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					                                                               Letter from the President
                                                                                          One of the bestselling books over the last decade
                                                                                          is Rick Warren’s, The Purpose-Driven Life. It
                                                                                          is clearly demonstrated from research and ex-
                                                                                          perience that people, especially young students,
                                                                                          crave meaning and significance. As a Christian
                                                                                          school, we have the privilege of providing in-
                                                                                          telligent answers to the fundamental questions
                                                                                          of life, inspiring the next generation of Chris-
                                                                                          tian thinkers who will lead the pursuit of truth.
                                                                                          Some encounter this truth at a young age, yet
                                                               others discover it toward the end of their journey.

                                                               Did you know that one of the most influential atheists of the last century
                                                               has just released a book announcing his conclusion that God really does
                                                               exist? In his book, There is a God: How the world’s most notorious athe-
                                                               ist changed his mind, Antony Flew reveals the scientific discoveries and
                                                               philosophical inspirations that changed his mind in his early eighties from
                                                               a devoted atheist into a believer. What about the large groups of people
                                                               who were influenced, even deceived, by the values and beliefs championed
                                                               by Mr. Flew over the last fifty years? How many hearts were hardened to
                                                               the truth by fraudulent arguments that could not withstand the test of
                                                               time and reality?

                                                               Mr. Flew’s life is testimony to the difference between wisdom and intel-
                                                               ligence. Though his mentors at college included C.S. Lewis, truth was
                                                               spurned in the name of enlightenment. Solomon put it plainly in Proverbs
                                                               1:7, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise
                                                               wisdom and discipline.”

                                                               Human beings are not an accident. We are here for a purpose. This can be
                                                               demonstrated beyond a reasonable doubt historically, scientifically, math-
                                                               ematically, philosophically and spiritually. How can this truth be such a
                                                               rare commodity in the predominant education system of our society? The
                                                               Pisgah Experience is designed to expose students to the rigors of academic
                                                               excellence, the joy of walking with our Creator, the personal disciplines
                                                               that lead to success, and the techniques of effective leadership.

                                                               Praise the Lord for TRUTH!

Fall 2007                                                      Scott Barron
Volume 2, Number 1                                             President, Mount Pisgah Christian School

Robin Hair McEuen
Graphic Designer & Photographer: Andrew Howard
Creative Services Director & Senior Writer: Rebecca Williams
Sports Reporter & Junior Writer: Daryl Brooks
Executive Assistant: Elena Stoeckig
    Robin Hair McEuen
    Executive Director, Office for Institutional Advancement

                               As the first day of school drew closer,     Pisgah Experience so special. Our Advancement team always
                               I’m sure your home was filled with          looks forward to putting the magazine together because it gives
                               as much anticipation as the McEuen          us an opportunity to meet the extraordinary people behind the
                               household was! Our sons Eli and             stories. It is our mission to promote and strengthen connections
                               Jon Luke couldn’t wait to see their         and relationships between our students, families, faculty, alumni,
                               friends, meet their teachers, and, (let’s   and community. We want to get to know each of you better and
                               be honest), hit the school playground       find ways to enhance your Pisgah Experience, so please, feel free
                               again. It was such a joy to see all the     to contact us anytime.
                               kids burst back on to campus, (it can                 Our office also coordinates the Excellence Fund, and we
  be so quiet around here during the summer!) I especially enjoyed         look forward to another outstanding campaign. Please prayerfully
  the opportunity to visit with many of you personally during some         consider your contribution for this year. Throughout this
  of our “Welcome Back” ice cream and cookie socials. I hope this          magazine, you’ll read about equipment, faculty enhancements,
  school year is the best ever for your family!                            tools, and programs made possible thanks to your generous
            We are proud to bring you our second edition of Pisgah         donations to last year’s Excellence Fund. Together, we continue
  magazine. We hope you’ll enjoy reading about some of the                 to build a school dedicated to excellence and to glorifying God.
  terrific students, families, faculty, and programs that make the         Our future has never looked brighter. Thank you!

                          Experience New Beginnings
 Even before the bell rang for the first day of class, you could feel the energy. You could hear the buzz. One look around
 and you saw the vibrant colors of the new banners, the school spirit and unity, the commitment to the purpose and promise of a 33
 and exciting year. After months of behind the scenes planning, preparation, hard work, and implementation, it was time to begin a
 new school year. The students burst onto the campus, full of anticipation, ready for the Pisgah Experience. From the very first day
 of school, there was plenty to see and do. The Pisgah family gathered for red ribbon cuttings, celebrating the unveiling and launch of
 exciting new facilities and programs.


                                                             Artistic Expression

                                                                   Pisgah Presence

    First Week Fun

The new Patriot Powerhouse training center is now                     The Patriot Powerhouse features an exceptional
open! Thanks to anonymous donations, as well as             staff. Felice describes Coaches Doug Dixon and Chuck
contributions from the Mount Pisgah Athletic Asso-          Conner as strength training gurus, and also points out
ciation, that total more than $120,000, Pisgah athletes     the advantage of having a speed and agility expert on
now have a complete Hammer Strength and Life Fit-           staff, such as Coach Gary Downs, a former NFL player.
ness showcase facility for strength, speed, flexibility,    “In addition, we have hired Sports Medicine Hall of
and agility training. Athletic Director Marc Felice says    Famer John Messinger as our Head Trainer. John served
the new facility will have a powerful impact on the         as Head Trainer at Marshall University and is absolutely
Pisgah sports program.“Athletes from throughout the         one of the best trainers in America.” The training room
school will have access to training during their school     is designed to meet every need, complete with whirl-
day, and will not have to visit gyms at night or pay club   pool, hot and cold massage, electro-stem massage, ice
memberships. We have made a total commitment to             machine, dishwasher/sanitizer, and obviously, training
excellence for all our athletes.”                           and taping tables. “I’m very excited about the athletic
                                                            training facility,” says Messinger. “I will be using state
                                                            of the art equipment for the treatment and rehabilita-
                                                            tion of our student athletes.”
                                                                      A Mondo speed training floor for agility and
                                                            speed workouts was also installed. To illustrate how
                                                            advanced and innovative the Pisgah Powerhouse is,
                                                            Coach Felice explains, “The leaders in this industry,
                                                            Hammer Strength and Life Fitness will feature our fa-
                                                            cility on their website and use it to conduct training
                                                            seminars for coaches and athletes.”
                                                                      The Pisgah coaches have given the Powerhouse
                                                            their seal of approval. “The new training facility will
                                                            offer us a place to train our students to be in the best
                                                            possible position for success both in the athletic arena,
                                                            and in life,” says Coach Doug Dixon. “This training
                                                            facility shows our Board and administration are com-
                                                            mitted to the students of Pisgah. Go Patriots!”

A Watchful Eye

               kiss and a hug at the door. A quick wave and a smile.     were added to the A building last year. I like being able to look
               It’s a scene that’s repeated hundreds of times a day at   into the building and see what is going on in the hallway out-
               the doors of Pisgah’s South Campus. Children stream       side the office. It’s great to have the security cameras to buzz
               into the building, bursting with excitement, ready for    people into the building too. I love that the people in charge
    a new school day. As their parents head off to face the challenges   care enough about providing safe and secure surroundings for
    of their own hectic schedules, they have even more peace of mind     our children that they are willing to constantly monitor and re-
    thanks to security upgrades on South Campus.                         evaluate the campus, making whatever changes are needed to en-
             A security entry camera and magnetic locked glass doors     sure that the goal of teaching our children in a loving, Christian
    have been added to the main entrance to the Lower and Early          environment will not be compromised or disrupted by safety or
    Schools. Visitors must be buzzed in by the school’s South Campus     security issues.
    receptionist during the school hours. All classrooms for two year              The school’s commitment to security is just one more
    olds have been moved from Building B into Building A of the          reason, the Cline family calls Pisgah home. When people ask us,
    main school.                                                         (and even when they don’t!), we tell them how much we LOVE
             Kathryn Cline, who has twin second graders, Briggs and      Mount Pisgah! We love that everyone in the school from the front
    Sarah, appreciates the new additions, “I love the glass doors that   office to the housekeeping crew is kind, caring, and helpful.”

Field f Dreams
           amilies gathered on South Campus to applaud and                      Coach Trevers hopes these factors will lead to more
           cheer as the ribbon was cut for the fantastic new play-     people becoming involved in Pisgah Sports, which will lead to
           ing fields! During the summer, thanks to funding            more people coming to know Christ – our ultimate goal.
           from the Mount Pisgah Athletic Association, the soc-                 These fields are also used by the Lower School for recess
cer and baseball fields were top dressed, an irrigation system         and physical education classes and the Pathfinders after school
was installed, and beautiful new Bermuda sod completed the             program.
facelift.                                                                       “This is tremendous,” said Daryl Brooks, Lower School
          “There are a number of real positives about this project,”   Physical Education teacher. “We couldn’t wait to see the look on
said Andy Trevers, Pisgah’s Assistant Athletic Director in charge      the students’ faces when they got out there for the first time.”
of Pisgah Sports. “First, it will create an environment where the               The reviews are in and there’s no doubt the fields are a
community knows we are serious about our sports programs.              hit. The only challenge now? The kids are having so much fun,
Second, it will be a safer playing surface. Finally, it will give us   they don’t ever want to leave!
needed space for more participation and more teams.”

