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					JULY 2009
globally focused
                  Immerse yourself in the following pages, and
                  learn how our school prepares students for the
                  interconnected world in which they live.
                  In educational circles, like many others, globalization is one of those terms that has become
                  so well worn as to risk becoming trite and its use a “me-too” response. This circumstance,
                  however, in no way diminishes the importance of it to our work. What it does demand is a
                  definition of what we mean when we write of being a globally-oriented school. An education
                  that is global in nature is one that creates specific knowledge and skills required to understand
                  and operate successfully in today’s environment and provides experiences that develop empathy,
                  and an orientation that enables our graduates to excel in a wide variety of circumstances.

               Examples of knowledge and skills include developing proficiency in a language other than
               English and the attainment of significant cultural and historical knowledge about the world
               beyond our national borders.
               As highlighted on page 14, our language program represents a deep commitment to ensuring
                                                      that every graduate is conversant in another language
  An education that is global in nature is and culture. Students speak Spanish on a daily basis
 one that creates specific knowledge and starting in kindergarten and then, beginning inof
                                                      grade, embark on at least six years of the study

skills required to understand and operate French, Spanish, Latin or Chinese. Our social studies
                                                                    curriculum contain significant
      successfully in today’s environment and EnglishUnited States in order to equipcontent from
                                                      beyond the                                    students with
   and provides experiences that develop the knowledge base required to understand, analyze and
                                                      evaluate the world.
empathy, and an orientation that enables
 our graduates to excel in a wide variety                    We have made equally significant strides in creating a
                                                             school environment that affords students many and
                       of circumstances.                     varied opportunities to develop a personal understanding
                                                             of other people and cultures. Examples highlighted
                              — Steve Bellis, Head of School
                                                             in these pages include the AFS program, the Graz
                                                             exchange, a wide variety of student travel opportunities
                                                             with faculty members, and numerous guest speakers who
                  visit our campuses. Most important, in my opinion, is our wonderfully diverse and enriched
                  school community itself. In recent years we have been fortunate to experience tremendous
                  growth in the number of families in which at least one parent was born outside of the United
                  States. At more than five percent of our school population, and growing, the presence of these
                  students and their families in our school has been immeasurably valuable to all of us. Four of
                  these families tell their stories on page 4.

Finally, the pages that follow highlight numerous alumni making contributions all over the
world. Many of our alumni have reached back across the decades and over the oceans to help
our current students while making opportunities available to them. It is an ever-widening
and never-ending circle of growth. A Pembroke Hill education has always been a passport to
far-ranging opportunities. And as the world continues to be ever smaller, more complex and
rapidly changing, we believe the value of that passport is greater than ever.

I hope you enjoy taking this journey with us. I welcome your comments, or just the
opportunity to hear from you at

                                                                   Steve Bellis
                                                                   Head of School

                                                                                             Head of school
                                                                                             Steve Bellis and
                                                                                             Chinese teacher
                                                                                             Annie Dai discuss
                                                                                             the importance of
                                                                                             students acquiring
                                                                                             a second language.

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       PHS Families Come From
      Pembroke Hill’s promotion                              the school’s mission of freedom
    of global education is not                               with responsibility. Meet
     only lectured about in                                    families from Scotland,
     the classrooms, as the                                      Australia, Mexico,
 following families can                                            China and Poland who
    attest. These ideals                                           have been embraced
   are lived out every                                             by the Pembroke Hill
day through students,                                               community, and
families and faculty from                                    whose presence serves as
      different backgrounds and                          a reminder that it truly is a
   cultures who, together, share in                     small world after all.

The Vassella Family                                focused. In Australia, you can participate in
                                                 several sports at once... netball on Monday,
AUSTrALIA                                  sailing on Tuesday, basketball on Wednesday,
                                                 swimming on Thursday and tennis on
The steel industry brought the Vassellas
to Kansas City, Mo.,
last October. Emily,
10th grade, and Grace,
ninth grade, began
in the upper school
shortly thereafter. The
girls attended a similar
school in Melbourne,
but one that was not
co-ed and required
full uniforms. “Those
were the immediate
differences,” said
Anna, their mother.
“Boys, and shopping
for clothes. Also, sports
here are so intense and

   The Vassella family, (l-r)
   Grace, Mark, Emily and
    Anna, joined Pembroke
       Hill in October after
    moving to Kansas City
from Melbourne, Australia.

Saturday morning. Here, it is one sport in which you
                                                             “ We want our children to have good memories

train almost every day.”
                                                               about this time in their lives, and that
Summer break is also a bit different for the family.           includes a good school, teachers and friends.
Having three months off from school was unheard of             — Yunxia Wang
in their native country. But, with their first school year
at Pembroke Hill under their collective belts, the family
has now adjusted and is eagerly looking forward to the       Anna continued, “The girls were even able to do the
beginning of the next school year.                           homework from 10,000 kms (6,213.712 miles) away
                                                             before we set foot in Kansas City. The school has been
“Everyone has been so incredibly friendly and helpful        very accommodating on every level, and for that, we,
to me. As the school systems are totally different, I’ve     as a family, are very grateful. When you are about to
asked a lot of questions over the past seven months,         move to a new place, you can research so much online
like, ‘What’s a concession?’ I even ‘googled’ it,” Anna      nowadays,” she added. “It is indeed a relief when you
said. “We call concessions a ‘tuck-shop.’ ”                  arrive and realize that the choices you made were the
                                                             right ones. We are glad that we chose Pembroke Hill.”
But such differences have not been a deterrent for this
family from down under, who is finally settling into
the swing of things in the U.S. and at Pembroke Hill.        The Czerwinski/Wang Family
“Any school transition is difficult, and an international    CHInA, POLAnd
one, as a teenager, is definitely the hardest,” Anna said.   Yunxia came to the United States from Yantai,
“With the internet, we were able to interact with the        Shandong, China, as a postdoctoral fellow; and Maciej
school and advisers before we arrived.”                      Czerwinski was a graduate student from Warsaw,
                                                             Poland. They moved to the area when Maciej worked
                                                             as a researcher at KU Medical Center and Yunxia
                                                                                        started her residency
                                                                                        training about 10 years ago.

                                                                                        Both Wanda, eighth grade,
                                                                                        and Vincent, seventh grade,
                                                                                        have been enjoying the
                                                                                        middle school academic
                                                                                        environment and friendly
                                                                                        atmosphere. “Being a
                                                                                        teenager is a wonderful and
                                                                                        confusing time,” Yunxia said.

                                                                                                  Continued on page 6

                                                                                        Representing both Poland and
                                                                                        China, the Czerwinski family
                                                                                        now calls Kansas City home.
                                                                                        They moved to the area when
                                                                                        Yunxia started her residency
                                                                                        and Maciej was a researcher
                                                                                        at KU Medical Center. Their
                                                                                        family includes (l-r) Zosia,
                                                                                        Maciej, Vincent, Wanda and

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PHS Families Come From Around The
World — Continued from page 5

“We want our children to have good
memories about this time in their lives,
and that includes a good school, teachers
and friends.”

To that end, Pembroke Hill has been the
perfect choice for their family since arriving
at PHS two years ago, according to Yunxia.
“We like the freedom, respect and the trust
the school shows toward the students,
which is the most important value to us,”
Yunxia said.

From the beginning, the family has been
impressed by the diversity at Pembroke Hill.
“We have met families and students with
deep roots in Kansas City, and we have also
met many people who are from different
parts of the country and globe. We have
been in Kansas City long enough to call it
home,” she said.
                                                      Current Pembroke Hill teachers Jim Young and Nina Mehta-Young met in
Yunxia added that they have adjusted to               Italy when Nina, a Scotland native, was a tour guide, and Jim was leading
                                                      a PHS student tour. Their family now includes infant Teddy and early years
their new lives at Pembroke Hill and the              student Daniel, who would not cooperate for the family photo!
local community. “The first sports games

that Wanda and Vincent were in, we felt
as if we were the new kids on the block,” she said. “But the parents were very
encouraging and friendly from day one. We have found many new friends                            When I tell my
through different activities organized either by the school or the Parents Association.”         students about my
                                                                                                 family background, it
The Mehta-Young Family                                                                           gives them a sense of
SCOTLAnd, EnGLAnd, ITALY                                                                         perspective and of the
For nina, some of her fondest childhood memories were walking the hills in
Scotland with friends and swimming in the “cold” north Sea. As a young girl,                     wealth of cultures that
nina traveled with her father, a lawyer and restaurateur of Indian descent, to                   make up our world.
cities throughout India, and later she traveled by herself to Zanzibar, Tanzania.                I also explain to my
In 2000, while working as a tour guide in Italy, nina met Jim Young, the man                     students that we need
who would become her husband, and who happened to be touring with a                              to understand the
group of students from Pembroke Hill.                                                            many cultures we

Today, nina brings her worldwide exposure and cultural background to her                         interact with in order
PHS middle school social studies classroom each day. “My diverse upbringing                      to be effective world
and firsthand knowledge of East Africa and India have really helped in teaching
the World Cultures course,” nina said. “When I tell my students about my
                                                                                                 — Nina Mehta-Young
family background, it gives them a sense of perspective and of the wealth of
cultures that make up our world. I also explain to my students that we need

                                                                                 to understand the many cultures we
                                                                                 interact with in order to be effective
                                                                                 world citizens.”

                                                                                 As testament to the fact that we are fast
                                                                                 becoming a smaller global community,
                                                                                 nina added that we have to look no
                                                                                 further than President Obama. “We
                                                                                 now have a president who grew up in
                                                                                 a Muslim country, Indonesia, and had
                                                                                 a Kenyan father. Our president can
                                                                                 quote the Koran to appreciative Iraqis.
                                                                                 That’s major.”

                                                                                 The Burford Family
                                                                                 MExICO CITY
                                                                                 Audley and Sofia are no strangers to
                                                                                 the United States, having both traveled
                                                                                 extensively in this country while
                                                                                 growing up in Mexico. They came here
                                                                                 for vacations, doctors, summer camps,
                                                                                 boarding school, summer schools,
Prior to settling in Kansas City, the Burford family lived n Mexico City for
                                                                                 college and work. The family has also
10 years. “From the very start, we have felt Pembroke Hill has welcomed our      resided in Minneapolis, Miami and
family so much,” explained Sofia. Pictured here are (l-r) Audley, Nicolas,       Wichita. They lived in Mexico City for
Carla, Daniel and Sofia.                                                         10 years before Audley’s career change
                                                                                 had them settling down in Kansas City.

                               Both nicolas, who attended PHS from 2006 to 2008, and daniel, sixth grade, have
We have been                   dual citizenships. Last fall marked daniel’s first year at Pembroke Hill. “We were
made to feel                   referred to the school by a good friend of my husband’s,” Sofia said. “From the start,
welcome and                    we have felt that Pembroke Hill has welcomed our family so much. nicolas was happy
are appreciative               in the upper school, and daniel really loves it in the middle school. He loves all his
                               friends and teachers.”
of that. People
want to learn                  As the Clothesline Sale co-chair for 2009-10, Sofia said the many volunteer
about cultural                 opportunities at the school have really allowed her to meet and get to know other
                               families. “We always try to do community service projects, and participate in school
differences                    activities as a family,” she said. “Clothesline is an exciting and fun activity that brings
around them,                   the school community together. In fact, it has really helped get me acclimated here and
just as I enjoy                allowed me to meet so many new people from so many different places.”

meeting people                 Sofia added, “We believe that Pembroke Hill respects diversity. We have been made
who are different              to feel welcome and are appreciative of that. People want to learn about cultural
from me.                       differences around them, just as I enjoy meeting people who are different from me.
— Sophia Burford               There are so many interesting people at the school who are from other countries.
                               That’s one of the beauties of Pembroke Hill. You are exposed to people from different
                               parts of the world. This has enriched my life.” ■

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           L     iving in peace. Co-existing in harmony. respecting others. Unrealistic goals? not
                 for members of the Pembroke Hill School community who are involved in
           international cultural exchange programs. They believe these lofty goals can be attained
           one person at a time through an introduction, a conversation or a shared experience.

           “If we ever hope to live in peace, we must be exposed to individuals who are different
           from us and for whom we develop a mutual respect,” explained diane Power, president of
           the Parents Association International Club. “It’s not about religion or politics, it’s about
           respect and tolerance.”

           For parents and students at Pembroke Hill, there are numerous opportunities to
           participate in exchange programs – both as hosts and as guests.

           Over the last 50 years, Pembroke Hill has built a strong relationship with the American
           Field Service (AFS) program (see story on page 18.) But while AFS has a long tradition
           at Pembroke Hill, there are other programs available such as an exchange with an Austrian
           school, a Paris summer internship (see story on page 11) and school-sponsored trips
           during the upper school January Interim.

           The benefits of participating in an exchange are immense. diane said her family was
           fortunate to host an AFS student from Chile several years ago, and it was a great
           experience. “We knew we would learn about another culture, but what surprised us was
           how much we learned about ourselves, our family’s traditions and our country’s values.”

                                                                                                   Students from
                                                                                                   the Graz
                                                                                                   Bilingual School
                                                                                                   in Graz, Austria
                                                                                                   visited Pembroke
                                                                                                   Hill in April.
                                                                                                   They stayed with
                                                                                                   families of the
                                                                                                   19 PHS students
                                                                                                   who traveled to
                                                                                                   Graz in June.
                                                                                                   This exchange
                                                                                                   program is in its
                                                                                                   third year.

Pembroke Hill’s 2008-09 AFS exchange
student, Jorgan Sandvik, spoke of experiencing
life in the United States
for the first time. “I knew that everything was
going to be bigger than in norway,
but still, it was a little surprise.” While
at Pembroke Hill, Jorgen had many new
experiences. “I learned how to play lacrosse
and to scuba dive, and I learned how to go to
a school in a different country.”

AmeriCAn FieLd
diane said the Parents Association
International Club is grateful to the school          Pembroke Hill’s 2008-09 AFS
for providing scholarships for AFS students.                                         student Jorgen Sandvik and Ger
                                                      Fontaine posed for the camera                                  aldine
                                                                                    before graduation ceremonies on
“Our students have amazing exposure to                                                                              May 23.
different cultures through this program, and
they establish strong friendships with our exchange              of these AFS students may be the only international
students,” she said.                                             student at a very large school. While they are at PHS,
                                                                 they are one of 20 in a much smaller school.”
But for the PHS exchange program to be as exceptional
as it is, it takes immense support from parents and
students. The International Club involves parents who            grAz exChAnge
have a great deal of experience with these programs –            In its third year, the exchange program with The Graz
either as an exchange student themselves or as a host            International Bilingual School in Graz, Austria brings
family when they were young. “These volunteers want              Austrian and Pembroke Hill students together in a very
to sustain the program for their children,” diane said.          personal way. This spring 21 students and two teachers
                                                                 visited Pembroke Hill and stayed with families of the
Jorgen is a perfect example of this; his father and sister       19 PHS students who went to Austria in June.
were exchange students. “They both said that it was an
experience that they would remember the rest of their            “This exchange program is a wonderful opportunity
lives,” Jorgen said.                                             for Pembroke Hill students to connect to students
                                                                 who are their age from across the Atlantic,” explained
In addition to hosting the yearlong AFS students,                Lauren rosenfield, upper school English teacher who
Pembroke Hill also sponsors a four-day Short Stay                coordinated this year’s exchange. “The Graz
in February with other AFS students who are living               exchange is truly a way for our students to obtain a
in Kansas City. Approximately 20 students stay with              global perspective.”
Pembroke Hill families, attend classes at PHS and
enjoy activities planned by both the parent and student          She continued, “By participating in this exchange, our
International Clubs.                                             students come away with a greater understanding of
                                                                 what it means to be human. Someone from ‘far away’
“We are the only school in the city that sponsors a              feels the same way we do, likes to watch the same movies,
short stay on such a large scale, and it is fantastic for        listens to the same music and spends time with family.”
our community,” diane said. “Our students meet
young people from all over the world, and the AFS                                                         Continued on page 10
students get to be part of a bigger AFS group. Some
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Crossing Borders —
Continued from page 9

Students who participated in the
April visit agree. nina Jud, one of
the Austrian students, said,
“It has been fun and interesting
to see the American culture, your
way of life and the schools. It is
quite different from my home
country. But the people are very
open and nice.”

