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Magazine 2009

SALEM ACADEMY Magazine Susan E. Pauly President Karl J. Sjolund Head of School Vicki Williams Sheppard C’82 Vice President of Institutional Advancement Alumnae Office Megan Ratley C’06, Director of Academy Alumnae Relations Published by the Office of Communications and Public Relations Jacqueline McBride, Director Ellen Schuette, Associate Director Contributing Writers: Karl Sjolund, Lucia Uldrick, Wynne Overton, Megan Ratley, Lorie Howard, Rose Simon, Ellen Schuette and Mary Lorick Thompson Designer: Carrie Leigh Dickey C’00 Photography: Alan Calhoun, Allen Aycock. Class reunion photos by Snyder Photography. The Salem Academy Magazine is published by Salem Academy, 500 East Salem Avenue, Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27101. This publication is mailed to alumnae, faculty, staff, parents and friends of Salem. Salem Academy welcomes qualified students regardless of race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, religion or disability to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities of this institution. For additional information about any programs or events mentioned in this publications, please write, call, email or visit: Alumnae Office Salem Academy 500 East Salem Avenue Winston-Salem, NC 27101 336/721-2664 Email: Website: On the cover: The Salem Academy graduating class of 2009.

SaleM aCaDeMy aluMnae: Online COMMunity
in the coming months we will be implementing an online community for all academy alumnae to use through the school website: after logging in with a unique username and password, alumnae will be able to submit and read class notes, submit bio updates, register for reunion weekend and other events, as well as many other exciting things. Please check back often and contact the alumnae Office with any questions or comments! Megan Ratley C’06 Salem academy Director of alumnae Relations 336/721-2664

Save the Date: Reunion Weekend ApRil 23-25, 2010

Commencement 2009 ........................... 4 . Girls School Graduates ............................ 7 Tag Room Tidings ................................... 8 DADs Meet at the Academy ................. 15 . New Website ......................................... 16 Celebrate International Day .................. 16 Suscessful Theatrical Productions........... 17 An Update on Admissions ..................... 18 Sisters Merit Scholarship Program ......... 19 Margaret Driscoll Townsend A’81 ......... 20 . Alumnae Board Lunch .......................... 21 Annual Fund News ............................... 21 Alumnae News ...................................... 22 Emily Cathey A’95 ................................ 24 Capital Campaign ................................. 25 Burkette Receives Comenius Award ...... 25 . Jaqui Moore Sherrill A’98 ...................... 26 Salem Trivia Challenge .......................... 27 Amber Gruner A’08 .............................. 28 . Reunion Photos .................................... 30 . Legacy Photos ....................................... 36

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Magazine 2009

A Messa�e �rom the President
As I write this letter, we are celebrating the arrival of our new and returning students to Salem Academy. It’s an exhilarating time of year here at Salem – full of beloved traditions, new academic challenges and blossoming friendships – and we look forward to it all summer. It’s particularly gratifying that we’ve seen a 9.4 percent increase in the number of boarding students over last year, an exciting change that enhances the educational experience of everyone on campus. Also exciting is that this past spring, we not only finished our combined campaign by raising $76 million (surpassing the goal of $75 million) but also surpassed the annual-fund goal for the Academy. Thank you for your incredible support of this institution, and please see the insert elsewhere in this magazine for more details. I’m delighted to report that we accomplished many other important goals during 2008-2009, the first year of our five-year strategic plan for the Academy. We focused on four different areas – fostering academic distinction; establishing a presence as a center for women’s wellness; enhancing the boarding experience; and enhancing facilities – and I invite you to read more about these successes elsewhere in this magazine. Here is a brief recap: To foster academic distinction, we held a very successful international day on March 18 with student presentations, workshops on intercultural communications and guest speakers; dedicated a portion of our new website to global initiatives; and hosted a delegation of Chinese high-school administrators to explore a future Jan Term exchange. To enrich the boarding experience, we expanded the weekly e-newsletter to parents; designed a section on the website just for parents; and modified the daily class schedule to include weekly advisor/advisee time. To establish a presence as a center for women’s wellness, we conducted two Academy assemblies this year on wellness issues; began regular group counseling and support groups to deal with life issues for our students; and created a DADs group (Discussion Around Daughters) to help fathers better understand the life of the 21st century teenaged girl. And finally, we began a period of enhancing facilities by renovating two faculty/staff apartments in Emma Bahnson dormitory and

the public restrooms in the Bahnson and Carolina Shaffner wings. Even as we celebrate goals achieved, we are already hard at work on year-two of the strategic plan. Just a few objectives during 2009-2010 that we are addressing include designing a Jan Term trip option that is service-oriented and more affordable; instituting a seated-lunch program for at least one day each week in addition to the existing weekly advisor luncheon; establishing an herb garden to provide fresh seasonings for meals served to students, faculty, staff and guests; and completing the initial design phase for renovating the Shaffner and Bahnson residence halls. All of these goals have been designed with our core values in mind. One of those values is “community.” Every day, in a hundred different ways, it manifests itself at the Academy. It can be heard in the dining room as students enjoy Miss Shirley’s chocolatey good Hello Dollies with other students and staff, or meet with their faculty advisors to talk about how classes are going. It is visible on the playing fields as girls pass the ball to each other in seamless synchronization. It is in the excited voices of new students as they find out whether they are “Purple” or “Gold,” and it fills the classroom when a student conveys her passion for a particular subject through a thoughtful presentation to her peers. The sense of sisterhood is not confined to the Academy campus, however. It is present in the wider world, too, as our students complete Jan Term internships, take courses around the world and succeed at colleges and universities where they become leaders and scholars. And, as always, sisterhood shines through our incredible alumnae, who support the Academy in so many ways and are role models for our students. At Salem Academy, community has never meant uniformity. Since our founding in 1772, each girl has brought her unique gifts to our community. But the bonds of sisterhood connect everyone across differences and provide support as each young woman takes her own intellectual life journey, secure in the knowledge that her individuality will be celebrated and her place in the community honored.

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Dr. Susan E. Pauly

MeSSage fROM the

Head of School, Karl Sjolund
There was a time when I enjoyed retrieving my newspaper from the front porch every morning. I’m afraid it hasn’t been much fun lately. For over a year now, about the only good financial news I’ve been receiving has come from the coupon section where I can save 50 cents on a jar of pasta sauce at the local grocer. Of course, they jacked up the price of the wholewheat fettuccini, so it’s basically a wash at this point. On the bright side, at least I’m not losing any ground when it comes to dinner. When it comes to the world of investments, however, it’s difficult to find much in the way of good news these days. Between banks, insurance companies, auto companies and the overall stock market, it seems that whatever appeared to This is a warm and caring community, but there are no paths of least resistance on which to travel around here. It is a very different world than the one most teenagers experience. Rather than seeing their high school days through the social lens – boyfriends, cliques, cafeteria drama – our students see their experience much more through the academic lens, as in who’s the toughest teacher, what girl is a math wiz, I have another rewrite to do tonight, etc. We expect more from our girls, and they deliver. As a result, I’m convinced they are far better prepared for college and beyond than the vast majority of high school graduates out there. It’s not that they won’t be challenged; it’s just that they’ve also been taught to face and embrace challenge rather than shy away from it. It is for all these reasons that every graduation day, rather than looking ahead to the future for their first great accomplishment, our students will be able to look back and see the really big one they’ve just put in their pocket. 
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Every high school hands out diplomas, but not all high schools are created equal. – Sjolund
be a good investment a year or so ago has gone into the tank. And yet, regardless of how other investments are doing, I can assure you that there’s one that will continue to increase in value: an Academy education. Every high school hands out diplomas, but not all high schools are created equal. Graduating from Salem Academy is an extraordinary accomplishment. It takes a whole lot of character and a very determined spirit to push through to the end. Indeed, it’s something that does not come easily to anyone, because it means accepting a more challenging workload in a culture that often seeks the path of least resistance. Aristotle said, “Education is the best provision for old age.” Indeed, the three things that we talk to our students about on a regular basis – the three things they truly “own” – are their faith, their honor and their education. When the values of all the other assets are heading south, the investments they have made in these three essential areas will serve as a port in any storm. These are the values we speak of every day at the Academy, which is why I believe our families can pat themselves on the back when it comes to investing in their daughter’s education. This one is sure to pay off!