    Experience New Beginnings
        There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven. Ecc. 3:1
                           We all have memorable moments of the many seasons of our lives. We have them tucked
                           away in scrapbooks, photo albums, or recorded in love letters, greeting cards, or perhaps on
                           old 8mm film, or even new-fangled digital video. They are our fond remembrances of wed-
                           dings, birthdays, anniversaries, baby’s first steps, dance recitals, and of course, first days of
                           school and graduations.
                                    Every year at Pisgah, students enter a new season of life. They, and their parents,
                           go through transitions from one grade to another, and apparently none is more exhilarating
                           than the move from preschool to kindergarten. Just ask Ella Hancock.

Kindergarten Wisdom
Five year olds live in a land of enchantment. When you
enter their domain, you suddenly feel as if all is right      Q How do you like kindergarten?
with the world. Arguments are settled over a peanut
butter and jelly sandwich. Hurt feelings can be soothed       A Ella: “It’s fun. I have lots of friends and I have like 100 boy-
with a smile. A flood of tears can be halted with a cook-          friends. My teacher is Miss Winfield and we have tons of cows
ie. A hug and a kiss on the cheek can seal any deal and            in our room!”
best friends are forever. Kindergartners have a unique
point of view. They take the time to discover new             Q What do you think of cows?
things around them and their minds are always open.
Their perspective on life is definitely refreshing. They      A Ella: “They’re smelly.” (She then launches into robust laughter
can teach us all a thing or two about stopping to notice           and three other kindergartners sitting nearby join in and laugh
the things in life that are really important.                      enthusiastically although they have no idea what’s so funny!)
          Case in point: One ordinary Thursday, while
all the grown-ups were busy at their offices managing         Q How is this year different from last year?
huge corporations, closing important financial deals,
haggling over contracts, and taking care of exceedingly       A Ella: “We get to eat in the lunchroom and the food is
important business matters, there was a much more fas-             gooooooooooood. We don’t have to bring a lunchbox any-
cinating discussion occurring at a kindergarten lunch              more. We have uniforms now and the big kid playground is
table at Pisgah. You see, Ella Hancock peeled back the             way better.”
lid to her grape juice and lo and behold…the juice was
still frozen solid. This discovery caused a minor ruckus      Q Were you nervous about kindergarten?
as all her classmates clambered to see this wonder of
wonders. All talk of dinosaurs, doughnuts, and dodge-         A Ella: “A little. But I knew my friend Rachel would be here,
ball ceased immediately as the purple block of ice cap-            (she then hugs Rachel who is sitting to her right). We have been
tured their attention. “What d’ya think it tastes like?”           friends since we were babies. We went through school to-
“How long before it melts” “Ella, are ya gonna eat it?”            gether last year and we play together and stuff. I also got these
“Of course – ya silly!” cried Ella, with an impish grin, as        uniforms.” (At this point, another child, Amanda, excitedly tells
she proceeded to lick the ice with lightning speed.                me it is her birthday and we all take a moment to congratulate her
          Ella, whose tongue was growing a deeper shade            and compliment her on her lovely paper crown).
of purple with each lick, managed to take a few breaks
to give us the inside scoop on kindergarten life.             Q Did you do anything special to get ready for kindergarten?
                                                              A Ella: “I ate pancakes for breakfast, because they’re my favorite.”
                                                              Q What is your favorite part of the day?
                                                              A Ella: “When we go on the playground. But after school, my
                                                                   favorite part is when I get home and my little brother Davis
                                                                   runs to me and hugs me because he misses me when I’m at

        Welcome to Middle School
        Sixth grader Paris Gaynor had some insider information to help her as she made the transi-
        tion from Lower to Middle School. Her older sister and brothers are seasoned pros, having
        themselves successfully navigated the Pisgah halls. You can ask your big brothers and sis all the
        questions in the world, but you just aren’t going to completely know what it’s like until you
        get there yourself.

        Q: Were you nervous about the move to Middle School?
        Paris: “I was a little nervous. But I talked to my older sister and brothers and they were all
        really helpful. They told me things like – Sharp Top is cool. When I get nervous, I talk to my
        mom or sister, or pray.”

        Q: Tell me about the programs offered while you were in Lower School that helped pre-
        pare you for Middle School.
        Paris: “In 4th and 5th grade you change classes and it helps you because it gets you prepared
        for changing classes in Middle School. The note-taking class also helped me to learn how to
        take notes in Middle School. It really helped me feel prepared and not so scared. I think it will
        really help me this year. I also like that we practiced with the combination locks!”

        Q: What do you like most about Pisgah?
        Paris: “There are so many activities you can participate in like cheerleading, soccer, volleyball,
        and so on. I’m on the Middle School Softball Team! I also love playing the drums in band and
        just trying new things. You might not make the team but I think it still is fun to try.”

        Hello High School
        There’s at least one Pisgah Upper School student who knows just how Paris feels, her big sister
        Ali. As she looked forward to the new school year, Ali Gaynor had some butterflies in her
        stomach too. Ali faced a transition of her own: freshman year.

        Q: What were you looking forward to the most about being a freshman?
        Ali: “I looked forward to more independence, learning to drive, Sharp Top, and four more
        years of making fun memories with old and new friends.”

        Q: Were you nervous about moving to Upper School and how did you prepare?
        Ali: “The transition was scary, but it really helped me that my two older brothers went to
        Pisgah, too. One graduated last year, and one graduated in 2005. Sometimes I wish they and
        their friends could still be here, too! They covered most of the basic advice, but for some stuff,
        I asked some older girls. The main thing that I’m nervous about is just doing well in classes
        and making sure that I have all my homework and books!”

        Q: What do you like most about Pisgah?
         Ali: “I like being able to walk through the halls and recognize most of the people. I like that
        it’s small and friendly. I’ve been involved in various sports and activities. So far this year, I’m
        doing softball, but I’ve done cheerleading and drama in the past.”

        Q: What advice did you have for your sister as she started Middle School?
        Ali: Enjoy Middle School to the fullest, and call me if anyone tries to mess with you – ha ha!”

                         A Parent’s Point of View: Courtney Gaynor
Q: You have had several children make these school           he was just as excited about college. We know that he
transitions through the years. How have Pisgah pro-          is well-prepared for success, thanks in large part to the
grams helped?                                                dedication and love of Peyton Mosher, the teachers,
Courtney: “I think academically and organizational-          and the administrators of Pisgah. Being well-prepared
ly Pisgah does a great job of preparing the students for     makes transitions easier for everyone.”
the transitions. The Intermediate Team at the Lower                    “I think the hardest transition for us was when
School prepares the students with good study skills,         Michael left for college. His graduating class was very
note-taking abilities, and organizational skills.            small and the kids were really close. Of course, when
                                                             your child goes off to college, so do all of his friends
Q: And then once they make those transitions?                - the house seemed so quiet! One morning several of
Courtney: “Paul Foltz and the Middle School faculty          us moms were standing around, talking together in a
are so great! They really love and understand the stu-       sad little huddle, trying not to cry. Jackie Wertymer,
dents and make the preparation for Upper School seem         who had also just sent her firstborn child off to college,
painless. And then, in the Upper School the faculty          came dancing over in sort of a little victory dance and
and administration do a great job of getting the stu-        said “One down, two to go!” That was great! It was
dents ready for the SATs and for college.                    just so funny; she was joking, of course, but it really
                                                             helped all of us, and after that everything began to get
Q: What can parents do to help?                              better.”
Courtney: “As parents, Joe and I have always tried to
celebrate the transitions and to be positive and excited
about new stages in the children’s lives. This takes a
bit of effort, because actually I don’t like change, and
in some ways I would have loved for them to stay little
and be at home forever! However, since that’s not re-
ally an option and not really part of God’s plan, we
go forward! Alistair and Paris each moved in to new
bedrooms this summer as they prepared to move from
lower school to middle school and from Middle School
to Upper School. They’re still in the process of redeco-
rating them. My parents did that for me, and I think
it provides a fun, visual recognition of their change and
growth. Their brothers have helped with the moving
and painting and all of the work involved, which also
makes it a great “family bonding experience!”