Participating in an exchange
program can profoundly affect a
student for many years. This will
be true for Jorgan. As he returns
to his homeland, he takes with him
many memories of his time at PHS                                                                            metro par ticipate
                                                                                   oughout the Kansas City
and with the Pence family.               AFS studen   ts staying with families thr                     This year, Mei
                                                                           m at PHS each February.
“I will miss it here. It’s been such a   in a  four-day Short Stay progra                       ian Club assist middle sch
                                                                     helped the upper school As
good year, and I made a lot of new       Murakami, from Japan,                                    y. Others pictured include
                                                                      activity during China Da         Isabella Hampton and
friends. I hope to see many people       students in their Origami          elsohn, Mei, eighth grader
in the Class of 2009 again.” ■            (l-r) eighth grader Emily Mend
                                          senior Banoo Amighi.

A network That Spans The Globe
                                            F    ormer upper school French teacher Ann Miller, through her
                                                 teaching and extensive travel, has created a “small world” network.

                                            Although Ann officially retired after 31 years at Pembroke Hill in 2008,
                                            she was still looking for adventure. She and her husband, Whitney
                                            (Tooey) ’60, accepted year-long teaching positions with northwest
                                            University in xi’an, China. Tooey taught 320 Ph.d. candidates from
                                            every discipline, except English. Ann, who taught Oral English and
                                            Written English, had seven classes of 240 undergraduates.

                                            One of Ann’s assignments for her students included research and a report
                                            on a United States city. Ann contacted the alumni office to find “e-mail
                                            pals” for her students in various cities. She said, “I’m just astounded at
                                            how excited the alumni are about this project, and I’ve had so much fun
                                            making connections with my former students who very enthusiastically
                                            wanted to help.” Alumni from across the country, from Portland to
                                            Charleston, agreed to participate.
Tooey ’60 and Ann Miller,
enjoyed a day at a park in        Ann and Tooey will continue their globe trekking with a visit to India, Tibet and
Xi’an, China.                     nepal before heading back to the United States this fall.

What I Did Last Summer
by Ailea Stites ’08

      verybody is familiar with the What I Did Last           Thanks to the independence that I gained
      Summer essay. However, this essay is, I assure          last summer, I am currently in
      you, not the typical one.                               Morocco studying Arabic at the
                                                              Arabic Language Center in Fez.
during my junior year, Pembroke Hill — through the            Without the Paris internship
generosity of Eric Wrobley ’85 — began to offer               experience, I would never
a summer-long internship in Paris at an English school        have had the guts to apply
for businessmen, all expenses paid. When my French            to this program and obtain
teacher told our class about it, I immediately launched       funding for it. In the end,
into fantasies of living in Paris, teaching English, and of   the internship provided
course, being completely immersed in French culture.          me with an opportunity to
                                                              gain skills that are not only
Fast-forward to my senior year. The application for the       benefiting me right now,
internship, which I was definitely still interested in, was   but will continue to do so
due the week after winter break. I had just finished my       for the rest of my life. ■
college applications when I suddenly remembered—
there was still one left: the French internship. I balked
at doing more work, but my desire to live and work in
Paris won out.

It was the best decision I ever made. For five weeks, I
got a chance to live in the middle of Paris, work in my
first real office setting, and experience what it was like
to be independent. The fantasies that I’d had junior
year didn’t even begin to approach what the experience
was truly like; my summer in Paris was one of the best
of my life.

I cannot even begin to describe the myriad
opportunities that I received while there, and how
they changed me. For one, I became much more
independent and self-reliant. I essentially had to
completely learn my way around the city, with only a
map as my guide.

In the internship application I said that I wanted to
break down cultural barriers by showing French people
that an American could live and flourish in Paris. I
tried my very best to accomplish that. However, I
didn’t realize that the converse would also occur:
I was amazed by the tenacity and dedication that
the businessmen and women who were learning
English had during their lessons. It inspired
me to improve my own language skills.
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  “I quickly realized that not a
lot of people were really aware
   of the water crisis, including
myself. But it’s one of the most
pressing issues currently facing
the world. It is a global crisis.”
                      Nick Anderson ’09
                                            For his Capstone project, senior Nick Anderson researched the problem of clean
                                            water throughout the world. During spring break, he traveled with his family,
                                            (l-r) Walter, Rania and Nick, to the Middle East where he learned firsthand about
                                            the vast amounts of deserts and the scarcity of water worldwide.

                                            Capstones Capture Interest
       t’s been three years since the
         Senior Capstone Project was
        introduced into Pembroke
      Hill’s upper school English

                                            In International Issues
curriculum. These presentations feature
a maze of interdisciplinary subjects that
has become increasingly diverse with
each passing year.

On this year’s Capstone presentation day, April 28, the        “I knew that Water Partners was a good place to start,”
international topics ranged from a study of traditional        nick said. “I quickly realized that not a lot of people
Indian cuisine and the education of women in the               were really aware of the water crisis, including myself.
Middle East, to Ethiopia’s struggle for independence.          But it’s one of the most pressing issues currently facing
                                                               the world. It is a global crisis.”
“The investigations involve great academic rigor with
outside reading and research,” said Ben Christian,             As part of the research for his documentary, nick
upper school English teacher and chair of the Senior           traveled with his family to Egypt, Jordan, Qatar and
Capstone Project. “They are now a part of the PHS              Bahrain during spring break. (nick’s mother, rania,
experience, and there are always a good number of              was born in Jordan.) While in the Middle East, he
students who go beyond our borders and deal with               filmed and learned firsthand about the vast amounts of
global issues.”                                                deserts and the scarcity of water worldwide. He also
                                                               interviewed a biology professor at Cornell University in
One such project was nick Anderson’s, The Clean                Qatar.
Water Crisis, which documented the problem of water
scarcity throughout the world. nick’s documentary              But this was not his first exposure to the water crisis.
focused on the key issues facing communities and what          That occurred two years ago, when a trip to nicaragua
individuals can do to help solve the problem. nick             brought him face-to-face with the orphanages and
latched onto the idea of water scarcity after discussing       small villages that were in dire need of resources –
the topic with his parents, who in turn, placed him in         mostly clean water.
touch with Water Partners, an international not-for-
profit organization headquartered in Kansas City, Mo.,         nick said his Capstone subject is now one of his passions.
that provides safe drinking water and sanitation for           He plans to pursue international and media studies at
people in developing countries.                                Pitzer College in Claremont, Calif., this fall. ■
 Flagg MIller ’86           F     lagg Miller ’86 is a leading expert in the roles of language
                                  ideology and poetry in contemporary Muslim reform in the
                            Middle East. A religious studies professor at the University of
   Analyzes                 California-davis and fluent in Arabic, Flagg’s interdisciplinary work
                            includes linguistic and cultural anthropology, history, media theory,

Bin Laden’s                 poetics, philosophy and cultural studies.

                            He described Pembroke Hill as the launching pad for his current
Audiotapes                  interests and career due to his participation in the school’s American
                            Field Service club, and, following graduation, a year-long AFS
                            experience in Tunisia. “Having lived with an Arabic-speaking Muslim
                            family there, and discovering the joys of everyday life in the Islamic
                            world, I later pursued Middle East studies along with my English
                            degree in college...and one thing led to another,” explained Flagg.
                            “I ended up living for four years in the Arab world - two of them in
                            Yemen - and my liberal arts education, most of which I acquired at
                            Pembroke Hill, was my rock in times of duress.” Eventually, after
                            earning a doctorate in linguistic anthropology from the University of
                            Michigan, he wrote a book about political poetry in Yemen called The
                            Moral Resonance Of Arab Media: Audiocassette Poetry And Culture
                            In Yemen (Harvard U. Press, 2007). He dedicated this book to “the
                            teachers in my life.”

                            This research led to several other book projects, including work
                            on poetry by Guantanamo detainees, and his present study of an
                            audiotape collection formerly owned by Osama Bin Laden. After the
                            fall of the Taliban in december 2001, Cable news network acquired
                            the audiotapes from Bin Laden’s personal compound in Qandahar,
                            where he lived from 1997 to 2001. This collection, currently housed
                            at Yale University, contains over 1,500 recordings of more than 200
           “Much of the     leading Islamist preachers from around the world. In 2007, Yale
   extraordinary value      invited Flagg to annotate the collection, and he has been the sole
                            researcher on the collection to date. “Much of the extraordinary value
       of this collection   of this collection lies in the more intimate, frequently extemporaneous
        lies in the more    nature of recorded speech events, including conversations between
                            well-known militants and their audiences, celebrations after militant
   intimate, frequently     operations and poetry,” said Flagg. He stated that these tapes were
      extemporaneous        of particular interest to him because of his personal experience in the
                            1990s watching the aftermath of the Afghan Arab people returning
   nature of recorded       to Yemen from conflict, but who later created further havoc in the
       speech events...”    southern part of the country.

                            Flagg has been awarded two prestigious fellowships for his work.
                            He received a fellowship at the Woodrow Wilson International Center
                            for Scholars in Washington, d.C. for 2009-10, and a ryskamp
                            Fellowship by the American Council of Learned Societies for
                            2010-11. He and his wife, Gina Bloom, have a 2-year-old son, Max.
                            His research will be published in 2011. ■

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                  Opening Worlds
          f it is true that the door to a culture is through its language,
          then Pembroke Hill students have many opportunities for
          cultural understanding in their Spanish, French, Latin and
          Chinese classes.

     “Exposure to any language brings understanding of as well as
     tolerance and respect for another culture,” said Maud Croibier-
     Muscat, middle and upper school French teacher and a French native.

     Annie dai, Chinese teacher, added. “The world is a much smaller
     place. Therefore the study of a second language is more important
     than ever.” Upper school French teacher Peggy Huycke, takes
     it a step further and says that acquiring a second language is a
     necessity in today’s world. Having a second language opens up

     These thoughts are reflected in the school’s philosophical goals for
     its students and their language skills. “We want our graduates to
     be highly proficient in a second language and the cultures where
     it is used,” explained Steve Bellis, head of school. “We also strive
     to develop in our students the aptitude to acquire additional
     languages beyond a second.”

     Pembroke Hill’s approach to teaching language is supported by
     research that promotes exposing children early and often to a
     second language in a fun and relaxed atmosphere while making
     the information relevant.

     Stefan Sink, eighth grade, tried his hand at writing basic Chinese characters.

alumni International News
Trev Mount ’66 of Australia is a policy officer for the                 Dr. Mark McPhee ’69, former chief operation officer at St.
department of Water and Energy in Australia. His area of                Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, has take the same position
expertise includes petroleum and groundwater exploration,               at a facility the Cleveland Clinic is building in Abu dhabi,
resource/mine mapping, hydrogeology and                                 which is scheduled to open in late 2012.
data management.
                                                                        After 10 years in overseas assignments, Todd Atwood ’72
Olli Mäenpää ’68 wrote, “I was an AFS student at Pem-day                has moved back to the U.S. where he is vice president,
during the spring term of 1968 - a remarkable year. I stayed            Global Advertising for Colgate Palmolive. He can be
with George and Joan dillon; Kent dillon was my AFS                     reached at
brother. That was a great time, and I greatly benefited of it.
I still remember Pem-day as an institution of high scholarly            Byron Motley ’77 debuted his photographic journalism
standards and intellectually vibrant atmosphere.”                       work “Viva Cuba Beisbol” at the national Baseball
Olli is a professor of administrative law at the University of          Hall of Fame & Museum in Cooperstown, n.Y. in May.
Helsinki in Finland.                                                                                             Continued on page 15
Of Possibilities
“So we introduce Spanish to our early childhood                 Language teachers present information in a variety
students through a lot of singing, dancing and age-             of ways, Erika said. “It is very active learning —
appropriate activities,” said Erika Lusco, lower school         getting students up and talking.” For example,
Spanish teacher. “We know immersion is really the best          Erika’s students pretend to be Spanish athletes who
way for children to learn a language, but the next best         hold a press conference. “Students must act out
thing is to give children early, frequent, high quality         their roles while using their Spanish.”
exposure over a long time.”
                                                                This teaching strategy is effective in reaching
As children get older, teachers develop additional              students’ various learning styles. Peggy explained
interactive strategies to encourage students to be more         that language classes at Pembroke Hill use techniques
engaged, Erika explained. “One way of doing this is to          that apply to the visual, auditory and kinesthetic
connect the language study to the regular curriculum            learner. “Our students are reading, writing,
so it becomes relevant.”                                        listening, speaking and making presentations. And
                                                                we promote proficiency in all of these areas.”
doing just that is Jessica rivera, early childhood and
lower school Spanish teacher, who incorporates an               research indicates that studying a second language
activity that mirrors the first grade Flat Stanley project.     helps students increase performance in other
Through the use of technology, her Spanish students             disciplines. “But now, “Maud explained, “we are
create their “Flat Selves” who appear in various sites in       seeing a real improvement in students’ creativity and
Puerto rico. “They then write and discuss the picture,”         higher cognitive process when they are developing
Jessica explained. “This helps students learn about the         a second language.” Peggy added that the cognitive
geography and culture of that country.”                         skills needed to be proficient in a language cross
                                                                over to other areas of learning. “Our students are
Erika explained that students do not need to know               synthesizing, analyzing, memorizing and sorting out
every word they hear in a language class to understand          information – all of which are useful in other classes
the context of the conversation. “We teach the key              as well as problem solving in life.”
vocabulary so students can communicaate about the
subject. As they participate in the activities, students
hear and use the vocabulary. This is a process of                                                   Continued on page 16
language acquisition rather than memorization.”

alumni International News — Continued from page 14              They live in Como, Italy where his wife is an attorney and his
                                                                children attend school.
The exhibit will run through January 2010. Granted
unprecedented access to the Cuban national teams by the         Nancy Freund Fraser ’84 wrote, “In the summer of 1981,
Castro government, Byron’s images capture Cuba’s national       I did a rotary Exchange to Bristol, England, (where I met
obsession with baseball. Byron’s work has been featured in      my future husband) and two years later spent the summer in
Vanity Fair, USA Today, 3Sixty, and Longleaf Style. Byron       Besancon, France with Experiment in International Living.
is also producing two negro Baseball League themed films        Also in 1979, I did a private exchange to Saipan in the
with producer/director/actress Penny Marshall. Visit his        Mariana Islands. I was always involved with AFS at SHS. It
website at                                 set me up for life!” nancy, her husband, John, and children,
                                                                Edward and Jack, currently live in Switzerland.
Former AFS student from Italy, Giancarlo Veltroni ’78,
lived with Brad Steinbach ’78 and his family during his         Otto Dandenell ’90, former AFS student, wrote, “After
exchange visit. He reported that he is the finance director -   finishing high school in Sweden, I pursued cultural studies at
South Europe (Italy, Spain, and Portugual) at Office depot      university, both in the United States (one year at University
and is based in Milan. He and his wife, daniela, have two       of Pennsylvania) and Sweden (several years in Uppsala). But
sons, Francesco, 16 years old; and Federico, 11 years old.                                                Continued on page 16
horizons • July 2009                                                                                                       15
                                                                 Opening Worlds — Continued from page 15

                                                                 Just as technology has made the world smaller so is it
                                                                 helping language study, and Pembroke Hill students are
                                                                 reaping the benefits. Erika is connecting with a Mexican
                                                                 school to coordinate student projects. Annie’s Chinese
                                                                 students have established pen pals in China and are
                                                                 e-mailing them on a regular basis using both English
                                                                 and Chinese.

