 Thespian Award Alex Neumeier ‘12
Theatre Leadership Award Emile Kimani ‘12 Theatre Journey Award Casey Barr ‘12 Certificate for Art – 3D Hunter Kaye ‘13 Certificate for Art – 2D Shujun Fan ‘12
Old Testament Tajsha Richards ‘14 New Testament Patrick Trauth ‘13
Comparative Religion Tony Catalfamo ‘14 World History II Roop Atwal ‘15
Honors World History II Samantha Kelley ‘13 Asian History Elaine Nalikka ‘12
20th Century Warfare Trey Siemers ‘13 Psychology Jae Hyun Kim ‘12 U.S. History Anh Nguyen ‘12
AP U.S. History Madeline Chafin ‘14
AP European History Allyson McManus ‘13 U.S. Government Alana Parker ‘12
AP U.S. Government Birahim Thiam ‘12 Computer Literacy Birahim Thiam ‘12 Algebra I Mazrukh Khan ‘15
Honors Algebra I Jessica Peterman ‘16 Geometry Shan Jiang ‘15
Honors Geometry Meghan Melberg ‘16
Algebra II/Trigonometry Kai Liang ‘14 Honors Algebra II/ Trigonometry William Wong ‘16 Pre-Calculus Anh Nguyen ‘12
Honors Pre-Calculus Tung Nguyen ‘13 Statistics Jae Hyun Kim ‘12 AP Calculus Siqi Xie ‘14
Biology Meghan Melberg ‘16 Honors Biology Jiafeng Su ‘14
AP Biology David Lee ‘14
German III Jonathan Pederson ‘15
Chemistry Siqi Xie ‘14
AP German V Clifton Borden ‘12
Conceptual Physics Jacob Dodson ‘15 AP Chemistry Anh Nguyen ‘12
Honors Anatomy and Physiology Christopher Munden ‘12 Physics Emerson Koerber ‘12 AP Physics Li Deng ‘13
Top Researcher Jacob Dodson ‘15 English 9 Roop Atwal ‘15
Honors English 9 Jacob Dodson ‘15 English 10 Grace Jung ‘14
Honors English 10 Grace Alexander ‘14
American Literature Elizabeth Doran ‘13 AP English 11 Ashley McManus ‘13
Honors The Arts in Society Tanner Blankenship ‘13 British Literature Anh Nguyen ‘12
AP English 12 Christopher Munden ‘12 ESL II Junhao Liu ‘14
ESL III Cheng Qian ‘15
Intro to Mainstream English Jiafeng Su ‘14 Spanish I Thomas Powars ‘16 Spanish II Ryan Chahal ‘13
Honors Spanish III Emmanuel Arellano ‘14 College Spanish IV Devon Vickery ‘13 German I Rabia Otry ‘13
German II Benjamin Gillis ‘14
AP German IV Glenn Schoonover ‘15
German National Honor Society Award Michael Brooks ‘12
Foreign Language National Exam Awards German: Gold Standard Quang Hien Dang ‘13 Li Deng ‘13 Shaomei Lu ‘13 Rabia Otry ‘13 Tajsha Richards ‘14
German: Silver Standard Michael Brooks ‘12 Benjamin Gillis ‘14 Rebel Hafner ‘15 Jonathan Pederson ‘15 Pavel Potapov ‘12
German: Bronze Standard Peter Jin ‘13 Allyson McManus ‘13 Ashley McManus ‘13 Dennis Ponn ‘17 Glenn Schoonover ‘15 Jessica Vaughan ‘12
German: Honorable Mention Grace Alexander ‘14 Clifton Borden ‘12 Erin Dullahan ‘12 Benjamin Schoonover ‘17 Siqi Xie ‘14 Spanish: Silver Standard Emmanuel Arellano ‘14 Ryan Chahal ‘13 Manuel Prado ‘12
Spanish: Honorable Mention Anthony Catalfamo Madeline Chafin ‘14 Mazrukh Khan ‘15 Deborah Kim ‘14 Jessica Neupane ‘15 Uzoamaka Njoku ‘14 Enyonam Odoom ‘13 Katelyn Shea ‘17 Tyler Vaughan ‘15 Nicolas Zavala ‘15 Community Service Award Elizabeth Doran ‘13 Sean Knick ‘12
Residential Life Awards Jingyi Chen ‘12 Lingyu “Billy” Han ‘12
National Financial Capability Challenge (Sponsored by the Department of the Treasury)
Robert Amarin ‘13 Andrew Cassone ‘12 Dominick Cedeno ‘12 Khaleeq Everett ‘12 Daniel Maloney ‘12 Jackson McGraw’13 Anh Nguyen ‘12 Jessica Vaughan ‘12
American Citizenship Awards 9th Malik Cochran ‘15 Tanner Zyontz ‘15 10th Grace Alexander ‘14 Siqi Xie ‘14
11th Thandiwe Kapakasa ‘13 Hunter Kaye ‘13 12th GeorgiAnna Carbone Wynne ‘12 Sirui Zhang ‘12
Virginia Mathematics League Certificates of Merit Li Deng ‘13 Ming Gong ‘14 Tung Nguyen ‘13 Siqi Xie ‘14 Wencan Xu ‘13 Development Office Certificate Kyle Cantarella ‘13 Faith Funderberg ‘14 Peter Jin ‘12 Sean Knick ‘12 Justin Miernicki ‘13 Christopher Munden ‘12 The Academy’s Own Grace Alexander ‘14 Juliet Arcila Rojas ‘13 Emmanuel Arellano ‘14 Michael Brooks ‘12 Madeline Chafin ‘14 John Christoph ‘12 Ian Cochran ‘12 Malik Cochran ‘15 Sean Knick ‘12 Austin Lee ‘15 David Lee ‘14 Cole Mitchell ‘14 Chong Niu ‘14 Louisa Stanwich ‘14 Anastasia Voellm ‘13
President’s Award for Academic Achievement Clifton Borden ‘12 William Camp ‘12 Carly Cramer ‘12 Khaleeq Everett ‘12 Shujun Fan ‘12 Shengmin Huang ‘12 Sean Knick ‘12 Emerson Koerber ‘12 Erin Mannion ‘12 Jake Mello ‘12 Alana Parker ‘12 Yihao Peng ‘12 Pavel Potapov ‘12 Jae Hoon Shin ‘12 Joyslin Sullivan ‘12 Thanh Truong ‘12 Logan Usmani ‘12 Chinenye Willie-Nwobu ‘12
Presidential Academic Education Award for Academic Excellence Michael Brooks ‘12 GeorgiAnna Carbone-Wynne ‘12 Jingyi Chen ‘12 John Christoph ‘12 Alexandria Fleming ‘12 Lingyu Han ‘12 Gwi Woong Jung ‘12 Jae Hyun Kim ‘12 Jun Young Lee ‘12 Qinyi Li ‘12 Daniel Maloney ‘12 Christopher Munden ‘12 Alexander Neumeier ‘12 Anh Nguyen ‘12 Ryan Ochoa ‘12 In Kyu Oh ‘12 Matthew Spearman ‘12 Ji Yuan Sun ‘12 Birahim Thiam ‘12 Jessica Vaughan ‘12 Sirui Zhang ‘12 Band Performance Certificates Clifton Borden ‘12 Michael Brooks ‘12 Sabrina Caballero ‘14 Andrew Criminski ‘13 Yibo Feng ‘13 Ming Gong ‘14 Julia Griesbaum ‘12 Shengmin Huang ‘12 Jessica Neupane ‘15 Ixel Ochoa ‘15 Ryan Ochoa ‘12 Rabia Otry ‘13 Ji Yun Park ‘15 Glenn Schoonover ‘15 Ryan Seabright ‘13
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campus news Graduation, continued from page 7
Above, the almost-graduates celebrate after being dismissed from formation for the last time during the Final Parade. At right, Birahim Thiam ’12, who spoke during the Senior Luncheon, shakes hands with Secretary of the Air Force Michael B. Donley after graduation.
each and every one of you to make a commitment to some form of public service,” he said. While acknowledging those who planned to pursue the “noble profession” of military service, he pointed out that politicians, first responders, teachers, business owners, ministers, and volunteers are also forms of public service. “The important thing is to use your talents to the fullest, whatever they may be, and try to give something back for the public good,” he said. “Second,” he continued, “I urge you to embrace your lifelong education. Never stop learning. …I think you will find that you would always like to have more training, more degrees under your belt. It will help you build the professional competencies you need to succeed in whatever you do. The good thing is you can always keep learning.” “Third and finally, never forget you are a leader,” he said as he drew his speech to a close. “Build on the leadership skills you developed and practiced at Randolph-Macon. “Always look for a way to make a contribution and take whatever organization you are a part of to the next level. Try to make things better each and every day, even in small ways. Your measure of success is not only mission accomplishment – it is also about whether others learn from your personal example in ways that positively influence their lives, in ways that improve the wellbeing of others, and that you leave your school, your squadron, your neighborhood, or your Nation a better place.” With that, the Class of 2012—a class made up of students from 13 states and 6 countries, a class that had been part of the Air Force JROTC unit receiving the Distinguished Unit Award for four consecutive years, a class that had served over 8,200 hours of community service, a class that saw the building of Stan Fulton Hall, the renovation of Melton Memorial Gymnasium, and the return of musicals to the R-MA stage—this incredible group of young men and women received their diplomas, and looked to the future. At left, Daniel Maloney ’12, Donovan Farmer ’12, Sean Knick ’12, and Matthew Spearman ’12 show off their wheel hats after the Final Parade.
F-35, continued from page 2 their full potential and ours as a nation. “Reaching new heights in science, technology, engineering, and math, as the F-35 has done, begins with the key fundamentals that students are learning here today at Randolph-Macon Academy. Their aptitude of achievement hinges on the mastery of the basics. We hope this model will reinforce the importance of education in a very real and compelling way that encourages students to pursue their excellence and make real what is considered impossible today with their dreams, their innovation, and their passion.” “Ms. Martin, Randolph-Macon Academy proudly accepts this F-35 aircraft,” said R-MA President Maj Gen Henry M. Hobgood, USAF ret. “We think it will serve as both a symbol of 12 The Sabre Summer/Fall 2012
American ingenuity and technological superiority, and our national resolve to provide our airmen with the best possible fore-fighting capability. I’m confident also…that this model will indeed serve to inspire our young Randolph-Macon Academy scholars to explore careers in engineering, science, and in aviation.” The F-35 is described as “the world’s only international 5th generation fighter.” It is capable of reaching a speed of mach 1.6 (1,200 mph) and has a range of 1,200 nautical miles.
Lorraine M. Martin, Vice President and Deputy of the F-35 Lightning II Program at Lockheed Martin, speaks during the unveiling ceremony.
An Interview with Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley In an interview with the R-MA PR Office, Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley offers explanations and his views on some commonly asked questions in regards to Air Force JROTC. R-MA: What role or purpose does AFJROTC play in the overall organization of the Air Force? Donley: The U.S. Air Force is committed to the principle of citizen development through military service. By extension, Air Force Junior ROTC contributes to that commitment through its presence at 878 high schools around the globe. At each of these locations, AFJROTC plays a key role in developing citizens of character by instilling in these students the values of citizenship, service to the United States, personal responsibility and a sense of accomplishment. Air Force commitment to AFJROTC goes deep – in fact, it’s codified in public law. Title 10, Section 2031 of the U.S. Code directs that, “the Secretary of each military department shall establish and maintain a Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps, organized into units, at public and private secondary educational institutions which apply for a unit and meet the standards and criteria prescribed pursuant to this section.” To ensure we effectively meet this important obligation, we have aligned the AFJROTC program under our Air Education and Training Command with delegated program oversight and management under Air University and the Holm Center at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. R-MA: What does Air Force JROTC provide a school? Donley: From my perspective, the AFJROTC program provides both tangible and intangible benefits to participating schools and students. In terms of the tangibles, the Air Force provides a host school with the necessary equipment and resources required to administer the program. For example, we provide computers, textbooks, classroom materials, various other equipment and instructor pay. We also provide the necessary uniforms to outfit the cadet corps. However, just as important are the intangible benefits that students receive. These may include, but aren’t limited to, learning valuable lessons and experiences about becoming better citizens, leaders, and team members; gaining a sense of pride and accomplishment; being a part of something bigger than oneself; and putting into practice firsthand the Air Force’s core values of integrity, service before self, and excellence in all we do. R-MA: With the AFJROTC commitment to service, the theory would be that the local community benefits from having an AFJROTC-affiliated school in its area. Have you found this to be the case? If so, in what way? Donley: An AFJROTC program in a high school and community like the one here at Randolph-Macon Academy definitely provides a unique advantage. Each year, Headquarters AFJROTC surveys half of the 878 school principals who host AFJROTC programs in their high schools. The results of the survey reflect the incredible and positive impact that AFJROTC is having in our high school populations. For example, ninety-six percent of these principals report that AFJROTC cadets have higher attendance rates; ninety-nine percent report that graduation rates among cadets are higher; ninety-three percent report lower suspension rates among cadets, and ninety-six percent report they believe the program does, in fact, build better citizens for America. Other noteworthy findings from these surveys indicate that the AFJROTC program encourages students to stay in school, help the community, and improve their grades.
In addition, local communities benefit from the program as well. Last year, AFJROTC cadets logged more than 2.2 million hours of community service hours. This included time spent supporting our elderly citizens, veterans groups, local schools, hospitals, and providing other community services to the general public. R-MA: In your eyes, what is the importance of Air Force JROTC? Donley: To quote the AFJROTC mission statement, I firmly believe the program directly contributes to developing citizens of character who are dedicated to serving our Nation and communities. Considering the challenges facing our country, this is just as important today as it has ever been. Some who participate in AFJROTC may be inspired to join the ranks of the U.S. military after they graduate from high school, while others may choose a different path – a career in government, or as a first responder, a teacher, a business owner, a minister, or a volunteer, to name but a few choices. However, the important thing is that many of those who participated in AFJROTC will go on to use their talents to the fullest, whatever they may be, and try to give something back for the public good. The value of being a good neighbor and a good citizen cannot be overestimated. Personal engagement in our democracy is essential to the continued success of what Thomas Jefferson and James Madison called the American Experiment – and AFJROTC plays an important role in that effort. R-MA: What benefits or results have you seen come about through the program? (This could be on an individual, community, or national level.) Donley: It’s clear to me that AFJROTC can change lives and have a positive impact. Each year, our leaders at Headquarters AFJROTC receive feedback from instructors in the field about cadets, parents and guardians who have been positively affected by the program. It is a testament to the fact that AFJROTC and all other JROTC programs, regardless of the service branch, serve as a stabilizing and positive influence in our high schools. It is also important to point out that the AFJROTC instructors are the true heroes in this regard. In some cases, these instructors are the only consistent adult mentor a student may have. Instructors routinely tell stories of cases where cadets are waiting outside their offices when they arrive in the morning and are there when they leave in the evenings. In essence, the program becomes almost like a family for cadets. R-MA: In these fiscally conservative times, there is a loud call for cutbacks. Some may see government support of a program like Air Force JROTC as unnecessary. What would you say to that criticism? Do the benefits outweigh the cost in this case? Donley: AFJROTC is a force multiplier for our Nation and a program clearly worth the investment. For the reasons I’ve highlighted, AFJROTC will, and must, continue to play an important role in developing our young citizens and helping to instill positive values that benefit the students and our country. The Air Force remains committed to the AFJROTC program and to helping students enrolled in the worthwhile program to achieve their full potential.
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Middle School Promotions: “Wow!”
by Megan Cole ’10 On June 7th, in Boggs Chapel, 27 eighth grade students were promoted to the Randolph-Macon Academy Upper School. With friends, family, faculty and staff in attendance, the soon-to-be high school students marched proudly to their seats as Mr. Michael DeMato played the organ. Emma Bunker ’16 led the pledge of allegiance and all were seated. Middle School Principal Derrick Leasure welcomed all to the ceremony with a few statistics about the eighth grade class: • The average GPA of R-MA’s eighth grade students is 3.45. • 60% of students are on either the President’s or the Principal’s List. • The standardized test scores of the students is greater than 75% of their peers nationally. • One third of students are in the National Junior Honor Society. • 100 % of students are involved in interscholastic sports. • The students performed over one thousand one hundred hours of community service were performed. • Many students are in honors and sophomore level courses. • The favorite word of all students: “Wow!” Noting that the class of 2016 is prepared for high school, Leasure said, “The list says it all; they (the students) are involved, dedicated and prepared for the future.” To highlight those who attended Middle School for all three years, grades six through eight, the audience got an inside peek at some fun nicknames these students earned over the years. “Happy and bubbly Quinn Blankenship…The hard-working, smooth-talking Cody Borden…Mr. ‘Why can’t I wear these shoes?’ Ian Dalrymple…Mr. ‘Give it the old college try’ and ‘Nice weather we’re having,’ Thomas Shea…and Johnny Wong, the man with a million questions” along with nine of their peers were recognized. Upon giving a quote from Nelson Mandela, “After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb,” Leasure advised his students, “Keep your eyes on the next hill as you begin your freshman year.” At this time, the Prayer of St. Francis, a tradition at the eighth grade promotion ceremony, was read by Gabriel Williams ’16, the SCA president. To continue the festivities and showcase some of the abundant talent that has come through the Middle School, Jessica Peterman ’16 amazed all in attendance on violin with Vivaldi’s Concerto in A minor, accompanied by DeMato on piano. Rear Admiral John D. Stufflebeem, U.S. Navy retired, a 1970 R-MA alumnus, was chosen as the guest speaker. He was the corps commander, a varsity sports letterman, and had a yearning to fly during his years at R-MA. Upon graduating, Stufflebeem enrolled in the U.S. Naval Academy Prep School and subsequently attended the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis. After his graduation in 1975, he went on to play football Lucy Dong ’16, Jessica Peterman ’16 and ZiYun “Amy” Wang ’16 celebrate their promotion, the beginning of summer, and the excitement of going to the Upper School in the fall. 14 The Sabre Summer/Fall 2012
for the NFL Detroit Lions before beginning a career in 1980 as a Navy fighter pilot. Today, after his days of flying F-14 Tomcats and F/A-18 Hornets from aircraft carriers, Stufflebeem works to find housing for homeless U.S. military veterans and also helps former pro-football players with traumatic brain injuries. A light-hearted, humorous speaker, Stufflebeem noted the smiles on everyone’s faces: the kids, smiling because they are being promoted, the family and friends smiling out of Rear Admiral John Stufflebeem ’70 pride, and the faculty, smiling speaks to the eighth grade class because the kids are on their during the promotion ceremony. way out. “Life is like a book, it has a beginning, an end, and chapters in between,” he said on a more serious note. “The most exciting chapters,” he pointed out, “are those that have not yet been written.” Describing the preparedness of these students to go on to the most exciting chapters in their young lives, he thanked the faculty for giving them the tools to succeed, congratulated the parents on “the foresight to trust this institution to prepare them better than all other schools,” and recalled that it was his teachers and mentors at R-MA who taught him to trust in others as the parents trusted in the current faculty. To the class of 2016, he told them the best advice he had ever received was, “Think about the consequences of your decision and understand your own decisions.” “I am responsible for myself,” he recited. His tone and smile showed that he understood the true value of that R-MA Middle School virtue. In keeping with this theme, Stufflebeam stated that the most difficult thing to do in life is to communicate and that the receiver of the communication, rather than the transmitter, holds the responsibility for the information received. He advised the students that learning to ask good questions and learning how to think about what they have received critically would benefit them for a lifetime because one “never stops learning.” He concluded by saying the fear of failure is often held by youngsters. “Don’t fear to fail. Learn from it. Learn to turn challenges into opportunities,” all of which, he reminded, could be done upon learning to think critically. Just before the diplomas were handed out, Meghan Melberg ’16 played Bach’s Invention No. 5 on the piano. Her performance was described as, “masterful,” “beautiful,” and “talented” by many audience members. With the nostalgia of years past and excited anticipation of what is to come on their faces, the 27 students accepted their diplomas. President of R-MA Major General Henry M. Hobgood gave the closing remarks. “We could not have had a better eighth grade class. Welcome to the ninth grade and the Upper School.” General Hobgood thanked Stufflebeem for his words of inspiration, humor, and testimony about R-MA. With that, the promotion was complete. When asked how they feel about becoming high school students, some were sad, others were overjoyed, and all were excited. “I feel like I am going on to something bigger and better that the Middle School prepared me for,” said Ashley Grossman ’16. Thomas Powars ’16 echoed her sentiments, “I am looking forward to it!” Congratulations Class of 2016!
Middle School Recognizes Its Top Stars English 6 Composition
World History 8
Physical Education 7
Outstanding Mastery Ryan Latham ’18
Outstanding Mastery Meghan Melberg ’16
Outstanding Mastery Nicholas Kays ’17
Most Improved Young Kyo Jung ’18
Most Improved Torian Gadson ’16
Most Improved Ceara Richards ’17
English 6 Literature
Physical Education 8
Outstanding Mastery Evan Anderton ’18
Outstanding Mastery Katelyn Ponn ’18
Outstanding Mastery Gabriel Williams ’16
Most Improved Gabriel Dubin ’18
Most Improved Gabriel Dubin ’18
Most Improved Dabin Seong ’16
English 7 Literature
Outstanding Mastery Remington Gillis ’17
Outstanding Mastery Ryan Latham ’18
Outstanding Mastery Jenny Zheng ’16
Most Improved Jie Yi Xu ’17
Most Improved Ezra Embrey ’17
Most Improved Joseph Silek ’17
English 7 Composition
Outstanding Mastery Katelyn Shea ’17
Outstanding Mastery Joseph Monastero ’16
Beginning Brass & Woodwinds
Most Improved Myra Grace Brown ’17
Most Improved Evan Lester ’16
English 8 Composition and Grammar Outstanding Mastery Meghan Melberg ’16 Most Improved Savannah Nell ’16
English 8 Literature Outstanding Mastery Meghan Melberg ’16 Most Improved Evan Lester ’16
U.S. History 6 Outstanding Mastery Ryan Latham ’18 Most Improved Naomi Eke-Spiff ’18
Civics 7 Outstanding Mastery Remington Gillis ’17 Most Improved Jie Yi Xu ’17
Algebra 1 Outstanding Mastery Cody Borden ’16 Most Improved Gabriel Barnaby ’16
Outstanding Mastery Anthony Elar ’18 Most Improved Dylan Glascock ’18
Middle School Band Outstanding Mastery Remington Gillis ’17
National Geographic Bee Anthony Elar ’18 Ken Gilland ’17 Mai Linh Ho ’17 Jasmine Johnson ’17 Olivia Katab ’17 Ryan Latham ’18 Joseph Monastero ’16 Thomas Powars ’16 Katelyn Shea ’17 Gabriel Williams ’16
Community Service Award – Interact Club President Meghan Melberg ’16 Vice President Emma Bunker ’16 Secretary Joseph Silek ’17 Treasurer Ken Gilland ’17 Sergeant at Arms Thomas Minchew ’17 Most Dedicated Member/Most Hours Served Joseph Silek ’17
Earth Science 6
Most Improved Ryan Latham ’18 Olivia Katab ’17
Outstanding Mastery Evan Anderton ’18
Most Improved Sarah Vaughan ’18
Outstanding Mastery Meghan Melberg ’16
Sportsman Joseph Monastero ’16
Life Science 7
Most Improved William Wong ’16
Most Genteel Male
Outstanding Mastery Dennis Ponn ’17
Most Genteel Female
Most Improved Victor Tong ’17
Outstanding Mastery Mai Linh Ho ’17
Amy Wang ’16
Physical Science 8
Most Improved Naomi Eke-Spiff ’18
Outstanding Mastery Gabriel Williams ’16 Most Improved Evan Lester ’16
Physical Education 6 Outstanding Mastery Evan Anderton ’18 Most Improved Katelyn Ponn ’18
Most Improved Dorm Citizen Victor Tong ’17
Evan Lester ’16 Emma Bunker ’16
Thomas Powars ’16
Lincoln Award Peter Blair ’16 Savannah Nell ’16
Aim High Award Meghan Melberg ’16 Gabriel Williams ’16
Dorm Outstanding Citizenship Ian Dalrymple ’16 Amy Wang ’16 15 The Sabre Summer/Fall 2012
campus news 5 Members of Class of 2012 Earn Private Pilot Certification by Megan Cole ’10
Solo #6 for 2011-12: Ryan Ochoa ’12 The next evening, May 30, Ryan Ochoa soloed amidst calmer air as the sun was dropping towards the mountains. He completed four solo landings and even flew solo over both Randolph-Macon Academy and his house in Front Royal. All of the soloists received the coveted “wings” pin at R-MA after their solo flights.
