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144th Commencement Sixty-six seniors in the Class of 2014 each received a Bible and diploma at the 144th Commencement Exercise on May 31.
McClurg Hall dedication marks Webb's commitment to STEM-related education MClurg Hall, a $2.3 million facility that provides new space for the science, technology, engineering and math classes and labs, was dedicated on April 25.
Gardner '72 leads ExxonMobil energy trends forecasting; has 36 years with company
Rob Gardner ‘72 has had an interesting vantage point to view the world in a 36-year career with Mobil and ExxonMobil corporations.
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Cannon Loughry '90 passionate about faith, family, career and giving back Even a brief conversation with Cannon Loughry ’90 will make his priorities in life clear. Talk with him just a little longer, and it’s evident that he is also passionate and intentional in the way he leads his life.
Communication, community service, school spirit all work of Webb's student council
Student Commons Phase I information
Reunion 2014 memories and awards
Two receive full scholarships to The Webb School
Alumni Board reflects on past year
The new McClurg Hall science and math building
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Greetings! Webb has just finished its 144th year graduating 66 seniors, the school's highest number. Their accomplishments as a class are many and varied, with 35 of them being accepted to their “first choice” college. The class included two Merit Scholarship Finalists, a student who received $54,000 for the first year in merit aid for his first-choice university, a student-athlete who received a Division I scholarship, and many other exciting success stories. This class was very close and filled with students who “gave back” to Webb in their time here by their participation in many aspects of school life. There has been much to celebrate on campus. We opened McClurg Hall to our students on March 31, and it was dedicated on April 25. This 8,800-sq.-ft. sciencemath building has three spacious science labs and two math classrooms. More than 100 alumni, parents, and friends made donations to make this building a reality. It is both very functional and esthetically pleasing, and will serve our faculty and students for years to come. The dedication of McClurg Hall kicked off a very successful Reunion Weekend. Many alumni commented to me about “how great the school looked." We are committed to shaping a campus that can best blend our beautiful natural environment with the necessary buildings to educate and house our students. There is more to come. The Board has approved the building of a student center and new housing for 40 students – to be completed by January 2016. This is the first new dorm space at Webb in more than 30 years. Our vision is to have a school of 150 boarders and 200 day students by 2022. These dormitories are a necessary step to reach that goal, as we presently have 108 boarding students and only eight empty beds! Student success at Webb comes in many forms. By design, we are a small school that allows students to try new activities. It was fun this year to watch first-time actors participate in our two plays, “Godspell” and “Pride and Prejudice.” Additionally, we see many students progress in a new sport to a point where it becomes a passion. One never knows where “trying” something new may lead. We want all of our students to use Webb and its many opportunities in academics, arts, athletics, and activities to find a passion that may become life-changing. Recently, we have had Alumni, Admissions, and Friends receptions in San Francisco, Asheville, Memphis, and New Orleans that have been very successful. It is fun to learn about Webb stories of the past, to talk about Webb of the present, and to present our vision for the future. We want all of our constituents to stay connected and to be proud of this great school – past, present, and future. Did Old Sawney ever envision that his little school would shape so many lives for so many years to come? Have a wonderful summer! Ray Broadhead Head of School
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A note from the Head of School
By Rita Mitchell
Director of Communications
Sixty-six seniors in the Class of 2014 each received a Bible and diploma at the 144th Commencement Exercise on May 31.
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Family and friends joined faculty and staff in honoring the class. Graduation was preceded by Baccalaureate with the Rev. David Adams, Bell Buckle United Methodist Church minister, as the speaker.
Members of the class of 2014 who have attended Webb since the 6th grade
Head of School Ray Broadhead welcomed those attending commencement and congratulated the graduates. “The class of 2014, with 66 students, is the largest graduating class for many years at Webb. They also have been together for a long time. Thirty of them have been here four or five years and 22 of them have been at Webb six years or more. We began high school together in the fall of 2010, my first year at Webb.” He added, “There have been many “firsts” in their time here – an interscholastic football team; soccer, lacrosse, and football games under the lights at Lagler Field; cheerleaders; and the opening of a new science and math building, McClurg Hall.” Broadhead told the students, “We are very proud of you. Your academic accomplishments include two National Merit Scholars, many winners of national academic awards, and strong
performances on the national Advanced Placement Exams. Your class includes talented musicians, actors, artists, and singers. Athletes have been named to All-District and All-Region teams while working with teammates to produce competitive sports teams, including a most memorable championship eight-man football season. The faculty and I congratulate the class of 2014 for all of their accomplishments and for having achieved this important milestone in their lives. Thank you for all that you have given to Webb.” Commencement speaker was Rob McNeilly, as 1974 Webb graduate and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of SunTrust Bank for Middle & Eastern Tennessee. “Congratulations to you all. I have to say, I was delighted when Headmaster Broadhead asked me to speak with you because my time at Webb significantly helped shape who I am today.”
He added, “The next four years will be at times uncertain, perhaps a bit scary as you step out on your own. They will also be some of the most exciting years of your life. Many of you will go on to graduate from a university, maybe even several times, but today absorb this experience. Relish it." As he turned to the students’ next stage in life, he said, “Don’t just show up. Get involved. Connect with the people around you ... and I don’t just mean on Facebook. Develop strong relationships. Participate in extracurricular activities, and engage in the community around you, but find and listen to your inner voice. The world needs you.” McNeilly added, “For most people, the ultimate goal is to create a life well-lived … a life that you can look back on with personal satisfaction. Use your college years to lay this groundwork.” The Webb alum noted that for him, banking and finance was always an interest. But it wasn’t until he connected the dots and realized that through banking he could help individuals obtain a loan to make college, a home purchase, or a new or expanding business a reality or to simply navigate life’s sometimes difficult financial circumstances. At that point, McNeilly said, he settled on banking and SunTrust as a career.
As part of the commencement ceremony, Adam Mansell, Livingston, Tenn., received the highest academic honor in the class, The Anna Landis Hightower Award, which honors the student with the highest grade-point average for four years at Webb, and the John Lewis Morgan Award, which is presented annually to the student who has maintained a high standard of excellence in his or her academic work and who has demonstrated the highest qualities of good citizenship in the service of the school. The John Hardin Highest Scholastic Award for achieving the highest scholastic average in her senior year was presented to Haena Lee, South Korea. For more about commencement — videos and photos — please visit: www.thewebbschool.com
The 2014 senior board
“By choosing a purpose driven career, I have achieved a sense of satisfaction and a feeling of well-being that I might not have, had I focused strictly on financial success. “As you go on to college and beyond, choose your career wisely. Select a path that underscores your purpose. Define how the work you will do contributes toward the greater good and helps build your community leaving a legacy you can be proud of. He added, “I believe you have a bright future ahead of you. The Webb School has provided you with an unparalleled foundation for success. The schools rigorous academics, dedicated teachers and storied honor code have rightly set you on the path to change the world.” McNeilly, a graduate of Tulane University and the Stonier Graduate School of Banking, assumed his current role in 2005. In 2013, he assumed responsibility for the Eastern Tennessee markets. A 35-year veteran of the banking industry, 29 of which have been at SunTrust. McNeilly previously served as Chairman, President & CEO of SunTrust Bank, Alabama, a $375M community bank serving the financial needs of north Alabama since 1889.
Members of the Old Guard who have attended Webb since the 9th grade
Yuxiao (Vivian) Wu, China, gave the student address during the ceremony.
Members of the Ancient Guard who have attended Webb since the 7th grade
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He began his career with SunTrust Bank in 1984 at Third National Bank (purchased by SunTrust in 1987) as an Assistant Vice President in the National Department and was promoted to Vice President and assigned to the Metropolitan Commercial Lending Department in 1987, then to Senior Vice President in Credit Administration, where he served until 1993 when he relocated to Florence, Ala.
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Young Marines and Webb preparing Tuma '16 for engineering career in military By Anna McClure '14 Planning to pursue an appointment to a U.S. service academy and an engineering career in the military, Anna Claire Tuma ‘16 is getting a head start as a participant in the Rutherford County Young Marines Program. The program promotes mental, moral, and physical development. Members are taught about military life and protocol and are treated as if they are in the military. Though she joined the recruit class two months late, Tuma, of Murfreesboro, recently graduated with honors and received the High Female PFT Molly Marine Award at a recent ceremony. “It has been a wonderful experience,” said Tuma. Tuma, who enrolled at Webb as a sixth grader, said the school is also preparing her for plans and goals. “Webb has provided a challenging curriculum which is preparing me academically,” she said. “I am also able to participate in athletics, which is preparing me physically. Webb encourages me to serve in my community and be a good citizen.” She added, “My teachers and administration at Webb have been very supportive of me during my years here. They have always helped me reach my goals and encouraged me to be the best person I can be.”
