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THE BARSTOW SCHOOL CLASS OF 2015 Benjamin Abbas Eliana Abbas Alec Adkins

University of Chicago Carnegie Mellon University University of Missouri–Kansas City

Cody Adkins

Arizona State University

Faiza Aslam

Wellesley College

Tai Barber-Gumbs Mesha Bisarya Taryn Blankenship Zachary Bruennig Emily Burcham

Johns Hopkins University Washington University in St. Louis Wichita State University University of Kansas Elon University

Tyler Gratwick

Pittsburg State University

Caitlyn Payne

Mahroosa Haideri

The University of Texas at Austin

Jack Petty

Stephanie Hamann

University of Missouri–Columbia

Megan Pickard

Christopher Hoffman

Maryville University

Hillary Pierson-Eib

Han Huang

Swarthmore College

Rachel Ripp

Jenevieve Jaax Shah Jafri Daniel Kessler Steven Ketchmark Emma Krasnopoler

St. Cloud State University

Samantha Rock

University of Kansas

Miami University, Oxford, Ohio The George Washington University

Paula Sáyago Preston Schwartz

Virginia Tech

Claire Lednicky

Missouri State University

Joshua Smith

Danielle DePriest

Howard University

Jason Lednicky

Missouri State University

Rachana Tadakamalla

David DePriest

Howard University

Andrew Lloyd

Bentley University

Sunkeerth Tummala

Boston University

Jane Velghe

Kathryn Lundgren

Sarah Epsten

Bucknell University

Mary Evans

Purdue University

Bailey Fisli

Dartmouth College College of Charleston

Danielle Fleming Lauren Fox Luke Gerson

University of Notre Dame Belmont University

Cullen MacInerney Michelle Martin

Colgate University University of Arkansas

Pedro de Castro

Emory University

Pepperdine University

Lauren Sandness

University of Kansas

Jonah Elyachar

Washburn University

Case Western Reserve University

Catherine Lang

Ziyu Lu

Loyola University Chicago

Madison Rudman

Miami University, Oxford, Ohio

Trinity University

Creighton University

University of California, Los Angeles

Nicholas Dawar

Payal Desai

Avila University

Case Western Reserve University Texas Christian University

Sophie Shapiro

Stanford University Brown University Union College Pepperdine University Creighton University University of Michigan University of British Columbia

Max Waldrop

University of Kansas

Clara Wencker

Wesleyan University

Tulane University

Tina Weng

Arizona State University

Liam Martin

University of Arkansas

Xinyu Xiao

Boston College

John Marvin

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Kieran McMann Elizabeth Mombello

Grant Zahorsky

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

University of Tulsa Cornell College

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From the Head of School


Dear Barstow Friends, ince 2008, I have had the honor of serving as the 17th Head of School. During this time, I have met many alumni and regardless of the class, all alumni relay their extraordinary experiences at Barstow.

Your “little” school has grown into an international educational institution,

reaching out through school partnerships, satellite campuses, and online classes to students in Kansas City, across America, and the world. Our student body in

Kansas City numbers 704, but grows to 1500 when you add our global and online programs. Recently we were honored and recognized by the president of the National

Association of Independent Schools who said, “...I have rarely seen the range of fully realized innovation, all aimed at preparing students, and the school, for the fundamental changes this century is bringing.” At the heart of all programs and decisions are Barstow’s students. I have the pleasure of visiting with three year olds as they learn to write letters. I work with our senior class as they help develop leadership programs. Finally, I have the privilege of presenting the graduating class with their diploma marking them as alumni of the Barstow School. Being able to watch our students grow into Barstow graduates is a real treat. The composite photo of each class is proudly displayed on our walls. I certainly enjoy meeting the many alumni on my journeys around the country and when you stop by the school for a visit. Recently, I had the pleasure of hosting a gentleman who came to the school to establish a scholarship in honor of his recently deceased wife, an alumna of the Class of 1940. As we sat and talked, I was privileged to get a glimpse of their nearly 70 year love story. A brief tour of the school ended with us visiting his wife’s class picture. A group of first graders walked by, looked up, and

Head of School Shane Foster, Barstow's 17th head of school, has led the community since 2008.

were not shy in asking what we were doing. When I introduced them to our guest and pointed out his wife’s picture, they giggled and said, “she was pretty.” Later I began to think how one of these young boys or girls or their spouse might recount a story of their time at Barstow with the Head of School 80 years from now. No matter where you are located or your year of graduation, you are and always will be a member of the Barstow community. We are proud of you and you are recognized daily by the little boys and girls who will become young men and women as they walk by and stare up at your picture on the wall.

Best regards,

Shane A. Foster HEAD OF SCHOOL S H A N E . F O S T E R @ B A R S T O W S C H O O L .O R G

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– The mission of The Barstow School is to promote sound scholarship and to give symmetrical development to mind, body and character.

On the cover: Seventh grade students visited Konza Prairie Biological Station, a native tallgrass preserve located in the Flint Hills south of Manhattan, Kansas. (Photo by Scott Guldin)



In this photo: On May 18, 2015 Barstow graduated 64 students in a outdoor commencement ceremony that remains true to time honored tradition with graduates dressed in white gowns and tuxedos. (Photo by David Riffel)

Around Barstow News in Brief UCM Foreign Film Fest   Barstow student films took first and second

National Merit   Ben Abbas, Eliana Abbas and Paula Sayago were named Finalists in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Competition.

place at the University of Central Missouri’s Eighth Annual Foreign Language Film Festival. The Best Overall Film award went to WonJo Paik’s 大教堂 (Cathedral), and the second place award for Best Overall Film went to Caitlyn Payne’s 家 (Home). In total, Barstow Chinese and Spanish students won 46 awards this year.

Congressional Awards   This year, four Barstow students earned Congressional Award Gold Medals. Seniors Tiffany Dattel, Katherine Grabowsky and Shanley Lenart, and junior Grace McGowan were recognized for their achievement at the Gold Medal Ceremony on June 17 in the Cannon Caucus Room at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. This award takes two years to complete and requires 400 hours of volunteer service, 200 hours of personal development,

Debate News   Samantha Rock and Joshua Smith set a new record for Barstow at the Tournament of Champions, a selective, invitation-only national championship hosted by the University of Kentucky. Josh and Sam finished as the 34th ranked team in the nation after earning a winning 4–3 record. Their victories over some of the best teams in the country helped place them in the top half of the nation’s most competitive tournament.   Brian Rubaie, assistant debate coach, was selected as a finalist for the Rising Star award by the National Debate Coaches Association. The Rising Star is an national award which honors one teacher early in his or her career for outstanding coaching. Brian is the first coach from Missouri to be nominated for the award.

Barstow Inks Unprecedented Partnership

200 hours of physical fitness, and a student-planned exploration/

  Barstow’s Hybrid

expedition of at least four nights and five days. Nineteen Barstow

Learning Consortium

students have earned Gold Medals in the last four years.

has partnered with the New York Association

Second Annual Senior Walk   On Friday, April 29, 2015, the Class of 2015 participated in one of Barstow’s newest traditions: the Senior Walk. After visiting with three alumni, the seniors walked from the old campus on Cherry Street, now incorporated into the UMKC grounds, all the way back to the State Line campus – a 12 mile walk.

of Independent Schools (nysais). For the first time, HLC will work with a regional association to provide access to HLC online courses and professional development to their more than 200 member schools. HLC continues to add individual schools, including Cloud Forest School in Costa Rica, Wayland Academy in Wisconsin, Allendale Columbia in New York, St Paul’s Episcopal Day School in Kansas City, and Aspen Country Day School in Colorado. HLC currently offers 20 courses to students across all member schools.

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Around Barstow

Athletics Wrap-Up

Boys’ Soccer Wins State

Boys’ Basketball Wins State

finished the 2014 season

  The Knights soccer team by winning Barstow’s first

  After placing second

ever State championship.

at State last year, the

After four straight District

Knights boys’ basketball

championships, the first-

team had high expecta-

ranked Knights remained

tions entering the

at the top of the Missouri

2014–2015 season. On

Class 1 polls all season long and defeated Canton High School

March 14 they made good

2–1 on a cold day at Blue Springs High School.

on those expectations by defeating Strafford High School in the Class 3 championship

Boys’ Golf Back-to-Back Champs

game at Mizzou Arena. The championship came as the State champion 1995 Barstow team was honored at halftime of the

  The boys golf team

Class 1 boys game to commemorate 20 years since their title.

capped off their 2015

Seven members of the 1995 team were in attendance and

season by winning

cheered on the Knights as they completed their run to the

back-to-back state

school’s second State basketball championship. The Knights

championships with an

were led by junior Jeriah Horne who scored 19 points and

11-stroke win over Blair

had 13 rebounds. Junior Shea Rush dropped in 17 points and

Oaks High School. Alec

sophomore Jacob Gilyard helped out with 16 points and a

Adkins tied for fourth overall, Tripp Walsworth placed 13th

handful of steals and assists.

and Paul-Louis Robert tied for 15th. All three finished with





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Upcoming Alumni Events

  You are invited back for Alumni Weekend! This is a fun-filled weekend to reconnect with friends and teachers, celebrate being alumni and attend fabulous parties, of course!

For more information or to register,

This weekend is for all Barstow alumni, not just classes celebrating major reunions.

please visit the alumni page at


Alumni Weekend



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All-State honors.

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The Barstow School 5K OCTOBER 3, 2015

 A fun run/walk for the whole Barstow community!


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Alumni Luncheon OCTOBER 29, 2015

  For the classes of 1975 and older at Kansas City Country Club

Around Barstow

Historic Success for Boys’ Tennis   Fletcher Scott and

Girls’ Soccer Place at State   The girls soccer team

Bradley Frye competed

cruised through the regular

against each other for

season, highlighted by a 12

the Missouri Class 1

game winning streak. The

singles title. For both

team gave up only 10 goals

teammates it was a rare

and won the Conference

and difficult situation not

title. During that streak

seen in recent Missouri

they outscored their opponents 53–6 and notched seven

tennis history. Scott defeated Frye to become Barstow’s first

shutouts, including a 2–0 victory over Pembroke. Baily Childers

State tennis champion. Frye’s second place finish matched

and Lauren Bernard combined for 52 goals and Barstow’s

his brother Chris Frye’s second place finish in 2010. Team

shut-down defense was lead by seniors Tina Weng and Lizzie

captains Steven Ketchmark and Ben Abbas repeated as the

Mombello. Barstow advanced to State for the first time since

State third place doubles team.

2010 and ended the season with a fourth place finish.

In this photo: Students and parents celebrate the boys’ basketball State championship at a pep assembly. (Photo by Todd Race)



Alumni Holiday Party DECEMBER 3, 2015

  At the home of Dr. and Mrs. Felix N. Sabates, Sr. and Ms. Carmen Sabates ’77

DEC 2015



College Alumni Day NOVEMBER 24, 2015

  At The Barstow School

JAN 2016



New York City Alumni Event JANUARY 28, 2016

  Hosted by Jason Press ’90

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In this photo: Barstow students in Mrs. Finn’s sixth grade Writers’ Workshop class use iPads with Google docs to edit the work of their peers. (Photo by Todd Race)


RIGHT Write Way


Introduction by Jarrod Roark and sections by Minka Rudman, Ashley Haase, Liz Romano, Scott Guldin and Mark Luce



Writing at Barstow


they learn to share that voice. In the early childhood years, scribbles, pictures, shapes

he writes. She stretches her hand, and her eyes dart to her peers, who, like her, are gathered in this Barstow upper school classroom, partaking in a weekly ritual known as

and discussions lay the foundation for voice development. In the Jolly Phonics program, students are exposed to and learn their letter sounds through songs, actions,

Monday Writing. Students write often in class, at home, in the halls, open

stories, and letter formation. At this age

spaces, and patios of The Barstow School. Just around the corner a boy

related to writing is critical. Barstow

sits in a middle school English class trying to find his voice, a bold, precise

voice, to write an essay about a “banned book.” In this case, he’s thinking

the development of fine motor skills students use collage materials to trace their name, use their fingers to write letters in shaving cream and sand, and trace letters on sand paper. The

about Lord of the Flies and the death of Piggy and the boys’ journey toward a new civilization. The journey to the lower school is a kinder one

children also use the Jolly Phonics iPad app which allows them to trace letters with their fingers. The tactile tools help

than Ralph and Piggy experience in the novel. A Barstow traveler likely will

reinforce proper formation.

find lower school student artwork adorning the walls, some of which will

development is the concept of meaning.

accompany their words composed on iPads in class or published in The Agathon, Barstow’s literary magazine. With these tools, in these spaces, tradition meets innovation, and writing flourishes. >>

Equally important to motor skill At first through dictation, and eventually through their own writing students convey their thoughts, ideas, questions and answers. During their study of pets, students compiled their questions. “Why don’t cats brush their teeth?”

Barstow teachers continually

and has implemented a Hybrid Learning

hear a similar sentiment from college

Consortium, but one tradition has not

admission officers, parents, and alumni:

changed: Barstow kids can write.

“Barstow students can write” with clarity, voice, and style in ways that surpass


most kids their ages. And though some

By Minka Rudman

of the tools for writers have changed over the years, the alumni feel the nostalgia of writing at Barstow and, teachers hope, pride in what current students are able to accomplish with pencil and paper, iPads, and within a digital discussion thread posted on Haiku, a digital learning platform for online and hybrid courses at Barstow. Yes, The Barstow School has moved campus locations, has increased in population, has developed an international program at the Kansas City campus and on campuses in China,

With proper punctuation and letter

for example. Through creative play, field trips, guest visitors, reading and personal experience they research answers to these questions, often recording their answers in journals. Barstow early childhood students understand they have a voice, and they begin to share that voice in writing.

formation Ali writes, “The sun bear is the smallest bear on the Earth.” Coupled one page in her kindergarten bear book,


a piece she shares with pride. Even the

By Ashley Haase

with a vivid illustration, this sentence is

youngest students at Barstow are writers. But before they are writers, they must first learn how to share their ideas and thoughts. Throughout the early childhood program students are constantly reminded that they have a voice that matters, and

Second grade is a pivotal year for young writers. As students begin the year, they are intent on making sure every sentence has proper punctuation. In fact, we teachers call that portion of our curriculum Convention Camp.

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Writing at Barstow

White knuckled, students wear down

and how to use humor to fit in the weird

format, students are immersed in writing

their pencils and erasers to stubs as they

and fascinating facts they are dying to

from the get-go, from 45–90 minutes

correct punctuation errors. But some-

share with their audience. When a student

per day. In addition, strong writing skills

thing wonderful happens—these young

is struggling with phrasing and raises a

are encouraged, practiced, and expected

writers start finding their voice. They

hand to ask, “How should I write this fact?”

across the curriculum in reading, math,

start learning how to speak through

I respond by asking, “How would you say

science and social studies.

their writing, and they take great pride

it to someone if they were standing right

in the fact that they can compose a

in front of you?” Students move away

passage that is distinctly theirs.

from thinking of writing as a rule-guided

success as writers. They learn that just

activity, and begin seeing it as a creative

putting pen to paper is not enough. As

progression from mechanics to artists is

conversation. It’s common to see writing

authors, they must return to it again

a biome research report. Each student

emerge as a child’s favorite subject at this

and again to make it a finished product

chooses one of world’s major land biomes

time, even among the early skeptics.

