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Saint James School

A P U B L I C AT I O N F O R S T U D E N T S , A L U M N I , A N D F R I E N D S

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The Saint James School faculty believes that a solid education is the most powerful thing someone can possess. A strong educational foundation from Pre-Kindergarten through 12th Grade empowers children to do extraordinary things with their lives. We work diligently to help our students build a

actions impact others. As they develop an ethic

strong and sure educational foundation so that

of responsibility, our students learn to use their

when they go to college they are ready to be

knowledge and talents to solve problems. Saint

leaders in whatever they choose to do. Our

James students learn to serve others and to

graduates often return to visit their alma mater

come together to do something that contributes

and report to us that they are grateful for Saint

to the greater good of our school and community.

James and how we have prepared them to excel

As they develop the virtue of service, our students

in their chosen fields of study and careers.

form the character traits of compassion, empathy,

In their years at Saint James our students receive

and moral courage. In striving for achievement,

challenging academic preparation and hone their skills and abilities through an array of extracurricular programs and other activities. Dr. Larry McLemore Head of School

Saint James students learn how to take on challenges, how to grow from setbacks, and how their decisions and habits shape their character— all from caring and supportive faculty mentors who are dedicated to making a transformational impact in the lives of their students. In all that we do Saint James School aspires to develop the virtues of responsibility, service, and achievement within our students. As we look forward, the central focus guiding the Saint James faculty and staff is how we can best continue to develop young people for lives of responsibility, service, and achievement while preparing our students to make the most of the challenges and opportunities of the future. The lessons of responsibility, service, and achievement that students learn at Saint James are a guide to them as they progress in their education and as they go on to college and beyond. In developing their sense of responsibility, Saint James students learn to be conscientious and to think about how their decisions and

Saint James students learn that simply reaching a personal goal is not the ultimate measure of achievement. Our students develop an understanding that achievement is a growth process: working toward goals and learning lessons about themselves and others as they labor to do something meaningful. Our students learn that an achievement is meaningful only if it is work that will make a positive and lasting difference in the lives of others. Saint James School endeavors to teach our students that there is a larger world beyond our classrooms and our school community. As our students become people who live out the virtues of responsibility, service, and achievement, they create their own sense of purpose to do something with their lives that will leave a lasting legacy for good. It takes a special community, an extended family—the Saint James Family—to build up children who will go forth from our school and create a better future. As we mentor and encourage our students we are filled with both optimism and gratitude for the wonderful things our students are doing today as well as for the hope of tomorrow that we see in our students.

On the Cover Senior Walk is a memorable tradition that marks the beginning of the senior farewell ceremonies.







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Saint James School Editor Lani Ashner Writers Ann Aman (Alumni Notes), Lani Ashner, Susan Atkins, and Contributors

Photographers Lani Ashner, Alecia Brightwell, Shane Cunningham, Hobbie Dees, Total Image, Stephen Poff, Martin Harris, Bryan Hubbard, The Montgomery Advertiser, Suellen Young, and Contributors

Head of School Dr. Larry McLemore,

A family of Trojans! Alum Erin Capilouto Sommer ’97 and Bob Sommer’s children, Eli (’26), Gracie (’24), and Charlie (’33), also known as Mrs. Capilouto’s (Pre-K4 teacher) grandchildren.

Academic Dean

Director of Communications

Susan Atkins

Lani Ashner

Dean of Admissions

Alumni & Development Director

Cathy Pearson

Ann Aman

Director of Advancement

Business Manager

Elizabeth Hawke



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Saint James is an independent, nonsectarian, college preparatory school with a student body broadly representative of collegebound students. We are committed to challenging and assisting students in realizing their individual potential and preparing them for lives of responsibility, service, and achievement.

Saint James Board of Directors Sam Colson, Chair

Greg Miles

Lori Baker

Mark Moody

Jennifer Crumpton

Barry Prim

Michael Gallops

Jeff Rains

Tull Gearreald

Arthur Ray

Andy Grigsby

Nichole Thompson

Michael Jenkins

Trip Walton

Jon Killough

April Wise

Dex McCain

Laura Wright

SHOP THE WOODEN HORSE Stop in the Saint James Gift Shop, The Wooden Horse, in the fifth grade pod of the elementary school. You’ll find great gifts, branded STJ clothing, accessories, and so much more! Typical hours are Monday-Friday, 11am-4pm during the school year.

Columns is published yearly by Saint James School, 6010 Vaughn Road, Montgomery, AL 36116 and is distributed free to alumni, and to parents of students, as well as to other friends of the school. Address changes may be sent to Ann Aman, Alumni and Development Director, 6010 Vaughn Road, Montgomery, AL 36116, or to Saint James School admits students of any race, religion, color, gender, creed, national, and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, gender, creed, national, and ethnic origin in administration of its education policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other schooladministered programs.


Looking Ahead includes Reflecting on the Past While marking the milestone 60th anniversary

of Saint James School, we

celebrate the extraordinary accomplishments and bright futures of our 2016 graduates. Each of these outstanding students worked tirelessly to achieve this moment and are now set to become the

next generation of engineers, doctors, lawyers, teachers, physicists, artists, athletes, and so much more! We wish them all the best on their journey ahead and we look forward to welcoming them back as alumni, back to the halls filled with those who taught them what it truly means when we say,

We Are Saint James School.



Leading the Way Since 1955 S T J w e b . o r g English as a second language (ESL) tutoring provided. Saint James School admits students of any religion, race, color, gender, creed, national, and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.

Recognized by Apple as a distinguished school for innovation, leadership, and educational excellence.

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DUCATING THE WHOLE CHILD From rigorous academics to championship play, each student at Saint James discovers his or her own gifts as they advance through the school’s college preparatory curriculum and array of enrichment and elective opportunities.

What Would You Elect to Do? Throughout elementary school, Saint James students

and expand the students’ mastery of the elective while encouraging

participate in enrichment classes each day. They are

them to continue to explore what interests them.

exposed to the arts—including fine and performing arts

In high school, Saint James students are guided to follow a

and music appreciation; they work in the science lab and hone their skills in the technology lab; they are introduced to Spanish; they develop their cognitive and motor skills through NeuroNet; and they build on their curiosity through their work in the Imagination Station, their handson design lab.

path that not only interests them, but also challenges them intellectually and creatively. From Robotics and Engineering to Music Technology, each elective course provides real-world experience—using real-world tools and resources, and working with industry professionals, while developing valuable

As the students transition to middle school, they are able

skills for the future. These alliances with

to select their elective courses. They may choose to pursue

local and regional colleges, universities,

a creative path in art, chorus, band, or drama—or, they may

and professionals have placed

elect to participate in Knowledge Quest, Invention Convention,

the Saint James electives in a

or Speech and Debate. Each elective is designed to peak

league of their own.

