Tuscaloosa Academy 2016 Fall Magazine

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Tuscaloosa Academy 2016 fall magazine


SCHOOL CALENDAR August 10 September 5 September 6 September 19-23 October 1 October 10 October 14 October 23 November 11 November 21-25 December 21– January 9 January 10 January 16 February 13-17 February 17 February 20 March 13-17 April 14 May 19 May 25

First Day of School Labor Day - No School Lower School Night MS Trip Week Annual Fund Kick Off Half Day/Parent Teacher Conferences Homecoming Punkin’ Knight Experience TA Day Thanksgiving Holidays Christmas Holidays Classes Resume MLK - No School College Tour - 10th & 11th grades Weather Day - No School Half Day/Parent Teacher Conferences Spring Break Good Friday - No School Kindergarten Graduation Graduation

Experience TA Day Friday, November 11 8:00 - 1:00 pm For more information, contact Niccole Poole at npoole@tuscaloosaacademy.org

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From The Headmaster From The Valedictorian/Salutatorian Chairman’s Address Admissions At A Glance Letter from the President of TAPA Global Education Class of 2016 Arts at Tuscaloosa Academy A First in Tuscaloosa Academy History Athletic Update TA College Tour Goes West Marsha Moore McDonald:

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The Candace N. Hocutt Reading Center STEM Alumni Events Reunited

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Looking Back Moving Forward

Ready For What’s Ahead:

College Placement and Success for the Classes of 2012-2016

Children of Tuscaloosa Academy Alumni Alumni: What are they doing now?

The Annual Fund 2016 - 2017 Campus Improvements 2015 - 2016 Annual Report


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A Journey Through the Years at TA




Pictures taken by Mary-Keeley McAllister Photography, Lifetouch, Crosby Thomley Photography, Michael J. Moore Photography, Parents, Students, and Faculty and Staff. Magazine Designed and Created by Chelsea McKenna

The Tuscaloosa Academy Magazine is published by the Office of Admissions, Communications and Development. Chelsea McKenna, Director of Marketing and Communications Paige Lancaster, Director of Development and Alumni Relations Niccole Poole, Director of Admissions PAGE


from the Headmaster

“Now bid me run, and I will strive with things impossible, yea, get the better of them.� William Shakespeare, Ligarius, in Julius Caesar, act 2, sc.1, I. 324-6.

The Starting Line


he distance running metaphor has been a staple in my personal narrative since I completed my first ultramarathon on December 7, 2002. The lessons I have learned on the hills and trails, since that day, have been numerous, valuable, and quite often painful. The most important observation that I have made is that while most people consider arriving at the finish line of a 100 mile ultramarathon to be the most significant moment of the race; arriving at the starting line is arguably an event that requires more audacity, courage, commitment, and personal faith than any other single act related to the race. The Tuscaloosa Academy experience is wrapped around an expectation that worthwhile rewards await our students who are self-challenged as they arrive at the starting line in their journey toward achieving the highest level in arts, athletics, and academics. The highest reward of these endeavors may be the acknowledgment that celebrates each journey before it begins. In spite of the distinction of accomplishing our goals - scholarships, athletic accolades, starring roles - and perhaps because of it, we will demonstrate that these rewards may lie not so much in reaching the finish line as the mere fact that one dared to arrive at the start.



Valedictorian “Over the next four years, we will begin college, make new friends, choose our career, and begin the next chapter of our lives. I know that each of you will be extremely successful in whatever you choose to pursue. It’s going to be so strange not seeing you all every day as we all have for practically our entire lives, but I am so confident that each of your futures are bright and you will all shine a light on the new campus’s you will call home.”

- Anna Grace Marshall

Salutatorian “We never could have accomplished any of these feats without the help of our teachers, coaches family, and friends. Each person in this room has had an effect on the life of at least one of the seniors graduating and for that we want to thank you. To the teachers and administration, on behalf of the senior class, I want to personally thank you for your patience, kindness, and especially thoughtfulness toward us. I also want to thank you for never giving up on us.”

- MacKenzie Smelley Our personal races are uniquely nuanced as are our interests, skills, and goals. Maximizing opportunities through individual attention is Tuscaloosa Academy’s way of reaching the starting line with our students and seeing them through to the finish line. The administration’s commitment for this year, and for the past two years, has been to raise the stakes of instruction through increased critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and creativity in our classrooms. Our commitment is also to continue improving our process of expanding student opportunity through STEM programs, travel and exploration outside of the school campus, and a culture of serious academic inquiry. The start of the 2016-2017 school year reminds us again that Tuscaloosa Academy’s primary mission as a college preparatory school drives our culture, decision-making, values, and goals. Wrapped around that mission is a pursuit of a school experience for our students that would serve as a foundation for lifelong relationships, and great memories. Underlining that mission is a commitment to developing each child’s understanding that character, respect, and service to others is a way of life. I am grateful for our parents, faculty, board, alumni, and community for their contributions and support of our mission and vision for making a deep influence on the lives of our students. As a 1981 graduate of Tuscaloosa Academy, I can attest to the difference it made in my life as I found the way to my own starting line.



Chairman’s Address to the Class of 2016 On May 19th, Larry Howell, Chairman of the Tuscaloosa Academy Board of Trustees, made the following remarks to the members of the Tuscaloosa Academy Class of 2016.

On behalf of the Tuscaloosa Academy Board of Trustees, Administration and Faculty I welcome all the families and friends here tonight to celebrate the Graduating Class of 2016. This class is truly special to me, not only because my son is graduating, but because I watched so many of these students blossom into the fine young adults they are today. The class of 2016 truly exemplifies what Tuscaloosa Academy has come to expect from its graduating seniors. They excelled in every aspect of high school life. On the sports field this class started a run in the 8th grade, winning 5 Straight Boys and Girls Tennis State Championships. A remarkable feat that will probably stand in the record books forever. But they did not just excel in tennis. Members of this class helped bring home the 2012 Football State Championship, the 2014 Boys Basketball State Championship, the 2015 and 2016 Boys Runner Up in the State Basketball, the 2016 Girls Basketball State Championship, and representing Tuscaloosa Academy’s newest sport they won the 2016 Boys State Soccer Championship. But more importantly, these boys and girls excelled in the scholastic arena. Most of these seniors will be representing TA across the country continuing their education at our nation’s finest universities and colleges. Almost 30% of this class received a 30 or higher on their ACT, and as a whole, they were offered over $4.2 million dollars in scholarship money. The class of 2016 is truly remarkable, and we are all proud of their accomplishments. Before we leave here tonight, I would like to share a few things about TA that I know this class will grow to appreciate or understand later in life. It was not until later in my life that I truly appreciated and understood the op-

portunity I had to attend Tuscaloosa Academy. When I think about what TA means to me, a few words come to mind: SACRIFICE, FRIENDS AND FAMILY. Regarding sacrifice I am mainly talking to the parents and families of every TA student. I am sure there is not a family in this room that has not made some type of sacrifice, whether it was monetary, your time, your energy, or some other resource to ensure your child could attend Tuscaloosa Academy to receive the best education possible. My brother and I were both fortunate to attend TA for all 12 years. I realize now that my mother and father probably made multiple sacrifices to ensure we received the best education available and regrettably I don’t think I have ever thanked them. So tonight I not only want to thank my mother for all they did, but thank all the parents and families here tonight for the sacrifices you have made to send your children to Tuscaloosa Academy. Tuscaloosa Academy would not be what it is today without your continued support. Lastly, when I think of TA, I cherish all the friends and families I have come to know during my years at TA while as a student and now as a TA parent. It was here where I met my wife, and when our sons were old enough, we knew we wanted them to join the TA family. Some of our closest and dearest friends to this day we either met while we were students at TA or are parents of our children's friends at TA. Tuscaloosa Academy truly is one large family. So to the graduating seniors, I wish you well, and I hope you thank your parents tonight for the opportunity given to you to attend Tuscaloosa Academy and that you also cherish the friends and families you have grown to know during your time here at TA. Thank You and God Bless.

