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Douglas Lagarde, HEA DMASTE R Michael Cauley, BOA RD O F TRUSTE E S CHAIR Nicole Anderson, EDI TOR Erin Lewis, ASSOC IATE E D ITOR Carrie MacVean Grimes '91, ALUMN I D IRE CTOR Carolyn Campion, CON TR IB UTIN G W RITE R Darshan Kharod '03, A LUMN I ASSOCIATION CHAIR
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THE SKY IS FALLING Headmaster Doug Lagarde's Class of 2017 Commencement Speech
"I ask you, what ever happened to cuts,
become the distinct characteristic of our
that people don't get these minor injuries
Hype is defined as an intentional excess
scrapes and bruises? Have you noticed
anymore? I'm serious. These three words have nearly disappeared from our language
— or more rightly — our over-hyped
language. Cuts, scrapes and bruises are now lacerations, abrasions and contusions.
Hyperbole and grandiose language —
puffed up to be more sensational, to make
things more exciting or situations more
severe; pretentious attempts to impress by
to create attention, and in order to take
hype to a whole nother level, we do things
like invent new language — a whole nother. Nother is not a word, but we are taking it
there because it is obviously more awesome, more amazing, more stupendous than the
level at which we are now. It's a whole new level of notherness.
On the surface over-hyped language
affecting greater importance or stature than
and exaggerating something to make it
as more than you are — have collectively
would argue that, yes, overhyping in and of
is actually possessed; the want to be regarded
appear more sensational seems harmless. I
itself has gone on forever with few serious
consequences, but the advent of social
media has created a hyperbole epidemic resulting in pervasive narcissistic behavior.
Social media rewards narcissism. The
whole system is built on friends, likes, shares, and followers making it "socially
acceptable to be self-centered, and even prompts users who had not a shred of
narcissistic tendencies to dabble in selfabsorption.
How else can you express
your approval of another as clearly and
as simply as a like on Facebook? And, if
giving likes is approval, then getting likes is
HEA DM AST ER' S M ES SAG E
being approved of. And since getting likes is essential for the successful social media
Chicken Little @littlechick • 7m
on external approval; a dependency that
OMG, OMG, check out the massive contusion on my noggin from where the sky hit me. #skymagedon
user, our online selves become dependent
defines narcissism itself." http://www.
huff ingtonpost.com/michael-jasca/the-meme-me-of-social-me_b_7691620.html. But
what is most remarkable to me is that this
narcissistic behavior is celebrated, if not
Henny Penny @henpecked • 6m @littlechick LOL, concussion? That's nothing.
rewarded, in today's society.
Take the story of Chicken Little as
told traditionally and then in the age of social media. Chicken Little has been around in oral form for centuries and was
first published by the Brothers Grimm in
the mid-1800s. It is intended to teach
principled actions like, do not always take
things at face value, and don't fall prey to and then spread gossip and hysteria – sensible, time-honored advice, indeed.
I'm sure everyone is familiar with the
story but here's the Spark Notes version as a refresher. Chicken Little gets hit on the
Chicken Little @littlechick • 5m @henpecked WTH, not funny. I have a huge wound. This is a big, big deal.
Ducky Lucky @justducky • 4m @littlechick @henpecked OK Nostradamus, sky is falling. That's just fake news. #nostradamusnot
Chicken Little @littlechick • 4m @justducky @hennypenny No, it's real, check out my head. The hematoma is growing. It's for real and I've got thousands of likes already
head by an acorn and proclaims the sky is
Goosey Loosey @theloosegoose • 2m
the sky's inevitable fall, she determines
@littlechick If the sky is falling, live it up. #YOLO
the King, she meets various other birds
Henny Penny @henpecked • 2m
Loosey and Turkey Lurkey – who buy into
@theloosegoose #YOLO is so yesterday. It's just carpe diem for stupid people.
rapt with fear, join her in spreading panic
Chicken Little @littlechick • 1m
falling. So scared is Chicken Little about
to tell the King. Along the way to tell – Henny Penny, Ducky Lucky, Goosey her frenzied tale of doom and gloom and
throughout the barnyard. The flock then
@henpecked Haters gonna hate
encounters Foxy Loxy who convinces the frantic fowl he can get them to the king
but, instead, lures them into his den and eats them all.
Imagine this story in the age of social media:
Turkey Lurkey @creepyturkey • 1m @littlechick @henpecked @justducky @theloosegoose What!?! How come I don't know anything about the sky falling??? #FOMO
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The posts and tweets go on and on and on and on ...
internally generated and therefore self-sustaining.” Friedman also
sky's fall is scooped by CNN, the Chicken News Network, and all
changes that will come with it, only those who can commit to
Likes, shares, followers and a video claiming authenticity of the the other major news outlets embark on 24/7 coverage. Chikileaks adds to the frenzy by posting featherless pictures of the birds and KFC accuses Chick-fil-A of the breach.
Foxy Loxy, ever the one to take advantage of a chaotic situation,
convinces the birds to sign him as their agent, and he inks a deal
with Bravo to produce Foul Birds of the Barnyard and lands the premiere timeslot between Real Housewives of NYC and Below Deck Mediterranean. And since the Birds are more dimwitted and self-absorbed than even the Kardashians, they skyrocket to the top of the celebrity A-list.
stresses that given the rapid acceleration of technology and future
adapting and retooling themselves quickly will be successful. He
writes, “It used to be that you went to college to learn skills for life
and lifelong learning was a hobby to enjoy.” Lifelong learning is, and will become increasingly so, a necessity for success. “Today's
American dream is more of a journey than a destination.” With
the habits and attitudes formed through taking the initiative and taking ownership here at Severn, the Class of 2017 has developed the muscle and wherewithal needed to thrive in this Learning Economy.
So a word of advice as you transition to college, settle on what
What does this updated folktale teach, well at least to me? Social
you want to learn not what you want to do, for the things you
in doing so celebrates narcissistic behaviors.
you remain interested in learning new and useful things, you will
media distorts the truth and undermines what really matters and, At about this time in my remarks you would be justified to ask,
what does all of this have to do with the Class of 2017? Nothing.
want to do now may change dramatically in the coming years. If future-proof yourself.
Vibrant, healthy communities, like Severn, can be both an
Nothing at all. And, therefore, everything. The Class of 2017 is
anchor and a sail (Friedman). That is, Severn has helped you
opposite — unpretentious, gracious and thoughtful. A refreshing
you the ability to sail forth with skill and grace as you take on
neither dimwitted nor self absorbed in any way. They are quite the antidote to the narcissism dominating today's narratives. In all
that they did here at Severn, collectively and individually, they
endeavored to add value, not to draw attention to themselves and, thus, were everything to making this an incredible school year.
In August, the senior leaders identified and then put into
action the adaptive challenge “Take the Initiative” and stressed
the importance of self-motivation and taking responsibility for
all aspects of student life. They understood that to enact positive change in this technologically drenched world, they could not do so
by the glow of a computer or iPhone screen but, instead, must use
time-honored methods — one person to another person at a time. And by doing so, they took ownership of their ideas, ownership of their actions, ownership of their community.
forge a foundation grounded in excellence that in turn provides life's challenges. And yes, as you move into a world of accelerated
complexity, there will be times where you will feel as if the sky is
falling on your head. When this happens, know that you may get a
cut or a scrape or a bruise, but it will be nothing more. For regardless
of the new levels of notherness to which social media wants to like, share, follow or hype a situation, your experience here combined
with your desire and ability to take ownership of yourself and the future communities of which you become a part will provide you
with resilience and stamina. And, in turn, you will be celebrated
for your genuine accomplishments and, more important, for the quality of your character for we do not educate to maintain the world as it is, but to expand the beauty and goodness in it.
Probably not a surprise to any of you, I don't have Facebook;
In his new book Thank You for Being Late author and New York
I've never tweeted, posted anything on Instagram, Snapchatted,
ownership, you care, you pay attention, you build stewardship,
change, given my admiration for the Class of 2017 I would like to
Times columnist Thomas Friedman stresses, “When you take and you think about the future ... You get outcomes that are more
electronically liked anything or even taken a selfie. That is about to memorialize this moment with a selfie."
Headmaster Doug Lagarde added 1 new photo — with 102 others at Severn School June 2, 2017 at 5 pm • Severna Park
Chairman of the Board Mr. Michael Cauley; Gabby Torain '17 shows off diploma; Class dean Ms. Kristin Blanck with Sloane Walker '17; Class Valedictorian Henry Creamer '17; Camryn Rosen '17 and Lillie Kontor '17; Kai Fox '17; Hannah Butler '17 with family; Nina Page '17; Charlie Olmert '17 delivers the senior class address SUMMER 2017 5
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"THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IS THAT THERE IS AN AUTHENTIC AUDIENCE FOR THE WORK. WHEN THE 6TH GRADERS TAKE THEIR GAMES TO THE LOWER SCHOOL AND MODEL THEM FOR THE YOUNGER STUDENTS, IT'S A VERY POWERFUL EXPERIENCE FOR EVERYONE." â€” MS. KELLY WILSON
THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX When students are engaged in work for real-world audiences they learn on a deeper, more connected level. From designing educational games for Severn Lower School students to creating arboretum signs for our newly planted native species in the Stine Environmental Center, our teachers are pairing up with Director of Innovative Entrepreneurial Programs and the Graw Innovation Center (GIC), Ms. Kelly Wilson, to create real-world projects that serve a meaningful purpose for our students and for our community.
So how do you create authentic experiences in the classroom? First identify a need, then formulate an action plan to address that need. Middle School science teacher Ms. Carrie Ball developed an entire class based around this idea and worked closely with Ms. Wilson to develop Introduction to Design Thinking for Severn 6th graders as part of our Transition to Teel curriculum. The goal of this class is to create engaging, developmentally appropriate games for our prekindergarten and kindergarten students. Before beginning to plan or design, students in the class research the educational needs of elementary aged
students and conduct surveys with teachers to find out what types of skills their games should address. Working in teams, 6th graders work with Ms. Ball and Ms. Wilson through the entire Engineer By Design process using Tinkercad, the 3D printer and the laser cutting system to bring their digital designs to life before sharing them with our littlest learners. â€œThis is by far my favorite collaboration. The most important thing is that there is an authentic audience for the work. When the 6th graders take their games to the Lower School and model them for the younger students, it's a very powerful experience for everyone" stated Ms. Kelly Wilson.
Authentic problem solving takes place outside the classroom as well. To enhance the educational impact of our Stine Environmental Center, Middle School science teacher Mr. Jim Maloney put out a call to all middle schoolers for help making arboretum style signs to mark the growing trees and plants. Fionn Kinsella '23, Alan Tchamourliyski '23 and Charlie Wilemon '23 answered the call with excitement. Mr. Maloney and the students knew exactly where to go to start this project, the GIC. With guidance from Ms. Wilson they selected materials and fine-tuned their designs using Tinkercad, ultimately using the 3D printer and laser system to complete the project. Since its opening in the fall of 2015, Ms. Wilson has been helping teachers and students expand the possibilities of authentic learning in and out of the classroom. Her goal is to provide our community with the tools and skills they need to take their lessons outside the box and into the real world. From building 3D printed skyscrapers and models of the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, to creating visual representations of sustainability practices with the laser system and wood, every new project offers an opportunity to learn a new tech skill along with curricular subject material.
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Third graders and the new Prefects pose for a group photo on the Chesapeake Campus playground.
LEADERSHIP BY EXAMPLE Each year as our 3rd grade students complete their social studies unit on leadership,
Prefects visit the Lower School to talk about what it means to be a leader in the Upper School community. For our Lower School students, this is an opportunity to talk about leadership in an authentic, relatable framework. For our Prefects, it's their first official duty going into senior year at Severn.
Through their comprehensive social studies unit on leadership, 3rd grade teachers Ms. Jennie Kantowski and Ms. Cecily Duda help our students research leaders and leadership strategies that are meaningful and relevant to their lives. It's important for our 3rd graders to â€œsee themselvesâ€? in their research and make the connection that anyone at any age can make a difference in our world. "The students start learning about Mohandas Gandi, then they learn about current, young leaders who have started their own organizations, such as Craig Kielberger of Free the Children. Using their research, they create a 3-dimensional final project that represents their leader," stated Ms. Kantowksi. Because the unit focuses on current, young leaders, the Prefects' visit is a perfect complement to their study. Our third graders shift focus from leaders out in the world and
start to see the value of strong leadership in our own community. To prepare for the visit, third graders created lists of questions to ask the Prefects: What ideas do you have to be an effective leader? As a Prefect, explain ways you will get other students engaged to make a positive difference. Share an inspirational thought for Lower school students to become leaders. After interviewing the Prefects, 3rd graders presented their in-progress projects for the leadership museum. The Prefects gave constructive feedback then jumped in with glue guns and markers at the ready to help the 3rd graders complete their work. â€œIt was amazing to see the third graders collaborate with the Prefects on a project that was hands-on, creative and enriching," stated Ms. Kantowski. After working independently and with the Prefects, our 3rd graders were excited to present their projects to parents and
peers at the Leadership Museum. Senior Prefects are selected from the junior class in the spring to serve as senior student leaders. After going through a rigorous application and interview process, students are selected for their leadership potential, integrity, and their commitment to our community. The visit with our 3rd grade is the first of many duties they will take on during their remaining time at Severn. It's a fun way to kick start their new positions, while also teaching 3rd graders what good leadership looks like at our school. In addition to this visit, Prefects participate in a leadership workshop in the fall, assist with the transition to Upper School for 9th graders all year, and plan the new student orientation, homecoming, and other social events. They also act as assistant class advisors and participate in admissions events.
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The James M. Stine Environmental Center is given by the Stine and Igler families in loving memory of James M. Stine. pictured: Katie Galway '19
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Severn Community Joins Together to Reforest the Stine Environmental Center on the rainy, chilly morning of april 22 over 90 members of our community joined together to plant native species on our property behind Teel Campus that meets the Severn River. As part of a long-term project with Campion Hruby Landscape Architects and with a grant from the Chesapeake Bay Trust and Anne Arundel County, restoration of the site is a necessary step toward supporting a healthy ecosystem on our property and its surrounding areas.
PHASE ONE: CLEAR AND BUILD As a part of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed and with our location directly along the Severn River, the actions we take to develop our school property have a direct effect on the health of our surrounding ecosystem. The first step in transforming the nearly 3-acre parcel of land behind our school into both an educational and ecologically healthy space was to clear out invasive nonnative greenery such as bamboo and kudzu. Thanks to the generosity of the Stine and Igler families, we opened the James M. Stine Environmental Center in the spring of 2014 â€” featuring a spectacular tiered-stone outdoor classroom, walking trails, a counsel ring, a low-ropes challenge course, and an artist reflection area. The center provides opportunities for our community members to collaborate and learn, while recognizing the value of the natural world and the vital resources of this distinct watershed. Our teachers and students use the area in clever and creative ways including theatrical performances, literary readings, staging WWII trench warfare scenes, learning outdoor survival skills, identifying plants and trees, and more.
PHASE TWO: PLANT AND GROW Through the combined efforts of Campion Hruby Landscape Architects and Upper School science teacher and Stine Center Coordinator Mr. Phil Lenham, Severn was awarded a grant from the Chesapeake Bay Trust and Anne Arundel County to reforest this area â€” encouraging the growth of native plants, stabilizing the soil to curtail erosion and protecting the river from stormwater runoff. The first leg of planting occurred in the fall of 2016 followed by an all school planting initiative on April 22, Earth Day. It is through the generous support of our community that we are able to build and utilize the Environmental Center to integrate the environment into our curriculum and way of life at Severn. We are grateful to have such a beautiful campus, lush with growing plants and wildlife right at our doorstep, along with opportunities to foster understanding of nature through authentic experience. The reforestation initiative is an opportunity to show our students that taking care of our property, and by extension the larger ecosystem of which we are a part, is a necessary component to having these fantastic facilities.
