The Arrow Fall 2019

The Arrow FALL 2019

The Arrow The Arrow is published by the Development Office of Oak Hill Academy and is distributed to alumni and friends of the Academy.

Oak Hill Academy 2635 Oak Hill Road Mouth of Wilson, VA 24363 276-579-2619 President Dr. Michael D. Groves Board of Trustees Rev. Robert Bailey Mr. Kenny Bowen – ‘78 Mr. Richard Burke – P‘07 Rev. Danny Collins Mr. Larry Conner Mrs. Sidney Rose Fant Mr. Todd Fuller Mr. Dennis Gambill Mrs. Susie Garner Mr. Rodney Halsey Dr. Thomas Harvey Mr. Joel Jackson – ‘94 Mrs. Theresa Lazo Dale Melton Mr. Marty Parks Mr. Carl Rosberg Mr. Tom Saunders Mrs. Jennifer Stenner – P’17 Dr. Charles Stewart Mr. Jim Tapp Ms. Mary Thomas Mr. Taylor Vaughan Mr. Don Gibson Dr. Wayne Hager

Admission Open House There’s no better time than the fall to visit the mountains! We invite prospective students and their families to experience Oak Hill Academy for themselves as we showcase our school on Monday, October 14 th from 10:30 AM-2:30 PM. Kindly RSVP to to help us accommodate everyone for our seminars, campus tour, and lunch.

Oak Hill Academy Annual Fund Appeal

Please remember to support the Oak Hill Academy Annual Fund Appeal. This year our goal for the Annual Fund is $250,000. The Annual Fund helps to finance, drive and support the hard work that goes on at Oak Hill Academy; The Annual Fund provides direct support to the school’s daily operations not covered by tuition. Your support to the Annual Fund at any level makes a difference and is greatly appreciated. We challenge you to challenge others to help us reach our goal. Watch for the upcoming OHA Annual Fund Appeal in the mail or contact Tim Henry in the Development Office, thenry@oak or 276-579-2619.

P – Parent of OHA Alumnus

President’s Paragraph Following is the text of Dr. Groves’ Convocation Address: August 26, 2019 Hello, my name is Dr. Michael Groves, President of Oak Hill Academy. Welcome to our school, which is now your school. Oak Hill Academy. Look at the school seal behind me. “Since 1878.” That’s 141 years of history— generations of students and faculty and staff. The tentacles of this tiny school stretch from Mouth of Wilson all over the globe. Asia, Australia, Europe, South America, North America, Africa; we have graduates from nearly every state in the U.S. Tremendous legacy, unmatched tradition. And, yet, I know what is most important for you on this day is not yesterday or yesteryear, it is today, right now, this year. Our theme for 2019-2020 is OPPORTUNITY. I encourage you strongly: embrace this opportunity. Today is a fresh start, a new day; it’s a new day for you, a new year for OHA. We have a tremendous group of faculty and staff and administrators in place for you. There are activities planned for you, and we live in arguably the most beautiful place in the United States. Clean air, fresh water, and healthy activities abound just outside every door and window on campus. You’ll see beautiful views of mountains, picturesque sunrises and sunsets, and an untrammeled night sky. Here, in this beautiful place, you have the opportunity to make friends that will last a lifetime, to learn lessons that will change the course of your future, and to live in a community that you will look back upon fondly for the rest of your life. Soon you will notice that the folks who call this campus home, who live here year round, well— we love Oak Hill Academy. This school is so woven into the fabric of our being that sometimes it’s hard to tell where OHA begins and an individual person begins. Steve Smith, for example, isn’t just Coach Steve Smith, he’s Oak Hill Academy Coach Steve Smith. My mailing address is the same as yours—2635 Oak Hill Rd., my email is We really live here, we

really love it here; OHA is a part of us. In fact, Oak Hill Academy identifies us. And that— being identified with Oak Hill Academy—that is a blessing. I am happy that you shall be living here, too, with us. Make sure you throw your arms around this opportunity; make sure you allow this opportunity to embrace and carry you. Please know that the key to your success at OHA cannot be found in your dorm room assignment, nor can it be found by what we are having for lunch today. In fact, success is not necessarily going to be located in your grades, or a dorm report, or even on a stat sheet. The key to your success—and to a large extent your level of happiness here—revolves around your mindset, around opening yourself to this opportunity. I implore you: Find the good in every day at OHA. Learn to appreciate that the adults in this room will listen to you and care for you. We shall remind you often that God loves you, even while pushing you to new levels of success. To become who God wants you to be … that can and will happen right here, in this place, in your school, Oak Hill Academy. Good Morning, Welcome, may God Bless you, and may God bless Oak Hill Academy.

Year 141 begins right now. (The tolling of the Academy Bell.)

Follow Dr. Groves on Twitter @DrGrovesOHA.

141 st School Year Begins! Oak Hill Academy Welcomes Students to Campus! On Monday morning, August 26th, the original school bell chimed as Oak Hill Academy officially began its 141 st academic year. With this new beginning comes the anticipation of a successful year for students and faculty alike. This year our diverse group of students comes to us from 24 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and 13 foreign countries. All have come together to create our unique community on “The Hill” where we strive to provide a quality education for all who come our way. Amid all of the hustle and bustle of unpacking, finding room assignments, getting class schedules, and picking up supplies and uniforms a new sense of independence is discovered; new friendships are created; old friendships are rekindled; and another chapter in the history of the school is written. The entire Oak Hill Academy faculty and staff welcomes our students to campus and looks forward to another successful year.