Admissions at a Glance Applications for the 2017-2018 academic year will be available online at www.tuscaloosaacademy.org on January 11, 2017. A $100 nonrefundable application fee is accessed to each student application and can be paid online when the application is submitted. 

Preschool and Kindergarten Applicants (PK3, PK4, K5): Submit the online application, fee, student recommendation form that is completed by a current caregiver, and attend teacher observation on February 20, 2017. Students must turn 3 by September 1 and must be toilet trained.

Lower School Applicants (Grades 1—4): Submit the online application, fee, student recommendation form that is completed by a current teacher, transcript/report card, complete admissions testing, writing sample, and meet with Lower School Dean Mary Madge Crawford.

Middle School Applicants (Grades 5—8): Submit the online application, fee, a student recommendation form completed by a current math or language arts teacher, a student recommendation form completed by a principal or school counselor, transcript, complete admissions testing, writing sample, and interview with Middle School Dean Brooke Peterson. 

Upper School Applicants (Grades 9—12): Submit the online application, fee, a student recommendation form completed by a current math or language arts teacher, a student recommendation form completed by a principal or school counselor, transcript including any/all standardized test scores, complete admissions testing, writing sample, and interview with Upper School Dean Dr. Barry Peterson.

Student recommendation forms and transcript request forms are available in the online application under “Instructions and Resources.” International students must provide a translated transcript from their former school and pass the ISEE or TOFAL exam to show English proficiency. Grade Caps: Students that meet admissions standards may be invited to enroll. Please note that TA allows 40 students per grade in Grades 1 through 8 and 50 students per grade in Grades 9 through 12. For further information, please contact Niccole Poole, Director of Admission at npoole@tuscaloosaacademy.org or 205.758.4462.



TUSCALOOSA ACADEMY PARENTS’ ASSOCIATION Dear TA Parents and Friends! Thank you for your support of the new Tuscaloosa Academy Parents’ Association, otherwise known as TAPA. From the early years of Tuscaloosa Academy, we were known as Women’s Auxiliary and were very successful in our efforts as a parents’ fundraising group to classroom support. In 2016 and as TAPA, this has not changed. We will continue to help coordinate parents in many areas and continue the success of parental support. Our parents have had, and will continue to have, a profound impact on our school. We coordinate and lead Book Fair, Student & Teacher Appreciation, Parent Class Representatives, Field Day (Blue and Gold day), Parent Education, and Volunteer/Welcome committees. Our largest parent fundraiser, Punkin’ Knight, is a fall carnival themed event and raises important dollars for the school and is a family favorite. The entire TA family looks forward to this special night! In the spring, we have a Bake Sale which has grown from focusing on baked goods to including floral arrangements, prepared meals, toys and other goodies! Last, but certainly not least, we have our school store, the Round Table. It is one of the jewels of our school, selling wearables and other TA Knight items. TAPA is excited about its future and so appreciative of the many parents that have laid the groundwork for its success. Our hope is that with TA Parents as our partners, we will be successful in raising smart and confident children who will grow to become leaders in their communities! It is a joy to be a part of the TA Family! Sincerely, Sharon Moore 2016 - 2017 TAPA President



GL BAL EDUCATION Tuscaloosa Academy and the German Community continue a partnership in the integration of cultures among our students, faculty, and families. Combined with studies of English within core subjects (English, math, science) our students study German language/literature, history/geography and French taught in German in the International Language Curriculum Track (ILCT) program at Tuscaloosa Academy. This advanced bilingual language learning approach serves between 40 - 50 students annually. The ILCT curriculum meets college preparation requirements for the US and follows the curricular standards set by the government of the state of BadenWürttemberg in Germany. Our classes are small, thereby giving us the opportunity to focus on each student individually.

against other students from Alabama schools. In addition to offering students the opportunity to take the National German Exam, TA has opened a chapter of the National German Honor Society “Epsilon Delta Phi” called “Alabama Alpha Alpha“ for Upper School students of German. The German Club welcomes any and all Middle School and Upper School students who express interest in learning about the German culture in any and every facet. The goal is to promote German cultural awareness and foster mutual friendship. It also offers the opportunity to get extracurricular activity credits.

Each November, Tuscaloosa Academy ILCT hosts a St. Martin’s Festival to kick off the Holiday season. Karen Kneer, organizes a beautiful festival each year complete with German carols, reenactment of the St. Martin story, Our primary goal is to optimize the transition back to a cloaked horseman leading a procession of carolers, and Germany and support students as they re-integrate into a German feast. TA children spend weeks before the festheir home country. In addition, we aim to provide intival decorating beautiful lanterns to carry while followdepth language learning opportunities and advanced sup- ing the horseman and singing traditional German songs. port for international students to engage and learn locally. Both German and local students and their families look Simultaneously these students are building friendships forward to this cultural celebration every year. All TA and gaining valuable first-hand international life experi- alumni and their children are invited to participate at this ence. year’s event on Thursday, November 10th at 6 p.m.. Due to student interest, TA has added German to our for- For more information about our ILCT Program or St. eign language offerings for Middle School and Upper Martin Lantern Fest, please contact Karen Kneer at School students. Once a year our German learning stukkneer@tuscaloosaacademy.org. dents participate in the German Day at UA to compete PAGE


40 Students Colleges & universities 41 offered acceptances Offered in $4.3M scholarships Community 4,808.25 service hours


Alabama State University | Appalachian State University | Auburn University | Belmont University | Birmingham Sout Furman University | Gettysburg College | Huntingdon College | Jacksonville State University | Langston University | Lo | Missouri Valley College | Pepperdine University | Rhodes College | Samford University | Shelton State Community Col bama, Birmingham | University of Alabama, Huntsville | University of California, Irvine Campus | University of Florida sity of South Carolina | University of Virginia | University of West Alabama | Wake Forest University | Washington and




thern College | Clemson University | Florida A & M University | Florida State University | Franklin & Marshall University | ouisiana State University | Marymount Manhattan College | Miles College | Millsaps College | Mississippi State University llege | Southern Methodist University | Springhill College | Troy University | University of Alabama | University of Alaa | University of Georgia | University of Mississippi | University of North Alabama | University of South Alabama | Univerd Lee University

ARTS at Tuscaloosa Academy


The TA Art Department covers a sequential development of different types of art, such as drawing, painting, ceramics, with an emphasis on realism. TA art classes emphasized investigations of: the art elements, principles of design, the process of creation and the subjects of art. TA students have won multiple awards in both local and national art completions such as The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Upon completion, students should be able to communicate a complete knowledge of art, and its impact on the arts and society.


Starting in the 3rd grade, TA students are offered beginning violin classes that meet twice each week during the school day. Any and all students from 3rd grade through 12th grade are welcomed and encouraged to join the strings classes. At the end of each semester, the students perform in a concert which features all the strings students in the program.


This comprehensive music program provides music enrichment for students PK-4, and music elective courses in grades 5-12. Grade 5 focuses on vocal skills and musicianship, while Grade 6 introduces recorder techniques. Grades 7-8 will launch a first ever “Rock, Jazz and Blues” ensemble and TA Singers vocal ensemble. Two new ensembles are also introduced this year: Young Singers: grades 2-5 and the TA Family Singers, a non-auditioned community ensemble open to all interested singers in the TA Family: parents, students, faculty, staff and alumni.


