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Winter 2017


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Fromthe Head of School After the last bell of the day rings — as we move from classrooms to climbing walls and from the commons to the court — we continue our daily lessons on fields of play. We test and stretch ourselves within the boundaries of the field, the rules of the game and the values of our school community. is movement from classroom to field isn’t something separate from our daily lives — it is a continuation of what we begin when we first rise to our feet for the Pledge of Allegiance and the prayer each morning. In everything we do here at Trinity — from Morning Meeting to the classroom to the playing fields — we provide frameworks for understanding the world and ourselves so that we can gain insight into our strengths, discover where we need to grow and be better people. In this issue of the Titan Trail, five young alumni, each of whom has carried the lessons learned competing at Trinity on to the intercollegiate level, reflect on why we compete and what it means to be a Titan. Character building. Leadership. Camaraderie. “We” versus “Me.” All of these are complex topics that are rarely learned solely through quizzes, papers or tests. In places like the field, the pool, the court or the track we learn what it means to have good character, what it means to create a community, what it means to grow. Practicing in the heat, cold and rain many times before a single contest, we learn the value of delayed gratification. In seeking the limits of our own bodies and of our team we gain a sense of limits and an appreciation and amazement of the dedication of others. Competition allows us the opportunity to be our best selves and to find out what works. We integrate the wisdom from practices, victories and losses — and in doing so we better ourselves everywhere. At Trinity, we have dedicated coaches who understand the development of young people and who know the value inherent in every individual. e rules of a game are not the same as the rules of life. If only it were so simple. But the lessons of leadership, growth and character are universally applicable. And there are few better places to practice applying these values than in athletic competition.

Robert A. Short Head of School

Mission Statement: Our charge is to challenge Trinity students to discover their paths, develop their talents and strengthen their character within a dynamic academic community.



Lee Sprague Head of Faculty Life Laura Hamlin Weiler ’00 Head of Student Life Becky A. Currier Athletic Director Laurie Hedgepeth Director of Development Margie Vaughan Snead ’85 Director of Admission Joseph Monaco Director of Operations B o a r d o f Tr u s t e e s E. G. Allen III ’84, Secretary Frank Barksdale Jr. Paige H. Bell Sheryl E. Black Bryan A. Brassington Benjamin D. Bretz ’97 Kelly Donahue, President, Trinity Parents Association Jeffrey D. Elgin, Treasurer Leesa Witty Gregory ’93 Gayle Hargett Charles T. Hill Jr. ’98 Mary Jane Hogue Marcus Jones ’00, Faculty Representative William G. Londrey ’84 Kathy Ashby Merry, Chair Rob Methven, Vice Chair Beth Loeper Nash William I. Sanderson ’94 Lynn Strader John A. Young ’83 Advisory Board Mary Bliley J. Read Branch, Jr. Otis L. Brown Milton Cerny Carol Estes-Williams Daniel A. Gecker Kathy Graziano Dr. E. Bruce Heilman Stephen E. Hupp Joseph C. Kearfott Kelly J. O'Keefe Dr. W. B. Perkinson, Jr. Phillip P. Tarsovich Virginia H. Totten Dr. Henry I. Willett, Jr. Richard weatt Wilson III Charles F. Witthoefft

SECTIONS Around the Courtyard 8 Athletics 22 Philanthropy 20 Cabaret 30 Winter Arts 31 Grandparents Day 32 Homecoming 33 Class Notes 34

Laurie Hedgepeth Director of Development David Ready Marketing and Communications Manager Anne Hurt Assistant Director of Development Ellie Donahue Boyd ’04 Alumni Relations Coordinator


The Titan Trail is published twice yearly by Trinity Episcopal School’s development office.


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Brian Phillips Head of Campus Life

Team Titan 2 Traveling to the Rainbow Nation 18 One to One: The Right Ratio for Educational Technology 28 Publish & Cherish 29 Here’s Where the Strings Come In 29

Photography: David Ready, Bridget Hazel Photography, Candid Color, Mark Sprinkle, Karen Michael, Chris Williamson, Steve Davies, Matthew Majikes, Elizabeth Kelley, Wesley Hedgepeth, Margie Snead, Molly McDonald

Robert A. Short Head of School

Graphic Design: Creative Worx, LLC




Trinity’s college athletes take talent to the next level


rinity graduates are choosing a path to college athletic participation in ever-growing numbers. With more than 50 athletes currently competing in college programs, the Titan approach to athletic excellence is finding its way onto campuses large and small, and into teams at all levels in all sports. What’s the secret? While some reasons may seem obvious, post-grad Titans point to the intangibles of character and community that have helped them succeed.

Trinity has always had stellar athletes among its graduates, but with a student body now approaching 500, the numbers are simply bigger. “We have more musicians, more IB scholars, more participants in our Outdoor Program than ever before,” said Head of School Rob Short. “e breadth of our offering means that those opportunities lead to more success stories in every area.” e Estes Athletic Center and Aycock Stadium, both completed in 2011, have changed the athletic program dramatically. “We are blessed with great facilities here,” said Athletic Director Becky Currier. Currier is quick to point out



the other resources, like an academic program that opens the door to many colleges that can be a good fit for students, dedicated coaches, a full-time strength and conditioning coach, and personalized college counseling services. Tyler Johnson ’14, who pitches for the University of South Carolina Gamecocks, can remember when the weight room was a makeshift space above the bleachers in Carpenter Gymnasium. e new Hupp Strength and Fitness Center is “….better than 70% of college facilities,” he said. Still he cautions students against placing too much importance on any one resource. “Take advantage of the education you receive at Trinity.” e wealth of options and opportunities at Trinity and at the college level simply means there are more ways to participate. “Participation at the next level doesn’t

mean that scholarship money is attached,” said Currier. ManyTitans are finding success and fulfilment in Division III programs and club programs. e number of teams at Trinity means that students can try new sports, play on multiple teams, and fully enjoy the high school experience. “Trinity doesn’t offer athletic scholarships,” said Currier. “What we offer is a special high school experience with lessons learned and experiences that will last a lifetime.”

In this issue of the Titan Trail, five Titans competing at the college level weigh in on what it takes, and what it means, to take that step; and what they’ve carried with them on their journey.

Photo courtesy of South Carolina Athletics

Our panel of contributors to Team Titan: Tyler Johnson ’14 Pitcher for the University of South Carolina Gamecocks and the US National Baseball Team

Nadia Khoury ’15

“I am a firm believer that hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.”

Track Athlete for the University of Delaware Blue Hens

Cody Gray ’15 Nose Tackle for the University of Richmond Spiders Football Team

Torey Burston ’12 Guard for the Virginia Commonwealth University Rams Basketball Team


Emily Dodson ’14 Goalie for the Sweet Briar College Vixens Field Hockey Team



Character “Learning to accept failure and handle success are part of the high school sports curriculum,” said Becky Currier. While college sports have become noisier, flashier, bigger and bolder, Titans take with them a healthy sense of the bigger picture. “Being a Titan means excelling and finding balance in all aspects of your life, including academics, athletics and relationships, while being a positive presence in the lives of others, “ said Nadia Khoury ’15.

“Being a Titan means excelling and finding balance in all aspects of your life, including academics, athletics and relationships…” —NADIA KHOURY ’15

Photo courtesy of Delaware Athletics



“At Trinity, we never lose sight of the fun in athletics,” said Head of School Rob Short. “Professional sports may be big business, but Titans are here to enjoy the experience.” ose special moments come both in wins and losses, at practice, on a bus ride or at a pep rally. “e most special thing for me was the process,” said Cody Gray ’15. Now that he’s playing college football, the magic is still there. “It doesn’t wear off. Hasn’t worn off.” Torey Burston’s ’12 high-profile career at VCU hasn’t kept him from savoring the moments. “Embrace and love what you are doing,” he said. It flies by so quickly, so just love what you are doing.” Understanding and appreciating the unbreakable connection between athletic and intellectual development starts early for Titans. “You’re a studentathlete, not an athlete then a student,” said Emily Dodson ’14. She made sure her choice to attend Sweet Briar College was about more than joining a team. “Choose the school you will be happy with. Actually loving the school and the community is of the utmost importance.”

Photos courtesy of Richmond Athletics

“You have to be selfless. You can’t be a great player and be selfish.” —CODY GRAY ’15

e educational foundation cemented at Trinity can make that transition to a college program more seamless. “Trinity’s rigorous academic program opens the door for students to choose a college that is truly a great fit—both academically and athletically,” said Currier. Tyler Johnson sees character as a critical piece of the athletic package. “Being at Titan means competing in the classroom as well as on the playing field. Being a Titan means being the best friend and family member you can be, simply recognizing what it is like to be part of something bigger than yourself.”

Community Rick Hamlin ’96, who coaches boys varsity basketball and girls varsity soccer, said, “e ‘we’ instead of ‘me’ philosophy can be manifested through team dynamics as individuals come together to achieve a common goal.” One of Hamlin’s standout players, Torey Burston, practiced that philosophy at both the high school and college level. “From the best team to the worst, I wanted to commit to my teammates. I loved them all, and every day I wanted to make sure they were happy.”

Cody Gray, playing football for the University of Richmond Spiders, said “You have to be selfless. You can’t be a great player and be selfish.” Having a supportive community at Trinity helped these student-athletes succeed at both the high school and college game. “You’re going to fall down, but you have people around you to pick you back up,” said Gray. “at’s Trinity. It’s like family. inking about it gives me goosebumps, because I was able to be a part of it.”



“Embrace and love what you are doing.”

Challenge Athletics builds a particular set of skills, and improves them through practice and competition. With that comes heathy life lessons and a sense of pride. “To see confidence grow in a young person who is able to realize a dream of being a collegiate athlete is incredibly rewarding,” said Currier.


A stellar senior season on varsity field hockey was, for Emily Dodson, a distillation of four years of hard work developing both physical and mental skills and reaching a goal. “My most memorable moment on the field was my senior year when we beat Collegiate,” she said. “I felt so confident and on top of the world.” She has found that commitment to excellence has served her well at Sweet Briar. “Being committed and working hard are a necessity.”

at sense of teamwork extends to the faculty and staff who support Trinity students as they discover their path. Nadia Khoury credits her coaches, advisor and athletic trainer with helping her navigate her challenging final two years at Trinity. “All were amazingly supportive role models for me,” she said. “e resources and guidance I got from them was invaluable, especially during the stressful and sometimes confusing recruiting during my junior and senior years.” Torey Burston had that support, too. “My coaches did a lot for me. My teachers stayed after to help me understand difficult curriculum,” he said. “ey never let me fail. at makes me forever grateful.”

