Seven Hills The Seven Hills School Magazine Summer 2010
Extraordinary Educators 1
Seven Hills Vol. XXXIV No. 1
Editor/Designer Kathy Deubell Director of Development Gary Monnier Director of Admission Janet Hill Director of Alumni Relations Nancy McCormick Bassett ’83 Head of School Christopher Garten Seven Hills is a quarterly publication of The Seven Hills School. It is produced using the school’s digital publishing equipment.
A Message from Head of School Chris Garten Continuing Our Tradition of Great Teaching
Honoring Extraordinary Educators
Presenting Cum Laude Society’s New Members
Seven Hills School Alumni Art Show
Alumni News Seven Hills magazine is changing its publication schedule. As a result, there was no Spring issue in May. This Summer issue has many of the features that were usually in the Spring issue.
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On the cover: Teacher David Abineri and seniors Danny Korn and Sarah Kloepper in an AP Physics class in which “students were assigned to use their knowledge of electricity and magnetism in order to build a working, wind-driven electric generator that would light a few LED’s,” said Mr. Abineri.
Seven Hills in China!
Sixteen rising seniors experienced China firsthand this summer, as part of the Downey Seminar Program. Established at Seven Hills in 2007, in collaboration with the University of Cincinnati and supported through The Harriette R. Williams Downey Fund, the program offers a four-week course on China. Students spend the first week of the course at Seven Hills, learning the basics of Mandarin Chinese language, history, and culture with U.C. professors, followed by three weeks of living and studying in Beijing and Xi’an. The China 2010 trip was a great experience and, with the addition of a second year of Mandarin Chinese this year, students will be able to continue their studies at Seven Hills.
A Message from Head of School Chris Garten
Continuing Our Tradition of Great Teaching A few weeks ago, the faculty gathered to celebrate the accomplishments of a handful of iconic teachers who retired at the end of the 2009-2010 school year. The community recognized the extraordinary contributions of Kathy Richardson (42 years), Patty Flanigan (38 years), Jan Anderson (34 years), David Abineri (28 years), Jack White (27 years), and Ted Rockwell (21 years). It was, as I’m sure you can imagine, a bittersweet occasion. Sadness at bidding farewell to friends and colleagues was mixed with joy in reflecting on the profound impact these teachers have had on two generations of Seven Hills students. There were tears, there was laughter; there was, above all, a deep respect for these educational giants, who have devoted the better part of their lives to fostering the best in hundreds of young people. Among the most moving parts of the occasion was the reading of the letters of appreciation sent by students past and present and, in many cases, by their parents and grandparents. As their words resonated in the room, we celebrated together the greatest reward of the life of a teacher, that sense of affirmation that comes from hearing from those whose lives have been enriched by our efforts. These are the moments that teachers live for. In the appreciations that follow, you will get taste of what we heard from our alumni. I wanted to share, too, my own perspective, on what the retirements of these great teachers mean to this school community.
more ambitiously. Ultimately, it is our privilege to work in an active partnership with parents and with extended families to develop in our students not only their intelligence and their skills, but also their sense of purpose and moral commitment. Ideally, a school community like ours will nurture in its students a deep and abiding commitment to devoting their talents to lives of meaningful service and purposeful activity.
Excellence in Teaching
That is why teachers like Kathy, Patty, Jan, David, Jack, and Ted are so critical. Schools like ours need, more than anything else, teachers of keen intelligence and catalyzing enthusiasm, people of deep commitment and unshakeable integrity. We need people from diverse backgrounds with a wide array of interests and experiences, teachers who are, themselves, lifelong learners and engaged citizens, who can inspire students as much by their example as by their lessons. We need people who will continue, throughout their careers, to hone their craft and refine their techniques. We need teachers who define their missions ambitiously and who seek to serve young people not only as teachers, but as advisors, and coaches and role models. Above all, we need people with the sensitivity to find and to nurture the unique talents in each of their students and the force of will to galvanize them to test their limits and expand their horizons. As the pages that follow will certainly attest, Seven Hills has been blessed, throughout its history with teachers, of this caliber. The greatest challenge we face in the coming decade is ensuring that the school continues to have the resources to attract and retain teachers who can have this kind of impact on the next generation of Seven Hills students. And frankly, this will not be easy. The group that retires this year is part of a generation of educators who were swept into the profession during the 1960’s and early 1970’s as part of a tidal wave of idealism and a nation-wide commitment to education. As this generation nears retirement, the nation as a whole faces a shortage of experienced teachers, particularly those of the caliber that fulfilling our mission requires. As
The fundamental purpose of a school like Seven Hills is to foster excellence in young people. In an academic context, this means developing in our students certain “habits of mind”: an impassioned curiosity about the world around them, the desire to seek creative solutions to persistent problems, the ability to reason effectively, the impulse to go beyond mere information, to analyze and to question, and perhaps above all, the ability to express ideas with clarity and conviction. But great schools like Seven Hills define their mission even
We owe to the teachers we recognize today an incalculable debt of gratitude. We owe it to our students, present and future, to do all we can do to sustain the legacy of excellence they leave behind.
fresh approaches. They provide the resources for professional research, personal growth and reflection. They facilitate collaboration and teamwork and mutual respect. They set and maintain the very highest standards of professional conduct. The last decade has wrought a revolution in education. In an era when virtually all human knowledge is available at the touch of a button, the nationâ€™s leading schools have begun to de-emphasize mere knowledge acquisition in favor of a new emphasis on the application of 21st century skills: critical thinking, creative problem solving, global awareness and cultural sensitivity, and communicative and collaborative skills. In this context, it will be equally important to ensure that all of our teachers are growing professionally. We need to provide the time and the resources for our teachers to read voraciously, to attend workshops, and to visit other premier schools. We must provide the resources for teachers to innovate, to research best practices, and to rethink their courses to prepare students fully for a rapidly changing world. This spring a generous grant from an educational foundation funded a host of curriculum development grants. Teachers were offered the opportunity to apply for a summer grant to develop an ambitious interdisciplinary unit which would engage students in utilizing instructional technology to research global issues of political, economic, or environmental concern. Astonishingly, in this, just the first year of the program, more than 30 teachers submitted proposals, virtually all of which were funded. These new curriculum projects are designed to foster studentsâ€™ critical reasoning and problem solving skills and to hone their ability to work collaboratively, both with their classmates and, via telecommunications link, with students from diverse cultural backgrounds. At the same time, the faculty as a whole has undertaken a summer reading program (much like that for students!), reading and sharing observations from a host of recent publications on innovative, research-based teaching practices designed to prepare students, even more fully, for the challenges of the global economy. It is our hope to endow these and several other professional development programs to ensure that the Seven Hills faculty remains on the leading edge of educational innovation. We owe to the teachers we recognize today an incalculable debt of gratitude. We owe it to our students, present and future, to do all we can do to sustain the legacy of excellence they leave behind.
our own iconic teachers begin to retire, Seven Hills will be competing with schools across the nation in a dwindling pool of teaching talent. Though the present economic downturn has ameliorated the situation somewhat, the larger demographic picture is irrefutable. To maintain the strength of our faculty, Seven Hills must be in a position to compete aggressively with peer schools in our region, and we must maintain salaries that are comparable to those offered at the local public schools. Thanks to the recent success of our current Critical Assets campaign, over the last four years, we have added nearly $10 million to the schoolâ€™s endowment, bringing us closer to that goal. No effort is more critical to ensuring the continuing excellence of this school.
A Culture of Continuous Improvement
As we seek to maintain the strength of our faculty, it will not be enough merely to hire the best teachers available; we will also want to maintain a rich culture of continuous improvement, the atmosphere in which talented teachers can thrive. The best schools, schools like Seven Hills, provide a warm, collegial atmosphere that promotes creativity and innovation. They empower teachers to take risks and to experiment with
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Helping Hands Volunteers for 2009-2010 The Seven Hills Development Office gratefully acknowledges these individuals who dedicated their time and effort to helping us send out tens of thousands of pieces of mail in support of the school this year. Thank you! Chair Mary Beth Young Jo & Keith Arnold Mary Ann Benoski Mary Ann Boorn Linda Callard Marilyn Collins Priscilla & Malcolm Dunn Tara Eaton Terri Ferree Rachel Foster Renee Frankel Anne & Tate Greenwald Elizabeth (Muff) Hays â€™79 Mary Heinlen Karen Hills
Susan Hollister Mary Levin Tracey Lewis Bill Michael Roberta Michelman Lilamae Mueller Carol Pearce Joni Quimby Dorothy Rigney Phyllis Ringel Mary Smithers Kim Takahashi Lucille Wientzen Francie (Woodward) Williams â€™76 We apologize if your name was omitted from this list. 5
Thank You, Big Toy Donors! At the dedication of the new Big Toy (pictured on the back of this issue) on May 27, Lotspeich Head Carolyn Fox told the students and guests, â€œThis is the perfect day to share the new Big Toy story with you. Itâ€™s a story of our wonderful Seven Hills Lotspeich community coming together with a common goal and making it happen.â€? It started last year as a PA project intended to take three years, but it was completed in a year-and-a-half! Mrs. Fox continued, â€œFunding which made the Big Toy possible included generous donations from a matching challenge gift, the Lotspeich Parent Association, individual students and parents, Seven Hills Athletic Boosters, the Resale Shop, Annual Giving, Lotspeichâ€™s Flying Pig Marathon Program [in which 102 children participated and 1483 miles on the Seven Hills track were run or walked], the fifth grade gift, and more.â€?
Honoring Extraordinary Educators The truly important and lasting tributes to teachers are those reflected in the lives of the young people whose futures they helped to shape. These pages offer only excerpts from a small sample of the outpouring of response from people whose lives Kathy Richardson, Patty Flanigan, Jan Anderson, David Abineri, Jack White, and Ted Rockwell touched in their years at our school. All of the responses were assembled into booklets for the honorees. This is a small effort to represent our community in a symbolic standing ovation for these extraordinary individuals.
Closing faculty luncheon on June 3
Kathy Richardson 42 Years
“Kathy Richardson has been faithfully dedicated to the best it is possible to accomplish in a life devoted to teaching. Her legacy is hundreds of students whose minds and hearts have been developed and educated because of her, dozens of colleagues who have worked alongside her and have been better at their profession because of her. For 42 years, she has been an integral and defining part of this school’s mission and life. She has endured, through good times and bad, all that has come her way, and she has lived out a distinguished teaching career with courage, good humor and grace. You can’t say fairer than that about any woman or man. In fact, you simply can’t say fairer than Kathy Richardson. We will not look on her like again.” Sandra Smythe, English Department Chair Closing Faculty Luncheon June 3, 2010 “English was never my favorite subject, but Mrs. Richardson’s Middle School class was unquestionably my favorite. Her passion was incredible and so contagious. Her performance of Poe’s ‘The Tell-tale Heart’ on her desk (yes, standing on her desk, BANGING a stick to mimic the beating of the heart) was simply unforgettable. She was fearless and bold while always the consummate educator. She demanded excellence and helped us achieve it, while enlightening us at the same time. I never had another teacher like her. I still hear her voice when I reread books she taught us.” Ellen Haude, Class of 1988 “Kathy has the innate and inimitable ability to help young minds connect with literature, to help all of us discover how it speaks to us in our moment of being—even across centuries—even when the written language of the period might seem more foreign than French or Latin. She found innumerable ways to make it ‘come alive,’ often asking us to act it out—knowing, instinctively, that as we read a poem aloud, recited a passage, acted out a part in a play—we would, sooner or later, run into something that meshed with our own experience. ... She prodded and spurned us to find personal connections to themes and metaphors in the text that, unbeknownst to us as pre-teens, would help us use the great writers and texts of many traditions and ages to understand ourselves, our times, our own personal struggles in trans6
forming ourselves from children into young adults and beyond.” Tracy Monroe, Class of 1982 “Mrs. Richardson, as my advisor freshman year, you were instrumental in helping me make the transition from middle school to upper school. Being in your advisory and your English class made the transition so much easier. You encouraged us to open up and have fun in class. I will always remember the songs you sang, and made us sing, about grammar rules and conventions. I can also vividly remember some of the pictures that we had to draw that correlated with our vocabulary words. My vocabulary is so much more robust because of you.” Sarah McDonough, Class of 2004
Patty Flanigan 38 Years
“Patty Flanigan taught me so much, but she also showed me who I was and gave me confidence to think that I was capable of doing amazing things. Patty inspired me, and every student, to be creative and to allow our hearts and minds to guide our actions.” Katherine Cummins ’06
“Students flocked to Patty for many reasons, but among them was her willingness to treat fifteen-yearolds as nuanced, accountable, sovereign human beings, even on the days when we didn’t deserve it. We were fully-formed in her eyes, and we mattered. She honored the full range of our teenage needs, particularly the need to bear witness and create. To Patty, these were deadly serious activities, and I’ve carried that lesson with me for the rest of my life. I feel an obligation to testify and to do so in a way that will move and change large numbers of people. I believe that obligation was born on her stage.” Anne Morriss, Class of 1993
“So many of those students whose pictures hung on your walls continued on as actors or other members of the theater community, thanks to you. Those pictures made us feel like we were part of a very important fraternity, and it gives me the chills even to talk about it. But even those of us who did not end up in the theater still must credit you with our success. For me, the self-confidence, fearlessness, willingness to question authority, sense of adventure and sense of self all can be traced to my four years with you. “Thank you for pushing us beyond all of our limits, thank you for giving us a comfortable place to express ourselves as teenagers, thank you for giving us and teaching us tremendous responsibility as students, thank you for enabling us to experience every aspect of the profession and the craft, thank you for indulging and encouraging our dreams and passions and making us believe in ourselves, thank you for giving us the self-confidence and feeling of self-worth to be successful adults...” Elida Kamine, Class of 1999 “Patty was a huge inspiration to me and continues to be. Pretty much everything I hold of value today I started to learn from Patty Flanigan. [A few examples follow.] Art and the search for meaning improve all of us. It is the best we can do. Honor the last show by planning the next one. There are few things more gratifying than doing good, hard work. Every one of us brings something useful. You can do the extraordinary in a high school cafeteria with a bunch of teenagers and some black flats. Incredibly, she taught all of that by example.” David Humphreys, Class of 1983, Lifetime Patty Flanigan Fan Patty took great pride and joy in the performances of her students (in this case, the improvs of Performance Group).
“Over the 14 years since I left Seven Hills, I don’t think a month has gone by without a situation where I wondered what I would have done without what I learned from you. It goes so far beyond the theater. As you always said, plays are about people and their feelings. In the same way, theater skills are life skills, at least the way you taught them. Because of you, every time I have had a challenge to face, I have known how to calm myself and get ready to shine. ... I think most of the lessons and experiences I had with you in theater are so integral to my life and personality that I can’t separate them out specifically. Confidence and living big, consciousness and openness, how to connect more deeply, insistence on excellence, all of these things and so much more were built during those eleven plays over seven years.” Kirstin Weeks, Class of 1996 7
Jan Anderson 34 Years
“We write this with a heavy heart but are constantly reminded of how lucky we are to have you in our life. You top the list as one who has made our Seven Hills experience nothing but the best. You make learning fun, and it was always comforting knowing that you were there for our children. The best is we never need to say goodbye. We look forward to seeing more of you in your new role!” Welby, Talbot (’21), Henry (’23), Dulany, and Rob (’86) Anning “I was in Mrs. Anderson’s first grade class. I will always remember learning the order of the planets. We all sat around on the floor while Mrs. Anderson taught us ‘My Very Efficient Mother Just Sent Us Nine Pizzas’! Mrs. Anderson’s gentle and encouraging touch has stayed with me into my own adulthood. Now, as a parent, I hope to be able to find a school environment for my own children with teachers as caring, creative and strong as Mrs. Anderson.” Ann Pettigrew Nunes, Class of 1995
Harrison Mullin (front), Maxwell Setzer, and Kylee Ellis.
wings. She cuddled her students at the beginning of each year, carefully watching to see when they were ready to leave the nest, and at the exact moment, she blew their feathers and chattered until they took their first flight. Whether it was reading a new word or working a math problem, she was right beside them flapping her wings as they left the nest and began to soar on their own. Jan’s students were better people because of her and she believed she was a better person because of them. “Ara Parseghan said, ‘A good coach will make his players see what they can become rather than what they are.’ Jan in her unique way was able to do this with her students and colleagues. She mentored many of us when we first arrived on campus. “So, now it’s time to watch our hero ride into the sunset. Enjoy this adventure, partner, wherever it takes you, knowing that our corral won’t be the same without you.” Regina Daily and Sarah Roberts, Doherty Teachers Closing Faculty Luncheon June 3, 2010
“I have such vivid memories of being in your first grade class in the old building at Doherty, learning how to write in cursive. One of my most beloved memories of you took place in the year that I was sick for the winter program. You and Bonnie Dearworth drove to my house to bring me my Christmas present from the teachers (I think I might still have some of those pencils with teachers’ names on them!). I have always felt like you were part of my family, but it was those moments beyond the call of duty that epitomize everything that was so special and unique about Doherty and especially about you.” Elida Kamine, Class of 1999
“Jan has been a colleague, but more than that, a friend for over 30 years. Always the eternal optimist, she has a sweet and generous heart. ... Jan brought out the best in her students. Her classroom was rich in knowledge and love, and she truly believed that each child was unique, valuable and had great potential. “Jan was like a mother bird, always the wind beneath their
“When people often ask the simple question, ‘Who was your favorite teacher,’ I answer, ‘Mrs. Anderson.’ When I first came to Seven Hills, I started out in Mrs. Anderson’s first grade class at Doherty. I had transferred to Seven Hills due to the abuse and torment I received from my last first grade teacher. I was terrified to enter a new school and re-do first grade, but mostly I was terrified that my new teacher would treat me like the other one had. My fears were easily put aside when I met Mrs. Anderson. I remember her kind smile, the jingle of her charm bracelet, and her instant ability to make you feel as if you were the greatest kid on the planet. Every day that year I would come home from school and talk on and on about Mrs. Anderson. ... I believe that she was the angel sent to build my confidence after my previous traumatic first grade experience. I want to thank her from the bottom of my heart for making a difference in my life.” Lauren Shmalo, Class of 2002
Jan’s colleagues—past and present—gathered to honor the lover of all things Western at a “hoedown” on the evening of June 3. She is pictured with Elisa MacKenzie, Doris Parsenios, and Lena Buzzee.