During a weekend in January, Anna Claire Tuma participated in helicopter and weapons simulation training.
Teams claim first, fifth in engineering competition
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Webb teams won first and fifth places in the recent 17th annual National Engineers Week Student Design Competition at the Hands-on Science Center in Tullahoma, Tenn. James Sherwood '16 (Smithville, Tenn.) and Ulysses Yu '16 (San Francisco, Calif.) won the top prize. Anna Claire Tuma '16 (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) and senior Tianlang Gao '15 (Dalian, China), placed fifth.
evaluate their presentation,” said Adam Feldbruegge, physics teacher, Engineering Club sponsor and school competition coordinator. “The Webb School was the only school to receive perfect scores on each team’s presentation.”
The impromptu engineering design competition tested the students’ creative skills and their ability to work as a member of a team. Each team received the design challenge and identical materials for the project on the day of the event. The teams were tasked to create a vehicle that would travel down a zipline and release a payload at the correct time to hit a target on the ground approximately 1.5 meters below the zipline. Some of the materials provided were an egg carton, paper clips, balloons and duct tape. “Not only are the teams tasked to create an object that performs, but they are also required to present their vehicle to three judges who
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Communication, community service, school spirit all work of Webb's student council The Student Council at Webb plays a vital role in studentadministration communication and community service, but also ensures that the school environment is fun, entertaining, and that the students in each class bond. "Student Council is the liaison between school officials and the student body. We are the formal avenue to have the necessary communication between Mr. (Ray) Broadhead and Mr. (James) Garcia and students," said Rachel Howell, student council president. "We act in students’ interest to ensure that the school year is fun, dynamic, and spirited." "Obviously, Webb is very academic and there is a huge emphasis placed on learning, however, high school and middle school are not all about what happens in the classroom," added Ruth Watson, treasurer. "Student Council makes sure that the school environment is enjoyable and fun. We make sure that there are opportunities through the school to build and strengthen relationships by uniting the student body at sporting events or sponsoring competitions that foster class pride."
project with a donation of more than $2,000. It took nearly three hours and the help of some very patient bank tellers to get all of the change converted into paper money." Howell and Watson agree that the student council has also worked hard this year to raise school spirit. "We have done everything from catered tailgates to pep rallies," said Howell. "When the football team made it to the national championship, we helped coordinate the spirit bus and trip to Dayton, Tenn. We have also planned great t-shirts and quarterly spirit weeks. Some of our most successful events have been Olympics Day, Hawaiian Day, and Webbstock." The council's work concluded with the final spirit week, April 28May 2, that culminated in Springfest. The officers explained that the student council tried to give back to the student body more this year. "We are keeping students more informed about anything and everything that is happening on campus with our twitter account (follow us! @dominate13__14).
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Watson said serving as a student council officer was The 2013-2014 student a beneficial experience. council has 18 members: "I have learned how to Caroline Tuma, Charles be a more effective leader Yoon, Bill Cao, Nick through student council. Tilton, Dwayne Young, As treasurer, I hear a lot of Austin Fiala, Jared ideas about how and when Wilson, Kennedy Peek, our money should be spent. Wes Watson, Ian Reyes, I have the responsibility of Soniya Patel, Caroline listening to and considering Coleman, Lennon all ideas and then Ilarde, and Anna Allison. prioritizing and executing Joining Howell and a budget." Howell added, Watson as officers are "I know I speak for all Taylor Halliburton, vice officers when I say that we From left: Rachel Howell, Taylor Halliburton, Ruth Watson, Caroline Tuma, Emily Warden, Hailey Williams, Natalie Fenner, president; and Vivian Wu, Delaney Burst, and Stephanie Fenner have learned what it takes to secretary. produce a successful t-shirt. There is a considerable “I have really enjoyed working with the student council this year, amount of planning and work that goes into a t-shirt, and I think we and I know Mrs. (Amanda) Mallory (my faculty co-advisor) did as finally figured out a good timeline to make sure that quality t-shirts well,” said Kelly Northrup. "The whole council, especially the senior arrived for every spirit week." officers and Rachel, made plans and followed through with them better than any student council I have seen. Really, they made our As seniors, Howell and Watson agree that the football season was job as faculty advisors easy!” the best thing about being on student council this year. "Student Council had so much fun organizing pep rallies and tailgates. The Community service projects are an important aspect of the council's school really came together and between the undefeated regular responsibilities. Several projects are sponsored each year as part of season, the peppy cheerleaders, and the amount of fans who showed the group's outreach. The Bedford County Backpack Project was up at every game, fall 2013 was unforgettable," said Watson. "The the main service project for the 2013-2014 school year. Watson school has grown so much since my sixth grade year, and it is explained that in Bedford County there are many children who eat unbelievable how much students support one another." a free or reduced-cost lunch as their only meal every day. During long holiday breaks some families struggle to provide meals for their “Student Council is a platform for many things, but most children. The Backpack Project sends students home with enough importantly it is for the students,” said Howell. "From cupcakes non-perishable food to sustain them during the holidays. after chapel to Olympic-type games in the dining hall to relay races and doughnut-eating competitions in the gym, student council has "We sponsored penny wars between each grade in order to raise made an effort to brighten students’ days." money," said Watson. "We were the largest contributors to this
Four 7th graders qualify for state Duke University TIP ceremony Madeline Boyanton, Winchester; Oliver Hutchens, Smyrna; Alex Reavis, Winchester; and Cole Zuckowsky, Nashville; seventh graders at The Webb School, recently qualified for state recognition for their performance on the ACT in the Duke University Talent Identification Program for academically talented students. The students took the ACT last year and, as a result of the scores, were invited to participate in a Tennessee State Recognition ceremony on May 5 at Belmont University in Nashville.
Alex Reavis, Madeline Boyanton, Cole Zuckowsky, and Oliver Hutchens
World-premiere of Linton compositions at Carnegie Hall
Boyanton, Hutchens, Zuckowsky and Brooke Williams, Manchester, also qualified for the Duke Academy for Summer Studies. Reavis also qualified for the Duke Center for Summer Studies.
Students join ranks of Sawney Chapter of the National Honor Society
Two new compositions by Michael Linton, a Murfreesboro composer and Middle Tennessee State University music professor, had their world-premiere performances on March 3 at Carnegie Hall. Linton is the husband of Janet Linton, Webb Department of Fine Arts chair, and the father of Elizabeth Linton ’04. Elizabeth performed during the concert accompanied by Janet. Also performing was H. Stephen Smith, who teaches at MTSU and has been a guest performer and taught a master class at Webb.
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Jenna Davis and Ifeanyi Williams were recently named National Merit Scholarship Finalists.
“We are very proud of Jenna’s and Ifeanyi’s accomplishments,” said Head of School Ray Broadhead. “They are among the best scholars in our nation, and they represent Webb very well in all that they do." Davis, of Tullahoma, and Williams, of Murfreesboro, were among the top 1 percent of 2013-14 U.S. high school seniors to achieve semifinalist distinction in September 2013. Of the 16,000 students nationwide selected as semifinalists, 90 percent (roughly 15,000) were chosen to be finalists and are eligible to receive one of 8,300 Merit Scholarship awards.
The Sawney Chapter, National Honor Society
Webb inducted members into the Sawney Chapter of the National Honor Society on May 19 during chapel. Sandy Truitt, faculty advisor, and current members participated in the ceremony. The society was founded in 1921 “to create an enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote worthy leadership, and to encourage the development of character.” The Webb chapter was founded in 1974. Current members are Shiro Burnette, Jenna Davis, Daniel Monroy, Ruth Watson, Vivian Wu, Dom DiSanto, Haena Lee, Adam Mansell, McKenna Hoover, Lauren Livengood, and Nick Tilton. Those inducted included the following: Austin Davis Fiala, Sarah Beth Menck, Ulysses L. Yu, Sophia Yinme Akatue, Katherine Brown Carter, Matthew Gray Cooper, Tianlang Gao, Geetha Ramesh Gowda, Jordan M. McAndrew, Paige Elyse Schoonover, Sarah-Janae Dominique Dilworth, Keith Alexander Elliott, Rachel Anne Howell, Anna Lyn McClure, Eliza Claire Neese, Elizabeth Early Norvell, Branson Douglas Popp, and Ashley Elizabeth Wren.
Two Webb students recognized in New York Times writing contest Students in Shelley Akers’ English II class were given an assignment to enter a writing contest sponsored by the New York Times in March. Two of them, Kai Krajeck '16 and Jarrod Wilson '16, were recognized when the newspaper announced the winners on April 22.
