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The Lovett School

The Lovett School Board of Trustees, 2014–15 Clayton F. Jackson ’77 Chairman Jeffrey F. Hines, M.D. Vice Chairman R. Reid French ’89 Finance Committee Chair David B. Kahn ’81 Secretary Active Katherine J. Bayne Brian M. J. Boutté Margaret Denny Dozier ’73 R. Reid French, Jr. ’89 Deborah Hodge Harrison William F. Henagan ’76 Jeffrey F. Hines, M.D. Dabney Mann Hollis Clayton F. Jackson ’77 David B. Kahn ’81 John O. Knox, Jr. ’88 Amy R. Kreisler ’88 Chandru Krishnamurthy Kathryn M. Lee Edward D. McCrady Jane Kerr Mathews James M. McIntyre ’83 James B. Meyer Carla Y. Neal-Haley, M.D. Elizabeth D. Pope ’79 Jeffrey L. Portman, Sr. ’77 Brady L. Rackley III Nancy B. Robitaille ’84 Lawrence M. Schall, Ph.D. F. Blair Schmidt-Fellner Richard F. Smith John R. Wells Elizabeth B. West Frank L. Wilson III ’72 Emeriti Pinney L. Allen David F. Apple, Jr., M.D. Charles R. Arp, D.D.S. ’62 Thomas A. Avery ’71 C. Duncan Beard Avril Beckford, M.D Gordon A. Buchmiller, Jr. J. Donald Childress Bradley Currey, Jr. Sallie Adams Daniel ’68 John M. Darden III Richard A. Denny, Jr. Bruce L. Dick Daniel M. DuPree Russell R. French William B. Fryer Thomas C. Gallagher

Robert J. Glenn John T. Glover J.H. Hilsman III (Little Lovett) Dorothy Smith Knox Hines ’69 John R. Holder ’73 W. Barrett Howell (Little Lovett) Harrison Jones II Donald R. Keough Michael L. Keough ’74 Frank Kinnett Wilton D. Looney Robert C. Loudermilk, Jr. ’78 C. Knox Massey, Jr. W. Hampton Morris ’69 C. V. Nalley III Robert E. Peterson Mark C. Pope IV ’68 Jan N. Portman Alfred R. Roach, Jr. ’62 William H. Rogers, Jr. Arthur W. Rollins ’77 Christian B. Schoen ’79 Robert E. Settle ’65 Charles U. Slick ’69 Richard W. Sorenson Gerald J. Wilkins John A. Williams Alumni Executive Board, 2014–15 Taylor Dozier ’02, President Megan Apple Stephenson ’93, President-Elect Julie Muir Harlan ’94, Past President Caroline Crowder Bowen ’85 Lesee Whitaker Googe ’87 Fran Tidwell Killebrew ’87 McKee Nunnally ’87 Ethan Staats ’88 Chris Wegener ’90 Joey Hedgemon ’91 Jim Woodward ’92 Amy Erbesfield Clayton ’94 Kent Tucker ’95 Dorothy Marshall Christians ’96 Ryan Smith Dunlap ’97 Ali Dick ’02 Tyler Caswell ’04 Sabrina Altenbach Gibson ’04 Charles Slick ’04 Whitney Thompson ’06 Kurt Hohlstein ’76, Emeriti Larry Jackson ’77, Emeriti Marlyn Chapman ’81, Emeriti Lara Kauffman Director of Alumni Programs, Ex Officio William S. Peebles iv Headmaster, Ex Officio Starr Pollock Assistant Director of Alumni Programs, Ex Officio Andrew C. Spencer Chief Advancement Officer, Ex Officio


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William S. Peebles iv Headmaster

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Kimberly S. Blass Director of Strategic Communications

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Jennifer Boomer Communications Specialist

The Lovett School admits students of any race, color, gender, religion, sexual orientation, and national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. The Lovett School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, sexual orientation, and national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, employment practices, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic or other school-administered programs. This publication is printed by an fsc-certified printer on paper that is 30 percent post-consumer waste and 50 percent recycled, processed chlorine free.

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Lara Kauffman Director of Alumni Programs

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Ginny Evans Communications Specialist Starr Pollock Assistant Director of Alumni Programs Jennifer Sarginson Associate Director of Communications

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Avril Beckford ’14, Richard Denny, Perry McIntyre ’71, Mirabel Michelson ’15, Kim Morgan, Halle Payne ’14, Ashley Taylor ’14

On the cover: Suzanna Mayer ’14 and Laura Jackson ’14 snorkeling in the Florida Keys as part of their marine biology class trip

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The Lovett School Mission

The Lovett School is a community that seeks to develop young men and

women of honor, faith, and wisdom with the character and intellect to thrive in college and in life. Founded in 1926 by Eva Edwards Lovett, we continue today as an Atlanta independent school serving children in Kindergarten through Grade 12. With an emphasis on the whole child, we provide integrated experiences in academics, arts, athletics, and service through an education grounded in learning, character, and community. Learning Lovett faculty and staff inspire our students to love learning. We help them discover how to think critically, communicate effectively, engage creatively, and collaborate purposefully. We create opportunities for them to grow in all dimensions—intellectual, emotional, physical, aesthetic, moral, and spiritual. Character Lovett teaches the qualities of servant leadership and sound character— honesty, respect, responsibility, compassion, courage, and integrity. We celebrate the uniqueness of each individual within an intentionally inclusive, diverse, and welcoming environment. We honor God in an atmosphere that is rooted in Judeo-Christian beliefs and is further enriched by a variety of religious traditions. Community Lovett is a dedicated community of students and teachers, joined by loyal parents, staff, alumni, trustees, and friends. We are committed—with shared purposes and principles—to improving our school, our city, our society, our environment, and our world. approved by the lovett school board of trustees, february 2012

The Lovett School Character Pledge



We, who are members of the Lovett community, seek to live lives of good

character. We believe that good character grows from daily acts of honesty, respect, responsibility, and compassion. We pledge ourselves to develop these ideals with courage and integrity, striving to do what is right at all times.

A Message from the Headmaster

Loss. . . . Life is full of loss, but when people who have given heart and soul to us pass on, we are particularly saddened. And certainly, I have a deep sense of loss because of the deaths this past year of two special Lovett friends—Bill Fox and John DeBorde—who collectively served more than 60 years as trustees for Lovett and who were both so special to Penny and me. Bill was on the headmaster search committee that recommended to the board that Penny and I have the opportunity to come to Lovett. I remember vividly Bill’s pulling Penny and me aside during an interview and so persuasively telling us why we would love Lovett. Bill’s palpable affection and respect for Lovett made a compelling impression on us. As a leader on our board, Bill was always resolute in his support for Lovett and its particular aspirations and dreams. He was a fierce advocate for our students and faculty and never stopped reminding his fellow trustees and me that the heart of any great school is its people. And speaking of heart, no one had a heart more full of love than Bill Fox. His great heart opened up the hearts of all of us blessed to know and work with him. John DeBorde, who served as a trustee for 43 years and helped lead efforts to move Lovett to the Riverbank in 1959, was one of the first trustees who came to see me when I started my work at Lovett in July 2003. The purpose of his visit was to welcome me, to express his unwavering devotion to Lovett, and to tell me how much he was pulling for me as the new headmaster. That meant so much. His greatest gift to Penny and me—and to all who knew him—was his constant and profound sense of gratitude for the blessings of life. Though John was too modest to describe it as such, his life was truly a ministry of thanksgiving and friendship. And how fortunate Penny and I and Lovett were to be the recipients of such bountiful and generous friendship. Bill and John, as is the case with all of our trustees, worked quietly but ever so effectively in support of our mission. For many, many years, they attended or led countless meetings, participated in hundreds of school events, generously supported many campaigns, and served joyfully as ambassadors and stewards for our school. They did all of this and more because they believed in what we strive to do as a community. They knew that we were determinedly, if imperfectly, reaching toward noble and formative purposes for our students. They wanted to make a difference but never sought credit for doing so. In fact, they made profound differences to our school and certainly to this headmaster.

William S. Peebles iv Headmaster Editor’s Note: Please see the tributes to these trustees on p. 68.

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Collaborative Discovery




Lovett’s Research Partnerships with the Atlanta Botanical Garden and the Georgia Aquarium by ginny evans Communications Specialist

“For a long time, I thought research in a lab environment was only for people who wanted to pursue a career in a collegiate or industrial setting,” said Kylie Bucalo, a conservation research assistant at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. “It wasn’t until I had my first lab experience in college that I realized how perfectly this environment fits my personality. I’m inquisitive; I like to find a question and get an answer; I like to follow protocols; I like methodology; and I like exploring. If I had had that insight in high school, I would have volunteered in labs and gained more experience earlier.” Lovett offers just the type of authentic research and lab experiences that Kylie references, allowing our Upper School students access to exclusive partnerships with the Atlanta Botanical Garden and the Georgia Aquarium. With a faculty comprising researchers turned educators, the Upper School science department is

particularly devoted to this hands-on learning. The teachers have a passion for exposing young people to the possibilities that exist in science, and they focus on getting students out of the classroom and into the field. As science department head Dr. Tina Davis says, “The push for the 21st century learner isn’t something that has caused our department to look for opportunities; it is something that has enabled these types of opportunities to flourish.” While Lovett has partnered with both the Atlanta Botanical Garden and the Georgia Aquarium for many years, we are making strides to formalize and redesign the relationships to provide more collaborative research training programs for our students. “I think it’s awesome that Lovett has these opportunities for students at an early age,” said Kylie. “The students are already well prepared academically; so coming into this type of experience is only expanding what they already know.”

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Since Lovett purchased its cloudforest property in Ecuador under the leadership of Headmaster Jim Hendrix in 1992, the school has enjoyed a fruitful partnership with the Atlanta Botanical Garden (ABG). Former Lovett science department head and Siempre Verde founder Bob Braddy worked tirelessly with the ABG to create research and fieldwork opportunities for our students and for their staff, and the creation of the Siempre Verde Endowment Fund by Dorothy Fuqua in 2003 further encouraged the two institutions to share resources and expertise. Today, Lovett and ABG are taking their partnership to the next level, focusing on a more collaborative

research project, of which students will be an integral part. “This is an exciting new opportunity for Lovett students to engage in science with a world-class partner, and it is a great step forward for the Siempre Verde program,” explained Alex Reynolds, the director of Siempre Verde and Upper School botany teacher. The project will focus on orchid DNA barcoding, allowing students to apply their botany coursework into real conservation research. ABG is home to the largest collection of orchid species (2,000) on permanent display in the United States. Ecuador, the so-called “Orchid Country,” has more than 4,000 orchid species, 160 of which reside at Siempre Verde. Since these collections are living, thus ephemeral, Lovett and ABG aim to

Caroline Edwards ’14, Ruth Cruse, Samantha Worthy and Kevin Burgess from Columbus State University, and Dr. Jennifer Cruse-Sanders of the Atlanta Botanical Garden



permanently document them in an internationally available database. The project will also partner with the Quito Botanical Garden (Ecuador) in order to educate their staff in DNA barcoding and further enhance the strength of the database collection. “This project is a really great fit for the Garden and our interest in conserving orchid biodiversity, and there’s no better place to do that than Ecuador,” said Dr. Jennifer Cruse-Sanders, vice president for science and conservation at ABG. “The bridge to running the program is Lovett and the interest and expertise of those involved.” The project involves Lovett students through a research-training program. ABG’s conservation staff will train three to five students each year for semester or yearlong terms. The students will work in ABG’s molecular lab and Lovett’s science methods lab, and will perform fieldwork in Ecuador at Siempre Verde, the Quito Botanical Garden, and the herbarium at Católica University. What’s different about this program and a typical internship experience is that the work will align with the students’ science curriculum in the classroom. Students will be well prepared to research alongside ABG’s conservation staff and participate in this real-world experience. “From my experience with Lovett, internships and experiences like these are not encapsulated into the last two weeks of senior year,” said Dr. Cruse-Sanders. “Instead, they are woven throughout their entire career at The Lovett School. These experiences


Caroline Edwards ’14 and Columbus State University graduate student Samantha Worthy collect DNA of plant samples from Siempre Verde’s property.

ultimately make them better students and more prepared for what they’re going to do next.” Members of the Class of 2014 — Caroline Edwards, Natalie Sanders, and Grace Horlock—volunteered to pilot the program and test protocols and ideas for future students during the 2013–14 school year. “The most valuable part of the experience was the hands-on work in the lab,” said Grace. “The conservation and preservation work of ABG is truly incredible. It was wonderful to be a part of it.”

ABG Conservation Research Assistant Kylie Bucalo was tasked with educating the students in methods of DNA extraction. She spent time teaching labs on Lovett’s campus and hosting the students in the molecular lab at ABG. “I was really impressed with how well-prepared the students were throughout the program,” she said. “They were academically on par with the college-aged students I have taught at Georgia Tech.” As a first step in the project, a group from Lovett and ABG, along with colleagues from Columbus State University, traveled to Siempre Verde in March to begin collecting samples from various species of plants for DNA barcoding. The group’s work continued this summer with the Tropical Ecology trip in July. In collecting the samples, the team is working towards making Siempre Verde the first reserve in the region with a complete barcoded flora collection. “I loved this part of my experience in the program, because I saw people doing what they love as part of their job,” said Caroline

Edwards. “Plant people are passionate about their photosynthetic friends and I loved seeing this ‘fun part’ of the job – field work.” Once the collections are documented and added to the online database, anyone wanting to study orchid diversity will have access to the information. It is Alex Reynolds’s hope that students who are particularly interested in the work can extend it to an independent study or senior project. Students may even become part of published scientific research papers before they reach college. “When I look ahead, I can see 5 or 10 years of exciting collaborative research,” said Alex. “This is really just the beginning.”

Endowed for Success The development and future of the botany and marine biology programs at Lovett are made possible with the support of four endowment funds. The Siempre Verde Fund, established in June 2003 through a challenge grant from Dorothy Fuqua, supports the operations and facilities of Siempre Verde. The Constance and Robert Braddy Siempre Verde Scholarship Fund provides financial aid to qualified Lovett students who demonstrate a passion for botany, conservation methods, and ecology and wish to travel to Siempre Verde. Lovett established this fund in March 1997 in appreciation of Connie and Bob Braddy and their dedication to creating Siempre Verde. The Frankel Family Siempre Verde Scholarship Fund, established in January 2006 by Mr. and Mrs. Samuel N. Frankel, parents of Alex Frankel ’08, provides support to students traveling to Siempre Verde who have demonstrated financial need and display qualities of good character, hard work, and the desire to pursue their educational interests outside the classroom. The Dan Dalke Marine Biology Endowment Fund, established in May 2013, was created to accept gifts in memory of Dan Dalke, who gave nearly two decades of loyal and enthusiastic service to The Lovett School before his death in 2011. In recognition of Dan’s dedication to developing the marine biology program at Lovett and his passion for marine biology in his personal life, proceeds from this fund are used to support and develop the marine biology program at Lovett. For more information on how you can support these funds and the work they enable at Lovett, please contact Andy Spencer at (404) 262-3032, ext. 1255, or Fall 2014 7


Thanks to the visionary work of the late Dan Dalke, Lovett’s former Upper School science department head and founder of our marine biology program, Lovett students have enjoyed exclusive research opportunities at the Georgia Aquarium for almost 10 years. “Even before the Aquarium broke ground, Dan was working with their education department to carve out a place for Lovett,” said marine biology teacher Dr. Jennifer Reynolds. Lovett students have worked at the Aquarium ever since on various projects, including studying the behavior of sharks and manta rays, working in coral tanks, and training animals. Next year, however, Lovett’s relationship with the Aquarium will be an official partnership. While students will continue to benefit as they have in the past through internships and independent research studies at the Aquarium, the Aquarium science staff will also benefit from collaborative research projects in Lovett’s new marine biology facility, including raising jellyfish and breeding clownfish. All marine biology classes will also

participate in behind-the-scenes tours at the Aquarium, as well as a Lovett Night for our community. The internship opportunities in this new phase of the partnership will become more interactive, rather than observational, experiences. Interested marine biology students will go through a rigorous application process and four will be selected each year to participate in the internship. They will work in pairs on

Suzanna Mayer ’14 and Will Poplin working in Lovett’s marine biology lab.

