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Five years into the Presidency of Dr. Gerald L. Boarman: where NCSSM has been and where he wants to take it.


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Slower traffic please stay to the right

Editor Craig C. Rowe Photography Craig C. Rowe Fred Hurteau Contributing Writers Craig C. Rowe Staci Barfield ‘83 Rachel Wingo ‘05 Printer B&B Print Media Bristol, TN

After waiting all winter to pick up fly fishing this spring, my rod still dangles in the garage under a shelf of camping equipment, having not been bent over once by the weight of a trout. It’s an ugly little omen that reminds me every morning I’m not taking the time to do what I want. So, am I just another victim of the rat-race? Man, that’s cliché. Heck, am I a cliché? Last week I stepped out my front door to water some plants before leaving for work and saw one neighbor dragging his empty trash bin back to the house and another neighbor shoving a gaggle of backpacked kids into his minivan. I’m in a commercial, I thought. Despite all the mundane stereotypes defining my lifestyle, I’m a pretty happy commuter. I consider my daily destintion a place worth traveling to–something I don’t think a lot of people can say. At NCSSM, your life-schedule is defined by extended weekends, Mini-Terms, and various annual campus events. For example, Convocation signals the beginning of the year, the Halloween dance reminds you Fall is here and before you realize the leaves have fallen, it’s Christmas break. However, for the first time since I started working at NCSSM, Commencement became more than just the signal of summer. The 24th NCSSM Commencement marked the departure of my first group of academic advisees. Their donning of caps and gowns and broad smiles reminded me that more than two years had past since I started working at this school. For my advisees however, it marked something much more important than the length of their advisor’s tenure. In fact, I realized that an amazing transformation had taken place and its butterfly was gracing the stage under a canopy of oak trees. For Class of 2005 members Myra Fulp, Rebecca Parker, Marsalis Smith and Jason Herrera, graduation from NCSSM meant the start of a long and thrilling philosophical commute of their own. It meant that it’s their turn to merge into one of life’s more thrilling─and challenging─highways. With a diploma from NCSSM, they’ll steer right into the commuter lane and set the cruise control. Of course, speed bumps and fenderbenders will occasionally alter their route, but there is no doubt they will reach their destination. So while I sometimes struggle with the mundane travails of suburbia and that minivan with its brakes on in the left lane, I know my destination everyday is worth it. I know that even though these magazines don’t get out as often as I like, I know that the things preventing their printing, like calls from USA Today reporters and National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration representatives wanting more information on our students, are good things. I understand why putting together events to celebrate scholarships and driving students to speaking engagements are acceptable ways to neglect timelines. As editor of this publication, it is not easy to see missed deadlines. Yet, if I was to tell you why, I think you would understand. It is with sincerity that I tell you I hope that the next alumni magazine you read will be in January, as I try to formalize a June/January publishing cycle. Still, I don’t know what’s in store for the Class of 2006 and where their academic commutes will lead me. Only time will tell. Regards,

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Alumni are involved

Alumni involvement on campus is making a real difference

The Boarman years

A look at President Boarman’s impact


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Odyssey Campaign update
Guaranteeing the future

Calling all writers Class Notes

Share your creative energy with your fellow alumni Marriages, births, promotions, relocations and just what’s going on Alumnus Scott Jacobson wins Emmy Awards for “The Daily Show.”


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Can they play together?

Team sports and the classroom

Jonathon Kuniholm marches on

After losing his arm serving in Iraq, Jonathon Kuniholm ‘87 presses on. A Herald-Sun reprint

by Staci Barfield ‘83

Alumni have steadily increased their presence on campus. From faculty positions to Mini-Term mentors to leadership donors, alumni impact is playing a major role in the future of NCSSM.

Rodney Dangerfield did it. So did Drew Barrymore in a movie called “Never Been Kissed.” That’s right, they went back to school. And every year, more and more NCSSM Alumni are doing just that─as employees and volunteers. Their participation, from adopting halls to mentoring mini-terms, is having a great impact. Jon Davis ‘88 and Dr. Christine Muth ’92 are Biology instructors and two of three graduates who currently teach at the school. Their motivation for returning to NCSSM? Says Muth, “I had a really great experience as a student here, both academically and in terms of the friends I made, life on campus.” Adds Davis, whose career at NCSSM began in Distance Learning two years ago, “I wanted to give something back to the state of North Carolina and back to the school…By working in Distance Learning and providing workshops all around the state, I thought I could give something back by enhancing the school’s profile in the rest of the state.” Both Muth and Davis described working at the school as a “privilege,” even though they say it’s more demanding than they imagined it would be. Lauren Carr ’00 and Jackson Brown ’98

Be part of Mini-Term: Alumni can assist faculty, staff, and other alumni who are teaching courses for Mini-Term or they can help out students who are doing independent projects. Adopt a hall: By adopting a hall on campus, an alumnus agrees to do one thing for that hall sometime during the school year. It can be as simple (and inexpensive) as mailing a Blockbuster gift card so the hall can have a movie night. Or, wallet permitting, one can order pizza for the entire hall or have cheesecake delivered. Lend your experiences to a club: NCSSM students are able to start a club for anything that interests them. The variety of alumni experiences will add insight and perspective to these efforts. Be part of the Spring Alumni Forum & Lecture Series: Alumni gather on campus to welcome soon-to-be-graduates to the Alumni Association. They then break off into smaller groups (based on profession) to share advice and experiences with students. Flex your muscles on move-in/move-out days: A tradition has developed in which faculty, staff, alumni, and other volunteers act as worker bees to get students moved into and out of their dorm rooms as quickly and efficiently as possible.


Chaperone a dance: Not only do alumni provide an adult presence, but they also get to interact with current students while listening to good tunes and reliving some of their own high school memories. Alumni can also donate food, help set up, or man the concession stand.

returned to NCSSM as Student Life Instructors (SLI—formerly called Resident Advisors) at the advent of this school year. In fact, of the twenty SLI’s at NCSSM, seven are former students. When asked how the school had changed since her tenure as a student, Carr replied, “What’s changed is where I am four years later and where my position is now on this campus. It’s not the school that’s changed, it’s me that’s changed…being the disciplinarian and the adult.” Both the instructors and SLI’s interviewed believe their high school experience at NCSSM provide them with an advantage in their current roles. They understand not only the rigorous academic demands the school places on its attendees, but the residential struggles faced by many of the students. They also see their former classmates reflected in the students of today. Says Brown, who is an SLI for the hall on which he lived while attending NCSSM, “I tell guys on my hall all the time that they remind me of somebody who used to live on the hall when I was there.” Not ready to leave your job and

become an NCSSM faculty or staff member? Many alumni help shape the direction of the school through volunteerism. For the first time ever, NCSSM graduates preside over both the Board of Trustees and the Foundation Board. In addition, Elizabeth Grainger Page ’82 serves as the national chair of the NCSSM Annual Fund. Her appointment to that post marks the first time that it has been held by a alumnus. The NCSSM Alumni Board, led by Eugene Murray ’82, is comprised of former students who volunteer their time to act as the alumni voice in school governance. Its membership consists of representatives from classes that span the school’s twenty-four year existence. Brian Mahoney ’90, the Secretary of the Alumni Board, says that he became involved because he believes “the current students can benefit from our experience and alumni can benefit by being engaged with bright young people.” If you are still not sure how you can re-enlist in the NCSSM experience, the school offers a number of volunteer opportunities for those who cannot make a formal or extended com-

mitment (see sidebar). Assistance is needed for everything from chaperoning dances to teaching MiniTerm. Students want to hear about your college and career experiences. Teachers want to leverage your academic and professional achievements. The NCSSM staff welcomes alumni involvement and can tailor tasks to meet your availability. According to DeAnne Dotson ’86, the Alumni Volunteer Coordinator, no effort is too small and “anybody who wants to do anything can contact me and we’ll find something if there’s nothing that interests them listed.” Like many of our alumni are realizing, it is easy to go back to high school─and not nearly as challenging the second time around. If you would like to get involved on campus, please contact: / 919.416.2865 DeAnne Dotson ’86:

Be a guest lecturer: Spend an hour or two imparting your knowledge to NCSSM students. Do it in person or via teleconferencing or the web. Share your college experience: Students who are beginning to apply to college are faced with many options. Help them by sharing your college experiences, from both academic and lifestyle perspectives. Participate in a phonathon: The State of North Carolina pays for 80% of an NCSSM student’s education by providing the finest faculty and classroom experience. However, everything after 3:30 p.m. that enhances the NCSSM experience—athletics, academic competitions, dances, school picnics, guest lecturers, van loops and so much more—is from private funding.

Call your classmates and help raise money for these important components of the NCSSM experience. Be a part of Welcome Day: All finalists and wait-finalists are invited to NCSSM to celebrate their acceptance to NCSSM. Volunteers are needed for concessions and apparel sales, welcoming parents and students, and generally assisting in whatever is needed for that day. Be part of the Alumni Board: Get involved in one of the many committees designed to increase communications with alumni and enhance the NCSSM experience for students and alumni alike.