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MENTORING MATTERS: THE MIDDLE SCHOOL ADVISORY PROGRAM STORY BY CAROLYN CAMPION
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Early one morning at the end of the school year, I was invited into a classroom of 11 happy and chatty sixth graders. I felt like the honored guest of a special club where the members know each other as well as they might know a brother or sister. The kids traded stories, asked questions about class assignments and planned strategies for the game that afternoon. This wasn't just any classroom and it wasn't just any group of kids. This was one of many tight-knit advisory groups at Severn, a home away from home to support our Middle School students. Middle school students face unique challenges as they explore newfound freedoms and responsibilities while adjusting to increasingly complex social structures. According to Middle School Head Mr. Dan Keller, the Advisory Program was created to address these needs and developmental challenges. “We recognize and value growing adolescents above all else. The Advisory Program fits our Middle School philosophy of educating the whole child,” said Mr. Keller. Mr. Dan Keller, advisory coordinator Ms. Laura Drossner, and Middle School guidance counselor Ms. Mary Foard thoughtfully match each student with an advisor, based on shared interests and personality traits. They also evaluate student relationships in each group of 10 and work to coordinate a strong and supportive team. Middle School students then meet with their advisories two times per week to do a variety of social, service, character-building, and academic activities. These activities range from pure fun (dance-offs, charades, giant jenga, and celebrating birthdays) to pragmatic (managing iPads, study skills, and course selections) to service-oriented. Several years ago, Ms. Drossner's advisory created a Petting Zoo with their household pets, charged $1 admission school-wide, and donated all proceeds to SPAN (Serving People Across Neighborhoods). This year, the entire Middle School worked together through their advisories to make and deliver blankets for children at Sarah's House. While the activities themselves are meaningful, for Mr. Keller the best part of program is watching the cultivation of friendships in each advisory. “Over the course of the year, you'll see the group move from, say, 5 pairs to one unit of 10. This evolution is most rewarding to witness.
with ZACH MILLS '98,EXECUTIVE CHEF OF F O U R S E A S O N S H O T E L B A LT I M O R E ' S W I T & W I S D O M
SPICY TOMATO MARYLAND CRAB SOUP I N G R E D I E N TS ½ pound Roma tomatoes (about 2 tomatoes), halved lengthwise Olive oil ½ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon pepper 4 ¼ cups shellfish or fish stock 4 ¼ cups tomato juice 1 jalapeño pepper, split lengthwise, with seeds in ¼ pound Yukon Gold potatoes (about 1 potato), diced 1 garlic clove, peeled and thinly sliced 1 small whole chipotle chili 1 bay leaf 2 sprigs fresh thyme 1 ½ teaspoons lemon juice 1 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning 2 cups jumbo lump crab meat, picked for shells 2 cups raw corn kernels 1 cup pearl onions, cut into thin rings 1 ½ cups blanched English peas (or blanched frozen peas) 1 cup celery leaves METHOD 1. Heat a grill, cast-iron skillet or grill pan over medium-high. Drizzle tomatoes with 1 tablespoon oil and sprinkle with ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper, then turn over and repeat. Place tomatoes cutside-down on the grill until nicely charred, about 3 minutes. Turn and cook on the skin side for about 1 minute, until very lightly colored and skin is starting to peel away. Remove from pan.
(top) Mr. George Yost's 6th grade advisory drops-off SPAN gifts (middle) Polly Hill '23, Morgan Dettor '23, and Cameron Christie '23 with the winning advisory mug (bottom) Donovan Jacobs '23 displays sock puppet.
The goal is to provide each student with a mentor and supportive group whom he/she can trust and rely on. The bond that forms between advisors and advisees is special and made of many seemingly small moments throughout the year. Ms. Drossner shares one such moment as she points out a former advisee's self-portrait front and center in her room. “I remember the day he brought it in to Advisory. He didn't think it was any good. In fact, he wanted to throw it away. I said, 'No way! I am going to hang it on my wall!'” After three classroom moves, that portrait is still hanging in her classroom. Every time, that student walks by her room, he can't help but see it ... and Ms. Drossner catches him smiling.
2. In a large pot over medium heat, combine the shellfish stock, tomato juice, charred tomatoes, jalapeño, diced potato, garlic and chipotle. Tie up the bay leaf and thyme in cheesecloth and add to the pot. 3. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook for about 90 minutes, until reduced by 1/3 and potatoes are fully cooked. 4. Remove cheesecloth from pot and discard. Transfer the soup to a blender and blend in batches until smooth. Season with lemon juice and Old Bay. Strain, discarding solids.
5. In a large sauté pan, melt the 3 tablespoons of butter over medium-low heat. Add crab, corn, onion and peas, and lightly sauté. Add 1/3 cup shellfish or fish stock to form a glaze. 6. Portion the glazed crab mixture evenly into the center of 8 serving bowls. Add the celery leaves, and then pour the soup over.
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I T ' S H U M A N N AT U R E T O C H O O S E T H E PAT H O F L E A S T R E S I S TA N C E , B U T I F Y O U A R E N ' T A F R A I D T O F O L L O W Y O U R O W N PAT H , E V E N T H O U G H I T M AY P R E S E N T C H A L L E N G E S , YO U W I L L F I N D S U C C E S S A N D R E A C H YO U R G O A L S ." — DUFFY BURNS '17
Mrs. Betsy English did that for me in Chemistry class at Severn — the combination of her razor sharp intellect and sprightly demeanor in the lab engaged pistons in my left brain that I previously never knew existed! There's nothing quite like the magic and enduring influence of a gifted classroom teacher. But those who guide us in “on the job training” for life after Severn also significantly shape our paths. Each spring at Severn, the senior class dips a toe into the great, big classroom of life beyond the walls of Water Street and students work under
the tutelage of a different cast of faculty. Severn's Independent Senior Project (ISP) is a two-week, hands-on learning experience where senior students have the opportunity to engage in a trade, craft, industry, or art alongside a working professional. This year's far-ranging ISP topics included finance, real estate, entrepreneurship, culinary arts, fashion and the environment. Some members of the Class of 2017 were fortunate to tap into a particularly helpful resource for mentorship this year: the Severn alumni network.
Duffy Burns '17 knew he wanted to explore an ISP in entrepreneurship when he first began his search for a placement. “I was interested in a business/entrepreneurship ISP because I like collaborating with others on a project with tangible results, like in a small business; I [wanted] a glimpse into what it would be like in an entrepreneurial setting. I hope[d] to learn more about how entrepreneurs begin their ideas and grow from small beginnings.” Enter Claire Bowersox Vetter '03. Claire and her husband Brian Vetter are members of the Annapolis family behind Tessemae's Fresh Food Company, the homegrown salad dressing and condiment maker. Born of humble beginnings and a grandmother's beloved recipe eight years ago, Tessemae's exploded onto the condiment/salad dressing scene with its playful packaging and fun flavors. Despite the rigors of managing a business that is growing at warp speed (over 180% last quarter alone), the Tessemae's team immediately welcomed what alumna mentor Bowersox Vetter described as “a very cool opportunity” to partner with a Severn student. Arriving on the scene of Tessemae's headquarters, dubbed “The Tree Fort,” in an industrial block of Essex, Maryland, Duffy recalls being blown away by the unique and uplifting work environment where the “walls are just covered with bright colors, logos, quotes from customers…music is playing all the time and it's basically like one big family.” Each day of his ISP was an adventure, and with Claire's support, Duffy had the opportunity to study and shadow team members from each part of the business, and to gain an understanding of “how a product goes from the concept to on the shelf.” This included exploring the manufacturing side, traveling to stores which sell the product, getting up to speed on marketing concept and strategy, and learning to review purchase orders. A highlight was a day spent shadowing Brian Vetter, company co-founder and husband of Claire. Duffy was inspired by Brian's approach to life and career and took this lesson away from his ISP experience: “I was encouraged to consider taking the 'path of resistance' in life. It's human nature to choose the path of least resistance, but if you aren't afraid to follow your own path — even though it may present challenges — you will find success and reach your goals.”
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Carrie MacVean Grimes '91 with Darshan Kharod '03 and the group of seniors who worked with Severn's Alumni Network mentors.
Nina Page '17 was laser focused on art gallery management and curation for her project. As fate would have it, alumna Ashley Templeton '05, Director of Marketing and Sales at Guarisco Gallery in D.C., had recently been in touch with Alumni Relations to submit her own art and photography to Severn's Alumni Art Show. When initially asked to mentor Nina, Ashley was enthusiastic about what such an opportunity could offer: “Any interns we have get exposure to all ends of a commercial gallery. This includes sales, marketing, art handling, photography, collections management and curatorial.” Although Guarisco traditionally hosts university students for internships, Ashley's self-proclaimed “Severn love!” was an easy impetus to pursue special arrangements with gallery management to support a high school intern. Guarisco, one of the largest 19th century galleries worldwide, has an extensive collection of high quality original 19th and early 20th century European and American paintings, watercolors, and sculpture. With two locations in Dupont Circle and Georgetown, the gallery has been in operation since 1980. During her ISP, Nina felt lucky to cover a range of areas relevant to art gallery management. “Updat[ing] artist biographies, record[ing] names and addresses of new clients, and assess[ing] the condition of paintings” are just a few examples of projects which Ashley facilitated for Nina. Serving as an alumna mentor to a current Severn student was a juggling act for Templeton, who is frequently called upon to travel on behalf of the gallery. An unexpected work trip during Nina's first week was initially seen as a wrinkle in their plans, but consequently, Nina was left in the capable hands of Ashley's colleagues Randall and Lucy, who generously walked Nina through the in-depth analysis of one of French pointillist painter Yvon Canu's paintings. Being involved in all aspects of gallery life is core to the mission of Guarisco's operations. “Our gallery hosts interns all year round… so there's always something fun to do,” Templeton remarked. As for Nina — does a career in art gallery curation beckon after 2 weeks immersed in the trade? She realized that she doesn't love art enough to make a career out of it. “However, my ISP was a good experience and I'm glad I made such a realization sooner rather than later.”
When I sat down with Molly Saum '17 in the fall, she was unsure of how she wanted to spend her two ISP weeks in May: “Something with volunteering…and helping people.” However, when I asked which subject she enjoyed most at Severn, Molly's face lit up with certainty: “History!” A few phone calls later, and plans for Molly's ISP at Historic Annapolis were in motion with alumni parent Robert Clark (Heather Clark Piskowski '91 & Alison Clark Collins '95) at the helm. Clark, who has been President and CEO of Historic Annapolis since 2012, has a singular passion for history which radiates throughout the culture of this unique and treasured local non-profit. Clark's jolly charisma and strategic leadership have vaulted HA onto the national scene since his arrival. On a recent visit, HA's offices were a beehive of activity, reflecting an inventive yet introspective workplace that cherishes the gifts of its 50 employees. So where does mentoring young people fit into the landscape this busy organization? When asked, Clark enthusiastically proclaimed, “Historic Annapolis is always interested in working with young people like Molly!” And work she did! Assisting behind the scenes at tours of Paca House and Gardens, partnering with colonial-garbed docents at school field trip visits, offering support in the retail store and at on-site special events, and painting historical markers were all in a week's work for Molly. Janet Hall, HA's Volunteer Coordinator, helped oversee the logistics of Molly's ISP and described her vision for this type of short-term immersive internship as “sharing HA's mission with Molly as an energetic non-profit with an emphasis on preservation and education... and enabl[ing] her to see a motivated group of people in action.” All these goals were surpassed during Molly's experience, and resulted in a rich and rewarding two weeks: “I loved being able to walk through the Paca House each day, and interacting with children at the tea party and preschool program…I also loved seeing all of the visitors who [came] to tour…I learned that there are many different aspects to a nonprofit, and you have to be very flexible with your time and schedule.”
(top) Duffy Burns '17 with Claire Bowersox Vetter '03 (middle) Nina Page '17 with Ashley Templeton '05 (bottom) Alexa Roberge '17 with Zachary Schneider '00
Joe Burke '94, enthusiastically agreed to mentor Taylor Belo '17 and Allison Hall '17 at his bustling catering company, J.Burke Catering, headquartered in Halethorpe, Maryland. Known for its “innovative cuisine” and very loyal customer following, J. Burke Catering was built from the ground up by Joe since opening in 2010. Joe is passionate about J. Burke “being more than just a vendor, but also a partner with our clients where customer service is our number one priority and [the clients'] needs are understood and realized.” Apparently he's onto something, because it's impossible to hear or read a bad word about J. Burke. A simple Google search yields heaps of five-star reviews, replete with glowing feedback. Upon landing in the midst of this burgeoning business, Taylor and Allison were flung headlong into the company's operations — from daily corporate client luncheons to upscale private events. Joe says “they were introduced to a whole gamut of catering and kitchen experiences from working events on the waterfront in Baltimore to washing dishes in a hot corner of our kitchen…they did everything with a smile and positive attitude!” Belo was particularly animated when talking about her second week at J. Burke, where she “shifted gears and worked mainly in the kitchen bak[ing]…and getting cooking experience with a professional chef was great!” Both young women enjoyed “the people part of this ISP...and working with an alum was really cool!” From Burke's perspective, it's all upside: “I think the connection between alumni and students is important, because of the endless networking possibilities on both sides. Alumni meeting a network of future employees, potential clients or business partners, and students meeting potential employers, clients, and mentors.” Apparently the proof is in the pudding — Joe offered both Taylor and Allison positions at J. Burke Catering for this summer, which they happily accepted! Our other alumni ISP mentoring teams this spring included Ethan O'Malley '17 and Darshan Kharod '03 (in law and public service), Ryan Lashgari '17 and Jack Mellin '17 with Michael Calabrese '94 (Severn Financial) and Alexa Roberge '17 and Zachary Schneider '00 (Belliacres Pediatrics)..
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While the students are enjoying their summer break, more than 60 Severn teachers will be returning to the school to participate in professional development (PD) workshops. As part of the Severn Professional Development Institute, they will spend one to five days on campus, working from 9 am to 3 pm, to learn new technology and classroom techniques to be “nimble for change in our evolving world.” Participants choose from among 21 different workshops, led by 20 of their Severn colleagues. Severn School places great value on professional development. According to the PD Mission Statement, “Severn School believes that adults should model the qualities they wish to see in their students. To that end, adults at Severn engage in professional development as a community of learners. Severn believes that adults learn best in collaborative situations where professional growth is valued.” This professional growth happens all year long, not just in the summer. The Severn Professional Development Institute runs programs for its teachers during the 1-hour and 2-hour delayed starts each month and on students' “days off ” throughout the school year.
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A COMMUNITY OF LEARNERS In addition, Severn invests in excess of $140,000 per school year to help its faculty improve their craft. “This is an exciting time for professional development at Severn,” explains Ms. Lise Charlier, the Director of Studies and Strategic Initiatives. “This year 50% of teachers in each division enrolled in the summer workshops, and 24 different teachers offered to be instructors.” In addition, a record number of Severn teachers have participated in local and national conferences this year, both as attendees and presenters. Severn is making a name for itself as a leader in private school professional development. When Lise started at Severn in 2011, summer professional development
consisted of a one-week technology class taught by a single instructor. Her goal was to grow and professionalize the program with more quality offerings, more quality presenters, and higher expectations for participants. Now, six years later, the program offers professional development opportunities all year long and is directed by a team of six faculty members: Ms. Lise Charlier, Ms. Mary Carrington (Director of Library Services), Ms. Vicki Dabrowka (LS Technology Specialist), Ms. Julia Maxey (US Technology Coordinator), Ms. Melissa Osquist (US Chemistry), and Ms. Kelly Wilson (Director of Innovative Entrepreneurial Programs and the Graw Innovation Center). The successful growth of the Severn
Faculty member Mr. Robert Campuzano reflects on the faculty summer reading book
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Professional Development Institute can be attributed to the fact that students are at the center of every program. Every workshop, every delayed start program, and every conference connects to the classroom: “What will the students need to be lifelong learners?” Material is purposefully selected for Severn, and is flexible and always changing. Perhaps, the most exciting element is that the teacher-participants become students again, and in that way, can connect even more to those they teach during the year. According to Bea Fuller, Upper School Head, Severn's professional development program is “a definite selling point in the hiring process.” She explains further, “It is a clear illustration of how Severn takes ongoing education seriously.” Bea calls the program both “intentional” and “inspirational.” New teachers and veterans alike benefit from the energy, enthusiasm, and creativity of the workshops, presentations, and conferences, along with the follow up discussions that happen throughout the school year.
