FALL REVIEW 2016
Community................... 4 Athletics........................ 6 Academics.. .................. 10 Arts.. .............................. 12 Faculty.......................... 14 Alumni.. ........................ 16 Events............................ 18 Annual Report............ 20
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USJâ€™s Mission UNIVERSITY SCHOOL of JACKSON
232/240 McClellan Road Jackson, TN 38305 731.664.0812 â€˘ usjbruins.org
BOARD of TRUSTEES Lee Driver Anita Hamilton Camille Jones Darrell King James Kirkland Bethany Lawrence Geoffrey Lindley John New Ryan Porter Sarah Pucek James Robinson Jason Sammons Nathan Spencer Kathryn Tucker Jeff Watlington John Whybrew
ADMINISTRATION Stuart Hirstein Head of School Benjamin Murphy Upper School Director Jim Hardegree Interim Middle School Director Debbie Ford Lower School Director Kay Shearin Director of Admissions
We instill a passion for academic, artistic, and athletic excellence while committing to personal integrity, mutual respect, and life-long learning.
Identity Statement USJ is a non-denominational, non-sectarian, college preparatory school dedicated to academic excellence and to our founding principles of faith, service, and scholarship. Based on a heritage grounded in JudeoChristian values, we provide an educational environment where students of all ethnic, cultural, and religious backgrounds are valued and respected. The faculty, administration, and students are empowered to nurture and embrace the Judeo-Christian values and our operating principles. Through the fulfillment of our mission and adherence to these core principles and values, we prepare our graduates to be responsible and informed world citizens.
USJ Community Presented with Five-Year Strategic Plan On Tuesday, August 30, the USJ community gathered in the Blankenship Theater for the unveiling of the school’s new fiveyear strategic plan. Consultant Ian Symmonds presented the details of the plan to those gathered there, providing insight into the future of USJ. “The strategic planning process was highly inclusive and served as a powerful energizer of the USJ community,” says Mr. Symmonds. “Together, we created a remarkable strategic plan that will drive the school forward for many years. Now, the hard work begins, as we forge ahead with bold and ambitious plans for this great school.” A new mission statement was the first detail to emerge, allowing USJ to refocus its vision as an educational institution and declare a purpose statement for the public. This was followed by the unveiling of the strategic plan, which has three major goals. The development of these goals was a collaborative effort. “We have worked with more than 5,600 strands of information collected from surveys and focus groups with parents, students, alumni, faculty, and members of the community,” says Stuart Hirstein, Head of School. “We have taken the information they provided us with and, four revisions later, best developed a plan that gives the USJ community exactly what its members want.”
STRATEGIC GOALS PROGRAM: Enhance and refine our academic program to best in class standards in the Southeastern United States. • Create a comprehensive school culture that cultivates the love of learning, stimulates intellectual curiosity with a challenging program, provides outstanding pedagogy, and develops confident learners of empathy in a supportive, respectful, diverse, and nurturing environment. We will continue to foster parental and community support of school programs, developing well-rounded students, parents, and faculty. • Create opportunities for experiential learning (academic, artistic, and athletic) and service learning to reinforce concepts learned in and out of the classroom, and to foster global perspectives. • Manifest a professional school culture, guided by NAIS best practices, that aims to provide all students with an intellectually challenging curriculum.
PEOPLE: Recruit, retain, and develop extraordinary faculty, staff, and administrators. • Enhance compensation levels to make USJ an attractive option for transformational educators and to acknowledge and appreciate the continuing contributions of current staff. • Confirm our educational philosophy through ongoing community conversations to further develop our institutional focus on studentcentered learning. • Promote a culture of teaching and learning that emphasizes innovation, reflection, collaboration, and personal and professional growth. • Maintain a constant atmosphere of improvement and reflection and provide consistent opportunities for transformational professional development.
PLANT: Ensure our financial sustainability. • Develop alternative revenue sources through exploring programs that utilize USJ’s resources and unique strengths in the arts, academics, and athletics. • Assess current and future deferred maintenance needs to determine future annual funding requirements. • Pursue a master plan that reflects the vision for the USJ campus. • Expand the school’s capacity to identify potential major donors.
Want to learn more about how you can help accomplish these goals? Email Cathy Garrett, Assistant Director of Development at firstname.lastname@example.org
UTK Hosts Elite Linemen Camp University of Tennessee at Knoxville head coach Butch Jones and members of the Vols’ coaching staff hosted an elite linemen camp at Kirkland Field on Wednesday, June 8. This satellite offensive line/defensive line camp was the only one of its kind in West Tennessee. “This camp brought a lot of people from West Tennessee to our campus, which is a great thing for our school,” says USJ Head Football Coach Rusty Bradley.
Rhonda Klipfel Travels to Nicaragua Rhonda Klipfel, Accounts Receivable Coordinator, traveled to Nicaragua with her family for a mission trip this spring. Megan, Rhonda’s daughter and USJ alum, coordinated the trip to El Ayudante. A pediatric nurse at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, Megan has been going to Nicaragua for the past 12 years, beginning while a student at USJ and continuing during her time at Wofford College. She is the president of El Ayudante’s Board where she focuses on long-range planning, having served on the Board since 2011. El Ayudante offers housing for visiting mission teams as well as meals, transportation, and classes for 36 local children. The mission also features medical care and counseling for the children and their families. Rhonda was joined not only by her daughter, but also her husband, son, sister, and several of Megan’s friends and co-workers. The group vaccinated cattle against parasites and gave them vitamins, worked with the on-site children’s clinic, and visited four local communities to provide residents with health education and supplies. Other USJ community members have played active roles in these trips. Señor Jimmy Glosson’s classes have collected vitamins and hygiene items, and Coach Paul Conway has donated USJ soccer uniforms for the children at the mission to wear to play. The baseball and basketball teams have also donated jerseys. USJ alum Ainsley Gompf has served at El Ayudante as an intern for the past two summers. “I am passionate about the kids we serve at El Ayudante,” says Megan. “I want to do what I can to make their lives better. Having my family join me only served to make this trip even greater.”
Alum Hosts Charity Talent Show USJ alum and Miss Tennessee Valley 2016 Meredith Maroney hosted a talent show in the Blankenship Theater to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network on May 20. The show was a huge success, raising over $1,200 for the CMN. The money raised goes to purchase hospital equipment, train medical professionals, and provide care for children and their families at one of TN’s five CMN hospitals. “One benefit of the talent show is that kids from all over the region can gain stage experience and perform in front of an audience,” says Meredith. “It also provides those who are selected with an opportunity to sing at the MidSouth Fair’s Youth Talent Search or Jr. Youth Talent Search.”
Middle School March Madness Day Middle Schoolers came together on Wednesday, March 9, for an afternoon of festivities, with the goal of raising money for the March of Dimes. The games included a faculty baby picture contest with nearly 100 entries. Students also designed posters for a contest. The service project involved grade-level fundraising and games, and the eighth grade won first prize, a dress-down day. In the midst of all the fun, the students did some good, raising $5,700 for the March of Dimes, $700 more than last year. Middle School faculty formed a volleyball team and competed against a student team. Eighth grade students who wanted to participate donated $1 each for a drawing, and they could enter as many times as they wanted. The eighth grade players were then selected at random. Students then enjoyed a movie, while Band members sold popcorn for a fundraiser of their own. “It was a great day of celebrating babies and raising awareness for the March of Dimes,” says Laura Stack, sixth grade teacher and Middle School student council sponsor. “Being a small child is something everyone can relate to, and our student council did an excellent job creating baby-themed games and contests for the Middle Schoolers to enjoy.”
A Campus for Our Community USJ was awarded a 2016 Civic Pride Award, which Head of School Stuart Hirstein accepted at a ceremony on June 28. The Mayor’s Civic Pride Awards, co-sponsored by the Keep Jackson Beautiful Commission and Waste Management of Jackson, congratulate and publicly acknowledge businesses and individuals making a positive contribution to the environment and community for visual excellence, preserving the environment, and inspiring others in Jackson. USJ’s campus was honored in the school category. In order to maintain the standards set by this distinction, the Lower School facility underwent some improvements this summer for the first time since the building opened in 2004. The Board approved funding for a number of enhancements, including the replacement of hallway carpet and the painting of both the interior and exterior of the building. “The updates will make the building more attractive to visitors who are deciding whether or not to enroll their children in USJ,” says Jack Peel, Facilities Director. “Current students will benefit from the improvements as well, so it’s really a win for everyone.”
Athletics N E W S Whisenant Takes Gold in Swimming at State Eric Whisenant has been swimming competitively for nine years, but this year, he swam a race he won’t soon forget when he won first place in the 100 yard backstroke at the 2016 TISCA Tennessee High School Swimming and Diving Championships. Eric’s time of 48.64 qualified him as an All-American. He also placed fourth in the 200 yard freestyle. Both finishes are an improvement from last year when he placed seventh in the same two races. His coach is Neal Rushing.
Tennis Team Wins State Championship This past spring, USJ’s boys’ tennis team brought home the state title, something that Coach Ted Measley had intended for the team all year. “I was confident we would win this year,” said Coach Measley. “Knowing you are the best can beat you, so I tried to keep the team humble, hungry, and not thinking about results.”
Eric says the high point in his career thus far was at the Southeastern Championship at age 12 where he made the Southeastern Zone team twice. He holds several team and meet records. In addition to being an All-American, Eric is also an Academic All-American.
The championship was the team’s first since entering TSSAA’s Division II in 2009. In 2014, they came in as runner-up, which they did again in 2015, as well as winning the doubles crown. This year, George Markos and Cade Reasons once again won doubles, not even allowing a game to be won against them. Reasons went on to be named the All-West Tennessee Boys’ Tennis Player of the Year by The Jackson Sun as a result of his strong performance and two state championships.
He says he enjoys his time in the pool. “I like swimming competitively because of the individual competition and camaraderie among the swimmers,” Eric says. “I also enjoy trying to perfect my races.”
The 4-0 win over Webb School of Knoxville put an end to Webb’s threeyear streak. Coach Measley credited his team’s ability to listen for the win. “All year, the team indicated that they could make adjustments from one set to the next. They listened to feedback.” The victory has been sweet, but the focus is already on next season, says Coach Measley. “We will continue to take it one point at a time, one game at a time, and one match at a time.”
