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a snapshot of winter & spring 2013 Spring has finally sprung at Severn - and with it came senior college decisions, the conclusion of a great winter athletic season, outstanding musical and vocal performances, exciting events and, of course, Chesapeake Academy. The school year is almost over, but this summer make sure you don’t miss a beat! Stay up to date with upcoming events on our website,

“Davey Jones and the Sailors of Funk” (Severn’s very own eight-piece band and winners of the 15th Battle of the Bands at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts) brought the funky house down at the annual APA benefit auction in April.

Band members: Adam Boldt ‘13, Alec Green ‘13, Darius Hannah ‘16, Jack Hiltabidle ‘13, Chad Ivey ‘15, David Jones ‘13, Garrett Kendall ‘13, Austin Wang ‘13

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Nicole Parker CLASS NOTES

Denise Tray Rosson '78 Class Secretaries



SEVERN SCHOOL AND CHESAPEAKE ACADEMY MERGE Read about the recent announcement of the decision for Severn School to merge with Chesapeake Academy into one school effective July 1, 2013.

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A SOUND LEGACY BY KRISTYN KUHN A talented and devoted musician, it was only fitting that Severn honor Dillon Moran ‘13 and his musical legacy with the inaugural Musician in Residence program, starring Matt Scannell, lead singer for Vertical Horizon.

Board of Trustees, Chair

John S. Bremer Alumni Director

Denise Tray Rosson '78 Alumni Association Chair

Mark Carroll '83



TRANSFORMING IDEAS INTO ACTION BY NICOLE PARKER Severn’s 8th grade students are stepping out of the classroom and into the community to tackle real-life problems with creative solutions.

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On the cover: Headmaster Doug Lagarde with current Chesapeake Academy students in new Severn School hoodies.



Message From the Headmaster


y role as Head of School provides many opportunities for me to speak to alumni, parents, and friends about Severn’s storied past, impressive present and exciting future. I enjoy this part of the job and, surprisingly, can speak off the cuff without leaving any important aspect out. This year, however, because the list of exciting initiatives underway or planned is such that I worry I may leave something out, I’ve started to use the diagram below when I speak. I won’t touch on all of the initiatives in this letter for some have already been chronicled in past Bridge articles and others are featured in this issue, but I would like to highlight a few.

Doug Lagarde






Severn Initiatives Diagram


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Association of Independent Maryland Schools (AIMS) Accreditation In October, a visiting team comprised of 12 independent school educators visited Severn to review all aspects of the School and compare their observations to our self-study that was completed during the ’11-’12 school year. The following excerpt from the visiting team’s report gives a sense of the team’s impressions of Severn: “The Severn School Mission is clearly central to all aspects of School life…The School enjoys many strengths, including an articulated mission, a strong fiscal position, dedicated leadership and faculty, a willingness to receive constructive input – and is justifiably proud of its 100-year legacy...In challenging economic times the School has maintained the size of its student body, dedicated funds to professional development, increased aggressively its financial reserves, and increased its financial aid budget significantly….Much has happened and much is being discussed, reviewed, and imagined.” iPad Initiative It used to be that school was about access to information. With the advent of new technologies information is ubiquitous, and it is vital that Severn students are equipped to harness the increasingly powerful technologies and that its faculty are equipped to enhance teaching and learning by using the technolgies that are redefining learning and work environments. To aid this imperative, all students in grades 6 -12 and teachers in all grades will have iPads beginning in September 2013. For more information see the article by Julia Maxey, Director of Academic Technology, on page 8. New Strategic Plan On March 2, we held a strategic planning retreat facilitated by Triangle and Associates of St. Louis. The focus was “The Road Ahead: Strategic Factors for Independent Schools in 2013.” Triangle and Associates detailed for the attendees – which included all constituents of the Severn community – external trends impacting independent schools today. Some ex-


amples of these trends are declining affordability, changing demographics, enrollment pressure, technology and mobile devices, and globalization. With Triangle’s presentation as a backdrop, breakout groups discussed the following questions: What are the hallmarks of a great school? How does a school reconcile tradition and innovation – the timeless and the timely? What are the relevant skills students need to acquire to lead in a global economy? What are the greatest challenges facing Severn in the next five years and what actions should Severn start, stop, or continue to overcome these challenges? In the ensuing months, the strategic planning committee of the Board distilled the comments and ideas from the retreat and has begun to craft a strategic direction for Severn’s second century. If all goes as planned, a draft of the strategic plan will be available in the fall. Centennial Campaign - Severn on Course Eight years ago, Severn kicked off an ambitious Centennial campaign to increase its endowment and annual giving and address certain physical plant needs – specifically the athletic facilities and The Teel Academic Center. I report today that the campaign is on course and is in its final stage. Thus far, through the generosity of the extended Severn community, the School’s endowment has doubled, the annual fund has increased from $450,000 per year to over $700,000 per year, and The Edward St. John Athletic Center and turf field complex is a wonderful testament to the philanthropic culture flourishing at Severn. We are most certainly on course. There is, though, one last leg of this course, and that is to replace and renovate The Teel Academic Center. At the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year, our Centennial year, we will launch the public phase of this last leg.Soon you will receive more information about both the progress and about what remains to complete The Teel Academic Center. In the meantime, please know that we are all beneficiaries of those who came before us regardless of when you, your child, or grandchild attended Severn. We stand on their shoulders. It is those who are associated with Severn now that must carry the mantel of philanthropic leadership so that Severn remains strong for future generations, and we remain on course to a School fully realized.

We will be celebrating our 100th birthday during the 2013 -2014 school year with an assortment of celebratory events. We hope you will join us!

SAVE THE DATE: HOMECOMING Saturday, October 12, 2013 CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION WEEKEND! Friday, May 16 - Sunday, May 18, 2014

CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS: Would you like to get involved, or do you have ideas for the centennial events? Celebration Co-Chairs Chris Friend email: phone: 410.263.6319 Adger Stokes email: phone: 410.573.6563 “The Big Party” Chair Nick Codd ‘69 email: phone: 410.647.4924 Celebration Liaison Mary Kernan Salsich email: phone: 410.647.7701 x 2261

Go Admirals,

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Doug Lagarde Headmaster

Shari Valerio is going to work her production magic in November of 2013 and create a production similar to the popular storytelling productions called The Stoop. Students and alumni will be coached to tell a 3-5 minute, true, personal tale that will shine a light on what life was truly like at Severn, both present and past. Do you have a story to tell? Contact Mary Salsich at or 410.647.7701 x 2261 Spring 2013



Severn School & Chesapeake Academy to Merge Severn will open as a preschool through grade 12 school for the 2013-2014 Centennial celebration school year.


e are pleased and proud to announce that the Board of Trustees of Severn School has voted to merge with Chesapeake Academy into one school effective July 1, 2013. Over the course of several months last fall, Severn’s Board gave careful and vigilant consideration to this opportunity and concluded that such a union will make us an even stronger independent school. The result will be a school – retaining the name Severn School – that extends uninterrupted from preschool through 12th grade. We’ve long enjoyed a mutually beneficial relationship


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with Chesapeake Academy welcoming many students into our Middle School and sharing many reciprocal agreements. Simply put, the fit is a natural one. Over the course of nearly 100 years, Severn has transformed itself, when and where appropriate, in response to the changing educational landscape, while simultaneously maintaining the timeless aspects of its founding principles. This new structure will go a long way in helping us realize the ambitious vision set forth in the School’s Strategic Plan: Severn will be a premier school, well-known both regionally and na-


Headmaster Doug Lagarde visited Chesapeake Academy to share with current students the news of the merger.

tionally for the quality of its teachers; the care and support of its students; the rigor and creativity of its programs; the academic, athletic, and artistic achievements of its diverse student body; and the loyalty of its alumni. Chesapeake Academy currently has 209 students from preschool through fifth grades, while Severn has nearly 600 students. The combined Severn School will be the largest independent school in Anne Arundel County and will further the educational mission of Severn now that we will know and value students beginning at a younger age.

While the decision to merge the two schools represents the culmination of many months of hard work, by definition, it is a beginning, and the real work must now commence. It will require energy and good will to bring these two vibrant communities together into one. Next year Severn will celebrate its 100th anniversary. We can think of no better way to begin our second century than as one school. We look forward to a seamless transition benefiting the children of both schools.

Doug Lagarde, Headmaster

“Next year Severn will celebrate its 100th anniversary. We can think of no better way to begin our second century than as one school.�

John Bremer, Chair of the Board of Trustees

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FAQs: HOW DID THIS COME TO BE? The boards of each school made the strategic decision to join Chesapeake Academy with Severn School and view this as the opportune moment to do so. The idea is not new and since the schools share similar cultures, philosophies, and pedagogy, it has been discussed at different times over the years. Initially, both boards formed exploratory teams to consider and discuss this venture. After dozens of meetings, hundreds of documents, hours of presentations and writing, and thoughtful discussion the respective boards voted to merge the schools, recognizing that we would be stronger as one entity.