Fall of 2015 was the first year for Tuscaloosa Academy’s Drumline that will expand into a Pep Band this year.


Tuscaloosa Academy offers various opportunities for student print and publication. Middle School students create Knight Vision, a digital literary arts magazine, highlighting the prose, poetry, artwork, and photography of students in grades one through eight. As a part of our journalism program, Upper School students create Excalibur, the Tuscaloosa Academy yearbook, and Knight Writer, the monthly digital newspaper. Students learn to hone their vision for design, their journalistic voice, and their project management skills. In 2016, Journalism students participated in the Intergraded Marketing Communications (IMC) Competition held at West Alabama University, placing in 5 out of the 6 categories entered.


Our Lower School and Preschool students are very involved in the arts. They all attend music class twice a week to sing, play instruments, and practice class plays. They also sing for all of our grandparents at “Grandparent’s Day” and Kindergarten Graduation. These students attend visual art class once each week to experience watercolors, clay, colored pencils, and other expressive mediums of design. Their artwork is entered in competitions around our state and is also put on sale for the parents to purchase at the Lower School Art Show. Our third and fourth graders have the option to take violin and have a concert twice a year along with the “Young Singers” group, the middle school recorder class, and the “Faculty Singers”. The “Young Singers” perform at football games, Dickens Downtown, and competitions. These students enjoy every aspect of the Arts and they grow and build self confidence in performing in front of others.


The Tuscaloosa Academy Theatre Department produces a minimum of 3 productions and competes at two state-wide competitions annually. Lead by an experienced theatre performer and educator, the department offers courses of varying levels in the theatre arts, emphasizing creativity, leadership, and communication skills. In the 2015-2016 season, student actors won 3rd place at AISA's drama competition and earned All State Cast designation. The department also boasts a newly-founded chapter of the International Thespian Society, a world-renowned theatre honor society.





he AISA Chairman’s Award is presented annually to the school in each classification with the most outstanding athletic program. Tuscaloosa Academy was presented the Chairman’s Award in recognition of its outstanding programs in 2014-2015. Criteria for the award includes sportsmanship (no player ejections), administrative performance (timely reports, clean eligibility records), and competitive performance. Athletic teams performed well across the board and won the award in spite of the absence of a major sport state championship. In the fall, the varsity football team earned a playoff spot and finished with a fine 8-3 record. The junior varsity finished the 2014 campaign with a perfect 7-0 record, an accomplishment that was repeated in 2015. The 2014 varsity volleyball team finished as state runner-up. The cross country teams christened their new “home” course at Camp Tuscoba, and the boys team finished as state runner-up. The winter season produced a semi-finalist girls basketball team, with the boys losing a close game in the state championship to take home the runner-up trophy. Spring teams continued competing at a high level, with girls track finishing 2 nd in the state, and the boys finishing th 5 . Varsity baseball competed in the state playoffs as well, and softball finished as the 5th place program in the state. The golf team finished in 3rd place. The boys and girls tennis teams continued their dominance, winning state championships in a convincing manner. The surprise program of the year were the newly resurrected soccer teams, which competed at a high level. The girls earned a spot in the state playoffs, and the boys took home the state runner-up trophy, losing to perennial power Glenwood. The overall strength and performance of each athletic team accounted for the Chairman’s Award recognition, the first in TA’s history. TA Athletic Director Robert Johnson is proud of each program. “All our teams were competitive, and without the contribution of every team that earned even a spot in the playoffs, the Chairman’s Award would not have been possible. I am most proud of our record of sportsmanship, though, with no ejections or eligibility issues. Finally, when you look at our athletes, and see their high level of academic achievement in the classroom, this shows how impressive our students are. It is an honor to work with these young men and ladies.” PAGE


Tuscaloosa Academy Knights: Athletic Update

2015 - 2016

Athletic Accomplishments Volleyball 1st Round State Playoffs Football 1st Round State Playoffs Boys Cross-Country State Runner-Up Girls Basketball State Champs Boys Basketball State Runner-Up Girls Track & Field State Champs Baseball 2nd Round State Playoffs Softball Regional Tournament Golf State Tournament Girls Tennis State Champs Boys Tennis State Champs Girls Soccer State Runner-Up Boys Soccer State Champs

For more information on how to join TAKS, obtain all athletic team schedules, or team rosters, visit our Athletics page at www.tuscaloosaacademy.org.



College Tour goes West PAGE


For the first time since its inception, Tuscaloosa Academy’s annual College Tour goes West. Normally, TA takes a number of sophomores and juniors on an annual college tour that focuses on eastern or southeastern colleges and universities. This year’s trip was a whole different experience for the students, who are actively deciding their futures beyond high school. TA has taken sophomores and juniors on annual college tours for 20 years. The typical Tuscaloosa Academy college tour starts in Atlanta, with Georgia Tech and Emory, and ends in Washington, D.C., with Georgetown University. This year, the students decided as a group to explore colleges and universities across Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas and they were not disappointed with the decision. It all started with 32 students, three chaperones, and one bus driver that traveled 1950 miles. Tuscaloosa Academy students visited 11 college campuses in 5 days, beginning with Tulane and Loyola in Louisiana, traveling through Texas, visiting most of the major university campuses, and ended the tour in Memphis and Oxford. “The welcome our students received was staggering, proving there is no shortage of southern hospitality across the states,” said Rejeanna Gvillo, Tuscaloosa Academy’s college counselor who attended and organized the whole trip. “The students were warmly welcomed on each campus.” Each of the colleges visited offered TA students extensive tours of campus. The colleges visited were; Loyola, Tulane, LSU, Rice, University of Texas-Austin, Texas A&M, Baylor, Texas Christian University, Southern Methodist Uni-

versity (SMU), University of Tennessee Health Science Center, University of Mississippi - Oxford. Students highlighted some of their favorite parts from the trip: 

TA Alum, Cora McKenzie, provided a detailed tour of Rice for our group. Jonathan Plott, TA Alum, met us for a lunch at Ole Miss before heading off to study. Beautiful, ornate buildings, especially at Loyola, Tulane, and Baylor Carol Morris, TA’s admissions counselor for SMU, along with Tony Ringuette, Assistant Director for Campus Visits, put together an outstanding welcome tour. We

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were also greeted by TA Alum, Anna Grace Godoy, who helped with our orientation. Amazing technology at University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis… The students were allowed to work with the “living” mannequins in the medical school. This tour was arranged by Mrs. Valerie Wright and her father, Mr. Phonzie Brown. All campuses had great dining options Unexpectedly green campuses in the middle of a large city… SMU,

TCU, and Rice  The colleges varied in size, but each campus made the students feel at home. Several students mentioned that Texas A&M (5,500 acres & 64,373 students) had a small campus “feel”. In addition, individual students planned tours in June – schools included Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Mississippi College, Millsaps, Belhaven, the University of Georgia, Furman, Wofford, UNC Chapel Hill, Duke, High Point and Wake Forest University. PAGE