Photo courtesy of VCU Athletics



With a crowded field of athletic hopefuls, just playing at the next level can be an achievement in itself. e skill level required to be part of a collegiate program can be extreme. But there can be other parts to the equation for success. Tyler Johnson, competing in a Division I baseball program, sees some other pieces to the puzzle. “I am a firm believer that hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard,” he said. His commitment to hard work started early. “When I came to Trinity in the eighth grade I tried each day to live up to my fullest potential in the classroom, on the field and in the weight room.” Keeping core values closely connected means that the Titan athletic experience is more than a set of scores. “Preparing for and participating in competition is part of the dynamic,” said Rick Hamlin. “While we do keep score, wins and losses are not the sole focus. Competing well and savoring the special moments that occur throughout the season make high school sports an exciting part of the life of a student.”

Photo courtesy of Sweet Briar College Athletics

“You’re a student-athlete, not an athlete then a student.” —EMILY DODSON ’14



Around the Courtyard

HATS OFF TO 2017 The Titan class of 2017 showed off its Trinity spirit on the first Friday of school. Students arrived dressed in blue, green and white and paraded into Morning Meeting together to celebrate the start of their senior year.

SWIM/PADDLE TO SCHOOL In the misty dawn of the James River on August 29, 2016, over 50 Trinity student swimmers and paddlers started the week off with an aquatic commute. The third annual Swim/Paddle to School began as a joint outing between the varsity swim team and the Trinity Outdoor Program, and is now open to other student swimmers and paddlers too. Swimming either a mile or half a mile upstream, the participants were greeted at the destination dock by donuts, OJ and the Trinity flag.



WHITEWATER WELCOME The Freshman Class Retreat — a three-decades-long Trinity tradition for the 9th grade class to bond while enjoying the outdoors — is now in its third year as a river-rafting adventure on the New River in West Virginia. Over 100 freshmen and their faculty chaperones spent two days and one night on the river in late August — first in twoperson “duckies” on the Upper New — and then in groups of 8-10 on large rafts through the rocky rapids of the Lower New

River. At the campsites, the 9th graders enjoyed bonding activities and great food, along with stories around the campfire.

SPEAK UP Trinity was represented with a team of two dozen students and faculty at the annual Cameron K. Gallagher Foundation “Speak Up 5K” on September 10, 2016 in Byrd Park to raise awareness of issues surrounding teenage mental health.

BANNED BOOKS WEEK Dr. Seuss’s “Hop on Pop”; “The Great Gatsby”; The “Harry Potter” series; “Fahrenheit 451.” What do all of these books have in common? They have all been banned at one time or another by schools or libraries across the U.S. The last week of September was Banned Books Week, and to mark the occasion and celebrate the freedom to read, Trinity librarians created a scavenger hunt within the stacks of the Powell Library — hiding 10 titles from a list of banned books.

BENE VOBIS! Students in Latin III prepared authentic Roman dishes in late September for their class study of Roman banquets. Competing “Top Chef” style for the approval of a panel of judges, students wore togas, designed menus and prepared food with only those ingredients available to the Ancient Romans.



New Facility Expands Practice Fields The paint is dry and construction is nearly complete on a new campus facility between the field hockey and baseball fields on the southeast corner of the Trinity campus. The new building will have restrooms and equipment storage as well as a concession window. The building will be open to players and spectators for the spring 2017 athletic season.



At Reedy Creek in late September, students in Trinity’s River Systems class taught 4th and 5th graders from Patrick Henry Charter School how to test water for clarity, dissolved oxygen, pH, temperature and other data which is sent to state researchers after collection.

For the ninth time in as many years, the Operation Smile Club hosted the Miles for Smiles 5K Color run on and around Trinity’s campus on the morning of Saturday, October 22, 2016. Dozens of student volunteers organized the events with dozens more running in the rainbow-themed race to raise awareness and funds for facial reconstructive surgeries in children. To date, the club’s activities have sponsored more than 125 such surgeries.

A SPECIAL TRADITION Two dozen athletes from the Special Olympics of Virginia joined the girls cross country team at Aycock Stadium for their seventh annual one-mile fun run on Saturday, October 1, 2016 coordinated by Oriana Nordt ’17.



PUMPKIN CARVING The Operation Smile Club hosted their annual Halloween pumpkin carving contest in Dunn Courtyard. Prizes included “most creative,” “scariest,” and “most school spirited.”

Right next to the new building is a new practice field, completed earlier this fall, which is already paying dividends for Titan teams of all stripes — boys and girls, varsity and JV. Every team will now have the opportunity for more (and earlier) practice time, and it will help avoid damaging the playing fields in bad weather. “Trinity continues to work to improve our campus,” said Athletic Director Becky Currier. “We are excited to have additional practice space giving our teams some much needed dedicated field time. We are also excited to be able to bring concession and restroom facilities to support the upper fields on our campus.”

MOCK ELECTION Students from the Youth in Government and Political Union Clubs sponsored a mock election for the presidential and mayoral races in November.


Mindfulness Mondays

IB Physics students toured the VCU School of Engineering in November. In addition to having the chance to ask questions of a panel of VCU engineering students, the visiting Titans got the chance to program and race robots against each other.

“Culturally, our country is very caught up in being busy and checking items off a to-do list,” said Molly McDonald, school counselor. “Students across the nation are also experiencing stress levels at an all time high as they try to balance getting good grades, extracurricular activities, clubs, sports and more.” With this in mind, McDonald and school chaplain Brian Griffen have set aside five chapel periods this year for the “Mindfulness Mondays” program, during which students can turn inward and take a pause in their busy daily lives. Led by volunteer guides on the faculty, groups of 15 to 20 students have the opportunity to participate in basic mindfulness lessons. Sitting quietly, the students practice breathing and sensory awareness techniques to help lower stress. During a recent session, students could use the 25-minute Mindfulesss Monday time to craft a letter of gratitude – or list the things in their lives for which they are most grateful. “Students have been encouraged to approach these chapels in a manner most comfortable for them, both as spiritual reflection and to learn new tools to support their mental health,” said McDonald. “It has been a unique experience to see the entire school take a pause at the same time during the day.”



WREATHMAKING Another successful Grand Illumination in Dunn Courtyard on December 1, 2017 culminated weeks of light installation by Trinity’s dedicated and talented facilities maintenance crew. A new addition this year was a giant circular wreath lit with a blue “T” — hung atop a 100foot pine tree behind the baseball field on the east boundary of the Trinity campus. The wreath was built using found vines and branches by Trinity’s Sustainability Systems class with help from Chip Shelton ’89.

MOCK TRIAL The Trinity mock trial team came out on top of the Model Judiciary Program simulation at the John Marshall Courts Building in Downtown Richmond in midJanuary. The team worked together with coach Bob Alley to prepare their case as the prosecution, while two of the students, Danielle Afolayan ’18 and Niki Novak ’17, argued as lead attorneys. In February, that pair advanced to the appeals stage to argue before a panel of real appellate judges. Trinity’s Youth in Government Club has fielded a team in the Model Judiciary Program for nearly three decades. 12


Sustainability on the River Ten students in the Sustainable Systems class spent a beautiful Friday afternoon in October learning about environmental science from nationally recognized experts right here in Greater Richmond. At the Harrison Lake National Fish Hatchery, students learned about the life cycle of the mussel, getting to see and hold “baby” and “teenage” shellfish. The Hatchery fosters growth from larval to full size mussels, marking with a laser engraver and releasing them in Virginia waterways. Later in the day, the group visited the VCU Rice Rivers Center, a LEED Platinum Certified research facility with state-of-the-art eco-friendly features. Project-based and hands-on, the Sustainable Systems class studies food chemistry, energy use, and botany, conducting experiments to measure human impact on the local environment and waterways.

Power in Story Ten students and two faculty advisors traveled to the University of Richmond on November 15, 2016 for a Diversity Dialogue Day sponsored by the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities. This year's theme was “Power In Story.” In this one-day youth leadership forum, trained - explored personal experiences with discrimination and helped them develop conflict resolution skills. At the day’s conclusion, participants developed strategies for increasing awareness and promoting inclusion within their schools. “Students most enjoyed meeting other students from all over the Richmond area and having open and honest discussions about prejudice, intolerance and respect for others,” said Unite Club faculty sponsor Meredith Turner. “This experience helped them to realize that they have many peers that have similar experiences and desires to build the tools needed to create communities which are free from the distractions of bullying and stereotypes.”

The Big (Art) Apple Continuing a long, favorite Trinity tradition, 56 students and eight chaperones spent three nights and four days exploring the world of the visual arts on the IB Arts trip to New York City over the final weekend in January. From ancient cultures through the Impressionist period, and from painting to architecture to multimedia, the city provided endless opportunities to see iconic works of art in person.

Visits to the Met, the MoMA, the Whitney and the New York Public Library were balanced out in the evening by skating at Rockefeller Center, taking a show in on Broadway, or watching the crowds in Times Square. Said Chaplin, “Everyone enjoyed excellent food, New York culture and many miles of walking!”

“The IB Visual Arts program encourages students to experience art in ‘real time,’” said Amy Chaplin ’88, Trinity’s head of visual arts. “The trip to NYC introduces the students to the art they have seen online and in books, but more so they are exposed to artists' intention, influences, and peers. Students have ample opportunity to exchange ideas with their classmates and teachers, discover a new favorite, and to appreciate the masters.”



Trinity Welcomes…

For the first Eucharist Chapel of the year on September 28, 2016, Trinity welcomed two guest ministers from St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church. Associate Rector Penny Nash was the celebrant, and the homily was delivered by family ministries director Michael Sweeney.