WHY NOW? With a leadership transition at Chesapeake Academy (Head Jay Schuerle had previously announced his departure) and with Severn School preparing to launch its Centennial celebration in the 2013-2014 school year, both institutions recognize the competitive advantages presented in coming together as a preschool through 12 comprehensive school for the future. The boards of each school made the strategic decision to join Chesapeake Academy with Severn School and view this as the opportune moment to do so.

HAS CHESAPEAKE ACADEMY BEEN ACQUIRED? No. Since both schools are 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, they will merge into one entity. This is really the union of two strong and mature schools. Both boards of trustees view the combined entity stronger than the sum of its original parts. Severn relies on a strong Chesapeake Academy to provide outstanding students to its 6th grade each year. Historically, Chesapeake Academy students make up about one-third of Severn’s 6th grade each year.

Chesapeake Academy’s Arnold location will be renamed, “Severn School Chesapeake Campus”



There will be three divisions of Severn School: Upper School (grades 9 - 12) Headed by Ms. Bea Fuller Middle School (grades 6 - 8) Headed by Dr. Gray Smith Lower School (preschool - grade 5) Headed by Ms. Cathy North

Effectively on July 1, 2013. Chesapeake Academy will no longer exist as an independent nonprofit. Chesapeake Academy’s current facility on Baltimore and Annapolis Boulevard will house Severn’s Lower School (preschool through grade 5) and be known as Severn School Chesapeake Campus, with appropriate signage on the building and roadside.

The Lower School will remain at the Arnold location. Beyond uniforms and signage, little else will change for families at the Arnold location. Lower School students will no longer need to apply for admission to the Middle School, as they will already be members of the Severn community.

Cathy North (pictured to right) will serve as the Lower School Head for 6

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the 2013-2014 school year.

Cathy North will serve as the Lower School Head for the 2013-2014 school year


A sneak peak at

Severn’s Lower School We’re excited for you to get to know our new Chesapeake Campus so here are a few photos to give you a glimpse into the School.

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The iPads are Coming. by JULIA MAXEY, Director of Academic Technology

Timeline adapted from “The Learning Machines”/The New York Times/2010

There’s an old saying that you can be on the right road, but if you just stand in one place, chances are good that you’ll get run over. The same can be said for education, and the saying applies perfectly to technology. Severn School prides itself in providing the best academic experience possible for its students. Now, that experience will move even further into the 21st century when students arrive in classes in September outfitted with iPads. Not only are we in no danger of being run over, but we are one of the schools taking the lead on that road. The decision to become a one-on-

one iPad school came after much research and deliberation. In the fall of 2011, Headmaster Doug Lagarde put together a group with the mission of exploring the possibility of Severn becoming a one-on-one school. Members of that committee came from both the upper and middle divisions, from all different disciplines and years of experience. Committee members spent hours hashing out the possibilities of such a change, both positive and negative. There was much debate about how this essential change in our program might affect the already strong academic curricula at Severn. Ultimately, consensus indicated that adding a one-on-one program would only strengthen our already strong curriculum. The needs of

current students and the opportunities now out there drove this decision. Research indicated that Apple’s iPad would best meet the needs of this school. After receiving a report to this end, the school’s Board of Trustees and executive administrative team voted to approve the adoption of the program. Teachers received their own iPads in May 2012. After initial training, they have been provided with many different opportunities to learn how the iPads can be used in their own classrooms. Many teachers have expressed eagerness to start using the iPads with their students and are looking forward to learn even more between now and the start of school in September. Mary Coutts, Head Librarian, is

100 Years of Technology A look back at the educational tools of the past century.


Mass produced papers and pencils enter the classroom, replacing the school slate.

Overhead projectors introduced to schools.

Mimeographs produced copies through a handcrank mechanism.




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Scantrons eliminate the hassle of grading multiple-choice exams.



especially excited about the possibilities that arise when every classroom can be an instant online research library: she “anticipates teachers asking students to pull up maps, search databases, or Google a quick fact regularly during class time. Foreign language teachers look forward to using the iPads as individual/portable language labs. Carolyn Cosentino, Upper School spanish teacher, anticipates being able to do recording and listening in the classroom, as well as having access to websites easily during class. Science teachers have already invested in various probes that allow students and teachers to gather data and use that data on the iPads. Andrew Greeley uses his iPad with this 9th grade English class frequently. He is a fan of Notability, the note-taking/sharing app we will use with all classes next year. In addition the English teachers look forward to students having access to digital books in class. In the Middle School, James White is already using his iPad as a presentation tool in his classes. An early adopter, Mr. White has found several apps that work well for him. He is joined in his enthusiasm by Diana Belisario, who uses technology frequently with her Middle School French students.

Along with excitement comes some trepidation. Any time something new in technology is introduced in class, there is pressure to make sure that standards are still being met and that devices don’t become toys or distractions. iPads are fairly new in education, but those schools that have adopted them report favorably on their use. I anticipate that there will be a period of “breaking in” while students become accustomed to their devices and teachers grow comfortable with having them in classes. It’s not just teachers who are looking forward to the iPad program; students, too, are anticipating all of the opportunities that will be available. Julian Bartholomee ‘15, states that he is “excited for the iPad program because Severn is taking a step further into technology, which opens up a plethora of new possibilities for the school as a whole. This new generation, born in to technology, would adapt and use these tools to complete every-

day tasks. I think the teachers could make very good use of these tools in class, for presentations, lectures & notes. Specifically, I think that [cloud computing] will really eliminate the "I left it at home" problem/excuse because you would have assignments synced on your iPad automatically.” The School has created a list of FAQs about the program, which has been distributed to parents and posted on the school website for all. iPads purchased through the school will be deployed to students in August, when training for students will also be required. There is no doubt that this is a sea change for Severn School, and an exciting one. We are on that proverbial road, not standing still, but striding forward into the 21st century.

Faculty members train together to learn the various educational tools available on the iPad.

The national average ratio in 1984 was one computer for every 92 students.

Interactive Whiteboard (SMART Board) uses touchscreen technology.

The iPad is introduced to Severn, and classroom learning is redefined.



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by S A R A H M A R K H O V S K Y A N D M AT T H E W K A B E R L I N E


Meet Sarah Markhovsky and Matt Kaberline Sarah Markhovsky is the Director of College Counseling and has worked at Severn for seven years. This is Matthew Kaberline’s first year at Severn as the Associate Director of College Counseling and an Upper School English teacher.

THE CHANGING WORLD OF COLLEGE COUNSELING The world of college admissions has changed rapidly in recent years. Application numbers have increased exponentially and admit rates have plummeted. The Common Application, a consortium of 488 colleges that provide a common, standardized application form, transitioned from having students apply using paper to an online format in 1999. In 2006, 58 percent of applications were submitted online; in 2009, it was up to 80 percent. Today, virtually every college uses an online platform for applications, and at Severn we submit an overwhelming percentage of applications using Naviance, an online college admissions program. Just as other facets of the field of college admissions have evolved, so has the profession of college counseling. Once upon a time, many independent school college counselors were seasoned English teachers who were asked to take on a new role because they could reliably deliver well-written and convincing letters of recommendation. If this sounds familiar, it is because that is how Woody Johnston, Severn’s former director of college counseling, came to the profession in the 70s. Educators like Woody became pillars of the college counseling community, helping generations of students make a good college match. As the college admissions process became more competitive and convoluted in the new millennium, many of these veteran counselors began to turn to former admissions officers to round out their college counseling departments.

We both transitioned from the college admissions world to our true calling as college counselors. We were enticed by the opportunity to work with engaging students on a daily basis and to be involved in a vibrant independent school community. Sarah brought intimate knowledge of selective college admissions from her years at the University of Chicago, and when it was time to hire a new counselor last year, it seemed clear that a recent former admissions officer’s knowledge and skill set would be an asset to the department. When Matt joined our office from the University of Mary Washington’s admissions team this year, it got us thinking about the crucial lessons we learned as college admissions officers that inform our work at Severn.

LESSONS FROM THE OTHER SIDE 1. Big Picture. One thing that really struck both of us as we reflected back on our time in college admissions was that we saw such a large quantity and wide variety of students and high schools. It was mind boggling to see the different kinds of transcripts, grading scales, resumes and recommendation letters that landed in students’ files. We both feel fortunate to work at a school that allows us to advise our students so closely and present them in the most appealing manner. We are able to give the colleges a context for our students’ applications that comes from knowing how applications are read and perceived. 2. Interest Matters. A sign of the times in college admissions is the increasing role that student interest plays in college admissions decisions. For many years, applying to colleges using binding early decision has been the best way for a student to express interest in his/her first choice college. Some colleges have decided that asking students to declare their intentions so early in their senior year is not developmentally appropriate. In response, some of the most selective colleges in the nation dropped early decision because

“Some of the most selective colleges in the nation dropped early decision because it was seen as advantaging the advantaged. However, it has become increasingly clear that demonstrating

it was seen as advantaging the advantaged. However, it has become increasingly clear that demonstrating interest in a college, whether by visiting, making contact with admissions officers, or applying early decision, is important to admissions committees. Even though we have been on that side of the desk, we are surprised by how prevalent the use of “demonstrated interest” is in filling a class these days. This is why we now advise all students to visit any college on their application list that is within a two hour drive of home. 3. The Numbers Game. The reason why demonstrating interest has become so important is that many colleges now utilize a business mentality to recruit, select and enroll a class. What once was called “admissions” is now just as likely to be referred to as “enrollment management.” As the baby boomlet generation has reached its college admissions peak and is on the wane, colleges are concerned about maintaining their outsized increases in application numbers as well as the quality of their applicant pools. To this end, many enrollment managers are tasked with attempting to predict the unpredictable; they are asked to estimate how many students will apply, how many is the appropriate number to admit considering how many will accept those offers of admission, and how will these numbers be perceived by their faculty, the public and, perhaps most importantly, their boards.