Seven Seniors Sign With Colleges Sean Reid
Football • Lyon College
Baseball • Rhodes College
Soccer • Union University
Tennis • University of North Alabama
Alex Garrett Baseball • Rhodes College
Kristen Pickens Softball • Union University
Baseball • Oklahoma Wesleyan University
Congratulations to the seven seniors who signed to play collegiate sports during the spring semester.
Carey Inducted into Jackson-Madison County Sports Hall of Fame Former USJ baseball coach Jimmy Carey was inducted into the Jackson-Madison County Sports Hall of Fame’s 31st class this April. Coach Carey, who led the Bruins to three state baseball titles—1999, 2001, and 2002—coached at USJ from 1996 to 2003. “It was a huge honor to be recognized for the Hall of Fame,” says Coach Carey. “I got the honor, but truly, it was all of my former players and coaches who made this happen. So many positive things can happen when everyone is striving to be the best they can be.” Coach Carey’s passion for the game is legendary. “It’s definitely a well deserved honor to have Coach Carey inducted into the Hall of Fame,” says Jody Evans, USJ Athletic Director. “His passion for baseball is second to none. He helped build USJ baseball into what it is today through his hard work and commitment.”
Baseball Honors Congratulations to Ryan Rolison for earning the 2016 DII-A Mr. Baseball award and to Logan Carey for being recognized as a 2016 DII-A Mr. Baseball finalist.
Coach Carey also has a personal connection to Bruins baseball. His sons, Logan and Caleb, have both played sports for the Bruins, and he spent seven years coaching them in travel ball. As a result, he has coached many of the boys who signed in 2016 and spoke at their signing ceremonies. “It’s been an absolute blessing to watch these kids grow from little kids to young men,” says Coach Carey. “Five of the seven seniors who signed have played with me since they were eight years old. They raised their hands years ago, stating they wanted to play college baseball, and to see those dreams come true is awesome. They are going to leave USJ and be leaders, both on and off the field.” “There’s one character trait that separates good coaches from great coaches,” says Coach Evans. “Great coaches build genuine relationships with all their players. These relationships are life-long, not just while they are playing for you. As we’ve all seen during our recent baseball signings, Coach Carey loves his players, and they love him. That’s the reason we coach.”
Eighth Grade Athletes Take on Varsity Sports This spring, some USJ middle schoolers had the opportunity to discover sports at the varsity level. The student-athletes did not disappoint, performing well under pressure and developing a deeper love for their sports. Sam Newman and Will Pucek joined the soccer team. “We felt both Sam and Will had the physical and technical tools needed to compete at this level, but it was also nice to see they had the maturity and mental toughness to deal with the challenges,” says Coach Paul Conway. “I was very pleased by their contributions throughout the season. USJ Soccer has an exciting future, and Will and Sam will play a big role.” Mason Woods also began his varsity sports career this spring. Transferring to USJ at the start of his eighth grade year, Mason has been a private student of USJ tennis coach Ted Measley since he was seven or eight years old and plays tournament tennis yearround. Coach Measley is excited about the role Mason will play in the team’s future. “He’s a great kid. He won a lot of academic awards this year on top of being a great tennis player. Mason is an asset to our team, and I expect him to run the team in the coming years.” 7
Lower School Celebrates Children’s Book Week The Lower School celebrated Children’s Book Week from May 2-6. It began with a visit from author Allison Lassieur, a USJ parent who lives in Trenton. Allison, who has written over 130 books since 1997, was formerly an editor at Highlights magazine and Disney Adventures magazine. Over a two-day span, she spoke with each 1st-5th grade class, sharing with them from her You Choose series. These books focus on a historical event or era and provide readers with choices to decide how the story plays out. “I don’t call it ‘writing,’ ” says Allison. “I consider it ‘building.’ I make paths, like with a flow chart, and then go from there.” The series, which includes 20 or so books, centers on a fictional character in a nonfiction situation. Allison shared her Titanic book with classes, giving the students the opportunity to interact and determine the flow of the story. She is currently working on a book about spies in World War I while doing research on her next You Choose book, which is focused on the haunted Stanley Hotel in Colorado. 8
Children’s Book Week festivities continued with a first grade vocabulary parade on Wednesday. This day was also Poem in Your Pocket Day. Students who had been reading and writing poetry were encouraged to wear clothing with many pockets to keep a poem or two nearby for sharing throughout the day. Pockets were also spread throughout the school, filled with poems for students to read. The fun continued throughout the week with the annual fourth grade Spelling Bee and a school-wide read-in on Friday, in which all students enjoyed 30 minutes of reading for pleasure. “I felt like it was Christmas morning when I got up today,” said Lower School Librarian Mimi Hirstein at the start of the week. “I absolutely could not wait to see the children’s faces when they saw all of the decorations and activities we had planned. Nothing brings me more pleasure than watching a child engage with a book!”
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SPELLING BEE 4th Grade Participants
Abby Brown, Stella Crenshaw, Berkleigh Emerson, Caitlin Roemen, Ryan Hutchison, Jack Wilkerson, Anika Jerge, Lexi Krennis, Wyatt Scott, Eady Davenport, Alec Garabedian, and Aiden Hollingsworth, 1st - Wyatt Scott 2nd - Abby Brown 3rd - Eady Davenport
Fifth Grade Learns Through Biography Day At the beginning of November, the fifth graders began a study on biographies, ranging from past presidents to Steve Jobs and Dolly Parton. After finishing their biographies, each student created authentic, wearable decorations of their subjects. Students made a short presentation about the historical significance of their subject to the fourth grade class. The students then put on a biography parade for the school and their parents.
Third Grade Learns All About Jackson Every year, USJ’s third grade classes complete a Flat Stanley unit to learn about new places, but this time, they utilized their study as an opportunity to discover more about their own city. The project is based on the book Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown. Each third grader creates his or her own “Flat Friend” and sends it to someone who lives in a different community. The “Flat Friend” returns with information and pictures for the students to share. The third grade teachers realized that each year, the students learn about other communities, but they had never discussed their own. They reached out to the Jackson Chamber to help them make a change. On Thursday, February 11, Ryan Porter and Mandy White, both employees of the Jackson Chamber, began their day with USJ third graders. They explained their roles at the Chamber, discussed the functions of the Chamber, and went on to tell the students exciting facts about Jackson. Students learned some details about the history of the city and also participated in a conversation about local treasures, like the Jackson Symphony, the Jackson Generals, and the large businesses and corporations that call Jackson home. Ryan praised USJ for reaching out to the Chamber. “Several factors make Jackson unique, and we love to share our passion for Jackson every chance we get,” he says. “I think we’re going to steal this idea and reach out to the other schools in our community in an attempt to grow this opportunity. It is so encouraging that USJ is proactive in educating their students about their own community.”
Annual Medieval Feast Day a Success for Fourth Graders For several years, USJ fourth graders have engaged in a unit on medieval studies that culminates with an elaborate feast. This year’s event, held on March 17, was no different. Costumed students paraded through the halls and into the festooned cafetorium. They were then announced by their royal names and presented to Queen Lisa Cates before taking their place at the feast tables to enjoy their meal. “Students look forward to this event all year,” says fourth grade teacher Elizabeth Orr. “As third graders, they are able to watch the parade and the opening ceremonies, but right before the feast begins, the third graders are ‘banished’ back to their classrooms. Seeing just a small part of the feast whets their curiosity for the next year, when they will enjoy all the festivities of the feast.” The students began preparing for this experience about a month before the feast, when they engaged in a novel study of The Castle in the Attic, a book about a boy who travels back into medieval times. During this unit, students learned about what life was like during the Medieval era. “I’ve been on both sides of the feast,” says Mrs. Orr. “As a fourth grade parent years ago, I helped decorate the gym at the old campus, and then a few years later in the cafetorium here at our present-day campus, I dressed as a peasant and helped serve at the feast. Now as a fourth grade teacher, I love being on the other side. The greatest blessing is just seeing the students enthusiastically live out what they have learned in the classroom.”
Two Students Awarded San Francisco Trip Through CO:de Catalyst Program
Two USJ students were chosen to travel to San Francisco this summer through the CO:de Catalyst program. Juniors Larissa Rose and Evan Patterson won the trip from the Co. They followed in the footsteps of Chinaza Nwokolo, who went on the trip last year as the first USJ student to ever win the opportunity.
following a website template. Also, looking back at all the written code for the website made it feel like quite an accomplishment!”
Larissa and Evan spent the 2015 fall semester learning Treehouse, a web platform that teaches students how to build a website, learn to code, build an application, or start a business.
Both students were excited to visit Google and see the Golden Gate Bridge on their trip.
Once she grew comfortable with coding, Larissa enjoyed creating a website most of all. “It was nice being able to make it look however you wanted it to, rather than
“When I realized I had won, I was absolutely blown away,” says Evan. “It’s one of my first huge achievements, and I am very proud of it.”
Fifth Graders Visit the Middle School Each year, USJ takes care to introduce its fifth graders to what’s ahead for them the following school year by having the students over to spend a day in the Middle School. They join the Middle School students for lunch and then take a tour of their new classrooms with the assistance of sixth grade tour guides. This is followed by a question and answer session in the gym, where students get to ask whatever is on their minds. Middle School Director Courtney Burnette discussed the fifth grade visit with enthusiasm. “The day the fifth grade comes to visit is always one of my favorites,” says Mrs. Burnette. “The students are so excited to catch a small glimpse of what a Middle School day looks like. They love the cafeteria, touring the building, and getting to ask questions about what the next year holds for them.” The excitement for the day does not stop there. The fifth graders then have the opportunity to attend the Middle School Talent Show. This event is always a huge success, with fifteen students singing and playing instruments for their peers this year.
Students Recognized by Duke Talent Identification Program Several students in the seventh grade earned recognition from the prestigious Duke University academic program for gifted students. Braden Sallee earned Grand Recognition, a national honor for students who scored in the highest three percent of the Duke Talent Identification Program. He was invited to Duke University for the ceremony. Mary Humphrey (from the 2015 Talent Search), Megan Everson, Sara Mitchell, Sydney Sellers, Amar Boparai, Brenden Wilcox, Ethan Persons, Kizer Robertson, Mohid Tanveer, Braden Sallee, Baker Northern, Saeed Dardas, and Eli Hosford earned State Recognition, which is reserved for students who score in the top 38 percent. These students attended a ceremony at Vanderbilt University honoring their achievements.
Duke TIP Participants
Cub Club Together, our two and three-year-olds make up the Cub Club. Check out some of the fun they had last spring!
