SUMMER 2013 | VOL. XVI. NO. 2
THE ALLURE OF HARD, HONEST WORK
INSIDE: Commencement 2013 | Helping Oklahoma | Student Showcase | The Power of One
On the Cover: A visit to the Wakelon Angus Farm Answer: This metal sculpture by artist Jim Gallucci is located in the Hugh Morton Jr. Courtyard behind the young peoplesâ€™ theatre.
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FEATURES 10 Graduation 2013
A photo story from Baccalaureate and Commencement
The Allure of Hard, Honest Work
18 Global Citizenship
Oklahoma Bound: 5th Grade Community Reaches Out
20 Creative Leadership
Sharing Scoops at Elmcroft Retirement Residence
22 Innovation & Technology
Sara Brown ’14 and the Lower School Science Olympiad
24 Celebrating 150 Years
A photo story from our 150th events
Ravenscroft magazine is published twice a year by the Communications Office. Any suggestions or comments should be directed to 919-847-0900, ext. 2312 or email@example.com. Design by M Creative | Photography by Christine Rucker, Susan Washburn, & Avani Patel | Written by Penny Rogers ’93, Avani Patel, & Susan Washburn, Communications staff
DEPARTMENTS 2 Vision & Voice
Embracing the Possibilities — Doreen Kelly, Head of School
4 Notes from the Nest
News and updates from the Ravenscroft community
26 Student Showcase
Poetry from The Living Hand literary magazine
28 Center Stage
The Art of Saba Chaudhry Barnard ’04
30 Game Day Kofie Yeboah ’13 runs down his dream
32 Alumni News 34 Class Notes 52 Ravenscroft Rewind
An era gone by
Embracing the Possibilities Doreen Kelly, Head of School DEAR RAVENSCROFT COMMUNITY: Our students can tell you that 365 is just a fraction of 54,750; or to be precise, it’s 1/150th. Our sesquicentennial year was, for all its excitement and importance, just a wrinkle in time of Ravenscroft’s vast 150year history. However, that fraction — the last 365 days — should not be filed away as “just another year.” I believe the 2013-14 school year will prove to be one of the most important in our School’s legacy. Now that we have completed the second year of our Strategic Vision, I am able to see our plan taking
shape and beginning to make an impact in the lives of our students and teachers. As our faculty help our students learn to lead self and lead with others, I am confident we are well on the path to helping your children to change their world. I encourage you to join me in embracing the possibilities.
Doreen C. Kelly Head of School
STRATEGIC VISION UPDATE EDUCATIONAL EXCELLENCE AND PROGRAMMATIC DISTINCTION > 15 educators visited the Center for Creative Leadership for multi-day training; our entire faculty participated in leadership and citizenship retreats as well as leadership training during the August workdays; and we hosted a retreat for our 6th and 9th grade students. > Ravenscroft’s first professional learning community (Ravens PLC) consisted of 25 faculty members, administrators, and guidance counselors from all three divisions. We spent the year immersed in conversations about ways to incorporate leadership and citizenship into the classrooms. > Chromebooks were integrated in grades 7 through 12. After year one, students and faculty report that the initiative is beginning to change how they approach teaching and learning.
> We established a Parents Supporting Diversity and Inclusion Committee (PSDI) as well as a Faculty and Staff Diversity and Inclusion Committee. PSDI hosted two socials to give families an opportunity to gather, learn, and share. The faculty and staff committee sent four teachers and four students to the 2012 NAIS People of Color Conference and the Student Diversity Leadership Conference in Houston.
THE RAVENSCROFT STORY > We developed and implemented an integrated school-wide marketing and communications plan/calendar. > We created interactive website content to better tell The Ravenscroft Story through the images and words of students, parents, faculty, and alumni.
> We hosted Technology Tuesday sessions for parents and expanded other web/ portal training opportunities. > We released our 150th Anniversary book, which received regional and national awards.
FINANCIAL STEWARDSHIP AND SUSTAINABILITY > We refined the 10-Year Financial Model to reflect operating realities and endowment growth. > We completed the first draft of a comprehensive risk management plan for the School that includes Identification of Risk Areas and Pandemic Preparedness, Crisis Management and Business Continuity. > We focused on building repairs and preventive maintenance as per the 10-Year Facility Audit Plan to ensure the longterm life of all campus structures.
One Bequest Begins a School SHORTLY BEFORE HIS DEATH, Dr. Josiah Ogden Watson, a physician and prominent North Carolina statesman, willed “Five Thousand Dollars out of my State Bonds…to fund and employ a teacher of a Parish school for Christ Church Raleigh.” Dr. Watson’s bequest was the beginning of today’s Ravenscroft.
THE JOSIAH OGDEN WATSON SOCIETY was established to honor and recognize those who provide for Ravenscroft through deferred gifts such as bequests, trusts, or other planned gifts. If you have already included Ravenscroft in your plans, let us know. We want to welcome you into our Society. For more information, contact Anna Hosea, Director of Development, at 919-847-0900 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
from the nest
Girls Swimming Crowned State Champs THE RAVENSCROFT GIRLS’ SWIM TEAM won the NCISAA 3A State Championship title at the Greensboro Aquatic Center on Feb. 18. The Ravens totaled 292 points to top Providence Day (200) and Charlotte Latin (196). The team took top honors in four individual events and two relays including: Claire Fuscoe ’14 (1st in 500 Free, 2nd in 200 Free); Chloe Mikles ’16 (1st in 50 Free, 1st in 100 Free); Madeline High ’17 (1st in 100 Back); 1st Place, 200 Free Relay (Chloe Mikles ’16, Brittani Bryan ’14, Mariel Ziperski ’13, and Claire Fuscoe ’14); 1st Place, 400 Free Relay (Chloe Mikles ’16, Kaitlin Ramsden ’18, Madeline High ’17, and Claire Fuscoe ’14). It was the Ravens’ fifth state title in the sport and first since 2007.
Senior Named Top Vocalist The Mid-Atlantic District of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) selected Julia Laird ’13 as the 2013 Outstanding Female High School Vocalist at the conclusion of their annual meeting and adjudications in Charleston, S.C., on April 6. After earning first place in her category of Junior/Senior High School Classical Singer, Julia performed in the Honors Recital which included all category winners. The MidAtlantic District includes Maryland, D.C., Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. Julia plans to major in Music Performance at Arizona State University.
LOWER SCHOOL TEAMS UP WITH DIAPER TRAIN Lower School students collected 7,181 diapers and 27 packages of baby wipes for The Diaper Train, Raleigh’s first diaper bank serving Wake County. The organization provides diapers to low-income families to help improve the lives of babies and toddlers and serves more than 500 children each month. The Diaper Train is housed at Ravenscroft’s former location on Tucker Street, St. Saviour’s Center.
Seniors RASHAAD RATLIFF and MOLLIE DUCOSTE
Engineering Student Videos Win Awards Juniors (right) JOSH MCCOY ‘14 and GARRETT ANDERSON ‘14 (left) went 1-2 in the pole vault and set a new school record.
RAVENS RACE, JUMP, VAULT TO STATE TRACK & FIELD TITLES Serving as the host school for the NCISAA 3A Track & Field State Championship on May 17-18, Ravenscroft turned in a series of incredible individual performances to take second place overall in the team standings. Although the Ravens finished behind team champion Providence Day, they claimed multiple individual titles in both track and field events. Individual champions were: Kathleen Brandes ’16, pole vault; Margaret Edwards ’13, high jump; Wesley Frazier ’13, 800 meter, 1600 meter, and 3200 meter runs; Greg Harper ’14, long jump and triple jump; and Josh McCoy ’14, pole vault and high jump. It was Margaret’s second straight high jump state crown and Wesley’s 12th state title in four years on the track team.
Videos showcasing the work of three pairs of students in Dr. Nelson Nunalee’s engineering class took first place and two honorable mentions in a competition sponsored by Vernier, a company that makes science and engineering sensors and software. Top honors went to Mollie Ducoste ’13 and Rashaad Ratliff ’13, and honorable mentions were awarded to Andrew Wiehe ’13 and Chase Duncan ’13, and Carr Walker ’13 and Thomas Sigmon ’13.
Thirteen Student-Athletes Headed for the Next Level Thirteen Ravenscroft student-athletes from the Class of 2013 will compete in collegiate athletics: Will Barefoot, Football, Davidson; Jimbo Barnes, Lacrosse, Furman; Cameron Castleberry, Soccer, UNC-Chapel Hill; Evie Dole, Golf, University of Virginia; Taylor Ednie, Field Hockey, Georgetown University; Margaret Edwards, Track & Field, UNC-Wilmington; Wesley Frazier, Track & Field, Duke University; Averi Gaines, Lacrosse, Haverford College; Will Jones, Tennis, Howard University; Zane Laughery, Soccer, High Point University; Savannah Jane Story, Field Hockey, Duke University; Layla Tanik, Tennis, Wingate University; and Kofie Yeboah, Track & Field, University of Maryland. These students join more than three dozen other Ravenscroft student-athletes participating in intercollegiate athletics. A complete list is online at www.ravenscroft.org/collegesports. (back row, left to right) JIMBO BARNES, WILL JONES, KOFIE YEBOAH, SAVANNAH JANE STORY, ZANE LAUGHERY, and MARGARET EDWARDS; (front row, left to right) LAYLA TANIK, TAYLOR EDNIE, AVERI GAINES, CAMERON CASTLEBERRY, WESLEY FRAZIER, WILL BAREFOOT, and EVIE DOLE Summer 2013
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School Publications Earn Recognition Young Travelers on the Path of Knowledge, Ravenscroft’s 150th Anniversary book, received awards from the Independent Publisher 17th Annual Book Awards competition and the annual CASE District III Inspire Awards program. The book, written by Laurie Shock and Billy Howard ’73, with photography by Howard, received a silver award in the Independent Publisher South-East — Best Regional Non-Fiction category. At the CASE District III awards presentation, the book garnered three awards, and Ravenscroft magazine won an Award of Excellence. The magazine also earned a Bronze Award of Excellence from the Printing Industries of the Carolina competition, while Ravenscroft’s admissions viewbook won a Silver Special Judges award.
Living Hand Receives National Award Ravenscroft’s 201112 issue of The Living Hand student literary magazine was honored with a 2013 Silver Crown award by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA). The faculty advisor was Kevin Flinn and editors were Sydney Bullock ’12, Jamal Carson ’13, Aysia Demby ’13, Nate McDougall ’12, Taylor Newcomb ’12, Abby QuirkRoyal ’13, Conner Tung ’12, and Devon Williamson ’13. Cover art was by William Blake ’13, Caroline Mason ’12, and Taylor Gordon ’12. According to the CSPA, only 15 percent of entries received a Crown award.
Middle School musicians
Middle School Musicians Bring Home Festival Hardware On May 10, 92 students from the Middle School Bands, Orchestras, and Raving Ravens choral group participated in the Musicale Festival in Williamsburg, Va. The ensembles performed for two judges who evaluated and assessed the students on their tone, intonation, balance, rhythm, interpretation, musical effect, and technique. The ensembles were also entered into a competition
against three Virginia middle schools. The Middle School Musicians earned an Excellent rating and the Middle School Orchestra and Middle School Band earned Superior ratings. All three ensembles were awarded first place in their respective class and division, and the Middle School Band was awarded first place overall.
Musicians Represent at All-State, All-District Performances Each of Ravenscroft’s musical ensembles were well represented in this year’s All-State and All-District groups. Eight Upper School students performed in the 2013 North Carolina Eastern Regional Orchestra at the North Carolina School of Science & Mathematics in Durham. Participating in the Stringed Orchestra were violinists Emily Bedsole ’13, Laura Naslund ’15, Sara Kasbekar ’14, and Mary Grady Bell ’14. Participating in the Symphony Orchestra were violinist Mollie Ducoste ’13, bassist Ashley Suh ’15, and cellists Sara Brown ’14 and Calley Mangum ’13. Several students were selected for AllDistrict Bands that performed at Sanderson High School in Raleigh and Eastern Guilford High School in Gibsonville. Participating in the Middle School Concert Band were Robbie Deckelbaum ’17, tuba, and Zachary Murphy ’17, French horn. Andrew Williams ’17, timpani, was named a first alternate. At the high school level, students
participate in one of three ensembles. Participating in the 9-12 Symphonic Band was Jessica Kittelberger ’14, timpani. Jessica also was selected as first alternate on timpani, and Kyle Pelton ’15 was a first alternate on trombone in the 9-12 Symphonic Band. The 9-10 Wind Ensemble is made up of students with the highest scores within their respective school grade level. Participating in the 9-10 Wind Ensemble were Stephanie Wiehe ’15, trumpet and Cory Carr ’17, oboe. Nina Barnett ’15, Maggie Collawn ’14 and Andrea Gilliard ’14, selected by Ravenscroft Choral Director Dr. Marilee Vana, attended the All-State Choral Festival in All-State Orchestra members Greensboro.
Students Organize Charity Runs On March 2, more than 100 runners participated in the Second Annual 5K4CFF — A Run to Cure Cystic Fibrosis. Organized by Kyla Babson ’13, Alicia Richards ’13, and Alex Romley ’15, the event raised nearly $9,000 to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. On April 21, more than 200 runners, volunteers, and spectators came out to the Ravenscroft Hood-to-Coast team’s Running Over Cancer 5K, which raised nearly $8,000 for the American Cancer Society. The race was coordinated by William Christman ’14, JT Taylor ’14, and Max Haensel ’14. More than 30 of the runners were Ravenscroft students. (left) Ravenscroft faculty members at the 5K4CFF
THUNDERSTORMS CAN’T DAMPEN SPIRIT OF GOLF CLASSIC Although thunderstorms forced the cancellation of the 18th Ravenscroft Golf Classic, there was still plenty of fellowship and fun at North Ridge Country Club on May 6. More than 180 golfers registered to benefit an athletic endowment that supports all Ravenscroft student-athletes. The School would like to extend its sincere thanks to Golf Classic Chairs Barbara Jean and Henry Warren, and well as the numerous volunteers and dozens of sponsors who donated their time and resources on behalf of Ravenscroft.
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ST. BALDRICK’S EVENT NEARS THE CENTURY MARK BOOKWORMS BATTLE IT OUT FOR FIRST The Lower School Battle of the Books team took first place at the regional Elementary Battle of the Books competition on April 30 at Canterbury School in Greensboro. The following students participated in the competition: Jack Alspaugh ’20, Julia Avery ’21, Eleanor Campbell ’20, Martina Frederick ’20, Mark Naslund ’21, Ainsley Paradise ’20, Edward Purrington ’20, Caroline Rutigliano ’20, Elle Schantz ’20, Olivia Sturges ’21, Charlotte Tannenbaum ’20, and Leo Wu ’20.
On March 2, more than 80 Ravenscroft students and faculty members shaved their heads or cut their hair at a St. Baldrick’s event at Saints & Scholars in Raleigh. The event, which was organized entirely by Ravenscroft students and was also open to community members, raised more than $97,000 for childhood cancer research.
Sixth Graders Place in National Virtual Science Fair Britt Stroud ’19, Spencer Barrett ’19, and Sammy Rivas ’19 took fourth place in the 2013 National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) National Round of the Virtual Science Fair. They competed against students from 23 other schools across the nation. Their project was titled “How do different liquids affect the sublimation rate of dry ice?”