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Building a Legacy of Innovation Long before STEM became a popular acronym for emphasizing the importance of studying science, technology, engineering, and math, the college preparatory programs at Saint James School provided opportunities for students to excel in these areas through classroom and laboratory experiences and cocurricular offerings. In this role as the leader in education in Central Alabama, Saint James was the first independent school to have a competitive robotics team in the area and participate in VEX and B.E.S.T. (Boosting Engineering, Science, and Technology) Robotics competitions. Over the past five years, the STJ Robotics Team has earned numerous statewide awards including Mrs. Eichelberg, the team instructor, receiving the B.E.S.T. Teacher Leadership Award.

Participating in robotics competitions inspires students to pursue careers in STEM fields.



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Designed to Leave an Impression Nurturing and developing student talent is what sets Saint James apart from other schools in the area. The foundation of a comprehensive arts enrichment curriculum begins in elementary school and continues in middle school where art and photography interests are fostered. Students in //// VI SUAL STORYT E L L I N G /////////////////////////

Gen Z: Images Tell the Story Look around, what are the people around you doing? Most likely they are looking at images on their phone or tablet via social media, web browser, or text. The days of texting LOL are gone—replies or posts are a smiley face emoji. But, this shorthand for speaking has actually opened the door for great opportunity. Students today think in images. They have an entire conversation via photos and icons. So, why not harness that creativity and put it to a more…practical use? Students in the Visual Storytelling elective at Saint

high school are guided through art appreciation; they learn to shape their own unique talents of fine artistry, develop graphic design proficiencies, and express their own photographic style. Saint James teachers, Mr. Gunter and Mrs. Shoults, are highly respected art instructors throughout the state of Alabama. They mold and shape the talent of so many Saint James students and their work is consistently recognized on a regional and national stage. The art and photography students are introduced to numerous resources, industry professionals, as well as trade software and other tools that create real-world opportunities for Saint James School graduates.

James view and discuss short films and how the editors fuse words and images together via film making technology. The students use skills in developing their projects that

VENICE by Emily Kent ’17

engage conceptual development, script writing, storyboard design, video filming, and editing—all culminating in a visual presentation of their assignment. This collaborative brainstorming, problem-solving, and project-based work is not the future—it is today. It is now. Step through a gallery of a few projects Mr. Clinton and his students have developed in the Saint James elective, Visual Storytelling.

PERIPHERAL VISION by Taylor Meadows ’16


Trojan Tally, for a comprehensive list of accolades, awards, and other recognition Saint James students received throughout the year.

Third Grade Printmaking

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INDING YOUR VOICE So, your child comes home and tells you they want to be a part of Saint James School Forensics–widely recognized now as Speech and Debate. Do not worry! You are not the only parent who A Skill That Lasts a Lifetime was a bit bewildered at this prospect. Your head is swimming as your child is chattering about “Original Oratory, Dramatic Interpretation, Public Forum Debate, Extemporaneous Speaking, Policy, Congress–Oh, the possibilities are endless!” they tell you, proudly. And, you know what? They are so right!

As a team, the STJ Speech and Debate Team won the Individual Events Sweepstakes and Overall Sweepstakes at the Hoover High School Speech and Debate Tournament in November 2015.


Saint James Speech and Debate Coach, Dr. Ian Turnipseed, and his team travel across the nation making their mark in

NATIONAL CHAMPION Bradley Wascher ’16 earned first place in Extemporaneous Commentary at the National Speech and Debate Tournament in Salt Lake City in June 2016. STJ had several students competing at Nationals including Salena Bulls who earned a Semifinalist title in Impromptu Speaking. In the spring of 2016, at the Tournament of Champions, Bradley was ranked 9th in the nation in Extemporaneous Speaking, and in a separate tournament, the Extemporaneous Speaking Tournament of Champions, Bradley placed 2nd in the nation in Impromptu Speaking and 5th in Extemporaneous Speaking.

the Speech and Debate ranks. They have built a program that produces the best-of-the-best and they have achieved enormous success! Through their efforts, the students have been afforded the opportunity to speak on issues they are passionate about, debate both sides of an issue, and even bring to life published works that touch their souls. Speech and Debate truly is a very structured forum for high school students to express themselves and learn to appropriately use their voice to make a difference in the world. It is inspiring to watch these students navigate their way through a rigorous high school curriculum while spending countless hours in research and preparation in order to compete almost every weekend. In the past four years, seven graduates from Saint James School have attended universities with Speech and Debate scholarships where they continue to refine their communication skills, a skill that will last them a lifetime.

Dr. Ian Turnipseed and the 2015-2016 Saint James School Speech and Debate Team at their end-of-the-year banquet.

Saint James students swept top honors at the Vestavia Hills High School ‘Over the Mountain Classic’ Speech and Debate Tournament in February 2016. As a team, Saint James was awarded First Place Overall at the tournament.


“Oh, the possibilities are endless!”

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ANKED THIRD IN THE NATION, CLASS A MARCHING BAND “Definitely a Fan-Favorite Show This Weekend!” –Seth Bradtmueller, Live Blogger, Bands of America Grand National Competition, November 2015

From the football field on Friday nights to Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, the Saint James Marching Trojans have blazed a trail—unlike any other school band their size. Under the direction of Susan Smith, the Saint James Band combines the talents of high school and middle school students and sets the bar for Class A Bands in the region, and in the nation. During late summer and into the fall, you

band mode, honing their skills to perform

will see the Marching Trojans rehearsing

for local audiences, auditioning for district

their show until the sun begins to set on

and state honor bands, and playing for

their practice field. Drills, sectionals, and

various school functions including Christmas

ensemble run-throughs—they fine-tune

Convocation, Kindergarten Open House,

every step, every colorguard toss, and

and Graduation.

every perfection. When the weekend rolls around, they play at school pep rallies, perform during half-time at home and away football games, and then travel to local, regional, super regional, and national competitions throughout the fall.

Concurrent to concert band season, many of the band members are involved in Winterguard and Drumline competitions. They travel several times during the season to contests around the southeast and leave their mark as skilled performers

When marching season comes to a close,

who are recognized for their memorable

the students move right into concert

talent and unique shows.

Right before competitions and performances, Mrs. Smith preps her students with energy, emotion, and inspiration… “All the trophies and accolades aside, go out there, play your best, and get the audience on their feet. Not for an ovation, but because you moved them, because your performance made an impression on them— because your work touched them. If we can achieve that, we have earned the highest commendation possible.”



