FALL 2014 ISSUE:
TRADITIONS: OLD & NEW
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*
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
Head of School
Henry D. Berg
Writers and Contributors
Amy Babcox (8th, ‘76)
Ann Collins ‘15
Oliver Schwartz ‘15
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.
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
Director of Communications
Director of Advancement
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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
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
“Today, our challenge
is to blend the best of our
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
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 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
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
Logan Van de Water
12th Grade Lifers
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:
Trung Nhat Huynh
University of Virginia
Lord Fairfax Community College – Middletown Campus
Franklin and Marshall College
College of William and Mary
Washington University in St. Louis
Virginia Commonwealth University
University of California, Santa Cruz
University of Edinburgh (Scotland)
James Madison University
College of William and Mary
James Madison University
Northern Virginia Community College - Alexandria Campus
Franklin and Marshall College
Virginia Wesleyan College
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Georgia State University
High Point University
Washington and Lee University
High Point University
Christopher Newport University
James Madison University
James Madison University
University of Virginia
St. Lawrence University
University of California, Santa Barbara
University of Virginia
University of Colorado Colorado Springs
Franklin and Marshall College
University of Redlands
University of South Carolina
Virginia Commonwealth 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.
Learn more about our faculty and staff
online at highlandschool.org/faculty
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Spotlight on Faculty
THE JOY OF
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
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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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SATURDAY, APRIL 11, 2015
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Saturday, April 11, 2015
Upper School Gym
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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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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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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
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.
Y Y Y Y
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
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.”
Y Y Y Y
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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A TRADITION OF
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
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
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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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 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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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 firstname.lastname@example.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
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
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friends? Send along your story and photos to
email@example.com 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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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
students from the Lower and Middle Schools like no other Highland tradition. In this picture, Gold team members showed
their spirit in the Upper School Gym at the Spirit Week Pep Rally in October. Read more about Blue and Gold on page 22.