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Parlez Vous 25 Languages? Under the Big Top

Faculty Superlatives Lessons For Life!


from the Head of School Saint James School continues to set the standard for independent schools in Alabama. I recently had a Head of School in another Alabama city say to me, “Melba, you know Saint James is the school we all look to for leading the way.” Never has this been more true than now. As we completed our first year with our 1:1 technology program, we found ourselves back in Cupertino, California, at Apple Headquarters for the second time. We were not surprised to learn they consider us the exemplary school and, in fact, we were the only school to be invited to return. Our success in technology has led us down an innovative path. Our new pre-college major electives would not have been possible without our technology. It has been a privilege to observe several of these electives and the partnerships we have developed with our state universities. What a thrill to observe our students in Music Technology – composing their own music on state-of-theart technology. The students in our Introduction to Business, Marketing, and Finance work magic on their iMacs and specific software just as they will have to do in college! Our Graphic Design course and the Video Storytelling Class brought out the best of creativity in our students. Our Robotics/Pre Engineering Class surpassed our expectations for competition this year. In fact, our team made a trip to Nationals this summer. Watching this group compete is unlike any competition I have ever witnessed. Team members are already realizing scholarship opportunities await them from this experience. These are just five of the thirteen new courses we taught in 2012-13. This fall we will introduce a new Pre-Law Studies class as well as Rosetta Stone Classroom, offering multiple languages to our students. It is thrilling to see the excitement on students' faces as they embrace these courses to prepare more fully for college. While academics remains the forefront of all we do, it is a pleasure to see how our students have developed in arts and athletics as well. Congratulations to Evelyn Shoults for being named Art Teacher of the Year for the State of Alabama – the second year in a row she has won this prestigious award. Congratulations also to Coach Craig Duncan for his state championship wrestling team. What an honor to watch them compete this year! We are so proud of all our teachers and their students as well as all the honors and accomplishments our Saint James students received this year. I can report to you that we are, indeed, a healthy school. Mr. Billy Livings has just completed his first year as Chairman of the Board for Saint James School. He has followed the tradition of our past board chairs in providing exemplary leadership for our school. What an amazing year we have had! This seemed to be the year of the baby, with several of our STJ family having children or grandchildren. Bill and I were blessed to be a part of this group as we welcomed a beautiful new granddaughter last October. She will begin the Saint James threeyear-old program in the fall of 2016. This reminds us, once again, how important it is to maintain the best school in the area for our future generations. We are Saint James School!

Melba Richardson, Head of School

“Our new pre-college major electives would not have been possible without our technology.”


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HATS OFF TO THE CLASS OF 2013! Just moments after graduation 2013 seniors – now alums – make the final traditional gesture as a unified class, tossing their caps high in the air to celebrate a long, successful career at Saint James School ( photo by Drew Hoover '08 ).

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Among the Area's Best Budding Barristers? Trojan Travelers Faculty Superlatives Familiar Face Top Tip Performers Hitting Their Stride Two-in-a-Row Leading the Way On a High Note On the Grow Parade Performers Puzzle Perfect Stage Stars Pearson Leads Admissions Your Best Shot, Montgomery Study in Success Gifted Girl Science Superlatives Second Season There's an App for This Stop Hunger Now

11 [Parlez Vous 25 Languages?] With technology making the world a smaller place, linguistic skills may be one key to a student’s potential professional success. 13 [Under the Big Top] There’s nothing like a “circus” to bring out the performer in everyone, and K-4 students are no exception. 14 [Top Ten Tech FAQ’s] Want answers to the most frequently asked questions about technology at STJ? Look no further! 16 [Winners’ Circle] Student successes abounded again in 2012-13.

Need details about STJ reading lists, lunch menus, uniforms, or just general school information? Visit stjweb.org

17 [Lessons for Life] Trojan wrestlers learned more than technique during a season that took them to the top of their game.

and click on the new Parent Information tab!

19 Trojan Tally 20  Alumni Notes Alumni News and Spotlights

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[Giving for Continued Excellence]

2012-2013 Annual Report


Saint James School Editor: Sandra Polizos spolizos@stjweb.org Writers: Sandra Polizos, Reed O’Mara ‘13, Emily Prim ‘13 Photographers Sandra Polizos, Bryan Carter, Drew Hoover, Bob Corley, David Robertson Jr.

Head of School Melba Richardson mrichardson@stjweb.org

Alumni Relations Director Gillette Slaton gslaton@stjweb.org

Business Manager Bill Furr bfurr@stjweb.org

Dean of Admissions Cathy Pearson cpearson@stjweb.org

Marketing/ Public Relations Director Sandra Polizos spolizos@stjweb.org

Development Director Kim Hendrix khendrix@stjweb.org

mission: 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.

Saint James Board of Directors

Did you know STJ has its own gift shop in the fifth grade pod of Leu Elementary!

Visit the Wooden Horse for any gifts (wedding, shower or birthday) you need and have them gift-wrapped free! The store also stocks the newest styles in STJ t-shirts and clothing (no uniforms). Best of all, monies spent at STJ’s Wooden Horse gift shop directly benefit our school!

Billy Livings, Chair

Art Frawley

Greg Miles

Taylor Blackwell

Monet Gaines

Barry Prim

Sam Colson

Jon Killough

Burt Smithart

Jennifer Crumpton

George Kent

Frank Woodson

James Dickens

Jamie Loeb

Trip Walton

Helena Duncan

Gip Meadows

Laura Wright

Columns is published yearly by Saint James School, 6010 Vaughn Road, Montgomery, AL 36116 and is distributed free to alumni, and to parents of students, as well as to other friends of the school. Address changes may be sent to the Public Relations Director, 6010 Vaughn Road, Montgomery, AL 36116 or to spolizos@stjweb.org.

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Bes t In their first year of competition in all five phases of the B.E.S.T. (Boosting Engineering, Science, and Technology) Contest, STJ’s Robotics Team took Second Place area honors and received an invitation to the South’s B.E.S.T. Regional Competition. The team was also awarded Third Place for Most Robust Robot, as well as Second Place for Engineering Notebook, Second Place for Webpage Design, Third Place for CAD Design Notebook, and First Place for T-shirt Design.

Budding Barristers? STJ is offering Introduction to Pre-Law Studies, a new high school pre-college major elective this fall. The class allows students to survey the coursework they’ll encounter if charting a path to law school by visiting a variety of courts, and examining critical thinking skills, research, and the process of expressing ideas orally and through legal writing. Students will also learn from guest speakers who are experts in their fields as they explore the subject matter and proficiencies needed when planning for a legal career.

$3.8 CAN YOU SAY

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That’s what the Class of 2013 racked up in college scholarships before graduating on May 20. The hefty sum in merit awards was won by a total of 48 seniors. Making up the class ranks are National Merit Scholars, AP Scholars, State Champion wrestlers, Super Regional Class A band champions, All-State Choir, Band, and Show Choir Members, State Trumbauer Festival winners, Regional Scholastic Award-winning artists, Statewide Math Contest winners, All-State Basketball players, State Forensics Champions, State Golf standouts, Regional Science Olympiad winners, and State Tennis champions. Now that’s a winning class!

Trojan Travelers Students and faculty members walked the sands of the DDay beaches in Normandy, climbed to the top of a thousand year old monastery, and marveled at the elegance of the Hall of Mirrors in the Palace of Versailles when they toured France in early June. Retiring faculty member and Foreign Language Department Head Gene Henderson planned the tour for the traveling Trojans. Next year’s destination? Ecuador and the Galapagos, organized by instructors Lázaro Saavedra and Jeremy Turner.

Faculty Superlatives MS Art and Photography teacher Evelyn Shoults again wins Outstanding Arts Teacher awarded by State Arts Council…. National Wrestling Coaches Association Names Craig Duncan Alabama’s Wrestling Coach of the Year…

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Familiar FACE

James Robert Copeland, a 16-year veteran educator, was named STJ’s new Middle School Principal in May. He previously taught in STJ’s Middle and High School, and has also served as Upper School Director at Saint Luke’s Episcopal School in Mobile, and taught math and coached at The Montgomery Academy and Eastwood Christian School. “I am so very excited to be a part of one of the finest independent schools in the state of Alabama,” Copeland said. “My previous leadership experience and teaching background have prepared me to carry on the tradition of strong leadership here. I am so very pleased to be returning to the Saint James family.”

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Top TIP Performers

Seventh graders Maddie Grace Hunter and William Graves attended the Duke Talent Identification Program (TIP) State Recognition ceremony at the University of Alabama in mid-May. They, along with nine other STJ students received the State recognition. Declan Fitzpatrick, one of the state honorees, also received the program’s Grand Recognition, an honor reserved for students scoring at or better than 90 percent of all high school juniors and seniors who took the college entrance exams.

Hitting Their Stride Winning the 2013 District Forensics Championship in February, and later capturing Second Place honors at the state tourney in the spring, STJ’s speech and debate students are a team to watch. The group’s motto of family and togetherness boosted their success, according to Coach Dr. Ian Turnipseed (’00). Asked about the significance of this year’s wins Turnipseed says they “show we have the ability to be the best in state. Seven of our kids qualified for and attended Nationals – more than from any other school in Alabama.” Two team members, 2013 senior Jessica Bozeman and upcoming junior McLean Stewart, agree with their

coach’s assessment of the team’s mutual support. Bozeman and Stewart received two of the school’s four individual championships at the State Tournament. “It made me really proud to be a part of this team, knowing that we can set our minds to something and accomplish our goals,” Stewart says. Bozeman agrees. “The team to me was one of – if not the best part – about doing Speech and Debate. I love the team and I’ll miss them so much next year.” Turnipseed is excited about his team’s potential, saying he sees a bright future as STJ Forensics continues to grow, not only in size and skills, but also in reputation.

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The Marching Trojans stormed the Bands of America Super Regional Competition in the Alamo Dome in Nov.— and returned to Montgomery victorious, a band on a mission. STJ’s Class A band was crowned the champion in their class, tied for the Outstanding Music Award and won the Outstanding General Effect Award, finishing ahead of many larger bands. Crowd response to the band’s program was overwhelming in the preliminary competition, prompting one judge to remark, “That brought the house down like nothing has all weekend!” The award marks the second year in a row the Marching Trojans have won the Super Regional honor.


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Leading the Way The only Montgomery private school to be named a United Way Pacesetter contributor, STJ officials proudly presented the non-profit charitable organization with a check reflecting more than $14,500 raised by STJ students, families, and staff to help area residents. “I thought it was outstanding,” the United Way’s Jimmy Hill said. “We’re very impressed with a school that engages their staff, teachers, support personnel and especially their students in supporting our community and assisting those in need throughout our River Region.”

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“There were hundreds of auditions statewide for only 60 positions in the All-State Show Choir, and STJ students got six of the positions,” beamed STJ’s Choral Director Lis Donaldson. “That means 10 percent of the entire state choir was made up of our students. It’s unique to have one or two members from a school. And we have six!” All-State Show Choir is a showcase performance ensemble for the annual Alabama Music Educators Conference. Students chosen are selected from a rigorous vocal and dance audition. “The fact that our students spend weeks in the summer at Show Choirs of America Camps, and because they spend nights during the year in show choir rehearsals – when they could certainly be doing other things – pays off for them in a big way. It was just such an honor for so many of them to be selected for this prestigious group,” Donaldson said.

On the Grow! Saint James School Celebrates Field House Expansion School leaders and donors gathered for the groundbreaking of an exciting Field House expansion project over the summer. Parents, grandparents and an anonymous friend of the school provided the money to add a larger wrestling room, changing areas for boys and girls, a new entry way, a larger weight room and newly designed trainers room. The expansion will benefit all athletes at Saint James.

Faculty Superlatives History Teacher David Rudd Honored for Two Decades of Teaching by Independent Schools… Band Director Susan Smith presented three “director training sessions” at national band symposium…

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Parade Performers! Band students Alexander Chung, Madison Smith, and alumnus Dewey Davis (’12) participated in the Bands of America Tournament of Roses Honor Band of America on New Year’s Day. They were selected from hundreds of applicants across the nation for the prestigious 325-piece national honor ensemble with winds, percussion, and a flag and dance team. STJ’s students spent an entire week rehearsing in the Los Angeles area and performed at Bandfest and in Disneyland on Sunday, Dec. 30. The 5.5 mile Rose Parade® was broadcast on ABC, Hallmark Channel, HGTV, KTLA (Tribune), NBC, RFD-TV and Univision and seen in more than 220 international territories and countries. Only seven other Alabama students (from the Birmingham and Huntsville areas) were honored with selection.

Puzzle Perfect The Mathematics Team won First Place at the Auburn Mathematical Puzzle Challenge in March, the only participating team to solve eight of the nine puzzles assigned. The puzzles required an assortment of math and science skills and a strong determination to keep plugging away. Logic and teamwork were vital as well.

Stage Stars “She’s fiery and hot-headed, and that’s something I’m definitely not,” seventh grader Katie Cobb said of Scout Finch, the plain-spoken tomboy she played in the ASF’s adaptation of “To Kill a Mockingbird” last spring. Cobb and fourth grader Tapley Cronier, who played Dill, were both cast for the blockbuster production. “I’m not as mischievous as Dill and I don’t know anyone like Boo Radley,” the nine-year-old said, laughing about his role. Both STJ students (who are also distant cousins) said being in the play was one of the most exciting chapters of their very young lives.

Faculty Superlatives Forensics Coach Dr. Ian Turnipseed elected to become member of forensics community state leadership.... First year Volleyball Coach Kellye Jordan named AHSAA All-Metro Coach of the Year…


[around the] Cathy Pearson (’76), who began her professional association with STJ in 1985, now leads the school’s Admissions team.

Pearson Leads Admissions

“I’ve been a student and taught here,” Pearson said. “I’ve counseled students, and I’ve also been a part of the administrative team. Those experiences give me a unique, firsthand, perspective from which to share information about the superior education our students receive.”

