Photos & videos of campus life from the first few weeks of the 2022-23 school year
The Front Lawn
Associate Chaplain Elizabeth Preysner and Head Chaplain Jay Hutchinson held a Blessing of the Backpacks ceremony on the Garth during the first week of school.
Students and advisors gathered for advisory dinners on the first Sunday of school. The dinners are a tradition at St. Andrew's and a way to build community and connection on campus.
The students had so much fun at the annual Square Dance on the Front Lawn. Enjoy some photos from the event during the opening of school.
The tradition of the Frosty Run returned this year! Students loved taking the trip to Wendy's and spending some much-needed time together.
Photos and videos of campus life from the final few weeks of the 2021-22 school year
We celebrated and honored the Class of 2022 with our annual Awards Night and Commencement ceremonies over Memorial Day weekend. A livestream of either event can be viewed here.
The Class of 2022 enjoyed a bevy of traditional Senior Week activities, including: their Class tree planting, carving their names in the alumni wall in Founders, opening letters they wrote to themselves at the end of their first year at SAS, Senior Retrospective in Engelhard, and much more not pictured below!
The annual VI Form Dinner is the first “official” event of Senior Week, and in it the soon-to-graduate senior class is welcomed into the school’s alumni body. During the dinner, students also receive their graduation ties and charms and present their class gift to the school. This year’s senior class gift, which is traditionally a group donation to the Saints Fund, was made in honor of senior class advisor Kristin Honsel.
As students, faculty, and staff welcome the beginning of another school year, campus is bustling with excitement for what the year holds. With fresh notebooks in hand and new dorm rooms to decorate, robust academic class schedules and warm sunny weather, September is often when we get to set the rhythm for our return into life at St. Andrew’s. As you embark upon this year, here are five ways you can create a well-balanced semester:
Create a routine
Routines can help you strike a balance between the structure you need to meet your goals and adaptability to welcome the inevitable spontaneity of a school year. When creating your routine for this year, first figure out what needs to be part of your plan so that you can prioritize. Many students find it useful to map out the different areas of their schedule, like academics, afternoon activities, self-care, free time, and community service (to name just a few). Utilize your St. Andrew’s planner and/or your Google Calendar account to help you visualize your day, week, and monthly schedule, and be sure to carve out space for fun, time with friends, or even time to recharge alone.
Did you know research shows being in green spaces like the forest and fields lead to an increase in positive emotions, reduced stress levels, and heightened levels of attention (Psychological Science, Vol. 28, No. 5, 2019)? St. Andrew’s is located on 2,200 beautiful acres of nature, so there are plenty of options when it comes to surrounding yourself with greenery. Next time you’re looking for something to do, be sure to take a hike on the trails around Noxontown Pond, head out to the Organic Garden, or snag a campus bike to ride around campus roads and fields.
Try something new
From around age 12 to 24 (also known as our adolescence), the brain shifts to favor novel and new experiences, leading to increased feelings of pleasure and enjoyment. As you dive into the rest of the fall semester, keep your eyes open for chances to experience something new:
- Sit next to someone new in class or at dinner
- Join a new club
- Volunteer during service block on Wednesdays
- Pick out a book you’ve never read from the Irene duPont Library
- Start a game of spikeball or four square on the Front Lawn
If goals are the destination at the peak of the mountain, micro-goals are the little campsites you hit along the way. When your overall goal feels overwhelming, try breaking it down into smaller, more manageable goals. Be sure that your micro-goals are measurable and achievable—and don’t miss out on the opportunity to celebrate each micro-win! 🥳
Get to know your faculty
You know them as dorm parents, teachers, coaches, advisors, directors, and more. Getting to know your faculty beyond all the many hats they wear at St. Andrew’s can lead to more meaningful and lasting relationships. Next time you are at family-style lunch or waiting for class to start, strike up a conversation or learn a fun fact about your teacher. Here’s one to get you started: Which member of the faculty, at one point, has eaten every item on the Wendy’s dollar menu in under an hour?
I hope you have a wonderful start to the fall semester and that you are looking forward to a bright and healthy year!
Curious about the Counseling department? St. Andrew’s has three full-time mental health counselors who offer counseling in a caring and supportive environment. If you are interested in meeting with one of the counselors, you can send an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out an appointment request form here. The counselors are committed to maintaining confidentiality, serving each student holistically, and meeting each student where they are. Don't hesitate to reach out if you’d like to meet or have any questions.
Health Center Director Annette Rickolt ’87 P’14,’16 travels to Ecuador on medical mission trip
Service to others is central to the St. Andrew’s experience, for both students and employees. Director of Health Services Annette Rickolt ’87 P’14,’16 has been serving and caring for students, employees, and families on campus since she took over leadership of the school’s Health Center in 2016—but last week, she got to leave campus, and the country, to serve children abroad.
Rickolt spent the second week of the school year on a medical mission trip in Ecuador; she was a member of a team that provided important surgical procedures for 38 children in that country. Some of the children, who ranged in age from 4 months to 17 years, had been waiting for more than two years for life-changing surgery to repair urological and gastrointestinal ailments.
Rickolt learned about the trip, organized by Healing the Children New Jersey, through her stepmother-in-law and fellow nurse JoAnn Epstein. Both Rickolt and JoAnn have worked in pediatric and adult nursing units; this was JoAnn’s seventh trip to Ecuador with Healing the Children JoAnn is also a recovery unit nurse like Rickolt. This trip was the first surgical mission undertaken by Healing the Children since the pandemic began.
“When I learned of their need for another nurse, I knew I could help,” says Rickolt.“I’ve always wanted to do a medical mission like this.” Both her team of nurses at St. Andrew’s and the school’s leadership supported her efforts to make the trip.
Joining her on the trip were seven physicians—three surgeons, one resident, one pediatrician, and two anesthesiologists. Supporting the surgical team were four surgical techs, four circulating room nurses, four PACU (or recovery) nurses, three certified-registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs), two translators, and a small media team from Saint Peter’s University in New Jersey who are filming a documentary.
“It was inspiring to watch this dedicated surgical team work even in sometimes difficult situations. And, it was incredible to see how happy and grateful the kids and families were,” Rickolt says. “There were many times that we were choked up because of the stories and the gratitude.”
Procedures completed during the trip included surgery to repair bladder exstrophy, a congenital defect where the bladder protrudes through the abdominal wall; surgery to construct a bladder; and surgery to correct urological defects and amend birth defects.
“The dedication of the team is just incredible,” says Rickolt. “There were a lot of long operations, complex cases, and the facilities were not like those you would see in the United States—parts of the clinic were outdoors and many people waited days, sleeping outside, until it was time for surgery.”
In the end, the team cared for 54 children, completing 38 surgical procedures on young patients, the oldest being 17. There were many children who needed procedures who did not get them during the team’s time there, simply because the surgeons needed to triage the cases based on complexity, time available, and urgency.
The clinic where the surgeries were performed has not had a medical team fly in to help with complex surgeries in more than two years due to the pandemic. The Healing the Children medical teams must bring their own equipment and supplies to the clinic, and pay for their own airfare and transportation. For this trip, there were more than 30 suitcases taken to Ecuador—full of electronic monitors, medical supplies, and instruments.
Prior to setting off, Rickolt reached out to faculty and staff for donations of small stuffed animals, toys, coloring books and crayons, baseball caps, and other gifts for the children awaiting surgery in Ecuador.
Rickolt’s takeaways from the trip are twofold: the importance of being calm under pressure—something she no doubt has also learned during her time as a lead school nurse during the COVID-19 pandemic—and how important learning it is to learn a second language. While on the trip, Rickolt, who only knows a few words of Spanish, accidentally started speaking French. Even with the language barrier, the families appreciated her efforts.
“Going on trips like this really makes you realize how lucky we are here to have advanced healthcare facilities,” Rickolt says. “It makes you want to learn more and to do more.There’s always something you can do for someone. You don’t need to be a surgeon to make a positive change. Simple kindness is enough.”
Learn more about Healing the Children New Jersey here.
Each spring, St. Andrew’s faculty select a book for the school’s suggested summer reading list. Students are then required to read at least two books of their choosing from the list and come to school prepared to engage in a discussion about each book with the teacher who selected it and fellow students. (This year, all students were also required to read “Pack Your Parachute Well,” a Commencement address given at St. Andrew’s in 2011 by Sarah Atwater Abbott ’99.) Book discussions take place on the first Friday of the academic year, and serve to close out the first week of school by setting aside time and space for informal, but also intellectual, connection and conversation.
Click here to view this year’s suggested summer reading list.
“Reading a wide range of voices and genres—finding authors and subjects you enjoy—is an important piece of any student’s education,” says Dean of Teaching and Learning Gretchen Hurtt. “Summer break gives students time to pursue their own intellectual interests, and at St. Andrew’s, summer reading also becomes a way for us to connect as a community.”
Discussion-based learning is central to St. Andrew’s academic program. The goal of the summer reading program is to give students the opportunity to read or discover books, topics, and ideas they might not be exposed to in class at St. Andrew’s. Then, as the new school year begins, these first-week-of-school “book talks” allow both new and returning students to practice habits of discussion-based learning—listening, dialogue, and critical thinking—in a relaxed setting. What’s more: it gives all members of our community the chance to get to know each other a little bit better!
“The book talks are another iteration of how we build community—by learning together and having conversations together,” Hurtt says.
Irene duPont Library Director Lisa Myers says she enjoys seeing what students choose to read each year. This year’s list included a variety of nonfiction titles, memoirs, and self-help books; classic novels, graphic novels, and science fiction; and even a cookbook (Everyone's Table by St. Andrew’s alumni Gregory Gourdet ’93).
“The book talks are such a great way for students to meet and talk with teachers they may not have previously had the chance to get to know,” Myers notes.
Renovated and expanded Pell-Moss Dorms reopened to residents this August
As students came back onto campus this school year, there were excited “oohs” and “ahhs” as they entered through the new front doors of Moss and Pell dormitories.
The completion of Moss and Pell was the second phase of a larger cross-campus dorm renovation plan. These renovations create more parity between the dorms, and for the first time, St. Andrew’s can enroll as many girls as boys. In fact, this year, the school has enrolled two more girls than boys for the first time in school history.
“The new space is bright and clean. I think students will walk in and really love the look of these new dorms,” says Co-Dean of Residential Life Stacey Duprey.
“Dorm living is at the core of our student community,” says Co-Dean of Residential Life Will Rehrig. “You come to St. Andrew’s and part of the experience is living with someone you don’t know. You get to connect with people who are different and it gives you the opportunity to learn about yourself and grow.”
The first phase of the dorm project updated and renovated Gaul West, Gaul East, and Mein dorms (also known as K, L, and M dorms) on the other side of the gully. These dorms now have air conditioning, and feature new flooring, new windows, new fixtures, and fresh paint. They reopened in the fall of 2020.
“This project was very needed and has been in discussion for years, so it was great to be able to complete it before students arrived back on campus,” says Chief Operating Officer Ann Visalli.
“The buildings were very dated and dark,” says Director of Facilities Dave McKelvey. “We call what we did an update, but it was really more than that.”
The overhaul started from the floors up, and also included behind-the-wall improvements, including upgraded electricity and new connections to campus generators for additional capacity in the buildings.
The rooms now boast a more modern feel, with white walls and new lighting that brighten the space. New hardware was added to doors, fixtures, and cabinets. One of the biggest differences is the new energy-efficient LEED-certified windows, which help keep the air conditioning inside on hot nights, and help keep students warm and cozy on cold nights.
The second phase of the project renovated, expanded, and connected Pell and Moss. The first phase of the renovation began in the summer of 2021; during that phase, the existing Pell and Moss spaces were renovated in the same fashion as K, L, and M Dorms. Air conditioning was installed via new HVAC systems, and the dorms received new floors, windows, paint, and fixtures.
The second phase of the Pell-Moss renovation plan utilized existing dorm space in creative ways. Instead of keeping the Moss common room in its original location, architects moved it toward the center of the building in a new addition with high ceilings, large windows, and courtyard access.
The former Moss common room space was then transformed into dorm rooms.
Included in the addition is a new faculty apartment, which adds much-needed housing for faculty, providing additional support on the dorms for students. There is also a new laundry room in the building.
As alumnae may recall, to get from Moss to Moss Annex, they had to walk across a small bridge. Now, they walk through a wrap-around, light-filled corridor.
Upstairs in the addition are new student rooms. New flooring throughout adds a warm, natural feel. LEED-certified windows bring in plenty of light. The common rooms, complete with sectional couches and kitchens, are warm and welcoming.
The renovation and expansion project added 10 more beds to Pell and Moss, for a total of 45 students on Pell and 50 on Moss; as well as six new showers and seven toilets.
Students were excited as they entered the new rooms, with several commenting about the new courtyard space. McKelvey credits the renovation team with “exceptional” planning, as they were able to purchase and stockpile most of the materials they would need in advance so the project was not affected by lack of items or cost increases due to the pandemic.
“St. Andrew’s focuses on sustainability—with these projects we [are now] able to use high-efficiency windows and HVAC,” McKelvey says. “And, 90 percent of the construction materials are recycled.”
Students moved in starting August 26 with the arrival of preseason student athletes; all other residents moved in on September 4.
Bridget Daly, a IV Former, moved into Moss this September. “I really like how it’s like our own community,” she says. “Everyone walks in through the common room and people are there hanging out. You can just join the group."