Students were rapt with attention on the morning of September 9, 2016 as they heard the story of Drew Bergman, visiting speaker from Minding Your Mind, an organization dedicated to providing mental health education to young adults and their schools — and to reducing the stigma associated with mental health issues. “You need to make sure that you are making your mental health your first priority,” Bergman said, sharing details of his own struggle and success. “Just like physical health, if you treat your mental health on a daily basis, you can have a normal, productive life.” He challenged students to add three to five “positive coping skills” — such as sports, music, dance, writing, art or working out — into their daily routines. Praising the community support and empathetic faculty found within schools like Trinity, he also urged every student to find three adults in which they can confide in a time of need.

Continuing the theme of mindfulness at Trinity this year, Sweeney recounted how hard it can be to “stop and take a deep breath” in a frenetic and pressure-filled world. “Mindfulness is not so different from a sport,” he said. “It takes practice.” e ability to calm the noisy distractions in our minds reminded him of the ending to the classic children’s story “Where the Wild ings Are.” He encouraged students to practice finding stillness in their daily lives. “Whether its running, yoga, reading, dance or prayer,” he said, “that’s how we learn to tell the Wild ings, ‘Be still.’”

Bergman’s visit was made possible through Trinity’s school counseling office in partnership with the Cameron K. Gallagher Foundation. Trinity is also one of eight area schools (including Maggie Walker, Collegiate, and Midlothian) to implement the Minding Your Mind curriculum this year. Throughout the rest of the fall, CKG Foundation representative Jodi Bedland made six visits to Trinity, working with small groups of voluntary participants and covering topics like negative vs. positive coping skills, common mental health disorders like anxiety and depression, how to be an active listener, and mindfulness.



US State Department Officer Melissa Quartell gave a briefing on US-Cuban relations to students in Wesley Hedgepeth’s IB Global Politics class over Skype on October 11. After the briefing, she had the chance to advise students on pursuing a career in the foreign service.

“e Foreign Service represents America as it is, in all its gender, cultural, ethnic and lingual diversity,” she told students. “I’m happy that you are paying attention to world affairs, because we as Americans need to do more to learn about how our actions affect the rest of the world.” is was the first of what will be a regular series of Skype conferences with real-world players in global

politics. Trinity welcomed Vanessa Diamond, director and cofounder of HandsOn Greater Richmond, to Chapel on the morning of October 24 to speak to students about the hundreds of local, age-appropriate volunteer community-service opportunities available at Whether it’s by learning about the community, making professional connections, gaining job and leadership skills or simply achieving some personal satisfaction — Diamond emphasized that volunteers themselves can often gain just as much as those being served by volunteer organizations. All Trinity students are required to complete at least 10 community service hours every year. is annual minimum helps to promote continued involvement in service and growth in stewardship through multiple experiences throughout their time at Trinity.

Professional Triathlete Eric Limkemann visited students in the IB Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences class in early December. With a typical Iron Man race lasting about eight hours, Limkemann said it is crucial to balance nutrient timing, hydration and overall health. “I eat to perform,” he said, showing slides of his diet and equating food to fuel in the training and competition process. Still, he said, we must remember we are all human. “ere’s a time and a place for ‘mental health food,’” he said, showing a photo of pancakes and bacon. “If you try to be 100% perfect all the time, you’ll burn out.”

e Rev. Ross McGowan Wright from Good Shepherd Episcopal Church presided over this winter’s Epiphany Chapel in the Estes Athletic Center on January 4, 2017. Rev. Wright asked attendees to consider the singular devotion of the “three wise men,” about whom little is known historically. “Pay attention to the spirituality of the ordinary,” he said. “Follow the star wherever it leads you.” Making spirits bright, the St. Michael’s 5th Grade Chorus performed at the last Chapel of the year on December 12, 2016. Led by Trinity alum Philip Tickle ’09, the group performed four holiday songs before gathering in the bleachers with all of the St. Michael’s alumni in attendance.

On December 2, 2016, Trinity welcomed visiting speaker and Trinity parent Gary Mance, who in 1970 became one of the first eight African-American students to attend Woodberry Forest School, an independent boarding school for boys founded in 1889 in Madison County, VA. “How many of you know the story of the movie ‘Remember the Titans’?” he asked the assembled students. “Well, my story of integration is very similar to that film.” By the time he entered Woodberry in 9th grade, although more doors were opening to African-American students, there were still challenges to being on the front lines of social change. “It was very difficult, because we really never saw anyone like ourselves, except for the guys and gals who were preparing the meals and caring for the grounds,” he said. “We got pretty close to them; they were like parents to us.” A proud Woodberry alumnus, Mance now serves on Woodberry’s Board of Trustees and enjoys personally mentoring young African-American students at the school. “The school is much more diverse today than ever, and I think that I had a part in making that happen,” he said. Head of Student Life Laura Hamlin Weiler ’00 thanked Mance for sharing his story with the Trinity community. “We talk a lot about taking positive risks and putting yourself in a position to grow,” she said. “Standing here with us is an example of someone who did that. He is part of history right here in front of us.”

The Trinity Art Club welcomed acclaimed artist and Richmond-native Noah Scalin to the Perkinson Arts Center on October 18, 2016. Scalin is the Webby-awardwinning creator of the “Skull-A-Day” project and author of six books about creativity. He currently serves as the first-ever artist-in-residence at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Business. “I often hear people say, ‘I don’t have a creative bone in my body,’” Scalin said, noting that creativity is not so much like a bone as it is a muscle. He encouraged students to take small steps each day to practice and develop their creative muscles, just as they might use exercise to improve their physical muscles.



Faculty News 1.

FACULTY NOTES 1. Mandy Augst and her husband, Robert, welcomed Loella Marie Augst at 6:15 p.m. on August 11, 2016. Mandy wrote: "she weighed 6 pounds, 15 ounces and has lovely dark brown hair and her dad's long eyelashes."



Chris Mercer, Spanish teacher, has published “Casa Dividida,” a classroom novel intended for Spanish Level 3 and 4. While officially historical fiction, the narrative parallels the life of Trinity’s own technology support specialist, José Santiago. Their partnership began when Santiago, a Cuban native, who has lived in the US for five decades, was invited into Mercer’s higher-level IB Spanish classes to speak. He told a story of how upon returning to his childhood home in Havana — decades after the revolution that caused his family to flee — he discovered that the once-grand mansion had been divided up into a six-family home. Meeting the current residents, he learned that one was a neurosurgeon from the countryside, who never would have been able to attend college if it weren’t for the revolution. Rather than being angry or resentful, Santiago was moved by the residents’ stories, which helped him come to terms with their divergent paths.



“Some of my schoolmates in Havana were actually executed by the Cuban government,” said Santiago, “not to mention people like my father who had built very large companies who had everything taken away from them. When you hear about the anger of some Cuban Americans in Miami, most of the people in my father’s generation are justifiably angry. But I decided that life is too short to be continuously angry.” Inspired by Santiago’s tale of reconciliation, the idea for “Casa Dividida” was hatched. Literally, “House Divided,” the title speaks to the divisions among the Cuban people as well as literally to the boyhood home of Santiago, which was divided into apartments. “It seemed like a perfect story,” said Mercer. “You have a guy who had everything taken away from him. And then a woman who started with nothing and had everything provided and offered to her — all from the same historical event.” Mercer adapted many of Santiago’s personal anecdotes and family stories for his book, such as a family dinner in which two uncles from the same family argue opposing political viewpoints. Santiago said the book captures the evolution of attitudes over decades and even within families. “One of the things I like best about the book, is that it really presents a good level-headed analysis of both sides of the revolution,” said Santiago, “and it shows that there are good people and not so good people on both sides.” 16


2. Jackie Kidwell Berens wrote: "Matthew Berens and I got married on December 30, 2016 in Richmond. Titans that attended the celebration included Margie Vaughan Snead ’85, Billy Snead ’82, Annie Snead ’16, Sally Snead ’19, Christie van de Kamp ’16, Ellie Donahue Boyd ’04, Anne Hurt, Molly McDonald and Sam Mickens. In addition to working full time at Trinity, I coach girls and boys tennis with Matt."

3. In his continuing service as president of the Virginia Council for Social Studies, Wesley Hedgepeth spoke at the NCSS (National Council for the Social Studies) President's Breakfast in early December 2016, presenting awards for Virginia Social Studies Teacher of the Year, and the Virginia Friend of Education.

4. Marcus Jones ’00 and his wife Jill welcomed Evie Duke Jones on October 21, 2016. She weighed 6 pounds, 12 ounces and joined big brother Bays. 5. 5. Laurie Douglas Pierce and John Pierce were married on December 22, 2016 on the North Shore of O'ahu, Hawai'i.


6. Judy Rocawich retired in December, 2016 after 10 years in the marketing and communications office at Trinity. She was celebrated at a luncheon at Rob Short's house on December 15. Her colleagues were able to share stories and words of thanks. They spoke highly of her work, friendship and commitment to Trinity.

Faculty Discovery Award strengthens mother-daughter bond

Planning Ahead Trustees of independent schools are responsible for the long-term growth and prosperity of the school. They hold the school, its mission and its future in trust. According to the Trustee Handbook, published by the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), trustees are “future-focused and strategic… and in partnership with the head, provide leadership and a framework within which the faculty members enact the mission every day.”

Field of Dreams Margie Vaughan Snead ’85 was one of two faculty members honored last year with the Discovery Award, a grant provided by the Trinity Board of Trustees to a faculty member to fulfill a dream or fund a learning opportunity. In May of 2016, Snead traveled to Germany to support her daughter, Annie Snead ’16, as she trained and competed with the US Junior National Field Hockey Team in friendly matches against the German National Team. After helping to lead Trinity to a state field hockey championship in 2015, Annie is continuing the family tradition at William & Mary, where mother Margie also played. “As a coach I truly enjoyed watching the game played at an international level,” she said, noting the many differences between the European and American systems of player development. “Players grow up learning in a very structured club system. At a very small age they are learning the game on turf (not grass), something that our players do not play on consistently until college. Their national team programs are supported by the government so their training and travel is paid for.” “And as a mother, I was not ready for how much I would be affected by seeing my daughter stand on the pitch, wearing the red, white and blue, with the National Anthem playing over the speakers,” she said. “It was truly amazing.”

