Class Day June 7, 2021 5:30 p.m.
Commencement June 8, 2021 9:30 a.m.
We are many. We are one.
Roland Park Country School Class of 2021 Mary Caroline Adams Alena Claire Anderson Sophia Ruth Blake Scarlett Leia Bonner* Iliana Marie Booth Charlotte Elizabeth Brand* Addison Taylor Branson Emily Robbins Briggs Isabella Nicole Choi Madeline Fraser Cochran Solai Amani Cockrell Lily Miriam Cohen Jane Elizabeth DeCosta Lauren Elizabeth DeMuth* Cara Eleanore Denton Sophia Corinne Diehl Amy Eliana Eisenberg Ammara Noor Elsevier* Annie Marguerite Fairall Emma Breen Fox Katherine Cook Gjerde Stephanie Faith Glaser Virginia Esther Gushue Skylar Juliana Harris Audrey Joyce Herskovits* Isabella Anjeli Hessler Margaret J. Hillwig Annie Ho* Mingshan Hu (Lucky) Meghan Nicole Johnson Emma Elizabeth Joyce Margaret Mason Kelly Makenzie Blair Kowitz Camille Olivia Lawson*
Courtney Rose McCormick* Zoë Lenore McCuen Meredith Rose McGowan Abigail Lyn Minkin* Wynne Hailey Moffet Gabrielle Marie Mudric Sevasti Sophia Nistazos Jasmine Denise Obasogie Elizabeth Hope Oliver Ryienne Monet Peterson Mary Delinda Poggi* Mallory Grace Quallich Lily Marlene Rapuano* Ren Liuzexin Gabrielle Davis Rhea Carter Elizabeth Rice Whitney Suzanne Robinson McKenzie Miles Rowe Anabel Mink Saba* Grace MaryAnn Sarkar* Maya Shawn Sauls Kearstin Marie Saunders Lauren Chandler Schrepfer McKenzie Uhn Hae Song Christina Marie Suarez Daphne Suzanne Sugiuchi Samantha Field Terrill Kayla Marì Velez Kayla Machell White Kylie Beth White Samantha Laine Wittenstein Sarah Scott Wolffe Zhang Jingwen (Makayla) Jingyan (Sylvia) Zhang*
Class Officers President ~ Solai Cockrell Vice President ~ Camille Lawson
* Cum Laude
Class Day Program Welcome Solai Cockrell, 2021 Class President Passing of Offices Student Government Association ~ Lily Cohen Honor Board ~ Abby Minkin Four Year Honor Roll The Birgit Baldwin World Studies Prize World Languages Certificate STEM Institute Certificate Academic Awards Passing of Offices Association for School Activities ~ Kayla Velez Athletic Association ~ Whitney Robinson Community Service Association ~ Christina Suarez Fine Arts Association ~ Maggie Kelly Student Diversity Association ~ Sophia Blake Student Wellness Organization ~ Skylar Harris Spirit Committee ~ Lauren DeMuth & Coco McCormick Semiquavers ~ Ammara Elsevier Roses Repertory Dance Company ~ Meghan Johnson Quid Nunc ~ Abby Minkin & McKenzie Song Permanent Art Collection Athletic Awards Passing the Spade Service and Citizenship Awards Twelve, Thirteen & Fourteen Year Recognition Closing Remarks School Song
Commencement Program Processional A Grand March from Verdi’s Aïda The Potomac Brass Quintet Invocation and Welcome Caroline Blatti, Head of School Senior Speaker Camille Lawson Senior Awards Address Regina H. Boone, 1988 Musical Selection 2020-2021 Senior Semiquavers Presentation of Diplomas School Song Please stand for the playing of the school song. All are welcome to sing. Benediction Recessional Trumpet Voluntary by Clarke The Potomac Brass Quintet The audience will please remain in place until RPCS graduates recess.
Class Day Awards The Birgit Baldwin World Studies Prize was endowed by Christopher Baldwin and named for his sister, Birgit, 1978, an accomplished linguist who was tragically killed by a drunk driver in 1988. This prize is meant to inspire a senior to broaden her intellectual, cultural and linguistic understanding, first through inspiration and then through scholarly research, culminating in a travel-study proposal. It is given to the student who is judged to have presented the best investigative project and travel program to support or expand that project. The award is announced at Class Day and is granted four years after the winner’s RPCS graduation. The World Languages Certificate recognizes students who demonstrate a commitment to becoming citizens of the world by concentrating their academic program in World Language. These students go above and beyond the graduation requirements in this subject area by studying two languages simultaneously during Upper School and by making connections to languagelearning outside of the traditional language classroom. The STEM Institute Certificate recognizes students who demonstrate a commitment to pursuing a future in one of the Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM) fields. These students take significant additional course work in the STEM disciplines during all four years of Upper School and complete a three-week or longer summer research program.
Academic Awards The Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Award for Excellence in Language Study recognizes outstanding achievement as well as interest in foreign language and international studies beyond work in the classroom. The College Scholarship Prize is awarded to the senior with the highest cumulative grade point average. The Thomas Morris Cushing Award for Excellence in the Arts is supported by an endowed fund; the prize is presented not for talent alone, but also for the sharing of that talent with others and for the effect it has had upon the life of the School. The John Herbert Dryden Memorial Prize is awarded to a senior who has shown excellence in the field of English. The Meredith Millspaugh Durham Renaissance Award is given by the Class of 1976, her family and friends. Endowed in 2014 by her husband J. Porter Durham, Jr., the award is presented at Class Day to that senior who has enriched the School and the experience of the students through the application of her diverse talents as a valued participant across a broad spectrum of studies and extracurricular activities.
The English Prize is awarded, not necessarily annually, to a student who has contributed greatly to the English department through her serious commitment to her writing and her love of literature. The Margareta A. Faissler Award is given to the senior who best exemplifies those qualities which Miss Faissler always demonstrated as a historian and teacher. The Eleanor P. Graham Award is given to the senior who has attained the highest cumulative average during her four years of Upper School science. The Elizabeth Byrd Mitchell, 1947 Award was funded in 2002 by family and friends of Polly Byrd Mitchell to honor her memory and to perpetuate the ideals of artistic excellence that were so closely associated with Polly’s career as a teacher and an artist. The award is presented, not necessarily annually, at Class Day to a graduating senior who has demonstrated proficiency in drawing and painting, including the style of Classical Realism for which Polly was so well known. The Julia Veltman Parry Award for Creative Writing was endowed by a member of the Class of 1959 and her husband in order to encourage and support excellence in the literary arts within the student body. The Parry Award for Creative Writing is given annually at Class Day to that member of the Junior Class, selected by the Upper School English Department in consultation with the Upper School Head and Head of School, who has demonstrated a deep interest in and commitment to creative writing through her outstanding work. The Excellence in Psychology Award is presented to the student who has shown excellence in effort and achievement in the study of psychology. The Ethel M. Reese Mathematics Prize is awarded to the student whose interest and perseverance in the study of mathematics are admirable. The Sans Tache Student Prize was created and endowed by the descendants of Ida Kemp Cockey Passano, 1921 and the family of E. Magruder Passano, Jr., as encouragement for students to look for and elicit the best from within themselves and each other. Serving to remind students that success is frequently found in the pursuit rather than the accomplishment of their goals, the Sans Tache Prize is awarded to a graduating senior whose verbal, visual and/or written skills exhibit not only creative but also critical thinking and whose achievements reflect personal growth and a continuing application of extra effort. The Sidney Silber Award honors Mr. Silber, Treasurer of the Board of Trustees from 1977 to 1981 during the period of the School’s relocation to the present Chestnutwood campus. It is presented to the senior who, through her love of learning, intellectual curiosity and achievement, has responded to challenges in the fields of mathematics and science.
The Maryland State Merit Scholastic Award recognizes the excellence of scholastic achievement of the top five percent of students in the graduating class, as evidenced by cumulative grade point average. The Women in Mathematics Award is presented to the junior whose work in mathematics reflects the spirit and perseverance of the women who have helped to shape this academic field. The Women in Science Award is given to the member of the junior class whose scholastic standing and commitment to the sciences are exemplary. This award is supported by a fund established in 2008 and endowed in 2011 by an alumna and her husband, who care deeply about the study and preservation of the natural world and who believe in the vast and beneficial possibilities afforded by science education. The Outstanding Writer Award is presented to the junior selected by the English department for her deep commitment to and excellence in the analytical writing process as evidenced by her body of written work.
Athletic Awards The Field Day Award is presented by Dr. and Mrs. Aristides C. Alevizatos in recognition of their daughters, Dolly Alevizatos von Hollen, 1986 and Alexandra Alevizatos Kirtley, 1989, who were both Athletic Association Presidents. It is awarded to the Upper School class that scores the highest number of points in various competitions on Field Day in the spring. The Amanda Lee Norris Athletic Award is given to the athlete who, through her character, sportsmanship, enthusiasm and leadership on the field, has exemplified the self-discipline and striving for excellence which Miss Norris instilled in her students. The White Blazer Award, first presented in 1932, is underwritten through the annual income from a fund established by Jane Obrecht Emich through the Baltimore Community Foundation. This award given in memory of Jane and her sister Doris Obrecht Voneiff, both graduates of the Class of 1937, is the School’s highest athletic accolade. The White Blazer Award is given, not necessarily annually, to recognize students who play three Varsity sports, are outstanding athletes and display spirit, cooperation, good sportsmanship and leadership.
