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<strong>Under</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Oak</strong><br />

FALL <strong>2018</strong><br />

BECOMING UPSTANDERS<br />

Students use <strong>the</strong>ir knowledge to affect positive social change<br />

PRIME TIME: PURPOSE, PASSION & PLAY<br />

The innovative extended day program for <strong>Duke</strong> <strong>School</strong> middle schoolers<br />

2017-18 DRAGON FUND REPORT<br />

Celebration and Recognition of <strong>the</strong> Honor Roll of Donors<br />

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<strong>Under</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Oak</strong><br />

DUKE SCHOOL CORE VALUES<br />

WHAT WE DO<br />

Inspire learners to boldly and creatively shape <strong>the</strong>ir future.<br />

IDEAS WE LIVE BY<br />

LEARNER-CENTERED<br />

Learners are <strong>the</strong> center of a dynamic and collaborative<br />

learning, inquiry and discovery process.<br />

ACTIVE INQUIRY<br />

Intellectual curiosity through project-based learning<br />

propels learners to explore multiple paths to creative solutions.<br />

BOLD THINKERS<br />

A deep love of learning and respect for our community<br />

forms bold, critical thinkers for life.<br />

WHY WE DO IT<br />

To prepare <strong>the</strong> next generation of problem solvers<br />

for our complex world.<br />

EDITORS<br />

WRITERS<br />

MAGAZINE DIRECTOR<br />

HEAD OF SCHOOL<br />

DESIGNER<br />

Nancy Joyce<br />

Candy Thompson<br />

Katie Thompson<br />

Lea Hart<br />

Laura Thompson<br />

Irecka Smith<br />

Dave Michelman<br />

Gina Lorsson<br />

<strong>Duke</strong> <strong>School</strong> publishes <strong>Under</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Oak</strong> annually for its<br />

alumni, parents, grandparents and friends. If you would<br />

like to add someone to our mailing list, please e-mail<br />

communications@dukeschool.org. We also welcome<br />

news about alumni for future publications; please e-mail<br />

alumni@dukeschool.org with this information.<br />

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INSIDE this issue<br />

MESSAGE FROM HEAD OF SCHOOL ......................... 4<br />

Ways in which <strong>Duke</strong> <strong>School</strong> is innovative.<br />

BECOMING UPSTANDERS ................................. 5-7<br />

Students use <strong>the</strong>ir knowledge to affect positive social change.<br />

CREATING BOLD THINKERS ................................. 8<br />

Brooke Murgitroyd ’21 shares her journey as a writer, singer, and recording artist.<br />

CREATING PROBLEM SOLVERS ............................... 9<br />

Nia Stroud ’25 becomes Little Miss NCCU 2017-18.<br />

PRIME TIME: PURPOSE, PASSION & PLAY. ................... 10-12<br />

The innovative extended day program for <strong>Duke</strong> <strong>School</strong> middle schoolers.<br />

FROM PRESCHOOL TO BROADWAY ......................... 13<br />

Scarlett Unger ’27 stars as “Lulu” in <strong>the</strong> Broadway musical Waitress.<br />

BEST OF THE BEST ..................................... 14<br />

Claire McGovern ’18 earns a spot in <strong>the</strong> <strong>2018</strong> Western Regional Orchestra<br />

A MEANS TO COLLABORATION ............................ 15<br />

Mat<strong>the</strong>w E<strong>the</strong>rington reflects on <strong>the</strong> collaborative vision of<br />

performing arts at <strong>Duke</strong> <strong>School</strong>.<br />

TRAVELING HALFWAY AROUND THE WORLD TO SEE HOME .........16<br />

Nicole Thompson shares her experience and familiarity when visiting<br />

Yungu <strong>School</strong> in China.<br />

WOMEN IN PALEONTOLOGY ............................. 17<br />

Paleontologist Abagael West ’03 co-writes She Found Fossils, a children’s book<br />

about women in paleontology.<br />

PETS & POLITICS ................................... 18-20<br />

How project work promotes positive social interactions.<br />

MEETING THE NEEDS OF BEES .............................. 20<br />

<strong>Duke</strong> <strong>School</strong>’s 2017-18 second graders build bee hotels on campus.<br />

TO TREND & SERVE .................................... 21<br />

Ava Hoffman ’25 describes her modeling and tennis endeavors.<br />

THE CREATORS OF THE DRAGON TIMES ...................... 22<br />

Amelia Hart ‘22 and Gaby Goodman ’22 create The Dragon Times,<br />

a Lower <strong>School</strong> newspaper.<br />

GABE SPEAKS: STAYING CONNECTED ........................ 23<br />

Gabe Hart ’17 describes his connection with <strong>Duke</strong> <strong>School</strong>’s Makers.<br />

DESIGN THINKING IN PROJECT WORK ...................... 24-25<br />

How design thinking was incorporated in <strong>Duke</strong> <strong>School</strong>’s fifth grade Animalia project.<br />

A MESSAGE TO DUKE SCHOOL GRADS ...................... 26-27<br />

Hallie Westlund ’08 addresses <strong>Duke</strong> <strong>School</strong>’s Class of <strong>2018</strong><br />

ALUMNI CONNECTIONS ............................... 28-29<br />

Celebrating <strong>the</strong> destinations of 2014 and <strong>2018</strong> grads.<br />

DUKE SCHOOL WELCOMES GIFT OF SECURITIES .................. 30<br />

The McRae family makes gift of securities to <strong>Duke</strong> <strong>School</strong>.<br />

VOICES IN THE COMMUNITY. ............................... 31<br />

Members of <strong>the</strong> community reflect on <strong>the</strong>ir <strong>Duke</strong> <strong>School</strong> experience.<br />

DUKE SCHOOL 2017-<strong>2018</strong> ANNUAL REPORT ................... 32-42<br />

Celebration and recognition of <strong>the</strong> Honor Roll of Donors.<br />

SPECIAL THANKS TO DUKE SCHOOL’S 2017-18 EVENT SPONSORS! ...... 43<br />

Celebration and recognition of <strong>Duke</strong> <strong>School</strong> sponsors.<br />

ON THE COVER:<br />

Hazel Bouille ‘21 and Caroline Welty ‘21, chorus members of<br />

<strong>Duke</strong> <strong>School</strong>’s “Upstanders” Winter 2017 Concert.<br />

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INSIDE OF THE COVER:<br />

<strong>Oak</strong> tree on <strong>Duke</strong> <strong>School</strong>’s campus. Students and faculty use <strong>the</strong> oak tree as a<br />

regular meeting place and refer to it as U.T.O.T. (under <strong>the</strong> oak tree).


Message from Dave Michelman, Head of <strong>School</strong><br />

Moore’s Law suggests that <strong>the</strong> speed of<br />

microprocessors will double about every 18<br />

problems.<br />

instance,<br />

For<br />

second<br />

months. Despite <strong>the</strong> ever-increasing speed<br />

of microprocessors over <strong>the</strong> last decade (our<br />

phones are amazing), Moore’s Law is still relatively<br />

graders built a bee<br />

hotel on campus<br />

to encourage <strong>the</strong><br />

accurate. For better or worse, Moore’s Law seems<br />

population<br />

growth<br />

to be true for many aspects of our life. The pace of<br />

change is remarkable, and <strong>Duke</strong> <strong>School</strong> faces <strong>the</strong><br />

of native pollinators.<br />

Similarly an eighthgrader<br />

catalyzed<br />

challenge of preparing our children for this fastpaced<br />

life.<br />

We know that to succeed in a fast-paced world,<br />

students must be agile, creative thinkers who can<br />

work collaboratively. We are fortunate that project<br />

work, for which <strong>Duke</strong> <strong>School</strong> is renowned, molds<br />

students in that image. Equally important, we<br />

push ourselves every day to serve our students<br />

better and better.<br />

Our newest initiative is to create an environment<br />

where students are encouraged to be true<br />

innovators. To do that, everyone on staff is striving<br />

to become more innovative. Some innovative<br />

donors seeded a grant program in which students<br />

and staff can apply for innovation grants. The<br />

Development Office is now accepting foreign<br />

currency left over from travel. The Middle <strong>School</strong> is<br />

prototyping Prime Time that allows middle school<br />

students to explore <strong>the</strong>ir passions until 6 PM for<br />

no extra charge.<br />

Students are regularly encouraged to propose<br />

an exhibit in <strong>the</strong> University of Mississippi library<br />

to honor James Meredith, <strong>the</strong> university’s first<br />

African American student. That student’s portrait<br />

of Meredith will grace <strong>the</strong> exhibit.<br />

This issue of <strong>Under</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Oak</strong> highlights some o<strong>the</strong>r<br />

ways innovation is integrated into <strong>Duke</strong> <strong>School</strong>. It<br />

speaks about upstander work <strong>the</strong> school is doing,<br />

and about training non-<strong>Duke</strong> <strong>School</strong> educators<br />

on how to teach project work. In her graduation<br />

message to our Class of <strong>2018</strong>, Hallie Westlund ‘08,<br />

reflects on how her <strong>Duke</strong> <strong>School</strong> education has<br />

prepared her for a life of service and fulfillment.<br />

<strong>Duke</strong> <strong>School</strong> is on <strong>the</strong> move—getting better and<br />

bolder—while keeping true to its project-based,<br />

student-centered approach.<br />

I hope you enjoy this issue of <strong>Under</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Oak</strong> as<br />

much as I do, and hope you are as proud a dragon<br />

as I am.<br />

“We are dragons, we are real!”<br />

and implement solutions to real-ife community<br />

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By Megan Whitted,<br />

<strong>Duke</strong> <strong>School</strong> Music Teacher<br />

When chorus students Caroline Welty and Brooke<br />

Murgitroyd responded to <strong>the</strong> 2016 presidential<br />

election by writing a song, I knew we were on to<br />

something. Because several chorus members had<br />

already requested songs from <strong>the</strong> new Broadway<br />

musical about Alexander Hamilton, I decided our<br />

next chorus <strong>the</strong>me should be something about our<br />

shared experience as Americans, but also about<br />

a common impulse to speak out. Mason Wilkins-<br />

Lanier described it as “American, but not ‘rahrah’<br />

American.” I started with <strong>the</strong> idea of telling<br />

<strong>the</strong> history of American activism through songs,<br />

and Curriculum Director Kathy Bartelmay, steered<br />

me toward <strong>the</strong> word “upstander.” So, our 2017<br />

chorus <strong>the</strong>me became American Upstanders.<br />

delved into <strong>the</strong> “Who was…?” series to find books<br />

about Susan B. Anthony, George Washington, and<br />

Sacagawea. Grace Bell, Lower <strong>School</strong> librarian,<br />

led us to books about our “founding mo<strong>the</strong>rs”<br />

as well.<br />

The chorus sang <strong>the</strong> National An<strong>the</strong>m at <strong>the</strong><br />

Durham Bulls game in August 2017. Shortly<br />

after, I read a post by Pierce Freelon about <strong>the</strong><br />

song “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing,” also known as<br />

<strong>the</strong> Black National An<strong>the</strong>m. I invited Pierce to<br />

come to chorus and sing this song with us, and<br />

he generously agreed to sing at our concert<br />

as well. During his visit, he provided students<br />

with context on <strong>the</strong> song and <strong>the</strong> history of <strong>the</strong><br />

concept of race.<br />

RESEARCH:<br />

LEARNING ABOUT<br />

UPSTANDERS IN<br />

HISTORY<br />

Because Alexander Hamilton is described as<br />

<strong>the</strong> “ten-dollar founding fa<strong>the</strong>r” in <strong>the</strong> Hamilton<br />

musical, we went to <strong>the</strong> library to investigate<br />

o<strong>the</strong>r people featured on American currency. We<br />

Our upstander study <strong>the</strong>n turned to Civil Rights<br />

leaders. We read <strong>the</strong> Cynthia Levinson biography<br />

of Audrey Faye Hendricks called The Youngest<br />

Marcher, which includes <strong>the</strong> civil rights song “Ain’t<br />

Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around.” Caroline<br />

Welty, Mason Wilkins-Lanier, Hazel Bouille, and<br />

Giada Tricocci worked with <strong>the</strong> lyrics of this song<br />

to create <strong>the</strong>ir own unique version that would<br />

feature <strong>the</strong>ir voices and <strong>the</strong>ir convictions.<br />

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“Immigrants, we get <strong>the</strong> job done!” was a popular<br />

line from <strong>the</strong> Hamilton musical, and we also wanted<br />

to explore this point of view. We read about Cesar<br />

Chavez, Dolores Huerta, and migrant workers’<br />

rights. We chose verses from West Side Story’s<br />

“America” that featured <strong>the</strong> immigrant story.<br />

Since Hamilton’s Schuyler Sisters were very<br />

popular, Brooke shared a video of <strong>the</strong>se actors<br />

singing “America <strong>the</strong> Beautiful” from <strong>the</strong> 2017<br />

Super Bowl. Their version included <strong>the</strong> lyrics<br />

“and crown thy good with bro<strong>the</strong>rhood—and<br />

sisterhood—from sea to shining sea.” We liked<br />

this version so much that we decided to include it<br />

in our program as well.<br />

ACTIVISM:<br />

WALKING THE WALK<br />

AND TALKING THE<br />

TALK<br />

Chorus members created picket signs representing<br />

<strong>the</strong> causes that meant <strong>the</strong> most to <strong>the</strong>m. The<br />

signs proclaimed: “Stop Hurting Mo<strong>the</strong>r Earth,”<br />

“End Gun Violence,” “Equality for <strong>the</strong> LGBTQ<br />

Community,” “Stop Animal Cruelty,” “Save<br />

Homeless Animals,” “Stop Police Brutality,” and<br />

many more. We held our signs and marched while<br />

singing “Freedom Highway.”<br />

Because our middle school soloists for <strong>the</strong><br />

Hamilton selections were portraying real historical<br />

figures, we created roles for our civil rights songs<br />

as well. Geoff Berry, fourth grade teacher, loaned<br />

us dresses from <strong>the</strong> NC folk festival clogging<br />

demonstration that were perfect costumes for<br />

<strong>the</strong> Schuyler Sisters, Harriet Tubman, and Dolores<br />

Huerta. A few lower school students sang along<br />

and dressed as a “mini-mes” with <strong>the</strong>ir middle<br />

school counterparts.<br />

Based on stories we read about Susan B. Anthony<br />

and women’s suffrage, a group of five second<br />

graders stepped up to sing solos from <strong>the</strong> song<br />

“Sister Suffragette.” I will never forget Joanie Li<br />

singing <strong>the</strong> line, “No more <strong>the</strong> meek and mild<br />

subservients, we” followed by Natalie Sahratian<br />

with, “We’re standing up for our rights militantly!”<br />

O<strong>the</strong>r students took upstanding roles by preparing<br />

speeches to include during <strong>the</strong> song “Get Up,<br />

Stand Up.” We had speeches promoting recycling,<br />

reading, environmental protection, animal rights,<br />

and fair hunting practices. Genevieve Harris<br />

created a gymnastics team to get in <strong>the</strong> spirit of<br />

<strong>the</strong> an<strong>the</strong>m, “Get on your Feet.”<br />

Brooke’s version of <strong>the</strong> Andra Day song, “Rise<br />

Up” was particularly meaningful to me because<br />

it speaks about rising up after <strong>the</strong> experience of<br />

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A group of <strong>Duke</strong><br />

<strong>School</strong>’s <strong>2018</strong>-19<br />

chorus members<br />

recreates <strong>the</strong><br />

magic of being<br />

upstanders. Their<br />

signs with social<br />

justice messages<br />

represent<br />

<strong>the</strong> chorus’<br />

performance at<br />

<strong>the</strong> 2017 Winter<br />

Concert.<br />

weakness and vulnerability. While it matched her<br />

own personal story, I shared my feelings about<br />

seeing my nephew stand up and walk again after<br />

being in a coma for weeks.<br />

Many of our songs were made famous by great<br />

African American and Latino artists including<br />

Gloria Estefan, Michael Jackson, Mavis Staples,<br />

students stepped up to create a dance to fit with<br />

<strong>the</strong> lyrics. As we looked into <strong>the</strong> biographies of<br />