The 2011-2012 school year at Randolph-Macon Academy hosted several milestones in the world of flight. Having been taught by Laura Abraham and Ryan Koch, six flight students were able to successfully fly their first solo flights at the Front Royal-Warren County Airport, while another five earned their private pilot certification. In order to complete their solos and be certified to fly alone, student pilots had to complete at least three successful take-offs and landings on their own, with no instructor in the plane. Solo #1: Justin Miernicki ’13 Among those to solo this year, 16-year-old Justin Miernicki was first. On October 26, 2011, just days before an unusually early snow storm hit, Justin took to the skies. “I was nervous on the first landing…” said Justin, “but I knew what I had to do.” Solo #2: Dong Lee ’12 Following this path, on December 11, Dong “James” Lee soloed, though it came as a bit of a surprise to him. “We stopped and she [Abraham] said, ‘You’re ready to solo,’ and she ditched me and the plane. There was no warning. I was pretty shocked no one was next to me,” he said. Solo #3: Ryan Sanders ’12 Entering into the 2012 half of the school year, Ryan Sanders soloed on January 11. With overcast skies heading toward them, Ryan assumed his scheduled solo would have to wait. Luckily, the bad weather held off, so Ryan flew. “It felt natural,” he recalled. Maybe that’s why this wasn’t his only flight accomplishment of the year.... Solo #4: Lingyu Han ’12 Lingyu “Billy” Han was next to solo. Han’s originally scheduled solo plans were cancelled on May 22 due to a thunderstorm. On May 24, the skies cleared and Han was able to complete his solo flight.
Private Pilots During this year, R-MA was also host to four recipients of the private pilot’s certification, all of whom were seniors. In addition, one of the graduating seniors had earned his during R-MA’s 2011 Summer Flight Camp, meaning that five members of the class of 2012 earned their private pilot’s certification--an unprecedented number. To become a private pilot, students have to complete a minimum of 40 hours of flight instruction, with 20 of that being with an instructor, and the other 20 flown solo. They have to fly three hours at night, three hours flying solely by reference to the flight instruments, ten hours solo, and five hours solo cross-country (this means flying to an airport over 50 nautical miles (57.5 miles) from Front Royal). The final requirement is to pass both an oral exam and check ride with a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Designated Pilot Examiner.
Seth Conners ’12 of Front Royal, VA earned his private pilot certification on June 6, 2012.
John Christoph ’12 of Front Royal (above) and Sanders, who hails from Pennsylvania (at left earned theirs on June 3, 2012. (We told you Sanders wasn’t done at his solo!)
Solo #5: Thomas Abell ’13
Five days later, on May 29, 2012, Thomas Abell, whose solo was cancelled twice due to thunderstorms, flew with confidence and accomplished his solo, despite rough cross-winds. “Just the feel of being up above everything, being up 3,000 feet above ground, it’s pretty amazing,” he said. “There’s just something about planes. I’ve always wished I could fly.”
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Sean Knick ’12 of Washington, VA passed the exam for his private pilot certification on May 25, 2012.
Will Camp ’12 of North Carolina earned his certification during the R-MA Summer Flight Camp on July 22, 2011.
Remembering Col Ivan G. Mieth Col Ivan G. Mieth, USAF Ret., former Commandant and Chief of Staff at Randolph-Macon Academy, passed away on March 12, 2012. Mieth served 50 years in the Air Force uniform—29 years on active duty, and 21 years at Randolph-Macon Academy, from which he retired in 2005. Mieth’s funeral service was held at Boggs Chapel on March 20, 2012. In addition to his R-MA family, Col Mieth is survived by his wife, Brenda M. Mieth; his children Tawana Mieth-Williams ’95, Ivan G. Mieth, Jr., Denise Arechiga, Donna Blake, and Deborah Dragroni; as well as his nine grandchildren and one great grandchild. Col Mieth’s family established a flight scholarship to continue helping flight students as he did during his lifetime. Friends, alumni and supporters are welcome to add to the scholarship fund. Alumni, faculty, and staff were invited to share their memories of Col Mieth via Facebook or e-mail. Below are just some of the responses received: “I first met Col Mieth while visiting the campus with Allen Bowie ’87 over the summer of 1984. Col Mieth had just arrived at R-MA and we had a long informal discussion in the dining hall where we immediately developed a bond. I used to wonder what possessed a person with such a distinguished military career to want to come and put in ninety-hour work weeks managing the affairs of a bunch of teenagers? He could very easily have gone into the private-sector as a contractor and made tons of money and had time to live ‘the good life.’ But there was a ‘calling’ for him at R-MA and I truly believe it was Providence that brought him to us. “Col Mieth was the kind of person who truly enjoyed serving as a mentor and I always thought that I could not go wrong if I strived to emulate his demeanor and character. “Col Mieth had such a unique way about him. He knew when to encourage and when to scold. He had a remarkable ability to remember details about each cadet and could easily remember their names years after they had graduated. He reveled in citing a name and what room and floor they lived on. He was remarkable in his ability to know what you were thinking before even you did and showed up right about the time you were about to execute your plan of instigating the next coat-hanger war. When he was unable to prevent [some] from doing something stupid, he anguished over the cadets who had gone down a path of no return and he took it very personally. “The fact that he was exceptional was confirmed when, after my graduation, any time I bumped into or talked to an alumnus the name ‘Col Mieth’ would surely come up in the conversation. His lasting legacy is a little part of each of us in the memories and stories we will continue to share. “Providence called this man to us and although he gave up fame and fortune in the business world, he sure did live ‘the good life’ at R-MA and I believe gave many of us a great example to follow. The sign of a well-lived life is not in the material items or the titles but in how much we will be missed. God bless you my dear ‘Kernal’ and may your happy spirit continue to wander the halls of R-MA!” R. Paul Lawrence ’87 “Col Mieth was an amazing example to me. I will always remember him because on a terrible day, September 19, 1985, a devastating earthquake destroyed a part of my home city. He dedicated himself fully to helping me contact my family, and for that I will always remain thankful.” Ramón Sañudo ’86
“He will be missed by people from all over the world! For what? His accomplishments in wealth, his car he drove, or his professional career? Mostly no. He will be remembered because of the way he cared and loved people. He is a genuine man! True to his family, unrelenting faith, and the heart of a hero. He was a friend to us all. I challenge anybody to find a person who did not like and respect him. I have never heard anybody say anything bad about him. That’s a true man. Thank you for being a leader and a father and a friend.” Michael Eugene Lynn ’93 “As the class of 1988 Band Squadron Executive Officer I deeply respected him and can still remember conversations we had and times like shaking his hand at important functions, dances, parades, etc. I’ve often wanted to journey back to ‘The Hill’ to say hi and whenever I’ve thought of R-MA, he was always the first person that came to mind along with his wonderful old Ford Pinto. As someone who is now 42 finishing a long goal of being a professional pilot, I owe this man a debt of gratitude as well the Academy, its wonderful staff, and my fellow cadets. I will never forget his stories as a low altitude spotter pilot in Vietnam, his commanding voice, as well his humble cheer and smile. Godspeed to a brave, heroic pilot, and a man loved by all.” Soren Chartier ’88 “I can honestly say, he was the most fair and just man to oversee the cadets of Randolph-Macon. He was so well respected, and like a father to most. In between the bad times, he always found a way to see it in a positive way to learn and grow. Never once did I feel that I wasn’t safe, secure and well-looked after. I always have the best spoken words about him, and my experiences at R-MA. The best learning experiences of my life.... His passing is such a great loss and he will be greatly missed.” Justine Tumminia-Christian ’88 “R.I.P Col Ivan Mieth, I will always remember your wonderful spirit and your warm heart; you were truly one of the greatest people I’ve ever met.” Saoud Al-Behairi ’00 “Man was like a father to me. He had an incredible way of talking to students. Seems like no matter how bad I did he always said something along the lines of ‘I’m not mad, just disappointed.’ Will never forget that smile, especially after ‘eyes right’ during parade ceremonies. I believe he was proud of all ‘his kids’ at R-MA, no matter what we did wrong.....” Neil Lewis ’96 “For all his seeming gruffness, he was the one all the kids adored. He believed in the goodness of each and every one of them. The R-MA family has lost a very good man.” Delia Pike Bolling P’02 “I miss you Col Mieth. Please continue to watch over us like you always have and bless us from above the same way you did when you were in our presence. You touched and changed so many lives like no one can imagine. As I wipe my tears that I did a good job of holding in on Tuesday, I reflect and celebrate your life as a great leader, husband, father and friend. Missing you more than ever, and knowing that you are telling us to ‘Carry on; I still have my eyes on you!’ Love you Sir!” Kelvin Ampofo ’96 17 The Sabre Summer/Fall 2012
Band and Chorus Amaze St. Louis, MO Perform at NRA Annual Convention for Third Consecutive Year
by Sabrina Caballero ’14 On April 12, 2012 the Randolph-Macon Academy band and chorus took off to St. Louis, Missouri, to perform a patriotic concert program for the National Rifle Association Convention’s Celebration of American Values Freedom Experience. Accompanying the band and chorus were Mr. Michael DeMato (the chorus director) and Mr. Ed Richards (the band director). At the end of the first day of travel— nearly 11 hours on the bus with stops only for meals--the group came to New Albany, IN, where they stayed overnight. They were back on the bus at 8:00 the next morning. The first stop in St. Louis was at the famous St. Louis Arch. After a 7:00 p.m. dress rehearsal, the band and chorus arrived at the Drury Inn Westport, a very fine hotel paid for by the NRA. The next day, April 14, 2012, the cadets spent their time preparing for the performance that night. The NRA provided a fantastic lunch for R-MA. For Cadet Huy Lin Ho ’15 the highlight of the trip was the food provided by the NRA at the convention center. That night the R-MA band and chorus put on a class act performance for over 7,000 NRA members at the Edward Jones Dome. They had rehearsed the arrangement of songs for months in preparation for the convention. Their performance was the opening hit of the convention and really got the patriotic spirit going. Some of the songs they played were “God Bless the USA” and the “Armed Forces Pride of America” The trip was wrapped up by an exciting visit to AnheuserBusch and to the NRA exhibits. This trip was a once-in-a-life time experience for many of the cadets who performed. Upper School Assistant Academic Dean Don Williams, who accompanied the cadets on the trip, said, “The students were very impressive with how they dealt with the long days, the stress of the performance and how they carried off the mission of the school.” There are not many times in a young musician’s life where they can perform in front of such a large crowd and the R-MA band and chorus cadets have been privileged to play for the NRA for three consecutive years now.
New Traditions: Choir Added to Military School Band Festival Nineteen cadets represented R-MA at the 36th Military School Band Festival at Culver Academies, Culver, Indiana from February 24-26. They joined cadets from The Culver Academies, Fork Union Military Academy, Hargrave Military Academy, Norwich University, New York Military Academy, Saint John’s Northwestern Military Academy, and Valley Forge Military Academy & College. Ming Gong ’14 won the gold medal for being the outstanding drum major in the drum major competition at the festival. In fact, R-MA Bandmaster Ed Richards noted, “All four of our drum majors scored in the top 50% of the drum majors who competed.” In addition, Richards said, “In the concert band, Alfred Sit ’15 was first chair oboe. Julia Griesbaum ’12 and Sabrina Caballero ’14 placed second chair in their respective sections, and in both cases the first chair players they sat next to were college students. Almost all of our musicians sat near the top of their sections and helped make the band concert a big success.” This year marked the first time that a Choir was added to the Festival activities. “I was able to help the conductor, who happened to also be the Chorus Director at The Culver Academies, run rehearsals and even sing along with the group during the concert,” said R-MA Chorus Director Michael DeMato. “This year, we brought four chorus students to the festival: Carly Cramer, Faith Funderberg, Brandon Morris, and Louisa Stanwich. The chorus sang two unaccompanied pieces and two pieces with the concert band. It was amazing, and I can’t wait to take more even singers to the festival next year!”
Band Takes Top Awards at Apple Blossom
The band marches in the Apple Blossom Grand Feature Parade.
The R-MA Band and Chorus perform at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, MO. This was the third consecutive year that the R-MA Band and Chorus were invited to perform at the National Rifle Association’s Celebration of American Values Freedom Experience. 18 The Sabre Summer/Fall 2012
Randolph-Macon Academy is heavily involved in the Winchester, VA, Apple Blossom Festival parades each year. Not only does the entire parade unit typically compete, but various students act as escorts for the dignitaries as well. After missing the Grand Feature Parade last year due to their commitment to perform at the National Rifle Association’s Celebration of American Values Freedom Experience the same weekend, R-MA’s parade unit returned to both parades this year and claimed first place in the Military School Band for both the Firefighters’ Parade (beating out Fork Union Military Academy for the honor) and the Grand Feature Parade (out-playing and out-marching Fishburne Military School and Massanutten Military Academy).
There was plenty for parents to do and learn during Spring Family Weekend. They could attend parent-teacher conferences, hear an Academy update from R-MA President Maj Gen Henry M. Hobgood, USAF Ret., meet with a representative from Kaplan to hear about SAT Prep Course options, or learn about college readiness with R-MA College Counselor CMSgt Mary Gamache, USAF Ret. However, for most parents, the best parts of the weekend were those that involved their students: the band and chorus concert, the drama production Murder Box, the Cadet Corps parade, the National Honor Society and Foreign Language Honor Society induction ceremony, and the Sophomore Speech Contest presentation. Above left, the corps staff presents the corps of cadets. Above, students are sworn into the National Honor Society. At left, Alexandra Roy â€™15 celebrates with her family after her induction into the Spanish National Honor Society.
Souled Out Returns to Military Ball The Military Ball was held at Shenandoah Valley Golf Club on March 2, 2012. Last year the students enjoyed the live band Souled Out so much that the group was asked to return this year. The cadets in attendance had a marvelous time right up to the end of the evening, when they had to dart through the pouring rain to get to the R-MA bus or their vehicles.
Students enjoyed the opportunity to have group photos like those at the left taken by R-MA Photographer Cindy Rodney. The event was held at Shenandoah Valley Golf Club (above), which provided an elegant setting for the evening. 19 The Sabre ď ˇ Summer/Fall 2012
campus news By Casey Barr ’12
Murder Box at Spring Family Weekend
The Spring Family Weekend play was a one-act play by Reid Conrad called Murder Box. A comedic twist on the ever-popular murder mystery genre, Murder Box chronicles the tale of a 1950s theatre’s last few days and the troupe that called it home. The lead, Margaret, who is the busybody director’s assistant, comes in early on the day of the move, only to witness the murders of her fellows by the troupe director, Marshall, who then proceeds to stuff them into a magician’s box prop. However, when Margaret goes to investigate the bodies, they have disappeared! Through a kaleidoscope of characters and hilarious back-and-forth dialogue, it is revealed that Margaret has been stealing from the cast and they had decided to get their revenge by staging the murders and locking her in the box right before the day of the theatre’s demolition. This was Mrs. Kim Cramer’s third year and sixth production at R-MA. The cast this year contained many veterans of theatre as well as many new faces. Margaret was played by the very talented Carly Cramer ’12, the director’s eldest daughter. Having hours of acting experience in her background, her dedication and talent were obvious. At practice up until production week, she would have her script in hand, going over lines until she had them perfect. Opposite Cramer was the debonair John Christoph ’12, who played the director, Marshall. Christoph was new to the theatre game, previously preferring to use his voice in Debate or test his brain in Rocketry. However, having the experience of a public speaker and the mind of a scientist, he was an expert at delivering lines. Early in production, he did away with the script, having committed it all to memory. With these two powerhouses as the leads, the play was sure to be a hit. In spite of the many challenges presented by the multitude of events that happened this spring--such as the band and chorus performance at the National Rifle Association’s annual convention, the Spring Family Weekend band concert, and Spring Break--as well as sports and tours, things looked promising Then, about three weeks before the performance we learned that the actress who had been cast to play the lovely Eve was not going to be at the performances due to a college visit! Cramer remedied this
problem by recasting several people including Eboni Banks ’13 as Eve, Julia Griesbaum ’12 as Julia, and Grace Jung ’14 as Emily. It yielded good results; as Tashja Richards ’14 observed, “I thought the play was awesome.” As Emile Kimani ’12 bid farewell to the R-MA stage, he said, “I enjoyed the drama program. I never knew I had it in me to act, and once I started I couldn’t stop. I like being in the spotlight and memorizing lines. I do plan to have either a major in Acting or Theater Performance. It has become my passion. I just love to act.” Christoph also enjoyed his experience. “I thought the play was fantastic. It was a great way to round off my senior year.” As in every program there are some people who won’t be returning. We had seven seniors in the play this spring. In addition to Christoph, Griesbaum, Cramer, and Kimani, the drama department will also be missing Brandon Morris’12, GeorgiAnna Carbone-Wynne ’12, and Casey Barr ’12 next year. Good luck to all in their new adventures!
Above left, “Murder Box” star Carly Cramer peeks out from between clothes as she realizes her boss is a killer. Above, the entire cast poses.
R-MA Students Attend VMI Leadership Conference By Marcus Williams’13 March 5th and 6th were the days of the second annual VMI Leadership Conference on Cheating, Lying, and Honor in America’s high schools, colleges, and universities. We departed R-MA both mornings at five en route to Lexington, Virginia, home of the Virginia Military Institute. When we arrived, we were greeted with a delicious buffet breakfast where many other students, teachers, and academic administrators from all over the nation were assembled. After breakfast it was time for the opening seminars. Both were conducted by Eric M. Anderman and David Callahan. Professor Anderman talked about his experience as a high school teacher and college professor at Ohio State University where his students still try to cheat even while knowing he has written a book on cheating, Classroom Motivation. David Callahan, co-founder of the think tank Demos and author of The Cheating Culture: Why More Americans Are Doing Wrong to Get Ahead, focused on the history of cheating. Both speeches illustrated what the conference was going to be about. Everyone had a chance to mingle; there were students from the 20 The Sabre Summer/Fall 2012
Air Force Academy, Naval Academy, West Point, the Citadel, and many more. The main speeches held in the gym consisted of Louis French, former director of the FBI from 1993-2003; Kathleen M. Rice, District Attorney of Nassau City in New York; and James B. Stewart, a business columnist for the New York Times and bestselling author of DisneyWar. The keynote speaker was Staff Sergeant Giunta who was awarded the Medal of Honor on November 16, 2010. His speech was meaningful and funny. He talked about his life, of going from a Subway employee to fighting for his life in war. It was truly an honor to hear from him. Overall, the conference was extremely informative and interesting. Attendee and R-MA cadet McKenzie Marshall ’13 expressed her enjoyment of the conference, “It was a very good conference with great ideas that can be implemented from other schools like the Air Force Academy and the Naval Academy. The speakers were prestigious and inspirational with great stories to share.”
A Trip to Remember
R-MA and QEGS Share 10th Exchange by McKenzie Marshall ’13 On March 22 nine of us set off for wonderful Ashbourne, England, for the 10th British Exchange Program with Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School. For most of us it was our first time going to England; however, for me it was my first time just going on an airplane. From the delicious English dinners to the night tour of London in a limousine, there are not enough words to describe the memorable experiences I had. What amazed me the most were the cultural differences. I had always known that Britain was not the exact same as America; however, I did not know truly how different it is. I had heard things from my mother who grew up in England and my relatives who still live there, but to actually go to England and see it myself was eye-opening. It was not just the obvious differences like driving on the left side of the road but the small differences that stood out. The first thing I noticed when getting off the plane were the roads. Everything is different on their roads. The signs are bolder with a different font of writing, and the cars are of course much smaller. Also, the mindset of the British culture was something I had never known. Many people think of the stereotypical British person as being very proper and posh. Well, that is sometimes true, but not everyone is like that. They live for now, and they don’t look as much into the future as Americans. Americans live to work, while the British work to live. The British are like this because of how laid-back they are. The way parents run their households is laid-back, and even Parliament is described as being laid-back. The American people tend to plan everything out, while the British are more spontaneous and just go with flow. The parents do not care if the children stay out until 11 pm on a school night. In Parliament they like to take things nice and slowly without any kind of rush. For some people this is an ideal lifestyle. For me I think it is a great place for a vacation, but not a good lifestyle. Another difference is the romance side. The British are not very romantic or sentimental. The British also do not like talking about feelings. They will sit at the table for dinner (or as they would say “for tea”) and talk about anything, all types of subjects. However, they will not talk about each other’s feelings. It’s quite amazing how different England is from America, especially a country that is not even the size of Virginia. I also had the opportunity to hear what people from another country thought about Americans. The ten days of being in England taught me so much about the country. Traveling to England gave me a broader outlook on life and the world. I will always remember my trip to England, and I will definitely be going back there sometime soon.
The Queen Elizabeth Grammar School students visited R-MA in the fall. The R-MA students went to England during Spring Break.