Q: Any funny or heartwarming memories surround-
ing these transitions?
Courtney: “Wow - Lots! As Daniel headed off for Bel-
mont University last weekend, I couldn’t help but think
about the day he started kindergarten. We had gone to
meet his new teacher and see the classroom on the Fri-
day before the Monday that kindergarten was to begin.
Daniel was so excited; he could not wait to start! That
night, the only way we could get him to go to sleep,
was to let him wear his Ninja Turtle backpack to sleep.
He wore it all weekend. He slept with that backpack
on for three nights, until school finally started! I think

     Experience New Beginnings

                 …Artistic Expression
          When and where is the spark ignited? A concert pia-                  Pisgah students often inspire parents and fac-
          nist takes his bow after a stirring performance or an       ulty with their creativity and expression. Attend a
          artist reads the rave reviews after her first art gallery   school play, band performance, art showing, or per-
          showing. That moment may just be the culmination of         formance and you will be transported to a world of
          a dream that began in childhood.                            imagination and inspiration. Their artistry takes many
                     “As an art teacher, one of my favorite moments   forms: monologues, macaroni masterpieces, duets, fin-
          in the classroom is when a student ventures outside the     ger-painted fine art, symphonies and sonnets.
          box so to speak, and comes up with a creation that even              Karli Barnett, a Pisgah 10th grader, remembers
          I, as his teacher, would not have thought of as a possi-    when she played the Giant’s wife in a second grade
          bility,” says Susan Reilly, Middle School Art Instructor.   play. “I was in several plays and productions when I
          “Suddenly, the ordinary project becomes extraordinary.      was young and it was so much fun!” From Pisgah’s
          Katie Strawinski did that for a clay project during our     Jack in the Beanstalk to auditions in Hollywood and
          last quarter in 2007. She created a cup in the shape of     New York, Karli is making a name for herself in the
          an elephant, and its trunk was the straw. I didn’t think    world of young actors. At a recent national competition
          it would work after the glaze firing, but Katie, with her   with more than 1500 young thespians, Karli was
          determination and creativity, was successful and turned     named Actor of the Year. In addition to community
          out a masterpiece.”                                         productions, she has been offered the cover of a

                                          national cheerleading magazine;         foster a lifelong appreciation for a variety of the arts. In
                                          plus she has auditioned for a           Pisgah fine arts classes, students are using their imagi-
                                          Disney series pilot, a Will Farrell     nations, trying new things, expressing their creativity,
                                          movie, and now has a manager and        and enjoying the learning experience. In other words,
                                          agent for commercials. She says         those classrooms are alive.
                                          it all started at Pisgah. She recalls             There is great value in fine arts education. The
                                          playing the cat in her kindergarten     benefits are far-reaching and impact learning in all
                                          production of The Little Red Hen        other subjects. “The arts reach students in new and
                                          and says, “I’ve always felt support     exciting ways. In fact, study of the arts creates a learn-
                                          here at school. There has always        ing environment of discovery and teaches students to
                                          been encouragement from my              become sustained, self-directed learners.” Findings re-
                                          drama teachers – really, from all       ported in: Champions of Change: The Impact of the
                                          my teachers. And my friends             Arts on Learning (Fiske 1999)
                                          are great. They’ll hear I have an                 Moments of joy and discovery are experienced
                                          audition coming up and they’ll tell     everyday in Pisgah fine arts classes with the tools of
                                          me they’re praying for me.” Drama       paint, sheet music, instruments, plays and monologues.
Teacher Marty Johnson believes the young actress has a bright future ahead        New to the Lower School enrichment program this
of her, “Karli Barnett is a joy. She has outstanding acting talent and is also    year is a student-led puppetry arts class. Students will
modest, mature, kind, and respectful.”                                            learn many aspects of puppetry performance includ-
          Karli is excited about her acting, but speaks with even more en-        ing, staging, lighting, as well as care and use of puppets.
thusiasm about her school. “I love everything about it – Chapel, Sharp            Some students may be selected to perform at school
Top, my teachers and friends. This has been my second home for so many            Chapel services. “This enrichment opportunity might
years.” Many young actors choose to move to California or New York to             uncover hidden performance talent and creativity in a
pursue their dreams, enrolling in schools located near the theater district       non-threatening, playful, atmosphere,” says program
in Manhattan or close to the television and film studios in Burbank. Karli        director and teacher Lynn Kornegay.
and her parents have never felt the need to relocate or change schools.                     Young artisans are emerging in all of Pisgah’s
They appreciate the fact that Pisgah has been flexible when it comes to           schools. Middle school student Alexander Panos is a
Karli’s travel for auditions and photo shoots. “The teachers here have been       gifted pianist. Seventh-grade vocalist Michelle Story
great,” says Karli’s mom Charlene. “We don’t have always have a lot of            was recently featured in a local newspaper. And spec-
notice when she has a callback, but the school has always worked with us          tacular artwork by talented Upper School students has
and our schedule. We couldn’t ask for more!”                                      been on display this fall in the foyer of the Drummond
          Amidst her schoolwork, student government, and cheerleading,            building. We know there are many, many more and we
Karli still finds time whenever possible for Pisgah theater productions.          want to hear all about our other budding artists!
She’s especially fond of improvisational work and can’t wait to see what                    The next time you’re applauding a Soprano as
God has planned for her next, “I’m looking forward to whatever comes my           she accepts a bouquet of roses for her beautiful aria…
way!”                                                                             imagine the moment when her journey began. Picture
          Some students like Karli discover a passion for an art form and be-     a little girl’s dream being born as she sings along to
gin intense professional training or even pursue a career in that field. For      Jesus Loves Me in her very first music class.
others, their Pisgah Experience with visual arts, drama, chorus, and band

           Introducing Scott Smith – Fine Arts Coordinator
                                              Pisgah’s commitment to excellence        experience concepts, rather than simply discussing or
                                              in fine arts education is evident in     reading them.”
                                              the exceptional faculty that has been             Scott received a Bachelor of Music degree
                                              assembled. Scott Smith has been          from Berklee College of Music, with continued studies
                                              named the new Fine Arts Coordina-        at Indiana University School of Music. In addition to
                                              tor and he brings great experience to    a busy performance schedule, Scott has served on the
                                              Pisgah, as well as a passion for the     faculty of numerous colleges and universities. Many of
                                              arts.                                    his students have gone on to perform and record pro-
                                                       Scott began playing the dou-    fessionally. Scott and his wife Kathy have been married
                                              ble bass at age fourteen, and over the   14 years.
                                              past twenty years, has worked as a                Scott sees his work at Pisgah as an opportu-
                                              jazz musician with some of the best      nity to help students grow closer to God. “Since God
                                              in the business in North America         has revealed, through his Creation and his Word, to
                                              and abroad. Throughout these years,      be a God of incredible detail and harmony, students
                                              his role as an educator has been a       will be taught to approach their art with care and an
     fundamental and vital part of his commitment to music. Scott embraces             orientation toward producing beauty, with the goal of
     the chance to share his love for the arts with Pisgah students, “When stu-        reflecting God’s character in the music they make and
     dents realize a song or a piece of art can tell a story, they become intrigued,   art they produce.”
     motivating them to learn more. Teaching through the arts helps students

                         New members of the Pisgah Fine Arts team are helping take the program to the next level.
                     Highly credentialed, experienced, and passionate faculty members are creating an environment where
                                     students can explore and express creativity. New additions include:

       Band Director Bryan Hatmaker
       Having begun a Doctorate of Musical Arts from Boston University, Bryan Hatmaker most recently served as Director of Bands
       at Chamblee Charter High School in Atlanta. For the last six years, he has directed marching, concert, and jazz bands and has
       instruction experience at all music levels. He has established drum line and color guard ensembles and has expanded music
       programs to include jazz bands and Advanced Placement (AP) Music Theory. In addition, he also provides private instrumental
       instruction in tuba. He will be teaching band at Pisgah from 4th grade through 12th. He and his wife Carita live in Johns Creek
       with their two Shar Pei’s, Annie and Bella.

       Choral Director Brent Runnels
       Internationally educated, including a Doctorate of Musical Arts from Manhattan School of Music, Brent Runnels has fashioned
       a broad and diverse musical career as a performer, arts administrator, educator and musical entrepreneur. As a pianist, he has
       won critical acclaim for his performances in the United States, Europe, Australia and Russia as an orchestral and recital soloist,
       chamber musician, and jazz pianist. Brent also sings professionally with The Schola of the Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta,
       where he is a staff tenor and director of the concert series. He is Executive and Artistic Director of Orchestra Atlanta, Inc., a non-
       profit cultural organization based in Atlanta that conducts summer classical and jazz music camps and presents performances of
       chamber music and jazz. Brent is married to Fran and they enjoy traveling and hiking.

       Visual Arts Teacher Libby Geiselmayr
       Libby Geiselmayr earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Savannah College of Art and Design. She was a recipient of the
       Presidential Scholarship, a full tuition scholarship awarded for all four years based upon her portfolio work, her academic achieve-
       ment, and her ability as a standout tennis player. While at school, she received the Illustrator of the Year Award. Libby’s current
       personal artistic focus is on writing and illustrating a children’s book to submit for publication. “Saying that I am thrilled to be
       teaching at Mount Pisgah would be a gross understatement,” says Geiselmayr. “I am excited beyond words!” Libby has been mar-
       ried for two years to Clifford. She loves traveling, holidays, sports, TV and movies, plus working with youth at her church.

