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Mystery Photo/Letters to the Editor back corner the carillon, which is played by hitting with a little hammer; Peggy Ann Armstrong on drum, Steve Riven on tuba, in front of him Charles Smith on trumpet. Behind McNeil Stokes is Mary Gail Pilcher. The band director was either Don Cassell, who played in the Nashville Brass, or Dr. Fite. One more note: Sam Dillard and Charles Smith played fiddle in a bluegrass band, the Green Hills Boys, that won the Ted Mack Amateur Hour. n Carr Payne ’44 called, too. Having played the flute from fourth grade through high school, he knew the band room well, pointing out that Vanderbilt’s now demolished Wesley Hall is visible through the window. Before it was the band room it was the kindergarten, he said. About 1940 the college was beefing up its music offerings, with high school bands coming from all over for competitions. Carr said that the college bought many instruments then and kept them “in a vault in a basement of the Dem School.” Since many of the instruments were made in Europe, the war put a stop to their acquisition. The college got a letter from the British Navy saying the shipments would no longer be allowed. Perhaps those bells in the corner came over on that last ship.

Paul Montgomery, W.G. Doris, Jimmy Cox, and Joy St. John. I have no idea of the class that was involved.” n Roy Smith ’60 writes, “The photo of the happy band members include Wally Wolfe at far right, and maybe Charlie Smith at far left second row. Possibly Mac Stokes second from right first row.” n Scott Sudduth ’54 also mentions the vault where the instruments were kept “at the bottom of the nearby stairs and checked out before each session.” This photo seems to him the junior high band in 1952-53. “The band program was unique in that it was available to all members of the school and introduced us to playing musical instruments. There were several excellent directors especially Tom Cowan and Charles Bryant in those years of the early 1950s and late ‘40s.” He recognizes “Jim Ward is second from left in the front row with Sam Dillard just behind him. At the other end of same row (l. to r.) are Bob Vaughan, McNeil Stokes, and Wallace Wolfe with Mary Gail Pilcher just behind them. Standing in the back row are Peggy Armstrong, Eileen Harap (in front of glockenspiel) and Ben Rowan is seated.”

Carr mentioned our friend Boyd McKeown ‘41, who visited at Reunion last year. Boyd played the trombone and the vibraharp and went on to become the director of music for Cobb County Schools in Georgia.

n Mary Frances Boyce ’57 dates the photo to “1950-51 as I am not pictured and I joined the band in 1951-52. I was in the string class only in 1949-50 and 1950-51.” Agreeing about Eileen Harap and Wally Wolfe, she adds, “Perhaps the boy on the front row far right is Fred Smith. He was in my class (1957).”

n Merrill Moore ’51 writes, “I believe the people in the picture at the bottom of page 4 of the current [2000] Edgehill have been identified. In case they have not, they are: from left-first two girls ??; 3rd JoJo Finney,

n Of course Charlotte Wolfe ’54 recognized her brother Wally, several other young musicians, and the tubular bells, saying, “The boy third from the right in the front row looks like Bobby Vaughan.”

n Scott Sudduth ’54 wrote first about the previous Mystery Photo, the one in the grocery store. He agrees “that it was an Economics Class of Dr. Holden’s probably in 1950-51. The boys are Paul Montgomery, W. G. Dorris, and Jim Cox, all ’51 as is Karrene Payne, third from left.” n Pauline Gilbert Bader ’51 also called about that photo. She said it was Joy St. John on the right, holding the handbag; then, reading left, Jimmy Cox, W.G. (Bill) Dorris, Paul Montgomery in the dark shirt, and JoJo Finney with a loaf of bread. n A USN parent, Andy May, did a little research on the 1929 debate team of Lucius Burch, Robert Clements, Stanford Moore, and Bruce Henderson (2000 Edgehill, 2011 Issue I, Story Forum, pp. 910)—quite the impressive group, he said. Stanford Moore ’31 went on to win the Nobel Prize, Bruce Henderson ‘32 to found Boston Consulting Group (see p. 6 of this magazine for more about him), and Lucius Burch ‘30 to become Martin Luther King, Jr.’s attorney, among other things. We would love to know something about Robert Clements. n “For ‘older’ old-timers, it’s always good to know that there were decades of classes before we graduated—and that Drs. Beauchamp and Holden were really there ‘at the creation,’ to paraphrase Dean Acheson.” Steve Sternheimer ‘60