Service and Citizenship Awards The Senior Red Key Ambassador Honor recognizes those seniors, who for three years, played a vital role in welcoming visitors and guests to Roland Park Country School, especially in our admissions process. These students served as leaders and ambassadors for all three divisions of our School. The Senior Red Key Student Ambassador Award recognizes that senior who, in her three years as a Red Key Ambassador, has consistently and enthusiastically served the School. As a representative of the School’s values and sense of community, she embodies key qualities of the School philosophy, most notably “the responsibility to look within and beyond themselves to contribute to and serve as stewards and leaders of their communities.” The endowment for this Class Day prize was established in 2015 with a bequest from Sara Long Buck, 1948. The fund also underwrites employee compensation within the Admissions Department. The Community Service Award is presented to the senior who has contributed most to the Baltimore community through her volunteerism and community service. The Frances E. Pitts Award was established by her family in 1995 and is awarded to that ninth or tenth grade student who, although not necessarily an elected leader, is recognized by her peers and faculty to exhibit those leadership qualities and attitudes that put others’ needs and comfort ahead of her own, who always strives for excellence in academics and athletics and who within the School and in the greater community serves as an ambassador for the School. The Sally E. Nyborg Award, endowed by parents, grandparents and friends of the Class of 1999, is presented annually to the junior who best exemplifies Sally’s concern and caring for others, her commitment to community involvement and her perseverance in facing challenges. Sally was known for her strong values, her friendliness, her goal-oriented independence and her modest humility. She was someone who would “play the game even if no one came to watch.” The Beyond These Boundaries Award was created and endowed in 2011 by the Siems family to honor Lilly Virginia Siems, 2008 and Elizabeth Marie Siems, 2011 and is presented in memory of Virginia P. and Leonard A. Siems. This prize is awarded to that member of the Upper School who has demonstrated a deep interest in and commitment to an endeavor (civic, cultural or athletic) outside of RPCS, through her outstanding dedication and accomplishments. Preference is to be given to members of the Senior class; a student may receive this award only once.
Commencement Awards The Avirett-Dennis Award for Intellectual Courage was established in 1994 by her friends and family in memory of John Williams Avirett II, cofounder of the Piper and Marbury law firm, and his wife, writer Barbara Brooke Dennis. This award is given, not necessarily annually, to the student or students whose commitment to the ideal of truth is, in the faculty’s judgment, best supported by open-minded intelligence and sincere courage of conviction, irrespective of peer approval. The Faculty Prize is awarded to the student who, through singular qualities and contributions, has made a special impact on the School. The Anne Healy Senior Speech Award honors Miss Healy, her eloquence and her love and appreciation of the spoken language. It was created by the Class of 1977 to encourage seniors to emulate and perpetuate the high standards set by former headmistress Anne Healy. The Margaret E. Smith Prize is awarded to the senior who, during her Upper School years, has taken the many opportunities RPCS offers and, through her determination and spirit, has grown as a student and individual and made a positive contribution to the School community. The Dorothy Mears Ward Alumnae Prize is awarded to the senior who shows generosity of spirit and helpfulness and who, although not holding a position of leadership, contributes greatly to the life of the School. The George M. White Memorial Award is presented to a senior who shows both academic excellence and fine character. The Herbert E. Witz Award honors the late Mr. Witz, who served as President of the Board of Trustees from 1976 to 1982, the period involving a crippling fire and the challenge of rebuilding the School at its new location. In appreciation for his deep involvement with the School and his unstinting dedication to RPCS, this award is given from time to time to that student who exhibits his special qualities of leadership and undaunted loyalty as evidenced by service to School and community. The Dr. Hiltgunt Zassenhaus Prize honors Dr. Zassenhaus and her mission. In her book, Walls, Dr. Hiltgunt Zassenhaus warns her readers against “invisible walls built by prejudice, fear, hate, and indifference.” By preserving the memory of those people who fought against these walls during World War II, Dr. Zassenhaus strives for the day when “the walls separating man from man will fade so that people will cease destroying each other and join to serve life.” The faculty awards the Zassenhaus Prize to the senior who has significantly fostered a sense of global perspective and an appreciation of multicultural diversity within the School.
The Class of 2020 Unstoppable Prize is awarded to that senior or seniors who epitomize the grit, resilience and unstoppable spirit of the Class of 2020. This prize was established in 2020 to recognize the tremendous impact the Class of 2020 made on RPCS. In our studios and classrooms, on the stage, courts and fields during a time of pandemic and political turbulence, the Class of 2020 sought and achieved excellence and justice at our school and beyond, with loyalty to the RPCS tenet of “We are many, we are one.”
Employee Awards The Apgar Award for Excellence in Teaching is supported by an endowed fund established through the generosity of Mahlon and Anne Nelson Apgar, 1966. It recognizes and honors teachers who motivate their students’ love of learning, apply innovative teaching methods that expand students’ horizons and potential and serve as mentors to stimulate students’ intellectual development. The Apgar Award is presented annually by the Head of School, in consultation with the three academic Division Heads, and rotates among faculty in all three divisions with preference for those with less than five years of experience as teachers. Rose Berns-Zieve The Birgit Baldwin World Studies Faculty Prize is named in memory of Birgit, 1978, the prize was funded in 2003 by Christopher Baldwin and the Baldwin family. This award is presented biennially and consists of a cash award granted to a faculty member who is judged, by the Head of School, to have submitted the best proposal for domestic or international travel. The award provides for the recipient’s family to accompany her/him, as well. Preference is given to proposals that are unique in scope or intent, that stretch the individual beyond what she/he has accomplished before, and which expand the horizons of that individual and enhance the RPCS curriculum. In addition to creating a motivational incentive for the attraction and retention of a strong faculty at RPCS, the faculty component of the Birgit Baldwin World Studies Prize exists to serve as a role model and catalyst for students to compete for the student prize. The Jean Waller Brune Award was established by the RPCS Alumnae Association on the occasion of her 10th anniversary as Head of School. It was endowed in May 2016 by an anonymous friend of the School and friend of Jean in honor of her retirement. The recipient of this award is a member of the faculty or staff who, in the eyes of the Head of School, embodies the RPCS philosophy and has contributed significantly to the life of Roland Park Country School. Danielle Thiboutot The Class of 1990 Faculty Award is provided by an endowed fund to support a teacher’s professional growth. The recipient uses the award to gain new skills and/or conduct research which will enhance the RPCS curriculum. This award is presented to a member of the faculty selected by the Head of School. Makeda King-Smith
The Class of 1993 Faculty Award was endowed to support travel or enrichment, and it is presented to a member of the faculty selected by the Head of School. Alexa Miton The Class of 1998 Commencement Prize is supported by an endowed fund established by parents, grandparents and friends of the Class of 1998. The recipient is either a faculty member or an administrator who, in the eyes of the Head of School, in consultation with the three academic Division Heads, has enriched the lives of the student body by demonstrating his/her excellence in either teaching, guidance or mentoring and by encouraging students to achieve their fullest potential. Sylvia Botts The Mary Duncan Eddinger Award was endowed in 2007 by Duncan and Fran Smith in grateful recognition of Mrs. Eddinger’s 27 years as a Lower and Middle School reading specialist and resource teacher who had an influential impact on their daughter Carolyn, Class of 2011. Mrs. Eddinger’s dedication to teaching and nurturing her students and her unwavering belief in the importance of strong reading skills and comprehension are hallmarks of her career at RPCS. A lifetime learner, herself, Mrs. Eddinger will also be remembered for her optimistic outlook and for her patient and kind spirit. The award is presented annually, by the Head of School, to a member of the faculty who exemplifies the tradition and commitment of Mrs. Eddinger. Tasha Hill The Margareta A. Faissler Award was endowed by the Class of 1946 on the occasion of their 50th Reunion. Miss Faissler chaired the RPCS history department from 1931 to 1967 and served as advisor to the Class of 1946. She is remembered for leading her students “to open their minds to new understandings, to grapple with new questions and gradually to acquire the humility which true scholarship demands.” The Head of School, in consultation with the three academic Division Heads, awards this prize annually to that RPCS faculty member in the history or social studies discipline who best exemplifies the tradition of Margareta Faissler. Scott Jackson The Eleanor P. Graham Award honors Miss Graham, an RPCS alumna from the Class of 1916 who taught science and mathematics at RPCS from 1920 to 1965. Excited about the possibilities afforded by mathematical and scientific explanations of the world around us and the universe at large, Miss Graham was ahead of her time in her love of nature and concern for the environment. Miss Graham’s enthusiasm in the classroom, delight in her students and persistence in nurturing them inspired generations of RPCS students for over forty years. This award was established in 1997 and endowed in 2013 by an alumna and her husband. The Head of School, in consultation with the three academic Division Heads, awards the prize annually to that RPCS employee who best exemplifies the tradition and commitment of Eleanor Graham with preference given, but not limited, to someone with a passion for the science and mathematics disciplines. Elizabeth White