OHA Welcomes

Clif Conley Mr. Clif Conley, from Galax, Virginia, joins Oak Hill Academy as a resident manager. He at tended Emory & Henry College for two years where he studied Economics before graduating from Asbury University with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration in May 2019. Mr. Conley also played college basketball throughout those four years at the NCAA D-III and NAIA D-II levels. He and his fiancée Lauren will have their wedding this upcoming August! Mr. Conley has an older brother, Cole, who lives in Raleigh with his wife, Haleigh. His parents, Larkin and Steve, remain in Galax. During his downtime, Mr. Conley enjoys working out, playing basketball, watching sports, listening to music, and singing! He is extremely excited to be here and very thankful to be a part of Oak Hill Academy. Mr. Dion and Mrs. Martha Dacons Mrs. Martha Dacons is the Learning Specialist/Librarian in her first year at Oak Hill. She gradu ated from La Salle University (Philadelphia, PA) with a Bachelor of Arts in three majors: Special Ed ucation, Elementary Education, and American Studies as well as a minor in Leadership and Global Understanding. She also received her Masters of Education from Penn State University with a con centration in English as a Second Language (ESL). Prior to coming to Oak Hill Mrs. Dacons was the School Based Teacher Leader at Widener Memorial School and the La Salle Autism and Develop mental Disabilities Education Resources (LADDER) Educational Coordinator in Philadelphia. She is originally from Statesville, North Carolina, the same hometown as her husband Dion Dacons, who is the Resident Manager of Dixon Hall as well as an Assistant Coach for the Gold Team. Mr. Dacons is a 2003 graduate of Oak Hill Academy. While at Oak Hill Mr. Dacons was a member of the Gold Team from 2001-2003. After leaving “The Hill,” Mr. Dacons attended Temple Uni versity where he played for Hall of Fame Coach John Chaney on the men’s basketball team. He graduated from Temple University with both a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology as well as a Masters of Education with a concentration in Sport and Recreation Administration. Mr. Dacons also re ceived his Masters of Business Administration from La Salle University with a dual concentration in Finance and Business Systems & Analytics. Prior to coming to Oak Hill Mr. Dacons worked at Murrell Dobbins CTE High School in Philadelphia as the Assistant Athletic Director as well as the Sports Marketing and Management Instructor within the business administration department. The Dacons have a daughter, Cameron Grace, and a beagle, Muggsy. They both enjoy watching and attending sporting events, especially basketball and football, spending time with family and friends, and being outdoors. They are excited about being at Oak Hill and look forward to making great memories while on “The Hill.” Mrs. Jess Fisher Mrs. Fisher joins Oak Hill Academy as an ESL Teacher and an Admission Assistant. She was born in South Korea and educated in Australia. Mrs. Fisher completed her Bachelor of Music in Perfor mance, and majored in classical Flute at Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University in Bris bane, Australia. Before she started working as a teacher, Mrs. Fisher also lived in Germany, where she continued studying classical music and obtained TestDaF Certification in German language at Studienkolleg Goethe Universität in Frankfurt. Previously Mrs. Fisher worked as a Music and English teacher in Seoul, South Korea where she met her husband Mr. Griffin Fisher. In her free time she likes to practice yoga and zen. She also enjoys traveling and learning new languages and cultures. Mrs. Katherine Giszack Mrs. Giszack is the daughter of teachers and her favorite childhood game was “playing school.” This shaped her career path as she earned her BA in English Education from Virginia Tech and her M.S.Ed. from Radford University in TESOL Education. After teaching English and ESOL for 15 years, she worked with international programming and enrollment for several years, all while liv ing on a boarding school campus for over two decades. In her free time, Mrs. Giszack enjoys writing, chasing her dog, Piper, playing the piano and dis covering new places, near and far. She and her husband Todd have three sons: Micah, Jared and David, and they are all happy to be part of the Oak Hill community.

New Faculty Members Mr. Todd Giszack

Todd Giszack came to OHA after 22 years serving at another boarding school in Virginia. He is deeply committed to helping young people achieve success, and is very thankful to have joined the Oak Hill community. He attended Virginia Tech, where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. He earned his Master of Science Degree in Education with an emphasis in Cur riculum Design and Instruction from Radford University. He has served in a variety of positions in school settings, including 7 years as a classroom teacher, academic department chair, administra tive team member, and many seasons of athletic coaching. Prior to joining the Oak Hill family, he was the Academic Dean at a boarding school. He is married to Katherine (OHA’s new Director of Admission), and they have three sons -- Micah, Jared, and David. Mr. Giszack has a deep apprecia tion for the mission and culture of Oak Hill, and looks forward to many years working alongside of so many wonderful and committed professionals. Mrs. Linda Smith Mrs. Smith joins Oak Hill Academy as an Administrative Assistant in the Academic Office and as Secretary to the Athletic Department. Originally from New York, she came to Mouth of Wilson by way of Connecticut, North Carolina, and Galax, Virginia. Mrs. Smith has a BS in Speech Pathology and Audiology from Mercy College and also attended Pfeiffer College for elementary education. Formerly an Insurance Agent/Consultant in Galax, she left behind a 30+ year career in insurance and is excited to join Oak Hill and finally follow her passion to be involved with the education of our youth. Mrs. Smith and her husband Tom have lived in Mouth of Wilson for 23 years. They have two daughters, Ashley and Carley, and live a short distance from campus on Tom’s family farm. When possible Mrs. Smith enjoys listening to music, reading, kayaking, and going to the beach. She loves being surrounded by the hills, trees, wildlife, and flowers and the abundance of stars we can see in the sky above Mouth of Wilson. Mr. Kevin St. Cyr Mr. Kevin St. Cyr joins Oak Hill Academy as the Resident Manager in Williams-Berry Hall. He graduated from Central Christian College of the Bible with a B.A. in Religious Studies. Mr. St. Cyr was born and raised in Southern California. He enjoys investing his time in developing youth and building relationships. In his free time, he enjoys participating in and watching sports and playing video games. He also loves spending time with his family and two dogs. Mrs. Leslie St. Cyr Mrs. St. Cyr joins Oak Hill Academy as the Spanish teacher. She graduated from Florida Interna tional University with a B.S. in Hospitality Management. She and her husband, Mr. Kevin St. Cyr, reside in Williams-Berry Hall with their 3-year-old son, D’Artagnan. Mrs. St. Cyr was born and raised in Southern California. As her parents are Colombian she speaks both English and Spanish fluently. In her free time, she enjoys watching movies, playing board games, photography, being at the beach, and spending time with her family. Both Mr. & Mrs. St. Cyr are excited to be working at OHA, encouraging the youth they encounter every day. Mr. John Tucker Mr. Tucker returns to Oak Hill Academy as a Resident Manager in Ingram Dormitory after joining the school last winter. He graduated from Berry College in Rome, Georgia, in 2017 with majors in Economics and Spanish. While in college, as part of the Bonner Scholars Program, he worked with many nonprofit organizations like Habitat for Humanity and spent a summer teaching English in Costa Rica. As a native of Memphis, Tennessee, Mr. Tucker loves Grizzlies and Tigers basketball as well as Memphis barbecue. He also enjoys hiking at Grayson Highlands State Park, kayaking on the New River, and volunteering with his church family, The Gathering, in Ashe County. He is engaged to his fianceé, Elly, and is excited to be getting married this fall.