"I’m social," she adds, "so I love hanging out in the rooms and the common room with everyone–it’s our social center.”
Meet the new school co-presidents.
Hometown: Born in Atlanta, Georgia and moved to Rockville, Maryland in fifth grade.
“I wanted a different high school experience and wanted to go to a place where I could explore myself. I chose St. Andrew’s because of the warm, small and close-knit community we have here.”
Trinity Smith ’23 came to St. Andrew’s as a III Former because she wanted to explore multiple tracks at once. She wanted to excel in her core classes, but also sought to discover if she had a passion for other disciplines, like art, sports, or music.
“I felt like I would be pinned into one thing if I stayed at my normal school,” she says. “Here, I could explore a wide variety of classes and activities. It’s more accessible and you are not defined as one type of person.”
Additionally, Trinity notes that St. Andrew’s students and faculty support self-exploration. “It’s just the culture,” she says.
As she moves into the role of co-president for the school year, Trinity considers some lessons she has learned over her years at St. Andrew’s.
“One big lesson has been the power of listening,” she says. “Being on Form Council for three years, I had to learn the attitudes of each grade and I had to anticipate what they needed.”
In addition, she points to engaging with students and faculty and being observant as two other big lessons that will serve her co-presidency well.
She plans to focus on rebuilding the community among the classes and engaging with faculty to increase trust and respect among everyone on campus.
“I want to help build a closer relationship between faculty and students,” she says. “For seniors, I want a circle of respect and trust where we all listen and understand each other.”
She says the return to family-style meals will support her mission. “I hope we all bridge the gaps that may have started because of the pandemic. I want us to redefine what St. Andrew’s culture means and in this first year coming back from COVID, I want us all to work to bridge gaps and share resources.”
Hometown: Born in Hoboken, New Jersey; spent several years living in Hong Kong; then moved to Charlottesville, Virginia in third grade.
“St. Andrew’s gives students the opportunity to do more. You can broaden your horizons here so much more than at other schools.”
Ford Chapman ’23 was born in New Jersey but just a few months later, his family moved to Hong Kong.
“One of the things I remember from my time in Hong Kong was the diversity in the schools,” Ford says. “My school had people from all backgrounds.”
As he was about to enter third grade, his family moved again, this time to Charlottesville, Virginia. The school experience in Charlottesville was vastly different from his experience in Hong Kong, which is why when it came to looking at high schools, Ford knew he wanted to find a diverse and accepting community culture.
Ford first learned about St. Andrew’s when his sister, Amrit ’21, was considering high schools.
“She decided to come to St. Andrew’s, so I visited and really liked the campus and the community,” Ford says. “It reminded me a lot of my school in Hong Kong because we have so many students and faculty from many different backgrounds.”
At St. Andrew’s, Ford takes Mandarin, another reminder of his time in Hong Kong. He is also a member of the South Asian Affinity Group.
This year, Ford hopes he and his classmates focus on togetherness by sharing in old traditions like the Carol Shout and the trip to Frightland.
“We have had a weird high school career with only like six months of regular high school [before COVID],” he says. “I want to make memories and cherish our time together.”
This year, St. Andrew's welcomed 319 students.
For St. Andrew’s ninety-second year of operation, the school welcomed 319 students to campus during its opening weeks. More than 40 percent of this year’s student body will receive financial aid, with students hailing from 14 countries and 28 states. We welcomed 98 new students in 2022-2023 academic year, with 75 new students in the Class of 2026.
In her send-off address to parents, Head of School Joy McGrath ’92 said, “Each and every person on this campus brings their own background and life experience to the school, where education is premised on proximity, togetherness, where we really listen, and really see each other. We are here to encourage each student’s intellectual, personal, and spiritual growth, and to help them discover who they are and all the incredible things they are capable of.”
During the first week of school, students met with faculty advisors and participated in several orientations, including learning about waiting tables during family-style meals in the Dining Hall, chapel services, and School Meeting. They also participated in numerous Opening of School traditions, including Square Dance, the Frosty Run, Sunday night advisory dinners, the honor code signing, and the annual first-Sunday-of-the-school-year service at Old St. Anne's Church in Middletown.
Sarah Rose Odutola ’23 says she is excited for this school year, which for her and her fellow Form VI students will (hopefully) be their first full year at St. Andrew’s free, or as close to free as possible, of COVID-related interruptions.
“I really loved how we did orientations this year,” she says. “I'm also excited to be a Residential Leader this year and play on the volleyball team.”
St. Andrew’s faculty, 70 percent of whom have advanced degrees, offer 130 courses each year in ten disciplines. Sarah Rose is already taking joyful advantage of her options.
“I am already loving my physics class because I want to take physics in college,” she says, “and I am excited to be able to take the multi-variable calculus class because I love the discussions.”
She notes that she would not be able to take this level of STEM courses in most high schools.
It’s not all academics, though–she’s thrilled to have a Little Sibling this year, who she looks forward to mentoring and guiding in academics.
“St. Andrew’s is a place where everyone can be their true selves,” Sarah Rose says. “I am looking forward to building a great community.”
Senior Ike Lawrence ’23 says he also looks forward to contributing to the legacy of the VI Form and hopes the class can continue to build upon the school’s longstanding culture.
“As seniors, our goal is to enliven SAS through our leadership,” Ike says. “I look forward to being a positive leader in the classroom, in athletics, in arts, and in our day-to-day SAS experience.”
Printed works have a way of also helping the reader to slow down and relish in a story, which was the goal behind creating Accent, explains its creator and editor April Seo ’22.
“Ever since I took up journaling my freshman year of high school, I have learned that the simple act of putting words on paper slows my thoughts down and elevates me from instinctive emotional responses to more intentional reflections,” writes Tracy Yuan ’22 in Accent, a magazine published this year by the Asian Student Union. Accent shares stories and reflections of the Asian and Asian-American students at St. Andrew’s.
Printed works have a way of also helping the reader to slow down and relish in a story, which was the goal behind creating Accent, explains its creator and editor April Seo ’22. In past years, ASU has produced online collections of creative work by Asian and Asian-American students at SAS, often in celebration of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month in May. This year, April was inspired by Slant’d, an independent print magazine that features art and writing by Asian-Americans.
“The hardest part was gathering submissions from students from diverse backgrounds,” said April, who worked with six other members of the Asian Student Union and 11 contributors to bring this new print publication to life.
While April started out with a vision for a magazine similar to what she had seen in Slant’d, as the submissions came in, she was inspired by what her peers shared, and found her own design style for the magazine.
For example, in his piece, Chapel Talk, Pranay Sanwal ’22 shares: “It was the year 2002. Around seven families of Indian doctors had recently moved to the world-famous town of Lewes, Delaware … For a reason beyond my comprehension, my individual consciousness was attached to one of the bodies in creation.”
Pranay talks about growing up with an extended Indian family—a group that has helped to deepen his cultural identity and given him support during tough times.
“I still have a long journey ahead of me,” Pranay writes. “I will meet people who have no perception of my existence … I want them to view the undefined persona of a being who is in a state of constant adaptation.”
In her poem, Things I Want to Tell my Grandparents, Sophie Mo ’23 writes of her struggle to stay connected with grandparents who live overseas.
“and I’m sorry I’m not good.
at Chinese, at talking to you…
when you haven’t seen my face in years
or heard my voice in months
and yet continued stronger in embracing me
even after all this time
even after I struggled to speak to you
you still remember my voice you
The stories, poems, essays, and artworks in Accent explore the experiences of Asian and Asian-American students at St. Andrew’s. While each story is fully its own, they speak to what makes a community and how we build identity within ourselves and with our families and each other.
“I hope that the publication can, first of all, create a space for Asian students to express themselves and share their culture with the wider community [at St. Andrew’s],” she said.
April credits the Asian Student Union with helping her find her voice. In the beginning of her work on Accent, she explains that she “was insecure about opening up parts of [her] life to others,” but during her time at SAS, she learned to open up and sharing her own experiences.
“ASU definitely helped me to embrace being Asian and be proud of my heritage,” she said.
ASU recommends the following films that offer perspectives on various Asian cultures (list compiled by Pranay Sanwal):
- World of Apu by Satyajit Ray
- Fallen Angels by War Kong Kai
- Close-Up by Abbas Kiarostami
- Pather Panchali by Satyajit Ray
- Yi Yi by Edward Yang
- The Wind Will Carry Us by Abbas Kiarostami
- Dreams by Akira Kurosawa
- A Brighter Summer Day by Edward Yang
- Taste of Cherry by Abbas Kiarostami
- Aparajito by Satyajit Ray
- Chungking Express by War Kong Wai
- An Autumn Afternoon by Yasujiro Ozu
Check out a copy of Accent at the St. Andrew’s Library.
A look back at the Saints accomplishments on and off the field.
For the first time since the 2018-2019 school year, every athletic team was able to compete and finish their season! Here is a look back on team and individual successes; photos; and links to big stories over the 2021-22 school year.
Boys Basketball | DIAA Playoff Berth | Boys Basketball Upset #2 Seed
Girls Swimming | DISC Conference Runner-Up
Girls Tennis | DIAA State Runner-Up | Girls Tennis Takes Home Hardware
Boys Lacrosse | DIAA Playoff Berth
STWW Crew | 1V Ward Wallace Cup | 1V Cathy Coffman Cup | Freshman 8+ Won DE/MD State Invitational | 1V Petite Finals of SRAA Nationals
Elizabeth Rainey ’22 | DISC 1st Place 100 Freestyle
Michael Novacescu ’23 | DISC 1st Place 100 Butterfly
Emma Hopkinks ’23 | DISC 2nd Place 100 Backstroke
Caroline Forde ’22 | DISC 2nd Place 200 IM
Elizabeth Rainey ’22 | DISC 2nd Place 200 Freestyle
Nick Osbourne ’23 | DISC Champion | DISC Individual Champs
Ibrahim Kazi ’23 | DISC Champion
Zoe Clowney ’22 & Georgia Davis ’23 | 2nd Doubles DIAA State Champions
Allaire Berl ’22 | 1st Singles DIAA State Runner-Up
Brandon Graves ’22 | WR - 1A 1st Team
Mike Lilley ’22 | QB - 1A 1st Team
Tony Wang ’22 | K - 1A 1st Team
Girls Cross Country
Leah Horgan ’25
Lia Miller ’23
Lily Murphy ’23
Liam Hurtt ’22 | 1st Team
Ike Lawrence ’22 | 2nd Team
Tony Wang ’22 | 3rd Team
Boys Swimming | Swimming at DIAA Meet
Keizen Ameriks ’24 | 2nd Team
Michael Novacescu ’23 | 2nd Team
Ford Chapman ’23 | LB - 2nd Team Defense
Will Dulaney ’23 | LB - 1st Team Defense
Brandon Graves ’22 | WR - 1st Team Offense
Phin Hunt ’22 | DT - 1st Team Defense
Ibrahim Kazi ’23 | OG - 1st Team Offense | DT - 2nd Team Defense
Mike Lilley ’22 | QB - 1st Team Offense
Nick Osbourne ’23 | DB - 1st Team Defense
Nick Oxnam ’22 | OT - 1st Team Offense | DE - 1st Team Defense
Griffin Patterson ’24 | WR - 2nd Team Offense
Tony Wang ’22 | K - 1st Team Offense | P - 1st Team Defense
Girls Cross Country
Leah Horgan ’25
Lia Miller ’23
Lily Murphy ’23
Alani Davila ’22 | 1st Team Offense
Parker Friedli ’22 | 2nd Team Defense
Molly Starkey ’23 | 2nd Team Defense
Ema Appenteng ’23 | 1st Team
Jared Horgan ’22 | 2nd Team
Liam Hurtt ’22 | 1st Team
Jake Kelly ’22 | 2nd Team
Isaac Lawrence ’23 | 1st Team
Crawford Seeley ’22 | 2nd Team
Tony Wang ’22 | 1st Team
Brandon Graves ’22 | 1st Team
Frank Koblish ’22 | 1st Team
Rhaki Lum ’25 | 2nd Team
Danny Huang ’22 | 2nd Team
Michael Novacescu ’23 | 1st Team
Caroline Forde ’22 | 2nd Team
Emma Hopkins ’23 | 1st Team
Madison Macalintal ’22 | 2nd Team
Elizabeth Rainey ’22 | 1st Team
Christo Butner ’22 | OF - 1st Team
Jared Horgan ’22 | OF - 2nd Team
George Windels ’22 | Utility - 2nd Team
Flynn Bowman ’22 | 1st Team
Sage Cookerly ’22 | 1st Team
Ibrahim Kazi ’23 | 2nd Team
Mike Lilley ’22 | 1st Team
Crawford Seeley ’22 | 2nd Team
Kaki Ackermann ’23 | 2nd Team
Maddie Black ’22 | 1st Team
Adelaide Dixon ’22 | 2nd Team
Molly Starkey ’23 | 2nd Team
Football Record Breakers | Brandon Graves ’22 & Mike Lilley ’22
Lily Murphy ’23 Shines on XC Race Course
Seoyoon Kwon ’23 Pins The Competition
Boys Basketball Finds Their Stride Thanks to Senior Leadership
Off the Erg and Onto the Water, the Founder's Freshmen 8
A Saints Way to Recovery | Nick Oxnam ’22 & Rosie Soriano ’23
Allaire Berl ’22 Pushes for Tennis Dominance
The Saints' Comeback Kid | Mike Lilley ’22
Lacrosse Net Minder Flynn Bowman ’22 Shares His Secrets
Jake Kelly ’22 Finds His Identity in Defense
Off Field Highlights
Seniors Celebrate Signing Day
Squash Takes Competition Into Their Own Hands
St. Andrew's Names New Athletic Director
Darden Shuman ’23 Interviews Coach Terrell Myers
Coach Colburn Receives State Recognition
On June 8th, the “Delaware Baseball Blue/Gold All-Star Game” will become “The Bob Colburn Blue/Gold All-Star Game.”