The Anne Healy Chair of English Language and Literature is an endowed Faculty Chair created to honor Anne Healy, Headmistress of RPCS from 1950 to 1975. The recipients of the Chair are experienced members of the School faculty who demonstrate a love of the discipline of English, exemplary teaching skills, and a deep concern for students as individuals. The Chair is awarded annually by the Head of School after consultation with the School’s academic Division Heads. Lindsay Fitzpatrick The Helms Award was endowed in 2004-2005 by Mary Jane Helms Blaustein, 1951. This award is presented annually to a Lower or Middle School teacher in honor of Miss Louise Jose, a third grade teacher from 1920 to 1961, who instilled in so many boys and girls a passion for learning. It is given by Mary Jane, Anne Helms Irons, 1949, Samuel Helms, BA, and Lee Helms, BA in memory of their sister Tommie Helms Ward, 1942, the first of the Helms siblings to acquire and cherish the knowledge of Ancient Greece that Miss Jose assured them that they would never forget. The Helms Award encourages and supports Lower and Middle School faculty who have as great an impact on their students as Miss Jose did. Laurie Rosenberg The Julia Pechin Ingle Award was endowed through a memorial bequest from Miss Ingle’s sister, Margaret P. Ingle. Julia Pechin Ingle was a loyal and devoted faculty member from 1919 until 1959, serving in her later years as Head of the Lower Main. The Head of School, in consultation with the three academic Division Heads, awards the income from this fund annually to a member of the faculty who has made an exceptional contribution to the lives of students, especially in the development of character, integrity and compassion. Lisa Teeling The Elsie Y. and Henry L. Meledin Chair is a Faculty Chair established in 2011 by Louise Y. Meledin, 1970, in loving memory of her parents, to honor the Roland Park Country School faculty who served under Anne Healy, Headmistress from 1950 to 1975. The recipients of the Chair are members of the School faculty whose enthusiasm for their discipline is infectious and whose joy in learning is matched by a commitment to sharing that spirit with their students. Faculty members who receive this honor are selected, annually, by the Head of School in consultation with the School’s academic Division Heads. Robin Prescott The Juanita Jackson Mitchell Prize was initiated in 1998 and supported by former Middle School faculty members Beverly Sutton and Janet Bauer Hartman, 1968. This award honors the late Juanita Jackson Mitchell, known and respected as a crusader for human rights and for whom the Multicultural Resource Center is named. Endowed by the Charles T. Bauer Foundation in 2009, the prize is awarded to an employee of the school whose crusading spirit provokes and inspires all members of our School community to learn together in an atmosphere of mutual respect and appreciation of diversity at RPCS. Suzanne Fox
The Passano Family Interdisciplinary Chairs for Communications and the Sans Tache Faculty Prizes were established and endowed by the descendants of IDA Kemp Cockey Passano, 1921 and the family of E. Magruder Passano, Jr., as encouragement to the faculty to look for and elicit the best from within themselves and each other. The Passano Chairs and Sans Tache Prizes are awarded annually to Senior and Junior faculty members who display inventiveness and imagination in the use of verbal, visual, and/or written communication. The recipients personify the high standards of excellence and personal integrity that are the hallmarks of RPCS, demonstrate a commitment to discovering the unique talents of each child, and promote student self-awareness, self-worth and school spirit through the process of recognizing and nurturing each child’s inherent goodness, intelligence, kindness, and creative abilities. Kim Hoffman (Senior faculty prize) and Rachel Oberlin (Junior faculty prize) The Loretta Prevas Foreign Language Award was endowed by Christopher Baldwin in 1999 and named in honor of Loretta Prevas Siotka. Mrs. Siotka was a highly regarded foreign language teacher at RPCS from 1971 to 1999 and was a leader in the field of foreign language education. She promoted an enthusiasm for the study of foreign language and culture and was instrumental in creating the Birgit Baldwin International Poetry Festival, which was established in memory of her former student, Birgit Baldwin, 1978. The Head of School, in consultation with the three academic Division Heads, awards this prize annually to that member of the RPCS foreign language department who best exemplifies Mrs. Siotka’s love of teaching and commitment to students. Elisa Frost The Siobhan Sophia Sharkey Faculty Prize was endowed in 2013 by her family and friends to honor her memory and her twelve years at RPCS, which were the foundation for her rich life of learning and growth. The prize recognizes the RPCS faculty who taught Siobhan and fostered an environment that encouraged the development of her intellectual and moral capabilities as well as her distinct respect and appreciation for the unique circumstances of others. A 1983 graduate of RPCS, Siobhan was a responsible woman with intellectual humility, a creative woman with discipline and purpose, and an individual who pursued personal excellence in all aspects of her life. This award is to encourage and support members of the faculty across all fields, with consideration given to those in the fields of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) who, through their excellence in teaching or exceptional ability to devise curricular innovation, have made a demonstrable impact on their students’ ability to learn. Faculty members who receive this award are selected annually by the Head of School in consultation with the School’s academic Division Heads. Kristin Drake The Suzanne Ruth Sherwood, 1943 Prize for Staff Support was established in 2012 through a generous bequest by Mrs. Sherwood. The endowment honors her mother, Mary Page Nelson Ruth who was a graduate of the Class of 1912 as well as a devoted member of the Roland Park Country School staff from 1935 to 1959. Mrs. Ruth’s portrait hangs in the upper hallway of the Ward House. This prize is awarded annually to a non-teaching employee who has demonstrated a similar dedication to the mission of the School as Mrs. Ruth. Eric Lipinski
The Judy Waters, 1950 Faculty and Staff Prize is supported by an endowed fund established to honor the extraordinary gift of self that Judy (Eleanor Murray Waters), a graduate of the RPCS Class of 1950 and former member of the Art and Physical Education Departments, has given Roland Park Country School during more than fifty years of service to the School. Miss Waters’ personal commitment to the artistic, academic and athletic growth of RPCS students has been marked by high ideals and expectations and a willingness to go above and beyond to see that her students reach their potential. The Head of School awards this prize annually to a member of the faculty or staff who has given of herself or himself in such a way that benefits the School and embodies the dedication exemplified by Miss Waters’ teaching and tenure. Alison Honeycutt The Faculty and Staff Enrichment Fund is an endowed fund that was established in 1984 using proceeds from the RPCS Parents’ Association Auction. With the objective of promoting Roland Park employees’ professional growth and curricular development, the income from this fund also underwrites the Faculty Summer Grant Program. Faculty members are invited to submit proposals, and recipients are selected annually by the Head of School in consultation with the three academic Division Heads. The Kent Summer Sabbatical Program was endowed in 1999 by a generous gift from the Kent Family Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. E. Robert Kent, Jr. and Josephine Kent Lemken, 1989 to the School’s Centennial Campaign. This endowment underwrites in perpetuity a critical component of the overall faculty development plan at RPCS that supports curriculum development, skill and knowledge development and professional renewal and validation of education as a career. The Summer Sabbatical Program was initiated by the Board of Trustees and the Head of School in 1996 to provide a focused, enriching experience for those engaged in long-term careers at RPCS. After seven sequential years of full-time service, faculty and members of the Administrative Council are eligible to submit proposals for a summer sabbatical, which are reviewed and approved by the Head of School.
Other Endowed Funds The A Place in Our Hearts Endowment for Faculty Compensation was funded through gifts to the 2006 capital campaign, in addition to money raised by the RPCS Golf Classic and the RPCS Red Hot Run. The endowment provides support which allows RPCS to offer competitive salaries and benefits enabling the School to sustain the high caliber of faculty for which it has long been known. The A Place in Our Hearts Endowment for Financial Assistance was funded through gifts to the 2006 capital campaign, along with proceeds from the RPCS Golf Classic and the RPCS Red Hot Run. The endowment enables RPCS to continue its tradition of offering need-blind admissions to girls and young women who will benefit from the School’s program and whose presence will enrich its environment. The A Place in Our Hearts General Endowment Fund is a pooled fund of gifts from many generous donors to the School’s Campaign for Athletics and Endowment in 2006 to 2011. The Abell Foundation Endowment provides scholarship funding for RPCS students. The Abell Foundation, formerly known as the A.S. Abell Company Foundation, was established in 1953 by the late Harry C. Black, philanthropist and then Chairman of the Board of the A.S. Abell Company, publishers of The Baltimore Sun. Since its inception, the Foundation has been dedicated to the enhancement of the quality of life for the citizens of Maryland. Specifically, it has demonstrated a commitment to enriching the education of the city’s and state’s youth, with a special focus on at-risk children. The Mary Coble Allen Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 1990 in memory of Mrs. Allen by her daughter, Mary Whitney Allen, a member of the Class of 1948. The Alumnae Scholarship Fund combines the gifts of numerous alumnae and the RPCS Alumnae Association, as well as gifts in memory of alumnae, to provide financial assistance for deserving students. Preference is given to children or grandchildren of alumnae in the Lower School. The Angel Wings Endowment, so aptly named in honor of a cherished Lower School tradition, intends to make a difference in the life of a student, a class, a faculty or staff member, or in the life of the School as a whole—to be chosen by the Head of School each year. This endowment was created by Vienne Hucek Rea, 1982. It is her wish to grow this endowment by inspiring donations from others who have been blessed by their experience at Roland Park Country School and by her own continued support. The Arborvitae Fund was endowed in 2011 by a generous gift to Roland Park Country School’s capital campaign, A Place in Our Hearts. This fund, established by current parents, will fund need-based financial assistance for deserving and talented students who will enhance the School’s goal for an inclusive community.
