Spring 2010 The Magazine of Lexington Christian Academy “We want our students and teachers to lose themselves in what they’re doing so they can find themselves anew.” See page 12. Homecoming & Reunion Weekend 2010 Save the Date October 1–2 Plan to attend this year’s Homecoming! Saturday Highlights NEW! Homecoming Banquet, including: • 8th Annual Distinguished Alumni Awards • 2nd Annual Induction Ceremony for LCA’s Athletic Hall of Fame Other Special Events: 50th Reunion—Class of 1960 35th Reunion—Class of 1975 Alumni Dessert Reception with Former and Current Faculty & Staff (1:00 p.m.) Plan to join us for great athletic events, the Fall Festival for kids, and the traditional BBQ under the white tent! a 0 or a 5 sses ending in ar for all claestone reunion! ye 2010 is the have their mil to ittee for your ning comm g a reunion plan e Cook at tance coordinatin Alumni Relations Adriann u. If you’d like assis ntact Director of co firstname.lastname@example.org class, please ria x129 or email ad 781-862-7850 ern Press Time: Academy Lant 10 nion Plans as of ne 11–13, 20 Upcoming Reu mencement Weekend, Ju —Com @ya hoo.com Class of 1950 at iambettyanne Joy Fagerstrom 2, 2010 Contact: Betty kend, Oct. 1– —Hom ecoming Wee email@example.com Class of 1960 ick Schuhmacher at dicknj Contact: D 2010 d, Oct. 1–2, ing Weeken —Homecom cs alina.com Class of 1975 avid McCowan at davidm@fc Contact: D 10 —July 24, 20 Class of 1990 firstname.lastname@example.org, or ancock at fdha Contact: Faye HDuprey at email@example.com Jane H agopian Table of Contents Board of Trustees Chairman The Magazine of Lexington Christian Academy James M. Bolton ’72 Vice-Chairman Robert A. Lawrence Treasurer 2 From the Head of School Joshua D. Bennett ’93 Clerk Diane C. Cambourelis ’82 3 Trustee News Trustees Mark Boivin 5 New in Leadership Roles Steven DesRochers Michel T. Doreau 6 The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Stephen H. Haig Todd L. C. Klipp Thom C. Lachman 7 The Fantasticks Andrew G. Mills Charles T. Pu Beth Somers Stutzman 8 Sports Wallace W. Wadman Frank E. Wheatley III 10 Scene around Campus Trustees Emeriti Richard Armstrong ’53 Gordon J. VanderBrug 12 Lost and Found: Head of School Teaching and Learning Mark R. Davis in LCA’s Middle School Director of Marketing Editor, Academy Lantern 15 Scene around Campus Theresa Anne Morin Director of Development Shelley Reese Cornish 16 Alumni on Campus Director of Alumni Relations and Development Events 18 Scene around Campus Adrianne C. Cook Designer 19 Class Notes & Reunions Catherine Stramer Photographers Charlie Gallagher, Chip 24 In Memoriam Vander Brug, and other LCA Faculty, Staff, Students, Upcoming Events Parents, and Alumni Mission Statement Lexington Christian Cover painting by Soo Ji Jung ’10 Academy is an independent college preparatory school that exists to educate young men and women in the arts and sciences in the context of a complete commitment to the historic Christian faith. LCA admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and “In her painting, senior Soo Ji Jung’s goal was to paint less from activities generally accorded or representation, and to approach her work from a conceptual direction. made available to students at She created this painting as a triptych in hopes of conveying a the school. Questions should be directed to the Head of School. journey through three seasons of time with the color carrying the idea of shifting moods and attitudes. The branch links the story, The Academy Lantern is published biannually by anchoring our passage through time and through the piece visually.” Lexington Christian Academy. —Art Teacher Lyh-Rhen Lam The Academy Lantern Spring 2010 | Page 1 From the Head of School Greetings from LCA! Dear Friend of LCA: A family new to our Academy once asked me what distinguishes LCA from other independent schools. My immediate response was the fact that we are intentionally Christian in the very fabric of our Academy, and that while there are many faith-based schools, LCA is distinctive in its approach. I’d like to share some additional thoughts on this with you. Lexington Christian Academy reflects the deep and lasting contributions of the historic Christian faith as we passionately educate young men and women in the arts and sciences. Over the course of 2,000 years, Orthodox, Catholic, and Protestant Christians have had an indelible influence on society. Each of these important branches of Christianity is wonderfully represented throughout our community, in which our commitment to faith and learning is at the core. We are a school that places a premium on the concept of honor in how we approach faithful learning. We honor our parents and partner with them in the education of their sons and daughters. We believe everything that happens in our school teaches. Our students participate in an exceptional learning experience through the wisdom and guidance of great teachers. Twelfth graders honor our sixth graders by treating them with respect, visitors are greeted with smiles and held doors, lunchroom conversations are uplifting, and students are respected for their unique, image-bearing qualities of God. Our overarching goal is to honor God throughout each day. We are a school that is committed to Truth in our curriculum. We intentionally engage students with the Essential Questions facing our world today. Easy answers aren’t the goal, nor are trite responses to complexities ranging from earth origins to how should we live in a postmodern global community. Veritas—Truth—is taken seriously. Through the liberal arts in our college-preparatory Academy, LCA focuses on developing in students creative problem-solving and critical-thinking skills. The wise instruction and guidance of a gifted faculty result in our diverse student body being equipped to meet the needs of our global culture. LCA was founded in Boston in 1946 by Christians who were educational visionaries. We carry forth today with a Strategic Vision for preparing leaders to serve God and positively impact culture and creation. We pray for our students as they are preparing for excellent college placement and for a life of faith and service. We are a school that knows at its core the importance of aligning faithful hearts with responsible actions as our students and graduates go out into the world. Our vision is much grander than merely speaking of the successes of our students in academics, arts, athletics, and college matriculation, although we are certainly proud of our students and their distinguished accomplishments. We are reflecting on all that we teach and what it will result in when our students are 35 years old, perhaps married, perhaps parents, community members, church members, and so on. We seek to graduate joy-filled and confident young men and women who recognize their responsibility to God and the people of this world. Academics, co-curricular activities, community, parents, teachers—LCA seeks to promote a learning culture of honor, truth, and responsibility in light of today, tomorrow, and all eternity. All of us—students, teachers, staff, and trustees—thank you for your support of the uniqueness that is Lexington Christian Academy, here in Greater Boston, in the heart of New England, in the Eastern United States, in North America, in just one locale of God’s grand world. We hope you enjoy this issue of our Academy Lantern. Inside these pages you’ll find evidence of God’s sustaining hand on our school, founded in Boston in 1946 by Christians who were educational visionaries. We carry forth today with a strategic vision for preparing leaders to serve God and positively impact culture and creation. Thank you for your partnership with LCA at this time in our Academy’s history! Yours sincerely, Mark R. Davis Head of School, Parent ’10 The Academy Lantern Spring 2010 | Page 2 Trustee News Armstrong and VanderBrug Elected Trustees Emeriti Since LCA’s founding in 1946, the men and women of our Board have held the Academy “in trust” with their dedication to the school’s mission. Last fall, at their Annual Meeting, our Board of Trustee Emeritus Dr. Gordon J. VanderBrug Trustees appointed Richard (Dick) Armstrong (P ’86,’92,’97) served for nearly three decades on ’53 (P ’78,’79) and Gordon VanderBrug, Ph.D. LCA’s Board, including a decade as chairman. He (P ’86,’92,’97) as the first Trustees Emeriti of shares, “I believe with all my being in the place Lexington Christian Academy. of Christian education in God’s kingdom here on earth, and in Lexington Christian Academy’s According to Head of School Mark Davis, particular role in our part of His world.” LCA’s the newly established Trustee Emeritus status Christian perspective is the heart of Lexington allows LCA “to recognize trustees who have had Christian Academy, Gordon says, and is a historic and significant impact on LCA and fundamental to the school and what distinguishes have helped make us the school we are today. us from other quality secondary schools. Additionally, these wise and faithful leaders Richard (Dick) Armstrong ’53 continue to have insights into the life of the Gordon—who earned a B.S. in mathematics from school, which will strengthen our Strategic Calvin College, an M.S. in mathematics from Vision.” Wayne State University, and a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Maryland—recently Trustee Emeritus Richard (Dick) Armstrong received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the ’53 (P ’78,’79) believes deeply in the mission University of Maryland and was inducted into his of LCA and attests that his time as a student alma mater’s Alumni Hall of Fame. was transformative. “For me, it goes back to the influence of my teachers,” he says. “That time Gordon’s career interests have been in turning was God’s workshop in my life.” Dick went on to leading-edge computer science developments Wheaton College and was then drafted into the into commercially viable businesses. In 1996 he Army. Following his military service, he began co-founded iBasis, which earned global success. his civilian career in social work as the director of Gordon received recognition as a VON Pioneer Gordon VanderBrug, Ph.D., and a juvenile center. Dick concluded his career as a by Pulver.com (1999) and Entrepreneur of the Cathy VanderBrug senior vice president of ServiceMaster. Year by the Boston Business Journal (2001). The company, iBasis, was sold in 2009, and Gordon When his work with ServiceMaster brought his presently serves on the board of the Richard D. family to the Boston area for a few years, his two Van Lunen Foundation. He and his wife, Cathy oldest children, Rick and Barbara, were able to (LCA’s former director of development), live attend LCA. (His youngest, Brent, was too young in Lexington and have three children (Jackie to attend.) Serving on LCA’s Board of Trustees ’86, Michael ’92, and Renee ’97) and five during those years, Dick remembers that their grandchildren. most significant work was paying off the mortgage the school had been carrying. LCA is pleased to announce that Dr. Gordon VanderBrug will be the Commencement speaker for Dick is a member of the Board of Trustees at the Class of 2010 on June 12. Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (serving as chairman for many years). He also previously served as interim president of both World Relief “We must always work for academic excellence. and Pioneer Ministries. Dick and his wife, Our parents and students expect it, Miriam, live in Wheaton, IL, and in Fort Myers, FL, and have eight grandchildren. and, more importantly, God expects it. He tells us to develop our minds and our bodies for His service, and to take our respective parts in His kingdom.” —Trustee Emeritus Gordon J. VanderBrug, Ph.D., P ’86,’92,’97 The Academy Lantern Spring 2010 | Page 3 Trustee News Boivin and DesRochers Appointed to Board of Trustees In the fall of 2009, the Board of Trustees elected Of his role on LCA’s Board, Mark says, “I am two new members, Mark Boivin (P ’09) and humbled and excited to be part of a group of Steven DesRochers (P ’11, ’13). James Bolton strong Christian leaders who are committed to ’72 (P ’06, ’08, ’14), chairman of the Board of serving LCA and supporting its growth. LCA Trustees, says, “God’s hand was clearly at work has an outstanding history and I believe it has a in leading the Boivin and DesRochers families bright future. I have great expectations of how to LCA, and I feel personally blessed that Mark God is going use and bless this community for and Steve have agreed to join the Board and use His glory.” their gifts and talents in service to God through Trustee Steven DesRochers their work at LCA.” The DesRochers family comes to LCA from Trustee Mark Boivin Londonderry, NH, commuting almost an Originally from Connecticut, the Boivins hour each way. Steve explains, “In our circle recently returned to New England after living of friends, LCA has always had an outstanding Mark Boivin in Danville, VA, for several years while Mark reputation for being the Christian school to served as president and CEO of DanChem attend, but we never really considered it because Technologies, Inc. of the distance. Slowly the Lord started putting As the Boivins considered the opportunity to the pieces in place for us to investigate schools move from Virginia to Massachusetts, they began for our boys. Once we started looking at LCA, to pray about finding a Christian school with a we knew the Lord wanted us to partner with the strong academic program for their youngest son, Academy in the education of our two sons. Joey, who was in eleventh grade. Mark shared his “We were impressed with every aspect of LCA: the prayer request with a member of his Bible study Admissions process, the academic reputation, and group, Steve King, who was the mens basketball the availability of athletics and arts. After a family coach at Averett University. Steve said, “I know meeting which included prayer and discussion about LCA! I have friends who love that school.” about the sacrifice it would take from each of us After speaking with the LCA family, visiting the to get the boys to and from school (we leave at school, and continuing to pray, the Boivins were 6:00 a.m.), our family unanimously committed to convinced LCA was the right fit for Joey. They LCA. A big part of our decision came from the Steven DesRochers were also thrilled that within a year Steve King wise words of fellow trustee Wally Wadman (P ’87, accepted the position as LCA’s athletic director ’89): ‘My father said, I want to leave my children and boys basketball coach. two things: my faith and a good education.’ My Mark and his wife, Fern, live in Quincy, and wife, Cyndi, and I have taken those words to heart have three children. Joey, graduated from LCA and believe it is our calling as well,” says Steve. in 2009 and attends Virginia Tech. Mark and Steve and Cyndi have two sons, Carter ’11 Fern attend South Shore Baptist Church and are and Cameron ’13. The family attends Calvary part of a church-plant group working to spread Bible Church in Derry, NH. Steve also serves the gospel on Boston’s South Shore. as treasurer on the New England Board of the Mark has a chemical engineering degree from Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Steve earned Worcester Polytechnic Institute and an MBA his B.S. in computer science from the University from University of New Haven. He is currently of New Hampshire and worked in the software senior vice president of corporate development engineering field before founding Brix Networks at Ensign Bickford and serves on the boards of Inc. in 1999. Brix was sold to EXFO in 2008 Ensign Bickford Real Estate and International and Steve continues to work for EXFO as senior WoodFuels. director of the research and development group. “It is an exciting time to be a part of LCA and see the school continue to transform how they teach the best and brightest young Christian men and women—not only from New England but from all over the world— equipping them for a variety of opportunities. I am excited about where our LCA graduates will find themselves and anticipate many will be our future leaders in all aspects of society.” —Trustee Steven DesRochers, P ’11, ’13 The Academy Lantern Spring 2010 | Page 4 New in Leadership Roles Morin Accepts Post as Cornish Named Director Director of Marketing of Development Lexington Christian Academy is pleased The Academy is pleased to announce to announce Theresa Morin as the newly Shelley Reese Cornish as the new director appointed director of marketing. Theresa joins of development. A graduate of Eastern the LCA community as a full-time member of Nazarene College and Emerson College, the Administrative Team after working with Shelley has devoted her career to opening the Academy for over a decade as the managing doors for individuals by making high-quality editor and writer for this magazine and other education more accessible. Her previous work LCA communications. in development, constituency relations, and “The director of marketing position was admissions at ENC, Babson College, The Sage established to advance LCA’s Strategic Vision School, and Lasell College has allowed her and to help the Academy maximize enrollment to see the impact philanthropy can have on and giving,” explains Head of School Mark changing lives and communities. Davis. “Theresa is a seasoned marketing Mark Davis, head of school, welcomes Shelley expert with a focus on matching vision with as the newest member of the Administrative Theresa Morin strategic results. She brings extensive experience Team. “Shelley’s background in development in school-related marketing and a strong at the day school and collegiate level provides knowledge of LCA in particular. She has a breadth of knowledge and experience which demonstrated her dedication to promoting the matches the desire of LCA’s Board of Trustees distinctives of LCA’s mission.” to help the Academy become one of the best Theresa welcomes the opportunity to tell Christian schools in the country,” says Mark. LCA’s story in this broader role. “I am excited Shelley is an active member of the Council for to be working more closely with our trustees, the Advancement and Support of Education administration, faculty, staff, students, and (CASE) and the National Association of alumni to advance LCA,” she shares. Her Independent Schools (NAIS), and presents at passion is to help make it possible for more conferences regionally and nationally. Shelley has families to experience LCA as an academy and served as head steward at the Uxbridge Church community that shines brightly in Greater of the Nazarene, as president of the Beta Chapter Boston and the surrounding region. of Phi Delta Lambda, and as the executive A graduate of Gordon College with a B.A. director of the Nazarene Youth International’s Shelley Reese Cornish in English and concentration in psychology, eastern regional youth event. Shelley and her Theresa has devoted her career to public husband, Ben, live in Hopedale, and attend the relations, marketing, journalism, and publishing First Congregational Church of Hopkinton. in both the not-for-profit and for-profit sectors. Shelley is thrilled to join the LCA community, This included full-time and consulting roles saying, “I believe deeply in the power of both with Christian Book Distributors, Beth-Israel faith and learning to change lives and I look Deaconess Hospital, Landmark School, Parkside forward to helping ensure our faculty continue Christian Academy, The John Templeton to have the resources and facilities needed to Foundation, National Hemophilia Foundation, nurture our students intellectually, artistically, and Northshore Christian Network. athletically, and spiritually.” Theresa has served on the Vision Team at Recognizing the strong legacy of giving and First Congregational Church of Hamilton, leadership at LCA, Shelley notes, “I am humbled the Rockport Chamber Music Festival Board and honored to be following in the footsteps of of Directors, and the Gordon College Alumni Cathy VanderBrug and look forward to carry- Homecoming Committee. ing on the tradition of excellence she inspired A native of New England and a resident of among colleagues, alumni, and friends of the Wenham, Theresa is a longtime member of the Academy.” Shelley succeeds Cathy who served as First Congregational Church of Hamilton. LCA’s director of development for 17 years. The Academy Lantern Spring 2010 | Page 5 Middle School Theatre LCA Middle School Theatre Presents The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Widely known as America’s first short story, Washington Irving’s tale still captures our imaginations after 200 years. Kathryn Schultz Miller’s artful adaptation, combined with the inventive theatrical imagination of LCA’s Middle School acting troupe, brought the story of the hapless Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman to vivid life last fall. Director’s Notes People commonly speak of acting as an opportunity to “hide” inside a character, when it’s actually just the opposite. A truly courageous actor allows the character to be a “glass” to her inner self (her experiences and imagination, hopes and fears, beauty and ugliness), and in so doing, actually becomes a “mirror” to the inner self of the audience member. Merely revealing one’s talent is a safe and comfortable act, and, as a result, holds no power other than to impress—its power never makes it past the edge of the stage. But honest self-revelation, though an uncomfortable and sacrificial act, is also a contagious one. It’s amazing how often directors forget the centrality of this actor-audience dynamic, but the continual courage and honesty I see in LCA student-actors always brings it back loud and clear. When I chose The Legend of Sleepy Hollow as this year’s Middle School production, I was concerned whether the story contained enough big ideas, questions, or themes. But as I began to witness the students infuse their characters with their own imaginations, experiences, and senses of humor, I realized that even a story as silly as this one could be, in a real sense, revelatory. There is something uniquely inspiring about witnessing a team of middle school students do the opposite of hiding. In doing so onstage, they remind and inspire those of us offstage to go and do likewise. —Andy Macdonald, Arts Division Head “There is something