<strong>the</strong>se artists, we began to see each one as an<br />

upstander in his/her own right. Through planning,<br />

singing, drawing, costuming, choreographing,<br />

speechmaking, and lots of practicing, we began<br />

to envision ourselves as upstanders as well.<br />

Bob Marley, and Lin-Manuel Miranda. “Man in<br />

<strong>the</strong> Mirror” became our favorite an<strong>the</strong>m, and<br />

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CREATING...<br />

BOLD THINKERS<br />

Brooke Murgitroyd performing<br />

on stage at Pali Adventures,<br />

a performing arts summer<br />

camp in California.<br />

Not long after she<br />

began taking singing<br />

lessons, <strong>Duke</strong> <strong>School</strong><br />

sixth grader Brooke<br />

Murgitroyd became<br />

interested in writing<br />

her own music.<br />

Now, she has studio<br />

recordings of two<br />

original songs, a<br />

musical in <strong>the</strong> works,<br />

and notebooks and<br />

finished tracks feature Brooke’s voice over piano<br />

and a drum beat with backup vocals by Brooke<br />

and Carrie.<br />

In addition to <strong>the</strong> tight recording schedule and<br />

on-<strong>the</strong>-spot changes and improvisations, Brooke<br />

was challenged by a cough that kept her worried<br />

about her voice.<br />

“That was kind of a little bit of pressure on me,”<br />

she said. “I was trying to get it perfect even though<br />

I knew, obviously, I couldn’t make it perfect. It was<br />

hard to just let myself loose and just sing.”<br />

voice memos with ideas for future songs.<br />

“I feel like <strong>the</strong>re’s always [ideas] that I think of and<br />

I’m like, ‘I wish that was a song,’” Brooke said.<br />

“But <strong>the</strong>n I can make it a song… It really helps me<br />

be creative and express myself.”<br />

Brooke was inspired to try songwriting after<br />

hearing original songs by her singing teacher,<br />

Carrie Marshall, and watching videos of<br />

12-year-old America’s Got Talent winner Grace<br />

VanderWaal. She performed one of her songs,<br />

“Anymore,” as a fourth grader at a <strong>Duke</strong> <strong>School</strong><br />

Whole <strong>School</strong> Community Ga<strong>the</strong>ring.<br />

Through a summer camp at Moonlight<br />

Stage Company in Raleigh, Brooke recorded<br />

“Anymore” and a second song, “Locket,” in a<br />

professional studio. She said <strong>the</strong> songs reflect<br />

her style—generally soft pop or “coffee house,”<br />

but sometimes with a more driving tempo. The<br />

In November, Brooke will perform in The Best<br />

Time of <strong>the</strong> Year, a musical she is co-writing<br />

with o<strong>the</strong>r singing students. The holiday<strong>the</strong>med<br />

story follows members of a “very crazy<br />

family” competing to take charge of Christmas<br />

arrangements while <strong>the</strong>ir mo<strong>the</strong>r is stranded in<br />

France. Brooke’s bro<strong>the</strong>r, <strong>Duke</strong> <strong>School</strong> eighth<br />

grader Andrew Murgitroyd, is also in <strong>the</strong> cast.<br />

Brooke said she plans to share her recorded songs<br />

with family and friends, possibly on iTunes or as<br />

music videos. She also hopes to record more<br />

songs.<br />

“I really want to<br />

continue doing that<br />

because it was really<br />

fun,” she said. “I would<br />

love to complete an<br />

album.”<br />

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CREATING...<br />

PROBLEM SOLVERS<br />

It was a few years ago when second grader Nia<br />

Stroud turned to her mom, Tiffany Mat<strong>the</strong>ws, and<br />

suggested she’d like to be on <strong>the</strong> float at <strong>the</strong> North<br />

Carolina Central University Homecoming Parade.<br />

Tiffany, a proud NCCU alumna, knew that <strong>the</strong><br />

university crowns a Little Mister and Miss NCCU<br />

each year, along with <strong>the</strong>ir court, which includes a<br />

Little Mister and Miss 1910 and a Little Miss and<br />

Mister Eagle Pride.<br />

As Nia was beginning first grade at <strong>Duke</strong> <strong>School</strong><br />

last fall, she was also preparing to compete for<br />

Little Miss NCCU honors. The competition had a<br />

variety of components<br />

including formal<br />

wear, Eagle wear,<br />

fundraising, and talent.<br />

Nia sang a song from<br />

<strong>the</strong> movie, Moana and<br />

dressed as a NCCU<br />

Cheerleader.<br />

Mommy was <strong>the</strong> one<br />

who was nervous,<br />

Nia Stroud, Little Miss NCCU 2017-<strong>2018</strong><br />

but said “Whatever<br />

happens, it’s OK and I’m proud of you,” Nia<br />

recalled.<br />

The pageant, open<br />

to five- to ten-yearold<br />

boys and girls,<br />

aims to help <strong>the</strong>se<br />

young participants<br />

make new friends,<br />

build confidence,<br />

and positively impact<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir communities.<br />

Nia as Shirley Chisholm.<br />

Winners participate<br />

in <strong>the</strong> Homecoming parade, football game and<br />

coronation festivities, as well as o<strong>the</strong>r events<br />

throughout <strong>the</strong> year. Once a month, <strong>the</strong>y all meet<br />

toge<strong>the</strong>r for confidence-building activities and<br />

learning about <strong>the</strong> power of positive affirmations<br />

and choices.<br />

One very special event was held on <strong>the</strong> NCCU<br />

campus during Black History Month. Nia and <strong>the</strong><br />

o<strong>the</strong>r members of <strong>the</strong> Little Royals court portrayed<br />

famous people in history. In full costume, Nia<br />

represented Shirley Chisholm, <strong>the</strong> first black<br />

woman member of <strong>the</strong> U.S. Congress and <strong>the</strong><br />

first woman to run as a major party candidate for<br />

President of <strong>the</strong> United States. Interestingly, Nia’s<br />

mom, Tiffany, and Shirley Chisholm have a little<br />

something in common too.<br />

In <strong>the</strong> end, Nia took home top honors: being<br />

awarded “Best Eagle Wear,” <strong>the</strong>n crowned Little<br />

Miss North Carolina Central University 2017-<strong>2018</strong><br />

and getting that ride on <strong>the</strong> Homecoming Parade<br />

float.<br />

“My favorite part was <strong>the</strong> crowning,” Nia said. “I<br />

felt amazing.”<br />

“She’s a Delta and my mommy is a Delta,” Nia<br />

said, referring to <strong>the</strong> sorority, Delta Sigma Theta<br />

Sorority, Inc., to which both women belong.<br />

What began as a simple desire to “stand-up”<br />

on a parade float led to a truly “upstanding”<br />

experience for young Nia.<br />

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By Jenny Murray,<br />

Middle <strong>School</strong> Director<br />

Giving children an opportunity to…<br />

play -> find passion -> begin to develop purpose<br />

Prime Time is a new extension of <strong>the</strong> <strong>Duke</strong> <strong>School</strong><br />

Middle <strong>School</strong> day, replacing <strong>the</strong> previous after<br />

school program. It is open to all middle school<br />

students and provides a flexible, safe, and<br />

enriching environment for students to engage<br />

in technology, homework help, mindfulness,<br />

outdoor and recreational activities and classes.<br />

The middle school years are a dynamic time of<br />

change and growth as we guide fifth through<br />

eighth graders towards responsible independence<br />

and help <strong>the</strong>m navigate relationships, academics,<br />

and <strong>the</strong> world around <strong>the</strong>m. <strong>Duke</strong> <strong>School</strong> Middle<br />

<strong>School</strong> has always prided itself on thinking deeply<br />

about practice and <strong>the</strong>ory in all that we do.<br />

Prime Time evolved from our desire to constantly<br />

improve how we meet <strong>the</strong> ever-changing needs of<br />

our students.<br />

Developmental Designs, <strong>the</strong> foundation of our<br />

social curriculum, divides adolescent needs into<br />

four categories:<br />

1. Relationship<br />

2. Autonomy<br />

3. Competence<br />

4. Fun<br />

The Middle <strong>School</strong> faculty and staff design <strong>the</strong><br />

school day with <strong>the</strong>se needs in mind. In recent<br />

years however, we noticed that time and outside<br />

pressures were increasingly creeping into our<br />

school day, both during and after school hours.<br />

Pressures of homework, outside sports and<br />

activities, and technology challenged us to find<br />

new ways to meet <strong>the</strong> group and individual needs<br />

of adolescent students.<br />

Two years and one strategic plan later, we have<br />

Prime Time!<br />

Relationship<br />

Even as peer relationships become increasingly<br />

important for adolescents, <strong>the</strong>y continue to seek<br />

and need connections with kind and caring adults<br />

in <strong>the</strong>ir lives. Prime Time staff and programming<br />

hits both targets, allowing for deep face-to-face<br />

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elationship building under <strong>the</strong> guidance and<br />

supervision of meaningful staff.<br />

“I’ve really enjoyed it [Prime Time] because I get<br />

to do what I want with classmates and friends<br />

from o<strong>the</strong>r classes instead of going home.”<br />

~ Roman, Grade 7<br />

“The people who are here are really nice and kind.<br />

If you don’t know what’s going on or if you need<br />

help, <strong>the</strong>y are <strong>the</strong>re to help you.”<br />

~Ave, Grade 7<br />

Autonomy<br />

When adolescents are allowed to be independent<br />

<strong>the</strong>y feel <strong>the</strong> power of freedom and learn to make<br />

responsible choices. Prime Time is intentionally<br />

designed for trying new things, making choices,<br />

and exploration. Freedom within <strong>the</strong> safe<br />

environment of Prime Time will help our students<br />

become more independent and responsible and<br />

ultimately explore and find passions.<br />

Jenny Murray and Eddy Davis.<br />

“I like <strong>the</strong> variety of choices and that we can go<br />

anywhere that we want. Freedom—that’s <strong>the</strong><br />

word.”<br />

~ Jack, Grade 6<br />

“It’s good to be able to choose. It’s <strong>the</strong> freedom<br />

of middle school.”<br />

~ Caroline, Grade 6<br />

Competence<br />

We all want to feel competent and capable.<br />

This desire is especially strong for our middle<br />

schoolers, who are trying new things and worried<br />

about failing. Competence comes from trying<br />

new things and experiencing both successes and<br />

failures in a safe and supportive environment. With<br />

drop-in sessions, free choice activities, and signup<br />

classes, Prime Time programming is designed<br />

to allow students to constructively explore and<br />

grow <strong>the</strong>ir competencies in a variety of settings.<br />

“I was really surprised how much I like it. Now I<br />

go every day, and I get my work done without<br />

distractions.”<br />

~ Avery, Grade 8<br />

“I like checking in [at <strong>the</strong> beginning of Prime Time]<br />

because I like <strong>the</strong>m giving us freedom, but not<br />

too much. For me it’s reassuring and it gives me<br />

a chance to talk to a grownup and go over what I<br />

want to do.”<br />

~ Gillian, Grade 5<br />

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Prime Time Ribbon Cutting Ceremony<br />

“We are hoping that all middle schoolers extend <strong>the</strong>ir day in Prime Time - finding a passion and<br />

gaining fun experiences along <strong>the</strong> way. The choices are fun, innovative, and an entirely new after<br />

school experience from what <strong>the</strong>y have done in <strong>the</strong> past! We, <strong>the</strong> Prime Time staff, are excited to<br />

start this journey!” ~ Eddy Davis, <strong>Duke</strong> <strong>School</strong> Auxiliary Programs Manager.<br />

Fun<br />

Everyone wants to have fun—especially our<br />

“You have a lot of choices. I enjoy having some<br />

things that are calm like <strong>the</strong> library and some that<br />

growing adolescents! Our job is to meet this need<br />

for <strong>the</strong>m in a safe and healthy environment. Prime<br />

are more athletic.”<br />

~ Noam, Grade 5<br />

Time programs will change every seven weeks<br />

or so (repeating sessions that continue to be<br />

popular and adding or switching some activities)<br />

to continually keep <strong>the</strong> offerings fun, exciting, and<br />

enriching!<br />

“Being able to do things that you normally<br />

wouldn’t [be able to do] with friends is different<br />

and fun. I think <strong>the</strong>re are plenty of choices and<br />

trying new things is important.”<br />

~ Collin, Grade 8<br />

Meeting needs as students grow and learn—<strong>Duke</strong><br />

<strong>School</strong> Middle <strong>School</strong> continues to advance and<br />

innovate with Prime Time!<br />

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While still weeks away from her first dance recital<br />

in May, five-year-old Scarlett Unger already had a<br />

Broadway musical on her resume.<br />

before her first performance. She practiced her<br />

lines at home in <strong>the</strong> weeks before <strong>the</strong> show with<br />

<strong>the</strong> help of her family.<br />

Scarlett, <strong>the</strong>n a <strong>Duke</strong> <strong>School</strong> preschooler, was one<br />

of two local girls chosen to perform in <strong>the</strong> touring<br />

production of Waitress at <strong>the</strong> Durham Performing<br />

Arts Center. Scarlett appeared in<br />

four performances as Lulu, <strong>the</strong><br />

daughter of <strong>the</strong> titular waitress<br />

and baker, Jenna.<br />

“She likes to make pies,” Scarlett<br />

said of her character.<br />

Lulu appears in <strong>the</strong> show’s final<br />

scene, set in Jenna’s pie shop,<br />

where she emerges from behind<br />

Scarlett said she was excited and not nervous<br />

during <strong>the</strong> performances. Despite being on<br />

stage in front of thousands of people, she had no<br />

trouble remembering her lines<br />

and choreography.<br />

“Nothing was hard,” she said.<br />

She said her favorite part of<br />

Waitress was saying “a lot” in<br />

response to ano<strong>the</strong>r character<br />

who asks how many pie orders<br />

<strong>the</strong> shop has received. She also<br />

enjoyed her costume—a pair of<br />

a large stack of pie boxes to<br />

Photo Credit DPAC<br />

overalls—and styling her hair. “I<br />

greet her mo<strong>the</strong>r and dance with much of <strong>the</strong><br />

show’s principal cast.<br />

Scarlett got <strong>the</strong> part through a competitive<br />

audition open to about 60 Triangle-area four- and<br />

five-year-olds. The production casts two local girls<br />

to share <strong>the</strong> role of Lulu in each city on its tour.<br />

Scarlett rehearsed her scene only once on stage<br />

did two ponytails and I did two clips that were<br />

two strawberries—a yellow one and a pink one,”<br />

she said.<br />

Scarlett attends weekly dance classes and said<br />

she would like to do more plays in <strong>the</strong> future. She<br />

lives in Chapel Hill with her parents, Ron and Fabi<br />

Unger, and two older sisters, Sofia and Stella.<br />

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Claire<br />

McGovern,<br />

<strong>Duke</strong> <strong>School</strong> Class<br />

of <strong>2018</strong>, played<br />

cello with some of<br />

North Carolina’s<br />

best orchestra<br />

students when she was selected to <strong>the</strong><br />

<strong>2018</strong> Western Regional Orchestra last spring.<br />

With <strong>the</strong> encouragement of her private lesson<br />

instructor, Anna Barson, Claire decided to<br />

audition for <strong>the</strong> Western Regional Orchestra<br />

earlier this year.<br />

“I wanted to play in an orchestra that included a<br />

lot of focused musicians,” Claire said. “I thought<br />

that would be a fun thing to try—to get a feel for<br />

playing in a higher level orchestra.”<br />

Each year, <strong>the</strong> North Carolina Music Educators<br />

Association sponsors Eastern and Western<br />

Regional orchestra clinics and concerts for both<br />

middle and high school students. Students must<br />

audition, and those selected are placed into<br />

ei<strong>the</strong>r honors (advanced) or repertory orchestras.<br />

Claire auditioned by performing part of a solo<br />

piece as well as memorized scales, and sightreading<br />

music. Her hard work and talent earned<br />

her a spot in <strong>the</strong> honors orchestra.<br />

Once selected, Claire had two months to prepare<br />

on her own to perform at <strong>the</strong> Western Regional<br />

Orchestra concert. The weekend of <strong>the</strong> concert,<br />

students played toge<strong>the</strong>r for <strong>the</strong> first time and had<br />

seating auditions, with Claire named to seventh<br />

chair. That Saturday involved two intensive, threehour<br />

group rehearsals, followed by <strong>the</strong> concert at<br />

<strong>the</strong> end of <strong>the</strong> day.<br />

It was special “just to see so many people that<br />

care that much about music all working toge<strong>the</strong>r,”<br />

Claire said. “Our conductor was from Juilliard—<br />

she was really talented at her job.”<br />

Claire, who has played cello since third grade,<br />

continues to take private lessons with Anna,<br />

and was a member of <strong>Duke</strong> <strong>School</strong>’s new string<br />

orchestra, led by <strong>Duke</strong> <strong>School</strong>’s Director of Bands,<br />