If you’ve walked the halls of Founders at any point in the past 60 years, either Coach Bob Colburn has been a part of your life, or you at a minimum are aware of the impact he has had on this community over the years. Coach Colburn has worked at St. Andrew’s since 1960, and has served as a teacher, advisor, dorm parent, and athletics director—coaching St. Andrew’s baseball all the while. He’s also been deeply involved in Delaware high school baseball and the Delaware Baseball Coaches Association (DBCA) for these six decades. Colburn was in the inaugural induction class when the Delaware Baseball Hall of Fame opened in 1994 (and the only high school coach in that cohort), and he was inducted into the Delaware Sports Hall of Fame in 2016.
His latest honor will ensure that Coach Colburn is recognized every spring in the state of Delaware: this winter, DBCA decided to rename the state’s high school all-star game—long known as the Delaware Blue/Gold Game—after Colburn. “Everyone knows about his place in St. Andrew’s history,” said Dave Battafarano, head baseball coach at Delcastle Technical High School and Colburn’s DBCA colleague. “When I started at Decastle 20 years ago, we began to scrimmage and play St. Andrew’s every year. Coach Colburn would always talk about baseball, give advice, and help other coaches on opposing teams. He had such a passion for the sport and we all learned so much from him. I wanted to make sure he was honored and would always be a part of Delaware baseball history.”
When Battafarano floated the idea to other coaches in the state to rename the all-star game to the “Bob Colburn Blue/Gold All-Star Game,” every other coach in the meeting was immediately on board. “[The discussion] was over Zoom and I was not expecting Coach Colburn to be on the call, but of course he came,” Battafarano called. “It worked out because when I made the announcement on the call, he was there to hear it. It was really special to share the news with him.”
The dedication ceremony took place at Frawley Stadium in Wilmington, Delaware, before the first pitch of the “Coburn Game.” Of course, just prior to the ceremony, Coach Colburn was on the field, giving pointers to the starting pitcher.
To be honest with you, I am not a big fan of socializing. To me, it seems like I’m packaging and selling myself to a group of buyers. A few times when I caught myself faking my laughs or throwing random jokes just to create a sense of humor, I hated myself. I warned myself; I need to stay true, stay down to earth.
Text is from Senior Week ’22 by Yoyo Cao
Believe it or not, I only spent 13 months on this beautiful campus. I still remember my virtual learning session over Zoom my sophomore spring and my entire junior year, and all I could recall is how suffocated I felt behind my computer screen, hoping I could scream in the middle of an all-school meeting, wishing someone would still remember me, the girl who joined Class of 2022 a little while ago.
Perhaps I never enjoyed this place as much as I wanted three years ago. I had to squeeze into different friend groups, introducing myself to people over and over again, struggling to find my friends, my group who would understand me. To be honest with you, I am not a big fan of socializing. To me, it seems like I’m packaging and selling myself to a group of buyers. A few times when I caught myself faking my laughs or throwing random jokes just to create a sense of humor, I hated myself. I warned myself; I need to stay true, stay down to earth.
Now, I’ve met different people over my years as a student. Some like to report to faculties with things I’ve never done, others like to gossip in big circles just to spread a fake rumor. I’ve never shared this with anyone, but I used to be a member of the toxic friend groups. In fifth grade, I told a group of kids to stand around me in between classes just because my class teacher asked me to “supervise” the class. I threw my friends’ stationery from the top of our class building just for fun. I even hand-picked my exclusive guest list for my 10-year-old birthday party, and when the news spread to the entire class, some kids begged me to join my waitlist, I felt awesome. I could feel my ego growing bigger and more ambitious each day… These are all things that I regret, but all too late.
Countless times in my dreams I compared the two sides of myself. Myself when I’m at St. Andrews, and my old self when I could easily play the leading role of Mean Girls 3. I know, I can see the concerns in your eyes. But I promise you, I was bad. I was not only bad, but also didn’t realize the consequences of the series of things I’ve done. So what changed me after attending boarding school after boarding school since 12? Easy, because I have no family in the States at all. I learned how lucky it is to grow up in the company of your parents, not worrying about packing your entire childhood into two suitcases, flying between countries and driving between states. I realized how I hated parents weekend when I have to wait in front of each classroom by myself while listening to other families plan for the weekend. I quickly found out, I can’t even afford to be sick or have any mental breakdowns since I don’t have the privilege to go home, or have my parents by my side to support me. And guess what, I even have to congratulate myself on my graduation in four days. For me, I am all I have. So I can’t be a stupid annoying girl anymore, I have to be responsible for myself, my actions, but most importantly, I am in desperate need of finding a new family.
I started my mission by seeking a role as a big sister on dorm. Being an only child, I’ve always wanted to have an older brother who would protect me from everything. Although it is quite hard for my parents to create an older sibling now, I am still able to find younger sisters. I remember the first night on duty, when I entered different rooms and put the girls to bed, I felt a sense of responsibility, something I always wanted to feel at home. When I was a part of the Cross Country team, I felt the same while watching my teammates crossing the finishing line one after another. I felt proud, and I enjoyed listening. I have become a good listener and now find myself absorbing different opinions and ambivalent emotions every day. I can feel myself turning into a Sponge Bob since the first day of my senior year, and don’t get me wrong, I loved it, but here is the problem — I am missing my Patrick.
Each day, I find it harder to share my problems, the things I dislike, and even about the milestones I made in class. I just simply listened. It felt fine throughout the first half of my senior year, until one night in March, I finally crashed. Perhaps I felt lost not knowing where I’m heading for college, perhaps I saw too many parents driving to campus that week but none of the cars are going to pick me up, perhaps I am still finding my Patrick, perhaps… Perhaps I’m tired of finding myself a family, perhaps I spent too much time wandering around this country by myself, perhaps this is my time to pick up the microphone and share my problems with all of you. That night I got lost, I forgot why I chose this place three years ago. Bumping into people in the hallway until I finally made it to Mrs. Berl’s apartment, I wanted answers. We sat there for hours, until white tissue balls buried my trembling hands. I wanted to see my old self from Mrs. Berl’s eyes when she first met me in the admission office three years ago, when I had dreams and ambitions, when I knew what I wanted, when I thought I had everything under control…
That night was my lowest low throughout my entire St. Andrew’s career, but I finally found myself an audience who I felt comfortable sharing my problems with, who liked to listen to my problems, and who is able to give me the most honest advice no matter how brutal it is. The following week I felt so much better, and all I did was simply talk. It was the first time in my entire life when I felt safe to open my heart and just talk without worrying about people’s feelings, boundaries, or sensitive topics. I just talked. The following month I simply enjoyed myself with people around me. I talked with anyone I saw at the table, on the front lawn, in classrooms. I never felt so free in my entire life.
Recently I finished watching the Dead Poet’s Society for the first time. When the English teacher Mr. Keating asked the boys, “If the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse, what will your verse be?” I asked myself the same question. Frankly, I think my entire senior year is the answer. Perhaps in less than three years none of the student body would remember me, perhaps in five years faculties would have a hard time matching my face with my name, perhaps Moss will become a new building and Founders won’t be the same… There are so many uncertainties in the near future, but I’m absolutely sure about this: that my little sister will greet her little sister the same way I met her on the first day of school; my girls on Moss will become awesome residents on M, L, K, and soon turn into seniors who could make a homesick kid smile again; and most importantly, my advisor, Mrs. Berl, will forever be my American mom. Friends, I think I found it. After all these years, I found myself a place where I can call home, I found myself a family who would teach me how to play blackjack no matter how much work they have, I found myself people who I could trust and rely on.
Now I want to ask all of you the same question, “If you are about to leave St. Andrews and you may contribute a verse, what will your verse be?” Carry that answer in your heart, and let’s SEIZE THE DAY!
- Yoyo Cao ’22
We at St. Andrew’s School have ample privileges and resources that we need to give back to the larger community that we are a part of. We volunteer not because of a reward, but because volunteering itself is a reward.
Text from Senior Week ’22 by Sunny Trivits
Every week, I look forward to my favorite day - Wednesday.
Not because it’s Hump day or because I am counting down the days until the weekend, but because that is when St. Andrews goes out into the middletown community to volunteer and help people.
Wednesdays for me meant singing ‘Let it go’ to a little girl who wouldn’t stop crying in the pool(and helping her blow her nose), Wednesdays meant teaching people how to swim butterfly and dive into the pool who have never attempted that skill before, Wednesdays meant I would help people learn the essential life saving skill of swimming, and Wednesdays meant smelling like bromine for the rest of the day.
I love Wednesdays because we fulfill our mission as a school which states “We urge students to be actively involved in community service with the understanding that all members of the community share responsibility for improving the world in which we live.”
Volunteering is optional, meaning we do not get ‘hours to graduate’, but we do it out of grace. We at St. Andrew’s School have ample privileges and resources that we need to give back to the larger community that we are a part of. We volunteer not because of a reward, but because volunteering itself is a reward. Service is essential to me and the whole community because when we commit to others, we develop accountability. We form true connections, friendships, and mentorship when we come alongside others. When we celebrate each other we become one and that forms love and appreciation. When we are with each other we seek to understand, find unity, and empathy.
I’d like to say thank you to Mr. Hutchinson and Ms. Lazar for helping inspire us students to give back to something larger than ourselves. Thank you to El Richards and Edmund Cayley for running the large community service programs, thank you to Adelaide Dixon and William Wrightson for leading mentoring, thank you to Adele Auchincloss and Aunyae Romeo for leading adaptive Dance, thank you to all of the faculty, staff and especially, A special thanks to Karen Wright and Steve Gue for transporting us every Wednesday to our designated locations. Thank you to all the student body for volunteering your time throughout the year.
Finally, thank you to Madison Macalintal for being my partner and helping me lead adaptive athletics. I was so sad when I heard we wouldn't be in the pool this year, but thank you for telling me to not quit Adaptive aquatics freshman year, because I wanted to. You have inspired me to do more with my time and I am going to miss our Wednesday pool adventures with Cody and Emily! To peers, adults and especially the underclassmen, Volunteer this summer, Volunteer when you return in the fall, start something new, ask questions, ask for help, and opt-in.
You are left in great hands. Thank you all again!
- Sunny Trivits ’22
I am the first Aunyae Romeo to walk the halls, to learn in these classrooms, and speak and eat in the dining hall. You are the first, you add to the history of this community in ways as small as the little actions you do in founders to the big moments you make to transform this school.
Text from Senior Week Talks ’22 by Aunyae Romeo
I can’t remember everything, as I look back to my first day on this campus. But the things I remember the clearest are what greeted me as I entered my dorm room on Pell: my first ever roommate, Emily Murphy, and a box placed on my desk by my advisor, Mrs. Duprey. This box contained essential items often forgotten during the process of packing for school; snacks, disinfectant wipes, a journal, and a pack of blank cards with Thank You written across the front.
For the next three years, I received similar boxes. Interestingly enough, the thing that went unused every year were these Thank You cards. Before the end of my fourth and final year here, I’d like to break this pattern. This speech is a short accumulation of gratitude to the place and people that have transformed me as a student, friend, leader, daughter, and overall person. This is my Thank You letter to St. Andrew’s.
Reflecting on my time here, I've come to realize that one of the main reasons why I’ve been able to grow so much is because of the people that I have surrounded myself with. I’ve made beautiful connections with so many people here. To the people in my grade, thank you for being the first to comfort me when I cry and the first to join me in laughter. As a grade, we weren’t perfect, but we were us, and I thank you for that. I also say thank you to all of my upperclassmen and underclassmen who took the time to get to know me and in turn, love me. To the friends continuing their journeys here, thank you for spending time with me during our free periods, dinners, and weekends. And Thank you to my most unexpected friendships, the adults here. Thank you for getting to know me and my peers as more than students or kids but as people you challenge and truly respect. The accumulation of friendships that I have made here has helped me become a more empathetic and caring person. My St. Andrew’s relationships have taught me how to be truly compassionate.
Everyone always says that your time here flies by so quickly, and I somewhat agree with that. When I think of all the things I didn't get to do, my time here seems too short. One thing I wish I would’ve done is taken more time to build relationships with people outside of my close circle of faculty and students. However, my time does feel longer when I recognize all of the opportunities I did take to build unexpected relationships. I am thankful for the relationships I began to build all the way back to my freshman year. People like Mr. Stanley in the dining hall have always given me guidance and checked up on me. Fun fact: he even helped me practice public speaking for my co-president speech my junior year! Then there are the women who I’ve seen everyday of the week: Ms. Tammy, Ms. Faith, and Ms. Dolly. You may know them as the women who clean our dorms, but to me, they kind of feel like aunties. They’ve watched my performances and rooted on all of my successes. In my freshman year, I would’ve never expected to build these relationships, but I’m so grateful I did. These are just some of the people that have done more than their job to support me and my classmates.