One project that demonstrates this

and researches its climate, plants and

Their finished work dazzles me. I

The writing process in the intermediate grades is integral to students’

they are proud to share. In their writing notebooks, they express their thoughts

animals. Each child becomes intensely

love comparing the end-of-the-year,

and ideas without limits in rough draft

involved in their project, wanting to share

multi-paragraph writing samples with

form. They then move the pieces they

every fact he or she has learned. You might

the early, simple sentences from the fall.

wish to publish out of the notebooks for

be wondering, how can a fact-writing

It is one more piece of proof that our

revising, editing, and publishing.

project help students develop voice? As

little convention campers have blos-

you can imagine, without voice sprinkled

somed into creative creatures.

into a piece like this, one student’s report on the desert can quickly sound just like

The introduction of one-to-one iPads further enhances the writing experience for our students. The ability to research and use the online resources

another’s. Therefore, we teach the second


graders to “talk” to their audience, a

By Liz Romano

ing process with increased confidence

favorite pastime of most young children.

The intermediate writing program

allows them to move through the writand skill. Apps such as Book Creator,

Students learn how to incorporate a bold

at Barstow builds upon the great work

Pages, Keynote, and iBooks help them

opinion into a topic sentence, how to end

of the students and primary grade

create final published works they are

a paragraph with an engaging question,

teachers. Through a writing workshop

proud of and can easily share with their

Faculty Reading Selections



Looking for a good book? Try one

Susan Harper

Mark Luce

of these recommendations from the



Barstow faculty. >>

  If you love Ken Follett’s historical fiction novel Pillars of the Earth, then Susan Harper suggests you try the sequel, WORLD WITHOUT END and THE CENTURY TRILOGY: FALL OF GIANTS, WINTER OF THE WORLD, AND EDGE OF ETERNITY.

  If you were intrigued by the unreliable narrator in Gone Girl, you’ll be thoroughly creeped out by Merricat in WE HAVE ALWAYS LIVED IN THE CASTLE by Shirley Jackson.



Writing at Barstow

peers, teachers and family.

Students are regularly asked to reflect

Intermediate students at Barstow

and respond to the literature they are

The challenge middle school teachers face, then, involves honoring

are exposed to a variety of writing genres

reading. With practice, this becomes

the upheaval their students encounter

including personal narratives, essays,

second nature to them and their

on a daily basis. A lesson that sixth or

reports, fiction, memoirs, poetry, fantasy

responses grow increasingly insightful

even seventh graders find enthralling

and editorial opinions. In the fifth grade,

and sophisticated, as does the quality of

might meet the withering scorn of an

students create children’s e-books. The

their writing.

students begin by analyzing popular

eighth grader who finds it, like, so dumb. Students in Barstow’s Middle School

children’s books to pick out similarities


crave a challenge but not at the expense

in the characters, illustrations, themes

By Scott Guldin

of fun. They desire autonomy without

and text. Then they interview younger students to get ideas about what they enjoy in the books they read. They take all this information and create a plot using dialogue to bring their characters to life. The students can choose to handdraw their illustrations or create them from a drawing app on the iPad. They can also add audio to further enhance their stories. Students publish their books using, Book Creator, sharing these books with younger students. As the Barstow students move through this program, they learn the importance and interconnection between reading and writing. This knowledge gives the children power as readers, thinkers and writers.


Anyone who has spent time in a car with a middle school student can testify to the beautiful bundle of contradictions adolescents possess. At turns yearning for independence and desperately requiring adult guidance, these nascent humans challenge authority, adopt new identities, examine with a newly critical eye the belief systems they have inherited, and seek to make sense of a brain that has an enhanced potential for reason but which undergoes a constant barrage of hormones. Even the moniker middle school carries with it an inescapable sense of transience, as if these students were stopping only momentarily on their way to something else.


relinquishing their membership in a larger group. They want clear guidelines from their teachers, but they also need to feel they have creative input in the outcome of their efforts. One writing assignment that seeks to address these complex realities exposes eighth grade students to the world of literary criticism, teaching them how scholars analyze texts through perspectives influenced by politics, history, class, and gender. After selecting and reading a novel or play, students compose a paper demonstrating their ability to apply a specific critical lens to the text and analyzing literature from a personal point of view.


Jarrod Roark

Liz Romano

Lindsay Zimmerman




  If you loved The Catcher in the Rye, then you’ll enjoy reading GERONIMO REX, Barry Hannah’s first novel. It’s a comedic, sprawling bildungsroman with a protagonist that makes Holden Caulfield seem tame, peppered with inventive prose that leaves you thinking: “I didn’t know an author could do that.” If you have little time, then try Hannah’s collection of short stories AIRSHIPS, which is equally exhilarating and astonishing.

  If you love Bridge to Terabithia, or the author Kate DiCamillo, (Because of Winn Dixie), then Mrs. Romano suggests you try TIGER RISING by Kate DiCamillo.

  If you loved 1984 by George Orwell, then try THE CIRCLE by Dave Eggers. Eggers has updated Orwell’s vision of a dystopian panopticon to include our recent obsession with seeing and being seen online. Orwell failed only to predict that, in the end, totalitarian coercion wouldn’t be necessary – as Eggers so eerily illustrates, we all happily hand over our privacy for the sake of convenience, and because we all want to be “in.”

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Writing at Barstow

To prepare their students, Writer’s Workshop teachers ask students to

Not surprisingly, the two could not

use books from our outstanding library,

decipher connections between words of

ing, not just to the students, but also to

and sit for a series of interviews.

different colors on the board by looking

me – the new kid on the block back in

through first the red and then the blue


lens of 3d glasses. This introduces the

While a love of grading those

In a century dominated by technological buzz and a desire for convenient, quick answers, Barstow still believes in

concept that students’ perception of

papers shall remain fleeting, I have been

what we call 20th-century skills. Anyone

reality can differ dramatically depending

proud to be a part of this legacy for 13

can tap a search into Google, but not

on point of view. Teachers also read

years. The thrill comes from watching

everyone can find resources on their

picture books aloud, modeling for

students gain confidence over the entire

topic with the Dewey Decimal System.

students the process of analyzing a story

process; they become more intellectu-

Anyone can hit Wikipedia for fast

by applying a literary lens to it.

ally nimble, gain insight into joys and

background, but Barstow sophomores

Students then construct a paper

learn how to use more sophisti-

that demonstrates what they have

cated academic databases when

learned about evaluating literature

the books can’t be found. Further,

from multiple perspectives. They formulate arguments that reveal critical thinking, support their assertions using specific details from the text, and cite their sources using mla guidelines. In short, they begin to hone the skills that will serve them well as they advance through their academic careers. As one student remarked at the

“Instead of the research

about analyzing literature through academic perspectives has helped

anyone can copy and paste, but our students learn how to paraphrase

existing in a vacuum, the

and craft a thesis.

fruits of that research get

our Luddite selves with musty

transformed into four to seven minute films that we share over Vimeo.”

end of this assignment, “Learning

Lest you think we have enclaved tomes and fountain pens, there have been wonderful additions to the project over the years. We have expanded and opened the topic list, students can even pick their own topics (within reason) if they groups/barstowdoc2015/albums

can track down six legitimate book sources. Further, we have added

me understand that books can have

a short-form documentary to the

many different meanings. Each

end of the project. Instead of the

lens offers a different view of both literature and the world.” Students may spend only a short

research existing in a vacuum, the pitfalls of research, learn to build and

fruits of that research get transformed

sustain an argument, and become better

into four to seven minute films that we

time in middle school, and their days

writers. In fact, it seems there’s no other

share over Vimeo. The documentaries

might occasionally feel freighted by the

academic project that alumni repeatedly

add a different kind of research – the

burdens of adolescence, but at Barstow,

say helped them prepare for college

students need images, film clips, graphics,

they blossom as writers and as people.

writing quite as much as their initial

maps, and a voice-over – as well as

foray into term papers.

adding a level of creativity.


By Mark Luce Anxiety and awe frightened, I was the first-year teacher who had to work with Dr. Walter Brayman and Mac Gratwick – two of Barstow’s now-retired finest – on one of the school’s foremost rites of passage.


students still make notecards, primarily

have been more supportive or encourag-


Barstow remains one of the

Doing the rough math I have read

dwindling few schools that still work on

about 650 research papers in my time at

research papers, and that won’t change

Barstow, and I simply smile at how much

anytime soon. I have the pleasure of

I have learned during the reading of

working with Angela Guldin, and our

those. Sure, it’s a grind for students and

commitment to the project, even in

teachers, but the results and lessons last

the age of screens, remains strong. The

far longer than any seven-page paper.

Student Writing Spotlight


In this photo: White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest takes questions from the media during his daily briefing in the Brady Briefing Room, October 16, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

JOSH EARNEST By Katherine Grabowsky ’16, Sophia Mauro ’16 and Shivani Lokre ’16


White House Press Secretary, Barstow Alumnus

Barstow also allowed Earnest to take risks, encouraging him to try activities

wenty years ago, Josh Earnest ’93 was just a voice in the Barstow choir, but he now speaks for the most powerful

he was not necessarily suited for and attain success. As a junior runner on cross-country, while winning no awards, he helped take his team to State.

office in the world.

Not a born singer, he put himself on

As White House Press Secretary, Earnest meets daily with President

Barack Obama and his staff to articulate White House policy to the often unforgiving press. The skills that brought him this far and help him battle the White House press corps originated at Barstow. >>

stage in the spring musicals. Taking risks and trying new skills, in public, was a formative lesson from Barstow and led him on his path to success. Central to the school’s mission, Earnest notes, is “stepping outside of your comfort zone, taking risks, trying new things, exposing yourself to new arguments and experi-

Earnest played basketball through-

This created “the kind of environment

out high school, with two years on

and community where if you really

the varsity team, ran cross country

work hard at something, you can make

ences and broadening your horizons.” Earnest graduated from Rice University with a B.S. in political science in 1997 and

and played baseball. Despite not being

it.” This theme is common in how

went straight into politics, moving from

the “the most athletically gifted in the

Earnest sees the President’s agenda, the

Texas mayoral elections, to working on

class,” Earnest appreciates that he “was

American dream, and the path that led

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s

still given an opportunity to succeed.”

him to the White House.

campaign, and then later to working as

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Student Writing Spotlight

a spokesman on Capitol Hill for a U.S.

slogan of 2008, “Barack Obama was

can be a test of character. He can either

representative. Comfortable with taking

someone I could really believe in. Faced

follow up with the reporter and sternly

risks and seizing an opportunity, he moved

with a large number of options, I decided

point out potential misconceptions in

to Iowa in 2006 to be the communications

to go with my heart.” He took the job as

the article, or choose to respond in a

director for the Presidential campaign of

Obama’s Communications Director in

manner that keeps the conversation

Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack. Like Earnest’s

the Iowa caucus campaign­—a bet that

amiable between White House staff and

role as an athlete, Vilsack was solid, though

paid off as Obama upset Clinton and won

the media. For normal citizens with

not a frontrunner. He dropped out of the

the state. This ultimately sent Earnest

no grasp of the reality of the political

race for lack of public support. Earnest’s risk, though, paid off. He put himself in the right place at the right

on his path to the White House with

sphere, TV shows like House of Cards or

his candidate, landing him in the White

Scandal often frame the conception of

House Press Secretary’s office.

Washington, D.C.’s corrupt politicians

Being able to navigate the

In this picture: This article originally appeared in the April 2015 issue of the B-Line student newspaper.

path of politics requires constant

record straight. “Those two shows are

readjustment in the ever-changing

very much fictionalized accounts.” The

political landscape of the U.S., a

dark nature of House of Cards is a signifi-

skill he attributes to Barstow. “A

cant departure from his own experience.

Barstow education had taught me

He admits that politics, while occasion-

to expose myself to new argu-

ally frustrating and dysfunctional, gives

ments and experiences,” Earnest

him an opportunity to “influence the

said. He recalls that he was “chal-

public debate and advocate for the kinds

lenged as a high schooler to learn

of values and priorities that I think are

how to think and evaluate ideas

critical to this country.” As White House

and how to be challenged to stay

press secretary, he is “thankful to play

up to the intellectual perspectives

this unique role in shaping the debate

of somebody else.” By the time he

and making those arguments.” American

got to Rice, Josh felt he had a leg

politics form a complex web of connec-

up over his classmates because of

tions to make and jobs to fulfill, and Josh

the importance of knowing how

plays his part each day by talking with

to make a strong argument. Surprisingly, perhaps the most


and scandalous events. Earnest sets the

time. With his connection to the current

influential moment of Josh’s time at

Iowa governor during the Iowa caucuses,

Barstow took place not in a classroom,

the press and answering questions in the White House Press Briefing Room. In addition to sports and singing, Earnest served as Honor Council

Earnest was offered jobs by presidential

but on the baseball diamond. He

president and was a member of the

candidates Sen. Barack Obama, Sen.

vividly recalls missing a ground ball in

French club, Waystoids (otherwise

Hillary Clinton and Sen. John Edwards.

the infield. Instead of dwelling over the

known as the ’90s version of Earth Club)

He had a tough choice between multiple

mistake for the remainder of the game,

and Kariessentes.

opportunities. John Edwards was most

he had to move on and focus on the

likely to win Iowa, and Hillary Clinton

next batter. This seemingly insignificant

Barstow green and his roots as a

was ahead in the national polls. But he

experience steeled him for the inevitable

as he demonstrated on March 17, 2015

took a risk and went with his heart and

challenges of talking to an unpredictable

by starting his daily press briefing with a

basketball Knight still run in his blood,

the candidate that resonated with his

and sometimes judgmental press on a

shout out to the Knights state basketball

view of the American dream – Sen. Barack

daily basis. “Dealing with reporters who

title. “I’m wearing my green today not

Obama. Earnest credits Obama’s inspired

write stories about the White House

just to pay tribute to St. Patrick, but also

view of American politics. In the end, true

that aren’t exactly the way that I would

to pay tribute to my alma mater back in

to the candidate’s presidential campaign

have written,” Josh diplomatically admits,

Kansas City.”


From the Archives

Barstow Social Code The Barstow School for Girls social code offered detailed guidelines for permissible behavior for Barstow girls. A framed copy now located in the Advancement office was presented to the school by the LaSertoma Club of Kansas City in 1958.  >>

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Q&A with the Chairman of the Board


im Schwartz, who just finished a three-year term as Chairman of the Board of Trustees, recently discussed with Director of Advancement Pat Oppenheimer his service to the

school and feelings about Barstow.