Pearson is married to Joel Pearson (’76), a Montgomery attorney. The Pearsons’ two adult children also graduated from Saint James (Nan, ‘05, and Hartley, ‘08). “As the school of choice for so many families, Saint James’ increasing enrollment requires an expansion of our Admissions Department,” said Head of School Melba Richardson.”With her unique background, Mrs. Pearson knows Saint James School as well as anyone.”

Haley White’s First Prize Photo of the Capital City

“Your Best Shot, Montgomery” “I liked the picture because you could see the train shed and also Biscuits Stadium in the background,” said Haley White, winner of the City of Montgomery’s “Your Best Shot” citywide photo competition. White took the prizewinning photo from atop the Montgomery Intermodal parking deck. “I just like that you can see so many parts of Montgomery in the picture,” the 2012-13 junior said. White, who also shoots photos for the Saint James football team, won a $500 prize for her effort. The rising senior says she expects to continue photography as an avocation, but anticipates studying to become an attorney.

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Study in Success Coach Jimmy Perry’s theme for his second season at Saint James is on time, on task. Nothing less could be expected from a coach who devotes ten or more hours a day to his players. To the side of his desk lay binders with the names of rival schools, making the goal clear: get to the playoffs. To get the team there, Perry has formed a system of continual review, claiming he’s still a “student of the game.” His aim for practice is to avoid pointless scrimmages and instead engage all of the players, utilizing every coach available. Essentially, his goal is to be “ultra-efficient” and have a team that learns from mistakes and evolves. As he puts it, “Football is like shaving. You gotta do it every day or you look like a bum.” This year’s team is close-knit, with the advantage of a great “work ethic.” Coach Aubrey Blackwell says the team is “hungry” and thus “easy to coach,” with a strong desire for self-improvement, especially in the new weight room. The team is running a multiple pro offense, playing to individuals’ abilities, coupled with a revamped defense. Perry maintains the key to a well-oiled team is keeping on the same page with his fellow coaches, as well as utilizing his contacts from years of coaching to get outside advice. Perry’s accelerated tempo at practices, combined with this team’s drive, promises more than a few wins for the 2013 season.

Gifted Girl!

After scoring in the top five percent of all students taking the Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence (WPPSI), rising second grader Alexandria Clenney learned she’d been accepted into Northwestern University’s Gifted Youth Program last spring. Since June, Alexandria has participated in an accelerated math class through internet lectures. Her instructor? A Stanford University faculty member. Psychologist Dr. Sydney Garner, who administered the test, said Alexandria’s high score indicates she is very gifted. “Once she passes the math, maybe I can sign her up for an English class this fall,” Mrs. Clenney said. “I want her to stay challenged by giving her a little extra work, but not too much. In addition to her online classes, Alexandria loves tennis at the YMCA, and attended zoo and horse-riding camp over the summer.

Science Superstars Competing at Spring Hill College in the Regional Science Olympiad, STJ students won Second Place in the contest, medaling in 14 events, with six 1st Place, four 2nd Place and four 3rd Place awards.

Faculty Superlatives High school Latin teacher Libby Conner presented a session on 21st Century Teaching Tools in the Secondary Classroom at the Atlanta 2013 Summit in late July and at the aais last spring.


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Second Season Peewee (grades 5-6) and Termite (grades 3-4) football teams help boys learn the ropes of the sport while corresponding cheer teams provide early skill training for girls in cheerleading. Last year, the Saint James season consisted of eight games and involved approximately one hundred participants. Now in their second season at STJ, the programs look like they will be just as popular – and perhaps even more so. “What I’ve found is the kids just absolutely loved it,” says Athletics Director Jerry Browning. “They wanted to wear that STJ jersey and helmet.” Besides providing kids with a fun activity, the program provides an environment of quality training. Practice begins when school starts, so the players aren’t worn out by summer training and long hours. The whole point of the program is to build interest, rather than squelch it with hard training and tough hours. “We just want to teach them the basic fundamentals to the game in a positive manner,” Browning says, “so they’ll enjoy playing and hopefully continue to play middle school or JV or all the way to Varsity [football]. And most of them probably will.”

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There’s an App for This!

High school students packaged 10,218 dehydrated meals in less than two hours in early April as part of their year-long support of the international relief organization STOP HUNGER NOW. The students also donated $2,500 to the charity, allowing the relief agency to purchase dried foodstuffs the students later divided into meal packets.

To provide busy families, students, prospective parents and alumni access to the most upto-date news and information about the school, STJ has created its own app. With one click parents can now email their children’s teachers, read a principal’s blog or review book titles required for their child’s assigned outside classroom reading – to name just a few of the services offered by mobile option. To access it, iPhone users should download it at the Apple App Store by searching for “STJ” or “Saint James School.” Droid users can download the Android version at the Google Play Store, also by searching for “STJ” or “Saint James School.”

STOP HUNGER NOW shipped the meals to a Zambian partner organization, supporting efforts to feed hungry children by offering a hot meal each school day in and around Lusaka, Zambia. “Everyone worked hard,” said 2012-13 SGA President Reed Chisenhall. “All the students had a great attitude about what we were doing. After the event, I had several students come up to me to say the SGA picked a great charity, and that they loved the meal packaging event.”

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A cutting edge 21st century education

“We’re providing one more valuable resource to give our students a competitive edge in the global 21st Century world,” says Head of School Melba Richardson.

means more than giving students the tools

Through an agreement with Rosetta Stone Classroom, STJ will furnish students with twelve-month subscriptions to the Rosetta Stone program for daily use, under the supervision of a cultural advisor in a classroom or for use in independent study. The new option allows students to explore a vast variety of languages beyond the traditional core offerings of Spanish, French and Latin.

to communicate in a world made infinitely smaller by technology. It also means empowering students to comfortably interact within countries and cultures across the globe. Beginning this year, Saint James School, is offering students 25 languages, including Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, Dutch, German, Filipino, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Farsi, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Swedish, Turkish, and Vietnamese, among others.

“Although Saint James has made a significant investment in the Rosetta Stone Classroom site license,” Richardson says, “the learning program is provided at no additional expense to students or faculty.” Eighth grader Abbey Engles says she is particularly excited about taking whatever language she wants because she and her friends can learn the same language together. “I want to take something different, like Irish [Irish Gaelic],” Engles says. “Last year we had Spanish, but you could only practice in class. It will be easier to learn with friends.” As the world becomes flatter and reaching someone on the other side of the planet becomes merely a task of turning on a computer, knowing more than one language becomes increasingly important. Academic Dean at Saint James, Susan Atkins, who spearheaded implementation of Rosetta Stone Classroom at the school, attests to the importance of preparing students for a world that is continually shrinking. “What we’re finding is that Montgomery is really becoming more of an international city,” Atkins says. “Our students – particularly since they are so upward bound in terms of education, going to college, going to graduate school, living all over the world, pursuing all different kinds of careers – are going to come into contact with people from a lot of different cultures who speak a lot of different languages.” Elementary and middle school language teacher, Pia Hayner, (who herself speaks fluent Italian, English, and Spanish) believes Rosetta Stone Classroom is a wonderful addition to the Saint James curriculum. “With all this technology, the students will really get a full experience of learning a language they may not have the opportunity to get any other way. I think it’s really going to open doors.”


Use of Rosetta Stone Classroom begins in third grade, with only Spanish available. In fifth grade, French and Spanish are both offered, during different semesters. These elementary programs blend Rosetta Stone Classroom within the traditional classroom setting. By sixth grade, students may take French, Spanish, and Italian, with more languages added as a student progresses from grade to grade. In eighth grade, students have access to all 25 languages and their grade will be based on effort, not necessarily mastery of a language. Atkins stresses students will not be left alone to choose a language on a whim. “Instead,” she says, “before a student chooses their language, there are going to be lessons on how to choose. Some languages are harder, and sixth graders probably have never thought about that. They think a foreign language is a foreign language. The teacher is going to work with them, which will be the case all the way up to the language lab in higher grades.” In high school, the language lab is language-intensive, with an emphasis on student effort and motivation. A teacher will facilitate the lab process and provide students an introduction to the language they are learning. Independent study will be available for students who cannot fit the lab into their schedule but still maintain an interest in learning a foreign language.

Foreign-born students who use Rosetta Stone Classroom for learning English will also work with an English as a Second Language (ESL) tutor. Not to be left out, Saint James faculty also have the opportunity to learn a language of their choice, thereby enriching their teaching skills and enabling them to foster better relationships with foreign exchange students. Critics have called Rosetta Stone a great milestone in the evolution of language-learning. By making this tool available to all students, Saint James School has further distinguished itself as a cutting-edge educational institution preparing students to participate and succeed in an increasingly interdependent world. C o l u m n s s u m m e r 2013 1 2


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giving giving for continued excellence It’s always a blessing when a grandparent stops me to talk about how well their grandchildren are doing in college. This happened again recently when a grandmother shared success stories for two grandsons, both STJ graduates. She said, “I give all the credit to Saint James School for getting them so well-prepared!” Every family has a story. Whether it’s the student who said being in the Saint James Band changed her life; the young man who found his way through the Performing Arts or the athlete who discovered the value of discipline and hard work while learning life lessons from a coach who is also a mentor--the stories are numerous and new with each school year. Your generous giving fuels the success stories at Saint James School. Every member of our faculty and staff gives a donation to the GCE Annual Fund--in fact they’ve hit 100% in their giving for five straight years! Our percentage of parent and grandparent giving stands at 50%--this is a number we would like to grow. Just imagine if the other half would join us--the stories we could tell! We’ve had another successful year thanks to parents, grandparents, faculty, alumni and friends of Saint James School. You’ll see our total giving to the GCE Annual Fund topped half a million dollars this past school year--much of that total represents designated dollars for the expansion of our Field House. The total amount includes a generous gift from an anonymous donor, a friend of the school who says he likes what he sees happening at Saint James. We are always looking forward and thinking big for our students. Consider this quote from the former head of the Soviet Union who helped end the Cold War, Mikhail Gorbachev: “If what you have done yesterday still looks big to you, you haven’t done much today.” Together we can create a “BIG TODAY” for our children! Together, we are Saint James School. I look forward to hearing your story. Thank you for your support and ALL that’s yet to come,

Kim Hendrix

Development Director


Giving for Continued Excellence (GCE) Saint James School

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Thank you to the following parents, grandparents, friends, businesses and organizations for their support of the 2012-2013 Annual Fund Drive and Endowment Fund. This list reflects gifts received from July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013. The names of the donors whose cumulative gifts have earned them a permanent position on the Donor Wall of Honor are listed in the lobby of the high school gymnasium. “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, 2012.

Headmaster’s Circle - ($50,000.00 +)

Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Dees

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Smith

Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Gaines, Jr.

Anonymous

Mr. and Mrs. James Dickens

Judge and Mrs. Burt Smithart

Mr. and Mrs. Brian Gallion

Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Duncan, Sr.

Mr. and Mrs. Scott Taylor

Mr. and Mrs. Chris Hagen (MGC)

Mr. and Mrs. Craig Duncan

Dr. and Mrs. Mark Thomas (HS)

Mrs. Janice Henderson (HS)

Mr. and Mrs. Jack Galassini (HS)

Mrs. Sheila Wilkerson (HS)

Mr. and Mrs. Mike Hoover

Dr. and Mrs. Tommy Garnett

Mr. and Mrs. Cal Wilson

Mr. and Mrs. Jim R. Ippolito, Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. Jon Mark Glenn (MG)

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Woodson

Mr. and Mrs. Whit Joyner

Mr. and Mrs. Larry Wright (HS)

Mr. and Mrs. Pete Knight

STJ Gold - ($10,000.00 +) Anonymous Mr. Gene Bonner and Dr. Cindy Bonner Mr. and Mrs. Fred D. Clark Mr. and Mrs. Jamie Loeb, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Scott Talkington Mr. and Mrs. Garnet Turner (HS) Mr. and Mrs. Trip Walton

Gulf State Distributors, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Shirald Hendrix (HS) (MG) Dr. and Mrs. Tim Holt Mr. and Mrs. David Hughes Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Jones (HS)

Blue and Gold - ($5,000.00 +) Mrs. Marian H. Kent (HS) Mr. and Mrs. Steve Kermish (HS) Mrs. Margaret L. Means Mr. and Mrs. Tom Methvin Mayor and Mrs. Todd Strange (HS) Dr. and Mrs. Jeff Underwood

Mr. and Mrs. George A. Kent Mr. and Mrs. Jon Killough Mr. and Mrs. Jerald Labovitz Mr. and Mrs. SeungKwan Lee Mr. and Mrs. Billy Livings (MG) Mr. and Mrs. Jim Mathews (MG) Mr. and Mrs. Terry McCollum Mr. and Mrs. Randy McNeill Mr. and Mrs. Julian McPhillips

Trojan - ($1,000.00 +) Mr. and Mrs. Steve Adams Anonymous (2) The Atkins Foundation, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Dave Baggett Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Barna Mr. and Mrs. Taylor Blackwell Mr. and Mrs. Brett Border

Mr. and Mrs. Gip Meadows Rev. and Mrs. Tim Meadows Mr. and Mrs. J. Flynn Mozingo Mr. and Mrs. Kent Murray Mr. and Mrs. Conrad Naftel Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Oakley Lt. Col. Doug and Kelli Pohlman

Lt. Col. Don Brewer (HS)

Mr. Arthur Ray and Judge Kelli Wise

Dr. and Mrs. Juan Chung

Dr. and Mrs. Bill Reed

Mr. and Mrs. Sam Colson

Dr. and Mrs. Bill Richardson

Mr. and Mrs. Lee Coon

Mr. Charles Richardson

Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Crumpton

Dr. and Mrs. Julio Rios

Mr. and Mrs. Donald Deemer

Saint James Alumni Association

Drs. Alex and Susan Kreher Patron I - ($500.00 +) Alabama Steel Supply Mr. and Mrs. Dale Alexander Alfa Family Mr. and Mrs. John C. Argo Mr. and Mrs. Bill Atkins, Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. Keith Maddox Mr. and Mrs. James McLendon Mr. and Mrs. Todd Meadows (HS) MMI Outdoor Dr. and Mrs. Steven O’Mara Mr. and Mrs. Kwang Sun Park