   New Program Highlights 2007-2008

•Hosting of Orchestra Atlanta jazz and orchestra summer camps                     •Addition of a drum line at all home football games
•Expansion of band program to include Intermediate Dept. (grades 4/5)             •Revolving visual art exhibit at local area businesses
•Professional recitals, including Steinway pianist in residence                   •Hosting Young Artist series Phoenix Jazz Quintet
                          •Hosting professional art gallery exhibitions followed by classroom visit and workshop

Pisgah musicians now have a new                            •New carpet                               The drums are for the new Pisgah
home in the lower level of the                      •New acoustical ceiling tiles                    Drum Line which adds excitement
Drummond building. The new                               •New strobe tuner                           to pep rallies and football games
band room is open with special                      •New music storage cabinets                      this year. The drums were pur-
features that enhance the band                 •17 Pearl Competitive Series marching                 chased thanks to the generosity of
experience:                                              Drums and covers                            Happy and Lynn Mayer.

                                                                     ONE GOD O NE
     The beautiful new banners announce our mission message:               to be a better school with just better buildings , fields, and better
     Experience Pisgah: One God, One Family, One Choice. But               faculty, we are trying to follow Jesus because this is where God
     what is the meaning behind the message?                               has called us, and that makes us a different school.”

     One God. Everything we say and do is grounded in Christian            One Family. Students experience true acceptance at Pisgah.
     faith and values. We make a difference in students’ lives by in-      Our faculty care not only about student’s minds, but also their
     spiring them to become Christian thinkers. Education should           hearts. Beyond teaching – caring. “We want the unity of the
     be about truth, not just facts and feelings. Our faculty mem-         Pisgah family to be so remarkable that other schools visit us to
     bers are all committed to creating relationships that build trust     see how we are creating such an extraordinary community,” says
     and create a safe environment where students can think, ask           Pisgah President Scott Barron. “We’re keeping families together
     questions, and grow closer in their walk with God. “I am not          at one school, offering comprehensive resources, so families can
     trying to be a better teacher for the sake of being a better teach-   remain intact.” Pisgah builds relationships and connections with
     er, I am trying to follow Jesus in my classroom because that is       students, parents, and faculty working together to bring out the
     where God has called me and I hope that makes me a different          best in one another. As 10th grader Fedale Hall explains, “Be-
     teacher,” says soccer coach and teacher Trey Arnette. “I am not       fore I started school here, I was a little nervous. I didn’t know
     trying to be a better coach, I am trying to follow Jesus on the       what it was going to be like. But it was easy to make friends. The
     field because that is where God has called me, and I hope that        teachers, everybody, really make you feel welcome.”
     makes me a different coach. In the same way, we are not trying

 One Choice. We want to be the first choice for families most talented coaches, trainers, and instructors, who serve as
 who desire Christian schooling. The Pisgah standard is high        dynamic leaders and role models. Pisgah Pathfinders provides
 – excellence. We have the tools and support in place to help       nurturing before and after school programs, as well as exciting
 students reach higher than they ever imagined possible. State      summer camps.
 of the art technology in our classrooms provides exciting
 hands-on experiences. The exceptional Pisgah sports and fine       Pisgah’s programs and services provide a complete choice for
 arts programs allow students to discover talents and build self-   today’s families seeking excellence in Christian education from
 confidence. Pisgah’s IMPACT program helps students move            early childhood through twelfth grade. Didi Chapdelaine is
 to the next level with creative and innovative approaches to       mom to a Pisgah graduate, a Senior and a seventh grader and
 learning. Unlike many other school-based academic centers,         says, “We have four children and our only regret is our son was
 IMPACT is not just for students with learning differences, it      too old to attend Pisgah back when it was just expanding. At
 offers programs for ALL students who want to achieve and           one point we had them in four different schools because of the
 experience greater success. If a student is pursuing a sports or   various ages. Making the move to Pisgah was one of the best
 entertainment career, for example, and needs a flexible schedule   decisions we have made. Having the three girls together has
 that allows for rehearsals or practice time, IMPACT meets that     really helped them bond as siblings, even though there is a wide
 need. Pisgah’s sports program features some of the country’s       variety in ages. Each girl has been able to find her own niche at
                                                                    the school, which is quite unusual in education these days.”


      Pisgah Earthwatch Explorers

      Ask a group of teenagers: “How would you like to spend part of         life Service biologists, the students became real-life researchers.
      your summer vacation living in a tent with no TV, going days                     The terrain was rugged and the weather was often cold
      without a shower, surrounded by mounds of bird poo?” You can           and miserable, but the students felt the harsh conditions only
      imagine the reaction. But five students from Pisgah jumped at          added to the adventure. “Being away from the hustle and bustle
      the chance to do just that on an incredible Earthwatch expedition      of life is one of the better aspects of the trip,” says 17-year-old
      to Alaska.                                                             Max King. “What can I say? Birds, bears, baby chicks, glaciers,
                The students, along with biology teacher Stacy Baker,        and chilly mornings….life is good.”
      spent two weeks studying the seabirds of Prince William Sound.                   In fulfilling the mission to be the first choice for Chris-
      Monitoring the health of wildlife in this area is particularly im-     tian schooling, Pisgah is committed to providing a wide range
      portant because the ecosystem was threatened by the Exxon-Val-         of educational experiences for students. “Academic trips like this
      dez spill in 1991.                                                     one build understanding of our responsibilities for ecological
                The students filed regular reports on their website blog:    stewardship and our need to be good global citizens”, explains
      “I feel like I’m in National Geographic magazine, said 18-year-old     Upper School Principal Bill Shelnutt. “They are an important
      Poncho Doucette. “I have not showered in like eight days but it        part of the Pisgah Experience that we share with our students.”
      is so worth it!” The kids were awestruck by the natural beauty                   Hours of video and loads of photos will allow the teens
      of God’s creation, seeing affirmation of their Creator’s imagina-      to preserve their memories of the trip for many years to come.
      tion and purpose in Alaska’s glaciers, mountains, and wildlife.        Some of their fondest memories spring from some unlikely
      “This was one of the coolest experiences that I have ever had,” said   events. “I have seen some things that I never thought I’d have
      17-year-old David Brumley. “I will always remember swimming            the chance to see,” says 17-year-old Ali Chouhdry. “A bald eagle
      and bathing next to a 10,000-year-old glacier and seeing giant         tearing the heads off of baby kittiwake chicks, gulls dive bomb-
      chunks break off of it.”                                               ing us on top of the colony and pooing all over us, and glaciers
                The team focused on one specific seabird: the black-legged   breaking off into the bay. I hope everyone reading this has the
      kittiwake. Working from inflatable boats with US Fish and Wild-        same opportunity to experience nature at its best!”

                       SUMMER SCHOOL

What can I say?
Birds, bears, baby chicks,
glaciers, and chilly mornings….
                     life is good.

 Summer Reading Lists aren’t just for Students!
      Christians often face some pretty tough questions. Why would         I was reminded of God’s love, mercy, and justice for everyone. I
      a loving God allow suffering in the world? Why does hell exist?      now have a better understanding of the mind of a skeptic,” says
      Many people seek answers to these questions, including our stu-      Lower School teacher Susan Booker.
      dents. And the person they often ask? A teacher.                              The book, by Lee Strobel, examines eight questions that
               In order to give Pisgah faculty the chance to explore       challenge the Christian faith. The author poses these questions to
      some of these common barriers to belief, The Case for Faith was      some of the most respected and revered scholars of our time. The
      one of the faculty summer reading assignments. Pisgah Presi-         book leads readers to examine their own doubts and beliefs. In
      dent Scott Barron explained that this book was chosen to help        the end, many faculty members said their reading left them with
      strengthen the faculty’s biblical worldview and build confidence     stronger convictions for Christ.
      when responding to questions asked by students and parents.                   As part of an ongoing commitment to continuing edu-
      “We’ve got to know what we believe and why we believe it,” said      cation, enrichment, and growth for all at Pisgah, another book
      Barron. As a result of their reading, several faculty members said   was also on the faculty summer reading list: A Mind at a Time, by
      they felt much more comfortable talking about their faith and        Mel Levine After reading the book, Early School teacher Marga-
      were now more eager to share the gospel. “In reading this book,      ret Gibson said, “It reinforced what we all know and that is that

                                                              SUMMER SCHOOL

EVERY child has a bright mind given to them by our
God, and how meaningful it is to be a part of helping
each child discover his or her gifts and strengths. Lower
School music teacher Eileen Nahser agrees, “I wish I
had read this book when my children where growing
up for I would have been more in tuned to each of their
learning styles.”
           Several Pisgah teachers had the opportunity to
explore this concept even further this summer at a dif-
ferentiated instruction conference. With differentiated
instruction, teachers adapt the delivery of instruction,
not the content, to meet the diverse needs of their stu-
dents. Lower School teacher Jennifer Keeton explains,
“I learned so much from this conference. First, I am
preparing more meaningful activities for my students. I
am also planning and implementing activities that
teach students with various learning styles (visual, au-
ditory, tactile), as well as providing opportunities for
students to participate in a variety of activities that are
geared towards each of Gardner’s Intelligences (Inter-
personal, Intrapersonal, logical/mathematical, visual/
spatial, verbal/linguistic, musical/rhythmical, natural-
ist/environmental, and bodily/kinesthetic).
           Third grade teacher Leslie Brooks also attend-
ed the conference and agrees that teachers should have
many tools in their teaching tool box. “Our constant
goal is to open up the pathways to learning for our
students. As experienced educators, we already use dif-
ferent strategies for different learners. There is no one
size fits all way of thinking in learning.”
           Pisgah students now enjoy the benefits of
these teachers’ commitment to summer learning. Jen-
nifer Keeton chose to attend the conference because
she believes teachers have a responsibility to learn new
ways to help students reach their God-given potential.
“Differentiated instruction is not a new concept,” she
says. “Most of us are doing this in one form or another.
For me, the change was becoming more intentional
about designing and implementing lessons that truly
value each child’s unique learning style. This confer-
ence helped me to reflect on how I have been teaching
and I learned many practical strategies for turning my
classroom into an active learning environment. What
I mean by that is, I am learning how to be more of a
coach and my students are taking a more active role in
their learning. In my 12 years of teaching, I have never
attended a more beneficial conference!”