Andrew Lovett.<br />

“She’s always willing to try things,”<br />

Andrew said. “She’ll jump right in to a<br />

new piece; she’s got a great attitude.”<br />

“Because of her experience,<br />

I never really have to worry<br />

about her learning her part,”<br />

he continued. “She’s brought<br />

a lot to <strong>the</strong> orchestra.”<br />

Claire hopes to continue<br />

playing into college, though<br />

she doesn’t expect to<br />

major in music.<br />

“I doubt I’ll play<br />

in a professional<br />

orchestra, but<br />

I’d like to join an<br />

orchestra or at least<br />

keep playing,”<br />

she said.<br />

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A MEANS TO<br />

COLLABORATION<br />

By Mat<strong>the</strong>w E<strong>the</strong>rington,<br />

<strong>Duke</strong> <strong>School</strong> Performing Arts Teacher<br />

The Broadway Teachers Workshop is an annual<br />

conference of school and community <strong>the</strong>atre<br />

directors. Coming toge<strong>the</strong>r with industry<br />

professionals, teachers are immersed in an<br />

Mat<strong>the</strong>w E<strong>the</strong>rington<br />

experience that could only exist<br />

in New York City. This summer, I<br />

was fortunate to be included and<br />

learn firsthand from Broadway’s<br />

best directors, choreographers,<br />

stage managers, designers,<br />

and actors. We also saw some<br />

amazing shows—talk about<br />

inspiration!<br />

The award-winning musical,<br />

Dear Evan Hansen, confronted<br />

us with cutting edge technology and social media<br />

dialogue. Multi-layered video projections and<br />

live streams enveloped<br />

us into <strong>the</strong> world of<br />

modern teens who are<br />

struggling to connect.<br />

A revival of Once On<br />

This Island innovated<br />

in o<strong>the</strong>r ways. The calm<br />

sandy beach, which<br />

filled <strong>the</strong> <strong>the</strong>atre-in-<strong>the</strong>round,<br />

was transformed<br />

into a stormy night<br />

with torrential rain, <strong>the</strong>n again into a luxurious<br />

interior with persian rugs and upscale furnishings.<br />

The juxtaposition of this au<strong>the</strong>ntic island scene,<br />

made possible through creative staging and<br />

contemporary stage effects, was mind-blowing.<br />

As we launch each<br />

new production at<br />

<strong>Duke</strong> <strong>School</strong>, we<br />

ga<strong>the</strong>r<br />

toge<strong>the</strong>r<br />

with teachers and<br />

students to build<br />

a collective vision.<br />

<strong>Duke</strong> <strong>School</strong> Middle <strong>School</strong> cast of <strong>the</strong> 2017<br />

“Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” production.<br />

How will we bring this story to life? What stage<br />

design elements, costumes, or props do we need<br />

to build in order to captivate our audience?<br />

Students are challenged to problem-solve at every<br />

step. We ask <strong>the</strong>m to learn new technologies that<br />

automate lighting cues and clarify our microphone<br />

sound. We also get our hands dirty with papiermâché<br />

and paint to mold our sets and costumes<br />

into a colorful backdrop. Student leaders emerge<br />

with passions for costuming, poster design,<br />

choreography,<br />

stage management.<br />

and<br />

Working with our<br />

creative team of<br />

teachers and students<br />

requires a balance—<br />

enough structure to<br />

scaffold our efforts and<br />

meet a serious deadline<br />

and <strong>the</strong> flexibility to<br />

really listen to new<br />

ideas and explore unknown pathways. If we can<br />

maintain <strong>the</strong> creative tension and keep everyone<br />

pulling towards <strong>the</strong> same goal, <strong>the</strong> results can be<br />

a miracle of collaboration.<br />

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TRAVELING HALFWAY<br />

AROUND THE WORLD<br />

TO SEE HOME<br />

By Nicole Thompson, Lower <strong>School</strong> Director<br />

At <strong>the</strong> beginning of July, I had <strong>the</strong> privilege of of excitement and many questions of our own!<br />

traveling to Hangzhou, China with Jenny Murray,<br />

As Jenny and I entered campus, <strong>the</strong>re was a<br />

Middle <strong>School</strong> Director, to host a <strong>Duke</strong> <strong>School</strong><br />

certain familiarity. Art projects and hands-on work<br />

project training at Yungu <strong>School</strong>. Yungu <strong>School</strong><br />

adorned <strong>the</strong> hallway walls. The bulletin board at<br />

has just completed its first year in existence with<br />

<strong>the</strong> entrance featured <strong>the</strong> students’ “hopes and<br />

first and seventh graders and will continue to add<br />

dreams” for <strong>the</strong> year as well as several dozen<br />

a grade each year over <strong>the</strong> coming years.<br />

student representations of <strong>the</strong>ir school logo. As<br />

Yungu <strong>School</strong> was founded by<br />

Jack Ma, a Chinese businessman,<br />

investor, and philanthropist. He<br />

is <strong>the</strong> co-founder and executive<br />

we toured classrooms, we saw<br />

spaces with carpeted areas<br />

for group work, shared tables<br />

for collaboration, and quiet<br />

chairman of <strong>the</strong> Alibaba Group.<br />

individual work spots. The<br />

Alibaba is an e-commerce firm—<br />

imagine Amazon on steroids. The<br />

goal of <strong>the</strong> school and Mr. Ma is to<br />

educate employees’ children and<br />

warmth of <strong>the</strong>ir work was felt in<br />

all areas of <strong>the</strong> school. In short,<br />

it felt like home—like <strong>Duke</strong><br />

<strong>School</strong>.<br />

local students within a progressive<br />

While those things were lovely,<br />

framework. In 2020, <strong>the</strong> school will<br />

<strong>the</strong>y only scratched <strong>the</strong> surface.<br />

open a brand new campus to host<br />

As we spent more time with <strong>the</strong><br />

its program that will <strong>the</strong>n extend<br />

teachers and administrators, we<br />

into high school. To say <strong>the</strong>ir plans<br />

learned that <strong>the</strong>ir progressive<br />

are bold is an understatement.<br />

nature was more than just art on<br />

During his travels to China in April,<br />

Dave Michelman, Head of <strong>School</strong>,<br />

talked with many different schools and <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

leadership teams including those at Yungu<br />

<strong>School</strong>. With one year of project work under its<br />

belt, <strong>the</strong> Yungu team was looking for guidance<br />

on even deeper work with project. Through<br />

multiple conversations and planning sessions we<br />

were able to set a plan for training with <strong>the</strong>ir staff.<br />

Jenny and I set off to Hangzhou with a four-day<br />

training schedule in hand, along with a great deal<br />

Yungu <strong>School</strong> in China. <strong>the</strong> walls. Their noted purpose:<br />

We are fully committed to nurturing our students<br />

to grow into happy global citizens and lifelong<br />

learners who are charitable and independent,<br />

with a strong sense of social responsibility.<br />

This reflects so many of <strong>the</strong> ideals that we have at<br />

<strong>Duke</strong> <strong>School</strong>. These shared beliefs made our visit<br />

to Yungu feel like a journey home.<br />

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Women<br />

in Paleontology<br />

Paleontologist Abagael West, <strong>Duke</strong> <strong>School</strong> class<br />

of 2003, knows how to dig up stories.<br />

In <strong>the</strong> field, she looks for lessons in <strong>the</strong> dimensions<br />

of a sheep’s skull or in <strong>the</strong> thighbone of an ancient<br />

turkey ancestor that lived alongside <strong>the</strong> dinosaurs<br />

in present day Antarctica.<br />

Recently, Abagael turned her<br />

attention to unexplored stories<br />

within her own profession.<br />

She Found Fossils, a children’s<br />

book that Abagael co-wrote<br />

with fellow paleontologist Maria<br />

Eugenia Leon Gold, delves into<br />

<strong>the</strong> lives of famous and lesserknown<br />

female scientists spanning<br />

<strong>the</strong> past, present, and future of<br />

paleontology.<br />

Growing up, Abagael said, “Nei<strong>the</strong>r of us had<br />

seen a paleontologist who wasn’t a white man<br />

… represented anywhere. That, I think, is why we<br />

wanted to do it.”<br />

The authors first had <strong>the</strong> idea for <strong>the</strong> book in<br />

2011 while working on <strong>the</strong>ir doctorates. After<br />

unsuccessfully approaching publishers, <strong>the</strong>y<br />

decided to produce <strong>the</strong> book <strong>the</strong>mselves. They<br />

drafted historical biographies, interviewed<br />

contemporary paleontologists, and worked with<br />

illustrator Amy Gardiner to design <strong>the</strong> book.<br />

Along <strong>the</strong> way, <strong>the</strong> writers sought help from <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

target audience. Students in Hea<strong>the</strong>r Greene and<br />

Mary Beth Hes’s third grade class reviewed draft<br />

pages and helped <strong>the</strong> authors refine <strong>the</strong>ir writing<br />

style for younger readers.<br />

“It was really helpful because some things just<br />

don’t come to mind as questions unless you are <strong>the</strong><br />

audience,” said Abagael, whose<br />

mo<strong>the</strong>r, Lauren West, teaches<br />

second grade at <strong>Duke</strong> <strong>School</strong>.<br />

Abagael has visited <strong>Duke</strong> <strong>School</strong><br />

several times as a guest expert,<br />

talking with students about how<br />

scientists use math and conduct<br />

field research.<br />

Abagael and Eugenia continue<br />

to promote She Found Fossils<br />

and are considering writing additional books.<br />

“There are many, many regions of science, and<br />

<strong>the</strong>re are many, many people who participate in<br />

those areas who are non-male,” Abagael said.<br />

Abagael attended <strong>the</strong> University of Cambridge<br />

and earned her Ph.D. from Columbia University.<br />

She is currently completing a postdoctoral<br />

fellowship at <strong>the</strong> Carnegie Museum of Natural<br />

History in Pittsburgh.<br />

Funded by a Kickstarter campaign, She Found<br />

Fossils was released in English and Spanish in<br />

December 2017. A Mandarin translation is in <strong>the</strong><br />

works.<br />

Abagael West<br />

<strong>Duke</strong> <strong>School</strong> Alumna


How Project Work Promoted Positive Social Interactions<br />

By Carolynn Hageman, <strong>Duke</strong> <strong>School</strong> Teacher<br />

One of <strong>the</strong> reasons I love teaching at <strong>Duke</strong> <strong>School</strong><br />

is that we value our social curriculum as much<br />

as our academic one. As teachers, we strive to<br />

cultivate a kind, empa<strong>the</strong>tic community of children<br />

who are upstanders and work to make change in<br />

<strong>the</strong> world. We do this work in a variety of ways;<br />

however, it is often woven into our project work.<br />

In 2016, my first grade class did a project on cats<br />

and dogs that was born from conversations and<br />

interactions I observed in <strong>the</strong> classroom.<br />

One day at lunch, I overheard a group of children<br />

talking about <strong>the</strong> presidential candidates. The<br />

conversation was growing quite heated and<br />

hostile. I immediately stopped lunch and pulled<br />

<strong>the</strong> class into a community meeting, where I<br />

explained to <strong>the</strong>m I was concerned about some<br />

of <strong>the</strong> conversations I was hearing.<br />

I shared with <strong>the</strong>m that I was a Red Sox fan,<br />

but my best friend was a Yankees fan. We each<br />

thought our teams were <strong>the</strong> best but we were<br />

always kind when talking baseball. We never<br />

called each o<strong>the</strong>r names or put <strong>the</strong> o<strong>the</strong>r team<br />

down, focusing instead on what we liked about<br />

our teams. I asked <strong>the</strong>m, when talking about<br />

presidential candidates, to do <strong>the</strong> same—that<br />

it was okay to agree to disagree, and everyone<br />

was entitled to his or her own opinions. But, I also<br />

realized that this was a bigger issue and it needed<br />

and deserved more attention than just a single<br />

class discussion.<br />

A few days later, I was reading an article entitled,<br />

“Are You a Dog or a Cat Person?” The article<br />

stated that generally, people identified with<br />

one animal or <strong>the</strong> o<strong>the</strong>r. I shared this article with<br />

my first graders and asked <strong>the</strong>m to think about<br />

whe<strong>the</strong>r <strong>the</strong>y considered <strong>the</strong>mselves dog people<br />

or cat people. During a short turn-and-talk<br />

conversation, I reminded <strong>the</strong>m to focus on <strong>the</strong><br />

positives and keep <strong>the</strong>ir conversations kind.<br />

A class poll showed that most members of our<br />

class were dog people. Ever curious, we decided<br />

we would investigate both animals in depth to<br />

learn about each, specifically trying to find out<br />

what factors may determine choosing one over<br />

<strong>the</strong> o<strong>the</strong>r. Fur<strong>the</strong>rmore, we wanted to learn how<br />

to share our thinking and opinions respectfully.<br />

Our research included interviews with o<strong>the</strong>r<br />

students and faculty members, a veterinarian,<br />

a dog trainer, an animal behaviorist, as well<br />

as several cat and dog owners. Children<br />

documented what <strong>the</strong>y learned through graphs,<br />

charts, photographs, representations, posters,<br />

books, and more.<br />

We visited a local pet store, Phydeaux, which<br />

specializes in selling supplies for dogs and cats.<br />

Half of <strong>the</strong> class focused on learning about what<br />

items cats need to be happy and healthy, while<br />

<strong>the</strong> o<strong>the</strong>r half focused on dogs. The children<br />

collected information, did observational sketches,<br />

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and interviewed customers and employees.<br />

The groups reported back and we learned <strong>the</strong><br />

similarities, differences, and <strong>the</strong> costs regarding<br />

each animal’s supplies. I particularly noticed that<br />

<strong>the</strong> students were becoming more positive and<br />

upbeat in <strong>the</strong>ir discussions.<br />

one ano<strong>the</strong>r. As a class, we decided to hold our<br />

own Dog vs. Cat election. Unlike <strong>the</strong> presidential<br />

election, ours would remain positive. We would<br />

divide into two teams and campaign in ways that<br />

did not make anyone feel bad. We would invite<br />

kindergarten students to vote.<br />

A visiting expert from a local rescue organization<br />

spoke to <strong>the</strong> children about <strong>the</strong> large numbers of<br />

homeless dogs and cats in<br />

our community and what<br />

<strong>the</strong>y, as students, could<br />

do to help. This led to a<br />

brainstorming<br />

session,<br />

where we decided to<br />

conduct an adopt-a-thon<br />

and a supply drive. We<br />

created a poster gallery,<br />

fliers, social media posts,<br />

and spoke to <strong>the</strong> entire<br />

school at a community<br />

ga<strong>the</strong>ring. Because of<br />

our efforts, three of <strong>the</strong><br />

22 animals were adopted<br />

and many supplies were<br />

collected for <strong>the</strong> local<br />

shelters. The students<br />

felt empowered that <strong>the</strong>y<br />

helped educate people<br />

and find some animals forever homes. They learned<br />

that <strong>the</strong>y could make a difference in <strong>the</strong> world!<br />

