Holiday Shoppe sparkles; offers gifts for everyone - Cary Academy

Holiday Shoppe sparkles; offers gifts for everyone - Cary Academy

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Holiday Shoppe sparkles;

offers gifts for everyone

No tax charged on purchases at Dec. 4-6 event

More than 100 vendors will put their wares up for sale at Cary Academy’s

annual Holiday Shoppe 2008, to be held Dec. 4-6. This free event is open to the public

and will be held in the SEA.

Those attending will have a multitude of potential gift purchases to choose from, including

jewelry, home accessories, hostess items, children’s items, holiday ornaments, apparel,

food, and a wide variety of handmade crafts. Since the event is a non-profit fundraiser,

there is no tax charged on Holiday Shoppe purchases.

During the run of the Holiday Shoppe, daily door prizes will be given away.

The hours for the Holiday Shoppe are:

• Thursday, Dec. 4, 10 A.M. to 5 P.M.

• Friday, Dec. 5, 10 A.M. to 5 P.M. and 6:30-9 P.M.

• Saturday, Dec. 6, 10 A.M. to 4 P.M.

Chair Melinda Bissett said the planning is in place to make this year the most successful

Holiday Shoppe ever.

“The great support we

receive from the CA community

is just wonderful,” she said.

“They volunteer and help set

up booths, they serve on the

committee, run errands, and

spread the word to the greater

community on how impressive

our shoppe is and how much it

has to offer.”

Bissett is especially pleased

that the Holiday Shoppe presents

shoppers with gift ideas

that fit any budget.

Curious shoppers check out the goods at Holiday Shoppe

2007. HS 2008 is set for Dec. 4-6 at the SEA.

“We have a few high-priced items but, more importantly, we have tons of items that

are quite the bargain. A shopper can really rack up the purchases without breaking the

bank. You do get your bang for the buck at the Holiday Shoppe. Also, since no tax is

charged on purchases, that helps save money, too.”

Gift cards to more than 800 participating stores and restaurants are also for sale at the

Holiday Shoppe. Orders can be placed ahead and then picked up at the Holiday Shoppe.

Contact Development Coordinator Dorrys McArdle at or

919-228-4542 for questions and/or to order cards. The last day to pre-order cards so that

they can be picked up at the Holiday Shoppe is Tuesday, Nov. 18, by 10 A.M. Orders also will

be taken at the Holiday Shoppe and cards can either be picked up at the school or mailed.

Proceeds from Holiday Shoppe go to community outreach and need-based scholarships.

For more information about the Holiday Shoppe 2008 call 919-228-4653.

Seniors earn

National Merit;

AP scholars named

Park, Morehead-Cain nominees


For outstanding results on the junior

year PSAT, the National Merit Scholarship

Program has recognized 21% of the Class

of 2009. Seniors Alexander Arey, Therice

Morris, Joshua Orol, John Peebles, Sonja

Thalheimer and Nathaniel Ting have been

recognized as National Merit Semifinalists,

placing them among the top 16,000 scorers

(top one percent) out of 1.4 million test

takers on the 2007 PSAT/NMSQT. These

students continue on in the competition to

compete for some 8,200 Merit Scholarship

awards worth $35 million. These scholarships

will be awarded in the spring.

Cary Academy also has 15 students

named Commended Students in the 2009

National Merit Scholarship Program.

Although these students will not continue

in the competition for Merit Scholarship

awards, Commended Students placed

among the top five percent of more than

1.4 million students who took the 2007

PSAT/NMSQT. Seniors recognized for this

honor are Bryan Abadie, Andrew Copland,

David Deerson, Tyler Hartsfield, Firoz

Jameel, Mark Larus, Ian Molvie, William

Moore, Michael Rooney, Zach Sarnoff,

Cameron Setzer, Sarah Smith, Maya

Vulgaropulos, and Michelle Wainer.

AP Scholars named from 2008

Seventy-one students at Cary Academy

have earned AP Scholar Awards in recognition

of their exceptional achievement on

AP exams. This includes 50% of the students

who graduated in the Class of 2008.

Although Cary Academy does not offer

Advanced Placement courses, our Advanced

courses provide preparation for AP exams.