ADMISSIONS FOLKS ARE HUMAN...REALLY Despite all of this talk about numbers, admissions officers are often compassionate, passionate educators who love working with students. One former colleague used to remind students and families that his title was “college admissions officer,” not “college rejections officer” – they read to admit, not to deny. When we were on the college side we both invested a lot of ourselves in students who we believed would enrich our campuses and who would likewise benefit from our institutions. We both have memories of the disappointment of learning that our “favorite” applicants had chosen to matriculate elsewhere. These memories are tempered by interactions we had with the students who did choose to come, and then became our favorite tour guides. The message here is that while the admission process seems scary, the people reading your applications are not to be revered or feared. After all, we used to be them.

interest in a college is important to admissions committees. “

Google Sarah & Matt’s article, “January College Checklist” published on the New York Times education blog, “The Choice.”

WINTER ATHLETICS The 2012-2013 winter athletics teams boasted impressive records, thrilling rivalry victories, and outstanding growth as an overall athletics program.

Varsity girls swimming had an incredibly successful season led by captains Anna Ballard '14, Kate Bouchard '14 and Meredith Brown '14. The team finished the dual meet season with an overall record of 7-3 and an in-conference record of 3-1, and most importantly they clinched the title of IAAM B Conference Champions. At the championships, almost all those who swam individual events placed in the top eight and earned medals; all our official relays scored in the top three; all swimmers who competed during the regular season competed in at least once race; and 18 best times were earned. Other highlights of the season include the victory against St. Mary’s and raising approximately $1,000 for Special Olympics Maryland, at the Polar Bear Plunge in January. There were eight seniors on the team this year – Jessica Ashworth, Jordan Cox, Jenny Davis, Anna Ewald, Tori Graw, Sam Kahan, Shelby Mitchell, and Olivia Orr – and their contributions will be missed next year. This year’s Players Award and Coaches Award went to Kate Bouchard '14 and Madeleine Farnham '15, respectively. Coaches: Eileen Palmer and Erin Domenech Captains Will Hupp '13 and Devlin Nelligan '13 led the 15 member varsity boys swimming team. An impressive in-season standing of 8 wins and 1 loss was recorded. The team posted an overall B division standing of 7-2 after the MIAA Championship meet, losing only to Archbishop Spalding. Grant Murray '14 took the sole first place in the MIAA Championships held at Calvert Hall in the 100 breaststroke. Senior Devlin Nelligan was awarded the Daniel B. Robinson Player’s Award, and the MVP Coaches Award went to junior Allen Belo. The team will see five seniors gradu12

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ate this year: Taylor Anderson, Colin Flynn, Will Hupp, Devlin Nelligan and Jack Noble. Coach: Gayle Bremer; Assistant Coach: Carolyn Voorhees First year head coach, V.J. Keith, and the boys varsity basketball team built a strong squad and foundation this year, finishing the season with a record of 10-14. The team was lead by team MVP and All-MIAA, Jarid Ryan '14 and Player’s Award recipient Mike Dennin '13. The season was highlighted by three great victories over local rival Severna Park High School (48-30), arch-rival St. Mary’s (52-47) and conference powerhouse AACS (50-49). The student body constant support and energy at each game was a huge advantage for the team throughout the season. Coach Keith is hopeful that with continual hard work throughout the off-season and key players coming from this year’s JV team, next year will bring even greater achievements. Coach: V.J. Keith; Assistant Coach: Dave Bristow The girls varsity basketball team finished a successful season with a winning record of 186, finishing second in the IAAM B Conference. Despite the disappointment of finishing as the runner-up in the championship game against St. Mary’s, the team had a great season. They


were 6-1 against county public schools including wins against local rivals Broadneck and Severna Park High School. The Player’s Award went to Janai Hollinger '13, who was also selected by the coaches as Severn’s representative to the annual McCormick Unsung Heroes awards dinner in Baltimore. The MVP Coaches Award went to Emily Gibbons '14. Gibbons was also selected to the IAAM B Conference All-Star team along with Maddie McDaniel '16. Coach: Chuck Miller; Assistant Coaches: Rob Brown, Mary Carney The varsity wrestling team finished the season with a 5-4 overall record. The team finished second place in the MIAA B Conference with a 4-1 record, and impressively finished third out of 16 in the MIAA B Conference State Championship. Player’s Award recipient, Michael Doestch '16, finished the season 36-7 at 106 pounds and made All-County; and Daniel Medcalf '16 at 145 pounds, placed fifth in the MIAA tournament and seventh at states. Both Doestch and Medcalf advanced to National Preps. The Coaches MVP award went to Jason Utz '13. The team graduates four seniors: Cortez Wilson, Jason Utz, Alexander Kostiuk, Ryan Lamon. Coach: Art Saumenig; Assistant Coaches: Josh Klein, Doug West, Jason West


Boys Basketball

Players: Mike Dennin '13

MVP: Jarid Ryan '14

Girls Basketball

Players: Janai Hollinger '13

MVP: Emily Gibbons '14

Boys Swimming

Players: Devlin Nelligan '13

MVP: Allen Belo '14

Girls Swimming

Players: Kate Bouchard '14

MVP: Madeleine Farnham '15


Players: Michael Doetsch '16

MVP: Jason Utz '13

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CONGRATULATIONS GIRLS! The varsity girls swimming team took home the IAAM B Conference Championships in February!

Victory Lap by JENNY DAVIS ‘13

Every day after school since November,

the varsity girls swim team practiced hard in hopes of winning championships. Through the brutally difficult practices, we became a family and had a lot of fun at team dinners, pep rallies, supporting the boys at their meets, and participating in the Maryland State Police Polar Bear Plunge. Meet after meet we tried our hardest, beating personal times on a daily basis. Coach Domenech and Coach Palmer continued to push each swimmer. In the end, it was all worth it.

The team started out the season with a

dual meet. We competed against Mount De Sales (Conference A) and the Institute of Notre Dame (Conference B). We are in Conference B, so it was no surprise that we came in second place, losing to Mount De Sales and beating IND. After the first meet, the coaches knew what we had to work on and practices only got tougher from there.

Thanksgiving break, dreadful mid-terms,


On February 2,

and winter break interrupted the season.

the entire team arrived at

While most of our classmates were relaxing

school at 7:15 am looking

on their couch, spending time with families, or

like zombies.

vacationing in the tropics, we spent our break

slept silently as we drove up

in the pool. Unfortunately, our pool is indoors

to McDonogh. After warm-

and not on a warm tropical island. Even so,

ups, it was time to begin. We

optional practices were fully attended, the

started out strong and devel-

team’s dedication shined through and we all

oped an early lead. However,

stayed focused on our one common goal – to

it still didn’t occur to any of

win championships.

us that we could actually win

The season really started to heat up after

championships. We were neck

winter break. We practiced hard and swam

and neck with St. Paul’s the

fast in each meet. We went on a three meet

whole time. Our team contin-

winning streak ended by St. Paul’s School for

ued to win event after event and

Girls. This was our first loss in our confer-

win medal after medal. It was so

ence and a wake-up call to all the girls that

much fun to see everyone receive

we still had work to do. After all, our biggest

medals for all their hard work. In

meet of the season was coming up against St.

the end, Severn pulled out the win

Mary’s and there was a lot of pressure build-

and we won the IAAM B Confer-

ing for this face-off. After rescheduling due

ence championships! All that hard

to inclement weather, the time came to swim

work paid off and we were able to

against St. Mary’s. It was very close and the

call ourselves champions!


winner of the meet changed after each event. The last event was the 400 free relay and Severn was ahead by only one point. This meant that the winner would be determined by the last event. Everyone was scared but in the end, the Severn team lapped St. Mary’s and took first and second place in the relay, securing our first place spot. We were so excited about the win and so were the coaches. At the end of the meet, the team pushed Coach Palmer and Coach Domenech into the pool to celebrate.

Since we weren’t undefeated in the con-

ference, we didn’t expect much at championships.

However, Coach Domenech and

Coach Palmer had prepared us for a win all

The team at the 17th Annual MSP Polar Bear Plunge

+ Matt Scannell rocked a full Price Auditorium with hit songs from Vertical Horizon at the January 11 concert to conclude the inaugural Musician in Residence program.


