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from the Head of School Greetings from Saint James School! We are so excited about the coming year! Our faculty, staff, and board members have worked tirelessly, writing a long-range plan for our school. Never have I witnessed such enthusiasm for the possibilities that lie ahead for our students. From this plan, we are taking steps to implement our twenty-first century learning initiatives, particularly in the area of technology. With our campus-wide wireless infrastructure now complete, we are increasing the use of new technology in the classroom, along with continued use of our Smartboards. These exciting new tools and techniques will enhance our extraordinary, challenging college preparatory curriculum. If you live in the Montgomery area, you have seen our grand, new school entrance that appropriately complements our beautiful facilities. Thanks to the many generous donors who gave specifically for this purpose. The City of Montgomery and the Chamber of Commerce have been so supportive of our efforts to construct this splendid addition to our campus. Simply stated, we have the finest independent school facility in Alabama. We will dedicate the new entrance soon and look forward to celebrating this event with our donors. Saint James School is the first major independent school in Montgomery to investigate and implement a full-day kindergarten. After thoroughly researching the possibilities, we discovered an educational need in the River Region to match what other major independent schools around the state offered with all-day K5 opportunities. We are thrilled to open three full-day K5 classes and one half-day option for the 2011-2012 school year. The all-day structure affords additional exposure to academic, art, and recreational offerings in the afternoon hours. Our parents enthusiastically embraced this idea and we are thrilled for our students to have this option. Once again, we are the leaders in innovation in Central Alabama.

“Saint James truly is a 21st Century Learning School.� Our arts programs continue to flourish! With the production of Beauty and the Beast, we found ourselves welcoming many visitors from not only our area, but from around the state. Our music students continue to receive awards as well as our visual arts students. These awards are now national in scope, not just local or state. We welcome students who choose to attend STJ because of our arts programs. Our personnel are outstanding as they lead these young men and women to appreciate and learn about the arts. During the third week of June, we hosted the Alabama Institute for Education in the Arts as teachers from around the state were trained to weave the arts into the curriculum. Many of our own teachers were either participants or teachers in this wonderful workshop. We continue to build strong coaching in athletics and welcome the opportunities provided for our students. Our coaching staffs continue to get better and better and the role models provided to our students are exemplary. To say we are excited about our athletic opportunities this coming school year is an understatement! I am so very proud of our students and the work ethic they are showing to become good student athletes. Saint James truly is a 21st Century Learning School. Never have I been more excited about the possibilities for our students as we look to implement our long-range plan. If I could go back in time, I would want to be a student at this school from preK3 to senior graduation! Our students are truly blessed to be in an environment where they are challenged, molded, nurtured, loved, and made ready for tomorrow’s world. All of you help make this happen by your friendship and generosity to our school. Please accept my invitation to join us on campus in the near future for an event or just to walk around campus. In the meantime, go to our website, watch our video, and follow us on facebook to stay abreast of our latest news. You will be reminded just how special our school truly is! We are Saint James School! Melba Richardson, Head of School

[the cover] Alexandra Phillips, a 2011 senior looks excited and a little anxious, as she pauses before entering the gym for graduation and the culmination of 13 years at Saint James School.


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9 4 Around the Columns STJ Family Supports Disaster Victims Bringing Home the Gold Dress For Success Perfect Score Doodle 4 Google Hitchcock Award Burn Notice Tech Savvy Teachers Silver Key in Art You’re On Your Way!


11 13 9 [A Beautyful Production] Delightful costumes and vivid sets play supporting roles to a powerful company of STJ actors, singers, and dancers in the 2011 production of Beauty and the Beast. 11 [Teaming Up] It takes a team...of coaches and dedicated athletes to keep motivation high and push towards excellence. STJ Trojan Football is working hard to do just that.

18 Trojan Tally 20 Alumni Notes Alumni News w/Alumni Spotlights

16 [The Winners’ Circle] Dedicated students bring home the gold and other honors too!


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13 [A Celebration Fit for a “King”] Celebrating STJ’s “double nickel” anniversary, a rockin’ pep rally teaches students about American life in 1955. 14 [Leading the Way] Recognition of a need, thorough research, and a good plan encourage STJ to pilot a new all-day kindergarten program.

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2010-11 Annual Report

Saint James School Editor: Sandra Polizos Writers: Sandra Polizos, Mazie Bryant ‘10, Hannah Glenn ‘11 Photographers Joe Bailey, Bob Corley, Sandra Polizos, David Robertson, Jr.

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STJ Family Supports

Disaster Victims Saint James School students raised $6,500 in April, on behalf of victims of Alabama’s devastating April tornadoes. Red Cross Executive Director Jackie Buck said the donation was the largest received from a school in the Montgomery area. (from l) STJ Head of School Melba Richardson, Development Director Kim Hendrix, Red Cross Executive Director Jackie Buck, 2011 senior Kathryn Dismuke, Y Club sponsor Kay McGaughey,

and 2011 seniors Anna Kate King and Emily Gurley, the student Y Club President who organized the project. A few weeks earlier, STJ’s 2011 eighth graders spearheaded a school-wide effort that raised $4,400 for Japanese victims of the March/April earthquake/tsunami/nuclear disasters that rocked the small Asian island country.

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the branding of Saint James School! The Montgomery Advertising Federation awarded a Silver Addy to STJ’s advertising agency, LWT, for the branding banners located across the campus. The Addy Awards are given yearly to honor advertising excellence across the River Region. Go STJ!

(l) Brandon Herrin, Branden Greenberg, Abigail Greenberg, Meagan Ashner, and Courtney Meadows.

Bringing Home the Gold The Saint James Speech and Debate team competed at the state tournament on Apr. 1-2 and brought home two state champions – 2011 senior Courtney Meadows, the State Champion in International Extemporaneous Speaking and 2011 sophomore Brandon Herrin, State

NO SMOKE! Champion in Lincoln Douglas Debate. In addition, Courtney Meadows and Branden Greenberg were quarter finalists in Public Forum Debate, Meagan Ashner received Second Place in Poetry, and Abigail Greenberg received Third Place in Original Oratory.

In keeping with STJ’s efforts on behalf of the healthy child, the school’s Board of Directors recently voted to make the entire STJ campus a smoke-free / tobacco-free zone for all campus activities, including athletic events. In doing so, STJ is encouraging a healthy environment that benefits STJ and the entire community! C o l u m n s s u m m e r 2 011 4

Dress for Success

Middle schooler Taylor Meadows won First Place (Grades 7-9) in the 2011 Funky Junk competition for her entry of a dress made from the pages of a phone book. To enter, students had to design an art piece composed of used materials and/or recycled goods.

Only Perfect 8th Grade Language Score in U.S. Cassie Sadie’s perfect score in the U.S. National Language Arts League Competition was the only perfect result by a 2011 eighth grader anywhere in the U.S.! The National Language Arts League Competition is administered to students in grades 2-12 across the country, to assess their understanding and use of the English language. The test consists of 50 multiple choice questions based on the following topics: spelling, vocabulary, reading comprehension, analogies, and grammar.

STJ Goes to Italy in 2012 Have you dreamed of visiting Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance … or Rome, the cradle of an empire and home to the Vatican City…or Pompeii, an ancient city buried for a thousand years? Join STJ in the summer of 2012 for a school-sponsored excursion that visits Tuscany, Rome, and the Bay of Naples! For more details click or email Mrs. Libby Conner at

Honing Her Skills 2011 senior Ivy Kilpatrick won Second Place in the Young Southern Writers Project’s Annual Playwriting Competition, sponsored by the Alabama Shakespeare Festival (ASF). An off-shoot of the Southern Writers’ Project, the young playwright’s competition was created to give a voice to a new generation of Southern authors and encourage Southern high school students to hone their writing skills. ASF officials said the number of plays received this year surpassed any past numbers, and many strong voices emerged from the submission pool.

Doodle 4 Google Emily Kent, a 2011 sixth grader, was one of two finalists from Alabama in the Doodle 4 Google contest for Grades 4-6! Each of the 400 State Finalists, chosen from 107,000 entries from across the country, received a Doodle 4 Google t-shirt, and an official winner’s certificate. In addition, each finalist’s art was featured on the Doodle 4 Google contest web site.

[around the] Hitchcock Award winner Will Spivey (center) surrounded by (from left) Head of School Melba Richardson, Head Football Coach Karl Smeltzer, and Athletic Director Jerry Browning. Spivey played baseball, football, and ran track for Saint James, and was president of the STJ 2011 Senior Class.

SHOWING OFF THEIR TOP PRIZE! (l-r) Students Alason Lakhani, Austin Yost, and Slade Meriwether show off their new iPads, the top prize in the Alice 3D portion of the annual Math and Science Olympiad. STJ placed second in the two other portions of the competition, Math and Web Design, for which STJ student teams won individual Apple iTouch iPods as their prize. In all 17 schools participated, with eight of those from the Montgomery area.

Spivey Honored with

Hitchcock Award

As anyone who has attended high school in Montgomery, Alabama can attest, the Jimmy Hitchcock Memorial Award is the highest honor a high school senior athlete in the Capital City can receive. The prestigious award is given annually to the male and female athletes who have displayed the most exemplary moral character, Christian values, academic achievements, tireless effort both inside and outside the athletic arena, and for their school, church and community involvement. In 2011, an STJ high school senior was again the winner. Will Spivey, son of Laura and Mike Spivey, received the honor at an April awards banquet. Spivey, a versatile football, baseball, and track and field athlete, also had a 3.9 cumulative grade point average at Saint James. “What a pleasure it has been to watch Will Spivey reach his senior year!” said Head of School Melba Richardson “I have always admired his personal qualities, especially his deep faith and his ability to always make good decisions. He has been a powerful role model for younger children, taking time to positively mentor them. Will is an outstanding, talented young man and his positive outlook on life is refreshing in today’s world. Spivey is set to attend Troy University on a full academic scholarship and plans to major in Athletic Training, with a Leadership minor.


STJ Team Wins Apple iPads for Besting Alice 3D Competitors in Computer Olympiad Saint James School won First Place in the Alice 3D portion of the 12th Annual Math and Science Olympiad held in April at Alabama State University. The annual competition includes three sections: Alice 3D, Math, and Website. In all, 17 Alabama schools were represented including LAMP, Montgomery Catholic, Montgomery Academy, Booker T. Washington, Robert E. Lee, Saint Jude, Sidney Lanier, and Saint James from the Montgomery area.

Saint James has competed and won First Place in the Alice 3D competition at the Computer Olympiad event.

In addition to overcoming the competition in the Alice 3D (an innovative programming environment that uses 3D graphics to create animation, play an interactive game, or share web video) Saint James came in Second Place in both the Math and Website competitions.

STJ students Jay McCollum, Isabel Overholt, and Don Henderson, who comprised STJ’s Website Team, also won Apple iTouch iPods for their Second Place win in the Website competition.

The win marks the second straight year

Each member of the Alice 3D team, consisting of Alason Lakhani, Austin Yost, and Slade Meriwether won individual Apple iPads. For their Second Place win in the Math Competition, team members Mitchel Payne, Austin Meadows, and Chase Ritter took home Apple iTouch iPods.

The Math and Computing Olympiad is sponsored by the Center for Leadership and Public Policy at Alabama State University.

Clothes and Gifts Too! Now you can buy STJ gift items and spirit clothes online! In addition to the approved

list of textbooks now available at the Saint James new virtual bookstore, you can also find gift items and team-inspired clothing. Performance polos, hoodies, Under Armour apparel, and tee shirts, as well as bistro mugs, stainless steel travel tumblers, photo frames, key chains and auto tag frames with the STJ logo may now be found online! To take a look at what’s available just go to A portion of your purchase is returned to STJ! (Please note that clothing items may not be worn in lieu of school authorized uniform items.) C o l u m n s s u m m e r 2 011 6

Burn Notice

Motorists on Vaughn Road in mid-May saw a

moment for many students, who observed

daunting site. What appeared to be a large

the burn as part of a classroom activity.

house fire, was actually a “controlled burn”

Some buildings from the dairy still remain

conducted by the City, on an STJ structure.

on the property and school officials say they

Once a home on property that included a 275-

hope to, one day, incorporate those into

acre dairy owned and operated by the Carlisle

additional outdoor learning opportunities.

family, city officials agreed to the burn when

The long-range plan for the site of the

the school’s Board of Directors determined the

burned building is development of a third

structure, built in 1939, was beyond repair.

entrance to the Saint James campus.

Saint James turned the event into a learning

STJ Teachers are

Tech Savvy Eiring Wins Silver Key in National Scholastic Art Awards 2011 junior Sammie Eiring received a Silver Key Award for her outstanding artwork in the National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards competition. Founded in 1923, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are the longest-running, most prestigious recognition program for creative teens and the largest source of scholarships for young artists and writers in the U.S. Eiring’s Silver win came in the Printmaking category, for her dry point etching, “Smile to the Sky,” depicting a relaxed girl, content and smiling. “I really love drawing people,” Eiring said. “It’s so much more interesting than still life, and it’s very difficult.” Eiring is one of only fourteen young Alabama artists to win honors at the national level. The win marks the second year in a row that Eiring has won a Silver

Key at the national level of the awards competition. Pleased with the announcement, Eiring, who came to Saint James as a freshman, had strong words of support for her art teacher, Jim Gunter. “He is a lot stricter than previous art teachers I’ve had at other schools. He cares about your art, and gives you his honest opinion.” The first level of recognition for outstanding work for the southeast Region-at-Large division of the Scholastic Art Awards competition recognized 16 works from Saint James artists with regional Gold Keys. Because Alabama did not sponsor a regional competition this year, the works were judged in New York City. All Gold Key At-Large or Regional winners are entered in National Scholastic Arts Competition.

Sammie Eiring’s “Smile to the Sky” won the Silver Key in the Printmaking category of the National Scholastic Art Awards competition. The win marks back-to-back Silver Keys for Eiring in the prestigious competition.

[around the] Saint James School seniors in the Class of 2011 will be attending a variety of colleges and universities throughout Alabama and across the country when classes begin later this month. The 76-member Class of 2011 received more than 3.7 million dollars in scholarships and included a Jimmy Hitchcock award winner, a state forensics champion, a state wrestling champion, a Montgomery Exchange Club Youth of Year, and the Alabama Vocal Association’s Outstanding District Male and Female Choral Students, to name only a few of the class’ many honors.