In May 2007, 165 Cary Academy students

took over 350 AP exams. Of those students,

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Cary Academy October/November 2008

Don Berger, Head of School

Leaders can be born—and made

Leadership skills need to be taught and strengthened


Cary Academy October/November 2008

Since observing part of

the first meeting of the

Cary Academy Student

Leadership Institute on

Oct. 3, I have been thinking

about that intangible yet indispensable quality of


The Institute is a series of seminars for Upper

School students that teach leadership principles and

how to apply these principles to daily student life and

decision-making at Cary Academy. Monica Udell, a Cary

Academy parent and professional leadership consultant,

is donating her time to instruct the Student

Leadership Institute.

While observing the students sharing ideas about

leadership, I began to contemplate if it is possible to

create leaders and just how much can you teach leadership?

I believe some are born with leadership ability,

but I also believe that certain leadership skills can be

taught and strengthened, and that any leadership skills

one might be born with aren’t enough. Training makes

the difference.

To wit, years ago I attended the National Association

of Independent School’s Advanced Administrator’s

Workshop. One of the activities placed me on a team of

eight, which was then split into two groups and the team

leader given a task for the entire team to complete. Our

overall team leader sent my group of four to another room,

and said he would call us in a few minutes to give us

direction after his group started working on the task. But

20 minutes passed before the leader summoned us for

instruction! This made me think about how often I, as an

administrator, had asked to meet with an employee or a

student and not given the person a heads-up on the purpose

of the meeting. I realized they felt the same anxiety

and worry that I felt that day. The difference in power

between a leader and those he leads can create considerable

anxiety. Since my workshop experience, I have

always given a reason when requesting a meeting. These

are the types of leadership skills that can be learned

trough training, and they make a significant difference.

Three important axioms

We can train our students to be leaders. There is

much advice that can be given, but there are three axioms

of leadership that have hit home with me that I feel are

important for students and adults as well to consider:

1. A leader’s actions are watched carefully,

evaluated and often emulated. This happens more

than people can imagine. A leader is always on a

stage. Awareness of this is crucial in big and small

ways. For a big-way example, take an emergency situation.

It is important for a leader to remain calm during

emergencies. This calmness permeates into others and

lessens the chance of panic and rash decision-making.

For a small-way example, take a piece of trash. One

evening while leaving the building at my previous

school, I witnessed our head of the lower school, an

older woman who had been at the school for 40+ years,

stop three times to pick up trash on her walk through

the parking lot to her car. I caught up with her and mentioned

that housekeeping would be coming through the

lot soon, and they would collect the trash. She shot me

a look of astonishment. “I’m picking up this trash,” she

stated, “because if everyone would do this, no matter

“… not only should you always leave a

place better than you found it, but if you

want everyone to act in a certain way,

then you had better model that behavior

what their job or their age,

our campus would look

beautiful always.” I learned

from watching this leader’s

actions that not only should

you always leave a place

better than you found it, but

that if you want everyone yourself at all times.”

to act in a certain way, then

you had better model that behavior yourself at all times.

2. A leader empowers others. Helping others to

take ownership of a problem or project is, to me, the

essence of strong leadership. The more those around

you feel part of the solution to a problem or project, the

stronger their commitment, energy and effort. All of us

have different talents, and you never know when the

most inconspicuous person in the room will have the

talent you need to accomplish your task. If you have

empowered that person, then he will be able to rise to

the occasion and provide just what the group needs at

the right time.

3. A leader admits mistakes. It is a must for

leaders to recognize and admit when they are wrong.

This builds trust, respect, and loyalty among a constituency

and encourages others to take risks. In my

second year as dean of students at my previous school,

I had to acknowledge a mistake. We had been struggling

with the dress code, and I wondered whether or

not I should continue our Halloween tradition of letting

students dress down if they were in costume. The previous

Halloween some students had come to school

out of code, but rather than wear an authentic costume

they stated they were dressed as public school

students. As Halloween neared this year, I decided not

to allow any costumes and sent out a notice stating

such to the Upper School on the day before

Halloween. Complaints from parents, faculty and students

flowed in. I soon realized I was wrong. At our

next assembly following Halloween I began with an

apology. I stated I had made a bad decision and punished

everyone for the

actions of a few. I was sorry

for stopping a tradition and

promised that we would reinstate

it next Halloween. My

mea culpa was met with

thunderous applause. What a

lesson in humility! It was incredibly difficult to stand

before 150 students and 20 teachers and say I was

wrong. I slept little the night before and was nearly

shaking when I stood before the school. More of us

need to acknowledge mistakes and model how to

make amends.