Amar Boparai Jenna Box Luke Buchanan Marion Callaway Reagan Carney Saeed Dardas Armond Etghayi Megan Everson Abby Frix Emily Hailey Sarah Hanna Zakary Henson Landon Hooper Eli Hosford Madeline Jones Livvie Leeper Matthew Lui
Meg Miller Sara Mitchell Lisa Nnaji Baker Northern Ikenna Oleru Ethan Persons Emma Richards Kizer Robertson Braden Sallee Davis Sallee Sydney Sellers Savannah Tabor Mohid Tanveer Holland VanBuuren Cooper Whitworth Brenden Wilcox
Steel Magnolias The drama department’s spring production of Steel Magnolias was a hit. The show ran from April 8-10 and was well-received. “I was so proud of how my students performed in this classic show,” said theatre teacher and director Erica Davidson. “People don’t realize how many lines these girls had to memorize. They began working on this show in late January. The final performance was bittersweet. We will definitely miss each other and the fun we had on and offstage.”
The Lion King, JR. Disney’s The Lion King, JR. was the spring Middle School musical presented by the Fine Arts Department in May. Forty-eight students in grades 6-9 participated in this show. USJ art students Hannah Adams, Riley Koerner, and Sarah Frix painted the faces of the characters.
The Performing Arts Department presented Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella Enchanted in March. The cast for this timeless classic was made up of 60 Upper School students and six Lower School students. An orchestra consisting primarily of the USJ Bruin Band provided the accompaniment. Dr. Tammy Grant was the director, with Mrs. Erica Davidson serving as the choreographer and Mr. Jimmy Glosson working as assistant director.
The Middle School fine arts students were busy this spring as prior to this, they repeated their previous production of Annie JR. at the request of Music Theatre International. MTI was doing a trial show about adding an orchestra to a JR. musical.
Art Showcased at Ned Gallery This spring, 35 art students showcased their work in the Ned’s art gallery in downtown Jackson. The collection numbered 55 pieces, five of which were the work of art teacher Libby Lynch. This was USJ’s first time to show at the Ned, but they have done other community shows, including those at Art in the Village and The Bank of Jackson. The show kicked off with a reception where students could greet the family, friends, and teachers who came out to see their work. “It is always exciting for students to show their work in a professional venue and to allow them to share their work with others,” says Mrs. Lynch.
Arts Guild Awards Scholarships Every year, the USJ Arts Guild gives away a scholarship for a student, or students, to use at a one-time camp, class, or event. The students must complete an application that describes the event and explains what qualifies them for the scholarship and their accomplishments in their area of study. This year, the Arts Guild named Kayla Puzdrakiewicz and Nicholas Ballard as scholarship recipients. The two attended the Appalachian Craft Center Glass Blowing Workshop in June. This was a four-day workshop focused on paper-making and torch and furnaceworked glass. Nicholas says, “I enjoyed my time at camp, where I was able to experience different forms of art.” For Kayla, it was a chance to further her artistic development.
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“I had the opportunity to learn new skills and expand my portfolio during my time there,” says Kayla. Both students have taken three years of art while at the Upper School.
Junior Bruin Choir Continues to Grow
Bruno Selected to All-West Band
Last year, a group of fifth graders performed our national anthem before a Memphis Grizzlies game on Thanksgiving weekend. Since then, they continue to meet every Tuesday morning at 7:15, forming the 46-member Junior Bruin Choir under the direction of Lower School music teacher Elizabeth Atkins. They sang at a home basketball game last year and performed at Senior Night for the Upper School boys’ soccer game.
Upper School band student Tyler Bruno was selected to participate in the AllWest Band Concert at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts in Memphis, TN. The two-day event featured Jazz & Orchestra on February 12 and Concert Bands on February 13. Sponsored by the West Tennessee School Band and Orchestra Association, All-West is an annual event for area high schools.
While the students continue to practice our national anthem, they have also worked on some songs they chose for themselves. “Having the students’ input for song selection was a good way to incorporate their ideas,” says Mrs. Atkins. “They really felt like they had some input.” “This type of choir has been a longtime goal for me,” says Mrs. Atkins. “We just made a natural progression from having rehearsed for the Grizzlies game to continuing to rehearse for other events.”
Tyler had a great experience at AllWest, where he played in the concert band. “What I enjoyed most about All-West was the amazing ensembles and the music we performed,” he says. “It was a great experience to be able to hear and play in a much larger-scale band that showcases all of the instruments. I also enjoyed seeing some of the people that I met last year at All-West.”
The choir sang at last year’s fifth grade celebration. The new 2016-2017 group has plans to sing at local retirement communities and nursing homes. They have also been invited to sing at another Grizzlies game, although this time, they will be singing a capella. “The Junior Bruin Choir is a great bridge to Middle School, where musicals become an extracurricular option for our students,” says Mrs. Atkins. “I’m excited to see what’s ahead for this year’s group.”
Tennessee All-State Choir Alex Peftoulidis Tyler Bruno Sydney Kwasigroh
Clara Mariencheck Michael Mantooth Patrick Aherrera
Caroline Miller (alternate - not pictured)
Tyler, who is currently a junior, plays the B-flat clarinet. He has played an instrument since the age of six, but he began playing the clarinet when he started studying with Mr. Grant in sixth grade. His favorite things about band are working on pieces in the classroom and playing at home football games. He enjoyed All-West because of the new experiences it brought him. “My favorite piece to play was definitely Variations on a Korean Folk Song,” he says. “The piece was fast-paced and very different from anything else I have ever played in band.”
UPCOMING PERFORMANCES Play to Benefit ASPELL Student Written One-Act September 23-25
Disney’s The Little Mermaid School-wide Musical November 3, 5, and 6
Snow White in the 70’s
Disney’s High School Musical
Disney’s Aladdin, JR.
Middle and Upper School Play January 13-15
Upper School Musical March 3-5
Middle School Musical April 30-May 1 13
Middle / Upper School Librarian Cindy will be transitioning from teaching fifth grade to the position of Middle/Upper School Librarian. She has worked at USJ for 18 years and has 29 years of experience in education, working in both public and independent schools teaching kindergarten through fifth grade. Cindy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in education from Middle Tennessee State University and a Master’s degree in administration and supervision from the University of Memphis. She and her husband, Larry, have three children who are all USJ graduates.
Middle School English Laura is happily returning to the USJ family and the Jackson community. After locating to Jackson from Canada as a child, Laura attended USJ from Pre-K until her high school graduation. USJ and its teachers instilled a love of learning and academia in Laura that sparked her passion for education. She received her Bachelor’s degree in political science with a minor in philosophy from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. With her passion for education and education policy continuing to grow, Laura then received a degree in elementary education from the Teacher Education Program at the University of British Columbia. During this time, Laura also served as the student representative for the Dean of Education’s External Advisory Board. Following completion of her degree last year, Laura returned to the Jackson area and worked throughout the USJ Middle and Upper School divisions as a substitute teacher. Laura is thrilled to return to the USJ family to begin her work as an educator in her 6th grade English classroom.
Assistant Development Director Cathy is joining USJ to serve as the school’s assistant development director. Cathy moved to Jackson in 1990 to accept the position of Market Development Director with The Jackson Sun, where she worked for 25 years. She and her husband, Charlie, have two children, Anna and Alex, both of whom are USJ graduates. Cathy is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in journalism with a public relations concentration. Cathy is a graduate of Leadership Jackson and has served on the Leadership Jackson Board of Directors. She was the recipient of the Harbert Alexander Award for Servant Leadership in 2004. She also served on the boards of United Way, Reelfoot Girl Scout Council, YMCA, March of Dimes, and the Jackson Downtown Development Corporation.
Middle School History and Assistant Football Coach Spencer is returning to his alma mater to teach history. A member of USJ’s Class of 2006, Spencer graduated with his bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 2012 and also earned a Master of Education degree there in 2013. He has four years of teaching experience and has worked as an assistant coach for both football and baseball at USJ. Spencer played on the 2005 USJ state championship baseball team and was named to the all-state team in 2006. He played college baseball at Volunteer State Community College and Miami University before transferring to the University of Tennessee to finish his degree.
Interim Middle School Director Jim Hardegree is a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Martin where he received his B.S. in education as well as his M.S. in educational administration and supervision. Coach Hardegree will be entering his thirteenth year at the University School of Jackson. He has worked in education and coaching for thirty-six years. He and his wife, Adair, have two sons. Bill and his wife, Morgan, live in Dyer, Tennessee, and Bo and his wife, Lauren, live in Miami, Florida.
Middle School History and Assistant Football Coach Tyler is joining USJ from Arkansas State University where he earned a B.S. in interdisciplinary studies and a Master of Science degree in sports administration. Tyler served as the Undergraduate Assistant Coach at Arkansas State University, working with the corners and safeties. He was part of the 2014 Sunbelt Conference Champions and GoDaddy Bowl Champions. He also served as a Graduate Assistant in the Athletic Academic Department at Arkansas State.
Morganti Named WBBJ Educator of the Week Cubs teacher Karen Morganti was named WBBJ’s Educator of the Week on April 1. This made her eligible for the statewide Tennessee Education Lottery Educator of the Month Award. Mrs. Morganti says, “I’m beyond honored that a parent thinks enough of me and my love for teaching to nominate me for this honor.” Congratulations, Mrs. Morganti! 14
Fifth Grade Emily is returning to the classroom after serving four years as USJ’s Director of Development. She joined the USJ faculty in 2003 and has taught both second and fifth grades. She and her husband, Mike, are the parents of Michael (‘12), Mary Alex (‘15), and Emma (‘21). Emily is an alumna of Old Hickory Academy (now USJ) and has a Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education from the University of Tennessee.
Dr. Steven Swanson
Upper School Math After teaching high school math for 21 years in public and independent schools in southern California and Washington, Steven recently did post-graduate work to become certified in special education. He comes to USJ from the metro D.C. area, where he taught special education math for the past four years. Steven also holds advanced degrees in theology from Fuller Theological Seminary, Princeton Seminary, and a doctorate in Old Testament Studies from the University of Edinburgh. He has a diverse background in teaching, including adjunct positions at the college and seminary level, as well as work in pastoral ministry. Outside the classroom, Steven enjoys planting roses, perusing used bookstores, finding ways to help others, and following his favorite sports teams.
