Experiential Learning a Highland Hallmark

Celebrating Finley Broaddus‘ Life and Art

by Cathy Campbell

Experiencing Latin Immersion Firsthand

by Celia Kelly






Board of Trustees

Mr. Tim Dunn*


Mrs. Olympia Moshos*

Vice Chair

Mr. David Young*


Mrs. Heather Iasso*


Mr. Ike Broaddus*

Mr. Richard Chadwell*

At Highland School, our mission is to provide

a demanding academic and co-curricular program

that develops the skills and character essential

for students to meet the challenges of college

and leadership in the twenty-first century.

To carry out this mission, Highland School

has assembled thoroughly modern facilities,

a large, diverse, and highly qualified staff,

a student body ready to meet the challenges,

and an academic philosophy and strategy that

makes maximum use of these resources.

Mrs. Karen Flikeid

Mrs. Hilary Gerhardt

Mrs. Samantha Gravett

Mrs. Anne Hall

Mr. David Hazel (8th, ‘79)

Mr. Mark Melvin*

Mr. Randy Minter

Mrs. Vaughan Myers

Ms. Diana Norris

Mr. Lewis Pollard

Mrs. Wendy Rodgers

Mrs. Darlene Smith

Mrs. Lesley Soltys

Dr. Beejal Taylor

Mr. David Turner

Mr. Mark Van de Water*

Mrs. Jody Warfield*

Mrs. Laura Tremblay

Parents Association President

Mr. Marshall D. Doeller (8th, ‘67), Trustee Emeritus

Mr. William A. Hazel Sr., Trustee Emeritus

Mr. Paul Rice, Trustee Emeritus

*Indicates member of the Executive Committee

Table of Contents

Fall 2014

Head of School

Henry D. Berg

Writers and Contributors

Amy Babcox (8th, ‘76)

Briar Bogin

Cathy Campbell

Megan Catalfamo

Ann Collins ‘15

Celia Kelly

Oliver Schwartz ‘15

Barbara Wilkes

Graphic Design

David Henrickson

Cathy Campbell remembers Finley Broaddus on page 28

On the cover: Carolyn Treuting ‘18 gets carried away, quite literally, by teammate Grace Barratt ‘18

at last year’s Barbara Wilkes Field Day. Field Day is the culmination of the year-long athletic and academic

‘Blue and Gold’ competition for students in grades three through eight. To learn more, go to page 22.


David Henrickson

Jon Kraut

Copy Editor

Lora Mackie

Letter from the Head of School 4

At Highland, our traditions, both old

and new, connect us to our past and

help to shape our future.

Welcome to Our New Faculty 14

Highland is proud to introduce our

talented and dedicated new faculty

and staff members for 2014/2015.

Latin: It’s Not Dead Yet! 18

Middle School Latin teacher Celia Kelly

spent a week last summer speaking

Latin at a retreat in West Virginia.

Are You Blue or Gold? 22

The year-long Blue and Gold

competition can define and connect

Lower and Middle School students.

Celebrating the Life and Spirit 28

of Finley Broaddus ‘14

Cathy Campbell celebrates the life

and spirit of Finley Broaddus ‘14.

Experiential Learning Programs 34

at Highland Take Many Forms

In September, students in all divisions

ventured out of the confines of the

classroom to learn by doing.

Exploring the Galapagos Islands 40

Upper School students reflect on their

recent visit to the Galapagos Islands.


News from Around Campus 5

2014 Graduation Images 12

Class of 2014 College List 11

Senior/Kindergarten Buddies 32

Alumni News and Notes 46

Class Notes Coordinator

Briar Bogin

Director of Communications

David Henrickson

Director of Advancement

Joy Willey

Highland Magazine is produced

by the Office of Communications

for alumni, parents, and friends

of Highland School. Letters and

comments are welcome. Please

send inquiries to: Director

of Communications, Highland

School, 597 Broadview Avenue,

Warrenton, VA 20186, e-mail to


or telephone 540-878-2717


Highland School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, or ethnic origin in the

administration of its educational, employment, or admission policies, its scholarship, athletic, and other school-administered programs.

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Letter from The Head of School

Rich Traditions, Both Old and New,

Connect Our Past, Guide Our Future

Inside this issue of Highland Magazine, we explore our traditions and recognize

the generosity of our many donors in the Annual Report section.

Hank Berg, who

has served as

Highland’s Head

of School since

2004, has overseen

an expansion in

both facilities and


At Highland, traditions, both old and new,

anchor us in rituals that remind us of our core

values. They are the ceremonies designed

to connect us to those who came before,

experiences that all students have in common,

and community customs that serve to bind

Highland together across time.

It is remarkable to me that Highland’s founders,

Lavinia Hamilton and Dorothy Rust, understood

key elements in a great education that are still

relevant more than 80 years later.

Today, our challenge is to blend the best of

our longest-running traditions that give us our

bearings with new traditions that allow us to

explore, change, and grow. Highland’s timeless

traditions such as our Honor Code, the yearlong

Blue/Gold competition and Field Day blend

seamlessly with Latin, Spirit Week, the Famous

People Assembly – even our tradition of offering

hay as the first item at our annual Spring Auction

– give us our sense of continuity and place.

Some of our newest traditions have come

as a result of programs that are young compared

to our 85 years of history. I’m thinking of things

like the Robotics Pep Rally and all the shirts,

songs, quilts, videos, and stories that grow out

of our Field Studies programs. Our Poetry Slam,

Coffee Houses, Senior/Kindergarten Buddies,

Dig Pink, and character themes are traditions

that have grown organically out of our most

recently shared experiences. By combining

these time-honored ideas with innovation and

creativity, we create the richest environment

in which to grow for our students individually

and the Highland community as a whole.

I know you’ll enjoy reading about Middle School

faculty member Celia Kelly’s extraordinary

experience attending a camp where only

Latin was spoken; appreciate the unparalleled

opportunity our students had to study ecology

on the Galápagos Islands with Upper School

Science teacher, Jon Kraut; and recognize the

power of belonging to a team in the tradition

of Blue/Gold.

“Today, our challenge

is to blend the best of our

longest-running traditions

that give us our bearings

with new traditions that

allow us to explore,

change, and grow.”

Also in this issue is a tribute to Finley Broaddus

’14 and her ongoing impact on our community.

Finally, help us welcome the talented new

faculty and staff who join a dedicated group of

adults who challenge and support our students.

As Highland approaches a century of serving

this community, let us be thankful for all those

who have built – and continue to build – these

traditions of excellence.


Henry D. Berg

Head of School

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News from Around Campus

Current Chairman of Highland School’s Board of Trustees Tim Dunn sits with newly appointed Trustees Emeriti Paul Rice and

Marshall Doeller (8th, ‘67) at the 85th anniversary of Highland School in a special celebration held in October in The Rice Theater.

Two New Trustees Emeriti Announced

at 85th Anniversary Celebration Event

In October, the Highland community came together to

celebrate its 85th anniversary and welcome two new Trustees

Emeriti, Marshall D. Doeller (8th, ‘67) and Paul G. Rice.

The Sunday evening event, held the same weekend as the

International Gold Cup, included great memories, music,

and the return of some familiar faces to the Highland

Center for the Arts. Those in attendance, which included

past board members, former faculty and staff, and alumni,

heard opening remarks from Chairman of the Board Tim

Dunn and Head of School Hank Berg and enjoyed a short

film looking back at the school’s history.

Mr. Dunn and Mr. Berg introduced Mr. Doeller and

Mr. Rice. Marshall Doeller, who graduated from Highland

School as an 8th grader in 1967, served on the Board

of Trustees from 1992 until 2004. As Chairman of the

Board from 1997 to 2004, Mr. Doeller was instrumental

in implementing an ambitious 10-year Master Plan that

included the construction of Highland’s Upper School,

which officially opened in 1996. This represented a time

of unprecedented growth for Highland School.

Mr. Rice served on the Board of Trustees from 2004

to 2012. He was Chairman of the Board from 2006

to 2012 and, along with his wife Gina, was instrumental

in the design and construction of the Highland Center

for the Arts and The Rice Theater.

The Trustee Emeritus program at Highland School was

formally revised in January of 2014. The first to receive the

honor, which recognizes former Board of Trustees members

for their service and generosity, was William A. Hazel.

Mr. Dunn also took the opportunity to announce the

contract extension of Highland’s Head of School Hank Berg

until June 2018. Mr. Berg has guided the school through

a massive expansion in both facilities and curriculum since

taking the helm in 2004.

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News from Around Campus

In September, the Highland community honored

former board member Jodi Johnson, shown here

with Hank Berg, her husband, Dale, and Board Chair

Tim Dunn, for her service and generosity.

Highland School Convocation

Kicks Off the 2014-15 School Year

Head of School Hank Berg and Chairman Tim Dunn kick off the 2014/2015 academic

year by recognizing the many contributions of former board member Jodi Johnson

Highland held its annual Convocation in September

to mark the beginning of the 2014-15 academic year.

The event, which brings together Pre-Kindergarten

through Grade 12 students, faculty, staff, trustees, and

parents, is meant to look for meaning in a new school year.