COMMenCeMent 2009
was a National Merit finalist; a member of the National Honor Society; and a participant in Mu Alpha Theta, the Mathematics face-off team, French honor society and the French and ecology club. She won the 2008 Summer Ventures Catalyst Award in science at Appalachian State. She also received, the day before Salem’s commencement, the prestigious Dobbins Excellence in Science award and the Jess Byrd English Award. The daughter of Janet and Christopher Call of Lexington, NC, Rebecca is now in UNC- Chapel Hill’s six-year pharmacy program. The second student speaker for commencement was the first honor graduate, Molly deCristo. For more on Molly, who also received the Sister Oesterlein award for 2008-09, see page 6. The third and final student speaker for commencement The May Dell was bright and sunny on Saturday, May 30 as seniors and their family and friends assembled for com- was senior class president, Quinn Cartall, a four-year boarding student from San Antonio, Texas. Quinn was elected mencement 2009. Salem Academy is known for its many traditions during to be on the student council as a ninth grader, and also served during the senior/faculty breakfast. She played three commencement. One is the announcement of the annual sports - field hockey, basketball and soccer that year – and Faculty Award, and another is having the first and second was a member of the cultural affairs and Spanish clubs. As honor graduates and the senior class president speak during a sophomore, she was the class vice president, played field graduation. hockey and golf (was rookie of the year) and was also part of The Faculty Award is made each year to a senior who, in the eyes of the faculty, most clearly exemplifies consistent the interview committee for the new head of school. During junior year, she was class vice president, Spanish club presitrustworthiness; maturity in relationships with peers and adults; a high degree of concern and consideration for others; dent and Fellowship Council representative. The daughter of Rebecca and Bryan Cartall of San Antonio Texas, she is now consistent responsibility in fulfilling obligations both coma first-year student at Queens University. munal and personal; and the courage of her convictions. The 2008-09 winner, nichole Forvour-Mcnew, from ReMaRkS by Quinn CaRtall, New Jersey, was a four-year boarding student. She was an SeniOR ClaSS PReSiDent: May 2009 honor guide and a member of the yearbook staff as a ninth grader, and by the time she reached her sophomore year, she When asked what I was elected to serve as a member of the Honor Cabinet. She consider to be the most valuable thing on earth, was reelected to serve in this cabinet during each of her remaining years at Salem. She was the 2008-09 House Council I hesitated because there is so much I value deeply president this year and the co-chair of the Arts Exhibition in this world. I thought committee. The daughter of Lori and Franklin McNew, long and hard, and in the Nichole is now a first-year student at Rutgers University. midst of my thoughts, The first student speaker for commencement was the remembered one of the second honor graduate, Rebecca Call. Rebecca, a four-year many lessons taught in day student from Lexington, NC, was a four-year runner, captain and leadership-award recipient in cross country. She Mrs. Overton’s European was a member of the Spirit ensemble and a section leader in history class. In the year 1360 Glee club. She was a United Way volunteer, teacher’s asHenry de Vick designed sistant at Diggs Elementary and one of the very best honor the first mechanical clock with an hour hand for King guides in the Academy. On top of these activities, Rebecca 

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Charles V of France. This mechanical clock brought regularity to life, work and to markets; it gave time itself a new value. I then realized that this is what I consider to be one of, if not the most, valuable of resources in this world. Time is required for all we do. It is the prerequisite for all that we become. Each of us is allotted the same, exact amount of hours every day. Too often, however, we feel there is not quite enough of it in any given day. Time is a special commodity that cannot be saved for later and waits for no one; if wasted, you cannot get it back. Time is often said to fly, but it is not so much the time that flies as we who waste it; and wasted time is worse than no time at all. “I wasted time,” Shakespeare makes Richard II say, “and now time doth waste me.” For this reason the gift from the senior class of 2009 is atomic clocks throughout the building. I hope these atomic clocks bring as much, if not more, regularity to your life and work, as they did in the year 1360. May our gift to you help in realizing the true value of every minute of your time here

at Salem Academy. And whoever remembers this can never willingly waste a single moment of his or her life. I further encourage you students to spend your time wisely, not only in the classroom, but also with friends, faculty and family. Cherish it dearly and choose wisely because before you know it, you, too, will be standing where we are today in your white cap and gown, and your time spent here will all too soon be reduced to memories gone before. Thank you for all your time, not only today, but also these past four years because to me, your time is invaluable. Fellow classmates, we have the fortune of having made friendships that will last a lifetime. I want to thank you for being my friends, and always being by my side. I love you guys so much and am very proud of you not only for being who you are and who you have become, but also for making it this far. We did it! 

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2009 OeSteRlein awaRD gOeS tO MOlly DeCRiStO

Salem Academy senior Molly DeCristo of Winston-Salem received the Elisabeth Oesterlein Award – the school’s highest honor for a member of the graduating class – during Founders Day ceremonies held in April. The Oesterlein Award is named in honor of Salem’s first teacher when it was founded as a school for girls in 1772. Candidates are nominated by members of the entire Salem community – faculty, staff and fellow students – and each nominee must compete against other truly outstanding seniors. Among the criteria are: attend Salem all four years of high school; make a notable contribution to the quality of life at Salem and exemplify quality leadership; and be conscientious and diligent in the pursuit of academic excellence, attaining at least a 3.0 average overall. DeCristo was named the first honor graduate for the senior class. She was a commencement marshal for grades 9-11 (an honor reserved for the students with the top GPA in the class) as well as a member of the National Honor Society, National Latin Honor Society and National Spanish Honor Society. DeCristo held numerous leadership posts during her Academy years including serving as senior class representative to the Honor Cabinet, freshman class president and president of Mu Alpha Theta, the math honor society. She played softball for the Academy all four years. She received the Citizenship Honor Award from her peers during her junior year, and was named to the Softball All Conference Team for the Triad Athletic Conference during her junior year. She has played the piano for 11 years and during her sophomore year won first place, advanced division, in the George and Ruby Moxley Memorial Piano Scholarship competition. DeCristo attended the N.C. Governor’s School West for natural science in summer 2008, and her Jan Term internships included one at Targacept Inc. and one with the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee in Washington, DC. She is the daughter of James and Marianne DeCristo of Winston-Salem, NC, and is attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Salem Academy students received 138 acceptances to some of the country’s top colleges and universities, and were awarded millions in merit aid.
the university of alabama albany College of Pharmacy appalachian State university art institute of Charlotte berry College boston College boston university butler university university of California, San Diego Case western Reserve university the Catholic university of america Centre College university of Colorado, boulder Denver university of Connecticut College of Charleston Converse College Dartmouth College Drake university Drexel university Duke emory university fordham university furman gettysburg College george washington university hampton university harding university university of hartford high Point university howard university university of illinois, urbana-Champaign indiana university, bloomington ithaca College James Madison university Johns hopkins university lamar university lenoir Rhyne university Marquette university Marshall university Maryland institute College of art Marymount Manhattan College Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & health Sciences university of Massachusetts, amherst university of Miami new york university university of north Carolina at asheville at Chapel hill at Charlotte at greensboro at wilmington north Carolina State university northeastern university northwestern university university of notre Dame Oberlin College Parsons School of Design Pratt institute Purdue university Queens university Rensselaer Polytechnic institute university of Rhode island Rice university Rider university Roanoke College Rutgers university, new brunswick Saint Joseph’s university Saint Mary’s College of California Savannah College of art and Design university of South Carolina university of the Sciences in Philadelphia university of the South, Sewanee St. John’s university - Queens Campus Stevens institute of technology Suffolk University Suny College at fredonia Syracuse university university of tennessee, knoxville university of texas, San antonio vassar College virginia tech wake forest university warren wilson College university of washington washington and lee university washington university in St. louis west virginia university College of william and Mary williams College winthrop university university of wisconsin, Madison Xavier university 

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Have Documented Advantages
giRlS’ SChOOl gRaDuateS
This past spring, UCLA’s Higher Education Research Institute released the results of a well-documented study that shows a statistically significant advantage for graduates of girls’ schools like Salem Academy. Commissioned by the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools (NCGS) of which Salem Academy is a member, the UCLA study offers the first-ever peer-reviewed research on the subject. Ever since educators observed that girls tend to slide in confidence and academic achievement in early adolescence, interest in girls’ schools has risen. Yet, single-sex education has defied rigorous analysis due to confounding demographic and other influences. The results of this new study, drawn from a large blind sample of alumnae from coed and girls’ schools across the country, give educators more facts to support their theories. According to the UCLA report, girls’ school graduates consistently assess their abilities, self-confidence, engagement and ambition as either above average or in the top at the start of college compared to their peers from coed schools. • More than 80 percent of girls’ school graduates consider their academic performance highly successful compared to 75 percent of women from coed schools. On the intellectual front, 60 percent of women from girls’ schools report self-confidence, compared to 54 percent from coed schools. • Nearly half of all women graduating from single-sex schools (or 44.6 percent) rate their public speaking ability high, compared to 38.5 percent of women graduates of coed schools. A similar differential exists for writing abilities: 64.2 percent of girls’ school graduates assess their writing as high, compared to 58.8 percent women graduates of coed schools. • Girls’ school graduates are three times more likely than their coed peers to consider pursuing a career in engineering; or 4.4 percent compared to 1.4 percent. • More girls’ school graduates consider college a stepping stone to graduate school (71 percent versus 66 percent from coed schools) and 45 percent of women from single-sex schools (compared to 41 percent of their coed peers) choose a college in part for its record of alumnae gaining admission to graduate school. Lucia Uldrick, director of admissions at Salem Academy, says the findings reinforce what she and other admin • Salem Academy

Girls’ school graduates consistently assess their abilities, self-confidence, engagement and ambition as either above average or in the top 10 percent.
10 percent. Compared to their coed peers, they have more confidence in their mathematics and computer abilities and study longer hours. They are more likely to pursue careers in engineering, engage in political discussions, keep current with political affairs and see college as a stepping stone to graduate school, the study found. Among the findings of the new data from UCLA’s nationwide study of women entering their first year of college are these: • Ten percent more girls’ school graduates rate their confidence in math and computer abilities high istrators have heard Academy graduates say over the years about their experience in a single-sex institution. “The idea that Salem girls can do or be anything is not a foreign concept by the time they graduate because they have been challenged to do and try new things for their entire highschool education,” she comments. For more information about the National Coalition for Girls’ Schools study, visit the NCGS website:

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MiSS t’S CORneR by Mary lorick thompson, Dean of Students and assistant head of School