Dr. Mark West
Middle / Upper School French Dr. West is originally from Kentucky and has taught French at secondary and post-secondary levels in Kansas, Indiana, Kentucky, and Tennessee. He received his Bachelor of Art degree from Murray State University and his graduate degrees from the University of Kentucky and the University of Tennessee. He has studied in France and Quebec. He has three children: Joelle, Sean, and Luke, who is a new seventh grade student at USJ. Dr. West enjoys reading, hiking with his wife Juanita, and playing with his dog Lucy and his cat Ernie.
Art Accolades for Libby Lynch Upper School art teacher Libby Lynch has been busy with her personal artistic endeavors in addition to her work inside the classroom. She recently had two pieces accepted into the Tennessee Art Education Association (TAEA) competition, receiving an Honorable Mention for “My Heart is All Tangled Up.” Mrs. Lynch was also awarded second place in the Jackson Madison Co. Rebook Competition. She was commissioned to do the poster for the 2016 West Tennessee Strawberry Festival and served as a facilitator for the 2016 Tennessee Arts Academy, which was hosted by Belmont University in July.
Tommy Russell Retires from USJ This spring, Coach Tommy Russell retired from his long-time career at USJ. Coach Russell spent eight years in the mathematics department at Old Hickory Academy before he left to coach basketball at Lambuth University. In 1991, Coach Russell was named Coach of the Year in the Tennessee Collegiate Athletic Conference. In 2001, Coach Russell was inducted into the JacksonMadison County Sports Hall of Fame and in 2008 into the Lambuth University’s Athletic Hall of Fame. He was the head men’s basketball coach at Lambuth for 11 seasons before coming back to USJ in 1996 to coach the high school boys’ team and teach mathematics. We thank Coach Russell for his years of service at USJ and wish him all the best with his retirement!
Dian Eddleman Named PresidentElect of NAfME Southern Division Director of Choral Activities Dian Eddleman has been named President-Elect of the Southern Division of the National Association for Music Education. “I am dedicated to this organization and the states I now represent,” she says. “I am excited to assist our state organizations and support positive changes in music education across the country.” After spending two years as President-Elect, Mrs. Eddleman will serve as President for two years and then as Immediate PastPresident for two years. She will be a member of the National Executive Board, which sets policies for music education, during this entire six-year period. She is only the second official from the state of Tennessee to be elected for the Southern Region and is the first woman to hold this office.
Alumni Spotlight: Adam Warren After graduating from USJ in 2003, football and baseball player Adam Warren went on to play baseball at Middle Tennessee State University. He next studied law at the University of Memphis’s Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law before settling in Nashville. Six years ago, he opened a sports and entertainment management agency called Alpha Sports + Entertainment, and his career took off. “Following law school, many of my close athlete and entertainer friends began approaching me asking if I would represent them because they needed someone they could trust, someone they knew always had their best interests in mind. I felt that I had a duty and God was calling me to use my knowledge in sports, business, and law to help properly direct athletes and entertainers in life-changing decisions as they pursued their dreams, hence Alpha was formed.”
On March 10, Adam threw the opening pitch at a game celebrating the University of Memphis at Lambuth, in which MTSU and Memphis played at Pringles Park in Jackson. “Throwing the first pitch in my hometown was a huge honor and a memory I will always cherish,” says Adam. “I always enjoy coming back home and, when time allows, stopping by and visiting with USJ faculty and coaches. I am blessed to have been a part of such a wonderful school that certainly set me on the right path.”
Adam’s role at his firm changes with the seasons, fluctuating with whatever is happening in the sports and entertainment industries. Adam provides services such as pre-draft preparation and evaluation, securing endorsement deals and sponsorship opportunities, and preparing touring and recording contracts.
When not busy with work, Adam spends time with his family. He met his wife Theresa at MTSU. They recently welcomed their second child on April 21, 2016. Walter, or Walt, as his family calls him, weighed 7 lbs. 7 oz. and was 18 1/2 inches long. He has a big brother named Parker.
The Class of 1976 held its 40-year reunion at Coyote Blues on July 15, 2016. The Class of 2005 held its 10-year reunion at the Barn at The Reserve on April 23, 2016.
SGA President Continues Leadership Role at College Hannah Turcotte, USJ Class of 2012, served as SGA president during her senior year at the U. Four years later, she found herself assuming the role again, this time at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. “After my time in SGA at USJ, I knew I needed a leadership role in college,” says Hannah. While at USJ, Hannah had enjoyed getting to know students better and working on activities with each class. At UTC, she served as a senator her freshman and sophomore years before moving into the role of vice president her junior year. When she became SGA president for the Class of 2016, she earned the opportunity to advocate for students within the UT system, working on social and academic issues as well as getting involved with the Tennessee State Legislature on the issue of funding for higher education. 16
Hannah graduated with a degree in preprofessional biology and plans to apply for medical school. For now, she has been hired by the Vice Chancellor of Student Development office at UTC to continue the projects she started during her time in SGA. These include developing programs for greater diversity and inclusion on campus as well as the formation of a student activity center. She credits her time in USJ’s SGA as a learning experience that helped her to succeed in college. “At USJ, I learned how to build relationships with faculty, staff, and administration, as well as students, so we could all work together to get things done,” says Hannah. “This helped me learn how to function as a liaison, something I have spent a lot of time doing as SGA President at UTC.”
Alumni Updates BIRTHS Congratulations to alumni Maddie Koester Slack, Class of 2014, and Will Slack, Class of 2011, who recently announced the April 6, 2016 birth of Charlotte Louise. Charlotte weighed 7 ½ pounds and measured 21 inches long. Kate Gardner Foust, Class of 2006, and her husband, Logan, welcomed a precious baby girl on August 4, 2015. Huntley Ann Foust weighed 6 lbs. 8 oz. and was 19 inches long. Congratulations to Carmen Timbes Carroll, Class of 2004, and her husband Chris on the addition of Molly Gordon to their family! WEDDINGS Congratulations on the engagement of Anna Caroline Lax, Class of 2014, to Matthew Elias Gatti. They will marry at Twin Oaks in Humboldt, TN on November 13, 2016. Best wishes to Kaleigh Davis, Class of 2011, and Weston Swims, who were married on June 25, 2016 at First Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Jackson, TN. Congratulations and best wishes to Brittney Teel, Class of 2010, and Brandon Churchill, who were married on June 25, 2016. The couple lives in Springfield, IL where Brittney is a registered nurse at Memorial Medical Center and Brandon is a medical student at Southern Illinois University. Best wishes to Mallory Yancey, Class of 2009, who married Lisle Whitman, II in Jackson, TN on November 7, 2015. Congratulations to Bill Hardegree, Class of 2008, who married Morgan Spellings on March 19, 2016 in Dyer, TN.
Best wishes and congratulations to Jessica Powell, Class of 2008, and Jordan Zarshenas, who were married on April 2, 2016. The couple lives in Memphis, TN where Jessica is a NICU nurse at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. Congratulations and best wishes to alumni Melissa Morrison, Class of 2006, and Brad Hayes, Class of 1994, who were married in a small family ceremony on June 25, 2016. A reception for friends and family was held immediately following at the home of his parents. The couple will live in Jackson where Melissa is a nurse at TransSouth Healthcare, and Brad is President of Hoyt Hayes Construction, Inc. Congratulations to Tracy Dougan, Class of 2000, and Frank Lawrence Lombardo, III, who were married on April 30, 2016. The couple resides in Memphis where Tracy is a realtor with Marx-Bensdorf, Realtors, and Larry is a partner at W Advisors, a wealth management firm. Best wishes to Kelli McDaniel, Class of 1997, and Matt Swank, who were married May 6, 2016 in Seaside, Florida. JOBS Jon Ellis, Class of 1994, is doing great things for the Jackson housing market. He founded J. Ellis Company, Construction & Renovation and is building houses in the Jackson Walk area. He has completed one structure on Wells Street and has two more under construction nearby. He plans to build at least seven more homes in the area on Union Avenue. His company is also working on building projects throughout West Tennessee. Jon and his wife Courtney have one daughter, Marimac, who is in ninth grade at USJ. UPDATES Former USJ baseball teammates Ben Brauss, Class of 2015, and Austin Orr, Class of 2014, once again played together on the diamond this spring, although this time, it was for opposing teams. Brauss now plays for the Harding University Bisons, while Orr plays for the Union University Bulldogs.
Ben Coffman, Class of 2014, is a junior at the University of Alabama at Huntsville where he studies Mechanical Engineering. This summer, he worked as a research assistant with Boeing. In his role, he supported the 767 Tanker program, working on engineering production changes. John Ross Glover, Class of 2012, saw his NCAA, Division I collegiate basketball career come to a conclusion with recognition as Lehigh University’s Scholar Athlete for 2016. He excelled academically at Lehigh, where he was named to the All-Patriot League Academic team for three years. He received the National Association of Basketball Coaches Honors Court Award in 2015 and 2016 for academic excellence. He was the recipient of Lehigh University’s Scholar Athlete Award for 2016 in April. John Ross is once again a ‘Bruin’ as he has entered Belmont University School of Law and received the prestigious Bruin Scholarship for his law school tuition. Meredith Maroney, Class of 2014, competed and placed second in the 2016 Miss Tennessee pageant. We also wish to congratulate her on her preliminary talent win. Meredith’s performances were outstanding all week as she represented her alma mater with grace. Rebecca Rogers, Class of 2012, graduated magna cum laude from Belmont University in May. She plans to attend graduate school at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University in Bloomington, where she will study Vocal Performance. Anthony Spates, Class of 2012, graduated with honors from the University of Missouri at Columbia with a bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences. ALUMNI MEMORIAM We are saddened by the loss of 1975 Old Hickory Academy graduate Nancy Happel Dancy, who passed away on March 25, 2016, at her home in Humboldt, Tennessee. She was born on May 1, 1957, to the late Alexander Brown Dancy and Catherine Royster Bond of Jackson, Tennessee. After graduating from Old Hickory, she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hollins College in Virginia and was an accomplished photographer. She will be missed by the entire OHA and USJ community.
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On Saturday, February 20, the STAR Center was transformed for an elegant affair, Boots & Bowties. Sponsored by The Jones Family of Companies, West Tennessee ENT Clinic PA, and Dr. and Mrs. Karl Studtmann, the night featured food from Coyote Blues and Rock’n Dough, entertainment from Jonathan Singleton and the Grove, and both a silent and live auction. Elegant lighting was provided by TB Lighting. All proceeds benefited the University School of Jackson. We would like to thank our sponsors, those who donated auction items, and everyone who joined us.