“We bring almost everyone together so we can see the

school as a whole, not just the portion of it we experience

each day,” said Head of School Hank Berg. “We are

reminded that we are part of a larger community, which is

especially relevant with our character theme this year of

‘Citizenship.’” Chairman of the Board Tim Dunn was also

on hand to welcome the community to the new school year.

For the first time in many years, the Distinguished Service

Award was presented. The award was not meant to be

given every year, but only to the most extraordinary people

whose contributions to the school are exemplary. Receiving

the award this year was Highland parent and former trustee

Jodi Johnson. Her generosity has taken innumerable forms;

her service and leadership taking on countless others.

“I use the word citizenship very deliberately raising my

children – defining what makes a good and respectful

citizen in our home, our family, and our community,”

said Mrs. Johnson.

“If the ways I’ve participated here at Highland over the years

have made me a good citizen of the Highland community,”

Mrs. Johnson continued. “Then I am so pleased and honored

to accept this recognition on behalf of my family – all of whom

respect Highland and what it stands for. Any contributions

I may have made have been with their full support.”

Senior Philip von Feilitzsch addressed the crowd,

welcoming everyone to the start of the school year.

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News from Around Campus

“Allow me to describe to you this school, as I see it,” said Philip.

“To me, Highland is like a sandbox. It’s a place to play, to have

fun, to build things, to learn, a place to make mistakes, and

then be able to smooth them out with a rake and start over.”

“There are also a lot of toys in the sandbox, things to

help you build whatever you want; those opportunities

such as clubs, internships, independent studies, and even

community service that allow you to discover yourself;

find out what you like and what you don’t like. Highland is

a place that allows you and greatly encourages you to find

your passion and pursue it.”

Concluding the event was the recessional of seniors

with their Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten buddies,

a Highland tradition for nearly a decade.

“We believe you are responsible for the quality of the

community in which you live, work, and learn,” Head

of School Hank Berg reminded the audience. “Great

communities do not happen by accident, they happen

because the citizens give more than they take. People

put in time, energy, and personal resources to improve

the quality of their community. This is one of the most

important things you will learn at Highland.”

Spotlight on Athletics

Boys Varsity Tennis

Wins First State Title

Seniors Thomas, Fenton, and Bartz

lead team to victory over North Cross

Highland School’s Boys Varsity Tennis team won its first

VISAA Division II state championship title and our school’s

11th state title with a 5-4 victory over North Cross School

from Roanoke. The state tournament was held at Collegiate

School in Goochland. The team finished the season with a

record of 11-1.

The team was led by seniors Jack Thomas ‘14, Adam

Fenton ‘14, and Tim Bartz ‘14. Bartz won a critical doubles

match with partner Rich Gerhardt ‘16 to seal a hard-fought

victory and title.

“The match came down to the last doubles match

and we ended up pulling out the win,” Boys Tennis Coach

Paola Riccetti said. “It was a great season with a great bunch

of guys who all truly deserve this win.”

The boys rolled through the Delaney Athletic

Conference for their fourth consecutive DAC title with wins

over Fredericksburg Academy and Wakefield School, who they

also beat in the first round of the VISAA state tournament.

“I am so proud of the boys and all of their

accomplishments this season,” Riccetti said. “We have three

amazing top players and some really great overall athletes

filling out the rest of the lineup.”

In addition to Thomas, Fenton, and Bartz, the

championship roster included Manolo Cortes ‘15, John Deal

‘16, Jonathan Finley ‘14, Nick Finley ‘16 Rich Gerhardt ‘16,

Mac Hartley ‘17 James Jarvis ‘14, Eli Kidd ‘17, Hampton

Massie ‘18, and Travis Stolterfoht ‘15. Varsity coaches are

Paola Riccetti and Robert Hampton.

Jack Thomas ‘14, who is playing Division I tennis

at Wofford College in South Carolina, helped lead

the Highland Boys Varsity tennis team to their first

VISAA Division II state title in May.

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News from Around Campus

Lego Expo Introduces Students to Engineering

Robotics teams comprised of Lower and Middle School students practice their

engineering, design, and presentation skills before attending regional competitions

Held in the Lower School in October, Highland’s Lego Expo was an exciting event for teams and families alike. With the

challenge theme of “World Class Learning Unleashed,” students showed projects to judges and practiced their teamwork

and presentation skills before their first regional competition of the year in November.

Thanks to all the faculty and staff who gave these teams an awesome introduction to engineering and design thinking.

Claire Mello organized the evening with teachers Betty LaPrade, Charity Duncan, Lindsey Dengel (8th, ‘89), Laurie

Mayer, Michele Daniel-Shenk, Miriam Solms and Claire Mello as team coaches. Joe Cate, Diana Hewitt, Jay Hebert, Pat

Hewitt, Frank Mello, Gary Light, Karen Doucet, and Dale Gillam offered their time as the judges. Andy Keahon presented

a session with his bomb detecting robot partner, and Tony Edwards, from Ledo’s Pizza, donated delicious pizzas to round

out the night. Thanks and congratulations to all!

Spotlight on Athletics

Donations Drive Acquisition

of New Baseball Scoreboard

This Fall, Highland School held a sports memorabilia sale in the Arundel

Gym. The auction-style sale of donated collectibles will help with the

purchase of a new electronic scoreboard for the baseball field. “Thanks to

a very generous donation from current Highland grandparent, Michael

Higgins, we were able to sort and package up some fabulous collectibles

from the 1980’s and 1990’s. Overall, the sale was a complete success,” said

Athletic Director Gary Leake.

In addition to Mr. Higgins, other contributors include Dodson Pest

Control, Ben Gravett Enterprises and the Gimbel Family. Installation of

the scoreboard will be completed prior to the start of the 2015 season!

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Spotlight on Academics

Class of 2014 Valedictorian Colby Newson (left) and

Salutatorian Mimi Robinson (right) celebrated their

graduations from Highland School in June.

Highland School Community

Celebrates Graduating Class of 2014

In her address at graduation, Valedictorian Colby Newson ‘14 reminded classmates

that “The hero’s journey is not the voyage from weakness to strength. The true hero’s

journey is the voyage from strength to weakness.”

In June, the Highland Community celebrated its 49

graduates with several days of events that culminated

in the traditional formal graduation ceremony on Friday,

June 13 in the Upper School Gym.

The event started with an introduction by Head of School

Hank Berg. In his remarks, Mr. Berg congratulated the

members of the Class of 2014 for their resilience and

character in the face of a challenging year that included

the death of a classmate and the unexpected passing

of two parents of members of the senior class.

“The legacy of this class rests broadly on two things: first

is the way they treated each other and the example they set

for the adults and underclassmen when we faced difficult

things,” Mr. Berg remarked. “The other is the way they

continued to engage their opportunities to experience

Highland right to the end.”

“Perhaps the best examples of this are students who played

a sport for the first time in the spring of their senior year,

Mr. Berg continued in his opening remarks. “This is the

opposite of a ‘Senior Slump.’” (continued on page 10)

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Spotlight on Academics

Highland School Sends Off Class of 2014 (continued from page 9)

Mr. Berg then introduced Mimi Robinson ‘14, Highland’s

Salutatorian, who is attending the University of Virginia

in Charlottesville this Fall.

“Trying to define the Class of 2014 is impossible, but

I believe we will be remembered for our fortitude and

compassion,” Ms. Robinson reflected in her remarks.

“This class has weathered more together than many people

do in their entire lives. We have suffered unfathomable

loss… loss of relatives, loss of parents, and most recently,

the loss of Finley.” (more on the legacy of Finley Broaddus

can be found on page 28)

“In spite of and throughout the tumult of this year, we

are making it through because, like Finley taught us, our

time should be spent advocating for what we’re passionate

about, while deeply caring for the lives we encounter.”

Ms. Robinson then introduced Highland’s Valedictorian,

Colby Newson ‘14, who is attending Duke University in

Durham, North Carolina.

After taking the obligatory “selfie” with her cell phone in

front of the assembled students, families, faculty, and staff,

Ms. Newson presented her own assessment of the Class

of 2014 and her experiences at Highland School. “One

of my favorite authors, John Green, reflected, the hero’s

journey is not the voyage from weakness to strength,” said

Ms. Newson. “The true hero’s journey is the voyage from

strength to weakness, and I don’t think this could be truer

for us, the Class of 2014.”

“Our journey through high school has been christened by

adversity and heartbreak,” Ms. Newson concluded. “Now,

we are delivered onto a future that only we hold the reins for.”

Highland’s Middle School

Graduates Recognized

Highland School would like to recognize those eighth

grade students who earned Academic Honors for

each semester of all four years they were in Highland’s

Middle School. We are pleased to announce that Honor

Certificates were awarded to the following students:

Logan Ancona

Dean Bailey

Blake Bogin

Joseph Dyer

Lizzie Ellis

Chiara Hampton

Alexander Iasso

Lucas Johnson

Reed Morris

Buckley Norman

Logan Van de Water

Additionally, we would like to recognize those eighth

grade students who earned High Academic Honors for

each semester of all four years they were in Highland’s

Middle School:

Cameron Smith

Abbey Wills

Thank You to Highland

“Lifers” and Their Families!