I came to Salem Academy in 1972, so to say that I’ve seen many, many girls come through the Academy doors is an understatement! I’m often asked how the Academy girls of today compare with the girls of the past. Of course, there are some differences. When I joined the Academy, the girls seemed very much alike: their viewpoints, their backgrounds, even their clothes and the way they wore their hair. There were some free spirits then, of course, but they expressed themselves in fairly conservative ways. Today’s Academy is a little different. During the years that I’ve been here, we as a school have worked very hard to develop a diverse community where there is mutual acceptance and support, and where everyone is free to be who they are. There is a more obvious mix these days of races, religions, geographical backgrounds and different views of the world, but every one still is liked and accepted. And we’ve learned from other students, too. In the 1980s and 1990s, we had a large number of students from the Middle East, and their experiences and perspective on world events was valuable to all of us. This year we’ll have 47 international boarding students, many from Asia, and they also will enrich the Academy experience. Another difference, I believe, is that fewer students are at the Academy without being actively involved in choosing to go here. This is no longer a school where a young girl is told she “must” attend whether she wants to or not. Visitors to the Academy remark to me that every single person seems happy to be here: they smile, they have energy, they

engage on all sorts of levels with anyone on campus. There is no sense of students or staff or faculty being here because they have to be here. Some things will never change, however, about the Academy, and those are our core values: sense of integrity, a belief in the honor system, feeling personal and social responsibility and having a willingness to be challenged. Those were values that led the Single Sisters to open a school that educated girls, and to take the bold step of spinning off a college when those girls wanted even more education than was available. The Moravians were extremely successful at changing what needed to be changed, but keeping the basics alive, and I think they would be happy with today’s Academy. They might even have been among the first educators to embrace the new technology! I’ve realized that even students who struggle here at first, or don’t finish here, feel a positive connection to the Academy. For example, I can think of a student who left after only one year but still visits the Academy every summer and wants her daughter to attend. She still feels part of the Academy. I also think of a young woman years ago who came as a ninth grader, went home over the holidays and locked herself in her bedroom, refusing to go back. Her parents took the door off its hinges and persuaded her to give it one more try. She spent four happy years at the Academy and is now a very successful attorney. Don’t worry, so many of the “old” traditions are still very much apart of Academy life. Everyone is either a gold or purple when they come. Students still serve at the holiday Lovefeast, we still put charms in the smoosh cake to predict seniors’ futures. The tag room is still where everyone checks in and out, and we still have senior day where the cars are decorated in all sorts of amazing ways. The same wonderful Hello Dollys are made with the same old recipe and still popular in the dining room! You might say that the trappings may be different in today’s Academy, but the core is the same! 

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blitz hOPPe ReCeiveS MeDal

Eleanor Elizabeth “Blitz” Hoppe, daughter of Mark and Betsy Hoppe of Winston-Salem, earned the Congressional Award Gold Medal and was recognized at a ceremony, reception and week-long celebration held in June in Washington, DC. The Congressional Award is the United States Congress’ award for young Americans. It is non-partisan, voluntary and non-competitive. The program is open to all 14- to 23-yearolds. To earn a gold medal, participants must complete more than 400 hours of volunteer service as well as excel in three other areas: personal development, physical fitness and expeditions and explorations. Hoppe gave her voluntary service hours to Salem Academy as well as to Salemtowne Moravian Retirement Community and the Children’s Center for the Physically Handicapped, where she remains active. For the personal development area, she studied for the SAT, researched colleges to which she is interested in applying and studied nutrition to become better informed about long-term health and fitness. For physical fitness, she pursued both team sports and individual sports, as well as a strength-training regime that resulted in better overall fitness and endurance. Her expeditions and explorations requirement consisted of taking hikes and planning trips to cities she had never visited. Hoppe, a graduate of Summit School and now a senior benCini ReCeiveS weStOn awaRD at Salem Academy, plays varsity sports, serves on the Fellowship Council and is president of the Student Council for fOR faCulty eXCellenCe 2009 The Parents Board of 2009-2010. Salem Academy established Pictured at start of article: Blitz Hoppe was congratulated by the Joel Weston Award for Senator Richard M. Burr. Faculty Excellence in memory of Joel Weston and to honor fROSt ReCeiveS heaDMaSteR’S the faculty and staff of Salem awaRD fOR 2009 Academy. The first award The Elsie Nunn Headmaswas presented in the spring ter’s Award was established in of 1986; recent winners have honor of Elsie Nunn, one of the included Eileen Cahill, most distinguished teachers in Jean Thrower and Mary the long history of Salem AcadLorick Thompson. emy. A mathematics teacher at the Academy for 40 years, Miss The selection committee for this year’s Weston Award was made up of the head of school, Karl Sjolund; the chair Nunn understood that great teachers do a lot more than just of the Parents Association, Marianne DeCristo; the president of the student council, Emily Daubert; the president teach their subject matter. She dedicated her life to her students, of the honor cabinet, Hannah Grose; and the president

became involved in their lives outside the classroom and was always there when needed. The purpose of the Elsie Nunn Headmaster’s Award is to recognize faculty at Salem Academy who reflect the spirit of responsibility and dedication to service which Miss Nunn exemplified. To qualify for the award, the person must meet the following criteria: - selfless and cheerful service; - positive relationships with students, faculty and staff and; - a willingness to go beyond the requirements of duty. This year’s recipient of the Elsie Nunn Headmaster’s Award was Gloria Frost, Salem Academy’s librarian. Frost is the guiding light behind the library and its importance in the life of students and teachers. She is also the advisor to the junior class and the cultural awareness club; a member of the OCPC and the technology committee; and involved in a host of other areas and activities at the Academy. Indeed, Frost has pitched in to help in every way possible over the past 17 years. When she’s asked to chaperone a trip, she says yes; when a teacher asks her if she’s got a little money in her budget to buy some piece of equipment for a classroom, she says yes; when she was asked to move on dorm, she said yes. As Karl Sjolund, head of school, put it, “She is the ultimate team player, but more important than that, she’s also a dear friend to every one of us at the Academy.” Congratulations, Gloria!

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Left to right: Dr. Kim Dansie, Child Psychologist; Dr. Jenifer Geisler, Veterinarian; Gianna Bryan, Pharmacist; Dawn Banks, Pediatric Nurse; Candide Jones, WFU University Press; Melrose Buchanan, Artist; Corinne Auman, Psychology Professor, Elon University; Deanna Stokes, Head Women’s Basketball Coach, WSSU; Joann Sofis Gibson, Financial Planner; Ivy Robinson, Wedding and Event Planner; Jenna Sariss, Actuary; Kim Taylor, Interior Designer

of the senior class, Quinn Cartall. Criteria for the award included a minimum of three years’ employment at the Academy; excellence in classroom teaching and relations with students; and excellence in overall contribution to the total Academy program. This year’s recipient was Cathy Bencini. Bencini has taught Spanish at the Academy since the fall of 1997. She is chair of the foreign language department, and advisor to both the Spanish club and the junior class. She has taken students on Jan Term trips in the past and is leading the trip in January 2010 to her native country, Peru. Bencini is an excellent teacher. In fact, one student described her as the “dream” teacher, because she “sets you up for success but leaves the studying and achievement up to you.” Among her many gifts, Bencini notices and acknowledges hard work and celebrates the triumphs of every student. She truly makes a connection with the girls in

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her class, which is why she’s one of those teachers students remember for a lifetime.

CaReeR Day

Pictured to the top left: Career Day was conceived by Kelen Walker, college counselor, and is held every two years. This past spring’s event brought alumnae and guests from a wide range of careers to the Academy to talk about their own career paths as well as make suggestions and give advice to students. The day culminated in a luncheon where Michelle Kennedy, newscaster for WXII TV 12 in WinstonSalem, was the keynote speaker.

tag ROOM

Pictured to the top right: It’s traditional at Salem Academy for seniors to celebrate the last day of classes. And since the tag room is the hub of daily Academy student activity, seniors wanted to be sure it was decorated appropriately.

aCaDeMy StaffeRS weD

June 20, 2009 was an exciting day for two Salem Academy staff members. Melissa Beals, assistant athletic director, health/physical education teacher and coach, wed Chris Vaughan, math teacher and cross-country coach. Melissa, a native of Boston, MA, spent many childhood summers with her grandfather in Kennebunkport, Maine so she chose this location

for her special day. The wedding ceremony was held at St. Ann’s Episcopal Church followed by a reception at the Nonantum Resort. Melissa, a graduate of Springfield College and Boston University, came to Salem after spending one year in Durham, NC teaching as a missionary. Chris, a WinstonSalem native and graduate of Mt. Tabor High School and Wake Forest University, joined the Salem staff last year after teaching at Reynolds High School for six years. While teaching and coaching at Salem, Chris is also enrolled in the MBA program at Wake Forest and is scheduled to graduate in August 2010. Since returning from their honeymoon in Turks and Caicos, Chris and Melissa have had little time to relax as the planning for a new school and athletic year came along quickly. Congratulations to the happy Academy couple!

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Each morning, our staff of trained and enthusiastic counselors came early to set up the fields for morning circuits. The campers arrived each day, full of youthful energy With everything and excitement. Campers tackled various personal and team challenges including lacrosse, archery, soccer, tennis, golf, tfrom seed-spitting ball and basketball. Parents enjoyed picking up their weary contests to instrucyoungsters after lunch each day so that they could rest up tional swimming for the events of the next day. to archery, Salem’s second annual sports Boys were in abundance – something not commonly seen on Salem’s athletic fields – as they enjoyed the comcamp during summer 2009 introduced petitive and challenging atmosphere. young people to the In our Soar! Roar! Score! Sports Camp, Salem specializes in offering something for every young camper, regardwonderful world less of ability, background, or experience. of athletics. Salem During the three weeks of camp, we were blessed with enjoyed hosting more than 140 campers, ages four to 11, in our Soar! Roar! Score! Sports Camp. Attendees included excellent weather. As camp came to a close, new friends children of alumnae, faculty and staff as well as many from were made and new sports learned with enough memories to last a lifetime. the local community.