Ms. Cyndie Richardson and Mr. Sid Finklea Retire Dr. Groves’ comments at the combined retirement ceremony for Cyndie Richardson and Sid Finklea follow.

Cyndie Richardson , Principal. Kind and friendly and never in the limelight by na ture, this excellent teacher stretched herself in her move six years ago to admin istration … as the students would say “over to the dark side.” On any given day, Ms. Richardson is evaluating faculty, receiving students who may not be toeing the line, communicating with parents, counseling students during a rough patch, putting out fires while simultaneously being nudged by me to plan strategically for our school’s growing academic program. And, yet she goes about her admin istrative business remaining kind and friendly and unfailingly pleasant.

Ms. Cyndie Richardson, a Texas native, who was never by personality larger than life, though she somehow managed big person alities and large lives all around her here at Oak Hill Academy. She is interested in stu dent success, kind to her colleagues, and so very supportive of everything OHA. This fine person has been in the business of education for over 40 years, taking care of students, a school building, her faculty, and now she plans on taking care of animals, a garden, her husband Donovan, and she is hopefully opti mistic about grandchildren. Ms. Cyndie Richardson, thank you for your

service and thank you for your friendship. Thank you for being such an important part of the 140 year legacy of Oak Hill Academy. We wish you the very best in your retirement.

It is difficult for me to imagine an Oak Hill Academy without Mr. Sid Finklea. Teach er, coach, and referee …. He has coached countless teams of many sports in his time here. In fact, if we offered such teams, he would have coached spelunk ing and badminton. More importantly he is a husband, father, father-in-law, and grandfather; most importantly, he is a Christian. Mr. Finklea genuinely cares for the students, he is invested in their well-being and backgrounds, and he truly wants for all of his students nothing but the best. Mr. Finklea has the knack to somehow find what students truly enjoy and then discovers ways to accommo date: A trip to Bojangles; a trip to the barber shop; a trip to a Chinese restaurant. All of these simple acts of kindness transpire behind the scenes, not as assigned duties, never on the announcement sheet, and he receives no credit. And, yet, these small acts of kindness make a tremendous difference in the lives of our students. Behind the scenes, receiving little credit or fanfare also describes Mr. Finklea. He does the same thing for the faculty and staff: A gift card for someone struggling, a prayer for a friend, a volunteer to cover someone’s duty, riding cross country with a colleague to attend a funeral. Just last week we all heard his an nouncement about collecting can tabs to help support Ronald McDonald Homes. Now, lest we forget, I also think Mr. Finklea has a great sense of humor, but, alas, it is a great sense of humor for terrible jokes and puns. If I tell a bad joke here on campus (which happens a lot), folks often respond with … “where’d you hear that,

Mr. Finklea?” Know also he is the self proclaimed champion as the source of the most useless information. Trivia, the best places to eat, the easiest driv ing directions, even the best products to buy at your local grocery store. This guy seemingly knows it all. Please know also, Mr. Finklea, that we appre ciate you. We are going to miss you here on “The Hill.” Mr. Sid Finklea, for your twenty-nine years of service to our school, thank you so very much. May God bless you in your retirement.


Oak Hill Academy’s Sixth Annual Homecoming will be held on Saturday, November 9, 2019. The one-day event will be held in conjunction with the home Gold Team basketball game against Mt. Zion Academy. Reserved seating for alumni and their families will be available at the 7:00 p.m. game. Alumni are invited to join our students for tailgating prior to the game. We will gather in the upper academic parking area for food stations and fun. Please visit the “Alumni” page of the OHA web site for the complete schedule and to RSVP for the event!