Marsha Moore McDonald: A Journey through the Years at Tuscaloosa Academy

Walk into her classroom and you will see her undiminished enthusiasm for teaching on display: students learning the fundamentals of language from prepositions to poetry, from direct objects to diagramming. For almost a half-century, Marsha McDonald has been and continues to be central to life at TA. Her first Tuscaloosa Academy classroom was at the original Northington campus, an abandoned hospital temporarily made school. She went to work, as she describes it, through a hole in a classroom wall. But these were memorable times, as McDonald recalls. The TA family was small and close. The memories they forged then have resonated throughout the decades. There was the Cancun trip where students walked past Mexican guards wielding machine guns. And there was the trip to Canada where McDonald first rescued one student diving down the wrong side of a sledding hill. The rescuing continued when their states-bound airplane broke down. Ms. McDonald had to send small groups home on any available flight, ultimately traveling

through most major cities in the country. There are other fond memories, too: the sixth grade slumber party / water fight and the year every student gave her a teddy bear for Christmas. She boasts that she has always been “a child at heart.” Then, there was the time her car mysteriously appeared in the middle of the football field, and the year the cheerleaders were screaming “we’re going to die!” as the bus backed up a mountain (funny now, but probably not then!). Ms. McDonald does have a life outside of TA, though. Together with Ms. Becky Karnes and her husband Brad, she is part of the “musketeers.” The musketeers are a fixture in the world of UA sports. Currently, they have box seats for softball, and regularly they travel with the team. Brad Karnes can be seen, as she says, “driving the daisies” each spring; McDonald looks forward to these adventures starting up again soon. Aside from sports, Ms. McDonald also loves to read. Some of her favorites are young adult novels,

such as Number the Stars, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, and A Long Way from Chicago. A life goal of hers is to read the Bible from “stem to stern;” she regularly enjoys listening to The Word on audio book. Ms. McDonald has worn many hats at TA during her distinguished tenure through nine Headmasters. She has been a lower school resource teacher, cheerleader sponsor, basketball statistician, and football photographer. Of course, she is most well known as a fifth and sixth grade English teacher. She is just as passionate about teaching now as she was in 1970. Obvious to all, she believes in what she does. Visits from her recent graduates and those who are now parents of TA students warm her heart. And to her many former students she says: “you will always have a place in my heart; I wish you all nothing but the best!” Keep those visits coming!

The Candace N. Hocutt Reading Center Our TA library has finally gotten a well-needed facelift. The old library was used mostly by the preschool and lower school to check out books and listen to stories. Middle school students occasionally checked out books, and a few helped the librarian with reshelving them. The upper schoolers almost never darkened the doors due to the many shelves of obsolete reference materials and outdated literature. The furnishings were also very outdated and the technology was nonexistent. The bright spot of the library began in 1995 when Mrs. Candy Hocutt began volunteering her time to come in once a week to read to the preschoolers. Miss Candy, as the kids call her, would come dressed in costumes, bringing stuffed animals and a treat for them. For twenty one years, Miss Candy has had a full treasure box that always made children smile and enjoy their time with her. She introduced these young children to a wealth of children’s literature and regularly recommended choice books for them to choose from to check out and take home. In 2015, the Board of Trustees decided to renovate the space to make it look and feel updated. While the upper schoolers received a renovation of the “bullpen” for independent work or collaborating, the current library space was transformed into a study space for the middle schoolers complete with computer work stations, and a reading center for the lower and preschoolers. The new space is bright and inviting. With a generous donation from the Hocutt family and without the knowledge of Miss Candy, a reading center with riser seating for the children, new updated tables and chairs, and new shelving and carpet were all donated in her honor. One morning, this while Miss Candy was reading to the preschoolers, her family and faculty members gathered. To Candy’s surprise, the name, The Candace N. Hocutt Reading Center, was revealed on the wall above the risers. Mr. Wayne Hocutt, her daughters Jennifer Wright (class of 2003) with her husband Nick, and Meredith Wright (class of 2004) were present. Jessica Hocutt (class of 2008) could not be here. We appreciate everything the Hocutt family has done for Tuscaloosa Academy, and especially for the many hours Miss Candy has spent reading to our preschoolers. Since Candy already has two grandchildren and one on the way, we look forward to many more years of this wonderful family as a part of the Tuscaloosa Academy family.



During the summer, hands on robotics laboratories were part of Tuscaloosa Academy Summer Knight’s program. Campers built LEGO models featuring working motors and sensors, and programmed the models while developing skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Each lesson inspires valuable like skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, creativity and social skills. PAGE


STEM STEM is an educational program developed to prepare primary and secondary students for college and graduate study in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). In addition to subject -specific learning, STEM aims to foster inquiring minds, logical reasoning, and collaboration skills.

How do we build an educational environment that prepares children for challenges that they will face after they’ve left school? It’s a question asked by every generation of parents and educators. The answers have changed, however. Decades ago, when I was in school, my teachers focused merely on compliance. We sat in rigid rows at hard wooden desks, working diligently on our 3Rs of reading, writing, and arithmetic. We spoke very little. And when we messed up, Mrs. Cecil was quick to yank our little girl ponytails.. This, apparently, was how we would learn what it took to get ahead in life.

-1 iPad program affords students of all ages an opportunity to work together with coding and robotics. In the middle school, 5th and 6th grade computer classes will explore 21st century applications, engaging in collaborative work and creative presentation. Seventh and eighth grade students will wrestle through collaborative problem solving with STEM and Robotic electives. In the Upper School, Robotics classes will give students an opportunity to compete against other local high school bot programmers, and the new AP Computer Science class will have students writing their own computer programs.

In the twenty-first century, where we carry computers in our pockets and can be connected to anyone, anywhere, at any time, the challenges and opportunities facing children, parents, and educators are dramatically different. Not surprisingly, study after study has shown that students don’t respond well both to the techniques Mrs. Cecil used on us in elementary school and to the environment itself. These changes do not mean we’ve “gone soft.” Instead educational and business professionals together insist that these environments and teaching methods do not prepare children for life after school in the modern world.

A sampling of specific STEM opportunities at Tuscaloosa Academy this year includes:  Bee Bot robots for coding in the Kindergarten and Montessori classes  Dash and Dot robots for the Lower and Middle School  EV3 Core robots for the Robotics and AP Computer courses  Global Video Game Designers unit through Level Up Village in the 4th grade  Global Conversations through Level Up Village in the 5th grade  Robotics competitions for interested middle and upper school students  Legos challenges, bridge construction, Google Sketch-Up, and more

The National Institute for Professional Practice has identified four skill clusters needed to be successful in today’s workforce versus the workforce of the twentieth century. These clusters are  Digital-age literacy  Inventive thinking  Effective communication  High productivity (https://www.professionalpractice.org/about-us/ skills_for_success_2/) Today’s educators realize that one of the surest ways to train and encourage students toward fluency in these four areas is through Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, or “STEM” education. STEM education is interdisciplinary. It demands that students solve problems, think outside of the box, work collaboratively, and become fluent with existing technology (defined as anything made by human hands) and with the process of technological development. In order to continue educating students for their futures in this century, we at Tuscaloosa Academy have fostered STEM initiatives across all three divisions. In the Lower School, the new 1-to

Of course, Tuscaloosa Academy continues to embrace tradition as well. The 3Rs remain foundational to all future pursuits. We strive to center ourselves at the intersection of tradition and innovation, teaching disciplinary content while at the same time challenging our students to foster their “soft” skills needed for this new landscape. Finally, a word of thanks to TA Parent’s Association. Their generosity has helped us launch these new initiatives with state of the art learning equipment for every child. We look forward to seeing how our students grow!