In our brief history at Cary Academy we have

assumed students know how to lead. We assume that

students can successfully run a meeting, set up a club

or captain a team. Some students do, but regardless,

these and other skills of leadership must be taught

and reinforced.

Lately there is much talk in the education world

about 21st century skills for students, and high on

every list is leadership. The reason is that business

and corporate models recognize the importance of

skills such as teambuilding, communication and motivation.

And leaders can harness these skills. We need

to teach leadership skills to all our students. We can

start with our recognized leaders on campus with events

like the Cary Academy Leadership Institute, but we need

to educate all students on the skills of leadership.

Make those holiday travel plans via CA!

Cary Academy has own travel site now

Priceline, Expedia, Orbitz…Cary Academy? You might not know it, but Cary Academy

has its own travel Web site, Recently established with the

help of CA alum and Passport to Giving representative Dana Schrenk (’02), this site can

take care of all your travel needs just like Expedia or any of the other travel sites.

Anyone and everyone can use this site, and there is no cost to use the site. The

prices are comparable and even less than other travel sites. Key features include: air,

hotel and car rental search and booking; vacation packages; cruise packages; and

flower and event/sports ticket ordering. When travel is booked on the new site, CA will

receive 60 percent of the commissions paid as royalties.

So, when you are ready to plan that fall break getaway, don’t forget to book it

through and help us turn vacations into donations.



shines on Ashleigh Crutcher

Ashleigh Crutcher (’11) is just a normal

high school student. She enjoys hanging

out with her family and friends and counts

shopping and watching movies as two of

her favorite hobbies. But the six-foot Cary

Academy sophomore excels at another

hobby, too—volleyball.

She began playing the sport competitively

after realizing all her friends were trying

out for her middle school team. Now

she is a middle and outside hitter for the

varsity squad.

Head Coach Melanie Bryant, who has

played professional beach volleyball and

was recently inducted into the Barton

College Sports Hall of Fame, appreciates

the positive attitude and strong leadership

Crutcher brings to the team.

“Ashleigh is extremely coachable and is

always looking to improve her overall

game. She is motivated to help her teammates

by cheering and being a positive

player on and off the court. Ashleigh truly

has a passion for the sport of volleyball!”

Crutcher says “the excitement you get

when you do something well” and “working

with the team” are two of her favorite

aspects about playing.

Before the season began, The News

and Observer touted Crutcher as a “player

to watch,” and Crutcher significantly helped

the team by tallying 243 kills, 33 aces, 11

blocks and 145 digs in the first 14 games.

Ashleigh Crutcher (’11) in action

State semi-finals

And she helped the team to the semifinals

of the NCISAA tournament, held at

Cary Academy Oct. 24–25.

The team went into state play on a roll.

With a win over Ravenscroft, the girls finished

the regular season undefeated in

conference play and took home—for the

first time in volleyball school history—the

regular reason TISAC championship. The

team then dispensed of Durham Academy

and Ravenscroft to win the tournament


Earlier in the season, Crutcher made the

All-Tournament team at Wake Christian’s

Diggin’ in the Doghouse tournament.

Combined with this honor, her impressive

individual statistics and the team’s overall

success, Crutcher certainly lived up to the

preseason hype.

Crutcher has already firmly set her goals

for her remaining two years at the high

school level. “I would like to be the captain

and win states,” she says.

Bryant hopes Crutcher, who aspires to

play collegiate volleyball at either Duke or

Stanford, will use her great determination

to continue to grow both as a player and a


“Ashleigh has done so much growing

as a player already; she is truly dedicated

to the sport! I would like to see her take

the lessons she has and will learn through

sports and apply them to everyday life.

She is a great person and has so much to

offer the Cary Academy community!”