Highland School would like to thank all the families of

our “lifers” or students who have attended Highland since

Kindergarten or Pre-Kindergarten as of Spring 2014:

8th Grade Lifers

Kendall Al-Bashir

Grace Barratt

Blake Bogin

Brandon Conlin

Jenna Devanney

Joseph Dyer

Lizzie Ellis

Caroline Flikeid

Shayne Herrera

Lucas Johnson

Mitchell Kannon

Justin Mayer

Reed Morris

Haley Partlow

Dillon Rose

Georgia Scarborough

Jacey Simpson

Adam Smedley

Logan Van de Water

Abbey Wills

12th Grade Lifers

Evan Finley

Nicholas Kulick

Donnie Mayer

Gus Moshos

Olivia Orme

Brett Schmieder

Check out more recent Highland

School stories and news at


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Highland’s Class of 2014 College Listing

Listed below are the members of the Class of 2014 and their college destinations:


Mallory Ackerson

Timothy Bartz

William Brandt

Jane Braswell

Finley Broaddus

Edward Campell

Lauran Corbin

Jessica Crew

Dali Dong

Sarah Dunn

Adam Fenton

Evan Finley

Jonathon Finley

Julia Gloudeman

Joseph Graham

Erin Herbst

Trung Nhat Huynh

James Jarvis

Rahji Johnson

Matthew Kelly

Nicholas Kulick

Camille LaBranche

Angela Langdon

Gregory Lawson

Joshua Lutz

Donald Mayer

Morgan McGlothlin

Michele Micciche

Logan Miller

Samantha Moseley

Gus Moshos

Colby Newson

Andrew Norman

Olivia Orme

Henry Pendleton

Marissa Ray

Julia Robinson

Miriam Robinson

Jacob Rogers

Christopher Ross

Grant Salley

Brett Schmieder

Sidney Stone

Yiwen Tao

Jack Thomas

Shelby Thornhill

James Willey

Bisma Zaman

Jiayu Zhu


Furman University

University of Virginia

Lord Fairfax Community College – Middletown Campus

Franklin and Marshall College

College of William and Mary

Washington University in St. Louis

Radford University

Virginia Commonwealth University

University of California, Santa Cruz

University of Edinburgh (Scotland)

Elon University

James Madison University

Roanoke College

College of William and Mary

Baylor University

James Madison University

Northern Virginia Community College - Alexandria Campus

Franklin and Marshall College

Virginia Wesleyan College

Marymount University

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Georgia State University

High Point University

Washington and Lee University

Radford University

Flagler College

Hampshire College

High Point University

Christopher Newport University

James Madison University

James Madison University

Duke University

University of Virginia

Wofford College

St. Lawrence University

Virginia Tech

University of California, Santa Barbara

University of Virginia

University of Colorado Colorado Springs

Hampden-Sydney College

Franklin and Marshall College

Denison University

Washington College

University of Redlands

Wofford College

University of South Carolina

Swarthmore College

Virginia Commonwealth University

Boston University

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In the Spotlight


to the Graduates of

Highland’s Class of 2014!

In June, the Highland community came together to

celebrate the graduation of Highland School’s Class of

2014. Taking their places in the Upper School gym and

on the lawn at Winfree Commons, graduates shared stories,

memories, and one final Highland experience before

heading off on their next steps.

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In the Spotlight

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Spotlight on Faculty

Back Row: Michael Black, Eric Olson, Tom Harris, Patrick Morse, Sarah Tomsyck, Lyndsey Marcus, Pat Hewitt, Lise Hicklin, Jane Banse,

Drew Miller, and Cathy Hartley. Front Row: Hank Berg, Erica Deane, Michelle Cruz, David Henrickson, and Matt Ormiston.

Highland Adds New Faculty, Staff

for 2014/2015 Academic Year

The faculty and staff of Highland School are proud to announce the addition of 14 new members

to the Highland family. These talented educators and professionals bring a broad range of personal

and professional experiences and interests to students across Highland’s three divisions.

Jane Banse, Librarian

Jane Banse joins Highland School as the Librarian.

Most recently she was the Librarian/Media Specialist

and English teacher at Middleburg Academy where she

not only taught, but developed a new library website and

a new circulation system. Mrs. Banse brings a wealth

of experience linking technology and library activities,

including laptop and iPad programs, cloud-based

curriculum, and more. She earned a B.A. in Art History

from Duke University and a Master of Library and

Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh.

Michael Black, Upper School Math

Michael Black joins the Highland School faculty to teach

Upper School Math. Mr. Black previously taught Math and

History at Newman School in Boston. While there, Mr.

Black was also the International Baccalaureate program

advisor, college scholarship advisor, and boy’s varsity

lacrosse coach. He spends his free time coaching both

indoor and outdoor lacrosse leagues and plans to use

his math background to play an active role in Highland’s

Robotics program. Mr. Black earned a B.S. in Mechanical

Engineering Technology from the Wentworth Institute

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of Technology in Boston and an MBA in Strategy and

Leadership from Anna Maria College in Paxton, MA.

Michelle Cruz, Middle School Math

Michelle Cruz teaches Middle School Math. She comes

to Highland from the Arden Anglican School in Sydney,

Australia where she was a student teacher in Math for

grades 7-10. Ms. Cruz earned a B.S. in Mathematics

Education from Boston University. While in college she

was also a member of Sigma Kappa, the Panhellenic

Council, the Elementary Educators Club, and the

Transitional Mentor Program.

Erica Deane, Middle School Science

Erica Deane joins the faculty to teach Middle School

Science. Previously, she taught Math at Peter Muhlenberg

Middle School in Shenandoah County, where she was also

elected Middle School Teacher of the Year. During her

tenure there, she was a key member of the Chromebook

pilot program integration, organized mentor meetings and

field trips, was a grant writer, and a trained member of the

clinical staff. Ms. Deane holds a certification in Middle

School Math and Chemistry (all grades). She earned a

B.S. in Chemistry from Lynchburg College with a Minor

in Mathematics. She was also a member of the Society of

Westover Fellows, the Lynchburg College Honors program.

Tom Harris, Middle School Social Studies

Tom Harris joins the Middle School faculty to teach Grades

5-6 Social Studies. He previously worked with our students

as part of the Wellness program, and will continue teaching

Grade 7 Wellness this year. He is the Executive Director for

the Fauquier Community Alliance for Drug Rehabilitation

and Education. Mr. Harris is Founder and President of

the Muddy Tracks Foundation, an organization to help

youth develop leadership skills through outdoor teaching

programs. Mr. Harris earned a B.S. from the University of

Maine where he majored in Secondary Education/Social

Studies. He also brings a wealth of volunteer experience

from across Fauquier County.

Cathy Hartley, Pre-Kindergarten 3/4

Cathy Hartley joins the Lower School faculty to teach

PK 3/4. She comes to Highland from The Hill School where

she was the lead teacher for Junior Kindergarten. While

there, she developed and implemented a new program

including classroom set-up and organization, curriculum

development, and student evaluation. Mrs. Hartley also

taught Kindergarten for nearly ten years while at The Hill

School. She earned a B.A. from Randolph Macon College

with a major in History and minor in Art History. Her son

Mac is a member of Highland’s sophomore class.

David Henrickson, Director of Communications

David Henrickson joins the staff as the Director of

Communications bringing more than 20 years experience

in marketing and advertising as both a writer and graphic

designer. From 1999 to 2011, he ran his own advertising

agency, located in Warrenton, serving a variety of local,

regional and national clients. Mr. Henrickson earned

a B.A. from the University of Mary Washington and

has two children, Libby (Grade 6) and Andrew (Grade 4)

who attend Highland.

Patrick Hewitt, Upper School Physics

Patrick Hewitt comes to Highland to teach Upper School

Physics. For the past 20 years, he has been with Aerojet

Corporation in Gainesville, where he maintains a variety

of responsibilities including cost center management,

engine programs, and multi-million dollar budgets.

Dr. Hewitt earned a B.S., M.S., and a Ph.D., all in Aerospace

Engineering from Virginia Tech. He attended the Defense

Systems Management College and was part of the Sterling

Institute Program Management Training Program.

Dr. Hewitt was very involved in our Robotics program

last year and is the lead Robotics mentor this year.

Melanie Lillard (9th, ‘88), Middle School

Language Arts and Upper School English

Melanie Lillard (9th, ’88) joins the Highland faculty to

teach Grade 8 Language Arts and English III in the Upper

School. Most recently she co-founded the VA Farm Project

and the Blue Ridge Titans field hockey club. Mrs. Lillard

spent time as a member of the St. James’ Master Planning

Committee and was a board member of the Mental Health

Association of Fauquier County. From 2000-2004, she

taught Upper School English at Highland and coached field

hockey. She earned a B.S. in English Secondary Education

from Appalachian State University in North Carolina.