R-MA Parents’ Association
Accomplishments 2011 – 2012 School Year The Parents’ Association had a very successful year. We welcomed some new parents and said farewell to others whose children are embarking on the next stage of their educational career. Special thanks to Juanita Farmer P’12 for leading the writing and editing of the PA Newsletter and managing the Academic Grant Program. Also, special thanks to Miah Usmani P’10, ‘12 for her assistance with numerous Upper School events, cooking special meals, chaperoning, decorating for parties, and the list goes on. Our goal is to make the R-MA experience the best it can possibly be for our children. Some of our major accomplishments for this past year are as follows: Support for Upper School Cadets • Irons and Ironing Boards for dormitories • Mentoring Funds • British Exchange • Flight Dinners • Holiday Party • Military Ball • Event Refreshments (parades, water) • Senior Yearbook Signing/Dinner • Rising 9th Grade Big Brother/Big Sister Dinner • JROTC Upper School Academic Support • Literary Magazine Printing and Awards • Literary Magazine Awards • Year End Awards Faculty and Staff • August Awards Banquet (Rent facility) • August Awards Banquet (Teacher of the Year Award) • Christmas Breakfast • Teacher Appreciation Week (US) • June Year End Party • 2011-12 Grants: Educational Endeavor (3 grants @ $1,000 each) Middle School Support • Welcome New Families Picnic • Birthday Project (gift card for each student) • Holiday Party • 8th Grade Dinner/Show • Mentoring Funds • Speech Awards (1st, 2nd, 3rd place) • Teacher Appreciation Week • 6th and 7th Grade Academic Zoo Trip • 2 Trips to Sportsplex (Fall/Spring) • Rising 9th Grade Big Brother/Big Sister Dinner Summer School • Mentoring Funds Miscellaneous • PA Newsletter (3x/year) • Uniform store (Washing, Dry Cleaning, prepare for resale) Please come join us and help us make the 2012 – 2013 the best year ever! For more information, please contact Angie Williams, PA President at firstname.lastname@example.org. 21 The Sabre Summer/Fall 2012
Middle School Science Fair Results 6th Grade Biology 1st place 1st place
Sarah Vaughan “Wood Strength” Kate Ponn “Madam Butterfly”
Literary Magazine Award Winners Grand Prize Erin Mannion ’12 Nonfiction 1st Place Jingyi Chen ’12 2nd Place Miss’e Odoom ’13 Ryan Pile ’13
Physical Science 1st place Ryan Latham “Batteries: The Shocking Truth”
Poetry 1st Place 2nd Place
Photography 1st Place Erin Mannion ’12 2nd Place Tony Catalfamo ’14
Biology 1st place Remington Gillis “Bananarama” Physical Science 1st place Katelyn Shea “Elec-citrusy” 1st place Mai Linh Ho “Hold on Tight”
Erin Mannion ’12 Jingyi Chen ’12
Fiction 1st Place 2nd Place
Jessica Vaughan ’12 Ryan Pile ’13
Art 1st Place 2nd Place
Carly Cramer ’12 Shujun Fan ’12 Ryan Pile ’13
8th Grade Biology 1st place
Thomas Powars “Carbon Calculators: Fact or Fiction”
Physical Science 1st place Amy Wang “Scrub-adub-dub” 1st place Cody Borden “Breaking Wind”
1st Place Overall
Thomas Shea ’16 “This is Cancer Calling”
Sophomore Speech Contest
Persuasive 1st Place Micah Peregrino 2nd Place Catey Borden Grace Jung Markeesha Gibson 3rd Place Jahan Darvish Humorous 1st Place Madeline Chafin 2nd Place Uzo Njoku Expository 1st Place David Lee
Middle School Speech Contest 6th Grade 1st Place Kate Ponn 2nd Place Elenda Liyel-Imoke 3rd Place Angel Njoku Honorable Mention Naomi Eke-Spiff 7th Grade 1st Place Mai Linh Ho 2nd Place Jasmine Johnson 3rd Place David Imansuangbon Honorable Mention Remi Gillis Honorable Mention Katelyn Shea 8th Grade 1st Place Meghan Melberg 2nd Place Emma Bunker 3rd Place Ashley Grossman Honorable Mention Gabe Williams Honorable Mention William Wong
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College Admissions Counselor Tells Cadets the Facts By Miss’e Odoom ’13 Ms. Lindsay E. Van Leir had some great advice for MSgt Stephen Pederson’s junior aerospace classes on March 12th. Said Ms. Van Leir, a young admissions counselor from Roanoke College, “I know you’ve all heard a lot about picking colleges this year. Well, congratulations! It doesn’t matter where you go. It matters what you make of it.” Van Leir herself is an applied math major and recent graduate of Roanoke College, a small private college in Virginia, and she told the class that she never saw herself attending the school. “In fact,” she said, “only about half of you will attend the schools that you say that you want to attend.” But she insists that it was the best choice she ever made. Smaller colleges tend to have the bigger scholarships, she informed them. Some other advice she had for the junior class: • Spend ten to twenty minutes researching colleges every day. • Visit the colleges you think you’d like to attend, and talk to the admissions counselors, because colleges do care about demonstrated interest. • Apply to around seven colleges: two reach schools, two safety schools, and three match schools. This will ensure diversity in your college choices. • Submit applications early because “you do not want to be in the regular decision pool,” she said. “You’re much less likely to be accepted.” • Don’t ask for letters of recommendation from people who barely know you because admissions counselors can always tell. • And her biggest piece of advice to the class? The essay. “Please, please, please. Write something substantial.”
Naomi Earp P’10 Named to Board of Trustees In February 2012, Randolph-Macon Academy’s Board of Trustees welcomed Naomi Churchill Earp to their membership. Earp is the mother of Nathaneal Earp ’10. Earp lives in Memphis, TN, where she works for the City of Memphis in labor relations. Prior to this position, she was the Executive Director of Opportunity, Inclusiveness, and Compliance at the Library of Congress from June 2009 through July 2011. She was the Commissioner/Chair/Vice Chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission from 2003 through 2009. Her other positions include nearly nine years as the Executive Director of Equal Opportunity and Diversity at the National Institute of Health and three years as the Acting Executive Director/Associate Director of Equal Opportunity at the USDA. “I never expected to serve on R-MA’s board,” she said. “My goal was always a good education for my son; nothing more. It’s an honor. I am delighted to be a Board member and look forward to making a contribution to the R-MA legacy.”
The R-MA Family sincerely thanks George McIntyre ’69 for his service to the Academy. Mr. McIntyre resigned from the Board of Trustees this past June.
Spring 2012 Honor Society Inductions Congratulations to the following students on being inducted into their respective honor societies this past spring:
National English Honor Society Cozette Boakye ‘13 Madeline Chafin ‘14 Benjamin Gillis ‘14 Uzoamaka Njoku ‘14
National German Honor Society C. Grace Alexander ‘14 Benjamin Gillis ‘14 Peter Jin ‘13 Cole Mitchell ‘14 Ryan Owesney ‘15 Pavel Potapov ‘12 Savannah Rhodes ‘14 Jessica Vaughan ‘12
National Spanish Honor Society Sabrina Caballero ‘14 Bianca Clement ‘13 Jacob Dodson ‘15 Shujun Fan ‘12 Ashley Grossman ‘16 Ye Eun Jung ‘14 Mazrukh Khan ‘15 Uzoamaka Njoku ‘14 Ixel Ochoa ‘15 David Pawlak ‘15 Micah Peregrino ‘14 Michaela Rodney ‘15 Alexandra Roy ‘15 Thanh Truong ‘12 Tyler Vaughan ‘15
Devon Vickery ‘13 Johnny Wong ‘16 William Wong ‘16
National Junior Honor Society
Roop Atwal ‘15 William Fausnaugh ‘15 Ashley Grossman ‘16 Mazrukh Khan ‘15 Dmitry Kolchin ‘15 Joey Monastero ‘16 Joseph Silek ‘17 ZiYun Wang ‘16
Chaplain Spends Second Year with Voices of Youth Former R-MA Chaplain Chad Hrbek spent the first two weeks of Summer School leading a group of 26 Youth and Adults from the Virginia Annual Conference on a mission trip to Joplin, MO, with R-MA Bandmaster Ed Richards as their driver. The trip was the 27th Annual Voices of Youth. The trip entailed a time of orientation held on the campus of Virginia Tech, a week of mission in Joplin, followed by a week of touring churches across Virginia sharing their experiences through music, scripture, and testimony. Last summer Hrbek led this same group to the Dominican Republic for their mission experience. The focus of the work in Joplin was continued recovery of the tornado that ravished the community on May 22, 2011. Joplin and the surrounding community has since experienced minor tornados as well. The team of youth and adults spent four days working in the 95+ degree temperatures cleaning neglected outdoor space. The first was at a home of a married couple and two small children. The family had moved three times since the tornado and feel that they finally have a permanent home to stay in. Because of the concentration of working to secure housing and jobs the yard had been neglected. The team spent time clearing a year’s worth of growth including removing
a chain link fence that had wrapped around trees and had more trees growing through it. Upon leaving the yard it was safe for the children to play without worrying about lurking dangers. The second location where the team worked was on three lots where houses once stood. Only one house had been rebuilt at the time; the other two lots only had a hole where a foundation once laid. The task of the group was to clear out the weed growth that had overtaken the lots so that heavy machinery could come in and level the ground to start to rebuild. The tasks that the group did may have appeared to “just be yard work” but they were helping to rebuild people’s lives. The people of Joplin and the surrounding area are still continuing to rebuild and will be for many years to come; some may never recover, as 162 lives were lost in the storm, some of whom had just graduated from high school that day. One of the striking things that the group witnessed while in Joplin was the gratitude of every citizen for people that were willing to come help and the hope they saw in the future. This was most visible on the site of the former Joplin High School. The building no longer stands, only the school sign, which now reads “Hope High School.”
National Honor Society
Catey Borden ‘14 Imran Doraney ‘13 Yibo Feng ‘13 Kelli Hutcheson ‘14 Brett Johnson ‘13 Ye Eun Jung ‘14 Samantha Kelley ‘13 Deborah Kim ‘14 Jonathan Moore ‘14 Anh Lan Nguyen ‘12 Tung Son Nguyen ‘13 Van Nguyen ‘13 Rabia Otry ‘13 Jiafeng Su ‘14 Jitao Wang ‘13 Yin Wen ‘13
Frontier Space Industries Founder Named Salutatorian With his remarkable knowledge of almost every subject imaginable and his ability to apply that knowledge to everyday living, it was no surprise to his classmates that John Christoph ’12, who founded the Frontier Space Industries initiative, was one of the top two students in the senior class. He claimed the salutatorian honors and inspired his classmates with his speech during Class Night. “Every single person sitting in this room is human, and is therefore capable of doing great things,” he told his classmates. “Thanks purely to the era in which we live, we can learn how to do just about whatever we want, even that which used to lie beyond the realm of our wildest dreams. …Every single one of you here has the potential to make life better in an innumerable number of ways.” “It doesn’t take exceptional people to do exceptional things,” he pointed out. “It simply requires that people realize their own exceptional potential and act on it.” During Class Night, Christoph received a National Honor Society Scholarship, along with the Math Medal, the Science Medal, the Social Studies Medal, and The Lincoln Award. In addition, Christoph, who was a student pilot in the Academy’s flight program, earned his private pilot certification the day after graduation. Christoph will attend The College of William & Mary in the fall.
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No Holding Back
A Quiet Example
Meghan Melberg ’16 possesses the kind of poise that one usually finds in older students. Whether that poise comes from good genetics, a strong upbringing, or her schooling might be debatable, but the evidence of it is not. “Meghan is extremely hard-working and driven. All of her motivation appears to be completely internal. She has set high standards for herself and does whatever she needs to do to achieve them. She is meticulous in her work and it shows in her performance,” said Cynthia Michael, Megan’s Honors Geometry teacher. Melberg’s motivation is what has enabled her to excel at R-MA. She came from a private Christian school in Annandale, VA, and then her family moved to Linden, VA, so she could attend R-MA as a day student. One of the reasons the school was so well-suited to her was because of the allowance for advanced middle school students to take classes at the Upper School on a subject-by-subject basis. “It’s great because I don’t have to stay back in the middle school for math or something,” she said. “I get to go to the Upper School to take classes. The only bad part is I have to walk up there every day!” When asked the best part about attending R-MA, she replied, “Just meeting a whole bunch of new friends and having the opportunity to go to the Upper School to take classes. R-MA doesn’t hold you back; it just lets you reach your full potential.” “When I think of Meghan I think of a highly intelligent, conscientious, curious, studious young woman who is a model student,” commented Susan Gillette, who had Megan for Upper School Biology this past year. “I attribute her maturity, intelligence and sense of responsibility to self and others to her mother’s influence. Meghan is also rare in that she possesses all of these attributes but still retains a sense of humility; I have never observed an ounce of arrogance in her behavior towards others.” In spite of the fact that Melberg is excelling academically, taking both Honors Geometry and Honors Biology at the Upper School, her initial reason for being attracted to R-MA was not solely academic. “The big thing was the wide variety of sports,” she said. “R-MA has all different seasons, different sports.” Melberg found her athletic niche in volleyball. “I really love it,” she said. “I didn’t think I would, but it’s really fun.” In addition to volleyball, and memberships in National Junior Honor Society and the R-MA Middle School Interact Club, Melberg is also gifted musically. She was one of two students in an advanced piano class this past semester with Michael DeMato, making full use of the Middle School’s new MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) lab. “She is extremely strong academically not only because she is intelligent, but also because she has the perfect combination of work ethic and organization. She wants to do well, and she knows exactly how and when it will happen. She excels in volleyball, sounds beautiful on the piano and cello, and gives of her own free time by doing community service. Meghan finds joy in all that she does, and she succeeds in all that she does,” said DeMato. Meghan’s end-of-year awards included the Aim High Award, given to the two most high-achieving students in the eighth grade class each year. Now she looks forward to attending the Upper School. “The whole high school experience, meeting up after summer, taking classes,” she said. “I’m looking forward to all of it.”
A dream of attending the U.S. Naval Academy is what brought Joey Monastero ’16 to Randolph-Macon Academy this year. “My grandpa went there and I want to follow in his footsteps,” he said. As a result, the Leesburg resident made a choice to attend boarding school. He found Randolph-Macon Academy and thought that the school’s focus, academics, activities, and the new High Flight program (which began in the fall of 2010, and is for students in grades 9-12) all fit into his plans to prepare himself for the Naval Academy. Although a quiet student who does not like to brag, Monastero has already begun making his mark in many areas. He is a member of the National Junior Honor Society and the Middle School Interact Club. He was one of the ten students who made it to the school finals of the National Geographic Bee. He also played basketball this year, which became a highlight for him as the team went on to win the Valley Middle School League Championship. “Joey came to us as a fine young man and he showed his abilities on the court, on the field, in the classroom, and in the dorms. He received the Sportsmanship Award at the end of the year which is a very high achievement,” said his basketball coach Bill Curl ‘66. Monastero said he has enjoyed both math and English this year, as well as Spanish I. Although he only plays basketball, he enjoys watching other sports, especially hockey—his favorite team is the Philadelphia Flyers. “Joey is a positive, quiet leader who leads by example and displays a tremendous work ethic,” said Curl. “If he continues to mature and grow he should be able to realize his dream.”
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A Most Unselfish Valedictorian The R-MA Class of 2012 Valedictorian, Christopher Munden, has attended R-MA since sixth grade, when he transferred in from Riverfront Christian School. During his time at R-MA, Munden went about his work very quietly. According to his freshman World History teacher, Andy Harriman ’82, Munden showed great work ethic and maturity even in his first year. Brian Barbour, who taught Munden as a senior in U.S. Government, echoed this sentiment. “Chris is quiet yet extremely inquisitive. I knew from the moment the bell rang to start the class to the moment the bell rang to end it, he was always thinking and applying what I was teaching to previous lessons,” he said. Barbour also indicated that Munden was not only a book-smart student, but had a good dose of common sense as well. “He had a way with phrasing a question that showed he was getting the material, and that he was questioning it and applying it.” He applied himself to his cadre position of Alumni NCO in his junior year and Alumni Officer in his senior year with a diligence and reliability that impressed everyone with whom he worked. He did the same as tennis manager and in the community service club. See “Valedictorian,” page 25
Faculty & Staff Notes Upper School Academic Dean Jonathan Ezell, Middle School Principal Derrick Leasure, and Upper School Assistant Academic Dean Don Williams attended the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development in Philadelphia, PA, on March 26 - 28, 2012. They attended many sessions on instructional teaching strategies, motivation in the classroom, the new common core standards, new assessment ideas, new strategies for teacher effectiveness, purposeful classroom walkthroughs, peer coaching, and the power of chasing your dreams. Math Department Chairperson Eric Barr attended the Annual Conference of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics in Philadelphia on April 27-28, 2012. Connie Richards, clinical counselor at Randolph-Macon Academy, earned a Ph.D. in Psychology with a specialization in teaching from Walden University this past May. Her dissertation was entitled, “The Relationship Between Optimistic Explanatory Style and Doctoral Study Completion.”
Staff & Faculty Quarterly Awards Faculty of the First Quarter: Jonathan Kuiper, Upper School Math Faculty of the Second Quarter: Mariola Doran, Middle School English Mentor of the Second Quarter: Clay Clinedinst, Upper School Cadet Life Supervisor Team of the Second Quarter: Development Office Kittie Abell, Christine Meyer, Ann Brander ’02, and Audrey Koch Employee of the Second Quarter: Steve Harriman, Upper School Restriction Officer Faculty of the Third Quarter: Michael DeMato, Upper and Middle School Chorus Instructor and Assistant Bandmaster Mentor of the Third Quarter: Ryan Koch, Upper School Flight Instructor Team of the Third Quarter: Music Ed Richards and Michael DeMato Employee of the Third Quarter: Amy Harriman, Director of Admission & Financial Aid Coach of the Winter Season: Bill Curl, Middle School Boys’ Basketball Coach
Lyle C. McFall Coach of the Year Congratulations to lacrosse coaches Blake Hollinger and Dave Gillis on being named the C. Lyle McFall – Coaches of the Year during the Class Night Ceremonies on May 31, 2012.
Reverend Jay Smith Named Director of Planned Giving We are pleased to introduce the newest member of the RandolphMacon Academy Development Team, Rev. Jay G. Smith. Rev. Smith is now serving as Director of Planned Giving and comes to us with strong training and experience in planned giving. In addition, he is an ordained Baptist minister currently serving a congregation in Richmond, Virginia. Jay is splitting his time between his office in Richmond and traveling to visit R-MA alumni throughout the country. He and his wife, Helen, have four adult children and five grandchildren. A 1974 graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Jay was a Naval Flight Officer and Mission Commander in the EA-6B and instructor at the Consolidated Electronic Warfare School, Corry Station, Florida. Upon leaving active duty, Jay was employed as a manufacturing engineer with IBM in Burlington, Vermont, where he made an interservice transfer to the Air Force Reserve and flew fighters with the Vermont Green Mountain Boys (VTANG) for three years. Jay is contacting every current member of the Society of 1892, R-MA’s planned giving recognition club, to ensure we are aware of up-to-date estate plans and future gifts. We invite every member of the R-MA community who has included the Academy in their estate plans, but have not notified us, to please contact Jay Smith so you may be thanked and recognized. In addition, Jay is happy to meet with you to discuss easy ways to provide for your family after you are gone and include RandolphMacon Academy as well as other charities through thoughtful financial planning. Because we are not affiliated with any financial services company, there is no cost to you and no pressure. Jay Smith, Director of Planned Giving, may be reached at (540) 671-9462 or email@example.com. He is happy to meet with you in your home or office.
Valedictorian, continued from page 24 It was no surprise that during Class Night Munden received the National Honor Society Scholarship, the English Medal, and the Kemper History Medal. Nor was it a surprise when his name was called to receive The George M. Wines Most Unselfish Service Award as well—however, there were plenty of cheers about it. “With the privilege of having Chris in class for four years, I can say that he is a scholar and a gentleman par excellence,” said English Department Chair Robert Davies. “His commitment to academics is matched by his commitment to community. He has helped many teachers, students, and programs in his time at R-MA.” Munden’s unselfish nature was revealed even in his valedictorian speech--which was less than 500 words—where he focused on congratulating his classmates, congratulating teachers, families, and friends, and encouraging his classmates to achieve all they believe possible and even more. “Chris received the highest score of any student in my AP English course in 2012, a feat that he achieved, in part, by always turning in his assignments on time and fully completed,” said Chris’ AP English 12 teacher, Brandon Sloan. “Chris also worked hard and took advantage of every opportunity to improve his grade, even when it meant writing additional drafts of papers and time-consuming retesting. Chris was and is a model student, who definitely deserves all of the awards and accolades he accumulated during his tenure here at R-MA.” Munden will attend the University of Virginia in the fall. 25 The Sabre Summer/Fall 2012
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CFO Joan Burke Retires After 35 Years at R-MA After 35 years of dedicated service to Randolph-Macon Academy, Chief Financial Officer Joan Burke retired on June 30, 2012, leaving a piece of her heart on the hill. A retirement reception held on June 7, 2012, provided faculty and staff the opportunity to wish her well on her retirement and speak about her time at R-MA. Upper School Academic Dean Jonathan Ezell acknowledged Burke’s superb prowess in balancing the budget each year and ensuring that not a penny of the Academy’s money was wasted. However, as the Academic Dean, he said what he most appreciated about her was that she was truly a lifelong learner. “Joan is absolutely the epitome of a life-long learner,” he said. Burke began her career at R-MA right out of high school, when she joined the finance office. She earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration and accounting from Shenandoah University, and then went on to earn an MBA from Frostburg State University. She also graduated from the National Planned Giving Institute at the College of William and Mary. She continued her quest for knowledge, working on a second master’s degree and pursuing a Ph.D., while also continuing her career at R-MA. “There’s no better example for a school or its students, observed Ezell. “She’s also the consummate professional, in everything she does,” Ezell commented. “It’s always with great reason and judgment and wisdom. It’s an application of principles and precepts I would like to live by every day. I think our school benefits from that kind of wisdom.” “Joan was the first person I worked for in the office,” said Karen Moxie, Director of Student Services. “She taught me what working was about and was a true friend. She took someone who was very nervous who had never even worked anywhere…and it’s been a great 34 years.” Academic Coordinator Christine Bennett recalled a moment of
kindness that spoke volumes to her when she began working at R-MA 15 years ago. “I was having a rough day and Joan pulled me in her office and had a really nice motherly talk with me. She gave me a beautiful quote about not allowing other people to get you down. I kept that quote on my desk for a very long time. It was a very genuine moment.” Like many others, Math Department Chair Eric Barr tended to see Burke as the finance person, but all that changed when they went on a trip to England together. “She was fun,” he said during the retirement reception. “From that moment, she’s been a friend, she’s been a colleague. She’s always been a true professional.” “Schools today are substantially driven by financial health,” observed Maj Gen Henry M. Hobgood, President of R-MA. “We’re not a wealthy school, but we’re a financially healthy school.” He talked about some of the challenges the Academy has faced over the years Burke has been here, including multiple presidents with different leadership styles and philosophies, and the fire that consumed Sonner-Payne Hall in 1995. “The Chief Financial Officer has…been the standard-bearer through this time. So I’m eternally grateful. Joan has taught me a lot about financial management.” “I don’t really know what you say when you’ve given your heart to something and you’re walking away from it,” Burke admitted at the end of the reception. “I’m not quite sure what you say...except maybe thank you. To all the people who came before each of you, and to each one of you for making this such a wonderful place to be. I love this Academy, and I think anyone that knows me knows that I love this Academy with all of my heart. And of course you don’t love an institution, you love the people in the institution and what the institution stands for. So I have to say thank you to each one of you, and thank you to the past, thank you to the good friends, the people with whom I worked for so many years. It’s been almost like having a family, a big family with the Academy.”
Desiree Kardashian Tapped as CFO Ms. Desiree Kardashian of Berryville, VA, became RandolphMacon Academy’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO), effective July 1, 2012. She replaced Ms. Joan C. Burke of Front Royal, VA, who retired after serving at Randolph-Macon Academy for a total of 35 years, 28 of which were as CFO. Kardashian, who holds a B.S. in accounting from The University of Connecticut, has held a variety of financial positions in both the for-profit and non-profit realms, primarily in the health care industry. Recently, she was the Director of Finance and CFO at Piedmont Medical Laboratory in Winchester, VA from 1996 to 2010. From 2010-2012, she served as the Controller/ CFO for ConVerge Diagnostic Services in Peabody, MA. “I was commuting from Berryville every other weekend for the job in Massachusetts,” she said. “I love it here; I didn’t want to leave. So I started looking for something closer to home.” She found it in Front Royal, where she gets to use her vast experience to benefit R-MA. But while returning to a nonprofit institution appealed to her, there were other factors that weighed more heavily into her decision to come to R-MA. “In speaking with R-MA employees, I found that many of them 26 The Sabre Summer/Fall 2012
had been here for a good number of years,” she said. “That told me that this would be a great place to work. People don’t stay where they’re not happy.” The other reason the job appealed to her is that it is not limited to working with R-MA’s finances. Like every other senior staff member, every teacher, and many other staff members, Kardashian is a mentor. She is assigned a group of students and works with them on their academics and supports them in other ways. Also, she was attracted to the idea of getting involved at the school, being able to attend and cheer at sporting events, parades, and drama productions. Kardashian’s hobbies include tennis, reading, and spending time with family. She has been married to her husband Jon, who is a buyer for Costco, for almost 27 years. Their son Jonathan graduated from James Madison University and is currently enrolled in graduate school at Claremont University. Their daughter Brielle graduated from East Carolina in May 2011 and is currently a recruiter for high school athletes looking to play sports at the college level.