—Hayes Tilson, Intern

The Charger Report

A column on CA sports by Athletic Director Kevin Jones

One of the most rewarding aspects of my job as AD is watching our athletes participate

on the court or field. From the blistering hot, preseason days of August to the chilly,

drizzly evenings of the playoffs, the transformation our athletes make in a mere 11 weeks is

astonishing. The hard work and dedication to the sport they love make me proud of our

coaches and players, and to see it pay dividends with five state playoff invitations is only fitting.

The fall sports season epitomized the growth of athletics at Cary Academy—goals have

changed. No longer is a bid to the state playoffs “good enough” for our players and coaches,

it’s expected. And not only is it expected that our teams will participate, but it is evident,

based on their passion, that they will perform well.

The boys’ soccer team recorded its first state tournament win in the school’s history,

the girls’ tennis team lost in the semi-final match, the

“…it is evident, volleyball team pushed eventual champion Charlotte

Latin to the brink of elimination in the tournament, and

based on their our girls’ cross country team finished third in the state

while our boys finished second. And, although this

passion, that they

year’s field hockey team narrowly missed a

will perform well.” state tournament invitation, the tremendous

strides this young program has made in the past two years are exciting.

The past has shown that the “Charlotte Schools” are the powerhouses of the state. That

is changing. Our TISAC conference fared very well this season. Cary Academy currently

leads the way in points for the Prestige Cup for both boys and girls sports. The Prestige Cup

is given to the school within the TISAC conference that at the end of the year has the most

all-around success in boys and girls athletics.

It’s this type of competition that has made Cary Academy strive and achieve its most

recent success in athletics. On a weekly basis, we face the top teams in the state and our

athletes are up to the challenge. CA is no longer a doormat to a conference or state title,

but rather it is my belief that soon, very soon the road to championships will travel through

Cary Academy.


Cary Academy October/November 2008

Africa: Soaring to new heights of confidence

Two students and an alum climb Mt. Kilimanjaro


Cary Academy October/November 2008

It was not your average day at the

beach in July, rather Michael Khan (’09)

and Kedar Karkare (‘10) were in Africa,

shivering on the freezing cold heights of

Mt. Kilimanjaro. Both can now say that

they have summitted the largest free

standing mountain in the world, but both

describe the ascent as the longest seven

days of their lives.

Seven days and six nights on a freezing

cold mountain in Africa—an extremely

challenging task. Both boys took time out

of the summer to each climb the mountain,

but on separate, unrelated trips. What

was especially unique was that both

Karkare and Khan were accompanied by

their fathers.

Khan’s sister

Lauren (’07), a

sophomore at

Duke, also made

the climb.


“The climb

doesn’t start

when you’re on

the mountain,

it starts once

you sign up,”

said Khan.

Khan ran almost every day of the week

to prepare for his climb. Karkare also ran

and did several climbs around his house,

including climbing Mt. Mitchell. Climbing

Mt. Kilimanjaro does not involve ice pegs

or ropes, but it is essentially a long, hard

hike that involves months of preparation.

Generally, the hardest aspect is the adjustment

to the extremely high altitudes.

Khan especially had a difficult time

adjusting to the altitude. “One night I only

slept for about an hour after we had just

finished eight hours of hiking,” said Khan.

“It was freezing, about 20 degrees outside,

and I had a pounding headache and

was extremely nauseous. That was the

worst night of my life.”

Kedar Karkare (’10), second from right, at

the summit. His father, Jay, is at far left.

The climb

Each signed up with a group of about

16 people and one guide, and all worked

together to reach the top. They would

wake up at early hours of the morning and

then climb the day through, eating meals

along the way. At times it would be freezing

cold and so dark that they could only

see with their headlamp.

Waking up very early and

climbing for long hours each

day was extremely challenging

yet quite rewarding.

“Each night you would go

to bed knowing that you had

accomplished something great

that day,” said Khan.

Reaching the summit

After days and days of hard

work, reaching the summit is a

culmination of excitement and

exhaustion. All said they were

climbing up and down for

hours on end, anxiously wondering

if the end was around the next turn.

“As soon as I saw my

dad coming around the

last corner before the

summit, and I walked out

to give him a hug, we

were both crying. That,

for me, was my favorite

memory of the trip,” said


Karkare had much of

the same experience and

even shared in singing

with the guides.