“The crowd is going nuts!!!” –Matt Bonfield, Live Blogger, Bands of America Grand National Competition, November 2015

Jack Boucard ’18 and Faulkner Cunningham ’18 performing in Semifinal Competition at Bands of America Grand National Competition, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana. The Saint James Marching Trojans performing at the Jacksonville State University BOA competition, Fall 2015.

Alexandria Seirafi ’17 and Ben Peterson ’20 are among the Advanced Band students who performed at High School Graduation 2016 and other school events throughout the academic year. Stefan Pruitt-Darby ’16 exchanged his trumpet midshow to play in the drumline during every competition this season.

Mallie Taylor ’19 is an accomplished musician and respected leader in the Saint James Band. Rebecca Copeland ’20 danced and played flute during this season’s show ballad.

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SHINING STAR “…We are committed to challenging and assisting students in

realizing their individual potential and preparing them for lives of responsibility, service, and achievement.” – Saint James School Mission Statement

4th Grade, Stars Fell on Alabama

It has been said many times at Back to School Night and other school gatherings, “Every child has gifts and talents, they just open those gifts at different times.” Saint James School is filled with faculty and staff who assist children in discovering their talents and teach them to share their talents with the world. Beginning in pre-school, Saint James students are engaged in stage productions that allow a budding star to take the limelight and also allows a more reserved participant to join the ensemble. The teachers, instructors, and theater director know just how to find that unique spark that is waiting to shine within each child. And that spark appears in many forms—from fine art to music composition, from creative writing to stage performing, from behind the camera directing to sound engineering, the net is cast wide and there is a special spotlight for every child at Saint James School. 2nd Grade, Goin’ Buggy


Pre-K4, Kalendar Kidz

3rd Grade, Let’s Hear it for America

1st Grade, A Barnyard Moosical Pre-K3, Nursery Rhymes

Kindergarten, The Littlest Christmas Tree 5th Grade, American Voices


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It’s not how much we give, but how much Athletics



Tennis Cheerleading

Robotics Drama

Art Volleyball

High School

Tennis CourtsCross


Sunset on the Quad Band

Annual Fund Donations Designated Funds Fall Festival Performing Arts



Capital Improvements


New Band Uniforms Boy's Basketball


Speech & Debate

Elementary School Library

Endowment Girl's Basketball Honorariums Choral Dept Technology Soccer

we put into giving.

–Mother Teresa

Passion for the Saint James School mission starts from the inside, with 100% of faculty and board members giving to GCE (Giving for Continued Excellence) for the 8th consecutive year. To faculty, parents, grandparents, alumni, and friends… Thank You! Each and every gift matters. Your dollars are molding tomorrow’s leaders. Each year, supportive individuals, foundations, and corporations also make very generous gifts that support the outstanding programs at Saint James their










opportunities interwoven into a stellar college preparatory curriculum, at low tuition costs. Thanks in part to these gifts to GCE, Saint James is the only school in the area to offer programs such as:

Full Day and Half Day Pre-K3 and Pre-K4 Classes Middle School Career Week ESL Class, with detailed plan and curriculum Teacher-Directed World Language Rosetta Stone Classes Fourteen Pre-College Major Electives including a Robotics Class & Competing Team Wrestling Team/Equestrian Team/PeeWee and Termite Football & Cheerleading Programs

Giving for Continued Excellence Dear STJ Family and Friends, As a student of Saint James School, I think I always

Each day, Saint James faculty and staff pledge to

knew that I was fortunate. But, in truth, it was passing

work diligently for the education of all, because we

time that highlighted the gift my parents had given

believe in the power of a STJ experience. We love our

me. I had been gifted a stellar and rigorous education

campus, history, passionate teachers, and remarkable

that nurtured and molded me into the adult I am

students. We cherish our traditions while still plowing

today. The foundation of a comprehensive education


wrought upon a mixture of time-tested principles and

methods. We recognize and truly treasure what it

innovative thought, provided an invaluable experience:

means to be a Trojan. We love Saint James School,

a first-class education that would prepare me for all

and it is evident by the remarkable impact made on

that came next in life.

the education of our youth.

But, there was one thing I never truly understood—

This year, I will proudly join the ranks as a Saint

the countless people to which I owed my thanks. It

James parent. Through my daughter’s eyes, I will

took many more than my parents. It took the entire

witness the kindness and vigor of every teacher, the

Saint James community. Truly, it takes a village to

smile and determination of every student, and further

raise a child.

come to fully understand the value of each school

“Committed to challenging and assisting students in






volunteer and financial gift.

realizing their individual potential and preparing them

Thank you to all who have and continue to give time,

for lives of responsibility, service, and achievement,”

talents, and monetary gifts to Saint James. The 2015-

Saint James works diligently to fully develop each

2016 school year was marked by great celebration,

child’s individual potential. It requires passionate,

pride in community, and pronounced generosity. And,



it was my privilege to stand beside you during my

administration; and countless, invaluable donors who

first year as the Director of Advancement. Together

believe in the significance of our mission.

we are making a difference, and I look forward with




great hope to the future!

Elizabeth Thompson Hawke, Class of 2002 Director of Advancement


Saint James School

ONTRIBUTORS J U LY 1 , 2 0 1 5 – J U N E 3 0 , 2 0 1 6

Giving for Continued Excellence (GCE) Thank you to the following parents, grandparents, friends, businesses, and organizations for their support of the 2015-2016 Annual Fund Drive and Endowment Fund. This list reflects gifts received from July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016. “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, 2015.

Headmaster’s Circle ($50,000+)

Anonymous Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham

GOLD ($10,000+)

Mr. and Mrs. Garnet Turner (HS)

BLUEandGOLD ($5,000+) Gulf State Distributors, Inc. Dr. and Mrs. Reza Seirafi Mr. and Mrs. Trip Walton Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Warner

Trojan Alabama Artificial Limb & Orthopedic Service Anonymous (2) Mr. and Mrs. Dale Alexander Ms. Lori Baker Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Barna Mr. and Mrs. Ty Beasley Mr. and Mrs. Michael Beck Big Cedar Education Foundation Dr. Lamenda Blakeney Capitol Container Corporation Mr. Henry D. Cobb Dr. and Mrs. Bob Coggin (HS) Mr. and Mrs. Lee Coon Mr. Loyd Daniel Mr. and Mrs. Donald Deemer Dr. and Dr. Tim Doles


Dr. and Mrs. Bob Engles

Dr. and Mrs. Larry McLemore

Lt. Col and Mrs. Glenn Taylor

Mr. and Mrs. Jack Galassini (HS)

Mr. Andrew and Dr. Melissa McNally

The Pantry, Inc.