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A Sound Legacy A

talented and devoted musician, it was

of musical performance,” reflected Headmaster Doug

only fitting that Severn honor Dillon


Moran '13 and his musical legacy with

the inaugural Musician in Residence pro-

2011 as the result of an accident at his home in David-

gram, starring Matt Scannell lead singer of Vertical

sonville, Md. To honor Dillon, this program was cre-


ated to invite outside musicians to spend a defined pe-

Created to commemorate the passion, exuberance

riod of time at Severn working with students, faculty,

and solid musicianship exemplified by Dillon, Severn

and the entire community to inspire, create and per-

School class of 2013, the inaugural Dillon Moran Mu-

form great music. The visiting musician will share his/

sician in Residence program exceeded everyone’s ex-

her talent with Severn students and hopefully provide

pectations. “This event helped our community come

a fresh approach and new ways of bringing music to

to know and appreciate the moving and healing power

life in the Severn community.

Dillon’s life was tragically cut short in the fall of

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“Dillon Moran was the embodiment of

of the alternative rock band, Vertical Hori-

came into our lives as a stranger and has

a Severn student – a serious scholar, athlete

zon. Scannell was on campus Thursday and

become someone that will be part of our

and musician who truly exhibited a pas-

Friday, January 10 and 11, culminating in a

family for the rest of our lives. He speaks

sion for life and the Severn community,”

standing room only performance on Friday

and sings from the heart and healed our

continued Mr. Lagarde. “A friend to all,

evening. This was no laid-back gig for Matt.

wounds a little along the way. We connect-

Dillon will be remembered for many things

He hosted back-to-back lectures, work-

ed on a level that was so pure and simple.”

including his enthusiasm for music. He

shops, and master classes on the topics re-

loved music of all kinds and this resident

lating to the industry, singing, songwriting,

Scannell attended high school at Deerfield

musician program is designed to inspire all

and guitar playing.

Academy in Deerfield, Mass. It was there

Severn students to appreciate great music

he met then music instructor Greg Bullen,

the way that Dillon did.”

ous ways,” noted Barbara Moran, Dillon’s

Severn School’s music director.

The inaugural musician was Matt

mother. “We were blessed with the op-

Scannell, the lead vocalist, lead guitarist,

portunity to meet one of the most amazing

songwriter when I met him, Matt clearly

primary songwriter, and founding member

human beings on the planet. Matt Scannell

had the talent and drive to succeed,” Bul-


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“The universe works in very mysteri-

A native of Worcester, Mass., Matt

“Already developing as a guitarist and

+ Upper School students gathered on stage for an a capella lesson by Matt Scannell and Upper School music teacher, Greg Bullen.

len recalled. “Like many teenagers though, he was a bit hesitant to share his talents at first. Singing in the chorus and a cappella group helped him find the confidence he needed, and by the time senior year rolled around he was at home on the stage, fronting a truly remarkable student rock band. When this opportunity to remember Dillon by doing something special for Severn School music arose, I immediately thought of Matt; he may be a rock star, but he is also intelligent, enlightened, and super friendly. That he cares a great deal about ideas and the human condition is apparent in the songs he writes. He has become what we at Severn see our own students becoming, no matter where their interests and abilities lead them in their lives.�

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Six students performed their original works for Matt and the student body at the singer-songwriter master class. A.J. Gersh '15 and Alec Green '13, were chosen to open Friday’s concert with their original songs. 1. Daja Burnett '15 2. A.J. Gersh '15 3. Will Snow '14 4. Anne Wyrough '13 5. Alec Green '13 6. Will Hupp '13

+ Matt Scannell with Barb and Marty Moran


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+ To thank Matt Scannell and to memorialize the event, students and faculty gathered photos and thank you notes written to Matt, and combined them to create this book.

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THROUGH OUR LENS Our photographs tell the Severn story in a way that no words ever could. That’s why can you always expect to find someone donned with a camera at school events, athletic games, musicals, awards ceremonies, alumni gatherings, and more. Here we show you all the wonderful things happening every day at Severn.

Excitement is in the air in front of McCleary Student Center, 20

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on a snowy Ravens Friday.

GODSPELL Upper School spring musical production/February/Price Auditorium

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THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE SEVERN The 2013 Annual APA Benefit Auction/April/Edward St. John Athletic Center


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KYLE MAYNARD’S “NO EXCUSES” The 2013 David Astle ‘92 Lecture Series/April/Edward St. John Athletic Center

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g n i m r o f s n a o r t T n i s a e d I n o i t c A by NICOLE PARKER


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What’s the Big Idea? Following is a list of the entire 8th grade class and the cause each student supported through his./her project:


Jack Selby, Jack Mellin and

evern’s 8th grade students are stepping out

Aidan Morgan: World Wildlife Fund

of the classroom and into the community to

tackle real-life problems with creative solutions; aiming to raise awareness, funds, and resources for the causes that speak to their passions.

Kris Kahan, Duffy Burns, Zoe Bennett and Cliff Pribble: HEADstrong Foundation

Brooke Bozeman: End It Movement

The class of 2017 has been busy discov-

outstanding about the student’s freedom

ering their passion for civic responsibility

of project choice and the cause, is that each

through the newly implemented Middle

student approaches his/her project with

School service-learning capstone project.

creativity and enthusiasm. This empower-

Middle School History Department Chair

ment leads to finding creative approaches

Leslie Brannigan, and Dean of Students

for raising awareness, fundraising or col-

Whitney Jamison, first introduced the

lecting donations. As a result the student’s

service-learning capstone project last year

personalities and interests shine through.

to the class of 2016 in their social studies

In addition to providing an important


service to the community, service-learn-

This experiential learning project opens

ing enriches the learning experience with

doors for students to discover citizenship

practical application of classroom social

and their vital roles in providing direct

studies towards real-life problems. In the

and indirect service while becoming advo-

first two years of the program, students

cates for community organizations in need

have focused their efforts towards a range

of resources. Different from participating

of causes, from preserving and protecting

in community service hours, students are

the environment to domestic and interna-

asked to identify a cause which they are

tional health and public safety programs.

passionate about – and then challenged to

Many students choose a cause that affects

support in their own way, an organization

them personally or one of their peer’s in-

dedicated to the cause. From inception,


planning, execution and reflection of their

Take a look at several of the stand out

projects, students are empowered to trans-

projects, and you’ll see why we couldn’t

form their ideas into action. What’s truly

help but share them.

Lauren Wagner and Brooke Robbins: Special Olympics

Adrian Mann and Brendan Gauthier: Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

Matt Ewald and Ryan Barner: American Lung Association

Priya Lakhanpal and Elizabeth Grund: Louie’s Kids Foundation

Tyler Kelley and Connor Bayless: Let’s Move!

Carley Thorne, Haley Kerridge and






1,140 service hours

est. value of donations

Stephanie Houck: Children’s National Medical Center, DC

Alexa Roberge and Camryn Rosen: Johns Hopkins Children’s Center

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Ryan Winchester: Zoe Quinn Francis Fund

Katie Gay, Bella Roccograndi and Mackenzie Dixon: ALS Association

Andy Van Kirk and Thompson Davis: The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)

Sarah Heller: The Light House Homeless Prevention and Support Center

Brad Dhillon and Eric Resnick: ALS Association

Taylor Belo and Jessie Riley: Backpack Buddies

Hanna Butler and Anna Mann: Instituto de Investigacion Nutricionale

Ally Rabbitt, Ivy Sarmiento, Heather Coe and Savannah Sneed: St. Ann’s Infant & Maternity Home

Katie Schuh and Emma Peyton: Out of the Darkness Foundation

Sophia Taczak '17 and Cailin Brown '17 Sophia and Cailin organized a successful Art Auction for the Haiti Micah Project, a non-profit Christian organization committed to addressing the needs of impoverished and uneducated children in Haiti. Sophia and Cailin came up with the idea of an auction, after agreeing on the cause and nonprofit organization. The girls wanted to share their passion for art in their efforts to raise awareness and funds for the Haiti Micah Project. With careful planning and solicitation of artwork from local art galleries, students and faculty, Sophia and Cailin pulled together

a successful art auction held in Severn’s dining hall. When asked what their biggest challenge throughout the process was, they agreed that going into Annapolis and soliciting for the artwork was difficult. However, they quickly learned that with their strong will and passion, it was easy for others to be inspired and help support their cause. The result? Nearly $800 raised from the silent auction. This money will pay to sponsor two Haitian children with basic necesseties such as clean water, food, and educational support.

Ella Green and Sarah Cumm: Special Olympics Maryland

Don’t miss the 8th grade Film Festival and Coffee House Henry Creamer and Ryan Lashgari: The Light House Homeless Prevention and Support Center

Tuesday, May 11, 2013 at 6:30 pm in Price Auditorium This is the public debut of each student’s music video focused around his/her service project. Watch last year’s videos on Severn’s YouTube channel:


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Nina Paige '17 Nina Paige invited her classmates

to make clay bowls to benefit the Society of St. Vincent DePaul, Baltimore, in conjunction with the Empty Bowls Project. The Empty Bowls Project was created by The Imagine Render Group, a 501c3 non-profit organization whose mission is to create positive and lasting change through the arts, education, and projects that build community. After the students handcrafted the bowls, guests were invited to a simple meal of soup and bread. In exchange for a cash donation, guests were asked to keep a bowl as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world. Thanks to Middle School art teacher, Ms. Katie Leonard for assistance with the project.