Keeping up with the Joneses.

an interview with Student Life instructor Steve Jones ‘83
Steve Jones ’83 is a Student Life Instructor who lives on campus with his wife Jennifer Ashe (who is also an SLI at the school) and their two daughters Zoe Ashe-Jones, four, and Lucy AsheJones, two. Steve took what little time he had to sit down with Staci Barfield ‘83 to talk about what brought him back to campus.
SJ: She loves it. This is just an ideal job for us for many reasons, but one of them is it gives us time with the kids. It’s incredibly flexible. We work weird hours but we have so much time that we can see the girls all day. SB: You said being an SLI is a 24x7 job. How are the demands on your personal time? SJ: It’s hard. It’s really hard. I’ve had two completely different years. Last year I was just a standard SLI. I worked primarily a 9 pm to 3 am shift. So that was rough on the mornings I had to get up and help get the girls off somewhere; so I was getting three or four hours of sleep. I’d make up for it later, but three or four hours of sleep wasn’t good. This year, I’m the Student Activities Coordinator as well as an SLI.

Steve and Jen’s daughters, Lucy (left) and Zoe (right) are perrenially the most popular kids on campus.

SB: Student Life Instructors were previously called Resident Advisors. Is there a difference from what we experienced with RA’s with what an SLI does now? SJ: I think that when we were here, it was more of a part-time job. They lived here, but a lot of them were going to college full-time or they were doing other jobs twenty to thirty hours a week and this is just what they did at night. Now this is pretty much supposed to be our very main job and we can have a very small job, maybe 10 hours, but that’s really kind of discouraged. Or you’re taking one class at a college. The other thing is the “I” part, the Instructor part. They’re really pushing the idea of teaching students things like how to get along, how to live in a community, diversity issues. A lot of more real world kind of things; it’s actually a class now. SB: What differences or similarities do you see now versus when you were a student? SJ: I think the students today are so much more polished. They’ve thought about Science & Math. Some of them have been, since middle school, doing activities because they want to get in. SB: If an alumnus were considering becoming an SLI, what would you tell him or her? SJ: A hard thing for a lot of them [alumni] is the baggage they bring with them, their old memories and beliefs and ideas. A lot of them come in thinking it’s going to be the same way it was when they were here, and it’s not. From year to year, it’s not the same. And the whole idea—yes, when you were here you did some things you shouldn’t have done, probably, and you broke some rules you shouldn’t have—but given that, you can’t be in a position of forgiving those same things now. You can’t turn a blind eye because then the whole system breaks down.

SB: What did you do before you became a Student Life Instructor? SJ: I taught public high school for ten years. Then my wife and I had Zoe, our first daughter, and I stayed home for a year with her and came to work in External Programs in 2000. SB: Why did you decide to return to the school? SJ: I was ready to get back and do something after being off for a year. I didn’t want to teach because, ironically, it took too much of my time. I was just looking in the want ads and saw there was a position [in External Programs] that combined technology, which I really like, and teaching. It was working with teachers to help them set up workshops to learn how to use technology in the classrooms, all over the state. It was a grant-funded program so it didn’t last. SB: Why did you become an SLI? SJ: I was just looking—it was probably, I don’t know, April of 2002—for things to do and I’d assumed I would go back and teach. I saw this job and I went home and told my wife about it that night. We were actually driving somewhere and I said, “You know, I have this crazy job idea that came up today.” And I thought she would just laugh because we lived in a two thousand square foot house and we had two kids and I thought she would just die laughing. We didn’t like that lifestyle; we always wanted to simplify. And she said, “Wait. What?” SB: So how does she like it now?


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Gerald Boarman will begin his sixth year of service upon convocation for the 2005-06 school year in August.

The Boarman years.
by Craig C. rowe unlimited Potential Dr. Gerald L. Boarman moves fast. He doesn’t say what he doesn’t mean and he has a vision for the school that could make NCSSM a living, breathing, economic development engine for the state of North Carolina. “We could build another dorm but what would be the point? We have the entire state of North Carolina as a classroom,” he states. Upon his arrival to NCSSM in 1999, Dr. Boarman didn’t see a school in need of improvement, but a school that could reach even higher. He saw unlimited potential in the idea of having kids on an academically-energetic campus 24-hours a day. He was also intrigued by NCSSM’s status as a public school. “I believe so strongly in public schools because they are color- and economically-blind in the sense that you can go to a school, if you have the determination, regardless of who you or your parents are, and succeed. This school is even more than that.” Boarman was introduced to NCSSM after a search firm asked him to consult on the candidate recruitment for the job of President. “I actually wasn’t actively pursuing the position. The school in Maryland where I was Chief Educational Administrator was part of the consortium [of Science and Math high schools] and they asked me, ‘Can you help us find some people that might be appropriate to head NCSSM? Brock Winslow was then chair of the search committee. For the first few months they had been conducting the search on their own. After about seven months or so, they hired a search firm. I was happy to help. The woman heading the firm called and said she was flying through Washington and asked me to meet her at the airport. We talked about education and about my belief in public education versus private education. As we talked more about NCSSM, I became even more excited because the school we were talking about is residential. I had run a science and math high school at Eleanor Roosevelt in Maryland and had 900 students in that component, and I thought about what could be accomplished if I had those kids all day and

So just how far has NCSSM come since 1999? Read on.


night and all weekend. I told her that your potential is unlimited with a school like that, especially with North Carolina’s reputable university system. A week later she called and told me that the committee wanted to interview me.” He was prepared to share what he thought could be accomplished at the School rather than take part in a formal job interview. Apparently, the people on the committee shared his vision. “I didn’t just give them an honest opinion; I gave them my opinion.” ”I informed the committee what I would need in order to make this work. I wanted a commitment to look at the curriculum and adjust it to suit today’s times. I also wanted technology improvements; they were using 20-year-old microscopes from Duke. I saw myself as a conduit for change, a conduit to bring more money to the school.” Dr. Boarman has an impressive list of professional awards and achievements. He was selected by the National Academy Foundation and White House for the National Technology Academy Pilot Program in 2000; he received the New American High School Award from the U. S. Department of Education in 1999; and, he was the recipient of the 1997 Washington Post Distinguished Educational Leadership Award. The Educational Media Association awarded him the Outstanding Administrator Award in 1998. He was appointed by the Governor to chair the Maryland State Task Force on class size reduction and also made rounds as a national speaker on hybrid scheduling, restructuring high schools, and improving student achievement. Literally, the list of appointments and recognitions goes on and on. Dr. Boarman engaged that list as a way to evaluate what he could accomplish at a high-performing, residential public school. He asked himself: “Can I take the success I’ve had—to whatever degree people judge it—and transfer what I’ve learned to a whole new culture, a whole new state, and make the institution better than it was before, for the benefit of the students?”

with his wife, Valerie, he met with the NCSSM community. “I’m not sure I was received that well because I told the truth. The community asked me what I could do for them.” From his perspective, the question should have been about what he could do for the institution. “So, the answers to my questions may have seemed a little vague. At some points I was specific, and said, ‘well, no, I won’t do that.’” He knows how that sounded. “I’m sure that may have turned some people off. Who was this guy? He hasn’t even been here and he’s already saying what he will or won’t do.” His direct style suggests he simply doesn’t have time for glossing over issues. “I never say anything to deliberately hurt anybody’s feelings, but I want to express that sometimes I don’t think that’s how we should go about doing something.” It seems his matter-of-fact nature is the hardest facet of his personality for people to understand. “The transformation of intellectual properties is very difficult in an environment where everybody has participated…education is the only institution in America in which everyone has participated. Not everyone goes to church, for example, but everybody has been to school, so everybody knows how to run a school, what’s wrong for a school, what’s right for a school.” Add to the mix the type of passion felt at NCSSM and it is easy to understand how new ingredients to a proven recipe might spoil its taste. Boarman believes he is only seasoning the mixture. “Certainly me coming in, saying there will be changes…no one thought I looked at it [the school]. I had looked at it, in a number of different ways. From the standpoint of this institution, some of my changes may seem fast. From my perspective, they’re not. We only have students here for two years so we only have a small window to know how changes are affecting their lives here,” he explains.

