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ITâ€™S A GREAT DAY AT STJ A GRAND CELEBRATION WHERE ARE THEY NOW
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For sixty years, Saint James School’s commitment to cultivating the individual potential in each child in our care has prepared our graduates to lead lives of responsibility, service, and achievement. Our teachers provide challenging and rigorous academic preparation within a caring, nurturing, and supportive community. Saint James is known for developing the whole child. Our students become well-rounded people in their years here, and they go out into the world beyond Saint James with versatile talents and vast opportunities for fulfillment.
inspired by a goal of giving back, by providing our students with a portion of the priceless gifts my teachers bestowed on me. Recently, I was talking with some soon-to-be graduates about their experiences at Saint James. I was struck by how powerfully each one of them spoke to the ways in which we fulfill our mission. One senior said, “My teachers had my best interest at heart and went out of their way to help me be the best student and person I could be.” Another student remarked, “I’m thankful for all the opportunities students have here. Through my academic classes and extracurricular activities, Saint James has taught me honor, discipline, and teamwork— skills I will use for the rest of my life.” In our conversation, one senior struck a cord with all of us when he said, “So many of my teachers are close to my heart, and I want to thank them for how they pushed me and inspired me to learn. My teachers gave me an excellent foundation, and they instilled in me the value of determination and hard work, so that I’m prepared to succeed in anything I choose to do.” Others noted
It is my greatest honor to serve Saint James as our Head of School.
Students in the 21st century require a complete education— the kind that Saint James School offers. At Saint James, we know that a true education involves much more than imparting academic knowledge. Our students are engaged daily in activities to sharpen their cognitive abilities, in analytical thinking and problem solving. Yet, our teachers, coaches, and program directors understand that, to set students on a path for lifelong success, we must shape and mold specific non-cognitive, or character, attributes in our students. Among the most important character traits and habits that we aspire for our graduates to possess are conscientiousness, grit, determination, honesty, optimism, empathy, moral courage, and ethical decision-making. At Saint James we are dedicated to providing a complete education to the students entrusted to our care—to nurture and strengthen the diverse talents and intellectual abilities of every child while molding their character. Saint James graduates are well-prepared to make the most of the opportunities and challenges lying ahead. Strong relationships that develop within our school are integral to the educational experience at Saint James. Learning side-by-side with their peers, students establish relationships that form a foundation for lifelong fulfillment. I know this personally. As a graduate of Saint James, I have the deepest gratitude for the teachers, coaches, classmates, and school leaders who profoundly shaped the person I am. During my college years, while discerning my career path, the examples set by people here at Saint James inspired me to become a teacher. The foundational skills taught to me at Saint James—thinking and writing, effective study habits, and the ability to persevere through difficult tasks—set me on a trajectory for fulfilling my potential. As a teacher, coach, and school leader at Saint James it has been my privilege to come to work each day
“Saint James graduates are well-prepared to make the most of the opportunities and challenges lying ahead.” Head of School, Dr. McLemore and his family, Josie and Wilder (2).
the transformative power of our relationships. “The strong sense of community,” one senior recalled, “brought us together and we have formed relationships that will last a lifetime. I would not be the person I am today without Saint James.” Another student summed her experience in saying, “Saint James is not just a school; it is a community of students, faculty, and families who support one another in everything we do. Saint James is my home, and I will forever be a Trojan.” The words of these students capture the energy and potential that permeates our school community. It is my greatest honor to serve Saint James as our Head of School. I cannot possibly thank enough our teachers, coaches, staff, school leaders, and everyone here at Saint James for the work they do to create an extraordinary learning community for our students. And I thank Melba Richardson for her 32 years of exemplary service to our school and for her contributions to making Saint James the educational leader that it has become. Saint James School is the leader that it is today because we are always innovating and improving what we do so that our students will reach their highest potential. It is with great optimism that we look ahead to our future and to the opportunities we will create for our students.
Dr. Larry McLemore, Head of School
inside AROUND THE WINNERS COLUMNS CIRCLE $8.4 Million in Merit Scholarships for Class of 2015
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Academics, Arts, & Record setting Athletics–We are year for Saint James School the Trojans
ALUMNI NOTES STJ alums continue to lead the way
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IT’S A GREAT A GRAND DAY AT STJ AFFAIR Mrs. Richardson leaves a legacy of 32 years at STJ
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around the SAINT JAMES SCHOOL RANKS #1 IN RIVER REGION Saint James School was named the top independent school in the River Region fall 2014. The statewide list published by Niche.com via Yellowhammer named the top 20 private high schools in Alabama and STJ was recognized as the seventh best in the state and the number one high school in the River Region. “What an honor it was to receive this recognition,” Dr. McLemore said. “We have been perceived for years as the innovative school leading the way, and to see validation of this is the reward for the outstanding efforts from the entire Saint James School community.” Fall 2015 marks the 60th anniversary for Saint James. Beginning as a kindergarten only school to now educating nearly 1,000 students Pre-K3 through 12th grade, STJ is Montgomery’s oldest independent school providing the most well-rounded course offerings in the area, according to the study. STJ was named best high school through the combination of its rigorous academic curriculum, a wide array of offerings in the fine and performing arts, participation in over 40 competitive athletic programs, and its diverse student body. The Best Private High Schools ranking provides a “comprehensive assessment of the overall experience at private high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.” It uses “data sourced from various government and public data sets, Niche’s own proprietary data, and 120,000+ opinion-based survey responses across a variety of topics from over 16,000 current students, recent alumni, and parents.” Niche.com is a site that works to “make choosing a neighborhood, college or K-12 school a more transparent process.” Their data is compiled through “insights from everyday experts.” The criteria that was used to create the top high schools list included student experiences including academics, teachers, safety, extracurricular offerings; looking at the academic institution in terms of teachers, students, resources for learning, and student outcomes; evaluating the student body in terms of a diverse population—fostering an accepting, positive school culture; and student engagement in the school’s extracurricular activities and sports.
8.4 MILLION AND CLIMBING!
The Saint James Class of 2015 has been awarded over $8.4 million in merit scholarships to universities and colleges around the globe. The class of 85 students is filled with gifted young adults—academically, artistically, and athletically including two National Merit Scholar Finalists, one National Merit Commended Student, one National Achievement Scholar Finalist, and numerous Advanced Placement scholars. Among the numerous individual scholarships and financial awards that the seniors were granted, several were awarded full scholarships to various universities. Including three graduates, Pearce Barringer, McLean Stewart, and Ed White, who are attending the University of Alabama on full scholarships (all expenses included) from the school’s Alabama Forensics Council. Zuri Foster is attending Auburn University with full tuition and all expenses included. Hannah Cape, Price
Everett, and Ginny Lampkin are also attending Auburn on full tuition scholarships. Emma Colson, Kiley Dunn, and Win Woodson are attending the University of Alabama with full tuition scholarships. Joe Taylor is attending the University of Alabama in Birmingham (UAB) with a full tuition scholarship. Michael Murphree and Jay Spivey are both attending Troy
University with full tuition scholarships. Emma Frakes is attending Ole Miss with departmental awards and full tuition. And Jalen Harris has been granted a full scholarship through football to attend Auburn University. What an impressive class of students. Congratulations to the entire STJ Class of 2015 for all of your individual accomplishments!
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…What does it all mean? Simply put, Saint James Forensics is Leading the Way—locally and statewide—individually and as a team! What a year for Forensics Director, Dr. Ian Turnipseed, and his dynamic team. They earned top ranks at every tournament this year, including the State Individual Events Team, State Congressional Debate Team (tied for first place), 8 Individual State Championships, State Forensics Student of the Year, 8 District Forensics Championships (which qualify the students to compete at the national tournament)… the list goes on and on—and on. The students who are on the team say they love the thrill of competition; they are energized by out-ranking the level of extreme talent from other schools; but most of all, they simply love performing, debating, and presenting their work. That passion is what makes winners. And winners become champions. And champions they are! In fact, three 2015 Saint James seniors were awarded full scholarships to the University of Alabama this year, through the University’s Forensics Council. What a tribute to Dr. T and the hard work of his team.
Elizabeth Thompson Hawke ‘02, Director of Advancement
WASCHER NAMED NATIONAL FORENSICS FINALIST 2016 STJ Senior, Bradley Wascher, competed against the best-of-best at the National Speech and Debate Tournament in Dallas, Texas in June and took third place in the nation for Extemporaneous Commentary. In a pool of 210 competitors, Wascher walked away in the top 3, nationally, in his craft. In fact, Wascher placed the highest in finals over any other competitor from the state of Alabama. When asked what this moment has meant to him, he responded, “Honestly, the best part about being a national finalist isn’t the trophy or title; it’s knowing that I made everyone proud, while also being given the privilege to represent the team, school, and state.”
Ann Wilson Aman ‘01, Alumni Director
ALWAYS CHEERING FOR THE TROJANS! Elizabeth Hawke and Ann Aman are new to Saint James in a professional capacity, but they are certainly not new to STJ. Alum Elizabeth Thompson Hawke ‘02 has taken the role as Director of Advancement, replacing Dr. McLemore. In her new position, Mrs. Hawke will be responsible for the school’s development efforts as well as coordinating the goals of the school’s advancement team, including admissions, alumni, and marketing. Alum Ann Wilson Aman ‘01 has taken the position of Alumni Director replacing the retiring Mrs. Slaton. Mrs. Slaton was the first Alumni Director at Saint James, she developed the wonderful programs we have at STJ including local and out of town alum events, reunions at Homecoming, and so much more. What an appropriate transition to pass the torch to dedicated alum, Mrs. Aman. Look for great events celebrating the 60th Anniversary from your new Alumni Director this year!
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Dr. Ian Turnipseed, Saint James School Forensics Coach, and Senior Bradley Wascher, Third Place National Finalist at the Speech and Debate National Tournament in Dallas, Texas, June 2015.
“IF YOU TALK TO A MAN IN A LANGUAGE HE UNDERSTANDS, THAT GOES TO HIS HEAD. IF YOU TALK TO HIM IN HIS OWN LANGUAGE, THAT GOES TO HIS HEART.”–NELSON MANDELA The foreign language department attended the Alabama Association of Foreign Language Teachers (AAFLT) conference at Auburn University Montgomery. During the conference, Magistra Conner presented a session on creating a paperless classroom. Over the course of the conference, each STJ instructor met with their state language organization: Señora Grate met with the Alabama Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, Monsieur Saavedra met with the Alabama Association of Teachers of French, and Magistra Conner met with the Alabama Classical Association and was elected vice president for the coming year.
STJ AP SCORES SAIL ABOVE STATE, NATIONAL, & GLOBAL AVERAGES College Board Advanced Placement (AP) courses, considered more rigorous than other high school classes, offer students an opportunity to pursue schoolwork eligible for college credit, pending a high enough score on the College Board’s international exams. In 2014, Saint James School students’ AP exam averages once again sailed far above national, state, and even global averages on the same tests.
HONORED BY UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA Mason Edwards and Joseph Gary were selected to participate in the 2015 Capstone Leadership Academy at The University of Alabama in April. The students asked to attend were chosen from over 200 applicants who have shown an interest in leadership through service. The UA Honors College sponsors the academy and selects the participants each year; the purpose is to give the tools and training to the chosen students as they develop their leadership skills and discover new service opportunities in their communities.
Over the past five years, Saint James students have far surpassed the national and state AP scores consistently. In 2014 alone, the Saint James AP students who scored a three or higher was nearly double the percentage of Alabama students who scored the same. Additionally, that same group of Saint James students soared by the global AP scores with 79% of STJ students scoring a 3 or above. The global results showing only 61.3% scoring a 3 or higher.
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“Students at Saint James are typically very competitive on the College Board exams, scoring well above the state and national averages,” says Academic Dean Susan Atkins. “We are so proud of these students and their teachers and all their efforts to excel in these challenging courses. Students enrolled in AP classes gain knowledge and skills that are directly applicable to college success.” AP classes are designed by the College Board as college-level coursework, and the material covered is fast-paced and intensive. All students who take the AP exams are graded with a score ranging from 1—5, with a 5 indicating “extremely well qualified to receive college credit” and a 1 representing “no recommendation to receive college credit.” The 2015 test scores will not be available until after the current issue of Columns magazine is printed.
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STJ’s Emma Donaldson was asked by Michael Briddell, Director of Public Information and External Affairs for the City of Montgomery, to interview Eleanor Lewis Dawkins as part of the City of Montgomery TV series, “A March for the Ages.” Ms. Dawkins is the daughter of Rufus Lewis, a voting rights strategist and organizer during the Civil Rights Movement. Mr. Briddell asked select area high school students to participate in filming various civil rights leaders in commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Selma-to-Montgomery March. Watch Emma’s interview: youtube.com/watch?v=QBB99Mdy1a8.
STJ fifth graders shop in early December each year for children whose parents are hospitalized at UAB for bone marrow transplants. The students are encouraged to earn $20 to use when they shop as a class for the children. The fifth graders register for a child and are responsible for selecting, purchasing, and wrapping their gifts. Saint James’ Resource Specialist, Joann Reifenberg, and her husband Ed Reifenberg, started this annual program in 1999 at STJ. Mr. Reifenberg transports the presents to UAB in time for a large Christmas party at the hospital for the children who have a parent in the Bone Marrow Unit.
THE FUTURE LOOKS BRIGHT! STJ’s Middle School group won the theme category for the 2015 Flimp Festival Chalk Drawing competition. The 8th graders theme was Montgomery Past, Present, and Future. Great Job Marie Soleil Turcotte, Bradley Hicks, and Sydney Hart!