The Backwoods Endowment Fund was established in 2008 with a generous donation from an RPCS Trustee, father of a graduate from the Class of 2002, to the capital campaign A Place in Our Hearts. In response to a challenge grant from E. E. Ford Foundation for this fundraising initiative, the Trustee personally created the endowed fund which provides for the preservation and reparation of this vital campus resource. The Birgit Baldwin, 1978 Memorial Fund was established with a generous gift from Birgit’s parents, Jenny Jochens and the late John Baldwin. Memorial gifts from them and from Birgit’s many friends and classmates continue to be added to this endowment. The income from the endowment provides for a special collection of books in the humanities and social sciences in the Faissler Library. The Catharine Foster Black, 1945 Endowment for Faculty Support was created in 2015 by Mrs. Black, a former member of the Roland Park Country School faculty, on the occasion of her 70th RPCS Reunion. The endowment supports travel and study for faculty members either accompanying students on school trips or traveling for his or her own enrichment and professional growth. Income from the endowment, which combines Mrs. Black’s love of travel and her desire to help faculty members, is allocated annually to faculty selected by the Head of School. The Jean Waller Brune Scholarship Fund was established in 2002 by the RPCS Parents’ Association to mark the occasion of her tenth year as Head of Roland Park Country School. In honor of her June 2016 retirement following an extraordinary twenty-four years in that role, many donors generously made contributions that supplemented this endowment. It provides financial assistance to students who demonstrate academic excellence and high character, with preference given to but not limited to the children or grandchildren of RPCS Faculty, Staff and Administration. The Sara Long Buck, 1948 Scholarship Fund was endowed by Alexander K. Buck as a tribute to his wife on the occasion of her birthday. Mrs. Buck was President of her senior class and active in sports. The endowment was supplemented by her generous bequest in 2014. Preference is given to students with demonstrated leadership and athletic abilities. The Ann Taveau Burroughs, 1940 Endowment for Faculty Compensation was created in 2010 through a Charitable Remainder Unitrust established by a loyal and generous alumna who cared deeply for the School and the continued strength of its faculty. The CJC Artist in Residence Endowment was established in 1998 and endowed by the Caplan Family Foundation, Inc. of Baltimore and Catherine R. Caplan, 1978 of New York City in memory of her father, the late Caswell J. Caplan. The endowment provides special programming for the Arts at Roland Park Country School on a rotating basis between the performing and visual arts.
The Centennial General Endowment Fund, established by the gifts of many alumnae, parents and friends in honor of the School’s 100th birthday, supports faculty salaries, student financial assistance and special Board designated projects to meet the needs beyond the scope of the operating budget. The Centennial Plus Faculty Salaries Endowment was funded by anonymous donors during the Centennial Campaigns. It provides valuable support so that RPCS can offer competitive salaries and benefits to recruit and retain the highly qualified faculty for which the School is known. The Centennial Plus Financial Assistance Endowment was established by anonymous donors during the Centennial Campaigns. Financial assistance helps to ensure that students in a variety of circumstances can benefit from an RPCS education and enrich the life of the School. This fund helps to meet the increasing need for support each year. The Traditional Upper School Christmas Program Endowment was created by the late Elizabeth Edgar Swope, 1931 whose generosity helped to sustain the Traditional Upper School Christmas Program each year for many decades. In honor of the School’s Centennial, Mrs. Swope established an endowment to ensure the continuation of this treasured RPCS tradition. The Class of 1945 Scholarship Fund was established when the Class, for their 40th and 45th reunions, made major gifts to RPCS to provide financial assistance for applicants with demonstrated financial need. The Class continues to add substantially to the fund. The Class of 1991 Scholarship for Cultural Exchange is an endowed award which assists RPCS students who participate in our foreign exchange programs. It is also used to bring foreign exchange students to RPCS. The Class of 1999 Sally E. Nyborg Memorial Endowment was created in 1999 by family and friends of the Class of 1999 to honor the graduating class and to remember their classmate Sally Nyborg who tragically lost her life to lupus in her junior year. This fund was established with a three-fold purpose. First, it created the Sally E. Nyborg Scholarship, a financial assistance grant to be awarded to a student entering the School in the ninth grade, the grade Sally entered RPCS. Second, the Sally E. Nyborg Award is awarded annually at Class Day to that junior who best exemplifies Sally’s concern and caring for others, her commitment to community involvement, and her perseverance in facing challenges. Last, in keeping with Sally’s love of field hockey, this endowment helps to underwrite the expense of the annual Sally E. Nyborg Memorial Field Hockey Tournament. The Sarah Crane Cohen Visiting Scholar in the Humanities Endowment was established in 1993 by the late Charles Crane in memory of his mother. It is intended that the Sarah Crane Cohen Visiting Scholar shall be recognized for his/her accomplishments in any of several fields which comprise “the humanities.” This individual is selected from a culturally diverse background which varies from scholar to scholar.
The Edith G. Cooper, 1921 Foreign Scholar Award was endowed in honor of Mrs. Cooper by her daughter, Margaret Crawford Demeré, 1948. This award assists a student whose immediate cultural heritage is foreign and broadens the diversity of RPCS. Preference is given to students from Eastern European or Third World nations. The Carol Aurell Croft, 1982 Scholarship Fund was established by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. L. Gordon Croft, in December 2000 as a Christmas gift to their daughter. This Centennial endowment provides financial assistance for qualified RPCS students who are residents of Baltimore County. The Ericka and Russell Croft Scholarship Fund was created by Jane and Gordon Croft in 2017. This endowment is named in honor of their son G. Russell Croft, Sr. and their daughter-in-law Ericka Shapard Croft who are the parents of Shapard 2023, Blake 2027 and Tennybelle 2029. The fund provides tuition financial assistance to qualifying students who are children of RPCS faculty members. The Cromwell-Levering Scholarship Fund was established in 2016 through a Charitable Remainder Trust created by C. Tilghman Levering and Rebecca Cromwell Levering, 1947 in appreciation for the financial assistance given to her while at RPCS. The funds will benefit a student or students who are not necessarily in greatest financial need in Lower, Middle or Upper School and shall continue throughout her/their years at Roland Park Country School as long as demonstrated need exists. The Josephine J. Daniels Scholarship Fund was created to provide financial assistance to well-rounded strong students who are involved in drama, athletics, math or science. Students considering a career in medicine are given preference. The Davidov Family Endowment Fund was established in 2020 and combines gifts and endowments previously established by Arnold and Susan Davidov, Harold and Lynn Davidov, and Jon and Robin Davidov. Through their many years of service and support to Roland Park Country School, the Davidovs have promoted civic awareness, responsibility and leadership in the Lower School, honored faculty for their mentorship teaching excellence, and provided necessary support for annual operating expenses. As Roland Park Country School looks towards the future, these funds will be unified to continue supporting programs focused on civic awareness, responsibility, leadership and financial literacy for students across all three divisions. The Davis-Noell Scholarship Fund was established by Charles E. Noell and Paula Davis Noell whose daughter Nell is a member of the Class of 2000. This generous gift to the Centennial Campaign was made in order to provide financial assistance for qualified RPCS students. The Ralph and Dorothy DeChiaro Foundation Endowment provides scholarship funding for RPCS students. The Rhoda M. Dorsey Endowment for Faculty Compensation was established in 2015 through a bequest from Dr. Dorsey and a portion of a bequest from an RPCS alumna. This endowment honors Roland Park Country School’s President of the Board of Trustees from 2002 until 2004. Dr. Dorsey was an honorary alumna of RPCS, the former President of Goucher College
and a nationally known figure, well respected by her peers. She published extensively and was a strong voice in support of women’s education. This endowment will help to underwrite the salaries of RPCS faculty. The Nanna Duke Dushane Scholarship Fund was established in memory of the School’s second headmistress, Nanna Duke Dushane who served from 1912-1922, strengthening the School’s faculty, shaping a rigorous academic curriculum and promoting the importance of a college education for young women. During her tenure, she encouraged a strong sense of school spirit with an emphasis on individual responsibility. In 1922, Miss Dushane resigned as headmistress in order to return, at her own request, to the RPCS Primary Department which she headed until her death several years later. In 1928, a scholarship was established in her honor and was presented through the 1930’s after which it lapsed. In 2010, nearly 70 years later, it was revived and is presented annually to an RPCS student with demonstrated financial need. The Dwyer Family Scholarship Fund Endowment was established by Nancy and Jack Dwyer in 2012 to honor their daughter Kelsey Elizabeth Dwyer, 2012 and her graduation following thirteen years at Roland Park Country School. Tuition financial assistance from this fund is allocated to students who demonstrate financial need. The selection of those students who are designated as Dwyer Family Scholars is the responsibility of the Head of School, in consultation with RPCS administrators. The Environmental Science Summer Research Experience (ESSRE) Endowment was established in 2012 with an anonymous gift from an RPCS alumna and her spouse, along with contributions made by other RPCS constituents during the capital campaign, A Place in Our Hearts. This endowed fund helps to underwrite the annual expenses of the ESSRE program, which provides research internships and stipends to selected RPCS Upper School students. The Faculty/Staff Centennial Scholarship Fund was established by the faculty and staff of RPCS through their generous contributions to the Centennial Campaign, Through All These Years. The scholarship provides financial assistance for applicants with financial need. This endowed fund demonstrates the strong commitment of the faculty and staff to RPCS and its students. The Feather Foundation Education for Sustainability Endowment was created in 2014 by the Feather Foundation, Inc. to support educational initiatives designed to seek and implement solutions for creating a sustainable future for life on earth that ethically and effectively integrate economic, social, political, and ecological systems. The Patricia Anne Feeley, 1948 Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 1988 when the Class of 1964 raised funds for their 25th Reunion Gift to the School. This amount was combined with gifts contributed in Miss Feeley’s name to the Alumnae Scholarship Fund to permanently endow a scholarship. The Caroline T. Fisher, 1938 Scholarship Endowment was established through two Charitable Remainder Trusts in 2000 and 2008 respectively. The fund provides financial assistance for qualified students from middle income families.