uniquely inspiring about witnessing a team of middle school students do the opposite of hiding.” The Academy Lantern Spring 2010 | Page 6 Upper School Theatre “The show only works if the audience is willing to bear that weight of remembering.” LCA Upper School Theatre Presents The Fantasticks The original New York production of Schmidt and Jones’ The Fantasticks opened in 1960 and ran for 17,162 performances before finally closing in 2002, making it the world’s longest running musical. This past February, LCA’s dynamic Upper School actor-singers infused the songs and characters with such meaning that they left audience members with no choice but to “try to remember . . . and follow.” Director’s Notes Rather than a big, brassy up-tempo show starter, The Fantasticks begins with a lilting waltz called “Try to Remember.” And instead of dancing with toothy smiles, the cast quietly faces the audience and sings. It’s an unorthodox way to begin a musical, and it offered our cast a great challenge. Would this first song be a mere pleasantry, melodic and wistful but ultimately forgettable? Or would it turn the tables on the audience’s expectations and extend a compelling invitation to not just “sit back, relax, and enjoy the show,” but instead to “try to remember, and follow”? As with all acting, the only way to “sell” it is to truly mean it. There was no way to “perform” this song other than for each actor to simply look out into the audience with a genuine memory behind his or her eyes. Remembering can be a dangerous business, even the sweet memories. But the show only works if the audience is willing to bear that weight of remembering. And as always in theatre, to get the audience there, the actors must lead the way and go there first. This may all sound a little lofty for high school actors. Aren’t the kids just there to have fun? That’s what I love about working with LCA students; when given the opportunity to go for depth and impact rather than mere entertainment, they don’t balk. They understand that we need these stories. And we need these students to tell us these stories because they are younger and closer to certain truths; they haven’t had time to build all the walls that we’ve built to remain safe. Just as they need us to lead them into adulthood, we need them to lead us back to places we may have forgotten. —Andy Macdonald, Arts Division Head The Academy Lantern Spring 2010 | Page 7 Sports 2009 Fall Season Recap When our athletes took to the fields last goal! r celebrates another fall they did not just start a season—they Boys Varsity Socce ushered in an era with the team name Lions. With the new moniker and fresh look—a logo designed by Ryan Flynn ’00 —our teams were poised in every way for great seasons. Boys Soccer took home their second straight Eastern Independent League title, advancing all the way to the semi-finals of the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council Class D Tournament. The team finished with a record of 12-2- Tim Patrie ’10 was elected to Kallan Roys ’13 feeds Marley Lily Gantchev ’13, covered by the MA All-State Soccer Team. Vazquez ’11 for the shot in Corrie Vander Brug ’13, beats 7. Senior Tim Patrie, in addition to being Girls Varsity Soccer. her defender up the field. named 1st Team All-League in the EIL, was elected to the 2009 Massachusetts EIL 1st Team All-League Players All-State Soccer Team. As a striker, Tim Boys Soccer scored 12 goals and handed 14 assists on Senior Midfield Geoff Kishbaugh his way to leading the team in points. Senior Midfield Michael Oliver Senior Striker Tim Patrie Girls Soccer also had a successful season, Senior Defender Kjell Pu finishing 6-4-5 and taking fifth place in Girls Soccer the EIL. Varsity Golf (fourth place in Junior Striker Marley Vazquez the EIL), Boys and Girls Cross Country, Senior Defender Liza Davis and Field Hockey also provided exciting Golf moments throughout their seasons. Senior Matt Dattilo Senior Paul Mahoney Cat Grimm ’10 shows her school spirit! Luke Smith ’11 an Cross Country. d Eric Donovan ’13 advance fro m the pack in Varsi ty The Academy Lantern Spring 2010 | Page 8 Sports 2009–10 Winter Season Recap LCA’s winter season was another banner year for the Boys Wrestling team, as the squad achieved its fifth straight EIL Undefeated Championship, going 9-0 in League play. The team also won its fifth straight EIL Tour- nament Championship, placing a League record of seven weight-class champions! An LCA record of nine individuals qualified for the NEPSAC Wrestling Tournament, which was hosted by LCA in February (read more on page 15). Seniors Nathan Calandra, Paul Mahoney, and Josh Watts also qualified for the National Prep School Wrestling Tourna- ment, representing the highest number ever sent from LCA. Nathan was named the EIL Regular Season MVP, claiming 30 matches on his way to becoming LCA’s all-time leader in wrestling wins. On the court, Girls Basketball won 10 games to a berth in Pool B for the EIL Tournament. The team was led by seniors Esther Brown, Liza Davis, and Kaitlin Edin-Nelson. Kaitlin was named EIL 1st Team All-League. The season for Boys Basketball was highlighted by a come-from- behind win over Concord Academy in the Battle of Lexington and Concord. The win proved to be the deciding victory for LCA’s triumph in the Battle, allowing LCA to Josh Watts ’10 br ings his opponent retain possession of the Colonial Red Drum. to the floor for Varsi The Boys team was led by senior co-captains ty Wrestling. Carl Damas and Mike Oliver. 2010 Spring Season Update The spring seasons got a very wet start, with over 50% of the games being postponed or cancelled in the first two weeks of the competitive schedule. After the wet grounds took some time to dry out, though, our teams hit the fields hard! Currently, all four Varsity teams—Boys and Girls Lacrosse, Baseball, and Softball—are pursuing .500+ Emily Picardi ’11 gets into the lane for a shot. records. The JV Baseball team, along with the four Middle School teams, continue to EIL 1st Team All-League Players work hard on the fundamentals of the game Girls Basketball as well, building foundations for the future Senior Forward Kaitlin Edin-Nelson successes and joys of Lions Athletics. We’re Wrestling excited for how the seasons will finish up! Freshman 103 David Newell —Steve King, Athletic Director Sophomore 171 John Fanis Junior 152 Luke Smith Senior 125 Nathan Calandra Senior 130 Paul Mahoney Senior 160 Ben Watts Senior 189 Josh Watts Coach King instructs the team during the Battle of Lexington and Concord. The game and Battle were won by LCA. The Academy Lantern Spring 2010 | Page 9 Scene around Campus Three Seniors Named National Merit Finalists Head of School Mark Davis is proud to announce that the National Merit Board has recognized eight LCA seniors for their academic achievements—National Merit Finalists Amy Desmond, Rachel Durn- ing, and Roman Madaus; National Merit Commended Students Carl Damas, Katherine Haig, and Sylvia Wright; and National Achievement Award Winners Kaitlin Edin-Nelson and Stephanie Godlewski. “It is with a sense of gratitude and pride that we recognize our three outstanding seniors as National Merit Finalists,” Mark says. “I am personally proud of each of our National Merit awardees for their National Merit Finalists, seniors Roman Madaus, scholarly achievements, as well as for the manner in which they have honored God, their parents, Rachel Durning, and Amy Desmond. teachers, and peers during their tenure at LCA. Along with their teachers who have served as their guides along the way, I congratulate each of them for this significant honor.” Interim 2010 Spiritual Emphasis With 46 classes offered during Interim 2010, Dr. Tom Adams’ “Team-Based Video Game Week there was no end to the impact on the whole Development.” Senior Bible teacher Jeremy Every year the LCA community student—head, heart, and hands. Interim Director Alexander examined theology as it relates to the takes time out of a busy week Janet Newell praises the contributions of all who film industry, and history teacher David Jackson to deliberately focus on how expanded the world of students through academic, mixed his passion for baseball with his other God the Father, Son, and Holy enrichment, travel, and service opportunities. passion, American history, as he took students Spirit is moving in the lives of through a case study of baseball as a reflection of our students, faculty, and staff. She highlights guest faculty and LCA’s teachers, American society. This year’s Spiritual Emphasis noting Harvard Professor Jonathan Whetstine’s Week, February 22–25, kicked biology course on DNA and genetic research; According to Janet, “The program expands off with local youth worship Harvard Professors (and LCA parents) Tim student knowledge and builds connections band Outlier Praise (including Nelson and Kathryn Edin’s in-depth look into between what students learn in the classroom members Robyn Gonnerman history and political science with their course and the world in which they live. It is, in essence, ’11 and Caleb McKenney on world inequality; and MIT researcher a reflection of the creativity of our Creator; ’11) leading worship. (Melissa a microcosm of His diverse world in which Christmas ’96, is the youth everyone is unique and precious in His sight.” and band leader.) The band was followed by a message from LCA Interested in being a guest teacher for Interim 2011? alumnus Pastor Mo Christmas Email Interim Director Janet Newell at ’92, from International Family firstname.lastname@example.org. Church in North Reading. Interested in reading about how Interim impacted the Then, from Tuesday through life and future career considerations of Allie Parker ’12? Thursday, LCA hosted the Visit lca.edu/interim. New Haven, CT-based band Out of Hiding, featuring singer and speaker Justin Kendrick. “Team-Based Video Development.” Instructor: Dr. Tom Adams After leading worship each day, Justin and his band members spent time with students in classes and at lunch. “A Whirlwind Week of Opera.” Instructor: Mrs. Mary Bulger. “It’s in the Genes: From DNA to Cells to Organisms.” Outlier Praise Band from International Instructor: Dr. Johnathan Whetstine. Family Church in North Reading. The Academy Lantern Spring 2010 | Page 10 Scene around Campus LCA Presents Students and Culture: Cultivating Inquiry across the Curriculum Special Evening Program for Parents, Educators, and Youth Leaders May 6, 2010 Keynote: David Kinnaman, author of UnChristian: What a New Generation Really Thinks about Christianity . . . and Why It Matters, and President of the Barna Group “As Christians of all generations allow Christ to transform their hearts, minds, and actions, their Cultivating Inquiry across the Curriculum expressions of the Christian faith May 7, 2010 will change, resulting in an influence on society that we have not Keynote: Andy Crouch, author of Culture Making: Recovering Our Creative Calling experienced in decades.” Keynote: Ryan Glomsrud, Postdoctoral Fellow, History, Harvard University —David Kinnaman and Gabe Lyons Featuring: David Kinnaman, Dr. Martha MacCullough, and Rev. Dr. Gregg Meserole Natalie Cecere ’10: A Curious Mind and a Caring