Partnerships across Disciplines and Divisions While the partnerships with the Atlanta Botanical Garden and the Georgia Aquarium have enlivened the botany and marine biology programs in the Upper School, Lovett is fortunate to have partnerships with other well-known organizations and institutions in Atlanta and around the world, including the Global Online Academy, the French Consulate in Atlanta, Agape Community Center, and Habitat for Humanity. Other partnerships that have developed in recent years include the High Museum of Art, which allows for unique access to the many resources of the High and further integrates visual arts into Lovett’s curricula, and Sam Flax, which provides opportunities for both students and teachers to explore traditional academic subjects through visual arts. 8


research projects in different exhibits at the Aquarium, including Tropical Diver, Cold Water Quest, and River Scout. Students may also extend their research and work into independent studies or senior projects. “My senior project internship at the Georgia Aquarium was the single most impactful part of my time at Lovett,” said George Spencer ’11. George was unable to fit marine biology into his senior year schedule,

so he decided to drop his classes for a month to study coral spawning in tanks at the Aquarium. “The knowledge and experiences I gained have helped me in countless subsequent jobs, classes, and real-life situations.” Lovett and the Aquarium have also explored ideas for a summer school course. This past March, Dr. Reynolds’s marine biology students and two Georgia Aquarium biologists traveled to the Florida Keys to test those possibilities. The group


A Couple of Educators George Spencer ’11 working at the Georgia Aquarium

studied reef restoration at the Coral Restoration Foundation, and met with Elizabeth Underwood ’08, who works for the Reef Environmental Education Foundation, to learn about her studies on the invasive lionfish that is devastating reef ecosystems in the Caribbean. “I think it is important to get the younger generation excited about our environment and protecting it,” said Alex Collier ’01, one of the Aquarium biologists on the trip. “The best way to inspire students is to get them involved through hands-on education and experiences that they won’t forget.” As the partnership develops on site at the Aquarium and on the shores in Florida, Lovett’s newly renovated marine biology lab will support more collaborative research on campus. “Because our primary goal is providing hands-on opportunities for Upper School science students, we have a lot more freedom with the types of research we can do,” said Jennifer. She foresees students consulting with Aquarium staff on their yearlong research projects for her course. These collaborations will enhance the learning experience for the students, as well as deepen the educational impact of the Georgia Aquarium’s science staff.

You might have noticed that Alex and Jennifer, the Lovett teachers at the forefront of these two signature programs and partnerships, share the same last name. Alex and Jennifer Reynolds met in graduate school at the University of Georgia and have been married for seven years. Alex earned a master’s in conservation ecology, studying orchids and their pollinators at the Maquipucuna Reserve and surrounding areas in Ecuador. Jennifer received a Ph.D. in ecology, writing her dissertation on coral physiology after extensive research and development of a unique method to observe her subjects in the Florida Keys and Bahamas. Prior to joining Lovett, Alex worked for the National Park Service as a staff biologist on the Chattahoochee River and worked for the Atlanta Botanical Garden assisting with their plant collections in the Tropical Conservatory and the Fuqua Orchid Center. He also served as ABG’s international intern in Ecuador. Jennifer taught courses at the University of Georgia, both at the Athens campus and in the field as part of the Marine Ecology of South Florida program, worked for The Wilderness Society, and spent one year teaching at Atlanta Girls’ School. Alex came to Lovett as the director of Siempre Verde and Upper School botany teacher in 2007. During his interview with Siempre Verde founder Bob Braddy and former science department head Dan Dalke, Alex called Jennifer. “He said, ‘You have to come up here. They want to meet you. I don’t think I’m going to get the job if you don’t come’,” said Jennifer. At the time, Dan was the marine biology teacher and was fascinated with Jennifer’s dissertation research. He was eager to brainstorm opportunities to collaborate and enhance the marine biology program at Lovett. A couple of years later, a science teacher position opened, and Lovett hired Jennifer. Looking at the development of the botany and marine biology programs at Lovett over the past few years, you can see how fortunate Lovett was to find the Reynolds family. Alex and Jennifer are part of a larger Upper School science department that is passionate about authentic learning experiences. Each teacher brings his or her expertise in the field to the classroom. “I think what we do as a department is a mirroring of what happens in the research community,” said science department head Dr. Tina Davis. “The collaboration, the sharing of ideas, and the open-mindedness to critique, helps all of us be better teachers and better scientists.” The future of these signature programs and opportunities is very bright because of Lovett’s passionate teachers. Alex and Jennifer Reynolds with their children, Edie (Lovett first grader) and Gabriel at Siempre Verde

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The Class of 2014 Congratulations to Lovett’s 53rd graduating class. This wonderful group

of students was honored with a luncheon, chapel service, communion service, and, of course, commencement exercises, all in their honor.




1 Caroline Barry accepts the newly created Emily Dunn ’06 Memorial Scholarship for International Gap Year Studies. 2 Chris Schoen ’79 with daughter Rebecca ’14 3 Ashley Taylor at the Communion Service with Rev. Steve Allen 4 Charlie Timberlake ’06, George Timberlake ’14, Sarah Price ’05, Janie Price ’14, Ben Timberlake ’14, and Lee Price ’09 at Graduation 5 Samuel Logun and Abby Long walk down the aisle before graduation begins. 6 Seniors say goodbye at Closing Chapel.


7 Clara Easterlin accepts her diploma. 8 Lovett’s salutatorian, Robert Houghton, accepts his diploma. 9 Todd Stratton ’84 with daughter Claire ’14 at the Senior Luncheon










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10 Valedictorian Halle Payne gives her address. 11 Lovett seniors pose with their advisor: Back row - Grant Haley, Ty Newberry, Frankie DeBorde, Patrick Keough, and Chris Torie; Front row - Katherine Drake, Suzanna Mayer, Advisor and Upper School Director of Guidance Counseling Alyse Cooper-Pribish, Clara Easterlin, and Rebecca Schoen. 12 John M. McCardell, Jr., Ph.D. was the 2014 commencement speaker. 13 Happy grads: Kimberlin Rogers, Courtney Muller, and Rachael Western 14 All smiles: Cameron Greer, John Neal, Julia Selman, Ziad Ammar, and Gray Leake





Class of 2014: In Their Own Words Halle Payne, the valedictorian for the Class of 2014, delivered her speech during the Commencement Exercises. The following is an excerpt of her talk. In high school, we spend a lot of time defining ourselves: trying to figure out what we’re going to do with our lives, where we fit in, even what we’re going to wear to the absurd amount of parties surrounding graduation. This is meant to be a time when we figure out who we are. More often, however, we find ourselves looking outward, noticing all the ways other people have it better, all the things we cannot be. And it’s hard when you’re surrounded by people like those at Lovett, who are talented, athletic, and way too good-looking, to think that you could have anything to offer. Malcolm Forbes once said, “Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are.” It has been a learning process for me to fully comprehend these words. . . This is a crucial chapter, a time to understand our own strengths and weaknesses, to foster the former, to mitigate the latter, and to look inward on who we are, rather than outward on who we wish we could be. As you go off to college, as you go to the places that will lead you to your bright futures, I want each of you to remember a few things. My dad said the best advice we can get is to floss and wear sunscreen. My sister gave me some other questionable college advice, which I can’t disclose during this church service. Although they are both important, I think the advice we need to hear is a little different. First and foremost, we must let go of all of these insecurities, the perfectionism, this “I wish I could be like him or her” attitude. It is only holding us back from taking risks, from being creative, and ultimately, from being happy. . . Second, I urge you to be confident. While we look at all that other people have, we have a tendency to sell ourselves short, and we forget that it might be OK to admit that we’re good at something. I urge you to understand all that you have to offer the world, and to feel deserving of all that it has to offer you. Your parents, your teachers, your mentors at this school have seen something worthwhile within you. We must thank them for the sacrifices they’ve made to cultivate our gifts, our talents, our compassion, because we surely wouldn’t be here today without them. . . So, my final message is to feel worthy. When you leave this place, know that you are worthy of all that you will work to achieve. Because if you do not believe that you deserve to achieve your dreams, truly, no one else will. . . This is a celebration of all that we will accomplish in the coming years, all the things of which you must consider yourself worthy. Rev told us at all school chapel that we must be willing to bless others; I want to add to that, sometimes we have to be willing to bless ourselves.

Ashley Taylor spoke at the Senior Chapel. The following is an excerpt of her message. I hated every second of being new to Lovett and every night I begged my mom to let me transfer schools and every night I prayed to God that A) she would say sure; B) I would make friends; or C) something catastrophic would happen so I wouldn’t have to go to school the next morning. Finally after what felt like forever, which really was only like two months, my mom told me that I could leave if it was still bad by the time winter exams came around. And when they finally did come around, life still sucked—but something happened. I realized I didn’t want to be stuck with the “what if” gnawing at the back of my head for the rest of my life. . . By my junior year I was completely worn out and tired of being uncomfortable in a place that I had to exist in for another two years. And so I decided to take my thoughts to Twitter, where I thought no one would ever find it, ever. Well, I was completely wrong, because it started spreading around to everyone. Then you all started coming up to me and saying I was funny and how much my tweets made your day—and I realized that I was being liked for being myself. I figured out that I had a community of people around me who supported me and cared about me— and that I may even be a part of the very community I had hated just four years before. . . So look, if I had left back when I was a freshman, if I’d quit, if I’d given up on Lovett, on myself, I would never have experienced fried ravioli. I would never know that my advisory just happens to be the best group of people you’ll ever come across. I wouldn’t be able to say I’ve gone to Peru or that I’ve survived the Ecuadorean cloudforest. I wouldn’t know you guys, I wouldn’t know Lovett, and I wouldn’t be standing right here, right now, on the brink of a nervous breakdown telling you one of the most clichéd sayings of all time: to keep going, to persevere. . . So seniors, we’re going off to college and it’s going to be freaking amazing, but we’re also going to encounter a lot of quitting moments, moments when you feel like the other, where you hate everything, and where you want to quit and go home. No matter how hard it gets, keep going. Because in the end, I promise, it’ll be totally worth it.

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College Matriculations for the Class of 2014 Congratulations to the Class of 2014, whose members were accepted to 155 colleges and universities. The following

are the schools that our graduates have chosen to attend this fall. Samad Ajao

University of Dayton

Lydia Flock

Ithaca College

Michael Akin

Clemson University

Ben Flood

Washington College

Ziad Ammar

Georgia Institute of Technology

James Foster

The University of Georgia

Lindsey Barnes

Auburn University

Riley Frazer

Barnard College

Hogan Barnes

The University of Georgia

Aggie Fricke

Dartmouth College

Caroline Barry

The University of Georgia

Nicole Glass

University of Mississippi

Saqlain Golandaz

Georgia Institute of Technology

(Kivu Gap Year Program) Bill Bedinger

Sewanee: The University of the South

Nick Grant

University of Cincinnati

James Belsak

University of Exeter

Courtney Graves

Loyola University New Orleans

Katrina Binkley

Georgia Institute of Technology

Camilla Grayson

The University of Georgia

Jay Bland

Georgia Institute of Technology

Cameron Greer

Georgia Institute of Technology

Annie Boydston

The University of Georgia

Alina Gutierrez

Georgia College

Hunter Branch

Texas Christian University

Grant Haley

Pennsylvania State University

Hailey Branch

The University of Georgia

Elena Hartley

Oberlin College

Deen Brooks

The University of Georgia

Isabelle Heard

College of Charleston

Chris Bruns

University of Illinois

Miles Henderson

University of Connecticut

James Hite

University of Alabama

Charlotte Bunch

Georgia Institute of Technology

Susan Holmes

The University of Georgia

Mathew Byers

University of South Carolina

Grace Horlock

Georgia Institute of Technology

Nicholas Cancelliere

Southern Methodist University

Robert Houghton

Northwestern University

Will Carr

Texas Christian University

Brooke Hyland

The University of Georgia

Matthew Cartledge

The University of Georgia

Vivian Ilonzo

Dartmouth College

Garrett Chapman

Georgia Southern University

Charlie Ingram

The University of Georgia

Farah Charania

Barnard College

Laura Jackson

Eugene Lang The New School

Tori Cole

Agnes Scott College

Foster Coleman

Vanderbilt University

Audrey Jackson

University of Virginia

Anna Collins

University of Mississippi

Bear Jameson

The University of Alabama

Carson Cook

The University of Alabama

Brooke Johnson

Georgia Southern University

Kennedy Crenshaw

Syracuse University

Will Johnson

The University of Georgia

Virginia Dalton

Southern Methodist University

Helen Johnson

The University of Georgia

Frankie DeBorde

University of Virginia

Kaitlin Kahrs

University of Denver

Clay DeYonker

University of Mississippi

Alex Kenan

University of Virginia

Reed Dobbs

Georgia State University

Samantha Keng

Emory University

Katherine Drake

Texas Christian University

Caroline Kenny

University of Virginia

Clara Easterlin

Washington and Lee University

Patrick Keough

University of Notre Dame

Caroline Edwards

Oberlin College

Noor Khan

Emory University

Melanie Elam

Loyola University New Orleans

Andrew Kring

The University of Georgia

Blair Fisher

Rhodes College

Erin Langford

Franklin and Marshall College

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for Liberal Arts


The Class of 2014

Tommy Lanier

Vanderbilt University

Natalie Sanders

Vanderbilt University

Gray Leake

Auburn University

Rebecca Schoen

Auburn University

Savannah Lee

Georgia Institute of Technology

Linzy Scott

Vanderbilt University

Koren Lewis

Loyola University New Orleans

Julia Selman

University of Richmond

Sam Logun

University of Mississippi

Elizabeth Sheldon

Clemson University

Abby Long

University of Mississippi

Ellie Sherman

Texas Christian University

Will Long

University of South Carolina

Tyler ShiďŹ&#x201A;ett

The University of Georgia

Wesleigh Lourie

The University of Georgia

J.T. Shiverick

Southern Methodist University

Burke Martin

The University of Alabama

Reid Spiva

University of Mississippi

Suzanna Mayer

Washington and Lee University

Mitch Stallings

Duke University

Evan Maynard

Auburn University

Jack Stevens

University of Mississippi

Connor McCarthy

University of Southern California

Olivia Strader

Davidson College

Austin McCartney

University of Texas, Austin

Claire Stratton

Miami University, Oxford

Tej Suber

Rhodes College

Addison McClaugherty University of Mississippi Eddie McCrady

University of Virginia

Ashley Taylor

Barnard College

Anne Torrey McCuean

Furman University

Sarah Teichner

University of Southern California

Jack McGranahan

University of Mississippi

Rin Thomas

The University of Alabama

Jake Mercer

University of Oxford

Anisa Threlkeld

Vassar College

Michelle Morel

University of Kentucky

Ben Timberlake

Auburn University

Daijha Mossen

Mercer University

George Timberlake

The University of Georgia

Courtney Muller

The University of Alabama

James Topping

Tulane University

Peter Nalle

University of Pennsylvania

Christopher Torie

Georgia Institute of Technology

John Neal

Clemson University

Grant Towles

The University of Georgia

Tatiana Nettles

Georgia College

Avery Triesch

Auburn University

Ty Newberry

Auburn University

Mary Bethany Vincent

Rollins College

SadĂŠ Oresegun

Howard University

Cecilia Ward

Boston University

Halle Payne

Stanford University

Bryce Watson

Georgia Institute of Technology

Janie Price

University of North Carolina

Christopher West

Boston College

Rachael Western

Davidson College

Jessica Pritchard

The University of Georgia

Anna White

The University of Georgia

Lindsey Reid

Georgia State University

David Wiens

Georgia Institute of Technology

Connor Reynolds

University of Texas, Austin

Mary Martha Wiggers

Brown University

Cameron Robinson

Miami University, Oxford

Parker Williams

Southern Methodist University

Kimberlin Rogers

The University of Alabama

Drew Williams

University of Mississippi

Frances Salmon

Georgia Institute of Technology

Andrew Wilson

The University of Georgia

at Chapel Hill

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Learning beyond the Course Catalog by kim morgan Upper School English Teacher and Senior Projects Coordinator Sixteen students embarked upon senior projects this year, allowing

them the opportunity to pursue an educational objective or experience that could not be fulfilled within Lovett’s curriculum. As in previous years, the projects covered a range of interests. For more detailed information about the individual projects, please visit the Lovett School Senior Projects blogs at < seniorprojects>.

Clay DeYonker’s final senior project



Taking the month of April to explore her interest in teaching elementary age children, Hunter Branch worked with Lovett Lower School teachers Mary Stark (Kindergarten) and Jennifer Tatasciore (Fifth Grade), observing various teaching styles, creating lesson plans, grading assignments, and actually taking the helm of each class to engage young learners. Although she relished the frequent hugs from the kindergarteners, Hunter’s senior project experience confirmed that her passion lies with teaching fifth grade, and she is excited to begin the journey towards a career in education. His love of painting coupled with his fascination for the music of The Doors motivated Clay DeYonker to investigate the connection between William Blake’s The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, Aldous Huxley’s A Brave New World, and the inspiration for The Doors’ band name. Researching the nuances of “the doors of perception,” Clay produced an essay articulating his findings as well as a piece of art that captured these ideas, representing Jim Morrison breaking through “the doors of perception.”

Above: Final Cover Pages for Daijha’s and Elena’s projects Below: The first page of Elena Hartley’s Manga

Elena Hartley’s self-proclaimed “obsession” with the process of creating Manga storylines and illustrations prompted her to take advantage of the opportunity to study the history of Manga (Japanese comics) and create and develop her own storyline and Manga chapter book. Joined by fellow Manga-lover Daijha Mossen, the two artists conspired to work together yet ultimately create their own independent products. The end result was two complete Manga chapters, fully illustrated and concluded in such a way that the storyline could potentially take many paths. Both seniors came away with a true sense of accomplishing what Daijha called “a miniature dream,” held by them since the spring of their junior year.