Molly Saum, Emily Huber and Ashley Owens: Ronald McDonald House

Alec Pikus, Cameron Norman, Patrick Wong and Troy Nicholas: Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation

Ally Hall, Maddie McVicker and Christen Morrell: Severn Riverkeeper and Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Tyra Scott: Save Upper Darby Arts

Eddy Shoop, Kelsey Olson and Elizabeth Crowell: American Cancer Society

Darby Nelligan and Seamus Galway: Water for Malawi

Henry Reed and Liam Ryan: Right to Play Foundation

Jay Williams and Lukas Duncan: Helping the Helpless (Akshaya Trust)

Savannah Siegrist: Creating the bridge, closing the gap between Middle and Upper School students.

Connor Olson '17, Paul Wyrough '17, Cole Stirling '17 & Patrick Schaeffer '17 Connor, Paul, Cole and Patrick arranged a friendly and fun Frisbee for the Future fundraiser to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Annapolis & Anne Arundel County. The event raised approximately $300 for the organization.

Questions? Contact Leslie Brannigan: or Whitney Jamison:


Denise’s 1978 senior class photo

Bidding adieu to Alumni Director, Denise Tray Rosson '78

The 15 years that I have served as Alumni Director here have been extraordinary. The cast of characters, the humor and breadth of human experience have truly been astonishing. My thanks to the many alumni, of all ages, who befriended me and generously allowed me to share their lives and stories. It’s been a trip! Thanks also to the fabulous teachers and

coaches who shepherded me and later my four children through the Severn experience. Our alumni and our faculty are what have allowed Severn to thrive for the last century. Last, but never least, my appreciation and love to the wonderful colleagues that have inhabited the Boone House for the last 15 years. We’ve done some great work for Severn and have shared so much. I will

See you next year at our 100th anniversary.

Denise Tray Rosson ‘78


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always treasure our time together. While I look forward to the new challenges as development director at Glenelg Country School, I will continue to wear my Admiral alumni badge proudly.

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NYC ALUMNI RECEPTION More than 40 alumni attended the popular New York City alumni reception at the legendary FRIARS CLUB, April 18. Severn alums living and working in the New York City area came to mix and mingle and chat with Headmaster Doug Lagarde.








1. 2. 3.

Jason Scott '95, Blake Nolan '95


Rob Kyle '85, Whitney Gratrix Ifcher '02


Molly Moore Green '83, Tom Carter '85,

Nicole Feliciano '88, Doug Lagarde, Matt Finlay '85


Hannah Watt '07, Missy Dunaway '06

Laura Finlay Hanson '83

Brian Tichenor '03, Doug Lagarde


Morgan Fiddler '03, Wes Sims '94, Anna






Julian “Jay” Clark October 23, 2012

Ellen Elizabeth Eckert

(see obituary on p. 33)

Mother of John Eckert '04

Karl Louther Jr. December 29, 2012

Harold Handin

(see obituary on p. 34)

and Samantha Goldman '07

Robin Nelson March 22, 2010

Peggy Pfeiffer

(see obituary on p. 31)

Robert G. Smith October 21, 2012

John Robbins November 15, 2012

Gilbert “Gil” Renaut

Guy Thro April 26, 2009

Patricia Joy Renfro


Lloyd M. McClure December 31, 2012 (see obituary on p. 31)


David E. Horrigan October 4, 2012

Grandfather of Zachary '03

Mother of Peter Pfeiffer '77

Father of Elizabeth “Liz” Renaut Stauffer '98

(see obituary on p. 31)


Timothy “Ted” Wellings January 5, 2013 (see obituary on p. 31)


Robert L. Ghormley Jr. June 3, 2012 (see obituary on p. 31)


Herbert K. Gates Jr. December 2, 2012 (see obituary on p. 33)

James M. McHugh Jr. August 9, 2012


William Ellis Jr. January 8, 2013


Sydney “Sid” Formanek Jr. October 6, 2010


Ludwell Pickett December 21, 2011 (see obituary on p. 34)


(see obituary on p. 33)

Edward Ward October 4, 2012



Grafton R. McFadden February 27, 2012 (see obituary on p. 33)

John Smith '47 June 17, 2012


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David K. Conner Jr. January 4, 2013 (see obituary on p. 35)

Mother of trustee, Lisa Renfro; Grandmother to Chloe Snow '12, Andrew Snow '14 and Will Snow '14

Terry Schultze Grandmother of Sean '14, and Patrick Wong '17

Philip Sheats Jr. Brother of the late Billy Sheats '81, Danny Sheats '83, Chrissy Sheats-Zoellner '83, and Carol Sheats '84

Lorenz “Zim” Zimmerman

Anastasia “Stasch” Zimmerman Grandparents of Jeff '03, Kristen '06, and Lauren Reese '08

CLASS NOTES 1933 Lloyd Milton McClure, 98, of Beardstown, Ill., died December 31, 2012, at Culbertson Memorial Hospital in Rushville, Ill. He was born in Beardstown on December 27, 1914, the son of Lloyd Milton and Beulah A. Glendinning McClure. He married Margaret J. Steadman on February 29, 1940, and she preceded him in death in 1993. He is survived by two sons, six grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren. Lloyd graduated from Beardstown High School with the class of 1932; he then attended Severn School, Marion Military Institute, and graduated from University of Illinois and the College of Law of the University of Illinois in 1939. At the time of his retirement in 1981, he was senior partner in the law firm of McClure, Brannan and Hardwick founded in 1883 by his grandfather, Milton McClure. He was the state’s attorney of Cass County for 12 years and served as an assistant attorney general and as city attorney for the city of Beardstown for many years. Lloyd served aboard the destroyer USS Rooks-DD804 as an officer in the South Pacific area during World War II. He was a 64-year member of Cass Lodge 23 A.F.&A.M., Ansar Shrine, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, BPOE, was a Rotary Fellow, and a continuous member of the Illinois State Bar Association since 1947. Lloyd Milton McClure as pictured in the 1933 Navigator.

1938 David Edward Horrigan, Jr. passed away October 4, 2012. He was the only son of Dr. David Edward Horrigan (U.S. Navy Ret) and Mrs. Mary Cabell Horrigan. David traveled extensively during his childhood, particularly throughout the eastern United States and also lived for two years in Haiti, where his father served as a physician with the Marine Corps. Upon returning to the U.S., David attended

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St. John’s College High School in Washington D.C., St. Francis Preparatory School in Brooklyn, N.Y., and Severn School in 1938. Prior to World War II, he attended the U.S. Naval Academy and the University of Virginia. Upon being commissioned as a naval officer in February 1944, he served in active duty during the remainder of World War II and throughout the Korean War, receiving an honorable discharge from the Navy in 1957. David Edward Horrigan, Jr. as pictured in the 1938 Navigator. CAPT Robert G. Smith, U.S. Navy (Ret), 91, died peacefully on October 21, 2010. Robert was born in Williamson, W.Va. on October 5, 1919 to Dr. William J. Smith and Vida Good. Robert graduated from Severn in 1938 and the U.S. Naval Academy in 1943. He served in the Pacific Theater during World War II. In 1943, Robert married the love of his life, June Goodlad of Port Arthur, Texas. June and Robert raised their family in various Navy towns including Annapolis, Norfolk, San Diego, Newport, and Pearl Harbor. They moved to the Daytona Beach area in 1972. Robert was a member of the Halifax River Yacht Club and worked on the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse restoration project. He enjoyed golf, various card games, collected coins and worked and wrote crossword puzzles. He is survived by two sons, four grandchildren and three greatgrandchildren. Robert G. Smith as pictured in the 1938 Navigator.

1942 Timothy “Ted” F. Wellings Jr., 87, a longtime resident of Woodside, Calif., died at home on January 5, 2013 of heart failure. Ted was born

in Boston and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1946. After 20 years in the Navy and living in several places, he settled in California and started his own cerTimothy “Ted” F. Wellings Jr. tified public accountant business. He was in partnership with his son, Bruce, in two companies: Wellings & Company, certified public accountants, and Wellings Wealth Care, financial advisors. Ted and his wife of 58 years, Peggy, enjoyed traveling and playing golf in their leisure time. He is survived by his wife, two sons, Bruce and Tim Wellings, daughter, Cindy Wellings Hayes, nine grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. Wellings pictured above.

1943 Raymond Thayer informed us that he graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point (USMA) in 1946 where he was an AllAmerican and captain of the Army swim team.