Heart “Many students are excited about animals in the Regional High School of Arts and Sciences, and eight classroom, but senior Natalie Cecere is the only years of advanced math classes every weekend during student who came in every day before school to check the school year. She’s also lent her leadership and ser- on the snake, feed it, and handle it,” marvels biology vice to the Campaign to Outlaw Dog Racing in MA; teacher Alan Kalf. “She is also the only student who to LCA’s school newspaper, The Beacon, as editor in has spent some 20 hours on her own to dissect a rat chief; and been a lifeguard. just because it was interesting!” Along with all these things, Natalie has another signifi- Natalie, who graduates this spring, is finishing up a cant passion: the adoption of children. “I was adopted yearlong independent study under the guidance of from China and so was my sister Amelia (though from science teachers Alan Kalf and Irene Campbell. Her different parts of China and adopted at different times). initiative and motivation prompted her to propose, and I was adopted in 1992, which I think only had around her teachers accept, her study of Comparative Dissec- 290 adoptions at the time,” Natalie shares. Since she tion. “What makes Natalie really stand out is her love came to the U.S., Natalie, along with her mother, has of learning,” says Alan. “Her interest seems born from been raising awareness about American adoption of a love of animals and strong powers of observation, Chinese orphans. She has traveled to China several combined with the patience it takes to absorb things, times, and three years ago she was one of 30 American notice patterns, and to find irregularities: ‘I noticed teenagers invited by China to Beijing to represent all these bumps on the skin, and I was wondering if that 50,000 Chinese orphans adopted by Americans. She was normal.’ Natalie wants to learn about animals and delivered the keynote speech at the opening ceremony she makes it a priority. She sets time aside for it.” before the minister of civil affairs and other dignitaries. Natalie Cecere '10 at her lab bench. Natalie’s curious mind and caring heart have led her “Throughout my school career, the effect of human to pursue a wide-range of opportunities on campus interaction and care on the environment was always and off. In Biology Lab at LCA, she rescued several present,” Natalie shares. “As I progressed throughout aquatic wildlife and studied and cared for them. She’s the years, the message became more apparent. If I can participated in the Design Camp Program at the play a part in making the world a better place, what University of Massachusetts (Lowell), the MIT Keys better way than to be involved and do what I can?” Program for girls on Saturdays as a middle schooler to promote leadership and interest in science and math, Natalie will be spending her three-week Senior Internship the Adventures in Medicine Program at Tufts School at the Museum of Science’s Live Animal Center with of Veterinary Medicine, workshops at the Minuteman fellow seniors Cat Grimm and Geoff Kishbaugh. The Academy Lantern Spring 2010 | Page 11 Teaching and Learning and Found LostLearning in LCA’s Middle School Teaching and Painting by Soo Ji Jung ’10 The student was in a mild panic. “Mr. Sharon? Um, I can’t find my homework. I know I did it, and I put it in my binder—I know I did. I think I did. May I please go to my locker?” It was eighth grade Bible class, and the assignment was to read and take notes on the Gospel of Luke, chapter 15. That a student would misplace her homework was not all that unusual (middle schoolers do these things now and again); what was unusual was that Luke 15 contains the cluster of three parables all having to do with losing things—a coin, a sheep, a son. As the young lady in question left for her locker, those of us still in the room, students and teacher alike, began to smell irony in the air the way you might sniff bacon cooking in the kitchen downstairs. The Academy Lantern Spring 2010 | Page 12 Teaching and Learning by John Sharon, Director of Middle School and Bible Teacher In a few minutes, the student came back crestfallen; clearly the homework was not in the locker. She walked into the middle of a discussion of these parables—these parallel stories—that Jesus was telling. Students were beginning to “unpack” them and see that each time the lost item was found, someone threw a party. One student noticed that the items became even more valuable once they were lost and found, and it was at that precise moment that the girl who had lost her homework (who wasn’t engaged in the discussion) let out a joyful shriek from her desk. “I found it! Here it is! It was in my Bible the whole time!” The parable of the lost homework became the focus of our discussion for the rest of class. I’ve thought a lot about that day in Bible class last fall, and it occurs to me that it was a microcosm of what we’re trying to do in LCA’s Middle School. Whether it’s through the curriculum, through our teaching, or through the exploration of Essential Questions, we want our students and teachers to lose themselves in what they’re doing so that they can find themselves anew. Curriculum The LCA Middle School curriculum is a rich one, full of depth and breadth. In Language Arts classes students read fiction selected to introduce them to a world that might be unfamiliar and to challenge them (through the power of stories) to solve problems in ways they couldn’t learn from a textbook. In Math they must tackle complexities and stretch their minds as they work their way through the stages of mathematical development. In Science they discover God’s wonders as revealed through creation and experimentation. In Foreign Language study and the Arts they come to understand the rich diversity and expressions of humanity in God’s kingdom. Through Athletics they build strength, skill, and sportsmanship that support their whole person. In Bible they delve into the mysteries of God as revealed in Scripture even as they come to realize that they will never know God as fully as He knows them. In other words, this is a curriculum designed to capture and enrich the imagination. But no curriculum, no matter how rich, can do its job unless it allows students to lose themselves in it. Otherwise, learning becomes drab and robotic. Teaching Much of good teaching is hard to describe and even harder to nurture, but it involves inordinate amounts of time for planning and forethought and trial and error. LCA’s Middle School teachers are masters of their craft because they know instinctively that any lesson plan worth its weight needs to connect with the students both where they are and where their teachers want to take them. Good teachers know this, and our Middle School teachers are among the best I’ve ever worked with. The lost and found metaphor works for teaching too, because good teachers always remember that it’s never about them. It’s always, always, always about the students they are trying to reach. Teachers have to lose themselves in the class, lose themselves to their students, and lose themselves to what they want their students to become. Once, a long time ago when I was having a challenging time reaching the students in my classroom, I had a supervisor hand me a copy of the school’s magazine. “Read the Class Notes,” she said, “and remember that these remarkable adults were middle schoolers once, too.” In effect, I was being told to lose myself to the future; it was a lesson I never forgot. “We want our students and teachers to lose themselves in what they’re doing so that they can find themselves anew.” The Academy Lantern Spring 2010 | Page 13 Teaching and Learning Essential Questions At LCA we organize our curriculum around what we call Essential Questions. These are, for lack of a better term, big ideas that we want our students to wrestle with. We don’t want to feed them pat answers, nor do we expect all of these questions to be answerable in neat, five-bullet form. Rather, the Essential Questions are what drive teacher and student to come beside one another to explore a given topic in-depth. In Bible class, for instance, we might explore why, in the Gospels, the Pharisees were both opposed and attracted to Jesus all at once, or why God chose Moses—a man initially filled with doubt in his own abilities and who might have had a speech disorder—to lead the Israelites out of Egypt. Or in Language Arts we might ask, “What makes a piece of writing good? What can we learn about ourselves when we read great literature?” These are questions that require students and teachers to leave the comfort of assumptions behind in order to delve deeply into nuance and shades of meaning. In short, to do this well means losing ourselves together in order to find our way to Truth. In this GPS-driven age, we often don’t like the idea of getting lost. It’s too scary, too fraught with danger or at least fear of the unknown. I know of someone who, with no navigation system or map of any sort, deliberately drives to an unfamiliar place just so that she can get lost. For her it’s a spiritual discipline. It heightens her senses, she says; it gives her a renewed awareness of her environment. It makes her more reliant on God. It makes her pay attention. That, in the end, is why we want our students and teachers to lose themselves in what they’re doing every day in LCA’s Middle School. It makes us more alive, more attentive, more attuned to the Teacher who guides us in everything we do. John Sharon serves as director of middle school, Bible teacher, chapel coordinator, and coach. He and his wife, Amy, are the parents of Emma ’15 and Walter, who will become a member of LCA’s Class of 2017 this fall. When John arrived at LCA in 2007, he brought with him nearly 20 years of teaching experience in English, history, and Bible, and a passion for diversity issues facing independent schools. He has served on the faculty of the National Association of Independent Schools’ Summer Diversity Institute, and was a co-founder of the Commission on Diversity in Independent Schools. John is also a singer, songwriter, and harmonica player who has performed with various artists and recorded with a New England folk group called the Heaths. Leading and Serving beyond LCA’s Middle School Back in January, when the devastating earthquake struck Haiti, Director of Middle School John Sharon challenged LCA’s Middle School students to take the lead in organizing relief efforts on behalf of the Academy. After many brainstorming sessions with Middle School student leaders (some that included Upper School prefects as well), the students decided to host a co-ed basketball game with Upper School students squaring off against faculty and staff. They also designed special T-shirts to sell with “Blue Crew” written in Creole: Blé Ekip. Then, Jim Bowdring, a sixth-grade parent who works in the printing business, designed and donated special “LCA/Hope for Haiti” wristbands for the students to sell. The basketball game was a rousing success—the gym was packed, the game was close (faculty and staff won by three points), and the money raised from ticket sales, T-shirts, and wristbands