                                                                 Upper school language students take advantage of the
                                                                 school’s state-of-the-art language lab where they listen,
                                                                 speak and record themselves. The 20-station lab also
                                                                 features streaming radio and television in both Spanish
                                                                 and French.

                                                                 Annie says that being a native of China is helpful when
                                                                 her students report on current events in that country. As
                                                                 might be expected, they are curious about her opinions,
                                                                 but she remains neutral. “I want my students to find out
                                                                 the reasons for the policies and to be curious enough to
                                                                 want to learn more.”

 John Bonifacto Moreno, mural artist and filmmaker,              Pembroke Hill launched the Chinese language program in
 shared his work with Wornall campus students this spring.       2008-09 under Annie’s direction. “I have enjoyed it, and
 He demonstrated his artistic style and showed students a        I have been impressed with my students’ work, their
 documentary about his painting of murals in Mexico to           understanding of the language and their progress,” she said.
 (l-r) Gus Erdman and Phinney Sachs.

alumni International News — Continued from page 15                the Fleet Management division of GSA which acquires and
                                                                  leases all government owned non-tactical vehicles. While in
I guess it was inevitable that I ended up in the IT field. I      Germany, he will be a liaison working with the department
currently live in Stockholm, work as a system architect at the    of defense, other overseas Federal agencies, and European
Swedish Football Association and love my job. I have a wife       vehicle manufacturers. His area of oversight will include
and two very energetic sons, 2-years and 4-years-old.”            Europe, Africa and the Middle East. His wife, Amy, and
                                                                  children, Connor, 7; Aiden, 5; and Whitney, 2; will join him.
Kartik Singh ’90 attended the Cannes Film Festival, one
of the world’s most prestigious film festivals, in May. He is     Stephanie Thompson ’96 wrote, “For the past seven
looking for partners and financing for a feature film. He         years, I had the privilege to live, work and travel in Europe
would love to hear from other PHS alums who are in the            and Africa teaching mathematics in international schools.
film industry; his                                                                      It was fascinating to have a classroom
email address is                                                                        representing 20 nationalities and to                                                                      witness the students’ open delight
                                                                                        and acceptance when discovering how
Jeremy Cates                                                                            their new classmate was different. As I
’94 has accepted                                                                        celebrated my 30th birthday, the time
an offer for a                                                                          was ripe for a transition to a career
position with the                                                                       that had my full passion and a return
General Services                                                                        to my family in Kansas City. After
Administration                                                                          saying goodbye to Cape Town and the
(GSA) in                                                                                baboons that had a strange crush on my
                        Kartik Singh ’90 attended the                                   car, I traveled to London for a month of
                        premiere of Quentin Tarantino’s           training with House of Colour, the European standard-setter
Germany. Jeremy
                        Inglourious Basterds with friends at
is employed with                                                                                          Continued on page 17
                        the Cannes Festival in France in May.
                                                               Both Annie and Maud, as native speakers of
                                                               languages other than English, believe that they can
                                                               be role models for their students. “I tell them that
                                                               while I speak English very well, I am still learning,”
                                                               Maud said.

                                                               Annie impresses upon her students that she is a
                                                               student as well – both of language and of cultural
                                                               understanding. She mentioned meeting the
                                                               Tibetan monks when they visited Pembroke Hill this
                                                               spring. She said, “I gained a lot of understanding
                                                               of their situation.”

                                                               “Our hope is that we instill in our students a
                                                               passion for language – no matter which language,”
                                                               Maud shared.

                                                               Growing up in Europe, Maud said she was exposed
                                                               to many languages. “I tried them all, Italian, French,
                                                               English, Spanish and Japanese. Each one brought a
                                                               different dimension to my life.”

                                                               It is that extra dimension that PHS language
                                                               teachers aspire for their students’ lives — a life-long
Annie Dai, a native of China, was charged with starting
the PHS Chinese language program in 2008-09.
                                                               love of languages and a desire to open those doors
                                                               to other cultures. ■

alumni International News — Continued from page 16             mainland Europe and touring the British countryside
                                                               whenever it is conducive with their schedules.
in the image industry. Hearing my clients’ stories motivates
me to continue to expose the secrets to each person’s most     Ingrid Elovsson ’00 wrote, “I have many fond memories
compelling image. Kansas City has been such fun to explore     from my exchange year at Pembroke Hill and I have been
as an adult (last time I really lived here was high school)    back to visit my host family, the O’dears, and friends from
and I look forward to reconnecting with old friends and        Pembroke Hill many times. Last summer the oldest daughter
discovering new ones. My contact details can be found on       of my host family, Sydney, came to stay with me and my
my website,”              family in Sweden for three weeks. The last week of her stay
                                                               the rest of the family, Craig and Stephanie and the boys,
Jamie Battmer ’98 reports that “things are great in            Cullen and Cormac, joined us and we shared a lovely week
London.” He will graduate from The London School of            together. I recently graduated with a Masters of Law degree
Economics post-grad program in december. He said the           from Uppsala University, and I will start a job in a law firm
program is very interesting and the international makeup       in Stockholm next week. Any alumni who are traveling to
                                 of the student body has       Stockholm are welcome to contact me if they have questions
                                 added significantly to the    or want tips on what to do around the city!” Contact Ingrid
                                 learning experience. He       at
                                 and his wife, Bridget, are
                                 taking advantage of their     Lilly Stitt ’08 will spend the summer in naples, Italy to
                                 time in London by visiting    lifeguard and teach swim lessons at a summer camp program
                                                               for children who live on military bases. This program is
                                                               offered through the University of San diego, one of 10
                                 Jamie Battmer ’98 and his     training sites in the United States. ■
                                 wife, Bridget, pose while
                                 sightseeing in Cambridge,
                       AFS Sows Global roots
                       I n 1958,family.Ozzie came from Adana, Turkey tothe firstKansasstudentMo.,attendthe Joseph
                                  Emine Ozlan “Ozzie” Gurkan became
                         Sunset Hill.
                                                                        live in

                                                                   Jostein “Ustain” refsnes arrived as Pembroke-
                                                                   Country day’s first exchange student from
                                                                   Trondheim, norway in the fall of 1961. Eager
                                                                   to fit in quickly at PCd, Jostein tried out for
                                                                   American football and an array of courses.

                                                                   The arrival of the first AFS students to Sunset
                                                                   Hill and Pem-day symbolized a newfound
                                                                   commitment to the world community, the
                                                                   beginning of a new era in student exchange, and
                                                                   the stick-to-itiveness to go from discussion to

                                                                   World Wars and World Oneness
                                                                     AFS, originally known as American Field
                                                                     Service, was founded in World War I to
                                                                     transport injured French soldiers from battle to
                                    Photo courtesy of PHS Archives field hospitals. Several of the American volunteer
                                                                     ambulance drivers created the AFS Fellowships
Jostein Refsnes,       in French universities after the war to help promote better understanding — ultimately
Pembroke Country-      sending 225 college students to the United States.
Day’s first exchange
student, came          More than 200 former drivers joined together to sustain the ideals of international service
to the school from     after World War II, and created the modern AFS organization.
Trondheim, Norway
in the fall of 1961.
                       The Birth Of aFS at PHS
                       Sunset Hill started discussions about hosting an AFS student in 1955 when Laura rollins
                       Hockaday ’56 went to an area AFS meeting at Southwest High School. She returned
                       energized and dedicated to starting an AFS chapter at Sunset. A panel discussion with all
                       AFS students in Kansas City that year was held to stimulate interest within the student
                       population. It took two more years to organize support and secure the financial resources,
                       but Sunset was able to host Ozzie in 1958-59.

                       By the fall of 1959, the students at Pembroke-Country day began advocating for their
                       own international exchange student program in a series of Hilltop editorials and at student
                       council meetings. In 1961-62, Pem-day welcomed Jostein.

                       In 1984, with the merger of the two schools, the Board made a commitment to fund two
                       students to attend Pembroke Hill each year.

                       “As AFS’s founders conceived it more than 60 years ago, the simple act of placing a young
                       person with a fresh, open mind in a completely different cultural context is still relevant
                       today,” said Leslie Mark, archives chairperson. “For students, AFS was, and continues to
                       be, an adventure in learning that far outlasts the program itself. Living with a host family,

“...AFS was, and continues to be,
an adventure in learning that far
outlasts the program itself...They     Emine Ozlen Gurkan ’59
come to realize the connection they
share with their global neighbors.”       — First AFS Student
                       — Leslie Mark

attending school and socializing
in another culture enhances their
                                       A   fter I returned to Adana, Turkey, I
                                           repeated my senior year at my old school,
                                       Adana High School for Girls. In 1965, I
understanding of the differences       graduated with a B.A. in English Language
(and similarities) that unite all      and Literature from Istanbul University.
people. They come to realize the
connection they share with their       I was married in 1966 to Dr. Eren Gurkan,
global neighbors.”                     an architect. For the next 15 years, I was simply
                                       a housewife raising three children. In 1980, I
aFS’s Present role                     started to teach English at a private high school
Pembroke Hill has hosted nearly        in Adana, and in 1988, I was an English
100 students over the last 50 years    instructor at the Cukurova University. In the
(about two per year). The school,      early years of my career, I had to teach reading,
and its predecessors have not only     grammar and writing along with the literature
hosted students from overseas,
                                       classes, but later on I taught the Modern
but have sent many students on
international exchange experiences.    American and British Literature classes solely.
                                       Even when the curriculum changed, I enjoyed
“The hallmark of the AFS               teaching drama, poetry, novel and short story
experience is still the thorough       and children’s literature the most.
orientation and support of
participants. AFS believes that        With the birth of my grandson, I asked for my retirement in 2003.
students stand to gain far more
                                       When I attended Sunset Hill in 1958-59, I was 16-years-old, and I had
from the experience when their
minds are prepared to cope with        very poor English. I was so ignorant, not knowing that I was very brave,
the stress and challenges of an        but my classmates were also very brave. They adopted me as if I were their
intercultural experience,” Leslie      old classmate or their sister. When I look back, I remember each one of the
said. “Then, once the experience                                     Class of 1959 with gratitude and love.
is underway, AFS offers support                                      For example, while we were practicing singing
throughout the duration of the                                       for the choir, I was opening and closing my
program. It is the rare combination                                  mouth without singing. I was in fear I would
of volunteer support, schools, host                                  sing wrong notes because I had no music
families, community involvement,                                     education at my Turkish school. Our music
orientations and sound program                                       teacher was pulling her hair because she heard
content that makes the AFS                                           one sound missing. I am still amazed even today
experience far more than simply a
                                                                     how she could count 27 sounds when 28 mouths
sojourn abroad.”
                                                                     were singing.
To get involved, or for more               1959 Stair ceremony      What makes my AFS year in 1959 so memorable
information, visit the Parents             Photo courtesy of PHS
                                                        Archives    and valuable is the sense of adventure, which is
page of the PHS website at                                        a core to every good story. It is good that I came
page.cfm?p=177. ■                      that year, and it is good that all my friends were there that year. My best
                                       to all. ■

horizons • July 2009                                                                                               19
in touch
                                        Help Reaches To The When it comes to lending a hand, Pembroke Hill is truly
                                                            a school without borders as evidenced by a community
                                                            whose giving heart transcends cultural boundaries and
                                                            reaches to the most remote roads on earth.

                                                            DReaDlocks cuT FoR a cause
                                                            On April 30, sixth grader A.J. Cambric sat high atop a stool
                                                            center stage in Hall Student Center Auditorium, nervous
                                                            as middle school students came up to snip off strands of
                                                            his dreadlocks. But his tensions eased as the snips and clips
                                                            progressed, allowing him to focus on the benefit for the
                                                            Medical Missions Foundation.

                                                            The innovative project raised $1,346. Students bought $2
                                                            tickets for a chance to cut off one of A.J.’s 125 dreadlocks.
                                                            After faculty and students made their cuts, they left with more
                                                            than locks of hair, but a chance to give the gift of hearing to
                                                            Guatemalan children.
To raise funds for desperately needed hearing aids for
Guatemalan children, A.J. Cambric, sixth grade, sold        A.J. and his friend, daniel Burford, first dreamed up the idea
$2 tickets for a chance to cut one of his dreadlocks. His   for the fund raiser after daniel went on a medical mission to
mother, Kimberly, helped sixth grader Tammy Lee make        Guatemala last summer and watched a child hear for the first
her cut.
                                                            time because of hearing aids the foundation provided.

                                       “I feel really good about what I’ve done, especially about how I could help
                                       just by allowing people to cut off my hair,” A.J. said. “I’m happy and grateful
                                       that everyone cared enough to raise so much money.” In less than four days,
                                       the students collected enough money to enable at least 12 children to receive
                                       hearing aids, according to Jane Savidge, Medical Missions executive director.

                                       It’s an outcome that A.J. couldn’t be happier about – even as he looked at
                                       himself in the mirror for the first time shortly after the last lock was cut. “My
                                       hair feels a lot different,” he said. “But, it’s worth it.”

                                          THe puRsuiT oF eDucaTion
                                       For most Americans, it may be hard to fathom a one-room dilapidated
                                       schoolhouse filled with 600 students in eight grade levels with only eight teachers.

                                       But, that’s exactly what Kathy Williams-Griffin, upper school dean of students,
                                       James Miller, director of business services, Emily Hendricks ’84, upper school
                                       math teacher, and 15 Pembroke Hill students encountered on their rugged
                                       weeklong immersion into rural Tanzania during January Interim ’09. The group
                                       camped in tents outside of a primitive Masai village.

ends of The earth
 Each morning, they awakened to the sight of herds of zebra heading toward the watering hole
 and young Masai men herding their goats and cattle in their traditional garb, before heading
 off themselves on the dirt roads to clean the school. The students scrubbed the concrete walls
 and floors of three classrooms before applying paint.

 “We were the first whites to ever camp in the middle of the Masai land, so some of the
 villagers were a little standoffish at first,” Kathy said. “We fell in love with the little children.”

 For fun, students often played soccer against the native children and went on two safaris in the
 ngorogoro Crater national and Serengeti national parks.

 “Before I left, I was looking forward to the safari, but I actually ended up liking the
 community service part of the trip the most,” said senior Betsy Brandt. “Honestly, the most
 fun we had was when we were playing with the kids and trying to communicate with them. At
 one point, our bus broke down in a small village. The women taught us how to bead, and the
 men taught the boys how to throw spears.”

 In addition to helping refurbish the school, the group also brought along basic school
 supplies, and students left behind their sleeping bags, the clothing off their backs and shoes for
 the villagers,” Kathy said. “We were able to see the people we were helping, and how what
 we did was going to impact those children. It’s hard to think how
 three coats of paint could help so much, but it did,” Kathy added.
 “All of us had tears in our eyes as we said goodbye.”

   empTy bowls FilleD wiTH pRomise
 In April, approximately 20 Pembroke Hill students contributed
 to the preservation of the Tibetan monastery culture by
 participating in a special project – the “Empty Bowls” art auction
 and dinner. The students created two dozen clay bowls, which
 were donated to an auction and dinner given by the visiting
 monks who are living in exile in India at the drepung Gomang

 The students joined local artists in creating the one-of-a-kind
 handmade soup bowls for the event, which was held at the rime
 Center. The bowls were filled with traditional soup made by the
 monks and auctioned.