Vivian Ilonzo “set about to prove an enduring truth: that human nature is constant, that there are qualities within our natures that endure and create the cyclical patterns of our histories.” Having studied the Latin orations of the likes of Cicero and Plato, she determined to create her own oration focusing on the human condition. Her final product, The Collective Unconscious of the Twenty-first Century, serves to remind us that “true love is the seeing of value in every being that takes in breath and the continual act of reminding oneself to do so. Conscious empathy can break down barriers like no other can.” Inspired by a visit to a college which boasted its own Outdoor Club with a specially designed guidebook, David Wiens resolved to create a similar guidebook for Lovett’s Outdoor Club. He hoped to feature day trips and hikes of reasonable length and proximity to Atlanta as well as more extensive overnight trips that the club could modify as necessary in years to come. In order to most accurately represent the expectations of timelines and itineraries, David embarked on his own journey along the Appalachian Trail. Fellow outdoorsman Burke Martin accompanied David on this journey, his own personal goal to experience a bit of the culture of small-town life through recorded interviews and photographs of local residents in particular towns along the trail. Sponsored by Atlanta’s High Country Outfitters, David and Burke were supplied with the necessities to equip them to face the frequently adverse conditions, ranging from torrential rain to the snow-covered Great Smoky Mountains. The ultimate products of

Burke’s in-depth podcast and David’s thorough guidebook serve as wonderful representations of their hard work and determination. Evan Maynard’s senior project produced an amazing outcome—a solar-powered golf cart for Lovett’s use. Taking one of Lovett’s golf carts, which had fallen into a state of disrepair, Evan stripped the cart down; cleaned, repainted, and refinished it; and repaired mechanical parts. Then he set to work installing a 260-watt solar power kit on the vehicle. Evan’s goal was not simply to create an off-the-grid vehicle but to design an attractive model that would appeal even to those who were not sustainability minded. He has effectively demonstrated that the means for sustainable technology exists, and his plans to pursue a degree in mechanical and automotive engineering will offer him opportunities to further study and develop future potential technology.

His senior project took many by surprise as Ty Newberry, whom most knew from his successes in the athletic and technology domains, stepped into the culinary arena, where he explored the science of molecular gastronomy, the process of combining artistic and technical components of cooking. After studying the modernist techniques and experimenting with modernist tools, Ty dazzled his colleagues with his newfound skill in creating dishes that delighted the eye as well as the tummy! A frequent performer on the stage, Halle Payne surprised no one with her decision to further explore her passion for songwriting and performing in her desire to create a music album showcasing her talents. We all knew she was a shining star in the classroom, but Halle continued to shine during the process of perfecting songs for recording, writing new

Evan Maynard’s solar-powered golf cart

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A collage of Janie Priceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s artwork

music and lyrics, and ultimately producing a beautiful professional-sounding album of her own creation. Her compilation of songs may be found at <wordpress.lovett. org/hallepayne>. Janie Priceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s passions for both art and dogs collided in her senior project where she sought to create portraits of canines for their owners. After researching the anatomy of dogs and shadowing a local pet portrait painter, Mitzi Rothman, Janie discovered her true skill in using oil pastels to draw four animals. The amazing final products may be viewed at <>. Julia Selman availed herself of the opportunity to truly immerse herself in the experiences that two local organizations offer to special needs children and their families. She spent the month of April engaging students at Sophia Academy and working at sites sponsored by Camp Twin Lakes. Juliaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s senior project effectively confirmed her desire to work with individuals with disabilities, and she plans to pursue a career in special education. Anisa Threlkeld and Mary Martha Wiggers have enjoyed many classes together, as well as shared many stages during their time in the Upper School. In fact, their senior project stemmed from a resolution in their sophomore year to partner to write a musical when they became seniors. This resolution became reality as Mary Martha drew upon a short story she wrote in ninth grade to create a screenplay called Normal Girls, and Anisa wrote a musical score to accompany the story. In less than a month, they wrote, cast, rehearsed, and produced a staged reading of 18


their musical in the Woodward Theater. Exploring her interest in a career in physical therapy, Rachael Western interned at The Shepherd Center, where she successfully trained her own dog to function as a therapy dog. Surprised at the level of physical activity on the part of the therapist, Rachael ultimately realized that perhaps a career in this field was not meant for her. More importantly, she was personally touched by the many stories behind the paralyzing injuries and impacted by the power of forgiveness, resolving to make a difference by impressing upon others the importance of staying off their phones while driving and never driving after drinking.

Andrew Wilson studied sketch comedy after years of being inspired by episodes of Saturday Night Live and The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. He read a number of books and watched numerous videos, hoping to discover a basic formula for making a skit funny. Andrew created three original sketches and performed one of them live in the Senior Talent Show to rave reviews. Pleased with his success, he claims his biggest challenge was balancing humor with the constraints of a particular venue or audience. For more information regarding Senior Projects, please contact Kim Morgan at (404) 262-3032, ext. 1387, or


2014 Senior Honors Valedictorian Award: Halle Anderson Payne Salutatorian Award: Robert Paul Houghton

Mathematics Department Awards Advanced Calculus: Halle Anderson Payne Statistics: Hamed Ziad Ammar History Department Award Frank William DeBorde, Jr. Marvin Howard Floyd Awards in Science Biology: Frances Wade Salmon Chemistry: Elena S. Hartley Physics: Andrew Allen Kring Environmental Science: Olivia Womble Strader Modern Foreign Language Department Awards Spanish: Connor Forbes Reynolds Chinese: Alexandra Claire Fricke Simone Cronk Award in French: Caroline Miners Kenny Catharine Louis Lovell ’66 Award in Latin: Foster William Horton Coleman

Vinita Therrell Leake Art Award: Cynthia Janeway Price Friends of the Arts Awards Performing Arts: Mary Martha Wiggers and Jacob Todd Mercer Visual Arts: Courtney Simone Graves Kate Flournoy Edwards Art Award: Kaitlin Emily Kahrs Emily Dunn ’06 Memorial Scholarship for International Gap-Year Studies: Caroline Pitts Barry Principal’s Awards: James Kenric Belsak, Elena S. Hartley, and Alexandra Claire Fricke The Bobby Train ’83 Friendship Award: Andrew John Wilson Senior Class Faculty Award: Dr. Richard Raymond Chase

Gwynne Adams Burrows Award in English: Bryce Thomas Watson

Parent Association Award: Farah Anis Charania

James E. Warren Award in Creative Writing: Oluwasade Adeola Oresegun

Alumni Association Award: Cynthia Janeway Price

Computer Science Department Award Bryce Thomas Watson

Dan Dalke Award for Character: Robert Paul Houghton

Bible and Religion Award: Lydia Bonner Flock

Faculty Award for Service: Olivia Womble Strader

Christian Stewardship Award: Julia Wright Selman

Vernon B. Kellett Award in the Humanities: Samantha Marilyn Keng

Athletic Department Awards Senior Girl: Rachael Elizabeth Western Senior Boy: Tej Munroe Suber John A. Rabbe Scholar-Athlete Award: Charles Stuart Ingram William C. Conley Distinguished Athlete Award: Grant Dennis Haley

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Cup: Halle Anderson Payne The Eva Edwards Lovett Founder’s Medal: Jacob Todd Mercer

Montague Laffitte Boyd, Jr. Award in Choral Music: Robert Paul Houghton

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Honored in the Community Congratulations to these Upper School students for the following community-wide awards and accolades.

Sophomore John Marco Miele earned a gold medal on the 2013 Medusa Mythology Exam, an international test for students interested in Greek and Roman myth. Deen Brooks, Darby Henagan, and Craig Rollins won silver medals. The September/October 2013 issue of Simply Buckhead magazine featured Buckhead’s Youth Prodigies, including senior Olivia Strader. At the Johns Creek High School’s Gladiator Debates on October 18 and 19, Shiv Daftari and John Marco Miele were named the Tournament Champions in Public Forum Debate, defeating 28 other pairs and bringing home the coveted Gladiator Helmet!

Senior Koren Lewis was selected as a recipient of a 2013 Local Legends scholarship from the Frank Ski Kids Foundation. She was also selected by the Atlanta Hawks as their Be Greater Community Leader. Two senior AP Chinese students, Aggie Fricke and Robert Houghton, participated in a Chinese culture contest sponsored by Georgia State University’s Confucius Institute. Aggie Fricke won second place in the writing competition, and Robert Houghton took second place in the Chinese talent competition.

Matthew Cartledge took first place in the Pace Academy and Atlanta Celebrates Photography 23rd Annual Georgia Photography Exhibition. Liza Conner, Claire Doyle, James Harrison, and Pierce Miller won Exceptional Merits.

Senior Halle Payne was named Lovett’s 2014 STAR student, recognizing her outstanding academic achievement and the highest SAT scores in the class. The STAR student each year has the opportunity to name a teacher who has had made a significant contribution to her development as a critical thinker, and Halle named Debi Ohayon.

Congratulations to the 35 Upper School students who scored one of four awards on the National Latin Exam. There were 15 gold medals and 11 silver medals. Senior Vivian Ilonzo scored her fifth consecutive gold medal.

Congratulations to John Marco Miele and Claire Tobin, who tied for the highest Lovett score in the American Math Competition for 9th and 10th graders. They, along with Julia Koh, earned honorable mentions for their performance.


Two Lovett students were selected to study science this summer at Georgia’s prestigious Governor’s Honors Program. Junior James Kolsby studied physics, and junior Harrison Katapodis studied environmental science.

Congratulations to Ashley Taylor, who was nominated by Lovett faculty and selected by the Fort Peachtree Chapter of the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) as the DAR Good Citizenship Award winner.

Congratulations to Cros Saint, who was named Outstanding Delegate at a recent Model Arab League tournament. Congrats, too, to Harrison Katapodis, who was given an Honorable Mention designation.


Junior Dorothy Rau won first place in the English Speaking Union Shakespeare competition by performing sonnet 106 and a monologue from Henry VI, part 3. She received an all-expenses paid trip to New York City, where she competed for the national championship at Lincoln Center.

Congratulations to the 19 students who were recognized in the state of Georgia for their excellent results on the National Spanish Exam. Lovett students earned five Gold Medals, five Silver Medals, six Bronze Medals, and three Honorable Mentions. Alex O’Shaughnessey won 1st place in Level 4 (AP). Junior Talia Burns won second place at the First GCLE High School Chinese Culture Knowledge Contest.


Way to Go!

Middle School

Sixth Grade Service Awards

Congratulations to the following Lower and Middle School students for these recent division-wide awards and accolades.

Lower School

Evelyn Lovett Kling Scholarship Chandler Kenny

Evelyn Lovett Kling Scholarship Award Sarah Packman

William Stephens Scholarship Award Sam King

Hunter Fankhauser

Kendall Greene

Seventh Grade Service Awards

Gabrielle Elve

Joe Sear

Eighth Grade Paul Bligh Service Awards

Carol M. Ordover Memorial Scholarship James Kemp

Eighth Grade Clara Traver Scholarship Award Mikalah Jenifer

Avery Hager

Cal Mitchell

Eighth Grade Leadership Awards

Beverly Ann Lange Memorial Scholarship Ryan Coombs

Marilyn BouttĂŠ

Abby Shlesinger Fall 2014 21


“The Civil War and the Forging of Character” Lecture Series This four-year lecture series marks the sesquicentennial of the Civil War

and the Battle of Atlanta. Its purpose: to bring to Lovett speakers and scholars who can engage all of us on critical matters of character and integrity as demonstrated during this defining period in our nation’s history. The series starts back up this fall and culminates with a very special event in the spring. For the latest details, visit <>.

Stephen Davis, Ph.D.

Author and historian, Atlanta September 2, 2014

“The Civil War and the Forging of Character” is made possible by The Jack and Anne Glenn Character Education Speakers Fund, through the generosity of the Jack and Anne Glenn Charitable Foundation and brothers Jack, Alston, Bob, and Lewis Glenn, and in cooperation with the Atlanta History Center.

Elizabeth Varon, Ph.D.

Langbourne M. Williams Professor of American History: University of Virginia November 13, 2014

Deborah Willis, Ph.D.

Professor of Photography, Tisch School of the Arts: New York University January 15, 2015

Grand Lecture Joan Waugh, Gary Gallagher, Ed Ayers & David Blight Moderated by Gordon Jones April 15, 2015 22



Lovett Joins Global Online Academy Independent schools have set a high standard for learning—one

that’s not always met by the online education offerings on the market today. Global Online Academy, a not-for-profit consortium of leading independent schools from around the world, was started to address this gap. These leaders gathered together to talk about what kind of online learning would be right for their communities, and how they might be able to share resources and ideas to create a kind of online learning that was global and modern, yet true to the values their institutions and teachers adhere to. In 2013, The Lovett School was invited to join Global Online Academy (GOA), offering our students and teachers the opportunity to learn alongside peers from around the world. “Global Online Academy allows us to expand our curricular offerings while giving our students really critical opportunities to learn in a global classroom, from first-rate teachers, through an online platform,” says Marsha Little, Lovett’s new assistant headmaster and the former dean of

studies in the Upper School. “As our students move ahead to college and careers, they will increasingly be expected to communicate and collaborate with colleagues around the world. We’re excited to give them a chance to build these skills.” Students take GOA courses for credit at Lovett. GOA course workload and course intensity is equivalent to courses taken on our campus. But, unlike many online courses, students are not passive receptors of pre-recorded lectures from their teachers. Instead, students collaborate on challenging and interesting projects with students from around the world. Due to the asynchronous nature of the courses—not bound by the confines of a classroom or class period—they are also expected to manage their workload and time effectively. And, most importantly, adds Marsha, “Our students are drawn to the course offerings. GOA classes are ones they want to take.” There are currently more than 50 select independent schools in the consortium, representing four continents, nine countries, 24 states, and 12 time zones. For a list of consortium schools and classes, visit <www.>.

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Celebrating our Mother Earth

Lovett’s Walk to School Day

The Lower School created a display outlining the activities they incorporated into their Earth Week butterfly theme.



Earth Day festivities began on Monday, April 14, when Peter Byck,

Lovett’s first Sustainability Scholar-in-Residence, arrived on campus. Byck—a faculty member at Arizona State University’s Global Institute of Sustainability and a professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications— spoke at an Upper School assembly and visited Upper and Middle School classes to discuss his work with renewable energy and reducing carbon emissions. Byck, also a director and editor, offered a public lecture on Tuesday, April 15. His first documentary film, Garbage, won the South by Southwest Film Festival in 1996, and he is best known for his 2010 documentary, Carbon Nation, which explores technological and community-based methods of reducing the world’s rapidly expanding carbon footprint.


Evan Maynard displays his senior project, a solar-powered golf cart.

Keeping our Planet Green At Lovett, our efforts toward sustainability can be found on a daily basis

On Thursday, April 17, the Upper and Middle Schools continued Earth Day celebrations with an outdoor BBQ and the second annual Education Expo and Action Day, which featured student work relating to sustainability. The Middle School exhibited soil/ sand models and their methods for water testing Lovett’s pond and stream. A solar-powered golf cart— Upper School student Evan Maynard’s senior project—and other fuel-efficient vehicles were on display, as well. On Tuesday, April 22, Earth Day, Lovett’s last Walk to School day of the year took place and the Lower School organized a morning of sustainability activities and games with a butterfly theme, complete with a professional storyteller. Together with Upper School botany students, they sold houseplants, garden seedlings, and milkweed plants to provide habitats for migrating Monarch butterflies. Later that day, Lovett’s third annual Food Fair took place in the plaza. Upper School students sampled organic and sustainably grown foods donated by local vendors.

across campus—composting in the Dining Hall, creating our own biodiesel, hosting Walk to School days, installing compact fluorescent lighting, building LEED-certified schools, and more. And now, we can add another initiative to this growing list: promoting renewable energy, through certificates and carbon offsets! Lovett is one of 28 schools nationwide to become a charter member of the Green Schools Purchasing Consortium, a program of the Green Schools Alliance. Through this consortium, 28 public and independent schools have agreed to purchase nearly 25 million kilowatt hours of renewable electricity in 2014—the environmental equivalent of taking 3,400 cars off the road for a year! By so doing, we are helping to counterbalance our environmental footprint while also supporting the creation of clean energy. Sterling Planet, the nation’s leading retail renewable energy provider, is providing these verified renewable energy certificates from a blend of wind, biomass, and landfill gas-to-energy projects. And, the Lovett community can contribute to this initiative! Through Keep My Planet Green, an affiliate of Sterling Planet, parents, alumni, and friends can also offset their car emissions or home electricity use while subsidizing projects that reduce carbon into the air. Moreover, for every renewable energy certificate or carbon offset purchased through Keep My Planet Green, a portion of the purchase costs will come back to Lovett to enhance our sustainability programs. For as little as $36 a year, members of the Lovett community can offset their car emissions. And for less than 5¢ per day, members can offset their car and home energy use. Visit <> for more information.