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have yOu Met … aCaDeMy faCulty MeMbeRS winkleR anD allen?
Get to know two of Salem Academy’s fine faculty members! We’ve collected facts as well as little-known tidbits on both. Sarah Winkler, English teacher, graduated as a member of Phi Beta Kappa from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. in 2005 with a major in English and a minor in women’s studies. During her undergraduate career, she spent a term studying at University College Dublin, Ireland. She earned her master’s in English in 2007 at Wake Forest University. Prior to teaching at Salem, she worked at the Wake Forest University Writing Center, Wake Forest University Press and the Governor’s School of South Carolina at the College of Charleston. A native of Baltimore, M.D., she enjoys reading, writing, cooking, film and traveling.

paul Allen, who teaches physics and environmental science, holds a B.S from the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, MD and an M.S. Ed. from Old Dominion University. He joined Salem in 2006 from Virginia Beach, where he taught physics and AP physics for two years in a large public high school. Before beginning his teaching adventure, he served in the Navy for 23 years as a surface warfare officer, deploying numerous times to the Mediterranean basin, the Middle East and Central America, and serving in a NATO headquarters in Naples, Italy. In his rare spare time he enjoys reading, discovering truth and outdoor activities, including running, bicycling, backpacking and rowing. Favorite book as a child: As I recall, my favorite childhood reading was books in the mystery genre. I was a fan of the “Hardy Boys” series of novels, after which I moved up to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s accounts of Sherlock Holmes. Favorite spot on the Salem Academy campus: By the stream that runs through the May Dell. I don’t get there as often as I would like to, but I find it a peaceful bit of nature in the city. Main fault: My main fault is difficult to pin down, but I am a recovering “workaholic perfectionist”.
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Favorite book as a child: I memorized most of my childhood books. In particular, I remember that I knew In the People House by heart so that my parents or grandparents couldn’t get away with skipping a few pages! As a teenager, I loved the short stories of Flannery O’ Connor. Favorite Spot on Campus: The May Dell. Main fault: Being too quick to judge. Main virtue: Patience.

Main virtue: I suppose my main virtue may be that I’m becoming more aware of my faults, acknowledging them and dealing with them. If I could live anywhere in the world: I would like very much to again live in southern Italy. We had the privilege of living near Naples for several years, and the Navy moved us before we were ready to leave. I am happiest when: I am with my bride and children, especially when we are engaged in an activity we all enjoy. I also derive great pleasure from being outside, hiking, running or bicycling. My personal motto: I’ve borrowed mine from the apostle Paul: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

If I could live anywhere in the world: I don’t think I could pick one place. Maybe somewhere near an airport so I could travel all the time! I am happiest when: I am traveling or learning something new. My personal motto: “Life is much too important a thing ever to talk seriously about it.” – Oscar Wilde

Salute tO thRee MiSSeS by kaRl SJOlunD

Hello Dollies, Salem Rolls, Crazy Cake and a whole host of fabulous soups for more years than most of us have Ecclesiastes 9:10 says, “Whatever your hand finds to do, do been on this planet. And every batch is made with the it with all your might.” same devotion she had when she made her first batch half a century ago. Well, for many years, there’s been a small group of Finally, Miss Thelma has moved beyond the 50women at Salem Academy that I believe have taken that year mark and is working on year number 54. For those verse to heart. In a school like ours, not all the teaching is health-conscious folks who suggest fried chicken isn’t good done on a blackboard or in rows of desks. Indeed, the lessons for you, I submit they’ve never tried Miss Thelma’s fried of work ethic, devotion and loyalty are all hollow lessons if chicken. I guarantee you’ll feel good after eating it…and they’re not backed up by living examples. We need people that goes for her meatloaf, too! For more than half a cenof character – names that we can point to and say, “See this tury, we have counted on Miss Thelma to minister to this person…watch her, and do what she does.” We need role community through her gift of cooking. It matters to her, models, and I can think of none better than three ladies with just as it matters to the other two ladies, that she gets it

“We need role models, and there are none better than three ladies with nearly 10 years of combined experience working at Salem.”
nearly 140 years of combined experience working at Salem: Barbara Goodwine, Shirley Smith and Thelma Russell. Miss Barbara has been at Salem for 35 years. It is difficult to imagine the Academy without her electric smile greeting us every morning at breakfast time. The dining hall is always ready, because she has carefully tended to every detail. She loves the girls and shows that love with countless daily gestures – not the least of which is delivering cookies during cookie break! Miss Shirley has just started her 50th year at the Academy. She has been back in the kitchen making her famous right every time. As far as I’m concerned, she hasn’t missed yet. These are three of the friendliest, most encouraging, honest and hard-working employees Salem has ever had. And most of what they do, they do without fanfare. They quietly show up every day and go about the essential business of meeting one of our most basic human needs – the need to feel loved.

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Pictured above, from left to right: Shirley Smith, Barbara Goodwine and Thelma Russell

DADs Meet at the Academy
The following article is adapted from one published in the June 2009 Forsyth Family magazine. The DADs group has already planned meetings and events for the 2009-2010 academic year, including a dad/daughter bike ride on the Virginia Creeper Trail. For information on meetings, check the website at

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A recent study estimates that while mothers spend an average of eight minutes a day talking to their daughters, fathers spend only three. That’s a statistic that concerns DADs (Discussions Around Daughters) – a volunteer group formed by fathers – and they are determined to change it, at least in their own families. That’s why last spring a group of volunteer fathers formed the DADs group, which meets monthly so that members may talk about their daughters. The group is primarily made up of dads who live locally, although all Academy fathers are welcome to participate when they are in town. The only rule is that everyone agrees to confidentiality, allowing the dads to more freely express their thoughts and concerns. One member of DADs, Karl Sjolund, is wearing two hats: he’s not only the Head of School but also the father of twin girls, aged 12. So his role is partly to help guide the discussion – making observations about Academy procedures and policies – and partly to gain knowledge he can apply at home. Topics for each meeting are decided upon by the group. One meeting last spring covered technology and how texting, Facebook and other “social networking” opportunities are affecting the lives of girls. Another time, the group heard about issues facing teenage girls from speaker Jenny Orr, the fulltime counselor at the Academy. Orr talked about five different issues that many counselors are seeing when they deal with today’s teenage girls: self-injury, such as cutting; eating disorders (anorexia, bulimia and BED, or binge eating disorder); depression; anxiety; and what she called “peers and parents,” or the pressures associated with friends and family expectations. She led the dads through a definition of each issue and handed out worksheets that they could take home and read. Orr assures the dads that their daughters are in good hands at school. “Sadly, these are common issues in high schools across the country,” she said. “The difference at

Salem Academy lies in our nurturing community. The girls truly watch out for each other and feel free to express their concerns if they see someone who is struggling. That is not always the case at other schools.” “Although the group has only met a few times, I have found it to be very beneficial,” says Jim DeCristo, father of two Academy daughters and involved again in DADs this fall. “Sharing the challenges parents face and how they address them provides you with new approaches to solving problems and more important, may help you to avoid mistakes.”

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New Website

During the 0809 school year, the Academy engaged FinalSite, a web development company, to help upgrade Salem’s website. We needed a website that was easy to work with, had up-to-date information for current and prospective families and was truly representative of our student body. FinalSite worked with Salem to create a beautiful website that is easy to use; it was unveiled in March 2009 and is certainly seeing increased traffic (for example, there were 8,164 site visits between Aug. 1 and Sept. 1, 2009). In today’s boarding-school market, many families use the internet as their first “visit” to a school. Students and

their parents find out much of their information online and then decided which schools are worth visiting. Also important is being able to show videos of special events as they happen to prospective as well as current students and families, and the new website allows us to do that. Other features of the new website include athletics schedules (along with directions to each playing site); the ability to work through the site to design and send complementary electronic newsletters to parents of students and to alumnae; and a schoolwide calendar that is automatically updated every single day. The Academy has much improved our look on the web! We are still working with FinalSite to expand what we can do and how we use our new site. There will be more excitement to come, so check back with us often at www.

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Celebrate International Day 2009
International Day was held at the Academy to celebrate the contributions of international students to life at school. Bright costumes, delicious international cuisine, music from other lands and talks by international students about their homes of origin were on the schedule.
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Successful Theatrical Productions
gured Turpin family proves that living and dying in the South are seldom tidy and always hilarious. Despite their earnest efforts to pull themselves together for their father’s funeral, the Turpins’ other problems keep overshadowing the solemn occasion. Amidst the chaos, the Turpins turn for comfort to their friends and neighbors, an eccentric community of misfits who just manage to pull together and help each other through their hours of need and finally, the funeral. Plans are underway for a spring 2010 presentation of Jane Eyre, a musical drama with music by composer-lyricist Paul Gordon and a book by John Caird, based on the novel by Charlotte Bronte. The musical was first debuted Noel Coward’s play Blithe Spirit was presented by the Salem Academy Theatre during fall 2008 to great ovations, on Broadway in 2000, and received a number of Tony nominations (best musical, best book of a musical and best followed in the spring by Shakespeare’s The Tempest, on original score, among others). April 30-May 3. The protagonist of The Tempest is the banished sorcerer Jane Eyre, set in England, in the early 19th century, begins with the death of Jane’s parents after her father, a Prospero, rightful Duke of Milan, who uses his magical pastor working in an urban slum, is exposed to typhus. powers to punish and forgive his enemies when he raises Jane goes to live with her only known relative, Mrs. Reed, a tempest that drives them ashore on his island. The play takes place on that island with native inhabitants Ariel and the widow of her maternal uncle. Mrs. Reed and her chilCaliban stirring up both romance and mischief. While not dren, however, have little use for the orphan Jane and treat her with open contempt. When Jane rebels against their ill initially one of Shakespeare’s most popular plays, scholars treatment, she is sent away to Lowood, a nightmarish charnow consider it one of his greatest works. ity school. Several features made the Academy’s production of The Tempest an especially entertaining one for the audience. The Eventually, Jane escapes Lowood, taking a position at character of Ariel actually “flew” thanks to the efforts of the Thornfield Hall where she serves as governess to Adèle Vainternational flying company ZFX, which installed a special rennes, the young ward of the absent master of Thornfield, flying harness. Also, all parts were played by the Academy’s Edward Rochester. But as Jane grows to love Rochester, she begins to suspect that the house and its master harbour a female students – which was a contrast to Shakespeare’s day when all parts – even those of women – were played by dark secret. Pictured above: far right - Gracie Kral; on floor lying down in male actors. This fall, the Academy Theatre will perform Dearly De- front - Rose Fall; on rock - Cathryn Shelton (she is the one who flys); to her left behind the rock - Carrie Barlow; to the left on the floor in parted, by David Bottrell and Jessi Jones. The performance a partial split - Mary Carol Harris; way off to the left half shown is dates are November 12-15. - Ashton Smith According to director Kerry Lawson, the play is set in the Baptist backwoods of the Bible Belt, where the belea-