 As part of the fund raiser, six monks visited the Ward Parkway
 campus for a special presentation. The monks provided insight
 about their culture, chanted prayers and performed rituals.
 Their message was twofold: we must work to create a peaceful               Tibetan monks visited the upper school in April to
 community that inspires and promotes global peace; and we must             share the tenets of their religion and culture. Upper
 foster inter-religious dialogue and discussions. ■                         school art students created clay bowls that the monks
                                                                            auctioned off as part of a fund-raising event in
                                                                            Kansas City.

 horizons • July 2009                                                                                                          21
                            Citizens Of The World
            P    embroke Hill teachers believe they must prepare students for a world in which frequent
                 changes in technology, travel and commerce are altering the international landscape.

            “Since we have become closer and more connected, we have also become far more responsible as
            educators to help our students understand the cultures, politics and languages of the wide scope
            of countries we can now consider neighbors,” said Carl Pelofsky ’86, assistant head of school -
            academic dean.

            david Burke, upper school assistant principal – academics, agrees. “We must help our students
            comprehend that they are indeed citizens of the world.” Jeanette Jones, chair of the upper school
            social studies department, is even more direct in assessing her role. “My intent is to remove the
            blinders from my students’ eyes.”

            And the world that students will enter as adults will no doubt be different than it is today. “We
            need to understand that we are preparing students to solve problems not yet seen and for jobs with
            companies not yet created,” said robert Wilson, middle school academic dean.

            It sounds like a daunting task, yet Mary Page, early childhood school principal, is confident it can
            be accomplished if the process begins early. “The concepts of basic tolerance and acceptance of
            diversity start here,” she said. “We have many cultures represented by our families, and we strongly
            encourage them to share traditions, food, celebrations and literature from their heritage.”

                       Annie Pierce and her grandson, prekindergartner Piersen Foote, showed early childhood students
                       how the bagpipe worked during an Irish music presentation in May. Annie is part of a bagpipe
                       performing group in mid-Missouri.

             It is also important to have those cultures honored by establishing a multicultural
             environment. Mary said that classroom materials, such as musical instruments, books,
             toys and clothing, as well as art on display are representative of the cultures present in
             the early childhood school family. “We want our children to see materials in their school
             home that they see in their family home.”

             This appreciation of other cultures continues in the lower school where students’
             educational journey begins with learning about themselves, their families and their
             environments and branches out to the study of other cultures such as native Americans
             in third grade and the history of immigration through Ellis and Sullivan’s Islands in
             fourth grade.

             Sue Kelsey, lower school curriculum coordinator, said the division selected its new
             reading series in part because of its attention to multicultural literature. “The anthology
             introduces students to cultures throughout the world and helps students create mental
             pictures of likes and differences globally.”

             Sue went on to explain that exposing children to and instilling an appreciation for other
             cultures is integrated throughout the lower school experience. “Our children hear
             native speakers from around the world and enjoy ethnic music and dance performances
             through our extensive assembly program.” An example of this is the recent Cinco de
             Mayo celebration in which two Mexican musical groups performed.

             As students move to the Ward Parkway campus for middle and upper schools their
                                                                     awareness of the world
                                                                     expands. Eighth graders
                                                                     participate in a year-long
                                                                     study of the non-Western
                                                                     world, according to nina
                                                                     Mehta-Young, middle
                                                                     school social studies teacher.

                                                                            “Our students must be
                                                                            informed about and respect
                                                                            other cultures in order to
                                                                            be successful participants
                                                                            in our ever smaller world
                                                                            community — especially
                                                                            given the United States’
                                                                            very proactive stance in the
                                                                            world,” she said.

                                                                            Both nina and robert
                                                                            strongly advocate that
                                                                            students’ studies must
                                                                            be relevant. “We work

                                                                                    Continued on page 24

Second graders researched the heritage of one of their parents as part of
Heritage Day. Jay Mehta posed in front of his display that he shared with
his classmates.

horizons • July 2009                                                                                       23
Citizens Of The World — Continued from page 23                Often, after reading a book set in a particular culture,
                                                              students develop an interest in visiting that country. The
very hard to connect what we are teaching to current          upper school January Interim, scheduled the first week
events,” nina said.                                           after the winter holiday break, offers several travel
                                                              options each year. next January, students may choose
As in the other divisions, the middle school calls            to travel to Guatemala, Argentina, China or Greece.
on families from various cultures to assist in this
understanding. The middle school hosts an India day           In Jeanette’s World Since 1500 class, she assigns a web-
and a China day to coincide with the students’ study.         based project. divided into teams, students select a
With the help of families from these countries, students      world issue; they are to describe the problem, discuss it
experience the cultures through authentic food, music,        from an historical perspective, outline the international
language, art projects and sports. “Everyone has a            response and suggest solutions. Finally, students
great time. Our students have a wonderful hands-on            explain their positions on the issue.
experience, and our families from India and China take
great pride in sharing their cultures,” robert explained.     Worldwide illegal immigration, conflict diamonds, child
next year, robert and nina hope to schedule a Latin           brides, AIds in South Africa, overpopulation and the
America Fair and an                                                                              drug war in Mexico
Africa day.                                                                                      were among the
In the upper school,     “While we have a responsibility to teach                                topics selected.
efforts to provide
students greater
                         our children about the world around us,                                     Similar to the upper
                                                                                                     school English
understanding of            it is imperative that we help them                                       department, the
the world is evident                                                                                 division’s social
in course offerings,     increase their investment in the healthy,                                   studies department
student projects,                                                                                    constantly evaluates
travel options and          productive future of that world.”                                        the courses offered
assigned literature.                                Carl Pelofsky ’86
                                       Assistant Head of School — Academic Dean                      so that they remain
                                                                                                     timely. Over the
Siabhan May-                                                                                         past several years,
Washington, upper                                                                                    the department has
school English                                                                                       added courses in
department chair, described what students read as              Middle East History, Latin American History, Modern
“literature of the world.” She explained that while            China and The World Since 9/11.
the department keeps a core of classic literature, other
selections change as the world changes.                        Watching her students expand their understanding of
                                                               the world is very rewarding for Jeanette. “It is great to
“We want the works we select to reflect global events,”        see so many of our students study international topics
Siabhan explained. “Students have limited world                in college and then go on to study or work in other
experiences and limited exposure to other cultures. A          countries.”
great way to enhance exposure is to become immersed
in a culture through literature.”                              It is these steps that students take after leaving
                                                               PHS that Carl believes is the true test of any global
Scanning the list of books upper school students read          education program. “While we have a responsibility
provides a tour of the world. They are reading Greek           to teach our children about the world around us, it is
mythology, Shakespeare, Steinbeck, Maya Angelou as             imperative that we help them increase their investment
well as selections by russian, French, English, South          in the healthy, productive future of that world.”
American and Chinese authors that are set in countries
all over the globe including Europe, Afghanistan, Asia         Jeanette concurs. “I tell my students, ‘My job is to
and the Middle East.                                           expose you to these issues. Your job is to do something
                                                               about them.’ ” ■

Introducing Susan Leonard, Ph.D., Middle School Principal
P eople often ask Susan Leonard why in the world response?spend
  her professional life with middle schoolers. Her
                                                   does she

“I just love them, and I love being around them.”

That love of sixth, seventh and eighth graders is the guiding principle
behind all that Susan does as a middle school administrator. “There
is so much that happens in these three years in the lives of students,”
she said. “They are trying to figure out who they are, what they are
good at and what they like to do. But at the same time, they are
still open to being goofy and silly and not too concerned with being

Susan said that middle school students are really great and often they
don’t know how great they are. “I believe it is our job as middle
school educators to not only have them develop their academic skills
but also their self-identity and their confidence.”

One of Susan’s trademarks is her ability to get to know her students.
“Coming to a smaller environment will be perfect because I will have
better opportunities to really get to know our students and their         VITAL STATISTICS
parents,” she explained. Susan’s technique for becoming acquainted                       EduCAtIOn
with students is walking the hallways, attending classes, meeting             doctorate in educational leadership
students one-on-one and in small groups, and attending their                           & policy studies
extracurricular activities.                                                       university of Kansas 2007
                                                                                      Master’s degree in
“Students are much more than their scores or grade cards, and I                  educational administration
don’t know how I can do my job if I don’t see the students in a           university of Missouri – Kansas City 2000
variety of settings,” she said.
                                                                                Bachelor’s degree in education
Parent communications is also vital. Susan truly believes that each              university of Kansas 1996
middle school student is a combination of several different people.             Greater Kansas City Chamber
“Sometimes as these middle school students are developing their                         of Commerce
individuality, it can be hard on the family,” Susan said. “But having        Centurions Leadership program 2009
conversations with teachers and administrators can often help.”

Susan said she really loves visiting classrooms, not only to observe                    ExPERIEnCE
students, but to witness great teaching. “I often learn something                    Assistant principal
                                                                                   northgate Middle School
as well. It may be a science concept that I had forgotten or a new
insight into a novel that the students are reading.”                      History teacher - Winnetonka High School
                                                                          Coach - JV girls basketball, soccer, softball
But these classroom observations also give Susan the opportunity                         and volleyball
to collaborate with teachers. “I hope to work with teachers to
brainstorm, problem solve or help research an idea for their classes.”
As Susan approaches the opening day of her first year at Pembroke         Husband, Matt • Son, C.J. • Daughter, Maggie
Hill, she has several aspirations for the middle school community.
“My hope for the year is that we get to know each other with a
collaborative, energetic and enthusiastic spirit as we do our best to                    HOBBIES
serve our students and each other.” ■                                         Running, watching sports, reading,
                                                                                 spending time with family

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phs people
In May, the Pembroke Hill school community                    What is your happiest memory of Pembroke Hill?
celebrated the retirement of Julie Lester, upper              One of my proudest and happiest moments at Pembroke
school English teacher, and Carl Schulkin, Ph.D.,             Hill was presenting my report on my Social History
                                                              Simulation the year I was awarded the Sosland Family
upper school social studies teacher. Carl taught              Chair. The centerpiece of that presentation was a video
at Pembroke-Country Day and Pembroke Hill                     of my students in action and testimonials to the
for 35 years. Julie began her career at Sunset                effectiveness of the teaching materials that I had created.
Hill in 1983; she left the school in 1992 and
returned in 1998.                                             What will you do in retirement?
                                                              Bonnie and I will spend much of our retirement
                                                              walking on the beach, part of the time at Laguna Beach
  Carl Schulkin                                               and part of the time at the beaches in Venice and Santa
How have changes in our                                       Monica, near where our son Todd and his wife live. I
world affected the topics                                     also plan to continue my research and writing, with my
in your classes?                                              next book being a history of the Holocaust intended
The short answer is                                           to serve as a core text for a high school course.
“profoundly.” From the                                        Finally, I would like to volunteer as a college adviser
beginning of my teaching                                      for underserved families who cannot afford a private
career, I have regarded                                       counselor.
African American history as an
integral part of United States                                Any last thoughts?
history, and I have always treated it as such in all of my    I will remember my 35 years at PHS fondly as a time
U.S. History survey courses. As time went on, I also          when my entire family—my wife Bonnie, my sons Todd
integrated women’s history and the history of most            and Andy, and even my father, Grandpa Moe—was
immigrant groups into those courses.                          able to enjoy being members of the Pembroke Hill
                                                              community. Bonnie and I had very satisfying teaching
In regard to senior electives, I have gone from teaching      careers at Pem-day, Sunset Hill and Pembroke Hill;
History Of U.S. Foreign Relations in 1974-75 to               our two sons were able to get a first-rate education; and
teaching Always Remember: The Holocaust As Depicted           my father was able to enjoy his final years in retirement
In History, Film And Literature from 1997 through             volunteering in the lower school. I will always be
2008 to offering The World Since 9/11 for the past two        indebted to Virginia Fortner and Mary Ann Jermann
years and Understanding Modern China last fall.               for finding a way to put my father’s talents to good use
                                                              reading to and tutoring their students for more than
What do you hope students take away from your classes?        a decade. And I will remember fondly, too, the many
For most of my career, my focus was on building               students, parents and colleagues who made
critical skills rather than teaching any particular           my life and Bonnie’s so fulfilling during those 35 years.
subject matter. My students have drilled into them
a very simple methodology that serves them well in             Julie lester
college classes, graduate school and, hopefully, in their
professional lives. It consists of three steps: 1) identify   How have changes in our
a person’s opinion or interpretation; 2) examine              world affected discussions in
that person’s evidence; 3) evaluate the opinion or            your classes?
interpretation critically based on the evidence.              I think we have included
                                                              a more global approach to
What do people not know about you?                            literature over these last
I love basketball. For my 50th birthday, my wife Bonnie       decades. Literature can be a
threw a basketball party for me, recruiting friends           bridge to create understanding
around my age to play basketball with me. My biggest          and empathy for peoples of
regret is that by the time my 60th birthday rolled            diverse cultures. For instance,
around, I was too out of shape to play. One of my             we have taught works about
goals is to get back into shape by my next birthday so I      South Africa, and recently in the ninth grade, we
can plan a pick-up game with others my age.                   taught a memoir of a young Afghan land mine victim.
                                                              Also, the available technology brings the world to the
                                                              classroom in remarkable ways.
What do you hope students
take away from your classes?
Most importantly, I hope
students share my passion for
literature. I also hope they have
confidence in their abilities to
understand the literature and
also write confidently about
their own views in analytical

What do people not know
about you?
Most people probably don’t
know I am one of nine
siblings—I have seven brothers
and one sister. We form quite a
fun, vibrant large group when
we gather.

What is the most interesting
place to which you have
I have been blessed with many
great travel experiences, and I    Carl Schulkin and Julie Lester share fond memories of Pembroke Hill School.
am hoping for many more. In
2005, my family and I were
able to go to Alaska. We had a terrific family reunion in      literature. I will say, initially, though, I have always been
a uniquely beautiful state. Another memorable trip was         passionate about our curriculum—especially on the
the opportunity to visit Israel.                               ninth grade level. I have great affection for mythology
                                                               and view the Harry Potter series as a recent example of
What is your happiest memory of Pembroke Hill?                 the power and universality of mythology, its symbols
I have always loved the ninth grade curriculum, and            and significance.
I hope I conveyed that passion daily. A very special
day has been the Sophomore retreat day, which                  In my own reading I have enjoyed Angle Of Repose by
the Leadership Advisory Board runs for the whole               Wallace Stegner and Prayer For Owen Meany by John
sophomore class. It has been a fun, successful and             Irving. Hamlet is my favorite Shakespeare play.
unifying day that I have been proud to help formulate.
                                                               How will you spend all of your new free time?
Finally, all the community service experiences over the        First, I will enjoy relaxing with my family—husband
years have been remarkable, and I hope that stays a            Tom, three children Maggie ’05, Michael and Mary,
strong part of the school. Particularly, taking students       and my crazy dog, roger. I have become a bit of a
to the new Stanley School in Kansas City, Kan., and            political junkie so I will enjoy following the various
most recently, to Gordon Parks Charter School in               political intrigues that are a part of our national
Kansas City, Mo., has been memorable.                          landscape. Of course, I remain a voracious reader and
                                                               look forward to more time for pleasure reading. I
What is your favorite book?                                    hope to be an avid traveler as the opportunities arise.
This is, of course, an impossible question. There are so       Also, I am sure I will continue to volunteer my time at
many powerful books, and I love to read many types of          Gordon Parks Charter School. ■

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        At the Alumni Awards Brunch held May 16, three alumni were saluted for their exceptional
       commitment to Pembroke Hill. Tom Levitt ’69 was honored as the Alumni Service recipient,
     which recognizes outstanding voluntary service to the school. Mary Shaw Branton ’38 and Mayor
     Richard Berkley ’49 each received the Distinguished Alumni Award, which recognizes excellence in
                one’s career or profession and/or a long-standing contribution to the school.