totaled nearly $1,200. Everyone had a great time raising money for a terrific cause. The money will be donated to Haiti through World Vision International. See lca.edu for fundraiser pictures. The Academy Lantern Spring 2010 | Page 14 Scene around Campus LCA Hosts NEPSAC Wrestling Tournament The Blue & White On February 19 and 20, LCA hosted the 2010 NEPSAC (New England Preparatory School Athletic Council) Wrestling Tournament. The Tournament, well regarded as the premier wrestling Goes Green event in New England, brought together 245 wrestlers and 100 coaches representing 46 schools. Visit lca.edu for more news and stories on these highlights and “An event of this magnitude does not go well unless you have enthusiastic people stepping up to help,” more . . . says Athletic Director Steve King. “This was not a wrestling event, or an athletic event, it was an Academy • Art Teacher Chip Vander Brug event that needed support from all parts of our community—from students, to faculty and staff, to wins Best of Show award for parents. Enough cannot be said for the volunteers. LCA is a special place because, amongst many factors, the Calvin College Alumni it is a community that demonstrates tremendous hospitality and a welcoming spirit.” Ceramic Competition With an estimated 1,200 people traveling through LCA during the weekend, one should not be • David DeLuca ’11 and Paul surprised that the Dining Room planning was crucial to the experiences, and stomachs, of all Park ’10 are invited to the those in attendance. LCA’s guests gave rave reviews on the menu offerings, prepared by LCA All-State Festival Chorus parents under the direction of Chef Susan Watts, wife of history teacher Dr. David Watts, and • Advanced Senior Research mother of senior wrestlers Josh and Ben and sophmore Rachel. student presentations May 26 Out on the mats, LCA’s team won its 5th-straight Eastern Independent League Championship, • Service-bound: Garrett Dean going undefeated once again in League play. (See page 9.) Steve says, “Our wrestlers are trained ’10 earns Congressional at a high level and compete as such. Our coaches are, in large part, to thank for that. They also Nomination for Air Force; his contributed greatly to the operation of the NEPSAC Tournament. Coach Getchell and his crew mother, Lacey, is enlisting in did an outstanding job keeping things running smoothly at the head table.” the Army Steve, who is finishing his second year as athletic director at LCA, says, “I was amazed by the spirit • Luca Politi ’11 is admitted of our community in hosting and participating in this event. I knew that LCA was a special place into the All-Academic to be, truly as an extraordinary light in the New England region, but I am even more certain now American Fencing Team, and that our community is unlike any other in our country.” is a top student of Advanced Italian Language/Culture at Harvard University • Fencer Tim Hanley ’15 quali- fies for the Junior Olympics In an effort to better steward our financial and environmental resources as we keep you informed, we’re attempting to find the balance between printing news and posting news. We welcome your suggestions on what you’d like to see in the Academy Lantern and on our website. Please email our editor, Theresa Morin, at email@example.com. We look forward to hearing from you! Members of the LCA Community Support the Local Efforts of Rotary International This winter, Director of Alumni Relations Adrianne Cook was inducted into the Lexington Rotary Club, one of more-than 33,000 Rota- ry clubs across the globe. Adrianne, as LCA’s representative, meets weekly with other local professionals dedicated to service, high ethical standards, and international fellowship and cooperation. Adrianne notes, “One amazing benefit of being a member of Rotary is helping to bring Interact, Rotary’s service club for secondary schools, to our campus. Interact Clubs foster leadership and responsible citizenship, while also providing a wide variety of opportunities for our students.” Joining Adrianne at one Rotarian lunch meeting this winter was Sam Doran ’12, who was the featured speaker for the annual joint meeting of the Lexington Rotary Club and the Lexington Lions Club. According to the Colonial Times, Sam’s “well-researched presentation on the Town of Lexington from 1881 to 1893 detailed the major events that helped to transform Lexington during that significant period of growth” in America’s history. A resident of Lexington, Sam received an award from Doug Holmes, president of the Rotary Club, for his work as an unofficial archivist for the Lexington Historical Society and as a protégé of historian S. Lawrence Whipple. Thankfully for Lexington Christian Academy, Sam also has an interest in our school’s history. You can follow Sam’s blog, The Lantern Chronicles, at lca.edu. The Academy Lantern Spring 2010 | Page 15 Alumni on Campus LCA Kicks off 2LT Frank E. Wheatley ’04 Returns to Campus New Year with for Alumni Day Alumni Day Athletes and alumni were in high gear on January 9, as alumni, faculty, staff, and parents enjoyed this year’s Alumni Day festivities. “To have alumni return to campus who haven’t been back in quite some time is always a thrill. You can see Sporting his new LCA T-shirt is Frank with friend Ryan Patrie 03. on their faces all their LCA memories come back to them Frank observes that there are three types of runners as we walk through the halls. Frank Wheatly ’04 receives T-shirt from Athletic Director Steve King. who show up to the races: good runners, bad run- Today’s event was such a won- ners, and non-runners. “The good runners are ex- derful time to reconnect and “I have an unreasonable passion for free T-shirts,” perienced. They pace themselves, and they are not remember how important the reveals Frank Wheatley ’04, with good humor. “For- intimidated by those around them. They usually relationships made here truly tunately I am deployed to Iraq, where opportunities leave with free T-shirts,” Frank shares. “Bad runners are,” says Director of Alumni exist for soldiers who are willing to endure running are the most prevalent at races. They do not consis- Relations Adrianne Cook. various distances to be rewarded with a free T-shirt!” tently pace themselves, and start too quickly out of For more information about a foolish desire to pass everyone at the start of the Alumni Day, visit lca.edu. A There are typically two to three races each month race. Non-runners are the most admirable. They photo album of pictures from on Victory Base Complex, the largest Forward are not influenced by faster people passing them, the day has been uploaded Operating Base in Baghdad. Race distances range they run with a sense of purpose, and they value the to the Lexington Christian from 5K to full marathons. Frank says, “I enjoy event and the cause more than anything else. These Academy Facebook page. races for many reasons, but the most important is three types of runners are obvious at races. I know Become a fan of LCA the break they provide from the routine of physical these truths because I am a bad runner. . . .” on Facebook! training. While many people do not enjoy running, the idea of running with hundreds of other people Visit lca.edu for the rest of Frank Wheatley’s and a prize to strive for, changes a standard run into entertaining and insightful story of some of life on an exciting community event.” base in Baghdad. Fantasticks Alumni On Saturday, February 6, an alumni reception was held before that evening’s performance of The Fantasticks. It was nine years ago that LCA performed the same musical, under the direction of Rhonda Lajoie Hawthorne, and alumni from the cast and crew were invited to return to campus and relive the fun from their year. Alumni from 1956 through Molly Joseph ’02 and Cat Grimm ’10—both Jon Howland ’01 and Jessica Kanach ’00 various years up to 2009 also came out that night and stage managers for LCA’s productions of The reconnect at the reception. enjoyed catching up and a great performance. Fantasticks. Academy Fund Cabinet Special thanks to our Academy Fund Cabinet members who have helped us raise over $400,000 to date toward our goal of $575,000 for this year’s Academy Fund. Pictured from left to right, Steven Gilchrist ’02, Laura Donovan, Michael Stevens ’87, Elsie Petrocelli, Richard Schuhmacher ’60, Debra Sawchuk, Beth Somers Stutzman, and E. Mary White. Missing from the photo, Daniel Erickson ’92, Betty (Joy ’50) Fagerstrom, Thomas Leavitt ’81, Cindy (Colby ’72) Miller, and Jillian Woods ’02. The Academy Lantern Spring 2010 | Page 16 Alumni on Campus Founders’ Week Events To honor our treasured history, Founders’ Week was established during the month of April this year. Events held during the week of April 19 included a Senior Class Luncheon and a Spring Tea. Director of Development Shelley Reese Cornish shares the importance of honoring our past, saying, “Celebrating Founders’ Week gives us an opportunity to reflect on the rich and vibrant history of Christian High School and Lexington Christian Academy; to praise God for all the blessings He has bestowed Alumni and friends gather for the first Founders’ Week Spring Tea. Phyllis Martin and Edith (Luke ’56) Johansen on our community; to thank those who have look over photos from the past. given abundantly of their time and resources to make LCA the remarkable place it is today; and to help our current students and families know they are part of a legacy that has been transforming lives since 1946.” Officially welcoming the graduating seniors into the Alumni Association has become a rite of passage. Including the Senior Class Luncheon in the Founders’ Week festivities made it even more meaningful as members of the Class of Three of LCA’s first ladies—Phyllis Martin, Grace Strodel, and Rose Ron Sanderson ’60 shares another terrific 2010 were honored on Tuesday and alumni Davis. tale from his CHS history with Director of from our earliest graduating classes were on Development Shelley Reese Cornish. campus Friday for the Spring Tea. education and I am privileged, as you are, to Hosted by Rose Davis, wife of Head of School continue in its support with my time, treasures, Mark Davis and mother of senior Liza Davis, and talents. For what we do today shapes our the Tea included local alumni from the Classes tomorrow, and I see nothing more important of 1950–1962, who were invited to spend an than teaching, through relationships as Jesus afternoon with special guests Grace Strodel and did, that we are made in His image and here to Phyllis Martin. glorify and enjoy Him forever!” Rose shared with our alumni, “In a few weeks To read Rose Davis’s remarks in full, visit our daughter will join you as an alumna of LCA. lca.edu/alumni. I am forever grateful for my children’s Christian 2009 Distinguished Alumni Awards The LCA community is grateful for the count- less ways our 2009 Distinguished Alumni have contributed to our Academy, to the greater Susan M. Mullen ’85, Service to Community, community, and to the careers and services of with her family. our world. Congratulations to Alumni Fund Cabinet Member Richard W. Schuhmacher ’60, for his Service to Alma Mater; NICU Nurse Susan