Auburn University

Mr. and Mrs. Randy Parks

Mr. and Mrs. James E. Brady, Jr. (HS)

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Patino Peaches’n Clean

Mr. and Mrs. Dan Brantley (HS) (MG)

Pearson Education (MGC)

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Brasfield Mr. and Mrs. Ken Buce

Mr. and Mrs. Joel Pearson Mr. Eric and Dr. Tammy Prater

Mr. and Mrs. Winton Bush (HS)

Mr. and Mrs. Harold Richardson (HS)

Mr. and Mrs. Larry Capilouto (HS)

Mr. and Mrs. Bryce Rockman (HS)

Mrs. Pat Cherry (HS)

Mr. and Mrs. Chris Rutherford

Chevron Corporation (MGC)

Mr. and Mrs. David Sanders

Mr. and Mrs. David Cobb

Mr. and Mrs. Ron Skoneki (HS)

Dr. and Mrs. Bob Coggin (HS)

Mr. Scott and Mrs. Kim Hendrix Skoneki

Mr. and Mrs. David Cohen Mr. and Mrs. Bob Corley

Mr. and Mrs. Crawford Slaton

Mr. Wayne Dailey and Lt. Col. Judy Dailey

Mrs. Helen Stewart (HS) Vmware (MGC)

Mr. and Mrs. Andy Donaldson

Wells Fargo Foundation (MGC)

Mr. and Mrs. Chuck Edwards (HS)

Mr. John and Dr. Lisa Williams

Mr. and Mrs. Paul Fields (HS)

Mr. and Mrs. Scott Wright

Mr. and Mrs. William Furr


Patron II - ($100.00 +)

Mr. and Mrs. Jon Christian

Mr. Jay Gilliland

Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Kirkland

Mr. and Mrs. Clennie Akridge

Mr. and Mrs. Eric Christie

Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Gilliland

Mr. and Mrs. Keith Kuzma

AL Dept. of Public Safety, Legal Unit

Ms. Vicky Christie

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Glazar

Mrs. Edith Lane

Mr. and Mrs. Hoin Chung

Mr. and Mrs. Chris Goff

Mr. and Mrs. In Lee

Ms. Leslie Claybrook and Mr. Perry Robinson

Mr. Philip and Dr. Michelle Goodwyn

Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Lee

Mr. and Mrs. Chip Collins

Mr. and Mrs. Paul Griggs

Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Conner

Mr. and Mrs. James D. Gunter

Mrs. Betty Cramer

Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Haley

Mr. and Mrs. Brady Crowe

Mr. Nelson Hall

Ms. Connie Daniel

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Hanan

Ms. Christy Darwin

Mr. and Mrs. Michael Harper

Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Daryanani

Mr. and Mrs. Martin Harris

Mr. and Mrs. Bill Daugherty

Mr. and Mrs. Lonny Harrison

Ms. Lynne Davenport

Capt. and Mrs. Michael Hartson (MG)

AL Municipal & Environmental Engineers, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Richard Allen Anonymous (3) Mr. and Mrs. Rick Arnold AT&T Services, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Zack M. Azar Mr. Bruce Bannister Ms. Judy Barganier and Mr. Joe Herman Mr. and Mrs. Joey Barton Mr. and Mrs. Doug Baxter Mr. and Mrs. Zach Beard Mr. and Mrs. Jere Beasley

David and Leslie Marcus Foundation

Mr. and Mrs. Scott Haven

Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Lee Mr. and Mrs. Mark Limbers Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Lincoln Mr. David Long Mr. and Mrs. Gerry Love LPL Financial (MGC) Mr. and Mrs. Keith Lucky Mr. and Mrs. Delbert Madison, Sr. Mr. and Mrs. Gerry Madore Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Majors Lt. Col. and Mrs. Darrell Mann Dr. and Mrs. David Marcus

Mr. Leigh and Dr. Susan Denham

Ms. Judy Hayner

Dr. and Mrs. Tom Denton

Mr. and Mrs. Paul Hayner

Dr. and Mrs. Ireneo Domingo

Mr. and Mrs. Chris Haynes

Domino’s Pizza

Mr. and Mrs. Shawn Headley

Ms. Lis Donaldson

Mr. and Mrs. James Henderson

Ms. Adrianne Eaves

Mr. and Mrs. Michael Henig

Mr. and Mrs. Stuart Echols

Mr. and Mrs. Scott Herrin

Mr. and Mrs. Joe Eichelberg

Mr. Richard P. Hodges

Mr. and Mrs. Al Elebash

Mr. and Mrs. Randy Holcombe

Mr. and Mrs. Mike Eley

Ms. Carmen Hollon

Mr. Fred Enslen, Jr.

Mr. Justin Housman

Mr. and Mrs. Brian Erickson

Mr. and Mrs. Steve Houston

Mr. and Mrs. Brandon Essig

Mr. and Mrs. Rick Howard

Mr. and Mrs. Gregg Everett

Mr. and Mrs. Bryan Hubbard

Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Fain

Mr. and Mrs. Kenny Hubbard

Col. and Mrs. Frank Fields

Mr. and Mrs. Jay Hughes

Mr. and Mrs. Adam Finkelstein

Mr. and Mrs. John Hughes

Mr. and Mrs. Joe Finklestein

Mr. and Mrs. Jim Hunt

Mr. and Mrs. Tim Fitzpatrick

Mr. and Mrs. Ragan Ingram

Col. and Mrs. Kevin A. Foley

Mr. and Mrs. Blake Jeffcoat

Ms. Darby Forrester

Mr. and Mrs. Chris Johnson

Mr. and Mrs. Mike J. Frakes

Mr. and Mrs. Mark Johnson

Mrs. Sydney Franklin

Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Jones

Mr. Ben and Dr. Michelle Freeman

Mr. and Mrs. William Jones

Mr. and Mrs. Michael Fritz

Jones, Walker Attorneys at Law

Mr. Luis and Dr. Maryluz Fuentes

Mr. and Mrs. Greg Jordan

Ms. Debbie Funderburk

Mr. and Mrs. Justin Jung

Mr. and Mrs. Rod Cater

Mr. and Mrs. Billy Furr

Mr. and Mrs. James Kelley

Ms. Martha Cavanaugh

Mr. and Mrs. Michael Gallops

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Kelley

Mr. and Mrs. Tom Chandler

Mr. and Mrs. Joe Gary, III

Mr. and Mrs. Hyung Kyu Kim

Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Cherry, IV

Dr. and Mrs. Michael Gaylor

Mr. and Mrs. Jihoon Kim

Mr. Erick Orellana and Ms. Rosanna Gensini

Mr. and Mrs. Chang Cho

Mr. and Mrs. Eric Gibson

Mr. and Mrs. Miller King

Mr. Bill Oswalt

Mr. and Mrs. Ty Beasley Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis, Miles, P.C. Mr. and Mrs. John S. Bell Drs. Paul and Cynthia Bisbee Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Blankenship Mr. and Mrs. Mike Boland Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Bolick Mr. and Mrs. Tom Borden Mr. and Mrs. Jason Bostic Mr. and Mrs. Jeannot Boucher Mr. and Mrs. John Bowlin Mr. and Mrs. John Bradwell Mr. and Mrs. Bradley Braswell Mr. and Mrs. Michael Brewer Ms. Joan Brinsfield Mr. and Mrs. James W. Brown Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Browning Mr. and Mrs. Lee Burt Mrs. Cindy Byrd Mr. and Mrs. David Byrd Mr. and Mrs. Alan Cape Mr. and Mrs. Everett Card Mr. and Mrs. Nigel Card Mr. Chester Carr Lt. Col. and Mrs. Stephen Catchings

Mr. and Mrs. Roger Marshall Mr. and Mrs. James Martin, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Peter Mascolo Dr. and Mrs. Tucker Mattox Lt. Col. and Mrs. Dexter McCain Mr. and Mrs. Basil McHorne Mr. and Mrs. Willard McIlwain Mr. and Mrs. Jeff McIntyre Dr. and Mrs. Larry McLemore Mr. and Mrs. Mike McQuitty Mrs. Leah Meacham Mr. and Mrs. Thomas L. Merrill, Sr. Ms. Leslie Michaud Mr. and Mrs. Robert Miller Mr. and Mrs. Robert Miller, Jr. Dr. and Mrs. Ronald Montgomery Mr. and Mrs. Mark Montiel Lt. Col. and Mrs. Craig Morris Mr. and Mrs. David Morris Mr. and Mrs. Lou Mullikin Mr. and Mrs. Matt Mullikin Mr. and Mrs. Randy Murphy Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Nelson Mrs. Kay Newman Lt. Col. and Mrs. Drew Norman Mr. Jeff and Dr. Lynn Norman Oak Park Lodge #864 Dr. and Mrs. Bryan Oliver


Dr. Amanda Ousley

Mr. and Mrs. Craig Sponseller

Patron III - ($99.00 and under)

Mr. and Mrs. Steven Golsan

Mr. and Mrs. Ed Parish

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Spurlock

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Allen

Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Grate

Mr. and Mrs. John Park

Mrs. Jean Stafford

Anonymous (4)

Mr. and Mrs. Derrick Greene

Mr. and Mrs. Sungman Park

Mr. and Mrs. Draper Stanford

Mr. and Mrs. Brad Armagost

Mr. and Mrs. James Griffin

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Parquette

Mr. and Mrs. Steve Stanley

Arrowhead Estates Garden Club

Mr. and Mrs. Chris Hemmer

Ms. Judy B. Pate

Mr. and Mrs. Al Steineker

Mr. and Mrs. Peyton Ashmore

Mr. and Mrs. Brad Hildebrand

Mr. and Mrs. Cedrick Paymon

Dr. and Mrs. Allen Stern

Mr. and Mrs. Craig Bacheler

Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Hobbs

Mr. Phillip Pelham

Dr. and Mrs. Charles Stover

Mr. and Mrs. Bob Bailey

Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Holloway

Ms. Samantha Pieper

Mr. and Mrs. John Stowers

Mr. and Mrs. Jay Baker

Mr. and Mrs. Michael Hood

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Pohlman

Mr. and Mrs. Scott Stricklin

Ms. Margo Baker

Mr. and Mrs. Toye Hooks

Dr. and Mrs. James Rabon

Mr. and Mrs. Chris Sullivan

Mr. and Mrs. Mike Balkom

Mrs. Karen Jabour

Mr. and Mrs. Radney Ramsey

Mr. and Mrs. Fajie Sun

Mr. and Mrs. Rick Barregarye

Mr. and Mrs. Obrey Johnson

Mr. and Mrs. Bud Raybon

Mrs. Harold Sylvest

Ms. Wanda E. Bell

Mr. and Mrs. Brad Jones

Mr. and Mrs. Ed Reifenberg

Mr. and Mrs. Howard Tant

Mr. and Mrs. Cleg Bender

Mr. and Mrs. David Joyner

Mrs. Carol Reiley

Lt. Col. and Mrs. Glenn Taylor

Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Bolen

Mr. and Mrs. Sun Kyu Kang

Mr. and Mrs. Joe Richardson, Jr.

Ms. Takenya Taylor

Mrs. Kellye J. Bowen

Mr. and Mrs. Jay Keene

Ms. Renee Richardson

Mr. Tim Taylor

Ms. Deana A. Bozeman

Mr. and Mrs. Joel Kelly

Mr. and Mrs. John Riddle

Mr. and Mrs. Jim Terry

Mr. and Mrs. Robin Bozeman

Mrs. Mary King

Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Rodgers

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Trexler

Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Brightwell

Ms. Natalie King

Mr. John Rogers

Mr. and Mrs. Ben Trolinger, Sr.

Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Brock

Mr. David Labovitz

Dr. Michael Rosenberg and Dr. Heidi Christie

Mr. and Mrs. Roy Trolinger

Dr. and Mrs. Frank Buckner

Mr. and Mrs. Joey Latham

Turner & Eaves Insurance Agency

Mr. and Mrs. C. J. Butterbaugh

Mr. and Mrs. Rex Lee

Mr. Jeremy Turner

Mr. and Mrs. Pat Caldwell

Mr. and Mrs. David Levins

Mr. and Mrs. Scott Turner

Mr. and Mrs. Kenny Capouya

Mr. and Mrs. William H. Lewis

Mr. and Mrs. Sonny Turner

Mr. and Mrs. Will Carter

Dr. and Mrs. Greg Lipscomb

Dr. and Mrs. Ian Turnipseed

Mr. and Mrs. John R. Chambless

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Litchfield

United Technologies (MGC)

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Chinoski

Mr. and Mrs. Keith Long

Mr. and Mrs. Joel Usry

Mr. and Mrs. John Cleland

Mr. and Mrs. Ryan Luchner

Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Usry

Ms. Kim Clenney

Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Mann

Mr. and Mrs. Clark Waggoner

Mr. and Mrs. Andy Clinton

Mr. Benjamin Martin

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Ward

Cohen’s Electronics and Appliances

Master Mitch Mathews

Mr. and Mrs. David Rudd Mr. and Mrs. Eric Rugg Ms. Linda Rushing Mr. and Mrs. Mark Sadie Saint James Class of 2002 Saint James Class of 1983 Mrs. Lucinda Sanders Mr. and Mrs. Scott Saunders Mr. and Mrs. Bill Scott Mr. and Mrs. Mark Seale Mr. and Mrs. Bryan Setzer Mr. and Mrs. Tom Sewell Mr. and Mrs. Terry L. Sharp Mr. and Mrs. Brad Sharpe Mr. and Mrs. Cameron Sheffield Mr. and Mrs. Frank Shepard Mr. and Mrs. Ben Shoults Mr. and Mrs. Harry Simon Mr. and Mrs. Ben Skelley Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Skier Mr. and Mrs. Charles Slaton Ms. Mary Hunter Slaton Mr. and Mrs. Brian Smith Mr. and Mrs. Tom Somerville