Longtime Faculty and Staff Members Retire Seven dedicated faculty and staff members have announced their retirements effective June 30, 2013. Although we will miss them all and thank them for their service, we wish them well as they enjoy what lies ahead! First Grade Instructor Susan DeJoy began her career at Ravenscroft in 1982. She taught Kindergarten for 13 years before “graduating” to first grade. She was well known for her quick wit and enthusiasm for nurturing a love of reading in her first graders. In his 27 years at Ravenscroft, Upper School Social Studies Instructor John deTreville served in a variety of roles. His service as AP coordinator, Admissions Committee member, and advisor to the Young Republicans represent only a few of the many ways he contributed to the School community. In 10 years at Ravenscroft, Director of Admissions Pam Jamison dedicated herself to elegantly and professionally welcoming new families to the Ravenscroft community. In addition, Pam remained involved and concerned for all of our students and families and modeled our community by learning, leading, and serving.
Wiley Norwood dedicated 10 years of service to Ravenscroft as a Maintenance Technician. During his time at the School, he directed traffic, drove the buses and worked on the doors, locks, and much more. As an educator for 27 years, Roberta Sweeney spent the (left to right) JANINE WOOD, PAM JAMISON, WILEY NORWOOD, SUSAN DEJOY, past 13 years as a ANNE WESSING, and JOHN de TREVILLE. (not pictured) ROBERTA SWEENEY Lower School SpanIn her 27 years at Ravenscroft, Upper ish Instructor, guiding her students to learn to speak Spanish, appreciate Spanish culture, School Math Instructor Janine Wood embodied the passion and rigor that has and even to dance! She also made many distinguished the Ravenscroft math procontributions to the Lower School gardens gram. Whether more recently as the departand Ravenscroft’s sustainability initiatives. ment chair or previously as the teacher of As the Administrative Assistant for the iconic Honors Geometry and Honors the Upper School for five years, Anne WessPre-Calculus courses, she has been innovaing adroitly balanced the needs of family, tive and creative in her use of technology. students, and faculty alike. Ever smiling, she welcomed all who came to the Upper School.
FACULTY AND STAFF HONORED WITH ENDOWED AWARDS
(left to right) BRIAN KELLY, SHERRY ADAMS, MELISSA SPAINHOUR, STEPHANIE MONEY, ZOE WELSH, LORELEI LINDOW, JULIE CARDILLO, SUSAN PERRY, JENNIFER BACCUS, CAMERON BOLIN, and CHRIS HARPER. (not pictured) GARRETT CUMMINGS and CARA DANCY-JONES
During a ceremony on May 20, Head of School Doreen Kelly announced several endowed faculty and staff awards. Receiving the Helton award were Sherry Adams, Lower School Administrative Assistant; Chris Harper, Lower School Guidance Counselor; Lorelei Lindow, Middle School Guidance Counselor; Stephanie Money, Director of Special Events & Constituent Relations; and Susan Perry, Upper School Guidance Counselor. Third Grade instructor Jennifer Baccus was honored with the Parents’ Association Distinguished Faculty Award. Lower School General Music Instructor Cameron Bolin; Upper School Visual Arts Instructor Julie Cardillo, Upper School English Instructor Brian Kelly, Middle School Mathematics and Science Instructor Melissa Spainhour, and Upper School Biology Instructor and Department Chair Zoe Welsh were all honored with the Qubain Award for Teaching Excellence. Middle School Math Instructor Garrett Cummings was recognized with the O’Herron Award. Fifth Grade Instructor Cara Dancy-Jones was the recipient of a Lower School Curriculum and Instruction award. R
3 1. SARAH PUPA ’13, MARGARET EDWARDS ’13, LAUREN NORRIS ’13, and MEGHAN YOUNGBAR ’13 in their traditional white dresses for the Baccalaureate. 2. AYSIA DEMBY ’13 with her mother, Donna. 3. SCOTT SUGAR ’13, presents his mother, Karina, with a yellow rose. 4. Faculty members gathered before the procession: MARY CRAIG BROWN, SUSAN RAMQUIST, VICKIE DAVIS, and SUE WHITEHOUSE. 5. Class Valedictorian ALEX COOLEY ’13
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“There’s a lot in life you can’t control. The only thing you really can control is how you engage with the world. Own your life and be open to new experiences, look for inspiration, and keep learning.” —JOHN RYAN, PRESIDENT, CENTER FOR CREATIVE LEADERSHIP
9 6. John Ryan, President of the Center for Creative Leadership, gave the commencement address. 7. RASHAAD RATLIFF ’13 accepts his diploma from Board Chair CHARLES WINSTON JR ’78, and Head of School DOREEN KELLY.
10 9. Mortar boards fly once all degrees are conferred. 10. MATTHEW QUESENBERRY ’13, JORDAN BEDNAR ’13, JIMBO BARNES ’13, and CARTER VOELKEL ’13
8. Fifth grade instructor CARY DANCY-JONES congratulates SAVANNAH STORY ’13 Summer 2013
THE ALLURE OF HARD, HONEST WORK YOU CAN FIND GRADUATES OF RAVENSCROFT living all over the world, working successfully at just about every profession there is. But it’s likely no one labors longer hours with more personal satisfaction than the three alumni farmers we profile in this edition of Ravenscroft magazine. For these remarkably contented individuals, there is an elemental attraction to living off the land — raising cattle, lambs, hogs, bees, rabbits and chickens; growing raspberries; selling hay, honey, and eggs. They each say that pure joy is a part of their everyday life — along with no small measure of hardship. Whether it’s too much or too little rain, loss of animals, early frosts, or damaging heat, farming is unrelentingly hard. But it is also the most fulfilling work these alumni can imagine doing, physically and spiritually. Tending animals, plowing fields, keeping their land in balance — it’s simply what they love to do. They are proud to be farmers, and they wouldn’t trade the life for anything.
“IT’S HARD, PHYSICAL WORK, BUT I ENJOY EVERY SINGLE DAY. EVEN AFTER 30 YEARS I HAVE NO PLANS TO RETIRE.”
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“I’M THE EIGHTH GENERATION to farm this land,” said Bob Fowler ’79. “My wife, Leigh, and I have the responsibility of caring for the family farm, BOB FOWLER ’79 part of which has been in Wakelon Angus Farm the family since 1743. We Zebulon, North Carolina once were predominantly a tobacco farm that was home to 25 families.” His mother, Jane, also helps with this task, herself from a farm near Chapel Hill dating back to 1886. Fowler raises purebred Aberdeen Angus cattle, all of which can be traced, through the American Angus Association, to the first registered bull born in Scotland in 1839. He raises seed stock cattle — animals that are sold to other breeders. Calves are born in the fall and the spring by embryo transfer, artificial insemination, and natural service. “Genetics are selected through DNA testing, production, and selecting proper phenotype, which is only learned from many years of observation,” he explained. Fowler attended Ravenscroft along with his two sisters, Jill Fowler Bright ’74 and Giny Fowler Wheeler ’76. “My parents chose Ravenscroft so that the three of us could stay together. We got a good, solid education, and no matter what job you have, you can’t do well without that foundation,” he said.
He went on to study animal science at N.C. State University, learning much about his chosen career from the school’s Animal Science professors who often enjoyed dove and quail hunting with him on the farm. But, he says he has learned the most from the day-to-day experience of farming. “I learn something new every day.” “Checking for newborns and watching the full circle of life is the most rewarding aspect,” Fowler said. The proper care of the animals is foremost for him. Through intensive management, the animals are allowed to graze for a week, and then are relocated to let the area rest for one to two months, thus greatly reducing the demand for fertilizer and chemicals. “I’m a grass farmer first, then a breeder,” he said, emphasizing the importance of quality grass. All the animals are fed naturally with no hormones or additives. Fowler, like all farmers, is at the mercy of the weather. He recalls the drought of 2003 when he had to irrigate his pastures, and the toll that the many storms have taken at times. His farm is his life, and he says he can imagine no better life. “It’s hard, physical work, but I enjoy every single day. Even after 30 years I have no plans to retire.” “I’ve left some areas natural as well as restored some areas including stream buffers. I appreciate the wildlife, this land, the old mill pond, and the Little River basin. It’s beautiful, especially in the spring and fall and after a fresh snowfall. I’m very blessed to live and care for this land and my cattle. It’s a responsibility I take seriously.”
“I HAD NO BACKGROUND IN FARMING when my husband and I moved to our farm,” admits Melissa Denmark ’89. “We purchased it as a hobby farm, but soon learned that farming is a job, not a hobby.” But, Melissa, her husband, Nick, and their children Gabrielle, 11, and Alden, 8, couldn’t be happier with their life on this beautiful farm in the Pacific Northwest. “We learned a lot from our neighbor farmers and applied for and received county grants to get us started,” she said. They raise a small herd of grass-fed Scottish Highland cows, selling the beef to seven local families. They also buy and raise spring lambs on grass and organic grain, spend six weeks of the summer growing, picking and selling organic raspberries, and sell the honey from their beehives and the hay from their fields. “Our children run free on the farm, and they know where their food comes from,” said Denmark. “We quite often have a complete meal made from food we grow on our farm. We catch
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salmon in the river, pick fruits from our trees, and grow vegetables in our garden which we freeze, pickle, and can.” This is not a life she imagined, but one that is not surprising, looking back. Her travel and interest in other cultures shaped her. “I went to UNC-Chapel Hill after Ravenscroft and was influenced by a college trip to East Africa. After graduating, I did research on viruses but knew I wanted to return to Africa. I did go back and learned about traditional herbal medicine and beadwork of the Maasai people. It was there I met my husband. Once back in the United States, I completed a master’s of medical anthropology and subsequently my passion evolved into midwifery and we moved to Washington State.” Denmark has always sought a more natural way of living. She says she had a larger world view and an environmental perspective. Her role as a licensed midwife is even more important to her than her role as farmer. She has a growing home birth practice in Snohomish, about 30 miles north of Seattle, which gives her great joy. “I was unsure of who I was in high school, yet open to the world of possibilities. I never thought I’d do anything like what I’m doing now; however, I can’t imagine living in any other way. Midwifery and farming are rich with hard work and fulfillment.”
“OUR CHILDREN RUN FREE ON THE FARM, AND THEY KNOW WHERE THEIR FOOD COMES FROM.”
“MY GREAT GRANDPARENTS ON BOTH SIDES WERE FARMERS, SO MAYBE FARMING IS IN MY GENES BECAUSE I LOVE THE FARMING LIFE AND BEING MY OWN BOSS.”
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“WHEN I WAS AT RAVENSCROFT there was plenty of farmland near my home. Now, it is a huge subdivision,” said Wendy Noel ’01. “I didn’t like the way we were losing farmland and farmers.” Noel always enjoyed caring for animals and thought she would become a veterinarian. At graduation from Ravenscroft, however, she wasn’t sure of her path and took a year off, something that was not as acceptable then as it is today. “I wanted to do other things for a while before college, so I deferred my acceptance. I worked on an organic farm and attempted to read the entire Bible,” she said. Once at Carleton College, she chose to live in residential college housing for
those interested in sustainable living. She tended the garden and became interested in raising food as a business. After a few odd jobs, Noel went back to farming because she missed being outdoors and working with plants and animals. She and her husband, Graham, have a small family farm, about 43 acres in western North Carolina, that they hope they can grow just a bit larger. They are new farmers, starting their farm life together in February 2012. They have 100 ewes that birth about 300 lambs a year, and 10 sows that yield about 160 hogs a year. The animals are bred on the farm until the age of slaughter and then sent to a processor. They sell the meat direct to consumers — both individuals and restaurants. They also raise rabbits and chickens, and grow some vegetables. “My great grandparents on both sides were farmers, so maybe farming is in my genes,” she said, “because I love the farming life and being my own boss. There’s something very rewarding and relaxing about the basic care of animals.” R
(top left) BARBARA PAUL and RACHEL NEWTON proudly placed a Ravenscroft flag at the disaster site. (middle left) RACHEL NEWTON, BARBARA PAUL, SUSIE PIERCE, superintendent of Moore Public Schools; ANDREA STEWART, teacher in Bethany Schools; and GINGER TINNEY, state director of the Professional Oklahoma Educators Association
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(bottom left) The Plaza Towers Elementary School sign shows events planned for May 20, the day the tornado struck.
IN MAY, A RELATIONSHIP WITH A COLLEAGUE AT A SCHOOL IN OKLAHOMA brought fifth-grade history instructor Barbara Paul to tears, and then to action — action that would inspire the fifth-grade community of teachers, students and parents, and be a strong testament to the power of one. “Relationships with colleagues, students, and parents are at the heart of what inspires teachers on a daily basis,” said Paul. Last summer, Paul spent a week at President James and Dolly Madison’s Virginia country home, Montpelier. This professional development opportunity was funded by Ravenscroft and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. “In addition to being taught by internationally renowned Constitutional/Founding Era scholars and archaeologists, a meaningful bonus of the trip was relationships formed with teachers from all over the world,” said Paul. “I now share ideas and brainstorm with teachers from Texas, Washington state, and Taiwan, to name a few.” One of Paul’s housemates at Montpelier was Andrea Stewart, a fifth-grade history teacher in Bethany, Oklahoma. That fact had no particular importance at the time, but this May that area suffered a devastating tornado that captured the world’s attention. “Andrea teaches and lives just a few miles from the schools and homes that were hardest hit in Moore,” said Paul, who along with others who had met Stewart in Montpelier, reached out to her with offers to help. Stewart wrote back, saying she was “touched, amazed, and overwhelmed” by the support from colleagues. In thinking about the days and months ahead, she was concerned about the lost, extensive collections of books and educational games that teachers personally purchase over the course of their careers to supplements classroom materials. Stewart didn’t know how they would ever replace those precious resources. “That need became a unique opportunity for our fifth-grade students to “lead self, lead with others, and to change their world,” said Paul. As the students’ final community service project before going on to our Middle School, they collected gently used books and new board games as well as financial donations. The fifth-grade teachers set an example by asking parents to forgo the traditional end-of-year teacher gifts and contribute to this cause. As the donations poured in, Paul and others began to think of how to deliver them to Stewart and her colleagues in Oklahoma. “Shipping was prohibitive, so in one brainstorming session, Rachel Newton, fifth-grade Language Arts and Reading instructor, wondered if she and I could take a road trip!” said Paul. With the full support of Head of Lower School Payton Hobbs, who had inspired students and teachers earlier in the year to realize the “power of one,” the two teachers committed to finding a way to make the trip. “Quickly, our gas, lodging, and a trailer was paid for. And then, through our Ravenscroft Community Partners program, Southern States car dealership provided a vehicle. A Ravenscroft parent experienced in disaster relief gave us valuable advice. We also received books from an educational publishing house, thanks to a former Ravenscroft faculty member. Paul and Newton left in late June for their “Thelma and Louise without the bad ending” trip across the country. They were joyously met by Stewart, who arranged for them to tour the devastated area and deliver the books and games directly to the superintendent of Moore Public Schools. “The trip was life-changing for both of us,” (center) Fifth-grade said Newton. “We knew we had to do someteachers BARBARA thing to help our fellow teachers, and with PAUL and RACHEL the support of our families, our students NEWTON pack up books and games to deliver and their families, faculty, and adminto Oklahoma schools. istrators, and so many others, we set an example for our students about (top right) A tree left leadership, compassion, and the standing after the tornado good that can be done with the became a symbol of hope. will and commitment of just (bottom right) Seven crosses a few people.” R stand in memoriam for the Plaza Towers Elementary School students who lost their lives.