        Summer of Service
         “Mission trips are really a big part of my heart,” says   them. It really changes and humbles you.”
         senior Janey Gibson, who spent much of her summer                    Janey’s family, and others from the school and
         in Costa Rica and Russia. Janey says she felt called by   church, ran a Vacation Bible School in Costa Rica.
         God to go on both trips.                                  Janey and her mother, Margaret, were in charge of
                  Janey was joined in Russia by twelve Pisgah      the games. “I enjoyed having my family there,” added
         students, parents and faculty. They spent two weeks       Janey. “It was cool for my mom to experience it with
         helping run a summer camp for children outside of St.     me, and my sister too.”
         Petersburg. Many of the children were from area or-                  This was Janey’s second trip to Costa Rica.
         phanages. This experience was especially touching to      She has also made mission trips to Montana and Gulf-
         Janey, who has three cousins who were adopted from        port, Mississippi. “Every time you go on a mission trip
         Russia.                                                   you expect to change other people’s lives. But that’s
                  Alex Knight, a Pisgah junior who was also        not what happened. God changes your life and your
         on the trip, said that she and the other students just    heart,” she says of her mission experiences. “As scary
         spent time getting to know, playing with and loving       as it might seem, God does amazing things. You may
         the orphans at the camp. They put on a play and played    think you will be out of your comfort zone, but God
         soccer and volleyball with the campers. “It was a life    expands your comfort zone.”
         changing experience,” Alex said. “Some of them know                  Pisgah Chaplain Peyton Mosher has been im-
         about God and they teach you more than you teach          pressed with the students’ dedication and says of Janey,
                                                                   “She has a servant’s spirit and a heart of gold. Couple
                                                                   those qualities with an adventurous streak, which she
                                                                   also has, and you have a perfect description of a mis-
                                                                   sionary!” Mosher also said that he feels mission trips are
                                                                   important for three reasons. “First, the importance of
                                                                   going on mission trips is obedience. Through missions
                                                                   we live out the Great Commission that Jesus gave us in
                                                                   Matthew 28, “Therefore, go and make disciples of all
                                                                   nations...” (emphasis on all nations!),” Mosher said. “Sec-
                                                                   ondly, through participation in missions we’re witness-
                                                                   es and encouragers to other Christians to get involved
                                                                   in fulfilling the Great Commission. And finally, it has
                                                                   been my personal experience that nothing impacts our
                                                                   own growth and maturity in Christ as much as a mis-
                                                                   sion trip. You come back changed and empowered. You
                                                                   see your world in a new way.”
                                                                              Her experiences have also changed Janey’s
                                                                   thoughts on her future. “I thought I wanted to teach,
                                                                   but now I feel called to do mission work.”

                                                                                                      SUMMER SCHOOL

 Pisgah students bring love to a City of Refuge

The mission field can be a war-torn country, an impoverished         neighborhoods. They also fed the homeless and assembled pallets
land, a remote location, or a city devastated by natural disaster.   of food that City of Refuge sells to other ministries. “I learned
When we think of a mission trip, we most often imagine a             that God has blessed us a lot,” said Pisgah eighth grader Brian
foreign destination. But there are hearts to be reached right in     Ginty. “Those kids were unsupervised around drugs and things.
our own hometown. Four Pisgah students connected this sum-           We live like royalty compared to them.” Brian found ways to
mer with needy children here in Atlanta at the City of Refuge        connect with the kids, “Some of them are real athletic, so I en-
mission. They had the opportunity to serve others and further        joyed playing sports with them.”
the Pisgah mission of sharing God’s love.                                     Eighth grader Laura Hailey says she bonded with the
          “I think our students were shocked because they get        children, “Being with the kids who are raised in homes where
love and attention and to think there are kids out there who         they are not loved, they get attached to you.” Laura said she also
don’t, whose parents are addicted to drugs, kids that already        learned about leadership and how others live. She was humbled
know about gangs and where to get drugs, it was a huge eye           by the experience and says she came to appreciate her parents
opener for our kids,” said Elena Stoeckig, who works in the Pis-     much more. “The students interacted well with the campers,” said
gah Institutional Advancement Office. Elena and her husband          Chris Brown, who works at the City of Refuge. “They made con-
Kyle, Mount Pisgah United Methodist Church Middle School             versation, learned their names and what they liked.”
Pastor, led the trip. She grew close to many of the children dur-             The students were completely immersed in the experi-
ing the week, “My favorite part was playing with the kids. All       ence, spending the night at the City of Refuge. Laura Hailey dis-
they want to do is hold you, beg to be held and loved on.”           covered a passion for serving others, “It was so much fun, I’d do it
          The students led Vacation Bible School and played          again. If I could go back right now I would”.
games with 30 underprivileged elementary students from local

               A high flying interview
     with newly-licensed 17-yeAr-old PisgAh senior
                MAson girArd
           who hAs just PAssed his fAA test
              And is now A licensed Pilot
       (his dAd Also hAs A few Proud coMMents)

What inspired you to become a pilot?                          thing! Because of that, it made me appreciate politics and gov-
                                                              ernment and made me want to go to a military academy. I am
Mason: “My first flying lesson was a completely ran-          applying to the Air Force Academy and the Coast Guard Acad-
dom Christmas present. My sister received sky-diving          emy, as well as many schools around the southeast. I hope to get
lessons and my parents wanted me to also have some-           into flight school and pursue that as a career, or earn a political
thing to do at the airport. I had no prior desire or          science/government degree.”
thought of becoming a pilot.”                                 Dad: “Mason comes home from school with stories every day.
Dad (Steve): Since we gave him his first lesson for           Most are of experiences with his teachers and faculty. They have
Christmas, I guess we really were not nervous in the          challenged him, encouraged him, frustrated him and sometimes
beginning. We really didn’t know what we were get-            annoyed him! We have really enjoyed seeing Mason gravitate
ting into, but as we learned more, and Mason clearly          toward the harder and more demanding teachers. We have to
wanted to pursue flying, we began to seek out better          recognize Mrs. Wood, Mr. Harrison, Peyton Mosher, and Coach
equipment and instructors. Once we found the per-             Reilly. We are very grateful they have been a part of Mason’s
fect situation for Mason our fears were put at ease. Of       life.”
course, this was after several instructors, different air-    Mason: “Mr. Harrison has a harpoon. Don’t make him use it!”
planes and three different airports. His mom only gets
nervous when Mason talks about practicing stalls and          Why has Pisgah been the right choice for you?
Mason: “The first time an instructor demonstrated a           Mason: “I’ve liked Pisgah because it’s not a massive public
spin for me. I thought he was kidding, until he stalled       school where you get lost so easily. It’s nice and small and you
the plane and let it pitch straight down in a spin. It        still can have a great time at sports events and hanging out with
completely freaked me out, but later, I discovered the        friends.”
occasional spin is quite fun!”                                Dad: “Pisgah was Mason’s choice. We originally had Mason
                                                               in public school. Neighbors invited us to church, we all found a
How would you describe the feeling when you are               church home for the first time ever, and eventually Mason asked
flying? And how difficult was it to earn your license?        about transferring to Pisgah. We were very disenchanted with Ma-
                                                              son’s government school and were thrilled and awed that God was
Mason: “Every time I go up, it’s an incredible rush,          leading Mason to attend a Christian school. We are very grateful
yet at the same time it’s very peaceful and relaxing up       for Pisgah. It is by no means perfect, but it has been a great place and
in the air, (especially compared to driving!) The whole       a true blessing for Mason. We and Mason have been a part of very
time I was taking lessons, I faced a lot of delays. If it     exciting times as Pisgah has grown the high school and we feel
wasn’t a lesson cancelled due to weather, it was because      fortunate that Mason has had the opportunities that he has
the plane had problems or needed maintenance work.            had. We measure Mason’s school accomplishments beyond just
I actually had to go to Chattanooga twice to take my          grades. Sure, those are very important and Mason has done quite
test, because the first time a light bulb on the outside of   well. But we are proud of the whole student Mason has become.
the plan had burned out on the way over, and the FAA          Good grades, chairman of the Honor Council, four time letter-
requires that light to work.”                                 man, and of course his flying.”
Dad: “We are extremely proud of Mason. He
has worked towards this for two and half years.               What are your funniest and fondest Pisgah memories?
He      really faced alot of adversity and chang-
es. We are amazed at his commitment and his                   Mason: “In eighth grade, myself and Brian Kim jokingly told
desire to continue in spite of many setbacks along the        Miles Wiggins that he should stick a paper clip in one of the
way.”                                                         outlets in Mrs. Mozingo’s science room and he actually did,
                                                              causing sparks to fly, the lights to flicker, and Mrs. Mozingo to
Has what you have learned at Pisgah helped you as you         get quite upset. But as far as my fondest memories: Sharp Top
have gone through this process of becoming a pilot?           retreats and freshman Montana Mission trip!”