Lovett rolled out its partnership with Keep My Planet Green during our Educational Expo and Action Day held during Earth Week.

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All about Moms and Dads The Lower School hosts Mother’s and Father’s Day parties for select grades


in the spring to thank our wonderful parents for all they do, all year long!





1 Fourth grader Holt Degenkolb with dad Paul 2 Second grader Imani Kenner with dad Keith 3 Third graders with their moms: Tatum Marmins with mom Amanda, Cannon Kleinknecht with mom Haley, Aashna Lal with mom Chhavi, and Montana Dickerson with mom Debbie. 4 First grader Julia Prevost with mom Britt

First grader Aydin Aly Ajani with mom Gulzar



Fourth grader Ellie Hunt with dad Steve

5 First graders with their alumni mothers: Julie ’94 and Charlie Harlan, Elisabeth ’91 and Caroline Lovett, Megan ’93 and May Stephenson, Ryan ’97 and Corinne Dunlap, Dorothy ’96 and John Christians, and Missy ’97 and Andy Madden


Spending an Enriching Afternoon at Lovett by mirabel michelson ’15

Chess Atlanta has been a part of the Afternoon Enrichment program since 2010. Under the guidance of Coach Perdomo, six Lovett students competed in the 2014 K-8 Scholastic Team State Tournament in March.

The Lovett School has expanded its educational programming,

extending outside of the classroom and exploring new frontiers. This program is Lovett’s Afternoon Enrichment Program: it’s fun for the child and convenient for parents. Emily Haisten, the former coordinator of the Afternoon Enrichment Program, described it this way: it’s not child care, but rather an opportunity for Lower School students to remain at Lovett after the school day ends and participate in fun and enriching activities. Lower School students can select from a variety of classes, all offered on campus, so that parents do not have to pick up their children from school and drive them to their activities. And, the program is not exclusive to Lovett students, so siblings and children from all over the city can participate. The Afternoon Enrichment program prides itself on being convenient and affordable, but it is the course offerings that seal the deal. And the children agree—more than 70 percent of Lovett’s Lower Schoolers participated in at least one class last year. To name a few, the program offers guitar, swimming, karate, chess, and cheerleading—28 in all for 2013–14. And, as the students have grown, so has the program. As the students become more skilled in one course, another class is created to provide the next step. One of these new advanced classes is coming this fall, ALTA tennis for both boys and girls. A teaching professional will coach the team as it travels around the city for tournaments. In fact, experts in their respective fields teach all of the classes. Coach

Stucky, Lovett’s strength and conditioning coordinator, teaches a speed and agility class. Not only do the Lower School students get to benefit from Coach Stucky’s experience, but the children also get to know Coach Stucky, who they will undoubtedly encounter again in Upper School. Yet, not all of the classes are taught by Lovett faculty. There are outside vendors that offer unique programs just for Lovett students. Play-Well TEKnologies teaches engineering principles using LEGOS. The Atlanta-area manager for PlayWell TEKnologies, Chris Wilkerson, says that the “Lovett Afternoon Enrichment Program is fantastic! It provides students with various opportunities to expand their horizons, and it has a great staff that truly cares about the needs of each student.” Chess Atlanta is another vendor, which has been working with Lovett since enrichment programs were introduced in 2010. Under the guidance of Coach Carlos Perdomo, six Lovett students competed in the Georgia state tournament in March. As for the specifics, there are three different sessions. The fall and spring sessions run for 10–12 weeks, with a 5-week mini-session in the winter. The courses are one day a week from 3:30–4:15 pm. After school, the ASAP staff provides the students with a snack and walks them to their respective classes. For more information on Lovett’s Afternoon Enrichment Program, contact Taylor Justice, at (404) 2623032, ext. 1374, or taylor.justice@lovett. org, or visit the program online at <>.

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Enriching our Students, Staff, and Community We thank the following gentlemen

for visiting us on campus during the spring semester. As artists, writers, and activists, they all enriched our understanding of disparate topics with their first-hand experiences.

Roy Bourgeois

Roy Bourgeois

Lovett’s Theologian-in-Residence last spring was Roy Bourgeois. Bourgeois was on campus March 27 and 28 and spoke to Upper School students in chapel and in class. Upper School religion and history teacher Bernadette May-Beaver described Bourgeois as a “man who lives his truth.” She went on to say, “He doesn’t have a booming voice, but he has a powerful message.” Bourgeois advised students to speak out against injustice; to not speak out is to be complicit.



Bourgeois was born in Lutcher, La., in 1938. He graduated from the University of Southwestern Louisiana with a bachelor’s of science in geology. After college, Bourgeois served as a Naval Officer for four years—two years at sea, one year at a NATO station in Europe, and one year of shore duty in Vietnam. He received the Purple Heart Medal. After completing his military service, Bourgeois entered the seminary of the Maryknoll Missionary Order. He was ordained a Catholic priest in 1972, and went on to work with the poor of Bolivia for five years before being arrested by the Bolivian government and forced to leave the country for attempting to overthrow Bolivian dictator General Hugo Banzer Suarez. In 1980 Bourgeois became a vocal critic of U.S. policy in El Salvador after four U.S. churchwomen—two of them his friends—were killed by Salvadoran soldiers. Since then, he has spent more than four years in U.S. federal prisons for nonviolent protests against the training of Latin American soldiers at Ft. Benning, Ga. In his capacity as an activist and peace educator, Bourgeois has received the Gandhi Peace Award, the 1997 Pax Christi USA Teacher of Peace Award, and been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. After 40 years as an ordained Catholic priest, Roy Bourgeois was canonically dismissed in 2012 from the Roman Catholic priesthood for ordaining a woman and receiving communion from her in Lexington, Ky.


Paul Saltzman

Norbert Friedman

Paul Saltzman Lovett welcomed Paul Saltzman as its Black History Month speaker on February 24. A filmmaker and civil rights activist, Paul Saltzman presented his most recent film, The Last White Knight: Is Reconciliation Possible? This film is the powerful story of Saltzman’s efforts to reconcile with Ku Klux Klan member Byron De La Beckwith, Jr., who struck Saltzman in 1965 in Greenwood, Miss., where Saltzman was attempting to help African Americans register to vote. In 2007, 43 years after this violent episode, Saltzman and De La Beckwith meet on several occasions in an effort to understand each other better and to try to reconcile. The Last White Knight was seen by all of the members of our Upper School community and by a number of alumni, parents, grandparents, and friends. There was a question-and-answer session following the film, which sparked important, rich, and heart-searching conversation about race, prejudice, progress, reconciliation, and redemption. Saltzman later said he was sincerely impressed with the thoughtful and penetrating questions and perspectives of our students. Paul Saltzman is a two-time Emmy Award-winning, Torontobased film and television producerdirector known for more than 300 productions.

On April 24, Holocaust survivor Norbert Friedman spoke to more than 200 people in Lovett’s Woodward Theater, with an overflow crowd in the Hendrix-Chenault Theater. Mr. Friedman was born in Krakow, Poland, in 1922. During the war he was imprisoned in 11 concentration camps, including Dachau. His experiences before and during the Holocaust are chronicled in the autobiography, Sun Rays at Midnight, published in 2006. Mr. Friedman’s speaking engagement coincided with a photography exhibition at Lovett. In the Ghetto of Warsaw: Heinrich Jöst’s Photographs was on view for six weeks in Lovett Galleria.

The April 24 program included tours of the photography exhibit; a brief lecture about Warsaw life prior to the Holocaust, given by Catherine Lewis, director of the Museum of History and Holocaust Education at Kennesaw State University; Holocaust survivor stories shared by Mr. Friedman; and a question-and-answer session immediately afterwards. Mr. Friedman lives in Atlanta and speaks about the Holocaust at a variety of venues, including the Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, the Alfred & Adele Davis Academy, Temple Sinai, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the University of Georgia, Army installations, Kennesaw State University, and other institutions.

Norbert Friedman and Upper School visual arts teacher Karey Walter visit at the reception. Walter and Lee Hopkins ’07 worked to bring the exhibit to the Lovett community.

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Katie Bayne

New Trustees Begin Terms of Service

Please join us in welcoming our newest trustees, Katie Bayne and Nancy Robitaille. Both will serve a four-year term, which started July 1. Also on July 1 trustee Gordon Buchmiller transitioned to trustee emeritus, while trustee Fran Rogers transitioned to a former trustee. We thank them both for their years of service to our school. We also recognize emeriti trustees John DeBorde and Bill Fox, who both passed away this past year; please see p. 68 for a tribute to these devoted gentlemen. For a complete list of The Lovett School Board of Trustees, please see the inside cover of this magazine.

Katie Bayne Katie Bayne is the senior vice president, Global Sparkling Brands, at The Coca-Cola Company. She joined the company in 1989 and has held positions of increasing responsibility over the years, in multiple U.S. and international locations. She and her husband, Sam, are the parents to two Lovett students: Sam, grade 10, and Drew, grade 6. “Lovett has been a warm and welcoming environment for our whole family,” says Katie. “Without Atlanta roots, we were thrilled to find such a great fit for what we were looking for in the education and complete development of our children.” “I was honored to be asked to serve on the Board of Trustees. I believe the job of the board as a whole is to make sure that the resources of the school are most powerfully focused on delivering on the Lovett mission statement and strategic plan. I will bring the variety of my business and educational experiences, as well as my views as a mother of two Lovett students, into every discussion and decision.” 30


Katie has been involved in other ways at Lovett, including serving on Lovett’s strategic plan marketing committee. “I really enjoyed working with other parents, trustees, and staff. Everyone was so open to sharing ideas for the betterment of the school. It was truly refreshing,” she says. “Lovett is a unique and dynamic place that is truly committed to developing our children into purposeful young adults.” Katie is a member of the American Film Institute (AFI) Board of Trustees. She is also on the board of directors for The Atlanta Women’s Foundation, and is an active member of the Women’s Leadership Council at The Coca-Cola Company. She has received a number of honors, including 2007 Ad Age Women to Watch; 2009 Progressive Grocer Top Women in Grocery; 2011 Womenetics POW Award; and 2011 10 Power Women by the Network of Executive Women. Katie holds a B.A. from Duke University, and an M.B.A. from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.


Nancy (Brumley) Robitaille ’84 Nancy (Brumley) Robitaille ’84 serves as a director and president of The Zeist Foundation, Inc., and secretary/ treasurer of The Zeist Company, positions she has held since 2004. The Zeist Foundation embraces a holistic approach to address the needs of at-risk children, youth, and families in the areas of education, arts and culture, and health and human services. Prior to her work with The Zeist Foundation, Nancy worked in the Gwinnett County school system as a teacher for six years. As a Lovett alumna, parent, and educator, Nancy appreciates Lovett’s whole child approach. “The curriculum at Lovett was a draw for me because as an educator myself, I wanted my boys to have a wellrounded education that included intellectual, social/emotional, and physical development,” Nancy says. “In addition, Lovett’s approach to understanding all students’ learning styles provides a valuable tool for the student, teacher, and parent to help create individualized learning experiences.” Nancy has been involved at Lovett through parent support groups, the wrestling program, several special committees, and with Breakthrough Atlanta as a board member. “I am honored to have been given the opportunity to serve on the Board of Trustees. As a board member, I hope I can listen and learn what Lovett’s current needs are and help work to find creative and innovative solutions,” she says. “I also hope to bring some insight about the Academic Resource Center, as a parent who actively used it and had a child benefit from it. I look forward to joining the board in celebrating the faculty and staff, who work so hard to educate our children.”

Nancy’s passions and volunteer interests include supporting children, especially those at risk, and supporting a quality education for all children across Georgia. Currently, Nancy serves on the board of Atlanta Speech School, Whitefoord, Inc., and Breakthrough Atlanta. She has previously served on a number of Lovett committees, and the boards of Atlanta Children’s Shelter and Quality Care for Children. She is an active member of Trinity Presbyterian Church. Nancy received her undergraduate degree in early childhood education from Vanderbilt University and completed her master’s of educational leadership at the University of Georgia. She and her husband, Dan, are raising three sons: Lovett graduate Paul Hackett ’13, Harrison Hackett, grade 12 at Lovett, and Alex Robitaille, grade 12 at Holy Innocents’.

Nancy (Brumley) Robitaille ’84

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“Lovett empowers me to grow. I experienced an incredible culture while on a school service trip in New Orleans and helped people affected by Hurricane Katrina. I have had amazing opportunities in our Fine Arts program as a musician and a student. I am so thankful for these many experiences.”

—Mikalah Jenifer ’18

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Please support True Blue.

“Yesterday’s supporters afforded us an amazing opportunity, and now it is our turn to help tomorrow’s students.”

LEAVE YOUR LEGACY FOR TOMORROW’S STUDENTS When their oldest child started kindergarten at The Lovett School last fall, it gave 1997 Lovett graduates Jessica and Justin Jones a chance to reflect on the place that shaped their own growing-up years. “There’s more introspection than you’d expect,” Justin says. “I think a lot about my time at Lovett as I watch my son run into the building wearing a uniform similar to the one I wore. It gets me thinking back to what the school was like when I was there, and what it did for me.” A member of The Lovett School Legacy Society Committee, as well as a legacy donor himself, Justin has been active in asking his peers to consider leaving a legacy at Lovett to build the school’s endowment. “This is our way of paying it forward,” he says. “Yesterday’s supporters afforded us an amazing opportunity, and now it is our turn to help tomorrow’s students.” Justin adds, “The key to a strong and sustainable financial future for Lovett is the Legacy Society and a more substantial endowment to help fund the school. Without this, our grandchildren may not have the Lovett opportunity.” “We had such wonderful experiences ourselves,” Jessica adds. “We want Lovett to continue to create more and more of those amazing opportunities for today’s children. We completely believe in what Lovett does.”

Want more information on membership in The Lovett School Legacy Society and the easy ways to leave a legacy? Please contact:

Andy Spencer (404) 262-3032, ext. 1255

Brian Scales (404) 262-3032, ext. 1249 The Lovett School Legacy Society is a group of donors who have included Lovett in their wills or other estate plans. Fall 2014 33


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Recharging for the Fall The Lovett endowment contains several named funds, created by

generous donors to support faculty enrichment. These funds enable dozens of our faculty and staff to study, travel, and conference during the summer months, allowing them to start the new school year with fresh ideas and energy. Here is a sampling of what our teachers were up to during the summer of 2014.

Anne McHugh took a class on assistive technology at The Howard Institute, which helped her discover tools to help the reading students with whom she works. Carrie Stafford enrolled in Howard’s course on the brain and learning, and joined Anne for the workshop on assistive technology. Courtney Moss, the new Upper School dean of students, attended a course through the Stanley H. King Counseling Institute, designed to help administrators learn how to most effectively communicate with teenagers. Virginia Shurling McDonough ’84 participated in the Pine Crest Summer Institute on Designing a 21st Century Learning Experience, with a focus on exploration, innovation, creativity, and collaboration. John Rice and Petter Bauer participated in a teacher workshop in STEM Education at the Bryn Mawr School. Nancy Spetnagel attended the Shenandoah University’s Children’s Literature Conference. Brandi Hoyos, Mallorie Fonesca, and Carla Civita-Garcia all took part in the American Association on the Teaching of Spanish and Portuguese Conference in Panama City, Panama.

Anne Konigsmark and Larken McCord visit the historic Hyde Park home of Pres. Franklin Delano Roosevelt while attending a workshop at Bard College.



Diane Hussman took part in a faculty study program to develop her understanding of project-based learning and authentic assessment, helping her to design projects that help students think critically and collaborate.

Larken McCord and Anne Konigsmark attended the Writing and Thinking Workshop at Bard College. Ian Palmer traveled to the Exeter Math Institute for Teachers, learning to integrate algebra into geometry courses, using algebra and geometry as a bridge to higher-level mathematics. Jill Chang was part of the Overseas Community Affairs Council Republic of China/Taiwan program on Advanced Digital Teaching. This program, funded by the Taiwanese government, will help Jill incorporate project-based learning, differentiated instruction, and experiential culture teaching into her Chinese classroom. Laura Jordan, Teddi Bair, Diane MacEwen, and Susan Ralls traveled to Teachers College at Columbia University for the Summer Reading Institute. Yasmine Schmid studied diversity programs at the iChange Collaborative’s Summer Institute for Educators. Steve Allen and Bernadette May-Beaver received funding to defray the costs of Lovett’s inaugural religion and history course on location in Israel. Tina Davis, Jennifer King, Nolan Morris, and Joe DeLuca took part in a workshop designed to teach the modeling pedagogy as it relates to chemistry. Kevin Randolph was chosen to participate in the National Endowment for the Humanities Landmarks of American History and Culture conference.