Deceased friends of Randolph-Macon Academy are listed first in bold print followed by the names of those making gifts in their memory. This list reflects gifts made to R-MA between January 11, 2012 and July 18, 2012. Look in future editions of The Sabre for additional listings. In memory of Susan H. Boyer Mr. Warren D. Boyer ‘70 In memory of Aubrey J. Ellis ‘57 Mr. and Mrs. Rene C. Ellis ‘54 In memory of William B. Fray ‘50 Mrs. Delores S. Fray In memory of Thomas C. Iden, M.D. Mr. John C. Iden ‘69 In memory of Francis H. McFall ‘42 Mr. Philip R. Compton Ms. Jane E. Crawford-Lightner Mr. and Mrs. John W. Evans Mr. and Mrs. Bill Johnstone Mr. and Mrs. Clyde W. Matthews ‘54 Mr. and Mrs. Joseph F. Silek, Jr. ‘77 Dr. and Dr. James E. Williams In memory of Virginia Smith Ms. Winifred O. Kelley In memory of Howard R. Swaim ‘78 Mr. and Mrs. Joseph F. Silek, Jr. ‘77
In memory of Colonel Ivan G. Mieth, USAF, Retired Anonymous Ms. Bridgett Banda Ms. Deoborah Baumgardner Mr. Larry Birkenfeld Mr. and Mrs. David E. Blaiklock ‘93 Mr. and Mrs. Scott Brady Ms. Ann L. Brander ‘02 Ms. Diana Cappelli Ms. Debbie Carlson Ms. Barbara Cavness Ms. Annette Christensen Ms. Eleanor Cook Mr. Robert A. Davies Mrs. Catherine Dortch ‘94 Ms. Trinette G. Drake ‘92 Mr. and Mrs. Arthur H. Fulton ‘49 Mr. Gerry Gardner Ms. Elisabeth C Gnugnoli ‘01 Ms. Kayleen Hebeler ‘01 Hess Corporation Captain Cara E. Hobbs OD ‘00 Major General and Mrs. Henry M. Hobgood, USAF, Retired Jack Evans Chevrolet/Cadillac
Mr. and Ms. David W. Kaufman Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lewallen Ms. Maryann McClellan Mr. Kevin E. Melanson ‘01 Mr. and Mrs. David W. Moore, Sr. ‘53 Mr. Alonzo A. Neese, Jr. Mr. Fred Perrett Lieutenant Colonel and Mrs. James E. Reed Mr. and Mrs. Joseph F. Silek, Jr. ‘77 Lieutenant Colonel and Mrs. Michael C. Starling ‘88 Mr. Phillip A. Starling ‘90 Ms. Tiffoni N. Thompsen ‘96 Ms. Gracie Torres Ms. Marianne Welsh Bettina Wilkerson Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Woods In memory of John Paul Moore Mrs. Betty Forline Mr. and Mrs. David W. Moore, Sr. ‘53 Mr. D. Enoch Moore, II ‘51 Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Moore, Jr. ‘50 Mrs. Pat J. Moore
Remembering Ethel Garber The Randolph-Macon Academy family lost a dear friend this summer when Ethel Garber passed away on July 3, 2012 at the age of 99. Garber was the wife of R-MA alumnus William H. “Hoyle” Garber, a 1933 graduate of R-MA who passed away in 1992. While she initially began a relationship with R-MA based on her late husband’s wishes, Garber soon fell in love with R-MA herself. At first Garber chose to support R-MA by ensuring the students had good facilities, through her support of the Middle School. However, in 1998, she found a way to support R-MA that was fueled by her own passion: through flight scholarships. As written in her obituary, which appeared in the Northern Virginia Daily on July 5, 2012, “Mrs. Garber was former president of Shenandoah Valley Chapter of 99’s International Order of Women’s Pilots and was the first woman in Shenandoah County to get her pilot’s license.” In 1998, Garber established the William H. and Ethel R. Garber Flight Scholarship at RandolphMacon Academy, giving young people the opportunity to fly, just as she had been able to do. “It meant a lot to her to help students be able to fly, especially to see female student pilots receive the scholarships,” said John
Papp, Randolph-Macon Academy’s former flight director. “I know she just loved seeing female students taking the opportunity and running with it. She provided a foundation for careers. When she started the scholarship for kids, it meant so much to me and it touched
R-MA President Major General Henry M. Hobgood presents Ethel Garber with an honorary diploma from Randolph-Macon Academy during graduation in 2002.
me in a way that is hard to put into words. It broke my heart to see students who had the desire and ability to fly, to see it in their eyes, but were unable to do it because of financial reasons. I think of her as someone who provided a way to make dreams come true.” “Ms. Garber was one of the most remarkable people I have ever known,” Maj Gen Henry M. Hobgood, president of R-MA, said at her “celebration of life” ceremony. “She embodied the traits that we all admire in people. To say that she was self-reliant would be an understatement! She was frugal when it came to herself, but very generous when it came to others…. She lived a Christian and wholesome life and so far as I am concerned, she was a model citizen.” Hobgood added that at R-MA the adults strive to teach the students how to be people of character. “Ethel Garber was a great living example – and in this regard a teacher for us all,” he said. Garber was an Honorary Trustee and an Honorary Graduate of Randolph-Macon Academy. “I loved spending time with her,” said Papp. “She was the sharpest 80-somethingyear-old I ever met. She had a spirit about her. Amazing doesn’t even begin to describe her, but it’s the best word I can come up with.” 27 The Sabre Summer/Fall 2012
Society of 1892
The Society of 1892 is comprised of individuals – alumni, parents, friends – who have included a bequest provision for Randolph-Macon Academy in their estate plans and individuals who have arranged a gift to R-MA via a planned giving vehicle, such as trusts, annuities, and life insurance policies.
Mr. and Mrs. Eric D. Anderson ‘88 Mr. James D. Austin ‘79 Mr. Harry G. Austin, III ‘75 Mr. Richard C. Beall ‘53* Mr. Dale W. Becker ‘47 Dr. Richard Belinic Mr. Dallas O. Berry ‘59 Mr. Harold L. Brubaker* Mr. and Mrs. James W. Burke ‘58 Lieutenant Colonel Kevin J. Callanan, CFRE and Mrs. Lisa B. Callanan Mr. Ray C. Coffman, Jr. ‘51 Dr. and Mrs. C. Barrie Cook ‘41 Mr. Lawrence H. Cook, Jr. ‘55* Colonel and Mrs. Charles V. Corder, Jr., USAF, Retired ‘53 Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Cosby ‘21* Mr. Rodney E. Deane, Jr. Mr. Joseph M. Edge ‘41* Mr. and Mrs. Jay S. Fifer ‘58 Ms. Catherine Foard Fort* Mr. and Mrs. Arthur H. Fulton ‘49 Mrs. Ethel R. Garber* Mr. Charles P. Given ‘23* Mr. and Mrs. C. Spencer Godfrey ‘54 Mr. Edward R. Golob, Jr. ‘65 Mrs. Georgina J. Grant* Mr. Boyd M. Guttery ‘45
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hansen Dr. Timothy S. Harlan Mr. George W. Helfrich ‘54* Mrs. Ruby T. Hite* Major General and Mrs. Henry M. Hobgood, USAF, Retired Col Arthur D. Johnson, USA, Ret., ‘53 Mr. David F. Johnston, Sr. ‘58 Mr. D. Watt Jones, Jr. ’61 Dr. Joseph H. Kite, Jr. Mr. Wendell H. Kline, Jr. ‘88 Mr. and Mrs. Conrad E. Koneczny ‘51 Mr. and Mrs. Robert P. Lawrence ‘87 Mr. Franklin P. Long, II ‘52 * Dr. Frank F. Lusby ‘19* Mr. George S. Lux, Jr. ‘52 Mr. Joseph M. Mast ‘49 Mr. and Mrs. George D. Mathias ‘54 Mrs. Margaret H. Mathias* Mr. James H. McCormick ‘37 Mr. R. Kyle McDaniel ‘07 Mr. and Mrs. James S. Meatyard ‘55 Captain Richard I. Merrill, USA, Ret. ‘39* Mr. and Mrs. David W. Moore, Sr. ‘53 Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Moore, Jr. ‘50 Mr. and Mrs. Walter L. Nalls, Jr. ‘56 Mr. and Mrs. John A. Nicodemus ‘57
Lieutenant Colonel David B. Novy ‘92 Mrs. Helen C. Payne* Mr. Stewart C. Payne ‘18* Mrs. Peggy L. Payne Reverend George V. Puster, Sr.* Mr. and Mrs. Charles B. Richardson ‘53 Mr. Forrest E. Ricketts, Jr. ‘46* Mr. Richard G. Sheltman ‘22* Mr. Fred W. Shertenlieb ‘29* Mr. and Mrs. Joseph F. Silek, Jr. ‘77 Mr. Elbert L. Smith ‘30* Mr. Bryant O. Smith, Jr. ‘49 Ms. Sara S. Stolzenberg* Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Strother, Jr. ‘58 Mr. and Mrs. Robert R. Stuart, III ‘64 Mr. and Mrs. William G. Thomas ‘57 Colonel Trevor D. Turner, USA, Retired* & Mrs. Lois Turner Mrs. Elsie S. Upchurch Mr. Beverly B. Williams ‘53* Mr. and Mrs. Michael S. Williams Colonel Arvin S. Williams, USAF, Retired Mr. Thomas Williamson ‘58* and Mrs. Bonnie Williamson * Assembled for the Final Roll Call.
Leave a Legacy. Through gift planning you can leave a legacy at Randolph-Macon Academy so that the mission of training future generations of students continues. Perhaps we can assist you and your advisors in developing a gift plan that meets your financial and philanthropic goals. There are numerous ways to remember R-MA in your estate plans. Two very basic planned gifts are bequests, and insurance or retirement plan beneficiary designations. If you desire to make a gift and receive an income as well, then charitable gift annuities and charitable trusts are two ways to provide benefits for both you and R-MA. Alumni and friends who remember R-MA in their estate plans are invited to join the Society of 1892, R-MA’s planned giving recognition club. To further explore the benefits of gift planning, or to answer any questions, please call Jay Smith, Director of Planned Giving, at (540)671-9462 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. 28 The Sabre Summer/Fall 2012
Wendell “Jay” Kline ’88 Joins Society of 1892 Wendell “Jay” Kline ’88 has made Intercontinental University. For a his family a priority in his life. He while, he was the director of a logistics works hard during the day at his job company, but that wasn’t where his heart in senior management at American lay. He wanted to be in a career where he Intercontinental University in Chicago, was making a difference in the day-to-day but at 6:00 each evening he leaves to be life of those around him. That led him to with his family—a fact his co-workers the world of education. He returned to are well aware of. As Kline reflected on AIU, where he has been for the last eight his relationship with his two daughters years. and one son, he said, “They’re a “I truly love to make a difference big part of the reason I decided to in people’s lives,” he said. That desire is contribute to the Society of 1892, another part of what led him to contribute because I saw how much Randolphto the Society of 1892. “Everyone wants Macon changed my life, and I wanted to leave something for their family, and to make that impact on others.” I took care of my family first in case Kline is the most recent member Wendell “Jay Kline ’88 with his family: daughter Rylie, something happens to me,” he continued. of Randolph-Macon Academy’s Society “But I think everything R-MA brings to wife Heather, daughter Raegan and son Ryan. of 1892, an honorary society comprised the table is crucial to the development I learned at R-MA,” he observed. “When I of people who have made a planned gift of young men and young women, and I went to college as a freshman, I felt like I to the Academy. In Kline’s case, he created would like to say I was a part of that.” was fully prepared for the world—and I was. a living trust; it provides an income stream For more information on charitable trust R-MA was basically my foundation.” for his children and also contains a bequest annuities or other planned giving methods, Kline has a bachelor’s degree in human that R-MA receive a cash gift. please contact the R-MA Development Office resources management from American “Who I am is a direct reflection of what at 1-800-272-1172.
A Memorable Legacy:
Leave your estate to the federal government, charity or children? by Jay G. Smith, Director of Planned Giving In helping people plan how their estate can be used to benefit charity and also benefit the donor, I frequently ask, “Who do you want to leave your estate to: the federal government, charity or children?” I have yet to find anyone who says they want to leave it all to the government. Most people want to leave it to their children or to a charity. If you want to do both, you can— with the same gift. Here are four different options: Bequests The most common way that people leave a memorable legacy is by making a bequest in their will. This provides a gift to the charity of your choice. The advantage to you is that your estate may be reduced in value, so that it is not subject to federal and state estate taxes. Charitable Gift Annuity You may feel you cannot make a gift to a charity as you would like to because of your financial situation—i.e., you need some income from your savings or appreciated stock. In this case, a charitable gift annuity will provide you a fixed payment for the rest of your life plus the life of your spouse. The payment rate is dependent on your age.
The older you are, the higher the payout. The other advantages are that a portion of the payment is tax-free and if you itemize, you get an income tax deduction. However, take note that a charitable gift annuity is limited to two people and it is irrevocable. When those two people die, the balance remaining goes to the charity. A charitable gift annuity is an excellent instrument for those seniors with greatly appreciated stock that may not be paying much in terms of dividends. The stock can be used to fund the gift annuity without having to pay capital gains tax. This means you get the maximum value of the stock to fund the annuity. Charitable Remainder Trust If you would like an income for life for yourself, your spouse and your children, then a charitable remainder trust might work for you. The payments are made by the charity, and can be fixed or variable. There are significant tax advantages to this. Since there are more people involved, trusts are generally funded with considerably more in assets than an annuity. Charitable trusts are also irrevocable so that at the death of all specified in the trust, the balance (or “remainder”) passes on to the charity.
Charitable Lead Trust You can make a gift that will immediately generate income to a charity at relatively low cost to you and your family because of estate and gift tax savings. The charity “leads” in getting its capital instead of waiting for the donor to “graduate” to glory. At the end of a term chosen by the donor (5, 10, 15, 20 years), the remaining assets are distributed to family members. This type of gift is a bit more complex to set up, but it has the potential of a memorable legacy by making a sizable gift to a charitable organization at relatively low cost to heirs. If you have any questions about leaving a memorable legacy, please feel free to contact me. Remember that when contemplating how you want your estate to be distributed, you should always seek qualified professional help from legal and financial advisors. Jay G. Smith is the new Director of Planned Giving at Randolph-Macon Academy. You can read about Jay on page 25. This article is adapted from an article that appeared in The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC, Monday, July 7, 2008.
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Honor Roll of Donors
July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012 The individuals listed below supported Randolph-Macon Academy with a gift between 7/1/2011 and 6/30/2012. Thank you! (Please note that this list includes only cash or stock gifts.) An asterisk (*) indicates a member of the R-MA family who passed away during the same time period.
The Chairman’s Circle ($100,000.00 +)
Mr. George W. Helfrich ‘54 * Mr. Herbert N. Morgan
The President’s Circle ($50,000.00 +)
Mr. & Mrs. Harlan R. Crow ‘68 Crow Holdings, L.L.C. Virginia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church
The Academy Circle ($25,000.00 +)
Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Inc. Col Ivan G. Mieth, USAF, Retired* & Mrs. Brenda Mieth The Patricia & Douglas Perry Foundation
Corps of Cadets Club ($10,000.00 +)
Anonymous Mr. & Mrs. Brian J. Bogart General & Mrs. Walter E. Boomer, USMC, Ret. ‘56 Mrs. Suzanne M. Broyhill Edward H. Lane Foundation Mr. & Mrs. Norman R. Frisbie ‘58 Mr. & Mrs. C. Spencer Godfrey ‘54 Maj Gen & Mrs. Henry M. Hobgood, USAF, Ret. Mr. & Mrs. William R. Johnston Mr. Edward H. Lane, III ‘61 Mr. & Mrs. George D. Mathias ‘54 Mr. Craig Porter, Sr. Mr. & Mrs. Joseph F. Silek, Jr. ‘77 Mr. & Mrs. William G. Thomas ‘57 Mr. Marshall Wallach Ms. Melissa I. Carbone & Mr. Brian L. Wynne
Black & Gold Club ($5,000.00 +)
Mr. & Mrs. John G. Alston ‘61 Anonymous Mr. & Mrs. Harry G. Austin, III ‘75 Mr. & Mrs. Eric J. Altmann Mr. & Mrs. James F. Fort, Jr. ‘70 Mr. & Mrs. Arthur H. Fulton ‘49
Mr. & Mrs. L. Thomas Garner, Jr. ‘70 Mr. Rupert H. Johnson, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Henry D. Light ‘58 Mary & Daniel Loughran Foundation Mr. & Mrs. David W. Moore, Sr. ‘53 Mr. Alonzo A. Neese, Jr. Mr. Joel W. Shankle ‘51 Rear Admiral & Mrs. John D. Stufflebeem, USN, Ret. ‘70
Commandant’s Club ($2,500.00 +)
Mr. & Mrs. Eric D. Anderson ‘88 Mr. & Mrs. Harold T. Brown, Jr. ‘70 CenturyLink Mr. & Mrs. H. Allen Curran Mr. & Mrs. John Hitchings Industrial Oil Tank Service Corporation Ms. Lucy H. Kennedy Mr. & Mrs. Conrad E. Koneczny ‘51 Mr. William G. Lawrence, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. George L. McIntyre, Jr. ‘69 Col & Mrs. Ronald G. McManus, Sr., USAF, Ret. Mr. & Mrs. Taylor Mitchell Mrs. Jean Neese Mr. & Mrs. John A. Nicodemus ‘57 Quarles Energy Services Mr. William A. Rockwell Col & Mrs. Gary Sadler, USAF, Ret. United Methodist Higher Education Foundation Virginia Beach United Methodist Church Winchester District United Methodist Church Windcrest Foundation
VA 91st Club ($1,000.00 +)
The Allstate Foundation Mr. A. Roy Anderson ‘70 Anonymous Mr. & Mrs. Eric W. Barker ‘70 BB&T Charitable Foundation Mr. Dale W. Becker ‘47 Mr. & Mrs. Dallas O. Berry ‘59 Mr. & Mrs. Lionel Boger Mr. & Mrs. Douglas V. Bralley ‘38
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Mr. & Mrs. Herbert O. Brown ‘66 Mr. & Mrs. James P. Burke ‘70 Mr. & Mrs. James W. Burke ‘58 Central Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Chaffiot Family Foundation, Inc. Mr. & Mrs. Robert R. Chaffiot, Sr. ‘51 Mr. Benjamin L. Chapman Dr. & Mrs. William K. Collins ‘50 The Conrad Foundation Mr. & Mrs. S. Russell Cotton, Jr. ‘57 Mr. Rodney E. Deane, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Richard W. Dodd ‘61 Dominion Foundation Mrs. Louise K. Eastham Mr. & Mrs. Joseph O. Ecsi ‘65 Lt Gen & Mrs. Albert J. Edmonds, USAF, Ret. Edmonds Enterprise Services, Inc. Mr. & Mrs. Frank Eke-Spiff Ms. Catherine Foard Fort* Mr. George B. Franklin ‘58 Mr. Byron C. Gayle, Jr. ‘50 United Methodist General Board of Higher Education & Ministry Mr. & Mrs. Giuliano Gnugnoli Mr. & Mrs. Richard Gray Mr. Boyd M. Guttery ‘45 Hadeed Carpet Cleaning, Inc. Mr. & Mrs. Joseph P. Hadeed ‘84 Healthy America Mr. & Mrs. H. K. Henry, Jr. Mr. John C. Iden ‘69 Mr. D. Watt Jones, Jr. ‘61 Mr. I. Lewis Jones, III ‘59 Mr. John W. Kellam ‘48 Lantz Construction Co. of Winchester, Inc. Mr. & Mrs. John K. Marlow Marlow Motor Company Inc. Mr. & Mrs. Bradley G. McDonald Mr. & Mrs. K. John McLelland ‘69 Mr. & Mrs. Burley M. Medlin, Sr. ‘57 Mr. & Mrs. Quentin J. Meng Mr. & Mrs. Don G. Metz ‘72 Minnie & Bernard Lane Foundation Mr. & Mrs. Anthony Morris, VIII ‘55 Mr. & Mrs. Gene W. Mullinix ‘58 Mr. Dan Pack Mr. & Mrs. George E. Phillips ‘70 The R. Edwin & Winsome S. Brown Foundation R-MA Parents’ Association
Mr. & Mrs. John A. Ross, Jr. ‘62 The Reverend Lee B. Sheaffer, Jr. Mrs. Gertrude Shertenlieb* Mr. & Mrs. John Stanwich Dr. & Mrs. Charles B. Swaim ‘77 Mr. Allen M. Weaver ‘56 Wells Fargo Social Responsibility Group
Flight School ($500.00 +)