David Abineri 28 Years
“Mr. Abineri changed my life. Thanks to him, I developed a love for calculus that helped shape my career and success. My desire to trade options, the choice that put my career in motion, stemmed directly from my time in his classroom—the knowledge, the passion and the confidence I acquired there. I kept my worn, twelfth grade AP Calc book on the trading floor for reference in the early years (before we had prebuilt pricing models that had the derivatives calculated for us). And I often heard Mr. Abineri’s voice in my head, methodically but excitedly explaining sometimes very difficult concepts. His passion for education and for the subject matter was palpable, especially when he got energized about a certain point (which was the BEST part of any of his classes!). And his accessibility and willingness to help were without bounds. I hate to think where I’d be if he hadn’t been my teacher.” Ellen Haude, Class of 1988 “I remember he would often say, ‘Let me tell you a story,’ and before we knew it, he had taught us a difficult math concept. I enjoyed watching students try to stump our teacher, but it never happened; he always had an explanation. I thought that all math teachers were as good as Mr. Abineri. I was wrong! As a math major in college, I never had a math professor who could explain and convey the information as clearly as he did.” Marty Mueller Gerhardt, Class of 1985
“When we first set foot in the Upper School building, Mr. Abineri's classes were mythical. We’d see him in the computer lab discussing ‘integrals’ and ‘derivatives’ with his students or carrying some strange apparatus in the hallways. It was senior year when I was finally able to take his physics and calculus classes. While Mr. Abineri excelled in all the usual measures—in the depth of his knowledge or the clarity of his presentation—what I most remember was the fearless way in which he approached problems. When illustrating a concept, Mr. Abineri would always select unusual numbers (23.5) or absurd examples (the frictionless ice rink). He would deconstruct the problems piece by piece, showing us that making a problem complicated didn’t make it any less solvable. This lesson is what has stayed with me most the past 13 years.” Stephen Zoepf, Class of 1997
“In four years of college and three years of law school, I never encountered a teacher who challenged me as much as you did! But my memories of you and your classes are less about the subject matter and more about how much you cared about our learning. I will never forget the time that you were absent from class and taped yourself teaching, including calling on each of us to respond! Even in the digital age, I think this is a rare commitment by a teacher.” Elida Kamine, Class of 1999
“Mr. Abineri engages each of his students, regardless of their passion for math and/or physics, and motivates the students to dig deeper, question their assumptions, find their interests, and understand the beauty of math and/or physics. He has a way of challenging each individual so that we understand concepts more fully and have a greater understanding for our world.” Laura Hoguet, Class of 2006
The electric car David built and drove to school every day provided a learning opportunity for students of all ages, and it drew attention from the worldwide community.
“You challenged all of your students to work and perform at a higher level and made each of everyone of us better. At any level of education, there are very few teachers like you who passionately care about every student and will make sure that everyone gets the most out of your courses. I hope that your future pursuits lead you to academically challenging places and to create projects that make the world a better place.” Seth Rau, Class of 2008 9
Jack White 27 Years
“I remember how moved he was by the power of Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried. His response was infectious, and it permanently changed the way I thought about storytelling. Before O’Brien, before Mr. White, fiction was still this vaguely indulgent thing in my mind, this semi-precious gift that could distract and entertain, but not get you any closer to the truth. Mr. White blew up that ridiculous notion into tiny, little pieces that were thankfully never recovered.” Anne Morriss, Class of 1993 “On my first day of English class senior year, I knew that it was going to be the most interesting and entertaining part of my day. As the semester got underway, I began to realize that you had an incredible sense of humor and incorporated your humor into the way you taught. One afternoon, you made a funny remark, and I wrote it down on the back of my notebook. As the weeks went by, I began to keep track of your quotes. My classmates caught on and would ask, ‘Did you get that, Sarah?’ when you would say something random or funny during class. At the end of the year, I had a notebook covered in your quotes. [Sarah provided quotes from October 27, 2003, through May 13, 2004.] “Aside from entertaining me, you taught me how to create a well-developed, thoughtful essay. I can’t tell you how many times my professors in college complmented me on my writing skills. I couldn’t fully appreciate having to write an essay backwards when I was a senior in high school. However, now I can truly appreciate all of the different approaches to writing you encouraged us to explore. I had some fantastic teachers during my 13 years at Seven Hills; I learned so many things throughout the years that helped me develop into the person and student that I am. However, your class and my friendship with you taught me some of the most valuable lessons that I learned at Seven Hills. You taught me that it’s okay to let loose and have a little fun in class; you taught me to not be afraid to lead out in class discussions; and you taught me to think and write outside the box. Your love for teaching is
Jack White and senior Tessa Jones
evident in the way you interact with your students—current and former. I am a better person for having been one of your students, and from knowing you.” Sarah McDonough, Class of 2004 “Thank you for giving me the confidence to write through your encouragement to think outside the box and express ideas in non-traditional ways. Thank you for allowing me to experience the unwielding consequences of being tardy and that sometimes ‘life isn’t fair.’” Katie Peter Austing, Class of 1989 “Jack White taught my AP English class in 1994-95. My favorite moments in the class—which was wonderfully relaxed and encouraging—were the occasional sound effects he used to embellish his stories. The helicopter propeller sound Mr. White re-created for us to ‘transport us’ into The Things They Carried—I’ll never forget that. Then he actually transported us downtown to meet the author, Tim O'Brien. He truly cracked open literature with us.” Ann Pettigrew Nunes, Class of 1995 “Mr. White asked questions that systematically prompted us to analyze literature in complex ways. He gave assignments that were not at all traditional. He didn’t make it easy; it was difficult, but he didn’t penalize us for going our own way. He helped us become creative thinkers and astute readers who question and delight in questioning. Mr. White encouraged me to embrace the page and an assignment in a creative and free way. Long gone were the standard prompts, five paragraph essays, etc. He let us write at the college level. We analyzed literature like ‘Hills Like White Elephants’ by Ernest Hemingway and were asked to write about this abstract and odd piece. It was how different the readings were, and how out of the box the class was, that gave me the tools to think about English in an entirely different way. ... He encouraged me throughout the entire year—pushing me to take chances and risks—and the result is that I am more confident and resounding in my assertions.” Katherine Cummins, Class of 2006
How could we not include this photo from Homecoming 1996?
Ted Rockwell 21 Years
“Ted Rockwell came to Seven Hills while I was in Middle School. His background in Friends (Quaker) Education had a more significant impact on me than he could have known. The meeting style he brought with him to Seven Hills was dramatic, completely changing the way we listened to each other and respected silence. ... Thank you, Mr Rockwell, for introducing us to a little bit of Quakerism. It has had a profound impact on my life.” Ann Pettigrew Nunes Class of 1995 “There was no one finer than my Middle School Principal. Middle School is such an awkward time in most people’s lives. I will always remember Mr. Rockwell’s smiling face and his great sense of humor. He was very passionate about his students and he was very supportive of my outside curricular activity [as a competitive figure skater]. ... Thanks to Mr. Rockwell, I learned the importance of school work, outside curricular activities, and time management skills. I know the Middle School will not be the same without his assemblies and the storytelling stick. Thank you for your inspiration.” Lauren Shmalo, Class of 2002 “At the beginning of every school year, Mr. Rockwell asked us, students and teachers alike, to remember the following: ‘Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind.’ It is a known fact that relatively few kids between the ages of 12 to 14 can quote Henry James. However, students attending Seven Hills Middle School during Mr. Rockwell’s tenure maintain a special place in their hearts for his work. “Although my Middle School experience ended in 1998, those words still carry significant meaning. The lasting impact isn’t merely from the repetition of those words, it is from observing Mr. Rockwell live by them every day. Whether it was building picnic tables with sixth graders, carving pumpkins with seventh graders, or missing layups during the Eighth Grade vs. Faculty Basketball Games, he did it all with an infectious laugh and enthusiam.” T. Daniel Kalubi, Class of 2002 Ted’s commitment to service combined with his creativity and sense of fun in his challenges to students to amass giant donations of goods for The Caring Place. Two examples: at left, the challenge was “Fill this area [in the Commons] and this will be Mr. Rockwell’s office for a day!” Another was to fill a bay window in the Commons with packages of toilet paper and Mr. Rockwell would conduct business on a toilet in that space for a day! The students eagerly met all challenges.
Things We Will Miss About Mr. Rockwell By Middle School Students corny/bad/cheesy jokes and puns calling my trumpet case a lunch box moments of silence the crinkly smile in his beard his willingness to dress up and potentially make a fool of himself his experience his patience his detailed schedules closing programs Middle School Singing Society his friendly smile in the hall his support of special programs letting us do field trips letting us do special activities his respect for us and the school joyful attitude when he sees kids that he knows each student’s name his toilet seat he gets our MS jokes greeting us on the first day of school his compassion all his hard work his determination to help us learn his support for community his willingness to do anything to get us in the spirit his awesome ties says “Hi” to us in the halls how he cares about each and every one of us, including teachers cheerful attitude says good morning everyday donating to the drives his respect for people of all ages his connection with the students his shopping demo to encourage us to donate his joy and kindness
Seven Hills bid farewell to the 79 members of the Class of 2010 in commencement exercises June 4. By choice of the seniors, the commencement speaker was Dr. Brad Wenstrup, a physician with Wellington Orthopedics and a Major in the U.S. Army Reserve. His inspirational talk, including an account of his experiences as a doctor in Iraq, drew a standing ovation from the graduates and audience. Tributes to the class were given by teacher Tim Drew, parent Willie Hill, and class member Emily Rogers-Fightmaster.
Above, Henry Warrington; below, Danny Korn, Aaron Ransohoff-Englert, Kohki Nakafuku, and Justin White.
Above, Head of School Chris Garten and Corey Williams; at left, Administrative Assistant to Upper Head Kim Hogel and Alex Hill.
Below, Lena Geissler, Hope Brown, Tristan Cargile-Thompson; Shannon Monnier, Haley Brunner, Tessa Jones, Rebecca McDonough.
Tiffany Meilei Au-Yeung Purdue University Julia Susan Baggish New York University William C. Bahlman Columbia College Mary Day Bailey University of Vermont Samantha Jayne Bergman Tulane University Michael William Bi Case Western University Katherine Parrish Brandy University of Virginia Hope Patrice Brown Georgia Institute of Technology Haley French Brunner George Washington University Jordan Jackson Burgess Centre College Tristan Rosarine Cargile Xavier University of Louisiana Robert Francis Baldwin Chatfield University of Tennessee Anthony Evon Clark Ohio State University Nancy Rebecca Cohen American University William Britton Cyr Jr. Massachusetts Institute of Technology Jake Davis Emory University Joshua Nolan Dunaway Massachusetts Institute of Technology Grace Caroline Elkus Elon University Madeline Suzanne Elkus Kenyon College Sarah Diane Evans University of Texas Charlotte Maitha Fabe College of Charleston EmilIo Fernandez Gonzalez University of Miami Lilly Gibson Fried George Washington University Heidi Beth Garrett University of Miami Lena Charlotte Thekla Geissler Undecided Alex Chase Hill University of Richmond Alexandra Siebler Horwitz New York University
Caroline Belle James Skidmore College Adam S. Jatho US Naval Academy Jacob Napolione Johnson Syracuse University Tessa Jane Jones Elon University Erin Elizabeth Kelly Georgia Institute of Technology Sarah Christine Kloepper Washington University Daniel J. Korn Cornell University Baker Dainforth Leyman University of Alabama Kathleen Georgette Mathieu Tufts University Stephane Edward Mathieu University of Pittsburgh Rebecca E. McDonough University of the South: Sewanee Evelyn Ainsley McWilliams Duke University Amanda Claire Meredith Colby College Shannon Lynn Monnier Winthrop University Olivia Weedy Myers University of South Carolina/Honors College Kohki Mitchell Nakafuku Duke University August Timothy Nesbitt Ohio Wesleyan University Kyle Edward Neu Centre College Gilbert J. Pasquale Johns Hopkins University Rachel Elizabeth Piker University of South Carolina Matthew Bryant Post Auburn University Christopher James Postell University of Cincinnati Aaron Ransohoff-Englert Ohio State University Justin Aaron Rau Boston University Stephanie Michelle Reed College of Wooster Emily Rogers-Fightmaster University of Cincinnati Bryan William Romaine University of Pennsylvania
Francesca Amanda Scheiber Stanford University James Walker Schiff Duke University Sara Frances Schonfeld University of Pennsylvania Quinn Wesley Schweier Southern Methodist University Edmund Henry Schweitzer III College of Charleston Diya SenGupta Boston University Batsheva Ruth Serota University of Cincinnati Charlotte Elizabeth Shanahan Villanova University Katherine Steinman University of Miami Joshua Tiao Vanderbilt University William Tyndall Willamette College Elizabeth Lloyd Ulicny College of Charleston Elizabeth Marie Verschoor Tufts University Joshua Lee Wang Harvard University Henry Landis Warrington University of Michigan Joseph Michael Wayne Drexel University Justin Richmond White Case Western University Taylor Chase White Miami University Brandon Kyle Edward Williams Butler University Corey James Williams Wittenberg University Robert Edward Woodworth Georgia Institute of Technology Luke Edward Wulsin Davidson College Shirley Du Yan University of Chicago Daniel Lan Yu University of Rochester Mohammad Ali Uz Zaman George Washington University
Best Wishes to the Class of 2010!
School Notes Congratulations to Our End-of-Year Award Winners! Commencement Seven Hills Cup—Sarah Kloepper, Joshua Wang Florence Fessenden Award—Britt Cyr for Mathematics Alumni Association Service Award—Katherine Steinman Carol M. Brestel Award—Gilbert Pasquale Ruth Russell Jones Award—Emily Rogers-Fightmaster Alumni Association Co-Chair Sybil Behrens Mullin ’83 and Alumni Association Service Award winner Katherine Steinman.
Head of Upper School Nick Francis presented the Seven Hills Cup to the leading scholars in the class, Joshua Wang and Sarah Kloepper.
Citizenship Award—Conrad Jacober ’11 Sophomore Scholastic Achievement Award—Isabel Arjmand ’12 CLEMENT L. BUENGER AWARD (FISC) Hope Brown ’10 SEVEN HILLS PERSONAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS Tessa Jones ’10, Austin Poston ’11, Broti Gupta ’12, Kyle Patel ’13
Awards Day at Upper Miriam Titcomb Award—Justine Cefalu ’11 Community Scholar Award—Sasha Lieberman, George Taliaferro, both ’11 Creativity/Original Thinking Award—Elisse Hill, Leah Ransohoff-Englert, both ’11 Presented for the first time on Awards Day, the Kathy Richardson Writing Award honors “the student who has shown in the work of the freshman year promise in writing, creative or analytical, and whose enthusiasm for the discipline of English has been exemplary.” The award was established in honor of Kathy Richardson by her daughters—Lisa Richardson Henske (’83) (pictured) and Julianne Richardson Wagner (’88).
KATHY RICHARDSON WRITING AWARD Sarah Williamson ’13 JANET FAST ANDRESS ART AWARD—Jacob Johnson ’10 ENGLISH AWARD—Sarah Kloepper, Bryan Romaine, both ’10 HISTORY AWARD—Josh Dunaway ’10 MATHEMATICS AWARD—Henry Warrington ’10 SCIENCE AWARDS Chemistry—Virgil Urbina Lazardi ’11 Physics—Danny Korn ’10 Biology—Nathan Markiewitz ’11 FOREIGN LANGUAGE AWARDS French—Josh Wang ’10 Spanish—Quinn Schweier ’10 Latin—Ainsley McWilliams ’10 STUDENT SENATE AWARD—Jack White 14
At left, Carol Brestel Award winner Gilbert Pasquale; above, Male and Female Athletes of the Year Kyle Neu, Sarah Evans, and Alex Hill; Anne Mapes, winner of the Elinor Scherr Mosher Award.
Major Awards at Doherty Student Council Citizenship Awards Unit II—Caroline Corbett ’20, Kevin Wang ’20, McKenzie Mullin ’19 Unit III—Max Routh ’18, Jeremiah Weaver ’17 Loveland Award in English Hannah Ransohoff-Englert ’17, Max White ’17 Archie Griffin Sportsmanship Award winners Heidi Garrett, Brandon Williams, Kate Hickenlooper, and Devin Garrett.