THE SPIRIT OF IPRYL Saint James students have participated in the Montgomery YMCA program, IPRYL (Interpersonal Relations Youth Leadership) for many years. The program is very rewarding and requires a great deal of dedication as select Montgomery area high school students are paired with an elementary student who would benefit from mentoring inside and outside of the classroom. After an extensive training program for the high school mentor, the pair meets three days a week to work on classroom skills; and twice a week, the high school student meets with program leaders for continuing education. Twice during the year, the teens and their buddies have day retreats at area camps to enjoy more casual time together. This spring, Ginny Lampkin ‘15 was honored with the prestigious Jamie Gilliland Spirit Award at the 24th Annual Outstanding Big Buddy Awards ceremony for IPRYL. The IPRYL Spirit Award is given to a student who exemplifies Jamie Gilliland’s positive spirit and her commitment and determination to always do the right thing—and with a helpful attitude. Ginny is pictured with Jewell Pitts, and her little buddy, Brianna Graves, after the awards ceremony.
SHINING THE SPOTLIGHT Each of the Saint James School performing arts students who competed at the district level of the Alabama Conference of Theatre’s Trumbauer Theatre Festival were advanced to the state competition. The STJ competitors included Kiley Dunn, Solo Acting Female Contemporary Dramatic (novice); Michael Fritz, Solo Acting Male Contemporary Dramatic (novice); Sydney Cramer, Solo Musical Female Comedic; Hayden Ergenbright, Solo Musical Male Comedic and Duet Musical Dramatic; Catherine Bradwell, Solo Musical Female Dramatic and Duet Musical Dramatic; and Emma Colson, Solo Musical Female Comedic and Solo Musical Female Dramatic. Five of the STJ students were top scorers in the district competition: Catherine Bradwell and Hayden Ergenbright in Duet Musical Dramatic; Emma Colson in Solo Musical Female Dramatic; Michael Fritz in Solo Acting Male Contemporary Dramatic (novice); and Hayden Ergenbright was the second highest scorer in Solo Musical Male Comedic. The Walter Trumbauer Festival has provided quality training and performance opportunities for Alabama theatre students at the secondary level since 1940. The festival consists of 28 individual events, a one act play festival, a studio theatre festival—all for 9th through 12th grades, as well as scholarship auditions and college screening for high school seniors. Students qualify for the state competition by earning a rating of “superior” at one of six district festivals. At all levels of competition, students receive critiques from qualified teachers and theatre practitioners, allowing them to improve their theatrical skills.
“NEVER DOUBT THAT A SMALL GROUP OF THOUGHTFUL, COMMITTED CITIZENS CAN CHANGE THE WORLD; INDEED, IT’S THE ONLY THING THAT EVER HAS.” – MARGARET MEAD 2015 Seniors Sadie Argo and McLean Stewart organized a meaningful day of community service for the entire Saint James high school. This volunteer service is just one of the ways STJ teaches its students to give back to their community—today and in their future.
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STJ ROBOTICS TEAM IS BEST IN COMPETITION Saint James School’s Robotics Team won eight awards, including three 1st place awards, at the Boosting Engineering Science and Technology (BEST) Robotics competition held in October at Opelika High School. In addition to the team recognition, the STJ Robotics Team Instructor, Vicky Eichelberg, was individually awarded the Teacher Leadership Award. “This marks the fourth year Saint James has participated in BEST and it was definitely our ‘best’ year, yet,” said Mrs. Eichelberg. “I am so proud of our students and all that they accomplished. They were recognized repeatedly during the competition for their professionalism, their exceptional work on their CAD notebook, the construction of the robot itself, and on their presentation,” she added. “I can’t tell you what it means to see our Saint James students receive such accolades among such strong competition.” The STJ Team took 1st place in Creative Exhibit Design & Construction, Exhibit and Interview, and CAD Notebook. They were awarded 2nd place for Spirit & Sportsmanship, T-Shirt Design, and website Design & Development, and they were awarded an impressive third place for Most Robust Robot. Their 4th place awards included their Engineering Notebook, Marketing Presentation, and the coveted BEST Award.
Mrs. Eichelberg was honored with the Teacher Leadership Award by the BEST Competition officials. She is a veteran teacher who encourages and inspires Saint James students in advanced mathematics including Calculus AB and Calculus BC. She beams at her students’ superior achievements on their College Board exams each year. Mrs. Eichelberg has taught advanced math and served as the mathematics department head at Saint James School for over 27 years—and created the first STJ Robotics Team four years ago. The inscription on Mrs. Eichelberg’s trophy reads: ‘For inspiring the spirit of the Auburn Creed in her students. “I believe in education, which gives me the knowledge to work wisely and trains my mind and my hands to work skillfully”—from the Auburn Creed.’ From the revealing of the game theme at “Kick Off” until “Game Day,” students participating in BEST have six weeks to design, build, and program a robot. Materials for the construction of the robot are restricted to certain types of wood, PVC, specific hardware items, and readily available objects such as golf balls and duct tape. Along with the robot, students research the game theme and write an engineering notebook. This year’s game theme was “Blade Runner” and focused on wind energy and the building of wind turbines. For the game, students built robots that could transport and
HUGS FOR SOLDIERS Mrs. Capilouto’s Pre-K4 class made Valentine’s Day cards for deployed military service women and men—and attached them to boxes of Girl Scout cookies. The treats were sent to Georgia for bulk packaging and then shipped to Afghanistan, Kuwait, and Turkey. The project was a part of Operation Taste of Home, HugsForSoldiers.org.
assemble components of the game’s wind turbines. Students researched real world issues relating to the game, such as transportation of over-sized and over-weight materials on U.S. highways and the protection of wildlife and the environment affected by the transport and construction areas. Teams also have the option to compete for the “BEST Award” on Game Day. For this part of the competition, students must create a twenty-minute marketing presentation to promote their robot, build an exhibit, and show great enthusiasm and sportsmanship to the other teams. Through the BEST program, the students gain real-life insights into the engineering profession and are given the opportunity to hone their public speaking skills and to learn the benefits of collaboration. BEST is held every year across the nation with thousands of schools participating. There are multiple BEST hubs in Alabama with Auburn University as the hub for east central Alabama and west central Georgia. In addition to hosting competitions, BEST hubs often assist schools with engineering mentors. The War Eagle BEST, as it is known, hosted twenty-two teams this year including many from the Montgomery area including Saint James School, BrewTech, Montgomery Catholic, LAMP, Eastwood, Cornerstone, and Wetumpka.
around the THE VOICE OF THE SAINT JAMES TROJANS The Saint James School community came together during a home game in September 2014 to dedicate the stadium press box to 1980 alum, J.R. Brown. In a half-time ceremony, Mrs. Richardson, Board of Director Chair, Helena Duncan, Athletic Director, Jerry Browning, and former Saint James Board Member, Frank Woodson, presented a Remington bust and plaque to Mr. Brown prior to unveiling the new press box signage. The plaque presented to Mr. Brown reads, “In recognition and appreciation for your outstanding service and dedication to Saint James Athletics, Saint James School, Montgomery, Alabama.” The Remington bust was donated by the Beasley Allen Law Firm and presented by firm principal Mr. Frank Woodson. The new press box signage honors Mr. Brown and is now known as the “J.R. Brown Pressbox.” “In addition to the website J.R. created for reporting the history and statistics of STJ athletics, he has also spent numerous hours announcing ballgames, both football and basketball games, operating the clock, and numerous other volunteer jobs for our athletic program,” said Mrs. Richardson. “It is simply impossible to calculate the hours J.R. Brown has devoted to Saint James School athletic events.”
J.R. Brown ‘80 was honored at half-time for his years of service to STJ athletics.
J.R. Brown graduated from Saint James School in 1980 and then continued his education at The University of Alabama. J.R. returned home to Montgomery after college and for almost 30 years has been a vital part of the Saint James athletic program.
THE RIGHT CHOICE… ISN’T ALWAYS THE POPULAR CHOICE The STJ eighth grade class invited Mr. Mike Lutzenkirchen to speak to the school about the legacy of his son, Philip Lutzenkirchen. A non-profit organization, Lutzie 43 Foundation, was established after Lutzenkirchen’s untimely death last summer, to perpetuate the positive impact Philip had on so many people. Mr. Lutzenkirchen’s message was clear and to the point—he encouraged the students to always serve as advocates for themselves and for their friends. He explained to the eighth grade and high school students that each of them has the ability to make good choices, and questionable choices, at different times in their lives; it is up to each person to make the good choices and then help their friends make those same good choices. Mike reminded the
students that often those decisions will not be the popular ones, but through an emotional voice he said, “you will continue to be able to make good choices—if you start making them now.” Mr. Lutzenkirchen asked the junior class to stand-up and for the eighth graders and other underclassmen to look at them. He charged the rising senior class to act as appropriate role models as they transition into the leaders of the school’s student body. He drew the parallel for the students to think of his son, as he was a role model for so many people, from all walks of life. For the Saint James students, it was a powerful assembly delivered by a father who simply wants to help young people stay on a positive path as
they move through high school, college, and their early adult years. Philip Lutzenkirchen was just embracing his calling to coach high school football when he was tragically killed in a car accident in Georgia, June 2014. Just before the accident, he worked with the Saint James football team and mentored the players—he taught them to give all they could on the field, but to remember, giving back to family, friends, and community were qualities just as important to being truly successful in life. The eighth grade hosted a middle and high school bake sale to raise funds for the Lutzie 43 Foundation. The class presented Mr. Lutzenkirchen a check for over $500 when he visited STJ this spring.
FIRST PLACE–3 CONSECUTIVE YEARS Saint James High School students participated in the Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics, and Science (TEAMS) competition in Auburn this March and for the third consecutive year, STJ’s 9th & 10th grade team won the first place trophy and national evaluation of their essays. Team members were Gyuna Kim, Sean Jung, Jason Grate, Connor Taylor, Ian Tsekouras, and Gibeom Kim. Additionally, the STJ 11th & 12th grade team (John Kim, David Ye, Anna Siddiq, Emma Frakes, Matthew Garnett, Isabel Blancett, Peter Wang, and Gabe Wiggins) won the third place trophy for the mathematics portion and advanced to an evaluation of their essays. Both teams earned national eligibility to attend the competition in Dallas this summer.
MARCHING ALL THE WAY TO THE TOP The Saint James Marching Trojans were named Bands of America (BOA) Super Regional Class A Champions at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta in November. The STJ Band swept Class A designations for Outstanding Music Performance, Outstanding Visual Performance, and Outstanding General Effect. The STJ Marching Trojans were the only Class A band in the country to place in two Super Regionals and a Regional contest during the 2014 marching season. They are broadly respected as one of the Top 10 Bands nationwide for bands their size. The Atlanta Super Regional was fraught with challenges for all of the competitors—the Georgia Dome construction complicated logistics for show props and field equipment, and walking several blocks to the Dome in freezing temperatures and wind gusts was challenging for the students as well as their instruments. But, under the leadership of Saint James School Director of Bands, Susan Smith, STJ rose to the task and performed their show in grand fashion—even at an exceptionally early performance time of 8:15am! Saint James placed ahead of two in-state rivals, and finished ahead of 4 Class A, 5 Class AA, 1 Class AAA, and 3 Class AAAA bands with their show, Superstar. In finals exhibition Saturday evening, all levels of the Dome gave the Trojans a standing ovation as the group finished their last performance of the season. The Saint James Marching Trojans have been named the BOA Super Regional Class A Champions for the past four years in Atlanta (2011, 2013 & 2014) and San Antonio (2012). The Band is pictured at the Bands of America regional contest in Powder Springs, Georgia during their September 2014 performance.
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STJ GOVERNS LEGISLATURE Cassie Sadie ‘15 served as Alabama’s Youth Governor during the 67th YMCA State Youth Legislature. During the session, Sadie received the Bill Barringer Scholarship Award, which is presented to a college bound senior with exemplary Christian character, extensive behind the scenes work regardless of recognition, great dedication to the program, attitude of encouragement and enthusiasm, and has gained the respect of peers and adults. Many other Saint James students were involved in the 67th Youth Legislature including Win Woodson who served as the Governor’s Chief of Staff and who won the Best Bill Award in the House. Margaret Ann Kreher served as the Assistant Floor Leader in the Senate, and had her bill passed. Claudia Hubbard served as the Assistant Floor Leader in First Year and was elected Speaker of the First Year House for next year. Claudia’s bill and Hannah Yost’s bill on an education lottery was passed in First Year. Hannah and Claudia were selected as Outstanding Statesmen in First Year. Anna Claire Bullard received the Media Award and was selected as the editor-in-chief of the conference newspaper, Alabama Today, for next year. Kendall McCann also served as a media staff member. Hannah White received the Outstanding Lobbyist award and will serve as chief lobbyist next year. Other lobbyists include Abi Young and Samantha White. Harrison Carter and Sarah Arrington both served as Assistant Secretary of State. Colton Alter served on the Governor’s Cabinet as Administrator of Alcohol Beverage Control. Atchison Hubbard served as a Supreme Court Justice; Stephen Sadie served as House Chaplain. Other House members included Mason Edwards, Holland McWhorter, Paden Browning, Sydney Sampson, Mackenzie Monteil, Denson Clark, Allan Azar, Lexie Larson, T Diebel, and James Kelly. T Diebel and James Kelly’s bills in the House were both passed. And special recognition to the STJ alums who were involved as college staff, rising University of Alabama Sophomores Caitlin Cobb, Jared Hunter, and Haley White.