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An Update on Admissions
Salem Academy’s Class of 2013 began their Salem journey on August 24th when they reported to campus. Along with an entirely new freshman class, we welcomed many new sophomores and juniors. The new girls this year came from far and wide–12 states and five countries are represented in this year’s student body. New students from China, Korea, Germany, Hong Kong and Bulgaria joined our returning students to enrich our community with their global perspective. We were happy to welcome all six finalists from our Sisters Merit Scholarship program. A number of sisters also joined us this year to continue the Salem legacy in their families. We anticipate an exciting year as all of our students explore old passions and develop new interests in academics, fine arts, and sports, while enjoying wonderful friendships and fun! We are delighted to have all our new students here on campus and we look forward to a wonderful year at Salem Academy! Alumnae support in admissions is crucial. Spreading the good word of Salem helps us expand our marketing dollars, which is critical during these economic times. We take our show on the road, as well. If there are students in your area that you’d like to get together, we would be happy to bring a little Salem your way! We have also combined admissions events with alumnae events and we’d be happy to help host one in your area. Please contact either Lucia Uldrick or Wynne Overton in the admissions office, or Megan Ratley in the alumnae office if you would be willing to host such an event in your area!!

We are also very interested in your nominations for the Sisters Merit Scholarship Program! With the success of this past year’s competition, we’d love to meet girls from your area who might be interested in this great opportunity. You can find a nomination form and more information about the scholarship on our new and improved website, at

The Admissions Office will host a number of visitation programs this year:
for prospective boarding students • October 22-23, 2009 • November 12-13, 2009 • March 4-5, 2010 • April 8-9, 2010 During those visitations, prospective boarding students and their parents have an opportunity to tour the school, sit in on classes, meet with faculty and administration, and prospective students spend the night in the dorms. for prospective day students • November 11, 2009 – Visitation Day This day allows students and their parents to visit classes, meet with faculty and administration and enjoy lunch on campus. • Oct. 29, 2009 – Open House • Feb. 15, 2010 – Open House These open houses are chances for day students to drop in for a Salem experience.

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Brings Great Students
The Salem Academy Sisters Merit Scholarship program, which covers room, board and tuition as well as special academic opportunities, is yielding great results for Salem: wonderful students. In its third year awarded, the Sisters Scholarship brought us some of the best students from around the nation. The Sisters Scholarship has grown over the past year, from having 15 nominations and five finalists for 2008, to 27 nominations and six finalists this year. We are very happy to report that all six of the Sisters Scholarship finalists are attending Salem including the Sisters Scholar for 2009, Kiersten Washle. Kiersten is from Mt. Holly, North Carolina and joins us as a freshmen. Kiersten has had many academic successes and been involved with community service in Mt. Holly. The scholarship committee was impressed with her work with the Junior Presidential Youth Inaugural Conference. Kiersten worked to raise money to attend the inauguration of President Barack Obama in January 2009. Kiersten’s fellow finalists are all-stars and we are so happy that they will bring their own bright lights to Salem. The finalists joining us for the 10th grade are Emma Fosso McNairy from Chapel Hill, NC, Rainey McLaurin from Frendale, WA and Katie McDuffie from Columbia, NC. Emma has earned her Silver Award in Girl Scouts and has had a poem published in Teen Ink, while Rainey, whose mother is a Salem College alumna, plays cello and is involved with mission work at her church. Katie also has ties to Salem through her mother who attended the Academy and grandmother who worked at the Academy. She runs cross country and is an avid volunteer in her community, winning an honorable mention Prudential Spirit of the Community award.

Our two other finalists have joined us for the 9th grade. They are Ivy Webb from Asheville, NC and Grace Schaffner from Gastonia, NC. In addition to her academic pursuits, Ivy enjoys ballet and Tai Chi/Kung Fu – she has a brown belt! Grace is in the photography club and has won her school’s student of the month award – twice – for kindness and courage. Not only are we happy to have all six finalists join us, but we also have a few other nominees joining us as well. The Sisters Scholarship is a wonderful way for us to learn about smart, outgoing girls and it also introduces these wonderful young ladies to what Salem Academy has to offer! If you know a student who might be a wonderful nominee for the Sisters Merit Scholarship, please nominate her! You can find out more information about the scholarship and how to nominate a student on our website: Pictured to the left: Salem Academy was happy to welcome the
Merit Scholar, Kiersten Washle, as well as the other five finalists to the school this fall! Front row left to right) Katie McDuffie, Grace Schaffner, Kiersten Washle; back row (left to right) Emma McNairy, Ivy Webb, Rainey McLaurin.

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Small Things Can Make a Big Difference
When Margaret Driscoll Townsend, A’81 wanted to make a gift to the Academy last year, she asked head of school Karl Sjolund where her funds could have the most immediate impact upon student life. “Of course the Academy has long-term capital needs, as any school does, but what I really wanted to do was make this particular gift one that would cover items you don’t always think about,” Townsend says. “He mentioned the head’s discretionary fund to me, and I knew it was a perfect fit.” The head’s discretionary fund is just as it sounds: a fund that the head of school can use to meet immediate, direct needs of faculty, staff and students at the Academy. With Townsend’s backing, Sjolund was able to implement his vision for students: a new program designed to involve students in regularly scheduled meetings, outings and other activities with their advisors. Students now meet every Tuesday with their advisors in small groups, and at other times as needed. The new program was a big success and will be
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student performs on the next test, how she gets along with her roommate or whether or not she is happy enough at Salem to want to return next year. Small things are oftentimes the deciding factors for a teenager,” Townsend says. “I don’t want to ignore what we may think seems mundane ... a pizza party thrown by their advisors ... as it may be the one thing that helps a student succeed. She went to sleep happy, and felt that her advisors cared about her personally.” Townsend knows whereof she speaks, having been an Academy student herself. Upon graduation, she attended Randolph-Macon Women’s College in 1981 and graduated with a degree in French (minor in business/economics). She had a career in banking (with Wachovia and First Union) and then as president and buyer for La Cache gift shop in Winston-Salem. She and husband David have three children. Townsend’s other community involvement includes serving as the current president of Friends of Brenner Children’s Hospital and as board member of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. A former trustee of Summit School, she also volunteers with Winterlark (the fundraiser for the Cancer Patient Support Center at WFUBMC’s Comprehensive Cancer Center), Centenary Methodist Church and Forsyth Country Day School, among other organizations. She continues to have deep appreciation for Salem Academy’s role in her life, and demonstrates it by staying involved. She is a former member of the Academy and College board of trustees; former president of the Academy alumnae board

Big financial needs cannot be ignored, but neither can the day-to-day needs... – townsend
continued into the 2009-2010 academic year. “I have so much faith and confidence in Karl, that I knew he would know how best to use my contribution,” Townsend says. “It has been used to directly benefit students and faculty … I am very happy with the decisions Karl has made regarding the use of my contributions.” Townsend thinks that the increased contact with advisors and fellow students in a small group will be positive and help add to the overall happiness of the student body. “Big financial needs cannot be ignored, but neither can the day-to-day needs that can make a difference in how a and alumna trustee; co-chair of the 2007 “Evening for Salem” event; and recipient of the Salem Academy young alumna award in 2001. “I’m grateful that my parents were kind and generous enough to send me to the Academy. The opportunity they gave me helped mold me into the adult I try to be,” Townsend says. “My involvement today with the Academy is really something I do for myself. Unlike volunteering at my children’s schools etc, this one is all about me -- because I owe Salem Academy a debt of gratitude.”

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In an effort to engage the newest group of Salem alumnae in annually supporting Salem, the Alumnae Board collectively issued a challenge to the Academy class of 2009. The board offered to match the senior class contribution to the institution up to $480. Prior to the final board meeting of the fiscal year, the seniors were contacted via letter and video about this effort. At the May 2009 luncheon with the seniors, approximately 10 members of the class contributed $5 each to the annual fund. Kudos to the class of 2009 for their participation in this new venture.
Pictured: Board members, Eleanor Cross (A’9) and Annmarie Carter Miller (A’91, C’9) talk with ‘09 seniors at the annual pizza lunch in May.