                                                          Shawsie has
                                                          two daughters,
                                                          Leslie Hoffecker
                                                          and Page
                                                          reed, and four
                                                          Coleman reed
                                                          ’07 and Mary
                                                          reed ’10.
                                                          While Shawsie
                                                          has dedicated
 Mary Shaw Branton ’38 pictured with her grandchildren,   countless           Mayor Richard Berkley ’49 and his
 Coleman ’07 and Mary ’10 Reed.                           hours to many       wife, Sandy.
Mary Shaw Branton ’38                                     in Kansas City,

Mary Shaw Branton, or Shawsie, as she is known to         she said her ultimate volunteer job has been being a
her friends, is a member of the Sunset Hill Class of      grandmother!
1938. A native of Kansas City, Shawsie is a pillar in
the philanthropic community. Her tireless volunteer       richard Berkley ’49
efforts have primarily been directed toward services      richard “dick” Berkley grew up in Kansas City and
for women and children, education and health care.        attended Pembroke-Country day for kindergarten
She has served as a member or chair of numerous           and first grade; he returned as an eighth grader and
boards including American red Cross, Camp Fire,           graduated in 1949. He was elected president of his
Inc., Children’s Mercy Hospital, YMCA, Kansas City        senior class, and he eventually served as a Trustee for
Hospice, United Way and Harry S. Truman Museum            Pem-day from 1976 to 1979.
and Library Institute. She was a founder of
Children’s TLC and continues to remain an adviser         dick’s business career has been with his family-owned
in this organization as well as Truman Medical            business, Tension Envelope Corporation, but it has
Center Foundation, The Children’s Place and St.           been his political and civic activities that have truly
Luke’s Hospital.                                          benefited Kansas City. He served 22 years as an
                                                          elected official in city government - two years on the
numerous organizations have honored Shawsie for           city council, eight as mayor pro tem and 12 as mayor.
her civic leadership, community service and dedication    While mayor, he created the Jazz Commission and
including Junior League of Kansas City, Mo, Inc.,         many task forces to study issues, such as food, hunger,
Children’s Mercy Hospital, William Jewell College,        AIdS and drugs. He has served on many boards
Gillis Home and University Of Missouri Kansas City        including the Mid-America regional Council, negro
Bloch School.                                             Leagues Baseball Museum and Kansas City national
                                                          Committee For Christians And Jews.

Appreciation for his labors have been noted by a variety        Mo., for which Tom was awarded the Preservation
of organizations. He is the recipient of the 1991 Kansas        Award by the Historic Kansas City Foundation and the
City Spirit Award and was named the Kansas Citian-Of-           Preserve Missouri Award by the Missouri Alliance For
The-Year in 1994. In addition, Kansas City named its            Historic Preservation.
river Front Park in his honor in 1998.
                                                                                    He has held lead positions of
                                                                                    several organizations including
                                                                                    Council Of The Society Of
                                                                                    Fellows Of The nelson-Atkins
                                                                                    Museum Of Art; the UMKC
                                                                                    University Associates; the Main
                                                                                    Street Corridor development
                                                                                    Corporation (MainCor); and the
                                                                                    Greater Kansas City Chapter Of
                                                                                    The American red Cross.

                                                                                    Tom and his wife, Molly, have
                                                                                    three daughters, Ellie ’09, Anna
                                                                                    ’13 and Jenny ’17. ■
The Levitt Family – Jenny ’17, Molly, Tom ’69, Anna ’13 and Ellie ’09

dick is married to Sandy day Berkley and has two
children, Elizabeth, (who attended Sunset Hill), and,
Jon ’82.

                                                                        Alumni Golf Tourney this Fall

Tom levitt ’69
Since his graduation from Pembroke-Country day in
1969, Tom Levitt has remained a strong advocate for
his alma mater. He initiated the update of The History
Of Pembroke-Country Day School, which was completed
in 1985. Tom, his father, Aaron, siblings, Jim ’72
and Jean ’78, and many of their friends established
the Louise G. Levitt Chair in Social and Community
Service endowment in memory of his mother, a former
Sunset Hill Trustee and Pem-day parent volunteer.
From 1988 to 1997, Tom was actively involved in the                    Mark your calendars for the
administration of the Community Service Summer                     Pembroke Hill Alumni Golf Tournament
Grant program for Pembroke Hill upper school
                                                                         Friday, October 9, 2009
students, established and funded by the Levitt family
and the family of Mary Ann and Frank P. Sebree II.
                                                                              Hillcrest Country Club
Tom runs Levitt Enterprises, Inc., a firm engaged                              8200 Hillcrest Road
in real estate investment, development, leasing and                               Kansas City, MO
management. His greatest concentration of activities                          Shotgun start at Noon
has been in the Freighthouse district in Kansas City,
                                                                   For more information go to the alumni page on
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Best Wishes, 2009 Graduates!
COLLEGE CHOICES                                                           nick Gheorghita ................ College of William and Mary
                                                                          Emily Glaze ....................... Elon University
Jack Adams ........................ University of Kansas
Tommy Aliber ................... Indiana University at Bloomington        Stephanie Goel .................. Colorado State University
Banoo Amighi ................... University of Missouri - Columbia        Elliott Goff ........................ Illinois Institute of Technology
Ava Amirahmadi ................ Columbia University                       Morgan Gonder................. Sewanee: The University of the South
nick Anderson ................... Pitzer College                          Katie Greenbaum ............... Union College
Colin Baker ....................... duke University                       ryan Grojean .................... University of notre dame
Emily Bamberger ............... University of Chicago                     Wesley Gross...................... Kansas State University
Michelle Batlle ................... Stanford University                   devin Hallquist ................. The University of Arizona
Jessica Bly .......................... Texas Christian University         Helen Higgins ................... Hamilton College
William Bolen .................... University of Kansas                   Kathryn Hjalmarson .......... Georgetown University
dillon Bond ...................... University of Missouri - Columbia      Alex Hostiuc ...................... University of Chicago
Betsy Brandt ...................... Vanderbilt University                 Shajiah Jaffri ...................... University of Chicago
ryan Buck ......................... dickinson College                     Stephanie Johnston ............ Lake Forest College
Annie Burcham .................. Colorado College                         Jack Kelly........................... University of denver
Geoff Butler ...................... davis & Elkins College                david Kemper ................... Yale University
Spencer Collet ................... Bates College                          Allison Kipke ..................... Connecticut College
Emily Crenner ................... Macalester College                      Jordan LeMay.................... Chapman University
Shannon deitch ................. Occidental College                       Ellie Levitt ......................... University of Pennsylvania
Jack dudenhoeffer ............. University of Missouri - Columbia         nick Leyh .......................... Macalester College
Katie duffy ........................ Trinity University                   Tony Leyh ......................... Eckerd College
Andrew Elsberry ................ University of Kansas                     Ann Linder ........................ davidson College
Louis Ernst ........................ Washington University in St. Louis   Jay Todd Max .................... University of Southern California
Lilly Fisher......................... Tufts University                    Kelsey McClellan ............... Clemson University
Stephan Franke .................. The George Washington University        Jeff Mcrobert ................... Gonzaga University
Homayon Ghassemi ........... Johns Hopkins University                     Edward Merriman.............. Southern Methodist University
                                                                          Olivia Mertensmeyer .......... Tulane University

(Front row, l-r) Karen Qin, Eliza Spertus, Ava Amirahmadi, Banoo Amighi, Michael Pence, Jessica Bly, Ellie Levitt, Nick Anderson,
Anna Stelmach and Jordan LeMay, (second row, l-r) Lilly Fisher, Morgan Gonder, Marilyn Robb, Emily Bamberger, Austen Schmidt and
Cameron Wilkerson, (third row, l-r) Ben Reisler, Devin Hallquist, Guerin Schwarberg, Ben Thomas, Bryan Wertz, Ann Linder, Geoff
Butler, Hannah Smith and Annie Burcham, (back row, l-r) Joe Wilkinson, Edward Merriman, David Kemper, Jack Dudenhoeffer, Alex
Raridon and Jay Todd Max. Not pictured are: Andrew Elsberry and Bobby Sight.

Congratulations to all of the Pembroke Hill students who earned end-of-the-year awards in May.
They were honored during division special assemblies and receptions. Go to the school’s website,, and click on Academics, the division and then Awards to see a complete list!

deven Morris .................... Kansas State University                  Bobby Sight....................... University of Kansas
Kate Munday ..................... Grinnell College                         C.J. Slaughter .................... Washburn University of Topeka
Jake Myron ........................ Miami University of Ohio               david Smart ...................... Indiana University at Bloomington
dave nair .......................... University of Missouri, Kansas City   Hannah Smith ................... University of Kansas
Jordin nelson .................... Truman State University                 Jordan Snyder .................... Trinity University
Kristen nelson ................... Emory University                        Chris Somers ..................... Tulane University
Jasen nichols ..................... University of the Pacific              Emma Sorrell..................... Occidental College
Claire O’Laughlin .............. Boston College                            Eliza Spertus ...................... Macalester College
Sam Olsen ......................... University of Tulsa                    Anna Stelmach ................... University of Kansas
Hanna Park ....................... American University                     Cole Stewart ...................... University of Kansas
Priyanka Patel .................... Washington University in St. Louis     Adam Swaim...................... Colorado School of Mines
Will Patterson .................... Santa Clara University                 Jessika Terry ...................... University of denver
dexter Pearson .................. Clemson University                       Ben Thomas ...................... Pitzer College
Michael Pence ................... Southern Methodist University            Aubrey Thrane................... Tufts University
Catherine Pogson .............. Wake Forest University                     Brooke Van Lear ................ Park University
Brennan Power .................. Boston College                            Corrie Vesely ..................... Washington University in St. Louis
Karen Qin.......................... Boston University                      doug Walsworth................ University of Missouri - Columbia
rebecca Queen .................. Wheaton College                           Lane Washburn .................. University of Kansas
Alex raridon...................... University of Kansas                    Adam Weindling ................ University of Colorado at Boulder
Mark reardon ................... University of Miami                       Bryan Wertz ...................... University of Tulsa
Benjamin reisler ................ University of denver                     Sierra West......................... rockhurst University
Marilyn robb .................... Columbia University, Columbia College    Cameron Wilkerson ........... Miami University of Ohio
Betsy Sallee ........................ Wesleyan University                  Joe Wilkinson .................... University of Tulsa
daiki Sampei ..................... Loyola University Chicago               Joseph Wiseman ................ Loyola University Chicago
Brittany Sanders ................. Princeton University                    Caleb Wurth ...................... Kansas State University
Austen Schmidt ................. University of Missouri - Columbia         Peter Wyche ...................... University of Southern California
Guerin Schwarberg ............ University of denver                        Bennett Zobrist ................. denison University

Graduates and their parents or grandparents who are alumni of the school included (by family grouping, l-r) James ’39, Jonathan ’71
and David Kemper; Ellie and Tom ’69 Levitt; Margi Hall Pence ’75; Michael Pence and Don Hall ’46; Missy Wang Love ’80 and David
Smart; Lane and Maggie Ruth Washburn ’74; Ellen Benson Merriman ’81 and Edward Merriman; Kim Kline Aliber ’79, Bill Kline
’49 and Tommy Aliber; Alex Raridon and Madalene Olander Woodbury ’53; Jay ’57 and Jasen Nichols; Jack, John ’78 and Raymond
Adams ’49; Jake and Mark Myron ’64; Annie Burcham and Irv Hockaday ’54; and Jessika and Lucy Hawley Terry ’76.
Not pictured are Joe and Steve ’79 Wilkinson and Cole Stewart and Lathrop Backstron ’50.

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          cation is a
           ck F amily
           Tra dition

         hen dana Boocock Crowell ’79, Sarah Boocock Beyreis ’81 and Melissa
         Boocock Soderberg ’84 get together, their husbands joke that it is like
         an educational conference. The sisters, who are all directors of college
 counseling at independent schools, frequently call each other for professional
 advice. Plus, their father, roger Boocock, has a wealth of experience to share with
 them - he was former headmaster of several schools
 including Pembroke-Country day School from 1972
 to 1984. Many members of their extended family are
 educators, including their grandfather and two great
 uncles who were heads of schools also.

 After stints in various positions and private schools, they
 have a lifetime of experience among them. Currently,
 dana is in her seventh year at The Spence School
 in new York, n.Y.; Sarah has been with Cincinnati
 Country day School in Ohio for four years; and Melissa
 has served Breck School in Minneapolis, Minn., for 10

 “I always knew I wanted to teach,” said dana.
 “I remember watching my first grade teacher and
 figuring out ways I would do things differently. After                                       Dana Boocock Crowell
 college, I thought I might only teach a year or two and join friends who moved on       ’79, Sarah Boocock Beyreis
 to a career where there was more prestige or money, but I just loved teaching, and         ’81 and Melissa Boocock
 I never looked back.” After teaching for nine years and working as the dean of          Soderberg ’84, pictured in
 students, she moved to her current position and enjoys working with students and      the 1980s with their parents,
 their families during their transition from high school to college.                     Helen and Roger Boocock.

 Sarah started out as a newspaper reporter for the Concord Monitor in Concord,
 n.H., but realized that she needed a career change after a couple of years.

                                She taught English at several schools prior to her move to college counseling.
                                “There is a whole world in a school that few careers offer,” she said. “It’s very
                                satisfying to work where there is strong continuity with families and traditions.
                                Schools build a community.”

                                Melissa was not ready to give up the rhythm that a school offers so she accepted
                                a job right out of college as an assistant college counselor. She said she enjoys
                                observing students who are at an interesting time in their lives. “It’s exciting to
                                watch them become better versions of themselves,” said Melissa. She will leave her
                                college counseling position this fall and is looking forward to her new job as the
  “Private schools              head of Breck’s upper school.
  have a purpose.
                                They fondly recalled experiences at Sunset Hill, such as May day, working on the
  They have                     Helios, musicals and field hockey games. They also enjoyed the “coordination”
  missions and ask              classes offered by Pem-day and living in the former home for the Pem-
                                day headmaster. Words like “fabulous,” “unbelievable,” and “wonderful”
  broader, grander              accompanied the names of their former teachers, including Sarah Fritz, Margaret
  questions, and                Weatherly Hall ’59, deborah norman, Barbara Judd and Mary Pritchard Eckels
                                ’31. Melissa said, “recently, as I walked down the hall to my office listening to my
  we grew up                    shoes click on the floor, I remembered hearing roselee Ennis’ shoes click as she
  knowing that it               walked. She taught me how to be a woman who was serious about her job. She
                                was able to teach at everyone’s level.” “Whatever Val Ostarch taught suddenly
  was worth asking              became interesting because she made it interesting,” shared dana, “and John
  those questions.”             Lovstad taught us that everything was important – even showing up on time!”

  — Melissa Boocock             The trio agreed that their early exposure to private education through their father
  Soderberg ’84                 influenced their career choices. dana said, “We grew up listening to conversations
                                                              about the health of schools; it was normal to us.”
                                                              “I think we were drawn to school administration
                                                              because we understand the full commitment to the
                                                              institution,” said Melissa. “Our father taught us that
                                                              he represented the school; his actions and decisions
                                                              reflected that philosophy.”

                                                              She continued, “We deeply believe in private
                                                              school education and can convey that it is a very
                                                              compelling place to be. Private schools have a
                                                              purpose. They have missions and ask broader,
                                                              grander questions, and we grew up knowing that
                                                              it was worth asking those questions.”