A THANKSGIVING TO REMEMBER Kayla Carr ‘15, marched and played clarinet in the 88th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York. Kayla’s love of music was nurtured while playing with the Saint James Marching Trojans for the past seven years. In June 2014, Kayla submitted a video of herself playing a piece of music of her choosing, but within the grade level and time constraints mandated by Macy’s. Much to her elation, she was informed within a week that she had been selected to be a part of the 2014 Macy’s Great American Marching Band. Each of the band members were sent the parade tunes and they were required to learn and memorize the music before arriving in New York the weekend before Thanksgiving. The Band had the equivalent of two days of rehearsal broken into four days and then reported bright and early (2:20am) for their grand performance on Thanksgiving morning. Kayla and the Macy’s Great American Marching Band played “Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift at Herald Square, which is the performance that was broadcast to over 50 million TV viewers. As they marched the 2.5-mile parade route, the Band played “Locked Out of Heaven,” by Bruno Mars to 3.5 million spectators. “I thought the early hour and long route was going to be tiring,” Kayla explained. “But the music was so fun to play and the energy from the crowd and the other band members made it truly a life-changing experience for me.” When asked if the travel, rehearsals, and long route were worth the effort, Kayla smiled and said, “I would do it again tomorrow, if they would allow me!” “With the instruction Kayla has received at Saint James School under Director of Bands Susan Smith, her mother and I know she will excel in college,” said Robert Carr, Kayla’s father. “She is so passionate about her music both at school and in the Frazer United Methodist Church Orchestra. These experiences have created an exceptional opportunity for Kayla to incorporate her love of music into her future career.” Kayla served as a section leader for the Saint James Marching Trojans last fall. The Band successfully competed in various contests throughout the season and earned the distinguished title as Bands of America Class A Champions in Atlanta in November. Kayla beamed, “That night was the perfect finish to my senior year of marching with Saint James School. Moments like that and the Macy’s performance in Herald Square are experiences I will remember forever.”
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KINDERGARTEN OPEN HOUSE
It’s show time!
WE ALL KNOW HOW THE MORNING GOES. No matter their confidence level, the nervous energy all morning is palpable. You get your kindergarten student in costume, you drop them off in time to settle down with their classmates in plenty of time before the performance begins, and you run to the auditorium to find the perfect seat—with just the right vantage point—based on where your child is standing on stage. We’ve all been there. But, what a moment of pride for everyone in the audience when each child steps in front of the microphone and delivers the five words they’ve been practicing for weeks! We live for these moments as parents, we are in awe of what the teachers are able to accomplish with such young children, and we post every picture we can find on social media—for everyone to share that special moment in time.
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It’s show time!
Have you ever wondered Why? we have performances in every grade level at Saint James School? Why the students are encouraged to join the choral groups, the theatre, band, speech & debate, youth legislature… and so many other groups like them? It harkens back to the core mission of our school. We are committed to challenging and assisting students in realizing their individual potential and preparing them for lives of responsibility, service, and achievement. This is our mission because it provides the necessary tools and prepares our graduates for a life of success. Here’s an interesting perspective to think about… In any given profession, there are skills that are needed to meet the position’s qualifications. But, how does that potential employee earn that position? They make contact and schedule an interview [publicity for a performance]; they research the firm [read the play and understand its message]; they prepare materials to present in their interview [design sets and coordinate costumes]; they rehearse their presentation [play practice and dress rehearsals]; they arrive promptly [curtain call]; and they make their presentation [performance]. In short, they are presenting themselves to the potential employer. They are on-stage, in the spotlight, with one opportunity to get it right. And they know with full confidence that they can do it—if they are prepared. So, now you’re thinking…I thought it was just the kindergarten play! Yes, it is—and so much more. Parents and grandparents…Enjoy the Show! It flies by in the blink of an eye—and before you know it, they really are dressed and ready to be cast for their dream role!
MISSION STATEMENT Saint James is an independent, nonsectarian, college preparatory school with a student body broadly representative of college-bound students. We are committed to challenging and assisting students in realizing their individual potential and preparing them for lives of responsibility, service, and achievement.
giving for continued
Dear STJ Family and Friends, Saint James eagerly greets the 2015-2016 school year with excitement as we celebrate our 60th Anniversary! As Montgomery’s oldest independent school we have seen immense growth and success through the years. From our beginnings in the classrooms at Saint James Church on Court Street, to our growth as a freestanding campus on Country Club Drive, to today’s beautiful campus on Vaughn Road, Saint James has ever endeavored to provide a uniquely engaging curriculum of superior academics and state-of-the-art enrichments, and it shows. This year’s senior class garnered a record breaking $8.4 million in collegiate scholarships. These well-rounded students have matriculated through our school where academic and social readiness begins in Pre-K3 through unique learning opportunities such as our Outdoor Science Lab and first regional Kindergarten/Senior Buddy Program; our nationally recognized middle school (and Montgomery’s first true middle school) offering the region’s only Career Week; and, where our high school students are recognized nationally for their achievements in the arts, and their ACT and SAT scores consistently rank above national averages. Our exceptional faculty and staff (of which 60% hold advanced degrees), lead the charge in educating our diverse and talented students from over 15 countries. While tuition covers most of the costs of offering these and countless other groundbreaking programs to our students, the STJ Giving for Continued Excellence (GCE) Annual Fund plays a vital role in bridging the gap and holding tuition at an affordable rate for our families. For six decades, supportive individuals and corporations have made generous gifts to STJ to enable the continued development of our future leaders. You are parents, grandparents, alumni, and friends of the school making impactful differences in the lives of our youth. Your dollars make a difference. The 2014-2015 school year brought great generosity. Our first annual Sunset on the Quad Gala netted over $50,000 for the school. The number of parent donors increased 27%; and, for the seventh year in a row 100% of faculty and staff made donations to the GCE campaign to reach an astounding $26,528 with their gifts. As you review the Annual Report that follows, please remember that every dollar given supports initiatives that are equipping our future leaders with lessons and experiences that will serve them for a lifetime. With 60 years experience, we know our school’s curriculum is second to none, but our charted course continues. We thank you for aiding in the support of the school during the last year, and look forward to the next sixty years with great hope and promise.
Elizabeth Thompson Hawke, class of 2002 Director of Advancement
Giving for Continued Excellence (GCE) Thank you to the following parents, grandparents, friends, businesses, and
Saint James School CONTRIBUTORS J U LY 1 , 2 0 1 4 – J U N E 3 0 , 2 0 1 5
organizations for their support of the 2014-2015 Annual Fund Drive, and Endowment Fund. This list reflects gifts received from July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015. “MGC” denotes companies that have contributed matching gifts and “MG” represents those individuals responsible for bringing these gifts to the school. “HS” denotes grandparents who have earned recognition in the Heritage Society by contributing $500 or more since the beginning of the fiscal year on July 1, 2014.
Headmaster’s Circle ($50,000 –$99,999)
Anonymous Mr. and Mrs. Jamie Loeb Mayor and Mrs. Todd Strange (HS) Mr. and Mrs. Garnet Turner (HS)
Mr. and Mrs. Mark Beard Central Alabama Community Foundation Mrs. Margaret L. Means Estate of Mr. Curtis Nordan, Jr. Dr. and Mrs. Reza Seirafi Mr. and Mrs. Trip Walton
Trojan ($1,000.00+) Anonymous
Mr. and Mrs. Kendall Dunson
Mr. and Mrs. Jon Killough
Dr. and Mrs. Julio Rios
Mr. and Mrs. Dave Baggett
Dr. and Mrs. Bob Engles
Drs. Alex and Susan Kreher
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Smith
Mr. and Mrs. Ty Beasley
Mr. Arthur and Dr. Margaret Vereb Frawley
Mr. and Mrs. In Lee
Mr. and Mrs. Chris Sullivan
Mr. Andrew and Dr. Melissa McNally
Mr. Tim Taylor
Mr. and Mrs. Randy McNeill
We Care Industrial Medicine, Inc.
Mr. and Mrs. Gip Meadows (MG)
Wells Fargo Foundation (MGC)
Mr. and Mrs. Greg Miles
Drs. Penn and Lori White
Mr. and Mrs. Mark Moody
Mr. John and Dr. Lisa Williams
Mr. and Mrs. Conrad Naftel
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Woodson
Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Assoc.
Mr. and Mrs. Larry Wright (HS)
Partners in Pediatrics, LLC
Mr. and Mrs. Scott Wright
Mr. and Mrs. Newton Bell (HS) Big Cedar Education Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Taylor Blackwell Dr. Lamenda Blakeney Lt. Col. Don Brewer Capitol Container Corporation Chevron Corporation (MGC) Mr. and Mrs. Lee Coon Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Crumpton Mr. and Mrs. Donald Deemer Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Dees (HS) Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Duncan, Sr. Dr. and Mrs. Allen Dunn
Mrs. Barbara Freedman Mr. and Mrs. Jack Galassini (HS) Mr. and Mrs. Tull Gearreald (HS) Dr. and Mrs. Rick Graves Mr. and Mrs. Andy Grigsby Gulf State Distributors, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Chris Hagen Mr. and Mrs. Shirald Hendrix (HS) (MG) Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Holloway Mr. and Mrs. David Hughes Mr. and Mrs. George A. Kent
Mr. Eric and Dr. Tammy Prater Mr. and Mrs. Chris Pritchett Mr. Arthur and Judge Kelli Ray Regions Financial Corporation
Mr. and Mrs. Steve Kermish (HS)
Dr. and Mrs. Bill Richardson
Mr. and Mrs. Steve Adams
Colonial Insurance Agency
Mr. Chuck and Judge LLoria James
Mr. and Mrs. Harold Richardson (HS)
Mr. and Mrs. Dale Alexander
Mr. and Mrs. Sam Colson
Mr. and Mrs. Minchan Kang
Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Rodgers
Mr. Wayne and Lt. Col. Judy Dailey (HS)
Mr. and Mrs. Bill Kennedy
Mr. and Mrs. Ron Skoneki (HS)
Mr. and Mrs. John C. Argo
David and Leslie Marcus Foundation
Mrs. Marian H. Kent (HS)
Mr. and Mrs. Scott Skoneki
Mr. and Mrs. Bill Atkins, Jr.
Dentistry for Children
Major and Mrs. Adam Kersey
Mr. and Mrs. Crawford Slaton
Mr. and Mrs. Jay Baker
Drs. Tim and Karen Doles
Dr. and Mrs. Stephen K. Kwan
Southern School Uniforms
Bond, Botes, Shinn & Donaldson, PC
Col. and Mrs. Kevin Foley
Mr. and Mrs. Billy Livings (MG)
Mrs. Anita Steele
Mr. and Mrs. Ted Bridges
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Fritz
LPL Financial (MGC)
Rev. and Mrs. Karl Stegall
Mr. and Mrs. Ken Buce
Mr. and Mrs. William Furr (MG)
Mr. and Mrs. Keith Maddox
Mr. and Mrs. G.T. Stewart (HS)
Ms. Elizabeth Burt
Judge and Mrs. J. R. Gaines, Jr.
Dr. and Mrs. David Marcus
Mr. and Mrs. Bob Taylor
Mr. and Mrs. Winton Bush (HS)
Mr. and Mrs. Martin Harris
Dr. and Mrs. Roosevelt McCorvey (HS)
Mr. and Mrs. David Byrd
Mr. Jeff Harrison
Dr. and Mrs. Larry McLemore
TripAdvisor Matching Gift Program (MGC)
Mr. and Mrs. Larry Capilouto (HS)
Dr. and Mrs. Charles Hastey
Mr. and Mrs. James McLendon
Ms. Martha Cavanaugh
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Hicks
Mr. and Mrs. Kent Murray
Mr. and Mrs. Webb Chastain (MG)
Hill, Hill, Carter, Franco, Cole and Black, P.C.
Dr. and Mrs. Bryan Oliver
Patron I ($500.00+)
Mrs. Pat Cherry (HS) Mr. Henry D. Cobb (HS) Dr. and Mrs. Bob Coggin (HS)
Mr. and Mrs. Rick Howard Mr. and Mrs. Dean Irving (HS)
Dr. Rob Owen Mr. and Mrs. Joel Pearson Raycom Media
Turner & Eaves Insurance Agency Dr. and Mrs. Daniel Ward (HS) Dr. and Mrs. Martin Wybenga
Patron II ($100.00+) Mrs. Mary Akridge
Mr. and Mrs. Joe Eichelberg
Mr. and Mrs. Blake Jeffcoat
Lt. Col. and Mrs. Dewey Mosley
AL Municipal & Environmental Engineers, Inc.