Saint James School’s 21st Century Learning Team attended iSummit 2011 in Nashville in late June, learning all the latest technological advancements for the classroom. Using QR codes, implementing Web 2.0 apps, and collaborating with Google docs were among the topics inspiring the STJ instructors who will use the newly-learned tools to facilitate classroom teaching in 2011-2012. STJ faculty and staff attending the conference were (l-r) Sandra Polizos, Jason Bostic, Diane Buckner, Head of School Melba Richardson, Vicky Eichelberg, Venna Everett, Andy Clinton, Courtney Whigham, Leigh Copeland, Cathy Pearson, Felicia Arnold, Martha Cavanaugh, Zach Beard, Robin Parquette, Bobbie Limbers, John Tatum, and Elaine Boland. Not pictured: Joan Adams. In late July, a team of nine STJ faculty, Board, and staff members traveled to Cupertino, Cal. in the Silicon Valley, to meet with leaders of the Apple Corporation, tour the facilities of the technology giant, and learn how the company’s innovative tools can benefit STJ students.

Playing for Alabama When Gov. Robert Bentley took his oath of office on in Jan., the Saint James Marching Trojans proudly participated in the event – the only non-college band from Montgomery to march in the inaugural parade. The 60-member band, directed by Susan Smith, played Stars Fell on Alabama and Sweet Home Alabama. STJ Band members were further honored in June when they learned the band was one of only two private schools in the state to receive “Superior with Distinction” for their performance at the ABA Music Performance Assessment. A total of 380 bands across Alabama participated in the assessment.

Montgomery’s Brightest Companies (Saint James’ good-sported volunteer faculty team of (l) Amanda Ousley, Fred Draper, Libby Connor, Andy Clinton, James Griffin, and Jeremy Turner played in hopes of adding $10,000 prize to the school’s financial aid coffers.)

Saint James placed in the top five of 26 competing business teams in Impact Alabama’s “Montgomery’s Brightest Company Trivia Contest” in late March. Participating businesses included the Southern Poverty Law Center, Baptist Health, Beasley Allen, Cappell & Howard, Montgomery Academy, WSFA, Institute for Total Eye Care, Teach for America, and Faulkner University, among others. More than 300 energetic onlookers and contestants attended the Montgomery event. Rounding out Montgomery’s top five were Faulkner University, Anzalone Liszt Research, Central Alabama Community Foundation and the Southern Poverty Law center (tied for the same position), Hill Hill Carter, and Saint James School. The volunteer team played for a $10,000 prize to the non-profit of their choice. C o l u m n s s u m m e r 2 011 8

A Beautyful Production

by Mazie Bryant ‘10

hile Saint James’ choral and dramatic arts have long enjoyed a strong reputation in the Capital City, the spring production of Beauty and the Beast is proof positive of why the department commands such high community respect and praise. Even before the musical opened, cast and crew realized they’d be playing to a packed house every night, as tickets for each of the four shows quickly sold out and an unprecedented fifth performance was added. It rapidly became apparent that Broadway’s eighth longestrunning production - and a Disney favorite - would also soon become an STJ favorite. “I decided to choose Beauty and the Beast for our spring musical for two reasons,” says Lonny Harrison, the school’s 14-year Director of Theater. “First, it is a fun and challenging show with great music and a good message. Second, I simply knew we had the talent to do it.” Harrison, who determines STJ’s production lineup each year during summer break, knew every aspect of Beauty and the Beast would be challenging, as well as expensive. Sitting down with his students to establish the show’s budget, Harrison was pleased at their determination to perform the classic children’s story. Based on student enthusiasm Harrison and Choral Director Lis Donaldson agreed to sacrifice profits from their annual Cabaret fundraiser to stage the show. The larger budget for Beauty and the Beast was most obvious in the colorful costumes and evocative sets and backdrops. Elaborate character outfits, rented from a costume house in Florida, included a frightening beast, complete with hump, claws, and animal’s mouth; a human wardrobe with drawers that opened and closed; and a luminescent human candlestick, to name only a few of the fanciful costumes. Attention to detail was evident in all aspects of production. “This production was so beautiful. It involved enormous research and exquisite detail, and I believe that the reality of the setting rubbed off on the students so that they could act believably,” says Donaldson, the 13-year veteran Choral Director at the school. Although the costumes and sets charmed audiences, the student actors stole the spotlight. The casting was near perfect, as each actor realistically embodied his or her part and skillfully belted out the show’s blockbuster tunes.

“I always have to think about who can actually play the part and how the chemistry will work between characters,” says Harrison of casting the roles. “I think the students really thrived with this play because they had a recollection of how the characters were in the Disney movie, and each character was very accessible. Also, when you have abstract, out-of-thebox characters, such as a spoon and a fork, you can bring more creativity to the part.” Performing Beauty and the Beast required 32 rehearsals – everyday after school until 6 p.m. and until 8 p.m. the week of the show. The hard work was evident to audience members, who raved that the musical was “the best thing they had ever seen” and “there was no way they [STJ] could ever out-do it.” “I hope that my students accomplish everything that they want,” Harrison says. “I always say ‘if there is anything else you want to do besides acting, then do it. If you wake up in the morning and all you want to do is perform, then pursue acting. If not, then do something else.’ All I ask is that my students walk away with an appreciation for doing something great.” 2011 junior Wesley Carpenter played “Belle” to 2011 senior Chris Steele’s “Beast” in the stage version of the Disney classic. C o l u m n s s u m m e r 2 011 1 0



“Karl is an outstanding football coach who knows the game, works his players hard, and instills discipline in them.”


Up By Mazie Bryant ‘10

Spence McCracken STJ Football Advisor

sing the summer to condition and prepare for the upcoming football season is standard procedure for Saint James Athletics, but this year’s workouts brought a new twist, with veteran coach and consultant Spence McCracken evaluating the school’s program and offering recommendations to the team. Only an advisor, McCracken was hired in January by Head of School Melba Richardson to observe all phases of the football team and to work directly with Head Coach Karl Smeltzer to make improvements to the program. “Coach McCracken is here at Saint James to look at the football program objectively and to make suggestions,” Richardson says of her new football advisor. “It was an opportunity to bring in someone who has been a national leader in high school athletics. Sometimes as a school you need an outside eye to come in and examine how you are doing.” McCracken’s football experience is extensive, even legendary, making him more than qualified for the advising post. A Montgomery native, McCracken previously coached in a variety of other schools, including Robert E. Lee and Opelika High School. His successful 36-year coaching career has been productive, leading three teams to state championships. McCracken was named USA Today’s National Coach of the Year in 1986, and he was inducted into the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s Hall of Fame in 2004. He retired from active coaching in 2008. McCracken still lives in Opelika, but says he is especially excited to find himself back in Alabama’s Capital City. “I have already met so many interesting, kind people here at Saint James.” After the spring exhibition game, STJ’s battery of coaches formalized specific changes. Smeltzer observed that the offense, with over 400-yards, was strong, while the defense needed improvement. McCracken’s suggestions led Smeltzer to hire Nelson Hall, a new defensive coordinator with 30 years of experience in neighboring Georgia. The addition to the coaching staff is expected to strengthen the weaker defensive line of the team. Other conversations between the two coaches led to ordering replacement racks for the weight room as well as reorganizing the existing racks to alleviate crowding and increase safety and strength-training opportunities for the players. McCracken has also encouraged improvement in the number of scholarly athletes in the football program because, he says, football programs are built with many smart, strong athletes. The coaches have been eyeing sophomore CJ Duncan as a potential leader in this area. Duncan won the sophomore QB Most Valuable Player Award at the National Underclassman Combine and is considered one of the top recruits for the Class of 2013. McCracken stresses the need for students and parents to talk up the Saint James football program to gain even more athletically and academically qualified players. “Spence McCracken has been very helpful to the Saint James football program. He is the finest man that there is in this world,” Smeltzer says of McCracken. Working together nearly every day, Smeltzer and McCracken maintain a strong relationship, forged out of mutual respect and admiration. Despite that, McCracken insists he will stay “in the background and out of the spotlight” and that Trojan supporters should not expect to see him on the sideline during games. “Karl is a great man to work for and to work with,” McCracken says. “He is an outstanding football coach who knows the game, works his players hard, and instills discipline in them. Everyday we come in and work harder. We strive to get the kids excited and motivated to be their best. I want to help the football program by making improvements and changing mentalities. I don’t know how or when it will happen, but all we can do is hope that the changes we are making will show up on the field.” C o l u m n s s u m m e r 2 011 1 2

a c e l e b r at i o n f i t f o r a Students went “back to the 50s” in late Oct., for a taste of life in the year STJ first opened its doors in 1955. The block-buster pep rally continued the school’s 55th anniversary celebration, by paying homage to the styles, trends, and personalities of the mid-1950s.

To set the stage for the event vintage automobiles were parked just outside the high school gym. Students and faculty got into the “swing” of things by dressing in 50s attire, from poodle skirts and bobby socks for the girls to rolled up jeans and white t-shirts for the boys. A featured highlight of the pep rally included a prominent role for teachers, including the fully outfitted “Elvis,” the “King” of Rock ‘n Roll (played by sophmore English teacher Andy Clinton, complete with his blue suede shoes.) Following the 45-minute pep rally, a reception for past faculty, board members, and administration was held in the Saint James History Lab, on the upper level of the elementary school’s Maggie Means Media Center.

giving giving for continued excellence Can you see it? It’s so explosively bright and radiant that you almost have to squint your eyes— don’t blink, because you don’t want to miss it! This next year for Saint James School promises to be transformative and at the same time…just the beginning. Ambitious plans are in place to bring iPads and Mac laptops into our classrooms—this is not just a wish list, it’s already happening. Your generous giving to the Saint James School Annual Fund has already put Smartboards in every classroom—now we’re complimenting that technology with the latest in “at your fingertips” educational tools. Our elementary school will have iPad rolling carts—allowing teachers to incorporate the iPad into virtually any subject. Our goal is to work our way to every middle school student having an iPad, while our high school students become efficient on the Mac laptop. Your giving will help determine how quickly we get there! Based on this past school year’s giving spirit—the future looks extremely promising. Our percentage of parents donating to the GCE Annual Fund hit an all-time high—53%. Our faculty hit three years in a row of 100% participation and our Board—made up of Saint James parents—was 100% invested as well. Our grandparents play a major role in taking Saint James to higher levels of excellence, both in their financial giving and loving support. With this type of loyalty, we can all live with great expectations of what’s to come! Your donations in the 2010-2011 year have already purchased: - C  omputer software program and equipment allowing students and head of school to “broadcast” school-wide through the Smartboards. - Instruments for our award-winning Marching Trojans. - Cutting-edge equipment for our high school Science lab. - Curriculum materials for elementary Music. - Digital cameras for our middle school Photography class. - Uniforms for our new dance team debuting this fall. - A spirit tunnel and helmet for the Athletic program and special school events. These are just some of the opportunities you’ve made happen! As we dive into this new era of education, consider this quote: “The technology itself is not transformative. It’s the school, the pedagogy or method of teaching that is transformative.” - Tanya Byron Our teachers are putting in long hours, training and preparing. As parents we must do our part as well. Together, we are Saint James School. This powerful combination promises to be hugely transforming for our children. Thank you for a successful year and ALL that’s yet to come,

Kim Hendrix Director of Development

Gillette Slaton Assistant to Development

Giving for Continued Excellence (GCE) Saint James School

Contributors J U LY 1 , 2 0 1 0 – J U N E 3 0 , 2 0 11

STJ Gold - ($10,000.00 + ) Anonymous Mr. Gene and Dr. Cindy Bonner Mr. and Mrs. Fred D. Clark Mr. and Mrs. Tom Methvin Mayor and Mrs. Todd Strange (HS) Mr. and Mrs. Trip Walton

thanks the following parents, grandparents, friends, businesses and organizations for their support of the 20102011 Annual Fund Drive and Endowment Fund. This list reflects gifts received from July 1, 2010 through June 30, 2011. 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, 2010.

Mr. Arthur and Dr. Margaret Vereb Frawley Mr. and Mrs. Jack Galassini (HS) Dr. and Mrs. Tommy Garnett Dr. and Mrs. David D. Gayle Mr. and Mrs. Jon Mark Glenn (MG) Dr. and Mrs. Tim Holt Mr. and Mrs. Ragan Ingram

Blue and Gold - ($5,000.00 + )

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

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Feldmeier

Dr. and Mrs. Richard Kean

Dr. and Mrs. Rick Graves

Mr. and Mrs. George A. Kent

Mr. and Mrs. Jamie Loeb Jr.

Mrs. Marian H. Kent (HS)

Mr. and Mrs. Julian McPhillips

Mrs. Samye Kermish (HS)

Mrs. Margaret L. Means

Mr. and Mrs. Ken Ketzler (HS)

Dr. and Mrs. Bill Richardson

Mrs. Anne King (HS)

Trojan - ($1,000.00 + ) Alabama Artificial Limb & Orthopedic Service, Inc. (MGC) Alabama Steel Supply Anonymous Ariana Productions, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. David Baggett Doctors Paul and Cynthia Bisbee Mr. and Mrs. Taylor Blackwell Capitol Chevrolet, Inc. Mrs. Pat Cherry (HS) Coca Cola Bottling Company Reverend and Mrs. John Coleman Mr. and Mrs. Sam L. Colson Mr. and Mrs. John W. Cork Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Crumpton (MG) Dr. and Mrs. Shane Cunningham Mr. and Mrs. Don Deemer Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Dees Majors Ernesto and Amalia DiVittorio

Drs. Alex and Susan Kreher Mr. and Mrs. Jerald Labovitz Mr. and Mrs. Terrell Lankford Mr. and Mrs. Rex Lee (HS) Mr. and Mrs. Billy Livings (MG) Mr. and Mrs. John Livings (HS) Dr. Khalid Matin and Dr. Sadia Shah Mr. Ben McNeill Mr. and Mrs. Randy McNeill Mr. and Mrs. Gip Meadows (MG) Merrill Lynch/Bank of America (MGC) Montgomery Radiology Associates, P.A.