As <strong>the</strong> national Election Day neared, <strong>the</strong> tone of<br />

our conversations had improved for <strong>the</strong> better.<br />

We had many discussions about how unkindly<br />

<strong>the</strong> campaign ads and <strong>the</strong> candidates treated<br />

“At <strong>Duke</strong> <strong>School</strong>,<br />

we firmly believe<br />

that within our<br />

strong curriculum<br />

and through<br />

modeling, practice,<br />

and au<strong>the</strong>ntic<br />

opportunities,<br />

young children can<br />

develop skills to be<br />

empa<strong>the</strong>tic, kind,<br />

caring citizens. When<br />

this happens, <strong>the</strong>y<br />

will make a difference<br />

in <strong>the</strong> world!”<br />

A parent came in to talk to us about running a<br />

successful campaign. She had volunteered in a<br />

mayoral election and<br />

had worked in polling<br />

places in <strong>the</strong> past. Based<br />

on her information, we<br />

made registration forms<br />

for our voters, fliers full<br />

of information about<br />

both candidates, voting<br />

booths, ballots, pins, and<br />

of course, posters with<br />

slogans. We talked to <strong>the</strong><br />

kindergarten classrooms<br />

about voting and<br />

informed <strong>the</strong>m about<br />

each of <strong>the</strong> candidates—<br />

being careful to be kind<br />

and factual. On our<br />

election day, every child<br />

in our classroom had a job<br />

at election headquarters.<br />

Despite early predictions and polling, we were<br />

surprised that Cat won <strong>the</strong> election! When <strong>the</strong><br />

results were announced, not one first grader<br />

reacted by ei<strong>the</strong>r boasting or pouting—not one<br />

negative reaction at all!<br />

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The day after our pet election, we learned <strong>the</strong><br />

results of <strong>the</strong> presidential election. Many of <strong>the</strong><br />

children expressed disappointment; however,<br />

it was all shared in a way that was constructive,<br />

honest and kind. It was such a shift from <strong>the</strong> start<br />

of <strong>the</strong> year.<br />

At <strong>Duke</strong> <strong>School</strong>, we firmly believe that within<br />

our strong curriculum and through modeling,<br />

practice, and au<strong>the</strong>ntic opportunities, young<br />

children can develop skills to be empa<strong>the</strong>tic,<br />

kind, caring citizens. When this happens, <strong>the</strong>y will<br />

make a difference in <strong>the</strong> world!<br />

Meeting <strong>the</strong> Needs of Bees<br />

By Amy Lau, <strong>Duke</strong> <strong>School</strong> Teacher<br />

During our second grade “Critters in <strong>the</strong> Wild”<br />

project last fall, students noticed a problem—<br />

pollinators were dying. After researching <strong>the</strong><br />

issue, <strong>the</strong>y realized humans are partly responsible.<br />

This inspired <strong>the</strong>m to become part of <strong>the</strong> solution.<br />

Tery and I took our class to visit a Bee Hotel in<br />

nearby Hillsborough, and even met with <strong>the</strong><br />

architect. Using <strong>the</strong> design thinking process,<br />

our students combined <strong>the</strong>ir knowledge of<br />

architectural design with what <strong>the</strong>y knew about<br />

bees to create <strong>the</strong>ir own hotels. They pitched<br />

<strong>the</strong> idea to build mason bee hotels on campus to<br />

Head of <strong>School</strong> Dave Michelman, Lower <strong>School</strong><br />

Director Nicole Thompson, and visiting educators<br />

from China.<br />

Dave was impressed and asked, “When do you<br />

need an answer?” Student Avi answered, “Now!”<br />

The answer was “Yes!”<br />

<strong>Duke</strong> <strong>School</strong>’s Bee Hotel<br />

The completed hotel proudly resides outside of<br />

<strong>Duke</strong> <strong>School</strong>’s second/third grade building. If you<br />

look closely, you can see where some pollinators<br />

have already found a happy home to lay <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

eggs!<br />

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To Trend & Serve<br />

It is not unusual to see superlative athletes<br />

associated with designer<br />

clothing lines. There’s Michael<br />

Jordan, Serena Williams, Ava<br />

Hoffman …<br />

That’s right. Ava Hoffman, a<br />

<strong>Duke</strong> <strong>School</strong> second grader, is<br />

not only a tennis prodigy; she<br />

is also a model for <strong>the</strong> Chapel<br />

Hill–based Calzico collection of<br />

children’s clothing.<br />

Ava’s tennis career started at<br />

age three when a friend of her fa<strong>the</strong>r, Simroy<br />

Hoffman, offered to introduce <strong>the</strong> sport to Ava.<br />

Sim’s friend happened to be University of North<br />

Carolina–Chapel Hill women’s tennis coach and<br />

North Carolina Tennis Foundation Hall of Fame<br />

member Kitty Harrison.<br />

“Ms. Kitty took her for 40 minutes—said ‘let me<br />

just see how she does,’” recalled Ava’s mo<strong>the</strong>r,<br />

Deborah Dorsett-Hoffman. “It was March of<br />

2014.”<br />

Ava now plays several times per week and has<br />

competed successfully in local tournaments—<br />

often playing older children. In August, she<br />

participated in an exhibition at <strong>the</strong> Winston-<br />

Salem Open, part of <strong>the</strong> U.S. Open Series.<br />

Ava is well-suited for a sport requiring mental<br />

toughness as well as physical skills. “She is very<br />

focused,” said Deborah.<br />

Ava does admit, however, to getting nervous on<br />

<strong>the</strong> court. “I just encourage myself to keep trying<br />

and try my best to win <strong>the</strong> game,” she said. Then,<br />

after hitting a winning shot, she continued, “I<br />

[feel] so proud.”<br />

Fashion modeling actually predates tennis for<br />

Ava. She participated in a photo shoot for Baby<br />

Gap at only 18 months old. Her current role with<br />

Calzico began at age four when a Chapel Hill<br />

photographer displayed a ra<strong>the</strong>r large photo of<br />

Ava in her studio window.<br />

“It’s huge!” exclaimed Deborah. “Bigger than<br />

<strong>the</strong> door!”<br />

A local clothing designer saw <strong>the</strong> photo and<br />

asked <strong>the</strong> photographer to contact Deborah to<br />

see if Ava would be interested in modeling.<br />

The designer, Shannon Tennyson, was developing<br />

a collection of clothing for tween girls (ages<br />

6–14) that would be comfortable, versatile, and<br />

confidence-inspiring.<br />

Ava has represented Calzico in numerous<br />

campaigns including a Cary <strong>Magazine</strong> article and<br />

<strong>the</strong> Redress Raleigh and <strong>the</strong> High Heels to Hard<br />

Hats fashion shows.<br />

Ava delights in all of her modeling experiences.<br />

“Honestly, I enjoy all <strong>the</strong> clo<strong>the</strong>s I get to show,”<br />

she said.<br />

For now, tennis and fashion are<br />

separate endeavors for Ava.<br />

But, if her enthusiasm is any<br />

indication, seeing <strong>the</strong> “AH”<br />

brand of sportswear may be<br />

something to look for in <strong>the</strong><br />

future.<br />

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THE CREATORS OF THE DRAGON TIMES<br />

Amelia Hart had just started fourth grade last<br />

year when she decided to write a letter to Head<br />

of <strong>School</strong> Dave Michelman.<br />

During a Lower <strong>School</strong> ga<strong>the</strong>ring before Winter<br />

Break, Amelia and Gaby shared <strong>the</strong>ir plan with<br />

students and teachers. Students in first through<br />

fourth grades were invited to submit <strong>the</strong>ir work.<br />

“I think <strong>the</strong> Lower <strong>School</strong> needs a newspaper…”<br />

Amelia and Gaby planned to spend free time<br />

<strong>the</strong> letter began.<br />

at school and after school incorporating those<br />

Dave met with her, and <strong>the</strong>n put her in touch submissions into a publication.<br />

with Auxiliary Programs Manager Eddy Davis to<br />

Submissions started coming right away. There<br />

develop <strong>the</strong> idea.<br />

were book reviews, comic strips and advice<br />

“The Middle <strong>School</strong> has <strong>the</strong> literary magazine, pieces. Students reported on field trips, and on<br />

and we needed<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir project work.<br />

something to get<br />

With <strong>the</strong> help of<br />

our writing out and<br />

Geoff Berry, fourth<br />

our opinions out,”<br />

grade teacher, <strong>the</strong><br />

Amelia said.<br />

girls scanned each<br />

In <strong>the</strong> spirit of<br />

student submission<br />

collaboration, Amelia<br />

and created <strong>the</strong><br />

quickly pulled in<br />

publication using<br />

fellow fourth grader<br />

Gaby Goodman to<br />

help her pilot <strong>the</strong><br />

Lucidpress. With that,<br />

The Dragon Times<br />

was born.<br />

idea.<br />

Two issues of The<br />

“Amelia pulled me<br />

Dragon Times were<br />

aside during recess<br />

published this<br />

one day,” Gaby said.<br />

<strong>Duke</strong> <strong>School</strong> students Amelia Hart and Gaby Goodman<br />

with <strong>the</strong> first issue of The Dragon Times.<br />

spring. Each Lower<br />

“She started talking<br />

<strong>School</strong> classroom<br />

about her ideas, and I started giving her a lot of<br />

ideas.”<br />

received a copy. While kindergarten didn’t take<br />

part in submissions, <strong>the</strong> girls said <strong>the</strong>y wanted<br />

kindergartners to look forward to participating in<br />

Amelia and Gaby met a number of times with<br />

first grade.<br />

Eddy. He wasn’t sure it would work as a Dragon<br />

Quest (an after school class), so <strong>the</strong>y looked at<br />

options to involve as many Lower <strong>School</strong> students<br />

as possible.<br />

Plans are in place for Lower <strong>School</strong> students to<br />

continue with production this fall, as Amelia and<br />

Gaby are now middle schoolers.<br />

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Gabe Speaks:<br />

Staying Connected<br />

By Gabe Hart ‘17<br />

I attended <strong>Duke</strong> <strong>School</strong> from third through eighth<br />

grades, graduating in 2017. During my time in<br />

middle school, I enjoyed watching <strong>the</strong> Makers<br />

program grow from nothing into something that<br />

is now a major and thriving part of <strong>the</strong> school.<br />

In fifth grade, I got word of a new after school<br />

club that Innovation Director Katie Ree, was<br />

starting called <strong>the</strong> Makers Club. There, you could<br />

do things like build small LED magnets and take<br />

apart computers. This was exactly <strong>the</strong> sort of thing<br />

I liked to do in my spare time, so of course I joined<br />

as soon as I could. Over <strong>the</strong> next few years, <strong>the</strong><br />

club grew from about eight to so many members<br />

that multiple sessions were required throughout<br />

<strong>the</strong> year.<br />

In sixth grade, I mentioned to a couple of people<br />

<strong>the</strong> idea of starting a Makerspace at <strong>Duke</strong> <strong>School</strong>:<br />

a dedicated space better suited to having many<br />

people using different tools than <strong>the</strong> science<br />

labs, which we had been borrowing since <strong>the</strong><br />

beginning.<br />

The following year, Head of <strong>School</strong> Dave<br />

Michelman, invited me to be a student participant<br />

on a strategic planning committee. I helped<br />

introduce my idea of a dedicated Makerspace to<br />

<strong>the</strong> group. We discussed <strong>the</strong> different ways that<br />

such a space might look as well as how it could fit<br />

with o<strong>the</strong>r parts of school. We ultimately decided<br />

that <strong>Duke</strong> <strong>School</strong> would benefit most from a<br />

multi-use creative space that could be used for<br />

many things including Makers and presentation<br />

spaces.<br />

I learned a lot working with <strong>the</strong> committee. It was<br />

a new experience for me to participate in <strong>the</strong><br />

running of an organization. I saw one way that a<br />

professional meeting and committee could look.<br />

Going to Makers Club on Fridays after school is<br />

one of <strong>the</strong> things I miss most about <strong>Duke</strong> <strong>School</strong>.<br />

It was fantastic to have <strong>the</strong> opportunity to build<br />

and experiment and share ideas with o<strong>the</strong>r<br />

people. This is why I have done my best to stay<br />

involved over this past year and a half.<br />

While a student at <strong>Duke</strong> <strong>School</strong>, I would go to<br />

summer Makers Camp with seventh grade teacher<br />

Willie Nicholson. I have now moved from camper<br />

to volunteer. These past two summers, I have had<br />

<strong>the</strong> pleasure of helping run Makers Camp and<br />

sharing all <strong>the</strong> fun and learning that I have had<br />

with more people.<br />

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Design Thinking in Project Work<br />

By Dillon Ross, <strong>Duke</strong> <strong>School</strong> Teacher<br />

that focused on architecture, fashion, industrial<br />

design, and graphic design. They saw designers<br />

at work and were challenged to figure out what<br />

all <strong>the</strong> different design types had in common.<br />

With newly acquired background knowledge, <strong>the</strong><br />

students were eager to take on design projects<br />

of <strong>the</strong>ir own.<br />

Lucky for <strong>the</strong>m, we had several local animal<br />

organizations that needed help. Personnel<br />

from Hope Animal Rescue, <strong>the</strong> Museum of Life<br />

and Science, <strong>the</strong> North Carolina Zoo, Piedmont<br />

Wildlife Center, and <strong>the</strong> <strong>Duke</strong> Stream and<br />

This project was developed by <strong>Duke</strong> <strong>School</strong>’s<br />

Fifth Grade Team and librarians Elaine Cameron<br />

and Lisa Simmons.<br />

The Animalia project gives <strong>Duke</strong> <strong>School</strong> fifth<br />

graders opportunities to learn about <strong>the</strong> design<br />

process and use it to come up with innovative<br />

ways to improve <strong>the</strong> world for animals and<br />

humans. Their journey as designers began with<br />

a visit to <strong>the</strong> North Carolina State University<br />

College of Design. There, <strong>the</strong> students were<br />

immersed in <strong>the</strong> world of design by visiting labs<br />

Wetland Assessment Management Park (SWAMP)<br />

all met with students about challenges that <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

respective organizations faced. Following <strong>the</strong><br />

meetings, <strong>the</strong> fifth graders returned to school<br />

filled with ideas. They continued <strong>the</strong> design<br />

process by empathizing with and asking lots of<br />

questions of <strong>the</strong> various stakeholders connected<br />

to <strong>the</strong>ir chosen organizations.<br />

Once students understood <strong>the</strong> needs of <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

stakeholders, <strong>the</strong>y began designing and<br />

innovating. Some groups created physical<br />

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prototypes to help solve <strong>the</strong> problems. For<br />

example, <strong>the</strong> groups working with Piedmont<br />

Wildlife Center prototyped tools to enrich <strong>the</strong><br />

enclosure of Edgar, <strong>the</strong> rescued raven. O<strong>the</strong>r<br />

groups prototyped a publicity campaign to<br />

showcase dogs available for adoption at Hope<br />

Animal Rescue.<br />

With <strong>the</strong> initial prototypes completed, it was<br />

time for each group to get feedback from its<br />

organization. The groups presented <strong>the</strong>ir designs<br />

for review to determine what was working and<br />

what was not. This au<strong>the</strong>ntic feedback launched<br />

students into <strong>the</strong> second iterations of <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

prototypes, where <strong>the</strong>y made adjustments to<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir designs to better meet <strong>the</strong> needs of <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

stakeholders.<br />

At <strong>the</strong> project culmination, students led tours<br />

showcasing <strong>the</strong>ir designs, <strong>the</strong> design process,<br />

and <strong>the</strong> integration of <strong>the</strong> project into <strong>the</strong>ir core<br />

classes. This integration included building animal<br />

robots that respond to stimuli in science class<br />

and collecting and graphing animal data in math.<br />

Being responsible for presenting <strong>the</strong> entire scope<br />

of <strong>the</strong> project gave our students a chance to show<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir families <strong>the</strong> innovative designers <strong>the</strong>y had<br />

become.<br />

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A Special Message to <strong>Duke</strong> <strong>School</strong> Grads<br />