“Standing on top and

just having a sigh of relief and joy and

knowing that I did what I set out to do

Michael (’09) and Lauren Kahn (’07) bundled against the

cold of Mt. Kilimanjaro.Their father, Douglas, is at right.

made me feel great,” said Karkare. “I

climbed one of the tallest mountains in the

world. It was amazing.”

Coming home

Seven days and six nights on a freezing

cold mountain in Africa—an extremely

challenging task. After accomplishing such

an amazing goal, challenges at home are

not as daunting. The seven days have

helped shape both families, and have

given Khan and Karkare motivation that no

challenge is to difficult to overcome.

“When I get down or start thinking

about giving up in anything, I just remind

myself that I climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro,” said

Khan. “That gets me through.”

—Julia Fariss, Intern

A healthy (old) economy on view at CA

The movers and shakers of the wobbling world economy should have paid a visit to the

seventh grade’s annual Festival of the Year 1,000 (Y1K), held Oct. 7 between the Middle

School and Fine Arts Building, to pick up a few tips.

There were no signs of failing businesses,

and no need for a bailout of

any kind; this healthy marketplace

bustled with transactions as parents

traded the Y1K currency of huizis for

tea, gold, ivory, rice, you name it.

Over here Spanish traders sold

leather while over there Japanese

merchants, under the shade of their

bamboo booth, offered sushi to hungry


Designed around the theme of a

Dark Ages bazaar, the festival allows

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Keeping voices alive

A bat mitzvah means many things from friends and

fellowship to discovering more about the Jewish history and

yourself. For Maia Szulik (’10) it meant an opportunity to

share with others and help keep the voices of Holocaust

survivors alive.

Szulik began a fund three years ago to help spread

awareness of the Holocaust within the community and to

share stories of Holocaust survivors. Her project is still

going strong today and continues to grow.

“I felt like it was, and still is my duty to learn about it

(the Holocaust) and share my knowledge with anyone I can

so that it will never be forgotten,” said Szulik.

Her inspiration came from Marianne Roberts, a survivor,

Maia Szulik ('10) and

Holocaust survivor

Marianne Roberts.

who asked Szulik to “please make sure that my voice is here when I’m not.” From her

first meeting with Roberts, Szulik felt like her project had a purpose and gave her an

incentive to make it that much more meaningful.

Her project raised $5,000 in its first year to help host speakers and events and continues

to grow today bringing awareness to others about the past.

Having visited the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. and Yad Vashem, the

holocaust museum in Jerusalem, Szulik has had many life changing opportunities. From

these experiences she has developed a greater sense of self-awareness and the need

to give back to others.

The relationship with Roberts has been especially meaningful. Having read books and

visited many museums as a child, hearing from an actually survivor was by far the most

meaningful for Szulik.

“When I heard her story, I couldn’t believe she was just my age when she had to live

through it,” said Szulik. “I look at how easy my life is today and no one deserves to go

through what Marianne went through, losing her home, family and having to move to a

new country with her sister, only having one penny in their pockets.”

Szulik’s biggest fear is that the past will be forgotten, and history’s events will repeat

themselves. With the events in Darfur and across the world, each day is a reminder to

Szulik about the importance of her project.

“We need to remember how bad it can get if the world is not reacting,” said Szulik.

“We need to individually stand up for others.”

Szulik certainly is standing up

for others and serves an inspiration

for the future. She has

many incredible hopes for her



sending teachers

to Yad Vashem

and having a Holocaust resource

center in the new Jewish Community Center, currently being built in Durham.

Through increased support and awareness, Szulik is striving to enhance her fund even

more. With her many creative ideas, the possibilities and future of her fund are endless.

By keeping her fund alive, she too can keep the voices of the Holocaust survivors alive.

“It is not any more about museums and books for me,” said Szulik. “It is about real

people, just like us.”

—Julia Fariss, Intern



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students to better understand the

cultures of that time. Students choose

a country to represent, assume an

occupation of that country, peddle the

wares and food that country was

known for at the end of the first

millennium, and dress up in the garb

of that country.

