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The Alumni Magazine of Peabody Demonstration School & University School of Nashville

2000 Edgehill is published by the Alumni and Development Office for the Peabody Demonstration School and University School of Nashville community.

Vincent W. Durnan, Jr. Director Anne Westfall Development Director Tom Bailey ’85 Alumni Director Connie Culpepper Communications Director, Editor

photo by Kimberly Manz

Our Mission University School of Nashville models the best educational practices. In an environment that represents the cultural and ethnic composition of greater Nashville, USN fosters each student’s intellectual, artistic, and athletic potential, valuing and inspiring integrity, creative expression, a love of learning, and the pursuit of excellence.

University School of Nashville admits qualified students of any race, color, sexual orientation, religion, disability, national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, color, sexual orientation, religion, disability, national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, financial aid policies, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

On the cover: Second grader Jordan Maynard signs with panache during the thirtieth anniversary Grandparents’ Day. See page 26. The editor thanks our volunteer writers and photographers, who make 2000 Edgehill possible; alumni who sent us news and photos for Class Notes or wrote to us for any reason; Tom Bailey, Juliet Douglas, Lorie Hoover, Lynne Mosby, and Anne Westfall for proofreading and editorial suggestions; Ogden Stokes for sharing his PDS photographs; Peabody College Library.

We would love to hear from you about anything you read in 2000 Edgehill, or, for that matter, whatever you have to say about your student days here. Email or write Connie Culpepper University School of Nashville 2000 Edgehill Avenue Nashville, Tennessee 37212




Up on the Roof


Letters to the Editor


Story Forum Testing and More Testing


School or Research Lab?


18 Kindness in Middle School


Sports News


A Coach Cheats Death



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Class Notes

PDS/USN archives


Carr Payne ’44


Ogden Stokes ’53


Edward Masuoka ’70


Alumni Music Night



From the Editor


Connie Culpepper


tion to them, and the less we look like the people in these photos, the greater the effort required.

his time Story Forum led me to the gloomy basement stacks of the Peabody College library. Shelves there hold the relics of many a midnight hour’s work by graduate students who, their teaching careers long ended, have likely gone on to their rewards. What those 1920’s and 30’s scholars were imagining when they wrote these master’s theses, we can scarcely imagine now. Almost everything in the world has changed since then, but the library is still there (if transformed), and here across the green is the school where those students spent their hours of research, not so different either from the Peabody Demonstration School we can dimly discern across the years.

Students at USN in 2013 take classes that would need explaining to those who were here in the 1930’s. Harlem Renaissance or Human Geography. AP Environmental Science, Community Activism. Will they be part of the curriculum in 80 years? What languages will students in Nashville be learning then? photo by Kimberly Manz

My first year at USN, only a year after its transition from PDS, I muddled through “Literary Masterpieces” in the dark basement of a house since demolished to make way for the Gordon Wing. Upstairs, Ann Teaff inspired students in American History, and on the very top floor of that house Mr. Ralph was teaching Mechanical Drawing, a class that now has gone the way of Shop. But just down the hall from this office, juniors are still studying American History, learning to think and write about where we are and how we got here.

Story Forum aims to create a connection with the old days, but it may make the past, with its black and white photos of students in quaint clothing and hairdos, seem even further removed from us. We need an effort of imagination to understand our connec-


he Alumni dinners we hold around the country each year are ideal occasions for us to hear alumni life stories and help them get to know each other. At each dinner, we talk about life at USN today and invite alumni to speak to the group. In keeping with USN’s spirit, alumni approach this opportunity in different ways. Some, like a P.O.W., stick to the basics: name, year, and job. Some tell a funny story from times gone by or express appreciation for a particular teacher or classmate. Many give us a taste of what they are doing now— teaching, writing, raising families, making movies, designing consumer products—that makes me want to know more. Every once in a while, someone captures and communicates the spirit of the event and USN’s meaning in the lives of its alumni. At a recent Atlanta dinner, Sara Roth Kilian ’43 did just this as she sketched the journey of her life. She spoke of her four daughters, her memories of PDS, and her current work with an animal rescue organization.

Central to her story was the importance of the school at 2000 Edgehill—“a special, special place”—in expanding the quality of her journey. It has been almost 70 years since she graduated, yet the experiences she had at PDS continue to resonate in her daily life. It remains part of her present. We should all “remember where we came from,” she said. We should remember each person and time in our life that contributed to our own “journey.” And, we should be grateful. The alumni in the group around her were from seven different decades, but photo by Kimberly Manz she made clear that it is never too late, nor too early, to recognize the themes of your own journey and, in particular, the role our alma mater has played and plays in the substance of our lives.

I am still kicking myself for not having a video camera rolling.


From the Alumni Director

As you look through this magazine, take a few minutes to appreciate your own friends and teachers. Take a few minutes to grasp their roles in your own journey. Oh, and one last thing: Sara Kilian also admonished the other alumni in the room to support the school…but more on that in your next Annual Fund letter.


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USN in the World


alking about a global perspective on educational issues is guaranteed to get heads nodding. We know that best practices in schools know no boundaries and that our children need to prepare for lives destined to cross cultures and time zones. Exactly how that preparation takes shape, though, is the question. Working from the inside out has been the starting point at University School. Visitors to campus, whether from Nashville or Nanjing, are always stunned to hear that 20% of our students come from families with at least one non-native parent, representing 50 countries—and that such has been the case for years. Each spring our high school club-organized International Fair draws one of the largest K-12 crowds of the year, tempted by the home-cooked cuisine of several continents. No big fanfare, just a treasured part of life at USN.

Imagining a world where an awareness and understanding of China does not matter strikes me as beyond unwise.... It’s fair to say that any conversation about broadening our awareness of the wider world and our appreciation for the learning opportunities therein finds easy support here: from families, from faculty, from students. Turning that endorsement into action across and beyond our campus has been an elusive goal. Thinking about what we teach, how we teach, and why we’re teaching what we teach is a central element of our continuing curricular coordination project. In each discussion, balancing the wisdom of long experience with the spark of new sources and voices is essential. Progress in the curricular realm makes it that much more likely that we will look outward, searching for experiences that connect us directly and personally with school communities abroad. The expenses associated with travel are no small impediment, but not an insurmountable one—the benefit of opening that door is too great. And we are not starting from zero. Just this spring we hosted another delegation from the La Legion d'Honneur school in Paris, as we have done in alternate years for nearly a decade. The French visitors enjoy home stays with USN families, with our students looking forward to visiting France in turn. Then we helped host a delegation from Nashville’s sister city in Japan, Kamakura, in advance of a student trip to our partner school near Kobe, Kwansei Gakuin—a relationship celebrating its twenty-fifth anniversary.

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Look for word soon of emerging partphoto by Kimberly Manz nerships in China. My Marco Polo experience, in part for an educational leadership conference in Shanghai (thanks to two wonderful Peabody College colleagues) and in part responding to several open invitations from schools near that metropolis, took place recently. To call the trip an exercise in an expanded sense of the possible is an understatement. Imagining a world where an awareness and understanding of China does not matter strikes me as beyond unwise, a point made convincingly by our Distinguished Alumnus, Harvard East Asian Language and Culture professor Michael Puett ’82, at Convocation last May. This great and worthy journey toward a network of global partner schools has, in hindsight, begun with a series of single steps. In each case, faculty initiative (special thanks to Richard Espenant for our progress in France and Betty White for our ties in Japan) helped channel student interest. The pen pal connection Josephine Huang built in Changzhou meant I could arrive to see her students’ letters posted proudly on classroom displays there. Just recently I received a call from a school colleague in Seattle, asking if USN might be interested in helping a group of renowned U.S. schools launch a semester program in Peru. This would mark a departure from the short-term exchanges we’ve established to this point. The commitment, the cost, and the depth of experience would be correspondingly greater, and while it’s far too early to project the outcome, the request itself stands as significant. We’ve enjoyed hosting Guatemalan students for six-week home stays for the last several autumns (thank you, USN families) but not converted that relationship into formal school affiliations. With the importance of Spanish in our curriculum, these next steps matter. Finding the right school, not necessarily the school most like our own, is the great challenge and the powerful opportunity. Our 2015 centennial celebration should provide a moment to appreciate distance traveled, as it were, in the realm of international education, as it should in every element of our program. And that celebratory moment should focus our attention on turning ideas into resources to support action. On that let us agree. A grateful traveler,

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photo courtesy of Ogden Stokes ‘53

Mystery Photo

A Rooftop Mystery This photo came to us from the wonderful collection of Ogden Stokes ’53, which he has agreed to share with our PDS/USN archives. So we are not as mystified as we sometimes are by the people in the picture. We think they are in their sophomore year, evidently the heyday of bobby sox. But who remembers going up on the roof? Was it just to pose for a picture, or were students allowed to frolic up there in those days? Please share your rooftop memories.

Mystery Solved n Kim Massie ’47 wrote, “Trial By Jury was staged in the Spring of ‘46. Clara Rawlings and Roxanne Hovious were in the class of ‘47—Dirl, Elaine and Linda in the class of ‘48. I'm sure these 5 are in the front row of the photograph—Clara on the right end and the others on the left end. “Indeed a plausible choice for a high school production, right down to at least one split angloamerican definition. I well remember being a jury man, I even remember a lot of the brilliant Gilbert or Sullivan lyrics. I’m sure it was directed by Viola Boekelheide who directed the school chorus—there was a lot of singing, but not much moving about, thus not much need for anyone PDS/USN archives


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Trial by Jury

2011-2012 Annual Report Corrections play was directed by Burney Morriss, who took over from Miss Boekelheide, as John recalled, and staged by Chris Slayden Tibbott in the Peabody auditorium. This show was done the last year before Charles F. Bryan came to Peabody. John played the part of “Singin’ Billy” in Bryan’s musical of the same name the next year in a production at Vanderbilt, where he was a student. The theater was on 23rd Avenue near the hospital, in a building put up by the Navy after the war.

else. Seniors—class of ‘46—Kay Friar and John Wolfe played the plaintiff and the defendant. They both sang beautifully. “The Pied Piper of Hamelin was done several years previously, but I don’t remember it nearly as well. I don’t even remember if the PDS production had the grim resolution of the original legend.” n Jack May ’47 called it “beautiful remembrance of those halcyon days.” n John Culley ’48 identified himself in the photo as “the guy in the rather plaid suit,” playing the part of the Usher. John Wolfe ‘46, son of Irving Wolfe, head of the music department at the college, played the defendant. The

John also stopped by and shared with us some of the programs and photos from musical productions of his days at PDS. We scanned for our archives a ticket to Trial by Jury (admission 35 cents), a program, an announcement in the paper before the production, and a review from the Nashville Banner or Tennessean (“Congratulations and orchids to BURNEY MORRISS for a swell directing job and CHRIS SLAYDEN for the posters and staging….”) that ends “Nice work, keeds!). He identified the people in the photo: “Roxanne Hovious ’47, Mary Ann ‘Dirl’ Sensing ’48, Elaine Gore ’48, Linda Harap ’48, Ira Trawick ’49, John Wolfe ’46 (Defendant), Mary Ann “Tommie”Thomas continued on next page

The names of Andrew and Heidi Pflaum and of Cherie and Ivan Robbins were omitted from the $1,000-2,499 category of annual giving. The name of Drew Brackett ’24 was omitted from the list of grandchildren of Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Averbuch. Ronald Kidd and Yvonne Martin-Kidd

have been Annual Fund donors for 10 consecutive years. Parents of alumni Mr. and Mrs. John Finney have been donors for 20 years.

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Mystery Photo/Letters to the Editor n Carolyn Clawson ’49 remembers the show as “very good.” She is the last jury member on the back row, right.