The Edward E. Ford Foundation Centennial Endowment was created through the gifts of RPCS alumnae, parents and friends who successfully met the challenge to match the Foundation’s $50,000 grant in support of increased faculty compensation. The endowment contributes funds each year toward RPCS faculty salaries. The Edward E. Ford Foundation Endowment provides scholarship funding for RPCS Upper School students. The France-Merrick Centennial Scholarship Fund was established in 2000 through the philanthropy of the France-Merrick Foundation. This endowed gift to RPCS’s Centennial Campaign ensures the School’s ability to provide financial assistance for current and future generations of qualified students, allowing RPCS to further its mission-based commitment to an economically diverse student body. The General Scholarship Fund combines the many gifts given in memory of members of the RPCS family, along with funds raised by the RPCS Golf Classic and the RPCS Red Hot Run. It provides tuition financial assistance for deserving students throughout the School. The Janet Bauer Hartman, 1968 Scholarship was established in 1999 with a generous gift from her father, Charles T. Bauer and his charitable foundations. Mrs. Hartman graduated from RPCS and, for thirty years, taught Middle School art and Upper School photography. This endowed fund was created to provide financial assistance to incoming or current Middle School students who have an interest in studio art. Additionally, the endowment provides tuition support to an incoming Middle School student, new to RPCS, who demonstrates a commitment to leadership and lifelong learning, service, and resiliency, as determined by the Head of School, the Director of Enrollment Management and the Middle School Head. Remaining earnings support a current student(s) following the same guidelines. Each grant supports these students through their years at RPCS. The Janet Bauer Hartman, 1968 Upper School Merit Scholarship was established in 2018 through a generous contribution from the Charles T. Bauer Charitable Foundation. The endowment provides full tuition for one Upper School Merit Scholar selected based on exemplary academic performance and demonstrated community impact. The William Randolph Hearst Foundation Scholarship Fund was established in 1977, with significant additions in 1984 and 1988, to provide funding for students of color who qualify for tuition financial assistance. The Drs. Holliday C. Heine, 1962 and John C. Heine STEAM Director Endowment Fund was established in 2020 to underwrite the compensation of the STEAM Director as well as fund any professional development or stipends associated with the role. The Drs. Holliday C. Heine, 1962 and John C. Heine STEM Institute Director Endowment Fund was established in 2020 to underwrite the compensation of the STEM Institute Director as well as fund any professional development or stipends associated with the role.
The Dr. Nathan B. and Miriam O. Herman Endowment Fund was established in 2007 by their daughter Margaret, a member of the Class of 1948. This endowment honors her parents in perpetuity by providing nonsalary support for faculty and non-tuition financial assistance for qualified Roland Park Country School students with demonstrated need. The Diana Young Humphrey, 1956 Fund for Faculty Support was endowed in 2016 in honor of Jean Waller Brune, RPCS Head of School from 1992 to 2016, and in memory of Anne Healy, RPCS Headmistress from 1950 to 1975. The fund provides financial compensation to faculty members. The Diana Young Humphrey, 1956 Scholarship Fund was endowed in 2016 in honor of Jean Waller Brune, RPCS Head of School from 1992 to 2016, and in memory of Anne Healy, RPCS Headmistress from 1950 to 1975. The fund provides tuition support to RPCS students with demonstrated financial need. The Julia Pechin Ingle Scholarship Fund was endowed by the Estates of Miss Julia Pechin Ingle and her sister Miss Margaret P. Ingle whose bequest was in memory of Julia. Julia Pechin Ingle was a loyal and devoted faculty member from 1919 until 1959, serving in her later years as Head of the Lower Main. This endowment provides financial assistance for an incoming Sixth Grade student. The Helen Toulson Johnston, 1946 Endowment for Faculty Support was established in 2017 through gifts from her daughters Katharine Johnston Carter, 1971, Elizabeth Johnston, 1979 and Anne Johnston, 1982 in combination with a bequest from Mrs. Johnston and memorial contributions that were made in her name. The endowment provides funding for faculty salaries and ongoing professional development within the foreign language department, thereby honoring Mrs. Johnston’s longtime interests in French and compensation for teachers. The Louise Jose Scholarship Fund was established in memory of a much loved and gratefully remembered RPCS third grade teacher by her former students and colleagues in 1975. First presented to a third grader in 1976 to 1977, the Louise Jose Scholarship is now awarded annually to a qualified Lower School student by the Head of School in consultation with the Director of Admissions and Enrollment Management. The Ensign C. Markland Kelly, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 2001 by a generous grant from the Kelly Foundation and the matching gifts of RPCS families and friends. It provides tuition assistance for qualified RPCS students with financial need, who bring a variety of backgrounds, abilities and experiences which enrich the life of the School. The Irving and Martha Lewis Kingsford, 1945 Scholarship Fund was established in 2019 through a Charitable Remainder Unitrust created by Irving and Martha Lewis Kingsford, 1945. The scholarship provides tuition assistance for students whose families have experienced some kind of financial setback. The Marion I. and Henry J. Knott Foundation Endowment has provided scholarship funding for RPCS students since 1985.
The Doug and Carol Croft Linde, 1982 Health Colloquium allows RPCS to engage nationally recognized wellness speakers and researchers annually to work in partnership with our students, employees and parents – as well as the local community. These academic seminars with industry professionals enable RPCS young women to explore their interests in mental and physical health while also equipping them and their families with the tools and insight needed to flourish across any stage of life. The Colloquium was originally funded by past parents Barbara and James (Jim) Robinson and supported through the Annual Fund. For a full listing of past speakers, please visit: rpcs.org/community/annual-lectures. The Myra Ann Masson, 1948 Scholarship Fund was established in 1997 through the generous bequest of the late Miss Masson who asked that preference be given to qualified students with a physical disability. The Connie Williams Maybin, 1978 Memorial Endowment was established in 2014 with a generous grant from the Ensign C. Markland Kelly, Jr. Memorial Foundation, Inc. along with personal contributions and corporate matching gifts from her classmates, teammates, RPCS alumnae and parents. This fund provides financial assistance to deserving students, with preference given to those who are African American and demonstrate interest in athletics. This endowment also underwrites the Connie Williams Excellence in Athletics Award. The McPherson Endowment for Financial Assistance was created by Elizabeth McPherson Morgan, 1964 in honor of her 50th Reunion and was funded by a bequest in 2020. The endowment honors three generations of the McPherson family who benefited from a Roland Park Country School education - Helen McPherson Gibson, 1925; Margaret Hodges McPherson, 1931; Alice Robinson Wilson, 1931; W. Bruce McPherson, boy alumnus; Margaret McPherson Hendrick, 1961; Elizabeth McPherson Morgan, 1964 and Amy H. McPherson, 1985. This fund provides tuition assistance to qualifying students. The Alice Carter & Carter Middendorf Contingency Fund was established with a 2010 gift from the Middendorf Foundation, Inc. to the capital campaign, A Place in Our Hearts. This fund provides financial assistance to current RPCS students whose families are faced with unforeseen and/or unprecedented circumstances. The Arthur Charles Milot Fund for Faculty Support was endowed in 2016 through a generous gift from Mr. Milot in honor of his wife Martha Orrick Milot, 1951 and in memory of her mother Mattie Riggs Orrick for whom education was the most valuable gift. This endowment will help Roland Park Country School attract and retain highly qualified faculty who will have an influence on today’s students just as Martha’s teachers had an impact on her. The Arthur Charles Milot Scholarship Fund was endowed in 2016 through a generous gift from Mr. Milot in honor of his wife Martha Orrick Milot, 1951 and in memory of her mother Mattie Riggs Orrick for whom education was the most valuable gift. This endowment will provide financial assistance to deserving RPCS students so that other young women can continue to benefit from the education that Mrs. Milot received and for which she was very grateful.