Pat Oppenheimer: It has been said that the chair sets the pace and the profile of the board. How have you done that over the last three years? Jim Schwartz: We changed the mindset of the board to truly act as a “working board.” Each board member took their personal passion to a committee of the board which has specific goals and objectives to achieve for the year. So, the heavy-lifting was really done in the working Jim Schwartz is the Chairman and CEO of NPC International, Inc., the world’s largest franchise operator of Pizza Hut restaurants.

committees which allowed us to focus on much bigger strategic issues during board meetings. We also used the board meetings to review the results of the work done within each of the committees to insure high accountability. This streamlined approach not only increased efficiency, but greatly improved the effectiveness of our collective work.

PO: What three recent accomplishments achieved by the school make you most proud? JS: To me, it always starts with the kids. We’re most proud of the outstanding accomplishments of our students ranging from academics, to the arts, to athletics, debate, so on, so forth. Secondly, we achieved record enrollment at Barstow. These two areas are a direct testament of the School led by an outstanding head of school and staff, but more importantly, an amazing group of faculty. Finally, was the continuous improvement mindset we drove the last few years consistently updating the look and feel of the school. We had great financial support from some very generous donors.

PO: Your youngest son just graduated from Barstow. How do you feel the school made him “ready for the world?” JS: I’m very proud of both of my boys – and Barstow allowed them to excel. As we say what is true – Barstow allows our students to be participators and not just spectators. I personally could see how this developed great confidence in my boys which has served them well. They would remind others that you get out of Barstow what you put in. If you’re willing to give it your all – the school will return that effort with great reward. In my mind, there is no better preschool–12 education institution in the Midwest than Barstow.

PO: Do you have any parting words as Chairman for our Barstow community? JS: The Barstow community is one very large family who is connected at its core by a common thread – to promote sound scholarship and give symmetrical development of mind, body and character to the kids who attend the school. From our esteemed alumni to the families of our students, the Barstow community is awesome! We’ve received so much support from so many people it makes being a trustee very rewarding. Couple this with working with the administration of the school and it doubles the enjoyment. Put all this together and no wonder Barstow is considered the premiere educational institution in the Midwest. It’s truly been my honor and privilege to serve as the school’s board chair the last three years. I’d like to think we left it better than it was and that we had fun doing so.



Did You Know?

Board of Trustees

In 2014–2015...

$827,645 raised for the Annual Fund –

45 Annual Fund Parent Advocates participated in a program to encourage other parents to give to the Annual Fund


100% of the members of the Board of Trustees gave to the Annual Fund


The Board of Trustees 2014–2015 board of trustees EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

James Schwartz, Chairman

Andrew Funk ’98, Member-at-large

Peter T. Lacy ’88, Vice-Chairman

Thomas Whittaker ’83, Member-at-large

Douglas Dockhorn ’82, Treasurer

William D. Zollars, Member-at-large

Amanda Morgan ’94, Secretary MEMBERS

Susan Belger Angulo ’76

Carmen Sabates ’77

Richard English

David E. Seay

Quinton Lucas ’02

Katie Kessinger Snapp ’79

Wendy Marvin

Jennifer Thiessen Waldeck ’90

Lisa V. Prophete

Deborah Hosfield Walz ’86


Giving to The Barstow School Endowment totalled

$498,000 –




The endowment reached

$12,454,183 at the end of the fiscal year – Amount raised by Fund Our Mission projects in the past four years:


With these generous donations, we created, renovated or added: Brookfield Gym Barstow Broadcast Center Soccer field sports lighting New areas in Lower School playgrounds Lower School outdoor classrooms Christian Thomas Hoel Memorial Hall

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Donor Report A Note from the Advancement Chair


2014-2015 Donor Report DONATIONS RECEIVED AS OF JUNE 30, 2015

his is been an extraordinary year

for Barstow, and I am

grateful to all our donors who helped make it possible. Thank you for your gifts to the Annual Fund including your support of our events and the Fund Our Mission Hall of Champions project. I am also appreciative of the generous gifts donors made to the school’s endowment. Bastow’s Advancement team is always available to answer questions and provide assistance on charitable giving and alumni activities. I know they will welcome your call. Sincerely, Amanda Morgan ’94 A DVA NC E M E N T C H A I R , B OA R D OF T RU S T E E S

Standards High Society $50,000 and above Anonymous (2) Mrs. Janet Bash In memory of Thomas Bash Reed Family Foundation Dr. Bryan and Mrs. Dianne Reed Dr. William A. Reed and Mrs. Mary J. Reed   For the Dr. William A. and Mrs. Mary J. Reed Scholarship and   the Emily C. Reed 2016 Scholarship Mr. and Mrs. Bill Zollars For the Zollars Family Scholarship Fund

1884 Founders Society $25,000 – $49,999 ARAMARK Facilities Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Fox The Goppert Foundation David Woods Kemper Memorial Foundation Mr. James M. Kemper, Jr. Morgan Family Foundation Mr. Chad King and Ms. Amanda Morgan ’94 Mr. and Mrs. Michael Morgan Mr. and Mrs. Todd Morgan Mr. and Mrs. Stephen A. Rock Mr. and Mrs. James K. Schwartz For the Jim and Kelli Schwartz Science Curriculum Fund Sunderland Family Fund

Second Century Society $10,000 – $24,999 American Dish Service Mr. and Mrs. James Andrews


Thank you to everyone who responded to the call to make a charitable contribution to Barstow. >>



Armillary Society Armillary Society donors have given in each of the last five years or longer and exemplify the culture of philanthropy at Barstow. Annual Fund Donations to the Annual Fund support operations of the school and ensure our continued excellence in education. Includes auction purchases and tickets, and 5k participation.

Endowment Gifts The Endowment Fund acts as a savings account for the school. Gifts to the endowment exist in perpetuity with a percentage of the principle that may be drawn each year for programs or needs of the school. Specific and Capital Gifts It is with gratitude that we acknowledge donors who have made a donation to support a specific need at the school and donors who made capital campaign pledge payments.

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Anonymous Michael and Susan Ketchmark Kompass Kapital Mrs. Anne Potter Russ ’78 and Mr. Norbert Russ Mr. and Mrs. Dan Sims Mr. and Mrs. James Stinson Mr. and Mrs. Steven R. Wilson Mr. and Mrs. Don Walsworth, Jr. Walsworth Publishing

Mr. and Mrs. Donald Prophete Mr. and Mrs. David E. Seay Mr. and Mrs. Chad Simmons Dr. Nereyda Nunez Tucker Dr. Shelley King Theis ’71

Richard H. Sears Society $2,500 - $4,999

Ada K. Brann Society $5,000 – $9,999 Mr. and Mrs. Charles L. Bacon, Jr. Barstow Booster Club Barstow Parents’ Association Mr. and Mrs. Brad W. Brown Mr. and Mrs. Ronald L. Coker Mr. and Mrs. Robert Dearing Mr. and Mrs. Steven Dunn Mr. and Mrs. John Felton Mr. Frank Fitzpatrick and Dr. Amelia Fitzpatrick Mr. David Groves and Dr. Mitzi Groves Mrs. Judy Hart Mr. and Mrs. JB Hodgdon Mr. and Mrs. Carmen Kesner, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Anand Kuppuswamy Mr. Peter Lacy ’88 and Mrs. Kendall Hart Lacy ’92 Lacy & Company Mr. Brady R. Legler ’07 William G. McGowan Charitable Fund Mr. and Mrs. Brian G. McGowan McPherson Contractors, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Matt McPherson Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Myers Mpress Norquist-Robinson Foundation Mrs. Anne Norquist Patterson ’61 and Mr. Craig W. Patterson

An Evening at Room 84 Sponsor We had three auction activities including two online auctions and a fun, festive evening at Ritz Charles that supported the Annual Fund. Fund Our Mission Donors contributed to the “Hall of Champions” project which supported rennovations to the Christian Thomas Hoel Memorial Hall between the two gyms.


Anonymous (3) Aristocrat Motors Mrs. Beverly Pierson Bradley ’44 Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Brooks, Jr. Mr. Joel Brous ’88 and Mrs. Carrie Brous Mr. and Mrs. Ryan Brush Mr. and Mrs. Adam Elyachar Mr. and Mrs. Paul J. Fenaroli Mr. and Mrs. Shane A. Foster Mr. Andrew Funk ’98 and Mrs. Emily Funk Mr. and Mrs. Fran Jabara Mrs. Lois Dubach Lacy ’55 Dr. Phillip J. Lucido and Dr. Mary Lynne Lucido Dr. Tim Martin ’81 and Dr. Janice Martin Mr. and Mrs. John Marvin Mr. and Mrs. Scott A. McCreight Mr. and Mrs. Jeremy McNeive Mr. and Mrs. John H. Morrow III Mr. David J. Neihart ’79 and Mrs. Wendy Ketterman Neihart ’79 Mr. and Mrs. Trae Nunnink Dr. and Mrs. Amar Patel Mr. and Mrs. John T. Pierson, Jr. Putney Family Charitable Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Terrence E. Putney Mr. Scott Redick ’85 and Mrs. Kathleen Redick Dr. and Mrs. William Rosenthal Dr. Paul Sheeran and Dr. Marita Thompson Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Spidle Dr. Peter Tadros and Dr. Deanna Tadros

5K Sponsor Sponsors of the third annual Mind. Body. Character. 5K. Run/Walk and Wellness Expo helped us attract participation from serious runners to young children crossing the finish line for the first time.

Tree Day Tree Day is one of Barstow’s most treasured traditions. Honor and memorial gifts keep our campus beautiful and sustainable, and provide a special way to celebrate a friend or loved one.

Booster Club Sponsor Corporate sponsors of the Barstow Booster Club provide funding for the club’s support of our athletic programs.


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Richard H. Sears Society  continued Mr. and Mrs. John Top Mr. John Waldeck and Mrs. Jennifer Thiessen Waldeck ’90 Mr. Maurice A. Watson ’76 Mr. Thomas Whittaker ’83 and Mrs. Loren Whittaker

Barstow Society $1,000 – $2,499 Mr. Jeffrey Abbas and Ms. Rhona Alter Mrs. Susan Belger Angulo ’76 Anonymous (2) Arvest Mr. Dennis Ayzin and Ms. Mira Mdivani The Mdivani Law Firm, LLC Dr. Stewart Babbott and Dr. Cecelia Babbott Dr. Jay T. Backstrom Mr. and Mrs. Dominique Bergere J.B. Reynolds Foundation Mr. R. Philip Bixby ’72 Mr. and Mrs. Walter E. Bixby III Mrs. Kay Bixby-Haddad ’67 Mrs. Nancy Bixby Hudson ’70 Mr. and Mrs. Michael Bray Mr. Stephen Brodd and Ms. Gretchen Gregory Yellow Dog Networks Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey W. Bruce Jeffrey W. Bruce, Attorney at Law Mr. Grant Burcham and Mrs. Wendy Hockaday Burcham ’80 Carino Ingredientes Mrs. Maria Spressao Doretto ’72 and Dr. Do Doretto Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Carlson Dr. and Mrs. Louis Christifano, Sr. Mr. and Mrs. Michael S. Churchman Commerce Bank of Kansas City Mrs. Mignon Goetz DeShon ’54 Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Dickerson Mr. Charles Dillon Dr. and Mrs. Robert J. Dockhorn Frank L. Douglas Family Fund of the Community Foundation of New Jersey Elsberry Family Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Howard Elsberry Mr. and Mrs. Stephen W. Elsberry Mr. and Mrs. Richard English Fry Orthodontics Specialists Mr. and Mrs. James K. Fussell Mrs. Anne Thompson Gartner ’44 Mrs. Dody Gerber Gates Ms. Henrietta Gates ’68 and Mr. Heaton Robertson Mrs. Charlotte Johnson Gibson ’42 Ms. Cynthia Gibson ’66 The Gunnard and Charlotte Johnson Foundation Mrs. Jane Epsten Girson ’80 and Mr. Jonny Girson



Global Tank Leasing Google Mr. David Hall and Mrs. Laura Hockaday Hall ’83 Mr. and Mrs. Kelly Hattan Mr. Kristopher Hisle and Mrs. Deborah Dockhorn Hisle ’87 Hosfield Benefit Services, LLC Mr. Brent Walz and Mrs. Deborah Hosfield Walz ’86 Jenkins and LeBlanc Pediatric Denistry Dr. Bradley R. Jenkins and Dr. Jill Jenkins Mrs. Martha Lay Kaaz ’57 Ms. Janet K. Kelley ’67 Ketchmark & McCreight, P.C. Mrs. Olive Beaham Lansburgh ’54 Mr. and Mrs. Richard Lashbrook Leawood Family Care Mr. and Mrs. Tim Lopatofsky EZtax Mr. Quinton D. Lucas ’02 Mr. and Mrs. Eduardo Luckie Mr. Chucker Luetje and Ms. Susan Luetje-Bernstein ’88 Healient Dr. and Mrs. Craig Lundgren Dr. William Mack and Dr. Marian Mack Mrs. Georgette Carkener McConnell ’61 Mirabile, M.D. Beauty, Health and Wellness Mr. and Mrs. Abel Mojica Dr. Boyd Morrison ’85 Mr. Don Munce Mr. and Mrs. Jason Nadler Dr. Srinivas Nalamachu and Dr. Kali Nalamachu Mrs. Annabel Fisher Nutter ’49 and Mr. James B. Nutter Mr. and Mrs. Gregory A. Onyszchuk Pizza Hut and Wendy’s Mr. and Mrs. John W. Posey Mr. Randall Root and Ms. Pin yin Chen Mr. and Mrs. Robert Rothhaas Ms. Carmen Sabates ’77 Mr. and Mrs. Piyush S. Sampat Schultz Foundation Mr. Norman C. Schultz Ms. Heather Sherman ’84 and Mr. David Fandel Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Simmons Mr. Ken Simpson and Dr. Tiffany Simpson Dr. Brian Sippy ’85 Mr. and Mrs. Scot Snyder Mr. and Mrs. Tony Tappan Mrs. Nancy Embry Thiessen ’66 and Mr. Michael Thiessen KEY TO SYMBOLS

Armillary Society Annual Fund Gift Endowment Gift Specific/Capital Gift

Auction Sponsor Tree Day Gift Fund Our Mission Trustee Donor 5k Sponsor Faculty Donor Booster Club Sponsor * Deceased

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Dr. and Mrs. Frank Totta Mrs. Elinor Tourtellot ’61 Piersol Foundation, Inc. Mr. Edward Tranin ’78 and Mrs. Amy Tranin Dr. and Mrs. Rangarao Tummala University of Kansas Endowment Wolfe Family Teaching Awards Ms. Kirby Upjohn ’66 Ms. Kristin R. Van Voorst ’76 Mr. Chad Williams and Dr. Jeannie Williams Jarrod Williams DDS Dr. and Mrs. Jarrod Williams Dr. and Mrs. Mark B. Yagan