Shuffling Along

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’47 (Defendant’s girl-friend, an invented part, no lines), Philip Shafer - college grad student (Judge), Kay Fryer ’46 (Plaintiff), Joan Bell ’46 (Counselor for the Plaintiff, originally a tenor role), John O’Neal Culley ’48 (Usher), Gertrude “Trudy” Lassiter (piano accompanist), Jane Stuntz ’48, Freda Feldkircher ’47, Rebecca Anne Daniel ’49, Carlene Bradley ?, Clara Rawlings ’47.”

the people in the front row, agreeing with John. “I really enjoyed reading about Charles Bryan and other ‘Maestros at the Dem School.’ Thank you for a publication that is always interesting to read and brings back happy memories.”

n Just when we had given up hope on ever learning who these joyless shuffleboarders were, an email appeared from Carolyn Robinson Simms ’59. She identified one girl: “third girl from the right, with loafers, straight skirt, and sweater, is Suzanne Baxter, also Class of ‘59. We were ‘best friends’ in school, but never visited outside of school. She was very quiet—I don’t think she ever said a word in class unless directly questioned by a teacher—but was very friendly. Her most outstanding physical characteristic was her beautiful, glowing bright red hair.” Carolyn never saw Suzanne again after graduation and wonders what became of her. She also thinks she recognizes the dark haired girl to her right as Stephanie Fitzgerald, “but I believe that Stephanie gets this magazine, and she is well-

See more items from John Culley’s scrapbook at

n Elaine Gore Amis ’48 wrote, “It was exciting to open your Issue 2, 2012 of Edgehill and see a picture exactly like the one I have in my P.D.S. scrapbook! I well remember the fun we had doing “Trial by Jury.” I thought you might like to see a copy of the original program [above], which lists those who took part in the production.” She lists the names of PDS/USN archives


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Marshall Frazer ’55 sent us this picture of the lower school which appears in the 1948 Volunteer yearbook. We’re hoping some of you will recognize your 65-years-ago selves in this photo.

known to our classmates, so if she didn’t recognize herself, then I am wrong. Stephanie was—and is—a great person; she was so nice to everyone.” Carolyn recalls the girl on the left as Betsy but can’t remember her last name, just her personality, “very quiet and always pleasant; she had blonde hair and a sweet, round, face.” In her yearbook photo, “she looked upwards to the right with sort of a beatific expression.” No luck remembering the boys. As for why they are pretending to play shuffleboard, Carolyn says, “It looks like a posed picture for the Annual.” n The current edition of “Edgehill” is one of the very best.—A high quality publication, broad in content with something for everyone. Thanks for recognizing the life and accomplishments of Charles Faulkner Bryan so well. Don Follis ‘52

n Receiving the Edgehill issue really ‘pumped me up,’ and I so much appreciate the 4 references to my Aunt Helen [Lacy Shane] you included as I began to leaf through the magazine.

n I can’t begin to tell you how much I enjoyed Issue 2 of your magazine. It brings back so many fond memories of my days at PDS from Kindergarten thru graduation in 1938.

I have recently talked with Thurman Sensing, who was one of my ‘best pals’ all the way from the 1st grade, through graduation and beyond! He always calls me on my birthday, and we also talk at other times. He fills me in with the latest ‘news’ of those with whom we were close in the class of ‘45. Also have recently talked with Anna Ley Ingraham and Patricia Pinson Reese and Dot Glasgow Anderson. It warms my heart to be able to keep in touch with friends from my years at PDS...we call them our ‘Golden Years.’ Dianne Netherfield Morton ‘45

Most remarkable was your article on the 1933 opera Rip Van Winkle that went to the Chicago Worlds Fair. I was a member of the chorus from PDS and played the part of Rip Van Winkle Junior both in Nashville and Chicago—a great time thanks to Mr. Gebhart. It was especially nice to see the pictures of ’38 classmates Norma Goldner, Betsy Hurd, Ann Vaughn, Amelia Hancock, Louise Wells as well as the obit for Mary Louise Davis Holder. Afraid our ranks are growing thin. We are very grateful for your attention to alumni. Bob Nellums ‘38

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The elementary school in 1931-1932

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f you had been a student at USN in the 1930’s, you would have been among the most observed, tested, and experimented upon children in Tennessee. In 1932-1933 , college psychologists administered the Stanford-Binet IQ Test, the Sangren Information Tests for Young Children, the Gray Oral Reading Check Test, the Pressey Reading Vocabulary Test, and the Metropolitan Achievement Tests.

Faith in these standardized tests, a relatively new invention, seems to have been strong. When he read this report, Dr. Roemer wrote a letter to his faculty, promising to “mimeograph it and put a complete copy in the hands of each member of the faculty.” He says, “I want to urge that you give it the careful study and consideration it merits. It is my plan to make it the basis of many individual and group conferences with the faculty in the next few weeks.”

Third grade took two group IQ tests, the Kuhlmann-Anderson and the Henmon-Nelson. Demonstration School students sat and answered every question on the Public School Achievement Test and the Modern School Achievement Test. They endured the Unit Scales of Attainment, the Gates Silent Reading Test, and the Stevenson Arithmetic Reasoning Test. An “Analytical Study of Superior Children” looked at 54 children with an IQ of more than 120. The study noted “racial origins,” a term which seems to have meant national origin (“38% of the control and 41% of the experimental group’s fathers were of English or partly English origin”).

Dr. Joseph Roemer

We know a lot because of this devotion to tests. Thanks to Miss Pitts, fifth graders were outstanding geographers but poor spellers. The median IQ in kindergarten was 115. At the end of eighth grade, students read and wrote grammatically but performed arithmetic fundamentals poorly. These tidbits came from a report by the Peabody College psychologist and his staff and students: Psychological Investigations in the Peabody Demonstration School, Annual Report of the Bureau of Psychological Service for the year 1932-1933. It was submitted by Paul Boynton, psychologist, and Rosa Parsons, assistant psychologist, to Joseph Roemer, Director of Instruction, Peabody Demonstration School. 1932-1933 was the third year for this annual report. 8

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Stor y Forum

Guinea Pigs of Peabody Demonstration School

Miss Hodgson, the “ideal” teacher

Not all those conferences would have been pleasant. Though the report commends “improvement thruout the school,” problems persisted. The previous year’s data had “revealed many highly unsatisfactory conditions,” including one the report calls “retardation in the fundamental operations in arithmetic.” Miss Hodgson’s sixth grade alone escapes condemnation. In that grade, Dr. Boynton says, “each median efficiency quotient so nearly approached the normative quotient of 11 that, so far as the relation of ability to achievement is concerned, one could hardly hope to find a more ideal situation.”


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The eighth grade, revealed by tests as poor in arithmetic fundamentals though adept at grammar.

He worried about the fact that, except in sixth grade, teaching is aimed mainly at the “children of lowest ability.” Thus the “school’s greatest asset, precocious ability, is wasted in neglect.” Dr. Boynton seems unconcerned with protecting teachers’ tender feelings or with restricting himself to what he knows: tests. He complains about high school grades. Teachers give too many C’s, and “High grades appear to have been assigned somewhat too frequently and failing grades quite definitely too infrequently.” Moving on to high school teachers, he mentions those inflated grades again and wonders what students are learning in twelfth grade English, given that eleventh grade did better on their achievement test. Then he adds that they aren’t learning enough in American History either. It must have been awkward for those teachers.

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But, as Dr. Boynton says, “No teacher should rest on her oars. The old slogan was ‘Get the Demonstration School up to par,’ and now it’s ‘Keep the Demonstration School up to par.’”

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Checking Teeth, Observing Behavior, and Measuring Taste: Master’s Theses Researched at PDS Tales from the Vault

Say you were studying Nursing Education. With Professor Aurelia Potts’ approval, you could write about “A Health Education Program in a Demonstration School.” That’s what Beatrice Martha Clutch did in 1937, earning her M.A. and presenting PDS’ “health service and health education programs” in detail. Great detail (“three cases of mumps, one of chicken pox, and one of scarlet fever” that year). Children underwent physical exams, hearing and vision tests, even dental exams at school, with 14 dentists examining PDS teeth that winter. Every three months the students were weighed and measured.

Photos on this page are of master’s theses in the Peabody College Library; chart on p. 9 and displays on p. 13 are from a thesis.


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A family history questionnaire includes questions that boggle the twentyfirst century reader’s mind: n Blanks to fill in: Racial Stock, Annual Income, and Club Memberships n Has either parent been divorced previously to this marriage? n Do they usually attend church as often as twice a month? n Average number of servants in regular employ at the home_______. n Do all members of the family regularly eat breakfast together? Dinner? n Is there any history of feeblemindedness in the family? (and on down the list for alcoholism, insanity, venereal disease, and nervous disorder). n Has any member of the family ever consulted a chiropractor voluntarily? [Is there another way?] Peab

A trip back across the street eight decades later can take the mildly curious magazine editor to the bowels of the Peabody College Library and rows of dusty black-bound copies of the master’s theses that resulted.



In the 1930’s, teachers flocked to Peabody College from across the South to do graduate work. When the time came to choose a topic for a master’s thesis, many of them looked across Edgehill Avenue for research subjects.

Demonstration School pupils being measured; what may be a kindergarten child creating art under the watchful eyes of many observers, perhaps from the college; a nursery school or kindergarten child hammering away on a project.

Solving Social Needs Courageously Mary Joyce Adams wanted to know if teachers could change the behavior of five year olds. Of course, teachers have always operated under the assumption that yes, they could. But to write her master’s thesis in elementary education, Miss Adams visited kindergarten every day for twelve weeks to try to measure behavior modification. She sat at a little bitty table and took notes. Sometimes the children stood by her and watched, but usually they went on with their lives. In 1936 no one expected to teach five year olds how to read. Kindergarten seems to have been intended to show children how “to live happily in a group,” in the words of Miss Adams’ thesis “Modified Behavior of Five Year Old Children.” Quoting someone named Illman: “Real learning takes place when present social needs are met and solved efficiently and courageously.” For three hours a day, children came to kindergarten to face their social needs courageously. They carried pitchers of milk to their table. They cleaned up after themselves. They threatened each other with the hammers they were using to build themselves a playhouse. They lay down on cots to rest quietly, and when one child hopped onto his cot and broke it he had to rest, cotless, on a table.





Miss Adams watched the five year olds play, eat their graham crackers and milk, listen to stories, and bite and kick each other. She made a chart showing how frequently she could interpret any of these actions as showing “ability to face problems squarely” or “respect for rights of others” or two dozen other such characteristics. (“Fearlessness.”)

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With their new leatherworking skills, Mr. Moore suggests, the boys might choose to make: a hand-bag, card case, gentleman’s handkerchief case, comb case, chair arm ash tray holder, cigarette case, tobacco pouch, opera bag. In the end, it must have been a disappointment to Miss Adams. After all those hours observing five year old behavior, her conclusion was merely “within this complexity there is great need for study.”

With their new leatherworking skills, Mr. Moore suggests, the boys might choose to make: a hand-bag, card case, gentleman’s handkerchief case, comb case, chair arm ash tray holder, cigarette case, tobacco pouch, opera bag.