Mr. and Mrs. Tull Gearreald (HS)

Mr. and Mrs. Randy McNeill

The Wright Bargain

Dr. and Mrs. Rick Graves

Mr. and Mrs. Greg Miles

Mr. and Mrs. George Thompson, III

Mr. and Mrs. Shirald Hendrix (HS)

Mr. and Mrs. Mark Moody

Turner & Eaves Insurance Agency

Dr. and Mrs. George Hipp

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates

Dr. and Mrs. Jeff Underwood

Mr. Jeff Holloway Dr. and Mrs. Tim Holt Mr. and Mrs. Ragan Ingram Dr. and Mrs. Matthew Johnson Mr. and Mrs. Bill Kennedy (HS) Mr. and Mrs. George Kent Mr. and Mrs. Steve Kermish (HS) Mr. and Mrs. Jon Killough Mr. and Mrs. Jamie Loeb

Mr. Arthur Ray and Judge Kelli Wise Regions Financial Corporation (MGC) Dr. and Mrs. Bill Richardson ServisFirst Bank Mr. and Mrs. Landis Sexton Mr. and Mrs. Kwangjin Shin Judge and Mrs. Burt Smithart

Mr. and Mrs. Navan Ward, Jr. Wells Fargo Foundation (MGC) Mr. John and Dr. Lisa Williams Mr. and Mrs. Frank Woodson Mr. and Mrs. Brandt Wright Mr. and Mrs. Larry Wright (HS) Mr. and Mrs. Scott Wright

Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Stallings

Mr. and Mrs. Gip Meadows

Patron I


Mr. and Mrs. Steve Adams

Mr. Wayne and Col. Judy Dailey (HS)

Mr. and Mrs. Keith Maddox

Mr. and Mrs. Wells Robinson

Mrs. Lori Akers (HS)

David and Leslie Marcus Foundation

Dr. and Mrs. David Marcus

Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Rodgers

Alabama Steel Supply

Dempsey & Russell

Ms. Karen Materna

Mr. and Mrs. Larry Schilling


Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Duncan, Sr.

Mr. and Mrs. Jim Mathews

Sexton Tire Pros

Mr. and Mrs. Bill Atkins, Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. Chuck Edwards (HS)

Mr. and Mrs. Joe McGilberry (HS)

Mr. and Mrs. Brad Sharpe (HS)

Auburn University Greek Life Organizations

Mrs. Margaret Fitzpatrick (HS)

Mr. and Mrs. Larry McLemore

Mr. and Mrs. Eric Shiffer

Col. and Mrs. Kevin Foley

Mr. and Mrs. James McLendon

Mr. and Mrs. Ron Skoneki (HS)

Mr. Arthur and Dr. Margaret Frawley

Montgomery Dentistry

Mr. and Mrs. Scott Skoneki

Mrs. Barbara Freedman

Mrs. Linda Morgan (HS)

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Smith

Mr. and Mrs. Michael Fritz

Morgan Stanley Matching Gifts Program (MGC)

Southern School Uniforms

Mr. and Mrs. Mike Bailey Bond, Botes, Shinn & Donaldson, PC Mr. and Mrs. Robby Brantley Mr. and Mrs. Tom Broughton Mr. and Mrs. Ken Buce Mr. and Mrs. Winton Bush (HS) Capell & Howard Mr. and Mrs. Larry Capilouto (HS) Capitol Chevrolet, Inc. Capitol Hyundai Carr, Riggs & Ingram Mrs. Pat Cherry

Mr. and Mrs. William Furr Mr. and Mrs. Michael Gallops Dr. and Mrs. John Geis Mr. and Mrs. Chris Goff Mr. and Mrs. Andy Grigsby Mr. and Mrs. Steve Griswold Mr. and Mrs. Chris Hagen Mrs. Janice Henderson (HS)

Mr. and Mrs. David Morris (HS) Mr. and Mrs. Lou Mullikin Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Oakley Col. and Mrs. Charlie Ohliger Dr. and Mrs. Bryan Oliver Mr. and Mrs. Ed Parish Mr. and Mrs. Joel Pearson Mr. and Mrs. Michael Prickett

Chevron Corporation (MGC)

Hill, Hill, Carter, Franco, Cole and Black, PC

Dr. and Mrs. Juan Chung

Mr. and Mrs. David Hughes

Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Rains

Colonial Insurance Agency

Mr. and Mrs. Dean Irving (HS)

Raycom Media

Mr. and Mrs. Sam Colson

Mr. and Mrs. Minchan Kang

Mr. and Mrs. Eric Rice

Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Crumpton

Mr. and Mrs. Dave Kreischer

Mrs. Joyce M. Rice (HS)

Dr. and Mrs. Shane Cunningham

LPL Financial (MGC)

Mr. and Mrs. Harold Richardson (HS)

Mrs. Christy Pruitt-Haynes

Stallings & Sons, Inc. Dr. and Mrs. Drew Stanton Mr. and Mrs. Charles Stults (HS) Mr. and Mrs. Rudon Taylor (HS) Mr. Tim Taylor Mr. Robert and Dr. Nichole Thompson Mrs. Bea Walton (HS) Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Webb Mr. Mikal Webb Ms. Tatyana Webb Dr. and Mrs. Tom Whisenhunt Drs. Penn and Lori White

Patron II


Mr. and Mrs. Gus Adair

Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell Dubina, Sr.

Mr. and Mrs. Joel Kelly

Ms. Judy B. Pate

A&G Appliance Recovery

Mr. and Mrs. John Dugan

Mr. and Mrs. Jim Kennedy

Mr. and Mrs. James Peterson

Mr. and Mrs. Richard H. Allen

Dunn & Schreiber Orthodontics

Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Kim

Mr. and Mrs. Scott Phillips

Mr. Ahmed K. Alshabibi

Mr. and Mrs. Kendall Dunson

Mr. and Mrs. Tae Ho Kim

Mr. Neal Posey, Jr.