Mr. and Mrs. Al Elebash
Mr. and Mrs. Chris Johnson
Mr. and Mrs. Lou Mullikin
Mr. and Mrs. Mike Eley
Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Jones
Mr. and Mrs. Matt Mullikin
Drs. Robert and Phyllis Engles
Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Jones
Mr. and Mrs. Rex Musgrove
Mr. and Mrs. John Epps, Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Jones
Mr. and Mrs. DaiHyun Nam
Mr. and Mrs. Brandon Essig
Mr. and Mrs. Jin Jung
Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Nam
Mr. and Mrs. Gregg Everett
Mr. and Mrs. Justin Jung
Mrs. Kay Newman
Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Fain
Mr. and Mrs. Sun Kyu Kang
Mr. Jeff and Dr. Lynn Norman
Mr. and Mrs. Phil Festoso
Mr. Joe Kelly
Mr. and Mrs. Ryan Oberloh
Col. and Mrs. Frank Fields
Mr. and Mrs. Joel Kelly
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Ogles
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Fields
Mr. and Mrs. Jihoon Kim
Lt. Col. and Mrs. Charlie Ohliger
Drs. Nathan and Jessaka Fife
Mr. and Mrs. Soohong Kim
Mr. and Mrs. Larry Opphile
Mr. and Mrs. Tim Fitzpatrick
Mr. and Mrs. Tae Ho Kim
Mr. and Mrs. Perry Otis
Ms. Therese Ford
Mr. and Mrs. Miller King
Dr. Amanda Ousley
Ms. Darby Forrester
Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Kirkland
Mr. and Mrs. Ed Parish
Mr. and Mrs. Mike J. Frakes
Mr. and Mrs. Young Su Kwon
Mr. and Mrs. Dwight Parker
Mr. Ben and Dr. Michelle Freeman
Mr. Jerald Labovitz
Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Parmenter
Mr. and Mrs. Brian Gallion
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lane
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Parquette
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Gallops
Mr. and Mrs. Mark Limbers
Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Parsons
Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Garnett
Mr. David Long
Ms. Judy B. Pate
Mr. and Mrs. Joe Gary, III
Mrs. Betty Lott
Mr. Phillip Pelham
Ms. June Garzon
Mr. and Mrs. Gerry Love
Mr. and Mrs. James Peterson
Dr. and Mrs. Michael Gaylor
Mr. and Mrs. Keith Lucky
Col. and Mrs. Mike Peterson
Ms. Rosanna Gensini
Mr. and Mrs. Gerry Madore
Ms. Samantha Pieper
Mr. and Mrs. Randy George
Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Majors
Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Powell
Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Gilliland
Mr. Darrell Mann
Mr. and Mrs. Barry Prim
Mr. and Mrs. Chris Goff
Mr. and Mrs. John Markham
Mrs. Christy Pruitt-Haynes
Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Grate
Mr. and Mrs. Roger Marshall
Dr. and Mrs. James Rabon
Ms. Paula Gray
Mr. and Mrs. James Martin, Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. Todd Rampy
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Griggs
Mr. and Mrs. Peter Mascolo
Mr. and Mrs. Radney Ramsey
Mr. and Mrs. Hunter Groce
Mr. and Mrs. Tripp Mauldin
Mr. and Mrs. James D. Gunter
Mr. and Mrs. Willard McIlwain
Lt. Col. Reid and Major Loralie Rasmussen
Mr. Nelson Hall
Mr. and Mrs. Innes McIntyre, IV
Mr. and Mrs. Steven Hamner
Mr. and Mrs. Jeff McIntyre
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Hanan
Mr. and Mrs. Larry McLemore
Mr. John Hanson
Mr. and Mrs. Michael McLendon
Mrs. Ethel Harris
Mr. and Mrs. Jason McLeod
Mr. and Mrs. Lonny Harrison
Mr. and Mrs. Mike McQuitty
Mr. and Mrs. Mike Hassell
Rev. and Mrs. Tim Meadows
Mr. and Mrs. Scott Haven
Mr. and Mrs. Todd Meadows
Ms. Judy Hayner
Major Jon and Dr. Kate Merrill
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Hayner
Merrill Lynch/ Bank of America (MGC)
Alabama Steel Supply Anonymous (6) Mr. and Mrs. Brad Armagost Mr. and Mrs. Rick Arnold Mr. and Mrs. Nick Ashner Mr. and Mrs. Zack M. Azar Mr. and Mrs. James W. Barringer Mr. and Mrs. Joey Barton Mr. and Mrs. Zach Beard Mr. and Mrs. Mickey Beck Mr. and Mrs. Aubrey Blackwell Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Blankenship Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Bleiberg Mr. and Mrs. Tom Borden Mr. and Mrs. Buddy Boyd Mr. and Mrs. Dan Brantley Mr. and Mrs. Bradley Braswell Mr. and Mrs. Bill Brendle, Sr. Mr. and Mrs. Tom Broughton Mr. and Mrs. Jim W. Brown Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Browning Dr. and Mrs. Frank Buckner Dr. and Mrs. Harrell Bullard Mr. and Mrs. Philip Cameron Mr. and Mrs. Alan Cape Mr. and Mrs. Nigel Card Mr. Chester Carr Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Carr Mr. and Mrs. Rod Cater Mr. and Mrs. Frank Chinoski Mr. and Mrs. Eric Christie Ms. Vicky Christie Mr. and Mrs. Fred D. Clark Mr. and Mrs. David Cohen Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Coleman Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Conner Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Copeland Ms. Christine Darwin Mrs. Megan S. Deal Mr. Leigh and Dr. Susan Denham Ms. Becky Dickens Mr. and Mrs. Brent Dickey Dr. and Mrs. Ireneo Domingo Mr. and Mrs. Andy Donaldson Ms. Lis Donaldson Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell Dubina Mr. and Mrs. Phil Duke Mr. and Mrs. Craig Duncan Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Edwards
Mrs. Marilyn Hess Dr. and Mrs. Peter Hlebowitsh Judge and Mrs. Perry Hooper, Sr. Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Hoskins Mr. Justin Housman Mr. and Mrs. Harold Howard Mr. and Mrs. Bryan Hubbard Mr. and Mrs. Herb Hunter Mr. and Mrs. Sung Young Hwang Mr. and Mrs. Jim Ippolito, Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Miller Mr. and Mrs. Robert Miller, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Steve Miller Mr. and Mrs. Terry Mitchell Mr. and Mrs. Ed Montoya Prof. and Mrs. Bradley Moody Mr. and Mrs. Russell Moore Moorhead Marketing, LLC Mr. and Mrs. Skipper Moses
Mr. and Mrs. Jake Ray Mr. and Mrs. Bud Raybon Mr. and Mrs. David Rees, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Ed Reifenberg Mr. and Mrs. Eric Rice Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Rice Mr. and Mrs. Joe Richardson, Jr. Ms. Renee Richardson Mr. and Mrs. Rod Ritter Mr. and Mrs. Will Roark Dr. Michael Rosenberg and Dr. Heidi Christie Mrs. Rosalia Rosone Mr. and Mrs. David Rudd Ms. Betty Ann Russell Mr. and Mrs. Mark Sadie Saint James Class of 2018 Mr. and Mrs. Lyndon Sallie Mr. and Mrs. Bob Sampson Mrs. Barbara Samuels Mr. and Mrs. David Sanders
Patron II Continued ($100.00+) Mr. and Mrs. James Saxon
Mr. and Mrs. Guy Shores
Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Walter
Drs. Alex and Julia Schreiber
Mr. and Mrs. Ben Shoults
Ms. Erika Tatum
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Ward
Mr. and Mrs. Bill Scott
Mr. and Mrs. Rod Simmons
Lt. Col. and Mrs. Glenn Taylor
Mr. and Mrs. Hayden Ward
Mrs. Martha Scott
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Simon
Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Taylor
Mr. and Mrs. Navan Ward, Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. Mark Seale
Mr. and Mrs. Ben Skelley
Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Taylor
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Waring
Mr. and Mrs. Bryan Setzer
Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Skier
Mr. and Mrs. Scott Taylor
Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey T. Webb
Mr. and Mrs. Tom Sexton
Mr. and Mrs. Brian Smith
Mr. and Mrs. Jim Terry
Ms. Helen Wells
Mr. and Mrs. Steve Shalayda
Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Smith
Mr. and Mrs. Ben Trolinger, Sr.
Major and Mrs. Billy Whigham
Mr. and Mrs. Terry Sharp
Judge and Mrs. Burt Smithart
Mr. and Mrs. Roy Trolinger
Mr. and Mrs. Wallace White
Mr. and Mrs. Brad Sharpe
Mr. and Mrs. Mike Spivey
Mr. Jeremy Turner
Mr. and Mrs. Ray E. Williams
Mrs. Inez Sheffield
Mrs. Jean Stafford
Dr. and Mrs. Ian Turnipseed
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Williamson
Ms. Weibing Sheng
Mr. and Mrs. Steve Stanley
United Technologies (MGC)
Mr. and Mrs. Russ Wilsford
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Shepard
Mr. and Mrs. Al Steineker
Mr. and Mrs. Mike Vigilant
Mrs. Jane Woodson
Mr. and Mrs. Stan Sherlin
Dr. and Mrs. Allen Stern
Mr. and Mrs. Ricky Wadkins
Mr. and Mrs. Brandt Wright
Mr. and Mrs. Eric Shiffer
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Sullivan, Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. Clark Waggoner
Dr. and Mrs. Sheridan Shirley
Mr. and Mrs. Fajie Sun
Mr. and Mrs. James Walker
Dr. and Mrs. John Aho
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Falls
Ms. Henrietta McBride
Mr. Lazaro Saavedra
Mr. Brandon and Dr. Amy Anderson
Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Fife
Mr. and Mrs. Mike McDowell
Mr. and Mrs. Scott Saunders
First United Methodist Church
Ms. Jennifer R. McElvy
Mr. and Mrs. Bert Shephard
Mr. Allen and Dr. Kelley Argenti
Dr. and Mrs. Rex Forehand
Mr. and Mrs. Scott E. McGlon
Mrs. Ann Sherman
Mrs. Judy Ayers
Mr. and Mrs. John Formby
Mr. and Mrs. Ryan McGraw
Mr. and Mrs. Kwangjin Shin
Ms. Margo Baker
Ms. Debbie Funderburk
Mr. and Mrs. Basil McHorne
Mr. and Mrs. Chris Smith
Mr. and Mrs. Bill Banks
Mr. Wes Funderburk
Mr. and Mrs. Albert Miller
Mr. and Mrs. Tom Somerville
Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Barnett
Mr. and Mrs. Jay Gilliland
Mr. and Mrs. Tom Miller
Mrs. Bette Sue Strasburger
Mr. and Mrs. Cleg Bender
Mr. Philip and Dr. Michelle Goodwyn
Mr. and Mrs. William Miller
Mr. and Mrs. Jake Sullivan
Mrs. Kellye J. Bowen
Mr. and Mrs. James Griffin
Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Mitchell
Mr. and Mrs. Darren Swanson
Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Brightwell
Mr. and Mrs. John Griggs
Mr. and Mrs. Dale Moncrief
Col. and Mrs. Todd Taylor
Mr. and Mrs. Bob Brow
Ms. Kanethia Gunn
Mr. and Mrs. Jeremy VanEgmond
Dr. and Mrs. Timothy Buckner
Mr. and Mrs. John Hamilton
Mr. and Mrs. David T. Moore
Mr. and Mrs. Hieu Vo
Mr. and Mrs. C. J. Butterbaugh
Cdr. and Mrs. Michael Harber
Lt. Col. and Mrs. Craig F Morris
Mr. and Mrs. Otto Voellinger
Mr. and Mrs. Kenny Capouya
Mr. Gerald Hayner
Mr. and Mrs. Jim Murphree
Ms. Denise Walker
Drs. Clinton and Cheryl Carter
Mr. and Mrs. Dave Holman
Mr. and Mrs. Randy Murphy
Mr. David Walkup
Mr. and Mrs. Sekson Chamnong
Mr. and Mrs. Toye Hooks
Mr. and Mrs. Chris Nagel
Ms. Louvenia Ward
Mr. and Mrs. Hank Cherry
Mrs. Karen Jabour
Mr. and Mrs. Andy Olree
Mr. and Mrs. John Wascher
Mr. and Mrs. Nag Chun Choi
Kenwood Social Fund
Ms. Jessica Owens
Mr. and Mrs. Robert S. Weil, II
Mr. and Mrs. John Christian
Ms. Natalie King
Mr. and Mrs. Perry Payne
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Wells
Mr. and Mrs. Steve Clark
Mr. and Mrs. Joey Latham
General and Mrs. Allen Peck
Mr. and Mrs. Jason Williams
Mr. and Mrs. Andy Clinton
Mr. and Mrs. Desi Lawson
Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Perry
Mr. and Mrs. Mark Williams
Mr. and Mrs. Roger Copeland
Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Lee
Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Phillips
Mr. and Mrs. Art Wingard
Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Corley
Mr. and Mrs. David Levins
Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Pilleteri
Mr. and Mrs. Chad Wise
Mrs. Christy Cronier
Prof. and Mrs. Jeremy Lewis
Mr. and Mrs. Junior Potts
Mr. and Mrs. Ken Woodard
Ms. Connie Daniel
Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Lincoln
Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Rains
Ms. Kimberly Wright
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Dean
Dr. and Mrs. Greg Lipscomb
Mr. and Mrs. Steve Raybon
Ms. Chelsea Young
Mr. and Mrs. Brad Duncan
Mr. and Mrs. Ned Lovell
Mr. and Mrs. Denny Rea
Mr. and Mrs. William Zukowski
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Dykema
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Marshall
Mr. and Mrs. Dustin Redden
Ms. Paula Evans
Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Martin
Mrs. Sarah M. Rosenfeld
Patron III ($99.00 and under)
Honorariums For Their Service to Saint James Craig Duncan Mike Gaylor Pia Hayner Wanda Love Jeff McIntyre Kay Newman Samantha Pieper Gillette Slaton Sue Stanley Susan Terry Jeremy Van Egmond Melba and Bill Richardson
Memorials Bryan Oliver Wanda Love Cathy Pearson Pam and Tommy Sexton Samantha Pieper Joann and Ed Reifenberg Marie and Jim Rabon Joann and Ed Reifenberg
Venna Everett Joann and Ed Reifenberg
Melba Richardson Kathryn and Billy Banks Cheryl and Lawson Bryan Diane and Frank Buckner Cheryl and Clinton Carter Mary Jane and Phil Duke Jeanette and Richard Hanan Erica and Peter Hlebowitsh Peggy and Blake Jeffcoat Stuart Jeffcoat Wanda Love Beth and Mike McQuitty Diane and Terry Mitchell Cathy and Matt Mullikin Kay Newman Ann and Jerry Phillips Pam and Tommy Sexton Brenda and Karl Stegall Sandi and Allen Stern Vicki and Mark Williams Sallye Jeffcoat York
Monet and J.R. Gaines Melba and Bill Richardson
Lazaro Saavedra Joann and Ed Reifenberg
High School Math Department Wanda Love
Carla Sewell Joann and Ed Reifenberg
Edith and Robert Lane Andrew and Mackenzie Mullikin
Ann Sherman Hobbie and Leslie Dees
Bobbie Limbers Joann and Ed Reifenberg