Middle School trip takes group to Chicago Middle school students, faculty members, and parents traveled to Chicago for a four-day trip in March. The group, which included 59 students and 25 chaperones, was organized by Middle School Director Linda Williams. The group visited the Lincoln Park Zoo, saw a performance by the Blue Man Group, and took the “Untouchable Tour,” in which they experienced the city “as it was during the 20s and 30s" and heard historically accurate accounts of the exploits of notorious gangsters while cruising the city in search of famous “gangster hot spots.” They also visited The Art Institute of Chicago and Navy Pier, Shedd Aquarium, the Field Museum of Natural History, and Adler Planetarium, and the Museum of Science and Industry.
Krajeck received an Honorable Mention for her editorial that discussed the relationship between food and culture. In “Picky and Deprived” Krajeck argues that food “promotes both tolerance and diversity… and having to eat food of a different culture brings us closer to that culture.” Although he did not win a prize, Wilson was praised for his unique stance on divorce, and the newspaper posted a link to his editorial. Explaining how divorce can have a positive impact on families, Wilson discusses how children benefit from their parents’ separation. According to Wilson, divorce “strengthens [children’s] mental health, improves [their] social skills, and introduces them to new people.”
“To put the number of contestants in perspective, the New York Times pointed out that the odds of being chosen by one of their judges was slimmer than the chances of getting accepted to Harvard or Stanford,” said Akers. “Around 4,800 teens from across the world entered the contest, so I was ecstatic that two Webb students were recognized.”
Eight inducted into Cum Laude Society Eight students recently were inducted into the Cum Laude Society in a ceremony that included a former Webb faculty member, Jeff Edmonds, as guest speaker.
Edmonds is University School of Nashville academic dean and physics teacher. He received a Bachelor of Arts from Williams College and a doctorate from Vanderbilt University. Edmonds
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Students joining the Cum Laude Society included 12th graders, Alex Elliott, Rachel Howell, Elizabeth Norvell, and Yuxiao Wu; and eleventh graders, Matthew Cooper, Lauren Livengood, Tianlang Gao, and Jasmine Ilarde. Math teacher Sandy Truitt is the organization’s sponsor.
taught physics and ethics and coached track and cross country at Webb from 2001-2004. He also served three years as senior lecturer in philosophy at Vanderbilt University.
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Spring break offers time for travel and study abroad
Alexander '68, former TIME Magazine business, science and international editor, is Follin Speaker Webb welcomed Charles Alexander ‘68, former Time Magazine business, science and international editor, as part of the Follin Speaker Series on April 25. His presentation was titled “Climate Change: It’s Your Future." After 23 years at Time magazine, Alexander is now an independent writer. In his Time career, he was a business reporter and writer, business editor, science editor and finally international editor. During his last 13 years as an editor, he directed Time's awardwinning environmental coverage, including the 1989 "Planet of the Year" report, the "Earth Day 2000 Special Edition" and the 2001 "Global Warming" cover.
Galapagos Islands / Equador Group
Among his many journalism awards are the Page One Award for Excellence in Journalism from the Newspaper Guild of New York, the John Hancock Award for Excellence in Business and Financial Journalism and the Bassow Award from the Overseas Press Club for Best Reporting on Environmental Issues. Since retiring from Time, Alexander has written Sustainability Reports for Time Inc., been a Contributing Editor for Conservation magazine, been a blogger for The Huffington Post, and has taken on writing and album-producing projects for Frankie Valli and Bob Gaudio, the remaining original members of the Four Seasons singing group. He has lectured at Columbia University, New York University, Michigan State University, the University of Hawaii and the New School for Social Research. Alexander received a B.A. from Harvard in 1972 and a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia in 1977. He taught algebra, biology and general science at Webb in 1972-1973 and served as a Webb Trustee from 2007 to 2013. The speaker series is an endowed program at The Webb School.
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France Tour Group
Two groups used the 2014 spring break to travel and study abroad. Trips were led to the Galapagos Islands and Ecuador and to France. Strings teacher and string orchestra director Susan Mullen, led the Galapagos Islands and Ecuador trip assisted by Outdoor Program director Brian Wofford, and graphic designer Gayle McClanahan. Santa Cruz and the surrounding islands, Quito, Baltra, and the Charles Darwin Research Station were part of the trip that focused on the area's biodiversity, the rich history of evolution, as well as an introduction to foreign culture and tradition. The trip to France was led by Department of Foreign Language chair and French teacher Moira Smith, along with history teacher L.R. Smith, Department of Fine Arts chair Janet Linton, and French teacher Kelly Wyatt. The group’s itinerary included Bourgoin-Jailleu, Lyon, Annecy, and Paris.
Charles Alexander '68 talks with students in the Environmental Science Class.
Middle School students receive Book Awards Middle School students from The Webb School came together for a special ceremony on May 16 that included the presentation of traditional and special awards, a declamation contest and the graduation of the eighth grade class.
Class of 2014 takes part in traditional Senior Survival Members of the Class of 2014 departed May 23 for Senior Survival, an annual Webb tradition led by Brian Wofford, Webb’s Outdoor Program director. The group returned in time for graduation practice on May 29.
For full list of Middle School and Upper School book awards, please visit www.thewebbschool.com
Spring Play, Pride and Prejudice “Pride and Prejudice," a fastpaced and engaging adaptation of the 1813 novel by Jane Austen, was performed by The Webb Players in April on The Webb School chapel stage. Many of the lead roles were played by seniors, who have read “Pride and Prejudice” for English class, and each cast member fulfills multiple roles. “That’s the way John Jory adapted the play,” said Ruth Cordell, Webb director of speech/theatre and play director.
Students get financial advice from Dave Ramsey
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Students in the personal finance class at Webb completed a course created by Dave Ramsey, personal money management expert, best-selling author and nationally syndicated radio show host. To reinforce what they have learned in the classroom, the students travel to Financial Peace Plaza in Brentwood to hear firsthand how to avoid some of the financial pitfalls that plague young adults and how to plan for the future. The group appeared on the live streaming video of the show and were photographed with Ramsey.
McClurg Hall The Webb School magazine
dedication marks Webb’s commitment to STEM-related education
By Rita Mitchell
Director of Communications
MClurg Hall, a $2.3 million facility that provides new space for the science, technology, engineering and math classes and labs, was dedicated on April 25. The Board of Trustees, donors, alumni, faculty and special guests attended the ceremony officially opening the 8,800 sq. ft. building that enhances an active, hands-on learning experience. “We are particularly glad to see that McClurg Hall is dedicated to the teaching of science, technology and math, which is so important for the future success of generations to come,” E. Vane McClurg, a
Webb 1960 graduate and donor whose family name is reflected on the building, said in a prepared statement. “My son, Hayden, who graduated from Webb in 1988, and I owe a lot to Webb School and are pleased to be able to give back.” “I followed in my father’s footsteps and attended Webb for four years,” Hayden McClurg '88 said in a prepared statement. “My room during my junior year overlooked the site of this new building. I certainly never imagined that my surname would serve as its official title.” He added, “It is a great honor to have played a
Paul Martin '88
“This great structure would not be here without the hard work and the generosity of many people. More than 100 donors contributed to this building, and we are very grateful for their support,” said Broadhead. “We are deeply appreciative for the work of Capital Campaign Co-Chairs Bill Huddleston and Phil Coop, who have been a driving force for all of our Capital Campaign initiatives.” Broadhead related that there are “some great stories – Charles Alexander ’68 and the Craig Ferrell ‘67 Office, Lee Woosley ’78 and Bill Huddleston ’81 and the Sandy Truitt Classroom, and the generosity of the McClurg Family to name the building.”
“We are particularly glad to see that McClurg Hall is dedicated to the teaching of science, technology and math, which is so important for the future success of generations to come.”
— E. Vane McClurg
The McClurgs were unable to attend the ceremony, and their remarks were delivered by Paul Martin, one of Hayden McClurg’s classmates and friends. Also during the program Head of School Ray Broadhead noted the history of rigorous science and math curricula at Webb in his remarks. He added that Webb is still preparing scientists for the future.
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role in the further development of scientific education at Webb.”
Several other donors were acknowledged by the head of school including Keith Barton ’75, who named a classroom; Phil ’66 and Kay Coop and Brevard ‘64 and Jane Haynes, who contributed to the naming of the Kelton Tidwell Lab; Drs. Mary and Max Moss (parents of two alumni and one current student), Dr. Hunter Welles ’63, and John Reddell (grandfather of three current Webb students), who each named a faculty office. The front portico was named by Pick Stephens ‘56 and his brother Blair ’53 in memory of their father Bob ’20, and lab stations were named by Dr. Hunter and Amy Norris in honor of their two children at Webb, Forrest Shoaf ’68 in honor of his mother, and David LaRoche ’98 and his family. Broadhead gave special thanks to Bricke Murfree ’98 and the Building and Grounds Committee for their wisdom and time to
I’ve ever done.” Alexander talked about Ferrell’s outreach and community service, his strong bond with Webb, those he cared for as an orthopedic surgeon and “how important he was to many lives.”