Trevor Gordon (’14) and Sam Title

(’14) posed as doctors of Islamic medicine,

and offered—for a fee—to cure

passersby of illnesses.

“Islamist doctors believed in the

four humors of phlegm, black bile,

yellow bile and blood and in balancing

these different liquids in the body,”

explained Gordon. “For instance, they

would use leeches for bloodletting,

they would recommend coughing to

release phlegm, and they would prescribe

medicines to induce nausea to

release yellow bile.”

Khmer traders Kyle Lerch (’14) and

Daniel Sheitman (’14) hawked the

major exports of their Asian empire

that once encompassed modern-day

Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam:

ivory tusks, kingfisher feathers and rice.

This year, customers at Y1K received

passports that they had stamped and

initialed at each booth. The students

made their own stamps with iconic

emblems of their country. For example,

one England stamp contained a Viking

helmet and a silver coin to represent

the time in that nation’s history when

Vikings raided the coastline demanding

silver coinage in payment.

Y1K was a hairy situation for Islamic

World travelers Sam Title (’14) and Trevor

Gordon (’14).


Cary Academy October/November 2008


Cary Academy October/November 2008

PTAA grants a lot of wishes

Organization funds many extraordinary events

Ever wonder where the six video cameras came from for the foreign language trip?

Or how about the funding for the trip to last year’s Bodies exhibit?

The PTAA grant program provided these and many other

wonderful opportunities that benefit CA. From ladies selfdefense

classes to sponsoring author’s visits, the PTAA

helps to enhance the education of CA students and the

community at large.

The PTAA grant program is the largest expenditure in the

PTAA budget that is not allocated ahead of time for the school year. The

program is administered by the PTAA Vice President Karen Green. A committee consisting

of Green, PTAA President Naomi Lambert and Head of School Don Berger decides

where to allocate the funds on a case-by-case basis.

Broadly, the grants fall into two categories: the student activity enhancement grant

and the community grant. Each of these categories is intended to impact all aspects of

the CA community.

Last year’s grants ran the gamut. Susan Fletcher, author of The Shadow

Spinner, came to CA and spoke to Middle School students providing them a

hands-on resource to a book they had read and researched. In the Upper

School, a Global Awareness Initiative gave students the opportunity to hear firsthand

accounts of events in Kenya as well as raising awareness to the problems in Darfur and

Sudan. The beautiful Japanese garden, designed and built by sixth-graders and their families,

also was sponsored by the PTAA grants program. “The grants…provide a permanent

enhancement for the entire community,” said Green.

This year $9,000 is available for projects requested by both teachers and students.

So far the PTAA has approved a $900 grant for two microscope cameras for the eighthgrade

science program, $625 to purchase four stone containers for a sustainable

gardening project, $250 for the Knitting Club to purchase materials to knit baby hats

for premature infants, $725 for the US Honors Orchestra to participate

in three Master’s classes with Chicago Symphony musicians during

the Chicago National Invitational Festival of Gold, and $400 to purchase

a ping-pong table for the SEA lounge.

The success of the program depends on the PTAA’s operating

budget fundraiser, the Annual Benefit Auction. Through the auction, monies are raised to

directly benefit students. These funds are an invaluable asset to the CA community.

This year the Auction is Saturday, Feb. 21, 2009, and will feature a Journey Around

the World theme. “The generosity of our community is evident during the auction,” said

Green. “Without the funds raised through this event, our grants program, along with

many other enhancements at the school, would not be possible.”

—Julia Fariss, Intern

AP scholars named

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71 (43%) have been named AP Scholars.

World-wide, about 18% of the 1.6 million

students who took AP Exams performed at

a sufficiently high level to earn an AP

Scholar Award.

The College Board recognizes several

levels of achievement based on students’

performance on AP Exams:

At Cary Academy, two students in the

Class of 2008 qualified for the highest

level honor, the National AP Scholar

Award, by earning an average grade of 4

or higher on a five-point scale on all AP

exams taken, and a grade of 4 or higher

on eight or more of these exams. These

students are Jackie Lee (’08) and

Charlotte Morgan (’08).

Twenty-four students qualified for the AP

Scholar with Distinction Award by earning

an average of at least 3.5 on all AP

exams taken, and grades of 3 or higher

on five or more of these exams.