Clare Simon Joann and Ed Reifenberg
Wanda Love Sandi and Allen Stern
Cindy Somerville Joann and Ed Reifenberg
Gini Majors Joann and Ed Reifenberg
Laura Spivey Joann and Ed Reifenberg
Kay McGaughey Joann and Ed Reifenberg
Lane and Chris Sullivan Melba and Bill Richardson
Felicia Arnold Britt and Paul Griggs Joann and Ed Reifenberg Susan Atkins Wanda Love Gaby Capp Esther Capp Miller Steve Miller Class of 2015 Martha Scott Elizabeth and Burt Smithart Class of 2025 Hobbie and Leslie Dees
Larry McLemore Connie and Jeremy Lewis Pam and Tommy Sexton Cindy Mullikin Britt and Paul Griggs Colleen Murphy Joann and Ed Reifenberg
Ms. Hayley Bell Hobbie and Leslie Dees Wes Funderburk Cathy Pearson Mrs. Tommy Fay Falls Bonds Sherry and Wayne Barnett The Believers Sunday School Classâ€” Covenant United Methodist Church Betty Ann and Jimmy Coleman Jackie and Robert Falls Martha and Benjamin Pilleteri Joy and Otto Voellinger Mr. Robert Augustus Brasfield Melba and Bill Richardson Mr. Jim Brown Joann and Ed Reifenberg Mrs. Nancy Chambless Debbie, Hanly and Wes Funderburk Mr. Calvin W. Cherry, III Pat Cherry Mr. Jerald Conway Paula Evans Janie and Gerald Jones Mrs. Shirley Crabb Melba and Bill Richardson Mrs. Jane Goldman Joan and Steve Adams Elizabeth Burt Karen and Jeff Corley Heather and John Formby Phia and John Griggs Trish and Rick Howard Nan and Chris Johnson Kathy and Stephen Kwan Seina Lee and Kwangjin Shin Josie and Larry McLemore Andrea and Kent Murray Cathy Pearson Melba and Bill Richardson Sarita and Rod Ritter Bethany and Steve Shalayda Anita Steele Erika Tatum Dee Dee and Hayden Ward Ruth and Rich Williamson Ms. Carol Jones Gini and Johnny Majors Cathy, Joel, Nan and Hartley Pearson Mr. Logan Markham Josie and Larry McLemore Mr. David Materna Diane Buckner
Mr. Jay McCollum Beth and Mike McQuitty Ms. Melanie McLendon Sue and Gus McLendon Mrs. Eunice McNeill Margaret and Randy McNeill Ms. Verna Patricia Moncrief Cathy Pearson Melba and Bill Richardson Mr. Bill Oswalt Debbie, Hanly and Wes Funderburk Mrs. Anita Rice Melba and Bill Richardson Mr. Pino Rosone Hobbie and Leslie Dees Mr. Eddie Scott Diane and Frank Buckner Peggy and Blake Jeffcoat Stuart Jeffcoat Kay Newman Cathy and Joel Pearson Joann and Ed Reifenberg Melba and Bill Richardson Pam and Tommy Sexton Sheila and Bobby Weil Sallye Jeffcoat York Mr. Harry Simon, Jr. Josie and Larry McLemore Joann and Ed Reifenberg Melba and Bill Richardson Mr. John Angelo Speights Henrietta McBride Mrs. Marion Stough Debbie, Hanly and Wes Funderburk Mr. Charles Strasburger Melba and Bill Richardson Mrs. Mary Tatum Melba and Bill Richardson Mrs. Rena Underwood Joann and Ed Reifenberg Melba and Bill Richardson Gillette and Crawford Slaton Mr. Deland Vitty Paula Gray Peggy and Blake Jeffcoat Stuart Jeffcoat Kenwood Elementary David Walkup Sallye Jeffcoat York
Grandparent Honors Mrs. Judy Ayers Lauren and Patrick McGlon
Mr. and Mrs. John Epps Milah Epps
Mr. and Mrs. Gerry Madore Mitchell and Spencer Madore
Mrs. Giuseppe Rosone Frankie and Giovanni Hayner
Ms. Margo Baker Marley Beard
Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Fain Grayson Morgan
Mr. and Mrs. Roger Marshall Logan Hartson
Ms. Betty Ann Russell Gracie and Zac Russell
Mr. and Mrs. Newton Bell, IV Ashley Kelley
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Fields Catherine and Sarah Claire Loeb
Mr. and Mrs. Peter Mascolo Sumner Brown
Mrs. Barbara Samuels Emma Williams
Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Blankenship Bennett and Mae Morgan Blankenship
Mr. and Mrs. Phil Festoso Jake and Sam Festoso
Dr. and Mrs. Roosevelt McCorvey Michaela and Trey Gaines
Mr. and Mrs. Bill Scott Taylor Oswalt
Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Fife Bailey and Nate Fife
Mr. and Mrs. Todd Meadows Taylor Meadows
Mr. and Mrs. Brad Sharpe Davis Groce
Ms. Therese Ford Carter and Miles Hinton
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Miller Carter Miller
Mrs. Inez Sheffield Gabe and Luke Robbins
Dr. and Mrs. Rex Forehand Kathleen Wright
Mr. and Mrs. Tom Miller Jay and Virginia Williams
Mr. and Mrs. Bert Shephard Adeline and Parker Henry
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Galassini Jack and Sophia Caradori
Mr. and Mrs. William Miller Hoke and Will Brantley
Dr. and Mrs. Sheridan Shirley Morgan Elizabeth Maulden
Mr. and Mrs. Randy George William Taylor
Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Mitchell Jamison Cantrell
Mr. and Mrs. Ron Skoneki Annie Skoneki
Mr. and Mrs. Mike Hassell Michael Hassell
Mr. and Mrs. Ed Montoya Hayden Ward
Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Smith Lauren Talkington
Ms. Judy Hayner Frankie and Giovanni Hayner
Mr. and Mrs. Bradley Moody Knox Moody
Mrs. Jean Stafford Will Richardson
Mr. and Mrs. Shirald Hendrix Annie Skoneki
Mr. Jeff and Dr. Lynn Norman Braylen, Kaylin and Makenzie Corley
Mr. and Mrs. Al Steineker Hanan Miller
Ms. Mimi Hess Elizabeth and Scarlett Parsons
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Ogles Anna Catherine McDaniel
Mr. and Mrs. G.T. Stewart Jay Spivey
Judge and Mrs. Perry Hooper Wells Hooper
Mr. and Mrs. Larry Opphile Sophie Shoults
Mrs. Charles Strasburger Nathan Ashner
Mr. and Mrs. Harold Howard Carson and Jackson Howard
Mr. Bill Oswalt Caton Oswalt
Mr. and Mrs. Ben Trolinger Adam and Andrew Trolinger
Mr. and Mrs. Dean Irving Katie Irving
Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Parmenter Lexi Haughian
Mr. and Mrs. Ricky Wadkins Gabe and Luke Robbins
Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Jones Nathan Baxter
Ms. Judy Pate Anna and Emma Colson
Dr. and Mrs. Daniel Ward Jaxon Mason
Mr. Joe Kelly Grace Kelly
Mr. Phillip Pelham Walker Wise
Ms. Louvenia Ward Jaxon and Roman Ward
Mr. and Mrs. Bill Kennedy Hoke and Will Brantley
Mr. and Mrs. James Peterson Ben and Matt Peterson
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Waring Clayton Waring
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Dean Hannah Claire, Noah and Zach Rains
Mrs. Marian Kent Colton Alter Emily and Whitman Kent
Mr. and Mrs. Bud Raybon Jackson Raybon
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Wells Michael Aaron and William Fritz
Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Dees Bailey and Brely Dees
Mr. and Mrs. Steve Kermish Jack and Sara Turner Burt
Mr. and Mrs. Denny Rea Clint Thames Miller Waid
Ms. Helen Wells Audrey and Mallory Larson Helen Wells
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Dykema Tucker Byrd
Mrs. Edith Lane Andrew and Mackenzie Mullikin
Mrs. Jane Woodson Reid, Shaw and Win Woodson
Mr. and Mrs. Al Elebash Gage and Ways Holloway
Mrs. Betty Lott Jake Maddox
Mr. and Mrs. Harold Richardson Bea, Camilla and Susannah Richardson
Drs. Robert and Phyllis Engles Abbey and Brooke Engles
Mr. and Mrs. Ned Lovell Jackson Wentworth
Mr. and Mrs. Tom Borden Jack Cater Mr. and Mrs. Buddy Boyd Mary Julian Setzer Mr. and Mrs. Dan Brantley Maddox Trumbly Mr. and Mrs. Bill Brendle Austin and Ava McIlwain Lt. Col. Donald Brewer Hayden Cavanaugh Mr. and Mrs. Jim Brown Ben and Henry Olree Mr. and Mrs. Winton Bush Brooks and Brunson Bacheler Mr. and Mrs. Larry Capilouto Eli and Gracie Sommer Mr. Chester Carr Kayla Carr Mrs. Pat Cherry Wes Cherry Ms. Vicky Christie Caroline and Wes Christie Mr. Henry Cobb Katie Cobb Dr. and Mrs. Robert Coggin Maggie and Zane Harris Mr. and Mrs. Roger Copeland Catherine and Sarah Claire Loeb Mrs. Betty Cramer Sydney Cramer
Mr. and Mrs. Joe Richardson Will Richardson
Mr. and Mrs. Larry Wright Caroline Wright Kathleen Wright
Gifts in Kind Alpha Lumber & Supply Co., Inc.
Mr. and Mrs. Sam Colson
Beasley, Allen, Crow Methvin, Portis & Miles
Mr. and Mrs. Greg Ergenbright
Mr. and Mrs. Hayden Ward
Blackwell Construction, LLC
The King’s Table/Al Steineker
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Woodson
Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Blancett
Mrs. Joyce Moore
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Brasfield
Mr. and Mrs. Scott Taylor
A Legacy of Excellence Thank you for your support of Saint James School! The 2014-2015 campaign was a great success as a result of your generosity. Our families and friends are engaged now more than ever. With the addition of Sunset on the Quad, total giving accumulated over $404,301.
Data behind this giving underscores the significant worth you place in the invaluable experience of an STJ education.
There is great momentum at STJ; and, with your continued gifts we will press forward with our mission. Specifically, your undesignated gifts to the Giving for Continued Excellence campaign make allowances for advancements in our groundbreaking technologies, academic offerings, and faculty enrichments. As we continue forth together in our support, it is incredible to imagine the heights our school will reach!
50,009.98 Designated $216,928.14 $
Saint James saw a 68% increase in total giving this year, securing over $404,000.
APRIL 10, 2016
Our first annual Sunset on the Quad Gala netted over $50,000 for the school.
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For the seventh year in a row, 100% of faculty and staff made donations to the GCE Annual Campaign to reach an astounding $26,528 with their gifts.
Parent donors increased 27%.
2014-2015 GIVING FOR CONTINUED EXCELLENCE ANNUAL FUND DRIVE
HOMECOMING [save the date]
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2
2014-15 SAINT JAMES STUDENTS ARE CITY, STATE, AND NATIONAL LEADERS LEADERSHIP
Leading the Way Since 1955
100% of students in grades 9-12 participate in a visual or performing arts program at STJ
Youth Governor for the State of Alabama Governor of Girls State Lieutenant Governor, Division 14, Alabama District of Key Club International
2014 Bands of America Super-Regional Class A Champions (4th consecutive year) 2015 All-State High School Bands, 2 Members
District DAR Good Citizen Winner
2015 All-District Band, 6 Members (4 High School & 2 Middle School)
YMCA IPRYL Jamie Gilliland Spirit Award Winner
Regional Winners, Scholastic Art Competition, 6 Gold Keys
Dixie Electric Washington, D.C. Youth Tour Recipient (1 of 2 from Alabama)
Alabama Arts Council District II High School Competition 1st Place, Printmaking; and Wildcard, Drawing
Two University of Alabama Honors College Capstone Leadership Academy Recipients
Visual Art Achievement Program Middle School District Competition 1st Place, Drawing 1st Place, Painting 1st Place, Mixed Media 1st Place, 3-D 1st Place, Printmaking
ACADEMICS $8.4 million in merit-based college scholarships awarded to the 85-member class 2 National Merit Finalists 1 National Achievement Finalist 1 Commended National Merit Winner 19 AP Scholars 1 National Scholar National Forensics Finalist District Forensics Champions, 8 Qualifiers for Nationals State Forensics Champion, Individual Events Team State Champion Congressional Debate Team (tied for first place) State Forensics Tournament, 8 Individual State Champions State Forensics Student of the Year Auburn Mathematical Puzzle Challenge 1st Place Team (3rd consecutive year) Alabama Statewide High School Math Competition 1st Place
2015 All-State Choir, 8 Members 2015 All-State Show Choir, 3 Members State Trumbauer Theater Festival 1st Place, Solo Musical Male Comedic District Trumbauer Theater Festival Top Scores, Duet Musical Dramatic Event; Solo Acting Male Contemporary Dramatic (novice); Solo Musical Female Dramatic
ATHLETICS 75% of students in grades 7-12 participated in interscholastic teams in 2014-15 2014 4A Region 2 Football Champions 2015 4A State Golf Champions 2015 All-State Male Golfer 2015 All-Metro Golfer of the Year Area Champions, Varsity Baseball Area Champions, Varsity Boys Basketball
Alabama Statewide High School Math Competition, District Division 1st Place Algebra II with Trig Team 1st Place Comprehensive Test Team
Regional Runner Up, Varsity Boys Basketball
Alabama Statewide High School Math Competition, Individuals 1st Place District, Comprehensive Test 1st Place District, Algebra II with Trig
Area Champions, Varsity Boys Soccer
TEAMS State Competition (Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics, and Science) 1st Place Team – 9th and 10th Division Robotics VEX Robotics Excellence Award BEST Robotics, Teacher Leadership Award BEST Robotics, 1st Place, Solidworks CAD notebook BEST Robotics, 1st Place, Most Creative Exhibit BEST Robotics, 1st Place, Exhibit and Interview
Alabama’s 4A Basketball Player of the Year Area Champions, Varsity Girls Soccer South Super Regional Volleyball Champion, Varsity Team Capital City Conference Volleyball Champion, Junior Varsity Capital City Conference Track & Field Championship, 4 Individual First Place Winners Universal Cheerleaders Association Statewide Competition 1st place, Sideline Routine, Varsity 1st place, Extreme Routine, Junior Varsity 1st place, Sideline Routine, Junior Varsity 1st place, Extreme Routine, Middle School 1st place, Sideline Routine, Middle School UCA All-American Cheerleaders, 9 Members
Photo by Mary Catherine Phillips
G REAT DAYat !