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BRIDGING THE GENERATIONAL GAP
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THEY SIT SIDE BY SIDE, heads almost touching — talking. She smiles. Animated in her conversation, she often raises her hands to gesture. He listens intently, nodding in understanding. He talks, raising his voice a bit, so he’s sure she hears him. She’s in her 80s and a resident of Elmcroft of Northridge, a senior living community and memory care facility. He is Ravenscroft student Jackson Corigliano ’19, who visits with his classmates and enjoys interacting with Elmcroft residents. Students in Mrs. Cori Banks’ sixth grade advisory group visit Elmcroft monthly, enjoying the short walk from Ravenscroft’s campus down Newton Road. During the last school year they played games, entertained with singing and instrumental music, brought residents holiday cards and treats, and most recently hosted an ice cream social. Other student advisory groups also chose Elmcroft as a community service focus. Mrs. Jo Johnson’s eighth grade advisory wrote letters to the residents, and visited at the end of the year so the pen pals could all meet. Mrs. Michele Dorsey’s seventh grade advisory students also visit. “We try to do simple, physical activities with the residents,” said Dorsey. “The students play bingo, corn hole, and balloon volleyball with them.” Sophie Burkhardt ’18 said: “I was surprised how much effort (the residents) put into the games! They were pretty good at it and really competitive. And they all had happy faces and were cheering for each other.” In fact, one resident was so good
at corn hole that Thompson Schollaert ’18 made it his mission to have her as a partner each visit. “She tries really hard and she always remembers my name,” he said. Madeline Zucker ’18 had a similar revelation when the group sang Christmas carols for the residents. “One woman knew all the words to all the songs and sang along with us,” she said. In May, Banks and her students treated the residents to an old-fashioned ice cream social, complete with chocolate sauce, whipped cream, cherries, sprinkles, chocolate chips, M&Ms, fresh strawberries — and even gummy bears. “To prepare for the ice cream social the students held a huge bake sale at school, raising $202,” said Banks. “We gave half the money to our Student Government Association. Then, we all went to the local Harris Teeter to buy the ice cream and all the toppings. We still had money left over and some students immediately thought it might be wellspent on a cold drink for each of them. But, the group ultimately decided it would be best spent as a donation to another Middle School community service project, the Living Water H2O Project, which provides access to clean water. I was very proud of the students.” The lessons these students are learning are many, explained Banks. “Spending time with the elderly is a challenge, and before we started this project we talked about what they might encounter: oxygen masks and tanks, wheelchairs, and hearing and memory loss.” And, of course, the health of the residents sometimes changes from visit to visit. Georgia Vernal ’18 and Laia Roura ’18 know one of the younger residents well, often talking with her about cats and her touch-screen computer — a device prescribed for her to assist with her degenerative disease. “One week she wasn’t there when we came to visit
and we were really worried,” they said. “But we found out she was okay and saw her the next time.” “The students have overcome any fear or hesitation they might have had in the beginning,” said Banks. “They look forward to the visits and have come to realize that they really do make a difference. They see how pleased the residents are to see them, and they have learned that some residents have no other visitors for the month. The gift they give the residents is their youth, enthusiasm, and vitality. It doesn’t matter what the visit entails; it’s their presence that’s important. That knowledge has definitely impacted the students.” When Banks began to teach at Ravenscroft three years ago, she knew she wanted to be involved in community service to the elderly. It’s something she knew well, having cared for her grandmother. “My grandparents lived next door. My grandmother had two strokes when I was 12, so I moved into their house for the next six years to help care for her,” she said. “I knew the students would benefit from giving their time to the elderly, and they have,” she said. “The experience has changed their world. It’s natural for students of this age to be self-centered. But, when you open up their world through community service, they grow to understand that the small kindnesses they provide Elmcroft residents do change their world — and it changes the students’ world as well. I’m confident they will carry these lessons forward to future community service projects and throughout their lives.” R Summer 2013
INNOVATION & TECHNOLOGY
the power of
Sara Brown ’14 Champions Science Olympiad T’S NOT EVERY DAY a student
marches into a teacher’s classroom and hands over a binder full of research for a project the student is adamant on implementing. Sara Brown ’14 was that student. During the summer of 2012, Sara approached Head of Lower School Payton Hobbs and Upper School Science Olympiad coach Nelson Nunalee about her vision to start a Science Olympiad program in the Lower School. Science Olympiad is a science competition in which students compete in events that tests their knowledge across various scientific disciplines like engineering, physics, biology, chemistry, and earth science. There are three levels of competition: regional, state, and national. Teams that excel at the regional competition advance to the state and then national level. Impressed by Sara’s enthusiasm and tenacity, both Nunalee and Hobbs encouraged her to go for it, and she did. “From the moment Sara approached me last summer about starting a Lower School Science Olympiad team, she has perfectly modeled how to be an effective leader,” said Nunalee. “She had a clear, detailed, and courageous plan about how and why she wanted to start the club. She respectfully invited adults and fellow students to support the endeavor, and she demonstrated a commitment and enthusiasm that encouraged everyone to have fun and do their best. She brought students, teachers, administrators, and parents together across multiple divisions to make our community stronger, all the while deflecting the credit away from herself. Sara is the ultimate servant leader.” Sara then spent months planning, scheduling, organizing, and leading. She met with Lower School teachers, lined up a faculty advisor, and most importantly, found the students who would be interested in Science Olympiad. “I’ve been in Science Olympiad for three years now, and I love it. When I heard that [Science Olympiad] offered a program for the Lower School as well, I
realized that it would have been something that would have interested me when I was that age. That’s what inspired me to get it all started,” said Sara. Sure enough, there were plenty of young Ravenscroft students who were enthusiastic about it and signed up for the program right away. Sara joined forces with Lower School science instructor Patrick Knox who serves as the faculty advisor. “Sara did such a fine job coordinating materials, adult chaperones, and mentoring club members. She arrived for each meeting totally organized,
some kind of demonstration or activity in hand, and often with other Upper School club members as additional assistants,” said Knox. Because it was the first year for the team, the road to Science Olympiad was a challenging one, but the support that Sara received from her teachers and peers made the journey both memorable and educational. “I sent out an email to the Upper School for volunteers and the response was great. We had three or four students who consistently attended meetings and really helped me put the whole thing together. Aside from that, I had overwhelming faculty support. Mrs. [Eileen] Price, Mrs. [Sue] Whitehouse, Mr. [Patrick] Knox, Mrs. [Marianne] Stapleton, and Mrs. [Cindy] Fordham were there every step of the way,” said Sara.
The team met once every two weeks and the meetings involved a variety of activities. Some events, like 3, 2,1 Blast Off! involved teamwork and collaboration to create contraptions like a bottle rocket, while other events, like A Bug’s World required individual research on the students’ part that the Upper School volunteers assisted with. After months of rigorous training, the Ravens finally traveled to the Raleigh Regional Science Olympiad tournament. In its first year, Ravenscroft participated in all 18 events, and Mason Lane ’21 and Ainsley Paradise ’20 received a bronze medal for the Biome Bonanza event. Sara isn’t done yet. Her planning for next year has already started, and involves the students in a big way. “We already have more than 30 students interested in participating on the team next year. So many kids said that their brothers or sisters participated this year and that’s what encouraged them to be part of it next year. It’s so encouraging to see their enthusiasm,” said Sara. Sara gives credit to her experience with the Lower School Science Olympiad team for helping her learn some key leadership skills. “Before this, I was really shy in talking to parents and people I didn’t know, but I feel like I learned a lot about communication and collaboration from these meetings. Working with the kids helped a lot, but specifically talking to teachers about my ideas and parents about the program really improved my confidence in front of a crowd,” said Sara. At the final Science Olympiad meeting of the school year, Sara stood in front of her Olympians and recounted the good and the bad of their first experience together. The students sat on the edges of their chairs, listening intently to everything their leader said. As soon as Sara was finished speaking, a little boy in the front row shot his hand into the air. He had one last very important question: “When can we sign up for next year?” R
2 1. Middle School students wore bright gold t-shirts to celebrate the 150th Day of School. Left to right: ERIN PUGH, SARAH VORHEES, ALEXIS FENNER, EMMA THOMPSON, LAUREN TEAGUE, EMILY REED, CARLY VAN VENROOY, AMAYA GILL, and HANNAH SHERMAN 2. The Upper School Choir performed at the Songs for Ravenscroft concert.
3. Jay and Lynn Cummins and daughter REED ’27 at the 150th Day of School Bash
4. Enjoying the 150th Day of School Bash are SOPHIE YOON ‘25, ALEX WANG ‘25, DR. PAUL LEE, STEVEN YOON ’26, and MRS. ZHEH WEN.
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8 5. 150th Anniversary Celebration Steering Committee: (back row) Committee Chairs — NOEL LICHTIN, GINNY WATTERS, MARY MOSS, MARGARET MILLS ’76, MARILYN HUNTER, MARTHA JANES, and JAN FLOYD. (front row) Anniversary Tri-Chairs — TAL MANGUM ’77, JENNIE HAYMAN, and MARY BRENT WRIGHT. Not pictured: MARIAN TROXLER ’74. 6. JOHN REPLOGLE, CEO Seventh Generation, Ravenscroft trustee and parent, gives the keynote address.
7. Trustee RENEE ALLAIN-STOCKTON, Dmitri Stockton, Patricia Gerrick, and Trustee ISAAC HORTON at the 150th Anniversary Gala 8. Ravenscroft parent Meenu Singh listens to the evening’s speaker, JOHN REPLOGLE. 9. Several current and former Board members stand before the Ravenscroft Character Tree sculpture created by Jeffrey Hurr and now installed on campus. (left to right) CHARLES WINSTON ’78, FRANK GOZZO, ELBERT BOYD, ROBBO NEWCOMB ’78, DIANE SCHAAF, HEAD OF SCHOOL DOREEN KELLY, FRAN PUGH, SANDY ABRAHAMS, and VIC BELL ’74 Summer 2013
All That’s LEFT
plintered grey wood is all that remains.
Too many footfalls to count Leave their long ago marks. Shadows dance along peeling walls. Delicate fair moldings now turn black and perish to the floor. Gaping apertures leave streaks of sunlight in their wake, Racing through the old haunt like angels in Hell. Empty rooms that once held lives in their hands Sit empty and bare, chairs strewn and plates shattered. Families made their homes here; people once found love. Grand stone monuments standing in a row, Almost illegible ethereal engravings, Are all that’s left, all that’s left to remember. All that’s left to prove they had existed. Shattered, missing windows allude to a long unnoticed view. Once used by children To see their fathers return home, To see them walking down the long dusty trail again. To be swept into their arms one more time. An empty, sagging rocking chair sits at the ready, Mothers and grandmothers alike once rocked, carefree, Watching their children play in the wide, grassy plain. Now, a weed-choked yard of brown decrepit decay. Cold chills sweep through the abandoned halls, Coming down from the yawning roof, Trailing long icy fingers across fading paper flowers. Old stars still gaze upon the hovel, even when desolate. Strange scents of age and musk come in wafts of deterioration.
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Overturned chairs and tarnished silver services Leave lingering thoughts of pleasant and jovial gatherings Of family, friends, and past loved ones Who now lay in eternal slumber, forever more. Someone’s home, someone’s place of comfort, Now lays in ruin and wreckage. One lone oak still stretches aged branches to the heavens. Frayed, molding rope continues to grip mercilessly To the old splinter swing that once Brought joy to the inhabitants, adult and child alike. Beneath the matured tree, lost toys have made their homes. Beautifully carved dolls, with delicately painted faces Lay half buried, half-forgotten in the dirt, Once vibrantly-colored costumes now faded and disheveled. Handmade soldiers peek out from underneath overgrown roots, Thick blades isolating each man from the company, unable to form ranks. Once a comforting and warm home to a loving family Now sits there to crumble and ruin by the hand of time. Maybe another family will see the hidden beauty one day. Look beyond and see the warmth and comfort of the old haunt, Revive and restore the old home and take it as their own, Let the souls live again, and return life to the home.
—Hannah Makepeace ’15
For a collection of visual art and writing samples that reflect some our students’ best work, visit www.ravenscroft.org/showcase.
he tide rises and falls
As does my chest, Drawing the sweet breath of life: In and out, Up and down. The day the sea stops Is the day my life does. In, but never again Out. Within, and never without. Waves crest and break, Flooding forth with new life. Then, soon thereafter, the sea foam thins To a mere silky ghost, Tickling the sand with memories as it retreats. A trail of sparkling bubbles is left in its wake, Shimmering with the sun’s reflection. Back to its source; the same body from whence it came. Reabsorbed and redistributed, overlapped by a new wave. A new persona. The same water.
Time to GROW
he world may smack you around,
Pushing and kicking you into the ground. You may doubt the way you look, Dumber than a wordless book. When there is nowhere left to go, And nothing that you really know, While your back’s against the wall, And you’re afraid to stand up tall. Your outer shell, reflects the inside But there’s no longer a reason to hide For behind it rests a lovely soul With a beautiful purpose and goal. That is when you discover strength To a new and unparalled length Open your mind, take a deep breath So you are not rushed to your death.
So the tide will rise And the waves will break. Forever and again, it will roll on, And so shall I.
Thinking in truly extraordinary ways Sending mental clarity into a haze For being beautiful comes naturally, Hopefully this will make you see.
Break out and search for the meaning Of true, enlightened spirtual healing. Hope will make the darkness fade Allowing a content man to be made.
—Rebecca Powell ’14
—Will Ormand ’13
Different Faces Vibrant Brush Strokes Portray the American Muslim Woman
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S ONE OF FEW MUSLIM GIRLS to attend Ravenscroft, Saba Chaudhry Barnard ’04 found herself to be
distinctly different from her peers during her 14 years at the school. She teetered between trying to blend in and trying to stand out, and finally came to the realization that her differences were her strengths.
BARNARD WAS BORN IN RALEIGH and is a first-generation Pakistani Muslim woman. In her neighborhood and at school, she saw predominantly Anglo-Saxon faces. Still, her identity as an American Muslim woman has remained intact, if not been strengthened, because of her commitment to her heritage and faith and her work as a visual artist. “I had to learn to communicate who I am and where I come from to people who didn’t have any idea about it. I had to learn to explain it and when you have to explain it, you have to understand it more and take a closer look at it,” said Barnard. Joyce Fillip, Barnard’s Advanced Placement Art teacher at Ravenscroft, said that Barnard was a very driven and self-confident student. “She had a curious eye for the unusual and often pushed the envelope on themes within her work. Her most personal work was a self-portrait with the word ‘Truth’ taped over her closed mouth. I feel she was exploring her sense of self, while developing her technical skills. She has continued to explore images of women in today’s society and specifically to speak to the reality of being a Muslim woman in the United States. I think she has taken her art to a very personal and meaningful level, one which she started back in AP Art at Ravenscroft,” said Fillip. During her time at Ravenscroft, Barnard said that her artistic abilities were “one of those things that people just knew about me.” “It was always something I had been good at and my teachers and peers were so supportive of it,” said Barnard. Her talent, coupled with her experiences as a Muslim girl growing up in America, inspired Barnard in school and continues to play an integral role in her work today. Barnard’s primary subject is the American Muslim woman. Through vibrant acrylic paintings, she paints a picture that answers the question, “Who is the American Muslim woman?” “My goal is to break down the stereotypes surrounding the very boxed-in image
of the modern Muslim woman,” said Barnard. Barnard believes that in today’s world, there are so many parallels within religions and that these parallels highlight the global nature of the human experience. She consciously thinks about the parallels and
purification systems that require no power to operate, making it possible to provide safe drinking water in virtually any location. I surround myself with positive people. Free cookies make my day. My parents are my biggest fans and my toughest critics. They are the best.”