His first initiative involved GPAs. “There was nothing pre-conceived in my idea to implement grade point averages…people thought that would create a competitive environment.” He countered with not making GPAs a part of the school’s quarterly assessments of It came down to seeing the school on the cover of student performance. They are used in the final tranNewsweek and realizing that NCSSM spurred the rise scripts students send to colleges. “It became apparent of science and technology schools. “Today, some say that many of our kids weren’t fairing well in college’s we may not be the same leader we were because so early admissions decisions because some of the top many other excellent schools are catching up. I think, schools to which our kids were applying weren’t figuring and there may be some other judgment on this, that it out [NCSSM’s grade system].” He also cited NCSSM’s we are moving in the direction of once again being the 4.0 scale in contrast to public schools’ 6.0 grade scale. best.” Grade Point Averages were accepted by one point when voted on by the Grade Point Average AssessTruth teller ment Task Force. Dr. Boarman believes the sum of the institution is more important than its parts, including himself. “The instituOn the surface, it’s easy to note the lack of classroom tion will be here long after individual presidents,” he competitiveness at NCSSM. One can argue though, says. It is his belief that each leader needs to make the that inside the dorms and in the corners of the library, school stronger for the next. When visiting the school student study groups know who their rivals are. Most


people suspect that kind of “behind the scenes monitoring” of others performance had been going on long before Dr. Boarman’s arrival. Still, students are not ranked at NCSSM and the number of students accepted to Ivy league colleges has increased with the establishment of GPAs. Boarman also recognized that, despite the high level of coursework NCSSM students were completing, they were not receiving the equivalent college credits for the curriculum taught. “Why should we not allow students to have college credit?” Boarman saw a simple solution in Advanced Placement courses. “I feel many of our core requirements are better than APs, but many colleges and academic systems still consider them [APs] a measure of excellence.” NCSSM now offers 23 AP classes, more than any other high school in the state. Dr. Boarman believed that the financial operation of the school was also in need of fine-tuning. Besides its lack of funding over the years, he equated the school’s ability to manage yearend surplus funds to “being in handcuffs.” In the past, once a department depleted monies assigned to a particular budget component, they could not move surplus funds from a different budget into that empty coffer. After Boarman pushed for, and received, flexible spending, departments are now able to move money freely from, for example, miscellaneous supplies and equipment to professional development. It’s an aspect of

The new Bryan Center, inside & out, above
financial control few state agencies have.

While budget controls and carry-over—the money the school is allowed to keep if not spent by the end of the fiscal year—may not have a measurable impact on students, those items do affect where they live. “Facilities are an important key in the life of an institution,” Boarman states. “They don’t directly impact learning, but they surround it, they help facilitate it.” His physical changes to the campus stretch from Broad Street to Maryland Avenue. “I never want to give a student the opportunity to say, ‘Why am I here?’” He started by tearing down an old utility plant that posed potential environmental hazards. It stuck out of the Reynolds Breezeway like an old wart. That area is now a plush courtyard earmarked for beach-blanket studying during the warm months. Dr. Boarman understood the odd sense of pride in the campus’ worn appeal, but believed in the long run that it didn’t have to be that way. “I wanted to show the NCSSM community that they deserved better.” And better they got. The Royall Center was dedicated in May of 2003 and served to physically materialize the growth the school was experiencing under Dr. Boarman. Two-thirds of The Royall Center is a female residence hall and the remainder of the building is dedicated to counseling and administration. The Royall Center was financed through private gifts and NCSSM’s share of a state bond package. It was named for the late Senator Kenneth Royall, a political and financial supporter of the school. On the other side of campus, the Bryan Center beckoned to those students looking for a place to relax or discuss group projects. It was dark and out of date and operationally ill-equipped for the traffic it received as a second entrance for the school. In August of 2004 after 18-months of construction, the Bryan Center welcomed students back to its lobby. This time however, it provided them a hardwood-floored, almost open-air environment in which to assemble clubs and accept Chinese-food deliveries. Today, the Bryan Center gives visitors a memorable first impression of the school, houses two conferences rooms, several department offices, a fully-equipped student life center, and an actual NCSSM retail store. The F. Borden Mace library was also included in the renovation, receiving a new research lab and even a student coffee bar. Dr. Boarman’s physical changes to campus also entailed improvements to classrooms and conference rooms


with network hookups and data projectors. The campus networking capabilities were severely limited prior to Boarman’s arrival. After recommendations by NCSSM’s IT staff, Boarman supported the installation of campus-wide wi-fi and several computer labs, demonstrating his belief of the value of technology in learning. It’s not hard to find someone on campus willing to admit that change is not readily accepted. One could even say that until Boarman’s arrival, any change at all was simply tolerated. Then again, there was never a need for change; the school’s model was proven. The curriculum was unlike any other public school and the teachers were more qualified with deeper intellectual pockets than the student body had ever experienced. New worlds were opened as a result of NCSSM. Not only were students being taught in subject areas most North Carolina kids wouldn’t see until a few years into college, they were being instructed by a faculty with uncanny communication skills. In essence, NCSSM existed on its own academic island, far away from the mainland of standard public school education. By the time Boarman arrived, education alternatives for the advanced student were becoming abundant. Home schooling increased dramatically, as did the number of charter schools, Montessori schools and county magnets, many of which offered advanced curriculum options. Perhaps those schools’ classes are not as in depth or well-taught as NCSSM’s, but they provide more than adequate alternatives nonetheless. With that, Boarman’s challenge doubled. He was expecting to arrive at a high school considered the best in the state and take things from there. However, the rise of alternative education centers in the state mandated that he envelope his ideas for the school around efforts pointed at maintaining its isolated excellence. In the Triangle alone, students find alternatives in magnet schools like Enloe and Southeast Raleigh that offer countless technology and advanced placement options for students. Suddenly, NCSSM was no longer alone on the island.

alumni base as passionate as NCSSM’s. Thus, he faced having to convince another portion of the NCSSM community, one with the strongest ties to its history, that changes were needed. “I have seen a turn-around in my five years, and I’m starting to see the benefits. We have alumni chairing both boards and teaching. I see them everyday.” With campus politics creating an undercurrent of skepticism about some of his changes, Boarman continued to demonstrate that his drive to bolster the proven model of NCSSM would not be easily knocked off course. There is no better example of that than the change to the academic calendar in the 2004-05 school year from semesters to trimesters. Boarman assembled a committee to examine the feasibility of this modification two years prior to its implementation after a suggestion by history instructor Jim Litle. Lilte recommended that trimesters may be a solution to decreasing the withdrawal numbers while broadening the opportunities for academic discovery. “The model of NCSSM as an academic boot camp was not working anymore. We had to ease the transition between high school and their junior year here.” Many argued that students who come to NCSSM and withdraw after a few months are not getting much benefit from the experience. “This is a pilot program,” Boarman affirms about the calendar change. “As a two-year school I think some of our course offerings are limited, though they are still very rigorous.” The trimester debate was waged over several fronts, ranging from graduation requirements to teacher contact hours. The switch to trimesters is certainly Dr. Boarman’s most sweeping change to the school. After the first year, the student jury in the middle of the issue has returned a positive verdict for the most part, namely because of the flexibility in daily schedules and new course offerings. Courses in psychology and forensics, for example, have been hard to get into if a student doesn’t return their course selection materials within a day or two.

Not long into his tenure, Boarman came to understand the passion of NCSSM alumni. “I worked, and still do, to bridge the gap between administration and alumni.” He admits he underestimated their passion. “I tried to keep up with them, but it was difficult. I think I had a rough start with the alumni.” Public schools are not always associated with as much tradition and identity as private, or in NCSSM’s case, public boarding schools. Thus, it is not as critical for an academic leader to establish solid alumni relations. Boarman does indeed keep in touch with many of his former Eleanor Roosevelt students and welcomes their occasional visits to Durham. He quickly notes, however, that he knows of no other academic institution with an

“i never want to give a student the opportunity to say, ‘Why am i here?’”

A student’s daily schedule now fluctuates throughout the week, with some students not having classes until 11:00 a.m. and others taking more than one night class. Many faculty members have demonstrated a willingness to try to make the change work. Others have voiced opposition from the beginning. Either way, the school is pressing on and students are continuing to excel. “The students have more choices. They are learning from more teachers,” Boarman states in reference to the trimesters. Despite the Sisyphean appearance of some of these
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Hurdle Mills

County: Jackson, near Western Carolina University incorporated: March 9, 1889 Population: 2435 Elevation: 2036 feet Land area: 3.2 sq. miles Zip code: 28779 Walmart: Yes home Depot or Lowes? Neither Fast Food representatives: Arby’s, McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Bojangle’s, Subway, Quizno’s Claim to Fame: Sylva was named for William D. Sylva, a wandering man who never revealed his past. The town was given his namesake at the request of a young Mae Hampton and her mother because of his likeable character and politeness. Sylva kept wandering however, and later settled in Cleburne, Texas, where he passed away in 1927.

Person County, between Durham and Roxboro Earliest Record of a Post Office: 1859 Population: 3346 Elevation: 650 feet Longitudinal and Latitudinal Location: -79.074811, 36.201692 Zip Code: 27541 Walmart: No home Depot or Lowes? Neither Fast Food representative: None reason to stop by: Home to the famous semi-annual barbeque supper hosted by the Hurdle Mills Volunteer Fire Department.


Location: Cherokee County, near the Tennesse and Georgia state lines Founded: as Huntersville in 1839 Poplulation: 1566 Elevation: 1538 feet Land Area: 2.3 sq. miles Zip Code: 28906 Walmart: Yes home Depot or Lowes? Lowes Fast Food representatives: Wendy’s, McDonald’s, Arby’s, Burger King, Subway, Quizno’s, Chick-Fil-A interesting Fact: In 1865, Kirk’s Raiders burned the Cherokee County courthouse in Murphy. The present courthouse is now over 70 years old, and is made of blue marble.