CDR Robert Lee Ghormley, Jr., U.S. Navy (Ret), age 88, died peacefully on June 3, 2012, of cancer surrounded by his loving family at home in Bethesda, Md. He was the son of Vice Adm. Robert L. Ghormley and Lucille L. Ghormley and is survived by his childhood sweetheart and wife of 64 years, Nancy S. Ghormley; three daughters, seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Robert was a graduate of Severn School in 1943 and a 1948 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. He later earned his MBA at George Washington University. He served in the Korean War and spent his career assigned to many tours of duty on shore and sea, such as Washington, D.C., Pearl Harbor, Norfolk, and Naples, Italy. After retiring from the Navy in 1969, Robert became a stockbroker at A.G. Edwards until retiring in 1988. Robert’s favorite pastimes were family and friends, geneal-

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Frank Rogers


Post-graduate class of 1953

After The Citadel he spent 33 years in the Air Force as a pilot, as evidenced by his office walls which are covered with photos of planes and the places he has traveled. As with the conversations with most gentlemen from that

Do you have a story to

Severn’s Director of Annual and Planned Giving, Mary

share from your time

Kernan Salsich, recently met with longtime donor, Frank

at Severn? email us at:

Rogers ‘53 in his hometown of Charleston, South Caro-

lina. On behalf of the School, Mary wanted to personally thank Mr. Rogers for his loyalty and consistency with giving a gift to Severn every year for the past 25 years. Their conversation was delightful and drew up some wonderful memories and stories to share with the Severn community. Frank grew up in South Carolina and had a commission to the Naval Academy, but he came to Severn to shore up his grades. He credits his year with the faculty at Severn as a time when he “really learned how to study.” This, he said, is why he’s grateful for and continues to support Severn. Frank ended up going back home to attend The Citadel, so that he could follow in his father and grandfather’ footsteps. He shared how he settled down south. “Well, I married a gal from Charleston” and then with a wink and a smile said, “If you marry a girl from Charleston, you will always live in Charleston.”

era, he remembers Mr. Teel with great admiration. This story, we thought best shared in Frank’s own words: “Since I came to Severn for a post-graduate year after finishing high school in South Carolina, I was 18-years-old and older than most of the other boys. At the time, the drinking age in Washington, D.C. was 18. So one day I hitch-hiked into Annapolis, took a bus into D.C. and purchased a case of beer. I then retraced my steps with a bus back to Annapolis, and whilst standing on the side of the road waiting for a ride back to Severn, who should stop to give me a ride - but Mr. Teel himself. I gulped and got into the front seat of the car and put the case of beer under my feet. I tried to pretend it was not there, however, it looked like a case of beer and it sure sounded like a case of beer...with all of its rattling and bottles jingling. But, Mr. Teel never said a word. Needless to say, that incident was my last transgression. From that day on, I kept my head down and my nose in the books.”

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ogy, golf, and gardening. He was a member of Kenwood Golf and Country Club’s senior golf association and the Washington chapter of his Naval Academy class, serving as treasurer for many years. He was past president of the Springfield Civic Association and was also a member of Friendship Heights Kiwanis Club. His warm and loving ways brightened all who knew him.



Send notes to: Hugh “Dick” McLean PO Box 1735 Borrego Springs, CA 92004

Send notes to: Bill Fisher

1947 Send notes to: Buzz Hall

CDR Robert Lee Ghormley, Jr.

1944 Send notes to: Karl “Chris” Christoph

LCDR Herbert Kenneth “Den” Gates, Jr., 86, passed away December 2, 2012. Herb was born in San Francisco, Calif., on February 5, 1926 to the late Herbert Kenneth Gates and Maria Theresa Borthick Gates. He retired from the U.S. Navy as lieutenant commander. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Carolyn Dupree Gates, five children, numerous grandchildren, nephews and nieces.

James Marshall McHugh, Jr. died on August 9, 2012 at St. Luke’s Hospital, after a lengthy illness. James was a resident of Manhattan, N.Y. and former resident of Washington, D.C. Beloved husband of Caril D. McHugh, he is survived by five children and eight grandchildren. James Marshall McHugh, Jr.

The Rev. Grafton R. McFadden, CRD U.S. Navy (Ret) died December 27, 2012 of complications from malignant melanoma. Born in Coronado, Calif. in 1928, he was the second of three children. After graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy on June 1, 1951, Grafton married Elesa Evelyn Konigsberg on June 2, 1951. Grafton’s duty stations in the Navy included destroyers and minesweepers. He was executive officer of USS Hanna and became commanding officer, serving on board from 1958-60. He served in ServRon 3 in Sasebo, Japan, then attended the Navy’s Post Graduate School in Monterey, Calif., graduating with a degree in oceanography. He served on other ships and at duty stations in California, La Spezia, Italy, and Washington, D.C., until he retired in 1974. Following his retirement Grafton entered the Virginia Theological Seminary, from which he graduated in 1977. He was ordained an Episcopal priest in 1978, and served Episcopal and Anglican churches in many states and in the Bahamas. Living in Jacksonville since 1985, Grafton served as rector of St. Mark’s, Stark, and St. Anne’s, Keystone Heights. He retired from active ministry in 1998. Grafton is survived by his beloved wife of 61 years, Elesa; their four children, Rodney Grafton McFadden, Christine McFadden Crosby, Anne Elivia McFadden, and Diane McFadden Allen, all of Virginia; ten grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Grafton was kind, compassionate, gentle, cheerful, funny and faithful. He loved his wife, his family, his friends, his congregations, and his Lord. He turned to art late in life and became a prolific water color painter, thanks to encouragement and training from friends at Fleet Landing, his home with Elesa since 1998. A true gentleman until the end, Grafton will be missed by many.

Bill Fisher shared, “As you have read in the Bridge articles, Severn School continues to be in outstanding hands and doing wonderful things for the students - just as Mr. Teel and the school did for each of us 65 plus years ago. I hope to see many of you at Alumni Weekend. We all would like to hear from you: letters, email, phone calls to me will do. As always, take good care of yourselves.”

1952 Send notes to: Nick Goldsborough

1953 Julian ‘Jay’ Clark, 77, of Leawood, Kan., died after a long illness on October 23, 2012. He is survived by his dedicated wife of 54 years the former Janice Clare Johnson, his two daughters and five grandchildren. Jay was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, his father being an attaché in the U.S. Foreign Service. He lived in Madrid, Spain, during the Franco era and Paraguay during World War II. He went to Ruston Academy High School in Havana, Cuba, and graduated from Severn in 1953. In 1957, he graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Princeton University. Following graduation, he entered the six-month Army training at Fort Chaffee, Ariz. Returning to New York via Trans World Airlines (TWA), he met his future wife, airline hostess Janice Clare Johnson; six months later, on Oct. 12, 1958, they were married in Leawood, Kan., and began their lives together in New York Julian “Jay” Clark as pictured in the 1953 Navigator. Spring 2013



City. Jay worked for Quaker Oats International while Janice continued to fly TWA. Within a year, they were transferred to Mexico City. Nine months later, he enrolled in Columbia Law School in New York. Committed to Mudge, Rose, Guthrie and Nixon, he practiced law on Wall Street. Their daughters arrived in ‘64 and ‘66. His youth in South America taught him to appreciate warm climates, so Jay moved his family to Hawaii to enjoy ‘Eternal Summer.’ A position with Pratt, Moore, Bortz & Case awaited him. They resided in Hawaii from 1967-83. While there, he developed a love of surfing, hiking with the family, marathon running and barber shop chorus. In 1970, to specialize, Jay took an educational sabbatical with his family, to attend NYU in NYC for a degree in tax law. Upon returning to the islands, he became a partner in the renamed law firm, Case, Kay & Lynch. In 1983, Jay and Jan followed their grown children to Johnson County, Jan’s hometown, where a job at Hillix, Brewer, Hoffhaus and Whitaker Law firm awaited him. Empty-nesters, settling in Leawood, they began to travel the world, visiting over one hundred countries the next twenty-five years. Jay retired in 1990, allowing him time to pursue a master’s degree in history at Kansas University and teach Spanish conversation to senior citizens (his first language). He continued to run, having completed thirty marathons in his lifetime, twice meeting his goal of under three hours. He was an avid reader all his life. He and Jan competed in duplicate bridge for over 40 years. He enjoyed challenging himself to double crostics, puzzles and loved doting on their two sets of pugs. Jay was a member of Village Presbyterian Church, where he served as a deacon and taught Spanish classes as well.

Karl Krueger Louther, Jr., 78 of Dunwoody, Ga., passed away December 29, 2012. Mr. Louther was retired from General Motors after 25 years. He is survived by his wife, Bette Louther, and one daughter, Karen Louther.

1954 Send notes to: Jack Kelly

1956 Dick Couch is wondering, “Who left the


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water running in the Teel Hall second floor men’s room early one morning in late 1956? The whole place was flooded including Mr. Hawkins first floor office.”

1957 Lee Curry writes, “Things are going fairly well given a quickly worsening body. I am fighting the good fight: kayaking, bicycling, tai chi, volunteering at the local hospital, running three ping pong classes a week and assisting with the boys and girls high school lacrosse teams. I am just generally trying to stay out of trouble.”