“My goal is to break down the stereotypes surrounding the very boxed-in image of the modern Muslim woman.”
uses Muslim women, a small and narrowly defined sect of society, to convey them. “If you can look at an image of a woman in a hijab and connect to her, then that should tell you a little bit about how you connect to anyone that’s seemingly different from you,” said Barnard. And connect you do. One of Barnard’s vibrant collections, aptly named “Technicolor or Muslimah,” paints the portraits of several Muslim women in hijabs and some sort of pop culture icon not normally associated with Muslim women. While one woman may have a pair of oversized heart-shaped sunglasses, another wears a set of Mickey Mouse ears. Every piece conveys an important element about the subject’s personality, is central to the theme of relatability, and is accompanied by a paragraph about the subject. These women are doctors, attorneys, teachers, photographers—and each one has her own story. One story reads: “I do what I want. I love to have fun and have been exceedingly blessed throughout my life. I have an eagerness to give back and improve society at a global level. I am running a startup company that builds water
Another series Barnard is currently working on is called “An-Noor (The Light).” “My inspiration for this collection is historic and religious imagery. I intend for my subjects to be portrayed in a heroic but feminine way,” said Barnard. The pieces feature powerful stances, often modeled after historical figures like Napoleon or pop icons like Rosie the Riveter and Superman. The artwork also includes Arabic-inspired background prints and gold foiling inspired by the great artist Gustav Klimt. The series is still a work in progress. In the future, Barnard hopes to complete her An-Noor series and continue to focus more on the universal images that lead back to the global nature of the human experience. “It’s such a joy to connect with people who come from different places and backgrounds,” said Barnard. “We spend so much time and energy creating distinctions: are you a dog person or a cat person? Are you a Republican or a Democrat? I don’t know why we think it’s so necessary to make these things in such opposition of one another instead of recognizing the spectrum that exists and that no matter where we land, there is so much we have in common.” R
Running Down a Dream Kofie Yeboah ’13
WHEN KOFIE YEBOAH ’13 first decided to compete for the Ravenscroft Varsity Boys Track & Field team, he says he did it out of anger. But as his final season wound down this past spring, that anger had morphed into something else: he was running for his teammates. As a freshman, Kofie was cut from the Junior Varsity Basketball team. The coach, who had noticed Kofie’s speed during tryouts, suggested that he run track in the spring, and then come back the next year to try out again. “My whole first season on the track team I ran because I was mad that I had been cut from the basketball team,” said Kofie. Fast forward to 2013, and Kofie has graduated from Ravenscroft as a twotime NCISAA 3A State Champion and school-record holder in the 100-meter dash. The old record of 10.5, which he broke in March with a time of 10.4, was previously held by Super Bowl Champi-
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on Antwan Harris ’96. It was one of the oldest school records on the books. “It was definitely a goal of mine to break Antwan’s record,” smiled Kofie. “He used to give me a hard time about not making the basketball team.” Kofie believes that his progression as a student-athlete was as much mental as physical. “Winning the state championship my sophomore year made me feel like nobody could mess with me,” said Kofie. “Before, I had the talent but lacked confidence. And I knew that confidence plus talent equals success. Confidence without talent? That’s just ego.” Kofie spent much of the 2013 track
season sidelined with injuries and had to take on a different role at the State Championship Meet — one of spectator, not defending champion. Although it was difficult for Kofie to watch and not participate, he was right there to help his teammates hoist the runner-up team trophy, as the Ravens finished second to Providence Day. “Kofie matured a great deal as a track athlete from his sophomore season to senior year,” said Head Coach Shon Hardy. “He became a leader of the sprint team, not only in skill but in his willingness to prepare. His commitment to working hard in practice helped shape the way our younger runners worked
and developed. Although Kofie suffered a lingering injury that kept him from competing the majority of the year, his leadership in being present and assisting others never diminished.” “The individual part didn’t matter to me anymore,” said Kofie. “I just wanted the team to experience what I’ve experienced.” While Kofie had several offers to run collegiate track, he ultimately chose to attend the University of Maryland on a partial academic scholarship because it offered him the best path to a career in sports radio. It’s a path, that oddly enough, began in the bonus room of his home. “We didn’t have cable when I was younger, but we did have a VCR and I would record the NBA on NBC. I would dribble the ball in the bonus room and watch the TV and imitate the moves and announce the game at the same time. “My hobby turned into a serious interest when I realized that was what I wanted to do with my life. Both of my parent are engineers, but journalism is me. I like the creativity I can add to it and just be myself.” Kofie pursued his passion for sports announcing throughout his four years at Ravenscroft. His Ravenscroft senior internship, working with the Carolina Mudcats’ radio broadcast, will extend until August
when he leaves for college. He has attended the Wharton Sports Business Academy at the University of Pennsylvania; a journalism camp at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; and Triangle Sportscaster camp at N.C. State University. Kofie also gained valuable experience by working with sportscaster Dave Nathan, who for the last four years, has been the radio voice of Ravenscroft’s football games. In addition to keeping statistics for Nathan during the games, Kofie joined him on air several times as a color commentator, and scripted and delivered halftime updates. “Kofie’s been a joy to work with since he came aboard during his sophomore year,” said Nathan. “He’s made such strides in broadcasting. I’m really proud of the work he’s done. Like a lot of great athletes, Kofie is very coachable. You can give him some advice and
“I knew that confidence plus talent equals success. Confidence without talent? That’s just ego.” you know he’ll process it and apply it the next time he’s on the air or working behind the scenes.” Kofie’s dream is to one day broadcast Sunday night baseball, which might seem unusual for a sprinting star who once had aspirations of playing basketball. “I really love baseball but I can’t hit,” said Kofie. He added with a laugh, “Of course, I guess I could be a pinch runner.” R
Alumni Athletes Return for ACC Barnstorming Tour RAVENSCROFT WAS A HOST SITE for the
(from left to right) TRÉ MCQUEEN ’06, CHAZ MCQUEEN ’07, KEVIN BILLERMAN, DOMINIC PARKER ’08, RYAN KELLY ’09, TRENT WADFORD ’93, LUKE DAVIS ’10, BRIAN REKUC ’09, JUSTIN BRADLEY ’09, SEAN KELLY ’11, MIKE HUTTER ’12, CRAIG WILLIAMS ’93, and HAMPTON STORY ’09.
35th Annual ACC Barnstorming Tour on April 23. The tour consists of seven games in two weeks at sites throughout North Carolina. The event featured seniors from North Carolina’s four ACC schools including Duke’s Mason Plumlee, Seth Curry, and Ravenscroft alumnus Ryan Kelly ’09; UNC’s Dexter Strickland; N.C. State’s Scott Wood; and Wake Forest’s C.J. Harris. The ACC All-Star team played an exhibition game against former Ravenscroft basketball players. The Ravenscroft team, coached by Kevin Billerman, included: Justin Bradley ’09, Hampton Story ’09, Brian Rekuc ’09, Dominic Parker ’08, Casey Stevenson ’08, Chaz McQueen ’07, Tre’ McQueen ’06, Sean Kelly ’11, Mike Hutter ’12, Trent Wadford ’93, and Craig Williams ’93.
Class of 2013 Gathers for Alumni Senior Dinner The Ravenscroft Alumni Association hosted a dinner on June 4 for all members of the Class of 2013 at North Ridge Country Club. Guest speaker, Upper School English Instructor Brian Kelly, shared memories of his high school and college days and encouraged students to embrace new opportunities in college and to get to know people of diverse backgrounds. Alumni Council President Margaret Mahood Mills ’76 and incoming Alumni Council President Laura Helton Kalorin ’92 also spoke to the seniors and welcomed them into the Ravenscroft Alumni Association. Each senior received a Ravenscroft Class of 2013 wool scarf and posed for the class photo at the end of the evening.
Little Ravens Romp on Lower School Playground Little ravens, ages 3 months to 6 years old, came to campus on May 4 to enjoy the Lower School playground. It was fun for the little ones, and a great opportunity for local alumni to socialize. Play dates for 2013-2014 are scheduled for Aug. 24, Sept. 28, March 29, and April 26. Willa Green, daughter of JEWEL GREEN ’96, Caleb Blonk, son of MANDY PARKER BLONK ’96.
Seniors and alumni enjoyed dinner at North Ridge Country Club
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David Fajgenbaum ’03 Speaks to Senior Class at Career Week
DAVID FAJGENBAUM ’03 addresses seniors during Career Week.
David Fajgenbaum ’03, a graduate of the Medical School at the University of Pennsylvania who is also enrolled in the MBA program at The Wharton School, was the guest speaker to kick off this year’s Career Week. He spoke about his days at Ravenscroft, the death of his mother and the foundation he founded in her name, and about his own health struggles. During the week, seniors enjoyed a chance to share lunch and conversation with a professional in the career of their choice. Some of those careers were engineering, journalism, financial planning, government, advertising, public relations, entrepreneurship, and art. Alumni who participated in Career Week included: John Parham ’84, Curt Johnson ’87, Gerry Jacobs ’87, Lyn Fairchild Hawks ’86, Chuck Underwood ’87, Rep. Nathan Baskerville ’99, Anthony Reid ’00, Emily Taylor Farrell ’01, John Scott ’01, William Moss ’03, Saba Chaudhry Barnard ’04, Mary Glenn Crumpler ’06, and Blair Cross ’07.
Legacy Families Enjoy Annual Luncheon Ten families have third generation Ravens which includes 23 current students. There are 93 current parents who are alumni, and they have 135 current students. On May 1, these legacy families gathered on Cox Court in Richards Hall to enjoy lunch together and pose for their group photo. The Alumni Association presented families and students with gifts in honor of their support through the generations. CONNOR GONET ’11, WILSON DAY ’11, WILL MASSEY ’11, ANNIE REALI ’11, GRAYSON MILLER ’11, HALEY BAREFOOT ’11, and LOUIS STOCKS ’12.
HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS On Jan. 4, college age alumni gathered together in the Alumni Sports Hall of Fame Room before the Boys Varsity Basketball game against Forsyth Country Day. Many proudly wore their college sweatshirts, and everyone enjoyed the chance to catch up with their former classmates. And, the Ravens won the game 65-42!
Young Alumni Meetup at Yard House
(top) PENNY ROGERS ’93 and JULIANNA ROGERS ’21 (bottom) Flo and CHARLES WINSTON ’47 with their granddaughter GEORGIA ’22 at Legacy Lunch.
On March 27, about 40 Ravenscroft alumni from 1998 to 2008 invaded the Yard House in North Raleigh for a fun evening of food, drink, and conversation. The meetup was hosted by Chester Allen ’01, Emily Taylor Farrell ’01, Alex Floyd ’04, Ellen Mann ’98, Scott Manning ’03, Alex Moss ’07, William Moss ’03, Anna Claire Murnick ’03, Stuart Presnell ’02, and Phillip Simson ’00. Three or four similar events will be hosted during the upcoming school year. If you are interested in serving on the host committee, please email Tammy Haywood, Director of Alumni Giving & Activities at email@example.com.
1. CHRISTINE WORSLEY GUNDUZ ’93, son
4. KATE DEVLIN ROBINSON ’97, daughter
7. JENNIFER MORRIS FINNEGAN ’03, daughter
Emre Peter Gunduz, March 4, 2013
Peyton Blue Robinson, Nov. 24, 2012
Callie Autumn Finnegan, Dec. 12, 2012
2. KATIE PRESSEL GILLESPIE ’95 AND RICH ’96, daughter Susanna Gillespie, Jan. 14,
8. RASHAWN KING ’04, son Dayin Kanais
5. KATIE HUNTER CECIL ’98, daughter Wilhelmina Eve “Minnie” Cecil, Feb. 23, 2013
3. GUY MCBRIDE ’97, son Henry “Rhodes”
6. JOHN BOWER ’03, son James Isaac Bower,
McBride, Feb. 11, 2013
Nov. 7, 2012
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King, Dec. 24, 2012
9. ALENA SIMMONDS OAKES ’01, son Hudson David Oakes, Dec. 5, 2012
PUGH all were in attendance and celebrated with more than 730 other guests. It’s time for a 70s reunion in spring 2014! Please contact TAMMY HAYWOOD, Director of Alumni Giving and Activities, at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in serving on the planning committee.
1973 MOLLY WALKER, PEG DONOVAN, ELAINE MASON, PATSY GOODWIN, PEG NEWSOME, JULIE COX, JOYCE PARKER, MARY SUE HITCH, EVELYN STEVENS, MARY CATHERINE PHELPS, MARGIE REID, TERRIE SWANN, CAROLYN EVERETT, BARBARA PAUL, CAROL MIEDEMA, BARBARA BUESCHER, MARTHA JANES, and BETSY BEALES
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FORMER FACULTY & STAFF The “Old Crows” (above) gathered at Winston’s Grille on April 9. This group of current and former faculty get together on occasion to reminisce and catch up on Ravenscroft news.
BILL HOLLEMAN was inducted into the Georgia Athletics Coaches Association Hall of Fame in June.
TUCKER STREET The Pen Pal program is still going strong between our Tucker Street alumni and Mrs. Denise Simpson’s fourth grade class. The class hosted a breakfast for their Pen Pals on May 30 in the Lower School. This year’s Pen Pals included:
GEORGE EDWARDS, GINGER DOUGHTON FINLEY, KATE JOHNSON FONVILLE, SARAH WESLEY FOX, MARTIN GREEN, ALFRED HAMILTON, ANNIE LEE MCLEOD HANSEN, NANCY HAYWOOD, PHYLLIS CANNON HOWELL, SEN. NEAL HUNT, MARRIOTT PROCTER LITTLE, JEWEL RAGSDALE MATTHEWS, DAN MCALISTER, IHRIE POU O’BRYANT, LIBBY HOLDING PERRY, HAYWOOD POOLE, BILL RAND, POLLY STARBUCK ROBERTSON, LILLIAN POU STROUPE, and SMEDES YORK.
WILLIAM DAVIS JONES III (DAVE) ’75 December 5, 2012
STEPHANIE HINES WARREN ’86 February 2, 2013
JOHN P. MCCONNELL JR. ’00 April 13, 2013
RAY STRICKLAND ’75 June 22, 2013
MARIAN WOOTEN TROXLER writes: “My dad had been sick and passed away in November. It was a peaceful passing at 92 so we are very blessed. My sister also got married in my living room the Saturday after Thanksgiving! Joyful family time after a great loss … I went back to work last July teaching K-1 high risk kids at an afterschool program called Loaves and Fishes … I’ve been on board etc. for a long time and volunteered there last year. Decided if I really cared I’d step up and teach … love it! If anyone has some time Mon-Thurs. from 3:30 to 5:30 (or any part of that) we need 1 to 1 help, and these kids are adorable! Pass it on!”
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WILLIAM DAVIS JONES III, of Raleigh, died on Dec. 5, 2012, in Houston, Texas, due to fungal pneumonia contracted while hiking and camping in Paria Canyon, Ariz., while driving back to North Carolina following a business trip to California. His illness was complicated by heart failure. At Ravenscroft, he played football and tennis, and served as president of the student body in 1974-75.
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Tucker Street was well represented at the Ravenscroft 150th Anniversary Gala on April 20 at the Raleigh Convention Center. CHARLES WINSTON, BILL
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STEVE NIELSEN ’76 and BILL HOLLEMAN at Bill’s induction into the Georgia Athletics Coaches Association Hall of Fame
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been around longer than 150 years. You can see here that it was established in 1689. This store has provided fine clothes to Kings and Princes from then until present day.” The photo submitted by Steve was taken this Easter.
STEVE NIELSEN ’76 over Easter break
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Class of 1979 members at a golf outing in Pinehurst: JACK PUCKETT, TOM GIBBONS, TOM RICE, SKIPPER DAY, LAWRENCE WATTS, DAVID COZART, GREG DEENER, and KIRK SUMMERS
Lillien Zug Stevens writes: “I am now an accountant for Cisco in RTP. In fact, I delayed starting the job for a week so that I could take my sons TJ, 16, and Caleb, 14, on a trip to New York City over spring break. We had a wonderful time visiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the top of Rockefeller Center, World Trade Center Memorial, Little Italy, and exploring the city. We even saw the TV show Person of Interest being filmed in Central Park. It was our first visit to NYC together and hopefully will not be our last.” Sympathy goes out to DIANE GUPTON BECTON, STEVE
GUPTON ’79, CATHY GUPTON JURGENSEN ’81, JOHN GUPTON ’84, and RICHARD GUPTON ’86 on the death of their father, Dr. Stephen Thomas “Tommy” Gupton, Jr., who passed away on November 9, 2012.