Wade Morris ’00 went to the Davidson College AP Institute on the teaching of Advanced Placement European History, as he prepares to teach the class in 2014–15. Sue Wingate attended a Physics C AP Workshop and hopes to return with a larger repertoire of activities and labs to inspire her senior AP students. Kelly Lecceardone, a member of a Middle School humanities team, spent several weeks traveling throughout Europe experiencing history that will inform next year’s collaborative project on Loss and Gain. Jessica Stinson took part in a retreat for violin and viola teachers at Indiana University, and will use the skills gained in her own teaching and management of Lovett’s applied lessons programs. Julia Franks attended the Tin House Writers Conference in Portland. Jonathan Newman traveled to Israel for two weeks, exploring the cultural and historical sites throughout the country so as to inform his teaching of global literature. Above: Kevin Randolph was chosen as a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Scholar, and participated in a workshop on “The American Skyscraper: Transforming Chicago and the Nation.” Here, a view of some of Chicago skyscrapers from the Chicago River. Left: Jonathan Newman with his family in front of the Western Wall in Jerusalem

Sarah Spiers studied volcanoes, plant diversity, and animal diversity in Hawaii, which will inform her teaching of Lower School earth science. Andrea Morgan and Pat Costen attended the Project-Based Learning World Buck Institute, featuring such topics as critical thinking, creativity, and innovation. Mary Kay Waterman attended the Florida Forensics Public Forum Debate Training Coaches’ Institute. Kathy Butts explored a new calculus curriculum that promises to be rich with activities and motivational problems ready for use in the classroom at the Calculus Workshop for Teachers and Administrators in Minneapolis. Katy McDougal attended Savannah College of Art and Design’s Educators Essentials Conference. Fall 2014 37


Honoring our Own At the end of the school year,

Lovett hosts a luncheon at which we honor and recognize our hard-working faculty and staff. These awards honor those qualities which we hold dear at our school: a strong ethic of service, integrity, respect, love of learning and teaching, a commitment to continued personal and professional growth, and a genuine desire to fulfill Lovett’s mission of nurturing the mind, body, spirit, and character of our students. Congratulations to these deserving colleagues, who have our appreciation and admiration for their talents and commitment.

The Loudermilk Family Foundation Coaching Award was established to support Lovett’s commitment to excellence in coaching and reward coaches who are more than just teachers of sports. Bryan Overly, an Upper School science teacher and football and lacrosse coach, was this year’s recipient. The Beth and Ray Chenault Teaching Award, presented to an outstanding instructor in the Fine Arts department who demonstrates passion, love, and excellence as a teacher, was awarded to Susan McCluskey, the assistant theater facilities manager and production coordinator. The Headmaster’s Leadership by Example Award is given annually to an employee who contributes to the Lovett community, in both their official and unofficial duties, by being a positive and supportive influence of good character. The recipient for 2014 is Lynn Elliott, coordinator of substitute teaching.

Lindsay Graham Freeze ’00 and Sue Glander present the Stephen Award to Agnés Browning

The Stephen Award for Excellence in Teaching recognizes and thanks teachers who are relatively early in their teaching careers. Agnés Browning, Upper School French, received this year’s award. The Alumni Excellence in Teaching Award recognizes an exceptionally talented classroom teacher whose teaching methods, knowledge, and compassionate spirit have made a very significant impression on students. Recipients are nominated by our alumni, and this year they chose Tina Davis, Upper School science teacher and department head. The Charles E. Oakley Service Award recognizes a staff person who follows the late Charlie Oakley’s example of

Melinda Rue with Billy Peebles

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Lynn Elliott, center, with Doug Leeson, Marilyn O’Neal, Felicia Huger, and Dan Kahrs


Bryan Overly with Robin Loudermilk ’78

The Wood Family Distinguished Teaching Fellowship In 2009, longtime Lovett

Tina Davis accepts her award from Jordan and Patti Clark.

dedicated and highly effective service to others. The award went to Rick Godfrey, maintenance supervisor. The Outstanding Co-Teacher Award recipient was Melinda Rue, third grade, for her dedicated teaching and love of children, her positive and warm working relationship with faculty and staff, and her contribution to the success of the entire school program. The Surdyk Award honors a faculty or staff member who has provided an exceptionally high degree of individual attention and concern for students. This year’s winner was Kim Blass, the director of strategic communications. The Woodward Awards for Excellence in Teaching were presented to Sarah Raymer (Lower School), Paige Hager (Middle School), Debi Ohayon (Upper School), and Alex Reynolds (Upper School). The Woodward Awards recognize master teachers who improve the achievement of students in significant ways and who go beyond the normal commitment of time and energy in the pursuit of excellence.

friends and supporters Carla and Leonard Wood created the Wood Family Distinguished Teaching Fellowship through a marvelous challenge gift to Lovett. Many dozens of Lovett’s friends responded generously to this challenge, allowing us to award this fellowship for the first time this year. The Wood Family Distinguished Teaching Fellowship provides a wonderful stipend to a teacher in recognition of his or her Award winner Stutz Wimmer with award exceptional skills and accombenefactors Leonard and Carla Wood plishments as a master teacher. The award furthers many of the goals that Carla and Leonard and Lovett hold so dear for our teachers: pursuit of excellence, life-long learning, creative thought and instruction, and the nurture of the whole child. Congratulations to Stutz Wimmer for being the inaugural recipient of this award, recognizing his 28 years of truly outstanding service to Lovett as band director and founder of the Ellington Jazz Ensemble. As Jay Freer, the director of Fine Arts describes him, “He asks more than his students should be able to give, yet they excel because of his standards and care. He inspires true passion from his students and that, in turn, has an effect on how they function throughout their Lovett careers.”

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Farewell and Godspeed The following faculty and staff

members retired from Lovett at the end of the 2013–14 school year. The following are excerpts from the remarks made by Headmaster Billy Peebles about each at Lovett’s end-of-year staff luncheon.

Rozzie Bird

Betsy Brown

Following a 30-year career in Lovett’s fourth grade classroom, Rozzie has decided to step down. Rozzie’s involvement in the Lower School has been legendary, serving as coordinator of economics, the annual Christmas Lessons and Carols service, and the Continental Math League competition. But her work extended beyond her division, as well, as a cheerleading sponsor, track coach, SING leader, and a member of the committee that penned Lovett’s Character Pledge. We thank her for giving Lovett her heart and soul for three decades.

After 11 years of service to Lovett, Betsy Brown retired as a Lower School learning specialist for the Academic Resource Center. Betsy was an unrelenting advocate for children with learning differences. Her colleagues will miss her gift of making all students and colleagues feel special and her expertise into how children learn and blossom. Betsy, thank you for helping us more fully appreciate the complexities and nuances around child development and learning differences.

Mary Baldwin, Lower School Principal Mary Baldwin has retired after 17 years of extraordinary service to Lovett. Mary came to Lovett in 1997 to serve as the assistant principal. In 2006, Mary became the principal of the Lower School and served in that capacity for eight years. Mary has spent more than 30 years as an educator and makes every decision in response to the question she keeps constantly before her and her faculty: “What is best for the children?” She is not afraid to make an unpopular decision if the children will benefit. During the last 17 years, Mary has worked to promote leadership opportunities among the faculty by establishing department heads for reading, writing, social studies, and math, as well as grade level chairs for K-5. She has also created opportunities around diversity and mentoring new faculty. Mary has always had a love for professional development and she has encouraged her colleagues to deepen their ongoing commitment to professional enrichment and growth. She constantly reminds her staff of the importance of having a growth mindset—that as educators, “we should always be striving to outgrow ourselves and never rest on our laurels.” As a direct result of Mary’s leadership in Lovett’s Lower School, children have a voice and their opinions and ideas are valued and celebrated. They are challenged to be thinkers and problem-solvers and they leave the Lower School as confident, independent leaders. Mary is a visionary and Lovett would like to thank her for her leadership. 40


Joye Callaway Joye Callaway retired after working at Lovett for 16 years. She ended her Lovett career as the director of Lovett’s Academic Resource Center. Joye truly lit up when she saw her students. She genuinely cared for them and was devoted to their success and welfare. An attentive and thoughtful listener, Joye will be missed for her innovation and creativity in the classroom. Joye, as the stellar leader of the ARC, thank you for your expertise and pioneering work in the field of learning styles.

Pam Fetters After five years of stellar work as our director of college counseling and on the heels of over 30 years of teaching and leading in several schools, Pam Fetters retired at the conclusion of the 2013–14 academic year. In her critically important leadership role at Lovett, Pam developed and led the implementation of a new strategic plan for the college counseling office, and made sure that our students and families received thoughtful, honest, and helpful guidance about the college admissions process. More specifically, she hired two wonderful associates in Jessica Sant and Irma Navarro, and she initiated a number of high-quality, personalized programs for our students and parents so

CampusNews Bill Dunkel, Assistant Headmaster

Headmaster Billy Peebles with Mary Baldwin, Betsy Brown, Martha Osborne, Bill Dunkel, Wayne Parker, Joye Callaway, and Gwen Mercer

that they could navigate the college admissions landscape in as constructive and informed a fashion as possible. And, throughout her tenure, she strived to help students seek colleges and universities that spoke to their interests, gifts, and passions. Pam brought to our college counseling office her lengthy experience and deep perspective as a teacher and leader. She was a fierce and highly effective advocate for our students, and she wrote on their behalf in a thoroughly compelling fashion. We salute Pam for strengthening our college counseling offerings and we wish her the very best.

Gwen Mercer

After nine years at Lovett, Gwen Mercer retired from Dining Services. Gwen always greeted everyone in the Dining Hall with a genuinely warm and friendly smile. She is the kind of person who brightens the day for those around her. Caring, funny, and a lover of cooking, Gwen loves her family and is excited to spend more time with her children and grandchildren during her retirement. Thank you and good luck, Gwen!

Martha Osborne

Martha Osborne retired after 20 years of service to The Lovett School. Having been described as the epitome of grace and a calming force, Martha’s patience and calm demeanor, in addition to her passion for outreach, will continue to inspire her students

and colleagues for years to come. She pioneered the development of the religion curriculum in the Lower School with new designs and inclusive, engaging lesson plans for children. Martha leaves with Lovett’s sincere gratitude for her ministry!

Wayne Parker

After 42 years at Lovett, Wayne Parker retired. Beginning in the Business Office, Wayne joined the Library working as the audio/visual specialist and ultimately worked in Fine Arts, teaching film history, film criticism, videography, and also served as the High Q sponsor and coach. As a tribute, Friends of the Arts is funding The Wayne Parker Film Collection, where Wayne will add films to the collection each year as a way to honor his vast and extensive knowledge and love of film. Loved by all of his former students, Wayne made a difference in their time at Lovett.

During his 40 years as a teacher and leader—16 of those years at Lovett—Bill Dunkel has been dedicated first and foremost to his students and colleagues, with a commitment to grow and to serve the school community. For 15 of Bill’s years at Lovett, he was the Upper School principal and for the last several years he also served as assistant headmaster. As Upper School principal, Bill eloquently articulated a profound vision for learning, defining those core competencies that our students must develop to be successful in college and to lead fulfilling lives. Because of the thoughtfulness and integrity with which he has created this Upper School vision, he has garnered enormous enthusiasm from his colleagues. His department heads and faculty are inspired to refine and strengthen constantly what they offer the students we serve. And Bill, through his own example, has encouraged his colleagues to take thoughtful risks and to aspire to a life of continuous growth and learning. Through his passionate leadership of our work in sustainability and his tenacious and principled ethic of service, Bill has encouraged our Upper School students to seek, through their own learning, to understand the world in its fullness and to act ethically on what we know and learn. Indeed, one of his many gifts to our community is to remind us all that we are responsible for using our learning to serve others and to make the world a better place. Bill has been a source of inspiration as a leader and educator, and the Lovett community would like to thank him for giving us his talents and wisdom for the last 16 years.

In addition to the above retirees, we bid goodbye to the following employees for whom the 2013–14 school year was their last at Lovett: from the Library, Sarah Beth Nelson; from the Lower School, Emily Clarkson, Lane Jenks ’09, Courtney Martin, Douglas Mogle, Jeff Morton, Sonya Patel, and Don Rigler; from the Middle School, Matt Casper, Sarah Meurisse, and Ellen Ray; and from the Upper School, Molly Arkon, Lauren Patterson, and Bernie Williams. Fall 2014 41


Students on Stage

LS Play: The Emperor’s New Clothes A scene from the Lower School production of The Emperor’s New Clothes, featuring Russell Overly, Caroline Colavito, Lucien LaScala, Harper Fosgate, and Kev Jordan

US Musical: South Pacific Corinne Culpepper, Emily Johnson, Josephine Winborne, Harrison Lyle, Mary Martha Wiggers, Mary Stewart Delong, Juliana Dinkle, and Claire Tobin perform the finale “Honey Bun” in the Upper School’s production of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, South Pacific.

US Play: The Glass Menagerie In the Upper School’s version of Tennessee Williams’ classic, The Glass Menagerie, Jake Mercer starred as Tom Wingfield, along with Mary Martha Wiggers as his mother, Amanda, shown here retelling of her youthful triumphs with her numerous gentleman callers.



US Play: Miss Beth Miss Beth, a campy, modernized version of Shakespeare’s dark classic, Macbeth, was performed by the Middle School, and included students Maiya Moran, Noah Smith, Haley Bulvin, Martha Pope, Isabella Seminara, Avery Newton, and Helena Panos.


Go West! The Lower School Spring Arts Festival The 2014 Spring Arts Festival took place on April 16. It featured native Atlantan, artist, and self-proclaimed cowgirl Bonnie Beauchamp-Cooke and incorporated the theme “Go West!” The daylong event, focused on the arts, included painting, pastels, pottery, music, and improvisation. At Bonnie Beauchamp-Cooke’s station, the artist guided fourth and fifth graders as they painted a horse in her signature style. More than 65 parent volunteers at 17 art stations on the Denny Field helped make this event a complete success! Thank you!

Fourth grader Claire Calahan displays her artwork at the Lower School Spring Arts Festival.

Lower schooler Gill Huffard helps create a western landscape.

Students work on boot mosaics.

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Let’s Go to the Movies:

Lovett hosted the 4th Annual High School Film Fest in May. This year,

The 4th Annual High School Film Fest

And the winners were . . .

the festival featured films crafted by teen filmmakers from the U.S., Canada, Australia, Italy, and Germany. The film fest featured a red carpet picture party and brilliant HD movie screenings in the Hendrix-Chenault Theater.

Best Music Video Milk Victoria Taylor, U.S.

Best International Documentary Comé Al Solito Rodolfo Lissia, Italy

Best U.S. Animation What Are You? Kira Bursky, U.S.

Best International Animation Wanda Carolyn Duchene, Australia

Best U.S. Narrative Girly Kira Bursky, U.S.

Best International Narrative Momentum Alexander Bergmann, Germany

Best U.S. Documentary Materialistic Tyler Mitchell, U.S.

Best of the Fest Momentum Alexander Bergmann, Germany

Will Russ, Whitney Gumpert, Cros Saint, Caroline Pope, and Chris Torie enjoy the 4th Annual High School Film Fest.

Talia Burns, Elena Hartley, Kylah McNeil, and Daijha Mossen pose on the red carpet.




Winter and Spring Sports Roundup

Only a junior, guard T’Erica Eason recorded her 1,000th career point in the girls’ basketball team’s final regular season home game.

As is the case every year, winter

and spring sports overlap. Winter sports are entering their championship phases, with basketball, wrestling, and swimming and diving all continuing well into February, with spring sports already well underway. The girls basketball team qualified for the State Tournament for the sixth consecutive season, led by junior guard T’Erica Eason, who scored her 1,000th career point in the regular season finale. Swimming and diving also took another strong contingent to State, with 21 athletes qualifying for relay or individual events. Individual qualifiers were Samantha Sloman and Abby Benton on the girls side, and Andrew Ferrell and Jay Bland for the boys. Junior diver McKenzie Richards took eighth in the A-AAAAA competition, her second straight season in their top 10, with senior Halle Payne also finishing in the top 20.

The boys golf team finished third at the 2014 AA Tournament, their second straight season finishing in the top three at State.

On the mats, coach Billy Maldonado’s wrestlers again claimed both the Area Duals and Traditional Championships, with seniors James Hite, Reed Dobbs, and Patrick Keough all claiming titles in their weight classes. In all, the Lions advanced 10 wrestlers out of sectionals and into the State Traditional meet, including Hite, Dobbs, and Keough, along with Chase Carter, PJ Johnson, Peyton Bell, Hamp Dykes, Brooks Layson, Carson Rich, and Darby Henagan. With winter sports concluding, the full slate of spring sports took center stage, with most playing well into their May State events. Baseball, led by pitcher and Duke signee Mitch Stallings, had another strong season, advancing to the State Quarterfinals. Along the way to the quarters, the Lions claimed series wins over Rabun County and Calhoun, before losing a tough series in Savannah to a Benedictine team bent on revenge from the previous season. For the first time since 2006, both golf teams qualified for the State Championships. The boys, led by seniors Hogan Barnes and Tommy Lanier, finished third for the second consecutive season, while the girls, behind seniors Aggie Fricke, Audrey Jackson, Suzanna Mayer, and Claire Stratton, claimed seventh at their tournament. Fall 2014 45


In the championship game, Lovett and Northview were never separated by more than a couple of points; here, a couple of Lions celebrate an early, go-ahead goal.