A help shape the building, Assistant Head of School and Chief Financial Officer Joe Iorio, who spent many hours overseeing the construction of McClurg Hall, and Director of Alumni and Development Claudia Hazelwood, who was the architect of the fundraising plan for the project. “We are so indebted to all of you who believe in the promise of Webb and the future education of our students,” he added.
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George E. Pine III ’68, Board of Trustees chair, thanked those in attendance and pointed out that the Administration Building bears the inscription from “Sawney” Webb, “Don’t be a spectator … take a hand in the game.” Pine added that that’s what he loves about all the people who were involved in the McClurg Hall project. “We all care about our school more than anybody could ever know. Having a hand in the game and getting this accomplished is a major, major step forward for our students and a living legacy to all of you for being part of it.”
Alexander related a personal story about Morgan, headmaster and longtime science teacher, noting that he began the practice of inviting junior high students in Shelbyville to tour the campus. “I was invited on one of those tours,” Alexander said, adding that taking the tour and enrolling at Webb had a significant impact on his life. He also spoke about the “keen interest he (Morgan) took in individual students.” In remembering Kelton Tidwell, longtime math teacher, Coop said he was “the man who changed my life more than anyone else except my father.” He said that no one embodied great teaching more than Tidwell. Alexander added that Tidwell was his favorite teacher and that Tidwell and Ferrell, who served as one of Tidwell's lab assistants, “nurtured my interest in science.” During his remarks, Martin noted that Tygrett embodied every characteristic wanted in a Webb graduate.
A. Lorraine Ferrell, widow of Craig Ferrell, and other family members and friends gathered for remarks by Charles Alexander ’68 at the M. Craig Ferrell '67 Faculty Office.
Others on the program included Charles Alexander ’68, who talked about the Craig Ferrell Office and John Morgan, and Phil Coop ’66, who talked about the Kelton Tidwell Lab, all special initiatives by alumni and others in memory of these men. Martin also spoke about the late Trey Tygrett '88, for whom a lab was named. Ferrell and Tidwell family members were among guests at the dedication.
B. Kelton Tidwell’s children, Joe Tidwell, left, and Kim Brantley and her husband, James, are pictured with Phil Coop ’66 in the Kelton G. Tidwell Lab.
Alexander, who led the fundraising for the Ferrell office in his memory, told the group, “Raising money for Craig Ferrell was one of the easiest things
D. Dr. Leone Broadhead, science faculty member, works with students in the Howard Volney “Trey” Tygrett III ’88 Lab.
C. Bricke Murfree ’96, Building and Grounds Committee chair, holds his daughter, Ellen, at the dedication.
Student Commons PHASE I
Ensuring that The Webb School can meet the needs of its current and future students, the Board of Trustees has approved -- the construction of a new student center and new housing for 40 students. They will be located in a central area between the Follin Administration Building and the Frank G. Barton Gymnasium. Construction on all buildings is slated to begin in early 2015. The student center will be situated near existing dorms and will better serve the boarding population and be more convenient for the day students, as well. New dorms, will provide capacity to meet the vision of 150 boarding students by 2022. Each dorm will have two faculty residences attached.
Preliminary rendering of the new student center
Project costs total $5.4 million - $1.5 million earmarked for the Student Center and $3.9 million for the dormitories, all projected to be completed January 2016. Naming opportunities are available for each project.
Student Center Naming Opportunities Entire building Center Commons Front portico Quadrangle Porch Vestibule Store Senior Room Meeting Room Café Vending Room Dean’s Ofﬁce Dean’s Assistant Ofﬁce TOTAL
$ 500,000 $ 250,000 $ 150,000 $ 150,000 $ 100,000 $ 100,000 $ 50,000* $ 50,000 $ 50,000* $ 50,000 $ 25,000* $ 25,000* $ 1,500,000
Preliminary rendering of the new dormitories
Dormitory Naming Opportunities Dormitory (2) Faculty Home (2) Upper Level Floors (2) Lower Level Floors (2) Faculty Apartment (2) Lounge (2) Front Portico (2) Student Bedroom (20) Patio (2) Laundry Center (2) TOTAL * Reserved
$ 500,000 ea.* (1) $ 400,000 ea. $ 250,000 ea. $ 250,000 ea. $ 100,000 ea. $ 50,000 ea. $ 50,000 ea.* (1) $ 25,000 ea. * (2) $ 25,000 ea. * (1) $ 10,000 ea. * (1) $ 3,900,000
Gardner '72 leads ExxonMobil energy trends forecasting; has 36 years with company By Rita Mitchell
Director of Communications
Rob Gardner ‘72 has had an interesting vantage point to view the world in a 36year career with Mobil and ExxonMobil corporations. He’s moved from a series of technical and supervisory positions in natural gas processing plants in the Gulf Coast, to working in natural gas marketing in the U.S. For a decade he held positions in Indonesia, Qatar, Japan and Singapore involved in marketing and project development of liquefied natural gas, natural gas and power plants.
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In 2001, he began a series of management assignments in ExxonMobil Gas and Power Marketing in Houston and since 2009 has been the manager for the Energy and Economics Division of the Exxon Mobil Corporate Strategic Planning Department at corporate headquarters in Irving, Texas. The group that he manages annually prepares ExxonMobil’s Energy Outlook: A view to 2040, which is an analysis of the future global business environment. The Outlook is used internally and also shared by him and others in presentations worldwide at public conferences, private meetings and with government officials, business and industry representatives.
Armed in 1978 with a degree in chemical engineering from Louisiana State University, Gardner opted for a position at Mobil in Rob Gardner at the International Energy Forum in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia the natural gas processing division. “In all fairness, there’s always a little luck. I graduated at a time when engineering students, particularly chemical Gardner related that one of the most exciting periods in his career engineering students, … were in high demand. was the decade he lived abroad and was involved in many major “The interesting thing about my career is that I work for a large corporation,” Rob said, adding that that creates a different dynamic in what he does on a daily basis. The other interesting note is that he’s been with the same company his entire career. “That’s a bit of an unheard item in most of today’s employment circles. “I’ve lived in 10 different locations, but I’ve probably held 15-plus different positions. That’s the beauty of working in a major corporation. I’ve continued to develop, gain greater experience and also greater responsibility and a wide range of opportunities.” Working for smaller companies, he noted, often requires a change in employers to advance or relocate.
commercial negotiations focused on natural gas – large projects and significant capital investments. The current phase of this Webb graduate’s career, which centers on the Outlook, affords his group the opportunity to provide the corporation with vital forecasts and also share energy trends and other information with an extensive list of public and private audiences in ways that are meaningful for their specific needs. Gardner explained that an ExxonMobil energy investment can take five to seven years to be completed before it provides a return on the investment. “They take a long time to build, and then the plants
Great teachers, honor code still vivid memories Gardner began at Webb as an eighth grader, and his sister, Jan ’74, followed two years later. He said that his mother was intent on getting them enrolled at Webb, which could have been a factor in the family settling in Bell Buckle when his father retired from the U.S. Air Force. “Webb was a great educational environment. It was small classes. You couldn’t hide.” Gardner added that it also was a good environment to understand how others lived and what they expected in life.
operate for decades. We do long-term energy forecasts so we can understand both the period of time when we’re spending our money and the period of time we’re making money. It’s a very useful discussion about what we see as energy trends both in the U.S., North America and globally.” When Gardner and his team make the presentations, the discussions and conversations take different tones depending on the audience. “Everyone wants to understand a little differently,” he said. Some presentations are in rapidly growing economies and might include questions about energy policy and comparisons with neighboring countries, while other sessions might address the needs of developing countries with limited natural and monetary resources. And the consumers, he said, “They’re all trying to understand ‘how does this affect me?’”
“Energy is what we do every day. Yes, we do make the investments so our shareholders can make money – absolutely. That’s why we’re in business. But, ExxonMobil and other energy companies around the world are really all about making sure that the world has the energy it needs every day.”
“Having to sign your pledge when you completed a test still stands out in my mind as a standard of ethical performance. Webb has done an excellent job of providing that foundation to students. That’s something to be proud of,” he said. “To me that standard … is the cornerstone of a successful business and a successful life.” Gardner said the highlight of any year at Webb was when the headmaster (Henry Whiteside) “gave us the day. You learned to look forward to those moments of instant gratification.” For current students, Gardner offered some career advice. “I think the opportunities are wide and very broad. The financial industry continues to be an important growth area. The world of finance is important because economies require investments. That money has to come from somewhere so that’s the role finance plays today.” He said that the innovation currently in progress in the electronic tech sector or in energy or manufacturing requires engineers – creative engineers, smart people who are strong in math and science. Gardner added that the medical and healthcare fields are also good choices. “The level of education around the world continues to advance. It’s a huge competitive issue among countries – the state of their education and the capability of their workforce. Education is critical to that.” He added, “The most important thing about education, career and opportunity is the competition. More and more people are looking for the best jobs.” He urged current Webb students, depending on what they want to do, to be competitive in college, perhaps complete an advanced degree, and show themselves as being different. “You can’t just go to school any more. You have to do more than that.”