Lyndsey Marcus, Middle School Language Arts

Lyndsey Marcus joins the faculty to teach Middle School

Language Arts. She recently completed her M.A. in English

at UVA. She earned her B.A. in English Cum Laude

from James Madison University and received the JMU

Departmental Award for Excellence in the Study of British

Literature. Ms. Marcus recently was a teacher’s assistant

at UVA in the Department of Media Studies and the M.A.

representative on the Graduate English Student Association.

Drew Miller, Upper School History

Drew Miller teaches Upper School History and coaches

Varsity Boys Basketball. He comes to Highland from

Lanier High School in Austin, TX, where he taught World

Geography. Prior to that, Mr. Miller was the Exercise &

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In August, new faculty and staff joined Highland’s

Division Directors for a hike and orientation at

Sky Meadow State Park in Delaplane.

Sport Science Instructor/Intramural Director at Hiram

College in Ohio. He has coached both men’s and women’s

basketball and tennis at the collegiate level. He earned a

B.A. in Psychology from Kenyon College and an M.S. in

Education: Sport Science/Coaching from the University

of Akron. He was a four-year starter on the men’s

basketball and baseball teams at Kenyon. Mr. Miller’s son

Dylan is in Kindergarten and daughter Taylor is in PK3/4.

Patrick Morse, Upper School English

Patrick Morse teaches Upper School English. He comes

to Highland from Robert American College in Istanbul,

Turkey, where he taught English Language Arts. While

there, he implemented an ESL writing curriculum for

students with a wide range of abilities from beginner

to fluent speaker and also helped increase the use of

technology-aided learning. Prior to that, Mr. Morse

taught English at the TEVITOL School in Kocaeli, Turkey,

a school serving gifted and talented students. He earned

a B.A. in English and Secondary Education Cum Laude

from Salem State University. He also coached the Robert

American College girls soccer and boys rugby teams.

Eric Olson, Upper School Chemistry

Eric Olson joins the Upper School faculty to teach

Chemistry. He comes to Highland from the Linden

Hall School for Girls in Lititz, PA, where he taught AP

Chemistry, Honors Chemistry, Chemistry, AP Physics B,

and Honors Physics. Prior to that Dr. Olson was an adjunct

science professor at both Union College and Sage College

in New York. He earned a B.S. in Chemistry from St. John’s

University, an M.A. in Teaching from the University of

Southern California, and a Ph.D. in Chemical Physics from the

University of Minnesota. His daughter Claire joins Highland’s

freshman class and his daughter Ana Leah is in PK4/5.

Sarah Tomsyck, Upper School English

Sarah Tomsyck comes to Highland to teach Upper School

English. Most recently she taught 9-12th grade English at

the Loudoun School for the Gifted in Ashburn. Prior to

that, she was an Associate Instructor and Adjunct Lecturer

at Indiana University, teaching courses in Elementary

Composition, Introduction to Fiction and Professional

Writing. Ms. Tomsyck earned a B.A. Magna Cum Laude

from Knox College and an M.A. from the University of

Massachusetts-Amherst. She also completed an additional

90 hours of coursework in English at Indiana University.

For the past two years she has been an AP subject reader

for the College Board’s AP English Language

and Composition test.

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online at highlandschool.org/faculty

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Article Written by Celia Kelly, Middle School Latin Teacher

When I was a senior in high school, a friend of mine asked

our Latin teacher if we could try speaking the language in

class. He was struggling in Latin, and hoped that speaking

would help him better grasp the grammar, as it had in

Spanish. My teacher, though a wonderful and passionate

educator, could not wrap his head around this request.

Why would anyone want to spend time learning to speak

Latin, when there are no ancient Romans around?

A New Approach to Presenting Latin

For the past four years, my approach to teaching Latin

has in many ways mirrored the way I was taught. Though

I’ve kept students engaged with games and fun lessons

on Roman culture, the core of my instruction has been

teaching students to memorize grammar and vocabulary

and translate passages of Latin into English. Increasingly,

however, Latin teachers are moving away from grammartranslation

toward more active, communicative approaches

to teaching Latin.

This summer, Highland granted me a faculty fellowship

to participate in Rusticatio Virginiana, a spoken-Latin

immersion program run by SALVI (Septentrionale

Americanum Latinitatis Vivae Institutum), or the North

American Institute for Living Latin. Held at the Claymont

Mansion in Charles Town, West Virginia. The program

is tailored for teachers like me, who know Latin on paper

but have never tried to speak it in conversation, as well as

veteran Latin speakers. For seven days we spoke nothing

but Latin, as we attended classes on topics from food and

clothing to the history of the mansion, played language

games, discussed Latin readings, practiced and performed

short plays, and prepared meals for the group.

Even our free time was in Latin — we took nature walks, told

stories on the porch, played Bananagrams and Texas Hold

‘Em, had a bonfire for July 4th, and more. Each night, I kept a

journal in Latin, recording what we had done that day, what I

had learned, and what teaching methods I had observed.

Spoken-Latin Offers Meaningful Contexts

Why speak Latin when there are no ancient Romans

around? As we say at Rusticatio, non discimus ut loquamur;

loquimur ut discamus (we’re not learning to speak;

we’re speaking to learn). Speaking gives you much

more practice with the language than you get by just

translating a Latin passage into English. Furthermore,

speaking makes grammar and vocabulary stick better

in your brain because you’re practicing them in

meaningful contexts.

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Rusticatio was my first foray into spoken Latin, and

I was amazed at how much I learned in just seven days.

I could make flashcards to learn the Latin words for cake,

flour, sugar, and blueberries, but I wouldn’t remember

them half as well as I do now that I have had to make a

blueberry cake from a recipe written in Latin.

Incorporating Spoken Latin in the

Classroom Offers Students New Motivation

Rusticatio has renewed my drive to improve how I teach

Latin, and has inspired me to start incorporating spoken

Latin into my classroom. If you come into my classroom

this fall, you will see students responding to classroom

instructions in Latin and asking “Quaeso, licetne mihi

ad armarium ire?” (“Please, may I go to my locker?”).

“Why speak Latin when there

are no ancient Romans around?

As we say at Rusticatio, non

discimus ut loquamur; loquimur

ut discamus – we’re not learning

to speak; we’re speaking to learn.”

‘Quomodo Dicitur Volleyball Latine’

or How Do You Say Volleyball in Latin?

My seventh graders, who are all called by their chosen

Roman names, greet me in Latin in the hallways, and

love to ask questions like, “Quomodo dicitur volleyball

Latine?” (“How do you say volleyball in Latin?”). (It’s follis

volaticus, by the way.) My eighth graders are starting to

discuss stories in Latin, and even learning some grammar

concepts through spoken Latin.

It will be a challenge and a journey to move to

a communicative approach to teaching Latin, but

I am convinced that I am moving in the right direction.

Already, I am seeing students more engaged than ever.

Recently, I taught plural direct objects by instructing my

eighth graders to eat first one Teddy Grahams, then two

Teddy Grahams, to throw first one ball, then two balls.

My students’ reaction says it all: “We should learn like

this all the time.” n

Highland’s Faculty Fellowship

Program Supports a Range

of Initiatives for Faculty, Staff

Using iPads and Mobile Devices

to Help Students with Disabilities

The iPad has quickly become a platform for

learning that is agile enough to meet the learning

needs for any subject, any age and all abilities.

Schools and teachers need to be prepared to

effectively implement this valuable resource to

meet the needs of our learning community.

This summer, Michele Daniel-Shenk and

Andrea McEvoy in Highland’s Lower School

received faculty fellowship grants to take

the required 36 classes to receive TCEA’s

Mobile Devices for Children with Disabilities

Certification. This series of classes will enable

them to better direct other faculty members

to resources for use with the iPads.

Dr. John Harmon Completes Two

Fellowships with Middle School Focus

For his faculty fellowships this summer, John

Harmon worked on two curricular projects for the

Middle School. Dr. Harmon’s first faculty fellowship

focused on developing an eighth grade signature

project. He researched culminating projects at

other independent schools and read several

interesting books on the subject.

“My hope is to create a project that involves

reflection, technology and several academic

disciplines. As the eighth grade Language

Arts teacher this year, my students and I will be

working on building this project together.”

The second part of Dr. Harmon’s fellowship

focused on identifying and implementing key

habits of learning for our middle school students.

“As adults, we know that developing a variety

of social, academic, and developmental skills is

important for our students’ long term success, Dr.

Harmon said. “In February, we began as a faculty

to identify the key skills or habits for each grade

level in our middle school.”

In June, the faculty met and provided specific

examples of these habits from their classes.

Highland’s Faculty Fellowship Program

Supports a Range of Initiatives for Faculty, Staff

“Matt Ormiston and I met during the summer to

refine these lists and put them into a more tangible

format for our teachers and students. We will meet

with the teachers this Fall to begin implementing

these habits in our academic classes as well.”

Middle School Teachers Engage

Students Using “Flipped Classroom”

Teachers today are asking, “How can I create

a class that encourages meaningful learning?”

The ‘flipped classroom’ concept, in which teachers

make lectures available by video to be viewed at home,

creates the opportunity for class time to be focused

around more active learning – things like project-based

learning, inquiry activities, group discussion,

peer-teaching scenarios, and video teaching.