Knights Society $500 – $999 Ms. Suzanne E. Allen Mr. and Mrs. Charles Anderson III Mr. and Mrs. Michael Andracsek Mr. Jack M. Balkin ’74 Ball’s Food Stores / Hen House Markets Mr. David F. Ball The Barstow Class of 1964 Mrs. Diane Virden Brent ’64 Mrs. Diane O’Brien Collings ’64 Mrs. Cynthia DiGiovanni Frederico ’64 Mr. Thomas Hall and Mrs. Georganne Oliver Hall ’64 Ms. Egan Hasburgh ’64 Ms. Sally Mier ’64 Mrs. Gale Gilbert Perll ’64 Mrs. Dani James Quimby ’64 Mrs. Frances Sharp-Sheehan ’64 Mrs. Bretta Bjorklund Watkins ’64 Reverend Jandy Hill Watkins ’64 Mr. and Mrs. Jason Betts Big Bob’s Flooring Dr. Mazda Biria and Dr. Firoozeh Biria Biria Dentistry Mr. and Mrs. George Birt Mr. Robert Bonney and Mrs. Gay Lee Ludwig-Bonney Mr. and Mrs. Robert C. Bruennig, Jr. Bukaty Companies Dr. Jodianne Carter Carver Learning Systems Ms. Melanie Carver ’84 Mrs. Laurence Coventry Creche Innovations Mr. and Mrs. Scott A. Norman Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Davis Mrs. Melissa Smith Elliott ’57 Mrs. Janet Close Ewert ’58 feng boutique


Mr. and Mrs. Jim Francis Mr. and Mrs. Thomas R. Grabowsky Mrs. Elizabeth LeBlanc Gray ’75 Dr. Sanjaya Gupta and Dr. Wendy Hulsing Mr. and Mrs. Steven L. Gustafson Mr. Tim Harkins and Dr. Lori Schelm Ms. Katie Hart Mr. and Mrs. R. Douglas Hawley Mr. Thomas Higgins and Mrs. Paget Gates Higgins ’59 Mr. and Mrs. Kurt Hill Mr. and Mrs. J.D. Huxman J.E. Dunn Amb. Barbara Hanson Karahadian ’56 Mr. and Mrs. Paul Knoflicek


Class of 2029 — 59.1% Class of 2023 — 58.1% Class of 2024 — 57.7% 0%







Dr. Priya Krishna ’91 Ms. Kristen Leathers Joseph Lenart, Jr. and Renee McGhee-Lenart Mr. and Mrs. John Maiale Dr. Kevin D. Martin ’74 Mr. and Mrs. Spencer Martin Wendy Marvin Law Office LLC Mr. and Mrs. Ryan McCarthy Mrs. Sarah Walsh McClanahan ’54 Mr. and Mrs. Gerald McGonagle Dr. James McGraw and Ms. Kristin Stitt Dr. Sheila Penner McMeekin Midtown Athletic Club Midwest Pulmonary Consultants at St. Luke’s Hospital Dr. and Mrs. Charles Moffet Dr. David Moore ’87 and Mrs. Jann Stevens Moore

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Knights Society  continued Mr. and Mrs. Tom Olson Mr. and Mrs. Karthick Pattabiraman Orthopaedic Specialists, PA Dr. John Gillen and Dr. Kady Gillen Mr. Rick Reinard ’00 Ms. Jill Ingram Reynolds ’74 Rockhill Orthopaedic Specialists Mr. and Mrs. Rodger Rudkin SAGE Dining Services, Inc Dr. and Mrs. Joseph Simpson Mr. and Mrs. Ron Slepitza Summit Gastroenterology Time Warner Cable Mr. Frederick Truog and Mrs. Susan Rosse Truog ’59 Mr. and Mrs. Tom Tuchband Mrs. Stephanie R. Tucker Muir and Mr. Timothy Muir Mr. and Mrs. Scott Tucker Level 5 Recycling Solutions Mrs. Karen Van Voorst Turner ’53 Ms. Farrah Ali Walker ’94 Mrs. Sherrard Wallingford Mr. and Mrs. Jim Williams Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Wood

Donors up to $499 Mr. Ted Abele and Dr. Miriam L. Anderson Mr. Daniel Abitz and Mrs. Diana Johnson Abitz ’75 Mr. Robert S. Adams Mrs. Charlotte Adelsperger Mr. and Mrs. James Adkins, Jr. Ms. Jennea Allen Ms. Linda Anderson-Petty

Mr. and Mrs. Francis Angello Anonymous Mrs. Dee Dee Shelden Arnold ’55 Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Atwood-Blaine Ms. Sydney E. Ayers ’09 Mrs. Arey Thompson Baas ’54 Mr. James Baker and Mrs. Janice Germann Baker ’65 Ms. Lois M. Ball Miss Victoria S. Ball ’13 Mr. and Mrs. Bryant P. Barnes Ms. Liz Bartow Mr. and Mrs. Bob Baughman Dr. Anne Baumgardt-Brunner ’75 Mrs. Linda Lewi Beal ’54 Mrs. Suzanne Ryder Beatus ’71 Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Behrens Mr. David Beier and Ms. Jessica Herman Mr. and Mrs. Robert Bening Mr. Robert A. Bernstein and Dr. Phyliss Bernstein Mrs. Rochelle Coleman Bevers ’54 Beyond Barstow (Retired Faculty) Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Blachly Mr. and Mrs. John Blaine Ms. Rhayma Blake ’66 Mrs. Rhonda Book Mrs. Marilyn Foster Borel ’69 Mrs. Jacqueline Welch Bowe ’40 Mr. and Mrs. John A. Boyce Ms. Kate Bradley and Mr. Toby Grotz Ms. Amber Bradshaw Ms. Martha E. Brady ’52 Mrs. Mary Shaw Branton Dr. and Mrs. Walter W. Brayman Mrs. Elizabeth Adams Breed ’57

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Mrs. Sallie Harrison Brodhay ’62 Mrs. Kelsey Brost Dr. Jennifer L. Brown Mr. Clifford Brown III and Mrs. Toni Mann Brown ’65 Mrs. Lindsay Bruner Mr. Brad Buckner Mrs. Zanne Buffum Ms. Caren Burstein Mr. and Mrs. Thomas W. Butch Mr. Anthony Byergo and Dr. Tamara Byergo Ms. Julie Byrne Mr. and Mrs. Charles Caisley Ms. Molly Callahan ’92 Ms. Anne Sutton Canfield ’63

Mr. and Mrs. Scott Daniel Mr. and Mrs. Manuel David Mr. and Mrs. Heywood H. Davis Ms. Nancy Davis Ms. Susane Campos and Mr. Alexei de Castro Mr. and Mrs. P. Todd Decker Mrs. Mary Anne Demeritt Dr. Raghuveer Dendi and Ms. Aruna Konreddy Mr. Benjamin A. Denzer ’11 Mr. Paul P. Denzer and Ms. Sue Bernstein Mrs. Cecelia DeVico Mr. Douglas Dockhorn ’82 and Mrs. Stephanie Dockhorn Mrs. Katie Obdyke Doherty ’89 Mr. and Mrs. David Doskey

Mr. and Mrs. Brett E. Carlgren Mr. and Mrs. Stefan Carlgren Mrs. Karen Welsh Carmody ’59 Ms. Monica L. Carson Dr. James Case and Ms. Patricia O’Connell Mr. and Mrs. Kai Chang Mrs. Elizabeth Bolton Christenberry ’74 Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Christifano Ms. Barbara Christopher ’76 Mr. Bill Churchwell Ms. Lindsay Clark Mrs. Megan Clark Mrs. Prudence Lehaney Cleary ’46 Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Clement Dr. and Mrs. Charles M. Cobb Mrs. Andra Anderson Cochran ’67 Dr. Linda Collier and Mr. Michael DeMent Mrs. Katherine Caldwell Conely ’54 Ms. Victoria Cook Mrs. Gloria Snyder Cooper ’43 Ms. Betty Ann Cortelyou ’61 Mr. and Mrs. Jon M. Costlow Country Club Bank Mrs. Linda White Cowan ’57 Dr. David Cramer and Mrs. Jennifer C. Bailey Crave of Kansas City Ms. Kellye Crockett Ms. M. Patricia Crockett Mr. and Mrs. John D. Crowe Ms. Lori Cull-Deshmukh Mr. and Mrs. Steven Culver Mrs. Taylor Curtis Mr. and Mrs. Michael Dalen

Mrs. Vicki Benson Douglas ’59 Mr. and Mrs. John K. Douglass, Sr. Ms. Krystal Dozier Mrs. Karen Dunn Mr. and Mrs. Dan Durig Mr. and Mrs. Keith Durwood Ms. Alexa L. Dusselier ’12 Mr. Gregory V. Dusselier ’75 Mr. and Mrs. Mike G. Dusselier Mr. and Mrs. Nolan Dyer Mr. and Mrs. Scott Eckley Mrs. Charlene Elliott Dr. Emily Eschbacher ’96 Ms. Elizabeth Moss Evans ’65 Dr. William Evans ’77 Mr. Stephen Farinelli and Mrs. Nina Kim Mr. and Mrs. Sean Finn Mr. and Mrs. Adam Fischer Mrs. Myra Lou Terry Fitch ’54 Ms. Mallory Forst Mr. Joe Fox ’04 and Mrs. Hannah Fox Mr. Bill Francis Mr. and Mrs. Don Francis Mrs. Luanne Armsby Francis ’45 Mr. William Frank and Ms. Kay Hopkins Mr. David Franz ’05 Mr. and Mrs. R. Michael Franz Ms. Norma Frazier Mrs. Newell G. Freivogel Mrs. Shannon Fulghem Mrs. Julie Fullbright Mr. and Mrs. Joe Bob Fuller Mr. and Mrs. Fritz Gabler Mrs. Claudia Kelley Gant ’70 Mr. and Mrs. Michael Garry Mrs. Jean Snyder Garschagen ’61 Mr. and Mrs. Fritz Gastreich


Armillary Society Annual Fund Gift Endowment Gift Specific/Capital Gift

Auction Sponsor Tree Day Gift Fund Our Mission Trustee Donor 5k Sponsor Faculty Donor Booster Club Sponsor * Deceased


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In this picture: A June 2015 rendering of the proposed Christian Thomas Hoel Memorial Hall rennovation.

A New Place of Honor for Barstow Athletics Renovation of the Christian Thomas Hoel Memorial Hall


e are proud of the achievements of Barstow’s student athletes – not only the titles won, but the fact that many of our students participate in one or more

of our 41 middle and upper school teams each year. The funds raised

through the 2015 Fund Our Mission project will celebrate and recognize

carpeting. This new flooring adds color and pattern to the space and collects dirt, sand and salt to keep it from being tracked onto the gym floor. Wall covering with custom graphic design will feature Barstow’s historic athletic images and plexiglass frames

our students’ achievements in a renovated Christian Thomas Hoel

will show current teams’ activities.

Memorial Hall – the area between the Varsity and Brookfield Gyms. >>

There is also space for plaques and banners and a back-lit, aluminum and

New modular trophy cases with internal lighting will provide space to exhibit more of our trophies, awards


those from years past that recognize alumni. Additional improvements to the

and memorabilia. The cases provide

space include a floating, wooden

added space for more items including

acoustical ceiling with lighting and new


acrylic Knights logo will hang by the gym doors. In all, the Hall will improve an area that receives high traffic and is the face of the school to many visitors. Thank you to all the donors who made this project possible.

2014–2015 Donor Report

Funding the Future Notes from Director of Advancement Pat Oppenheimer


am optimistic by nature. It is an essential characteristic for fundraising professionals. I also believe in planning and prudently investing a healthy savings fund, more for the opportunities

In the past year donors have funded the future by making both unrestricted endowment gifts and endowed scholarship gifts that help keep a Barstow education within reach for families.

they can provide than for any hard times that may lie ahead. >>

Other donors have named Barstow in Over the past eight years, I have

The endowment is an investment

watched Barstow’s endowment fund – our

fund set up by the school in which

savings account – grow, and I am grateful

the assets are kept intact in perpetuity

to the generous alumni, parent and

with only the income that can be used

grandparent donors who helped make

for distribution. Yes, it is there for a

this possible. As of June 30, 2015, Barstow’s endowment had reached $12,645,670.

“rainy day,” but it is necessary to have that financial foundation to undertake

Although this is a wonderful milestone we

growth in the school’s programs and

continue to work toward its growth.

campus facilities.

their will or as a beneficiary of an ira or other account. These gifts will someday fund the endowment carrying forward the donors’ dedication and devotion to the school. For the incredible generosity and forward thinking of these donors, I am most grateful.

Charting Endowment Growth Recent growth of Barstow’s endowment at the end of each fiscal year ending June 30







$9,427,940 $8,954,237 $7,712,614 $8M



$0 2007–2008








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Donors  continued from page 21 Ms. Sally G. Gates Mr. and Mrs. Brian Georgie Mrs. JoAnn Schooling Gillula ’65 Mr. and Mrs. Josh Gilstrap Ms. Claire A. Glidden ’85 Mr. and Mrs. Narasimha Gondi Mr. Matthew Gore and Ms. Nikki Sykes Ms. KaTasha Graham Mrs. Meg Truog Grandcolas ’88 Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell Gratwick II Ms. Sally S. Gratwick Ms. Terri Gratwick Mr. and Mrs. Captain Gray Ms. Patrice A. Greenbaum ’06 Mrs. Cheryl Wilhite Greene ’73 Dr. Marilyn Gridley ’53 Ms. Betty Groden Mrs. Eva Gryszowka Mr. and Mrs. Scott Guldin Mr. and Mrs. Mohan Gupta Mrs. Susan Hodges Gurley ’66 Mr. and Mrs. Steven Guthrie Mr. Richard M. Gyllenborg ’76 Mrs. Ashley Haase Ms. Sana Hadel Mr. and Mrs. Doug Hall Mr. Allan E. Hall and Mrs. Elise Schmahlfeldt Hall ’52 Mr. Jamie Hall Mr. and Mrs. Daniel E. Hamann Ms. Jane Harmon Mr. Ronald D. Harmon Ms. Ashley P. Harper ’88 Reverend and Mrs. Jim Harper III Mrs. Diane Atha Harriman ’71 Mrs. Ruth Harrison Mrs. Phyllis Rahm Hart ’55 Mr. Sean Hart ’87 Mrs. Medill Harvey Mrs. Annie Kasson Heck ’59 Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Hedrick Mr. James L. Helman ’78 Mr. and Mrs. Reber Herdliska Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Herwig Ms. Andrea Higgins Mr. and Mrs. James Higgins Marcia Hannon Hill ’60 and Stephen Hill Family Fund of the Douglas County Community Foundation Ms. Nicole Hill Mr. and Mrs. Scott Hill Mr. and Mrs. Perry Hilvitz Mrs. Margaret Porter Hoel