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“Literacy about energy is generally fairly low around the world, so people really don’t understand how it works, how you produce it, and how you use it in different aspects,” he said. “It’s totally invisible – except when it doesn’t work. Energy is an important part of our daily life. You walk into a room and turn on a light switch. You really don’t expect anything to happen except that the light comes on.” But Gardner added as a basic example that you have to think about all the energy that went into manufacturing the light bulb, the wiring and fueling the power plant that provides the electricity.
Gardner remembers John Morgan as a great teacher. “He was thorough, and he helped us learn. He made it enjoyable.” He also recalled his science teachers, Alan Zerla and Michael Milholland. “They were fascinating; they created learning environments that were fun. We worked, we learned, and I found that a very positive experience.”
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passionate about faith, family, career and giving back
By Rita Mitchell
Director of Communications
Even a brief conversation with Cannon Loughry ’90 will make his priorities in life clear. Talk with him just a little longer, and it’s evident that he is also passionate and intentional in the way he leads his life. Loughry is focused on his faith, family, career and giving back -- to Murfreesboro, and his alma maters, Middle Tennessee State University and The Webb School. A check of his office bookshelf at Reeves-Sain Medical Services, where he is vice president of information services, yields two examples of his strong ties to Webb -- the Bible that he received 24 years ago as a graduate and the book award that he received as the “outstanding member of the junior class.”
Loughry returned to the Webb campus last fall as a keynote speaker for the senior field studies program Career Day. It was his fourth presentation at Webb since graduation. “Speaking to students is something I’ve done frequently at MTSU, as well. It’s a real blessing to have an opportunity to share my experiences with young people.” For Loughry, it took a move to Webb to unlock his potential and determination to succeed. “I just found a really great environment,” he said of Webb, adding that teacher encouragement, feedback, accountability, and healthy competition were all things he needed to mature and succeed in academics. “The declamations did a wonderful thing for me. They really taught me to be very comfortable speaking in front of people.” Loughry also credits Webb with teaching him how to interact with people and to build and maintain relationships.
when I really made a personal decision. Although my goal had been to continue to grow with bigger and bigger companies, … there was a piece of me that really missed the sense of community that I had here in Murfreesboro. I missed being close to my family.” Loughry and his wife, Beth, have four children, Chase, 13; Brady, 11, and twins, Andy and Abby, 8. The Loughrys are members of Belle Aire Baptist Church, where he fills several roles, including hosting a care family for three MTSU students, and the couple is involved in other outreach initiatives. And just as his parents, Ed and Andrea Loughry of Murfreesboro, reared him and his sister (Lady Hamilton, also a Webb alum) with strong values and a solid work ethic, he wants to mirror their parenting.
Loughry counts a travel-study trip to Russia with L.R. Smith and Senior Survival with Brian Wofford and classmates as two of his memorable Webb experiences. He is grateful for other teachers and Webb staff – Ron Smith, Ralph Jones, Sandy Truitt, and Mary Bennett -- among others. “They’re phenomenal, and it speaks to the supportive culture and environment at Webb that so many of them are still there.” When Loughry graduated, he began in electrical engineering at the University of Central Florida. When he realized he did not want to pursue that field, he enrolled at MTSU with a focus on aerospace. He participated in a yearlong program earning college credit while working at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center as a space camp counselor. The experience took him full circle to an interest he had had since 4th grade – computers. Cannon Loughry at Reeves-Sain Medical Services
“It’s really a blessing to have parents who have a good name and integrity because it helps you as an individual. That’s the reason I feel such a weight of responsibility for my children.” As a father he makes sure that he conveys to his children the importance of faith, good character, values, and what it means to be responsible adults.
That impetus led him to get a job with Apple as a student sales representative on the MTSU campus and earn a Bachelor of Business Administration with a focus on computer information systems. (Loughry is also a graduate of the Southeastern School of Banking at Vanderbilt University and the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University.)
Loughry was named vice president of information services at Reeves-Sain Medical Services in 2012, a company owned by his friends, Shane Reeves and Rick Sain. He helps manage a portfolio of medical service companies in Tennessee with niches in compounding, respiratory, infusion, durable medical equipment, diabetic care, immunizations and long-term care.
In 1996, when he became chief information officer at Cavalry Banking, Murfreesboro (which merged with Pinnacle Financial Partners, Nashville, in 2005), he followed a family tradition of his grandfather and father in the banking industry. Loughry developed the bank's first information technology department. He continued as CIO for Pinnacle Financial Partners, Tennessee’s second-largest bank holding company, providing strategic vision, direction, and leadership to the organization.
Reeves-Sain’s core commitment to faith and family was important to Loughry. “It’s a great experience that I get to pray with my team every Monday morning. We pray at our executive team meetings … with vendors. And we have the blessing of serving our patients and helping them at times when they are not feeling well or are at the end of their lives as we do with some of our hospice groups.”
Loughry joined Microsoft Corporation’s Enterprise and Partner Group in Nashville as a technology strategist in 2008 and served on the global team responsible for Nissan and several other large companies. More recently, he serviced healthcare accounts working with several of the largest for-profit providers in the industry. “Working at Microsoft was a really wonderful experience -- seeing the inner workings of several big companies,” he explained. “My next step in Microsoft meant that I had to go to Seattle, and that’s
Loughry said his current position is “a great opportunity” both professionally and personally. He envisions an individual’s easy access to all of his or her medical information in one central datamanaged location as a major advancement in healthcare. “There are a lot of opportunities for technology in health care to make it better.” And once again, he sees a bright future.
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“That was an amazing experience … to have the opportunity to work in an aerospace arena, but also be exposed to computer networking in the center’s mission control room and the full-size shuttle simulator.” He added, “I came back from that experience more motivated and more excited about computer information systems. I could see a bright future.”
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In accepting Distinguished Alumni Award, Davies '49 relates how 18 months was "game changer" Preparing to accept the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award, Ed R. Davies '49, Board of Trust chairman emeritus, reflected and it dawned on him that he only spent 18 months at Webb as a student, but 17 years as a member of the Board of Trust. Davies, senior attorney and one of the founders of Davies, Humphreys, Horton & Reese, PLC., expressed his appreciation for being inducted into membership of the Distinguished Alumni Society during the reunion. He was introduced by Julie Harris '95, director of admissions. "It is a splendid honor to be included in association with such outstanding members as Dr. Hunter Welles, Dr. Bob Collins, Dr. John Flexner, Bob Gilliland, John Hardin, Jim Meadows, Lemuel Tate, Jac Chambliss, George Pine, Dr. Harrison Shull to name a few ... . Thank you again for this recognition."
no girls) and 10 faculty members. There was one phone in the Sawney House, everyone was required to go to church and “the only attraction was Miss Jeanne’s Ice Cream Store.” Davies explained that he was struggling academically in his previous school. He noted that while returning home on military leave, his brother, Elmer, had a chance meeting with William R. Webb, Jr., or Son Will, about The Webb School. Elmer convinced their parents that he should attend Webb. “Life at Webb School suddenly became an eye opener. In the span of a single day I was on my own. It was basically sink or swim.” He added, “It didn’t all happen overnight, but September 1947 was the starting point of becoming selfreliant."
Julie Harris '95 and Ed Davies '49
Davies related that serving on the Board of Trust is a timeconsuming and sometimes emotional task. "So why would a shortterm student like me be willing to spend almost two decades of effort and anxiety on behalf of Webb School?" The honoree, a Nashville native, described Bell Buckle and “rustic” Webb 67 years ago with 120 students (all but two boarders and
Davies related that he still has friends from his dormitory days and talked with 17 of his classmates in spring to encourage their attendance at their 65th reunion. “Boarding school may not be right for everyone, but for me it was a game changer. That is why I have gladly contributed a sizable portion of the past 17 years to repay a debt that I feel I owe to The Webb School experience.”