Major Awards at Lotspeich
ATHLETIC AWARDS Female Athlete of the Year—Sarah Evans ’10 Male Athlete of the Year—Alex Hill, Kyle Neu, both ’10 Elinor Scherr Mosher Award—Anne Mapes ’11 Ohio Scholar-Athletes—Sarah Kloepper, Bryan Romaine, both ’10 Archie Griffin Sportsmanship Awards—Heidi Garrett ’10, Brandon Williams ’10, Kate Hickenlooper ’14, Devin Garrett ’14 Booster Award—Keith Neu
Joy in Learning Award Brianna Ko ’17 Eileen Driscoll Literary Award Samantha Eng ’17, Jacob Weinstein ’17
Seven Hills Awards Named Merit Scholarships for 2010-2011
Seven Hills awarded named merit scholarships for the 20102011 school year to the following students. Junior Julie Berger was presented the Neil Smith Award for “meeting the world with optimism and good will, expecting the best from herself and others, and exhibiting courage, compassion, integrity, and intelligence.” For their outstanding “academic achievement, breadth and scope of interests beyond the classroom, leadership, citizenship, and character,” eighth grader Daisia Jackson was
awarded the Patricia Howard Award of Distinction, fifth grader Emily McLennan was presented the Jane P. Hoeland Scholarship, and fifth grader Jack Lane was awarded the Theodore C. Wuerfel Merit Scholarship. Fifth grader Nina Lubeck was awarded the Elisabeth Greenwald Mapes Scholarship for best exemplifying the “Seven Values of The Seven Hills School—respect for others, striving for excellence, kindness and caring, honesty and integrity, fairness and justice, personal responsibility, and commitment to community.” 15
The Upper School honored its new inductees in the Seven Hills chapter of the Cum Laude Society, a national honor society which recognizes academic excellence, at the Cum Laude Dinner April 14. The event also honored the members of the Cum Laude Society who were inducted last year as juniors: Britt Cyr, Sarah Kloepper, Danny Korn, Gilbert Pasquale, Sara Schonfeld, Josh Wang, and Henry Warrington. Head of School Chris Garten said, “Modeled after Phi Beta Kappa at the college level, the Cum Laude Society recognizes academic excellence in some of this country’s most prestigious high schools. Membership is strictly limited to schools with exemplary academic programs, and our having been granted a chapter at Seven Hills, one of just a handful in the state of Ohio, is a recognition of the strength of our school. Induction today means that these students are being recognized as among the best of the best in secondary education in the nation.” It’s a tradition at the event for faculty members of the Cum Laude Committee to address each new member with remarks compiled from quotes from the student’s teachers. Excerpts from those remarks appear on these pages.
Congratulations to New Members of National Cum Laude Society Justine Cefalu (11) “You are described as a student who invariably brings something to each of your classes. It might be insightful comments that lend depth to the discussion, it might be a creative solution to a mathematics problem, it might be lending a helping hand or offering a useful thought to a classmate but most of all it seems that you bring an enthusiasm for learning in your own unique way. You have been willing to work very hard and always maintain a vibrant sense of humor.” David Abineri Peppar Cyr (11) “Mr. Abineri comments on your wonderful talent for thinking critically and for problem solving in math, but we can find the same traits in English, history, science, language, music, theater—in all that you do. You throw yourself into a class with energy and enthusiasm, testing your knowledge, pushing personal boundaries, and, when necessary, fixing your own problems. Mrs. Ford may have spoken for us all when she wrote that you inhale knowledge and exhale excellence.” Lowell Wenger Joshua Dunaway (12) “To say that you are well prepared and fully engaged only touches the surface. In economics, I appreciated your desire to probe beyond the obvious, to look for multiple facets of an issue, and to present your findings in a clearly phrased and carefully crafted response. But then you bring that avid curiosity and strong determination to solve problems to math, English and every class. We appreciate the obvious joy you have in learning and your readiness to share it with the class.” Lowell Wenger
Retiring Science Department Chair David Abineri, who presided over the Cum Laude Dinner, and guest speaker and 1983 alumna Dorothy (Dotty) Shaffer, M.D. Dr. Shaffer practices at Full Spectrum Health Center (internal medicine, acupunture, holistic therapy) in Cincinnati. “David Abineri was the best teacher I ever had,” she told the dinner guests, who responded with enthusiastic applause.
Maddie Elkus (12) “Your teachers can attest to your literary strengths and finely-tuned linguistic and analytical skills. As a lifelong, passionate reader, you are a broadgauged learner, a student who has enjoyed your humanities classes as much as your chemistry and biology classes. Kindness and compassion, social responsibility, the importance of family, and a strong work ethic are all principles that you live by. Besides your strong intellect and academic motivation, you bring deep reservoirs of good will, compassion, and respect.” Wynne Curry 16
Sydney Larkin (11) “With her shining eyes and intellectual enthusiasm and tenacity, Sydney comes to class simply radiating optimism. She expresses a sincere interest in every subject, setting the bar high for her own learning and understanding, and she simply refuses to let anything she doesn’t understand get past her. She articulates her ideas with grace and clarity, always enriching and driving class discussions to a higher level of insight. Sydney is one of those students that teachers just love to teach.” Tina Groom
Bryan Romaine (12) “Bryan, who would imagine from your placid classroom demeanor that you take in every aspect of a discussion, that you filter the ideas through a broadly comprehensive and informed intelligence, and then (but only when asked), present a reflective, cogent and stunning analysis—comments that invariably raise the bar for everyone? No academic challenges daunt you and the syntheses you produce in your writing are nothing short of breathtaking.” Sandra Smythe
Sasha Lieberman (11) “Sasha is a tenacious learner and an independent thinker and worker, but she has an even greater gift that has become a common area of praise from all of her teachers: the ability to breathe life into class discussions and to work cooperatively with her peers to bring them along to a higher level of learning. She builds camaraderie in the classroom and helps a group act cooperatively, while subtly and methodically propelling the discussions to a higher level in a quest for knowledge before grades.” Tina Groom
Quinn Schweier (12) “Your teachers speak of you with affection, dazzled by the striking insight you exhibit in your work and the modesty and amiability with which you approach learning. Your critical analysis is original and independent—often startlingly so—and with good humor and an antic spirit you shed new light—both morally and intellectually—on matters under discussion. This streak of thoughtful independence and the groundbreaking nature of all your intellectual undertakings have characterized your academic life.” Sandra Smythe
Ainsley McWilliams (12) “Intellectual, individualistic and brimming with enthusiasm, you have distinguished yourself in virtually every discipline. Apart from the perfect scores you have achieved on numerous standardized tests, you set yourself apart by your love of the academic enterprise. You explained that ‘Latin literature combines linguistic complexity with mathematical precision, historical documentation and poetic beauty. Every sentence is like an equation with rhyme and meter and movements.’ Genuinely enthralled by your academic pursuits, you are a pure academic.” Wynne Curry Kohki Nakafuku (12) “In every way, you have shown yourself to be an exemplary student. In all of your classes, you exhibit competence, a strong work ethic, discipline and a natural curiosity. You have set high standards for yourself. You dig beneath the surface, you want to understand rather than accept the facts, and mistakes are there to learn from. You are patient and resilient in your pursuit of excellence and you do not shy away from challenges. Kohki, you do not seek the limelight but you are a stellar student.” Barbara Scarr
Sheva Serota (12) “Your teachers speak highly of your excellent work ethic and accomplishments, your spirit and optimism, the curiosity and gusto that you bring to all of your intellectual pursuits. You fail to be intimidated by problems. You are willing to take risks and to look for creative solutions. You are resilient, tenacious and unafraid when challenged intellectually and you manage to remain cheerful whatever the task. It is not the grade but the comprehension that is most important to you.” Barbara Scarr
Shirley Yan (12) “You seem to use as much as you can from every academic opportunity that you are presented with. In Physics and Calculus you have learned well the concept of being a skeptic until you are absolutely sure that you have received a ‘non hand waving’ explanation of your question, and I must admit I have enjoyed seeing you willing to push the envelope more and more this year. You have certainly become a leader in your classes and an inspiration to your classmates.” David Abineri
Honored for Service in Cincinnati and Beyond Two seniors are recipients of awards for their outstanding community service in the Greater Cincinnati area and beyond. Tiffany Au-Yeung and Katherine Steinman received two of three 2010 Student Community Service Awards which were presented in the Public Service Recognition-Cincinnati ceremonies May 6 on Fountain Square. Katherine Steinman is also one of 40 area teens who are recipients of 2010 YMCA Character Awards for demonstrating outstanding qualities of leadership and character and for working to strengthen their schools and communities. Susan Marrs, Seven Hills Director of College Counseling, said, “Katherine has, largely single-handedly, already raised $20,000 for a rural Guatemalan mountain village whose 40 families now have cinderblock stoves, a gray water system, latrines (the first toilets in the village), and a school that, before she came along, they could only dream of. Now her goal is to raise enough to buy new desks and chairs for the school ‘because the ones they have are rotting.’” Katherine has taught English as a Second Language to Cincinnati’s inner city Spanish-speaking kindergarteners, and she is a weekly volunteer at Su Casa Hispanic Ministry, working with Spanish-speaking families. Susan Marrs said, “Tiffany Au-Yeung’s year-round service at Stepping Stones’ Camp Allyn, a camp for children and
adults with mental and physical disabilities, is marked by exceptional devotion and commitment, and is, she says, the most important part of her life. Tiffany wrote, ‘In my role as a camp counselor at Camp Allyn, I have learned about disabilities such as autism and cerebral palsy, I have learned how to help a wheelKatherine Steinman, Tiffany Au-Yeung chair-bound camper hold a bat and hit a ball, but most of all I have learned to have a great passion for working with people with special needs, something I hope to continue for the rest of my life.’”
Individual First in State, Team Second in State in Math Competitions Seven Hills School senior Britt Cyr had the highest score in the state on the 2010 American Mathematics Competition. The AMC 12 is the first step to the USA Olympiad for which Britt subsequently qualified with his score on the American Invitational Mathematics Exam (AIME). He was one of two Ohio students and 250 students nationally to qualify for the USA Mathematical Olympiad, which is the qualifying test for the United States team which will compete in the International Mathematical Olympiad in Kazakhstan this summer. Other Seven Hills students who had high scores on the AMC 12 were seniors Robby Woodworth, Josh Wang, Sarah Kloepper, Walker Schiff, Henry Warrington, and junior Peppar Cyr. Sophomore Isabel Arjmand was the top Seven Hills scorer on the AMC 10, and other high scorers were sophomores Alex Markovits, Sara Johnson, Dan Lang, Ginger Johnson, and freshman Sebastian Hoar. In the Ohio Math League competition, the Seven Hills team finished second in the state among schools of all sizes. Team members—the top scorers in each grade—were senior Britt Cyr, junior Peppar Cyr, sophomore Alex Markovits, and freshmen Chris Baggott and Ellen Coombe. Other high scorers in the Ohio Math League competition were seniors Bryan Romaine, Josh Wang, Walker Schiff, Kohki Nakafuku, Gilbert Pasquale; juniors Sydney Larkin, Elisse Hill, Virgilio Urbina Lazardi, Victoria Huang, Dan Shi, Julianne Bain; sophomores Isabel Arjmand, Ginger Johnson, Suhel Singh, Ned Williamson, Betsy Johnson; and freshmen Michael Bain, Nicholas Au-Yeung, and John Larkin.
Members of the Seven Hills team that placed second in the state among all-sized schools in the Ohio Math League competition were (front) Britt Cyr, Ellen Coombe, Peppar Cyr; (back) Chris Baggott, and Alex Markovits.
On the Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics competition, the Seven Hills team placed fifth in the state. Individually, Britt Cyr placed sixth overall in the state, and Josh Wang placed tenth overall in the state. Other Seven Hills students who placed in the top 200 in the state were Isabel Arjmand, Peppar Cyr, Julianne Bain, Sasha Lieberman, Dan Lang, Elisse Hill, and Kohki Nakafuku. 18
National Merit Scholarships, Perfect SATs, and More Seniors Sarah Kloepper, Bryan Romaine, and Sara Schonfeld won National Merit® $2500 Scholarships. Joshua Wang won the corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship® award, National Merit Siemens Scholarship, and the following won college-sponsored Merit Scholarship® awards: Aaron Ransohoff-Englert, National Merit Ohio State University Scholarship; Quinn Schweier, National Merit Southern Methodist University Scholarship; Joshua Tiao, National Merit Vanderbilt University Scholarship; Shirley Yan, National Merit University of Chicago Scholarship.
the Seven Hills boys and girls varsity soccer teams for Team Academic Excellence. To be eligible for this award, the team’s gpa must be at least a 3.0. The varsity boys soccer team’s gpa was 3.30 and the varsity girls soccer team’s gpa was 3.74. Senior Josh Wang was voted First Team All-Academic by the coaches of the Cincinnati Academic League for the 20092010 season. Senior Emily Rogers-Fightmaster signed a letter of intent on June 2 to play volleyball for University of Cincinnati Clermont College. Emily played varsity volleyball for three years at Seven Hills. During her senior year, Emily, a 6’1” middle hitter, led the city (Division IV) in number of blocks per game and was named Second Team All-Conference. “The addition of Emily to our team is a huge plus,” said UC Clermont Head Coach Joe Harpring. “She gives us the height we need to compete at the highest level and is already quite a polished and intimidating blocker. Emily is also a great competitor and has a positive attitude toward her coaches and teammates. I’m excited to get her on board.”
Congratulations to the following members of the Class of 2011 who scored 800s on the SAT and SAT Subject Tests: Gabe Blanco, SAT Critical Reading, Math and Writing (2400); Chase Atherton, SAT Critical Reading and SAT Subject Tests in French and Literature; sophomore Izzy Arjmand, SAT Subject Test in Math 2 (she also had a perfect PSAT); Julianne Bain, SAT Math; Justine Cefalu, SAT Critical Reading; Peppar Cyr, SAT Math and SAT Subject Test Math 2; sophomore Betsy Johnson, SAT Subject Test in Math 2; Sasha Lieberman, SAT Writing; Nathan Markiewitz, SAT Subject Test in Molecular Biology; sophomore Alex Markovits, SAT Subject Test in Math 2; Mia Perlman, SAT Critical Reading and Writing; Dan Shi, SAT Subject Test Math 2; Virgil Urbina Lazardi, SAT Subject Tests in Chemistry and U.S. History.
Middle School math enthusiasts participated in the Cincinnati Chapter MATHCOUNTS competition at the University of Cincinnati, and the Seven Hills team finished in 10th place out of some 40 schools. Eighth graders Gregory Sun placed 30th out of some 300 students, and Hayden Schiff placed 47th. In the Ohio Math League competition, Tigar Cyr had the highest score in the sixth grade, and he tied for 24th place ranking in the state. On the AMC 8 competition, eighth graders Gregory Sun earned a Gold Certificate and a medal, Ned Dawson earned a Silver Certificate, and Ellie Wilson earned a Bronze Certificate. Seventh graders Andrew Wilson earned a Gold Certificate and a medal, Avery Coombe and Max Pochobradsky received Silver Certificates, and Pearce Kieser earned a Bronze Certificate. In the Ohio Math League competition, Doherty fifth grader Calvin Arbenz and Lotspeich fifth grader Jack Lane each earned perfect scores.
Eighth grader Andrew Ligeralde won the Cincinnati Enquirer’s Essay Contest, “What’s Makes America Great?” His essay was featured in the Sunday paper on July 4. Sophomore Suhel Singh placed fourth out of 80 top chemistry students from the tri-state region competing in the first-year Ralph E. Oesper Chemistry Examinations of the Cincinnati Section of the American Chemical Society. Junior Haleigh Monaco placed third out of 70 top chemistry students on the second-year Oesper exam, winning a cash award. Haleigh Monaco and junior Peppar Cyr scored high enough on the qualifying exam of the Chemistry Olympiad to be invited to the second tier of competition.
Sophomore Sharon Liao and junior Adimu Hunter-Woodard are the Upper School’s first ambassadors in the Freestore Foodbank’s new Student Ambassador Program.
Senior Britt Cyr was named a US Lacrosse Academic AllAmerican for the 2010 season. He is the only player—for all divisions—from Southern Ohio to be selected. Britt was a four-year starter on the Seven Hills varsity lacrosse team where he played midfield and was also a face-off specialist, winning more than 65% of his face-offs in both his junior and senior years. He was named Second Team All-Region as a face-off specialist in both 2009 and 2010. Additionally, he was named MVP of the varsity lacrosse team in 2010. Britt will attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where he will play lacrosse.
Sophomore Alex Ferree has been selected to participate in the Regional Youth Leadership Program in 2010-11. Junior Elisse Hill was accepted to the highly selective MIT summer program called MITES (http://web.mit.edu/mites/). Sophomore Suhel Singh has been accepted to the University of Pennsylvania’s Summer Biomedical Research Academy. We invite parents to inform us of their children’s acceptance to selective summer programs.
Senior Josh Dunaway won Eastern Hills Journal’s Sportsman of the Year Award for 2010. Read the newspaper article about Josh’s inspiring story at www.7hills.org>News.
More honors are reported in the bi-weekly Seven Hills Buzz. All of the 2009-10 issues are at www.7hills org>News.
The Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association recognized 19
Outstanding Results at 2010 Ohio Junior Classical League Convention
(Front) Hayden Schiff, Danny Korn, Ainsley McWilliams, Shirley Yan, Katie Shen, Katherine King, Jasmine Terry; Kelsey Stratman, Hannah Berger, John Rowe, Anne-Stuart Bell, Lawrence Vignola, Sara Hodgkins; Ellie Wilson, Daisia Jackson, Alex Baggott, Cullen Deimer; (top) Kyle McKibben, Chris Baggott, Claire Romaine.