State of the Academy 2018 - 2019 DONATIONS June 1, 2018 – May 31, 2019 GIVING CLUBS

The Oak Club.....................................................$10,000+ The Founders Club..................................$5,000 - $9,999 The President’s Club................................$1,000 - $4,999 The Red and Gold Club..................................$500 - $999 The Friends Club.............................................up to $499

THE OAK CLUB Alma Dillon Trust C. M. Gatton Dorothy Lenore Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation

Scott & Beth Cook Gary & Katherine Crede Judi King Creech John & Peggy Crowder Lee Roy Davis Hector de la Barreda

Vaughan Furniture Foundation Dan & Geneva Walters Young’s Chapel Baptist Church THE RED AND GOLD CLUB Adeyemi & Bolanle Adewole Ross Allen Barbara Anderson

Rex Matthews Estate Carl & Cheryl Rosberg

Juanita DuBose Dotson Jerry & Susan Dupper Terry Dyroff & Patricia Darsie Jeffrey Jefferson Eller Marion Eugeno

Nancy Stone Ernie Surles Williams-Berry Charitable Foundation

Jerry & Allison Benson Kenny & Patti Bowen Steve & Rhonda Bowen

THE FOUNDERS CLUB Kim Baughman Monica Cooper AJ Fletcher Foundation Michael & Joy Groves Robert Murphy Estate George & Leslie (Sims) Pelton Virginia Baptist Foundation

Allen & Lori Feezor Sid & Lisa Finklea Paul & Karen Fisher Hattie Fitzgerald Ken & Kim Furches

Christie Boyd Richard Burke Alice Calabrese Priscilla Cox James Doffin Dan Frank

Jeanne-Marie DuBose Halley Rodney & Stacy (Eller) Halsey Larry & Linda Hamrick Francoise Hartline

John & Susie Garner Jon & Judy Groesbeck Wayne Hager Rex Halsey Greg Hartline Bill & Linda Huber Joel Jackson Jeff & Carol Jeffreys

THE PRESIDENT’S CLUB Tom Barnard Blaine Butterworth & Phyllis Ponder Billy Ray & Jeannette Cameron Larry & Ida Jane Conner Inez Cox Frances Dixon John Duvall Palmer & Sidney Rose Fant

Tom & Nancy Harvey Doug & Janice Hawks Dale & Kim Heard David & Andrea Hilliard John Hoffman Sandra Haines Hooks Jerry Hughes Walter & Elizabeth (Douglass) Hunting

Tom Kaiser & Sallie Adams Morton & Margaret Lester Darryl & Kathy Lundgren M. A. & Mary Lunsford Richard & Dawn Martinez Russell Montgomery Mark Patton Scott & Cleta (Haga) Roberts Jackie Rustigian Otto Seidel Dan & Kim Slemp Jim & Pam Tapp Doug & Ruth Turnmire Joe Vanderdys

Bob & Sandra Jackson John & Barbara Jackson Chris & Heather Jarvis John & Joy Jones Joe Judkins Richard Karathi Cindy Kaufelt Geraldine Kennedy Don Krauss Stephanie Lanier Patrick & Sue Laughran Robert & Theresa Lazo

Kelvin & Tamara Fisher Donald & Tammy Francis Todd & Lori Fuller Dennis & Wendy Gambill Don & Jayne Gibson Hardin & Janet Halsey Tim Henry Jim Herchenrider (deceased) Bill & Nancy (Brown) Jackson Jerry & Barbara Johnson Wayne & Dena Landsman Marcia Lockamy Lewis Rex & Gina Liu Dwayne & Belinda Majors Ronnie McGhee Dale & Michelle Melton Richard & Joanne Mueller Becky Muenzenmayer Ramona O’Bryant

Vannoy Construction Rob & Susan Veerman Alton & Susan (Worsham) Vick Walter & Elizabeth (O’Halloran) Walters

Dustin & Kori Lewis Harry & Jean Lindsey Sarah Lofton Cyndy Cahill LoMonaco Linda Maynard Torren McCarthy Carol Osborne McGrady Havaleena Meade Meriwether-Godsey, Inc. Michael & Jackie Mickiewicz Russell Miller Bill Minson Randy & Laura Moorhead Alan & Glenna (Halsey) Morton Raymond & Anastasia Morton Donald & Lettie Nance Lila Noonkester Jeannette Norfleet Scott & Christine Ogden Larry Owens

David Wesley Tom Wheeler Robert & Nancy Wildrick

THE FRIENDS CLUB Ismail Al-Ahmary & Jameelah Al-Bishi Ronnie & Joan Anderson

Ed & Carolyn Patton Otis & Mary Reamy Paul & Tatum Saunders Harry & Sarah (Ussery) Sink Skyline National Bank Harry Lee Speeks and Ida Mae Speeks Trust Michael & Karen Stevens Oscar & Mossie Teague Foundation Ken & Patricia Thomas Mary Thomas Ted Ussery Anne Vaughan

Merle Watts Angle Neil & Carri Bailey Bob & Dolores Bailey Linwood & Robin Branch Dan Browder Diann Cramer Butler Chris & Angela Butz Lynn Smith Campbell Chris & Allison Collins Danny & Patricia Collins

GIFTS GIVEN IN MEMORY OF: In Memory of Adele Penny Alford Bob & Dolores Bailey

Marty & Cathy Parks Doris Wilson Patteson Shirley Perkins David Phipps Corinne Pluska Dale Presnell Neil & Wilma Price Thomas & Karen Reed – Northwest Lawn Care Jan Roberts

In Memory of Harry Speeks – 1950’s student Patsy Pilkins Snow

In Memory of Dennis Throckmorton Donald & Letty Nance

In Memory of Wallace Angle Merle Watts Angle

In Memory of Ted & Edna (Class of 1959) Ussery Ted Ussery

In Memory of Elizabeth Leech Bailey Darryl & Kathleen Lundgren Neil & Carrie Bailey In Memory of William Bruce – Class of 1963 Jan Roberts In Memory of Ross Cofield – Class of 1968 Otis & Mary Reamy In Honor of Diann Cramer – Class of 1971 Patrick & Sue Laughran