Speech by Hallie Westlund ‘08<br />

Hallie Westlund started <strong>Duke</strong> <strong>School</strong> in<br />

1997, <strong>the</strong> year of <strong>the</strong> fiftieth anniversary<br />

of <strong>the</strong> school. She attended Jordan<br />

High <strong>School</strong> and <strong>the</strong> College of William<br />

and Mary, where she double majored<br />

in government and human rights and<br />

was awarded <strong>the</strong> James Monroe Prize<br />

for Civic Leadership. Since college, she<br />

has taught English in Ecuador, worked<br />

as a paralegal, and recently began<br />

graduate school at Tufts University.<br />

The following is Hallie’s graduation message to<br />

<strong>the</strong> <strong>Duke</strong> <strong>School</strong> Class of <strong>2018</strong>:<br />

Ten years ago, I was sitting where <strong>the</strong>se graduates<br />

are sitting now [<strong>Duke</strong> <strong>School</strong> Middle <strong>School</strong> gym].<br />

Well, actually, I was sitting in <strong>the</strong> old middle<br />

school gym, which is now <strong>the</strong> one used by <strong>the</strong><br />

Lower <strong>School</strong>. That was my gym where I played<br />

on <strong>the</strong> basketball team with no three point line,<br />

had PE every week, and emceed <strong>the</strong> talent show.<br />

I felt a myriad of competing emotions: excitement,<br />

sadness, anxiety, anticipation—many of <strong>the</strong><br />

feelings that <strong>the</strong>se graduates (and parents) are<br />

probably feeling right now.<br />

My eighth grade graduation seems like a long<br />

time ago now, but <strong>the</strong>re is hardly a week that goes<br />

by that I do not think about <strong>Duke</strong> <strong>School</strong> and <strong>the</strong><br />

profound ways my <strong>Duke</strong> <strong>School</strong> experience has<br />

shaped me as I have ventured forward into my life.<br />

For example, here I am, 10 years after I graduated,<br />

and once again <strong>Duke</strong> <strong>School</strong> has encouraged me<br />

to get out of my comfort zone and do yet ano<strong>the</strong>r<br />

thing I never thought I would do. This is <strong>the</strong> largest<br />

public speaking event I’ve ever done, followed<br />

closely by my eighth grade project presentation,<br />

with its audience of about 65 people who wanted<br />

to learn about <strong>the</strong> art of Bonsai trees.<br />

I could tell you about my many memories:<br />

100th day celebrations, field days, Colonial day,<br />

competing as Polises in <strong>the</strong> Greek Olympics, Earth<br />

Day celebrations under UTOT, Science Olympiad,<br />

Battle of <strong>the</strong> Books, or one of my all time favorite<br />

memories—playing Titanic with Candy in PE (still<br />

one of <strong>the</strong> best games I have ever played!).<br />

But you all have your own memories. So instead<br />

I’ll tell you where <strong>Duke</strong> school will take you. You<br />

are all heading on different paths: to different high<br />

schools, and <strong>the</strong>n on to different colleges, and on<br />

again to different careers. Some of you will stay<br />

friends and some of you will never see each o<strong>the</strong>r<br />

again. That might seem scary now (it terrified<br />

<strong>the</strong> heck out of me when I was graduating).<br />

But, I promise that it’ll be OK because you will<br />

forever have <strong>Duke</strong> <strong>School</strong> in your back pocket.<br />

I have <strong>Duke</strong> <strong>School</strong> to thank for <strong>the</strong> foundation<br />

it provided that helped lead to my subsequent<br />

successes and my future career path.<br />

One of <strong>the</strong> most important gifts that <strong>Duke</strong> <strong>School</strong><br />

gave me, and hopefully gave each of you, is an<br />

appreciation for <strong>the</strong> importance of community. A<br />

community is where you feel deeply connected—<br />

safe enough to be your true self and trust <strong>the</strong><br />

people you’re with. You collaborate on shared<br />

goals, have a common purpose, and help one<br />

ano<strong>the</strong>r. My appreciation of community has<br />

informed each of my school decisions from <strong>the</strong><br />

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time I left <strong>Duke</strong> <strong>School</strong>. I even chose my upcoming<br />

graduate school, in part, based on <strong>the</strong> strength of<br />

<strong>the</strong> community.<br />

than ever. And, as I have continued to observe,<br />

working effectively and collaboratively with<br />

o<strong>the</strong>rs in groups is an indispensable life skill.<br />

<strong>Duke</strong> <strong>School</strong> has also given you and me <strong>the</strong> gift<br />

of its unique pedagogy. This school stimulates<br />

intellectual curiosity through student-focused<br />

and active learning—a style of learning that<br />

significantly shaped how I approached my<br />

learning in high school, college, and in my life<br />

today. As a three-year-old, I became an expert<br />

on vermiculture and composting. By eighth grade<br />

my friend Hannah and I built a mock speakeasy<br />

in <strong>the</strong> gym and analyzed <strong>the</strong> role of speakeasies<br />

on crime rates during<br />

<strong>Duke</strong> <strong>School</strong> also helps us engage with our<br />

community through service learning. For me,<br />

<strong>the</strong>se community service projects were among<br />

my first experiences with becoming an engaged<br />

global citizen and from which I began to develop<br />

my passion for social justice and for addressing<br />

poverty, educational inequality, and refugee<br />

rights. I hope that you take <strong>the</strong> lessons of <strong>Duke</strong><br />

<strong>School</strong> and continue to become engaged citizens.<br />

Find your own passion for bettering <strong>the</strong> world<br />

whe<strong>the</strong>r it be improving<br />

Prohibition. This focus<br />

<strong>the</strong> environment,<br />

on depth helps us dive<br />

thoroughly into a topic<br />

ra<strong>the</strong>r than just learning<br />

broadly about a topic<br />

and <strong>the</strong>n dispassionately<br />

advocating for those less<br />

fortunate than you, or<br />

serving your community<br />

as a teacher, politician,<br />

scientist, or engineer.<br />

regurgitating that<br />

Finally, as you leave this<br />

information on tests.<br />

amazing school, reflect<br />

From early on, we have<br />

on <strong>the</strong> foundation you<br />

had <strong>the</strong> opportunity<br />

Dave Michelman, Hallie Westlund,<br />

have built and <strong>the</strong> ways<br />

to become experts and Kenneth W. Chandler at <strong>the</strong> <strong>Duke</strong> <strong>School</strong>’s<br />

Class of <strong>2018</strong> Graduation.<br />

you have been shaped.<br />

and to learn from our<br />

Your appreciation for<br />

fellow students who have also become experts.<br />

<strong>the</strong> importance of community, your increased<br />

Intellectual curiosity and passion for learning are<br />

capacity for compassion and empathy, and your<br />

things you will carry with you throughout your<br />

intellectual curiosity and ability for deep learning<br />

schooling and well into adulthood.<br />

allow you to leave <strong>Duke</strong> <strong>School</strong> truly prepared to<br />

Ano<strong>the</strong>r important gift from this school is that<br />

it fosters compassion and empathy. Every time<br />

we collaborated with our peers on a group<br />

project, listened to our classmates give a<br />

presentation, wrote a self-reflection, or embodied<br />

a character from a previous time, we were<br />

learning compassion and how to appreciate <strong>the</strong><br />

experiences, perspectives, and values of o<strong>the</strong>rs.<br />

be lifelong learners, and even more importantly,<br />

to be global citizens. <strong>Duke</strong> <strong>School</strong> has given<br />

you <strong>the</strong> tools to creatively tackle both personal<br />

challenges and global problems and to actively<br />

come up with creative solutions— whe<strong>the</strong>r it is<br />

using a locker for <strong>the</strong> first time in high school or<br />

addressing big problems like <strong>the</strong> environmental<br />

impact of single-use plastics.<br />

At this time of deep political divide and growing<br />

disparity, we need <strong>the</strong>se invaluable skills more<br />

Graduates, you’ve got <strong>the</strong> tools,<br />

now go embrace your next chapter!<br />

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Alumni Connections: Destinations of 2014 Grads<br />

Congratulations, <strong>Duke</strong> <strong>School</strong>’s Class of 2014!<br />

We wish you much success at <strong>the</strong> following colleges and universities:<br />

<strong>Duke</strong> University (2)<br />

Elon University<br />

Emory University (2)<br />

High Point University<br />

Middlebury College<br />

New York University<br />

North Carolina State University (2)<br />

Nor<strong>the</strong>astern University<br />

The Theatre <strong>School</strong> at DePaul University<br />

University of California, Berkeley<br />

University of California, Santa Barbara<br />

University of Michigan<br />

University of North Carolina at Asheville<br />

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (7)<br />

University of North Carolina at Charlotte (2)<br />

University of North Carolina at Greensboro<br />

University of North Carolina at Wilmington (2)<br />

University of Oregon<br />

University of Tampa<br />

University of Texas at Austin<br />

University of Washington (2)<br />

Vanderbilt University<br />

Vassar College<br />

Virginia Episcopal <strong>School</strong><br />

Wake Forest University (2)<br />

Wake Technical Community College<br />

<strong>Duke</strong> <strong>School</strong>’s Class of 2014 Reunion.<br />

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Alumni Connections: Destinations of <strong>2018</strong> Grads<br />

Congratulations, <strong>Duke</strong> <strong>School</strong>’s Class of <strong>2018</strong>!<br />

Please keep us updated on your continued success at <strong>the</strong> following high schools:<br />

Cary Academy<br />

Cedar Ridge High <strong>School</strong> (11)<br />

Carolina Friends <strong>School</strong> (3)<br />

Chapel Hill High <strong>School</strong><br />

Durham Academy (9)<br />

Durham <strong>School</strong> of <strong>the</strong> Arts (3)<br />

East Chapel Hill High <strong>School</strong> (3)<br />

Eno River Academy<br />

Jordan High <strong>School</strong> (2)<br />

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Join <strong>Duke</strong> <strong>School</strong>’s Alumni Facebook and<br />

LinkedIn Group – forums for reconnecting<br />

with former classmates while keeping in<br />

touch with <strong>Duke</strong> <strong>School</strong>.<br />

<strong>Duke</strong> <strong>School</strong>’s Class of <strong>2018</strong> sporting <strong>the</strong>ir class t-shirts.<br />

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<strong>Duke</strong> <strong>School</strong> Welcomes<br />

Gift of Securities<br />

When Keith and Beverly McRae enrolled <strong>the</strong>ir son, Lincoln, at <strong>Duke</strong> <strong>School</strong> at <strong>the</strong> beginning<br />

of sixth grade, <strong>the</strong>y were concerned about him attending a school where he knew no one,<br />

at an age when a lot of kids begin to face <strong>the</strong> struggles of adolescence.<br />

They quickly learned <strong>the</strong>y had nothing to fear.<br />

“Something that stood out to me at that difficult juncture for him, was that he was very<br />

welcomed into <strong>the</strong> <strong>Duke</strong> <strong>School</strong> community by <strong>the</strong> <strong>Duke</strong> <strong>School</strong> Middle <strong>School</strong> students<br />

<strong>the</strong>mselves,” Beverly said.<br />

Four years later, as Lincoln enters his sophomore year of high school, his parents look back<br />

at his <strong>Duke</strong> <strong>School</strong> experience with positive memories, from his success academically to<br />

<strong>the</strong> friends he made.<br />

It’s for <strong>the</strong>se and o<strong>the</strong>r reasons that<br />

<strong>the</strong> McRaes decided to continue to<br />

support <strong>the</strong> school through a gift<br />

of appreciated securities this year.<br />

A gift of appreciated securities<br />

(stock) is a unique way to support<br />

<strong>Duke</strong> <strong>School</strong> that can often allow<br />

<strong>the</strong> giver to make a larger gift<br />

than he or she thought possible. If<br />

those securities have appreciated<br />

in value, <strong>the</strong> person gifting <strong>the</strong>m<br />

has <strong>the</strong> opportunity to avoid <strong>the</strong><br />

capital gains tax that o<strong>the</strong>rwise<br />

would apply to that appreciation if<br />

<strong>the</strong> securities were sold.<br />

“Special thanks to <strong>the</strong> McRae<br />

family for <strong>the</strong>ir philanthropic<br />

gift and staying connected with<br />

<strong>Duke</strong> <strong>School</strong>. DS is sustained<br />

and energized by <strong>the</strong> shared vision<br />

of parents (current and former),<br />

grandparents, teachers, alumni and<br />

friends working toge<strong>the</strong>r to provide<br />

an optimal learning experience for<br />

each child.”<br />

~ Kenneth W. Chandler,<br />

<strong>Duke</strong> <strong>School</strong> Director of Development<br />

It wasn’t an option Keith and Beverly<br />

had considered until speaking with Director of Development Kenneth W. Chandler.<br />

“It was much more straight-forward than I would have thought,” Keith said. “It’s easy, and<br />

Kenneth was very responsive to brainstorming on that side.”<br />

The McRaes see <strong>the</strong>ir gift providing opportunities for students and faculty to continue to<br />

flourish in <strong>the</strong> future.<br />

“I’d like to continue to support and give to <strong>Duke</strong> <strong>School</strong> because <strong>the</strong> option to send a<br />

child to <strong>Duke</strong> <strong>School</strong> was so important to us at <strong>the</strong> time, and we’d like to keep that open<br />

to <strong>the</strong> rest of <strong>the</strong> community in a small way,” Beverly said.<br />

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Friends share <strong>the</strong>ir experiences<br />

about <strong>Duke</strong> <strong>School</strong>.<br />

My son absolutely loves <strong>Duke</strong> <strong>School</strong>! He is always eager to be <strong>the</strong>re. The school’s<br />

creative learning environment keeps him engaged and excited about learning. Whe<strong>the</strong>r<br />

it’s going to class or attending a special school event - he lights up when we’re headed<br />

to <strong>Duke</strong> <strong>School</strong>. Even when he’s out on break for a few days, it’s not long before he’s<br />

asking, “Mom, when do I go back to <strong>Duke</strong> <strong>School</strong>?”<br />

Angela Davis<br />

<strong>Duke</strong> <strong>School</strong> Parent & PSO L.I.F.E. Committee Co-Chair<br />

Mat<strong>the</strong>w ‘24<br />

<strong>Duke</strong> <strong>School</strong> makes learning fun! It teaches kids how to think and is a nurturing,<br />

accepting and inclusive environment. When I was picking a school for my kids, I was<br />

thrilled to send <strong>the</strong>m here because of <strong>the</strong> amazing opportunities <strong>Duke</strong> <strong>School</strong> provides for<br />

our kids to learn.<br />

Jodi Marshall<br />

<strong>Duke</strong> <strong>School</strong> Alumni Parent & Assistant Art Teacher<br />

Taylor ‘13, Ali ‘17, Carly ’18<br />

Makers at <strong>Duke</strong> <strong>School</strong> is so important because it provides our students with a space for<br />

making, learning, exploring and sharing that uses high tech to no tech tools. Our Makers<br />

get to sew, build, fly drones, make hover crafts, program and so much more. It is a great<br />

place to let <strong>the</strong>ir imaginations run free.<br />

Willie Nicholson<br />

<strong>Duke</strong> <strong>School</strong> Science Teacher & Makers Guru<br />