Save The Date: January 28, 2017
2nd Annual USJ Weekend A Success This year’s USJ Weekend brought alumni and their families to campus to celebrate USJ and reminisce about years past. The two-day event, held April 22-23, featured softball, soccer, and baseball games; a family movie night; a barbecue; and alumni sporting events and recognitions. “USJ Weekend is about coming together as a school family,” says Melissa Zerfoss, Director of Alumni Relations. “Having many of our alumni and their family members home for the weekend was wonderful. In the coming years, we hope to see this annual event grow.” This year, the Alumni Parents Luncheon was added as a thank you event to all of the parents and grandparents who worked tirelessly for EDS, OHA, and USJ while their children were in school. Without their dedication and commitment, USJ would not be the school it is today. The free events on USJ Weekend also provide more activities for class reunions. Next year, USJ Weekend will be April 21-22, 2017. Go ahead and make plans to attend!
Upcoming Fall Festival Every other year, the Lower School holds a fall festival celebration. This year’s fun-filled event is scheduled for Friday, October 28. The event promises to be a busy one, with a petting zoo, pony rides, karaoke for fourth and fifth grade students, and other attractions. Lower School teachers really enjoy putting together the event. “All of the Lower School teachers contribute in some way to the Spaghetti Supper in the fall, which helps fund the Fall Festival,” says Lower School Director Debbie Ford. “This is our gift to our students.” 18
Homecoming 2016 Come out for one of the biggest weekends of the year and celebrate Homecoming 2016 with us on Friday, October 14! Festivities begin at 1 p.m. with a campuswide parade. All current families, parents, grandparents, and alumni are invited to attend. Next, join us for a pep rally from 1:45 to 3:00 p.m. in the Upper School gym as the classes entertain us with skits and games.
At 5:45 p.m., the Alumni Barbecue begins in the tent just inside the football gate. For free game tickets and to RSVP to this free alumni event, please visit www.usjbruins.org/alumni or contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Senior parents are also invited to attend the barbecue. The Bruin Walk begins at 6:45 p.m. Gather on the path between the concession stand and the track on the scoreboard side to cheer on the Bruins as they make their way onto the field.
The game begins at 7 p.m. as USJ faces off against Fayette Academy. Homecoming weekend festivities are hosted by the USJ Alumni Association. The theme for Homecoming 2016 is Box Office Blitz.
Preparations Underway for the 46th Annual Holiday Mart Each year since 1970, the USJ Holiday Mart gets the community in the mood for the holiday season. The Holiday Mart is a long-standing holiday tradition held annually the weekend before Thanksgiving at the Carl Perkins Civic Center in downtown Jackson. The Mart is sponsored by the USJ Parents Club and Star Sponsor, BancorpSouth. The three-day event features shopping, homemade baked goods, dining, antiques, special events, and even an appearance by Santa Claus. With more than 100 merchants from across the Southeast, it is a shopper’s paradise and can even provide some holiday decorating ideas. It is the perfect venue to start or finish your holiday shopping. The Holiday Mart is USJ’s biggest fundraiser each year. In 2015, we saw another increase in ticket sales, and we hope to surpass that record this year. As always, we depend on parent volunteers to make the Mart a success. We ask that each family volunteer to work a minimum of three shifts throughout the Mart, as we offer plenty of opportunities to volunteer. This year’s Holiday Mart is November 18-20. We will continue the tradition of the Friday night Jingle Belle Mingle, as well as hosting the Preview Party with a buffet dinner on Thursday night. After a successful premiere last year, Sing-a-long Sundaes is returning for the younger children with additional seating being added. We will also continue with the earlier opening times that we had last year. The hours for this year’s Mart are 9-5 on Friday and Saturday and 11-5 on Sunday.
One of the most profitable areas of the Holiday Mart is the Bakeshop. USJ parents need to bake because these proceeds are 100% profit for the Mart. We encourage each family to bake at least five baked goods to ensure we have sufficient items to offer the community. Some shoppers come just to visit and purchase items in our bakeshop. We are adding a mini bakeshop downstairs this year to offer small snack items for shoppers. This is the second year for Tarsha Basham and Nikki Watlington to serve as Co-Chairs of the Holiday Mart. Their goal, with the help of new Co-Chairs Jennifer Hamm and Kristen Londe, is for this to be the biggest and most profitable Holiday Mart yet. For more information about the Mart, visit usjholidaymart.com.
The 2016 Holiday Mart is November 18-20. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, November 18; Jingle Belle Mingle, 6 to 9 p.m. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, November 19 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, November 20 19
Dear Friends, Family, Faculty, and Staff, The 2015-16 Annual Report reinforces the value the University School of Jackson community places on our school. As you will see on the following pages, USJ continues to prove that our institutional strength is built through commitment, hard work, and philanthropic dollars. Our parents, alumni, and friends are proud of this school, and they are willing to give their time and financial resources to ensure its future success. While we certainly celebrate our high scholastic honors and our achievements in athletics and the arts, this report showcases the volunteerism and philanthropy that enables our students and faculty to thrive and achieve. Without a renewed energy each year and a commitment to the financial sustainability of USJ, the magic we witness in the classroom, on the fields, and on stage would not be possible. I continue to be impressed by the thoughtful work guiding USJ’s path forward to sustain excellence not only for current students but also for future generations. I encourage you to read our Strategic Plan inspiring Learning and Leadership, which focuses on the vital goals of supporting each child’s intellectual, emotional, and physical well-being; positioning the school to attract and retain the best teachers and coaches for the benefit of our students; and providing the resources to ensure USJ’s current and future institutional strength and competitiveness.
2015-2016 BUDGET INCOME Tuition & Fees............................................$10,096,398 Auxiliary (Buses, cafeteria, etc.)............... $713,000 Annual Fund......................................................$160,000 Gifts to Operations ..................................... $159,000 (Budgeted $ from Support Groups) Total.......................................................... $11,128,398 EXPENSES Salaries & Benefits..........................................$7,104,211 Debt & Capital Expenses..........................$1,158,048 Operational Expenses.............................. $1,460,000 (Utilities, maintenance, grounds, insurance) Educational Expenses...................................$916,000 (Books, classroom supplies, athletics, etc.) Administrative Expenses............................$484,000 (Business office, marketing, development) Total.......................................................... $11,122,259
The goals identified in the school’s strategic plan are made possible by the vital partnership with, and active support of, members of the USJ community. For each person who demonstrated your support with a gift during the 2015-16 fiscal year, I offer my sincere thanks. For those of you who are considering your gift this year, I encourage you to join in this exciting and worthy endeavor. On behalf of the school, thank you for your investment. Thank you for advancing our programs, supporting our faculty, and trusting us with your children, grandchildren, and family. Best wishes,
Stuart Hirstein Head of School
DONATIONS RECEIVED FROM SUPPORT GROUPS Bruins Club Super Boosters........................................................... $60,005 Arts Guild Patrons............................................................................... $36,352 Parents Club Holiday Mart Sponsors & Patrons....................$49,900 TOTAL GIFTS RECEIVED IN 2015-2016 Giving (Annual Fund & designated) ......................................... $201,306 Restricted Giving (Special gifts & projects) ...............................$1,525 INCOME
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Annual Fund Contributors Tax-deductible gifts to the Annual Fund make up the difference between tuition income and operational needs. Your gifts to the fund help USJ keep its tuition one-third lower than peer, independent schools in the Southeast. Founders Society ($10,000+) Camille & Ralph Jones Whitney & John Overton Molly & Ryan Roy USJ Society ($5,000+) Molly & Wesley Richardson Legacy Society ($2,500+) Teresa & Richard Ayers Bancorp South Sylvia Bell Blue Cross of Tennessee Betsy & Brad Biggs Stephanie & Scott Conquest Jennifer & Joseph Crenshaw H and W Development Lee & Todd Driver Lolly & Stephen Eldridge Amanda & Tony Gregory Fiona & Jonathan Harlan Mimi & Stuart Hirstein Melissa & Jason Hutchison BJ & Ralph Jones Camille & Ralph Jones Misty & James Kirkland Amy & Paul Koerner Taylor & David Laird Maria & Bill Mariencheck Christina & Chad McGee Mary Jane & Mike McWherter Allison & Preston Miller Ginger & John New Sarah & Kelly Pucek Elesha & John Reid Molly & Ryan Roy Jennifer & Jason Sammons Ashby & Clinton Scott Torri & Karl Studtmann Laura & Eric Sievers Jamie & Jason Sullivan Sara Jane & Ruste Via Jennifer & John Whybrew Red & Blue Society ($1,000+) Aeneas Internet and Telephone Anonymous Denise & Jack Billings Emma Lee Bond Martha & Jonathan Campbell Eli Lilly and Company Foundation, Inc. Jane & Bob Ferguson First Tennessee Foundation Lauralee & Tripp Hise Dana & Steve Jett Ranee & Brandon Jones Rhonda & Wesley Klipfel Erie Kate McCord Ben Murphy Murray Foundation, Inc. Betty & Don Newman
San & Mike Pearson Kathy & Darrion Prewitt Holly & Thomas Roolf Michelle & Andrew Sellers Gina & Todd Smith Southern Concrete Products Jan & Patrick Teer Kathryn & John Tucker Sally & Jimmy Wallace West Tennessee Bone & Joint Kim & Edgar Willis Williams Steel Patricia & Marshall Yellen Leadership Society ($500+) Elizabeth & Kyle Atkins Shelly & Spencer Barnes Angie & Brad Box Emily & Jeff Brasfield Frances & Bobby Cates Pat & Don Coffey Sandrina & Loukas Georgiou Lynn & William Harmon Missy & Tim Ivy Shirley & Larry Jones Clay Lilienstern Ruth Ann Morrison Bob Pate Gail & Robert Reynolds Tommy Shaffer Keata & Jason Snider Gary & Lisa Taylor Ultimate Health Clinic, PC Jay VanWinkle Meredith & Taylor Walker Wallace Company DBA Bruin Society ($250+) Kelly & David Barnes Sonia & Madhav Boyapati Sondra & Gregory Bruno Krista & John Buie Carrie Brown & Nick Campbell Lisa & Robert Cates Jennifer & Kent Edwards LeeAnn & Clinton Evans Paige & Jody Evans David Garey Brad Hayes Sonya & Jeff Helms Mark Herron Amy & Robert Hite Julie & Hunter Hooper LaDawn & Walter Hudson Marigene & Matt Hughes Holly & Gary Johnson Krasner Pawn & Jewelry Patricia & William Lawrence Alisa & Geoffrey Lindley Betsy & Brad Little Mary Katherine & Peter Mascolo Continued on next page...