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BILL CLARK writes that he got married on April 6 to Happy Hynes. Congratulations go out to Bill and Happy. MARY BERKSTRESSER MONCK writes that she is working full time and has two children with special needs. Her son, Cole, is autistic and her daughter, Samantha, is developmentally delayed. They keep her busy. Mary has shared a website that shows off her daughter, Samantha. Samantha attended Frankie Lemmon preschool for kids with special needs. Mary is proud of Samantha’s accomplishments. Here is the info for the video: https://vimeo. com/58736104. Mary also writes that her son, Cole, participated in the spring Special Olympics which was held at Ravenscroft. Condolences go out to MCLEOD SKINNER on the death of her father; JIM KILGORE on the death of his father; and to BETSY TAYLOR GARBER on the death of her mother.
BETH CRUM HARRIS writes that she is doing great. Her son, Grayson, 15, has his learner’s permit and her daughter, Madison, 10, is ’going on 20’. They are both good students. Beth still works at Duke and works for faculty practice plan physicians. Her husband, Rick, still works at Cary Academy. Her
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parents are doing great. They spend half of the year in Florida and the other half in Pinehurst.
DIANNE JONES HYNEMAN is an investigator in the Special Investigations Unit of ICS Merrill and fills in for Team Leaders when they are on vacation. She investigates a wide variety of insurance claims from car accidents to thefts to arson cases to life insurance policies and everything in between that can be insured. SKIPPER DAY, DAVID COZART, TOM RICE, GREG DEENER, TOM GIBBONS, JACK PUCKETT, KIRK SUMMERS, and LAWRENCE WATTS went on a golf outing in May. Skipper says they had a good time with lots of trash talking. I hope that one of you sends in info about this outing. I am sure there will be some great stories to tell. Just kidding, I know what happens in Pinehurst, stays in Pinehurst!
SHARON HARTZOG CRAIG writes to tell me that she went to Houston last year for her Zumba instructor certification. Then she got her Zumba Gold certification. She is making jewelry now and has been selling at area arts festivals and on Etsy. Sharon wants to start painting some again. She took a watercolor workshop with some friends recently. Sharon wanted to let BRETT HIGHTOWER know how proud she is of him for his art interest. DAN SAPP writes that he brought one son to N.C. for the UNC/UVA game and the other surfing to Costa Rica. DEAN SHAVLIK writes: “My daughter, Jane Barrett, went to PGA School of America in June for a 16-month program. She wants to get into the golf industry, and this is a start.” His other daughter, Becca, still has not decided on school for next year —Ole Miss or Meredith.
LISA PHILLIPS PERKINSON told me that her oldest is working in Greenville, S.C., and has his own place. He works for an ad agency on the Verizon account. Lisa’s middle son is graduating from Clemson with an architecture degree. He will go to graduate school somewhere, but is taking a year off first. Graduating in four years was a huge challenge and he’s worn out. Her youngest son is going to University of Colorado at Boulder. CATHY EDWARDS LULL let me know that she has a new job at N.C. State with the chemistry department as the business officer. Her husband, Andy, retired from the Raleigh Police Department on July 1. Their son, Josh, graduated from Sanderson High School and is going to N.C. State this fall. Jordan is heading to Uganda this summer for medical mission work.
Periodically, I have lunch with the Raleigh gals from our class. I recently had lunch with CATHY EDWARDS LULL and DIANNE JONES HYNEMAN. It was so much fun to get together. I really enjoy these outings and look forward to more in the future. If you live in Raleigh and don’t get my emails about this and are interested, please contact me. I ran into RENA WATKINS MACGILL the other day, and she and Jim have bought another house in Raleigh. I believe that she said they are going to split their time in Wilmington area and here in Raleigh.
SUE FINLEY COTTON says they are busy with work, kids, and sports. Steve has been in the golf industry for nearly 30 years and is an avid golfer. The five kids keep them busy with practices and games. Life is never dull with five kids ranging from first grade to a senior in high school. They spend their free time traveling all over the Pacific Northwest as well as trips to Phoenix and California and Hawaii. They have made many close friends and are a part of a wonderful church. Sue misses her family and friends from home and feels blessed that we had such a great experience at Ravenscroft. Sympathy goes out to HOPE STRICKLAND DOBEY on the death of her brother RAY STRICKLAND ’75 on June 22. Sympathy goes out to EDITH WOOTEN BAILEY, MARIAN WOOTEN TROXLER ’74, and LOUIS WOOTEN ’81. Their father, Louis Wooten Jr. passed away on Nov. 11, 2012. Edith also married Ivan Bailey in November 24, 2012. The photo on page 40 of the couple with their flower dog, Gigi, was taken in the backyard of the house Edith grew up in, which now belongs to her sister MARIAN ’74 and BILL TROXLER ’73.
NYLE WADFORD, president of Neuse Tile Service Inc., was recognized as Tile Person of the Year by the National Tile Contractors Association at their annual awards ceremony in Atlanta. The prestigious honor is bestowed annually to a tile professional who is dedicated to supporting the non-profit trade association as it serves all segments of the tile and stone industry. Sympathy goes out to DIANE GUPTON BECTON ’77, STEVE GUPTON, CATHY GUPTON JURGENSEN ’81, JOHN GUPTON ’84, and RICHARD GUPTON ’86 on the death of their father, Dr. Stephen Thomas “Tommy” Gupton, Jr., who passed away on November 9, 2012.
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Thanks to all who emailed me. It’s hard to believe that we’re turning 50 this year. Where did the time go? JAMES JOYNER and his family took a cruise to celebrate James turning 50. Luckily their boat wasn’t one of the ones that had problems. I took a trip to Sonoma, Calif., to celebrate my birthday this year. Congrats to HARVEY HAIGLER, who took second place overall in the Finish Strong Half Iron Aquabike.
JENNIFER GOODMAN CONKWRIGHT walked in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer this year.
BETH LYON MURRAY’s youngest son, Nolan, and his team, The Bald Brothers, shaved their heads to raise money for St. Baldrick’s Foundation, which is a foundation to raise money for childhood cancer. Way to go, Nolan!
NANCY CHRISTIAN’s youngest daughter, Carson, just got her driver’s license. It sounds like Nancy isn’t thrilled to have a new driver in the family. I think all of our parents felt that way when we started driving.
KIM MCCALL WHITLEY’s daughter turned 16 and is going to be a CILT this summer. HAYWOOD HARDIN writes: “WILLIAM ALLEN and his dad, Bill Allen, joined Haywood in Waterloo, S.C., at his hunting property where he have a cabin overlooking the Saluda River on the weekend of March 16. They had a nice time together on Friday watching the ACC Basketball Tournament and cooking steaks on the grill accompanied by several adult beverages from the Commonwealth of Kentucky. On Saturday they headed over to a local farm for a quail hunt. William’s parents recently sold their home in Raleigh and will be moving down to Mount Pleasant, S.C., where William and his family live. Haywood is hopeful that he and William can get William’s dad out on more quail hunts with them in the future now that he’ll be residing in South Carolina.” JEFF JAREMA stopped in to see Haywood in Greenville, S.C., and spent one night with Haywood and his wife on his way down to visit his mother in Atlanta over Easter weekend. His brother, LARRY ’78, and sister, Janet, also live in Atlanta. They had a great time discussing old garage bands and soul groups. Jeff is still into mostly pre-1975 music and occasionally does a radio show on WXYC in Chapel Hill. Jeff says he is always busy at work as Global Project Manager for Lenovo or doing something related to downloading and cataloging music in his free time.
notes BILL LITTLE gave up Facebook for Lent, which meant I gave up reading Bill’s Facebook postings for Lent too. Glad you’re back on Facebook, Bill. He and Susan ran in the White Lake Spring International Triathlon.
MARGARET NORRIS is busy homeschooling her children.
BARBIE JONES SABO and her husband came to Atlanta for the Final Four games. KRISTY PARKER HARROD ’82, husband Jeff, daughter Sarah, and son James in Morehead City
I heard from TARA BURCH SHAW. Her son is 23 and is an air traffic controller in the Air Force. He’s stationed in Alabama. Tara’s daughter is 18 and graduates this year and will be going to North Texas State. I also heard from JAY HARDISON. He said that nothing is new with him. Sympathy goes out to DIANE GUPTON BECTON ’77,
STEVE GUPTON ’79, CATHY GUPTON JURGENSEN, JOHN GUPTON ’84, and RICHARD GUPTON ’86 on the death of their father, Dr. Stephen Thomas “Tommy” Gupton, Jr., who passed away on November 9, 2012. KRISTY PARKER HARROD ‘82’s husband Jeff and daughter Sarah at the Trevi Fountain in Rome
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KRISTY PARKER HARROD writes: “Jeff and I have been trying to get used to a much quieter home. Our eldest, Sarah, graduated from Furman University this May and our youngest, James, is in his freshmen year at Western University. Sarah will be starting graduate school in the fall in a MFA program. We still have a great time supporting the Wolfpack and the Carolina Hurricanes. If you still go to hear local bands you might catch James’ band, Petey. They have a CD out that you can listen to on Bandcamp.com. All my siblings but one now live in North Carolina again which is great (WENDY ’85, AMY ’87, and TOM ’90).”
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of their father, Dr. Stephen Thomas “Tommy” Gupton, Jr., who passed away on November 9, 2012.
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Hi all! Well, two of you responded to my cry for an update on your worlds. Nice. PAULA HORWITZ KATZ reports she is living in Greensboro and is a licensed professional counselor in a group practice. She says she lives vicariously through her son Joel’s extracurricular activity — he is a trampoline and tumbling athlete! Paula sees family in Raleigh often, and would welcome visitors anytime! As many of us do, she keeps up with HEIDI, JENNIFER, and TERRI on Facebook as well as other classmates. MARY BURR EDWARDS writes that she and her family are very proud of daughter MARGARET, Class of 2013, who will be attending UNC-Wilmington this fall on a track scholarship. She loves to high jump, (Run, Margaret, Run) and wants to be a teacher. Sister Rachel will be a sophomore in the fall, as brother, Val, will be in the seventh grade. I, myself, don’t have much new news to report, but let me fill up some white space. At the time of typing, daughter, PARKER ’12, will be home from the University of Alabama in 21 hours and 57 seconds, but who is counting? My son, Tate, is about to wrap up his freshman year at Broughton where he was on the Honor Roll and the JV Lacrosse Team. I frequently see SALLY MADDISON WOOTEN, as her son, Louis, is a teammate of Tate’s. I also see TERRI PERRIN NEIR’s son, Sam, in the yard on my way home from Harris Teeter. Adorable! Y’all have a great summer! Looking forward to hearing ALL ABOUT your vacations for the next Ravenscroft magazine! Hugs!
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LYN FAIRCHILD HAWKS has published her book, How Wendy Redbird Dancing Survived the Dark Ages of Nought, a compilation of short stories. She also participated in Career Week at Ravenscroft as a panelist discussing her writing career.
RICHARD GUPTON writes: “I attended the USDA National Ag Day Dinner in Washington, D.C., in April, where I met Miss America 2011 — Teresa Scanlan. She was a speaker at the event. Also, our 12-year-old daughter, Madison Gupton, recently swam at the Potomac Valley Swim League’s 14 and Under Junior Olympics at the University of Maryland. She made the finals in the 11-12 girls event for the 200 butterfly and 100 butterfly.” Sympathy goes out to DIANE GUPTON BECTON ’77,
STEVE GUPTON ’79, CATHY GUPTON JURGENSEN ’81, JOHN GUPTON ’84, and RICHARD GUPTON on the death of their father, Dr. Stephen Thomas “Tommy” Gupton, Jr., who passed away on November 9, 2012.
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CURT JOHNSON was selected to the North Carolina Soccer Hall of Fame Class of 2013, and was inducted at the Hall of Fame dinner on Jan. 26 in Greensboro, N.C. The Class of 1987 was well represented as panelists during Career Week at Ravenscroft for the juniors and seniors. CURT JOHNSON, CHUCK UNDERWOOD, and GERRY JACOBS shared their knowledge about their respective careers.
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DAVID LANNING writes: “This June I will be playing the role of Captain Von Trapp in our community theatre production of The Sound of Music. My wife, Margaret, will be the Baroness Elsa Schrader and our daughter, Rachel, will be Brigitta, one of the von Trapp children.”
BEN ’86 and LAURIE WHITE MEARES celebrated 21 years in May. Laurie says their children attend North Raleigh Christian Academy. “This year we have ninth grade and seventh grade wrestlers and our girls are in fifth and first grades.” Laurie has an embroidery business out of her home, Mine! Embroidery, so if anyone needs anything monogrammed don’t hesitate to contact her! SUZANNE BROWN FULGHUM has three children. Bryant is 10 and plays baseball on the Phillies; Savannah is 8 and enjoys dance; and Brodie is a first year T-ball
player on the Sand Gnats. Suzanne’s husband, Bobby, still teaches at Holly Springs High School.
MIKE MULLIS writes: “I started a new job as district leader with a Wireless Verizon premium retailer. Celebrating 16 years of marriage in July. My oldest is playing second base for his middle school baseball team and youngest is playing second base in 9-10 year old Cal Ripkin League.” CHRIS ROSE and his brother, KEVIN ROSE ’90, spent a week in Colorado skiing in March. On May 11, Chris and Amy celebrated 17 years of marriage.
LYN FAIRCHILD HAWKS ’86’s book, How Wendy Redbird Dancing Survived the Dark Ages of Nought
HILARY LAMB writes: “I’m still in Raleigh, when I’m not on the road. My kids are at Ravenscroft. Gary Duggan is my sixth grader’s (Isaac) advisor this year. That makes both of us feel old. I see Mr. Yohman daily when I drop my kids off. Nathan is finishing up eighth grade and is a wrestler for the Ravens. Eric and I celebrated our 19th anniversary in March.” VANN RUSSELL writes: “My daughter, Lucy, is finishing her freshman year at the ’Croft.”
FRED HEINEMAN writes: “I’m still living in Clayton raising three very active kids — swimmers and soccer players. Hello to all!” As for me, I am still in Charlotte working for Arrowpoint Capital — 16 years this summer and enjoying life with Peter and our three girls. Next year we’ll have lower, middle, and upper school covered at Providence Day. Like Chris, we enjoyed spring break skiing in Colorado. Laurie’s embroidery is awesome. She did a couple of things for my middle one in March. Thanks for all of the updates!
RICHARD GUPTON ’86 with Miss America 2011 Teresa Scanlan at the USDA National Ag Day Dinner
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EASTER MAYNARD, a member of the Board of Trustees, has been leading Camp Corral, a nonprofit organization that provides a free week long camp experience to children of disabled, wounded, or fallen military families. This summer they will send 2,000 children to camp. BETSY FORTLOUIS ’96 has recently been hired as the executive director. Next year, all three of Easter’s children will be at Ravenscroft. They will be in Kindergarten, second, and fourth grades.
VANN RUSSELL ’88 with daughter LUCY ’16
STACEY HARRIS enjoyed visiting with Ravenscroft alums MARY CATHERINE HALL and EASTER MAYNARD on her last visit to Raleigh. She is currently playing Queen Esther in the off-Broadway musical, The Megile of Itzik Manger, in New York City. Her previous off-Broadway show, The Golden Land, has just received a Drama Desk Nomination for Best Revival of a Musical. Summer 2013
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1. BYRON MOORE ’03 married Love Maduako on Dec. 22, 2012.