The Sidney Phillips Morse, 1943 Scholarship Fund was endowed in 2016 in memory of Mrs. Morse by her children and her husband, the late Edmond Northrup Morse. The fund will provide tuition assistance for a deserving Upper School student with preference given to a member of the Junior or Senior class, the two years that Mrs. Morse attended RPCS. The Philanthropic Literacy Board Endowment was established in 2020 by Cheryl Bernard-Smith and Chip Smith P’24 as part of the This is Our Moment Campaign. The funds from this endowment support the Philanthropic Literacy Board, a student organization that administers grants annually using the interest generated by the endowment. Each year, students choose a topic, research the topic, solicit requests for proposals and evaluate applicants before ultimately selecting an organization that best fits that year’s criteria. Students also learn about the composition of non-profits and their revenue streams as part of the program. The Frances E. Pitts, 1998 Memorial Scholarship Fund was established by the Pitts family in 1997 in memory of Frances, who was a student at RPCS at the time of her death. The scholarship provides assistance to a student in Grades 1-12 with demonstrated financial need. The Poggi Family Endowment for Scholarship was established in 2021 as part of the This Is Our Moment capital campaign. The funds from this endowment shall provide financial assistance to an incoming 9th grade student who would not be able to attend RPCS without such assistance. Any student receiving this scholarship must meet the admissions criteria established by RPCS. Priority shall be given to a student coming from Lillie May Carroll Jackson Charter School (LMCJS). If there is no one in the applicant pool from LMCJS or none of the LMCJS applicants meet the RPCS Admissions criteria, then a student who exhibits similar financial need should be selected. Once selected, the scholarship will remain with the student for the duration of their time at RPCS. The Anne Somervell Turner Pope Scholarship Fund was created by the late Dr. Thomas B. Turner in honor of his daughter, a member of the Class of 1954, during his own hundredth year which coincided with RPCS’s yearlong celebration of its Centennial and Mrs. Pope’s retirement from the Board of Trustees. The Samuel Ready Scholarship, Inc. Endowment provides scholarship funding for RPCS students. The Barbara Garrett Reed, 1939 Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 1987 by the Garrett and Reed families in Mrs. Reed’s memory. The endowment provides financial assistance for several students throughout the School. The Molly Ritter, 1986 Memorial Scholarship Endowment was created in 2007 by the Class of 1986, her family, and friends to honor her memory, generous personality, and zest for life. While at RPCS, Molly was the recipient of the White Blazer Award, the School’s highest athletic accolade which is presented to a student athlete who is outstanding in three Varsity sports, while displaying spirit, cooperation, good sportsmanship, and leadership. The Molly Ritter Memorial Scholarship will be awarded annually by the Head of School to an Upper School student who has a demonstrated need and who significantly contributes to the life of Roland Park Country School, as Molly did, with her spirit, sportsmanship, and leadership qualities.
The Roche Family Scholarship Fund was established in 1999 through the significant generosity to the Centennial Campaign of George and Nancy Roche and their daughters, Kate, Class of 1989, and Anne, Class of 1993. The endowment benefits African-American students in need of financial assistance. The Elizabeth and John Rouse Memorial Fund was created in 1983 by Elisabeth J. Rouse, 1933 to fund an educational program in the art of maintaining flexible and harmonious close relationships. It provides assistance in the 9th Grade Drug Education Program and 10th Grade Human Sexuality Program. The Saxon Family Endowment was created by Annette and Michael Saxon (P’2009) and Frederica and William Saxon, Jr. (GP’2009) during the capital campaign, A Place in Our Hearts. This fund ensures the perpetuation of the School’s annual Holocaust Day of Remembrance by helping to underwrite its expenses. The Schaefer Scholarship Fund annually provides tuition financial assistance for a deserving student. This endowment was created with a gift made in 2013 by Elaine L. Schaefer and Robert W. Schaefer, in honor of their daughters Linda Schaefer Cameron, 1984 and Karen R. Schaefer, 1987. Recipients of the Schaefer Scholarship will be selected by the Head of School, in consultation with RPCS administrators. The Siobhan Sophia Sharkey Scholarship Fund was established in memory of Siobhan (1965-2012) for the purpose of providing tuition assistance to students in financial need. The endowment was created in 2015 by her family. Siobhan was a devoted alumna who graduated from RPCS in 1983 after attending for 12 years. She deeply appreciated her RPCS education and the life-long friendships she forged with fellow students. After her time at RPCS, Siobhan went on to earn a BA from Yale University, an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and to create and lead a successful health care consulting firm. She led a joyous, compassionate and fulfilling life in the tradition of RPCS. The Sidney Silber Scholarship was established in recognition of his visionary leadership while serving on the Board of Trustees from July, 1972 to June, 1981. He was Treasurer of the Board from 1977 to 1981, which followed the devastating 1976 fire on the University Parkway campus, and he helped save the School by moving it to the Chestnutwood location. The scholarship was endowed in 2015 with a bequest from Mr. Silber’s estate. This scholarship is awarded to a deserving student who otherwise would not be able to attend RPCS. The Joan and Neale Smith Scholarship Endowment was created in 2011 at the time of Mrs. Smith’s retirement as Upper School Head, a position she held from 1993 to 2011. Mr. and Mrs. Smith’s belief that an education is the most important gift one can give a child, and their recognition of the importance of attracting, retaining and supporting first-rate faculty members, led to the creation of this scholarship, which was endowed in 2012. The Scholarship provides financial assistance to deserving students with preference given to the children and grandchildren of RPCS faculty members.
The Mrs. Julian S. Smith Scholarship Fund was established in 1999 by Mrs. Smith in honor of her RPCS granddaughters, Emily 2008, Megan 2008 and Carolyn 2011, in order to provide scholarship funding for qualified students. The Margaret E. Smith Scholarship Fund was endowed in 1992 to honor Margaret Smith, Headmistress from 1983 to 1992. A scholarship recipient in school herself, Mrs. Smith always felt strongly about financial assistance. During her tenure, she was instrumental in building an endowment of more than one million dollars for this purpose. The Kay Van Sant Spalding, 1945 Endowment for Faculty Support was created in 2011 through a bequest by Mrs. Spalding and is designated to support current members of the faculty, in honor of those who taught her when she was a student at Roland Park Country School. The endowment will help to underwrite the compensation of the Upper School Grade Level Deans for their additional administrative responsibilities. The Thayer Family Scholarship Fund was created by Ashley and Jack Thayer, in 2013 to provide tuition financial assistance for deserving students. Endowed in 2015, the fund provides tuition assistance to motivated young women who seek character development and academic excellence, but who otherwise might not be able to afford an RPCS education. The R. Austin Tydings Endowment was established in 2013 from the proceeds of the sale of Asian artwork donated to the School in the early 1980’s by Austin and Helen Woodrow Tydings in honor of Mrs. Tydings’ parents, Mr. and Mrs. William H. R. Woodrow. Mr. Tydings later became the devoted stepfather of Johanna Struven Barroll, 1959 and Anne Struven Graham, 1961. The endowment helps to support the School’s special Performing Arts programs and study abroad travel under the direction of the Head of School. The Laurie Van Buskirk, 1976 Scholarship Fund was established by family and friends in memory of Laurie, who graduated from RPCS in 1976 and later from Dartmouth College. The scholarship is awarded to a student who shows a special interest in and enthusiasm for foreign language study. The Eddie Bell Walton Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 2008 by the Walton/Lynch family to honor the memory of Mrs. Eddie Bell Walton, grandmother of Andrea Corin Lynch, Class of 2008. Eddie Bell Walton inspired generations of women in all walks of life, not least of whom were her daughters and granddaughters, to pursue their dreams and reject limitations. Her belief that each generation is responsible for supporting the aspirations and dreams of the next generation, particularly among African American women, was exemplified by her own life and is perpetuated through the creation of this fund for academically talented African American students who are in need of tuition financial assistance. The Elise Gettier Watkins, 1932 Endowment for Faculty Support was established in 2005 through a bequest by Mrs. Watkins and is designated for faculty support in memory of Mrs. Watkins’ favorite teachers, Headmistress Elizabeth M. Castle, Katherine Halsey Dodge, Margareta A. Faissler, Katherine Hawxhurst and Amanda Lee Norris. The endowment will provide compensation for Academic Department Heads for their additional administrative responsibilities.
The Weir Family Endowment for Leadership Development was created in 2008 by Dr. and Mrs. Matthew R. Weir, in honor of their daughters Courtney, 2006 and Kerry, 2008. Annually, this fund provides leadership training and programs for Upper School students and helps to support the compensation of RPCS faculty who lead and participate in these initiatives. The Jean Lenox West, 1953 Scholarship Fund was established in 2016 through a generous bequest by Mrs. West. The scholarship provides tuition assistance to a student or students in grade 1 - 12 with demonstrated financial need. The Ethel Neale Wilson Scholarship Fund was created in 2000 through a significant bequest from the estate of Isabel Wilson Scriven, Class of 1935. This Centennial endowment, established in memory of Mrs. Scriven’s mother, provides financial assistance for young girls chosen by the Head of School. The Gladys Woolford Winter Scholarship Fund was established in 1998 by her daughters Barbara Winter Glauber, 1968 and Anne Winter West, 1971 as a birthday gift to their mother, a graduate of the Class of 1941. Mrs. Winter added significantly to this endowment, which provides financial assistance for qualified and commendable RPCS students, in honor of the School’s Centennial in 2001 and later by a generous bequest in 2012. The Sarah Marie Wood, 1985 Memorial Fund was endowed in 1983 in memory of Sarah Marie Wood. It underwrites The Echo Award which is presented annually to a Middle School student whose spirit, vitality and steadfastness enhanced the lives of her classmates and aided the pursuit of excellence. The Mr. and Mrs. Harry W. Wright Endowment for Faculty Compensation was established in their memory in 2013 by their daughter Jean Wright Wareheim, a member of the Class of 1950. This fund will help the School to continue to attract and retain the most highly qualified faculty. The Evelyn R. Zink Emergency Assistance Endowment was established by the Charles T. Bauer Charitable Foundation to provide emergency financial assistance to students whose families experience an unexpected financial need that impacts their ability to pay school expenses. This fund also honors the exemplary service of Evelyn R. Zink, Director of Development from 1992 through 2015, when it was created.