Alumni Events The 35th Anniversary of the 1981 State Championship Basketball Team


uscaloosa Academy has a proud tradition in athletics. Over the past 35 years, TA teams have taken home a total of 83 state championships in virtually every boys and girls programs. The first state championship was earned on March 21st, 1981. The undefeated TA Knights beat the Glenwood Gators 62-60, with senior Kyle Bryan sinking two free throws in the final seconds of the state boys basketball final. The 1981 team began both an unprecedented 100 game winning streak, and a 4 year consecutive championship dynasty in basketball. On Monday January 25th, members of the 1980-1981 basketball team reunited to celebrate the 35th anniversary of this proud event. At halftime of the boys varsity game against Kingwood Christian, the 1981 APSA State Championship trophy was once again presented to team members Mark Gatewood, Marc Mullins, Johnny Sumner, Robert Morrow, Jerry Fritz, and Bud Standeffer. Stacey Standeffer joined the midcourt celebration as a member of the cheerleader squad. (Jeff Johnson, Courtney Smith, Kyle Bryan, and Bill Cooper, and head coach Scott Brenizer were unable to attend.) The memories of teammate Ricky White, as well as TA’s beloved assistant coach Don McNabb were honored with special family presentations. Caleb Allen, grandson of Coach McNabb, had the honor of presenting the trophy to the team. A standing ovation from a packed gymnasium, and an emotional reunion with Mrs. Charlotte McNabb made the event special for the numerous TA alumni, as well as current families and supporters.




looking back moving forward





“I am thankful for Coach Johnson for takin one who had less opportunities than most. H mature and learn more than just to play foo ities, but to study the game and be properly college today if it wasn't for the impactful d made on my life.”


TREY FOSTER ‘15 Northern Illinois University


“TA prepared me for colleg cally and athletically by ma tough! At TA I was challeng and off the field which prep college experience at Penn S


“Thanks to TA, I am so prepared for college. TA taught me to proudly express myself academically by not being afraid to speak up or take risks. I know that I would have never been able to do that if I had gone anywhere else.”

KENNEDY MCGEE ‘16 Pepperdine University










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“TA prepared me for SMU by teaching me the importance of being involved with my school. This lesson has helped me to make great friends and to figure out what career I want to pursue.”




ng a chance on me, someHis guidance helped me otball with my athletic abily prepared. I may not be in difference that he and TA

“TA was challenging in both the classroom and on the field. At times it was difficult, but it provided me with a taste of what being a college athlete would be like. Like TA, the average class size at Furman is about 10-20 people, providing a great opportunity to have one on one experiences with your teachers.” TERRELL BUSH ‘14 Furman University

ge academiking me ged both on pared me for State.”


“Belmont really opened my eyes on how much TA really prepared me for college and beyond. TA taught me time management, how to write a college level paper, and study skills that has helped me so much in my college level classes. TA gave me the confidence to speak up in class, ask a professor for help, get involved in clubs, and to seek leadership opportunities on campus. Because of TA, I can achieve success in the classroom while balancing many activities around campus.”

MARY KATELYN PRICE ‘15 Belmont University “I first realized how unmatched my high school education truly was during my freshman year of college. While many of my classmates struggled to adapt to a new college-level environment that required them to develop skills that had otherwise seemed completely foreign to them, I adjusted to my courses with ease. At TA, my teachers gave me a head start. Not only did they equip me with the skills to read critically, think analytically, and communicate proficiently, but they also exposed me to many diverse perspectives and viewpoints different from my own, constantly challenging me to listen to and understand opposing arguments and opinions in order to strengthen my own. The head start that I received at TA by acquiring these skills early on was undoubtedly the key component that led me to academic success.”

ASHTON STANDEFFER ‘11 University of Alabama University of Alabama School of Law



Reese Brooks ‘23

Gracie Brooks ‘26

Spence Burchfield ‘24

Tootsie Burchfield ‘26

Madison Formby ‘19

Mary Morgan Formby ‘21

Wilkin Formby ‘23


Hayes Formby ‘26

Lucy Formby ‘30

Luke Gatewood ‘20

Hinton Howell ‘27

Arey Howell ‘28

Wood Howell ‘16

Harrison Howell ‘18

Brooklyn Hudson ‘28

Ella Huffaker ’18

Bebe Huffaker ‘21

Edgar Huffaker ‘24

Lawson McAllister ’18

JB McAllister ‘22

Victoria Plott ‘17

Margaret Sadler ‘25

Beck Standeffer ‘17

Hill Warr ‘21

Marion Norris ‘23

Ellen Norris ‘25

Allie Plott ‘28

J.P. Sanders ‘19

Mclean Standeffer ‘20

Mark Norris ‘27

Steven Pass ‘30

Ellen Sadler ‘23

Leon Sadler ‘23

Conrad Smalley ‘17

Jack Standeffer ‘22

Mary Scott Taylor ‘30

Macon Warr ‘22

Jack Woods ‘19

ALUMNI What are they doing now? Class of 1985:

Mike Parker is an exper t r ecr uiting analyst for Crimson Covers an Alabama sports TV show.

John Cohen is mar r ied to Nelle Bashinsky Cohen (c/o ‘86) and they have 2 children. He is the head baseball coach at Mississippi State.

Emily Robards Minner and husband, Jay, are happy to announce the birth of Grace Gardner on April 5th.

John Cohen (‘85) with Mississippi State baseball team. Picture credit Kelly Price, Mississippi State Media Relations

Cristen Peterson Holman is mar r ied to Randall Holam. They live in Tuscaloosa and have 2 boys; Jackson (5) and Charlie (3). The Sanderson Family. Jenny McIlwain Sanderson (‘93).

Class of 1998: Russ Gambrell was r ecently announced VP of Finance at Payscape. He brings more than 13 years experience to the Payscape leadership team. While not crunching numbers or managing P&L at Payscape, Gambrell enjoys spending time with his family, including first child, 8 month old Edward.

Class of 1993: Lee Garrison ser ves as chair man of the Board of Education in Tuscaloosa. Lee is currently Vice President of USI Insurance Services, LLC and has been in the insurance business for over 16 years. He is married to Misty M. Garrison and they have 2 children, Michael and Mags.

Mary Helm Gryska is mar r ied to Teddy Gryska (c/o ‘00) they are expecting their first child and living in Houston, TX.

Emily Robards Minner (‘01) with husband, Jay and their baby Grace

Class of 2005:

Todd Peterson is a M.D. teaching Trauma at UAB. He is married to Robin Matt Crawford and his wife, Hannah, and they have 3 girls; Anna (7), Elizahave moved back to Tuscaloosa. He started beth (5), and Lucy (6mo). his own business, Matt Crawford Design, mattcrawforddesign.com. It is a web building and graphic design company.

Class of 1999:

Mario White has r etur ned to TA as the JV Head Football Coach and Assistant Baseball Coach. He and his wife Bridgette have 3 kids who attend TA; Mayes (8th), Amity (6th), Ivy (5th).

Kendall McGiffert is engaged to Har r is Hagood from Mobile, Alabama. They are getting married on November 19, 2016 in Josh Dunkling is mar r ied to J ennifer New Orleans. Kendall and Harris will reDunkling. They have 2 sons; Jacob (13) side in Birmingham, where Kendall is the and Jared (7). Josh is a Biotech at Director of Market Operations for Contessa Davita Dialysis. Health, a healthcare company that provides hospital-level care for patients in their Molly Harris cur r ently lives in Char - homes, and Harris is an attorney with lotte, South Carolina. She is an area Campbell Guin. manager for a mattress firm. She has a labradoodle named Sophie. Amanda Musselwhite wor ks in Tuscaloosa and is a Relationship Manager at Timothy Johnson is a M.D. wor king CBSI. with his father at Tuscaloosa Ophthalmology P.C.

Class of 2001: Chairman of the Board of Education , Lee Garrison (‘93).

Jenny Mcilwain Sanderson and her husband Barry welcomed new baby boy, Mac along with their other children; Caroline 22, Blake 20, Logan 14, Jack 10, and Comer 10.