M. Mullen ’85, for her Service to Community; and Scientist and Attorney Sharon M. Walker ’84, for her Service to Profession. To read the complete profiles of our From left: Bill and Rebecca (Schuhmacher ’89) Noke; Jill (LCA’s Executive Assistant) and Richard Schuhmacher ’60, Distinguished Alumni, visit lca.edu/alumni. Service to Alma Mater; Kendra (Schuhmacher) Bradley; Isaac Schuhmacher; Jeffrey Schuhmacher ’93; Amy Richardson; and Lisa Schuhmacher ’84. Dr. Sharon M. Walker ’84, Service to Profession, with her husband, Eric Schuhmacher. The Academy Lantern Spring 2010 | Page 17 Scene around Campus Seniors Perform 10th Anniversary Evening Music for the Seasons Middle and Upper School students performed their much- at the Globe anticipated annual concerts this year: The Christmas by Karen Elliott, English Faculty Concert on the evening of December 18 at St. Brigid Parish For the last 10 years just before in Lexington, and the Spring Concert on April 13 at the Thanksgiving Break, seniors get the National Heritage Museum in Lexington. Under the direction assignment that now feels like a rite of music teachers Ben Hawkins, instrumental director, and of passage here at LCA—“Evening Dan Schmunk, choral director, students performed a global at the Globe.” From that point repertoire for a delighted and proud audience. they begin forming groups and working on scenes from Shake- In addition to the two annual concerts, Ben notes that during speare to perform on a night during the Christmas season, “the students were given another the second week of January. opportunity to showcase their hard work. Upper School I love helping the seniors get up ensembles performed a community outreach concert at on stage and recite Shakespeare, Countryside Bible Chapel earlier that week.” something most of them have never done. Something happens Ben is particularly proud of his Middle School performers to all of them, and to me, when this year: “Always a highlight from my perspective is the the lights go up and they walk Beginning Band students. All of us who have played an onto the stage. Suddenly they instrument know what a challenge it is during those first step into a character who they few months. And on that night they did a great job of never thought they’d understand showcasing their hard work. This class of five has really done and they speak in (what feels like for so many of them) a an exceptional job of laying down a good foundation for their different language beautifully future growth as Instrumental musicians,” he says. and eloquently. So much of this is attributed to my best friend For the Spring Concert, the Middle School Beginning Band and former LCA English teacher and Middle School Chorus took their audience from the Elizabeth Eckert Coburn, who “March of the Brigadier Guards” to the Caribbean folk song took me to lunch one winter day “Four White Horses,” respectively. Representing the range back in 2000 and shared the idea of the Upper School repertoire, the Chamber Strings offered with me. The rest is LCA history. Beethoven’s “Sextet, Op. 18,” the Wind Ensemble, “Ye Banks Our students feel safe to try new and Braes o’ Bonnie Doon,” the Chamber singers, “Be Thou things and can “go for it” on My Vision,” and Chorale, “Zum Sanctus.” stage. They learn to take risks, to work in groups for an extended Music brings us to worship and to wonder, and we’re grateful for all the ways our students inspired period of time, to take charge of us through the seasons this year. an assignment and make it their own, and, as a result, they bond as a class more than ever before. I look forward to many more “Evenings at the Globe”! Chorale and Chamber Singers Release CD Members of Chorale and Chamber Singers gathered for a marathon session on Saturday, April 10, to professionally record their diverse repertoire of inspirational music. The result? A mid-May release of Praise His Holy Name! Visit lca.edu for more details and information about purchasing a CD. LCA Chorale and Chamber Singers The Academy Lantern Spring 2010 | Page 18 Class Notes & Reunions Greetings from the Webb, Gordon Fagerstrom, and me. Evie, is our refuge in every storm. But Don does Gordon’s wife, wasn’t feeling well, so had she say that growing old is not for sissies! We will Alumni been there, she would have made it seven.” celebrate 52 years of marriage this coming Office! June and we hope to take an extended trip in Carol (Mathisen) Fitzgerald Simpson sent a June after our second granddaughter graduates Happy Spring! We hope you enjoy lovely Christmas letter to the Alumni Office from high school in Wisconsin. We will head to reading what some of your classmates with wonderful photos of the many family are up to. If we haven’t heard from you West Virginia and then proceed north to New gatherings she and her loved ones had over in a while, please let us know what is England, where we hope to see many of you.” 2009. There were weddings, a Fitzgerald happening in your life. family reunion, and a Simpson family party to We love to hear when classmates get celebrate Carol’s husband, Frank’s, birthday. 1960 together. Next time this happens for Reunion Reminder: Class of 1960 you, please take a photo and send it Your milestone Reunion is this year! Your to me (firstname.lastname@example.org) with 1951 classmate Richard (Dick) Schuhmacher a note. We’ll include it in the next Chuck and Pearl (Luke) Hershelman let Academy Lantern. is beginning to plan this great event for the Alumni Office know that they moved to Homecoming Weekend. Please email Dick at In addition to this bi-annual magazine Sebring, FL, just after Christmas. According and our website (lca.edu), we now email email@example.com or the Alumni Office to their plans, they were to arrive at their new “Alumni eNotifies” approximately every at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the Alumni home on Chuck’s birthday! five weeks. If you haven’t been receiving Office at 781.862.7850 x129, to make sure we them, please send me your email address have your current contact information. so I can add you to our mailing list. The 1953 Alumni eNotifies are an easy way to find Brown University Don and Mary Ricker wrote in their out about upcoming alumni events, as Professor of Neurosur- Christmas letter, “This year has again well as what is happening here on campus gery Conrad Johanson that might be of interest to you. been one filled with many blessings. writes, “This past Don has been busy with his garden, yard We’re all looking forward to hearing January, I was a visiting work, committee meetings at church, from you! scientist to Austral being Grandpa, and celebrating his 75th Adrianne Cook University in Valdivia, Chile. During the time birthday. Mary has enjoyed baking, canning, Director of Alumni Relations there, the activities included giving lectures freezing, sewing, knitting, and being to the students and faculty, and meeting with Grandma. We have both enjoyed singing neuroscience staff to discuss their research in the choir, Sunday school, trips with 1950 our church S.A.L.T. (Senior Adults Living projects. My wife, Nancy, accompanied me Reunion Reminder: Class of 1950 on the trip to South America which included Triumphantly) group, and having all our Your milestone Reunion is this year! Plans some touring of Valpariso and Santiago. This grandkids in the States this past year.” are underway to have your 60th Reunion past fall it was my good fortune to present our over LCA’s Commencement weekend, scientific work at the International Neuro- June 11–13. Details will be sent out 1955 chemistry Meeting in Busan, South Korea.” soon—please make sure we have your Reunion Reminder: Class of 1955 The goal of Conrad’s biomedical research is current contact information by updating the Your milestone Reunion is this year! Jean to “alleviate suffering from high intracranial Alumni Office at 781.862.7850 x129, or email Copeland Tabor has one in the works for pressure, find new therapeutic agents to treat Adrianne Cook at email@example.com. this summer. Please contact the Alumni brain fluid imbalances, and to devise strategies Office at 781.862.7850 x129, or email to minimize neural stem cell loss in the brain Betty (Joy) Fagerstrom keeps in close touch firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. (so that we can maintain cognition longer in with the Alumni Office. At the end of the life).” Conrad appreciates the connections he summer she wrote, “Thought you might has—and discovers—with his fellow CHS/ be interested in this. The Conference (at 1956 LCA alumni. He recently found out that one Rumney) is officially over for the summer but Pat (Smith) Cole writes, of the published reviewers he had cited in an we had a small singspiration on our porch “Life continues to be full article for a research journal is an LCA gradu- last Sunday night. Of the 17 who came, and eventful even though ate from the 1980s. He says, “Small world, six were CHS alumni. What do you think we’ve been retired for five isn’t it, with a lot of wonderful surprises. God of that? Marilyn Nickerson Buck, Lillian years. Health problems is good, with His manifold blessings.” Hustins Migliorini, Janet Fagerstrom, Fred do not deter us as God The Academy Lantern Spring 2010 | Page 19 Class Notes & Reunions Class of 1959 Celebrates 50th Reunion The Class of 1959 celebrated their 50th Reunion at 1962 the home of Richard and Jo-Ann (Fullerton) Jensen Always working to keep his classmates connected, on Cape Cod. There were 13 of the 33 classmates in Joe Fitzgerald sent in a terrific article on his attendance with their spouses. Surprise guests were Sue (Peterson ’61) Roney, Alumni Director Adrianne classmate Bradley Clarke. Joe wrote, “The Bradley Clarke that emerged in this piece is the Cook, and their very special teacher whom they all love dearly, Grace Strodel. same one I remember from 20 Garden Street in After a two-hour Hy-Line cruise through the Cape Cod Canal, the Class shared a delicious meal at the Cambridge. I felt both pride and nostalgia as I Beachmoor Restaurant, right on the Bay. The evening closed with dessert at the Jensens. “There was read of the high regard in which you are held.” so much fun and love exhibited among us all that we can’t wait for our 55th Reunion! Mrs. Strodel has The Boston Globe article is entitled “Transit already been invited!” reports Reunion Representative Jo-Ann (Fullerton) Jensen. Archeology,” dated Saturday, December 26, Classmates in attendance were Marilyn (Nickerson) Buck, Bob Gardner, Joanne (Powell) Haller, 2009, and tells the amazing story of Boston’s Reverend Jim Harding, Lois (Nelson) Hubley, Reverend Paul Hubley, Evelena (Cummings) John- abandoned subway network. Bradley is the president of the Boston Street Railway son, Reverend Bill McNeilly, Carl Schauffle, George St. Cyr, Joan Welsh, Don Werenko, and Helen Association and assisted in a tour of this (Espenhaim) Williams. Phone calls were made to David Danforth, Paul Findley, and Eric Lidh. network which casts light on how our current T system was developed. Noah Bierman, the article’s author, states that Bradley “probably 1970 1980 knows as much about the Massachusetts Bay Reunion Reminder: Class of 