The Arts of Industry Why did schools in the early part of the twentieth century teach “industrial arts” to children expected to grow up and become professors, lawyers, doctors and such, and the wives of those men? We found some answers in a master’s thesis: Objectives of the Industrial Arts program at Peabody Demonstration School: 1. To develop industrial intelligence 2. To assist in better choice and use of industrial materials 3. To develop appreciation of good workmanship and design 4. To develop social appreciation of tradesmen 5. To assist in the discovery of interests, abilities, and aptitudes 6. To provide opportunities for firsthand experience with materials C.A. Moore earned his master’s in Industrial Education in 1934. He taught that subject at the Demonstration School while analyzing his own teaching methods and curriculum. He taught units in Automobile Mechanics, Concrete, Electrical Work, Leathercraft, Metalwork, and Woodwork. After each unit, students had to complete specific tasks, some of which I quote here for fun: Replace broken Bendix drive spring. (Automobile Mechanics) Place and brace forms. (Concrete) Tin a soldering copper. Wire up bells and buzzers for front and back doors of a two-apartment house. Tie underwriter’s knot. Remove knockouts. Ream inside burr. (Electrical Work) Model. Punch holes for lacing. Distinguish between modeling and repousse. (Leatherwork) 12

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In Metalwork, once they learned to “Anneal copper. Chase design on handle. To plannish. True up a raw-hide hammer” and more, they could make their mothers something like an “ash tray, card tray, pin tray, crumb tray and scraper.” PDS/USN archives

Woodworking skills meant tackling a “Laundry stick. Threelegged stool. Nine Man Morris. Fox and geese board. Indian club rack,” all doubtless more appealing to boys than crumb trays. Meanwhile, Mr. Moore filled his thesis with charts and checklists. Then we imagine that he returned to a little town in Texas, Mineral Wells perhaps, and taught Industrial Arts.

Good Taste at the Dem School Speaking of household items, Theo Leola Bagwell, apparently a Texan like Mr. Moore, believed that children should be taught to appreciate beauty. She wondered “if the school is doing its part in raising the standards of taste among the plastic youth of the land.” In June, 1929 she devised three tests, one in house furnishing, one in clothing, and one in “record” for children in fourth, sixth, and eighth grades at Peabody Demonstration School. (“Record” included posters, addressed envelopes, and wrapped packages.) The result: “A Study in Measuring Taste in Peabody Demonstration School” for her master’s in Educational Psychology, with S.C. Garrison her major professor and Grace Sobotka, an art teacher, her minor professor.

...girls quite consistently show a higher percentage of good choices....

Miss Bagwell wanted to learn whether boys and girls differed in their tastes, whether age mattered, and whether any correlation existed between the various types of good taste she would measure. She took for granted that she could determine the “right” answer to “Choose the most beautiful plate for a dining table” or “Which sweater and shirt do you like best?” With help from PDS home economics teacher Miss Gaut and from Miss Sobotka, Miss Bagwell selected and arranged groups of home furnishings, donated by furniture stores. “According to the combined judgment of the two judges,” Group I was in the best taste and Group III in the worst. Would the children recognize this hierarchy? Would a fourth grader fall for the “silver elephant with the pink silk shade”? Clearly from Group III. Or pick the “Orange metal base with red brown and orange parchment shade”? (Group II)

You might select an ugly lamp and a tasteful tie. In book ends, a “kneeling Egyptian figure in relief on green pottery (I)” beats the aesthetic socks off the “metal with dog in relief, naturalistic color” (III). And when shopping for pillows, shun that “green changeable taffeta with flower ornament,” clearly a III, for the “triangular shaped black satin with stripes of bright blue green, purple and yellow,” a I. Miss Bagwell summarizes the unsurprising results of her experiments: “the higher the grade, the greater percentage of good choices and the smaller percentage of poor choices.” Also, “the girls quite consistently show a higher percentage of good choices and a lower percentage of bad choices.” On the clothing test, 40% of the fourth grade boys chose poorly, while only 15% of the sixth grade boys did. The only finding that could have surprised Miss Bagwell, who probably already knew that fourth grade boys were not fashion plates, was that no correlation appeared in the three types of aes-

thetic judgments. You might select an ugly lamp and a tasteful tie. Like these long-ago graduate students who found their questions more or less unanswered at the end of their research, we feel vaguely unfulfilled. What became of Miss Theo Leola Bagwell? In 1929, once she had her new M.A., did she try to improve the aesthetic sense of the “plastic youth” of north Texas, so soon to meet the Depression? As for the Peabody Dem children who were measured, tested, charted, and queried for these studies and countless others, what do they recall of these itinerant figures in their lives? Does anything remain beyond these black-bound volumes in the Peabody College Library? page 12: Are they Boy Scouts in shop class? Or is there another reason for the uniforms? page 13: Miss Bagwell’s taste-measuring displays

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Lower School

Growing and Learning: Veteran Teachers Look Back Gail Ackerman, Kim Avington, Nikki Hunt, Marty Kennedy, Karen Marler, Lynn Noel, Debbie Roth Earlier this year, veteran lower school teachers talked about how teaching at USN has changed since they came here more than twenty years ago. Second grade teacher Sarah Cooper Nickoloff ’96, then a lower school student at USN, asked the questions. Here are some of their answers.


irst, the school building has changed. When these teachers came here, USN lived in just the original 1925 building, wingless. It was a relatively Spartan environment: Debbie Roth’s first year, 1985-86, she taught in a modular classroom, so isolated that she didn’t hear about the Challenger disaster until the end of the school day. Teachers were less likely in general to know what their colleagues were doing than they are now, when grade level teams meet regularly and the curriculum is coordinated across grade levels. Nikki Hunt recalls less interaction among grade levels. “Now there’s more of a push to know what others are doing, and there is more commonality in the curriculum.”

More time to plan with other teachers means less satisfaction with the status quo. “The curriculum is always in process.” Though Karen Marler has taught fourth grade since 1980, the changing curriculum means she has never gotten bored. Textbooks have dwindled in importance, replaced by materials the teachers create themselves. Technology allows teachers to customize what they do, using Smartboards and the online activities, and making both challenge and remediation much easier. Lynn Noel says, “All this working together means more camaraderie from one floor to the next.” Relationships with colleagues remain one of the most valued aspects of teaching at USN, what Gail Ackerman calls “total collegiality.” “It’s family,” says Nikki. The teachers also appreciate their increased help from parent volunteers.


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Another change is the children themselves, according to these women who have taught innumerable lower school children at USN in the last quarter century or so. Marty Kennedy attributes some of this change to “the rush of our world now.” Everyone knows that technology has created a generation of students who learn in new ways. As Kim Avington says, “How the kids gain information has changed. You are facilitating how they find information,” not giving it to them. “If you ask the question the right way, they can find the answer,” a process that once took place only in the library. Nikki Hunt says, “They can use technology to reach out across the nation and the world in a way never thought of before.” Though the years have brought changes in every area of lower school curriculum, these teachers chose to focus on writing, which is now explicitly taught. Students are writing more, partly because technology makes editing easier for children. By fourth grade, students are crafting literary analyses and narratives, imitating the writers they’re reading, and producing many more pages than in the past. All this writing helps their reading, says Lynn Noel.

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Lower School

“...we continually develop our own authentic style and best teaching practices. This commitment seems to be reflected in our students’ desire to be better learners, learners with purpose.” Another welcome change is our new system of mentoring, and it goes both ways. New teachers can show the old ones a thing or two. Our renewed relationship with Peabody College and one with Belmont pays similar dividends, bringing graduate students on campus as observers, practicum students, and classroom assistants. When Sarah asked the veteran teachers who their mentors had been, more than one looked at Debbie Roth. Marty Kennedy recalled, “Debbie told me just to do whatever needed to be done for the kids.” Responsive Classroom, begun by former lower school head Kathy Woods, was welcomed by these teachers as a way of extending what they had already (clockwise from left) Kim Avington in an early been attempting on a smaller version of Morning Meeting with kindergarten scale with class meetings and student Brandon Holt in 1998; Karen Marler class discussion of problems. performing “Jazzercise Geometry” with fourth graders to help them learn through movement Karen Marler recalled using differences between lines, segments, angles, books they were reading such the and points; Gail Ackerman with first grader as The Mouse, The Monster and Australia expert Bess Watts in 1995. and Me as a way to talk about what was on the children’s minds.

That’s advice that sums up lower school at USN both from the 1980’s through today: putting children first. That unchanging commitment helps explain what Gail Ackerman said remains a constant in her 27 years at USN: “a continued support to grow as teachers and learners and pursue excellence in teaching by taking risks, to try new methods of teaching traditional curriculum areas—reading, writing, mathematics—to continually understand the variety of learners’ learning styles in our classrooms as we continually develop our own authentic style and best teaching practices. This commitment seems to be reflected in our students’ desire to be better learners, learners with purpose.”

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Middle School

photo by Kimberly Manz

Caught in the Act


by Jeff Greenfield ’84, Head of Middle School

s soon as they heard about the suffering on 9/11, USN middle schoolers wanted to help. They held bake sales and organized solicitations to community members. A band of fifth grade girls sold lemonade from a red wagon at the end of their driveway. All were attempting to raise money for the victims and their families.

character flaws, do want to make a positive impact in the lives of others. Believing this, we established a new ritual in our middle school in the aftermath of 9/11, designed to bring out the best in our kids and renew our middle school community’s commitment to helping one another. Thinking nationally and locally, I decided to recognize thoughtful acts of citizenship at school. I purchased American flag pins to hand out in Town Meeting to deserving students.

Inspired by the naturalness and swiftness of these students’ response to help others, my colleagues and I thought hard about how we might praise such eagerness to do good for those in crisis while reminding them that there are endless ways for them to share this same compassion closer to home—and with each other—on a daily basis. After all, these kids, like all pre-adolescents, are blind to inconsistencies in their own lives. These are the same kids who will imagine, design, and implement a plan to help the homeless in Nashville—all in one morning between classes—and later that day spew unflattering comments about others in their grade.

...middle school kids really do want to do the right thing....

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The first time I stood before our assembled students at our weekly meeting, ready to describe the student acts of kindness that would serve as models for us all, I was nervous. Would the kids goof on the idea? Would the gravitational pull to be cool outweigh their own true appreciation for others’ goodness? Their reaction astounded me: genuine cheering followed as each student’s name was called and the act of citizenship described. Kids came forward beaming with pride to receive their pins.

photo by Kimberly Manz

Following Town Meeting, nominations for more awardees poured in. Students noticed the nice things others were doing, even when they weren’t the beneficiaries. Notes on scraps of paper flooded my mailbox, describing others caught in the act of holding doors open, cleaning another’s mess at lunch without being asked, volunteering to put desks back in rows, turning in found money, carrying a book bag for a classmate on crutches, standing up to a group speaking ill of a friend.

ceeds from their sales helping to underwrite medical costs for those in our state who couldn’t afford the care they needed. I bought more than my share of these pins, and I continue to pass them out even today. I’m not sure what part of this ritual I like most. It might be that good deeds don’t go as unnoticed as they once did, or that it gives a voice to kids who may be less accomplished in other areas of school life but who help bring goodness to our community by what they do for others. It might be that it helps regularly remind us that we don’t need the Red Cross involved to do something good for someone, or that middle school kids really do want to do the right thing despite misperceptions the larger world might have of them.

Moniaka Bonds, Bella Barocas, and Isla Tarleton ‘19; Joshua Gabella, Lebo Hunter, and Sydney Lewis ‘17; Max Yazdian ‘20 about to pie Mr. Greenfield after his winning lottery ticket was drawn in a service project organized by 5th graders that raised hundreds of dollars for Operation Smile, with other students and teacher volunteers looking on, including Matt Lukach ‘04 with pie on his face.