Elizabeth Dunkling Heath mar r ied Barnes Heath and they have a 1 year old little boy, Calder Pate. She is a Kindergarten teacher at Skyland Elementary.

Jeremy Price is mar r ied to Paige McLelland Price who is from Tuscaloosa. They welcomed their baby boy, Garrison, on October 28, 2015.

Class of 2006: Vaughn Gambrell is is engaged to Katherine Strickland. They will be married Oct. 29 in Sea Grove, FL. Vaughn accepted a job with Mercedes in May 2016 after having been with Gavilon in Oklahoma and Decatur, AL since graduating in Operations Management in 2011 from UOA.

Tyler Barton is living in New Yor k City and works for the NFL Headquarters in football operations.

Caitlyn Tu (‘10) and her father, at a Hawks game in Atlanta.

Katelyn Mullins Turberville and her husband, Nick, have a baby girl due January 18, 2017. Turner Woods is engaged to Cody Cargile. They are getting married in May 2017. She is teaching art at Cottondale Elementary, teaching art classes at Arts ‘n Autism, and is a member of the junior board for Arts ‘n Autism.

Class of 2007: Eric Booth wor ks as a Physical Ther apist at Champion Sports Medicine in Vestavia Hills. He and his wife, Mallory, live in Hoover and are expecting their first child. Julia Burchfield Phifer is mar r ied to William Phifer who is from Tuscaloosa, Alabama. She has recently started Sugar Bear Confections, sugar cookies made to order. She and her husband reside in Tuscaloosa with their white golden, Bear, and a puppy on the way. Anna Conerly Sweatman is mar r ied to Matt Sweatman, from Trion, Georgia. They are living in Huntsville with a baby girl due in September. Tyler Reed teaches Geometr y and Financial Literacy at Stuttgart High School in Stuttgart, AR. He will graduate with his Masters in May 2017.

Kayla Terry is now living in Bir mingham. She works for a growing startup company, TheraNest, as a Product and Web Designer. TheraNest is cloud based practice management solution for mental health practitioners. Kayla is engaged to Steven MacNeil. They just bought their first home and live with their 2 dogs Penny and Rudy. James Tullidge is mar r ied to Jordan Barton (c/o ‘09) and has a baby boy, Trey, who is 10 months old. He works for Northport Heath Services.

Class of 2008: Julia Anna Ezell gr aduated fr om Veterinarian School at Auburn and now is living and working in Atlanta. Olivia Gibson Booth is mar r ied with a baby boy on the way. She recently took a job at TA. She will coach softball and teach Pre School.

Class of 2010: Will Holley is law student at the Univer sity of Mississippi. He served as the Staff Editor, Associate Articles Editor of the Mississippi Law Journal. Caitlyn Tu cur r ently lives in Atlanta, GA and works as a sales representative for the Atlanta Hawks. The Pierce family. Hannah Dunkling Pierce (‘08)

Hannah Dunkling Pierce mar r ied Tyler Pierce from Thomasville, AL and have a 18 month old little girl named Annsley Rose. She is working as a psych nurse at Northport DCH.

Class of 2011: Ashton Standeffer gr aduated Cum Laude from Alabama in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in English and has entered her first year of law school at UA..

Class of 2013:

Jordan Barton Tullidge mar r ied James Tullidge (c/o ‘07). They welcomed their baby boy, Trey, last October. Jordan now works at TA teaching enrichment to 7th and 8th grades.

John Davis Diaz was the r ecipient Lauris D. Graves and Jacqueline D. Graves endowed scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to students enrolled in the Department of Biological Sciences and who intend to enroll in an accredited medical school. He serves as an ambassador for the UA school of Arts and Sciences.

Hunter Haley in medical school at UAB.

Class of 2014:

Class of 2009:

Laurin Watts lives in Bir mingham and teaches PE and health. She also coaches Volleyball and softball at Pinson Valley High School. Garrett McGiffert has r ecently earned his Master of Accountancy and will begin working for Jamison Money and Farmer in November. . Kristen Saban-Setas is mar r ied to Adam Setas and they now live in Birmingham. Ashlyn Sullinger Hamner is mar r ied to Wes Hamner and they have a baby girl, Saylor Grayce.

Meredith Diaz studied abr oad this summer through the program UA in Spain for 4 weeks. She serves as an ambassador for the UA school of Arts and Sciences.

Class of 2015: Price McGiffert just completed his fr eshman year at the University of Alabama where he made the President's List both semesters. Price was selected to be a member of First Year Council and Capstone Men and Women. He serves as Philanthropy Chairman of Kappa Alpha Order, was awarded the Order of Omega Freshman of the Year and was elected an Arts and Sciences SGA Senator. This summer he attended the London School of Economics.



The 2016 - 17 Annual Fund

Laying the foundation that will last a lifetime.


$275,000! Tuition and fees pay for the day to day operations of the school. It is our goal to keep tuition as low as possible to operate our school in a fiscally responsible manner. The money raised from the Annual Fund is used solely for enhancements to our school campus. The Board works closely with the Administration to determine what our priority projects are and to maximize the value of every dollar given to the Annual Fund for the benefit of our students, their academic success, and their well-being. -Kelly Verzino, Vice President of the Board

Please make your donations by June 1, 2017. No Gift is too small!

You now have the ability to donate online. Just visit www.tuscaloosaacademy.org and click donate at the bottom right. Or, simply return the pledge envelope provided. With your help, we will reach the Annual Fund goal for 2016-17 and continue the tremendous momentum that is positioning TA among the South’s premier private college preparatory schools. Thank you for being a part of the legacy of excellence that is Tuscaloosa Academy’s signature strength. Your time, energy, and financial support are deeply appreciated. -Larry Howell, Chairman of the Board




If the halls of Tuscaloosa Academy were singing a tune to our cherished alumni, there is no doubt the lyrics would be Toby Keith’s…”How Do You Like Me Now?” As you look across the TA campus, the changes have been transformational. With 100% of the money raised from our fundraising efforts invested in capital projects, you can see and feel the improvements everywhere you look. Entering the school grounds, your first impression is the new black-clad fence around the playgrounds, replacing the old chain link that many of you once jumped and climbed on. As you make the turn toward the main campus, there is a welcoming and refreshed look, thanks to new exterior painting. Given that safety is our #1 priority, visitors and family are not surprised that you “smile for the camera” when buzzed in. What better improvement than electric doors with a card swipe for our older students? Inside, the changes are more subtle but equally impactful: restroom refurbishment for the Upper School, upgrading of the heating and cooling system, roof and ceiling repairs. Now for the best part. If you want to reminisce by peeking into the old library, you are a bit too late. Instead, the Lower and Middle School’s new library features the Candace Nolen Hocutt Reading Center, where great memories will be made as study skills are sharpened. As for the Upper School, the new state-of-the-art Media Center is loaded with charging stations, study nooks, and, of course, a coffee center to fulfill the needs of our Millennials in perfect TA fashion. A loop around our campus always takes in the athletic fields, where the new concession stand and Women’s Auxiliary Pavilion are meeting a huge need that we have all talked about for years. Thanks to the Bill Jamison Fund, TAKS and the Women’s Auxiliary, the little blue plywood building is just a memory. The new concession stand and pavilion are now a year-round resource for sporting events, annual festivities such as Punkin Knight, outdoor classes and activities that serve all our students – from pre-K to the senior class. As Tuscaloosa Academy’s fiftieth anniversary celebration approaches, there is talk of more to come – and my guess is that those pleasant rumors are right on target. Come take a look at the new TA. You will like what you see.