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Steiner Stivers Ford/Lincoln Mercury Mr. and Mrs. Sammy Stroh Mr. and Mrs. Chris Sullivan Sycamore Management Mr. and Mrs. Scott Talkington Mr. and Mrs. Scott Taylor Dr. and Mrs. Mark Thomas (HS) United Food & Fuel, Citgo Mr. and Mrs. Dean Vette Mrs. Bea Walton (HS) Walton Law Firm, P.C. Mr. and Mrs. Frank Woodson Mr. and Mrs. Larry Wright (HS)

Dr. and Mrs. Hanly Funderburk (HS) Mr. and Mrs. William Furr Mr. and Mrs. Steve Griswold Mr. and Mrs. Chris Hagen (MG) Mr. and Mrs. Malcolm Hall (HS) Mr. Jeff Harrison Mr. and Mrs. Ray Henderson (HS) Mr. and Mrs. Shirald Hendrix (HS) Mr. and Mrs. William Hill Mr. and Mrs. Kenny Hubbard Mr. and Mrs. Jonghyun Ji Mr. and Mrs. Whit Joyner Mr. and Mrs. Sunhong Kim Mr. and Mrs. Pete Knight

Patron 1 - ($500.00 + )

Mr. and Mrs. Seung Kwan Lee

Mr. and Mrs. Steve Adams

Mr. and Mrs. Jim Mathews (MG)

Mr. and Mrs. Dale Alexander

Mr. and Mrs. Frank McGough

Aliant Foundation

Mr. and Mrs. James McLendon

Dr. and Mrs. Gordon Amsler (HS)

MMI Outdoor


Mr. and Mrs. Mark Oliver

Mr. and Mrs. John C. Argo

Dr. and Mrs. Steven O’Mara

Mr. and Mrs. Bill Atkins

Mr. and Mrs. Randy Parks

Mr. Bruce Bannister

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Patino

Mr. and Mrs. Joe Barna

Mr. and Mrs. Joel Pearson

Mrs. Judy Bernier

Mr. and Mrs. John Porch

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

Mr. Eric and Dr. Tammy Prater

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Brasfield

Mr. and Mrs. Todd Rampy

Lt. Col. Don Brewer (HS)

Mr. and Mrs. Harold Richardson (HS)

Mr. and Mrs. Kent Murray

Mr. and Mrs. Winton Bush (HS)

Mr. and Mrs. Luis Rubio

Dr. and Mrs. Jason Parker

Mr. Jonathan Carr

Mr. and Mrs. Larry Schilling (HS)

Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Poe

Mr. and Mrs. David Cobb

Mr. and Mrs. Ron Skoneki (HS)

Lt. Col. and Lt. Col. Doug Pohlman

Mr. and Mrs. Jim Coleman (HS)

Mr. Scott and Mrs. Kim Hendrix Skoneki

Mr. and Mrs. Michael Prickett Mr. and Mrs. Chuck Richardson Dr. and Mrs. Julio E. Rios

Ms. Lis Donaldson

Mr. and Mrs. Mark Schilleci

Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Duncan, Sr.

Mr. and Mrs. Peter Selman

Exposure Marketing & Promotions, Inc.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Smith Judge and Mrs. Burt Smithart

Computer Associates (MGC) Mr. and Mrs. James Dickens Mr. and Mrs. Andy Donaldson Mr. David and Col. Billie Early Mr. and Mrs. Chuck Edwards (HS) Dr. and Mrs. Jeff Elwell Col. and Mrs. Kevin Foley

Mr. and Mrs. Crawford Slaton Mrs. Helen Stewart (HS) Dr. and Mrs. Charles Stover (HS) Mr. and Mrs. John Tatum Mrs. Mary Taylor (HS) Trinity Realty LLC Dr. and Mrs. Jogy Varghese

Wells Fargo Foundation (MGC)

Mr. and Mrs. Rod Cater

Mr. and Mrs. James D. Gunter

Mr. and Mrs. David McBride

Lt.Col. and Mrs. Keith Williams

Ms. Martha Cavanaugh

Mr. and Mrs. John P. Hagood

Lt. Col. and Mrs. Dexter McCain

Mr. and Mrs. John R. Chambless

Mr. and Mrs. John Hamilton

Mr. and Mrs. Gary McDaniel

Mr. Webb Chastain

Mrs. Joan Hanan

Mr. and Mrs. Hunter McDonald

Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Cherry,IV

Ret. Gen. and Mrs. Paul Hankins

Mr. and Mrs. Bob McGaughey

Mr. and Mrs. Eric Christie

Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Harding

Mr. and Mrs. Willard McIlwain

Mrs. Vicky Christie

Mr. and Mrs. Tripp Harper III

Mr. and Mrs. Innes McIntyre IV

Mr. and Mrs. Hoin Chung

Ms. Sherry Harris

Mr. and Mrs. Jeff McIntyre

Mr. and Mrs. John Cleland

Mr. and Mrs. Lonny Harrison

Col. and Mrs. Dave McKinney

Mr. and Mrs. David Cohen

Capt. and Mrs. Michael Hartson (MG)

Mr. and Mrs. Larry McLemore

Patron 2 - ($100.00 + ) Mr. and Mrs. Isam Abdulla Mr. and Mrs. C.P. Akridge Mr. and Mrs. Bruce B. Alter, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Laith Alwan Anonymous (9) Mr. and Mrs. Keith Armagost Mr. and Mrs. Rick Arnold AT&T Services, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Zack M. Azar Dr. and Mrs. Joseph M. Bailey Mr. and Mrs. Joey Barton Mr. and Mrs. Norm Bautsch Mr. and Mrs. Doug Baxter

Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Conner Mr. and Mrs. Bob Corley Mr. and Mrs. Tracey Crow Mr. and Mrs. Brian Croyle Dr. and Mrs. Joe Curtis Mr. and Mrs. Peter Czapla

Dr. and Mrs. Charles Hastey Dr. and Mrs. Jack Hataway Mrs. Eleanor J. Haven Mr. and Mrs. Scott Haven

Mr. and Mrs. Jason McLeod Mr. and Mrs. Mike McQuitty Mr. and Mrs. Will Meacham Mr. and Mrs. Todd Meadows

Mr. and Mrs. Chris Haynes

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas L. Merrill, Sr.

Mr. and Mrs. Shawn Headley

Dr. and Mrs. Ronald Montgomery

Mr. and Mrs. Zach Beard

Mr. Wayne and Lt. Col. Judy Dailey

Mr. and Mrs. Don Henderson

Mr. and Mrs. Mark Montiel

Mr. and Mrs. Ty Beasley

Mr. and Mrs. Rusty Daniel

Mr. and Mrs. James Henderson

Mr. Paul and Dr. Rhonda Morton

Ms. Hattie Bennett

Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Daryanani

Mr. and Mrs. Scott Herrin

Mr. and Mrs. Ceasar Moss

Mr. Ben Blankenship

Dr. and Mrs. Tom Denton

Mr. and Mrs. Mike Hicks

Mr. and Mrs. Randy Murphy

Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Blankenship

Ms. Pam Dickens

Mr. and Mrs. Paul Hodges

Mr. and Mrs. Conrad Naftel

Mr. and Mrs. James Bohannon

Mr. and Mrs. Brent Dickey

Mr. and Mrs. Randy Holcombe

Dr. Ken Neal

Mr. and Mrs. Mike Boland

Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Dismuke

Mr. and Mrs. Donnie Holder

Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Neal-Hopes

Dr. and Mrs. Joel Bolen

Doug’s 2 Salon

Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Hoskins

Ms. Brenda Nelson

Mr. and Mrs. Jason Bostic

Mr. and Mrs. Fred Draper

Mr. and Mrs. Bryan Hubbard

New Canaan Baptisit Church

Mr. and Mrs. Steve Bowdoin

Mr. and Mrs. Craig Duncan

Mr. and Mrs. Jay Hughes

Mrs. Kay Newman

Mr. and Mrs. John Bowlin

Dr. and Mrs. Allen Dupre

Mr. and Mrs. Jim Hunt

Lt. Col. and Mrs. Drew Norman

Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth A. Bozeman

Mr. and Mrs. Stuart Echols

Mr. Chad and Dr. Dara Irving

Mr. Jeff and Dr. Lynn Norman

Mr. and Mrs. Robin Bozeman

Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Edwards

Mr. and Mrs. Scott Jackson

Mr. and Mrs. Tim W. Norwood

Mr. and Mrs. Sam Brabham

Mr. and Mrs. Joe Eichelberg

Mr. and Mrs. Blake Jeffcoat

Dr. and Mrs. Pat O’Donnell

Mr. and Mrs. Wilbert Braden

Mr. and Mrs. Mike Eley

Mr. and Mrs. Dong Jun Jo

Mr. and Mrs. Bryan Oliver

Mr. and Mrs. Dan Brantley (MG)

Mr. and Mrs. Gregg Everett

Mr. and Mrs. Chris Johnson

Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Ostrye

Mr. and Mrs. Ted Bridges

Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Fain

Mr. and Mrs. Mark Johnson

Mr. and Mrs. Bill Oswalt

Mr. James R. Brown

Col. and Mrs. Frank Fields

Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Jones

Mr. and Mrs. Greg Pappas

Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Browning

Mr. and Mrs. Joe Finklestein

Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Jones

Mr. and Mrs. Ed Parish

Mr. and Mrs. Craig Bruce

Mr. and Mrs. Tim Fitzpatrick

Mr. and Mrs. William Jones

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Parquette

Dr. and Mrs. Frank Buckner

Ms. Darby Forrester

Mr. and Mrs. Cheol Soo Kim

Ms. Judy B. Pate

Mr. and Mrs. Lee Burt

Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Foster

Mr. and Mrs. John Kim

PCS Phosphate (MGC)

Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Byard

Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Fox

Mr. and Mrs. M. B. Kim

Mr. and Mrs. Joe Pearce

Mrs. Cindy Byrd

Mr. and Mrs. Michael J. Frakes

Dr. and Mrs. Karl Kirkland

Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Pelham

Mr. Jerry Glenn Cannon

Mr. and Mrs. Clint Freeman

Mr. and Mrs. Jay Kwon

Mr. and Mrs. Curt Pemberton

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Cape

Mr. Luis and Dr. Maryluz Fuentes

Mr. and Mrs. David Ledford

Mr. and Mrs. Mickey Phillips

Mr. and Mrs. Larry Capilouto

Mr. and Mrs. Ken Funderburk

Dr. and Mrs. Todd Lempicki

Mr. and Mrs. David Pinckard

Ms. Terri Capouya

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

Mr. and Mrs. Mark Limbers

Mr. and Mrs. Russ Pinckard

Mr. and Mrs. Everett Card

Mr. and Mrs. Joe Gary, III

Lt. Col. and Mrs. Dennis Loh

Mr. and Mrs. Ron Pittenger

Mr. and Mrs. Nigel Card

Dr. and Mrs. Michael Gaylor

Mr. and Mrs. Gerry Love

Dr. and Mrs. Uttam Podder

Mr. and Mrs. Chester Carr

Mr. Cecil Gibson

Mr. and Mrs. Keith Lucky

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Pohlman

Mr. and Mrs. Todd Carter

Mr. Jay Gilliland

Mr. and Mrs. Freddie Lynn

Cmdr. Robert and Dr. April Poling

Major and Mrs. Richard Carver

Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Gilliland

Mrs. Kim MacGuire

Mrs. Francine Prato

Ms. Belinda Casimir

Mr. and Mrs. Chris Goff

Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Majors

Dr. and Mrs. James Rabon

Mr. and Mrs. Brian Castleberry

Dr. and Mrs. Lem Gorden III

Lt. Col. and Mrs. Darrell Mann

Mr. and Mrs. Nitin Rastogi

Lt. Col. and Mrs. Stephen Catchings

Mr. and Mrs. John Griggs

Mr. and Mrs. John Markham

Regions Financial Corporation (MGC)

Mr. Martin Register

Patron III ($99 and under)

Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Corley

AEGIS-Michaud Properties, Inc.

Ms. Doris Crenshaw

Mr. and Mrs. Fady Amin

Mrs. Christy Cronier

Mr. and Mrs. Athar Tanveer

Mr. Brandon and Dr. Amy Anderson

Ms. Christy Darwin

Dr. and Mrs. Lance Tatum

Anonymous (6)

Lt. Col. and Mrs. Glenn Taylor

Mr. and Mrs. Neil Arnold

Mrs. Janet Terry

Mr. and Mrs. Peyton Ashmore

Mr. and Mrs. David Rudd

Mr. and Mrs. Jim Terry

Mr. and Mrs. Nick Ashner

Mrs. Betty Ann Russell

Mr. and Mrs. Shot Thames

Mr. and Mrs. Todd Ayers

Mr. and Mrs. Mark Sadie

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Thompson

Mr. and Mrs. Craig Bacheler

Mr. and Mrs. Art Samuels

Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Thompson

Mr. Barrett Bailey

Mr. and Mrs. David Sanders

Mr. and Mrs. Walter Thrower Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. Mike Bailey

Mrs. Lucinda Sanders

Mr. and Mrs. Brian Traff

Mr. and Mrs. Jay Baker

Dr. and Mrs. Bruce Sansom

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Trexler

Mr. and Mrs. Rick Barregarye

Mr. Ed Sasser

Mr. and Mrs. Ben Trolinger Sr.