In addition to participating in a four-part webinar

series discussing the flipped classroom concept

and ways to incorporate it into one’s practice,

Middle School Instructional Technology Coordinator

Bryanne Peterson, Social Science Department

Chair Scott Pragoff, and Math teacher Lindsay

Ward took an online course offered by Capella

University to earn a Flipped Class Certificate.

In addition to this training, the group will collaborate

to create video lessons for math and social studies

that will launch our flipped classroom experience in

the fall and prepare them to mentor other colleagues

around the Highland campus in the upcoming years.

“In order to make meaningful connections between our

content material and our students, we seek to engage

students in learner-based instruction, said Scott Pragoff.

“We want to promote a genuine curiosity within each

of our students and give him/her the kind of classroom

environment where they feel free to explore topics and

ask questions rather than solely being fed information.”

Flipping the classroom has two intended results;

first, it gives the student ownership of his/her learning,

and second, it allows teachers to concentrate on

higher-order thinking skills during class. Middle School

students are just learning to take notes and filter out

information in a lecture-style classroom, so having a

library of video lessons where the student can pause,

rewind, and re-watch lectures, allows these students

to maximize their understanding of the lecture.

Students in Middle School are learning how to hold

themselves accountable for taking care of their

responsibilities, and giving them the power on the

video lessons does just this. Piloting the program in

math, social studies, and technology departments

will demonstrate the relevance and accessibility for

all grade levels and content areas to fellow faculty.

Identifying New Math Curriculum

for Highland’s Lower School

This summer, Miriam Solms’ faculty fellowship

hours were spent researching current best practice

approaches in teaching mathematics in the

elementary grades in order to gather information

to aid in the selection of a new math curriculum

for the Lower School.

Mrs. Solms researched the contents of the Common

Core Standards, Virginia’s Standards of Learning, and

the Standards of Learning outlined by the National

Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Four different

math curriculums were reviewed and analyzed to

see how closely they align with these standards.

This information will be used to aid in the selection

of the new math curriculum that will be chosen

and purchased for the 2015-2016 school year.

Upper School Faculty, Staff Test ePortfolios

Each year, Upper School students create porfolios that

reflect the work they have completed over the course

of their time at Highland School. Last summer, a group

of Upper School faculty and staff came together to

study the possibility of moving these portfolios online.

The team assembled for this faculty fellowship, which

was led by Megan Catalfamo and Robert Hampton,

looked at potential tools, design and content ideas,

and tested the program with a select group of Upper

School students. Based on the results of this study,

the group, which also includes faculty members Cathy

Campbell, Elaine Patry, Ronnie Ross, and staff member

David Henrickson, will be rolling out a pilot ePortfolio

program for a small group of ninth grade students for

the 2014/2015 academic year.

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Last year’s Gold team captains anxiously await the final tally that would

determine which team won the 2014 Barbara Wilkes Field Day in May.

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Feature Article




Blue/Gold. Blue and Gold. Blue or Gold. No

matter how you look at it, they are just two colors,

but for Highland’s Lower and Middle School students

in Grades 3 through 8, it’s so much more than that.

For Highland students, Blue and Gold is a year-long

competition that pits classmates, friends, and even

Highland’s faculty and staff against one another in a

series of fun athletic and academic challenges that makes

the two colors much more than they seem.

At Highland, It’s More than a Question

Every year for as long as anybody can remember, young

leaders have emerged, school and team spirit is fostered,

and friendly competitions bubble up throughout the

Lower and Middle schools as daily sports games and

academic accolades help students earn points for their

respective teams. The competition wraps up each Spring

with the Barbara Wilkes Field Day held around the

Highland campus. (You can read Ms. Wilkes’ reflections

on the history of Blue and Gold on page 27.)

In the end, these two traditional Highland colors –

Blue and Gold – take on a new meaning. Ultimately,

they come to represent two teams locked in a heated

year-long battle for the coveted championship title. That

title is often remembered long after their Middle School

years come to an end.

“When I came to Highland 30 years ago, the Blue/Gold

tradition was well in place,” said Lower School Director

Lise Hicklin. “The enthusiasm for the competition has

continued and gives students in grades three through

eight a fun focus for their particular Blue or Gold team.

It’s a great way to promote athletics and team spirit.”

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Students are Placed on a Team in 3rd Grade

Highland students are placed on a color team in third

grade, or whenever they begin at Highland School

between third and eighth grades. The pep rally, held

each Fall during Spirit Week in which colors are

given, is an annual rite of passage.

Color assignments are made by the Middle School

coaching staff with the goal of creating as even a match

up as possible between the two teams. Then, the

assignments are revealed to new students through an

elaborate, loud, and often, spirited ceremony.

For this Fall’s Pep Rally, held in the Upper School gym

in October, students received a small gold or blue

teddy bear revealed to them by team captains on an

elaborately decorated platter. Students grabbed their

bears and were greeted by a long line of newfound

teammates on either side of the gym. Smiles, hugs,

laughter, and high-fives were abundant.

Faculty Get in on the Action

Faculty members in Grades three through eight are

also assigned colors. For alumni, who are returning as

Lower or Middle School teachers, some have the same

color now as they did when they were students.

“I always thought Blue/Gold was fun. It builds school

spirit and breeds a little competitiveness,” said Melanie

Lillard (9th, ‘88 and currently an English teacher at

Highland). “I was a Gold from third grade through

sometime in Middle School. Then, I was switched to a

blue! This was unheard of and memorable. I was very

proud to win the high point blue trophy at Field Day

my ninth grade year. I think I still have it!”

Blue/Gold is More Than Just Athletics

The Blue/Gold competitions last all year and involve

academic, athletic, and community service. The official

scoring is posted weekly by Blue and Gold team captains

outside the Middle School Athletic Office. The tally is

carefully watched by parents, students, and faculty alike.

“The Blue/Gold competition helps to foster a sense of

community at Highland,” said Middle School Athletic

Director and Highland alum Reynolds Oare ’03.

“It provides friendly rivalries and competition

among the students and faculty.”

“As a student, Blue/Gold games and Field Day meant

everything to me. Becoming a Captain in 8th grade

was possibly the greatest honor I received as a Middle

School student. I like how we have added in points for

things like the Pep Rally, Student Awards, and ‘integrity

moments’ to help round out the competition.

Members of this year’s Blue team greet their new teammate

at the Blue/Gold Pep Rally held this Fall during Spirit Week.

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New team members learned

their colors by being shown

a blue or gold stuffed bear.

Blue Captain Ben Babcox ‘19 and Gold Captain Luke

Rodgers ‘19 show that, although the competition can be

fierce, they can still come together before the Pep Rally.

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Blue Gold

By Barbara Wilkes, former Highland School Athletic Director and Physical Education teacher

When I started teaching at Highland School in 1974,

the Blue/Gold Competition was run by Barbara Woolman.

At that time, it was strictly an athletic competition. Fourth

and fifth grade boys and girls played in soccer games in the

fall, and sixth through eighth grade boys and girls

competed in soccer and field hockey.

In 1974, Blue/Gold was Athletics Only

That Spring, the boys played a baseball game and the girls

played soccer. The final Blue/Gold competition was field day.

Field day events were the dash, shot put, softball throw, high

jump, obstacle course, long jump, distance, and the relays.

Ribbons were given out for first through fourth place. Also,

a trophy was awarded to the Blue and Gold girl and boy

earning the most points during the field day competitions.

event. The trophies for most points earned were handed out

at the end of field day and the winning team was announced.

Also, the high jump was dropped as an event.

In the late 1990’s the pep rally was added and Andy

Morgan started the Spirit of the Hawk award. The Blue/

Gold Competition stayed this way until 2003 when I started

teaching computers. I believe it is pretty much the same

now. Field Day was renamed Barbara Wilkes Field Day

when I retired in 2007. n

At the end of the year, there was an awards banquet held

at St. James Episcopal Church where ribbons for field day

and the trophies for most points and academic awards were

given. At the end of the banquet, the winning team for the

year was announced. The Captain for each team was picked

strictly by who had the highest grade point average and

there was only one captain per team.

Co-captains Added in the Late 1970’s

In the late 1970’s, the faculty decided it would be best if there

was a co-captain. The Captain was the student on each team

that had the highest grade point average and the co-captain

was the person of the opposite sex that had the highest grade

point average. The other competitions stayed the same. In

the 1980’s, the faculty added sportsmanship alongside high

academics to be part of how the captain was chosen.

As student numbers increased, the soccer throw was added

to the list of Field Day events. In the late 1980’s, lacrosse was

added as a Spring sport and that replaced baseball and girls

soccer. As the school grew, the banquet wasn’t a possibility

and we separated the Field Day Awards from the Academic

Awards Night.

We added two more places for each Field Day so first through

sixth place were awarded and handed out at the end of each

Former Highland Athletic Director Barbara Wilkes shares some

quality time with the Hawk at last year’s field day

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In this photo, Finley Broaddus ‘14, center, is surrounded

by her brother Coleman, standing at left, mother Julie,

father Ike, and sister Callie ‘08, kneeling at right with

their dog Riley, at home in Broad Run.