Mr. Christopher J. Hoffman ’15 Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Hoffman Ms. Sarah Hofstra Mr. John M. Holliday, Jr. ’83 Ms. Carolyn Hollstein Mr. and Mrs. Sean Holmes Mr. and Mrs. Dick Holzrichter Mrs. Jean Welsh Honan ’57 Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Horne Mr. and Mrs. Scott Huppe Ms. Anne Hyvrard Mr. Michael Jaco and Ms. Lauren Alexander Mr. Eric Jacobson Mrs. Alison Bartlett Jager ’68 Jazzy B’s Mr. Alexander C. Johnson ’11 Miss Madeline Johnson 2028 Mr. and Mrs. Ron Johnson Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Johnson Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Jones Ms. Leigh Jones-Bamman ’70 Mr. and Mrs. Robert T. Joseph Mr. and Mrs. John M. Kahl Mr. and Mrs. Jim Kanan Dr. Adam Kaye and Dr. Alison Kaye Ms. Charlotte Keith Mrs. Lea Marker Keller ’67 Mrs. Phyllis Hauck Kerr ’55 Mrs. Christina Kieffer Mrs. Jean Kiene ’60 Mrs. Caroline Elton Kill ’89 and Mr. John Kill Mrs. Sheila Kilpatrick Mrs. Barbara Williams Kincaid ’67 Mr. Brian C. King ’93 and Mrs. Barbara King Mr. and Mrs. Louis Kinman Mr. and Mrs. Robert Knief Ms. Sarah E. Knight ’60 Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Knorr Mrs. Mary Kay Thompson Knorr ’54 Mrs. Gretchen Eschbacher Koch ’93 Mr. Paul M. Koenigsdorf ’98 Mr. and Mrs. George N. Koepp Mr. Bob Kohler Mr. Vladimir Kolobrodov and Ms. Julia Stepanenko Kona Ice Mr. and Mrs. Speros Kopitas Mrs. and Mrs. Dale R. Korneman KEY TO SYMBOLS

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Mr. James D. Korneman ’93 Mr. Mitchell Krasnopoler and Ms. Susan Cohen Ms. Marilou Krech Mrs. Bridget Moran Kukuk Dr. and Mrs. Parvesh Kumar Mr. Sanders R. Lambert, Jr. Ms. Kay Lancaster Mr. Gary Lane and Mrs. Ann Hatfield Lane ’70 Mr. and Mrs. Marc E. Lang Ms. Nancy Larbi-Aissa Ms. Sonia Larbi-Aissa ’13 Mr. and Mrs. Edward Larkin Mrs. Cindy McCollum Larson ’89 Mr. and Dr. Timothy Larson

Ms. Sharon Dodson McDonald Ms. Susan L. McGee ’76 Drs. Flin and Mary McGhee Ms. Claudia McKinsey Mr. Arnold McMann Mrs. Carol Mosman McNeer ’63 Mr. and Mrs. Dan McNeive Mr. Craig A. McPherson ’02 Mr. Mark Melchior ’81 Ms. Molly Melchior ’87 Mr. Mason Menninger and Dr. Lisa Menninger Mr. George T. Mensch Dr. Jamie Metzl ’86 Mr. Brian Michael

Mrs. Elizabeth Latham Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Laub Mrs. Nancy Staley Laubach ’44 Mr. David Launder and Mrs. Blythe Brigham Launder ’68 Mr. and Mrs. Mark Lawlor Mr. and Mrs. Charles Lawrence Mr. and Mrs. Joseph R. LeBlanc Mr. Ryan Lee and Mrs. Victoria Hoss Lee ’09 Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lehr Mr. John Leiter and Mrs. Maribel Asher Leiter ’45 Mr. and Mrs. David LeMoine Mr. and Mrs. William R. Lenz Mrs. Linda Krigel Lieberman ’65 Mrs. Laura Knickerbocker Lloyd ’73 Ms. Mary Lombardo Mrs. Anne Victor Lopez ’86 and Mr. Joe Lopez Mr. and Mrs. Philip Love Mr. and Mrs. Howard Lubow Mr. Mark Luce and Ms. Jennifer Copeland Dr. Phillip Lucido and Dr. Patricia Lucido Dr. Leah Luckeroth Mr. and Mrs. Thomas W. Lynch II Mr. and Mrs. Kyle Lyons Mr. and Dr. Edward MacInerney Mrs. Sue Welsh Macintosh ’61 and Mr. Robert C. Macintosh Mr. and Mrs. Richard MacIvor Dr. Colin MacKenzie and Dr. Rhea Pimentel Mr. and Mrs. William T. Mackey Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Madden Mr. Pat Malay and Dr. Rajya Malay Mr. Iskandarkhon Mamadaliev 2021 Ms. Jessica Manning and Mr. Michael Gates Mrs. Lynnly Busler Marcotte ’67 Ms. Rebecca C. Marvin ’12 Ms. Molly Dwyer and Mr. Albert Mauro, Jr. ’85 Mrs. Deborah McArdle Mrs. Amy McCarthy-Phillips ’69 Mr. and Mrs. Dan McClain

Mr. and Mrs. Jason L. Michaelis



Class of 1954 — 64.7% Class of 1942 — 60.0% Class of 1956 — 50.0% 0%








Mrs. Pamela Thomas Milner ’61 Ms. Kristi Mitchell and Mr. Mark Swezey Mr. David Mombello and Mrs. Laura Mombello ’87 Mrs. Janet Nelson Moore ’70 Mr. and Mrs. John Moore Mrs. Betsey Belisle Moreland ’56 Mrs. Rozzie Hargis Motter ’58 Mr. and Mrs. Michael Mulholland Ms. Jasmine Mundinger Ms. Jamalia Murga Mr. and Mrs. Peter Murphy Mr. Stephen A. Murphy ’75 Mr. Mitchell Douglass ’92 and Mrs. Lindsy Myers Douglass ’92 Mr. and Mrs. Parish Neighbors Ms. Anellen Neill Ms. Paige Nelson

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2014–2015 Donor Report

Donors  continued Mr. and Mrs. Todd Nelson Mr. and Mrs. Dale A. Neuman Mr. and Dr. Charles Neumann, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Steven C. Neumann Mr. and Mrs. Charles Nichols Ms. Laura O’Brien ’79 Mr. and Mrs. Tom O’Brien Mr. and Mrs. Edward O’Connell, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. James Ogden Ms. Pat Oppenheimer and Mr. Michael Barry Ms. Amanda O’Shaughnessy Mrs. Barbie O’Toole Ms. Michelle Owens Mr. and Mrs. Monte Owens Mr. Dean Ownby Mr. and Mrs. I. I. Ozar Ms. Mary Lou Pagano Mrs. Georgette Stanley Page ’42 Ms. Rose Paik Mr. and Mrs. Don Palmer Dr. Harish Panicker Mr. and Mrs. Richard Paramore Mr. and Mrs. Rosario Passantino Mr. and Mrs. Dilip Patel Mrs. Molly Hill Patten ’92 Mrs. Linda Katz Patterson ’62 and Mr. Curt Patterson Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey W. Paxton Mr. and Mrs. Chuck Payne Mr. Michael Petty and Mrs. Linda Petty ’82 Mr. and Mrs. Dexter Phillips Mrs. Jan Gambrel Phillips ’53 Mr. Paul Pickard and Mrs. Lisa Luth-Pickard Dr. Diana Rodriguez Piedrahita and Mr. Carlos Piedrahita Mrs. Antoinette Pisciotta Ms. Andrea Poisner Mr. and Mrs. James Polese Ms. Gail Powell and Mr. Perry Ray Mr. and Mrs. Mark Presko Mr. and Mrs. Nick Presko Mrs. Annette Preston Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Prier Mr. and Mrs. Chester Primm Mr. Paul Raccuglia ’99 and Mrs. Anna Braukmann Raccuglia ’99 Mr. Todd Race Mr. and Mrs. Bill Raney ’88 Ms. Rian A. Ray ’12 Mrs. Ann North Readey ’66 Miss Claire Redick 2022 Mrs. Nancy James Redman ’67 Mrs. Page Branton Reed ’73 and Mr. Bruce Reed Mrs. Jean Baumgardt Reichenbach ’70



Mr. David L. Rein, Jr. and Ms. Jane Rosenthal Mrs. Barbara Rahm Reno ’55 Mrs. Anne Butler Rice ’86 Ms. Brenda Riggs Mr. and Mrs. David Ripp Mr. Jay Rivard ’81 and Mrs. Katherine Spencer Rivard ’81 Mr. and Mrs. Mark E. Rivard Mr. and Mrs. Jarrod Roark Ms. Cynthia A. Robinson ’67 Grantelligence LLC Ms. Eleanor C. Changho and Mr. Eudivigio Roxas Mr. Brian Rubaie Rubin Brown Mr. Shane Rudman II ’10 and Mrs. Minka Foster Rudman Mr. Jonathan Rudnick ’84 Ms. Diana W. Russ ’12 Mrs. Janet Redheffer Russell ’42 Ms. Tara L. Russell Dr. Jeffrey Rydberg-Cox and Mrs. Monique Rydberg-Cox Mr. and Mrs. Harold M. Sader Dr. and Mrs. Thaju Salam Mrs. Elizabeth Jones Schellhorn ’68 Mr. and Mrs. Michael J. Schneider, Sr. Craig M. Schultz ’85 Mr. Ken Schumacher Mr. and Mrs. Irwin Schwartz Dr. and Mrs. Raymond A. Schwegler Mr. and Mrs. Craig Scurato Mrs. Karen Seay Mr. and Mrs. Robert M. Seed Dr. Yash Sethi and Dr. Anjna Sethi Mr. Dhiren Shah Mr. and Mrs. Nahid Shahrooz Ms. Judy Shannon Dr. and Mrs. Peter Shapiro Mr. and Mrs. Sergei Shapoval Mr. Peter Shemitz* and Ms. Flora Winitz Mr. Andy Shimamoto Mr. and Mrs. Christopher M. Shore Dr. Bruce Short and Dr. Mary Jane Short Mr. and Mrs. Mark Short Mr. Nicolas Shump Mr. and Mrs. Scott Siebers Mr. and Mrs. Tony Siebert Ms. Cynthia Gregg Sifers ’56 Mrs. Kathy Lawrence Siuda ’59 and Mr. Roger Siuda Mrs. Jan Smith KEY TO SYMBOLS

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Ms. Julia Smith Mrs. Sydney Stayton Smith ’53 Mrs. Katie Kessinger Snapp ’79 Mr. and Mrs. W. Mark Spann ’73 Mr. Jim Spence and Dr. Kami Thomas Ms. Elisabeth M. Spencer ’79 Mrs. Deborah Benish Stanford ’61 Mrs. Barbara Stanton Mrs. June Wolf Steahlin ’49 Mr. and Mrs. Herb Steffens Mr. and Mrs. Don Stelting Mrs. Charlotte Redheffer Stewart ’40* and Mr. Roscoe O. Stewart Mrs. Barbara Close Stiling ’62 Mr. and Mrs. Greg Stonebarger

Mr. and Mrs. Don Walsworth, Sr. Mr. Michael Walters Mr. Ethan P. Walz 2022 Mr. Spencer A. Walz 2017 Ms. Angela Wang ’81 Mrs. Toney Warrington Mrs. Mimi Fitch Wayne ’79 Mr. and Mrs. William Weaver Mr. and Mrs. Chris White Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Whiteaker Mr. Brian M. Whitfill Mrs. Janet Gurley Whitman ’56 Wiener Wagon Mr. Kirk Willard

Dr. Jacob S. Stueve and Mrs. Marianne Swaney-Stueve Mrs. Shirley Hayman Sudduth ’56 Mr. and Mrs. Robert Sykora Dr. and Mrs. Nicholas Szluha Mr. John Tacha and Mrs. Ryann Galloway Tacha Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Talge Mr. and Mrs. Milack Talia Mrs. Gail Taliaferro Mr. and Mrs. Masashi Tateishi Mr. and Mrs. Fred Thiel Mr. and Mrs. Matt Thompson Mrs. Joan McGee Thompson Mr. Richard Thompson Mr. Roger Thuma Dr. and Mrs. Douglas Tietjen Mrs. Lisa Tillema Mr. and Mrs. Mark E. Tingle Mrs. Stephanie Stubbs Tinsley ’62 Mrs. Lucy Keith Tittmann ’49 Mr. and Mrs. Dean Tollefson Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Totta Ms. Catherine A. Trenton ’80 Ms. Leslee Anne Trotter Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Tucker Mrs. Sarah Tulp Dr. Rebecca Turner Mrs. Margaret Sutton Valentine ’61 Mr. and Mrs. Terry VanDyke Mr. and Mrs. David Vasquez Mr. and Mrs. James Velghe Mr. and Mrs. Ariel Vertreese Mr. and Mrs. Mehul Vora Mrs. Penelope Smith Vrooman ’54 Mrs. Mary Lauterbach Wagner ’54 Mrs. Virginia Raymond Wagner ’56 Mrs. Elisa Sader Waldman ’85 and Mr. Stuart Waldman Mr. Charles Waldrop Mr. and Mrs. John W. Walker

Dr. Cynthia Williams ’55



Class of 1976 — 25.8% Class of 1988 — 23.1% Class of 1992 — 22.7% 0%







Dr. Janet M. Williams Mr. and Mrs. Antonio Wilson Ms. Jenny Wilson Mr. Scott Wolff ’76 and Mrs. Karen Wolff Mr. and Mrs. R. David Wood Ms. Barbara Woodard ’57 Mrs. Cynthia Brannock Wright ’55 Mr. and Mrs. Purd Wright Mr. and Mrs. Robert Wright Mr. Gerald Wyckoff and Ms. Cynthia Sharpe Mr. and Mrs. John Young Mr. and Mrs. John Yount Mrs. Ann Shelton Zadnichek ’62 Mrs. Joanna Zauchenberger Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Zimmerman Ms. Lindsay Zimmerman and Mr. Ross Chapman

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In the 2014–2015 school year, Barstow had 81 students with relatives who attended the school. We are grateful for the dedication of our legacy families. They represent the past, present and future of Barstow. To explore admission opportunities at Barstow for your child or grandchild please contact Director of Admission and Marketing Kellye Crockett. We look forward to hearing from you.



Photo by Todd Race


Alumni Profiles

The Recipe for Success Milton Abel, Jr. ’02, Head Pastry Chef, Amass COPENHAGEN, DENMARK


he culinary upper echelon

multiple awards including winning the

restaurant, Per Se, in order to broaden

is an elite group of restaurants

state duet competition his senior year.

his experience.

and professionals at their field’s

Baseball, serving as class president three

While navigating the New York

pinnacle. Barstow alumnus Milton Abel

of four years, and being elected 2002

lives among them as an up-and-coming

Homecoming King enriched his Barstow

achieving his dream of being a French

pastry chef.


Laundry pastry manager merited

Many elements of Milt’s life blended to create a culinary innovator.