DEAR SAINT JAMES COMMUNITY, My heart is overflowing with your expressions of love as I transition into my
As I expressed to you then, let me say how honored and humbled I have been
retirement years. It truly has been an amazing thirty-two years at this incredible
to serve as your Head of School. As I expressed at the night of the Gala, we
school. Recently, I looked back to examine the first Columns printed shortly
don’t just talk about family here, we live it. Speaking of family, this job would
after the Board of Directors appointed me as Interim Head in the summer of
be difficult without a supportive spouse and Bill Richardson has been the best.
2008. My first Friday newsletter caught my attention as well. I wrote the letter with
The hours he has been willing to spend with me at night functions either in
the idea I just wanted to communicate with our families,
town or out of town are remarkable and there are so
never dreaming it would become a weekly part of the STJ
many ways he has been supportive during my long days
newsletter. To think I have worked at this school for almost half my life reminds me how very blessed I have been to love each and every job I have had here. Of course, it all began with my passion to be a teacher in the Fall of 1983. I have loved every single day with our students, parents, faculty, and staff. At my first faculty in-service after
When parents entrust a school to provide the very best, we can consider nothing less.
saying, “We are Saint James School!” I never imagined the phrase would become such a hallmark for the school. I am so proud of how the students embraced the phrase with pride as well as my daily exchange with them on my morning walks around campus—“It is a great day at STJ!” Looking back at my first Friday newsletter to you, I stated, “When parents entrust a school to provide the very best, we can consider nothing less.” I sincerely believed that every single day I spent at Saint James. As we turn to the future, I will repeat to you what I did in my first Columns article—“The future looks bright for Saint James School! With supportive parents, bright students, and a well-trained, energetic faculty, we are anxiously awaiting to see all the potential unfold this year in our students. I like to say that all children are gifts—some just open their packages earlier than others. I believe we will see many, many packages opened
home and his science advice was always welcomed! When I made the decision to retire over a year ago, I truly had such peace in my heart at all of our accomplishments. To be recognized as the premiere school in Central Alabama is something I owe to our
being appointed Head of School, I shared with the faculty our traditions, our excellence, and our pride and closed my remarks by
at school. We enjoyed all the events we hosted in our
wonderful STJ faculty, staff, parents, students, and administration. Leadership is critical but you also need a great team and I have certainly had that here at STJ. And did I say our students are simply the best? Speaking of students, Dr. Larry McLemore was one of mine, as I served as his middle school principal. I have every confidence that he will do an exceptional job as your new Head. We have had the joy of working together on the transition these last few months and he will, no doubt, lead our school to greatness. I was privileged to be the first female Head and Larry will be our first Head to be an alum of STJ. Let’s all give him the support he needs as we celebrate our sixtieth anniversary and anticipate continued success for our students. It is truly a great day at STJ and always remember—We Are Saint James School! With Love and Deepest Appreciation,
this year as we eagerly approach another great school year.” I believe the same description still applies today. The future is, indeed, bright for this remarkable independent school.
Melba Richardson Head of School, 2008–2015
highlights from the past year Mrs. Richardson has left a legacy of exemplary service of 32 years at Saint James School. From teaching English in 1983 to leading the way as Head of School at the River Region’s top independent school in 2014, Mrs. Richardson has left her mark, her indelible mark, on the students, staff, and parents who have worked with her for the past three decades. The collective Saint James School community thanks you,
Mrs. Richardson, for your guidance, your leadership, and most of all, for your love of Saint James School.
Did you know that Mrs. Richardson likes Alabama Football? Maybe just a little! Lots and lots of covert planning went into coordinating the April assembly honoring Mrs. Richardson’s retirement. From rain boots and handwritten letters, to remarks by class officers and alums, to the University of Alabama Million Dollar Band... and Crimsonettes...and BIG AL…it was a morning that Mrs. Richardson will not soon forget! And the very next week…a personal visit from UA Defensive Coordinator Kirby Smart. Roll Tide, Mrs. Richardson!
“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” —Henry Brooks Adams
City of Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange presented a Certificate of Recognition to Mrs. Richardson at the last InService meeting of the year. His thoughtful remarks and warm wishes reflected his respect and appreciation for Mrs. Richardson and the contributions Saint James School has made in the capital city during her tenure. The Mayor was followed by Mr. Michael McLendon of the Alabama Independent School Association who presented a Senate Resolution also honoring her retirement. Mr. McLendon also gave her a special gift—a custom STJ baseball bat in honor of her love of sports and her devoted attendance at all STJ extracurricular activities.
August 20, 2014, Mrs. Richardson accepted the ALS ice bucket challenge from STJ junior James Kelly, and in turn raised her ice bucket and challenged other local heads of school. While the dousing of ice water was in jest, Mrs. Richardson’s center-of-campus-display of being a GREAT sport was enjoyed by the entire school but also showed them the true meaning of helping others. Mrs. Richardson made a personal donation to ALS and challenged her colleagues to do the same.
Dr. and Mrs. Richardson with their family at the unveiling of her Head of School portrait in Furlong Hall.
Athletic Director Jerry Browning and Coach Jimmy Perry worked behind the scenes with Dr. Richardson and took Mrs. Richardson completely by surprise— she thought she was taking a quick photograph on the field and was in fact presented with a bouquet of roses, remarks by the voice of STJ Athletics J.R. Brown, and a standing ovation by the school community. But that’s not all! Her beloved Trojans won the game to clinch the Class 4A Region 2 championship. It certainly was a night to remember.
THE TIME IS RIGHT. LET’S MAKE THIS HAPPEN. That was the conclusion after research and discussions between Head of School, Mrs. Richardson and Director of Advancement, Dr. McLemore in the summer of 2014. A school-sponsored gala had been considered for several years; with the fabulous gala experience that had just been “acquired,” the timing was perfect! “Last summer, we began making plans for a spring gala,” said Dr. McLemore. “With auction and event direction from our new and very experienced CFO, Elizabeth Fritz, our steering committee named event chairs and set out on a path to craft an enjoyable event that our Saint James family would look forward to attending in April. We were so humbled by the numerous community sponsors who volunteered to support our first school-wide event of this scale. Following our sponsors were the RSVPs. As our reservations grew to over 600, we were again delighted by the response of the Saint James family and all of our supporters. An event this large took the hands of so many people; we cannot begin to recognize them all. But, what an honor it was for me to work with each and every one of the devoted committee members all year.”
Dr. and Mrs. Richardson with their daughter and son-in-law from Montgomery, and family from Nashville and Auburn, after the gala presentation.
Elizabeth and Michael Fritz pose for a keepsake caricature sketch. Mrs. Richardson with three of the Chairmen of the Saint James Board she worked with as Head of School. From left, Mr. Billy Livings, Mrs. Helena Duncan, and Mr. Fred Clark.
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SUNSET ON THE QUAD SUNDAY, APRIL 10, 2016
Proceeds from the evening’s silent auction and ticket sales were distributed among various teams, who compete regionally and nationally, and booster clubs on campus, to enhance their programs. Each group was given their participation percentage of the evening’s ticket sales and any auction item their group brought in and sold was earmarked solely for that group. Due to weather concerns, the set up changed a bit at the last minute—but it did not dampen the spirit or success of the evening. The silent auction filled the Performing Arts Building, an artist and caricaturist were on the lawn under a tent, and the beautiful dinner was hosted in the high school gym. Seating for over 600 guests, candlelight, and gorgeous floral arrangements transformed the gymnasium into a lovely setting to celebrate the inaugural gala with family and friends. After the delicious meal and desserts were served, J.R. Brown emceed the program to honor Mrs. Richardson.
Chairman of the Saint James School Board of Directors, Mrs. Helena Duncan, delivered a wonderful tribute to Mrs. Richardson. And at the end of her remarks, Mrs. Duncan presented a rendering of the Saint James middle school, bearing its new name, the Melba Richardson Middle School. Honored and very moved, Mrs. Richardson spoke about her years at Saint James, what the school has meant to her family—Dr. Richardson and their two children and STJ graduates, William and Mary Catherine. “I cannot express how surprised I was to be given such an honor at the gala,” said Mrs. Richardson. “After spending half of my life nurturing our students, working to bring innovative concepts and programs to Saint James, and rejoicing in the successes of our students and faculty—this school is simply just a part of who I am. In fact, my 2-year old granddaughter synonymously connects me with school, ‘Nana-STJ!’ I could not be more honored than to have my name permanently associated with such a fine institution.”
The floral arrangements, candlelight, and table décor transformed the high school gymnasium into a beautiful setting for the evening.
WE’LL BE LOOKING FOR YOU ON SATURDAYS THIS FALL, JALEN! Jalen Harris ‘15 officially signed with Auburn University February 2015. “I think it was the best fit for me as a person and as a football player,” Harris said. “I love Coach (Gus) Malzahn; he’s a great coach. I was just comfortable with all of their coaches and that was a big part of my decision.” Jalen wore the jersey #43 his senior year at STJ in memory of his mentor and friend, former Auburn player and STJ football coach, Philip Lutzenkirchen. “He had a really big impact on me as a football player and as a person. It was the most fitting thing to do for the season. I just wanted to honor him and carry on his legacy.” All of the STJ players wore a #43 decal on their helmets this year in memory of Coach Lutzenkirchen.
21 STROKE LEAD…TO A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP Coach Nigel Card, and two assistant coaches, Dr. Bryan Oliver and Mr. Chris Sullivan, gave the Saint James golf team the support and guidance they needed to play their best—and to be the best—golf team in Alabama. Beginning in February, the team played a roster of tournaments and it was clear that the foundation was laid for a great golf season. At each tournament, the team moved the needle higher and higher in terms of team rank and individual ranks. In April, STJ took 2nd place at the CCC Championship, 1st place at Sectionals, and 2nd place in May at the Sub State tournament. At the State Championship in Mobile, after two days of golf, Saint James School took the State Golf Championship from rival, UMS Wright by a 21-stroke victory. In fact, Saint James took 4 of the top 10, and 5 of the top 14 spots, in individual ranks. Clearly, the state tournament was the moment it all came together for this dedicated group of young men. “They are an exceptional group of golfers who truly support one another,” said Coach Card. “It was such a personal honor and privilege to be a part of this extraordinary group of young men.”
TROJANETTES MEET THE AUBURN TIGER PAWS The Trojanettes, the STJ dance team, traveled to Auburn to participate in the Auburn Tiger Paws Dance Team clinic in January. Six of the Trojanettes attended the clinic and performed with the Tiger Paws at the men’s basketball game that evening. STJ Trojanettes coach, Mrs. Kim Bullard, said, “It was an exciting game and a thrill for our team to be a part of something so special.”
THE SAINT JAMES TROJANS: 2014 4A REGION 2 FOOTBALL CHAMPIONS
SERVING UP THE WIN JAYLEN MCCOY ‘15 Alabama’s 4A Basketball Player of the Year!
SET. SCORE. WIN. REPEAT. The Saint James School Varsity Volleyball Team won the South Super Regional Tournament in October 2014. The team defeated Elmore County, Sipsey Valley, and Straughn, and then advanced to playing Trinity in the finals. STJ won 25-21, 28-26, and 29-27, not dropping a set all day.
RUNNING THEIR RECORD BEST Saint James School Cross Country runners took first place at the Tiger Classic in Auburn this fall. The STJ girls took 1st and 2nd place in the 1A—4A race. Rachael Yergensen, coming back from an injury, put up a great time for her first race of the season, 20:06, winning the race! Sailor Miles ran a 20:45, bringing her in 2nd just after Rachael. Jake Maddox placed 9th overall in the 1A—4A race with a 19:22. JT Peifer and Ryan Townsend both came across the line at 20:00, with JT narrowly edging Ryan out, for 18th and 19th respectively, both achieving career PRs.
STJ Junior Varsity Volleyball won the Capital City Conference Championship fall 2014. They finished the year in a hard-fought tournament and ended the season 27-3. In the championship tournament of play, STJ sophomore Lindsey Sampson and freshman Caroline Christie were named tournament team players and the Tournament MVP was STJ freshman Annie Skoneki.
WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS! IT WAS A SLAM DUNK OF A SEASON! JV Boys Basketball Team defeated Montgomery Catholic 57-37 in the championship game in January to win the Capital City Conference tournament. The JV Team finished with an impressive record of 12-1 this season.
STJ Varsity Boys Soccer took the top spot in Area this spring. To clinch the tile, they defeated local rival Trinity for the second time of the season. In the game, Hayden Ward scored the only goal less than 2 minutes into the match. Keeper Ivan Villageois and the STJ defense held Trinity scoreless the entire match to secure a 1-0 victory. The 2015 seniors enjoyed the season with family and fans – especially their kindergarten buddies who came out to support the Trojans!
STAN MAY ‘75 lives in Oakland, CA and retired from American Air Airlines in October, 2014.
RUSS STILL ‘76 writes, “Any of you who were around in the late 70s might remember the band, “Shakey Kid” with Boo….uh sorry, Charles Edmondson. Boo pulled me into “Shakey Kid” in 1974 and other bands along the way. I have enjoyed making music ever since. I never figured out how to make much money doing it, but it’s been my lifelong passion. I’ve been playing regularly for 40 years, weekends mainly. The gigs have ranged from nice country clubs to nasty juke joints. I love it! I’m currently in a 9 piece Allman Brothers tribute band, (www.tributeabb.com) and I also write and have an original band, Russ Still and The Moonshiners (www.russstill.com). It was the support of the Saint James administration and teachers, back in the day, that I fondly remember. They let us borrow the drama department’s lights for our shows, turned their heads when a Friday trip to Atlanta was necessary for an equipment purchase and encouraged our non-traditional pastime. Their support and acceptance gave us the confidence to embrace our lifelong love for making music. Speaking for Mr. Edmondson and myself, thank you doesn’t come close to expressing our gratitude.” Russ and his wife Cam live in Atlanta, GA.