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Waring Mr. and Mrs. Harris Washington III Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey J. Webb Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey T. Webb Major and Mrs. Billy Whigham Mr. and Mrs. Wallace White Mr. and Mrs. Ray E. Williams Mr. and Mrs. Chad Wise Mrs. Jane Woodson Mr. and Mrs. Brandt Wright Mr. and Mrs. Chad Wright Dr. and Mrs. Martin Wybenga Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Yates Mr. and Mrs. Sung Won Youn

Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Copeland Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Corley Mrs. Christy Cronier Ms. Betty Dismuke Mr. and Mrs. Fred Draper Mr. and Mrs. Chris Dubberly Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Duncan Dr. and Mrs. Jeff Elwell Drs. Robert and Phyllis Engles Mr. and Mrs. Jeff L. Farmer Mrs. Betty Fields Dr. and Mrs. Rex Forehand Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Foster Mr. and Mrs. Houston Foster

Mr. and Mrs. Young Ik Son

Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Fox

Mr. and Mrs. Mike Spivey

Mr. and Mrs. Clint Freeman

Mr. and Mrs. John McCollum Mr. and Mrs. Mike McDowell Mr. and Mrs. Mark McEnerney Mr. and Mrs. Bob McGaughey Mrs. Clara J. McInish Mr. and Mrs. Innes McIntyre IV Mr. and Mrs. Jack McLemore Mr. and Mrs. Paul McTear Mr. and Mrs. Will Meacham Mr. and Mrs. Mervyl Meléndez Mr. and Mrs. Kenny Mendelsohn Ms. Cynthia Miller Mr. and Mrs. Dale Moncrief Mr. and Mrs. Jim Murphree Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Nam Nancy’s Italian Ice, LLC Mr. and Mrs. Bill Nave


Col. and Mrs. James Neal

Mr. and Mrs. Hayden Ward

Dr. Julie Orender

Mr. Charlie Wilkerson

Mr. and Mrs. Steve Oswalt

Mr. and Mrs. Jason Williams

Mr. and Mrs. Greg Pappas

Lt. Col. and Mrs. Keith Williams

Mr. and Mrs. Joe Pearce

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Williamson

Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Perry

Mr. and Mrs. Russ Wilsford

Mr. and Mrs. Scott Phillips

Mr. Hubert Kam

Rosa and Juan Chung Mr. Logan Markham

Josie and Larry McLemore Dr. John Mathews, Jr.

Margaret and Rex Lee Lara and William Hunter Lewis Sharon, Frank and Haynes Litchfield

Peggy and Blake Jeffcoat

Wanda Love

Mr. and Mrs. Justin Wilson

Sallye Jeffcoat York

Anna and Terry McCollum

Mr. and Mrs. Terry Pickett

Mr. and Mrs. Greg Winn

Mr. Jay McCollum

Mr. and Mrs. Russ Pinckard

Ms. Kelli Wise

Joan and Steve Adams

Marlene and John McCollum

Mr. and Mrs. Junior Potts

Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Yost

AL Dept. of Public Safety/Legal Unit

Memorials

Alfa Family

Mr. Jimmy Auvil

Sandra and Mike Balkom

Mrs. Queen Price Mrs. Christy Pruitt-Haynes Mr. and Mrs. Steve Raybon Red Bazzell & Son, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Dustin Redden Mr. and Mrs. Michael Richards Mr. and Mrs. Steven Roberts Mrs. Keelie Rossi Ms. Betty Ann Russell Mr. Lazaro Saavedra

Melba and Bill Richardson Mr. Jim Biggers

Cathy and Joel Pearson Mrs. Dorothea Brady

Mr. John Roquemore Chambless

Cynthia and Paul Bisbee

Sasser, Sefton, Brown, Tipton & Davis, P.C.

Mr. Calvin Cherry, III

Mr. and Mrs. Steve Shalayda Mr. and Mrs. Stan Sherlin

Tina Bowlin

Mr. Douglas Duncan

The Brown Crest COA

Joann and Ed Reifenberg Melba and Bill Richardson Dee Dee and Hayden Ward

Mr. and Mrs. Bill Simpson

Dr. Hanly Funderburk

Ms. Rhonda Stamper Mr. and Mrs. Andy Steffen Mr. and Mrs. Terry Steigelman

Arrowhead Estates Garden Club Jannah and Bob Bailey Sharon and John Chambless

Mr. and Mrs. Ted Strane

Debbie Funderburk

Mr. and Mrs. Rob Strickland

Peggy and Blake Jeffcoat

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Sullivan, Jr. Ms. Erika Tatum

Jack McLemore

Dr. Lance Tatum

Denise and Paul McTear

Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Taylor III

Melba and Bill Richardson

Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Taylor Mrs. Lorraine Taylor

Jackie and Larry Wright

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Thompson

Laura and Scott Wright

Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Thompson

Sallye and Christopher York

Mr. and Mrs. Chris Tippett Mr. and Mrs. Jeremy VanEgmond Mr. and Mrs. Hieu Vo Ms. Ann Waller Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Walter

Julie and Samuel Bolen

Pat Cherry

Mr. and Mrs. Guy Shores Rev. and Mrs. Vaughn Stafford

Sara and Jere Beasley Beasley, Allen Attorneys

Debbie Funderburk

Mr. Robert Segall

Red Bazzell and Son, Inc.

Janie and Gerald Jones

Mr. and Mrs. William Sandlin

Mr. and Mrs. Bill Scaggs

Judy Barganier and Joe Herman

Mr. Darryl Gates

Jennifer and Pat Caldwell Robin and Tom Chandler Christi and Eric Christie Sandy, David, Dane, Walt and Katie Cobb

Josie and Larry McLemore Leslie and Julian McPhillips Beth and Mike McQuitty Leslie Michaud Joi and Mark Montiel Barbara and Bill Nave Oak Park Lodge #864 Darlene Myrick Pearce Cathy and Joel Pearson Marie Rabon Joan and Ed Reifenberg Carol Reiley Leigh Anne and Mike Richards Melba and Bill Richardson Jane and Bill Sandlin

Raymond, David and Michael Cohen

Sasser, Sefton, Brown, Tipton & Davis, P.C.

Leah and Chris Dubberly

Bobby Segall

Frederick Enslen

Solorzanos Family

Venna, Greg and Price Everett

Rhonda Stamper

Irene and Houston Foster

Howard Tant Family

Debbie and Wes Funderburk

Jacki and Trip Walton

Carol and Steven Golsan

Susan, Glenn and Austin Yost

Vicki, Scott and Brandon Herrin

Mrs. Meda “Mitzi” McCreary

Susie and Michael Hood Steve Houston

Melba and Bill Richardson

Karen, Ragan, Bo and Ali Ingram

Mr. Norman Gayle

Jones, Walker, Attorneys at Law

Josie and Larry McLemore

Martie, Mark and Laura McEnerney

Karen and Jay Keene

Gini and Johnny Majors Mr. Henry McNeill

Margaret and Randy McNeill Mr. Dan Norman

Melba and Bill Richardson Ms. Marie Pierce

Peggy Jeffcoat


Mr. Lynn Dean Schultz

Josie and Larry McLemore Mrs. Marietta Sexton

Melba and Bill Richardson Mrs. Lyn Shoults

Joan and Steve Adams Susan and Keith Kuzma Melba and Bill Richardson Sally and Bill Scaggs Ms. Elizabeth Sullivan

Dianne Freeman

Cindy Sanders

Chase Ritter

Robyn Harmon

Cheris Sherlin and IPRYL

Rebecca Williams

Joyce Haven

Clare Simon and 5th Grade Students

Joann Reifenberg

K5 Honored by Their Senior Buddy

Cindy Somerville, Kay McGaughey and Student Y

Annie Buce

Ginny Turkington

Grandparent Honors

Josie and Larry McLemore Melba and Bill Richardson Eli Griggs

Gene Henderson

Josie and Larry McLemore Kim Hendrix

Joann Reifenberg

Josie and Larry McLemore

Melba Richardson

Melba and Bill Richardson

Dot Hunt

Mr. Nace Taylor

Melba and Bill Richardson Aiden Ulrich

Josie and Larry McLemore Michelle, Randy, Russ and Rachel Parks

Joan and Steve Adams

Sandi and Allen Stern

Melba and Bill Richardson

Joyce Jones

Mr. Carl Watson

Janie and Gerald Jones Kay Newman Joann and Ed Reifenberg Melba and Bill Richardson

Honorariums Cyndy Bailey, Graduation from Savannah College of Art and Design

Gillette Slaton Elaine Boland

Josie and Larry McLemore Clare Simon, Sarah Dixon Ramsey, Grace Dixon Sandi and Allen Stern Andrew and Mackenzie Mullikin Josie and Larry McLemore Josie and Larry McLemore Cathy Pearson, Middle School Students and Faculty

Anne Elizabeth Poe, Graduation from Lipscomb University

Faculty, thanking you for your service to Saint James. Elaine Boland Tina Bowlin Dedee Echols Susan Finklestein Gene Henderson Alexia Henig Dot Hunt Joyce Jones Renee Norman Cindy Sanders Joy Yates

Melba Richardson

Andrew and Mackenzie Mullikin Marti and Frank Woodson

Jane Woodson Joy Yates

Josie and Larry McLemore

Melba and Bill Richardson

Braylen Corley Annie Buce

Rebecca Williams

Mr. and Mrs. Clennie Akridge

Maegan Akridge

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Allen

Harrison Allen

Sandi and Allen Stern

Ms. Margo Baker

Teachers Honored by Alumni

Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Bolick

Dr. Cliff Browning

Mary Hunter Slaton Nathan Yates Mr. Fred Draper

Nathan Yates

Mrs. Vicky Eichelberg

Nathan Yates

Zan Pappas

Susu Draper

Josie and Larry McLemore

Joann Reifenberg

Kay McGaughey

Joann Reifenberg

Craig Duncan

Joann Reifenberg

Edith Lane

Hannah Grace Griggs Josie and Larry McLemore

Josie and Larry McLemore

Mrs. Judy Pratt

Charles (Slats) Slaton Mrs. Jennie McConnell Stowers

Nathan Yates

Seniors Honored by Their K5 Buddy

Tony Amerson Tucker Strane

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Borden

Borden Cater

Mr. and Mrs. James E. Brady, Jr.

David Hubbard

Mr. and Mrs. Dan Brantley

Maddox Trumbly

Ms. Joan Brinsfield

Morgan and Tyler Hildebrand Mr. and Mrs. Jim Brown

Ben Olree

Mr. and Mrs. Winton Bush

Brooks and Brunson Bacheler Mr. and Mrs. Larry Capilouto

Eli and Gracie Sommer

Reed Chisenhall

Mrs. Pat Cherry

Zane Harris

Amanda and Wesley Cherry

David Hubbard

Ms. Vicky Christie

Ways Holloway

Caroline and Wes Christie

Morgan Miller

Dr. and Mrs. Robert Coggin

Annie Buce

Maggie and Zane Harris

Victoria Mulero

Mrs. Betty Cramer

Cameron Hagen

Sydney Cramer

Beth and Mike McQuitty

Carlee Naftel

Mr. and Mrs. Bill Daugherty

Emily Register

Erin Grigsby

Lazaro Saavedra and High School Key Club

Emily Prim

Dr. and Mrs. Tom Denton

Sandra Polizos

Joann Reifenberg In Honor of the Marriage of Jake Ray and Catherine Steineker Ray

Melba and Bill Richardson Melba Richardson

Mary Catherine Richardson Phillips Paul Riddle

Joann Reifenberg

Cameron Hagen

Blake Sanders


Mrs. Betty Dismuke

Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Lee

Mr. and Mrs. John Riddle

Mrs. Sheila Wilkerson

Mr. and Mrs. Jack Dykema

Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Madore

Mr. and Mrs. Bryce Rockman

Mr. and Mrs. Larry Wright

Abigail Dismuke Tucker Byrd

Mr. and Mrs. Chuck Edwards

Mason and Sam Edwards Nate and Virginia Meacham Drs. Robert and Phyllis Engles

Abbey, Brooke and Lindsey Engles Ms. Betty Fields

Catherine, Jack and Sarah Claire Loeb Mr. and Mrs. Paul Fields

Catherine, Jack and Sarah Claire Loeb Dr. and Mrs. Rex Forehand

Kathleen Wright

Ms. Sydney Franklin

Ace Gibson

Mr. and Mrs. Jack Galassini

Sophia Caradori Ms. Judy Hayner

Giovanni Hayner Mrs. Janice Henderson

Caroline and Mitch Mathews Mr. and Mrs. Shirald Hendrix

Annie Skoneki

Mr. Dick Hodges

Paul Hodges

Mr. and Mrs. John Hughes

Alex Clenney

Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Jones

Nathan Baxter

Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Jones

Hunter Duncan Mrs. Marian Kent

Colton and Matthew Alter Emily, Olivia and Whitman Kent Mr. and Mrs. Steve Kermish

Jack and Sara Turner Burt Mrs. Mary King

Robert Bradford Mr. and Mrs. Keith Kuzma

Taylor Eubanks Mrs. Edith Lane

Andrew and Mackenzie Mullikin

Will Lee

Mitchell and Spencer Madore Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Mann

Quinton Mann

Ms. Linda Hartson Marshall

Logan Hartson

Mr. and Mrs. Peter Mascolo

Sumner Brown

Mrs. Clara McInish

Ashley and Richard Williamson Mrs. Leah Meacham

Nate and Virginia Meacham Mr. and Mrs. Todd Meadows

Hayden and Taylor Meadows Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Merrill, Sr.

Allen and Michael Azar

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Miller, Jr.