EVE RY WO R K S H O P, EVE RY D EL AY ED START P R O G R A M, A N D E V ERY CO N FER ENC E CO N N EC TS TO T H E CLAS SR O O M : ' WHAT W I L L T H E STU DENTS NEED TO BE LI F ELO NG L E ARN ER S ? ' "
A Behind the Scenes Look at Professional Development at Severn When Ms. Lisa Clarke, MS History, started at Severn, she was thrilled with the summer PD offerings. It felt very welcoming to engage with the faculty before the school year even started. She participated in a session called “Design Thinking,” where instructor Ms. Kelly Wilson gave her ideas on how to incorporate the Graw Innovation Center (GIC) into her curriculum. As a result of that session, Ms. Clarke now takes her Ancient History students to the GIC to etch cuneiform tablets and “time capsule” picture frames. Her goal is to connect her students to the Ancients through today's technology. She was so happy with her summer PD experience, she offered to teach a session this summer on “Alternative Assessments.” Ms. Kathleen Donovan, MS History, takes full advantage of Severn's PD program. Through summer workshops, she gained the expertise to write an eBook on the Boston Massacre and then shared her experience at the AIMS Conference. Through the Millard Grant, she was able to study WWI and WWII in New Zealand and used that experience to inform her curriculum for this year. Through Severn's ongoing education initiatives, she was also able to attend the Klingenstein Summer Institute for new teachers. Next up? Ms. Donovan is scheduled to take a summer workshop called “Bridging History and Science” in hopes of creating a unit on the science of the atomic bomb in WWII. Mr. Ron Giddings, US English, is teaming up with Mr. Jefferson Brant, US History, to teach a summer workshop titled “The Student-Centered Classroom,” aimed at strategies for engaging classroom discussions. Ron says that he always takes the maximum number of PD sessions allowed each summer because he likes adding strategies and techniques to his teaching repertoire, meeting new faculty members, and sharing ideas. In addition to summer workshops, Mr. Giddings is attending the National Theater Teachers Conference in New York. Mr. Giddings has also given two PD presentations during the 1-hour delayed
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starts; he spoke with his US English colleagues about different discussion methods, and he also spoke about the success of the US English seminars. For Mr. Brant, professional development was the most important factor for choosing to teach at Severn last year. In fact, he said it was the very first question he asked Ms. Fuller in their phone interview. He very much enjoyed the two sessions he took last summer on Research Projects and Technology, and he is excited to be co-teaching a session this summer. Ms. JoAnna Josey, MS Science, also dives deeply into PD at Severn. Through the Millard Grant, she was able to go on an ecology road trip up the California coast. One of the most memorable stops along the route was the Monterey Aquarium, where a seabird made out of plastic cutlery inspired her to design an environmental art project for her students focused around the central question: “How can art bring awareness to an environmental issue?” Ms. Josey also takes advantage of Severn's tuition remission program; she is currently in graduate school for science education. This year, Ms. Josey was also a two-time presenter at the National Science Teachers Association conference in Los Angeles; her sessions were titled “Methods for How to Write a Lab Report” and “Backwards Design for Developing Interdisciplinary Assignments.” As the LS Head, Ms. Cathy North, is every bit as engaged in PD as her faculty members. Every year she attends numerous conferences and brings ideas back to share with her teachers. Last year, she went to the National Council of Social Studies Conference and brought back ideas for an entrepreneurship unit. Her second grade teachers ran with it and built a fabulous program for their students. Ms. North also attends summer workshops at Severn; she signs up for sessions involving technology, thinking routines, or specific grants. Cathy is especially excited about a Language Arts Committee grant, which is allowing her teachers to spend time together to update and improve the LS writing program. Ms. Stacy Shaener, LS learning and math specialist, organizes the PD programs at the Lower School. Most recently, she led a program on Formative Assessment, where she gave teachers ideas on how to modify teaching and learning activities to improve student attainment. She also hosts AIMS conferences at the LS. This year, math teachers came to Severn for the “Birds of a Feather” conference to discuss and share “Warm Up Routines.” Ms. Shaener is part of the summer PD programs, as well. This year she will be teaching “Anchor Tasks Away!” a session on how anchor tasks can build deep mathematical thinking and understanding. One of her favorite things about teaching summer PD sessions is the opportunity to get to know teachers in the Middle and Upper School. In addition to teaching PD at Severn, Ms. Shaener also attends conferences off campus. This year, she went with Ms. Andi Whiteford (MS Math Department Chair) and Ms. Cathy North to San Antonio, Texas for the annual National Council of Teachers of Math Conference.
" THE MOST EXCITING E L E ME NT I S THAT TH E TE ACHE R PARTICIPANTS MOD E L BEING L E AR NE R S , AND IN THAT WAY, CAN CONNECT E VE N MOR E TO THEIR STUD E NTS ."
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30 Tech Tools and Websites Come be an online adventurer as you explore 30 different websites/iPad apps that will pique the interest of both you and your students! Whether you are looking for curation resources, new tools to make your presentations and student work come alive, or student engagement, there will be something here for everyone!
THAT ADULTS SHOU L D MOD E L THE QUAL ITIES THE Y W I S H TO SEE IN THEIR STU D E NTS . TO THAT END, ADULTS AT S E VE R N ENGAGE IN PROFE S S I ONAL
Bridging Science and History There are natural overlaps between the curricula of science and history. Bring your grade level colleagues and build overlapping curricular units at the intersection between the two. Help students make connections between these two core disciplines and bring the topics alive for them. Possible topics for consideration include: Race and Medical Research (Henrietta and Tuskegee); Cold War and Nuclear Chemistry; Industrial Revolution and Energy/Combustion reactions; Eugenics. Design a joint project to use during the school year. Explore the Concept of Sustainability in Your Classroom Many people think of sustainability as only pertaining to the environment, but in fact there are social and economic lenses as well. This class will explore the various areas of sustainability and walk you through some best practices in incorporating questions of sustainability in your curriculum. The afternoon will be devoted to incorporating this into one of the lessons you already have or creating a new one. The second day we will take a field trip to Washington DC and hear from a global institution whose work encompasses all aspects of sustainability. iBook Creation Â Learn how to use Mac computers and your iPad to create your own digital textbooks for your own units. Gather materials into the format you like and share it with students to use on their iPads. As digital books can be modified frequently, creating your own iBook will make your units more personalized and tailored to your specific class. Learn what you can legally incorporate into your own ebook without violating copyright law. Participants will finish with at least one chapter of a digital textbook ready to be used by students. Prerequisite: proficient iPad skills.
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Student-Centered Classroom Utilizing resources such as Stanford's Teaching Commons, this workshop will overview several tried-and-true strategies/ formats for not only engaging students in classroom discussions, but also managing and evaluating such dialogues as well. Techniques that will be explored, ranging from popularized ones such as the Harkness method to more uniquely tailored formats developed right here at Severn, directly serve the needs of humanities courses, but can and have been successfully applied to STEM environments as well. The first part of the day will focus on the sharing of best practices and distribution of materials, while the second part will allow participants to run through discussions and create new materials to directly serve the needs of the individual courses. A second optional day will be offered to those who wish to workshop the strategies further.
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A W A R D S :
Boys Basketball: Players Award: Kevin Rainey '17 Most Valuable Player: LJ Owens '18 Girls Basketball: Players Award: Zoe Bennett '17 Most Valuable Player: Jorryn Avery '18
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Girls Lacrosse: Most Valuable Player: Zoe Bennett '17 Players Award: Ally Hall '17 Boys Lacrosse: Most Valuable Player: Mike Lamon '17 Players Award: Ben Bedard '17
Boys Swimming: Players Award: Darby Nelligan '17 Most Valuable Player: Teddy Douglas '18
Baseball: Most Valuable Player: Alex Rosner Players Award: Brendan Gauthier '17
Girls Swimming: Players Award: Taylor Belo '17 Most Valuable Player: Sarah Cumm '17
Boys Track: Most Valuable Player: Jon Huber '19 Players Award: Robby Dubinski '20
Wrestling: Players Award: Kai Fox '17 Most Valuable Player: Jacob Jarosz '18
Girls Track: Most Valuable Player: Mariah Saunders '19 Players Award: Katie Schuh '17 Golf: Most Valuable Player: Burt Gesner '18 Players Award: Jack Mellin '17
S E V E R N AT H L E T E S R E T U R N TO THE TURF THIS FALL:
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Tennis: Most Valuable Player: Ryan Andrews '18 Players Award: Erik Resnick '18 Sailing: Most Valuable Player: Connor Bayless '17 Players Award: Aiden Morgan '17
CONGRATULATIONS BOYS TENNIS MIAA B-CONFERENCE CHAMPIONS!
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Workout at least four days a week! This can include jogging, biking, swimming, weight training, ball work (or skills applicable to your sport) and body weight exercises (push-ups, planks, etc.). — Coach Albert Oni
SEVERN SCHOOL STUDENT-ATHLETES MAKE COLLEGE CHOICES Severn School congratulates the 20 student-athletes of the Class of 2017 who have committed to play a sport at a college or university in the fall. Help us cheer them on this fall using #admiralsincollege on Facebook and Twitter.
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Ben Bedard – Lacrosse at University of Pennsylvania PJ Dettor – Lacrosse at Gettysburg College Kris Kahan – Lacrosse at University of Tampa Kevin Rainey – Lacrosse at Susquehanna University Andrew Volk – Lacrosse at Boston University Michael Lamon – Lacrosse at University of Pennsylvania Charlie Olmert – Lacrosse at Harvard University Stephen Miller – Lacrosse at Rhodes College
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takes time to build up, don't wait until August 1st to start. You could have great stick work but if you're tired and struggling to keep up, the stick work doesn't mean much. — Coach Betz Wild B O Y S
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August 15th is NOT the time to start getting fit for the season. You should be working on your fitness all summer. A good starting point would be going for a 20-25 minute run every day. Practice your touches. You want the soccer ball to be your best friend. Juggle, juggle, juggle! Hydrate and get sleep. — Coach Mike McCarthy C R O S S
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Connor Bayless – Sailing at United States Naval Academy
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Aidan Morgan – Sailing at Hobart and William Smith
(shin splints) when the intensive practices begin in mid-August. Gradually increase your mileage
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Hanna Butler – Tennis at Dickinson College
and building up from there. — Coach Richard
Rachel Sindler – Lacrosse at Furman University
Maddie McVicker – Lacrosse at Rollins College Ally Hall – Lacrosse at University of Louisville Caroline Mason – Lacrosse at Jacksonville University Molly DiGregory – Lacrosse at Stevens Institute of Technology Brooke Robbins – Lacrosse at University of Maryland Gabby Torain – Lacrosse at University of Massachusetts Lowell Zoe Bennett – Lacrosse at Drexel University Stephanie Houck – Sailing at Stanford University
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Do not wait until the last minute before the preseason starts to get in shape. Off-season training is a process of conditioning the body to prepare for the demands of the season, laying around and not staying active brings injuries that will hinder the goals you set for the season. — Coach Duane Tyler
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Jock Hopkins '63 and classmates pose for their class picture in "The Navigator".
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THE HOPKINS KERRIDGE FAMILY [L-R] Travis '18, Whitney '88, Jack '24, Scott '87, Haley '17
Whitney Hopkins Kerridge '88 Legacy Family Breakfast speech: "Three generations of my family have attended Severn. For us, Severn has been impactful in many ways. When I was young, I heard stories from my father, Jock Hopkins, who graduated in 1963 – the year the “new” gym was completed. He was taught by Mr. Teel as well as other familiar names such as Halstead, Kesmodel and Lindsay. Whom he described as excellent teachers and true gentlemen. We lived across the street from Boone House. My parents were friends with Mr. Teel's son and daughter in law who loved to tell stories about the early days of Severn
including how Mrs. Teel decorated the stage at Severn's first graduation with white hydrangea flowers from the Boone House lawn and leaves from a copper beach tree which has a maroon tint — this was the origin of Severn's maroon and white colors. I started at Severn in 7th grade and have memories of walking from Woods Hall through the original Teel Hall which was held together by ivy, to check the message board on the way to what we called the dorms – which were later called the Teel Academic Center. We also had the old dining hall, tennis courts and the old grass fields. For the girls here in the 80s, we remember well the girls' field "aka the runway" for its 10yard wide swath of dirt that ran the length of
the field. We had notable teachers such as Hewitt, Hoage, Madden, Domenech, Lynch, Heslin, McLaughlin — simply known as Senora. Mr. Bodley has now taught two generations of our family. While the infrastructure of the campus has changed dramatically over the years the culture of the school has remained unchanged. We see the same faces at the victories and losses, weddings and funerals. There is truly a sense of community and family. For us and I imagine many of you here, Severn is woven into the fabric of who we are. I met my husband Scott, Class of 1987 here and our closest friends to this day are from Severn. Scott and I knew that we wanted our children to have the benefit of a Severn education and experience the nurturing environment that comes from caring teachers and a close community. It is hard to believe that our daughter Haley will be graduating in June, Travis is a rising senior and Jack will be in 6th grade. It seems like yesterday that we were students here."
Jock Hopkins '63 | Scott Kerridge '87 | Whitney Hopkins Kerridge '88 | Haley Kerridge '17 | Travis Kerridge '18 | Jack Kerridge '24
Alumni Weekend: May 2018 Did you graduate in a year ending with a 3 or 8? Jump onboard to rally classmates for reunion celebrations that will take place May 4-5, 2018. Simply email firstname.lastname@example.org to pitch in or nominate reunion leadership!
Severn Alumni App Did you know 50 cups of coffee can change your life (www. peterjthomson.com)? Kick start your professional network by downloading our Severn Alumni App — simply found in the app store under “Severn School Alumni" —and surf Severn's version of LinkedIn for your next coffee networking meetup!
Severn Alumni Serve Are you looking for fun ways to give back to your local community? Participate in Severn Alumni Serve, our community service partnership with Lighthouse Shelter and cook dinner, pack lunches, and support the work of this amazing organization while meeting local alumni. Email severnalumniserve@ severnschool.com to participate!
Admiral's Club Podcast Looking to pass the time on your next jog or commute — or, have a great story to share? Listen to our Admiral's Club podcast, an interview series with Severn alumni from all walks of life. Podcasts can be listened to at bit.ly/admiralsclubpodcast. Email here to recommend alumni for future podcast interviews: email@example.com.
Introducing, Mr. Shannon Howell Severn is delighted to welcome Mr. Shannon Howell as the school's new Development Director. Drop him a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. "My family and I feel very fortunate and honored to join the Severn School community. From the first time I stepped onto campus, I felt drawn in by the surroundings, but more importantly, the warm and welcoming school environment. I am excited to serve a school with a deep and rich history, strong foundations, and great colleagues to further the school's mission.”