But, I wouldn’t be able to fully appreciate this place without appreciating the parents who made the choice four years ago to send their children off to this beautiful school, and a special thank you to my own Mom and Dad for trusting me and believing in my success. I say thank you to all of the parents here today. So many of you have taken us under your wings and loved and supported us when our parents couldn't. You, parents, are the real saints, and on behalf of my class, we thank you for putting so much faith and pride into us as we head into the next chapter of our lives.
This wouldn’t be a complete thank you letter to Saint Andrew's without thanking the literal structures that make living, learning, and laughing here possible. I am so grateful I had the opportunity to create memories in every building on this campus. I can tell you a story for every building here. For example, one of my favorite memories in the field house took place this year when a small group of seniors were bored on a Saturday night that we decided to play a childish game of tag. The longer we played the more people joined and soon our silly little game turned into a heart-rushing battle to avoid the tagger.
I'm also grateful to add to each building's history. Founders is the one of the most historical buildings on this campus. The archives, alums, and passed-down tales tell this history of thousands of saints and their presence here. I am a part of the history of this building and school. I am the first Aunyae Romeo to walk the halls, to learn in these classrooms, and speak and eat in the dining hall. You are the first, you add to the history of this community in ways as small as the little actions you do in founders to the big moments you make to transform this school. This ground also has an unspoken soul that goes way beyond the year 1929, it goes back to the people who were here before this land was bought by Felix Dupont. It holds the history of Thomas Noxon and the Native people here before. Although I can never know the full history, I appreciate the parts I do know, good and bad. I am grateful for the chance to feel the beauty and heart of the land we’re on.
To end my letter, I’d lastly like to thank the spontaneity that I’ve experienced at school. The unexpected here has led me to so many people and places that I would’ve never imagined. My favorite thing is waking up on a Saturday morning having no idea what I’m going to do for the day. By the time Saturday night reaches and I lie in my bed, I know that I had a great day because it was filled with unexpected, spontaneous fun which was fueled by people simply enjoying each other’s company.
So, this is my Thank You letter to St. Andrew’s.
To the class of 2022, I encourage you all to think back over your time here and appreciate the moments that made you a Saint and who you are today. As we head off to a new world outside of this beautiful little bubble, appreciate the moments as they come and I promise you, you’ll be able to savor the time you have in that moment.
To the classes of 2023, ‘24, and ‘25, our class knows how quickly the opportunity passes to show your thanks. We want to tell you to practice your gratitude here and now. Get to know the people you wouldn't expect to befriend. Roam the buildings and make them your own. Know the history of this place and know that you are part of the history of this school. Gratitude makes you a saint, and it’s never too late to learn this lesson.
The scared, little girl who started this journey had no idea that this place would transform her so much. St. Andrew’s has pushed me to not only challenge my perception of myself and those around me but also to better myself for others. By reflecting on all of my reasons to be grateful, I see the power that I’ve gained because of this school.
Thank you, Mrs. Duprey, for planting that seed of gratitude in my life four years ago, and thank you St. Andrew’s for giving me so many things to be grateful for.
- Aunyae Romeo ’22
Peter McCagg ’71 gave this homily at the Alumni Memorial Chapel Service on Sunday of Reunion Weekend 2022.
I speak before you today as one of you—someone whose life has been deeply affected by my days at St. Andrew’s, which are now more than 50 years in the past.
Everything I have to say here is true—pretty much. I say this in the tradition of Vonnegut in Slaughterhouse Five, which opens with the line: “All this happened, more or less.” The movie version of Vonnegut’s novel came out in 1972. Yep. Fifty years ago. The film begins with the sentence: “I have become unstuck in time.” And standing before you in this space, that is how I feel. The upraised voices of 180 boys oh-so-long ago bringing familiar hymns to life resonate in my mind’s ear even as I speak.
Memory tends to select from and then shape and shade what may have actually happened. So, what I share today as I skip about in time should be taken with this grain of salt.
My SAS days remain precious to me. Not all were stellar days, of course, but I remember…
Being assigned to William Cameron’s table. Chicken is served. Grilled? Fried? BBQ? I don’t recall, but when I reached for a piece to eat with my fingers, he cleared his throat and said: “Boy. This is not a picnic.” Talk about a metaphor for Second Form life!
Headmaster Robert Moss proclaiming, from wildly out of the blue, a “free day” at breakfast—a school holiday on account of it being his dog’s birthday. Thanks, Ranger!
An evening chapel service that consisted entirely of Toby Roberts ’70 reading “The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock.” And now I wear my trousers rolled.
John Cole ’67 ensnaring a large number of the East Dorm boys with sugar and guile before slapping us all with multiple ringers for participating in a spontaneous “toss the underwear around in the dark” game. I think Jim McBride ’71 was the one who got caught red-handed, but my alcove neighbor Joe Pistell ’71 was responsible for getting me into the game. And no, I have no idea whose underwear it was…
Riding the bus home from “big” games, victorious again, still undefeated, still sweaty and dirty in our uniforms, joyously belting out “Oh when the Saints…” We were good. (As I recall.)
Five years of memories large and small all jostling for space in an aging mind. I find myself dumbfounded at where the heck about 50 years or so of my life went. Zip. Gone. Except for that which memory has somehow hung on to. In my case, the road stretched from the mangroves and mosquitos of South Florida to the wildly lit neon lanes of Tokyo. How did that happen?
Well, after five years of the cloistered, all-male SAS experience, on day one of my college experience—minute one, actually, I stepped off the train at Princeton Station, where a young woman smiled at me and asked if I would like some help with my bags. Five years at SAS, and I had hardly seen, much less spoken with a girl. Five seconds on my college campus to be, and: Do I want some help with my bags? Princeton, I have arrived. My elation was short-lived. On the way to find my dorm, I casually (right) asked if my Good Samaritan was Japanese. She was clearly Asian, and just that summer, I had made the first Asian person of my acquaintance, a young man from northern Japan, which is why I asked. I was stunned when she dropped my bags, turned to face me and, wagging a finger in my face, declared: No. I am Chinese.” She added, “And while you’re here, you better learn the difference.”
And while you’re here, you better learn the difference. Imagine that.
The rest, as they say, is (my) history. Just think. A single encounter may radically alter the course of your life. You may know that. I had no clue.
And so here we are, some of us 50 or more years after graduating from this school, gathering to relive, or at least recount, days now long gone by. And with the days now gone, we have also lost some classmates and others we spent so much time with so long ago. We commemorate them all this morning.
Among them, our class leader: Tom Hooper ’71. A young Black man in a 1960s privileged white boy’s world. I surely will never fully comprehend what it must have been like for Tom and those few Black students who helped SAS break the race barrier. I roomed with a Black student, too. It is easy to say, I fear, but I don’t remember thinking at the time about the blackness of Tom or Jim or Gaz or Mike. I’d like to think it is at least partly due to the truth of something another classmate, Peter Hildick-Smith ’71, once said to me. We were at a bar in NYC near Union Square, reflecting on the loss of another classmate, Joe Pistell, whom I mentioned earlier, and how well we did and did not really know one another when we were here at SAS. Peter said (pretty much): It doesn’t matter what your grades were, what sports you played, who you hung out with, whether you were in the smoke shack crew or the Henley crew (or both)... we were all, we are all brothers. And I am certain that Peter would have added sisters, had there been any in attendance when we were here.
I also think it is safe to say that only Tom could have galvanized his classmates into making significant financial contributions to the school to support the causes of fairness and equality that he championed his entire life. Honoring Tom became our cause. It is fitting that he is now memorialized on the walls of this school as a man who was always ready to help those who might need some. Thank you, Tom. And thank you, Rob Seyffert ’71, for the powerful portrait. May SAS long remember this good man.
And, speaking of a good man: in a moment, my father’s name will be among those read on this day of remembering—one of the SAS alums whom we’ve lost in the last three years. Peter King McCagg, Class of 1947. This is/would be their 75th reunion.
I learned something valuable about life from my father that I find best expressed in a Ray Bradbury quote from Dandelion Wine. Bradbury wrote, “And, after all, isn’t that what life is all about, the ability to go around back and come up inside other people’s heads to look out at the damned fool miracle and say: oh, so that’s how you see it!?” To me this is the key to experiencing wonder. Empathy and kindness also flow from this ability. It helps explain one other lasting SAS memory I have.
Bull Cameron (again), whom I’d sought out as Master of The Day, when a poor throw by me or a poor catch by Bill Bean ’72 resulted in a broken window in the III Form Common Room door. Mr. Cameron assured me it was a good thing I’d gone looking for him rather than the other way around. Thirty-six marks in case of the latter; only six in the case I am recounting here. Ultimately, I received no marks for this incident, and the window was miraculously fixed the next day.
And it seems others among us had similar experiences with the man. Last night, Sheldon Parker ’71 mentioned confessing to being late to a school function. Mr. Cameron’s reply: Did anyone see you?
So life at SAS may not be a picnic, but in my experience it stands out for having been a safe place, a fundamentally decent and caring place to grow up. Of course, there were a fair share of shenanigans and moments best perhaps to forget; but here we all are… after all these years… home in a sense.
As we wind down this Reunion of classes young and old, a Reunion three years in the coming, let us give thanks for those who helped make St. Andrew’s School a place that would embrace the likes of all of us. May we long remember in the precious landscapes of our lives that we are brothers and sisters, even or especially in our diversity, and in our desire to lead meaningful and helpful lives wherever life leads us.
Travel safely home.
School co-president Aunyae Romeo ’22 gave this talk at Commencement 2022.
I can’t remember everything, as I look back to my first day on this campus. But the things I remember the clearest are what greeted me as I entered my dorm room on Pell: my first ever roommate, Emily Murphy, and a box placed on my desk by my advisor, Mrs. Duprey. This box contained essential items often forgotten during the process of packing for school: snacks, disinfectant wipes, a journal, and a pack of blank cards with “Thank You” written across the front.
For the next three years, I received similar boxes from Mrs. Duprey. Interestingly enough, the thing that went unused every year were these Thank You cards. Before the end of my fourth and final year here, I’d like to break this pattern. This speech is a short accumulation of gratitude to the place and people that have transformed me as a student, friend, leader, daughter, and overall person. This is my thank you letter to St. Andrew’s.
Reflecting on my time here, I've come to realize that one of the main reasons why I’ve been able to grow so much is because of the people that I have surrounded myself with. I’ve made beautiful connections with so many people here. To the people in my grade, thank you for being the first to comfort me when I cry and the first to join me in laughter. As a grade, we weren’t perfect, but we were us, and I thank you for that. I also say thank you to all of my upperclassmen and underclassmen who took the time to get to know me and in turn, love me. To the friends continuing their journeys here, thank you for spending time with me during our free periods, dinners, and weekends. And thank you to my most unexpected friendships: the adults here. Thank you for getting to know me and my peers as more than students or kids, but as people you challenge and truly respect. The accumulation of friendships that I have made here has helped me become a more empathetic and caring person. My St. Andrew’s relationships have taught me how to be truly compassionate.
Everyone always says that your time here flies by so quickly, and I somewhat agree with that. When I think of all the things I didn't get to do, my time here seems too short. One thing I wish I would’ve done is taken more time to build relationships with people outside of my close circle of faculty and students. However, my time does feel longer when I recognize all of the opportunities I did take to build unexpected relationships. I am thankful for the relationships I began to build all the way back to my freshman year. People like Mr. Stanley in the Dining Hall have always given me guidance and checked up on me. Fun fact: he even helped me practice public speaking for my co-president candidate speech my junior year! Then there are the women who I’ve seen everyday of the week: Ms. Tammy, Ms. Faith, and Ms. Dolly. You may know them as the women who clean our dorms, but to me, they kind of feel like aunties. They’ve watched my performances and rooted on all of my successes. In my freshman year, I would’ve never expected to build these relationships, but I’m so grateful I did. These are just some of the people that have done more than their job to support me and my classmates.
But, I wouldn’t be able to fully appreciate this place without appreciating the parents who made the choice four years ago to send their children off to this beautiful school, and a special thank you to my own Mom and Dad for trusting me and believing in my success. I say thank you to all of the parents here today. So many of you have taken us under your wings and loved and supported us when our parents couldn't. You, parents, are the real Saints, and on behalf of my Class, we thank you for putting so much faith and pride into us as we head into the next chapter of our lives.
This wouldn’t be a complete thank you letter to St. Andrew's without thanking the literal structures that make living, learning, and laughing here possible. I am so grateful I had the opportunity to create memories in every building on this campus. I can tell you a story for every building here. For example, one of my favorite memories in the Field House took place this year when a small group of seniors were bored on a Saturday night and decided to play a childish game of tag. The longer we played, the more people joined, and soon our silly little game turned into a heart-pounding battle to avoid the tagger.
I'm also grateful to add to each building's history. Founders is the one of the most historical buildings on this campus. The archives, alumni, and passed-down tales tell this history of thousands of Saints and their presence here. I am a part of the history of this building and school. I am the first Aunyae Romeo to walk the halls, to learn in these classrooms, and speak and eat in the Dining Hall. You are the first, and you add to the history of this community in ways as small as the little actions you do in Founders to the big moments you make to transform this school. This ground also has an unspoken soul that goes way beyond the year 1929; it goes back to the people who were here before this land was bought by Felix DuPont. It holds the history of Thomas Noxon and the Native people here before. Although I can never know the full history of St. Andrew’s, I appreciate the parts I do know, good and bad. I am grateful for the chance to feel the beauty and heart of the land we’re on.