Mr. and Mrs. Adam Bates

Mr. and Mrs. Scott Saunders

Mr. and Mrs. Roy Trolinger

Mrs. Betty Beale

Mr. and Mrs. Dean A. Schmaler

Mr. and Mrs. Alan Tucker

Mr. and Mrs. Michael Beck

Mr. and Mrs. Eddie Scott

Mr. Jeremy Turner

Mr. and Mrs. Lindsay Beddingfield

Mr. and Mrs. Wilson Scott

Dr. and Mrs. Ian Turnipseed

Mr. and Mrs. Keith Belich

Mr. and Mrs. John Seele

United Technologies (MGC)

Ms. Wanda E. Bell

Mr. and Mrs. Bryan Setzer

Mr. and Mrs. Tom Vandegrift

Mr. and Mrs. Cleg Bender

Mr. and Mrs. Tom Sewell

Mr. and Mrs. David Vickers

Mr. and Mrs. Arando Bennett

Mr. and Mrs. Tom Sexton

Mr. and Mrs. Mike Vigilant

Mr. and Mrs. Rajiv Sharma

Lt. Col. and Mrs. Paul Wade

Ms. Sonya Berrey and Ms. Jerri Baker

Mr. and Mrs. Terry L. Sharp

Mr. and Mrs. Clark Waggoner

Mr. and Mrs. Brad Sharpe

Mr. and Mrs. Andy Waid

Mr. and Mrs. Cameron Sheffield

Mr. and Mrs. James Walker

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Shepard

Ms. Jamila Walker

Mr. and Mrs. Guy Shores

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Ward

Mr. and Mrs. Ben Shoults

Mr. and Mrs. Tom Ward

Mr. and Mrs. Su Sim

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Waring

Mr. and Mrs. Harry Simon

Mr. and Mrs. Harris Washington III

Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Skier

Mr. and Mrs. Randy Watson

Coach and Mrs. Karl Smeltzer

Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey J. Webb

Mr. and Ms. Gregory Smith

Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey T. Webb

Ms. Jessica Smith

Mr. and Mrs. Robert S. Weil II

Mr. and Mrs. Tom Somerville

Mr. and Mrs. Billy Whigham

Mr. and Mrs. Mike Spivey

Ms. Rose White

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Spurlock

Mr. and Mrs. Mike Whitt

Ret. Col. and Mrs. Russ Stafford

Majors Colin and Julie Wiemer

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Stafford

Mr. Ben Williams

Mr. and Mrs. Scott Standerfer

Mr. and Mrs. Chuck Williams (MG)

Mr. and Mrs. Steve Stanley

Mr. and Mrs. Ray E. Williams

Mr. and Mrs. Andy Steffen

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Williamson

Mr. and Mrs. Terry Steigelman

Mr. and Mrs. Justin Wilson

Mr. and Mrs. Al Steineker

Mr. and Mrs. Greg Winn

Dr. and Mrs. Allen Stern

Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Woodson

Mrs. Jennie M. Stowers

Mr. and Mrs. Brandt Wright

Mr. and Mrs. Ted Strane

Mr. and Mrs. Scott Wright

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Strasburger

Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Yost

Mrs. Betty Jo H. Ritchie Mr. and Mrs. Rod Ritter Mr. and Mrs. Bryce Rockman Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Rodgers Mr. Tony and Dr. Yolanda Rose Dr. Michael Rosenberg and Dr. Heidi Christie

Mr. and Mrs. Rob Strickland Mr. and Mrs. Scott Stricklin

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Sullivan Jr. (MG) Mr. and Mrs. Fajie Sun Mr. and Mrs. Danny F. Sutter

Mr. and Mrs. Greg Black Mr. and Mrs. Bradley Blamires Mr. and Mrs. Percy Bonner Mr. and Mrs. David Boyd Mr. and Mrs. Doug Braden Mr. and Mrs. Michael Brantley Mr. and Mrs. Brett Brashears Mr. and Mrs. Bradley Braswell Mr. and Mrs. Charlie P. Brightwell, IV

Ms. Jan Davis Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Decker Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Duncan Ms. Gale Dunlap Mr. and Mrs. Charles Edmondson Mr. Fulton Eldridge Major and Mrs. Dean Eller Ms. Janelle Elrod Dr. Jeffrey Eng Dr. and Mrs. Bob Engles Dr. and Mrs. Robert Engles Sr. Mr. and Mrs. Robert Eubanks Mr. and Mrs. Jeff L. Farmer Mr. and Mrs. Tim Fiedler Mrs. Betty Fields Mr. and Mrs. Adam Finkelstein Dr. and Mrs. Rex Forehand Mr. and Mrs. John Formby Ms. Laura Gardner Mr. Trent Gardner Mr. and Mrs. Reid Gaston Mr. and Mrs. Gary Goodson Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Grate Mr. and Mrs. Scott Green Mr. and Mrs. Paul Griggs Mr. and Mrs. Andy Grigsby Mr. and Mrs. Dongki Han Mr. and Mrs. Michael Harkins Mr. and Mrs. Mike Harmon Mr. and Mrs. Brad Harper

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Brinson

Mr. Shane Hart

Lt.Col. and Mrs. Chris Brunner

Mr. and Mrs. Chris Hemmer

Ms. Bettie Bryant

Mr. and Mrs. Jai Hill

Mr. and Mrs. Ken Buce

Mr. and Mrs. Andy Hobbs

Dr. and Mrs. Tim Buckner

Mr. and Mrs. Toye Hooks

Ms. Keelie Burson

Mr. and Mrs. Noah Hopkins

Mr. and Mrs. C. J. Butterbaugh

Mr. Justin Housman

Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Caffey

Mr. and Mrs. Drew Hudson

Mr. and Mrs. Robert H. Campbell

Mr. and Mrs. Michael Huff

Mr. and Mrs. Kenny Capouya

Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Hunter

Mr. and Mrs. Mark Caradori

Miss Elizabeth Stewart Ippolito

Major and Mrs. Justin Cenzano

Mrs. Karen Jabour

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Chinoski

Mr. and Mrs. Sangdo Jin

Major and Mrs. Matthew Chitty

Mr. and Mrs. Obrey Johnson

Mr. and Mrs. Jon Christian

Mr. and Mrs. Ron Johnson

Ms. Kimberly Clenney

Mr. and Mrs. Brad Jones

Mr. and Mrs. Andy Clinton

Ms. Lauren Jones

Ms. Jennie Cochren

Mr. Steven M. Kean

Mr. and Mrs. Troy Colbert

Mr. and Mrs. Mike Keene

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Kelley

Mr. and Mrs. Steve Raybon

Mr. and Mrs. Joel Kelly

Mrs. Sarah Rech

Mr. and Mrs. Jim Kennedy

Dr. and Mrs. Bill Reed

Col. and Mrs. Alan Kiilerich

Mr. and Mrs. John Register

Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Killough

Mr. and Mrs. Ed Reifenberg

Mr. and Mrs. Sung Chul Kim

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Rentz

Mr. and Mrs. Woo-Sik Kim

Resort to Quality Education

Mrs. Mary King

Mr. and Mrs. Eric Rice

Mr. and Mrs. Miller King

Mrs. Myrtle Ridolphi

Mr. and Mrs. John Lane

Capt. And Mrs. Ken Roberts

Mr. and Mrs. Joey Latham

Ms. Katie Rose

Mr. and Mrs. Kyu Young Lee

Mr. and Mrs. Mark Russell

Mr. and Mrs. David Levins

Mr. and Mrs. Scott Russell

Mrs. Kaylin Luchner

Mr. Lazaro Saavedra

Mr. and Mrs. Alan Madore

Prof. and Mrs. Mehmet Sahinoglu

Mr. and Mrs. Gerry Madore

Saint James Middle School

Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Mann

Mr. and Mrs. Garrett Saucer

Ms. And Mr. Kathy Manning

Mr. and Mrs. George Schaub

Mr. and Mrs. Bob Martin

Ms. Flora Schultz

Mr. and Mrs. James Martin

Mr. and Mrs. Mark Seale

Master Mitch Mathews

Mr. and Mrs. David Seanor

Mr. and Mrs. Mike McDowell

Mr. and Mrs. Rick Sheldon

Mr. and Mrs. Mark McEnerney

Mr. and Mrs. Stan Sherlin

Mr. and Mrs. Ryan McGraw

Mr. and Mrs. Jon Shoemaker

Mr. and Mrs. Basil McHorne

Mr. and Mrs. Bill Simpson

Mrs. Clara J. McInish

Miss Annie Skoneki

Mr. and Mrs. Kenny Mendelsohn

Mr. and Mrs. Major Smith

Mr. and Mrs. Greg Miles

Mr. and Mrs. Craig Stallard

Ms. Cynthia Miller

Mr. and Mrs. Daryl Steinberg

Mrs. Doris E. Miller

Mr. and Mrs. Jay Stubbs

Mr. and Mrs. Terry Mitchell

Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Taylor

Mr. and Mrs. Dale Moncrief

Mr. and Mrs. Tim Timmerman

Mr. and Mrs. David T. Moore

Mr. and Mrs. Joe Toole

Lt. Col. and Mrs. Craig Morris

Ms. Brenda Trouse

Mr. and Mrs. Donald Morrison

Mr. and Mrs. Scott Vance

Dr. Timothy Morrow

Mr. and Mrs. Todd Vaughn

Mr. and Mrs. Matt Mullikin

Ms. Carolyn Walker

Mr. and Mrs. Jim Murphree

Ms. Denise Walker

Mr. and Mrs. John Murray

Ms. Jackie Walker

Mr. and Mrs. Craig Myers

Ms. Ann Waller

Mr. and Mrs. Ed Olszewski

Mr. and Mrs. Hayden Ward

Mr. Erick Orellena and Ms. Rosanna Gensini

Mr. and Mrs. Chris Weschler

Mr. and Mrs. Jim Orr Mr. and Mrs. Steve Oswalt Dr. and Mrs. Mukesh Patel Ms. Amy Patterson Mr. and Mrs. Cedrick Paymon Mr. and Mrs. Steve L. Pendley Mr. and Mrs. Junior Potts Ms. LaShabra Preston Mr. and Mrs. Barry Prim Mr. and Mrs. Frank Randall

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wilkerson Mr. and Mrs. Jason Williams Mr. and Mrs. John Wimpee Mr. and Mrs. Gary Wise Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Wolfe, Sr. Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Wolfe Mr. and Mrs. Louis E. Wood Mr. and Mrs. Patrick N. Wood Mr. and Mrs. Chad Wright Mr. and Mrs. Suk Young Yoon Mr. Craig Yost


Nancy and Bob Martin

Mr. Jimmy Allen

AEGIS-Michaud Properties

Timothy Morrow Mrs. Joanie Bostic

Lis Donaldson

Mr. Joseph E. Capilouto

Peggy and Blake Jeffcoat Mr. Edward Carson

Gini and Johnny Majors

Ann Michaud Flora Schultz Janet and Harry Truslow Mrs. Betty Wiens

Lis Donaldson

Susu and Fred Draper Susan and Joe Finklestein Josie and Larry McLemore

Mr. Calvin Cherry

Diane and Terry Mitchell

Mr. Hugh Garner

Saint James Middle School Faculty

Pat Cherry

Melba and Bill Richardson Saint James Middle School Mrs. Bonnie Hatfield

Dedee and Stuart Echols Katie and Shot Thames Mr. Tripp Henley

Melba and Bill Richardson Mr. Hubert Kam

Adrienne and Michael Harkins Mrs. Katie Lankford

Terrell, Drew, Tyler and Brett Lankford Mr. Logan Markham

Vicki and John Markham Josie and Larry McLemore

Kay Newman

Cathy and Joel Pearson Kim Hendrix and Scott Skoneki Gillette and Crawford Slaton Sheila and Bobby Weil

Honorariums Mrs. Elaine Boland and the 5th Grade

Joann and Ed Reifenberg Dr. Cliff Browning

Joann and Ed Reifenberg Mrs. Colleen Buce

Elizabeth and Burt Smithart Miss Anne Maisey Chambless

John and Sharon Chambless

Mr. Henry McNeill

Mrs. Vaughan Dickson

Mr. Frank Moody, Sr.

Mrs. DeDee Echols

Mr. Patrick Mullikin

Mrs. Brenda Emfinger

Margaret and Randy McNeill The Pohlman Family Matt, Cathy, Andrew and Mackenzie Mullikin Mrs. Ethel Pemberton

Curtis Pemberton

Mr. Tony Dean Pinckard

Peggy Jeffcoat

Katie and Shot Thames Mr. John Swearingen

Joscelin and Thomas Steiner Mr. Donnie Terry

Carroll and La Rone Blow Linda Christy Sandy and David Cobb Gale Dunlap Fulton (Buddy) Eldridge The Elrod Family Cecil Gibson Kathy Manning

Elizabeth and Burt Smithart Britt and Paul Griggs Elizabeth and Burt Smithart Mr. Richard Hanan

Aliant Foundation Mrs. Joyce Haven

Britt and Paul Griggs Mr. and Mrs. Hoyt Henley and Caroline

Melba and Bill Richardson Ms. Charlotte Jinks

Elizabeth and Burt Smithart Ms. Beverly Kruger

Elizabeth and Burt Smithart Mrs. Kay McGaughey

Joann and Ed Reifenberg Ms. Emma and Mr. Frank Moody

The Pohlman Family

Mrs. Colleen Murphy

Braxton Ashmore Sophia Caradori William Coleman

Elizabeth Dickens William Fiedler Steven Gorden Maddy Grace and Reese Hunter George Ann Killough Taylor Potts Clint Shores Selina Sun Tucker Williams Mr. Lazaro Saavedra

Joann and Ed Reifenberg Mr. and Mrs. Eddie Scott

Joann and Ed Reifenberg Mrs. Pam Sexton

Dot Hunt

Mrs. Cindy Somerville

Joann and Ed Reifenberg Mrs. Katie Thames

Peggy Jeffcoat

Ms. Shirley Varner

Elizabeth and Burt Smithart Mrs. Carol Waters

Elizabeth and Burt Smithart Ms. Kelli Wise

Elizabeth and Burt Smithart

Kindergarteners Honored by their Senior Buddy Jacob Bolen

Joseph Whitt Elizabeth Dickens

Wesley Smithart Cooper Wright

Crawford Steinberg

Elizabeth Little

Mr. and Mrs. Tom Chapman

Mr. and Mrs. Steve Kermish

Kara Kirkland

Gracie, John Archer and Tom Sullivan

Mr. and Mrs. Ken Ketzler

Selina Sun

Shanna Moss Slade Meriwether

Jarrett Simpson Rucker Methvin

Eli Griggs

Nick Ostrye

Will Fielder Mallory Parrish

Shanna Moss Will Spivey

Nathan Buckner

Grandparent Honors

Maegan Akridge

Dr. and Mrs. Gordon Amsler

Alex McCain

Daniel Kim

Danny Jin Min Ji Kim

Nini Lee

Mr. and Mrs. Jim Coleman

Bennett and Mae Morgan Blankenship Mr. and Mrs. Jim Bohannon

Lily and Price Everett

Mr. and Mrs. Wilbert Braden

Colby Braden

Mr. and Mrs. James Brady, Jr.