Freshman Cullen Deimer earned nine top-ten places, including first in Roman Life and Graphic Arts Game. Earning eight top-ten places were freshman Chris Baggott, who placed first in Literature and Roman History and second in Pentathlon and Graphic Arts Pastels, and freshman Katherine King, who placed second in Literature. Sophomore Alex Baggott earned seven top-ten places, including second in Grammar and Reading Comprehension. Earning five top-ten places were senior Danny Korn; freshmen Anne-Stuart Bell, Katie Shen, and Lawrence Vignola, who placed second in Roman History. Eighth grader Hannah Berger earned four top-ten places. Eighth grader Ellie Wilson and senior Shirley Yan earned three top-ten places. Earning two top-ten places were freshman Jasmine Terry and eighth graders Kyle McKibben, Hayden Schiff, and Kelsey Stratman. Earning one top-ten place were senior Ainsley McWilliams, eighth grader Daisia Jackson, and freshmen John Rowe and Sara Hodgkins, who placed second in Graphic Arts Watercolor.
Members of the Seven Hills Middle and Upper School Latin Clubs earned top honors at the 2010 Ohio Junior Classical League State Convention in Columbus in which some 785 students participated in academic, creative arts, and graphic arts contests.
Out of the 30 schools that attended, Seven Hills finished second in Academic Per Capita (total academic test points divided by number of attendees)—Seven Hills’ highest finish in 12 years—and seventh in Overall Sweepstakes (total points in academics and arts, regardless of club size). All of the 20 Seven Hills students who participated earned at least one top-ten ribbon. Out of 785 students, freshman Claire Romaine finished tenth in Individual Overall Points and ninth in Individual Academic Points. She earned eleven top-ten places, including first in Pentathlon and first in Latin Recitation. 20
Congratulations, New Members of Foreign Language Honor Societies French Honor Society Students who have been inducted as new members of the French Honor Society are (seated) Kristen Prevost (11), Emily Holloway (11), Libby Carter (11), Joe Soonthornsawad (11); George Taliaferro (11), Stella Warner (11), Helen Jatho (10), Maddie Caldemeyer (11), and Callie James (12).
Spanish Honor Society
(12), Luke Wulsin (12); Lloyd Ulicny (12), Emma Weitzenkorn (11), Julie Berger (11), Haleigh Monaco (11), Elisse Hill (11), Celine Shirooni (11), Sasha Lieberman (11), Lauren Truncellito (11), Sydney Larkin (11), Julianne Bain (11).
Students who have been inducted as new members in the Seven Hills chapter of the National Spanish Honor Society are (seated) Nathan Markiewitz (11), Heidi Garrett (12), Lilly Fried (12), Chris Clark (11), Haley Brunner (12), Katherine Steinman
Donations 2 Dollars: A New Way To Donate to Seven Hills! Drop-off Locations Hillsdale Campus: Resale Shop; Mon—Sat, 9:00 am—3:00 pm Doherty Campus: Kemper Building; Mon—Fri, Noon—4:00 pm
Did you know that you can donate items to be sold on eBay and receive gift credit for the proceeds? All it takes are 3 easy steps:
Both Donations 2 Dollars and the Resale Shop are closed in July.
1). Gather quality items you forgot you had or no longer need or want. Bring the items to either campus at the location and hours listed below and your items will be listed for sale on eBay.
Questions? Lynn Cowles, Donations 2 Dollars Manager, 513-221-1765 Margo Kirstein, Seven Hills Development Office, 513-527-1319
2. When your items sell, proceeds go to The Seven Hills School. 3. We will mail you a gift credit in the form of a statement containing the net tax-deductible valuation of your item when the item is sold. 21
Top rankings in state, nation on National French Contest Upper and Middle students earned top rankings in the state and nation in the National French Contest. Students who ranked nationally scored in the top 10% of over 100,000 students participating nationwide. On Level 3, junior Justine Cefalu ranked first in Ohio and third in the nation; senior Julia Baggish, sophomore Betsy Johnson, sophomore Ginger Johnson, and senior Lloyd Ulicny ranked seventh in Ohio and ninth in the nation. Sophomore Sharon Liao, senior Amanda Meredith, and sophomore Ned Williamson ranked tenth in Ohio. On Level 2, freshmen Sarah Williamson ranked second in Ohio and third in the nation, Mia Samaha ranked third in Ohio and fourth in the nation, Sara Johnson and Zoë Pochobradsky ranked fourth in Ohio and fifth in the nation, Federica Fernandez ranked seventh in Ohio and eighth in the nation, and senior Allie Horwitz ranked eighth in Ohio and ninth in the nation. In Ohio rankings, freshman Gloria
Garcia ranked 13th, and freshman Andrew Korn, senior Justin Rau, and sophomores Madeleine Rogers and Maddie Shanahan ranked 14th. On Level 4, sophomore Helen Jatho ranked fifth in Ohio and ninth in the nation. On Level 1, junior Emma Weitzenkorn ranked 12th in Ohio and freshman Grace He ranked 13th in Ohio. The following eighth graders earned these honors: Gregory Sun earned a Certificate of Honor and ranked 11th in Ohio; Kira Tulchinskaya, Christian Johnson, Callum Cooney-Waterhouse, George Sims, and Lauren Weems earned Certificates of Achievement; Mason Duncan and Lauren McElroy earned Notable Mention. On Level 01, seventh graders Claudia Fernandez earned a Certificate of Honor and ranked ninth in Ohio, and Tessa Weisenborn, Léonard Behrens, Ike Lanier, and Jenny Perez earned Certificates of Achievement.
Upper students who earned top rankings in the state and nation in the National French Contest included (seated) Betsy Johnson, Lloyd Ulicny, Justine Cefalu, Allie Horwitz, Federica Fernandez, Mia Samaha; (standing) Ginger Johnson, Helen Jatho, Zoë Pochobradsky, Sarah Williamson, Sara Johnson.
Middle School students who earned high honors on the National French Contest included (front) Lauren McElroy, Gregory Sun, Lauren Weems, George Sims, Kira Tulchinskya, (standing) Callum Cooney-Waterhouse; Claudia Fernandez, Jenny Perez, Christian Johnson, Mason Duncan, Tessa Weisenborn; Léonard Behrens, and Ike Lanier.
Honors on National Spanish Exam Include Two First in Chapter Awards Seven Hills students earned high honors on their respective levels on the National Spanish Exam, including two First Places in the chapter. Earning Gold Medals for scoring at the 96th percentile nationally were eighth graders Andrew Ligeralde and Miguel Alemany, who placed first in the chapter on their respective exams, and freshman Allie Baretta. Earning Silver Medals for scoring in the 85th-94th percentiles nationally were sophomore Paddack Bahlman; freshmen Bethany Buck, Elizabeth Young, and Leah Yuan; eighth graders Zachary Abraham and Allie Feuerlein; seventh graders Adam Buford, Alayna Choo, and George Karamanoukian. Earning Bronze Medals for scoring in the 75th-84th percentiles nationally were sophomore Carson Quimby; freshmen Brian Collette, Priyanka Paramaswaran, and Rachel White; eighth graders Ashok Dheenan, Devin Garrett, and Dellan Stokesbary; seventh graders Ellie Pasquale and Mona Scheiber. Earning Honorable Mention for scoring in the 50th to 74th percentile nationally were sophomore Jordan Seibold; freshmen Lauren Driskell, Adeline Sawyer, Hannah Batsche, Caleb Daniel, and Lauren Gerhardt; eighth graders Emily Addy, Blair Brinker, Nick Davis, Ned Dawson, Molly Ellis, Sam Ellis, Louis Goldsmith, Caroline Linne, Tess Renusch, Sarah Salter, Jessica Seibold, and Hannah Silverman. Earning Certificates of Excellence were seventh graders Arjun Dheenan, Nicole Malofsky, and Bailey Wharton. Seventh grade honorees Ellie Pasquale, Alayna Choo, Bailey Wharton, Mona Scheiber, Nicole Malofsky; George Karamanoukian, Arjun Dheenan, and Adam Buford.
Above, Upper School honorees included (front) Elizabeth Young, Priyanka Paramaswaran; Allie Baretta, Rachel White, Bethany Buck; Jordan Seibold, Lauren Gerhardt, Adeline Sawyer; Caleb Daniel, Carson Quimby, Brian Collette; and Paddack Bahlman.
Eighth grade honorees included (front) Tess Renusch, Blair Brinker; Dellan Stokesbary, Ashok Dheenan, Zachary Abraham, Hannah Silverman, Andrew Ligeralde, Miguel Alemany; Louis Goldsmith (standing), Allie Feuerlein, Sarah Salter, Caroline Linne, Emily Addy, Molly Ellis, Jessica Seibold; Ned Dawson, Nick Davis, Sam Ellis, and Devin Garrett.
Honoring Outstanding Teachers
Susan Marrs, Director of College Counseling, Middle/Upper Director of Studies, and Assistant Head of School, was asked to continue to serve on The Princeton Review National College Counselor Advisory Board. Appointed to the Advisory Board in 2008, she is one of three college counselors in Ohio and the only one in Cincinnati currently serving on the 23-member Board, which is composed of college counseling professionals from across the U.S.
Doherty Unit III teacher Tracy Hickenlooper has been selected as the sixth recipient of the Mary Drury Faculty Chair in recognition of her “distinguished teaching in history.” Coverage of the award presentation at the opening faculty meeting in August will be in our next issue. Upper School English and Journalism teacher and Department Chair Sandra Smythe and Lotspeich Physical Education teacher and coach Katie Forster are the 2010 recipients of Brodie Grants for Excellence in Teaching from the Brodie Family Faculty Betterment Fund. The Brodie Fund is an endowed fund which provides professional development opportunities for faculty and which recognizes outstanding teachers at both early and later stages of their careers.
Eighth grade English teacher Linda Maupin and history teacher Judith Neidlein-Dial participated in the first annual Posen Foundation Seminar on integrating Jewish Studies topics into middle and high school classrooms. They spent the weekend of April 17 in New York City at the Museum of Jewish Heritage—A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, analyzing primary source material and discussing the validity and implementation of pedagogical strategies with “like-minded passionate educators.” Elements of this experience will be part of a cross-curricular collaboration on the nature of power, its misuse historically during World War II and its abuse literarily in William Golding’s Lord of the Flies.
Arts (at University of Tennessee at Chattanooga) titled “Arts @ the Core of 21st Century Learning.” On March 5 at Longworth Hall, Kristin performed with other professional actors as part of a cabaret to benefit victims of abuse served by the Declare Therapy Center. She performed a staged reading from Eve Ensler’s new play, I Am An Emotional Creature: The Secret Life of Girls Around the World. Kristin said, “I have been approached by producers and am currently working to develop the piece (in support of a local, nonprofit beneficiary), which will feature girls and women, ages 13 to 70.” Kristin Henderson was also invited to participate in a professional residency at the American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, VA, July 5–24. Her participation was partially funded by Seven Hills’ Professional Growth and Development Fund. She said, “I will be working with a nationally-acclaimed faculty of scholars and artists in performing Shakespeare through an exploration of the original performance practices and staging conditions of the Renaissance.” The following are also professional development grants from the Faculty Professional Development Fund: Upper French teacher Ann Griep participated in the Rich Internet Applications for Language Learning: “Introductory Techniques and Rich Internet Applications for Language Assessment” workshops in East Lansing, MI, July 19–24. Database and Web Administrator Scott Cagle will attend the Filemaker Development Conference in San Diego in August.
Upper chemistry and environmental science teacher Linda Ford was one of the presenters at the High School Chemistry Teacher Workshop of the Central Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society on June 19 in Dayton. Foreign Language Department Chair and college counselor Wynne Curry participated in the two-day “Conference on College and the College Admissions Process in Independent Schools,” at Horace Mann School in Riverdale, NY, in June. In June Upper science teacher Barbara Scarr participated in the five-day workshop, “Cell Biology Topics and Critical Thinking Activities,” through Catalyst Learning Curricula in Asheville, NC. Lotspeich science teacher Natalie Wildfong is one of three local educators selected to join the global master’s degree program that will study desert and marine ecosystems on the Baja peninsula at the UNESCO World Heritage site this summer. In this biosphere reserve, the group of 20 US educators will work to apply the fundamentals of field methods to ecological questions and conservation practice. The teachers are three of 120 US and international educators accepted to the second year of the Global Field Program (GFP) from Project Dragonfly at Miami University.
2010 Titcomb Fund Grants The following faculty are recipients of 2010 grants for personal and professional enrichment experiences from the Miriam Titcomb Fund. Science Department Chair and Middle School science teacher Karen Glum received a grant for her project, “Connecting the Sciences, Connecting Students Through Birds.” She travelled to Alaska in June with Drs. Dave and Jill Russell (the scientist professors and bird banders working with the sixth graders on their bird studies program), journalism professor Jenny Wohlfarth, Karen’s husband Scott, and their sons Elliot and Michael. The group studied and banded birds, formed partnerships with Alaskan teachers and scientists,
Upper/Middle English and Support Service Center teacher Meredith Brown was accepted to participate this summer in the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar for Secondary School Teachers, “America and the Great War: An Interdisciplinary Seminar in Literature and History,” sponsored by the Hall Center for the Humanities, University of Kansas. Middle drama teacher Kristin Henderson attended a conference sponsored by the Southeast Center for Education and the 24
Board of Tr ustees Welcomes New Members Stephen Baggott, Michael Coombe, Jan-Michelle Lemon Kearney, and Elizabeth Schiff.
Congratulations to Stephen J. Baggott, Michael A. Coombe (L ’72), Jan-Michelle Lemon Kearney, and Elizabeth York Schiff, who have been elected to four-year terms on the Seven Hills Board of Trustees. Re-elected to four-year terms on the Board were A. David Davis, Bill Markovits, and J. Patrick Rogers.
The 2010-11 Parent Council Representative on the Board is Marcy Goldsmith and the Alumni Representative is David Hummel (’85). The Board and the entire school community are grateful to retiring trustee Virgil M. Reed for his years of service and dedication on the Board.
Karen Glum, Malinda McReynolds, Ginger Rubin.
opportunity to gather a wealth of information and experiences to share with Doherty students when they focus on Australia during Cultural Connections Week in 2010-2011.
Farewell with Our Sincere Gratitude and Best Wishes VKathy Richardson, Upper English Teacher, 42 years VPatty Flanigan, Upper Theater Teacher, 38 years VJan Anderson, Doherty Unit I Teacher, 34 years VDavid Abineri, Science Department Chair, Math and Science Teacher, 28 years VJack White, Upper Dean of Students, English Teacher, 27 years VTed Rockwell, Head of Middle School, 21 years VDuane Sanders, Middle/Upper Science Teacher, 11 years VGretchen Carstens, Middle Latin Teacher, 9 years VBridgett Sullivan, Middle Guidance Counselor, 8 years VPeter Egan, Director of Admission and Financial Aid, 7 years VJennifer Kassen, Middle Social Studies Teacher, 7 years VCora Garcia, Middle/Upper Spanish Teacher, 6 years VMichelle Alexander, Director of Diversity, 5 years VRaymond Alexander, Lotspeich Math Resource Teacher, 5 years VMarji Platt, Middle English Teacher, 5 years VCarla Wessels, Middle/Upper Spanish Teacher, 4 years VMimi Stricker, Middle Art and Geography Teacher, 2 years VKristin FitzPatrick, Upper Creative Writing, Eva Jane Romaine Coombe Writer in Residence, 1 year VKim Heileman, Middle/Upper Music Accompanist, 1 year
collected scientific information to use in science classes in 2010-11, and learned about glaciers, volcanoes, earthquakes, wildlife, and the arctic. The trip included visits to Anchorage, Denali National Park, Fairbanks, Barrow (the northernmost village in the US), and the Kenai Peninsula. Lotspeich fourth grade teacher Malinda McReynolds received a grant for her project, “Backyard Adventures: Scenic Drives in North America.” She and her videographer husband Jeffrey explored the beauty and cultural diversity of America for two weeks in July, including the California coast and Yosemite National Park. They will produce a documentary about “America’s greatest treasures” for her school and church communities. Doherty prekindergarten teacher Ginger Rubin (C ’72) received a Titcomb Fund grant to travel to Australia over spring break, 2010, to explore the beauty and culture of Australia with her daughter, Beth (’07), who was spending a college semester abroad in Sydney. In addition to observing the elementary school where Beth was interning, Ginger had the
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Glimpse at Dynamic Learning In and Out of the Classroom Intellectual exploration calling for critical thinking and collaboration, opportunities to deeper understanding of history through simulations and doing history: these Aha! moments take place every day at Seven Hills. The following provide only a glimpse of the dynamic learning that takes place in every division. We invite you to read our bi-weekly bulletin,
Seven Hills Buzz, for a more comprehensive look at the year’s classroom activities and projects, field trips, community service efforts, and guest speakers who shared their expertise on topics ranging from nanotechnology to economics to world religions and cultures. Issues of the 2010-11 Seven Hills Buzz are at www.7hills.org>News.