To end my letter, I’d lastly like to thank the spontaneity that I’ve experienced at this school. The unexpected here has led me to so many people and places that I would’ve never imagined. My favorite thing is waking up on a Saturday morning having no idea what I’m going to do for the day. By the time Saturday night reaches and I lie in my bed, I know that I had a great day because it was filled with unexpected, spontaneous fun which was fueled by people simply enjoying each other’s company.
So, this is my thank you letter to St. Andrew’s.
To the Class of 2022, I encourage you all to think back over your time here and appreciate the moments that made you a Saint and who you are today. As we head off to a new world outside of this beautiful little bubble, appreciate the moments as they come, and I promise you, you’ll be able to savor the time you have in that moment.
To the Classes of 2023, 2024, and 2025, our Class knows how quickly the opportunity passes to show your thanks. We want to tell you to practice your gratitude here and now. Get to know the people you wouldn't expect to befriend. Roam the buildings and make them your own. Know the history of this place and know that you are part of the history of this school. Gratitude makes you a Saint, and it’s never too late to learn this lesson.
The scared, little girl who started this journey had no idea that this place would transfom her so much. St. Andrew’s has pushed me to not only challenge my perception of myself and those around me, but also to better myself for others. By reflecting on all of my reasons to be grateful, I see the power that I’ve gained because of this school.
Thank you, Mrs. Duprey, for planting that seed of gratitude in my life four years ago, and thank you St. Andrew’s for giving me so many things to be grateful for.
School co-president Liam Hurtt ’22 gave this talk at Commencement 2022.
This week, I’ve wondered how to measure what our class has done here at St. Andrew’s. How, in a speech, could I possibly summarize and acknowledge our Class for everything we’ve done personally, academically, athletically, artistically, or as a community? Well, Class of 2022, I would argue that we would each call this school a home. But how is it that 83 kids from all across the country and globe can assemble over four years in a particular location, and it becomes our home? I’ve been thinking about this a lot recently because leaving school feels different than when I was considering leaving St. Andrew’s for other schools four years ago. I’ve grown up here and lived here my whole life, yet the context of the word “home,” as it refers to this place, has changed.
Surely, this process starts with common experience. Essential to any home are the countless memories shared among individuals that live there, both trivial and grand. The rituals of the Square Dance, Frosty Run, and Carol Shout, which we all hold dear, were essential to our initiation into the community. The key to these events is that they are great equalizers—no one has any prior expertise due to the events’ wackiness, so it’s up to each student to invest themselves and benefit from the event as much as they want. In many ways, these events are microcosms of our time at St. Andrew’s: we get to live in this little petri dish of society, each of us equal, and get out exactly what we put in. And what better common experience to share than a worldwide pandemic? Navigating boarding school together melted us down and forged us together: our pasts were irrelevant aside from how they highlighted our individuality.
And so, as our Class ventured through the shared experience of St. Andrew’s, we were able to build empathy for each other. Residents of every home have the opportunity to develop a deep respect and love for each other. Empathy, and the ability to empathize, are the most important lessons we learn here, in and out of the classroom. Whether we know it or not, we practice our respect and love every day. In our English classes, we put ourselves into the emotional minds of our characters, and in history, we examine why people and peoples made the decisions they did. In our language classes, we learn how to grow closer with and develop understanding with the global community. Our math and science classes teach us how the people and world around us work. On the sports field, we rely on each other to achieve our goals, and in the arts, we can better express a wide range of human emotion. As you’ve noticed, these subjects all unite us in different ways. The more we learn about others, the more we can empathize with them. Each of our faculty is a master of empathy. Think of Mr. Robinson and Mrs. Honsel. Their empathy and deep understanding of who we are and what we go through lead to the efficiency, honesty, and joy they spread to each senior class. And empathy leads to love. Through our shared past and our educational assimilation into this global community, St. Andreans are essentially learning how to learn, how to empathize, and, therefore, how to love.
Now we’ve established that we love each other, whether we like to admit it or not, the idea of SAS as our home begins to make sense. While Crawford may never go around hugging random members of our Class, there are still ways to see that we love each other. Because love, and commitment to a greater cause, lead to service. Service is what truly sets St. Andrew’s apart. Dedication to and appreciation for the people around you cause you to perform unsolicited acts of kindness and helpfulness—true service. True Saints perform service like this day in and day out for this school. Saints like Phil Davis and Mr. Lewis. Saints like the SAGE team. Saints like Sonal, who works tirelessly to run every School Meeting and countless other events. Saints like me, who skipped going to see the new Top Gun to write this speech. Service, like empathy, will be essential in our lives after St. Andrew’s.
Growing up as a soccer player, I would frequently commute to various tournaments and games. When my dad drove, we would often listen to Howard Stern, and while he is by no means a great role model, he gives a damn good interview. One that has always stuck with me was with Jimmy Iovine, a music producer for Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, and Stevie Nicks. When asked for advice on getting to the top of his field, he replied, “Be of service.” He shared that he would constantly offer lunch or coffee to his coworkers and pick up small jobs below his pay grade. He was eternally helpful. And while this is good advice for those trying to climb their own ladders, I think it shows just how much he loved what he did and appreciated his industry and peers. From this same source comes the service each member of our Class and community has given to the school and will continue to provide wherever we go.
Through common experience, empathy, and service, St. Andrew’s has become our home. Not because we are the same or have become the same, but because we can live in community and honor our differences. The sense of home we have created here is more profound than just where we have lived for the past four years. Because it is home to our peers and our education, St. Andrew's is our moral center. After all, the mission of boarding school is to learn how to make a home. The mission of St. Andrew’s is to, through this process, make each of us a better person. To call a place your home, you must go through a process that will eventually teach you all the values of your home. The process has been the St. Andrew’s experience.
When we call a place our home, it becomes truly ours; we take responsibility for it and strengthen it. And surely we have done that much. So, Class of 2022, by calling St. Andrew’s your home, you have inherently learned what you needed to from this place about becoming a better person and citizen. You have completed St. Andrew’s: Pistis Kai Episteme— faith and learning. You showed your faith in yourselves and one another, and along the way, you learned how to make a home, how to learn, how to empathize, how to serve, and how to love.
As you navigate this process yourselves, underclassmen, remember what you are here for: learning. Remember that St. Andrew’s, like life, is what you make of it. And most of all, as you continue your journey, remember to be of service.
And to my Class: today and over the next few weeks, we will go our separate ways. Now, this statement has much less gravity than it did for the generation above us due to the ways that technology eases communication. Nevertheless, it is likely that our Class will never again assemble, as a whole, in one place. So look around and appreciate those we grew up with these past four years. Remember the things, large and small, that we did to make this place our own. As you make new homes in college and beyond, you will likely seek to create a sense of home similar to the one you have here. So be sure to look back and reflect on what exactly made this place so special for you. Most importantly, know that once St. Andrew’s is your home, it’s always your home. Believe me; my parents really can’t seem to get over it. But neither will we. This will always be your home. It’s been a great ride, guys, and I wouldn’t change a thing. Thank you.
Zhenia Khalabadzhakh ’22 gave this chapel talk at a Wednesday night chapel service and vigil for Ukraine. Zhenia was born and raised in Kyiv, Ukraine, and her family still resides there.
Arnav Sehgal ’24 gave this talk during a chapel service in celebration of Holi, organized by the South Asian Affinity Group.
Jes Carr ’24 gave this talk at a Wednesday night chapel service organized in celebration of Black History Month by Onyx and Essence. An example of Jes’s art can be viewed below the text.
Today I will be speaking about how being black has impacted my life and also being a black artist. I feel like being a part of the black community is really important to me because of its closeness, and because of how well-knit it is—especially in the SAS community. All the traditions, connections, and history that black people have creates this tight bond that keeps us together no matter what, and I personally feel that in the black community at SAS. I always enjoy hanging out with them, and whenever I do there’s always this sense of comfort and contentment that emphasizes my love for being black. Whether it be me vibing with James and Kim, or jokingly getting into heated arguments with Yasir about how Tabata’s Black Clover is peak fiction & how Oda’s Onepiece isn’t (both are peak but Black Clover is just better), I genuinely enjoy each moment of our time together, and that strengthens a bond that I forever hope continues getting stronger.
Speaking of anime, that has had a huge influence on me as a black artist. I make digital artwork using pictures of my favorite anime/manga, arranging them into cool collages/wallpapers. I’ve made a Big 3 one (consisting of Naruto, Onepiece, & Bleach), a Black Clover one, a JoJo Part 6 (Stone Ocean) one, and I plan on making a Tokyo Ghoul one once I finish reading the manga. I really enjoy making them, even though they take a long time to make, but I’m always satisfied with my result at the end because I really love doing them. To me, art in general is something that has a strong impact on yourself or others because of the feelings and emotions portrayed through the artwork. I used to never see myself as an artist because I limited the definition of art to things like drawing and painting. Even now I sometimes don’t see myself as an artist. But I’ve come to learn of the wide variety and forms that art can have. Using the things I love to create artwork is really an enjoyable experience and this experience drives me to do more. Overall, being a black man at SAS and also being a black artist is really wonderful, and it has all had a great impact on my identity, which I’m both grateful for, and proud of.
A conversation with chef & cookbook author Gregory Gourdet ’93
Reprinted from the fall 2022 issue of the St. Andrew’s Magazine. Photo by Zach Lewis.
In our second installment of If These Walls Could Talk—in which current students interview an alumnus who previously resided in their dorm room or in their dorm—seniors Danny Huang ’22 and Hunter Melton ’22 interview acclaimed chef and cookbook author Gregory Gourdet ’93. Gregory’s restaurant Kann opened in Portland, Oregon in the summer of 2022, and his first cookbook, Everyone’s Table: Global Recipes for Modern Health, won a James Beard Foundation Book Award this June. You may know him from Top Chef; he was the runner-up on season 12 of that show, which aired in 2015, and has also competed on Top Chef: All Stars.
Danny, Hunter, and Gregory all had the great privilege of living on Baum Corridor during their respective senior years at St. Andrew’s. They chatted over Zoom about their St. Andrew’s experiences and Gregory’s career in restaurants and his goals for the future.
Danny: I’m curious what brought you to St. Andrew’s. What drew you here?
Gregory: My parents are from Haiti. They moved to America to pursue education, seek more opportunities, and start a family. So they always just wanted the best for us. We didn’t grow up in the worst neighborhood by any means, but we didn’t have the best schools. I was in Prep for Prep, which is a program that prepares young people of color for private school and boarding school. I got into St. Andrew’s, and it turned out to be the perfect school for me.
Hunter: I’m trying to make a timeline in my head. We currently have the panel ceilings and the carpeted floor on Baum. Was that a thing when you were here? Because they don’t have it in Dead Poets Society. They have nice hardwood floors.
Gregory: I don’t think we had carpet… but that was 30 years ago. Our 30th Reunion is next summer. There’s 14 of us on a group chat 30 years later, guys. We talk to each other literally every day, and we mostly just talk smack and joke about high school. So this is what you have to look forward to: thirty years down the line, you’re still going to be talking about St. Andrew’s.
Hunter: When you lived on Baum, were you in a triple, a double, a single?
Gregory: I was in a double, and I roomed with Nate Jenkins ’93—we roomed for three years together. We bonded early over an accident. I’d never played football in my entire life. It was the first day of full pads in football camp freshman year. Nate tackled me and I went down so hard I broke my leg. I had a full leg cast and was on crutches for weeks. Everyone called me Peg Leg Greg for the first few months of school. But we got through it, and we were very, very close friends. Those memories never fade.
Hunter: What made the roommate relationship work, do you think?
Gregory: I don’t know…. We were an odd couple because he was from Goodland, Kansas, a super-small town—and I was from Queens. So we could not have been more different, but we just bonded. We ended up listening to the same music. I remember when I went to visit him in Kansas for his wedding, I saw tumbleweed for the first time.
Hunter: Danny’s from Hong Kong and New York, and I’m from a place that’s literally called Farmville, Virginia. So we have similar differences in background.
Gregory: Yes! SAS brings us together from all over the world.
Danny: Do you have any vivid memories of living on Baum your senior year?
Gregory: I mean… we had fun. We stayed up late. We smoked cigarettes. I don’t want to be a bad example.
Danny: We don’t smoke cigarettes.
Gregory: No one smokes at school? I’m confused.
Danny: We’re good with preventing [the use of] alcohol and drugs—we hold each other accountable. The seniors set an example.
Gregory: I love it! That’s really great. Everyone’s healthier. What’s school been like for you two? Have you enjoyed your time there?
Hunter: Yeah. I feel like the main thing about St. Andrew’s is that you get to work really hard at things you actually like to do. You find out your interests and you get really good at them.
Gregory: Honestly, when I left St. Andrew’s, I didn’t really know what I wanted to do. I thought I wanted to go to medical school—my parents worked in hospitals and it was just a classic immigrant story: “Hey, go be a doctor.” So I went to NYU and entered a pre-med program. But that was not what I wanted to do. It took me a few years, but eventually I discovered what I was supposed to do. So no pressure to figure it out right away, boys. Unless you think you have. Then that’s good.
Danny: You ultimately majored in French, right?
Gregory: I did pre-med at NYU for one year, and then I decided I didn’t want to be in the city, and I thank St. Andrew’s for that. One of my biggest takeaways from St. Andrew’s, honestly, is my appreciation for nature and the desire to live somewhere that’s kind of rural and quiet and green. I love to be in the woods for hours and hours. I love to hike. I love visiting New York, but I’m so much happier in Portland, because it’s super-green here.