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Mother Models Giving for Daughter
Why are both an Academy mother and daughter consistent donors to the Salem Academy and College Annual Fund? Academy senior Mary Carol Harris says, “In my first year, my mother handed me a pledge envelope and told me to fill in the blanks. Now, as a senior, my monthly pledge represents all the amazing teachers and dedicated adults who help me every day work to achieve my dreams.” Mary Carol’s mother, Carol Harris, is the model for her daughter to develop the habit of giving. “My monthly pledge to the Academy follows a family tradition of giving,” says Carol. Gifts from students, parents, alumnae and friends have allowed Salem Academy and College to reach the fiscal year 2008-2009 Annual Fund goal. Alumnae giving was 81 percent of the total amount given to the Salem Academy Annual Fund. Salem College Annual Fund alumnae giving was 86 percent of the gifts to the College. Gifts of any amount can help raise the participation percentages that are so important when foundations and businesses consider supporting Salem Academy and College. These organizations want to know that the people most involved with the institution are supportive of it. A gift to the annual fund is also a perfect way to pay tribute to family, friends or faculty member who had a strong influence in your education, celebrate a personal milestone (such as a child or grandchild’s birth), honor a fellow classmate or acknowledge a key event in your own life (running that marathon!). A gift may also be made in remembrance of a special person in your life who may or may not have attended Salem. These gifts will be listed in the annual honor roll of donors. The Annual Fund continues to support academic excellence for Salem Academy and College students. As Carol Harris states, “I believe my regular gift helps Salem teachers and staff to continue their 238-year heritage of developing each young woman’s spiritual, intellectual, artistic, athletic and humanitarian life.”
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Greetings from the Alumnae Association!
On behalf of the entire Academy Alumnae Board I extend a warm greeting to all Salem alumnae, students, parents and friends. It seems only a few weeks ago that I had the honor of participating in the graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2009. However, as I write this, the 2009-2010 academic year is well underway. Fall sports have begun, faculty members have completed their first full weeks of teaching and Miss T has again shared greetings from alumnae and friends at Opening Chapel. While many of the faces at the Academy change each year, its traditions, values, opportunities and sense of community remain the same. The Alumnae Board and I challenge you to connect with Salem Academy in some way during this year. Attend a music performance, play or sporting event; come to Reunion Weekend; offer a Jan-Term internship at your office; provide the Admissions Office with names of girls you know who might consider the Academy; attend an alumnae gathering in your area; volunteer as your class correspondent; purchase something from the Spirit Store; or bake cookies for the faculty lounge. There are so many ways that you can be an active part of the Salem community. Salem Academy appreciates each of these gifts and we feel confident that you will find your life enriched in the process. There is another way that we can each support the Academy, and that is through our financial gifts. During these turbulent economic times, the importance of the Annual Fund cannot be overstated. The Annual Fund allows the lights to be turned on, the salaries to be paid, the classrooms to be cleaned and so much more. No gift is too small to make a difference! The Academy offers several easy giving options at Your participation in the Annual Fund allows Salem Academy to continue offering an environment in which girls learn, grow, create and achieve. Please make sure that the Alumnae Office has your current contact information, including your e-mail address. Also be on the lookout for the alumnae e-newsletter and exciting additions to the Alumnae pages of the Academy website. It is a pleasure to serve as President of the Alumnae Board and I look forward to seeing you at Salem soon. Julia Cardwell Archer A’84

Salem academy alumnae board 2009-2010
President Julia Cardwell Archer A’84 President-Elect Martha Johnston Manning A’73 Academy Fund Chair Eleanor Cross A’97 Director of Area Clubs Celia Sims A’90 Director of Nominating Caroline Gray DenHerder A’97 Director of Alumnae Awards Katherine Duke Teague A’97 Recording Secretary Elizabeth Kelly Kaufmann A’80 Co-Director of Reunion Weekend Katharine Roy Bolt A’92 Co-Director of Reunion Weekend Laura Sides Watson A’94 Member at Large Annmarie Carter Miller A’91, C’95 Alumna Trustee Jeri D’Lugin A’73 Alumna Trustee Martha Riggs Lowry A’79, C’91

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want to host an Academy student for a threeweek internship at your place of work? Call the Alumnae Office to become a part of our January Term Honors Internships! This important program is a high honor for those juniors and seniors who compete for places. Past internships have taken Academy students to MTV London, the Senate Judiciary committee in Washington, D.C. and the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh. Contact Megan Ratley, Alumnae Director, at 336/7212664 or if you are interested in helping!

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2008 Academy Alumnae Awards
Distinguished alumna award 2009 Julia Cardwell Archer A’84 of WinstonSalem, NC received the 2009 Distinguished Alumna Award during ceremonies held at Salem Academy’s annual Reunion Weekend. Archer received her bachelor’s degree in psychology cum laude from Davidson College in 1988 and her J.D. from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1992. She is a partner at Enns & Archer LLP, founded in 2001, specializing in trademarks, advertising, sweepstakes and promotions law for local, national and international companies. She is active in the International Trademark Association (INTA), serving various committees since 1997. Before establishing Enns & Archer she was an associate and counsel at Kilpatrick Stockton in Winston-Salem. In 2008 she was listed in The Best Lawyers of America, in the specialty of intellectual property law; this selection is based on recommendations and evaluations by other attorneys. Archer is currently president of the Salem Academy Alumnae Board and has been class correspondent for the Class of 1984 for the past 10 years. She has served on the alumnae board as co-chair of Reunion Weekend (200406), as recording secretary (2006-07) and as vice president (2007-08). Archer has been active in the local branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW), the Davidson College alumni board and in a variety of roles in her church. She is married to David Archer and they have two sons, Colin and Cameron. young alumna award 2009 Laura Sides Watson, A’94, of Laurel Springs, NC, received the 2009 Young Alumna Award during ceremonies held at the annual Reunion Weekend. Watson graduated from the Academy in 1994 and earned her bachelor’s degree in 1999 from Salem College. Following graduation, she taught in the bilingual program in Orlando, FL for five years, working with students who were native Spanish speakers and who had learning disabilities; she also served as a resource teacher for new bilingual

teachers. She was named the New Teacher of the Year, Lancaster Elementary School, for 2002. Upon moving back to North Carolina with her husband, Mark, she worked as assistant dean of admissions for Salem College. Currently Watson is the assistant director for Laurel Ridge Camp, Conference and Retreat Center where she focuses on marketing, programming, volunteer recruitment, fund development and public relations. Watson has been an involved volunteer with Salem over the years. She organized her class’s fifth-year reunion and its 15th in 2009, as well as worked at several non-reunion-year weekends. She also currently serves as a STAR for Salem College as one of a team of alumnae recruiters. Watson was team coordinator for Central Florida’s chapter of “Roots and Shoots,” a program sponsored by the Jane Goodall Foundation, and was active in the Orlando, FL chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, serving as an events coordinator and “big sister.”She was named Outstanding Volunteer for JDRF, Orlando Chapter, during 2003 and 2005. She also served as a volunteer translator for the Neighborhood Center for Families in Orlando. In North Carolina, she has been fundraising chairwoman for DiabetesSisters, a non-profit based out of Durham, NC. She is active with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and serves as a mentor for newly diagnosed children with Type-1 diabetes through Juvenation, a Type-1 diabetes community created by JDRF.
Pictured above (from left to right): Karl Sjolund, Laura Sides Watson A’9, Julia Cardwell Archer A’ and Susan Pauly.

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Emily Cathey A’95
When Emily Cathey, a native of Statesville, NC, graduated from Salem Academy in 1995, she was one of two young women in her class to be selected for prestigious slots at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. She graduated in 1999 and was commissioned an ensign in the U.S. Navy. Since then, she has not only coped but also excelled, to the point that last year she became the commanding officer of Patrol Coastal (PC) Crew LIMA and the USS SQUALL (PC 7), one of 14 Cyclone-class patrol coastal (PC) ships. That made her the only female on board ship, leading a crew of three officers and 24 enlisted men. It’s seemingly an ideal blend of both structure and variety. The Patrol Coastal (PC) squadron consists of 13 different crews (ALPHA through MIKE) and 10 ships, five of which are located in Little Creek, VA and five in Manama, Bahrain. The 13 crews rotate throughout the 10 ships, serving about eight to nine months on a ship in Little Creek and then six months deployed to a ship in Bahrain. Cathey explains that the rotation allows for efficient recycling of both equipment and personnel. “While we’re embarked on a hull in Little Creek, each crew is completing
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visit, Cathey and her crew deployed at the end of November to Bahrain, where they embarked USS TYPHOON (PC 5). They were in the Gulf until the beginning of the summer when they returned to the U.S. In August Cathey was selected as the flag secretary for Commander Carrier Strike Group 8 and reported for her new command in mid-August. Cathey admits to loving the travel perks of being with the Navy. “I literally have been around the world, circumnavigated South America and transited through both the Suez and Panama Canals,” she explains. “I enjoyed living in Japan, specifically in Yokosuka, which is about an hour south of Tokyo, and experiencing another culture. Vladivostok, Russia in October of 2000 was also a highlight.” Cathey believes that the common thread among all her jobs has been the same: people. “Regardless of the specific role that I play onboard a ship, my primary duty is to ensure that my division, department, crew have the tools, time and training so that they can do their job,” Cathey explains. Cathey is occasionally asked about the role of women in the military, as well as how appropriate it is that women serve time in combat zones. “One of the great things about my experience in the Surface Navy is that women can and do execute every job onboard a ship, and do it quite well. We have women who have served in multiple roles, from an Admiral commanding an expeditionary strike group to a fireman turning wrenches in an engineering plant, to every job in between,” Cathey says.