Leading the Lions into the State Quarterfinals for the third straight season, senior forward Andre Kring was the team’s leading scorer, and selected co-MVP with Wes Haley.

Both tennis teams also advanced out of region and into their respective State Tournaments, with seniors Caroline Barry, Helen Johnson, and Sarah Teichner leading the girls into the quarterfinals. The boys, led by seniors Jay Bland, Sam Logun, Connor McCarthy, and Reid Spiva, moved into the second round. Soccer also experienced late-season surges, with the boys advancing to the Quarterfinals for the third straight season. Coach Jimmy Jewell’s boys were led by team co-MVPs Wes Haley and Andrew Kring, with sophomore Rhodes Hall being named Most Outstanding Defensive player, and senior Nick Grant being given the Coaches Award. The soccer girls returned to the State Championship match for the first time since 2009, posting a 17-5 season record, before falling to GAC in the final. During the season, the team split regular season games with Westminster, winning at home, before losing away on PKs, but defeated the Wildcats in an exciting State Semifinal match on Bill Railey Field. The team was led by Davidson signee Rachael Western, and her senior classmates Annie Boydston, Clara Easterlin, Janie Price, Jessica

Pritchard, Kimberlin Rogers, and Rebecca Schoen. Girls lacrosse also used their senior leadership to return to the State Tournament, led by seniors Kennedy Crenshaw, Katherine Drake, Grace Horlock, Wesleigh Lourie, Frances Salmon, and Avery Triesch. Salmon was named Honorable Mention All State, with team awards going to Gracie Letter, All In Award; Anna Salmon, Spirit Award; Liza Topping, Most Improved; and Lourie and Janie Salmon, Coaches Awards. Boys lacrosse posted an 18-4 record, making their first return to the State Championship game since 2009, posting an eight-game win streak prior to losing the A-AAAAA final, 9-8, to Northview of the largest



Senior forward Rebecca Schoen dribbles into space past her GAC defender during the AA State Championship match, played at Emory University.

represented classification. Coach Jim Buczek says farewell to Will Carr, Ben Flood, Miles Henderson, Bear Jameson, Eddie McCrady, Jack McGranahan, Ty Newberry, and Andrew Wilson, but these seniors will leave behind a championship mentality, benefitting the Lions going forward. Another Lion team awakening their championship mentality was the girls track team of coach Charlie Finch ’94. Led by individual State Championships by sophomore Nicole Teague in the triple jump, senior and UGA signee Hailey Branch in the 3200-meter run, and freshman Serena Tripodi in the 1600-meter run, Lovett literally ran away with their first title since 1996. But it was the rest of the scoring that clinched the title by the end of the second of the three-day meet. Teague also took second in the long jump and fifth in the 100-yard dash. Tripodi was second in the 3200-meter and Branch third in the 1600-meter. Junior Khadejah Jackson was third in the triple jump, fourth in the 400-meter dash, and second in the 300-meter hurdles. Freshman Megan McGarrity was fifth in the 800-meter run, and the 400-meter relay of Jackson, McGarrity, Koren Lewis, and Victoria Powell was second. In all, the Lions team scoring


The Lions girls track team claimed their program’s first AA State Championship since 1996, literally running away from the competition, winning the title by more than 40 points.

outpaced the second-place team by 44 points, and as it turned out, had secured the title with 58 points after the competition’s second day. Another scoring streak was kept in place by the boys track team at their State meet. Senior Tej Suber took fourth in the shot put, placing at State for the second straight year. Sophomore Evan Mercer, as did Suber, attained a personal best in his event, the pole vault, also claiming fourth at State. With their team scoring for Lovett, the Lions have now scored at the State boys track and field meet for over 45 consecutive seasons.

2013–14 Athletics Year in Review Baseball, 20-13 – State Quarterfinals College Signee: Mitch Stallings (Duke)

Boys Basketball, 7-17 Girls Basketball, 7-19 – State First Round

Girls Soccer, 17-5 – State Finalists College Signee: Rachael Western (Davidson)

Softball, 14-17-1 – State Second Round College Signee: Tatiana Nettles (Georgia College & State University)

Boys Cross Country, 4th in State, 3rd in Region

Boys Swimming & Diving, 6-5

Girls Cross Country, 3rd in State, 1st in Region

Girls Swimming & Diving, 9-2

College Signee: Hailey Branch (UGA)

Boys Tennis, 14-6 – State Second Round Football, 14-1 – Region Champions, State Champions College Signees: Grant Haley (Penn State), Tej Suber (Rhodes)

Boys Golf, 3rd at State Tournament Girls Golf, 7th at State Tournament

Girls Tennis, 13-6 – State Quarterfinals Boys Track, 4th in Region, 15th in State College Signee: Tej Suber (Rhodes)

Girls Track, 2nd in Region, State Champions College Signee: Hailey Branch (UGA)

Gymnastics, 2-19 Boys Lacrosse, 18-4 – State Finalists Girls Lacrosse, 8-9 – State Tournament

Volleyball, 21-12 – State Semifinals College Signee: Mary Bethany Vincent (Rollins)

Wrestling, 16-5 – Area Duals Champions

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23rd Annual Run ’n Lovett


Thanks to all our volunteers, sponsors, runners, and fans, more than

$54,000 was raised to benefit Lovett’s endowment!

The Alumni Association awarded a party to the Lower School class with the highest participation in Run ’n Lovett. This year’s winners were Mrs. Tricia Buce and Mrs. Linda Weiner’s kindergartners. They celebrated with a popsicle party in the Dell.





Alumni Executive Board Updates

The Lovett Alumni Office would like to thank our outgoing Alumni Executive Board Members for their service to the board and to the entire alumni community. While their hands-on presence will be missed, we are fortunate that each will continue to serve as an Alumni Class Leader.

Missie Wall Hall ’78 Ansley Merritt Conner ’83 Matthew Tully ’86 Michael Jaje ’89

Brad Pope ’91 Sally Lynch Mefford ’91 LeeAnn Landers Smith ’95 Katie Jackson Riley ’06

We are pleased to announce the members and leadership roles of the 2014–15 Alumni Executive Board. Please reach out to board members should you wish to offer assistance in any of their areas of focus.

The Alumni Office hosted a spring thank you mixer for Lovett’s alumni leaders at Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA).

2014–15 Alumni President Taylor Dozier ’02 spoke at the event.

President Taylor Dozier ’02: Leadership President-Elect Megan Apple Stephenson ’93: True Blue Annual Fund and Fall Event Past President Julie Muir Harlan ’94: Governance Emeriti Kurt Hohlstein ’76: 21st Century Run ‘n Lovett Emeriti Larry Jackson ’77: 1970s Alumni Engagement Emeriti Marlyn Chapman ’81: Engagement Activities *Caroline Crowder Bowen ’85: Social Events Lesee Whitaker Googe ’87: True Blue Annual Fund Fran Tidwell Killebrew ’87: Arts and Athletics Engagement *McKee Nunnally ’87: True Blue Annual Fund, Stewardship *Ethan Staats ’88: Business Events Chris Wegener ’90: Alums to the Classroom *Joey Hedgemon ’91: Engaging Class Leaders Jim Woodward ’92: 21st Century Run ‘n Lovett Amy Erbesfield Clayton ’94: Homecoming Activities *Kent Tucker ’95: Alums to the Classroom Dorothy Marshall Christians ’96: Homecoming Activities Ryan Smith Dunlap ’97: Engaging Class Leaders *Ali Dick ’02: Social Events *Sabrina Altenbach Gibson ’04: Business Events *Tyler Caswell ’04: Career Networking and Internships Charles Slick ’04: Arts and Athletics Engagement *Whitney Thompson ’06: Young Alumni Engagement * Indicates new for 2014–15

Headmaster Billy Peebles welcomed the alumni leaders at MODA.

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Class Notes Class of 1964

Carol Ann (Jones) Bufkin is happily living on St. Simons Island, where her three sons returned to after college. Her oldest son, Griffin, and his business partners, Harrison and Kitty Sapp, recently opened a barbecue restaurant called Southern Soul.

Class of 1965

Brian and Patty (Slick) Beem love playing with their grandchildren. Daughter Juliana has two children, Avery and Baker Eastham, and son Brian and his wife, Anna, had twins in early June! Patty says that they spend a lot of time in the North Carolina mountains playing golf and bridge, and that, “Life is good!” Fred Dendy moved back to Atlanta about two years ago after many years in southwest Florida. He sold boats and yachts, and saltwater fishing was his passion. After retiring last year, he started renovating his home and updating his landscaping. He says his backyard faces a lake and woods. Now he has become a nature lover in that he has several bird houses, bird baths, and experimented with different feeders. “My yard and my garden have become my hobby.” Amanda Alston Gregory and husband Greg ’62 have just returned from a wonderful trip to Switzerland. Their two grandsons, Aubrey and Henry, are coming to visit this summer. Their son, Drew, is working hard at his new barbecue restaurant, Lovies, located in Buckhead on Piedmont Road. 50


After graduating from Wake Forest University, where he was in ROTC, Elwyn Hopkins spent the next 20 years in the Army Tank Corps. He retired in 1989 after being stationed in Germany, Vietnam, Kentucky, California, Colorado, and ultimately ending up in Indiana. There he met his wife of 39 years and they have two daughters. After the Army, he became a financial planner and advisor for the last 25 years. They are getting ready for a move to the Naples, Fla., area and are looking forward to attending the 50th Reunion! Gail McLennan King has been widowed for the last 10 years. She moved to her Sea Island home six years ago and plays golf five times a week. Gail has three children and five grandchildren. Rocky Lange and his wife, Debbie, have a new granddaughter who was born this March! That makes a total of five little Langes! Debbie is still working at Lovett as the director of admission and financial aid. Rocky is a certified wealth advisor for BB&T. Their main “hobby” is going to see their grandchildren in Louisiana and Washington, D.C. Tom Matthews says, “I came to Topeka, Kansas, in 1980 for a psychology internship, expecting to stay a year. A capital city of under 200,000, it offers a slower pace and the advantages nearby of a college town (Lawrence) and a major city (Kansas City). The cost of living is much more favorable, so we live in greater comfort here. I stayed, and found a better life.” Tom is happily married to Sally, and spends time with their

daughter, Abby. He has his Ph.D. and a private practice of psychology and psychophysiology. Millie Finch Pryles is beginning her 31st year teaching at The Westminster Schools. She says, “I am still a Lovett Lion in my heart!” Millie also spends as much time as she can with her seven grandchildren. Penny McCarty Rue and husband, Les, moved to Aiken, S.C., in 2008. She reports that Aiken is a wonderful town, and they both have enjoyed getting involved in the community. Penny especially appreciates serving on the board of the Child Advocacy Center. Penny and Les enjoy traveling and spending the summer in Canada at their cottage on Lake Muskoka. Most special of all is staying connected with her children and their spouses (Elizabeth ’88 and Tab, Meg ’91 and Vaughan, and Les ’94 and Laura), and their eight grandchildren. Miriam Tate is currently living in Mount Pleasant, S.C., which is across the river from Charleston. She is still flying back and forth to the west coast to see clients of her architectural color consultancy, Miriam Tate Company. She says, “Thankfully, the housing market is slowly improving.” Her plan is to move back to Newport Beach, Calif., soon. Pat Bowden Thomas says, “After Lovett and UGA, my elementary education degree has served me well with four children, nine grandchildren, and one on the way! Life is good! I enjoy living in Atlanta. Enjoying family, friends, playing golf and bridge, and traveling.”


Kathy Taulman Vaughan is living in West Palm Beach, Fla., most of the year, where she is finishing her first novel. Her daughter Lisa is a cardiac intensive care nurse at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta. Lisa and her husband, Dean, have a daughter, Lily Kate, who is entering third grade and doing a good job of raising her grandmother. Kathy’s son, Bruce Logue III, went to culinary school in New England and after years of cooking, worked his way up to being Mario Batali’s sous chef at Babbo in New York’s Greenwich Village. Bruce is married to Anna and they have a 3 year old, Robbie, who attends Trinity. Last year Bruce opened his own Italian/American restaurant in Inman Park, Bocca Lupo, which celebrates “the slow food movement,” which started in Europe and aims to preserve old world cooking and in America, concentrates on fresh, local ingredients and extruded pastas.

Class of 1968

Tommy Calhoun is now an author. The back cover of his book reads, “Tom Calhoun is a Native Atlantan and fifth generation Georgian. Tom graduated from The Lovett School where he first published, a poem, and scored the first touchdown on Conley-Oakley Field in Kilpatrick Stadium. At Mr. Jefferson’s University of Virginia he retired from football after his first year due to injury—to his pride, when listed as fourth string of only three safeties. Tom consoled himself at the PK Lodge “doors off the hinges” parties preceding by years itinerate partier, Stephen Colbert. As an interim professor at Westminster Schools, Tom imagined a book that explained 1950s Atlanta to his students. But life’s rollercoaster-ride took him from sleeping in a convertible VW to the top income bracket and back. Tom’s red-clay heart is a blend pride and angst, Jesus and scotch. He has survived to write… ATLANTA JEB.”

Class of 1971

Joanne Pair Bonnett shares the wonderful news that on May 10, 2014, her son, Tony, graduated magna cum laude from Georgia State University with a degree in sociology.

Class of 1974

Joanne Pair Bonnett ’71 with her son, Tony, at his college graduation

Scott Askew’s own Fourteen West Realty recently joined forces with Engel & Völkers, the largest European real estate franchise. The firm, now known as Engel & Völkers Fourteen West, is the first Engel & Völkers franchise in Georgia. Scott is owner and president of the firm, and also serves as director of the First Multiple Listing Service.

Tommy Calhoun ’68

Carl Jackson and his wife, Sheryl, have been married for almost 36 years and live in Milton. He is in his 13th year as an educator and currently the assistant principal at South Forsyth Middle School. Sheryl continues to work as a writer and editor for a number of publications. Their oldest son, Justin, is a senior at Georgia Tech and youngest son, Adam, is a sophomore at the University of Georgia.

Class of 1979

Elizabeth Massey lives in Savannah and teaches therapeutic yoga to seniors. She also has a private counseling practice and employs the contemplative arts as tools for growth.

Class of 1981

Lori Triff Day is the author of the new book Her Next Chapter: How Mother-Daughter Book Clubs Can Help Girls Navigate Malicious Media, Risky Relationships, Girl Gossip, and So Much Fall 2014 51


Alumni Congratulate their Graduates The newest alumni join with the veterans at the annual Alumni Senior Luncheon, sponsored by the Alumni Association for the graduating class. We welcome them to the alumni ranks!











1 Michael ’14 and John Akin ’89 2 Yvonne (Amon) ’86 and Mathew Baldock ’14 3 James ’14 and Carey (Morrish) ’74 Belsak 4 Susan (Wright) ’80, Julia ’14 and Ben Selman ’80 5 Abigail (Harlin) ’83 and Nicholas Cancelliere ’14 6 Carson ’14 and Scott Cook ’85 7 Frances (Biggers) ’75 and Lydia Flock ’14 8 Carla (Celaya) ’77 and Isabelle Heard ’14 9 James ’14 and Chad Hite ’82 10 Audrey ’14 and Clay Jackson ’77 11 Glen ’81 and Laura Jackson ’14



12 Michael ’74 and Patrick Keough ’14




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Alumni Congratulate their Graduates, continued...















13 Tommy ’14 and Molly (Yellowlees) Lanier ’85 14 Gray ’14 and Boyd Leake ’80 15 Kem (McIntosh) ’87, Savannah ’14 and David Lee ’87 16 Tommy ’85 and Ty Newberry ’14 17 Marshall ’77 and Natalie Sanders ’14 18 Rebecca ’14 and Chris Schoen ’79 19 Jim ’80 and Ellie Sherman ’14 25 20 Linzy ’85 and Linzy ’14 Scott 21 Tricia (Rhodes) ’86 and Jack Stevens ’14 22 Jim ’80 and James Topping ’14 23 Keith ’83 and Anna White ’14 24 Van ’75, Janie ’14 and Cindy (Kattel) ’78 Price 25 Mary Martha ’14 and Andy Wiggers ’82 26 Lisa (Attridge) Songy ’84 and Hogan Barnes ’14 24


27 Bryan ’75, Ben ’14, George ’14, and Mary ’75 Timberlake Not pictured: Walter ’79 and Jay ’14 Bland, Steve ’85 and Deen ’14 Brooks, Henry ’70 and Chris ’14 Bruns, and Luanne (LaGrone) ’82 and Will ’14 Johnson


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More. The book is about using such book clubs to teach media literacy and help girls confront eight of the biggest challenges facing girls and women today. It was named to Publishers Weekly’s list of best parenting books for 2014, and has received endorsements by Lesli Rotenberg, the general manager of PBS Kids; June Cohen, the executive producer of TED Media; Brenda Chapman, the writer/director of Disney/Pixar’s Brave; and others.

what it means to be a member of the extended Lovett family.”