Carter Miller

Dr. and Mrs. Ronald Montgomery

Morgan Montgomery

Mr. and Mrs. David Morris

Paul Riddle

Kira Butterbaugh

Ethan and Grant Darwin

Gifts In Kind

Ms. Betty Ann Russell

AG Lighting/Jill Garmon

Zac Russell

Mr. and Mrs. Bill Scott

Mr. and Mrs. Mike Bailey

Mr. and Mrs. Ron Skoneki

Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Byard

Annie Skoneki

Mr. and Mrs. Chuck Spurlock

Park Hobbs

Mrs. Judy Pate

Anna and Emma Colson Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Pelham

Walker Wise

Mr. and Mrs. Pete Pohlman

Gabbi and Nathan Pohlman Mrs. Queen Price

Damien Madison Mr. and Mrs. Bud Raybon

Jackson Raybon

Mr. and Mrs. Harold Richardson

Chick-fil-A

Mrs. Jean Stafford

Mr. and Mrs. David Cyr

Will Richardson

Mrs. Helen Stewart

Jay Spivey

Dr. and Mrs. Charles Stover

Abigail Dismuke

Mayor and Mrs. Todd Strange

Emilee and Sara Arrington

Mrs. Harold Sylvest

Ms. Lis Donaldson Ms. Adrianne Eaves Mr. and Mrs. Greg Ergenbright Gigi’s Cupcakes Mr. and Mrs. Jay Hughes Mr. and Mrs. George Kent The King’s Table/Al Steineker Ms. Kathy Kirkland

Hannah Keene

Mr. and Mrs. Jamie Loeb, Jr.

Mrs. Lorraine Taylor

Mrs. Lucinda Sanders

Connor Taylor

Dr. and Mrs. Mark Thomas

Grace Kelly

Mr. and Mrs. Ben Trolinger

Adam and Andrew Trolinger Mr. and Mrs. Garnet Turner

Grayson Eaves

Mr. and Mrs. Sonny Turner

Adam, Joshua and Matthew Garnett Mac Turner Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Usry

Parker Usry

Bea, Camilla and Susannah Richardson

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Waring

Mr. and Mrs. Joe Richardson, Jr.

Mr. Charlie Wilkerson

Will Richardson

Cake Designs

Phillip and Shelby Davis

Jordan Crumpton

Mr. and Mrs. John Park

Mr. and Mrs. Ben Allen

Taylor Oswalt

Mr. Jeff Norman and Dr. Lynn Norman

Caton Oswalt

Kathleen Wright

Elliot Steinwinder

Jack and Sara Turner Burt

Mr. Bill Oswalt

Caroline Wright

Ms. Linda Rushing

Faith Morris

Braylen, Corley and Makenzie Corley

Oliver Harper

Clayton Waring

Ellie Kate and Mason Wilkerson

Ms. Macon Steinberg Walker 360 Ms. Denise Walker Mr. and Mrs. Hayden Ward Mrs. Sherry Weeks Mr. and Mrs. Frank Woodson Dr. and Mrs. Glenn Yates


Saint James

School's Annual Fund Drive

reaches

$526,094.96

T han k s

73% Annual Fund Donations DESIGNATED $383,206.98

to you!

1% Annual Fund Donations ENDOWMENT $3,575.00 3% Annual Fund Donations GIFTS IN KIND $17,831.65

Undesignated funds enable us to fulfill the school’s greatest needs.

23% Annual Fund Donations UNDESIGNATED $121,481.33

GCE Annual Fund 2012-2013 $526,094.96 Undesignated

$121,481.33

Endowment

$3,575.00

Designated

Gifts in Kind

Top 6 programs receiving designated dollars: -A  thletics (Field House) - Band - Technology

$383,206.98 $17,831.65

-Soccer -Wrestling -Performing Arts

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BRUNCH

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4TH JOIN US AS WE HONOR OUR STJ G R A N D PA R E N T S

Fall

HOMECOMING

tuesday,

FRIDAY,

Festival OCTOBER 22nd games, food & entertainment for the entire

family

2013 NOVEMBER 1st

the classes of 1993 and

2003 will kick off their reunions at the alumni bbq before

the game!


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FAQ’S

Now that STJ students are equipped with the technology, what is next? STJ will always continue to seek out innovative ways to enhance its rigorous academic program. Using technology at the K-12 level promotes more engaged learning and prepares students for success in college and beyond. As textbook companies continue to expand in the digital world, STJ will look into opportunities to provide high school students the ability to access textbooks digitally rather than having to purchase and carry their textbooks. Not only will HS students have fewer books to carry, but parents will see a savings with digital textbooks. Additionally, the elementary school could see more iPads implemented in the fifth grade. By providing an iPad for each fifth grader, students will be learning how to use similar applications as those used in Middle School, helping them more easily transition to the next school level.

Why is there such a big push for using technology? Think about the last time you visited the dentist or doctor’s office. You probably noticed iPads were being used to document your ailments or that your dental x-rays were no longer on film but rather in digital form. As the business world makes a shift with technology, we must prepare our students to be digitally ready to enter this world when they leave STJ. It's not just about learning how to turn on a computer to type up a document, but rather students are learning about being digital citizens and the importance of having a positive digital footprint.

I’m a new student and have never used a MacBook or iPad. What do I do? Saint James’ technology teachers at the elementary, middle, and high schools can help provide one-on-one help. STJ has a technology help desk for its students and faculty. Additionally, Apple provides many tutorial videos on its website www.apple.com.

Head of School Melba Richardson and several staff members attended Executive Briefing Sessions at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, California on June 21. Invited by Apple to make the return visit to the company’s headquarters, top education experts spoke with the STJ group about the most up-todate and engaging ways to use technology to make classroom learning corroborative, active, and challenging. “The Apple professionals are such a wellspring of information, based on the wealth of research they’ve conducted,” said Richardson.

How will technology help the teacher assess learning more easily?

“Not only did our leadership team

The best learning happens when the teacher can make quick assessments of understanding and give feedback regularly. One way STJ teachers make quick assessments is through the use of Socrative. Socrative is a web-based application that any teacher can use to create mini-assessment activities for students to complete online. Teachers get immediate feedback and can quickly assess a student’s progress. Technology also allows for a more individualized learning experience as many students feel emailing questions are a less public way to indicate they need additional information.

receive wonderful ideas, but we

Will the technology encourage independent learning?

prepare our students for success-

If students are completely reliant on the teacher then they’re less likely to be motivated and more likely to give up when they encounter problems. With our 1:1 MacBook Air program in the high school and the 1:1 iPad program for the middle school, students have access to their school owned devices 24 hours a day. This allows for independent learning, using Kahn Academy as a supplement resource for a class, for example.

ful futures.”

were also able to ask questions of some of the brightest minds in the field, bringing home new ideas to challenge, engage, and

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What kind of professional development opportunities will the faculty have to learn the technology?

How is the technology fee spent?

STJ works hard to provide many professional development opportunities for its faculty. In the summer of 2011, a 21st Century Learning Coordinator was hired to be the “teacher of teachers,� to help the faculty learn the technology and how to integrate the technology into their discipline. Teachers and administrators receive training at weekly technology workshops (as well as support, should they have any technology difficulties). Additionally, the faculty have attended other technology conferences such as iSummit and the bi-annual AAIS.

Will the technology become obsolete? Technology is ever-changing. However, by keeping our student and faculty devices up-to-date with the latest operating systems and applications, we can maximize the longevity of our leased devices.

How has the technology helped students get involved in learning? Rather than being passive learners, students have become more active learners with the new technology tools. In the fall of 2012, 13 new high school elective classes were implemented, and this year Saint James is adding a new pre-law class as well as a range of 25 language offerings through Rosetta Stone Classroom. All of these new electives utilize technology. High school students may choose from a robotics and pre-engineering class to a digital music composition class to a digital storytelling class, among several other unique classes that enable students to seek out areas of greater interest.

The technology fee covers a wide variety of technology needs for the school. A 1:1 program requires a robust wireless system that allows for not only coverage, but density. The school performs a yearly network analysis to ensure the wireless system is meeting the demands of technology on the campus. The applications and software for the devices are costly as well and most require yearly licenses. The tech tools are leased, which enables Saint James to purchase the best available technology and ensures the school can maintain this level of excellence for our students. The use of state of the art projectors and other peripherals to fully utilize the benefits of the devices are constantly being evaluated and replaced as needed. Additionally, Saint James provides access to devices for the whole school to utilize. This means students are engaged in learning with technology in grades K3 - 12.

What happens if my child damages their school-owned device? For the iPads, Saint James purchased the Apple Care + warranty program. This program covers the first two accidental damages, for a $50 deductible. After that, the full amount of $435 is due. For the MacBook Airs, if the damage is covered under Apple Care Warranty, Apple will repair the device at no charge. If the damage is caused by water or has any physical damage the student is responsible for the amount Apple charges to repair the device. Families may choose to purchase insurance for their devices. There are several companies that offer this service such as WorthAvenue.com, Security.com, or SquareTrade.com.

Bridging International Barriers In a fascinating learning experiment, seventh graders met and spoke with their student counterparts in Oslo, Norway in April, using computer monitors and the Skype computer application. During the Skype sessions 30 students in both Montgomery and Oslo each spoke for about a minute, giving their names, age, their country of origin, and any personal interests they cared to share. There was similarity in the music and hobbies enjoyed by all the students, despite their geographical differences. Both groups communicated by speaking English. Plans are underway for seventh graders to once again Skype with their Norwegian counterparts in 2013-14, and for eighth graders to Skype with students in New Zealand.


the Winners’circle

S aint J ames S t u dent A chievements R each N ew H eights in 2 0 1 2 - 1 3 Compiled by Reed O'Mara '13

AC A DE M IC S

Personal Economics Challenge

VISUAL ARTS

2013 Senior Class Scholarship Total: $3.8 million (achieved by 48 students)

- Four State Finalists

AP Scholars

YMCA Jamie Gilliland IPRYL Spirit Award

City of Montgomery’s 2012 “Your Best Shot” Photography Competition

- 6 AP Scholars with Distinction - 4 AP Scholars with Honors - 6 AP Scholars

AT H L ET IC S 75% of students in grades 7-12 participated on interscholastic school teams in 2012-13

National Merit - 1 National Merit Finalist - 1 National Merit Commended Auburn Mathematical Puzzle Challenge - First Place Alabama Statewide Mathematics Contest, District IV - First Place: Alg. II Team, Geometry Team, Alg. II with Trig Team - Second Place: Comprehensive Test Team - Individual Winners: 3 First Place, 1 Second Place, 2 Third Place Alabama Statewide Mathematics Contest, State Competition - Second Place: Algebra II with Trig Team Alabama Regional Science Olympiad - Second Place - Individual Winners: 11 First Place, 8 Second Place STEM Robotics Competition - First Place TEAMS Robotics Statewide Competition - First Place B.E.S.T. Robotics Competition, Montgomery Area - Second Place, Overall - First Place: T-shirt Design - Second Place: BEST Award, Engineering Notebook, and Webpage - Third Place: Most Robust Robot, CAD Notebook Design

Varsity Athletic Teams - Wrestling Team: State Class 1-4A Champions - Golf Team: State Class 4A Runner-up - Boys Tennis Team: State Class 4A Runner-up - Girls Tennis Team: State Class 4A, Third Place - Track & Field: State Tournament participation - Cross Country: State Tournament participation - Volleyball: State Playoffs - Girls Soccer: State Playoffs - Football: State Playoffs Individual State Achievement - Wrestling: 1 State Champion (138 lbs.), 2 Second Place; 3 Third Place - Boys Tennis: 2 State Singles Champions - Girls Tennis: 1 State Singles Champion; 1 State Doubles Champion - Track and Field: 1 State Runner-up, 100 Meter Hurdles

- First Place Southeastern Art Regional-at-Large Scholastic Art Awards Competition -G  old Keys: 4 Drawing, 3 Printmaking, 1 Painting, 1 Portfolio, 1 Graphic Design, 1 Digital Art - S ilver Keys: 3 Sculpture, 1 Drawing, 3 Painting, 2 Graphic Design, 1 Digital Art, 1 Portfolio Visual Arts Achievement Program (VAAP State)

- Best of Photography - Best of Printmaking - Art Teacher of the Year PERFORMING ARTS Marching Band

- Bands of America Super-Regional Competition: Class A Division Winner Band, Individuals

- All-State Red Band: 2 Students; All-State Blue Band:

AHSAA All Star Team Play: -1 Boys Soccer Player, 1 Girls Soccer Player

1 Student - All-District Band: 9 Students

AHSAA All-Metro - 1 Volleyball First Team Member, 1 Volleyball Second Team Member

Chorus, Individuals

Montgomery Advertiser All Metro Athletes - All Metro Soccer Girls Athlete of the Year, 3 All Metro Team Players - All Metro Boys Tennis Athlete of the Year, 2 All Metro Team Players - All Metro Girls Tennis Team, 1 Player - All Metro Boys Soccer Team, 1 All Metro Player - All Metro Boys Golf Team, 2 All Metro Players - All Metro Girls Golf Team, 1 All Metro Player

V ISUA L A N D PE R FOR M I NG A RTS 100% of students in grades 9-12 participate in a visual or performing arts program during their high school career

- All-State Show Choir: 6 Students - All-State Choir: 11 Students Theater -D  istrict Trumbauer Theater Competition: 7 Superior Scores - S tate Trumbauer Theater Festival: 5 Superior Medals, First Place Solo Acting Female, Second Place Solo Acting Female SPEECH AND DEBATE District Tournament Due to space, not all competitions are included and only - Team: First Place Third Place honors higher are listed. - Individual: 4 Firstor Place Awards, 4 Second Place, 3 Third Place C o l u m n s s u m m e r 2013 1 6


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# LESSONS for life By Emily Prim ’13

State 1A-4A Wrestling Champions Learn Dedication, Commitment and Perseverance in Quest for Gold


trojan “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” (Proverbs 27:17) While this may only be a Bible verse for some, it was the guiding inspiration for the 2013 Saint James Trojan wrestlers, leading them to become Alabama’s 1A-4A State Wrestling Champions. The school’s First Place finish in the February State Tournament marks the first state championship for the Trojan wrestlers, although the wrestling program has always had talented individual wrestlers who’ve left a strong legacy for those who followed them. “I attribute the championship to all the wrestlers who have been a part of the wrestling program here at Saint James since the team’s beginning in 1997,” says Craig Duncan, head coach, and The National Wrestling Association’s 2013 Alabama State Wrestling Coach of the Year. Duncan began wrestling in the fourth grade and says he made the decision to coach the sport as a result of positive influences of coaches who had inspired his own life. The twenty-one year coaching veteran says he wanted to motivate, and help others in the same way he had been helped. Judging from his players' remarks, that goal has been achieved. “Coach Duncan has impacted my future tremendously with the attitude and dedication that he shows me and the guys. I feel he is the best wrestling coach in the state and I am proud to call him my coach,” says team member Brad Murray, a junior who was also an individual standout in 2013. “He taught us that once you have conquered wrestling, you can conquer anything else in life because of the toughness and work ethic wrestling teaches you.” “Wrestling teaches work ethic, dedication, commitment, and perseverance,” Duncan explains. “I love to see a young person who struggles when they first start, but doesn’t quit and becomes a champion later in their career.” Along with winning a state title, the team had a number of individual achievers in their own events, including an individual event State Champion, three second place winners, three wrestlers earning third place, and a fourth place finisher. Of the nine wrestlers who qualified for the State Tournament, eight medaled. (The ninth member did not compete, due to an injury.) “Wrestling is so exciting because anything can happen in any match,” says Murray, the second place winner in the 285-pound weight class. “You have to earn your wins and nothing comes easy. It really builds character and helps later in life.”