Milt pursued acting after Barstow. Between acting jobs at the Coterie and

culinary scene, Milt realized that

experiencing other styles of cuisine. A move to Copenhagen to join the staff of

The son of legendary Kansas City jazz

elsewhere, he served with the Dramatic

renowned two-Michelin star restaurant,

musician Milton Abel, Milt grew up

Aids Education Project and worked

Noma, felt like the right next thing.

immersed in music, and from age 5,

at Grand Street Café and American

Milt performed, too.


“Performing was a natural thing

Working at Noma (ranked best restaurant in the world 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014 by Restaurant Magazine)

for me to do,” Milt explains. His

exposed him to innovative cuisine. And

mother supported him with a

in Denmark, life added a one-of-a-kind

resilient attitude that also became

ingredient: a computer scientist named

part of his dna. Acting profession-

Sarah Maria Niebe-Abel, now Milt’s wife.

ally at age 12, he performed with

Navigating personal changes and

the Coterie Theater, KC Repertory

professional desires, he deftly arranged a

Theater and others.

departure from Noma to accept his

Milt attended an arts elemen-

dream offer from French Laundry.

tary school in Kansas City, but

Once there, Milt felt something

Milt’s mom knew it didn’t offer

wasn’t right in the combination,

the right balance. Former Head

so he ultimately decided to land

of Admissions Sherry LeMoine,

at Amass back in Copenhagen,

helped him navigate admission at

where his professional and personal

Barstow, obtain scholarships, and

relationships are now flourishing.

begin eighth grade as a Knight.

It takes great strength of

“I loved being [at Barstow],” Milt says. “They encouraged balanced partici-

character to achieve your dream, then He dreamed of working at the French

recognize that a balanced life entails

pation in extracurricular activities. I was

Laundry, a premier contemporary

more than just a career, and make the

part of Pretenders, the spring play and

American-influenced French restaurant

adjustments with finesse.

the fall musical. I thrived in theatre and

in California. Milt poured his energy into

developed academically.”

months of emails until he got a tryout for

Barstow was, how important Barstow

a role on the pastry team.

is to who I am. It gave me the tools

Forensics and Debate Coach Debbie McBride knew Milt’s talents and suggested he join the team.

He worked four years under French

“I can’t emphasize how wonderful

to be an eloquent young man and a

Laundry’s Hubert Keller. Though he

confident man now. I don’t think I

“Coach McBride made you fall

didn’t want to leave, he requested a

could ever repay Barstow for what

in love with it,” he says. Milt earned

transfer to Keller’s new East Coast

they’ve done.”

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Alumni Profiles

Taiwan, Tennis and Traveling the World Stanton Merideth Rock ’09, Account Executive, Ogilvy-Mather NEW YORK


wenty-four year old

losing and competing.” She went on to

began to consider colleges, finding a

Merideth Rock made a bold

play number one doubles tennis on her

Chinese program was an important

and unusual decision two years

Division 1 college team.


ago: She moved to Taipei, Taiwan more

As a member of the B-Line staff,

than 7,000 miles from home just a few

Merideth worked as a staff writer and

University in New York. She pursued

weeks after graduating from college.

served as sports editor her senior year.

a major in Chinese and International

“The opportunity to travel the world

“Serving in leadership roles taught me

and work at an amazing company… you

about diversity and different perspec-

liberal arts institution while also playing

can’t turn down an opportunity like

tives, and gave me a sense of confidence,”


that,” she says. Working as a project

she explains.

manager for Ogilvy & Mather, she was the only non-Taiwanese person in the

In middle school, a seemingly small decision shaped her future in a major

Relations at the academically rigorous

Colgate’s study abroad program allowed her to attend Peking University in Beijing. A summer internship with

office and the only non-fluent

Ogilvy & Mather in Singapore after

Chinese speaker in the entire

her junior year led to a job offer upon

building. “Ultimately, walking out


of that experience, very few things

“To go to Asia and really see the world,

scare me.”

and interact with so many different

Her fearlessness finds its roots

people, especially in Taipei, opened me

in her education at Barstow. “I just

up to so many ways of thinking and

can’t emphasize how much Barstow

types of cultures,” Merideth says.

shaped me in terms of what I’ve

Meredith’s ultimate dream was

accomplished and the person I’ve

to work in New York City. After

become,” she says. “Being involved

two years of adventurous time

in a variety of activities in various

in Asia, Ogilvy offered her the

ways opens your eyes and exposes

opportunity to become an account

you to diverse things and ways

executive in their New York world

of thinking. It provided tools for

headquarters, and she is now

me to be comfortable in a lot of

living that dream.

situations.” In high school, Merideth, played

“I want to excel personally, way. “I failed Spanish in seventh grade,”

professionally and see the world. I

tennis and basketball all four years, and

she explains. “I needed a language

am very driven to make that happen,”

soccer for two years.

requirement for eighth grade and since

Merideth says. She has already slept

“Coach Tom O’Brien is someone I

Spanish wasn’t going so well, I got as far

on a mat beachside in Malaysia, kicked

have so much to thank for,” she says.

away from it as I could and took Chinese.”

back in style in Italy, and visited more

“He’s a very, very good tennis coach.”

Her instructor, Bob Demeritt, was a great

than a dozen countries. “I can be very

Merideth played varsity tennis and her

mentor in those early years. “He sparked

outgoing, I love being with people, and

doubles team won state her senior year. “I appreciate Barstow for the opportunity to play tennis at a very top level. I learned a lot about people, about winning,


Merideth settled on Colgate


an interest in me for the culture, the area

love experiencing different cultures.

of the world and the language.”

And I can’t say it enough, if anyone gets

Merideth studied Chinese for five years at Barstow. When she

a thank you for what I’ve been able to accomplish, it should be Barstow.”

Alumni Profiles

From Banks to Breeds Susan McGee, Vice President, The Commerce Trust Company KANSAS CITY


ith roots going back

experience make her an excellent

love of the breed. Race joined her family

to first grade, Susan

advocate for her clients.

in 2010.

McGee is the oldest of

four Barstow graduates in her immediate family. “When I came to Barstow, I was a

Before becoming a wealth manage-

Susan’s thirst to understand the

ment consultant for Commerce Bank,

breed led her to attend seminars,

she worked in the Capital Markets

observe trainers and absorb breeders’

Group. Her passion and commitment

expertise. The multi-faceted aspects

scared little girl,” she says. “I was being

propelled her to the top of her field,

of dog ownership and competition

bullied at another school and came

where she was recognized as a top

satisfied the student, the learner and the

home crying every day. Fortunately

business development sales leader.

competitor in her.

Barstow’s Headmaster Mr. Sears lived

Susan also served Barstow for many

While she had no aspirations to go

next door to us, and that is how our

years as an Alumni Board Member and

to the Westminster Kennel Club Dog

family came to attend.”


Show, Race was identified by profes-

Barstow encouraged everyone to be

sionals as special and having “great

involved. “It allowed me to develop a

potential.” Race’s 2014 rankings

comfort for trying new things. I didn’t

resulted in an invitation.

have to be fantastic, I could hone my

For many dog lovers,

skills to do the best I was able.”

Westminster is the ultimate life’s

Growing up in that environment fos-

dream. In the show world, dogs are

tered a love of learning because it took

often treated not as pets but rather

the emphasis off of measuring up and

as prized possessions. Not the case

placed it on personal development.

for Susan. Race is her companion,

“I also like variety, to have a lot

and lives a normal dog’s life.

of things going on, and Barstow

Showing and training are what they

promoted that.” Susan played field

do for fun.

hockey in upper school, tennis and

Her attitude about competition

basketball in lower school, sang in

is that she competes with herself.

shows and served as senior class

“Barstow especially developed that


and taught me to be the best I can

Immersed in an environment where she could thrive, Susan emerged

be. Participating at Westminster “Barstow made me an avid lifetime

upped my game and made me better at

a confident, self-sufficient, independent

learner,” she says. “If I haven’t learned

woman. Life continued after Barstow at

something new it hasn’t been a good

Southern Methodist University where

day.” So when she decided to get a

Westminster in February 2015. Though

she earned a Bachelor of Science in

dog, she became a student of all things

she has achieved some of the highest

Business Administration.


Susan’s bright mind and genuine

Her initial decision to get a dog

what I’m doing.” Susan and Race won Best of Breed at

success in the dog show world, she remains balanced.

interest in others, combined with a

began with study: what type of dog to

desire to be her best translated to a

get? It was her mom who led her to

my whole life,” she says. “My goal is to

“Showing is a part of life, it’s not

career helping others be their best.

investigate the Soft Coated Wheaton

continue learning something new all the

Professionally Susan’s 35 years of

Terrier, which is how she discovered her


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Middle School

In this photo: Students in seventh grade cataloged insects at Konza Prairie Biological Station. (Photo by Scott Guldin)


Wonder Years



Middle School

says Bradley. “One has to teach life skills while students are experiencing the intellectual learning process.

Middle school teachers connect with students to nurture resilience, support learning and develop the whole person


Every day, the class moves forward through the planned curriculum, all the while the crescendos and decrescendos of the social and emotional lives affect

he Barstow School embraces the middle school years as an opportune time to cultivate an environment of self-discovery and confidence at a critical, yet often

misunderstood period in child development. If a good teacher is important, how much more so a teaching envi-

ronment and school. At Barstow we have not just a few good teachers

the mood of moment. This is seen as part of the learning process, building life skills, cultivating resilience by helping them work through it. “If the students are not connected with their teacher, it makes it more difficult to relax, take risks, ask questions, and interact with their buddies because of fear of embarrassment,” Bradley explains. “We make sure all our teachers

a student might encounter in a good year, we have an entire school of

know how important it is that we set

them. From preschool through upper school graduation, every teacher is

nurturing environment.”

up a very warm, comfortable, natural,

dedicated to drawing out the best in each child, to knowing each student and being equipped to instill skills needed for success in whatever the student endeavors to do. >>

That kind of connecting takes some thought. “You don’t just jump in, you have to have a process to develop a relationship with the child so you can teach them,” she says. This year, Bradley resourced the book, Wayside Teaching: Connecting With Students to Support

This is especially important during the middle school years. This awkward age of adolescence is often seen as time to just “get through,” more “lost years” rather than “wonder years.” Barstow takes an entirely different

think about who they want to be, and

Learning, to add another resource to

what they are going to give to the world.”

teachers; toolkit for supporting student


With the foundational viewpoint that middle school is a beautiful, pivotal

view of this treasured time in students’

time and a valuable opportunity, Barstow


teachers lead their students like a

“Many think students in middle school

conductor guiding an orchestra through

have deficits,” says Kate Bradley, head of

a musical piece. At the core of their direc-

middle school for 14 years. “Here it’s the

tion is an essential connection constantly

absolute opposite of that. These children

being cultivated by the teachers’ aware-

are an inspiration to us. We can learn

ness that these children are human

from them, their questions and reactions

beings in a state of transformation.

development. Some of the essential elements incorporated: • know your student  Barstow teachers take time to learn about their student’s home situation, how they interact with other students, and how they learn. • practice gestures that matter Teachers stand at the classroom door and greet students, asking questions and sharing personally. • create and maintain an inviting

to experiences. Students this age are so

“You can’t maximize the middle

classroom  Middle school teachers

excited about life, so positive, so eager.

school students’ capability to learn

are organized and prepared with an

These years are when they are most

without paying close attention to the

attitude of excitement about the

malleable, too. We teach them to critically

social-emotional aspect of their day,”

day’s plan.

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Middle School

• promote a culture of acceptance

of faculty in our middle school. We

a consequence for problems, focusing

and compassion  Respect prevails

all philosophically agree that middle

on building positive relationships in

in unwritten rules to never embar-

school is a really special time, and we

the middle school community.

rass a student, being cognizant of

all want to be middle school teachers.

listening intently, knowing a student’s

With that in mind, we really push

students need to know in order to

stumbling blocks.

ourselves to try and bring as much out

be successful in life. They help them

of these kids as possible.”

engage in self discovery. Through “mir-

• teach them to listen to classmates Through modeling during discourse, teachers ask students to speak carefully so as not to harm another, to not assume things, to not take things personally.

Finn also heads up the advisory

Teachers build on the themes

roring” each other, students learn how

program, which further facilitates

they are perceived by those in their

student-teacher connections. “As

communities. Middle school students

academic advisors we develop strong

are taught to be self aware and think

relationships to make sure they’re

globally. This helps them decide how they will choose to change the world. RESILIENCE AS A MAIN THEME

Resiliency is essential to success in life. “How you handle your responses to life affects that success,” Bradley says. The middle school years are fertile ground instilling resiliency, which Barstow teaches through preparing students for the real world in a caring community. “We have really amazing ways to build resilience and teach perseverance,” she explains. Barstow takes students through several experiential learning opportunities that require risk taking in a safe In this photo: Middle school students build trust with each other during the low ropes course at Timber Ridge Adventure Center in Olathe, Kansas. (Photo by Todd Nelson).

environment. Through overnight experiences to the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center in Hutchinson, Kansas, Heifer

Kelly Finn teaches Barstow’s seventh and eighth grade Readers and Writers Workshop classes. She is a great example of effective teaching through connection. “I know every single one of my kids. I know their parents, their interests. I’m in tune with if they are stressed about something,” she says. “Because we are so connected, they feel safe to come for support. We have an incredible team



staying on target with academics. We

Ranch in Perryville, Arkansas, Boston,

communicate with them and their

the Konza Prairie Biological Station in

parents, while empowering them to

Manhattan, Kansas, and Rock Springs

take responsibility for their education.”

4-H Center in Junction City, Kansas,

Barstow teachers are committed to

students observe, problem solve, create,

do what it takes to connect with their

collaborate and reflect on the world

students by building trust, helping

around them.

students know themselves and their

These hands-on experiences allow

values and incorporating the Wayside

them to learn from their failures as well

teaching philosophy. They offer restor-

as their successes. They learn to trust

ative justice rather than punishment as

their instincts, to be flexible, and to take

Middle School

responsibility for their actions. When seventh grade students take their field trip to Heifer Ranch, an


educational farm and headquarters of

Wayside Teaching Philosophy

Heifer International, a world food organization, they participate in preparing a meal with limited resources and spend the night in a recreated Global Village. They are given a few resources and have to negotiate with other villages to get their food for the night. On a sixth grade trip to Rock Springs 4-H Center in Junction City, Kansas, students stay


his year, the middle school staff drew inspiration from author Sara Davis Powell’s Wayside Teaching: Connecting With Students

to Support Learning, a book that equips teachers with

overnight and are challenged in natural

tools to build self confidence, motivate learners to

settings to learn more about each other

engage in curriculum and provide a sense of belong-

and the world around them. “Programs like these are designed

ing and safety to free students to participate more

to set up opportunities for students to

fully in their education. The insights gained from the

learn from their failures so they know

Wayside philosophy impacted the faculty greatly this

that failing is actually very healthy, and that they will do it all their lives,” says Bradley. “There are bumps in the road that life will throw at you but you have to be able to pull out of that and proceed. We give them a voice, an opportunity to talk things over and not be afraid of that.” In service learning opportunities, children learn to give their time for the greater good. Teachers facilitate conversations about the big picture, about considering others and how they can make a difference. At Barstow, the marvel of the middle school years is maximized to the benefit of our students. “The reason we put all these opportunities in front of them is we know they will take advantage of them. That’s the wonder of it all. They do far more than

year, and includes 12 key pillars:

ü Know your students ü Practice little gestures that matter ü Reveal your personal self ü Create and maintain an inviting classroom ü Promote a culture of acceptance and compassion ü Help students find their voice ü Learn to listen ü Speak carefully ü Teach skills that help students become autonomous, not anonymous ü Build resiliency ü Encourage imagination and creativity ü Infuse humor

we expect them to. We raise the ceiling of expectation, and then anticipate they’re going to go above and beyond that because we believe in them.”