[After my first year of college] I moved out to Montana with five of my friends from St. Andrew’s. We all went to different schools for college, and we missed each other so much that we all decided to live together for the summer, which was pure debauchery. But I ended up staying out there for school. I thought I wanted to do wildlife biology, and it was while I was in those classes that I started cooking for myself and feeding myself for the first time. You don’t do that at St. Andrew’s, and I lived at home in Queens during my freshman year at NYU. That was when I decided that this culinary stuff was something I was interested in. I mean, this was pre-TV cooking shows—cooking wasn’t as glamorized or popular or even as known. I didn’t even know what culinary school was at the time. But once I realized that was a thing you could do, I tried to graduate from Montana as quickly as possible, and I had a bunch of French credits. Then finally I went to the Culinary Institute of America. I was basically in college for seven years, with culinary school at the end of it. It all worked out.
Danny: Were your parents supportive of you, when you decided to go into cooking?
Gregory: My parents were extremely supportive… I literally put them through hell. I got suspended from St. Andrew’s sophomore year for a bunch of stuff that we did off campus. It was a big mess. Then I kept changing schools. They didn’t know what to do with me. They were like, “Just please graduate from something.” But they were always, always supportive. I appreciate that because it took me quite a few years to figure out who I was, and now I get to pay them back by being the person that I am and by being a better son.
Hunter: You’ve reached an extraordinarily high level in what you love to do, and you are reaching higher still. What’s motivated you between now and when you first started out, that’s helped you bridge the gap between those two moments?
Gregory: One, I’m extremely goal-driven, and I’m very results driven as well. I think it’s important that you never compare yourself to other people, but I also think it’s extremely important to set goals for yourself. And I always do. I’m a workaholic—I’m pretty open about being in recovery, and I definitely have an addictive personality. I know I’ve replaced a lot of my behavior patterns with working.
Two, my early mentors were all extremely successful people. My first chef, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, had twenty restaurants and Michelin stars and four stars from The New York Times when I was a young cook working for him. There was always a high level of excellence that I was exposed to and just always believed in. I do have an outgoing personality, and I tend to latch onto my mentors—“Hey, you have to teach me all this stuff, and I have all these questions.” It can be harder if you’re not the loudest person in the room, and you have to fight for attention. Greg Brainin is Jean-George’s main recipe developer, his right-hand man—he’s really my mentor. We were just texting today.
Trying to get the most out of life is something I’m extremely passionate about. I always love to learn more. I love what I do so much that it keeps me up at night. And when I started cooking twenty-something years ago, I never really knew how many fields I could tap into as a chef. I never really thought I could be on cooking shows, and be teaching people how to cook, and working with the Salmon Commission and the Dungeness Crab Commission, and working with farmers to grow certain things, and helping young cooks achieve their goals and dreams. There’s so many facets of life I get to touch on. That’s the most exciting thing for me, and it keeps me extremely busy.
Hunter: Can you talk a little bit about your cookbook? Its subtitle is “Global Recipes for Modern Health”—what do you think are the most important steps we can take toward being healthier and more sustainable in our cooking and food consumption?
Gregory: The number one thing we need to think about is that food is there for nourishment. If we can think of food as a way to source vitamins and minerals and antioxidants and all the things we need to feel good and go about our day and our lives, I think that can really help inform and inspire the way that we eat.
For me, as someone who battered my body for many, many years, I’m a total health freak now. I eat food to fuel myself, because I work a lot, and sometimes I don’t sleep a lot. I just want to feel good, and food helps me feel good. Of course, there are the treats, the celebratory things, and so many great dishes that maybe aren’t that healthy for you, but our families make them, and it’s more about being together. Food is something that helps bring us together and be convivial and jovial and familial. So, you have to find a balance there.
In my cookbook, I try to show that there are all these amazing foods and ingredients and recipes from all over the world that are healthful, easy to make, and delicious. With a little bit of effort, and focusing on buying the right things—lots of vegetables, well-sourced meats and fish—we can all live longer lives.
Danny: Take me back to Jean-Georges. How do you pronounce that last name—it’s not French, is it?
Gregory: It is. He’s from Alsace, so it’s, like, French-German. It’s Von-grr-riche-tin.
Danny: I take French here, so I was wondering how you pronounced that. I started this club called Crepes and Conversation, where we make crepes and talk in French—
Hunter: I was not invited because I don’t speak French. But I love crepes.
Danny: Open to French students only, unfortunately.
Hunter: I mostly just sneak into faculty houses and cook, because I really like to eat.
Gregory: You guys cook at school? What do you like to cook?
Hunter: Sometimes you can get a teacher to let you into their kitchen. From prom, I got to make some shrimp curry.
Danny: I make a really mean medium rare steak. And I’m also a professional instant ramen chef.
Gregory: Oh yeah. As is anyone who goes to boarding school.
Danny: What are some of the most important lessons you took away from cooking under Jean-Georges?
Gregory: One, it’s important to believe in yourself. Two, ask for the things that you want. And three, if you don’t get the things that you want, just really try to understand and ask what it’s going to take to get you to the next level, and work on that.
Even though I had a lot of ups and downs—I worked there at the height of my addiction issues—I was still able to rise up through the ranks. I think one of the most important components of success in a kitchen is always showing up on time, if not a few minutes early, and working clean. Jean-Georges always said that cleaning is 50% of cooking.
If you truly put in the work, the opportunities will come. Sometimes things don’t happen quickly, but if you’re consistent and you show up and you ask questions, I do not believe there is a glass ceiling.
Danny: How would you say the kitchen atmosphere differs from atmospheres in other workplaces? It seems like it’s more… high-stakes.
Gregory: Historically, kitchens have been lawless spaces—the chef is drunk, he’s throwing pots and pans, and there’s no system of checks and balances. It’s gone on for quite some time. I am grateful that I didn’t have any of those experiences when I was coming up. Sometimes fine dining gets a bad rap, but I had a really wonderful experience when I worked for Jean-Georges. He’s super-chill, and I always felt supported and nurtured, even as someone coming up the ranks as a gay person of color in a very, very white space. I’m lucky. I know plenty of people just like me who have tried to succeed in these spaces, and have not been given the same opportunities.
There has very much so been a history of sexism within these spaces. Women have traditionally been unfairly treated in kitchens, and unfairly paid. There’s been abuse of employees—the expectation that you will work off the clock, for example. I think over the past five to seven years, there’s been a reckoning brewing for restaurants, and a lot of that came to a head when the world shut down. Now in restaurants and kitchens we’re talking about work-life balance and equity and mental health.
Hunter: Would you say your perspective of the kitchen changed when you were no longer working under someone, but instead, you are now at the top?
Gregory: I mean, I’ve pretty much been working for someone for my entire career, until right now. Even in my last job, I worked as the executive chef at a hotel restaurant here in Portland, and I was there for ten years. I had a lot of free range and a lot of trust with the company. But I got to the point where I decided I wanted to do my own thing, and now I’m in the driver’s seat. It’s exciting and a little scary as well.
Hunter: What is your new restaurant going to be like, if you could describe the personality of it?
Gregory: Kann is a wood-fired Haitian restaurant. It is inspired by my Hatiian heritage and will honor the traditional recipes and ingredients and dishes of Haiti, but also honor Oregon bounty and seasonal ingredients from our farmlands, oceans, and mountains. There will be some Pan-Caribbean influences as well. When people leave the restaurant, I want them to have a clear understanding of at least a handful of traditional Haitian dishes. I want to elevate Haitian cuisine and the story that surrounds Haiti, because Haiti gets a lot of bad press, and it’s a country that has struggled quite a bit in past decades. But all my memories of living in Haiti when I was kid, or visiting there with my family when I was older, all my memories of my family in Queens—they’re all just beautiful memories with a lot of food, my mom cooking, huge lavish feasts every Sunday. Haiti was the first country to abolish slavery and also the world’s first black republic. Haitian history is so rich. These are the stories I want to tell.
One of the coolest parts of being able to tap into my family’s culture with this restaurant is working with my parents on so many things. I’ve done pop-up dinners in Portland with my mom. I write a lot of things on my menus in Hatian Creole, and I always call my dad to ask him if the spelling is proper. It’s a pretty cool thing to have their help and their knowledge.
But to have a great restaurant and a great business is more than just making great food or being financially successful. It’s really about the holistic being of the entire system. Are the employees happy? Is there work-life balance? Is the restaurant sustainable in terms of how it impacts the environment? Are we supporting small farms and tapping into our local resources? Are we sharing the story of the culture that’s behind the food properly? Am I sure that everyone on the team understands that I want them to advance? I don’t want them to stay in their position forever, unless that’s what they want. It is so important to me that at Kann, we have equity. We are splitting tips equally amongst all the employees. We have women in all positions of kitchen leadership. I’m actively seeking a diverse team.
I mentioned earlier about how it is easier to succeed in restaurants if you’re the loudest person in the room. But that really shouldn’t be the system. Everyone should have an equal opportunity to get to the top, even if you’re the person who just works quietly in the corner. So I want to have plenty of conversations at Kann about making sure people understand that they can succeed. That’s how you create equity in a workspace.
Over the weekend of June 10-12, 2022, we were thrilled to host our first in-person, on-campus St. Andrew’s Reunion since 2019. The school welcomed home more than 600 alumni and their families for this three-day “jumbo” Reunion that celebrated not only the current Reunion cycle (class years ending in 2s and 7s), but also the previous two Reunion cycles (class years ending in 0s, 1s, 5s, and 6s) who were unable to celebrate together in person at that time. The Classes of 1972 celebrated its 50th Reunion, while the Class of 1997 celebrated their 25th Reunion. Weekend events included an alumni “futurecasting” panel; a “Tribute to a School” theatre production featuring a cast of alumni actors; a celebration of former Head of School Tad Roach and former Dean of Teaching & Learning Elizabeth Roach, including the unveiling of their portrait, which will be hung with portraits of other past school leaders in the Dining Hall; a faculty-guided tour of the “new” Amos Hall (which reopened in the fall of 2019 and thus has not been witnessed by many, if any, of the school’s alumni); and hours of good old fashioned St. Andrew’s fun on the Front Lawn and Noxontown Pond.
The most senior alum in attendance at Reunion Weekend was Stephen Baldwin ’55—although Walt Liefeld ’54 made a late-breaking appearance as well. Fun fact: Stephen and Walt were both on campus to witness the construction of the “new wing and tower” of Founders Hall. Hugh Cameron ’92 and Breffni Kehoe ’86, visiting from Australia, traveled the furthest distance to attend Reunion—but we welcomed international travelers from Chile, China, France, Portugal, Scotland, and Spain. (A Class of 2022 graduate, who will share future Reunions with this particular cycle, hailing from Ukraine was also in attendance!) During the weekend, 21 alumni parents and their adult alumni “children” were in attendance, as well as 30 Class Agents, 12 Trustees, and 9 former Alumni Board members. The class with the strongest showing at Reunion was the Class of 2017, with 60% of the class attending!
Chair of the Board of Trustees Scott Sipprelle ’81 (on campus to celebrate his 40th Reunion a year late) and Head of School Joy McGrath ’92 (celebrating her 30th Reunion) presented the following Reunion giving awards at a ceremony in the Sipprelle Field House on Saturday morning:
The Fishers of Men Plate honors the Reunion Class with the highest participation rate in giving to the Saints Fund during the current fiscal year. Recognizing the difference in various Class sizes and other factors, there are two plates given annually: one to a Class from the first half of the school’s history, and one to a Class from the second half. The pre-1977 Fishers of Men Plate was awarded to the Class of 1952, with 60% participation in giving to the Saints Fund this year. The post-1977 Fishers of Men Plate was awarded to the Class of 1997, with 85% participation in giving to the Saints Fund. The Class of 1997 also broke the 25th Reunion participation record held for the last 32 years by the Class of 1964, due in large part to a $25,000 matching gift challenge offered to his classmates by Rox Veghte ’97 during the school’s annual Day of Giving earlier in the month.
The Class of 1997 also received the Giving Bowl Award; the Giving Bowl recognizes the Reunion Class that has contribute the largest total amount of gifts to the Saints Fund (as of Reunion Weekend) in the current fiscal year. The Class of 1997 won the bowl with $177,198 in total Saints Fund giving commitments as of Reunion Weekend. This total broke not only the 25th Reunion Saints Fund giving record, held for the last 15 years by the Class of 1981, but also the all time Reunion Class Saints Fund giving record, also previously held by the Class of 1981.
Alumni giving is also honored with a third award: the Founders Cup. Instituted in recognition of the school's 75th anniversary in 2004, the Founders Cup recognizes the importance of alumni support of every kind, and is given to the Reunion Class that has given the greatest total support to the school (Saints Fund, capital and endowment giving, and planned gifts and pledges) since the prior Reunion. (Prior to 2018, the Founders Cup was given to the Reunion class who had the great total giving to the school during the current fiscal year.)
“This year's Founders Cup winning Class gives us another perspective on philanthropy and what our giving means to St. Andrew’s,” said McGrath during the awards presentation. “This year’s winning Class has only five [living] members. However, the Class has six members who each made a provision for St. Andrew’s in their wills. Sadly, each of these alumni has died since their last Reunion in 2017, but their legacy gifts live on in the school’s endowment, both for scholarships and general support, and their names as enduring members of the Cornerstone Society. I am honored to announce the winner of the 2022 Founders Cup: the Class of 1947, with a total of $2,319,316 in gifts to St. Andrew’s.” Peter McCagg ’71 accepted the award on behalf of his father Pete McCagg ’47.