In Memory of L. D. Ussery Lee Roy Davis

Mike & Yvonne Rodgers Richard & Joyce Rouse Janet Scagnelli Don Scarborough Alice Raynor Schneider Michelle Bailey Shaw Stuart & Susan Smith Thomas & Yolanda Smith Winston & Lynn Smith Patsy Pilkins Snow John Sonnen Frank & Judith Spaeth Jack & Jennifer Stenner Deanna Smiroldo Swayne Judy Theuer Trinity Baptist Church Valley Boiler Taylor & Celia Vaughan

In Memory of Harold Dean Wilson – Class of 1952 Doris Wilson Patteson Robert Wilson

In Memory of Leon Wynn Hattie Fitzgerald

GIFTS GIVEN IN HONOR OF: In Honor of Patrick Calabrese – Class of 2011 Alice Calabrese

In Memory of George Eller

Jeffrey Jefferson Eller

In Memory of Joy Crutchfield Hager Wayne Hager

In Honor of the Class of 1971 Diann Cramer Butler

In Memory of William Hartline Francoise Hartline

In Honor of Joy Groves

Susan Widener

Leslie Verploegen Joe & Joy Walker

In Memory of C. W. (Class of 1946) & Gladys Hawks Doug & Janice Hawks In Memory of Jim Herchenrider – Class of 1974 Diann Cramer Butler Havalenna Meade

In Honor of Michael and Joy Groves Dale & Michelle Melton Ramona O’Bryant In Honor of Alec Hilliard – Class of 2001 David & Andrea Hilliard

Carroll & Jo Ann (Watkins) Harvey John & Nila (Stevens) Wehrenberg Susan Widener

Judy Thacker Williams Mark & Yvette Williams Pat & Melissa Williams Robert Wilson

In Memory of Linda Isner Joe Vanderdys

In Honor of Sandra Jackson Bob Jackson

GIFTS IN KIND Nicholas Antich George Burgy Jane Burgy Blaine Butterworth & Phyllis Ponder Palmer & Sidney Rose Fant Sid & Lisa Finklea Kelvin & Tamara Fishser Four Gals & a Florist

In Memory of James S. Lofton – Class of 1961 Sarah Lofton

In Honor of Austin Kloberg – Class of 2015 Robert & Nancy Wildrick

In Memory of Mike Maynard Linda Maynard

In Honor of Brian Krach – Class of 1998 Jeannette Norfleet

In Memory of Claude McSwain – Class of 1966 Ronnie & Joan Anderson

In Honor of Marcia Lockamy Lewis – Class of 1971 Leslie Verploegen

Guynn Furniture Harmony Hill Inn Greg Hartline

In Memory of Dolores Austin Moser – 1940’s student Monica Cooper

In Honor of Jane McMillan

Alice Raynor Schneider

Tim Henry Bruce Hill Jeff & Carol Jeffreys Steven & Jill Josephson Glenn Mosser Michael & Page Page Marty & Cathy Parks Katie Pearson Corinne Pluska Tommie Sargent Marion Schultz Matt Shiflet Tom Skiba Spring Valley Graphics VOLUNTEER WORK Ronnie Anderson Laura Bryant Bonnie Lambert Cofield Carroll Harvey Jo Ann Watkins Harvey Don Krauss

In Memory of Karl Muenzenmayer Michael & Joy Groves Becky Muenzenmayer

In Honor of Julie Moorhead – Class of 2009 Randy & Laura Moorhead

In Honor of Ed & Carolyn Patton Stephanie Lanier

In Memory of Rachel Muenzenmayer – Class of 1986 Russell Miller Becky Muenzenmayer In Memory of J. Ralph Noonkester – Class of 1940 – and Naomi Noonkester Lila Noonkester

In Honor of Sarah Ussery Sink – Class of 1963 Trinity Baptist Church

In Honor of Steve & Lisa Smith C. M. Gatton Stuart & Susan Smith

In Memory of Jewell Ford Patton Ed & Carolyn Patton Mark Patton

In Honor of Alex and Aidan Stenner – Class of 2017 Jack & Jennifer Stenner

In Memory of Geoffrey Reed Pelton – ’92 Non-graduate George & Leslie Pelton

FACULTY AND STAFF GIVING Neil & Carrie Bailey (former staff) Steve & Rhonda Bowen Laura Bryant (former staff) Scott & Bath Cook (former staff) Gary & Katherine (former staff) Crede John Duvall (former staff) Sid (former staff) & Lisa Finklea

In Memory of Jacque Penny

Bob & Dolores Bailey

Mary Reamy Otis Reamy Sarah Ussery Sink Ted Ussery

In Memory of Jim Perkins Shirley Perkins

FOUNDATION GIVING A. J. Fletcher Foundation Oscar & Mossie Teague Foundation Vaughan Furniture Foundation Virginia Baptist Foundation Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation Williams-Berry Charitable Foundation PARENT GIVING (current and former parents and grandparents) Adeyemi & Bolanle Adewole Ismail Al-Ahmary & Jameelah Al-Bishi Barbara Anderson Jerry & Allison Benson Linwood & Robin Branch Richard Burke Chris & Angela Butz Alice Calabrese

PRESIDENT’S PARENT CLUB (Current or former parents and grandparents may become a member of the President’s Parent Club by donating $500 or more.) PARENT MEMBER SON OR YEAR DAUGHTER GRADUATED Adeyemi & Bolanle Adewole Mikun 2018 Barbara Anderson Linnea 2012 Jerry & Allison Benson Chris 2015 Richard Burke Liz 2007 Alice Calabrese Patrick 2011 Kelvin & Tamara Fisher Landon Current student Donald & Tammy Francis Montana 2018 Jon & Judy Groesbeck Cade 2014 Jerry & Barbara Johnson Crissy Non-graduate Tom Kaiser & Sallie Adams Nick 2017 Wayne & Dena Landsman Alexa 2006 M. A. Lunsford Andrew Non-graduate Dwayne & Belinda Majors Graeme 2017 Richard & Dawn Martinez Devin Non-graduate Richard & JoAnne Mueller Stephanie 2002 Becky Muenzenmayer Rachel (deceased) 1986 Ed & Carolyn Patton Mark 1984 Dan 1986 George & Leslie Pelton Geoff (deceased) Non-graduate Jackie Rustigian Loriann Non-graduate Dan & Kim Slemp Amanda 2006 Ken & Patricia Thomas Courtney 2006 Rob & Susan Veerman Andrew 2008 Robert & Nancy Wildrick Austin 2015