Mr. William T. Anderson

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Edmondson

Mr. and Mrs. Pete Knight

Mr. and Mrs. Barry Prim

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Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Edwards

Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Knox

Dr. and Mrs. Jim Rabon

Mr. and Mrs. Brad Armagost

Drs. Robert and Phyllis Engles

Drs. Alex and Susan Kreher

Mr. Steve Rader

Mr. and Mrs. Rick Arnold

Mr. and Mrs. Brandon Essig

Mr. Jerald Labovitz

Mr. and Mrs. Gary Raines

Mr. and Mrs. Nick Ashner

Mr. and Mrs. Tod Etheredge

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Lamon

Mr. and Mrs. Todd Rampy

Mr. and Mrs. Zack M. Azar

Ms. Paula Evans

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lane

Mr. and Mrs. Radney Ramsey

Mr. and Mrs. Joey Barton

Mr. and Mrs. Gregg Everett

Mr. and Mrs. Hunter Lewis

Mr. and Mrs. Davis Rees, Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. Lee Barton

Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Fain

Mr. and Mrs. Jinsoon Lim

Mr. and Mrs. Paul Register

Mr. and Mrs. Zach Beard

Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Faulkner

Mr. and Mrs. Mark Limbers

Mr. and Mrs. Ed Reifenberg

Mr. and Mrs. Tony Bernardi

Mr. and Mrs. Phil Festoso

Mr. and Mrs. Billy Livings

Mr. and Mrs. Bill Richardson

Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Blancett

Drs. Nathan and Jessaka Fife

Mr. David Long

Ms. Renee Richardson

Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Blankenship

First Tennessee Foundation (MGC)

Mr. and Mrs. Gerry Love

Mr. and Mrs. Will Roark

Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Bleiberg

Mr. and Mrs. Tim Fitzpatrick

Mr. and Mrs. Keith Lucky

Drs. Michael and Heidi Rosenberg

Mr. and Mrs. Partick Bond

Ms. Darby Forrester

Mr. and Mrs. David Maddox

Mr. and Mrs. David Rudd

Mr. and Mrs. Bradley Braswell

Mr. Ben and Dr. Michelle Freeman

Mr. and Mrs. Gerry Madore

Mr. and Mrs. Mark Sadie

Mr. and Mrs. James Braye

Mr. and Mrs. Joe Gary, III

Ms. Claudia Mann

Dr. and Mrs. Michael Samotowka

Mr. and Mrs. Bob Brow

Ms. Rosanna Gensini

Mr. and Mrs. Roger Marshall

Mr. and Mrs. Garrett Saucer

Mr. and Mrs. Jim W. Brown

Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Gilliland

Mr. and Mrs. James Martin, Jr.

Mr. Bob Scarth

Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Browning

Ms. Debbie Gipson

Mr. and Mrs. Peter Mascolo

Mr. and Mrs. Carson Schilling

Dr. and Mrs. Frank Buckner

Mr. and Mrs. Ray Glaze

Mr. and Mrs. Tripp Mauldin

Mr. and Mrs. Clarence W. Scott, Jr.

Dr. and Mrs. Harrell Bullard

Mr. Philip and Dr. Michelle Goodwyn

Lt. Col. and Mrs. Dexter McCain

Mrs. Martha Scott

Ms. Elizabeth Burt

Mr. and Mrs. Paul Griggs

Mr. and Mrs. Willard McIlwain

Mr. and Mrs. Terry Sharp

Mr. and Mrs. Joe Cantrell

Mr. and Mrs. Hunter Groce

Mr. and Mrs. Innes McIntyre, IV

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Shepard

Mr. and Mrs. Nigel Card

Mr. and Mrs. Drew Gunn

Mr. and Mrs. Michael McLendon

Mr. and Mrs. Stan Sherlin

Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Carr

Mr. and Mrs. James D. Gunter

Rev. and Mrs. Tim Meadows

Dr. and Mrs. Sheridan Shirley

Mr. and Mrs. Rod Cater

Ms. Betty Hall

Mr. and Mrs. Todd Meadows

Mr. and Mrs. Guy Shores

Ms. Martha Cavanaugh

Mr. Nelson Hall

Mr. and Mrs. Craig Miller

Mr. and Mrs. Ben Shoults

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Chinoski

Mr. and Mrs. J.B. Hardaway

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Miller

Mr. and Mrs. Rod Simmons

Mr. and Mrs. Eric Christie

Mr. and Mrs. Martin Harris

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Miller, Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. Harry Simon

Ms. Vicky Christie

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LEADERSHIP Leading the Way since 1955 2016 Youth Volunteer of the Year, HandsOn River Region Auburn University Summer Science Institute Participant One of only fourteen recipients selected Bridge Builders 13 Members Easter Seals Central Alabama Volunteer of the Year Exchange Club of Montgomery National Youth of the Year Both Montgomery recipients from Saint James School Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Award Two Recipients University of Alabama Honors College Capstone Leadership Academy Two Recipients YMCA IPRYL Big Buddy of the Year YMCA Youth Judicial, Major League Number Two Prosecution Team in the State

If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.

—Henry David Thoreau

YMCA Youth Legislature 2016 First Year Presiding Officer, Delegate to Conference on National Affairs, and 2017 Senate Pro Temp Elect; 2016 Assistant Secretary of State and 2017 Secretary of State Elect; Director of Transportation; 2017 First Year Presiding Officer Elect; Editor-in-Chief of Conference Publication; 9 House Representatives, and 5 Lobbyists




ACADEMICS $4.5 million in merit-based college scholarships awarded to the 61-member senior class in addition to one Commended National Merit winner and 16 Advanced Placement Scholars

Saint James students consistently score above the national average on college admissions tests. Recent results include a Saint James student with a perfect score in both the mathematics and writing subtests of the SAT and a student with a perfect score in the mathematics subtest of the ACT.

TEAMS State Competition (Tests of Engineering Aptitude Mathematics and Science) 1st Place—9th & 10th Grade Team (National Competition Qualifier) 1st Place—11th & 12th Grade Team (National Competition Qualifier) Purple Comet Mathematics Competition 1st Place in State Small School Division 2nd Place Overall in State Personal Finance Challenge STJ Team of 4 High School Students Ranked in the Top 7% in State Competition Middle School Science Olympiad State Champions Green Generation

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VEX Robotics 1st Place, Enterprise VEX Robotics State Qualifier

Tournament of Champions Forensics Semifinalist District Speech & Debate Champions First Place, Individual Events Team 8 Qualifiers for National Tournament State Speech & Debate Tournament 3 Individual State Champions //// MATH E M AT I C S & SC I EN C E //////////////////////// Auburn Mathematical Puzzle Challenge 1st Place Team (4th Consecutive Year) Alabama Statewide Mathematics Competition 1st Place Team, Comprehensive Written Contest, District VI 2nd Place Team, Comprehensive Written Contest, State 2nd Highest Individual Score in the State (Division 2 Schools) 2nd Place Team, Geometry Written Contest, District VI 5th Place Team, Geometry Written Contest, State 2nd Place Team, Ciphering Competition, State

War Eagle BEST (Boosting Engineering, Science, and Technology) Robotics 1st Place, SolidWorks CAD Design Award 2nd Place, Marketing Presentation 3rd Place, BEST Award (3rd Place Overall) //// WOR LD LA N GUAGE S ///////////////////////////// National Spanish Exam Four Bronze Medal Winners Two Honorable Mention Recipients National French Contest, Le Grand Concours Gold Medal Winner, Native-Speaker Category Silver Medal Winner Two Bronze Medal Winners Two Honorable Mention Recipients



Davis Daniel ’16, recognized as one of the top high school pitchers in the nation, was offered a scholarship to play baseball at Auburn University. Davis tied the all-time Saint James School Strikeout Record held by Taylor Thompson with 137 strikeouts in a season.