The Trinity Board of Trustees has begun preliminary work on the school’s next cycle of strategic planning. Under the guidance of Strategic Planning Committee Chair Beth Nash, the first step is to design a process that will be comprehensive, ongoing and purposefully incorporated into the way decisions are made at Trinity. “Having a volunteer board of dedicated and expert advisors manage this process is invaluable to our school,” said Head of School Rob Short. “We rely on our trustees to look ahead to broad trends, internal and external influences, and to use big-picture thinking to ensure the continued success of Trinity.” The strategic planning process may take up to twelve months, and will involve input from a wide variety of Trinity stakeholders, according to Nash. The end result will be strategic initiatives, financial and operational plans, and objective targets for the goals and objectives so that progress can be measured, communicated and incorporated into ongoing strategic thinking. “We are fortunate to have the talent and commitment of trustees who care about this process and who take a thoughtful and open-minded approach addressing our needs and fulfilling our mission,” said Short. “We’re in good hands.” Currently serving on the Board of Trustees are: E. G. Allen III ’84, Secretary, Frank Barksdale Jr., Paige H. Bell, Sheryl E. Black, Bryan A. Brassington, Benjamin D. Bretz ’97, Kelly Donahue, President, Trinity Parents Association, Jeffrey D. Elgin, Treasurer, Leesa Witty Gregory ’93, Gayle Hargett, Charles T. Hill Jr. ’98, Mary Jane Hogue, Marcus Jones ’00, Faculty Representative, William G. Londrey ’84, Kathy Ashby Merry, Chair, Rob Methven, Vice Chair, Beth Loeper Nash, William I. Sanderson ’94, Lynn Strader, John A. Young ’83

The team trained for several days in Bad Kreuznach, Germany, a town Snead described as “very outdoor friendly, with outdoor salt spas, hiking paths, canoeing, and kayaking.” Snead then had the thrill of driving on the Autobahn, as she and Annie traveled to Frankfurt, Mainz, Bad Kreuznach and Heidelberg. “Mainz is a beautiful city on the Rhein River,” she said. “I spent mornings enjoying the exercise paths along the river. We loved exploring different local restaurants and popular tourist attractions.” TITAN TRAIL



Rainbow Nation By Wesley Hedgepeth


ast summer I had the great privilege of traveling to Cape Town, South Africa, thanks to the Discovery Award, an award given by the Trinity Board of Trustees to a faculty member each year. This award provided me with a once in a lifetime opportunity that I will never forget. I choose to travel to South Africa for three reasons: to visit family, to digest knowledge and experiences, and to seek out opportunities for the future. My brother’s wife Christal grew up in Cape Town, and her family still lives there. This was my opportunity to live with and get to know her family members, to understand the life from which she came. Soon I would experience unique flavorful food such as potjie: a stew of oxtail, a variety of vegetables,

cream, red wine, and a special mix of spices. We took a day trip to wine country, where I tasted a hybrid grape made exclusively in South Africa. And Christal’s grandmother made us all a feast that included malva pudding, a spongy, caramelized treat with jam and hot custard. I would end up having malva pudding as many times as I could for the remainder of my stay. Experiences with her other family members allowed me to understand what it was truly like to be a Capetonian. South Africa, or the Rainbow Nation, as Archbishop Desmond Tutu described in 1994, is full of rich culture and history. Being a social studies teacher and an avid traveler, I could not pass up the opportunity to experience life as a Capetonian. My experiences there would shape my teaching and my students

“It is imperative that our students broaden their horizons and be exposed to different cultures. My lasting pursuit will be to continue looking for future opportunities to fulfill this mission.” 18


and bring new connections, for both professional development and for future student exchanges. To me, travelling is not worth the time put into it unless learning and growth occurs, both personally and professionally. South Africa presented me with many opportunities for growth. The three most transformative experiences I had while in South Africa would be my “climb” and visit to Table Mountain; my safari at the Aquila Game Reserve; and my boat ride and tour of Robben Island Prison. One of the new seven wonders of nature, Table Mountain is hard to miss once in Cape Town. Visitors can climb the more than 3,500 feet to the sum-

mit, or ride in a rotating cable car like I did. These cable cars allow for a 360degree view of all of Cape Town as you slide up the steep mountainside. From the top, you see each side of the mountain, including the famous Lion’s Head and Devil’s Peak. Cape Town is said to be a perfectly Feng Shui city. It’s like a chair; Table Mountain as the back, Lion’s Head and Devil’s Peak as the arms, and the waterfront as the seat. It’s no wonder I felt so comfortable in the world-class city. Another life-changing adventure began after a two-hour bus ride to the Aquila Game Reserve. Riding on safari in a small all-terrain vehicle — protected by only a small metal railing — I had an unforgettable front-row view. You don’t have the true safari experience unless you see the Big Five: the African elephant, the black rhinoceros, the Cape buffalo, the African lion, and the African leopard. Seeing all of the above, plus many giraffes, hippos, and zebras, I can say I had a true safari experience! My most memorable moment was driving into the lion cage at dawn and hearing the roar of both male and female lions. Wow. My most transformative experience was visiting Robben Island, off the coast of

Cape Town. This island served as a refueling station for European explorers, dating back as early as the 15th century. Later it was decided to be the perfect place to isolate social problems. At one point, Robben Island served as a leper colony, and most recently served as a prison for both criminal and political South African prisoners. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it stands as a museum and memorial for the individuals who were held captive. No prisoner is more famous than the former activist and president of South Africa, the late Nelson Mandela. It was here that I learned about the life and daily activities of Mandela during his 18 years on the island. I was privileged to meet his prison-guard-turned-close friend, Christo Brand, and to see the prison cell and lime quarry where he

spent most of this days. These 18 years were only part of his 27-year sentence for political treason against the South African Apartheid government. Touring Robben Island will continue to be one of the most unforgettable moments of my life. My final purpose for traveling to South Africa was to visit Hout Bay International School, an IB World School in Cape Town. I was able to observe a Theory of Knowledge class discussing ethics, as well as meet with and collaborate with an IB History professor, named Geoff, with whom I have been collaborating ever since I departed. Geoff is starting the IB Global Politics course next year, and we’ve created a professional network for ourselves, and an opportunity for virtual exchanges between our classrooms. Additionally, Geoff is interested in bring students to visit Trinity, and hosting our students in return. I have often wondered if Archbishop Tutu referred to his homeland as a rainbow because of the rich diversity of its population and landscape, or it if was a metaphor for better times ahead, at the end of a rainbow. My experiences visiting this beautiful country have certainly broadened my perspective on the world, and on historical events, which in turn will broaden the perspectives of my students. It is imperative that our students broaden their horizons and be exposed to different cultures. My lasting pursuit will be to continue looking for future opportunities to fulfill this mission. TITAN TRAIL



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THE SHOW IS ABOUT TO BEGIN Trinity Episcopal School is honored to announce that it has been awarded A $300,000 challenge grant from the Mary Morton Parsons Foundation of Richmond, Virginia.

e challenge grant will help fund the renovation and expansion of the Perkinson Arts Center eatre. Your gift will enable Trinity to meet the challenge before the November 1, 2017 deadline. e theatre is where the entire Trinity community gathers daily for Morning Meeting, and where our talented musicians, actors, performers and stage crews learn their craft. Each $1,000 donor will be honored with a nameplate on a seat in the newly-renovated theatre. e renovated space will feature new permanent seating, stage improvements, lobby expansion and a new entrance tower. Construction is underway, with completion scheduled for August 2017. A limited number of seats are available for purchase. To help complete this remarkable chapter in Trinity’s story, make your $1,000 gift today, and add your name to the hundreds of generous donors who have ensured a bright future for students now and for generations to come. For more information, please contact: Laurie H. Hedgepeth, Director of Development 804.672.4899 TITAN TRAIL


— C hampions —



Boys Cross Country The 2016 boys cross country team was led by senior captains Jonathan Nash ’17, Bill Londrey ’17 and Max Halbruner ’17. The team came into the season with high expectations but suffered a series of setbacks, due to injury, that tested their resolve. “Nash and Max Galbraith ’18 proved to be consistent top finishers during the middle part of the season where several younger runners were tasked with developing quickly and becoming varsity contributors,” said Head Coach Marcus Jones ’00. “The goal for the season became to ‘Finish Strong’ and show improvement each week,” he said. At the Prep League Championships, the team finished in 3rd place, led by Nick Jean ’19. For Jean, the Prep League meet yielded his first major individual 22


championship as he pulled away from the field in the final stretches to win the race by seven seconds. The team however, was unsatisfied after the Prep League Meet and looked to improve upon the performance at the State Meet. The boys showed up at the State Championships with renewed determination and nearly pulled off an upset against champion Woodberry Forest. They turned in their best performance of the year finishing as state runner-up.

Field Hockey As defending state champions, the 2016 varsity field hockey team started the season knowing it would face a schedule full of tough opponents looking to take them down. That schedule

included four different public and independent school state finalists from 2016. In spite of those odds, the Titan squad made its way back to the LIS Championship game earning its third straight league title with a 1-0 win over St. Catherine’s School. The climb to the state finals included a hard fought semifinal game against St. Stephens & St. Agnes School that went into overtime. Erika Latta ’19 made five saves in the ensuing shootout, and Grace English ’17 scored in both regulation and in the shootout to give Trinity the edge.

Trinity faced Norfolk Academy for the third straight VISAA State Championship game and came up just short losing by one in overtime. The team scored 84 goals and gave up 23 in their 19-4-1 campaign. “Our top three players in goals and assists included Addie Nash ’18, Ella Donahue ’17 and Sally Snead ’19,” said Head Coach Margie Snead ’85. “Our core defensive unit put up 13 shut outs and included Erika Latta, Claire Magill ’17, Hallie Larsen ’18, Cori Nichols ’20, Grace English ’17, Abby English ’19, Sally Snead ’19, and Ella Donahue ’17. A big thanks to our seniors, including Teresita AmbrogiTorres, Ella Donahue, Grace English, Bizzy Hyatt, Catherine Hughes, and Claire Magill.

We appreciate their leadership, friendship and many contributions.” Topping a long list of postseason honors (see page 27), Ella Donahue ’17 was named the Richmond Times-Dispatch All-Metro Player of the Year.



Boys Soccer They finished 3rd in the LIS, with seven girls placing in the top 20 (a team record), and 4th in the VISAA State Meet. A notable stat from the state meet was the distance between 1st and 5th-place runners of only 37 seconds, giving the Titans the smallest spread of any team in the state.