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Hardin Service Award recipient urges alums to "own" project or initiative at Webb Paul Martin '88, State Affairs Director for the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies, received the John B. Hardin Service Award at the 2014 Reunion. The award is given to recognize and honor those alumni and members of the community who have consistently contributed an exceptional amount of time and talent to Webb and whose efforts benefit students, enhance campus life and reaffirm the commitment of the Webb community to the school. He was introduced by his Webb history teacher, L.R. Smith. "Needless to say I am really honored to have been chosen for this award," he said in accepting the award, but Martin also used his remarks to explain the Webb "difference."
students to have self-awareness and knowledge of the challenges facing the nation. And finally, Webb is teaching students how to handle success and failure. "In today's society where everyone gets a participation ribbon, our kids learn very quickly that at this school, we keep score. We keep score because that's the only way we know if we're getting better. ...We are strengthening their character and resolve."
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Highlighting service and how alumni can ensure that Webb continues its mission, Martin related how he has become more involved in recent years. Martin tapped into one of his interests -- emergency preparedness -- and funded an emergency siren for the school and Bell Buckle.
Martin said many schools bill themselves as college prep schools, and Webb accomplishes that goal as evidenced by the percentage of students who are accepted to college, the number who receive advanced placement credit, the SAT and ACT scores of the senior class and other achievements. "And there's nothing wrong with tracking on metrics and touting our success."
"What I tell people is to find something on campus that you are really passionate about -- be it the football team, the music program, the Outer Limits program, the English Department, the library ... and use your passion to improve the school. And that is my challenge to you," he told the reunion group. "Make your name synonymous with that project or initiative. Own it."
But Martin added that Webb is much more. "For me, the school is about doing three things -- building leaders, building citizens and building winners." Martin said that Webb is preparing leaders who will be tasked to solve the world's problems. The school is teaching
Martin said that it is unrealistic for alums to write a check every year and expect the faculty and staff to do all the work. "Graduating from this school is not just an honor; it is a lifetime commitment -- a commitment to be stewards of the program."
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Burkhead Society helps Webb advance its mission
Lee '78 and Jessica '82 Woosley
After he graduated from college, H. Lee Woosley, III ’78 learned of a gift his grandfather, the late W. Bryant Woosley, Sr. ’22, had made to The Webb School just prior to his death in 1972. At the time the gift was made, it played a crucial role in Webb’s future. Then he watched his grandmother, the late Lula Woosley, continue as a strong supporter of Webb.
Bryant and Lula Woosley’s philanthropy established the W.B. Woosley, Sr. Chair of Private Enterprise, a name his grandmother chose to honor her husband’s business career. In recognition of the growing importance of technology and its potential use in education, the name and focus were changed in 1996 from Private Enterprise to Technology. The intent was to advance the school’s ability to use technology for educational, as well as administrative purposes, keep hardware and software current, train teachers and staff and partially fund the technology coordinator position. The first science building on campus bears the name of the late Austin Davis and W. Bryant Woosley in recognition of Woosley’s longtime support of Webb. The influence of Woosley’s grandparents had an impact on him, and he subsequently began a commitment to support Webb with his time and his resources.
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Even though Woosley was a Shelbyville resident, he enrolled at Webb as a freshman student for the complete boarding educational experience. His father, Harry Lee Woosley, II, had attended Webb as a member of the class of 1953, and other Webb graduates in his family are his wife, Jessica Delbridge Woosley ’82; sister, the late Laura Woosley Poston ’80; brother, Andrew Woosley ’83; Woosley’s late uncle, W. Bryant Woosley, Jr. ’48; two cousins, W.B. “Buddy” Woosley, III ’76; and Edward Woosley ’79.
“My experience at Webb fits with Sawney Webb’s, ‘Don’t be a spectator. Take a hand in the game.’ It was just a great experience for me. I enjoyed every bit of boarding. I’d do it over in a heartbeat,” he said. He played sports, was president of the Honor Council, a member of the Prefect Council and “gained self-discipline, maturity and leadership experience.” Woosley explained that he had always been fairly independent, and Webb further prepared him. “The academic structure helped me be successful early on and caused me to become intellectually curious and a lifelong learner. I also enjoyed the weekends with my boarding friends; we were never bored. We swam in the pool, played basketball, soccer and football, went to Miss Jeanne’s, and even hunted birds. It was just teenagers having fun without our parents around!”
Woosley was very fond of Imre Lagler, his soccer coach and German teacher for four years. He added, “I always respected Mrs. (Sandy) Truitt. Her classes were challenging, but she was a master of her subject and a very good teacher. She prepared me well for college calculus.” Woosley, along with Bill Huddleston ’81, led the successful effort to raise funds for a classroom in McClurg Hall to honor Truitt. “We wanted to make sure we honored her excellence in teaching and extraordinary service to The Webb School.” He graduated from Washington and Lee University in 1982 with a double major in German Language and European History. He attended the Goethe Institute in Germany for advanced German language studies in 1984. In 1986, he received an MBAInternational Management degree from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. His first job after college was at Webb as Associate Director of Admissions, Assistant Soccer Coach, and Rand Dorm Advisor. “I was very appreciative to have the opportunity to work at Webb coming out of college in 1982 with a liberal arts degree.” Woosley said it reconnected him with Webb and enhanced the loyalty he had for the school. Recalling his days as a Webb Honor Council member and president, Woosley explained that leading a council that was making serious decisions regarding honor violations and discipline gave him important experience. When asked to join The Webb School Board of Trustees in 1995, he welcomed the opportunity. Having served since that time, Woosley rolled off the Board in April. He has served on the Executive, Governance, Development, Investment and Capital Campaign committees and spent countless hours with other trustees to ensure that Webb thrives and that current and future students receive the full benefits of a Webb experience. In 2009, he co-chaired with Vance Berry ’72 the Head of School Search Committee that resulted in Ray Broadhead’s hiring. He recently chaired the Governance Committee and was also very involved in revamping the Investment Committee along with the late Jim Meadows and others more than 15 years ago. He has served on that committee ever since. He was very close to his grandmother, especially after his father died in early 1982. She impressed upon him the importance of “giving back financially in addition to giving time and energy.” He and Jessica are members of the Burkhead Society, a group of Webb alumni and friends who have made provisions for Webb in their estate plans. “Jessica and I wanted to leave a gift for the school that has meant so much to us,” said Woosley, who has been a financial advisor at A.G. Edwards / Wells Fargo Advisors (Nashville) since 1993. “We wanted to do this so others might consider doing it as well.” Woosley said some of the largest gifts to the school have been bequests. In a number of instances Webb was very fortunate in that the timing of many of these bequests coincided with much-needed projects Webb was undertaking. Future bequests from Burkhead Society
members will provide that same funding for additional growth and development. He noted that growth in endowment and improvements to Webb’s physical plant in the last 10 years have been critical elements to the fiscal, physical and programmatic health of the school. The recent addition of McClurg Hall is a significant milestone enabling Webb to provide the best education for its students. The construction of new dormitory space and a student center, The Student Commons,
will also help Webb to continue to thrive and advance its mission. In conclusion, Woosley commented, “I consider myself very fortunate to have attended Webb and to have made the friendships that will last for my lifetime. I also truly value the relationships I have formed with the trustees with whom I have served and from whom I have learned so much. It has been an honor and a privilege.”
Two receive full scholarships By Zach Swope
Associate Director of Admissions
Sofia Kovacevic, of Riverside, Ill., and Kelty Shroyer, of Lino Lakes, Minn., have received full scholarships to Webb and will be freshmen in the fall. Webb’s Honors Scholarship Program recognizes exceptional students who excel in academics, extracurricular activities, and leadership. Kovacevic and Shroyer were selected as the school’s Honors Scholars among a field of 16 finalists, all of whom were invited to the Webb campus to compete for the four-year scholarship valued at more than $167,600. Kovacevic, along with her family, came to the decision to consider boarding school for her future education, decided to apply to Webb because of its “strong academic reputation, strong graduation rates” and the “balanced curriculum.” In her application she noted that Webb would drive her to be immersed in and educated on many aspects of life whether they are academic, athletic, or artistic. Having been an active member in Girl Scouts, student council, and other service-oriented activities, Kovacevic was looking for a school “that believes in getting their student body out into the community.” Sam Kovacevic, Sofia’s father, said that Webb has the setup to provide “an excellent education, a social atmosphere, and a sense of responsibility.” Her mother, Leslie Kovacevic, added that Webb’s student-to-teacher ratio and sense of community provide an intimate and close-knit environment to which she is comfortable sending Sofia, and where she knows her daughter will be challenged and supported inside and outside of the classroom.
“will be inspired by the excellence all around him, and that he will develop independence and discipline as he lives away from home.” While their first reaction to the idea of boarding school was very hesitant, Shroyer’s parents began to think twice after learning more about Webb stating, “We were never looking to have Kelty move away from us, but the more we learned about Webb, the more we realized that we couldn’t pass up such a fantastic opportunity.” Shroyer’s parents added that “after researching the school, Kelty declared, ‘I’m going to be a Rhodes Scholar,’ and we’re not going to tell him he’s being unrealistic.” “Our Honors Scholarship Program is designed to attract talented students who will be leaders in our school community,” said Julie Harris '95, Webb director of admissions. “We are so excited that our winners have accepted our offers and will be joining us this fall.”