Fifteen additional students qualified for

the AP Scholar with Honor Award by

earning an average grade of at least 3.25

on all AP Exams, and grades of 3 or higher

on four or more of these exams.

Thirty-two students qualified for the AP

Scholar Award by completing three or

more AP Exams with grades of 3 or


Of this year’s award recipients, twentytwo

were juniors. These students have

another year in which to take additional

AP exams and possibly earn a higherlevel

AP Scholar Award.

AP is accepted by more than 3600 colleges

and universities worldwide for college

credit, advanced placement, or both on the

basis of successful AP Exam grades (generally,

scores of 3, 4 or 5, as determined by the

individual college or university). This includes

more than 90% of four-year institutions in

the United States.

In other scholarly news, Lauren

Jamiolkowski (’09) and Therice Morris (‘09)

have been named the school’s nominees

for the Morehead-Cain Scholarship at UNC,

while Ksenia Sedova (’09) and Nathaniel

Ting (’09) have been named the school’s

nominees for the Park Scholarship at North

Carolina State University.

Thirteen students have been named to the

2008 Middle School and High School North

Carolina Honors Chorus. The four Upper School

chorus students selected are: Seth

Johnson (’09), Matt Lee (’12), Alex

Morgan (’11) and Korey Weaver (’12).

Selection to the high school Honors Chorus

was out of approximately 1,100 students

statewide. Six total Upper School students

auditioned. The nine Middle school students

selected are: Aaron Overton (’13),

Corinna Egge (’13), Griffin Sanford (’13),

Hannah Goetz (’13), Kaavya Ashok

(’15), Maggie B. Corbett (’13), Preston

Bethea (’13), Samuel Title (’14) and

Victor Walker (’13). Twenty-five Middle

School chorus students auditioned.

Aneesh Kodali (’10) received the 2008

Educational Merit Award given by NC Tennis on

Oct. 3 in Greensboro.

William Moore (‘09) has been honored

along with 524 other high school seniors as an

outstanding writer with a National Council of

Teachers of English Achievement Award in


The eighth grade held its service day Sept. 19.

Ten to 14 students went to each of the following:

Stop Hunger Now, Hemlock Bluffs, Ronald

McDonald House and Purple Elephant (where

students prepared meals to be distributed by

the Food Shuttle). Depending on the project,

students’ duties ranged from cleaning facilities

to preparing meals to mulching trails and

repairing fences to testing and repairing

computer components to distribute to children.

Thirty-eight students went gleaning for sweet

potatoes and ended up with 9,400 lbs. of

yams, which will provide 28,200 servings.

At the National Earlybird Forensics Tournament,

held Sept. 12-14 at Wake Forest University,

Cary Academy earned the best results of any

North Carolina school, besting schools such as

Myers Park and Durham Academy. The 15 CA

debaters competed against students from 126

schools from states such as California, Arizona,

Texas, New York, Florida and Illinois. Zach

Dresher (’11) advanced to quarterfinals in JV

Lincoln-Douglas Debate, which means he was

in the top four out of 51 entries. Andrew

Copland (’09) and Mikie Rooney (’09)

advanced as far as semi-finals (out of 77

teams) and finished third, since they had top

speaker points going into semis. Firoz

Jameel (’09) placed fifth in Extemporaneous

Speaking (out of 48 competitors). CA Speech

and Debate team alums John Nelson and

Arjun Chandran judged at the event.

The new blog of Head of School Don Berger

is now up and running on

under News and Events.



Class of 2000

Jennifer (King) Farmer and her husband,

Will, are the proud parents of a baby girl,

Gwendolyn Fiona, born July 22. Fiona weighed

7 lbs., 11 oz. and was 20 inches long.

Class of 2002

Derek Lundberg is in his second year

working on his Ph.D. in genetics at UNC.

Specifically, he is studying which plant genes

control the microbial community plant roots


Class of 2003

Melih Onvural has moved to San Francisco

and is working at a company called TokBok

(talk-box). The company deals with web-based

video conferencing technology, focusing on

ease of use and quality of communication.

Alumni: Contact with your updates!