As a former parent, I knew <strong>Duke</strong> <strong>School</strong> was a wonderful place. It is an important<br />

reason my children are successful adults today. Now, as a substitute teacher, I am<br />

fortunate to see first-hand <strong>the</strong> incredible opportunities students have here. What a great<br />

place for our children to attend!<br />

Edie Poole<br />

<strong>Duke</strong> <strong>School</strong> Alumni Parent & Substitute Teacher<br />

Emma ‘04, Annie ‘07, Maggie ‘07<br />

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DUKE SCHOOL<br />

ANNUAL REPORT<br />

2017 -18<br />

INCOME<br />

EXPENSES<br />

Net Fund Raising<br />

4.6%<br />

Auxiliary Programs<br />

9.2%<br />

Net Tuition and Fees<br />

86.2%<br />

Classroom Resources<br />

and O<strong>the</strong>r Admin Costs<br />

18%<br />

Salaries and Benefits<br />

71.1%<br />

Debt Service<br />

2%<br />

Facilities<br />

4.2%<br />

Auxiliary Programs<br />

4.7%<br />

NET TUITION & FEES<br />

This income is derived from student tuition, The Learning Center<br />

and certain fee charges.<br />

AUXILLARY PROGRAMS<br />

This is income from all camps, after school programs and<br />

educator workshops.<br />

NET FUND RAISING<br />

This category embraces our fundraisers and<br />

Dragon Fund net figures.<br />

2017-18 Fundraising Campaign Highlights:<br />

$507,552 Total Giving<br />

$89,160 Grandparent Giving<br />

*Data is based on a June <strong>2018</strong> year-end forecast.<br />

If you have questions about this budgetary information, please contact Russell Rabinowitz,<br />

director of finance and operations, at russell.rabinowitz@dukeschool.org.<br />

SALARES & BENEFTS AND CLASSROOM &<br />

ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS<br />

These categories include all expenses related to instructional and<br />

academic activity, including faculty and staff salaries and benefits,<br />

programmatic expenses, student support services, classroom<br />

materials and supplies, media centers, faculty development,<br />

technology and laptops, and special programs. All included are<br />

expenses related to <strong>Duke</strong> <strong>School</strong> Admissions, Marketing and<br />

Communications, Human Resources, Business, and Development<br />

Offices, etc.<br />

FACILITIES<br />

This category includes all costs related to operations and <strong>the</strong><br />

repair and maintenance of school-owned facilities and grounds. It<br />

includes: utilities, waste removal, supplies, repair and maintenance<br />

of campus buildings, grounds, streets, fields and related machinery<br />

and equipment.<br />

DEBT SERVICE<br />

This category represents <strong>the</strong> payment of interest and principal<br />

on outstanding tax-exempt revenue bonds. The bonds were used<br />

to finance <strong>the</strong> costs of construction, improvement, renovation,<br />

furnishing, and equipping <strong>the</strong> existing school.<br />

AUXILIARY SERVICES<br />

These are <strong>the</strong> expenses of auxiliary service functions such as after<br />

school, camps and similar operations.<br />

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2017-18 DRAGON FUND HONOR ROLL OF DONORS<br />

Board of Trustees<br />

Lisa Andrews-Lanier<br />

Lawrence Baxter<br />

Garry Cutright<br />

Kisha Daniels<br />

Elise Dunzo<br />

Christopher Gergen<br />

Richard Griffin<br />

Elizabeth Hays<br />

Sheronda Jeffries<br />

Corey McIntyre<br />

Beth Murgitroyd<br />

M.C. Ragsdale<br />

Mark Scullion<br />

Connie Semans<br />

Panna Sharma<br />

Tina Valdecanas<br />

Jeff Welty<br />

Alison Windram<br />

Advancement Committee<br />

and Class Agents<br />

Lisa Andrews-Lanier<br />

Omar Bell<br />

Sheronda Jeffries<br />

Tom Maultsby<br />

Beth Murgitroyd<br />

Gary Pellom<br />

Kelly Robinson<br />

Craig Spitzer<br />

Alison Windram<br />

1947 Society (Consecutive Giving)<br />

20 Years<br />

Kathy Bartelmay and Roger Perilstein<br />

Harris Teeter<br />

Marya McNeish and Bob Robinson<br />

Jane Shears<br />

Candy and John Thompson<br />

Marki Watson<br />

15 Years<br />

Elaine Cameron<br />

<strong>Duke</strong> University Medical Center<br />

Ida and Dennis Greenhill<br />

Hui Li and Fan Yuan<br />

Debbie Marshall<br />

Becca and Julian Wooldridge<br />

10 Years<br />

Dr. Sandra Adams and Dr. Fred Adams<br />

Dr. Nadia Anderson<br />

Maria Cassinelli-Bernstein and<br />

Fernando Bernstein<br />

Rebecca Dexter<br />

Mr. and Mrs. Gene Doyle<br />

Melissa Ellis and Jeff Doyle<br />

Emily Feldman-Kravitz and Richard Kravitz<br />

Jane and James Hales<br />

Helen Harrison and Tom Truscott<br />

Tekla Jachimiak and Thomas Bro<strong>the</strong>rs<br />

Amy and Jamie Lau<br />

Sheronda Jeffries<br />

Susan Sugarman Kirsch and David Kirsch<br />

Carolynn Klein<br />

Kay Kohring-DaSilva and Keith DaSilva<br />

Lori Leggatt and Andrew Foster<br />

Corinne Linardic and Ned Patz<br />

Joel Lipsitch and Abbie Melnick<br />

Dave and Claudia Michelman<br />

Cindy and Gregg Pacchiana<br />

Russell Rabinowitz<br />

Emily and Lee Taft<br />

Cassandra and Wayne Taylor<br />

Melanie and Lars Trost<br />

Alison and Soren Windram<br />

5 Years<br />

Lisa and Elaine Andrews-Lanier<br />

Sumi and Dan Ariely<br />

Stephanie and Vince Aurentz<br />

Katie Bailey and Adam Wenzlik<br />

Meytal Barak and Micky Cohen-Wolkowiez<br />

Mr. and Mrs. William Bell<br />

Geoff Berry<br />

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Betuker<br />

Tia and Martin Black<br />

Mr. and Mrs. David Bowers<br />

Kristin and Steve Bradley-Bull<br />

Lucy and Tom Bradshaw<br />

Tamara Branca and Wolfgang Wagner<br />

Dayna Brill<br />

Susan Cates and Scott Warren<br />

Dr. Kenneth W. Chandler<br />

Tanya Chartrand and Gavan Fitzsimons<br />

Hea<strong>the</strong>r Clarkson and Sean Wilmer<br />

Mary and Joe Cooley<br />

Heidi and Jason Cope<br />

Linda Cronenwett and Shirley Tuller<br />

Molly Cronenwett<br />

Donna Culton and Arun Manikumar<br />

Kiersten and Clint Dart<br />

Mrs. Lynn Delicio<br />

Tania and Justin Desrosiers<br />

Elise Dunzo<br />

Maureen Dwyer<br />

Alison and David Eagle<br />

Sarah Ellestad and Ron Przybycien<br />

Eman Elmahi and Husam Hasanin<br />

Lori Etter and Jeff Welty<br />

Katie Garman and Tom Becker<br />

Jeanne Gatling<br />

Victor Gatling<br />

General Mills Box Tops for Education<br />

Mr. and Mrs. Peter Generelly<br />

Annie and George Genti<strong>the</strong>s<br />

Michael Gilbert<br />

Victoria Goatley<br />

Hea<strong>the</strong>r and Bret Greene<br />

Richard Griffin and Lisa Kern Griffin<br />

Tery and Michael Gunter<br />

Jane and James Hales<br />

Leslie Hamilton<br />

Robin Hardie-Hood and Thomas Hood<br />

Beth and Jeff Harris<br />

Jennifer Harris<br />

Kylie and Clint Harris<br />

Lea and Alan Hart<br />

Laurie Ann and Scott Harvey<br />

Melanie Hatz-Levinson and Howie Levinson<br />

Elizabeth and David Hays<br />

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Wendy and Paul Henderson<br />

Mary Beth Hes<br />

Sunshine and Joel Hillygus<br />

Kerry Holbrook<br />

Dr. and Mrs. Jack Hollenbeck<br />

Beatrice Hong and Ziad Gellad<br />

Carla Horta<br />

Brian Horton<br />

Neva Howard and Shahar Link<br />

Lisa and Scott Huettel<br />

Andrea Hussong and Patrick Curran<br />

Nancy and Timothy Joyce<br />

Stefanie Kandzia and Ralf Michaels<br />

Sarah and Ryan Lamb<br />

Tiffane Land<br />

Ms. Ann Lawrence and Mr. Steve Leinwand<br />

Charlotte Lee and David Siegel<br />

Mr. and Mrs. Frederic Leubuscher<br />

Ms. Judith Lynch<br />

Julie Marshall<br />

Kristi and Chris Martin<br />

Joy Martin and Ben Philpot<br />

Kristin and Corum McNealy<br />

Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Melnick<br />

Gary and Carelyn Monroe<br />

Karen and Steve Munsat<br />

Beth and Ed Murgitroyd<br />

Jenny and Craig Murray<br />

Miriam Ornstein and David Luks<br />

Sari Palmroth and Ram Oren<br />

Judy Panitch and Andrew Hart<br />

Joshua Parker and Kelsey Coons<br />

Natalie and Emiliano Corral<br />

Kirstin and Gary Pellom<br />

Ms. Kathleen Przybycien<br />

M.C. Ragsdale and Karen Popp<br />

Fatima Rangwala and Yousuf Zafar<br />

Katie Ree<br />

Michelle and Brian Reich<br />

Erin and Jerry Reiter<br />

Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Richards<br />

Kelly Robinson and Lawrence DeGraaf<br />

Erin and Todd Sarver<br />

Anna and Tuck Satterfield<br />

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Selder<br />

Connie and Truman Semans<br />

Julie Shermak and Steve Goodman<br />

Naz Siddiqui and Casey Jenkins<br />

Irecka Smith<br />

Renee and Joseph Smith<br />

Kim Spancake and Drew Snider<br />

Karen Springer and Alex Herskowitz<br />

Jinda and Kevin Stoll<br />

Jessica and Albert Sun<br />

Nicole Thompson<br />

Mary Townsend and Jon Stiber<br />

Tina Valdecanas and Doug Aitkin<br />

Linda Vargas<br />

Mr. and Mrs. Bill Welty<br />

Jen Wu and Shane McSwain<br />

3 Years<br />

Natalie and Chris Aho<br />

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Anderson<br />

Krissy and Will Anderson<br />

Love and Ian Anderson<br />

Ms. Diane Bailey<br />

Tanja and Dan Bauer<br />

Mr. and Mrs. Chuck Bausell<br />

Sarah and Kenneth Bausell<br />

Lawrence and Sharon Baxter<br />

India and Ryan Bayley<br />

Mr. and Mrs. Kurt Becker<br />

Sylvia Becker-Dreps and Chris Dreps<br />

Alisha and Eric Benner<br />

Dr. and Mrs. Dan Blazer, II<br />

Angie Bolz and Anthony Castleberry<br />

Mr. and Ms. John Bolz<br />

Mrs. Jane Bourne<br />

Laurie Braun and John Taylor<br />

Joel and Beverly Brown<br />

Dr. Manas Chatterji and Ms. Pradipta Chatterji<br />

Mr. and Mrs. Dick Claar<br />

Robyn and Jamie Claar<br />

Mr. Larry Colker<br />

Jim Covington<br />

Lisa Criscione-Schreiber and Eric Schreiber<br />

Dr. and Mrs. Jack Cronenwett<br />

Rachel and Jonathon Cummings<br />

Kisha Daniels<br />

Kiersten and Clint Dart<br />

Angela Davis<br />

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Deason<br />

Mrs. Penny Dietz<br />

Foley Dyson<br />

Mat<strong>the</strong>w and Cleo E<strong>the</strong>rington<br />

Ben Felton<br />

Kathryn and Pierce Freelon<br />

Mr. and Mrs. John Gardner<br />

Mr. and Mrs. Alan Gayer<br />

Silvia Glaubach and Federico Bugni<br />

Cathy Gracey and Steve Smith<br />

Mrs. Gail A. Granek<br />

Brian Greene<br />

Preeya and Rajan Gupta<br />

Dr. Vasudha Gupta and Dr. Bhupender Gupta<br />

Mary and Stephen Harward<br />

Mr. and Mrs. Paul Hesselschwerdt<br />

Keijuane Hester<br />

Daniel Heuser<br />

Sima and Michael Hodavance<br />

Julie and Scott Hollenbeck<br />

Diane Hom and Chris Larson<br />

Sandra and Peter Jacobi<br />

Lisa Kahan and Duncan Higgins<br />

Cara and Ravi Karra<br />

Claire and Matt Koerner<br />

Mrs. Margaret Kohring<br />

Bridget and Jason Koontz<br />

Amy and Naveen Kumar<br />

Jodie LaPoint and Chris Weymouth<br />

Ms. Paula LaPoint<br />

Maggie Lemos<br />

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Ca<strong>the</strong>rine Linford<br />

Dr. and Mrs. Ian Lipsitch<br />

Jian Liu and Jia Li<br />

Ms. Joan Lloyd<br />

Lingyun Long and Hao Li<br />

Mr. and Mrs. Bill Longnecker<br />

Sharon and Ed Lunk<br />

Mr. and Mrs. Steve Markey<br />

Mollie and Chad Ma<strong>the</strong>r<br />

Ms. Brenda Mat<strong>the</strong>ws<br />

Tiffany Mat<strong>the</strong>ws<br />

William K. Mat<strong>the</strong>ws<br />

Mr. and Mrs. Tom Maultsby<br />

Beth and Tim Miller<br />

Catriona Moore and Kyle Lundby<br />

Meghan Morris<br />

Dr. Pedi Neta and Mrs. Ruth Neta<br />

Willie Nicholson<br />

Florence and James Peacock<br />

Susie Post-Rust and Adam Rust<br />

Kelly and Jeff Powrie<br />

Mr. and Mrs. Max Powrie<br />

Tina and Mitch Prinstein<br />

Mr. and Mrs. Tim Proctor<br />

Linda Raftery and Phil Spiro<br />

Dr. and Mrs. Barry Reiter<br />

Charique and Johnathan Richardson<br />

Laura and Barak Richman<br />

Michelle Roy<br />

Mark Russell<br />

Grechen and Jonas Sahratian<br />

Harmony Salzler and Mike Strauss<br />

Whitney and John Sandor<br />

Rich Scher<br />

Mr. and Mrs. Donald Schoene<br />

Gita Schonfeld and Marvin Swartz<br />

Claire and Mark Scullion<br />

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Selder<br />

Panna and Jenny Sharma<br />

Lisa Simmons<br />

Ann Schoene Skye and Jami Norris<br />

Dr. and Mrs. James A. Smith, III<br />

Darryl Spancake<br />

Rona and Craig Spitzer<br />

Jamie Steck<br />

Betsy Strauss<br />

Ms. Nina Streitfeld<br />

Dr. and Mrs. Edward Sugarman<br />

Dr. and Mrs. Robert Sun<br />

Lewanda and Pierre Taybron<br />

Stacey and Eric Tisch<br />

Stephanie and Nathan Vandergrift<br />

Danielle and Samuel Wellman<br />

Rachel Wer<strong>the</strong>imer<br />

Kia Williams<br />

Nancy Worsham<br />

Mel York and Lake Lloyd<br />

Giving Clubs<br />

Founder’s Club ($10,000+)<br />

Anonymous (1)<br />

Dr. Nadia Anderson<br />

<strong>Duke</strong> University Medical Center<br />

Richard Griffin and Lisa Kern Griffin<br />

Florence and James Peacock<br />

Mr. and Mrs. Tim Proctor<br />

M.C. Ragsdale and Karen Popp<br />

Ms. Sheila Ragsdale<br />

<strong>Under</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Oak</strong> Club ($5,000-$9,999)<br />