LAURA (VITTY) WEAVER ‘78 recently received the 2014 Ohio Association for Gifted Children Gifted Teacher of the Year. She has been working for the Bowling Green City Schools for 3 years and this was truly an honor and a surprise. Laura is also serving as the Secretary for the Bowling Green Phi Mu Alumnae Chapter. She and her husband Dave are proud to announce that they now have 2 grandsons! Laura stated that she is so proud of the STJ Trojan Band for all their wonderful accomplishments this year! She is proud to be a Trojan from the Class of ‘78 and hopes to return to Alabama next year to visit STJ and Troy University. REV. CAMERON REEDER ‘79 and his wife, SHERRY HICKS ‘81, live in Decatur, AL where he is in sales with Acme Brick. Cameron recently earned the “Travel Marketing Professional” certification from the Southeast Tourism Society (STS) Marketing College after completing the three year program. STS is a professional development program that teaches tourism marketing. Their daughter Phoenix May and her husband Phil recently welcomed their first child, Killian Thomas May.
SCOTT PATTON ‘83 received his Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He then earned an MBA from the University of Colorado. Finally he received his Master of Strategic Studies degree at the Marine Corps War College. Scott said that he joined the Air Force to see the world and get his college paid for. He has traveled around the U.S., Australia, Europe, Central America, Pacific and Caribbean Islands, Asia, India, the Middle East, and Africa. That just leaves South America and Antarctica on his bucket list! After returning from an assignment in Baghdad, Iraq, Scott retired in November 2014 as a Colonel in the U.S. Air Force after serving 26 years. Following his retirement, Scott moved to Huntsville, AL and is now working as a systems engineer for the MITRE Corporation supporting the
Missile Defense Agency on the Redstone Arsenal. He and his wife Susan have been married for 24 years and have 3 wonderful children, 2 horses and many other animals. His words of wisdom are: “Work hard, play hard, enjoy life, and leave the world a better place.”
CHARLES, “CHUCK” HARRIS ‘84 currently works at EMC, managing the business relationship with Xerox Business Services globally. Prior to this, Chuck was one of the initial business development directors in the EMC Global Alliances Market Development unit. He was the business design lead for a new venture—Canopy. In 2014, Canopy was ranked by IDC as a leading European cloud professional service provider based on revenues. Over his business career, Harris has served in various senior sales and management roles. He served as a VP of Business Development and Managing Partner at Greenwich Technology Partners (GTP), a company specializing in inter networking and technology infrastructure consulting for Global 2000 companies in the early 2000s. GTP was ranked ninth among America’s entrepreneurial growth leaders by Inc. Magazine for 2001. Chuck started his career working for Chevron shipping as an officer on board their U.S. flagged tankers while also serving as an officer in the U.S.N.R. He earned his MBA from the University of Connecticut and a B.S. in Marine Transportation from the U. S. Merchant Marine Academy. While at the Academy, he was a 3 sport college athlete playing basketball and baseball, and was also on the rowing crew. Chuck now resides in Spanish Fort, AL and has 2 sons, Christian and Zach. BETH (LAND) COOKSTON ‘84 graduated from Agnes Scott in ‘88 and worked in the corporate world with BellSouth and earned an MBA in management from Georgia State University. After marrying and working for a number of years, Beth decided to come home full-time after the birth of their first son in 1995. During her time as a full-time mother, she had a tutoring business in her home teaching middle school and high school math. Even though her advisor in college had wanted her to become a teacher, but she was not interested. Even though her mother, grandmother and great-grandmother had been in the teaching profession and they all attended women’s colleges, as well. So it was in her DNA to teach! About 7 years ago, Beth was called to teach middle school math, which she has been doing at Fellowship Christian School in Roswell, GA where 2 of her children attend. She and her husband, Chip, have 3 children, ages 19, 16 and 13. Beth said that she loved attending her 30th Saint James reunion last October.
ANGELA (ROBERTS) STOUT ‘84 and her husband Mark are both retired from careers in the U.S. Air Force. They have “retired” to a farm in Tennessee.
VI (PARKER) ZANER ‘85 lives in Montgomery with her husband Tony and daughter Maggie. Vi is with Parker Development Company and Tony is with Yardboy Professional Lawncare.
ALWAYS THE HOSTESS! When Mrs. Richardson asked Mrs. Slaton to develop an Alumni Relations program for Saint James, there was not a second of hesitation. Mrs. Slaton jumped at the opportunity to create a network for alumni to stay in touch with their beloved alma mater. And what an incredible program she has developed for Saint James School! We will ALL miss her, but retiring so she can spend more time with her family is what being a Grandma is all about!
We wish you well in your retirement, Gillette, but we expect to see you around campus, often!
MARC SOROKA ‘86 lives in Wetumpka and is a project inspector for the
TIM STALEY ‘93 is an English teacher, Poet and Publisher living in Las Cruces,
Alabama Department of Transportation.
NM. He is married to Suzanne and they have one daughter, Sylvia Belle, who is almost 4 years old. Tim writes, “Tim Staley’s hobbies include waiting, nachos, thinking. Ok, that’s not true. Tim hates waiting and the only reason he said “thinking” is because William Golding said that was his hobby once in an interview. Nachos are true. He also really likes taquitos and poems.”
CATHERINE (HODGES) EDWARDS ‘87 and her husband Matt moved to Auburn from Montgomery and built a new home. She does not suggest moving twice in 6 months, crazy! While still a huge Alabama fan, yes it is allowed in Auburn, the town and people have welcomed them with open arms, just not on one particular Saturday during football season. Catherine is a sales representative with Mylan Pharmaceuticals and Matt is the VP of Real Estate for PNC Bank. They have 2 precious boys, Cade and Chase.
JOHN FLEMING ‘89 is a retired USMC Lt. Col. John and his wife, Amanda, live in Bryan, TX with their 2 children, Garrett and Gracen. He writes: “Howdy from Bryan/ College Station Texas, home of THE BEST school in the SEC, Texas A& M University! Last summer the Flemings moved back to Texas and John worked on the A&M Navy/Marine ROTC staff until his retirement from the Marine Corps in March. After 20 years of service it was fun to return to where it all started! He is now with a general contractor managing various highway, oilfield, and general construction projects in Texas and New Mexico. Amanda stays connected with the university through her work with a non-profit that supports the Aggie Corps of Cadets. Their children attend Brazos Christian School and are active in sports and church. Garrett turns 16 this summer and is patiently (HA!) waiting to get his driver’s license. Overall the Flemings have been blessed at every turn over this last year. If anyone comes to Bryan/ College Station for SEC sporting events or any other reason, please contact us. We would love to show you some Texas hospitality!”
BARTON DASSINGER ‘94 and his wife, Margaret Sage, live in Chicago, IL with their 2 daughters. Barton is Principal of Cesar E. Chavez Multicultural Academic Center. CATHERINE (STEVENSON) HARTLEY ‘94 teaches Kindergarten at Vaughn Road Elementary in Montgomery. Katie’s husband, DAVIS HARTLEY ‘94, is an attorney with Hartley & Hartley. They have 3 children, ages 11, 9 and 5.
RICH HOWE ‘94 and his family have moved back to North America after 3 years in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil. Rich is currently responsible for Shell Oil Company’s North and South America deep water operation engineering groups. He and his wife Robyn have 3 children, Gage, 11, Audrey, 10 and Asher, 6. KIMBERLY (GEORGE) TAYLOR ‘94 is married to Patrick who is the VP of Legal and Regulatory Affairs for Triton Management. Kimberly teaches 1st grade at Blount Elementary. Completing their family are their 2 boys, Jacob, age 5 and William, who will be in 3rd grade at Saint James this coming year. BRIAN BROWN ‘95 is VP of Sterne Agee in Birmingham. His wife, Lindsay, is Senior Marketing Director for LBYD Engineering. DARCY (JOHNSON) EVANS ‘95 and her husband live in Birmingham with their 2 girls, Claire and Emma. Darcy is a preschool teacher and her husband Jeremy is in chemical sales with Nalco.
MEREDITH (ARANT) NOONEY ‘95 lives in Auburn and is a pre-school teacher at Lakeview Baptist Church. She and her husband, Josh, have 2 children, Olivia and Caroline. Josh is a project manager for Bailey-Harris Construction.
RACHEL (MCPHILLIPS) PLUCKER ‘95 is the Middle School Math Department Chair for Randolph School in Huntsville. Her husband Jay is a GIS Software Engineer with the Army Corps of Engineers. They have 2 children, Laurel, age 7 and Jude, almost 4. MELISSA (ROTH) TARLETON ‘95 owns Stuff Vintage in Greensboro, N.C. Her husband, Adam, is an attorney with Brooks Pierce. Their children, Grady and John Harper, complete the family. TINA (TATUM) FREY ‘97 lives in Madison, WI with her 2 boys, Logan and Parker. Tina is working as an Independent Consultant with Rodan and Fields skincare. This allows her to spend more time with her family and focus on wellness. She serves as the VP on the Board of Directors of the Susan G. Komen Central Wisconsin affiliate. In her free time, Tina enjoys yoga, good health, and traveling. LEIGH (QUINNEY) TEW ‘98 and her husband Jonathan live in Montgomery. Leigh is a patient counselor with Plastic Surgery Associates and Jonathan is in outside sales with American Pipe and Supply.
MATT WILLIAMS ‘98 and his wife Maria live in Mather, CA. They proudly announce the birth of their daughter, Grace, on March 9, 2015. “Mother and baby are doing wonderfully!” EMMY (THOMAS) KELLY ‘99 is a pharmacist at Baptist Medical Center. Her husband, Joel, is a portrait artist/owner of Joel Sidney Kelly Portraits. They have 2 precious girls, Grace and Sarah. Both are Saint James Trojans! Grace will be in 3rd grade this next year and Sarah will be entering our K-3 program.
DREW LANKFORD ‘99 lives in Vestavia, AL and is a server/network administrator for Whiteplume Technologies. He is married to Whitney Nesmith and she is the technology director for Enrollment Advisors. They welcomed their daughter, Averley Jane, last November. JENNIFER (DARNEILLE) MANCUSO ‘99 is married to Pat and they were ecstatic to welcome “Liam” Christopher Mancuso in October 2014. “He’s the most special blessing!” Jenny is the Director of Human Resources for BeavEx Inc. and Pat is the Regional VP of Shred-It. They reside in Atlanta. WILLIAM FURR ‘00 started work for Google this year as a software engineer in research. He is also going to be a sailing instructor for a second year at Community Boating in Boston. Billy is really looking forward to introducing more people to the sport. He and his wife Renee make their home in Charlestown, MA. Renee is a project manager for AidCalc, LLC.
JEREMY INGLE ‘00 is the Director of National Sales for Synergy Medical. Jeremy and his wife, Janelle, live in Daphne, AL with their 2 children, Peyton and Grayson.
SLATON JEMISON ‘00 and his wife Anne Alan welcomed their first child, son SJ, in April of 2014. Slaton is with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency as a special agent for the rural crime task force. Anne Alan is the owner of Fair Haven Farm. They make their home in Mathews, AL.
CHAD SLATON ‘00 lives in Mobile and is VP of Fleet Fuel Sales for McPherson Oil Companies. He and his wife, Abby, welcomed their first precious child, son Burton, in January of this year. They could not be happier with this addition to their family! DR. IAN TURNIPSEED ‘00 is the Director of Forensics at Saint James. His wife, Caty, is the Director of Advancement for the Family Sunshine Center. They are blessed with 2 children, Ella and Tommy. Ella will be joining her daddy this year at Saint James in the K3 program!
DR. SALLYE (JEFFCOAT) YORK ‘00 will be returning to her alma mater in August as the elementary music teacher. Sallye is married to Christopher York and he is the production supervisor for Moore and Davis Nursery, LLC. Their 3 girls, Vara, Sadie, and Cecilia complete their family. Welcome back to Saint James, Sallye! ANN (WILSON) AMAN ‘01 joined the Saint James School staff June 1st as Alumni Director. She was formerly the Director at Ascension Day School. Ann is beyond thrilled to be back at STJ and connect with the Saint James family and with Saint James Alums. Ann and her husband, Doug, have two precious children, Wilson, 5, and Kate, 3. They are thankful their children will get to experience a wonderful Saint James education. Wilson will start Kindergarten and Kate will start K3 in the fall. GO TROJANS!!
KIM (MIKELL) BOND ‘02 graduated from Auburn University in 2005 and received her Master of Accountancy from the University of Alabama. She now resides in Montgomery and is the Controller for Alabama Ag Credit. Kim married Patrick Bond in 2013. He is the owner of Bond Wheel and Axle. Patrick, Kim, Savannah, and Patrick Jr. welcomed the newest member of their family, Evelyn, in May of 2014. Their newest addition, a boy, will join the family in October.
MARSHALL DARNEILLE ‘02 is the National Sales Director for Murfee Meadows, Inc. in Birmingham. They do Employee Benefits Administration (401Ks, Group Insurance, etc.) and private Wealth Management. Marshall and Mary Rob Murfee will marry in May 2016 at Lake Martin. ELIZABETH (THOMPSON) HAWKE ‘02 joined the Saint James School staff as the new Director of Advancement on May 1st. She has spent the summer reacquainting with her alma matter and connecting with both old and new friends around campus. She looks forward to supporting the school that has given so much to her. Outside of work, her passions include family, friends, and art. She and her husband, Harrison, who is an Account Executive at Thompson Insurance, enjoy their little girl, Anne Helen, who is 2 ½ years old. The growth of her art pursuits has been exciting as well. Through her website, onebirdsnest.com, and retail stores she maintains clients in Atlanta, Dallas, Nashville, Raleigh, and New York. KRISTEN (BRIDGES) HOWARD ‘02 is with Teva Pharmaceuticals and her husband Tom is the Corporate Account Director for Astellas Pharmaceuticals. The Howards live in Overland Park, KS.
LINDSAY (LANIER) KENNINGTON ‘03 and her husband, Jared, live in Eclectic, AL. Both work at Maxwell Air Force Base as Environmental Consultants. Lindsay also works part-time for the Montgomery Co. District Attorney’s Pre-Trial Diversion Program as a group psychotherapist. They spend their free time enjoying their friends, home, and Lake Martin.