David Hubbard

Maddox Trumbly Ms. Bettie Bryant

Mr. and Mrs. Winton Bush

Brooks and Brunson Bacheler Sydni Caffey

Mr. Chester Carr

Kayla Carr

Evelyn Stroh

Mrs. Mary King

John and Robert Bradford

Mr. and Mrs. John Livings

Mrs. Pam Dickens

Mr. and Mrs. Gerry Madore

Mr. and Mrs. Chuck Edwards

Mrs. Kim MacGuire

Blake Sanders

Elizabeth Dickens Mason and Sam Edwards

Nate and Virginia Meacham Abbey and Lindsey Engles

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

Kathleen Wright

Mr. and Mrs. Jack Galassini

Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Blankenship

Mrs. Anne King

Dr. and Mrs. Tom Denton

Mr. and Mrs. Norman Bautsch

Gabbi and Nathan Pohlman

Lee Ketzler

Mr. and Mrs. Rex Lee

Dr. and Mrs. Hanly Funderburk

Sydney Cramer

Jack Burt

Caroline, James and William Coleman

Mr. and Mrs. Keith Armagost

Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Caffey

Caden Hayes

Caroline and Wes Christie

Mrs. Betty Fields

Chase and Lindsey Woodard

Frank McGough

Ms. Vicky Christie

Mr. and Mrs. C.P. Akridge

Don Henderson

Selina Sun

Cal, Amanda and Wes Cherry

Drs. Robert and Phyllis Engles

Mr. and Mrs. Dan Brantley

Hannah Glenn

Mrs. Pat Cherry

Grandparents honoring their grandchildren

Seniors Honored by their K5 Buddy Parker Gallion

Ashley Patino

Wesley Funderburk Sophia Caradori

Maegan and Morgan Lee Ellyn, Emily and Liz Anne Livings Mitchell and Spencer Madore Alex MacGuire

Mr. and Mrs. Gary McDaniel

Ali Ingram

Mrs. Clara McInish

Ashley, Elizabeth and Richard Williamson Mr. and Mrs. Todd Meadows

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

Allen and Michael Azar Mrs. Doris Miller

Jeremy Wolfe

Anna Cate, MeMe and Taylor Myers

Dr. and Mrs. Ronald Montgomery

Mr. and Mrs. Malcolm Hall

Mr. Jeff and Dr. Lynn Norman

Mrs. Joan T. Hanan

Mr. Bill Oswalt

Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Harding

Ms. Judy Pate

Mrs. Eleanor Haven

Mr. and Mrs. Joe Pearce

Mrs. Janice Henderson

Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Pelham

Mr. and Mrs. Shirald Hendrix

Mr. Curtis Pemberton

Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Jones

Mr. and Mrs. David Pinckard

Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Jones

Mr. and Mrs. Ron Pittenger

Mrs. Marian Kent

Mr. and Mrs. Pete Pohlman

Kamren and Karington Andrews Amelia Hanan Drew Brantley David Haven

Caroline and Mitch Mathews Annie Skoneki Nathan Baxter

Hunter Duncan

Colton, Caroline and Matthew Alter Emily, Olivia and Whitman Kent

Morgan Montgomery

Braylen and Makenzie Corley Caton and Hollis Oswalt Anna and Emma Colson Allison Lewis

Alexandra and Walker Wise Baylor, Briar and Bryson Belich Drew and Sarah Pinckard

Katie and Samantha Pittenger Gabbi and Nathan Pohlman Mrs. Francine Prato

Emma Victoria

Mr. and Mrs. John Register

Ms. Brenda Trouse

Mr. and Mrs. Harold Richardson

Ms. Jackie Walker

Emily Register

Bea, Camilla and Susannah Richardson Mrs. Myrtle Ridolphi

Jay Goodson

Mrs. Betty Jo Handey Ritchie

Mason Handey

Mr. and Mrs. Bryce Rockman

Kira Butterbaugh

Ethan and Grant Darwin Mrs. Betty Ann Russell

Zac Russell

Mr. and Mrs. Art Samuels

Emma Williams Mr. Ed Sasser

Dylan Oliver

Jackson Raybon Chase Walker

Mrs. Beatrice Walton

Forrest and Reilly Taylor Mr. and Mrs. Tom Ward

Hayden Ward

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Waring

Clayton Waring

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wilkerson

Ellie Kate and Mason Wilkerson Mr. and Mrs. Chuck Williams

Abby and Emily Seele

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Wolfe

Jeremy Wolfe

Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Woodson


Mr. Tom Beaube

Mr. and Mrs. Nick Ashner

Cake Designs


Mr. and Mrs. Mike Keene

Drs. Lewis and Will Chapman, D.M.D.


Mr. and Mrs. Eric Christie

Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Dees

Col. and Mrs. Ralph O. Clemens, Jr.


Mr. and Mrs. Sam L. Colson

Dr. and Mrs. Joel Bolen Mr. and Mrs. David Levins 1988

Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Edwards 1990

Mr. and Mrs. Eric Christie 1991

Mr. and Mrs. Mike Keene 1995

Matthew and Nolan Fields

Reid, Shaw, Walker and Win Woodson

Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Duncan

Mr. and Mrs. Dean Schmaler

Mr. and Mrs. Larry Wright


Mr. and Mrs. Larry Schilling

Connor Morton

Mr. and Mrs. Su Sim

Christian Cochren

Mr. and Mrs. Ron Skoneki

Annie Skoneki

Mr. and Mrs. Major Smith

Drake Smith

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Spurlock

Phillip and Shelby Davis

Ret. Col. and Mrs. Russ Stafford

Will Richardson

Mrs. Helen Stewart

Caroline Wright

Kathleen Wright

Alumni Giving 1974

Mr. and Mrs. Mike Eley 1976

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Edmondson Mr. and Mrs. James Martin Mr. and Mrs. Joel Pearson 1978

Mr. and Mrs. Scott Talkington

Jay and Will Spivey

Mr. and Mrs. James Walker

Dr. and Mrs. Charles Stover


Abigail and Kathryn Dismuke Mayor and Mrs. Todd Strange

Emilee and Sara Arrington Jack Burt Jordan Crumpton Mr. and Mrs. Jay Stubbs

Ricky Seeber

Mrs. Mary Taylor

Mr. and Mrs. Bradley Blamires Mr. Steven M. Kean 1980

Mr. James R. Brown Mr. and Mrs. John W. Cork Dr. and Mrs. David D. Gayle Mr. and Mrs. John Porch Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Steiner

Faulkner, Hamilton and Harrison Cunningham


Mrs. Janet Terry

Mr. and Mrs. David Rudd

Katie Creamer

Dr. and Mrs. Marcus Thomas

Grace Kelly

Mr. and Mrs. Ben Trolinger

Adam and Andrew Trolinger

Ms. Darby Forrester


Mr. and Mrs. Ragan Ingram Drs. Richard and Kelly Kean

Capitol Container Corporation

Mr. and Mrs. Will Meacham Mr. Jonathan Carr Mr. and Mrs. James Dickens 1998

Mr. and Mrs. Jeff McIntyre 1999

Mr. Jay Gilliland Mr. and Mrs. Joel Kelly Mr. Jimmy Rabon 2000

Mr. and Mrs. Larry McLemore Dr. and Mrs. Ian Turnipseed 2004

Mr. Webb Chastain 2002

Mrs. Laura Rabon Aman Mr. and Mrs. Garrett Saucer 2005

Ms. Jessica Smith 2010

Ms. Mary Rabon

Gifts In Kind

Mr. and Mrs. Steve Adams All Phase Electric Mr. and Mrs. Bruce B. Alter, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Mike Bailey Dr. and Mrs. Joseph M. Bailey Mr. Bruce Bannister

Mrs. Flo Darwin Mr. and Mrs. John Dinger Ms. Lis Donaldson Mr. and Mrs. Steve Griswold Handey’s Garden Center Dr. and Mrs. Tim Holt Mr. and Mrs. Ragan Ingram Mr. and Mrs. George A. Kent The King’s Table/Al Steineker Mr. and Mrs. David Levins LWT Communications, LLC Mathison Interiors Mr. and Mrs. Conrad Naftel Mr. and Mrs. Roy B. Paul Mr. and Mrs. Steve L. Pendley Mr. and Mrs. Scott Phillips Mr. and Mrs. Mickey Phillips Sam’s Groceries Mrs. Lucinda Sanders Mr. and Mrs. Tom Sewell Mr. and Mrs. Guy Shores Starbucks Coffee Mr. and Mrs. Terry Steigelman Mr. and Mrs. Charles Sullivan Jr. Swearingen Fence & Deck Co., Inc. Walker 360 Mr. and Mrs. Gary Williams Mr. Ray Williams Ms. Kelli Wise Mr. and Mrs. Frank Woodson Mrs. Joy Yates

Saint James School’s Annual Fund Drive Reaches $308,166.31 with the Help of 677 Donors 72 Donors $115,208.91 37.4%

6 Donors $63,750.00 20.7%

317 Donors $48,821.11 15.8% 6 Donors $37,923.25 12.3%

64 Donors $35,226.00 11.5%

212 Donors $7,237.04 2.3%

STJ Gold $10,000+

Blue and Gold $5,000+

Trojan $1,000+

Patron I $500+

Patron II $100+

Patron III Under $100

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

GCE Annual Fund 2010-2011 $215,772.82 Undesignated $142,508.79 Designated $66,644.03 Endowment

7% Designated In-kind gifts $21,350.24


Designated In-Kind

70% GCE Annual Fund donations (designated, undesignated & endowment) $215,772.82


Designated front entrance $71,043.25

23% Designated donations for the new front entrance $71,043.25 (additional $24,050.00 to be paid in 2011)

leading the way While half-day pre-school programs have long been the norm in the area’s independent school kindergarten environment, Saint James surprised the city’s educational community in November with the announcement of the first all-day kindergarten program offered by an independent school in the Montgomery area.

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“Now parents have the option of an academic environment for their children during afternoon hours...”

The team of teachers assembled to teach all-day kindergarten, (l- Ashleigh Essig, Heather Pinckard, Mendy Sharp, and Colleen Murphy,) have experience in several different arenas, from starting an all-day kindergarten program in another state to several years of previous teaching experience in both preK-4 and K5.

“You may recall that earlier this year I contacted you to inquire about your interest in an all-day kindergarten option for the 2011-2012 school year,” began a Dec. letter to K-4 parents from Head of School Melba Richardson.“…we have completed our research, visited several schools in other cities, and can now report back to you our plans. Our Board of Directors approved and supports this choice for the upcoming school year.” “Although we suspected a positive response from parents, we had no idea how positive that response would actually be,” says Richardson today. “Initially we had planned to offer one all-day class, with the rest of the children enrolled in our wonderful half-day curriculum.” “Ultimately, parents were so thrilled with the structured, full–day option that we ended up with three full-day classes and one half-day class,” Richardson adds, smiling. The STJ research team visited several schools, from Daphne/Fairhope and Mobile in the southern part of the state, to Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, and Anniston in the north, compiling information on various all-day K5 programs. “In most other cities in our region, full-day kindergarten is the norm for independent schools,” says K5 teacher Colleen Murphy, a member of the STJ team that researched the all-day prospect. “A question we always asked was, ‘Why did you go to an all-day program?’ The other schools just looked at us, almost incredulously, and replied, ‘Why would you not?’ Then they’d show us how the extra hours provide so many opportunities for additional learning.” Lower School Elementary Assistant Principal Clare Simon thinks one of the biggest advantages of the longer day is that the extra hours provide time to work on skills taught in the morning lessons. The afternoons will incorporate more reading, writing, science and social studies emphasis, as well as more time for enrichments.

“Now parents have the option of an academic environment for their children during afternoon hours,” Simon says, beaming. “Our all-day fiveyear-olds will have time for increased challenges or even opportunities for remediation, if a student needs that. The teacher can expand on the basic paper and pencil learning, and do more active learning with the children.” Both administrators and faculty readily admit that the curriculum for STJ’s half and full-day K5 program are the same, with the only difference being that, with more hours, the all-day teachers can develop additional, creative ways to enhance the curriculum. “But, regardless of whether students are in a full or half-day program,” Simon adds, “all the children will have the knowledge base to do first grade work. Our years of experience with the half-day program have more than proven that.” “I think the reason we have such good results here at Saint James is because the parents can sense the strong connection between the teachers,” adds Murphy, a 15-year K5 veteran. “That’s on top of the relationship we develop with the families and the strong support provided by the administrative staff. It’s just such a unified approach. When a child walks in the front door, parents realize that all parts of the engine are working together, as they should. It takes that extraordinary connectivity – everyone working together – that creates the best opportunities and results for the child.”

the Winners’circle STJ

ACA DEM ICS 2011 Senior Class Scholarship Total: $3.7 million (76 students) AP Scholars - 7 AP Scholars with Distinction - 6 AP Scholars with Honors - 9 AP Scholars Advanced Placement In 2010-11, 39% of STJ students in Grades 10-12 took at least one AP exam. In 2011, 83% of STJ students’ AP test scores were a 3, 4, or 5. (Globally, 60.2% of students scored a 3, 4, or 5 on AP exams. In the state of Alabama, 46.9% of students scored a 3, 4, or 5 on AP exams.) Alabama Statewide Mathematics Contest, District VI Level - First Place, Algebra II with Trig Team - Second Place, Advanced Team - Second Place, Geometry Team - Two individual First Place winners, one Second Place winner, one Fourth Place winner, and one Fifth Place winner Alabama Statewide Mathematics Contest, State Level - Ninth in State Alabama Regional Science Olympiad - First Place Team award - Four First Place awards for individual events - Nine Second Place awards for individual events - One Third Place awards for individual events Alabama Regional Junior Science Olympiad, Middle School - One Second Place award for individual event Duke University Talent Identification Program (TIP) - Six students recognized at state ceremony - Seven students invited to participate in Academy for Summer Studies - Two students invited to participate in Center for Summer Studies ASF’s Young Southern Writers Playwriting Competition - Second Place National Language Arts Olympiad - First Place in State, Eighth Grade - Third Place in State, Seventh Grade, Sixth Grade - One eighth grade test was the only perfect score in the nation.

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National Latin Exam - Two Maxima Cum Laude, silver medal - Five Magna Cum Laude - Two Cum Laude 2011 Jimmy Hitchcock Awards, Male High School Winner 2010-11 Montgomery Youth Volunteer of the Year 2010-11 YMCA Alisa Roberts Big Buddy of the Year Award 2010-11 YMCA Jamie Gilliland Spirit Award 2010-11 Montgomery County Junior Miss - Second Runner Up, Talent Winner, “Be Your Best Self” Essay Winner - Two Students in Top 10 2011 DAR good citizen award 2011 Montomgery exchange club, youth of the year, co-winner

ATH LETICS 75% of students in grades 7-12 participated on interscholastic teams during 2010-11 Varsity Athletic Teams - Golf, State 4A Runner-up - Girls Tennis Team, State 4A Runner-up A rea 4A sectionals champions (eleventh straight year) - Boys Tennis Team, State Tournament play Area 4A sectionals champions (third straight year) - Baseball Team, State Tournament play - Wrestling, State Tournament play - Volleyball, State Tournament play - Girls Track, State Meet participants - Boys Track, State Meet participants - Girls Cross Country, State Meet participants, Second Place Winner - Boys Cross Country, State Meet participants Individual State Achievement - Wrestling State Champion, 132 lbs. State Champion, 114 lbs. One Third Place Winner, 105 lbs. Two Fourth Place Winners, 121 lbs., 137 lbs.