A tribute to Finley Broaddus

by Cathy Campbell

Upper School English Teacher

and Dean of Students

“Finley: the name called out by classmates in crowded school halls, and

posted proudly by the paintings on the wall. Elizabeth is my first name,

but most people know me as Finley.”

Finley Broaddus ’14, William and Mary application essay

On a Friday evening last November, Finley Broaddus

sat on a couch in Highland’s College Counseling Office

working on her William and Mary essay. She had been

working on it off and on for weeks, but now at 6:00pm

the Early Decision midnight deadline loomed large.

The building had mostly cleared out, except for a dozen or

so students who were headed downtown to see “Romeo

and Juliet” with members of the English faculty. While the

theatergoers ate pizza in the student lounge, I sat down with

Finley to discuss the latest draft of her supplemental essay.

Finley’s heart was set on William and Mary, so this was

high-stakes writing. A gifted writer, she was nevertheless

struggling, like every senior before and since, with the

daunting task of trying to squeeze the enormity of a life

into a few hundred words. Beyond your impressive academic

credentials and extracurricular accomplishments, the prompt

instructed, what else makes you unique and colorful? Provide

us with some suggestion of the type of person you are.

She wanted to get it right, to explain who she was, what

motivated her, and why she wanted to study environmental

science in college. When I stood up thirty minutes later to

board the bus to DC, Finley remained on the couch, fingers

moving over the keyboard, fully focused on the task at hand.

“Within about ten minutes of meeting me, people

register two things: 1) I have green eyes and 2) My

greatest ambition is to do everything I can to protect the

environment. As a child, I often wondered if my eyes were

green because of the countless hours I spent gazing into

the bottle-green water of the pond in my backyard.”

“Seventeen years (and a few biology classes) later,

I’m aware that staring at something can’t magically

change the color of your eyes. Nevertheless, my green

eyes are my favorite feature; they remind me of who I am

and what I want to accomplish. …Green means go; it is

a call to action, and I am ready to respond.” (William and

Mary essay excerpt)

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Finley launched her ‘Green Leap Forward’

Fund in March to support efforts that have

a positive impact on the environment.

That December, Finley was accepted early decision into

William and Mary’s class of 2018; in February, she became

an in-patient at Hopkins battling a rare and incurable form

of liver cancer.

The youngest child of Ike and Julie Broaddus and sibling

of Coleman and Callie ’08, Finley had attended Highland

since the fifth grade. With the lithe body of a dancer and

arms that moved when she spoke, she always struck one as

an intuitively expressive person.

To share a space with Finley was to understand the grace

and beauty of her physical presence. Perhaps she loved

butterflies so much because she was part one herself.

Intensely smart and often funny, she had a way of pursing

her lips and looking upward when considering a question,

tapping the side of her cheek with her finger as though to

emphasize that she was doing some very serious thinking.

While she had several deep friendships, she also moved

easily between groups; indeed, it was her inclusiveness

and kindness that gave rise to one of her nicknames:

Friendly. Her interests spanned the Upper School building,

from the Science Hallway where she took AP Biology

and spearheaded the recycling efforts of Green Team,

to the Fine Arts Center where she performed at Coffee

Houses and drama productions, and spent hours in the art

studio. Outside, she played varsity tennis and interned at

Piedmont Environmental Council. She adored animals.


In the early months of 2014, Highland students and faculty

pieced together a large quilt with messages of love and

support to send to Hopkins. We knew that Finley didn’t

want “stuff,” – she had been very clear when asked that

what she really wanted was our help with the Earth.

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In response to my inquiry she texted: “If you

guys could do something that is good for the

environment, then that would lift my spirits

sooo much. Reduce, reuse, recycle or plant

something. ANYTHING that would help fight

climate change!”

From her hospital bed, she worked with family

and friends to focus her vision, establishing

the “Green Leap Forward” Fund to “support

local and global efforts that have an impact

on the environment.” By Earth Day, the fund

had raised over $100,000 and under Finley’s

direction awarded its first two grants of $5,000

each to The Green Belt Movement in Nairobi,

Kenya and the Cacapon Institute in High View,

West Virginia. As spring arrived, friends and

classmates donated to her fund, wore green

bracelets, planted trees and posted pictures of

them on the Finley’s Fight Facebook page.

On June 11, hundreds poured into the Airlie

Center Pavilion and Gardens to celebrate Finley’s

life and be received by the Broaddus family. Two

days earlier, class officer Erin Herbst paid tribute

to her friend and classmate at an emotional

Senior-Parent Dinner:“Finley…had the innate

gift of bringing conscious intent and passion

to her actions and interactions with her

classmates and the world around her.,” Herbst

stated. “I believe that if we each continue

to do the same, her spirit that graced and

accompanied us will endure into the future

and our happiness will flourish.”

On June 13th, valedictorian Colby Newson

addressed her classmates at Commencement

and concluded: “I challenge you to find a way

to incorporate Finley’s courage, optimism,

passion and empathy in the way you live… My

advice comes from knowing Finley: never forget

to insert meaning into your life, dare to be

someone bigger than you can, and strive to be

someone worth believing in.”


As a child, Finley’s green eyes reflected the deep

water in her pond outside her house; as a young

woman, she focused those eyes on the green

world around her that she wished to nurture

and sustain. Moving forward, we see our best

selves reflected in her vision of hope and love

for family, friends, and planet. We recognize

the enormity of the gift she has given us. n

Highland Hosts “Through My

Green Eyes” Exhibit to Honor Life,

Vision of Finley Broaddus

The Gallery at Highland School recently hosted

an exhibit of artwork to celebrate the art and

vision of Elizabeth Finley Broaddus ‘14 who

succumbed to a rare form of liver cancer in June.

A Highland student since fifth grade, Finley is

remembered for her exuberance, passion, and

kindness, in addition to her myriad accomplishments.

Among other things, she played varsity tennis, acted

in drama productions, and pursued a rigorous course

of study, including AP Art. As a junior, she won the 5th

Congressional District Art Contest with her colored

pencil drawing “Church Steeple,” (shown above)

based on a church near Vint Hill in Fauquier County.

To learn more about Finley Broaddus, her art, and

her Finley’s Green Leap Forward Fund, please visit


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In the Spotlight

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In the Spotlight

Originally Launched in 2004, Seniors

and Kindergarten Buddies Have Become

a Beloved Highland School Tradition

“Getting these kids together… and keeping them connected all year long is incredibly

beneficial to both groups,” says Head of School Hank Berg.

As traditions go, this one is relatively new. But it’s very

powerful. It’s the PK/Kindergarten and Senior Buddy

pairings which started ten years ago.

“It’s our way of connecting the whole school,” said Head

of School Hank Berg. “Getting these kids together at the

beginning of each school year, and keeping them connected

all year long, is incredibly beneficial to both age groups.”

Students are paired for the first time prior to Convocation

each year. They eat lunch together, attend all school gatherings,

do holiday craft activities, and the seniors attend the class plays

of their younger buddies.

“We hope to continue to add meeting times,” said Lower

School Director Lise Hicklin, “to give our youngest and

oldest students the chance to get together more during

the school year.”

This year the athletic department will get in the mix and

offer a “buddy game” to provide a chance for the little ones

to attend a varsity home game and be recognized by their

senior buddy. “It’s a great way to get our youngest Hawks

involved in athletics, and provides a personal cheering

section for our athletes,” said Athletic Director Gary Leake.

Kitson Marr ‘06 Reflects on Her Kindergarten Buddy

“Highland is a special place for many reasons, but one of

the most important aspects is its sense of community,” said

Kitson Marr ‘06, a Highland “Lifer” and Senior Buddy to

Blake Bogin ‘18. “The Senior/Kindergarten buddy tradition

was special as it brought together opposite ends of the

Highland community – those nearing the end of their

time at Highland, and those who were just beginning

their own journey.”

winning our lacrosse game, of course! Blake and I spent

time reading, doing arts and crafts, and getting to know

each other. One of my favorite memories was making

a reindeer ornament with popsicle sticks, glitter, a red

pompom and lots of glue – the same ornament I made

when I was in Kindergarten.”

“After all these years, I still hang my reindeer ornament

on the Christmas tree. I hope Blake’s ornament has become

a holiday tradition for her as well!“

Blake Bogin ‘18 Remembers Her Time with Kitson

“The Senior/Kindergarten buddy program is one I will

always remember. Meeting Kitson and getting to spend

time with her at school was so important to me, reflected

Blake Bogin ‘18, who is now a Highland freshman. “She was

a role model and someone I could look up to. She was a

Highland lifer, and now, I plan to be as well.“

“I look forward to having my own Kindergarten buddy

and providing her the same leadership and friendship that

I enjoyed with Kitson so many years ago,” Blake continued.

“It is such a great opportunity to gather both ends of

the Highland community and share stories about those

experiences. I hope it stays a tradition here for many more

years to come.”

“And I too, after all these years, have my reindeer ornament.

When I see it during the holidays I remember all the fun we

had putting it together in the old Chilton building!”