Anonymous (1)<br />

Lisa and Elaine Andrews-Lanier<br />

Tanja and Dan Bauer<br />

Gary and Carelyn Monroe<br />

The Moray Family<br />

Joshua Parker amd Kelsey Coons<br />

Arti Rai and Stuart Benjamin<br />

Julie Shermak and Steve Goodman<br />

Naz Siddiqui and Casey Jenkins<br />

Hull Avenue Club ($2,500-$4,999)<br />

Anonymous (4)<br />

Chuck and Judy Bausell<br />

Lawrence and Sharon Baxter<br />

Mr. and Mrs. William Bell<br />

Laurie Braun and John Taylor<br />

Cathy Bryson<br />

Grainne Fitzsimons and Aaron Kay<br />

Robin Hardie-Hood and Thomas Hood<br />

Kylie and Clint Harris<br />

Elizabeth and David Hays<br />

Kay and Keith DaSilva<br />

Dr. Javad Malek and Mrs. Effat Malek<br />

Mollie and Chad Ma<strong>the</strong>r<br />

Dave and Claudia Michelman<br />

Beth and Ed Murgitroyd<br />

Tina and Mitch Prinstein<br />

Fatima Rangwala and Yousuf Zafar<br />

Vanessa and Jacob Schroder<br />

Mark and Claire Scullion<br />

Rona and Craig Spitzer<br />

Melanie and Lars Trost<br />

<strong>Under</strong>writers Laboratories (UL)<br />

Jeff Welty and Lori Etter<br />

Stacy Young and David Brown<br />

Erwin Road Club ($1,000-$2,499)<br />

Anonymous (3)<br />

Krissy and Will Anderson<br />

Sumi and Dan Ariely<br />

Kathy Bartelmay and Roger Perilstein<br />

Grace and Omar Bell<br />

Libby and Lee Buck<br />

Susan Cates and Scott Warren<br />

Dr. Kenneth W. Chandler<br />

Tanya Chartrand and Gavan Fitzsimons<br />

Donna Culton and Arun Manikumar<br />

Garry and Keisha Cutright<br />

Sarah Doran and Amanda Patten<br />

Melissa Ellis and Jeff Doyle<br />

Katie Garman and Tom Becker<br />

Jeanne Gatling<br />

Mr. and Mrs. Barna Gibson<br />

Sue Harnett<br />

Keijuane Hester<br />

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Julie and Scott Hollenbeck<br />

Diane Hom and Chris Larson<br />

Mr. and Mrs. Joel Huber<br />

Ms. Diane Hundley<br />

Sheronda Jeffries<br />

Leann and Gavin Jocius<br />

Romina and Amir Khandani<br />

Sarah and Ryan Lamb<br />

Susan and Ian Lipsitch<br />

Mr. and Mrs. Tom Maultsby<br />

Corey and Kelly McIntyre<br />

Beth and Tim Miller<br />

Jenny and Craig Murray<br />

Susanna Naggie and Chuck Gerardo<br />

Cindy and Gregg Pacchiana<br />

Shital and Nilay Patel<br />

Kirstin and Gary Pellom<br />

Russell Rabinowitz<br />

Ginny Rollins and Rob Millet<br />

Moira Rynn and Al Caltabiano<br />

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Selder<br />

Connie and Truman Semans<br />

Rick and Suzanne Teaberry<br />

Widmark Family Fund of<br />

Triangle Community Foundation<br />

Alison and Soren Windram<br />

Jen Wu and Shane McSwain<br />

Dragon’s Club ($500-$999)<br />

Anonymous (3)<br />

Natalie and Chris Aho<br />

Susan and BIll Andrews<br />

Amber and Brett Atwater<br />

Stephanie and Vince Aurentz<br />

Mrs. Placide Barada<br />

Mr. and Ms. John Bolz<br />

Mrs. Jane Bourne<br />

Mr. and Mrs. David Bowers<br />

Joel and Beverly Brown<br />

Mr. and Mrs. Vaughn Bryson<br />

Karen and Chris Carmody<br />

Mrs. Gail Daves<br />

Angela Davis<br />

Tania and Justin Desrosiers<br />

Ms. Perry Dowd and Mr. Tom Herzog<br />

Gene and Betty Doyle<br />

Louise and Sean Flynn<br />

Mr.and Mrs. John Gardner<br />

Christopher Gergen and Hea<strong>the</strong>r Graham<br />

Brian Greene<br />

Rajan, Preeya, Meera and Siyona Gupta<br />

Dr. Vasudha Gupta and Dr. Bhupender Gupta<br />

Steve and Chasie Harris<br />

Helen Harrison and Tom Truscott<br />

Lea and Alan Hart<br />

Melanie Hatz-Levinson and Howie Levinson<br />

Benay Hicks and Leith Rankine<br />

Jen and Peter Hoff<br />

Elizabeth Howell<br />

Lisa and Scott Huettel<br />

Cara and Ravi Karra<br />

Ms. Jane Kirsch<br />

Susan Sugarman Kirsch and David Kirsch<br />

Mrs. Margaret Kohring<br />

Bridget and Jason Koontz<br />

Amy and Naveen Kumar<br />

Judith Landrigan<br />

Jeanne Langley<br />

Jodie LaPoint and Chris Weymouth<br />

Lori Leggatt and Andrew Foster<br />

Debbie Marshall<br />

Kristin and Corum McNealy<br />

Abbie Melnick and Joel Lipsitch<br />

Wendy Moll and Richard Spangler<br />

Linda Raftery and Phil Spiro<br />

Anna and Tuck Satterfield<br />

Rich Scher<br />

Dr. and Mrs. Edward Sugarman<br />

Lewanda and Pierre Taybron<br />

Candy and John Thompson<br />

Tina Valdecanas and Doug Aitkin<br />

Linda Vargas<br />

Jill and Ben Weinberger<br />

Sally Wood and Niko Schutte<br />

Maroon Club ($250-$499)<br />

Anonymous (8)<br />

Dr. Sandra Adams and Dr. Fred Adams<br />

Chandra and Taro Aikawa<br />

Daria and Farzin Barazandeh<br />

Grace and Mattie Beason<br />

Alisha and Eric Benner<br />

Mrs. Patricia Brinkley and Dr. Thomas Neilson<br />

Mara Buchbinder and Jesse Summers<br />

Robyn and Jamie Claar<br />

Bob and Allyn Kay Cornwell<br />

Dr. and Mrs. Jack Cronenwett<br />

Molly Cronenwett<br />

Rick and Sharon Deason<br />

Penelope Dempsey Dietz<br />

Kathryn and Pierce Freelon<br />

Jing Fu and Wangming Ye<br />

Aggie and Patrick Gallagher<br />

Mr. and Mrs. John Gardner<br />

Victor Gatling<br />

General Mills Box Tops for Education<br />

Vicki and Peter Generelly<br />

Gail Aronoff Granek<br />

Sara and Dan Greene<br />

Harris Teeter<br />

Janet and Paul Hesselschwerdt<br />

Sunshine and Joel Hillygus<br />

Sima and Michael Hodavance<br />

Beatrice Hong and Ziad Gellad<br />

The Houde Family<br />

Chun Hu and Jun Yang<br />

Lisa Kahan and Duncan Higgins<br />

Ann Lawrence and Steve Leinwand<br />

Lingyun Long and Hao Li<br />

The Liss Family<br />

Judith Lynch<br />

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Claudia and Steve Markey<br />

Sarah and Kenneth McGovern<br />

Hetal and Abhi Mehrotra<br />

Tom and Nancy Metzloff<br />

Catriona Moore and Kyle Lundby<br />

Geraldine Moore<br />

Vicki and Gilbert Muller<br />

Karen and Steve Munsat<br />

Anne and Phil Napoli<br />

The Peaks Family<br />

Mr. and Mrs. Neil Peck<br />

Kelly and Jeff Powrie<br />

Mr. and Mrs. Max Powrie<br />

Helen and Barry Reiter<br />

Eileen and Gerald Richards<br />

Ms. Robbin Richardson<br />

Monica and Prince Rivers<br />

Kelly Robinson and Lawrence DeGraaf<br />

Anna Rylova and Mike Kuznetsov<br />

Mike Strauss and Harmony Salzler<br />

Lisa and Eric Schreiber<br />

Rina and Bimal Shah<br />

Panna and Jenny Sharma<br />

Moira Smullen and Christopher Marshall<br />

McKenna Snydet ‘15<br />

Jinda and Kevin Stoll<br />

Stacey and Eric Tisch<br />

Sean Wilmer and Hea<strong>the</strong>r Clarkson<br />

Nikita and R.J. Wirth<br />

Donor (Up to $249)<br />

Anonymous (25)<br />

Timothy Adams<br />

Ms. Hiroko Aikawa<br />

Madeline Allen ‘08<br />

Dr. Kathy Allman and Dr. Larry Allman<br />

Amazon Smiles<br />

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Anderson<br />

The Anderson Family<br />

Ms. Diane Bailey<br />

Sarah and Kenneth Bausell<br />

Mr. and Mrs. Bob Beason<br />

Mr. and Mrs. Kurt Becker<br />

Sylvia Becker-Dreps and Chris Dreps<br />

Ulysses Bell<br />

Geoff Berry<br />

Tia and Martin Black<br />

Dr. and Mrs. Dan Blazer, II<br />

Mr. Ed Blocher and Ms. Sandy Powers<br />

The Boyer Family<br />

Bob and Barb Bradley<br />

Kristin and Steve Bradley-Bull<br />

Lucy and Tom Bradshaw<br />

Rachel Brewster and James Mulholland<br />

Dayna Brill<br />

Lauren Brinkley-Rubinstein and Eric Rubinstein<br />

Eddie Broadie<br />

Holly Brown and Jim Maynard<br />

Leslie Bryan<br />

Jeffery Burch<br />

Elaine Cameron<br />

Maria Cassinelli-Bernstein and<br />

Fernando Bernstein<br />

Natalie Cicero<br />

Mr. and Mrs. Dick Claar<br />

Coastal Federal Credit Union<br />

Mr. Larry Colker<br />

Lisa Connelly and Charles Vance<br />

Mary and Joe Cooley<br />

The Cope Family<br />

Natalie and Emiliana Corral<br />

Jim Covington<br />

Jen Crawford Cook and Steve Cook<br />

Linda Cronenwett and Shirley Tuller<br />

Deryle Daniels, Jr.<br />

Kisha Daniels<br />

Kiersten and Clint Dart<br />

Chelsea and James Davis<br />

Eddy Davis<br />

Dr. Nancy Day Adams and<br />

Dr. Thomas Sinsteden<br />

Mrs. Lynn Delicio<br />

Tracie DeLoatch<br />

Rebecca Dexter<br />

Dan Divis<br />

Florence Dore and Will Rigby<br />

Kelly and Dan Downs<br />

Makayla and Jairon Downs<br />

John and Elaine Druesedow<br />

<strong>Duke</strong> <strong>School</strong> Class of <strong>2018</strong><br />

Bailey Dumaine<br />

Kim Duval<br />

Maureen Dwyer<br />

Foley Dyson<br />

Linda and John Eads<br />

Eman Elmahi and Husam Hasanin<br />

Dan Epperson<br />

Dr. Anabelle Estrera and Dr. Clemente Estrera<br />

Mat<strong>the</strong>w and Cleo E<strong>the</strong>rington<br />

Emily Feldman-Kravitz and Richard Kravitz<br />

Ben Felton<br />

Elizabeth and David Finley<br />

Ms. Judy Finley and Mr. Ken Jenkins<br />

Abby Flynn and Kevin Walker<br />

Garrett Frank<br />

Elizabeth Frankenberg and Duncan Thomas<br />

Josh Friedman ‘99<br />

Holli and Brandon Gall<br />

Jennifer and Dave Gardner<br />

Christy Garth and Trey Blazer<br />

Mr. and Mrs. Alan Gayer<br />

Annie and George Genti<strong>the</strong>s<br />

Michael Gilbert ‘96<br />

Natalie and Derek Gominger<br />

Cathy Gracey and Steve Smith<br />

Hea<strong>the</strong>r and Bret Greene<br />

Ida and Dennis Greenhill<br />

Elizabeth and Taylor Greganti<br />

Tery and Michael Gunter<br />

Jane and James Hales<br />

Beth and Jeff Harris<br />

Jennifer Harris<br />

Laurie Ann and Scott Harvey<br />

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Mary and Stephen Harward<br />