Girls Cross Country “It was a fantastic season, beginning to end, for the girls and coaches, said Head Coach Laura Hamlin Weiler ’00 about the fall of 2016. “It was also our most comprehensively successful season in terms of breadth of performance in program history.” Winning the Steward Invitational, the Woodberry Forest Invitational and the Collegiate Invitational, the girls defeated all of their LIS opponents throughout the season.



“Other coaches and teams commented on how small our spread was, how close our pack was, and how supportive our team was of one another,” said Weiler. “Every girl had at least one other person with whom she paced and they pushed and supported each other physically and vocally. This tight-knit group was incredibly fun to coach and embodied the gift of a ‘team’ approach that allows you to personally work at a higher level because of those around you.”

An overall record of 11-5-1 included 4 wins and 3 losses in the Virginia Prep League, good enough for a 4th place finish. After losing in the first round of the VISAA tournament, the boys finished the season ranked No. 9 in the state. The team played its most challenging schedule to date, facing all but two of the top 10 teams, including both the 2015 and 2016 state champions as well as the 2015 and 2016 state runners-up. “After three difficult defeats, culminating with a very tough loss to St. Christopher’s, and with our backs to the wall,” said Head Coach Brian Phillips, “the team ran off seven straight victories, culminating with a huge win against STAB, to secure a spot in the state tournament.” The team’s goals were to “represent the shield, be a good teammate and work to improve

yourself and your teammates every day,” he said. With 14 seniors on the team, and an unprecedented five fouryear varsity players, Coach Phillips was pleased at the season’s culmination of growth from this large group of seniors. “The senior

defensive unit was outstanding, finishing the season with a .81 goals against average,” he said. “This was truly exceptional given the strength of our competition.”

Football Competing in their first season since moving up to Division I of the VISAA, Titan Football finished 3-6 overall. Also competing in the Virginia Prep League for the first time in over 20 years, the boys logged a 2-2 record, with wins over St. Christopher’s School and Fork Union Academy, and losses to nationally ranked Woodberry Forest School and

2016 state champions Collegiate. “Our goal, like every year,- is to get better each week in an effort to be the best team we can be by the end of the season,” said Head Coach Sam Mickens. “Our boys worked hard but dealt with injuries for the greater portion of the season.” A “spread power” team, with an emphasis on the quarterback running the ball, the Titans used three different quarterbacks, Tommy Deutsch ’17, Patrick Way ’19, and Tink Boyd ’18, who “did a fine job of trying to run the offense effectively while dealing with changes across the offensive line due to injuries,” Mickens said. Mickens said the season’s most memorable moment came early on, when they were able to hold the St. Christopher’s offense to only 9 points and earn the team’s second-straight victory over them. “It was a total team effort by every player, coach and fan at the game that afternoon,” he said. “An awesome day to be Titan!”



Girls Tennis With strong growth in both team size and number of wins, the 2016 girls tennis team featured a full roster of 13 players and an overall record of 8-8. In a very competitive LIS, the team was 4-5, finishing in 4th place in the league tournament, just three points behind STAB. “Brittney Watkins ’18 topped the roster for the fall at the extremely tough No. 1 singles line, closing out the year with a huge upset over STAB’s No. 1 in a fight for 3rd place overall,” said Head Coach Jackie Kidwell. “Hannah Collier ’19 and Harper Bibb ’18 had standout singles performances in the tournament at No. 2 and No. 4, and Julia Olson ’19 was a tenacious No. 3 all season long, leading the team with her mental focus, hustle and coachability.”

“The highlight of the season was the team’s huge upset at the LIS tournament in our lines against St. Anne’s Belfield,” said Coach Kidwell. “This came the week after a lopsided loss against STAB in our regular season match. No. 1 seed Watkins and No. 2 seed Collier had an outstanding tournament at the No. 1 doubles line, followed by sophomore Olson and junior Bibb at No. 2 doubles.”

Girls Volleyball With an 8-12 overall record, the girls finished 4th (5-7) in the LIS, losing to St. Margaret’s in the first round of the LIS Tournament.“The players set lofty goals that proved to be out of our reach,” said Head Coach Steve Eliasek ’86. “After graduating nine seniors in 2015, we had too many holes to fill.”

“Alexa Gillert ’17 and Molly Black ’17 used their experience to become solid contributors and leaders on the court,” said Eliasek. “Kate Pepper ’18 was responsible for our offensive production, continuing to prove herself as one of the best setters around. We started two sophomores, Anna Eliasek and Liza Rennie, who gained some valuable experience as the season progressed.”



“The coaches’ focus was to improve the overall level of play in each practice,” said Eliasek. “Although the season's results do not reflect it, each player in the program improved and the overall depth of skill increased. I think its safe to say that everyone is looking forward to returning to the court in August and returning to our winning ways.”

Fall 2016 Athletic Honors and Accolades

Boys Cross Country Nick Jean ’19: All-State (3rd Place), All-Prep Max Galbraith ’18: All-State (9th Place) Bill Londrey ’17: All-State (12th Place)

Girls Cross Country Cameron Ferris ’17: All-LIS Laurel Goodpasture ’17: All-LIS Eloise de Landevoisin Campbell ’20: All-LIS Laura Hamlin Weiler ’00: LIS Coach of the Year

Field Hockey Ella Donahue ’17: All-State (1st Team), All-LIS, NFHCA

All-Region Team (South), All-Metro Player of the Year Grace English ’17: All-State (1st Team), All-Metro (2nd Team), All-LIS Aubrey Scott King ’18: All-LIS Erika Latta ’19: All-State (1st Team), All-Metro (1st Team), All-LIS, NFHCA All-Region Team (South) Hallie Larsen ’18: All-Metro (1st Team) Addie Nash ’18: All-State (2nd Team), All-LIS Margie Vaughan Snead ’85: LIS Coach of the Year


Ella Donahue ’17: Richmond Times-Dispatch Scholar-Athlete of the Month (December 2016); All-Metro Player of the Year Will Michael ’17: Lexus of Richmond Pursuit of Perfection Leadership Award Program (Week 4 Nominee)

Tink Boyd ’18: All-State (1st Team), All-Prep Aaron Scott ’17: All-Prep Foster Singleton ’18: All-State (Honorable Mention), All-Prep Trevor Taylor ’17: All-Prep

Soccer Ethan Hinckle ’17: All-Prep Parker Shama ’17: All-Prep

Tennis Brittney Watkins ’18: All-LIS

Volleyball Kate Pepper ’18: All-LIS



One to One: The Right Ratio for Educational Technology


Photo above: Over the summer of 2016, the team of Nathaniel Paul ’14, Kyle van de Kamp ’12, José Santiago and Davis Catherman ’14 helped revitalize Trinity’s WiFi infrastructure, which now provides the fastest speeds available.

Photo below: Technology Department Head Sarah Greenlee helps students make the most of their oneto-one access to state-of-theart Apple MacBook Airs

or Technology Facilitator Laurie Pierce, the teachers have become the students. Providing access to the latest online tools and training, along with classroom support and coaching, Pierce coordinates one-to-one MacBook professional development program for Trinity faculty. “Our 1:1 MacBook Learning Groups allow teachers from different departments the opportunity to talk together, share lesson plan ideas and classroom strategies, and learn how to integrate various educational software and applications,” said Pierce. And by using Google Classroom to collaborate, teachers communicate more effectively and easily with students, provide a forum for discussion, distribute assignments, and easily organize class materials. “Through Classroom, teachers can quickly see who hasn’t or has completed the work and provide direct, real-time feedback and grades right in the platform,” said Pierce. Trinity’s one-to-one laptop program is now midway through a four-year, phased approach toward the ultimate goal of equipping all Trinity students with their own laptop for learning. Beginning in 2015-16, all 8th and 9th grade students received laptops at the start of the year. This school year, the program was expanded to include 8th, 9th and 10th grade students. With an additional grade

to be added each year, the entire school will be completely “one-to-one” in 2018-19. “I am very proud of what we have accomplished over the last two years,” said Pierce. “I feel that it has really improved the equality of access to technology for all students.” The term “one to one” describes the ratio of students to laptops, with a dedicated, consistent device available for each student. From the start, the program has aimed to improve predictability, consistency and focus when it comes to the use of technology in classrooms. “1:1 makes sure that everyone is on the same device, with the same software, same platform and same ports,” said Sarah Greenlee, technology department head. “A uniform approach allows teachers and students to focus on the computer as a tool, not as an added responsibility.” Rolling out such a large program, even one grade at a time, hasn’t been without challenges. “We’ve had to create a new infrastructure from the ground up,” said Greenlee. “José Santiago and the technology team worked tirelessly to troubleshoot issues in the moment and develop a long-term solution.” Indeed, over the summer of 2016, Santiago and his team (including alumni Davis Catherman ’14, Nathaniel Paul ’14, Kyle van de Kamp ’12) installed the very latest ethernet, Wi-Fi and fiber-optic switching technology — and over 20,000 feet of cable — in each of Trinity’s buildings. The result — an effective tenfold increase in speed and connectivity, thanks to updating the “backbone” of the network last fall. “It’s like going from driving an old station wagon on rural roads to driving a brand-new car on a superhighway,” said Santiago. “The laptops provide opportunities that just aren’t possible without consistent and personal access to technology,” said Greenlee. “Even something simple,



like communicating with students via email, was a challenge when not all students had a computer or smartphone.” In Maria Bartz’s 9th grade English classes, students collaborate with each other and the teacher on a daily basis using the Google suite of online applications. “The ability to provide students with immediate feedback on their writing through Google Docs is one of the most powerful and effective ways to help students improve,” said Bartz.

“The laptops have become an essential learning tool in my classroom.” In Sarah McDermott’s “World History: Community and Conflict” class, students harnessed their laptops’ power to explore Ancient Greek history in a new way, using both MineCraft and Google Maps to reconstruct portions of ancient Athens and Sparta. “Before the one-to-one laptop program, this type of project would have been difficult,” said McDermott. The uses of these tools goes well beyond the posting of lectures, notes, and assignments online. According to Pierce, teachers at Trinity are using more interactive content, building online portfolios and using real-time analytics from online test and evaluations. Math teachers in particular are exploring a “flipped classroom” model, where interactive videos, blogs and screencasts allow students to receive instruction at home, while class time is devoted to guided practice in a supported environment. “It has been amazing watching the myriad of ways that teachers are harnessing the technology toward more student-centered teaching,” said Pierce.