Ahoy, Admiral Alumni! We are gearing up for another bustling school year in Alumni House as we continue to celebrate our vibrant and gifted global network of alumni. This year alone has put us in contact with Admiral Alumni from South America to Switzerland and Austin to Alaska; from the skyscrapers of San Francisco to the beaches of Brazil. Our ranks include actors and astronauts, pediatricians and potters. We are a talented and fascinating bunch! Please connect with us locally, online, or one-onone. To the left are just a few ways you can tap into our Severn Alumni Community — a terrific resource for career networking, relocation advice, social engagement, handson service activities, or just simple fellowship and fun! Come follow us on social media: Facebook: SevernSchool.alumni Instagram: @SevernSchoolalums LinkedIn: Severn School group App Store: Severn School Alumni We are a click away and always happy to hear from you. Remember, you always have a home at Severn! Cheers, Carrie MacVean Grimes '91 Director, Alumni Relations Darshan Kharod '03 Alumni Association President
P.S. Are you a competitive and creative chili-loving alum? Join us for our annual Homecoming Chili CookOff this October and enter your chili into this traditional alumni contest! Email email@example.com to plan to strut your best chili! SUMMER 2017 31
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In Memoriam 1936 Alexander “Fish” Hering, MC USN 8/22/2016
1938 Erwin Huber 1/10/2015
1939 Daniel “Dan” Hunt Jr. 1/11/2015 David Cummins 1/11/2017
1942 William Casey Jr. 11/16/2016
1955 Lewis “Tom” Hunter 12/22/2016
Franklin “Frank” Dobson 4/11/2017
Jennifer Bennett Mother of Paul Bennett, Mother-in-law of faculty member, Karen Bennett; Grandmother of Jeff Bennett '08, Allie Bennett '13, and Annie Bennett '19
Dennis Taff 2/28/2016
Paul Brunell Former faculty member
James G. Anderson 5/9/2017
John “Peter” Duncan Father of Ian Duncan '09, Terry Duncan '11, and Stephen Duncan '16
Dayne Eldridge Father of John Eldridge '85, Kathy Eldridge Kuethe '81; Grandfather of Sam Kuethe '06 and Mike Kuethe '09
Joseph Bond Jr. 1/2/2017
1962 1943 George “Don” Riley Jr. 12/18/2016
Richard “Dick” Taylor, USN 12/27/2016
1964 1944 Robert O'Reilly, USNR 3/4/2015
William “Bill” Amick III 10/24/2016
1982 1946 Jack Burrell 10/10/2008
Jeanine Fountain 3/28/2017
1983 1948 Robert “Bob” Caulk 1/13/2017
1951 Simon “Penny” Fullinwider Jr. 11/12/2015 Kenneth Jurgensen, USN 4/11/2016
Warren Anderson Grandfather of Colin Shanahan '18, Grant Shanahan '20, and Trevor Shanahan '18
Sureyya Demir 3/25/2017
William Hill III Father of Steve Hill '74, Bill Hill '71; Grandfather of Doug Hill '16 Patricia “Pat” Merkert Grandmother of Hayes Merkert '04 and John Merkert '06 Robert E. Orff Father of Kate Orff Horodniceanu '89 and Kristen Orff Maneval '87 S. “Allen” Pikus Father of board of trustee member Eric Pikus; Grandfather of Alec Pikus '17, Lauren Pikus '22, Ben Pikus '22 Edwin “Ed” Shoop Grandfather of Eddy Shoop '17 and Owen Shoop '15 Barbara Wehman Grandmother of Devon Beagan '18 and Matthew Beagan '20
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in memoriam Alexander Chandlee (Chan) Hering, MD, Capt, USN, (Ret)., 99, of Blacksburg, Va, died August 22, 2016. "Doc" was born in Baltimore on July 18, 1917. Dr. Hering, a thoracic and cardiac surgeon, was a career medical officer, a Captain in the United States Navy. He received his BS in English from Haverford College in 1940. After achieving his MD from Temple University in 1943, he was commissioned LTJG in 1944 and served in World War II (1944-46) aboard an attack transport, the USS Telfair, which saw action the battle of Leyte Gulf. He returned to Philadelphia for a residency in surgery at Temple, and completed general surgical training at Bethesda Naval Hospital. He served in the Philippines, Boston, Rhode Island, South Vietnam, Guantanamo, Cuba, and finally, Oakland, Calif., retiring in 1974. Dr. Hering then joined the American College of Surgeons in Chicago as director of the trauma department setting standards for Trauma Centers. During his tenure he developed innovations which aided President Ronald Reagan's recovery when he was shot. President Reagan and Nancy came to Chicago to meet Dr. Hering. He retired again to the vicinity of the Naval Training Center, Great Lakes, Ill., to Lincolnshire, from which he moved to Warm Hearth in Blacksburg in 2014. During his 38 year Naval career Capt. Hering was awarded the customary campaign medals, several "meritorious service" awards plus the Legion of Merit for Vietnam. He also had several surgery and cardiology fellowships and memberships, and published several articles, and chapters in medical textbooks. He had many hobbies, including sailing, golf, painting, singing, playing and listening to classical music.
IN MEMORIAM Captain David E. Cummins, formerly of the United States Navy, the son of a Naval Officer, was born in Washington D.C., August 24, 1921. Because of his father's career, he lived in various seaports of the United States before beginning his own military career in 1939 by joining the Naval Reserve while attending Severn. After serving in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, he was released from active duty in 1942 to attend the United States Merchant Marine Academy at King's Point. During World War II, Captain Cummins saw duty in USS Rapidan, USS Pensacola (CA 24), and F D Roosevelt (CV 42). After finishing the five term program for Naval Officers, he served on the USS Wheatear (AM-390). During the early Korean War, he served at Haneda, AFB, Guantanamo Bay, USS Laffey (DD 724), USS John Willis (DE 1927), USS Nicholas (DD 449), and USS Providence (CLG6). While in these ships he visited many parts of the world and saw many things. He continued a long and distinguished career and retired in 1974.
IN MEMORIAM Captain Daniel Hunt, 94, passed away peacefully at home on January 11, 2017 surrounded by family and caregivers, of natural causes. Dan spoke fondly of his 25 year marriage with Shirley Hampton Hunt and of his many children and stepchildren at his home in Chestertown, on the Eastern Shore. He was a loving person and consummate gentleman, who always met family and friends with a cheerful greeting. Dan was born in San Francisco on November 17, 1920, and joined the U.S. Naval Academy in 1940 during WWII. He was stationed as an officer aboard the USS Saratoga (CV3) within the Pacific Theater of Operations. After operations in the South Pacific and Indian Ocean, on February 1945 five "kamikaze" suicide planes struck the Saratoga off Iwo Jima. 123 of her crew were dead or missing as a result of the attacks. The carrier survived the attack and returned to later service. After his time at sea, Dan went on to earn his master's degree in metallurgy engineering at Carnegie in 1955. After retiring from the Navy in 1965 he had a distinguished career with the National Science Foundation. Dan had vitality for life, like no other, and his smile lit up a room. He was a kind and generous man and a wonderful husband and father.
Alexander Chandlee Hering '36; David Cummins '39; Daniel Hunt '39
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IN MEMORIAM William “Bill” R. Casey, Jr. died on November 16, 2016 from natural causes at his home in Fort Myers, Fla. Bill and his twin sister were born on June 15, 1922 in Los Angeles, Calif. He grew up in Rouses Point, N.Y. where his family owned and operated a customs brokerage business. He graduated from Phillips Academy in 1942 and attended Amherst College before transferring to the U.S. Naval Academy where he graduated with the class of 1945. During WWII in the Pacific, Bill served on two surface ships IDAHO (BB-42) and MERVINE (DMS-31). He retired from active duty in 1947 to work for Johns Manville Corp. as an industrial salesman until he was called back during the Korean War. He served on the HUGH PURVIS (DD-489) as a lieutenant and navigator during NATO operations in the North Atlantic. After retiring from the Navy in 1952, he joined his family firm, F.W. Myers & Co., where he worked as the company's treasurer, president, chief executive officer and chairman of the board. An avid skier, tennis player and outdoorsman, he was also a devoted husband, father, mentor and coach for his grandchildren.
and government and later served with the Submarine Force, Pacific Fleet, in Hawaii. He also served as commanding officer of the Navy's Petroleum Inspection Offices in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. Captain Riley was awarded the Joint Services Commendation Medal while serving in the Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. His interests in retirement included genealogy, historic preservation, tennis and model railroads. He was a volunteer in the research library of the Historical Society of Carroll County and was the author of four books: Tidewater Maryland Ancestors; David Shriver (1735-1826); Journey to Bahrain; and The Ghost of Legh Furnace. He was responsible for placing two historic Carroll County properties on the National Register of Historic Places: Avondale (c. 1765) and Farm Content (c. 1795). Captain Riley and his wife, the former Helen Brogden Shriver, lived for 43 years at Farm Content, a historic landmark built by Mrs. Riley's ancestor, David Shriver, a Revolutionary War-era patriot and legislator. The Rileys donated a preservation easement on Farm Content to the Maryland Environmental Trust, the Maryland Historical Trust, and the Carroll County Land Trust, thereby ensuring the
property's preservation. Captain Riley also organized and incorporated the Historic Shriver Graveyard, Inc., in order to ensure the perpetual care of a historic Shriver family graveyard near Westminster.
We were thrilled to welcome Buzz Hall, George Boaz, Casey Hernandez, and David Ghysels back to Severn for their 70th Reunion at the 2017 Alumni Weekend. Bob Miller wrote in, “Thanks for your kind invite for me to join Buzz, Casey and George at Severn for our 70th. I would like to join but it's not possible. Give my best to the boys and any others who might attend. God bless Severn, its alumni and students, and again thanks for your thoughtfulness.” A message from Dick Scott: “The latest issue of The Bridge had a great story about Casimiro Hernandez. Casey and Bob Miller lived across the hall from me and Paul T. Heineman on the second floor of Teel Hall in 1945. We had lots of fun – especially when Casey received a huge Hershey chocolate bar from the Columbia Restaurant and us growing boys enjoyed taking care of the whole bar. I wish I could visit – I have great memories of dear, old
IN MEMORIAM George Donald Riley, Jr., a retired executive in the oil pipeline industry, retired Navy Captain, and veteran of World War II and the Korean War, passed away on December 18, 2016 at Fairhaven, a continuing care community in Sykesville, Md. Born August 9, 1924, he graduated in 1946 from the U.S. Naval Academy. He served aboard the USS Frontier, a destroyer tender, in the Pacific; the USS F.D. Roosevelt, an aircraft carrier, in the Atlantic; and later on the USS Caliente, a fleet oiler off Korea during that conflict. He received a master of economics from the American University in 1961. He returned to the Naval Academy to teach economics Class of '47 classmates Buzz Hall, George Boaz, Casey Hernandez, and David Ghysels
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Severn and Mr. Teel. We, as a family, met his son in Pensacola, Fla. when we lived there in the 1930s – that is why I went to Severn.” Dutch Spanagel reports, “It has been more years than I would like to recall since visiting the campus of Severn. Ooh, not that I am that physically incapacitated, just that there are an accumulation of things that simply say, “Hey, old man, no more traveling.” The worst of the impinging group of ills, from a socializing aspect particularly, is that I am quite deaf and except in virtually one-on-one situations, comprehension of the spoken word is most impossible. [Still go to church regardless trying to save what little is left of my nefarious soul.] So, you can see what a social butterfly I am, and even more so with my beloved Elizabeth being gone these last three years. I have had a good life; 24 years naval service, 12 of them pushing destroyers about the briny. The real joy of my life (besides my wife and our three girls) was the two tours of duty I have had here at Patrick AFB, Fla. I was one of two naval officers of the Air Force joint staff - DOD Manned Spaceflight Support Group. After a three year tour involved with the navy's Polaris
FBM program, I was transferred to the DDMR staff for Project Mercury, followed by Project Gemini. Then, the navy in its infinite wisdom seemed to think a naval officer belongs at sea, and by the good graces five years later I was then ordered back to the last six flights in the Apollo program. Was in Mission Control, Houston, the night Apollo 11 landed on the moon - what infinite joy. That's enough blowing my horn! Although I graduated from Severn by the grace of God (I think Rolland Teel was tired of seeing me), I still managed to acquire three degrees from assorted institutions along the way. Elizabeth was the greatest gift of all … 61-years of happiness without a single complaint about anything! I'm truly sorry I'll not be with the gang. If I recall correctly we were quite a bunch … I was part of a handful of fellows that rode the AB&W choo-choo to-n-from school daily. Aside from horsing around, the trip gave us a quick chance to read what we should have read the night before (if desperate for something to do). Sincere regards, Dutch Spanagel”
R E UNIO N YE AR ! Don Smith and his lovely wife Marlene
continue to enjoy life in Palo Alto, Calif., busy with their family and grandchildren. They enjoyed a festive Alumni luncheon in California in April with Carrie MacVean Grimes '91 and team. They are both in good health and spirits! IN MEMORIAM Robert F. Caulk passed away on Friday, January 13, 2017 at Compass Regional Hospice Center. He was 86 years old. Born on November 22, 1930, in St. Michael's, Md., he graduated from St. Michaels High School where he was a star athlete. After a year at Severn School he attended the U.S. Naval Academy where he graduated in 1952 with a BS in naval science and marine engineering. Bob had a very successful military career as a naval aviator that took him all over the world. His skill as an aircraft carrier pilot led to him being selected as the East Coast Naval Aviator of the Year two times. He commanded an S-2 and OV-10 squadron in San Diego, squadron members still talk about what a great leader he was and how he mentored his people. Bob retired from the Navy in June 1977 as a Commander with 25 years of service. After the Navy he worked as a project manager
George Ripley '43; Don Smith '48 with Carrie MacVean Grimes '91; Robert Caulk '48
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lake Nolan '95 seems to have things figured out. This Severn alumnus manages to split his time between the office, the art studio, and the ocean — and is rather humble about the idyllic situation in which he finds himself (“The Bahamas is basically a small town in a pretty place — it's really just a lot like living anywhere else.”) Blake landed in Nassau in 2013 after marrying his wife Tara, who hails from three centuries of Bahamian descendants. Weekends and leisure time include “tennis, golfing, cycling, or getting away for the weekend…day trips to amazing beaches. Fishing, snorkeling, spearing, catching whatever you want to eat for lunch. You can be out on a boat and 15 minutes later you're off in your own world.” Not your
typical career relocation for a Manhattan Goldman Sachs investment banker…but Blake is not your typical guy. A bit of an old soul, his approach to life can be summed up simply: “I think you have to figure out what you really enjoy, and don't get caught up in the rat-race just because you think it's going to get you somewhere. Life goes really fast — remember to live in the moment.” Blake's Severn experience rooted him in an appreciation for both the aesthetic and the academic. A strong student who enjoyed being challenged in his coursework, Blake could also be found taking refuge in the art studio where Mr. Doug Sassi was a strong influence, and a mentor whom he still greatly admires. “I took a pottery class or art class every semester. [Mr. Sassi] gave me the freedom to explore things and try things. He also let me help teach his classes when he was away on his Italy trips which was a
great leadership experience for me.” Confidence, leadership, integrity — Blake recalls these ideals being absolutely integral to his time at Severn. “I think that Severn taught me to enjoy being challenged and to seek out responsibility and opportunity. Severn enabled me to learn that I could do anything. Severn taught me the value of having great people around me and drove home the importance of doing things with integrity, and treating people with respect — it promoted all the right values.” These character traits have translated into assets in a career path which can be perceived by many as cut-throat. Just like he did at Severn, today Blake seems able to find the right balance between rigor and creativity. After selling his business in 2016, Blake has been focused on serving as a strategic advisor for Boards and companies. What does he like most about the work he's doing
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C L AS S these days? “I like being a part of teams of smart people — thinking creatively and strategically to solve problems; I also enjoy mentoring teams, and developing and growing junior colleagues. I most enjoy learning from the successes and failures along the way.” His success in the business world has often led Blake to reflect upon some of his longstanding Severn relationships— he still counts his Severn friends amongst his closest, and as some of the most valuable in his network. When asked to offer advice to the Class of 2017, Blake spoke candidly of the deep value in relationships: “Relationships with people are going to be the most important things you have in your life. Building a relationship today may pay dividends in the future. Creating a good network of people in your life is incredibly valuable."