ATHLETICS 75% of students in grades 7-12 participated in interscholastic teams in 2015-2016 //// VAR SI TY BASE BA L L ///////////////////////////////// Class 4A Area 4 Champions Capital City Conference Champions AHSAA Class 4A State Tournament Quarterfinalist FCA Jason Armstrong Tournament Red Division Champions 2016 Montgomery Advertiser Class 1A-4A All-Metro Team Player of the Year, Coach of the Year, 5 Players, & 1 Honorable Mention //// BASKE TBAL L ///////////////////////////////////////// Class 1A-4A All-Metro Boys Player of the Year All State Second Team, Boys, 1 Player All Regional Tournament Team, Boys, 2 Players Area 4 Tournament Team, Boys, 2 Players 4A Area 4 Champions, Regular Season, Varsity Girls 1A-4A All-Metro Second Team, 1 Member, Varsity Girls 1A-4A All-Metro Honorable Mention, 1 Player, Varsity Girls

In its first season ever, the PeeWee Girls Basketball program had 21 girls participate in grades 3-6. The 7-week season began in mid-September and ended early November. The league is expanding in 2016 to include 2nd grade girls.

Capital City Conference Champions Junior Varsity Girls Middle School Girls //// C R OSS COU NT RY //////////////////////////////////// Montgomery Advertiser All-Metro Team, 2 Members Cross Country State Competition, 13 Qualifiers //// TR AC K & FI E L D ////////////////////////////////////// 2016 All Metro Girls Track and Field Team, 1 Member continued on next page >



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ARTS 100% of students in grades 9-12 participate in a visual or performing arts program at STJ

State Playoffs, Varsity

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All State Team, 1 Player

Alabama Arts Council District II Competition 1st Place, 3-D

All Metro Team, 4 Players //// TE NNI S //////////////////////////////////////// State Runner Up, Girls #2 Doubles State Champions, Girls #1 Doubles State Runner Up, Girls #5 and #6 Singles State Runners Up, Girls 3 Sectional Singles Champions, Girls Sectional #3 Doubles Champions, Girls //// VOL L E Y BA L L ///////////////////////////////// Class 4A State Runner-Up, Varsity South Super Regional Champions, Varsity Class 4A, Area 4 Champions, Varsity 4A All State Tournament Team, 2 Members AHSAA All-Metro First Team, 2 Members AHSAA All-Metro Honorable Mention, 3 Members AHSAA All-Metro Coach of the Year //// SOCC E R /////////////////////////////////////// 2016 All Metro Girls Soccer Team 1 Member & 3 Honorable Mentions

MJ Melendez ’17 was selected to play in the Under Armour All-American game at Wrigley Field in Chicago. The game was broadcast July 2016.

Alabama National Fair High School Art Show 1st Place, Watercolor 1st Place, Printmaking 1st Place, Sculpture, High School 1st Place, Sculpture, Junior High School Alabama National Fair Photography Show Best Of Show and Four 1st Place Winners Alabama Statewide Student Juried Art Exhibition at UAB Best Of, Painting “Doing Our Own Thing” High School Art Show 1st Place, Digital Art 1st Place, Mixed Media 1st Place, Printmaking 1st Place, Sculpture Double Exposure, Tuscaloosa Best Of Show Award of Excellence Photography/Graphic Design Scholastic Art and Writing 3 Gold Keys Scholastic Southeast Regional Art Awards 2 Gold Keys


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2015 All-District Band 9 Members (4 High School & 5 Middle School) Alabama Bandmasters Music Performance Assessment Overall Superior Rating Alabama Bandmasters District 6 Solo and Ensemble 40 Solo Superior Ratings Mill Creek High School Indoor Winter Guard SAPA Contest 1st Place Class AAA SAPA Indoor Percussion Flowery Branch High School Contest 1st Place Percussion, Novice SAPA Indoor Percussion Championships 1st Place Percussion, Novice //// CHOR A L /////////////////////////////////////////////// All State Choir, 2 Members High School SATB (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass) Choir, 2 Members Alabama All State Choral Festival, 2 Members Alabama Choral Assessment High School and Middle School, Scores of Excellence and Superior

Jacksonville State University Bands of America Regional Competition 1st Place, Class A Outstanding Music, General Effect, and Marching

District Trumbauer Theater Competition, 3 Superior Scores

McEachern High School Marching Invitational Silver Division Winner 1st Place, Class A, AA, and AAA

State Trumbauer Theater Competition 3 Competitors One 3rd Place Winner, Dramatic Male Solo Varsity

Spain Park Contest 1st Place Class A, AA, and AAA Band 1st Place Class A Colorguard, Percussion, and Drum Majors 2015 All-State Band 1 Member, 3rd Chair, White All State Band

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feature ASICS OF STEM and STEAM AT SAINT JAMES SCHOOL Long before STEM became a popular acronym for emphasizing the importance of studying science, technology, engineering, and math, the

By Mrs. Susan Atkins, Saint James School Academic Dean

college preparatory programs at Saint James School provided opportunities for students to excel in these areas through classroom and laboratory experiences and co-curricular offerings. Prior to the more recent movement to include the “arts� into the paradigm, resulting in STEAM, Saint James School understood the merits of an arts education and teachers integrated the arts into every classroom using the guidelines provided by the Comprehensive Arts Education movement.


Content and skill acquisition in STEAM disciplines, as well as in other essential areas such as English, history, and world languages, has always been part of the mission-driven focus at Saint James.