By the fourth year I had run out of American flag pins. Right on cue, a thoughtful then-middle-schooler, Miriam Miller ’11, launched a service project to help the underinsured in Tennessee. She designed a lapel pin of our USN logo and ordered hundreds of them, with the pro-

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High School


Students Seize Summer Opportunity by Steve Robins, Head of the High School


ast summer, a generous gift allowed a group of middle and high school students to pursue their personal quests for knowledge. A total of 45 students applied for grants by writing proposals describing what they wanted to do. This overwhelming student interest demonstrates their passion for learning. The student proposals selected for the first Summer Opportunities Grants were compelling, and the reports they wrote afterwards reveal that they made the most of their summer opportunities. Some learned under the fluorescent lights of a laboratory or on a college campus, and some under the stars. Several visited other countries. A middle school student becom-

Dalaina Kimbro says of her seven weeks of community-based initiatives, “My trip to the Dominican opened my mind to the possibilities and resources of the world and I realized that I wanted to go into anthropology.” Or, as middle school student Alex Lomis said of his experience in Greece, “Wow! That was so cool! I never thought of it that way.” Other experiences matched or exceeded expectations. In the Vanderbilt laboratory where Ria Jagasia was experimenting on the “Secretion of Insulin and Glucagon in Islets in the Pancreas,” she “was able to run several of the lab procedures on my own… and understand what was happening at each of the

“I was thinking from the moment my alarm went off at six in the morning until I returned to my bed at eleven at night.” ing a botanist in rural North Carolina met an “Appalachian man missing half of his teeth, and wearing nothing but a ragged pair of overalls.” Wherever they were, the students’ lives were changing.

steps and why it was being done.” On the same campus in another lab, Crystal Kao was researching strokes, trying to determine with rat brain slices if “giving smaller strokes before giving a big stroke would increase the likeliness of surviving.”

Some of the opportunities were unforeseen. Living in Argentina, as an African-American Simone Sanders discovered that she was fascinating to “random people” who wanted to talk to her. She says, “I got the chance to educate them on my family and my culture and it was refreshing to have the chance to do that.” The trip was, she says, a way to “get out of my element.”

Of his script-writing program at the University of Virginia, Jack Rayson says, “I was thinking from the moment my alarm went off at six in the morning until I returned to my bed at eleven at night.”

On his National Geographic Student Expedition, Skye Cameron says, “I had never been to the prairie, and all I expected was a bunch of flat land that had no real value. When I got there, I was proven incredibly wrong; it was the opposite of everything that I had thought before.”

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Middle school head Jeff Greenfield says, “Students’ initiative and the array of their interests have surpassed my expectations. They see these grants as permission to think very big and to chase after what interests them. What they’ve used these grants to learn is so affirming of the caliber of student at our school and of the faculty who have inspired their interests in these fields.” See page 40 for a list of the high school students’ summer projects.

Jeffrey’s idea and made his film “Lunch Bag Haven,” which he describes as being “about a stranger’s empathy and the struggle to keep memories alive.” It was entered in the Nashville Film Festival. Even before this experience, Jeffrey had planned to become a filmmaker. But some of the students felt transformed by what happened last summer. “It was so interesting and enjoyable to be in the prairie” that Skye Cameron is now “considering volunteering for the American Prairie Reserve next summer to help them with their field studies…and their goal to create a three million acre nature refuge north of the Missouri river in Montana.” Skye says, “Because I went on the trip, I have decided to do my Eagle Project for Boy Scouts on collecting data for Shelby Bottoms Nature Center.”

Background and inset photos by Skye Cameron on his National Geographic expedition to the prairie; Dalaina Kimbro and friends in the Dominican Republic; Alex Lomis in Greece; Daniel Lutes learning botany in the Appalachian Mountains.

Mallory Leeper’s two weeks of living in a tent near the coast of Rhode Island with Brown’s BELL changed her too. “Since BELL, I’ve volunteered at the Nashville Food Project and Hands on Nashville’s Urban Farm.” Her independent study, Science of Gardening, has put her “inside a USN third grade classroom [to] teach about compost and the difference between local, organic, and industrial food systems.” Middle school students also want to share what they learned with lower school children. As future botanist Daniel Lutes says, “I want to pass on my knowledge, and who knows, maybe one of the students I teach will follow in my footsteps and have a similar experience when they get older.”

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High School Accolades

National Merit Finalists, class of 2013; Angela Henderson, standing left, is a National Achievement Scholar.

Academics USN’s Semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship competition this year include seniors Katie Awh, Olivia Brown, Coco Coyle, Adam Hudnut-Beumler, Larkin Johnson, Nora May, Eli Motycka, Hayden Roche, and Logan Sweet. Commended Students are Jamie Cheshire, Connor Guest, Angela Henderson, Madi Hunt, Alexander Roaldsand, Margaret Rose, and Evan Beiter. Angela Henderson is a Semifinalist in the National Achievement Scholarship Program, and Mallory Leeper is an Outstanding Participant. Sophia Jelsma was honored in the National Hispanic Recognition Program.

Cum Laude honor society inducted these Class of 2013 members: Katie Awh, Evan Beiter, Olivia Brown, Sonul Choi, Alec Custer, William Doak, Sara Garmezy, Allison Hardy, Hannah Heitz, Angela Henderson, Alexis Hood, Adam Hudnut-Beumler, Madi Hunt, Sophia Jelsma, Larkin Johnson, Evangeline Kennedy, Chloe Kibble, Nora May, Eli Motycka, Grantly Neely, Kishan Patel, Hayden Roche, Margaret Rose. USN students excel on AP exams, with their most frequent score for the last seven years being 5, the highest possible, and the average being 4. Several 2012 graduates received AP Scholar recognition. Mark Arildsen is a National AP Scholar, with an average of at least 4 on all APs on 8 or more exams. AP Scholars with Distinction (at least 3.5 on


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all APs and 3 or higher on at least 5): Holt Akers-Campbell, Hannah Baker, Carmen Baskauf, Anna Cone, Will Dossett, Sam Douglas, Abby Easton, Caroline Graham, Sarah Hanks, Theresa Heitz, Takuma Johnson, Marlo Kalb, Lindsey Khim, Will Kochtitzky, Josh Kutsko, TJ Lewis, Whitney Perlen, Christy Slobogin, Clare Speer, Murphy Spence, Noah Stafford, Nicholas Williams, and David Zeitlin. We also had 15 AP Scholars with Honor and 25 AP Scholars.

The Arts

“Catal Huyuk” by Bennet LeMaster ’13, National Gold Key winner

In the Scholastic Art and Writing competition in the Southeast Region-AtLarge, 9 USN students received 23 awards. Short stories by Sam Bollen ’14 and Carson Thomas ’15 earned Gold Key awards and are under consideration in National judging. Jessie Baskauf ’15, Silver Key, Poetry, “Impressions of Costa Rica” Sam Bollen ’14, Gold Key, Short Story, “Yon Burlingame” Madi Hunt ’13, Silver Key, Poetry, “Maybe she feels; Cigarette Burns; Impression; Why I threw matches and when I ceased; This Sentence”; Silver Key, Writing Portfolio Jack Rayson ’14, Silver Key, Short Story, “Onion Town Known for Wine” Maya Riley ’15, Silver Key (2), Flash Fiction, “First Glance” and “Sakura” Natalie TeSelle ’16, Silver Key, Flash Fiction, “Bugs” Carson Thomas ’15, Gold Key, Short Story, “Plastic Man”; Silver Key (2), Poetry, “Sandman, Fear Of Falling”, “A Study Of Personality, Bugs” In the regional Scholastic Art Awards competition, 100 awards, including silver and honorable mention, went to USN artists, more than any other school. (Gold key winners advanced to the national competition.)

Ceramics and Glass (USN took 13 of 17 awards in this category) Gold Keys to Jacob Honsberger ’14 for “Milky Way,” to Chantal Striepe ’14 for “Blended Future,” to Brandon Waterman ’13 for “Shipwreck” Digital Art Gold Key to Ruby Blackman ’17 for “Prehistoric Cat” Drawing Gold Keys to Katie Awh ’13 for “Waiting,” to Talia-Greenberg ’14 for “Zayda,” to Bennet LeMaster ’13 for “Catal Huyuk” and “Dichotomy,” to Sam May ’15 for “Landscape Deconstruction Two” Painting Gold Key to Caney Hummon ’14 for “Red Handed” and a Silver Key for “Future Senator” Photography Gold Keys to Elizabeth Farr ’14 for “Formulating,” to John Farr ’18 for “Oil Spot,” to Elizabeth Flatt ’16 for “Water Fountain,” to Kenneth Hinman ’17 for “The Fountain,” to Mae Rowland ’15 for "Maybelline," and to Talia Stein ’17 for “Diptych” See award-winning art at

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Jessie played in the first violin section. Lena Friedman and Alexandria Yu ’15 were hon-

Journalists Eli Motycka, Jack Spiva, Joe Noser, Connor Webber

Three USN students won National awards in the Scholastic Art competition. Bennet LeMaster ’13 received a gold medal for her drawing “Catal Huyuk,” which will appear in the exhibition in New York City. Silver medals went to Talia Stein ’17 for “Diptych” in the photography category and to Paul Wu ’13 in architecture for “Human Nature.” Two pieces that won Gold awards last year have been selected to hang in an exhibit in the U.S. Department of Education: “Instruction Manual for a Glass House” by George Rayson ’12 and “The Getaway” by Ruby Blackman. George’s “Some Girls I Know,” was selected to travel with the ART.WRITE.NOW Tour of four cities. Josh Halper ’12’s “The Ghost of Robert Johnson” will hang in the offices of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities in Washington. Nora May ’13, Elise Blackburn ’15, and Rainey Hull ’16 were accepted into the Middle

Tennessee Vocal Association Honor Choirs. Nora also qualified as an alternate for the Tennessee All-State Choir. Naomi Rogers ’14 and Jessie Baskauf ’15 rep-

resented USN at the 2013 All Middle Tennessee Senior High Orchestra. Naomi served as the principal string bassist and

ored as finalists in the Very Short Story contest sponsored by the Nashville Public Library, one of the events celebrating the work of Margaret Atwood, recipient of the 2012 Nashville Public Library Literary Award, who met with the two.

Academic Competition USN’s Debate team upset defending champion MBA, claiming first and second at the Tennessee District Tournament. The team of Neil Zheng and Maurice Chiang ’15 won decisions over MBA’s top two teams to win, while the team of Silas Wuerth and Colin Kolodziej ’15 claimed second. For what seems to be a first, USN will be the sole representative from Tennessee in policy debate at the national tournament in June. This also marks the first time that the Tennessee delegation is two all-sophomore pairings. In judging by the Tennessee High School Press Association, Eli Motycka ’13, Joe Noser ’16, Jack Spiva ’13, and Connor Webber ’14 won six statewide awards for their work on The Courier. Eli earned second place for an editorial on USN’s drug and alcohol policy and honorable mention for a story on the girls’ state soccer championship. Jack earned both an honorable mention and a third-place award for his design of the paper’s front page. Joe placed second for a story on USN basketball, and Connor received honorable mention for his feature story on USN football. In Mock Trial, USN’s Blue team placed 4th

out of 19, and the Maroon team’s Adam Hudnut-Beumler ’13 won Best Witness for the Defense. The Blue Team’s MVP was Andrew Bridgers ’13, and the Maroon Team’s was Devin Kellett ’15. As has become the custom, USN’s AP U.S. History students swept the senior historical paper category of the district History Day competition. First went to Hannah Heitz for “The Ripple Effects of Rationing: the Turning Point of American Nutrition”; second to David Doochin for “America from A to Z: Webster, the Dictionary, and Defining National Identity”; third to Sam Bollen for “Gold, Trains, and ‘Coolies’: The Californian Quest for Chinese Exclusion.” All three will take their papers to the state competition. Two seniors entered essay contests requiring them to think deeply about critical issues. For the Colonial Dames essay contest, Evan Isenstein wrote about the significance of the Monroe Doctrine and US global power, winning an all-expense paid trip to a summer program in Washington, D.C. The Sertoma Club’s Freedom Essay Contest asked students to ponder whether early childhood protective laws caused today’s teenagers to enjoy more or less freedom than 1950’s teenagers. Eli Motycka was one of four award winners, receiving a $2,000 scholarship. The math team competed against students from all over Tennessee in a pair of written exams as well as a speed-based math contest. 50 students qualified to take the second written exam, 3 from USN: Alison Zhong ’13, Alexandria Yu ’15, and Dylan Young ’14. Dylan was a top ten finisher on this exam, earning a scholarship to U.T. The speedmath team, Dylan Young and Matthew Hays ’14 with Alexandria Yu ’15, finished second in the small-school division, bringing home a trophy for the second consecutive year. continued on page 40