Employees Hana Abrams B.A., University of Rochester M.A., Eastman School of Music M.M., Peabody Institute Music Shahad Alkubaisi B.A., Alturath University Human Resources Associate Lynda-Marie Allen A.B., Mount Holyoke College M.A., Middlebury College World Languages Amy Anderson B.F.A., North Carolina School of the Arts Performing Arts Robert Anderson B.S., Towson University Academic Technology Specialist Laurie Bacon B.S., Dickinson College Science Keri-Sue Baker B.A., Allegheny College M.S., Simmons College M.Ed., Loyola University Maryland English Kali Baklor B.A., Columbia College Chicago Long Term Substitute Riley Barger B.A., University of Maryland Little Reds Mehret Bedasso A.A., Montgomery College, Takoma Park Proctor Jo Bergin B.A., University of Maryland M.A., University of Baltimore Senior Graphic Designer Rose Berns-Zieve B.A., Hamilton College M.S., University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Heidi Bichler B.A., Brock University Advancement Services Manager
Julie Bierman B.A., Tufts University M.S., Emerson College Director of Learning Support Mirande S. Bissell, 1990 B.A., University of Virginia M.A., Princeton University M.A.T., Towson University M.F.A., Bennington College English Neda Blackburn B.S., Duquesne University M.S., Johns Hopkins University Ph.D., George Mason University STEM Institute Director Caroline Blatti A.B., Princeton University M.A., University College London Head of School Carla Blue Littlest Reds Guy Botterill Maintenance Meg Bottiglieri B.A., Randolph-Macon College Kindergarten Sylvia Botts B.A., University of Maryland, Baltimore County Performing Arts Leslie Bowyer Little Reds Kenyon Boykins A.A.S., ITT Technical Institute B.S., ITT Technical Institute Help Desk Associate Tracy Bracken B.F.A., Cleveland Institute of Art M.Ed., Cleveland State University Visual Arts Mike Brooks B.A., University of Maryland, Baltimore County Director of Safety and Security
Peggy Brooks B.B.A., Loyola University Maryland J.D., University of Maryland Fifth Grade
Angel Cotsoradis B.S., Towson University M.Ed., Loyola University Maryland Physical Education
Scott Buckley Associate Director of Athletics
Trish Dabrowski B.A., Loyola University Maryland Physical Education
MaryBeth Butler B.A., University of Pennsylvania M.A.T., Johns Hopkins University World Languages Eve Carlson B.A., Bucknell University M.S.W., University of Maryland Compass Program Manager Cheryl Carmona B.S., Emory University M.S., University of Maryland Garden Educator Abby Carroll Little Reds April Carroll B.S., Towson University Lower School Program Associate Sydney Carter B.S., University of Maryland Third Grade Melissa Bristow Carter-Bey, 1992 B.A., The College of William & Mary Upper School Dean of Students Twelfth Grade Dean Jen Chadwick B.S., University of Pittsburgh Accounts Payable Grace Chang LL.B., National Chengchi University LL.M., University of Pennsylvania School of Law World Languages Sarah Cody B.S., Towson University Development Coordinator Kati Colombat B.A., Ripon College M.A., Washington University World Languages International Students Coordinator Ethan Cooper B.A., University of Chicago M.A., University of Texas World Languages
Shirleyanna Davis B.S., Morgan State University Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Intern Chase de Saint-Félix B.A., Christian Brothers University M.A., American University History Ginny Wood Delauney, 1964 B.A., Randolph-Macon Woman’s College Assistant Director of Development Director of Gift Planning Luke Dewire B.A., Samta Clara University M.A., Dominican University Lower School Teaching Assistant Sally Diehl B.A., Wittenberg University M.M.S., Loyola University Maryland Director of College Counseling Lisa Anne Diver, 2006 B.M., University of Delaware M.M., Westminster Choir College Ninth Grade Dean Performing Arts Gail Dixon Reception Caitlin Donati B.A., Johns Hopkins University Director of Annual Giving Kristin Drake B.S., The College of William and Mary Science Anne Dudley Early Childhood Certification, Community College of Baltimore County Little Reds Janel Dutton B.S., University of Delaware M.S., Johns Hopkins University Mathematics Science
Beverly Edwards B.A., M.A.L.S., Loyola University Maryland M.S., McDaniel College Lower School Librarian Paul Edwards B.A., M.B.A., Mount St. Mary’s University Maintenance Leigh Eisele B.A., University of Washington M.S., Johns Hopkins University School Counselor Shelly Fedash B.S., Indiana University of Pennsylvania M.Ed., University of Pittsburgh Mathematics Kate Feiring B.A., Bates College Director of myRPCS Administration Registrar Josh Ferguson Little Reds Megan Ferguson Little Reds Noémie Fiske B.A., Jean Monnet University Little Reds Molly Ricely FitzGerald, 2006 B.A., College of Charleston Assistant Director of Admissions Lindsay Fitzpatrick B.A., University of Texas, Austin M.S., Towson University English Nicole Fleagle Littlest Reds Jennifer Ford B.A., University of Pennsylvania M.S.Ed., University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education M.S.S., Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research Interim School Counselor Siiri Fowler B.S., University of Maine, Farmington M.S., University of Southern Maine Science
Suzanne Fox B.A., Brown University M.F.A., University of Oregon M.S.L.S., Catholic University of America Director of Libraries Elisa Frost B.A., Haverford College M.A., Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison World Languages Rachel Gahan A.B., Princeton University M.A., Columbia University M.M., Boston University Performing Arts Sara Gerrish B.A., Millersville University M.A., Johns Hopkins University First Grade Jennifer Golliday Assistant Director of Facilities Wayne Golliday Certification in Construction Technology Director of Facilities Jaleh Goodale B.S., M.B.A., University of Maryland Associate Director of Admissions and Financial Assistance Michelle Goodrich B.S., Washington College POSTBAC, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Science Jessica Greenberg B.A., Oberlin College Ph.D., George Washington University School Counselor Jenny Greene B.A., Washington and Lee University M.S., Johns Hopkins University First Grade Carlos Guanche Proctor Rebecca Hanson B.A., Hollins University M.Ed., University of Virginia History Fitz Hardcastle IV B.A., Johns Hopkins University Mathematics
Kamal Harris A.A., Howard Community College Year Up Program, Baltimore City Community College Technology Support Specialist Charles Harvey Maintenance Carol Hatton B.A., St. Mary’s College of Maryland M.S., McDaniel College Director of Athletics Cierra Hawkes Little Reds Emily Hewlings B.A., Goucher College Assistant to the Upper School Head Liam Higgins B.A., Savannah College of Art and Design Proctor Rene Hill Hospitality Coordinator Tasha Hill Littlest Reds Kim Hoffman B.S., Towson University History Academic Technology Carol Holland Littlest Reds Alison Honeycutt B.S., University of Denver M.A.T., Trinity University Fourth Grade Kedrick Horne B.S., University of Maryland, Eastern Shore Network Administrator Tiara Hoyle Little Reds Shu-Hui Huang B.A., National Chung-Hsing University M.S., Cardinal Stritch University World Languages Carol Witz Hunt, 1976 B.A., Grinnell College Performing Arts Angela Hurst Littlest Reds
Scott Jackson B.A., Colgate University M.A.T., University of Virginia History Elisha James B.S., M.S., Morgan State University M.T.S., Liberty University Middle School Dean of Students Performing Arts Science Ashley Diane Johnson, 2016 Lower School Extended Day Megan Johnston B.A., M.Ed., Loyola University Maryland Associate Director of College Counseling Science Alison Keim B.A., University of Maryland, Baltimore County M.S., Frostburg State University J.D., University of Baltimore Assistant to the Middle School Head Rabiah Khalil B.A., University of Maryland M.S., Georgetown University M.S., Ed.D., Johns Hopkins University English Makeda King-Smith B.A., University of Pennsylvania M.S.W., Fordham University School Counselor Ben Klebanoff B.A., Yale University Proctor Charlotte Klein B.S., Towson University School Store Assistant Colleen Kyle B.A., Connecticut College M.A., Middlebury College, Bread Loaf School of English Upper School Head Ron Lamie Maintenance Carrie Lang B.S., Wittenberg University M.Ed., Loyola College of Maryland Director of Early Childhood Education Meg Lawrence B.A., Northwestern University M.A.T., M.E.M., Duke University Director of Leadership Giving