2015 - 2016 DONOR REPORT We are grateful to the following donors for their generosity in helping us exceed our goal by raising $288,701.09 for the 2015-16 Annual Fund Campaign. The report period for the 2015 - 2016 Annual Fund is October 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016. Every effort has been made to ensure accuracy and completeness of this list. We sincerely regret if we have made an error and ask that you contact Paige Lancaster at 205-758-4462 or by email at plancaster@tuscaloosaacademy.org to report any corrections.

EXCALIBUR - ($5,000 + )

Reese (c/o ‘92) & Mary Louise Brooks Community Foundation of West Alabama Steven & Mary Coppock In Honor of Garrison & Zane Coppock

Tyler & Leigh Davis Isaac (c/o ‘81) & Liz Espy Tim & Sharon Harrison Wayne & Candy Hocutt Hinton (c/o ‘92) & Tara Howell Larry (c/o ‘88) & Kristen (c/o ‘86) Howell David & Kim Hudson Grant (c/o ‘86) & Laura McAllister Scott & Gina McClanahan Chris & Adrienne McGee Price & Elizabeth (c/o ‘81) McGiffert Mike & Danielle McInerney Mercedes-Benz U.S. International, Inc. Miers Pass Philanthropies David (c/o ‘86) & Amy Morrow Josh & Emily (c/o ‘96) Norris Hunter (c/o ‘86) & Tracy Plott John & Barbara Plott Cliff & Allison Rayburn In Honor of Taylor Rayburn

Charlie & Debra Sealy David & Kelly Verzino

In Honor of Grant & Sarah Verzino Michael & Kara Warr

ROUND TABLE - ($2,500 - $4,999) Anonymous Robert & Noel Amason Charlotte Fulmer

In Honor of Belle C. Fulmer

Gregg (c/o ‘82) & Elizabeth (c/o ‘84) Hahn Leroy McAbee, Sr. In Honor of Dakota, Jordan & Leroy McAbee III

Michael & Anne McInerney Rob & Lenka Nolan

Carl & Kathy Price Randy & Brenda Ross

In Honor of Taylor Rayburn

Scott & Heather Sanders Tony & Angela Smelley

KNIGHTS - ($1,000 - $2,499) Charlie & Preston Adair Bill & Charlye Adams Brandon & Jennifer Agee Gene & Angela Alldredge Pete & Tracie Barnette Craig & Sheila Benoit Frank & Michelle Buffington Ross & Cheryl Bunch Spencer (c/o ‘78) & Beth Burchfield Brian & Julie Claytor Radu & Ana Constantine Jim & Janet Corder

In Honor of Lucy, Molly & Mason Corder

Michael & Leisa DeVenny Paul & Sandi Diaz Jimmy & Suzie Duncan Andrew & Elizabeth Fisher Lewis & Carrie Fitts Jim & Stacey Fleenor Jeff & Laura Fuller Scott & Melissa Goldsmith Jason & Kelly Greene Lee & Leigh Henderson Matthew Holt & Susan Chen The Rusty Howard Family Je Bak & Kyung Kim Richard Kim & Karri Holley Robert & Lynda Kuhn Geoffrey & Ginger Love John & Rhonda Marshall Quinton & Amy Matthews George & Michelle McKee Alan & Jennifer Miller Lin & Sharon Moore

Wayne D. Moore

Wade & Shaundra Warbington

Todd & Shannon Palmer Barry & Cheryl Peterson Bobby & Blair Plott Terria Plott Leon (c/o ‘87) & Liz Sadler Jim & Staci Skinner

Taylor & Marilyn Whitman Jason & Amy Williams

In Honor of Declan & Fitz McInerney

In Honor of Anthony Parker

Jack & Anne (c/o ’79) Smalley Walt & Julie Smith Bud (c/o ‘82) & Susan Standeffer The Stearman Family

In Honor of Tristan & Kaleigh Stearman

Alan & Louise Steele Kris & Rene Sullivan Dan & Allyson Sutter William O. Vann Foundation

In Honor of Elizabeth Vann

Bill & Valerie Wright Charles & Munter Wyatt

In Honor of Mims & Walker McKee

SQUIRES - ($500 - $999)

In Honor of Cooper Warbington In Honor of Ella Williams

Doug (c/o ‘80) & Jill Woods Council & Patricia Wooten

In Honor of Elizabeth, Caroline, Megan & Lucy Bonhaus

SWORD & SHIELD - ($250 - $499) Anonymous Anonymous Anonymous Anonymous David & Aymee Anderson Tammy Atkins Beth & Tom Bonhaus Hugh Boston (c/o ‘87)

In Memory of Coach Don McNabb

Breeland Booth Septic Tank The Burt Family Robert & Diane Buttram

In Honor of Gloria Wimberly

Anonymous Anne-Marie Abney

Ann Carmichael

Jo & Janee Bonner Carolyn & Jim Boone Catherine Boone (c/o ‘10) Jim & Karen Brooks Jim & Kim Buford Virginia Cade

Amy & Mark Cochran

In Honor of Donald & Hildegarde

In Honor of John, Joe & Susie

The Class of 2005 Glen & Donna Cowan Doug & Brooke Hamiter Doug & Cathy Holder Chass & Leigh Horton Paan & Pimpom Jindapon Brad & Krista Johnson Josh & Lindsey Johnson Evan & Margaret Kynard

In Honor of Mackenzie & John Evan Kynard Smelley

Robert & Gretchen Langkawel Jim & Suzie Link Mike & Connie Mercurio Luther & Adrienne Richardson Sid & Leslie Smith Kevin & Adrianne Thompson A.C. Wade

In Honor of Andrew & Will Wade

In Honor of Trey, Speed, Hicks & Eliza Finison In Honor of Ashton Cochran

James & Mary Madge Crawford Stephen & Anna Daly John & Lisa Edwards James & Becky Evans Bryan & Lee Finison Thomas Flassnoecker & Anja Raphael Michael Ford Scott & Kathy Fulgham In Honor of Scotty Fulgham

Alex & Carol Gatewood

In Honor of Luke Gatewood

Mark Gatewood (c/o ‘81)

In Honor of Suzy Gatewood c/o ‘82 In Memory of Harry Wright

Daniel Henderson & Nina Schroeter

In Honor of Annmarie, Isaac & Ethan Henderson

Mary George Howell

In Honor of Wood, Harrison, Hinton & Arey Howell

William & Jennifer Hudmon

In Honor of Weston, William & Anne Douglas Hamiter

Kathleen Hughston

Wolfgang & Karen Kneer Mickey Kovar Woody & Melissa Krueger

In Honor of Michael Krueger

Gary & Robin Lake

In Honor of Kim Ouderkirk

Mark & Paige Lancaster Reggie & Rebecca Lancaster Willie & Tikeisha Lang Patsy Lowery Ted & Claire Major George & Nancy McKee Rick & Gwenn McKenzie Wilson Moore (c/o ‘90) Cecil & Christie Ozment Frank & Betty Pate Terence & Jillian Pernell Hal & Holly Piper Bill & Niccole Poole Bradley & Emily Proctor

In Honor of Brooks & Anna Claire Proctor

Jerry & Ebbie Ramey

In Honor of Mae Mae Ramey

Tim & Donna Reid Jim & Mary Turner Roberts Oliver & Ines Schaefer

In Honor of David & Paul Schaefer

Klaus & Gabriele Schanz Andrew & Heather Scharfenberg Steve & Lucy Arnold Sikes Mark & Gina Simpson Heroshi & Shonna Smith Pat & Cita Smith Luke (c/o ‘85) & Teia Standeffer Scott & Kristie Taylor Peter & Caroline Teesdale John & Shelley (c/o ‘93) Thetford Stan & Ellen Turnipseed William & Kim Vann In Honor of Elizabeth Vann