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Steve Millard '51 with Mary Kernan Salsich; Class of 1959 Lunch Bunch: (clockwise from lower left): Jim Mylander, Norm Masterson, Bob Pearson, Mike Phillips, Jack Norris, Bill Roesler, Monty Baker, Tom Dawson, Lehr Jackson, Merit Vaughn, John Leimkuhler, Don Trumpy and Fred Prickett.
for various US Navy missile programs. Retiring again, Bob and Betty, his wife of 56 years, traveled to Florida by cruising the Inter-Coastal waterways and stayed there for 10 years. In the summers they would travel across the USA and the world, going as far as Amsterdam and seeing their family whenever they could. Bob is best remembered by those that loved him as a hero. A great athlete, skillful hunter, exceptional aviator, good friend, devoted husband and father, he lived a hero's life.
Steve Millard and his wife Linda recently popped by Alumni House for a visit while they were in the area for an event. They are doing well and very busy with travel and life in the Bay Area. Steve and director of planned giving Mary Salsich had fun catching up over lunch in California in April.
R E U NI O N YEAR! Class secretary John Fisher has a message for his classmates, "We have a 65th reunion coming up in 2018. It would be great to have a few of us back in Severna Park for trip down memory lane. Our last get together was for our 50th when Tom Peters was our honored guest. Email me at email@example.com if you have an interest."
Sam Bass and his wife live in Carlsbad, Calif. He spent 20 years in the USAF flying jet fighters. After his military retirement he worked for General Dynamics in San Diego in the development of the Cruise Missile. Later he and a colleague founded Spectrum Consultants, an executive search firm in San Diego. Stan has three sons. At Severn, Stan, known to his public as "Mr. Touchdown," was an effective receiver on the football team. He was also the head waiter in the old dining hall and, as such, had the privilege of serving the faculty tables.
Alex McQuoid is an assistant professor in the economics department at the U.S. Naval Academy. He received his Ph.D. in economics from Columbia University in 2012. IN MEMORIAM LCDR Lewis "Tom" Hunter USN (Ret.), 79, passed away peacefully on Thursday, December 22, 2016 after a short illness. Tom was born in Riverside, Calif. and grew up in Alexandria, Va. After graduating from American University, Tom became a Naval Officer serving two tours in Antarctica with Operation Deep Freeze out of Quonset Point, R.I. and then stationed at NAS
Oceana for 10 years with the A-6A Intruder. Tom retired from the Navy after 23 years and then retired as deputy commander after 17 years with Cruise Missile Support Activity in Norfolk, Va. He loved spending his time walking his best friends Seana, Chance and Buddy. Tom was a man of integrity and dignity with a great sense of humor, a genuine love of his country and a deep love for his family.
IN MEMORIAM Franklin S. Dobson, 78, died on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 from smoke inhalation caused by a fire at his residence in Annapolis, Md. Frank was born April 26, 1938 in Annapolis and attended the U.S. Naval Academy before transferring to University of Maryland, where he played lacrosse. He owned and operated "Mr. Bush Garden Center" for many years where friends frequently visited to enjoy the constant entertainment. Frank was well known for his incredible, humorous personality and liked by many people. He truly saw the good in every person and his home was always open for anyone that wanted to come by to visit, have a drink, or to be given a nickname. He will be deeply missed by family and friends. His stories will be passed on for many years to come as he was a true legend amongst friends.
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IN MEMORIAM Joseph Carroll Bond, Jr., of Trinity, Texas, passed away January 2, 2017 after a long battle with Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. He was born in Baltimore on April 19, 1939. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Vera Jensen Bond, one child, and five grandchildren. He received a BA in economics and finance from Bates College and an MBA in business administration and accounting from Rutgers University. Joe began his career at Price Waterhouse in New York City. He subsequently became a senior auditor for Johnson & Johnson and then manager of accounting for Raymond International. After a move to Houston, Joe joined Stewart & Stevenson where he worked for 24 years, becoming their international controller.
John Leimkuhler reports, “A group of 13 '59ers got together on April 19 at Mike's Crabhouse. Not all were local as Fred Prickett drove up from Virginia Beach for lunch and Mike Phillips came from Ocean View, Del. Not able to attend because he was recovering from heart surgery was John "Jocko" Nelson who says he hopes to make our next lunch which will be in late summer. Monty Baker will send out email information when it is set up."
Robert enjoys mountain biking, fishing, jet skiing, and swimming in Florida and is busy with his career in wireless communications software sales for the Caribbean market. Ned Zimmerman wrote in, "Faithful few from '62 reported in at the 55th Reunion including Paull Phillips, Skip Wilson, Bob Reynolds, Marc Ebersberger, Bob Cushman and me together with assorted spouses, children and grandchildren. The rest of the class is expected for the 60th, no excuses!” IN MEMORIAM Richard Ford Taylor, 72, of Ardmore, Ala. died peacefully, surrounded by his family, on December 27, 2016. Commander Taylor was born January 8, 1944 into a Navy family in Coronado, Calif. Dick entered the Naval Reserve at Andrews Air Force Base, Severn School, and U.S. Naval Academy. After earning his Naval Aviator's wings in January 1970, Dick transitioned into the A-6 Intruder and served in VA-35, VA-42, VA-
176, and VA-85 during his career. Squadron duties included combat in Southeast Asia where Dick was the first Naval Aviator to successfully employ the A-6C Aircraft for Laser guided bomb delivery in combat. Shore assignments included flight instructor duties with VT-10, the Air War College ('84), the Pentagon (OP-983) and as the Range Safety Officer at The Pacific Missile Test Center where Dick was instrumental in the flight testing of the SLAM missile. Dick's personal awards included the Distinguished Flying Cross with Gold Star, three Air Medals with strike-flight and Numeral Nine, the Navy Commendation Medal with Combat V and Gold Star, and the Vietnam Campaign medal. In 1991, after 23 years of service, Dick retired with his family to a small horse farm in Alabama.
IN MEMORIAM William “Bill” Clyde Amick III passed away on Monday, October 24, 2016, William Clyde Amick III of North Potomac,
Along with a generous Annual Fund gift Bob Blaney writes "Many thanks to Severn School and to my mother and father without whose help, I would not have had such a blessed life."
Robert Kesmodel caught up with Headmaster Lagarde, Carrie MacVean Grimes '91 and other local Miami alumni in February over dinner in Coral Gables. Robert and classmate Bill Ogden shared some great stories about riding to football games in old Packards back in the day! (clockwise from top left) Robert Kesmodel '62 and Bill Ogden '62; Richard Taylor '62; Bill Amick '64; Joseph Bond '57; Franklin Dobson '56; LCDR Lewis "Tom" Hunter '55
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Annual Fund Director Maryetta Lynch with Bob Booth '65; Al Grzech '68 and Tom Tubman '68; Joan McDaniel '72 with Buzz Aldrin '46; Brian Holman '79; Jeanine Fountain '82
Md. An attorney and teacher for english language learners. Bill served on the USS Trumpetfish and was a beloved husband, father, and son.
Bob Booth is happy and enjoying retirement from a legal career in the Bay Area. He loves the many activities the Northern California outdoors offers! Annual fund director Maryetta Lynch enjoyed catching up with Bob over lunch in Palo Alto in April, where they swapped stories about Duke basketball.
R E U NI ON YEAR! Bob Dodge writes in, "We are hoping to make the 50th Reunion. Our daughter, Molly, has three boys and is living in Wasilla, Alaska and our son, David, has two boys and lives in south Denver. Maybe I could talk Dick Webster into turning these five into a championship basketball team. I tell people I have lived in Colorado half of my life, which at our age, is a long time. I've been happily married for 43 years and anxious for all of you to see the lady who took me on as a project in 1974. Still working as a trusted advisor and coach to business owners, and love it. I was involved in kid's lacrosse out here for about ten years until 2006. I really hope to see everyone for our 50th. It would be great to see Coach Curry and Coach Webster again!" Dave Glenn writes in, "Life at Fiddlers Hill continues. Our daughter Leigh and her
husband live on a farm in Virginia with their two children. Our son George is a freshman in high school. I have retired from the ER but work at urgent care three days a week. EMS in Calvert County continues to tolerate me as their medical director. I still build props and occasionally shoot pyrotechnics. Not much different than when I was at Severn. Edith and I take cruises for peace and calm." Al Grzech writes in, "Marc Meillieur and Tom Tubman have visited (all classmates are invited to do same) still running my restored ski boat I had at Severn on the lakes here. I'm still enjoying playing in my jazz band "the Hourglass" we just released a CD available on iTunes and on Amazon. I'm also displaying my paintings in art shows. One of the tunes I composed has got a little radio airplay! Not quite sure what I'll do when I grow up." Shannon McDowell has been busy at Alumni House this year, contributing some of his woodwork to the Alumni Art show, attending Alumni Weekend, and starting to chat with Carrie MacVean Grimes '91 and classmate Tom Smith about making the Class of '68s 50th Reunion a great one! He says â€œthis year has brought great enjoyment in watching my two (Brandon '97 & Skylar '98) grow up to be successful parents, adults and great lacrosse coaches. All six grandchildren are having fun and growing up big time. I'm looking forward to seeing everyone next year for our 50th (hard to believe)."
Tom Smith writes in, "My wonderful wife Tina and I were married right out of college 45 years ago this year. It's been a wonderful ride as she tweaked me over the years in a futile attempt to make me perfect! We have two children and five grandchildren - four are boys - maybe Dick Webster will add ours to Dodge's and have a hell of a team! I'm pretty much retired now although I still work two or three days a week at school. We've taken several European riverboat cruises and are going again this year. With our 50th reunion coming up, I've volunteered to help work with Carrie MacVean Grimes '91 in the Alumni Office and Shannon McDowell to ensure we get as many people back as possible. If the success of the 40th is any indication, we should have a great turnout. Any alums who were there and in contact with others who weren't should by all means encourage them to attend. And by the way Mr. Dodge, there is no "hoping" to make the reunion. If I have to send Uncle Vito and the boys to Colorado and kidnap you and Lynn, I will! So there!" Jared Smith wrote in to say, "My wife and I are working on relocating from Guilford, Conn. to New Bern, N.C. We are looking forward to attending our 50th Reunion."
Joan McDaniel, one of the first women to graduate from Severn in 1972, and Severn graduate Buzz Aldrin '46, one of the first men to walk on the moon, crossed paths during a book signing at the Buehler
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Planetarium and Observatory in South Florida. Joan writes, "It was such an honor. I had no idea Aldrin had attended Severn! I am now very honored to be a graduate from the same school as Aldrin! He and I did not talk much as there were several people there, but it was definitely a highlight of my life to meet him. In fact, my father, Edgar McDaniel, had worked on the space program in Huntsville, Ala. I am sure my dad would be tickled to know I had met Aldrin!" Joan makes her home in Orange City, Fla. She sends her best wishes to all Severn graduates.
Howdy Knipp wrote in to say "I am finishing up my 23rd year of teaching 7th grade science at St. Paul's School for Boys. My wife, Paige, teaches history at our sister school, St. Paul's School for Girls. Our three daughters are living in San Francisco, New York City and France. In March we visited our youngest daughter in France where I got to polish up my French. In my free time, I enjoy kayaking, playing tennis and spending time outdoors, hiking or camping." Gail Kirchner Osborne wrote in to say, "Less and I are living in Denver and moving to Boise, Idaho in June. After over 20 years in mineral exploration and environmental engineering consulting I retired from that field in 2008. I own and operate Synergy Houses in Pottstown, Penn., a supportive aftercare for young adults recovering from substance abuse. We have two sons, Cole
Will Passano wrote into to say "Life is good! I'm still in Princeton, N.J. after moving here in 2001, and spend weekends at Gibson Island during the summer. Last year, I started as president at Zensights, helping biopharma companies manage their vendor agreements. Last summer, we did the Newport to Bermuda race. We did well: 2nd in class, 15th in fleet and East Coast Champion with combined results from the both 2015 Annapolis/Newport Race and the 2016 Newport to Bermuda Race. This summer we are doing the Annapolis to Newport Race, Marblehead to Halifax Race and the Round the Island Race at Martha's Vineyard. Lot of miles for a 28-year old boat! My girls are busy: Caroline is working in D.C., Alex is working in NYC and Cannon is a rising junior at Vanderbilt." Peter Tsou wrote in to say, "I am living in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. I have three grand sons from my son Matt who also lives in Florida and my daughter has an art gallery in New York City. I still do business in Asia and visit often. I have remarried and am enjoying my golden years. Wish everyone health and happiness.:" Gary Zorn is enjoying life in Easton, Md. and finished his college work for addictions counseling in May, 2017. He continues to work full time as a sales executive with Ironmark, An Image Company and also works part time as an addictions counselor with Chesapeake Treatment Services, Easton, Md., and also with Hope House, Crownsville, Md.
Sandy Barbour was selected by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics as one of the recipients of the prestigious Under Armour Athletic Director of the Year Award. Barbour was among four Football Bowl Subdivision Athletic
Directors honored with the NACDA AD of the Year Award for 2016-17. Barbour directs one of the nation's most comprehensive and successful athletic programs at Penn State that boasts an NCAA Graduation Success Rate of 89 percent, winning 76 national championships and 102 Big Ten titles all-time. She oversees broad-based program that supports approximately 800 student-athletes in 31 sports (16 men's/15 women's) and an Intercollegiate Athletics staff of nearly 300.
Brian Holman was recently named the Head Coach of the nation's newest Division I men's lacrosse program at University of Utah. Holman led Utah's club program to a 10-7 record in 2017, its first winning season since 2010. The Utes captured the Rocky Mountain Lacrosse Conference championship for the first time to earn an automatic berth into the Men's Collegiate Lacrosse Association National Tournament, ending a 12-year drought.
IN MEMORIAM Jeanine Elizabeth Fountain, 52, passed away March 28, 2017. She is survived by her beloved parents, Irene and Ferd Fountain; her sister, Laurie Pritchard; brother-in-law, Randy; two nephews, Kyle and Ryan Pritchard of Baltimore.