Mr. & Mrs. Alan E. Adler Alan E. Adler, AIA Mr. & Mrs. Sergio N. Barros Mr. & Mrs. Wylie W. Barrow ‘53 Mr. & Mrs. A. Gray Blanton ‘65 Mr. & Mrs. David Blisk CMSgt & Mrs. Norman G. Brander, USAF, Ret. Breiner & Breiner, L.L.C. Attorneys At Law Mr. & Mrs. Theodore Breiner Mr. & Mrs. Trey Brouwer ‘87 Mr. & Mrs. Robert S. Camp Mr. & Mrs. W. Douglas Carothers, Jr. ‘55 Mr. & Mrs. R. B. Carpenter Mr. Glenn Carrington Mr. & Mrs. Joseph M. Carson, Jr. ‘49 Class of 1956 Mr. E. Eugene Cooke ‘54 Mr. & Mrs. Lee F. Cowper ‘70 Dr. & Mrs. Rodney Dade Mr. Webb R. Davis ‘50 Ms. Naomi Earp Dr. & Mrs. S. Boyd Eaton ‘56 Mr. & Mrs. Jonathan C. Ezell Family Pharmacy Mr. & Mrs. John A. Fisher ‘58 Mrs. Sara B. Gallagher Mr. Gregory Gochenour Mr. & Ms. Allan L. Gohrband ‘56 Halliburton Political Action Committee Mr. & Mrs. Paul Hartley Hottel & Willis, PC Mr. William L. Hudson ‘56 Mr. Frank T. Humphrey ‘66 Dr. Ralph W. Johnson ‘59 Mr. & Mrs. C. Henry Jones Mr. & Mrs. James J. Kelley ‘52 Mr. & Mrs. W. Revell Lewis, III ‘69 Mr. & Mrs. Eric J. Melkerson Mr. & Mrs. Walter L. Nalls, Jr. ‘56
Captain Alonzo A. Neese, III ‘01 Mr. & Mrs. Robert Norfleet, II ‘62 Lt Col David B. Novy ‘92 Mr. & Mrs. Robert T. Nussey, Sr. ‘59 Dr. & Mrs. George Okang Mr. & Mrs. Dana C. Parker ‘70 Col & Mrs. Kenneth R. Pierce, Jr. ‘58 Mr. & Mrs. Richard J. M. Poulson ‘56 Major General David W. Puster ‘75 Ms. Virginia E. Raney Red River Valley Fighter Pilots Association Dr. & Mrs. John T. Rogers ‘45 Mr. & Mrs. William R. Russell, Jr. The Seattle Foundation Mr. W. Richard Smith ‘70 Mr. Edward C. Stevens ‘50 Strike First Corporation Of America Ms. Virginia Thomas Thomson Mrs. Barbara S. Trenis The U.S. Charitable Gift Trust Mr. & Mrs. Stephen Varanko, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Edward Walker Mr. & Mrs. Earle R. Ware, II ‘53 Mr. & Mrs. John W. Welch, II ‘54 Wells Fargo Educational Matching Gift Program Dr. William C. Wetsel ‘66 & Dr. Sheila Collins Col Thomas K. Whitesel, Jr. ‘49 Mr. & Mrs. F. Dixon Whitworth, Jr. ‘62 Mr. & Mrs. George K. Williams Mr. & Mrs. Richard Zyontz
The Sabre Circle ($250.00 +)
Air Force Assoc. Chapter 435 Col Billy W. Antley, Jr., USA, Retired ‘75 Mr. & Mrs. Hugh W. Baumgardner Mr. & Mrs. Michael D. Bellino ‘68 Benedictine High School Dr. & Mrs. Anthony Boakye Mr. Osborne L. Brockman ‘61 Mr. & Mrs. Eric D. Carlson ‘73 Mr. & Mrs. John F. Carroll, Jr. ‘57 Dr. & Mrs. Bruce T. Carter ‘62 Mr. & Mrs. David L. Cash, Jr. ‘63 First Sergeant & Mrs. Anthony E. Cerella, USA, Ret. Commander Pierre N. Charbonnet, USN, Ret. ‘66 Mr. & Mrs. Stephen N. Churchill ‘88 Dr. & Mrs. John P. Clarke Mr. Philip R. Compton Mr. & Mrs. John M. Cornwell ‘55 Dr. & Mrs. C. Byrd Courtney, Jr. ‘53 Dr. Pia & Dr. John S. Crandell
Mr. D. Richard Donak, II The Honorable & Mrs. Robert H. Downer, Jr. ‘66 Mr. & Mrs. John Dullahan Mr. & Mrs. Rene C. Ellis ‘54 Lt Col & Mrs. William H. English, USA, Ret. ‘60 Falcons Landing Mr. & Mrs. Eric L. Gatrell ‘65 Mr. James E. Gibbs, Jr. Mr. David Gillis Mr. Joseph J. Harding, III ‘63 Mr. & Mrs. Edward M. Hawkins ‘61 Captain Cara E. Hobbs, OD ‘00 Mr. & Mrs. Lewis Holladay, III ‘54 Mrs. Lucy W. Hooper Mr. David R. Hull, Jr. ‘48 Mr. Robert L. Johnson Mr. Floyd D. Jordan Mr. & Mrs. P. C. Kellam ‘62 Mr. & Mrs. Robert P. Lawrence ‘87 Mr. & Mrs. William G. Lawrence, III ‘83 Mr. & Mrs. Derrick Leasure Mr. Parker A. Lee ‘51 & Mrs. Paulita Z. Gilmore-Lee Mr. & Mrs. Scott Lester Ms. Debra Levin Mr. Richard R. Lowman, III ‘66 Mr. & Mrs. James F. Luck, Jr. ‘57 Mr. George S. Lux, Jr. ‘52 Mr. & Mrs. Jerry W. McCandless ‘53 Mr. & Mrs. Michael McCormick Mr. R. Kyle McDaniel ‘07 Mr. & Mrs. Frank R. McLaughlin, Jr. ‘57 Ms. Christine L. Meyer Ms. Cynthia Michael Mr. & Mrs. Franklin Miller Mr. William T. Moffett ‘54 Mr. Bryan V. Moore ‘84 Mr. D. Enoch Moore, II ‘51 Ms. Nancy Murphy, Esquire Chief & Mrs. Uzoma Obiyo, Esquire Mr. & Mrs. Albert M. Orgain, IV ‘61 Mr. & Mrs. Yong Jun Pak Ms. Rebecca Quinn Reverend & Mrs. Henry B. Rehder, II ‘68 Mr. & Mrs. George D. Reynolds ‘65 Mr. & Mrs. A. Hewitt Rose Mr. David E. Seay Mr. Foy J. Shaw, Jr. ‘55 Mr. & Mrs. Gary Shertenlieb ‘66 Mr. & Mrs. Paul A. Shrader ‘46 Mr. & Mrs. John D. Simar ‘68 Mr. J. David Sullivan ‘68 Mr. & Mrs. Gale E. Swafford ‘69 Mr. & Mrs. John C. Swann ‘70 Mr. & Mrs. Lennie L. Swanson, Jr. ‘57
Students celebrate after the Middle School Promotion Ceremony. Mr. & Mrs. John M. Thompson, Jr. ‘50 Mr. & Mrs. W. Allen Tomlinson, Jr. ‘66 Ms. Gracie Torres Dr. & Mrs. L. John Turner ‘55 Mr. & Mrs. Walter Vaughan Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Frederick Voellm Mr. Douglas B. Wainwright ‘79 Mr. & Mrs. Michael G. Waring ‘60 Mr. & Mrs. James C. Whitehurst, Jr. ‘46 Mr. & Mrs. Edward H. Wildrick ‘56 Ms. Bettina Wilkerson Mr. & Mrs. Charles W. Wornom ‘60 Dr. & Mrs. Koffi Yao Mr. David M. Baggett & Ms. Catherine J. Young Mr. & Ms. Eduardo Zavala
The Bayonet Club ($100.00 +)
Mr. & Mrs. Robert C. Abell Ms. Laura A. Abraham Mr. & Mrs. Robert Adams Mr. & Mrs. Aliyu Ahmed Mr. & Mrs. Herbert J. Alleman ‘60 Mr. & Mrs. David B. Allen ‘68 Mr. & Mrs. Joseph A. Allen Col Kenneth J. Alnwick Mr. & Mrs. Evan Ancker Anonymous Anthony’s Pizza Mr. & Mrs. Arturo Arellano Mr. James D. Austin ‘79 Ms. Melissa Austin Mr. & Mrs. Carl A. Balderson ‘65 Mr. Brian Barbour Mr. Eric F. Barr Mr. & Mrs. Malcolm G. Barr, Sr. Mr. & Mrs. Eugene J. Baur, Jr. ‘45
Dr. & Mrs. R. G. Benson, III Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Biggs Mr. & Mrs. David E. Blaiklock ‘93 Dr. & Mrs. John C. Boggs, Jr. ‘45 Mr. Thomas B. Bradley & Ms. Judith R. Starr Mr. & Mrs. John R. Brightman ‘51 Mrs. Beverly J. Broadbent Casper Mr. & Mrs. Paul C. Buford, Jr. ‘52 Mr. William J. Bundick ‘52 Rev. Jonathan Bunker & Dr. Susan Gawalt Mr. & Mrs. William T. Burch, Jr. ‘67 Mr. Skot Butler ‘85 & Mrs. Mary Butler ‘86 Lt Col Donald E. Callaghan, USAF, Ret. Mr. & Mrs. C. Carl Chandler Mr. & Mrs. Alan J. Chenery, Jr. ‘46 Dr. & Mrs. Richard C. Chewning ‘50 China City Buffet, Inc. Dr. Charles Chopak Ms. Jean Clement Mr. & Mrs. A. Downer Clore, Sr. ‘59 Mr. & Mrs. Douglass Cochran Jr. Ms. Susie Cochran Ms. Pamela Cole Col & Mrs. Duane L. Conques, USAF, Ret. Mr. Peter H. P. Conrad ‘64 Col & Mrs. Charles V. Corder, Jr., USAF, Ret. ‘53 Col & Mrs. Philip A. Covell, USAF, Ret. ‘59 Mr. & Mrs. Edward R. Cowles Mr. John T. Cox ‘46 Mr. & Mrs. Gerald E. Crawford Mr. & Mrs. Thomas C. Crays
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development Mr. Scott Criminski & Mrs. Charmain Wardley Mr. & Mrs. Neal Crowley Mr. James W. Curl, Jr. ‘66 Daily Grind - Main Street Ms. Clare Dame Mr. Ward Darby ‘61 Darcars Automotive Group Mr. Robert A. Davies Mr. Melvin L. Davis, Jr. ‘71 Dr. & Mrs. D. S. Dixon ‘56 Dr. H. M. Dixon ‘46 Mr. Paul M. Dodsworth ‘49 Ms. Mary P. Donohue Mrs. Catherine Dortch ‘94 Mr. & Mrs. John T. P. Dryden Mr. & Mrs. Marion C. Dryden Mr. & Mrs. Donald Dudan Mr. & Mrs. Charles E. Duke ‘56 Mr. David Dunlap Mr. & Mrs. John L. Eberhart, Sr. Mr. & Mrs. Charles R. Edgren ‘65 Mr. B. Douglas Endzel ‘81 Ms. Barbara S. Evans Mr. & Mrs. R. Scott Faley Dr. & Mrs. Sylvan G. Feldstein ‘59 Mr. & Mrs. Ronald C. Felici Mr. & Mrs. Thomas W. Fitch ‘64 Mr. & Mrs. Hartwell J. Fitchett, Jr. ‘57 Mr. & Mrs. S. Sutton Flythe, Jr. ‘52 Mrs. Betty Forline Mr. William B. Fray ‘50* & Mrs. Delores S. Fray Petty Officer 1st Class Charles W. Fretwell, USN, Ret. ‘79 Mr. Rex A. Friedman ‘65 Front Royal-Warren Co. Airport Mr. & Mrs. Glenn H. Gettier Mr. Alfonso Gimenez, Jr. ‘55 Mr. & Mrs. Scott Glascock Mr. Henry C. Green ‘37 Mr. Fred R. Greenwood, Jr. ‘73 Mr. David Hafner
Dr. & Mrs. C. Reginald Hall, Jr. ‘54 Mr. John R. Hall ‘68 Mr. & Mrs. William A. Hall ‘55 Mr. & Mrs. Norman M. Haller Mrs. Joyce Hamer Mr. & Mrs. Charles M. Hammersley Mr. Lingyu Han Dr. & Mrs. Vagn K. Hansen Mr. & Mrs. Andrew C. Harriman ‘82 Mr. & Mrs. George L. Hensley, Jr. ‘54 Hess Corporation Mr. & Mrs. Jeb R. Hockman ‘69 Lt Col & Mrs. L. W. Houston, Jr., USMC, Ret. ‘57 Reverend Chad Hrbek Mr. & Mrs. Mitchell L. Hubbard Ms. Lorraine Hultquist Mr. & Mrs. Richard E. Humphreys ‘64 Mr. Robert J. Hunger Ms. Samantha A. Hurd ‘06 Mr. & Mrs. Walter B. Hurley ‘76 Mr. George C. Hurt, Jr. ‘54 Mr. & Mrs. Eugene W. Hutchinson Mr. & Mrs. Richard C. Insley Jr. Mr. & Mrs. David E. Isner ‘66 Mr. Steven R. Jenkins Mr. & Mrs. Harry H. Jennings ‘56 Rev. & Mrs. James M. John ‘47 Ms. Jean Johnson Mr. & Mrs. Tom N. Kalogeras ‘61 Ms. Monica L. Kaufman Mr. & Mrs. M. Allan Kays Dr. & Mrs. Glenn P. Kellam ‘48 Ms. Winifred O. Kelley Ms. Lucy F. Kiggins Mr. Yong H. Kim Mr. Alvin E. Kitchen Mr. & Mrs. Lennart C. Koneczny ‘55
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Mr. & Mrs. Allen Krenz Mr. Jonathan Kuiper Mr. & Mrs. John C. LaBarca Mr. Todd LaRoe Mr. & Mrs. David W. Lawrence ‘70 Reverend & Mrs. William A. Layman Ms. Hye Kyung Lee Mrs. Susan C. Lee Lester’s & Mowery’s Pharmacy Mr. & Mrs. Donald S. Lewis, Jr. ‘66 Dr. & Mrs. Daniel C. Link, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Edward S. Linsley ‘65 Mr. & Mrs. Daniel S. Little ‘67 Sergeant Charles E. Long Lt Col William B. Luckenbill ‘64 Lucky Star Lounge Mr. John L. MacConnell Mr. Christian A. Maitner Mr. & Mrs. George T. Maloney Mr. Roger D. Malouf ‘73 Mr. & Mrs. W. R. Mancuso ‘65 Mr. & Mrs. Nicholas A. Mans Mr. & Mrs. Richard E. Marshall Mr. & Mrs. Clyde W. Matthews ‘54 Mr. Victor P. Maxwell ‘57 Mr. Robert E. McCoy, Jr. ‘62 Mr. Francis H. McFall ‘42* & Mrs. Gloria McFall Mr. & Mrs. H. Linden McLellan Dr. & Mrs. Donald H. McNeill, Jr. Mr. Kevin E. Melanson ‘01 Mr. Paul T. Milburn ‘69 Mr. Robert F. Mitchell ‘51 Mr. & Mrs. Theodore H. Moltz, Jr. ‘46 Mr. Munsey A. Moore Mr. & Mrs. Robert A. Moore, Jr. ‘50 Mrs. Pat J. Moore Mr. & Mrs. Nicodemus Morfaw Mr. & Mrs. Frank Moxie Mr. William C. Nelson, Jr. ‘51 Mr. & Mrs. John R. Newcomb Mr. & Mrs. William Nicolls, III ‘67 Mr. & Mrs. Bruce Noll Mr. & Mrs. Clyde V. Nordstrom, Jr. ‘54 Ms. Alison Owens Mr. & Mrs. William H. Parker Ms. Hildegard I. Pate Pembroke Family Dental Care Dr. & Mrs. Manuel A. Peregrino Mr. & Mrs. Roger J. Perry ‘48 Ms. Clair Peterman Mr. & Mrs. Tharen W. Peterson ‘95 Mr. Robert M. Pinkham ‘47 Mr. Charles Pless Mrs. Stephanie D Portillo Postal Business Center Ms. Janice N. Pouzenc Mr. William Prescott Ralicki & Company, PA
Mr. & Mrs. George W. Ralph Mr. & Mrs. Robert H. Rauch ‘60 Mr. & Mrs. David P. Reckell Lt Col & Mrs. James E. Reed Richards Bus Lines, Inc. Mr. & Mrs. John Richards Mr. G. Edwin Richards Mr. Peter W. Richter Mr. Leslie D. Ritter ‘70 Mr. John D. Rives ‘55 Mr. Battle M. Robertson ‘54 Dr. & Mrs. Wilbert J. Robertson, Jr. ‘46 Mr. & Mrs. Eric H. Rodney Mr. Jack H. Rogers ‘57 Royal Cinemas Royal Family Bowling Center Dr. & Mrs. Cary L. Savage, Jr. ‘72 Mrs. Beverly Selby Ms. Ruth Shanks Ms. Kathleen M. Shannon Mr. Jason M. Shepherd ‘99 Col Thomas G. Shepherd, USAF, Ret. Mr. & Mrs. Walter E. Shepherd Mr. & Mrs. George Sherling Mr. & Mrs. Ronald P. Simar ‘66 Mr. Baxter W. Simmons ‘43 Mr. & Mrs. Brian Sinclair Mr. Robert W. Sittman, III ‘08 Mr. & Mrs. Dudley G. Skinker, Jr. ‘65 Mr. Brandon Sloan Mr. Brinton Smith ‘61 Mr. & Mrs. Donald E. Smith Ms. Trish Smith Ms. Dianne Spina Mr. Troy F. Stallard ‘62 Commander & Mrs. Francis C. Stark, III, USN, Ret. ‘62 Mr. Phillip A. Starling ‘90 Mr. & Mrs. Edward G. Stiles ‘72 Mr. & Mrs. Charles E. Strother, Jr. ‘58 Mr. Frank J. Sullivan Lt Col & Mrs. Donald A. Sutton, USAF, Ret. ‘64 Mr. & Mrs. C. Eugene Swartz ‘61 Mr. Charles E. Swink, Jr. ‘64 Mr. Michael W. Tankersley Dr. & Mrs. Robert L. Tanner Target Ms. Tiffoni N. Thompsen ‘96 Mr. & Mrs. George H. Thompson ‘53 Lt Col & Mrs. James B. Tillett, USAF, Ret. ‘48 Mr. C. Edward Tinsley, III ‘63 Ms. Margaret M. Toopkema Mr. & Ms. Gary Torrance Tracstar Systems, Inc. Mr. & Mrs. David H. Trent ‘65 Mr. & Mrs. Wesley L. Truscott, Jr. ‘61 Mr. & Mrs. Richard L. Turner ‘60 Mr. & Mrs. Casey Usmani Valley Health Systems
Valley Middle School Conference Mr. Agustin Velazquez Mr. Thomas E. Waesche ‘62 Mr. & Mrs. Richard E. Walls Mr. Ziyu Wang ‘12 Mr. & Mrs. Ross Weaver Mr. & Ms. John Webster Mr. George E. Weeks, II ‘66 Mr. William B. Whichard ‘56 Mr. Christopher Whiteside & Mrs. Lesley A. Williams Mr. & Mrs. Michael S. Williams Mr. Homer S. Willie ‘58 & Mrs. Diane Feke Mr. & Mrs. Arthur W. Wilson Mr. Wesley Wornom Mr. Edward J. Wunder ‘46 Ms. Shirley A. Wunsch Dr. & Mrs. Daniel S. Yates ‘57 Yesterday Swing Orchestra Mr. & Mrs. George S. Young, Jr. ‘59 Ms. Martha L. Young Mr. Sirui Zhang ‘12
Friend of the Academy (< $100.00)
Mr. & Mrs. John M. Abel ‘48 Mr. & Mrs. Asbery E. Adams Mr. Tobias Allanson Mr. Andrew Anderson ‘02 Mr. Ricardo J. G. Azan & Mrs. Karen Anderson Mr. Nicholas Anderson Mr. Paul G. Andes Ms. Grace S. Andrews Anonymous Mr. Dale Armstrong, II Mr. Peter G. Ashton, Jr. ‘88 Dr. Sandra Todd-Atkinson & Mr. Tuck Atkinson Mr. & Mrs. Stephen P. Austin ‘66 Mr. & Mrs. William M. Baker Mr. & Mrs. Harry G. Balthis, Jr. ‘62 Ms. Bridgett Banda Mr. & Mrs. Stephen P. Barber ‘59 Mr. Gordon Barnaby Mr. William C. J. Barr Ms. Deoborah Baumgardner Mr. Mark R. Baumgardner ‘06 Mr. & Mrs. John L. Beair, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. David A. Beaman ‘60 Mr. & Mrs. John Bell Mr. & Mrs. Brian E. Bennett Mr. & Mrs. Brad Bennett Mr. & Mrs. Richard A. Berjian Mr. & Mrs. Thomas N. Berry, Sr. Mr. Larry Birkenfeld Ms. Barbara Bishop Ms. Barbara J. Black Mr. & Mrs. Richard W. Blagbrough Mr. Bryan H. Blevins ‘79 Ms. Jeanne W. Bochette Mrs. Lili Bowers
Mr. Warren D. Boyer ‘70 & Mrs. Susan H. Boyer* Mr. & Mrs. Scott Brady Ms. Ann L. Brander ‘02 Mr. Daryl Braun-Duin Mr. & Mrs. Richard L. Breaw Ms. Priscilla D. Briggs Mr. Charlie Brooks & Ms. Lisa Coleman Mr. & Ms. Kevin J. Brooks Mr. & Mrs. Daniel F. Brown Mr. & Mrs. Milton K. Brown, Jr. Mr. Larry E. Buchanan Mr. Timothy McIntosh & Mrs. Sharon Buchanan Mr. & Mrs. David L. Buell ‘63 Mr. & Mrs. Norman A. Bunting, Sr. ‘63 Mr. & Mrs. William R. Burke Mr. & Mrs. Joseph E. Burns Mr. & Mrs. Frank A. Buskirk Mr. & Mrs. Robert L. Butterfield Ms. Diana Cappelli Ms. GeorgiAnna I. CarboneWynne ‘12 Mr. & Ms. Steve Carden Ms. Debbie Carlson Ms. Margaret D. Carpenter Mr. Andrew S. Cassone ‘12 Mr. & Mrs. William Cassone Ms. Barbara Cavness Ms. Jingyi Chen ‘12 Mr. Zhi Wen Chen ‘12 Mr. & Mrs. Gustave E. Chew, Jr. ‘55 Ms. Annette Christensen Mr. John M. M. Christoph ‘12 Mr. Caleb Chunn Mr. Philip Chunn Ms. Dawn M. Clark Mr. Clay B. Clinedinst Mr. & Mrs. Robert B. Clyburn Mr. Ian C. Cochran ‘12 Mr. & Mrs. William F. Collins Jr. Ms. Eleanor Cook Mr. & Mrs. James A. Councilor ‘65 Mr. & Mrs. Stephen Cramer Ms. Jane E. Crawford-Lightner Mrs. Elaine W. Crowe Mr. Terry W. Cundiff ‘69 Mr. Parker A. Curlee ‘74 Ms. June T. Dashiell Ms. Karin Dehlin Ms. Debra Delaney Mr. & Mrs. Michael DeMato Col & Mrs. William G. Dennis, USAF, Ret. ‘62 Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth Dobbins Ms. Rachel A. Dodson ‘03 Mr. Wayland A. Doggett, Jr. ‘49 Ms. Allyson G. Doran ‘11 Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Doran Ms. Cynthia Doyne Mr. & Mrs. Joseph L. Dragoni Ms. Trinette G. Drake ‘92 Mr. & Mrs. Douglas Driscoll Mr. Douglas E. Driscoll, Jr. ‘11
Mr. & Mrs. Christopher Dukes Mr. & Mrs. John R. Edds Captain & Mrs. Henry G. Edwards, Jr. ‘49 Mr. Miles W. Elliott ‘06 Mr. & Mrs. William E. Emerson, III Ms. Shujun Fan ‘12 Mr. & Mrs. Darryck Farmer, Sr. Mr. Donovan C. Farmer ‘12 Lt Col & Mrs. Ralph M. Faust ‘58 Ms. Joyce M. Feldman Mr. & Mrs. Raleigh S. Fetner Mr. & Mrs. Robert E. Fisher Mr. & Mrs. Raymond Ford Mr. & Mrs. John Foster Mr. Donn A. Frazier ‘78 Mr. & Mrs. James H. Furst ‘51 CMSgt Mary Gamache, USAF, Ret. Ms. Linda Garcia Mr. Gerry Gardner Mr. & Mrs. Steve W. Gilbert Mr. & Mrs. John Girandola Mr. H. Franklin Gladding Ms. Elisabeth C. Gnugnoli ‘01 Mr. & Mrs. Howard L. Gordy Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Milton C. Gore, Jr. ‘66 Mr. John R. Gresham ‘69 Mr. & Mrs. Ernie Grove Gunster The GWS CPA Educational Foundation Mr. & Mrs. James Haffer, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Michael Hall Ms. Michelle Hankins Mrs. Larissa M. Hansen ‘00 Mr. Stephen C. Harriman ‘82 Ms. Sandra Harris Mr. & Mrs. Scott M. Harwood, Jr. ‘87 Ronald Hayes, Ph.D. Ms. Kayleen Hebeler ‘01 Mr. Robert Helms Mr. Max K. Hepner Mr. & Mrs. Robert H. Herbert, Jr. ‘65 Mrs. Mary Lou Hodges Mr. Blake Hollinger Ms. Brandy Hudson Mr. & Mrs. Monte Huebsch Ms. Teresita Hundley Ms. Jessica M. Huneycutt ‘02 Mr. & Mrs. Robert P. Hunt ‘52 Dr. & Mrs. Charles Hutcheson Mr. & Mrs. Joseph W. Hutt, Jr. ‘47 Mr. David Illman Jack Evans Chevrolet/Cadillac Mr. & Mrs. Otis H. Johnson, Jr. ‘37 Ms. Robin Johnston Mr. & Mrs. Bill Johnstone Mr. & Mrs. Ronald Jones Ms. Rose Jones Mr. & Mrs. David W. Kaufman
Julia Griesbaum ’12 and GeorgiAnna Carbone-Wynne ’12 hug after the Final Parade. Ms. Jumanah E. Khader ‘96 Mr. & Mrs. Mahmud Khan Ms. H. Scarlett Kibler ‘89 Dr. & Mrs. Terence B. Kiely Mr. Emile K. Kimani Mr. Sean M. Knick, II ‘12 Mr. & Mrs. Ryan P. Koch Mr. Emerson W. Koerber ‘12 Mr. & Mrs. Stephen Kupferberg Ms. Jacquelyn S. Landon Mr. & Mrs. Francis V. Lane Mr. Stephen Latham Mr. Jake Layman Mr. & Mrs. Samuel N. Lee, Jr. ‘57 Ms. Lynn M. Lennon Mr. & Mrs. Robert Lewallen Ms. Qinyi Li ‘12 Ms. Ruonan Li ‘12 Ms. Chesler C. Lindsey ‘11 Mr. & Mrs. Mark Lindsey Second Lt Sarah L. Littlefield ‘06 Mr. Robert Locklear Mr. & Mrs. Henry V. Logan Commander & Mrs. Gordon K. Lough, USN, Retired ‘49 Ms. Haiyan Ma Mr. David A. Mangum ‘43 Ms. Erin N. Mannion ‘12 Mrs. Betty S. Marentis Mr. & Mrs. Edward J. Marinich Reverend Duane A. Martin ‘72 Mrs. Ralph H. Martin Mr. & Mrs. Frank Martinez Mr. Edward Massarsky & Ms. Sylvia Slavkin Mr. & Mrs. P. Curtis Massey Ms. Elsie B. Mastin Mr. Bryan McCabe Mr. & Mrs. Donald A. McCaslin ‘78 Ms. Maryann McClellan Dr. Theodore B. McCord, Jr. ‘63
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2011-2012 Class Participation
This list shows the class participation in the 2011-2012 Annual Fund Unrestricted Campaign. An asterisk (*) indicates an alumnus who passed way between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012. Names in bold are the Class Agents. Class of 1937 - 28.57% Henry C. Green Otis H. Johnson
Class of 1938 - 25% Douglas V. Bralley
Class of 1942 - 7.14% Francis H. McFall *
Class of 1943 - 20% David A. Mangum Baxter W. Simmons
Class of 1945 - 19.05% Eugene J. Baur John C. Boggs Boyd M. Guttery John T. Rogers
Class of 1946 - 25.81% Alan J. Chenery John T. Cox H. M. Dixon Theodore H. Moltz Wilbert J. Robertson Paul A. Shrader James C. Whitehurst Edward J. Wunder
Class of 1947 - 14.81% Dale W. Becker Joseph W. Hutt James M. John Robert M. Pinkham
Class of 1948 - 15.79% John M. Abel David R. Hull Glenn P. Kellam John W. Kellam Roger J. Perry James B. Tillett
Class of 1949 - 16% Joseph M. Carson Paul M. Dodsworth Wayland A. Doggett Henry G. Edwards Arthur H. Fulton Gordon K. Lough Robert L. Morris Thomas K. Whitesel
Class of 1950 - 18.18% Richard C. Chewning William K. Collins Byron C. Gayle Edward C. Stevens John M. Thompson Arthur Wadleigh
Class of 1951 - 20% John R. Brightman James H. Furst Conrad E. Koneczny Parker A. Lee Robert F. Mitchell Marvin W. Parker Joel W. Shankle
Class of 1958 - 6.78% James W. Burke Ralph M. Faust Henry D. Light Charles E. Strother
Class of 1959 - 16.39%
Paul C. Buford William J. Bundick S. Sutton Flythe Robert P. Hunt James J. Kelley George S. Lux George H. Zaiser
Stephen P. Barber Dallas O. Berry Andrew D. Clore Philip A. Covell Sylvan G. Feldstein Ralph W. Johnson Irving L. Jones George A. Pasquet James W. Rockwell George S. Young