Part two of an ongoing series. by Rachel Wingo ‘05



Currituck County, just west of Kitty Hawk Founded: County Founded in 1668 Population:1690 Elevation: 89 feet Longitudinal / Latitudinal Location: -75.901365, 36.239229 Zip Code: 27939 Walmart: No home Depot or Lowes? Neither Fast Food representatives: Hardee’s, Chick-Fil-A interesting Fact: There are technically no towns or cities in Currituck County. They are all either named communities, like Grandy, or are beaches.

Elm City

Wilson County, near Wilson and Rocky Mount Chartered: 1873 as Toisnot Population: 1165 Elevation: 143 feet Land Area: .7 sq. miles Zip Code: 27822 Walmart: No home Depot or Lowes? Neither Fast Food representatives: None historical Fact: Elm City was originally not a city, but a railroad depot. Joyner’s Depot, on the Wilmington-Raleigh Railroad, was founded in 1839.

intrinsic to the spirit of NCSSM is the dynamic created when such a diverse cross section of North Carolina’s residents are brought together on only twenty-seven acres in Durham. it is safe to say that some students come from corners of the state not found on most maps. until now. in celebration of the many Alumni who bravely ventured from these charming rural pockets to the Durham Metropolitan, NCSSM Magazine has decided to highlight some of the lesser known locales that so many of our graduates call home. In the last issue, we profiled Ahoskie, Hamlet, Mount Olive, Newland and Red Springs.



Odyssey CampaiGn Update

Summary of NCSSM Foundation Named Endowments As of June 30, 2005

Guaranteeing the Future
The NCSSM Foundation’s Odyssey campaign continues to be the catalyst in providing the School with the necessary resources to remain at the forefront of math and science education. To date, $5.5 million dollars has been raised in the Campaign. Of that amount, more than $700,000 has been given in support of new endowments. I am pleased to report that 12 new endowments have been created since 2002, thanks to the generosity of the Foundation’s supporters. We recognize that giving is a highly personal matter, a meaningful process and activity that often are life-long. So many factors come into play, including one’s situation in life and one’s values. The needs of the School move in cycles as well, and the funding vehicles that support the NCSSM Foundation through its current, short-term, and long-term goals, anticipate those needs. An endowment gift exists in perpetuity. Endowment funds are the best way to show commitment to and belief in, a department, a campus unit, or the School itself. Since Joseph M. Bryan’s gift of $1,000,000 in 1995 for endowment, we have sought to offer an environment where exceptional learning opportunities challenge both teachers and students, both on campus and through the School’s distance learning programs. In this endeavor, NCSSM has benefited from the generosity of alumni, parents, corporations, grandparents, and friends who, following in the footsteps of Mr. Bryan, have made gifts and bequests in support of the Foundation. Although few individuals have an opportunity to fund an endowment, as did Joseph Bryan, many can do something equally important and permanent by underwriting education for future generations. One of the most effective and certain ways of achieving this end is through careful estate planning, including endowments.

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Claims Manager with Senn Dunn Agency; one of the largest agencies in North Carolina. Tushar Shah, MD ‘84 is married to wife Bina and has three children; Monica 7, Anand 5, and Milan 2. Tushar is a cardiologist with the Oklahoma Heart Institute and his research interests are in advanced cardiac imaging, specifically the clinical application of MRI in the study of cardiovascular disorders. ron Boling ‘85 and his wife, Cindy, have 2 girls under the age of 4. When not changing diapers or reading bedtime stories, he is running his own consulting practice in the RTP area that focuses on business process consulting, project management, supply chain operations, and management advice for startup services companies. Elizabeth Wells Priddy ‘85 married Jeffery Priddy in 1992 and they are proud to announce the birth of their son, John Logan Priddy, born August 30, 2004. Donn C. Mueller ‘85 graduated June 2004 from Harvard MBA Program and lives in Cinncinati, OH. Paige Walend ‘85 is a an MD living in Phoenix, AZ; married to Larry Tamburro, MD. They have two wonderful children, Sarah (5) and Olivia (3).

John humphrey ‘82 has launched The Humphrey Law Firm in Alexandria, Virginia. The practice focuses on litigation, civil rights, and family law issues. His wife, Luisa, chairs the education committee of a local children’s museum. They have two children, Ana (4) and Mia (2). Elizabeth Page ‘82 has been named to the Board of Trustees for the National MS Society, Eastern North Carolina Chapter. She rides annually in the Magical Mystery MS 150 Bike Tour and serves as the chapter’s Research Advocate.

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Karen Sams ‘83 and husband Robery Miola adopted children Michele Elena and Karen Juliet, six and eight consecutively, on a trip to Columbia. They are now in the 1st and 2nd grades at a local public school, and are making the transition to speaking English. Ms. Susan S. Woodhouse ‘83 has accepted a position as an Assistant Professor in Counseling Psychology in the Department of Counselor Education, Counseling Psychology and Rehabilitation Services at Penn State. 18 Cecelia Foy-Johnson ‘84 was recently hired as the Property and Casualty

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Jerome By ‘86 is a cabinet/furniture maker in the style of Thomas Day, a free African American who, at one time, had the largest furniture business in North Carolina. Jerome will be offering an educational presentation to teachers across the country this summer at the North Carolina Museum of Art. He is a graduate of Wooster. Zach Coleman ‘86 traveled the world for a year, catching up with classmates Billy Pizer and Nancy (Smith) Parks in Washington, RJ Dellinger in Charlotte, and Geoff Burgess in London. He finished back in Hong Kong where he is now a senior reporter for The Standard, a local daily newspaper.

MeShelle (hart) hays ‘88 is living in Columbia, SC and currently at home with Austin, now 8, and Kori, now 5. Husband Jim is working at WIS-TV in South Carolina. Dr. Christine E. Barrow ‘89 received her Ph.D. in Biology from Howard University in 2003, married Charles Barrow in September 1995, and had son Tremaine in October 2001 and daughter Kayla in April 2003. Sally hundley ‘89 was named Western Region Teacher of the Year and is a part of the eight-member NC TOY team.

Beth Krodel ‘89 and husband Bryan Smith ‘89 gave birth to a beautiful baby girl, Sofia Colin Law ‘86 Dyane Krodel Smith married Davida Kerner on Sept 24th, 2004, in at 10:25 am on Atlanta, GA. Davida is now doubly related to the Monday, Dec. 27, NCSSM family as she is the younger sister of Her2005, in Boulder, bert Kerner (Class of ‘87). Many fine ‘86-ers were Colorado. Mom, Dad in attendance. and Sofi (as family and friends call her) are Sofia Dyane Krodel happy and healthy. Jerrilyn W. Woodard-Entrekin ‘86 and her husband, Andy Entrekin, live in Bedford, TX. They proudly announced the birth of their first child, a girl, Morrow Lynne Entrekin, born Good Friday, March 25, 2005, weighing 6 lbs, 8.3 oz. Aruna Chandra Spencer ‘87 and husband David, welcomed their son, Kiran Chandra Spencer, to their family last fall. They are living in New York City where Aruna is an attorney at Chadbourne & Parke LLP and David is an investment banker with Bank of America. Tanya Stephens henderson ‘88 and husband Dorian Henderson, proudly announce the birth of their baby girl, Phoebe Claire, on October 3, 2004.
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Dr. rebeccah A. hoffman ‘90 married Vincent Vattari on November 27th, 2004 in Pittsburgh, PA.

Dr. roger A. Ladd, ‘88 and wife Melissa Schuab, are very happy with their new baby, Francis Wasser “Frank” Ladd, born 9/6/04.

Jason A. Lineberger ’90 Became father on May 13th of a third child, a daughter, Harper Lyra Lineberger. She has an older brother Miles Orion Lineberger who is four and an older sister Madeleine Galaxy Lineberger who is seven. According to Jason: Harper Lyra Lineberger “In true NCSSM geek fashion, I’ve created an intergalactic theme family.”