... women can and do execute every job onboard a ship, and do it quite well. – Cathey
various inspections and certifications in order to meet all requirements to be eligible to deploy,” she says. “Then, while embarked on a hull in Bahrain, we conduct the oil platform defense mission in the Northern Arabian Gulf in support of Operations ‘Iraqi’ and ‘Enduring Freedom.’ ” Cathey is the Commanding Officer of PC Crew LIMA. Last summer and fall, her crew was embarked on the USS SQUALL (PC 7), where they completed their training cycle. Then they had the opportunity to participate in two fleet exercises and conducted a port visit to Wilmington, in Cathey’s home state of North Carolina. Following that Cathey believes she got part of her drive to succeed from her time at Salem Academy. “Salem instills many values in its students for success in any endeavor in life. For me, Salem provided a wonderful environment that allowed me to just be me, gave me the confidence to believe in myself, allowed me to grow and constantly challenged me to do my best.” Looking ahead, Cathey believes that she will still be enjoying time in the Navy – training to command a ship at sea, again – as well as embarking upon new adventures in her personal life. “I hope to be balancing my naval career with being a wife and mother,” she says.

hiStORiC CaMPaign COMPleteD
Salem’s historic comprehensive $75 million campaign friends, family, faculty and staff. We are deeply grateful for officially ended on May 1, 2009. A total of $76,024,439 all the effort, time and treasure that produced this historic was raised. These monies were applied to endowment for fundraising. both the Academy and the College, capital and restoration projects, annual fund, planned/deferred gifts and programs. Ann Stone Hanes A’71, We received 15 gifts of $1 million or more; a total of 155 new endowment funds; and a total of 2,239 new donors to chair o� the Combined Cam�ai�n, says, Salem. “Hats off to Salem!” This wonderful achievement was accomplished only through the dedication and generosity of all of Salem’s

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Burkette Receives Comenius Award
Calder Womble, Howard Gray, Gordon and Copey Hanes and Archie K. Davis. Burkette has excelled in all five categories. He received his bachelor’s degree from UNC-Chapel Hill, where he was a Morehead Scholar; his M.Div. and D.D. degrees from Moravian Theological Seminary; and his D.Min. from Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, VA. Burkette is currently the president of the Provincial Elders Conference (PEC) of the Moravian Church in America, Southern Province. Before that, he was Head of School at Salem Academy from 1994-2006. He has held past positions with Salem Academy and College, including vice president, 1997-2006; chaplain and chief planning officer, 1992-1994; and chaplain, 1990-1992. He has served as a member of the Salem Academy and College Board of Trustees and Board of Visitors. Burkette has held several area pastorates, including those at Fairview Moravian Church, Home Moravian Church and Olivet Moravian Church. He has served on a number of boards, including the Moravian Theological Seminary, the Board of World Missions, the NC Association of Independent Schools (president, 2003-05) and the Morehead Scholarship Selection Committee. He is married to Nancy Witherspoon Burkette and they reside in Pfafftown, NC. They have two daughters, both of whom graduated from Salem College: Allison Burkette- Tschumper C’93 and Amanda Burkette Grimstead C’97.

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The Reverend Dr. D. Wayne Burkette, longtime Salem supporter and former Head of School for Salem Academy, received the John Amos Comenius Award of Distinction during ceremonies held as part of the annual Founder’s Day celebration on April 17 at Salem Academy and College. The Comenius Award is named for John Amos Comenius, an early Moravian bishop and advocate of universal education. The award, last bestowed by Salem in 2004, is given to individuals who meet one or more of these criteria: longstanding service to Salem; exceptional professional and/or artistic achievement; significant leadership in public affairs; outstanding community service; or distinguished scholarly achievement. The selection is made by a committee consisting of the Board of Trustees chair, the presidents of the Academy and the College alumnae associations; two trustees; a former award recipient; and the president of the combined institution. Past award winners have included

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Jaqui Moore Sherrill A’98
Meet Jaqui Moore Sherrill, A’98 and a native of Winston-Salem. By day she’s a professional IT consultant in Washington, D.C.; by night (and on weekends), she dons the outfit of a Washington Redskins cheerleader and dances, kicks and smiles her way through a rigorous game. Sherrill spends about 40 hours per week in her day job, then more after-hours as a Redskins cheerleader. She rehearses two evenings each week, for five hours per rehearsal, not to mention the promotions, community events, travel AND the pre-season and regular season football games. “I have cheered and danced all of my life, always having to balance it with school (Salem Academy), college (NC State University, where she majored in chemistry) and career, and now with family,” explains Sherrill, who married Scooter Sherrill, her college sweetheart and a former NC State basketball star, this past May. Sherrill believes that her Salem Academy education is partly responsible for her ability to juggle many different roles at one time. “I recall the stress of learning all of Dr. East’s vocabulary words or writing five-page papers overnight … I remember the discipline to meet with Dr. Martin for my physics class,” she recalls. By the time she reached N.C. State University, Sherrill says she was more than prepared for life inside and outside the classroom. “When I opted to join the dance team, I knew I could handle it.” Sherrill says she loved the Redskins from the time she was a child. “Growing up in N.C., before there were the Panthers, there were the Redskins,” she says. “My father was a die-hard fan along with everyone else I knew. We watched the games together, and I ‘performed’ during commercials.” Sherrill has been with the Redskins cheerleading squad now for three seasons, and says the best part is that she’s able to perform “with 40 of my closest friends!” As for the challenges, “In the NFL, we are highly respected entertainers. This means cheerleading is not just my hobby anymore, it is my job as well. In any job, whether you love it or are hoping for another opportunity, you have to always be professional and know your material.” Sherrill says she would tell any young woman at the Academy to consider her career path. “N.C. State was the best experience of my life – I met my husband there; moving to D.C. was a huge personal accomplishment that I did on my own; and cheering for the Redskins has literally shown me the world.” She expects her world to be once more centered upon North Carolina in the years to come, after her time with the Redskins has ended. “I see myself in five years back in N.C., either putting my chemistry degree to good use or continuing my career in IT,” Sherrill says.

Save the Date May 1, 2010 for the Salem academy Spring auction and Show
in conjunction with this spring’s theater production “Jane eyre (the Musical)” there will be a dinner party and auction. it will be hosted by the Salem academy Parents’ association, and take place following the Saturday, May 1st performance. there will be the also be performances on thursday, friday and Sunday. if you would like to help with this event, please contact auction Committee Chair, Carol harris, at or Parents’ association Chair, belinda Musso, at we are seeking donations of items such as collectibles, use of vacation homes and the like to truly make this a wonderful event and raise money for the academy.

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Salem Trivia Challen�e
are you up on your Salem history? take the Salem academy and College trivia Challenge. Check your answers at 1. the image that ultimately became the Salem seal was based on a class pin designed for the Class of:
a. 1899 c. 1914 b. 1907 d. 1920 a. G. Benjamin Reichel b. John H. Clewell c. Howard Rondthaler d. Dale H. Gramley

6. the Salem inspector / president who served for the longest term was:

2. in the early 1970s, consideration was given to building an inDOOR pool in the basement of:
a. Main Hall b. History Wing c. Rondthaler Science Building d. Corrin Refectory

7. emma lehman, teacher of english and amateur botanist, discovered a plant that (for a time) was considered to be an original find–Monotropsis lehmani. This plant was a kind of:
a. Buttercup b. Lily c. Aster d. Indian pipe

3. The name of the first printed Salem annual was:
a. The Ivy c. SemFem b. Sights and Insights d. Pinafore

8. the great Storm that felled most of the oak trees in Salem Square and along Cedar avenue in god’s acre occurred in May of:
a. 1978 c. 1989 b. 1984 d. 1993

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4. the motto on the Salem Seal is:
a. Gamma Delta Alpha b. Delta Alpha Gamma c. Alpha Kappa Gamma d. Gamma Kappa Delta

9. the building now known as Salem academy was built and dedicated in:
a. 1919 c. 1930 b. 1924 d. 1937

10. the Salem academy colors are:
a. Purple and Gold b. Gold and White c. White and Purple d. Green and White

5. the names of the twO student literary societies at Salem were the:
a. Phythian and Hesperian b. Hesperian and Euterpean c. Euterpean and Ephesian d. Ephesian and Phythian

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A Q&A with Amber Gruner A’08
Q: you decided to take a gap year between the academy and college. what led you to think about this in the first place? Q: what were your primary responsibilities?
A: I made home visits and hosted group meetings for parents, and then I also planned at least one community service project each month (though I usually did several more). My responsibilities at the center included tutoring children after school, transporting medical patients to appointments, taking care of the farm and generally being a good neighbor.

A: There were several factors involved in my choice to take a year off of school. At the Academy, I gained an incredible amount of knowledge in the classroom; I learned much more than I could even remember. I learned about life in a dorm, about teamwork, about public speaking. And as a result of this knowledge I gained a lot of confidence. But I felt like my confidence was bolstered by the comfort of the known. I had confidence, but only because I knew that others had confidence in me–that was easy. My main reason for taking a gap year was so that I could try real life for a while.

Q: you were one of the academy’s top students. what did the academy do to prepare you for your experience in kentucky?

Q: what do you mean by “trying real life?”

A: I wanted to learn outside of the classroom. I wanted to see to what extent my confidence and book-knowledge would help me in the real world, and to what extent it wouldn’t. I knew I was good at school, and I had been comfortable with that for four years. I wanted to try something that would challenge me in different ways; I wanted to be uncomfortable for a while. This is not to say that Salem didn’t challenge me. It definitely did. I was just looking for a new kind of challenge.