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Fall & Winter Sports

2012 golf team

Girls’ soccer 2012 state champions

Bennet LeMaster ‘13

Fall 2012 Sports Girls’ Soccer Division II State Champions, 19-3-1

Boys’ Golf

First State Championship in program

Nicky Farren ‘16 Coaches Award,


led in region, advanced to state

Mallory Leeper ’13 usN: Noble; All-Region,

Alex Russell ‘13 MVP, led in region,


advanced to state

Whitley Cargile ’14 Golden Boot;

All Region, Division II All-State Katie Roth ‘15 All-Region

Volleyball William Doak ‘13 (l.) and Ben Keffer ‘13

Sarah Alberts ’13 Usn: Uniter Olivia Brown ’13 uSn: Selfless Wendy Howe Coach of the Year, Division II

Jameice Holmes ‘13 Leadership Award

Football co-op team with DCA Advanced to state semifinals

Girls’ Cross Country Runner up in state and region Bennet LeMaster ’13 MVP

tackles, receptions, and receiving yards Chanse Jones ‘13 All-Region, second on

team in receptions and receiving yards,

Larkin Johnson ’13 Coaches’ Award

led team in interceptions

Boys’ Cross Country

Girls’ Golf

Third in state, second in region

Region and state runner-up

William Doak ’13, Ben Keffer ‘13 MVPs

Sara Garmezy ‘13 MVP, third in region

and state Katie Awh ‘13 Coaches Award


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Alexis Hood ‘13 Hustle Award

James Douglas ’14 All-Region, led team in

Maggie Young ‘16 Most Improved

Simpson Tanner ‘15 Most Improved

Reached district quarterfinals Allison Hardy ’13 Best All Around Player

2012 football

Spirit Squad

Volleyball seniors 2012: (l. to r.) Jameice Holmes, Alexis Hood, Allison Hardy

Elena Escalas ’15

Mark Rusznak ’14

Ice Hockey co-op team with FRA 11-11-2 and runner-up for Henry Hine Cup, GNASH championship; 4 USN playBailey Conner ’13

ers, including Logan Orem,

Logan Orem ‘16

who led the league in goals and was 2nd in points

Jamie Cheshire ‘13

Swimming Largest number of swimmers qualified for State in program history, boys’ 400 freestyle relay (Rusznak, Patey, Hahnemann, and Nicholas Ng) state finalist, both girls’ and

boys’ teams earned Gold status, Academic Boys’ basketball team

Brianna Porter ’15 All District, Defensive MVP Nora May ‘13

Winter 2012/13 Sports Boys’ Basketball Second in district, 12-14 with a 10-2 district record Liam Nash ‘13 All-District, co-MVP Ashton Hood ’13 co-MVP Nick Williams ‘13 Coaches’ Award

Girls’ Basketball First State Final Four appearance in program history, 20-14, 10-2 District record Bailey Conner ’13 All District, Offensive MVP

Jameice Holmes ’15 All District, All Region

tournament team, Coaches’ Award Mia Phillips ’13 All-District

Bowling Jamie Cheshire ’13 MVP Nora May ’13 MVP David Shayne ’14 Most Improved Katie Chappell ’13 Most Improved

All-America, with GPAs of 3.77 and 3.78 Mark Rusznak ’14 Region and State Finalist,

MVP, set school record in 500 freestyle Elena Escalas ‘15 State Runner-up, First Team

All Region, MVP, set school record and earned All-America consideration in 100 breaststroke Kellon Patey ’15 Most Improved Natalie TeSelle ’16 Most Improved Anders Hahnemann ’13 Coach’s Award Logan Sweet ’13 Coach’s Award

Jake Wilson ’14

Jamie Miller Sportsmanship Award Hannah Heitz ‘13

Jamie Miller Sportsmanship Award

Spirit Squad Sydney Davis ’13 Coach’s Award Jessica Farren ’13 Leadership Award Abby Motycka ‘13 Spirit Award

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Back on Track based on an oral history told to Claire Ackerman ’96


ne beautiful spring morning about a year ago, USN track coach and P.E. teacher Zaf Ahmed began what he thought would be a routine run to Centennial Park and back. It was almost his last. As he was running along West End Avenue, he collapsed. “I felt no chest pain, nothing,” he told Claire Ackerman ’96. But he was having a heart attack that would have proven fatal had it not been for some remarkable circumstances. Penny Baker, a cardiac stent saleswoman from Atlanta, happened to be driving by when Zaf’s heart stopped. Perhaps she thinks about heart attacks all the time. In any case, she stopped her car in the middle of West End and leapt out, running to him. She began to compress his chest. Police who happened to be nearby called an ambulance, which had Zaf at Baptist Hospital within moments. “Apparently they defibbed me three times.” “My heart rate was low, my blood pressure was great, and I just collapse in the middle of the run.” His right coronary artery would prove to be completely blocked. At the hospital they cooled him to 88 degrees. No one could predict the outcome, nor did anyone have the slightest idea of who this patient was. “I had no I.D. on me. I was a John Doe at the hospital.” When Zaf didn’t show up at his middle school track meet that afternoon, the search began. His car was still parked at USN, his laptop in his office. Several anxious hours followed. Vince Durnan scoured campus for signs of Zaf, then drove to Centennial Park to search for him. Girls’ athletic director Nicole Jules began to call hospitals: do you have any runners? “So by the end of the afternoon, five hours later, they found out who I was.” Recalling the moment when he and Coach Jules finally found Zaf


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at Baptist Hospital, Vince Durnan says, “I don’t like to think about it.” Meanwhile, Zaf’s wife and daughter had flown to South Carolina for Clemson’s freshman orientation. Nancy got the news at the airport. “So she had to get in a car because she couldn’t get a flight back, and they drove back— about five hours. That was an interesting course of events.” The heart attack happened on Thursday. When Coach Ahmed next opened his eyes, it was Saturday. “Over the span of I guess half a day they gradually brought my core temperature up, and they did the stent surgery. And so I am laying there in bed on Saturday, my wife is standing there looking at me, you know.” His chest hurt. Defibrillating and chest compressions had broken three of his ribs. It was also a surprise to wake up in the cardiac

“ I had no I.D. on me. I was a John Doe at the hospital.” When Zaf left the hospital, his doctor told him he had no heart damage. He began to exercise. “I walked and I ran a mile and just did that a bunch of times until I started feeling better.” Now he’s back to running four miles almost every day and playing ice hockey every Sunday, as he has since 1981. He plans to run the Chicago Marathon again in September. So, physically Zaf seems unchanged, though he has altered his diet. “No more Little Debbie cakes.” He now describes himself as “an advocate for eating healthfully in conjunction with exercising properly,” a practice he never used to follow. Did the experience change him otherwise? He acquired a new appreciation of his work as a lower school teacher and a coach. “I have been here twenty-one years, and I have seen kids in P.E. improve skills or learn about lifetime fitness. I have seen young athletes achieve their goals over time, and you know, it’s just fun to watch them achieve their goals through hard work.” He also appreciates the “tremendous outpouring of love and affection” that his heart attack brought from his USN family. He likes remembering the happiness of his students, especially the kindergarten and first grade children, when he returned in May. ICU. At his last physical, Zaf had refused the medication his doctor had offered when he noted Zaf’s slightly elevated cholesterol levels. “I said, ‘No, I will try to clean it up, just through running and choosing the right foods,’ and of course I neglected that.” “He recommended a stress test and I said, ‘Lloyd, I just got through running a half marathon without any struggle at all.’ So, we just let it go, and the next thing you know I am in the hospital with a heart attack.”

Sometimes he can’t help wondering how it could all have happened to him. Then he reminds himself, “It could happen to anyone at any time.” “I feel that if the good Lord decides to take me in the middle of a run, I can’t think of any other way that I would want to go down.”

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The Arts

Celebrating Years of Grandparents’ Day


Lower school music teacher Doni Princehorn created Grandparents’ Day three decades ago and has been leading it ever since.

We think the children in these historical photos are all grown up, with the exception of the little kindergarten turkey in the bottom right corner, who is now in eighth grade. See photos and video from Grandparents' Day at 26

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n w w w. u s n . o r g / a l u m n i

Class Notes 1957 Jon Van Til divides his time between a mountaintop home in Budapest and a lakeside home in Indiana. A retired professor of urban studies at Rutgers, he served as Fulbright Specialist in Hungary 2010-2011. As a volunteer in Hungary, he consults with, and writes about, the participatory democratic movement that is seeking to assure a fair and productive national election in 2014. Jon also lectures widely on the role of civil society and the role of sustained dialogue. In the first three months of 2013, Jon will speak in Cluj (Romania), Pecs (Hungary), Budapest, Philadelphia, Toronto, and Ottawa. Following on those exertions, Jon will visit Colorado, where his first grandchild, Graeme Wes Van Til, was born last September.

His most recent book (his twelfth) is Resolving Community Conflicts and Problems, published by the Columbia University Press. With his partner Agnes Kover, Jon will offer a course on sustained dialogue and public deliberation at the University of lllinois (Chicago) in September. For more information on Jon, see his website:

1961 Dolly Hood Noon has been busy, becoming

a First Responder and receiving a Certificate for National Service as Youth Mentor with AmeriCorps. She is a Board Certified Special Educator, getting a virtual business underway which will be supportive of Special Needs families, “and just earned Stanford University leader certification for the Chronic Disease SelfManagement Program. Continue to be licensed in Oregon and California as teacher in Special Education to provide education and life-skills instruction to Moderate/Severely Handicapped Students. Ready to relocate from wet-likeSeattle northern California coast, the Redwood forest and salmon, Hmong and natives on Tribal Lands having relinquished their hold on my soul. Two fine sons live with beautiful families so far away from here, what is known to be The Lost Coast.”


Jon Van Til visiting the offices of the Solidarity organization in Budapest

Susan Hammonds-White is “thinking about our 50th (!) reunion coming up a year from now. I would love to see many of our class come together for

such a special event.” She summed up her life: she and her husband Walter White live in Nashville; their daughter Christy, 24, was married last May. Susan has a fulltime counseling practice, working with couples and individuals. She received her doctorate in Human Development Counseling in 1989 from Peabody/Vanderbilt. “Prior to this I lived and worked in Boston, NYC, Bogota, Colombia, back to Boston, and on the way earned two masters (one in teaching and one in counseling psychology).” She has been active in professional organizations and was recently elected president-elect of the American Association of State Counseling Boards, having served as president of the Tennessee Board for Professional Counselors. She also sings in the choir and teaches adult Sunday School at Woodmont Christian Church. Susan says, “Some years ago I embarked on a project of interviewing some of our classmates about their experiences in high school...that project didn’t get completed, but I was privileged to speak to a number of us. What was most poignant to me was the intensity with which some memories had stayed alive...both happy and some not-sovery...although long ago, those years helped to form us in ways we could not have understood. We lived through turbulent times—1960-64 were significant...and we were there. Let’s try to get together in 2014.”