STEAM learning is important for the content areas that it

All Saint James School graduates benefit in many ways from

addresses, but it is equally significant in helping students

STEAM rigor in grades PreK-3 though 12. College admissions,

develop and practice essential skills. Among the ideas shared

scholarship dollars, admission into special programs, and

by both STEM and STEAM philosophies is the belief that the

course placement at the college level are often tied to

ability to engage in critical thinking, creativity and innovation,

demonstrated competencies in STEAM areas. The benefits of a

and collaboration are key ingredients required to fuel innovation

STEAM rich college preparatory education extend to all

and lead to creative solutions for real world problems. Content

students regardless of their final career choices. The

and skill acquisition in STEAM disciplines, as well as in other

challenging learning environment at Saint James School

essential areas such as English, history, and world languages,

opens many doors for graduates and prepares them to excel

has always been part of the mission-driven focus at Saint

at the college level.

James. The Saint James elementary design lab, the Imagination Station, epitomizes an environment in which students are encouraged to develop and practice skills and thought processes associated with STEAM philosophy. The lab is dedicated to fostering “design thinking� and encourages students to use an intentional process to solve problems. This creative environment encourages critical thinking skills, problem-solving skills, creativity, innovation, and collaborative learning.



community AINT JAMES TROJANS FOR LIFE! For over 60 years, Saint James School has touched the life of each individual child, every parent, and every teacher who has been a part of the Saint James family.

Saint James celebrated its Inaugural Trojan Day in April 2016. All students, Pre-K3 through 12, participated in the school-wide “field day.�

Building on our great tradition, we eagerly anticipate our role for the future. // Always looking forward. // And reaching higher. // Achieving goals. // And celebrating the talents of each child.



Fall Festival is a great October evening of rides, baked goods, games, and so much more for the entire Saint James community.

Sunset on the Quad is an annual spring tradition at Saint James—bringing everyone together in support of the various groups on campus—while enjoying live music, dinner, and a fabulous silent auction.

Crowning the Homecoming Queen is always a special moment for the Saint James family. Homecoming isn’t just for high school students—there is fun for everyone!




E LOVE TO WELCOME OUR ALUMS BACK TO CAMPUS! Graham Norwood ’12 and Carlyn Watson ’12 were guests of the Saint James Admissions Office at a luncheon this spring for the STJ Ambassadors. As guest speaker, Graham reflected on his years as a War Eagle Plainsman (Auburn University’s Ambassador program) including the high honor it is to be chosen as a group’s ambassador while recognizing the commitment you are making to serve. Graham gave an inspiring charge to the students to carry with them in the years to come—a charge very meaningful to both the underclassmen and seniors.


JEFFREY BRENNER (’82) lives in

husband, Dave are celebrating 10 years of

Jamaica, VT. He owns and operates Stone

marriage this year and continue to reside

Boat Farm Bed and Breakfast. Jeffrey is

in NW Ohio with their children, Andrew

also VP Sales and Customer Development

and Rachel, and grandsons, Easton and

for Pelucida Glass, LLC.

Tanner. Laura is the Gifted Intervention Specialist for the gifted and talented program at Bowling Green City Schools in Bowling Green, OH. She is a member of the Ohio Association for Gifted Children where she serves as the NW Ohio Teacher Division representative and a presenter for the association’s

GOLDIE (GRUBBS) BURKHOLDER (’87) lives in Mobile with her husband Chris and their two children, Bailey (11th grade) and Collin (7th grade). Chris is the Vice President of Burkholder Insurance Group, Inc.

conferences in the fall and spring. She is currently enrolled at Bowling Green State University in the Master of Education in Curriculum and Teaching program. In January of 2015, Laura’s father, founder and former STJ Band Director, Deland Vitty, passed away in Montgomery at the age of 85. Laura and her sister, Jennie, are appreciative of all the donations made to the Saint James Band program in his memory, and welcome future donations in his memory.

LISA (BELCHER) HUGHES (’87) is a two year survivor of her second battle with breast cancer. Lisa began working at Autauga Academy as the junior and senior high Computer Science teacher in August 2015. She and her daughter, Lauren, received their First Degree Level 1 Black Belts from Crutchfield’s Tiger Rock Martial Arts in Prattville, AL in February 2016.

Editor’s Note: Class notes are submitted by alumni and are not verified by the editor. While we welcome class news, Columns is not responsible for information contained in class notes.


BEN FREEMAN (’88) lives in Dothan, AL with his wife, Dr.

KATIE JACKSON (’01) teaches Spanish at Tallassee High School.

Michelle Freeman, and their two daughters, Mary Lynn and

Her daughter, Kenzie, will be in first grade in the fall.

Anna Beth. Ben is the Director at AIM Group. Michelle is a Pediatric Physician at the Dothan Pediatrics Clinic.

SUZANNA WASSERMAN (’01) joined The Shoppes at EastChase in November

KEVIN LEWIS (’91) lives in Centerton, AR with his wife, Nicole,

2015 as the Marketing Manager. She is

and two children, Matthew (7) and Carolyn (5). Kevin works for

responsible for marketing, communication,

Walmart as the Director of Global Customer Insights and Analytics.

and business development efforts of the shopping center. Prior to joining The

TIM STALEY (’93) lives in Las Cruces, NM with his wife and daughter. Tim is a high school English teacher, poet, and publisher. In April 2016 he released his poetry collection, Lost on My Own Street.

Shoppes at EastChase, she was the Marketing Director for Eastdale Mall, Distinguished Events Specialist for the American Cancer Society, as well as the Program Coordinator for Leadership Development at the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce. Suzanna is very involved in the Montgomery community—she currently holds leadership positions with the Junior League of Montgomery,

BO HOLT (’99) married Lisa Reilly in October 2015 and they

Child Protect, a Child Advocacy Center, and the American

live in Montgomery. He works for the Alabama Department of

Advertising Federation. She has also served on the Community

Corrections with their Information Systems and Lisa is a Graphic

Council for the River Region United Way, Junior Executive

Designer with Publications Press.

Board for the American Cancer Society, Rebuilding Together Board, and founded the World Adult Kickball Association in

JASON SMOKER (’99) and his wife Rachal live in Panama

Montgomery in 2011.

City Beach, FL. Jason is the Co-Owner and Senior Associate at Counts Real Estate Group, Inc.

KYLE WHITTINGTON (’01) and his wife, Ragan, celebrated the birth of their daughter, Lila Blake Whittington, in November.

CAROLINE (DOGGETTE) BISHOP (’01) is the Director of Sales and Marketing at The Brennity at Daphne, a Sagora Senior Living Property. She and her husband, Ron, live in Fairhope, AL with their two children, Catherine Kennedy (6) and Avery (who will be 1 in September).

Kyle is a Certified Financial Planner and recently became an owner of the independent wealth management firm, Meld Financial, Inc. in Birmingham, AL. Ragan recently completed her PhD in Marriage & Family Therapy. Kyle and Ragan live in Vestavia Hills, AL.