Mason: “A lot of the physics helped me out, as pilot-         How has your faith grown or changed while at Pisgah?
ing a plane involves a lot of knowledge about how the
plane actually works and why it works.”                       Mason: “I’d say it’s grown a lot - as it wasn’t very strong when I
                                                              first came to the school.”
Tell us about a Pisgah teacher who has made an impact         Dad: “My faith is always impacted by Mason. We came to
on your life and how?                                         Christ about the same time. I am strengthened in my faith by
                                                              seeing how steadfast Mason is in his. Certainly Pisgah has played
Mason: “Mrs. Wood, since we never agreed on any-              a crucial role in testing and growing his faith.”

     It’s said that a great teacher can teach anytime, anyplace. Meet one special member
     of the Pisgah family who is certainly no exception. Students call her Miss Whitley,
     but these days she’s known as Petty Officer First Class Whitley. She’s bravely serving
     her country, teaching English, and sharing God’s love – all in the middle of a war zone.

     Robin Whitley has been touching lives at Pisgah for years teaching both history
     and psychology, coaching softball, and serving as a student government advisor. She
     was called out of the classroom and deployed to Afghanistan a year ago.” I am in the
     Navy Reserve and was placed on active duty last September,” says Robin. “I was in
     training from October to March and then I was sent to Afghanistan for 12 months.
     I have been in the Navy for 13 years, active duty for 4 ½ years and now I am in the
     Reserve. I’m stationed at Camp Blackhorse, which is east of Kabul, the capitol of

     Pisgah’s Director of Christian Education, Peyton Mosher has been touched by
     Robin’s dedication and selfless service. “Robin is a hero to me because she epito-
     mizes what the Reserves are all about; men and women who don’t want to go to war,
     yet are willing to do exactly that to defend their nation. I also love that Robin never
     complains about her difficult circumstances.” Peyton has been so moved by her
     courage that he chose “Heroes” as the theme for the first several Chapel programs of
     the year, and Robin has been prominently featured.

     Many teachers and students have kept up with Robin, sending letters and praying
     regularly for her. “I have been so impressed with Robin and her calling to help our
     country,” says teacher Heather Parker. “I really wanted to help her lift the spirits
     of the men and women who are serving. This past summer, I responded to one of her
     emails and asked her if she would mind if my students wrote letters for the soldiers.
     She was overjoyed and my students were so excited!”

                   Robin’s assignments keep her very busy everyday. “I do intelligence
                    work and I teach English to members of the Afghan National Army
                    (ANA). I also teach women who serve as family support officers in the
                     ANA.” Robin says her students are eager to learn and have quickly
                      picked up good conversation skills.

                        Despite her many duties, Robin also finds time to work with the
                         Administrative and Humanitarian Aid departments. Her efforts
                          make a difference for people in a war-torn part of the world. She

                              passes out toiletries, toys, clothing, and school supplies, much of which
                              is collected from Pisgah families. “These items are distributed when we
                              go to local villages and schools,” she explains. “We also use the dona-
                              tions to assist the Afghan National Army Family Support Office in pro-
                              viding items to the most needy of soldiers in the ANA. Soldiers make less
                              than $50 a month. Many are married and have five or more children.
                              Items you send are HELPING!”

                         Of the items collected for the military, Robin says, “I share them with the
                         people here at Black Horse and also mail them to people I know in other
parts of Afghanistan. The items you send mean a lot.”

Jacque Solomon, Executive Assistant to the Pisgah President, has overseen the collection effort .
She has made it her goal to try to send Robin a box of donated items each month. Jacque, who has
spent countless hours gathering and packaging donated items for shipment, humbly downplays
her role, speaking proudly of Robin and her sacrifice, “We consider her to be a local hero. God is us-
ing her in a mighty, big way!”

Robin is grateful for the generosity of her friends here at home. “I just wanted to say THANK YOU
to all of you who pray for me and others over here, as well as all of you who contribute items for
the military folks here and for humanitarian missions we conduct. My sincere thanks to Jacque
for her willingness to collect items.”

In her email reports from Afghanistan, Robin keeps her Pisgah family up to date. “Today, we went
on a humanitarian aid mission to a primary school about 90 minutes from Kabul. We assisted
the members of the Afghan National Army in distributing blankets, sports equipment and school
supplies. Many of these school supplies came from my friends and family - so, yes, we are passing
such items on to those in need! It was great to see over 140 happy children.”

In another email report, she gives a glimpse of how a country so far away can sometimes remind
her of home. “On July 5th I flew to Qatar for my R&R Pass. It was a good trip and I had a lot of fun.
I also consumed plenty of Starbucks…ha ha. :) I visited several malls, a camel farm, Doha, and
took a cultural tour. It was a nice break.”

What does she miss most about Pigah? “Hands down, it’s the people: parents, students, staff, fac-
ulty - and the presence of God,” says Robin. “Pisgah has really become a family! I know that I can
rely on them and they know that they can rely on me. Being mobilized has really shown that! I
see many Reservists who have NO contact with their civilian employers. I am fortunate! Further,
my Pisgah family continually lets me know they are thinking of me through prayer, letters, email,
and care packages. I cannot wait to see everyone when I come home!”

                  Robin Whitley Humanitarian aid Project
      TRavel-Size   ToileTRieS:  TooTHPaSTe,    deodoRanT,    MinT-flavoRed
      mouthwash, toothbrushes, shampoo, hand lotion, body wash • Cd’s •
      at&t international phone Cards • hard Candy • beef jerky • Cookies
      in airtight sealed bags • snaCk boxes of Cereal • hand sanitizer •
      baby wipes (small, travel size) • small paCkages of tissues • trident
      bubblegum, Cool rush or orbitz bubblemint • breath mints • lip balm
      • sunsCreen • sudoku puzzle books • kool-aid singles paCkets (Cherry
      or tropiCal punCh) • granola / any kind of paCkaged snaCk bars that
      won’t melt • aa batteries • all kinds of sChool supplies are always in
      demand • personal, hand-written notes and Cards with prayers are
      always welComed, too! • Cash donations to help Cover shipping Costs
      Please bring donations to Jacque Solomon, Office of the President, Middle School E building, or call 678-336-3332.
     Pisgah Profile: Anderson Family

          Right after school there’s football practice, acting class, homework, a hockey
          game, softball practice, preparations for dinner, and don’t forget to feed the
          2 dogs, 2 cats, fish, and the new baby hamster! That’s a glimpse into just
          ONE afternoon for the Anderson family. Exhausted yet? You’ve got to be
          in shape to keep up with this active family! With four children, Chris and
          Sandee Anderson are learning to master the art of schedule management.
          What are their secrets to success?


                   GOOD COMMUNICATION

                                                    WEEKLY CALENDAR MEETINGS

          “Here at Pisgah our family receives so much support. We could never get the love and sup-
          port anywhere else that we get here,” says energetic mom Sandee. “This is our extended
          family. We have been embraced 100%, the teachers have wrapped their arms around our