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A Peabody Life Carr Payne ‘44


arr Payne spent his childhood here. His grandparents lived on the top floor of Peabody’s Social Religious Building, and from nursery school until his 1944 high school graduation, he attended the Demonstration School. Peabody College would never have existed without Carr’s grandfather, Bruce Ryburn Payne, who devoted his life to Peabody. Since his grandfather died in 1937 when Carr was ten, his memories of Bruce R. Payne are domestic. He called his grandfather “Doc.” Carr never saw him without a suit on, despite a habit of dropping in to see his grandparents at any hour, including breakfast. Sometimes that might be fresh corn from Knapp Farm, the college’s demonstration farm on Elm Hill Pike. “Doc” loved Knapp Farm.

He was a poor sleeper, and when he awoke during the night he would speak his letters into the Dictaphone and make phone calls to his faculty, no matter the hour. Sometimes he drove to Knapp Farm, picking corn if it was ready. Sometimes he got up and, driving fast, went out of town Bruce Payne without disturbing Mrs. Payne, who suffered from migraines and slept in another room. “He didn’t waste any time,” says Carr. Every day after dinner (the main meal being served at mid-day), Dr. Payne took a nap, taking his much-used phone off the hook, sometimes threatening a noisy visiting boy with a hair brush. The Paynes are “an old Southern family from North Carolina.” With a life devoted to education, Carr has followed in their footsteps, though he once told his mother, “I’m interested in where the Paynes are going, not where they have been.” After the Civil War, the only way to get tools in North Carolina was to make them. Carr has an axe head that belonged to Doc’s father, who made it to cut down the trees used to build the house in Morgantown where Bruce Payne was born. Other forebears include his grandmother’s cousins, who were among the first female graduates of Duke University. Cousins Ida Carr and Fannie Carr were allowed to take classes without being admitted. “Then suddenly they had enough credits to graduate,” Carr says.

Carr Payne with his daughter Elizabeth McKinney, a teacher

Carr’s 14 years at Peabody Demonstration School yield many memories. Unlike some people, he didn’t mind working in Miss Pitt’s garden, pointing out that Miss Pitt was especially kind to his family. A flute player, Carr played in the college band as well as the Demonstration School band. He recalled being the only boy with eight girls in his French class, taught by Dr. Shane. “When it was time to take the French exam for my Ph. D., thanks to her, it was no trouble.” Another teacher he remembered with particular fondness was Dr. Armstrong, who taught social studies, “a big guy who had been state tennis champ in Oklahoma, proud of the fact that he could teach all ages” and “a modern, progressive educator.” Carr majored in psychology at Vanderbilt. He earned a Ph. D. in psychology from Princeton, then did research at the University of Illinois, where the department chairman was a Vanderbilt graduate. In 1951 Carr took a job teaching at Georgia Tech, thinking he would stay for just a year or two; it was fifty. His department chair Joseph E. Moore at Georgia Tech was a Peabody graduate who had trained with Dr. Garrison and taught at Peabody. On his recommendation, the Paynes sent their three children to the Lovett School, the “closest thing to Peabody Demonstration School in Atlanta.” At Georgia Tech, Carr says, “We were always building something. We did things.” At first, the psychology department had no major at Tech, but during his tenure the department “designed a psychology major against a tech school background.” They added a master’s degree and then a Ph. D., requiring the psychology majors to take the same science and math as engineers. “MIT came down and learned how to do things from us because we had already done it.” After all those years in Atlanta, Carr never expected to live in Nashville again. But a few years ago, his wife told him she was ready to move to Tennessee. So now he is here, in Franklin near his two daughters, one of whom is in the family business (teaching). 2 0 0 0 Edgehill


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n 1949, when he was in eighth grade at Peabody Demonstration School, Ogden Stokes decided to get both a law degree and a science degree. Of course, that’s just what he did, or we wouldn’t mention it now. Eighth grade turned out to be his next-to-last year at PDS, despite having a teacher that year who inspired him to choose his life’s work. (That was Robert Neal, also memorable for having all the boys sign the pledge “I don’t smoke and I don’t drink.”) Like many Peabody students in those days, Ogden chose to go elsewhere for high school, leaving behind the 31 other kids he had been in school with for years and enrolling in the 800-student Hillsboro.

“...most of what I learned, I learned on the job.”

Ogden Stokes, the boy climbing the highest, thinks the boy in the middle might be Allen Baker and the girl Jean Haggard Askew; it was PDS nursery school, in Mrs. Fenker’s class

and guided missiles. They had “the largest computers in the world,” he says. Lt. Stokes went to work there doing computer analysis for, among other projects, the design of the guidance system for the first Minuteman missile.

It wasn’t being bitten by Mrs. Fenker, his nursery school teacher, that drove him away. He could take that in stride. Mrs.Fenker just wanted him to know what it felt like to the little girl he had just bitten in frustration when she paid insufficient attention to what he was doing—one of the Werthan girls, as he recalls.

After the Air Force, he earned a master’s in physics from Vanderbilt, graduating in 1963, and went to work as a NASA computer analyst in Huntsville. In 1964 he went to Houston, joining legendary NASA flight director Chris Kraft’s division, working in the same building as Mission Control. He was there for Gemini IV, the first mission that NASA Houston controlled.

He had missed school when he was six, spending a year in the children’s wing of the tuberculosis hospital in Bordeaux. (The police academy is now on the hospital’s site.) His parents could visit once a week. Ogden recalls “a 6 month old baby there strapped to an ironing board to keep his spine from curving.”

“I had nine years of higher education,” Ogden says, “and most of what I learned, I learned on the job. In both careers, I needed to get actively involved, to get my hands dirty so to speak, in order to learn what I needed to know.”

After Hillsboro (“all right, but not too difficult”), he knew he would go to college like the rest of his family. Here is how he chose a school: he wanted a place without fraternities, which he thought had been too important at Hillsboro. And he determined that he needed external discipline.

If NASA hired an outside contractor to undertake a big project, the NASA scientist still had to do much of it. “NASA believed its scientist wouldn’t even know the questions to ask in order to evaluate the work of the contractor if its scientist hadn’t actually done a substantial amount of the process.”

So, allowing himself to be recruited by a couple of Hillsboro alumni, off he went to The Citadel, only to encounter the plebe system. When he couldn’t persuade his roommate to join him in quitting, Ogden decided to stick with it.

Ogden began going to law school at night, then he and his wife Barbara came back to Nashville so he could attend Vanderbilt Law full time. But he returned to NASA every summer. His last NASA project was the arm of the first space shuttle.

“Stick with it” is an understatement, since Ogden was ranked first in his class all four years there, majoring in physics and thus fulfilling part of that eighth grade vow. He entered the Air Force and spent more than two years at Holloman Air Force Base, the main research and testing site for such new initiatives as pilotless aircraft

His law career included several years of teaching at Vanderbilt and being a founder of the law firm Stokes Bartholomew. He and Barbara have a daughter, Demitri Stokes Bowen, who attended Peabody Demonstration School and University School of Nashville, graduating in 1986. She lives in Falls Church, Virginia, and her father says, “She’d send her kids to USN if she lived here.”


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Mike Nixon played in the United States

Senior Open. “I didn’t play very well but it is always fun to play with the ‘big boys,’

He was also commissioned to create a 29' tall bronze sculptural fountain for the College of DuPage, in Glen Ellyn, Illinois.

even though they are quite a bit younger. All of a sudden 50 year

Since she got her master’s

olds look like kids!”

degree in Mental Health


“being a counselor, still keeping

Kenneth Jost is the author

up with the art. Oh, and I will be

of The Supreme Court

married in May!”

Counseling, Larkin Oates loves

In October, Kao Bin Chou was promoted to the rank of Colonel in the U.S. Army. He serves as the Regimental Surgeon for the 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Benning, Georgia. The next assignment for him and the family is with Special Operations Command Central (SOCCENT), in Tampa, Florida, starting in summer 2014.


Yearbook and editor of The Supreme Court A to Z

Sarah Towle’s app Beware MME

(both CQ Press). His blog is

la Guillotine was named a top ten

Jost on Justice.

2012 educational travel app by the World Youth and Student Educational Travel Confederation.

1967 Rosemary Zibart’s book

True Brit, Beatrice 1940 won the 2012 NM-AZ Award for Historical Fiction, “and my next book Forced Journey: The Saga of Werner Berlinger about a 12-year-old Jewish boy who flees Nazi-held Germany in 1939 and struggles to make a new life in NYC will be published in March.”


Mike Nixon ‘64 playing golf with Fred Couples

1981 Kirk Reber backpacked trough Europe for a month 7 years ago. “One dream of a lifetime completed. I still own and operate my stained glass studio, Creative Glassworks (20 years).” His “wonderful” son Ian will be 6 this year. They live in Jacksonville, Florida.

1982 1973

Michael Rosen’s new company,

The Tennessee Music Teachers Association selected Connie Heard as the best teacher of the year.

Provider Trust, was awarded the 2012 Nashville Chamber of Rosemary Zibart’s awardwinning book

1980 John Medwedeff has a sculpture and metal

work exhibition at Gallery 210 on the campus of the University of Missouri St. Louis this spring. It’s called “Rhythm, Line, & Form: The Sculpture of John Medwedeff.” exhibitions/galleryb/

Commerce Next Award in the category of Technology startup.

1985 Jeff and Chrissy Havens ’87 Spigel took

their family on a bike/camping trip in the southern rim of the Grand Canyon and the Kaibab National Forest, after a very different trip in the spring to the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas. The Spigels have been in D.C. for 20 years.

Nadeam Elshami has been named chief of staff for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi after having served as her communications director and senior advisor. He has also worked for Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL). From his Washington Post profile page: “Elshami, who started his political career in the Senate mail room, was named as incoming House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s (DCalif.) communications director and senior adviser in 2011….Since he arrived in Pelosi’s office in 2007, Elshami helped craft her message, trying to translate legislative priorities into talking points that House Democrats can easily communicate to the American people. As Pelosi moved from speaker to minority leader, her longtime communications director, Brendan Daly, left for the private sector. Elshami was Daly’s deputy, and stepped into the top communications role at a turning point for Democrats.”

1988 David Gardner has finished his Master’s in

Communication from Georgia State University with a thesis looking at “how TV publicists and TV critics work together behind the scenes in Hollywood to create TV fans. CBS’ Hawaii Five-0 and AMC’s The Walking Dead were case studies.” He completed the first semester of the Ph.D program in Communication at GSU and taught "The Business of Entertainment.” “I will be returning to work in TV/ continued on page 33

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Ground Control to Edward Edward Masuoka ‘70 by Tom Bailey ‘85


ver wondered where all those satellite images of forest fires, floods and hurricanes on the nightly news come from? Wonder no more, they come from Edward Masuoka. Well, from NASA’s Terrestrial Information System Laboratory, of which he is the chief. Those pictures aren’t just for television, though. Edward’s group produces images widely used by scientists studying global change and by the community responding to natural disasters. Because of Edward’s work, you can sit at your computer in Nashville or Chicago, visit the the Terrestrial Information System Laboratory’s website, and look at burn scars in Tasmania and fires in Coon Creek, California or at a park in Victoria, Australia. Edward’s career with NASA began thirty-five years ago in geobotany. He and a team of other young NASA scientists found that symptoms of stress in some species of trees in Eastern hardwood forests—delayed spring growth and the earlier onset of fall colors—were indicators that lead-zinc deposits lay underneath. These findings have helped map probable locations of economically important minerals like copper, lead, and zinc. In the mid-1980s, Edward and a co-worker designed their division’s computer center for processing satellite data. This accomplishment led to his leading the group that provides computing support for the Earth Resources Branch at Goddard.