R E UNIO N Y E A R ! IN MEMORIAM Sureyya Demir passed from this life unexpectedly on March 25, 2017. She was born September 16, 1965, in Topeka, Kan. to Remzi and Sunny Demir, and lived in Glen Burnie since 1970. After graduating from Severn, she attended Bucknell University, Anne Arundel Community College and graduated from Towson State University. Sureyya and her mother were the owners of Your New Image salon in Pasadena for several years. Sureyya was generous in spirit and quick to rescue
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hirty years later, Tara Frame '87 still vividly recalls singing with her English classmates in the basement of the old Dining Hall to guitar tunes played by her teacher Mr. Tom Worthington. “He always brought in his guitar the day before winter break. We loved it. We were all so relaxed, singing and enjoying the music. It is one of my best memories!” Tara currently lives in Annapolis, Maryland, with her husband and 2 children. Her son Gavin, Class of 2021, just finished his second year at Severn. Tara loves spending time with her family. When they are not on the soccer or lacrosse fields, they love boating on the Bay, cheering on the Orioles and Ravens, skiing at Deep Creek Lake, vacationing at Ocean City, and traveling. After graduating in 1987, Tara headed straight to Johns Hopkins University, where
she played women's lacrosse. She was joined by classmate, good friend, and men's lacrosse player Jamie McNealey '87. She remembers the day in class when they both found out they were going to be “Blue Jays.” “We were both really excited!” she recalls. Tara always knew she wanted to be an attorney. Upon graduating JHU in 1991, she went to the University of Baltimore Law School, where she graduated cum laude. She then went on to a 1-year clerkship with the Honorable Warren Duckett, a longtime chief prosecutor in Anne Arundel County. Her next job was at a mid-size law firm in Baltimore, where she realized very quickly that defending insurance companies in workers compensation cases was not what she wanted to be doing. She wanted a role where she could help people and not big companies. She went to work with her dad at the law offices of Frame & Frame, a firm her dad, Vernon Frame, founded in 1953. Here, her role changed from helping insurance companies to helping the residents of Anne
Arundel County with issues involving workers' compensation, auto accidents, estate and probate administration, and family law matters. Tara has been with the firm for over 20 years now. The firm has expanded to include an office in Stevensville to better serve the residents of Queen Anne, Talbot, Caroline, Kent, and Dorchester counties, too. One of five kids, Tara was the third of her family to attend Severn. She began in 6th grade, (having skipped 5th grade entirely!), and remembers making a group of friends right away including, Kathy Bass Clevenger '87, Janet Reeves Foote '87, Ricky Schwartzberg '87, and Skip Hardison '87. She recalls, “We would all hang out after school together since there was no 'After Care Program' then. We'd hang out, waiting until our parents came to get us.” Thinking back on her days at Severn, Tara fondly remembers her teachers, especially Señora Claudia McLaughlin and Mr. Julian Domenech, who both
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taught her Spanish. She and her family travel to Mexico on vacation every year, and she recently made an effort to become fluent in Spanish. She thought of Señora and Mr. Domenech, as she listened to language audio tapes and sat with a tutor doing lessons in Spanish! One day, she would like to be able to offer Spanish language skills to her clients. Tara is grateful to Severn for supporting her love of learning. She was a kid who always wanted to learn more, and Severn challenged her to do so. To this day, she always has a book in hand and one next in line! Tara credits Severn with helping her learn time management, a skill she relies on heavily in her current life. Tara also credits Severn with building important connections, ones that have positively influenced her career, her friendships, and more. Today, Tara is an active Severn alumna. She and classmate Robyn Formica '87 chaired the 30th Reunion Committee and had a blast reconnecting with classmates in May. She also wears another Severn “hat” these days – that of Middle School parent. As a parent, she is very impressed by all the programs available to the students now – the Learning Resource Center, the After Care Program, the Middle School Advisory Program, and more. She admits to feeling a bit sentimental toward the iconic buildings that once stood on campus – the Dining Hall, Woods Hall, and original Teel Hall – but is happy for all the progress made. When she toured campus with her son two years ago, she was floored by the new Teel Academic Center. As an alumna and now a Severn parent, Tara will always have a special place in her heart for Severn.
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Alumni Director Carrie MacVean Grimes '91 enjoyed a fascinating visit with Marine Biologist Andy DeHart '91 during the February Florida alumni roadshow.
with Andy DeHart '91 Andy has been instrumental in the opening of Miami's new Philip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science, serving as the vice president of animal husbandry and overseer of the museum's construction. The museum was under construction during their visit, so Carrie enjoyed an exclusive “hard hat” behind the scenes tour of the massive aquarium structures and exhibit installation. The museum subsequently opened to great fanfare on May 8, 2017. The 250,000 square foot facility has four buildings on one campus, including an aquarium, planetarium, and science museum. “It's shaped like a cone and the reason for that is we wanted slanted walls on the exhibit to help us keep pelagic species like small tuna, the hammerhead sharks and the devil rays,” said Andy. Prior to Frost, Andy oversaw similar construction projects at the Omaha, Nebraska Kingdom of the Seas Aquarium and Toronto's Ripley's Aquarium of Canada. Andy also was on staff at Baltimore's National Aquarium as the Director of Fishes and Aquatic Invertebrates. Despite these myriad accomplishments, Andy is perhaps most famous for his tenure on The Discovery Channel, as the lead Shark Advisor on their beloved “Shark Week” series. Andy lives in the Miami area with his wife and two children.
Did you know? There are over 375 different species of sharks found in the world's oceans.
When did you know you wanted to be a marine biologist? My dad was a Navy diver, and I knew from the age of 5 when I first saw a shark in the water that this is what I wanted to do! When I got to Severn, I was lucky to have Marjorie Pearsall as my biology teacher. She encouraged my interest in Marine Biology, and connected me to a summer program called “Earthwatch,” where I participated in a teen expedition involving marine life. I went on to work the ticket booth as a volunteer at the National Aquarium, and my love of Marine Science took off from there. I attended the Eckert College Marine Science program, and went on to graduate with a
degree in Biology from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. What's most fascinating about working in the world of aquariums? I love that aquariums offer face-to-face encounters with animals that most people otherwise wouldn't have, allowing for a more personal connection with nature. People don't often realize that the life expectancy for animals in an aquarium is longer, and the animals experience an excellent quality of life. What's unique about the new Frost Museum of Science? This museum has four levels. The top level, known as “Vista,” offers sweeping views of downtown Miami and the Biscayne Bay, along with a netted aviary and mangrove habitat. There is also a gulfstream habitat with devil rays, mahi mahi, silky sharks and hammerheads. The 500,000 gallon aquarium is part of a 250,000 square foot campus that also includes a state of the art planetarium. The cone shaped aquarium has a giant looking glass on the bottom level that allows visitors to look back up at the creatures swimming above. There are greentop spaces, innovation centers, classrooms for field trips, and interactive exhibits including an immersive touch wall where digital fish and jellyfish appear to move when a visitor touches the wall. The final floor is a “People and Science Gallery” which explores issues of lifestyle, health, and cooking. There are also spaces that can be rented for private events. What do you hope visitors take away after a visit to this new museum? We hope that folks take away from this experience a better understanding and passion for the environment, the sharks, the fish the birds – all of it. What's your favorite thing to do on a weekend in Florida with your family? We like to hop on the boat and go to the Keys—it's about 1 ½ hours by boat. Once we arrive we love to do some snorkeling as a family. Our favorite Key is Little Torch, an island in the lower Keys.
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those in need. It was not unusual for her to bring home someone who had no place to go or needed a meal. Animals that needed rescued seemed to find their way to her. Playing secret santa to friends and neighbors gave her great pleasure. She loved to laugh and will always be remembered for her quick wit and kind heart. Being with and talking about her two nieces and nephew brought her boundless happiness. Randi Silverman has been receiving widespread accolades for her recent film “No Letting Go,” which seeks to honestly convey the story about the challenges families face when they begin to discover that their child suffers from mental illness. Silverman is the co-founder of the Youth Mental Health Project, www.ymhp.org, a group of individuals who believe that mental health is imperative to all health. YMHP empowers young people, parents, and caring adults with the practical knowledge, support and resources they need to nurture their children's mental health and intervene when they recognize warning signs.
Kristin Quirk Clevenger enjoyed time back on campus in May with her daughter Logan, as a participant in our Alumni Art Gallery. Kristin is a professional potter
based out of Annapolis. Her studio is Quirk-n-Bach Pottery, and offers camps and workshops (www.quirknbachpottery.com). Sallie Luck wrote in to say, "Anastasia Egeli and I reconnected after she moved to New York from Spain. Anastasia is painting a portrait of my sister's children and everyone met up at The Plaza in December in NYC. We are all in awe of (but not surprised by) Anastasia's talent as a portrait artist!"
R E UNIO N YE AR ! Stuart Bartow caught up with the Alumni team in April in Palo Alto over lunch, where he is working as a co-managing partner at Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP as a property attorney. Stuart and his wife are busy and happy in Palo Alto raising two young daughters. They enjoy travel and family time! Anne Sherwood is busy with photography and motherhood in Southern California, where the Alumni team caught up with her and her husband Otto at our Los Angeles social in April. Anne, Otto and son Everett are excited to welcome a new baby this summer! Their family also enjoys time at their home in Montana. Anne also contributed three beautiful photographs to the Alumni Art Gallery in May!
Marc Axelbaum and his wife Katherine are enjoying life in Pacific Heights in San Francisco where Marc is a partner at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP. Marc caught up with the Alumni team at the San Francisco social in April where he had lots of fun stories to share about Severn memories from the late 80's. Marc and his wife have a son and two daughters and are loving life in the Bay Area! Jennifer Gebelein is busy working as a professor of physical geography at Florida International University where she teaches, conducts research, and manages the university's online programs. She has written an academic text about Cuba, and a mystery novel called "The Devil in Key Largo." She loves exploring the Miami area with her husband and three year old son. Jenn is also involved with charity work in Haiti, and encourages alumni to check out the site www.flyinghighforhaiti.com, an organization which directly supports the children in an orphanage on an island in Haiti. Holly Hodson writes in, “Thanks to everyone who responded to my email checking in with everyone! It's been really great hearing from you guys…"
Sureyya Demir '83; Sallie Luck '86 and Anastasia Egeli '86; Kristin Quirk Clevenger '86; Mark Axelbaum '89 with his wife and children
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Jennifer Gebelein '89; Carrie MacVean Grimes '91 with Melissa Weeks Foote '93; Erin Razzetti Aben '91 with her family; Ariana Amendola '91; Nikki Bromwell Speno '92 and family.
COL Matt Stader, 25th ID DIVARTY Commander, sent some big-time Aloha along with the following update. "So since the last update I have changed out of Battalion Command and went to work at West Point for about 18 months before heading off to the Naval War College in Newport Rhode Island for a year, finished up the War College and then headed off to Hawaii. We PCSd to Schofield Barracks on Oahu where we took command of the 25th Infantry Division Artillery. No new deployments on the horizon which is nice but I am sure just temporary. Tresa and son Ryan (13) are doing great and enjoying the adventure in Hawaii, though it is tough being so far away from the family. My parents still live in Annapolis and both are doing very well, and of course they keep attending Army/Navy games, so it was extremely nice to break the 15 year curse! I have kept in periodic touch with Jay Gurecki and I know that he is still working his for NASA in Florida, and if anyone is coming through Oahu don't hesitate to give me a call or swing by, we should be here for at least another year of command and then I am sure we will probably move somewhere else. Thanks again Holly for keeping everyone in touch with Severn, much appreciated and as usual Go Army Beat Navy!” “Matt, thank you for your service. It's always great to hear from you and you know I stand behind you 100% with your GO ARMY cheer. Let's do it again this year!”
Kate Orff also checked in with the following news! "I live in New York with my husband and two kids. I am an associate professor at Columbia University in the graduate school of architecture and The Earth Institute. I also founded SCAPE, a design office based in lower Manhattan, which focuses on parks and resilient infrastructure designed to adapt cities to climate change. One of our signature projects is a two-mile living breakwater seeded with oysters that ties into the NYC public school science curriculum. I have two books out one titled "Petrochemical America" and one about the office titled "Toward an Urban Ecology." I love NYC and would be happy to connect with other graduates in the area. I was out of town traveling for a project during the last NYC alumni event."
Erin Razzetti Aben and her husband Joe are doing well and very busy with their personal training studio, Excellence in Fitness which has locations in Millersville and Annapolis. Erin's children Samantha, Jameson and Ella are all happy and healthy, busy with school, sports, and ballet! Ariana Amendola is living in Argentina with her three children. She owns a restaurant on 13 acres with cabañas to stay. She also has a children's clothing store in town. Sam Levin works as a microbiologist for the US Navy in Louisiana, where he lives with his wife, Melanie, and their three children. Thank you for your service, Sam!
Andy Plummer wrote in to say " My wife Shannon and I are doing well. We moved to Atlanta in the summer of 2015 so I could start my new job flying for Delta. Shannon is working as a school administrator at the local 4th and 5th grade academy. Madison, our oldest, is headed to college next year. Macie is in 10th grade and doing really well also." After four years in Europe with the U.S. Army, Sara Smith Root and her husband Rob and four children relocated back to the U.S. this summer. Welcome home, Sara. Thank you for your service! Kyong So and his wife, Latonya live in North Carolina with their three children. Seth Tuwiner is a neurologist at the Virginia Center for Neuroscience. Seth and his wife, Levana have a son and daughter. Will Wright and Tim Phillips, Naval Academy Class of '95 sailors, were chosen to be on the 150th Anniversary Naval Academy stamp. Tim presently lives in London and works as a senior fund manager with Lothbury Investment Management Limited. Will lives in California and is a pilot for UPS and co-founder of Launch Team Consulting.
Beth Snow MacMullan came and toured Severn's Graw Innovation Center in May with Severn's Kelly Wilson and Carrie MacVean Grimes '91. She is going to be overseeing technology and innovation at Jemicy School in Owings Mills, Md. Beth is also a gifted yoga instructor.
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Nikki Bromwell Speno had a blast at the 25th Reunion this May. Nikki lives in and works for Severn Bank. She tries to stay in touch with as many Severn friends as possible! She is the mother of five kids (blended family) and is as happy as can be!!
R E U NI O N YEAR! Melissa Weeks Foote stopped by Alumni House to catch up with Carrie MacVean Grimes '91 and share some of her beautiful architectural renderings for our Alumni Art Show! Melissa's company is MDF Designs.
Jessica Early Robertson is loving life in Naples, Fla., where she is a luxury real estate advisor for Douglas Elliman Real Estate and director of business development at DeCaro Auctions International. She is busy raising her family and having fun at the beaches of Marco Island in her free time. Jessica enjoyed lunch in Naples with the Severn Alumni team in February.
Ali Clark Collins is living in Arlington with her husband John and children Jake (6) and Libby (4). She had a great time
catching up with Severn alumni on her birthday this spring in Annapolis. She loaned Alumni House two pieces of art for the inaugural Alumni Art Gallery this spring. She continues to enjoy her work with Tiny Chefs and she and John just built a new home in Arlington. Darcy Watt Gurganous is living in Northern Virginia working at Tegna Inc. as a manager of conference services. Her three sons are entering 7th grade, 2nd grade and kindergarten next year. Darcy contributed artwork to the Alumni Art Gallery in May, and enjoyed time with Alumni at our D.C. reception. Raphael Sassi is living in Colorado working as an artist, teaching art privately, and enjoying rides on his motorcycle. Raphael loaned Alumni House one of his drawings for our May Alumni Art show (see image). A full collection of Raphael's art can be found on his website www.raphaelsassi.com.
Erika Huebner Rollins is enjoying life with her family in Severna Park. She works with fellow alumni Laure Fisher '96 and Bob Graw '85 at local company
CallTrackingMetrics, a company focused on optimizing marketing strategy through data analysis of inbound call tracking. Erika participated in this spring's inaugural Alumni Art show with the submission of two paintings! Ana Ned Silveira wrote in to say: â€œI have two kids Juliana (12) and Logan (10) who attend Father Andrew White. Juliana danced with the American Ballet Theater last year as a Supernumerary. Logan does Tae-Kwon-Do, plays golf, and of course, plays video games. I am a program analyst for a group called AIRWorks at Patuxent River, Md. We specialize in Rapid Acquisition for Naval Aviation. In my spare time, I teach 8th grade CCD (Confirmation Class) at St. Aloysius. I also am a volunteer member of the Lexington Park Volunteer Rescue Squad. Our life is full of awesome friends and family!â€?
Lauren Poile Heysse was in touch with the Alumni team when they headed out west this spring. She is living in Menlo Park and is a recruiting manager for Altamont Capital Partners in Palo Alto.