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Mrs. haila r. Maze ‘90 and husband Jonathan Maze announced the birth of their son, Owen David Maze, on July 15, 2004. They currently reside in Charleston. Stephen Schneider, Ph.D. ’90 and wife Cecelia ‘91 are pleased to announce that son Matthew is the proud big-brother of Eleanor Louise. Ellie was born at 10:42 am on Wednesday, July 16, 2003 in Raleigh. She weighed in at 7 lb 11 oz, and 20 1/4 in long. Toby Eshelman ‘91 Received his B.S. in Biochemistry from Antioch College in’97 and a D.V.M. from NC State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2001. He has just begun a residency in small animal surgery at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in Urbana, IL. Toby Married Amanda Wagner back in December 2003. Kim Osborne ‘91 and husband moved to Asheboro, where he teaches Math/Science in a middle school there. They have a new addition to the family, Shenandoah Lee Osborne, born November 17, 2002. The Osbornes Dr. Sirena hargrove-Leak ‘92 Is married to Roland Leak ’92 and in Dec. ‘03 completed her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at the University of South Carolina. She is now a member of the faculty at Elon University. Andres Jokisch ‘93 and wife Deborah have a new baby girl named Maya, born January 13th.
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Catherine Etheridge Otto ‘93 and husband Tim Otto are proud to announce the birth of their son, William Etheridge Otto. William was born in Raleigh on January 19, 2005. Laura (Thomas) Blanchard ‘94 graduated from UNC-CH in May 1998 with a BA in English and then attended the UNC School of Public Health and School of Medicine in 2004, obtaining an MD and a Master’s of Science in Public Health. She is now a Pediatrics Resident at UVA and lives with her husband, Matt Blanchard, their dog, cat and fishes in Charlottesville, Virginia. They were married in May 2004 at the Forest Theatre in Chapel Hill. Vaishali Gupta Escaravage was by her side as a bridesmaid! Toni ruth (Phillips) Smith ‘94 married Wesley Chad Smith November 13, 2004. They are both United Methodist pastors serving in High Point, North Carolina. Her fellow alumni: Ruffin Phillips Ayers ‘92, Kerry Garland Welsh ‘94, Lisa Vizer ‘94, Derek Easley ‘94, Heidi Ledford ’94, Eris Wesley ‘94, and Amy Hatfield ’94, also attended the wedding. William T. Tyson, Jr. ‘94 completed his PhD in Sociology from Duke University in June of 2004. He is presently working as Assistant research professor with Anchin Project at USF in Tampa, FL. Amy Shelton Parker ‘94 and husband Rafe Parker announce the birth of their second son Joshua Thomas, born on The Parkers December 30, 2004. He weighed 8lb 13 oz. Caleb (big brother)


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loves his baby brother and the family is doing well. Schultz (Elizabeth) DeStephens ‘95 relocated to Houston, TX in 2003 for a job with ExxonMobil and stays involved with her dogs, United Way, and mentoring programs. She sees Amy (Elliott) Curtis quite often as she has also relocated to Houston. Scotty hoopes ’96 works with the DEA as a Forensic Chemist in their San Francisco lab. Daniel Lane ‘96 married Latasha Wilson on November 27, 2004. Daniel completed his Pre-Pharmacy Curriculum at Mercer University and obtained his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Hampton University. He has pursued postgraduate education and training at the University of Texas at Austin and Austin State Hospital in the areas of Psychopharmacology, Mental Health Outcomes, and Pharmacy Administration. He currently serves as an Operations Pharmacists for Omnicare Northwest Ohio.

hannah randall Edelen ‘98 is an engineer w/ Progress Energy. Kimberiey Milliam ‘98 is proud to announce the birth of her first baby Sophia Christine Milliam. She was born on August 7, 2004. Joshua Sawyer, ‘98 married Sh’Rhonda Jones on December 18, 2004. Patience Sophia Christine Milliam Lewis,’99 Is getting married on June 18, 2005 to Jason Gray. She has earned a MA in Teaching from UNC-CH and is now teaching Earth science at East Gaston High School in Mt. Holly, NC. Scott McCann ‘99 and Jillian McFee ’00 were married on August 15, 2004 at Magnolia Manor in Greensboro, NC.

Jocelyn reneé Kearney ‘97 Scott & Jillian married Donald Maitland Todd, Jr. of Morrisville on September 25, 2004. She graduated from Duke University in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. She is a scientific recruiting consultant with Kelly Services. Candace D. randall ‘00 is a Ph.D. candidate in Botany at University of Jennifer McGinnis ‘97 Wisconsin. finished her B.S. from Clemson in Sport Management in 2001 and her MS in Educational Psychology & Sports Psychology from FSU in 2004. She is currently Joseph Grey rowell ‘02 working for the North Carolina Tennis Association, is a Junior in Aerospace Engineering at Embryand is starting law school in the fall with the hopes Riddle Aeronautical University - Daytona Beach, of continuing her work in the sport sciences. FL and is a Presidential Scholar.


Tracey howard Truesdale ‘97 is living in Chandler, NC and is a Clinical Pharmacist at Haywood Regional Medical Center in Clyde, NC.



internal debates, the school’s foundation has slowly become immune to internal conflicts, even those waged in a public coliseum. Such public arena melees are even harder for a school’s top administrator, since the position mandates diplomacy. Thus, Boarman often finds himself holding back responses to his opponents’ salvos as a show of self-confidence in his decisions. In turn, its that self-confidence that further irritates those on the other side of table. “I understand the faculty was not prepared for having their input challenged. As I said, I don’t say or do anything to hurt anyone’s feelings, and I do listen to what people have to say, but that does not mean it’s going to be done that way all the time.” Boarman is very matter of fact in describing how he reaches decisions. “Again, I’m a truth teller.” A Better mousetrap “We have a transportation fleet in our parking lot at our disposal, and some of the best universities in the nation in our neighborhood.” Dr. Boarman has a vision for the future of the school that includes NCSSM faculty teaching their students in the classrooms and labs of North Carolina’s great universities. “We don’t have to build all the facilities here, but we have to utilize the facilities that are around us.” “I would love to see our faculty members waiting with kids in front of Watts to board a bus over to Duke for an advanced research class.” Dr. Boarman waved his hands towards Watts Hall, wishing it were already happening. A school with wheels, he calls it. “Maybe people say we don’t have enough labs…well we have enough labs, they just may not be on this campus… why can’t one of our teachers, teaching nanotechnology, just do it in a facility at a local college? How is that different than busing kids to a sporting event?” Essentially, Dr. Boarman believes the intellectual capacity of our students and what NCSSM faculty can teach is outpacing the financial capability of the school. “As we get into some very high tech stuff, needing facilities we just won’t have the operational means for, why can’t we have a classroom on wheels that takes kids and teachers to places that can handle it.” His excitement about the future of the school is indeed alluring. NCSSM has proven it has the capability of functioning like a university tech-transfer office. Still, Dr. Boarman is grounded in the fact that NCSSM is a high school and that proactively exposing students to the pressures of producing commercially-viable research instead of encouraging them to attend the after-prom lock-in is not the best stewardship of teenagers.

side renowned scientists by means of many competitions through which the school has made a name, like Intel and Siemens. But why not offer opportunities for the entire student body?” The idea has plenty of merit. “For lack of a better term, a research practicum…that will allow more students to get engaged in the actual world of research,” Boarman said. “The kids that want to do it [research] will do it, but I want to reach the other students, the ones not entering the contests, to be more involved. It won’t be to the extent of Lucie’s and Xianlin’s [2004 SiemensWestinghouse competition winners] project. I don’t expect that; but, I expect them to understand research and how do it, that they will understand statistics and how to research literature and write a report without plagiarizing it.” Day-to-day activities, meetings in Raleigh and committee responsibilities often pull Dr. Boarman away from conversations where he has a chance to openly explain his ideas. Find that time, however, and you’ll discover an educator overwhelmed at the potential of his student body. Despite completing five years at NCSSM, it seems he still sees a blank slate. “I’ve been told some of the things I want to implement, and have implemented, wouldn’t be possible. People told me, ‘you’ll never get 1,000 applications.’ Everyone tells me what isn’t possible. I ask people what is possible?” “I want to provide our kids with educational experiences outside this institution as well as ones they share alongside their classmates and faculty on campus.” With that, Dr. Boarman sees the school’s distance learning facilities playing a stronger role. “Learning is global now. We should have our kids talking with kids in Japan and Germany.” There are early plans, he mentioned, to retrofit the Newt Fowler Lecture Hall to accommodate video conferencing technology. “The power of distance learning is something most people don’t fully appreciate,” he stated. “Learning does not take place just in our classrooms, which is a sometimes another source of conflict here.” Dr. Boarman admits he has some ideas that may never see the light of day because of how difficult change can be at NCSSM. He does see an increased emphasis on research as a graduation requirement being realized in the next couple years, however. And with those changes, added scrutiny probably won’t be far behind. It is not about change to the curriculum with Boarman, though. It is about changes to the student. It is about his vision for a school to which he was introduced five years ago wherein he saw unlimited potential.
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“I see this school as not only a center for learning but also as a center for discovery. The school’s mentorship program is growing and there is certainly room for it to expand. Students have the opportunity to work

All in a day’s work.
By Staci Barfield ‘83
A conversation with Scott Jacobson ‘95, who makes America laugh at itself every night as a writer for “The Daily Show.” he even won a couple of Emmy Awards for it.
For the past year and a half, Scott Jacobson ‘95 has been part of the writing team for the hit comedy “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”. Scott and his colleagues have each walked away with two Emmys for Outstanding Writing in Variety, Musical or Comedy Series. Their spoof of the institutions of American government, “America (The Book): A Citizen’s Guide to Democracy Inaction”, is currently #25 on’s best sellers list and holds the #6 spot on the New York Times (Hardcover Nonfiction) Bestseller list. Given his recent achievements, one might not expect the words ‘humble’ and ‘unaffected’ befitting of Scott. But they are. Says Scott, “When you’re a part of a writing staff, it’s driven home to you everyday that you’re just one of a team.” Scott came to NCSSM from Cameron, North Carolina. He earned a degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill before moving to New York City to pursue his dream. Scott speaks fondly of his younger brother and sister, celebrating their achievements, and his parents who, he says, “…were always supportive. [They] never told me to come home, never told me I needed something to fall back on.” When he got the job at “The Daily Show”, Scott was teaching kindergarten and considering giving up the idea of comedy writing. Fortunately for the show’s fiercly loyal audience, he didn’t.