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Holly Johnson Parent, Alumni Parent, and Faculty
Why USJ? “As a graduate and parent of USJ, I understand the value of investing in a child’s education. This investment begins in the Lower School with classrooms that provide creative and active instruction and culminates in the Upper School with a strong college preparatory curriculum. The influence of USJ’s environment encourages the sharing of ideas, the learning from both successes and failures, and the instilling of life-long learning. As a teacher, our charge is to be deliberate not only in developing thinkers but also to be deliberate in building character, values, and faith in our students.”
Why do you give to the Annual Fund? “Giving to the Annual Fund is my way of continuing to invest in the USJ experience.”
Annual Fund Contributors ( C O N T I N U E D ) Kimberly & Danny Nolen Emily & Mike Richards Lesley & Sam Rickman Linda & David Rizzuto Chana & Alan Sallee Kathleen & Alan Sallee Helen & Michael Saridakis Neal Sellars Charlene & Larry Shaffer Kay & Butch Shearin Whitney & Dan Sikes Letha Smith Angela & Nathan Spencer April & Timothy Sweo Janet & Mike Tankersley Lisa & Randy Terry Janet & Dale Thomas Jeff Watson Hayley & Chris Wilkerson Melissa & Matt Zerfoss Support Partner ($1+) Ricardo Anawate Amber & Jason Anderson Debra & Michael Anton Anne Barker Judy & Mike Baskin Cindy & Larry Bell Lisa Ann Blankenship Pam & Steve Bowers Chandra Boyapati Danielle Boyd Jeff Boyd Michelle & Grant Boykin Kathy & Eugene Brandt Sherri & Chris Brauss Amy Buckley LaNette & Bill Buckley Mark Burden Courtney & Tim Burnette Kellie Byrd Mona & Jim Campbell Jenny & Jimmy Carey Kay & Robert Carney Del Carraher Rachel & John Carraher Alejandrina & Norberto Celarie Rebecca & Christopher Cherry Bridget & Danny Clark Holly Coffman Connie Coggin
Ray Courtney Jennifer & Larry Daniel Tricia & Ed Darby Erica & Bradley Davidson Jennifer & Dow Davidson Kathy & Keith Davis Martha & Tom Dolinak Amy & Joey Dudek Dian & Phillip Eddleman Courtney & Jon Ellis Tabatha & Don Eubank Cindy & Bill Fisher Teresa Floch Debbie Ford Cathy & Charlie Garrett Phyllis & Bill Gayton Mary Neal & Tom Glass Julie & Jimmy Glosson Christie & Scott Golden Christie & Jimmy Goolsby Greta Griffin Linda & Rich Grimm Carolyn Gwatney Danice & John Haltom Vicki & Jere Hammond Mary Claire Hancock Jeri & Clinton Harbin Adair & Jim Hardegree Karen & David Harris Celeste & Ronald Harrison Kim & Keith Hatchett Lauren Hauswald Linda & Mike Hawks Annie & Miller Hayes Betsy & Josh Hayes Carmen Hernandez Jimmy Higgs Ann & Michael Holifield Patsy & Jim Hollman Kyle Hopper Lori & Joey Howell Beth & Buck Hudson Stephanie Hulme Joyce & Eleazar Kapunan Farzaneh Kaveh Zohreh Kazempour Evelyn Kitchen-Ruff Kula Foundation Kimberly & Randy Larkins Donna & Larry Lewis Lisa & Robert Lincer
Virginia Long Pat Lyerly Lisa & Mickey Marley Heidi McDaniel Joan & Duncan McInnis Jenny & Marvin McKenzie Mary & Curt McMillin Middle School Faculty Denise & Dave Miller Deanie & Jackie Montieth Kim & Ricky Moody David Moore Heather & Jason Moore Karen & Jace Morganti Susan & James Morris Marcia Moss Jacque & Lawrence Nicola Rocio & Patrick Nycum Elizabeth & Greg Orr James H. Ozment Nice & Bill Panthofer Sarah & Dan Pate Gina & Don Pearson San & Mike Pearson Jack Peel Paula & Georgios Peftoulidis Jessica & Rob Platt Lance Porter Jane & William Preston Michelle & Ronnie Prince Jane Ramer Elaine & Eugene Reese Jennifer & Robert Reynolds Molly & Alan Rheney Marlie & Jamie Richardson Carol Riley Caitlin Roach Carla & Eddie Roach Melinda & Don Roe Cori & Jason Rose Cande & Tommy Russell Carol & Phillip Ryan Jessica & Graham Salonus Jennifer & Bob Sammons Margie & Lloyd Schweigent Jennifer & Bob Seals Amelia & David Self Aimee Sherrod Tony & Stephanie Shutes Dana & Oliver Simmons Lindsey & Todd Siroky
USJ Society ($5,000+) Rachel & Clay Carlock Garrett Plumbing & Heating Company, Inc. Visionary Society ($2,500+) Aleta Gordon-Brown LBMC, PC Red & Blue Society ($1,000+) Coyote Blues Rock‘ N Dough Dana, Marshall & Tom Talkington Leadership Society ($500+) Jeff Fuller Designs Fun Zone Amusements Bruins Society ($250+) Jane Ramer
Lisa & Steve Spurlin Laura Stack Kelly & Phil Stafford Betty Ann & John Tanner Darlene & David Tanner Piper & Jackie Taylor Ashley & Trey Teague Dawn Tenpenny Kay & Don Thomson Kit & Matt Thomson Megan & Daniel Thornton Jennifer & Thomas Tindal Kim & David Villarreal Beth & Sam Vise Mary Ann Ward Sandra & David Watlington Judi & Steve Welch Shannon Whisenant Sandra & Randy Williams Kristy & Bill Willis Felicia Wilson Amy & Juston Wren Linda & Boyce Yates Shay & Gary Young
“USJ is where our children have gone since the ages of two and three to learn about everything from the alphabet and reading to astronomy and Spanish. The teachers and administrators are always ready to help and support our children. The arts are important to us as well, and it is a joy to watch them shine in musicals and be celebrated for their artwork. Children learn and practice empathy in Character Education and have plenty of time to play and be kids on the playground. Our experiences with after-school care and Camp Bruins in the summer have been awesome. USJ embraces diversity and wants everyone to feel at home, and best of all, our boys love it there.”
Honorariums/Memorials & Restricted Gifts The strength of University School of Jackson lies in its support from school families and friends. USJ offers many opportunities for support. • Unrestricted Giving: Gifts to the Annual Fund offset USJ’s greatest need for extra support. The Annual Fund’s unrestricted giving allows the school to decide how to use the money and keep school tuition affordable. • Restricted Giving takes on many forms at USJ. For example, this past year, donations purchased library materials in memory of a loved one, helped pay for upkeep of the prayer garden, and bought walkway bricks in honor of someone they considered special. Restricted Giving also includes funds to USJ’s several endowments, planned giving, and to our parent support groups.
Annual Fund Honorariums/Memorials Anne Barker, in honor of Harris Barker Pat & Don Coffey, in honor of Mona & Jim Campbell Connie Coggins, in honor of Garrett & Gabrielle Evans Ed Darby, in honor of Will Dodds Martha & Tom Dolinak, in honor of Emma Lee Bond Lee & Todd Driver, in honor of Richard Ayers Amy Dudek, in honor of Jane & Summer Ferguson Mary Neal & Tom Glass, in honor of Frances, Nicole, & Jack New Christie & Scott Golden, in honor of Patsy Hollman Linda Yates & Holly Johnson, Chrisite & Jimmy Goolsby, in honor of Graham Goolsby Lynn & William Harmon, in honor of Rachel & Laura Harmon Celeste & Ronald Harrison, in honor of Olivia & Justin Harrison Carmen Hernandez, in memory of Amelia Garcia Julie & Hunter Hooper, in honor of Lisa Marley & Elizabeth Orr Pat Lyerly, in honor of Virginia & Caroline Williams Erie Kate McCord, in honor of Kathryn Tucker, Nancy Derivaux, Tripp Tucker, Lauren Trammell, George Smith, & Aven Trammell Jacque & Lawrence Nicola, in honor of Lauren & Carson Nicola Jane & William Preston, in honor of Anderson & Abigail Preston Lesley & Sam Rickman, in memory of Donald Pucek
Carla & Eddie Roach , in memory of Carl Edward Roach Neal Sellars, in honor of Cade, Cole, & Curt Sammons Tommy Shaffer, in honor of Bryson Shaffer Kay & Butch Shearin, in memory of Gertrude Jones Perkins Kelly & Phil Stafford, in memory of Frank Christie Janet & Mike Tankersley, in honor of Dr. Jim Higgs Jan & Patrick Teer, in honor of Debbie Ford Jay VanWinkle, in memory of Beth VanWinkle Kim & David Villarreal, in memory of Suzanne Middleton Sandra & David Watlington, in honor of Caleb & Katie Watlington Felicia Wilson, in honor of Yurick, Philip, & Evan Griggs Prayer Garden Emily & Brian Dunn, in honor of Malea Mullins Sara Jane & Ruste Via, in memory of Anita Ronk Walkway Bricks Emily & Brian Dunn, in honor of Addison Dunn Cathy & Charlie Garrett, in honor of Anna & Alex Garrett LaDawn & Walter Hudson, in honor of Walter Hudson Holly & Gary Johnson, in honor of Barry & Sherry Tignor Erica Lusk, in honor of Mason Hanback Tiffany & Houston McSwain, in memory of Jeb Brimm Jr. K. Class, in memory of Anita Ronk Darla & Daniel Moore, in honor of Elijah Moore
Sarah & Kelly Pucek, in memory of Anita Ronk Jennifer & Bob Seals, in memory of Jane & Bob Atkins Stallings Clinic, in memory of Jane & Bob Atkins Lady Bruins Basketball Alumnae, in honor of Coach Tony Shutes Class of 2016 Lower School Sylvia Bell, in memory of Gertrude Perkins & Anita Ronk Jim Campbell, in memory of Jay Ford Frances & Bobby Cates, in honor of Carrie Cates Ranee & Brandon Jones, in honor of Janessa Anderson, Holly Knight, & Tonya Smith Molly & Ryan Roy Upper School Sandrina & Loukas Georgiou Patricia & Marshall Yellen Lower School Library Cindy Bell , in honor of Shelly Barnes, Sonia Boyapati, & Ginger English Sylvia Bell Sherri Brauss, in honor of Allison Badgett, Sarah Pucek, Kim Moody, Jennifer Sammons, & Stephanie Stonecipher Jenny Carey, in honor of Caroline Campbell, Kim Hunley, & Lindsey Siroky Kathy Davis, in honor of Melissa Hutchison, Molly Roy, & Hayley Wilkerson Cindy Fisher, in honor of Christine Everson, Erika Henson, & Sara Jane Via Betsy & Josh Hayes, in memory of Jay Ford
Holly Johnson, in honor of Lauren Burke, Crysta Hardiman, Lauralee Hise, & Kristina Only Kimberly Larkins, in honor of Sejal Ghodadra, Tonya Smith, Tammi O’Neal, & Sara Jane Via Jessica Platt, in honor of Bethany Lawrence, Amber Smith, & Sara Jane Via Linda Yates, in honor of Allison Jones & Amy White Upper School Library Beth Vise Technology Jennifer & Bob Seals, in honor of Heidi McDaniel Athletics Anonymous Blue Cross of Tennessee Jeff Boyd Bruins Club LaNette & Bill Buckley Krista & John Buie Martha & Jonathan Campbell Jenny & Jimmy Carey Rachel & Clay Carlock H & W Development Marigene & Matt Hughes Missy & Tim Ivy Camille & Ralph Jones Donna & Larry Lewis Middle School Faculty, in memory of Keith Wernquist Murray Guard Foundation Susan & James Morris Murray Foundation, Inc. Don Newman Jack Peel Lance Porter Chana & Alan Sallee Gina & Todd Smith Lisa & Gary Taylor Piper & Jackie Taylor Meredith & Taylor Walker 23
Arts Guild The Arts Guild supports USJ’s visual and performing arts. A steering committee administers the operational affairs of the Guild and gives the Fine Arts Department financial resources and volunteer support. Our main financial support is through families who become Patrons of the Arts and our Arts Guild Corporate Partners. Our funds help pay for theater productions and other fine arts events, provide scholarships for summer enrichment, buy supplies and equipment, and advertise our productions and fine arts achievements. All families and friends of the arts at USJ are invited to support the arts through a Guild membership by becoming a Patron of the Arts or a Corporate Partner.