While Dr. McLemore was in Washington, D.C. this winter with the Saint James 8th graders, he met up with area Saint James alums! What a fun evening with (back l-r) Robin Lewis ’08, George (Buddy) Handey ’02, Robert Bivins ’99, Justin Bogie ’02, Dr. McLemore ’00, Richard Labovitz ’08, Jonathan Carr ’96; (front l-r) Jennie Mills ’97, Meagan Ashner ’14, Dan Mangis ’93, and Haley Wilson ’09.




DANIEL DAVENPORT (’03) and his wife, Emily, live in

TYLER MARDIS (’10) graduated in Pediatric Nursing from UAB.

Montgomery. Daniel is the Vice President of Operations of To

He is currently working at Children’s Hospital in Birmingham

Your Health Sprouted Flour Company.

while beginning the Master’s of Nursing Program at UAB.

HUNTER LANDRUM (’03) moved from Washington, D.C. to

AMY SHANNON (’10) is a second year Ph.D. student in

New York City in November of 2015 to serve as Vice President

Carnegie Mellon University’s Human Computer Interaction Institute.

and Government Affairs Counsel of Two Sigma Investments, a New

In addition to taking classes in design, computer science, and

York-based hedge fund. He married Christina Sample in October

behavior and social psychology, she also conducts research on

2015 and they reside in the West Village area of Manhattan.

education technologies. For her most recent project, she designed and implemented a peer feedback system that allows

ROBIN LEWIS (’08) is a research analyst with the Center for Technology Innovation in the Governance Studies Program at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. Currently, she is working with a nonresident

students to provide feedback to their peers during in-class student presentations. This work was recently submitted to the ACM’s SIGCHI conference. She enjoys the chilly Pittsburgh winters, playing ultimate frisbee, and acting in musicals produced by a group of computer science graduate students.

senior fellow, John D. Villasenor, and the founding director of the Center for

KARA KIRKLAND (’11) graduated from

Technology Innovation, Darrell M. West, on a multi-year project

the University of Hartford Art School in

in the area of global financial inclusion. Work co-authored by

Hartford, CT. She majored in sculpture,

Robin was featured in the blog of Bill Gates among the “Top 6

focusing on making experimental costumes

Good-News Stories of 2015.” Gates explains his “short list” as

in video and performance art working with

the global news stories he felt were most positive for the year.

musicians and dancers. She interned in New

Story #5, “Mobile Banking Exceeds Our Optimistic Projections,”

York for the designer for Sesame Street, who

references findings from the Brookings Institution’s 2015

then brought her to the Broadway show he was designing for,

Financial and Digital Inclusion Project (FDIP) Report and

Honeymoon in Vegas. She also interned for designer Paul Harris

Scorecard, co-authored by Robin.

on the Broadway show Doctor Zhivago. She currently lives in New York, NY and works as the Production Assistant to the Costume

JANE MARIE HUTCHESON (’09) lives in New York, NY and teaches First Grade at DREAM Charter School.

Designer, Cat Thomas, of the USA Network show, Mr. Robot. Mr. Robot won the Golden Globe for Best Dramatic Series. Kara stays very busy with work and hopes to be a costume designer one day.

SEAN MCKINNEY (’11) graduated Cum Laude from the University of Alabama with a BS in Mathematics and a minor in Economics. He is attending graduate school and working

JENNY LEWIS (’10) has been in

towards a Master’s in Business Analytics. He was awarded a

Washington D.C. since September 2015

Graduate Research Assistant position and assigned to Hudson

working for Anzalone Lizst Grove Research.

Alpha as an Economic Development Intern in Huntsville, AL.

While in D.C., she is also pursuing a Master of Public Policy degree at George Washington University.

MAGGIE PAUL (’11) graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Alabama in the summer of 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography and Religious Studies. She recently

MATT MARDIS (’10) started medical school at the University

moved to Atlanta, GA where she will be serving as a Youth Ministry

of Alabama at Birmingham in January 2016.

Intern for the next two years at the Cathedral of St. Philip.


AUSTIN MEADOWS (’12) graduated Magna Cum Laude as an Honors Scholar from Auburn University in May 2016

Memorials //// BRONWYN BELCHER PRESCOTT ’88 ////////

with a BS in Biomedical Sciences and a

Bronwyn passed away

minor in Business Administration. He was


accepted into the University of Alabama



from complications of

at Birmingham School of Dentistry and began July 2016.

Bicuspid Aortic Valve replacement


While at Saint James,

RICHARD SEEBER (’12) graduated from the University of

Bronwyn was involved

Alabama in May 2016 with a BS in Biology and a BA in German

in a variety of activities

language and literature. He moved to Birmingham, AL in July

including the French

to attend the University of Alabama at Birmingham School

Club, Band, Majorettes,

of Medicine.

Anchor Club, Student Council, and much more. One of her mother’s fondest memories

EVELYN STROH (’12) had the incredible opportunity to study

of Bronwyn at Saint James was her role as Miss Johnson in the

abroad with Semester at Sea in the fall of 2014. With 700

play Harvey. Bronwyn was also named Miss Bibb County.

students from around the world on the cruise ship the M. V. Explorer, she embarked on a four-month tour of sixteen

//// NOLAN FIELDS ’15 ////////////////////////////////

different countries including Russia, Morocco, and Cuba. While


traveling, she discovered she wanted to pursue her dream of



February 20, 2016 after

being in the fashion industry. In August 2015, she was admitted

a battle with Non-

to the fashion marketing program at Parsons, The New School

Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

for Design located in New York City. Currently in her second

Saint James was a very

semester, she interns for Italian fashion house Giorgio Armani.

special part of Nolan’s life—his favorite subject

HAYDEN MEADOWS (’14) has been

was history and he was

accepted into the Bachelor of Science in

very involved at school.

Nursing Program at Troy University on the

He played football and basketball, served as

main campus in Troy, Alabama and will begin August 2016.

freshman and sophomore class president, and served as vicepresident his junior and senior years. He was involved in Student Y Youth Legislature and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Nolan was also voted Prom King his senior year and honored with the Principal’s Award, which is now recognized as the Nolan Fields Memorial Principal’s Award.

Local alums Allison Dart ’05, Colleen Forreer ’05, Jordan Kirkland ’05, Leah Thomas ’05, and Saint James Dean of Admissions Cathy Slaton Pearson ’76 gathered at a cool spot in downtown Montgomery, Railyard Brewing Company, for a fun summer evening of old friends catching up with one another!


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