Sarah Layng B.A., Gettysburg College Tenth Grade Dean Physical Education Chin-Yi Lee B.M., Fu Jen University M.M., The Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University World Langauges Marty Levine Proctor Security Ann Bradley Lewis, 2014 B.S., Elon University Development Events Coordinator Eric Lipinski Maintenance Amy Lizana B.A., Towson University Reception Jeff London Security Missie Mack B.A., Washington College Director of Alumnae Relations Jachea Mack-Lane Security Craig Martin Security Julie Marx B.A., Yale University M.A., University of Chicago M.A.T., Johns Hopkins University History Verna Mayo B.A., West Chester University M.Ed., Johns Hopkins University Middle School Head Holly McAslan B.A., Muhlenberg College F.A., Maryland Institute College of Art M.Ed., Notre Dame of Maryland University Visual Arts Keane McCollum Maintenance Margie McIntosh Assistant Set-Up Coordinator
Erika McMahon Hallway Monitor Rachel Mejibovsky B.A., Central College M.S.A., Johns Hopkins University Fourth Grade Sidnee Mercer B.S., American University M.Ed., Lesley University Second Grade Peter Metsopoulos B.A., Columbia University Director of Leadership & Entrepreneurship Robert Mimms B.A., University of North Carolina, Greensboro M.A., Appalachian State University Science Long-Term Substitute Alexa Miton B.U.S., University of Mexico Performing Arts Jackie Modell B.S., University of Hartford Little Reds Wendy Mundis B.A., Pennsylvania State University M.A., East Carolina University Learning Specialist Annie Murray B.S., M.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology Mathematics Tori Murrill Massey Business College Program Support Associate Melissa Nichols B.A., Towson University M.A., Notre Dame of Maryland University World Languages Rachel Oberlin B.A., Washington College M.Ed., Towson University Kindergarten Tiana Redfern Oguaman, 1999 B.A., Loyola University Maryland English
Tawanda Owens A.A., Spartanburg Methodist College B.S., M.Ed., South Caroline State University Ph.D., University of Iowa Executive Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Monica Recht B.A., Duke University M.A., University of Virginia M.A., University of Maryland, Baltimore History World Languages
Carole Packett B.A., Lynchburg University Little Reds
Jackie Regales B.A., University of Maryland, Baltimore County M.A., Bowling Green State University English
Angela Palmeri B.S., University of Delaware M.S., California University of Pennsylvania Certified Athletic Trainer Strength and Conditioning Coordinator Lisa Paquette Extended Day Teacher Shaun Perkins Maintenance Kelly Pierce B.S., James Madison University Physical Education Diane Pniewski B.S., Ohio University History Christine Polillo B.A., M.A., University of Paris XII World Languages Sarah Morehead Pope, 2006 B.A., Randolph-Macon College Leadership & Entrepreneurship Amy Popp B.S., University of Mary Washington M.A., The College of William & Mary Science Robin Prescott B.S., University of Delaware M.S., Towson University Eleventh Grade Dean Mathematics Abbey Pulcinella B.S., M.A., New York University Associate Director of Communications Senior Writer Gail Rauch-Tilstra B.A., M.A., University of Maryland History
Caroline Riina, 2008 B.A., Colby College Science Toby Rivkin B.A., University of Maryland M.A., Middlebury College World Languages Visual Arts Keya Robinson B.S., Bowie State University K-8 STEAM Director Emily Dierkes Rohrer, 2002 B.F.A., Syracuse University M.F.A., Towson University Visual Arts Sara Rollfinke B.A., M.Ed., Stanford University Dean of Faculty World Languages Laurie Rosenberg B.A., Franklin & Marshall College M.A.T., Goucher College Third Grade Tonette Runde B.S.N., M.A.T., Towson University Mathematics Heather Samet B.A., Syracuse University M.A.T., Towson University Fifth Grade Elizabeth Sara Schlerf, 2017 Business Office Intern Laura Schlueter Payroll and Business Office Specialist Sarah Schulz B.A., Kenyon College English
Nancy Sawyer Sheridan, 1995 B.A., Colgate University MAT, Chapman University Fourth Grade Kathy Startzman Shires, 1978 B.A., University of Richmond B.S., Towson University Controller Annie Ferebee Short, 2001 B.A., Goucher College Performing Arts Megary Sigler B.A., Goucher College M.A.T., Maryland Institute College of Art Visual Arts Lindsay Sisson B.A., Swarthmore College M.S., Adler University M.B.A., Strayer University Director of Enrollment Management Ashley Soellner B.S., M.A.T., University of Maryland, Baltimore County Science Lori Song B.S., Vanderbilt University M.L.A., Middlebury College Assistant to the Head of School Carla Spawn-van Berkum, 1977 B.A., Colgate University M.Ed., Harvard University M.L.A., Johns Hopkins University Assistant Head of School for Academics Katy Spencer, 1993 B.A., Lehigh University Associate Director of Annual Giving Director of Alumnae Giving Dani Kell Steinbach, 2004 B.B.A., The College of William & Mary Assistant Athletic Director Taylor Stevenson B.A., East Carolina University Little Reds Hannah Strakna B.A., University of Maryland Littlest Reds Jessie Sullivan B.A., Loyola University Maryland Admissions Associate School Store Manager
Bailey Surtees B.S., Johns Hopkins University Upper School Seminar Instructor Tishea Taylor deceased Littlest Reds Lisa Teeling B.A., University of Maryland M.Ed., Loyola University Maryland Lower School Head Danielle Thiboutot B.S., BSN, Pennsylvania State University ASN, Lancaster General College of Nursing and Health Sciences Lead School Nurse Melissa Tully B.A., University of Maryland Communications Associate Maria Teresa Vasta B.A., M.A., Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Buenos Aires World Languages Haley Venick, 2011 B.A., University of South Carolina M.A., Coastal Carolina University Second Grade Beth Venn B.A., Sweet Briar College M.A., Catholic University of America M.B.A., University of South Carolina World Languages Betsy Villiger B.A., M.A., The College of William & Mary Learning Specialist Janine Vreatt B.S., Frostburg State University M.F.A., Illinois State University Sinex Theater Technical Director Performing Arts Shana Ward B.A., University of Richmond M.Ed., Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill Admissions Testing Coordinator Janet Weller B.A., Washington College M.Ed., Loyola University Maryland Associate Director of College Counseling Alice Wetzel B.S., Duke University Little Reds
Glynis Whitaker B.A., Notre Dame of Maryland University Mathematics Elizabeth White B.S., Lafayette College Ph.D., University of Maryland, Baltimore Science Kristen White RN, BSN, Villnova University School Nurse Nate Whitman B.A., University of Richmond M.A., Columbia University, Klingenstein Center at Teachers College M.A., St. John’s College M.B.A., Columbia University Mathematics Kim Wilson Library Brittany Woodward B.S., M.A., Towson University Little Reds Nicole Yoder B.A., University of Mary Washington M.A.T., Towson University Learning Specialist Sisi Zoker B.A., Salem College Director of Human Resources
Board of Trustees President, Carroll Knott McGill, 1993 Vice President, Dale Bittinger Vice President, Lucy Neale Duke Vice President, Toby Noyes Secretary, Janet Bauer Hartman, 1968 Treasurer, Jon Davidov Assistant Treasurer, Steven Susel Dr. Celeste Woodward Applefeld, 1964*
John B. McGowan
Amelia Mix Poggi
Linda Schaefer Cameron, 1984
Sydnee Wilson Ruff, 2004**
Robert W. Schaefer*
Laura George Cochran, 1990
Jeffrey H. Seibert, ha*
Albert Neale Smith, III
Katherine Behrens Crosby, 1990
W. Kyle Gore
Paul J. Stasko
William C. Holly
Mary Ellen Thomsen, ha*
E. Robert Kent, Jr.*
Roszel C. Thomsen II, ha*
Shari M. Lawson
Richard C. Tilghman, Jr.*
Tamara Passano Wiggs, 1997
Catherine Passano McDonnell, 1994*
* Lifetime Trustee ** Ex Officio Member ha Honorary Alumna/Alumnus
School Song Our school has meant much to us through all these years, And now we will sing in its praise. It has given us courage and strengthened us, too, And taught us to live through the days. The Roland Park School has a place in our hearts, And its image will ne’er fade away. We love it, we honor and cherish it, too, And all of its precepts obey.
School Philosophy Roland Park Country School, a college preparatory school for girls, is dedicated to the intellectual and moral development of its students. We cultivate creativity, independence of thought, tenacity of purpose, self-discipline, and emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being. We maintain high academic standards, uphold tradition, and promote innovation. We nurture a cooperative, resilient spirit within an atmosphere of mutual trust and respect. In a diverse, inclusive, and joyful community, Roland Park Country School strives to instill in its students a lifelong love of learning as well as the responsibility to look within and beyond themselves to contribute to and serve as stewards and leaders of their communities.
Congratulations and welcome to our newest Alumnae, the Class of 2021. Best wishes from the Alumnae Association.
Roland Park Country School 5204 Roland Avenue Baltimore, Maryland 21210 410.323.5500 www.rpcs.org Head of School: Caroline Blatti Upper School Head: Colleen Kyle