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- Girls Tennis State Champion, #3 Singles Four State Runners-up, #4 Singles, #5 Singles, #1 Doubles - Girls Cross Country - Cheerleading Three All American Cheerleaders One Second Place Winner - Track State 4A Runner-up, Girls Javelin Third Place, State 4A 1600 Event Capitol City Conference Champions - Girls Basketball - Boys Track First Place, Long Jump First Place, Triple Jump Second Place, Javelin Second Place, 4x100 relay - Girls Track First Place, 1600 meter First Place, 3200 meter First Place, 300 hurdles Second Place, Hurdles Third Place, 100 Hurdles Third Place, 1x100 Relay other - Football Private School Player of the Week, Montgomery Quarterback Club - Golf Overall Individual Champion, Substate All-Tournament player in Substate, Blue-Grey and Greater Montgomery Tournaments - Volleyball All State Player, Alabama Volleyball Coaches Association All Metro First Team, Montgomery Advertiser - Cross Country All Metro Cross Country Championship First Place Winner Fifth Place Winner American Christian Academy Trail Run Second Place Overall Spain Park Second Place, 5k

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- Track Mike Spain Invitational Third Place, 1600 meter Junior High Championship First Place, 300 Hurdles Montgomery Academy First Place, Discus First Place, Javelin Pelham Invitational First Place, Long Jump First Place, 1600 Second Place, Triple Jump Third Place, Javelin Third Place, 800 Fourth Place, 100 Hurdles

V ISUA L A N D PER 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 VISUAL ARTS National Scholastic Art Competition - National Silver Key Alabama District Scholastic Art Competition - 11 Drawing Awards - 3 Painting Awards - 1 Printmaking Award - 1 Art Portfolio Award Alabama State Council on the Arts Visual Art Achievement Program, District II - At Large Winner, High School Division - One First Place Winner, High School Division - Two Second Place Winners, High School Division - Visual Arts Scholarship, High School Division - Two First Place Awards, Middle School Division - One Third Place Award, Middle School Division Alabama State Council on the Arts Visual Art Achievement Program, State Level - Best in Drawing, High School Division - Best in Printmaking, High School Division - Best in Painting, Middle School Division - 2011 Artistic Competition for Exceptional Students - First Place Winner, High School Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts Citywide “DOOT” Contest - Top School Winner - Best of Show - Three First Place; two Second Place; two Third Place winners Funky Junk Competition - First Place, 7-9 Division - Third Place, 4-6 Division - Third Place, 7-9 Division - Third Place, 10-12 Division

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PER FOR M ING A RTS Marching Band - Selected to play in Governor’s Inaugural Parade Hoover Invitational Band Competition - First Place - Superior Ratings in six categories

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UA Hall of Fame Tournament - First Place Best Speaker - Fourth Original Oratory - Semi-Final Round in Lincoln Douglas Debate North Mecklenburg High School - First in Public Forum Debate Into the Woods Bears & Wolves Swing Tournament - Third Place, Extemporaneous Speaking - Semi Finalist Prose and Poetry - Semi Finalist, Duo Interpretation - Semi Finalist, Impromtu and Original Oratory - Semi Finalist, Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking - Fifth Overall, Orginal Oratory - Octofinalist, Lincoln Douglas Debate

Band, Individuals - Alabama All-District Band, 4 students selected - Alabama All-District Band, 10 students selected - 2011 Bands of America Honors Band, 3 students selected

Patriot Forensics Classic - Second Place, Poetry Interpretation - Second Place, Duo Interpretation - Second Place, Varsity Lincoln Douglas Debate - Third Place, Extemporaneous Speaking - Octofinalist, Public Forum Debate

Chorus, Individuals - Alabama All-State Choir, 19 students selected - All-State Show Choir, 2 students selected - District Outstanding Choral Students, Male and Female Winners - Show Choir Camps of America Talent Show, $10,000 scholarship recipient

Gump Classic - First Place, Extemporaneous Speaking - First Place, Duo Interpretation - Second Place, Extemporaneous Speaking - Second Place, Poetry Interpretation - Second Place, Oratory - Third Place, Extemporaneous Speaking

2011 Artistic Competition for Exceptional Students - First and Second Place Winner, Middle School Division - Second Place Winner, High School Division

Mountain Brook Tournament - First Place, Original Oratory - First Place, Extemporaneous Speaking - Second Place, Original Oratory

Theater - District Trumbauer Participation Ten Students received Superior Ratings - State Trumbauer Participation

District Tournament - Qualified for State in Extemporaneous Speaking - Quarter Finalist, Lincoln Douglas Debate Youth in Government

Computer Olympiad - First Place, Alice 3D Animation - Second Place, Website Design - Second Place, Math

Youth Judicial - Freshman Top Prosecution Team in Premiere League - Two of the Top 5 Lawyers - Most Outstanding Lawyer - One of the Top 5 Witnesses - Two additional Top 10 Teams


Youth Legislature - A Top 25 Delegate


Forensics State Forensics Tournament - Two State Champions in International Extemporaneous Speaking and Lincoln Douglas Debate - Second Place in Poetry - Third Place in Original Oratory

Winning a state wrestling title is a significant accomplishment. It takes hard work, intense training, and complete dedication. In 2011, two Saint James students struggled diligently to reach the top, winning the state’s highest wrestling honors. Not only do these winners share a school; they also share a household.

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Brothers, Matthew and Stephen Kwan worked together and fought against one another, to train each other for victory. “Going into wrestling season this year [Stephen] and I had a become champions,” older brother Matt Kwan explains. Haunted by the state runner-up status he achieved during his sophomore and junior years of high school, Matt was determined that, as a senior, he would finally reach his longtime goal. Following the 2010 state finals, Matt began CrossFit workouts religiously, for one to two hours most every day. When the 2011 wrestling season began, the brothers and their teammates had a rigorous routine: a one to two mile run, followed by wrestling, and finally ending with tough conditioning. To inspire the young men, their coaches kept reminding the boys how good it would feel to win. Despite the vigorous training, Matt says his championship match was by no means easy. By the start of the second period, he was down by four points. By the third period, he had tightened the score to a much closer 5-4. Just as victory was in sight, Matt tore his right bicep and hyper-extended his elbow, bringing the game to a 5-5 draw. With only thirty seconds left and two new injuries, Matt managed to secure the two points he needed to win the championship. “Redemption was never sweeter,” he says, smiling.

Younger brother Stephen admits his brother’s successes continually push him to improve. Though the two are competitive, they quickly admit they’ve learned from one another. “I’ve never beaten my brother,” says Stephen, an incoming sophomore. “But wrestling with him has helped me beat others.” The younger Kwan says he intends to continue sharpening his skills and winning more state titles during his remaining years at Saint James. While Matt acknowledges his brother could become a four-time high school individual state champion, he continues to have dreams of his own. Matt’s ambition to wrestle in college came closer to reality when he was recruited by Division III New York University earlier in the year. At 133-pounds, he is excited to join the school’s ten other recruits, who hail from states like Pennsylvania, California, and Hawaii. While eager to wrestle, he says his grades are equally important. “Schoolwork always came first and it will continue to be like that in college,” Matt says. Though far away, he expects to return for many of brother Stephen’s future matches, hoping to help his younger brother stay focused. “I want to be here for every state championship he wins after I leave,” Matt says, seriously, before his face softens into a smile. ”More importantly, I want to make sure he remembers who the better brother is.” C o l u m n s s u m m e r 2 011 1 8


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STJ’s football, volleyball, golf, and boys

and girls tennis teams participated in post-season state level competition during 20102011. Individual members of the boys and girls track, boys and girls cross country, and wrestling teams also participated in their state tournaments.


One of STJ’s BestEver Golf Teams!

The Class of 2011’s Will Spivey was the male recipient of the Jimmy Hitchcock Award. Spivey’s teammate, junior CJ Duncan, was named the Montgomery Quarterback Club’s private school Player of the Week.

STJ’s Varsity Golf Team finished in Second Place at the State Championship Tournament in Magnolia Grove in Mobile in early May.

Track and Field

Sitting in fourth place with a 324 after Day One, the Trojans jumped two teams with a final day 315 to claim the Runner-up spot. Eighth grader Walker Wise was T-6th overall with a 78-78-156. Eighth grader Walker Carr (80-80-160) and freshman Slade Methvin (8180-161) also finished in the top 10 overall.


STJ was without their sub-state medalist, senior Drew Brantley, who did not play due to illness. Brantley was replaced by senior Rob Chisenhall, who, himself, had been out since March, due to a hand injury. Chisenhall contributed a 77 on Day Two. Senior Frank McGough rounded out the Trojans scoring. With the state tourney success, the 2011 Trojan team tied with STJ teams in 1994, 1998, 2002, and 2003, for the best golf finish in the school’s history.

At the state competition, STJ eighth grader Win Woodson was the State Runner-up in the javelin and Taylor Duncan placed Third in the mile.

STJ’s volleyball team won the area tournament and hosted the sub-state tourney.

Golf The Saint James team was State 4A Runner-Up, as well as runner-up in the Capital City Conference.

Wrestling STJ wrestlers Matt (137 lb.) and Stephen Kwan (114 lb.) were both 4A State Champions in their weight classes this year; Matt was the State Runner-up in 2010.

Tennis Both the STJ girls and boys tennis teams won sectionals and advanced to the state tourney, where the girls team was State 4A Runner-up. Individually, Anne Banks Blackwell was #3 Singles State Champion; Scotlyn Patterson was #5 Singles 4A State Runner-up; Ellyn Livings was #4 Singles 4A State Runner-up; and Anne Banks Blackwell and Ellyn Livings were #1 Doubles 4A State Runners-up.

Softball The STJ softball team competed in sub-state playoffs.

Cheerleading The Saint James Varsity Golf Team was named State 4A Runners up in the State Golf Championship Tournament, May 9-10 in Mobile. Shown with the prize trophy are (l) Coach Jeff McIntyre, Slade Methvin, Rob Chisenhall, Frank McGough, Walker Carr and Walker Wise.

STJ’s varsity cheer squad won Second Place for their Extreme Routine, Third Place for their Home Pom Routine, and Fourth Place for Cheer at their statewide summer cheer camp.

Girls Tennis is State 4A Runner-up! The STJ Varsity Girls Tennis team was named 4A State Runner-up in 2011 post-season play, with Anne Banks Blackwell winning #3 Singles to become the State Champion in that event. Boys Varsity Tennis placed fifth in the state tournament. (from l) Cassie Sadie, Ellyn Livings, Caroline Mathews, Anne Banks Blackwell, Charlsie Rampy, and Scotlyn Patterson.



1976 Charles Edmondson is an attorney in Montgomery. He and wife Sheila have two children, a boy and a girl, who are both Saint James students. Charles says, “We are actively involved in the school as our children presently attend. It has grown significantly since my days on Country Club Drive. Very impressed!”

1978 Elizabeth (Gallacher) Cullen is the Education Program Instructor at Walt Disney World, Epcot in Lake Buena Vista, FL. Husband Terry is the regional sales manager with Akron Brass. They have two children. Lisa (Howard) Jenkins and husband Mark live in Montgomery, where she is a self-employed medical transcriptionist. Lisa and Mark have a boy and a girl.

Laura (Vitty) Weaver lives in Perrysburg, Ohio and teaches at the Ohio Virtual Academy. She is married to Dr. David Weaver, a former dentist who is currently Director of the Genomics Core Lab at the University of Toledo Health Science Campus. Laura says, “I am so amazed at the campus video and appreciate seeing the old campus I attended on Country Club. Saint James is a gem for sure, and I’m proud to be an alumni. I’ve enjoyed reconnecting with classmates on Facebook, from the good old days. It’s great to see the tradition continue at the wonderful new campus. I am currently one of two specialists with the advanced Learner Program with the Ohio Virtual Academy. I’ve been teaching at OHVA for five years and we are the largest online public charter school in Ohio. As an Ohio Master Teacher and National Board certified Teacher, I also serve as a mentor and judge for the Master Teacher program. Dave and I reside in Perrysburg, OH.”

1979 Steven M. Kean has worked in the City Attorney’s office for the city of Tyler, TX for more than 20 years. He currently serves as Deputy City Attorney. Steve is one of two attorneys in Texas to receive the 2010 Galen Sparks Award at the Texas City Attorneys Association bi-annual meeting. The annual award is given to an assistant city attorney for demonstrated dedication and contributions to the profession.

Slats Slaton won a prestigious “Wrangler” award from the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in April, for his Decatur, AL ad agency’s work in developing the popular Yellawood TV commercial “cliffhanger” series. He accepted the honor at a black-tie awards ceremony in Oklahoma City, an event attended by Western moviemakers and film stars (including Ed Harris and Sam Elliott). Slats’ agency, The Slaton Agency, is the marketing agent for Yellawood. Slats received the award for a nine-minute “short” film titled Yella Fella and The Lady from Silver Gulch. The mini-movie won best entry in the Film & Television/Fictional Drama category. The company is in its third season of airing the “cliffhanger” campaign, which can be viewed at Lynn (Smith) Talkington and husband Scott live in Montgomery, where Scott is an attorney. They have an eighth grader at STJ. “Time flies when you’re having fun,” says Lynn. “Classmates, be thinking about what you want to do for the next reunion. Can you believe we have been out of school this many years?”

Libby Norris has taught in Montgomery Public Schools since 1984. She recently started a business, “Me and My House,” a home organization and planning business. Robert Pinkston III lives in Montgomery, where is he Service/Warehouse Manager for Kyser Office Works. He has one son. Twyla (Phelps) Williams says, “I have been married to Mike Williams for 28 years and we have lived in Dothan, AL for 22 years. We have two children. Our son Ryan graduated from Troy University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management with a concentration in Marketing. He is employed by Wachovia/Wells Fargo in Dothan. Our daughter Haley attends AUM on basketball and academic scholarships. We will be coming back to Montgomery for all home AUM women’s basketball games. I have been the Director of Communications for the “Yes We Can! Dothan” education movement for two years, which started in a part-time volunteer capacity, but has grown into a full time job. Before that I had been a substitute teacher in Dothan City Schools for 15 years, and a community volunteer. I enjoy working with youth and hoping to make a difference in the public school system.”