Class of 2004

Nikki Schessel graduated from Oberlin

College last May and is taking courses at NCSU

to apply to vet school. She is engaged to Dan

Fleming and plans a Sept. 12, 2009. wedding.

Class of 2005

Stefanie Barish, a senior at UNC, spent

eight weeks this summer in Beijing, where she

trained and worked as a reporter for the

Olympic News Service at the baseball venue

during the 2008 Summer Olympics. Last spring

she interned with the Carolina Hurricanes in the

fan promotions and development department.

She was also a member of the Hurricanes’

game night staff, a job she will continue in the

upcoming hockey season.

Kevin Kline is the news director for

Phoenix14News, Elon’s student newscast,

which has been rated one of the top three

student newscasts for five years according

to the Broadcast Education Association.

Over the summer Kevin interned at WEIU-TV

News Watch in Charleston, IL, where he

reported, produced and/or anchored for a

daily newscast.

Class of 2006

Tyler Graybeal has been accepted into

the Calloway School of Business at Wake

Forest and is spending the fall semester

studying abroad in Australia. Over fall break

he spent 12 days in New Zealand.

Class of 2008

Scott Stanton, a first-year cadet at Virginia

Tech, has been invited to perform with the

VT Regimental Band in the inaugural parade.


Cary Academy October/November 2008

1500 N. Harrison Avenue

Cary, North Carolina 27513

Telephone: 919-677-3873

Fax: 919-677-4002

By now you’ll

be well aware

that there’s a

lot going on at Cary Academy. Whichever

grade your student is in, you are certainly

receiving plenty of e-mails about his

or her activities. The information flow

can be bewildering, and we‘ve heard

your feedback about reducing it. The

PTAA streamlined e-mails so that you

have one e-mail monthly from your

grade level rep summarizing what is

going on relevant to your grade level. If

you have more than one student, that

means more than one e-mail, but still

we hope you find this more focused.

Our e-mails should help you work out

what’s going on and how you can be

involved in a way that works for you.

In addition, Constituency Coordinator

Chris Gilmore will be sending one

e-mail weekly, on Tuesday, about

parent-facing events (PTAA and

Advancement). Please watch for her

e-mail (

If you have events you wish to adveri

mportant dates

Thanksgiving Break

Nov. 26

Holiday Shoppe

Dec. 3-6


Dec. 19

Holiday Break

Dec. 22-Jan. 2

Classes Begin

Jan. 5

MLK Holiday

Jan. 19


Cary Academy October/November 2008

Focus on our Committees

tize please have copy to her by the previous


This month I’m highlighting the work of

a couple of our committees. Employee

Appreciation is headed by parents

Caroline Morgan and Karen Van Vliet, who

coordinate this year-round group. They plan

treats throughout the year to thank teachers

and staff, letting them know how much

we appreciate what they do for our students.

From catering events during conferences

to supplying welcome back treats at the

start of the year and goodies to mark special

days, they are constantly finding ways to

encourage the T’s (Teachers) and A’s

(Administration) in our PTAA. You can imagine

that this is a big commitment, and it relies on

many volunteers to make it a success. If

you can help by bringing in food or drinks

or helping with set up, please let us know

( and

You will have received a letter from

Charger Club to mark its annual membership

drive. I hope you’ll now be aware that

Charger Club works closely with the

Athletics Department to assist with purchasing

large items to improve our facilities. They

also organize the tailgates twice a year and

provide volunteers for big sports events on

campus. If sport is your passion, this is the

place to be involved. We are fortunate to have

a dedicated board managing this group headed

by Jamie Duke and Don Gardlik. If you

would like to be involved, join the Club by

returning your membership form or by volunteering.

Maureen Sawchak is this year’s

volunteer coordinator,

Key PTAA Events for December/January

Dec. 3-6 Holiday Shoppe—There will be

many PTAA volunteers working at this

big school event. Join us to support the

school’s financial aid and community outreach


Dec. 8 Health and Wellness Webinar:

Prescription Drug Abuse

Dec. 10 PTAA Executive Board Meeting

Jan. 5 Health and Wellness Webinar:

Cyber Digital Dossier and Privacy

—Naomi Lambert, PTAA President ’08-‘09

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