                                                               Since dana, Sarah and Melissa don’t get the
                                                               opportunity to visit one another often due to
                                                               conflicting schedules and distance, they look
                                                               forward to seeing each other at the annual national
                                                               Association for College Admission Counseling
  Melissa Boocock Soderberg ’84, Dana Boocock Crowell ’79 and  (nACAC) conference. Melissa said, “We do seek
  Sarah Boocock Beyreis ’81 met for dinner following a NACAC   advice from each other professionally. My sisters are
  conference session.                                          the best supportive colleagues.” dana agreed, “It’s
                                                               an amazing resource; we don’t have to explain a lot
                                    to one another.” “We are truth-tellers and trust one another,” Sarah concluded.
                                    “And, we can always call dad!” ■

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Estate Plans Include Pembroke Hill
A        hallmark of Bette and Cook Jordan’s life together
         was their commitment to family and a desire to
         help people help themselves. It was second nature
for them to look for opportunities to support people in
Kansas City and in other areas of the country. They were
generous with their resources as well as their time and
energy. Cook’s advice was often sought after by young
business people and entrepreneurs. Bette’s leadership within
the Girl Scouts was well-known and celebrated. Their
commitment to Pembroke Hill and its predecessor schools,
however, is nothing short of extraordinary, spanning 80
years. It started in 1925 when Cook entered first grade
at the Pembroke School. He graduated from Pembroke-
Country day in 1937 and, except for a stint in the army
during World War II, was never far from campus from that
point forward, until his death in September 2008.

Bette and Cook’s involvement with the school took on many
forms through the years — Trustees, Alumni Association
president, parents and grandparents, fundraising volunteers,
leadership donors and even Clothesline Sale chair. Their                  Bette and Cook ’37 Jordan at their 50th wedding
sons, Jay ’65 and Cook Jr. ’69, and their grandson, Sean ’89                                      anniversary celebration.
and his wife Kimberly Frazier O’Brien ’90, are graduates.
(Sean and Kim’s daughter, Jordan Elizabeth, was the joy of Cook’s life!) Bette and Cook
were among the most loyal guests at every event the school hosted. Following Bette’s death
in 1997, Cook continued to attend alumni activities including the annual holiday party and
reunion weekend festivities. His daughters, daly and Brien, laugh when they recall Cook’s
discovery of the minivan. He realized this type of vehicle would allow him to drive a large
number of people to events. He routinely arrived at activities all over town with a carload of
friends who might otherwise not have been able to attend.

His most recent involvement at Pembroke Hill was with middle school students. For a
number of years, he spoke to the seventh grade during their Veteran’s day symposium
describing his wartime service. His stories engaged the children, giving them a unique
perspective on American history.

As was evident when he spoke to students, Cook was renowned for telling a good story and
his infectious laugh. Lisa Blevins, director of alumni affairs, recalled, “You couldn’t help
but laugh and have a good time when Cook was around. Frequently, he was one of the
oldest alumni who attended our events, and it was like he was holding court because people
quickly gathered around him.”

Cook was an obvious choice to be interviewed in the Alumni Association’s oral history
project. He spent an afternoon in front of a video camera describing his school life. His
memories are both humorous and touching. For example, he described being a trombonist
in the Pembroke School band and the competitions the group won. In fact, the band was
selected to play at the 1932 Chicago’s World Fair. He laughed, remembering a particularly
poor rehearsal when the band director, Alvin Stevens, told the boys “I’ve heard worse, but
can’t remember where!”
during his interview, Cook mentioned              The pair understood firsthand the significance of a
numerous times that what was most important       Pembroke Hill education and wanted to make the
in his school experience was the relationship
between the faculty and the boys. The faculty
                                                  school as accessible to as many families as possible.
was integral in the students’ lives, organizing
their school days, extracurricular activities,
and providing summer work and camp opportunities. This was accomplished with humor,
encouragement and expectation. He adds that he was happy to realize later in life that the
school provided a number of scholarships during the depression so boys would not have to

This realization could be the inspiration behind an estate gift Cook and Bette made to
Pembroke Hill. The pair understood firsthand the significance of a Pembroke Hill education
and wanted to make the school as accessible to as many families as possible. Therefore, they
designated Pembroke Hill as a beneficiary of a Charitable remainder Trust. They requested
their gift be placed in the endowment to support scholarships. With the passing of Bette and
Cook, Pembroke Hill lost two of its greatest friends and advocates. Through, however, The
Mary Elizabeth Bresnahan Jordan and George Gook Jordan Sr. Charitable Remainder Trust,
they will always be participants in the life of the school. ■

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MArgArET And don AusTIn —
dedicated Annual Fund Volunteers
P         embroke Hill bids a fond farewell
          to Margaret and don Austin, who
          have served as grandparent co-
chairs for the school’s Annual Fund since
1993. The role has been a very special
one for the Austins, who have had three
grandchildren graduate from the school:
Anna dudenhoeffer ’04, a graduate of
duke University who will begin her
second year of law school at notre dame
this fall; Catherine dudenhoeffer ’05,
a recent graduate of the University of
Missouri now entering the job market
in Chicago; and Jack dudenhoeffer ’09,
an incoming freshman at the University
of Missouri, where he has signed a letter
of intent to play baseball. Two other
grandchildren, Max and Sam Montag,
attended Pembroke Hill before moving
away from the Kansas City area.

As advocates for the school, they have
encouraged others to give to the Annual
Fund as a way to help students and
teachers. As don explained, “We realize
that as grandparents, we have more
disposable income than many of the           Margaret and Don Austin
young parents and therefore wanted to
urge the other grandparents to join us in supporting this wonderful school.”
                                                                                              “We strongly
The Pembroke Hill community has benefited from the Austins’ leadership in numerous
ways, but Margaret and don are quick to point out the benefits they received in return        believe that
from their involvement, like watching their grandchildren grow into educated, mature          education is
young adults and getting to know their grandchildren’s friends. One of the more               the key to a
memorable occasions they experienced at the school was when Margaret dressed up in            successful life,
a bear costume – complete with paws – for the prekindergarten’s Teddy Bear Picnic.
Her eyes, nose and mouth were visible through an open circle, so she was amazed when
                                                                                              and we also
all of the children accepted her as a real bear, including three of her grandchildren who     believe that
were in attendance and had no idea it was “B,” their grandmother, in costume.                 Pembroke Hill
                                                                                              school offers
We are grateful for the many ways in which Margaret, don, and their entire family
have supported the school. When asked why it was important to them to stay
                                                                                              the very best
involved for so many years, Margaret replied, “We strongly believe that education is          education.”
the key to a successful life, and we also believe that Pembroke Hill School offers the very     — Margaret Austin
best education.” ■

Pembroke Hill Athletes Earn State Titles
Three was the lucky number this spring as Pembroke Hill         6-3,3-6, 7-5. Will’s opponent had only one loss this season
athletes brought home either individual or team state titles    before coming up short 6-2,6-0.
in three sports – track and field, tennis and lacrosse!
                                                                Chris Somers defeated Teddy Jones of MICdS, 6-2,6-2, in

“It was a really great season for our athletic program,”        his singles match, while Teddy Fitzgibbons outlasted Charlie
explained Don Earnest, PHS athletic director. “Our              Curtis of MICdS, 6-2,6-0.
student-athletes and their coaches worked extremely hard        not to be outdone, the doubles team of Tommy Aliber and
and they enjoyed some very exciting sporting moments that I     Teddy Fitzgibbons won their match, 7-5, 6-3.
am sure they will remember the rest of their lives.”
                                                                Then two days later, on May 30, the doubles pair of Teddy
                                                                Fitzgibbons and Chris Somers took first in the state by
Junior hurdler Tiffani Mcreynolds became a state champion       defeating the doubles team from Thomas Jefferson High
for the third consecutive year as she turned in an impressive   School, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2. Tommy Aliber finished up his singles
season in both the 100- and the 300- meter hurdles.

Track &
                                                                season with third in the state by winning that match 6-1, 6-3.
In the state competition Tiffani earned first place in both     Team Highlights: State champions; 1st State doubles; 3rd
hurdle events. In the 100-meter preliminary race, she broke     State singles; 1st districts; 1st PHS doubles Invitational
the existing record of 14.37 with a time of 14.33!
                                                                Individual Highlights: Tommy Aliber - 3rd State singles;

In April, Tiffani participated in the Kansas relays during      1st districts; Teddy Fitzgibbons, Chris Somers – 1st State
which she earned the top honor for the 100-meter hurdles.       doubles, 1st district doubles; Will Welte - 3rd district singles;
This was her third appearance at this event.                    Andrew Garner, Kevin Horner - 2nd district doubles.
Individual Honors: Katayon                                      Raider Award: Tommy Aliber
Ghassemi – Tied school record;
Tiffani Mcreynolds – Broke Piper
record, KU relays 100-meter                                     Pembroke Hill brought home the state title in division II
hurdles – 1st place, 3rd year to                                lacrosse in a nail-biter, come-from-behind win against Eureka
participate in KU relays; returning                             in the championship game on May 23.
state champion, Sydney Peavy – 1st
year at KU relays – competed in                                 Jacob Sinclair scored the go-ahead goal with 2:55 left in the
three events, 8th in 100-meter dash,                            game. The final score was 6-5.
6th in triple jump, 7th in long jump,
8th in 100-meter                                                To get to the championship game, PHS outscored all three
                                                                of its opponents in the playoff games by one goal each.
District Qualifers: Jordin nelson,

Tiffani Mcreynolds, Sydney Peavy,       Tiffani McReynolds      This is the first time the school’s lacrosse team has won a
Lydia Jackson, Page Schult, Claire                              state title. The team finished the season with a 17-2 record.
Shadid, Katayon Ghassemi, Esme nulan, Alex Long, Mason
Everett, Matt Logan, robert Sorrell, nathan Wagner              Team Highlights: State champions; Conference champions;
                                                                17-2 record; JV undefeated
Raider Award: Sydney Peavy
                                                                Individual Highlights: All-State – William Bolen, ryan
                                                                Grojean, Jacob Sinclair; 1st Team All-Conference – William
The boys tennis team garnered the team state title, the         Bolen, ryan Grojean, Blake Pierce, Jacob Sinclair; 2nd Team
championship in doubles and third in singles.                   All-Conference – John Heddens, Alex Larios, Jay Todd
                                                                Max, Guerin Schwarberg;
The team capped off a great day on                              Academic All-American –
May 28 by finishing on top in the                               William Bolen (set school
state competition.                                              record with
                                                                93 points)
The team enjoyed impressive wins
in the singles competition with                                 Raider Award: William
Tommy Aliber and Will Welte                                     Bolen, ryan Grojean. ■
outplaying their opponents. Tommy
defeated the two-time defending
Missouri Class 1 singles champion

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Raider Wrap-Up
Winter Sports Highlights                                      Invitational: 7th solo - Hillary Stark, 8th solo - Brittany
                                                              nedblake, 12th solo Augi Grasis, 13th solo - Ericka Schubert;
BASkETBALL/BOyS                                               ndA awards: spirit - Ali Corbin, Adrienne dunham, Wesley
Team Highlights: 2nd                                          Gross, Lissy Hodge; showmanship - Ali Corbin, Mallory
place districts                                               dameron, Lissy Hodge; technique - Augi Grasis, Lissy
Individual Highlights:                                        Hodge, Madeline Krahn, Shannon Lowe, Ericka Schubert,
2nd Team -All district -                                      Emma Sorrell; Special Event (invitation to perform at a
Joe Wilkinson                                                 special event and have been elected to be in a featured
                                                              group during the event) – Mallory Krahn; All-American
Raider Award:                                                 nominee - Mallory Krahn, Marilyn robb, Ericka Schubert,
Joe Wilkinson                                                 Emma Sorrell; All-American Team - Emma Sorrell (second
                                                              consecutive year!)

BASkETBALL/GIRLS                                              Raider Award: Emma Sorrell
Individual Highlights:
Pleasant Hill Tournament                                      SWIMMInG & DIVInG (girls)
Free Throw Champion                                           Team Highlights: 2nd place Independent League
- Evan Sterneck; All-                                         Championships
district Team - Honorable
Mention - Brittany Conner,                                                                        Individual
Jacqueline robinson,                                                                              Highlights:
Evan Sterneck                                                                                     State Qualifiers:
                                                                                                  Emma Mrkonic-100
Raider Award:                                                                                     backstroke, relays;
Evan Sterneck                                                                                     Michelle Heidgerken
                                                                                                  - 50 freestyle, 100
ChEERLEADInG                                                                                      freestyle, relays;
                                                                                                  State Qualifying:
Raider Award:
Elizabeth You                                                                                     200 medley, 200
                                                                                                  freestyle, 400 freestyle
                                                                                                  relays - Sydney
DAnCE                                                         dillman, Emily Glaze, Maggie Glaze, Michelle Heidgerken,
Team Highlights:                                              Emma Mrkonic; League Champions: Emma Mrkonic -100
Fort Osage Classic dance                                      backstroke; Hannah Bortnick -1 meter diving, 11 dives
Competition – 1st prop;
Lee’s Summit north                                            Raider Award: Emily Glaze
Invitational – 2nd dance, 2nd
novelty; State Team Competition – 5th overall, 2nd novelty,
4th dance, Sweepstakes                                        WRESTLInG
Award; national dance                                         Individual Highlights: Kevin Murray – 1st West Platte
Alliance Camp/Competition                                                                          Tournament, 1st
(Team Awards) - spirit stick                                                                       Center Tournament,
(winning 3 times), technical                                                                       3rd Bishop Miege
excellence, most improved                                                                          Tournament,
technique, superior                                                                                3rd north Platte
showmanship, Superior                                                                              Tournament; Andrew
Award for team dance, ndA                                                                          Seligson – 3rd West
Team Award - invitation                                                                            Platte Tournament,
to ndA nationals - team                                                                            3rd Bishop Miege
invitation to perform at                                      Tournament; Jake Spertus – 2nd West Platte Tournament,
a special event.                                              2nd Bishop Miege Tournament; nathan Wagner – 1st Center
                                                              Tournament, 2nd West Platte Tournament, 3rd Bishop Miege
Individual Highlights:                                        Tournament, 3rd north Platte Tournament
Lee’s Summit north
                                                              Raider Award: Joshua Smith

Spring Sports                                                 average: Preston Owen (.528); Post-season honors:
                                                              nick Leyh - Academic All-State; Jack dudenhoeffer, Joe
BASEBALL                                                      Wieczkowski, richard Wright - 1st Team All-district; Jack
Team Highlights: 2nd                                          dudenhoeffer- member of West team in Class 3 East vs. West
place districts; Clinton                                      Senior All-Star Game
Tournament and
Smithville Tournament                                         Raider Award: Jack dudenhoeffer
Champions; Set school
record for number of wins
in a season - 16                                              GOLF (boys)
                                                              Team Highlights: 4th in State; 1st in districts
Individual Highlights:
                                                              Individual Highlights: All-State - duncan Laner
School records - plate
appearances: Joe                                              Raider Award: duncan Laner
Wieczkowski 94; hits:
Jack dudenhoeffer 36;
runs: richard Wright 33;                                      SOCCER (girls)
rBI’s: Jack dudenhoeffer                                      Team Highlights: Pembroke Hill Tournament Champions;
(32); rBI’s in a career:                                      2nd place districts; season record – 12-10
Jack dudenhoeffer (62);
doubles in a career: Jack                                     Individual Highlights: 1st Team - All State; Caffrey
dudenhoeffer (19); triples in a season: Jack dudenhoeffer     Brooks, Camille Christie; 2nd Team All-State - Aubrey
(7); triples in a career: Jack dudenhoeffer (9); walks-hit    Thrane; Mo. Class 2 Offensive Player-Of-The-Year - Caffrey
by pitch: Joe Wieczkowski (tied for first with 18); batting   Brooks; Kansas City Star Scholar Athlete: Shannon deitch;
                                                              All-district - Caffrey Brooks, Camille Christie, Kelsey
                                                                                                          Aubrey Thrane;
                                                                                                          regional Team -
                                                                                                          Caffrey Brooks,
                                                                                                          Camille Christie,
                                                                                                          Kelsey McClellan,
                                                                                                          Aubrey Thrane;
                                                                                                          Year in Western
                                                                                                          region - Caffrey

                                                                                                          Raider Award:
                                                                                                          Kelsey McClellan,
                                                                                                          Stephanie Goel

Congratulations To Stephan Franke!
                                                              The PHS community celebrated with the Franke family
                                                              on April 30 as Stephan signed a letter of intent to attend
                                                              George Washington University and participate in the
                                                              swim program there. Stephan’s parents, Stephen and
                                                              Rebecca, enjoyed the program.