1958 Send notes to: John Eller

1959 Ed Hannegan was kind enough to write us recently, “I fondly remember my class that Mr. Teel taught. He was in his 70s but still very knowledgeable on almost any subject. He was a classic scholar in the truest sense. I can see him even now puffing away on his pipe. Severn has come a long way from the days that I attended and is definitely in good hands.”

Randy Albury ’62, currently located in Armidale, NSW Australia.

Bob Cushman and wife, Donna, are enjoying the retired life and recently spent eight weeks on an 8,000 mile “ski odyssey” hitting 10 ski resorts.

1963 Ludwell Lewis Pickett, 66, died peacefully at home with family by his side on December 21, 2011, after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. The son of a Navy family, Ludwell was born in Annapolis, on August 29, 1945. He graduated from Severn in 1963 and received a bachelor of science degree from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1968. After completing his service in the U.S. Navy, Ludwell went on to serve as a Department of Defense civilian engineer at the Naval Weapons Station Yorktown, completing a total of 29 years of service to the nation. He is survived by his loving wife of 41 years, Martha, and by his aunts, uncles, many cousins and loyal friends.

1962 Send notes to: Robert Kesmodel

Dick Taylor checked in, “Sorry I missed my 50th reunion but I can’t travel much anymore. Tell Skip Wilson hello from his old roomate ‘D Shack.’” Francis Edmond “Skip” Wilson, Jr. ‘62 as pictured in the 1962 Navigator

Bill Torgerson and wife, Maureen, visited Australia in March and tried to catch up with

Ludwell Lewis Pickett as pictured in the 1963 Navigator

1965 Send notes to: Sandy Clark

Sandy Clark reports, “I had the pleasure of hearing from Robert Johannesen recently. I think everyone will agree that Bob had a very distinguished and interesting career on the front lines of some of the toughest law enforcement assignments the United States has to offer. And it all started with Severn. We’re grateful for his service and proud of his many accomplishments.” Robert W. Johannesen is a retired Drug Enforcement Administration special agent with 34 years of federal service. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1967 where he was trained

CLASS NOTES Don Beaver, Robert Johannesen ‘65, Danny L. Bryant, Marble Mountain Air Facility, RVN 1971

in infantry, reconnaissance, and was commissioned and served as a helicopter pilot and was discharged as a captain in 1973. He has flight experience in Bell UH-1 B, C, D, E, H, N, and 212 models, Sikorsky CH-53A, BoeingVertol CH-46 A & D models, Hughes/McDonald Douglas 500 C, D, & E models. He flew slicks and gunships in Vietnam with HML167 near Danang at Marble Mountain Air Facility. He began his law enforcement career as a police officer in Ayden, N.C. As a DEA special agent, he worked assignments as a street agent, technical operations agent, pilot, instructor, group supervisor, inspector (internal affairs), and assistant special agent in charge. Bob worked special assignments in Hawaii, Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, the Caribbean, Belgium, Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, and Brazil. Bob also worked as a special investigator with Texas Child Protective Services investigating child abuse and neglect cases. He has a bachelor’s degree in law enforcement and corrections from East Carolina University; FAA ratings as an airline transport pilot, airframe and powerplant mechanic, flight instructor; has been designated an army aviator, naval aviator, DEA special agent pilot, and was a senior member of DEA’s Aircraft Accident Investigation Team. Bob and wife, Judy, have lived in Argyle, Texas for 23 years. In retirement, Bob travels with his motorcycle on trips to Prudhoe Bay/Deadhorse, Alaska and across the trans-Labrador highway to Newfoundland. Bob enjoys metal fabrication and woodworking. There are four generations of Marines and one SEAL in their family.

1966 Send notes to: Richard Templeton

1968 Send notes to: Shannon McDowell

David Kendrick Conner, Jr., 62, passed away January 4, 2013, due to heart failure, on his sailboat in the Monterey Harbor. David was born in Baltimore, where he attended Severn School and John Hopkins University. David lived most of his adult life on the Monterey Bay; learning to sail before he could drive, his happiest memories were on the water. He spent his life traveling the world either by land or sea. David met Kathy, his soul mate and wife, in 1980. He worked as a printer, ran a roadhouse in Montana, and was a marine electrician. David was an independent thinker who enjoyed politics, reading and wildlife, especially the birds and pinniped’s of Monterey Bay.

Bob Dodge and his wife, Lynn, celebrated 39 years of happy marriage this year and are enjoying good health. They have five grandsons, ages 2, 4, 5, 7 and 8. Bob is loving his work as a business coach and facilitator of peer advisory boards. Chooch Turner '68 and family

Tom Smith and his wife, Tina, will celebrate 41 years of happiness together this June. Tom writes, “Grandchildren are the loves of our lives and we are so fortunate that our daughter Tucker lives nearby with her three. Russell unfortunately lives in Rochester, N.Y., so we don’t get to see him or his two kids nearly as often as we’d like, although it’s a grand time when we do.” Tom and Tina currently reside in Severna Park where Tom works as a longterm substitute at Chesapeake High School.

David Glenn is still chugging along, working at Calvert Memorial Hospital in the emergency department, as the medical director for Calvert County EMS, and as tactical medical director for the county SWAT team. David and his wife, Edith, have been married 33 years, and have a daughter (age 23) and a son (age 11).

Shannon McDowell retired last September and is currently renovating a house in Annapolis. Shannon writes, “I’m expecting grandchildren five and six, sometime in September. For Bruce Hunter ‘68, I know that isn’t big news; but, it’s pretty cool for me.”

George Turner and his wife, Chris, are still at the old house on the Severn River enjoying the view, crabbing, and fishing. They will celebrate the marriage of their youngest, Drew Turner ’04 to Lauren Bonner, on June 8, 2013, with the ceremony and reception in their back yard.

Chooch Turner and his wife, Suzanne, recently celebrated their 42nd anniversary. Chooch is currently the northeast regional sales manager for US Pipe and Foundry Company, where he has been employed for nearly 37 years, and resides in the Towson/Ruxton area of Baltimore. He writes, “Aren’t grandkids the greatest thing ever? What a terrific reward for the trials and tribulations of raising one’s own children. We now have five grandchildren Ruby (age 6), Cassidy (age 5), Greyson (age 4), Max (age 4), and Grace (age 2). See photo above.

George Tolson will be traveling in Europe and will miss Alumni Day; but he sends his regards.

Jay Downin shares, “It is hard to believe it has been 45 years since we graduated from Severn. My wife, Kim, and I live in the house near Annapolis that I lived in when I went to Severn! We inherited it from my parents in 2001 and after some renovations moved in June of 2002. Kim and I just celebrated our 21st wedding anniversary February 15 by traveling with friends to Vail, Colo., where Kim skied with her girlfriend, and the two men went sightseeing in the rocky mountains. In 2005, after over 20 years with CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield of Maryland, I took advantage of an early retirement downsizing program at CareFirst and changed jobs. I now work for the federal government at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in Baltimore.”

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Saying Goodbye to two of Severn’s finest Former faculty member, Jim Hoage and former Headmaster, Joseph DiVenuto; both passed away earlier this year.

Jim Hoage James “Jim” Alden Hoage, 73, a 50-year resident of Severna Park, died February 27 at his home due to heart disease after an 8-year illness. A beloved figure on the Severn campus from 1973 until his retirement in 1992, Mr. Hoage taught generations of Severn students. He was a passionate conservationist and political activist as well a scholar of American and world history. His favorite quote was, “An educated man is never bored.” Mr. Hoage was born on December 1, 1939 in Washington, D.C. and raised in Bethesda. He graduated from Bethesda Chevy Chase High School, Ohio Wesleyan University, earning a bachelor of arts degree, and George Washington University, earning a master of arts degree. He was a member of the 33rd District Democratic Club, a prolific writer of letters-to-the-editor, and an environmental activist.

Joseph DiVenuto Joseph DiVenuto, the fourth headmaster of Severn School (1964-68), passed away December 19, 2012 at Willimansett Nursing Home in Chicopee, Mass. DiVenuto joined the Severn faculty in 1959 and was appointed principal of the junior school in 1960 and headmaster in 1964. After leaving Severn, Divenuto studied at the Sacred Heart Monastary in Hales Corner, Wis., where he developed several new interests including yoga and computer science. Mr. DiVenuto demonstrated his dedication to Severn in many ways not the least of which that his hours were long and his vacations very few. He once remarked that “we like to feel that Severn School is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, if a student desires help, counsel or fun.” It is reported that upon his resignation from Severn he gave an emotional speech which drew a 20-minute standing ovation from students, faculty and staff.

DiVenuto was the son of the late Michael and Angela Recchia DiVenuto. He attended Classical High School and later transferred to Cathedral High School. He received his bachelor of arts degree from Boston College, his master of arts degree from Johns Hopkins University, and his master of divinity degree from Sacred Heart School of Theology. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War and attained the rank of sergeant. He then spent several years working with the Sioux Indians in South Dakota and set up a strong curriculum in one of their schools to preserve their language, Lakota, and art. Later he returned to Springfield, Mass. and taught at Our Lady of Hope School. In Springfield he joined the South End Citizen's Council and became chairman of the housing committee and served on the community center board.