Corporate Partners & Patrons of the Arts Platinum Partners Allison Insurance Group, Inc. First Tennessee Foundation Frix-Jennings Clinic Christi & Joel Haynes Jackson Clinic Hospitalists Gold Partners Judy & Mike Baskin B.T. Redi Mix Inc. FMY Orthodontics, P.C. Hunley Resources-Printco Jackson Clinic Dermatology Mariencheck Krasner Pawn & Jewelry Rachel Linney Denise & Dave Miller Neta Miller Christy & Maximilian Olesevich Sarah & Kelly Pucek Purcell, Sellers & Craig Amanda & Steven Scallions Anne & Adam Smith Keata & Jason Snider Teel & Maroney, PLC Linda & James Watson Amy & Pierce White Silver Partners Legacy Society Members Janie & Joe Albright Alpha Med, Inc. - Leslie and David Scott Angela & Michael Badgett Debby & Charles Campbell Craig Orthopedic Clinic Jamie & Scott Davenport Dorris Appraisals Dian & Phillip Eddleman First South Bank Linda & Paul Fisher Elizabeth & David Hailey Jennifer & Kreg Hamm Cecilia & Stephen Hammond Vicki & Jere Hammond 24
Julie & Hunter Hooper Lisa & Troy Houston Wendi & Terry Johnson Allison & Jerry Jones Carmeda & Joey Keen Catherine & Ron Kwasigroh Lynn & William Lofton Melissa & Bill Lofton Joan & Chris Mansfield Heather & Mark Miller Vinod Nair Elise & Mike Nelson Robin & Lawrence Nicola Tammy & Wade Norris Tammi & Will O’Neal Peggy Graves Team, LLC Kathleen & Alan Sallee Southern Electric & Controls Stephanie & Scott Stonecipher Cheryl & Scott Tabor Think & Thread Wall Street Grill Cynthia & Henry West Melissa & Matt Zerfoss Patrons of the Arts Charlene & James Allen Beverly & Roy Appleton Tammy & Eric Arnold Elizabeth & Kyle Atkins Edie & Matt Barnette Sylvia Bell Mark Burden Pam & Johnny Burleson Courtney & Tim Burnette Mona & Jim Campbell Pat & Don Coffey Kay & Steve Cooke Erica & Brad Davison Lynn & Jimmy East Lisa & Spencer English Carolyn & Michael Epps Summer & Barry Ferguson Jane & Bob Ferguson
Income: Corporate Partners & Patrons of the Arts .....................$36,352 Plays..................................................... $45,425 Parents Club.......................................$13,000 Merchandise Fund Raisers............... $9,665 Concessions..........................................$2,276 Arts at the U........................................ $4,471 Miscellaneous..................................... $3,588 Total Income.....................................$114,777 Expenses: Advertising...........................................$3,025 Contracted Services...........................$7,487 Conferences/Workshops.................... $616 Equipment Purchases.......................$12,126 Merchandise Fund Raiser................$4,000 Arts Guild Awards..............................$3,076 Art Supplies..........................................$2,443 Music Supplies.....................................$7,822 Drama Suppies.................................. $57,948 General Supplies.................................$2,353 Miscellaneous.........................................$620 Total Expenses.................................. $101,516 Debbie & Buster Ferguson Janis & David Fite Kathy & Richard Fite Debbie Ford Cathy & Charlie Garrett Sejal & Tony Ghodadra Julie & Jimmy Glosson Anita & Steve Hamilton Terri & Andrew Head Rachel & Billy Hight Linda & Larry Homesley Amy & Harley Jones Shirley & Larry Jones Claudia Bulnes & Martin Karg Alice & Carl Kirkland Martha & Jerry Kizer Patricia & William Lawrence Betsy & Brad Little Libby & Shane Lynch Rebecca & Mark Mantooth Holly & Steve Maroney Carolee & William Morris Ben Murphy Celia & Ron O’Neal Gina & Don Pearson Katie & Justin Ramer Judy & Tom Reed Leanne & Bill Richardson Robert Roy Jennifer & Robert Sammons Betty Ann & John Tanner Gary & Lisa Taylor Janet & Dale Thomas Kristy & William Willis John Wilson
Income: Holiday Mart..............................................$241,095 Total Income..............................................$241,095
The USJ Parents Club is an organization for all USJ parents. We provide volunteer and financial support to the school in many ways. Our main fundraiser this past school year was the Holiday Mart, a long-time event in the Jackson area. The Parents Club promotes academic life, teacher support, parental involvement, volunteering time and talents, and raising funds.
Holiday Mart Sponsors & Patrons Star Sponsor ($7,000) BancorpSouth Special Events Sponsors ($3,000) FMY Orthodontics, P.C. JMS Russel Metals Corp. West Tennessee Bone and Joint Platinum Sponsors ($1,500) Pratt Industries Wallace Company DBA Hamilton Hills Shopping Center West Tennessee Pediatric Dental Group Womanâ€™s Clinic Gold Sponsors ($1,000) Mona & Jim Campbell Christian Family Medicine First South Bank Jackson Clinic OB/GYN Eldridge, Hammond, Pierce, & White Jones Family of Companies King Tire Milton Smylie Ronnie Tacker Silver Sponsors ($500) Alexander Thompson Arnold PLLC CPAs Best One Tire Sandra Boxell Commercial Bank and Trust Company Michelle & Dennis Dean First Tennessee Foundation Kathy & Richard Fite Flippin & Crider, PC Attorneys Garrett Plumbing and Heating Company, Inc. Home Medical Products, Inc. Hunley Resources - Printco Jackson Surgical Associates, P.A. Jackson Urological Associates Law Offices of Morrison & Barnes
Debbie & James Newmon Packaging Corporation of America Simmons Bank Southern Electric & Controls Springer Medical Associates Watlington Brothers, Inc Bronze Sponsors ($300) Priscilla & David Aherrera Allison Insurance Group, Inc. Bank of Jackson Blue Hawaiian Pool Paulette & Andy Coy Joni & Jim Craig Dermatology Clinic of Jackson Express Employment Professionals Greg Hooper Logging, LLC Amanda & Tony Gregory Cecilia & Stephen Hammond Horne LLP Wendi & Terry Johnson Krasner Pawn & Jewelry Land Office Leaders Credit Union Amy & Gregg Mitchell Christy & Maximilian Olesevich Oral Surgery Associates of West TN Peggy Graves Team LLC R Jones Underground Rainey Enterprises, Inc. Rainey Kizer Reviere & Bell PLC Leanne & William Richardson Siroky Law PLC Smith Floor Covering & Interiors Stallings Clinic Teel & Maroney, PLC The Childrenâ€™s Clinic, P.A. University Parkway Animal Hospital
Expenses: USJ General Fund........................................$73,620 Holiday Mart................................................ $71,927 Teacher Gifts...............................................$20,680 Hospitality...........................................................$45 Luncheons...........................................................$581 Supplies..............................................................$859 Awards.............................................................$3,645 Art Guild Donation....................................$13,000 Assemblies/Banquets.................................$4,597 Miscellaneous................................................$2,532 Total Expenses........................................... $191,486
Patrons ($150) Legacy Society Members Elizabeth & Kyle Atkins Mark Burden Pam & Johnny Burleson Pam Coughlin Amanda & Richard Crowley Carolyn & Michael Epps Debbie & Buster Ferguson Janis & David Fite Cathy & Charlie Garrett Anita & Steve Hamilton Paulette & Steve Hammond Claire Hickey Diane & Timmy Hooper Shirley & Larry Jones Claudia Bulnes & Martin Karg Alice & Carl Kirkland Martha & Jerry Kizer Patricia & William Lawrence Holly & Steve Maroney Ben Murphy Tracy & Benjamin Rasbach Judy & Tom Reed Carla & Eddie Roach Dana & Oliver Simmons Lisa & Steve Spurlin Lisa & Gary Taylor Janet & Dale Thomas Melissa & Matt Zerfoss
Bruins Club The Bruins Club supports the athletic programs at USJ through volunteer support and financial assistance. Our purpose is to provide supplemental funding not covered by the general budget. The Bruins Club generates funds through our annual Super Booster campaign, concessions, and special events, such as program ads, tournaments, and stadium sponsor signs. The Bruins Club is committed to all USJ athletic programs, dedicating funds to a variety of capital improvement projects over the past years. We also contribute to the annual budget and help with special projects. Each family is urged to become a Super Booster and to volunteer in the concessions stands and with other projects.