Now, at the Terrestrial Information System Lab, Edward turns massive amounts of data into images and information useful to a broad spectrum of users—from scientists to the general public— for a broad spectrum of uses. Their work helps scientists decipher much of what we know about our climate and planet. The images from Edward’s group are also crucial in helping us deal with natural disasters. Scientists in his lab use instruments like the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (Rapid Response) technology to track wildfires. (Go to NASA’s Earth Observatory, find “Global Maps,” then take a look at the fire maps.) The Forest Service relies on Edward and his team. Fighting forest fires requires that images of affected areas are accurate and updated quickly. In 2007, to cope with stress, Edward began running. He now runs over 2,000 miles a year. Last year, he finished his first 100 mile race 32

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(the “Beast of Burden” in Lockport, New York). “Sometimes after hours of running you reach a state of transcendence, but more Edward Masuoka ’70 (l.) commonly it’s a matter of setting pain aside and focusing solely on moving forward one step at a time.” When he’s not running or creating images of the globe, Edward may be in his basement making stoneware or raku pottery with his wife Penny and daughter Christine. Edward met Penny (“the patience of a saint”) in Knoxville when he was pursuing his M.S. in Geology from UT. She is a researcher at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, where she studies vector-borne diseases like malaria. As a Harvard undergraduate geology major, Edward took classes from Stephen Gould and E.O. Wilson, experts in evolutionary biology and biodiversity. But he sees his time at PDS as pivotal. “PDS provided an excellent foundation…building character and stressing academic excellence.” Several of his teachers stand out. “Mrs. Metzger (chemistry), Mr. Bradley (physics) and Mr. Kammerud (mathematics) did an excellent job preparing me for my undergraduate studies. My love of reading and the small success I have with writing I attribute to Mrs. Hitchcock’s English classes. The wonderful atmosphere of the school reflects the nature of its long-time principal, Dr. McCharen.” Edward is not the only member of the class of 1970 working at NASA, as he discovered a couple of years ago when he reconnected with Bruce Davis, a senior scientist at NASA’s Stennis Space Center. (Bruce’s brother Buck was profiled in an earlier edition of 2000 Edgehill.) A man whose career puts him on the cutting edge of human understanding and whose hobbies involve marathons and the creation of art would seem to have no time for the trivial. But he confesses, “My guilty pleasure is reality TV, particularly Gold Rush and Pawn Stars.”

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Entertainment public relations in 2013, with an eye towards staying in Atlanta.”

1991 Sara Lubow Fried’s business, Fête Nashville

Weddings & Events, has for the second year been voted “Best Wedding Planner” for The Knot Best of Weddings. Also in 2012, results were announced for the international Wedding Industry Experts Awards. This annual competition recognizes some of the most popular wedding vendors at a local, national and international level. There were 33 categories in total including everything from Best Accessories to Best Wedding Planner. In the Wedding Planner category, Fête Nashville placed 2nd for the state and twelfth worldwide. For more information, see or email Sara Fried at Sara is helping USN’s junior class plan the prom this year. She says, “The students are so creative, passionate and fun to work with! So far, they’ve given some hints about the theme, but my lips are sealed!” David Perry, associate professor of history

at Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois, published an op-ed piece about Down Syndrome on in September.

1992 Corsair Craft Distllery, owned by Darek Bell and Andrew Webber, won both the “Craft Distillery of the Year” and “Innovator of the Year” in the Icons of Whiskey Awards in 2012. They also won 18 awards at ADI’s 6th Annual Judging of Artisan American Spirits in 2012 and 44 medals at international spirits competitions this past year.


Lana Taradash’s children

notable individuals in Nashville’s business community by the Nashville Business Journal.

1994 Lana Faye Taradash’s third child Noah joins big sisters Madeline (4) and Amelia (3). Erika Miller Shuman and her husband have welcomed their sixth child into the world. “Leora joins big sisters Malka, Rivka and Adina and big brothers Yaacov & Avi who all love and adore her.” Jamie Bradshaw’s baby girl born in August

joins big brother Martin.

1995 Chris Cowperthwaite and his sister Sarah

‘96 recently went on a two-week pilgrimage to Israel with their parents “and 25 members of our dad’s congregation from St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Franklin. It was incredible to see a part of the world so steeped in history and complex current events. We were glad to return safely, though, right as the tensions with Hamas hit a boiling point.” Chris has accepted a job as Manager of Communications and Outreach for the North Carolina Nurses Association. “I’m thrilled to be an advocate for people doing extremely important work, and the icing on the cake is that my new office will be in a great part of town just five minutes from my house in Raleigh.”

Jason Shawhan is a film critic for the

Nashville Scene.


The six children of Brad and Erika Miller Shuman ‘94

fellowship at Vanderbilt University in June and is “enjoying a short break with my two boys before I rejoin the work force. I recently caught up with Richa Misra, who was visiting her parents with her husband Raj and her two children, Rohan and Ruchika. They live in the San Fransisco Bay area. I also recently met up with Catherine McIntyre Gorzkowski who was visiting her parents for the holidays with her husband Ed and her two children, Abigail and Ed. It seems that time is just flying by!”

Sara and Richard Bovender ’97 with their twins

Uma Gunasekaran and her husband Ramesh Brian Lapidus and Alexander Brandau ’96

were named among the “40 under 40”

Alwarappan welcomed their second child in December. Uma finished her Endocrinology continued on next page

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Behin Barahimi ’99 with her husband Brett Inglis and their son Kian Elise Tyler ’02 and her brother William Tyler ’98 at their latest venture, the Stone Fox

1997 Mara Bissell has been accepted to the Master’s Program in Information Science at the University of Tennessee. Meredith Powers Bruner writes that her three year old Elliott thinks his new baby sister Josie is “pretty cool.”

1998 UT medical graduate Bryan Kraft is a fellow in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Duke University Medical Center. He and his wife have a one year old son. William Tyler was named by Spin

Magazine as one of the five best new artists for February 2013.

1999 Chris Mayne received his Ph.D. in Chemistry

from the University of Illinois (2011) in the laboratory of Prof. John A. Katzenellenbogen. Chris’s thesis research focused on the computer-aided design and chemical synthesis of ligands targeting the estrogen (ER) and progesterone (PR) receptors for use as anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, and tumorimaging agents. In 2011, Chris joined the Tajkhorshid laboratory at the Beckman Institute as a postdoctoral research associate, where he utilizes molecular dynamics (MD) simulations to study the effects of sequence mutations on agonist and antagonist conformations of ER-ligand complex-


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es, and develops the Forcefield Toolkit (ffTK)—a VMD plugin that aids users in parameterizing small molecules for use in MD simulations. Most recently, Chris has joined the TCBG software development team where he will continue to develop VMD plugins that facilitate the application MD technologies towards drug discovery. Adrienne Moore graduated from Northwestern University and then got a Masters of Fine Arts in Theatre at The New School for Drama. She lives and works as an actress in New York City and has a recurring role in a new show coming out in June, Orange is The New Black. Adrienne says it’s a Netflix Original Series (like House of Cards) created by Jenji Kohan, creator of HBO’s Weeds).

Sarah Nadler Wolfe ’99 shows USN to her baby, Anna

Rachel Levy Howell ’00 and Quentin

Heather Barksdale, a case manager at Vanderbilt University Medical center, has received a Credo Award, “established to recognize staff and faculty who consistently demonstrate the Medical Center’s standards for service and all-around professionalism.”

2000 Rachel Levy Howell ‘00 and her husband Patrick welcomed a beautiful and healthy baby boy, Quentin William, on July 29th, 2012. He was born a month early, but at 6 lbs, 15 oz, his surprise arrival was more than welcome! Rachel is loving her new life as a stay-at-home mom, though she's glad to be out of the newborn stage and finding small windows to work on her writing again. It's been fun keeping up with fellow classmates and their weddings/babies on facebook—keep 'em coming, CFH!

Rachel and Leeman Tarpley Kessler ‘00

2012 was an unexpected year for Leeman Kessler nee Tarpley, who began a comedy webseries called “Ask Lovecraft” where he impersonates 1930s horror writer H.P.

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Alumni Take Center Stage at Music Night on Edgehill Every year USN parents look forward to USNA’s big event Music Night, a chance to gather at school for good food and drink and a concert in the auditorium that could only happen here. This year, the USN stamp on the event was even more unmistakable —both of the talented musicians on that stage had appeared on it many times before when they were USN students. Gabe Dixon ’96 (r.) and Shooter Jennings ’97 performed in the first-ever all-alumni Music Night. The crowd loved them.

berly Manz photos by Kim

See photos of Music Night at

2001 classmates (l. to r.) Max Loosen, James Sulkowski, Hitesh and Rupal Dayal, Seth Yazdian, Behnaz Barahimi Sulkowski, and Stephen Quinn at the Dayal baby shower Oliver and Priya Ollapally Wellington ’00 at their Nashville wedding

Katherine Spitz '01 with her new husband William Hale

Lovecraft, offering advice to real people across the world. He also started working as a middle school French teacher at Toronto’s Dragon Academy and wishes to thank Mme. Interlandi for her years of patience with him as it led to this remarkable opportunity. His wife Rachel Kessler continues her work as a priest in the

Anglican Diocese of Toronto and the two discuss Faith, Family, and Fandom on their regular podcast, Geekually Yoked.

Brittany McFall and her husband are U.S. Peace Corps Volunteers in Zambia, working in the environmental program.

Priya Ollapally Wellington and her new

In January Christine Rogers was featured in the Nashville Scene for the work she’s doing in India on her Fulbright Fellowship.

husband Oliver live in Brooklyn, “but we were lucky enough to get married in Nashville.”

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interiors, graphics, planning, and landscape design.”


Mara and Philip Oliphant ‘03

Mclaine Richardson has taken over the well-

Methods class senior year. Check out his blog: 2012/12/meeting-bill.html

known Nashville jewelry business Margaret Ellis Jewelry. Alexandra Kinzer Nienhuis writes that Clare

Nicole Thompson is a Ph.D. student at

McKenzie came to her wedding in Philadelphia last summer.

Columbia University, doing research in primate behavior.


2003 John and Rebecca McElroy Robuck ‘03 Kacey Fuldauer and Bun Lundin ‘03 at the wedding

David Tannenbaum writes, “After eight Zeynap Goral is a freelance web designer


and writer.

Max Goldberg was named in Forbes’ “30 Under 30” series in the food category.

Alex Bissell has passed the bar, his sister

Mara tells us. Rupal and Hitesh Dayal, who are expecting their first child in May, had a Nashville baby shower “and had a blast! As usual, lifelong USN friends were there to help us celebrate the occasion!”

When Philip Oliphant got married in October to his “girlfriend of over 4 years,” they “shared the day with many USN graduates (Adam Hirsch, Evan Remer, Jordan Remer).

2002 Marisa Lipsey is working on a Ph.D. in Wildlife Biology at the University of Montana, studying grassland conservation in the Northern Great Plains. Lauren Martin will receive her M. Ed. from

Vanderbilt in May. Russell Ries has an interesting story to tell about some old photos he found at a fleamarket in Monteagle. He mentions the interest in history that he began to cultivate in Mr. Durnan’s Historical


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When Rebecca McElroy was married, her cousins Amanda McElroy ’05 and Amy McElroy ’07 were her maids of honor. Also present at the wedding were Elise Blackburn ’15 and Rebecca’s ’03 classmates George Brandes, Dwight Chambers, Kacey Fuldauer, Adam Greer, Ben Lundin, Colin Pigott, Lauren Prince, and Steven Venick.

years serving in government, from working for the Army to my final job at the Treasury I’ve just joined the private sector to start my own company.” It carries his family’s traditional company name, Blackstone, and works to help banks enforce sanctions. “I’m very excited for this opportunity as I believe the best way to protect our country and enhance our sanctions programs is through private industry, and I look forward to giving small banks and foreign financial institutions the capability that nobody has offered.”