Mac Hays ‘16<br />

Karen and Colleen Heller-McLaughlin<br />

Wendy and Paul Henderson<br />

Mary Beth Hes<br />

Daniel Heuser<br />

Lauren Hiner<br />

Kerry Holbrook<br />

Jennifer Hollander<br />

Caren and Jack Hollenbeck<br />

Carla Horta<br />

Brian Horton<br />

Neva Howard and Shahar Link<br />

Lisa Hsu and Tom Petersen<br />

Tonya Hunt<br />

Tekla Jachimiak and Thomas Bro<strong>the</strong>rs<br />

Sandra and Peter Jacobi<br />

Pam and Mike Jarvis-Miller<br />

Angela and Jamil Kadoura<br />

Stefanie Kandzia and Ralf Michaels<br />

Mary Lou Kash<br />

The Kash Family<br />

Phadej and Sachivalai Keopunna<br />

Katie and Rob Kingsley<br />

Carolynn Klein<br />

Janeia Knox<br />

The Koerner Family<br />

The Kula Foundation<br />

Sharon Laisure<br />

Tiffane Land<br />

Ms. Paula LaPoint<br />

Amy and Jamie Lau<br />

Mr. and Mrs. Greg Lau<br />

Charlotte Lee and David Siegel<br />

Mr. and Mrs. Pat Lee<br />

Ms. Claudia Leinss<br />

Frederic and Naomi Leubuscher<br />

Marin Levy and Joseph Blocher<br />

Hui Li and Fan Yuan<br />

Corinne Linardic and Ned Patz<br />

Ca<strong>the</strong>rine Linford<br />

Jian Liu and Jia Li<br />

Joan Lloyd<br />

Mr. and Mrs. Bill Longnecker<br />

Andrew Lovett<br />

The Luedkes<br />

Dr. Susan Luedke and Dr. Dan Luedke<br />

Sharon and Ed Lunk<br />

Venetha Machock<br />

Elizabeth and Mike Malinzak<br />

Mr. and Mrs. David Malinzak<br />

Lucia Marcus<br />

Julie Marshall<br />

Melissa and Brian Mart<br />

Kristi and Chris Martin<br />

Maria Mar Martinez Pastor and<br />

Jorge Marques Signes<br />

Brenda G. Mat<strong>the</strong>ws<br />

Octavia Mat<strong>the</strong>ws<br />

Tiffany Mat<strong>the</strong>ws<br />

William K. Mat<strong>the</strong>ws<br />

Margaret and Richard McCann<br />

Jennie McCray and Kevin Mason<br />

Mr. Don McKinney<br />

Joyce and Matt McKinney<br />

Dr. and Mrs. Sushil Mehrotra<br />

Melvin and Susan Melnick<br />

Neeru and Prithu Mettu<br />

Joyce Miller<br />

Lee Miller<br />

Dr. Paula Mitchell and Dr. Ed Haynes<br />

Meghan Morris<br />

Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Mulholland<br />

Megan and Ben Neely<br />

Pedi and Ruth Neta<br />

Network for Good<br />

Bonnie E Nevel and Richard G Newell<br />

Willie Nicholson<br />

Mr. and Ms. John Nicol<br />

Miriam Ornstein and David Luks<br />

Diane and Dale Pahl<br />

Judy Panitch and Andy Hart<br />

Mr. and Mrs. Vasant Parikh<br />

Ms. Sharon Peaks<br />

Gail and Paul Phillips<br />

Ms. Kathleen Przybycien<br />

Elisandra Rangel and Marcos Rangel<br />

Katie Ree<br />

Michelle and Brian Reich<br />

Erin and Jerry Reiter<br />

Charique and Johnathan Richardson<br />

Laura and Barak Richman<br />

Hea<strong>the</strong>r and Patrick Ritchie<br />

Bob Robinson and Marya McNeish<br />

Dillon Ross<br />

Michelle Roy<br />

Mr. and Mrs. John Rushing<br />

The Rust Family<br />

Grechen and Jonas Sahratian<br />

Laura and Chris Sample<br />

Whitney and John Sandor<br />

Barb and Don Schoene<br />

Gita Schonfeld and Marvin Swartz<br />

Mrs. Jane Scocca<br />

Theresa and Dave Scocca<br />

Ezzie B. Scott<br />

Akmaral and Saken Shayakhmetova<br />

Jane Shears<br />

Lisa Simmons<br />

Karen Simon<br />

Ann Skye and Jami Norris<br />

Irecka Smith<br />

Dr. and Mrs. James A. Smith, III<br />

Renee and Joseph Smith<br />

Darryl Spancake<br />

Kim Spancake and Drew Snider<br />

Karen Springer and Alex Herskowitz<br />

Jamie Steck<br />

Betsy Strauss<br />

Ms. Nina Streitfeld<br />

Lisa Swinson<br />

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Michael J. Szott<br />

Emily and Lee Taft<br />

Jean and Fred Tetterton<br />

Christina and Clay Thomas<br />

Laura Thompson ‘98<br />

Michelle Torian<br />

Mary Townsend and Jon Stiber<br />

Marki Watson<br />

Mr. and Mrs. Donald Weinberger<br />

Bea and Bill Welty<br />

Rachel Wer<strong>the</strong>imer<br />

Lauren and Mike West<br />

Kim Wheaton and Timothy King<br />

Megan Whitted<br />

Kia Williams<br />

Becca and Julian Wooldridge<br />

Nancy Worsham<br />

Christina and Shane Wyatt<br />

Harriet Bogin Yogel<br />

Mel York and Lake Lloyd<br />

The Zemon Family<br />

Grandparent Giving<br />

Anonymous (16)<br />

Dr. Sandra Adams and Dr. Fred Adams<br />

Kamau and Vida Anderson<br />

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Anderson<br />

Dr. Nadia Anderson<br />

Mr. and Mrs. Bolton Anthony<br />

Ms. Diane Bailey<br />

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Baldwin<br />

Mr. and Mrs. Chuck Bausell<br />

Mr. and Mrs. Bob Beason<br />

Mr. and Mrs. Kurt Becker<br />

The Honorable William Bell and<br />

Mrs. Judith Bell<br />

Dr. and Mrs. Dan Blazer, II<br />

Mr. and Ms. John Bolz<br />

Mrs. Ruth Boshkoff<br />

Mrs. Jane Bourne<br />

Mr. and Mrs. David Bowers<br />

Mrs. Brenda L. Brown<br />

Joel and Beverly Brown<br />

Mr. and Mrs. R. B. Chartrand<br />

Mr. and Mrs. Chi-Cheng Chen<br />

Mr. and Mrs. Dick Claar<br />

Mrs. Helen Clyde<br />

Mr. Larry Colker<br />

Charlotte and Ron Craig<br />

Mr. and Mrs. Jack Cronenwett<br />

Linda Cronenwett and Shirley Tuller<br />

Mr. and Ms. Roland M. Crowell<br />

Dr. Nancy Day Adams and<br />

Dr. Thomas Sinsteden<br />

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Deason<br />

Mrs. Lynn Delicio<br />

Dr. Agnes DeWitt<br />

Mrs. Penny Dietz<br />

Mr. and Mrs. Gene Doyle<br />

Dr. and Mrs. Stanley Etersque<br />

Mr. Albert Feldman<br />

Dr. Sarah Friedman<br />

Mr. and Mrs. John Gardner<br />

Mr. and Mrs. Alan Gayer<br />

Mr. and Mrs. Peter Generelly<br />

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Getman<br />

Mrs. Gail A. Granek<br />

Ms. Cleme Grant<br />

Mr. and Mrs. James Gray, III<br />

Dr. Sandra Greene<br />

Dr. Vasudha Gupta and Dr. Bhupender Gupta<br />

Mrs. Sylvia Harlen<br />

Dr. April Harris-Britt and Mr. James Britt<br />

Mr. and Mrs. Bill Hays<br />

Mr. and Mrs. Paul Hesselschwerdt<br />

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Hilser<br />

Dr. and Mrs. Jack Hollenbeck<br />

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Hurtgen<br />

Mr. Gad Janay and Mrs. Marlene Janay<br />

Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Kirk<br />

Mrs. Margaret Kohring<br />

Ms. Paula LaPoint<br />

Ms. Ann Lawrence and Mr. Steve Leinwand<br />

Mr. and Mrs. Paul Lee<br />

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Lemuth<br />

Mr. and Mrs. Frederic Leubuscher<br />

Dr. and Mrs. Bruce Lewis<br />

Dr. and Mrs. Ian Lipsitch<br />

Ms. Joan Lloyd<br />

Mr. and Mrs. Bill Longnecker<br />

Dr. Victoria Lubkov<br />

Ms. Judith Lynch<br />

Mr. and Mrs. Steve Markey<br />

Ms. Brenda Mat<strong>the</strong>ws<br />

William Mat<strong>the</strong>ws<br />

Mr. and Mrs. Tom Maultsby<br />

Mr. and Mrs. Pat McNease<br />

Melvin and Susan Melnick<br />

Mr. and Mrs. Vin Morgan<br />

Mr. and Mrs. Ian Murgitroyd<br />

Dr. Pedi Neta and Mrs. Ruth Neta<br />

Dr. and Mrs. Franc Noel<br />

Marilyn and Peter Ornstein<br />

Mr. and Mrs. Lyle Orstad<br />

Mr. and Mrs. Edward Patz<br />

Florence and James Peacock<br />

Mrs. Barbara Pope<br />

Mr. and Mrs. Max Powrie<br />

Mr. and Mrs. Tim Proctor<br />

Mrs. Kathleen Przybycien<br />

Robyn and Richard Putnam<br />

Anita and Dale Pyles<br />

Dr. and Mrs. Barry Reiter<br />

Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Richards<br />

Mr. and Mrs. Epes Robinson<br />

Mr. Ira Robinson<br />

Mr. and Mrs. Randy Rollins<br />

Mr. and Mrs. Donald Schoene<br />

Ms. Meyressa Schoonmaker<br />

Dr. and Mrs. James A. Smith, III<br />

Mrs. Sue Smith<br />

Darryl Spancake<br />

Mr. Gad Janay and Mrs. Marlene Janay<br />

Betsy Strauss<br />

Ms. Nina Streitfeld<br />

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Dr. and Mrs. Edward Sugarman<br />

Mrs. Sallie Taylor<br />

Mrs. Norma Thompson<br />

Mr. and Mrs. Tom Tisch<br />

Mr. and Mrs. Ron Trzcinski<br />

Dr. Virgilio Valdecanas and<br />

Dr. Erlinda Valdecanas<br />

Mr. and Mrs. Bill Welty<br />

Ms. Karen Williams<br />

Gifts in Kind<br />

Barriskill Dance Theatre <strong>School</strong><br />

The Chandler Group Consulting<br />

The Durham Hotel<br />

Harris Teeter<br />

Lori and Charles Mann<br />

Lee Miller<br />

Jenny and Panna Sharma<br />

Jenny Tanh and Richard Tran<br />

Gifts were made In Honor Of and In<br />

Celebration of <strong>Duke</strong> <strong>School</strong> faculty,<br />

staff, students and overall <strong>Duke</strong> <strong>School</strong><br />

community by <strong>the</strong> following:<br />

Gifts Made (IHO/IMO/ICO)*<br />

Anonymous (9)<br />

Natalie and Chris Aho<br />

Ms. Hiroko Aikawa<br />

Dr. Kathy Allman and Dr. Larry Allman<br />

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Anderson<br />

Mr. and Ms. William Andrews<br />

Kathy Bartelmay and Roger Perilstein<br />

Mr. and Mrs. Bob Beason<br />

Mr. and Mrs. Kurt Becker<br />

Mr. and Mrs. William Bell<br />

Geoff Berry<br />

Dr. and Mrs. Dan Blazer, II<br />

Mr. Ed Blocher and Ms. Sandy Powers<br />

Mr. and Ms. John Bolz<br />

Mrs. Patricia Brinkley and Dr. Thomas Neilson<br />

Jeffery Burch<br />

Dr. Kenneth W. Chandler<br />

Mr. and Mrs. Dick Claar<br />

Coastal Federal Credit Union<br />

Jen Crawford Cook and Steve Cook<br />

Dr. and Mrs. Jack Cronenwett<br />

Dr. Nancy Day Adams and<br />

Dr. Thomas Sinsteden<br />

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Deason<br />

Mrs. Lynn Delicio<br />

Mrs. Penny Dietz<br />

Mr. and Mrs. Dan Downs<br />

Mr. and Mrs. Gene Doyle<br />

John and Elaine Druesedow<br />

Melissa Ellis and Jeff Doyle<br />

Emily Feldman-Kravitz and Richard Kravitz<br />

Meghan Fitzpatrick<br />

Jing Fu and Wangming Ye<br />

Mr. and Mrs. John Gardner<br />

Mr. and Mrs. Alan Gayer<br />

Natalie and Derek Gominger<br />

Beth and Jeff Harris<br />

Dr. Timothy Harward and Dr. Mary Harward<br />

Elizabeth and David Hays<br />

Benay Hicks and Leith Rankine<br />

Dr. and Mrs. Jack Hollenbeck<br />

Chun Hu and Jun Yang<br />

Pam Jarvis-Miller and Mike Miller<br />

Cara and Ravi Karra<br />

Phadej and Sachivalai Keopunna<br />

Kay Kohring-DaSilva and Keith DaSilva<br />

Judith Landrigan<br />

Ms. Paula LaPoint<br />

Mr. and Mrs. Greg Lau<br />

Ms. Claudia Leinss<br />

Ms. Joan Lloyd<br />

Dr. Susan Luedke and Dr. Dan Luedke<br />

Sharon and Ed Lunk<br />

Mr. and Mrs. David Malinzak<br />

Moira Smullen and Christopher Marshall<br />

Ms. Brenda Mat<strong>the</strong>ws<br />

Octavia Mat<strong>the</strong>ws<br />

William K. Mat<strong>the</strong>ws<br />

Sarah and Kenneth McGovern<br />

Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Melnick<br />

Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Mulholland<br />

Susanna Naggie and Chuck Gerardo<br />

Dr. Pedi Neta and Mrs. Ruth Neta<br />

Mr. and Mrs. Vasant Parikh<br />

Florence and James Peacock<br />

Ms. Sharon Peaks<br />

Mr. and Mrs. Neil Peck<br />

Mr. and Mrs. Paul Phillips<br />

Linda Raftery and Phil Spiro<br />

Fatima Rangwala and Yousuf Zafar<br />

Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Richards<br />

Ms. Robbin Richardson<br />

Mr. and Mrs. John Rushing<br />

Leah Sansbury and Trip Boyer<br />

Ms. Ezzie Scott<br />

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Selder<br />

Akmaral and Saken Shayakhmetova<br />

Julie Shermak and Steve Goodman<br />

Ms. Karen Simon<br />

Dr. and Mrs. James A. Smith, III<br />

Darryl Spancake<br />

Ms. Nina Streitfeld<br />

Jenny Tanh and Richard Tran<br />

Lewanda and Pierre Taybron<br />

Mr. and Mrs. Rick Teaberry<br />

Stacey and Eric Tisch<br />

Lauren and Mike West<br />

Kim Wheaton and Tim King<br />

Sally Wood and Niko Schutte<br />

Nancy Worsham<br />

Harriet Bogin Yogel<br />

Matching Gifts<br />

The Dowd Foundation<br />

GlazoSmithKline Foundation<br />

Just Give<br />

NVIDIA<br />

Olympus<br />

Smith Gardner Foundation<br />

Wells Fargo Foundation Educational<br />

Matching Gift Program<br />

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The following donations have been made in Memory of loved ones,<br />

special friends and former Dragons:<br />

Memorial Gifts<br />

Wayne Daves<br />

Gail Daves<br />

Tom Epperson<br />

Dan Epperson<br />

Hamiltion Memorial Book Fund<br />

Anonymous<br />

Dr. Kenneth W. Chandler<br />

Abby Flynn and Kevin Walker<br />

Sima and Michael Hodavance<br />

Lisa Hsu and Tom Petersen<br />

Leann and Gavin Jocius<br />

Claire and Matt Koerner<br />

Tiffane Land<br />

Debbie Marshall<br />

Zoe McElligott and Tom Kash<br />

Susanna Naggie and Chuck Gerardo<br />

Elisandra Rangel and Marcos Rangel<br />

Whitney and John Sandor<br />

Vanessa and Jacob Schroder<br />

Lewanda and Pierre Taybron<br />

Michelle Torian<br />

Mary Townsend and Jon Stiber<br />

Stephanie and Nathan Vandergrift<br />

Stacy Young and David Brown<br />

L. Cameron Howell III<br />

Elizabeth Howell<br />

Loutte Huffman<br />

Hea<strong>the</strong>r and Patrick Ritchie<br />

Gene Levinson<br />

Melanie Hatz- Levinson and Howie Levinson<br />

Shirley Jean Glenn Mat<strong>the</strong>ws<br />

Anonymous<br />

Dr. Kenneth W. Chandler<br />

John McCray<br />

Jennie McCray and Kevin Mason<br />

John Neal<br />

Anonymous<br />

Sean O’ Donnell (‘12)<br />

Michelle and Brian Reich<br />

Becca and Julian Wooldridge<br />

William Painter<br />

Venetha Machock<br />

Mary Scott Hoyt<br />

Emily and Lee Taft<br />

Marki Watson’s Mo<strong>the</strong>r<br />

Anonymous<br />

DRAGON FUND IS ACCEPTING INTERNATIONAL CURRENCY<br />

<strong>Duke</strong> <strong>School</strong>’s Development Office encourages<br />

families to donate unused foreign currency (paper)<br />

and apply it to <strong>the</strong> school’s Dragon Fund.<br />

Please contact us at (919) 493-9968 for more<br />

information and to give!<br />

Organization Giving<br />

Coastal Federal Credit Union<br />

<strong>Duke</strong> University Medical Center<br />

Favor Desserts<br />

Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund<br />

General Mills Box Tops for Education<br />

Harris Teeter<br />

Mynt LTD<br />

<strong>Oak</strong> Foundation<br />

Progressive Business Solutions<br />

Target<br />

Triangle Community Foundation, Inc<br />

TRUiST<br />

Event and <strong>School</strong> Sponsors<br />

AHB Center for Behavioral Health and Wellness<br />

The Durham Hotel<br />

Favor Desserts<br />

Fleet Feet Sports<br />

G. Alan Incorporated<br />

Global Aspect Human Capital Advisors, LLC<br />

Gordan Asset Management, LLC<br />

The Happy Tooth Foundation<br />

Harris Teeter<br />

Hilton Garden Inn Durham/<br />

University Medical Center<br />

King’s Red & White Supermarket Inc.<br />

Lanier Law Group<br />

New Hope Animal Hospital<br />

Pivot Physical Therapy<br />

SunTrust Bank<br />

TGA Premier Tennis of Durham<br />

We make every effort to ensure <strong>the</strong> accuracy of information contained in <strong>the</strong><br />

annual Honor Roll of Donors. If you have a question about a listing, please<br />

contact a member of <strong>the</strong> Development Office at (919) 493-9968.<br />

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Special Thanks<br />

to <strong>Duke</strong> <strong>School</strong>’s 2017-18 Fire & Wind Dragon Sponsors!<br />

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