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Parent Support

10-Year Performance

Parent Advocates nnual Fund Parent Advocates are volunteers who encourage other parents to support Barstow’s Annual Fund. We are grateful to our 2014–2015


Advocates who served as a powerful team in our fundraising efforts. Due to their work, we exceeded our $750,000 Annual Fund campaign goal by raising $827,645. $775,019

Thank you to all our parent advocates and thank you to all our donors!

Srinivas & Kali Nalamachu

Heidi Durwood

Vicki Lopatofsky

Greg & Barbara Onyszchuk

Wendee Elliott-Clement

Mary Lynne Lucido

Amar & Soni Patel

Dawn Evans

Bill and Marian Mack

Rob & Ginger Rothhaas

Amy & John Felton

Robin Maiale

Nikki Sims

Tara & Brian Georgie

Janice Martin

Doug & Marta Tietjen

Gretchen Gregory

Wendy Marvin

Frank & Niki Totta

Leigh Hamann

Al Mauro

Jenny Waldeck

Brad & Jill Jenkins

Michelle McNeive

Mark & Janet Yagan



Kera Nadler

Julia Long



Renee Lenart

Sharon McDonald


Kristin Carlson


Lee & Terri Munsell


Amanda Morgan

Pete Lacy


Tara Kesner

Kris Carlgren


Marienne Brown




















Heritage Society

Heritage Society


he Heritage Society was developed to honor donors who have left a legacy for The Barstow School through a bequest in a will, trust or other deferred gift. Members of this distinctive society are passionate about

Barstow and feel strongly about giving as a means of celebrating their experiences with the school and to provide for Barstow’s future.









Mrs. Leslie Swinney Kase ’77 Ms. Janet K. Kelley ’67 Mr. and Mrs. William B. Kessinger Mr. and Mrs. Paul S. Kivett Mrs. Lois Dubach Lacy ’55 Mr. Peter Lacy ’88 and Mrs. Kendall Hart Lacy ’92 Ms. Martha Lally ’75 Mr. Sanders R. Lambert, Jr. and Mrs. Kelly Brent Lambert ’50* Mrs. Cindy McCollum Larson ’89 Mrs. Nancy Staley Laubach ’44 Mr. Gordon K. Lenci Mr. J. Robert Mackenzie Ms. Grace Madison* Mrs. Wendy Marvin






Mrs. Betty Branson Holliday ’57 Mrs. Myrna Pratt Horne* Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Hudson Mrs. Josephine Hellings Huguenin ’31* Mrs. Quintanella M. Johnson Mr. George C. Jordan*


Mr. Daniel Abitz and Mrs. Diana Johnson Abitz ’75 Mrs. Susan Belger Angulo ’76 Mr. George B. Ashby and Mrs. Rilye Semple Ashby ’48* Mr. James Baker and Mrs. Janice Germann Baker ’65 Mrs. Linde Lee Johnson Barber ’74 Mrs. Helen Ward Beals ’09* Mrs. Lee Ann Duckett Bell ’86* Mrs. Betty Brookfield Berol Mrs. Jane B. Bolton* Mrs. Beverly Pierson Bradley ’44 Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Brown Ms. Carolgene Burd ’64 Mr. Charles A. Carter, Jr.* Ms. Betty Ann Cortelyou ’61 Mrs. Melanie McVay Di Leo ’66 Dr. and Mrs. Robert J. Dockhorn Dr. and Mrs. Thomas G. Duckett Mr. Tom Dunn and Dr. Leslie Teel Dunn ’70 Mr. and Mrs. George D. Egon Mr. A. Daniel Eldridge* Dr. and Mrs. Eugene E. Fibuch Mr. Fred Fisher* and Mrs. Louise Fisher* Mrs. Marguerite Peet Foster ’43* Mrs. Elaine Patterson French ’40* Barbara and Gene Funk Mrs. Anne Thompson Gartner ’44 Mrs. Dody Gerber Gates Ms. Joyce S. Generali Mrs. Martha Stout Gledhill ’19* Mr. and Mrs. Thomas G. Goldsborough Mr. Scott C. Gyllenborg ’74 Mr. Allan E. Hall and Mrs. Elise Schmahlfeldt Hall ’52 Mrs. Judy Hart Mr. Irv Hockaday and Mrs. Ellen Jurden Hockaday ’56

Ms. Susan L. McGee ’76 Mr. and Mrs. John H. Morrow III Mr. David J. Neihart ’79 and Mrs. Wendy Ketterman Neihart ’79 Mr. and Mrs. James L. Osborn, Jr. Mrs. Rosalyn Osborn Ms. Betty Ann Patti* Mrs. Marguerite Munger Peet ’21* Ms. Lisa Pelofsky ’82 Mrs. Fern Pine* Mr. George W. Potter* and Mrs. Emy Lou Withers Potter ’46* Mr. Douglas M. Price ’76 Mr. David Reed* and Mrs. Astrid Reed Ms. Deborah Reichman ’70 Dr. and Mrs. Grant Ritchey Ms. Mary Judith Robinson ’57 Mrs. Jean Wight Rosahn ’35* Mr. Charles H. Sachs Mr. and Mrs. Gerald D. Schaumburg Mrs. Caroline M. Scofield Dr. Kathy Shaffer and Dr. Stan Shaffer ’73 Dr. Bruce Short and Dr. Mary Jane Short Mrs. Maye Wymore Sibley ’31* Mr. J. Michael Sigler ’72 Mrs. Miriam Babbitt Simpson* Mr. Thomas Staley* Mrs. Josephine Reid Stubbs ’25* Ms. Mary S. Sunderland* Dr. and Mrs. Whitney Sunderland Mr. Hoyt Thompson* and Mrs. Barbara Welch Thompson ’44* Mrs. Joan McGee Thompson Dr. and Mrs. Gerald F. Tuohy Ms. Janet E. Turner ’32* Mrs. Jennifer Thiessen Waldeck ’90 Mr. Maurice A. Watson ’76 Mrs. Georgia Berkshire Welch ’19* Mr. Raymond B. White* Mr. Scott Wolff ’76 and Mrs. Karen Wolff Mr. and Mrs. Bill Zollars

* Denotes deceased

JOIN THE HERITAGE SOCIETY  To find out how you can make a planned gift and join the Heritage Society, visit giving or contact Director of Advancement Pat Oppenheimer at or 816-277-0414

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2014–2015 Events





1  Phyllis Hart ’55, Jill Bunting ’61 and Barbara Reno ’55, at the Annual Alumni Luncheon held at the Kansas City Country Club on October 30, 2014. 2  Cynthia “Chinchie” Sifers ’56, Marcia Hill ’60, Jean Honan ’57, Penelope Vrooman ’54 and Mary Louise Poquette ’58 at the Alumni Luncheon. 3  Jeremy Terman ’12, Gabe Greenbaum ’12, Lawrence Brown ’12, Amelia Switz ’12, Jared Wright ’12 pictured at the Alumni Networking Event hosted by Aristocrat Motors on May 21, 2015. 4  Maurice Watson ’78, Anne Russ ’78, Norbert Russ pictured at the Alumni Holiday Party hosted by Maurice at his home on December 4, 2014. 5  The Class of 2005 kicked off their 10th Reunion Weekend with a happy hour at KC Bier Company on May 29, 2015. 6  Susan McGee ’76, David Neihart ’79, Scott Gyllenborg ’74, Martha Lally ’75 and Carmen Sabates ’77 at the Alumni Networking Event.



7  Retired faculty Norma Stevens, Molly Callahan ’92 and retired staff Marilyn Burasco at the Alumni Holiday Party.

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8  On May 30, 2015, members of the Class of 1965 returned to Barstow as part of their 50th Reunion celebration weekend. Back row: Camilla Williams Cummings, Jo Ann Schooling Gillula, Tricia Woodbury Miller, Jane Jackson. Middle row: Janice Germann Baker, Betsy Armstrong Evans, Susie Harrison Peterson, Ruth Forman, Linda Krigel Lieberman. Front row: Randee Krakauer Kelley, Toni Mann Brown.



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Alumni Awards

2014–2015 Events


Given annually to the Barstow Alumna or Alumnus who demonstrates exemplary and steadfast efforts, whether fostering the recruitment of volunteers, exhibiting


ongoing camaraderie for the success of

9  Nick Athan ’80, Laura Mombello ’87, Andrew Appel ’87, Elisa Waldman ’85, Kerri Mulligan ’85, Farrah Walker ’94, Brandon Pepin ’94 and Molly Callahan ’92 pictured at the Alumni Networking Event. 10  Jean Honan ’57, Kirby Upjohn ’66 and Janet Kelley ’67 pictured at the Alumni Luncheon. 11  Annie Grabowsky, Trevor Wright and Madison Coker attended the Alumni Networking Event and represented the Class of 2014.

the fund or providing stewardship to its volunteers. Molly Callahan ’92

12  Classmates from the Class of 1964 celebrated their 50th Reunion on October 10 and 11, 2014.


Pictured left to right: Diane O’Brien Collings, Egan Hasburgh, Georganne Oliver Hall, Diane Virden Brent, Gale Gilbert Perll, Dani James Quimby, Jandy Hill Watkins, Sally Mier, Cynthia DiGiovanni Frederico, Bretta Bjorklund Watkins.

Awarded to an alumna or alumnus for


outstanding contribution to Barstow or the community through dedication to the highest ideals of The Barstow School. Shelly Theis ’71 THE ANNE POTTER RUSS ’78 ALUMNI LEGACY AWARD

The Legacy Award is presented to a Barstow alumna or alumnus who is a current parent of a Barstow student or a parent of a Barstow graduate. This

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person demonstrates leadership in engaging Barstow alumni in the life of the school. The recipient of the award will be determined by the Board of Directors of the Alumni Association. Laura Mombello ’87 HONORARY ALUMNI

Faculty members who are celebrating their 20th year at Barstow. Mallory Hilvitz Kristi Mitchell Don Stelting

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Class Notes Do you have news to share? Please forward class notes to


In May 2014, Luanne Armsby

granddaughter of Mrs. Eileen F. Steele who

Francis moved from Kansas City

was a member of the Barstow faculty from

to a new residence in Longmont, Colorado.


1938 to 1961 and served in various capacities including department chair for English

Members of the Class of 1954 gathered October 10–11, 2014

to celebrate their 60th reunion. Mary Lauterbach Wagner wrote, “Our 60th reunion was organized by Penelope Smith Vrooman

Literature and assistant to the Headmaster.


Classmates from the Class of 1964 gathered October

10–11, 2014 to celebrate their 50th reunion.

and Linda Lewi Beal. It was an incredible

The festivities kicked off with dinner at the

weekend full of visiting old familiar haunts,

home of Bretta Bjorklund Watkins on Friday

such as 4950 Cherry St. and new places

evening. On Saturday, the ladies, many of

like the Kauffman Center downtown. We

whom had not been back to Barstow since

viewed Weathercocks, reminisced about

graduation, took a tour of the school and

dorm happenings, laughed about who dated

enjoyed a luncheon. The final event was a

whom and wondered who had written the

wonderful dinner at Rye kc. Diane O’Brien

future predictions for our class. There was a

Collings wrote, “It was great to reconnect

consensus that we all looked pretty darn good

with classmates and see what a wonderful

for our 78 years of age and plans were hopeful

place Barstow continues to be!”

for getting together for our 65th. We missed those who weren’t there and hope they will be able to join us in five years.”



The Class of 1974 celebrated their 40th reunion on July 26, 2014.

Members of the class returned to campus for a tour and celebrated at a fabulous cocktail party hosted by Jill Ingram Reynolds. The lively group of attendees included classmates, spouses, and special guest retired Barstow faculty member Mary Engel.


Congratulations to Susan McGee and Race, her Soft-coated Wheaten

Terrier, for winning Best in Breed at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York. (Read more about Susan and Race on page 31.)

Anne Canfield writes in “I retired this spring after 13 years heading

up the Communications Office at the Kansas City Art Institute.” Congratulations, Anne!


The Class of 1965 celebrated their 50th reunion May 29 and

30, 2015. In all, seventeen classmates spent the weekend reminiscing together. The festivities included gatherings hosted by Janice Bellemere Hamill, Jennifer Russell Sawyer, Linda Krigel Lieberman, and Toni Mann Brown and a tour of Barstow. Special thanks to Randee Kelley for her hard work in organizing a fabulous celebration!


During her trip to Turkey in October 2014, Margaret

Burdge met and visited with Ipek Evrenol and her husband Onder who make their home in Instanbul. Margaret Burdge is the




Janet Nelson Moore’s artwork was featured in the Curtis Arts &

Humanities Center’s All Colorado Art Show. The show ran from June 20–July 31, 2015.


Marc Solomon made Kansas City one of the stops on the book

tour for his recently published book, Winning Marriage. Alumni from the classes of 1985 and 1987 turned out to support Marc and enjoyed a festive evening reconnecting with each other.


Kenyon and Peter Vrooman welcomed youngest son, Eli

Zachary Vrooman, into the world on May 23, 2014. Eli joins big brothers Ethan and Emmett.

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Craig McPherson reported,

Lisa lived and studied in the Czech Republic

“not only did I win my primary

for the 2014–2015 school year.

election for re-election to the Kansas State House in District 8, but Ken Selzer, father of Mallory Selzer ’05, won his primary for Kansas Insurance Commissioner.”


  Kirill Miniaev returned to campus in January to address the 2015 class of Barstow’s Cum Laude Society. Kirill gave an inspiring

Tony Hernandez interviewed

speech that included this advice “choosing

Pro Golfer Lexi Thompson for

the option that gives one the most flexibility,

Golf Digest.

never discount your hobbies as merely

  Barstow Trustee Quinton Lucas, won a

hobbies, plan for the future, but don’t stress

seat on the City Council in Kansas City, Mo.

[about] it too much, and no matter what you

3rd District at-large.

end up doing with your life, never float at the surface-dive deep.”