NCSSM Magazine: You majored in English in college. Did you have a passion for writing at Science and Math? Scott: I did. I wrote for The Stentorian. I was—I think I was—the entertainment section editor. But I got vetoed a lot by the editor-in-chief. NCSSM Magazine: Who did you have for English? Scott: I had Mr. Woodmansee and Dr. Miller, both of whom I really liked. I got in touch with Woodmansee when I went back to speak at Science and Math and he couldn’t come because his daughter was sick, but we had a nice email ex23


NCSSM Magazine: You were in Durham in November promoting your book with Rich Blomquist, a fellow Daily Show writer and Elon College graduate. How did it feel to come back to North Carolina, and specifically Durham? Scott: It felt scary and weird. I’m the one who set up the appearance. Rich, my writing partner—the guy I got hired with—was going to Elon where he went to school and they actually couldn’t work it out, so he just came with me to that one appearance. And I was really looking forward to it until I actually started flying down there. Then I just was terribly nervous the entire weekend. Afterward it was nice; I just hung with friends. And my parents seemed pleased. Afterwards they weren’t embarrassed, hiding their faces. NCSSM Magazine: Did you and Rich go in for your jobs at The Daily Show together? Scott: Yeah, we submitted together, which was great. The Daily Show hires a lot of people who have not worked in TV before. And neither of us had had a writing job and we were incredibly nervous. We were a good support system for ourselves.

through our really crummy jobs—moving boxes around and driving trucks and stuff. NCSSM Magazine: So you were a struggling writer at first? Scott: Absolutely. I know there are a lot of other guys at the show who didn’t go that route. They went into advertising or something first and they got hired in their early 30’s or something. I think most of the younger writers I know sort of went up—there’s no direct route to a job—but I think that’s the closest thing to it. Get an internship is the best advice. And also write constantly. Make yourself a student. Watch comedy shows with a critical eye. NCSSM Magazine: It’s said that comedy is harder to write than drama. Do you find that to be true? Scott: I don’t know. I’ve never tried to write drama. It’s frustrating because you’re constantly beating your head against the wall trying to…It’s kind of like writing pop music and you’re constantly searching for some novelty or new twist on old jokes. NCSSM Magazine: The Daily Show is news-oriented (or news-mocking). How do you stay up on current events? Scott: We all read a lot of newspapers and websites. We have free time in the afternoon to sit down and flip through the paper and check the blogosphere and whatever we need to do. NCSSM Magazine: So you’re writing in the morning and researching in the afternoon? Scott: Yeah. We’ll get in around nine o’clock and I’ll just look at and Slate for half an hour. Then we go in for a writer’s meeting. We watch AP packages—just the big stories of the day—to decide what we’re going to do based on how good the footage is or how salient the story is. Then we all go off and individually write and they take the jokes from that. By one o’clock we’re usually done writing our headlines. NCSSM Magazine: Do you watch the show to see how your material goes over? Scott: I do unless I’m too nervous about it. Then I just sort of ask around the next day. NCSSM Magazine: Where do you keep your Emmys? Scott: The first one we won, I had only been there a few months and I really didn’t feel like I deserved to be a part of it. I didn’t even like seeing it in my apartment so I sent it to my parents. The second one—I had been there for the entire year and I felt like part of the show—so I keep it in my apartment. It’s on my refrigerator.

“What good comedy isn’t in poor taste? What good comedy doesn’t open itself up to something from somebody?”

NCSSM Magazine: How did you get this job? Scott: We were writing sitcom specs, whatever we could to try to get noticed, and we wrote a [Late Night with] Conan O’Brien packet. Rich had been a writer’s assistant on Robert Smiegel’s show “TV Funhouse” and Rob Smiegel is sort of the godfather of comedy writers. He’s sort of a genius, the guy who started “Saturday Night Live” in the ‘80s. He’s still there. He does TV Funhouse; he does Triumph the Insult Comic Dog. He’s responsible for [Late Night with] Conan O’Brien in the early years. And so we sent it to him, not really thinking he would buy it, but he did. He liked it and said he would forward it on to that show. Then he’s the one who ended up recommending us to our agency, who were also his agents. From there, I think, we got a tip that they were hiring at “The Daily Show,” which is sort of the way it has to work. You have to hear it through the grapevine. So we got together and whipped up another package and Smiegel put in a good word for us there, too. NCSSM Magazine: What suggestions do you have for those just starting out in this field? Scott: Get an internship early. When you’re in college, don’t think that the internships are hard to get. I thought that until I was a senior in college. Then I just applied for some and I got every one I applied to. You just have to apply to the show that—if you want to write comedy for a TV show—just apply to the show that you like the best. Just don’t be afraid of doing heavy-lifting work for a couple of years. I mean everyone we got to know we got to know


NCSSM Magazine: When you get that kind of award, does it put more pressure on you, or take it off? Scott: It hasn’t affected the show. It brings more prestige to the show. Individually, the writers…I don’t think that my Emmy would help me get a better job within the entertainment world. There are so many people who have won awards…awards go out every year to a whole bunch of people and people don’t even remember who the last year’s winners are. So, it doesn’t really have much effect. I think if I were to go outside, if I were to want to get a job in advertising after this, it would probably look good on my resume and help me. NCSSM Magazine: What’s your favorite part of the book? Scott: It’s really not stuff that I worked on. I really like the eye-witness accounts of the Supreme Court. I like Rob Corddry’s “The Founding Fathers” piece. I think those are two of my favorite pieces. NCSSM Magazine: There’s a lot of criticism of the book, people who say it’s blasphemous or in poor taste. What’s your stand? Scott: What good comedy isn’t in poor taste? At least, what good comedy doesn’t open itself up to something from somebody? Good comedy should not please everybody. You just take any criticism like that with a grain of salt. There is such a thing as being too offensive, absolutely. And a lot of people push the envelope to a point where I think it’s unnecessary. But if there’s a point behind it…there’s a difference between satire, sort of barbed satire, and being offensive for the sake of being offensive. NCSSM Magazine: You also wrote a short film? Scott: Yeah. That’s “Partners in Blues.” I worked on “Strangers with Candy” with Stephen Colbert—I was a PA and writer’s assistant, not like we were working together. I got to know Greg Holliman who played Principal Blackman and I always wanted to do something with him. I’m even writing something now for him to be in because I really think he is an underutilized resource. But I made that with him. NCSSM Magazine: Are you encouraged to do other things? Scott: Yeah, definitely. We have the free time that a lot of shows don’t have. The show is a well-oiled machine now. Actually, when we were hired, the executive producer said they really like the writers to do their own things. NCSSM Magazine: Are you going to stay there a while? Scott: I’d be crazy not to. There are so few shows…if I wanted to make a lateral move, I don’t even know where I’d go. NCSSM Magazine: Going back to Partners in Blues, do you want to do more films? Scott: I want to do more stuff. I’m doing a little animated

show now, a little pilot thing. It’s also going to have Greg in it. I’d like to do more short films. It’s such a laborious process, putting them together, and there’s so little payoff. No one sees them. I’m always trying to think of pilot ideas or sketches to write. NCSSM Magazine: If you didn’t have your current job, what do you think you’d be doing? Scott: I can honestly say there is no job I’d rather have. There is no job in New York, no show I’d rather write for. I was thinking about that kind of recently and I really can’t think of anything else. NCSSM Magazine: How do you measure your own success? Scott: I don’t know. Maybe if something that had come from me were to go on and be successful. I don’t think I could ever do anything successful at “The Daily Show.” NCSSM Magazine: Do you not consider yourself successful now? Scott: No…I’m successful. Thing is, in a job like this, you have to keep it going. You’re sort of on a treadmill or log-rolling. I’m 27-years-old and I have a long career ahead of me. I’m certainly not going to be at “The Daily Show” riding Jon Stewart’s coattails for the rest of my life. It’s going to be hard. There are very few comedy writers who really call themselves successful. Robert Smiegel is one of them. Bob Odenkirk (Mr. Show), David Cross, people like that. But for the most part, there are genius comedy writers who are out of work who have to take really crappy jobs at sitcoms they don’t like. NCSSM Magazine: What’s next? Scott: I want to keep writing comedy. I want to be with the show for as long as they’ll have me and after that, like I said, it’s hard to make…You can’t really go up from “The Daily Show.” I just have so much respect for Jon [Stewart] and everybody there. I think that if I were to make a lateral move it would have to be to something that I made myself. Either that or just some show that hasn’t come along yet. NCSSM Magazine: Are there things you learned at NCSSM that you apply in your life on a regular basis? Scott: A lot of my good friends are still from Science and Math. All my best friends are from Science andMath, so it’s weird. I’m actually, right after this, going to have dinner with a friend of mine who’s at NYU who I met at Science and Math. In the book, in the acknowledgment section, I acknowledge my family and Manoj Kohli, which is just a…it’s my friend Manoj who I’m going to see after this and my friend Robin Kohli, who were both my hall mates at Science and Math. They were just very supportive from the very beginning.
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Team sports and grades at NCSSM.