Class of 1953 - 15.38%
Class of 1960 - 9.59%
Class of 1952 - 18.42%
Wylie W. Barrow Charles V. Corder Cornelius B. Courtney David W. Moore George H. Thompson Earle R. Ware
Class of 1954 - 30.23% Edward E. Cooke Rene C. Ellis C. S. Godfrey Chowning R. Hall George L. Hensley Lewis Holladay George C. Hurt George D. Mathias Clyde W. Matthews William T. Moffett Clyde V. Nordstrom Battle M. Robertson John W. Welch
Class of 1955 - 18.37% W. D. Carothers Gustave E. Chew John M. Cornwell William A. Hall Lennart C. Koneczny George T. Peter John D. Rives Foy J. Shaw L. J. Turner
Class of 1956 - 4.92% Walter E. Boomer Dirk S. Dixon Charles E. Duke
Class of 1957 - 15% John F. Carroll Solon R. Cotton L. W. Houston Samuel N. Lee Frank R. McLaughlin Glen A. Mente John A. Nicodemus William G. Thomas James C. Wyckoff
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David A. Beaman William H. English Robert H. Rauch Milton M. Reigelman Richard L. Turner Michael G. Waring Charles W. Wornom
Class of 1964 - 11.11% Peter H. Conrad Thomas W. Fitch Richard E. Humphreys William B. Luckenbill Harvey S. McDannald Donald A. Sutton Charles E. Swink
Class of 1965 - 15.85% Carl A. Balderson Alexander G. Blanton James A. Councilor Joseph O. Ecsi Charles R. Edgren Rex A. Friedman Eric L. Gatrell Robert H. Herbert Edward S. Linsley W. R. Mancuso George D. Reynolds Dudley G. Skinker David H. Trent
Class of 1966 - 22.67%
John G. Alston Osborne L. Brockman* Duane L. Conques Ward Darby Richard W. Dodd Edward M. Hawkins D. W. Jones Tom N. Kalogeras Edward H. Lane Albert M. Orgain Richard W. Pancake Brinton Smith C. E. Swartz Wesley L. Truscott
Stephen P. Austin Herbert O. Brown Pierre N. Charbonnet James W. Curl Robert H. Downer Milton C. Gore Frank T. Humphrey David E. Isner Donald S. Lewis Richard R. Lowman Robert P. Parker Gary Shertenlieb Ronald P. Simar William A. Tomlinson William W. Tubman George E. Weeks William C. Wetsel
Class of 1962 - 18.57%
Class of 1967 - 4.76%
Class of 1961 - 17.50%
Harry G. Balthis Bruce T. Carter William G. Dennis Preston C. Kellam John L. MacConnell Robert E. McCoy Robert Norfleet John A. Ross Troy F. Stallard Francis C. Stark Stanley J. Vossler Thomas E. Waesche Frank D. Whitworth
Class of 1963 - 8.33% David L. Buell Norman A. Bunting David L. Cash Joseph J. Harding Theodore B. McCord Robert R. Pickrell Charles E. Tinsley
William T. Burch Daniel S. Little William Nicolls George V. Puster
Class of 1968 - 5.05% David B. Allen Michael D. Bellino John R. Hall John D. Simar J. D. Sullivan
Class of 1969 - 11.25% Terry W. Cundiff John R. Gresham Jeb R. Hockman John C. Iden William R. Lewis George L. McIntyre K. J. McLelland Paul T. Milburn Gale E. Swafford
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Class of 1970 - 6.93% Warren D. Boyer Lee F. Cowper James F. Fort L. T. Garner David W. Lawrence Dana C. Parker John D. Stufflebeem
Class of 1971 - 1.79% Melvin L. Davis
Class of 1972 - 5.97% Duane A. Martin Don G. Metz Cary L. Savage Walter J. Sellers
Class of 1973 - 3.70% Eric D. Carlson Fred R. Greenwood
Class of 1974 - 2.22% Parker A. Curlee
Class of 1975 - 10.26% Billy W. Antley Harry G. Austin David W. Puster Gerald G. Williams
Class of 1976 - 2.70% Walter B. Hurley
Class of 1977 - 4.26% Joseph F. Silek Charles B. Swaim
Class of 1978 - 4.69% Donn A. Frazier Donald A. McCaslin John M. Puster
Class of 1979 - 7.55% James D. Austin Bryan H. Blevins Charles W. Fretwell Douglas B. Wainwright
Class of 1980 - 2.38% R.G. McManus
Class of 1981 - 2.33% B. D. Endzel
Class of 1982 - 6.06% Andrew C. Harriman Stephen C. Harriman
Class of 1984 - 5.56% Bryan V. Moore
Class of 1985 - 2.50% Skot Butler
Class of 1986 - 2.04% Mary E. Butler
Class of 1987 - 7.55% Scott M. Harwood Robert P. Lawrence Agustin Velazquez
Class of 1988 - 6.15% Eric D. Anderson Peter G. Ashton Stephen N. Churchill Lynn M. Lennon
Class of 1989 - 1.16% H. S. Kibler
Class of 1992 - 1.10% David B. Novy
Class of 1995 - 1.27% Tharen W. Peterson
Class of 1996 - 1.15% Jumanah E. Khader
Class of 1999 - 1.69% Jason M. Shepherd
Class of 2000 - 2.41% Larissa M. Hansen Cara E. Hobbs
Class of 2001 - 1.30% Kevin E. Melanson
Class of 2002 - 3.54% Andrew Anderson Ann L. Brander Jessica M. Huneycutt Brandon C. Thompson
Class of 2003 - 1.15% Rachel A. Dodson
Class of 2006 - 6.15% Mark Baumgardner Miles W. Elliott Samantha A. Hurd Sarah L. Littlefield
Class of 2007 - 1.10% R. K. McDaniel
Class of 2008 - 2.50% Andrew A. Pfister Robert W. Sittman
Class of 2011 - 2.74% Allyson G. Doran
Mr. & Mrs. Harvey S. McDannald, Jr. ‘64 Mr. & Mrs. James C. McGoff Mr. & Mrs. Charles J. McGovern Lt Col & Mrs. Ronald G. McManus, Jr., USAF, Ret. ‘80 Mr. Michael Mellish Mr. & Mrs. Glen A. Mente ‘57 Ms. Michele H. Messick Reverend John L. Miles, Jr. ‘56 Mr. & Mrs. Raymond L. Miller Jr. Ms. Siobhan E. Miller Mr. & Mrs. Salvatore Mirra Mr. Curtis C. Moore Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Robert L. Morris, Jr. ‘49 Mr. & Mrs. William Morton Mr. & Mrs. Samuel Mountjoy Mr. & Mrs. John Mulford Mr. Bo Na ‘12 Ms. Elaine C. Nalikka ‘12 Ms. Anh Nguyen ‘12 Mrs. Dorothy Nuckols Mr. Michael O’ Meara Dr. & Mrs. Jon R. Oberly Ms. Susan Ochoa Ms. Melody Owens Mr. Richard W. Pancake ‘61 Mr. George J. Pappas Mr. Abraham Park ‘12 Mr. & Mrs. Marvin W. Parker, Jr. ‘51 Mr. & Mrs. Robert P. Parker, II ‘66 Col & Mrs. George A. Pasquet, USAF, Ret. ‘59 Mr. James Payne Ms. Krista R. Peacock Mr. Yihao Peng ‘12 Mr. Fred Perrett Mr. G. Tyler Peter ‘55 Mr. Andrew A. Pfister ‘08 Mr. & Mrs. Robert R. Pickrell ‘63 Mr. J. Craig Porter, Jr. Mr. Pavel V. Potapov ’12 Mr. & Mrs. Douglas Pratt Pratt Hobbies, Inc. Mr. Jared M. Purcell ‘12 Dr. & Mrs. George V. Puster, Jr. ‘67 Mr. Mark Puster ‘78 Mr. Jiling Quan ‘12 Dr. Craig A. Reed & Dr. Jill Hollingsworth-Reed Dr. & Mrs. Milton M. Reigelman ‘60 Mr. Tom Riley Mr. & Mrs. William B. Rinnier Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Robins Mr. James W. Rockwell ‘59 Ms. Elizabeth Rogers Ms. Blanche A. Ross Mr. & Mrs. Sean E. Russell Mr. & Mrs. William R. Russell, III Ms. Joan Sale
Mr. Ryan R. Sanders ‘12 Mr. & Mrs. William E. Schinkel Mrs. Lynne Schoonover Mr. Vernon Schoonover Mr. & Mrs. Walter G. Schroth Mr. & Mrs. John Scollo Mr. & Mrs. Walter J. Sellers ‘72 Ms. Olivia Shanks Ms. Karen R. Shannon Ms. Susanne I. Shaw & Mr. Robert F. Hanson Mr. & Mrs. Laurence Sit Mr. Nathanael W. Skillman Mr. Charles M. Smith ‘08 Mr. & Mrs. William H. Smith Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. Lt Col & Mrs. Michael C. Starling ‘88 Ms. Danette Steele Stoneburner-Carter Insurance Agency, Inc. Dr. Leslie W. Syron Mr. Brandon C. Thompson Ms. Clara Thornton Mr. & Mrs. Dean Thunstrom Mr. & Mrs. John D. Tinny Mr. & Mrs. Paul Tittel Ms. Thanh T. Truong ‘12 Dr. & Mrs. William W. Tubman, Jr. ‘66 Ms. Barbara J. Twine Mr. Logan K. Usmani ‘12 Mr. Steven J. Viemeister ‘98 Mr. Stanley J. Vossler ‘62 Mr. Arthur Wadleigh ‘50 Mr. & Mrs. John R. Walkey Mr. & Mrs. Stanton Weissenborn Ms. Marianne Welsh Mr. Donald R. Williams Mr. G. Glynn Williams, Jr. ‘75 Dr. & Dr. James E. Williams Ms. Kathleen Williams Col Charles L. Wilmot, Jr., USAF, Ret. Ms. Linda Wolfe Mr. & Mrs. Clarence Woods Mr. & Mrs. William C. Woolf, II Mr. & Mrs. Dick Wootten Mr. & Mrs. James C. Wyckoff, Jr. ‘57 Ms. Bette L. Yancey Reverend Alan Yeo & Reverend Annemaire Yeo Ms. Trisha Young Mr. George H. Zaiser ‘52 Mrs. Brittany A. Zivic
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development by Kittie Abell, Vice President for Development
In the last issue of The Sabre, we examined the tremendous, positive impact scholarships have on R-MA cadets and their families. Every dollar dedicated to scholarship assistance helps a student achieve his or her dream of a college-prep school education. Many of these scholarships are derived from permanent, endowed funds. Once a scholarship fund reaches a minimum level of $25,000, then a portion of the earned interest is distributed as scholarship assistance, keeping the principal in place in perpetuity. Some scholarships were created with outright gifts of cash, stock, or proceeds from the sale of property or even a series of donations made over several years to reach that minimum value of $25,000. Others were started through a will bequest or in memory of someone special. For example, when former R-MA commandant Col. Ivan Mieth passed away this year, Mrs. Brenda Mieth and daughter, Tawana Mieth Williams ’95, established
a flight scholarship to carry on the annual support Col. Mieth provided to students in the flight program. Memorial donations came from across the country to help the scholarship fund grow. It became important to friends, family and alumni to honor this special man in such a permanent way. On page three of this issue, there is an article about the upcoming retirement of Major General Hobgood after 16 years of service to Randolph-Macon Academy. General and Mrs. Hobgood are establishing an endowed fund to provide scholarship assistance in perpetuity. Few people know of the personal effort put forth by General Hobgood to raise annual scholarship funds for deserving students. He has personally raised almost $500,000 in the past three years from individual donors so that more than a dozen students could remain at R-MA in spite of the severe economic turndown. “Carolyn and I have loved our time at R-MA and we can think of no better way to help as many students as possible than
to establish an endowed scholarship fund,” General Hobgood said. “Through many Air Force assignments all over the world we have received farewell gifts; it is our turn now to provide a special gift to the Academy by establishing the Major General Henry M. and Mrs. Carolyn R. Hobgood Scholarship Endowment Fund.” If you would like to make a donation to the Hobgood Scholarship Fund or any of the scholarships listed on the following pages, establish your own scholarship, or make a gift to help a few scholarships reach the $25,000 minimum needed to make awards, please contact Kittie Abell, VP of Development at 540-636-5206 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Two underfunded scholarships that need support are The Mattie & John Boggs Scholarship and The Dr. Elizabeth Sherman Scholarship. A list of current scholarship funds that are awarding much needed assistance to Randolph-Macon Academy students follows:
The Air Force Association Scholarship was established by members of the Northern Shenandoah Valley Chapter to provide financial assistance for an R-MA student in grades 9-12, from VA, WV, DE, MD, or DC, with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better.
The Bogart Family Scholarship is provided by Donna and Brian Bogart, parents of David Johnston ’03 and Dustin Johnston ’07, for a deserving and hard-working student with high potential.
The Class of 1958 Scholarship was established to provide meritorious students with financial assistance. Members of the Class of 1958 created this scholarship in honor of their 50th reunion.
The Boulden Family Scholarship was established in 2006 to provide financial support to deserving Upper School cadets in honor of A. Bennett Boulden, Jr. ’51, Mimi Fairchild Boulden, Robert Brock Boulden ’02 and Alexander Wade Boulden ’06.
The Class of 1970 Scholarship Endowment Fund was established in honor of their 40th reunion. Preference is given to a student or students with a demonstrated commitment to leadership above and beyond academic achievement.
The Class of 1949 Scholarship was established to provide meritorious students with financial assistance. The Class of 1949 donated the funds to establish this scholarship on the occasion of their 50th reunion.
The R-MA Community Scholarship was established to provide financial assistance to qualified students within the counties of Warren, Clarke, Frederick, Page and Rappahannock. A student must have been a resident of any of the five counties for at least 12 months and possess a GPA of 3.0 or greater.
The Alumni Association Scholarship was established in 1993 to provide outstanding students with financial assistance to continue their education at Randolph-Macon Academy. Preference is given to the direct descendant of an R-MA alumnus. The Ames-Harrow Family Scholarship was created through a bequest from Mrs. Frances Ames Harrow in 2011. Mrs. Harrow established the merit scholarship to recognize students who excel in science and may be interested in a future in medicine. The Austin Family Scholarship was established to provide meritorious students with financial assistance and is named in honor of the James Austin family. The Dallas O. Berry ’59 Scholarship was established in July of 1992 to provide junior or senior class students from Virginia or West Virginia, who participate on the rifle team or Cadre, with financial assistance. The scholarship is named for Dallas O. Berry ’59, a member of the championship Rifle Team of 1959 that won the Second Army Match and the Postal Trophy. 36 The Sabre Summer/Fall 2012
The Class of 1953 Scholarship was established to provide meritorious students with financial assistance. The Class of 1953 donated the funds to establish this scholarship on the occasion of their 50th reunion. The Class of 1956 Scholarship, established to commemorate the class’s 50th reunion, is for students who exhibit significant academic achievement, exemplary citizenship, and strong leadership qualities, with preference given to qualified varsity athletes. The Class of 1957 Scholarship was established to provide meritorious students with financial assistance. Members of the Class of 1957 created this scholarship in honor of their 50th reunion.
The Judge W. LeRoy Corron Scholarship was established in June 1999 to provide meritorious students with financial assistance. A scholarship is awarded to a student based upon academic achievement, civic leadership, and overall merit. The scholarship is named in memory of Judge W. LeRoy Corron, Judge of Warren County Trial Justice Court from 1946 to 1972 and a World War II veteran of the U.S. Navy. The Eagle Scholars scholarship assists deserving boarding students who have maintained a 3.5 grade point average or better while at R-MA.
The Philip J. Flagg ’88 Scholarship was established in July 1992 to provide meritorious students with financial assistance. The scholarship was established by Mr. and Mrs. Philip N. Flagg is memory of Philip J. Flagg ’88 who was killed in the line of duty while serving as a police officer.
The C. Spencer Godfrey ’54 Scholarship was established in 2002 to assist an average to below-average student. “So often there are funds available to help the very accomplished students, but not for the students who struggle hard to make acceptable grades,” said Mr. Godfrey.
The Edward E. Ford Foundation Scholarship was established in 1999. Scholarships are awarded to deserving students based on need and meritorious achievement.
The Jack & Georgina J. Grant Scholarship was established in 2002 to provide students with financial assistance. Mrs. Grant left part of her estate to establish this scholarship.
The Mathias Family Scholarship was established in 1992 and provides four scholarships each year based upon overall merit and financial need. The scholarships are named in honor of Alfred Mathias, George Mathias ’54 and Michael Mathias ’84.
The R. W. Hamilton ’90 Scholarship was established in 1989 to provide meritorious students with financial assistance. The scholarship is named in memory of Cadet R.W. Hamilton ’90 who died a year before graduation.
The Coach Lyle ’35 & Nancy McFall and Class of 1951 Endowed Scholarship was established to provide financial assistance to a student who embodies the spirit of Coach McFall through academic rigor and athletic pursuit.
Methodist Church Scholarships Each year the General Board of Higher Education & Ministry and the United Methodist Higher Education Foundation support tomorrow’s leaders through this scholarship program. Recipients must be strong students and be members of the United Methodist Church.
The Captain Richard I. Merrill ’39, (USA, Ret) Scholarship was established in 1994 to provide meritorious students with financial assistance. One scholarship is awarded to a student based upon academic achievement, civic leadership, and overall merit. The scholarship is named in memory of Captain Richard I. Merrill ’39, (USA, Ret) a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army.
The Rick ’58 and Barbara Frisbie Foreign Language Scholarship recognizes a student who has exhibited excellence in the area of foreign language and has demonstrated exemplary leadership skills both in and out of the classroom. Preference is given to a student who is studying French. James B. ’66 and Thomas H. Fussell Scholarship The James B. ’66 and Thomas H. Fussell Scholarship was established in 1969 to encourage well-rounded students to attend R-MA. A scholarship is awarded based solely upon academic merit and extracurricular involvement. This scholarship is named in memory of Thomas H. Fussell who taught at R-MA from 1941 to 1948 and one of his sons, James B. Fussell ’66, both deceased. The William H. ’33 and Ethel Garber Flight Scholarship was established in 1998 to provide meritorious students with financial assistance to participate in the R-MA Flight Program. The scholarship is named in memory of William H. Garber ’33, a World War II veteran of the Army Air Corps and his wife Ethel Garber who earned her private pilot’s license after her 50th birthday.
The John Haden Lane ’50 Scholarship was established in 1990 to provide meritorious students with financial assistance. The scholarship is named in memory of John Haden Lane, M.D. ’50. The William G. and Mary Rose Lawrence, Jr. Scholarship was established in 2003 to provide meritorious students with financial assistance. The scholarship is named in memory of Mrs. Mary Rose Lawrence; it was established by a gift from her husband, Mr. William G. Lawrence, a former R-MA Trustee.
The Mary and Daniel Loughran Foundation Scholarship was established in 1994 to encourage students of high academic caliber to attend Randolph-Macon Academy.
The Col. Ivan Mieth Flight Scholarship was established in 2012 in memory of Col. Ivan Mieth, and is to be awarded to a student who wants to learn to fly, needs financial aid, and is in good academic standing. Col. Mieth was a beloved member of the R-MA community who served as Commandant of Cadets and Chief of Staff for 20 years following his first career as a United States Air Force officer. The Drewry Enoch Moore Family Scholarship was established in 2004 to provide outstanding, well-rounded students with financial assistance. Precedence is given to: (1) Descendants of R-MA Alumni from the Classes of 1950, 1951, 1953, 1984. (2) Descendents of children (citizens) from Henry County, Virginia during the Civil War. (3) Other current members of the R-MA Corps of Cadets. This scholarship was funded by gifts from two generations of the Moore family. The Morris Family Scholarship was established in 1992. One scholarship is awarded each year based upon overall merit and financial need. This scholarship is named in honor of the members of the Morris family who have attended R-MA.
Students enjoy the bonds of friendships made possible through both scholarships and donations to the annual fund.