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Tess Johnson launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund

the production of her new accessory line,

Special thanks to Josh and Alex


House for participating in 2015

  Sarah Theis was commissioned by

Homecoming as our Alumni Presenters. You

University City in Bloom in St. Louis,

did a fantastic job!

Missouri, to create a permanent piece


of public art. “I call the piece ‘A Play of The Class of 2005 celebrated

Perception’ because the image forms and

their tenth reunion May 29 and

aligns only from a specific point of view

30, 2015. Over the course of the weekend,

that the viewer must find on their own.

about 25 classmates and their partners

From all other angles the unique image is

gathered for a casual happy hour at KC

imperceptible. While this is quite literal for

Bier Company on Friday evening and returned to Barstow for a tour and lunch on Saturday. Their celebration culminated at


Brandon Gaines-Richcreek

the piece, it is also meant to be symbolic

graduated from St. Louis

of the human perception in all aspects.”

University with a degree in Aviation

Sarah’s work can be found in Heman Park in

the Granfalloon on the Plaza on Saturday

Management and a minor in Air Traffic

St. Louis.

evening. Many, many thanks to Lisa Scott

Control. During his time at slu he participated

for her commitment to planning a fun and

in the Air Force rotc program (Detachment

memorable 10th reunion.

207) and was awarded a pilot slot upon

  Sarah Potts returned for the reunion and


Sydney Ayers graduated in fall 2014 from the University

commissioning as a 2nd Lieutenant into the

of Edinburgh with a masters degree in the

reports, “I am working at aig as a statistical

usaf after graduation. Brandon went on to

History of Art. Sydney will be staying at the

analyst holding degrees in both statistics and

complete the grueling 18 month Specialized

University of Edinburgh to start her Ph.D.

econometrics. I am currently living in Lenexa

Undergraduate Pilot Training, was promoted

with my fiancée and dog, Lucy.”

  Merideth Rock recently moved to New

to First Lieutenant in July 2014 and awarded

York City after living in Taiwan for 18 months

  Lisa Scott has been awarded a Fulbright

his wings on October 3, 2014. Brandon finished

following graduation from Colgate University

U.S. Student Program grant to study in the

in the top of his class. His first assignment will

in 2013. She is excited about her upcoming

Czech Republic. In her graduate work, Lisa

be that of an instructor pilot in the 85th Flight

adventures and hopes to run into fellow

studies medieval and early modern Europe,

Training Squadron for the 47th Flying Training

Barstow alumni in the City. (Read more

focusing on central Europe and Bohemia.

Wing located at Laughlin Air Force Base.

about Merideth on page 30.)

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Jordan Eckley was named a 2014–2015 Pre-Season All-American

Athlete of the Year by the National Association

At the age of 19, Maria Ioudenitch has won many honors and

competitions including soloing with the Kansas

of Intercollegiate Athletics (naia).

City Symphony Orchestra at the Kauffman

  Michael Legler and Daniel Woodhams ’11

Center for the Performing Arts as the winner

co-founded MYlearning with Niko Colom,

of the Symphony’s Young Artists Competition

Charles Breedlove and Tyler Morrison and

in 2012. Maria currently studies violin at The

took first place at Kansas City’s Startup

Curtis Institute of Music and played at The

Weekend edu competition. MYlearning’s

Kennedy Center on February 15, 2015 as part of

project, first in a series of language learning

The Conservatory Project.

apps, teaches fluency in Japanese syllabaries through the context of a video game. Following this victory MYlearning intends to expand into Arabic, Russian, Korean and other foreign language literacy applications.   Taylor Kay Phillips is Harvard University’s 2015 Ivy Female Orator. Taylor addressed graduating seniors at Harvard’s Senior Class Day ceremony on May 27, 2015 at Tercentenary Theatre.


Yes, that is Gabbi Fenaroli in a #selfie with Vice President Joe

Biden! This spring Gabbi, a sophomore at Tufts University, was invited to join dignitaries at the dedication of the Senator Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate. One student from each state was invited to attend and represent their state in the Institute’s to-scale replica of the U.S. Senate chamber. The dedication ceremony featured speeches by President Obama, Vice President Biden, Senator John McCain, Senator Elizabeth Warren and many others.

  While at mit in her freshman year, Izzy Lloyd noticed that in the midst of their busy lives students weren’t taking the time to ask about one another and “check in.” In response to this sad and isolating phenomenon, she started the tmayd wristband campaign. tmayd is short for “Tell me about your day.” Izzy wrote, “tmayd is about bringing humans together as a community. It’s about knowing and physically seeing that all around us there

  In July 2015, Kathleen White received

are people wanting to listen.” To date, 2,500

her white coat from the Kansas University

tmayd wristbands are floating around mit’s

School of Medicine. Dr. Caroline Kill ’89,

campus, which has around 4,500 undergrads.

who taught Kathleen at Barstow, attended

National Public Radio recently featured Izzy

the white coat ceremony, which recognizes

on their “All Things Considered” program.

first-year students’ entrance into the medical profession, and witnessed her signing the honor book. Congratulations, Kathleen!

  Austin Krause joined the Marine Corps. He visited Barstow in September 2014 while on leave before being deployed to Hawaii.

  Lissa Leibson reports: “I participated in an Arizona State University program based in



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Seville, Spain from May 23 to June 20, 2015. In total, there were ten students and two teachers. We also took trips to Cordoba and Granada and Marrakech, Morocco, and on

In Memoriam Condolences to the families of Barstow friends lost in the past year as of August 15, 2015.

our one free weekend I took a day trip to a

October 27, 2014

January 31, 2015

beach in Portugal. While at Barstow, I was

Jeanette “Jenny” Jones Chesky ’59

Donald Suddarth

very proficient in Spanish, and was part of

Daughter of Madeline Pugsley Jones ’31. She is survived by her husband of nearly 50 years, Ed, daughters, Pam and Julie, and their families: Pam, Patrick, Anna and Kate Joos; and Julie, Andrew, Simone, and Rowan Christenberry of Washington, DC.

Father of C.L. Suddarth-Farris ’74, Gregg Suddarth ’75 and Dean Suddarth ’78 (predeceased).

Profe Marvin’s inaugural group of National Spanish Honors Society students. However I didn’t think I wanted to major in Spanish in college, and decided to start off with Business Management. Arizona State University has

October 28, 2014

created a new spanish business major that I’d

Christene Watson

like to pursue titled “Spanish Language and

Mother of Maurice Watson ’76

Culture.” (It happens to be the major that

November 4, 2014 Ruth Knapp Gieschen Upper School Librarian (1973 to 1990). She is survived by sons Laurence and John; brother, Dr. Leslie Knapp; seven grandchildren, three great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by son, W. Richard; husband, H. William; brother, Laurence Knapp. (Please see tribute on page 44.)

Cody Adkins ’15 is coming in as!) I haven’t officially switched yet, but it is something I’d like to pursue.”

November 27, 2014


On Monday, May 18 as the sun set, the Class of 2015 officially became

Barstow’s youngest alumni. Please join us in congratulating these incredible students as they begin their next chapters. (To view a matriculation map of the colleges and universities, see the inside front cover of this magazine.)   Grant Zahorsky graduated from Barstow in May and is excited to attend Worchester Polytechnic Institute in fall 2015. He also garnered the most votes in an international contest for up-and-coming DJs.

March 24, 2015

Nancy Brosnahan Brooker ’59 Mother of Hilary Wright Rudman ’86, sister of Brenda Ann Brosnahan Louis ’57. Nancy was Director of Development from 1978 to 1991. (Please see tribute on page 44.) April 11, 2015

Gregory George Philip Rick, Jr. Father of Greg Rick ’87 May 8, 2015

Marjorie Vance Mother of Bion Vance ’87 May 10, 2015

Terry William Raney Father of Bill Raney ’88

Mary Jo Truog

May 27, 2015

Mother of Mary Lee Truog Duff ’85 and Meg Truog Grandcolas ’88, sister-in-law of Susan Rosse Truog ’59, daughter-in-law of Marjorie Lee Truog ’32, and aunt of Toby Truog ’87 and Oliver Truog ’91.

Father of Charles Sunderland ’74, Kent Sunderland ’76 and William Sunderland ’79. Jim is a former Trustee (1968–1977 and 1995–2001) as well as an honorary alumnus.

December 20, 2014

Phyllis “Physsie” Haff Field Salisbury ’42 Mother of Anne Field Salisbury ’75 and Ellen Salisbury  Hurley ’77, daughter of Madeline Barse Haff Field 1911, niece of Gertrude Barse Haff Blood-Smyth 1912, and aunt of Susan Peironnet Field ’73 and Barbara Wollen Field Troeger ’76. January 15, 2015

Charlotte Redheffer Stewart ’40 Sister of Janet Redheffer Russell ’42 and Nancy Redheffer Embry ’34. Aunt of Melissa Russell Langstaff ’63, Jennifer Russell Sawyer ’65, Nancy Embry Thiessen ’66, Charlotte Russell White ’71, Sandra Walters Embry ’55, great-aunt of Jennifer Thiessen Waldeck ’90 and great-great-aunt of Betsi Waldeck 2025 and Robert Waldeck 2027.

James P. Sunderland

June 1, 2015

Deborah Smith Allen ’58 June 3, 2015

Molly Graham Bond ’53 June 29, 2015

Floyd “Walter” Vance Father of Bion Vance ’87 July 2, 2015

Nancy Swafford Mother of Matt Swafford ’87 August 14, 2015 Kyla Hartong Wife of Carl Pelofsky, former Head of Upper School, and sister-in-law of Lisa Pelofsky ’82 August 14, 2015 George A. Phillips Husband of Jan Phillips ’53

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A Tribute to

Ruth Knapp Gieschen By Dr. Walter Brayman


uth Gieschen died in

the school and a wonderful force for the positive and the

her sleep at home on

good.” She had a helpful, warm, and witty connection to

November 4, 2014, age 90.

students, three of whom spoke movingly at her memorial

Barstow librarian 1972–1990,

service (Laura O’Brien ’79, Melanie Carver ’84, and Bill

just two weeks before her

Raney ’88). Ruth continued to study, earning a MA at the New

death she met friends at the

School for Social Research, and she travelled extensively with

Beyond Barstow party for

Barstow groups and friends as far as China, and as close as

retired teachers.

Colorado for archeological work with Peggy Dryden. Ruth

Graduating from Cornell, she met husband Bill in Missouri and raised three sons here (Larry, John, and Richard), but was widowed in 1980 and lost her son Richard in 2011. She

was made Honorary Alumna in 1990, and the school cited “her gifts of love and laughter and compassion and loyalty and indomitable spirit.” After 1990, she stayed active. Her friend Dorothy Curry recalls Ruth’s support and advice for Gordon Parks School,

is survived by sons Larry (Kay) and John; brother, Dr. Leslie

which along with her help for soup kitchens at Ward Chapel

Knapp; seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

AME Church and at Restart, and her committee work at All

At Barstow she grew the library collection to support

Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, showed her spirit and

the curriculum. She worked closely with Headmaster Mike

values. To Dorothy, Ruth was “a leader who could be part of a

Churchman and architect Fred Truog to design a new library

team.” The Honorary Alumna citation identified Ruth as “an

in 1983 and to advocate for students’ needs in a beautiful,

archetypal woman of the ’90s.” She is a model for a lot longer.

practical space. Churchman says, “Ruth was a huge asset to

Ruth Gieschen, much admired and loved, will be missed.

A Tribute to

Nancy Brosnahan Brooker ’59 By Anne Potter Russ ’78


ithout a doubt, Nancy was the funni-

est woman on the planet. Besides being funny and

and sodas to phone-a-thons really did serve the greater good. She taught me to use the word “cheapskate” sparingly. She taught me that Mark Adams could fix anything with a

irreverent, she did not suffer

DOS system and a dot matrix printer. She taught me that bulk

fools well… nor stupid people…

mailings really were the work of the devil. She taught me that

nor those who could not affix

a sunny afternoon, a pool, a dog and some family and friends

stamps to envelopes without

are all you ever need on a Saturday. She taught me that loving

a tutorial. Sometimes those

with a fierce and loyal heart is everything. She taught me that

qualities were all found in

your daughter can, indeed, be your best friend… if you parent

the same person. When that

her first. She taught me that a good boss is the best mentor in

combination presented itself

the world.

in Nancy’s office, she had to walk briskly down the stairs at

Nancy, thank you for taking me under your wing, for

Barstow to find Nancy Thiessen or Bob Bucker and beg for

providing a friendship that stood the test of time and

laughter and common sense in the lunchroom.

generations, and for being the kind of wife, mother and friend

She was also a mentor. She taught me to raise money with


humor and a thick skin. She taught me that schlepping beer


I still aspire to be.

In this photo: The boys’ basketball team won their first State championship since 1995 on March 14, 2015. (Photo by Stephen Rock)


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Friday, October 9

Class Parties – Friday, October 9

10:00 am

Alumni Day Orator — Marc Solomon ’85 Marc will speak about his work affecting social change.

11:00 am

Panel Discussion — “Social Change in America and Abroad”

11:00 am–4:00 pm

Story Corps Share your story and record your favorite Barstow memories

12:00–3:00 pm 1:20–3:15 pm

5:00 pm

6:00–8:00 pm

Campus Tours

10:00 am–12:00 pm 11:00 am

All Day

8:30 pm

Barstow Arts Festival Sponsored by Barstow Friends of the Arts All-Alumni Cocktail Party On campus! – Free of charge!!

The 1970s Decade Reunion Party 7:00 pm

Alumni Basketball Game Featuring Billy Thomas, boys’ basketball coach and former KU Jayhawk Barstow Arts Festival

If you have any questions, please contact Ryann Galloway Tacha, Alumni and Annual Fund Officer at 816-277-0415 or

Lidia’s Italy 101 West 22nd Street, Kansas City, MO 64108 The Classes of 1970–1979 are invited to reunite for the first-ever reunion of this kind.

Class of 1985 – 30th Reunion Happy Hour 4:00–6:00 pm

Tavern at Mission Farms 10681 Mission Rd, Leawood, KS  66206

Class of 1990 – 25th Reunion Party 7:00 pm

Campus Tour Story Corps

Pig & Finch Gastropub 11570 Ash Street, Leawood, KS 66211

Class Parties – Saturday, October 10

Go “Back to Class” Experience Barstow as a student again

Saturday, October 10 10:00 am

Class of 1990 – 25th Reunion Dinner

Hotel Sorella Country Club Plaza, 901 W 48th Pl, Kansas City, MO  64112

Class of 2000 – 15th Reunion Party 6:00–8:00 pm

Pinstripes at Prariefire 13500 Nall Avenue, Overland Park, KS 66223

Class Parties – Sunday, October 11 Class of 1985 – 30th Reunion Party 11:00 am

Chiefs Tailgate at Barstow Tailgate at 11:00 am – Game time at noon

The Barstow School Magazine  
The Barstow School Magazine  

Fall 2015