1970 Reunion Reminder: Class of 1980 Transportation Authority’s past as anyone.” Your milestone Reunion is this year! If you’d Your milestone Reunion is this year! If you’d like to help coordinate a planning committee like to help coordinate a planning committee Classmate Dr. Frank Raymond emailed, for your class, please contact the Alumni for your class, please contact the Alumni “Thanks for keeping our family on the Office at 781.862.7850 x129, or email Office at 781.862.7850 x129, or email alumni listing for up-to-date news and Adrianne Cook at email@example.com. Adrianne Cook at firstname.lastname@example.org. progress. I do wish we lived closer, but the Lord has placed us in great pastures in Ohio. We are planning on attending our 50th 1975 1981 Reunion in 2012. Hello to all my classmates Reunion Reminder: Class of 1975 After noticing her name on the “Miss- and I hope to see you soon!” Your milestone Reunion is this year! Classmate ing Alumni” list on LCA’s website, Lisa David McCowan is in the process of starting (Duecker) Gallington contacted the Alumni to plan it for Homecoming Weekend. Please Office. She shares, “My husband, Carl, and 1965 contact the Alumni Office at 781.862.7850 I have been married 26 years. We have two Reunion Reminder: Class of 1965 x129, or email Adrianne Cook at adrianne. grown children, Lorissa and Jonathan, and Your milestone Reunion is this year! If you’d email@example.com to make sure we have your two grandchildren, Sirius and Airianna. I like to help coordinate a planning committee current email and mailing address. work for Procter & Gamble and recently au- for your class, please contact the Alumni thored a book entitled Friendship’s Promised Office at 781.862.7850 x129, or email Land. I serve as an area representative for Adrianne Cook at firstname.lastname@example.org. 1979 the Ohio Valley District Alliance Women After a successful career as a landscape architect, Ministries for the Christian & Missionary Lt. Col. Scott Anderson joined the U.S. Army 1968 following the events of 9/11. He received his Alliance church.” Dan Kiser, the Massachusetts Basketball training at Fort Knox in Kentucky and was Coaches Association Chairperson, contacted the Alumni Office to let us know that Paul then transferred to Fort Sheldon in Mississippi. 1982 Through hard work and his heartfelt The Boston Globe reports that Kevin Rouse has been named the MBCA Division III commitment to his country, he rose to the rank Sowyrda will be managing media relations North Coach of the Year. The Hall of Fame of major in the U.S. Army. for Christy Mihos’ campaign for governor of Banquet was held on November 22, 2009, at Massachusetts. Kevin has been a press aide The Hogan Center at The College of the Holy In 2009, Scott was promoted to Lt. Colonel for the Weld administration and former Bay Cross in Worcester. Paul has been a head at a ceremony held at Fort Sheldon with his Windows columnist. basketball coach for 34 years and earned this daughter and parents in attendance. Scott award in his first year of coaching in Weston. believes the education he received while at LCA Congratulations, Paul! greatly contributed to his accomplishments. The Academy Lantern Spring 2010 | Page 20 Class Notes & Reunions 1985 1995 Reunion Reminder: Class of 1985 Reunion Reminder: Class of 1995 At Christmastime 2009, four classmates from Your milestone Reunion is this year! If you’d Your milestone Reunion is this year! If you’d the Class of 1999 got together for bowling like to help coordinate a planning committee like to help coordinate a planning committee and dinner. Pictured left to right; Julie Steele, for your class, please contact the Alumni for your class, please contact the Alumni Joshua Gabrielse, Keith McClymonds, and Office at 781.862.7850 x129, or email Office at 781.862.7850 x129, or email Matt Scerra. Adrianne Cook at email@example.com. Adrianne Cook at firstname.lastname@example.org. 1989 is currently training for her second Ironman 1998 Kristina Hughes’ company, Holdon Log, The triathlon in Lake Placid, NY. Emmett Doreau was born to Phil and Standard in Performer Organizational Tools, Heidi Doreau on October 4, 2009. celebrates the one-year launch of Performer- Robert Huegel sends in a brief update that Emmett was 8 pounds, 3 ounces, and the Track webware. Kristina notes, “It’s amazing back in November of 2008 he was hurt in a first grandchild for Trustee Mike Doreau that we have now been assisting the global roofing fall and has been disabled since. “I and his wife, Kathleen. performing community with running their busi- am looking at a few more surgeries, but, the nesses as a business for almost 10 years. Whether Lord willing, I’ll be mostly healed and walking somewhat normally sometime in the spring of 1999 performers are at home, on tour, running around Christina Galanes on their iPhone, Gphones, Blackberries, etc. for next year.” Please keep Robert in your prayers. married Jake Van daily appointments, they now have had their Riper on August info at their fingertips for the past year with 1993 15, 2009, in an PerformerTrack so they can be centered, han- Stacey (Hallman) outdoor ceremony in dling auditions and networking events with ease, Blaisdell received a Kimberton, PA. LCA turning contacts into connections, embellishing graduate certificate alumni in attendance were Stefanie (Chin) on what’s working and eliminating what is not in Applied Behavior Lau ’98 and Sarah (Halsey) Chatigny ’00. to ultimately leverage this information to move Analysis (ABA) from their career forward. We’re eliminating the strug- UMass Boston in July gling actor mentality one performer at a time.” 2009. In November 2009, Stacey passed the 2000 Reunion Reminder: Class of 2000 Reunion Reminder: Class of 1990 board exam to become a Board Certified Your milestone Reunion is this year! If you’d Your milestone Reunion is this year! Classmates Behavior Analyst. Stacey works as a behavior like to help coordinate a planning committee Faye Hancock (email@example.com) and Jane specialist at the Northshore Education for your class, please contact the Alumni Hagopian Duprey (firstname.lastname@example.org) are Consortium in Beverly, MA. She assists Office at 781.862.7850 x129, or email in the process of starting to plan it. Check children with autism and intensive special Adrianne Cook at email@example.com. out the LCA Class of 1990 Facebook needs, helping to build behavior supports page. Please contact the Alumni Office within the classroom environment. She lives Janet Creech sent at 781.862.7850 x129, or email Adrianne in Salem, with her husband, Marc, and their us this update, “I Cook at firstname.lastname@example.org to make children Noah (5) and Chloe (3). graduated with my sure we have your current email and master’s in speech- According to Stacey, “My inspiration to pursue mailing address. language pathology behavior analysis came from my son, Noah. from Worcester State Noah was diagnosed with an autism spectrum College in December 2008. I’m now 1991 disorder at age three. Through intensive working for an early intervention agency Keri (Claiborne) Boyle applied behavior analysis therapy and by the in Woburn. I provide speech therapy to writes to announce grace of God, Noah has made tremendous children under age three in their homes and the birth of her third gains and is truly a success story. He will be am enjoying the challenge. Included is a (“and final!”) baby. entering kindergarten in the fall, and will be picture from my graduation.” Nolan Andrew Boyle able to be educated in a typical class in public was born on February 24, 2009. He joins big school. Knowing what ABA therapy can do for sisters Riley (6) and Kayleigh (4). Keri and kids with autism, I wanted to learn as much her husband, Andrew, live in Wellesley, MA. as possible, and be able to help other kids gain Keri is a triathlon and running coach, and the skills they need to be successful in life.” The Academy Lantern Spring 2010 | Page 21 Class Notes & Reunions 2001 Adrian Wright emailed Class of 2003 the Alumni Office Gathers for the Holidays with this news: “A On Saturday, December 26, 2009, most people quick update from our were resting after a busy holiday. Not so for neck of the woods! some of the members of the Class of 2003 My wife, Cassandra, as they got together at Kinsale, a restaurant and I are thankful in Boston. “The Reunion was a blast! The for God’s generous venue was great and we had a good turnout. Back row: Austin Klipp, Laura Laver, Lauren gift to us—our first Obviously we would have liked more, but it Clark, Ryan Patrie, Nate Macchia, Dave Reid, and child, Sukey Maureen. was still great seeing everyone who did come. Shant Broukian. Middle row: Christina Kammel, She was born July 31. I’ve included a few We had about 16 people from our Class attend. Helen Vetrano, Jenn Chuli, Luke Anderson, pictures from her first couple of days. and Tegan Cody. Front row: Elena (Lombard) The picture shows almost everyone there,” Woychowski, David Showalter, and Jenna Byrnes. “A bit about the rest of our lives—we are Reunion Representative Jenna Byrnes shares. currently living near Pittsburgh. Cassandra and I met at Geneva College and we’ve Steve says, “I have worked as a seasonal 2003 been married for four years. Cassandra runs park ranger with the MA Department of After graduating from a small business out of our home and I’m Conservation and Recreation since April 2007. Liberty University and in- working as a software developer for a medical I mainly work at the Charles River Esplanade terning for a public policy robotics firm. I also take evening classes in Boston. Last year, I took over writing the firm in Washington, D.C., toward a master’s degree in information weekly staff newsletter for the north region Ryan Patrie has come technology at Carnegie Mellon University. rangers in the Division of Urban Parks. At the back to LCA to work in We are active in our local church, and my end of the season in November, I compiled a the Admissions Office. In addition to his vital role brother, Brian (Wright ’06), lives nearby 55-page booklet that was an overview of the in Admissions, Ryan is also the LCA Girls Varsity while he attends Geneva College. summer season for the seasonal rangers. Each Soccer coach and Boys Varsity Lacrosse coach. year that I have worked at the DCR I have After a successful and enjoyable first season as the “We look forward with anticipation to my written an essay about a different topic related Girls Soccer coach, Ryan says, “I am glad to be sister Sylvia’s (Wright ’10) graduation from to parks and recreation. My most recent essay back in the awesome community that is LCA and LCA this year. My time at LCA was a blessed was about two parks in the Boston area—JFK be a part of the athletic program that was greatly one—the friendships that I made there will Park in Cambridge and MacDonald Park in responsible for my valuable high school experience. last for many years, and I learned much Medford. I was selected as the 2009 DCR As an LCA Lacrosse alumnus I am excited to be about our great and holy God.” Ranger of the Year for the Division of Urban back coaching the program that brought me my Parks and Recreation. Outside of work I first experience with the great sport of lacrosse.” 