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Class notes                                                      Had a great visit with Bill Staggs. He’s back full time at his
                                                                 former employer, FIKE, working on explosion protection
                                                                 equipment for industries. Prior to that, he worked on

55       Kirk Polson reported he had both knees replaced
                                                                 the passenger oxygen system on the Boeing 787. Maxine
                                                                 continues to teach third grade at Sion. Their oldest child,
last spring and has more titanium than a B2 bomber. He           Mitchell, lives in Chicago with his wife and four children.
has resumed playing golf and competitive tennis. He said,        Matthew ’95 is a registered nurse, also in Chicago, but he
“I thought the doctor would cry when I suggested going           recently spent significant time with doctors Without Borders
back to skiing so I sold the skis. Aside from having to get      in Armenia, Sudan and Uganda. Their daughter, Emily ’97,
to the airport about 20 minutes earlier than usual for metal     and her husband live in Stamford, Conn.
detector screening, all is back to near normal.”
                                                                 Sam and Linda Kramer are going bird watching in Costa
                                                                 rica. Sam retired a year ago but steps in when needed.
60     Class agent Dick Woods wrote, “Contrary to my             Otherwise they enjoy time with the grandchildren. Sam
                                                                 hopes to show for the 50th reunion.
previous report, Steve and Suzanne Quarles did not acquire
a summer home in the Carolinas. They have a get-away
place in Maryland not far from their permanent residence.        I attended the reunion Weekend reception along with
Steve continues to work full time at Crowell.                    Ford Brent and Craig French. Wish more KC folks had
                                                                 been there. It was the 50th reunion for the Class of 1959,
Kent Stockton was in town for a few days and had lunch           and we had a chance to visit with Bill Wakefield, Bill
with me, Craig French, Mike Hyde, Jerry Miller and               Wallace, Bud Porch and Dave Trusty. Please keep May 14-
Ford Brent. He essentially is retired from the practice of       16, 2010 in mind for our 50th reunion. My thanks to Craig
medicine and plans to make next year’s reunion. I think          French, Ben Adams and Ford Brent for again assisting in
I’d previously mentioned that Kent is a published cowboy         the calling program.”
poet, and has received the Academy of Western Artists’ Will
rogers Medallion Award and Cowboy Poetry Book Of The
Year Award. After lunch, I had a chance to visit with Kent’s
                                                                 66       Jim Everett recently married Lori Ann Chester-
                                                                 Herring; they reside in Sarasota, Fla. He wrote, “Lori is a
father, dr. ray Stockton, who is 92 and as sharp as ever.
                                                                 graduate of USF (University of South Florida) with a degree
                                                                 in communications. She is employed by Transworld Systems,
John Morrison and his wife moved to Wilmington, n.C. in
                                                                 Inc. and has been regional manager in several South Florida
March. John hopes to telecommute with the FdIC, but if
                                                                 offices. She is the granddaughter of Amos White, a famous
that doesn’t work, he probably will be in Washington two to
                                                                 barbecue entrepreneur in Tampa, a contemporary of the
three days a week.
                                                                 Gates barbecue family in Kansas City.”
Bart Bartleson reported that he underwent a quadruple
bypass, but is doing well. He currently plans to attend the
50th reunion in May 2010.
                                                                 67 Tom Watson was honored with the to Golf at the
                                                                                                         14 Francis th

                                                                 Ouimet Award for Lifelong Contributions
                                                                 Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund’s 60th Annual Banquet
Jerry and Meg Duggan are adopting 13-year-old                    in Boston. Tom’s golf wins include eight major titles: five
Christopher. The final proceedings will be in May.               British Opens, two Masters, and one U.S. Open. In recent
                                                                 years, Tom has continued to excel on the Champions Tour,
Lynn and Ginny McCanse went on a three week trip to              winning 12 tournaments, including five Senior majors. In
Guam to visit his son, Web, and his family who have another      all, he won 63 tournaments including 39 on the PGA Tour,
year-and-a-half in Guam. They made a short side trip to          was leading money winner five times, and Player-Of-The-
Saipan while there.                                              Year six times. He also played on four ryder Cup teams and
                                                                 captained the victorious 1993 team. Tom was inducted into
George Bunting reports all is well. Jill spends a good deal of   the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1988.
time in Kansas City visiting grandchildren.

Tom Stites has applied for fellowships at the University
of Missouri and Stanford. His preference is MU given
                                                                 69       Former AFS student,
                                                                 Dr. Gian Carlo Decimo ’69
its journalism program. Tom is working on a project              recently visited Pembroke Hill
dealing with the future of printed media in the automated        with his wife, Francesca, and
environment.                                                     six-year-old daughter, Vittoria.
                                                                 They stayed with his former host
Berre Robinson continues to teach but has reduced his load       brother, Mike Lyon ’69, during
to 40 hours per week.                                            their visit. Gian Carlo currently
                                                                 lives in Sicily, Italy and is a psychotherapist.

71      Don Cooper wrote, “Our daughter, nicole, at her       89    JoMarie Scaglia plans to open her second restaurant,
high school graduation 2008, with her younger brother         The Mixx, in the new Power & Light district in Kansas City.
Sean, grandparents, my wife Suzanne, and myself. She has      She opened the first Mixx in 2005 on Main St.
just completed her first

semester at the Arizona
State University W.P. Carey                                          Dylan Wetherill has volunteered to serve as a class
School of Business. We are                                    agent; send updates to
currently living in Potomac
Falls in northern Virgina.”
                                                              91     Angela Seaton has been named a partner of Shook
                                                              Hardy & Bacon LLP in the pharmaceutical and medical
74     Joe Casper joined                                      device litigation group in Kansas City.
Walton Construction in
Kansas City as director of
insurance. He is responsible                                  92 planning and tax lawhas joinedin Kansas City.Magruder’s
                                                                     Paul Himmelstein           Van Osdol &
for day-to-day management of the property/casualty            estate                  practice
insurance program for all five Walton divisions.
                                                              David Jermann has been named a partner of Armstrong
                                                              Teasdale LLP in Kansas City. His practice focuses in the areas
  Jack Rees ’74, Jimmy Walker ’86 and Wesley Gross
                                                              of commercial disputes, business torts, noncompete litigation
  ’09 joined forces on a recent show at Gallery F in the
                                                              and securities arbitrations.
  Kansas City Crossroads district. Their collaboration
  included sculpture, mixed media and photography with
  a futurist inflection. Jack rees presented work in an
  ongoing series of perceptual and sculptural ideas that
                                                              93      Sarah Ross wrote, “It may not amaze beloved Pem
                                                              Hill teachers and fellow members of the Class of 1993 to
  incorporate geometry, translucence, and complex line.       learn that my life post-PHS is best described as ‘embracing
  He recently returned from norway after receiving an         the inner nerd.’ After taking my BA in Classics at Bowdoin,
  international prize for related work. Jimmy’s work          I journeyed (laden with suitably bookish honors such as
  reflected his vision in emotive portraits. Wesley’s         Phi Beta Kappa, Summa Cum Laude, Latin prizes) to
  work illustrated solemn structures in different stages      northwestern University, where I obtained my doctorate
  of decomposition, reconstruction and neglect. A             in European History in 2006. The renaissance is my field
  percentage of the proceeds of the show were directed to     of specialization - O Golden Age of nerds! My dissertation
                                                              concerned learned women in renaissance Italy and England,
  the Pembroke Hill Arts Council.                             and I’m delighted to report that those many pages have
                                                              now become a book, forthcoming this fall from Harvard
75     Tom Bednar was named president of St. Francis
                                                              University Press under the title The Birth Of Feminism:
                                                              Woman As Intellect In Renaissance Italy And England. For
High School in Wheaton, Ill., in January. St. Francis is a    the past two years, I have been most happily over-served as
coeducational Catholic college preparatory school serving     a postdoctoral fellow in the Society of Fellows in the Liberal
760 students in the western suburbs of Chicago.               Arts at Princeton University. And this fall I’m beginning
                                                              a no-kidding tenure-track job as Assistant Professor in
                                                              the department of History at Boston College. Yes, I am
                                                              Professor ross at last! I hope that this horn-tooting may
                                                              inspire other bookworms and eccentrics of 1993 to send
                                                              their news. I ask you, fellow oddballs: Quid novi?”

                                                              94      Maren Dunn completed her medical residency in
                                                              rural family medicine and is moving to Bend, Ore. She has
                                                              spent the last year working in southwest Idaho in a small
                                                              mountain town, Cascade. This fall, she will be working in a
                                                              small hospital/clinic 30 miles north of Bend in a town called
                                                              Prineville, Ore. Her practice will include all parts of family
                                                              medicine including obstetrics. She said, “The best part is, I
Fourteen members from the Class of 1990 gathered in Cabo      get to play outside all year long!”
San Lucas in January for an impromptu reunion! (front
row, l-r) Scott Devaney, Carter Davis, Sean O’Brien, Robert
Thompson, Chad Wollard (back row, l-r) Tim Tholen, Bob
Coughlin, Jon Bidwell, Greg Honan, Patrick Faltico, Dylan
Wetherill, Matt Hoffman, David LaMothe, Matt McWhirter.
                                                                                                      Continued on page 42
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Class notes — Continued from page 41
                                                                   01      Monica Belsito will attend Harvard Business School
                                                                   in the fall.

95     Fling, a movie directed by John Stewart Muller, in
                                                                   02      Eddie Higgins wrote,
which he co-wrote and co-produced with Laura Boersma,
has been released to dVd.                                          “In October, a few cross country
                                                                   alums gathered to run the Kansas
                                                                   City Marathon. Chris Bolman
96       Ashley Hall Smith has opened a new skin care              competed in the half, finishing
                                                                   in 1:46:54, and August dietrich
practice inside Lulu Salon and Spa in Overland Park, Kan.
Her services include facials, chemical treatments and product      and I ran the marathon as a team,
recommendations. Contact Ashley at           finishing the course in 2:42:09
                                                                   (6:11 pace). I hope to see some of the other alums of the

97       Tyler Kimball will present his
work at a show entitled “Games,” which
                                                                   cross country and track teams for the 2009 race on Oct. 17.
                                                                   The course is beautiful, the weekend reunion is memorable,
                                                                   and wagers are welcome (talk to August), so get training.”
runs from Sept. 4 through October at
Millennic Glass Gallery in the Crossroads                          LTJG Chip Schellhorn
district of Kansas City, 1901 Wyandotte                            finished the navy’s
St. Tyler said, “My new work deals                                 advanced jet syllabus in
with games and recreation and the great                            March after receiving his
effort and tradition that has gone into                            initial carrier qualification
the competitive spirit. I take a very                              aboard the USS ronald
literal approach at exploring the nuances                          reagan. At his winging
of games, such as badminton, baseball,                             ceremony were four of his
bocce, checkers, horseshoes, and even Sorry. He will be at         PHS classmates: Travis
the show on opening night, Sept. 4. Tyler, who has lived           Holt, Eddie Higgins, Tim
and worked in Seattle for the past five years, also participated   Boeshaar and John devins. He has orders to Strike Fighter
in two group shows in Seattle at the Tashiro Kaplan Gallery        Squadron in Lemoore, Calif., to fly the F/A-18 E/F Super
and the Pratt Auction this spring. For more information,           Hornet.
check his website at

                                                              06 for Light College for 2009-10. student body
99 Alex Parker, aaward for overall general news reporting presidentNickCornell was elected to serve as He is pursuing a
                     University of Kansas journalism master’s
student, received an                                               double major in economics and computer science.
from the 2009 Society of Professional Journalists. The awards
were presented during the society’s recent spring conference,
and those selected will advance to the national competition.

Marriages ’53 and Paul Koontz ’48 on Jan. 2
• Suzanne Sawyer Thompson
•   Lori Ann Chester-Herring and James Everett ’66 on Feb. 14
•   Lisa Carlton Wilson and William Bunting ’77 on Feb. 7
•   Sarah Hyde ’84 and Bryan Schmiedeler on May 23
•   Alison Cohen and Grant Masson ’94 on July 28, 2008
•   Katie Glassman ’95 and Chris Cranis on June 17, 2006
•   Abby Wayment and Brian Cates ’95 on April 25
                                                                         James Everett ’66 and Lori
•   Gina renee Leo and Jeffrey Grant Stingley ’98 on June 20
                                                                         Ann Chester-Herring were
•   Stephanie Hill ’01 and Kemp Muhlbauer on nov. 8, 2008                married on Feb. 14.
•   Daisy Caroline MacDonald ’01 and Andrew Lewis Selman
                                                                                                Katie Glassman ’95 and Chris
    on April 18.                                                                             Cranis married on June 17, 2006.
                                         Continued on page 43
WEDDInGS — Continued from page 42

Emily Loeb ’94 wrote, “We enjoyed a mini-PHS reunion
of sorts at my step-brother Justin Kaufmann’s ’98 wedding
to Jenny Fishman in naples, Fla., in november. Thanks to
Jenny and Justin, these old PHS friends are now related!      Stephanie Hill ’01 and Kemp Muhlbauer were married on
                                                              Nov. 8, 2008 on the beach in Riviera Maya, Mexico. Her
From left: Jeff Greenstein, Leigh Goldberg Suskin ’92, Gina   sister, Jennifer Hill ’99 was her maid of honor. Several alumni
Kaufmann ’95, Emily Loeb ’94, Justin Kaufmann ’98, Rachel     were among the guests. Pictured are Alissa Walters ’01, Alexis
Loeb ’91, Cory Spitcaufsky ’91 and Amy Greenstein. Also, in   Worley ’01, Stephanie, Kathryn Elkins ’00, Debbie Krigel ’01,
attendance, but not pictured was Jamie Schultz Berg ’88.      Sarah Montgomery ’01 and Monica Belsito ’01.