2. EDITH WOOTEN ’79 married Ivan Bailey on Nov. 24, 2012.
3. BILLY HOGG ’97 married Kendra Hill on Sept. 22, 2012.
4. MARY BETH GRIMLEY ’00 married John Prieur on March 10, 2013.
ALISON MACKIE HURST occasionally gets back to campus while watching her children run cross country for their school’s team. We extend our sympathy to BECKIE HINES KING and her family in the death of her sister, STEPHANIE ELIZABETH HINES ’86. Stephanie passed away Feb. 1, 2013 in Georgia. Beckie states: “Stephanie was an incredible mother, sister, daughter, aunt, and friend. She is missed every day! Thank you, to all of her Ravenscroft friends, for your kind words, thoughts, and prayers. She loved you all so much and remembered her days at Ravenscroft with many wonderful memories!”
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SANNA BRYANT is still living in Atlanta working within the Healthcare Services practice at Spencer Stuart, a global executive search firm.
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I hope that everyone in the Class of ’92 is doing well. I am guessing that everyone is super busy doing fun and exciting things since I only heard from one of us this time around! The next time you free up send me an email — you don’t even have to wait for class notes time, I will archive it and send it in when the time comes. Please Facebook message me or email Stephenie. firstname.lastname@example.org. Pictures encouraged!
wife, Kelly, and twin girls, Kate and Lily. Following a
15-year career in advertising, Devin is now CMO of Right Intel, a technology startup. He recently visited VANESSA SHEFFIELD MCDONALD ’92 and her husband while at SXSW in Austin, Texas. Devin reports that it was great to see her and she may be the only classmate he has seen in the past 20 years. Not much is new with me. I am in Raleigh and working as the Director of Administration for Butler Commerce Solutions, Inc. I was recently elected as the Assistant Secretary for the Wake County Republican Party. I enjoy politics, and it is exciting to be serving in a leadership position on the Executive Committee.
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Mark your calendars for Sept. 20-21, 2013 for Reunions! Please contact me or TAMMY HAYWOOD, Director of Alumni Giving and Activities at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in serving on the planning committee. In April, TRENT WADFORD and CRAIG WILLIAMS joined a team of Ravenscroft alumni basketball players to participate in the ACC Barnstorming Tour. The tour, which featured a stop in the Finley Center on the Ravenscroft campus, matched a team of senior ACC players versus a team of Ravenscroft alums. The Ravens hung in there with Duke’s Mason Plumlee, N.C. State’s Scott Wood, and Wake Forest’s C.J. Harris, before the ACC team pulled away in the second half. Trent contributed some rebounds, while Craig scored four points, including a jumper over UNC’s Dexter Strickland. There’s a brief write up and photo on page 32 of the magazine.
KRISTEN PEED LUDWIG writes: “There isn’t a lot new going on with me. Danny and I are coming up on our first anniversary and I am just excited that it has finally stopped snowing in Cleveland! We are looking forward to golfing a lot this summer and visiting North Carolina several times over the next few months for a wedding and my nephew’s baptism. I am a Senior Risk Analyst at STERIS Corporation.” As for me, PENNY ROGERS, after spending the last 12 years in N.C., my family and I have relocated to Tampa, Fla. I am the Director of Admissions & Marketing at Academy at the Lakes, which is an independent school of about 425 students in grades JK4-12. It’s a beautiful location and within a couple hours of both the beach and Disney. Of course, the very first thing we did when we arrived in Tampa was purchase Bucs’ season tickets. I most definitely have my priorities straight! My husband, Jack, is still with Novozymes, but will work remotely from Tampa. We celebrated our 15th anniversary last month. I know we all are going to miss being at Ravenscroft, but I’m excited for a new challenge.
Kate and Lindsey Katen, twin daughters of ALEX KATEN ’91
DEVIN DOWNEY ’92 with wife Kelly and twins Kate and Lily
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KATIE PERRY BARR writes: “We have five children: Jack, 10, Charlie, 8, Mary Mack, 6, George, 4, Lucy, 8 months. We are very happy in Charlottesville, Va. My husband, Mack, works in development for UVA,
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HEAD OF THE CLASS Dr. Laura Helton Kalorin ’92 As a wife, mother of three, and physician, LAURA HELTON KALORIN ’92 has learned the importance of balance and setting priorities. But she has always found time to volunteer at Ravenscroft, in the classrooms of her children, VICTOR ’24 and AUDREY ’26, and spend time with her youngest daughter, Hope. As an alumna, Kalorin also committed time to serve on the Alumni Council last year. This year, she has accepted the position of President of the Alumni Council. “The Alumni Council has been working diligently to reach out to all alumni to keep us connected with Ravenscroft and with each other,” said Kalorin. “I am humbled to be chosen to lead this group of very smart and dedicated alumni, and I know we will have an amazing year of service to our School.” She and her family returned to Raleigh after living in Atlanta, Durham, and Albany, N.Y. for 20 years. She says she was amazed when she saw the campus again after so many years “It’s an absolute joy to be back and to have our children here. I have enjoyed reconnecting with teachers and staff.” Kalorin volunteered at Field Day in May and it brought back wonderful memories. “The only thing more fun than Field Day is watching your children enjoy Field Day,” she said.
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ANNE BRADSHAW married Will Varnum on Dec. 1. 2012 Class of ’95 in attendance (left to right) CHRISTIN WILLIAMS KIRBY, MATT CANTANDO, HILLARY HOSKINS VILLAREAL, JENNIFER MADISON SNOOK, and KATHRYN CAMPBELL CALHOUN
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This is the first update for the Class of ’95 in some time, so here we go …
JENNIFER MADISON married Steve Snook on May 25. RYAN KRAMER is still living in Tallahassee, Fla., where he takes in FSU football games every chance he gets. He recently added a sixth member to his family … a yellow Lab named Trixie. STEELE PARK is currently living in Southport, N.C., JEN MADISON ’95 (far right), HILARY HOSKINS VILLAREAL ’95, Becca Madison (Bobby Madison’s wife, second from right) and friends celebrating at Jen’s bachelorette in May
Trixie the puppy, the newest addition to RYAN KRAMER ’95’s family
where he has been with his wonderful wife Ashley and children Abrey, 4, and Zoe, 3, for the past four years. He and his wife opened a Brightstar franchise 18 months ago, providing private duty home care for infants through seniors in Brunswick and New Hanover Counties. In addition to their new business, he is also a sport fishing charter captain at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center in Ocean Isle Beach, N.C. In his free time (how does that exist with two kids and two jobs?) he is also a nationally ranked Professional Kingfish Tournament team member. As I write this, I am wondering why I must still buy my fish from Costco. The 1977 Raleigh Spartans, winners of the 1995 U.S. Youth Soccer Under-18 Francis J. “Frank” Kelly national championship, were selected as the second team to be recognized on the NCSHOF National Champions Hall of Honor. Players on the team included ELIZABETH BURNETTE GIBBONS ’96, MEREDITH CAGE QUALE, MELISSA SUTTON ’96, and LENA VIKEN. The team’s march to the national championship was dramatic, facing and conquering two previous national champions and becoming North Carolina’s first youth soccer national titleholders.
KATIE PRESSEL GILLESPIE had her fourth child and
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first daughter, Susanna, on Jan. 14. She, her husband, RICH ’96, and the family are living in Raleigh. He is a surgeon at Rex and their oldest two sons are in second grade and Kindergarten at Ravenscroft. Katie is involved with Parents’ Association at Ravenscroft and co-chaired the 2012 book fair with MARIAN MORRIS ADAMS ’98. The best part about this update is that even if you were not reading this, you knew that Katie was going to end up doing exactly what she wanted to do … raise your hand if this surprises you.
KAJSA NASLUND MALMSTEN is living in Sweden, married and has two sons, 3 and 4 years old. Her brother, HAMPUS NASLUND, is also living in Sweden. Hampus is engaged and is working in the telecom industry. KATHRYN CAMPBELL recently moved to Atlanta to join a private fertility practice. The family (husband, son, and daughter) is settling down well in their new city. If Kathy continues to follow my path from Philly, to Raleigh to Atlanta, we should expect to see her in Seattle in about 12 months. ERIC BUTTERFIELD recently moved from Wilmington to Charlotte, N.C. He is a market manager for a property management company that is new to the area. He is handling their acquisitions, rehabilitations and rentals of properties. And, based on the autoposts to Facebook from his Nike+, Eric seems to exercise regularly and is in good shape … I am jealous. As for the Cantandos, after nine years in Seattle, we’ve moved back to the east coast and have settled down in Arlington, Va. Jack turns four in September and has already placed out of “AP Trucks” and has just joined his first soccer and “Slamball” teams. He is an avid engineer (he gets that from his father) and loves to read (he does not get that from his father), but mostly he is enjoys spending time with his dog and friends. Amy continues to work at Microsoft, where she helps define the small business sales strategy for the company; she continues to amaze me with her athletic feats, her culinary skill, and patience in all aspects of life (read: me). After helping build a handful of businesses at Microsoft, I moved over to LivingSocial where I owned their worldwide sales strategy. I am now with Micro Focus, a large software company based out of the UK, where I am responsible for the Sales Operations for North America. Fun, exciting stuff, I know … Jack said this week that “he is going to get me a computer for my birthday, because I spend so much time playing with them that I obviously love them.” Hope to see more and more of you over the next several months and years!
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After going to Ravenscroft with many of you for 12 years I can still hear your voices in your emails and messages … and this quarter I heard quite a few! Thank you so much for keeping us updated and a part of your lives. The 1977 Raleigh Spartans, winners of the 1995 U.S. Youth Soccer Under-18 Francis J. “Frank”
Kelly national championship, were selected as the second team to be recognized on the NCSHOF National Champions Hall of Honor. Players on the team included ELIZABETH BURNETTE GIBBONS, MEREDITH CAGE QUALE ’95, MELISSA SUTTON, and LENA VIKEN ’95. The team’s march to the national championship was dramatic, facing and conquering two previous national champions and becoming North Carolina’s first youth soccer national titleholders.
BETSY FORTLOUIS has recently been hired as the executive director for Camp Corral, a nonprofit organization that provides a free week long camp experience to children of disabled, wounded, or fallen military families. This summer they will send 2,000 children to camp. RICHARD FORSYTH writes: “Francesca and I (along with Isabella, 3 ½, and RJ, 2) welcomed Alistair Avard Forsyth into the world last October 30. I’ve included a picture of us skiing together in Snowmass in February. Life is relaxing and nice in Tampa these days.” From SCOTT CATHCART: “My brother JOHN ’92 and I hit Crested Butte this year together, was a very good time. All is well in Atlanta.”
CHRIS COLVIN is the Associate Athletics Director at Furman University and an adjunct professor of statistics. In addition to his 2-year-old daughter, he welcomed a son, David, born Feb. 8, 2012. IVY PEED POINTER started her new job as a pediatric intensivist at WakeMed in July and hopes not to see any familiar faces there any time soon! She and husband, Joey, had their third child, Cullom, in February.
MEGAN HOBBS BRODBECK and her husband Kevin welcomed baby James into the world April 12, joining Charlie, age 1. MARTHA SICKLES married John Sanders in January. Attending the beautiful bride were BLAIR HINTON, NANCY COBB HARVIN, NORA SHEPARD BARGER, CHRISTINA CERWIN ALLEN, and myself, KATY GEIL SMYTH. JACK MORTON and his wife, Adrienne, were there to take photos. Can’t get over their talent!
MELISSA SUTTON started her own business (www. plum-collective.com) selling and sourcing midcentury modern furniture. And if you haven’t read the alumni profile of Melissa and her brother Drew (DREW ’01 & MEREDITH SUTTON ’99: Coast to Coast Creativity), check it out on the alumni news section of the Ravenscroft website. Look forward to hearing from the rest of you the next go round! I’ve created a class page on Facebook and would love for everyone to join. Take care!
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BILLY HOGG and his wife Kendra were married on Sept. 22, 2012 at the Martha Washington Hotel in Abingdon, Va. GRETCHEN HOGG-O’BRIANT, CHAD DOGGETT ’98, MICHAEL GOODMON ’98, and ROB WRIGHT ’98 were in the wedding party.
MELISSA SUTTON ’96, CURT JOHNSON ’87, LIZ BURNETTE GIBBONS ’96, and MEREDITH CAGE QUALE ’95.
I hope everyone is doing well and I know there are lots of exciting things happening! After 2 1/2 years in Italy, NATHAN WITTKAMP and his family have moved back to the U.S. to Lynchburg, Va., where Nathan is the Executive Director for the Red Cross Historic Virginia Chapter. They have enjoyed life in Europe, but are also excited to be close to friends and family again!
THOMAS DURHAM and his wife, Sarah, welcomed Matthew Candon (who goes by Candon). Thomas and Sarah have a son, Oliver, as well. Thomas continues to coach wrestling at West Craven High School in New Bern, N.C. He has made the switch from teaching P.E. to teaching history. By the end of last season he had 106 wins as a head coach in six years. He also had one wrestler earn all-conference honors and another came in fourth at the 3A East Regional tournament.
MATT CANTANDO ’95 with his father, John, and son Jack, at a Carolina Hurricanes game
LAURA O’BRIEN STAVLAS lives in Raleigh with her husband, Mihali, and their two children, Tyler, 4, and Kaylee, 5. Laura has returned to the classroom and is teaching upper school English and yearbook at Trinity Academy of Raleigh. Laura’s daughter, Kaylee, enjoys poetry and won first place for her division in their school-wide poetry and prose competition at Trinity Academy. Her son enjoyed playing Jesus in their preschool chapel this past winter.
GUY MCBRIDE and his wife welcomed their son on Feb. 11, 2013. Henry “Rhodes” was 11 pounds, 6 ounces. Guy and his family live in Charlotte where he works for Vanguard.
SCOTT CATHCART ’96 with daughter Lowry Ann
As for me, we welcomed our second son, Roy Carver Hamilton, on Feb. 12, 2013. Henry is a proud big brother! We live in Raleigh, and I am a Audit Senior Manager at Deloitte. I have enjoyed seeing many of you and former and current faculty members throughout the 150th Anniversary celebrations this year. I hope to hear from many more of you next time!
MICHAEL DARNELL married Marisol Elizabeth Lopez on Nov. 10, 2012.
RICHARD FORSYTH ’96 and his family skiing in Snowmass Summer 2013
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Michael Olander Jr.’00 The Triangle Business Journal each year names 40 local business people to their “Top 40 Under 40” list — those who have made their mark in the community before reaching the age of 40. MICHAEL OLANDER JR ’00, CEO of 02 Fitness Clubs, earned the distinction — at age 30. Olander graduated from Ravenscroft and went on to earn a degree in Business Administration from the College of Charleston. His well-known fitness company has 11 locations in North Carolina and has been in operation for 10 years. He started the company while still a college student.
NATHAN WITTKAMP ’97
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Hope everyone in the Class of 1998 had a great spring! A few great updates from y’all which is always fabulous! We love hearing from you so keep up the good work.
KATE SKVARLA CUTSHALL ’98 with husband Jeff, son Winton, and daughter Avery Elizabeth Cutshall
Congrats to KATIE HUNTER CECIL and her husband, Sean, who welcomed Wilhelmina Eve Cecil on Feb. 23. Katie writes: “She is stealing hearts already — especially her mom’s and dad’s!” Congrats, Katie and Sean!
ANNA WHITE HOSEA was in Boston in March for work and had the opportunity to catch up briefly with ROBERT SEATER. He is doing well — he and his wife have a 2 year old. After 10+ years in NYC, Jeff and KATE SKAVARLA CUTSHALL have moved to the suburbs in New Canaan, Conn. On Nov. 5 — one week after Hurricane Sandy and nine days without power! — they welcomed daughter, Avery Elizabeth, who weighed in at 7 pounds, 11 ounces. Kate writes, “Big brother, Winton, is very happy to have a little sister, and our family is complete!” Congrats Jeff, Kate, and Winton!