Bruins Club Income Super Booster.............................................$60,005 Concessions.................................................$66,924 Program Sales..............................................$10,695 Signs...............................................................$28,250 Other.............................................................. $32,374 Total Income............................................. $198,248 Bruins Club Expenses USJ General Fund...................................... $20,000 USJ Sports..................................................... $21,594 Contracted Services.....................................$6,019 Concessions...................................................$37,374 Repairs/Field Maintenance.................... $34,548 Equipment/Uniforms............................... $49,558 Signs.................................................................. $4,100 Supplies........................................................... $2,917 Programs.........................................................$5,583 Other...................................................................$897 Total Expenses...........................................$182,590
Corporate Sponsors & Super Boosters Corporate Sponsors First Bank Wendi & Terry Johnson MG Construction Elesha & John Reid Smiths Floor Covering and Interior Design West Tennessee ENT Clinic P.A. Womanâ€™s Clinic Super Boosters Legacy Society Members Betsy Akin Shirley Allen Beverly & Roy Appleton Rhonda Aristorenas Elizabeth & Kyle Atkins Angela & Michael Badgett Machelle & Marshall Banks Jennifer & Rob Barham Anne Barker Lynne & Jim Barker Vickie & Ronald Barker Maelene & Bill Barnes Kelly & David Barnes Shelly & Spencer Barnes Tarsha & Kevin Basham Judy & Mike Baskin Angie & Brad Box Sandra Boxell Suzanne Boyd Michelle & Grant Boykin Sherri & Chris Brauss
Janet & David Brown Frankie & Mack Brown Gari & Shaun Brown JoAnn & Terry Brown Lesley & Jason Buchanan LaNette & Bill Buckley Mark Burden Lauren & Chris Burke Pam & Johnny Burleson Courtney & Tim Burnette Marc Cain Caroline & Jeb Campbell Mona & Jim Campbell Martha & Jonathan Campbell Linda & Larry Campbell Jenny & Jimmy Carey Rachel & Clay Carlock Lou Anne Carlock Traci & Trey Carney Lisa & Robert Cates Rebecca & Christopher Cherry Bridget & Danny Clark Russell T. Clarkson Michael Climer Pat & Don Coffey Stacey & Jeff Coley Hope Cooper Judy & Jerry Corley Heather & Jerry Corley Paulette & Andy Coy Coyote Blues Jennifer & David Craig Pat & James Craig
Joni & Jim Craig Jenny & Ruffin Craig Bill Crawford Sandi & Scott Darnall Jennifer & Tim Davenport Lee & Brian Davis Kathy & Keith Davis Melanie & Dewitt Day Leigh & Dustin Dodds Emily & Brian Dunn Lynn & Jimmy East Jennifer & Kent Edwards Ginger & Adam English Lisa Spencer English Carolyn & Michael Epps Paige & Jody Evans Gale Faw Summer & Barry Ferguson Debbie & Buster Ferguson Linda & Paul Fisher Janis & David Fite Melanie & Matt Fite Kathy & Richard Fite Debbie Ford Clay Fuller David Garey Cathy & Charlie Garrett Mary Ann & Chris Giampapa Jennifer & Kirk Goehring Carrie & Ray Goehring Christie & Scott Golden Courtney & Jason Goolsby Barbara & Kenneth Grafing
Judy & Bob Graning Lisa & Bill Hall Mandy & Jay Hall Beth & Doug Haltom Anita & Steve Hamilton Jennifer & Kreg Hamm Vicki & Jere Hammond Cecilia & Stephen Hammond Adair & Jim Hardegree Carol & Chuck Hardin Charlotte & David Hatcher Deirdre & Kevin Hatcher Kim & Keith Hatchett Mark Hawks Becky Haynes Paige & Benjamin Hays Janna & Jeff Hellums Sonya & Jeff Helms Margo & Thomas Henderson Rachel & Billy Hight Dwight Hillhouse Martha & Rodney Hines Amy & Robert Hite Denise & Eric Homberg Julie & Hunter Hooper Kathy & Steve Horn Lisa & Troy Houston Teryn & Ben Howard Beth & Buck Hudson LaDawn & Walter Hudson Stephanie Hulme Kimberly & Kevin Hunley Lucille Ingram
Jerry Ivey Missy & Tim Ivy Jill Jackson Dana & Steve Jett Ranee & Brandon Jones Shirley & Larry Jones Shannon & Travis Jones Jody & Tom Jones Jamie Joyner Carmeda & Joey Keen Sherri & Kurt Kilburn Alice & Carl Kirkland Martha & Jerry Kizer Rhonda & Wesley Klipfel Rhonda & Brett Krasner Catherine & Ron Kwasigroh Kimberly & Randy Larkins Bethany & Peter Lawrence Patricia & William Lawrence Carrie & Chris Lewis Betsy & Brad Little Kristen & Alex Londe Virginia Long Ruth & John Mann Lisa & Mickey Marley Holly & Steve Maroney Karen & Jason Martin Sallie & Jerry Martin Pamela Martin Mary Katherine & Peter Mascolo Kay & Henry Massler Michelle & Jim McFarland Rita & Jack McGee Donna & Pat McGrath Jenny & Marvin McKenzie Neta McKnight
Peggy & Roger Mileham Denise & David Miller Heather & Mark Miller Fonda & Sammy Milligan Dawn & James Mills Amy & Gregg Mitchell Deanie & Jackie Montieth Betty & Bob Moore Darla & Daniel Moore Janet & Kent Moore Hope & Raybon Moore Rachel & Brent Morris Susan & James Morris Carolee & William Morris Ben Murphy Debbie & Harold Nerren Betty & Don Newman Amanda & Richard Newman Kimberly & Danny Nolen Tammy & Wade Norris Lorna & James North Kelle & Mark Northern Elizabeth & Greg Orr Whitney & John Overton Peggy & Billy Pate Hunt & Houston Payne Gina & Don Pearson San & Mike Pearson Jack Peel Kim & Corey Persons Sara & Ryan Porter Michelle & Ronnie Prince Ashley & Heath Rabun Kim & Rob Rainey Katie & Justin Ramer Tracy & Ben Rasbach
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Shelley & Payton Redden Judy & Tom Reed Keesha Reid Emily & Mike Richards Lesley & Samuel Rickman Anna & Phil Robertson Kim & James Robinson Holly & Thomas Roolf Nell Rushing Carol & Phillip Ryan Kathleen & Alan Sallee Chana & Alan Sallee Larry & Joyce Sanders Amanda & Steven Scallions Ashby & Clinton Scott Jennifer & Bob Seals Jackie & Bobby Sellers Brittney & Matthew Sellers Charlene & Larry Shaffer Tommy Shaffer Aimee Sherrod Wanda Shrum Dana & Oliver Simmons Lindsey & Todd Siroky Amy & Robert Sloan Anne & Adam Smith Henry Smith Kelly & Mark Smith Gina & Todd Smith Keata & Jason Snider Vicki & Don Spencer Jayme & Justin Spencer Angela & Nathan Spencer Lisa & Steve Spurlin Latricia & Ben Stallings Marzette & Herman Stallings
Heather & John Stanford Stephanie & Scott Stonecipher April & Timothy Sweo Linda & Jim Swope Shanna & Mike Tabor Betty Ann & John Tanner Beth & Jack Taylor Lisa & Gary Taylor Piper & Jackie Taylor Ashley & Trey Teague Dawn Tenpenny Mark Tenpenny Carlene & Wayne Tenpenny Lisa & Randy Terry Janet & Dale Thomas Sherry & Barry Tignor Linda & Bill Timbes Amy & Bas van Buuren Jane & Fred Vinson Anne & Billy Walker Kelley & Jack Walker Sally & Jimmy Wallace Sandra & David Watlington Nikki & Jeff Watlington Kim & Tim Wehner Kelly & Nicholas Wiggins Hayley & Chris Wilkerson Kristy & William Willis Mary & John Woods Janice & Joe Yarbrough James Youmans Melissa & Matt Zerfoss
Parent and Faculty
Why USJ? “Having worked at other schools as a teacher, I appreciate the opportunity to expose students to the coursework I know they will need to be successful in college and in their professional lives. At USJ, I have seen that students genuinely want the bar raised on their educations. I want that day-in-andday-out exposure to meaningful coursework for my own children. As the college advisor, I have the privilege of seeing how the USJ experience translates into students pursuing professional directions that will allow them to positively impact our world. USJ gives students the firm foundation they need to be successful in the 21st century workplace.”
Why do you give to the Annual Fund? “While I’ve always given to the Annual Fund, only since I’ve become the college advisor have I seen firsthand the impact those donations make. I travel to meet with college counselors at independent schools in Memphis and in Middle Tennessee. The USJ tuition is always at least half of what our other Tennessee counterparts charge their families. What makes that even more impressive is that the product we offer is on par with what those independent schools are offering their students. That cost benefit is a direct result of gifts to the Annual Fund and the hard work that our Parents’ Club puts into the Holiday Mart.” 27
Save the Date! Homecoming
October 14-15, 2016 Alumni and senior families tailgate starting at 5:30 p.m. Friday Walk of Champions at 6:30 p.m. Friday Football game at 7 p.m. Friday USJ Color Run 5k at 8:30 a.m. Saturday
Friday, October 28, 2016
November 18-20, 2016 Carl Perkins Civic Center Alumni and former parents: Please provide your email address to receive an invitation for tickets to the Preview Party and the Jingle Belle Mingle, as well as for general admission. Email email@example.com to provide your information.
Young Alumni Brunch
Thursday, December 15, 2016 10:30 a.m. to noon Mary Frances Campbell Upper School Library Gather with faculty and classmates from 2012-2016. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, January 27, 2017 Alumni and senior family hospitality room will be available in the cafeteria starting at 6:30 p.m.
Boots & Bowties
Saturday, January 28, 2017 Join your friends for this fundraising event with dinner and live music, plus live and silent auctions. For more information, contact Cathy Garrett at email@example.com
USJ Weekend April 21-22, 2017
Alumni Parent Luncheon Friday, April 21, 2017 â€˘ 11:30 a.m.
Saturday, May 13, 2017
Check out the website for updates to our reunion page as details are finalized for this year: usjbruins.org/reunions.
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