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Lower School

Last spring, the fourth grade science unit overlapped with the computer class when students were researching fresh water mussels. The children created and gave PowerPoint presentations, printing slides from each which were laminated and bound to make a field guide. When the students went kayaking on the Duck River, they could use their field guides to identify the mussels and varying habitats that they saw along the river. The park staff were amazed at how much the students had learned. This fall, the fourth graders studied trees native to Tennessee. They collected leaves and researched tree facts. The students learned how to make a multi-page Microsoft Word document, complete with a table of contents. They typed their tree fact research into the document and pressed their leaves, which were then attached to the proper page of the document. Students even had room to hand draw some examples of the tree bark and spring buds. Lower school students are producing high quality work using the same word processing tools that they will need in middle and high school. In some cases, they are even showing their parents a few new tips. While computers can be a source of entertainment, the Lower School students have learned the value of using technology to extend and augment their educational experience at USN. Opposite page: Gordon Yancey; this page top: Lower School Tech Coordinator Jill Bauer with Luca Cmelak and Wei Dai; bottom: Camille Wright Photos by Kimberly Manz

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High School

The Green Police

by Dawn Matthies, high school science teacher

“Compost! Compost!” Amidst the sounds of ukuleles, acoustic guitars, and spontaneous vocal harmonies that break out in the halls of USN, a new song may be heard. This song comes from senior Anna Cone, veteran member of the High School’s Environmental Club. Swinging a composting bucket, she sings in the halls, beckoning her peers to join in her passion for sustainability. The Environmental Club has been active for years, its membership waxing and waning. Flash back to the year 2008, when Anna Cone, Will Kochtitzky and Jessica Cohen entered High School. Inspired by their personal experiences with environmental causes, they were collectively passionate about raising environmental awareness. Under their leadership, the Environmental Club has grown from a club focused on small scale changes to a group 35 strong and growing. They have established a composting program, with compost collection sites throughout the school. The compost is used to grow vegetables and herbs in the raised garden beds on campus. Last year a composting specialist talked to the club about the importance of composting, and the students created a humorous pro-composting video, inspiring the high school. As momentum grew for composting, friends and peers wanted to learn more about the environment. Simultaneously, inspiration was coming from another force—high school English teacher Freya Sachs ’00. Freya began teaching “Environmental Perspectives,” an interdisciplinary, discussion-based version of Environmental Science (which grew from an independent study project Freya completed in high school with former science teacher Jane Bibring). Students caught up in this green wave enrolled in Environmental Perspectives, completing projects aimed at identifying ways to make USN that much more environmentally friendly. Substantial changes have followed. Until the spring of 2009, the cafeteria’s serving dishes and utensils were Styrofoam and plastic. A proposal by Lily Alberts ’09 and Kate Thorstad ’10 called for a shift to more sustainable options. A grant from the Benedict Foundation allowed us to buy a dishwasher, washable take-out boxes, cups, and flatware, dramatically lowering the 20

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cafeteria’s solid waste output. Last year, a joint project between Environmental Perspectives and Bill Rodriguez’s Engineering class led to an Edward E. Ford Challenge Grant providing matching funds (up to $50,000) toward installing solar panels at the River Campus to power scoreboards and offset some of the energy requirements of the comfort station. Today the Environmental Club is thriving. Their fundraising includes an annual used clothing swap, with last year’s proceeds going to Haiti Earthquake relief and part of this year’s profits to the fifth grade Environmental Rescue Club. Their profit-share evening with Chipotle Mexican Grill raised more than $1,200 toward the solar panel project. Environmental Club members have pursued activism outside the USN campus as well. Some helped plan the Nashville event Moving Planet, and others organized a trip to Vanderbilt for a talk by environmentalist Bill McKibben. What would graduating leaders Jessica, Will, and Anna like to see at USN in the future? For Will it is clear: “I hope that the Environmental Club will continue to support USN in making a transition to carbon neutrality. Carbon neutrality is our ultimate goal, and it is going to happen. It is just a matter of how we get there and when.” Other changes: Environmental Perspectives Projects n Major changes in the 2009 Commencement include 100% recycled programs, compostable cups, and fewer water bottles. T n A 2010 project has led the art department toward reducing water use and toxicity of supplies and increasing their use of recyclables. n A student project contributed to the installation of automatic flush toilets in some bathrooms to reduce water consumption. n Student proposals pushed for a change from 100% virgin sourced paper to at least 30% recycled paper in workrooms and computer labs, as well as the acquisition of a duplex printer that prints on both sides of paper. Environmental Club Projects n Putting recycling bins in all classrooms n Mentoring the fifth grade Environmental Rescue Club n Sponsoring Bike to School Day n Contributing money toward the new outdoor classroom n Buying the first sensor lighting in bathrooms; contributing to installing sensor lighting in all bathrooms n Establishing a ‘Green Fund’ for student-led sustainability projects n Forming the ‘Green Police,’ aimed at helping others work toward sustainability

USN 2000 Edgehill #1/2012  

University School of Nashville alumni magazine