JERMAINE EVANS has been picked to lead the new football program this fall at Rolesville High School. Most recently he was an assistant football coach at Millbrook.
ANNA WHITE HOSEA, JANIE SMITH BROOKS, MIKE NOEL, and ELLEN MANN attended the Ravenscroft 150th Anniversary Gala on April 20, held at the Raleigh Convention Center. It was a special and fun
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evening, and it was great to see over 700+ alumni, current and past faculty and friends of the School in attendance to show support. Please send in any class notes for next time, and I hope everyone has a great summer!
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Sympathy goes out to RICHARD and EDWARD RUTHERFORD and their sister MARGIE ’09. Their mother, Marjorie Rutherford passed away on Dec. 9, 2012.
SARAH NEWELL WILLIAMSON writes: “I co-authored a book about Zahra Baker, one of the largest homicide cases to occur recently in North Carolina. I’ve since left my job as a reporter in Hickory and now work at the Greensboro News & Record.” REP. NATHAN BASKERVILLE served as a panelist during Ravenscroft’s career week and spoke with juniors and seniors about his career path into politics.
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MARY BETH GRIMLEY married John Prieur on March 10. BROOKE PARKER RIVERS and her husband, Alex, welcomed their third child, Nolan Thomas, on Nov. 1, 2012. He joined big sisters Ella, 4, and Leah, 2. They are adjusting well to becoming a family of five, and Brooke loves every minute of staying home with them.
DIANNA CULBRETH graduated from North Carolina Central University in May, earning her Masters in Arts in Mental Health Counseling.
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STEPHEN RIDDICK married Elizabeth Ann Wicker on Nov. 3, 2012. Ravens in the wedding party were
Sympathy goes out to the family of JOHN MCCONNELL JR. ’00, who passed away on April 13. He was the brother of WILL MCCONNELL, MATT MCCONNELL ’06, KASEY OLIVE ’09, and former student COLE OLIVE ’11.
MARY BETH GRIMLEY married John Prieur on March
PHILLIP SIMSON, DREW HARGROVE ’01, CHESTER ALLEN ’01, and THOMAS ELLER ’01. MELISSA WARREN and her husband, John, were in attendance, as was DOUG SUE. 10, 2013 at Fearrington Village. She is employed at UNC Hospitals as a pediatric psychologist working with the inpatient consult and liaison group and the new pediatric palliative care team.
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It was great to spend time celebrating Ravenscroft 150th Anniversary Gala with JEREMY BULL, STEPHEN RIDDICK, CHRISTINA FLOYD, and PHILLIP SIMSON.
Mark your calendars for Sept. 20-21, 2013 for Reunions! If you are interested in serving on the planning committee, please contact ANNA CLAIRE or TAMMY HAYWOOD, Director of Alumni Giving and Activities, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ANTHONY REID is the operating partner at PDQ res-
KELLY YOUNG writes: “I opened up a holistic health
taurant just down Falls of Neuse from Ravenscroft. He was also a panelist for Career Week hosted by the Alumni Office for the juniors and seniors. It is with a heavy heart that I write, on April 13,
JOHN MCCONNELL passed away peacefully in his sleep. He was the brother of WILL MCCONNELL ’02, MATT MCCONNELL ’06, KASEY OLIVE ’09, and former student COLE OLIVE ’11. His impact on our class was apparent by the number of classmates that attended his service. It was an honor to call him a friend. I hope everyone has a wonderful summer!
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WHITNEY ROBINSON ROWE was selected for the Kauffman Fellowship which is a prestigious venture capital apprenticeship. She begins the program this summer. Also, she and her husband welcomed a second baby boy, Alexander Todd, on Oct. 24, 2012. ALENA (SIMMONDS) OAKES and her husband, Rob, welcomed their son, Hudson David, on Dec. 5, 2012. He’s a wonderful baby, and Alena is enjoying her new role as a stay-at-home-mom! The picture is of Hudson when he was just over 3 months old. Congrats to JENNIFER HOWARD WOHLERS and STEPHEN WOHLERS as they welcomed William Henry Wohlers on April 27 at 8 pounds, 15 ounces, 21 1/2 inches.
EMILY TAYLOR FARRELL and JOHN SCOTT served as panelists during Ravenscroft’s Career Week, sharing information about their career paths.
center here in Raleigh. Its called KEY Holistic Health Center. I offer health consultations and detox plans, along with Quantum Biofeedback and ioncleanse foot baths. The ultimate goal with all these services is reducing stress and aiding the body in functioning at its optimal peak health. To find out more you can check out www.keyholistichealth.com.”
JACKIE BARNETT LONGLEY ‘00’s daughter Harper and BILLY MULLINS ’99’s son Will
BROOKE PARKER RIVERS ’00’s daughters Ella and Leah with baby brother Nolan
REBECCA BALTER is graduating this semester from UNC-Chapel Hill with her Ph.D in Neurobiology. For her dissertation research, she studied how exercise can be used to treat morphine withdrawal. After graduation, she will be moving to New York City to begin a fellowship in substance abuse at Columbia University’s psychiatric hospital. JOHN BOWER writes: “I’m still living outside of Boston working as a teacher and administrator at a private school up here. My wife and I had our first baby, James Isaac Bower, on Nov. 7, 2012, and I have to say being a dad is the best feeling in the world. We were down in N.C. in March to celebrate my parents’ 40th anniversary and their retirement. Hope to make it back down soon to see some of y’all! BYRON MOORE married Love Maduako on Dec. 22, 2012. PAUL CUMMINS writes: “Well things are going very well over here, although I do miss the USA and Raleigh especially! I am in my final year of my Ph.D where I am specializing in Leadership in Business and Sports Coaching. I have set up a business with my father here in Ireland where we design solutions for multinationals. I had to stop playing pro basketball last year as life just got too busy, but I still play on the Irish International team and run my camps for kids here in Ireland. So things are going well, although I must admit I may make a return to the U.S. once my Ph.D is finished!” Summer 2013
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JENNIFER MORRIS FINNEGAN writes: “We had a beautiful baby girl on Dec. 2, 2012 named Callie Autumn Finnegan. She was 8 pounds, 12 ounces, and 21 ¾ inches long.” WILLIAM MOSS and his wife, Chailee, are moving to Ohio for her to begin her ob/gyn residency. William also served as a panelist for Ravenscroft’s Career Week held for juniors and seniors. He talked with them about law school and careers in the legal field.
Daughter of Jeff Castleberry ’80
CHASE DUNCAN Son of Chuck Duncan ’79 and Clinton Lee Duncan ’76
MARGARET EDWARDS Daughter of Mary Burr Fonville Edwards ’85
CALLEY MANGUM Daughter of Michael Mangum ’77 and Tal Hinnant Mangum ’77
ELIZABETH MASSEY Daughter of Allen Massey ’79 and Lorie Hightower Massey ’84
SAVANNAH GRACE MILLER Daughter of Preston Miller ’85
WILL ORMAND Son of Angie DeMent ’81
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Mark your calendars for September 20-21, 2013 for Reunions! If you are interested in serving on the planning committee, please contact GRETCHEN or TAMMY HAYWOOD, Director of Alumni Giving and Activities, at email@example.com. Sympathy goes out to MARGIE RUTHERFORD, RICHARD ’99, and EDWARD ’99. Their mother, Marjorie Rutherford, passed away on Dec. 9, 2012.
GRETCHEN PRESNELL is living in Raleigh and working as the Director of Annual Giving for Camp Sea Gull and Camp Seafarer. SHANLEY LESTINI writes: “I graduated this spring from dental school at UNC-Chapel Hill. I am thrilled to be practicing dentistry at Dr. Scott Earp’s office on St. Mary’s Street in Raleigh!”
SABA CHAUDHRY BARNARD served as a panelist for
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Career Week held for the juniors and seniors at Ravenscroft to share her experiences as an artist.
MATT MCGINNIS competed in the Pan American
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Masters Swimming Championships in June in Sarasota, Fla., and broke the world record in the 100m Freestyle (25-29 age group) with a blistering time of 50.45.
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JAMES TURNER Son of Frank Turner ’73
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JILL GARRISON writes: “I am currently a research analyst for a health economics consulting firm called Cedar Associates in San Francisco.”
SCOTT JONES married Katherine Frances Geron on July 7, 2012.
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Sympathy goes out to MATT MCCONNELL, whose brother JOHN MCCONNELL JR. ’00, passed away on April 13. He was also the brother of WILL MCCONNELL ’02, KASEY OLIVE ’09, and former student COLE OLIVE ’11.
MARY GLENN CRUMPLER, former third grade teacher at Ravenscroft, shared her experiences and knowledge about teaching to juniors and seniors as a panelist at Ravenscroft’s Career Week. She is getting married in July and moving to Virginia.
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T. FIELDER VALONE, a doctoral student at Indiana University, was awarded the Raymond J.Cunningham Prize at the meeting of the American Historical Association in New Orleans.
TRÉ COTTEN was awarded The Best Actor in a Musical for the role of Harpo in The Color Purple the Musical. He is also a recent graduate of UNCWilmington and will be packing his bags to move northwest to get his Master in Fine Arts for Acting at the University of Washington’s School of Drama in Seattle, Wash. He was also featured in Wilmington, N.C.’s portcitydaily.com on May 21. The feature was titled: Tré Cotten: From the hardcourt to the theater stage. Congratulations to ROB KENT on the birth of his daughter, Brooke Elizabeth Kent, born Dec. 20, 2012.
CAROLINE FISH recently completed her first year of graduate school at the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis where she is concentrating in women’s mental health and multicultural studies. The self-designed concentration will allow her to focus her courses on women’s issues, interpersonal violence and international populations. For field work, which will begin later this year, she hopes to work in an agency that serves refugee and immigrant survivors of violence in St. Louis in order to build her skills in the field of culturally sensitive and holistic trauma care and recovery. Caroline received a Danforth Scholarship (a merit-based, full-tuition scholarship) for her twoyear program.
YASHAR KASEBI has had a terrific experience with the sustainability company he interned with while he attended N.C. State. He has since accepted a position as a Black Belt Engineering Leader and enjoys coaching lacrosse on the side.
BLAIR CROSS served as a panelist for Career Week at Ravenscroft held for the juniors and seniors. She talked with them about her career in sports marketing.
KENNEDY GILLY is in his first year of law school at Charlotte School of Law.
ELIZA RAGSDALE lives in Charlotte where she works as a digital communications manager for a local jewelry company.
JAY HOLT studied in Barcelona, Spain, for the fall 2012 semester and graduated in December upon his return to Raleigh, earning a Bachelor of Environmental Design in Architecture degree from N.C. State’s College of Design. Jay has enjoyed every minute of N.C. State’s program and especially his experience in Barcelona and has been churning out some fantastic designs.
PETER SHELTON is a first-year medical student at the
MARY FLETCHER KING is enjoying her second year of
Wake Forest School of Medicine.
law school at Vanderbilt. She adopted a beagle mix and loves taking her for runs in Nashville.
JON MCBRIDE is a second-year medical student at the UNC School of Medicine in Chapel Hill.
ANDREW ROBINSON is a second-year medical student at
advertising agency in Durham. He works as a media planner on the Nationwide Insurance account.
LINDA ZAYAS-PALMER graduated from M.I.T. in 2011 with a degree in math and will finish her master’s degree at Boston University in May. She loves Boston and will likely stay there after graduating. She plans on teaching math for a few years.
CHARLIE TIGHE recently moved to Texas where he is
MONICA NOBLE is in her second year at Campbell Law
continuing his work in costume and prop-making under his own company. Earlier this year, he worked with Microsoft to create the costumes used in TV spots for the latest Halo video game. Charlie is also continuing his musical career and recently was hired by HBO to perform the theme song to Game of Thrones for a commercial.
School in downtown Raleigh. She is specializing in criminal law with a goal of becoming a criminal prosecutor. She is a Legal Research and Writing Scholar and TA for first-year law students. She has been interning at the N.C. Attorney General’s Office at the Department of Justice since last summer. This summer she will be interning with the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
PAUL GOZZO is living in Buenos Aires, Argentina, working for Ernst & Young.
LIZZY SIMMONS is in her second year of teaching Eng-
the Ohio State College of Medicine in Columbus.
CODY CLIFTON is currently working at McKinney
HARRISON RIGGS is a first-year dental student at the UNC School of Dentistry in Chapel Hill. KEVIN COOK is a full time engineer at Cisco in RTP and also working on his Masters of Computer Engineering (Networking Concentration). Kevin is also the CFO and a developer at Granular Systems, LLC, a company that he and three other N.C. State graduates started last year. The company specializes in energy management for mid-sized manufacturing companies.
STEPHANIE HALE married Josh Norris on April 6, 2013 in Charlotte. Stephie and Josh met more than four years ago at UNC-Wilmington. Stephie is working as a clinical research coordinator at PMG Research in Charlotte. Both Stephie and Josh are triathletes and have completed in countless triathlons as well as a full ironman in Wilmington.
LAUREN-KELLY DEVINE is a second-year law student at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia where she has been awarded the Silverman-Rodin leadership scholarship. Lauren-Kelly has been hired as a summer intern at Paul Hastings, an international law firm in Washington, D.C. Upon graduation in 2014, she plans to continue working in Washington.
lish to junior high school students in Japan through the Japanese Exchange and Teaching Program (JET). She has recently signed on to continue teaching for a third year.
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We offer our apologies to the Class of 2008 for inadvertently omitting your Class Notes from our Winter 2012 edition. Below please find those notes as well as others submitted for this issue.
ANITA IRBE writes: “Since finishing college and King’s College London, I have returned to Riga, Latvia, and set up my own fashion agency that distributes Latvian brands abroad, primarily to the UK, and that provides marketing services to brands within Latvia. Also, I am in the middle of setting up a small scale manufacturer in the Riga’s center for all of our young and emerging designers. Hopefully through all these initiatives, we’ll see a huge learning curve and an increase in professionalism in the industry. That’s been one of my goals for a very long time.”
notes BETH BOSWORTH writes: “I graduated in May 2012 with a Bachelor of Science with Honors in biomedical engineering. I currently live and work in Santa Rosa, Calif., as an associate design assurance engineer for the number one medical device company in the world, Medtronic. Specifically I work in endovascular device design. Living in wine country is amazing! The mountains, beaches, vineyards, Lake Tahoe, Redwood Forests, and San Francisco are all a stone’s toss away. It’s truly one of the most beautiful locations I could have ever hoped to live, and there’s so much to do year round.”
MEGHAN MCDONNELL ’08, ALLISON NEWCOMBE ’08, and MEGAN DILLINGER ’08 in New York
SARA HYDE graduated magna cum laude from East Carolina University’s College of Nursing with Foundation Curriculum Honors. She is currently working as a registered nurse at Rex Hospital in Raleigh.
MARK GOZZO graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication in May 2012 and is happily employed for Moroch Advertising Agency as the account coordinator for McDonald’s. He coordinates for close to 340 McDonald’s franchises, which keeps him really busy. He’d love to brainstorm, give ideas, get ideas, or just catch up with anyone in the Ravenscroft community.
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After switching from Biological Sciences to the Poole College of Management at NCSU, JUSTIN CATES is in his ninth and final semester earning a degree in finance and minor in accounting. A summer 2012 internship with Wells Fargo in Charlotte turned into a full-time offer, and Justin will be starting there after his graduation in December 2012.