Finally, this year's Distinguished Alumni Award was given to Perry Yeatman ’82. The Distinguished Alumni Award celebrates the alumna or alumnus who has distinguished themselves professionally, personally, and in service to the community and country with strength, commitment, and perseverance. The Distinguished Alumni Endowment Fund was created by the Class of 1959 at its 50th Reunion in 2009, and the award brings the recipient to campus during the following school year to deliver a Chapel Talk on Founders Day, and to visit classes and speak with students, teachers, and staff.
“Over the past three decades, Perry has built a track record as a seasoned global business leader, successfully working at the intersection of business and society, leveraging her breadth of experience across sectors, industries and markets to help clients capitalize on opportunities and solve problems in ways that simultaneously deliver economic, social and environmental benefits,” McGrath said during the awards presentation. “In addition, Perry has leveraged her experience to become a recognized expert on women’s career development and advancement. By combining award-winning books, blogs for leading publications, a popular podcast, and a successful consulting and coaching practice, Perry has helped thousands of women not only survive but thrive in their careers. Currently head of corporate partnerships at Save the Children, Perry combines focus, determination, hard work and personal sacrifice with appreciation for the generous support of others in her life’s work to deliver economic, social and environmental benefits.”
On Saturday afternoon, two departed alumni were recognized for their immense contributions to the school.
In the Head of School’s common room, alumni and families gathered for a dedication of a portrait of Tom Hooper ’71. One of the earliest students of color to attend St. Andrew’s, Tom Hooper was the first Black school president, trustee, and trustee emeritus. Through his service both as a student and in the decades following his graduation, Tom fundamentally shaped the school’s approach to diversity. The portrait of Tom, painted by Rob Seyffert ’71, classmate and lifelong friend, was presented to the school by the Class of 1971 on the occasion of their 50th Reunion. The class has also established an endowed fund at St. Andrew’s, named in memory of Tom to support in perpetuity his work to recruit and develop students who go on to become compassionate leaders and advocates for diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice.
Shortly thereafter, alumni and their families gathered on the lawn behind Trapnell House. Formerly known as Alumni Point, this area of campus overlooks the Noxontown Pond course finish line, and has hosted crew tailgates for most of the school’s history. The point has been renamed “Brownlee Overlook” in honor of Bill ’44 and Sheila Brownlee
P’73,’75,’77,’79 GP’05,’09,’14,’17 and their lifelong dedication to St. Andrew’s and the school’s rowing program. Naturally, alumni crew practice immediately followed the dedication ceremony.
“After this weekend, I think that I realized more than ever that the school itself is a connector of amazing people,” reflected Luke Baer ’98 following Reunion Weekend. “There is an energy that flows through the campus, through the student life, through the faculty that binds us all together. The campus itself and the school, like anything in life is flawed, isn't perfect, but the experience that we shared there, our connection to each other now because of that shared experience is something to remember, something to celebrate, something from which to grow and enrich our lives.”
We are so grateful to all of our alumni who came back to campus for this “Jumbo” Reunion Weekend 2022! If you weren’t able to make it, please know that you were sorely missed by your fellow Saints. You can view photos from Reunion 2022 here, and watch a video played during the awards presentation here.
After a two-year wait, the Class of 2020 finally had the chance to celebrate their graduation from St. Andrew’s in person, on campus. Their senior year cut short by the pandemic in the spring of 2020, this Class remains the only Class in school history to have their Commencement ceremony held over Zoom. On June 9, they were able to “do over” that first ceremony with a more traditional Commencement ceremony under a bright blue sky on the Front Lawn.
The festivities began the day prior, when the Class of 2020 was invited back to campus to spend the night on dorm for the first time since February of 2020. They kicked off the festivities by spending the afternoon on the Front Lawn and Noxontown Pond, enjoying spring weather and a mini “Spring Fling” of sorts, which they didn’t get to experience during their senior spring. That evening, the Class gathered for a short evening prayer service in the chapel, enjoyed a Class dinner with faculty on the Front Lawn, and then headed to the basement of Founders Hall, where they finally got the chance to open the letters they had written to themselves at the end of their III Form year (all the way back in the spring of 2017!), and carve their names in the alumni wall (a night-before-graduation tradition). Naturally, the Class stayed up late into the night, celebrating their time together with a bonfire on the Front Lawn.
The following morning, Class of 2020 alumni were joined by their families for a Commencement brunch in the Dining Hall, followed by a Commencement ceremony on the Front Lawn. Former Head of School Tad Roach gave the Commencement address, and students were then awarded their diplomas. More than two-thirds of the Class was able to return for this joyful gathering. Class of 2020, we were so glad to have you home again!
In April, we were able to gather in person once again for our annual Coast to Coast Toasts, after two years of virtual celebrations (although we did also continue to offer a virtual Toast this year for those who could not be present at a Toast location in person). Head of School Joy McGrath ’92 shared the following Toast to the school:
“Here's to St. Andrew's School, a school that brings people together—parents, students, classmates, and lifelong friends—and a school that has brought us together tonight. Today, more than ever, we do not take for granted that we can be together, celebrating the power of St. Andrew's in our lives and supporting the school in its work today. Here's to St. Andrew's—past, present, and future—here's to faith and learning, and here's to togetherness.”
Photos from Toasts across the country are below!
Having greatly enjoyed this fall's long run in the state tournament by the 2021 Saints boys soccer team, we thought we'd throw back to the last time the school's boys soccer team made it all the way to the state championship match. In 1981, under the leadership of former Head of School Tad Roach and former Associate Head of School Will Speers—then both young faculty members in their third year at St. Andrew's—the team won that year's championship trophy. What follows is a collection of anecdotes and recollections shared by the members of the 1981 team upon the retirement of Tad in June 2021.
I was only the manager for this incredible team. While we may not have realized the magnitude of the accomplishment at the time, being part of it was one of the highlights of my time at SAS. -Janet (Washburn) Acker ’82
Going into the season, we knew we had the makings of a very good team. Our first game that year was at home against a quality Sanford team. As we got pumped up in the wrestling room before the game, someone—maybe Tad—calmed us down and told us that instead of running out to the field for warm-ups, we were going to walk out quietly in single file. Eye black in place, we silently marched out to midfield, where Sanford was already warming up on their half of the field. None of us made a sound as we broke into our pre-game drills. It was clear to everyone in attendance—and to Sanford—that we were focused and ready to take care of business.
We steamrolled Sanford 6-1, setting the tone for the rest of the season.
Our close bond as a team, our ability to concentrate in practice as well at games, and inspired coaching from Tad and Will, all combined for a great year!
-Peter Orth ’82
Where to begin? That 1981 soccer season was a magical one. Bug was an excellent tactician. He knew what our team's strengths were (a bunch of tough, hard-nosed, well-conditioned athletes who would happily run through a brick wall when properly motivated, and one quick striker who could blast the ball past most goalies using either foot) and he knew what are main weakness was (the ability the pass the ball along the ground accurately). So, he set up a plan to use our strengths and hide our weakness. Since high school rules allowed unlimited substitutions, Bug kept a large number of players on the team—24 to be exact—and rotated players, especially midfielders, on a constant basis. With the exception of our goalie (me), we were in great shape. Our midfielders would run like crazy to create a numbers advantage on offense, and then sprint like heck to get back and create a numbers advantage on defense. When they tired out, three more midfielders would rotate in. It was a great strategy.
Bug was also an outstanding motivator. He had a way of inspiring our team—a way that I had never previously experienced as an athlete. I had played soccer, basketball, baseball, and also swam competitively since I was about six years old. By the time I arrived at SAS I’d had many different coaches, who back in the late 1970s could get away with making players run sprints after practice until someone vomited, twice! Bug’s motivation style was much different. He made us believe there wasn’t a soccer team in the state that could ever beat us, if we played to our potential. Now, I am not really sure how he came to that conclusion, because looking back on it, we weren’t a very skilled soccer team. I think we only had maybe two players that played any soccer outside of the school season, whereas teams like Concord, Brandywine, and others had many players that played soccer year-round and possessed a great deal of skill. But we didn’t know any better, and if Bug said there is no way we should lose to our opponent, then we were going to make damn sure we didn’t let him down.
Bug was not only a terrific motivator, but he was also a master facilitator in making sure the team’s needs were met. The school contracted with a bus company to transport athletic teams, and Bug worked hard with the company to find a driver who would not only put up with our loud music—which was somehow played out of four-foot-high speakers that we had borrowed from the school’s music department and that were so big, each speaker got a seat of its own on the bus—but moreover tolerate our rowdy behavior. They finally found an older woman in her 60s who would dress in our school colors and drive down the road allowing us to blast The Who on volume 11.
In the semi-finals we faced number one-ranked William Penn High, a team that had only let in three goals the entire season. Since we were the second of two semi-final games to be played that night in the same location, we arrived in the stadium parking lot with the music at ear-bleeding levels while the first game was still being played. I remember seeing hundreds of people in the bleachers stand up to look around to see the source of the music. We all just looked back at them and nodded our heads. The Saints had arrived! We found ourselves down 1-0 at halftime, and I remember Bug telling us that we would have the wind at our backs in the second half and there was no way that they would be able to maintain their one-goal lead. He was right. We scored two second half goals and were off to the finals. In the finals, we would meet Concord High, the school I attended as a sophomore and the school that had won half of the championships in state history at that point. We were heavy underdogs, as we were against William Penn. Yet, Bug had us all believing that there was no way we were going to lose that game—and we didn’t. We were tied 0-0 at the end of regulation, and went on to score three goals in overtime to beat my old school by a score of 3-0 and win St. Andrew’s first and only boys soccer state title.
-RJ Beach ’82, goalie
It was really cold [on the night of the final game]... It wasn't just cold, it was extremely windy. One crystal clear memory: at one point in the second half, when we had the wind going our way, a long ball came to me deep in our end. It had the perfect bounce and I was in the right spot to just launch it into space; I knew I was going to overdo it, but I let loose anyway and connected perfectly. The topspin as it came to me made it go way higher than I wanted, but the wind helped carry it all the way down the field. It landed near the end line and bounced out, so it was kind of useless, but I like to think that it demoralized their defense. I'm still proud of that kick.
The newspapers at the time sometimes denigrated us as a "kick-and-run" team, and in fact, we were, but we were damned good at it. Tad and Will recognized this as one of our strengths early on, and they configured our positions and trained us to take advantage of this to maximum effect. “Don't screw around with the ball on defense, just launch it out of there.” To begin with, we had the superweapon of goalie RJ Beach ’82, who could goal-kick past half-field, throw to half-field with amazing accuracy, and punt well past half-field, all in addition to being a truly amazing goalkeeper. Many of our fullbacks and halfbacks were also big launchers, most notably John Rath ’83, Bret Von Urff ’83, Bobbie Tarburton ’82, Ned Groves ’82, Tim Wainwright ’83, Chris Martin ’83, Alan Aikens ’84, Brian Shockley ’83, and even myself. Most of the same people could also launch a really long throw-in from the sidelines, and John Rath even did flip throw-ins on occasion. With all that power-blasting the ball out of our defense, the other team’s offense had few opportunities to touch the ball, and our stellar offense had plentiful chances to run the ball down for scoring opportunities.
Still, my favorite memories from that season? Darius Mansoory ’83 and his boombox, his mixtapes, and Queen’s “Another One Bites The Dust” and “We Are The Champions.” -Andrew Liefeld ’83
And the chorus of “TREE” when Andrew [“Tree” was Andrew’s nickname] launched that ball!
After our third goal against Concord, Coach Bug subbed out Hugh and me first. Before he subbed out the defense, we told the fullbacks going in to keep RJ’s well-deserved shutout going and carry him to midfield at the end of the game. Our plan was to carry the coaches out there as well, but as other first-stringers arrived off the field and onto the sidelines, there was a push for a Gatorade bath. However, Jon O’Brien had already taken protective custody of the cooler; it was a cold night. So the next debate was: who carries Roach and who carries Speers? We agreed the taller players would take Speers and the less tall carry Roach. When the clock ticked down, “Wilbur” was helplessly surrounded by bigger young men, but Tad looked like he was ready to defend himself, grinning ear to ear, and saying “No, no” with his hands out to ward off his much smaller would-be assailants. I recall saying “Enjoy the ride, coaches,” mostly to wipe the look of dread off Speers’ face. I think Jobie [Jon O’Brien] called out to Tad and pointed to the Gatorade—that might have been Tad’s happiest moment of the entire season.
-Bob Tarburton ’82
A memory of the championship game I have was John Rath heading the Concord captain on an air ball and knocking him so silly, he actually got on our bus to go home after the game and we had to take him back to his team. Every one of the guys on the team played their hardest that year, and we did it for Tad and SAS.
-Hugh Marthinsen ’82, co-captain
I have fond memories of the run to the 1981 Delaware state soccer championship. Foremost in my mind is the teamwork and school spirit, including busloads of students trekking to all of the games, one of which was played in a snowstorm. Under Tad and Will’s leadership, I was able to play at my highest level. I still have my state championship jacket and can’t wait to wear it for a Reunion at some point! So thanks to Tad, Will and all the teammates who made the championship such a rewarding experience!