1980 Richard Norris and wife Kristina live in Newburgh, IN where he was the COO for Oncology Hematology Associates. They have two children, in fifth and ninth grades. David Stuart is the vice president of Mpact Downhole Motors in Cypress, TX. He and wife Mary have two children.

1981 Paul Edward Burkett and wife Shannon live in Montgomery where he is an attorney with Azar & Azar. They have two children. Paul graduated from AUM with a B.S. in Business Administration, and then completed his J.D. at the Faulkner University’s Thomas Goode Jones School of Law in 1994. Burke “Ed” Wilson On July 1, 2011 the U.S. Air Force announced Brig. Gen. Ed Wilson, commander of the 45th Space Wing and director of the Eastern Range, Patrick AFB, was selected to become the Director, Air Component Coordination Element-Ft Meade, 24th Air Force, Air Force Space Command, in Ft. Meade, Md. Ed says, “Married to Lisa for nearly 25 years now....amazing. After twelve assignments around the country, two kids, eleven cars, a dog and a cat, we’re still living the dream! Our son, Burke, is a 2011 senior in high school; he loves soccer, JROTC and Boy Scouts. His dream is to attend either the Air Force, Navy or Coast Guard Academy. Our daughter, Jordan, is a freshman and stays busy on the high school swim team, and anything related to art. Currently, we’re stationed in Cocoa Beach, FL.”

1982 Jack Evans is a Senior ERP Analyst with Force Protection. He is married to Allison Rhyne, and they live in Goose Creek, SC. Donald Mack is a claims adjuster with Alfa Insurance in Montgomery. Lorraine Thompson is Head of the Drama Dept. at Athens Academy in Athens, GA, She is married to Tony Glenn, a research scientist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, also in Athens, GA. Lorraine received her BS in Education from AU and her MFA in Theatre from the University of Georgia. Her professional acting credits include the Highlands Playhouse, Lees McRae Summer Theatre, Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre, Summer 3 Theatre Company, Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, and ART Station. She is also the author of seven published plays.

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Kelly O’Ferrell lives in Fairhope and owns O’Ferrell Rebar. Kelly’s only daughter, Elizabeth Anne Hughes, graduated from STJ in 2006.

Amber Ivey Lane owns Amber Lane Designs, a Mobile art studio where she teaches art to students from “4 to 99.” In addition, Amber’s studio is a gallery for her own work, which uses oils and acrylics in abstract form. In Feb. Amber donated three pieces of her work to the Montgomery Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Development Center on South Court St. “It’s an honor to have my work so prominently displayed at the Small Business Development Center,” says Amber, “and it’s especially meaningful because of the opportunity to do art for Montgomery.”

Nicole (McKinney) Burton and husband Bobby live in Montgomery. She is a K-3 Reading Coach with the Montgomery Public School System and Bobby works with the Ebay Division of the Triton Management Group. They have a young son who will attend Saint James in Aug. ‘11!

Kelly (Huey) Peurifoy graduated from Auburn University, Montgomery in 1988 with a BS in Finance. She has been working as an Air Traffic Controller since Jan. 1990. Kelly and husband Gary live in Peachtree City. They have two children.

1984 Cathy (Wiggins) Little lives in Montgomery with her husband Eric; they have been married 21 years. They have two children, Jesse and Sarah. Cathy has been a legal clerk with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s office for 15 years. Sonia R. Livingston Since 2007 Sonia has been President and Chief Operating Officer of the Benchmark Technology Group, a provider of banking sector technology in Alpharetta, Georgia. Prior to 2007, Sonia was the President of Silver Bullet Technology, Inc. in Pensacola, FL; Corporate Vice President of Operations for Wuestec, Inc, in Mobile, AL; the Principal Consultant for in Montgomery, AL; and an Operations NCO/Staff Sergeant (E-6) for the U.S. Army Reserves, 926th Engineering Group. She has also served at the Director of the Advanced Technology Group at the Alabama TechnaCenter and Project Manager for the Center for Business and Economic Development, both in Montgomery.

1985 April Hager Jones is the Office Manager/ Business Operations for Walker and Moore, LLC in Montgomery.

1987 Rani Christie and wife Marla live in Plano TX, where Rani is RVP for the Southwest region of Euler Hermes. They have three children, ranging from fifth through ninth grade.

1990 William Richardson lives in Birmingham with his wife Angie and their two children, Will (8) and Sarah Jane (5). William is a history teacher at Hoover High School and Angie teaches at Vestavia High School.

1991 Jennifer (Robison) Brantley lives in Montgomery with her husband David and daughter Allison. Jennifer is a commercial underwriter with Alfa Insurance. Janet Chambless lives in Chicago, where she is a national account executive with Coca-Cola. Nicole (Freeman) Fortner is a surgical assistant with Surgical Associates, PC in Birmingham. She has two young children. Kevin Lewis is a Senior Solutions Engineer supporting retail and manufacturing customer accounts for business analytics software provider SAS in Raleigh, N.C. Kevin and wife Nicole, along with children Matthew and Carolyn, live in Matthews, N.C. Jamelyn (Austin) Trucks is the Lead HMGP Specialist with FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency. She lives in New Orleans. Robert Warren is the Chief Statistician for the Cahaba Government Benefit Administrators. He is married to Susanne Sellers Warren and they live in Birmingham with their two children, Max and Molly.

Sally (Edwards) Meacham and husband Will Meacham (’95) live in Montgomery. Their two children attend Saint James, where Sally will be the PTO President for 2011-12. Jeana (Abfalter) Nelson is an RN at the Mobile Infirmary Medical Center, and her husband Ben owns Door-N-Pro, also in Mobile. They have two small children, a little boy and girl. Mary Catherine (Richardson) Phillips is the Director of Communications for The Alabama/West Florida Methodist Conference. Previously, Mary Catherine worked as an account executive with LWT in Montgomery. She is married to Scott Phillips, a designer with the Southern Poverty Law Center. They have a Golden Retriever named Champ. Courtney (Manning) Stodghill and husband Brad live in Trussville and have two children. Courtney is a 2nd Grade teacher with the Birmingham City Schools and Brad is in Sales at Auxilium Pharmaceuticals. 1995 Dr. Julia Cherry is an assistant professor in New College and biological sciences at The University of Alabama. Her work focuses on the coastal wetlands near the Gulf of Mexico, where she conducted research during last year’s BP oil spill along the Gulf coast. Will Meacham is in insurance sales with The Starke Agency in Montgomery. Married to Sally (Edwards) Meacham (’94), they have two children, both students at Saint James. Will is also involved in a brand new business venture in Montgomery: “We are excited to be a part of Midtown Pizza Kitchen along with fellow alum, Patrick Skelton and his partner from the Chop House, Ben Skelley. The menu has some great sub sandwiches, salads, pasta dishes, pizza by the slice (lunch only), and of course whole pizza made from scratch. Swing by Zelda Place to try it out! You can also check us out on Facebook.” Brent Quinney finished his vascular surgery fellowship at UAB in June. That same month he joined a private vascular surgical practice, Birmingham Vascular Associates, P.C. He and wife Sarah, a neonatal nurse practitioner, have a twoyear-old son.

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Kristen Kirkland and husband Bill Sherman live in New York, New York. She obtained her undergraduate degree from Oglethorpe University in 2000, her Master’s degree in Psychology from The Graduate Center, City University of New York in 2008, and she completed her PhD in Industrial/ Organizational Psychology in February of 2011. She has worked with Wall Street executives in several firms, including JP Morgan Chase, Merrill Lynch, and Credit Suisse, since 2005 in the areas of leadership development and talent management, and she is now an independent consultant. Bill is the music director for both Sesame Street and The Electric Company. In addition to his Tony and Grammy Awards Bill just won a Grammy Award for his producing role on the In the Heights album and just this year won a 2011 Grammy for What I Am sung by of the Black Eyed Peas. Bill wrote the music for this song for Sesame Street. Kristen and Bill have one daughter, Maya Willow Sherman, born in Sept. 2010.

Craig Bowman is the Assistant Football Coach at Belhaven University in Jackson, MS. He and wife Claire, a first grade teacher, live in Jackson. They have a son born in July ‘10. Craig says, “We miss our STJ family so much and can’t wait to read about the new and exciting things y’all are doing. We are doing great, and Baby Ben is doing awesome!”

Sandra (Hall) Williams and husband Steve Williams live in Flowery Branch, GA. She is an account service manager with Starbucks Coffee Company and Steve is the Sales Manager with Crane Materials, Inc. Sandra is a board member of the Court Appointed Special Advocates for Hall and Dawson Counties, and president of her pool association. Kelley (Massey) Zajac is a physical therapist in the Birmingham area. She is married to Jason Zajac, an athletic trainer at Shelby Baptist Medical Center. They have two children.

1997 Jenny (Elliott) Ballentine is married to Brooks Ballentine. They live in Vestavia, and have one little boy. Anna (Keene) Miller and husband Jay Miller live in Fairhope, AL where she is the Programs Director with the Alabama Coastal Foundation. Jay is a tugboat captain with Seabulk Towing in Mobile.

Kathryn (Adams) Crisp and husband Mike live in Fort Worth, TX. They have two children. Vaughan (Jinks) Dickson is married to Nathan Andrew Dickson, II. They welcomed a son, Sam, in July, 2010.

Trent Ellsworth is the Coordinator for Adventure Programs at Asbury University in Wilmore, KY. He and wife Emily, an elementary teacher, are the parents of two young children. Jacob Kirkland is married to Ryan Freeman Kirkland. They have three children, Grace, Lucas, and Alex. Jacob went to Auburn receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and also received a Masters in Business Administration. They reside in Montgomery, where Jacob works as a Division Manger for Forest Laboratories, Inc. and Ryan as a processor with Regions Mortgage.

Holly (Hughes) Mackle and husband David Mackle live in Birmingham, where David is a realtor with RE/MAX Over the Mountain. They have one child, a baby girl. Courtenay (Hylton) Morrow is the Family Medicine Resident Physician at the Franklin Square Hospital Center in the Baltimore area. She is married to John Robert Morrow and they have a little girl.


Candice Blake is an Account Executive with WSFA News 12 in Montgomery. Previously, she worked on a gubernatorial campaign and ran a state senate campaign. Candace says: “I have been watching WSFA for the majority of my life. I love the energy—never a dull momnet in TV. What makes this work environment so much fun is the people. I truly adore everyone here. I recently joined a tennis team, playing doubles with Tim, my boyfriend. I enjoy spending time with my collegues. I’m involved in the community as much as possible. I live in Cloverdale and have a Weimaraner, Sally.” Jeremy Burns and his wife Melanie Snell Burns live in Birmingham where Jeremy manages the Regions Greystone Office for Regions Bank and Melanie is a Logistics Broker for CH Robinson, Inc. Jeremy graduated from Auburn in 2003 and he and Melanie married in Dec. 2007. Jeremy and Melanie have a brand new baby girl, born in February 2011! Both mom and baby are doing well. Daughter Peyton was 5 lbs. 12 oz. and 19 in. long! In his free time Jeremy plays rugby for the Birmingham Vulcans.

Their oldest daughter, Grace, begins sixth grade this year at Saint James. Lucas is at Bear Magnet, while Alex was born in 2010. Grace McPhillips Lunsford In Dec. 2010 Grace was featured in the Chicago Sun Times’ “Our Town” blog regarding an organization she started in 2007, The Chicago Acting in Film Meetup Group. “Feeling ‘stymied as an actress,’” the blog says, “McPhillips decided it was time Chicago actors had access to a support system, ‘fellow working actors [with whom] to share concerns and successes.’ Three years later, her group has grown to almost two hundred members…” Take a look at the online blog at: ourtown/2010/12/chicago_is_for_actors.html Lee Murphy, Jr. and his wife Catie are the parents of two daughters, Sullivan Marie (3) and Sawyer Carkuske (8 mos.). The C o l u m n s s u m m e r 2 011 2 2

Class of... Murphys currently live in Greenville, SC., where Lee is a fifth year Orthopaedic Surgery Resident. He will do a Fellowship in Sports Medicine in Jackson, MS. Hank Sforzini works in Business Development with McKenna, Long, and Aldridge LLP in Atlanta.

2000 Christy (Spurlin) Bice is an environmental scientist with the Alabama Dept. of Environmental Management. Married to Josh Bice in Oct. 2005, they have a son who is almost two years old. Christy says: “Most of our time is devoted to work but we also enjoy traveling. Our family including Dixie Daisy, a yellow lab, love spending our weekends near water either at the lake or beach.” Christy coordinates the Groundwater Festivals for Alabama’s fourth graders in addition to her responsibilities with the Nonpoint Source Program with the Alabama Department of Environmental Management. Husband Josh is an engineer with HMMA (Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama). Kimberly (Thomason) Bond lives in Atlanta where she is a patent attorney with Kilpartick, Townsend & Stockton. She is married to Jason Bryan Bond. Hammond Cobb is the CFO of Health Star Chiropractic in Montgomery, where he and wife Candice Warren reside. Candice is a doctor with Health Star Clinic. Billy Furr graduated in May from Boston’s Northeastern University, with a Master’s Degree in Computer Science. He and Renee Therrien, a Boston/Cape Cod native, were married in July. Following graduation Billy will be working as a research associate at a lab on the Northeastern campus for an additional year, as he and his advisor try to obtain funding for a startup firm based on their research project. Michael Gallops lives in Pike Road and works in Risk Management with Colonial Insurance Agency. He is married to Jennifer (Sims). Michael graduated from Troy State with a degree in Risk Management and Insurance. After a short period working in GA (on St. Simon’s Island) he moved back to Montgomery in October 2005. Ann Morgan (Brendle) Graham is a literary specialist for the North Panola School District in Oxford, MS. She is married to O’Keefe Graham II, a developer with Nix/Tann and Associates. Their son Kee was born in April of this year. Jana (Perry) Gwin is married to John Gwin, an Assistant City Engineer with the City of Phenix City, AL. Jana is the owner and master Esthetician with One Eighty Wellness Spa in Auburn, where the couple lives. They have a young daughter, Lily.