Births and David Hunt ’84,
•	Amy McAnarney
  a daughter, Abigail Elizabeth, May 20, 2008
•	Lily (Arbab) ’86 and Gregory Camet,
  a daughter, Ellery Minou, Sept. 5, 2008
•	Chimene Schwach ’88 and Jim Wright,
  a son, Jacob Oliver, March 21
•	Jan Marie and Bradford Kroh ’90,
  a daughter, Claire McClelland, Jan. 6
•	Gwyn Prentice and Andrew Atterbury ’92,
  a daughter, Sloane Hayat Verna, Jan. 25        Max Andrew, son          Audrey Renee and            Ronin and Nico
•	Kristen and Darrin Bronfman ’92,               of Heather Cohen         Ethan, children of          Prelogar ’94
  a daughter, Audrey renee, Aug. 11, 2008        Padratzik ’93            Darrin Bronfman ’92
•	Laura and Andrew Moore ’93, a son,
  William Spencer, Jan. 26
•	Heather (Cohen) ’93 and Jay Padratzik,
  a son, Max Andrew, Aug. 16, 2008
•	Meggin and Kirk H. Wetherill ’93, a son,
  Kirk Haworth Jr., Sept. 26, 2008
•	Goldie and Nico Prelogar ’94, a son, ronin
  McClellan, Oct. 24, 2008
                                                                                                 William Spencer, son of
•	Julia (Henson) ’98 and Paul radley Jr.,                                                        Andrew Moore ’93
  a son, Paul III “Trip,” Jan. 3, 2008                        Paul “Trip” Radley III, son of
                                                              Julia Henson Radley ’98

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In Memoriam
We offer our condolences to the family and friends of the following
                                                                      Kit Spangler Culver ’69 on the death of her mother-in-law,
                                                                      Kate Schaaf Culver, April 3.

alumni:                                                               Heather Risley Dial ’88 on the death of her grandmother,
                                                                      Eleanor Pace risley, March 1.
Barbara Harrison Allen ’30 died nov. 19, 2008.
Caroline Bliss Langknecht ’33 died April 13.                          Kent Dillon ’68, Courtney Dillon Pedersen ’70 and Emily
Lura Jane Smith Geiger ’38 died April 24.                             Dillon Berry ’74 on the death of their mother, Joan Kent
Virginia Smith Malmborg ’40 died Jan. 16.                             dillon, Jan. 18.
Marilyn Jenkins Sinclair ’40 died April 16.
Betty Bredouw Gottula ’41 died April 19.                              Katie Duffy ’09 and Daniel Duffy ’17 on the death of their
Frances Scott Dunlap ’48 died March 28.                               grandmother, Patricia O’Shaughnessy Kingsland, June 2.
Marilyn Hudson Jurden ’50 died Jan. 27.
Lawrence Fane ’51 died nov. 28, 2008.                                 Alexandra Emery ’07 on the death of her aunt, Susan
Ann Berenice Williams ’52 died Sept. 18, 2008.                        Elisabeth Eversull ’71, April 1.
Christopher J. Cole ’67 died January 19.
Susan Elisabeth Eversull ’71 died April 1.                            Jennifer Loutzenhiser Ess ’79, Kim Loutzenhiser ’80 and
Gretchen Bruening Lynch ’74 died March 22.                            Jane Loutzenhiser ’85 on the death of their brother, James
Jean Gill Quinn ’75 died March 24.                                    Kenneth Loutzenhiser, Feb. 17.
Raymond Hillman “Pete” Starr ’58 died June 16.
                                                                      Sue Scott Eversull ’48 on the death of her daughter, Susan
We offer our condolences to the family and friends of the following   Elisabeth Eversull ’71, April 1 and cousin, Frances Scott
former faculty:                                                       Dunlap ’48, March 28.

Peter Brown, math/computers, football/basketball/tennis               Bruce Fane ’54 on the death of his brother, Lawrence Fane
coach, Pembroke-Country day School, 1962–1970, June 2.                ’51, nov. 28, 2008.

E. Virginia Calkins, history, Sunset Hill School, 1961-67,            Mikayla Ferguson ’16 and Mark Ferguson ’19 on the death
March 1.                                                              of their great grandmother, Margaret Costanza, Jan. 31.

We offer our condolences to the following members and their           Jana Simpson Franta ’70 and Jenny Weaver Johnson ’93 on
families of the Pembroke Hill community:                              the death of their husband and father, Gregory E. Franta, Feb. 9.

Arly Allen ’56, Diane Allen Bannen ’58, A. Hedrick Allen              Katherine Ghio ’72, Mary Greaves Hodge ’73, Donald
’85 and Patience Allen ’89 on the death of their mother and           (Critch) Greaves ’77, Caroline Hodge ’08, Chase Hodge
grandmother, Barbara Harrison Allen ’30, nov. 19, 2008.               ’10 and Lissy Hodge ’12 on the death of their father,
                                                                      stepfather and stepgrandfather, James E. Ghio, March 5.
Joan Jenkins Bartlett ’42, Paul Bartlett, Jr. ’36, Marilyn
Bartlett Hebenstriet ’70, Frederick Bartlett ’74, Niles Jager         Benton Glaze ’07, Emily Glaze and Margaret Glaze ’12 on
’99, Alison Hebenstreit ’06, Jessica Hebenstreit ’08 and              the death of their grandfather, Samuel Clayton Miranda, May 28.
Laura Hebenstreit ’10 on the death of their sister, sister-in-law,
aunt and great-aunt, Marilyn Jenkins Sinclair ’40, April 16.          Lilly Glenn ’16 on the death of her grandfather, richard Burry,
                                                                      March 17.
Melissa Rouse Berridge ’87 and Matthew Rouse ’91 on the
death of their grandmother, Betty Lee rouse, May 20.                  Laura Lee Carkener Grace ’56 and Catherine Dail Weil ’81
                                                                      on the death of their mother and grandmother, Laura Kemper
Terri Smith Blake ’78 and Tim Smith ’83 on the death of               Toll Carkener, Jan. 17.
their grandfather, Hubert Bicknell Walker, Feb. 5.
                                                                      Michael Guffey ’81 and Sara Guffey Hopewell ’85 on the
Caroline Bliss-Kandel ’61 and Peter Bliss ’63 on the death            death of their father, roger Guffey, April 15.
of their aunt, Caroline Bliss Langknecht ’33, April 13.
                                                                      Joanne Hudson Hamilton ’45, Paul Hamilton ’46, Leonard
Richard Brown ’70 and Susan Brown Thill ’73 on the death              Wells Jurden IV ’79, Cole Jurden ’10, Zac Jurden ’11 and
of their mother, Saurine Lotman Brown, March 6.                       Maddie Jurden ’12 on the death of their sister, sister-in-law,
                                                                      mother and grandmother, Marilyn Hudson Jurden ’50, Jan.
Jack Brozman ’68 on the death of his aunt, Jean Mendelson             27.
Goldstein, Jan. 27.
                                                                      Peggy Headley ’78 on the death of her father, Jack W.r.
John Calkins ’69 on the death of his mother, E. Virginia              Headley, April 23.
Calkins, March 1.
                                                                      Mary Ingraham ’78 on the death of her mother, Patricia Anne
Suzanne Helmers Collins ’68 on the death of her mother-in-            dubbs Ingraham, Jan. 24.
law, Marjorie Brownfield Collins, Jan. 24.

Margaret Johnston ’19 and Joseph Johnston ’22 on the              Jay Pack ’71 and Dee Pack ’73 on the death of their father,
death of their grandmother, Janet White Johnston, nov. 1, 2008.   Steve Pack, Jan. 15.

Cole Kiersznowski ’15, Nathalie Kiersznowski ’17 and Julia        Lindsay Lunt Parsons ’74 on the death of her father, William
Kiersnowski ’19 on the death of their grandmother, Patricia       C. Lunt, Jr., March 26.
Lloyd-Land, Jan. 31.
                                                                  Harry Poindexter ’66 and Don Poindexter ’69 on the death
Chip Koester ’89 and Matt Koester ’92 on the death of their       of their father, Henry Poindexter, May 1.
grandmother, ruth Smith, Jan. 29.
                                                                  Charles Porter ’99 on the death of his grandmother, Violet
Tyler Kimball ’97 on the death of his grandmother, Jane B.        Porter, April 26.
robinson, March 4.
                                                                  Julia Henson Radley ’98 and Edward Henson ’02 on the
Grace Lattan ’17 and Sarah Lattan ’22 on the death of their       death of their grandmother Virignia Mae Smith Malmborg
grandfather, Francis Elmer Hund, April 13.                        ’40, Jan. 16.

Albert LeMoine III ’61, David LeMoine ’65 and Curtis              Barbara Mackey Reitz ’59, John Mackey ’64, Susan Smith
Waugh ’64 on the death of their aunt and mother-in-law,           Mackey ’60 and Carling Huffaker Mackey ’67 on the death
dorothy LeMoine Herrick, Jan. 20.                                 of their mother and mother-in-law, Cornelia Materne Mackey,
                                                                  April 12.
David Leonard ’85, Blythe Leonard Robertson ’87 and
Christopher Leonard ’93 on the death of their father, George      John Rosher ’16 and Julia Rosher ’18 on the death of their
Leonard, Jan. 14.                                                 grandmother, Helen Joyce rosher, Feb. 18.

Elizabeth Bruening Lewis ’59 on the death of her cousin,          Tom Schmidt ’56 was omitted as a survivor under Elizabeth
Gretchen Bruening Lynch ’74, March 22.                            J. Schmidt Jenkins in the January 2009 issue. His mother died
                                                                  nov. 4, 2008.
James Lytton ’61 and John Lytton ’68 on the death of their
mother, Vivian doris Lytton, Jan. 27.                             Janet Patzman Serrano ’72 on the death of her brother, david
                                                                  Patzman, June 1.
Craig Maughan ’66 on the death of his father-in-law, William
C. Hanes, March 9.                                                Norton Starr ’54, Laura Starr ’75, John Starr ’78, Mimi
                                                                  Starr ’11, Adam Starr ’14 and Lily Starr ’14 on the death
Meghan McCollister ’02 on the death of her grandmother,           of their brother, uncle and great uncle, Raymond Hillman
Kay Mesle, Jan. 14.                                               “Pete” Starr ’58, June 16.

Thomas M. McFarland ’68 on the death of his mother,               Julianne Popper Story ’82 and George Story ’16 on the
Evelynn Feraby Little McFarland, March 13.                        death of their grandfather-in-law and great grandfather, John E.
                                                                  dernoncourt, March 11.
Chandler S. McMillin ’66 on the death of his father, Chandler
A. McMillin, March 7.                                             John Tinklepaugh ’62 and David Tinklepaugh ’65 on the
                                                                  death of their father, James (Mac) Tinklepaugh, April 20.
Harris Miller II ’76, Troy Miller ’78, Paige Miller Yotz ’80,
Chad Miller ’83, Kip Miller ’84 and Vance Miller ’87 on the       Spenser Thomas ’16 on the death of his grandfather, P. Jerry
death of their father, Harris Miller, April 14.                   Mattivi, March 18.

David Mullikin ’73 on the death of his mother, M. June            Cynthia Gill Thompson ’71 on the death of her sister, Jean
Mullikin, March 2.                                                Gill Quinn ’75, March 24.

Winifred Norman Murphy ’42, Diane Murphy Davis ’64                Leigh Wasserstrom ’99, Chandler Hampton ’06, Cameron
and Kathleen Murphy Grendell ’68 on the death of their            Hampton ’08 and William Block ’14 on the death of their
husband and father, Paul G. Murphy, April 14.                     grandfather, Allen J. Block, Jan. 19.

Douglas Newcomer ’65 on the death of his mother, Pamela           Steve Waxman ’78 and Abby Waxman Moore ’80 on the
Kinney newcomer Blackmore, Feb. 27.                               death of their mother, Jane Z. Waxman, Jan. 18.

Richard Orr ’66, Georgeanne Orr Harris ’71, Sharon Wood           Brittany Weltner ‘07 on the death of her grandfather, Edward
Orr ’66 and P. Stephen Harris ’70 on the death of their           Eugene Mance, July 24, 2008.
mother and mother-in-law, dorothy Moffett Orr, March 12.
                                                                  Winthrop “Tuckie” Williams ’48 and Skipper Hedges ’57
Strat Overton ’63 on the death of his son, Blake Fleming          on the death of their sister and cousin, Ann Berenice Williams
Overton, Jan. 24.                                                 ’52, Sept. 19, 2008. ■

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reunion Weekend 2009
Despite the nasty weather on Friday evening, Reunion Weekend 2009 was a great
success! Alumni traveled from across the United States and from abroad, including
England, Switzerland and Thailand, to attend the weekend festivities.

Approximately 700 alumni, friends, faculty and staff participated in the events.
To view more photos, go to the alumni page at and click
Reunion Weekend 2009.

Bud Luce, Bob Francis and Powell Groner, Jr.,     Members of the Class of 1984 had a great turnout for their 25th reunion.
three of the five living members of the Pem-Day   Pictured are: Holly Barnes Milledge, Jim Starr, Kenda Noah Lloyd,
Class of 1939, celebrated their 70th reunion!     Warren Wright, Sarah Hyde Schmiedeler, Sharon Greenberger, Serese Smith-
                                                  Haxton and Carrie Rheinfrank.

R memorycelebrating their 20 dr.endowmentClasswho1989 wanted todepartment.
   ecently                         reunion, the      of                 honor the

             of their classmate,     Sandra Wilson,      passed away three years
ago. The class hopes to establish an            to support the language

Sandra’s love for French was well known. After consulting with Sandra’s parents,
david and Elaine, it was decided that Pembroke Hill’s language program was
the perfect place for that enthusiasm to bloom. Sandra’s eight years of French
study at PHS was capped off with a memorable trip to France with classmates and

Kimberly Chatten Justice ’89 said, “As alums, we all spent time in the foreign
language building; whether learning with Mr. Goldsmith, Mr. Boyd or Mrs.
O’Sullivan. Today, PHS students can study French, Latin, Spanish or Chinese.
Studying a language doesn’t just provide practical knowledge; it opens your eyes
to the larger world.”

“Sandra’s friendships transcended our class so we hope you will join us in
honoring her memory,” said Kristen Schaum Twigg ’89. More than $3,000 has
been raised, but a total of $10,000 is needed to establish an endowment.
If you would like to contribute, please send your donation to:                        Funds Being Raised
The development Office
                                                                                      In Memory Of
Pembroke Hill School
400 W. 51st St., Kansas City, MO 64112
                                                                                      Sandra Wilson ’89
                                                                                      For Foreign Language
Or go to the alumni page at and donate online.

via web
Phillips Gymnasium Celebrates                                                      Vol. 25, no. 2
                                                                                   July 2009
60th Anniversary                                                                   Horizons is published for the
                                                                                   Pembroke Hill community, with free
                                                                                   distribution to 8,000 alumni, parents,

W       hen Brad Kingman became headmaster of Pembroke-Country day
        School in 1943, he made four recommendations to the Board — one
was building a new gymnasium/auditorium. Fundraising campaigns started
                                                                                   past parents, grandparents, faculty,
                                                                                   staff and friends of the school.

and stopped, but by 1948, almost three-fourths of the money was raised, and        Head of School:
the decision was made to begin construction immediately as the old gym had         Steve Bellis, Ed.d.
been condemned. After another quick fund drive, the remainder needed was           Co-Editors:
raised, which included monies attained                                             Beth Bryant
by Martha Jane Starr and a committee       “I can remember, vividly,               Lisa Blevins
of mothers of Pem-day students, and        being a fifth grader and
a matching gift from the Frank Phillips    walking up and down the                 Marchel Alverson
Foundation.                                steps of Phillips, admiring
                                                all the names on all the           Photographer:
The new building was called Memorial                                               Laura Fitzgibbons
                                                trophies, and just hoping
Hall in memory of those who had fought          that I too could someday           designer:
in WWII. Following the dedication,              play varsity sports.”              diane Prigmore
the school community was treated to an                        – Kent Fortner ’88
exhibition game featuring the Phillips                                             FROnt COVER:
                                                                                   Pembroke Hill’s 2008-09 AFS student
66ers, who were the 1948 Olympic                                                   Jorgen Sandvik spent some time
champions. The game highlighted the generosity of the Phillips Foundation.         with Rick Washington’s preschool
                                                                                   class this spring. Pictured are
Thanks to the many alumni who shared memories about one of the last original       (standing l-r):
                                                                                   Luka Martinovic, Berlyn Bartelli,
buildings on the Ward Parkway campus. For these reminiscences, visit the           Malcolm Bean, Andrew Kim and
alumni page at! ■                                             Khalia Woods, (seated, l-r): Sagel
                                                                                   Raizada and truman Connor.

                                                                                   Letters and suggestions are
                                                                                   welcome. Correspondence should be
                                                                                   addressed to
                                                                                   Beth Bryant, director of

                                                                                   The Pembroke Hill School admits
                                                                                   students of any race, color and
                                                                                   national or ethnic origin.

                                                                                   Please send all address changes to
                                                                                   the development office.

                                                                                   Pembroke Hill School
                                                                                   400 W. 51st St.
                                                                                   Kansas City, MO 64112
Pembroke-Country Day students are dismissed from a class in Phillips Gym.
Photo courtesy of PHS Archives
                                                                                             Printed on recycled paper
last shot           Upper School students traveled to Tanzania during January Interim 2009.

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                                                                                     KAnSAS CIty, MO
400 West 51st Street
Kansas City, MO 64112


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