The Berlin Wall made a symbolic appearance in Jen Faber’s Europe and the Modern World classes. Constructed of paper and wood, the “wall” divided the class in two, leaving only the front of the room visible to both sides. The Western side of the room was illuminated by the windows; the Eastern side had no illumination. Mrs. Faber said, “The point of the project was to try to make the students feel the presence of something as looming as the Berlin Wall. Diane Kruer approached me about implementing this project, and we crafted a way to build the wall and ‘graffiti’ it. After a few days, some of the students became annoyed at being divided in class and wanted to bring the wall down. This sentiment was the overall goal of the project.” Students in Lowell Wenger’s (at right) AP US History classes participated in a simulation about farming on the Great Plains. Each student had to make decisions about how many acres of which crops to plant and which livestock to purchase as a Nebrasksa farmer each year between 1885 and 1887. It made for a fun learning experience, as the “farmers” competed to make a profit. They learned who was a successful farmer and who lost money when Mr. Wenger read the actual weather reports from that year. At right and far right, Linda Maupin’s eighth grade English students got a taste of the challenges of jungle living associated with Lord of the Flies, as they completed these survival skills in a limited amount of time: building a hut (or reasonable facsimile) to sleep two; peeling and equally dividing a kiwi, using just their fingers; and creating a usable tool/weapon by binding a stone to a stick. 26
Colonial activities for Lotspeich fifth graders included forging dinner triangles with a blacksmith, preparing a colonial dinner, dyeing and weaving the wool of the fifth grade sheep, Lotsheep and Lana, and participating in colonial amusements and activities.
Doherty Unit III students participated in (at left) a simulation of immigrants coming through Ellis Island in 1900 and (above) the Second Continental Congressâ€™ debate about and signing of the Declaration of Independence.
In addition to being ornithologists and bird banders, Jill Russell, Ph.D. is an assistant professor of biology at the College of Mt. St. Joseph, and Dave Russell, Ph.D. is a lecturer in molecular systematics, entomology, and ornithology at Miami University.
Students in sixth grade science classes and ninth grade biology classes got hands-on experience in their study of the circulatory and respiratory systems when Dr. Jill Russsell and Dr. Dave Russell demonstrated the inner workings of the hearts and lungs of a pig and cow. 27
A Few of Our Special Events
Global Education Days, International Evening
An extravaganza of international food reflecting the rich cultural diversity of our school community spread across the width of Founders Hall as Seven Hills families came together for an International Evening of food, entertainment, and fun on March 12. The event capped a week of Global Education activities at Doherty, Lotspeich, and Middle (Upper celebrated Global Issues Day on April 23).
Lotspeich parent Anush Balian was among the many parents in all divisions who shared their cultures with our students. Other presenters included experts on international issues.
Doherty prekindergarteners took an “airplane trip” to Ireland on March 10, complete with packed “baggage, passports, security check, instructions from the pilot and flight attendant, seats with views, seatbelts and reading material,” and the most realistic airplane in a hallway ever! Middle Schoolers culminated their Global Ed Day with The Amazing Race—a race with 12 stations at which small groups had to complete timed international challenges including Irish Jig, Congolese Water Jug, Running with the Bulls, Currency Exchange, Building the Pyramids, and Crossing the Amazon (pictured).
National Geographic editor Hannah Bloch (’80), pictured with teacher Wynne Curry (H ’71), was the keynote speaker for Upper’s Global Issues Day. Hannah is a journalist with 20 years of experience covering news and features in the U.S. and abroad. She was appointed Time’s first full-time foreign correspondent in Pakistan and Afghanistan in 1996.
Youth in Politics: Creating a Voice in Our Youth
In the April 23 Seven Hills Buzz, Head of School Chris Garten wrote, “It’s hard to imagine a more galvanizing experience for young people than last Saturday’s Youth in Politics event. The students in attendance heard from a passionate group of panelists, including Seven Hills parents Eric Kearney and Calvin Buford, about the diverse roads that led them into public life. They told powerful stories of role models and mentors who encouraged them to devote their lives to public service. They spoke movingly of early experiences with injustice, about their compassion for the voiceless and disenfranchised, about the impact of their schooling From left, guest panelists attorney Calvin Buford; David Singleton, Executive Director, Ohio Department in fostering the desire to serve. of Justice; Judge Fanon Rucker; and Senator Eric Kearney; and moderator P.G. Sittenfeld (’03). “Skillfully moderated by TSHS alum P.G. Sittenfeld, a self-confessed ‘political junkie,’ the disto educate themselves about the multiple perspectives from cussion focused on the difficulty of balancing the expectations which one can see the controversial issues of our day. of one’s constituents with one’s own moral imperatives. The “Special thanks to Felicia Bell and her colleagues at panelists spoke of the time and effort it took to study and unSNAAP and to Christine Schiff for offering our students such derstand all sides of an issue, and they encouraged the students an inspiring experience.”
Major Authors at Seven Hills Students in our Upper and Lower Schools had opportunities this spring to meet with, respectively, author Richard Russo (pictured at far left), author of Pulitzer Prize-winning Empire Falls, and award-winning children’s author April Pulley Sayres (at left).
Celebration of Birds
Sixth graders hosted their parents at the first Celebration of Birds on April 27. Orchestrated by science teachers Jennifer Licata and Karen Glum and the sixth grade team, this impressive and elaborate event marked the culmination of a yearlong interdisciplinary study of birdlife.
Fine and Performing Arts Sampler
Upper’s annual Coffee House offered a dazzling array of talent in the fine and performing arts, with a focus on the visual arts.
Chorus Concert Tour in Italy
Above, Middle’s production of Double Bill: Fifteen Minute Hamlet and Drop Dead, Juliet!, A Brief Shakespearean Evening of Very Tragic Mirth. At left, Upper’s production of Sense and Sensibility.
Some of the performers at (left) Upper’s Spring Choral Concert and (above) Middle’s Spring Instrumental Concert.
Doherty’s (at left) fifth grade production of “The Emperor’s New Clothes” and (above) all-school art show.
Above at left and center, the benefit, “STUDENT ARTISTS FOR HAITI, A Night of the Arts for the New Victorian School in Haiti,” featured Upper fine and performing artists at the Madisonville Arts Center on April 9. Above at right, Paper Noise’s poetry slam that included eighth graders.
At far left, Lotspeich’s fifth grade production of “No Strings Attached”; above, part of Middle’s “Alice in Wonderland” art installation that stretched across the Founders Hall stage; inset, one of the ceramic plates Lotspeich fifth graders made in art class for their Colonial Dinner.
Winter From left, Claire Duncan, Anthony Clark, Alex Wilt, (top) Carly Harten, and Graeme Harten.
Seven Hills magazine is changing its publication schedule. As a result, this transitional issue only will cover both the winter and spring sports seasons.
Winter Sports It was an outstanding winter season with league and sectional championships for boys basketball, city and district Players of the Year for boys and girls basketball, a gymnast competing in two events at the state meet, five swimmers competing at the district meet, and many league, city, and district honors for our athletes and coaches.
First Team—Jake Davis; Second Team—Fran Chatfield, Max Davis, Josh Dunaway; Honorable Mention—Anthony Clark, Adimu Hunter-Woodard MVC Scholar-Athletes—Fran Chatfield, Josh Dunaway, Miles Hill, Kohki Nakafuku, Kyle Neu, Joshua Tiao BOYS JUNIOR VARSITY BASKETBALL “Although we did not finish with a strong record, we played some very exciting games this year,” said Coach Daniel. “We came back from a 12-point deficit to beat Lockland at home, and we finished fourth in the league behind NCH, CHCA, and Summit.” Coach Cary Daniel, Assistant Coach Greg Burkett MVP—Austin Poston; MIP—Daniel McKinnon; Coach’s Award—Ryan Ferrell
BOYS VARSITY BASKETBALL League and sectional champions, district runner-up. Season included undefeated league play and two wins over Div. I teams. Overall record of 20-3. Head Coach Willie Hill; Assistant Coaches Scott Calcaterra, Cary Daniel, Greg Burkett MVP—Fran Chatfield, Jake Davis; MIP—Anthony Clark; Coach’s Award— Players of the Class of 2010 All-State (Division IV): Second Team—Jake Davis All-Southwest District (Division IV) First Team—Jake Davis District 16 (Division IV): Player of the Year, First Team— Jake Davis; Coach of the Year—Willie Hill Enquirer All-City: Division IV Player of the Year, First Team—Jake Davis LaRosa’s Player of the Week—Jake Davis All-League (Scarlet Division): Coach of the Year—Willie Hill
BOYS FRESHMAN BASKETBALL “The team grew in confidence and ability as the year progressed,” said Coach Burkett. “They kept a positive attitude and worked hard the entire season until the last whistle.” Coach Greg Burkett MVP—Alec Kagan; MIP—Henry Head, John Rowe; Coach’s Award—Asher Serota
GIRLS VARSITY BASKETBALL Sectional finalists, overall record of 14-9. Head Coach Bob Werden; Assistant Coaches Todd Hervas, Dick Faul MVP—Claire Duncan, Sarah Evans; MIP—Haley Brunner; Coach’s Award—Taylor Jackson All-Southwest District (Division IV) Third Team—Sarah Evans
Joe Sprafka (’98) brought to our attention that we omitted the name of Scott Whitehead (’99) in the last issue’s list of basketball players who exceeded 1000 career points. Our sincere apology to Scott for this unintentional omission and our thanks to Joe for bringing it to our attention. 32
District 16 (Div. IV): Player of the Year, First Team—Sarah Evans All-District Senior All-Star Game—Sarah Evans Enquirer All-City: Divisions II-IV First Team—Sarah Evans; Honorable Mention—Claire Duncan All-League (Scarlet Division): First Team—Sarah Evans; Second Team—Claire Duncan; Honorable Mention—Haley Brunner, Taylor Jackson Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association Scholarship Awards—Tiffany Au-Yeung, Julianne Bain, Haley Brunner, Sarah Evans, Sarah Kloepper MVC Scholar-Athletes—Tiffany Au-Yeung, Julianne Bain, Haley Brunner, Katie Cirulli, Claire Duncan, Sarah Evans, Hillary Goldsmith, Sarah Kloepper, Katie McNamara, Emily Rogers-Fightmaster, Anna Smith
Spirit face painting by the cheerleaders was a big hit at Doherty/ Lotspeich Spirit Night.
GIRLS JUNIOR VARSITY BASKETBALL “The team played hard in every game and never gave up,” said Coach Faul. “They were very competitive and improved individually and as a team throughout the season. Several of the girls also practiced and saw limited playing time with the varsity, gaining valuable experience, which should help the varsity next year.” Coach Dick Faul MVP—Sarah Kloepper; MIP—Helen Davidoski; Coach’s Award—Hillary Goldsmith
Brown, Graeme Harten; Nathan Markiewitz; Virgilio Urbina Lazardi, Evan Werner GIRLS SWIMMING At the district meet, Leah Yuan placed 10th in the 100yard butterfly (school record of 1:01.99) and 12th in the 100-yard freestyle (school record of 57.91), narrowly missing qualifying for state; Carly Harten placed 20th in the 500-yard freestyle; and the 400-freestyle relay of Emily Holloway, Kristen Prevost, Carly Harten, and Leah Yuan placed 19th. The team placed second at the Southern Ohio Swim League Meet. Head Coach Robin Murphy; Assistant Coaches Katie Forster, Beth Wessel MVS—Carly Harten; MIS—Emily Holloway; Coach’s Award— Kristen Prevost All-League: First Team—Carly Harten MVC Scholar-Athletes—Sarah Austin, Justine Cefalu, Leah Cromer, Federica Fernandez, Kimia Ghazi, Carly Harten, Helen Head, Emily Holloway, Anne Mapes, Kristen Prevost, Francesca Scheiber, Bizzie Shanahan, Leah Yuan
GYMNASTICS The team ranked seventh in the city and 10th in the district.At the district meet, Alex Wilt finished second in the uneven parallel bars, qualifying for the state meet, where she finished 23rd on bars. Selected as a first alternate for the All-Around competition at state, she finished 33rd in this event. Head Coach Sue Bone, Asst. Coaches Megan Kreimer, Keri Betts (’05) MVG—Alex Wilt; MIG—Kathleen Mathieu; Coach’s Award— Amy Mauro All-District: First Team—Alex Wilt Southwest District Sportsmanship Award- Amy Mauro Southwest District Four-Year Scholar Athlete—Kathleen Mathieu Enquirer All-City: First Team—Alex Wilt; Honorable Mention— Amy Mauro MVC Scholar-Athletes—Isabel Arjmand, Hannah Batsche, Lauren Driskell, Kathleen Mathieu, Haleigh Monaco, Emma Weitzenkorn, Sarah Williamson, Alex Wilt
CHEERLEADING “The cheerleaders had another wonderful year led by the dedicated seniors,” said Coach Wildfong. “School spirit continues to grow with each passing year.” Coach Natalie Wildfong MVC—Heidi Garrett; MIC—Callie James; Coach’s Award— Libby Carter All-League: First Team—Heidi Garrett MVC Scholar-Athletes—Maddie Caldemeyer, Libby Carter, Grace Elkus, Lilly Fried, Heidi Garrett, Callie James, Sasha Lieberman, Weedy Myers, Shea Renusch, Celine Shirooni
BOYS SWIMMING At the district meet, Evan Werner placed 9th in the 500yard freestyle (school record of 5:05.07) and 13th in the 100-yard breaststroke and narrowly missed qualifying for state. The team placed fourth at the Southern Ohio Swim League Meet. Head Coach Robin Murphy; Assistant Coaches Katie Forster, Beth Wessel MVS—Graeme Harten; MIS—Ari Shifman; Coach’s Award— Michael Bi MVC Scholar-Athletes—Michael Bi, Gabriel Blanco, Jeff 33
All sports photography by Keith Neu
A Great Spring Season!
From left, Joey Wayne, Kyle Neu, Meredith Collette
BOYS VARSITY TENNIS 17-3 record, MVC champion, undefeated in league and in Division II. Ranked #1 in the city and #2 in the state. The team won the regional title and played in the Final Four team tournament at Ohio State. The team lost its first match against defending state champion Columbus Academy but rallied to defeat Wellington to finish third in the state. The doubles team of Joe Soonthornsawad and Joey Wayne won the SW District championship and competed at state, where they won their first doubles match but lost in the Elite Eight. Coach Tim Drew MVP—Joey Wayne; MIP—Joe Soonthornsawad, Rick Tesmond; Coach’s Award—Baker Leyman All-State: Second Team—Joe Soonthornsawad, Joey Wayne Enquirer All-City Division II: Coach of the Year—Tim Drew; First Team—Joe Soonthornsawad, Rick Tesmond, Josh Tiao, Joey Wayne; Honorable Mention—Matt Cohen, Baker Leyman Greater Cincinnati Tennis Coaches Association (GCTCA): Doubles Team of the Year—Rick Tesmond, Josh Tiao; First Team—Joey Wayne; Sportsmanship Award—John Larkin Honorable Mention—Joe Soonthornsawad, Matt Cohen, Baker Leyman All-League: Coach of the Year—Tim Drew; First Team—Joey Wayne, Rick Tesmond, Josh Tiao; Second Team—Joe Soonthornsawad, Baker Leyman, Matt Cohen; Honorable Mention—John Larkin, Alex Markovits MVC Scholar-Athletes— John Larkin, Alex Markovits, Rick Tesmond, Robby Woodworth
BOYS JUNIOR VARSITY BLUE TENNIS 8-1 record. Placed second in their flight at the GCTCA Tournament. Coach Amy Ilg MVP—Jordan Klette-Cusher; MIP—Deepak Kumar; Coach’s Award—Kyle Patel
BOYS JUNIOR VARSITY GOLD TENNIS 16-0 record, winning 78 of 80 matches played. Won the St. X Doubles Tournament and the GCTCA Tournament. Coach John Krauss MVP—Henry Head; MIP—Jonathan Tiao; Coach’s Award— Michael Bain
BOYS JUNIOR VARSITY BASEBALL This was the first JV baseball team in recent history and the boys gained valuable game experience. Coach Mike Heis, Assistant Coach Mark Mitchell (’03) MVP—Brandon Malofsky; MIP—Emilio Fernandez; Coach’s Award—Ian Hillenbrand
BOYS VARSITY BASEBALL The varsity baseball team ended its outstanding season losing to Ft. Loramie 2-0 in the regional semifinals.The team finished the season with a 22-6 record and captured both sectional and district championships. Ranked #4 in the state in Division IV. Coach Brian Phelps, Assistant Coaches Cary Daniel, Rick Keeton, Mike Heis, Mark Mitchell (’03) MVP—Kyle Neu; MIP—Matthew Monteith; Coach’s Award— Justin White All-State: First Team—Kyle Neu; Second Team—Ryan Ferrell Enquirer All-City Div. II-IV: First Team—Ryan Ferrell, Kyle Neu All-State All-Star Game: Kyle Neu All-City All-Star Game: Jordan Burgess All-League Scarlet Division: Player of the Year—Kyle Neu; Coach of the Year—Brian Phelps (celebrating his 100th win this year); First Team—Ryan Ferrell, Kyle Neu; Second Team—Harrison Addy, Jordan Burgess; Honorable Mention— Justin White, Luke Wulsin MVC Scholar-Athletes—Harrison Addy, Kyle Neu, Justin White
From left, Lauren Gerhardt, Alex Ferree, Elisse Hill, Britt Cyr.