Sara Smith Root '91 and family; The 150th Anniversary Naval Academy stamp featuring Will Wright '91 and Tim Phillips '91; Ali Clark Collins '95 with daughter, Libby; Raphael Sassi '95's drawing for the Alumni Art Show; Ladies of the Class of '91 and '95; Karen Pyle Perry '96 with children; Beth Snow MacMullan '92 visited Teel Campus SUMMER 2017 47
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ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: SANJAY "JAY" MANICKAM '92
anjay Manickam, former wrestling team captain and enthusiastic member of the pingpong and Spanish clubs — known today as Jay, smiles when looking back on his time at Severn. He recalls working hard and being driven by his peers: “the competitiveness of Severn was very important as a driver of success.” Jay believes having smart, ambitious classmates who enjoyed friendly competition fostered an innate drive to do well, which positively impacted his experiences in college, business school, and in his current career as a tech entrepreneur. The business world wasn't always the planned path for Jay — “I was sort of a science and math guy at Severn, and then pre-med in college at UNC Chapel Hill. It took me a while to
figure out that my calling was business and entrepreneurship.” Jay credits Severn's academic environment for serving as a cornerstone in his capacity to succeed as an entrepreneur: “Obviously your formative years shape your ability to think critically about what opportunities exist in the larger world. The academics at Severn helped me think critically, and hone analytic and persuasive skills essential to being an entrepreneur. Sports at Severn also gave me discipline which is very important when you are an entrepreneur. Severn's small classes allowed me to form bonds with groups of people — a skill essential to my profession.” Jay's path as an entrepreneur took off during his years at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas. His eyes gleam when he narrates the story of the founding of his first company, uShip, back in 2003, when he and two classmates
had to design a start-up, as part of a “New Venture Creations” business plan. What's most inspiring about solving consumer dilemmas through entrepreneurship? “The creation of something out of nothing; seeing a problem exist that is personal to me, that comes from a passion or a dilemma, thinking of solutions to it, and then the journey of creating a business that can solve that problem for many.” And solve it, they did. uShip, a business designed to meet the needs of individuals who are relocating goods, is now the largest shipping marketplace in the world, with over 3.5 million customers worldwide. After ten years growing uShip to transform the global shipping marketplace, Jay left to co-found Everfest, the world's leading online festival authority, and RoverPass, the Expedia of RV campground bookings. But, why leave a good thing? “uShip got to the scale of
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a few hundred employees in multiple locations, and the challenges became centered around scaling the business to the next level. Interesting challenges, but not my core passion. I wanted to get back to the early stage.” Jay has enjoyed combining his entrepreneurial skills with his passions for travel and culture, and thus far both of his new companies are thriving. So what does Jay do when he's not busy building new companies? “I love live music…and mountain biking. I live with my girlfriend and dog right in the middle of downtown Austin. We love to try out new restaurants, go wine tasting, go to festivals…we love to travel and visit with friends and family.” Jay encourages members of the Class of 2017 to take risks and adhere to their passions — “the quicker you are true to what you are really passionate about, the quicker you will succeed in life. There will be many smart people like you, and while you may succeed if you outwork people, you can only find true success if you love what you do.”
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Jason Jack surprised and honored the Alumni team with a beautiful gift plaque, containing a flag he flew over his base in Kabul, Afghanistan in honor of all Severn service members. The plaque now hangs in the Alumni House Hall of Service. Thank you for your service Jason and welcome home!
R E U NI ON YEAR! Jenn Smith Addabbo is co-founder and partner at CU Engage and has been working with banks and credit unions for over 15 years. She spent several years working at FIS in their mobile and eCommerce divisions helping banks and credit unions create strategies for their digital channels. After leaving FIS she worked as vice president, Credit Union Experience for PSCU working with hundreds of credit unions as they selected their partners for Credit, Debit, Online Banking, Mobile and Bill Pay. Jenn had fun catching up with the Alumni team in Tampa in February and when not working she enjoys time with her husband and two sons in Tampa, Fla. Christina Parker Bridge and her husband welcomed their fourth child, Jackson William, last June. He joins Parker (6), Cameron (4), and Reese (4). Christina reports that he is a happy, lovable baby! She still working as an audiologist at CHOP. Dan Ericson is counsel in the Federal Reserve Board's Legal Division in Washington where he is a member of the Enforcement Group. The Enforcement Group brings cases against banks, bankers, and financial companies for violations of law or unsafe and unsound banking practices. He is also a professorial lecturer in political science at The George Washington University, his college and law school alma mater, teaching constitutional law. He and his wife, Ellen, who is also a lawyer and a professor, have two amazing boys who bring them so much joy every day, Seth (4) and Elijah (1).
Jason Jack '97 with gift to the Alumni House; Children of Ellen and Dan Ericson '98; Children of Christina Parker Bridge '98; Thom
Tony Finch is presently pursuing a master of divinity from The Howard University School of Divinity, and is a member of First Baptist Church of Glenarden in Upper Marlboro, Md. Matt McFarland is living in San Francisco and working as a vice president at BroadOak Capital Partners. He swung by our San Francisco social in April with his brother, Jeff! Carla Chance Scott is a physician's assistant at John Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. Her husband Lee Scott '98 is an associate claims director at Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company. They have two children, Bryson and Aubrey.
Jeff McFarland is busy enjoying life with his family in San Anselmo, Calif. and working in San Francisco as a UX engineer at Revinate. Jeff enjoys cycling and recently participated in The Guardsmen Bike Tour to raise funds for Bay Area at-risk youth. Jeff had a great time networking with fellow alumni at our San Francisco Alumni Social in April! Volunteer archivist and former faculty member Carol Duncan hosted a luncheon for the "Retired Admirals" (former Severn Faculty) at Alumni House in May. A wonderful time was had by all. We love
welcoming back former faculty for events and special gatherings. If you are a former faculty who'd like to reconnect, email Carrie MacVean Grimes '91 at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ginny Chacos married Michael Wiese in September 2016 in La Jolla, Calif. Her wedding party included her sister Coley Chacos '04. Victoria Royer Coley, husband Talmadge, and big sister Katherine (Kat) welcomed baby Paul Richard Coley on February 2, 2017 at Anne Arundel Medical Center. "We are over the moon in love with this little guy." (see photo) After 10 years as a Navy Jag, Lauren Faust Hanzel is getting out of the Navy and joining the Reserves, moving to Charleston, S.C., and starting a law firm with her husband Michael. Thank you for your service, Lauren! Scott MacMullan announced this spring his run for District 6 on the Anne Arundel County Council. Scott continues to be actively involved in Severn's Alumni organization, participating in our Severn Alumni Serve community service outreach.
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mas, son of Casey and Matt Nicholson '01; Jeff and Matt McFarland '98; Newlyweds Michael Wiese and Ginny Chacos '00; Talmadge and Victoria Royer Coley '00 with baby boy, Paul.
Mike Bailey and his wife, Emily, have three kids Henry (6), Vera (3), and Bernard (8 months) (and a 1-year old lab named Hugo.) The Bailey clan sees Drew Habeck and his wife, Ashley, more frequently these days as they are now back in the Annapolis area as well. Ashley and Drew have a Golden pup named Todd, who likes to hang with Hugo. Brett Farr wrote in to let everyone know he is living in San Francisco and doing tech sales. In his free time, he likes to take advantage of his surroundings to ski, backpack and cycle. Brett also wants everyone to know he attends all the Severn Alumni events in San Francisco. There is a decent sized Severn community out there, and Brett says it's been great meeting people from the other classes. Ryan Gorman wrote in to say "I live in Colombia, South America where my wife and I own a boutique beach resort on the Caribbean, Gitana del Mar, www. gitanadelmar.com.com. The resort includes garden bungalows, a gourmet restaurant, beach spa, daily yoga, and jungle adventures. We are busy working on a new project — a non-profit artist residency that we have created and are looking to grow: www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-studioat-la-sierra-artist-residency-art. It is a live/ work studio for International Artists, called
La Sierra. It is being created to support artists from around the world by offering a place to reconnect and create while giving back to the community."
year off from working next school year to be with their girls, get settled into their new home, and pursue other interests in art, health, and wellness.
Lawrie Heyworth wrote in fresh off a boat. He and his wife, AnneMarie, moved back to Annapolis in May after two and a half years in Bahrain with the Navy. The Heyworth family is excited to be back in town and looking forward to a few years of shore duty for Lawrie at the Academy.
Julia Salsich earned her doctorate of oriental medicine in June from the Maryland University of Integrative Health and she specializes in acupuncture and Chinese herbs.
Brian Kelly is enjoying life in Boulder, Colo. He currently works for Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company as a software engineer. He enjoys going out to the great outdoors whenever possible to ski, mountain bike, hike, camp and so on. Helen McCaffrey Birney and her wife, Nora, are about to be the newest residents of Maplewood, N.J. They move in July and are raising two beautiful little girls, Lexi (4 ½) and Jill (1 ½). Helen just finished her seventh year teaching at The Berkeley Carroll School in Brooklyn, New York. In addition to teaching fourth grade at Berkeley, she facilitated a student-action club for students in grades 2 through 4 that advocated for human rights and took action in welcoming immigrants and refugees in our community through a poster campaign. She is going to take a
Matt Nicholson, the new class secretary, writes in, "As for me, I'm living in Washington, D.C. with my wife, Casey, and our son, Thomas (9 months). I'm excited to take over class secretarial duties and look forward to connecting and/or reconnecting with all of you in this new role. Send updates when you can!" (see photo)
Lindsey Watt Alami is busy enjoying life out west in northern California, with her husband Ossama, where she works as a product designer and entrepreneur. Lindsey and Ossama attended the San Francisco Alumni Social, and Lindsey also contributed artwork to the Alumni Art show this spring!
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*FIRST STOP! WASH. DC* The nation's capital - Oct. 2016 My first reception as Alumni Director... great turnout and energy!
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*NEXT STOP - THE BIG APPLE*
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Love to see great friends reconnecting!
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HEaded to AUSTIn next...
Attended amazing conference with colleagues and then dinner with local alums!
*Welcome to austin, texas!*
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Enjoyed a walk along the Riverfront. Wonderful farm to table dinner with alumni at cozy Italian eatery. Enjoyed a great conversation, Severn memories, and much laughter! Lots of alumni careers in technology and entrepreneurship... Loved seeing Annie, Jay, Kevin, Corey, and stefan.
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Great Dinner in Miami with local
alumni...at Cibo in Coral Gables! Exc ellent stories from Bill Ogden '62 and Robert Kesmodel '62 about riding to Severn football games in old Packards. Enjoyed time with accomplished author and professor Jen n Gebelein '89
Lunch in Naples on the beach, and the n headed to Tampa and the historic Ybor City . Amazing Spanish eats at Columbia Restaurant.
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Pacific Heights views... Russion Hill Reception on Polk Street! Lots of young alumni. Great to catc h up with Mark Axelbaum '89, Jason Mor an '92, McFarland Brothers, Nick Elsmo '07, Pete Dunigan '07, Garrett Nicholson '06, and Anastasia Adam '06
Last stop... LA!
Lively lunch with Palo Alto alums!
Great conversations about work, politics, and life with local alums Anne Sherwood '88, Trey Garcia '05, Brionna Ned '04, Kate Shoemaker '06!
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also has an Etsy shop "OneOfAKindPotter" where she sells her pottery. Monica loaned some of her pottery to our Alumni Art show this May. Claire Bowersox Vetter and her husband Brian welcomed their third child last fall, Parrish (see photo). Parrish is having great fun with brother Wroxeter (4) and sister Poppy (2). Claire also served as an alumni mentor as part of the senior ISP in May.
Brionna Ned is living in Los Angeles, where she is an attorney working in the entertainment industry for Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp. She loves her short walk to work and is very happy in Southern California! The Severn alumni team enjoyed great conversation with Brionna at the L.A. Alumni Social in April. Jack Rosson received his master's in cost analysis and was promoted to Captain. He recently relocated to Washington D.C. Congrats, Jack!
Trey Garcia is living in Los Angeles and working as an architect at M-Rad Architecture. Carlos submitted images of his designs for Severn's Alumni Art Gallery this spring. Carlos had a great time networking with local alumni at Severn's L.A. Alumni reception in April. Ashley McCarl Harrison joined Severn Alumni Serves at the Lighthouse Shelter in March to prepare and serve dinner for the residents of the shelter. Ashley and her husband Rasheed just bought a new home in the area!
Stacia Adam is living in San Francisco with her sister Elizabeth and working at LinkedIn as a relationship manager. It was great to see Anastasia at the San Francisco Alumni Social.
Carter Loetz relocated to Charlotte, N.C. earlier this year. He's enjoying life in his new hometown! Garrett Nicholson is having a great time on the West Coast! He lives in San Francisco, and has been working at Google for the last four years, currently in strategic partnerships. The Alumni team had an awesome time catching up with Garrett in San Francisco in April. Kate Shoemaker is living in Los Angeles with her wife Heather, and working as an associate at Foley and Lardner LLP. We loved seeing Kate at the Alumni social in L.A. in April!
Pete Dunigan caught up with local alumni at the San Francisco Severn Alumni social in April. He's enjoying life in the Bay Area, where he works as a project manager for LIM Innovations and traveling. Nick Elsmo is enjoying life on the left coast, living in San Francisco and taking advantage of all that the Bay Area has to offer! He is working as an investment counselor at Fisher Investments and had fun catching up with fellow alumni at the San Francisco Alumni Social in April. Randi Galloway James writes in, “I teamed up with two other amazing trainers and together we launched our very first 10K Online Fitness Program called "The Little Black Dress.” Doing all of that while being a mommy to a beautiful four-year old and wife to a newly promoted Staff Sergeant in the Air Force, I've also managed to land a semi-finalist spot for an athletic sponsorship with renowned fitness apparel company Muscle Club Apparel! Correction: The Bridge team apologizes for a typo in the last issue for the wedding announcement of Ryan O'Malley '07. Ryan O'Malley '07 married Mark Priebe
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at Hemlock Farms in Edgewater, Md. on November 19. Ryan and Mark are enjoying married life! Nick Zazulia wrote in to report, “I was the editor-in-chief of my college newspaper. After graduating, a friend and I founded an online- and social media-centric marketing company because it was something we could do and — let's be honest — jobs weren't raining from the sky. After a few years, however, I realized that I missed journalism, so I returned to school to get my master's degree from Northwestern University. I completed the program in the spring of 2016 and am now a freelance journalist working in the D.C. area. I'm early in my career, but I've had the opportunity to interview NFL players, the Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey, an astronaut, a Holocaust survivor, and political candidates, as well as cover a Capitals playoff opener, a UFC event, the Scripps National Spelling Bee, and “Apple vs. FBI” senate hearings. I love the fact that journalism allows me to experience so much and learn about so many different topics while helping to shed light on those topics for others. I try to avoid spreading fake news.”
R E UNIO N Y E A R ! Taylor Burns and his wife Lane recently moved back to Severna Park after a few year stint outside of Los Angeles. Taylor is working at a staffing start-up with fellow Severn alum, Doug Lehner. Catherine Crowe has been working at SoulCycle and was relocated to Dallas in May 2016 in order to open a new business market. She says "it has been a blast!" She will be starting law school in the fall, but is still deciding where.
Zack Lank finished his first year of graduate school at New York Academy of Art, NYC and won a residency to study with some classmates in Giverny, France (beside Monet's Garden) for most of August, then will return to finish his last year of grad school in painting to get his MFA. Zack participated in this spring's inaugural Alumni Art Show at Severn. Brian McGarvey and Carey Davis McGarvey '08 have been out in Seattle, Wash. for a few years but are getting ready to move to Chicago this summer! Brian is a submarine officer in the Navy and will be teaching in the NROTC Program at Northwestern University. Carey will be working at a hospital in downtown Chicago. They will be celebrating two years of marriage this June!
Remi Ogunfunwa recently graduated nursing school and will soon be starting her job as a registered nurse.
Sage Roth is currently living in Baltimore and working on public health research in the city.