Can they play together?
The Class of 2005’s Most Athletic discuss the puzzle.
by Craig C. rowe

Branson Brown introduced sports to The North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics. He structured the schedules, lobbied area parks and schools to let the student-athletes share facilities and left his own sweat on the baseball field. Branson’s impact on NCSSM is felt every day. NCSSM students are increasing their participation in varsity sports and a portion of the NCSSM Foundation’s Odyssey Campaign is earmarked for campus improvements that include long-term plans for a track & field and soccer facility. Despite the School’s commitment to sports, fielding consistently competitive team sports remains a significant challenge for the school. For the students, balancing the academic workload is considered an immense undertaking in itself. Add the additional commitment to athletics and that balancing act suddenly moves from the floor exercises to the high wire. “That challenge is what makes NCSSM the school that it is. We shouldn’t grant any sort of leniency,” said Lance Harden ’05, a cross country and track standout. “Teachers shouldn’t have to grant extra flexibility for athletes.” Lance knows quite well how to handle sports and the classroom. He was deemed “Most Athletic” by his classmates in the Class of 2005 senior superlative list in addition to being named a Belk Scholar at Davidson. Yet, when asked if a student who is showing Division I athletic talent at an early age should consider NCSSM if his or her academic performance was on par, Lance thinks his alma mater might not be a great fit. “It could be a little better at Science and Math, if we had a little more sustainability in coaching. In the team sports especially. I definitely think there is the

potential for solid team sports at Science and Math. But for star athletes right now, they would be better off staying at their old high school. Even in smaller high schools, you’ll see a more serious attitude about sports.” Kara Anasti, a multi-sport athlete during her two years at NCSSM and also a recipient of the Most Athletic senior crown, disagreed. “If you really value your education, it shouldn’t matter.” Kara was a standout in tennis, track and cross country. She competed in tennis and cross country simultaneously in the fall of her senior year and will be attending UNC-Chapel Hill. Harden thinks the individual sports, the sports that first and foremost highlight individual performances, such as track and cross country, are a different story at NCSSM. “Someone who has the motivation to train by him or herself, who has that drive, can definitely succeed here.” While campus improvements are scheduled and two tennis courts are currently under construction thanks to the financial support of the Class of 1984, there is still a feeling on campus that sports are not totally engrained into the mindset of the NCSSM community. For example, while the Class of 1984 was aiming their gift towards the installation of four or more competition ready courts, campus infrastructure prohibited the construction. Thus, two courts are being built and the prospect of conference tennis matches on campus has been put on hold. Lance noted, “We don’t have home facilities for a lot of sports so it’s hard to generate interest, if someone was to just take a general look around.” This general look around would provide an insight into the lack of on-campus facilities.


The issue of a stadium on campus to provide adequate facilities for track and field and the soccer program is also a hot button with the Watts Hospital-Hillandale neighborhood association. Multiple school officials regularly attend the group’s board meetings to help smooth out an ongoing debate over sound and lighting issues. Still, the school is dedicated to working things out with their neighbors and one can get a sense that this kind of open-door communication would not be taking place if the school wasn’t dedicated to seeing its sports program bolstered. President Boarman, as stated in this issue’s five-year profile, believes NCSSM students deserve an improved campus. He recognizes that one time, there was an odd sense of pride in the condition of the campus. Nevertheless, a large part of President Boarman’s campus improvement vision is the track & field/soccer stadium. Anasti was firm in her reply when asked if she would have still attended NCSSM if varsity sports were not offered, “I would have still applied to come here. I’m realistic about my future in athletics.” Despite her modesty, several of Kara’s classmates believe she can compete at the next level. ”I would not have come here,” Harden admits. “One of the things that made me reluctant about applying was that my friends kept me telling me to stay at Northwood (Apex) because we had a shot at the state championship in cross country and the 4 x 800 relay. My father encouraged me to apply.” Lance’s tenure at NCSSM was Kara was voted Most Athletic marked by an appointment to the School Improvement Group, service as an RLA and steady involvement in student government. Thus, the debate must include a discussion about how many more Lance Hardens out there don’t finalize their applications. ”We know we’ve missed out on kids because we don’t have a football program. But on the other hand, we have had students win Division I athletic scholarships. It’s an age-old debate,” said Kevin Cromwell, Director of Student Services.

One of three NC State Park Scholars from NCSSM this year, Isaac Owolabi, won two state championships in hurdle events and also broke the school record for the 400 meter hurdles event. Clearly, students at NCSSM can successfully maintain the academic and athletic balance. No one will argue against the fact that a high school’s first priority is academic education. Athletics have always been a part of high school life and for some students, sports do provide an alternative future than one centered on academic goals. Another inarguable debate is that academics is, and will forever be, first at NCSSM. So, how does a coach meet the challenge of building a team when having a full squad at practice or games, is a rarity? “Our tennis coach was really good this year, but he couldn’t handle not having courts on campus, getting everyone back in time, missing dinner. And we had such a horrible problem getting people to show up. It’s really hard

Lance Harden pulls ahead in a cross country race. courtesy of The Herald Sun, 10/6/04, Christine Nguyen

for a coach to deal with.” Anasti stated. Harden added, “There needs to be consequences for athletes here who do not show up and don’t say anything about it. That certainly would not have flown at my old school, as far as athletics is concerned, but it does here Then again, if you punished the kids who couldn’t make it all the time, you wouldn’t have a team. The biggest problem coaches have is that students don’t have the best communication skills [with their coaches]. Add to that injuries, and it’s not uncommon to see teams dwindle in numbers after only a couple of weeks.”
cont’d on page 30



Marine’s spirit still intact after part of arm lost.
Article reprinted with permission from The Herald-Sun

BY: Jim Shamp, Durham Herald-Sun

Durham native Jonathan Kuniholm has always been good with his hands. A graduate of the N.C. School of Science and Mathematics, he could do it all -- from installing a new bathroom to playing guitar, from developing an explosive-disarming robot to designing biomedical devices for people with disabilities as a Duke University doctoral student in engineering. But as a captain and platoon leader in the U.S. Marine Corps, Kuniholm faced a shocking twist of fate New Year’s Day when he was caught in an ambush by Iraqi insurgents while inspecting enemy activity near Haditha Dam on the Euphrates River. An explosion, possibly from a rocket-propelled grenade or a hidden mine, killed one of his comrades, injured another and shredded Kuniholm’s right arm below the elbow. He was airlifted to a nearby field hospital for emergency treatment and stabilized at the Landstuhl military hospital in Germany. Then Kuniholm was flown to Bethesda Naval Hospital outside Washington, D.C., and transferred to Durham, where he underwent some eight hours of delicate reconstructive surgery on the damaged limb at Duke University Hospital.

courtesy The Herald Sun, Bernard Thomas

Finally, Friday evening, for the first time since his August deployment, Kuniholm, 33, was able to return home to his wife, UNC radiology resident Michele Quinn, 33, and their 4-year-old son, Sam. Kuniholm’s father, Bruce, a Vietnam veteran of the Marine Corps and a well-known Duke professor of public policy, lives nearby. Kuniholm and Quinn celebrate their seventh wedding anniversary today. But Kuniholm didn’t expect to be with his family when he last celebrated, on New Year’s Eve. That night, Kuniholm entertained fellow troops by singing and playing rock, folk and country tunes on his guitar. The war took its toll the next day. Kuniholm, who had volunteered for combat leadership, recalled that some of his comrades had engaged Iraqi insurgents near the dam, and asked him if he wanted to join them in a follow-up battle. “I said yes, got my gear and we took off in two high-speed military boats,” he said. “We got back to where they’d made earlier enemy contact, dismounted the boats and


shell casings around an agricultural pump station, where there were irrigation pumps going out all over the place. They were taking pictures of drag marks where they suspected the enemy was removing their dead.”