Paul & Karen Fisher Michael & Joy Groves Tim Henry Cindy Kaufelt (former staff) Stephanie Lanier (former staff) Sue Laughran (former staff) Linda Maynard (former staff) Ed & Carolyn Patton (former staff) Mark Patton (former staff) Shirley Perkins (former staff) Mike & Yvonne Rodgers (former staff) Tommie Sargent

John Sonnen (former staff) Judy Theuer (former staff) Mary Thomas (former staff) Doug Turnmire


Chris & Allison Collins Gary & Katherine Crede

Kenny Bowen Richard Burke Danny Collins Larry Conner John Duvall (former trustee) Sidney Rose Fant Todd Fuller Dennis Gambill Susie Garner Don Gibson Wayne Hager Rodney Halsey Rex Halsey (former trustee)

Hector de la Barreda Jerry & Susan Dupper Terry Dyroff & Patricia Darsie Jeffrey Eller Marion Eugeno Lori Feezor Kelvin & Tamara Fisher Hattie Fitzgerald Donald & Tammy Francis Jon & Judy Groesbeck Larry & Linda Hamrick Francoise Hartline Dale & Kim Heard David & Andrea Hilliard Sandra Haines Hooks Bob & Sandra Jackson Chris & Heather Jarvis Jerry & Barbara Johnson Tom Kaiser & Sallie Adams Richard Karathi Geraldine Kennedy Wayne & Dena Landsman Dustin & Kori Lewis M. A. Lunsford Dwayne & Belinda Majors Richard & Dawn Martinez Michael & Jackie Mickiewicz Randy & Laura Moorhead Richard & Joanne Mueller Becky Muenzenmayer Jeannette Norfleet Scott & Christine Ogden Michael & Page Page Ed & Carolyn Patton George & Leslie (Sims) Pelton David Phipps Corinne Pluska Mike & Yvonne Rodgers Jackie Rustigian Janet Scagnelli Dan & Kim Slemp Thomas & Yolanda Smith Frank & Judith Spaeth Jack & Jennifer Stenner Ken & Patricia Thomas Rob & Susan Veerman Joe & Joy Walker Susan Widener Robert & Nancy Wildrick Mark & Yvette Williams Pat & Melissa Williams

ALUMNI GIVING (by classes) 1950-59 Merle Watts Angle Lee Roy Davis Rex Halsey Nancy Brown Jackson Rex Liu

Tom Harvey Joel Jackson John Jones (former trustee) Wayne Landsman (former trustee) Theresa Lazo Margaret Lester (former trustee) Marcia Lockamy Lewis (former trustee) M. A. Lunsford (former trustee) Dale Melton Russell Miller (former trustee) Marty Parks George Pelton (former trustee) Carl Rosberg Paul Saunders (former trustee) Tom Saunders Jennifer Stenner Karen Stevens (former trustee) Jim Tapp Mary Thomas Taylor Vaughan

Carol Osborne McGrady Glenna Halsey Morton Doris Wilson Patteson

Cleta Haga Roberts Patsy Pilkins Snow Robert Wilson


Ronnie Anderson Tom Barnard Billy Ray & Jeannette Cameron Jo Ann Watkins Harvey John Hoffman Sandra Haines Hooks

Joe Judkins Don Krauss Cyndy Cahill LoMonaco Bill Minson Russell Montgomery Larry Owens George Pelton Leslie Sims Pelton Neil Price Otis Reamy Don Scarborough Otto Seidel Harry Sink Sarah Ussery Sink Ernie Surles Deanna Smiroldo Swayne Ted Ussery Alton Vick Susan Worsham Vick Nila Stevens Wehrenberg Judy Thacker Williams

BUSINESS DONORS Four Gals & A Florist First Team Hyundai Guynn Furniture Harmony Hill Bed & Breakfast Meriwether-Godsey, Inc.

Northwest Lawn Care Skyline National Bank Spring Valley Graphics Valley Boiler Vannoy Construction

CHURCH DONORS Trinity Baptist Church Young’s Chapel Baptist Church

OAK HILL ACADEMY ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIPS AND FELLOWSHIPS: 1. Elizabeth Leech Bailey Endowed Scholarship 2. William Bruce Memorial Scholarship Fund 3. Allie B. Candler Endowed Scholarship Fund 4. Mattie Duncan Cox Endowed Scholarship 5. Ann Elizabeth Dickson Endowed Memorial Fund 6. Hal & Marjorie Eaton Endowed Scholarship 7. Ruth Echols Endowed Scholarship 8. Ann Elizabeth Cox Hampton Endowed Scholarship 9. Rev. C. W. Hawks and Gladys Hawks Endowed Scholarship Fund


Kenny Bowen Steve Bowen

Diann Cramer Butler Lynn Smith Campbell Judi King Creech Juanita DuBose Dotson Jeffrey Jefferson Eller Jeanne Marie DuBose Halley Greg Hartline Jim Herchenrider (deceased) Elizabeth Douglass Hunting