“As a lifer at Highland, the Senior/Kindergarten buddy

tradition was extra special to me,” Kitson continued.

“Visiting my old classroom to meet with my Kindergarten

buddy, Blake, was a highlight of the week – that and

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In September, the senior class kicks off the field studies with a College

Planning Night with parents. Then, the students head off to Front Royal

to spend two days canoeing the south fork of the Shenandoah River and

hiking in the Shenandoah National Park.

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Feature Article





Combining traditional classroom learning with real world ‘experiential learning’

has long been the cornerstone of a Highland School education. Today, we look

for ways to combine the concepts both on and off campus and across all divisions.

Holding a blue crab straight from the water, while studying

bay ecology on Freshman Field Studies. Palpating a cow

during your Junior Internship in veterinary medicine.

Debating the pros and cons of the foundation of Shenandoah

National Park after back country camping and ascending

Little Devil Stairs on Sophomore Field Studies. Taking your

first all-class overnight trip to Jamestown to study a piece

of Virginia’s history.

Experiential Learning Happens

On Campus as Well as Off Campus

Through experiential education programs, including

service learning, field studies, trips, Junior Internships,

Senior Projects, and hands-on learning, Highland strives

to enhance learning, promote character and leadership

development, and build connections both within and

beyond the confines of our school community.

Reconstructing a Wright Brothers

airplane design during your Senior

Project. Conquering your fear

of heights on the pamper pole at

Camp Friendship. Getting UN-lost

on the Metro while investigating

historical and cultural aspect of DC’s

urban community. Pulling all-nighters with your Robotics

team members to perfect the lever mechanism on your

competition robot.

The reality is that students at Highland may experience

many of these things during just the first few weeks of

school each year. Highland School embraces the belief

that traditional classroom learning must function in

partnership with innovative methodologies designed

to nurture the entire student.

“I hear and I forget. I see

and I remember. I do and

I understand.”


In the second week of school, Middle

School students head for the famed

‘Camp Friendship’ near Richmond.

“Camp Friendship gives us the unique

opportunity to have our students truly

experience the lessons that we talk about

in the classrooms,” said Middle School

Director Matt Ormiston. “They realize that the loudest

voice often isn’t the one showing the most leadership. They

come to understand how much both the faculty and their

classmates support them and want them to succeed.”

“They see up close and personal how important it is to

work together, to step outside their comfort zones, and

to struggle with something that they find challenging,”

Ormiston continued. “My favorite moments of Camp

Friendship are almost always hearing a child say ‘I did it’

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At Camp Friendship, several teams worked together to move a rubber ball from

one end of a volleyball court to the other side only a plastic ring and rope.

“Camp Friendship gives us the unique opportunity to have our students truly

experience the lessons that we talk about in the classroom… They come to

understand how much both the faculty and their classmates support them

and want them to succeed.”

-Matt Ormiston, Middle School Director

after having heard them say repeatedly ‘I can’t’ as they

stand before some new obstacle or challenge.”

In the Upper School, Learning

Combines with Building Strong Bonds

Freshmen depart on the second day of school so they can

begin to form a class identity instead of seeing each other

as a collection of students from different middle schools. In

remote cabins on the Chesapeake Bay, removed from the

distractions of schedules and cell phones, they get to know

their classmates and core freshman teachers.

“Although the focus of the trip is environmental science,

a primary goal is to introduce these first year students

to the expectations of Upper School,” said Upper School

Director Cassin Bertke. “Freshmen return from this trip

feeling more comfortable with their classmates and thus

better able to focus on their studies. More than one has

commented: ‘I no longer remember who is new versus who

went to school with me last year. We’re one class now.’”

Sophomores and juniors have smaller experiences in

the fall, in anticipation of larger field studies programs

in the spring. Sophomores attend a Wellness Retreat in

which they learn about healthy decision-making and the

importance of building trust with classmates and teachers.

Excursions Both Near and Far

Juniors enjoy an urban excursion in Washington, D.C.,

exploring sights they will revisit in their study of American

History during the course of the year.

“Whereas freshmen are preparing to begin their high school

journey, seniors are making plans for their next stage of life,”

said Bertke. “We kick off Senior Field Studies with Senior

College Planning Night in which Renee Norden, Highland’s

College Counselor, describes the college search and

application process to seniors and their parents.

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At Camp Friendship, Middle School students participate in ‘Color Wars’ which give the students

a chance to tackle team challenges and, for the eighth graders, to try leadership roles.

As part of the Color Wars at Camp Friendship, these 8th grade

Blue team captains review the day’s challenges.

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In October, the senior class went to Shenandoah National Park for

two days of hiking and canoeing. In this photo, half the senior class

prepare for their hike along a segment of the Appalachian Trail.

Lower School students got a wonderful opportunity for hands-on

learning at The Lego Expo as part of our Robotics program.

Over the next two days, seniors enjoy a hike in Shenandoah

Park and canoeing in the Shenandoah River. Seniors have

opportunities to discuss their anxieties and to cement

friendships that will help them navigate the joys and pitfalls

of the year ahead. They return recognizing their role as

leaders of Highland and thinking about the impact they want

to make on Highland before they leave us at graduation.”

“Field studies remind us that we learn best when we are

willing to take risks and try new things, when we are in

relationships with each other, and when we approach

every opportunity with curiosity and an open mind,”

Bertke continued. “There is plenty that can be learned

in the classroom, but there is also much to be learned

outside the walls of school.”

In the Lower School, Students Take Field

Trips and Find On-Campus Opportunities

Lower School students can also expect to board a

bus to travel to locations near and far to further their

understanding of the community and world around them.

Lower School Director Lise Hicklin offers, “Experiential

education in practice are hands-on, authentic, and active

learning experiences. Whether it’s Kindergarten’s trip to

Rappahannock Park to study the changes of the seasons;

First Grade agricultural experiences at Cox Farms; learning

about tree growth and organic farming techniques at Oak

Shade in Second Grade; visiting the birthplace of Robert

E. Lee in Third Grade; or participating in a major rite of

passage at Highland-the Fourth Grade overnight trip to

Jamestown – students can expect to explore new places

and add first-hand knowledge to classroom lessons.”

Just a few steps from Lower School classrooms is the Village

Garden and Outdoor Classroom. In this unique space,

curricular and developmental goals direct the development

of hands-on activities including studying the life cycle

of plants, definitions of habitat, and soil health.

STEAM Night, Maker Space Offer Unique

Experiences to Our Youngest Students

Additionally, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering,

Art, and Math) activities are incorporated into grade-level

and co-curricular programs. Family STEAM nights, which

are new this year, are designed to give parents a better

understanding of this educational framework, to promote

functional literacy in our students, to give families a fun

way to interact with each other while learning something

new, and to help build our Highland community.

“The Maker Space provides opportunities for

all students to hone their design, conceptualizing,

building, and trouble-shooting skills,” added Hicklin.

“Programs and places like the Garden and Maker Space

classroom, provide ideal environments for students to

share what they know, explore new concepts, and create

what they imagine.”

The emphasis on experiential learning at Highland helps

provide opportunities to reach different kinds of learners,

to challenge students and faculty to leave their comfort

zones, and to create unforgettable learning moments.

Stepping beyond the walls of Highland gives teachers and

students unique opportunities to add real-world relevance

to classroom learning, to see each other with new

perspective, and to connect the school experience to life

beyond Highland. This important and unique feature of

the Highland program strives to facilitate self-awareness

and personal growth, the creation of healthy, productive

relationships, and meaningful experiences that challenge

and broaden perspectives of school, local, national, and

global communities. n

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the Gal

Last summer, a group of students and faculty visited the Gala´pagos

Islands off the coast of Ecuador as part of Highland’s Experiential

Education program. They hiked, snorkeled, played with wildlife,

and immersed themselves in island culture.



Spotlight on Experiential Learning

Two Highland Students Offer Their

Reflections on a Once-in-a-Lifetime

Opportunity to Visit the Gala´pagos

Part One By Ann Collins ‘15

Although our travel to the Galápagos Islands,

which are located in the Pacific Ocean off the west

of Ecuador, was one of the longest trips I’ve endured,

knowing that we had finally arrived filled me with joy.

Immediately, there was a very natural feeling. I do not

mean in the generic way we use it today, but in the

sense that we are much closer to the bare state of

things, to true human nature.

Totally Surrounded by Nature

For breakfast, for example, we ate eggs that had been

collected the day before and milk that was as fresh as

that morning. Walking along the western side of the

Andes mountains, I couldn’t help but catch my breath

to see the clouds creeping slowly over the mountains,

and the rivers racing them to the bottom.

From our first immersion into the natural beauty

of South America, we traveled by plane, bus, boat,

and taxi to reach our hotel on Isla Isabela. To many,

the amount of time spent traveling may seem like a

burden, but it is irrelevant when you have the views to

go alongside it.

Feeling Right at Home in the Natural World

Weaving in and out of the Galápagos Islands was

truly an indescribable experience. Looking out at

the horizon, I could easily see the remnants of the

volcanoes that had created the amazing islands we

would soon visit. Meanwhile, I could also look only a

few feet away to see schools of fish glimmering just

below the surface and dolphins showing off their

jumps and spins not far beyond them.