Jennie West is an associate in the new

Gould Evans studio opened in New Orleans. Gould Evans is a national firm that specializes in “architecture,

The class of 2004 getting together over the holidays, as is their wont

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David Martin, who has a master’s degree in

biomedical engineering from Tulane, works at Brainlab in Jacksonville. Eleanor Schneider has returned to the U.S.

after her graduation from university in the U.K. Jarrett Stein, a University of Pennsylvania

graduate, is the director of Student and Academic Engagement for Penn’s Urban Nutrition Initiative (UNI), which addresses poor nutrition and physical fitness in West Philadelphia.

Chelsea Gifford ’07 at USN to help with the second grade bike unit

2008 Jared Stillman has a radio show of his own, “The Jared Stillman Sports Project.” He’s on AM New Hampshire, WKXL. You can listen at

Katie Goldstein is an Associate Campaign

Manager at Coxe Curry & Associates in Atlanta. Hua Chai is “an east-coast transplant try-

ing to make the best of life as a MSTPer in LA.” She is also the creator of the blog Forward and Onward. In November Avery Brandes joined a new company, Bernard Health, working as a Retail Health Advisor offering healthcare advice on medical bills, COBRA, insurance, and Medicare. Their slogan: “The best health insurance advice. Guaranteed.”

2006 Andrew Swanson received Steppenwolf

Theatre’s inaugural Acting Fellowship.

Tim and Lauren Berck Williams ‘07


Sewanee finally released Michael Coogan, who is now scaling the lower rungs of the corporate ladder at Northwestern Mutual. If you know him, you can expect a call about your financial future soon...better yet beat the rush and email him at One month after Nicole Deane was graduated from USC, she went to work for Pixar as an editorial intern. She is thus credited on Monsters University and credited as an assistant editor on three Cars Toons shorts, to be shown on television and on DVDs). Nicole was then offered an entrylevel position in the editorial department at Pixar and now is an editorial production assistant “doing assistant editing work and PA work in a pool of assistants that serves the editorial needs of several projects currently in development/pre-production (including Lee Unkrich’s Day of the Dead film).” “Waking Up,” a student thesis film she edited at USC, has been accepted to several festivals, recently winning Best Short, Best Actor, and Best Director at the Asian on Film festival. (See “Tina for President,” a short film Nicole wrote, was selected as 1 of 4 screenplays to be produced by USC Film School Spring 2012 (with a grant of $10,000). It was shown at the Syracuse International film festival and won Best Picture and Best Actress at the Southern

2007 When Chelsea Gifford was in Nashville, after living most recently in Boulder, Colorado, she rode her bike to school to help with the second grade bike unit. Drew Berger won the “Airtime” category,

Mountain South division, of the Red Bull Paper Plane contest, with a time of 8.2 seconds.

Kristi Nye ‘08 and Tyler Studanski on their wedding day

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California Business film festival. “We’re still waiting to hear back from other festivals.” The trailer: When Kristi Nye got married, she chose the 23rd “because of my basketball number I have had throughout my career at USN and in college. We are currently living in Minnesota while I finish school and my final basketball season. He landed his dream job right out of college so it looks like we will be staying up here in the cold for a while.”

2010 Willliam Green has started writing op-ed columns for the student newspaper at George Washington University, the GW Hatchet. 25/william-green-congress-shouldntgamble-with-student-aid/


Anya Weitzman is an arts educator and

Princeton student Eliot Linton co-wrote Princeton’s Triangle Show, “a big ole musical revue,” which toured the U.S. with a stop in Nashville at the end of January. “It has a grand history of jokes, songs, male kicklines, everybody crossdressing and F. Scott Fitzgerald crossdressing.”

freelance artist in Pittsburgh. She is a workshop leader and teacher at Assemble, “an amazing space for Art +Tech.”

named Freshman of the Year by Skyd

John Manson’s daughter Dorian

Jesse Shofner, still playing Ultimate, was

Magazine and named to their AllWill Krugman is an intern at McNeely

American team. She also played on the

Pigott & Fox Public Relations in Nashville for the spring semester. He was graduated from UT in May.

U.S. women’s team, which placed second in

2009 Yale Whiffenpoof Henry Gottfried was with the famous

a capella group when they performed at USN this winter.

the men’s team, which placed first.)

2012 Marlo Kalb gave a talk at Boston University

the Phi Beta Kappa chapter at Kenyon College this fall. Her mother writes, “USN taught her well!” Joe Spradley writes, “2013


started off with a big change for me. I decided to leave Com2us after 2.5 years and over 10 million downloads of my game, Tower Defense ( I’ll stay in Seoul for the time-being working as a smart-mobile project consultant and creating a new game design blog with a few friends and academics.”


Ireland in August. (Eli Motycka ’13 was on

for MLK day. According to a USN parent who drew our attention to it, her speech is “pretty amazing and she references USN’s 2011 Diversity Summit speaker, Tim Wise, and lessons learned from her H.S. classes. Her individual talk begins at minute 12 and goes to minute 20.”

Mary Allen was inducted into

Henry Gottfried ’09 greeting his former teacher Katie Greenebaum when he visited USN with the Yale Whiffenpoofs in January

the World Junior Ultimate Championship in

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Meredith Powers Bruner’s daughter Josie

Priya Ollapally ‘00 and Oliver Wellington, October 6, 2012 Katherine Spitz ‘01 and William Hale,

October 6, 2012 Samantha Nedelman ‘03 and Sam Lee,

May 20, 2011 Mathilda Bradshaw, Jamie’s baby

Brad and Erika Miller Shuman ‘94, a daughter, Leora, December 11, 2012 Uma Gunasekaran ’96 and Ramesh

Alwarappan, a son, Kavi Alwarappan, December 2, 2012 Lora and John Manson ‘96, a daughter, Dorian Elise, December 30, 2012 Dan and Meredith Powers Bruner ’97, a daughter, Josie, December 19, 2012

Adam Small’s son Chase

Quentin Howell, Rachel Levy Howell’s son

Sara and Richard Bovender ‘97, sons Everett Oliver and Hunter James, December 27, 2012 Nic and Gracey Lipman Donahue ‘99, a son, Nash, May 22, 2012 Behin Barahimi ‘99 and Brett Inglis, a son, Kian Iraj Inglis, November 3, 2012

Patrick and Rachel Levy Howell ’00, a son, Quentin William, July 29, 2012

In Memoriam Peggy Fountain Pinkston ‘36 Jane Chadwell Delony ‘37 James Parman ‘39 Kavi Alwarappan, Uma Gunasekaran’s son

Kevin Kiesler’s baby Hannah

Rebecca McElroy ’03 and John Robuck,


September 2, 2012

Patricia and Kevin Kiesler ’88, a daughter, Hannah Danielle, December 1, 2012

Philip Oliphant ’03 and Mara Levin,

October 6, 2012

Amy and Barret Chapman ‘91, a daughter, Avery Quinn, October 8, 2012.

Alexandra Kinzer ’04 and Ryan Nienhuis,

August 18, 2012

Jeff Dibrell ‘43 Joy Lyell Hunter ‘45 Mary Ann Parks Cromeans ‘49 Nancy Thrower Coleman ‘50 Jerry Klein ‘53 Jacqueline Ivie ‘54 Helen “Pie” Stewart Campbell ‘55

Ashley and Adam Small ‘93, a son, Chase Jackson, October 18, 2012

Kristi Nye ’08 and Tyler Studanski,

June 23, 2012

Mary Newman Hackett ‘40

Lana Fay Taradash ’94 and Adam Scheiner,

Huell Howser ‘63 Maurine Gordon ‘75 and ‘76 David Halverstadt ‘88

a son, Noah Henry Scheiner, July 31, 2012 Obituaries for most of these alumni are at Natalia and Jamie Bradshaw ‘94, a daughter, Mathilda Isadora, August 17, 2012

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HS Accolades continued At Model United Nations Conference, Isaac Gabella ’14 (representing China) won the Outstanding Security Council Delegate Award. Youssef Doss and Fred Crumbo ’16, representing Egypt, were nominated for Outstanding Delegate Awards. Douglas Corzine and Emily Davis ’15 earned Outstanding Delegate Awards for representing Uganda. In the International Court of Justice (ICJ), Mira Wasserman ’14 and Caroline Zhao ’15 served as Associate Justices of the Court. Maurice Chiang and Chandler Floyd ’15 received the Best Memorial Award, and Sam May and Neil Zheng ’15 received the Best CounterMemorial Award. Sam and Neil won the Best Oral Argument (Applicant) Award, and Maurice and Chandler won the Best Oral Argument (Respondent) Award. Mira Wasserman ’14 was elected as President of the ICJ; Caroline Zhao ’15 was re-elected as an Associate Justice, and Chandler Floyd,

Maurice Chiang, and Neil Zheng as Associate Justices. (Every justice on the court will be a USN student.) In the General Assembly, Emily Davis ’15 was elected a Vice-President.

Last spring 24 USN high school students took the national Chinese exam, HSK, the first time that USN students have participated. More than 95% of USN students taking the exam passed Levels II and III, and several obtained near perfect scores.

Community Service Last fall seniors led the “Light the Night Club” in honor of a classmate, raising $39,377 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The Habitat for Humanity Club raised more than $4,000 with their Spaghetti Supper and more than $4,600 with their Home Run for Habitat.

Volunteerism and Service Learning. Sarah Alberts and Mallory Leeper ’13 led off the conference with “There’s a Brighter Side to Every Day: Empowering Students as Leaders.” Alexis Hood ’13, Madi Hunt ’13, Stephanie King ’13 and Alec Eskind ’14 presented “Speak Up; Act Now: Connection is Key.” USN was one of three finalists for the “Sustainable Community” award of the Nashville Technology Council. USN’s student-led sustainability efforts include 10+ years of geo-thermal power usage, purchase of the River Campus, hydration stations, LEED gold-certified cafeteria with no disposable service products, composting, oncampus garden, motion-sensor lights, recycling program, and new solar-panels at the River Campus.

Six students presented workshops at the annual Tennessee Conference on

Summer Opportunities (from page 18) Skye Cameron went on a National Geographic Student Expedition to the plains of Montana and Yellowstone National Park. Ria Jagasia worked in a Vanderbilt laboratory experimenting on the Secretion of Insulin and Glucagon in Islets in the Pancreas. Crystal Kao worked in a Vanderbilt laboratory experimenting on Neuronal Resistance to Hypoxia in In-vitro Thalamo-cordical Brain Slices of Rats. Dalaina Kimbro spent seven weeks in the Dominican Republic with Amigos de las Americas doing community work. Mallory Leeper attended the Brown Environmental Leadership Lab (BELL) at Brown University. Jeffrey Malkofsky-Berger attended the Pre-College Film Program at Watkins College of Art and Design. Jack Rayson attended the University of Virginia Young Writer’s Program in script-writing. Simone Sanders worked on her Spanish by living with a family in Mendoza, Argentina.


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Anything for our archives? Clare Ackerman ’96, a Public History graduate student at MTSU, has been working part-time in the PDS and USN archives since last summer. After counting the thousands of items and created a database, she has begun digitizing our photos and other material, with help from volunteers. Part of the archives’ mission is to “organize, describe, make available, preserve and interpret records of historical value to University School of Nashville.” As we approach 2015, the centennial year of the founding of Peabody Demonstration School, we hope more and more alumni will entrust us with their PDS and USN photos, varsity letters, programs, and other things from your school days. We look forward to sharing them with everyone.

If you would like to donate material for the archives, or if you want to help with this project, please email or

This megaphone belonged to the late Ed Allen ‘72, whose mother donated it to the archives.

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