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Please note all of these Class Notes apppeared first in the e-newsletter, the Dome Dispatch. If you are not receiving the Dome Dispatch and would like to be added to the distribution list, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Laurence H. Wood ’35 is retiring and closing the doors to his funeral home business after running it for over 60 years. Fred Shepherd ’57 remembers participating in the drill and rifle teams at R-MA as well as playing tennis and junior football. Over the years he has had an insurance agency, brokerage company, a computer leasing company, a travel agency, and dabbled in real estate. He currently manages a nonprofit organization, Global Information Services. William “Russ” Miller ’64 currently lives in Okinawa, Japan with his family working at Camp Foster Post Exchange. He writes, “R-MA taught me so much.” Charles H. Collins ’66 recently retired from The Boeing Company after 23 years. He married Dr. Su Fang from Chongqing, China on August 4, 2012. James “Jim” William Long ’55 passed away April 16, 2012. While at R-MA, Jim played basketball and averaged 27 points per game, a school record. He was named to Washington D.C.’s “All-Metropolitan Team” and to the Virginia “All-State Team.” Richard Ryder ’74 received his doctorate in Education from Capella University. His dissertation topic was “Perspectives of Student Combat Veterans Diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder on Their Experiences in Higher Education.” David W. Puster ’75 took over the 84th Training Command at Fort Knox on April 14th and was promoted to Major General. Class Notes continued on page 41 38 The Sabre Summer/Fall 2012
Summer school students enjoy a ride on the water slide during the record-breaking heat in July. The Alonzo Aldrich Neese Memorial Flight Scholarship recognizes a student who has exhibited an aptitude for and love of flying, has a minimum grade point average of 3.0 and has demonstrated exemplary leadership skills both in and out of the classroom. The Alonzo Aldrich Neese Memorial Scholarship recognizes a student who has exhibited excellence in the area of mathematics and/or science, has a minimum grade point average of 3.0, and has demonstrated exemplary leadership skills both in and out of the classroom. Both scholarships are named in memory of Alonzo Aldrich Neese, husband of Mrs. Jean Neese and grandfather of Capt. USMC Alonzo A. “Tre” Neese, III ’01. Mr. Neese graduated from Purdue University in 1942 with a B.S.M.E. He was a member of Army ROTC and Pi Tau Sigma. He proudly served his country as a 2nd Lieutenant and artillery aviator/spotter in World War II. He spent a year in combat in the European theater and was awarded the Army Air Medal. The David ’53 & Jean Olderman Scholarship was established in 2003 by Dave Olderman ’53 and his wife Jean. Mr. Olderman attended R-MA for two years and was a member of the Varsity Baseball Team as well as the Monogram Club and the Waiters’ Club. After serving in the U. S. Army he graduated from Ohio State University. The Parents’ Association Scholarship is awarded each year to a rising senior, who has completed both semesters of the sophomore and junior years at R-MA, possesses at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA, and has demonstrated leadership potential.
The Garth ’34 & Helen Payne Scholarship was established through a Society of 1892 bequest by Mr. and Mrs. Payne, providing scholarships for Front Royal and Warren County area students. The family asked that preference be given to day students. The Payne family has a long history with R-MA. Garth ’34, and his uncles, Stewart ’18 and Roger ’27, all attended the Academy. Garth and Helen’s son, Hayden ’54, graduated from R-MA and West Point. Sonner-Payne Hall is named for Mr. Stewart Payne ’18, a long-time trustee, and Dr. W.W. Sonner. The Patricia & Douglas Perry Foundation provides a Norfolk area resident who will benefit from an R-MA education, with a full scholarship during their years at the Academy. Mr. Perry is a member of the Class of 1966. The Randolph-Macon Academy Staff and Faculty Endowment Fund provides Academy faculty and staff with funds for professional development and continuing education. The Red River Valley Fighter Pilots Association Flight Scholarship is provided for one or more students who have a strong desire to learn to fly, need financial assistance to participate in the flight program, and are in good academic standing. The Chauncy Rockwell ’06 Flight Scholarship Fund is one of two scholarships created in 2009 by the Rockwell family to honor the achievements of Corps Commander Chauncy Rockwell ’06 who graduated from Oklahoma University and is now a pilot in the United States Air Force. The flight scholarship is for a student who has a strong desire to learn to fly, needs financial assistance to participate in the flight program, and is in good academic standing.
The Chauncy Rockwell ’06 Scholarship Fund is the second of two scholarships created in 2009 by the Rockwell family. This scholarship is for a student who has financial need, who demonstrates good effort to accomplish his/her academic and personal goals, espouses the ideals of Randolph-Macon Academy and the United States Air Force, and who recognizes that success comes as a result of hard work and dedication. The Nicholas G. Ryder ’65 Flight Scholarship was established in 2007 to provide financial support to a student who has a life-long goal of becoming a pilot, and has a deep passion for flight; recipients should also be in good academic standing, have good leadership skills and character values. The Earl Sherman Memorial Scholarship was established and endowed by Mrs. Jean Neese and family in memory of Earl Sherman, Mrs. Neese’s father and greatgrandfather of Capt. USMC Alonzo A. “Tre” Neese, III ’01. Candidates are chosen based on exemplary character to include a single, outstanding act that exhibits strength of personal character and integrity or a pattern of regular and consistent acts that exhibit strength of personal character and integrity.
The Joseph F. Silek, Sr. Scholarship was established to provide meritorious students with financial assistance. This scholarship is named in honor of Joseph Silek, Sr. who served on the Board of Trustees for R-MA for 11 years until his death in 1990. The Laura Stanley Scholarships were established in 1994 to provide scholarships based upon overall merit and financial need. The scholarships are named in honor of Laura Stanley, career educator, who believed that all children should have the opportunity to be educated. She left half of her estate to R-MA to help young men and women earn their education at R-MA. The Gregory W. Swaim ’81 Memorial Flight Scholarship established by Mrs. Virginia E. Raney and Dr. Charles B. Swaim ’77 in memory of their deceased son and brother, Gregory W. Swaim, Class of 1981, one of R-MA’s earliest student pilots. This fund provides financial support to students in the flight program. Preference is given to a candidate who has cystic fibrosis (CF) or a sibling with CF. The Jamal Thomas Scholarship began in 2007 by the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Inc. as an expression of gratitude to Justice Clarence Thomas for his outstanding commitment to the mission and programs of the Association.
The Scholarship assists one or more students who demonstrate a high potential for success and need a significant grant attend R-MA. The Lois and Trevor Turner Scholarship was established to honor the Turners, who served faithfully at R-MA as President and First Lady for 17 years. The scholarship is presented to a student based on service to his/ her community and our country. The Varanko Family Scholarship was created in 1999 by Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Varanko, Jr., parents of Stephen Varanko, III, Class of 2000, USN. The scholarship enables other students to share the R-MA experience their son enjoyed in the Middle School and Upper School. This award is given to a Middle School student. The Virginia Beach UMC Foundation Scholarship was established in 2005, and is awarded to provide financial assistance to a VBUMC incoming or current student, or to a student who is a member of the United Methodist Church. The Col. Arvin & Emma Williams Scholarship was created by family and friends in 2005 in honor of Col. Arvin & Emma Williams, beloved members of the R-MA community from 1947 - 1978. The award is provided to a student who has financial need and who embodies the ideals of Knowledge, Leadership and Character.
Final Farewell We bid a fond farewell to members of the R-MA family who have passed away. We have received notice of their passing within the last few months. Our thoughts and prayers are with their families, and their memories remain with us always. Those who have died since last Homecoming will be recognized at the flag and memorial service on October 20th at 10am in front of Melton Gymnasium. J. Denny Compton ‘30 (Nov. 21, 2011)
William B. Fray ‘50 (Jan. 8, 2012)
George T. Sanders ‘62 (May 26, 2012)
Landon Carter ‘36 (Feb. 23, 2012)
William D. Booth ‘54 (Apr. 17, 2012)
Frank S. Ferguson ‘71 (Nov. 24, 2011)
William H. Joyner ‘37 (May 17, 2012)
Robert J. Koehler ‘55 (Nov. 21, 2011)
Edmund “Baker” Davenport ‘72 (Jun. 9, 2012)
Robert H. Cottle ‘42 (Jan. 30, 2012)
James W. Long ‘55 (Apr. 16, 2012)
Michael J. Kujawski ‘72 (Apr. 26, 2012)
Roscoe T. Cox, Jr. ‘42 (May 11, 2012)
Lewis B. Price, Jr. ‘55 (Jun. 1, 2012)
Howard R. Swaim ‘78 (Mar. 23, 2012)
William G. Meyers ‘42 (Jun. 2, 2012)
Courtland “Skip” Townsend ‘58 (Apr. 7, 2012)
John G. Lynch ‘86 (Mar. 4, 2012)
Walter E. Linaweaver ‘46 (Jun. 15, 2012)
Thomas A. Moskey ‘60 (Dec. 29, 2011)
Adam S. Cooke ‘98 (Apr. 5, 2009)
Robert A. Wilson ‘48 (Mar. 15, 2012)
Osborne L. Brockman ‘61 (Feb. 2, 2012)
Lawrence M. “Sweeney” Shiflett ‘49 (Nov. 5, 2011)
James H. Driver ‘62 (Jun. 22, 2011)
*Ethel R. Garber (Jul. 3, 2012) *Ivan G. Mieth (Mar. 12, 2012)
*Friends of the Academy
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R-MA Legacies: The McIntyre Family George McIntyre ’69 had an uncle, Bob Boyd, who sat on the Board of Trustees at Randolph-Macon Academy in the 1960’s. Because George’s father had passed away, there was some talk of sending him to R-MA to provide the strong male role models that teenage boys need. George wasn’t interested. “The first time I was exposed to the school was in Norfolk at Park Place Methodist Church,” he recalled. “They showed a film about the school, and had some speakers there.” It did not inspire him to become a Yellow Jacket. Even when he went to visit R-MA, he still had no desire to attend. It took several conversations with both Col Arvin Williams, who was the President of R-MA at the time, and Bob Long, who was a teacher and football coach at the school, to convince him to give it a try. It is a decision George is thankful he made. “I really loved the school from the get-go, and that’s because of the people there, the staff and faculty, and my friends in the cadet corps,” he said. “It made me understand honor, respect, and leadership. It taught us to grow up and be independent thinkers.” Because of all that he had felt he gained from his time at R-MA, George always intended to provide the same experience to his own children. When his daughter, Katie ’97, graduated from Powhatan, he said, “it was almost expected that she would go to R-MA, and she did.” He added, “R-MA helped develop a maturity that can only be gained there.” “The benefits from my R-MA experience are self-discipline, leadership, organizational skills, and an overall love for not only my R-MA community but my Front Royal community as well!” said Katie. “R-MA is a lot like life in that you get out of it what you put in and I have used that in work and in my volunteering!” George’s younger two children, Courtney and George (a.k.a. “Mac”) also went on to attend R-MA, graduating in 2004 and 2007, respectively. “Courtney always marched to the beat of a different drummer,” George commented. “RMA made her stronger, and that was good. She needed that.” Courtney is now an RN at Warren Memorial Hospital. Watching his son go through R-MA gave George another special connection to the school. Just as George had been captain of the football team, Mac became the captain of the football team as well—he even wore the same number on his jersey. The major difference was that Mac was not fond of the military program. “He liked the discipline, liked the structure,” said George. “He didn’t like marching.” Ironically, Mac went on to attend VMI, and after graduating from there in 2011, he decided to test the discipline and strength he gained from eight years of military training. He worked out for nine months, then set out on his challenge—to 40 The Sabre Summer/Fall 2012
hike the Appalachian Trail. Whereas most people hike the trail beginning in Georgia and ending in Maine, Mac decided to do it the opposite way—which meant he was starting with the difficult Mt. Katahdin. “He was what’s called a ‘Southbounder,’” said George. “There are very few who do it that way, because Maine is acknowledged as the most difficult part, so you usually want to hit that when you’re at the end of your hike, when you’re strongest.” Mac began the hike in June 2011 and finished in October 2011, hiking the entire 2,181 miles in 141 days. With that experience behind him, he is now training to be a buyer at CarMax in Potomac Mills. As for Katie—now known as Katie Tewell—she has joined George in the family business at the ever-popular Apple House, just off I-66 at Exit 13. She is in charge of the catering, management, and other areas of the restaurant/gift shop. When she isn’t busy there or in the local Chamber of Commerce, she’s enjoying her two children—who will quite possibly be two more additions to the McIntyres’ R-MA legacy.
Top photo is George McIntyre ’69. At left is Courtney McIntyre ’04. Above is Katie McIntyre Tewell ’97. George “Mac” McIntyre ’07 is at right.
Are You a Leader? The Alumni Association Board is looking for alumni who are leaders, who love Randolph-Macon Academy, and who want to be active in the life of their alma mater. If you would like to be considered for membership to the Alumni Association Board, or you would like to nominate someone else, please contact: Parker Lee '51 (717) 697-2049 email@example.com
Homecoming Highlight: Class of 1962 50th Reunion
The 50th Reunion committee has been hard at work preparing for the Homecoming Reunion and contacting their classmates. As Homecoming weekend approaches, the Reunion committee of 1962 will be in touch with further details. You can also go online to www.rma. edu/Homecoming for up-to-date information. Class Agent: F. C. Stark ’62 Starkf@verizon.net Reunion Committee: Larry E. Arnette ‘62 Michael E. Eargle ‘62 Troy F. Stallard ‘62 Samuel J. Thios ‘62 Stanley J.M. Vossler ‘62 F. Dixon Whitworth ‘62 Reunion Dinner Saturday, October 20th - 6:30PM The Cellar at Oakcrest in Winchester. Cost for this event is $35 per person and includes very heavy hors d’oeuvres and transportation provided by R-MA to and from Winchester.
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Continued from page 38 Scott Weinberger ’92 earned a Black Belt in Sanshinkai Karate in July 2011. Scott is currently the Director of Implementation and Training for ProMediCorps.
Megan A. (Fieo) Triplett ’94, her husband Bradley Triplett and two sons Matthew and Ryan Conner have a new addition to their family. Avery Grace Triplett was born on October 18, 2011 at Winchester Medical Center and weighed 7lbs 1oz. Aron Cartes ’00 left for his fourth Army deployment to Afghanistan in early October 2011. He left from Fort Bliss, TX with the 3rd Brigade 1st Armored Division. Larissa (Woloshyn) Hansen ’00 with her husband Mike and daughter Catherine, welcomed 6lb, 9oz baby Julia Anne to their family on April 4th. Kayleen (Hebeler) Peneda ’01 was married to Celso Peneda on June 17, 2012. Carlos McDonald ’01 spoke with the R-MA corps of cadets and middle school students during the spring semester in 2012. He spoke about the importance of making good choices and the consequences associated with them. Charlotte Crowley ’02 received her master’s degree with honors from Coventry University in England in November 2011. She is continuing her graduate studies at Turku University in Finland. Prior to graduate school, she was employed for four years with defense contractor Booz Allen Hamilton. Kim Mewborn ’02 and fiancé Dustin Ellison are excited to welcome Layla Ruby Lee Ellison to their family. She was born on December 14, 2011 and weighed 7lbs 4oz. Katelyn McManus ’08 graduated Magna Cum Laude on May 12th from Mary Washington University. She also graduated with Honors in History. Kirsten Arends ’09 graduated from Air Class Notes continued on page 42 41 The Sabre Summer/Fall 2012
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Force Basic Training on July 6th and was recognized for her superior performance. James Ryan ’09 is currently attending the Massachusetts Maritime Academy as an International Maritime Business Major. Whitney Lee ’10 just finished her sophomore year and although she is enjoying Harvard, she misses being at R-MA. She was recently elected as the president of her sorority, the Lambda Upsilon Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. Whitney was also chosen as a peer concentration counselor for Harvard’s Government Department, which allows her to advise freshmen who are thinking about concentrating in Government. This summer she spent a few weeks in Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel learning how to speak Arabic. Then, in early August, she travelled to London to take courses at the London School of Economics.
Alumni Chapters on the Way to a Location Near You! by Chuck Swaim’77 This year, the R-MA Alumni Association Board of Directors turned its focus on building local alumni chapters and events in geographic areas with larger concentrations of alumni. The first locations are Northern Shenandoah Valley (Front Royal and Winchester area), Northern Virginia, and Richmond, Virginia. For those in cyberspace, Facebook is the jumping-off point (see below). Our goal is to host chapter get-togethers once per quarter. We’re off to a great start with all three of these informal chapters! As you can see by the alumni listings from the Richmond chapter, we have most of the decades from the ‘40s-present represented. We have been meeting after work, typically from 5 to 7 pm. Everyone “pays as you go” so there are no dues or event fees. If you are a class agent, these are great events to find classmates or rendezvous in preparation for October’s Homecoming. Richmond Alumni (Buffalo Wild Wings on West Broad Street) February Norm Smith ‘77 and Valerie John C. Boggs ‘45 and Rosemarie David Johnston ‘58 and Celeste Chris Flynn ‘94 and Mhilet Chuck Swaim ‘77 and Linda (and daughter Katie) Robert Downer ‘72 Fred Greenwood ‘73 Jim Hunter ‘57 and Kaye Ann Brander ‘02 (also staff representative)
May Albert Orgain ‘61 John C. Boggs ‘45 Ralph B. Cooley ‘72 George Ligon ‘69 David Johnston ‘58 Joseph Jones ‘56 Chuck Swaim ‘77 John Hall ‘68 James Tinsley ‘95 (Staff: Kittie Abell, Jay and Helen Smith)
I would like to encourage you to join us for an event in your area. The easiest way to find out what is going on is to check out the Facebook pages for the group. You can also email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Ann Brander (email@example.com) and we will get you in touch with the person leading each group. Hope to see you there! Group R-MA Northern Shenandoah Valley Northern Virginia Richmond Virginia
Facebook Link https://www.facebook.com/#!/Randolph.Macon.Academy.VA https://www.facebook.com/groups/rmashenandoah/ https://www.facebook.com/groups/rmanovaalum/ https://www.facebook.com/groups/rmarichmond/
Riddick Reconnects with R-MA at Chapter Event by Christine Meyer, Director of Development The renewal of the Northern Virginia R-MA Alumni events, as well as events in North Carolina, Richmond, Shenandoah Valley and Hampton Roads, gives R-MA alumni of all generations a chance to reconnect and network. Case in point is Mr. Roland P. Riddick, III ‘68, grand-nephew of longtime R-MA faculty member and athletic director, George Riddick. Rod spent his junior and senior years at R-MA “when Coach McFall was the football coach and athletic director and my great uncle, George Riddick, was the trig professor.” He fondly remembers his serving as a waiter as hard work, but it “was great because we were excused from standing formations and marching to meals.” As an adult, looking back at all that R-MA offered him as a teenager--the small class size, instructor-to-student ratio, tutoring help with faculty and team-building from the cadet corps--all had a positive imprint on Riddick. 42 The Sabre Summer/Fall 2012
“Although Saturday nights were spent in study hall and Sunday morning we marched to church, unlike any of my friends in public school, I admit to having many truly fond memories of 1966-1968 and my life at R-MA,” Rod noted. After graduating from R-MA, Rod attended Ferrum College, but during his freshman year enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and spent a year in Vietnam stationed in Danang where he was an air traffic controller. After the Air Force, he began working as an illustrator/draftsman for Asset, Inc., a small craft design firm that his father founded in Northern VA. “I always enjoyed ships and the sea and have continued in the business ever since,” he said. Currently, Rod is Senior Vice President and Deputy Sector Manager for the Engineering and Integration Solutions Sector of Alion Science and Technology, a technology solutions company headquartered in the Washington, DC area. In this capacity he leads an organization of 1,400 employees providing naval architecture, marine
engineering and acquisition support services to government and commercial clients in the marine industry worldwide, generating $400 million in annual revenue. Before the inaugural Northern Virginia event earlier this year, Rod emailed that “embarrassingly, this is the first time since graduation that I have reconnected and look forward to the opportunity to attend the alumni get-together.” After the event and in discussion with the Development Staff, he was brought on board as a volunteer with the Annual Fund Executive Council. “I really look forward to reconnecting with alumni and participating in whatever way that I may make a difference or offer assistance in support of the school,” he said. “Every now and then, you will hear a name in business and realize that there is a connection with R-MA,” Rod said. “It is great to make those connections.” He and his wife, Nancy, have been married 26 years and have two daughters, Mary Catherine and Chelsea.
50 years of R-MA Authors
As we have reconnected with various alumni, we learned there are quite a few authors in our midst. Some are full-time writers, some are bloggers, some have published books, and some have retired and are now busy with their second career in writing. We asked five of them to tell us about their passion--for whether it is a hobby or a way of life, for each one of them, writing is a passion.