10. Edith H. Ingram Endowed Scholarship 11. Marie LeBouf Endowed Scholarship 12. Dorothy and John Lenore Endowed Fund 13. Dolores Austin Moser Endowed Scholarship 14. Rachel Muenzenmayer Endowed Scholarship 15. John M. and Collina Caldwell Pair Endowed Scholarship Fund 16. Jewell Ford Patton Endowed Memorial Fund 17. Geoffrey Reed Pelton Endowed Memorial Fund 18. Jim J. and Stella Todd Endowed Memorial Scholarship 19. Harry & Patsy Williams Endowed Scholarship

Marcia Lockamy Lewis Alice Raynor Schneider

Joe Vanderdys Tom Wheeler


Chris Collins Russell Miller Mark Patton Mike Rodgers Michelle Bailey Shaw Judy Theuer Elizabeth O’Halloran Walters

Total Endowment May 31, 2019 - $3,619,555 Total Endowment May 31, 2018 - $2,246,101

One of the most important needs for Oak Hill Academy is in the area of endowment. The future of our mission to girls and boys can be assured only if endowment exists. Would you consider creating an endowment to provide ongoing support for the Academy? A gift of ten thousand dollars or more will establish a named endowment by the donor. The endowment could be used in whatever area the donor chooses. If you wish to establish an endowment at Oak Hill Academy, please contact the President’s Office or Mr. Henry, our Director of Development, at 276-579-2619. The President’s Office of Oak Hill Academy has made every effort to list all individuals, corporations, churches, and other organizations that were Oak Hill supporters from June 1, 2018 to May 31, 2019. If your name has been omitted or listed incorrectly, please contact our office so that we may correct our records. Thank you for your support!


Stacy Eller Halsey Joel Jackson


Torren McCarthy

OAK HILL ACADEMY LEGACY ASSOCIATES A future gift in the form of a bequest has been provided to the Academy by the following:

TOTALS Annual Fund

Anonymous Mr. Tom Barnard Ms. Bonnie Burke Mr. Richard Burke Rev. John Duvall Mrs. Betty Harmon Edwards Mrs. G. C. Eller (Jeffrey Jefferson) Mr. Greg Hartline

$ 174,900.00 $ 16,650.00 $1,000,000.00 $ 134,050.00 $ 128,650.00

Endowed Funds

Lenore Endowment


Capital Improvement Projects




Virginia Baptist Mission Board

$ 25,696.08

Mr. Donald L. Hasler Mr. Jim Herchenrider Mrs. Mary Holbrook Mr. & Mrs. Jeff Jeffreys Dr. John Jones Lt. Gen. Claudia Kennedy Mr. Tommy Searles Mrs. Patricia Stevens Mrs. Frieda Anders Willey



Alumni Weekend 2019

Another great Alumni Weekend was held July 13-14 with many former students and their families in attendance—several for the first time since graduating. This annual event is open to all alumni and former students and their families who wish to attend. Everyone then gathered in Fletcher Chapel for a presentation by OHA president Dr. Michael Groves. The students, faculty, and staff joined alumni for a brief memorial service to remember alumni who had passed during the previous year. The tolling of the campus bell and singing of the Alma Mater marked this occasion. The group then made their way to Noonkester Park for a picnic lunch and afternoon of fun and visiting. Food stations, games, and music highlighted the afternoon festivities. The day concluded with a weenie roast and live bluegrass music on the lawn at the Hough Dormitory Picnic Shelter. The weekend wrapped up on Sunday morning with a continental breakfast in the dining hall and worship service at Young’s Chapel Baptist Church. Our goal is to make this weekend the best it can possibly be for all OHA alumni and former students and their families. If you have never attended or if it has been several years since you have been to an Alumni Weekend, please join your classmates and come celebrate with us July 18 19, 2020. Saturday morning began with the registration and social time.

Alumni News Leah Major Morgan – ‘81 5363 Providence Lane Sumerduck, VA 22742

“Over the Hill Alumni” Gang The 2019 alumni work week was again a great time for all. The “Over the Hill” Gang made their way to campus for a week of work and fun. They completed their usual gardening tasks and painted rooms in a faculty ome. A special thanks to all of the workers, Don Krauss, Sarah Ussery Sink, Ted Ussery, Mary and Otis Reamy, Jo Ann (Watkins) and Carroll Harvey, Ronnie Anderson, and Bonnie Lambert Cofield. We look forward to the return of the “Over the Hill Gang” again next summer! Become Part of the “Over the Hill Alumni” Gang A Great Way to Give Back to Your School! Attention alumni and former students – Are you willing to get a little dirty, sleep in a dorm room, eat in Vaughan Dining Hall, laugh a lot, and sweat a little? If so, give Dr. Groves or Tim Henry a call about becoming part of the “Over the Hill Alumni” Gang. The 2020 work week will be July 13-17!

Deaths Jim Herchenrider – ‘74 Karin Lee – ‘90

$1 Per Year Campaign Update

In order to involve as many alumni and former students as possible in the mission of OHA the “$1 Per Year Campaign” was launched in 2011. The “$1 Per Year Campaign” asks alumni and former students to give back to their Alma Mater by donating at least $1 for every year since they graduated from or attended Oak Hill Academy. Our goal for 2019-2020 is to have as many alumni as possible listed in the Alumni Giving section of the “State of the Academy Report.” We challenge all former students to give back to your Alma Mater in this easy and affordable way.