-Jay Smith ’82
There were so many great memories of that season, including many of the highlights from the state tournament already mentioned. But for me, the greatest memories came from our practices and all the traditions that kept us together and helped to create that unique bond that made our championship possible—and the insight Tad and Will had in supporting and nurturing those traditions: diving headers in the rain and mud, getting psyched in the small wrestling gym before games, and of course… moose laps. Although I could sprint, my endurance was always a struggle and I came to loathe moose laps. Near the end of the season, I remember Tad encouraging me to finish in the front, and for that one time, thanks to Tad, Will, and the rest of the team cheering me on, I put my fear and loathing aside and finished at the head of the pack. And that was why the team was so special—because Tad and Will created a group of young men who inspired the very best from each other.
-Ned Groves ’82
Last Saturday, November 13, St. Andrew’s welcomed Delaware’s Native Roots Farm Foundation (NRFF)—and its co-founders Courtney Streett ’05 and John Reynolds ’06—to campus in recognition of Native American Heritage Month. NRFF works with tribal, public, and private partners so that people from all backgrounds can celebrate local Indigenous communities and their relationships with plants. Its mission is to celebrate Native American roots, protect open space, and nourish the community with sustainably grown produce. Ultimately, NRFF’s goal is to secure land to build a public garden and sustainable farm to educate visitors about native plants and farming techniques used by the area’s first inhabitants.
Streett and Reynolds connected with students and faculty over dinner and a movie. Ms. Streett collaborated with SAGE Dining Services to create a seasonal and local dinner menu in the Dining Hall that was a modern version of what Eastern Indigenous tribes eat around this time of the year. The menu included venison stew, vegetable stew, the Three Sisters—the three main agricultural crops of Indigenous people in North America: winter squash, maize, and climbing beans—and cranberry cookies for dessert.
Following dinner, students and faculty moved to Forbes Theatre, where they enjoyed a showing of the documentary film “Gather” and participated in a discussion of “the version of US history that’s been taught to us, how food has been used as a weapon against Indigenous communities, and how food is medicine,” NRFF noted on their Instagram account. Students remained in Forbes after the film and discussion to talk further with Streett about the work of Native Roots Farm Foundation, Indigenous culture, foraging, and food.
“The stories and the work of Indigenous Americans in “Gather” has opened pathways for us to recognize, understand, and interrogate the long-term impacts of colonial violence through systemic decimation of sacred foodways,” noted Dean of Diversity Education Devin Duprey. “In our practice of Allyship To All, one of our themes of the year, and our quest to seek proximity, we are now able to ask ourselves, ‘What does it mean for us to be a part of the ‘restorative revolution’?’ Our student and adult community look forward to future collaborations between NRFF and SAS, and we’re excited to think about what we can cultivate together both on campus and in our extended Delaware community.”
“We’re so proud of Courtney’s work to shine a light on the history of native communities here on the Delmarva Peninsula, and her efforts to create a way forward through education,” shared Dean of Student Life Will Robinson ‘97. “We’ve been in conversation with her about Native Roots Farm Foundation since the summer and we feel so fortunate that she and John were willing to come to campus, share their work, and spark a needed discussion. We hope it’s the first of many in the years ahead.”
The week of the visit, the student vestry decided to donate all funds raised in chapel that week to NRFF. Concessions during the Cannon Game also benefited the foundation. School Co-Presidents Aunyae Romeo ’22 and Liam Hurtt ’22, presented Streett with a check at Thursday’s School Meeting.
“John and I are feeling inspired and energized after engaging with the St. Andrew’s community,” said Streett. “We hope the conversations we had on Saturday continue on campus and off campus when students go home and gather around their Thanksgiving tables.”
As we approach Thanksgiving week, as a community we are grateful for Courtney Streett’s work with Native Roots Farm Foundation and for taking the time to visit campus. We cannot wait to see what the future holds for Native Roots Farm Foundation!
Ben Horgan ’19 leads Washington College to first Conference Title
This past Sunday, Ben Horgan ’19, helped make history when the final whistle blew in the Centennial Conference Soccer Championship. Washington College beat Gettysburg College 2-0, which gave Washington College their first conference championship in program history. The win also punched the Shoremen's ticket to the D3 NCAA Soccer Tournament. Ben has been an integral part of the team's success. In 2020 he was the team's MVP and late in the championship match he was able to gain possession of the ball and run the clock out for over 30 seconds. The team takes on St. Lawrence in the first round of the D3 tournament, Saturday at 3:30pm.
The Head of the Charles Regatta returned after two years. St. Andrew's graduates represented and found success on the water all weekend.
Those in the rowing community know the Head of the Charles Regatta (HOCR) is one the largest rowing events in the world. More than 600 rowing clubs and 11,000 athletes—Olympians, high school rows, masters up to 87 years old, and everyone in between—compete each year at this two-day regatta in Cambridge, MA, which features 65 events. The Head of the Charles returned to Cambridge this October for the first time in two years, the regatta having been cancelled in 2020 due to COVID-19 safety concerns.
Over the years St. Andrew’s has been well represented at the Head of the Charles, and this year’s regatta was no exception. Many recent St. Andrew’s graduates were competing for their respective universities and had a lot of success on the water.
Last year’s Saints girls rowing captain, Amrit Chapman ’21, made the trip to the Head of the Charles by winning a seat in the Georgetown University varsity 4+, having dismantled all the competition in the varsity 4+ race at the Occoquan Chase in Virginia the week prior. Amrit and her crew brought home a medal, placing fifth in their race at HOCR. Two other former St. Andrew’s rowers battled it out in the Saturday afternoon women’s club eights race. Colgate senior Alex Hopkins ’18 stroked the Colgate first varsity 8+ and former SAS captain Christine Wu ’20 rowed in the 6-seat in a Dartmouth varsity 8+; Colgate and Darmouth placed 15th and 9th, respectively, in the 31-boat race.
The big highlight of the weekend was Margaret Murphy ’19 coxing the Princeton University’s women’s lightweight 8 to a gold medal. Winning gold is one thing—defeating the local Boston schools at HOCR is another, because of their familiarity with the four-mile course.
In the men’s collegiate eights event, Espen Wheeler ’19 sat in the stroke seat of the Bates College varsity 8+ and earned a medal for a fifth place finish out of 40 boats. Xander Atalay ’20 rowed in the five seat of the University of Virginia varsity 8+ and that boat finished 14th in the same event. Just two months into his first year at Trinity College, Matt Mitchell ’21 made the varsity 4+, and rowed in the two seat at HOCR, while Nick Wilmerding ’20 sat six seat in Yale’s V3 lightweight 8+.
Other Saints currently rowing in college (but who did not compete at this year’s HOCR) are Kate Butcher ’21 at University of Pennsylvania, Liz Hall ’21at Rollins College, Shap McCoy ’20 at Hamilton College, Claire Miller ’18 at Georgetown, Parkie Moseley ’20 at Wesleyan University, Alyse Ray ’20 at the US Naval Academy, and Tad Scheibe ’20 at Williams College.
While our recent graduates shined, SAS alumni also came out for the grand- and senior-master races. Steven Brownlee ’77, Peter Jacoby ’77, Michael Kadick ’75, and David Strong ’75 competed on behalf of the St. Andrew’s Alumni rowing club, as did Molly Higgins ’93, who coxed a 4+ that included George Shuster ’63 and his brothers.
Additionally, Bella Miller ’14 rowed in the two seat for Bates College in the alumnae eights race. The Bates boat placed 16th out of 47, and was the top DIII finisher in the race.
In other alumni rowing news, in late October, two full St. Andrew’s alumni eights competed in the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta in Philadelphia. SAS rowers included John Morton ’65, Jud Burke ’65, George Shuster ’63, Andy Parrish ’66, Billy Paul ’64, Ernie Cruikshank ’62, John Schoonover ’63, Mike Kadick ’75, Bob Dunn ’74, Tom Schreppler ’78, Richard Cookerly ’78, Pete Jacoby ’77, Steven Brownlee ’77, Dave Strong ’75, Gordon Brownlee ’75, and Molly Higgins ’93.
The “Noxontown Navy” has gathered together for regattas for 13 years running, and in recent months a number of the alumni rowers have faced some adversity. Realizing that this regatta might be the last time the two boats would row alongside each other in race, and with a starting position ahead of the 1960s boat, the 1970s alumni boat decided to “row slow” and waited for the 1960s boat to catch up. Choosing camaraderie over competition, the two boats rowed the rest of the 2+ mile course side-by-side.
“At the point when my leg drive was becoming rubbery enough to threaten this rower's resolve,” a member of the 1960s boat shared via email to the Nox Navy a few days after the race, “I glanced over to see you all and in that moment was able to muster a second wind that lasted through the remainder of the race. Your nobility epitomizes what it is to be an oarsperson and a St. Andrean. Experiencing that moment with you will ever be the high point of my rowing career. Thank you.”
A member of the 1970s crew wrote in response: “It was an amazing day shared, a privilege to bear witness... and to be associated with both crews. SAS is an everlasting gift to all of us.”
Excerpts from the correspondence of Jim Thomas ’58
Jim Thomas ’58 shared with us a collection of letters he wrote home to his parents during his five years at St. Andrew’s (back when we offered a II Form/8th grade year) from 1953 to 1958. Below are a selection of excerpts; we have retained Jim’s charming spelling and punctuation choices throughout.
II Form Year
September 26, 1953
I am feeling great, well, fine and happy. You don’t have to send any food, I’m getting enough to eat. But shucks if you insist, well, I imagine it could be eaten quite fast…. When meal time comes around everybody’s starved including me. The food really flows. There are lots of rules but if you just go naturally you don’t mind it…. Here is what a waiter does. 5 min. before dinner he goes into the kitchen and gets all of the plates and dishes for the meal and dessert, not including glasses and silverware because they are already on the table, salt and pepper also are. He... goes back to the kitchen and [gets] things like butter, milk, bread, and salad if any, comes back to his table [and] puts these things on the table. Bell rings, everyone comes into the dining room, grace is said and the waiter brings in the main course. He usually has to go back to the kitchen during the meal to get more. He clears the table of dishes and puts on the dessert dishes and gets dessert. The meal is finished. He clears the table and wipes it off, takes the dishes out in the kitchen. He is then through.
III Form Year
September 26, 1954
Things are going well and I am fine. Wed. we ate dinner and were occupied until lights. Thurs. up at 7:00 breakfast at 7:20. We get up a whole 15 minutes earlier this year and half to wear coats and ties all of the time. That’s really bad, isn’t it? … Sat. football game with Sidwell Friends of Wash., D.C. They beat us 24-14. Movie that night. Sun. after lunch worked in Lib. office… then went to advisors meeting where were served as follows: ice cream, cake, cookies, pepsi cola, and newspapers.
February 20, 1955
The weeks are flying by, it seems. In S.S. we are in the New Testament. We… are using a workbook that cost $1.35 called My Own Life of Crist. In English we are still reading David Copperfield while we do grammar work.... We are working on gerunds and particpals under part of speech. In Latin we are reading Julius Ceasar, not as whole, but only some of his campaigns. Mr. Voorhees draws pictures of the battles on the board from time to time to keep us straight. He also has what he calls “the happy question hour”, in which the class asks him questions about to translate Latin. I think his is taking a sabaticle next year and I shall miss his roaring classes. His classes are very funny.
IV Form Year
September 25, 1955
I am well and feeling great. Football is going great. I feel more at home this year. I know the score. Bio is going to be fun. I have signed up for acolyte this week, something new. He is the boy [who] lights the candles. P.S. I ripped my gaberdine [sic] pants hacking in the dorm.
February 13, 1956
Your tie you sent me arrived Friday after confirmation or at least that’s when I found out I had a package. Thank you. It is a great tie. I wore [it] to the afternoon dance Saturday. The girls arrive Friday afternoon to watch wrestling win and basketball lose. The speciality of the weekend was the square dance Saturday night. It was real hillbilly style. The only trouble was that the stags couldn’t break in much. After the girls left Sunday, Charles Knight and I went walking down Appoquinimink Creek. We saw many mallards, herring, gulls, several hawks... great blue heron, black ducks, and blackbirds by the million. We looked up and saw a turkey vulture, no, America’s national bird, the Bald Eagle. It was soaring over the trees and without a doubt one could see the white [head] and flat wings… I always get a thrill out of seeing this majestic bird.
VI Form Year
September 29, 1957
Today I spent collecting mud for my project. Larry Harris and I went over to Noxontown Dam by Mrs. Ellison’s Mill and dredged a bit of mud from the bottom of Appoquinimink Creek. I wanted to get mud with a higher salinity and maybe find some different animals in it. My project is called a comparative study of the bottom muds of Nox. Pond, Silver Lake, and Appoq. Creek. I now have six jars of mud and must get more as soon as I can because the time for collecting will be past in a couple of weeks, so Mr. Amos says. Most of my work will be microscopic but I hope to find some large stuff. Mr. Amos is talking about going down to Lewis [Lewes, Delaware] and collecting some specimens there.
February 26, 1958
Monday, our VI Form holiday, Mr. Schmolze called me into his office and showed me my acceptance from the Univ. of N.C. So it looks as if I get my grades back up you will have the accomplishment of getting all three sons into college. Looks like I am fortunate to get my first choice. Zoo is coming fine still… project is progressing. I now have six cores. Went out Sunday and chopped five holes in the ice at 20 foot intervals across [Pell’s] cove. Ice was 4” thick with 3” of frozen snow on top. I now have to study different layers. There are about ten, maybe more. Mr. Amos suggests that I send an article to some magazine when [I] get farther long in [my study of] cores.