“I still carry Saint James close to my heart.” – DAN MANGIS ‘93 A moment to remember. STJ graduate Dr. Daniel (Dan) Mangis ‘93 of Washington, D.C. returned to his alma mater and delivered a thoughtful, meaningful, humorous, and inspiring address at Saint James Graduation this May. Dr. Mangis is currently the Senior Desk Officer for France and Monaco in the Office of Western European Affairs (EUR/WE) at the U.S. State Department. Before his Foreign Service career, he earned a B.A. in Political Science & Journalism, and a M.A. in Communication Studies from the University of Alabama, and he holds a law degree and a Ph.D. in Communication Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. However, before Dan earned his extraordinary higher education successes, he earned great esteem as a decorated Forensics student from STJ. He won national championships in high school and college—and continued to mentor forensics students while he was studying in Austin. When Dan was talking with Mrs. Richardson on campus, he told her, “Not a day goes by that I don’t use my Forensics skills in some way. I credit Saint James School for uncovering and developing those skills that have helped me achieve my successes in life.” Dan encouraged the graduates to soak in their surroundings, give thanks to the wonderful teachers they have had the privilege to learn from, and to express appreciation to their parents for giving them such a fine education.
ASHLEY (NEMEC) LAMONT ‘03 married her husband, Paul, this June. Ashley is practicing dentistry with Complete Dental in Athens, AL and Paul has his own company, Lamont Trading Advisors in Huntsville, AL, where they reside.
WEBB CHASTAIN ‘04 is a financial advisor for Merrill Lynch in Montgomery. He
MEGHAN TOWNES ‘03 completed her first year as the Visual Studies Collection Registrar at the Library of Virginia in Richmond. She works mostly with the State Art Collection in Capitol Square. Outside of work, Meghan is a member of the Junior League of Richmond and also rows with the Virginia Boat Club at regattas across the Virginia/D.C. region.
VIKTORIA (BARTSCH) FORD ‘04 and her husband Ben live in Bixby, OK. They
CALLIE (LEWIS) TUBB ‘03 is an account executive for Digium, Inc. in Decatur, AL. Her husband Stuart is the VP of Commercial Banking with Regions Bank. They joyfully welcomed their first child, son Parker, last December! LOGAN (TURNER) WRIGHT ‘03 married her “better half” Jeremy in 2010 and started their family of 3 in August of 2012 with the arrival of their daughter, Paisley. So now she is a mom to a “sassy” 2 year old and married to a hard working arborist. Jeremy owns his own business, Arbor Pro Tree Service, so Logan started her own company, The Wright Bargain. The business offers full service interior decorating service, including: space planning, designing new spaces, consigning unwanted furniture, reupholstering, staging homes for sales, and of course, Christmas decorating. To quote Logan, “Thanks to my wonderful education, I have been able to find my way through this crazy thing called life, and feel as if I have succeeded in many ways. S-T-J, All the Way!”
and Adrienne Chastain married this year. Adrienne is the Director of Events and Catering at Wynlakes Country Club.
welcomed their first child, Caroline Jane, in August of 2014. Tori is currently employed with Concept Builders, a residential custom home builder, as their Design Coordinator. She is actively involved in the Tulsa Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Junior League of Tulsa.
STEPHANIE FORRER ‘04 is an independent contractor and owns her own social media consulting corporation. You could label her as a Social Media Consultant. Stephanie deals exclusively in the restaurant industry. She does social media management and PR for several restaurants in Seattle and Portland. Most notably, she is the Director of Social Media for the Where to Eat Guide, a dining guide and news source in Seattle, Portland, Bend, Napa and San Francisco. Stephanie stays on the front lines of what is happening in the social media world and is an expert on Twitter, Facebook advertising, and blogging. Visit the blog that she manages at blog.theeatguide.com.
MARTHA HAWTHORNE ‘04 lives in Birmingham and is the Territory Manager of Sales for Braintree Laboratories.
ERIN (HOLLON) PETTUS ‘04 married in 2010 after finishing her Masters degree in Communication Disorders (speech/language pathology) at Auburn University. Erin’s husband, Neal, is the owner of P2 Neal’s Outdoor Services, a landscaping company. Erin and Neal love being parents to their son, Garrett, who is 1. They take pleasure in living in Montgomery as a new family of 3 and being near their families. Erin enjoys working full time as a speech/language pathologist with the geriatric population at South Haven Health and Rehabilitation. PARRISH ALLEMAN ‘05 has had an exciting career in broadcast news. She has worked as a reporter at local news stations in Corpus Christi, TX and Wichita, KS. Parrish is now a reporter for the evening news at WIAT 42 News in Birmingham.
STEPHEN DELONEY ‘05 returned to his hometown and is the Youth Services Librarian for the Montgomery City-County Public Library. AMANDA JURLS ‘05 graduated from Auburn University in 2009 with a degree in Psychology. She then graduated from Vanderbilt University School of Nursing in 2013 with an MSN specializing in Family Psychiatry. Amanda is currently working in community mental health as a child and adolescent psychiatric nurse practitioner and living in Nashville, TN. She rooms with Bob, a 60lb American Bulldog!
ANNE LLEWELLYN ‘06 graduated from Duke University in 2010. Anne is now working on a doctorate in English literature at the University of Virginia. She is currently ABD (all but dissertation), and is researching how medieval and Renaissance writers created fictional characters from early scientific thought, such as theories on the bodily humors. Anne is also a Graduate Teaching Assistant and said that she truly enjoys teaching, writing, and literature classes and working with college students. REBECCA (SIMON) MATHEWS ‘06 lives in Pike Road with her husband Wright. Wright is a dentist with Mathews and Mathews and Rebecca is the program director for Central Alabama Dental Assisting School.
WILL CLEIN ‘07 graduated from UAB in December with a Masters of Public Health degree. He accepted a position with AmeriCares, a global health non-profit. He is the Senior Associate for Project Administration and Analysis. Will lives in New York, NY.
JESSICA (POINOOSAMMY) COLLINS ‘07 has been an RN at Children’s of Alabama in the Liver and Kidney Transplant Unit. She is also enrolled in Troy University’s graduate program pursuing a Masters for Family Nurse Practitioner with an expected May 2016 graduation. While in Birmingham, Jessica met Dr. Andrew Collins and they were married this past May. They recently moved to Nashville, TN.
Sprouted Flour Company. Leah lives in Montgomery.
JEREMY CRIDER ‘07 lived and worked in Birmingham as a Financial Analyst. He returned home to Montgomery in 2014 and is a Commercial Insurance Broker at Harmon Dennis Bradshaw. He and Anne Tyler Bushman were married in June of this year.
RACHEL ARLEDGE ‘06 graduated from The University of Montevallo in August
CAROLINE STOUGH ‘08 earned her Bachelor’s degree in Speech Language
LEAH THOMAS ‘05 is the Quality Assurance Manager for To Your Health
of 2014 with a Masters Degree in Counseling and is working towards her Professional Licensure. She and her partner live in Historic Downtown Birmingham with their three beloved animals.
ALNEADA BIGGERS ‘06 has kept herself busy since graduating from Saint James. She has traveled the world, collecting degrees, and trying to determine her life-long purpose. After receiving her Bachelors from Harvard in 2010, she became a Teach for America Corps member in Houston, TX. Among other things, teaching a group of unruly kindergarteners in an under-served area of Houston taught her to: 1. Be curious; 2. Be courageous; 3. Be active; and 4. Laugh as much as you can. Upon completion of her second year of teaching, Alneada decided to pursue her JD/MBA at Vanderbilt with hopes of understanding how we can enable public schools and other organizations to work more efficiently and better serve our children. Since she has been at Vanderbilt, she spent one summer serving as an Education Pioneers Fellow and consulting for an education think tank out of Washington, D.C. Alneada spent another summer working as a Human Capital Consultant for Deloitte Consulting in Atlanta. This summer she is working as a legal intern for the Minnesota Vikings for the first 5 weeks and working at Lightfoot, Franklin & White, a Birmingham litigation firm, the following 6 weeks. She is looking forward to returning to her home state for the final leg of the summer. Alneada is excited and anxious to see where she will ultimately land! She stated that “Saint James was definitely critical to preparing me for success.”
Pathology at AUM and a Masters of Communication Disorders from Auburn University. Caroline currently works at Easter Seals Central Alabama as a Speech Language Pathologist in Montgomery. She works with children who have a variety of communication disorders, including Autism Spectrum Disorder and/or developmental delays. Caroline loves her job and is so thankful that she gets to be a part of such a rewarding field.
MEGAN (STEPHENSON) DEAL ‘09 is married to Grayson and they live in Montgomery. Grayson is a software developer for Raycom Media and Megan is a fabulous Pre K4 teacher at her alma mater, Saint James. BRIAN HAVEN ‘09 graduated Cum Laude from Birmingham-Southern College in May 2014 with a BS in Educational Counseling. Currently, he is living in Birmingham and works for Red Mountain Theatre Company and Children’s Dance Foundation. This August he will be moving to Detroit, MI to begin his MFA in Stage Management at Wayne State University. Brian was the only student accepted into this program! In addition, he was awarded a Graduate Research Assistantship and a full tuition scholarship. He is very excited about beginning this next chapter in Detroit.
KENDALL (WATSON) HENDERSON ‘09 and her husband Matthew are living happily in Lawrenceville, GA. Matthew is a software engineer with Southern Company/Georgia Power. Kendall completed her one-year residency program at Emory and is taking part in three research projects to promote patient and family care on her unit. Kendall will graduate with her Masters in Nursing Education in the spring of 2016, the same day her sister CARLYN WATSON, ‘12 will graduate with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing!
KATIE THERKELSEN ‘09 graduated from Spring Hill College in Mobile in May of 2013 with a degree in Digital Video Production. Though film is her passion, right now she is working as a library assistant in Wetumpka, saving money for graduate school. Katie has plans to start graduate school in the fall of 2016 and hopes to earn her graduate degree in Post-Production and work in the industry as a film editor.
KELSEY CURTIS ‘11 graduated from the University of Alabama this past May. She majored in English, Spanish and Philosophy with a minor in Communication Studies. All of these classes have surely prepared her for the next chapter... Harvard Law School this fall! VICTORIA MCKINNEY ‘11 graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in Business this past December. Tori is now working on her Masters in Management. She has also started a full time position as a Human Resources Generalist for ZF Chassis. ZF is a German tier one supplier to the Mercedes Plant. Hiring is one of her new duties. The first person she called and offered a job to happened to be another Saint James graduate.
BRANDEN GREENBERG ‘12 has been elected Vice President of Student Affairs at the University of Alabama. Branden, a political science major, has served as Senator and Speaker of the Senate for the past two years. He has helped pass multiple bills and legislation to better improve the campus. He is excited about his new position as Vice President and cannot wait to continue to serve the students of Alabama. Branden is also the president and co-founder of Alpha Mu Omega, a Greek service learning organization that aims to give back to the community all over our country. Upon graduation, he plans to attend law school.
HAYNES LITCHFIELD ‘12 just finished his junior year at Auburn University majoring in Mechanical Engineering. The past two summers he has worked for Capital Refrigeration Co., Inc. as a mechanical contracting intern/assistant project manager.
AMY SMITH ‘12 founded a middle school girl’s ministry, Girl Talk Ministries, in 2013 that is now across the state of Alabama. She writes and publishes all curriculum and Bible studies for her ministry and has seen over 400 girls come through the Montgomery branch alone! Amy is also working at First Baptist Church in Montgomery as Girls Minister to 7th-12th grade girls.
In honor of Saint James graduation tonight,#MemoryMonday because Graduation Day was one of my top favorites of all my days. Not because I was finally leaving high school but because I was gaining the distinct and prestigious honor of becoming a Saint James alumna. Something I will carry high and proud for the rest of my life. Tonight as the commencement speaker said “This is the last time you will all be together” I remembered when that was said to us at our Senior Luncheon. I thought “Aw that’s sad.” But never thought it would mean what it has. Today, just three years later, we have lost two of our graduating classmates. I miss Jay and Hayley and what they added to our class and our lives. We were different,
SAVANNAH SMITH ‘12 is one of four drum majors for the University of Alabama Million Dollar Band. Their job includes learning to conduct the music for halftime show, helping with the pacing of rehearsals, performing a routine during pregame, and deciding what songs the band will play in between plays at football games. It is a big joy that takes up a lot of her time in the fall, but Savannah would not trade it for the world. She is looking forward to the upcoming football season! Roll Tide! Her mother, Susan, is the Band Director at Saint James. The talent runs in the family! KEITH PENDLEY ‘13 graduated from the Montgomery Police Academy this past March. Serving as his Academy Class President, Keith completed 19 weeks of professional training. His proficiency in marksmanship earned him the distinction of “Sharpshooter.” Now, Officer Pendley proudly serves and protects his hometown. MIRANDA THERKELSEN ‘14 auditioned for and was accepted into the musical theatre program at the University of Alabama during her senior year of high school. Over 400 students, in and out of state, auditioned. Only eleven were accepted! She is the first Saint James student to audition and be accepted into this musical theatre program at Alabama. In February, Miranda auditioned and was cast in the University’s Summer Tide production of Ring of Fire, a musical based on the life and music of Johnny Cash. She was the only freshman girl cast in the show.
HAYLEY BELL ‘12 passed away on January 26, 2015. Always smiling and bringing laughter to her friends, Hayley was driven to reaching her goals in life. Not only was she talented on the STJ soccer field, but she earned several awards for her photography work in high school. Her lifelong dream was to attend Pharmacy School at Auburn University—she was always working toward achieving that personal goal. During her junior and senior year at STJ, Hayley worked closely with Mrs. Evelyn Shoults, her photography teacher. “Hayley was a strong, determined young lady who I became very close to after her graduation from STJ. She became like a daughter to me—I miss Hayley; I miss her smile, her humor, and her sweet, sweet silliness.”
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