Class of 1988

In the fall of 2011, and after 19 years in Chicago, Marc Ippolito moved his family to Fairfield, Conn. He and his wife, Christie, have two boys, Lucas, 6, and Cole, 4. Marc is president/ general counsel with Burns Entertainment & Sports Marketing, an agency that matches brands with celebrities and music.

Class of 1984

Peter Thomas and family are posted overseas in Cotonou, Benin. He is the CDC’s country representative and doing malaria control work with the government of Benin. He expects that they will be located there for a year and a half.

Class of 1987

Amy Brown Edelstein and her children spent an incredible day in Washington, D.C., in early July. Amy recalls a very special moment, “My children, Devyn ’16 and Reid ’19, were kind enough to take me on a tour of the Newseum, one of their favorite stops on the seventh grade trip, and something I’d been dying to experience myself. While on the rooftop (an incredible view), the kids were approached by a young man who noticed their Lovett T-shirts. What a treat it was to meet Jonathan Carkhuff ’10! He couldn’t have been more kind or charming, and we all enjoyed sharing and comparing our respective Lovett experiences in such a beautiful setting. I took great pleasure in watching my children experience, perhaps for the very first time, 56


of TxDOT, where he worked to save taxpayers over $3 billion, while improving transportation infrastructure. He lives in Dallas, Texas.

Lt. Col. William “Burke” Hare concluded his active duty as of July 31, 2014. He most recently served as U.S. Air Force space and missile operator and chief of operations for the Flight Test Execution Directorate at the Missile Defense Agency at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama. “I wish more students from Lovett would feel called to serve their nation in what I think is a very noble and high calling—defending our nation and its values in uniform. The service would be enriched by what someone with a Lovett education brings.”

Class of 1991

Jeffrey Sladkus and his wife, Laura, live in Atlanta with their two children, Elena and Orly. Jeffrey works as an attorney in his own law practice, The Sladkus Law Group.

Class of 1992

Scott Leonard joined Hewlett Packard as senior vice president for the Enterprise Services Group. He completed two years in public service as the deputy executive director

Todd Slutsky and his wife of 12 years, Courtney, live in Smyrna with their three kids, Gabe, 9; Simone, 6; and Gillian, 4. He is a creative director at VML, a digital advertising agency in downtown Atlanta, where he runs the Kleenex account. (Check out achoo. com.) Despite all his efforts to the contrary, he is a respected and active member of his community, kids’ schools, and synagogue—where he was recently elected to the board of directors.

Class of 1994

Greg Avison and his wife, Jennifer, were married on Honeymoon Island in Florida. The couple lives in Aurora, Colo., where Jennifer teaches for Aurora Public Schools and Greg consults with various businesses for marketing and operations. Their first daughter, Chloe, was born September 11, 2011. Their second daughter, Tessa, was born in June. Greg misses his great friend, Scott Dawkins, and wishes the best for the Class of 1994. Catherine Stone Baugh is a registered nurse living in the Lake Balboa, Calif., area with her husband, Brian. Amy Erbesfield Clayton and her husband Trey live in Atlanta and were thrilled to welcome their third boy, Wilson Edward Clayton, on September 20, 2013. “Wilson is receiving lots of attention and love from his big brothers, Parker, 6, and Cole, 5.”


Bianca herself in her sophomore year at Lovett when the girls track team won the state.

Class of 2000

The Atlanta Track Club celebrated its 50th Anniversary and held the All-Metro Track & Field Team Awards Banquet on May 30. It turned out to be a great night for Lovett, as well! Lovett track & field coach and alumnus Charlie Finch ’94 was named AA Coach of the Year! In addition, Olympian Adam Nelson ’93 was the special guest speaker; Olympian Dwight Phillips (nephew of Edward Robinson, longtime member of Lovett’s security staff) was inducted into the Georgia Track & Field Hall of Fame; and rising senior Khadejah Jackson and rising junior Nicole Teague were both named Most Valuable Female Athletes.

Charlie Finch, Lovett’s associate director of athletics and head track and field coach, was named AA Coach of the Year by the Atlanta Track Club on the heels of a stellar year for both the boys and girls varsity teams. Lovett’s girls track team claimed the school’s first title in the sport since 1996. The Lions posted 92 points, outdistancing Thomasville (48), Wesleyan (42), and Westminster (30.5).

Class of 1996

Brent Hedin currently works for Deloitte as a manager in talent business advisory for the Southeast tax practice. He and his wife, Clayton, live in Roswell, and welcomed their first child, Hampton William, in December. Bethany Plunkett Weisser and her husband, Frank, live in the Southern

Alps of Germany, where Frank is an instructor at the NATO School in Oberammergau. They now have three children and enjoy every minute of life in Europe.

Class of 1998

St. Mary’s High School (Maryland) head track and field coach Bianca White Lynch had a very successful outdoor track and field season with both the boys (11-1) and girls (7-5) teams. The boys placed 2nd at the conference championship and won the AAAA East Region. Bianca was named St. Mary’s County Boys Coach of the Year and Southern Maryland Athletic Conference Boys Coach of the Year. Ironically, a 10th grade member of her team placed 2nd in the high hurdles at the state and set a new school record—a feat executed by

Stephanie and Kyle George welcomed their first baby, Rachel, in January 2014. In May 2013, Kyle received his M.S. in information security from the College of Computing at Georgia Tech while working at Goldman Sachs. In June 2014, Kyle accepted a new position at D. E. Shaw & Co., a hedge fund in Manhattan, as a vice president in technology. The George family currently resides in Hoboken, N.J. In collaboration with Get This Gallery, MOCA GA recently exhibited Shara Hughes’ Guess You Had to Be There as part of the museum’s 2012/13 Working Artist Project. Hughes left Atlanta to study in New York, Denmark, and Rhode Island before returning in 2008. With bright colors and textures, Hughes combines interiors, landscapes, and human relationships into her work, which she has shown in New York and across Europe. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution wrote of her work, “Chock full of juicy color and frantic, busy action, Shara Hughes’ paintings are assaults on the eyes. Her 10 works on view at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia… feel very much like visual puzzle pieces one needs time and patience to assemble into a whole.”

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Class of 2001

In early June, Dan Regenstein was named Governor Nathan Deal’s liaison to the Department of Economic Development. He was formerly the Deal for Governor political director.

Alumni Mixer: March 26, 2014, at Cinco Mexican Cantina

Class of 2002

Joey Hedgemon ’91 and Sally Lynch Mefford ’91

Kristen Klee Brinkley lives in Atlanta with her husband, Beau, and is a manager at Deloitte & Touche. The Greater New York City Area is home to Matt Tritschler. He works as an account manager for Matt recently announced his engagement to Julie Lebreton. Atlanta-based Carr Van Brocklin is a management reporting analyst with State Bank and Trust Company.

Katie Jackson ’06, Fine Arts instructor Karey Walter, Larry Jackson ’77, and Caroline Crowder Bowen ’85

CPA Margaret Champagne Wright now works in product management for EARNEST Partners. She lives in Atlanta with her husband, Jarrod.

Class of 2003

Atlanta is home to Emily Boyd Dance and husband, John. Emily is assistant manager for media activation at Turner Broadcasting. Beth Crafton ’72, Rachel Avery Simpson ’04, Tom Avery ’71, and Debbie Roach Avery ’71 Amanda Shively Yates ’68, Arthur Offen ’68, Peggy Braungart Fletcher ’68, Grace Tate ’68 and Scott Offen ’67



A veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Eric Williams served his country in the area of human intelligence. He recently returned to U.S. Army service and is in Officer Candidate School for the U.S. Army at Ft. Benning.


Class of 2004

Kelly Voyles Aker and her husband, Anthony, live in Thousand Oaks, Calif. Kelly is a visual artist and designer, and owner of KVA Fine Art and Rustic Grace Trading Company.

A Bucket of Blessings debuts on the New York Times Bestseller List

Greg Bennett and his wife, Jessica (Feuer) ‘03, live in Atlanta. Greg is a manager and project controller with Deloitte Consulting. Jessica is practice director for solutions design at Impellam North America. Atlanta is home to Tyler Caswell and his wife, Maggie. Tyler is a producer for Pritchard & Jerden, Inc., Insurance & Risk Management, with particular expertise in real estate, construction, manufacturing, financial institutions, technology, and not-for-profits. Tyler has recently been named a member of Lovett’s Alumni Executive Board. William Cherry lives in Atlanta and works for Evergreen Construction as a project manager. He was engaged to Claire Stringer on February 22, 2014. Claire, from Louisiana, is an occupational therapist at Shepherd Center. Abigail Cline, a student at the Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University, was awarded an Alpha Omega Alpha Carolyn L. Kuckein Student Research Fellowship, one of about 50 given this year by the National Medical Honors Society. She will use the money to fund skin cancer research over the summer, then travel to a national conference to present her results. She will work with Dr. Wendy Bollag, a professor of physiology and longtime skin cancer researcher. The study will focus on

Kabir Sehgal, Lovett Class of 2001, and his mother, Surishtha, are the authors of a new children’s book, A Bucket of Blessings. Featuring an afterword written by the late Maya Angelou, a portion of the book’s proceeds go to charity: water, an organization that brings water to people in need in developing countries. In this picture book for children ages 4 to 8, a beautiful myth from India comes to life: the story of how a monkey helps his drought-ridden village with the aid of a peacock. This little-known legend is told with dramatic rhythm and illustrated with the colors and textures of India. The book is available on Amazon and at local bookstores.

a certain cell signal that could be involved in skin cancer formation and potentially identify ways to stop it. Kathryn Byrne Christenbury is an artist and calligrapher for Fleur de Letters and resides in New York City with her husband, Joe. Newlywed Coley Young Cuttino and husband, Judson, live in Atlanta. She works in interior design with her own firm, Coley Cuttino Interiors.

Michelle Domanico is currently a principal in KKR’s high yield credit fund with senior coverage responsibility for the consumer and food industries. Her role includes investments in liquid credit (bonds and loans), special situations, direct lending, long-short credit, and mezzanine opportunities. She lives in San Francisco, Calif. Erin Donahue works for Fluor as a design engineer and resides in Rosenberg, Texas. She received her architectural engineering degree from the University of Texas in 2008. Fall 2014 59


A Pop Quiz with Andrew Aydin ’02


tlanta native Andrew Aydin currently serves as an aide to U.S. Congressman John Lewis, handling telecom and technology policy, as well as new media, in Washington, D.C. Andrew served as communications director and press secretary during Rep. Lewis’s 2008 and 2010 re-election campaigns. Prior to joining Rep. Lewis’ staff, Andrew served as district aide to Rep. John Larson (D-CT), and as special assistant to Connecticut Lt. Governor Kevin Sullivan. In addition to being a Lovett alumnus, Andrew is a graduate of Trinity College in Hartford, Conn., and Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. He is also the co-author of the #1 New York Times bestselling graphic memoir trilogy, March, written with Rep. John Lewis and illustrated by Nate Powell. March was named one of the best books of 2013 by USA Today, The Washington Post, Boston Globe, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, School Library Journal, The Horn Book, Paste, Slate, Kirkus Reviews, and Amazon. Says Library Journal about Aydin’s work: “Lewis’s remarkable life has been skillfully translated into graphics. . . Segregation’s insult to personhood comes across here with a visual, visceral punch. This version of Lewis’s life story belongs in libraries to teach readers about the heroes of America.”

Left: Andrew Aydin Below: March, Aydin’s co-authored graphic novel on Rep. John Lewis

you would like today’s Lovett students and parents QName your favorite Lovett memory/experience/teacher. QWhat to know? Taking videography with Wayne Parker. He taught me more professionally useful skills than any teacher before or since. Anne Brandau Fuentes is up there too, with her AP classes. I had never thought I could do as well as I did academically under her instruction. I ended up with so many AP credits from her classes that I skipped a whole semester of classes in college. There are numerous others, as well, who were wonderful teachers that went far beyond what was required of them. It made a real difference for me.

QHow did your days at Lovett prepare you for your life today?

First off, Capitol Hill bears a striking similarity to an oversized prep school. Second, Lovett teaches you, whether you realize it at the time or not, essential survival skills for high-pressure environments.



If there is anything I could tell current students, it’s to hang in there. This isn’t the end. If you’re cool, it doesn’t mean you’re going to be cool forever. If you’re not cool, it doesn’t mean you’re going to be uncool forever. The biggest difference maker in your life is going to be how hard you’re willing to work to follow your passions. I remember thinking during all those times I heard speakers come to school and say, “Follow your passion,” —how am I supposed to do that? At the time I loved politics and comic books. Well, I still do, and I figured out how to make a living out of doing what I wanted to do by just moving in the direction of what stirred my passion. For the parents, I’d say don’t be afraid if you don’t understand what your child is into. My mom thought it was so strange I liked to go to comic conventions, but she let me go. It ended up being someone from those days that helped me get my first publishing contract.


Betsy Keough Flood and her husband, Matt, live in Chicago, Ill. Of counsel for Burke, Warren, MacKay, & Serritella, Betsy is with the firm’s religious and not-for-profit organizations group. She focuses her practice on issues related to risk assessment and risk management, including representing religious organizations in mediation and other alternative dispute resolution processes. John Gardner lives in San Francisco and is a consultant for Bain & Company. John completed his MBA at Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business in 2013. Sabrina Altenbach Gibson works as a commercial real estate associate for CBRE in Atlanta and is newly married to husband, John. She is also serving as a new member of the Alumni Executive Board. Julia Gray lives in New York City and works with Christie’s International Real Estate as a business development coordinator for conferences and events. After receiving his B.S. in mechanical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Richard Hopson moved to Cumming and is currently a plant engineer for SleeveCo. Caroline Fryer Hornberger is studying to be a physician’s assistant at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, where she resides with husband, Charles. Parker King and his wife, Jenny, live in Atlanta, where Parker works for Genuine Parts Company. Their son, Miles, was born on August 20, 2013.

Christin Lawler is a pediatric resident at Brenner Children’s Hospital in Winston-Salem, N.C. Margaret Jago McCarthy and husband, Patrick, live in Elkhart, Ind. Margaret is a self-employed graphic designer. They welcomed son Cormac Donald on November 29, 2013.

After receiving a B.A. in zoology at Miami University of Ohio and an M.B.A. in healthcare leadership at Rockhurst University, Cornelius Thiels went on to pursue his D.O. at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. He is now a surgery resident for the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

Scott Muir lives in Durham, N.C., where he is a Ph.D. candidate in American religion at Duke University.

Alex Thomas lives in Atlanta where she works as a social media manager for CNN’s Headline News. Alex holds a master of science in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University, with a concentration in broadcast media and business reporting.

Arya Sedehi is a Ph.D. student and graduate teaching assistant in the School of Civil Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Lindsay Ryerse Thurmond is an open source java developer for Make & Build. She and her husband, Brian, live in Marietta.

Mary Cline Shafter and her husband, Allen, live in Winston-Salem, N.C. Mary works for Fulton & Roark, a premium line of men’s grooming products, co-founded by Allen and his business partner.

Brendan Tolleson, wife Keri, and newborn daughter Charlotte (Lottie) Grace, live in Decatur, where Brendan works for Suniva as their national director of channel sales.

Laura Holder Menkes and her new husband, Will, live in New York City, where she works as a recruiter for McKinsey & Company.

Rachel Avery Simpson lives in Atlanta with her husband, John, and works as a registered nurse at Northside Hospital. Erica Small lives in Los Angeles, Calif., and works for Georgeville Television as their attorney for business and legal affairs. Scottsdale, Ariz., is the home of Kristen Steenerson. Kristen is a resident physician in neurology at the Mayo Clinic.

Alison Brantley Ulbrandt is an internal medicine intern with Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine-Georgia and currently is working out of Grady Hospital. She and her husband, Tony, live in Atlanta with their one-year-old son, Oliver. Jeff Upshaw, his wife, Amanda, and one year old son, Davis, live in Atlanta. Jeff is an attorney with Alston and Bird.

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Coral Gables, Fla., is home to Shannon Johns Zemantauski and her husband, Jared. Shannon is a marketing and public relations senior specialist at Baptist Health South Florida.

Class of 2005

Harrison Bain, and wife Neeley Odom Bain ’04, live in Atlanta. Neeley works for Frazier & Deeter as a talent acquisition specialist and Harrison is an assistant project manager at Gay Construction Company, Inc.

Class of 2008

Kelly Ames graduated in 2012 from the University of Texas at Austin with degrees in finance and French. For the last two years she has been working for Shell Oil Company within the Upstream Americas and Canadian Trading businesses in New Orleans and Houston. In August she moved to Charlottesville, Va., to pursue her M.B.A. at the Darden School of Business.