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A: Being a successful student at Salem takes a lot of hard work and excellent-time management skills. I’ve definitely worked hard this year, even though I haven’t done much academic work at all. And there have been several days where it was hard to get everything done in the day (much like my experience at Salem). For a few crazy weeks this winter I worked with another girl to help a family (with five kids, four of them girls) get rid of lice. It took several hours a day to comb through the children’s hair, so I had to manage my time extremely well to get everything else done. Another thing I learned as a student as the Academy was that it wasn’t worth it if I wasn’t having fun and I wasn’t learning. This year I’ve made sure that both are happening. Even when I was working with the kids to get rid of lice, I still had a great time interacting with the children, and I learned a LOT about patience, diligence and sacrifice.

Q: what were you perhaps nOt as prepared for in terms of your gap-year experience?

Q: you signed on with ameriCorps for your gap year. tell me about the organization.

A: I was in Kentucky serving in AmeriCorps at a nonprofit called Lend-A-Hand Center. The center is in the mountains of southeastern Kentucky – an area culturally and politically known as Appalachia. The program I served in is called SUCCESS Corps, and my program’s goals were to implement the Parents as Teachers curriculum – a set of child-development information for parents of children ages 0-3.

A: In coming here this year, I was not prepared to develop relationships with people very different from me. At the Academy, I went to school with girls who were very culturally diverse, but I made my closest friends with people who thought like I did. This year, I haven’t really had that opportunity, which has, in a way, been a blessing. Here, I’ve befriended people unlike myself. My friends here come from a very different background than I do, and it’s been a great learning experience for me, just conversing and interacting with them. It’s been rewarding (and humbling) to have my thoughts and opinions challenged by the people here.

RegiOnal aluMnae eventS ReCOnneCt aCaDeMy ClaSSMateS anD fRienDS Q: what are your plans now that your gap year is over?

A: This fall I will be attending Grinnell College in Iowa. I don’t have an intended major yet, but I’m very interested in pursuing a career in community development. My gap year has given me more of an idea of what it means to be a part of and build communal relationships. But whatever I do, I want to be involved in my work on a personal level—I want to get to know people, hear their stories, learn about where they’re coming from. I want to help people, sure, but I’m more interested in getting to know people’s strengths and talents and thus helping them help themselves.

NYC – Vivian Cabral Susan A’92, Jennifer Gabriele A’94 and Natalia Moreno Gallagher A’96

Q: would you recommend a gap-year experience to other young people? why or why not?

A: It’s been an amazing experience for me, but I wouldn’t recommend it for everyone. Some girls might be perfectly happy with going straight to college, which is great. They probably have a clear career path in mind, and I think they should pursue that, if it’s something they enjoy. I didn’t have a specific plan in mind, so my gap year helped me to define my focus, and gain more of the real-world experience I was looking for. I recommend a gap year to young women (or men) who feel like they want some experiences that are just as rewarding as college, but that are in a non-academic setting—like I said, it’s a different kind of learning.

Coral Bay Club, Atlantic Beach, NC – Mary-Hannah Finch Taft A’56 and Lara Moore Howe C’93

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Q: any last words of wisdom?

A: To really grow and get something great out of this kind of experience, you’ve got to push yourself out of your comfort-zone. There’s no point in taking a gap year if it isn’t going to challenge you. Comfortable people don’t learn, and they don’t usually change the world (for the better, at least).

Asheville, NC – Kay Harrold A’62 and De De Swift A’68

Charlotte Young Alumnae – Peaches May C’96, Julie Jernigan A’98 and Felicia Richardson A’98

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Class of 1939
Margaret Kolb 

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Class of 1949
FIRST RoW: Gwen Hamer Griswold, Eleanor Dunbar Grasselli, Bettie Schiffman Chandgie, Margaret McIntosh, Sally Couch Vilas, Marilyn Moore Davis SECoND RoW: Lavone Burton Beebe, Rebecca Scholl Schenck, Caroline Siler Hill, Lucy Wright Jones, Fay Sylvester Arnold, Pamela Wright Inkley

{April 17-19, 2009}

Class of 1959
FIRST RoW: Lucie Niceley Mays, Susan Hardwick Martin, Page Bradham Kizer, Jean Montgomery Carney Meegie Rogers Glass SECoND RoW: Lynn Sharpe Hill, Julia Arnold Morey, Fran Steward Bryan, Valerie McLanahan Goetz, Carol Robert Armstrong, Janet Paulin Baker, Marty Dancy Eubank, Kay Kearns Maynard 

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Class of 1964
FIRST RoW: Midg West Stackhouse SECoND RoW: Sharon Davis Jennings, Molly Roper Jenkins, Brooke Johnson Suiter * Due to space the Class of 1969 photo can be found on page 32.

*Class of 1974
LEFT To RIGHT: Ann Clarke and Deborah Thies Daniels

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*Class of 1969
FIRST RoW: Jacqueline Boyce, Kelly Sprinkle Treiber, Mary Smiley Johnson, Terry Strader McAllister, Elizabeth Cloud Monroe, Elizabeth Greene SECoND RoW: Janis Hooper Grayson, Sallie Brinson Cunningham, Rochelle Green Long, Debbie Sieker Boddiford, Betsy Freeman Fox, Michele Montel Haywood, Jennifer Spoon, Pepper Van Noppen, Tina Ide Fast 

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Class of 1979
FIRST RoW: Lee Burroughs Bradway, Katherine Lee Johnson, Martha Riggs Lowry, Kathryn Hardegree Johnson SECoND RoW: Kimberly Carman Worthley, Fran Honeycutt Arrowood, Joie Potter Ray, Mary Maxwell Frothingham, Ann Boger Wert * Due to space the Class of 1974 photo can be found on page 31.

{April 17-19, 2009}

Class of 1984
FIRST RoW: Tracy Arledge Craig, Julia Cardwell Archer, Lucille Wampler Niessen, Robbin Pierce SECoND RoW: Leah Yama P’Simer, Charlene Leonard, Beth Madry, Melissa Ashby Daniels, Caroline Weston Stopyra, Beth Deaton Easton, Donna Dunford Biggs 

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Class of 1989
FIRST RoW: Haynes Brawley Paschall, Leslie Compton Kass, Hillary Greason, Carole Thompson Hord, Helen Johnson Denny, Louisa Boyd Snyder SECoND RoW: Anna Long, Kelly Jacobus Scott, Catherine Turner Greene, Shana Burnett Snyder, Jody King Cheek

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Class of 1994
FIRST RoW: Karen Medlin Morgan, Catherine Dunn George, Justine Eliason Maher, Sidney Shelton Youngs SECoND RoW: Jennifer Gabriele, Laura Sides Watson 

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Class of 1999
FIRST RoW: Heather Davis, Jenna Petersen, Jessica Mills, Emma Merritt, Monica Moore SECoND RoW: Chrissy May, Mary Smith Isaacs, Beth Schlanker, Andrea Peabody Westmoreland

{April 17-19, 2009}

Class of 2004
ToP RoW: Sophie Broaddus, Meredith Bryson, Jen Poe, Emily Phillips SECoND RoW: Jenny Manzullo, Madeline Shoemaker, Katie Pring, Elyse Stiner, Barrett Milliken THIRD RoW: Darcel Walker, Ashley Guild, Kasey Tucker, Ann Marie Edquist FoURTH RoW: Dee Gray, Beth Lowder, Meghan Dunham Johnson, Leigh Ann Stainback, Katie o’Connor FIFTH RoW: Catherine Goodnight, Erin Doyle, Ashely Winfree 

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Head of School Karl Sjolund was happy to accept a check for $124,244 from Alumnae Board president Julia Cardwell Archer A’84 during the reunion luncheon. The check represented the amount of all cash gifts and pledges made to the Academy by alumnae during 2009.

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Pictured above (starting at top left): 1) Anna Shoemaker A’10 (right) with sister Madeline Shoemaker A’04 2) Erynn Stainback A’11 (right) with sister Leigh Ann Stainback A’04 3) Juli Draper A’09 (center) with cousins Joanna Yoho A’03 and Sarah Yoho A’01 4) Luca Molnoar A’09 with sister Fruzsina Molnar A’06 5) Adrian Mikol A’09 and sister Brianna Mikol A’08 6) Molly DeCristo A’09 and sister Daniela DeCristo A’12 7) Quinn Cartall A’09 and sister Talia Cartall A’12 Many of these legacy photos are taken during Reunion Weekend and Graduation, however we would love more! If you have a legacy photo, please send it to the Alumnae Office. 

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new book, the third of the Maus stories, by Dr. John Hutton to play the trumpet, just in time to participate in the Easter is coming soon, starring Sister Maus of the Single Sisters House Sunrise celebrations from Bethabara to Salem. A magical tale, and her many friends in Salem of 1785. A tale as fresh as Spring and illustrated with bright and colorful watercolors, Easter Maus: A Third Small Tale of Sisters House, in Salem features a Salem potter, Brother Peter and his family, including eserve your copy Nan, who live in the country near Bethabara. Sister Maus meets today! The cost of the book is $20 plus $4 postage and handling. her country mice cousins and enjoys visiting with them in their A portion of the cost of each book will benefit the Single Sisters home in a spacious barn. She joins a Moravian band and learns House. daughter Easter Maus brings together the best of the artist’s imagination and historical accuracy. The Author’s Notes included in each Sister Maus book contains valuable information for adults and children who love to read.

Sister Maus: A Small Tale of Sisters House A charming tale set in the historic 1785 Single Sisters House at Salem Academy and College on Salem Square, Sister Maus: A Small Tale of Sisters House in Salem is a story of sharing, mutual respect, and gratitude. The books’ watercolors and drawings capture the perspective of a tiny mouse living and working in the home of the unmarried women and girls in the Moravian congregation town of Salem. $20 plus $4 for postage and handling
A Small Tale of Sisters House in Salem
Such a useful thing, for a mouse to learn how to sew! - Sister Maus

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