“And the winning is pretty fun, too,” grins Chase Collins, the State Champion in the 138-pound weight division. “It was indescribable, especially for me because I won both an individual championship and was part of the team championship too.” While the entire team is excited with this year’s State Championship, each returning member is ready to come back and defend their team title next year. “We have some really good young guys coming up next year from JV,” Murray says, “and I expect all of us to compete and defend our championship vigorously.” “I think the team is very dedicated, looking towards next year,” Duncan says. “All the wrestlers have different personalities and are motivated differently but we will have great senior leadership next year, which will help motivate the whole team.”

Celebrating a Golden Win The 1-4A State Championship Trojan wrestlers were honored at a school pep rally in late Feb., where the team members and their coaches were formally congratulated by Athletic Director Jerry Browning and Head of School Melba Richardson. Cheerleaders, the band, and students were on hand to give the wrestlers a reception worthy of their golden win. Wrestlers Lauded by City Mayor Todd Strange and the Montgomery City Council honored STJ’s 4A state champions for winning the first state wrestling title for a city school since 1992. In a spring ceremony at City Hall, all of the school’s varsity wrestlers and coaches received a special Certificate of Commendation.

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State Play

– STJ’s Class 1-4A Wrestling Trojans became the city’s first State Wrestling Champions since 1992. Golf and Boys Tennis were 2013 State 4A Runners-up, while Girls Tennis won Third Place at State. Track & Field, and Cross Country also participated at the State Championship level. Volleyball, Girls Soccer and Football all reached the State Playoffs.

Football:

2012 Trojan quarterback C.J. Duncan became the first STJ football player to sign with a Division I school, receiving a full four-year scholarship from Vanderbilt University. Duncan expects to be a slot receiver for the Commodores, play a little in the backfield, and also be a part of special teams, like kick and punt return.

Golf: Brooke Sansom became the first fe-

male to compete on the Saint James Varsity Golf team. Sansom and teammates Walker Wise and Parker Usry were named All-State players. In addition Sansom, Wise and Walker Carr made the Montgomery Advertiser’s All-Metro Golf Teams. Trojan golfers also won this year’s Capital City Conference.

Cheer: The Varsity Cheer Squad won trophies in all

Tennis: Mason Blackwell, Ste-

phen Sadie, and Clayton Waring won individual 4A State Championships in April, while Waring and partner Caroline Matthews won the 4A State Championship for #3 Doubles. In June Blackwell was named the Montgomery Advertiser’s All-Metro Tennis Athlete of the Year. Sadie and Charlsie Rampy were also named to the Montgomery Advertiser’s All Metro Tennis Teams.

Soccer: Boys and Girls goalies DeShaun Lewis and

Katie Bonner played for the AHSAA South teams in the state group’s 2013 All-Star Boys and Girls Soccer Tournaments, in Montgomery in mid-July. Kelly Joiner was named the Montgomery Advertiser’s All-Metro Soccer Girls Athlete of the Year. Cassidy Alwan and Tessa Evans also made the All-Metro Team.

five categories at the Universal Cheerleaders Association’s summer camp, held at the University of Alabama. Rachel Parks and Abigail Dismukes were selected as All Americans by the camp judges. Middle and JV cheerleaders were also honored at the cheer event.

Volleyball: Player Regan Riddle made the

AHSAA All-Metro First Team, while teammate Zuri Foster made the AHSAA’s Second Team, as well as the All-State Team. First-year coach Kellye Jordan Bowen was named the AHSAA’s Volleyball Coach of the Year, leading the team to a 29-19 winning season.

Equestrian: Even as newcomers to the In-

terscholastic Equestrian Association, STJ’s first-ever Equestrian Team had four girls qualify for Regionals.

Track & Field: 100m hurdler Ashley Williamson won 4A State Runner-up.

baseball:

2013 senior and outfielder Jake Allen was named to the Montgomery Advertiser 1A4A All Metro Team.


alumni

[notes]

1976 Trish (Perry) Hoover is the VP of United Way of Central Alabama in Birmingham. She engages community groups and directs funds for innovative ways to address emerging issues and unmet needs. She visits Montgomery family often and catches performances at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. Trish said that she never misses a chance to ride by the old STJ location off Carter Hill where the Class of ‘76 and its 32 graduates felt they “ruled the universe.” Trish has a 13-year-old son, Joe. Cathy (Slaton) Pearson just began her new role as Dean of Admissions at STJ, after serving the school for 28 years as a teacher, counselor, and middle school principal. Married to Joel Pearson ('76), the couple likes to spend time with family and friends at the lake, beach or in Fairhope. Russ S till lives in Atlanta and is with Medical Management Associates. He and his wife, Cam, are the proud parents of Ben, Devan Joel, Sydney Joel, Emily Joel and Garrett Joel.

1977 Caren (Page) Seligman works for the Birmingham Jewish Federation as Outreach Director. She has two children, Erica Seligman Ribnick and Josh Seligman.

1978 L auren ( Ellithorpe) Blackwell attended Texas Christian University after graduating from Saint James. While there she played varsity basketball for two years. Lauren retired from the Air Force in 2004 after serving for 21 years. She and husband, Paul, live in San Antonio, TX. She is proud of her two step-sons who are both graduates of Auburn University. Charlotte Croft, married to Lee Hudgens, is very active in her Winston-Salem, NC community. Her job is client coordinator of Fairway Ind. Mortgage Corp. She is involved in several non-profits, the Junior League, the Forsyth Humane Society, the Winston-Salem Rose Society, the Westwood Garden Club, and is Chair of the upcoming Dixie Classic Flower Show and founding member of Charity Chicks. She was also published in the March issue of American Rose Magazine. Hope (Brown) Mardre lives in Montgomery and is the Director and teacher at Christchurch Preschool. Her husband George is a portfolio manager at Stifel Nicolaus. They have two children, George, 24 and Maggie, 23.

1979 Roy Bullard has a successful dentistry practice in Montgomery. He and his wife, Kim, are enjoying time with their two daughters, Savannah and Anna Claire. Anna Claire just completed her 8th grade year at Saint James.

Natalie (Jones) Collar is a Senior Cost Accountant with Rheem Mfg. in Montgomery. Her husband, Bryan, is also with Rheem as the Product Development Manager. Joseph Hunt and wife Lane live in Birmingham with their son, Cole. Joe is the national account manager for D & W Fine Pack.

just completed his freshman year of high school. Her husband, Jay, is in the banking industry and is a basketball referee for high school and AAU tournaments. Kathy enjoys playing tennis in the local Easley, SC USTA tennis leagues and watching her boys play basketball, baseball, tennis and golf.

Wesley Llewellyn is a film director with 4 L films in Atlanta. His wife, Amanda, also works for 4 L as a producer and writer. William North is with the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office in Birmingham as a prosecutor. He and wife Elizabeth have two children, Fletcher and Will. Robbie ( Grow) Scot t and husband John live in Montgomery, where she teaches second grade at Halcyon Elementary. John is the owner of Joe Scott Motor Company. They have two daughters, Alicia (’07) and Angela. Robbie said that she loved working with classmates for their 30th reunion and cannot believe that it is time for the 35th next year. “Who is in? Let’s hear from the Class of ’79!” Charles Woodling lives in Royal Palm Beach, FL and is the owner of Victory Lane Lawn and Landscape. He has two children, Jennifer and Nelson.

1980 Michael Beavers is presently working as a private contractor with the U.S. Embassy/State Dept. He and his wife, Carla, live in Tullahoma, TN with their children, Lia, Wil and Sidnee. The whole family recently enjoyed a trip to Germany. James Brown (JR) lives in Montgomery and is in records management for the Alabama Department of Corrections. He continues his connection with Saint James by calling the play-by-play at STJ football games. GO TROJANS! John Cork and wife Nicole live in Carmel, CA. John is President of Cloverland, a full service multi-media production company. John and Nicole have a 15 year old son, Jimmy. Peggy (Caddell) Cox is the records manager at Central High School in San Angelo, TX. She and husband Chuck, retired U.S. Army, have three children, Jake, Caitlin and daughter Amber Franke, who was married in 2009. William Hardie is the Managing Director of Houlihan Lokey Capital Inc. in New York City. Kathy (Ussery) Ratterree worked as a registered dietitian in South Carolina for several years after graduating from the University of Alabama. After raising her two sons with husband, Jay, she recently returned to the working world. She teaches aerobics and works with the Silver Sneakers program for the local YMCA’s senior members. Her eldest son, Tyler, just completed his freshman year at Wofford College. Youngest son, Brandon,

Mary Catherine Phillips ('94) and daughter Sarah Elizabeth came to STJ's Easter Egg Hunt for the children of alums in March.

1981 Edward Hardie and his spouse, Chris, are enjoying their 2nd grader Gabriel O’Hare Hardie in Redwood City, CA. John works in network elemental for Google, Inc. Wynne Harvey and his wife, Stacia, live in Houston, TX. Wynne is the director of US Oil Marketing & Logistics for Hess Corporation. William Levy enjoys living in Alpharetta, GA with his wife, Lauren, and their son, Alexander. William is an area business analyst for Mondelez International.

1982 Ragan Ingram recently formed a governmental and public relations firm, Ragan Ingram & Assoc., in Montgomery. He and his wife, Karen, are the proud parents of two Saint James graduates, Bo (2009) and Ali (2012). Ragan served his alma mater as STJ Board Chair from 2010-2012. Richard Kean is an oral and maxillofacial surgeon in Montgomery. He and wife Kelly are active volunteers for Saint James. Their oldest, Lizzie, just graduated from Saint James and will be attending Furman University. Sarah will be a junior at STJ in 2013-2014. Lorraine Thompson is Head of the Drama Department at Athens Academy in Athens, GA.

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1987

Scot t Pat ton received a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He then acquired an MBA from the University of Colorado and 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 been all over the U.S., Australia, Europe, Central America and the islands, Asia, India, the Middle East and Africa. That just leaves South America and Antarctica on his bucket list! He is presently a Colonel assigned to OSC-I SAG. Scott and his wife have been married for 22 years and have three children. His words of wisdom for his children are: “Work hard, play hard, enjoy life and leave the world a better place…”

Jerry Davis is entering his 20th year of teaching history to 8th graders. Jerry has lived in California since graduating from Saint James. He and his wife, Ketti, have two children. Sheri (Harsha) Dunn and husband Brandy live in Rockford, AL where she is the manager of Elmore Co. Finance. Sheri has three children, René Thompson, Zachary Thompson and Blake Walters. Catherine (Hodges) Edwards is a sales representative for Mylan Pharmaceuticals. Her husband, Matt, is the VP of Acquisitions for Wilhoit Properties. They enjoy their two precious sons, Cade and Chase. Michael McMillin works as VP of Physician Relations at Promise Hospital of Vicksburg in MS. His wife, Sarah, is an attorney for Young William Child Support Services. Their son, Jeff, is an upcoming 8th grader, and their daughter, Davis, will be entering 3rd grade.

1988 Richard Allen is an attorney with Capell & Howard PC in Montgomery. He and his wife, Wynn Dee, also an attorney, are thoroughly enjoying their son, Harrison, who will be in 2nd grade at Saint James this year. Laura (Harvey) Franks works in strategic planning for Todd Events in Dallas, TX. Her husband, Jim, is a partner with Ernst & Young. They have two children, Kathryn, an upcoming 7th grader, and Emerson, who is entering the 4th grade. Sharon Mitchell is the Deputy Director of the Governor’s Office on Disability. She and her three children, Derrel, David and Wesley Vaughn live in Montgomery.

Participating in the STJ Trek for a Track in Feb. were alums Michael Gallops and Larry McLemore, both from the Class of 2000. Scottie (Forrester) Vickery lives in Birmingham with her husband, Steve, and her 19 year old twins, Will and Katie. Scottie is the enrichment director at Better Basics, a non-profit that offers literacy and enrichment programs to inner-city schools. She was instrumental in organizing the 30th reunion for her class held this past June.

Albert Perkins and wife Ashley live in Columbus, GA. He is an attorney/Sr. VP and Lead Family Office Advisor for Synovus Family Asset Management. They are enjoying a full house with seven children, two of whom were adopted from China.

1989 Heather (Cunningham) Hodges is a realtor with Exit Hodges Real Estate in Montgomery. Her husband, Michael, is a realtor with Hodges Bonded Warehouse. They have two children, Michael, 12 and Hunter, 9.

Charles Harris is the global account manager for EMC. He lives in Spanish Fort and has two children, Christian and Zachary.

Timothy Wilson is a Captain in the U.S. Air Force working as a space operations officer and living in Lompoc, CA. He performs crew operations, which maintain location of all 22,000 Earth-orbiting objects, maintains and updates the Satellite Catalog used by NASA and all other civilian and foreign governments. He also processes new space launches, whether foreign or domestic. Captain Wilson has recently entered a graduate program.