Class of 2009

Whit Sibley married Libby Page of Birmingham, Ala., in Cashiers, N.C., on June 7, 2014. Whit and Libby are both graduates of The University of Virginia and are currently living in Atlanta. Whit returned to Lovett this spring for the 23rd Annual Run ‘n Lovett 5K and was the overall winner of this year’s race.

Class of 2006

Attly Aycock is living in Sandy Springs where he works for Remington Medical as their director of marketing and general manager of international manufacturing. Kevin Mitchell was married in November 2013 to Rainey Hillyer Mitchell and lives in Nashville, Tenn. Kevin is a financial planner for TrustCore.

Class of 2007 Northside Hospital has our own Caroline Smith on staff. Caroline is working as a labor and delivery nurse and absolutely loves her job.



James Loper and his business partner co-founded Vergilis, a cleaning company. Vergilis provides their clients a convenient online service to book cleaning appointments from a select list of vetted and insured service providers. Harrison Reeves is living in Washington, D.C., where he works as a legislative correspondent in the U.S. House of Representatives for the Office of Rep. Austin Scott (GA-08). Melissa Siegel, a graduate of The University of Georgia, was awarded a 2013 Fulbright Scholarship to teach English in Malaysia. In addition to her three undergraduate majors (political science, French, and sociology), Melissa served as a mentor through the Big Brother-Big Sister program, held key leadership positions in UGA HEROs (a philanthropy supporting children affected by HIV/AIDS in Georgia), and interned for U.S. representative and civil rights icon John Lewis. From Malaysia, Melissa writes, “Teaching has been a lot of fun. My students are Forms 1, 2, and 4 (13, 14, and 16

years old). I live on the east coast, in a city called Kuala Terengganu. It’s the capital of the most conservative state in Malaysia, Terengganu. So my school is 100 percent Malay Muslim; it’s been really interesting! We are also very close to some beautiful islands . . . Pretty dreamy!” Jamesa Stokes, a senior physics major at Auburn University, received a 2014 Fulbright Scholarship and will conduct research at the German Space Agency’s Institute of Structures in Design in Stuttgart, Germany. Jamesa has completed internships with Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. In addition, she was a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholar to Reutlingen, Germany. Her research investigates the behavior of fiber-oriented ceramics during hypersonic flight in order to develop better thermal protection systems for spaceflight vehicles “I studied in Germany in the fall of 2012, and it was my first time traveling outside of the country, so it was truly an amazing experience,” Stokes said. “Now I can go back and experience more of Germany while doing research that interests me at the same time.”

Class of 2010

Members of the Class of 2010—Elliot McCarthy, Dev Pandya, Eric Hood, and Zach Wolfe—all gathered in Brazil for the World Cup. They were photographed by Perry McIntyre ’71, who was covering the World Cup for Soccer America and Soccer Journal. Check out the photo to your right!


Class of 2011

Naintara Goodgame was recently named the recipient of the 2014 Millicent McIntosh Award given by Barnard College’s Student Government Association. This award annually recognizes one student from each class who has demonstrated outstanding student leadership and commitment to the Barnard Community during the current academic year.

Class of 2012

Jordan Wolfe is seeking a double major in art history and sustainable sciences at Furman University. She is a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority, where she is the philanthropy chair, treasurer of Operation Smile, and co-President of Furman’s Environmental Action Group, in which she played a key role in expanding Earth Week Activities. For Earth Week, Jordan helped secure a kinetic art exhibition by Andre Dang, The Dancing Solar Powered Daisies, designed to raise awareness of solar power and help promote sustainable development by demonstrating a unique blend of science, technology, and art.

Alumni: Looking for Easy Ways to Stay Connected? We want you to stay connected to your school, and not just when it’s

Homecoming! Here are some handy tips. Stay Connected to Your Interests Fine Arts: Subscribe to the free Friends of the Arts monthly e-newsletter by sending a request to and asking to be added to the Fine Arts Newsletter Subscriber List. Athletics: Sign up for the free LionBackers weekly e-newsletter by visiting < lionbackers>. Click on the newsletter link to subscribe. Stay Connected to Alumni-Only Social Media Sites Facebook: Nearly 3,000 alumni are Facebook friends with “Lovett Alums.” Simply go to < alumni> and click on the Facebook icon or go to Facebook, and submit a friend request to “Lovett Alums.” LinkedIn: 638 members and growing, this is a business relationship dream-come-true. Go to “Find a Group” under the Interests menu, and type “Lovett Alums” in the pop-up box. Submit your membership request and network to your heart’s content.

Stay Connected to Each Other If we can’t locate you, we can’t help you locate each other. Don’t lose your connection to the Lovett family. It can be one of the most important and supportive social and business relationships you have! Don’t miss information on class reunions and special events, or hearing from old friends and former teachers who want to get in touch with you. We’ll share exciting updates (like marriages, births, career updates, and awards), but also time-sensitive and difficult news (illness, losses, and services) about former teachers and classmates. Stay Connected with Us Make sure we know how to reach you, and have your most up-to-date home address, email address, and phone number. And share important milestones with us, too. It’s easy to do online! Address and Contact Information Changes: new-contact-information Class Notes: submit-a-class-note Weddings: submit-a-class-note/new-marriage Babies: submit-a-class-note/new-baby Lastly, anytime you are anywhere with other alums, send a picture and description to, or tag us on social media with #loveditatlovett. Fall 2014 63


Chris and Alison (Ebersole) ’04 Robinson and their wedding party run for cover from a killer robot.

Alumni Weddings

Maarten and Whitney (Horton) ’99 Derksen

Sean and Kaylin (Boyd) ’03 Buckley

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Robert and Morgan (Ames) ’07 Harrington

Pam Barclay to John Fitzgerald, April 6, 2013.

Kevin ’06 and Rainey Mitchell

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Fran Tidwell to Chris Killebrew, May 31, 2014. 200 3

Kaylin Boyd to Sean Lawrence Buckley, April 20, 2013.

Hunter and Abigail (Cline) ’04 Appler



Chris and Fran (Tidwell) ’87 Killebrew

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Alison Ebersole to Chris Robinson, September 28, 2013.

Kevin Mitchell to Rainey Hillyer, November 2, 2013.

Tyler Caswell to Maggie Woodward, March 8, 2014.


Abigail Cline to J. Hunter Appler, May 31, 2014.

Morgan Ames to Robert Harrington, March 29, 2014.


Alumni Babies

Charles, son of Jim ’92 and Anne Fair Woodward

Butler, William, and Alec, children of Alec ’93 and Margaret Lesley

Cache, son of C.J. ’97 and Jennifer Kelly

Reynolds Abigail, daughter of Matt and Hadley Heaton Abernethy

Drew and Jack Nichols, children of Paul and Lauren (Lightmas) ’00 Nichols




Ed and Tiffany Smith, a son, Edward Briggs, Jr. “Briggs,” April 7, 2014.

Greg and Jennifer Avison, a daughter, Tessa, June 13, 2014.

Justin and Jessica (Allen) Jones, a son, Bennett Alexander, June 28, 2014.



C.J. and Jennifer Kelly, a son, Cache, April 8, 2014.

Jim and Anne Fair Woodward, a son, Charles Akers, “Charlie,” April 2, 2014.

Brian and Jennifer Harper, a daughter, Hadley Jane, May 6, 2014.

Briggs, son of Ed ’86 and Tiffany Smith

Cavan and Joelle Hughes, a daughter, Lenley Leven, January 16, 2014.


Alec and Margaret Lesley, a son, William, August 22, 2013. Renaat and Susanna (Boone) Ver Eecke, a daugther, Virginia Lea, April 28, 2014.

Andrew and Anne (Pearce) Worrell, a son, Andrew “Drew,” February 18, 2014.

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Brent and Clayton Hedin, a son, Hampton “Hamp,” December 27, 2013.

Warren and Kelly (Cohen) Shaw, a daughter, Meredith Blake “Blake,” April 9, 2014.

Frank and Bethany (Plunkett) Weisser, a daughter, Caroline Elizabeth “CeCe,” March 6, 2013. Fall 2014 65


Alumni Babies continued






1 Payson, daughter of Robert and Lindsey (Prather) ’99 Sanders 2 Rachael, daughter of George ’00 and Stephanie Kyle 3 Scott, son of Chad ’90 and Christie Wright 4 Greg Avison ‘94 with his daughters, Chloe and Tessa 5 Drew, son of Andrew and Anne (Pearce) ’97 Worrell 6 Charles, son of Zachary and Julia (Paparelli) ’99 Prescott 7 Todd ’92 and Courtney Slutzky with their children: Gillian, Simone, and Gabe 8 Caroline, Kendall, and Benjamin, children of Frank and Bethany (Plunkett) ’96 Weisser 9 Lenley, daughter of Cavan ’95 and Joelle Hughes 10 Renaat and Susanna (Boone) ’93 Ver Eecke with their children: Emily, Virginia, Charles, and Preston












Zachary and Julia (Paparelli) Prescott, a son, Charles, February 11, 2014.

Eslier and Melissa (Burroughs) Pena, a daughter, Mariah, September 13, 2013.

Simon and Bess (Newton) Goodhead, a daughter, Blythe, February 13, 2013.

Robert and Lindsey (Prather) Sanders, a daughter, Payson, March 31, 2013.

Kyle and Stephanie George, a daughter, Rachel, January 16, 2014.

Brendan and Keri Tolleson, a daughter, Charlotte Grace “Lottie,” April 9, 2014.

Matt ’03 and Hadley (Heaton) Abernethy, a daughter, Reynolds Abigail “Rennie,” November 14, 2013.

Paul and Lauren (Lightmas) Nichols, a son, Jack, May 29, 2014.

Jeff and Amanda Upshaw, a son, Davis, September 18, 2013.

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The 2013–14 school year saw the passing of two longtime members of The Lovett School Board of Trustees, John M. DeBorde III and William H. Fox, Ph.D. Two of their fellow trustees and friends, Richard Denny, Jr., and Avril Beckford, M.D., shared tributes to DeBorde and Fox at the spring Lovett Board meeting. The following are excerpts of their remarks.

John DeBorde, 1926–2013 Have you ever had a friend with whom you never had cross words or at whom you were never angry? John DeBorde was such a friend. . . Marg [my wife] and I met John when we moved into the Roswell Court apartments in September 1954. I soon became a member of John’s carpool to town, and Marg became best friends with his wife, Coobie, and we’ve been close ever since. John was in life insurance, and his agency was awarded the New England Life President’s Trophy, the company’s highest award. He was a real factor in the industry—president of the Atlanta Estate Planning Council, Atlanta General Agents and Managers Association, Atlanta Chartered Life Underwriters Association, and, of course, a life member of the Million Dollar Roundtable. His civic endeavors were too numerous to list, but included being vice-chairman of the Board of Visitors at Emory University, chairman of the board for the Cerebral Palsy Center, and a board member for Sheltering Arms. At Lovett, John and Coobie were parents of five graduates. He became a trustee in 1970, and chaired the 1972 capital campaign. He was the seventh person to win our Founder’s Medal, in 2007. And, just as with the Dennys, we’ve almost lost track of the number of years of children’s and grandchildren’s Lovett tuitions! —Richard Denny

Bill Fox, 1938–2014 Bill Fox was a great gift to Lovett. Those of us blessed to know him have likely never been quite the same, probably from our very first encounter. Bill’s generous and loving spirit was larger than life. In Bill’s own words “I had been approached by many private schools about serving on their Board of Trustees, but I chose enthusiastically to serve Lovett because of all that Lovett is.” He loved our school and was most inspired by and devoted to its mission to nurture the whole child. He admired and appreciated the extraordinary faculty and their willingness to be progressive and innovative thinkers and educators. Moreover, he especially treasured their passion for teaching and love of each child K–12. He connected with students and inspired them. Bill made many contributions to Lovett, including trustee (1996–2008); emeritus trustee (2008–14); vice chair, Strategic Planning Steering Committee (2004–06); and chair, Admissions and Marketing Strategic Planning Committee (2004–06). For Bill, however, the highlight of his service to Lovett was serving on the Headmaster Search Committee (2002–03) under Chairman Hampton Morris. He rightly felt that Lovett found in Billy Peebles the most outstanding headmaster. Bill told me that his dear friend Billy’s love of humanity, compassion, and character were palpable along the hallways, in the classroom, and on the sports field and that his character and kindness were contagious among students, faculty, parents, and trustees. Ironically, it was these same attributes that we treasured in Bill. . . During his happiest times, Bill’s humor was unique and rejuvenating. During his toughest times, his ability to show vulnerability was a gift that spoke of a heart open wide. He gave transparently to us the gift of his humanness. Great leader. Great mentor. Great intellectual. Devoted and loving husband, and dear friend, Bill Fox. We miss you. —Avril Beckford



Ruth Limbert Griscom Adams Parent of alumni, grandparent of alumni Dorothy Willett Barnett Parent of alumni Mildred Ruth Blight Parent of alumni Virginia Meredith “Merrie” Boone Parent of alumni George Clisby Clarke Parent of alumnae

In Memoriam

Nanelle Ellis Currie Parent of alumni, grandparent

Charles Oakley, 1930–2014

Scott William Dawkins ’94

Coach Charlie Oakley, a longtime Lovett employee, passed away in March. A former Marine, Coach Oakley embarked for Korea and participated in action in South and Central Korea, being assigned to a rifle team. Following his release from active duty, Charles returned to Austin Peay University, where he played football and received his degree in education. He spent 43 years teaching and coaching high school sports, and for 36 of those years coaching football and golf at Lovett. Conley-Oakley Field at Kilpatrick Stadium is named in his and Bill Conley’s honor. “Next to my father, Coach Oakley was my most significant life role model,” says Sam Evins ’79, an alumnus and former Lovett administrator, teacher, and coach. “Not only was he my teacher and my coach, but I also watched him for many years as a colleague. When I started at Lovett I shared an office with Charlie, Bill Railey, and Jim Glasser. We were the varsity football staff (my, have the times changed when it comes to the size of coaching staffs!).” “My father taught me much about what a man, husband, and father should be like, but Charlie taught me how a loyal, hard-working, dedicated, and humble man should carry himself and behave in a professional setting,” says Sam. “Charlie was of the old school, an example of the teacher/coach that taught and coached life lessons through his example and daily efforts.” Survivors include his wife, Grace; children, Lisa and Tom Holland, Dana and Bud Ferguson, and Meg Oakley; and three grandchildren.

Spencer Grand Former student James Hunter Groome Parent of alumna William Morrison Hornsby ’65 Margaret Carrick Fairlie Kennedy, Little Lovett Isabel Yates Kirkpatrick ’74 Dr. Thomas Hale Leech Former faculty Jane Maddox Parent of alumni James A. Martin III Parent of alumni George Kenneth McPherson, Jr. Parent of alumni Jerry Felton Mixon Parent of alumni Nancy Lewis Montet Parent of alumni James H. Pair, Sr. Parent of alumni Cary Ann Scales Parent of student Frances Longino Schroder Parent of alumnae Karen Sibley Parent of alumni, grandparent of alumni Nancy Gay Smithson ’83 George Salo Stern Parent of alumni Dr. Lucas Newton Turk III Parent of alumni Carrol Smith Walraven ’67 James Franklin Watterson, Sr. Parent of alumnus Mark Wynne ’06 Fall 2014 69

Campus Bulletins Alumni Homecoming 2014

A New Website!

Friday, September 19 Tours for Alumni and Guests, 5:00–6:30 pm, Meet at the Barbecue Complimentary LowCountry BBQ, 5:30 pm, Middle School Plaza Reception for Multicultural Alumni and Families, 6:30–7:30 pm, Poole Foyer Homecoming football game, 7:30 pm, Kilpatrick Stadium Class Reunions

Saturday, September 20 Classes of 1969, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, and 2004 Friday, October 17–Saturday, October 18 Class of 1964, 1974, and 1979 Saturday, November 29 Class of 2009 For more information, visit the Lovett website at <>. Interested in Lovett for your children—or grandchildren?

Then please come back to campus for our annual Admission Open House! Saturday, November 15, 2014 1:00 pm, Kindergarten Sunday, November 16, 2014 1:00 pm, Grades 1-5 3:30 pm, Grades 6-12 For more information, visit <>. 70


More showing, less telling. That’s the theme for Lovett’s new and improved website! We are making it easier for you to see what’s going on by showcasing more of our student projects and teacher initiatives, and less of us talking about it. And, with a new design that works great on a tablet or phone, too! You’ll also see less of the “nuts and bolts” that clutter the homepage. We will be moving such info to secure portals, so our different site users—teachers, students, alumni, and parents—can quickly access information that’s specific to them. We’ll give our community more privacy; details about who is where and when will be accessible just to those who need to access such. Watch for it this fall!

Views of Lovett Clockwise from right: ASAP fun on the playground; Upper School sophomores help keep the Chattahoochee River clean while on the River Awareness for Tenth Graders (RAFT) trip; All-School Closing Chapel. For more images, visit our online photo gallery. From <>, click the Galleries link on the bottom right.

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Lovett Magazine, Fall 2014  
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