Drew & Ashley Wade Heatherly Whiteside Sun & June Yi

BLUE & GOLD - ($5 - $249) Anonymous Anonymous Anonymous

In Honor of Blakelee Harlow


In Honor of Drew Moore

Anonymous Anonymous

Anonymous Anonymous Stephen & Suzanne Abernathy Fletcher & Pat Adamson

In Honor of Anna Katelyn Kuhn

Mark & Heather Ammons Fred & Deborah Keene Andrus Inge & Elizabeth Beeker John & Jerrie Bell

In Honor of Joseph Northington

Stephen & Tiffany Blount Tom & Judy Bonhaus The Brindley Family Phonzie & Nezalee Brown

In Honor of Blake & Taylor Wright

Judy Campbell

In Honor Grant & Sarah Verzino

John & Janet Chambers Harold & Martha Cole

In Honor of Reynolds & Russell Cole

The Cristobal Family Norman & Keeshan Crow John & Jeanne Duffy

In Honor of John William & Kennedy Duffy

Ricky & Debbie Dunkling Tamer Elsayed Jens & Andrea Eschenfeld Murphy & Linda Faust

In Honor of Lily & Ella Abernathy

Damon Ferguson (c/o ‘93) David & Angela Fernandez Ed & Dee Finison Lee Anne Ford In Honor of Alex Ford

Shannon & Melanie Formby (both c/o ‘92) Megan Fryer Anthony & Sharrol Gardner Rick & Linda Gibson Walter Givhan Peter & Jenny Golding Ellen Grant Rejeanna Gvillo Everett Hale Joel Harden Brent Hardin & Margaret Stran Chris & Pam Harding In Honor of Anna Cobern

Bob & Linda Harris Holly Hillard (c/o ‘93)

In Honor of Macon & Hill Warr

Jeff & Tori Horne ILCT Mary Meigs Jackson Whitney Jamison

Michael & Laurie Johns Alex & Deborah Johnson

In Honor of Noah, Alex & Chloe Johnson

Ben & Holly Ramey Wayne & Abbie (c/o ‘79) Reed Don & Diane Salls

In Honor of Scott and Jack Kemp

Joe & Tammi Scheiring Charles & Mary Ann Schroeter Holly Shipley John David Smelser Robert & Ruby Jean Smith

Robert & Elizabeth Johnson William Johnson Woodley & Linda Jones Becky Karnes Scott & Laurie Kemp

Nathan Kenny Rob Kettlewell Michael & Deanne Kronauer Phil & Meg Lancaster Adam & Melissa Lang Josie Davis Lee (c/o ‘81) Jack & Emily Leigh

In Honor of Matthew von Redlich

Lee & Renee Loftin Lindsey Longchamp Chuck & Louisa Marchant Riley Matheson Ethan McBride Susan McCorquodale Marsha McDonald Garrett McGiffert (c/o ‘09) Kendall McGiffert (c/o ‘05) Price McGiffert, Jr. (c/o ‘15) Chelsea McKenna (c/o ‘07) Kim McLey Kareem & Renee McNeal John & Kimberly Mittenthal Trey & Kathy Moseley Patricia Muscolino

In Honor of Phillip & Preston Lancaster

The Nellessen Family Windy Nelson Avinash &Preeti Nichani Andrea Nichols Tahnya Northington Stuart & Anna Belle Norton Bill & Gene Olafsen

In Honor of Edward Demonbreun

Kim Ouderkirk Jon Perkinson (c/o ‘89) Brooke Peterson Chris & Liz Phillips Robert & Mary Farley Poellnitz Lesley Price Henry & Elizabeth (c/o ‘82) Pruett Paul & Juliet Pruitt Marcia Quarles

In Honor of Jackson & Anderson Mercurio

Ken & Sharon Radigan

In Honor of Luke Gatewood

In Honor of Edward Demonbreun

Howard & Marilyn Speights Philip & Kay Speir

In Honor of Anna Katelyn Kuhn

Carl & Cindy Stephenson Debbie Stewart

In Honor of Cooper Andrew Warbington

Hannah Sullivan Gregg Swann Kevin & Laurie Vann Angie Warren Michael & Betsy Wates Carol Williams Tom & Caroline Willingham Scott & Melissa Wimberly

In Honor of Gloria Wimberly

Melanna Wray Dmitriy & Veronica Zak



Pritchett Moore, Inc. Red Diamond, Inc. Two Men and A Truck

Joey and Sherry Ammons Tom and Judy Bonhaus Chet and Paula Boston Julia Breckenridge Frank Buffington Virginia Cade Reginald and Denise Davis Jimmy and Suzie Duncan Kristine Fitts Bob and Glenell Fuller Alex and Claire Goodhew Rebecca Haines Larry and Kristen Howell David and Kim Hudson Nelda Hughes Evelyn Kimbrough Jim and Suzie Link Geoffrey and Ginger Love George and Michelle McKee Kendall McGiffert Thomas McMeekin James and Patricia Miller Guy and Anne Moman Philip and Amy Mullin Amanda Musselwhite Johnny and Pam Nairemore Bill and Gene Olafsen Jerry and Mary Etta Palmer Carl and Kathy Price J. B. and Ebbie Ramey Will and Caroline Rockerfeller Fred Roe Luke and Teia Standeffer Philip and Traci Stearman Debbie Stewart Charles and Kathy Swann Kevin and Adrienne Thompson Will and Kim Vann Andrew and Gerry Wade Jerry and Joyce White



KNIGHT OUT AT THE CASINO” SPRING GALA SPONSORS Balfour Company Cline Tours Hungry Howie’s Pizza & Subs Moe’s Original Bar-B-Que

Kristen Blakeney Beth Bonhaus Janee Bonner Capstone Bank Cobb Theatres Johanna & Ray Cole Cowan Orthodontics Glen Cowan Sandi Diaz Angela Fernandez Fincher & Ozment Brooke Hamiter Kristen Howell David & Kim Hudson Ines Schaefer Photography Jerry’s Cleaners KDS Jewelry by Kara Warr Laurie Kemp Krush Boutique Paige Lancaster Rhonda Marshall Laura McAllister Mugshots Northport Pharmacy Shannon Palmer Margie Phelps Holly Piper Holly Ramey R&R Cigar RIVER Riverview Dental Royal Cleaners Anne & Jack Smalley Julie Smith Spa Belle la Vie Sugar Bear Confections Susan Standeffer Designs Teia Standeffer Tuscaloosa Wine Club Kelly Verzino WAR Construction, Inc. Katherine Wilkin

Mac Smelley and Carson Palmer with their Kindergarten buddy, Watts Johnson.

College Tour.

12 year Seniors in the TA tree.

6th grade in Washington D.C.

Cita Smith presented with the Nick’s Kids Teacher Excellence Award

Charlotte Smiley at the Teddy Bear Tea.

Upper School girls at the TA Retreat

2nd grade Christmas Play

Alabama Boys State

Chloe Johnson at State.



Homecoming 2015

4th grade girls enjoying recess.

Mrs. Crawford and Trey Smith at the AISA Spelling Bee.

Seniors at carpool for Annual Fund.

First day of Middle School for there 5th graders. Isaac Henderson, 2nd grader playing soccer.

11th grade boys supporting girls soccer at home.

Tyler and Rene McNeal at the Mother Son soccer game

Senior athletes

5th Grade girls on Field Day.



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2015 AISA All Stars

Lower School SCA loves the Seniors!

Students of the Quarter

AISA State Drama Competition

Leon Sadler and Walker McKee learn fractions while cooking in math.