2002 started a blog last year where I write about social issues, history, and current events. Here Announcing their is the link: http://articlesbystevengilchrist. engagement is Carolyn blogspot.com/.” Welch and Erich Fournier! After her Abbie (Prescott) graduation from LCA, Wrights married Chris Carolyn attended Wrights on June 6, Gordon College and received her bachelor’s Steve Gilchrist was one of our alumni who 2009 in Lewisville, degree in English in 2007. She is finishing her visited campus for Alumni Day in early NC. “We now reside in master’s degree in education, also at Gordon. January. Following his visit, he writes, “My Clemmons, NC. Chris Her goal is to start teaching middle school girlfriend, Serena, and I had a great time owns Wrights Nursery and Landscaping English this year. Erich attended UConn and at the LCA Alumni Basketball Game last and I work as a Research Coordinator in the graduated with a mechanical engineering weekend. It was a lot of fun to be back and Health and Exercise Science Department at degree. He currently works as a development talk with former classmates and teachers Wake Forest University. Monica Wallace engineer for Thermo Fisher Scientific in and meet new alumni.” played the piano for the ceremony and my Hudson, NH. Carolyn writes, “We plan father, Rev. Dr. Glenn Prescott (former to marry late spring 2010. We have fond LCA faculty member) officiated.” memories of our time at LCA.” The Academy Lantern Spring 2010 | Page 22 Class Notes & Reunions 2004 graduate and start working in the engineering The photo included is of Sam with Cameron. Reunion Reminder: Class of 2004 consulting industry. I must say that being able Sam writes, “Over spring break of 2009 I Your milestone Reunion is this year! Plans to work at an engineering consulting firm for went to Ave Maria, Florida, and helped install are in process, so please make sure the my Senior Internship at LCA has opened a lot Marshall and Ogletree’s ‘Opus 5’ organ in Alumni Office has your email address. Email more employment opportunities than I ever the oratory of Ave Maria University. At some Adrianne Cook at email@example.com. thought when I was a high school senior!” point during this year I will be doing a recital at Tremont Temple in Boston. I continue to Jacob Russell visited serve as the organist for the Washington Street campus with his beauti- 2006 Baptist Church in Lynn as I have been since ful daughter, Julia. He There’s engagement news for Roberta Giardi my freshman year at LCA. ” couldn’t stay long as he and Dave Sulouff! The couple shares, “Dave was flying back out to proposed at the end of May and we’ll be San Diego, CA, where married in Massachusetts next June, after 2009 he is currently serving in the Navy. Roberta graduates from William and Mary. To update everyone—Dave’s completing his Violet Wright was second year in a four-year industrial plumbing married to Kyle Finley apprenticeship in Norfolk, VA. He’s doing (LCA’s assistant boys really well and loving his work. Roberta is a varsity basketball senior at the College of William and Mary It was wonderful to see the many LCA coach) on June 20, and will be applying to law school this fall.” graduates who returned to campus over 2009, in Winchester, In October 2008, Christmas break. Pictured here are MA. Violet’s sister, Sylvia ’10, was her maid Sam Nelson played in members of the Class of 2009 with Mrs. of honor, and her brothers, Adrian ’01 and a master class taught Kate Caley, director of college advising. Brian ’06, were ushers. Other LCA alumni in attendance were Michele Calandra, Stephanie by the Grammy- Kon, Matt Steele, and Peta-Gaye Stewart. nominated organist Follow us on Twitter. Cameron Carpenter. Become a fan of LCA on Facebook! 2005 Reunion Reminder: Class of 2005 Your milestone Reunion is this year! If you’d Welcome Back to Campus, like to help coordinate a planning committee Class of 2009 for your class, please contact the Alumni The Alumni and College Advising Offices hosted Office at 781.862.7850 x129, or email this year’s “Welcome Back for the Holidays, Class Adrianne Cook at firstname.lastname@example.org. of 2009” Reunion on Friday, December 18. Many This past May, Elizabeth DiRusso graduated classmates were already back for their Christmas magna cum laude with a bachelor’s of art break so there was a terrific turnout. After a degree in writing, literature, and publishing delicious lunch and a time for reconnecting, LCA’s from Emerson College. Elizabeth says, youngest alumni met with current juniors and “Fellow 2005 classmate Mike Kennedy also seniors to talk about their first semester. They represent a wide variety of colleges from around the graduated with me. I’m now working at country. Some general questions were offered by our alumni director, such as, “What has been Barefoot Books in Cambridge, MA—a small the best part of your semester so far?” The students all agreed that they were very well prepared children’s book publishing company.” for college-level writing! Another question was “What advice would you give to our juniors as they anticipate the college search process?” Students were given a chance to ask questions more specific to Jennifer Himottu shares, “As a Class Note individual college choices. (or life update!), I recently graduated from Worcester Polytechnic Institute with my “One comment the new freshmen all agreed upon had to do with the importance of actually visiting degree in civil engineering. I decided to turn college campuses,” said Kate Caley, director of college advising. “Last year’s seniors strongly advise down a project management job opportunity actual visits to get the feel of a campus and its programs. Virtual tours, while a helpful start, simply to enroll in Cornell University’s master’s of do not provide enough information.” engineering program. Next May, I hope to The Academy Lantern Spring 2010 | Page 23 In Memoriam In Memoriam Elaine (Perkins) Leiter ’74 Elaine (Perkins) Leiter David Woodbury ’56 David S. Woodbury, George Cook ’56 died October 22, 2009, of South Carolina, George C. Cook died in Abilene, TX, after died on August 22, on December 4, 2006, a nine-year battle with 2009, following a of thyroid cancer. His cancer. Accord- brief illness. He was a former colleague Pat ing to her sister, retired machinist from Harper shares, “He Bette (Perkins ’57) Signet Tool & Die always found time to Brinkley, “Elaine was an amazing Christian in Peabody, MA. David’s classmate Edith remember his friends, old and new, and woman. We were blessed with her presence (Luke) Johansen reflects, “Dave was a very left us with an indelible friendship. He for several years beyond her life expec- good friend to both me and my husband. I lived life with such passion and no regrets. tancy.” Elaine graduated from Whitworth visited him several times while he lived in What a lesson we all learned from him.” College in 1980 with a B.A. in English. Peabody and he visited us in Dorchester. Betty Anne (Hewitt) Bantz relates how She pursued a two-year program in TV More recently I had enjoyed long talks with glad she was that George attended their production in Spokane, WA, and interned him via telephone. My last conversation 45th Reunion, “It was so good to see him! at WBZ TV in Boston. In July 1988 Elaine with Dave was on August 2 at which time Here’s a picture of us at our 45th in 2001.” married Sgt. Don Leiter, USAF. At the he signed off by saying, ‘I’ll be talking to ceremony, Don’s daughter, Crystal, promised you again soon.’ He loved hearing from his J. D. Jenkins ’56 to be Elaine’s daughter, and Elaine promised friends.” David is survived by his daughter, John David Jenkins to be Crystal’s mom. In 1989 the Leiters Kathleen J. Woodbury; three sons: Donald (J. D.) of Lititz, welcomed the birth of Robert Benjamin J. Woodbury (and wife, Kari), Dr. David PA, passed away on Leiter. Don’s service in the Air Force took M. Woodbury (and wife, Tracy Ann), and September 13, 2009. the family to England and then to Texas. In Daniel R. Woodbury (and wife, Kristina); a J. D. earned his B.S. in Abilene, Elaine served as church secretary brother, Freeman Woodbury; three sisters: biology from Atlantic and enjoyed Cursillo activities, hot air Jean Spalding, Cynthia DeCosta, and Linda Christian College, and then served in the ballooning, riding motorcycles, and her many Woodbury; and six grandchildren. He was Army as a special agent assigned to the friendships. Elaine was preceded in death by predeceased by a son, Timothy Charles Pentagon Counter Intelligence Force. After her parents and one brother, Samuel Warren Woodbury. the military, he worked as a claims adjuster. Perkins. She is survived by her husband, son, Editor's Note: Our gratitude to Betty Anne Passionate about the Civil War (both his daughter, and two grandchildren; sister; and (Hewitt ’56) Bantz for helping us honor her great-grandfathers served), J. D. was a her mother- and father-in-law. classmates in this Academy Lantern. volunteer for the Civil War Living History and Reenactment Group, the Little Big G. David Rivers ’56 Horn Associates, and the Custer Battlefield G. David Rivers passed Historical Museum Association. He was a away on July 13, 2009. He is survived by his Former Faculty 44-year member of the National Intelligence Corps Association and a 36-year member of wife, Kristin, 5 children Former LCA math teacher (1971–1976) the Counter Intelligence Corps Association. and their spouses, 12 Judith E. DeJong, of Cascade J. D. also was an active volunteer with Big grandchildren, and 2 Township, MI, died on October 29, 2009. Brothers, Big Sisters of Lancaster. J. D. was great-grandchildren. David was most recently Judy was recently retired as principal of a guest lecturer (in Civil War uniform) for a Hawaii resident. According to his lifelong Ada Christian School. Surviving are her LCA’s history classes. In 2003, he received friend, David Leveille ’56—#44: “David— husband of 39 years, Richard DeJong; LCA’s Distinguished Alumni Award for #33—was an inspiration to all of us who her children, Christy and Tim Haig ’97, Service to Community. His commitment to benefitted from his wisdom and insights. He Brian and Emily DeJong, Michele and Sam his alma mater led him to establish the John was one of God’s most significant warriors. He Williamson, Nathan DeJong, and Andrew David Jenkins Memorial Scholarship Fund leaves a wonderful legacy for us to cherish and DeJong; her grandchildren, Michael Haig, for academically qualified students who are in uphold, and I will be forever grateful for the Jonathan Haig, and Cody DeJong; her need of financial assistance. J. D. is survived added meaning he gave to my life. May David mother, Wilma Mulder; her siblings and by his brother, Paul M. Jenkins, of Lititz, and rest in peace and may his family be uplifted by their spouses, Robert and Karen Mulder, several aunts, uncles, and cousins. God’s amazing grace, now and forever.” Merrie and Jack Bannink, Marcia and Ron Handlogten, Loree Thayer, Dave and Jane Mulder, Paul and Sheryl Mulder; and many nieces and nephews. 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