GIRLS VARSITY FAST-PITCH SOFTBALL MVC Gray Division champion! Comprised primarily of freshmen and sophomores, the team had a successful season and is looking forward to next year. Coach Tom Betts, Assistant Coach Doug Huff MVP—Lauren Gerhardt; MIP—Katie McNamara; Coach’s Award—Ainsley McWilliams Enquirer All-City (Div. II-IV): Honorable Mention—Bethany Buck, Lauren Driskell, Lauren Gerhardt All-League Gray Division: Coach of the Year—Tom Betts; First Team—Bethany Buck, Lauren Driskell, Lauren Gerhardt; Second Team—Monica Blanco, Katie McNamara; Honorable Mention—Amy Mauro, Ainsley McWilliams MVC Scholar-Athletes—Bethany Buck, Katie Cirulli, Katie McNamara, Ainsley McWilliams, Anu Vora, Rachel White Ohio Fast-Pitch Softball Coaches Association Scholar Athlete— Ainsley McWilliams
BOYS LACROSSE Although plagued with injuries, senior leadership was strong and the team worked hard in practices and games. Coach Ryan Brogan; Assistant Coach Fred Schulkers MVP—Britt Cyr; MIP—Martin Chavez; Coach’s Award— George Taliaferro US Lacrosse Academic All-American (see page 19): Britt Cyr All-State: Third Team—Fran Chatfield; Honorable Mention— Austin Poston All-Region: Second Team—Fran Chatfield, Britt Cyr, Austin Poston; Honorable Mention—Gilbert Richards, George Taliaferro Scholar-Athletes—Jeff Brown, Britt Cyr, Luke Miller, George Taliaferro VARSITY BOYS AND GIRLS TRACK AND FIELD Team members who qualified at sectionals to compete at regionals were Emma Zangrando, Alex Wilt, Caleigh Griffin, Jasmine Cline-Bailey, TJ Nelson, Alex Ferree, Lauren Truncellito, Emily Bedell, Cartland Harten, Lena Geissler, and Brandon Williams, with Elizabeth Young as first alternate for the 4x400m girls relay. At regionals, T.J. Nelson finished 8th in the 400m run and set a new school record of 52.56 seconds. Alex Ferree finished 7th in the 800m run with a time of 1.59:82. Coach Tana Luckie, Assistant Coach Isabelle Kalubi (’00) MVRs—Alex Ferree, Alex Wilt; MIRs—Paddack Bahlman, Lena Geissler; Coach’s Awards—Andrew Bowen, Anne-Stuart Bell MVC Scholar-Athletes—Emily Bedell, Alex Ferree, Lena Geissler, Carly Harten, Elisse Hill, Adam Jatho, Helen Jatho, Jacob Johnson, Sharon Liao, Bryan Romaine, Lauren Truncellito, Alex Wilt, Elizabeth Young, Michael Young
GIRLS LACROSSE “The growth of the Seven Hills girls lacrosse program has reached a new plateau,” said Coach Stewart Lewis. “This year’s team rebounded from last year’s losing season to register its best season ever—11-6. Most impressive, from the coach’s perspective, is that the team never gave up.” Coach Stewart Lewis, Assistant Coach Nicole Seick MVPs—Meredith Collette, Heidi Garrett; MIP—Allison Hills; Coach’s Award—Haley Jones All-District: First Team—Meredith Collette, Heidi Garrett; Second Team—Weedy Myers, Bryn Post; Honorable Mention—Claire Duncan Scholar-Athletes—Meredith Collette, Ellen Coombe, Katie Cromer, Heidi Garrett, Sara Johnson, Anne Mapes, Weedy Myers, Katie Sauers, Stella Warner
Mi ddle S c h o o l Sp o r t s S p r i ng
Mary Beth Young
“Middle School tennis had a young team this year that played a tough schedule filled with traditional powerhouses,” said Brian Wabler, who co-coached with Russell White. “The team record was 4-8, with major wins against CHCA, Mariemont, Summit, and CCDS. The team played hard and improved a great deal over the season. Seventh grader Henry Chavez and eighth grader Armand Ghazi advanced to the semifinals of the Seven Hills Doubles Invitational before losing to a very tough Walnut Hills team. Overall, it was a great building year for what promises to be a strong tennis team next year.” “The boys and girls track team had another very successful season,” said Coach Craig Young, who was assisted by Joe Harten. “They took home the first place trophy from several meets involving more than 10 schools, and the girls finished second in the MVC Conference Championship Meet. Almost all the boys and girls won at least one first to third place medal at the Conference Programs begin Championship with several members winning June 16–August 15 first place honors.” OverRoger 120Schnirring options – added, “The boys took silver and bronze in their relays and almost won the Reena SenGupta. 4X100M relay posting a season best time. Jared Nelson, Josh Weaver, Kyle McKibben, Christian Johnson, and Adam Buford all earned medals at the MVC Championship! “Some of the girls MVC Championship highlights included the following: eighth graders Alexis Lyndsey and Sarah Salter were triple medalists. Alexis won two gold and a silver while achieving one personal best and tying another. Seventh graders Alayna Choo and Montana Reilly each won a gold medal with Alayna’s in long jump and Montana’s in the 1600M run. We have always coached with an emphasis on team (overall and relays) for both boys and girls and we are very pleased with the team spirit, effort and results.” Lacrosse Coach Sally Myers said, “The Middle School girls lacrosse team now has six seasons under our belt and finished this 2010 season with an 8-3 record. Assistant Coach Katie Forster and I were proud of the girls’ enthusiasm, team spirit and individual improvement over the course of the season. We wish the best to our eighth graders moving on to varsity next year: attack players Emily Addy, Emma Uible and Sammy Head; goalie Hadiya Harrigan; deep defenders Kate Hickenlooper and Kira Tulchinskaya; and midfielder Ellie 36
Middle School gymnastics, coached by Sue Bone and assisted by Keri Betts (’05), had a very successful season. Coach Bone said, “The girls achieved many goals and improved throughout the season. They took second place at our home meet, third place at Miamisburg, second at the CCD invitational, second at the Turpin High Invitational, and they placed second for the runner-up trophy at the Anderson High School championship meet. There were a lot of ribbons and medals for the girls throughout the season. Reena SenGupta and Tamara Karram consistently placed in the top three.” Middle School Athletic Director Roger Schnirring reported, “The Middle School boys A basketball team had a tough year, plagued by the injury bug and a tough MVC A division this basketball season. They had impressive wins over Summit and Cincinnati Christian, and they were able to upset New Miami in the first round of the MVC tournament. The team was led by a great group of eighth graders and Roderick McFarland (pictured) led the team averaging 10 points. The boys were coached by Ed Wiseman and Bob Kirsch. “The boys B basketball team and Coach John Krauss had high expectations for the season and they delivered. They beat every team on their schedule at least once, including league rivals North College Hill and CHCA. The team advanced to the semifinals of the MVC tournament and finished the season with an impressive 12-3 record. Coach Krauss attributes the successful season to a great team effort and commitment by the players with everyone understanding his role on the team. “The boys C team finished the year with an outstanding record of 10-4 and a third place finish in the MVC Tournament. Jackson Callow and Ike Lanier provided steady play and great leadership to go along with Turner Anderson’s ability to hit a 3-point shot from downtown, made the C team exciting to watch. The C team was coached by Craig Young.” The Middle School girls basketball team had a terrific regular season, finishing with 9 wins and 4 losses, including two wins against CHCA. The team received a fifth seed in the post-season tournament, which ended with a close game versus Cincinnati Christian. Alexis Lindsay and Lauren Weems were co-captains, and Lauren led the team averaging over 15 points per game. Marissa Fernandez was Head Coach, Linda Clark was Assistant Coach, and Sally Leyman was Scorekeeper/Assistant.
Wilson. They will certainly prove to be experienced assets to our high school team. “Ten seventh graders, all new to lacrosse this season, dug down and found a passion for a new sport: Sarah Kanter, Celeste Kearney, Corie Kirkwood, Sophie Lewis, Nicole Malofsky, Liza Randman, Mollie Rouan, Grace Cawdrey, Maggie Gosiger and Avery Coombe. We hope the girls continue playing through the off season and come back to us geared up to play next spring.” “The accomplishments of the Middle School boys lacrosse team were simply amazing,” said Coach Mike Collette, who was assisted by Mike Schnirring. “The 19-member strong team consisted of 15 seventh graders and four eighth graders. Only four players had ever played lacrosse before. Despite their youth and relative inexperience, they finished with a regular season record of 8-4 and a record of 8-1 against other seventh grade or Middle School B teams. The team showed
unbelievable heart, winning virtually every close contest in which they competed. One goal margin victories included wins over Summit, Loveland and Visitation. “At the end of the season, the team participated in the State Middle School Lacrosse Championship in Columbus. The team opted to pass on a top seed in Division V to play up in Division IV against some very experienced eighth grade competition. While the team came up on the short end of their three contests, two of the three games were tight right up until the end of the game. Notably, one of the closest games was a heartbreaking loss to the Indian Hill B team, most of whose players had been playing lacrosse since the second grade. “The state tournament gave the boys tremendous experience and infused them with a sense of passion to develop their skills further in the off-season, so they can be one of the premier Middle School teams in Cincinnati next year.”
Familiar Faces Across the Street
Carol Hesser (C ’65), Jody Knoop, Amy Francis, Renee Davis, Marlene Baer.
Whether contributing time volunteering, donating saleable merchandise or simply enjoying the shopping, YOUR Resale Shop always welcomes the support! These pictures show the devotion of Amy Francis, Renee Davis, Marlene Baer, Carol Hesser, and Jody Knoop, who routinely stay involved with Resale Shop operations. Our all-school fundraiser thrives on the support of our school community. The general public benefits from the abundant supply of quality donations, reasonably priced and attractively displayed daily. Ultimately, The Seven Hills School benefits from the sales profits generated through efforts of volunteers, donors and shoppers. Store hours are 9:00 to 3:00 Monday through Saturday. Closed in July, the shop reopened on August 2.
Toasting Linda (third from right) with sparkling cider were, from left, Sandra Shaw, Mare Mirkopoulos, Deb Laber, Marty Hamilton, Nancy Schulhoff, Carole Wuerfel, and Louise Cottrell.
Resale Shop staffers and former manager Carole Wuerfel gathered to honor longtime volunteer and former Seven Hills parent Linda McGrath on April 28. Linda, who started volunteering at the 37
Resale Shop in 1992, moved to Colorado with husband Mike this summer. We will certainly miss the McGrath Family— Linda, Mike, Bill (’03), and Pat (’05)— and look forward to their visits.
The Seven Hills School Alumni Art Show The second Seven Hills School Alumni Art Show was held on Friday, May 7. A beautiful night provided a lovely setting to showcase a sample of our alumni talent. A record crowd was on hand to celebrate and enjoy the displays that included paintings, sketches, photographs, sculpture, fiber art, and other media. Thank you to all of our participating artists. Many thanks, as well, to Dede Lewis Rowe (â€™78) and Deb Muntz Krehbiel (C â€™70) for their planning, recruiting and display expertise.
Reunion 2010 For classes ending in 0 & 5
October 8 & 9
Special congratulations to the classes of CPS and Hillsdale 1960 on their 50th reunion and to the class of 1985 on celebrating its 25th! Friday, October 8 Noon–2:00pm
Classics Luncheon* for 1932–1960 CPS and Hillsdale alumnae and 1934–1959 Lotspeich alumni Cincinnati Country Club
Welcome by Christopher Garten, Head of School Andress Art Gallery, Hillsdale Campus
Tours of the Upper School Hillsdale Campus
Cocktail Reception Commons and Deck, Hillsdale Campus
Saturday, October 9 Evening
Individual Class Events Reunion agents will send separate invitations
All school-sponsored events are free of charge courtesy of your Alumni Association and the Development Office. *The Classics Luncheon is for alumni only. Spouses and guests are welcome at all other school-sponsoredd reunion events. For questions, check your class year for a reunion rep or contact Nancy McCormick Bassett ‘83 Director of Alumni Relations firstname.lastname@example.org or 513-272-5354
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VVVVVVVVVVVVV Our condolences to the family and friends who lost loved ones as shared in this issue.
Carolyn Shine (H) (Cincinnati) writes, “[I am] still busy with maintenance of the old family homestead, gardening and a couple of research projects.”
She was head mammography greeter at Christ Hospital for more than 25 years, according to her son. Others were aware of her compassion as well. The Greater Cincinnati Foundation named her as a recipient of its Jacob E. Davis Volunteer Leadership Award in 2003.
Elizabeth “Betty” Deupree Goldsmith (H) (Cincinnati) died May 28, 2010. Our fall issue will contain a tribute to Betty in honor of her dedication to the city of Cincinnati and The Seven Hills School.
Dede Allen (C) (Los Angeles, CA) died on April 18, 2010. Her obituary in the Los Angeles Times said she was “the film editor whose seminal work on Robert Rossen’s The Hustler in 1961 and especially on Arthur Penn’s Bonnie and Clyde in 1967 brought a startling new approach to imagery, sound and pace in American movies. She was nominated for Academy Awards for Dog Day Afternoon (1975), Reds (1981), and Wonder Boys (2000). Allen was the first film editor—male or female—to receive sole credit on a movie for her work. The honor came with Bonnie and Clyde, a film in which Allen raised the level of her craft to an art form that was as seriously discussed as cinematography or even directing…”
Carol Bettman Lazar (H) (New York, NY) died on March 6, 2010. She was the founder and director of the Chilmark Photography Workshop to which dozens of aspiring photographers from all over the United States came for more than a decade.
Angela Mitchell Meeske (H) (Cincinnati) died on April 8, 2010, after a lengthy illness. Patricia Palm Sammis (H) (Terrace Park, OH) died on January 18, 2010. She had a lifelong love of bridge. When people in Cincinnati had a question about bridge, they called upon her knowledge of the game. When Patricia didn’t know the answer, she wrote to the expert, world champion bridge player Charles Henry Goren. Goren always responded, which never failed to tickle Patricia. She also loved to cook and “always cooked from scratch,” said her daughter Pamela DeCourcy.
Ruth Smith Upson (H) (Cincinnati) died on April 6, 2010. Family members remember Ruth as a generous and compassionate person who gave tirelessly of herself to community service organizations. The mother of five found time to raise her children and still volunteer countless hours to the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Hyde Park, Christ Hospital, the Junior League, and The Children’s Theatre Inc.
Sarah Crane Martindale (H) (Middletown, OH) died on February 17, 2010. She was on the Board of Directors for the Hospital Auxiliary, active with Planned Parenthood and the Middletown Garden Club.
Margery Hill Webb (H) (Lima, OH) writes, “[I am] moving to a retirement/ assisted living apartment. My husband Glen is in a convalescent home as he continues to go downhill with Parkinson’s.”
Dorothy Rodgers Werk (H) (Wilmington, NC) wrote, “It’s hard to believe we left Cincinnati 38 years ago. We are both fine and love living in Wilmington. Gloria Wamsley Fisher (C ’40) and Gene were here last Thanksgiving and are doing well.”
Eleanor Wallis Herkness (H) (Lewisburg, WV) shared, “As I am an 80-yearold alumna of the class of ’48, I am struggling with The Golden Years.”
Beverly Hinsch Owen (H) (Burr Ridge, IL) died on February 26, 2010. She was very active in the Faith Fellowship Church in Oak Brook, IL, where she and her husband were among its founding members. She was an avid gardener and cook, and she enjoyed spending summers with her family at their summer home on Lake Bellaire, MI. Sandy Hauck Elliott (C) (Cincinnati) wrote, “Sorry not to have checked in sooner but am slowly recovering from a broken leg. I am on a walker. Hope to be able to get back to my water aerobics this summer. At the same time I was in the hospital, my sister Francie Hauck Pavey (C ’52) was in another hospital for a knee replacement. She is now off her walker—she’s younger than I am, that’s why!”
Ann Baxter Wiethe (H) (Wyoming, OH) shared, “I am presently involved with the Covington-Cincinnati Suspension Bridge Committee trying to raise $500,000 to replace the lights on this historic landmark.” Katherine Crone’s (H) (New York, NY) work was included in two shows this spring. Ten Years of the Ink Shop: Prints & Books at the Ink Shop Printmaking Center in Ithaca, NY. The second show was Inventive Structures: Books Beyond the Codex at the Creative Arts Workshop in New Haven, CT.
Sue Boller Rusche (H) (Atlanta, GA) is the 2010 Goodall Distinguished Alumna Award recipient, and she will be our Lectures for Life speaker on November 3. See the article on the next page.
Debbie Gale (L ’51, H) (Orlando, FL) writes, “Florida remains filled with sunshine and grandsons. I find that I have been embraced as a ‘senior citizen,’ which caught me completely off guard! As a new member of this resident group (one who loves to have free time and no physical problems), I stay busy!”
VVVVVVVVVVVVV The Seven Hills School Alumni Association Presents 2010 Goodall Distinguished Alumna Award Recipient & Lectures for Life Speaker
Sue Boller Rusche H ’56 Wednesday, November 3, 2010 Goodall Award Presentation 6:00pm Lecture 6:30pm-7:30pm Reception 7:30pm Young Family Library, Hillsdale Campus 5400 Red Bank Road As co-founder, president, and chief executive officer of National Families in Action (NFIA), Sue Rusche has helped shape the drug prevention field since the organization’s founding in 1977.
Jane Hauenstein Bidlingmeyer (H) (Cincinnati) died on April 14, 2010. She served as a docent at the Cincinnati Art Museum for 35 years. She particularly enjoyed touring young children. Jane was active in the Junior League and Cincinnati Antiques Festival, and she served on the boards of the Visiting Nurses Association, Historic Southwest Ohio, Babies Milk Fund and Cystic Fibrosis.