ALLISON NEWCOMBE graduated magna cum laude from East Carolina in May with a degree is business marketing. She currently works in the Raleigh area at NetApp as program execution manager. MEGHAN MCDONNELL graduated magna cum laude from UNC-Wilmington with a degree in psychology. She is currently working at Rex Hospital and began nursing school in January. She and ALLISON NEWCOMBE took a trip to NYC to visit MEGAN DILLINGER in October where they got a little taste of the city life. Meghan and Allison also took a trip to Florida in November to visit JORDAN BERTON in her new “home.” JACK MANLEY has officially been a resident of New York City since May. He’s been producing several independent short films over the course of the last year, including two projects that are currently in development/pre-production. He also got a job working as the office manager for Emerging Pictures, a distributor in Midtown that works with exhibitors to screen classic films, independent features, and Operas/Ballets all over the United States and Canada. He’s also working freelance as a sound editor and re-recording mixer on the postproduction side of things.
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WALKER MANGUM is now living in Dallas and has been seeing a lot of Dave and Mollie Monaco and family. He is the box office manager at Southern Methodist University. ANNA HUNTER graduated early from Appalachian State University in December 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and a minor in psychology. She worked in the North Carolina Clerk’s Office after graduation and is currently in graduate school at NCSU for a degree in public administration.
LUCY TURNER graduated from Vanderbilt in May with a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance and Honors in Musicology. She gave her senior recital at Vanderbilt in March featuring music by Kreisler, Dvorak, and Beethoven. She’s since moved to Boston where she is working on a Master of Music (also in Violin Performance) at Boston University. She loves living in Boston and has really enjoyed all the opportunities she has to perform. CASEY STEVENSON graduated from Duke University in May 2012 and spent the 2012-13 season working with the Duke basketball team as an operations assistant. He helped the coaching staff with the team’s film and scouting along with other smaller projects. His goal is to become a coach someday. KEVIN BRATCHER graduated from Denison University in May 2012 and worked with Rawlings Sporting Goods in St. Louis in the sports marketing department last summer. He is currently attending Tulane University in New Orleans to earn an MBA in Entrepreneurship.
SARAH WESLEY WHEATON graduated from UNCChapel Hill in May and is currently living in Los Angeles where she has two jobs in reality TV development — one at CBS/Mark Burnett Productions and the other with High Noon Entertainment. I, TAYLOR RANKIN, graduated in May 2012 with a B.A. from UNC-CH’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication and with a minor in French. After graduation, I traveled to Paris to put my French skills to good use. I began working for Marbles Kids Museum and IMAX Theatre in downtown Raleigh in February 2013. As the newest member of the marketing team, I get to combine my love of kids with my journalism experience, and I’m having so much fun!
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SARAH VAN NAME graduated from Duke University’s
MELINA GOZZO was elected Vice President of Public
Trinity College of Arts and Sciences and received the Bascom Headen Palmer Literary Prize. She also won the Louis B. Sudler Prize in the Creative and Performing Arts.
Relations and Marketing for her sorority, Alpha Chi Omega, at Virginia Tech and was accepted into a marketing study abroad program where she will be studying in Lugano in 2014.
In September, JACK GREENBERG will be joining the Associate Product Manager program for Google at their Mountain View, Calif., location.
ALLIE WITHERS was accepted as part of NCSU’s University Ambassadors Program and also received a place on the NCSU College of Textile’s Student advisory board. She will be working on Moose Head Ranch in Wyoming this summer.
Sympathy goes out to KASEY OLIVE, whose brother, JOHN MCCONNELL JR. ’00 passed away on April 13. He was also the brother of WILL MCCONNELL ’02, MATT MCCONNELL ’06, and former student COLE OLIVE ’11.
AUSTIN HILL is starting his training as a glider IP at the 94th FTS and received his Jump Wings this past summer.
SOFIA ARMSTRONG was accepted into the UNC Athletic Training Program.
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MIKE EHILEGBU, a junior at Randolph College, was named to the Scotty Wood Tip Off All-Tournament Team. DJ LANGLEY ’12, also plays for Randolph’s basketball team. CAFFERY GILLY is a junior in nursing school at University of Mississippi Medical in Jackson and plans on going to anesthesia school hopefully closer to home after graduating and working for the required one to two years.
SARAH HEILMAN won the Mid-South Regional NATS Singing Competition in the University Sophomore Women’s category and will be attending the Franco American Vocal Academy’s six-week opera program in Perigueux, France, this summer.
JOSEPH BRUSINO will continue his studies this summer in Riva San Vitale, Switzerland, and Rome.
LEAH LING participated in the Pilot Mountain Marathon this past February.
ERICA ARCUDI writes: “I’ll be participating in Condé
KRISSI FAJGENBAUM will be interning in Cape Town, Africa, this summer in various hospitals and health clinics.
Nast’s Summer Internship Program in the art department of Lucky Magazine.”
KIM SIKKEL will be interning with Asia Society in
NATALIE SALMONESE traveled to Costa Rica in January to study the supply chain of coffee. She graduated in May, moved to Huntersville, N.C., and is working for Target. She received a BSBA in Marketing and Supply Chain Management.
Patrick Bailey, Zaki Haidary, and Allie Withers
NYC this summer.
PATRICK BAILEY is president of Sigma Nu at Clemson University.
ANNIE REALI spent last semester studying in Australia, and she and HALEY BAREFOOT were recently accepted into the Nursing Program at Clemson University, where they will start their clinicals in the fall.
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CONNOR GONET, REEVES ZAYTOUN, and ZAKI HAIDARY were
Sympathy goes out to COLE OLIVE whose brother, JOHN MCCONNELL JR. ’00 passed away on April 13. He was also the brother of WILL MCCONNELL ’02, MATT MCCONNELL ’06, and KASEY OLIVE ’09.
CARSON SMITH continues to enjoy photography.
accepted into the Kenan Flagler Business Program at UNC-Chapel Hill.
HUNTER BROUGHTON is a Happy Clam Monogram campus representative for East Carolina University.
WILL HAYMAN studied abroad last semester and summer in Oviedo, Spain.
ANDREW WATTERS is an R.A. and a founding member of
THOMAS SCHIEMANN studied abroad in Berlin, Ger-
EMILY MARTIN will be interning as a product placement designer this summer.
many, last semester and enjoyed his time visiting old friends and making new ones.
DKE fraternity at Hampden-Sydney College.
notes GEORGE CAROZZI has an internship with Boeing and will be spending his summer working in Seattle. CHRISTIAN WOOD has an internship with National Securities in New York City and is president of Kappa Sigma fraternity at UNC-Wilmington.
and he is also a member of the club basketball team at UNC-Chapel Hill.
Marketing in Raleigh and will be working with the Jimmy V Golf Classic.
TAMMY DRAGICH will be a research assistant in Penn Lab for Schizophrenia at UNC in the fall.
SPENCER CATES will be studying abroad in Shanghai this summer and interning with Red Hat Amphitheater in downtown Raleigh.
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BENNETT DOTSON says his freshman year at Virginia Military Institute has been amazing. Bennett was nominated as top ten for class president, and will be a corporal next year.
CAROLINE HIRL is a new member of Pi Beta Phi at Virginia Tech and says her freshman year is going spectacularly. Caroline is also being inducted into Gamma Beta Phi Society, a national honors and service fraternity. DAIN CLARE writes for a political magazine at UNC-
Congratulations to CAROLINE LINDQUIST, who is a member of the UNC Women’s Soccer team that won the NCAA Championship.
CAROLINE BROWNING says she absolutely loves
Chapel Hill and is staying busy by playing shows around campus with his band. N.C. State. She is enjoying the textile program at State and recently became a sister of Sigma Alpha Omega, a Christian sorority.
staying busy with his fraternity, KA.
LEXY BADER has really enjoyed her freshman year at
BRAD EHILEGBU loves Randolph College and is very
Boston College. Lexy ran in the Boston Marathon and asks that people continue to pray for the victims affected by the bombings.
involved in intramural sports.
COREY GARRITY is having an amazing time at Concordia University where he is majoring in theology. His plan is to attend the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod St. Louis Seminary after graduation. He is involved in intramural sports, Bible studies, and different ministries helping Chicago. Corey was recently nominated as outstanding Freshman of the Year and Outstanding Mission Work by a freshman. His passion and favorite ministry is working with the homeless in Chicago and he typically goes downtown every weekend to reach out to them.
ALEX FINLEY joined Lambda Chi Alpha. He also plays on the club racquetball team and was accepted into the business school at UGA.
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SARAH FRITSCH has really enjoyed her first year at UNC-Chapel Hill. Sarah is a member of Kappa Delta sorority. She is also involved intramurals and Greeklife Campus Ministry.
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MATT COLWELL is really enjoying UNC-Charlotte,
radio station at James Madison University. Sydney has her own folk radio show that airs once a week, and she is also a member of a co-ed service fraternity.
AUSTIN COLQUITT will be working under a spinal surgeon
Members of the Class of 2012 with ZOE WELSH, science instructor. (left to right): GRACE FUSCOE, ANN BARNETT, MATT MCDOWELL, ZOE WELSH, NICK WARING, MATT RICHARDS, COURTNEY YOUNGBAR, and HAYDEN GRIDLEY
SYDNEY BULLOCK is a part of WXJM, the student-run
MIKE HUTTER is very involved in Campus Outreach,
MICHAEL SANTOS has an internship with Intrepid
THOMAS SIGMON, EMILY BEDSOLE, AND BRYANT DOWD
pel Hill is the club soccer team. He is also planning on applying to the business school.
JULIA HEFFRING will be spending a semester at sea in the fall and will be be living on a boat and taking classes for four months. at Duke University this summer. He plans on observing surgeries, doing rounds, and helping in the clinic.
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR CLASS OF 2013 CLASS AGENTS:
HAYDEN GRIDLEY’s main involvement at UNC-Cha-
ANGEL BARTH is an Ambassador of College of Textiles and is involved in the NCSU Scholars program. Angel designed and showed five dresses for Cardinal Gibbons Catwalk for Cancer, which raised over $5,000 for breast cancer! She is looking forward to sharing her designs in NCSU’s Fashion Week and speaking at the Make-A-Wish Ball in May. LAURA BEACHAM joined the Alpha Phi Sorority in the fall and is already looking forward to Clemson football next season!
ANN BARNETT still loves UNC-Chapel Hill. She is currently the sisterhood chair of Kappa Delta sorority and she is also a Young Life leader at Riverside High School in Durham.
ANDREW FRANZ has found success on the hardwoods at Washington and Lee as he was named the 2013 ODAC Basketball Rookie of the Year.
GARRETT BIRD is continuing to play football at Carnegie Mellon and is also on the club lacrosse team. Garrett is a member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity and volunteers as a student fundraiser. In our last issue, MITCHELL COOK’s fraternity was listed incorrectly. He is a member of Sigma Pi Epsilon at NCSU.
of now he has finished all of his liberal arts classes and will be taking business classes, such as marketing and accounting, as well as continuing with his Chinese minor. Conner has also continued to DJ charity events.
NICK WARING is on the Georgetown Lightweight Crew team is thinking about majoring in math and economics. TRACY WINSTON is part of the Carolina China Net-
in Human and Organizational Development at Vanderbilt. Grace is also minoring in Spanish and cannot wait to return in the fall.
work, which informs students of China relations. Through CCN, Tracy planned a conference and will be living in D.C. part of the summer working with U.S. China Business Council. She also looks forward to traveling to India with the business school for two weeks over the summer.
PERRY DUBOW participates in the Davidson Student
MATT WYCKOFF enjoyed his time at Lehigh, but plans
GRACE FUSCOE plays club soccer and is majoring
Government Association and just recently declared as a Political Science major.
TORIN SACCOCCIO has been focusing on his classes
to transfer somewhere closer to home. His family also moved to Charlotte in December. He says, “It is a nice city, but I will miss everyone in Raleigh.”
REID SCALES is involved in Sigma Phi Epsilon frater-
COURTNEY YOUNGBAR is a member of many clubs at Virginia Polytechnic Institute. She has a newfound love for pigs (she volunteers at the Swine Barn) and is looking forward to new classes and her new position in a research lab next year.
nity, UNC College Republicans, and is switching his major to econ.
TAYLOR ZAYTOUN had a great freshman year at
towards his biochemistry major, playing in ultimate Frisbee tournaments, and part of a club, yole!africa, which he helped start his first semester at UNC.
NCSU on the tennis team with her amazing teammates. She’s honored to have watched her team have the best start in the program’s history.
UPCOMING ALUMNI EVENTS ALUMNI COUNCIL MEETINGS – Alumni Sports Hall of Fame Room, Finley Center
August 23 – New member orientation September 13 November 15 February 14 April – Alumni Association Annual Meeting (TBD) May – Year end celebration
LITTLE RAVENS SANDBOX PARTY – on campus
August 24 September 28 March 29 April 26
HOLIDAY ALUMNI MEETUP (All alumni) – Fox and Hound at North Hills
November 27 Watch your email for details!
YOUNG ALUMNI MEETUP (1998-2009) – Watch your email for details!
PARKER PRESTON is still working in the Athletics
August 28 October 23 January 15 March 26
and is enjoying his classes as a biology major.
Communications Office at the University of Alabama and worked Alabama Pro Day.
COLLEGE AGE ALUMNI MEETUP –
MORGAN STAFFORD is s really loving Georgetown
RACHEL LANDERS has joined multiple different ser-
vice organizations and is loving Virginia Tech.
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JORDAN JETER is enjoying Elon and is involved in intramural chess and Catholic Campus Ministry.
JOSH SILVER has pledged Alpha Epsilon Pi, which raises money for children’s hospitals in Rhode Island. He is also an adviser for first year students at Brown.
TREY SHEARIN pledged Pi Kappa Alpha at Clemson
and being in D.C.. She’s tutoring kids in D.C., playing club basketball, and volunteering at the Georgetown Hospital.
LEWIS STOCKS is an Ambassador of North Carolina State University’s Business School, a Hamilton Scholars Program intellect, violinist for the Raleigh Symphony, and brother of the Delta Sig fraternity.
CAROLINE MARGOLIS is playing lacrosse at Boston
PARKER TROUTMAN is currently a Greek Ambas-
lina’s club track team and is on the executive board for her sorority, Kappa Delta.
sador for the University of Alabama. He has been inducted into two honors societies: Alpha Lambda Delta and Phi Eta Sigma. He also made the Dean’s List last semester.
CONNER TUNG is attending Miami University, Oxford and is a brother at Alpha Kappa Psi, a business fraternity in their philanthropy division. Currently, he’s helping organize a 5K for Newtown started by someone who went to high school there. Conner is also in the China Business Program and will be spending a semester in Hong Kong junior year. As
AMANDA LAMPURI became president of East Caro-
FORREST PEED is involved with intramural sports at East Carolina University.
MATT MCDOWELL is busy rehabbing his shoulder in preparation for Colgate football in the fall and trying his best to stay on top of his demanding school workload.
Fox and Hound at North Hills
LEGACY LUNCH – Richards Hall May 2
GOLF TOURNAMENT – North Ridge Country Club
PEN PAL BREAKFAST WITH MRS. SIMPSON’S 4TH GRADE May 29
ALUMNI SENIOR DINNER June 3
JAKE MORIN says not much has changed since first semester, and he’s still enjoying East Carolina University. Summer 2013
THE LOWER SCHOOL PLAYGROUND The Lower School playground has changed over the years, but always brings back great memories for alumni. Many remember it as it is pictured here in 1997. Most of the first-grade students who posed for this photo were in Ms. Grace Hancock’s class. They graduated in 2008.
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The many colors and forms of fish make good subject matter for art projects. Fourth graders used mechanical tools to invent repetitive patterns, which were painted in with brilliant liquid watercolor. In an exercise quite the opposite, fifth-grade students used dry watercolors and loose, sweeping strokes that would morph into fish shapes as the work progressed. With careful cutting and folding, the ragged artwork became fish once more. Art instructor: SALLY FORTLOUIS
Published on Jul 23, 2013