“I’m an extremely lucky man in many respects.”
Kuniholm said he remembered standing next to a radio operator, Lance Cpl. Brian Parrello, from New Jersey, “when all of a sudden, this explosion in front of me knocked me back off my feet, onto my side. I leaned forward and saw what had happened to my arm. A good part of my forearm was missing and my hand was hanging by a piece of skin. I reached for my rifle. It had been blown in half by the explosion.” Kuniholm said fatal injuries weren’t uncommon, just from the pressure of such an explosion. “I’m an extremely lucky man in many respects. All the frag hit me at chest level. If it had been 18 inches higher, it would’ve taken off my head. I had my eye protection around my neck because it had fogged up and I couldn’t see through it.” Fellow soldiers told Kuniholm later that they’d pulled large chunks of metal fragments from his body armor, including his mangled captain’s insignia. It wasn’t until later that Kuniholm would learn of Parrello’s death. He said he hoped to find the soldier’s family so he could share his memories with them. This weekend, just over two weeks after the attack, Kuniholm and his family were doing what they most enjoyed doing on weekends before his deployment -- playing with Sam, eating breakfast at Elmo’s Diner, walking down Ninth Street to buy books at The Regulator. Only this time Kuniholm had to carry what remained of his right arm elevated in a bulky orthopedic brace. Little Sam, with the help of some friends, made his dad a prosthetic arm out of found objects -- plastic, bubble wrap -just in case his father had an immediate need. But Kuniholm has found the device too valuable to use. Besides, other, more expensive, but less precious, prostheses are awaiting him. “I’m looking at probably six months of rehab before I’ll have a working prosthesis,” said Kuniholm. “But my first goal is recovery. After that I’m looking forward to rejoining my dual pursuits of grad school at Duke and my work with Tackle Design.”

Tackle Design is a Raleigh-based engineering start-up firm established by Kuniholm and colleagues Jason Stevens, Chuck Messer and Kevin Webb. It’s those partners who helped transform some of Kuniholm’s ideas for a bombsniffing robot into an actual battlefield prototype they named Bubba.

Though Kuniholm said he wasn’t using Bubba at the time of his injury, he hopes to be able to continue work on this and other kinds of military and civilian applications in a creative “Ant Farm” environment, similar to one established by MIT robot scientists. He said he and his partners also hope to move Tackle Design to Durham. Quinn, Kuniholm’s wife, said her husband had already started adjusting their home to his needs. “He switched the computer mouse over to the left side already, and it’s got me all tied in knots,” she said. “One thing you have to accept when you love Jonathan is that Jonathan does what he needs to do. You might as well be supportive and just go with it.” “I’m supposed to stay somewhat still and let my flap heal,” said Kuniholm. “So for now my plans are to sleep as much as I need to. But I also want to get back on the Internet and check e-mails. Maybe I just won’t be as verbose as I was.” He said his colleagues in the lab of Duke engineering, including professor Robert Clark, were already looking for good voice-recognition software to help speed his return to the Web. Kuniholm said his son had been curious about his injury. “He’s actually doing all right with it, I think,” Kuniholm said. “He had some questions about how I was injured, about the other Marines caught there with me. Some are hard questions, obviously. But so far I’m answering them honestly -- maybe even in too much detail. I don’t know whether a 4-year-old needs to know what an RPG -- a rocket-propelled grenade -- is.” “Jon’s sister says, when you’re 4 years old, anything that happens seems normal,” says Quinn. “Sam’s good about asking questions on what he’s worried about. But this has been an amazing experience for all of us.”



Sports cont’d.

a way to feed one’s competitive drive without the daily commitment of practice and extensive travel, NCSSM intramurals is often taken more seriously than interscholastic contests. This makes evident the argument that the community is aware of athletics and that they are embraced, just maybe not as much as everyone hopes. “IMs are a really big deal,” Harden confirmed. “President’s Cup is cut-throat.”
Class of ‘84 presents a check for tennis courts at Alumni Weekend 2004

Anasti supported her classmate’s view. “We’re still young when we come here, so, were not used to having to do things all on our own.” Harden added that teachers at his old school were more accepting of classroom complications as result of sports and that missing class because of athletics is not a very acceptable excuse. Again, NCSSM would not be the institution it is without this firm hold on the value of classroom time. “I remember my pre-calc teacher yelling at us last year about missing class for track. Well, she didn’t yell, but she was clearly mad. It was the last period of the day, so we always had to leave class,” Anasti admitted. “I think it’s much less flexible than my old school.” Harden believes the only trick to balancing sports and academics at the school is planning ahead. “Take a look at what lies ahead and know when your meets and games occur. Take advantage of your free blocks. The teachers don’t have any problem with you wanting to work ahead of the class a little.” “I studied on the weekends to keep up,” said Anasti. “The teachers don’t intend for the work to be much longer than

NCSSM varsity team sports continue to face a number of challenges. Teams with roster numbers that ebb and flow day to day because of academic competitions, labs, orchestra practice, MPC meetings or tutorials, are having a harder time remaining competitive against schools with teams whose players attend sports camps together, play on club teams year-round and have million-dollar facilities. NCSSM students being what they are, no visiting team leaves campus without a healthy dose of witty heckling from the fan base, demonstrating that the support of the student body is blind to the box scores and that ultimately, the school community is above winning and losing. There is no doubt that the balance of sports and academics at NCSSM will remain precarious for many of the school’s student-athletes. And school administrators clearly recognizes the challenges that a two-year institution faces when trying to build perennially competitive team sports. Those who love to compete on the playing field will continue to find frustration with rosters that change daily and bus rides with boxed dinners and coaches who continue to come on and off the payroll. Still, each year the trophy cases lining the foyer of the Charles L. Eilber Physical Education Center always seem to obtain a few new residents and school records are still being set.

“...we had such a horrible problem getting people to show up. it’s really hard for a coach to deal with.”
45 minutes per assignment, so, it’s manageable. I like the trimester system though, I don’t think I could have handled it as well this year without it.” She sheepishly confessed to receiving one B this year. 30 Every year a number of gifted athletes forgo varsity competition for the heated hall versus hall intramural program. Whether serving as a relief from academic pressure or as

From the perspective of the box score, perhaps the team sports program at NCSSM will never be as consistently healthy as those at bigger, more typical high schools. Neverthless, our student-athletes are as equally skilled as their opponnets, begging an important question that even the NCSSM community has yet to find an answer to.

Jacobson cont’d

Boarman, cont’d

NCSSM Magazine: Is there a single event—academically or otherwise—that stands out most from your time at NCSSM? Scott: The first comedy pieces I ever had published were in The Stentorian. I think that’s when I really started trying very hard to write comedy and when I set my sights on that as a career. So, if anything, it gave me my first audience for writing. Mr. Woodmansee had me as a work service student. That was a big boost for me because I wasn’t really confident at all about my abilities. And just the fact that he believed in me, even though I was always very quiet in class, but that he sensed or saw from my papers that I had some little kernel of talent. I really appreciated that. I’ll always be indebted to him. NCSSM Magazine: Did you enjoy Science and Math? Scott: You know, I didn’t, but that was just because I was a sullen teenager and I think that I wouldn’t have been good anywhere. Like I said, in retrospect, socially there was no better place. I love my friends from Science and Math. It’s one of those things were I look back and realize how good I had it. There was no school newspaper in Cameron. There was no measure of appreciation [in Cameron] for any sort of artistic achievement or endeavor. It’s great to be put in a situation where you’re not the big fish in the pond anymore, where you’re not the top of your class. Because you really do start to believe, if you grow up in a place like that, that the world is much different than how it actually is. Scott’s Emmy Awards were awarded for the Outstanding Writing For A Variety, Music Or Comedy Program at the 55th & 56th Annual Emmy Awards. For more information on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart or America (The Book) go to To order Partners in Blues, go to partners.html.

Whether it’s his direct management style or a by-product of his drive to help a school personify its potential, Gerald Boarman is always finding ways to communicate ideas. “There has been money set aside in the Governor’s budget for a study on the feasibility of non-residential campuses,” he continues. This idea encompasses the establishment of three regional campuses across the state to serve the number of highly qualified students who may not have been accepted to the school in Durham. “It’s in the planning stages and may not be realized for more than five years…we want to have our stamp of approval on it.” Jerry Boarman is a man of action–but the action must have a plan. “Whether it be tennis courts, the Royall Center, trimesters...I know that to people who have been here for twenty years these changes seem unsettling.” Dr. Boarman likes to reiterate that his ideas and decisions are truly aimed at the betterment of the entire institution, both physically and philosophically. Little changes can make a big difference too, Boarman stresses. “Who knows about the new tractor for Luke [Mason, plant facilities] so he can keep this place looking good and a truck for Chris [Taylor, plant facilities] so he can do what he needs to do…little things matter too.” You can never question the impact Dr. Gerald Boarman has had on NCSSM. In his tenure, the school has seen a tremendous increase in the number of applications, realized a renewed awareness in state government and gained solid footing on the grounds of corporate partnership. Annual giving is at record numbers and the School’s largest capital campaign to date, the Odyssey Campaign, was kicked off last December. These external relationships and fundraising milestones, critical to the development of any progressive institution, signify his understanding of who and what needs to be touched in order to enact change at a place like NCSSM. He understands the rich academic traditions of the school and the power held by its faculty to educate teenage minds. Regardless of how bumpy some transitions have been, there is no questioning the validity of the path traveled to reach them. Quite simply, Gerald L. Boarman’s first five years have been non-stop, suggesting he asks himself the same question every morning: “What would you do tomorrow if you knew you could not fail?” In a school like NCSSM, one with unlimited potential, that is a good question to ask.



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