Thank you to the following alumni and former students who made a contribution to OHA between June 1 – September 16, 2019

1950-1959 Nancy Brown Jackson Carol Osborne McGrady 1960-1969 Billy Ray Cameron Sandra Haines Hooks Lewis Phipps Neil Price

Ted Ussery Alton Vick Susan Worsham Bick

1970-1979 Steve Bowen Barbara Page Joe Vanderdys 1980-1989 Scott Monett

Otis Reamy Ernie Surles

UPCOMING EVENTS Admission Open House..............................................................................October 14, 2019 Trustee Meeting..........................................................................................October 25, 2019 Homecoming.............................................................................................November 9, 2019 Thanksgiving Break............................................................November 22-December 2, 2019 Christmas Break Begins...........................................................................December 19, 2019 Second Semester Begins.................................................................................January 6, 2020 Trustee Meeting.........................................................................................February 21, 2020 Spring Break................................................................................................March 6-23, 2020 Parents’ Days................................................................................................April 9-10, 2020 Trustee Meeting..................................................................................................May 1, 2020 Graduation.......................................................................................................May 15, 2020 Summer School.....................................................................................June 22-July 24, 2020 Alumni Weekend..........................................................................................July 18-19, 2020

President’s Picnic

The President’s Welcome to OHA Picnic was held Saturday, August 31 st at the pavilion in Noonkester Park. At this annual event, Oak Hill Academy President Dr. Michael Groves and his wife Joy welcome all OHA students and faculty for the start of a great year.


2019-2020 Season Outlook Expectations are high for the 2019-20 Warriors. As usual, their schedule this season will be one of the toughest in the nation. The team will be navigating the country to events in nine states, competing against schools from fifteen different states. Oak Hill will be led by returning leading scorer, senior guard, Cam Thomas. Other returning senior guards are Darrick Jones, Jr. and Evan Johnson. Joining them are senior newcomers K.K. Robinson, Darius Maddox (VA Tech commit), Jamari Sibley, and Delaney Heard, and big men Bradley Ezewiro and Emmanuel Okpomo. Rounding out the roster are underclassmen Jalen Ricks & Jalen Reed. The Warriors are eager to tackle the challenges before them as they traverse our nation, meeting the demands of representing OHA and its historic program.

2019-2020 Oak Hill God Team Basketball Schedule OAK HILL ACADEMY GOLD TEAM BASKETBALL SCHEDULE








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Mon Wed Tue Fri Sat Fri Sat Tue Fri Sat Tue Fri Sat Thu

Massanutten Mil, VA-SCRIMMAGE Bluefield Col, WV – SCRIMMAGE Hargrave Military, VA-SCRIMMAGE

Floyd, VA Saltville, VA Wilkesboro, NC MOW, VA MOW, VA MOW, VA MOW, VA MOW, VA Charlotte, NC

7:00 TBA 7:00 7:00 3:00 7:00 7:00 7:00 TBA 7:00 7:00 TBA TBA 7:00 7:00 TBA TBA 7:00 TBA 7:00 7:00 TBA TBA 7:00 TBA TBA 7:00 7:00 8:00 7:00 TBA 7:00 TBA 7:00 7:00 7:00 7:00 7:00 TBA TBA TBA 6:30

Franklin Prep, NC Atlanta Prep, GA

1 2 5 8 9

Bristol Prep, TN Aim High Academy, MI Minnesota Prep, MN


Phenom HoopFest, Carmel Christian


Mt. Zion Academy, NC



Carolina Basketball Academy, NC MOW, VA

Phenom Hoopfest

Raleigh, NC

15 16 21

---TBA ---TBA

Washington Academy, NC


4 6 7


Lakeside Prep, SC Teays Valley Christian, WV Combine Academy, NC Battle at the Rock Bojangles Bash, Ridgeview HS TBA

MOW, VA London, KY Covington, KY MOW, VA Rock Hill, SC Columbia, SC


Fri Sat

11 12 13 14

Wed Thu

Fri Sat

---TBA ---TBA



Iolani Prep Classic

Honolulu, HI

(4 Games)




Rock the Ribbon Classic ---vs Bishop Walsh, MD TRC Academy, Canada Olympus Prep, NJ

Lexington, VA

11 13

Sat Mon




Bass Pro Tournament of Champions

Springfield, MO

(3 Games)

20 22 24 25 27 31

Mon Wed

HOF HoopHall Classic, Springfield Col. Springfield, MA

Florida Coastal Prep FCA Classic, Bristol High

MOW, VA Bristol, VA

Fri Sat

---TBA ---TBA


West Oaks Academy, FL Bull City Prep, NC




1 5 8


Believe Academy, SC Franklin Prep, GA Baltimore Poly HS, MD Spire Academy, OH

Wed Sat Tue Sat Fri Sat Tue Fri Sat

Baltimore, MD MOW, VA


NBA HS Event

15 21 22 25 28 29



ABI Prep, GA DME Academy, FL

Winston-Salem Christian, NC New Faith Christian Acad, GA Liberty Heights Academy, NC

Schedule Subject to Change / Bold-Home Games Make sure you check out for updates and more information on the Oak Hill Academy Gold Team. *games subject to change

Wish List

Are You Interested in Filling a Specific Need at Oak Hill Academy?

Other Giving Opportunities (partial list) Alumni Campus Store Tile $500 Memorial Oak Tree $1,000 Named Display Case $5,000 $10,000 Technology Upgrade for Library $15,000 Faculty Professional $50,000 Development Fund Gifts in Kind* Backhoe or backhoe attachment for tractor Used vehicles, vans, or minivans 6 Horse Trailer *Potential gifts are evaluated by the school for condition and suitability prior to acceptance. for Ussery Archives Room Named Scholarship Fund

Current Giving Opportunities GoPro Cameras

$200 each $500 each $750 each

Mountain Bikes

Laptops for teachers

Wrestling Mat

$5,000 $20,000 $22,000 $25,000

Minivan for Student Activities

6 Horse Trailer

12-Passenger Van for Student Activities Halsey House Remodel


and Upgrade

For more information or to make a gift to Oak Hill Academy, please contact Tim Henry, Director of Development, at 276-579-2619 or

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