Publish & Cherish Here’s Where the

Strings Come In


he highest level of any written work is to be published,” said English Department Head Besty Reid. “Our goal as teachers is to create lifelong readers and writers, and so we want to enable them to produce written work that can live and breathe in the real world.” With those goals in mind, English teachers have been providing increasing curricular opportunities to submit their own writing for publication.

AP Language and Composition is a senior course focused on argument and rhetoric. As part of their study of argument this fall, students were tasked with reading Richmond-Times Dispatch articles and the Letters to the Editor that accompanied them. Based on their individual interests in local news, students practiced elements of argument and rhetorical writing strategies by submitting polished letters to the paper. Four of them were selected for publication in the paper’s Op-Ed section in late September. The students published were Nate Erickson, Oriana Nordt and Jamey Phillips, while Ali Deloye was selected as the Correspondent of the Day. Part of midterm assessment in Allison Marchetti’s English 9 class was to learn about how writers publish their work. “They learned about writing query letters and cover letters, and submitting writing

that is appropriate and relevant for a particular publication,” said Marchetti. Students then had to submit two pieces to a minimum of two publications of their choosing. Last winter, as a freshman, Caroline Benedetti ’19 submitted her literary memoir “Ice Cold Reality,” and learned in the fall of 2016 that it was published in Volume 34 of Susquehanna University's The Apprentice Writer. “Mentor texts helped me with writing figuratively,” said Benedetti. “The mentor text that influenced me the most was ‘A Lesson Not Learned’ by Carol Sherman-Jones.” Marina Eichenberger ’20 published “Yellowstone Lake,” a free-verse poem, in the December 2016 issue of TeenInk. The poem arose from a class assignment and was inspired by a family trip to Yellowstone National Park, in which she captured a moment with verbal imagery.

With the welcome addition of Kimberly Ryan to the Trinity faculty this fall, four students are now enrolled in String Orchestra as a class. In addition, six other students regularly rehearse and perform with the ensemble. e group features students from every grade level, from 8th grade through seniors. “Having a small class means that we can focus on individual playing skills, intonation, tone, and instrument setup for each student,” said Ryan. “My goal is to help the students to become well-rounded musicians who are proficient on their instruments and comfortable performing many different styles of music.” Ryan is a professional violinist, violist and vocalist in her own right, who is equally at home as a performer and teacher. She performs regularly with local symphonies and chamber groups. She received her education and training at VCU and the Cleveland Institute of Music. “I want the students to experience all the varied sounds their instruments can achieve, and I try to select music that will showcase the beauty and versatility of strings,” says Ryan. eir first performance was on Grandparents Day, where they debuted with Bach's Brandenburg Concerto, a classical favorite for string players. On Halloween, they entertained the Morning Meeting crowd with a fun, spooky piece called Rosin Eating Zombies from Outer Space, which featured lots of special effects and an homage to the movie Psycho. “At the Winter Fine Arts Festival, we played a traditional program of classical and baroque music, with pieces by Vaughan Williams and Corelli,” said Ryan. “We have even more variety up our sleeves for the Spring Concerts!”




Smells Like Titan Spirit With a nod to the iconoclastic Nirvana song by a similar name, “Smells Like Titan Spirit” transported audience members back to the last decade of the 20th century. The November 19th Cabaret performance in Perkinson Arts Center Theatre featured hits and hidden tracks from the ’90s. More than 20 student and faculty performing acts joined forces to reprise some of the most memorable songs from that decade — including works by the Dave Mathews Band, Counting Crows, Traci Chapman, Soundgarden, Bonnie Raitt, the Goo Goo Dolls, Radiohead and more.



A Winter Arts Spectacular Each December, in conjunction with Trinity’s Grand Illumination and Holiday Music Concert, the Visual Arts Department hosts a massive Art Show in the Perkinson Arts Center and Powell Library. Nearly a third of the entire student body (over 150 students) create displays of their own works of art for the show. The nearly 1,000 pieces span media and genre, from 2-dimensional paintings and drawings and photographs, to 3D sculpture and ceramics, to mixed media and video. All levels of student progress are represented, from beginner to IB. The Visual Arts Department hires three independent artists to judge the works in ten categories and according to technical skill, content, display and overall creativity. This year, for the first time ever, the “Best in Show� prize was awarded to two seniors: Madison Michalec and Tom Pollard. Festivities continued with a holiday music concert featuring Trinity musicians of all ages and skill levels. String and guitar players, jazz ensembles, choral singers and the acapella Trinity Tritones each took the stage to perform holiday classics. This was the last performance in the Perkinson Arts Center Theatre before it closed in January 2017 to undergo renovations that will complete the multiyear Future Pathways capital campaign. TITAN TRAIL


The Grand Tour Thursday, October 13, 2016 was Grandparents Day at Trinity, as grandparents of new students enjoyed musical performances by Trinity’s jazz band and string orchestra — along with tours of campus with their grandchildren. Grandparents enjoyed learning about Trinity’s excellent academic, art and athletic programs, its new facilities and the hum of community activity surrounding Spirit Week and preparations for Homecoming Weekend. “In a technologically driven world, we are about face to face conversations with students,” said Head of School Rob Short, as he welcomed attendees. “Community is what we do best here — and that all starts with family. It has been wonderful having you here. Don’t be a stranger.”



On, Green, Blue and White! Homecoming and Reunions Weekend 2016 The 2016 Homecoming Weekend featured perfect fall weather and a spirited alumni reunion. On the field, the Titans were 2-1 on the weekend, with boys soccer and field hockey each logging wins while football fell to state powerhouse Woodberry Forest. Events for Titans of all ages, spanning almost 48 hours, ensured that there was something for everyone at this year’s Homecoming. The Pep Rally was the culminating event of Spirit Week and officially kicked off Homecoming Weekend on Friday afternoon. Events included a hot-dog eating contest, relay races and the ever-popular musical chairs. The Class of 2017 took home the “Titan Cup,” honoring this year’s most spirited class. Alumni from the classes of 1s and 6s gathered in the Academic Commons to reminisce and reconnect on Friday evening. The class of 1996 had one of the biggest turnouts, as they celebrated their 20th reunion. Festivities continued into the night with the Annual Oyster Roast in Dunn Courtyard. Saturday morning’s events began with a diploma ceremony honoring the two dozen members of the class of 2016 who earned the International Baccalaureate Diploma. Finally, before the big football game in Aycock Stadium, Titans of all ages enjoyed a Homecoming cookout BBQ hosted by volunteers from the Trinity Parents Association (TPA). TITAN TRAIL


Class Notes Class of 1976 Jennie Brooks Jamison ’76 wrote: “I graduated from NC State ’80 and VCU ’83 and ’86 and was recruited to help start the IB Program at St. Petersburg High School in Florida. I jumped at the chance and am now in my 31st year of teaching. I mainly teach IB Psychology but also have many years of experience with eory of Knowledge (TOK). I am very involved with IB and lead workshops, act as an examiner, and have worked on four curriculum reviews. I write texts for the course and my newest book, Psychology for the 21st Century, will be out in early 2017. I will teach as long as it is fun and enjoy sharing my interests in Tai Chi, meditation, and organic gardening with my students. I love living in St. Petersburg and married John Jamison 16 years ago, a chef, Kung Fu Sifu, and respiratory therapist. My two passions are working for Big Cat Rescue in Tampa and traveling. My latest trip was to Mongolia in the summer of 2016 where a group of women hiked some of the back country. I am also working on parts of the Appalachian Trail. I visit Richmond several times a year to see my extensive family. I would love to hear from old friends at”

Class of 1987 Chris Johnson ’87 wrote: “After I graduated from Trinity I went to St. John’s University in Queens, NY. It wasn’t until I got there that I realized how well Trinity had prepared me for the course work. I graduated from St. John’s University and went to John Jay College for graduate work as a probation officer with the New York City Department of Probation. In 1993 I joined the New York City Police Academy and was assigned to the 75th precinct in Brooklyn. I worked with some of the best cops and detectives in the world and it seemed like every major news story had some connection to that place: Diallo shooting, the New York Zodiac killer and even Dan Bongino’s run for Maryland US Senate. I worked in narcotics and on a joint task force with the department of probation where I was involved in great cases and survived 9/11. After four years I was promoted and assigned to the 67th precinct in Brooklyn. Assignments included transit, anti-crime and vandals squad. Now that I am close to retirement, my proudest achievements (other than my wife and two kids) include watching guys I trained or supervised succeed and move on to bigger and better assignments and it’s made me wonder if that is how our teachers at Trinity felt.”

Class of 1996 Lucy Vozza Massey ’96 and her husband Travis welcomed their daughter, Magdalena Vozza Massey, on August 5, 2016.

Class of 1977

Class of 1998

Eddy Frayser ’77 wrote: “Amy Addis Frayser ’77 and I live on Cherokee, not far from TES, and just celebrated our 30th anniversary. Amy works at MCV in pulmonary research and I have had e Frayser Group, LLC, an independent insurance brokerage firm, since 1995. Our son, Dylan, is in the film industry and our daughter, Courtney Frayser Jenkins ’08, is a graphic designer.”

Tres Watson ’98 wrote: “After managing a campaign for the youngest statewide elected official in the nation, Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture Ryan Quarles, I was named communications director for the Republican Party of Kentucky. I serve as spokesman for the party and work with candidates and elected officials to help craft their message.”

Class of 1986 James Shelton ’86 wrote: “I am in my fifth year of working for the state of Virginia in software quality assurance. I have worked for ten years in this field with 20 years in IT. As a hobby I identify all kinds of wildlife. I have run the Richmond Butterfly Count for four years, as a counter of frogs and also birds by voice for federal programs, USGS and NAAMP. I have photographed over 1,000 species on the iNaturalist website. I have also photographed for Wikipedia and have written three Wikipedia articles on the Chesterfield railroads that went to the Beech Station National Historic Landmark: Clover Hill Railroad, Brighthope Railroad and the Farmville and Powhatan Railroad. I just got back from helping the Nature Conservancy monitor birds in specific areas where they have done controlled burns sometime in the last 11 years.”