children and I would never go anywhere else.” Dad          and now serves as a Media Specialist and substitute
Chris agrees, “This is more than a school, it’s a com-     teacher. She has firsthand knowledge of the dedi-
munity. There’s a feeling here like no other place.        cation of the Pisgah faculty. “At this school, if my
It’s a very personalized approach. Our kids are chal-      child is struggling, he will not get lost. He will be
lenged, they learn the importance of teamwork, and         noticed right away and get the help he needs. Every
the teachers all know my kids and know our fam-            child, in every class, is having the very best brought
ily.” A chat with each of their children reveals why       out in him everyday.”
these parents are sold on the Pisgah Experience.                     Chris and Sandee recall when one of their
                                                           children was struggling with a particular challenge.
Matt (9th grader, active in football and baseball) “I      “The faculty came together as a team to help us in
have learned that academics come first and that it is      anyway they could,” says Chris. “They came up
always important to strive to do your best. I enjoy        with a personalized plan and they were determined
the fun of Bible classes and the one-on-one learning.      to do whatever it took to help our child.”
It’s great how teachers are available to us. There’s a               And the faculty has the same praise for the
real open connection between students and teach-           Andersons. Kindergarten teacher Diane Winfield
ers.”                                                      explains, “The Anderson family is a delight, they are
                                                           fun and supportive of teachers and the school. Last
Skip (7th grader, football, baseball, hockey) “It’s        year when each grade level was given a digital camera
great to have smaller classes where you get to know        to use, Chris and Sandee bought each kindergarten
everyone. I love Science and Math and the creative         teacher their own memory card, so we could each
ways we learn. One thing I’ve learned from sports:         keep track of our own class pictures. It was great!”
You’re not always going to be the fastest, biggest, or               It’s a big financial commitment to invest in
strongest and that’s okay. And it’s that way in school     private education for four children and the family
too - you may not always be the smartest one in ev-        is often asked how they do it. Chris answers, “How
ery class, but you always try your best.”                  would I think about not doing it? What else would
                                                           I even consider spending the money on…a bigger
Tom (4th grader, actor) “I’ve watched school plays and     house that’s just going to collect more dust?”
thought: I want to be up there on the stage. Now, I’ve               Both Sandee and Chris believe the benefits
been Jack in Jack and the Beanstalk. I’m a people-per-     of the Pisgah Experience are priceless. “The Chris-
son and I just love to perform. I also love science and    tian environment here allows our children to grow
the fun experiments. The teachers are all nice and we      in their faith at their own pace,” says Chris. “In fact,
learn Character traits in Chapel – like responsibility.”   Sandee and I have learned lessons as a result of our
                                                           kids going to school here. We have grown in our own
Gracee (1st grader, softball, soccer, animal lover)        faith.” Sandee appreciates the excellent academic
“We have GREAT teachers! I like science and the            education her children are receiving at Pisgah, but
cool experiments. Last year we made rock candy!            appreciates something else even more. “Our teach-
I’ve learned about kindness, giving, and being trust-      ers pray with us over our kids. As Christians, we
worthy. I love the fun activities and art, and this year   can’t tell you what that means to us.”
I have my own desk!”

The Andersons actively support Pisgah and believe
in giving back to the school that has been such a part
of their lives for more than 10 years. Chris has served
on the school Board of Trustees for seven years and
Sandee has been a lead teacher for the Early School

 “The faculty came
 together as a team
to help us in anyway
     they could”

       Pisgah Sophomore FeDale Hall was named the Atlanta Journal Constitution Player of the
       Week on October 24, 2007.

       According to the AJC, during the game against Our Lady of Mercy, FeDale “left the Player
       of the Week field far behind, garnering nearly 2,000 votes to take the honor for Week 8. Hall
       rushed for 357 yards and six touchdowns and returned a kickoff 98 yards for another score.”
       Fedale left other nominees far behind, capturing 48% of the vote.

       An incredibly talented all-around athlete, Fedale’s sports prowess is well established, but his
       humility and kindness are what truly make him a standout on and off the playing field.
       When asked about his contributions to the Pisgah sports program, he downplays his indi-
       vidual importance and speaks of the other players, “We have great teams-really great guys.
       Everyone works hard and pulls together. We support each other.”

       Head Football Coach Doug Dixon is proud to be one of the people teaching Fedale sports and
       life lessons. “He is one of the best all-around athletes I have had the opportunity to coach. He
       is an even better person. He is a great example of a student athlete.”

Prep Courses a Factor
in North Fulton’s SAT success
Originally published in the North Fulton Neighbor,
Wednesday, October 24, 2007

By Amber Summers, North Fulton Neighbor Staff Writer

North Fulton public and private school students are continuing
to score high on SAT exams, and administrators say mandatory
prep courses will continue the rise to the top.
         Kaplan and College Board SAT prep classes have proven
beneficial to college-bound north Fulton students, Fulton Coun-
ty spokeswoman Susan Hale said. “Preparation for the SAT is
crucial in enhancing overall test performance. Students perform
better and are more confident when they are familiar with the test
structure,” she said.

          a small school with big
          school opportunities.
          The results have been positive. Six North Fulton pub-
lic schools were named in the Top 25 for Georgia’s highest SAT
scores. Leading the pack in second place was Northview High
School with a median score of 1,702 followed by Roswell High
School in fifth place with 1,689. The largest improvement in
north Fulton public school SAT scores came at Alpharetta High
School, increasing by 51 points and ranking ninth in the state.
          Rivaling public school SAT scores are Mount Pisgah
Christian School and Fellowship Christian School. Mt. Pisgah
has 175 high school students, all of whom took a required SAT
junior class course. The school’s SAT results were high in 2006,
with a median score of 1,720. “We are a small school with big
school opportunities,” Upper School Principal Bill Shelnutt said.
“Our success comes from individual instruction you receive when
you have small teacher to student ratios.”
          Fellowship Christian School’s 2007 median SAT score is
1,664. But some private schools chose not to provide their SAT
scores. Blessed Trinity Student Activities Director and Business
Education Instructor Karen Hurley would not comment for this
article, stating, “We would prefer not to share that information at
this time.”
          St. Francis and Kings Ridge Christian School did not re-
turn calls for comment despite repeated attempts.

                                           Article reprinted with permission.


      When your computer has a glitch or your phone has a buzz – who ya gonna call? The IT experts! In this thank you spotlight, we
      appreciate two special members of the Pisgah team who keep our systems running smoothly: Dean Miller and Ron Chapman.

      Ron is the Pisgah main helpdesk professional who installs soft-         Dean is the Pisgah network engineer responsible for all 24 servers
      ware and hardware and troubleshoots any PC and application re-          and phone systems. He also responds to many helpdesk calls and
      lated issues. He is also responsible for backing up all 24 servers in   troubleshoots. Najafi says, “Dean displays genuineness in dealing
      the data center. Fred Najafi, IT Director has high praise for Ron.      with others and conveys a willingness to help. He works well in
      “He is strongly motivated to be the best in providing customer          cooperating with others for the benefit of clients and keeps stress
      care. Ron displays a powerful sense of purpose and takes positive       under control.” Thank you Ron and Dean for all you do to add
      action to meet growing responsibility.”                                 to the Pisgah Experience and watch for a special in-depth inter-
                                                                              view with IT Director Fred Nahjafi in the future.

                        fall 2007

Introducing the Class of ‘07
                                Premier Issue
    Imagine being an artist who is presented a canvas and asked to place only
    one brush stroke of paint onto that canvas. Once that brush stroke has
    been placed, the canvas will then be passed to another artist who will be
    asked to do the same. This process will continue for years until the portrait
    is complete.

    To some artists, the canvas will be blank and they will bear the responsibil-
    ity of the first impression. To others, it will be a work in progress, and in
    its most formative stages when the image begins to take its shape. Other
    artists will receive the canvas after its design has been determined. They
    will face the challenge of adding the final touches needed to complete the

    No single artist will completely determine the outcome, nor will they ever
    see the work completed. They must trust their art, place their stroke, and
    then hope and pray that every other artist will do the same, with a similar
    sense of responsibility and passion.

    Sound crazy? To be honest, it is, yet this is the plight of the teacher. In the
    book of James, we are even warned not to be teachers because of the high
    calling of the position. And yet, some of us have either ignored the warn-
    ing, or felt so compelled by the calling, that we ventured into this bizarre
    artistic endeavor. We accept the challenge: one student at a time, one class
    at a time, one year at a time, delicately attempting to put the appropriate
    color and stroke to each piece of canvas we have been presented. We then
    pass the “work in progress” to the next teacher to do the same.

    When I first arrived in the Advancement Office, taking the post on the
    Pisgah Alumni Association was a natural carry over from my position as a
    teacher. It is an opportunity for me to connect with former students and
    families, keeping up with who is where, (and doing what). Ultimately, this
    experience allows me to reap the rewards of being a teacher, seeing what
    our students are becoming in their final stages of development.

    As the Director of the Pisgah Alumni Association, I have the opportunity
    to reconnect with all of our students. Many are now in college or have
    already entered the working world. I hear the stories of their experiences,
    lives, travels, and conquests. It’s exciting to bring our alumni together with
    the families and faculty who had a hand in their portrait. I get to be a
    part of the Pisgah Presence, a special place where we will showcase these

    Here it is! We are pleased to present the red-ribbon edition of the Pisgah
    Presence; the new Pisgah Alumni Association magazine designed to keep
    you entertained, (and in the know), with updates from your fellow class-
    mates, feature articles on alumni, and information regarding upcoming
    Alumni events. Please send us your photos and updates!