1985

1990

Robert Levy is the systems engineer manager for Cisco Systems in Raleigh, NC.

Scott Berger, his wife, Valerie, and three children live in Winston Salem, NC. He is a surgeon with Salem Surgical Associates.

1984

Eric Christie is a civil engineer with the AL Department of Transportation. His wife, Christi, and his mother, Vicky, are both Saint James employees. Their two children, Wes and Caroline, are middle school students at Saint James, carrying on the Saint James tradition! John Mantooth is an award-winning author whose short stories have been recognized in numerous "Year’s Best" anthologies. His short fiction has been published in Fantasy Magazine, Crime Factory, Thuglit, the Stoker winning anthology, and Haunted Legends, among others. His first book, Shoebox Train Wreck was released in March of 2012 from Chizine Publications. His debut novel, The Year of the Storm, came out this past June from Berkley. He lives in Hoover, AL with his wife Becky and their two children, Joy and Luke. Will Parker lives with his wife, Bentley, and their three children in Auburn. Will works for Ram Jack Foundation Specialists. Bethel (DiMaggio) Ziesenitz is a certified hand therapist with Peachtree Orthopedics in Atlanta. Her husband, Glenn, is project manager/designer for Summitt Marketing. They have two children, Samuel and William.

1991 William Byrd is the President and CEO of New Local Direct in Panama City, FL. Enjoying the Florida lifestyle with him are his wife, Joni, and their children, Catie, Haley and Liam. Laura (Wright) Fuselier and her husband, Scott, live in Houston, TX. She has a Masters in accounting from the University of Alabama and is a licensed CPA. She works as an accounting and auditing consultant. Laura and Scott are the parents of Kate and Greer.

1992 Stacey (Johnson) Bradley teaches 2nd grade at Charles R. Drew Charter School in Atlanta. Husband Chris is with QBE First as a senior technical writer. They have two children, Owen, age 4 and Katherine, 1. Matthew Garbett is in charge of events and membership for the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition. Jessi (Dunaway) Parker lives in Montgomery with her husband, George, and their three children, Reese, Lucie and Mary Helen. Jessi is a clinical pharmacist with the Central AL Veterans Health Care System, and George is an attorney with Bradley, Arant, Boult & Cummings.

1993 Arvind Bhuta received his PhD in interdisciplinary geospatial and environmental analysis from Virginia Tech. He is a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Clemson doing research committed to conservation, ecology and natural resources. Ashley (Suddith) Cumbie and husband Marc live in Montgomery with their three children, Isaac, Nick and Chase. Ashley is a ministry assistant at Eastmont Baptist Church.


alumni Karl Fangmeier graduated from Samford in 1997 and moved back to Guatemala to start his own company, EFISA. Karl’s company employs 82, and they sell HILTI products to the construction industry and Hunter and Challenger products to auto shops. Karl travels extensively because of his job. He plans to move to Berlin this September to study either political science or sociology.

Jessica (Boyd) Van Tilborg lives with her husband Jason and two daughters, Natalie and Kimberlie in Corona, CA. Jessica is the owner and a teacher at Kids in Bloom Preschool.

Dr. Nayantara Hensel is a professor of Industry and Business at the Eisenhower School at National Defense University and has served as the Director of Defense Resourcing. Nayantara received her BA, MA, and Ph.D. from Harvard University, where she graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa and specialized in finance and economics. She previously served as the Chief Economist for the Department of the Navy, where she provided economic guidance on the defense industrial base, the financial health of defense contractors, the federal budget, interest rates, and unemployment as well as trends in the broader economy and in the defense sector. An author of more than 50 articles and research reports, her recent research has focused on strategic materials and rare earth minerals, globalization, and the aerospace industry, among other topics.

1994

Bryant Jones and his wife, Leigh, live in Alpharetta, GA where he is chief administrative officer for Reliance Trust Company. Their son William just completed 3rd grade, and their daughter Katelyn is in Pre-K. Danny Mayer teaches at Bluegrass Community and Technical College. His wife Julia is a nurse with Toyota. In May 2011 they welcomed their daughter, Josie. The Mayers live in Lexington, Kentucky. Chris McEwen is the configuration specialist for Meditech, Inc. in Atlanta. His wife, Jenn, is the managing director for Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company. Tim Staley lives in Las Cruces, NM with his wife, Suzanne, and 3 year old daughter, Sylvia. Tim completed a Poetry MFA from New Mexico State University in 2004. He is a poet, teacher and special education case manager with the Las Cruces Public Schools. Tim is a published poet with some of his works appearing in Border Senses, Chiron Review, Circumference, Coe Review and RHINO. His latest poetry chapbook is the Sickness Suite (Grandma Moses Press, 2013). His poems have also been featured on Lively Words, an online reading series. He was the recipient of the 2012 Luminaire Award for Best Poetry. His hobbies include Bocce Ball, canoeing, night hiking, potty training and thinking. Maynard (Lanoux) Thomas and husband Mike moved to Atlanta two years ago. She is with Montag & Caldwell. Maynard said that they love being near so many friends and family. Between work and their two young boys they are super busy and looking forward to summer.

Priscilla (Hankins) Wunderl is enjoying living in Maumelle, AK with husband Asher and children Ty and Stella. Asher works for Reach Software Solutions.

Nicole (McKinney) Burton and husband Bobby live in Montgomery where she is an instructional K-5 coach at Wares Ferry Elementary School, and Bobby is with Stone Martin Builders. Their oldest son, John Thomas, just completed K-5 at Saint James while their youngest, Mac, 1, looks forward to joining big brother at STJ. Randall Horn, II is the ambulatory patient access training coordinator for UAHSF in Birmingham. His wife Melissa is a nursing case manager with the UAB Health system. They have two children, Micah Chandler and Sophia Tyler. Mark Moody is with the Alabama Bar as Asst. Attorney General. He and wife Jodie, a fitness instructor, have one son, Knox, who looks forward to being in K-4 at Saint James next year.

1995 Ashley (Thompson) Duncan works full time for Montgomery Water Works and choreographs part time for the competitive dance team at Tonya Speed’s Dance Connection. Her husband, Gerald, is with the Dept. of Defense, and they live in Ramer. Ashley says she is thrilled to be back in the Saint James family. Her son, Hunter, will be entering the 7th grade this year. She also said she has been fortunate enough to help with choreography for some of the musicals and show choir performances at Saint James. Todd Henderson is married to Jennifer Miles Henderson. They are the proud parents of two boys, Banks and Blevins. Todd is the Vice President of Capitol Fence Company in Montgomery. Jonathan Carr is an attorney with Quinn, Emanuel, Urquhart & Sullivan in Washington, DC. He recently tied the knot with Kirsten Taylor. Jonathan is on the Saint James Advisory Board, where he continues his involvement with his alma mater. He was also the STJ graduation speaker in 2011.

1996 Tameka McDonald and her 5th grade daughter, Crystal, live in Killeen, Texas. Crystal’s dream is to become a basketball star! Tameka graduated from Judson College in 2000 and moved to Texas in 2002. She said she loves Texas, but from time to time she does miss home. Patrick Skelton and wife, Brianna, live in Montgomery with their son, Tristan, 3. Patrick is the General Manager of the Capital City Club and co-owner of Midtown Pizza.

1997 Susan Fortson-Gardner lives in San Jose, CA and is a testing and calibrations manager at Los Gatos Research. Her husband, Aaron, is also with Los Gatos Research as a senior manufacturing engineer. Their child, Logan, will be entering 1st grade this fall. Hollis (Crawford) Marshall is the VP of Crawford & Crawford, Inc., an association management firm in Auburn. She is currently the executive director for the AL Society for Respiratory Care. Crawford & Crawford also manages the Prosthetic & Orthotic Associations for AL and MS. Husband, Will, is the owner and VP of field operations for Marshall & Assoc. LLP. They are enjoying their three children, Huntley, Madeline and William.

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Class of... Carrie (Fortson) Padgett feels truly blessed to be a stay at home mom to three children, Julie, Katie and Lorelei. She and husband Steve moved to the Silicon Valley in 2007 for his network architect job with Google. Carrie graduated with a B.S. in Marketing/Advertising from Georgia State University, but she has delayed her career so that she can stay home to be with her children.

1998 Muray (Rembert) Marshall and her husband, Sam, live in Birmingham with their three children, Foster, Mary Charles and Sydney. Mary is a registered nurse at St. Vincent’s, and Sam is with BBVA Compass. Courtenay (Hylton) Morrow graduated from the University of Virginia in 2002. She will complete her residency in family medicine in the fall, and she plans to practice in the greater Baltimore area. Her husband, Rob, is the lead engineer for airborne electronic attack tactics at the John Hopkins Applied Physics Lab. They welcomed their second daughter, Abigail Ann, in January, joining her big sister, Brooke, who is 4.

1999 Candice Blake lives in Gulf Shores and is employed by Flora-Bama in Public Relations and Marketing. Tyler Carr lives in Montgomery and is the owner of Rockhouse Supply, LLC. Her husband, Matt Maier, is the owner of MC Matrix, LLC. She is very proud of her 9 year old son, Blake.

Kate Dowdle is engaged to Jaime Mathews, an industrial engineer for Honeywell. They will marry in September in Montgomery. She lives in Savannah, GA and is the Marketing and Sales Manager at Savannah Bee. Co. She works with beehives, honey, body-care and awesome people! Jeri (Sharpe) Groce received her BA and Masters of Accountancy at the University of Alabama. She is a practicing CPA with Warren Averett, LLC and was promoted to manager in 2011. Her husband, Hunter, is an IT Specialist with ALFA Insurance. They have two precious boys, Miller, age 1, and Davis, who will be starting K3 at Saint James this fall!

2000 Rebecca (Hardwich) Baker is a CPA and Director of Business Development and Marketing for Aldridge, Borden and Co. in Montgomery. Her husband, Jason, owns Baker’s Framing and Art Supplies. They are the proud parents of Chapman, 4 and Webb, born in January of 2013. In their “down time” they enjoy going to Lake Martin for a relaxing weekend. Catherine (Thomas) Calligas lived in Texas for three years and then traveled for another year. She returned to Montgomery in 2010 and married Louis Calligas on Jekyll Island, GA last summer. Louis is an attorney with Balch and Bingham, and Catherine is a freelance writer. They are expecting a baby girl in August. Summer (Sewell) Callins obtained a degree in Elementary Education from AUM but decided to

substitute teach and tutor so she can spend more time with her husband, Waylon, and children, Emilee and Connor. Emilee will be starting K5 at Saint James this year! Mat thew Champion and his wife, Kate, recently celebrated their 10 year Anniversary! Matthew lives in Ashburn, VA and is a senior financial analyst with the Federal Reserve Board of Governors. Matthew and Kate are enjoying their two children, Madison and Landon. Jaime (Webb) Conger joined the firm of Smith & Staggs, LLP in 2012, where she continues to practice law in the areas of criminal defense, domestic relations, juvenile law, and civil litigation. She and her husband, John, also an attorney, live in Tuscaloosa. Ashley (Dahl) Denney is an ophthalmologist with Lawaczeck, McKinnon PC in Birmingham. Her husband Brad is a plastic surgery fellow with UAB. They are joyously awaiting the birth of their first child this October! Rachel (Pickett) Miller obtained her juris doctorate from Faulkner Law this past May. She graduated summa cum laude and first in her class! During her time in law school, Rachel won the First Year Student Brief Writing Competition, the First Year Student Oral Argument Competition and was selected as the Most Outstanding Student. She represented Faulkner Law in the National Moot Court Competition in 2011 and 2012. Rachel won the Greg Allen Mock Trial Competition and was awarded the Overall Scholastic Achievement Award for her graduating class. She has had the opportunity to clerk and intern for a State Supreme Court Justiceand a Federal Magistrate Judge for the 11th Circuit. Rachel has spent the summer studying for the bar. She and husband, Joe, live in Prattville where Joe owns his own business and Rachel owns ProTwirl and teaches baton in her spare time. Drew Norton graduated summa cum laude from Auburn in 2005 with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering. He then obtained a second B.S from Auburn in 2007 and was one of eight out-of-state applicants accepted to the University of Florida College of Dentistry from a pool of just over 1000 applicants. Drew graduated in the top 10% of his dental school class and joined a successful cosmetic and restorative dental practice in Panama City, FL. He is looking forward to becoming a partner in the practice in the near future. In the meantime, he is trying to spend plenty of time relaxing at the beach and working on his golf game. Danielle (Schlesinger) Price and her husband, Michael Byron, live in Lawrence, Kansas, where she is the managing editor of Allen Press and he is a software engineer with Perceptive Software. They have two children, 3 and 5 years old.

2001

The Class of 1992 kicked off their reunion weekend at Homecoming in October.

Niko Corley and wife Sally (Robinson) Corley are the proud parents of a six-month old baby girl, Anna Robinson Corley. Niko is the Director of Political Development for the Medical Association of the State of Alabama and Sally, an attorney, is the Director of Governmental Affairs and Public Policies for the Alabama State Employees Insurance Board. “Captain” Niko also recently earned his charter boat license.


alumni Will Dickson is a proud new uncle and godfather to Julia Owens Dickson. He works as a Manager for Planet AT&T in Mobile. When Will is not playing soccer for the City Champion Hooligan's Futbol Club, he can be found listening to great music at Callaghan's Irish Social Club. Lyndsey (Mann) Dixon recently joined Wilkins, Miller Hieronymus, a CPA firm in Mobile. She and husband Will are enjoying their new city with daughter Margaret, 3. Wells Robinson and wife Megan welcomed baby Cate into the world in March, 2012. Wells also recently opened his own legal practice, J. Wells Robinson, P.C., which focuses on corporate, financial services/banking, commercial, real estate, contracts, and intellectual property. The practice is based in Montgomery, but also serves clients across Alabama. His contact information is Aliant Center, 4th Floor, 2740 Zelda Road, Montgomery, 36106 or contact him by email at wrobinson@jwrpc.com.