Whitney Rowan lives in Nashville and works for Data Marketing Network, a direct mail company whose clients include BMI, several country music stars’ fan newsletters, diabetes equipment supplier Simplex Healthcare, and Belcourt Cinema. Whitney is a University of Alabama graduate, where she majored in Communications. Meredith (McGhar) Marshall works for the Alabama Board of Medical Examiners in Montgomery. She was the STJ Varsity Cheerleading sponsor for the ‘07-’08 football and basketball seasons. She is married to Matthew Marshall, an environmental coordinator with the AL Dept. of Wildlife and Fresh Water Fisheries. They have a 1-year-old son, Matthew David. Katherine (Reifenberg) Womack and her husband Kristopher Beau Womack live in Montgomery, where she is a Fine Jewelry Consultant with Ware Jewelers and Kristopher is an attorney. Sallye (Jeffcoat) York is an accompanist and piano teacher at Montgomery Academy. She is married to Chris York, a wholesale nursery/ production supervisor at Moore and Davis Nursery in Shorter, AL. The Yorks live in Tuskegee. They welcomed their first child, Vara Elizabeth, in June.

2001 Ann (Wilson) Aman is a community resource coordinator with MACOA and a CAbi Independent Sales Consultant. Her husband Doug Aman is in commercial insurance for HRCA. LLC. Their son Wilson was born in 2009. Emily (Jones) Benton In Jan., Emily and husband Jason relocated to the Birmingham area, where Jason is an engineer with Southern Company. Their daughter Becca was born on Mar. 15, 2011, coming into the world at 7 lbs. 4 oz., and 19 1/2 in. long. Emily and Jason also have two Yorkies, Hummer and Caddy. Beth Briand is a Clinical Pharmacist, working at Wolfson Children’s Hospital/Baptist Health in Jacksonville, FL. Beth serves as the Adult internal Medicine Preceptor for the Pharmacy Practice Residency Program at Baptist Hospital and for pharmacy students from South University, University of Florida, and Palm Beach Atlantic University. She also is a Pharmacology Instructor at Nova Southeastern University’s Physician Assistant Program in Jacksonville, and is the primary instructor for UF’s Pharmacy Technician Training Program. She received the Preceptor of

the Year Award from the University of Florida College of Pharmacy for Inpatient Experiences and achieved Board Certification in Pharmacotherapy (BCPS). Niko Corley Niko is the political director for the Medical Association of the State of Alabama, and wife Sally, is Chief of Staff for Public Service Commissioner Twinkle Cavanaugh. Niko also writes a monthly outdoor column, “Off the Beaten Path,” for Prime Montgomery magazine. Shawn Daugherty and Allie (James) Daugherty welcomed a baby girl on June 4, 2011. Shawn and Allie live in Charlotte, NC where he is a financial consultant with Ernst & Young and she has been teaching second grade. Carey DePasquale graduated from Auburn University in 2005 with a BSBA in Marketing. She was selected to represent the Atlanta Falcons in the 2009 Pro Bowl in Hawaii. Carey is currently a member of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, a position she’s held since 2009. Wells Robinson is the Chief Clerk for the Montgomery County Probate Court, appointed to that position by Montgomery Probate Judge Reese McKinney, Jr. Prior to his Montgomery appointment Well was an attorney with a Tuscaloosa law firm. He passed the Alabama Bar in Feb. 2011, after graduating with a Juris Doctorate and MBA degree from the University of Alabama in December 2010. Wells and Megan Marie Lundgren, of Knoxville, were married in June, 2010. Wells says, “Megan and I are very happy to have the opportunity to return to Montgomery and reconnect with our friends from the Saint James School community.”

Jodie Russell lives in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, where she works for Jackson Hole Real Estate Company. Jodie is engaged to Brent Schaap, who owns a farming and hunting operation in South Dakota, and guides backcountry snowmobile trips in Jackson Hole in the winters, and whitewater trips down the Snake River in the summer. Jodie says, “My life will be getting a whole lot more interesting as I will be traveling back to South Dakota with Brent in the ‘offseasons!’ Can you

alumni believe it was 32 degrees here in Jackson Hole this (June) morning? I hear you guys have been in the 90s! I might trade with you for a day if I could...but I don’t think I could handle that humidity any more!” Abbie Smith works with the traveling nurse program, where she is placed in a variety of ICUs across the U.S., for short periods of time. Abbie says the traveling nurse program is expanding to soon include international placements as well. Suzanna Wasserman lives in Pike Road and works for the American Cancer Society as the Volunteer Coordinator for Montgomery and Autauga Counties.

2002 Laura (Lynch) Ashcom and husband Charles Ashcom live in Huntsville, where she is the Band Director for Westminster Christian Academy and Charles is an electrical engineer. Marshall Darneille moved to Denver, CO in 2006 following graduation from Wake Forest to work for CoBank, ACB (an agricultural Credit Bank) and was transferred to CoBank’s Atlanta office in September 2009. Marshall is currently getting an MBA from the University of GA. Mandy (Jones) Johnson is an Assistant District Attorney for the 19th Judicial Circuit (Autauga, Elmore, and Chilton counties). She is married to Adrian Johnson who was appointed Lowndes Co. District Judge in Dec. 2010. Kale Kirkland graduated Summa Cum Laude from Auburn in 2005, and then enrolled in the University of Mississippi, where he obtained his M.A. in 2008 and his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in May 2011. He interned at the Federal Prison in Fort Worth, Texas. Kale began working with the Montgomery firm of Kirkland & King, Clinical and Forensic Psychologists, PC, in August 2011. He is married to Courtney Shannon Kirkland, an Auburn University graduate who teaches, most recently in kindergarten. Hillary (Ballant) Ryan is a 2006 graduate of Birmingham-Southern College, receiving her BA in English and Creative Writing. She and husband Andrew Ryan live in Birmingham. They welcomed their first child, Catherine, in Feb.

Tyler Sexton graduated from the University of Alabama in 2006 with a B.S. in Finance. He is a Remarketing Agent in Montgomery with W.R. Taylor & Company, LLC. Tyler is married to Tara Gabrielle (Shinholster). Tyler currently coaches the STJ Middle School Boys Basketball team. Cole Simon and wife Elizabeth live in Birmingham, where he is an airline pilot/Captain for Delta Connection. Elizabeth is an architect with Live Design group. They have one child, a daughter, named Lucy.

2003 Alex Howell got his undergraduate degree in Industrial Design from AU and then got his Masters at the University of Central Florida in Interactive Entertainment. He is a video game designer, working for EA Sports. Right now he is working on NCAA 2012 as a lead designer and could not be happier. Alex says this is what he always wanted to do and that he is living “the dream” in Orlando. Hunter Landrum graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law in May and will begin work at Wilmer, Cutler, Pickering, Hale, & Dorr LLP in Washington D.C. in the fall. While a UVa law student, Hunter spent a summer working for Defense Secretary Robert Gates at the Pentagon. Haley Lucido is an Account Executive for Blue Water Broadcasting in Montgomery, encompassing radio stations The Gump 104.9, News Talk 107.9, Q96.1, 97.9 Jamz, and Bama Country 98.9. She previously worked for Montgomery’s Habitat for Humanity and the Ala. Republican Party. Kelli (Sutter) Morgan is a Certified Professional Coder with Jackson Thornton & Company in Montgomery, and Matthew is the Assistant Horticulturist for the City of Prattville. They have a daughter named Grayson. Callie (Lewis) Tubb is married to Stuart Tubb; they live in Decatur, AL. Callie is a client relations technician with Solid Earth, Inc. in Huntsville, and Stuart is a relationship manager with Regions Commercial Banking. Miller (Goodson) Wallace married Grant Wallace in Aug. 2009 and passed the CPA boards in Jan. 2010. She is an accountant with the Retirement Systems of Alabama, while Grant is an accountant with Enterprise Car Rentals. They live in Montgomery.

2004 Ted Brewer and wife Emily live in Anniston where Ted serves in the Army National Guard, fulltime, as a Specialist in Charlie Company 167th Infantry Battalion. Ted says he is scheduled to deploy next April.

Elizabeth Hard is a public relations specialist with Alabama’s Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail & Resort Collection. She lives in Birmingham. Brady (Holt) Harris married Dusty Harris in a May 2010 wedding. She is an accelerated nursing student in the USA School of Nursing in Fairhope, and Dusty is with the Republic National Distributing Company in Jackson, MS. Kristy (Keene) Lytle married Chris Lytle in Dec. 2010 in Las Vegas. They live in the Atlanta area. Chris is an engineer with Uzun & Case. Guy Martin graduated from Jones Law School in 2011, and will be married in Aug. After the wedding, Guy will work for a Tuscaloosa law firm. Ethan Whittington moved to Richmond, VA in Mar., where he accepted a promotion with Dixon Marketing, Inc. as the National Account Manager. Reid Williams and wife Laura live in Tuscaloosa, where he is a registered nurse at Druid City Hospital. Reid was just accepted to UAB’s Nurse Anesthetist Program.

2005 Callie Corley is the producer of WSFA-TV 12’s Today in Alabama, the top-rated morning news show in Central and South Alabama. She began working for WSFA in Jan. 2011 and assumed the producer position in May. When she’s not at Channel 12, Callie’s busy designing layouts for Prime Montgomery magazine. Jordan Kirkland graduated from Auburn University in May of 2009 with a BA in Public Administration. He now resides in Atlanta, and works as an Associate Sales Consultant for Synthes, a surgical implant company that specializes in fracture repair. Jordan is working in their Craniomaxillofacial (CMF) area, covering accounts in Atlanta, Augusta, Macon, Columbus, Gainesville, and Athens, GA. Will Pappas graduated from the University of Alabama with a General Business Degree in 2010. He is working in Birmingham, with Enterprise Rental Car.

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Class of... Caro Louise Savage lives in Montgomery. She completed her degree in May and began a job search in the business/marketing field. She is engaged to Buck Jehle (’02) and planning a February 2012 wedding.

Will Martin was selected as a member of the Jasons, an elite honor society at the University of Alabama. The Jasons recognizes upcoming senior men who have demonstrated excellence in scholarship, leadership, and character.



Rachel Arledge graduated from Appalachian State University with a B.S. in Technical Photography in 2010. She now lives in Frankfort, KY and works for AmeriCorps at Henry County High School as a College Prep Counselor. Rachel plans to attend the University of Louisville in the fall of 2011 to get her Master of ED in Counseling.

Martha-Claire Jones attends Auburn University, Montgomery where she is majoring in English. For fun, she’s keeping up with her music and playing her alto sax in a local band. She is also very involved with improving Montgomery’s cultural atmosphere.

When she’s not working or auditioning, Christina is a part-time nanny for the daughter of Kristen Kirkland ’96 and Bill Sherman. Sean Zeeck graduated in Dec. 2010 with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. He lives in Firestone, CO.

2007 Audrianna Archibald graduated cum laude, with English Departmental Honors, from UAB. With her degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education, she is working with Teach for America, in Alabama. Audrianna was named the Most Outstanding Student in UAB’s School of Education for 2010-11.

Michael Azar graduated from Auburn University in May 2011 with a B.A. in Radio/Television/Film. In spring 2011, he started his own video production company based in Montgomery. Michael says, “I’ve been interested in videography (cinematography specifically) since about the age of 14. I have always been interested in the way a video camera moves throughout its given space to create a shot for anything from consumer videos to television to full-feature films. My ultimate goal is to be a full-time cinematographer, filming movies on the Hollywood scale. It’s just a matter of time before I get there...” Carmen Hollon is teaching first grade at Saint James, beginning in August. Previously, Carmen was a third grade teacher at Daniel Pratt Elementary in Prattville. Christina Johnson has been in NYC since Feb. 3, 2011, when she signed on with a casting company. She has been in several television shows and in two movies, a David Chase film and most recently in Men In Black 3. Christina was in the season finale of Gossip Girls, the pilot of Eden (a show picked up by USA), and the pilot of Prime Suspects (picked up by NBC). She also appears in an episode of Royal Pains.

Fred Paul graduated from Auburn University in May with a BFA in theatre production/ management. Over the summer he is working as the Gift Shop Coordinator for the Texas Shakespeare Festival in Kilgore, TX. In Sept., Fred will start an internship at the Olney Theatre Center in Olney, Maryland, in production management.

2008 Clark Hankins is a senior majoring in Public Administration and playing soccer for the Virginia Commonwealth University Rams (in Richmond). He is also on the President’s Honor Roll at VCU. Clark will begin working on his master’s degree in Public Administration this fall. Kat Jackson played two years of varsity tennis at Birmingham Southern, and also made the Academic All Conference there. After Kat changed her major to nursing, she transferred to the University of Alabama in Dec. Kat was selected for an internship at Children’s Hospital for the summer ’11, to work in nursing with the Burn Unit. Only 50 students were selected from the 475 medical and nursing student applicants. Kat is a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority at Alabama. Christopher Johnson lives in Auburn, where he is a student at AU.

2010 Mazie Bryant just completed her freshman year at the University of Alabama where she is majoring in Journalism. She is a member of Chi Omega sorority and writes for the Crimson White. Over the summer she worked as an intern for Prime Montgomery, writing news items for the monthly magazine, taking pictures, and updating the publication’s online status postings. She also wrote for the 2011 edition of Columns. Kelley Jackson attends the Univ. of Alabama, where she was selected to join Phi Eta Sigma, a Freshman National Honor Society. A Dean’s List student, she is a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority. Kelley’s major is Meeting and Event Planning. During summer ’11 she is working at Wynlakes Country Club, with the club’s event planning department. She will also be doing an event planning internship in spring ‘12 with Disney World. Matt Mardis was one of approximately 20 students selected to participate in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute National Genomics Research Initiative at UAB (Phage Explorations). Only 12 universities nationwide have a similar program. Matt says the work “...involves intense research of bacteria.” Info about the program can be found online. Matt has straight A’s (both semesters) and volunteers at Children’s Hospital or a local nursing home nearly every weekend.

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All former STJ Homecoming Queens were invited “back to school” as part of the 55th Anniversary celebration during Homecoming 2010. The queens were presented with a yellow rose as they were introduced on the field during halftime. Row 1 (l-r): 2003 Queen Lisa Bright; 1995 Queen Anne Harmon Yoder; 2006 Queen Shelly Scott; 2005 Queen Liz Slayton; 2008 Queen Jordan Chambless. Row 2: 1986 Queen Catherine Hodges Edwards; 2004 Queen Callie Corley; 1993 Queen Melissa Kruger Spears; 1980 Queen Sharon Collister Walker; 1976 Queen Joanna Stewart Austin; 1978 Queen Twyla Phelps Williams; 1976 Queen Russell Evans Elebash; and 1987 Queen Erin Clemens Edwards. (Also attending but not pictured: 1992 Queen JoJo Allen Healy; 2007 Queen Rachel Whitney; and 2009 Queen Ashley Burow.) For more Homecoming 2010 pictures, visit STJ’s online photogallery at under Alumni 2010-11.

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