Kovacevic is an eighth grader at L.J. Hauser Junior High School in Riverside. She is on the cheerleading squad and also plays softball, basketball, and volleyball. She is a member of the student council and is an active member of the Smart Club, a drug and alcohol education and resistance program at her school. Shroyer has played football, is a Boy Scout working toward becoming an Eagle Scout, volunteers at his church, and plays the guitar. He is interested in continuing to pursue all of these interests at Webb, and he hopes to also partake in Webb’s outdoor programs, athletic opportunities, and mock trial team.
Tracie Shroyer, his mother, agreed and hopes that “The Webb School will be able to continue to foster Kelty’s insatiable love of learning while at the same time teach him how to manage his time, ideas, and strengths.” Bret Shroyer, his father, anticipates that Kelty
For more information about the Honors Scholarship program, go to www.thewebbschool.com/admissions/boarding-merit-scholarship/ index.aspx.
The Honors Scholarship program is Webb’s only full merit scholarship, which includes tuition and boarding for four years. Awarded once a year, the program recognizes rising ninth grade boarding students who are ready to become leaders in the college preparatory school academic environment.
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Shroyer, who attends the Lighthouse School for the Gifted and Insatiable Learners, was attracted by Webb’s academic reputation, extracurricular opportunities, and the chance to develop his independence. His family was not seriously considering boarding school “until we visited the campus, at which point we completely fell in love with it.” He also was drawn to Webb by the welcoming environment and the intellectually oriented interactions among the students and faculty saying, “I loved how familiar and friendly everyone was to each other.” Shroyer noted that Webb has “the discipline and organization” necessary to help him succeed and that “the boarding school atmosphere would be beneficial” to him, providing a setting where academic debate and discussion are encouraged.
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A. Varsity Baseball B. Varsity Girls' Lacrosse C. Varsity Boys' Soccer D. Varsity Softball E. Varsity Boys' Tennis F. Varsity Boys' Soccer G. Varsity Boys' Lacrosse Team H. Varsity Boys' Lacrosse I. Varsity Softball J. Varsity Girls' Lacrosse K. Varsity Baseball L. Varsity Girls' Tennis
Alumni Board reflects on past year, offers opportunites to get involved Today’s Alumni Board of 19 members represents five states, spans 48 classes (‘57-‘05), and is unified around passion and work for The Webb School. Alumni Board President Wilson Sims, Jr. ‘72, Reunion and Chapter Committee Chair Ben Blakeley ’93, and newest member Sarah DeLisle ‘05 talk about their board roles and interests. “Two years ago we streamlined our committee structure which is allowing us to focus on ways to engage with and support students,” said Sims. Wilson Sims '72
Ben Blakely '93
"We now team with students in community service, work hand in hand in leadership development efforts, and help transition students to college and to becoming engaged alumni. Along the way we are making extra efforts to align our goals with the school’s Strategic Plan, to get to know the faculty, and to advise the Board of Trustees and administration on strategic direction.” “We have worked hard on balancing our work and our time together. Everyone is so crazy busy these days that when Alumni Board members set aside time for Webb they want to do real work, to accomplish something and to help make a difference, not just attend report-oriented meetings,” said Sims of Asheville, N.C. As an example, last year board members dissected the school’s Strategic Plan and identified areas they could assist. The outcome has been a narrowed list of annual goals, all of which support the school in achieving its Strategic Plan goals and moving Webb ahead.
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Sarah DeLisle '05
“This goal alignment process really helped us focus and ask critical questions about how our work fits with the larger purposes of the school.” Sims added, “There is definitely a sense of teamwork and accomplishment, and yes, rumors that we have a good time are undeniably true.”
In addition to the Reunion and Chapter Committee, the board has two other standing committees: Special Projects chaired by Erin Henrick ‘94, Franklin, Tenn.; and Class Agents chaired by Jack Bailey ‘72, Nashville, Tenn. Blakeley’s committee works with the Alumni and Development Office in planning the annual reunion and promoting chapter parties across the country. Henrick’s group helps plan activities for alumni/students on campus such as the Chambliss Open House during reunion and the annual Senior Luncheon. Bailey’s committee
oversees class agents as the first points of contact for alumni to stay in touch with Webb and classmates, to send their news to the school and to receive current information about Webb. “One of our committee’s main responsibilities is reaching out to the class agents of the honored years at reunion,” said Blakeley. “One of my biggest takeaways from the (2014 Reunion) weekend was just the amount of positive energy and excitement for everything going on at Webb -- from the new math and science building, new football program, a truly (and always) impressive group of students, and the leadership in place at Webb today.” “For me the best part of being on the Alumni Board is having the opportunity to be more directly involved with the school, the faculty and staff, current students and really the entire Webb community. Having spent six years as a boarder, Bell Buckle still feels like a trip “back home.” Sarah DeLisle ‘05, of Nashville, joined the board in 2014 and said she has enjoyed the opportunity to work with classmates and other Webb friends and has met many other alumni. “I have always known that a lot goes on behind the scenes to make Webb the special place that it is, and being on the Alumni Board has allowed me to see and experience firsthand a portion of the amazing things that Webb faculty and alumni are doing.” Before joining the Alumni Board, DeLisle gave to The Webb Fund and attended some of the reunions, but said she had the misconception that these were the only ways she could contribute to Webb. “...Last year, I heard that there was going to be a joint community service project in Nashville for Webb alumni and current students. I decided to attend. This event made me realize that I could do more… I was excited about the possibilities, so I began to talk with Matt Wilson (A&D office) about how I could continue my involvement. Through my conversations with him, I came to realize that involvement at Webb can take a variety of forms. “For some people, it might mean serving on the Alumni Board or volunteering to be a class agent. For others, it can be contributing by volunteering to host an alumni event in their city or by agreeing to speak at chapel or during a class. I think that the important thing to remember about involvement is there are many ways alumni can get involved, and you do not have to have a lot of time to contribute. “Webb alumni are a talented group of individuals with unique skills and expertise,” she said. “I would encourage Webb alumni to think about how they can use their talents at Webb. The possibilities are endless. I would also encourage Webb alumni to contact the staff at the Alumni and Development Office to explore ways to get involved that fit their schedules and interests.”
Quality of interaction between students, teachers is what matters Bill Rice terms it “serendipity” that placed him at The Webb School. He was a graduate of Tennessee Technological University with a B.S. in chemistry and arrived at Webb with one year of teaching experience at Castle Heights Military Academy before the school closed. “Though challenging, it was a perfect match,” Rice said of Webb. “The classroom setting was ideal. The students were talented, curious, and motivated.” That was in 1986, and as soon as he arrived he began immersing himself in the Webb community. At the beginning of the second semester, a position became available in Chambliss Dorm, which housed 48 junior and senior boys, so he became a dorm advisor. During his second year at Webb, he was teaching five classes, serving as the head of Chambliss, sponsoring Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and leading a fitness activity in the afternoons. “For the next several years, I focused all of my energy on my students and dorm residents, adding choir direction, cross country coach and assistant director of outdoor programs to the mix. It was exhausting, but deeply fulfilling,” he said. “Upon graduation, one of my advisees whom I had taught in two courses and who had lived in my dorm for three years, left me a card with a quote inside, “Everyone needs a child to teach; it’s the way adults learn.” Rice said the quote captures the reasons his work has been so fulfilling. The level of involvement began a pattern for Rice that has connected him to almost every department and activity on campus in his 28 years of service. In addition to teaching all levels of chemistry and college preparatory and honors physics and physical science, plus the responsibilities he assumed his first years, he has served in a multitude of roles. He has been faculty advisor to the Honor Council and Student Council, Director of Studies, Director and Interim Director of Residential Life, Science Department Chair, Activities Director, and Dorm Council Faculty Advisor at different times throughout his career at Webb. Rice received the McQuiddy Outstanding Teacher Award in 2012, 2005, 1999, and 1992 and the John Hardin Service Award in 2010. At the recent McClurg Hall dedication, a science prep room in the new science-math building was named in Rice’s honor.