2002 Meredith (Faulkner) Chesser lives in Montgomery and is a CPA with Warren, Averett. Her husband, Justin, works for Faulkner Tile, Inc. Adena Cosby attended Huntingdon College for two years and played on the basketball team. In 2005, she moved to Rome, Italy with her family. She attended John Cabot University and joined the Model United Nations team, traveling extensively. In 2007, Adena earned a B.A. degree in Political Science and moved back to the U.S. that same year. She now lives in Sanford, NC and works at Central Carolina Community College for the Workforce Investment Act, a federally funded workforce development program that assists adults, youths and dislocated workers with enrolling in training that will increase their hiring potential in the workforce.

is the pension director for McWane, Inc., and Ryan is in healthcare banking with Regions Bank. Brandon Kloess lives in Boca Raton, Florida, and is a professional baseball player/pitcher for the San Diego Padres. His wife, Marissa, is the director of brand marketing and ad sales for Southern Weddings Magazine.

Jake Ray and Catherine (Steineker) Ray were married on February 16, 2013. After a honeymoon in Paris, they returned to Montgomery. Jake is a financial advisor with Merrill Lynch, and Catherine is a claims clerk with AL Municipal Insurance Corporation. Her son, Hanan, will be in the K3 program at Saint James next year!

Alumni Director Gillette Slaton hosted a gathering for Birmingham alums in May. Jacob Fuller and Josh Jenkins (both '94) were among the crowd who came to catch up with old friends at the event in the Magic City.

2004 Rachel (Payton) Ellis is a loan processor with Starkey Mortgage in Montgomery. Her husband, Brad, works for the State of AL Department of Human Resources. They live in Wetumpka with their daughter, Sydney. Viktoria (Bartsch) Ford married Benjamin Ford in 2011 in Charleston, SC. They now live in Tulsa, OK where Tori is design coordinator for Concept Builders, a custom home builder. She is involved with the Junior League and the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Ashley (Hooks) Ware graduated from Ole Miss in 2006 and then earned her Doctor of Optometry degree from UAB School of Optometry. She and her husband, Christian, returned to Montgomery in 2010. Christian is in commercial banking at ServisFirst Bank, and Ashley is an optometrist at Montgomery Eye Care Associates.

Blakeslee (Wright) Giles is a food stylist for Cooking Light Magazine. She and her husband, Tripp, make their home in Birmingham, and he is a CPA with Energen Resource Corporation.

Will Cabaniss lives in Greenville, NC and is doing an Emergency Medicine Residency at East Carolina University. He will finish this residency in June 2014. He and the former Melanie Blackburn were married October 2012. Laura Clenney lives in Houston, TX and is a facilities engineer for Chevron Corporation. Michael Hood is an Exercise Physiologist with Montgomery Cardiovascular Rehab. Lauren (Barksdale) Jackson is married to Ryan Jackson, and they make their home in Birmingham. Lauren

Alice (Underwood) Bryant married Jason Bryant November 17, 2012. They are making their home in Montgomery, where Alice is a Farm/Commercial Underwriter for Alfa and Jason is a financial advisor with Merrill Lynch.

Haley Lucido lives in Birmingham and works as an Advertising Executive with Clear Channel Media + Entertainment. Haley is a very active volunteer in Birmingham. She is on the Jr. Board of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, a member of Young Professional Birmingham, an officer of the Greater Birmingham Young Republicans, and a member of the Greater Birmingham Auburn Club. In her “spare” time she enjoys bird hunting or deep sea fishing while visiting her parents in Orange Beach, where they relocated after she graduated from Saint James.

Arynne (Sherouse) Fannin graduated from Tulane with a B.A. in English and an MFA in musical theater production. Arynne is currently working on her teaching certification. Her husband, Chris, is an attorney, and they live in New Orleans.

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Sarah Hargrave graduated in May of 2012 from UAB School of Medicine. She began her four-year medical residency in June, 2012. Sarah is specializing in OB-GYN at the University of Louisville Medical Center. Elizabeth (Hard) Stone married Bo Stone in August 2012. They are living in Newnan, GA. Elizabeth is the Assistant Director of Communications at the University of West Georgia, and Bo is a lawyer with the Federal Bankruptcy Court. Elizabeth is looking forward to seeing all of her classmates at their 10th Reunion later this year. Martin Strickland lives in San Francisco, CA and graduated this past May with a Masters in Exhibition and Museum Management from the San Francisco Art Institute. He is currently the program manager for the Arts Research Center at the University of California at Berkeley.

Callie Corley moved to Birmingham in June to work for Birmingham's Fox 6 WBRC, as producer of their 5:30 p.m. newscast. She is enjoying her new "digs" and looks forward to getting involved with several of the city's community groups. Jessica (Missildine) Delashaw is an interior designer for La-Z-Boy and Kincaid Furniture where she attempts to make “comfy” look beautiful! She said that it can be done! Jessica also writes a blog where she shares her design tips, project updates, and tidbits about her life. Check out her blog: www.jessicadelashaw.blogspot.com. She and husband Tyler are currently building a home in Prattville and are proud parents to their dog, Darcy. Caro Louise (Savage) Jehle and Buck Jehle ('02) are keeping Saint James in the family! They were married February 18, 2012. Buck is a project manager for Dixie Electric, and Caro Louise is the Program Coordinator for the Alabama Physician Health Program. She provides confidential and responsible administrative support to the Medical Director of the Alabama Physician Health Program, the assistant Medical Director, Clinical Coordinator, and other staff. Adam Mills and Aimee (Lambert) Mills (‘05) have been married since May 2010 and are living in Pike Road. Aimee is in nursing school at Troy Montgomery, and Adam is an electrical engineer with Mills-Conoly Engineers. They are having a blast with their son, AJ, who is almost 1!

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Rebecca (Simon) Mathews married Wright Mathews on April 20, 2012. Dentistry is their game! Wright is a dentist with Mathews and Mathews, and Rebecca is the program director for Central Alabama Dental Assisting School. They work in Montgomery and live in Pike Road.

Samantha (Holder) Arrighi graduated magna cum laude from Auburn University in elementary education. She then received her Masters in elementary education this past July. Samantha is employed by the Montgomery Public Schools as a first grade teacher at Dalraida Elementary School. She married Matt Arrighi in June 2012, and they make their home in Pike Road.

Brittany (Horner) Richardson is currently a full-time student in the University of St. Augustine Doctorate of Physical Therapy Program. She and her husband, Brandon, are nearing two years of marriage and are enjoying their life together to the fullest!

2007 John Enslen graduated from Auburn University in 2011 with a B.S. in Building Science. He is now a project engineer with Caddell Construction, Inc., and his current job is in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Elizabeth Green is an Associate Broker for AmWINS Brokerage in Atlanta. Liza Pirofsky is currently in the Doctor of Pharmacy Program at Mercer University. This coming year will be her 3rd year in the program. She is also the President of the Council of Students. Jessica Poinoosammy is an RN at Children’s Hospital in Birmingham. She works on the GI, renal and solid organ transplant unit. Brittany Sanders graduated from the University of Alabama and is now Public Relations Coordinator for Big Communications in Birmingham. She has been busy planning her wedding to Ralph Norman, in August, in Montgomery. Ralph is a geologist with Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood.

Derek Bradley just graduated from the University of Alabama with a BS in Business and a BA in History. He will be commissioned as an officer in the US Air Force in January, slated to begin his training as a pilot, his lifelong dream! Kelsi Caraway is an RN with UAB Hospital in Birmingham. Gregg Gilbert will be pursuing his Ph.D. in Applied Micro Economics at Auburn University this fall. Rachel (Ward) Hicks lives in Troy with her husband, Brandon, and their daughter, Britton. Rachel is in bookkeeping and classified sales for Troy Publications, and her husband is with the Troy Police Department. Casey Johnson completed her student teaching internship at Brookwood Middle School in the Tuscaloosa School System. She has been teaching 8th grade Ancient World History along with several other history classes. Casey graduated summa cum laude this past May from the University of Alabama with a BS in Education in the field of Secondary Education Social Sciences. She will begin pursuing a Master’s in Education this summer and hopes to secure a teaching job in the summer of 2014. For the past two summers, she has served on the team at the Britton YMCA in Montgomery, which staffs several national youth conferences held at the Blue Ridge Assembly in NC, including the Youth Conference on National Affairs and the Christian Values Conference. Casey said that she is looking forward to another year of football season in Tuscaloosa, but is eagerly awaiting a teaching position in the South!

Will Martin is a financial advisor for Pittman Financial Partners in Birmingham. Coleman McDowell graduated from Auburn University with a degree in journalism in December of 2012. His plan to work in one extra football season was ruined by Auburn’s 3-9 effort! Coleman’s first stint in New York was serving as an editorial intern for Sports Illustrated in the summer of 2012. He was later offered a job as a reporter/ producer for the Golf Group of Sports Illustrated. Coleman recently wrote an article, “Green Jacket Confidential,” and interviewed several previous Master’s winners, including A r n o l d P a l m e r, Raymond Floyd and Billy Casper. To top off an already exciting year, Coleman married the former Sarah Brackin of Madison, AL this past spring. Sarah graduated in May from Auburn with a degree in occupational therapy. She is pursuing several graduate school programs in New York.

2009

Deaths Jay McCollum ('12), an Auburn University freshman, passed away on Dec. 31, 2012. He attended STJ from kindergarten through the twelfth grade. Jay was a technical assistant during Saint James’ transition from PC computers to the Mac operating system and eased the adjustment for many first-time Mac users. “If I gave him a task, he was on the spot, and did it,” STJ computer instructor David Long said. “He was a go-getter.” Among Jay’s many fine qualities was a deep devotion and loyalty to his friends as well as his family. The McCollum family has endowed an annual STJ scholarship in Jay’s memory.

Michael Dupre graduated from Troy University with a Music Industry degree in May. He was the first Troy University Music Industry major to intern with Disney Youth Programs (Jan.- Jun. 2013), where he helped coordinate this year’s Festival Disney and the Disney Honors Program. Michael just accepted a job as Event Coordinator with Music for All, the sponsoring organization of Bands of America. Russ Parks graduated with honors from LSU in May with a major in Biological Sciences and a minor in chemistry. Russ will now proceed to medical school at LSU, Shreveport.


alumni Megan Stephenson graduated from Auburn University this spring. She will begin her teaching career at Saint James this fall. Megan said that she is so thrilled to be a part of the Saint James School Faculty and is honored to start in August as the full day K-4 teacher. Kindall Tucker graduated cum laude from Auburn in December 2012. She majored in Speech Language Pathology and Spanish. This August, Kindall will be attending graduate school at the University of Montevallo.

Zach Grate has been an honors student at Loyola University in New Orleans on the Presidential Scholarship. His double major was in Philosophy of Law and Political Science. Zach was recently accepted to Loyola New Orleans’ College of Law, early admission and begins law school this August. (Note: He is not required to complete his undergraduate studies!) Zach's mother says they continue to be grateful for the excellent academic formation he received at Saint James, which has so empowered him for his professional training. Evan Holder is double majoring in Business Management and Supply Chain Management at Auburn University. He and 19 fellow classmates are charter members of the Deke Fraternity. Evan is the philanthropy chairman of the fraternity.

Meredith Vigilant was voted homecoming queen at the University of South Alabama last fall. She graduated magna cum laude in December with a BA in psychology and a minor in Spanish. Meredith begins graduate school at Auburn University in the fall, where she’ll study clinical mental health counseling.

2010 Mazie Bryant has been named the editor-in-chief of The Crimson White newspaper at the University of Alabama. Mazie began writing for the CW news desk as a contributing writer in September 2011 before moving up to staff and senior staff reporter positions. She studied abroad last spring semester at Edinburgh Napier University in Edinburgh, Scotland, and interned this summer with Vanity Fair magazine in New York.

Amy Shannon attends Emory University pursuing a joint degree in Computer Science and Math. The past two summers she has received compensation to do research under the REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates), a program which is funded in part by the National Science Foundation. This past summer, Amy worked at Carnegie Mellon for 8 weeks doing research in the field of intelligent tutoring systems, her current interest. She also attended the Foundations of Digital Games Conference in Chania, Crete, Greece. There she was part of a collaborative paper presentation entitled, “Effective Practices in Game Tutorial Systems.”

2011 Halle Deemer is a 2013-2014 Arts and Sciences Ambassador at the University of Alabama. Courtney Meadows was elected 2013-2014 President of the Student Government Association at the University of Montevallo.

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Hannah Glenn is a Graphic Design and Public Relations intern (summer, 2013) in Barcelona for a company called WorldReader. WorldReader distributes ebooks to children in third-world countries. She works closely with the company on their promotional branding materials and assists with promotional graphics advertising their partnership with Coinstar. During fall semester at the University of Alabama, she will be the Publicity Director for the Alabama International Justice Mission, Assistant Creative Director for the Capstone Agency (a student-run PR firm), and a graphic designer for The Crimson White.

2012 Ricky Seeber is making a difference at the University of Alabama. Last year as a freshman majoring in biology with a minor in Mandarin Chinese, he made perfect grades! Continuing his love of band, Ricky played French horn in the U of A Symphonic Band. In his spare time he mentored disadvantaged elementary school children in the Tuscaloosa County School System as a student leader with the state-wide READ Alabama Literacy Initiative. Ricky also volunteered with Hospice of West Alabama in the inpatient/outpatient and family support division. In addition he is a member of the Emerging Scholars program, an initiative which seeks to expand undergraduates’ interest in earning advanced research degrees by involving them in research. Ricky has been researching the contributions of gender to metabolic rate using male and hermaphrodite mangrove rivulus clones. For his presentation on the research, he won the division of Biological and Physical Sciences, Mathematics and Engineering at the U of A Undergraduate Research Conference. This summer he was selected to teach high school students who are planning to take AP coursework in the sciences as part of Impact Alabama’s CollegeFirst program. Editor’s Note: Class notes are submitted by alumni and are not verified by the editor. While we welcome class news, Columns is not responsible for information contained in class notes.

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