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the Galapagos


The Galápagos Islands are an archipelago of volcanic islands. The islands

are part of Ecuador and are both a national park and a biological marine

reserve. Accordingly, all wildlife and the environment they live in are

protected, which creates a unique opportunity to get close to nature.

Our writer, Ann Collins ‘15, poses with her brother Ivel Lee Collins ‘13 along

a volcanic beach on Isabela Island looking out over the Pacific Ocean.

When we arrived at the hotel, I felt immediately at

home, but once again in a natural sense. The open

floor plan allowed for the warm air to flow freely and

the sound of the ocean to echo softly down the halls.

The owners were more than hospitable, making a buffet

of fresh fruits and rolls every morning for breakfast.

Everything about our housing was very intimate and

welcoming, from the animal shaped towels on our beds

to the fresh water set out every morning.

Snorkeling Adds New Depth to Experience

Now, of course, we did not fly halfway across the world,

and experience every form of transportation, to spend

time in the hotel. My most memorable experience

was snorkeling in the inlet, just a mile or so from the

town. Almost as soon as we entered the water, we were

surrounded by fish of varying colors and sizes. The fish

were curious to see the new creatures that had entered

so suddenly into their habitat. Sea turtles were soon

spotted gliding carelessly along the coral, seemingly

indifferent to our approach.

It was not the stunning plants or crystal clear waters

that made this outing so memorable, however. Looking

back toward the rest of the group, I immediately

stopped swimming. To my surprise, a family of sea

lions had taken Oliver and Ivel Lee in as their own. They

swam in spirals, encircling the two, begging like small

children for them to join in.

This went on for several minutes as I watched in awe,

culminating in one particularly friendly baby seal

“bopping” (for lack of a better verb) Oliver on the

face of his snorkeling mask. If a friendly nudge from

a sea lion doesn’t fully express the closeness between

humans and the other inhabitants of the islands,

I don’t know what will.

Truly at One with Nature

That was likely the most surprising part of this

trip. No animal, big or small, feared us. Both

humans and creatures coexisted, feeding off of

the same resources, in perfect harmony. It was very

eye-opening to realize how different our relationship

can be to the world around us, and I was somewhat

ashamed of how it is back home. I know when I walk

outside my door I will not find a family of lizards

warming themselves on the rocks in my garden, but

instead in a glass case at a zoo.

Above all, I now want to protect this beautiful place and

all those who inhabit it. For many, it is easy to not be

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the Galapagos

interested in saving an environment so far away

from where they call home. However, without such

places like the Galápagos, we would be unable

to experience some of the many organisms and

breathtaking sceneries that we do today. As a result

of my trip last summer, I want to protect the islands

in the hopes that people after me can have the same

unforgettable experience that I did, which I encourage

you all to do if you ever get the opportunity.

Part Two By Oliver Schwartz ‘15

I have been lucky enough to have gone on a few

exciting overseas trips with the Highland community

and to have gone on many overseas vacations with

my family. However, I have never been on an

adventure that was as incredible as this one to the

Galápagos. On any vacation, there is usually one

moment that stands out…whether it is a breathtaking

view, a visit to a certain building or museum, or simply

an amazing dinner. On this trip, every moment was

a moment to remember forever.

“On any vacation, there

is usually one moment that stands

out… whether it is a breathtaking

view, a visit to a certain building

or museum, or simply an amazing

dinner. On this trip, however,

every moment was a moment

to remember forever.“

Off to the Galápagos Archipelago

After our short stay in Ecuador, we flew to the

Galápagos Archipelago, then hopped on a boat

and eventually found ourselves on a dock leading

onto Isabela Island. While we loaded the trucks with

our suitcases, we had our first encounter with the

Galápagos wildlife. Laying there in the middle of the

road was a beautiful, orange, massive iguana. Not far

from him was a sea lion sunning himself next

to some local fishermen.

As the trip continued, wildlife was abundant at every

turn. Whether we were climbing up volcanoes, walking

on volcanic islands, or snorkeling, there were always

marine iguanas, blue footed boobies, and sea lions

to accompany us. Every night, a handful of us would

venture out onto the beach in the dark and climb over

the rocks with flashlights to look at the abundance of life

that could be found in the tidal pools. To our delight, we

found a plethora of crabs, octopi, and even an eel.

Where Else Can You Play with Sea Lions?

Our days were spent hiking, boating, and most exciting

of all, snorkeling. I have never had an experience quite

like swimming with sea lions before, and I can only

hope that one day I have the opportunity to do it again.

As we slowly swam out into the bay with our flippers

and snorkels, we started to notice fleeting shadows

dancing around us in the water.

At first, I thought they were simply large fish, until

a small furry face popped up out of nowhere just a

few inches away from my mask. What happened next

can only be described as cartoon-like…the sea lion

“kissed” my mask.

I was taken completely by surprise and my startled

reaction scared the figurative pants off of that poor sea

lion. After I realized what had happened, I immediately

swam over to Ivel Lee Collins ‘13 who was almost as

excited as I was about what had just happened.

For the next hour, Ivel Lee and I swam with the sea

lions in what I must say was one of the most amazing

experiences of my life. Wild and free, they glided

effortlessly through the water, only to look back

to make sure we were following them.

Life in a Wildlife Sanctuary

I never thought that a wild animal would act in such a

playful way toward a human, but in that moment the true

beauty of the Galápagos as a whole is easily seen. The

entire archipelago is a sanctuary for all types of wildlife

and because there is so much regulation and respect for

the environment, animals aren’t afraid of people.

The iguanas don’t run, the sea lions just want to play,

and even the birds were too busy eating their fruits to

be bothered by the proximity of humans. For anyone

who is even remotely fascinated by wildlife (can you tell

that I am?), there is no better place to view and interact

with it than in the Galápagos and we were lucky enough

that this trip gave us the opportunity to do just that.

If you want a once in a lifetime chance to see a whole

different world, this trip is for you and all I can say is

I can’t wait to do it again next summer. n

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Our writers Oliver Schwartz’15 and Ann Collins ‘15, at left, join

Ivel Lee Collins ‘13, Parker Collins ‘15, Alie Brill ‘16, Robert Angelotti ‘16,

Lewis Pollard, and Highland faculty member Jon Kraut for a photo.

Are you ready to experience island life for yorself?

We will be returning to the Galápagos Islands in the summer

of 2015. To learn more, please contact Leslie Ziegler

via email to lziegler@highlandschool.org

News & Notes from Highland Alumni

Alumni News & Notes

Laura Gargagliano Bartee, 8th ‘95 Laura graduated

from Highland as an 8th grader in 1995. She later went on to

attend Fauquier High School and then Virginia Tech. Laura

graduated from Virginia Tech with a degree in Architecture

in 2004. She married Luke Bartee of Virginia Beach in 2009

and they had their first daughter Maddie Rose in 2012.

Laura became a licensed Architect in 2012 and

started her own firm, LLB Design (you can learn more

at gargaglianobartee.com), that specializes in custom

residential and small commercial projects in Northern

Virginia. Luke and Laura recently bought a horse farm

in Fauquier County and are restoring the 1920 farmhouse

and stable.

Victoria Hall ‘13 Victoria was recently accepted into

a summer science program at Yale University in New

Haven, Connecticut. In this program, Victoria received

a stipend to do research and work on a project in the

neuroscience department as part of the Yale Early Social

Cognition Lab (YESCog). YESCog is a part of the Infant

& Toddler Developmental Disabilities Clinic and the

Yale Autism Program.

Grayson Louise Ayres Ross

Tyler Ross ‘98 “Here is a picture of Grayson Louise Ayres

Ross, our little girl, who was born on September 8, 2014.

Both Grayson and my wife, Sarah, are doing great and we’re

enjoying our time with our new baby.”

“I recently moved my company, Ross Real Estate, to an office

in Old Town Warrenton. We are located on Culpeper Street

and offer a full range of real estate services to residential and

commercial buyers and sellers.”

Nick White ‘07 Nick graduated from Highland School in

2007 and graduated from the University of North Carolina

in Chapel Hill in 2012. He majored in Philosophy and

minored in Business and now resides in Liberty, North

Carolina where he is working with his father to start a

cattle farming operation.

Stay Up-to-Date with Classmates

Want to stay up-to-date with classmates and

friends? Send along your story and photos to

bbogin@highlandschool.org and we’ll do

our best to include it in an upcoming issue.

Connect with alumni and friends at


Save the Date for the Alumni Reunion:

Saturday, May 30, 2015. Check out the

Highland School website for more details!

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Picture Puzzle


In October, students gathered in the Lise Hicklin Black Box Theater in the Center for the Arts for

their monthly Coffee House performance. Can you find the 12 differences between these two images?

The original image is on the top. The modified image is on the bottom. For the answers, visit


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At Highland School, Blue and Gold is a tradition that has carried on as long as anyone can remember. Part athletic

and academic competition, part leadership opportunity, and all fun for students and faculty alike, Blue and Gold connects

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