Betsy Benedict Peabody (H) (St. Johnsbury, VT) shares, “[I] just had my 70th birthday—hard to believe—and we will celebrate our 50th anniversary in July. Life is full. Trips to Quebec for biking, Nova Scotia for camping—we’re only an hour from the border.”
1960 50th Reunion CPS—Sue Ellliott Wilkening email@example.com Hillsdale— Jean Zimmerman Donaldson firstname.lastname@example.org
Under her direction, NFIA helped parents form drug-prevention groups throughout the United States, helped lead the volunteer parent drugprevention movement, and helped contribute to the two-thirds reduction in regular drug use among adolescents and young adults and the 500 percent drop in daily marijuana use among high school seniors that occurred between 1979 and 1992.
Linda “Tuckie” Bartlett Westfall (C) (Alexandria, VA) writes, “[I] retired from Kraft Foods in March after 25 years. I just completed a Master Gardeners Course and hope to be certified by fall. I chaired the 2010 Plant Sale for Friends of the U.S. National Arboretum (FONA).”
She is chief architect of the Parent Corps, which recruits, trains, and pays salaries to Parent Leaders to mobilize parents into drug prevention. She is web editor and principal writer of National Families in Action’s website, the Addiction Studies Program for Journalists website, the Addiction Studies Program for the States website, and the Parent Corps website. In the course of her work, Mrs. Rusche has testified before many Congressional committees, given speeches throughout the world, and made numerous appearances on national television, including the Jim Lehrer Newshour, the Today Show, Good Morning America, CNN News, CNN and Company, CNN News Stand, Fox Cable Television, MSNBC, and various network evening news shows, as well as on local television and radio shows across the nation.
45th Reunion CPS—Ann Bartlett Blemker email@example.com
1970 30th Reunion CPS—Anni Macht Gibson firstname.lastname@example.org Hillsdale— Ellie Quackenbush Block EQD1126@aol.com Margaret Walker Comey email@example.com
VVVVVVVVVVVVV CPS 1969 Members of the CPS Class of 1969 enjoyed their Reunion last October 9 and 10. At left, at the home of Debbie Meyer Chamberlain, were Carol Capelle, Val Vornheder Allendorf-Mendez, Barb Busener Miller, Debbie Meyer Chamberlain, Martha Schuster Schinbeckler, and Gretchen Holzman Kauscher.
“This photo of the Miss Doherty’s reunion group was taken at Livingston Lodge in Indian Hill for the combined Reunion with CCDS, Hillsdale, and CPS,” said Debbie Chamberlain. “Pictured are Martha Schuster Schinbeckler, Val Vornheder Allendorf-Mendez, Debbie Meyer Chamberlain, Jim Mixter, and Barb Busener Miller. “It was a great two nights. On Friday night we all viewed the 100 Year Miss Doherty Birthday DVD. Saturday night we all enjoyed dining on our Cincinnati favorite foods, dancing to our favorite music, and playing catch up. The vote was to reunite again in five years.”
Anni Macht Gibson (C) (Cincinnati) was selected as Poet of the Month for the June issue of the Menopause Press. The website explains: “This is a funny name for a publishing venture, we know! But with more and more women reaching that age, we’re becoming a demographic all our own with unique tastes in literature and art, and even philosophies of life and how to live it. Menopause Press is for writers and readers interested in literature for women, by women, and about women. Yes, men are welcome, too!” www.menopausepress.net
Eileen Gould (C) (New York, NY) writes, “I am still working part-time
at Sotheby’s in client services. I also am the patient editor for a newsletter at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. It is called ‘Bridges’ and can be found at www.mskcc.org/bridges.”
1975 35th Reunion B. Wiley Gordon BGordon@cinci.rr.com Margaret Avril Lawson firstname.lastname@example.org
Joe Navarro on nonverbal communication in the workplace. Donald Bruce Poynter, Toni’s husband, did the interior illustrations. FINS, the Wall Street Journal Digital Network called it “one of the six best business books to read for your career in 2010.” http://www. amazon.com/Louder-Than-Words-Exceptional-Intelligence/dp/0061771392
Toni Sciarra Poynter’s (New York, NY) recently-published book is Louder Than Words. She co-authored this book with retired FBI special agent
30th Reunion Grace Allen Hill email@example.com
Warren Anderson’s (Elgin, IL) doctoral thesis was approved by the
VVVVVVVVVVVVV Congratulations, Judge Tim Black We offer our sincere congratulations to The Honorable Timothy S. Black on his investiture as United States District Judge for the United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio, on June 21 at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. Judge Black is a former Seven Hills faculty member and the father of two graduates. Nominated by President Obama for the District Court Bench, he was formerly a United States Magistrate in the Southern District of Ohio. thesis directors at Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies (Orange Park, FL), recently accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education. He was hooded in June. Warren serves as the Dean of the Chapel and Lecturer in Communication Arts and Worship Arts at Judson University and Worship Pastor at Elgin Evangelical Free Church, both in Elgin, IL. He also serves on the editorial board of Worship Leader magazine.
Patrick Donovan (Cincinnati) died on April 12, 2010. Patrick, a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, was a talented artist and avid naturalist. A devoted husband and father, he is survived by his wife Sun Ho, daughters Molly, Fionnuala and Sabrina, and their dog, Tonka.
Aaron VanderLaan (’91)(Cincinnati) writes, “My wife Allison and I experienced the birth of our first child on April 2, 2010. His name is Aidan. We are both very happy and so are his grandparents. “ Congratulations!
1985 25th Reunion Melissa Morelli Barone firstname.lastname@example.org Lisa Collins Winick email@example.com Photographer Mike Spitz’s (Los Angeles, CA) new book, Crumbling City, has won critical praise. “Crumbling City is a collection of black and white and color photographs exploring the nostalgic decay of our soon-to-be-forgotten American landscape. Spitz also has included interesting historical facts about some of the locations he has captured. For those who believe there is beauty in our ‘crumbling cities,’ and for those who also want to learn about what some of these places used to be, Crumbling City is a musthave in your photo book collection.” http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/ detail/1263696
Karin Anderson (Chicago, IL) is a developmental psychologist and associate professor of psychology and counselor education at Concordia University Chicago. Her first book, It Just Hasn’t Happened Yet, presents a new angle in the Relationship genre—one that encourages women who want to be in a long-term relationship to stay true to themselves instead of changing to appeal to someone else. It asserts that single women are smart, sexy, cream-of-thecrop “catches” who will eventually be “caught.” They aren’t screwed up and they can stop berating themselves for being single. They’re fabulous as is—it just hasn’t happened yet. The book is available on Amazon.com and in bookstores. Visit Karin’s website, AuthenticallyMe.com. John Dolbey (Cincinnati) and his daughter Mae co-authored a book, Sunrise Over Fire Rock Field. Their goal is to provide a positive message of teamwork for children and parents through a trio of courageous iguanodon siblings. “With all of the conflict in the world today, there are very relevant and powerful messages
provided to children reading this book that parents will appreciate,” says John. The story focuses on Iggy, a young iguanodon, who stands out as a leader from the herd by coming up with an idea to solve a food shortage problem for his herbivore herd, as well as a protection problem for another group of plant-eaters nearby. First-time author John Dolbey shares that the iguanodon characters in the chapters of Sunrise Over Fire Rock Field were co-created with his daughter Mae, who loves dinosaurs, over a three-year period of storytelling. “Over time, it developed into longer stories and this book,” he says. “I have done this mostly for my daughter so that she could see her passions come to life and that hard work can bring good results.”
Libby Eynon Welch (Greenwich, CT) was welcomed into The Harvard College Athletic Hall of Fame in Cambridge in May. The following is an excerpt from the program. “It is a simple fact: losing is a part of sport. ... Apparently, nobody told this to Libby Eynon who lost a grand total of zero regular season matches over her four-year career as a Harvard squash superstar. “Playing during the so-called Golden Era of Harvard Squash, Libby’s career accolades and statistics are simply astonishing. From 1992-1995, beginning as Ivy League Rookie of the Year, she was a four-time First Team All-Ivy selection and a four-time First Team All-America selection who helped her team to four WISRA National Championships, four Ivy League Titles, and three Howe Cups. As a senior in 1995, Libby had arguably her finest year of competition as she again went undefeated on the year, captained her team to a team national championship, and was the unanimous selection for Ivy League Player of the Year. “Also a star on the soccer field for four years, Libby was awarded the Radcliffe College Alumnae Association Award at the 1995 Senior Letterwinners’ Dinner honoring her as HarvardRadcliffe’s top female athlete. She left Harvard with many accomplishments to her name, perhaps none greater than, in 1995, when she defeated the Continued page 46
The Wandering Alum
Exploring Renewable Energy in Western Europe by Bike with Liza Eaton ’92
“What have I gotten myself into?” The first few days of an extended camping trip are always daunting, but after my third flat tire in one day and my plodding pace into a stiff headwind, I was beginning to wonder why I decided to do this. It was the beginning of a six-week bike trip through Western Europe to learn more about renewable energy. An organization called the Fund for Teachers sponsored my travels in the belief that funding teachers’ passions will make them better teachers. I was trying to uncover why Europe has far surpassed the United States in its dedication to and implementation of renewable energy. Wind turbines, solar panels, farm-based biogas plants and “eco villages” were just some of the “sights” that I visited while biking through Germany, Denmark, Sweden and the Netherlands. Arranging and planning the visits, by bike, was the biggest challenge and reward. After years of long-distance backpacking, canoeing and kayaking, the roots of which began in the Seven Hills outdoor program, I have found myself loving bike touring. I have been dreaming of biking the North Sea Cycle Route, which is the longest posted bike route in the world, for several years. This trip allowed me to do a section of this route. In addition, I reasoned that biking would be a great way to connect with Europeans and experience the culture more deeply. Not only did my funny-looking folding bike stimulate conversation, people quickly responded “Americans bike?” upon finding where I was from. I met many more people than I ever would have traveling by train or car; I even ended up touring with a German petroleum chemist and her husband for a week. It was tricky to arrange the visits, not knowing what kind of terrain and weather we might encounter along the way. It turned out that the terrain resembled that of Iowa and while wind did pose some problems, I found that having a firm destination throughout the trip pushed me to vary my time in the saddle. Averaging around eighty kilometers a day left me feeling satisfied, with plenty of time
to explore and find food and camping sites. As a seventh and eighth grade science teacher at an Expeditionary Learning School in Denver, part of my job is to address science content standards in unique and authentic ways. Students learn content through indepth studies of authentic topics and issues. This trip helped me deepen the content of the science studies in my classroom. After fifteen “visits” which varied from four hours to four days, I deepened my understanding about renewable energy. In particular, I can envision systems that will allow cities to be powered (and heated and transported) completely by renewable energy. The Nordic Folkecenter in northern Denmark helps communities assess their resources and develop systems that will allow heat and electricity to be generated by a combination of wind, solar and biomass generators. Farmers and everyday people are shooting for 100% renewable energy production, not just because they care about the environment and energy independence, but because it is economically smart to do so. All three countries I visited have implemented a cadre of subsidy and tax policies that firmly put renewable energy into competition. Not only that, but individuals are seeing the pay off: increasing demand, lowering prices, and pushing the cusp of scientific innovation in the field. I never anticipated that this would be one of the my biggest ah-ha’s—strong policy is a key to a sustainable energy future.
I was trying to uncover why Europe has far surpassed the United States in its dedication to and implementation of renewable energy. 45
VVVVVVVVVVVVV then-No. 1 player in the nation to win the WISRA National Singles Championship after finishing third the previous year. Libby was also named to the Silver Anniversary Ivy League Squash Team in 1998 selecting two players per sport from each Ivy school to celebrate twenty five years of women’s athletics in the Ivy League.”
McKenna on the birth of John “Jack” Rodgers Brooks III on March 10, 2010. Parents and proud grandparents John Books (L ’57) and Rhoda Allen Brooks (H ’67), and aunt Lyn (’94) are doing well. John and Jack are pictured at John’s MBA graduation from Carlson School of Business at the University of Minnesota.
Sarah Shepard (San Francisco, CA) moved to San Francisco this winter and launched her photography business. “With over 15 years experience as a photographer and eight years experience in leading auction houses working with fine art photography, Sarah has refined her eye to recognize quality compositions. By using light to create a natural setting, she makes environmental portraits that reflect the personality of her subject… The everyday, natural moments are what will make perfect pictures.” Visit her website for representations of her work: www.sarahshepard.com.
Congratulations to Chad Dunn and Ani Martin Dunn (’94) (Columbus, OH) on the birth of their daughter Margot Elizabeth Dunn on June 2, 2010. According to her proud aunt, Meg Dunn Petric (’89), Margot “weighs 7lbs, 8oz and is 21 inches. She has reddish brown hair and spends a lot of time sleeping. She is a little angel.”
Congratulations to John Brooks (Minneapolis, MN) and his wife
Keith “Kip” Kummerle’s (Cincinnati) farm and his method for raising cattle were featured in an article in the May 12, 2010, issue of the Cincinnati Enquirer. “Farmers have grazed cattle on grass as long as there’s been animal agriculture. But in the U.S., since the early ’50s, almost all cattle are started on grass, then shipped to feed lots in the West where they’re fattened on corn in the company of tens of thousands of other cattle. But since about the late ’90s, more and more like Kummerle are farming the old way. ‘I love doing it this way,’ said Kummerle. ‘I’m working with nature instead of trying to control it. It just makes sense. Animals were designed to be on grass. They have a short life anyway, tragically, but they are happier, healthier like this.’” “Kummerle calls his 140-head operation Grassland Graze (http:// grasslandgraze.com), and he and his fiancée, Jen Eckels, (and their border collie Harry) are the entire staff… “Kummerle has been at this since 2003, after graduating from an agricultural college where he learned sustainable farming techniques…”
Congratulations to Engjellushe “Angel” Kozeli (Boston, MA) on receiving the Mary M. Connolly Most Valuable Partner Award in February 2010 from the Senior Partners for Justice. When asked why she volunteers with Senior Partners, Angel, who is in her third year of law practice, says, “Simply put, the reason I love and participate in the Senior Partners program is because I benefit from it on so many levels: I get the chance to contribute and provide much-needed legal assistance to those who need it the most while getting great experience, training and mentoring from the best and the brightest, and making connections with a very diverse and interesting group of practitioners whom I am very lucky to get to know and work with. Senior Partners is simply too good an opportunity to pass up. I’m a better person and hopefully a better lawyer because of it.” Tim Wyant (New York, NY), Executive Director of City Squash, emailed, “…50 CitySquashers and seven staff members piled into vans and made the three-hour trek to Williams College for the Eighth Annual Urban Individual Nationals. For our team members, Urban Individuals is one of the most important competitions of the year. It brings together nearly 300 competitors from the country’s nine urban squash programs. The participants, who hail from the likes of Roxbury, South Chicago, North Philadelphia, Harlem and the Bronx, sleep in Williams dormitories and eat in one of its dining halls. They get to know the campus, reconnect with friends, cheer on teammates, and play their hearts out on court. “Last weekend went great for CitySquash. Our team members made up 17 of the event’s 32 semifinalists and, for the second year in a row, they captured seven of the eight titles….”
The December 2009 issue of University of Cincinnati’s American Health Center Findings included an article on Jamey Osher (Cincinnati) and his father Robert Osher (L ’61). Jamey is a third-generation ophthalmologist—the second associated with UC. Jamey is a
Alex Bibler Memorial Scholarship Fund Just prior to the new year, the Seven Hills community was shocked and saddened by the sudden and untimely passing of Alex Bibler, Class of 2006. (See Winter 2010 issue.) In subsequent conversation with Alex’s family and friends, it became abundantly clear that Alex had a great love for Seven Hills. A talented math and physics student while at Seven Hills, his talent grew into a passion during his time at Ohio University. His life plans beyond undergraduate study at OU included medical school. Alex’s family feels strongly about the desire to channel his passion for math and science back into Seven Hills for the benefit of equally passionate students in the future, and will do so by establishing the Alex Bibler Memorial Scholarship Fund. The scholarship will be awarded for the first time in the 2011-12 academic year, and it will recognize an Upper School student who demonstrates “strong aptitude in math and/or science.” For further details, including ways to contribute to the Alex Bibler Memorial Scholarship Fund, contact Gary Monnier at 513-272-5355 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Inaugural Alex Bibler Memorial Golf Scramble One of Alex’s great interests at and away from school was golf. At Seven Hills, he was a three-year member of the JV Gold golf team, the Most Improved Player as a junior, and co-captain of the team as a senior while also receiving the coveted Coach’s Award during his senior year. Therefore, to benefit the Alex Bibler Memorial Scholarship Fund, and in cooperation with the Alumni Association and the Seven Hills Athletic Boosters, The Inaugural Alex Bibler Memorial Golf Scramble was held on Sunday, August 1, at Walden Ponds Golf Club. Golfers of all skill levels, friends of the Bibler family, and friends of Seven Hills were welcome to join us for a day of fun on the course or at dinner immediately following. This event, in memory of a beloved member of our community, will be covered in our next issue.
first-year resident in UC’s ophthalmology program. “Everyone always expected that I would become an ophthalmologist, like my dad and grandfather, which is exactly why I resisted. As I spent time working with other ophthalmologists, I realized that this was the field I was really passionate about.”
Kenya Brock (Atlanta, GA) emailed, “I’ve got a new job at Turner Broadcasting. I will be Partnership Manager of the Turner Media Group. I will oversee the strategic use of corporate barter credits and create and execute barter partnerships with external brands that help extend reach for all Turner priorities (TBS, TNT, CNN, HLN, TruTV, Turner Sport, TCM, and Cartoon Network).”