Class of 1999 Kate Ashton ’99 wrote: “Evan Purcell of Middlebury, Vermont and I got married on October 8 at the Red Clover Inn in Mendon, Vermont. Titan guests included Brian Phillips, Alice Phillips, Madelyn Phillips ’15, Griffin Phillips ’18, and Bill Sanderson ’94. Evan and I live in Astoria, NY where I am the resident dance lighting designer at Williams College. Recent and upcoming work includes ‘Aida’ (Aspen Opera eatre Center), ‘Josephine and I’ (Public eater), Juilliard’s Gala 2016, and the Lincoln Center Festival. I also joined the United Scenic Artists in the fall of 2015.”

Dijana Tabori Dorovic ’99 wrote: “Currently I am posted as a diplomat/human rights expert at the Permanent Mission of Bosnia and Herzegovina to the United Nations in Geneva. I am in Geneva with my family, my husband and a three-year-old son, Adrian. We are enjoying Geneva very much!” Alicia Carper Turner ’99 wrote: “We moved to Falls Church, VA from New York a little over a year ago — it’s nice to be back, close to most of our friends and closer to our families! My husband John, an active duty Army officer (Major), is currently working on nuclear counterproliferation matters at the Defense reat Reduction Agency at Fort Belvoir. I’m an EMT in Washington, DC and in the middle of getting my RYT 200 yoga teacher certification. I volunteer at Arlington National Cemetery and am in the process of applying to paramedic programs for next year. Life is funny — neither yoga teacher training nor EMT/paramedic school were something I ever saw myself doing (especially not in high school or even college), but life kept tossing me hints and I finally stopped ignoring them.” John Matthew Garrity Upton ’99 wrote: “I married Ami Marie Albert on October 8, 2016 in downtown Chicago. Titan Janice Wnek Khauslender ’99 attended with her husband, Alex. Ami and I live in Old Town Chicago, where I manage the analytics program at Ricoh USA.”

Class of 2000 Marcus Jones ’00 and his wife, Jill, welcomed Evie Duke Jones on October 21. She weighed 6 pounds 12 ounces and joined big brother Bays.

Heather Baldwin Ross ’00 wrote: “My husband, Jeremy, joined U Mass in September as an orthopedic surgeon specializing in hips and knees. Prior to our move to Massachusetts we spent a year in Salt Lake City, UT (Go Utes!). With our children: Bradford (6), Warren (4), and Kristen (1) we visited and hiked all of Utah’s “Mighty 5” national parks: Arches, Canyonlands, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, and Zion. We also ventured to Yellowstone and Grand Teton in Wyoming to add to our national park experiences. roughout the year, we visited many dinosaur, railroad, and pioneer landmarks as well as enjoying a multitude of natural wonders.”

Celebrating the Season – Titan Alumni Happy Hour On December 13, 2016 Trinity alums from every decade enjoyed a night of connecting and reminiscing at the Barrel Thief in Richmond's West End. The Titan Alumni Happy Hour helped to get everyone in the holiday spirit.

Top: Steve Coor ’76, Katie Hughes Turner ’04, Rob Short, Chris Ellis ’81, Catherine Good ’81, Wendy Adams Bowen ‘77, Barbi Sutherland Gaylor ‘77, John Gray ’78, Kathie Cole Rushin ‘77, Ryan Turner Bottom: Anne Scott Carter ’91, Ellie Donahue Boyd ’04, Anne Hurt, Monica McGurn Walsh ‘77, Hillary Wood Grotos ’77, Chip Shelton ‘89 Not pictured: Sarah Natalie Jones ’08, Desiree Tunnell ’08, Hal Cole ’79, Heather Smith, Kathryn Gray

Who’s Next?

ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME You could help select the next two Titans to be inducted into the Trinity Athletic Hall of Fame! In 2004 the Athletic Hall of Fame was created as a way to recognize deserving athletes, former coaches and athletic contributors from the Trinity community. If you know of a former teammate, classmate, coach or friend from your time at Trinity that would be worthy of this honor, please send your nominations to Alumni Relations Coordinator Ellie Donahue Boyd ’04 at A committee will take all nominations into account and select two recipients to be inducted Homecoming Weekend 2017. The criteria for nomination are: 1. The nominee must be out of high school for ten years. 2. The nominee must have made a significant achievement in his/her sport during and following his/her career at Trinity and should exemplify the pride, spirit and success that Trinity athletics represents. 3. The nominee must exemplify principles of good sportsmanship and citizenship. 4. Any nominee not inducted in any given year may be eligible for nomination in ensuing years. TITAN TRAIL


Head of School On the Road Head of School Rob Short along with selected faculty members traveled to Virginia Tech and RandolphMacon this fall to catch up with Trinity alums. Alumni got to hear all the news from Trinity, and they talked about how well prepared they feel for college, their next steps, and the things they love and miss about Trinity.

Class of 2001 Katie Knarr Pleasant ’01 wrote: “My husband, Adam, and I welcomed twins, Anne Porter and Langdon, on November 14, 2016. We reside in Charlotte, NC, where Adam works in the risk advisory practice of Dixon Hughes Goodman and I work in financial services consulting for Ernst & Young.”

Class of 2003 Paige Schurlknight Antill ’03 wrote: “My husband, Gregory, and I live in Southern Pines, NC, which is located right outside of Fort Bragg. We met in college at West Virginia University, where he majored in mechanical engineering and I majored in fashion merchandising. He serves in the US Army and I work for R.Riveter — a handbag company that provides careers for military spouses and makes handbags out of upcycled military materials. Our company’s co-founders appeared on Shark Tank earlier this year and it has taken off since then. We tied the knot on October 7 in the Outer Banks during Hurricane Matthew. Emily Schurlknight Warren ’05 and Ashley Hall ’03 were bridesmaids and Seth Schurlknight ’07 was a groomsmen in our wedding.” Annie Thompson Frankfort ’03 and her husband, Stuart, welcomed their daughter, Gwyn Stuart, on September 9, 2016. She weighed 8 pounds and was 21 inches long.

Class of 2004 Amanda Prine Bryant ’04 wrote: “Eric and I welcomed our second child, a boy, Easton Boone Bryant on October 8, 2016. “Boone” joined his big sister, Lillian Louise (4). We live in Lexington, Kentucky, where I am the director of development for e Kentucky Equine Humane Center and Eric is a realtor.” Joanna Gragnani ’04 wrote: “Neil Nordheim and I welcomed our daughter, Jolene, on September 4, 2016. She joined big brother Freddie. We are doing great and having so much fun as a family of four! Plus our two dogs! ings have been busy but really good.”



Jamie Satterfield Lewis ’04 married Ryan Stephen Lewis on October 8, 2016 in Richmond. Lily Wyckoff ’04 was the maid of honor, Erin Thompson ’04 was a bridesmaid, Stuart Raper Nuckols ’04 and Claire Witmeyer ’04 were greeters and Michael Satterfield ’00 was an usher. Jamie is a business program manager at 1901 Group, LLC and Ryan is a vice president at In-Q-Tel. e couple resides in Arlington, VA. Katie Hughes Turner ’04 wrote: “My husband, Ryan, and I live in Richmond where I work as a teacher for Chesterfield County and Ryan sells commercial insurance for Saunders & Benson. Our daughter Gates was born August 20, 2016.”

Class of 2005 Clair Zeno Carpenter ’05 wrote: “Will Carpenter ’05 and I welcomed our daughter, Hannah Gray, on September 3, 2016. I teach 4th grade at JEB Stuart Elementary School, and Will is a specialist in operations equipment for Estes Express Lines in Richmond.” Ross Guedri ’05 and his wife, Jennifer, welcomed their son, Connor, on January 28 at 4:09 a.m. He weighed 8 pounds, 13 ounces and measured 21½ inches long. Steven McCarthy ’05 and his wife, Renee, welcomed Brendan Joseph McCarthy on October 7, 2016. He weighed 7 pounds 10 ounces and measured 21 inches long. ey wrote: “We are very thankful and in love with this new addition to our family!”

Ellie Ericson Sherrill '05 and her husband Scott welcomed their son Robert "Robbie" Carlyle Sherrill on January 29 at 4:14 a.m. Ellie’s parents Swannee Goodman Ericson '75 and Bob Ericson and grandparents Jinny and Bob Goodman visited recently to meet the newest member of the family. Emily Schurlknight Warren ’05 wrote: “My husband, Kyle, and I welcomed our second child, Sullivan Marie Warren, on December 22, 2016. She has been the perfect addition to our family and big brother Sawyer is over the moon in love with her! We can’t wait to watch them grow up together.”

Class of 2006 Russell Branch ’06 and his wife Sally welcomed their daughter, Evelyn, in August, 2016.

Class of 2007 Priyanka Banerjee ’07 wrote: “I am currently in the last year of my PsyD in clinical psychology and completing my internship at the University of Illinois Chicago Counseling Center.” Anna Daddio Bell ’07 and Currie Bell ’06 welcomed Ethan Chandler Bell on August 11, 2016. He weighed 7 pounds 6 ounces and was 22 inches long. Anna wrote: “Currie and I are beyond excited and so in love with our little boy!!” Emily Bowlus-Peck ’07 wrote: “After graduating from CNU in 2011, I interned at the Smithsonian and received my MA at VCU in 2014, with a concentration in early modern history. Afterwards, I worked at PwC and Management Concepts in Tysons, VA. On April 30, 2016 I married Samuel Peck in Manassas, VA. ree months later we moved to Amherst, NY as I was accepted with a full scholarship to the history doctoral program at the University at Buffalo. I aspire to become a professor in the history of medicine. I am a teaching assistant at UB and Sam works for Dell and was recently promoted to outside sales engineer of upstate New York.”