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Tom Tubman and wife, Carolyn, have been married for 42 years, with three children and six grandchildren.

Chris Crawford writes, “Hope you gents are well. I’m still chilling in Shepherdstown, W.Va., shoeing horses (thanks to Shannon ’68), playing lots of music, and have two offices where I practice manual therapy. Life is good, my brothers.”

Bruce Hunter shares, “Three of my grandsons are playing lacrosse in West Virginia and I’m helping to assist the Middle School team again this year. My son and his wife are expecting their third child in early June - bringing me up to 17 grandchildren. May 31 will mark six years since my wife passed away with cancer. We would have celebrated 40 years of marriage in July. This summer I’ll be going on a family-camp out at Rocky Gap State Park, spending a week of June at the Outer Banks, and going to float the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon in August. I’d love to make it back for Alumni Weekend. Life is good. We need to enjoy the moments and especially our families.”

1969 Send notes to: Nick Codd

1972 Send notes to: John Norton

1973 Send notes to: Bona Hurst Ellis

1974 Steve Fromyer recently returned to Oceaneering, Inc., working in the theme park ride industry. Steve and his wife, Mary Fromyer have been married 27 years. Their daughter, Lucy, is now teaching in Instanbul and son, Phil, is finishing his political science and economics degrees at UNCW. Steve writes, “Come on class of ’74, make sure to attend our 40th reunion.”



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1982 Send notes to: Tracy Tischer

Doug Trettin was recently profiled by Inside Lacrosse’s Stringers Spotlight, for his patented EverPocket - the first ever truly swappable pocket. For more on the EverPocket, visit

1983 Send notes to: Molly Moore Green


Bill and Debbie Creeden recently enjoyed a visit from former faculty members, Patience McPherson and Linda Stone at their home in Tucson, Ariz. They had a marvelous time recounting their Middle School days together and are looking forward to attending the centennial celebration in May 2014.

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1985 Send notes to: Julie Katcef

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1994 Send notes to: Mike Calabrese

1995 Send notes to: Darcy Watt Gurganous

1996 Send notes to: Erika Huebner Rollins

Ryan Goff, wife, Suchi Mohanty, and 3-yearold son, Samir, are living in Durham, N.C. in a newly purchased house. Suchi is the head of the Undergraduate Library at UNC Chapel Hill, and Ryan recently recieved an MBA from NC State and is currently working on nonqualified retirement plans for Principal Financial Group. Ryan shared, “We don’t make it up to Annapolis nearly as often as we would like but we’d love to hear from anyone coming through the area!”

Dan Ericson writes, “I hope this message finds you well. It is oh-so difficult for me to believe that it has been almost 15 years since we graduated on the Boone House lawn on what I vaguely recall as a warm summer morning. Our days on Water Street are long gone but, as I bet you do, I look back on that time fondly. In celebration of our class, friendships, and memories at Severn School, I look forward to reconnecting at our 15 year reunion and Severn’s Alumni Weekend.”

Catherine Koch Eplett and her husband, Phil, welcomed a baby girl, Wren Babette Eplett, on February 14, 2013. Everyone is happy and healthy. See photo below.

Jenn Smith Addabbo has had a busy year traveling for work as vice president of national sales for PSCU. Jenn and her husband, Mike Addabbo, recently visited Ireland and Amsterdam, and had a great time playing golf and visiting Irish pubs. The couple lives in Tampa, Fla. with their 2-year-old son, Palmer.

Christina Parker Bridge and her husband, Matt, welcomed twins, Cameron Cole Bridge (7 pounds, 1 ounce) and Reese Taylor Bridge (6 pounds, 10 ounces) They were born just shy of 37 weeks on October 22, 2012.



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Gussie Habeck Melendez and her husband, David Melendez, welcomed a son, Joaquin Xavier Melendez, on March 26, 2013. Big sister Louisa (ZuZu) and big brother Gunnar are excited to show him the world.

Doug Mayer recently moved to Columbia, S.C. where he works for Governor Nikki Haley as deputy communications director.

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Kristen Jernigan Morris and her husband, Philip, welcomed a baby boy, Bryce Alexander, on February 1, 2013. See photo below.

Wren, daughter of Catherine Koch Eplett ‘00

Brendan O’Mara and his wife, Erin, are expecting their first child at the end of May.

2001 Send notes to: Helen McCaffrey Birney

Lindsey Bowers ’01 and Charlie Bauer ’00 were married on September 8, 2012 at St. Anne’s Church in Annapolis. See photo below.

Dave McDermott is working as a urologist at Anne Arundel Urology. Wife, Jess Popham McDermott ’97, is busy at home with their three children, Laine (age 6), Emily (age 3), and new baby, David William III.

1998 Send notes to: Dan Ericson Samantha with baby brother, Bryce, children of Kristen Jernigan Morris ‘00 Lindsey Bowers ’01 and Charlie Bauer ’00 38

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2002 Send notes to: Kristi Jobson

Sarah Dunaway Silverman and Jesse Silverman were married on February 14, 2013. Sarah’s sister Melissa Dunaway ‘06 was the maid of honor. See photo below.


Regan Bosch entered her first season as director of operations for the USC women’s lacrosse program.

2005 Send notes to: Janessa DelSesto DiMenna Brooke Jobson will graduate May 17 from University of Maryland School of Social Work with her master’s degree. She has been recognized by Phi Kappa Phi for academic excellence.

2006 Send notes to: Courtney Dunn

2007 Send notes to: Graham Ellison or Samantha Goldman

Sarah Dunaway Silverman ‘02 and Jesse Silverman

Graham Mattonen and Jessica Green were married on September 29, 2012 in Annapolis. Severn alums, Doug Hughes ’71, Doug Hughes ’98, Corey Mattonen ’04, Jen Presswood ’04, Will Hughes ’05, Sean Etter ’02, Kim Mattonen ’98, Ian Mattonen ’98, Lindsay Wooten ’02, Todd MacMullan ’02, Graham Mattonen ’02, Ben Jatlow ’02, Briana Jatlow ’04, Michael Sebeniecher ’02, Ashleigh Sabold ’02, were in attendance for the wedding. The couple lives in Annapolis. See photo to right.

2008 Send notes to: Annie Weber

2009 Send notes to: Katie Dickerson or Justin Kiehne

Mike Kuethe was inducted into the elite honor society, Phi Beta Kappa, Theta Chapter at Washington College in March.

Logan McNamara has been selected as a Lehigh University President’s Scholar, the highest award given to a student for academic achievement.

2010 Send notes to: Mackenzie Carroll Mackenzie is loving High Point University and looks forward to hearing from her classmates!

2011 Send notes to: Beanie Antonini or Katlyn Flynn

Brady Hill is working as an analyst at an investment bank in Richmond and enjoying the transition to post-grad.

2003 Send notes to: Laura Lutkefedder

2004 Send notes to Jen Presswood Severn alums gather at the wedding of Jessica and Graham Mattonen ‘02

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Caitlin Burman

'06 After graduating from Severn in 2006 and Miami University in 2010, Caitlin Burman ‘06 (pictured above to left) returned to her home town to share her passion for running and opened the full service running store, Spark Running,

ning equipment; she sells the whole health

in the Severna Park Plaza on Ritchie

and wellness philosophy along with a strong

Highway. Featuring a wide variety of

commitment to community support.

running shoes, apparel and nutritional

past sponsor for the Severn School 5k, along

supplements, you will find everything

with many other local events, Caitlin has be-

you need. Caitlin doesn’t just sell run-

come a big name in the local running world.

Ben Stringfellow is a media arts and entertainment major with a creative writing minor at Elon University. He keeps busy working on Elon’s student-run sketch comedy show, Elon Tonight. Ben works as the post production maganer, but does a little bit of everything from writing to filming. He is spending his spring semester living in Los Angeles with the Elon in LA program, where he is taking some classes and working at Precision Production and Post, a full service production and post studio. He plans to spend the summer in Nashville as an intern and doing documentary work for the American Center for Law and Justice.

Nick Stringfellow is double majoring in sport and event management and marketing, with a minor in business administration at Elon University. He is currently an Elon IMG Sports


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Visit the Spark Running store any day: Monday - Thursday 10 am - 8 pm Friday 10 pm - 7 pm Saturday 10 pm - 6 pm or Sunday 11 pm - 4 pm

2012 Send notes to: Kaya Gordon Or Grace Rudder

Ben Stringfellow ‘11 filming for “Elon Tonight”

Marketing intern on campus. He also serves as the marketing executive on the executive committee of the premier sport and event society. This summer he will be an Orange Ambassador Intern with the Bowie Baysox.

Ryan Webster recently finished performing with the Belmont “University Singers” in the 2012 production of, “Christmas at Belmont.” Ryan is a classical voice major at Belmont University in Nashville, TN.

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