    Best regards,

    Gentry Arnette, III
    Director, Pisgah Alumni Association

Introducing the Class of ‘07

       April Bagley         Cameron Barron                Lindsey Brown                Austin Callaway
    University of Georgia      Berry College        GA College & State University     University of Georgia

       Erin Cotter           Laurel Denham                 Kayla Diehl                 Kevin Donnelly
        Agnes Scott         University of Georgia     Georgia Perimeter College        Auburn University

Alfonso (Poncho) Doucette   Kristina Dragoun               Daniel Fang               Benjamin Fitzhugh
          Cornell                 Ole Miss             US Air Force Academy         University of Connecticut

       Kit Fordham             Daniel Fries                Alyssa Gard                 Daniel Gaynor
       Warren Wilson              Ole Miss          Aveda Institute: Minneapolis        Belmont College

          Carolyn Hailey                      Ashley Harkey                     Chelsea Harkey           Tommy Hoffman
    N. GA College & State University            GA Southern                        GA Southern                 Ole Miss

          Sarah Ann Hunt                         Jecika Kim                       Eli Lorenzo              Katie Luther
          Furman University            Oxford College at Emory University   Santa Fe Community College     Belmont College

           Heather Luyk                        Tony Marelle                     Kevin McCarthy           Jennine McCourt
    GA College and State University                Sewanee                     University of Georgia      Mars Hill College

            Ross McWey                           Ben Morris                      Scott Moseley           Nathan Mozingo
        University of Alabama               University of Georgia               Appalachian State        University of Georgia

     Jonathan Park              Lauren Payne       Daniel Plemmons          Joe Reilly
      Georgia State            Auburn University    SCAD – Atlanta            Sewanee

   Shannon Sanders              Sarah Schuler         Eric Seigler       Thabie Sibanda
Texas Christian University       Berry College          Sewanee         Cal State Northridge

   Heather Thomas              Zack Trammel        Patrick Van Stee      Alex Wertymer
Kennesaw State University          Ole Miss        Clemson University   Auburn University

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                             There Is Such a Thing as Free Dinner!
                 Daniel Gaynor Named
                            Spirit of Mike Winner

         Mount Pisgah Christian School graduate Daniel Gaynor was            give the award to a graduating Pisgah Senior. The recipient is
         named the Spirit of Mike Award winner at graduation in May.         selected by the Upper School Fine Arts faculty.
         The award is a $5,000 scholarship given by Lynn and Happy                     “The attributes we ask that the student have include
         Mayer in memory of their son Mike.                                  teamwork, faith, togetherness, partnership, and friendship -
                  Mike Mayer was a sophomore at Father Ryan High             someone who brings the team or band together,” Happy ex-
         School in Nashville, Tennessee when he was killed in a car ac-      plains. The Mayers have two grandchildren at Pisgah and are
         cident. A percussionist, Mike would always lead his band mates      loyal supporters of the school. Gaynor, a guitarist, is attending
         in a prayer before each performance. That tradition continues       Belmont University, where he plans to major in Commercial
         today, with the students closing each prayer with, “in the spirit   Music with a performance emphasis. “This award means that
         of Mike.”                                                           my college education isn’t just for me, but since Happy has in-
                  Fourteen years ago when the Mayers found out about         vested in my college education, I will represent Pisgah and the
         the tradition, they set up a scholarship in Mike’s name at Fa-      spirit of Mike in my collegiate endeavors,” says Gaynor.
         ther Ryan. When the family came to Pisgah, they also began to

                                                                                                               Upcoming Stops

    The Pisgah Alumni Caravan                                                                               UGA              AUBURN

    A handful of your favorite teachers hitting
    the road to visit your school and take you out to dinner.                                             10 31
Class Notes
  Class of 2004                                                      ing at an elementary school one day a week. Hillary says, “I
                                                                     am also planning on studying abroad in Fiji this summer for a
  Class Rep:     Bridget Nichols                                     short Maymester. I am on Leadership at the Wesley Foundation,
                            a student ministry on campus and I work with the Freshmen
                                                                     ministry. I am still loving it here in Athens!” Ryan Shores is no
Bridget Nichols has completed her real estate training. She          longer playing basketball at LaGrange. His biggest news is that
earned her license over the summer of 2007 and is working at         he is a proud new father of daughter Audrey Madison Shores,
the Medlock Bridge office of Harry Norman Realtors. She has          born on August 14. Bhavna Singh is working on a double ma-
talked with Brandon Haney who says he plans to enroll at Geor-       jor in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology (NBB) and History.
gia Perimeter College in the Spring of 2008. Whitney Britton         She assists doctors in the emergency room at Emory University
is at Kennesaw State University where she will graduate in the       Hospital.
Spring of ’09 with a major in Elementary Education. Whitney
stays in touch with Brittany Molina who is at the University of        Class of 2006
West Georgia, as well as Winston Fitzhugh, who is doing well
at Tufts University. Stephanie Butts is working in Atlanta and         Class Rep:     Elizabeth Fries
is engaged. Jason Soby is majoring in English at Oglethorpe and             
will graduate in the Spring of 2008, as will Jacob Springman
who is majoring in Business Administration.                          Congratulations to Chasy (Hunter) Morse. She married
                                                                     Joshua Morse right after graduation and now has a beautiful son
  Class of 2005                                                      named, appropriately, Hunter. Philip Broome’s (Columbus
                                                                     State University) dream came true as he sat less than 20 feet
  Class Rep:     Natalie Chapdelaine                                 from center stage at the Dave Matthews concert. De Thompson
                                         is planning on going to the University of Alaska – Anchorage
                                                                     for Spring Quarter 2008. Elizabeth Fries and Sherry Doughty
Ryan Burdett is majoring in Early Childhood Education at             are rooming together at the Kappa Delta house at UGA. Has
LaGrange College. Natalie Chapdelaine and Shelly Prox trav-          anyone heard from Christa Feinauer? Lauren Allen? Rachel
eled to Tokyo, Japan last summer. Jessy Cole is furthering her       Opraseuth? Robert Pienaziek? We need to hear from you!
love of art as a photography major with an anthropology mi-
nor. She says, “I’m actually about to attend a meeting for a study     Class of 2007
abroad program that I’m doing next semester. I’ll be living in
Florence, Italy and taking classes at Florence University of the       Class Rep:     Lindsey Brown
Arts.” Roya Daftarian transferred to the University of Florida              
and is studying architecture in civil engineering, with a minor
in German. She interned at Braswell Engineering in Atlanta last      Eric Seigler started on Special Teams his first game as a fresh-
summer. Kristen Dallum studied abroad in Costa Rica during           man at Sewanee. Lindsey Brown pledged Zeta Tau Alpha at
the Summer of 2006 and the Winter of 2007. She is currently a        Georgia College & State University. Ashley and Chelsey Har-
Junior at the University of Washington - Seattle and is majoring     key are at Georgia Southern and also pledged Zeta Tau Alpha.
in Art. David Fang reports, “I’ll be picking my (AFSC) Air Force     Heather Thomas is at Kennesaw State University, and hopes
Specialty Code soon. Hopefully, I’ll get pilot. Also this summer     to transfer to Georgia Southern in January. Shannon Sanders
I’ll be going overseas for a language program for 5 weeks.” Mi-      pledged Chi Omega at Texas Christian and loves school. Scott
chael Gaynor is writing a full-length screenplay for one of his      Moseley did so well on his freshman English Entrance test at
classes, worked on a feature-length movie during the first month     Appalachian State University that he is exempt from first year
of summer, and will be attending a screenwriting seminar in LA.      English classes. Ben Morris is rooming with Nathan Mozingo
Hillary Luyk is majoring in Child and Family Development,            at UGA and is Vice-President of his Pi Kappa Alpha pledge
with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education. She is intern-        class. He often sees April Bagley and Kevin McCarthy.

    A Week in the Life of...

K risten Dallum ‘05

Pisgah alumni shared memories and plenty of hugs and
laughter at Homecoming 2007. As the guests of honor,
alumni, (and their parents), were welcomed with a free
ticket to the game, dinner, and a commemorative t-shirt.
           ”This is great. I really appreciate it that the school
is making an effort to bring us all together at events like
this,” said Tyler Fitzgerald, Class of 2006. “I couldn’t wait
 to see everybody.”
           Some of the alumni hadn’t seen each other since
graduation day. Others have been able to keep in touch on
a regular basis, (some are even college roommates). It wasn’t
just a reunion for recent graduates, alumni parents were
happy to have the chance to reconnect with one another too.
They lingered at the tables long after kick-off, remember-
ing proms, school plays, and other special moments in their
childrens’ lives.
           To add a special touch of atmosphere to the eve-
ning, (and as a nod to the fact that alumni now live in dorms,
apartments, and fraternity or sorority houses), couches lined
the stadium fence, providing the perfect spot to lounge and
catch up during the game. As they swapped college stories,
everyone seemed to agree on one thing. When they were in
high school, they complained that some of their teachers
were too tough. Once they got to college, they were grate-
ful those Pisgah teachers had challenged and prepared them.
Comments overheard included: “Yeah, Mr. Harrison was
hard on us, but it was worth it.” And “I couldn’t wait to get
out of high school, but now I realize how fast the years go by
and I kind of miss it. It really is great to come back home.”

Far Left: Chelsea Harkey ‘07 & Bridget Nichols ‘04
Left: Kevin Cook ‘05 & Chrstina Dragoun ‘07
Above: De Thompson ‘06, Cameron White ‘06, Tyler
        Fitzgerald ‘06, and Tara Mastatab ‘06
Right: New Homecoming Queen Lauren Wood & Her
       Father Pastor Steve Wood


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