Lauren Reese Reider reports, â€œThe past few years have been filled with exciting endeavors for me. I graduated with my master's in social work from the University of Maryland, Baltimore in May 2014. Upon graduation I accepted a position with the Anne Arundel County Department of Social Services in the family preservation unit, where I continue to work currently. This past October I passed my licensing exam to officially be a licensed certified social worker clinical (LCSW-C). While I'm very happy about that accomplishment, I am most proud about being married to my best friend, Brandon Reider. We tied the knot on May 2, 2015 and have had almost two years of blissful marriage!
Dr. Brittany Schuh graduated from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in May and will begin her Residency in OB/GYN at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Md. Dr. Stephen Sexauer graduated from Ross University School of Medicine in May and will begin his Residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Neb. Will Smith is engaged to his fiancĂŠe Annie Bernacchi from South Bend, Ind. The couple recently bought a house in Charlottesville, Va. and will be married September 9, 2017.
Baby Parrish Vetter, daughter of Claire Bowersox Vetter; Lauren Faust Hanzel '00 with husband, Michael; Lauren Reese Reider '08 with husband, Brian; Jack Rosson '04; Carrie MacVean Grimes '91 with Ashley McCarl '05; Randy Galloway James ''07 SUMMER 2017 55
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(left) Carey Ward '08 with fiancé Tom Perlozzo. (middle) Kathleen Dowd '09 with fiancé Christian Hartman '09. (right) Chase Strom '10 with fiancée Lexi Stones.
Mark Staines and fiancée, Shelby Aitchison, currently live in Denver, Colo. where Mark is finishing his second year of law school at the University of Denver School of Law. Carey Ward writes in, "After five years together I am blessed and thrilled to be engaged to Tom Perlozzo. Tommy and I met in my last semester of college. He works in TV advertising with GEICO and I'm with Marriott International's creative agency. We recently bought a home in Silver Spring; after years of apartment living, we are anxious to move in July first and enjoy spending time outside on our screened-in porch and in our big backyard." Dr. Annie Weber recently graduated from University of Maryland School of Medicine and will finish her first year of Residency in Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, Md. at the end of June. Taylor Wieczorek married Zak Beach on May 27, 2017 at Historic London Town and Gardens in Edgewater, Md.
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Sara Modlin is pursuing her doctor of dental surgery (DDS) degree at NYU College of Dentistry. In 2017, she received a M.S. in oral biology at NYU. Sara also received a B.S. in human physiology at Boston University. Congratulations to newlyweds Chase Strom and Lexi Stones, who tied the knot on June 24, in Fredericksburg, Va. Chase wrote in to say, "Lexi and I met in our a cappella group, Vital Signs, while studying at Elon University in N.C. We didn't start dating until senior year, and moved in together a year after graduating. My job doing a cappella music production took me to the UK to work with several different college groups, ending the trip in London. Since Lexi has family in the UK, she came out at the end of the trip so we could have a few days of vacation. With the help of Lexi's cousin I was able to surprise Lexi on a bridge in St. James Park in London where I proposed, and she said yes! Since then we've moved to Raleigh, N.C., and got a cute golden retriever puppy named Bailey that keeps us busy!"
Sarah Brown recently moved to Atlanta and won fittest Atlantan this year and was featured in Modern Luxury Jezebel magazine. Way to go, Sarah!
Alli Lank is working in public relations at Michelle Lehmann Communications in New York City, representing various restaurant, food, hotel and wellness clients. Lydia Whiteford reports, “I stayed in New England for two years after graduating from Brown, but now I have moved back to the area and I'm working for NEF, a telecommunications company.”
Julian Adams writes in, “I am going on my third year working with JLL leading their GIS/ Mapping efforts in the research department for the Mid-Atlantic. Shane Carper is on my team!” Jack Bremer reports, “I am working as an operations manager for Amazon at a fulfillment center in Milwaukee. I am moving to Kansas City this summer to launch a new fulfillment center.” Kim Carrette recently graduated from Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine with a master's in biomedical sciences. Kaitlin Creamer is close to completing her first year in the marine biology Ph.D. program at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego where she is studying microbiology and the natural products that marine microbes produce.
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Tiffany Cromwell graduated from Columbia School of Social Work with her master's and will begin work as a multidimensional family therapist at a non-profit organization based in South Bronx in June.
in NYC. On hand for the festivities were several classmates including Chris Byrns, Kevin Connors, Jaclyn Nagy, David Nakos, Zach Russell and Ryan Sharp. Will and Anna live in Jersey City, N.J.
Margot Farnham just finished her first year of her Ph.D. in biomedical engineering at University of Delaware. “Also, I recently found out that I am a fantastic painter. Aka: I followed along to a Bob Ross video and made the first piece of successful art since 3D Art in Middle School!”
Erin Littlepage graduated in December and started working for Lidl, a European grocery store expanding to the U.S., as a graphic designer.
Kaya Gordon writes in, “I recently moved out of the DMV area (for the first time!) to the Raleigh, N.C. area to continue to grow my business, Flatform Studios, a shop and graphic design studio. I'm also writing a lifestyle blog called the Scarlet Supply." Maggie Johnson works as an RN on the pediatric intensive care unit at University of Maryland Medical Center. Joe Kotler is an investment banking associate specializing in healthcare M&A and venture capital in Basking Ridge, N.J. as well as Manhattan. Will Lagarde finished his first year of teaching upper school math and coaching wrestling at Pingry School in Basking Ridge, N.J. On June 17 he married Anna Whitney
Short-stick defender Nick Manis was named the 'unsung hero' for Maryland men's lacrosse team by Maryland's Coach John Tillman. The team won the NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championship in May. Lauren Morrell is living in South Lake Tahoe, Calif. working in performance management consulting for NGO's, government agencies, and nonprofits focused on biodiversity and natural resource conservation. She spends most of her out-of-office time skiing and recently picked up backcountry and ski mountaineering. Maddie O'Hare is finishing her master's degree at Georgetown in art business and museum studies. Brandon Powell graduated in May with his master's degree in mechanical engineering.
Brandon is headed to Washington D.C. to start working at the Naval Research Lab. Mary Purnell reports, “By an unexpected turn of events, I'm teaching preschool! I lead the Spanish immersion program at Mountain Sprouts Preschool in Telluride, Colo. I will be starting graduate school in the fall with University of Barcelona online (because you have to do things online when even the closest McDonald's is 1.5 hours away). I also more or less successfully take the bus every day — only gotten lost once.” Abbey Ritter writes in, “This July, I will have completed one year at the Baltimore City Police Department Crime Laboratory as a crime scene technician. Grace Rudder spent the last six months in at Monumental Sports and Entertainment working as a graphic designer for the Wizards and other D.C. professional sports teams #goZards. She also participated in the Alumni Art show this spring! One of Grace's logos has been recognized by HOW Design as a top 20 logo out of 1,200 logos nationally. Her logo, designed for The Old Stein Inn in Edgewater, will be featured in the summer edition of their magazine. Way to go, Grace!
Chris Byrns '12, Taylor Barker, Will Lagarde '12, Kevin Connors '12, and David Nakos '12; Carolyn Exharkis '13; Grace Rudder '12's logo for The Old Stein Inn SUMMER 2017 57
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ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: MANDY BUCKLER WATTS '02
andy Buckler Watts '02 currently lives in Crownsville, Maryland with her husband Justin and her two boys, James (5) and Luke (3). She is the blogger of the locally popular Chesapeake Family blog, "Mommy Daze" can help all the moms and dads out there looking for suggestions of local activities to do with their young children. Check it out at www.chesapeakefamily. com/family/mommy-daze. In addition to writing for â€œMommy Daze,â€? Mandy is the president of Happy Tails Pet Resort, a family-owned dog boarding kennel facility in Crownsville, which offers, bathing, boarding, day care, training, and more. (You can check that out at www.happytailspetresort.com) Mandy remembers her Severn days fondly. She came to Severn in the 9th grade; her sister attended the school 10 years earlier. Her best memories come from the extra-curricular activities she participated in. These activities were such a special treat, having been homeschooled prior to coming to Severn. Mandy named the outdoor club, the photography club, and The Anchor as three activities she enjoyed
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the most. Not coincidentally, these activities also had most direct impact on her future career choices. After graduating Severn, Mandy went on to Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania, where she majored in Mass Communication and minored in English. She studied broadcast, print, and magazine journalism, and she loved the interviews, research, and writing that her coursework required. “I lived at the library...and I loved it!” While at school, Mandy discovered that her true passion was radio broadcast journalism. Upon graduation, she started working at WAVA 105.1, a Christian talk radio station based out of Virginia. She was the national promotions manager. In this role, she wrote articles and live copy for the radio broadcasters about national events the station was sponsoring. She also spent some time on-air herself, as well as worked in editing and sales/marketing, too. Mandy really enjoyed this hands-on experience; she worked for WAVA for three years. In 2009, Mandy's father announced his desire to sell the family business and retire. After lots of discussion and prayer, Mandy and her husband Justin both decided to leave their jobs (Justin was working in web design) and take on the business themselves. Eight years later, Mandy and Justin are still running that business – Happy Tails Pet Resort – as president and general manager, respectively. Reflecting on the impact of Severn in her life, Mandy credits the school for teaching her to be self sufficient and resourceful, skills that have served her well in learning how to run a business and manage toddlers! She also appreciates how Severn supported and encouraged her love of writing, especially through Mr. Thomas Worthington's AP English course and Mr. Richard Zmuda's journalism class. Between Happy Tails Pet Resort, scouting new adventures for parents and their children, and parenting two young boys of her own, Mandy is pretty busy lady. All the same, she still keeps in touch with Katie Deming '02, who now lives in Baltimore. Mandy, who has not been back to Severn since she graduated, has plans to visit the campus this summer, when her sister Dawn Buckler Hope '92 comes into town to visit. “I remember them taking down the Dining Hall when I was at Severn… and taking classes in Woods Hall.” So much has changed since 2002 — Mandy is excited to see the Severn of 2017!
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R E U N I O N YEAR! Carolyn Exarhakis graduated summa cum laude from The University Of Colorado Boulder with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. Carolyn is a member of Phi Beta Kappa honor society as well as Pi Beta Phi sorority. She plans to reside in the Washington D.C. area and hopes to pursue a career in law, public policy and politics. Jack Noble graduated with a BA in French and francophone studies from Carleton in June. Jack is working at "Horizons of Kent and Queen Anne's County" this summer before going off to D.C. to do work in reintegrating convicts in society.
This summer Jack Treanor is interning in mergers and acquisitions tax at PwC in Manhattan, and then pursuing a master's in tax at Fordham's Graduate School next fall.
Callie Burns will be playing original music at a music festival this summer in Atwood, Tenn. It will be her second festival to date. She has plans in the works for an EP as well. Callie joined us at Severn for our Legacy Pancake Breakfast this spring! Eric Lee achieved co-authorship on a scientific journal article this past winter which got recommended as an
F-1000 article (an award for the top 2% of published articles that are noted for their scientific significance). This past April he attended the annual regional Northeast Society of Developmental Biology science conference. At this conference, he participated in a poster presentation session where many scientists (undergraduate and graduate presenters) showcased their research. He was awarded for having the best undergraduate poster presentation, voted on by senior judges. He plans to continue performing research (cell, near, and developmental biology) at the Lowery Lab at Boston College this summer.
Max Code '16 traveled to Vietnam; Zak Rosen '16 with Scott MacMullan '00; Callie Burns '14 with the Burns Family; Congratulations to Caroline Steele '15 and Nick Manis '12 for their stellar performances in both the Maryland Men's and Women's Lacrosse National Championships.
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Lizzie Purnell is enjoying life in The Big Apple at Fordham University. She and her parents visited her sister Mary '12 in Telluride earlier this year. Caroline Steele scored four goals and was named tournament MVP as the No. 1 Maryland women's lacrosse team (19-0) defeated No. 15 Northwestern (10-9) 14-6 to win the Big Ten championship. Maryland went on to win the National Championship, 16-13, over Boston College, and caps off a 23-0 season. Caroline Steele led the Terrapins with 6 goals.
Max Code took a gap year after graduation. He spent some time in Canada, and also in Vietnam. He spent time in Hanoi, explored the Sa Pa countryside and the Long Bay Islands. He also travelled to Cambodia for three weeks of service work on floating villages. Stephen Duncan reports, â€œI just finished my freshman year at MIT, and it was an absolute blast! I have made so many different and close friends through this year - in and out of my dorm, and on the sailing team. The team is going to Charleston, S.C. to compete at college team race nationals Memorial Day weekend. This summer I will be working in Boston in a lab at MIT doing research on organic atmospheric chemical reactions to see how some harmful aerosol products form. I will also be going to England later in the summer to sail Albacore Internationals with my brother." Zak Rosen interned this summer with alumnus Scott MacMullan '00 on Scott's political campaign.
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Hey, you! Yes, you. We miss our alumni and want to hear all about your life after Severn. Recent trips, internships, research projects, stories with classmates, new job or address, babies, weddings, graduations â€” we want to know! Email your class secretary and let them know or drop us a note on Facebook.
Congratulations, Class of 2017! Welcome to Severn's Alumni Association. You always have a home at Severn School! #alwaysanadmiral
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Breakfast: Mr. Julian Domenech '84 and Kain '19; Robyn Formica '87, Tori and Vivian Miller '24, and Josie Formica '18; Reese '22 and Mark Jackson '88 | Art with Heart: Ms. Carrie MacVean Grimes '91, Nancy Balenske, Carol Duncan; Brandon and Bridget Hargadon Hughes '91; John Sherwood, Ernie Green and Betsy Lasley; Guests enjoy the Art with Heart event; Ms. Gina Strafelda and Andy Heslin '07 enjoy collage of students | Picnic: Buzz Hall '47 and Josie Cipriano '09; Sean '02 and Tara Murphy; Class of '62 Reunion; Frances Doh Cimo '97 and Nathan Cimo; Marah Vain-Callahan '19, John Reynolds, Alyssa Vain-Callahan '07 and baby Sadie | AHOF: 2017 Athletic Hall of Fame inductees Rick Codd '90, Sarah Meisenberg '05, George Graefe '73 | Alumni Dinner: Class of 2007 visits the Centennial Rotunda during their 10th Reunion; Class of 1992 had a great turnout for their 25th Reunion!; Dr. Jackie Baugh and husband, Bill; Graydon '92 and Angela Ripley
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Won't you stop by 116 Maple Avenue and say hello? We would love to show you around the archives, have a chat in the Fireside Room, read a few of Mr. Rolland Teel's old letters, and skim through past Navigators. Our archivist and volunteers have been hard at work organizing and displaying over 100 years of Severn's rich history and archives for the Severn community. To setup a tour, call Carrie MacVean Grimes '91 at 410.647.7701 ext 2262. Search for these "Mentors Issue" themed words in our word search below! Circle the key words below, take a photo, and send it by October 1, 2017 to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Cole '28, son of Pam Roberts '87, at the Alumni Weekend Family Picnic
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First Day of School | August 30 Welcome back!
Welcome Back Bash | September 7 For parents, trustees, faculty and staff.
Admiral's Cup Golf Outing | October 4 Registration details will be available online in August.
Homecoming and Chili Cook-Off! | October 21 Save the date! Wear your maroon and cheer on the Admirals!
Alumni Weekend | May 4-5 Save the date! Registration details will be available this fall.
Severn Socials | Locations & Dates TBD Schedule will be available this fall. Postcard invitations are sent four weeks before each event.
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As the rained poured outside, we were flipping flapjacks with over 100 legacy alumni inside! To kick off Alumni Weekend 2017, we celebrated over 100 years of Admiral pride during the first annual Legacy Family Pancake Breakfast. Fun Fact: During the 2016-2017 school year there were exactly 100 current legacy family students at Severn!