2000 10th Reunion Lucy Schmidt Lucy.Schmidt@empowermm.com
The Cincinnati Enquirer May 23, 2010, issue featured an article in the Local News section titled “Catching Up, 10 Years Later.” The article revisited the class valedictorians from the Class of 2000 to see what they were doing and what they have learned since graduating from high school ten years ago. Seven Hills had three valedictorians that year: Hannah Agran, Ben Balskus, and Anna Lappalainen. Reporter Cindy Kranz contacted Hannah Agran (Des Moines, IA), who is now an Assistant Travel Editor and journalist for Midwest Living. Her advice for graduating seniors: “[In college], be open to discovering new passions and interests while you’re there. I’m a big fan of liberal arts education.” Congratulations to Alex Popp (Houston, TX) on his marriage to Peyton Henderson on May 16, 2009, in Dallas, TX. Jeffrey Donenfeld (New York, NY) emailed, “I’ve been working at the rapidly growing interactive ad agency Morpheus Media for about three years,
and I recently took the lead on our Mobile and Emerging Technology Department. I’m working with our clients on optimizing their presence on the web for organic search, mobile search, and on extending their brands into the mobile space. I love my job! “I just returned from a great trip to Belize, where I spent nine days sailing a catamaran and scuba diving with eight of my close friends, including SHS alumni Sean (’00) and Stephanie (’01) Safdi. Learning how to sail a catamaran vs. a monohul was a great experience, and diving the Blue Hole was definitely the highlight of the trip. Coming up in February, my brother Jason (’07) and I are attempting a winter ascent of Mt. Washington in New Hampshire. Very excited! “ Shannon Curry (Ann Arbor, MI) was awarded a grant from NASA that will pay for her education, provide a stipend, and involve working for NASA before she completes her degree. Shannon is earning her PhD in Astrophysics at the University of Michigan.
Congratulations to Chris Wyant, the new Chief of Staff of the U.S. Trade and Development Agency, which advances economic development and U.S. commercial interests in developing and middle-income countries. The March 15 news release stated, “Christopher Wyant joins USTDA after serving as the Economics Director of the Presidential Personnel Office at the White House. While working at the White House, he was responsible for overseeing all Presidential appointments at economic agencies and commissions. Prior to serving at the White House, Mr. Wyant held a number of leadership roles on Barack Obama’s Presidential Campaign. Mr. Wyant began his career in finance at Credit Suisse in New York City.”
Brandon Harris (Cincinnati) emailed about his upcoming film project, Pay To Park, which will be set in Cincinnati. Per his website, Brandon “works in perhaps too many capacities in the world of American Independent Film as a critic and journalist, producer and director, screenwriter and educator, assistant director and editor. The Cincinnati, Ohio, native and SUNY Purchase graduate is a Contributing Editor for Filmmaker Magazine and teaches part time at the New York Film Academy. In addition to his critical and journalistic writing, Brandon has directed several award-winning short films including Happiness Is No Fun, a recipient of the 2005 National Board of Review student filmmaking grant and Evangeleo, which has screened at over a dozen film festivals worldwide including the 2007 Slamdance Film Festival and NewFest. His most recent film was 2008’s Biospheres, a Jonathan Lethem adaptation starring You Won’t Miss Me director Ry Russo-Young. To learn more about Pay To Park visit http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/342852200/pay-to-park Sam Marrero (Cairo, Egypt) was “awarded the U.S. Government’s Boren Fellowship and will return to Cairo, Egypt, for one year to research and write his Master’s thesis on the
security implications of increased commercial privatization and foreign direct investment in Egypt. In accepting the award, he agrees to a government work requirement of a minimum one and a half years following the completion of his degree and fellowship.”
2005 5th Reunion Benjamin van der Horst email@example.com Frederick Hall firstname.lastname@example.org Kerri Martin emailed she has a new job as a “mechanical engineer for P&G! I’ll be moving to Connecticut because I’m working on their Duracell brand.” Frederick Hall (Boston, MA) performed with the Harvard Glee Club on March 19 at the Christ Church Cathedral in Cincinnati. At Harvard, Frederick is pursuing a Master’s in East Asian studies.
Sophie Beckwith was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa on May 22. She graduated from Vassar on May 23 with majors in Linguistics and Italian, minor in French, with both general college and departmental honors. Congratulations! Chesa Greggs (Washington D.C.) was featured in an article in The George Washington University May 2010 e-newsletter. “Graduating senior Francesca Greggs creates her opportunities. During her years at GW, the Luther Rice Undergraduate Research Fellow developed her own major in Visual Communications, traveled and researched extensively abroad, began a graphic and website design company, and successfully completed a photodocumentary on Muslim immigration in Ireland. “A student in Columbian College’s School of Media and Public Affairs, Greggs wanted a major that suited her interests in the graphic arts and electronic communication. With that in mind, she worked with advisors to create a Special Independent Major in
Chesa, Jeff (’98) and their parents. Visual Communications that crossed disciplines to include courses in communications, photography, arts, and design. “‘The Luther Rice Fellowship allowed me to extend my European experience and to understand European life not just from the perspective of a student, but also from the eye of a researcher,’ said Greggs.”
Sally Leyman shared this article from the Amherst Spring 2010 magazine about Sarah Leyman (Amherst, MA). “The Amherst Women’s Basketball team finished the season 32-1 setting a new program record for wins in a season They made their second trip in two years to the Division 3 Final Four and lost in the semifinals in overtime to Wash U. They beat University of Rochester in the consolation game 56-44. “Sarah was named to the Final Four AllTournament Team. As a junior co-captain of the team, she finished the season
VVVVVVVVVVVVV on the All-Conference Second Team, All-Conference Academic Team while above the 900-point and 600 rebound mark in her career. The team had no seniors so they could easily make another deep run in the NCAA tournament next year.”
paint in oils again. Sarah-Margaret is planning to have a show in Cincinnati at the end of the summer. She will spend the beginning of the summer as a teaching assistant again at Interlochen Arts Camp. www. sarah-margaretgibson.com
Kathy Moebius (Cincinnati) was featured in an article in the June 2, 2010, issue of the Cincinnati Enquirer. She and a friend are traveling from Capetown to Cairo over the summer. As stated in the article, when they “planned the trip, they had nothing more in mind than to explore the continent and to attend three World Cup soccer matches in South Africa. It soon evolved into something more.” They decided to try and raise awareness of Africa’s educational and recreational needs. They are paying for their trip themselves but raising money for soccer balls and school supplies. They will be helping a school in Tanzania, a boys’ soccer team in Rwanda and, if donations permit, another school in a third country. http://soccerballsforafrica.blogspot.com/
Spencer Cowan (Charlotte, NC) and Matt Migala (Chicago) were accepted to the Hertog Political Studies Program at George Washington University this summer. The Hertog Political Studies Program offers twenty exceptional college students a unique learning experience focused on the serious study of politics. Students will read fundamental texts in political thought with outstanding faculty from institutions throughout the country and closely examine political leadership with prominent men and women who shape American public policy. Students receive full scholarships, living accommodations, and a stipend for six weeks. Sarah-Margaret Gibson (Florence, Italy) has been studying classical methods of drawing and painting in Florence, Italy. The first two years of the program are spent fine-tuning drawing skills, working on line/form/ perspective/shading etc. At the beginning of her third year at Angel Art Academy, she is just now starting to
Wendy Braff emailed, “Our son Billy (Winston-Salem, NC) is a freshman at Wake Forest University. We are pleased to learn that he has been placed on the Dean’s List of Wake Forest University ‘in recognition of outstanding academic achievement during the Fall 2009 term.’ He is thoroughly enjoying his classes and his professors and, needless to say, we are very proud of him!” Chelsea Zesch emailed Upper faculty member Barbara Hepp in April: “Tulane is going so well. I was initiated into Pi Beta Phi sorority and I absolutely love all of my new sisters. I attend the Panhellenic Coucil meetings as a PiPhi representative, and enjoy being involved with PiPhi’s philanthropy work for literacy. I have been volunteering at a charter school where I have helped them organize a library for the children. I was also initiated into three honors societies (Phi Eta Sigma, Alpha Lambda Delta, and the National Society of Colegiate Scholars) and I am running for secretary in ALD. I have been getting involved on campus and am still doing photography for the Hullabaloo. “Lastly, I am really looking forward to the summer and Middlebury’s Chinese program! I had to meet with the head of the Asian Studies Program at Tulane to get credit for the program and when I met with her, she told me that Tulane just gave the Asian Studies Department a grant to make a Chinese library and bring in Chinese professors from China! I’m happy to say that I think I have finally found what I want to do, and I have just filled out a Declaration of Major form (which is normally done way later). I’m going to double major in Spanish and Chinese and minor in business. Don’t ask what I plan to do with this, but I like all of these things, and I guess I have plenty
of time to figure it out!”
We were happy to get this news for new alumnus Justin Rau from Edie Rau: “I want to let you know how Justin’s boat did in the U.S. Rowing Youth National Championships held in June. Justin was the coxswain for the heavyweight (regular) eight. They came in third and received a bronze medal. They were very pleased. The two boats that beat them (Kent School and Marin Racing Association) had rowers that were much bigger and stronger than them so they were very happy with third place.” Justin participated in the selection camp in New Jersey to be a member of the U.S. team for the Junior Men’s World Championships. “He didn’t make the first cut but he did great getting this far.” Marriages Alex ’00 and Payton Popp Births Aaron ’91 and Allison VanderLaan— Aiden VanderLaan John ’94 and McKenna Brooks—John “Jack” Rodgers Brooks III Deaths Carol Bettman Lazar H ’35 Elizabeth “Betty” Deupree Goldsmith H ’38 Angela Mitchell Meeske H ’40 Ruth Smith Upson H ’41 Dorothea “Dede” Allen C ’41 Sarah Crane Martindale H ’42 Beverly Hinsch Owen H ’49 Jane Hauenstein Bidlingmeyer H ’57 Patrick Donovan ’84
The Seven Hills Road Show
The Seven Hills Road Show was busy in the first portion of 2010! Alumni in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Boston gathered to reconnect and reminisce. Many thanks to Lidney Motch Luczkow ’89 and her family for opening their home to our Boston contingent.
At right, Deirdre Sullivan ’78, Christine Garten, Head of School Chris Garten, and Becky Casey (H ’74). Below, from left, Jill Donenfeld ’02, Jennifer Hiles ’03, Alex Maggio ’03; Deirdre Sullivan ’78, Brooks Tomb ’81, Becky Casey (H ’74), and Dede Wood Black ’80.
San Francisco Below, Tina Said (H ’72) and Paul Keister. At right, Rebekah Cholak ’85, Michelle Leshner ’86, Lilly Dimling ’85, and Paul Silverman ’85.
From left, Molly Berman ’03, Holley Horrell ’03, Carrie Rowitz Herring ’92; Scott Berning ’96 and guest.
At left, Lidney Motch Luczkow ’89, Andy Sokatch ’88 and his son, Brendon Halpin ’86, Ema Luczkow, and Eloisa Luczkow. Above, Anne Morriss ’93 and David Moebius ’00.
From left, David Moebius ’00, Jeff Prevost ’08; Brendan Halpin ’86, Chris Ludwig ’84; Laura Hoguet ’06 and Louise Head ’09.
THE RESULTS ARE IN! The winner of the Seven Hills/CCDS Young Alum Annual Giving Participation Challenge is....
Thanks to those of you who participated in Annual Giving this year. Your support is truly appreciated. It is the collective generosity of alumni, current parents, past parents, grandparents and friends that allows The Seven Hills School to deliver one of the most outstanding educational opportunities available. Funds raised through Annual Giving support and enhance all aspects of Seven Hills, and current students are the direct beneficiaries. Your gifts make it possible for them to have the
exceptional educational experience that you enjoyed as a student. Please remember that your participation at whatever level is comfortable for you is much more important than the specific dollar amount of your gift. We hope we can count on your generosity next year. Thank you again for your ongoing support of Seven Hills. Our faculty, staff and students are grateful to you.
Meridith Oberklein Spille ’95 Director of Annual Giving
Nancy McCormick Bassett ’83 Director of Alumni Relations
On June 17, alums from 7Hills and CCDS gathered at the American Sign Museum. The happy hour gave everyone a chance to reconnect with friends from the “other” school and to learn the final results of the yearlong Young Alum Annual Giving Participation Challenge.
Upcoming Alumni Events Sunday, August 1
Inaugural Alex Bibler Memorial Golf Tournament
Sunday, August 15
Sports Day & Boosters Cookout Upper School, Hillsdale Campus Soccer: Girls 3:00pm Guys 5:00pm Volleyball: 5:00pm Tennis: 3:00pm Cookout 5:00pm (for players and fans)
Friday, October 8– Saturday, October 9
Reunion 2010 Classes ending in ‘0 & ‘5
Classics Luncheon Noon-2:00pm for 1932–1960 CPS and Hillsdale alumnae and 1934–1959 Lotspeich alumni Cincinnati Country Club
Welcome By Christopher Garten, Head of School Andress Art Gallery, Hillsdale Campus
Tours of the Upper School Hillsdale Campus
Cocktail Reception Commons and Deck, Hillsdale Campus
Individual class activities Reunion class agents will send separate invitations
Wednesday, Nov. 3
Goodall Distinguished Alumna Award Presentation and Lectures for Life Sue Boller Rusche H ’56 Presentation 6:00pm Lecture 6:30–7:30pm Reception 7:30–8:30pm Young Family Library, Hillsdale Campus
Sunday, December 26
Holiday Party for Classes 1990–2010 5:00pm–7:00pm The Redmoor 3187 Linwood Ave, Mt. Lookout
Thursday, December 30
Alumni Basketball Games Girls 6:00pm Guys 7:30pm Kalnow Gym, Hillsdale Campus
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Alumni Association Leadership Team: Thanking Longtime Members, Welcoming a New Team The Alumni Association said goodbye this spring to longtime members of its leadership team and hello to a new team. The Development Office and a very grateful Alumni Director extend our heartfelt thanks to the following individuals who served for six years as the leadership of the Alumni Association. Their dedication, ideas, input, humor, and hours of volunteering are invaluable to the School and the alumni community. Sybil Behrens Mullin ’83, Co-Chair Bob Shaffer ’86, Co-Chair Karen Bidlingmeyer Callard ’80 Dorothy Kim Corbett ’84 Evan Corbett ’82 Dede Lewis Rowe ’78 Dorothy Kim Corbett, Dede Lewis Rowe, Evan Corbett, Sybil Behrens Mullin, Karen Bidlingmeyer Callard, and Bob Shaffer.
Welcome to the New Leadership of the Alumni Association David Hummel ’85, Chair David is a Team Leader in the Private Bank at Fifth Third. David has formed a team of business development advisors who work with wealth management advisors, wealth planners, trust officers and portfolio managers in order to collaborate with successful executives, small business owners, and entrepreneurs and their families to create innovative and comprehensive financial solutions for their most complex needs. David graduated from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York, with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and English Literature, and he earned an M.B.A. from Xavier University. David lives in Hyde Park with his children, Lily, David and Rose. Marsha Williams ’77, Vice Chair Marsha Williams is President and sole proprietor of Harvest Research Group LLC, a brand and consumer research company. She moved back to Cincinnati in 2008, after more than 26 years away, most recently in New York City, where she built a successful research career in the media and entertainment industry with Sesame Workshop (five years) and with Nickelodeon (11½ years). Marsha earned a Bachelor’s degree in English and Psychology at Connecticut College and a Master’s degree in Psychology at Washington University in St. Louis, and she studied Developmental Psychology at the doctoral level (A.B.D.) at Cornell University. Aware of the unpredictable business travel that’s inherent in market research, Marsha launched her company with a commitment to taking one volunteer vacation a year, and she has truly loved these experiences with Habitat For Humanity, helping to build houses in the Dominican Republic, Cambodia, and Egypt. An avid traveler, self-proclaimed “safari
David Hummel, Melissa Morelli-Barone, and Marsha Williams.
junkie,” and passionate photographer, Marsha has settled in North Avondale and resumed her love of the Cincinnati Reds (without giving up the Yankees!). Melissa Morelli-Barone ’85, Secretary Melissa received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music (Broadcasting) in 1990. She married fellow University of Cincinnati graduate Jim Barone in 1991. She lives in Madeira and has three children—twins Hannah and Nina, and Frances. 54
The Alumni Association & the Athletic Boosters Present
Seven Hills Sports Day for Alumni and Varsity Teams Soccer, Volleyball, Tennis and Boosters Cookout Sunday, August 15, 2010 Hillsdale Campus, 5400 Red Bank Road Soccer:
Girls play at 3pm Guys play at 5pm Upper School soccer field, behind Lotspeich
Volleyball: 5pm Kalnow Gym Upper School
Tennis (co-ed): 3pm
Carol Brestel Courts First school entrance off of Red Bank
All players should arrive 30 minutes before their game to arrange positions. T-shirts will be provided for all players.
Soccer photos by Keith Neu
The cookout will begin at 5pm next to the soccer field. All players and fans are welcome to enjoy a summer cookout courtesy of the Athletic Boosters. Concessions will also be open.
For more information and to let us know you will play, please contact: Nancy McCormick Bassett or 513-272-5354 firstname.lastname@example.org
Barb Frey 513-272-5392 email@example.com
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A Great Seven Hills Summer!
The summer edition of The Seven Hills Magazine