While writing a personal philosophy of education for a college final exam, Rice found the basis for his future career – “to teach young people to use their minds well.” Rice noted, “For me that phrase encompasses analytical and creative thinking, as well as sound judgment anchored by a commitment to integrity.” At Heights, he discovered that his core passion was not teaching but working with young people. “Teaching was simply the most
Rice earned a master’s degree in education at Middle Tennessee State University in 2003. While completing the degree, he returned to full-time teaching and continued to chair the science department and head Chambliss. Throughout his tenure, Rice has been involved in the planning, restructuring and implementation of programs to continue to enhance Webb’s academic rigor, strengthen the boarding experience, impart the school’s traditions and support Webb’s overall well-being. “I have now been teaching fulltime for two years (following four years as Director of Studies), and I still love being in the classroom.” The hallmarks of Webb that are valuable to him remain: the quality of relationships between students and teachers, the emphasis on honor and character even above academics, the high level of academic rigor that exceeds common core standards and approaches college standards, and the emphasis on public speaking.
The Office of Alumni and Development Congratulates Mr. Ed R. Davies ’49 2014 Distinguished Alumnus
Mr. Paul Martin ‘88 Hardin Service Award
For their accomplishments and service to Webb. Webb Alumni truly make a difference! Please help Webb educate the next generation of leaders like Ed and Paul with your donation to The Webb Fund. Our fiscal year ends June 30th. For your convenience, a pledge card is included in this magazine. Thank you.
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“When I began college, my intention was to major in chemical engineering. It took less than a year to realize I had no passion for that field.” Rice eventually earned a double major in chemistry and secondary education. “My intention was to teach chemistry with chemistry as a backup if teaching proved to be the wrong choice.”
natural role for me, because the ultimate driving force in my life is learning.”
Alumni Notes 1960s Paul Marks ‘61, Baton Rouge, La. Paul has retired from the law firm that he founded, but will continue working part-time as a mediator (which he has also practiced since 1999). He is affiliated with MAPS, a full service alternative dispute resolution organization in New Orleans and Baton Rouge. Jack Randall Jobe ‘64, Aurora, Colo. “After Webb, I graduated from the University of Oklahoma and worked for WKY-TV. I was awarded an Emmy-nomination in Photojournalism for my documentary on the Oklahoma Prison System: Still Got Life to Go. Hired by KMGH in Denver, I eventually married and had two boys: Ian and Zach. When I met my future wife, Jacquie, everyone around us thought Jack and Jacquie was cuter so I'm now Jack. Got burned out on TV News. Worked in sales, driving and taught real estate at Kaplan Professional School. I've created a character ‘Survivor Jack’ and our mission is to equip, educate and empower humans to better prepared for future emergencies. WebPage: http: //SurvivorJack.com”
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C. Markham Berry, III ‘67, Madisonville, La. “My grandfather, Maxwell Rufus Berry and my father Charles Markham Berry II graduated from Webb in the late 1800's and 1938 respectively. I graduated from Georgia Tech in 1972, Tulane Medical School in 1976, and completed a Residency in OBGYN at Emory University. Awards included Summa Cum Laude at Georgia
Tech, Alpha Omega Alpha at Tulane Medical School and Chief Administrative Resident at Emory Medical School, department of OBGYN. I have two children: Ryan, a CPA, and his wonderful wife Lara live nearby in Madisonville. They have two sons, Evan Markham and Trevor Haddox Berry. Betsy is a dermatologist in Alexandria, La. She is married to David Long, an interventional radiologist, and they have three children, Kate, Jack and Trigg. I have two stepchildren, Richard Easterling, an Episcopal priest in New Orleans, and Ren Agena, who has two daughters, Alison and Chloe, who also live in Madisonville. I am currently enjoying a part time GYN only practice with a great partner, Tim Mooney. I have been richly blessed with a full and meaningful life. I owe a great deal of my success to The Webb School, which provided me with powerful moral and intellectual foundations. The boarding experience there occupies by far my most enduring memories over a four-year span.”
1990s After 15 years as an Assistant District Attorney, Jennings Jones ‘90 has won the Republican nomination for the office of District Attorney for Rutherford and Cannon counties. Jennings will appear on the ballot in the August general election, but has no opponent in that race. “God has blessed me with a lot of good friends and an incredible family. It took a great deal of work to get to this point, and I couldn't have done it on my own.” Roz Johnson Lewis ‘95, Nashville, Tenn., opened her new medical practice, East Nashville Family Medicine, in March 2014.
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2000s Pete Corley ‘05, Waynesville, Mo., married Kasie King on Oct. 13, 2013, in Spokane, Wash. Cpt. Pete and Lt. King live and work at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.
Samantha Myers ‘07, Cumberland Gap, Tenn., “I just celebrated two years as the Director of Social Networking at Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tenn., completed my MBA in Marketing in 2013.” Luke Corley ‘08, Fort Hood, Texas, writes: “I was promoted to First Lieutenant in November 2013. Fort Hood, Texas, is my current post, where I serve as a tank platoon leader in the First Cav. Division, “America’s First Team.” Cody Rooks ‘08, Bell Buckle, Tenn., writes: “I have been volunteering in a small community in Mazabuka, Zambia, that serves primarily as a home for girls at risk. It is my goal to make the community more sustainable through the application of solar and other technologies. Since I've been here, I've been able to raise enough money to install solar hot water units, a solar street light, and a pico solar system. I am trying to complete similar projects before my time here is up, including a solar water pumping project. Additionally, I am helping upgrade their cooking and farming practices to cut costs and make processes here more efficient. I will be working here until July. Anyone interested in supporting these projects can do so via the following website: https:// fundly.com/city-of-joy-sustainable-upgrade.” Lauren Wright Dutton ‘08, Nashville, Tenn., “I currently am working as a communications liaison for the Army/ Department of Homeland Security. My husband, Caleb, is in the Army National Guard as well as a police officer for the city of LaVergne. We have an 18-monthold daughter, Brooklyn.”
Following are annotated obituaries of alumni who have passed away. To view the announcements in their entirety, visit www.thewebbschool.com/alumni/alumni-home. The Webb School publishes obituaries as they are received from family and friends of alumni. Please submit notices to email@example.com. Faculty Mark Tidwell, age 50, of Kennesaw, Ga., died March 21, 2014. He was a former Athletics Director at The Webb School. The funeral was March 29 at Wildwood Baptist Church, Kennesaw. Interment followed at Rolling Hills Cemetery in Acworth, Ga. (Published in The Marietta Daily Journal)
Morton Brandon King ‘30, Georgetown, Texas, passed away Feb. 14, 2013, in Georgetown. A memorial service was held at Grace Episcopal Church in Georgetown on Feb. 21. (Published in Austin American-Statesman on Feb. 19, 2013)
George C. Nilan, Jr. ‘50, Flower Mound, Texas, died Dec. 12, 2013, in Fort Worth, Texas. A memorial service was held in January to celebrate his life. (Published in Dallas Morning News on Dec. 30, 2013)
Dr. John Wells Garden ‘53, Lexington, Ky., died on Dec. 24, 2013, in Lexington. A memorial service at Christ Church Cathedral preceded interment in the columbarium on Jan. 3, 2014.
Ernest M. Steen ‘41, Palm Springs, Calif., passed on Jan. 14, 2014, after a brief illness. Arrangements were by Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel, Knoxville, Tenn. Charles Kenneth Sharpe ‘47, Memphis, Tenn., passed away Oct. 18, 2013, at his home at the age of 84. Following private burial, a memorial service was held Oct. 23 at Lindenwood Christian Church, Memphis.
Byron S. James ‘50, Piedmont, Calif., peacefully passed from this life into the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ on April 2. He was 81. Carl Thomas Lipe, ‘50, of Greenwood, Miss., died Saturday, April 26, 2014. Memorial services were held Thursday, May 1, 2014 at the Episcopal Church of Nativity. He was 82.
Paul Prentiss Wynn, Jr. ‘56, 74, of Wynnburg, Tenn., died Jan. 2, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Union City. Services were at the Tiptonville Presbyterian Church with burial in Tiptonville City Cemetery.
Jack Nolan Thomas ‘60, Davenport, Fla., age 71, died on Dec. 8, 2013. Funeral services were held Dec. 12, 2013, at Word of God Lutheran Church in Peachtree City, Ga. Louis W. Fallert ‘68, (64) Bruno, Minn., who grew up in Tullahoma, Tenn., passed away in Duluth, Minn., February 16, 2014, of central nervous system lymphoma.
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Drury Browne Crawley III, ‘50, Collierville, Tenn., went to be with the Lord March 14, 2014. Funeral services were March 28 at Germantown Baptist Church. Full military honors were March 29 at Mountain Creek Cemetery in Florence, Miss. (Published in The Commercial Appeal from March 27 to April 3, 2014)
Harvelle Benjamin Goodwin Jr. "Vic" ‘54, Mulga, Ala., 76, passed away at home Sept. 10, 2013. A funeral service was held Sept. 13 at Edgewater United Methodist Church with burial following at Village Falls Cemetery. (Published in The Birmingham News from Sept. 12 to Sept. 13, 2013)
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