Class of 2008 Courtney Frayser Jenkins ’08 wrote: “since graduating from Trinity I studied art at Radford University and graduated with a bachelor of fine arts in graphic design. I currently work as a graphic designer for Royall & Company, a direct marketing firm specializing in college and university enrollment management. I recently married another Richmond native, Ryan Jenkins, in Corolla, NC. Bridesmaids included Titans Anne Carey Roane Robins ’08, Anne-Stuart Teter ’07, and Sarah Sheppard ’09. Ryan and I currently live in the Fan. I enjoy running (recently completed my first half marathon with Anne Carey Roane Robins ’08, live music, and eating my way through the Richmond food scene.” Anne Curtis Croxton Rather ’08 wrote: “I graduated in May 2016 with a master’s in social welfare from the University of California Berkeley. I’m currently a social worker for Santa Clara County.”



Anne Carey Roane Robins ’08 wrote: “I graduated with my bachelor’s degree in nursing from Radford University and have been working as a cardiac surgery nurse at VCU Health system. I am in the process of receiving my master’s degree to be a family nurse practitioner and hope to practice dermatology after graduation in 2018. Over the past few years I have enjoyed taking medical mission trips to places like Honduras, South Africa, and Indonesia. In April 2016 I completed the Rock N Roll half marathon in Raleigh, NC with fellow alum Courtney Frayser Jenkins ’08. My love for running began in high school on Coach Marcus Jones’s ’00 cross country team! I married Spotty Robins, a Richmond native, on June 11, 2016 at e Homestead Resort. Following our wedding we had a backyard soiree with extended family and friends to celebrate. Trinity grads Courtney Frayser Jenkins ’08, Mary Simpson ’08, Anne Stuart Teter ’07 and Mary-Austin Teter ’11 attended and danced the night away to bluegrass favorites. Spotty and I live in Orange, VA with our cocker spaniel rescue, June. We are looking forward to our honeymoon in St. Barth this fall!” Riley Matsen Steele ’08 wrote: “I married Walker Steele of Statesville, NC on June 4, 2016 at the Tuckahoe Woman’s Club in Richmond. Titans in attendance included photographers Jada Zajur Parrish ’08 and David Parrish ’06, bridesmaids Joanna Bolstad ’08 and Caitlin Sarlo ’08, and guests Desiree Tunnell ’08, Emily Jagdmann ’08, Katherine Faulders ’09, and Katie Markunas ’09. Walker and I currently reside in Charleston, SC where he is a software engineer and I am the volunteer coordinator at the Ronald McDonald House of Charleston.”

Class of 2009 Corinne Young Clasbey ’09 wrote: “I married Zach Clasbey ’09 on October 4, 2015 at e Mill at Fine Creek. Titans in attendance included Brendan Clasbey ’06, Morgan Ellenberg Krigelman ’08, Brittany Jernigan ’09, Stephen Watson ’09, Jillian Flowers ’09, Rachel Smith ’09, Matthew Bryant ’09 and Abby Butler ’09. After honeymooning in Aberdeen, Scotland we returned to our home in Crozet, VA. Zach graduated from Virginia Tech with a degree in mechanical engineering and I graduated magna cum laude from Christopher Newport University with a degree in Spanish. I work as a human resources associate in Charlottesville, and Zach is a mechanical engineer in Waynesboro.”



Heather Gerrish ’09 wrote: “My husband Jason Chavez and I met in 2011 while working at Ghost Ranch in New Mexico. We got married the summer of 2016. Titans in attendance included Morgan Bass ’09, Rebekah Hupp Martin ’09, and Caroline Kuhlman ’09. I am now working towards a DVM at Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine.”

Class of 2010 Jordan Clevey ’10 wrote: “In addition to being a yard manager at Siewers Lumber & Millwork I started a clothing company called CHERBOYS. We donate 50% of our profits to send students with special needs to Young Life camp in the summer. I am currently an assistant lacrosse coach and volunteer Young Life leader at Deep Run High School.” Alex Soulas ’10 wrote: “I recieved a promotion to Bonaventure Realty Group’s design and construction department in April, 2016 serving as an assistant project manager in new construction and renovation projects along the East Coast. Additionally, my stand up paddleboarding start-up, Crosswind Paddle Company, which provides outdoor apparel, organizes local races and events, and sells inflatable paddleboard packages is in its second year. An avid paddler, I traveled from Maryland to Florida during the 2016 summer participating in races and was very excited to learn about the successes of Trinity’s SUP team. My cousin Nate Erickson ’17 is a founding member.”

Class of 2011 Conner Trebour ’11 and his wife Erica welcomed their son Charles Todd on June 21, 2016. He weighed 9 pounds, 11 ounces.

Class of 2012 Tayler Anderson ’12 wrote: “I graduated from William and Mary in May 2016 with a degree in marketing. I am now working for Pyramid Hotel Group as the marketing coordinator for the Graduate Hotel in Charlottesville and the one opening in Richmond this summer.”

ALUMNI Kelsey Clark ’12 wrote: “Since graduating in May 2016 I have taken a yearlong position with my sorority, Zeta Tau Alpha, as a traveling leadership consultant. After an application and extensive interview process, I was chosen as one of 20 recent graduates in the nation to spend July through May traveling around the country to visit chapters at different colleges and universities. My job includes training chapter leaders and helping with leadership development, assisting in recruitment and chapter management, implementing chapter programming, and more. is job is 100% travel and has taken me to 9 states and 11 universities since July. It is an incredible and unique opportunity and one that I am honored to have! Serving an organization that has helped shaped me and fulfilling my mission to empower women, collegiate leaders around the country is such a gift!”

In The News Our mission is to challenge Trinity students to discover their paths, develop their talents and strengthen their character. How do we know we’re on the right track? Take a look at the paths taken by some of our alumni who have been recognized by the press and the public for their unique talent and firm character. Visit to read about the published accomplishments of your fellow Titans

Class of 2014 Schuyler Cottrell ’14 wrote: “I am currently working in Dublin after two weeks in Stockholm, and will be attending the Elliott School in the fall. My internship in Stockholm was with the eGovlab at Stockholm University. e lab focuses mainly on electronic governance and projects throughout the information and communication technology sector. I worked on a report detailing the IT startup ecosystem in Sweden, which is increasingly becoming known as the Silicon Valley of Europe, with a special focus on how the public sector can benefit from the surge of innovative services coming out of the country. At the beginning of June 2016, I started another internship at Deloitte Ireland in Dublin. I am a corporate finance intern, focused on public/private partnership risk-based policies, strategies, and the resultant implementation for a range of regional and local clients. I will be attending the Elliott School in the fall to pursue a degree in international affairs. I hope to join the top-tier Model United Nations team after having been a member at Georgia Tech and having founded the team at Trinity.”

Class of 2015 Emmy Bowe ’15 wrote: “I am majoring in biology with a minor in anthropology. So far I am really enjoying my classes and am growing more and more passionate about these areas. Right now I have aspirations to enter the medical field after I graduate and have recently joined our pre-health fraternity on campus, Delta Epsilon Mu. Our field hockey season went well, we made it to the semifinal round of the conference tournament and finished third overall in the A10. We are already setting our sights on the 2017 season. I recently visited East End Cemetery with my biology class to help clear the graveyard of years of plant growth. is historic cemetery has become extremely overgrown and volunteers are needed to help clear and locate the graves. It was hard work but honoring the people buried there and learning more about the history of Richmond made it all worth the effort.”

SEND US YOUR NEWS With alumni as active and engaged as Trinity’s there is never a shortage of news to share. Weddings, births, adventures, and accompanying photos are all of great interest to your fellow alumni, so send us your news. Trinity Alumni Office 3850 Pittaway Drive, Richmond, VA 23235 Ellie Donahue Boyd ’04 804.327.3153 phone 804.323.1335 fax TITAN TRAIL


Calling Reunion Class Chairs Want to help with the fun? As we prepare for Homecoming 2017, the reunion class chairs for the classes of 2s and 7s are tasked with reaching out to classmates to spread the word and excitement for Homecoming events. In the past, some classes have even planned a special off-campus event just for their year; what a great way to catch up with your former classmates and their significant others! If it is your reunion year, become a reunion class chair and help ensure this Homecoming is the best one yet!

If you are interested in serving as a reunion class chair, please contact Ellie Donahue Boyd ’04, Alumni Relations Coordinator, at or (804) 327-3153.

In Sympathy The Trinity community offers its condolences to the families of the following people who have recently passed away. We apologize for any unintentional omissions. Nathan Hilles Smith, father of George Smith ’86, died on October 31, 2016. Alan Nelson Young, father of Beverly Young ’77 and John Young ’83 and grandfather of Kathryn Young ’15, died on November 4, 2016. Jill Elizabeth Nicholas Shugart, mother of Chase Shugart ’14 and Cole Shugart ’16, died on December 4, 2016. Anderson “Andy” Davis Farmer, brother of Valerie Farmer Ercelebi ’86 and Jacque Farmer Flint ’89, died on December 6, 2016. Anne Hammond Hendrick died on December 10, 2016. She is the mother-in-law of former board member Gail Hendrick. She is also grandmother of William Deutsch ’07, Annie Deutsch ’09, Sarah Deutsch ’11, Thomas Deutsch ’17, Kyle Hendrick ’05, Carter Hendrick ’09, Curtis Hendrick ’11, Kate Hendrick ’03 and Elizabeth Hendrick ’07. Patricia “Pat” Derr Dickinson, mother of Steve Dickinson ’97 and Robbie Dickinson ’03, died on December 26, 2016. William “Billy” Ray Hatley, father of Sierra Hatley ’11 and Sam Hatley ’16, died on December 31, 2016. Robert Frederick “Fred” Prine, Jr., father of Amanda Prine Bryant ’04, died on January 7, 2017. Diane Mary Hays Kennedy, mother of Rachel Kennedy ’90, died on January 20, 2017. She is also the aunt of Annie Thompson Frankfort ’03 and Erin Thompson ’04. Deborah LaVonne Morris Stone, mother of Keller Stone Johnson ’06 and Hunter Stone ’08, died in January 2017. 40


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Using oil paint on squares of glass, students in all levels of painting and drawing created a collage of self-portraits inspired by the work of artist Ray Turner. The students were guided in the project by visiting artist and Trinity parent Jennifer Parker. See more works from this year’s Winter Arts Festival inside on page 31.

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Titan Trail (Winter 2017)  

A semiannual magazine for parents, alumni and friends of the Trinity community.

Titan Trail (Winter 2017)  

A semiannual magazine for parents, alumni and friends of the Trinity community.