James “Jerry” John ’47
I have been involved in writing all of my adult life. In graduate school I was working in radio and TV and was writing scripts Photo by Mountainhigh Studios for production; as a minister I was always writing sermons, devotionals, projects; as the National Director for Industrial and Commercial Ministries, I was writing training books. I enjoy writing because it becomes an expression of myself in a different format from speaking. I have always enjoyed expressing myself, since the days of R-MA when I was performing in the school plays and on the Debate Team; to college when I directed plays for the college theatre and finally speaking often as a United Methodist minister. Now, I enjoy using my imagination and creativity; [I also enjoy] the research. I am presently working on four more children’s books; a novel, Best Friends: Lazarus and Jesus; and a second devotional book, Toads and Timberwolves. I have three books published: a devotional called Great Living: Every Day a Victor, and two children’s books: Grandpa’s Little White Truck (there will be six in this series); and Fee the Flea (there will be three or four in this series). In the “Grandpa” books I use three children which are three of my grandchildren. http://www.tatepublishing.com/bookstore/ search.php?search=james+john
John Harding, Jr. ’48
After working as a dentist for 31 years, Dr. John Harding settled down to do something he was always meant to do: write. “I’m not so much an author as a storyteller,” he says. “My wife finally told me, ‘All those stories you’ve been telling me, write them down!’” Harding has used occurrences and people
from his own life in weaving his tales. His first book, Shortchanged, was published in 1998. It focuses on a soldier injured in the Korean War, whose memories fly back over the time he and his childhood friend played in the Northern Neck of Virginia. Harding says the story is based on his childhood friend who was killed in the Korean War. His second book, Alvin, is a fictionalized biography of Alvin Wormley, a friend of Harding’s who frequently helped him on projects. The final book, A Reluctant Rebel, is the historical account of Harding’s own ancestor, pieced together from family letters. The latter book is slated to be revised and reprinted by Amazon. Currently Harding is working on recording events and memories for his own children, and on a book about the people who influenced him growing up, including R-MA’s own Coach Lyle McFall ’35. http://www.chesapeakebaywriters.org/ personal_web_pages/harding_john.htm
Ben F. Oswald ’53
Although I have been writing nonfiction and some short fiction for local readerships within my several vocations for over 50 years, I wrote my first novel that was published for worldwide distribution when I was 72 years old. My books, their retail outlets, and my bio are on my website bfoswaldauthor.com. Flood: A Saga, my second novel is my best-seller.
organizational behavior. Knowing that Peter had applied all of the practices in this book to become one of the most successful businessmen in the state, if not the region, made the project that much more exciting and enjoyable. I ghostwrote “New Best Friends” as a non-fiction business/leadership book, and I have written many nonfiction articles for web content providers. I give workshops on leadership, teamwork, and problemsolving, as well as story-building and character development. My heart, however, is in poetry and fiction. I’m currently working on a young adult fantasy novel about a girl who discovers she is the last member of a lost race and must find a way to accept her destiny, become a true Tamer, and bring back the unicorn to end the suffering of the world in which she lives. I also have a WWII historical novel in the works about the captain and crew of a B-17 bomber. http://improvwriter.wordpress.com/ (blog)
David Fucillo ’97
I do not write within any one genre, each of my novels has a different theme. My latest, Terribly Twisted Titillating Tales of Terror, currently under contract, is my first venture into the horror genre. I write because I enjoy doing so, because others enjoy what I write, which pleases me, and because I have the talent and the skills to be an accomplished author. http://synergebooks.com/bio_oswald.html
Grant McKenzie R-MA ’88
Peter Husak approached me with the idea for “New Best Friends” in June 2010. This was the perfect ghostwriting project for me because I was able to apply my skills as a writer as well as my knowledge in the areas of leadership, teambuilding, and
I currently run a San Francisco 49ers blog within the SB Nation network called Niners Nation, and work as an NFL producer and editor for SB Nation. The position involves coordinating creative ideas between the main dot com and our 32 NFL team blogs. I work with our editorial director in DC, our video team in NYC and our bloggers across the country to optimize the quantity and quality of content across the network. I got into writing when I was looking for something fun to do on the side, separate from work. I’ve always been a 49ers fan, but never had an outlet for my passion. I started the site in 2006 while working a full-time job, and continued it when I left work and went to law school in 2007. Following law school, I kept it up while looking for fulltime legal work. I realized during that time that I enjoyed myself more running the blog than I did looking for legal jobs. I approached SB Nation about turning it into some sort of full-time job and after eight months we were able to agree on a full-time role. I began that job this past March. http://www.ninersnation.com (links to blog) 43 The Sabre Summer/Fall 2012
R-MA’s Dynamic Duo When Khaleeq Everett ’12 and Ian Richardson ’12 first arrived at aspect of these two young men is their maturity. In reminiscing about R-MA (a year apart at that time), few people would have thought that their athletic careers at R-MA, they spent more time talking about those the two of them eventually would be teammates to whom they were thankful than they did about their own and good friends. Richardson’s teachers remember awards and accomplishments. him as kind, quiet, and positive, but not much of an “Ms. [Jumanah] Khader [‘96] took me under her athlete. Although he was immature, he tried hard wing,” Richardson recalled. “Mr. [Clay] Clinedinst took and was respectful. Everett was a natural athlete me to basketball camp to help me with my shot form and whose smile was as quick as his legs. His athletic rebounds.” prowess had earned him the reputation as one of “Mr. Clinedinst is my father on and off the court,” the best football players in Maryland. However, he said Everett. “Coach [Tim] Maypray ’06 was my mentor wasn’t exactly fond of following school rules as a when he was a senior; he took me under his wing. It middle schooler. meant a lot when he came back to coach. I text him “Khaleeq and Ian both came to us as whenever I can.” middle schoolers who were young, immature, “The support system here…” Everett began. and disorganized,” observed Bill Curl, who “…is unmatchable,” Richardson interjected. coached both boys in middle school basketball. “Especially for not being a big sports school,” Everett “They both have grown up to be fine young agreed. “Coach [Frank] Sullivan really tries men who have lived a great high school life and to accommodate all our athletic needs. He’s succeeded in accomplishing their dreams of a great athletic director. He’s always there.” starring in sports, achieving good grades, and being accepted in While these two young men are full good institutions of higher learning. Their progress and successes of enthusiasm and gratitude towards their across the board should be a beacon to any underclassman that coaches, dorm counselors, mentors, and with hard work and dedication goals can be accomplished.” teachers, they have also provided some Richardson’s athletic career could have been cut short if he inspiration of their own. had not demonstrated some perseverance, as he was cut from the “What I will always remember basketball team in seventh grade. Disappointed but undaunted, about Ian is his gracious attitude and he joined the tennis team in the spring, where he spent most of wonderful smile. When he began R-MA his time at the #6 seed. Over the summer, he began running and in the seventh grade I was his PE teacher working out. At the start of his eighth grade year, he was more and soccer coach. He was a lovable prepared to participate in sports and began to find the success student because of his positive attitude he had sought. He was named Most Improved Player for the and contagious smile. I never knew him soccer team that fall, and this time he made the basketball team. to ever be unhappy or to have ever been Although he wasn’t a member of the starting line-up, he did angry. From a sweet but immature middle Top photo: Khaleeq Everett ’12. schooler he developed into a reputable make a three-point basket at the buzzer during the championship Bottom photo: Ian Richardson young man who always displayed and game. It was an inspiring moment that helped drive him towards ’12. athletics in the future. gave respect. His smile was contagious Everett, meanwhile, had little interest in basketball. He and could brighten up a bad day. I wanted to play football, where he had experienced success before. It am proud and thankful to have been involved with his educational and was Curl who convinced him to try both golf and basketball. When the athletic career,” said Assistant Athletic Director Brandy Hudson. basketball team won the championship that year, Everett was hooked. “Khaleeq had a bumpy start. Despite his cute smile and love for In his eighth grade year, he was named MVP and the team took the basketball, he wasn’t always willing to conform to school standards,” championship again. she said. “As he moved from the Middle School to the Upper School, As middle school students, the two young men were barely at five he slowly took advantage of the opportunities that he was given. He feet tall. This year, just before graduation, Richardson stood at six feet, matured into a smart young man who took advantage of good situations. two inches and Everett stood at six foot, one inch. Khaleeq is a great example of how R-MA can help one succeed.” “Ian was always small,” Everett said, poking fun at his friend, but “Ian played football during his freshmen year and his senior year. with genuine respect in his voice, “then in tenth grade he grew and got He really transformed into an outstanding young man in this short some muscle and became really good.” time. His maturity and attention to detail along with his natural athletic Indeed, the list of accomplishments from both athletes is ability were remarkable,” commented Athletic Director Frank Sullivan. impressive. Richardson recalls earning the Most Improved Player award “Khaleeq was one of the most dedicated basketball players we have for both soccer and basketball in his sophomore year, and the MVP had at R-MA. Whenever there was extra time for him to practice in the award in tennis for his sophomore and junior years. “Van Nguyen ’13 gym he took advantage. More importantly his growth as a person was helped me,” Richardson quickly added. “He was the greatest doubles tremendous. He became a person who took pride in himself on and off partner.” During Richardson’s senior year, he received the Coach’s the court.” Award for tennis, and in basketball he led the conference in rebounds. “Khaleeq showed the poise and experience of a great athlete at “Ian is one of the best rebounders I’ve ever seen,” Everett said. an early age,” added Curl. “Ian was a small, relatively slow middle “Most other rebounders are 6’5” and above, but he’s the best.” schooler who did not mature athletically until he was in the high school. Everett was the MVP for the JV basketball team his freshman year, Even though he played on the third team in middle school, he practiced and earned first team all-conference honors his sophomore year. He hard and was a good teammate. When he was a junior and senior, he again earned MVP honors and first team all-conference honors in his was a leading force on the varsity basketball team, a good football senior year. player, and the mainstay on the tennis team. What a transformation from Yet in spite of their athletic accomplishments, the most impressive a small, reserved middle schooler!” 44 The Sabre Summer/Fall 2012
Middle School Basketball Claims Championship Titles The Randolph-Macon Academy Middle School boys’ basketball team claimed the Valley Middle School Conference (VMSC) Season and Tournament Championship titles for the 2011-12 season. The young Yellow Jackets enjoyed one of the best years in the school’s history, posting 19 wins with 2 setbacks. The team was 17-0 during the regular season and 11-0 in the VMSC. The only two losses came in abbreviated formatted games during the Wakefield Invitational Tournament held in January, but the team won the consolation game and took third place out of eleven teams. “This year’s team was special not because of their win-loss record,” said Head Coach Bill Curl, “but because of the unselfish attitude that could be seen throughout the season. These guys had a lot of athletic ability, but what really made them stand out from other teams was their attitude and their desire to help each other.” “The theme for this year was Together Everyone Achieves More,” Curl added. “Our motto or chant after every practice, before each game, and after each time out was TEAM. The players quickly understood that there were no favorites. If one person, or group, was not hustling, then the entire team would run. The chemistry formed early because of the players knowing each other so well living together and belonging to this large extended family. They knew who needed help in a particular subject, they knew when someone had
Above left is Most Improved Player Thomas Powars ’16. Above right is Coaches’ Award winner Joey Monastero’16. personal problems. That is what it takes to be really together as a team. On the court they showed their athletic abilities and each player understood what it takes to succeed.” The Most Improved Player Award went to Thomas Powars ’16. The Coaches’ Award was given to Joey Monastero ’16. When going through the team, searching for the Most Valuable Player, Curl found the task impossible. “There was competition daily during practice to see who could win additional playing time and possibly start in a game. This intense competition made each player better. No one had their position handed to them. Each player knew that they had a shot to move up in the pecking order when they performed well. Actually, practice was more physical and demanding than most games,” he said. In the end, he and Assistant Coach Harold Walters made the only decision they could: the recipient of this year’s Most Valuable Player went to the entire team! At left, the entire basketball team of MVPs joins together to celebrate their victory with a photo.
Wrestling Coach Says Program is Back on Upswing by Coach Rodney Brown What can I say about our young and ambitious Randolph-Macon Academy wrestling team? Maybe I could mention how much of a family and close-knit relationship we have grown to have. Or maybe I could discuss the leaders who attended the VISAA State Championship? Well then again, there is the fact that we’ve eliminated the stereotype of wrestling being specifically a man’s sport. How about we discuss all At right is MVP Nick Anderson ‘13.
three factors that have led to a successful R-MA wrestling team? The school of Randolph-Macon Academy has always bestowed its excellence upon all of its athletes. Just within the last two seasons of my coaching experience, R-MA wrestling was noted to be a growing and respected program. We truly have a new attitude! R-MA wrestling has been looked at as an up-and-coming-force that could contend with the best of competitors. So to keep up with our new attitude, we had to change our look. That new look came by way of receiving new wrestling warm-ups, R-MA singlets in addition to wrestling mats. This year we were privileged to have received a brand-new wrestling mat after 40 years of use from the previous one. It was movements like these, such as receiving new athletic gear, which helped us realize our full potential as a team and as a family; family with the same motto of hard work equaling to success. Since BCE, wrestling has always been a physical sport known to only be played by men; however, in the last three decades several See “Wrestling,” continued page 52 45 The Sabre Summer/Fall 2012
Varsity Boys’ Basketball MVP: Khaleeq Everett ‘12 Coaches’ Award: Ian Richardson ‘12 Donovan Farmer ‘12
Winter Sports Awards
Varsity Girls’ Basketball MVP: Anastasia Voellm ‘13 Coaches’ Award: Alexis Fleming ‘12 Most Improved Player: Bianca Clement ‘13
JV Basketball MVP: Denzel Goodé ‘15 Coaches’ Award: Jung Hoon Choi ‘14 Most Improved Player: Tyler Vaughan ‘15
Girls’ MVP: Quinn Blankenship ‘16
Boys’ MVP: Luke Cassone ‘16
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Boys’ Co-Coaches’ Award: Evan Anderton ‘18
Boys’ Co-Coaches’ Award: Ken Gilland ‘17
Middle School Cheerleading MVP: Emma Bunker ’16 Coaches’ Award: Amy Wang ‘16 Most Improved Player: Myra Brown ‘17
Middle School Girls Basketball MVP: Ashley Grossman ‘16 Coaches’ Award: Emma Bunker ‘16 Most Improved Player: Quinn Blankenship ‘16
Varsity Cheerleading MVP: Stephanie Okang ‘14 Coaches’ Award: Markeesha Gibson ‘14 Most Improved Player: Jenny Li ‘12
Varsity Boys’ Swimming MVP: Tanner Blankenship ‘13
Varsity Girls’ Swimming MVP: Libby Doran ‘13
Varsity Boys’ Varsity Boys’ Swimming Varsity Girls’ Swimming Swimming CoCo-Coaches’ Award: Gwi Coaches’ Award: Coaches’ Award: Bo Woong Jung ‘12 Danneh Kanessi ‘12 Borden ‘12
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Varsity Girls’ Soccer Team Earns Co-Champion Title By Brandy Hudson, Girl’s Varsity Soccer Head Coach The girls’ varsity soccer team had a great season. When we started on February 28, 2012, we had 24 girls who were committed to the team and when we ended the season on May 14, 2012, we had 24 girls who remained committed, dedicated and proud to have played with the team. As the coach, I had looked forward to the start of the season since the school year began. I anticipated working with such a great group of young ladies. I knew they shared the same passion for soccer as I did. Their goal was to be successful. They accomplished their goal, although they fell a little short of their ideal outcome of defending both their regular season championship title and their Roop Atwal ’15 was the Most The Coaches’ Award recipient was tournament Improved Player. Elaine Nalikka ’12. conference Conference Co-Champions, and the third year in a row that the team championship title. was in the championship game, the Lady Jackets could hold their The team won and secured heads high with pride. the title of Regular Season R-MA had five girls, the most from any conference team, Conference Co-Champions, who were named to 1st Team, All-Conference: Ashley McManus sharing the title with ’13, who was also named the team’s MVP, Allyson McManus ’13, Fredericksburg Academy, who Magda McNeill ’13, McKenzie Marshall ’13, and Erin Dullahan ’12. the Lady Jackets tied during Dullahan was also named to 1st Team All-State. Roop Atwal ’15 was the season. At that time, R-MA recognized as the Most Improved Player, and Elaine Nalikka ’12 stood at 8-2-1 overall and 5-0-1 received the Coaches’ Award. in their conference. In addition to developing into an outstanding team that worked well together, Ashley McManus ’13, was named there were several individual stand-outs—McKenzie Marshall the team’s MVP. ’13 finished the regular season with 14 goals, making her one of the top goal-scorers in the area, while Erin Dullahan ’12 held up The following students have been named to the Allseven shut-outs and had only five goals scored against her in the entire Conference Teams in the Delaney Athletic Conference season. for the winter and spring sports Congratulations to all! The team played through the tournament and returned to face Fredericksburg Academy in the tournament final. The championship was an amazing game, one that no one will Tanner Blankenship ’13.......... 1st Team, Swimming forget. Both teams played a scoreless first 80 minutes of regulation Cheng Qian ’15...................... 1st Team, Swimming time. That was followed by a 10-minute overtime—at the end, the Quinn Blankenship ’16........... 1st Team, Swimming score remained a tie, 0-0. The Anastasia Voellm ’13.............. Hon. Mention, Basketball game then went into a penalty Khaleeq Everett ’12................ 1st Team, Basketball kick shoot-out. Each team chose Ian Richardson ’12................. 1st Team, Basketball five players to shoot. After the Ian Cochran ’12 ..................... 1st Team, Baseball first round of the PK shoot-out Neil Dutton ’13........................ 1st Team, Baseball the game remained tied. A Brook Blair ’14........................ Hon. Mention, Lacrosse second round of penalty shots Benjamin Gillis ’14.................. Hon. Mention, Lacrosse followed…and again the score Caitlin Bunker ’14................... 2nd Team, Softball remained dead even, still 0-0. In Cheyenne Jameson ’13.......... 2nd Team, Softball the third round of sudden-death Michaela Rodney ’15 ............. 2nd Team, Softball penalty shots, Fredericksburg Emerson Koerber ’12............. 1st Team, Tennis Academy’s team came out the Ian Richardson ’12................. 1st Team, Tennis victors. Mckenzie Marshall ’13............ 1st Team, Soccer Although the R-MA girls Erin Dullahan’12..................... 1st Team, Soccer were upset, they bounced Allyson McManus ’13 ............ 1st Team, Soccer back quickly to receive Ashley McManus’13............... 1st Team, Soccer Erin Dullahan ’12 was named to their tournament runners-up Magda McNeill ’13.................. 1st Team, Soccer award. They had played well, the All-State Team. and as the Regular Season
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Alexis Fleming ’12 Wins Two State Track Titles You could call Alexis Fleming a bit of an overachiever. This past spring, Fleming became R-MA’s first female state track champion since Celeste Mensah ’03 won the long jump. Fleming won the 100-meter dash with a time of 13.04 (she ran a 12.88 in the preliminaries) and the 200-meter dash with a time of 26.78 (she ran a 26.59 in the preliminaries). As if that wasn’t enough of an accomplishment, she did it all while working towards her graduation on June 2, 2012—a year early. Fleming’s association with track and field goes back to fourth grade, when she ran on a recreational track team. The Seattle, WA, native said she has always been a sprinter, but she hasn’t always been a good runner. “I used to always come in last,” she recalled. “I went to the Junior Olympics in fifth grade, but it was for a relay team. I wasn’t good.” What Fleming didn’t recognize was that although she wasn’t winning, she was good enough to be competing on a level most other people could only dream about. Her personality and character gave her the potential to be even better. “I attribute her success to good old-fashioned hard work,” said Jonathan Kuiper, who was her track coach at R-MA for the last two years. “When other runners wanted to take short cuts, Alexis was always willing to put forth an honest effort on workouts and do more if necessary. She also expects a lot from herself and wanted to improve. Without this mentality and work ethic she would not have
been successful.” Fleming agrees that hard work and dedication have been an important part of her movement to the top of her events and her early graduation, but she gives credit to Kuiper as well. “Mr. Kuiper was a very inspiring coach,” she said. “He pushed me to work harder and be better.” Kuiper counters that Fleming was an easy athlete to mentor. “Alexis not only has natural ability, but she is coachable. Alexis understands that there was a bigger picture to her development of a runner and that her results would take a few years. Even last year going into States, I told her to look ahead one year. We were focusing on the long-term, and to the runner she can become.” That focus paid off. Alexis had been to the State meet before, but her best finish was in fourth place in 2011. Although she had dominated the local competition during the regular track season, she wasn’t expecting a state title, much less two of them. “This year was quite the surprise,” she admitted. Fleming also finished sixth in the long jump at the state meet. In addition, two middle school track athletes, Thomas Shea ’16 and Thomas Powars ’16, ran in the JV portion of the state 3200 meter race. Overall in the race of eighth and ninth graders, Shea finished in fifth place (11:25) and Powars in sixth (11:33). Out of eighth grade runners, they finished second and third, respectively. Both times were personal bests for the boys.
Middle School Co-Ed Tennis Wins VMSC With four returning players and returning coach MSgt Howard Walters, USAF ret., the R-MA Middle School tennis team’s season was unpredictable this year. Yet even when a doubt-inspiring defeat started their season, the young Yellow Jackets didn’t let that stop them. Nearly two dozen students showed up to try out for the team, said Walters. He eventually had to cut it to 12 to ensure enough practice time for those remaining. “My goal is to see that all the kids improve,” Walters said. He added that although tennis is played in singles and doubles, he takes a team approach to the sport and expects his players to do so as well. He specifically looks for the better players to help those with less experience learn the game and improve their skills. The core of the team was made up in the four returning players Peter Blair ’16, Paul Miller ’16, Jeffrey Powell-Young ’16, and Even Lester ’16, as well as newcomer Cole Embrey ’17. The first tennis match of the season was rained out; therefore in their first official match of the year, the team faced a middle school team from powerhouse Jefferson County in West Virginia. “They have a club system, which means the kids there grew up playing tennis,” said Walters. Although R-MA lost, Jefferson is not part of VMSC, so the loss did not count in their standings. The team played two conference matches against Riverfront Christian School and Bethel Christian Academy, winning both matches and finishing the season 2-0 in the conference, 2-1 overall. They went on to beat RCS in the
finals of the tournament. Walters said he hopes they can add some more schools to the schedule for next year. The Most Improved Player award went to Ryan Latham ’18, who Walters said was a “fairly good athlete,” but had never played tennis before. Walters looks to him to become a leader on the courts in future years. Amy Wang ’16 received the Coaches’ Award, and Miller was named the MVP.
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Varsity Track MVP: Alexandria Fleming ‘12 (pictured page 41) Coaches’ Award: Markeesha Antonya Gibson ‘14 Most Improved Runner: Uzoamaka Njoku ‘14 Coaches’ Award: Birahim Thiam ‘12
Spring Sports Awards
Varsity Baseball Co-Coaches’ Award: Brett Johnson ‘13 Co-Coaches’ Award: Jake Edward Mello ‘12
Varsity Lacrosse MVP: Brook Blair ‘14 Coaches’ Award: Jonathan Moore ‘14 Most Improved Player: Tyler Vaughan ‘15
Varsity Softball MVP: Cheyenne Jameson ‘13 Coaches’ Award: Michaela Rodney ‘15 Most Improved Player: Kelli Hutcheson ‘14 50 The Sabre Summer/Fall 2012
Varsity Tennis MVP: Emerson Koerber ‘12 Coaches’ Award: Ian Richardson ‘12 Most Improved Player: Khaleeq D Everett ‘12
Varsity Golf MVP: Sean Michael Knick II ‘12 Coaches’ Award: Jung Hoon Choi ‘14 Most Improved Player: Daniel Maloney ‘12
Middle School Track Co-Coaches’ Award: Tom Powars ‘16 Co-Coaches’ Award: Katelyn A. Shea ‘17 Co-Coaches’ Award: Thomas S. Shea ‘16
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R-MA Middle School Dominates New Flag Football Program Last year, R-MA Middle School students had the opportunity to play flag football at the intramural level. This year, it became a Valley Middle School Conference interscholastic sport. It was so popular at R-MA that more than 25 students showed up to play, giving the school two different teams of 13 players each to put on the schedule. “Because of the concussion level [in regular football], we pushed to get flag football at the middle school level to teach the skills for football without the contact,” said Toby Allanson, who coached one of R-MA’s two teams. The sport came about in part as a response to the need for a middle school spring sport other than tennis. While eighth graders have the option of competing for positions on varsity teams, the sixth and seventh grade students at R-MA do not. Flag football provides them with a fun alternative in the spring. “It was a learning experience,” said Allanson. “The kids had a blast. They learned about football, sportsmanship and teamwork.” “It was good to add it; there were a lot of kids who wanted to play,” said Joe Silek ’17, who was the MVP this season. “It’s not too enduring and grueling and painful. It’s more running. No hard tackles.” “I was going to do tennis because I’ve been doing it for three years,” said Anthony Elar ’18. “But I sort of wanted to try something different. I thought this would be pretty cool.” The teams were co-ed, Allanson noted, and in fact one of the end-of-season award-winners was Kate Ponn ‘18, who was named Most Improved Player. “You don’t have to have size to play flag
Above is Most Valuable Player Joseph Silek ‘17.
football,” said Allanson. “Sometimes it’s to your advantage to be small because you’re harder to get a hold of.” “We had kids out there who you wouldn’t normally see play because in this sport, they could play,” added Allanson. The fact that the parents also enjoyed watching the sport was evident in the number of spectators at each game. R-MA’s two teams, coached by Miles Elliott ’06 and Allanson, went 2-1 and 3-0, respectively. The two teams did not play an official game together, but did practice and scrimmage together regularly.
Far left is Most Improved Player Kate Ponn ‘18. At immediate left is Coaches’ Award recipient DiKun Yu ‘16.
Wrestling, continued from page 45 women have challenged themselves to enter into the sport. As a result, women wrestling championships have erupted. I mention this because R-MA has had a few bold and brave women to dispel the stereotype and wrestle with the men. One in particular is our 113 pounder Grace Alexander ’14. As a first year wrestler, she held a record of 11 -12. And in her success, she has influenced one of our managers to join her in the sport. “I joined wrestling because I needed a winter sport,” said Alexander. “I also joined because I think it’s important that women know how to defend themselves. It was hard, physically exerting but worth it. It got me in the best shape of my life.” This year, R-MA had five wrestlers go to the 2012 VISAA State Tournament in Richmond. Two of which, Imran Doraney ’13 (152) and Nick Anderson ’13 (220), qualified in the top seven in their respective weight classes divisions. Other wrestlers who went to states were Ryan Owesney ’15 (106) and Brandon Pizzaro ’14 (170). 52 The Sabre Summer/Fall 2012
At left is Coaches’ Award winner Jonathan Moore ‘14. At right is Most Improved Wrestler Duane Doku ‘13.
Of the R-MA wrestlers who participated in the state tournament, all were underclassmen. This bodes well for the future as they all will have an opportunity to repeat their experience next year. Jonathan Moore’14 contributed to this article.
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